Monday Funday: Ice Bucket Challenge accepted!

Hi lovelies!

So it was going to happen eventually. If you haven’t heard, there’s a movement going around regarding an ice bucket challenge for ALS. Here is more info on the whole challenge.

I think this movement is wonderful! It brings awareness to a disease that most people don’t know about. ALS or known as “Lou Gehrig’s Disease,” affects nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord. Early symptoms of ALS  include increasing muscle weakness, especially involving the arms and legs, speech, swallowing or breathing. Soon the muscles become useless and the ability to initiate and control movements is lost. Here is more information on the disease.

So I was tasked by my lovely friend Vivian to do the challenge! So here I go. FYI: I look horrible because I just woke up!

I still donated to ALS even though I accepted the challenge. You can donate too!

 

Here are my favorite Ice bucket challenges!  Enjoy!

Love Tawney (Good Twin)

 

 

Review Friday! Sisters’ Fate, Gates of Thread and Stone, and A Slither of Hope

Hi Lovelies!

It’s Tawney twin here! Let’s talk about books!

Book

I’ve been reading a lot lately due to the fact I’m unemployed at the moment. It could be both a good thing and bad thing! But due to my free time I’ve read so many good books! I’ve decided to share them with you because they’re an excellent, fast reads that you need to add to your “to be read” list!

best day ever

Here’s 3 books I’ve read the past week and why you should read them too!

 

Jessica Spotswood SISTES’ FATE

Sisters' Fate

If you  haven’t read The Cahill Witch Chronicles…you need to get on it! Coming from the last book Star Cursed, we were left with a cliffhanger! The dreaded cliffhanger that makes you wait agonizing months/years to see what happens. But it wasn’t just any cliffhanger, it was a OMG-I-didn’t-see-that-coming-cliffhanger! Cate returns to the world that Jessica beautifully created with the prophecy and for a fight to protect her sisters.  Cate has always tried to keep it a secret that she’s a witch from the Brotherhood. And it gets harder and harder with the amped up security. The Sisterhood doesn’t know what to do and Cate needs to protect her sisters. I’m not going to give much away but it all twines together perfectly when this book is finished. I devoured this book once I got it in my hands! It was a great ending for the series.

Book Description:

A fever ravages New London, but with the Brotherhood sending suspected witches straight to the gallows, the Sisters are powerless against the disease. They can’t help without revealing their powers—as Cate learns when a potent display of magic turns her into the most wanted witch in all of New England.

To make matters worse, Cate has been erased from the memory of her beloved Finn. While she’s torn between protecting him from further attacks and encouraging him to fall for her all over again, she’s certain she can never forgive Maura’s betrayal. And now that Tess’s visions have taken a deadly turn, the prophecy that one Cahill sister will murder another looms ever closer to its fulfillment.

 

Buy on: Amazon,Barnes and Noble, or Book Depository

 

Lori M Lee  GATES OF THREAD AND STONE

I love fantasy, so when I heard about this book I immediately added it to my TBR list. The cover is gorgeous and the concept of the book sounded fabulous. Once I bought my book and had it in my hands I engulfed this book like it was a rare chocolate treat. And what a treat it was! It’s a story of magic, romance, time bending and a gutsy main character that I loved reading about. We follow Kai through an absolute wonderful world that Lori created. I love world building and she didn’t disappoint with caste systems and magic. There’s the Infinite, the Grays and the mahjo. What’s not to love? Kai is a datermined girl who wants to save her brother Reev, who was kidnapped. Enter Avan who wants to help Kai. What a great friendship they have that slightly moves to the possibility of more. The writing flowed and I couldn’t flip the pages fast enough to see what happened next to Kai. A great adventurous read. I can’t wait to learn more from this world that Lori created. I know she has more in store for us!

Book description:

Gates-cover-FINAL-sm-2

In the Labyrinth, we had a saying: keep silent, keep still, keep safe.

