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This Veteran’s Day, the Indie Book Collective is doing something special for our troops: blog tour with free ebooks! How is this any different than any other blog tours they host? Well not only do YOU get a free ebook, but a free ebook will also be sent to our troops! All you have to do is comment! The Indie Book Collective is also raising money to send new Kindles to our troops so they have something to read during any downtime. If you would like to donate, go here!

Today, we are sponsoring none other than the awesomely talented Lacey Weatherford (shocking!) She is giving away a free ebook copy of her fourth and latest book in the Of Witches and Warlocks series, The Dark Rising. Be sure to swing by her blog today and check out her AWESOME tribute to the armed forces! When commenting, be sure to provide your e-mail address so you can receive your FREE ebook!

Synopsis: When Portia Mullins discovers the love of her life is still alive her heart soars.  But reality sets in immediately causing it to plummet when she realizes he doesn’t remember his past life with her.  Unwilling to give up, she embarks on a loving quest to restore his life to him.
Vance Mangum sees the beautiful girl claiming to be his wife, and while he can’t remember her, he can’t deny the intense pull he feels between them.  Not knowing where else to turn, he agrees to give her the time she’s asked for and to assist her in the effort to recover his memories.
The two quickly reconnect, but dark surprises are lurking in the wings when Vance discovers a desperate longing for something he feels he can’t withstand.  Will he be able to resist? Or will evil raise its head in a new form, leaving Portia as the prey of the very man her heart desires?
Darkness reigns supreme in this haunting tale of love and desperation, Of Witches and Warlocks, The Dark Rising.

Our bad boy Vance takes his bad-assery to a new extreme. At the beginning, I hated how Vance was acting, but it made sense as to why he was acting like that. He goes down paths you wish he never thought to go down, such as hunting after a certain witch in an alley and mingling with the evil witches and warlocks he tried so hard to run from. It certainly is a side you did not want to see, but it’s still Vance and he is just as loveable as ever.

In this latest installment of the series, Portia still sees some of her old Vance in him, though he does not. Thinking he has a bad case of amnesia, Portia tries her hardest to get him to realize that he is still her loving husband, he’s just being stubborn.  But she will stop at nothing to prove he is still good.  When things turn out to be a lot worse than Portia imagined, was she really dealing with Vance, or someone from his past? What the heck happened at the end? Was I reading what I thought I was? The biggest question remains: What will happen in the fifth and final installment, Possession of Souls (due out in early 2012)? All I can say is that when it comes to Lacey and her books, patience goes right out the window.

Don’t forget to go to Lacey’s blog, comment, and leave your e-mail address for your free copy: Lacey Weatherford Books

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Since this is the Masquerade Blog Tour de Force, what better way than to unmask Lacey Weatherford’s leading man? Who is he? What’s his back story? Why do girls love him?

So, who is he?

The name is Mangum, Vance Mangum and he is just as mysterious as James Bond himself. When you are first introduced to him, depending on the edition of The Trouble With Spells you are reading, he seems to be a bit of a stalker. Always watching Portia’s movements and expressions. After reading a little bit more it all becomes very clear as to why he is looking after her: she is drawn to him. However, he cannot make contact with her until her 16th birthday. But what girl wouldn’t want the hottest guy in school to be watching their every move and take notice? Since Vance keeps to himself at school, there are various rumors spread like wild fire. But that’s the way Vance likes it. And in turn, that’s why we like it: he’s a bad boy!

What’s his story?

He is a very powerful, not to mention totally swoon worthy warlock. His dad, Damien Cummings, saw Vance’s powers manifest at a very early age and tried to steal his powers for himself. During a secretive journey Damien took Vance on his mother, Krista, followed and observed one of many exchanges of power. Krista decided she had to take Vance and run with him. She packed the car and ran off with Vance after his dad brought him home and Vance has been on the run ever since. Krista finally met a witch who belonged to a coven in Sedona, Arizona named Marsha and begged her to take Vance and raise him as her own nephew. Once in Sedona, he became part of the coven in which Marsha belongs. The coven is also run by none other than Portia’s Grandmother and father. Finally, Vance has found something close to a real family. But for how long? Damien is still searching for Vance and will not stop until he gets him.

