Waiting on Wednesday: White Space by Isla J. Bick

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine spotlighting upcoming releases that readers are eagerly anticipating


White Space (Dark Passages, #1)

White Space
by Isla J. Bick
Series: Dark Passages #1
Publisher:  EgmontUSA
Release Date: February 11th, 2014 

Ilsa Bick’s WHITE SPACE, pitched as The Matrix meets Inkheart, about a seventeen-year-old girl who jumps between the lines of books and into the white space where realities are created and destroyed – but who may herself be nothing more than a character written into being from an alternative universe, to Greg Ferguson at Egmont, in a two-book deal, by Jennifer Laughran at Andrea Brown Literary Agency (NA).





Why I'm Waiting...

Top Ten Tuesday: Favorite Book Beginnings & Endings

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish.

Best Beginnings 


Find MeUnder The Never Sky BY Veronica Rossi
RELEASEd January 3rd 2012 BY HARPER Collins


THOUGHTS: Have you read this beginning? Holy cow, it's awesome. It involves an introduction to a dome-type world where her enemy traps her in quite a dramatic and lasting way. Basically it starts out with a bang ... and a few deaths.  



Blog Tour Puzzle: The Year of the Great Seventh by Teresa Orts



Welcome to the Year of the Great Seventh summer world tour!

We will be hopping from side to side of the globe helping Nate and Sophie find each other, but for that, we need you through the entire tour. Sophie and Nate need to meet at a secret location at the end of the blog tour, but since they don’t want anyone else to know where, they left the address in hidden code.

We will be giving you clues at each tour stop that will help you find the location. Also, at each blog tour stop, we will unveil a part of a picture that discloses the secret location.

Continue reading for the rules!

Book Mash [12]

A feature on Nawanda Files that is math...for books, where we mash up new and old releases with books, tv and movies. What equals our favorite reads? Find out in the simple equation below. (Always posted by Becca.)



       

Combine a rich world with leading characters you fall in love with, faeries!, and a story that will remind you of the heart and soul of children's fantasies like Chronicles of Narnia.

What do you get?

Our Reaction to the New Hunger Games: Catching Fire Trailer

The new Catching Fire trailer released a few days ago, and since we're behind on Books into Movies, we decided to do a little reaction post to the trailer! Disclaimer: It's been eons since I've read Catching Fire so I've forgotten lots. If it sounds like I've never even read the book, that's why.
 

Waiting on Wednesday: Darkest Fear by Cate Tiernan

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine spotlighting upcoming releases that readers are eagerly anticipating

Darkest Fear (Birthright, #1)
Darkest Fear
by Cate Tiernan
Series: Birthright #1
Publisher:  Simon Pulse 
Release Date: January 13th, 2014

Vivi’s animal instincts are her legacy—and maybe her downfall—in this start to a romantic fantasy series that will appeal to fans of The Nine Lives of Chloe King.

Vivi has known the truth about her family—and herself—since she was thirteen. But that doesn’t mean she’s accepted it. Being Haguari isn’t something she feels she’ll ever accept. How can she feel like anything but a freak knowing that it’s in her genes to turn into a jaguar?

Now eighteen, Vivi’s ready to break away from the traditions of her heritage. But all of that changes with the shocking, devastating deaths of her parents and the mysteries left behind. Vivi discovers family she never even knew she had, and a life open with possibility. New friends, new loyalties, and even romance all lay ahead—but so do dangers unlike anything Vivi ever could have imagined.


Why I'm Waiting...

Movie Review: The Conjuring


The Conjuring
Release Date: July 19th, 2013
Actors: Vera Farmiga, Patrick Wilson, Lili Taylor 
Director: James Wan
Genre: Horror
Rating: R
Current Location: In Theaters 
Rotten Tomatoes: 85% - FRESH


Paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren work to help a family terrorized by a dark presence in their farmhouse. Forced to confront a powerful entity, the Warrens find themselves caught in the most terrifying case of their lives.




Review

I love scary movies. And then, I hate them. There are some I am unwilling to see (Insidious, Paranormal Activity 4, The Strangers) because they look so terrifying that I'm afraid I won't sleep for the next month. But there are some so compelling that I have no choice but to torture myself. The Conjuring is just that. 
TAGLINE: Look what you made me do.

Countdown to the Addicted to You Novella! Sale Announcement, Updates, and More!

In ten short days the novella for Addicted to You, RICOCHET, will be releasing! 

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So we're kind of excited, and to prepare for August 1st release we'll be sharing some teasers and posters and just some pretty cool stuff about Ricochet. All of these fun things will be posted on our Author website for the next ten days. 

