April, 2014

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Pre RT convention excitement

Hi lovelies! We are ssssoooooo darn close to this years Romantic Times convention! This will be my third year attending and even better, I am going to be signing and taking part in a few of the YA events! YEAH! But even better than that…….this year’s con is in NEW ORLEANS!!!!!!!!! Outside of the fact this city has such an amazing a colorfully rich history, it’s also the center of paranormal and extra fab urban fantasy books! Talk about a perfect city to play host. 

I have never had the pleasure of experiencing New Orleans before and there is so much I want to do and see–and that’s not including the already packed schedule of events that will be hosted by the convention. Like I said this will be my 3rd time attending. The first was in Chicago with my friend Christena. It was a fantastic experience and gave me the confidence I needed to finish Legendary (which I had just started). I set a goal that by next year’s RT I would be ready to pitch my story!

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And that brings us to last year’s con in Kansas City, Missouri. I went with my other friend Rita aka MissLittleBookAddict and I pitched Legendary and got several requests and a few offers. And MLBA got her real good start to her fantastic blog. We met so many great people, authors and had way too much fun–although, can anyone really have way too  much fun with hot, scantily clad cover models, eccentric and fab authors and great music?

I don’t think so. ;P

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And this year is going to be even better because both my girlies are going with me and the three of us are going to get into some real fun trouble! We have a whole list of things we want to do together and a side list of my own, for what little time I have outside the convention.

Dinner at at least 3 good restaurants, po boys, horse-drawn carriage ride, visit a voodoo shop, bourbon street and the Garden District,  Jackson Square and a visit to at least one cemetery. We also plan on getting Tattoos, bar hopping and shopping of course! Goodness knows how crazy this week is going to get but it will definitely be one to remember!

Watch out NoLa the romance authors and all their fans are about to descend and take your city for a ride it won’t soon forget! If anyone out there in internet world is reading this and planning on attending the con don’t be shy, say hi!

laters lovelies

<3 always LH

 

 

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Music that inspires imagination and creativity!

Hi lovelies!

I wanted to do a post about my writing and what helps inspire me to write and what helps keep me focused when I am writing. I will be the first to admit I am a total ADD child and that totally spills over into my writing world. (Well every aspect of my world honestly but, hey…..) I can’t write in silence. I just can’t. I must have some kind of noise or activity going on around me while I write or plot or read or revise. Which can prove tricky at times because I’m not gonna put on something that I don’t like, so if I have on a tv show or a movie, I know I’m likely to stop writing and start watching whatever I have on.

Thus music is my favorite go to, to help keep me focused and writing. Because of that I have so many different playlists on my iPhone and spotify that are either linked to a character or a scene or a whole book. Like my playlist on Spotify for Legendary

Now, you won’t see it on the Legendary playlist, but there is one artist I discovered about 7 months ago and she has been a hug influence on book 2 of Legendary Saga–and my other WIP I’m working on. Her name is Lindsey Stirling and she is an amazeballs-glitter throwing-hardcore violin rocking-creative genus! I love her music, her videos and her story. She is a self-created youtube success story and her reimagining of popular songs and especially her own songs, are over the top fantastical. (Yes I am going total fangirl here)

That said, when Claiming Excalibur’s (book 2 of Legendary) playlist is put up she will definitely have several songs on there! I also recently started writing book 3 and, even when I was plotting the book arc, I was listening to a lot of her songs so she will be featured even more heavily on book 3’s list.

That said, I’ve pulled several of my favorite videos of hers from youtube to let you see just how fantastical she is. And keep in mind she produces all her own videos! Total Renaissance woman here. You need to check out at least one of these videos, you’ll get hooked just like I did.


Laters lovelies!

<3 always LH

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A to Z challenge wk 4 digest

Hi lovelies! S0 this is the week 4 digest of the A to Z challenge. Like the previous weeks I am giving you the list of the 6 books featured for my theme and their blurbs. Click the graphic next to each of the titles to go directly to that post to see my thoughts and cover ranking. Also The huge rafflecopter I’ve been running is about to end There’s only 4 days left to enter and you can do that right from this page! Just see the bottom of this post or any of my posts on my blog.

