Book Review: Full Count by C.A. Williams

Full Count by C.A. Williams

Full Count by C.A. Williams

Full Count
By: C.A. Williams
Self-Published
December 12, 2012
New Adult Contemporary

Paige Brinton felt an itch to leave Florida after graduating high school, so she headed off to college. Her roommate is the complete opposite of what she hoped for. And suddenly guys are paying attention to her, now that her protective best friend,Jake, isn’t around. She jumps head first into a relationship, but not with the guy she feels pulled to like a magnet. Dylan Turner doesn’t seem like first boyfriend material, but there’s just something about him she can’t resist, no matter who gets hurt in the process.

New Adult 17+ Mature Content due to sexual situations and language.

Thoughts on Full Count

Full Count is a New Adult steamy romance chalked full of enticing chemistry and suspenseful intrigue. C.A. Williams manages to capture the essence of realness, as she takes readers on a journey dragging their emotions all over the place. It’s a promising story, with a lot of wonderful potential in the details. Perhaps, that’s where some of the snags and glitches take place, for me personally. The pacing of the novel and the characters are pretty much what makes this book a good read, not necessarily a great read, but a good one.

Dealing with tough issues and sensitive subject material, Williams does a good job of getting readers out of their comfort zone and thinking about the story at hand. Her exploration of human emotions and realism of the characters true nature at their core, is another good element that she implements. It’s easy to connect with them and to feel sympathy towards them, but I found there were those pesky little “wtf” moments that just sort of make my head swim a bit. Without being too spoilery, it raises a crop of questions that almost feel as if they could potentially become double standards and that’s the part that didn’t sit so well with me.

What I did enjoy most about the characters, other than the fact that they were all mostly likable (except for a few minor irritations here and there), was that Williams wrote all of them in such a way that they fit into the story perfectly (including the minor characters) and made them all important in their own way. While Pagie was irritating in some minor ways, she was still likable in many other instances. Kitty is the one that I ended up identifying the most with, because she was the complete opposite of who Paige was, and I found her to be much more balanced and enjoyable. Jake and Dylan were also fantastic characters with their own set of flaws and positives. It was hard for me to really fully get behind one or the other for Paige, because I can see where both of them could easily fit into her romantic life in different ways for different reasons. In the end, though, I had a gut feeling who she would end up with and I can be okay with it.

As with any book, there are positives and negatives about it that make it good, okay, or not so good. Full Count is a pretty good book, that I would recommend for a summer guilty pleasure. The characters are enjoyable, the story is interesting, and Williams writing style is definitely worth checking out. So, I would recommend giving this book a look at.

New Adult Author C.A. Williams

New Adult Author C.A. Williams

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C.A. Williams lives in Michigan and is married to her high school sweetheart. While being a stay at home to her three little ones, she likes to read and write, in between cleaning up messes and being a short order cook.

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Addicted For Now by Krista and Becca Ritchie
Release Date: Novemeber 30th, 2013
Summary: He’s addicted to booze. She’s addicted to sex…staying sober is only half the battle.

No. More. Sex.

Those are the three words Lily Calloway fears the most. But Loren Hale is determined to be with Lily without enabling her dangerous compulsions. With their new living situation—sleeping in the same bed, for real, together—Lily has new battles. Like not jumping Lo’s bones every night. Not being consumed by sex and his body.

Loren plans to stay sober, to right all of his wrongs. So when someone threatens to expose Lily’s secret to her family and the public, he promises that he’ll do anything to protect her. But with old enemies surfacing, Lo has more at stake than his sobriety.

They will torment Lily until Lo breaks.

And his worst fear isn’t relapsing. He hears the end. He sees it. The one thing that could change everything. Just three words.

No. More. Us.

Excerpt:

LILY CALLOWAY’S POV

“You ready?” I ask. I look into the mirror and nearly die at my hair. I pulled an all-nighter studying. Taking a shower dropped on my priority list. My hair is greasy and flat and looks kind of gross.

“Just about.” Lo opens the medicine cabinet and grabs a stick of deodorant. I make a bold decision and turn on the sink faucet. Then I lean over the marble edge, trying my best to stick my head in the basin and underneath the surge of water.

“What the hell are you doing?” Lo asks as he simultaneously rolls the stick under his armpits. He’s shirtless, and I really can’t stare too long.

“Washing my hair,” I tell him. I pull some wet strands through my fingers, and I’m about to squirt some hand soap into my palm.

“That’s not shampoo,” Lo says quickly.
“What are you, the soap police? It’ll work.” I reach for the bottle again.

“Wait,” he says. I lift my head up a bit and move some sopping strands out of my face. He fumbles around in the shower and then closes the glass door on his way out, a bottle of Herbal Essence in his clutch. I hold out my hand while twisting my neck to avoid dripping all over the counter.

“You’re going to create a tsunami in here,” he says, pushing me back to the sink. My stomach hits the edge of the counter, and I bend again, losing sight to my wall of hair. Then I feel his hands on my head, rubbing the shampoo into my scalp.

Oh. This feels nice.

His fingers knead in and out, running up and down, and even pressing against the back of my neck. I never thought that a head massage could feel so damn good.

