Friday, June 29, 2012

Black Satin Tour: Guest Post, Review, G!ve@way

Black Satin by Rae Hachton
SupaGurl Tour June 1-30

Hi. I'm happy to have Rae Hachton on my blog for her Black Satin tour with lovely host, Heather at SupaGurl Blog Tours. Be sure to enter the giveaway below, and visit the other stops on the tour. The schedule can be found here.

Black Satin (Pretty in Black #2)
by Rae Hachton
Published May 28, 2012 by Teen Pulse


What if you weren’t who you thought you were? What if your whole life changed in an instant and you were released to a new identity? What if you were forced to kill the one you love? What if everything you knew wasn’t real, and you awaken to a new world? What if love could take you to unknown places? How beautiful is death really? Marcus Marble has disappeared from Ellie’s life, and she needs answers to questions and he’s the only one who can answer them. How is her sister back from the dead, and why is Ellie still alive?

When Ellie realizes Marcus isn’t coming back, she is forced to move on with her life the best way she can, in hopes of finding the answers herself, but when people at school begin to be viciously murdered, and Giles reveals to her a life changing secret, she decides to investigate the possible truth of it. What she discovers is more than she thought she would. The only time Ellie feels normal is when she’s around Walter, the new guy at school. And normal is how she wants to feel, now that Marcus is gone from her life. But Walter may not be all that he seems, either, and she just might spiral in to an even more dark world, she never thought possible. And when it occurs to her that Marcus has made the decision to pass on through to the afterlife, during the Risorgimento, she races against time to stop him, while knowing she has feelings for Walter, too. Will she make it in time to stop Marcus from passing through, and if she does, what will she tell Walter? Her heart will have to make the final decision. But will the choice be worth dying for?

Rae Hachton’s Top 10 Black Things

1. Pretty in Black—One of my favorite Raveonettes Albums [Where I obtained the name for my series!]
2. Black Satin—One of my favorite songs by the Raveonettes
3. Jacob Black—Guy who should have been with Bella from Twilight
4. Men in Black—One of my most enjoyed movies as a child
5. Paint it Black—I LOVE this song!
6. Black Ice—The Name of my Car air freshener
7. Black Friday—I LOVE getting deals on my favorite items!
8. Black Ops, anyone?
9. Experiment in Black—Another fabulous Raveonettes song!
10. Black Wave—Did I ever mention how many Raveonettes Songs have the word Black in them??

Bonus: This Lyric from Sleepwalking by The Raveonettes:

"Think you look good today
Pretty in black you got it down
I can't hold my breath so long
When you pass me by without a sound
You got something more to give
To girls who never thought they'd love

My Review:

I enjoyed both Pretty in Black and Black Satin, but liked this one slightly more, despite the absence of Marcus. It just had more intensity and conflict and the ending is stunning.

I really love the character Marcus and wish he’d had a bigger presence in Black Satin. He’s almost absent in the book. I got really drawn into his POV in the beginning. What I love about this series is it has the familiar and well-worn construct of hunter in love with hunted and visa versa, but it still maintains a freshness because of the world building. The writing is overall very beautiful. And I like that Rae made the creatures in the book her own, adding her own twist to the myth. The addition of Walter in this book was great too. I liked that Ellie had complex feelings for him and it wasn’t so cut and dry.

My only issue is that each book lacks an arch. Although there are confrontations and fights at the end of each, I wouldn’t exactly call them climaxes. There’s no pivotal point that either story was really building towards. I enjoyed the mythology and depth, just wish there had been a tad more structure.



