Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Taken (Channie #2) by Charlotte Abel

Taken (Channie, #2)Title: Taken (Channie #2)
Author: Charlotte Abel 
Buy: Amazon

Goodreads Synopsis:
Bound by love and magic. Betrayed by those they trust. Not everyone survives.

Gasp-out-loud action, heart-pounding romance and an OMG ending that leaves you hungry for the next book.

My Thoughts:
Charlotte has done it again! We pick up where Enchanment left off with Channie and Josh sort of, kind (and no I'm not going to tell you why I said that will you read the book) of happily married and living in a shack. Teenagers acting like bunny rabbits but also scared of everything that's unknown in the world especially what'll happen to them during this upcoming war.

Not only do we see Josh and Channie stronger then ever we see them take on a whole new kind of crazy with Channie's mother (you'll have to read it to find out what I mean). I mean husband, both daughters and grand-kids? Lady come back to us!

Josh has to learn to be independent and learn to take care of himself and his wife. They learn to trust in their bond to find each other when things to south. Well actually I think these two learned a whole lot of new things in this book being married and all.

Taken had me laughing and gasping in pretty much every page and the end...oh the end. Please Charlotte hurry on the third book!!!

It was fast paced, action, romance and drama packed of awesomeness that you do no want to miss (plus you'll find out how Hunter decides to make his living and you really want to know how that unfolds!)! I suggest that if you have not yet read the first book you rush to do because these books are astounding! I've rated it 5 birdies you think I'm not going to recommend this book?! Hah!

I rated this book:(5/5)

-martha :D

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Blog Tour: Twined by A.L. Collins Blog Tour Review, Interview & Giveaway

Title: Twined
Author: A.L. Collins
Buy:Amazon | B&N 
Where you can find A.L. Collins: Goodreads | Website | Twitter 
Source: A.L Collins Publications
Genre: YA
Formats: Ebook & Paperback
Published: March 25th 2012


The review
Book Blurb:
Avalin Marsh is used to disappointment. When her mother murdered a woman in the kitchen of her home on her eleventh birthday, Avalin decided that the people in your life were only there to let you down. She built up walls over the years making a mental fortress impervious to disappointment, heartache and sadness. However it also isolated her from others, making her bitter... and lonely.

When her mother was diagnosed with schizophrenia after the murder, Avalin began to see and experience things that she couldn't explain. She thought she could handle these episodes by pushing them back into her mind. Until the day she sees one of her classmates morph into a monster right in front of her eyes. Pushed to the brink of paranoia, Avalin truly believes she's insane. Then a mysterious man named Albert comes into her life. She's wary of his motives yet for some reason finds herself drawn to him even though they've never met. What's even more inexplicable is that Albert knows who Avalin is. She's the daughter of the famous Abigail Marsh. Her mother.

Now the two of them will need to put their differences aside and trust one another. If Avalin can't let her guard down long enough to let Albert in, then there might be dire and far reaching consequences in store for them.

It turns out Avalin Marsh isn't as crazy as she thought.

Teasers:
I cursed her, blamed her, hated her...and I missed her so much.
But I missed me even more.

"There's been another senior prank, Avalin," Lyle said, exhausted from running.
Not this again. "No, come on! If it's Alan again I swear I'm going to kill him." I sighed and slapped my hand against my thigh, "What's drawn on my car this time? Breasts? Because if I go out and find one more cupcake-shaped set-"

"Don't you worry Avalin. Things will unravel sooner or later. Or maybe they won't? Such is life and they way it flows. Until we figure out, however, I still have the Blind Side if you're interested."

My Thoughts:
First and foremost I'd like to thank A.L. Collins and A.L Collins Publications for the review copy.

Avalin's mother killed a woman in her own home and now years later Avalin thinks she's going crazy too seeing faces, hearing voices, but along come Albert who tells her she's not going crazy and that's where all the fun begins.

Romance, Intrigue, Adventure and non-human humans. What else can you ask for?! This books is brilliant. I found not one thing that I didn't like. Not one! The romance was swoon-worthy, the Intrigue kept me coming back to find out more, the adventure had me turning the pages at alarming rates and the non human humans well those you'll have to read for yourself.