About the Authors

Becca Ritchie claims she’s from Mystic Falls, but really, she lives in Atlanta where humidity is her greatest foe. She loves comic books, blue nail polish and Jonathan Taylor Thomas circa 1995. She frequents Twitter to dish about too many TV shows, and when she’s not blogging, she writes novels and has teamed up with her twin sister to collaborate on a New Adult series.

Krista Ritchie has a clone…or someone who looks exactly like her. If she’s not writing books with her twin sister, she’s pouring over entertainment news and ingesting copious amounts of pop culture. She likes tennis, that thing called the TV, and beating Becca (her clone) on Sega Genesis. She created YA Book Exchange to combat her book buying addiction and started Nawanda Files, a YA Book Blog that features books into movies news, to share her love for all things bookish. Oh, and she does something called science. Whatever that is.

Krista & Becca Ritchie write New Adult books that make you cringe, gasp, and go ooh-la-la. (If you do that sort of thing.) They are currently working on the spin-offs and final books in the Addicted series. Connect with them on twitter and their website: kbritchie.com

Author Links: Website | Facebook | Krista’s Twitter | Becca’s Twitter |Tumblr | Pinterest | Krista’s Goodreads | Becca’s Goodreads

Prize(s):
*$15 Amazon Gift Card
*US Residents: Paperback copies of Addicted to You and Addicted for Now (OR) International: Ebooks of Addicted to You, Ricochet, and Addicted for Now.

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Author Interview with Cambria Herbert

CAMBRIA HEBERT

Today, I am excited to have the lovely and talented Cambria Hebert with us here on, GBYA. She has been wonderful and amazing to chat with, filled with passion and drive when it comes to her writing and novels. You guys might know her best from her previous YA Heven and Hell series, but today she’s going to be focusing a little more on her NA series, Death Escorts. I found it really interesting that she chose to market it as New Adult, because the first book in the series (Recalled) features more mature themes and doesn’t have any sex in it at all. Both of these series features a paranormal aspect in one or many various ways, but with the Death Escorts series, I think it tends to be more about the situation the characters find themselves in than anything else. You’ll see her discuss that, along with many other fun and interesting things as well. So, stay tuned for a really great interview with a fantastic author that I have come to adore.

 I thought we’d kick things off with a little bit more background into the Death Escorts series.

Recalled (Death Escorts #1)Title: Recalled (Death Escorts #1)
Author: Cambria Hebert
Published: February 7, 2013
Publisher: Cambria Herbert
Pages: 308
Purchase: Amazon and B&N

Love or Death? A simple question really. The choice seems obvious. But. What if you never knew love, what if your life was spent just trying to survive? What if you knew your fate before you were fully grown?

And then you died. And you were given another chance. A better chance.

This new life depended upon one thing: your job. And so you agreed. You thought it would be simple. You thought it would be cut and dry. It never is.

And now you are left holding the fate of someone else in the palm of your hand and you have to make the ultimate choice. Love or Death?

Charmed (Death Escorts #2)Title: Charmed (Death Escorts #2)
Author: Cambria Hebert
Published: July 16, 2013
Publisher: Cambria Hebert
Pages: 360
Purchase: Amazon and B&N

Life or Death? Not many people would choose death. But what if death chooses you? What if death doesn’t mean the end of your life, but the beginning?

For a Death Escort, death is life. Death is your paycheck. Death is your job. And Charming is the best Escort the Grim Reaper has ever had.

But when you piss off the Reaper, being the best doesn’t matter. So Charming is assigned a Target who is practically impossible to kill. He knows the Reaper hopes he fails—that he’s counting on it. So Charming vows to prove him wrong. He vows to make the kill.

But someone else vows to get in his way. Someone with a big mouth, a sugar habit, and blond hair. Someone who makes his heart start beating again.

And so Charming is left holding more than one person’s fate in the palm of his hand. He thought the choice would be easy, that there really wasn’t a question at all. He was wrong.

Life or Death?

Author Interview with Cambria Hebert

Suz: Hi Cambria, welcome to the GBYA, and thank you so much for agreeing to be here and take part in this interview spotlighting New Adult novels. I really do appreciate it.🙂

Cambria: Thank you for having me here today!

Suz: Your newest series, Death Escorts, is uniquely different from your last. Can you tell us a little bit about it and how it’s a bit different?

Cambria: Sure! Well Recalled is a different kind of plot and setting. My Heven and Hell series is a YA paranormal with shifters, a fallen angel, demons, witches, etc. It has a bit of fantasy to it but also romance.

Recalled does have paranormal elements to it but I would say they are more downplayed. To me Recalled is about two people caught in a situation and it’s the way they react to the situation that defines this book.

It’s also set in Alaska where as my Heven and Hell series is set in Maine.

Suz: What gave you the idea or the concept to come up with the Death Escorts series?

Cambria: Well, it was an idea that just kind of developed over time. I had started thinking about the Grim Reaper one day (yes, just a random thought, lol) and that it might be fun to write about him but I wanted a new spin on it. Then I started thinking about a guy who is basically hired as a killer and to me the two ideas sort of blended together and become the plot for the book.

Suz: The cover for Recalled is gorgeous and I love how the purple swirls up around the Death Escort and the girl. Did you have anything to do with the concept of it? Who created it?

