J.K. Rowling Post-Harry Potter

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When I started this blog my focus was on book reviews but now that it has grown, I want to share some stuff other than book reviews. Ramblings Keep Me sane is essentially about, well, ramblings. It could be book-related ramblings… or not. It’ll be like a discussion post where readers can share their opinion about anything under the sun.

J.K. Rowling Post-Harry Potter

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When the Harry Potter series ended in 2007 I felt like it was the end of the world for me. I was and still am a huge fan of Harry Potter. I even named my pet dog Potter, which has to count for something, right? After the Harry Potter series ended, I wondered which path Rowling’s career would turn next. I knew she was going to write another book. That was for sure. It would be a total waste of her talent if she wouldn’t. And so it begs the question, what kind of book would she write next?

And it took us five years to find out.

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CHARACTER FEATURE+ GIVEAWAY: Deer in Headlights by Staci Hart

Hi guys! You might not know this but I love the Good Gods series. Today you’ll meet one of my favorite characters from Deer in Headlights (#1 Good Gods series). Here’s Lex, an artist and poet with a guarded heart.

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An artist and poet who works at a book shop. She’s never been able to fall in love, even though she’s had one boyfriend after another since she turned sixteen. Lex is afraid of love because she doesn’t want to get hurt, but when she meets Dean, she almost doesn’t have a choice. Her best friend, Kara, is her sounding board and a constant in her life, and someone who she couldn’t live without.

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Age: 26
Height: 5’4”
Hair: long, dark brown
Eyes: blue-green

Quotes:

“Seriously, the longest I think I’ve gone between guys is two weeks, and I cried the entire time that I would be alone forever. How is it possible that I’ve never been in love?”

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She felt spellbound, like she’d been hypnotized. Like Mina and Dracula, as if he’d somehow infected her, and logic and reason no longer applied. Ultimately, she didn’t get it, and was torn because even though she knew she should stay away, she was equally fascinated, dreading and anticipating every chance she had to see him.lex-dream

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They’d only spoken a few times, but she watched him during band practice like a stalker. Dean had all the makings of a man-sized Venus Flytrap. Everything about him called to her, and every other woman in a fifty-foot radius, but she knew that if she got close she would get eaten. Hopefully eaten in the sexy way, but she figured more likely it would be in the way that she would experience a slow and painful death via metaphorical stomach acid.

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She’d dodged a bullet, she told herself, over and over, but it hurt like she had taken it in the heart.

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Aphrodite never loses, not when it comes to love.

Immortality has its perks and its downsides. Boredom, for one, is unavoidable, but instead of playing parcheesi, the gods devised a game that uses humans as pawns. Remember Shakespeare? That was Apollo. Bonnie and Clyde? Aphrodite versus Ares.

Aphrodite is on deck once again, and she’ll defend her domain of love as she works to get the humans together before the clock runs out, while her opponent tries to keep them apart.

Game one is against Apollo, and Aphrodite knows she has her work cut out for her when he chooses Dean, a brooding rock star man-whore who believes women can’t be trusted. Aphrodite decides on Lex, a perfect match for Dean, even though her heart is guarded, locked away tight. She’d never let anyone in. Not ever. Of course, she hasn’t met Dean.

But there’s always more at stake than just the game when you’ve lived for thousands of years. The Olympians are the original dysfunctional family, surviving eons of love and lust, betrayal and lies, as friends and enemies, through feuds and wars. From Ares, the douchebag, who’s forever trying to start a fight and get Aphrodite into bed, to Persephone, her best friend, who she can always count on for a healthy helping of bacon on a bad day, the gods will take you on a lighthearted trip as they mess with humans, laugh and fight, lose love and gain power.

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COVER REVEAL: Dead Girl Walking (Royal Reaper #1) by Ruth Silver

Today I bring you the cover reveal for Dead Girl Walking. I personally love the cover for this book and the blurb is equally interesting. I hope you like it! 🙂

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In 1346, Princess Ophelia Dacre sneaks out of the castle to visit her boyfriend in secret. A perfect night cut short when she’s brutally murdered.
Ophelia is given the rare chance to become a grim reaper. She must become Leila Bele, cut ties with her old life, and follow the rules of the reapers. Her greatest adventure begins with death.

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EXCERPT

“The scroll chose you. For whatever reason, she’s your reap.”
“Well, that sucks.” Leila chewed her bottom lip. “If I don’t do it?”

Edon hesitated before he said, “Her soul will rot inside her body. Do you have any idea what that’s like? She’ll be a living corpse, a shell of a person. She won’t feel anything including love. We as reapers, the undead, feel more than she ever will alive.”

Leila swallowed the lump in her throat. “How do you know that?”

“Because I’ve seen what it does to a person,” Edon said. “That little girl deserves better.”