In a city of walls and secrets, where only one man is supposed to possess magic, seventeen-year-old Kai struggles to keep hidden her own secret—she can manipulate the threads of time. When Kai was eight, she was found by Reev on the riverbank, and her “brother” has taken care of her ever since. Kai doesn’t know where her ability comes from—or where she came from. All that matters is that she and Reev stay together, and maybe one day move out of the freight container they call home, away from the metal walls of the Labyrinth. Kai’s only friend is Avan, the shopkeeper’s son with the scandalous reputation that both frightens and intrigues her.

Then Reev disappears. When keeping silent and safe means losing him forever, Kai vows to do whatever it takes to find him. She will leave the only home she’s ever known and risk getting caught up in a revolution centuries in the making. But to save Reev, Kai must unravel the threads of her past and face shocking truths about her brother, her friendship with Avan, and her unique power.

Buy on: Amazon, Barnes and Noble, or Book Depository

 

Lisa M Basso A SLITHER OF HOPE

I love angel books! When I got the first book in this series, A Shimmer of Angels,  I was hooked! So I immediately snatched the second book when it was released. We have the Fallen, angels, and hottie Kade, (Love that name) and our main character Rayna has wings! The writing was great and I whipped through this book like a road runner, quickly turning each page. Rayna must learn to protect herself form the Fallen and Kade can help with that but when she runs back to her family things get a little complicated….the suspense kicks in as we follow her trying to save herself and those she loves.

 

A SLITHER OF HOPE

Rayna struggles to piece her life back together, but hiding in plain sight from the police, the SS Crazy, and the Fallen isn’t a foolproof plan—something Kade, the World’s Worst Roommate, reminds her of everyday. 

The late nights of failing to teach Ray how to protect herself against the Fallen are getting to Kade, changing him in ways he doesn’t like, and after a family emergency sends Ray back into Cam’s arms, Kade decides he’s had enough. 

News of Rayna’s resurfacing brings both angels and the Fallen to San Francisco by the dozens, all eyes scouring the city for the girl with the gray wings. Rayna will need both Kade and Cam’s help to ensure her family’s safety, navigate the new dangers and enemies springing up all over the city, and manage the surprises that arise with her new set of wings.

Buy on: Amazon, Barnes and Noble, or the Book Depository.

 

So those are the books I’ve read this last week! Magic, witches and angels! I just love magic and fantasy!

dr who

How about you? What have you read?

 

Love Tawney

Monday Funday: Author Dahlia Adler

It’s not too often we look forward to Mondays.

monday

But when you talk to great authors for some fun then Mondays become special!

yay!

Our Monday Funday today is with author Dahlia Adler, who wrote the book Behind the Scenes. Before we get started here is a little info about her!

 

57cbad1db0529223-17869397            dahlia

High school senior Ally Duncan’s best friend may be *the* Vanessa Park – star of TV’s hottest new teen drama – but Ally’s not interested in following in her BFF’s Hollywood footsteps. In fact, the only thing Ally’s ever really wanted is to go to Columbia and study abroad in Paris. But when her father’s mounting medical bills threaten to stop her dream in its tracks, Ally nabs a position as Van’s on-set assistant to get the cash she needs.

Spending the extra time with Van turns out to be fun, and getting to know her sexy co-star Liam is an added bonus. But when the actors’ publicist arranges for Van and Liam to “date” for the tabloids just after he and Ally share their first kiss, Ally will have to decide exactly what role she’s capable of playing in their world of make believe. If she can’t play by Hollywood’s rules, she may lose her best friend, her dream future, and her first shot at love.

Ready for some fun?

phoebe-roz

Thought so! If you don’t know what Monday Funday is, it’s where we ask fun questions to authors. Questions that usually don’t get asked!

Let the games begin!

Bane

 

1. In your book Behind the Scenes, Ally is the assistant to her best friend Vanessa, who happens to be an actress. If you could be the assistant to any actress or actor who would it be? I think I would love to be the assistant to Kerry Washington so I could get all the secrets of Scandal!

jennifer

 Probably Jennifer Lawrence. It’s hard to imagine she’d be the type to be totally brutal to her assistants, and if she is, wouldn’t that just be the best tell-all ever?

