<![CDATA[Florentine Lily - Lily Daily, A Blog]]>Sun, 17 Jan 2016 23:27:05 -0800Weebly<![CDATA[GUEST POST: "GREAT POWER" BY C.L. DenaulT (GAMBIT)]]>Thu, 23 Apr 2015 16:27:37 GMThttp://florentinelily.weebly.com/lily-daily-a-blog/guest-post-great-power-by-cl-denault-gambitToday, as part of GAMBIT'S blog tour, I am excited to bring you a guest post by the author, C.L. Denault.

GUEST POST: With Great Power Comes Great Responsibility

Admit it. Superpowers are cool. If they weren’t, you wouldn’t find them in so many movies and television series. People just can’t seem to stop daydreaming about what life would be like with special abilities. It doesn’t really matter how we get them, either. Whether it’s a spider bite or a tumble into a vat of toxic waste, the idea of being a super hero—or a super villain—speaks to a longing deep inside all of us.
I’m definitely not immune to that longing. As a kid, I spent hours imagining myself as Wonder Woman, Isis, and the Bionic Woman. Not the coolest names, maybe, but that was along time ago—and it was all they showed on the five channels I could tune in on our console television.

And when I wasn’t pretending to be a super hero, I was crushing on one. My girlish heart thumped regularly over Peter Parker, Bruce Banner (when he wasn’t green), and Clark Kent. It seemed perfectly reasonable to idolize men like this. If I couldn’t be extraordinary myself, an extraordinary love interest was the next best thing, right?

So it’s no surprise that I ended up writing a novel about mankind evolving into a species with powerful skills. I had no end of fun choosing the ones my characters would have. And it was inevitable that my personal favorites found their way into the story. Here are my top three:

Telekinesis: This is probably at the top of the list for many, and it’s definitely my all-time favorite. There’s really nothing cooler than being able to move objects with your mind. Telekinesis can take many forms, but I gave Willow the ability to move just about any inorganic matter in her vicinity. I also tied it to her emotions, which will force her to mature in order to control it. Watch out, Core citizens, because this young lady is going to be unstoppable.

Enhanced Marksmanship: I could definitely have used this ability when learning to shoot BB and pellet guns on the farm. If you’ve never fired a gun, let me tell you, it’s not easy lining up sights. So I gave Aspen the skill for enhanced marksmanship. You don't want to be staring down the business end of anything this boy is holding. He can hit any target he aims at, with any weapon, and that’s one reason he’s so confident.

Pyrokinesis: My love for the ability to create and manipulate flame started with Marvel’s Angelica Jones and became a true fascination after reading Firestarter by Stephen King. Seriously, how awesome is it to be able to roast your mortal enemies like marshmallows? This amazing skill went to Duncan, a guard in Willow’s security detail. It’s the reason for his phoenix tattoo and actually caused him a great deal of childhood trauma (something I hope to expand on later in the series).

So there you have it. Three fabulous abilities, three unsuspecting characters trying to control them. One thing I tried to keep in mind was the dark side of having a special power. The whole “with great power comes great responsibility” thing really is true. Remember that the next time you fall into a vat of toxic waste. 


In Earth’s battle-ridden future, humans have evolved. Those with extraordinary skills rise to power and fame. Those without live in poverty.

ABOUT THE BOOK:


Sixteen-year-old Willow Kent believed she was normal. But when a genetically-advanced military officer shows up in her village and questions her identity, long-buried secrets begin to emerge. With remarkable skills and a shocking genetic code the Core and its enemies will do anything to obtain, Willow suddenly finds the freedom she craves slipping through her fingers. Greed, corruption, and genetic tampering threaten every aspect of her existence as she’s thrust, unwilling, into the sophisticated culture of the elite Core city. To ensure peace, she must leave the past behind, marry a man she’s never met, and submit to the authority of a relentless officer with a hidden agenda of his own.

Her life has become a dangerous game. How much will she sacrifice in order to win?

Get Gambit in paperback or for your kindle today!


AUTHOR



C.L. Denault is a speculative fiction writer who loves dreaming up tales of adventure and intrigue. 
A former systems analyst, she gave up her nerdy code-writing skills to care for her family (including a son with special needs), and currently lives among the vast stretches of cornfields in Illinois.

Writing stories and posting on The INFJ Café are her biggest passions, along with drinking coffee and watching sci-fi. When she’s not hanging out with her husband and kids, she can usually be found at a library or tucked away in the shadowy corner of a hip coffeehouse. She’s also been glimpsed sneaking into her garage, late at night, to work on her time machine.

Her debut novel, Gambit, is the first in a Young Adult dystopian series.

Find out more at cldenault.com, twitter or facebook.

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<![CDATA[cover reveal: off book]]>Thu, 09 Apr 2015 16:00:04 GMThttp://florentinelily.weebly.com/lily-daily-a-blog/cover-reveal-off-book
Today is the cover reveal for OFF BOOK, another riveting release from REUTS. 

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Title: OFF BOOK
Author: Jessica Dall
Genre: Fantasy
Age Category: New Adult
Publication Date:  April 2015
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Twenty-year-old Eloise has learned all she can from the School, where characters live until joining their novels. 

No one knows genre and plot structure better than her, but despite her knowledge, she’s yet to be assigned to her own story. All her friends are off starting their lives with their authors—and if Eloise doesn’t get assigned soon, she’ll fade away, forgotten by all.

When she is offered a job at the Recording Office, instead, she takes the chance to write her own future. Suddenly living among the post-storied, Eloise meets Barnaby Fitzwilliam, a former romance novel hero who hasn’t lost any of his in-story charm. But just as their relationship begins to get serious, Eloise is sucked into a novel she was never meant to be part of, turning everything they thought they knew about their world upside down.

Now, caught where the only rules are made by authors and truly anything is possible, Eloise must find her way back home—or her life might end before she ever gets the chance to live it.

Set in an intriguing, unique world, OFF BOOK explores the story beneath the stories we all know and love, taking readers and characters alike on an adventure just waiting to be written.

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Jessica Dall finished her first novel at age 15 and been writing ever since. She is the author of such novels as Grey Areas and The Bleeding Crowd, the Broken Line Series, and a number of short stories which have appeared in both literary magazines and anthologies. When not writing, she works as a freelance editor and creative writing teacher in Washington, DC.

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<![CDATA[Cover Reveal: The Best Kept Secret]]>Tue, 07 Apr 2015 18:35:49 GMThttp://florentinelily.weebly.com/lily-daily-a-blog/cover-reveal-the-best-kept-secret
Today is the cover reveal of The Best Kept Secret by Wendi Nunnery. Enjoy!!

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Title: THE BEST KEPT SECRET
Author: Wendi Nunnery
Genre: Contempory Romance
Age Category: Young Adult
Publication Date:  June 2015
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ABOUT THE BOOK


In high school, everyone has secrets. Even well-brought-up Emma Fraser.

Emma’s sophomore year started out all wrong. First, her best friend Andy confessed to losing his virginity leaving Emma all alone in the V-Club. Then the rest of her friends got weird and suddenly Emma finds herself feeling like the people she knows best have become total strangers. And total strangers are becoming friends.

When Deegan Burke, a rich, gorgeous senior, asks Emma to be his date for the prom, Emma thinks her luck has begun to change. But rather than being able to bask in this newfound glory, her whole world starts to unravel. And when secrets that once seemed so innocent start to take a very dangerous turn, Emma discovers that true friends are friends no matter what…and some secrets aren’t worth keeping.

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Wendi Nunnery is the author of The Mayfield Family Story. She is also a regular contributor to The Huffington Post and The Simply Beloved, a lifestyle website for women of faith. She is a proud alumna of Georgia Southern University and, at any given time, you can find her with a cup of coffee and a book. She lives, loves, and mothers in Atlanta, Georgia. The Best Kept Secret is her first novel.

Find her online:
Facebook: www.facebook.com/wendinunnery
Twitter: @ladynunnery
Instagram: @ladynunnery
Pinterest: www.pinterest.com/ladynunnery
Blog: www.wendinunnery.com
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<![CDATA[book blitz: gambit]]>Tue, 31 Mar 2015 16:33:28 GMThttp://florentinelily.weebly.com/lily-daily-a-blog/book-blitz-gambit

BOOK TRAILER


I am ecstatic to finally, finally, host the release day blitz for GAMBIT, book one of The Prodigy Chronicles. I expect great things from this book.
Title: GAMBIT
Author: C.L. Denault
Genre: Science Fiction
Age Category: Young Adult
Publication Date:  March 2015
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about the book


Sixteen-year-old Willow Kent is good at keeping secrets. She’s told no one about the hooded man or the dagger hidden beneath her skirt. Her lips are sealed about the circumstances surrounding her birth. Most importantly, no one knows the truth about her DNA. Until now.

In Earth’s battle-ridden future, humans have evolved. Those with extraordinary skills rise to power and fame. Those without live in poverty.

Sixteen-year-old Willow Kent believed she was normal. But when a genetically-advanced military officer shows up in her village and questions her identity, long-buried secrets begin to emerge. With remarkable skills and a shocking genetic code the Core and its enemies will do anything to obtain, Willow suddenly finds the freedom she craves slipping through her fingers. Greed, corruption, and genetic tampering threaten every aspect of her existence as she’s thrust, unwilling, into the sophisticated culture of the elite Core city. To ensure peace, she must leave the past behind, marry a man she’s never met, and submit to the authority of a relentless officer with a hidden agenda of his own.

