Monthly Archives: December 2012

Spotlight Post: Elder by Raine Thomas


Elder Excerpt #1

He reached over and traced the line of her jaw, causing her to shiver. “You were curious about me before you ever came here, weren’t you?”

“Yes,” she said breathlessly. His touch always did this to her. “I couldn’t wait to meet you.”

“And now that you have?”

“You’re everything I ever dreamed of and more. You know that by now. I love you, Harry.”

He leaned down and kissed her. It was every bit as potent as the first time. She reached up with her left hand and wove her fingers through the soft hair at the nape of his neck. Her tongue pressed eagerly against his as he deepened the kiss. Bliss such as she had never envisioned coursed through her.

Eventually, he pulled away from her. They both had to catch their breath. His eyes were dark with passion.

“I love you, too, Angel.”

Her heart soared. This wasn’t the first time he’d said it, but it never got old. She caressed the side of his face, enjoying the feel of stubble beneath her sensitive fingertips.

They sat in silence for a moment. Clara Kate rested her head on his chest, listening to his heartbeat. “We have to leave soon,” she said eventually. “Within a day or two.”

“That soon?”

She nodded. “There’s something going on. They wouldn’t tell me what, but we’re both needed right away.”


“Yeah.” Lifting her head, she looked again at his lips, then caught his gaze. “Harry, when we

transition…things might be different. We’ll both have responsibilities, and I’ll have my family around me every moment of the day. And, well…I’ve decided that I want our last bit of time here on this plane to be memorable.”

He lifted a dark brow. “Memorable?”

“Yeah.” She shifted and ran one hand slowly up his chest, following the lines of his well-toned midsection through his T-shirt. When he drew in a sharp breath, she smiled. “Memorable.”


Author Bio:

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Raine Thomas is the award-winning author of a series of YA fantasy/romance novels about the Estilorian plane, including the Daughters of Saraqael trilogy and the Firstborn trilogy. She is a proud member of Romance Writers of America and is a contributing blogger to The Writer’s Voice. When she isn’t planning weddings, writing or glued to social networking sites, she can usually be found on one of Florida’s beautiful beaches with her husband and daughter or crossing the border to visit with her Canadian friends and relatives.


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ARC Review: Just One Day by Gayle Forman








Just One Day

by Gayle Forman

368 pages

Release Date: January 8, 2013

ARC Received by: Library Thing Early Reviewers

Summary and Photo from Goodreads
When sheltered American good girl Allyson “LuLu” Healey first meets laid-back Dutch actor Willem De Ruiter at an underground performance of Twelfth Night in England, there’s an undeniable spark. After just one day together, that spark bursts into a flame, or so it seems to Allyson, until the following morning, when she wakes up after a whirlwind day in Paris to discover that Willem has left. Over the next year, Allyson embarks on a journey to come to terms with the narrow confines of her life, and through Shakespeare, travel, and a quest for her almost-true-love, to break free of those confines.

Just One Day is the first in a sweepingly romantic duet of novels. Willem’s story—Just One Year—is coming soon!


When I found out that I would be awarded an ARC of Just One Day, I was super excited! I love Gayle Forman’s writing, siting If I Stay as one of my all-time favorite books! I have yet to read anything in the New Adult category, so I was ready for my mind to be blown. And blown it was!

I am having a hard time containing my excitement about this story, but I seriously don’t want to give anything away. Not knowing what would happen to Allyson, Willem, and Melanie kept me turning the pages and I fell in love with Just One Day. I hope that you will also want to read this without any spoilers too!

To anyone who is criticizing this category: you need to read this story. It is one that is not written to just make a category new. It is a story told about adults who do adult-like things; like college and traveling and having sex with a stranger. These are not adventures taken by 15 year-olds, but adults making their way in the world on their own. And falling in love.

I applaud Gayle for her writing style and her beautiful story. Everyone 18-25 should read Just One Day!



5 out of 5 kisses!

Happy Holidays!


With Christmas drawing near, I will be taking a few days to spend quality time with the family. Before I do, I want to wish everyone a safe and happy holiday!


Review and Author Interview: All the Broken Pieces by Cindi Madsen



Book Info:

ISBN-13: 9781620611296

ISBN 10: 1620611295

Publisher: Entangled Teen

Publication date: 12/11/2012

Pages: 304

About ALL THE BROKEN PIECES: What if your life wasn’t your own?

Liv comes out of a coma with no memory of her past and two distinct, warring voices inside her head. Nothing, not even her reflection, seems familiar. As she stumbles through her junior year, the voices get louder, insisting she please the popular group while simultaneously despising them. But when Liv starts hanging around with Spencer, whose own mysterious past also has him on the fringe, life feels complete for the first time in, well, as long as she can remember.

Liv knows the details of the car accident that put her in the coma, but as the voices invade her dreams, and her dreams start feeling like memories, she and Spencer seek out answers. Yet the deeper they dig, the less things make sense. Can Liv rebuild the pieces of her broken past, when it means questioning not just who she is, but what she is?


 Praise for All the Broken Pieces:

Originally, I was sent two blurbs about All the Broken Pieces to post, but I want to add my own. I absolutely adored All the Broken Pieces. I just could not put the book down! I had to know just what the story was with Liv that I stayed up to finish reading! Another book about memory loss? Yes. A story worth reading. Yes. This story totally kept me guessing and turning the pages.

And can I gush about Spencer for a minute? Wow! Such a wonderful friend and confidant! Everyone should have a Spencer in their life, even if he did make Liz catch lizards! Loved him!!


5 out of 5 Kisses!

