COUNTDOWN #BEA2015: Day 30 Featuring Wendy Higgins

In less than a month, Mindy from BookluvrMindy and I will be packing our bags to head to The City That Never Sleeps. Yep, only 30 days from now we are going to be facing the excitement and craziness of BEA!

To celebrate our excitement for this fabulous event, we’ve decided to do a countdown and share some of the authors we are excited to see, the books we hope to see, and the food we plan to eat…the works!

First up is Wendy Higgins! The moment I started reading Wendy Higgins’ Sweet Evil, I became a super-fan. We even Co-Hosted a Sweet Evil Read-Along because we really wanted Wendy to write and publish a second book in this series. So we were super ecstatic the day she signed for two more books in the series, and now we have 3! You can find my review of Sweet Evil HERE.

About the Author

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After earning a bachelors in Creative Writing from George Mason University and a masters in Curriculum and Instruction from Radford, Wendy taught high school English until becoming a mommy. Writing Young Adult stories gives her the opportunity to delve into the ambiguities of those pivotal, daunting, and exciting years before adulthood. She lives in Northern Virginia with her husband, daughter, and son. Sweet Evil is her debut novel.

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The First Book!

Publisher's summary: Embrace the Forbidden

What if there were teens whose lives literally depended on being bad influences?

This is the reality for sons and daughters of fallen angels.

Tenderhearted Southern girl Anna Whitt was born with the sixth sense to see and feel emotions of other people. She's aware of a struggle within herself, an inexplicable pull toward danger, but Anna, the ultimate good girl, has always had the advantage of her angel side to balance the darkness within. It isn't until she turns sixteen and meets the alluring Kaidan Rowe that she discovers her terrifying heritage and her willpower is put to the test. He's the boy your daddy warned you about. If only someone had warned Anna.

Forced to face her destiny, will Anna embrace her halo or her horns?

The Second Book!

Publisher's summary: Anna Whitt, daughter of a guardian angel and a demon, promised herself she’d never do the work of her father—polluting souls. She’d been naive to make such a claim. She’d been naive about a lot of things. Haunted by demon whisperers, Anna does whatever she can to survive, even if it means embracing her dark side and earning an unwanted reputation as her school’s party girl. Her life has never looked more bleak. And all the while there’s Kaidan Rowe, son of the Duke of Lust, plaguing her heart and mind.

When an unexpected lost message from the angels surfaces, Anna finds herself traveling the globe with Kopano, son of Wrath, in an attempt to gain support of fellow Nephilim and give them hope for the first time. It soon becomes clear that whatever freedoms Anna and the rest of the Neph are hoping to win will not be gained without a fight. Until then, Anna and Kaidan must put aside the issues between them, overcome the steamiest of temptations yet, and face the ultimate question: is loving someone worth risking their life?

The Third Book!

Evil is running rampant and sweet Anna Whitt is its target. Nobody knows when or how the Dukes will strike, but Anna and her Nephilim allies will do anything necessary to rid the earth of the demons and their oppressive ways.

The stakes are higher than ever, and Anna is determined that the love she feels will be her strength, not a liability. But trying to protect the ones she loves while running for her life and battling demonic forces proves to be perilous—especially as faces are changing and trust is fleeting. When the Duke of Lust sends Anna’s great love, Kaidan Rowe, to work against her, Anna must decide how much she’s prepared to risk.

In the most sensual and fast-paced installment yet, Sweet Reckoning brings all the beloved Neph together one last time to fight for their freedom.

Coming Soon!

This swoonworthy, romantic companion novel to Wendy Higgins's New York Times bestselling Sweet Evil series is told from irresistible bad-boy Kaidan's point of view. Readers will love getting inside Kaidan's head, especially fans of the Divergent series by Veronica Roth, the Selection series by Kiera Cass, and Walking Disaster by Jamie McGuire.

When bad-boy drummer Kaidan Rowe encounters good girl Anna Whitt, the girl chosen to vanquish the demons from earth, he can't stop thinking about her. The Nephilim son of the Duke of Lust, Kaidan tries to help Anna embrace a life of sin, but she gradually helps him see that he's meant to do more with his life. Their relationship is as tortured as it is passionate, for Nephilim are forbidden to fall in love. But as hard as they may try to obey, Kai can't seem to stay away from Anna, nor Anna from Kai.

Full of chemistry and high-stakes drama, this companion book is darker, hotter, and completely satisfying.

BEA 2015

Wendy Higgins is scheduled for an Autographing Session on Thursday, May 28th from 10:30 AM - 11:00 AM at Table 12.

