Friday, December 19, 2014

[Book Blitz]: Gilded Wings by Cameo Renae

Gilded Wings (Hidden Wings #4) by Cameo Renae
Published on December 19, 2014 by Crushing Hearts and Black Butterfly Publishing
As the final battle draws near, Emma finds herself bound under an unbreakable oath. She must seal the bond with Ethon before her transformation, or risk her life and the lives of those she truly loves. Who she wants is no longer an option.
Lucian has unleashed troops of evil beasts from the Underworld, making it impossible for Emma to leave the protective barrier of Alaine’s home. War is inevitable. The Guardians will need to stay and fight their ground, hoping Lucifer keeps his end of the deal and comes to their aid.
In this epic series conclusion, burning questions will be answered, lives will be lost, and sacrifices will be made.
But who will survive, and at what cost?

Here's an excerpt from Gilded Wings:

Hate is a very strong word. In fact, there are a myriad of reasons why one should avoid the vicious feeling. But at this very moment, I’d never felt more hatred toward another being. I couldn’t stop the bubbling revulsion if I tried. Its dark tendrils spread through me like a cancer, grasping at every cell, seeping from every pore. It filled me with an unexplainable sadness and pain. 

In just a single moment, I’d lost everything. My dreams and my future were shattered. He stole my free will and made me a slave. That’s all I was now… a pawn who would eventually be used for destruction. 

Lucifer had become the enemy of my soul. He took me to a place I never wanted to go; shrouded in darkness and internal suffering. Outwardly, I bore the marks of his fingers, which he’d wrapped tightly around my neck, nearly squeezing the life from me. The look of pure hate and murderous intent, burning bright in his wicked eyes, was imprinted in memory. It felt like a dream. I could only have wished it was, but the pain was too real. 

Just outside my door I was surrounded by everyone I loved, and yet, I’d never felt more alone. They were so close, but I had become disconnected, muted, unwillingly sworn to silence. It was killing me inside, and I couldn’t do anything about it. I had to submit. I had no choice. I wouldn’t risk any of their lives. As much as I wanted to let them know why I was acting indifferent, I wouldn’t speak a word.

Xpresso Book Tours & Cameo Renae, author of Gilded Wings, are hosting an International Giveaway  for anyone interested in reading her novel.

Cameo Renae was born in San Francisco, raised in Maui, Hawaii, and recently moved with her husband and children to Alaska.
She's a daydreamer, a caffeine and peppermint addict, loves to laugh, loves to read, and loves to escape reality. One of her greatest joys is creating fantasy worlds filled with adventure and romance, and sharing it with others. 
One day she hopes to find her own magic wardrobe, and ride away on her magical unicorn. Until then...she'll keep writing!
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Wednesday, December 17, 2014

[Waiting on Wednesday]: The Conspiracy of Us by Maggie Hall

Hosted by: Jill @ Breaking the Spine
Waiting on Wednesday asks you to talk about a novel you're eagerly anticipating that hasn't been released.

Here's one I'm waiting on:

The Conspiracy of Us by Maggie Hall
To be published on January 13, 2015 by Putnam Juvenile

To fight her destiny as the missing heir to a powerful and dangerous secret society, sixteen-year-old Avery West must solve an ancient puzzle in a deadly race across Europe. Forbidden love and code-breaking, masked balls and explosions, destiny and dark secrets collide in this romantic thriller, in the vein of a YA DaVinci Code.

Avery West's newfound family can shut down Prada at the Champs-Elysees when they want to shop in peace, and can just as easily order a bombing when they want to start a war.

They are part of a powerful and dangerous secret society called the Circle of Twelve, and Avery is their missing heir. If they discover who she is, some of them will want to use her as a pawn. Some will want her dead.

To thwart their plans, Avery must follow a trail of clues from the landmarks of Paris to the back alleys of Istanbul and through a web of ancient legends and lies. And unless she can stay one step ahead of beautiful, volatile Stellan, who knows she’s more than she seems, and can decide whether to trust mysterious, magnetic Jack, she may be doomed after all.

With The Conspiracy of Us, the cover definitely played a role in grasping my attention. The model on the character looks confused and unsure standing in the middle of this compass-like diagram on the ground. I found that ironic. And then ... there was the YA DaVinci Code reference. After I read that, I pre-ordered. And next thing I knew I was writing this post ...

Link me to your Waiting on Wednesday post!

( G I V E A W A Y ]: December Holiday Reads Giveaway

I missed out on the whole giving thanks post for Thanksgiving, and the giveaway I owe all of the wonderful followers and loyal readers of Characterized. So, I am most decidedly making up for it now. Two lucky winners will win a book of their choice from the list of books below. If you do not find any of these books appealing, then you can decide on any book (no more than $15) that is sold by the Book Depository.

Winter / Holiday Releases of 2014:

The following rules apply:
  • The giveaway will last from Wednesday, December 17th to Thursday, January 1st
  • The book you select must be available for purchase through the Book Depository.
  • Seeing as this is a YA blog, the book you choose must be of the YA/NA (New Adult) genre.
  • Must be 13 or older to enter this giveaway.
  •  If the Book Depository ships to your country, then you're eligible for the giveaway. 
  • The winner will be announced on the following Saturday, and notified via email.
  • The winner is required to respond within 72 hours or the "win" will be invalidated.
  • The book will be shipped to you as soon as the Book Depository transaction goes through. We are not in any way responsible for the damage or loss of the book during its shipment.

*NOTE: The book you choose does not have to be from the list below.*

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