2. If you were stranded on an island, which authors would you like to be stranded with you? Remember, you will be with them 24/7 looking for food and passing the long days together.

 I’d last all of five minutes without Maggie Hall (The Conspiracy of Us), plus she’s a fabulous world traveler so I know she’d be the perfect person to have in survival mode. I’d also need my accountabilibuddy, Lindsay Smith (SEKRET; SKANDAL) because if anyone could get my butt in line to do the necessary hunting/gathering, it’s her. And probably Courtney Summers (CRACKED UP TO BE; SOME GIRLS ARE; FALL FOR ANYTHING; THIS IS NOT A TEST; ALL THE RAGE) because A) the bedtime stories, and B) the woman wrote about surviving a zombie apocalypse, and I feel like she could probably handle this.

3. Who’s your favorite book boyfriend? Come on, you have to have one!

 going too far     jellicoe
I have two! I’m torn between John After from GOING TOO FAR by Jennifer Echols and Jonah Griggs from JELLICOE ROAD by Melina Marchetta. Both have that strong, silent, protective-without-being-absurdly-possessive-or-abusive thing going for them. 

 

4. If you were written about in the newspaper, on the front page, what would the headline say? I think mine would say “Tawney, who is so bubbly and smiles way too much, moves to Florida hating the humidity. It ruins her bangs.”

“Local Rec-ing Ball Writes Book Thing”

 5. If you could trade places with any other person for a week, famous or not, living or dead, real or fictional, with whom would it be?

the-chairman

The idea of being in someone else’s skin sort of terrifies me, honestly. Almost as much as having someone in mine. Maybe the Chairman on Iron Chef. Does he get to taste the food? That’s what I want.

 I love the Chairman!!! He should be able to eat all the food!

 

You can get the book here: Amazon, BN , Book of Wonder,Book Depository.

Follow Dahlia on twitter, or her blog

 

 

Until next time!

LOVE

The Twins

Giveaway Celebration for Lori M Lee’s Gates of Thread and Stone

Happy Book Birthday to Lori M Lee and her fabulous book Gates of Thread and Stone.

Let’s celebrate! Dance off!

 

Slater

 

We’ve been waiting for this book it seems like forever. It was torture!

Now it’s out in the big world! And we want to celebrate but first a look at the book and Lori.

Gates-cover-FINAL-sm

 

In a city of walls and secrets, where only one man is supposed to possess magic, seventeen-year-old Kai struggles to keep hidden her own secret—she can manipulate the threads of time. When Kai was eight, she was found by Reev on the riverbank, and her “brother” has taken care of her ever since. Kai doesn’t know where her ability comes from—or where she came from. All that matters is that she and Reev stay together, and maybe one day move out of the freight container they call home, away from the metal walls of the Labyrinth. Kai’s only friend is Avan, the shopkeeper’s son with the scandalous reputation that both frightens and intrigues her.

Then Reev disappears. When keeping silent and safe means losing him forever, Kai vows to do whatever it takes to find him. She will leave the only home she’s ever known and risk getting caught up in a revolution centuries in the making. But to save Reev, Kai must unravel the threads of her past and face shocking truths about her brother, her friendship with Avan, and her unique power.

 

Lori M Lee

lori-final-lowres-002-300x199

 

Lori is the author of young adult fantasy Gates of Thread and Stone, coming August 5, 2014 from Skyscape. She has a borderline obsessive fascination with unicorns, is fond of talking in capslock, and loves to write about magic, manipulation, and family. She lives in Wisconsin with her husband, kids, and a friendly pitbull.

 

So to the Giveaway!!!!!

Let’s get started.

tumblr_n176h4clk71s0fchvo1_500

 

You have the chance to win a copy of Gates of Thread and Stone with swag!

All you have to do is comment below. Tell us what you would do if you can manipulate the threads of time.

 

Good luck lovelies!

