Book Blitz Kick-Off: The Holders by Julianna Scott

The Holders (Holders #1)
Release Date:
Summary from
Becca spent her whole life protecting her brother from, well, everything. The
abandonment of their father, the so called ‘experts’ who insist that voices in
his head are unnatural and must be dealt with, and the constant threat of being
taken away to some hospital and studied like an animal. When two
representatives appear claiming to have the answers to Ryland’s perceived
problem, Becca doesn’t buy it for one second. That is until they seem to know
things about Ryland and about Becca and Ryland’s family, that forces Becca to concede
that there may be more to these people than meets the eye. Though still highly
skeptical, Becca agrees to do what’s best for Ryland.

What they find at St. Brigid’s is a world beyond their imagination. Little by
little they piece together the information of their family’s heritage, their
estranged Father, and the legend of the Holder race that decrees Ryland is the
one they’ve been waiting for. However, they are all–especially Becca–in for a
surprise that will change what they thought they knew about themselves and
their kind.

She meets Alex, a Holder who is fiercely loyal to their race, and for some
reason, Becca and Ryland. There’s an attraction between Becca and Alex that
can’t be denied, but her true nature seems destined to keep them apart. However,
certain destinies may not be as clear cut as everyone has always believed them
to be.

Becca is lost, but found at the same time. Can she bring herself to leave
Ryland now that he’s settled and can clearly see his future? Will she be able
to put the the feelings she has for Alex aside and head back to the US? And can
Becca and Ryland ever forgive their father for what he’s done?

Available from:
Book 2:
(linked to Goodreads)


As an added bonus, here’s an excerpt from book 2:

I didn’t mean to gawk, or blush, or get a goofy grin on my face, but as he stood there just inside the archway of the alcove I’m pretty sure I did all three. Though in my defence, I couldn’t help it – he looked amazing. I’d never thought of Alex as “hot,” or “gorgeous,” or any of the other terms that a lot of girls my age used to describe a good looking guy. That isn’t to say that Alex wasn’t any of those things, or that I didn’t find him attractive, as I did. Very much so, in fact. His dark blonde hair was always styled, he dressed very well, and his eyes – which had always been my favourite feature – were the most amazingly clear shade of storm cloud blue you could imagine. The thing was that the specifics of his appearance weren’t usually what came to mind when I thought about him. He was Alex. It had never mattered what he looked like.

And while it still didn’t matter, I was not about to pretend like I didn’t notice. He was wearing a black tux like Jocelyn, but instead of the white shirt and black tie, Alex’s tie and shirt were black, and he also had a charcoal gray vest on under his jacket. His cuffs were French, his shoes shone as though they were new, and across his chest lay the same green sash Jocelyn was wearing.

Not going to lie, there was definitely a flush rising up my neck….

Though red as I was, oddly enough, Alex’s didn’t blush at all. I’d have thought with me ogling him the way I was, that his ears would be ablaze, but then again, he seemed far too preoccupied to notice the way I was looking at him. Preoccupied… looking at me. His eyes clung to me like condensation on a glass, with an expression that seemed to hover between anger and fear – though deep down I knew it was neither. Still, I couldn’t help but feel self-conscious.

Why didn’t he say anything? Was he upset? Did he not like the dress? Was something wrong?

I took a breath to speak, but before I could find my voice he was coming straight toward me. He didn’t look around, didn’t check the hall, or so much as shift his eyes away from mine as he crossed the small alcove in three strides, took my face in his hands, and kissed me.

And dear God… what a kiss…

His mouth moved against mine with more passion than I’d ever felt from him before. His right hand slid up into my hair and gently but firmly held my mouth to his, while his left dropped to my waist and pulled me tightly against him. His fervour poured over me like boiling water over ice, melting me down to my core. I had no idea what had come over him, but whatever it was, it was hot, it was intense, and if he wasn’t careful, it was going to bring me to my knees.

But what hit me the hardest wasn’t his sudden hunger or intensity, but the hint of something deeper, driving like an undercurrent beneath his passion. It was something I’d never seen from him before, but unmistakable all the same.


