Mundie Moms

Friday, February 3, 2012


Thank you to Coliloquy, who recently launched their Active Fiction on Amazon's Kindle, I have 1 to giveaway to 1 lucky follower of Mundie Moms!

Before you enter, please note this Kindle comes fully loaded with Colilquy's platform and books ONLY! Let me tell you a little bit about Coliloquy and the books that are on the Kindle.

What is Coliloquy? They're a publisher of active and interactive fiction and they launched their platform on January 17th, 2012. Their new publishing format engages readers with multiple story lines, serials and episodic story-telling, personalized content and much more. Coliloquy enables new kinds of engagement made possibly by advances in electronic book distribution. With it's multiple "what if" story lines allowing authors and readers to explore different permutations of character relationships. Each story can grow and change based on the reader's choices, voting and feedback. Fan are able to re-read key scenes from different character's points of view and unlock new content. (content taken from Coliloquy's press release)

Sounds exciting right?! Reading a story who's out come you can choose. Let me tell you a little bit about each of the books that comes loaded on the Kindle.

Witch's Brew by Heidi R Kling: Is a new contemporary series for YA readers about a modern day witch who must betray everything she knows to save her magic and her forbidden love.

Dead Letter Office by Kira Snyder: A southern gothic contemporary/mystery series about a teenager who discovers a cache of centuries-old letters containing clues to the crimes happening the present day.

Arcania by Liz Maverick: A YA fantasy series about an underachieving teen thrust into an MMO-like world of magical combat, where she must master her own genetic gifts while investigating her twin sister's suspicious death.

Getting Dumped by Tawna Fenske: A serialized romantic capper about a women who loses her job but finds love, intrigue, mayhem, and a new career buried in the unlikeliest of places.

If these sound like a series of books you'd love to sit down and relax with, then what are you waiting for?! Go ENTER for your chance to WIN a FULL loaded KINDLE with each of these books and Coliloquy's newest platform!!


- 1 entry per, per person. More than 1 entry will result in your entries being deleted from this giveaway
- Open Internationally. *In my ignorance with E-Readers, I didn't realize the Kindle worked internationally (don't laugh). This is now open world wide. **international shipping rules apply
- You MUST be 13 yrs & older to enter. If under you must have your parent/guardian's permission to enter
- This giveaway will end on 2/28/12

Blog Tour: Darkness Falls by Cate Tiernan

We're the next stop on the Darkness Falls blog tour and I'm excited to introduce you guys to Cate Tiernan, author of the Immortal Beloved & it's recently released sequel, Darkness Falls.

Congratulations on your release of Darkness Falls. Being that this is the sequel in your series, did you find it easier or more challenging to write it than the first book?

Both! In some ways it's easier because I know the characters and the setting more, and it's more instinctive to write them and describe everything. But I also had to go deeper into everyone's personality, and continue to build their characters and their motivations. While also keeping the main plot going. So it's emotionally easier but technically harder.

Were your surprised by any of Nastasya's choices that she makes in Darkness Falls?

Yes! When I started the books, I knew where I wanted the characters to end up. But sometimes how they get there is a surprise to me. And there were so many times when Nastasya does or says so much the wrong thing, and you just want to shout, No! But she also surprised me with some of her progress, and the ways she grew.

Which character have you enjoyed getting to know the most over the course of writing Immortal Beloved and Darkness Falls?

Gee--I think all of them. I find all of them so interesting. I would love to do a book just about River and her brothers--and I love Brynne, and the other teachers--and more Reyn . . . I'd love to follow all of their stories.

What's your favorite place to sit and write?

I don't know if it's my favorite, but the place I sit and write is almost always at my desk, which is in a little hallway off our dining room. I have big windows to look out of, and shelves for all my reference books, and it's very comfortable. Someday I'd like to have an office with a door that shuts, but I've pretty much never had that.

If you could spend the day with one of your favorite authors, who would you want to spend the day with?

Hmm. I have a lot of author friends, and they're great to hang out with. So any one of them. But someone I don't actually know? I think I'll say Susan Elizabeth Phillips, who writes romances (not YA). She seems like she would be fun and funny but also down to earth.

