WOW! Has the year flown by or what? I can’t believe we’re ready for another fun filled week where we look back at some of the best of all things books of 2014 and what books we’re looking forward to in 2015.

Last year my dear blogging buddies had a blast co-hosting an event that was made of awesome. These lovey ladies are –Rachel from Fiktshun Jaime from Two Chicks on Books and Mindy from Magical Urban Fantasy Reads and this year they have added a new co-host! Nancy from Tales of a Ravenous Reader  (That's ME!!) and I am excited to join this amazing group for such a great event! And always a thanks goes out to our original co-hosts Lisa from A Life Bound By Books and Jessica from Confessions of a Bookaholic who will not be hosting the event with us due to their busy lives we hope they’ll be back in 2015!
 

The event runs for five consecutive days, the last week of the year. Five days of some of our favorite lists and we invite ALL of YOU to join in on the fun and share your lists with everyone too!
 

Each day of the event we hope you’ll visit one of the hosting blogs and share your list with the Linky that will be provided. Just be sure you follow which lists goes on which day. Speaking of... here’s what we’re doing for this year’s event!

Monday, December 22nd – Best Books I’ve Read in 2014 (Doesn’t have to be released in 2014, just a book you’ve read in 2014)
Tuesday, December 23rd – 
Best Book Covers of 2014 (MUST be a book released in 2014. Would be best if it’s a book you’ve READ in 2014, but it’s not required)

Wednesday, December 24th – 
Best ________ Of 2014 (Readers/Bloggers choice. Please fill in the blank with ONE of these topics – Villains, Contemporaries, Dual POV’s, Novellas, Adult titles, New Adult titles, Love Triangles, Couples, Bad Boys or Debuts. REMEMBER – this list MUST be from books you’ve READ in 2014)

Thursday, December 25th – 
Best Book Boyfriends of 2014 (MUST be from a book released in 2014 and from a book you’ve READ in 2014)

Friday, December 26th – 
Top 10 Books I’m looking forward to in 2015. (This list should be comprised of books released ONLY in 2015)


How you do these posts/lists is totally up to you. What books, covers and characters you pick are all your own.

The only rules to follow are posting the topics on the dates we’ve provided.


Now, I know what you’re all thinking. That this will be hard to keep to 10. Some of you might like to break the lists up a bit. Working with a Top 10 for YA books and then a Top 10 for New Adult or Adult titles. Feel free to add honorable mentions if you’re also having a hard time sticking to 10. However, with the honorable mentions, please try to keep it to a minimum or it kind of defeats the whole purpose of things.

 

Our main focus of this event is for YOU to join in and share your lists with us all and for everyone to visit each other’s blogs’ and see what books have made it on THEIR lists.
 

The event is simple. Follow the dates and list topics as provided and fill out the linky below. This gives us an idea who will be joining us for the Top 10 week. THEN, be sure to come back to one of our blogs on each of the five days and link up your post for that specific day! Just remember, each day will have a linky for THAT Top 10 topic.
 

Also, you don’t want to miss a day during the event. We just might have some giveaways up our sleeves and joining in the event, keeping up with our and everyone lists just might help you enter to win! Additional giveaway details to follow, so keep checking back to find out what we’re giving away and when!


And don’t forget to snag our button and to help spread the word for the event. We’d love to have anyone and everyone join us this year. The more the merrier! 


So, come and join us in all this bookish fun. I cannot wait to share my list and see what is on yours.

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NOTE: this is the SAME Linky on each of the Co-Hosts Blogs, so please only enter your Name, Blog Name and URL on one blog. Thanks!


Be sure to take the button provided for the event and display it on your blog and link it back to this post so anyone who wants to find out more info about the event easily knows how to find us.


We hope everyone who reads this will be as excited for this event as we are and we can't wait to check out all of your lists!


GIVEAWAY

YES!! there is an awesome giveaway for participating.