Alex had never been a dominant or outspoken person in general, but conscious or not, something in him was definitely sending a message: “She is mine.” It may have only been implied, but it was definitely there, and the very idea sent a tingling shiver across my skin as I gripped the lapels of his jacket with a throaty sigh. The message was raw, it was primal, and above all else, it was true: I was his. And he was mine. The fact that we had to hide it around these people didn’t make it any less valid. We belonged to one another.


A few short seconds later he pulled back with a husky breath, resting his forehead against mine for a moment before releasing me and stepping back slowly, his eyes glowing. He hadn’t said a word – he hadn’t needed to. I smiled, hoping he saw the “I love you” in my eyes. His answering smile told me he did.

Praise for Series:
“The twisty plot and swoony romance of The
Seers kept me turning the pages as I fell in love with Becca and Alex all over
Trisha Wolfe, author of Fireblood
“It had a gripping plot, plenty of exciting twists and
turns and some pretty fantastic characters which all combined to keep me glued
to the pages.”
A Dream of Books
“If this is any notion of what Julianna Scott
can do, I cannot wait to see what is next.
The Holders was refreshing and just one heck of a good
The Book Cellar
“I am so thankful this is only the beginning of a
series because I couldn’t imagine not being able to read a continuation of
Becca’s story. The Holders is a novel too entertaining and emotionally
charged to pass up!”
Lovey Dovey Books
“There are a lot of other things to love about The Holders – a detailed history and Celtic element come to mind
– but it was really the characters that sold this novel for me.”
More Than Just Magic

About the Author

Julianna was
born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and spent the majority of her educational
career convinced she would be a musician. However, after receiving her music
degree from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania, she realized that she’d been
born in the wrong era for her dreams of singing jazz to adoring fans clad in
zoot-suits and flapper dresses to come true, and began to wonder if her true
calling might be elsewhere.

While Julianna had always excelled in writing throughout school, she’d never
considered it a career possibility until about three years ago, when she’d
gotten her first story idea and decided to go for it. She grabbed her laptop,
started typing away, and has never looked back.

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Pre-Order Gift:
 As a special gift to anyone who pre-orders The Seers,
we are giving away a free e-book with several scenes from The Holders written
from different character’s points of view! All you have to do to get yours is
pre-order The Seers, then email your receipt or other proof of purchase to
Julianna Scott at
, and she will send you the e-novella in the format of your
choosing. That’s it! And if you have already pre-ordered The Seers, not to
worry! Send your receipt along, and you’ll get your copy too!
1 – Necklace (as pictured) plus ebook copies of The Holders
and The Seers



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Release Day Book Blitz: Finding Joy by Jenni Moen + GIVEAWAY

Remembering Joy
Release Date: 12/13/13
Book Summary from Goodreads:
Love is patient. 
It can happen when you least expect it, where you least expect it, with whom you least expect it.
Love is kind.
But love may not grow out of kindness. It can happen with the person who hates you most because love knows no bounds. 
And it keeps no record of wrongs.
Love doesn’t hold a grudge.

Love forgives.

Love forgets.


But when the healing of your heart 


breaks the hearts of the ones you love …


it may seem impossible to



Find joy.
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Book One:
(linked to Goodreads)
Available from:
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About the Author
Jenni Moen lives in Oklahoma with her husband and three crazy, exuberant kids that have the potential to burn the house down at any moment. 
When she’s not chauffeuring kids around town, performing her mom duties as a short order cook and maid, or vacuuming for her fastidious husband, she hammers away at her keyboard at her big girl job as a patent attorney. While vodka and exercise have provided some relief from the daily grind, it is reading … and now writing … that are her true escapes.

