Genres

Blog Tour: Now and Again by Jennifer Ellision + Giveaway!

Posted by on Jan 29, 2016 in New Adult | 0 comments

Blog Tour: Now and Again by Jennifer Ellision + Giveaway!

Today is a special day because we’ve been visited by awesome author Jennifer Ellision, author of several novels including Now and Again (new adult romance), the Threats of Sky and Sea series (YA fantasy) and more, as part of her book release blog tour. Here’s what you need to know about Now and Again.   Check out this gorgeous trailer.   Now and Again Book Trailer Doesn’t that sound awesome? When I saw the trailer I was dying to read this book and so I did. Here’s a little bit more about it.   Unemployed. Broke. Maid of Honor. All (unfortunately) words that describe Em Hayes. Without any job leads in San Francisco, Em caves to her mother’s promise of free rent and returns home. Her best friend, Nikki, couldn’t be more thrilled. Em’s degree in Event Management is gathering dust, and what better way to put it to use than planning Nikki’s wedding? There’s just one flaw in that plan: Cole Connors. The girls’ former roommate. And part of the reason Em hasn’t been back since college graduation. Em’s never been able to forget Cole—or how close they were before she pushed him aside and ran for the hills. Cole’s never forgotten Em either— but in the past two years, she hasn’t given him much choice but to try. And, according to Nikki, there’s no better pair to plan the wedding of her dreams. Em’s usually good at squashing messy feelings, but being around Cole again brings them all rushing to the surface. And this time, she’s not sure she wants to run.   BUY LINKS Now and Again is available at the following locations: Paperback Amazon Barnes and Noble Kobo iBooks Smashwords Goodreads       You can follow along with the rest of the tour stops below. Here they are!     Blog Tour Stops 1/24 SUNDAY Pen and Muse Press 1/25 MONDAY Angie @ Oh, The Things I’ve Learned  1/26 TUESDAY Pilar @ In Love With Handmade 1/27 WEDNESDAY Ali @ NA Reads 1/28 THURSDAY Rachel @ Starlight Books 1/29 FRIDAY Pen & Muse 1/31 SUNDAY – Magali @ My Dark Writing Corner 2/1 MONDAY Jolene @ JoleneHaley.com 2/2 TUESDAY Riki @ Miss Riki 2/4 WEDNESDAY Arie @ Arie Writes 2/5 THURSDAY Book Babes 2/8 MONDAY Paula @ The Phantom Paragrapher 2/9 TUESDAY Pen and Muse Press      About the Author Jennifer Ellision spent a great deal of her childhood staying up past her bedtime with a book and a flashlight. When she couldn’t find the stories she wanted to read, she started writing them. She loves words, has a soft spot for fanfiction, and is a master of the fangirl flail. She resides in South Florida with her family, where she lives in fear of temperatures below 60 Fahrenheit. Jennifer is the author of the YA fantasy series, Threats of Sky and Sea, as well as the New Adult contemporary novel, Now and Again. Jennifer on Twitter Jennifer’s Blog Jennifer on Goodreads Other books by Jennifer     Join the book buzz using hashtag#NowandAgain   Giveaway Jennifer is giving away 3 e-copies of NOW AND AGAIN! Here’s your easy entry below via Rafflecopter. Good luck everyone! a Rafflecopter...

