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Thursday, August 29, 2013

Emma Raveling's Urban Fantasy Book: Crest (Ondine Quartet book 3) Tour, Julian's Book list and A Giveaway!

As you can tell from yesterday's post, I am a huge fan of Emma Raveling and her Ondine Quartet Series. It has a kick-ass heroine, a steamy love triangle, tons of action and never-ending surprises! Here are all my reviews pretty much gushing about this series :-) Today, Emma has stopped by to give us a teaser of what we can expect from the final book of the series, Crest and Julian's Book List. What is sexier than a hot guy who loves to read? That's right, nothing :-)

Here is the preview to Crest, out September 17th!!

Illusion. Power. Identity.
Tensions are reaching a fever pitch everywhere Kendra Irisavie turns.

Darkness settles over elementals as a new threat stirs suspicions of a betrayal from within.

Details of recent events spread through Haverleau, prompting doubts over Irisavie leadership. The mysterious Selkie Kingdom finally opens its doors, but the gesture only fans the flames of division. And despite the perils involved, Kendra finds it difficult to ignore the demands of her heart.

As the body count rises, pressure also grows to shift the tides of war. The sondaleur is on the hunt, but tracking the Aquidae leader is the greatest challenge she’s ever faced. With the Shadow playing a deadly game of obsession and horror, Kendra’s best chance to win is to unravel a tangled web of deception spanning back to the origins of the elemental world.

Nothing is what it seems and the closer she gets to the truth, the more dangerous her pursuit for answers becomes.

When the unthinkable happens, Kendra must decide if survival is worth the sacrifice.

Conflicting loyalties, fierce passions, and irrevocable choices ignite in the electrifying third installment of the Ondine Quartet.

Emma Raveling writes urban fantasy and fantasy books for teens and adults. Hopelessly addicted to coffee and diet coke, she is currently working on completing her young adult series, Ondine Quartet.

I cannot wait for the release! While we wait, lets take a look at Julian's Playlist. Let's welcome author Emma Raveling, and Julian from the Ondine Quartet Series!!

Hi everyone! First of all, I’d like to thank Evie for having me here today. Julian LeVeq, First Lieutenant chevalier, is one of the heroes of my series, Ondine Quartet.  He’s an avid reader and so I asked him for a list of recently read books and his thoughts on each.

Here’s what he had to say:

Selected Poems By Fernando Pessoa

Because feeling is like the sky —
Seen, nothing in it to see.

Pessoa’s poetry reminds me of his country, Portugal. Stunningly beautiful, with a trace of melancholy and a great deal of dry introspection. There is a lyricism in its sparsity as if every word multiplies into .

I especially like the idea that he published poetry under four different names. His real name and three heteronyms (link to: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heteronym_(literature) ). Not pseudonyms.

Pessoa created an entire backstory and life for each poetic identity and the poetry written under each name dramatically changes in style and tone.

It reminds me of what I do undercover. When I assume an identity, the process involves more than magic and external glamour. The most effective disguise involves a total understanding of motivation and personality.

It is difficult - I sometimes have the sense that these fractured personalities stretch me until I no longer recognize who I am.

The Stranger By Albert Camus
“I opened myself to the gentle indifference of the world.”

This book is unbelievably depressing. Last two pages? Killed me.

But the ideas behind it, the existentialist concept of being lost within the absurdity of life, resonated with me. Camus repeatedly asks, “What is the point?”

And the truth of the matter is, there is no point. I see it in our world and our war every minute of every day.

Our lives are defined by the meaningless. Money, social status, Redavi, non-Redavi, chevaliers, gardinels, races, all of it.

I do my job and I live, seeking what pleasures I can. Attempting to control or change anything outside of it is ultimately a futile endeavor.

Collected Works by Arthur Rimbaud
A thousand Dreams within me softly burn:
From time to time my heart is like some oak
Whose blood runs golden where a branch is torn.
For me, Rimbaud was an absolute genius and the beginning of modern poetry. Part of the Decadent movement, he completed all of his writing by the age of twenty and then went on to live a crazy, full life over three continents.

