Mini-Hiatus: We'll be back mid-March!!

Hi everyone! You may have noticed that we've been slacking a little on blogging. That's because we're moving homes, and packing/taking care of all the details is eating up most of our time. And the free-time that we do have is devoted to our author blog.

So...unfortunately we're going to have to take a mini-hiatus until we're all moved in and settled down. We'll be back in full swing mid-March with our battles, freebie fridays and sexy sundays.

We'll see you then <3 <3

Battles of the Worlds: The Hunger Games v. Divergent

BATTLE OF THE WORLDS:

The Hunger Games  v.   Divergent

This is another "which world is too terrible to live in" battle. Only I'm pitting too very popular books against one another. As a disclaimer, I've only read the first two books in the Hunger Games series and only the first book in the Divergent series. HOWEVER...I have read spoilers about how each series ends. So I will take into account some things that happen in the later books -- but I can't promise to be an expert on them. Wikipedia is my friend...and source :)  

The Hunger Games 

We all know about this world, right? 12 Districts. The lower the number, the shittier the district. Every year a reaping takes place and that district sends a boy and girl to compete in "The Hunger Games" for a chance to win money, food, and to boast that they are the baddest mofo in town. Oh, and that game is to the death. But, no biggie! 

Divergent 

 Oh, Divergent. How do I explain this world properly? First off, there are 5 factions: Abnegation, Candor, Eurdite, Dauntless, and Amity. When you're sixteen, you must choose which faction you belong to and then become initiated into it. And if you're fucking crazy enough to choose Dauntless, then just to give you a heads up--if you can't jump out of a moving train then you'll become factionless on the spot. Oh...and you're going to have to beat each other up on a regular basis. *shugs*


Now that we have a little background of each world, it's time to decide which one would be more terrible to live in. To do this, I'm going to rank them on how I would survive in the world. These battles are insanely biased. Proceed with caution.

Waiting on Wednesday: Complicit by Stephanie Kuehn

The Treatment (The Program, #2)

WAITING ON WEDNESDAY:

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

Complicit
by Stephanie Keuhn

After I read Charm & Strange, I decided that I would read anything, ANYTHING by Miss Stephanie Keuhn. So when I read the blurb for Complicit I had a mini freak out. It's going to be epic. It sounds like another crazy mind fuckery book with pure originality. I didn't think anything could get better. And then something happened. The cover was revealed...


So my excitement for this book is beyond reasonable levels. But I don't care! June 24th can't get here fast enough! Continue reading for the blurb and the crazy beautiful cover.

Heroine of the Day: Daphne from The Space Between

HEROINE OF THE DAY:

Daphne
"The Space Between" by Brenna Yavonoff

This is a lesser known book, but one that has such an amazing heroine. She's just...different. I don't know if I'll ever read another novel with anyone like Daphne. A part of the reason stems from the fact that she's a half-demon and half-fallen angel--a product of Lucifer and Lilith. Yes, this book is mega paranormal but it also feels surprisingly contemporary in the construct.

Ultimately, Daphne has never been to Earth. (She lives in hell of course.) And she doesn't understand love. But she has a curiosity for things up above. What you get is one insane ride of self-discovery with a little mixture of heartache. Daphne is ADORABLE. She's both naive and awkward and it doesn't take you long to fall in love with her. And she's a half-demon, yo! That's incredible writing on Brenna's part.

Favorite Quotes: 
All my life, I've understood the nature of where I come from, but I never thought it might be wicked until now.” 

"Let me tell you a little bit about demons. They love pain and other people’s misery. They lie when it suits them and don’t see anything wrong with it. They corrupt and kill and destroy, all without conscience. You just don’t have the capacity for something as honorable as loving another person."

Spotlight (Excerpt): Here All Along by Lilly Avalon


SPOTLIGHT & EXCERPT:

Here All Along
by Lilly Avalon

I'm so excited to feature an excerpt from New Adult erotica (yes, it's a steamy one!!) Here All Along. It just released this week, so be sure to snag your copy! And guys, warning, the excerpt below has lots of swoon in it ;)

“I need a drink. Now.”

