Happy 3rd Birthday, Entangled!

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Y’all know I’m not always the biggest fan of romance, but when I do want romance, Entangled is the publisher I turn to. Very rarely have their books disappointed me, so I’m happy to help them celebrate their 3rd birthday!


Entangled launched in 2011 and we’re celebrating! Two years ago this February, we launched our first category imprint with Indulgence. The Marriage Bargain, one of our first releases in Indulgence, went on to be one of the top selling books of 2012 and catapulted Jennifer Probst to the USA Today and NY Times bestseller lists. Since then, we’ve grown to have six category romance imprints, as well as single title books for teens and adults in our Select, Edge, and Teen imprints, and have had multiple USA Today and NY Times bestsellers. We’re in our third year and it’s been a wild ride, and it’s just the beginning.

We’re celebrating! All month long, our February new releases, as well as select titles on our Steals and Deals page, are just 99 cents! 

Yes, you read that right. Every new release will be offered at an introductory price of just 99 cents!

Be sure to join our big Facebook celebration from February 24th-28th with scavenger hunts, authors, games, gossip, and lots of fun!

Explore our new website and prepare to find romance, because we have something for everyone and join our “Steals and Deals” newsletter.


We’re kicking off the month-long celebration with three new Brazens, each with a smoking hot military man front and center and each for just 99 cents!

marine for hire by tawna fenskeMarine for Hire, by Tawna Fenske

She thought she’d sworn off military men for good…

Sam Kercher is every inch a wickedly hot Marine. Tall. Sexy. Lethal. When his best friends call in a favor, Sam is forced to face an entirely new line of duty—playing nanny for their newly divorced sister and her squirming seven-month-old twin boys. If Sam can dissemble an M16 in his sleep, diaper duty should be a cakewalk…right?

Unfortunately, Operation Nanny isn’t quite that simple. Sheridan has sworn off overbearing military men, so Sam must protect her from her dirtbag ex without revealing just how much he has in common with her brothers. Or that he’s been ordered not to touch her. Ever. Problem is, Sheri’s one hell of a gorgeous woman, capable of making this hard-bodied Marine even harder. And Sam wants her bad.

Protect the girl. Care for the babies. Hide his identity. And keep his hands off. But even the most disciplined Marine has weaknesses…and Sheridan is one Sam might not be able to resist. Amazon | B&N

staking his claim by tessa bailey Staking His Claim, by Tessa Bailey

He wants her. All of her.

NYPD sniper Matt Donovan is in Hell. Instead of driving his best friend’s little sister home from college, he’s stuck with her roommate—a fresh-faced ray-of-sunshine with a body that makes grown men weep. There’s no way he’ll allow himself to taint the little vixen, no matter how hard she tries to tempt him, so he resigns himself to the longest—and hardest—drive of his life.

Matt’s obvious attraction suits grad student Lucy Mason just fine. She had no idea her brother’s best friend was so deliciously hot. Knowing he’d never have his wicked way with his buddy’s sister, she lies about her identity and seduces him. But Matt’s no fumbling college boy. His desires run deep—and dark—and he wants to teach Lucy what wicked really means.

Matt’s demanding appetites only make Lucy want more. But when her cover’s blown, he’s furious—even as his hunger for her becomes insatiable. Matt can’t trust anyone, least of all himself. And he knows all too well that darkness always destroys the light… Amazon | B&N

temporarily yours by jen mclaughlinTemporarily Yours, by Jen McLaughlin, writing as Diane Alberts

This soldier’s the perfect hoax…if she doesn’t fall for him first.

Stats whiz Kayla Moriarity knows her way around numbers and algorithms. Men, on the other hand, are unsolvable equations. Now Kayla’s en route to her sister’s wedding—without the fictional boyfriend she invented for her family. Fortunately, her plane comes complete with complimentary cocktails and a ridiculously hot ex-marine in the seat beside her. And that’s all it takes for Kayla’s inhibitions to go sailing out the airlock…

Cooper Shillings has soft spot for people in trouble, but he certainly wasn’t expecting to land in it himself—and definitely not while getting naughty mid-air with a sexy southern belle. When he hears Kayla’s predicament, however, he offers his services as a stand-in boyfriend. After all, he’s heading overseas soon…and how could he refuse a little no-strings wickedness?