Her life has become a dangerous game. How much will she sacrifice in order to win?



Buy Today - Add on Goodreads

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C.L. Denault is a speculative fiction writer who loves dreaming up tales of adventure and intrigue. A former systems analyst, she gave up her nerdy code-writing skills to care for her family (including a son with special needs), and currently lives among the vast stretches of cornfields in Illinois.

Writing stories and posting on The INFJ Café are her biggest passions, along with drinking coffee and watching sci-fi. When she’s not hanging out with her husband and kids, she can usually be found at a library or tucked away in the shadowy corner of a hip coffeehouse. She’s also been glimpsed sneaking into her garage, late at night, to work on her time machine.
Her debut novel, Gambit, is the first in a Young Adult dystopian series

Find out more at cldenault.com, twitter or facebook.

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<![CDATA[book blitz: Sachael dreams]]>Tue, 24 Feb 2015 17:15:56 GMThttp://florentinelily.weebly.com/lily-daily-a-blog/book-blitz-sachael-dreamsToday is the release day for Sachael Dreams, book one of the Mine Series.

Title: Sachael Dreams
Author: Melody Winter
Genre: Fantasy; Romance
Age Category: New Adult
Publication Date:  Feb 2015
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Twenty-two-year-old Estelle Bailey has had enough of busy city-life and her hot-tempered ex. She escapes to the seclusion and peace of her family’s clifftop home in Ravenscar, where the soothing solitude whispers to her soul as strongly as the sea itself does. But her newfound contentment is interrupted when a mysterious man—a Sachael, master of seduction—joins her midnight swim unexpectedly.

Estelle struggles against his charm and the overpowering attraction she feels for him. He offers her a life she never could have imagined, a life beneath the waves . . . but at what cost? Before she can decide, she’s captured, ensnared by the Sect, a secret enemy of the Sachaels, becoming a pawn in a war she knew nothing about.

Now, she’s left with a new choice—escape the clutches of the Sect and flee into the ocean, or side with her alluring, intimidating captor and destroy the Sachaels forever. Can she turn her back on the man she might love, or will the secret of her heritage change everything?

Set against a picturesque backdrop, Sachael Dreams is the first in a new series, exploring themes of romance, love, and identity, and the struggle that happens when all three collide.

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Growing up, Melody Winter showed a natural ability in art, a head for maths, and a tendency to write far too long English essays. Difficult to place in the world when she graduated, she pursued a career in teaching, but eventually ended up working in Finance. Melody is convinced the methodical time she spends working with numbers fuels her desire to drift into dream worlds and write about the illusory characters in her head.

Melody Winter lives in North Yorkshire, England, with her husband and two sons. When not dealing with football, rugby, and a whole plethora of ‘boy’ activities, she will be found scribbling notes for her stories, or preparing for another trip to the beach. With an obsession for anything mythical, Melody revels in reading and writing about such creatures. In fact, if she wasn’t such a terrible swimmer, she’d say she was a mermaid.

Sachael Dreams is her debut novel, and the first in her New Adult Romantic Fantasy series—the ‘Mine Series’.

You can view more of Melody Winter on her website, Twitter or Facebook.
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<![CDATA[Book blitz: Dare to dream]]>Wed, 18 Feb 2015 00:57:43 GMThttp://florentinelily.weebly.com/lily-daily-a-blog/book-blitz-dare-to-dreamToday is the release day for Reuts latest: Dare to Dream, a YA SF by Carys Jones.

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Title: Dare to Dream 
Author: Carys Jones
Genre: Sci-Fi
Age Category: Young Adult
(Tentative) Publication Date:  March 2015
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Summary


The world was going to end. Of that, Maggie Trafford was certain.
Fourteen-year-old Maggie Trafford leads a normal life. Well, as normal as being crammed in a three-bedroom house with four siblings and a single parent can be, anyway. But despite being somewhat ignored at home, Maggie excels, earning top grades, a best friend who would do anything for her, and stolen looks from a boy in Maths.


It’s not until the dreams start that Maggie realizes “normal” is the least of her problems. Every night, she lives the same nightmare—red lightning, shattered glass, destruction. But nightmares are just that, right? No one believes her when she says it’s an omen. At least, not until the already mysterious pillars of Stonehenge start falling.

No longer alone in her fear, Maggie and the world watch with bated breath as one after another, the historic stones tumble, like a clock counting down. But only Maggie knows what it means: when the last stone falls, destruction will reign. And when the world ends, there’s only one option left—survive.

Horrifying and raw, Dare to Dream is equal parts tragedy and hope, detailing the aftermath of apocalyptic catastrophe, the quest for survival, and the importance of belief.

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Carys Jones loves nothing more than to write and create stories which ignite the reader's imagination. Based in Shropshire, England, Carys lives with her husband, two guinea pigs and her adored canine companion Rollo.

When she's not writing, Carys likes to indulge her inner geek by watching science-fiction films or playing video games.

She lists John Green, Jodi Picoult and Virginia Andrews as her favorite authors and draws inspiration for her own work from anything and everything.

To Carys, there is no greater feeling then when you lose yourself in a great story and it is that feeling of ultimate escapism which she tries to bring to her books. 

Find more of Carys Jones on her websitelike her on facebook or follow on twitter. 

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<![CDATA[Cover Reveal: Dare to dream]]>Tue, 20 Jan 2015 21:50:52 GMThttp://florentinelily.weebly.com/lily-daily-a-blog/cover-reveal-dare-to-dreamPicture
Title: Dare to Dream 
Author: Carys Jones
Genre: Sci-Fi
Age Category: Young Adult
(Tentative) Publication Date:  February 17 2015
Add Dare:
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Carys Jones: website/\facebook/\twitter/\amazon



About the book:

The world was going to end. Of that, Maggie Trafford was certain.

Fourteen-year-old Maggie Trafford leads a normal life. Well, as normal as being crammed in a three-bedroom house with four siblings and a single parent can be, anyway. But despite being somewhat ignored at home, Maggie excels, earning top grades, a best friend who would do anything for her, and stolen looks from a boy in Maths.

It’s not until the dreams start that Maggie realizes “normal” is the least of her problems. Every night, she lives the same nightmare—red lightning, shattered glass, destruction. But nightmares are just that, right? No one believes her when she says it’s an omen. At least, not until the already mysterious pillars of Stonehenge start falling.

No longer alone in her fear, Maggie and the world watch with bated breath as one after another, the historic stones tumble, like a clock counting down. But only Maggie knows what it means: when the last stone falls, destruction will reign. And when the world ends, there’s only one option left—survive.

Horrifying and raw, Dare to Dream is equal parts tragedy and hope, detailing the aftermath of apocalyptic catastrophe, the quest for survival, and the importance of belief.

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Carys Jones loves nothing more than to write and create stories which ignite the reader's imagination. Based in Shropshire, England, Carys lives with her husband, two guinea pigs and her adored canine companion Rollo.

When she's not writing, Carys likes to indulge her inner geek by watching science-fiction films or playing video games.

She lists John Green, Jodi Picoult and Virginia Andrews as her favorite authors and draws inspiration for her own work from anything and everything.

To Carys, there is no greater feeling then when you lose yourself in a great story and it is that feeling of ultimate escapism which she tries to bring to her books.

Find more of Carys Jones on her website, like her on facebook or follow on twitter.








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<![CDATA[Promo post: byronic]]>Tue, 24 Jun 2014 20:45:42 GMThttp://florentinelily.weebly.com/lily-daily-a-blog/promo-post-byronic Title: Byronic 
Author: Sandi Beth Jones
Series: Prometheus Series
Genre: Supernatural
Age Category: Young Adult
Publication Date: June 24, 2014
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When the creatures in her dark drawings come to life, Chelsea finds that the mysterious Geoff is the only person she can confide in. But she can't help wondering who she’s kissing: her tender confidant or the dangerous Byronic rebel bent on shocking his detached father.

Starting over in the South Carolina Lowcountry is just what sixteen­year­old Chelsea needs. Unfortunately, moving also means living with her mom's snobbish British novelist employer and his moody son Geoffrey. Knowing that her new home likely used to be a slave holding plantation doesn't make her feel any more at home.

Troubled and reckless after his brother's mysterious death, Geoff often mimics his father’s literary favorite, Lord Byron, acting "mad, bad, and dangerous to know." She's determined to keep her distance and buries herself in her art, though the darkness of her drawings troubles her and others who see them. When people in the Gullah and Geechee community point out that she has been drawing Boo Hags and haints ­powerful and terrifying creatures of local legend and superstition­ she starts to wonder about her own heritage and her connection to the Sea Islands. She begins to question her own grasp on reality when it seems those creatures start making their way out of her drawings and into real life.

It's clear that Geoff has some secrets of his own, but he might be the only person she can confide in. Chelsea must decide who she can trust, when nothing in the Lowcountry is what it seems.


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Giveaway



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Born and raised in the American South, Sandi spent her youth reading Edgar Allen Poe, Stephen King, and Agatha Christie. She spent many vacations traveling to Low Country South Carolina where she fell in love with the local ghost stories and folklore.



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<![CDATA[Cover Reveal: Fred by Drew Hayes]]>Tue, 17 Jun 2014 23:29:00 GMThttp://florentinelily.weebly.com/lily-daily-a-blog/cover-reveal-fred-by-drew-hayesToday is the cover reveal for The Utterly Uninteresting and Unadventurous Tales of Fred, the Vampire Accountant (a.k.a. Fred). Reuts (cover-wise) has been on a winning streak lately. The Rose Master amongst others. This one is brilliant as well. It promises wiry humor and plenty of drama (which Fred probably wants no part in). 

