Thursday, September 27, 2012

Down to You by M Leighton

For Adult 18+ Readers



The scorching tale of one girl, two brothers and a love triangle…that’s not.Olivia Townsend is nothing special. She’s just a girl working her way through college so she can return home to help her father run his business. She’s determined not to be the second woman in his life to abandon him, even if it means putting her own life on hold. To Olivia, it’s clear what she must do. Plain and simple. Black and white.
But clear becomes complicated when she meets Cash and Nash Davenport. They’re brothers. Twins.
Cash is everything she’s always wanted in a guy. He’s a dangerous, sexy bad boy who wants her in his bed at any cost. He turns her insides to mush and, with just one kiss, makes her forget why he’s no good for her.
Nash is everything she’s ever needed in a guy. He’s successful, responsible and intensely passionate. But he’s taken. Very taken, by none other than Marissa, Liv’s rich, beautiful cousin. That doesn’t stop Olivia from melting every time he looks at her, though. With just one touch, he makes her forget why they can never be together.
Black and white turns to shades of gray when Olivia discovers the boys are hiding something, something that should make her run as far and as fast as she can. But it’s too late to run. Olivia’s already involved. And in love. With both of them.
Both brothers make her heart tremble. Both brothers set her body on fire.
She wants them both.

And they want her.

How will she ever choose between them?

M. Leighton
"I was born and raised in the United States, and I’ve lived in several of the fabulous fifty. Though I currently live in the deep South, I spent much of my childhood up North and hope to return there one day. A few other things about me: I believe that sometimes you have to look really, REALLY hard to find the good in people, but it's there. I believe that I'm shrinking (I swear five years ago I was two inches taller). I believe my husband is quite possibly one of the most amazing men in the entire world (I can't be sure because I haven't met all of them). I believe coffee and chocolate, when combined, could be the basis for world peace. I believe that Jesus rocks and communism doesn’t. I believe that white makes me look fat and black collects lint. I believe summer's too hot, winter's too cold and fall was made for football. I like dogs better than cats and the first movie in a trilogy is invariably the best. But most of all, I believe that love conquers all." --M. Leighton


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Kathryn's Review of Down to You:
Well, I am going to start by saying that M. Leighton is a true ROCKSTAR author in my eyes.  Each book that I have read from her is filled with non-stop, can't put me down action and they are so great you truly become obsessed!!
With that said, I also hope that I do this review of Down to You justice.  
So, as Down to You begins, we are taken in to the world of Olivia Townsend and man, does it start off HOT!!! WHOA!! And I mean HOT as in meeting night club owner, Cash!  The heat and sparks flying between these two tell you right away that this is going to be a fun, intriguing, steamy ride.
But, then we meet Nash...lo and behold, the twin to Cash.  And Olivia has immediate connections with him as well...Now I am thinking, this is going to get interesting!!  Two brothers, one girl and a whole lot of trouble!!  
As I was reading it, I immediately felt like Nash would be the guy for Olivia.  He is determined, sweet, has  a little  edge to him, yet carries the good guy persona to a T.  Just what Olivia is looking for...YET...guess what?  He is taken...and the circumstances with that situation..WHOA!! The story then  leads to Olivia working for Cash.  And as you are reading, you hear how much he is the "bad-boy", but small things start to come out and you see a side to him that maybe he doesn't show everyone.
So, now here is our dilemma...2 great guys, girl attracted to both, both want Olivia, what does she do???
I won't tell you...I will say this...OMFG!!! As I kept getting closer and closer to the end, I was so freakin blown away with the SHOCKER that M. Leighton had given us.  And yes...I was shocked, but I loved it..PURE GENIUS on her part!! Just goes to show, that whatever I  thought was going to happen, I was completely surprised because I NEVER saw this coming!!  
So, to wrap up, Down to You is just absolute BRILLIANCE!  Full of hot steamy passion, a creative, unique story line that will rock your world, and an overall book that you will find yourself obsessed with!!  Anxiously and Eagerly awaiting book two!!

Kathryn gives Down to You:



  

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Covet (Clann series #2) by Melissa Darnell



Dangerous to be together. Painful to be apart.
Savannah Colbert knows she broke up with Tristan Coleman for the right reasons. Most of all, to keep from killing him with her new vampire abilities. But try telling her heart. Now, lost in a sea of hostile Clann faces, Sav tries to come to terms with what she's becoming and what that means for her future. And that someone is doing their best to bully her into making a terrible mistake.