Not only did it start out incredibly it it also middled (I think I just made up a word) and ended on the same note. A perfect end to leave me asking for more. The plot, the characters, pace, everything was incredible. There are little clues here and there that I think will come up in the sequel and I am just so excited to read and find out more.

Avalin is a quirky, smart mouthed take-no-crap-from-anyone kind of chick and I could really relate to her (well not the having a mother who killed someone in their kitchen part). The characters were all very real and we all know an Avalin, Albert, and Jessica in high school.

Overall this book was brilliant and I recommend this book to everyone! Seriously people go read it because if you don't you will be missing out on an amazing book. And trust me you want to know about the non-human humans!
I gave this book: (5/5)
About the Author & Interview

I'm a character enthusiest and lover of storytelling. I've spent most of my life listening to the tales that people tell and studying what makes a book or characters alive and interesting. Writing is my love and the details the flavor. I hope that people enjoy what I can create.

I had the pleasure of being able to interview Collins and here is how it went:

Me: Can you tell us a bit about yourself?
I’m nineteen years old and currently live in Manchester, Maryland. I’ve had a fascination with characters and storytelling my entire life. I love to watch how people react to both situations and other people. I find it fascinating what kind of dimension a good character can add to a story. I try to stay as busy as I can. I have quite a few hobbies and I’m currently working two jobs as well as writing my books, so I’m not in one spot for very long. If I had three words to describe myself they would be busy, empathetic and eccentric. 
19 ladies and gentlemen, if you can believe it!
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Me: How do you fill up your time when you aren't writing?
I try to spend as much time with friends as possible. If I’m not writing I’m usually working or exercising. I’ve recently been trying to stay in shape. It’s easy to pass a lot of time sitting in front of a laptop writing a book, so staying active is a must for me. I love making music and playing videogames… a lot of me reflects the typical teenager I suppose. I love to go to the beach whenever life allows it. I am an ocean addict.
I think I can speak for all us when I say we can relate.
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Me: If you could pick any character in your book to be real who would it be?
Oh jeez that’s way too hard. I love all my characters so much that it’s so difficult to choose. I’d have to say that Syrius from my book Bastion would be the one, however. Syrius has such a strange sense of humor that I have come to adore. I hadn’t even planned on making him so humorous. It was just one snappy comeback after another until his personality just blossomed. He’s also a great friend to have. He’s been alone all of his life so he really values his friends and he’ll do anything he can to help them. In a sense he’s just afraid of being alone, and that’s something I think I respect most about his personality. People who will work hard to keep their friendships alive are really hard to come across. Granted Syrius tries as hard as he can to be selfish. He’s just really, really bad at it.
Heroes like that are one in a million.
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Me:What was your favorite chapter (or part) to write and why?
Twined had so many chapters that I enjoyed writing. But honestly the one that I enjoyed the most was the prologue. And I say that because that’s how I started with Twined. The prologue was something I had just written up on the fly. That was the beginning of the Twined series. Everything flowed from that one prologue. I loved the mystique and the raw emotion of it all. You really get to see why Avalin is the way she is. Her past may not be pretty and she may try to ignore it all, but by the end of that chapter you are going to enter Twined with nothing but questions and anticipation. I think it was the perfect start to the series.
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Me:Who is your all time hero?
My hero may very well be my manager James. He’s really been the entire reason my books have even come this far. James is a jack of all trades. Whatever he decides to do, he does it, and he does it well. He’s reliable in most every situation I could even think of. To find that balance between extremes is a rare feat, and James I think has been able to find a good balance in so many different areas of life. It’s a real experience to meet a person you get along so well with. People like him are so hard to come by. He’s the defining image of what I’d like to be one day. I’m pretty young. I’ve got a lot of time to learn.
Shout out the the awesome James!
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Me:Describe your writing style twitter style. 140 characters or less. Go!
Character driven and creative, filled with action, romance and descriptive flavor.
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Me:Where is your favorite reading niche?
I may sound like I’m obsessive, but the one place I love to read really is the beach. There’s something magical about reading in a place that stimulates all your senses. You experience everything at the beach. The warmth of the sun, the taste of the salt, the smell of the wind, it’s all very captivating. I’ve said it before that when you’re at the beach you feel like the world belongs to you, which is a similar feeling when you read a book. Of course I think I’d also love writing at the beach. I haven’t gotten to try that yet. I’m really aching to experience it.
Same here. It is amazing what nature, especially the ocean can do for you!
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Me: Do you have any specific last thoughts that you want to say to your readers?
A big thought I’d like to give to my readers is that I hope they never lose their imaginations. I hope they can lose themselves in my worlds and see themselves in my characters. I want them to feel things they’ve never thought of feeling before. It’s an amazing feeling to escape into a book you truly enjoy. I just hope people have fun reading what I write.
Well I sure did and I'm sure others who read this will also.


