Thursday, February 18, 2016

Asleep Release Week Tour - exclusive teaser and giveaway!

To celebrate the release of the spine-chilling YA psychological thriller ASLEEP by Krystal Wade, we have a full blog tour and exciting giveaways ahead! ASLEEP is the debut novel from Blaze Publishing, and answers the question of what happens when Sleeping Beauty meets Freddy Krueger. If you want to see more of ASLEEP, you can still find the Ten Weeks of Teasers and other great content on the Blaze Publishing blog. Order your copy now!

“Hey,” Rose said, feeling stupid and idiotic for even trying to start a conversation with someone in a mental institution. “My name’s Rose.”

The guy didn’t respond. He merely stared at her the way she would a model in Life Drawing class, his intense brown eyes hooded by his forehead and lined by thick black lashes, soaking her in, memorizing her, making Rose feel raw and exposed. Every now and then his jaw clenched and popped. So much emotion simmering just below the surface, so much insanity. He’d make a perfect model himself with all that silent misery, hair swept to the side, broad shoulders and muscles stretching the sleeves of his white, cotton shirt, muscles he’d never get to use because he was stuck in here. Rose could almost envision him in one of her drawings, this guy standing in the background, still, hands in his pockets, staring at a girl in the foreground.

Shaking her head, Rose snapped out of her daydream. Drawing was part of the past that no longer mattered.

“Lights out,” Nurse Judy called, startling them both so badly they bumped into the table and left it quaking. She laughed. “Didn’t mean to scare you, dear.”

“It’s okay,” Rose said, rubbing her sore knee. “Keep it up, though, and I’ll have bandages everywhere.”

“My eldest daughter Isabel tells me I’m always sneaking up on her too. I insist she must have a guilty conscious to be so jumpy, but with you, I’m not so sure.” The nurse smiled again, kindly, her eyes glazed over, and Rose knew the woman was thinking about her daughter. “Well, I’ll try to be more careful in the future. But for now, off you go, to your room.”

“Good night,” Rose said to the guy.

But he didn’t respond, not that she expected him to. He gave Judy a long, hard glance, then got up and marched to a door on the opposite side of Hall A. Judy didn’t pay any attention to him as she wrapped her arm around Rose and ushered her off to bed, holding out a pill cup.

“Here you go. Meds and rest, Rose. Meds and rest. The best thing for you, aside from being open and honest with Dr. Underwood.” The nurse smiled in a way that said she knew open and honest hadn’t occurred earlier today.

"To cure fear, you must use fear."

Rose Briar claims no responsibility for the act that led to her imprisonment in an asylum. She wants to escape, until terrifying nightmares make her question her sanity and reach out to her doctor. He's understanding and caring in ways her parents never have been, but as her walls tumble down and Rose admits fault, a fellow patient warns her to stop the medications. Phillip believes the doctor is evil and they'll never make it out of the facility alive. Trusting him might be just the thing to save her. Or it might prove the asylum is exactly where she needs to be.

Follow the Blog Tour!

Tuesday 2/16Wednesday 2/17Thursday 2/18
Vicki Leigh: First Chapter ReadingJordan Elizabeth: First Chapter ReadingEve Langell: First Chapter Reading
Case Maynard: Promo PostWhat A Nerd Girl Says: InterviewA Thousand Books: Teaser One
Friday 2/19Saturday 2/20Sunday 2/21
OriginiquEquanimity: Promo PostJanelle Howard: Teaser TwoArchaeolibrarian: Teaser Three
Ryan Hill: InterviewNerd Girl Official: Promo Post
Tesairie's Book Reads: Promo Post


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Krystal Wade can be found in the sluglines outside Washington D.C. every morning, Monday through Friday. With coffee in hand, iPod plugged in, and strangers-who sometimes snore, smell, or have incredibly bad gas-sitting next to her, she zones out and thinks of fantastical worlds for you and me to read. How else can she cope with a fifty mile commute?

Good thing she has her husband and three kids to go home to. They keep her sane.

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Tuesday, February 16, 2016

ARC Review: Asleep by Krystal Wade

Hey there!
If you've been following this blog for a little while now, you know how much I adored Krystal Wade's YA horror book Charming! So, when I heard that a new horror book by her was released early this year, I freaked out! I couldn't wait to get my hands on it and I was actually lucky enough to receive an ARC (Advanced Readers Copy) from the new publishing group Blaze (thank you all lots and lots, guys <3).

