Monday, December 2, 2013

Speak of the Devil by Shawna Romkey {Tour Stop+Giveaway}

Title: Speak of the Devil
Author: Shawna Romkey
Publisher: Crescent Moon Press
Genres: Young Adult Paranormal

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Speak of the Devil

Zombies don't move very quickly, so I was late for language arts class. “Miss Tyler, a word,” Mr. Herb Potter said as I staggered in. Maybe he thought I was drunk.

He pulled me out into the empty hall and closed the door. “Do you want to explain why you're late and why you are in this state?” My teacher looked me up and down.

How could I explain I was a zombie? “Overslept and ran late today. Sorry about that.”


Hmmm, I didn't know where to start. Every explanation I had seemed to begin at my death, at the accident because everything that had happened since seemed to be a result of it especially this funk I was in. “I worked all weekend and stayed up late last night.” The lies were beginning to flow fairly easily now. Not only did I now get why my peers turned to alcohol and drugs, I also got why they lied. It was so much easier than the truth.

What happens when falling in love and falling from grace collide?

High school junior Lily Tyler dies along with her two best friends in a car accident, but miraculously she comes back to life several minutes later. Unable to deal with her loss and her survivor’s guilt, she moves to her dad’s. While there trying to heal from this tragedy and come to terms with the event, she meets some people at her new school who are all too eager to help her. Struggling to fight her feelings for two of these strange new acquaintances, Luc and Mo, she finds out their true identities.

Lily must move on from the past, reconcile her feelings for Luc, and find a way to stop a divine war with the fallen angels, all while trying to pass the eleventh grade.

Shawna grew up around farms in the heart of Missouri but went to the University of Kansas, was raised in the US but now lives on the ocean in Nova Scotia with her husband, two sons, two rescue dogs and one overgrown puppy from hell. She’s a non-conformist who follows her heart.

She has her BA in creative writing from the University of Kansas where one of her plays was chosen by her creative writing professor to be produced locally, and two of her short stories were published in a university creative arts handbook. She earned her MA in English from Central Missouri State University where she wrote a novel as her thesis.

She’s taught English at the university and secondary levels for close to twenty years and can’t quite fathom how all of her students have grown up, yet she’s managed to stay the same. She’s a huge geek and fan of Xena, Buffy and all kick ass women, and loves to write stories that have strong female characters.

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Jaided by Ashley Rose {Review}



Since day one there's been nothing normal about Jaide. It doesn't help that she has just moved into an all boys school. She sticks out like a very sore thumb. She has a nasty past that affects her still today.

She sure can swear like a boy, and play soccer like a winner. She's even warming up to some of the boys. It sure helps that her brother graduated as valedictorian last year, and has a killer reputation on the soccer field.

She's even rooming with another boy, Blaize. He's an emotional wreck and struggling to keep up with school, and fortunately he's paired with Jaide, who's willing to put herself on a limb for him. It definitely helps that Blaize is got sexy black hair and piercing blue eyes. Fortunately she's got a soccer team who will do anything to help her out, and they prove their loyalty many times.

It's not every day you see a girl in an all boys school. Makes this book original and imaginative. I have to admit that Jaide seems a bit flirty with a good portion of the boys at school, including people she shouldn't be. It makes it less entertaining to see a romance start up since she's basically begging for it, but fun to read none the less.

There were many parts of the book that did not seem plausible in real life. Just the fact that she's a girl in an all boy school seems a little out there. All the adults in her life seem to not care how old she is, and the fact that she is sleeping with boys. In fact, they encourage it, and are very open minded.

The romance that builds is cute and sweet at the same time, which I found to be my favorite part. Jaide does have quite a slutty side and I found it heartbreaking and angering, but that's just my personal opinion.

I did enjoy the psychological break down which I think accurately shows why she trusts only certain people. Overall I would rate this a 5/5. It's a fun and entertaining romance that I finished rather quickly.

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