Why do girls love him?

He is the mysterious bad boy who rides a motorcycle clad in a black leather jacket. Those baby blue eyes of his make you want to stare at him for hours. Not to mention, he protects his girl. And just forget about his steamy make-out sessions that make you super jealous of Portia. He’s the full package…. just not real. Or is he? Lacey had to come up with Vance somewhere, right? Well, the name came to her while on a road trip and noticed “Vance” on a sign along the highway. Combine that with a family friend’s name and you get Vance Mangum. But Vance’s reality doesn’t stop there. Any fan of a certain someone who reads the series will picture his every expression, as if it was turned into a movie already. Wouldn’t that be nice to see this wonderful story on the big screen?

But since it is a masquerade, you’ll have to figure out who Lacey’s muse is!

When he isn’t chasing the dream, he is searching for the Presidential tunnel to sneak Marilyn in.

When he can’t find the tunnel, he may roam around the sorority house looking for a roommate for his friend.

When the girls in a special area of California make a move on him, he may have to suck it up and lose the purity ring.

When he’s done with his good deeds, he might dabble in the dark side of life on the weekends.

So now that you’ve got your eye candy fill, now for the free stuff! EVERY commenter who leaves their e-mail address will receive a free e-copy of The Demon Kiss, book 2 of the Of Witches and Warlocks series. If you swing by Lacey’s blog here and comment, you will be entered for a chance to win her grand prize “Portia’s Potions” giveaway. Also, if you can correctly identify who wrote on Lacey’s blog, you will get an extra entry into the Masquerade Blog Tour de Force ultimate grand prize: a FREE Kindle!!!!!! Can’t figure out which highlighted author is who? No problem! Each comment on the authors’ blogs that day will get you an entry into the Kindle giveaway.

It doesn’t stop there! If you correctly identify Lacey’s muse, you will get an extra entry into the Portia’s Potions giveaway!

 “Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted at Breaking The Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

This week’s pre-publication “can’t-wait-to-read” selection is:

Synopsis from Beccafitzpatrick.com:

The noise between Patch and Nora is gone. They’ve overcome the secrets riddled in Patch’s dark past…bridged two irreconcilable worlds…faced heart-wrenching tests of betrayal, loyalty and trust…and all for a love that will transcend the boundary between heaven and earth. Armed with nothing but their absolute faith in one another, Patch and Nora enter a desperate fight to stop a villain who holds the power to shatter everything they’ve worked for—and their love—forever.

In stores October 4, 2011.

Synopsis:

When Portia Mullins discovers the love of her life is still alive her heart soars.  But reality sets in immediately causing it to plummet when she realizes he doesn’t remember his past life with her.  Unwilling to give up, she embarks on a loving quest to restore his life to him.
Vance Mangum sees the beautiful girl claiming to be his wife, and while he can’t remember her, he can’t deny the intense pull he feels between them.  Not knowing where else to turn, he agrees to give her the time she’s asked for and to assist her in the effort to recover his memories.
The two quickly reconnect, but dark surprises are lurking in the wings when Vance discovers a desperate longing for something he feels he can’t withstand.  Will he be able to resist? Or will evil raise its head in a new form, leaving Portia as the prey of the very man her heart desires?
Darkness reigns supreme in this haunting tale of love and desperation, Of Witches and Warlocks, The Dark Rising.

My Thoughts:

First off, the Of Witches and Warlocks series is one of my favorite paranormal series. Lacey has a way of making you fall in love with the characters and the story. Another thing I love about the series is that although Lacey loves leaving you hanging at the end of each book, the next book picks up right where the one before it left off. So instead of rereading an entire book to remember what happened before you start the new one, the last few pages are fine.

This book had some drama along with the ordering and shipping. I periodically checked Amazon for the paperback version and once they had it listed, it said “currently unavailable” for at least two days after posting it. Once I was finally able to order it, I picked the cheaper shipping, and it turned out that the delivery date was set for the day I flew out to California. When I told Lacey the irony, she told me she would hope it arrives before I went to the airport. Usually, UPS shows up at my house around 6 or 7 PM, so I doubted that I will get it before I left. However, once we left our house to head to the airport, I saw a UPS truck at the end of my street. I KNEW my book was on that truck. But my dad did not want us to be late to the airport and miss our flight, so we did not turn around to grab the book.