Tristan can't believe Sav won't even talk to him. If being apart is her decision, fine. Just don't expect him to honor it. But even as he prepares to fight for the girl he loves, forces beyond their control take them both in directions neither could have foreseen or prepared for.

A reckoning is coming…and not everyone will survive.

Melissa Darnell
Melissa Darnell is the author of a growing list of adult and YA fiction and nonfiction books. Born in California, she grew up in Texas and has also called the following states home since then: Utah, West Virginia, Louisiana, Alabama, Kentucky, Iowa and South Dakota. She currently lives in Nebraska with her husband Tim and two children, Hunter and Alexander, where she enjoys watching Whale Wars, Glee and True Blood, designing digital graphic products for the virtual world of Second Life, and of course writing her latest book.
Melissa Darnell is represented by Alyssa Eisner-Henkin at Trident Media Group.



For information about her other books, playlists for each of her books, and more, please visit Melissa's websites at www.MelissaDarnell.com and www.TheClannSeries.com.

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Kathryn's Review of Covet:
ARC from Netgalley
I was so excited to get Covet on Netgalley because book 1, Crave, was FANTASTIC!!  I couldn't wait to see what was going to happen with Savannah and Tristan and when I opened up Covet, we picked up right where Crave ended...that dooming decision made by Savannah.  
I was so sure that this decision wasn't going to hold for long, but OMG, Melissa Darnell put me through such turmoil with these two characters. When she put in the synopsis  "Dangerous to be together, painful to be apart.." She was not kidding.  I ached and longed for things to go a different way.  Reaching for solutions that, even as the characters knew, weren't going to help them. I was distraught over the events that took place and found myself getting ready for the ultimate heart break.
As I journeyed with Savannah and Tristan through Covet, I met new characters and also learned more about old ones.  When Savannah met Ron, the now ex of Annie, I was highly intrigued in to how he was going to fit in.  Suspicions arose about their relationship, yet neither wanted the other.  Ron becomes the friend she truly needed and all throughout this book, we see Savannah grow so much.  I was so proud to see her embrace and become the young woman/vampire that she is.  And she wasn't the only one that grew throughout this book.  WOW!!  Tristan is the perfect guy!!  Withstanding everything that was thrown at home, he showed the most growth in my opinion.  I am blown away at how endearing, compassionate, and strong he really is.  
But, from the beginning to the end of Covet, you are thrown on a roller coaster ride of explosive events, heart-breaking decisions, joyous moments of friendship, and ultimately a love story that will stand the test of time.  For two young lovers to have found their soul mate when everyone around them screams that they can't be together.  
With an ending that will shock and relieve you all the while enticing you to read book 3, Consume, Covet is a book that you can't put down.  Full of suspense, action, a wonderful love story, and overall amazing plot, this is a book you need to read.  If you haven't picked up this series yet...GO NOW!!

Kathryn gives Covet:


Monday, September 24, 2012

HUGEANTIC GIVEAWAY!!!




from

TSK TSK What to Read


Listen up fans, followers...READERS!!! Gather round and lend your ear! We're hear to spread the written word! Tsk Tsk What to Read has had a phenomenal time discovering, reading, reviewing and sharing some truly fantastic books. And while we are lifetime readers, we've only done all this on the blog for under a year...and yet we've found so many great books, forged solid relationships with readers, fellow bloggers and authors alike. And we've loved every moment of it.
So we've come to a point where we want to celebrate some of our MUST READ finds so far this year AND some all time FAVES. And here's where you come in...
We've put together what we call a HUGEANTIC selection of some of the hottest Indie authors and a few well knowns, and we're giving YOU the chance to win them all!!!! That's right!!! A gigantic multi pack giveaway....FIVE separate prize packs!!! Signed print copies, ebooks and swag!!! Are you excited yet???
As always, we like to keep it as simple as possible, so all we ask is that you fill out the rafflecopter form for the prize pack of your choice...YES, you can enter for each pack!!!!

We'll run the contest from Today, September 24th through Friday, October 19th.

This is our way of saying "Thanks" to all of you! So tell all your book friends and grab your lucky charms! This is gonna be HUGEANTIC!
 