Cambria: Thank you! I really love the cover design. I use a cover designer who has done all of my book covers, Recalled included. Her name is Regina Wamba and she is the owner of Mae I Design. I did have a lot of say in the concept of the cover. I work closely with Regina, basically I told her my ideas and what I wanted and she makes them beautiful!

Suz: You’ve written many wonderfully colorful and vibrant characters over your time as a seasoned writer, are there any that stick out the most for you? Favorite character? Character you had the hardest time writing?

Cambria: Oh, I love all my characters. It’s hard to say if I prefer one over the other. I go through phases sometimes where I like one a bit more but overall they are all like friends to me. I do, however, have a big soft spot for Riley. He is in the Heven and Hell series, he shows up in book 3 (Tirade). Of course I really love Dex too…

The hardest character I have written so far is probably Sam, one of the main characters in the Heven and Hell series. He is quite a mystery and he made me work to get to know him.

Suz: What if you (yourself) had to make the ultimate choice between love or death, which would you choose and why?

Cambria: I think it depends on the circumstance. If I was in Dex’s shoes I probably would have done a lot of the same things he did. It’s hard to answer this one without giving away spoilers. LOL. Let’s just say I would try and do the thing that felt right to me.

Suz: Was there anything in particular that influenced you to write the Death Escorts or the Heaven and Hell series?

Cambria: I think what most influenced me are the characters in my head that want to tell their story. Also, a love for their plots and personalities. I always just try to write a story that I would love to pick up off a shelf and read.

Suz: There have been some pretty disparaging remarks made recently in light of the New Adult category/genre, I’ve even heard it referred to as “YA with more sex” and I was wondering what your thoughts might be on pushing the limits of the stereotyping that New Adult has fallen prey to?

Cambria: I actually haven’t heard any of the talk you mentioned. I know that New Adult is a newer emerging genre and I think that yes, it likely will have more sex than YA because it’s meant for adults. Lol. I guess I understand the New Adult genre coming out because probably over half the people I know who read YA are adult females. I think the NA genre is a way to create books for that audience, books that read like YA but do have more adult themes for the older reader.

But I also think that not all YA are as clean as some people might believe and that some YA has sex and more adult themes, it really just depends on the book.

But really, I try not to get caught up in labels and just write a story I think is good. I labeled Recalled as a NA book not because of the sex, in fact Recalled doesn’t have any at all. I labeled it a NA because I thought the themes in the book were for an older audience.

Suz: What was the first New Adult novel that you read and what did you find so inspiring about it?

Cambria: Well at the risk of sounding completely lame, I don’t think I have read a New Adult book yet.

Suz: If you could go back in time and tell the “young writer” in yourself anything, what would it be and why?

Cambria:Probably to stress less. Everything will happen when it’s supposed to and that writing is not a sprint, it’s a marathon.

Suz: If you could immerse yourself into the world of one book and live there forever, which book would it be and why?

Cambria: You ask really hard questions! LOL. This is hard because there are so many great worlds and world building in books today, I don’t think I could choose just one. One of the worlds that sticks out most to me though is the setting in Unearthly by Cynthia Hand. The mountains, the outdoors, the snow, the berry picking and the lakes… that’s a world I could get lost in.

Suz: What are your top three favorite things at the moment? Books, TV Shows, Movies, etc?

  1. The Vampire Diaries (TV show)
  2. Starbucks (give me a latte with caramel any day!)
  3. Magazines (when I am writing I don’t usually read books but a magazine is great to just sit and relax for a bit and read. My favorites are Shape, Prevention, and People.)

Suz: Are there any must-have’s or cravings that you absolutely cannot live without, while writing?

Cambria: I drink a lot of hot tea when I write, I also eat a lot of Luna Protein bars. Oh, and a hoodie. It’s weird but I like to wear a hoodie with the hood up while I write (yes, it makes me look like a robber).

Suz: Is there anything else that you would like to mention?

Cambria: Thank you for having me here today! It was fun!

SPEED BLAST

Ebook or Hardcopy/Paper? Any.
Night or Day? Night.
Chaotic or Organized? Organized.
White or Dark Chocolate? Dark chocolate.
Tea or Coffee? Both!
Black, White, or Gray? Gray.
Dog or Cat? Dog
The Walking Dead or The Hunger Games? The Hunger Games (I’ve never seen the Walking Dead *ducks for cover*)

Suz: If you had a spirit animal (can symbolize certain aspects or quality of your personality, skills, traits, or emotion), what do you think it would be and why?

Cambria: A dog. Because I am loyal, I try to be a good friend and I try not to judge people. Oh and because if I could lay on the couch all day and sleep I would.

About Cambria Hebert
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CAMBRIA HEBERTCambria Hebert is a latte sipping author of the Heven & Hell series, the Death Escorts series, and the Take It Off series. She loves a caramel latte, hates math and is afraid of chickens (yes, chickens). She went to college for a bachelor’s degree, couldn’t pick a major and ended up with a degree in cosmetology. So rest assured her characters will always have good hair. She currently lives in North Carolina with her husband and children (both human and furry) where she is plotting her next book.

To find out more about her Take It Off and Heven and Hell visit her Goodreads page or check her out at Booklikes. You can also find her channel on Youtube or check out her Pinterest boards.

I hope you have enjoyed this interview and you check out both of her amazing series, Death Escorts most especially. I am excited to be reading the series, I’ll be starting it around the first of the year, as it’s at the top of my NA series that I want to read and I will be posting or vlogging a series review of it here exclusively for you guys.

