Wednesday, February 06, 2013

Blog Tour/Interview: An Italian Obsession by Kfir Luzzatto


Title: An Italian Obsession
Author: Kfir Luzzatto
Series: N/A
Publisher: Pine Ten, LLC
Release Date: September 3, 2012
ISBN13: 9781938212109
Format: eCopy, 295 pages
Genre: YA, urban fiction, romance
Source: Blog Tour
In the lax atmosphere of middle-class post-war Italy, sex and drugs are easy to come by. Roberto tries to find his own balance, but a crush he had for Alessandra in elementary school is reignited and the course of his life is changed forever.

It's the 1970’s, a time of political upheaval driven by disillusioned young people. Roberto is caught up in the times. He makes a new start, but his past catches up with him. Finding himself accused of a crime, he must defend himself even when he isn’t sure he committed it. A vivid snapshot of European post-war society, this novel is viewed through the eyes of a young adult coming of age.



Kfir Luzzatto
Kfir was born and raised in Italy, and moved to Israel as a teenager. He acquired the love for the English language from his father, a former U.S. soldier and WWII veteran, a voracious reader and a prolific writer. Kfir has a PhD in chemical engineering and works as a patent attorney. He lives in Omer, Israel, with his full-time partner, Esther, their four children, Michal, Lilach, Tamar and Yonatan, and the dog Elvis.

Novels: Crossing the Meadow (2003); The Odyssey Gene (2006); The Evelyn Project (2012); Have Book – Will Travel (2012 – with Yonatan Luzzatto); An Italian Obsession (2012).

Short Story Collections: His Darker Side (2002-2011); His Lighter Side (2002-2011).

Non-Fiction: The World of Patents (2002)

Find Kfir Luzzatto: Website | Blog | Goodreads | Facebook | Twitter | LinkedIn

Purchase An Italian Obsession: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Smashwords

Waiting on Wednesday (11): Shards and Ashes edited by Melissa Marr & Kelley Armstrong

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating!

Tuesday, February 05, 2013

On My Mind (5): Bad Behavior, Bad Behavior Everywhere

On My Mind is simple. A rambling discussion post, which may or may not be intelligible. It could be long to the point that you'd be sick of my thoughts (hopefully not), or as short as a few paragraphs. The entire point? To get my thoughts out there, and perhaps generate an discussion/debate/argument in the comments section. Read it, and enjoy.

Monday, February 04, 2013

Blog Tour/Review/Giveaway: Manipulation by Jolene Perry

Today I'm so excited to be part of the blog tour of Manipulation by Jolene Perry, hosted by YA Bound! Read my review of her amazing book below!

Title: Manipulation
Author: Jolene Perry
Series: Shadows #2
Publisher: Next Door Books
Release Date: January 13, 2013
ISBN13: 9781481851404
Format: eCopy
Genre: YA, urban fantasy, paranormal
Source: Blog Tour
Addison Prince has almost always gotten what she wants.

Dean Courser only wants to find his brother, but it's the one thing he’s failed at . . . Even with his unusual ability.

Dean and Addison share the gift of Manipulation—a brief touch that forces others to do what they wish. But when they meet and realize their connection, they find more questions than answers. Suddenly Dean is seeing shadows move on their own, and Addison is learning her father’s mysterious group may know more about her abilities than he’s ever let on.

As Dean and Addison second-guess every decision about who they are and why they're wanted, time is running out. With shadows following their every move, they're losing hope they’ll ever get to safety—if such a thing exists.

Micah hates her ability to “see” things when she touches people. She’s terrified of relationships, holds on to guilt over the death of her classmate, Lacey, and has no idea what to do with a vision from Landon, a boy from her school. She feels him falling for her, but Micah doesn’t do friends, much less relationships.

Enter a spooky history project about a tragedy from three hundred years ago, and voodoo dolls that Micah somehow feels has to do with her gift. Suddenly she’s sure the shadows in the woods are following her every move—without Landon’s relaxed attitude about what’s happening in her life, Micah would be sure she’s going crazy.

With no ideas on timing or specifics, the visions of both herself and the people she cares about are turning dark—and it appears the shadows around her house do move on their own. But as Micah and Landon try to prevent Micah’s visions of the future, the shadows close in, and they’re now afraid they’ve become the cause . . .

Micah's story is the first of three girls, with unique talents, who are part of a 300 year old tragedy that follows them in the shadows.



Jolene Perry
Jolene kissed a boy on her high school graduation night. One she’d wanted to kiss for a long time. They got married two years later, have built two homes together, survived military deployments, law school, student loan debt, and two children.

Jolene plays the guitar, takes pictures, and loves to hike. She doesn’t like rivers, but loves the ocean. She loves to fly, but gets motion sick. Her ultimate vacation would be to sail through the deserted islands in The Bahamas. Two years ago, she got that wish when her parents retired on a sailboat.

She taught high school French when she was only a few years older than her students, and then taught middle school math with her degree in political science and French. She spends grocery money on designer fabric, shoes, and books.

Jolene cannot express how many times she wished she could write a whole novel. And now she has. Several times. Life is good.

Find Jolene Perry: Website | Blog | Goodreads | Facebook | Twitter | Tumblr | Pinterest

Purchase Manipulation: Amazon | Barnes & Noble

Purchase Insight: Amazon | Kindle | Barnes & Noble

Review: Manipulation by Jolene Perry

Title: Manipulation
Author: Jolene Perry
Series: Shadows #2
Publisher: Next Door Books
Release Date: January 13, 2013
ISBN13: 9781481851404
Format: eCopy
Genre: YA, urban fantasy, paranormal
Source: Blog Tour

Addison Prince has almost always gotten what she wants.

Dean Courser only wants to find his brother, but it's the one thing he’s failed at . . . Even with his unusual ability.

Dean and Addison share the gift of Manipulation—a brief touch that forces others to do what they wish. But when they meet and realize their connection, they find more questions than answers. Suddenly Dean is seeing shadows move on their own, and Addison is learning her father’s mysterious group may know more about her abilities than he’s ever let on.

As Dean and Addison second-guess every decision about who they are and why they're wanted, time is running out. With shadows following their every move, they're losing hope they’ll ever get to safety—if such a thing exists.

Trailer Reveal/Excerpt/Giveaway: The Watcher by Lisa Voisin

Author Lisa Voisin’s THE WATCHER will be releasing exactly one month from today, on March 4th, 2013 and we’re super excited to be able to share with readers a short excerpt from the book and to be a part of the book’s awesome trailer reveal!

There is also a giveaway for a pre-order copy of The Watcher for US/Canada residents, so be sure to enter below!

The Watcher is author Lisa Voisin’s debut novel and is a book Eileen Cook says, “. . . is sure to keep readers turning the pages late into the night.”
And after having read both the excerpt and the book’s description, we couldn’t agree more! But we’ll let you decide for yourself. They’re both included below.

As is the book’s wicked cool trailer!

With some gothic techno beats, super cool images and a description that is meant to tease, this trailer totally sets the mood for this story. What do you think?

Saturday, February 02, 2013

Stacking the Shelves (6)

Stacking the Shelves @ Lust For Stories
Stacking The Shelves, hosted by Tynga's Reviews, is all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves, may it be physical or virtual. This means you can include books you buy in physical store or online, books you borrow from friends or the library, review books, gifts and of course ebooks!
For the week of January 27 ~ February 2

Thank you so much for wanting to leave a comment! I read every single one of them, and respond to most of them!

I'm honoured that anyone would want to nominate me for an award, but I just don't have time for that anymore. This blog is award and tag free.