Good luck in advance and as always...HAPPY READING!!! 
Kathryn and Shelley 

Here are the Prize Packs:
(All are signed copies)

Prize Pack # 1:  
The Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L. James
On Dublin Street by Samantha Young
The Wild Ones by Michelle Leighton

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Prize Pack #2
Pandora's Box by Gracen Miller
Trinity by Deena Remiel
Dead Iron by Devon Monk

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Prize Pack #3:
The Tiger's Curse by Colleen Houck
Prince of Wolves by Quinn Loftis
Creatura by Nely Cab
Inescapable by Amy Bartol


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Prize Pack #4:
Bloodlines by Richelle Mead
Anathema by K A Tucker
Significance by Shelly Crane
Cornerstone by Misty Provencher


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Prize Pack #5:
(ebooks only)
Intangible by J. Meyers
Dark Angel's Ward by Nia Shay
Wander Dust by Michelle Warren
The Goddess Legacy by Aimee Carter
Here by Ella James
The Childe by C. A. Kunz
Meant to Be by Tiffany King
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Prize Pack #6
(ecopies only)
Dragon Wings by D C Grace
The Guardians series by D C Grace
The Iron King by Julie Kagawa  

 
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Most Wanted for week of September 24, 2012



The Casual Vacancy
by J.K. Rowling

When Barry Fairbrother dies in his early forties, the town of Pagford is left in shock.
Pagford is, seemingly, an English idyll, with a cobbled market square and an ancient abbey, but what lies behind the pretty fa├žade is a town at war.
Rich at war with poor, teenagers at war with their parents, wives at war with their husbands, teachers at war with their pupils...Pagford is not what it first seems.
And the empty seat left by Barry on the parish council soon becomes the catalyst for the biggest war the town has yet seen. Who will triumph in an election fraught with passion, duplicity and unexpected revelations?
The Casual Vacancy is J.K. Rowling’s first novel for adults.





Wolf Pact
by Melissa de la Cruz

From the bestselling author of Blue Bloods, comes a series that will reinvent the myth of the werewolf in the same way that Blue Bloods did with vampires—with style and NYC flair!
Lawson and his brothers escaped from the underworld and now lead desperate, dangerous lives. They’re pursued by the Hounds of Hell from one town to the next, never calling any place home. But when the hounds finally catch up with them and capture the girl Lawson loves, the hunters become the hunted. Lawson will stop at nothing to track down the hounds, even if the chances of saving Tala are slim...
The only hope he has lies in Bliss Llewellyn. Bliss, too, has lost someone to the beasts and will do anything to get them back—even if it means joining forces with the insolent, dangerously good-looking boy with a wolf’s soul.



Covet
(The Clann series)
by Melissa Darnell

Dangerous to be together. Painful to be apart.Savannah Colbert knows she broke up with Tristan Coleman for the right reasons. Most of all, to keep from killing him with her new vampire abilities. But try telling her heart. Now, lost in a sea of hostile Clann faces, Sav tries to come to terms with what she's becoming and what that means for her future. And that someone is doing their best to bully her into making a terrible mistake.
Tristan can't believe Sav won't even talk to him. If being apart is her decision, fine. Just don't expect him to honor it. But even as he prepares to fight for the girl he loves, forces beyond their control take them both in directions neither could have foreseen or prepared for.
A reckoning is coming…and not everyone will survive.




Beyond the Veil
(Grey Wolves series)
by Quinn Loftis


Though the Serbian pack has been brought to heel thanks to the downfall of their Alpha, the war is far from over.
Desdemona, a witch of unfathomable power, has escaped the wolves’ wrath, but she will not go quietly into the night. She takes refuge in a place where even the smallest sliver of light does not dare to enter. Though she had to flee, she has not given up on the treasure she wishes to acquire. Her depravity knows no bounds; she's even willing to search for the one who can assist her in opening a Veil that has not been opened in millennia – with good reason: the danger is incalculable.
Meanwhile, there are major changes rippling through the Romanian Grey wolves. Decebel has become Alpha to the Serbian pack in an effort to begin to unite the Canis lupis species. Their numbers are dwindling in the wake of the shortage of true mates and lack of offspring. The wolves are beginning to lose faith and darkness seems to be crashing in on them from all sides. But the winds of change are blowing, changes that will alter the future of not only the Canis lupis, but of another ancient race as well.
Amidst all of this, Sally is continuing to come to terms with her relationship with the playful, charming, flirty, unbelievably handsome bartender – who happens to be a member of the Romanian pack.
If all that weren’t enough, the Fates have decided to pay a little visit to Jen. It’s time to collect. She cheated the Fates of a life, her life. Now they want what they are due. The problem? It’s more than Jen is willing to pay.
Yes, the war is indeed far from over. Bargains will be struck, declarations will be made, sacrifices will be given, love will be tested, and trust will be questioned as evil makes its stand against them all.