SF Bay Area YA book Events: Apr 26 – May 2, 2015

Kepler's in Menlo Park
Tuesday, April 28 @ 7:30pm

The Epic Reads YA Tour featuring Susane Colasanti, Maria Dahvana Headley and Katie Contugno.
A Great Good Place in Montclair Village
Wednesday, April 29 @ 7 pm


California BOOKSTORE Day |Independent Bookstore Day
Saturday, May 2, 2015
At your local Indie bookstores. Please come and join them at various locations throughout the SF Bay Area for their BOOKSTORE day celebrations.
Books Inc.
Great Good Place
Green Apple Books
Mrs. Dalloway's
Just to name a few. If you would like to know about more bookstores in the SF Bay Area check out this page that will show you all those bookstores that are participating

Please keep in mind that some events may change due to unforeseen circumstances and it is best to verify all events prior to attendance. 

BLOG TOUR: HUNTED by Abi Ketner & Missy Kalicicki

Thank you for joining me on my tour stop for the HUNTED Blog tour. Hunted is the second novel in the Sinners Series written by Abie Ketner & Missy Kalicicki and it is full of wicked tension, smexy times and a few tears. And it only makes you want to read it all over again. I am so very happy to participate in this tour because this was a novel that instantly grabbed me and I could not wait until I could get to the next book. I have the pleasure of interviewing Missy and Abi and I would love for you to get to know these two authors a bit better and have a chance to win a great prize. Good luck!!

Author: Abi Ketner & Missy Kalicicki
Publisher: Month9Books
Pub. Date: April 28, 2015
It’s been three months since the revolt against the Commander’s fifty-year-old regime failed.

Under a new ruler, things were supposed to change. Get better.

Now, Wilson is in charge. But, can he really be trusted? Can anyone?

Lexi and Cole soon find out, as life takes an unexpected turn for the worse.

In this ever-changing world, you must hunt or be hunted.

Many more lives will be lost.

Many more dreams will be crushed.

Many more fears will be realized.

When Cole is once again faced with losing Lexi at the hands of a monster, one capture will change everything.


HUNTED is the electrifying sequel to the bestselling debut BRANDED, A Sinners Series, by Abi Ketner and Missy Kalicicki.

What readers are saying about BRANDED…

"Branded was a riveting and exciting dystopian read that will have you at the edge of your seat. I could not put it down and was entranced by this dark and unique world!" -Ben Alderson, Booktuber at BenjaminofTomes

"Fast paced and fun, BRANDED has something everyone will love. Abi Ketner and Missy Kalicicki have created a unique dystopian romance that's sure to stand out in today's market!" -Lindsay Cummings, Author of The Murder Complex

"Branded is a fast paced, heart pounding and swoon worthy read that will make you fall in love with this dark and twisted world." -Sasha Alsberg, Booktuber at ABookUtopia

Connect with BRANDED fans on Instagram at:

About Abi and Missy

Abi and Missy met in the summer of 1999 at college orientation and have been best friends ever since. After college, they added jobs, husbands and kids to their lives, but they still found time for their friendship. Instead of hanging out on weekends, they went to dinner once a month and reviewed books. What started out as an enjoyable hobby has now become an incredible adventure.

Now sit back and relax and enjoy my interview with Abi and Missy

RR What was the original idea that inspired Branded and the Dystopian world you have created?  
A&M Our inspiration evolved over time. Branded started as a standalone, with Abi brainstorming the idea of branding people with their sins. So we began writing Branded based off that idea, and through both of us, it came alive. We were so thrilled by the response we received, we decided to start the second book. Hunted became the book that really forced us to think about the world we created and how we wanted to develop it. Our inspiration came from a variety of music, namely Skillet, other books, and people.
RR Despite the plethora of Dystopian themed books that are published, your series is quite unique and enthralling. I could not stop reading it until I reached the heart stopping ending. What do you think makes your series stand out from the rest?  
A&M Wow! Thank you so much for saying that! We think our series stands out because people can relate to feeling misjudged, it has no sci fi, and hopefully our characters, even Zeus, are relatable to them.
RR  If you both were accused of committing one of the Seven Deadly Sins, which one would it be and why?  
For Missy- probably wrath. I have been known to get a bit heated about things I’m passionate about.
Abi- I would have to say wrath just like Missy.
RR What can you tell us about the upcoming sequel, HUNTED?   
A&M HUNTED takes the reader further into their world, has a lot more backstory, and new challenges. We also hope you see our characters grow as the series progresses.
RR Who is your favorite character from these books? 
A&M That’s a tough one! Probably Zeus! haha. He’s so pure-hearted and lovable.
RR What is your favorite passage from this series? 
A&M Honestly, we love both books so much that I don’t think we could choose a favorite. So much work, tears, and laughter went into HUNTED especially.
RR How did you initially meet and eventually decide to work on a novel together?  
A&M We met at college orientation in the summer of 1999. Throughout the years, we stayed in touch and eventually started meeting once a month to talk about books we were reading. At one point, Abi said, “Let’s write a book together!” And so we did. haha
RR What are your favorite reads?
The Hunger Games.
The Fault in our stars.
Anna and the French kiss.
Game of Thrones Series
The Last Silk Dress
So many good ones to choose from!
RR What are you working on right now and can you tell us anything about it?  
A&M Currently, we’re working on LIBERATED, the third book in The Sinners Series.
RR What is the best way for fans to follow you both?  
A&M Facebook, twitter, Instagram. We’re on all three!
RR If you could be best friends with any of the characters in your novels, who would that be? and why?  
A&M This is a very difficult question to answer. We love all our good characters. So we would have to say all of them.