Without further delay, here is this week’s 6 offerings.

R is for Reckoning by Cate Tiernan

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Somewhere, there is a place for me. There are people who understand me and can explain the mysteries of my past.

I have traveled far in search of this place.

But instead of knowledge or understanding, I have found only danger, hostility, and fear….

Alisa is half blood witch and is desperate to find out more about her witch ancestry so she runs away to find her late mother’s witch family. From the moment she arrives, terrifying events envelop the entire family and Alisa herself appears to become the target of her ancestor’s ghost. But there is no ghost. Alisa’s striking resemblance to her mother is so distressing to her grandmother Evelyn, that it triggers dormant telekinetic powers in Evelyn which are responsible for causing the havoc. The revelation reconciles Alisa to her estranged family and to her own powers as a witch. Now she is ready to go home.

 

S is for Shadow of the Mark by Leigh Fallon

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Their love could destroy them all.          s

Through the ages, Marked Ones have harnessed the powers of the four elements: Water, Fire, Earth, and Air. Much about the elements is shrouded in mystery, but one thing is certain: A relationship between two Marked Ones has the potential to cause widespread devastation.

Megan and Adam—Air and Water—are determined to defy the risks.

But the power that swirls inside Megan is growing in twisted ways. And the closer she is to Adam, the closer Megan comes to unleashing a dark force that could spell destruction for the entire Marked line.

 

T is for True by Hilary Duff

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The epic love story of Clea and Sage comes to its thrilling conclusion in the final book in the Elixir series by multitalented star Hilary Duff.Following the harrowing events ofElixir and Devoted—and the ceremony that almost killed Sage—Clea faces a new reality: With Sage’s soul in Nico’s body, the love of her life looks an awful lot like her best friend’s boyfriend. Can Clea and Sage really be happy under these circumstances?

Clea wants to try to enjoy their new life together, but Sage is acting different—angry—and she struggles to keep her friends from finding out what has happened to him. Something is clearly haunting Sage, and Clea is losing control. Can she trust her friends with the dangerous truth, or will she have to risk losing Sage to madness?

 

U is for Unearth by Jenna Bernel

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Aria Darwin has always considered herself cursed. She is obsessed with finding a cure for the bad boyfriend plague. Worse yet, she’s in denial about her weird abilities and terrified of her mysterious stalker who causes the earth to quake violently with the snap of his finger.

With her two best friends, Aria enters her first semester of college armed with a “no more men” pact in an effort to demagnetize the sleaze balls. Unfortunately, the agreement proves difficult when she meets Liam, a charming foreign exchange student, on the first day of school.

Aria quickly discovers that Liam is not only Mr. Perfect, but he also somehow ignites her supernatural side. Upon the invitation of her dream guy, Aria travels to Ireland through the study abroad program, dragging her friends along with her. But her world of euphoric bliss quickly comes crashing down as she uncovers the truth about her past, revealing who she really is and what she was born to do.

 

V is for Venom by Fiona Paul

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Cassandra Caravello is one of Renaissance Venice’s lucky elite: with elegant gowns, sparkling jewels, her own lady’s maid, and a wealthy fiancé, she has everything a girl could desire. Yet ever since her parents’ death, Cassandra has felt trapped, alone in a city of water, where the dark and labyrinthine canals whisper of escape.

When Cass stumbles upon a murdered woman—practically in her own backyard—she’s drawn into a dangerous world of courtesans, killers, and secret societies. Soon, she finds herself falling for Falco, a mysterious artist with a mischievous grin… and a spectacular skill for trouble. Can Cassandra find the murderer, before he finds her? And will she stay true to her fiancé, or succumb to her uncontrollable feelings for Falco?

Beauty, love, romance, and mystery weave together in a stunning novel that’s as seductive and surprising as the city of Venice itself.

