Dark Side of the Moon (Secrets of the Moon Book 4) by Kristy Centeno @sparklebooktours @KrissyGirl122 + excerpt!

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Title: The Dark Side of the Moon       

Series: Secrets of the Moon Sagadark side gif[5]

Vol or Book #: 4

Author: Kristy Centeno

Audience: Young adult

Genre: paranormal

Format: E-book/paperback

Publisher: Inkspell Publishing

Cover by: Najla Qamber

Pages: 180

ASIN: B014MPMH18

Date Published: August 28, 2015

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During her darkest hour, will she find the courage to seek the light? 

Marjorie has eluded both capture and death yet again, but her days are numbered. The old threat has resurfaced to endanger everyone she cares for and only a forged alliance with a member of royal blood will guarantee their safety and hers. 

However, in the midst of accepting who she is, Marjorie has to come to terms with the fact that those she considered friends may be anything but, and the mother she thought dead may have been missing against her will.

 

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The portraits of the Rousseau family members aligning the walls of the grand hallway definitely served as testament to Kyran’s statement. Many looked so much alike they could pass for Kyran’s and Alexi’s twins—one particular woman being identical to them. It was scary how much they resembled their long since deceased family members.

I opened my eyes, turning my head slightly to the left to look up at him. “He suffered before he died.” Dorian was whipped until his back was red, oozing blood, and raw. The pain he was forced to undergo was still very fresh and vivid in my head.

“So goes the legend,” Kyran acknowledged. “He paid a hefty price in order to ensure his bloodline. I’d say it was well worth it.” He touched my cheek with the back of his free hand. His gaze locked on my face. “You wouldn’t be here otherwise.”

Was it worth it? What would Dorian say had he survived his ordeal? Would he have agreed with Kyran’s statement?

“I guess I will never know,” I murmured. In my dream, he had appeared resigned to his fate, but one cannot know for sure. He could’ve changed his mind. Or his outlook in life could have been different had he been alive today.

The past week had changed my perspective of life even more than the accident that almost cost me my life over a year ago. I guess one can say the whole incident with Santos had matured me all the way. I definitely didn’t feel like the same nineteen-year-old girl anymore.

“Marjorie.” Kyran’s features hardened a bit. “The man we spoke of earlier is here to see you.”

 

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Kristy Centeno is an author of paranormal romance, young adult, new adult, horror, and contemporary romance. 

She has always had a passion for books and after years of being an avid reader, she decided to transform her desire to write into a reality and thus, her first novel was born. In her journey to create memorable reads, she has delved into several genres, creating fictional characters meant to entice readers and captivate the mind. 

She is currently working on finishing off the Secrets of the Moon saga among other projects, which include sequels to her published work. When she’s not busy taking care of her five children or holding down the fort, she finds time to sit and do what she loves the most: writing.

 

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Blog Tour | Barren by Elizabeth Miceli

BARREN

by Elizabeth Miceli
Publication Date: November 2015
Publisher: Swoon Romance

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*** PUBLISHER’S ALERT: MATURE CONTENT WARNING ***

Recommended for ages 16+. Includes scenes that depict drug use, teen sex, and sexual assault.

This book contains mature content and depiction of a seventeen-year-old girl’s rape at the hands of another student. It is a chilling first person point of view account of something that occurs across the country at parties just like the one depicted in this story, and we wanted the fictional account to feel raw and as devastating. We also understand that these scenes may be difficult and uncomfortable for some. We recommend this novel for readers ages sixteen and older.

“I cried, praying for him to finish. I closed my eyes and tried to envision myself somewhere else… somewhere where I was happy. I thought of my family all piled around our tree on Christmas morning. I thought of singing with my band. I thought of Caitlin and me baking cookies and watching movies together. But after just a few seconds of pretending, Mike would hit me or thrust deeper, and I would be back in reality. I was being raped. I was all alone. I was a damsel in distress. And there was no one there to save me.”

Seventeen-year-old Stacey Lorenzo’s poor self-esteem has always consumed her. When significant weight loss leaves her still feeling powerless and with an eating disorder, she turns to partying to cope. Things go from bad ot worse when she is raped, a crushing blow to her psyche from which she may not recover. Stacey drugs, cuts, and hooks up with countless guys in an attempt to dull the pain. But if Stacey doesn’t find a way to face her demons and overcome her fears, she might find herself in a hole so dark, even love won’t be able to pull her out.

Barren is written by debut author Elizabeth Miceli. It is a devastating and dark account of one girl’s plummet to the very bottom of the human experience and the horrific and petrifying road to recovery and self-worth.