Down to You
by M. Leighton

The scorching tale of one girl, two brothers and a love triangle…that’s not.
Olivia Townsend is nothing special. She’s just a girl working her way through college so she can return home to help her father run his business. She’s determined not to be the second woman in his life to abandon him, even if it means putting her own life on hold. To Olivia, it’s clear what she must do. Plain and simple. Black and white.
But clear becomes complicated when she meets Cash and Nash Davenport. They’re brothers. Twins.
Cash is everything she’s always wanted in a guy. He’s a dangerous, sexy bad boy who wants her in his bed at any cost. He turns her insides to mush and, with just one kiss, makes her forget why he’s no good for her.
Nash is everything she’s ever needed in a guy. He’s successful, responsible and intensely passionate. But he’s taken. Very taken, by none other than Marissa, Liv’s rich, beautiful cousin. That doesn’t stop Olivia from melting every time he looks at her, though. With just one touch, he makes her forget why they can never be together.
Black and white turns to shades of gray when Olivia discovers the boys are hiding something, something that should make her run as far and as fast as she can. But it’s too late to run. Olivia’s already involved. And in love. With both of them.
Both brothers make her heart tremble. Both brothers set her body on fire. 
She wants them both.
And they want her.
How will she ever choose between them?

A Fractured Light
(A Beautiful Dark series)
by Jocelyn Davies

When she wakes up in unfamiliar surroundings, Skye knows something terrible has happened to her. It's not until she hears Asher, the dark, rebellious angel she fell in love with, that the memories come flooding back. She tries to put the past behind her, but she knows she'll be forever haunted by the ruthless betrayal that almost took her life.

Skye returns home, but with the knowledge of who she really is, nothing can ever be the same. As she tests the limits of her newfound powers, Skye discovers that she's capable of far more than anyone could have imagined. Both the Order and the Rebellion want her for their side as war between the factions looms. She can't forget the terrifying truth she now knows about the Order, but something holds her back from embracing the Rebellion.



The Mephisto Kiss
(The Mephisto Covenant series)
by Trinity Faegan

The eyes never lie. No one’s eyes are darker than Eryx. Not even the Devil’s.
When Jax and Sasha first see Jordan Ellis, they know she is no ordinary teenager. She’s the daughter of the President after all, but she’s also Anabo – a descendant of Eve.
What they don’t know is that Eryx plans to kidnap Jordan and force President Ellis to pledge his soul. If Eryx’s plot succeeds, the consequences would be catastrophic.
But the Mephisto brothers do know about Jordan’s secret identity. And for one of them, she could be the match that leads to their soul’s salvation.
Now it’s a desperate race against time to save Jordan and prevent Eryx’s haunting eyes from discovering her true identity.




Falling to Ash
by Karen Mahoney

You can’t choose your family... living or dead.

Trapped between two very different worlds, newly made vampire Moth is struggling to find her place in either. Not only does she have to answer to her strict Irish-Catholic Dad, but her over-protective maker, Theo, is intent on making her the star attraction in his powerful Boston vampire clan. Moth will have to pull off the double-act of the century to please both of them...
Adding to her problems is the dangerously attractive Jason Murdoch, a trainee vampire hunter who loves to play cat and mouse in his spare time (Jace = cat; Moth = mouse). But when the teenagers of Boston’s wealthiest families start to disappear, it forces Moth and Jace into an uneasy truce. Will they be able to solve the mystery behind the disappearances—before someone winds up undead.