After tossing—fine, throwing—my purse and keys on the couch, I march straight into the kitchen. No more delays, it's time to forget tonight. It was yet another night like all the other first dates that never meet a second one. When you begin to lose count, that's when it's really time for a drink.

Adrian stands there, leaning against the counter in an unbuttoned dress shirt and dark wash jeans. He glances at me as I walk in. “How was your date?” he asks, taking a swig of his scotch.

I brush past him on my mission, opening the cupboard and moving a couple bottles around. I reiterate, “I need alcohol.”

Out of the corner of my eye, I catch him hiding a smile before he says, “That bad?”

My face twitches as I ignore his line of questioning. It is more like a statement he wants me to clarify, even though he already knows the answer. Instead, I ask, “I have vodka left, don't I?” I stand on my tiptoes in hopes of spotting something in the very back. Nothing.

He waltzes over and looks with me, his chin almost touching my shoulder. “I think you polished that one off after last week's date.” His voice is low right next to my ear, very nearly causing a shiver.

Freebie Friday [4]

FREEBIE FRIDAY:

Freebie Friday is going to be a weekly feature here on Nawanda Files. Where we're giving a book away every week off our shelves.

Last Friday's Winner:
Congratulations...Erin P! Die for Me will be shipped to you next week.


To enter the giveaway this week. Pick a book from the list below and enter it into the rafflecopter. 
US Residents only. 


ARC (Advance Reader Copy)
Blythewood by Carol Goodman -- Brand New
Fragments by Dan Wells -- Like New
A Touch of Scarlet by Evie Marie Mont -- Like New
Maybe Tonight? by Bridie Clark -- Like New
Witchstruck by Victoria Lamb -- Like New
Five Summers by  Una LaMarche -- Very Good

Paperbacks
The Book of Spells by Kate Brian -- Brand New
Evermore by Alyson Noel -- Like New
The Possession of Cassie Quinn by Kathryn Knutson -- Like New
The Dark Divine by Bree Despain -- Like New
Isle of the Night by Veronica Wolff -- Like New
The Forrest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan -- Like New
The Assassin's Curse by Cassandra Rose Clarke -- Like New
Lockdown by Alexander Gordon Smith -- Like New
Solitary by Alexander Gordon Smith -- Like New
Embrace by Jessica Shirvington -- Very Good
Timeless by Alexanda Monir -- Very Good
The Vicious Deep by Zoraida Córdova -- Very Good
Switch by Carol Snow -- Very Good
Strange Angels by Lili St. Crow -- Good
Thirst: Vo. 1 by Christopher Pike -- Used
Meridian by Amber Kiser -- Used
Evernight by Claudia Gray -- Used
Dirty Little Secret by Laurie Faria Stolariz -- Used, has library sticker

Hardbacks 
Halflings by Heather Burch -- Brand New
Legacy by Molly Chochran -- Brand New
The Office of Mercy by Ariel Djanikian -- Like New
Gone by Michael Grant -- Like New
Taken by Storm by Angela Morrison -- Like New
Darkness Becomes Her by Kelly Keaton -- Good

Battle of the Villains: Lord Voldemort v. The Vultori

BATTLE OF THE VILLAINS:

Lord Voldemort aka "He Who Must Not Be Named"   v.   
The Vultori aka "Those Really Pale Vampires from Twilight"

"Harry Potter (all of them)"  by  JK Rowling  
"Twilight (some of them)"  by  Stephenie Meyer

For the first villain battle, I thought it would be epic to pit Voldemort against someone. Hell, if I could, I'd just pit every villain battle against him. Because he's the standard in which I measure all villains against. Today it will be Twilight's Volturi. You know, that crazy coven of vamps that rule everything. I didn't choose just one because they'd easily be defeated against He Who Must Not Be Named. So this battle is actually 1 against 17+ people. Fair...not at all ;) 

If I screw up some fact about either villain, please don't throw tomatoes at me! It's been a while since I've read both series (and I admittedly, never read the last book in the Twilight saga). But I've seen all the movies, so that should help jump start my memory. 

