Hi! Just wanted to let everyone know why the blog or even the countdown widget page hasn't been getting updated lately.

To make the story short, I ended up in the hospital having to have emergency surgery. I can't really say everything is back to normal, but it's better than it was before the surgery. Unrealistically, I thought that things would go back to normal or as close as I can get at this time when I left the hospital, but I'm forced to realize that's not going to be the case. I'll be starting physical therapy soon and hopefully that will get things back to normal as soon as possible.

I just added three new widgets for both upcoming versions of The Dead House by Dawn Kurtagich and Ten Thousand Skies Above You by Claudia Gray.

As always, you can request a widget for an upcoming book you'd like here. The more request for a certain book the higher it goes on my to-do list. Share the link to the page with everyone you know is looking forward to the same book as you and the faster the widget will be made.

Release Week Blitz: Invaded by Melissa Landers + Giveaway

I am so thrilled to help Melissa Landers with her release week launch party for INVADED! See a note from Melissa below and make sure to enter the giveaway!

Hey, fiction lovers. I'm Melissa Landers, author of the Alienated series (YA sci-fi from Disney-Hyperion), and today I'm bouncing with excitement because THE SEQUEL IS FINALLY HERE!

It's been a year since we left Aelyx and Cara onboard the intergalactic transport, and INVADED begins with an emotional goodbye as they part ways—Aelyx returning to Earth to salvage the alliance, and Cara continuing to L'eihr to serve out her part of the student exchange. While they're apart, our star-crossed lovers will face assassination attempts, betrayal, crippling self-doubt, and a sadistic alien Phys Ed class. (Because there's no escaping PE, even in another galaxy.) When Aelyx and Cara finally reunite…well, let's just say it's combustive. ;-)

What do reviewers think? I'm glad you asked!

"Readers will love the seamless blend of suspense, humor, and romance set against an interstellar landscape. Dual narratives and a tightly plotted mystery keep the suspense running high, and the chemistry between Aelyx and Cara smolders." –Booklist

"Excellent character development and integration between modern reality and science fiction. Teens will be rooting for the galactic couple while enjoying the action and suspense that runs through the two volumes." –School Library Journal

"The protagonists' forced separation gives greater depth to their romance. Each learns to turn a critical eye upon the flaws of their native societies while confronting genuine obstacles to a future together. These complications only underscore the growing sense of menace that propels the narrative to an action-packed climax." –Kirkus

I hope you'll make tracks to the nearest bookstore and pick up a copy of INVADED! If you're snowed in, here are some easy links to bring the sequel right to you:

To celebrate my book birthday, I'm offering one lucky winner a $25 gift card to Barnes & Noble and an autographed swag pack, complete with mini posters of BOTH books! This giveaway is open internationally, and due to sweepstakes laws, entrants must be 18 years or older to participate.

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Best of luck, and happy reading!

Melissa Landers is a former teacher who left the classroom to pursue other worlds. A proud sci-fi geek, she isn't afraid to wear her Princess Leia costume in public—just ask her husband and three kids. She lives outside Cincinnati in the small town of Loveland, "Sweetheart of Ohio." For more information, or just to say hello, visit www.melissa-landers.com.

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.


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