Monday, 27 April 2015

Cover Reveal: Love Always, Damian by D. Nichole King | Plus Giveaway

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Love Always, Damian
D. Nichole King

Love Always #2

Coming May 26th 2015

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They say time heals all wounds.

What a load of bull. It’s been four years, and Kate’s voice still echoes in my mind.

Every. Damn. Day.

I numb her memory when it taunts me. In college, I drown her out with booze and easy lays. I can’t do what she asked.

I can’t let her go.

Not even when Lia shows up, freaking ripping what’s left of me to shreds. Caring about someone isn’t worth the deadness that follows after they’re gone. I didn’t ask for this. Didn’t ask for her.

And I sure as hell didn’t plan to miss her when she walked out of my front door.

Now, if I want to keep her, I have to straighten myself out and earn her. I can’t screw this up.

Because if I do, I’ll lose more than just Lia.

I’ll lose my life.
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Sunday, 26 April 2015

Cover Reveal: Beyond the Sea by Emily Goodwin

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Beyond the Sea
Emily Goodwin

Beyond the Sea #1

Coming April 28th 2015

Stay away from the surface. Remain hidden at all times. Never fall in love with a human…but rules are meant to be broken.

After the brutal murder of her sister, Melia is forced to flee from the only place she’s ever called home, the Pacific Ocean, leaving her life as a merrow behind and pretending to be human.

Peter Anderson is just trying to get through college when Melia walks into his life. He knows there is something different about her, and it’s not just that she lives alone in a mansion overlooking the ocean, spending all her time with Jamie Forester, the only goth girl in the sunny town of San Morado.

Worlds collide when Melia must make a life or death decision, and risk being seen in order to save Peter from drowning. Knowing that falling in love with a human is forbidden, Melia resists her attraction to Peter, but soon she finds herself in love with him…and in danger.

Melia knows love might not be enough to protect them from the dangers that lurk in the deep waters she once called home.

They say love knows no boundaries, but can it survive the darkest depths of the ocean?


Saturday, 25 April 2015

Book Blitz: Since Drew by J. Nathan | Excerpt + Giveaway

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Since Drew
J. Nathan

Published April 23rd 2015

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All Andi Parker has ever wanted, all she’s ever dreamed of, is a spot on the Olympic track team. But when a near-fatal accident leaves her hospitalized with serious injuries and shattered dreams, she’s not only uncertain what her future holds but also completely alone.

Drew Slater is a wanted man. Professional football teams want him for his arm. Women want him for his good looks and magnetic personality. But the well-crafted disguise he wears, the one that helps him score on and off the field, hides secrets. Conceals lies. Threatens the happiness of everyone around him.

One chance encounter brings Andi and Drew together, changing their worlds in ways they never thought possible. Unfortunately, what they thought they knew about themselves—and each other—might just be the biggest lie of all.

About the Author

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I'm a total romance junkie! Add an alpha male who's unlikable in the beginning...even better. Happy endings are a must. Don’t leave me with an unexpected cliffhanger or someone dying in the end. I’ll be depressed for days. Love triangles and negative people are the bane of my existence. My family, friends, sangria, and watermelon margaritas are the light…


He approached the chair beside my bed and dropped down into it, keeping his eyes trained on mine.


A devious smirk tipped his lips as he placed the bag on the floor and lowered my tray table in the space between us. He reached inside the crinkly bag, letting his hand linger. I’d give him props. He definitely knew how to pique my curiosity. His hand slid out grasping a shot glass. His eyes stayed on mine as he placed it on the empty tray table in front of him. Then he reached back in and pulled out a second glass.


A slow sexy smile skated across his lips as he slid the glass across the table in front of me. But he wasn’t done. He reached back in the bag and pulled out a full bottle of vodka.

“Seriously?” I laughed.

He nodded. “You scared?”

“Scared I’m gonna drink you under the table.”

He threw back his head and let loose a shoulder shaking laugh. So carefree. So comfortable. So unbelievably breathtaking.

But once it continued much longer than necessary, I crossed my arms over the UNC printed on my powder-blue T-shirt. “Are we playing a game or just trying to get sloppy drunk?”

His laughter subsided as he dug into his pocket and pulled out a quarter, holding it up so the fluorescent lights in my room reflected off it.

“So, we’re wagering?”

He nodded. “And with the pain meds getting the liquor to your head quicker, you being drunk off your ass is just an added bonus.”

I swallowed down. Hard.

“Now if I win…” He twisted his lips like he really needed to consider the stakes. “I get to give you a sponge bath.”

He said it so matter-of-factly, it threw me for a loop. Then again, it seemed like a win-win for me.