The Giveaways
The giveaway includes a print copy of the book, bookmark, poster, pen and much more. This giveaway is US and International.
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The author will be having a Grand Giveaway during the tour for a $50 Amazon Gift card!


Good luck!
-martha :D

Friday, May 25, 2012

And the winners are....

Well my 'Justice' giveaway is now closed. Before I go any further I'd just like to thank everyone who took the time to read the Interview and the Review of this spectacular book. I'd also like to thank Jade Varden for introducing me to 'Justice' and letting me bug her with my questions :)

Without further ado the winners of the ebook copies of 'Justice (Deck of Lies, #1)' are....
Justice (Deck of Lies, #1)



Sary R
Rachel M

Both winners have been confirmed.
Thank you and don't forget to support Indie Authors.

Didn't win? No worries. You can find 'Justice' on 

-martha :D

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

A Demon Made Me Do It (Demonblood Series) by Penelope King

A Demon Made Me Do ItTitle: A Demon Made Me Do It (Demonblood Series)
Author: Penelope King
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Goodreads Synopsis:
Some girls share clothes, a bathroom, or a bedroom. Seventeen-year-old Liora Greyson has to share, too. Only she shares her body--with a demon.

Liora just wants to survive her final year of high school unscathed, her dark secret intact. But the walls she’s carefully constructed to keep people away crack wide open once she meets the sexy and mysterious Kieron, and he lights her world on fire. She can’t let him know she transforms into a demon named "Lucky" at nightfall—a demon with an entirely separate personality who passes out Torment, Justice, and Revenge like Halloween candy.

Turns out Kieron is the one who should be afraid once Lucky discovers his true identity and motivations. Liora wants to love him, but Lucky thinks he’s public enemy number one. And having a demon with a vendetta show up during a romantic date puts a serious crimp in any relationship.

Fighting your demons is one thing. Having one that fights back, messes with your guy, and leaves you with nasty hangovers is quite another.

Being bad has never been so good...

Teaser:
"Here you are." The masculine voice causes me to jump.
"Bones, what are you doing here?" I ask, annoyed. "You scared me half to death!"
He sits on the corner of the bed and glances at the screeching woman. "Kind of like that?" he asks with a raised eyebrow. I roll my eyes.
"Bones, what are you doing here?" I repeat.
He doesn't answer me right away. Instead he watches the woman writhe and moan on the floor. "I followed your scent. What'd she do?"
"Double infantcide."
He shakes his head slowly. "Shame. She looks real nice."

My Thoughts:
I'd like to thank Penelope King for letting me read 'A Demon Made Me Do It'.

You know how there are some readers who praise a book so much that you get curious to see what all the hype is about and find out that that was not your cup of tea? I've had those happen to me...but not with this book. Really took me by surprise how this book progressed because I had kind of an idea but this book took that idea and threw it out the window.