And if you haven't already read Addicted to You and want to, there's a sale going on for the first book. Ricochet will also release at a sale price! :D 



Addicted to You: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Goodreads 
Ricochet:  Goodreads

Find an excerpt from Ricochet at our author website HERE!

Book Mash [11]

A feature on Nawanda Files that is math...for books, where we mash up new and old releases with books, tv and movies. What equals our favorite reads? Find out in the simple equation below. (Always posted by Becca.)


Combine an island where the killer may just be your very best friend (or someone you know), a horror story where one by one someone is picked off, and a concept where not everyone is who they seem (and there's lots of twists and unexpected turns!)

What do you get?

Movie Review: Pacific Rim


Pacific Rim
Release Date: July 12th, 2013
Actors: Charlie Hunnam, Idris Elba, Rinko Kikuchi 
Director: Guillermo del Toro
Genre: Action / Adventure / Fantasy
Rating: PG-13
Current Location: In Theaters 
Rotten Tomatoes: 71% - FRESH


As a war between humankind and monstrous sea creatures wages on, a former pilot and a trainee are paired up to drive a seemingly obsolete special weapon in a desperate effort to save the world from the apocalypse.




Review

Krista and I had no idea how this movie would be. The promotion looked awesome. Do you see that poster? But the promotion also fizzled out the closer the film reached its release. Critics had been decidedly split. (Or did more people actually like it?) See, it was a mystery. And Krista and I planned to solve it ourselves. What we found... well, we didn't even expect the outcome.
TAGLINE: To fight monsters we created monsters

NAmazing Adventure Blog Hop + Giveaway!


As you may know, Becca and I are authors as well as bloggers, and today we're super excited to be a stop in the NAmazing Adventure! The blog hop features over 60 New Adult authors and prize packs that include ARCs, signed books, gift cards, swag, and more! If you're not sure what the NAmazing Adventure is then visit NA Alley to learn all the details. 

Check out our NA Contemporary Romance below then continue reading for the quest and a chance to win the prize packs and an extra giveaway! 


Addicted to You (Addicted, #1)

Addicted To You
by Krista & Becca Ritchie
Series: Addicted #1 
Release Date: July 1st, 2013

No one would suspect shy Lily Calloway’s biggest secret. While everyone is dancing at college bars, Lily stays in the bathroom. To get laid. Her compulsion leads her to one-night stands, steamy hookups and events she shamefully regrets. The only person who knows her secret happens to have one of his own.

Loren Hale’s best friend is his bottle of bourbon. Lily comes at a close second. For three years, they’ve pretended to be in a real relationship, hiding their addictions from their families. They’ve mastered the art of concealing flasks and random guys that filter in and out of their apartment.

But when they go on a family boat trip, surrounded by open seas and limited male bodies in sight, Lily’s confronted with a big fear. Only one guy onboard can fill her addiction, and she’s sworn off going there with Loren Hale ever again.

Now the only person who can truly help her can barely help himself. 


The Quest!

You'll need to remember the synopsis for the quiz!
 You must complete ALL SIX quizzes from all six quests to be eligible for a prize pack. 

Stacking the Shelves [49]

Stacking the Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga's Reviews featuring books added to our shelves and sharing our excitement for them.

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Book Mash [10]

A feature on Nawanda Files that is math...for books, where we mash up new and old releases with books, tv and movies. What equals our favorite reads? Find out in the simple equation below.

Combine a tough heroine with a heavy dialect, a re-telling that shakes up a classic fairy tale, and a leader of a band of merry folks who is as young as he is attractive.

What do you get?

Movie Review: The Bling Ring


The Bling Ring
Release Date: June 21st, 2013
Actors: Katie Chang, Israel Broussard, Emma Watson 
Director: Sophia Coppola
Genre: Drama
Rating: R
Current Location: In Theaters 
Rotten Tomatoes: 61% - FRESH

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Inspired by actual events, a group of fame-obsessed teenagers use the internet to track celebrities' whereabouts in order to rob their homes.





Review

I've been looking forward to this movie for a long time. It's got the make of a great Indie. A stellar plot: the real life robberies that took place in the Hollywood Hills. A stellar cast: Emma Watson and Taissa Farmiga. A stellar director: Sophia Coppola. And a crazy badass soundtrack featuring Sleigh Bells and Kanye West. So yeah, this had the line-up to be an A-worthy film but it definitely didn't meet its potential.
TAGLINE: If you can't be famous, be infamous.

Waiting on Wednesday: Nearly Gone by Elle Cosimano

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine spotlighting upcoming releases that readers are eagerly anticipating


Nearly Gone

Nearly Gone
by Elle Cosimano
Publisher:  Kathy Dawson Books 
Release Date: March 25th, 2014

Bones meets Fringe in a big, dark, scary, brilliantly-plotted urban thriller that will leave you guessing until the very end.