“If you win,” he continued. “You give me a sponge bath.”

“Who said I’d want to give you a sponge bath?” I totally did.

“Seriously? Have you seen me?”

I almost choked on the arrogance floating around the room. But in all honesty, I liked it. Too much. A guy who knew who he was and what he wanted turned me on. It’s what I was drawn to. What I normally sought out. I nodded toward the vodka. “Where’d you get it?”

“My buddy Avery smuggled it in.”

“All in an effort to get me drunk?”

His smile spread wide. “All in an effort to get you drunk and give you a sponge bath.”

“Ever think of just asking?”

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Wednesday, 22 April 2015

Blog Tour: Stupid Boy by Cindy Miles | Top 10 List + Giveaway

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Stupid Boy
Cindy Miles

Stupid in Love #2

Published February 17th 2015

Purchase: Amazon | B&N
From Cindy Miles, bestselling new adult author of STUPID GIRL, comes the next installment of her blockbuster Stupid in Love series – STUPID BOY.

Brax Jenkins and Olivia Beaumont are the most envied couple at Winston University—but the so-called “virginity dare,” orchestrated by Brax’s old fraternity, almost tore them apart. Now, a new dare is taking shape, and it’s sure to set emotions ablaze--more than ever before.

Winston’s “It Girl” Harper Belle isn’t just president of the Deltas--she’s also a master at keeping her ugly past a secret. So, when the Kappas’ dare hits closer to home for her more than anyone realizes, she devises a competition of her own as payback. Three sorority sisters will seek out a notorious womanizer on campus and--unbeknownst their “mark”--secretly train him to be the perfect boyfriend. Always up for a challenge, Harper targets the biggest player she can find: Brax’s wickedly handsome foster brother Kane McCarthy.

But, Harper discovers there’s much more to Kane than girls, games, and partying. His easy smile belies the quiet, old soul reflected in his deep brown eyes. All it takes is one night, one secret laid bare, and one kiss from Kane to shift Harper’s world on its axis. Suddenly, the girl who’s always walked a straight and narrow path can’t think of anything else except losing control.

About the Author

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National bestselling author Cindy Miles writes edgy romance, ranging from contemporary love stories to sexy paranormals. A native of southern coastal Georgia, she loves reading (naturally), baking swoon-worthy desserts, traveling abroad, yoga, and classic rock. The cover for her debut New Adult romance, STUPID GIRL, was featured on USA Today’s Happily Ever After blog. In the novel, a volatile mix of bad boys, sassy smart girls, dark secrets, and red-hot romance add up to one wild ride through college. The second book in her Stupid in Love series, STUPID BOY, features a wickedly handsome law-breaker who falls for a beautiful, straight-A college student with an ugly past of her own.

Top 10 Villians Cindy Miles Loves

  1. Pennywise - Stephen King’s IT
  2. Annie Wilkes - Stephen King’s Misery
  3. Lord Voldemort - J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter
  4. Mrs. Danvers - Daphne du Maurier’s Rebecca
  5. Max Cady - Stephen King’s Cape Fear
  6. Count Dracula - Bram Stoker’s Dracula
  7. Pazuzu - Peter Blatty’s 1971 The Exorcist (the demon that possessed Regan)
  8. Hannibal Lecter - Thomas Harris’ Silence of the Lambs
  9. Professor Snape - J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter
  10. The Shark - Peter Benchley’s JAWS

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Tuesday, 21 April 2015

Reasons Why Reality Sometimes Sucks... A Short Anecdote

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Once upon a time, I went ice skating.

Now, since I have only clocked up about 2 hours of skating time, it's fair to say that I am not all that great at it. I mean, I can stay upright and no totally look like a new born foul, but I haven't quite worked out how to do the whole stopping thing without using a wall.

So I was skating and only half paying attention to what I was doing because I was totally may have been checking out this guy that was calving up the ice like Jack Frost. That may have led my mind astray to fantasy-land where it did not register that he'd sped around the rink and was now cutting in around me until he appeared in my peripheral vision. Startled, I flailed like the graceful beauty that I am, and collided with him, taking us both down onto the icy floor.

Now, had this been a moment in a book, our eyes would have locked and thus beginning the saga of our star-crossed love story.

But alas. This was real life.

What actually happened, you ask? He disentangled himself from me, stood and helped me up, then told me to 'Keep and eye out in the future' and a gave me a rather condescending pat on the shoulder, then he just skated off. That left me standing there wanting to shout after him, 'Um, excuse me? I think you went off script!'

Yeah... Reality's a b*tch sometimes.