This isn't a book of demon possession but a book about coming to terms with two sides that make up one. I enjoyed reading the two very different sides of the coin that make up Liora. One is a kind, sweet school girl who tries to stay under the radar as much as she can to prevent Lucky from making a guest appearance and kicking bum. Lucky on the other hand is that kick bum  in your face kind of girl who isn't afraid anyone or anything. I think when the Amazea messed everything up their two different selves just intensified to how they are now. Very interesting to see the different selves. They hate each other but yet they respect each other enough to be done with everything by the time the other needs to take over.

Kieron....well what can I say about Kieron that hasn't already been said? Why are these boys so swoon worthy? Probably because they're just so awesome inside and out right (now why can't we find guys like that in real life?). Bones. My goodness Bones made me laugh everytime he hit on Lucky that my stomach hurt from all the laughing. he is quite a character that Bones (but why was he called Bones? Did I miss where they explained?). I did pick up a bit of  a love square though (I hope that makes sense) although now that I think about it it might be sort of a web (I think I might confusing people).

This is the job well done you get an A++ from the English teacher (no it's not me). I saw no flaws in this story (none at all). The plot, character, climax everything was brilliant. I had absolutely no complaints whatsoever.

Overall, this is a book to read. A stay up until you finish it book. A I'm going to recommend to everyone I know kind of book. A woah I have to read the next one kind of book.
I've rated this book:

-martha :D

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Blog Tour: I've Got You Covered by Toni G. Sinns

I've Got You CoveredTitle: I've Got You Covered
Author: Toni G. Sinns




Synopsis:
Anistasia moves to Brooksville where she meets John. The duo hit it off almost instantly and become best friends before it grows into something more than friendship. While they blossom together they have to go through the daily routine of high school drama and jealous ex’s on John’s part and over bearing brothers on Anistasia’s part. But each struggle seems to hold the two together even more.


Along with the daily high school problems they also have to deal with the mafia hunting down Anistasia, John’s mafia father, and the every other weekend street races. Running from bad guys, keeping the cops out of the know how, and trying to stay undetected is proving to be more of a handful when the only person you can trust is also on the run.

Teasers:
Kyri shook her head. "John is going to be pissed when he finds out you made her hate him."
"We're siblings, out tolerance of one another isn't supposed to be infinite anyway." She joked with her and slowly their babble turned to other topics.


She wasn't sure why adrenaline made her hungry but it did. If she ever was in a long sop chase they probably would win and arrest her at a local fast food joints drive thru.

My Thoughts:
While reading this I had a sort of Romeo and Juliette feeling. Ani is a mobsters princess, John is the son of a mobster. The mob wants Ani back alive or dead at all costs, John mobster father is keeping tabs on him. Without knowing about their involvement with said mob they become friends.


Ani started out strong and tough at the beginning of the book but became a bit of self conscious teenager. I don't understand why she went from being such a strong character who didn't up with anyone's crap to being super nice to the people who were spewing their crap at her. John I felt to be the only consistent character throughout the whole book. He was what and who he was and didn't try to change (which in this case is a good thing).


Ani and John's relationship I did like, for not once did I feel it rushed. They took it a a slowish pace and it was never a BAM! they're in love kind of thing. They talked, got to know each other a bit and then got to the relationship part. Also the fact that she stopped it till they got to know each other a whole lot better with telling each other their secrets was great too (too many characters rush into a relationship and have the whole getting to know you thing after). John was there to help throughout everything that was happening and that was pretty cool in my book.


I felt as though there should have been a whole lot more editing because there were many errors that it kind of drove me crazy (me, queen of errors). I can take errors in the book when its 25-50% but I felt like more then 75% of the book had errors that had not been noticed. I also felt that the plot lacked in it's climax other then that one little incident (I was thinking they were going to introduce a character or some big plan that had been cooked up but sadly no) so I was a bit disappointed. 


I've rated it: I think with a bit more plot and some editing this book could be a great book until then I'll have to really consider reading the next installment.