Cheers and Happy NA Reading!!!

Author Interview & Giveaway featuring Heartbeat (Heartbeat #1) by Faith Sullivan

Alright, so you guys might remember my review that I wrote for Heartbeat (Heartbeat #1) by the wonderfully gifted and extremely talented Faith Sullivan and posted here about a week ago. Today, I have something even more exciting for you, an interview with Faith where we talk about what inspired her to write for the NA category/genre, what inspired her to write Heartbeat, and who she would cast as the characters of Heartbeat (it’s a fantastic list) among other things. She is also offering up an eCopy of Heartbeat to be given away here on GBYA, open internationally so everyone will have a chance to win a copy.

But first, here’s a little more about the book in question.

Heartbeat (Heartbeat #1)Title: Heartbeat (Heartbeat #1)
Author: Faith Sullivan
Published: January 24, 2013
Self Published by Independent Publishing Platform
Pages: 164
Purchase at: Amazon and B&N

Katie and Adam are afraid of love. She carries the scars of a first kiss gone terribly wrong.

He uproots his life to flee the stinging betrayal of an ex. When trust is no longer an option, all romance is suspect.

As a young paramedic, Adam rescues people for a living but cannot save himself. Katie, just out of high school, struggles with a tortured home life she cannot escape.

Everything changes when Katie hops into the front seat of Adam’s ambulance. Overwhelmed by what they are feeling, neither possess the confidence to make the first move. They walk away from each other, full of regret.

To find her, Adam risks his future. To be with him, Katie sacrifices her security.

Little do they know, what little time they do have, is being measured by a heartbeat that is slowly dying out.

Author Interview with Faith Sullivan

Suz: I find myself craving more of the YA novels written by authors that are really pushing the envelope on what they can put in their books (those that are right on the cusp of being mature YA or even New Adult) without exactly crossing the line, is there a line that New Adult author’s have to flesh out and adhere to as well? Or are they open to a great deal more and have a much more free reign on what they can and can’t include in their novels than YA?

Faith: New Adult doesn’t have to be as censored or as monitored as Young Adult. Boundaries can be crossed, rules can be broken. There is still some sort of morality element attached to Young Adult where an author might not want to promote certain types of behavior or address certain issues that are deemed too adult for a reading audience between the ages of 13 and 17. Many New Adult stories, not all, feature graphic sexual passages that can be labeled erotic. Passages you would never find in a Young Adult novel. But a New Adult can have a clean story, too. It doesn’t have to revolve around sex. In fact, New Adult isn’t only about contemporary romance. It segments into as many sub-categories as Young Adult – paranormal, fantasy, science fiction, etc.

Suz: What inspired you to want to write for the New Adult genre, versus writing for either YA or Adult in general? Were there any authors or books that might have you lured you into this genre?

Faith: The creative freedom to explore adult issues through a novice’s eyes. These characters are dealing with real world issues for the first time, so they’re not yet jaded or cynical, but they’re also not as naive as someone right out of high school. As an writer, I find that an interesting mix to delve into.

Suz: What do you think is the most challenging aspect of writing New Adult?

Faith: Meeting readers’ expectations in a genre that is still in the process of being recognized and defined.

Suz: What was the first New Adult novel that you read and what did you find so inspiring about it?

Faith: I wish I could remember back to which was the first one I read, but it’s hard since I’ve read so many. But the ones that inspire me capture real life in a bottle then creatively shape it into an entertaining story.

Suz: What would you consider to be your biggest strength in writing? Your weakest?

Faith: My biggest strength would probably be engaging a reader to establish an emotional connection with one of my characters. My weakness would be not satisfying a reader’s need for a happy ending.

Suz: Is there a special place where you find inspiration for your writing or some place in general where you feel comfortable doing most of your writing? If available, would you mind sharing a picture?

Faith: I write the majority of my work on my trusty Apple iMac usually between the hours of 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. I’m not a morning person, so it takes my mind a while to kick into gear.

Suz: What are your top three favorite things at the moment? Books, TV Shows, Movies, etc?

Faith: In books THE NEXT FOREVER by Lisa Burstein, FALLING FOR MY FIANCE by Cindi Madsen and CHARADE by Nyrae Dawn, television THE WALKING DEAD, BREAKING BAD, DEXTER, and the movies SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK, LES MISERABLES, THE IMPOSSIBLE.

Suz: In Tweet-Style (140 character’s or less), can you tell us what your novel is about?

Faith: Two battered souls find each other but are scared to take a chance on love. Little do they know that things are not always what they seem.

Suz: Heartbeat, is full of powerful emotion, and an unexpected twist ending that you don’t see coming. It almost has a Lost-esque feel to it. I’ve noticed that some readers have been a little confused by it, while other’s really liked it. Could you explain it a little better, without giving too much away?

Faith: Susan, I love the LOST reference. Brilliant!

The ending is a play on the soulmate concept. Adam and Katie were meant to be together, but fate gets in the way. The connection between them is so powerful, it breaks the laws of time and space. I wanted the reader to experience shock, confusion, anger, grief, etc. Things are not always what they seem to be, and this startling ending is a true example of that.