Love the Twins

Monday Funday with Author Mindee Arnett

It’s Monday, the dreaded first day of the work week! There seems to be no end in sight!

tumblr_m3dafcYd9Y1qapy9o

So we’ve come to rescue you! We have Mindee Arnett answering our fun Monday Funday questions! First here’s some info about this fabulous author we love!

5145808

Mindee Arnett lives on a horse farm in Ohio with her husband, two kids, a couple of dogs, and an inappropriate number of cats. She’s addicted to jumping horses and telling tales of magic, the macabre, and outer space. She has far more dreams than nightmares.

THE NIGHTMARE AFFAIR

The Nightmare Affair1

Sixteen-year-old Dusty Everhart breaks into houses late at night, but not because she’s a criminal. No, she’s a Nightmare.

 Literally.
Being the only Nightmare at Arkwell Academy, a boarding school for magickind, and living in the shadow of her mother’s infamy, is hard enough. But when Dusty sneaks into Eli Booker’s house, things get a whole lot more complicated. He’s hot, which means sitting on his chest and invading his dreams couldn’t get much more embarrassing. But it does. Eli is dreaming of a murder.

Then Eli’s dream comes true.Now Dusty has to follow the clues—both within Eli’s dreams and out of them—to stop the killer before more people turn up dead. And before the killer learns what she’s up to and marks her as the next target.

THE NIGHTMARE DILEMMA

The Nightmare Dilemma

 

 

 

 

Dusty Everhart might be able to predict the future through the dreams of her crush, Eli Booker, but that doesn’t make her life even remotely easy. When one of her mermaid friends is viciously assaulted and left for dead, and the school’s jokester, Lance Rathbone, is accused of the crime, Dusty’s as shocked as everybody else. Lance needs Dusty to prove his innocence by finding the real attacker, but that’s easier asked than done. Eli’s dreams are no help, more nightmares than prophecies.

To make matters worse, Dusty’s ex-boyfriend has just been acquitted of conspiracy and is now back at school, reminding Dusty of why she fell for him in the first place. The Magi Senate needs Dusty to get close to him, to discover his real motives. But this order infuriates Eli, who has started his own campaign for Dusty’s heart.

As Dusty takes on both cases, she begins to suspect they’re connected to something bigger. And there’s something very wrong with Eli’s dreams, signs that point to a darker plot than they could have ever imagined.

AVALON

17149396

Jeth Seagrave and his crew have made their name stealing metatech: the devices that allow people to travel great distances faster than the speed of light. In a world where the agencies that patrol the outer edges of space are as corrupt as the crime bosses who control them, it’s as much of a living as anyone can ask for. For years Jeth’s managed to fly under the radar of the government that executed his parents for treason—but when he finds himself in possession of information that both government and the crime bosses are willing to kill for, he’s going to find there’s no escaping his past anymore.

Now to the questions!

large-2

Rules are simple: Don’t think, just answer the questions without thought.

 

1. Avalon deals with a lot of spaceships. Which ship would you love to fly? The Millennium Falcon? The Enterprise? Serenity from Firefly? Or any other ship?

tumblr_m15uvj12H71qgq99s     tumblr_mpi5ek0QEr1rzu2xzo2_400

This is such a tough question. Clearly, I think Avalon rocks hardcore, but if I had to choose a spaceship for my own, I’d go with the T.A.R.D.I.S from Doctor Who. It can go anywhere in space and time. Plus, the ship is packed with awesome stuff like a swimming pool, gigantic library. I think there’s even a riding stables in there. On and it has the Doctor, of course. Best of all worlds. I suppose the Enterprise from Next Generation would work too, thanks to the Holodec.

url-12

 OMG! How could I forget about the Tardis? You win on that one!

 

2.  Dreams are big in Nightmare Affair because Dusty needs to feed off them. Have you had any dreams that stuck with you or you couldn’t forget? i had a dream that someone is in the house hunting me. i don’t have it often but when I do the hunter get’s closer and closer to me. It’s so scary!

large-3

I do have recurring dreams. When I was little, I regularly dreamed that Medusa from Clash of the Titans (the original) lived in my dad’s basement. As I got older my dreams turned to more serious matters that I would prefer not to mention—they’re just too horrible and personal. Although I will say a lot of my anxiety dreams involve my teeth failing out. Shudder!