Title: The Utterly Uninteresting and Unadventurous Tales of Fred, the Vampire Accountant 
Author: Drew Hayes
Genre: Sci-Fi/Fantasy; Paranormal
Age Category: New Adult
(Tentative) Publication Date: July 2014
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Some people are born boring. Some live boring. Some even die boring. Fred managed to do all three, and when he woke up as a vampire, he did so as a boring one. Timid, socially awkward, and plagued by self-esteem issues, Fred has never been the adventurous sort.

One fateful night – different from the night he died, which was more inconvenient than fateful – Fred reconnects with an old friend at his high school reunion. This rekindled relationship sets off a chain of events thrusting him right into the chaos that is the parahuman world, a world with chipper zombies, truck driver wereponies, maniacal necromancers, ancient dragons, and now one undead accountant trying his best to “survive.” Because even after it’s over, life can still be a downright bloody mess.


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Drew Hayes is an aspiring author from Texas who has written several books and found the gumption to publish a few (so far). He graduated from Texas Tech with a B.A. in English, because evidently he’s not familiar with what the term “employable” means. Drew has been called one of the most profound, prolific, and talented authors of his generation, but a table full of drunks will say almost anything when offered a round of free shots. Drew feels kind of like a D-bag writing about himself in the third person like this. He does appreciate that you’re still reading, though.

Drew would like to sit down and have a beer with you. Or a cocktail. He’s not here to judge your preferences. Drew is terrible at being serious, and has no real idea what a snippet biography is meant to convey anyway. Drew thinks you are awesome just the way you are. That part, he meant. Drew is off to go high-five random people, because who doesn't love a good high-five? No one, that’s who.

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<![CDATA[Book Blitz Our Kind of Love]]>Tue, 17 Jun 2014 21:45:16 GMThttp://florentinelily.weebly.com/lily-daily-a-blog/book-blitz-our-kind-of-love This is my stop during the book blitz for Our Kind of Love by Shane Morgan. There is a tour wide giveaway for the book blitz of Our Kind of Love. You can win a $10 amazon gift card.  

Title: Our Kind of Love
Author: Shane Morgan
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Age Category: Young Adult/New Adult
Publication Date: June 2014
Add Our Kind of Love on Goodreads    Find Shane Morgan: website/\facebook/\twitter/\Instagram/\Mailing List/\goodreads

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BLURB:
Reign is convinced that Nate is the perfect guy for her. That’s until Micah walks into her Mom’s restaurant. Now she can’t seem to stop her heart from yearning for the guy with the mysterious blue eyes and melting smile.

Will she live up to everyone’s expectations, or risk it all for someone with a troubled past?

Micah is all but perfect. He’s spent three years in a juvenile detention center back in Colorado for a crime he did not commit. Now at nineteen and hoping to make a fresh start in Newport, Rhode Island, he lands a part-time job working at a seaside restaurant where he meets the irresistible Reign. Micah can’t help the way he feels whenever he’s around her, but she’s already taken and he doesn’t want to disrupt her life or get himself in anymore trouble.

Still, could Reign really accept him, if she knew about the mess he left behind?


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EXCERPT

When she peers into my eyes again, excitement consumes me. I can see all she’s trying to hide. Her emotions are beyond clear.

“I’ll see you tomorrow then,” she says coolly.

Reign turns and starts toward her gate. I spring from my bike, hurry up to her and grip her arm, turning her to face me. I wrap my arms around her curvy frame, bringing her in close—closer than we’ve ever been. She doesn’t pry out of my grasp, confirming my suspicion.

“You do feel the same way.”

I press my mouth to her soft wet lips and kiss her hard, making up for all the missed opportunities. Reign tips her head back and places her hands at my lower back, squeezing me. Then she parts her lips to deepen the kiss. I tighten my hold on her, caressing her body and running my fingers through her long hair. She smells exotic; a mixture of fresh berries and vanilla. But she tastes even better, as our tongues lock and I drown myself in the candy flavor of her mouth.

An intense moan rushes from her lips as I move away from them and start to kiss her on the neck. Reign trails her hands all over my body, caressing me.

She feels so damn good! I can’t control the rise below my waist with her pressed into me like this. I’ve never wanted any girl as bad as I want Reign right now. The tension had been building up since we met. Now I feel as if I’m about to explode.

“Come home with me,” I hear myself ask. “Please.”

She groans before breaking out of my grasp. I steady my breathing and reach a hand out to her. With no hesitation, Reign takes it and guides me in the direction of her car.

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GIVE-AWAY


Author

Shane Morgan is the bestselling young adult and new adult author of Impossibly Love, and Impossibly True. She currently lives in Rhode Island where she spends her days blogging, reading, and writing.

Shane's belief is that imaginations can never be too wild. If you’re thinking it then the story is already written inside your head. It’s simply time to share it with the rest of the world.
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<![CDATA[Cover Reveal: The Nogiku Series]]>Tue, 03 Jun 2014 22:24:47 GMThttp://florentinelily.weebly.com/lily-daily-a-blog/cover-reveal-the-nogiku-seriesPicture
Today is the cover reveal for S.J. Pajona's Nogiku Series. 

This cover reveal will be for the following books: Revealed: Part One (Nogiku series #0.1), Removed (Nogiku series #1), Released (Nogiku series #2) and Reunited (Nogiku series #3). 

That's right: you're getting four cover reveals. Enjoy!


Book 1: Removed


Title: Removed
Author: S.J. Pajonas
Genre: Science Fiction
Age Category: Adult
Series: The Nogiku Series 
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Duty knows no family. Love has no price. Secrets can cost you everything.

Twenty-year-old Sanaa Griffin is about to get more than she bargained for when she wishes for love, happiness, and excitement on New Year’s Eve. Ripped from the job she always loved, she is reassigned to work for mysterious Mark Sakai and spy on the corrupt leaders of her city. War looms on the horizon, and Sanaa must help Sakai determine the key players and their weak spots before it’s too late.

Mark Sakai has many plans for Sanaa that will take her into a web of lies and danger, and her only protection is to learn to defend herself. But defense training under the watchful eye of Jiro, a strong and enigmatic young man she has a crush on, was not what she expected. Between falling in love with Jiro and the information she is gathering, Sanaa realizes Sakai is holding back secrets about her family and her deceased parents, secrets as to why she was chosen for this job, and learning the truth puts all of humanity in jeopardy.

REMOVED is the first book in a captivating post-apocalyptic series that harnesses the cultures and traditions of Japan and sweeps them into the future between Earth and a faraway land.


Book 2: Released


Title: Released
Author: S.J. Pajonas
Genre: Science Fiction
Age Category: Adult
Series: The Nogiku Series 
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S.J. Pajonas: website/\ facebook /\twitter@spajonas
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Left in the desert to recuperate from her injuries, Sanaa Itami paces the floors and contemplates her mistakes. She trusted too easily, and now people she loved are dead, killed at the hands of men coming to assassinate her. Sanaa feels beaten, but life awaits her at home. While her city recovers from the devastating earthquake, negotiations for Sanaa’s future continue. New allies must be made, new friendships brokered, new skills acquired — at all costs.

Life at the top of the chain is complicated and lonely, though. With all her friendships rocky and uncertain, Sanaa must learn to trust others again more than she’s willing. Who is left holding a grudge? And will the new family Sanaa has found with Jiro support or betray her?

RELEASED, Book TWO of the Nogiku Series, is the second book in a captivating post-apocalyptic romance series that harnesses the cultures and traditions of Japan and sweeps them into the future between Earth and a faraway land.


Book 3: Reunited


Title: Reunited
Author: S.J. Pajonas
Genre: Science Fiction
Age Category: Adult
Series: The Nogiku Series 
Publication Date: August 14, 2014
Add Reunited on Goodreads 
S.J. Pajonas: website/\ facebook /\twitter@spajonas
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Yūsei has surprises for Sanaa Itami. The long trip across the stars ends with Mark Sakai delivering bad news from orbit over their new home, and there’s no turning back or moving on. Despite all their misgivings, this is where they will have to stay.

Sanaa, Jiro, and the rest of Earth’s settlers move into a coastal town and stick to their plans to live the colonization life they dreamed of. But Sanaa’s existence won’t be kept secret from her enemies for long. Kazuo promised he would see her in another life, on another world, and he aims to keep his word. Now she will face those who want their revenge and make new enemies while dispensing with old ones on her journey across the fascinating and unfamiliar landscape of Yūsei.

REUNITED, Book THREE of the Nogiku Series, is the third book in a captivating post-apocalyptic romance series that harnesses the cultures and traditions of Japan and sweeps them into the future between Earth and a faraway land.


Book 0.1: Revealed


Title: Revealed
Author: S.J. Pajonas
Genre: Science Fiction
Age Category: Adult
Series: The Nogiku Series 
Add Revealed on Goodreads    BUY: Amazon/\BN/\KOBO/\iBooks
S.J. Pajonas: website/\ facebook /\twitter@spajonas
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Get immersed in the Nogiku world with Jiro Itō as he gets ready for a boring and annoying New Year’s Eve out in Nishikyō. At least, that’s what he expects his night to be like. Jiro would rather drink with the geisha all evening, and avoid taking anyone home, but he has family business to attend to instead. When the family business leads to an unfamiliar restaurant, Jiro spies Sanaa Griffin smiling at him from across the room, and his night turns around.