For more on the ending, please visit: faithsullivanwrites.blogspot.com>.

Suz: Was there anything in particular that inspired you to write Heartbeat?

Faith: To remind all of the jaded single people out there (myself included), that taking a chance on love is worth the risk.

Suz: If you could cast the characters of Heartbeat, which celebrity would you choose to play them and why?

The Casting of Heartbeat

Katie: Bonnie Wright
Adam: River Phoenix
Katie’s father: Johnny Turner
Katie’s grandmother Lacey Turner: Vanessa Redgrave
Adam’s brother, Brian O’Malley: Ashton Holmes
Charlie: George Wendt
Tommy: John Ratzenberger
Chuck: Jonah Hill
Suzanne: Ashley Greene
Jennifer: Busy Phillipps

Suz: Some might say that the immediate connection that Katie and Adam have for one another, is just another form of insta-love. What are your feelings on this and do you believe what they shared could be considered insta-love?

Faith: If you don’t know the ending, I think going in you may think it’s a case of insta-love. But I hope after reading the book all the way through, you’ll think differently, and that their connection resonates as something more profound.

Suz: One of the things that I loved about Heartbeat, were the supporting characters. Even if Suzanne was the girl we all love to hate, do you think that you would consider writing a spin-off or maybe a novella involving her and/or some of the other supporting characters from Heartbeat?

Faith: Great question! In my mind, I’m mulling over the possibility of writing a follow-up featuring Adam. But it depends on the feedback I get from readers, if they want more.

Suz: Are you reading anything in particular right now? If so, what book are you reading?

Faith: Right now, I’m reading COLORS LIKE MEMORIES by Meradeth Houston. I try to read as many New Adult novels as I can.

Suz: Your upcoming New Adult novel, Unexpected, opens in New York on 9/11. Was there anything that inspired you to write this novel? How hard or difficult was it?

Faith: The novel is loosely based on things I experienced while living in New York City on 9/11. The process of writing it was extremely cathartic. It’s something that will never really leave my psyche, but it helps to put some of it into words.

Suz: Who is your most favorite character that you’ve written so far and why?

Faith: I like Jennifer, Katie’s cousin in HEARTBEAT. She says it like it is, but deep down she’s a sentimental romantic.

Suz: Is there anything new, in the way of novels, that you may have in the works?

Faith: Absolutely! I’m working on another New Adult contemporary romance tentatively titled COME WHAT MAY to be released July 2013.

SPEED BLAST
Ebook or Hardcopy/Paper? Ebook
Night or Day? Night
Chaotic or Organized? Organized
White or Dark Chocolate? White chocolate
Tea or Coffee? Tea
Black, White, or Gray? Black
Dog or Cat? Dog
The Walking Dead or The Hunger Games? Both
Downton Abbey or Doctor Who? Both

Suz: If you had a spirit animal (can symbolize certain aspects or quality of your personality, skills, traits, or emotion), what do you think it would be and why?

Faith: Floppy-eared rabbit.

Suz: Is there anything else that you would like to mention?

Faith: Thanks for taking the time to read a little bit more about me. I hope I kept you entertained.

It was an absolute blast chatting back and forth with Faith, I find it kind of funny that we both like almost all the same shows. Oh my gosh, I miss my favorite serial killer Dexter. lol. Life is not the same without him. You guys should all really check out her Heartbreak series, as well as Come What May and Unexpected. Now for the giveaway, I know you guys are ready for this one aren’t ya?!

Giveaway for an eCopy of Heartbeat (Heartbeat #1) by Faith Sullivan

Don’t forget to enter to win an eCopy of Heartbeat by Faith Sullivan Here!!!

For more on Faith Sullivan’s Heartbeat or Take Me Now series, check out her Goodreads page and fan her. Also, don’t forget about Come What May. Her books are incredibly realistic and filled with so much emotion that they’ll literally break your feels. You’ll find yourself falling in love with the characters and the stories they have to tell.

Author Interview & Giveaway of Destiny Gift by Julianna Haygert

Okay guys, I have something super fun and exciting to share with you today. Over the summer, I got the chance to interview a fun and sassy New Adult author that I just adore too pieces. Julianna Haygert, is amazebeans guys! She’s the author of this fantastic new fantasy series called, Everlast. We talked about how she felt about New Adult, what genre’s she hopes it will continue to branch out in, a couple of stereotypes, and the most awesome show ever on television Buffy the Vampire Slayer. She was also kind and generous enough to offer up a signed copy of the first book in the Everlast series, Destiny Gift to one lucky US winner.

But first, here’s a little more about the book for you to check out.

Destiny Gift (Everlast #1)Title: Destiny Gift (Everlast #1)
Author: Julianna Haygert
Published: April 5, 2013
Self Published by Independent Platform
Puchase At: Amazon and B&N

Thirty years in the future, a sinister New York City exists in permanent darkness.

A student at the secured NYU, nineteen-year-old Nadine has visions of Victor Gianni, an imaginary guy she has real feelings for. Afraid of being truly insane, she explains the visions away as simple daydreams, but she can no longer deny them when she bumps into Victor in real life. But this Victor doesn’t know her, and turns her away. After the encounter, Nadine’s visions change to those of eerie fates, gods she’s never heard of, demons with sharp claws they are not too timid to use … and instructions.