I have dreams of my teeth falling out too due to anxiety! Horrible!

 

3. What is your most favorite MC from any book who you would like to hang out with if they were alive and real?

Karou from Daughter of Smoke and Bone. She’s funny and sweet and she has magic!

book1

 

4. Who would win in a fight? Katniss or Tris? I mean Katniss has arrows and Tris knives and guns.  It would be a fair fight.

I would have to go with Katniss. This is like the city girl versus the country girl showdown. In my book, the country girl always wins….lol

jennifer-lawrence-katniss-a-true-potterhead

 I totally agree too!

 

5. Tell us something outstanding that we didn’t know about you! I have an obsession with dragons. I love Kaleesi from Game of Thrones. I want pet dragons!

18467-sherlock-sherlock-playing-the-violin

Make that ditto for me. I love dragons, too. But I would prefer mine to come like they do in Pern, I think. One fact about me I haven’t shared is that I used to play the Viola. I absolutely loved it. Actually, I’m fairly musical all around. I play the piano, a little guitar, and I sing.

You are so multitalented! Thank you so much for playing Monday Funday!

 

Until next time lovlies!

tumblr_inline_mq85z2ZxYg1qz4rgp

 

 

Monday Funday with Author Jessica Spotswood

It’s Monday and time to have some fun!

f17cd22a3e5a4dfe37f0213e2af50fd9aae510de309c65a45b8c4e502c748347

 

Today we have fun with  Author Jessica Spotswood who answers our Monday Funday questions!

 

Here’s a little about Jessica!
Jesica Spottswood

The Cahill Witch Chronicles 

 

 

I grew up in a tiny one-stoplight town in Pennsylvania, where I could be found swimming, playing clarinet, memorizing lines for the school play, or—most often—with my nose in a book. I’ve been writing since I was little but studied theatre in college and grad school. Now I live in Washington, DC with my brilliant playwright husband and a cuddly cat named Monkey.

 

And now to the questions! Muhahaha!

 

tumblr_m8z604JNNF1qc4ozgo4_500-2

 

1. So the Cahill Witch Chronicle deal with witches and most witches are associated with covens. If you were head witch of a coven what other YA authors or any genre authors would you have a part of it? And what would be their special powers?

 

hocus-pocus-2

 Ooh, my Breathless Reads sisters Andrea Cremer, Marie Lu, and Beth Revis would be my coven! We really clicked on tour in 2012 and we’ve done a few retreats since then, and they’re such an amazing, funny, clever, talented group of women, they don’t even need magic to make them more awesome. But I’d love to be able to fly or teleport to see them more often! I think Andrea would be a healer, because she’s so nurturing; Marie would be able to cast amazing illusions, because she’s also a brilliant artist; and Beth would be able to do mind-magic, because she’s a little bit evil. ;) 

 

This is an epic coven! I wouldn’t want to mess with you girls! 

 

 

2. I always have to ask the book boyfriend questions. Who is your favorite book boyfriend and what would you ask him if you got to meet him in person?

 

 I don’t know if I can choose just one. My three favorite book boyfriends are Po from GRACELING, Hector from THE GIRL OF FIRE & THORNS series, and Eldric from CHIME. I don’t know what I’d ask them – let’s be honest, I don’t think much about talking to them! *swoons*

 

 Oh Hector! He’s my favorite too!  51nOsQ80HwL

 

 

 

3. You have been part of the drama department in college and directed some plays. What YA book would you most love to direct? Of course we would love to see the Cahill Witch Chronicles on the big screen!

 

 

 Oh, I wouldn’t trust myself to direct it – but I’d love to see a movie version of any of Kristin Cashore’s books. Especially FIRE. It’s so visual, with all the beautiful monsters!

 

 

 

 

 

4. If you could immerse yourself in any book what book would it be and what part? I would love to immerse myself in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix to ride theThestral with Harry and the others to the Ministry of Magic.

