OUaT's Traveling this Weekend!


Where you can find OUaT members this weekend! 




Viva Las Vegas! Shannon and Yara (me) will be in Vegas this weekend to attend Jamie McGuire's A Beautiful Wedding Book Event. We are excited to spend Saturday surround by the authors and the books we love. Will be arriving today Friday to register and a mingle right after and then let Vegas direct our Friday night. Then Saturday (1/31) is the big day. 

On Saturday we start off with a photo op with the Jase and Alex, the models that are Travis Maddox and Abby Maddox (lol)! Then sometime after that we head to the signing event that includes Jamie herself but also Colleen Hoover, Abbi Glines, Jennifer L. Armentrout and many more. Then once we have met and gotten all our books signed and fangirled our butts off, we head later that night to Aces & Eights Cocktail Party with the Authors and Models. We can't even described how thrilled and excited we are. We have our books and party dress ready to make the most our of this event. 

"What Happens in Vegas, Stays in Vegas"

So we can't wait to let you guys know how the event went after we have come back home and settled back into the real world. Make sure you are following our Twitter, Instagram and Facebook as will be updating with pics and so much more.




The windy city will be bustling with bookish folks this weekend and OUaT's very own Leydy, will be one of them. Leydy will be in Chicago attending ALA Midwinter conference. She will be attending the conference for a few days. We can't wait to see all the goodies she brings back home.


We will find out what the "It" books are from all the different publishers will be for this year. And I'm sure Leydy will be making some stops that we might recognize from Divergent while she is visiting Chicago.



So if any of our readers will be at either event, look for us and say Hi. We always love to meet new folks when out and about enjoying our passion for BOOKS!!!


Read-Along: The Winner's Trilogy by Marie Rutkoski!



Hello Everyone!

Once Upon a Twilight has teamed up with Good Choice Reading and fellow blogging buddies to bring you all a read-along of The Winner's Curse and The Winner's Crime!

The read-along will be broken down into chapters, and will run from February 3rd - March 31st. We will share and discuss our thoughts on each week's chapters on the TUESDAY of each week. There is also an awesome giveaway sponsored by Macmillan that will run the entire time of the read-along. You could win a signed copy of The Winner's Curse & The Winner's Crime!! There will be tons of ways to enter and double/triple your chances of winning!

We hope you will join us and follow along!

This is one series you DO NOT want to miss out on!

Make sure to follow the HASHTAG #TheWinnersTrilogy on twitter!


Here are your participating bloggers...


ABOUT THE BOOKS





As a general's daughter in a vast empire that revels in war and enslaves those it conquers, seventeen-year-old Kestrel has two choices: she can join the military or get married. But Kestrel has other intentions. One day, she is startled to find a kindred spirit in a young slave up for auction. Arin's eyes seem to defy everything and everyone. Following her instinct, Kestrel buys him'with unexpected consequences. It's not long before she has to hide her growing love for Arin. But he, too, has a secret, and Kestrel quickly learns that the price she paid for a fellow human is much higher than she ever could have imagined.

Set in a richly imagined new world, The Winner's Curse is a story of deadly games where everything is at stake, and the gamble is whether you will keep your head or lose your heart.





Book two of the dazzling Winner's Trilogy is a fight to the death as Kestrel risks betrayal of country for love.

The engagement of Lady Kestrel to Valoria’s crown prince means one celebration after another. But to Kestrel it means living in a cage of her own making. As the wedding approaches, she aches to tell Arin the truth about her engagement…if she could only trust him. Yet can she even trust herself? For—unknown to Arin—Kestrel is becoming a skilled practitioner of deceit: an anonymous spy passing information to Herran, and close to uncovering a shocking secret.

As Arin enlists dangerous allies in the struggle to keep his country’s freedom, he can’t fight the suspicion that Kestrel knows more than she shows. In the end, it might not be a dagger in the dark that cuts him open, but the truth. And when that happens, Kestrel and Arin learn just how much their crimes will cost them.

READ-ALONG SCHEDULE

The Winner's Curse Read-Along

February 3rd - Chapters 1 - 10
February 10th - Chapters 11 - 20
February 17th - Chapters 21 - 30
February 24th - Chapters 31 - 42

The Winner's Crime Read-Along

March 10th - Chapters 1 - 10
March 17th - Chapters 11 - 20
March 24th - Chapters 21 - 34
March 31st - Chapters 34 - 46


COMING SOON!

Cover Puzzle Reveal: Nowhere But Here by Katie McGarry


West Side Story meets Sons of Anarchy?? Yes, please!

Katie McGarry's newest novel, NOWHERE BUT HERE, has a cover and we are thrilled to get to help reveal it to you today. The first novel in her upcoming The Thunder Road Series, NOWHERE BUT HERE is a young adult contemporary romance that will keep you turning the pages long into the night. We have no doubt that when you get done, you're going to wish you were on a motorcycle and had your own cut of leather across your back!

Follow along today as pieces of the cover are revealed, and then stop by the HarlequinTeen Page to see the full cover at 7pm EST! And that's not all, of course! We have a few Behind-The-Scenes pictures from the photo shoot itself for you to enjoy as well! Check out the Behind-The-Scenes pictures and then scroll down for our puzzle piece!

