Family Secrets by Kat Nichols #bookblitz and #giveaway

Family Secrets by Kat Nichols

Publication Date: January 8, 2015
Genre: Paranormal, Young Adult

An orphan by the age of sixteen, Sophia Morganthal now lives with her best friend and struggles in a world with no relatives. Midway through her Senior year, Sophia finds herself flying across the country to live with a family she never knew existed. She ends up with more questions than answers when she discovers that not only does she come from a long line of witches but that she must be initiated within the year to prevent a battle for coven leadership.
Feeling more alone than ever, Sophia finds solace in books. The journals of past initiates provide her with more than she ever wanted to know and make her question the path she’s on. Amidst all of the upheaval in her life, Sophia also finds one source of happiness- Connor. The last thing she needs is more complications, but Connor is the only person who makes her feel wanted for herself and not for what she stands for.

As Sophia learns more about herself, and what being initiated into Blackthorne coven really means, she must answer the ultimate question- would she give up everything for her family? 
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About the Author: 

Kat Nichols was born and raised in the suburbs of Chicago. The youngest of four children, she’d been known to play for hours with only a cardboard box for entertainment. Her imaginary friends had friends… and family…. and even little cities to play in. As she grew older, she began to put some of these stories down on paper, rather than keeping them in her head.


Writing a novel had always been a dream for her, perhaps an item on her bucket list, but it wasn’t until she joined a writing group with other aspiring writers that she finally got to work. When not writing, Kat is reading or driving her son to and from practices and wishing she was reading. It depends on the day. 

Kat still lives in the suburbs of Chicago with her wonderful husband, their hilarious son and their sometimes adorable and sometimes annoying cat. 

Connect with Kat: Website// Facebook// Twitter// Goodreads

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Interview

Tell us about Family Secrets. 
Family Secrets is a young adult, coming of age with a magical twist. Sophia moves to Illinois and her whole life is turned upside down. She meets family she never knew she had and finds out she comes from a long line of witches. She deals with family issues, meeting new friends and a cute boy at school, all while studying to pass her initiation. 


How did you come up with the idea for Family Secrets? 
Believe it or not, Family Secrets came to me in one sitting. We’d just formed the Rebel Writers and NaNoWriMo was about to start, so I decided to sit down to plot out a book. I locked myself in my bedroom and just put pen to paper. It took a couple hours, but when I was done I had a very basic idea of what would happen in Family Secrets.
You’ve mentioned the Rebel Writers. Who are they and how have they influenced you? 
The Rebel Writers is my writing group. We met as fans of indie author Rachel Higginson, who I love, and we all decided we’d write our first books together. They are amazing women and talented authors. If not for them, I never would have finished my first book, let alone have other books in the pipeline. We got so lucky. They are my best friends and my sisters. Cheesy, I know!

Do you have any advice for aspiring writers? 
You have to get out there and mingle with the blogging/writing/reading world. Join discussion groups, follow Facebook pages, and put yourself out there. It can be time consuming, time you may want to spend writing, but you can meet some amazing people. And then, keep going. Don’t stop writing or reading. If possible, find yourself a good writing group to help keep you sane. They will understand what you’re going through and can support you in ways even your best friends and family cannot.
Why do you like writing YA books? 
I know I’m generalizing here, but for teens, everything is new or fresh, like the tingles of first love and the devastation of first heartbreak. All of the emotions are felt so keenly and powerfully. It seems like they experience things on a grander scale and I enjoy delving into those emotions when writing. 

Where do you usually find yourself writing?
Anywhere I can. I’m a mom with a full time job and a son who plays three sports. I try to get writing in while I’m at work, on my lunches and my breaks. Plus, I’ve been known to pull out my laptop at basketball practice or dentist appointments, anywhere I can get some words in. 
Is there a character that has taken a completely different turn than you originally planned for it? Characters that you discarded and wrote out or became more important than you planned? 
I’ve often heard authors say that the characters speak to them or take over a story but I’d never really seen it in action until Ellen. She’s the cook at Sophia’s new home and like the maids, was meant to be more of a background character. As I wrote her, she demanded a much larger role and ended up being a pretty important person to Sophia. 

Do you have any upcoming projects?
I do! I’m halfway finished with book two in the Secret Societies collection. Deadly Secrets is a continuation of Sophia’s story and I plan on releasing in July or early August of this year. I also have the first chapter of a novella about Sophia’s parents up on the site, Literrater. I’d like to have it published by the end of the year. 

The Secret Societies collection will continue after that but will tell the story of a different paranormal group and since they all live in the same area, the stories will intertwine. For example, people in Deadly Secrets will show up in later books. My goal is that each set can stand alone as a series, but you can read them all in order to fully understand what is going on with these groups and the relationships between them. The first set, Secrets, focuses on Sophia and the witches, and will consist of two full length novels and one novella. 