Now…the official praise for All the Broken Pieces:

“Kept me guessing and frantically flipping the pages. A unique story I couldn’t help but fall in love with.” — Nyrae Dawn, author of Charade


“[An] interesting story of a girl who can’t remember her early life…Liv’s high school relationships, especially her conflicts with the popular girls and her first dealings with romance, ring nicely true. Intriguing.”  – Kirkus Reviews




About Cindi Madsen: Cindi Madsen sits at her computer every chance she gets, plotting revising, and falling in love with her characters. Sometimes it makes her a crazy person. Without it, she’d be even crazier. She has way too many shoes, but can always find a reason to buy a new pretty pair, especially if they’re sparkly, colorful, or super tall. She loves music, dancing, and wishes summer lasted all year long. She lives in Colorado (where summer is most definitely NOT all year long) with her husband and three children.






My Interview with Cindi


1. How do you write and chase around three kids? I have two and I find it difficult to sit and write in peace:)


My kids have learned that I need my writing time. It was harder when they were babies, but my baby is about to turn four (sob) so it’s easier now. I have to take breaks to play army guys with him occasionally, then I’m back to work. And once his sisters are home from school, he could care less about me, because they’re more fun.


2. Do you plan and plot before you begin a new project? If so, do you have any tricks to this like using color-coded Post-It Notes?


I don’t plot much at all, actually. I tried once and it felt like homework. Usually it starts with an idea, I start forming the characters in my mind and then I just start writing and see what happens along the way. Most of the time I know where I’m going. All the Broken Pieces was one of the few books that I honestly had no idea how it would ultimately end. And when I got there, I knew that I needed to add the epilogue, because otherwise it was still missing something. (And I’m so unorganized, I’d just lose all the Post-It Notes. Lol)



3. After writing a rough draft, what is your process? Do you edit immediately or give it a little time?


It depends on my schedule. I like to let it sit for a couple weeks if possible. Then I go in and usually do two more rounds, filling out the story and putting in things I didn’t know would happen, thanks to the not-plotting method. By the third round I’m really working on grammar and tightening and every little emotion. But it reads like a story, so it’s usually my favorite round.


4. I read about your querying process and how close you came to giving up (BTW, so glad you didn’t). Why did you finally decide to submit to Entangled?


Well, for those who didn’t read about it, I’d gone through revisions with an agent who didn’t end up signing me, and got lots of feedback from other agents. I set my book aside for a few months, because honestly, I was a little heartbroken. I wrote a new book. But this one would not let me go. So I read through all the feedback and dug in again to make my book that much better. I heard about Entangled, saw their beautiful covers, submitted and got a full request for my manuscript. While I was waiting, I read Touch, by Jus Accardo. After that, I wanted Entangled to publish me so bad, I was almost scared to check my email for fear of a rejection letter. But about a month or so later, I got one of the best emails of my ENTIRE LIFE! They offered me a contract!


5. Do you currently have an agent?


I don’t have an agent right now. Some people seem shocked by that, and I tell them that some people find the right agent first, but I found the right editor first. And I feel super lucky about that. Stacy got my story and we’re working on other projects together and it’s been amazing. I’ve also been lucky enough to meet Liz Pelletier, the owner of Entangled. All the staff and authors at my publishing house are so amazing and have given me all the support I could ever ask for. Again, super lucky.


6. You are like a cameleon, changing genres with each story you write. Is this because you get inspired and just go with it? What are you inspired by?


Pretty much. I like to read different genres, and I like to write them as well. An idea hits me, and sometimes it’s contemporary, sometimes paranormal, sometimes YA and sometimes adult. I just kind of go with it. I’m inspired by music, and love—I just want to tell the best love stories I can. I’ve also built entire books off of conversations I’ve had with family and friends. For example, one night my girlfriend and I were talking about how much harder marriage was than we expected it to be, and I said, “Yeah, Cinderella screwed us over.” And I knew I had to write a book with the title Cinderella Screwed Me Over. It’s the fastest book I’ve ever written, too.


7. Would you be willing to share a little teaser from All the Broken Pieces?


Sure! I’ll put it at the bottom of the interview.



8. Any advice for writers, young and old?


Read a lot, write a lot. Find writer’s groups in your area and find a good critique group, one with people who will give you honest feedback, but also be encouraging and don’t tear you down. (Tricky, I know) And most of all, follow your dream. Keep brushing yourself off, get back up, and don’t give up.



Stepping over the cactus, she scanned the ground. Instead of mentioning the lizard hunting, Liv had simply asked to hang out with Spencer. Mom had surprised her by saying yes after only a brief hesitation.

Liv spotted one of the little creatures sunning itself on a rock. Most of them had run off before she’d even gotten close. She was kind of hoping this one would get up and run, too. “I don’t think I can touch it.”

Spencer put a finger to his lips. “Talk quietly or you’ll scare him away. Now stop being a wuss and just do it.”

No way could she back away from the challenge now. One inch at a time, she crouched near the lizard. She hovered her hand over it for a couple seconds, then snatched it around the stomach.

“Ew, ew, ew,” she said as it wiggled in her hand. Its belly was soft, but the jagged scales on the lizard’s back rubbed against the palm of her hand. Its clawed feet swung wildly through the air. “Now what?”

The lizard whipped around and bit the fleshy part between her thumb and index finger. “Ouch!” She shook her hand until the lizard released its grip and fell to the ground.

Mouth hanging open, she looked from her hand to Spencer. “I swear, if it starts bleeding, I’m not going to do any more of these stupid things with you.”

Spencer stepped across a big rock, grabbed her hand, and looked it over. “I think you’ll live.”

She yanked her hand out of his grip and smacked his arm. “Why didn’t you tell me they bite?”

“I thought you were smart. Everything with a mouth bites.”

“I’m going to bite you.”

He gave her a smile that sent her pulse racing. “I think I’d like to see that.”


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