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True Colors by Krysten Hager Blog Tour + Giveaway


Happy Tuesday!

I am honored to have Krysten on my blog today promoting her latest book, True Colors. This blog tour is hosted by Double Decker Books, stay tuned for interesting goodies to be won! 

Tagline 'A little competition can really bring out people’s true colors.'

Blurb

    Landry Albright just wants to be one of the interesting girls at school who always have exciting things going on in their lives. She wants to stand out, but also wants to fit in, so she gives in when her two best friends, Ericka and Tori, push her into trying out for a teen reality show modeling competition with them. Landry goes in nervous, but impresses the judges enough to make it to the next round. However, Ericka and Tori get cut and basically "unfriend" her on Monday at school. Landry tries to make new friends, but gets caught up between wanting to be herself and conforming to who her new friends want her to be. Along the way she learns that modeling is nowhere as glamorous as it seems, how to deal with frenemies, a new crush, and that true friends see you for who you really are and like you because of it.

Back Cover

    Every day I walked down the sidewalk to school and wished I were one of the interesting popular girls who ran up with exciting news. Just once I’d like to be one of those girls instead of the being the one who didn’t get invited to things because people “forgot” about me.

Landry gets pushed into trying out for the American Ingénue reality show modeling competition with her two best friends. She doesn’t think she stands a chance, but she advances to the next level in the competition and her friends ignore her when they get cut.  

Enter the gorgeous Devon, who also makes the first cut and includes Landry in her clique. Devon becomes the perfect best friend, but can their friendship survive the competition?

Landry hopes her big break could come at any moment, but soon sees there’s much more to modeling than getting your hair done and looking pretty. She begins missing out on being with new friends like Ashanti, a girl who truly has Landry’s back. Landry also has the chance to have a boyfriend when she meets a boy named Vladi from another school.

Part of Landry wants to be famous (and have her hair look good for once), but part of her just wants to be accepted. She learns about friendships, being true to yourself, and that a good hair conditioner doesn’t hurt.

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Liebster Award Tag



Thank you Ailyn from @ Penny For My Thoughts for nominating me for the Liebster Award!

The tagged person has to: 

1. Thank you who has nominated you and post link to their blog.
2. Display the Liebster Award on your blog
3. Answer  questions about yourself given by the blogger who has nominated you
4. Provide 10 random facts about yourself
5. Nominate 8 – 10 blogs with less than 300 followers that you feel they deserve the Liebster Award
6. Create new sets of Questions for your nominees to answer. At least 10 questions.
7. Post the rules on your blog
8. Tag your nominees so they know that they are receiving the award from you. 

My Questions:

1. What are you watching now?
Currently addicted to the TV series Sleepy Hollow! (Surprisingly I am more frightened by it than Annabelle).

2. Name your favourite sin. 
Lust - I always have a thing for steamy romance!

3. What would you do with a million Euro?
Build a home for orphaned animals.

4. Fried or Grilled?
Definitely grilled. I love the charcoal taste on my food!

5. Name one thing that you would not mind eating when given $100,000.
Hmm...I really hate cucumber.

6. Chocolate or Vanilla?
Vanilla (just because I get really hyper when I eat too much chocolate).

7. Name your favourite music artist. 
Right now - it's Pan!c at the Disco.

8. Korean/Japanese or US drama?
US.

9. Do you have a favourite author?
Not specifically, but I do love Jamie McGuire, Veronica Roth and Rachel Gibson's works.

10. Do you want to be a villain or a hero?
Definitely a villain with a hero heart in disguise, like Gru :P


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Feature and Follow Friday #30


Feature and Follow Friday is a weekly meme hosted by Parajunkee and Alison Can Read. Check out their blogs and join in the weekly meme fun!

This week's #FF

Book Merchandise - show off some of your stuff - posters, t-shirts. Whatever you got! - Suggested by Becky's Barmy Book Blog 

I am particularly ecstatic whenever I received a merchandise from overseas! Especially when it arrives in its physical form (because I live in Malaysia, international shipping prices are extremely expensive, so I really appreciate the authors/bloggers that would take the time and effort to do so). I normally won my merchandises when I participated in giveaways and blog tours, and here are among the few merchandises that I have.




Leave a link and I'll be sure to check yours out!

Happy Friday :)

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#Nerd by Cambria Hebert - Cover Reveal





Title: #Nerd (The Hashtag Series #1)
Author: Cambria Hebert 
Genre: New Adult College / Contemporary Romance 
Release Date: November 3, 2014
Format: Ebook + Print 

Synopsis:

Two people from completely different worlds are about to be thrown together…

In more ways than one.

She wants to keep her scholarship. He wants to stay on the team. An awkward alliance doesn’t even begin to cover Rimmel and Romeo’s relationship.

But that’s about to change.

It starts with a dare. An initiation. A challenge. 

Quickly, it turns into more. But when you’re a victim of your status, there is no room for anything real. The rules are clear and simple. 

Stick to your circle.

And never fall in love with anyone on the outside.




AUTHOR BIO:

Cambria Hebert is a bestselling novelist of more than twenty books. 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 resides in North Carolina with her children (human and furry) and her husband, who is a United States Marine. 

Besides writing, Cambria loves a caramel latte, staying up late, sleeping in, and watching movies. She considers math human torture and has an irrational fear of chickens (yes, chickens). You can often find her running on the treadmill (she’d rather be eating a donut), painting her toenails (because she bites her fingernails), or walking her chorkie (the real boss of the house). 