Monday, 20 April 2015

Cover Reveal: Damnation by Elizabeth Montgomery

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Elizabeth Montgomery

Dyphillum #2

Coming May 8th 2015

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Cecily, Isaac, and Julian have worked together to defeat one evil. Can they survive another?

In order to save herself from the twisted fate Sadina, the creator of the Dyphillum, has in store for her, Cecily will be forced to find the most powerful magic she possesses – or become nothing more than the mother of an army of immortal bent to take over the world.

Sadina has to die, but would that erase all of the spells she has cast? Would history be rewritten without the Dyphillum race?

With help from an unlikely ally and opposition from the elders, the trio is forced to reach deeper than ever before to defeat this great evil.


Monday, 13 April 2015

Cover Reveal: #Selfie by Cambria Hebert

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Cambria Hebert

Hashtag #4

Coming May 18th 2015

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It’s all about the #Selfie.

She was the one girl I never wanted.

Until I had her.

One night.

One mistake.

Something we both wanted to forget.

I got rid of the proof. The one piece of evidence that could remind us both.

At least, I thought I did.

When it shows up on the school Buzzfeed, rumors fly. Friendships are tested and the feels get real.

I don’t do relationships. I don’t open my heart.

Especially for a girl everyone knows I hate.

What happens during spring break, stays in spring break.

Until it follows you home.


Series Continuity... Get Your Sh*t Together Publishers!

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So in the last couple of days, Jennifer L. Armentrout has released the cover of Every Last Breath, the final installment in the Dark Elements trilogy. Initially, I was stoked - because a cover reveal? That means we're one step closer to the book release!

Then I saw the cover.

Her publisher, Harlequin Teen, has decided to redo the covers of the whole series.

Surely I can't be the only person this drives up the wall? I mean, changing all the covers of a series on the LAST book? It's just mean! And come on, where's the conviction to see something through to the end? If you didn't like the covers to begin with, why send the books to print? And if you liked the covers, why fix what isn't broken? Now you're just going to have that one book that doesn't match the rest of the series unless you go out and repurchase the books - and who has the money for that? I know I don't. My book addiction already has me spending too much of my limited income without my OCD tendencies with series continuity adding to the mix.

The only thing I can think of that annoys me more, is when they change the dimensions of the novels from book to book... (Case and point, Cassandra Clare's Mortal Instruments Series)

Finding the very thinly layered silver lining in this Dark Elements situation, Harlequin Teen took pity on us with OCD tendencies and has shared a link where you can download printable book jackets for White Hot Kiss and Stone Cold Touch. Information on how to do this can be found here on Armentrout's blog.

I personally like the original covers better than the new ones, but I guess I'm just going to live with the change... What do you think?

Out With the Old
In With the New

Thursday, 9 April 2015

Review: Flirting with Love by Clara Stone

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Flirting with Love
Clara Stone

Lovelly #2

Published March 6th 2015

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Hudson and Blake Lovelly lead a charmed life—successful careers, loving family, beautiful home. Now, on the eve of their daughter’s birth, they’re counting their blessings. Life wasn’t always so generous . . .

Fifteen years ago, seventeen-year-old Blake Voss walked into Cranbrook Preparatory High to participate in the school year’s most-prestigious debate competition. She never expected to fall for the pretentious, golden-haired boy on the opposing debate team, and he never expected to be ensnared by the quick-witted prankster with a heart of gold.

Their mutual love for joking pretense soon leads them to pull their biggest prank yet--pretending to be in love. But when danger threatens, Hudson can’t conceal his growing affection. He’ll do anything to be with Blake, even if it means risking his heart to protect her.

They didn’t plan for their friendship to grow into a love story. But sometimes, all it takes is a little Hope.

This powerful companion to Forever Kinda Love tells the history of Hudson and Blake’s relationship. Laced with haunting emotion and beautiful sentiment, this is a tale about overcoming even the darkest moments, reminding us all to love more. Give more. Without regrets.

My Review

We've had Heath Lovelly's story, now we're going back in time to find out just how big brother Hudson got oh-so-lucky as to land an awesome lady like Blake. The novel bounces back and forth between the present, when Blake is in labour, and the past, where Blake has just met Mr. Golden Boy, Hudson Lovelly.

I wasn't really sure what I was expecting when I picked up Flirting with Love, but I definitely know that I was not prepared for the amount of feels that got thrown my way. Sure I expected some, already knowing the general overview of the Lovelly family story, but golly gosh, that ending had me all teary eyed.

I just have to say it. Hudson and Blake are so cute together. There are so many cute and funny moments in this book that help to balance out the serious ones, so the book doesn't become just one big downer. TI contains lots of pranks and that slightly awkward teenage courting that we all love to read so much (well at least I do, anyway).