Never Seduce a Scot
by Maya Banks

This sinfully sexy new romance from Maya Banks features a remarkable woman whose rare gift teaches a gruff Scottish warrior how to listen with his heart.
 Eveline Armstrong is fiercely loved and protected by her powerful clan, but outsiders consider her “touched.” Beautiful, fey, with a level, intent gaze, she doesn’t speak. No one, not even her family, knows that she cannot hear. Content with her life of seclusion, Eveline has taught herself to read lips and allows the outside world to view her as daft. But when an arranged marriage into a rival clan makes Graeme Montgomery her husband, Eveline accepts her dutyunprepared for the delights to come. Graeme is a rugged warrior with a voice so deep and powerful that his new bride can hear it, and hands and kisses so tender and skilled that he stirs her deepest passions.
Graeme is intrigued by the mysterious Eveline, whose silent lips are ripe with temptation and whose bright, intelligent eyes can see into his soul. As intimacy deepens, he learns her secret. But when clan rivalries and dark deeds threaten the wife he has only begun to cherish, the Scottish warrior will move heaven and earth to save the woman who has awakened his heart to the beautiful song of a rare and magical love


The Blessed
by Tonya Hurley

From the author of the New York Times bestselling ghostgirl series, the start to a captivating and haunting teen trilogy about three girls who become entangled with an enigmatic boy—a boy who believes he is a saint.What if martyrs and saints lived among us? And what if you were told you were one of them?

     Meet Agnes, Cecilia, and Lucy. Three lost girls, each searching for something. But what they find is Beyond Belief.








Alice in Zombieland
by Gena Showalter

She won’t rest until she’s sent every walking corpse back to its grave. Forever.
Had anyone told Alice Bell that her entire life would change course between one heartbeat and the next, she would have laughed. From blissful to tragic, innocent to ruined? Please. But that’s all it took. One heartbeat. A blink, a breath, a second, and everything she knew and loved was gone.
Her father was right. The monsters are real….
To avenge her family, Ali must learn to fight the undead. To survive, she must learn to trust the baddest of the bad boys, Cole Holland. But Cole has secrets of his own, and if Ali isn’t careful, those secrets might just prove to be more dangerous than the zombies….










Saturday, September 22, 2012

GIVEAWAY: Reader Appreciation and Author Lovefest




from

TSK TSK What to Read


Listen up fans, followers...READERS!!! Gather round and lend your ear! We're hear to spread the written word! Tsk Tsk What to Read has had a phenomenal time discovering, reading, reviewing and sharing some truly fantastic books. And while we are lifetime readers, we've only done all this on the blog for under a year...and yet we've found so many great books, forged solid relationships with readers, fellow bloggers and authors alike. And we've loved every moment of it.
So we've come to a point where we want to celebrate some of our MUST READ finds so far this year AND some all time FAVES. And here's where you come in...
We've put together what we call a HUGEANTIC selection of some of the hottest Indie authors and a few well knowns, and we're giving YOU the chance to win them all!!!! That's right!!! A gigantic multi pack giveaway....FIVE separate prize packs!!! Signed print copies, ebooks and swag!!! Are you excited yet???
As always, we like to keep it as simple as possible, so all we ask is that you fill out the rafflecopter form for the prize pack of your choice...YES, you can enter for each pack!!!!

We'll run the contest from Monday, September 24th through Friday, October 19th.

This is our way of saying "Thanks" to all of you! So tell all your book friends and grab your lucky charms! This is gonna be HUGEANTIC! 
 
Good luck in advance and as always...HAPPY READING!!! 
Kathryn and Shelley 

Here are the Prize Packs:
(All are signed copies)

Prize Pack # 1:  
The Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L. James
On Dublin Street by Samantha Young
The Wild Ones by Michelle Leighton

Prize Pack #2:
Pandora's Box by Gracen Miller
Trinity by Deena Remiel
*surprise* author

Prize Pack #3:
The Tiger's Curse by Colleen Houck
Prince of Wolves by Quinn Loftis
Creatura by Nely Cab
Inescapable by Amy Bartol

Prize Pack #4:
Anathema by K A Tucker
Significance by Shelly Crane
Cornerstone by Misty Provencher

Prize Pack #5:
(ebooks only)
Intangible by J. Meyers
Dark Angel's Ward by Nia Shay
Wander Dust by Michelle Warren
The Goddess Legacy by Aimee Carter
Here by Ella James
The Childe by C. A. Kunz
Meant to Be by Tiffany King



Thursday, September 20, 2012

COVER REVEAL of Devil Du Jour by Deena Remiel


We're Serving Up the STUNNING cover for the EXCITING sequel to The Book Waitress. 