Cambria has written within the young adult and new adult genres, penning many paranormal and contemporary titles. Her favorite genre to read and write is romantic suspense. A few of her most recognized titles are: Text, Torch, Tryst, Masquerade, and Recalled.

Cambria Hebert owns and operates Cambria Hebert Books, LLC.

You can find out more about Cambria and her titles by visiting her website: http://www.cambriahebert.com.

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Tell Me Something Tuesday #17


Tell Me Something Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by Rainy Day Ramblings discussing a variety of topics from books to blogging and everything else! If you are interested, simply just post your own answer in your blog and join in the fun! 

Do you support your local library and take advantage of all it has to offer?

Well, back in my small and isolated hometown (I used to live in a small tourist island before I moved out to continue my tertiary studies in the big city), the libraries were scarce with ancient and worn out books, some even dated back to the 60s! I used to visit the library when I was younger, but stopped going after I exhausted all of their story books and they don't seem to bring in new ones. So that somehow discouraged me from visiting the libraries and I seek for books elsewhere (and I happened to discover.. Netgalley!). I also preferred to buy new books instead of secondhand ones so I visited the book-stores more than I do with the library.

I guess old habits never die. After I moved out to the big city, I still haven't step foot into the local library (eventhough it is the national library, just imagine the amount of books they have!) except for the one in my university. Although I am an avid reader, but libraries are just not the place for me.

But I wouldn't mind if the library is like something out of Harry Potter. :P


Happy Tuesday!

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Feature & Follow #29


Feature and Follow Friday is a weekly meme hosted by Parajunkee and Alison Can Read. Check out their blogs and join in the weekly meme fun!

This week's #FF

Book character (s) you'd like to see with their own Twitter page

Definitely, most definitely the entire Glass House family!

If you are not familiar with The Morganville Vampires series by Rachel Caine, you definitely should give it a try! The MVV series is what made me love vampires (Twilight got me into vampires, but MVV got me into the "blood club"), and I was hooked on the series mainly due to the characters, which I often imagine living with them!
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Tell Me Something Tuesday #16


Tell Me Something Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by Rainy Day Ramblings discussing a variety of topics from books to blogging and everything else! If you are interested, simply just post your own answer in your blog and join in the fun! 

This week's TMST:

Are you comfortable with the direction NA is going.... with all the erotic scenes and steamy covers? 


I am a huge softy for romance and erotic scenes are just part of the package. To me there are basically two general types of romance novels, those that have sex scenes, and those that have none. NA lies in the shades of grey between yes and no and if the writing isn't good, that is when I get really uncomfortable. 

Erotic scenes portray some sort of intimacy between the characters. I do understand that as we mature we get more physically attracted to the opposite sex, which is what NA is trying to convey. It goes way beyond light caresses and gentle peck on the lips, but not to the extent of well, having descriptive sex. However, I get irritated and confused when the writing starts to take an erotic turn, and I have to stop to remind myself that I am in fact reading a NA romance novel. 

A pattern that I noticed in all these books is (as what Heidi from Rainy Day Ramblings mentioned) that the plot is always centered on a coming of age character with a tragic past/issue, which gets rather typical after a while. I could not even remember how many books that I had encountered that has the element of bully, abusive/broken family, rape and murder. Maybe it's written in a different setting happening to different protagonists, but it all comes back to the same theme. 

However, I rarely encounter NA genre books with steamy covers so my opinion on that will be invalid, although I do prefer abstract-designated covers. 

I am still a huge fan of NA genre because I feel that I can relate to the protagonists as we are almost of the same age, but I would love to see more variety in sense of setting or plot wise.

Among some of the NA novels that I feel are outstanding (WARNING: content might be inappropriate to some readers): 


She is pretty and talented - sweet sixteen and never been kissed. He is seventeen; gorgeous and on the brink of a bright future. And now they have fallen in love. But... they are brother and sister.

Seventeen-year-old Lochan and sixteen-year-old Maya have always felt more like friends than siblings. Together they have stepped in for their alcoholic, wayward mother to take care of their three younger siblings. As defacto parents to the little ones, Lochan and Maya have had to grow up fast. And the stress of their lives—and the way they understand each other so completely—has also also brought them closer than two siblings would ordinarily be. So close, in fact, that they have fallen in love. Their clandestine romance quickly blooms into deep, desperate love. They know their relationship is wrong and cannot possibly continue. And yet, they cannot stop what feels so incredibly right. As the novel careens toward an explosive and shocking finale, only one thing is certain: a love this devastating has no happy ending.




He’s saved her. He’s loved her. He’s killed for her.

Eighteen-year-old Archer couldn’t protect his best friend, Vivian, from what happened when they were kids, so he’s never stopped trying to protect her from everything else. It doesn’t matter that Vivian only uses him when hopping from one toxic relationship to another—Archer is always there, waiting to be noticed.

Then along comes Evan, the only person who’s ever cared about Archer without a single string attached. The harder he falls for Evan, the more Archer sees Vivian for the manipulative hot-mess she really is.

But Viv has her hooks in deep, and when she finds out about the murders Archer’s committed and his relationship with Evan, she threatens to turn him in if she doesn’t get what she wants… And what she wants is Evan’s death, and for Archer to forfeit his last chance at redemption.


Happy Tuesday!

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