It’s the perfect plan. And all Kayla has to do is ensure her family falls for the ultimate bluff, without falling for it—and Cooper—in the process… Amazon | B&N

We appreciate you and want readers to be able to fill up their eReaders all month long with great books at introductory prices. Thank you for an amazing first three years. This is just the beginning.

~The Entangled ‘Love’ Team


Fraterfest Readathon

At almost the last minute, I’ve decided to participate in the 2013 Fraterfest Readathon. I’ve wanted to read something (or everything, I’m sure) of Rhiannon Frater’s for quite a while. As I haven’t yet gotten to, this is my best chance, since I have a firm deadline of October 8, midnight EST.

PRETTY WHEN THEY COLLIDE is the book I have in mind. From what I know of it, it’s a novella set amongst Rhiannon’s Pretty When She Dies series.

I’ll put all updates in this post. Who knows, maybe I’ll have time to read more than just the one.

October 7: I finished PRETTY WHEN THEY COLLIDE today, and enjoyed it. Definitely happy I signed up at the last minute for this event, otherwise the book would still be languishing on my wishlist. I might try to start PRETTY WHEN SHE DIES tomorrow.

– leeanna

October 2013 Page Count Contest

Yay, it’s back!

I’m participating in Reading Angel’s page count contest. It’s a good way to push yourself to read more. My goal for October is 10,000 pages. Mighty ambitious, I know, but I need to get back on track.

Title Author Page Count
Dance For Me Helena Newbury 145
The Silver Sea Julia Golding 334
Pretty When They Collide Rhiannon Frater 145
Catch Rider Jennifer H. Lyne 288
Witches of East End Melissa de la Cruz 272
Serpent’s Kiss Melissa de la Cruz 336
Winds of Salem Melissa de la Cruz 330
Garden of Eden Kate Cowan 212
Burning Elana K. Arnold 320
Roses Have Thorns Sandra Byrd 336
Dark Angel T.J. Bennett 224
Altered Gennifer Albin 400
Realm Walker Kathleen Collins 189
Wonderland David-Matthew Barnes 264
Made of Stars Kelley York 320
     

Running count: 4,105

– leeanna

Tackle Your TBR Readathon

As a way to jumpstart my activity on the blog, I’ve decided to participate in the Tackle Your TBR Readathon, hosted by Tressa’s Wishful Endings and Colorimetry. The readathon runs from September 8 to September 21, which is great because I like long events. I have more time to participate in challenges, visit other bloggers, and read, of course.

I’ll keep this post updated with my progress, and I’m sure I’ll be tweeting and instagramming too.

Goals:
My main goal is to finish a review for any review book within a day of reading it. I really want to turn this into a habit.

Books To Pick From:

     

I think that’s a nicely random selection, both of non-review and review books. We’ll see what I actually end up reading, since whenever I try to plan I invariably read other books.

Day 1: September 8:
♥ Finished Forgotten Realms: War of the Spider Queen #2: Insurrection.

Day 2: September 9:
♥ Finished Forgotten Realms: War of the Spider Queen #3: Condemnation.

Day 3: September 10:
♥ Finished Star Wars: Kenobi.

Day 4: September 11:
♥ Started Forgotten Realms: War of the Spider Queen #4: Extinction.
♥ Started Becoming Marie Antoinette. Here’s my first deviation from my list of books I picked out :D
♥ I haven’t finished my review for Star Wars: Kenobi yet, but I did make a lot of notes. I should wrangle those into order by tomorrow night.
♥ I also need to finish my review for The Magistrate, which will be posted here on Friday.
♥ I visited and entered the challenge at Joana In The Sky With Books.

Day 5: September 12:
♥ I’m ~60% through Becoming Marie Antoinette. I stayed up reading until 4 am, so I slept in quite late. I won’t get much else done today, since it will be late by the time I get home and I have to work early. :|

Days 6 – 12; September 13 – September 19:
Good thing this is a long readathon! I had planned on being more active and actually updating, but I ended up taking a mini hiatus and not even opening my laptop for days. I did finish a few books, but didn’t write reviews, visit blogs, or do much of anything else.