He was the epitome of someone who lived hard and died young. Provocative, he pushed every boundary both in his work and life. He believed in risk, in feeling the burn of extreme emotions, to channel his work.

It’s a philosophy I apply to what I do with the chevaliers. My magic allows me to navigate through the edges of the elemental world and walk freely among the world of monsters.

Risk is what makes me feel alive.

Les Fleurs du Mal by Charles Baudelaire 

I know that pain is the one nobility
upon which Hell itself cannot encroach

No matter how many times I re-read this, it still stays with me the same way it did the first time I came across it while still at the Academy.

Baudelaire is deeply romantic without being sentimental. His brilliant poetry weaves dark depravity and a kind of morbid curiosity through exquisitely beautiful phrasing.

There is a rebelliousness, a cynical eye with which he observes French and Parisian society. When I first came across his works, I envied his ability to write in such a way. I still do, especially since so much of his poetry reminds me of my constraints within Redavi society and Haverleau.

Giveaway Time
A few lucky readers will get to win the Ultimate Ondine Quartet Swag Pack filled with signed Whirl, Billow, and Crest bookmarks and book cover stickers! Check it out!

I would once again like to thank Emma Raveling for stopping by and urge my readers to check out the Ondine Quartet Series. It is one of the absolute best series I have read in this genre. You can thank me tomorrow for the recommendation :-)

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Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Emma Ravelings Urban Fantasy Series Ondine Quartet is a MUST-READ

Hey All,

I am super excited that tomorrow, Emma Raveling will be stopping by! The final installment of one of my favorite urban fantasy/PNR series, Ondine Quartet, is being released on August 31st and I cannot wait.

If you haven't heard about this amazing series... let me tell you all about it :)

Here is all about book 1 of the Ondine Quartet Series: Billow.

Title: Whirl
Series: Ondine Quartet, Book 1
Author: Emma Raveling

Official Synopsis
Seventeen-year-old Kendra Irisavie is an ondine, a water elemental caught in the middle of an ancient war. The Aquidae are immortal dark demons who will stop at nothing to destroy the fragile balance of the Elemental world.

Fierce and independent, Kendra has always played by her own rules. Gifted with the powerful magic of Virtue and trained to be a deadly fighter, she has spent her life breaking hearts and getting into trouble.

When her life explodes one violent night in a northern California city, a dark stranger appears, promising answers to her mysterious past.

Alone and with no one to trust, she must now navigate through a dangerous new world, face the temptations of a forbidden romance, and remain true to her duty and destiny.

All while the Aquidae continue to hunt her down, in the hopes of eliminating her forever...

My Review
This book in one sentence: A sensational thriller filled with suspense, danger, romance and mystery with a bad-ass heroine, some seriously romantic possibilities, a bunch of friends that I want to adopt and non-stop action from beginning til end. That is one long sentence but I had to get all of that in there..lol. What I am trying to say is that this book is an absolute MUST READ!!

Kendra is an Ondine (a water elemental) raised in the human world but after the untimely death of her mother and the surge in her powers, she must go to an Ondine school to learn how to control her powers. With her mysterious, dangerous and absolutely delicious Guard/Prince by her side, she joins her people and struggles to learn how to use her powers while fighting for her independence in this new world of hers. What she learns is that she will play an important role in the future of her people and their livelihood rests on her shoulders. A fight between the Ondine and the Aquidae (immortal demons) is nearing and the only one who can stop the Shadow is Kendra. If that wasn't stressful enough, she is falling in love with the one man she cannot have and the only one that she wants. A romance with him would mean the end to her existence as she knows it.

What would you do if the world as you knew it was turned upside down and you suddenly found yourself at the brink of war with the lives of your entire race and the fate of the world on your shoulders? Would you embrace the role you were predestined to have or would you fight for the independent life you once had?

