THE KATY RECEIVES AN AWARD

I am truly humbled and excited today because this blog was given an award by UrbanEpics for being one of the best YA blogs of 2015. Check out my best of 2015 post to see which books I really recommend.

Thank YOU for making this blog a success. Please check out the link to find some other awesome book blogs!

BEST YA BOOK BLOGS OF 2015

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To celebrate, I am giving away a $5 Amazon gift card (that’s enough for possibly 5 ebooks)! Enter below.

And THANK YOU AGAIN for being such an amazing group of people.

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Review: Catalyst by Casey L Bond

I am so behind on reviews. Can you believe we are almost done with January already? Amazing.

Anyways, I finished Catalyst by Casey L Bond in December and am finally getting around to posting a review. Since I helped spread the word about her new book yesterday with it’s beautiful cover reveal, I thought it fitting that I write a post about one of Casey’s other books today!

Synopsis: The city of Confidence is surrounded by a thick, concrete wall. These walls are built to protect those within and to keep dangers outside. What happens when the only danger to the citizens within is its leadership?

When a young man on a suicide mission meets a young woman with a terminal illness, both of them use one another as a means to their own ends. They never expect to become friends. They never expect to become so much more to each other. Their backgrounds and the secrets they uncover are more dangerous than any plans they could make together or separately.

Review:

I loved everything about this book. The Romeo and Juliet feel of forbidden romance, the secrets people keep, bucket lists, and finding joy in things you were told were bad. This dystopian tale truly weaves an amazing prequel for Casey L Bond’s series, The Harvest Saga. I actually forgot that I was reading a prequel for awhile, even though it connects beautifully to those books. The characters were engaging, lovable (or easy to hate, depending), and awesome. In this dystopian world, people outside of the walls are considered unequal to those inside. Some even keep the outsiders as pets or slaves. Casey weaves a believable world of inequality. Some fight for what is right, but will they win?

Read it. Also, read The Harvest Saga.

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Frantic cover reveal by Casey L Bond

Title: Frantic

Author: Casey L Bond

Genre: YA Paranormal

Cover Designer: Cover Me Darling

Model: Jacey

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Expected Release Date: March 11th, 2016

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Blurb:

Porschia Grant is in Frenzy. The hunger is constant. It’s all-consuming, as is the pain and sickness. Something went wrong when she turned. Perhaps it was the fact that an infected bit her moments before, or maybe it’s something else entirely.
One thing is certain, if Porschia can’t learn to  feed, she will die. If she can’t learn to control her extreme emotional swings, she will kill someone.  And that would destroy her.
How long can the night-walkers keep her  turning a secret from the Colony? Will Saul stand beside her now that she’s changed? And what will happen when she re-enters the forest?

 

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Award-winning author Casey L. Bond resides in Milton, West Virginia with her husband

and their two beautiful daughters. When she’s not busy being

a domestic goddess and chasing her baby girls, she loves to write young adult and new

adult fiction.

You can find more information about Bond’s books via the following links:

Website: www.authorcaseybond.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/authorcaseybond Twitter: https://twitter.com/authorcaseybond

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7212486.Casey_L_Bond

Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/caseyb007

Amazon: http://amzn.to/1PmE0pg

 

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The death of someone I don’t know

This week has been tough. Not for any personal reasons (unlike last week when my car battery died, my phone fell in some water, and I hit a deer).

Two great men died this week. I didn’t know them personally,
but they still affected my life.

David Bowie and Alan Rickman were part of my childhood growing up. Now, as an adult I can appreciate them even more for their talent and what they gave the world.

Each of them gave us a piece of themselves that in turn changed our lives.

Whether it was hearing David Bowie’s music and knowing that just because someone is a little different, it doesn’t make them less than others. Being different is awesome!
His music inspired generations up until his death this week and will continue until the end of time.

Alan Rickman played roles that included villains, wizards, and more. He inspired those around him to be better or even just to believe that magic was real for a little while.

These moments they created for us who never met them are powerful.