This book has a special spot in my heart. Why? Because the shoulder length brown hair with rectangular glasses that Vance stalks down the alley is me! Yes, you read correctly, I am written into a few scenes with Vance and Portia. How? I was the Grand Prize Winner for the Demon Kiss Blog Tour and the prize included all four books and being written into a scene with Vance!

I was excited to read my part in the book. As I was reading it, I couldn’t help but feel how stupid my character is. Bringing back-up to confront Vance? Did I really think that would work? But it was a great laugh and made me wonder if I were in that situation, what would I do. So HUGE thanks Lacey for writing me into the book and to Belinda for sponsoring the tour!

The Dark Rising has twists you do not see coming. The one downer about this book is that the once loveable Vance Mangum is no longer that loveable and goes down a path you wish he never would. But one of the twists really makes you think about what you just read. Is Vance still loveable? Or is he lost to the dark side?

Another thing I love about the series is the powers that Portia and Vance possess. Who wouldn’t love to paint their house with a simple touch of the wall? Or heal something while passing your hands over someone’s body? In The Dark Rising, Portia gets a new power that would be quite fun and could save a lot on travel expenses. Her new power could come in handy when you want to meet your favorite celebrity or any other mayhem one may think of.

I cannot wait for the fifth installment of the Of Witches and Warlocks series, Possession of Souls. Can it be February already?

Review: Torment by Lauren Kate

Posted: July 1, 2011 by Book Minions in Book Review
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Synopsis:

Hell on earth. That’s what it’s like for Luce to be apart from her fallen angel boyfriend, Daniel.

It took them an eternity to find one another, but now he has told her he must go away. Just long enough to hunt down the Outcasts-immortals who want to kill Luce. Daniel hides Luce at Shoreline, a school on the rocky California coast with unusually gifted students: Nephilim, the offspring of fallen angels and humans.

At Shoreline, Luce learns what the Shadows are, and how she can use them as windows to her previous lives. Yet the more Luce learns, the more she suspects that Daniel hasn’t told her everything. He’s hiding something- something dangerous.

What if Daniel’s version of the past isn’t actually true? What if Luce is really meant to be with someone else?

The second novel in the Fallen series… where love never dies.

Our thoughts:

After falling in love with Daniel in the first book, Fallen, we found it kind of hard to like him as much in Torment since he keeps pushing Luce away in order to protect her. You just want them to stay together, but he makes it difficult. He comes through in the end, and we love him again.

It was great to discover that the Shadows are helpful to Luce, instead of her having to be afraid of them.

Some great new characters are introduced in this book. Two of whom being Miles and Shelby. Both of them help Luce work with the Shadows and help her to explore her past lives.

The end, however, left a big “What?” in our heads. We are hoping that it would be resolved in book three, Passion. JoAnna re-read the ending, and is still confused about what happened to the real Luce. If you have read this book and understand the ending, could you please do JoAnna a huge favor and explain it in an e-mail to vanceminions@gmail.com She would GREATLY appreciate it!

Have you ever noticed that when you read teen romance series, the first book is always boy meets girl, they have issues to work out, they fall in love, the end. Then book two comes out, boy/girl split, one still wants the other, while the other one insists on leaving to protect them, they work things out, then get back together, the end. It just annoys you that the couple you love aren’t together much in book two.  Not that this is a bad thing, it’s just something we’ve noticed with all the series we’ve read: Twilight saga, Fallen series, Hush Hush series, Of Witches and Warlocks series, etc.

Case in point with possible spoilers:

Twilight vs. New Moon (Stephenie Meyer)

In Twilight, Bella falls head over heels for Edward. Edward tries to keep his distance, thinking their relationship will not end well. Eventually, he admits defeat and they end up together.

Fast forward to New Moon. Bella gets a small papercut at her birthday party, Jasper wants to feed on her, Edward leaves Bella to keep her safe. Only, this forces her to be more reckless in order to “see” Edward. Edward thinks she has died, realizes he can’t live without her, tries to kill himself, only to find out she is alive and well. They end up getting back together at the end and the story continues.