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Author Bio
Toni Sinns was born and raised in Western North Carolina before moving to Central Florida in 2011. She is an upcoming author/writer with a mind in multiple genres of novels and books. She is currently working on multiple novels that you can read about on her website. 
Links to Buy 

-martha :D

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Monday, May 21, 2012

Last Breath by Rachel Caine

Last Breath (The Morganville Vampires, #11)Title: Last Breath
Author: Rachel Caine


Goodreads Synopsis:
With her boss preoccupied researching the Founder Houses in Morganville, student Claire Danvers is left to her own devices when she learns that three vampires have vanished without a trace. She soon discovers that the last person seen with one of the missing vampires is someone new to town-a mysterious individual named Magnus. After an uneasy encounter with Morganville's latest resident, Claire is certain Magnus isn't merely human. But is he a vampire-or something else entirely?

Teasers:
"Yeah, about that...Could you get us a human?" Shane asked. "It creeps me out when a guy's draining my blood and I hear his stomach rumble."

"No, " Calire said, "but I'm pretty sure you won't like it if I go alone when I just kind of promised to be with you. So...?"
"Right. I've been missing Nutty McFang anyway."
"Stop making up names for him."
"What about Count Crackula?"
"Just stop."

"I'm still now kissing you," Michael said.
"Tease."

My Thoughts:
Well Rachel has done it yet again! This woman is a genius!
All I really have to say is that if you have not yet picked up the series you should. It is INCREDIBLE.
So much adventure to keep you on your toes and just enough romance to balance it all out. Plus you can't miss out on the wackiness that is Myrnin!

Trust me and read this or keep reading the series.

My Rating:

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Grave Mercy (His Fair Assassin #1) by Robin LaFevers

Grave Mercy (His Fair Assassin, #1)Title: Grave Mercy (His Fair Assassin #1)
Author: Robin LaFever


Goodreads Synopsis:

Why be the sheep, when you can be the wolf?

Seventeen-year-old Ismae escapes from the brutality of an arranged marriage into the sanctuary of the convent of St. Mortain, where the sisters still serve the gods of old. Here she learns that the god of Death Himself has blessed her with dangerous gifts—and a violent destiny. If she chooses to stay at the convent, she will be trained as an assassin and serve as a handmaiden to Death. To claim her new life, she must destroy the lives of others.

Ismae’s most important assignment takes her straight into the high court of Brittany—where she finds herself woefully under prepared—not only for the deadly games of intrigue and treason, but for the impossible choices she must make. For how can she deliver Death’s vengeance upon a target who, against her will, has stolen her heart?

My Thoughts:
I am always amazed at how some people who have nothing or have lost so much can rise up from all that and be such influences in their world. Batman for example, comes to mind (although he did have money) when he suffers the greatest loss a child can go through and work through that loss to become someone great. Ismae is like that. She comes from a father who does not want her and so sells her to the highest bidder and a mother who seems to not care one bit for her. By becoming one of Death's handmaidens she goes off on a great adventure filled with confusion, loyalty and romance.

Ismae for me has become a heroine. She goes through great loss to become a great instrument in the efforts of a country to stay free from being taken over. She does seem a bit confused throughout the book as to what she should be doing but that in and of itself shows how human she is that she does have to rely on others not just the Death god to be able to help. Her eagerness to be something better then a farmers daughter is inspiring.

One thing I really enjoyed about the book was that although sparks fly between Ismae and Duval it is not the sort of instantaneous sparks of love at first sight. It is more of the smoldering heat that rises and rises. Things were never rushed and I liked that because in some they are rushed so fast past you that you're left reeling as what happened. They sort of hated each other through maybe half the book which just added to my liking.

There were a lot of scenes were I was left saying "Oh Shiz" because I didn't see it coming or because it made me laugh so hard I literally almost fell of my bed. Ismae's awkwardness with the opposite sex also made me laugh because it was one of the things she had learned and yet she still seemed to stumble in the art of flirtation and the like. I loved all the court intrigue. Sort of like a soap opera only better (because it was never over done). 'Grave Mercy' kept me wanting to find out what was to happen and who Ismae was going to be ordered to assassinate next. Loved all the action in the book. Especially the secrecy in which the main villain is hidden behind. It was a such a sneaky/sly way to keep me interested and it worked.