We are changed for the better.

Even if we never met, I love you.

Rest in peace, Alan Rickman and David Bowie. You gave the world such gifts.

Always.

-THE KATY

(David Bowie called this version of “Space Oddity” the “most poignant version of the song ever created.” )

THE KATY’S BEST OF 2015

I hope everyone had a wonderful Holiday season and New Years! I took off of one of my jobs so that I could spend more time with my little family. It was awesome.

Now that I’m back to the grind, I thought I’d share some of my favorite books, posts, and other highlights from 2015!

This may get long…2015 was a great year!

Let’s get the longest category out of the way: BOOKS.

2015 Fave books

I’m not really sure if I had a completely #1 favorite book of 2015. There were so many to choose from that I could talk about for hours, so in no particular order here are my top ten! …They are pretty much all Sci-fi/dystopian lit!

  • Killshot by Aria Michaelsbookcover
    • Aria was my first author interview EVER. She wrote such an awesome book, I knew I needed to hear more about it. I’m so happy she agreed to answer a few questions!
    • Killshot is about a girl named Liv and how she goes from being a normal high school girl (with legit problems) to fighting for her life and the lives of those around her. Read more in my review.
    • Buy link
  • Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
    • I’m sure this book is on everyone’s “best of 2015” lists, but I had to add it. It’s awesome! (See review) I added it to my “read yearly” list on Goodreads, which only has two other books on it right now. I received “Ready Player One” from a LootCrate! Best month ever!
    • Buy link (At time of post, the paperback was cheaper than the kindle edition!)
  • UPDATED EBOOK COVER WITH TAGLINESThe Treemakers by Christina L Rozelle
    • This one is classified as YA, but definitely has some scarier parts. I loved it. It was definitely dark, yet remained hopeful through all of the horribleness. Read my reviews and interview with Christina here.
    • Christina is a great author, but also a kind and generous person. She agreed to an interview and I look forward to getting to know her more over the years!
    • Buy link
  • Prep for Doom anthology by Band of Dystopian Authors and Fans
    • This anthology was unique because all the stories intertwined even though multiple authors wrote them! (I was lucky enough to be asked to join the Band of Dystopian team as an assistant in 2015 too. I love BOD!)
    • See my review here.
    • Buy link
  • Tails of the Apocalypse by various authorstsils
    • One of my favorite anthologies I’ve read by far! Not sure if it’s because it followed animals or what, but I loved each story in a different way. Review here.
    • Buy link
  • Anything written by Sarah Noffke in 2015
  • Between Life and Death series by Ann Christy
  • halfwaydeadHalfway Dead by Terry Maggert
    • A story about a witch. I’m usually not “into” witch books, but this one is awesome! It gave me an “Odd Thomas” vibe, which is one of my all time favorite books!
    • Read more HERE and see Terry’s interview here.
    • Buy link
  • Dark Bishop by Casey L Bond and Rachael Brownell
    • This is a suspense-type romance released as a serial series. It is NOT YA. But I love it. Check out Casey’s other books as well. She writes in all different genres and I loved each world she’s created.
    • Interview with Casey here.
    • Buy link
  • Sand by Hugh Howey
    • This one was SO good. I think I liked it even more than Wool. Hugh has a way with words. I felt like I was buried in the sand, in a good way…if that’s possible.
    • Buy link

AGH! That’s ten already? How about some honorable mentions? I really could go on and on. Last year was a great year for books and I cannot wait to read more in 2016!

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Christmas songs are awesome

Can you believe that Christmas will be HERE in three days?

NEITHER CAN I!

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Ok, no one can be as excited for Christmas as Buddy the Elf, but let’s just say that I’m ready! We’ve had the decorations up for a month, baked cookies, bought and wrapped presents, and danced around the kitchen with the kids to Christmas songs.

This one is my favorite song this year. Because…minor key. Can’t go wrong with a song in minor key.

“All I Want For Christmas” sung by Chase Holfelder.

Another favorite. I think it’s adorable. Their version is probably my favorite rendition of “Baby, It’s Cold Outside.”