How can our readers find you?
I can always be found on Facebook at: www.facebook.com.katnicholsauthor.com. My website is www.katnichols.com. My twitter handle is @Author_KatN. 
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Giveaway

Be sure to sign up for the giveaway! I’m giving away one ebook copy of Family Secrets thanks to the author. Giveaway is open internationally and will end on April 3rd. 

2015 Spring Bloggiesta To-do List

Bloggiesta is a blogging marathon where the participants make to-do lists to work on and help each other out. There will be several mini challenges and twitter chats to participate in as well. This time Bloggiesta is a week long! To learn more and sign up go here.

To-do list:

  • Write 4 reviews. 2 done 
  • Make Facebook page for the blog.
  • Update Review index.
  • Participate in 3 mini challenges
  • Make a banner for the blog/ Facebook page.
  • Participate in as many twitter chats as possible.
  • Update book spreadsheet/Goodreads with all new books I’ve gotten.
  • Set up review posts for the next few weeks.
  • Set up spreadsheet for my reading log for April.
  • Update layout of blog. 
  • Add Disqus.
  • Set up to automatically tweet new posts. 

Reading My Library Challenge- April 2015

The Reading My Library Challenge is hosted by Caught Read Handed and Read What I Like
National Library Week is April 12-18 and what better way to celebrate than by joining this challenge! I love getting books from the library and have 6 checked out at the moment. I have a few books to read for Netgalley in April but I’m going to try to read at least 6 library books. I’ll post the list of what I want to read below. 
This challenge is sure to be fun with the scavenger hunt that takes place April 16-30 and the twitter chat on April 18. If you want to show your appreciation for libraries then why not join this challenge. I hope you’ll join me. 
TBR: 

Beyond Love and Hate by Zoe York #Review

Title: Beyond Love and Hate
Author: Zoe York

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Publisher: ZoYo Press
Publication Date: May 31, 2014

I received this ARC from the author in exchange for an honest review. 

Series or Standalone: A Wardham Novella (#4)

Tall, dark, handsome, and totally infuriating.
Beth can’t stop thinking about the new consultant at Go West Winery. But Finn isn’t the guy for her and they both know it. 

Finn knows he can’t give Beth what she wants–and a nice guy would walk away. But when a long day of work turns into a private night, fueled by wine and pent-up desire, he gives in to his baser instincts. Damn the consequences. 

Review

I fell in love with Beth and Finn right from the beginning. The way they argue and drive each other crazy is so cute. It reminds me of how little kids treat the person they have a crush on. Their chemistry is intense and it was fun to read their ups and downs. This was a quick read and I didn’t want it to end! 

This is the first book I’ve read in the Wardham series but it won’t be my last. Zoe York writes incredible love stories with sexy heroes and I intend to read them all. 


Rating: 5 stars

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Beyond Love and Hate is now part of the boxed set, Red Hot Lovers. This set contains 18 contemporary romance books of love, passion, and sexy heroes. To see the full list of books contained within and to purchase, go to Amazon. But hurry cause it’s only available for a limited time! 

Enchantment Lake by Margi Preus #Review

Title: Enchantment Lake
Author: Margi Preus

Genre: Children’s Fiction

Publisher: University of Minnesota Press
Publication Date: March 15, 2015

I received this ARC for free in exchange for an honest review. 

Series or Standalone: Standalone

A disturbing call from her great aunts Astrid and Jeannette sends seventeen-year-old Francie far from her new home in New York into a tangle of mysteries. Ditching an audition in a Manhattan theater, Francie travels to a remote lake in the northwoods where her aunts’ neighbors are “dropping like flies” from strange accidents. But are they accidents?

On the shores of Enchantment Lake in the woods of northern Minnesota, something ominous is afoot, and as Francie begins to investigate, the mysteries multiply: a poisioned hot dish, a puzzling confession, eerie noises in the bog, and a legendary treasure that is said to be under enchantment- or is that under Enchantment, as in under the lake? At the center of everything is a suddenly booming business in cabin sales and a road not everyone wants built.

To a somewhat reluctant northwoods Nancy Drew, the intrigue proves irresistible, especially when it draws her closer to the mysteries at the heart of her own life: What happened to her father? Who and where is her mother? Who is she, and where does her heart lie- in the bustle of New York City or the deep woods of Minnesota? With its gripping story, romantic spirit, and a sly dash of modern-day trouble (evil realtors and other invasive species), Enchantment Lake will fascinate readers, providing precisely the charm that Margi Preus’s readers have come to expect.