Each Co-Host will be mailing books for this totally awesome giveaway!
NO PURCHASE NECESSARY
Giveaway is ONLY open to those who've signed up to participate.
Must be 13 or older to enter
Giveaway is US ONLY
Giveaway is open until December 21st at 11:59 p.m. PST
Prizes will be sent separately from each of the four hosts to the winner via Media Mail



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SKIP TO THE GOOD PARTS RELEASE DAY LAUNCH


   Today we have the release day launch of Skip to the Good Part, a sexy new collection of the hottest scenes from 20 phenomenal authors. I am so excited to share it!!!
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About Skip to the Good Part: Skip to the Good Part: 20 Authors Reveal Their Steamiest Scenes offers face-fanning romance and tie-me-up sizzle (and everything in between) from top authors including New York Times and USA Today bestsellers.   The collection features a British alpha who wants to turn a good girl bad, a woman realizing her impetuous marriage to a stripper isn’t all bad, a bad-boy boxer who could use a large dose of sexual healing, a carnie who has found new and inventive uses for fun house mirrors, and a rocker who wants to woo the girl who got away: his high school sweetheart.   Read 20 of the best steamy scenes in contemporary romance and erotic romance today. This 250-page collection will get your blood pumping, your heart racing, and your skin tingling—you’re sure to discover a new favorite. Due to the graphic nature of some content, this collection is recommended strictly for mature readers.   New York Times best-selling authors: Raine Miller | Kendall Ryan | K. Bromberg | Carly Phillips | Denise Grover Swank | S.L. Scott USA Today best-selling authors: Christine Bell | Rebecca Shea | Andrea Smith Featuring: Magan Vernon | Kristie Cook | Nevaeh Lee & Michelle Lynn | Alessandra Thomas | Selena Laurence | Heidi Joy Tretheway | Elizabeth Briggs | Meghan March | Taylor Michaels | K.B. Nelson | Elise Covert  

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KISSCON: An Avon Affair at COPPERFIELD's

http://www.copperfieldsbooks.com/event/kisscon-avon-affair

WHERE:
COPPERFIELD's
San Rafael Store
850 4th Street
San Rafael

WHO:
Join us for the first annual kisscon with romance authors Ilona and Gordon Andrews, Sarah Maclean, Laura Kaye, Rachel Gibson, Elizabeth Boyle, Cathy Maxwell, Lori Wilde, TJ Kline, Jennifer Ryan, and Julie Anne Long

WHEN:
11am–noon: VIP Reception with the Authors! $10. Food, swag, and a featured book of your choice! Limited space. Reserve your tickets by clicking here.
1–3pm: Main Event with Authors; Speed Round Q&A; trivia with prizes, raffle, book signing and wine tasting courtesy of Little Black Dress Wines.

Jill over at Breaking the Spine started this and I believe that it's awesome" This blog post is to alert those that visit about "the" book that we cannot wait to get our hands on.

I am a major fangirl of Morgan Rhodes and adore her Falling Kingdoms series and now she is set to entrap me with another series of awesome. A BOOK OF SPIRITS AND THEIVES combines her Falling Kindoms world with a modern day times for a new high fantasy. Can we say YES!!! score and give me more, more, more.
 

 A BOOK OF SPIRITS AND THIEVES
Spirit and Thieves, Book One
by Morgan Rhodes
ISBN-13: 978-1595147592
Publisher: Razorbill
Amazon, Goodreads

New York Times bestselling author Morgan Rhodes takes readers into exhilarating new high-fantasy territory with A BOOK OF SPIRITS AND THIEVES. Written in alternating perspectives that shift between modern-day Toronto and the ancient kingdoms of Mytica, Rhodes masterfully weaves the dark, magical world of her Falling Kingdoms series into an epic contemporary saga that will leave you breathless. 

Modern-day Toronto: A heavy leather-bound book written in an unrecognizable language is delivered to the Speckled Muse, the antique bookshop owned by Crystal and Becca Hatcher’s mother. When Becca opens it, she’s sent into a coma, leaving Crys behind to uncover a series of terrifying secrets.

Ancient Mytica: A merciless goddess hunts for the elusive treasure that will make her ruler not only of Mytica, but of all the unseen worlds that lay beyond it.

Modern-day Toronto: Rich and aimless Farrell Grayson finally has the chance to prove himself when the mysterious leader of a powerful secret society invites him into his fold.

Ancient Mytica: Maddox Corso has always been different, but never remarkable. Everything changes the day he meets a pretty, unfamiliar girl from a faraway land, only to realize that he’s the only one who can see her.


Fate has brought these young people together, but ancient magic threatens to rip them apart.