I read and/or finished:
Marie Antoinette #1: Becoming Marie Antoinette
Marie Antoinette #2: Days of Splendor, Days of Sorrow
Deceived
Forgotten Realms: War of the Spider Queen #5: Annihilation
Rose Under Fire — counting this because I have 5 pages left.

There’s only a few days left, but I’m going to do my best to be active for those last few days. I am also in the midst of starting rereads on Days of Splendor, Days of Sorrow because I checked out mentally while reading and can’t write a review, and Rose Under Fire because I loved it so freaking much.

Wrap Up:
FINISHED:
Over the Rainbow by Brian Rowe
Forgotten Realms: War of the Spider Queen #2: Insurrection by Thomas M. Reid
Forgotten Realms: War of the Spider Queen #3: Condemnation by Richard Baker
Forgotten Realms: War of the Spider Queen #4: Extinction by Lisa Smedman
Forgotten Realms: War of the Spider Queen #5: Annihilation by Philip Athans
Star Wars: Kenobi by
Marie Antoinette #1: Becoming Marie Antoinette by Juliet Grey
Marie Antoinette #2: Days of Splendor, Days of Sorrow by Juliet Grey
Deceived by Julie Anne Lindsey
Nothing But Blue by Lisa Jahn-Clough

Total: 10. I have a few books I started but did not finish, so I won’t count those.

I didn’t achieve my main goal, which was to review a book within a day of finishing it. My review for Star Wars: Kenobi is sitting half-finished :( I might try doing a video review for it, but I don’t know how many people actually watch videos of book reviews?

Oh well. At least I read a fair amount and did visit a handful of blogs. I even read a couple of the books I picked out to read, which usually doesn’t happen.

– leeanna

Kindle Worlds, or Why I Love Fanfic

I’ve wanted to do a post on fanfic forever, so here we go. It’s the first of many, I’m sure.

When I first heard Amazon was going to publish fanfiction, I thought it was April Fool’s Day. At it’s core, fanfiction is fiction that fans write without the intention of making money. Profiting from fanfic would violate copyright. I always use a disclaimer in my fanfic, saying something along the lines “XYZ does not belong to me, and no profit is made from this work.” So Amazon paying fanfic writers? Big deal!

I’m not going to get into the fine print of the contract a writer would sign with Amazon/Warner Bros., because other people that get the nitty gritty of legal stuff have already done that. Just Google it and you’ll get a ton of results. It’s not really a good deal for the writer, but that’s another post.

I happened to check out the Kindle Worlds books on Amazon, and I was impressed by the branding (they all have the same style of cover), and the positive reviews. I also recognized the names of some of the authors — turns out Amazon commissioned already published authors to get the ball rolling. Amazon’s behind it, and in a big way, because I’m sure they’ve considered how publishing fanfic is going to make them even more dollars.

Legal and financial stuff aside, why I am even talking about Kindle Worlds? Because I am a passionate supporter of fanfic*, and I’m happy to see it get some legitimization. Right now, when someone asks me what my hobbies are, I blush a bit and say “writing fanfic.” I usually get a raised eyebrow in return, or “what’s fanfic?”

I think fanfic has a bad rap as either being unedited, out of character/inconsistent with the original work, full of Mary Sues and Gary Stus, or a thin excuse to write porn. Hell, fanfic can be ALL of those. And some of it definitely is.

But there’s also a lot of amazing stuff out there. Some writers take their fanfic very seriously, and have gotten their start there, including:

  • Marissa Meyer, author of the The Lunar Chronicles, started with writing Sailor Moon fanfic
  • Cassandra Clare, author of the The Mortal Instruments series, started with Harry Potter fanfic. Slash fic, yo.
  • E.L. James, author of the Fifty Shades of Grey series … well, everyone knows that’s an Alternate Universe Twilight fanfic

Fandoms are a wonderful place. They give people somewhere to talk about their favorite telly shows, books, movies, comics, and everything else. If something exists, chances are there’s a fandom for it. I’ve met some great people online because of writing fanfic, which is one of the other great things about fandoms. Oftentimes those people stay friends, even when you move on to another fandom.