But Mark Sakai, his uncle, is not pleased with Jiro’s flirtations. Mark has worked hard for over a decade to get Sanaa into position for her new life, and he can’t have Jiro interfering. Will a stern warning be enough to keep them apart?

PART ONE of REVEALED is a companion short story to REMOVED, Book ONE of the Nogiku Series. The first chapter of REMOVED is included at the end of PART ONE. Read REVEALED first or read it later, but don’t miss this look into the other side of Sanaa’s story.

Approximately 10,000 words.


About the Author:

S. J. Pajonas loves all things Asian and has been in love with Japan and the East for as long as she can remember. Writing about Asia and Japan came naturally after studying the culture and language for over fifteen years. She studied film and screenwriting first and eventually segued into fiction once she was no longer working a full-time job.

Face Time is the first novel in the Love in the Digital Age series, and Pajonas’s first foray into Korean culture and families. Along with Removed and Released in the Nogiku Series, she continues to take the cultures of Asia and weave them into stories that appeal to people from around the world. Her writing is described as unique and unpredictable. Expect the unexpected.

Stephanie lives with her husband and two children just outside of New York City. She loves reading, writing, film, J- and K-dramas, knitting, and astrology. Her favorite author is Haruki Murakami and favorite book is The Wind-up Bird Chronicle.


Links:
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<![CDATA[Cover Reveal: The Rose Master]]>Tue, 03 Jun 2014 20:09:08 GMThttp://florentinelily.weebly.com/lily-daily-a-blog/cover-reveal-the-rose-masterToday is the cover reveal for Valentina Cano's The Rose Master. Enjoy!
Title: The Rose Master
Author: Valentina Cano
Genre: Historical Fiction/Horror
Age Category: Young Adult
(Tentative) Publication Date: June 2014
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Valentina Cano is on facebook and twitter@valca85

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The day Anne Tinning turns seventeen, birds fall from the sky. 

But that's hardly the most upsetting news. She's being dismissed from the home she's served at since she was a child, and shipped off to become the newly hired parlor maid for a place she's never heard of. And when she sees the run-down, isolated house, she instantly knows why: 

There's something wrong with Rosewood Manor.

Staffed with only three other servants, all gripped by icy silence and inexplicable bruises, and inhabited by a young master who is as cold as the place itself, the house is shrouded in neglect and thick with fear. Her questions are met with hushed whispers, and she soon finds herself alone 
in the empty halls, left to tidy and clean rooms no one visits.

As the feeling of being watched grows, she begins to realize there is something else in the house with them--some creature that stalks the frozen halls and claws at her door. A creature that seems intent on harming her.

When a fire leaves Anne trapped in the manor with its Master, she finally demands to know why.  But as she forces the truth about what haunts the grounds from Lord Grey, she learns secrets she isn't prepared for. The creature is very real, and she's the only one who can help him stop it. 

Now, Anne must either risk her life for the young man she's grown to admire, or abandon her post while she still can.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Valentina Cano is a student of classical singing who spends whatever free time she has either reading or writing. She also watches over a veritable army of pets, including her five, very spoiled, snakes. Her works have appeared in numerous publications and her poetry has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize and Best of the Web. She lives in Miami, Florida.
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<![CDATA[Cover Reveal: A SOUL TO TAKE]]>Tue, 18 Mar 2014 20:26:11 GMThttp://florentinelily.weebly.com/lily-daily-a-blog/cover-reveal-a-soul-to-takeToday is the cover reveal for Emily Taylor's A Soul to Take, the first book in the Soul Stealers trilogyEnjoy!
Title: A Soul to Take
Author: Emily Taylor
Genre: Paranormal romance with elements of dark fantasy and steam-punk.
Age Category: New Adult
Electronic Publication Date: April 29, 2014
(Tentative) Paperback Publication Date: May 13, 2014
Add A Soul to Take to your TBR on Goodreads     REUTS: Twitter/\/\Facebook
Emily Taylor is on facebook and twitter: @emtaylorinkie

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Dying is the least of Elixia’s worries.

The world has changed. Demons are no longer a legend, but a part of life, integrated into our society… or so the Government has attempted. But things are never that simple. Neither side favors this new union, and Elixia knows firsthand the dark nature of Demons and will do everything in her power to protect the innocent from their wrath. When her only living family is kidnapped, it means to even commit the greatest taboo for an Agent:

Sell her soul.

Yet when a mission from the Agency goes sour, Elixia finds herself in predicament. Murdered, her only hope is an offer from those she despises: a demon. However, it’s no ordinary demon who has offered Elixia the contract and his motive for such a deal is unclear. Her past may hold answers, but what happens when her investigation in human trafficking turns up something far more sinister?

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<![CDATA[Spotlight & Giveaway: The Knife's Edge]]>Sun, 16 Mar 2014 03:21:48 GMThttp://florentinelily.weebly.com/lily-daily-a-blog/spotlight-giveaway-the-knifes-edge Title: The Knife's Edge
Author: Mathew Wolf
Genre: Epic Fantasy
Add The Knife's Edge to your TBR on Goodreads     BUY: Amazon/\BN/\KOBO
Matthew Wolf's website /\ facebook /\ twitter@roninsaga

BlURB, EXCERPT & GIVEAWAY below...

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When legends come to life the world trembles from a single name. Ronin. Once-heroes from a different age, they wield elemental powers… wind, water, fire, stone, forest, sun, moon, flesh, and metal.

At the same time, a young man discovers his best friend with a sword in her stomach, and dark wings sprouting from her back. Guards rush onto the scene, accuse him of the act, and he is forced to flee. In a new world without his memories, Gray must find his way amid legends and darkness, as he wrestles with an elemental power inside himself.

A power all too similar to the infamous Ronin…


EXCERPT: The Spire

Karil shoved another set of riding clothes into her pack and turned from her bed.  Her room was still, but her heart was not.  Even the serene night mocked her frantic mind. 

From the window above her bed, azure scrolls lit her room.   An ornately carved bookshelf sat in the room’s corner.  In the center, a wide-table, its stout legs made of silveroot, flowing as if alive with liquid silver.  Elvin craftsmanship fit for a princess.  A tranquil scene, but still her hand trembled, for beyond these walls lurked danger.  Her gaze jumped to the plum-colored door made of heartwood.  Heartwood was harder than most human metals—it would take a small army to break it down, but she knew that wouldn’t save her.  He will be here any minute, she prayed.


She looked down and saw the polished stone in her palm.  The rock was carved with a pattern of a leaf, stunningly real, as if the leaf had shed its skin upon the emerald stone.  It was a gift of her fathers, something she had long forgotten, and childhood memories flooded through her.  Only things I can’t live without, she repeated.  She set it aside, placing it in a pile of books, jewelry, and precious things likely never to be seen again. Surely it’s too small to matter, she thought and quickly tucked the smooth stone in her bag. 

The hard rap of knuckles sounded on the door.  Karil grabbed a fistful of her split- riding skirt.  Three knocks.  She remembered their code and rushed to the door, unlocking it.  Rydel flowed inside like a tempest.  He passed her wordlessly and strode to the window.  His grand hando cloak of black and forest green fluttered as he moved.  Karil knew the cloak silently demanded respect, for he was one of only ten elves who bore the same shroud.  He took the room in two giant strides, throwing back the drapes.

Outside, lights from the kingdom glowed.  Hues of amethyst and sapphire lit the forest.   A vast canopy was obscured by mist and cloud.  Far below, tiny white dots blushed where twisting paths wound throughout the forest.  The whole kingdom appeared as if stars were flung amid the trees.  Each tree was a towering guardian, their trunks the width of cities.  Below, a staircase glimmered, as if made of shimmering glass.  It encircled the main structure they were in, the massive Spire, twining all the way up the Great Tree.

“Is it time?” she asked, stepping forward.  Her voice was strong.  She was glad for that—the tears shed were all but a memory.  Rydel was quiet.  His slender elvin eyes, a piercing green, watched the staircase.  His sharp ears pricked, as if hearing sounds her half-elf ears could not.

Karil joined his side. “What is it?  What do you see?”

“I see them.  They are coming.”  Rydel turned.  He grabbed her shoulders.  “We must leave, now.”

“So soon,” she said, “Somehow I thought there would be more time.  Is everything ready?”

Rydel grabbed her pack.  “The horses are waiting in the stables.  All that is required now is to get to them, from there I have cleared a path out of the woods.” She heard the unspoken message in his words.  If we can make it there… 

“How many?” she asked.

“A dozen in the halls, maybe more, and hundreds scattered around the grounds of the city.”  She saw his hesitancy, as if he was afraid to speak the rest, “What we feared has come to pass.  Dryan is seizing upon the chaos of your father’s murder.  Elves are joining his side in droves.  There will be hundreds, if not thousands looking for you soon.  You are the only thing standing between Dryan and the throne now.”

“And what of our supporters?”

“Most are dead or swayed to his side.”

“Then Dryan has won,” she whispered.

GIVEAWAY

Open only to those who can legally enter, receive and use an Amazon.com Gift Code or Paypal Cash. Winning Entry will be verified prior to prize being awarded. No purchase necessary. You must be 18 or older to enter or have your parent enter for you. The winner will be chosen by rafflecopter and announced here as well as emailed and will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. This giveaway is in no way associated with Facebook, Twitter, Rafflecopter or any other entity unless otherwise specified. The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning. Giveaway was organized by Kathy from  I Am A Reader, Not A Writer and sponsored by the author. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW.

