Monday, June 24, 2013

Review: Hidden Gem by India Lee

Review : Hidden Gem by India Lee


Title: Hidden Gem #1

Author: India Lee

Published: 2011

Description:

Lavishly disguised pop singer, Queen Bee, is known abroad for her high-fashion wardrobe and killer vocals. In the states, she's just Gemma Hunter - shy suburban teenager in her strange new role of high school junior.

Luckily, Gemma is taken under the wing of the fiery and popular Madison, who leads her into the high school life of the charmed. Her world as Gemma quickly becomes everything she ever wanted in a normal life - that is until international teen heartthrob, Tyler Chase, announces his celebrity crush on Queen Bee. Suddenly, Gemma's alter ego becomes a household name as the handsome singer's loyal "Tyler Chasers" create a frenzy to discover her true identity.

And just when Gemma thinks she can hide from the celebrity drama in her high school life, Lucas - her next door neighbor as well as Madison's boyfriend - develops an interest in her that goes far beyond platonic, and Gemma soon learns that rumors aren't strictly for the stars.


~My Thoughts~:

Hidden Gem was a cute, mild YA read. It wasn't action-packed or full of romance, even though it had its moments. I really liked the book. It showed the double life of Gemma/Queen Bee (who I think was inspired by Lady Gaga) as both a pop goddess and a regular high school student trying to keep her fame over wraps in order to enjoy her teenage years.

Gemma has many (3) love interests in the book Lucas and Damien for when she's Gemma (oh Damien, you're still my fav) and Tyler Chase, a famous pop singer (who I think was inspired by Justin Bieber) for when she's playing Queen Bee.

It really played into Gemma going through a real high school experience: gossiping friends, mean girls, sports, prom. All good fun stuff she would miss out on if she hadn't kept her identity hidden. So she goes on a journey and struggles with her original identity as herself.

It was a quick read and I really liked it, but I'm not rushing to get to the second one.

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Thursday, June 20, 2013

Culture Shock A-Z

Culture Shock A-Z


Here's a fun way to find out what Culture Shock, the first book in the debut series by Jeanette Pekala, is all about. If you like any of these topics you will certainly like Culture Shock.

A - Angel Dust, Architecture, Antebellum
B - Bougainvillea, Bonfire, Balsam Beige, Blood
C - Chad, Colt, Crash, Cat Scratch Fever, Country, City
D - Danira, Dreams, Death, Designer, DKNY
E - Emma, Elves
F - Fairy, Forrester Compound of Werewolves, Fire Breather, Forever 21, Fangs
G - Gypsy, Glamour, Ghouls, Gainesville
H - Humorous, Hustler, Howl
I - Injury
J - Jelena, Jetta
K - Keg Party,
L - Lemon juice, Lexi, Lucky
M - Max, Muddin', Manhattan, Mabel
N - Nightmares, New York, Necromancy
O - October, Old Book,
P - Pascal, Paint War, Paynes Prairie
Q - Quality
R - Rodney, Raleigh, Rice Balls
S - Still Chich Boutique, Spells, Starlite Diner, Strawberry Malts, Southern Gentleman, Shoplifting
T - Trey, Trailer Parks, Tube Socks
U - Uncle Earl, University of Florida
V - Vampire, Volkswagen
W - Werewolf, WWII, Witches, Warlock
X - X-cellent read (Like how I did that?)
Y - Yeehaw!, Yapping Puppies
Z - Zombie Squad


CULTURE SHOCK is a witty tale of mystery and romance with a large helping of southern hospitality.

Macy Holmes is a seventeen-year-old socially-isolated introvert since her best friend's death a year ago. When her family decides to move from Manhattan to the quaint country town of Bougainvillea, Florida, Macy finds she's in a completely different world. Macy is no longer the outsider hiding behind designer clothes when she is sought out by three strange students, one of whom she is particularly interested in. The more time she spends with Chad the more things don't add up. When his true identity is finally revealed, Macy is pulled into a supernatural society with its saturation of inhabitants residing in Bougainvillea.

You would think she has enough on her plate, but no, then her dreams become infiltrated by an external magical force, Macy and her band of supernatural misfits must find the culprit behind the magic-induced nightmares. They must dodge zombie assassins, shifty shape-shifters and high school bullies in order to stop this perpetrator before Macy, her friends or her parents pay the ultimate price. Especially when Macy has the sneaking suspicion that these dreams are reality...
***Read an excerpt from Culture Shock, my debut novel and a love story with a dangerous edge.
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Email: jdpekala@gmail.com
 
Happy Reading,
JP
 

Monday, June 17, 2013

International Giveaway : $25 Gift Card + Culture Shock by Jeanette Pekala

International Giveaway

$25 Gift Card + Culture Shock by Jeanette Pekala


Here's the giveaway from my book blast. The giveaway ends June 30, 2013 so get your entries in ASAP. I'm giving away $25 bookish gift card (Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iBookstore, etc. -- whichever you prefer) and an ecopy of Culture Shock by Jeanette Pekala. Click the link below to enter the giveaway!!!!