This book is a never ending ride of action, adventure, mystery, danger and romance. You never know what is lurking around the corner.

Kendra is everything I love in a heroine: Strong, Independent and a Fighter! She is also hard-headed a quality that I know well :-). She is not perfect (who is?) and underneath her tough exterior is girl that is vulnerable and unsure of her role in the grand scheme of things. I instantly connected with her and can't wait for more adventures with Kendra.

The heroes are Julian, Tristian and Ryder. They are all so different and I love each and every one of them! Julian is the tall, dark, handsome and mysterious hero who is all about honor and duty. He will appeal to nearly every female with a pulse. Tristian is the sarcastic lover boy that you love to hate and can't help wanting. You don't know what his motives are but we have fun peeling back the layers and finding what is underneath all that swagger. Ryder is the all American boy next door that you wish you could love, but can sometimes cross over into friend category. Girls and their bad boy fetish *shrugs*.

Along the way Kendra makes friends with a group that is full of an array of personalities. Chloe, Aubrey, Cam, and Alex all have one thing in common - you will instantly fall in love with them and definitely want to sit at their table during lunch.

With Whirl, you are in for a number of shockers, tear-jerkers and heart-melting moments that will leave you counting down the days for the next installment. VA fans, make this your next read - you will not be disappointed!!

Whirl is 5 fangs of Paromantasy greatness!

Trailer Fun
Here is the trailer for Whirl!! Enjoy :-)

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Cover Reveal: THE TEMPERING by Adrianne James

A new author is on the scene and her name is Adrienne James. Her new book, THE TEMPERING, is coming out in September and I cannot wait to read it. It may have something to do with the fact that I love the cover....can I have her eyes please?

THE TEMPERING by Adrianne James

September 13, 2013

The Mythology department at prestigious Harvard University is tiny—and Mackenzie Duncan has just been selected as one of the lucky few. Her love for myths and legends is strong, but she never thought any of it could be real.
After being attacked by a large wolf while walking home alone, Mackenzie realizes something is not right. She heals quickly, is suddenly super strong, and is experiencing mood swings that can't possibly be normal. The myths she's studying aren't myths at all. Werewolves are real and she's one of them. Fear of what she is, and who she might hurt sends Mackenzie running from the life she’s worked hard to build–and straight into the arms of a handsome Were named Geoff and into the home of his pack. Living with her new pack takes the edge off her confusion and self-loathing, but the arrival of new  members changes the dynamic, and tests Geoff and Mackenzie’s growing relationship.

The hardest part of being a werewolf is having no control and no memory of her time as a blood thirsty beast. When a moon cycle passes and she actually remembers bits and pieces of the night, she starts to ask questions, and the more questions she asks, the more she realizes she doesn’t like the answers. Can she set aside her own sense of morals to belong to a pack that is like a family or will she leave everything behind yet again in search of a life she can be proud of?

Goodreads link: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17931673-the-tempering
Cover Designer: Gonet Design -  https://www.facebook.com/GonetDesign

Author Bio:

Growing up, Adrianne couldn't get her hands on enough books to satisfy her need for the make believe. If she finished a novel and didn't have a new one ready and waiting for her, she began to create her own tales of magic and wonder. Now, as an adult, books still make up majority of her free time, and now her tales get written down to be shared with the world.

During the day, Adrianne uses her camera to capture life's stories for clients of all ages and at night, after her two children are tucked in bed; she devotes herself to her written work. Adrianne is living the life she always wanted, surrounded by art and beauty, the written word and a loving family.

As a young adult and new adult author, Adrianne James has plans to bring stories of growing characters, a little romance, and perhaps a little magic and mythology down the line for her readers to enjoy.

Where to find Adrianne on the web:

Twitter: https://twitter.com/Adrianne_James

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AuthorAdrianneJames

Website: www.AdrianneJames.com

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