So I'll be deciding which villain would be the nastiest, scariest, baddest mofo in town. Let's get started! 

Lord Voldemort (Tom Riddle)

He's a wizard? A snake? A man with slits as nostrils? It's hard to tell what Voldemort really is.  But we know he's so powerful that he has an army of Deatheaters ready to fight on his behalf. He's immortal enough that to kill him, you must find his soul...which is in seven fucking pieces! Not an easy task. He likes to kill. He likes power. And he seems to play by his own rules. 


Oh and the guy is a LORD! How did he even get that status? I don't know, but it's kind of cool...and a little scary.

The Volturi

They're the most powerful vampires in the Twilight universe, and they show up in the second book New Moon. They enforce the vampiric laws and have powers (like Dakota Fanning's ability to torture people on contact). Here's some of the scarier Volturi and their powers: 

Aro: Telepathy
Alec: Sensory Deprivation
Jane (aka Dakota Fanning): Pain Illusion
Corin: Addictive Contentment


There's lots more! And don't forget that these guys wanted to kill a pregnant Bella. Talk about murderous. 

Cover Reveal: Feral by Holly Schindler

COVER REVEAL:

Feral
by Holly Schindler

It's so mysterious looking and yet really pretty. I love it!! Plus, the blurb is freakin' awesome. Continue reading to find out why the book is called Feral. *hint hint* It has to do with some felines ;)

ABOUT THE BOOK:

It’s too late for you. You’re dead.                                                                                                                                                                         
Those words float through Claire Cain’s head as she lies broken and barely alive after a brutal beating. And the words continue to haunt her months later, in the relentless, terrifying nightmares that plague her sleep. So when her father is offered a teaching sabbatical in another state, Claire is hopeful that getting out of Chicago, away from the things that remind her of what she went through, will offer a way to start anew.                                                                                                                                                                   
But when she arrives in Peculiar, Missouri, Claire quickly realizes something is wrong—the town is brimming with hidden dangers and overrun by feral cats. And her fears are confirmed when a popular high school girl, Serena Sims, is suddenly found dead in the icy woods behind the school. While everyone is quick to say Serena died in an accident, Claire knows there’s more to it—for she was the one who found Serena, battered and most certainly dead, surrounded by the town’s feral cats.                                         
Now Claire vows to learn the truth about what happened, but the closer she gets to uncovering the mystery, the closer she also gets to discovering a frightening reality about herself and the damage she truly sustained in that Chicago alley. . . .                                   
With an eerie setting and heart-stopping twists and turns, Holly Schindler weaves a gripping story that will make you question everything you think you know.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     FIND IT HERE: GOODREADS | AMAZON   

Couple of the Day: Sloane & James from The Program

SLOANE & JAMES

"The Program" by Suzanne Young


If you love emotional romances then you need to be reading The Program ASAP. Even though this is a science fiction book, it's really heavy on the romance. Hell, the main plot might as well be centered around the love of Sloane & James. And you know what-- it's epic!!

Let me give you some background. This is a dystopian world in which suicide is an epidemic. In order to cure depression, the program has been invented. It wipes out your memories so that you can start afresh. Only problem for Sloan and James, this means not remembering that they were a couple. But not only a couple -- but a couple in supreme love.

I won't spoil on whether they go through with the program and lose their memories, but let me just say, you will be in a ball of emotions.


Oh, Sloan and James. I'm already getting emotional again just thinking about you two.

Favorite Quote: 

You're right, you know," he says. "You're just right for me. And I'd bet my life that we've done this before. Because I can't imagine that I wouldn't have fallen in love with you the first time.” 

Spotlight (Interview + Giveaway): For All You Have Left by Laura Miller

INTERVIEW WITH LAURA MILLER

Author of "FOR ALL YOU HAVE LEFT"


I'm so excited to have Laura Miller on Nawanda Files today! She's the author of several new adult books, including: My Butterfly and Butterfly Weeds. She's here on NF today to discuss her newest novel (that just released!!) For All You Have Left.