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About the Author:
Rae Hachton [pronounced H-ton] is the nom de plume of author Desirae Hennington. She is the Indie Author of the Gothic Romance series Pretty in Black. She is twenty-three years old and lives with her Muse and her Ghost. When she is not composing new novels, she is working on her cinematography studies, and devouring YA books. Her favorite band is The Raveonettes, and she is a major fan of Edgar Allan Poe and Ravens and Crows. Although she is writing Gothic Fiction at the moment, her favorite genre of all time is Contemporary YA. Favorite contemporary book: tie between Forever by Judy Blume and the Summer I turned Pretty series by Jenny Han. Favorite author: David Levithan. If Rae Hachton wasn't writing, she'd give it one last shot at being kewl, and probably start a band.


~ Signing off and sending out cyber hugs.

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Kindle INDIEpendence Day Giveaway

LPP Giveaway

It's that time of year again. Are you ready for barbeques and fireworks and way cool giveaways? I am!!! I'm really excited to be a part of the 2nd annual Kindle INDIEpendence Day giveaway with my YA novel, Kings & Queens. There are so many great books to discover. This year we have even more authors and prizes. Contest ends July 7th! So hurry up and enter.

Grand Prize: 1 Kindle Fire
1st place: 1 Kindle with special offers
2nd place: a choice of 15 free ebooks from the 26 participating authors
3rd place: a choice of 5 free ebooks from the participating authors

There are tons of ways to enter including tweeting about the contest, following the authors on facebook or Twitter, blogging about the contest and even purchasing the participating books. Just fill out the rafflecopter form below!

This is also a blog hop. Be sure to visit the other blogs on the list and learn more about Indie authors of YA and MG novels. You can add your blog and get extra entry points as well! Be sure to come back during the giveaway. I will be hosting some interviews this week.

Buy Kings & Queens (PG-13) for 10 Entry Points!
Only 99 cents at Amazon.


Other Books:

The Master's Chair (The Chronicles of Terah) (PG-13) by Mackenzie Morgan

The Raven Girl (PG-13) by Kathy Cecala

She Speaks to Angels (PG-13) by Ami Blackwelder

Winging It! (PG-13) by Shel Delisle

Land of No Angels (PG-13) by NR Wick

Replay (PG-13) by Keira Lea

Camille (PG-13) by Tess Oliver

Songbird (PG-13)by Angela Fristoe

Priscilla the Great (PG) by Sybil Nelson

The 5th Realm (PG) by Connie Gillam

The Queen Bee of Bridgeton (PG-13) by Leslie DuBois

Pointe of No Return (PG) by Amanda Brice

Static (PG-13) by Tawny Stokes

Face-Off (PG) by Stacy Juba

The Boyfriend Thief (PG-13) Shana Norris

Shot Through the Heart by Niki Burnham

Young Moon (PG-13) by H.S. St. Ours

After Eden (PG) by Katherine Pine

Gravity (PG-13) by Abigail Boyd

Stirring Up Trouble (PG-13) by Juli Alexander

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Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Summer Sweets Giveaway: $25 Giftcard and Maggie Stiefvater/Salt Water Taffy Pack

Hi. Thank you, visitors and fans, for stopping by my blog, Gotta Have YA. If you love YA as much as I do, then I have some sweet treats in this giveaway I'm sure you will love.

Prize 1: a $25 giftcard for the store of your choice. Feel like ticking off some titles on your to-read list at Amazon or B&N, getting some frapps at Starbucks or giving a jolt to your MP3 over at iTunes? I got you covered.

Prize 2: a Maggie Stiefvater pack featuring Lament and Shiver. I love both books, and because I love them and have read them a couple of times over, they are in gently used condition, but they are still good reads worth picking up ... or winning on my blog. :) And with the books, I will also be sending a 1 lb. package of gourmet salt water taffy from that contains an assortment of yummy flavors like apple pie, banana split, buttered popcorn, pomegranate, chocolate chip, frosted cupcake and more.

The Summer Sweets Giveaway is open to visitors worldwide. If you are particular about wanting one prize over the other, please say so in the comments below. If you do not have a preference, no need to comment, unless you want the extra entry points.

Good luck.

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~ Signing off and sending out cyber hugs.