Another reason fanfic is great, in my opinion, is because it gives people a start in writing. For the most part, if someone comments on a fic, they do it in a polite, supportive manner. (Even if it’s bad.) Which can be really good for someone just starting out. Immediate feedback is also gratifying, because unlike with traditional publishing, there’s not a long wait to see other people reading your work and hearing what they think about it. I love when I get an email that I’ve gotten a comment on something I wrote. A tiny little comment can improve a bad day, or make a good one even better.

Playing in someone else’s sandbox can be just as hard as writing original fiction. For example, if you try to take Draco Malfoy and make him a nice boy that’s BFFs with Harry, well, readers are going to say, “That’s OOC!” (out of character). But if a fanfic author can make me believe in that relationship by creating a credible, authentic set of circumstances leading up to it, then I’m all in.

One more reason (can you tell I have a never ending list?) I like fanfic is because it’s a great way to experiment with new writing styles. I’ve tried writing in present tense, second person point of view, not using dialogue, using only dialogue, crunching a complete story into 100 or 200 words. That list goes on and on, too. I like to think all the experimentation and seeing what works and what doesn’t work makes me a better writer.

TL;DR version? Fanfic rocks.

*I don’t mean to leave out fan art, vids, fanmixes, or any other type of fan created works. Fanfic is just what I personally know the most about.

– leeanna

Bout of Books 7.0

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The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda @ On a Book Bender and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, May 13th and runs through Sunday, May 19th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure, and the only reading competition is between you and your usual number of books read in a week. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 7.0 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. – From the Bout of Books team

Alrighty! It’s been a while since I’ve done a readathon, so I’m again participating in Bout of Books.

I’ll update with my goals tomorrow, as I haven’t yet figured out what they’ll be. Lots of reading and writing reviews, of course! I want to visit other participants as well, and maybe find some new blogging buddies. Tonight I plan to have one long night of Warcraft, and then I’ll devote the upcoming week to reading and getting ahead.

Goals:
REVIEWS:
Review AMITY & SORROW by Pegy Riley
Review THE BOLEYN KING by Laura Andersen
Review VICTORIA REBELS by Carolyn Meyer
Review ALPHA GIRL by Kate Bloomfield
Review THE END GAMES by T. Michael Martin
Review ROSES HAVE THORNS by Sandra Byrd

FINISH AND FINISH REVIEW:
Finish/review DEER IN THE HEADLIGHTS by Staci Hart
Finish/review SUBMERGED by Nicole Sobon
Finish/review TWISTED SUMMER by Lucy V. Morgan
Finish/review COMES THE NIGHT by Norah Wilson and Heather Doherty
Finish/review THE BORGIAS: THE HIDDEN HISTORY by G. J. Meyer

READ AND REVIEW:
Read/review THE PROGRAM by Suzanne Young
Read/review PULSE by Patrick Carman
Read/review DARK TRIUMPH by Robin LaFevers
Read/review DON’T TURN AROUND by Michelle Gagnon
Read/review CRYSTAL BONES by C. Aubrey Hall
Read/review INSIGNIA by S. J. KINCAID

As you can see, I have a LOT of reviews I need to write. I doubt I’ll get to all of them, but having yet another list is a good reminder that I need to get better about taking notes as I read! I’ve been trying to do this, because it helps, but sometimes I get through a book way too quickly or I’m too into it to take notes.

I’m also trying to give myself some variety with the books I need to read next, so we’ll see what I actually pick up to read.

Lastly, I want to get around to some of the other participating blogs and maybe make some new blogging friends. I’m also going to attempt to be more active on Twitter while reading. We’ll see!

Progress:
MAY 13:
Finished review for DEER IN HEADLIGHTS
Finished post for SUBMERGED
Read half of PULSE

MAY 14:

MAY 15:

MAY 16:

MAY 17:

MAY 18:

MAY 19:

– leeanna

May Page Count Contest

I’m participating in Reading Angel’s page count contest. It’s a fun way to push yourself to read more. My goal for May is 8,500 pages.