Read More

Review: Seriously Wicked by Tina Connolly + Giveaway

Posted by on May 4, 2015 in Reading, Young Adult | 0 comments

Review: Seriously Wicked by Tina Connolly + Giveaway

So, I review this book on my blog this morning, but I wanted to share the goodness with you here because hello, there’s a book giveaway where YOU can win a copy!! Two, I really loved this and wanted to share it with you. Check it out! First off, I have just read your new favorite book. Have you heard of Seriously Wicked by Tina Connolly? I’ve actually never read anything from Tina Connolly before but I can assure you that now, I’ll be reading pretty much everything that shoots from this woman’s fingers. Let me give you the details… About the Book SERIOUSLY WICKED by Tina Connolly The only thing worse than being a witch is living with one. Camellia’s adopted mother wants Cam to grow up to be just like her. Problem is, Mom’s a seriously wicked witch. Cam’s used to stopping the witch’s crazy schemes for world domination. But when the witch summons a demon, he gets loose—and into Devon, the cute new boy at school. Now Cam’s suddenly got bigger problems than passing Algebra. Her friends are getting zombiefied. Their dragon is tired of hiding in the RV garage. For being a shy boy-band boy, Devon is sure kissing a bunch of girls. And a phoenix hidden in the school is going to explode on the night of the Halloween Dance. To stop the demon before he destroys Devon’s soul, Cam might have to try a spell of her own. But if she’s willing to work spells like the witch…will that mean she’s wicked too? Pub. Date: May 5, 2015 Publisher: Tor Teen Buy This Book Now Before You’re Turned Into a Toad:  Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Goodreads Review   First off, if you’re looking for a fun, quirky read, look no further! Seriously Wicked is seriously freaking fantastic! I was absolutely in love with this book from page one. I think what I love about this book the most is this book is the author, Tina Connolly’s world building. She managed to make this fantastic setting, full of magic, teen angst, mischief, and love and it’s so completely believable. I think it’s rare that an author can build a magical setting like this and have it be completely believable. Miss Connolly did it flawlessly. It’s not easy to write dragons and pixies and werewolves and have your readers be like, “Yeah, okay, I believe it.” And I did. I believed it and I loved it. I think part of the reason that Tina’s world building is so amazing is that she creatively has come up with these tiny little details that make the story so believable. For example, witches use Witchipedia to look things up. Not Wikipedia. It had me giggling. But it’ s things like this that only make you love the story and the world even more.   I could go on FOR DAYS about Tina’s writing voice. It. Is. Amazing. On the first page alone, I was giggling about dragons and magic and witches. I was completely in love with and cared about the main character Cam, right from the beginning. I like Cam because she’s fun, she’s smart and she’s not a whiney, someone-come-save-me kinda girl. Even the secondary characters are fantastic. I absolutely adored Jenah! And can we all applaud that Tina managed to write a teen that actually had a parental figure that the MC likes and can take advice from? LOL. I think Seriously Wicked is a super unique read because I feel like there aren’t that many witch stories out there right now that mix contemporary magic and setting...

Read More

Cover Reveal: Pulse: Deception (and Free Book!)

Posted by on Mar 24, 2015 in New Adult, Romance, Writing | 0 comments

Cover Reveal: Pulse: Deception (and Free Book!)

What a lucky week for us at Pen and Muse! We have had not one, but two cover reveals this week. Yesterday’s was a fantastic young adult horror novel, SWEET MADNESS by Trisha Leaver and Lindsay Currie. Click here to check out that fantastic cover!   Today’s is somewhat of a different beast. PULSE: DECEPTION is a novella series by Arie James and Bette Colton, as the authors describe, told in sexy and dangerous installments. It’s a new adult, sexy romantic thriller that’s set in the heart of wine country. Check it out!   Here’s the cover for Pulse: Deception. What do you think?   PULSE: Deception (Pulse, #2)  by Arie James & Bette Colton New Adult Romantic Thriller Book release date 04/07/15 from AB Romance Blurb: Danger. Romance. Death. Bryn Everly is inching closer to the answers she’s been seeking. Who is the Cold Creek Killer? Was her father’s death really an accident or was it murder? Who is killing off her friends? Bryn dives headfirst into trying to solve the murders, forcing her to face a question she’d rather not ask herself: Is she the next target? Murder isn’t the only thing on Bryn’s mind.  She’s still captivated by sexy, boy-next-door Julian. But if she’s so enraptured with him, why does she find her mind sauntering back over to resident bad boy, Hudson? Shrouded in secrets, no one really knows what he’s up to. Danger, romance, and emotions collide in this fast-paced and sexy installment #2 in the Pulse series. PULSE is a new adult novella series from Arie James and Bette Colton, told in sexy and dangerous installments.   Free Copy of Pulse: A Novella To celebrate the cover reveal today, Pulse: a novella, the first installment in the series is completely free today! Jump on it! Get it FREE on Amazon today   About the Authors Arie James is a new adult author that lives for romance, pizza, firemen, and all things glitter. She has a Bachelor’s degree in literature, drinks far too much coffee, and lives in Fort Collins, CO. Arie on Twitter Arie’s Blog Facebook Arie on Goodreads   Bette Colton is a romance and new adult author that lives for literature, photography, and snark. She spends her days helping run a comic store and her evenings as a romance slinging Bette lives in Tucson, AZ with her husband and adorable Maltese. When she’s not writing you can find her dreaming up her next genius cos-play outfit and mapping out trips to ComicCons. Books from Arie & Bette Pulse: a Novella (Pulse, #1) Pulse: Deception (Pulse, #2) Pulse: Revelation (Pulse, #3)     Join the book buzz using hashtag...