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Saturday, June 15, 2013

Book Blast: Culture Shock by Jeanette Pekala

CULTURE SHOCK is a witty tale of mystery and romance with a large helping of southern hospitality.

Macy Holmes is a seventeen-year-old socially-isolated introvert since her best friend's death a year ago. When her family decides to move from Manhattan to the quaint country town of Bougainvillea, Florida, Macy finds she's in a completely different world. Macy is no longer the outsider hiding behind designer clothes when she is sought out by three strange students, one of whom she is particularly interested in. The more time she spends with Chad the more things don't add up. When his true identity is finally revealed, Macy is pulled into a supernatural society with its saturation of inhabitants residing in Bougainvillea. 
You would think she has enough on her plate, but no, then her dreams become infiltrated by an external magical force, Macy and her band of supernatural misfits must find the culprit behind the magic-induced nightmares. They must dodge zombie assassins, shifty shape-shifters and high school bullies in order to stop this perpetrator before Macy, her friends or her parents pay the ultimate price. Especially when Macy has the sneaking suspicion that these dreams are reality...




Excerpts from Culture Shock by Jeanette Pekala

There were two guys and one girl. The girl had severely long red wavy hair and flawless fair skin. She was supermodel skinny. Heroin-addict supermodel skinny. Her back was to me so I couldn’t get a good look at her face. 

The first boy was sitting next to her. His back also to me, but when I first caught them spying, I noticed something peculiar about this boy. He was wearing a black hoodie, with the drawstrings tied so tight, the hood was covering nearly his whole face. He had dark aviator glasses on and gloves. Seriously, it’s like ninety-something degrees outside. Why on earth would you wear gloves? His skin, what was showing of it anyways, was even paler than the girl’s. 

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We found a spot over by the water free of sawgrass. It was a beautiful view. On the back end of the lake was a dense forest. It was dark just beyond the first set of trees. That was the only end of the lake that had remained uninhabited. There was a syrupy mist rising slowly off the surface of the water. It was creepy, but romantic in a sinister way. The sights, sounds, and smells all mingled together to create a scene an artist would love to capture with the stroke of his brush. 

About the Author

After finishing her degree in Sociology from the University of Florida, Jeanette Pekala had no idea what she wanted to do with her life.
While her husband was deployed overseas, she focused on what she loved to do, write, where she has finally found an outlet for her overactive imagination. 
 She lives a not so normal life just a wee bit north of Bougainvillea where she resides with her husband and two children working on Shock Wave, book 2 in the Culture Shock Series.


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Thursday, June 6, 2013

Review of Culture Shock : Crazy Four Books

Review of Culture Shock : Crazy Four Books



Received another review today. Please click the link to read it and make sure to enter the giveaway. There are 10 ebooks of Culture Shock up for grab and ways to put in multiple entries. Don't miss out!

http://www.crazyfourbooks.blogspot.com/2013/06/vbt-review-and-giveaway-culture-shock.html

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Cover Reveal: Otherwise Occupied

Cover Reveal : Otherwise Occupied by Shay Savage




Book Details:
Title: Otherwise Occupied (Otherwise Alone #2) by Shay Savage
Release Date: June 2013
Genre: Adult Romance

Cover Designed by Mayhem Cover Creations -
http://www.mayhemcovercreations.com/

Summary:Evan Arden is a hit man for a Chicago mob boss. He lives his life day to day with the company of his dog, Odin. He has to work hard to get back into his boss’s good graces, but the target proves to be difficult. As demons of his past begin to haunt him, he seeks the comfort of sleep from an unlikely candidate, but will confiding in her be his undoing?

Goodreads Link:
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17447582-otherwise-occupied

This is the followup to Otherwise Alone (Otherwise Alone #1) by Shay Savage

Released: December 15th, 2012

Summary:

Lieutenant Evan Arden sits in a shack in the middle of nowhere, waiting for orders that will send him back home - if he ever gets them. Other than his loyal Great Pyrenees, there's no one around to break up the monotony. The tedium is excruciating, but it is suddenly interrupted when a young woman stumbles up his path.

He has two choices - pick her off from a distance with his trusty sniper-rifle, or dare let her approach his cabin and enter his life.

Why not? It's been ages, and he is otherwise alone...

--> 56 Page Novella

Goodreads Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17080000-otherwise-alone

Amazon Buy Link: -
http://www.amazon.com/Otherwise-Alone-ebook/dp/B00AP5NNWC/ref=sr_1_3?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1370351456&sr=1-3&keywords=shay+savage


Also by Shay Savage:
Surviving Raine (Surviving Raine #1) -> Goodreads Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17447588-surviving-raine

Author Bio:


Shay Savage lives in Cincinnati, Ohio with her husband, two children, and a variety of household pets. She is an accomplished public speaker, and holds the rank of Distinguished Toastmaster from Toastmasters International. When not writing, she enjoys science fiction movies, and loves soccer in any and all forms. During the fall, she coaches her daughter’s soccer team. Though she currently works in the technology field, her school background is in psychology, and she brings a lot of that knowledge into the characters within her stories.

