COVER REVEAL: NAME IN LIGHTS (Lies for a Living Box Set #1-3)

As a little surprise, the LIES FOR A LIVING trilogy will be released in a box set comprising of all three books for a discounted price than if you’d buy them all separately. NAME IN LIGHTS (Lies for a Living BoxN Set #1-3) will be released on 15 July 2017.

Here’s the cover and blurb:

In this special edition Box Set of the Lies for a Living trilogy, you will find all three Lies for a Living novellas bundled into one exclusive novel-length romantic adventure.

Contains:
Book #1: Backstage Heat
Book #2: Centre Stage
Book #3: Leading Lady

BACKSTAGE HEAT:

Curvy Aussie ex-pat Tori Walker never expected to catch the eye of the hottest actor on London’s West End.
Cameron Campbell is a notorious womaniser, and guys like him don’t notice girls like her – except he did, and now he wants her in his bed.
But Tori’s not prepared to share her darkest secret with London’s baddest playboy, even if she had been crushing on him for years.
Cameron had given up on finding love offstage, accepting an eternity of make-believe and losing himself in one night stands and booty calls.
When Tori enters Cameron’s life, he finds himself overcome with feelings that he thought were gone forever.
Can Tori learn to trust someone who lies for a living, or will Cameron lose her to her inner demons?

CENTRE STAGE

Tori and Cameron have spent three blissful months together flying under the radar of the paparazzi while Cameron completes his West End run of Wuthering Heights.
But then the paparazzi mysteriously start getting all the scoops on Cameron’s location and expose their secret relationship, bringing up questions about the notorious former playboy’s faithfulness while swamping them with obsessed fans who hate Tori because she managed to snag the object of their lust.
Tori desperately wants to trust her man who lies for a living, but has he gone back to his old ways, or are the paparazzi just after juicy gossip?
Meanwhile, a dangerously obsessed stalker might put their liaison to an end once and for all…

LEADING LADY

Tori and Cameron are newly engaged, but Cameron’s off to Hawaii for six months to shoot an action film while Tori’s stuck in London.
Desperately bored and lonely, Tori decides to spice things up by auditioning for a local band looking for a new lead singer.
When she meets the enigmatic, irresistible Kai Henderson, resident tattooed and pierced bad boy keyboardist, sparks fly.
Cameron may have a reputation as a sleep-around, but Tori trusts him despite the distance. Can she trust herself with a hot rockstar who won’t take no for an answer?

Available for pre-order here.

COVER REVEAL: Leading Lady

As promised, LEADING LADY, Book 3 of the LIES FOR A LIVING trilogy will be released on June 17 (which is ONLY TEN DAYS AWAY!).

Here’s the cover and blurb:

Tori and Cameron are newly engaged, but Cameron’s off to Hawaii for six months to shoot an action film while Tori’s stuck in London.

Desperately bored and lonely, Tori decides to spice things up by auditioning for a local band looking for a new lead singer.

When she meets the enigmatic, irresistible Kai Henderson, resident tattooed and pierced bad boy keyboardist, sparks fly.

Cameron may have a reputation as a sleep-around, but Tori trusts him despite the distance

Can she trust herself with a hot rockstar who won’t take no for an answer?

It is available to pre-order on Amazon here.

COVER REVEAL: Centre Stage

As promised, CENTRE STAGE, Book 2 of the LIES FOR A LIVING trilogy will be released on May 13 (which is ONLY TEN DAYS AWAY!).

Here’s the cover and blurb:

Tori and Cameron have spent three blissful months together flying under the radar of the paparazzi while Cameron completes his West End run of Wuthering Heights.

But then the paparazzi mysteriously start getting all the scoops on Cameron’s location and expose their secret relationship, bringing up questions about the notorious former playboy’s faithfulness while swamping them with obsessed fans who hate Tori because she managed to snag the object of their lust.

Tori desperately wants to trust her man who lies for a living, but has he gone back to his old ways, or are the paparazzi just after juicy gossip?

Meanwhile, a dangerously obsessed stalker might put their liaison to an end once and for all…

It will be made available for pre-order soon.

My Top 5 Favourite Fantasy Books

Touch of Power by Maria V Snyder

Touch of Power (Healer, #1)

I think my review went something along the lines of: OMG *flail* FANGIRL *flail* some more.

Avry steps into leadership positions when she needs to, kicks ass when she needs to, and comforts and mothers when she needs to. She’s got a great balance of feminine and masculine traits, and she’s neither an uber-warrior nor a damsel in distress. She grows throughout the novel as well. She’s like… my perfect heroine that I never wrote.

Draykon by Charlotte E English

Draykon (Draykon, #1)

My review of Draykon was roughly the same as my review for Touch of Power.

Charlotte has an obvious gift for beautiful prose and many a time I caught myself drooling over her wonderfully constructed sentences.

Entwined by Heather Dixon

Entwined

I’m pretty sure this was more of the same.

