Pack Up the Moon by Rachael Herron – Spotlight + Giveaway!

14th Mar 2014 Jess @ Gone with the Words 2014, Giveaways

Pack Up the Moon by Rachael Herron – Spotlight + Giveaway!Pack Up the Moon by Rachael Herron
Published by NAL Trade on March 4th 2014
Genres: Adult, Contemporary
Pages: 384
Format: Paperback
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A poignant novel about loss, lies, and the unbreakable bonds of family.

Three years after a horrible tragedy took her son and tore her family apart, artist Kate Monroe is beginning to pick up the pieces of her life and move on. At a gala showcasing her triumphant return to the art world, Kate’s world is rocked again when the daughter she gave up for adoption twenty-two years ago introduces herself.

Pree is the child Kate never knew and never forgot. But Pree has questions that Kate isn’t sure she’s ready to answer. For one thing, she never told Pree’s father, her high school sweetheart and ex-husband, Nolan, that they had a daughter. For another, Kate hasn’t spoken to Nolan for three years, not since the accident which took their nine-year-old son from them. But to keep Pree from leaving forever, Kate will have to confront the secrets that have haunted her since her son died and discover if the love of her family is strong enough to survive even the most heartbreaking of betrayals….


I’m really excited to be able to share with you guys PACK UP THE MOON! Thanks to Berkley, you also have a chance to win a copy!

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Blog Tour: A Fall of Marigolds by Susan Meissner Spotlight + Giveaway!

7th Feb 2014 Jess @ Gone with the Words 2014, Giveaways

Blog Tour: A Fall of Marigolds by Susan Meissner Spotlight + Giveaway!A Fall of Marigolds by Susan Meissner
Published by NAL Trade on February 4th 2014
Genres: Adult
Pages: 400
Format: Paperback
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A beautiful scarf, passed down through the generations, connects two women who learn that the weight of the world is made bearable by the love we give away....

September 1911. On Ellis Island in New York Harbor, nurse Clara Wood cannot face returning to Manhattan, where the man she loved fell to his death in the Triangle Shirtwaist Fire. Then, while caring for a fevered immigrant whose own loss mirrors hers, she becomes intrigued by a name embroidered onto the scarf he carries…and finds herself caught in a dilemma that compels her to confront the truth about the assumptions she’s made. Will what she learns devastate her or free her?

September 2011. On Manhattan’s Upper West Side, widow Taryn Michaels has convinced herself that she is living fully, working in a charming specialty fabric store and raising her daughter alone. Then a long-lost photograph appears in a national magazine, and she is forced to relive the terrible day her husband died in the collapse of the World Trade Towers…the same day a stranger reached out and saved her. Will a chance reconnection and a century-old scarf open Taryn’s eyes to the larger forces at work in her life?

“Like the golden threads of a scarf sprinkled with marigolds, Susan Meissner weaves two unspeakable New York tragedies—the Triangle Shirtwaist Fire and 9/11—into a shimmering novel of love and acceptance. Meissner’s heroines, Clara and Taryn, live a century apart, but their stories are connected not just by a bright scrap of fabric but by love lost.  A compelling novel, A Fall of Marigolds turns fate into a triumph of spirit.”—Sandra Dallas, New York Times bestselling author of True Sisters


Today I’m happy to offer you guys a treat! Thanks to Penguin you have a chance to win a copy of A FALL OF MARIGOLDS!

About the Author

Susan Meissner was born in San Diego, California, the second of three. She spent her childhood in just two houses. Her first writings are a laughable collection of oddly worded poems and predictable stories she wrote when she was eight.

She attended Point Loma College in San Diego, and married her husband, Bob, who is now an associate pastor and a chaplain in the Air Force Reserves, in 1980. When she is not working on a new novel, she is directing the small groups ministries at The Church at Rancho Bernardo. She also enjoy teaching workshops on writing and dream-following, spending time with my family, music, reading great books, and traveling.

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Cover Reveal: Mended by Kim Karr

13th Nov 2013 Jess @ Gone with the Words 2013, Cover Reveals

Cover Reveal: Mended by Kim KarrMended by Kim Karr
Series: Connections #3
Published by NAL Trade on June 13th 2014
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Format: eBook
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Always in control, Xander Wilde considered life on the road to be a perfect fit for him. But when disaster strikes on the Wilde Ones’ latest tour, fate intervenes…and a newly single Ivy Taylor, the only girl he has ever loved, steps back into his life.