Today on Tales of the Ravenous Reader I am very excited to announce that I am part of The Raven Cycle Tarot Tour

I am very excited to be a part of this tour because I adore Maggie Stiefvater and her Raven Boy's series is positively brilliant. It is Romantic, suspenseful, adventurous and I cannot get enough of this world and it's unforgettable characters.  I hope that join me on this tour and follow along on all the tour stops to see all 22 Tarot cards revealed, with an opportunity at each stop to win a Limited Edition The Raven Cycle Tarot Deck.

The Raven Cycle Tarot Tour ( November 1 to November 22) is an amazing adventure featuring the Major Arcana, with each stop of the tour revealing one of the 22 cards designed by Maggie Stiefvater (she is so talented), and will use that card to reveal the past, present and future of The Raven Cycle series. Please use the calendar below featuring all the stops on the tour, and you can visit the This is Teen Pinterest page daily for each post!

 To view the TEMPERANCE card you will have to scroll down for the reveal :)

 Blue Lily, Lily Blue by Maggie Stiefvater Series: The Raven Cycle #3 Publisher: Scholastic Press Publication Date: October 21, 2014
READ THE PROLOGUE HERE
or LISTEN TO AN AUDIO EXCERPT OF THE PROLOGUE HERE 
Read by Will Patton, published by Scholastic Audio in 2014. Music by Kate Hummel 
  

Book 3: Blue Lily, Lily Blue
There is danger in dreaming. But there is even more danger in waking up.

Blue Sargent has found things. For the first time in her life, she has friends she can trust, a group to which she can belong. The Raven Boys have taken her in as one of their own. Their problems have become hers, and her problems have become theirs.

The trick with found things though, is how easily they can be lost.




Book 1: The Raven Boys
Every year, Blue Sargent stands next to her clairvoyant mother as the soon-to-be dead walk past. Blue never sees them--until this year, when a boy emerges from the dark and speaks to her. His name is Gansey, a rich student at Aglionby, the local private school. Blue has a policy of staying away from Aglionby boys. Known as Raven Boys, they can only mean trouble.

But Blue is drawn to Gansey, in a way she can't entirely explain. He is on a quest that has encompassed three other Raven Boys: Adam, the scholarship student who resents the privilege around him; Ronan, the fierce soul whose emotions range from anger to despair; and Noah, the taciturn watcher who notices many things but says very little.

For as long as she can remember, Blue has been warned that she will cause her true love to die. She doesn't believe in true love, and never thought this would be a problem. But as her life becomes caught up in the strange and sinister world of the Raven Boys, she's not so sure anymore.

Book 2: The Dream Thieves
Now that the ley lines around Cabeswater have been woken, nothing for Ronan, Gansey, Blue, and Adam will be the same. Ronan, for one, is falling more and more deeply into his dreams, and his dreams are intruding more and more into waking life. Meanwhile, some very sinister people are looking for some of the same pieces of the Cabeswater puzzle that Gansey is after....

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Entertainment Weekly has called Maggie Stiefvater, “one of the finest YA novelists writing today.” Maggie Stiefvater is a writer, artist, and musician and the New York Times bestselling author of Shiver, hailed by Publishers Weekly in a starred review as, “a lyrical tale,” and by BookPage as, “beautifully written, even poetic at times, and a perfect indulgence for readers of all ages.” There are more than 1.8 million copies of the Shiver trilogy in print. Since publication, rights to thirty-six foreign editions of Shiver have been licensed. Linger, the second book in the Shiver trilogy, debuted at #1 on the New York Times Bestseller list. The Scorpio Races (2011) was named to the following best of the year lists for 2011: Publishers Weekly, School Library Journal, The Horn Book and Kirkus Reviews. In addition, The Scorpio Races was named a 2012 Michael L. Printz Honor Book by the American Library Association and a New York Times Notable Children’s Book. Time Magazine called, The Raven Boys, Book #1 in Stiefvater’s latest New York Times bestselling series The Raven Cycle, “A flirtier kind of horror-fantasy, aimed at teens clutching tattered Twilight and Sandman paperbacks....Stiefvater’s quirky prose has ample nerdy pleasures.” Stiefvater lives in Virginia with her family.

THE TAROT
The tarot is a divination system that uses a deck of cards to gain insight. Most decks are comprised of 78 cards divided into the Major Arcana and Minor Arcana, with each card being symbolic of an energy or spiritual truth. The Major Arcana are known as the “trump cards” because they impart messages of greater weight and significance than the Minor Arcana.

