Monday, November 19, 2012

Timeless (Transcend Time Saga #3) RELEASE


NOW ON SALE! Link for purchase on Amazon…

In celebration of the release week of TIMELESS (November 20, 2012 – November 27, 2012), two special week long deals will be occurring: 

   1. The e-version of REMEMBRANCE will be reduced from $2.99 to $0.99 on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Kobo. VENGEANCE is $0.99.
   2. Anyone who purchases TIMELESS during the release week is eligible to receive a free personalized REMEMBRANCE bookmark signed by Michelle Madow. To claim a bookmark, email with your name, mailing address (as it should appear on the envelope), and proof of purchase (a screenshot/photo of your purchase confirmation, or a photo of TIMELESS on your e-reader.) This offer is international. 


If you are an email subscriber to, you can pre-order and receive a signed copy of Timeless. Click here to orderClick here to order!

Timeless trailer released! CLICK HERE to enjoy!

There is also a new give-away, says Michelle,

"I will be giving away a paperback, signed proof of Timeless. Besides the proof I marked up, this is the only copy of this exact version of Timeless in existence. If you want to own this one-of-a-kind item, the only way to try to get it is to enter this giveaway!"

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The back cover blurb has just been released along with some great give-aways! 

We're getting closer to this third and final installment in the Transcend Time Series that started with Remembrance  and was followed by Vengeance.

Here's the back cover blurb for Timeless:


In Remembrance, Lizzie and Drew changed the course of fate so they could be together. 

In Vengeance, Chelsea set fate back on its original, deadly path. 

Now, strange things keep happening to Lizzie. Things that are omens of darkness to come. A curse has doomed her to die an early death, just as she did in her past life. To make things worse, even if she can figure out who cast the curse, it's irreversible. There's only one option left for her to save herself. It's crazier than anything she's heard yet, and to do it, she'll need Drew and Chelsea's help.

Because to make things right, they must go back to when it all began …

To coincide with this just released back cover blurb, Michelle is doing some give-aways! 

- One signed paperback of Timeless (to be sent as soon as possible after the release date)
- A choice of one of these time travel novels: Waterfall by Lisa Bergren, Tempest by Julie Cross, Hourglass by Myra McEntire, TimeRiders by Alex Scarrow, Time Between Us by Tamara Ireland Stone, or Timeless Love by Judith O’Brian.

Visit Michelle's website to get your copy of Remembrance or to connect with her through social media.

Friday, November 9, 2012

Crossed (Match Trilogy, #2)

Condie, A. (2011). Crossed. NY: Dutton Books.
YA Lit/Dystopian, Sci Fi

I gave this 3 out of 5 Stars on Goodreads

This book felt like a placeholder because it is one as the middle book of the Matched trilogy. I'm glad that Reached (Matched #3), comes out next week so I can quickly determine if the middle book woes are quickly forgotten.

I did like that in this installment, the chapters altered between Cassia’s point of view and Ky’s point of view.  This was very helpful because Ky has a lot going on in his head that explain his actions.  If not for that, we might think he was a jerk or at a minimum, slightly off his rocker.  Xander is a character in absentia for the most part, but it’s clear that he’ll be coming back full throttle in the final book, Reached. One new and quite interesting character who is introduced is the wild and beautiful Indie.

The violence is ratcheted up a bit from Matched, but it only makes sense that it would be as this story takes place in war zones.  The book gave us a lot of background information about the formation of the Society and its original intentions, as well as a deeper look into Ky’s life.  Ky and Cassia are getting to know each other a bit, and they are both finding their own and the other’s imperfections. 

Condie does a good job of building a haze around most every character so that it’s difficult to tell who is trustworthy.  I am hoping that much of the disjointedness of characters and events will become more cohesive in the third book; hopefully these weren’t insignificant and while reading book 3, we’ll have that awesome “Aha Moment” when we’ll think ourselves so clever for remembering said insignificant detail from book 2. 

Having said all that (and my, didn’t I say it eloquently?), hoping that all the boring and disconnected stuff in this book matters in its sequel doesn’t make earn a 5 star review.  There is definitely potential for the story to kick into high gear and rock ‘n’ roll again, so I will definitely read the third book in the series.

My Clean-O-Meter rating for this book is 3.5 out of 5 (where a 5 is squeaky clean).  The violence factor is increased with lots of death – especially of children and teens, but there aren’t graphic descriptions of the actual deaths or the bodies. No vulgar language (perhaps a “d**n” or two), no sex but a fair amount of kissing which is not explained in more detail than lips being pressed together.  There is just a hint of innuendo that maybe just maybe more than kissing happens, but it’s a stretch.  And there is one situation that isn’t explained, so the reader could infer that two young people had a child together out of wedlock. 

View the book trailer - thanks Penguin!

And just a teaser for Reached, click here to see the trailer on

And if that's not enough, Ally Condie has released the first 45 pages of the book- I'm hooked!  Reached - Ally Condie - Penguin Group (USA)