New Countdown Widgets

Hi! A belated happy new year to everyone. Hope you rung in the new year well. Personally I didn't do anything because I just wanted to relax. I had two weeks off and just indulged in the fact that I didn't have to do anything I didn't want to :-)

I'm not one to make any resolutions, but one thing I want to change is finding more time to blog. The last year (especially the last 6 months) were really stressful and that reflected in how often I blogged. I mainly focused on making countdown widget because the few times I sat down to write a review, I couldn't get my thoughts together. Work, school and life in general took its toll. I need to learn how to manage my time and deal with stressful situations better. Fingers crossed I'll figure it out in 2015.

To start off the new year, I made new countdown widgets for upcoming releases. With the exception of The Game of Love and Death by Martha Brockenbrough, The Heart of Betrayal by Mary E. Pearson and Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon, they are all Spring 2015 Fierce Reads—which are always worth checking out. The Winner's Crime by Marie Rutkoski is already up and that's the only reason it's not pictured below.

Click here to grab the widgets for these upcoming releases and others.

Book Trailer: The Book of Ivy by Amy Engel + Giveaway

After a brutal nuclear war, the United States was left decimated. A small group of survivors eventually banded together, but only after more conflict over which family would govern the new nation. The Westfalls lost. Fifty years later, peace and control are maintained by marrying the daughters of the losing side to the sons of the winning group in a yearly ritual.

This year, it is my turn.

My name is Ivy Westfall, and my mission is simple: to kill the president's son—my soon-to-be husband—and return the Westfall family to power.

But Bishop Lattimer is either a very skilled actor or he's not the cruel, heartless boy my family warned me to expect. He might even be the one person in this world who truly understands me. But there is no escape from my fate. I am the only one who can restore the Westfall legacy.

Because Bishop must die. And I must be the one to kill him…


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          The Book of Ivy

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Amy Engel was born in Kansas and after a childhood spent bouncing between countries (Iran, Taiwan) and states (Kansas, California, Missouri, Washington, D.C.), she settled in Kansas City, Missouri where she lives with her husband and two kids. Before devoting herself full time to motherhood and writing, she was a criminal defense attorney, which is not quite as exciting as it looks on TV. When she has a free moment, she can usually be found reading, running, or shoe shopping.

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Interview with Nikki Kelly, author of Lailah + Giveaway

The release of Lailah by Nikki Kelly is almost here! To mark the moment, other bloggers and I are posting an interview with Nikki today – which includes the chance to win a signed hardcover copy of Lailah, tote bag and swag. But first, the synopsis...

Lailah by Nikki Kelly
Release Date: October 7, 2014
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Series: The Styclar Saga

The girl knows she's different. She doesn't age. She has no family. She has visions of a past life, but no clear clues as to what she is, or where she comes from. But there is a face in her dreams – a light that breaks through the darkness. She knows his name is Gabriel.

On her way home from work, the girl encounters an injured stranger whose name is Jonah. Soon, she will understand that Jonah belongs to a generation of Vampires that serve even darker forces. Jonah and the few like him, are fighting with help from an unlikely ally – a rogue Angel, named Gabriel.

In the crossfire between good and evil, love and hate, and life and death, the girl learns her name: Lailah. But when the lines between black and white begin to blur, where in the spectrum will she find her place? And with whom?

Gabriel and Jonah both want to protect her. But Lailah will have to fight her own battle to find out who she truly is.

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"An extraordinarily imaginative look into the realms of good, evil, and all that comes in between. Lailah will have you gripped until the very end." -Brittany, Please Feed the Bookworm

“Lailah: Original. Swoonworthy. Captivating. Lailah will make you have all the FEELS, and you’ll find yourself flailing for Book #2, Gabriel!” -Andrew, Endlessly Reading

“Lailah is a fast-paced read that will keep you hooked from cover to cover." -Jess, The Book Bratz

“Lailah is paranormal romance like you have never read before. With its hauntingly beautiful writing it will have you craving for more!” -Dana, Dana Square

“AHHHHHHHH! (in a good way)” - Ri, Hiver & CafĂ©

“Dark. Sexy. Intriguing. Filled with twists and turns and set on a beautiful backdrop, Lailah is sure to enchant and haunt you from the start.” -Rachel, A Perfection Called Books

Q&A with Nikki Kelly!