Nearly Boswell knows how to keep secrets. Living in a DC trailer park, she knows better than to share anything that would make her a target with her classmates. Like her mother's job as an exotic dancer, her obsession with the personal ads, and especially the emotions she can taste when she brushes against someone's skin. But when a serial killer goes on a killing spree and starts attacking students, leaving cryptic ads in the newspaper that only Nearly can decipher, she confides in the one person she shouldn't trust: the new guy at school—a reformed bad boy working undercover for the police, doing surveillance. . . on her.

Nearly might be the one person who can put all the clues together, and if she doesn't figure it all out soon—she'll be next.


Why I'm Waiting...

Interview with Teresa Orts, Author of The Year of the Great Seventh


The Year of the Great Seventh
by Teresa Orts
Publisher: Drayton Press
Release Date: July 6th, 2013

Sophie has always felt out of step — an outsider, even amongst friends in her high school with all the hype about celebrity culture. Her life in L.A. seems to have been already written for her, but when her junior year starts, it all takes a drastic turn. When she crosses paths with the school's heartthrob, Nate Werner, they fall for each other in a way neither can understand. What they don’t know is that by giving in to their desires, they are unlocking an ancient Egyptian prophecy that threatens to return Earth to the dark ages.

To undo the curse, Nate and Sophie embark on an adventure that takes them across the country. But their quest is not only to save the world as they know it. It is also a fight for their very survival. Behind the scenes, there are those that are counting on them to fail.


Interview

What inspired you to write The Year of the Great Seventh
The inspiration came out of nowhere. One night I started typing a short story, and the characters felt so real in my mind that I felt the urge to discover what was going to happen to them.

The Year of the Great Seventh features an ancient Egyptian prophecy and mythology. How much research was involved in writing the novel?
Before I wrote anything about Ancient Egypt, I decided to read all I could find about it on the Internet, but the most amazing part came when I walked into the Met in NYC and the story just fell into place among the exhibits of their Ancient Egypt section. I truly enjoyed the research part. Part of the prophecy is based on real Ancient Egypt facts, but some of them are pure fiction. I tried to stick to real facts as much as I possible.

It sounds like Nate and Sophie may have a budding romance as they go on this journey with each other. What do you prefer more: writing heart-pumping action or romantic encounters?
I don’t think they’re mutually exclusive. I like writing heart-pumping action with a romance twist.

Book Mash [9]

A feature on Nawanda Files that is math...for books, where we mash up new and old releases with books, tv and movies. What equals our favorite reads? Find out in the simple equation below.


Combine a paranormal girl with a super strong voice, a world as detailed (and magical) as Harry Potter, and powerful female characters who know know a little something about gods and goddesses.

What do you get?

Best 6 New Releases of...July 2013


Welcome to a monthly feature on Nawanda Files that Becca originally started at the CW Atlanta, where we pick our top 6 new releases each month. These can be books we've read and reviewed, books we've read with upcoming reviews, or books that we're just craving for. 


Facade

Read, Reviewed, Loved! Read the Review

Indelible

Loved it! Review to Come! Goodreads

Starglass

Upcoming Anticipated Read! Goodreads

The Distance Between Us

Upcoming Anticipated Read! Goodreads

OCD Love Story

Upcoming Anticipated Read! Goodreads

Of Beast and Beauty

Upcoming Anticipated Read! Goodreads



Continue Reading for Bonus Tidbits 

Addicted to You Blog Tour Begins: Release Date and Cover Reveal for Addicted #1.5 and more!!

As many of you have probably heard over the past month or so, Krista and I have published a New Adult novel called Addicted to You. Our blog tour hosted by the wonderful YA Bound kicks off today. You can find all of the fantastic blogs participating and the schedule at the bottom of the post. Before we announce some exciting details (the cover for Ricochet: Addicted #1.5 and the release date), we wanted to say thank you.

Before releasing Addicted to You, we honestly had no idea what the response would be. When you're indie pub, you don't have huge publishing companies, editors and publicists patting you on the back and giving you extra confidence (although it's probably still very terrifying to send your "baby" into the world). But we had zero idea on whether or not people would connect to the material. We didn't know if our jokes were funny. If people would laugh or throw their Kindles across the room in anger.

So far, the response has been much more than we could have ever dreamed of or anticipated. And it means the world to us, especially if the book spoke to you in some way or if you just enjoyed reading it. I don't want to go into too much detail. So I though it would be fitting if we expressed ourselves through a gif -- one that's from Dead Poets Society (the namesake of our blog).


Just imagine the "boys" as girls and we're good :)

Now onto the fun stuff. Keep reading for the Cover Reveal for Ricochet and the release date!