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Please Note: Requests are closed at this time. ^_^ Thank you.

Monday, September 24, 2012

UNCONTROLLABLE LAUNCH!

Woohoo! Uncontrollable is out TODAY!!

Uncontrollable is the second book in “The Nature of Grace” series by S.R. Johannes. Untraceable, the first book in the series, has won and been nominated for several awards including Winner of the 2012 IndieReader Discovery Award (YA), 2012 Georgia Author of the Year (YA Nominee), and a finalist in The Kindle Book Review’s “Best Indie Book of 2012 (YA)”.

This is definitely an AWESOME page turner series! ^_^ It’s a Must read for any YA lover. 

Head over to Mundie Moms for a Big Uncontrollable Launch Party with tons of prizes and then over to SR Johannes blog for even more. 

To continue on with the blog tour, check out the line up! Where SR talks about anything from marketing to writing to her books to personal interviews and giveaways.

Book Summary:

As Grace recovers from tragedy, her science class is chosen by Agent Sweeney at the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service to help with research on the new "Red Wolf Reintroduction Program".

While she’s excited about helping with the conservation of the endangered wolves, Grace knows this means being outdoors in the worst winter recorded, in a place she no longer feels comfortable. It also means working closely with Wyn (her ex) and his annoying girlfriend (Skyler), a girl whose idea of getting close to nature is picking silk plants and growing fake plants.

After a couple of wolves show up dead, Grace almost quits. However, when a fellow project team member goes missing, Grace continues the assignment under a renewed suspicion that someone might be sabotaging the conservation program. She quietly begins to hunt for clues.

Little does she know, she is being hunted too.

Please, please, please support the author! Buy it now!

Uncontrollable is on sale in paperback and ebook at all major booksellers including Amazon, iBooks/Apple (coming soon),  Smashwords, and B&N.

Author Bio:

S.R. Johannes is the author of Amazon bestselling Untraceable (a teen wilderness thriller) and new tween paranormal, On The Bright Side. She has published short novelettes as well as a teen romance anthology with 16 other authors titled, In His Eyes.  Uncontrollable, the sequel to Untraceable, is scheduled for Fall 2012.

S.R. Johannes was recently nominated in the YA category as Georgia Author of the Year for 2012. She is also the 2012 IndieReader Discovery Awards for young adult.

After earning an MBA in Marketing and embarked on an 18-year marketing career in Corporate America working as a marketing and communications consultant Johannes traded in her expensive suits, way-too high heels, and corporate lingo for a family, flip-flops, and her love of writing. She lives in Atlanta with her dog, British-accented husband, and the huge imaginations of their little prince and princess that someday will change the world.

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Sunday, September 16, 2012

Reading is NO longer FUN.

Hello everyone! I want to again, thank everyone for following me. ^_^

As of recently I've found I've had to force myself to read. That somewhere along the line reading has stopped being fun for me which sucks. I have come up with a solution that I hope works.

Right at this moment I'm no longer accepted requests for review. I'm sorry. While I do really enjoy (most of the time) reading new works I feel that the requirements that I made for myself to read them has made reading a chore rather than a pleasure. Which bites.

The second part of the resolution is that I'm only reading books that I have been dying to read for some time. I think part of the reason reading is no longer fun is because I'm not really reading what I superbly have been waiting forever to read. And it seems every time I pick one up that I do, someone asks me to read their book. Which is cool, but at the same time, I think I'm too soft to say no and it's now interfered with my reading habits.

The last part of the resolution: I'm no longer forcing myself to read. It's not productive at all and it makes me unhappy. I'm going to take a reading break and step back for a bit. I think it's best all around.

Thank you everyone for understanding. I appreciate all the help and suggestions everyone has provided to help me through this difficulty.
P.S. For the book that I have already agreed to read: They will still be read. I just at this time cannot guarantee when. I'm very sorry.

Monday, September 10, 2012

Book Review: Stormdancer



Stormdancer
Author: Jay Kristoff
Publish Date: Sept 2012
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press

A DYING LAND
The Shima Imperium verges on the brink of environmental collapse; an island nation once rich in tradition and myth, now decimated by clockwork industrialization and the machine-worshipers of the Lotus Guild. The skies are red as blood, the land is choked with toxic pollution, and the great spirit animals that once roamed its wilds have departed forever.

AN IMPOSSIBLE QUEST
The hunters of Shima’s imperial court are charged by their Shōgun to capture a thunder tiger—a legendary creature, half-eagle, half-tiger. But any fool knows the beasts have been extinct for more than a century, and the price of failing the Shōgun is death.

A SIXTEEN YEAR OLD GIRL
Yukiko is a child of the Fox clan, possessed of a talent that if discovered, would see her executed by the Lotus Guild. Accompanying her father on the Shōgun’s hunt, she finds herself stranded: a young woman alone in Shima’s last wilderness, with only a furious, crippled thunder tiger for company. Even though she can hear his thoughts, even though she saved his life, all she knows for certain is he’d rather see her dead than help her.

But together, the pair will form an indomitable friendship, and rise to challenge the might of an empire.


I want to thank St. Martin’s Press for allowing me the privilege of an ARC. ^_^ I am forever gratefully. (And as an added thought, the cover is GORGEOUS.)

Shima is a perfect steampunk dynasty. It was so vividly painted that it was more like watching a movie that reading a book. The words left nothing lacking in it’s tapestry. 

Yukiko is a beautiful girl. Not in physical beauty because the labor of the world has hidden that away, but in ideal. She cares for what others would abandon or turn a blind eye and that is one of her greatest strengths. She’s slightly naïve in the beginning; she understands yet doesn’t really understand the matters at play that move her world. Her growth is one of the best ever written. 

Buruu is special. He completes Yukiko. His reason, and sometimes lack thereof tempers her weaknesses and at times strengthens her as well. In the beginning Buruu didn’t need her and acted that way, but with all things, there’s a gradual understanding that grows into a beautiful love. 

The story is quick paced. There’s never a page where something isn’t happening that isn’t important to the story. Every word has meaning and it’s written so well, that the plot doesn’t lead the reader by the nose. It unfolds rather beautifully and smoothly. 

Overall, this book was superb. This was a perfect blend of history, mythology and steampunk ever experienced. There is certainly nothing like this and there’s no justifiable way to describe the perfection that is this unique story. A recommend read for all fantasy, YA, steampunk, Japanese, mythology readers. 

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