 

W is for When Lightning Strikes (1-800 Series) by Meg Cabot

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Jess Mastriani has never been what you’d call a typical Midwestern teenager—her extracurricular activities, instead of cheerleading or 4-H, include fist-fights with the football team and month-long stints in detention. A part of Jess would like to be the prom queen her mother has always envisioned her being, but another part is secretly counting the days until she’s saved up enough money to buy her own Harley.

Then something happens that guarantees Jess will be one of the in-crowd…at least until her newfound talent ends up getting her dead.

Only 3 days left now. I don’t know if I’m excited or sad about that. This was kinda fun ;P

Later lovelies

<3 LH

 
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A to Z challenge digest wk 3

Hi lovelies! So I apologize for the lateness of this. But here is the digest for last week’s (week 3) A to Z challenge YA books I am offering up for anyone interested in checking them  out.

This particular week is cool because there are 2 days that are different then the normal offerings I have offered. To find out the differences head offer to my blog.

And here is week three’s digest.

L is for Legendary by L.H. Nicole

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Aliana Fagan spent her childhood traveling the world, dreaming of legendary heroes and mythical lands. But after the sudden death of her parents, she hides behind the safety of her camera and her art until a vivid recurring dream compels her to dig into her father’s research about Avalon and Camelot. When she is hurled into a magical realm by forces she thought were only the stuff of fairy tales, she finds herself thrown into an adventure she could never have imagined. Nearly everything she thought she knew about Arthurian legend was wrong.

The independent eighteen-year-old is shocked to find that the people of Avalon think that she is the Destined One, the only person who can summon King Arthur back to life from his hidden chamber. Most surprising of all is that it’s up to her to lead the Knights of the Round Table on an epic quest—an adventure that will transport them across the seven magic realms to reclaim all that has been lost so they can defeat the evil Mordrid for good. But first, she must bring the ancient warriors into her world and reunite them with their lost brothers. Chaperoning the legendary knights-with-a-chivalry-complex as they navigate the modern world is a constant challenge, and she certainly never thought she’d be caught between her intense feelings for the noble Sir Galahad and her growing friendship with the King. 

To fulfill the prophecy, Aliana will have to discover the meaning of friendship, bravery, loyalty, true love, and forgiveness. But can she do it all in time to save the realms from Mordrid’s impending Armageddon?

 

M is for The Mark of Athena by Rick Riordan 

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Annabeth is terrified. Just when she’s about to be reunited with Percy—after six months of being apart, thanks to Hera—it looks like Camp Jupiter is preparing for war. As Annabeth and her friends Jason, Piper, and Leo fly in on the Argo II, she can’t blame the Roman demigods for thinking the ship is a Greek weapon. With its steaming bronze dragon masthead, Leo’s fantastical creation doesn’t appear friendly. Annabeth hopes that the sight of their praetor Jason on deck will reassure the Romans that the visitors from Camp Half-Blood are coming in peace.

And that’s only one of her worries. In her pocket Annabeth carries a gift from her mother that came with an unnerving demand: Follow the Mark of Athena. Avenge me. Annabeth already feels weighed down by the prophecy that will send seven demigods on a quest to find—and close—the Doors of Death. What more does Athena want from her?

Annabeth’s biggest fear, though, is that Percy might have changed. What if he’s now attached to Roman ways? Does he still need his old friends? As the daughter of the goddess of war and wisdom, Annabeth knows she was born to be a leader, but never again does she want to be without Seaweed Brain by her side.

Narrated by four different demigods, The Mark of Athena is an unforgettable journey across land and sea to Rome, where important discoveries, surprising sacrifices, and unspeakable horrors await. Climb aboard the Argo II, if you dare….

 

N is for The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson 

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Jack the Ripper is back,       n

and he’s coming for Rory next….

Louisiana teenager Rory Deveaux arrives in London to start a new life at boarding school just as a series of brutal murders mimicking the horrific Jack the Ripper killing spree of more than a century ago has broken out across the city. The police are left with few leads and no witnesses. Except one. Rory spotted the man believed to be the prime suspect. But she is the only one who saw him – the only one who can see him. And now Rory has become his next target…unless she can tap her previously unknown abilities to turn the tables.