Fallen vs. Torment (Lauren Kate)

In Fallen, Luce is sent to a boarding school, sees Daniel across the way, and he gives her the finger as she smiles at him on her first day. Determined to find out what his problem is, Luce feels the need to get closer to him, while Daniel tries everything in his power to keep from losing her like every other time she’s been around, hence the finger. But the bad boy image isn’t working on her and only draws Luce into him more. Eventually, his secret is revealed and they fall in love again. The book ends.

Now Torment rolls around. In order to protect Luce and keep others from destroying her, Daniel sends Luce to a new special boarding school in a different state, unbeknownst to her friends and family, whom think she is at the other school. One difference is, they are still together, but Luce is finding the relationship to be aggrevating and Daniel is more stand-offish than usual. Even though they are together, you get irritated with the way they are acting towards each other. Eventually, Daniel shows up more and things are better at the end.

Hush Hush vs. Crescendo (Becca Fitzpatrick)

In Hush Hush, Nora is forced to be paired up with Patch as her biology lab partner and hates every minute of it. During a getting to know you assignment, Patch told Nora that he knew everything about her, but she knew nothing of him. Determined to finish the assignment, Nora goes to a place she would normally never go, just to get answers. Which every question she asks, Patch’s answers are always cryptic. To Nora, Patch doesn’t make any sense, but she ends up falling in love with him and they get together.

During Crescendo, Nora breaks up with Patch because he tells her that he can’t be with her, even though he wants to be. She still wants to be with him, but thinks it would be best to be apart. But everytime they run into each other, he does/says something that pulls her in, which makes her regret breaking up with him, then something else would make her push him away again. In the end, Patch decides he would rather be with Nora and deal with the consequences than to not have her in his life.

The Trouble With Spells vs. Demon Kiss (Lacey Weatherford)

From the beginning of The Trouble With Spells, Vance is in love with Portia and get together early on. Their relationship is pretty hot and heavy and due to a very special bond, they can’t spend more than a few hours apart without feeling anguish. However, Vance’s terrible past comes back with a vengence and he feels he must leave to protect Portia and her family and deal with his problems on his own. This is a little exception to our observation. Vance leaves Portia at the end of book one, but Portia races off to find him in the second book.

Demon Kiss is a little different. This time, Portia is on a mission with her friends to find Vance, help him, and bring him home. After they get back together, Portia is then taken and Vance is left to rescue her. So while they are still together in book two, they spend more time apart than you would like. This is a bit happier than the other books mentioned above in the fact that they aren’t the ones keeping them apart. Other people are trying to keep them apart, but they are determined to help one another in order to maintain their loving relationship.

Now once again, this is not a bad thing. It keeps the series entertaining and makes you want more and want them to be back together. This is just a simple observation we’ve made through our readings.

 

SYNOPSIS:

For Nora Grey, romance was not part of the plan. She’s never been particularly attracted to the boys at her school, no matter how much her best friend, Vee, pushes them at her. Not until Patch came along.

With his easy smile and eyes that seem to see inside her, Nora is drawn to him against her better judgment.

But after a series of terrifying encounters, Nora’s not sure who to trust. Patch seems to be everywhere she is, and to know more about her than her closest friends. She can’t decide whether she should fall into his arms or run and hide. And when she tries to seek some answers, she finds herself near a truth that is way more unsettling than anything Patch makes her feel.

For Nora is right in the middle of an ancient battle between the immortal and those that have fallen – and, when it comes to choosing sides, the wrong choice will cost her life.

 

Our Thoughts:

One thing that we can say about this book is that while your reading it, it will keep you guessing! You can also find yourself immersed in the story. It’s a well written story that you find is impossible to put down and once you finsih it, you’re sad it’s over and need to find out what happens in the next book.You wonder if Nora is really losing her mind or is it something more sinister. Sometimes, it’s hard to determine what is reality and what is not. Even after finishing it, I’ll re-read it like it is the first time all over again. This is another one of those books that it would be wise to pick up the second book, Crescendo, immediately after finishing Hush Hush or get it when you buy/borrow Hush Hush.