Read More

Cover Reveal: Sweet Madness by Lindsay Currie and Trisha Leaver

Posted by on Mar 23, 2015 in Writing, Young Adult | 0 comments

Cover Reveal: Sweet Madness by Lindsay Currie and Trisha Leaver

Let me tell you. I have read this book. Sweet Madness is one of the BEST books that you’ll read in 2015. It’s not just for fans of young adult literature. This will speak directly to any readers who love mystery, horror, historical, young adult, new adult, and romance. So let me translate: Everyone should read this. I was entirely captivated reading SWEET MADNESS, wound up in a messy web of lies, deceit, intrigue, and suspense. It had me devouring and savoring each page until the very end. Without further ado, here’s the cover of Sweet Madness. SWEET MADNESS September 18, 2015 from Merit Press   Lizzie Borden took an axe And gave her mother forty whacks. When she saw what she had done, She gave her father forty one. Who was Lizzie Borden? A confused young woman, or a cold-hearted killer? For generations, people all over the world have wondered how Andrew Borden and his second wife, Abby, met their gruesome deaths. Lizzie, Andrew’s younger daughter, was charged, but a jury took only 90 minutes to find her not guilty. In this retelling, the family maid, Bridget Sullivan, shines a compassionate light on a young woman oppressed by her cheap father and her ambitious stepmother. Was Lizzie mad, or was she driven to madness?   Pre-order on Amazon Pre-order on Barnes & Noble   About the Authors Trisha Leaver lives on Cape Cod with her husband, three children, and one rather irreverent black lab.  She is a chronic daydreamer who prefers the cozy confines of her own imagination to the mundane routine of everyday life.  She writes Young Adult Contemporary fiction, Psychological Horror and Science Fiction and is published with FSG/ Macmillan, Flux/Llewellyn and Merit Press. To can learn more about Trisha’s books, upcoming shenanigans, and her quest to reel in the perfect tuna, visit her website www.trishaleaver.com   Website Twitter Instagram Facebook  Tumblr     Lindsay Currie lives in Chicago with her three awesome children, husband, and a one hundred and sixty pound lap dog named Sam. She has an unnatural fondness for coffee, chocolate and things that go bump in the night. She spends her days curled up in the comfortable confines of her writing nook, penning young adult psychological horror, contemporary fiction and science-fiction and is published with Flux/Llewellyn, Merit Press and Spencer Hill Contemporary. Learn more about her at www.lindsaycurrie.com   Website Twitter Instagram Facebook   Giveaway a Rafflecopter...