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And here's the second piece to the cover for you!

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Nowhere But Here
Thunder Road #1
Author: Katie McGarry
Reading Level: Young Adult
Genre: Contemporary
Released: May 26th 2015
Publisher: Harlequin Teen

 
 
An unforgettable new series from acclaimed author Katie McGarry about taking risks, opening your heart and ending up in a place you never imagined possible

Seventeen-year-old Emily likes her life the way it is: doting parents, good friends, good school in a safe neighborhood. Sure, she's curious about her biological father—the one who chose life in a motorcycle club, the Reign of Terror, over being a parent—but that doesn't mean she wants to be a part of his world. But when a reluctant visit turns to an extended summer vacation among relatives she never knew she had, one thing becomes clear: nothing is what it seems. Not the club, not her secret-keeping father and not Oz, a guy with suck-me-in blue eyes who can help her understand them both.

Oz wants one thing: to join the Reign of Terror. They're the good guys. They protect people. They're…family. And while Emily—the gorgeous and sheltered daughter of the club's most respected member—is in town, he's gonna prove it to her. So when her father asks him to keep her safe from a rival club with a score to settle, Oz knows it's his shot at his dream. What he doesn't count on is that Emily just might turn that dream upside down.

No one wants them to be together. But sometimes the right person is the one you least expect, and the road you fear the most is the one that leads you home.




KATIE MCGARRY was a teenager during the age of grunge and boy bands and remembers those years as the best and worst of her life. She is a lover of music, happy endings, and reality television, and is a secret University of Kentucky basketball fan.

Katie would love to hear from her readers. Contact her via her website, katielmcgarry.com, follow her on Twitter @KatieMcGarry, or become a fan on Facebook and Goodreads.





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Blog Tour: Harlequin's Very Valentine's Reads | Hometown Valentine by Lissa Manley | Guest Post | Giveaway




Welcome to our stop on Harlequin's Very Valentine's Reads: Hometown Valentine for Lissa Manley. This tour is hosted by Rockstar Book Tour.

The Walled City
Author: Lissa Manley
Reading Level: Adult
Genre: Contemporary
Released: January 20th 2015
Publisher: Love Inspired

  

Two stories in one!

Finding Her Family: Lily Rogers is ready to follow her dreams. Now all she needs is funds. Taking a job as baby Peyton's temporary nanny seems like an easy way to earn cash for her plane ticket to LA. But there's nothing easy about how Lily feels for Peyton's uncle, coffee shop owner Blake Stonely. As Valentine's Day approaches, Lily's head fills with romantic notions of the handsome new daddy. She's falling for a family that isn't hers, and dreaming of a life with the blue-eyed barista and his adorable niece. Will Lily leave Blake and Peyton behind…or make a new future—and family—with them by her side?

Moonlight Cove, a beachside town where love and faith blossom: Lily Rogers is ready to follow her dreams. Now all she needs is funds. Taking a job as baby Peyton's temporary nanny seems like an easy way to earn cash for her plane ticket to LA. But there's nothing easy about how Lily feels for Peyton's uncle, coffee shop owner Blake Stonely. As Valentine's Day approaches, Lily's head fills with romantic notions of the handsome new daddy. She's falling for a family that isn't hers, and dreaming of a life with the blue-eyed barista and his adorable niece. Will Lily leave Blake and Peyton behind…or make a new future—and family—with them by her side?
My Top 3 Most Romantic Ways to Propose

These days, proposing is an art form, full of grand gestures, big surprises and secret doings, often involving elaborate organization and planning worthy of the CIA.   Anything that results in two people in love committing themselves to a lifetime together is all good, of course.  But sometimes I think the end result—deciding to join your life and heart with someone, forever—gets lost in the complicated process of proposing in a knock-your-socks-off kind of way.  So, with that notion in mind, here are some proposal ideas that are romantic, touching and unforgettable but that don’t overshadow the goal before the road to happily-ever-after is even set-upon.

1. This one is old-fashioned, but tried and true.  Find a spot that has special significance to you and your love, maybe at sunset.  Set out a picnic, talk and laugh and kiss, and then pop out that ring and lay your heart on the line, maybe just as the sun dips below the horizon.  Spend the rest of the evening talking about your future life together, cuddles up under a cozy blanket.

2. Gather family and friends and either: a) play a card game and have WILL YOU MARRY ME? written on one of the cards (or many of them?)  Wait for the cards to be dealt and prepare for a shocked but happy reaction. Or, b) sing karaoke, and eventually, when it’s your turn, change the words to MARRY ME, (insert your love’s name).  Get down on one knee as you sing, hopefully on key.  But if not, don’t worry; no one, least of all your love, will really care if an engagement is the end result. 

3. Put together a simple scavenger hunt involving places you two like to go, perhaps written in poem form.  At the last destination, have champagne, roses and the ring waiting.  Oh, and chocolate, too.  Propose, kiss, toast, feed each other chocolate.  Repeat as necessary!  After all, nothing is more precious than spending the rest of your life with the person who completes your heart.    


