June 29, 2015

I Ship It :: Scarlet & Wolf

So I recently discovered this website as well as this long-expired link up (it's from Valentine's Day). But I loved this idea, so I decided to write a post anyway! I have so many favorite couples in fiction. From Anne and Wentworth (Persuasion), to Sam and Alex (Dear Ms. Knightley), to Madison and Beckett (Barefoot Summer), to Finley and Beckett (There You'll Find Me), and many, many more! But I ultimately decided to talk (gush more like) about Scarlet and Wolf from The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer. Because they are AWESOME. They really, really are. I love these two together. They make my heart happy! Even now, I'm grinning just thinking about them. :D

So without further ado, I give you Scarlet and Wolf (aka: The Fabulous and Formidable Scarlet and Wolf ;)

​​What is their current relationship status, and how did they meet?

They both know the other loves them, but they are currently separated. *sniff sniff* (Ms. Meyer, you'd BETTER give them their happy ever after! I mean it.)

They met when Wolf approached Scarlet for some tomatoes she was trying to sell.

Why do you want them to be together? What makes them better together?

They just fit. They understand each other, they protect each other, they go against every instinct telling them not to trust the other and trust anyway (with a few ups and downs in that trust :). They find a true partner and the first feeling of home in each other (more so on Wolf's side, but true of Scarlet as well). They complete each other so perfectly. I was committed to both of them pretty much from their very first meeting! And Wolf's heartbreak at the end of Cress?! Oh my poor heart. They need each other!

What song(s) remind you of them?

Ah, let me get back to you on that?

How would they divide household chores (cooking, cleaning, etc.)?

I think Scarlet would probably do most of it, but Wolf would probably love the chance to learn how a normal household works (plus just be able to spend more time with Scarlet). Which means they'd end up sharing some of it.

What would this couple argue most about, and who is most likely to compromise?

At this point, I think they'd fight most about Wolf learning to become more open. His life hasn't been easy (well, neither has Scarlet's for that matter) and learning to integrate into normal society will be difficult for him So that means Scarlet would probably compromise the most, because she loves him and knows how difficult this will be for him.

What interests do they share?

Hmmm. Well, I'm kind of drawing a blank for this one.... (Embarrassing. I say they're one of my top favorite couples, yet I can't remember these sorts of details? *embarrassed grin*)

Are they introverts, extroverts, one of each?

I would venture to say Scarlet may be a bit more extroverted, yet has lots of introverted qualities, and Wolf much more introverted (for good reason!). But together, I think they'd really help each other to open up and be awesome. Not that they aren't already awesome, of course (because they are!).

What would their first date be like? (If they've already had their first date, describe their ideal date.)

At this point, I think they'd both just really love to spend some quiet time with each other. Haven't had much of that in the short amount of time they've known each other! So spending several hours with just the two of them I think might be precisely what they need. Some time to truly talk and express their hearts.

Do they get along with each other's families?

Um...well...if you consider Cinder and her gang a family (which they totally are), then yes! As for meeting their real, biological families, neither of them really get the chance to do that. Wolf may or may not meet Scarlet's grandmother (I kind of forget?), but it's not in the context of "meeting my significant other's grandmother", so...

In what ways do they drive each other crazy? In what ways do they drive other people crazy together?

(To be honest, it's been a little while since I read their story and I kind of forget some of the precise details. So this question I'm not entirely certain how to answer. I think a reread is in order soon!)

Wolf's natural tendency to be a bit dominating and fierce can cause Scarlet some frustrating moments. And Wolf isn't used to normal human beings, so there's probably a great deal that he finds frustrating about all he has to learn. And together? I think since they're so different from each other (in the physical/physiological sense), yet they so obviously care deeply about the other that their cuteness can probably be slightly too sweet? This requires more thought...

Where would they go for their honeymoon/a romantic getaway?

Hmmm. Definitely not the moon! ;D I'm forgetting if either of them expresses a desire to visit somewhere specific, so I suppose I'll go with: it doesn't really matter where they go. The important bit is that they just have time together. As long as it's just the two of them, nothing else is probably as big a deal.

Do they share any similarities to classic romantic couples? (I.E., Elizabeth Bennet and Mr. Darcy, Beauty and the Beast)

Ha! Yep, Beauty and the Beast would be pretty apt. :D Maybe a bit of Lizzy and Darcy too, in that they don't always communicate well, at least at first. But they're getting there!

What would their "celebrity couple" name be? (I.E., Brangelina) ​​

Scarf? (Okay, that's terrible.) Hmmm. Wolflet? (Yeah, that's not much better.) I'm not cut out for this sort of decision!