My favourite thing about this squeal? We finally find out how Heath got the nickname 'Iceman'! Since that was one of my little pet peeves in the first novel, Forever Kinda Love, when I read the scene, I was super excited and I can happily say that I sleep better at night now knowing. I like to think that Stone read my review of her first novel and wrote that little scene in this book, thinking, 'There, that'll satisfy Renae's curiosity!' Not likely, I know, but sometimes I like to lie to myself. ;)

Flirting with Love is a love story that's sweet and innocent at its heart, that also looks at the serious issues that we all wish no one, especially teenagers, should have to face.

3 out of 5

Tuesday, 7 April 2015

Book Blitz: Mental by Justice Serai | Excerpt + Giveaway


Justice Serai

Published April 7th 2015

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Hope is an illusion meant to convince the broken to keep on living. That’s me. Broken.

My father pays heaps of money for doctors at the Norfolk Psychiatric Center to fix me. I’ve spent six months of my prime teenage years at this residential facility – a place for teenagers who’ve gone mental.

That’s me. Mental.

Just when I begin to feel myself fade away, a boy with a wolfish smile and mischievous eyes reels me in. Julian is broken too, but he believes in me enough for the both of us. Through him, I begin to experience this thing called hope. Doctors can’t fix me, my parents can’t either, but maybe it’s not me who needs fixing.

After all, mental is only a state of mind. It all depends on who’s doing the thinking.

About the Author

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If my name weren't enough to doom me to nerdville, my love of all things dark and weird would. Inspired by stories of hope and perseverance throughout history, in my own life, and in the lives of people I know, I strive to write authentic YA fiction for the oddball in all of us.

I want to make people think deeply, feel wholly, and laugh and cry, just as I have.

I'm no stranger to tricky topics such as LGBTQ issues, adoption, disabilities, and mental illness, and I hope you come to love my characters as much as I do.


“Aren’t you scared of me?”

“No. Why?” His lips curve into a smile. “No offense, but you’re kinda small.”

I ignore the remark. I’ve gotten skinny since coming here, but food prepared by strangers gives me the creeps. Erica advised me to only eat packaged food, and the center allowed it when I threatened to go on a hunger strike.

“You’re not allied with them?” I gesture toward the other patients playing videogames.

His brow arches. “What is this? World War Three?” He chuckles then sets his big eyes on me, blinking innocently, and I’m reminded of how Red Riding Hood fell so easily for the Big Bad Wolf. “I promise you I have no allies yet.”

I nod because that’s the only thing I can think to do.

“Why do you ask?”

Swallowing hard, I manage to say, “They hate me.”

He laughs again. “Why would anyone hate you?”

“Probably because they think I’m crazy.”

Placing the crayon carefully on the table, he looks me in the eye. “That’s a strange reason to hate someone.” There’s honesty in his expression. Something I haven’t seen in a long time. It’s quiet for a moment before he asks, “So, are you crazy?”


I hold my breath and wait for him to walk away. Part of me wants him to go. Life is less complicated when you don’t have friends. But there’s another part of me that’s so unbelievably lonely, I actually miss the company of the voices. Sometimes I lay awake at night and picture myself slowly sinking into the bed, disappearing from the world one centimeter at a time. The Amazing Vanishing Girl. Would anybody miss me?

The boy purses his lips as he nods solemnly. “Well, now that we got that out of the way… I’m Julian.” He sticks out his hand.

What? He’s not leaving? I stutter stupidly for a moment then ask, “Why?”

“Because that’s what my mother named me.”

“No.” I ignore his outstretched hand and he puts it down. “I mean, why are you talking to me?”

Then he smiles – a perfectly imperfect smile that makes me feel like I’d happily agree to anything that comes out of his beautiful mouth.

What big teeth you have, Mr. Wolf,I think.

“Because you’re pretty,” he says, and I think my heart literally stops.

A moment later, I inhale a deep breath and try to recover. Somehow, I know this boy will change me, irrevocably, irreversibly.

“So’s the devil,” I say, breathless.

He leans in, eyes sparkling. “So what’s your name, pretty devil?”

My mouth moves before I realize I’m speaking. “Lucy.”