Lissa Manley decided she wanted to be a published author at age twelve.  She lives in Portland, Oregon with her husband, a grown daughter and college-aged son.  When she's not reading, she enjoys reading, travel planning, crafting, bargain hunting, cooking and decorating.



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Week One:
1/26/15 Parajunkee  - Interview with Victoria Dahl
1/27/15 Books Complete Me – Interview with Julia London
1/28/15 Paranormal Book Club – Interview with Sarah McCarty
1/29/15 Once Upon a Twilight – Guest Post by Lissa Manley
1/30/15 Wicked L'il Pixie – Interview with Lynda Aicher

Book Review: Conspiracy Girl by Sarah Alderson



Conspiracy Girl
Author: Sarah Alderson
Reading Level: Young Adult
Genre: Contemporary
Release Date: February 12, 2015
Review Source: Simon & Schuster | Netgalley

Everybody knows about the Cooper Killings – the Bel Air home invasion that rocked the nation. There was only one survivor - a sixteen year-old girl. And though the killers were caught they walked free.

Now eighteen, Nic Preston - the girl who survived - is trying hard to rebuild her life. She’s security conscious to the point of paranoia and her only friend is a French Mastiff bulldog, but she’s making progress. She’s started college in New York and has even begun dating.

But then one night her apartment is broken into and the life Nic’s worked so hard to create is shattered in an instant.

Finn Carter - hacker, rule breaker, player – is the last person Nic ever wants to see again. He’s the reason her mother’s killers walked free from court. But as the people hunting her close in, Nic has to accept that her best and possibly only chance of staying alive is by keeping close to Finn and learning to trust the person she’s sworn to hate.

Fleeing across a snowbound New England, frantically trying to uncover the motive behind the murders, Nic and Finn come to realize the conspiracy is bigger than they could ever have suspected. But the closer they get to the truth and the closer they get to each other, the greater the danger becomes.

I love Sarah Alderson. She’s one of those authors where I know I’m going to love her book before I even know a single thing about the book. She’s that kind of author. Despite having other books in line to be reviewed first, I was cheeky and dived into Conspiracy Girl. I couldn’t wait, knowing it was sitting pretty on my Kindle.

It’s the mystery which got me in Conspiracy Girl. Exactly 35% into the book and I’m dying to know what’s going on. Who killed her parents? Why are people going missing? Who’s involved?  I had no idea whatsoever.  And despite that at this point I knew nothing; I knew I was in for a shock. Sarah Alderson has a knack for the unexpected and is good at making my jaw drop.

Conspiracy Girl is Nic’s journey. Two years ago her mother and stepsister were both brutally murdered and two years later they’re back—and this time, they’re after Nic. The one who got away. But why now? Why two years later?

As always, Ms. Alderson made an amazing story. I was hooked the whole way through and I loved Finn and Nic’s characters. He’s completely loveable and has this vibe about him, with his unbelievable hacking skills, no one can keep him from knowing things, which is why he's the perfect person for finding the real murders of her mother and stepsister. And Nic, what didn’t kill her made her stronger. I respected her character a lot, and I think she’s one of my favourite characters I’ve discovered in 2014.

That shock I was on about....yeah, I got it. It was unexpected. But it leads up to a perfect ending.



Book Blast: An Angel Torched My Homework and Other Lies by Miche Sipes + Giveaway



An Angel Torched My Homework and Other Lies
Author: Tellulah Darling
Reading Level: Young Adult
Genre: Paranormal
Release Date: January 5th 2015

  

Carrie Philips just wants her junior year at Clement Academy to go smoothly. Sure, it’s the first high school in the nation to integrate Norms like her with the Differents. But the Diffs are just typical teenagers with “tiny” genetic anomalies. They’re not really vampires or werewolves or angels or zombies like you see in old movies. The Diffs just have special dietary needs and some unusual abilities. They’re certainly not dangerous or anything—at least that’s what Carrie has always believed, since her dad is a doctor of Different medicine.

But when several of her fellow students are mysteriously assaulted, cracks form in Carrie’s worldview. Cracks she tries to ignore while defending her friends from anti-Diff backlash and solving the mystery of who’s really behind the attacks. Meanwhile, she’s distracted by two criminally cute guys who both seem to like her (and hate each other). Then Carrie uncovers a bombshell that could forever change how Norms and Diffs see each other. So much for a quiet school year.

Miche Sipes wrote her first play at the age of six and has been writing creatively ever since. Well, if you don’t count the occasional decade-long lapse. Miche has lived in Maryland and Florida, but now calls Colorado home. Whenever she’s not writing—or finding ingenious ways to procrastinate like ironing shoelaces or flossing her cat’s teeth—she can be found hiking in the mountains. Then again, there’s a good chance you won’t find her because she’s probably lost.



Giveaway is open to International. | Must be 13+ to Enter

1 Winner will receive a signed copy of An Angel Torched My Homework and Other Lies by Miche Sipes and a $25 Amazon gift card.



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