Thank you, Abi and Missy. I cannot wait for Hunted to get into everyone's hands so that they can enjoy this series continuation as much as I do. And who can resist a little more Cole? I know I can't.

Giveaway Details:

(1) Sinners Series T-Shirt US only.

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Tour Schedule:

4/20/2015- Two Chicks on BooksGuest Post

4/20/2015- A Reader’s Legacy- Video Review

4/21/2015- Magical Urban Fantasy ReadsGuest Post

4/22/2015- Reading TeenReview

4/23/2015- Novels on The RunReview

4/24/2015- A Life Bound By BooksInterview

4/24/2015- Mollie The Reader- Review

4/25/2015- Tales of A Ravenous ReaderInterview

4/26/2015- Good Choice ReadingGuest Post

4/27/2015- Chapter by Chapter- Interview

4/27/2015- Addicted Readers- Review

4/28/2015- BenjaminoftomesLaunch Day Live Show

4/28/2015- Page Turners- Interview

4/29/2015- Once Upon A TwilightGuest Post

4/30/2015- Mundie MomsReview

5/1/2015- Paranormal Book ClubInterview

Review: HIT by Delilah S. Dawson

by Delilah S. Dawson
April 14th 2015
ISBN: 1481423398
Source: Publisher (ARC)

In order to save her mother, a teen is forced to become an indentured assassin in this sizzling dystopian thriller.

No one reads the fine print. 

The good news is that the USA is finally out of debt. The bad news is that we were bought out by Valor National Bank, and debtors are the new big game, thanks to a tricky little clause hidden deep in the fine print of a credit card application. Now, after a swift and silent takeover that leaves 9-1-1 calls going through to Valor voicemail, they’re unleashing a wave of anarchy across the country. 

Patsy didn’t have much of a choice. When the suits showed up at her house threatening to kill her mother then and there for outstanding debt unless Patsy agreed to be an indentured assassin, what was she supposed to do? Let her own mother die? 

Patsy is forced to take on a five-day mission to complete a hit list of ten names. Each name on Patsy’s list has only three choices: pay the debt on the spot, agree to work as a bounty hunter, or die. And Patsy has to kill them personally, or else her mom takes a bullet of her own. Since yarn bombing is the only anarchy in Patsy’s past, she’s horrified and overwhelmed, especially as she realizes that most of the ten people on her list aren’t strangers. Things get even more complicated when a moment of mercy lands her with a sidekick: a hot rich kid named Wyatt whose brother is the last name on Patsy’s list. The two share an intense chemistry even as every tick of the clock draws them closer to an impossible choice.

Delilah S. Dawson offers an absorbing, frightening glimpse at a reality just steps away from ours—a taut, suspenseful thriller that absolutely mesmerizes from start to finish.

My Thoughts:

Bang! Bang! HIT by Delilah S. Dawson has left it's mark and I cannot stop thinking about this heart stopping read that has raised some serious questions. How far would you go for the ones you love?

As the story begins and move at lightening quick speed, those questions are quickly put to the test. Apparently for Patsy she was willing to become an assassin for Valor National Bank and eliminate ten people in order to save her mom and herself.  

When I began reading this story I was immediately stunned by it's premise and how alarmingly close to our current society this read was. I was quickly drawn to Patsy and understood her need to succeed in her current situation. Yet, I found it a bit disturbing on how detached she was from her assassinations. It was off-putting but the storyline was just too compelling to stop, and that fact is intensified as each kill seems to have a direct link to Patsy. And this is a driving force in this storyline because her last hit is her recently acquired romantic interest Wyatt. Together, Patsy and Wyatt embark on a journey that is too twisted for words and so glaringly brutal that you will not easily forget it.