Asleep is about the teenage girl Rose who is commited to an Asylum. There, she has to take meds that cause her terrible nightmares - she gets beaten up, is tortured and threatened. But suddenly she's not so sure anymore if what happens to her at night is actually just a dream and not cruel reality...

This book is so good at misleading you. You can never be sure who is trustworthy and sometimes I was even doubting Rose's sanity. But you get very attached to her character right in the beginning, as well as to some other characters (no spoilers - but he's hot). You feel with her during the nightmares and some parts of the book actually give you chills. Rose is strong and even though she doubts herself and others quite a lot, she can get very determined once she's set her mind on something. And what I really loved was how after some time she realized that maybe it's not always everyone else's fault but her's as well and that you have to give others the chance to make up for mistakes. So, obviously, she's going through a big character developement.
There's also some romance between Rose and a guy her age who's a patient too. He goes through similar things so the whole thing of them fits in perfectly with the atmosphere of the rest.

The only thing I can complain about again is that I wish there would have been a little more of an outro, like an epilogue or something because to me the end felt pretty abrupt. But other than that Krystal Wade has written an amazing horror story once again! Slowly but surely she's becoming my favorite horror author, guys, don't miss out on her fantasic novels!! 

Thanks for reading and I hope you have a great day! <3 

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About Krystal Wade:

I’m happily married to the love of my life (don’t gag) and raising three beautiful children in the gorgeous state of Virginia. We live just outside Washington, D.C., and every day I wake up to find myself stuck in traffic trying to get there.

The horrid commute gives me plenty of time to zone out and think about my characters in full, brilliant details (I’m a safe driver; don’t worry). Stories give me a way to forget about the sometimes smelly strangers sitting next to me on the fifty mile trek into town (I pick up hitchhikers every day. True story. Check out if you don’t believe me).

I’ve been a part of organized hitchhiking for nearly fifteen years, but that’s just one small aspect of my oh-so-large life. When I’m not working, commuting, or chasing after my three children (four if you count the man), you can usually find me outside talking to my chickens like they’re the cutest things in the world (they are), or training my amazing dogs how to herd said chickens (which they love), or curled up on the sofa with a good book (why can’t that be 100% of the time?).

I hope you love my stories (or just like them a little; that would be okay, too). And I hope that one day you find your passion, because there’s nothing in life better than doing what you love while surrounded by people you love.

<3 Krystal

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About Blaze Publishing:
Books with Heart for Teen and Young Adults
At Blaze, we're committed to bringing you high-quality, hard-hitting books full of heart. Whether the story is a mystery, a thriller, horror, steampunk, or some goofy comedy, there will be a message woven into the pages for readers to find and fall in love with. We want you to walk away inspired, in awe, or just happy to be alive. Or maybe you'll look at other people differently, in a less negative light. Whatever the case, you will find heart in our stories.

Our goal is to bring you four or five amazing works of fiction in 2016, and six in 2017 and each year after. We've already lined up a few and can't wait to see what comes across our desks next!

Do you have a submission you'd like to send us? We'd love to see it! You can find our submissions guidelines on our website.

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Tuesday, February 9, 2016


Hello, my dear readers!! (damn, I missed writing my lame intros :D <3 )
I am finally back from my spontaneous, unanounced break! First of all, I want to apologize for not letting you guys know about it but I really wasn't planning on taking some time off blogging. And not just blogging but commenting on other posts, updating and interacting on Goodreads, writing, bookstagram and even - reading! It's not like I haven't read at all but just that I need much longer than normal for one book because of time issues. 
So, at the moment, I'm reading three books:
  • The Orphan Queen by Jodi Meadows 
  • Asleep by Krystal Wade (which comes out February 16th)
  • Oblivion by Jennifer L. Armentrout
I will update my reading progress much more regularly now, so follow me or send me a friend request on Goodreads :)
Also, my plan for the next half year will be one post a week. This post can be a review, a book tag or anything else, really (book related of course ;) )
Upcoming posts are:
  • ARC Review: Asleep by Krystal Wade
  • Asleep Release Week Tour post
If you follow me on instagram (@on_my_bookshelf) you might have noticed that I have only posted two pics the past few weeks but I will get more active there in the near future, as well. 

Alright! I think that's all for now :-)
If you want to, leave me a comment with a post or book suggestion or tag me in any book tags you want <3

See ya!