To discover if she’s losing her mind, Nadine follows the vague directions—with the real, rude and reluctant Victor—leading to a man who knows it all: Nadine can restore an ancient creed by unveiling the clues on her visions, and bring sunlight and peace to the world again. But that’s only if the demons and the other evil forces behind the darkness don’t stop her first.

Interview with Julianna Haygert

Suz: There have been some pretty disparaging remarks made recently in light of the New Adult genre, I’ve even heard it referred to as “YA with more sex” and I was wondering what your thoughts might be on pushing the limits of the stereotyping that New Adult has fallen prey to?

Julianna: I wrote a guest post for my friend Hannah about that topic NA Isn’t Sexed Up YA ). This subject really upsets me that people think NA is just another term for erotica. Please, for the love of baby koala bears, it’s not! I see lots of tweets about it every day and it takes all of my will not to answer.

Suz: What inspired you to want to write for the New Adult genre, versus writing for either YA or Adult in general? Were there any authors or books that might have you lured you into this genre?

Julianna: This is a common question I get. And the true answer is: writing New Adult wasn’t a conscious decision. I began writing about 19-21yo characters way before I ever heard of NA. And I certainly had not read any New Adult books until 2011-2012.

Suz: What are your hopes for this wonderful New Adult genre, in terms of growing, evolving, and flourishing in the book marketing industry? What sub-genre’s would you like to see more of in terms of New adult books?

Julianna: The NA category is growing, thankfully, and being very successful. It’ll take on the world! lol As genres, I would like to see more of non-contemporary: urban fantasy, sic-fi, paranormal, thrillers.

Suz: Are there any books or specific authors in the New Adult genre that you would like to recommend?

Julianna: Abbi Glines, J.Lynn, Tammara Webber, Cora Carmack, Colleen Hoover … these women are some of the big names on NA right now.

Suz: Was there any other career choice that you might of chosen to work in, if you weren’t a writer? If so, what would it be?

Julianna: I went to Architecture school, and I have a BA in Art Studio too😉

Suz: Is there a special place where you find inspiration for your writing or some place in general where you feel comfortable doing most of your writing? If available, would you mind sharing a picture?

Julianna: Not inspiration per se, but I’m way more productive when I meet with my writing group in a local café—in other words: not at home, though that’s where I write more often.

Suz: Writers are often inspired by many things and they draw inspiration from personal events in their lives, music, artwork, and many other elements that surround them. Was there anything special (a soundtrack of various songs to get you in the mood to write, a piece of artwork, a serene setting, etc.) that inspired you while writing your novels? Would you mind sharing that experience?

Julianna: It is true that writers, and any artists, draw inspiration from anywhere, anything. But for me, music is by far a good source of inspiration. My father always says, since I was a kid, that music is my battery. Want me to stop? Turn off my ipod/stereo/whatever. It’s true. I always organize playlists for every manuscript I write—it helps to get in the mood😉

Suz: I noticed that you’re a fan of Buffy the Vampire Slayer that was the show that LITERALLY changed the way that I watch television FOREVER! Just out of curiosity, who was your favorite character?

Julianna: Angel! lol And Buffy of course. I think Faith had a good part in it too. Oh, gosh, I miss watching Buffy

Suz: How does it feel being a co-founder and contributor of NA Alley and being able to turn people onto New Adult books and author’s?

Julianna: It’s awesome! I love being part of NA Alley and being on top of all things New Adult. Plus, I❤ my sisters and now my brother. lol

Suz: At this moment, what is your favorite NA read and who wrote it?

Julianna: Oh, wow, that’s a hard question? One favorite? I never have only ONE favorite of anything … I can tell you this, the last two NA book I read and LOVED was Broken at Love by Lyla Payne and Eyre House by Cait Greer.

Suz: Where did you get the concept for Destiny Gift?

Julianna: From my husband. No, seriously, we were talking books and ideas, and he always said I had to write one about gods and mythology, because he loves this kind of stuff. So, he asked, what if you wrote about immortals gods, and then, one of them dies – for real. They thought they were immortal, but they aren’t! And, from that, the rest came to me pretty easily.

Suz: You’ve created some wonderfully vivid and amazingly colorful characters, were there any that you connected with the most? Who was the most fun to write? The most difficult?

Julianna: Ha, Micah was the most fun to write, no doubt. When I first came up with him, Micah was different. He was supposed to be a thorn in Nadine’s and Victor’s path … but he evolved so much, and he became much more. And I won’t say more about it because I’m pretty close to spoilers already😉

And the most difficult is Ceris. I’m having a hard time with her on the sequel too. The motivation and reasoning of her (sometimes evil) actions have to be clear, but not spelled out, you know, and that is pretty hard to accomplish.

Suz: Destiny Gift is the first book in the Everlast series, are you in the planning stages of the next book and when do you think it might be coming out?

Julianna: I’m drafting the next book! It should be out by November😉

Suz: In Tweet-Style (140 character’s or less), can you tell us why we should read your novel?

Julianna: Holy bleep! That’s hard. Okay, here we go:

Thrilling and romantic, DESTINY GIFT takes Nadine into a quest to bring light back into a world of darkness – if she succeeds.