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Monday, 6 April 2015

Blog Tour: Part Time Cowboy by Maisey Yates | Review + Giveaway

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Part Time Cowboy
Maisey Yates

Copper Ridge #1

Published March 31st 2015

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A one-time bad girl comes home to small-town Oregon in the first in a sexy, heartfelt new series from USA TODAY bestselling author Maisey Yates…

Sadie Miller isn’t expecting any welcome-home parades on her return to Copper Ridge. Least of all from part-time rancher, full-time lawman Eli Garrett. The straight-laced, impossibly hot deputy sheriff glares at her like she’s the same teenage hoodlum who fled town ten years ago. But running from her demons has brought Sadie full circle, ready to make a commitment at last. Not to a man, but to a B and B. On Garrett land. Okay, so her plan has a tiny flaw…

Eli works too hard to let a blonde ball of trouble mess up his town. But keeping an eye on Sadie makes it tough to keep his hands off her. And if she’s so wrong for him, why does being with her feel so right?
About the Author

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USA Today Bestselling author, Maisey Yates, lives in rural Oregon with her three children and her husband, whose chiseled jaw and arresting features continue to make her swoon. She feels the epic trek she takes several times a day from her office to her coffee maker is a true example of her pioneer spirit.

In 2009, at the age of twenty-three Maisey sold her first book. Since then it’s been a whirlwind of sexy alpha males and happily ever afters, and she wouldn’t have it any other way. Maisey divides her writing time between dark, passionate category romances set just about everywhere on earth and light sexy contemporary romances set practically in her back yard. She believes that she clearly has the best job in the world.

My Review

I've noticed most other reviewers put an overview about what the book is about to into it - so I thought I'd give it a go. (This could go badly... I'll do my best to not do spoilers)

Sadie Miller is back in her home town Copper Ridge to face the demons of teenage-days-past after fleeing 10 years ago. What she didn't expect is the explosive attraction she has towards Officer Hottie Deputy Sheriff Eli Garret, brother of her new landlord. Eli didn't expect such chemistry either, and only time will tell if his controlling and OCD tendencies will be able to take Sadie's free spirit.

I thoroughly enjoyed Part Time Cowboy! The voices of Eli and Sadie we so fun to read and I found myself laughing at one thing or another on just about every page. I couldn't put the book down and read it one sitting. If I'm being completely honest, Yates' awesome writing wasn't the only thing that kept the book glued to my nose. It may have had something to do with Eli and the sexy man-beast that he is. ;) I mean sure, he's a little broken, but was girl doesn't love that? And ABS - get ready for his awesome-sauce ones, ladies! I feel like maybe there should be something about Sadie here, but my brain has melted a little from thinking about Eli, and I think, more than anyone, she would completely understand - she's awesome like that.

One downer was the confusion I had with character names. Sadie's friends has husbands are named Jared and Jake (one awesome at the title, the other, not so much) and then Eli has a friend named Jack. Jake Jared Jack. THEY LOOK TOO MUCH ALIKE! Maybe the moral of the story is that I should read words more carefully, but when devouring a book that has its hooks in you, like this one did me, there just isn't the time!

Basically, things I took away from Part Time Cowboy is that Yates writes a damn sexy man fit to be your next book boyfriend (form a queue!) and that if you haven't read it, it better be next on your TBR pile!

4 out of 5

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Saturday, 4 April 2015

Cover Reveal: The Dreamer by E.J. Mellow

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The Dreamer
E.J. Mellow

The Dreamland Series #1

Coming May 15th 2015

It’s night. Always night. Dreams guard against the evil forged by nightmares. Infinite shooting stars illuminate a moonless sky. A city stands alone, surrounded by a darkened field. On its fringes, a man watches one star separate from the masses and fall. What survives the crash will unveil a secret centuries long hidden.

Molly hasn’t slept well since the night of her twenty-fourth birthday. Being struck by lightning might have something to do with it, but then again, her chicken did look a little undercooked at dinner. Whatever the culprit, her life quickly catapults from mundane to insane as, night after night, Molly is transported through her once dreamless sleep to a mysterious land illuminated by shooting stars.

There, she meets the captivating but frustrating Dev, and together they discover Molly possesses a power coveted by his people—the ability to conjure almost anything she desires into existence. Seduced by the possibilities of this gift, Molly shifts her attention from waking life toward the man, the magic, and the world found in her dreams.

But Molly must ask herself—does something truly exist if you only see it when you close your eyes?

Faced with the threat of losing everything—her job, best friend, boyfriend, and most importantly, that little thing called her sanity—Molly will learn just how far she’ll go to uncover what is real and what is merely a figment of her imagination.

About the Author

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E.J.Mellow is a new adult and fantasy writer who resides in Brooklyn, NY. When she’s not busy moonlighting in the realm of make-believe, she can be found doodling, buried in a book (usually this one), or playing video games.

The Dreamer is the first book in her contemporary fantasy trilogy, The Dreamland Series.