The Raven Cycle Tarot Tour features the Major Arcana, with each stop on the tour revealing one of the 22 cards as designed by Maggie Stiefvate and will use that card to reveal the past, present and future of The Raven Cycle series.

NOW ARE YOU READY FOR THE TEMPERANCE CARD REVEAL? 

HERE
IT
IS

 

Temperance is card number 14, and represents sensibility, balance, health and moderation.

Do you see both sides of an argument? Can you lead adversarial parties toward a middle ground? Have you recently discovered the value in sharing control? Is your recovery something that has brought you to a happy medium in life? Are the days of excess behind you? The Temperance card is the Tarot's way of indicating that peace will not be arriving, because you already have it within you. When you are in that even place away from the harsh side of things, you will find that peace, and in unleashing it, exert the greatest amount of control over your world with the least amount of effort you could ever imagine.

Ahhhh! My poor heart! The Temperance card clearly indicates the peace and harmony are attainable for Blue and her Raven Boys. The goal is within reach, a balance...but at what price?


PAST: The past has indicated to these Blue and the boys that peace and harmony have been a difficult thing to attain. At times it has been very attainable and then others it has been a fleeting gesture but that they should not give up and that if anything they should search for the answer within themselves.
PRESENT: Many actions have been made to keep things balanced but the grip on this control is tenuous at best and the sacrifice of Blue and Gansey has exhibited the most heartache. Everyone has a role to play, a price to pay, but is it enough?
FUTURE: What could the TEMPERANCE card mean for the fourth and final book in The Raven Cycle series? Could this card be talking about Gansey? Blue? Ronan? or another character that has not yet appeared? What must be sacrificed to maintain the balance of things? Only time will tell....

GIVEAWAY
And now, it's time for an amazing giveaway!
One winner is going to receive The Raven Boys, The Dream Thieves, and Blue Lily, Lily Blue, as well as a limited edition Maggie Stiefvater Major Arcana tarot deck!
   GOOD LUCK!!

 

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COVER REVEAL: BECOMING RAIN BY K. A. TUCKER

We are so stoked about this cover reveal for K.A. Tucker's BECOMING RAIN! BECOMING RAIN is a New Adult Romantic Suspense novel, and the second novel in K.A. Tucker’s Burying Water Series, published by Atria Books an imprint of Simon & Schuster. BECOMING RAIN is set to be released March 3, 2015!

Becoming Rain
 

US BUY LINKS:

Amazon ** Barnes & Noble ** Books-a-Million ** IndieBound ** Apple ** Blio ** Books-a-Million ** Google

UK BUY LINKS

Amazon ** Barnes & Noble ** Apple ** Google ** Waterstones ** Foyles

  About BECOMING RAIN: Luke Boone doesn't know exactly what his uncle Rust is involved in but he wants in on it-the cars, the money, the women. And it looks like he's finally getting his wish. When Rust hands him the managerial keys to the garage, they come with a second set-one that opens up the door to tons of cash and opportunity. Though it's not exactly legal, Luke's never been one to worry about that sort of thing. Especially when it puts him behind the wheel of a Porsche 911 and onto the radar of gorgeous socialite named Rain. Clara Bertelli is at the top of her game-at only twenty-six years old, she's one of the most successful undercover officers in the Washington D.C. major crime unit, and she's just been handed a case that could catapult her career and expose one of the west coast's most notorious car theft rings. But, in order to do it, she'll need to go deep undercover as Rain Martines. Her target? The twenty-four-year old nephew of a key player who appears ready to follow in his uncle's footsteps. As Clara drifts deeper into the luxurious lifestyle of Rain, and further into the arms of her very attractive and charming target, the lines between right and wrong start to blur, making her wonder if she'll be able to leave it all behind. Or if she'll even want to.  

And don't miss the first book in this thrilling series BURYING WATER...