AUTHOR

Matthew Wolf is the author of the Ronin Saga. Or maybe he’s a Ronin. Either way, he’s involved somehow. Aside from epic fantasy, he enjoys woodcrafting, outdoors, a bit of a health nut (Kale is good!), and trains in Kung Fu.

His childhood of traveling the world and studying Old English and Japanese influenced the schemes of the Saga, and the world of Daerval. He is a graduate from UCSB with a Literature degree with a specialization in Medieval Literature and Japanese.
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<![CDATA[FATAL Excerpt and Giveaway]]>Mon, 10 Mar 2014 16:04:32 GMThttp://florentinelily.weebly.com/lily-daily-a-blog/fatal-excerpt-and-giveaway Title: FATAL
Author: T.A. Brock
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Age Category: Adult
Release Day: April 25, 2014
Add Fatal to your TBR on Goodreads      BUY: Amazon/\/\/\BN
T.A. Brock is on facebook and twitter: @TA_Brock

Blurb, Excerpt and Giveaway below...


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Grayson Patch hasn’t been human since he was seventeen years old…  nineteen years ago. 

Cori Abbott has a million things to worry about: she’s the new girl in school; her antisocial tendencies are crippling her ability to make friends; her father recently died.

All Grayson wants is to be human again.

 The last thing Cora wants is the attention of a strange, withdrawn, and consistently angry guy. A guy she can’t stop thinking about.

There is one person in this world who can save him from his current fate before he decomposes. One person, whose life must be sacrificed for his.

When their lives collide, these two are about to find out: First love can be brutal. Sometimes it can be Fatal.


EXCERPT


Calm as ever, Aiken walked to the kitchen, dripping brown blood on the tile. Cori followed him, pleading. 


“Where are you going? We have to go now, Aiken. Aiken?”

He went to the sink and grabbed a glass. “Cori, calm down and watch.”


She was still stuttering out protests as he filled the glass from the tap and downed it. Then another. And another. She was about to attempt to physically drag him out of the house when she noticed the wound was getting smaller, the skin weaving back together as if by magic. Two more glasses and the cut was completely sealed, only leaving a thin gray-brown line. Another glass of water and even that was gone.


“Wh-wha—“ She’d lost the ability to form intelligent words.


Aiken dried his arm off and looked at her. “Water. It is our life force, for lack of a better word. It heals us, sustains us…we have to have it to survive.”


Cori knew her eyes were as big as bowling balls as she looked back and forth from his arm to his face. Only then did it really hit her that his blood had been brown. 
Brown.
She stepped backward, away from him.

He noticed. “Cori, you have nothing to be afraid of.”


Yeah, right, she thought. And then realized she’d said it out loud.


“We don’t hurt humans.”


She took another step back.

“Grayson?” was all she could manage.

Aiken’s slow nod confirmed it. “He’s like me. Did you hear what I said, Cori? We don’t hurt humans.”


“Who do you hurt then?”


His brow furrowed, deep ridges. “Nobody. Unless we’re provoked. Or there’s a threat. We’re not evil.”


Cori took another step back and hit the doorjamb. “You’re telling me you’re a good monster?”


She thought his eyes might have flickered with hurt, but then it was gone. “I guess so. Yeah. I mean, it’s complicated.”


He was still standing by the sink. He hadn’t moved an inch. Probably afraid of spooking her.

“You…you shouldn’t have told me,” she mumbled.


Aiken rolled his eyes and for the first time since he’d arrived, he seemed like himself… like the Aiken she knew. “I gave you a choice, remember. Come on, Cori. If I wanted to hurt you don’t you think I could’ve done it by now?”
It was true. He was massive when compared to her—and he had a knife.
“I just—I can’t. I need to think for a minute.”


He held up both hands. “Fine. Take a minute. Take five.” He propped his hip against the counter and crossed his arms over his chest. Casual. How could he be casual in a moment like this?


Cori’s mind was a load of jumbled up thoughts. She couldn’t believe what he was telling her, that zombies existed. But then, how could she deny it after watching his arm heal? The thought that Grayson was some sort of mythical monster was…disturbing? No, that wasn’t an accurate enough description.
Oh God, was this for real? 
Her boyfriend was a zombie? But Aiken had said they weren’t dangerous. No, he’d said they didn’t hurt humans. She was pretty sure they were in fact very dangerous.

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<![CDATA[Cover Reveal: Fatal by T.A. Brock]]>Thu, 20 Feb 2014 18:30:04 GMThttp://florentinelily.weebly.com/lily-daily-a-blog/cover-reveal-fatal-by-ta-brockToday is the cover reveal for Fatal by T.A. Brock. 

FATAL
Author: T.A. Brock
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Age Category: Adult
Release Day: April 25, 2014
Add Fatal to your shelf on Goodread
T.A. Brock is on facebook and twitter: @TA_Brock

COVER

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First love can be brutal. Sometimes it can be Fatal.

Grayson Patch hasn’t been human since he was seventeen years old… and that was nineteen years ago. When he rose from the dead, he had no memory of his former life. Grayson desperately wants to recapture his lost humanity. And he’s been told that there is one person in this world who can save him from his current fate before he begins to decompose. One person, whose life must be sacrificed for his.

Cori Abbott has a million things to worry about. She’s the new girl in a school that’s a fraction the size of her old one. Her antisocial tendencies are crippling her ability to make new friends. And then there’s the recent, sudden death of her father, the only man who ever understood her. The last thing Cori wants is the attention of a strange, withdrawn, and consistently angry guy who seems to hate her for no apparent reason. A guy she can’t stop thinking about.

Will Cori break through Grayson’s cold exterior and find the human within, the boy who can love and understand her like no other? Will Grayson sacrifice Cori to rid himself of his undead curse, even if it means losing her forever?

AUTHOR: T.A. Brock

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T.A. Brock lives in Oklahoma, where Zombies do not thrive. When not immersed in the world of fantasy writing, she enjoys spending time with her big girl, baby boy, and hubs. Some of her favorite things are coffee (specifically with cream, sugar, and chocolate), music (especially something with a good beat), books (especially paranormal), and Tennis. She despises raw meat and therefore is exceedingly glad she's human.

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<![CDATA[Cover Reveal: Face Time by SJ Pajonas!]]>Thu, 13 Feb 2014 20:40:09 GMThttp://florentinelily.weebly.com/lily-daily-a-blog/cover-revealface-time-by-sj-pajonas Today is the cover reveal for Face Time (Love in the Digital Age #1), an Adult Contemporary Romance by SJ Pajonas. The cover is designed by Forward Authority.
SJ Pajonas is also hosting a giveaway; goodies:
- 10$ amazon gift card
- e-copies of both Removed (Nogiku #1) and Released (Nogiku #2) –mobi or epub file
- e-ARC of Face Time (available March 2014) – mobi or epub file


Read on to find out how to win...

COVER

Face Time (Love in the Digital Age #1)
Author: SJ Pajonas
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Age Category: Adult
Release Day: April 25, 2014

You can find Face Time on Goodreads
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BLURB

After the best first date ever, Lee thought Laura was funny, intelligent, and impulsive; a whirlwind of bright laughter and happiness. Laura loved Lee’s sweet smile and the way he expertly filled in every awkward pause. He held her hand and then pulled her in for the most perfect kiss she’s had in years. 
What could possibly be wrong? 
Just the 7000 miles that separates them the next day. Even though Lee has gone home to Seoul, Laura can’t stop thinking about him. What starts as an innocent text thanking him for their dinner date becomes something much more: someone either of them can’t live without. But Laura’s got a live-in mother going through a midlife crisis, and Lee’s stressful traveling schedule means they’ll be apart for some time. Life, family, and a complicated past also get in the way, and they’re both going to need actual face time to figure it out. 

Told from both Lee and Laura’s point of view, FACE TIME is a funny, romantic, modern-day story about two people who connect across the world.

Wattpad users!

S. J. Pajonas will be posting the first chapters of FACE TIME to Wattpad starting March 9, 2014. Follow her to get a new chapter each week, six in total, leading up to the publication of FACE TIME on April 25, 2014.

E-Book(s) GIVEAWAY



ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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S. J. Pajonas loves all things Asian and has been in love with Japan for as long as she can remember. Writing about Asia and Japan came naturally after studying the culture and language for over fifteen years. 
She studied film and screenwriting first and eventually segued into fiction.
She also writes contemporary romance and her first book in the Love in the Digital Age series will be published in April 2014. 

Her other works include the Nogiku Series, a four book series of which two, Removed and Released, have been published. 

S. J. lives with her husband and two children just outside of New York City. She loves reading, writing, film, J- and K-dramas, knitting, and astrology. Her favorite author is Haruki Murakami and her favorite book is The Wind-up Bird Chronicle.

You can find/contact her here:

Website /- Facebook /- Twitter /- Goodreads /
Pinterest /- Flickr /- Instagram /- Tumblr
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<![CDATA[Freebies! Flawless Giveaway!]]>Mon, 03 Feb 2014 06:26:28 GMThttp://florentinelily.weebly.com/lily-daily-a-blog/freebies-flawless-giveaway

Summary

Nobody’s perfect. Except Lia Copeland. She’s flawless. And worshipped. And hated. From her perfectly proportioned figure and enviable bone structure to her instinctual talent for clothing design and cavalier attitude, Lia’s the woman every other woman wants to be and every man wants to have. 
Catapulted from sigh-maker in the high-school halls to superstardom in the fashion world, she makes it look easy. A girl like that has everything; every reason to be happy. Then why does Lia Copeland just want everyone to leave her the hell alone?

