Hunger Games Nail Polish Giveaway!

Are you ready for Hunger Games to premiere this Friday? My friends and I have already purchased our tickets and are chomping at the bit to see it!

This past Saturday we all went to the nail salon and got manicures and pedicures using polish from China Glaze’s Hunger Games line. What do you think?

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We were both riveted by Riveting and besotted with Smoke and Ashes. My nail technician was a little perplexed that I wanted a flower with Smoke and Ashes. Putting Luxe and Lush over the manicure sealed my HG look.

My other friend used Foie gras on her toes with lux and lush and dress me up with lux and lush again. The topcoat really made those colors stand out and I want to recreate the look myself

Now why am I babbling on about nail polish? Well, I want to share the HG nail polish with you! I’m giving away four polishes: Riveting, Foie Gras, Hook and Line, and Smoke and Ashes.

I’ll choose two winners via random.org. If chosen, then you can choose two of the polishes as your own!

Giveaway ends Sunday, March 25 at 12:00 AM PST!

However, I’d like to know the following:
Who is your favorite character in The Hunger Games (book 1 only) and what is your favorite quote related to that character!

Happy entering!

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Cover Reveal! My Super Sweet 16th Century by Rachel Harris

Cover Reveal Alert!

I was one of the lucky ones who was chosen to reveal My Super Sweet 16th Century by Rachel Harris. I cannot tell you how excited I am to read this as it combines several components I love in literature! YA, check. Historical Fiction, check. Romance, check! From what I can gather it kind of seems like Anna and the French Kiss meets Philippa Gregory, in my opinion. Without further adieu, here is the smashing cover!

And if that didn’t captivate your attention (and it should!) here is an excerpt!

I hear their muffled whispers and understand every Italian word. Every witty comment made at my expense.
It’s like my brain is automatically translating.
I bunch the soft fabric of the dress in my hand and then reach up to feel the ribbon in my hair. I lightly skim my fingers over my chin and feel my lack of zit. I take in the costumes of the crowd, the stench of the animals, and the Italian I can now speak and understand. And suddenly it hits me.
Reyna must have pulled some kind of gypsy mojo.
Maybe this is one of those nifty “change your life” magic scenarios like in the movies. I mean, mostly I’m still expecting to blink and be right back in the midst of overpriced, gaudy tourism, but for now, the gypsy-time-warp explanation is infinitely better than thinking I’ve lost my mind. As I decide to go with that option, I feel my frantic tension melt away.
The growing crowd seems to notice my change in demeanor and begins shooting one another amused looks, but I don’t care anymore. A smile stretches across my face. Evidently, I was wrong earlier; Reyna is a psychic mind reader, because if this is her special brand of bibbity-bobbity-boo, then she made my exact daydream from earlier in the courtyard come to life.
The long red gown, the braided hair, the Italian merchant’s daughter, the time period. I am in Renaissance Florence.
I stare dumbly at the ground, the words and reality sinking in.
I’m in Renaissance Florence!

 

My Super Sweet 16th Century will be published on September 11, 2012. You can preorder it at the links below:

My Super Sweet 16th Century, by Rachel Harris is available for pre-order on: Amazon | Barnes & Noble Be sure to add it to your TBR pile on Goodreads

 

Be sure to connect with Rachel at:

www.RachelHarrisWrites.com
www.twitter.com/@RachelHarrisYA
www.facebook.com/RachelHarrisYA
www.goodreads.com/RachelHarris

Blind Sight Tour: Review of Leocardo’s Excerpt

Here comes part two of three of my Blind Sight Blog Tour posts.  Please see last week’s post on Aniela’s excerpt for my thoughts on that portion of Blind Sight.

Leocardo’s excerpt contained much of the plot and development that Aniela’s has, however, this is from his point of view. I didn’t connect with Leocardo as quickly and fully as I did with Aniela. I did feel that Leocardo was very well thought out and I understood and sympathized with his plight and position.

I really liked several surprises that popped up while in Leocardo’s head. While I am unsure as to the function of his friendship with Tatiana/Leila, it is good to see the character did not completely disappear.

I was interested in seeing Leocardo’s opinion on people, specifically thinking that Aniela and Nate were in a relationship, his own failed attempt with Claudia, and hes budding connection with Aniela.

I thought the significance of the WIlliam character was a bit underused in this section, but I do understand why.

The best part about this section: the end! Wow, just when I thought the cliffhanger in Aniela’s section was juicy, now I read about another one! This second part cliffhanger should definitely keep readers interested in seeing more of the Blind Sight world.

The writing in this half was really tight from the beginning. It was another enjoyable read!

Now, am I Team Anelia, Team Leocardo, or Team Odette? Stay tuned for part three to find out!

PRIZES: Did you enjoy the review? You could win a gift card and I could win one too! Just leave a comment about the review below and you’re entered in the drawing.

Learn more about Blind Sight: A blind girl drawing is abnormal even on the magical island of Edaion where leaves brush themselves into piles in the middle of the night. So when Odette Reyes, a girl blind from birth, begins to experience ominous side effects of the island’s “gift,” her brother Leocardo and best friend Aniela must figure out what the doctors cannot. As an immigrant, Leocardo is not biased by accepted rules of magic and determines that Odette’s drawings are premonitions. Aniela grew up with magic and knows premonitions are impossible. She determines Odette is a medium channeling voiceless spirits.

Who is right? Whose eyes will you read through?

Both books are “volume one” you can read one without the other and still get a complete story, but you won’t see how the characters interpret the same situation differently.