 

O is for Oh My Gods by Tera Lynn Childs

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A modern girl’s comedic odyssey in a school filled with the descendants of Greek gods.

When Phoebe’s mom returns from Greece with a new husband and moves them to an island in the Aegean, Phoebe’s plans for her senior year and track season are ancient history. Now she must attend the uber exclusive academy, where admission depends on pedigree, namely, ancestry from Zeus, Hera, and other Greek gods. That’s right, they’re real, not myth, and their teen descendants are like the classical heroes: supersmart and super beautiful with a few superpowers. And now they’re on her track team! Armed only with her Nikes and the will to win, Phoebe races to find her place among the gods.

 

P is for The Princess Diaries by Meg Cabot 

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She’s just a New York City girl living with her artist mom…         p

News Flash: Dad is prince of Genovia. (So that’s why a limo meets her at the airport!)

Downer: Dad can’t have any more kids. (So no heir to the throne.)

Shock of the Century: Like it or not, Mia Thermopolis is prime princess material.

Mia must take princess lessons from her dreaded grandmére, the dowager princess of Genovia, who thinks Mia has a thing or two to learn before she steps up to the throne.

Well, her father can lecture her until he’s royal-blue in the face about her princessly duty–no way is she moving to Genovia and leaving Manhattan behind. But what’s a girl to do when her name is Princess Amelia Mignonette Grimaldi Thermopolis Renaldo?

 

Q is for Queen B by Laura Peyton Roberts

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To B or to Bee?         Q

Cassie Howard has been second best all her life, but as Snow Queen runner-up—with a cute new boyfriend, to boot—she’s determined to reach new social heights this semester. The time has come to move from Queen B to Queen Bee.

But how is she supposed to fly when life keeps pinching her wings? Her lovesick brother is determined to mortify her in public. She’s in charge of her school’s talentless talent show, where at any moment someone could pull back the curtain and expose her (many) insecurities. The people she cares about most are mad at her. (Again.) And her nemesis, Sterling, has an evil new clone, one who’s making a hobby of humiliating Cassie—and a beeline for Cassie’s boyfriend.

Does being popular mean you have to sting like a bee? Or can a girl become queen without losing her honey? Let the buzz begin! 

For the first time in my life, I have an actual shot at being someone at school. I’ve always been more of a Queen B than a Queen Bee—you know, B as in not A. Second tier. (Fine, if you have to get technical, sometimes even lower.) But this year, out of nowhere, I have a chance to be a real Queen Bee.

Not that I intend to be snobby, or cliquish, or any of the other rude things sometimes stapled to that label.

I just want people to love me.

 

Now that’s settled, don’t forget to enter in the giveaway! Time is a ticking ;P

Till next week lovelies!

<3 always LH

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A to Z challenge weekly digest w2

Hi lovelies so this is week 2 of the A to  challenge for bloggers and as last week, I am giving you a “weekly digest” of the week’s offerings. This week was definitely full of YA books of many different genre’s and included a few of my absolute favorites! To see the full posts click on the pictures to go to the original post or just click the link up top to my blog.

Without dragging on any further, here is you r break down of this week’s offerings, letters F-K

F is for The Forbidden Game by L.J. Smith

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When Jenny buys a game for her boyfriend, Tom, she finds herself inexplicably drawn to the guy behind the counter. There is something mysteriously alluring about Julian’s pale eyes and bleached-blond hair. And when he places the Game into her hands, she knows their connection is something deeper.But as Jenny and her six friends begin to play the Game at Tom’s birthday celebration, a night of friends and fun quickly turns into a night of terror and obsessive love. Because the Game isn’t just a game – it’s the seven friends’ new reality, where Julian reigns as the Prince of the Shadows.One by one the friends must confront their phobias to win the Game. To lose the Game is to lose their lives. And that is only the beginning..