The premise of For All You Have Left sounds mysterious, sexy, and compelling! What would be the synopsis in a tweet?

A high school sweetheart. A sexy, small-town guy. And a girl with one haunting secret from her past that threatens her present.

What inspired you to write the book?

I tend to write my stories around themes. Butterfly Weeds and My Butterfly are centered on the theme of enduring love. For All You Have Left, however, began as a story about the battle between first loves and true loves. There’s a bit of heartache in the book, which I think most people, including myself, can relate to in some way. But the story also developed into a picture of hope. When life unexpectedly takes a turn for the main character in For All You Have Left, she struggles with moving on while trying to let go of her first love. And there are times she thinks she’ll never be able to do either. And I think this struggle of holding on and letting go and the line we often dance in order to do both at the same time is what inspired me the most in writing For All You Have Left. But I also wanted to inject a secret into this love story, so you’ll get a little mystery as well!


For All You Have Left isn’t your first foray into the publishing world. How has the process for this book been different than Butterfly Weeds and My Butterfly?

My Butterfly (Butterfly Weeds, #2)
I think the process of creating For All You Have Left has been an incredibly different experience from my first two books. Really, each book has had its own journey. Butterfly Weeds was my first novel. At that time, I just had a story I wanted to share, so I wrote it down. I had no idea what to expect when I published it. And since then, I have been so amazed at and grateful for the love and support readers have shown for Will and Julia’s story. In fact, those same readers inspired Will’s story in My Butterfly. Will’s story was never planned. It wasn’t until after readers had expressed an interest in hearing his view point that I sat down to write My Butterfly! So, readers single-handedly inspired the creation of my second novel! And I’m so thankful that they did! For All You Have Left, however, has been an opportunity to tell a different love story, but this time, one with a twist. I’ve enjoyed immensely writing this one. And it’s one I hope you’ll enjoy! It’s full of small-town romance, angst, secrets and heartache but also hope and undying love!


The novel has a small town setting. What drew you to this particular locale?

I grew up on a farm in small-town Missouri, so writing about one comes naturally, I guess. I also think there’s something romantic about little towns and tin roofs and old trucks and gravel roads. Small towns can be so quiet and almost nostalgic—like tiny pieces of the past frozen in time. So, in the end, places like this have a special place in my heart, so I guess that’s why they have a place in my characters’ hearts too! In fact, the hometown of Jorgen Ryker in For All You Have Left was inspired by the little town along the Missouri River Bottoms where I spent the first ten years of my life!


What kind of swoony guys can we expect from For All You Have Left? (Bad boys, nice guys, guys with dark and broken pasts, etc.)

This is a fun question! You can definitely expect a couple sexy and sweet guys—one that’s a little more settled, and one that’s a little more spontaneous—in For All You Have Left. And there’s one with a bruised past, but I can’t tell you who it is! There are also motorcycles and tattoos and small-town boys who will attempt to steal your heart. And all of them are a part of main character Logan Cross’s life, but only one of them shares a porch swing in her future. And I’m so excited for you to piece together who’s who! Part of the novel is solving the mystery behind these men.

Freebie Friday [3]

Freebie Friday is going to be a weekly feature here on Nawanda Files. Where we're giving a book away every week off our shelves.

Last Friday's Winner:

Congratulations...Becca F! No Easy Way Out will be shipped to you this week.


To enter the giveaway this week. Pick a book from the list below and enter it into the rafflecopter. 
US Residents only. 