Thank you for stopping today! I really appreciate it!

Thank you for the interview! I appreciate it!

Nastasya has lived for hundreds of years, but for some reason, life never seems to get any better. She left her spoiled, rich girl life to find peace at River's Edge, a safe haven for wayward immortals. There, she learned to embrace River's Edge, despite some drama involving the sexy Reyn, who she wants but won't allow herself to have. But just as she's getting comfortable, her family's ties to dark magick force her to leave.

She falls back into her old, hard partying ways, but will her decision lead her into the hands of a dark immortal? Or will it be her first step to embracing the darkness within her?

Visit Poppy to learn more about the series, read an excerpt of both books, get downloads and more.

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Thank you to Little Brown, I have 1 published copy of Darkness Falls to giveaway to 1 lucky winner. To enter, please fill out the form below:

- 1 entry per person
- US Residents only
- You must be 13 yrs & older to enter (if under you need to have a parent/guardian's permission)
- This giveaway will end on 2/17/12

Be sure to check out the rest of the stops on the Darkness Falls Blog Tour:

Monday, 1/30 – Amusing Reviews
Tuesday, 1/31 – The Mod Podge Bookshelf
Wednesday, 2/1 – Hobbitsies
Thursday, 2/2 – Paranormal Wastelands
Friday, 2/3 – Mundie Moms

Flashback Friday: Immortal Beloved by Cate Tiernan

Flashback Friday is a meme I started last year here on the blog for the sole purpose of spotlighting books that have been sitting on my shelf to read for awhile. This will include titles released the previous year and ones that have been out for a few years. Today's feature is Cate Tiernan's Immortal Beloved.

Published by: Little Brown
Released on: September 7th, 2010
Source: Book from publisher to review
Star Rating: It wasn't my cup of tea
Purchase from: Amazon | Barnes & Noble

Nastasya has spent the last century living as a spoiled, drugged-out party girl. She feels nothing and cares for no one. But when she witnesses her best friend, a Dark Immortal, torture a human, she realizes something's got to change. She seeks refuge at a rehab for wayward immortals, where she meets the gorgeous, undeniably sexy Reyn, who seems inexplicably linked to her past.

Nastasya finally begins to deal with life, and even feels safe--until the night she learns that someone wants her dead.Cate Tiernan, author of the popular Sweep series, returns with an engaging story of a timeless struggle and inescapable romance, the first book in a stunning new fantasy trilogy -quoted from Goodreads

I'm a little torn on my thoughts with this book, partly because, it took me much longer than I had hoped to get into this book. I found the beginning of the book to unenjoyable due to the fact I felt the main character, Nastasya who's been around for well over 400 yrs acted like a selfish, self centered teen. I couldn't get over the fact someone who's immortal and lives for centuries would act the way she does. She pays little regard to what's going on around, parties way too much and it's not until something happens does she finally start to get a tiny bit of a conscience.

It's during her time at River's Edge that I found the story picked up a little bit more. I really liked Cate's unique paranormal mythology and the history she gives her characters. Still, no matter how hard I tried to get into the story, I still felt something was missing from it for me, and I can't pin point exactly what it is. One of the things I did love is the Viking lore... aka Thor. I'm a sucker for a well developed lore/mythology and Cate has that in this series. Still, try as hard as I might I could not connect with Nastasya, at all. For me connecting with the book's main character really makes or breaks the book for me. Toward's end of the book I felt like I was finally able to understood her inner battle with herself a bit more, but she still came across as extremely immature to me.

Though this book wasn't my cup of tea, I think this one paranormal fans will enjoy. I am looking forward to reading Darkness Falls. I know that might seem silly to want to read a sequel to a book I didn't enjoy like I hoped to, but I'm hoping there's something in this story that I will pull me in. I'm hoping Nastasya character wise grows up a bit more, which I think she will giving the ending. Plus I want to read more about the Viking lore. There are some partying scenes, and mild language in the book.