Author Links:
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1 – Print book set of Remembering Joy and Finding Joy (US
3 – eBook sets of Remembering Joy and Finding Joy (INT)

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Blog Tour: Insomnia by J.R. Johansson + GIVEAWAY

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Today we’re hosting a blog tour stop for a goosebumps-raising new YA thriller called INSOMNIA by J.R. Johansson. I’m especially excited about today’s post because J.R. is stopping by herself to tell us about her favorite scary movies! And, as an added bonus, she’s giving away ten first-ten-pages critiques. How cool is that? Continue reading

Blog Tour: The Trickster’s Totem Review and Giveaway

Happy Thursday, everybody!

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Today, I’m helping Candace’s Book Blog host a tour stop for THE TRICKSTER’S TOTEM by H.B. Bolton. This adventurous book is the second story in the Relics of Mysticus series, and the sequel to THE SERPENT’S RING. I’m excited to be hosting this stop because we have some awesome prizes for you! One person will win a $25 Amazon giftcard (internationally open), while two readers will win paperback sets of both books (US only). Also, ten readers will win eBook copies of both books (open internationally). Keep reading for more details. This is an opportunity you won’t want to miss! Continue reading

The Sweet Dead Life by Joy Preble

The Sweet Dead Life

Happy Thursday, everyone! Today, we’re looking at a great new YA book (and giving away a copy!) called THE SWEET DEAD LIFE by Joy Preble. Before we get to that, however, I want to tell you a little bit more about the book and the author. First, here’s the synopsis:
“I found out two things today: One, I think I’m dying. And two, my brother is a perv.”

So begins the diary of Jenna Samuels, who is having a very bad year. Her mother spends all day in bed. Dad vanished when she was eight. Her older brother, Casey, tries to hold together what’s left of the family by working two after-school jobs—difficult, as he’s stoned all the time. To make matters worse, Jenna is sick. Really sick. When she collapses one day, Casey tries to race her to the hospital in their beat-up Prius and crashes instead.

Jenna wakes up in the ER to find Casey beside her, looking pretty good. Better than ever, in fact. Downright . . . angelic. The flab and zits? Gone. Before long, Jenna figures out that her brother didn’t survive the accident at all, and she isn’t just sick; she’s being poisoned. Casey has been sent back to help Jenna find out who’s got it out for her, a mystery that leads to more questions about their mother’s depression and their father’s disappearance.

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Now, here’s a little more about the author:
Joy-PrebleJoy Preble is the author of the popular and highly acclaimed Dreaming Anastasia series. A former English teacher, Joy grew up in Chicago and is a graduate of Northwestern University. She is now a full time writer and lives with her family in Texas, where she has learned to say “y’all” without any hint of irony. A tireless advocate for literacy and great books, she is at the center of the all-important Texas YA scene. Click here to follow Joy on Twitter!

My review:  I loved this book! In spite of all the things Jenna’s family has been through, she’s somehow able to maintain her sassy attitude and sense of humor. I laughed out loud a few times when she referred to her teachers by her favorite word: “asshat.” In her situation, it would be easy for a person to be upset or depressed about having an illness nobody can diagnose—especially when your pee turns lime green and your tongue has spots—but Jenna continually jokes about it by calling it her “not-eboli,” or her “not-herpes,” etc. She and her older brother, Casey, have the typical teenage banter, and she’s fiercely loyal to her family and friends. I would’ve loved to be friends with her when I was fourteen.

This was the first one of Joy Preble’s books that I’ve read, but after reading this one, I’ll definitely be checking out her other books. Her writing style is fun and great for the YA genre, and I felt she really captured the attitude and spirit of Jenna’s character. The only thing I wasn’t completely satisfied with is the ending of the story. I kept hoping that all the story threads would’ve been tied up with a pretty little bow and that her family would get back together permanently at the end, but that didn’t totally happen. The story stays open for a sequel where those things could happen though (pretty please?). Even if there isn’t a sequel, the ending is open enough that readers can use their imaginations to decide what happens. If you’re a fan of Joy Preble’s work, or just a fan of sassy YA characters in general, this book is definitely one for you!

And now, something fun. I’m giving you the chance to WIN a copy of THE SWEET DEAD LIFE. Just click on the rafflecopter link below. Note: Please leave your e-mail address in your blog post comment so that I can contact you if you win. Good luck!

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