Speed Blast
eBook or Hardcopy/Paper? Both
Night or Day? Night
Chaotic or Organized? Chaotically organized
White or Dark Chocolate? White
Tea or Coffee? Coffee
Black, White, or Gray? Black
Dog or Cat? Dog
The Walking Dead or The Hunger Games? The Walking Dead

Suz: If you had a spirit animal (can symbolize certain aspects or quality of your personality, skills, traits, or emotion), what do you think it would be and why?

Julianna: I like to think that if I were an animal, I would be a black panther – because it’s beautiful, dangerous, scary, and lethal.

Suz: Is there anything else that you would like to mention or share with GBYA?

Julianna: Watch out for my upcoming NA Contemp Romance, BREAKING THE REINS! It should be out in August 2013!

And thanks so much for having me!

It has been absolutely fabulous having Julianna on the blog today. I am so incredibly excited to read her book and I’m definitely planning on it before the year is over, hopefully. If not, it will be at the top of my stack come the new year. But, for now, the thing that you’ve all been waiting for. I give you, the giveaway of a signed copy of Destiny Gift by the lovely Julianna Haygert. All you have to do is be a US resident (sorry internationals, we’ve got a few coming up where you’ll be able to participate in) and fill out the Rafflecopter linked below. Also, guys…the most important thing is: for you to share, SHARE, and share this giveaway and the link back to this post with everyone on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, etc.

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About Julianna Haygert

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juliannahaygertNew Adult author and contributor at NA Alley blog.

While Juliana Haygert dreams of being Wonder Woman, Buffy, or a blood elf shadow priest, she settles for the less exciting—but equally gratifying—life of a wife, mother, and author. Thousands of miles away from her former home in Brazil, she now resides in Connecticut and spends her days writing about kick-ass heroines and the heroes who drive them crazy.

Book Review: Eternal Starling (Emblem of Eternity #1) by Angela Corbett

Eternal Starling (Eternity of Emblem #1)Title: Eternal Starling (Emblem of Eternity #1)
Author: Angela Corbett
Published: December 6, 2011
Publisher: Pendrell Publishing
Pages: 320
Received for review from Author.

A love so strong, even eternity can’t separate them. Evie Starling has lived a relatively uneventful life hanging out with friends, gossiping about boys, and driving her 1966 Mustang.

All of that changes when she moves to Gunnison, Colorado, to start college and meets two mysterious men. For centuries, Alex Night and Emil Stone have yearned for Evie but they each have their own reasons for wanting to be with her. When both men claim to be her soul mate and tell her about an unbelievable past, Evie learns that she s not the person she thought she was. Soon, Evie finds herself in the middle of an age-old battle between the Amaranthine Society the soul protectors, and the Daevos Resistance the soul destroyers. With a past she doesn t understand, and a future rife with danger, Evie has to decide who she can trust. But Alex and Emil aren t the only ones who want Evie, and her soul is about to become the rope in an eternal tug-of-war.

Review of Eternal Starling (Emblem of Eternity #1)

Intriguing and heart-stopping powerful, Eternal Starling is a beautiful written love story with a paranormal twist and a fresh new spin on reincarnation that will wow and captivate anyone. If you’re craving a paranormal romance novel that has love and destiny written all over it, then this is the perfect book for you to sink into. There are thrilling twists and turns that you won’t see coming. It’s a fantastical story full of dark and dangerous things, that is sure to give you a thrill. Evie is an incredibly strong character, that isn’t dependent or weak in any capacity. She’s a definitely a breath of fresh air and an enjoyable character to get to know.

Angela Corbett’s fresh re-take on soul mates is beautifully written and wonderfully fleshed out. She gives it a unique new spin, that makes it different, new, and exciting to read. It’s full of sorching hot and intense sexual chemistry that will leave you aching for more. The love triangle isn’t overly done and blends in nicely with the flow of the rest of the story. Both Alex and Emil are wonderfully flawed and complex characters, definitely complicated as well. It’s hard to tell who’s right and wrong for Evie, because of the past that they each have tied with one another. Corbett does a great job of writing these two and the love they have for Evie in such a way, that there isn’t a right or wrong choice where either of them are concerned.

Eternal Starling is definitely a love triangle done right!

Full of lost loves re-united with one another and fighting against darkness, it’s a dark beguiling look into such a beautiful mythical world. Corbett does a magnificent job of developing the backstory of the Amaranthine and Daevos Resistance. It’s an age-old battle between the Amaranthine Society the soul protectors and the Daevos Resistance the soul destroyers. Her writing style is highly addictive, laugh-out-loud funny, hilariously sarcastic, and witty. You will find yourself falling in love with the world she’s created and the character’s she’s developed beautifully.

Eternal Starling offers reader’s a glimpse at a new take on eternal love, which makes it even more enjoyable. I would highly recommend this book to you, if you’re looking for a New Adult paranormal romance that will take your emotions for a whirlwind ride and leave you hanging on the edge of your seat, in anticipation of the next new novel in this epic series.

ABOUT ANGELA CORBETT

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angelacorbetAs a child, Angela Corbett’s most prized possession was a set of read-along books. She used to follow along with the narrator on the stereo and dream of when she would be able to read by herself. Her childhood reading habit led her to consider her future career. However, after consulting with her parents, she realized she had already exceeded hobbit height and since fairies and dragonslayers were tricky jobs to get, she decided she wanted to create worlds of her own. She started writing poetry in elementary school and worked as a journalist in high school and college, but could never leave her love for writing fiction behind.