It was a great story with no rushing, no bad characters, and a great plot. Overall I highly recommend this book to everyone who has not yet read it.

Rating I've given this book: 


-martha :D

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Jade Varden Interview & Giveaway

Once in a while you'll find an Indie Author that is stunning in her written work. I am happy to say that I have found yet another one (how am I so lucky?)
Ladies & Gentlemen I present to say the marvelous Jade Varden!
I've read and reviewed 'Justice' and you can read it HERE.

Hello Jade! And welcome to booksbooks&morebooks! I'm very happy to have you here.
Hi! Thanks for having me.
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Can you share with us a little bit about yourself?
I’ve been writing since I was a kid, and I’ve always consistently enjoyed reading YA books, so it just felt natural for me to write them. I also write freelance articles for a fashion magazine called VAR and I blog self-publishing and writing tips for other indies. 
Wow! 
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Personally I thought 'Justice' was an amazing book. Can you share with us how the idea came about.
I’m so glad you enjoyed it. I was inspired to write Justice by asking myself what it would be like to be taken away from one family and suddenly put into another. The more I thought about it, the bigger the idea became, and soon I had four books planned. 
One little idea became something great and incredible!
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Are any of the characters modeled after anyone or are they pure Jade imagination?
*laughter* Well maybe I shouldn’t say it, but Violet is sort of inspired by my stepmother in some ways. Carsyn are Laurel both have characteristics that are definitely modeled after some of the girls I knew in high school. 
Hehehe I'm sure it's the impeccable fashion sense :D
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If you could pick any character in any book to be real, who would it be? ;D
River. I know a few readers who would want to meet him. 
Add me to that list please! :D
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What was your favorite chapter or scene to write and why?
My favorite scenes to write were the ones with River, and the one near the end with Owen and Rain. I had fun planting hints and non-hints and little extras in there that are going to appear again in later books. 
Oohh I might have to re-read it to see if I can spot them all.
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Describe your writing style twitter style. 140 characters or less. Go!
Imagine. Write. Get stuck, walk. Think. Write. Edit. Re-write. Agonize. Edit again. Read!
I like your style :D
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What has been the toughest criticism given to you as an author? What has been the best compliment?
It’s hard to answer both of those questions. Every criticism is tough, and it always stings a little. But every criticism is also really important, because it’s something I can use to make my writing better. And of course every compliment is wonderful. I’m just happy to hear that a reader liked the book. 
It's the endless cycle of winning some and loosing some.
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Now, you must answer my most serious question of all time...Superman or Batman?
Batman. He’s not an alien, he’s a billionaire and he’s just a normal guy with a lot of gadgets -- no superpowers. But the only Batman, and I cannot stress this enough, is Michael Keaton. 
Ahhh man! I like Batman but Superman is my alien. :D
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Are you currently working on anything new at the moment? If so could you give us a tiny little taste as to what it's about?
Yes! I’m finishing up the Deck of Lies series now. The first draft of Death is complete and I’m working on my outline for the fourth book. 
Exciting! I'll be sure to add them to my to-read list.
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Hypothetical situation: you're stuck in Antarctica. What are the three things you hope you brought?
Some sort of radar device to help me find a research facility so I can survive. That’s paramount. Some sort of fuel to make a fire. And I guess warm clothing, a lot of it.
These are must have items we should carry around...just in case O.o
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What is it that you do when you're not writing books about lies, kidnappers, and crazy boyfriends?
I really don’t have a lot of free time because I write 12 hours a day, but when I do get a little time I’m a big video gamer. You can find me on my Wii very early in the morning. 
You and my 14 year old brother would get along very well, I think. Hahaha! 
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Is there anything you'd like to say to your readers/fans?
Keep reading! There’s more to come. 

Thank you Jade for answering my (sometimes random) questions!

Justice (Deck of Lies, #1)But wait! There's more! Jade has kindly offered 2 Ebook copies of 'Justice'!
So enter the rafflecopter for a chance to read this stunning book!
Good Luck "and may the odds be ever in your favor"!


-martha :D


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