Buy the book! Both volumes are available as an e-book for Kindle (Aniela’s vol. / Leocardo’s vol.) and Nook (Aniela’s vol. / Leocardo’s vol.) Don’t have an e-reader, pick up a PDF on Smashwords (Aniela’s vol. / Leocardo’s vol.)

The paperback special edition will be available in the fall (northern hemisphere).

The authors:

Eliabeth wrote her first mini-series in second grade when the teacher told her she was not old enough to write a chapter book. Regrettably, for fear of turning into a starving artist, Eliabeth played it safe in college and is now a recent William Jewell graduate with a BA in International Business and Japanese. She now returns to what she truly loves, creating worlds for people to escape to and characters for them to fall in love with. Ermisenda began writing Harry Potter fan-fiction at the age of twelve and started developing her own writing at fourteen when she joined play sites and completed her first crime novel at fifteen. Although her favorite genres were crime and fantasy, she reads a bit of everything. Driven by the desire to evoke the kaleidoscope of emotions her favorite authors are able to, she kept writing. Growing up bilingual amongst her Spanish family in Australia, she found a love and deep appreciation for language and the power it wielded. She is now a Psychology major at the University of Newcastle. Together, they write as Ermilia.

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Blind Sight Tour: Review of Aniela’s excerpt

I was chosen to do this Blog Tour for Blind Sight months ago. I’ve been desperate to do ARC reviews and cannot thank Ermilia and Eliabeth enought for the opportunity.

This review will be for Aniela’s excerpt ONLY. If you’ve read my reviews, you know they usually do not include spoilers.

I really liked the introduction to the royal family and Aniela’s world. The flashback portion was brilliant and very strongly written. I wish the entire excerpt contained more flashbacks. I loved the complex family dynamic and how each family member fit in or in some cases, did not, fit into the dynamic.

At first, Aniela is the dutiful daughter who doesn’t understand her reckless sister Tatiana, nor her lackluster brother Theodore. Aniela is a strongly written character and instantly likeable, much like Mia Thermopolis in the Princess Diaries. Aniela is well-rounded, never flat, and is a progressive royal involved in a job at a floral shop and runs her own orphanage, Phoenix.

Once Aniela befriends the blind immigrant Odette and her brother Leo, the action and plot of this half of the novel starts to develop. I felt that all the relationships were believable and realistic for teenagers, especially ones who live on a magical island. About halfway through the novel is where I begin to be completely engrossed and cannot put it down. What exactly is Odette? That’s one of many main questions as Aniela, her brother, Leo, and others search to find what is behind the ailing Odette’s behaviors, namely her eerie drawings.

The writing gets tighter in this half of the book and while I usually unravel big plot points and secrets, I was completely gobsmacked about some developments I did not see coming. To not spoil things I will just say looking back, now the William character seems a little fishy but I really dismissed him as someone in the background and did not give him any importance. Flash forward to the climax and it turns out he is super important!

I absolutely LOVE cliffhangers and there is a secret meeting at the end between two characters who are unlikely to ever really interact outside of a mutual friendship. Their conversation and the acknowledgement of a secret which was not divulged but alluded to left me breathless. I simply NEED to know what this secret is!!!!

I was really invested in Blind Sight, particularly in the tangled web of superbly developed characters. Aniela undergoes a major, and well crafted character arc and it is really interesting to see how it plays out between the pages. I loved being in her head and her heart throughout the excerpt.

I will refrain on stating if I am Team Aniela or Team Leo at the moment but if you enjoy reading YA, especially paranormal YA, Blind Sight is a very enjoyable and suspenseful read!

PRIZES: Did you enjoy the review? You could win a gift card and I could win one too! Just leave a comment about the review below and you’re entered in the drawing.

Learn more about Blind Sight: A blind girl drawing is abnormal even on the magical island of Edaion where leaves brush themselves into piles in the middle of the night. So when Odette Reyes, a girl blind from birth, begins to experience ominous side effects of the island’s “gift,” her brother Leocardo and best friend Aniela must figure out what the doctors cannot. As an immigrant, Leocardo is not biased by accepted rules of magic and determines that Odette’s drawings are premonitions. Aniela grew up with magic and knows premonitions are impossible. She determines Odette is a medium channeling voiceless spirits.

Who is right? Whose eyes will you read through?

Both books are “volume one” you can read one without the other and still get a complete story, but you won’t see how the characters interpret the same situation differently.

Buy the book! Both volumes are available as an e-book for Kindle (Aniela’s vol. / Leocardo’s vol.) and Nook (Aniela’s vol. / Leocardo’s vol.) Don’t have an e-reader, pick up a PDF on Smashwords (Aniela’s vol. / Leocardo’s vol.)

The paperback special edition will be available in the fall (northern hemisphere).

The authors:

Eliabeth wrote her first mini-series in second grade when the teacher told her she was not old enough to write a chapter book. Regrettably, for fear of turning into a starving artist, Eliabeth played it safe in college and is now a recent William Jewell graduate with a BA in International Business and Japanese. She now returns to what she truly loves, creating worlds for people to escape to and characters for them to fall in love with. Ermisenda began writing Harry Potter fan-fiction at the age of twelve and started developing her own writing at fourteen when she joined play sites and completed her first crime novel at fifteen. Although her favorite genres were crime and fantasy, she reads a bit of everything. Driven by the desire to evoke the kaleidoscope of emotions her favorite authors are able to, she kept writing. Growing up bilingual amongst her Spanish family in Australia, she found a love and deep appreciation for language and the power it wielded. She is now a Psychology major at the University of Newcastle. Together, they write as Ermilia.

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