A story about the choices made in the wake of travail and tragedy, it explores relationships with all their messy and marvelous moments and magnifies the beauty, wonder and endurance of first love.

About the Author

Jennifer McGill-Sadera first worked in the publishing industry as a junior copywriter for NAL/Penguin. She has written and edited for newspapers and magazines as a free-lancer and on the staffs of major women’s publications “Woman’s World” and “Redbook.” Her New Adult novel “Flawless” is her first published book, though she admits to writing three previous unpublished books “just for fun.” A nature lover, she recently became a certified horticulturist and has a side business designing flower gardens. She and her husband live in upstate New York with their two kids, two dogs and a lop-eared rabbit, who, incidentally, has a starring role in “Flawless.”
You can find and contact Jennifer here:
Facebook - Twitter - Goodreads - Librarything

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<![CDATA[Male Models and the Case of the Fashion Don'ts]]>Tue, 28 Jan 2014 04:44:48 GMThttp://florentinelily.weebly.com/lily-daily-a-blog/male-models-and-the-case-of-the-fashion-donts

Male models: I always feel sorry for them. They look perpertually sad, sullen and starving. I probably would be too if I had to step out of my house looking like the (un)love(d)-child of a fire hydrant and a yellow caution tape.

I can honestly say I've never seen anyone--off the catwalk--wearing these outfits. I'm all for encouraging creativity but some things should never see the light of day or night. Fashion designers must have a mean streak about them to make these (mostly) good men do something so horrific as to model their designs. 

For the world to see!

 Forever immortalized on film!

That and they've run out of ideas.

Is there anyone that you know who would be caught dead wearing this?

Or this?
Or this? 

Anyone at all? Outside of a cos-play party or in a moment of drunken stupidity?

I rest my case.

No one wants to wear such... extreme (for lack of a more descriptive word) attire.

You know what's sadder than the male models?

The observers.

Those people who--hopefully--get paid to watch models strut their ludicrously long legs down the catwalk in various disturbing might-have-(once upon a generation or so ago)-been clothing. They have all manners of perplexed looks on their faces. Ya know, those "WTF? is wearing him?" faces. "Is that a sheep suffocating his common sense or have I self-hypnotized to Wonderland" looks. And then there's the "OMG! I think that's my dog wrapped around his gorgeously proportioned waist" horror faces.

The funny ones are those with their fist under their chins in that "thinking intensely" pose. What are they thinking about? How their time would be  better spent doing something actually meaningful? Like saving the planet? Or wondering what Lindsey Lohan would be arrested for next? Or how Michelangelo "Thinker" did it better?

As a humanitarian (meaning I don't eat humans; I train them), I cannot abide another one of brethren suffering. Look at all these pictures and answer me this: Do you see a
single face that indicates, remotely, that the guy is enjoying himself (even the guy with the outspread wings)? That he's doing this for more than just to be able to pay his rent and feed himself? 

(On a side note: think I might try my hand at fashion design. It looks...interesting. I would have fun thinking of crazy outfits that would forever traumatize my models).

I think people should stop indulging these crazy whims. What is the point of those huge mittens? To cushion your fall when you trip over those ridiculous boots because you can't see where you're going since your eyes are covered by wool from a sheep's behind?

And don't tell me it's "Art!" I've seen blank canvases that make more sense and dots with more emphatic messages.

Clothes are meant to be worn and it's your job to make them. If you can't do that, well... I should be running out to buy these, not holding in vomit tainted laughter
because I'm at a public location and others might think I'm unhinged. (I'm not)!


It's not "edgy," "cool," or "different." It's ludicrous, makes no sense and a waste of resources. It sends the message that the only time you have to have good designs is when you're starting out. After you make it, you try to "out-gaga" each other. 


Thanks for the laugh, though.

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<![CDATA[Author Interview: Ripley Patton About the Book]]>Wed, 27 Nov 2013 04:05:00 GMThttp://florentinelily.weebly.com/lily-daily-a-blog/author-interview-ripley-patton-about-the-book
The final installment of my blog posts concering the PSS Chronicles. The previous posts are: tens list and book information. This is the second part of the interview with the author of PSS Chronicles, Ripley Patton. The PSS Chronicles series include two books so far: Ghost Hand (PSS Chronicles #1) and Ghost Hold (PSS Chronicles #2). 

Remember: From 22 November 2013 till 26 November 2013 Ghost Hand will be free and Ghost Hold will be on sale for $0.99!

What does Olivia like to do in her spare time?

Read, explore the woods and gullies around Greenfield, think morbid or snarky thoughts, glance at Marcus. She also does art, not painting but dark, brooding collages out of random things she finds lying around.

How did your interest in reading and writing start?

I've loved to read for as long as I can remember. I read everything, science fiction and fantasy especially, and I can remember reading the encyclopedia set we had and almost every entry would give me an idea for a story. But I didn't really write anything significant until I was in eighth grade when my mom was terminally ill with cancer. 


I wrote my first poem about her impending death titled "When We Fly." I also wrote a science fiction short story for my English teacher about the sun suddenly getting too close to the earth, and she loved it, and a writer was born.

Are there things you have in common with your main character Olivia or any of the other characters?

Well, Olivia and I are both introverts. I have somewhat of a fascination with death and I happen to love cemeteries and hate doctors. I once had a picnic on a sarcophagus in my favorite cemetery for a first date. Obviously, Olivia and I have also both lost a parent to cancer. And I have something in common with Passion. I too was raised in a Christian home, though my parents were wonderful.

The books in the PSS Chronicles series are Paranormal Thrillers, what in this genre appeals to you and why did you decide to write this genre?

Well, first, I write genre YA because I love to read it. A writer should always write something they want to read. Plus, I have two teenagers so they help me keep the work current and enjoy the finished product. And as much as Paranormal Romance has been the go-to young adult genre recently, I don't find romance as compelling as action, adventure, or intrigue. Romance is fairly predictable. Either they end up together, or they don't.


Including the thriller element in my books allows me to turn and twist the plot a lot more, which I find challenging and interesting. And of course, there can still be some romance to sweeten the pot.

How did you come up with the inspiration for the PSS Chronicles series?

The main idea for PSS or Psyche Sans Soma, the birth defect that Olivia Black and other characters in the series suffer from, came from the real medical phenomenon of phantom limbs. I have a friend who is an amputee. Even though his right leg is gone, he can still feel it. He can feel the grass between his toes when he walks in the back yard. He can get a cramp in the middle of the night in the leg he no longer has. And this is true even of people who aren't amputees but were born without certain limbs. 


It seems our brain has a map of our body that isn’t limited to its fleshly manifestation. So, for the PSS series, I took that idea and ran with it. I asked myself, "What if those phantom limbs actually existed? What would they look, and act, and feel like? How would society react to them? And what power would they hold?'

What was the inspiration for Olivia?

Olivia is a combo of my inner Goth, my daughter, and the self I wish I'd been brave enough to be as a teenager. 

How many books will the PSS Chronicles series contain?

Three or Four. I'm not sure yet. I have to see how long book three is first, and find out what happens. 

Who designed the covers for your books and how went the process of developing them?

Kura Carpenter of Kura Carpenter Designs did Ghost Hand. I was really happy with her work and it ended up almost exactly as I'd envisioned it. I have a very personal connection to my covers. I often get visions of them in my head while I'm writing the book and that vision may even influence what I write or how things happen in the book. Because of that, I love and need to be involved in the process of cover design.

As much as I loved Kura's work for Ghost Hand, I decided to use Scarlett Rugers for the Ghost Hold design. Of course, I wanted it to match the first book while being its own unique thing. I think she did an amazing job with that. And I love the cover we ended up with. Just an interesting tid-bit, the cover for Ghost Hold was actually designed well before I wrote the end of the book and it certainly influenced the mood and details the reader encounters in the Eidolon scenes. 

Which scenes do you find the easiest to write?

Whenever Olivia is being snarky, I find it almost too easy to write. My kids and betas help me cut back on some of that. They help me keep Olivia likeable. I guess I'm full of a lot of natural snark and Olivia is my mouth-piece for it.

Which scenes do you find most difficult to write? 

The romance and the violence. In Ghost Hand there is actually a chapter titled "Blood and Romance" and it was really hard to write. For me, I hate for romance to be too sappy or cheesy, but I like real, sweet, genuine moments, so I'm always pulling back and making sure that's what I have. In books, romance is often written in a very formulaic way that we all know doesn't actually happen. And it can be hard not to fall into that pattern, but one of my recent reviewers said the relationship between Marcus and Olivia was one of the most naturally developing teen romances she'd ever read. I felt very proud of that. 

As far as the violence, it is just hard to put the characters I love through some of the stuff they have to experience. Sometimes, I just don't want to do it and so my inner muse goes on strike. When that happens, I just give myself space from the book and remember that trouble builds character
literally.

What do you like to do in your spare time?

I love to read, of course, especially YA. I like to hang out with other writers and bookish nerds. I love to hike and garden and generally spend time in nature or with my pets. And I love to travel when I have the money. 

Ripley Patton

Ripley Patton lives in Portland, Oregon with one cat, two teenagers, and a man who wants to live on a boat. She is an award-winning short story writer and author ofThe PSS Chronicles, a young adult paranormal thriller series.