ARC (Advance Reader Copy)

Blythewood by Carol Goodman -- Brand New
Fragments by Dan Wells -- Like New
A Touch of Scarlet by Evie Marie Mont -- Like New
Maybe Tonight? by Bridie Clark -- Like New
Witchstruck by Victoria Lamb -- Like New
Five Summers by  Una LaMarche -- Very Good

Paperbacks

The Book of Spells by Kate Brian -- Brand New
Evermore by Alyson Noel -- Like New
The Possession of Cassie Quinn by Kathryn Knutson -- Like New
The Dark Divine by Bree Despain -- Like New
Isle of the Night by Veronica Wolff -- Like New
The Forrest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan -- Like New
The Assassin's Curse by Cassandra Rose Clarke -- Like New
Die for Me by Amy Plum -- Like New
Lockdown by Alexander Gordon Smith -- Like New
Solitary by Alexander Gordon Smith -- Like New
Embrace by Jessica Shirvington -- Very Good
Timeless by Alexanda Monir -- Very Good
The Vicious Deep by Zoraida Córdova -- Very Good
Switch by Carol Snow -- Very Good
Strange Angels by Lili St. Crow -- Good
Thirst: Vo. 1 by Christopher Pike -- Used
Meridian by Amber Kiser -- Used
Evernight by Claudia Gray -- Used
Dirty Little Secret by Laurie Faria Stolariz -- Used, has library sticker

Hardbacks 

Halflings by Heather Burch -- Brand New
Legacy by Molly Chochran -- Brand New
The Office of Mercy by Ariel Djanikian -- Like New
Gone by Michael Grant -- Like New
Taken by Storm by Angela Morrison -- Like New
Darkness Becomes Her by Kelly Keaton -- Good

Battle of the Heroines: Katniss Everdeen (The Hunger Games) v. Rose Hathaway (Vampire Academy)


 Katniss Everdeen   v.   Rose Hathaway

"The Hunger Games"  by  Suzanne Collins                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   "Vampire Academy"  by  Richelle Meade


I'm choosing two fierce ladies from two very different (and popular) books in honor of the Vampire Academy movie that's releasing soon. As a disclaimer, I've only read the first book in the VA series and only the first two books in the THG series. So I'm basing this battle off of the "early" stage of the characters, since we all know characters can develop in series. 

I'll be pitting them against one another to see who would be a better heroine to have on my team. If this is your first time stopping by a battle, you will find out quickly that these battles are biased....very, very biased. Proceed with caution.

Here's some background info on the characters before we pit them against one another: 

Katniss Everdeen

She's a survivor, a warrior, a bitch on a mission (to stay a live, granted). She does everything for her sister, Prim, and isn't the most "popular" girl in all twelve districts. 


Oh yeah, she's also a badass with a bow and arrow. 

Rose Hathaway

She's the sassy guardian of her best friend Lissa--a royal Moroi (vampire). Rose is impulsive and a bit reckless. She gets her booze on and knows how to have fun. But if you cross her path, oh man, you better watch your f*cking back. The girl can hold her own.


Book Boyfriend of the Day: Jackson Meyer from Tempest

JACKSON MEYER

"Tempest" by Julie Cross


I LOVE books told from the guy's perspective. You see this happening more in contemporaries than other genres, so Tempest really stands above the rest of the YA science fiction books out there. Even more so that it's told from a guy who's in college. It defined "upper YA" before New Adult was a thing. And so for that, I swoon--Just for it pushing boundaries.

Another thing to swoon over? Jackson Meyer. This guy is the full package. He's pretty intelligent, capable, sexy and...he can't travel in time. Not to mention while doing it in style.


note: This is a gif from The Tomorrow People. And I picture the time travel in the book much like the teleportation in the show. 

Jackson goes through his emotional ups and downs. It's not easy being nineteen, learning you can time travel, and then getting stuck in the past. Not to mention all the shit that goes down in the sequels. This guy takes hit after hit and keeps on going. His relationship with his friends is heartwarming. His love for Holly grows and grows with each book. And his loss over the death of his twin sister is what truly gripped me from the beginning. He's a slightly tortured guy that's dealt an extraordinary (sometimes shitty) hand of cards.

Basically, he's my top book boyfriend from a sci-fi book. I'd let him take me through time any day...corny, yes...but oh, so true ;)

Favorite Quote: 

I shared a womb with someone... does that mean we shared a soul? Maybe half my soul is buried, deep under the ground, and I'll never get it back.”