 

“Mary, Did You Know” by Pentatonix is absolutely gorgeous.

 

And of course, “Carol of the Bells.” This version is played on piano by David Hicken.

 

What are your favorite Christmas songs? Do you have any least favorite songs? I could write an entire post about that too…
“Blue Christmas” ::shudder::

I hope each and every one of you has a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! I have a few more book reviews to put up this week, but we’ll see how busy we get at home.

MERRY CHRISTMAS!

Ren: The Man Behind the Monster by Sarah Noffke

Synopsis:

Born with the power to control minds, hypnotize others, and read thoughts, Ren Lewis, is certain of one thing: God made a mistake. No one should be born with so much power. A monster awoke in him the same year he received his gifts. At ten years old. A prepubescent boy with the ability to control others might merely abuse his powers, but Ren allowed it to corrupt him. And since he can have and do anything he wants, Ren should be happy. However, his journey teaches him that harboring so much power doesn’t bring happiness, it steals it. Once this realization sets in, Ren makes up his mind to do the one thing that can bring his tortured soul some peace. He must kill the monster.

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Review: 

Ren is a snarky, arrogant, spiteful jerk. And I love him. Ren was first introduced me in Sarah Noffke’s series “The Lucidites.” Although not the main character, Ren slapped my heart in the face and went on his merry way without a care. I actually imagined Ren as having a stereotypical gay accent, but Sarah definitely shows that this isn’t the case in her book all about the man himself.

Ren grows up in a small town that is far beneath him in all ways. He uses his powers as he pleases until he gets bored with the people there and moves to London.

I thoroughly enjoyed following Ren on his journey to find peace with himself and others. He may have had a harder journey than most, but we can probably all relate to needing some time to ourselves to think about the choices we’ve made. The friends we’ve hurt. The broken hearts and promises.

Ren soon discovers that he cannot run away from his past and faces it head on. Will he overcome or be defeated? Will he use his amazing abilities for good or evil?

Read Ren today and find out!

Always be kind.

Yesterday, someone said to me that they believed all people are mean, that no actually good people exist in this world.

I thought about this and I’ve come to the conclusion that I’ve always believed. All people are not mean. Sure, there are legitimately mean people, but there are good people who do good things and want nothing in return. Even these good people can be mean from time to time (myself included!), but all we can do is be kind when that happens and know they’ll come around.

This world has many terrible things happening in it lately. I choose to be optimistic that there is more good than bad. There are good people! I pray that I can do my best to add to the good in this world, even if it’s only in my little piece of it.

I don’t know this person’s back story. I’m sure what happened  in their past that makes them see the world this way. Or maybe they just watch the news and see all the bad around us. I see it too. But I also see good.

And I will be kind.

Not always…because I’m not perfect. But I’ll try.

And that’s half the battle.

Always

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Cover reveal! 1980: You Shook me all night long!

1980:  You Shook Me All Night Long

Author: Casey L. Bond

Cover Design by Mae I Design/ Regina Wamba

From: WaWa Productions

Release Date: 1/29/2016

Pre-order available now.

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My name is Tina. I’m a freshman at USC, a good student and friend…

And I’m a victim.

Hot guys make my brain turn to mush. So, the fact that I was arrested then survived a massive earthquake only to be shackled to the fox next to me can all be overlooked, right?

Okay, so I was arrested before I met Luke. A tremor that caused a blackout at the LAPD precinct where we were being held. Although technically, I wasn’t shackled to him, I was handcuffed, but still. Any and all lapses in my usual—totally sane, I might add—judgments, are his fault. Totally.

I wouldn’t typically do the things I did. I’m no outlaw. I’m a college student.

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1980: You Shook Me All Night Long is the first of ten contemporary romance, new adult, stand-alone stories set in the 1980s. Written by award-winning and bestselling authors, the novellas will be released each month January – October in 2016.