Ripley doesn’t smoke, or drink, or cuss as much as her characters. Her only real vices are writing, eating M&Ms, and watching reality television.

You can find Ripley here:
Website 
Facebook
Twitter
Goodreads
Google+
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<![CDATA[Author Interview: Ripley Patton's Favorite Things]]>Tue, 26 Nov 2013 03:33:48 GMThttp://florentinelily.weebly.com/lily-daily-a-blog/author-interview-ripley-patton

A follow-up to my previous blog post: An interview with the author of PSS Chronicles, Ripley Patton about a few of her favorite things. 


The PSS Chronicles series include two books so far: Ghost Hand (PSS Chronicles #1) and Ghost Hold (PSS Chronicles #2). 


Remember: From 22 November 2013 till 26 November 2013 Ghost Hand will be free and Ghost Hold will be on sale for $0.99!

What is your favorite...?

  • Season? Autumn for sure. I love, love, love it. 
  • Time of the day? Very late at night when everyone in the world is asleep except me and the cat. 
  • Animal? Hawks. I have dreams about being a hawk all the time. And flying is awesome, by the way.
  • Color? Deep red.
  • Quote from a book? “You can't avoid orphan stories, child. Every story is an orphan story. We are all orphaned sooner or later.” ― Gabrielle ZevinAll These Things I've Done

This or That?

  • Tea or Coffee? Neither I don't drink tea or coffee.
  • E-book or hardcopy? Both.
  • Cake or cookies? Cookies. 
  • Cats or dogs? Both.
  • Books or movies? Both.
  • Laptop or desktop? Laptop. In bed. With a cat on top. 

Ten favorite movies

  1. Stranger than Fiction
  2. Little Big Man
  3. Much Ado About Nothing (or almost any Shakespeare-based movie)
  4. Howl's Moving Castle (or anything by Hayao Miyasaki)
  5. The Alien Movies
  6. The Princess Bride
  7. District 9
  8. Planet of the Apes (in all its manifestations)
  9. Great Indie movies like Trollhunter, Monsters, and Safety Not Guaranteed
  10. The PSS Chronicles Trilogy (which only exists in my head- so far)

Ten favorite books:

  1. Too many to name. My brain always short circuits on this one.

Ten favorite foods:

  1. Chocolate
  2. Steak
  3. Pizza
  4. Ice Cream (almost any flavor but Cookies and Cream)
  5. Beef Stroganoff
  6. Blueberry Pie
  7. Root beer Float
  8. Macaroni and Cheese
  9. A good burger and fries
  10. Almost anything Mexican or Italian

Ten items on your bucket list?

  1. Hike the Oregon section of the Pacific Crest Trail
  2. Sail around the world with my husband
  3. Get on the New York Times Best Seller List
  4. Go to the premier of Ghost Hand The Movie in Hollywood or New York.
  5. Travel the world (especially Europe and the Mediterranean). 
  6. Take my daughter on an African Safari Tour (NOT the hunting kind).
  7. Be the Guest of Honor at a Con
  8. Make it back to New Zealand someday.
  9. Write and live in a secluded cabin in Alaska
  10. Help out on the set of Survivor, or be on the show with my son.

Ripley Patton

Ripley Patton lives in Portland, Oregon with one cat, two teenagers, and a man who wants to live on a boat. She is an award-winning short story writer and author of The PSS Chronicles, a young adult paranormal thriller series.

Ripley doesn’t smoke, or drink, or cuss as much as her characters. Her only real vices are writing, eating M&Ms, and watching reality television.

You can find Ripley here:
Website 
Facebook
Twitter
Goodreads
Google+
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<![CDATA[Book Blitz: PSS Chronicles by Ripley Patton]]>Mon, 25 Nov 2013 03:08:09 GMThttp://florentinelily.weebly.com/lily-daily-a-blog/book-blitz-pss-chronicles-by-ripley-patton
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My post today is for the book blitz for the PSS Chronicles series by Ripley Patton. This blog tour is organized by Lola's Blog Tours .

The PSS Chronicles consists of two books so far: Ghost Hand (PSS Chronicles #1) and Ghost Hold (PSS Chronicles #2). To celebrate the one year anniversary of Ghost Hand, Ghost Hand will be free during this book blitz and Ghost Hold will be for sale for $0.99. Also don't forget to stop by the Facebook anniversary event

Ghost Hand (PSS Chronicles #1)  
Author: Ripley Patton
Genre: Paranormal Thriller
Age Category: Young Adult
ghost hand
Blurb:
Seventeen-year-old Olivia Black has a rare birth defect known as Psyche Sans Soma, or PSS. Instead of a right hand made of flesh and blood, she was born with a hand made of ethereal energy.

How does Olivia handle being the girl with the ghost hand? Well, she's a little bit morbid and a whole lot snarky.

Her mother thinks her obsession with death, black clothing, and the local cemetery is a bid for attention. But when Marcus, the new guy in Olivia's calculus class, stares at her like she's a freak, Olivia doesn't like it. And when her hand goes rogue, doing things she never imagined possible, Olivia finds herself running for her life with Marcus from a group of men bent on taking the power of her hand for their own nefarious purposes.
You can find Ghost Hand on Goodreads

You can download Ghost Hand for free at:
- Amazon
- Kobo
 
Ghost Hold (PSS Chronicles #2) 
Author: Ripley Patton
Genre: Paranormal Thriller
Age Category: Young Adult

ghost hold
Blurb: Olivia Black is back.

Only this time she's not the one in need of rescue.

Samantha James, rich, popular, and an award-winning composer at age seventeen, is the next target on the CAMFers' list. In order to convince Samantha to come with them, Olivia and Passion must pose as cousins, blend into the most affluent high school in Indianapolis, and infiltrate a mysterious cult known as The Hold.

Olivia doesn't expect it to be easy, even with the PSS guys backing them up. But what she discovers over the course of the mission will call into question everything she ever believed about herself, her family, and especially about Marcus, the guy she is undoubtedly falling in love with.

You can find Ghost Hold on Goodreads

You can buy Ghost Hold on Amazon
 
Ripley
About the Author: Ripley Patton lives in Portland, Oregon with one cat, two teenagers, and a man who wants to live on a boat. She is an award-winning short story writer and author of The PSS Chronicles, a young adult paranormal thriller series.

Ripley doesn't smoke, or drink, or cuss as much as her characters. Her only real vices are writing, eating M&Ms, and watching reality television.

You can find Ripley here:
- Website
- Facebook
- Twitter
- Goodreads
- Google+
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<![CDATA[An Author's Reflections on Self-Publishing]]>Thu, 15 Aug 2013 18:32:02 GMThttp://florentinelily.weebly.com/lily-daily-a-blog/an-authors-reflections-on-self-publishing
I have come to the conclusion that self-publishing is a scary yet rewarding and calming experience.

I like it because you set your own deadline and go at your own pace. You have more control. 

Unfortunately this means that you have to do more things by yourself since you’re not backed by a traditional publishing house and you don’t get some of the benefits: the team working 24/7 to make your book absolutely fantastic; the guidance; the PR service; etc. 


Promotion (A.K.A. Hear Me ROAR!)


Promotion (other than having an outstanding work) is the biggest thing in publishing. It is a constant and you have to be a well-oiled machine to keep at it. You have to promote your work yourself, every minute for as long as it takes. You have to sell it and it is really hard getting people to purchase a copy because there is this banal view that self-published = crappy writing filled with typos and loose plot. 

And sometimes it is which makes it more difficult for good writers to be recognized. People have already given up looking for the light at the end of a tumultuous, head-ache inducing and typo-ridden tunnel before they reach you. The good side of this is that when they do find a good writer, they are more apt to embrace and treat him/her like the only stream in a desert.  I like that description because good writers are like rainfall in a drought: they only come once in a while and you have to cherish them while they last.


Time


I'll try my best to explain this next section.

Self-publishing has a calming effect because it takes time. Time to build up a fan base, prestige, and a good reputation. Believe me, no one becomes an overnight sensation. It is the culmination of years of hard work, determination, and perseverance. It tires you out, sharpening you into a steel rod able to withstand that waiting period and whatever obstacles life throws at you.

Why is this a good thing? It weeds out the posers from those truly committed. It makes a writer stronger. I’ll roughly translate a proverb from my country: what you don’t want in wealth, you leave behind in poverty. Apply this to your writing: strengthen your weak point now so that you present only your best to the world.

Still here? Great! (A.K.A. The Steeper the Risk, the Higher the Rewards)


Have I scared you? Don’t despair. It is also rewarding. If you have your heart set on traditional publishing, you are more sensitive to the plight of your publisher. You have a deeper understanding of what they have to go through to get your book ready. You get an experience that will color your perspective for life. Additionally, if you are a successful self-publisher with enough following, that adds gravitas to your resume. You are in a better position to wrestle for better/higher advances because the publisher knows you can deliver and you’ve got the portfolio to back it up.

I cannot sufficiently stress the importance of experience. Veni, vidi, vici! I came, I saw, I conquered! You’ve been there; you’ve done it; no one can pull the wool over your eyes. When you open your mouth, you know what you are talking about and people know that instantly.

Finally (A.K.A Shameless Self-Promotion Time)

Take note that I’m currently only doing digital publishing. Printing is a much expensive and not feasible option at the moment. Note that I did not get too detailed, much less touch on cost.