Author Contact Links:
Website: http://www.shaysavage.com/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/savage7289
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/ShaySavage7289
Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5160667.Shay_Savage

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Images of Bougainvillea : Culture Shock's Hometown


Images of Bougainvillea : Culture Shock's Hometown


Since the book Culture Shock is all text, I thought I would liven it up with some images...add some color to the words that fill its pages. I hope you enjoy!



 
Imagery of Culture Shock: Envision Macy Holmes as the beautiful white flower opening her petals as she gains confidence, while being wrestled by the moss, the suffocating spirals of doom.
Some of the gorgeous trees lining the streets of Bougainvillea, FL.
Macy is in love with all things 'vintage'.
A simple country road in Micanopy. Just down the highway to Macy's new home town.
Careful of those Florida Gators!!!!

To find Culture Shock at web retailers:

Amazon ebook: http://www.amazon.com/Culture-Shock-Series-ebook/dp/B00BVMAF6K/
Amazon Paperback: http://www.amazon.com/Culture-Shock-Series-Volume/dp/0989158411/ Createspace Paperback: https://www.createspace.com/4205224
Barnes & Noble (Nook) Link: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/culture-shock-jeanette-pekala/1114839472?ean=2940016355870

Most of the photography done by the cover designer/artist for Culture Shock: Bonnie Alford.

Thanks for stopping by!

Happy Reading,

Jeanette Pekala

Monday, June 3, 2013

Review: My Blood Approves by Amanda Hocking

Review: My Blood Approves by Amanda Hocking



For some reason, I am still addicted to vampire books as I'm sure most of you are as well. The industry tells us that dystopian and zombies are the thing now, but did the vamps ever really go away?

No, they've been here for centuries in literature and they're not going anywhere anytime soon and I'm glad of it. Especially with Vampire Academy's movie coming out sometime in the future, this part of the urban fantasy/paranormal genre isn't going to be gone forever. Vamps will always make a come back. There's just something so mysterious and magical about them, it would be a crime if authors stopped using vamp characters.

I've read the Hollowlands Series by Amanda Hocking before and loved that series. The perfect amount of romance and action makes Jeanette a happy girl. So I was hoping to find the same with My Blood Approves and I was not disappointed. It had it all.

My Blood Approves was released in 2010. I cannot believe I've never come across this series before. I learned about it from a vampire thread on goodreads.com where group members were listing their favorite vamp series.

I loved My Blood Approves. Jack and Alice are so cute. It got a little weird with Peter for a second. Alice is meant for Peter but she's with Jack. Simple little love triangle, except it's blood-driven. Peter wants nothing to do with Alice, yet they are drawn to each other.

The characters are totally likable. I loved Jack's character. His whole persona I could envision. A definite must-read if you were stuck in the dark ages with me and haven't heard of My Blood Approves yet. Read it! I command you to!

Stay Tuned for the book 2, Fate, review in a couple days.

Happy Reading,

Jeanette

Blog Tour: Culture Shock by Jeanette Pekala


Bewitching Book Tours is running a book blog tour of Culture Shock this week. Try and stop by one day and check it out. There should be a giveaway at each stop.

 
June 3 Guest blog
Escape Into A Book

June 3 Interview
Books in the Hall

June 4 Interview

June 4 Spotlight
Chapter Break


June 5 Interview
Reading In Twilight


June 5 Spotlight
Elfie Books

June 6 Interview
Eclipse Reviews -

June 6 Spotlight and review
Crazy Four Books

June 7 Spotlight
Place of Reads Book Review Blog

June 7 Spotlight
Storm Goddess Book Reviews


June 10 Guest blog
Butterfly-o-Meter Books
Author’s choice: guest post, top ten list, character interview (author Q), character profile, playlist,

June 10 Spotlight
Mama Knows Books

June 10 Spotlight and review
Teen Blurb
 
 
CULTURE SHOCK is a witty tale of mystery and romance with a large helping of southern hospitality.
Macy Holmes is a seventeen-year-old socially-isolated introvert since her best friend's death a year ago. When her family decides to move from Manhattan to the quaint country town of Bougainvillea, Florida, Macy finds she's in a completely different world. Macy is no longer the outsider hiding behind designer clothes when she is sought out by three strange students, one of whom she is particularly interested in. The more time she spends with Chad the more things don't add up. When his true identity is finally revealed, Macy is pulled into a supernatural society with its saturation of inhabitants residing in Bougainvillea.
You would think she has enough on her plate, but no, then her dreams become infiltrated by an external magical force, Macy and her band of supernatural misfits must find the culprit behind the magic-induced nightmares. They must dodge zombie assassins, shifty shape-shifters and high school bullies in order to stop this perpetrator before Macy, her friends or her parents pay the ultimate price. Especially when Macy has the sneaking suspicion that these dreams are reality...
 

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Createspace Paperback: https://www.createspace.com/4205224
 
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Email: jdpekala@gmail.com