Review

I’m in love with the cover of this book. Unfortunately, that’s about all I was in love with. I felt like this book couldn’t decide if it was middle grade or young adult. Most of the writing was good for it to be children’s fiction but there were a few subjects (smoking, drinking, etc) that were not appropriate for it to be a children’s book. The writing just wasn’t on the level with young adult though. 
Overall, I thought the story itself was decent. The character development wasn’t that great but the mystery itself was good. Francie is the only character that I was really able to picture. The rest of the characters were not described well enough for me to see them in my head. Astrid and Jeanette were supposed to be crazy old ladies but that’s not really the feeling I got from them. 
The ending felt rushed and didn’t answer a lot of questions. I’m still curious about several things that happened in the book. Also, parts of the ending didn’t make sense with the rest of the story. 
Rating: 2.5 stars 

Top Ten Tuesday #9

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and The Bookish. This week’s topic is Top Ten Books on My Spring TBR. It was hard to narrow it down to the Top Ten because I want to read so many books! However, this is definitely nowhere close to my entire Spring TBR. We’d be here forever ;).

 Incarnate by Jodi Meadows
Wicked Designs by Lauren Smith
Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
Surf & Surrender by Riley Edgewood
More than Comics by Elizabeth Briggs
Impossible Promise by Sybil Bartel
A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab
An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir
Beckon Me by Cindy Thomas
I feel like I’m way behind in my reading! What else do you think I should have on my Spring TBR? 

Weekly Recap #9

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? is a weekly meme hosted by Shelia at Book Journey.

This week I’m continuing with my participation in the 2015 March Madness Read-a-long. You can see my progress here.

What I posted: 

What I Read: 
The Secret to Seduction by Ember Casey (eARC)
The Complete Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi
Currently Reading: 

The Glass Arrow by Kristen Simmons
Enchantment Lake by Margi Preus (Netgalley)
Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
Seduction by Violetta Rand (Netgalley)
Up Next: 

The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
Beyond Love and Hate by Zoe York (eARC)


The Secret to Seduction by Ember Casey #Review

Title: The Secret to Seduction
Author: Ember Casey

Genre: Romance

Publication Date: March 12, 2015

I received this ARC from the author in exchange for an honest review.

Series or Standalone: The Fontaine Family #0

Felicia Liddle has only eight days to seduce Hollywood bad boy Luca Fontaine. 

If she wants to keep her dream job, she needs to score an interview with the infamous actor- or with one of his equally legendary (and ridiculously sexy) brothers, the notorious Fontaine boys of Hollywood. And everyone knows that the Fontaines never give interview- but everyone also knows that neither Luca nor or any of his brothers can resist a charming woman, and Felicia’s sure that’s her way in.

The only problem? Historically speaking, Felicia’s way more likely to put her foot in her mouth (or generally make an idiot of herself) than charm the pants off of anyone.

Enter Roman Everet: media mogul (read: billionaire), insanely sexy, and- oh yeah- Felicia’s new boss. He might hold the fate of her job in his hands, but he’s more than willing to help her become an expert in seduction…

THE SECRET TO SEDUCTION kicks off a brand new series from Ember– The Fontaines!
Meet the Fontaines: Hollywood royalty. L.A.’s most notorious bad boys (and girls). Permanent stars of the tabloids. And the wickedest, most devilish lovers around…

Review

Caution: This story will make you want your own billionaire to fall in love with. 
Ember Casey writes such fantastic stories about falling in love with a billionaire. I couldn’t put this book down. Felicia Liddle has just landed her dream job when the magazine she works for is bought out by Roman Everet. Desperate to keep her job, Felicia makes a deal with Roman that she can land an interview with one of the Fontaine brothers by the end of the Hollywood Saves! event that is eight days away. The problem is that Felicia has a hard time talking to men especially men that are ridiculously sexy and famous. Roman decides to give her lessons in the art of seduction but Felicia is falling for him.
The characters are very well written and relatable. Felicia is just your average girl who gets starstruck seeing the Fontaine family. The Fontaines are basically Hollywood royalty so who wouldn’t get starstruck when they are around. There are a few funny incidents that happen to Felicia involving two of the Fontaine brothers but you’ll just have to read the book for yourself to find out more about them. 😉 
Roman comes across as a really confusing, brooding guy at first. As the story progressed, I came to love him and wanted him and Felicia to end up together. The steamy scenes in this book are so well written and leave just enough to the imagination to leave you wanting more. I can’t wait for the next book in this series! 
Rating: 5 stars 

Cover Reveal: 4 Titles From the New Entangled Crush and a Giveaway

Entangled Crush is the new Teen Imprint from Entangled. This cover reveal includes the first 4 titles under the Entangled Crush name.