She is a graduate of Westminster College where she double majored in communication and sociology. She has worked as a journalist, freelance writer, and director of communications and marketing. She loves classic cars, traveling, and escaping in a good book. She lives in Utah with her incredibly supportive husband and their five-pound Pomeranian, Pippin, whose following of fangirls could rival Justin Bieber’s.

Eternal Starling is her debut novel and the first book in the Emblem of Eternity trilogy.

To Purchase a copy of Eternal Starling visit: Amazon.

Also, be on the look out for Eternal Echoes (Emblem of Eternity #2) coming November 19, 2013!!!

Book Review: Just One Year (Just One Day #2) by Gayle Forman

Just One Year (Just One Day #2)Title: Just One Year (Just One Day #2)

Author: Gayle Forman

Publisher: Dutton Juvenile

Published: October 10, 2013

Pages: 336

Just One Day. Just One Year. Just One Read.

Before you find out how their story ends, remember how it began…

When he opens his eyes, Willem doesn’t know where in the world he is—Prague or Dubrovnik or back in Amsterdam. All he knows is that he is once again alone, and that he needs to find a girl named Lulu. They shared one magical day in Paris, and something about that day—that girl—makes Willem wonder if they aren’t fated to be together. He travels all over the world, from Mexico to India, hoping to reconnect with her. But as months go by and Lulu remains elusive, Willem starts to question if the hand of fate is as strong as he’d thought. . . .

The romantic, emotional companion to Just One Day, this is a story of the choices we make and the accidents that happen—and the happiness we can find when the two intersect.

“Bravery was doing something dangerous without thinking.

Courage was walking into danger, knowing full well the risks.”


Just One Year is a beautifully written magical story exploring the choices that we make as individuals and the random accidents that often happen in our lives. Sometimes these choices can bring us much happiness and other times it can bring us greater sorrow. Gayle Forman shows us that sometimes losing yourself to the sorrow that you’ve endured only to find yourself happy in the end, can be one of the best random accidents to ever happen to in your life. It is what you make of yourself when you do finally figure out who you are, that counts the most. This novel is one of the most beautiful reflections of that and one of the most inspiring reads that I’ve encountered all year.

Just One Year broke my feels in so many wonderful heartfelt aching ways. I found myself connect with Willem’s story so much easier than it was for me to connect with Allyson’s in Just One Day. It was so tragic and filled with despair, that I found myself at times, wanting to wrap my arms around him just to keep him in place for just one moment in time instead of always running away and holding back so much of who he was. He simply isn’t the jerk that readers were left to think he was at the end of Just One Day, he was so much more than that, broken in so many ways that were unimaginable and still trying to hold himself together. His life and the person he wanted to be, was so affected by that one day he spent in Paris with his Lulu.

By the time I was finished reading this book, I simply marveled at the way Forman was able to take a character that I had originally disliked by the end of Just One Day, and had given him so much depth and complicated layers of pain that I couldn’t help but love him in spite of how things had originally appeared. The moment in the novel where he finally broke down and called his mother, saying that he needed her was a real turning point for me. It was absolutely heartbreaking to see the two of them work through resolving their issues and grief, in order to make their relationship stronger and more healthy. Love in many forms played an intricate role in Just One Year and it was beautiful to see how it unfolded in its many manifestations, love of a long time friend, being inspired by a stranger who becomes a new friend, experiencing your life being altered by just one day with someone who “stains” you forever, familial love that is both lost and grieved and repaired.

Gayle Forman has a beautiful way with words of wisdom and self-reflection that lends such an emotional tone to the novel. Just One Year is a gorgeous character study on losing everything there is about yourself, only to find it reflected back in the eyes of the person who challenges and inspires you to find yourself. When an author is able to tap into that much emotion, it is a true mark of greatness in the words they have written. Beautifully thought provoking and bittersweet, this novel is a definite must read. I realize that it is a companion novel to Just One Day, but the emotional impact that this novel had on me personally, has made it one of my top favorite books read this year. There is just absolutely no way that it compares.

If you are looking for one of those rare books that will stay with you, something gorgeously profound and poignant in all of the right ways a novel of this kind should be, then Just One Year is a book that I would recommend a place on your shelf. Bittersweet and powerfully emotional, you will not want to miss a minute of this diamond in a mountain of gold.

“I’m not sure it’s possible to simultaneously love something and keep it safe. Loving someone is such an inherently dangerous act. And yet, love, that’s where safety lives.”

ABOUT GAYLE FORMANGayle Forman

Gayle Forman and loves to write young-adult novels. Some of those novels include, If I Stay, Where She Went, Sister’s In Sanity, and her most recent New Adult novels, Just One Day and Just One Year.

Gayle Forman is an award-winning author and journalist whose articles have appeared in such publications as Jane, Seventeen, Glamour, Elle, and The New York Times Magazine, to name just a few. She lives in New York City with her husband and daughter.

To purchase a copy of Just One Year (Just One Day #2) by Gayle Forman visit: Amazon.

Quotes are from a finished copy of Just One Year and are my favorite that I had picked out from my notes, while reading this amazing novel on Padfoot (my Kindle Fire HD). No copyright infringement meant.