Feast your eyes on CAMILLE and DEVIL DU JOUR:





Holy Moly this cover is HOT!!!
I can hardly wait for Devil Du Jour and this cover tease takes my breathe away! ~Shelley

Where you can find Deena:
Book Waitress fan page link: https://www.facebook.com/TheBookWaitress  
Deena Remiel's Place: www.deenaremiel.com

Where to purchase The Book Waitress (book 1)

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Betrayal Blog Tour



Envy
(Empty Coffins #1)

New York Times bestselling adult true crime author Gregg Olsen makes his YA debut with Empty Coffin, a gripping new fiction series for teens based on ripped-from-the-headlines stories…with a paranormal touch.
Crime lives--and dies--in the deceptively picture-perfect town of Port Gamble (aka “Empty Coffin”), Washington. Evil lurks and strange things happen--and 15-year-olds Hayley and Taylor Ryan secretly use their wits and their telepathic “twin-sense” to uncover the truth about the town's victims and culprits.
Envy, the series debut, involves the mysterious death of the twins' old friend, Katelyn. Was it murder? Suicide? An accident? Hayley and Taylor are determined to find out--and as they investigate, they stumble upon a dark truth that is far more disturbing than they ever could have imagined.
Based on the shocking true crime about cyber-bullying, Envy will take you to the edge--and push you right over.



Betrayal
(Empty Coffins #2)



In this action-packed thriller sequel to Envy, foreign exchange student Olivia Grant is stabbed to death after a party--and the prime suspect is her best friend. As twins Hayley and Taylor Ryan get pulled into the aftermath of this Amanda Knox-like crime, they realize nothing is what it seems. Could it be betrayal of the ultimate kind?
Betrayal features real-life crime-solving techniques, heart-stopping suspense, plenty of red herrings, hard-hitting ethical questions, and information about the Amanda Knox case that inspired the novel. As the crime unravels, so does the twins' past…and they must face off against a family member who may unexpectedly have carried out the worst betrayal of all.





Enjoy this excerpt from Betrayal

   Annie returned downstairs to find Brianna and Drew on a bench in the foyer. The young couple had found refuge there from the chilly night air and the horde of investigators crawling around the house and yard. The two had expressions that were a mix of worry and fear colored by the greenish cast of a seedling hangover. Drew stood as the police chief came into view. Brianna kept her chin cradled in the palm of her hand. “We found a shattered vase over in the den. Looks expensive. Do you know what happened to it?” Annie asked. Brianna lifted her head and looked at Annie, tracking her with bleary eyes. “Yeah, one of those bonehead kids crashed into it at the party. It was my stepmom’s fave too,” she said. “All right, an accident, then . . .” Annie said. “Were there any other accidents or fights I should know about?” “Don’t think so,” Brianna replied. No drama at a teen kegger? Not likely, Annie thought but said, “Well, we’re just about done up there. Now I need you to tell me exactly what happened. Tell me how you found Olivia. Be as descriptive as possible. If you’re up to it, it would be even better if you showed me.” “Showed you?” Brianna asked. Annie nodded. “It would be extremely helpful in our investigation.” “Like . . . acting out what happened?” “Not really acting it out, but pointing out where you were standing, how you found her, what you did."
   The three of them headed to the staircase just as Birdy’s team made its way down. As the teens hung back, Olivia’s shrouded body was rolled onto a folding gurney at the top of the stairs. Bonner and another deputy carried her down the steps. “Bye, Olivia,” Brianna said and then skipped up the stairs, two at a time. Moonlight poured all over the floor and onto Brianna Connors’s bed. The bare branches of the maple outside the window made a spiderweb pattern on the mattress. Her Felix the Cat wall clock indicated it was after four in the morning. The police chief studied the teenager. Like many girls with divorced parents, Brianna had learned how to command attention in any circumstance. With Drew hanging in the background, Brianna put her hand on her hip and surveyed her bedroom from the doorway. Her eyes landed on the bloody spot on the floor where Olivia had bled out. “You guys are going to clean up this mess, aren’t you?” she asked. Annie shook her head. “Sorry. We don’t offer that service.” “Don’t you have a housekeeper?” Drew asked Brianna. “Yeah, but she only comes three times a week. And she won’t be here tomorrow. She said her mom or someone in her family is sick. I doubt it, though. She’s a little liar.” “Brianna,” Annie started to explain, “this is a crime scene. You won’t be able to have your room back until we’ve done all of our work here.” Brianna made a face. “Oh, crap,” she said, pulling the robe tighter around her thin frame. “That’s just perfect. What am I supposed to do? This isn’t fair. This is my room. Can I at least get some jeans and a new top?” Annie nodded at the deputy. “These okay?” he asked, grabbing a white sweater and a pair of brown-dyed Mek jeans from underneath a white ghost costume strewn over a chair on the other side of the room.  “Not those! I wore those yesterday."