Aimee and the Heartthrob
Ophelia London
April 14, 2015

He never noticed her before, but now she’s all he can see…

Miles Carlisle is every teen girl’s fantasy. His rugged good looks and exotic British accent have helped catapult his boy band, Seconds to Juliet, to super-stardom. But after two disastrous and very public breakups, Miles isn’t interested in dating just any girl; he wants The One. And the only girl he’s interested in is not only his best friend’s little sister- and off-limits- but won’t even give him the time of day…

As a kid, Aimee Bingham had a huge thing for Miles… until he made fun of her for always tagging along. Now that she’s outgrown both him and her pigtails, the prospect of spending two weeks on tour with the childhood crush who broke her heart isn’t exactly enticing. Except now Miles seems interested. Very interested. And no matter how hard Aimee tries to resist him, her crush is definitely making a comeback.

But everyone knows that falling for a heartthrob is a backstage pass to heartbreak…

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The Truth About Jack
Jody Gehrman
April 14, 2015
Can the write guy be the right guy? 

Dakota McCloud has just been accepted into a prestigious art school. Soon she’ll leave behind the artists’ colony where she grew up- hippie dad, tofu since birth, yurt- and join her boyfriend and best friend on the East Coast. It was the plan… until Dakota finds out her boyfriend and best friend hooked up behind her back.
Hurt and viciously betrayed, Dakota pours out her heart on a piece of paper, places it in a bottle, and hurls it into the ocean. But it doesn’t quite go where she expects…
Jack Sauvage finds the bottle washed up on the shore and responds to Dakota’s letter. Except what if his straight-laced life doesn’t jive with the free-spirited girl he’s only seen from afar? As Jack creates a persona he believes she’ll love, they slowly fall for each other with each new letter. Now Jack is trying to find a way to make this delicate, on-paper romance happen in real life… without revealing his deception. 

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Center Ice
Cate Cameron
May 19, 2015
The hometown hockey hero won’t know what hit him…
Karen Webber is in small-town hell. After her mother’s death, she moved to Corrigan Falls to live with strangers- her dad and his perfect, shiny new family- and there doesn’t seem to be room for a city girl with a chip on her shoulder. The only person who makes her feel like a real human being is Tyler MacDonald. 
But Karen isn’t interested in starting something with a player. And that’s all she keeps hearing about Tyler.
Corrigan Falls is a hockey town, and Tyler’s the star player. But the viselike pressure from his father and his agent are sending him dangerously close to the edge. All people see is hockey- except Karen. Now they’ve managed to find something in each other that they both desperately need. And for the first time, Tyler is playing for keeps…

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Mia and the Bad Boy
Lisa Burstein
May 19, 2015
This good girl’s about to meet her match…

Ryder Brooks is living the dream- he’s famous, loved by millions of girls, and miserable. All he really wants is to write his own music, not Seconds to Juliet’s sugary sweet pop. In order to do that, though, the “bad boy” of the band will have to play by the rules. And that includes behaving with his new- and super cute- uber-good-girl tutor.
Mia Reyes is in fangirl heaven. Tutoring her favorite member of her favorite band? It’s a dream come true… until it turns into a complete nightmare. Ryder is nothing like she thought. He’s crude, arrogant, and pretty much a total jerk. And the worst part? She’s roped into pretending to be his girlfriend so that no one finds out he’s being tutored. Fake kisses, plenty of PDA, and even sharing his hotel room…
But sometimes even the baddest of bad boys needs a little redemption. 

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Giveaway
Entangled is hosting a giveaway to celebrate the reveals/releases. The prize is $25 Amazon gift card. 

Cover Reveal: Hitched by Dawn Rae Miller

Hitched by Dawn Rae Miller
Publication Date: April 14, 2015
Genre: New Adult, Romance

Life hasn’t been easy for twenty-three year old Ellie Jacobs since her boyfriend, Fletch, walked out of her life two years earlier. She’s stuck in a consulting job she hates, buried under crushing student loans, and still longing for Fletch despite her best efforts to leave the past behind. 

Letting go is hard when everywhere she turns, there’s a reminder of Fletch- from his face on gossip magazines to everyone being obsessed with his company, GroundFloor. 

So when Ellie finds herself at a mutual friend’s wedding with Fletch, she decides to grin and bear it for the sake of the bride and groom. But years of anger have piled up and Ellie doesn’t know if she can last the weekend without going crazy or lashing out. 

However, as the wedding weekend progresses, Ellie realizes anger can only take you so far, but love can take you farther. 


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This is Book #2 of the Crushed Series. 












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Dawn is a Twitter and fashion addict whose favorite things in her life are her family, gorgeous dresses, tea leaf salad, and French macarons. She splits her time between San Francisco, Northern Virginia, and Paris. 
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