 I currently publish on Amazon, Kobo and Barnes and Noble. I have two books (a short-story and a poem collection--on Amazon, Kobo, and Barnes and Noble-- categories which do not command a large portion of market profits) published and I’m working on a third. I’m doing this not for the money but because I love it. I would advise you to read APE: Author, Publisher, Entrepreneur before moving on. 

Work hard now so you can play later,

FL
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<![CDATA[Road Rage]]>Tue, 04 Jun 2013 00:11:46 GMThttp://florentinelily.weebly.com/lily-daily-a-blog/road-rage
Driving a car gives people a false sense of bravery, which I commonly refer to as "road rage." Road Rage is the emotionally draining process by which you scream, shout and spew hateful words at your fellow Road Warriors which can sometimes escalate into a physical confrontation. (I call drivers Road Warriors because of the elements they encounter and wrestle before they must reach their destinations). 

This state comes about almost spontaneously, at least to the passengers. One minute you are sitting next to your quiet friend Stereotypical Carl, the straight-A geek from Science class, suddenly somebody cuts in front of him and he's hurling words that would make even Sailors blush, pressing down so hard on the horn it takes a minute for it to pop back out. In truth, it has been building up. You just failed to notice. 

Next thing you know, the victim of this Road Rage pulls over and... suffice to say Stereotypical Carl will be in the hospital for the next week or so recovering.

I believe road rage is caused in part by stress, mostly by temporary insanity. People just snap. Apparently, there is a site dedicated to selling placards with slogans on them for that fateful day when a driver decides to cut in front of you. Some of them are quite funny. Road Rage itself is not funny. It places the participant in an unsafe situation which can quickly escalate.

Drive safely! Leave home early to account for traffic and keep your eyes firmly on the road. Be careful of Road Ragers and their rages.

Thank you and stay safe.

For more information, visit how-stuff-works. 
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<![CDATA[Shows I'm currently watching]]>Sat, 20 Apr 2013 22:55:21 GMThttp://florentinelily.weebly.com/lily-daily-a-blog/shows-im-currently-watchingJust a brief overview of shows (currently on air) that I'm watching. If you haven't watched up to episode four for these shows, well..."Spoilers!" as River Song would say in a sing-song voice.
Note: I haven't watched "Gu Am Heo Joon" (the pic on the lower left) so I'm not mini-reviewing it. 
Here's a summary: "Gu Am Heo Joon" tells the story of Heo Joon, a court physician during the reign of King Seonjo of the Joseon Dynasty. It's a compelling story about a commoner who rose through the ranks to write the medical texts that defined Korean medicine. 
Starring: Kim Joo Hyuk as Heo Joon. Park Jin Hee as Ye Jin and Park Eun Bin as Da Hee.


Gu Family Book
Total Episodes: 24
Starring: Lee Seung Gi and Bae Su Ji (Suzy)
Director: Shin Woo Chul, Kim Jung Hyun (김정현)
Screenwriter: Kang Eun Kyung
Network: MBC
Where to watch: Viki, Dramafever

PLOT/SUMMARY:

When Yoon Seo Hwa (Lee Yeon Hee) falls for Gu Wol Ryung (Choi Jin Hyuk) the guardian spirit of the Jiri mountains, their doomed love quickly blossoms in the form of their child Choi Kang Chi (Lee Seung Gi). Kang Chi is quickly sent down a river, where he is found and raised by the human Choi family. Life is normal, up until he realizes his otherworldly nature: he’s neither completely human, nor a true folk spirit. In hopes of realizing his true, unique self, Kang Chi leaves home and sets off on an emotional journey of growing pains.

MY REACTION SO FAR:
Emotionally intense. The first two episodes really hooked me. Even if you don't plan on continuing the series, watch the first two episodes. Episode three and four were nice introductions to our main characters, their relationships and the world they live in. I can't wait to see more. 

I wish they had not done the whole "they are destined for each other because they met as children" thing though. It's really overdone in Korean dramas. 

As of right now, this is my anti-drug. I can't get enough. I want to know more. It has only been two weeks and I can't imagine my life before this show.

Show, please don't disappoint. I'm on my knees.

Jang Ok Jung: Live in Love
Starring: Kim Tae Hee and Yoo Ah In
Episodes: 24
Network: SBS
Where to watch: Viki, Dramafever 

PLOT/SUMMARY:
 Haute couture meets the high court in this drama based on Lady Jang Hui Bin, or Jang Ok Jung (played by Kim Tae Hee), one of the most celebrated royal concubines of the Joseon Dynasty. Lady Jang establishes herself as a coveted fashion designer who quickly finds herself sought after not only by fashionable noblewomen, but by the king himself (Yoo Ah In). Political drama and the catwalk collide in this tale of fashioning dreams into reality!

MY REACTION SO FAR:
This show airs in the same time-slot as Gu Family Book on a different channel but has recently fallen behind in ratings in Korea. From what I've gathered, most Koreans do not like the fact that JOJ is portrayed as the heroine when, according to history, she was a Femme Fatale. This show aims to show that she was not as history portrayed her. 

Not as impressive as it seems to think it is. The main problem with this show is that it expects you to immediately fall in love with JOJ (I would like to make that decision myself) and it pushes forward with the misconception that you have. I wish the writers and directors would go the route of showing how she became a Femme Fatale or that there was a nicer side to her. That's something I could sink my teeth into. Instead I think they'll go the typical route: holier than thou. YIKES!

Another thing, from what I've seen so far, I feel this would be better as a completely fictional drama (not based on JOJ) rather than a historical one. 

Also, they just had to do the whole "they are destined for each other because they met as children"thing. *I'm crying. Just so you know* The back story did not need that. The only thing that added was that JOJ was used to having her hopes dashed. 

The outfits and scenery are fabulous. Yes, I'm in love with inanimate objects. It makes me want to leap into the screen and become part of the scene. One of the most memorable scene was when young JOJ had the perverted book but was only interested in the clothes. I still laugh remembering it. 

Most of all, I love the way the relationship between the prince and the king is portrayed. It's refreshing to see the father leaning on the son and relying so much on him. They were even holding hands which made me melt. I want more of this.

Give it a chance. It might surprise you!

Cruel Palace: War of Flowers
Staring: Kim Hyun Joo
Director: Noh Jong Chan (노종찬)
Screenwriter: Jung Ha Yun
Total Episodes: 50
Network: jTBC
Where to watch: Dramafever

PLOT/SUMMARY:
"War of Flowers" depicts a cruel story within the palace that depicts the battles between concubines in the palace who turns to the dark side in their bid to gain love from the king and power. It will centers around the beautiful but evil royal concubine Jo So Yong (Kim Hyun Joo) as she tries to gain the attention of King In Jo (Lee Duk Hwa) with her beauty and wit to control the power of the Joseon. When she succeeds, there is a bloody battle over the power she receives. She used to be of low class by birth, but she used her extraordinary beauty to get favor of King In Jo and came between King In Jo and Crown Prince So Hyun (Jung Sung Woon).

MY REACTION SO FAR:
Not appropriate for anyone under the legal age of his or her country.

I'm loving this show. I'm riveted by Jo So Yong's rise to power and how she will become a Femme Fatale. I love her, I hate her...I can't decide. She's thrust into this situation and is trying to make the best of it. You see glimpses of the fearsome woman she will become (her cruelty towards the Court Ladies; the way she killed the soldier to save her mother) and the woman she currently is.

My favorite character is the Crown Princess: she's strong, smart, loyal and I get the feeling she will survive them all (I truly hope she does).

I really cannot wait to see where this show goes. So far, it's doing everything right.

Itazura Na Kiss: Love in Tokyo
Starring: Miki Honoka and Furukawa Yuki
Total Episodes: 16
Network: CS Fuji
Where to watch: Dramafever

PLOT/SUMMARY:
Based on the manga "Itazura na Kiss" by Kaoru Tada (published from June, 1990 to March, 1999 by Shueisha through Margaret magazine).

 When it comes to academics, Kotoko isn't very bright, but she falls in love at first sight with the handsome, intelligent Naoki at their high school entrance ceremony. As a third-year student, she writes him a love letter, works up the courage to give it to him... and is flat-out rejected by Naoki. But then one day, Kotoko's newly-constructed house is destroyed by a falling meteor. During the period of reconstruction, she and her father are invited to stay with one of his old friends. However, as it turns out, that old friend is one Mr. Irie, father of Naoki. Despite living together, Naoki is as disdainful as ever. But Kotoko presses on with the battle to win him over. Amid twists and turns in the tale, the day that Kotoko has wished for finally comes to pass!

MY REACTION SO FAR: 
My favorite live-action adaptation of the manga (I haven't seen the anime yet). I haven't watched the first Japanese version but if it's anything like this, I can't wait to see it. My main problem with the Korean and Taiwanese version was that the girl was on the verge of being brain dead. I like the way this Kotoko decided to stop wasting her love on someone not even willing to acknowledge it. I love the fact that Naoki isn't portrayed as an unfeeling bastard, he's just apathetic. 

I like the actors in this version (the mom to beat is Jung Hye Youngs': she was just the right amount of crazy, cute and cool) and the pace. It moves pretty quickly--sometimes I want it to slow down and let us enjoy the moment (something I never felt about both the Korean and Taiwanese ones). 

I love it! I love it! And I'm not ashamed to say it.
I refuse to believe Furukawa Yuki is 26. Na ha. No way. Nein!
Must.Resist.Urge.To.Post.Insane.Amount.Of.Pictures! Must.Resist!
Maybe one more...
Thank you for reading. I hope you check these shows out and find one you love!
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