Tuesday, October 29, 2013
Welcome to stop #8 on the Unhinged Halloween Blog Tour!! I'm super stoked to be hosting this fabulous event. We've got some fun today! Check it out!

Monsters in Wonderland VS Monsters in the Human Realm…

Today we’re having a speed-debate between Jeb and Morpheus over whose monster is the whole package—cunning, powerful, creepy. We’ve grouped their 4 monster choices into pairs per their intructions. Our players are seated across one another at a small table, and each get three sentences of back and forth to make their case. Morpheus won the coin toss (although we suspect magic was afoot) so he’s first.

And… go!

The Fideal VS The Creature from the Black Lagoon:
Morpheus: *drags wing over shoulder and rubs off a smudge* I’d just like to point out that these cannot possibly be in the same category considering Jebediah’s choice is a wax figure.

Jeb: It’s the only royalty-free pic I could find, bug guts, and you just used your first sentence for nothing.

Morpheus: *looks up from preening* As did you.

Jeb: *holds up two fingers* My creature can breathe in or out of water, lurks beneath the surface virtually invisible, then forces his victim under to drown them.

Morpheus: *drops wing and pulls on gloves* My fideal uses an alluring song and her dark sensuality to draw moony-eyed lesser-minded human clods, such as yourself, into the water of their own accord where she sucks the life from them.

Jeb: Black Lagoon dude is descended from amphibious dinosaurs and was resourceful enough to survive the ice age while still managing to have those full pouty lips any fideal would envy. *grins*

Bridge Troll VS Medusa:
Morpheus: My monster can turn people to stone by touching them.

Jeb: Mine just has to glance at them.

Morpheus: Yet mine can look in the mirror without turning himself to stone.

Jeb: But why would something that ugly want to look in the mirror? *coughs*

Morpheus: His dreadlocks are enchanted with telepathic powers that brainwash his victims into being so fearful of staying in place, they cross his bridge even when they know it’s their death on the other side.

Jeb: Medusa has venomous snakes on her head, so her bad hair day is fatal to anyone who gets within striking range.

Hobyah VS The Monster Under the Bed:
Morpheus: My monster lives in children’s closets—scratching walls and clanging hangers—existing only within their wild imagination but growing stronger and more real with each cumulative fear.

Jeb: *thumps table* Hmmm . . . same for mine, except he affects adults and children alike, lives beneath the bed, and goes bump in the night.

Morpheus and Jeb: *glaring at one another* Next!

IT (Intra Terrestrial) VS Extra Terrestrial
Morpheus: My creature comes from deep within the bowels of the earth, reflecting in its ancient, agonized eyes all of the wrongs your kind has wrought upon nature and her gifts—showing what you truly are . . . parasites.

Jeb: *scowls* Not every human takes our world for granted . . . ever hear of environmentalists?

Morpheus: If your kind had the ability to live in harmony with their natural resources to begin with, the earth would not be depleted and there would be no need for such groups.

Jeb: *clenches jaw* Back to the monster debate, mine has psychic abilities and makes mental and physical probing a sick art form.

Morpheus: Mine can also intrude on the mind, and has the ability to fill its victims with such dread and remorse, they no longer feel worthy of life and often take their own.

Jeb: Mine comes from outer space with the potential and technology to obliterate everything . . . world anhilation as opposed to one human being equals my monster kicks your monster’s ass.
*both guys stand, palms pressed to the table between them, staring one another down*


You be the judge! Let us know in the comments who you think won the debate and why—or if you think it was a stalemate. By casting your vote and entering the rafflecopter below, you have a shot at winning this gorgeous book which was used as a reference for the fairy monsters:

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Tomorrow, Jenara and Alyssa talk about their favorite Halloween movie and the impact it had on Alyssa’s prom clothes.

Hope to see you there for stop number nine!

a Rafflecopter giveaway (Picture Attributions: Dark water fairy by CgullahCreature from the Black Lagoon by James VaughanTroll By Anne-SophieMedusa by Chris BrownCreepy thing in a crate by Danielle BlueEvery Child's Nightmare by Stephanie MassaroThe Grey Alien by Cheryl GrayumAlien by Becky. )

---------ABOUT THE BOOK---------

by A. G. Howard
Release Date: January 7th, 2014
Pages: 400
   Alyssa Gardner has been down the rabbit hole and faced the bandersnatch. She saved the life of Jeb, the guy she loves, and escaped the machinations of the disturbingly seductive Morpheus and the vindictive Queen Red. Now all she has to do is graduate high school and make it through prom so she can attend the prestigious art school in London she's always dreamed of.
   That would be easier without her mother, freshly released from an asylum, acting overly protective and suspicious. And it would be much simpler if the mysterious Morpheus didn’t show up for school one day to tempt her with another dangerous quest in the dark, challenging Wonderland—where she (partly) belongs.
   As prom and graduation creep closer, Alyssa juggles Morpheus’s unsettling presence in her real world with trying to tell Jeb the truth about a past he’s forgotten. Glimpses of Wonderland start to bleed through her art and into her world in very disturbing ways, and Morpheus warns that Queen Red won’t be far behind.
   If Alyssa stays in the human realm, she could endanger Jeb, her parents, and everyone she loves. But if she steps through the rabbit hole again, she'll face a deadly battle that could cost more than just her head.