Burying Water

Amazon ** Barnes & Noble ** iBooks ** Kobo ** IndieBound

About BURYING WATER: The top-selling, beloved indie author of Ten Tiny Breaths returns with a new romance about a young woman who loses her memory—and the man who knows that the only way to protect her is to stay away. Left for dead in the fields of rural Oregon, a young woman defies all odds and survives—but she awakens with no idea who she is, or what happened to her. Refusing to answer to “Jane Doe” for another day, the woman renames herself “Water” for the tiny, hidden marking on her body—the only clue to her past. Taken in by old Ginny Fitzgerald, a crotchety but kind lady living on a nearby horse farm, Water slowly begins building a new life. But as she attempts to piece together the fleeting slivers of her memory, more questions emerge: Who is the next-door neighbor, quietly toiling under the hood of his Barracuda? Why won’t Ginny let him step foot on her property? And why does Water feel she recognizes him? Twenty-four-year-old Jesse Welles doesn’t know how long it will be before Water gets her memory back. For her sake, Jesse hopes the answer is never. He knows that she’ll stay so much safer—and happier—that way. And that’s why, as hard as it is, he needs to keep his distance. Because getting too close could flood her with realities better left buried. The trouble is, water always seems to find its way to the surface.

Author Photo   About K.A. Tucker: Born in small-town Ontario, Kathleen published her first book at the age of six with the help of her elementary school librarian and a box of crayons. She is a voracious reader and the farthest thing from a genre-snob, loving everything from High Fantasy to Chick Lit. Kathleen currently resides in a quaint small town outside of Toronto with her husband, two beautiful girls, and an exhausting brood of four-legged creatures.        

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Waiting on Wednesday: THE CAGE by Megan Shepherd

Jill over at Breaking the Spine started this and I believe that it's awesome" This blog post is to alert those that visit about "the" book that we cannot wait to get our hands on.

This week my WoW is The Cage by Megan Shepherd. I am big fan of her work and cannot wait for this newest installment of hers. 

THE CAGE
by Megan Shepherd
May 26, 2015

When Cora Mason wakes in a desert, she doesn’t know where she is or who put her there. As she explores, she finds an impossible mix of environments—tundra next to desert, farm next to jungle—and a strangely empty town cobbled together from different cultures and time periods, all watched over by eerie black windows. And she isn’t alone.

Four other teenagers have also been taken: a beautiful model, a tattooed smuggler, a secretive genius, and an army brat who seems to know too much about Cora’s past. None of them have a clue as to what happened, and all of them have secrets. As the unlikely group struggles for leadership, they slowly start to trust each other. But when their mysterious jailer—a handsome young guard called Cassian—appears, they realize that their captivity is more terrifying than they could ever imagine: their abductors aren’t from Earth. And they have taken the five teenagers for an otherworldly zoo—where the exhibits are humans.

As a forbidden attraction develops between Cora and Cassian, she realizes that her best chance of escape might be in the arms of her own jailer—though that would mean leaving the others behind. Can Cora manage to save herself and her companions? And if so...what world lies beyond the walls of their cage?

The Cage is an epic story about how far one girl will go to stay alive—and find a way home.

“Reading is everything. Reading makes me feel like I've accomplished something, learned something, become a better person. Reading makes me smarter. Reading gives me something to talk about later on. Reading is the unbelievably healthy way my attention deficit disorder medicates itself. Reading is escape, and the opposite of escape; it's a way to make contact with reality after a day of making things up, and it's a way of making contact with someone else's imagination after a day that's all too real. Reading is grist. Reading is bliss.”

Nora Ephron, I Feel Bad About My Neck: And Other Thoughts on Being a Woman

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Upcoming YA Bay Area Book Events

I have compiled all the SF, bay area YA and NA events in this section. If you know of any events that I have failed to post, please let me know. Also, please keep in mind that some events may change and it is best to verify all events prior to attendance.

2014

OCTOBER

KISSCON AT COPPERFIELD'S
Ilona and Gordon Andrews, Sarah Maclean, Laura Kaye, Rachel Gibson, Elizabeth Boyle, Cathy Maxwell, Lori Wilde, TJ Kline, Jennifer Ryan, and Julie Anne Long
Copperfield's in San Rafael
Saturday, November 22 @ 1-3


KAT BEYER *Demon Catchers of Milan*
Book Passage in Corte Madera
Saturday, November 29 @ 3pm

DECEMBER

FRANK PORTMAN
Book Passage in San Francisco
Monday, December 15 @ 6pm

JANUARY

STACEY JAY
Hicklebee's in San Jose
Friday, January 2 @ 7pm

FEBRUARY


COURTNEY ALAMEDA Book Launch
Kepler's in Menlo Park
Thursday, February 5 @ 7pm

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