What inspired you to write Lailah?

As all the best stories start... 'I had a dream!' Seriously, that's what happened. I dreamed of Lailah, and the thought of her simply wouldn't leave me.

If you could only have one book with you on a deserted island, what would it be?

The Lord of the Rings (I'm taking the box set – I don't care what you say!) First, they are some of my favorite books of all time.

Second, because I would be reminded that there are worse places to be than stuck on a desert island, such as Mordor, and at least I don't have the worry of Orcs and the Nazgul.

Who are your favorite YA authors?

Lori Goldstein

Leigh Bardugo

Jessica Brody

Gennifer Albin

Marissa Meyer

Stephenie Meyer

Charlaine Harris

Mary E. Pearson

Ann Aguirre

Veronica Roth

... the list could go on and on and on...

What book introduced you to YA?

Dead Until Dark (Sookie Stackhouse #1)—Charlaine Harris

How do you write SwoonWorthy moments?

With plenty of swoon ;)

Okay... if you want to get really technical...

When writing a swoon-worthy moment, I think about the five senses – sight, hearing, taste, smell and touch – and I incorporate them into the descriptive language, which helps build the scene. I try to keep an ambiguity around 'will they, won't they' when writing these moments, building them up, only to knock them down again, ready for the next round!

Do you have any traditions you do before you sit and write?

Boil the kettle...

Brew a teapot...

Put my headphones on, and gear myself up for a long writing stretch!

You're watching TV; what TV show are you watching?

I tend to watch Netflix and almost always re-runs of The Office (American version).

If I switch on the TV, it's likely that I will be watching The Big Bang Theory.

Who is your ultimate Book Boyfriend? (No cheating!!!)

That's such an unfair question.

A—I have many!

B—the top spot on that list changes on a book by book basis!

Right now I am loving Tobias from Divergent, having just read the first book! Strong, rugged and brooding... *Le Sigh* *Le Swoon* and, yes, *fans oneself*!

What inspires you most to write? (Songs, dreams, surroundings..etc.)

Lailah came to me in a dream and stayed with me, so I'd say dreams inspire me most. But when it comes to the writing process, I would find it far more difficult to get in the mood to write an action scene, for example, without first playing the 'Rocky' soundtrack! Music is SO important.

Why did you decide to write YA?

The best advice I ever received about writing was to 'write what you know, and write what you love.' For me that was YA Fantasy with some uber-swoon thrown in!

What books would you recommend to readers who enjoyed your book?

Lailah is a YA Paranormal Romance / Fantasy, so I'd probably recommend other YA PNR novels… Oh and I have thrown in a few of my fave YA's that aren't necessarily PNR!

Mortal Instruments—Cassandra Clare

Sookie Stackhouse Novels—Charlaine Harris

The Vampire Diaries—L. J. Smith

Unremembered Trilogy—Jessica Brody

Becoming Jinn (Spring '15)—Lori Goldstein

Divergent—Veronica Roth

Styclar Street Team!

The Styclar Street Team is essentially bloggers and readers who are fans of the story, and wish to declare and spread their love for Styclar!


Want to become a member of the Styclar Street Team? We'd love to have you!

If you've read Lailah, enjoyed the story, and want to get involved, simply take a selfie with your copy of the book, and tweet it with the following hashtag: #StyclarStreetTeam

Be sure to also email the photo direct to Nikki — and your awesome selfie will be uploaded to the Street Team page of The Styclar Saga website!

Check out the page to grab buttons for your site, find out about how you can participate in the latest spreading the Styclar word activities' and enter special giveaways!

Nikki's going on the Fierce Reads Tour in October! Want to meet her? Check out the stops here!

Nikki Kelly was born and raised only minutes away from the chocolately scent of Cadbury World in Birmingham, England.

Lailah was first launched to wattpad, an online readers and writers community. Within six months, the novel had over one million reads. Lailah is Nikki's debut novel, and the first book in The Styclar Saga. She lives in London with her husband and their dogs, Alfie (a pug) and Goose (a Chihuahua).

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