A. G. Howard

A.G. Howard was inspired to write SPLINTERED while working at a school library. She always wondered what would've happened had the subtle creepiness of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland taken center stage, and she hopes her darker and funkier tribute to Carroll will inspire readers to seek out the stories that won her heart as a child.
When she's not writing, A.G.'s pastimes are reading, rollerblading, gardening, and family vacations which often include impromptu side trips to 18th century graveyards or condemned schoolhouses to appease her overactive muse.

Want to check out the creepily awesome trailer for Unhinged? View it HERE! Want to see the other snazzy stops on the tour? Check out the FULL TOUR SCHEDULE! Thanks to Rockstar Book Tours for hosting this fabulous event! And thank YOU for stopping by! Have a lovely Tuesday! Let me know if you run into any monsters this Halloween! XOXO,

Thursday, October 3, 2013
Find Me
by Romily Bernard
Published: 9.24.13
Pages: 307

"Find Me." These are the words written on Tessa Waye's diary. The diary that ends up with Wick Tate. But Tessa's just been found...dead. Wick has the right computer-hacking skills for the job, but little interest in this perverse game of hide-and-seek. Until her sister Lily is the next target. Then Griff, trailer-park boy next door and fellow hacker, shows up, intent on helping Wick. Is a happy ending possible with the threat of Wick's deadbeat dad returning, the detective hunting him sniffing around Wick instead, and a killer taunting her at every step? Foster child. Daughter of a felon. Loner hacker girl. Wick has a bad attitude and sarcasm to spare. But she's going to find this killer no matter what. Because it just got personal.
When you reach the 50% mark in a book and can't stop, that's usually a pretty good sign. So it was with Find Me. It's been quite a while since I read a mystery that had me guessing and questioning my guesses every other page. Okay, I exaggerate, but seriously. This book was engaging, fast paced, and it rocked.

Let it be said, right here and now that I suck at anything computer savvy. I can do the basic HTML that I need for my blog, but beyond that, if it requires codes or etc, I am useless. So I was really interested with the hacking aspect of this book. It was actually quite interesting, and while some of it flew over my head, I thought it was kinda exciting to read about.

Wicket, our MC was fascinating. I'll be honest, I didn't get into her head from the very beginning. It took a little while for me to really connect with her. But once I started to get her, I sympathized and could really see and understand who she was as a character. All the rest of the cast was fabulous. Loved Griff, the cute boy who's also a computer nerd. Score! Dad, the guy you're afraid of more than anything. Lily, the sister who you live for. Lauren, the best friend who wasn't kept in secret! Aah, how refreshing. Love them all.

And then we have the mystery side of this book. Such a thriller! So well done! Romily kept me guessing. She sets up the plot and all these possibilities and I'd think I have it, and then NO, could it be this? Wait...maybe it's not...AAH. The real answer just crept up on me till I was staring at my kindle in shock, while at the same time, horrified and understanding at the same time. It was so obvious, yet I completely missed it. That's why I loved this so much. I couldn't predict anything.

All in all, I'm gonna have to go with a thumbs up. I was glued to my kindle, eager and itching in excitement and terror as I waiting to find out what would happen next. I totally recommend this if you are looking for a edge-of-your-seat novel! Besides, how could you resist the gorgeous cover?

Content: Moderate
[some language, innuendo, kisses]

Romily Bernard
I graduated from Georgia State University with a Literature degree. Since then, I’ve worked as a riding instructor, cell phone salesgirl, personal assistant, groom, exercise rider, accounting assistant, and, during a very dark time, customer service rep.So don’t let anyone tell you a BA degree will keep you unemployed.

Inky Question: What research did you have to do for the hacking aspect of the book?

Romily:  I did a lot of Googling and asking around. Luckily, my husband works in IT so I could bounce ideas off of him. I've started keeping a folder of computer/hacking related news articles that I can go back through as I finish the last two books. I'm always on the lookout for cool new ideas.

Inky's Reaction: SEQUELS?!?! I had no idea! Eepster! 
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