Gregg Olsen


A Seattle native who lives in Washington State, Gregg has seen the darker side of the Pacific Northwest and knows a little more about the area than your average guy. “There is something dark and beautiful about the Pacific Northwest," he says. “We seem to have an overabundance of serial killers out here–so many, in fact, sometimes I wonder if they have a secret convention in Washington.”
 A New York Times and USA Today bestselling author with 13 books and sales of over one-million copies to his credit, Gregg made his young-adult fiction debut with Envy. The follow-up, Betrayal, will be published in September 2012.



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On to Shelley's Review of Betrayal:
Our blog ended up on the Betrayal blog tour because of the wonderful Jean Vallesteros of Jean BookNerd. So first, let me thank Jean, GREGG and Sterling for this amazing opportunity.
I hadn't read any of Gregg's true crime novels. Typically they aren't my type of read. Throw in a paranormal twist and it's a whole new ballgame. And the fact that this is a YA series and that Gregg is also from the Pacific Northwest, well, I couldn't say no. In fact, I jumped at the chance.
Like I said though, I hadn't read any of Gregg's books, including the first of The Empty Coffin series; Envy. So I set off on my mission to catch up in order to get to the book I HAD to review. Mind you, I didn't own Envy and had to buy a copy...of course I bought the paperback. The cover was too cool and creepy.
Well, I sailed through Envy. Not to hurry and finish so I could get to my required reading, but because I absolutely LOVED it! I absorbed every word. And when it ended...I couldn't wait to go right to Betrayal, with it's gorgeously creepy cover.
The storylines are completely different as they both focus on separate true crimes. What I couldn't wait for was more of the twins; Haley and Taylor. They are the most amazing characters. Odd, quirky...these two are anything but ordinary teens. And the gift they share is beyond cool.
So we move on from Katelyn's death, six months later. The town has barely recovered. And everyone but Katelyn's parents are ready to get back to "normal". If you've been paying attention...nothing is normal about Port Gamble and it's residents.
It's a town full of bad memories, regret, fear and many, many secrets.
While the girls discovered and revealed a few of those secrets in Envy, they had no idea what more they would uncover about the people they grew up with, and thought they knew. What they would discover about the crash on the bridge 10 years earlier. Or what they would learn about their mother's secrets and themselves.
While the focus of the story is Olivia's death and finding her murderer, so much happens to Hay-Tay that they find themselves on a wild goose chase to find out the truth about what really happened on that bridge and why they are they way they are.
They aren't the only ones caught up in the chase and some of their investigating results in...well, I can't tell you any of that. Let me just say, some of it will surprise and shock you. And the way the girl's closest allies come to their aid is stunning.
Meanwhile, Chief Annie and her crew are trying to find Olivia's killer and no one is being too cooperative. The girls and their friends are all suspects and as more evidence is uncovered, the facts get more twisted and bizarre.
This story may be based on the Amanda Knox case, but Gregg makes it all his own. He continues to keep you enthralled with his colorful dialogue, his beautiful and chilling descriptives and his knack for bringing out the absolute worst in his characters.
We thought Starla and her family were, uh, effed up. Well, they've got nothing on Brianna and Drew's. Even Olivia's grieving parents show us such a dark side of human behavior, it's like watching a train wreck. You simply can't pull yourself away. And yes, there's more from Starla and Mindy. Mindy will again blow you away with her unbelievable behavior.
I guarantee you won't know who done it until the very end. And if you think you've figured  it out...the why of it will not be what you were thinking.
While Envy is still my favorite of the two, I was glued to every word on every page. There were so many twists and turns, I constantly changed my guesses where the murder case was concerned and as to what exactly the twins would find out about themselves and their past.
I was so completely immersed in this tale. Completely. That this wasn't hardcore paranormal or romance and still kept me that captivated, is a true credit to Gregg's ability to weave a perfect, magical web. The ending couldn't have been better. In fact, it was magnificent. And left me wanting to see just what he's got hiding up his tricky, tricky sleeve. Guilty cannot come soon enough. Kudos to Gregg for making me a true fan.
And oh yeah....NORTHWEST Authors ROCK the MOST!!! 



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