ABOUT ELIZABETH MICELI:

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Elizabeth hails from the smallest state with the biggest heart. She started off at The University of Akron and then transferred to the University of Rhode Island. She is a double major in both Psychology and Human Development and Family Studies. Although she loves writing- she also has a passion for helping others which is why she is studying to become a sex therapist/couples counselor. Elizabeth loves spending time with her family and friends, singing, eating everything Italian, and baking cookies. She is “in love with love” which is probably why the driving force in almost everything she writes is romance. When she’s not getting lost in her characters she can be found waiting for her prince charming in her North Kingstown, Rhode Island home.

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Blog Tour | Ignite (Sister Series Novel) by Holly Mortimer

Title: Ignite
Series: Sister Series Novel
Author: Holly Mortimer
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Published: September 15, 2015
Fiery artist, Frankie Cain, hopes that her latest move to the East Coast would be her last. She’s been on the run for over twelve months, but can’t fight the feeling she’s never getting away from her powerful, abusive ex. 

Hot, Fire Chief, Hardy Hanson, can’t resist a woman in need of a rescue, but when he collides head on with Frankie, he discovers she’s not the only one of them needing to be saved.

They must decide if allowing themselves to love is worth the risk, or will they let their past destroy any chance they have at finding peace.


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I stopped and faced the ocean bent over at the waist with my hands braced against my knees, feeling like a ton of bricks were pushing on my lungs.  I decided to just walk back and take it easy.  I took a few steps toward home and then heard him.  He was barely speaking above a whisper, but I could hear him like he was yelling in my ear.

“Tell me your name.”

I inhaled and wasn’t sure exhaling was in my future.  We had a good thing going, and now he had to go and ruin it by wanting to know my name.  Everything would change from this point on.  He was a man of honour.  He couldn’t know who I was and not tell someone.  It was the someones who could hurt me and I needed to do everything I could to avoid them finding me.  My name wasn’t exactly a household name, but in certain circles, it was known and more so, the man I was avoiding was pretty much known everywhere.

“I can’t tell you that, Hardy.”

He stared at me with emotions running wild across his face.  Like a slot machine they spun on until they landed on the winner.  Pain.  He slowly walked toward where I was rooted.  I couldn’t move if another hurricane force wind came upon us there and then.  I felt like if I broke our stare down, I would feel the pain of it for a really long time.

“Why?” he whispered.  I could hear him clearly now that he was standing just a foot in front of me.  “I need to hear it.  I need to know your name.”

“Why?”  I echoed his words back to him.  “Why does it matter?  What are we doing here, Hardy?  We’re just running.  That’s it.  We don’t need to know anything about each other, we just need to run.”

“How long are you just going to run, Red?  How long until you let me know you?  I’ve been here.  Every day for the past two weeks, running behind you, but I’m done with running behind you.”  He began to close the space between us until he was breathing my air.  “I’m done waiting for you to give me a piece of you.  I want it now.”  He lowered his voice and began to lean in.  “Give.  Me.  Your.  Name.”

I had huge personal space issues.  He was pushing every limit I had and it terrified me.  I felt a tear start to trickle down my face.  We were frozen, at a standstill.  One of us had to move first and I realized I was actually afraid his move would be to walk away.  Something woke up inside of me at that realization.  Being alone was beginning to be pretty damn lonely.

“Frances, but my friends call me Frankie.”  I whispered the words he was looking for and then I promptly turned and ran like the track star I once was, all the way back to the safety of my house.  Away from Hardy.



Holly Mortimer is a wife and mother of two daughters, residing in Stratford, ON. She started writing in high school in an Ancient Egyptian History class, penning her first piece on Cleopatra and her many loves. Her teacher immediately asked her if she had any interest in writing soap operas when she graduated and the rest is history.

She has just completed her second novel, Ignite and is currently working the third book in this series.She loves reading, watching movies and playing with her kids, dog and family, when she’s not daydreaming about her current book obsession.
 

Reader Problems Tag!

Hi guys!

I know it’s been a while. What with life and school. I completely suck at blogging consistently 😥 but I’ll try to make up this September. No promises! But I’ll try my best.

ANYWAY. I (actually WE, Sadie and I [but she isn’t much of a help lately in this blog other than changing our display name -.-]) got tagged by the lovely Emily of thelittlebookaffair!

Whaa! In behalf of my lousy lazy cousin, thank you Emily!

I’ll answer for both of us. Here it goes:

1. You have 20,000 books on your TBR. How in the world do you decide what to read next?

Eh. That…. has always been my problem. I actually have two methods but sometimes I disregard them. Either a) I pick a slip of paper which contains the book title from my TBR jar or b) I just read the synopses over and over again and read the one that interests me (I do elimination on this one).

2. You’re halfway through a book and you’re just not loving it. Do you quit or are you committed?

I don’t quit often unless it’s written in third person POV and it gets hella confusing. And sometimes, I skip chapters when it gets boring. So if I get confused in the end but loved the book in the end part (this happens a LOT of times), I go back to the chapters I skip and read it.

I buy books and only read if I think it’s interesting based on its synopsis. And even if I’m not loving it because of certain things, I’d try to finish the book because I hope it’ll get better. I just won’t do it within a day. It could take weeks.