Title Author Page Count
Amity & Sorrow Peggy Riley 320
The Boleyn King Laura Andersen 368
The Forgotten Ones Laura Howard 177
Victoria Rebels Carolyn Meyer 265
The Last Academy Anne Applegate 320
Alpha Girl Kate Bloomfield 188
The End Games T. Michael Martin 384
Roses Have Thorns Sandra Byrd 336
Deer in Headlights Staci Hart 166
Twisted Summer Lucy V. Morgan 169
Prettiest Doll Gina Willner-Pardo 240
Pulse Patrick Carman 384
Comes the Night Norah Wilson and Heather Doherty 330
Dark Triumph Robin LaFevers 400
Don’t Turn Around Michelle Gagnon 320
The Program Suzanne Young 416
     

Running count: 4,783

– leeanna

April 2013 Page Count Contest

I’m participating in Reading Angel’s page count contest. It’s a fun way to push yourself to read more. My goal for April is 8,000 pages and I’m going to get this this month!

Title Author Date Finished Page Count
The Last Olympian Rick Riordan 04/01/13 381
Strangelets Michelle Gagnon 04/01/13 272
Fang Girl Helen Keeble 04/02/13 342
Pretty Girl-13 Liz Coley 04/03/13 344
Eternal Revelations Candis Vargo 04/07/13 282
The Lost Hero Rick Riordan 04/07/13 557
The Son of Neptune Rick Riordan 04/10/13 560
The Immortal Rules Julie Kagawa 04/11/13 464
Innocent Darkness Suzanne Lazear 04/11/13 391
Stung Bethany Wiggins 04/11/13 304
Nefertiti’s Heart A. W. Exley 04/12/13 280
Wasteland Susan Kim & Laurence Klavan 04/13/13 336
The Mark of Athena Rick Riordan 04/15/13 608
Incarnate Jodi Meadows 04/16/13 400
Asunder Jodi Meadows 04/19/13 408
School Spirits Rachel Hawkins 04/23/13 304
Poison Bridget Zinn 04/24/13 276
If You Find Me Emily Murdoch 04/25/13 248
The Eternity Cure Julie Kagawa 04/27/13 436
Portrait of a Crossroads Kelly Rand 04/27/13 40
The Fire Horse Girl Kay Honeyman 04/27/13 336
The S-Word Chelsea Pitcher 04/28/13 304
Hannibal Thomas Harris 04/29/13 560
Influential Magic Deanna Chase 04/29/13 310
       

Running count: 8,743

– leeanna

March 2013 Page Count Contest

I’m participating in Reading Angel’s page count contest. It’s a fun way to push yourself to read more. My goal for March is 8,000 pages.

Title Author Date Finished Page Count
Black Feathers Joseph D’Lacey 03/01/13 432
Writing Scary Scenes Rayne Hall 03/02/13 83
The Holders Julianna Scott 03/04/13 320
The Enchanted Truth Kym Petrie 03/05/13 46
Cinders & Sapphires Leila Rasheed 03/09/13 400
Madame Serpent Jean Plaidy 03/11/13 416
The Italian Woman Jean Plaidy 03/13/13 400
Queen Jezebel Jean Plaidy 03/16/13 464
Rae of Hope W. J. May 03/16/13 248
Dark Nebula W. J. May 03/17/13 265
Cinder Marissa Meyer 03/19/13 448
Neferet’s Curse P.C. Cast & Kristin Cast 03/19/13 160
Terra Gretchen Powell 03/20/13 286
The Girls of Atomic City Denise Kiernan 03/20/13 352
Dark Oracle Alayna Williams 03/21/13 336
Rogue Oracle Alayna Williams 03/21/13 360
Scarlet Marissa Meyer 03/24/13 464
The Creation of Anne Boleyn Susan Bordo 03/25/13 305
The Lightning Thief Rick Riordan 03/26/13 375
The Sea of Monsters Rick Riordan 03/27/13 304
The Titan’s Curse Rick Riordan 03/28/13 312
The Battle of the Labyrinth Rick Riordan 03/29/13 361
Kings of Ruin: Adventures in Music City Sam Cameron 03/29/13 193
The Waiting Tree Lindsay Moynihan 03/30/13 218
       

Running count: 7,548

– leeanna