Read More

Review: Losing It: A Collection of VCards

Posted by on Feb 17, 2015 in Reading, Young Adult | 0 comments

Review: Losing It: A Collection of VCards

I admit, I was shocked and excited when I heard about Losing It: A Collection of VCards. In my opinion, it seems like sex in YA literature is still taboo and in my personal opinion, it shouldn’t be. I think that YA has the capability to be smart, interesting, deep, serious, funny, and everything in between. To act like sex, or drugs, or disorders, or smiles, or mischief, or FILL IN THE BLANK doesn’t happen in teens is severely underestimating today’s youth. Which is why I was so thrilled to hear that someone was brave enough to put together Losing It: A Collection of VCards. Here is a little more about it.   22 Bestselling YA authors reveal what went on behind the curtain in your favorite YA novels! From paranormal to contemporary, this collection features over 200 pages of ALL NEW CONTENT full of deleted scenes, extended endings, and more from the young adult series’ you love. In this YA/NA crossover collection, all of your favorite heroines are cashing in their VCards! YA just got steamy, sexy, and not afraid to go all the way! Due to the graphic nature of some content, this collection is recommended strictly for mature readers.  Stories include excerpts and extended material—ALL NEW CONTENT—featuring the following YA novels & authors: The Grimoire Saga by SM Boyce The Death Series by Tamara Rose Blodgett Penny Black Trilogy by Stacey Wallace Benefiel Dirty Blood series by Heather Hildenbrand The Mythology Series by Helen Boswell Stories About Melissa Series by Bethany Lopez Keegan’s Chronicles by Julia Crane The Tate Chronicles by K.A. Last Fragile Creatures by Kristina Circelli The Spellbound Trilogy by Nikki Jefford Judgement of the Six Series by Melissa Haag A Dark Faerie Tale Series by Alexia Purdy The Double Threat Series by Julie Prestsater The Elsker Saga by S.T. Bende Ovialell Series by Tish Thawer The Runes Series by Ednah Walters The Cornerstone Series by Misty Provencher The Waiting Series by Ginger Scott Forged Series by A.O. Peart The Arotas Series by Amy Miles Funeral Crashing Mysteries by Milda Harris The Wolf Trilogy by M.R. Polish   Losing It: A Collection of VCards is available now! Amazon US Amazon UK Barnes & Noble iBooks Kobo      Review: Losing It: A Collection of VCards If you follow me on Goodreads, (if you don’t, add me and let’s be Goodreads friends!) you’ve probably already seen my review but here it is. I absolutely love this anthology collection. A lot of people seem to have problems with sex in YA but I don’t get it. Sex happens. And we only make it more taboo by not talking about it to teens. This book is full of sweet first times, steamy scenes, and true blue love. What I love even more about it, is that the characters are from larger works by each other. I really connected with a few of these characters (and some I already loved like Helen Boswell’s). I’m able now, to head over to those books and read more about those characters. I think this book makes a fantastic companion to these authors books for readers who want a more sensitive, personal insight. I thought this anthology was done perfectly, respectfully, and edited fantastically. I would absolutely recommend this to anyone looking for a fun read, if you’re looking for some Valentine’s day fun, or if you have a curious teen. Enjoy! I know I did.       Have you read Losing It: A Collection of VCards? Do you have an opinion about sex in YA? Let me know in the comments...

Read More

10 Word Love Story Winner!

Posted by on Feb 13, 2015 in Contests, Romance, Writing | 0 comments

10 Word Love Story Winner!

Last week we ran a contest. For the contest, we challenged our readers to write a love story that was only ten words long. It’s not as easy as you think! Here was our example: Now, this one I liked because it could be interpreted as creepy or romantic or possibly somewhere in between. A HUGE thank you to everyone who commented their stories, tweeted up their stories, and emailed their 10 word love stories. I promise that I read each and every one of them. One in particular stuck out and made me laugh, which is why I chose her as the winner! Congratulations to our winner! Huge congratulations to Kay for her winning entry! Kay, please email jolene (at) penandmuse dot com with your address and she’ll send you your prize via snail mail! Congratulations again!   Kisses,...

Read More