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Pre-order Link: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0196OK4Q0/ref=as_li_ss_tl?keywords=you%20shook%20me%20all%20night%20long&qid=1449769993&ref_=sr_1_3&s=books&sr=1-3&linkCode=sl1&tag=sociadevia-20&linkId=eb1e42f3b5f98874a132419b725ade9b

Price: $2.99, a portion of which will be donated to a charity (to be announced).

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About the Collection—

Love in the 80s: A New Adult Mix

Before the internet…before sext messages, selfies, like buttons, and dick picks…epic loves and broken hearts played out offline, in small towns and big cities, on mixtapes that became the self-made soundtracks of a generation.

Love in the 80s: A New Adult Mix will be a collection of ten contemporary romance, new adult, stand-alone stories set in the 1980s. Each will be set in a different year spanning the decade from 1980-1989.

Written by award-winning and bestselling authors, one digital novella will be released on the last Friday of each month January – October in 2016 starting with 1980: You Shook Me All Night Long by Casey L. Bond to be released on Friday, January 29, 2016.

The title of each love story will be a hit song from the year that the novella represents. The totally awesome authors confirmed include: Casey L. Bond, Cambria Hebert, Amber Lynn Natusch, Misty Provencher, Rebecca Yarros, Rachel Higginson, RK Ryals, Cameo Renae and Chelsea Fine.

Award-winning book cover designer, Regina Wamba of Mae I Design & Photography has designed an iconic 80s cover image of a hand-written “mix tape” cassette that will brand each release in the series.

Love in the 80s: A New Adult Mix was created by UTOPiAcon founder, Janet Wallace, and is co-produced with Regina Wamba (together they are WaWa Productions).

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About Award-winning Author Casey L. Bond—

I love fueling the fire of the imagination. I write books with impossible odds and steamy kisses, and won’t apologize for either. If you’d like to learn more, follow me here:

Website: www.authorcaseybond.com

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Review: Tails of the Apocalypse anthology

tsils.jpgSynopsis: Nobility. Self-Sacrifice. Unconditional Love.

These are the qualities of the heroic animals in this collection.

The Walking Dead meets The Incredible Journey in 14 amazing tales by today’s most talented independent authors. Seven stories set in all-new dystopian landscapes. Seven stories set in the bestselling post-apocalyptic worlds of David Adams’s Symphony of War, Michael Bunker’sPennsylvania, Nick Cole’s Wasteland Saga, Hank Garner’s Weston Files, E.E. Giorgi’s Mayake Chronicles, Deirdre Gould’s After the Cure, and Edward W. Robertson’s Breakers.

When the world ends, the humans who survive will learn an old lesson anew—that friendship with animals can make the difference between a lonely death among the debris and a life well lived, with hope for the future.

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Pets for Vets!

*For the rest of 2015, editor and author Chris Pourteau will donate $1 from every book sale to Pets for Vets, a national non-profit that

matches shelter animals with military veterans. Personnel train the animals as special companions for

veterans suffering from emotional trauma, such as Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

The work of Pets for Vets is a great match for the themes of self-sacrifice and unconditional love

explored in our anthology, so this holiday season, give meaning to your reading.*

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Review: I was given a copy of this anthology in exchange for an honest review. (Thanks Harlow!)

This anthology made me hug my dog. She then looked at me weird and fell back to sleep with a sigh. Because she loves me no matter what I do. The way that animals, especially pets, make us feel is somehow deeper than our connection to human characters in books. This may not always be the case, but this is the first time I have cried so many times reading an anthology. I’ve truly never thought about what could happen to our pets after the world ends in a fiery apocalypse, so this anthology is a refreshing take on the genre. Heart-wrenching, but beautiful, Tails of the apocalypse gives readers a look into what could happen beloved animals and the people they hold dear. A must read!

I don’t know if I can really choose a favorite story…but I really loved “Ghost Light” by Steven Savile. The sort of ode to King Arthur quest for the Holy Grail was an awesome idea for a story. I love the idea of our pets leading us home.

But honestly, I loved all of the stories. Please read this anthology! 😀