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Author Bio

Ruth Silver author photoRuth Silver attended Northern Illinois University and graduated with a Bachelor’s in Communication in the spring of 2005.  While in college, she spent much of her free time writing with friends she met online and penning her first novel, Deuces are Wild, which she self-published in 2004.  Her favorite class was Creative Writing senior year where she often handed in assignments longer than the professor required because she loved to write and always wanted to finish her stories.  Her love of writing led her on an adventure in 2007 to Melbourne, Australia.  Silver enjoys reading, photography, traveling and most of all writing.  She loves dystopian and fantasy young adult stories.  Her debut novel published by Lazy Day Publishing and Patchwork Press, ABERRANT, was released April 2013.  The second novel in the series, MOIRAI, continues the saga. ISAURA, is the final installment in the ABERRANT trilogy. Ruth has been actively writing since she was a teenager.  Her current writing projects include a YA science-fiction fantasy series, ORENDA, and a YA paranormal series, DEAD GIRL WALKING. Both novels are due for release in 2014. She currently resides in Plainfield, Illinois.

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COVER RE-REVEAL+ GIVEAWAY: What the Heart Wants by Staci Hart

Welcome to my tour stop for the What the Heart Wants cover reveal. What the Heart is part of the God Gods series. If you remember, I did a 4-star review of Deer in Headlights, the first book in the series, and a 5-star review for Snake in the Grass, the second book in the series.

Without further ado, here’s the cover for What the Heart Wants:

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Love wasn’t an option, until he met her.
It’s 1984, and Tanaka Katsu is paving his way in the Yakuza.
His marriage to Yuki was a business deal, and one that he has paid for with his
happiness.

Aphrodite can’t stand that he’s so miserable, and Hera, the
goddess of marriage and monogamy, has a strong hold on Yuki, who will do
whatever it takes to get what she believes is hers. Aphrodite won’t sit by and
watch Katsu’s life slip away with no chance at love, so when he takes a trip to
Vegas, she’ll introduce him to his match.
Kim never thought she’d be in the situation like the one
that’s coming her way, but what the heart wants is a powerful thing, and one
that’s impossible to walk away from.

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Staci Hart

Staci has been a lot of things up to this point in her life — a graphic designer, an entrepreneur, a seamstress, a clothing and handbag designer, a waitress. Can’t forget that. She’s also been a mom; she has three little girls who are sure to grow up to break a number of hearts. She’s been a wife; even though she’s certainly not the cleanest, or the best cook. She’s also super, duper fun at a party, especially if she’s been drinking whiskey. Her favorite word starts with f, ends with k, and there a uc in there. Just saying. From roots in Houston, to a seven year stint in Southern California, Staci and her family ended up settling somewhere in between and equally north, in Denver. They are new enough that snow is still magical. When she’s not writing, she’s sleeping, cleaning, or designing graphics. But let’s be honest, she’s mostly writing.

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COVER RE-REVEAL+ GIVEAWAY: Snake in the Grass by Staci Hart

Hiya! Today I’m participating in the Snake in the Grass cover reveal. Okay, you’re probably thinking, “Ugh promo post I don’t really care about.” But please don’t press the back button yet.

Staci Hart is relaunching the Good Gods series and in a few moments I’m going to present the new and so pretty cover for Snake in the Grass. I really love this book and this series, if you remember, I posted a 5-star review of this book last December. Go check it out if you’re interested! 😀

Without further ado, here’s the new cover:

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The truth changes everything.

It’s round two of high stakes Love Connection on Olympus, and this time,
everything has changed.

Ares is on deck, and Aphrodite is nervous, because as much as she loves to hook
up with him, she doesn’t trust him as far as she could throw him, which isn’t
very far. She never could resist him, not even when every part of her screamed
that he was a liar, but after the last game, she’s seeing things in a new
light, light that has cast shadows across her entire life.

Ares has a plan to keep Aphrodite, for good this time. He wants to win the
game, but he’ll hold back, if that’s what it takes. He’s sitting on a chance
that was thousands of years in the making, and he’ll do what he has to do to
convince her to stay forever. The only thing that could stop him is the secret
that he’s been keeping for eons. If she finds out, it will destroy everything.

Aphrodite picks Kat, a gun toting drag racer, and Ares decides on Dillon, a
badass boxer who never loses. Both of their lives revolve around keeping their
siblings safe, and they’ve sacrificed everything to make sure things stay that
way. They are tough and loyal, fierce and determined, but they become each
other’s weakness, even though they fight it, and even though it means danger
for Kat and her sister.

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Staci Hart

Staci has been a lot of things up to this point in her life — a graphic designer, an entrepreneur, a seamstress, a clothing and handbag designer, a waitress. Can’t forget that. She’s also been a mom; she has three little girls who are sure to grow up to break a number of hearts. She’s been a wife; even though she’s certainly not the cleanest, or the best cook. She’s also super, duper fun at a party, especially if she’s been drinking whiskey. Her favorite word starts with f, ends with k, and there a uc in there. Just saying. From roots in Houston, to a seven year stint in Southern California, Staci and her family ended up settling somewhere in between and equally north, in Denver. They are new enough that snow is still magical. When she’s not writing, she’s sleeping, cleaning, or designing graphics. But let’s be honest, she’s mostly writing.

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