 

 I’d love to live in the Harry Potter world! I’d like to visit Hogwarts and explore the castle – meet the ghosts, go through the secret passageways, have feasts in the great hall, attend a Quidditch match, and see crazy new plants and animals in herbology and Hagrid’s class! 

hagrid

 

 

 

5. Quick, you have a small amount of time and the cannon is ready to fire for the Hunger Games. What is your talent and who is your district?

The-Hunger-Games-gifs-the-hunger-games-30195333-400-180

Er…I’m really organized? I have great handwriting? I give good advice? I’d be dead immediately in the Hunger Games! 

 

Ha Me too. I’m too nice. I would be a goner.

 

 

 

6. Disney has many princess, what princess would you love to revamp and make a brand spankin new fairy tale? I would love to see snow white as a vampire because whose skin is white as snow and lips red as blood? Or maybe sleeping beauty as a stone gargoyle cursed to sleep during the day? 

 

I’m actually working on a fantasy retelling of Sleeping Beauty right now! It’s told from the pov of her half-fey bastard best friend, who has to go on a quest to bring back the prince she thinks will break the curse. I don’t want to say too much about it yet, but I love the idea of re-imagining Sleeping Beauty from a passive princess into a very headstrong one – and the curse being broken not really because of some unknown prince but because of a loyal best friend. 

 

Aurora-Sleeping-84882

 

OMG! I love this! I can’t wait to read this!

 

Thank you so much for being a part of our Monday Funday Jessica!

 

Love Tawney

Behind the Scenes and book giveaway!

To celebrate Dahlia Adler’s book release of Behind the Scenes we will go behind our scenes of being twins. Oh, we have a giveaway too!

surprised

First Happy book birthday to Dahlia and Behind the scenes!

57cbad1db0529223-17869397      7e199a1c264cd553-Me

BEHIND THE SCENES (June 24, 2014)

High school senior Ally Duncan’s best friend may be *the* Vanessa Park – star of TV’s hottest new teen drama – but Ally’s not interested in following in her BFF’s Hollywood footsteps. In fact, the only thing Ally’s ever really wanted is to go to Columbia and study abroad in Paris. But when her father’s mounting medical bills threaten to stop her dream in its tracks, Ally nabs a position as Van’s on-set assistant to get the cash she needs. Spending the extra time with Van turns out to be fun, and getting to know her sexy co-star Liam is an added bonus. But when the actors’ publicist arranges for Van and Liam to “date” for the tabloids just after he and Ally share their first kiss, Ally will have to decide exactly what role she’s capable of playing in their world of make believe. If she can’t play by Hollywood’s rules, she may lose her best friend, her dream future, and her first shot at love.
Find her book at these websites!

 

And now behind the scenes of the TWINS!

After a long day of working at the Superior Court in Arizona we like to get together and drink after work. Maybe gossip….

10300233_4439602684469_7750593804551909318_n   Lets-have-A-Drink

We love to write! So much so that Kristen went to Phoenix Comic Con as her Main Character of her upcoming book! She made the whole outfit!

10433068_10201429443572741_7146214146040313891_n   10464016_731520146899284_3607525567486384340_n 10291164_10202252444134925_6264359584679301442_n

Tawney is obsessed with headbands! Don’t ask. She just loves how they go with her bangs.

1146582_4138179989090_885524298_n  1902031_4074719762624_392071828_n

And as twins we like to have fun and clown around! Yes that’s Tawney dancing and doing the air guitar at a wedding. We love to dance.

309637_10100832451766881_2083073172_n-2     mf7yGvo

Maybe fool our friends by switching places on the phone when they call. We love being twins and are proud to show it!

1380806_3650744483507_550682392_n

For Dahlia’s release we’re giving away a paperback copy of Behind the Scenes!

96781-Anna-excited-gif-Imgur-Frozen-j9Hv

You only have to do one thing, comment below with “behind the scenes” in your life!  You can talk about what you are working now if you are a writer, post pictures of your work, show your hobbies, anything! Just give us a peek into your life and have fun!
Love the Twins