After moving past her painful breakup with Xander years ago, Ivy was poised to become the next big name in pop music…when suddenly she withdrew from the limelight—the same day she announced her engagement to her controlling agent, Damon Wolf.

Xander knows he should keep his distance. But once they’re on the road, he can’t resist pursuing her for a second chance. Yet a jealous Damon can’t let her go—and he’s keeping dangerous secrets that could destroy them all.

When the three of them come together, everything falls apart. But if Xander and Ivy can hold tight to the bond that connects them, they just might have a chance at reclaiming the powerful love they thought they had lost forever...


I’m super excited to be sharing the cover for Kim Karr’s MENDED, the third book in the Connections series. I absolutely love her covers!




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Check out my reviews for CONNECTED and TORN!


About Kim Karr

Kim Karr

Kim Karr lives in Florida with her husband and four kids. She’s always had a love for reading books and writing. Being an English major in college, she wanted to teach at the college level but that was not to be. She went on to receive an MBA and became a project manager until quitting to raise her family. Kim currently works part-time with her husband and recently decided to embrace one of her biggest passions–writing.

Kim likes to believe in soul mates, kindred spirits, true friends, and Happily-Ever-Afters. She loves to drink champagne, listen to music, and hopes to always stay young at heart.

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Parting is Such Sweet Sorrow – The Daylighters Blog Tour: Rachel Caine says goodbye to Morganville

28th Oct 2013 Jess @ Gone with the Words 2013, Blog Tours, Guest Posts

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I am BEYOND thrilled to have Rachel Caine on the blog today. Please, ask her as many questions you want in the comments and she will answer them!! :D

Master storyteller Rachel Caine has her hands full with her bestselling Morganville Vampires novels coming to an end, and a brand new book (a retelling of Romeo and Juliet titled Prince of Shadows) on the way. But with speculation about Daylighters (Nov. 5, 2013), the series finale, at an all time high, she just couldn’t resist dropping some hints. She’ll be stopping by to answer your questions in the comments below, but she can neither confirm nor deny what’s true and what’s not!


Rumor #4: Eve and Michael get divorced.


From Daylighters:

[Fallon] said, “Michael, I know you’re here…watching. I know you can see Eve, hear her heartbeat, feel her anguish. She loves you, and even I can feel it. Don’t pretend to be indifferent.”

More silence. Fallon didn’t seem surprised; he only paused for effect, Claire thought, before he dropped his bombshell. “She says she is your wife, but she isn’t, you know. There can be no marriage between the living and the dead, neither in the eyes of God or the eyes of the state. Morganville’s mayor has passed a new law today, one that invalidates any marriages between vampires and humans…

“What?” Eve turned on him, mouth open, and in the next second, fury splashed color over her cheeks and she slapped him. Hard. All her fuzziness was gone. “You son of a bitch, you lied to me!”

“Yes,” he said. The mark of her handprint was red on his skin, but he hadn’t moved an inch. “It was necessary. Now, you get to choose. Michael’s made his choice; he could have stepped forward to take the cure, and join you again as your husband, but he’s rejected it, and he’s rejected you along with it. I’ll offer you now the opposite: reject him. Take off that ring and throw it away.”


PRINCE OF SHADOWS is out February 4th!
Be sure to watch the official book trailer [coming soon!] and read an excerpt!

Fair Verona is a town thick with secrets.

Benvolio Montague hunts the darkness as the elusive Prince of Shadows, stealing from his arrogant peers. Rosaline Capulet dreams of freedom from the prison of her family and the convent that looms ever closer. Mercutio Ordelaffi hides a forbidden, dangerous love. The collision of their secrets will lead to obsession, tragedy, curses and revenge. Only the Prince of Shadows can unravel the tangle of their fates before it is too late.