Once I opened the book, I was blown away. Just blown away. I did not expect this calibre, wit, and execution. The characters were simply gorgeous. The writing was incredible. And the humour! I have never laughed out loud so many damn times in a novel that wasn’t 1) a comedy or 2) written by a comedian. It’s just… the humour! The fluff! The witty comebacks and fantastic situations!

Fire by Kristen Cashore

Fire (Graceling Realm, #2)

This novel broke my heart.

Fire’s character development was really awesome. I’m so sad that people put this book down half way through. She grows magnificently both in personality, character, and power. She makes her own choices, and even when her choice is taken away from her, she manages to gain control of the situation.

Talyn by Holly Lisle

Talyn (Korre, #1)

Holly Lisle taught me everything I know about writing. Literally.

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The Best Books I Read For The First Time In 2011

This list is basically a Christmas gift list of recommendations for young female book lovers. These five books had a huge emotional impact on me in 2011. I’m planning on re-reading them in 2012. The good thing is, these oldest of these books were printed in 2009 so they should still be available in book stores. And who doesn’t want to support their book store?

Fire by Kristen Cashore

Fire (The Seven Kingdoms Trilogy, #2)

Young adult high fantasy, published in 2009.

At first I didn’t expect Fire to be a favourite read of mine. I’d read Graceling and only given it three stars, so I didn’t even buy my copy of Fire – it was given to me by a friend who didn’t like it. I however loved it. I aspire to write books like this. My favourite part is the building romance, which is simply lovely. I love broken, vulnerable heroines like Fire – in fact, I’ve written one myself – and her growth to become the strong heroine at the end astounded me. I found it perfect, and although I know a lot of people will have problems with the pre-marital sex and bed-hopping, I didn’t mind that part so much.

Bloodlines by Richelle Mead

Bloodlines

Young adult paranormal/urban fantasy, published in 2011.

Bloodlines is the first book in a spin-off series of Mead’s popular young adult paranormal romance/urban fantasy Vampire Academy. A lot of people had problems with Sydney the protagonist because they claim she’s boring, lacking courage, and a teacher’s pet or whatever, but I found her personality resounded so strongly with mine that I really identified with her. I found parallels between her uncertainty, her realistic desire to avoid conflict, and especially her tendency to think about things a lot before acting – these things contrasted to Vampire Academy’s narrator, Rose, which is what a lot of people didn’t like, but to me it simply proved Mead can write in different voices. I haven’t tackled Mead’s other two series, Dark Swan and Georgina Kincaid yet, but I will get them when I moved back to Australia.

Glow by Amy Kathleen Ryan – Author Debut

Glow (Sky Chasers, #1)

Young adult sci-fi, published in 2011.

My blogging friend Penelope from The Reading Fever actually sent me the ARC (Advance Reader’s Copy) of this book, and I couldn’t believe my luck. I thought the blurb sounded awesome, but I predicted I’d gotten my hopes up yet again and was half-expecting this book to fall short. Luckily I was completely wrong – this book was amazing. Waverly the female protagonist was super-tough and smart, and I liked her a lot. There was also a scene in this book that tackled one of my absolute worst nightmares, so I was pretty horrified by it all. Ultimately, Ryan proved her worth as an author because this book’s characters were all different shades of grey and I didn’t know who to trust.

Unearthly by Cynthia Hand – Author Debut

Unearthly (Unearthly, #1)

Young adult paranormal romance, published in 2011.

This trope-defying novel was extraordinarily well written. Hand played with my emotions and I shed a tear during the climax. Despite it being a novel about angels, it managed to tackle religion while avoid being preachy, which is probably the most important thing. The amazing thing about this book is that I started out hating the love interest and ended up totally loving him – along with Sam from Shiver, he’s made my extremely short list of YA male love interests I actually like. I trust Hand so much I’d pay in advance to read Hallowed (if I had the money), the second book in the trilogy, which is being released mid-January. The Australian covers of these books are simply gorgeous, so I’ll probably get the sequel after I’ve moved.

Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver – Author Debut

Before I Fall

Young adult contemporary with a twist, published in 2010.

This was a rare book that totally blew me away but I neither admired the lead character nor could identify with her. Sam Kingston is a bitch through and through, but when she starts re-living the same day over and over again after a fateful car crash, she learns the true value of everything she’d experienced and unravels the mystery of her death. This was probably my favourite read of 2011 because it made me cry four times. Oliver has beautiful lyrical writing and the novel was just so perfect and poignant. Unfortunately it was a library book, so I had to return it. I do want to buy my own copy, but I will probably wait until I’ve moved to Australia and started to build my collection again.

Honourable mentions:

Divergent (Divergent, #1)

Divergent by Veronica Roth (debut, 2011).

Bumped (Bumped, #1)

Bumped by Megan McCafferty (2011).

Paranormalcy (Paranormalcy, #1)

Paranormalcy by Kiersten White (debut, 2010).

Nevermore (Nevermore, #1)

Nevermore by Kelly Creagh (debut, 2010).

Shiver (The Wolves of Mercy Falls, #1)

Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater (2009).

What books did you love reading for the first time in 2011?