3. The end of the year is coming and you’re so close but so far away on your Goodreads challenge. Do you try to catch up and how?

I don’t challenge myself to challenges I don’t think I’d be up for it. I’m living a busy life and reading is my means of leisure, to relax and unwind. So I wouldn’t pressure myself to catch up because it adds to my student life problems and I’d end up not enjoying the book at all.

4. The covers of a series you love do. not. match. How do you cope?

I’d pout, forgive the bookstore and forget about it because I have other problems to deal with. Book covers aren’t worth my tears. I’d just print matching ones out and paste it on a plastic cover and cover the book cover with a new plastic book cover. Yeah, even if it ends up looking fake but whatever. Fun Fact: I did this to my Mortal Instruments series because I didn’t like the story much anyway xP

5. Everyone and their mother loves a book you really don’t like. Who do you bond with over shared feelings?

My lousy lazy cousin, Sadie. But of course our opinions don’t match always and we constantly throw Cheetos at each other for it.

6. You’re reading a book and you’re about to start crying in public. How do you deal?

Close the book. Go back home. Watch something hilarious. Buy ice cream and continue.

7. A sequel of a book you loved just came out, but you’ve forgotten a lot from the prior novel. Will you reread the book? Skip the sequel? Try to find a synopsis on Goodreads?

I’d search a plot summary on Google and I’ll read it there.

8. You do not want anyone, ANYONE, borrowing your books. How do you politely tell people no when they ask?

I have a lot of alibis of this and it depends on several situations. Say if I haven’t read the book on school or anywhere public, but I talked about it with my friend and she’ll ask if she could borrow, I’d say, “Oh but I read it as an ebook.”

Or if they caught you reading and they’d like to borrow it, I’d say, “This isn’t mine. I borrowed this from my aunt/godfather/neighbor/friend from who knows where.”

Or if they come to your house and see your books displayed and they’d like to borrow it, I’d say, “My grandma says no one’s allowed to take it from the shelf unless they tend her chickens for a week.” Because grandma usually buys ke books in exchange for even nastier service than tending chickens.

To sum it up, I rarely lend anyone my books 😀 unless they’re like me who doesn’t like getting the spine or the cover creased or the pages splattered on or something.

9. You’ve picked up and put down 5 books in the last month. How do you get over your reading slump?

I let it pass. I get reading slumps usually out of burning out and getting tired of seeing similar plots over and over again. So I usually let the books sit there and wait for months for new books with different plots then I’ll just go back to it.

10. There are so many new books coming out that you’re dying to read. How many do you actually buy?

With my own money? One by one. Like every four months. Jusy one.

But with grandma, she buys me the whole series (if it’s a series) or three different books once in a while. Okay just whenever I do something good like getting high grades, win contests and do community service

11. After you’ve bought the new books you can’t wait to get to, how long do they sit on your shelf before you get to them?

I buy one book so I get to it right away. If grandma buys me a lot of books, then that’s the time they sit around for weeks and even months.

Aaaand that’s it!

My turn.

Tag! You’re it!

Everyone who sees this and hasn’t done the tag yet, go for it! I’m tagging you!

First Post, Fresh Start, Hello World!

Hi everyone!

I’ve got to admit that I was torn earlier whether I should make an ‘intro’ post as my first blog entry or rather post a review or something. I’ve seen other book blogs do the same. You see, I was thinking that few months or years later, I’d go back and browse my archives and laugh at my first post or something. But hey, I thought it’d be cool. So I decided to make an intro post so you guys could have an idea of what I’ll be blogging about and what I hope and such. Besides, I think having a book review or a meme as the first post would make it look so formal. And I think having an ‘intro’ post as the first one would be very personal and I like people who make things personal . . . ya feel meh?

ANYWAYS, let’s get to it!

I’m Louise and I’ll be blogging mainly about YA fiction books of all genres (probably except werewolves …. and possibly vampires). I have a co-blogger for Adult and New Adult Fiction, Sadie, who’s my cousin. We share only one account. But I doubt Sadie would be very much active in blogging. Anyways, first post, fresh start. Hello world! We’re the newest book bloggers as of August 15th. I have a lot of hopes for this book blog—to meet new blogger and author friends around the globe, to help authors get their books out THERE into the great big world, to participate in blog tours, blitzes and reveals, to reach a few months or last for years, to participate in challenges and memes, and so much more!

I think I’ll be posting a list of my blog goals tomorrow 😀 and I think it’s a terribly long list. Yeah, I’m kind of obsessed in listing stuff. So expect a lot of lists on this blog.

As for now, I’m looking for blogger friends! Care to be one? Oh, and I’m also looking for other book blogs to follow. So if you have one, don’t hesitate to let me know, I’ll check it out and let’s be virtual friends! Whahoo!

~Louise xoxo