G is for Gifted Touch (Fingerprints Series) by Melinda Metz

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Sometimes, when I touch things, words fill my head. Words that feel like thoughts–thoughts that are inside of me…but not mine.

I used to think I was crazy. Used to.

I’m starting to wonder if there’s a reason for all the voices that tangle together in my mind. And if I’m right, then it’s not my sanity I’m worried about–it’s my life.

 

H is for Huntress by L.J. Smith

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Jez Redfern is unique. She’s a vampire hunter… who’s half vampire. Raised in the Redfern family, the girl with fiery hair and silvery-blue eyes was the undisputed leader of a gang of vampire raiders. Then came the discovery that shattered her life– her mother was a human. Now, Jez hunts her former friends, protecting humans from the Night World.

But when Circle Daybreak sends her on a search for one of the legendary Wild Powers, Jez has to rejoin her old gang. They want her back– especially Morgead, the gorgeous green-eyed vampire who used to be her second-in-command. Jez wants to stay faithful to Hugh Davis, the human she loves. But Morgead swears he’s her soulmate and he’ll do anything to lure her back to the old ways. With danger and temptation around, Jez finds herself irresistibly drawn to him. And she’s afraid that if she tastes blood again, she’ll become the evil huntress she once was..

I is for Illuminate by Aimee Agresti

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Haven Terra is a brainy, shy high school outcast. But everything changes when she is awarded a prestigious internship at a posh Chicago hotel under the watchful eyes of a group of gorgeous strangers: the powerful and alluring hotel owner Aurelia Brown; her second-in-command, the dashing Lucian Grove; and their stunning but aloof staff of glamazons called The Outfit. As Haven begins falling for Lucian, she discovers that these beautiful people are not quite what they seem. With the help of a mysterious book, she uncovers the evil agenda of Aurelia and company: they’re in the business of buying souls. Will they succeed in wooing Haven to join them in their recruitment efforts, or will she be able to thwart this devilish set’s plans to take the souls of her classmates on prom night at the hotel?

J is for The Juliet Club by Suzanne Harper

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Italy . . . Shakespeare . . . but no romance?Kate Sanderson inherited her good sense from her mother, a disciplined law professor, and her admiration for the Bard from her father, a passionate Shakespeare scholar. When she gets dumped, out of the blue, for the Practically Perfect Ashley Lawson, she vows never to fall in love again. From now on she will control her own destiny, and every decision she makes will be highly reasoned and rational. She thinks Shakespeare would have approved.

So when she is accepted to a summer Shakespeare symposium in Verona, Italy, Kate sees it as the ideal way to get over her heartbreak once and for all. She’ll lose herself in her studies, explore ancient architecture, and eat plenty of pasta and gelato. (Plus, she’ll be getting college credit for it–another goal accomplished ) But can even completely logical Kate resist the romance of living in a beautiful villa in the city where those star-crossed lovers Romeo and Juliet met and died for each other? Especially when the other Shakespeare Scholars–in particular Giacomo, with his tousled brown hair, expressive dark eyes, and charming ways–try hard to break her protective shell?“In fair Verona, where we lay our scene . . . “

K is for Killer Frost by Jennifer Estep

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IMG_0751I’ve battled the Reapers of Chaos before–and survived. But this time I have a Bad, Bad Feeling it’s going to be a fight to the death … most likely mine.Yeah, I’ve got my psychometry magic, my talking sword, Vic–and even the most dangerous Spartan on campus at my side, in Logan freaking Quinn, but I’m no match for Loki, the evil Norse god of chaos. I may be Nike’s Champion, but at heart, I’m still just Gwen Frost, that weird Gypsy girl everyone at school loves to gossip about.Then someone I love is put in more danger than ever before, and something inside me snaps. This time, Loki and his Reapers are going down for good … or I am.

There we have it. This week’s 6 fantastical offerings! Now I’m saying it a lot but I’m gonna keep saying it. Don’t forget to enter in the massive giveaway happening. 

Later lovelies

<3 always LH

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