Daylighters Blog Tour Schedule:
Oct. 23: Awesomesauce Bookclub
Oct. 24: Supernatural Snark
Oct. 25: Chapter by Chapter
Oct. 28: Gone with the Words
Oct. 29: The Bookish Babe
Oct. 30: Two Chicks on Books
Oct. 31: Page Turners
Nov. 1: Girls in the Stacks
Nov. 4: My Bookish Ways
Nov. 5: The Story Siren

Rachel Caine is the New York Times bestselling author of more than thirty novels, including the Weather Warden series, the Outcast Season series, the Revivalist series, and the Morganville Vampires series. She was born at White Sands Missile Range, which people who know her say explains a lot. She has been an accountant, a professional musician, and an insurance investigator, and, until recently, carried on a secret identity in the corporate world. She and her husband, fantasy artist R. Cat Conrad, live in Texas, which so far as she knows does not actually contain any vampires.


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Review: Black Dawn by Rachel Caine

7th Jan 2013 Jess @ Gone with the Words 2013, Reviews, Reviews by Jess

Review: Black Dawn by Rachel CaineBlack Dawn by Rachel Caine
Series: The Morganville Vampires #12
Published by NAL, Penguin on May 1st 2012
Genres: Paranormal, Romance, Young Adult
Pages: 367
Format: Hardcover
Source: Publisher
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4 Stars
With its eclectic mix of vampire and human citizens, Morganville, Texas, has always been a risky place to call home. But with the invasion of the vampire’s deadliest enemy, Morganville isn’t just in danger—it’s dying…

Ever since the draug—mysterious creatures that prey on vampires—took over Morganville, the lives of student Claire Danvers and her friends have been thrown into turmoil. Most of the town’s residents have evacuated, but Claire, Shane, Eve and Michael have chosen to stay and fight.Using the city’s water system to spread, the draug have rapidly multiplied. Things in Morganville look grim, especially since vampire Amelie—the town founder—has been infected by the master draug’s bite.

Now, if Claire and her friends don’t figure out how to cure Amelie and defeat the draug, it looks like Morganville will become little more than a ghost town…

If you’ve not read this series, there will be spoilers for you in this’ve been warned.


Black Dawn was for sure one of the more intense installments in this series. I mean, they’re all intense, and their lives are always hanging in the balance, but in Black Dawn you start to feel the beginning of the end. This time is not so much the humans in danger as the vampires. The vampires actually need the humans’ help this go ‘round. Still…hands down my favorite part of this series is the relationships…

Michael and Eve have such a delicate thread they’re hanging on by in this book. They’re trying to get over the fact that Michael completely lost it in the last book and attacked Eve. It wasn’t really his fault, but Eve can’t help how she reacts to him now. All I wanted was for them to work it out. They have such a difficult relationship as it is already, with him being a vampire and her being human, but they love each other with SO MUCH. With everything, really.

Then there’s Shane and Claire, who can’t catch a break. Will they ever be happy together?! One or the other is always in danger and having to save the other. But they have such a pure love, that I believe they will survive through anything. Though once again, Shane is put through another ringer. But while in it, we discover his most deepest dreams…and it breaks my heart!! I want all that for him too!! For them! SIGH!!

Myrnin is my second favorite thing in this series, and he kind of pissed me off in this book. I understood his reasoning, I guess, but I didn’t love it. You learn early on in this series that some of the characters you love will not live through each book. Someone dies in this book and it made me really sad. But I think the most shocking moment was the ending. I was NOT expecting that scenario, and I am SO scared of what’s to come. Especially with the two most powerful vampires in Morganville on your bad side. Bitter Blood, bring it! I have faith in my favorite fab four. :)


What Some Friends Had to Say About It…

Savy @ Books with Bite – “My final verdict, MIND BLOWN! Black Dawn features everything you want a a book.

Amber I. @ AwesomeSauce Bookclub – “This book was so addicting that I had Amber R reading it to me while we drove to Chicago for the RT book

Miss Vain @ Miss Vain’s Paranormal Fantasy – “There’s a reason why after reading  Twelve books in this series I’m still obsessed with it! Rachel Caine has one of the most vivid imaginations out there in the fantasy writing world.


About Rachel Caine

Rachel Caine

Rachel Caine is a fictional character herself…a pen name of writer Roxanne Conrad. Since 2003, Rachel has written in the adult Urban Fantasy genre (the Weather Warden, Outcast Season, Revivalist and Red Letter Days series) as well as in Young Adult fiction (the Morganville Vampires series and the upcoming novel Prince of Shadows). She is the author of more than forty novels and many short stories, and is regular featured in anthology collections.

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