I enjoyed the intensity of this novel I found it to reach beyond my comfort zones and push me beyond my limits of reasoning. Yet, although I could understand the motives to commit these murders I could not see how it could go on undetected. That being said I am curious to see how things progress in the next novel because I could only imagine what lawlessness will transpire in the that read.

For those fans of nail-biting, dystopian reads that push you to your limits and beyond and make you think about what motivates you. Then this is a good read for you.

Waiting on Wednesday: TRUTHWITCH by Susan Dennard

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 TRUTHWITCH by Susan Dennard. This year I have been on a wonderful journey of High Fantasy and Witch stories and just my luck that TRUTHWITCH is the perfect amalgamation of both subjects. I seriously cannot wait for this lovely book (just look at that cover folks!) to get into my adoring hands so that I may consume it like the ravenous reader that I am. 

So my lovelies, what are you pining away for today? 

Witchlands, Book One
by Susan Dennard
ISBN-13: 978-0765379283
Publisher: Tor
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On a continent ruled by three empires, some are born with a "witchery," a magical skill that sets them apart from others.

In the Witchlands, there are almost as many types of magic as there are ways to get in trouble--as two desperate young women know all too well.

Safiya is a Truthwitch, able to discern truth from lie. It's a powerful magic that many would kill to have on their side, especially amongst the nobility to which Safi was born. So Safi must keep her gift hidden, lest she be used as a pawn in the struggle between empires.

Iseult, a Threadwitch, can see the invisible ties that bind and entangle the lives around her--but she cannot see the bonds that touch her own heart. Her unlikely friendship with Safi has taken her from life as an outcast into one of of reckless adventure, where she is a cool, wary balance to Safi's hotheaded impulsiveness.

Safi and Iseult just want to be free to live their own lives, but war is coming to the Witchlands. With the help of the cunning Prince Merik (a Windwitch and ship's captain) and the hindrance of a Bloodwitch bent on revenge, the friends must fight emperors, princes, and mercenaries alike, who will stop at nothing to get their hands on a Truthwitch.

“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.



Kepler's in Menlo Park
Tuesday, April 28 @ 7:30pm

The Epic Reads YA Tour featuring Susane Colasanti, Maria Dahvana Headley and Katie Contugno.
A Great Good Place in Montclair Village
Wednesday, April 29 @ 7 pm


California BOOKSTORE Day |Independent Bookstore Day
Saturday, May 2, 2015
At your local Indie bookstores. Please come and join them at various locations throughout the SF Bay Area for their BOOKSTORE day celebrations.
Books Inc.
Great Good Place
Green Apple Books
Mrs. Dalloway's
Just to name a few. If you would like to know about more bookstores in the SF Bay Area check out this page that will show you all those bookstores that are participating

Hickleebee's in San Jose
Friday, May 8 @ 7pm

Featuring: Tamara Ireland Stone, Virginia Boecker, Stephanie Keuhn, Alexis Bass, Veronica Rossi, Katherine Longshore and many more
Books Inc. in San Francisco
Saturday, May 9 @4pm

Book Passage in Corte Madera
Saturday, May 9 @ 3pm

Fierce Reads 2015 Spring Tour with Katie Finn, Lynne Matson, Marie Rutkoski and Lindsay Smith
Keplers in Menlo Park
Tuesday, May 12 @ 6pm

Books Inc. in San Francisco
Thursday, May 14 @ 7pm

Book Passage in Corte Madera
Friday, May 22 @ 6pm


Kepler's in Menlo Park
Wednesday, June 3 @ 7pm

Kepler's in Menlo Park
Thursday, June 4 @ 7pm

Berkeley, CA
Saturday & Sunday, June 6-7, 2015
Paolo Bacigalupi
Lauren Oliver
Judy Blume
Kresley Cole
Jenny Han
Morgan Matson
Tamara Ireland Stone
and more to come...

Borderlands Cafe in San Francisco
Sunday, June 7 @ 3pm

Kepler's in Menlo Park
Friday, June 12 @ 7pm

Book Passage in Corte Madera
Friday, June 12 @ 6:30pm

Mrs. Dalloway's in Berkeley
Saturday, June 13 @ 7:30pm

Green Apple Books (Clement street location) in SF
Thursday, June 25 @ 7pm


Holiday Inn Golden Gateway San Francisco
Saturday, August 8 11:30-4pm

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...and lots more events are coming. I am so excited but cannot share them yet :) Stay Tuned!!

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