Where do you see this couple in 10 years?​

Provided Wolf (and Cinder and Kai and Thorne and Cress and Iko and....the whole gang!) can save her (which they WILL.) (They'd better or I will not be a happy reader.), I picture them happy together. Beyond that, I'll see how the final book ends and then maybe come back and say for sure. But they're definitely happy in the future! Those two deserve ALL the happiness!

June 27, 2015

New Cover Reveal :: The Seahorse Legacy by Serena Chase {Plus a Giveaway!}

Hello dear readers! I am excited to share a beautiful new book cover with you today. Ms. Chase had her original cover redesigned and I get to let you be among the first to take a peek at it! Plus she's giving away some very fun items, so all in all, this post is made of win, yes? I knew you'd think so too. :)

Also of note, The Seahorse Legacy is already out on Amazon, but the story itself has gotten a bit of a facelift as well. Just a small one, according to Ms. Chase, but if you haven't read the series yet (why on earth not?! Here's my review of book one if you're interested) or if you haven't gotten a copy of this one, then now is the time! Plus you'll be all prepared for book four, The Sunken Realm, which should be out in late Summer. (It cannot arrive fast enough for me! I am SO excited to find out what's coming next for Erielle and Cazien! :)

So? What do you think? Kind of dark and mysterious and intriguing, isn't it? I love how their eyes stand out so brightly. And the pirate ship on the sea of red is awesome! Sailing into the sunset, perhaps? Doesn't this make you want to know what the story is about? Please say yes! Because I happen to think this series is fabulous and I'm pretty sure you will too. :)

About the Book

a Pirate, bound by a centuries-old oath

As Keeper of the Seahorse Legacy, Cazien de Pollis is a King among pirates, divinely appointed to dispense justice on the seas. Bound by the sacred oath of a long-dead ancestor, he must fulfill a contract to wed the green-eyed Oracle’s Daughter named therein—or risk losing everything he and his people hold dear. But at nineteen, with the identity of his betrothed only recently revealed, Cazien resents the contract—and the urgency within him to see it satisfied.

a Knight, determined to prove her calling

Erielle de Gladiel returned from the quest for the Remedy, changed. Not only are her formerly-blue eyes now a brilliant shade of green, but she must don gloves to hide inky evidence that her prophetically-bestowed title, the Oracle’s Daughter, demands more from her than the task already completed. Erielle’s dearest-held dream is realized when she is knighted by her King, but unbeknownst to her, that very honor jeopardizes the prophesied purpose to which she and Cazien have been called.

a Legacy, demanding surrender

Just as Cazien summons the courage to collect his bride, dark rumors and darker deeds crawl up the coasts, calling its guardians, the Seahorse Pirates, into action—and Cazien away from Erielle. But even though the Oracle’s Daughter knows nothing of the contract to which she has been consigned, Cazien’s enemies have somehow learned of his interest in Erielle. And if they reach her before his ancestor’s weighty oath is executed, the Seahorse Legacy will be forfeited . . . and darkness will be given reign.

The third book in this series-within-a series, The Seahorse Legacy begins an epic re-imagining of several fairy tales combined--including an unexpected twist on The Twelve Dancing Princesses. This romantic adventure will conclude in Eyes of E’veria, Book 4: The Sunken Realm, coming late Summer 2015.

About the Author

SERENA CHASE lives in Iowa with her husband, two teen daughters, and a big white dog named Albus. A frequent contributor to USA Today's Happy Ever After blog, Serena is an avid reader of young adult fiction and inspirational romance and has become a respected influencer within those communities. When not engaged in her varied roles within the publishing industry, Serena can be found coaching her local high school's Color Guard, watching action movies, and dreaming about someday living in a cottage by the sea. Connect with Serena on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, and Twitter. Visit her website to subscribe to her newsletter and gain access to exclusive, subscriber-only content.


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June 26, 2015

Five Things For Friday

Thing 1 - Precisely what the picture says. I hope you are having a delightful Friday! If not, well....at least tomorrow's the weekend, right?

Thing 2 - The lovely Amber is hosting "A Special Jane Austen Read-Along" in July! I hope you'll join in the fun? We're reading Persuasion, which just happens to be my fave Austen book (and I promise I had absolutely no say in choosing it. It's Amber's fault that I get to gush over this story for three whole weeks! ;)

Thing 3 - The Inspy Award winners will be announced on Sunday, June 28th! I haven't talked much about it here, but I had the honor of participating this year and let me just say that every single book nominated in my category was wonderful. Check out the shortlists here.

Thing 4 - If you enjoy The Lord of the Rings and/or The Hobbit movies, you should go gush with Hamlette. She spent four months writing 28 different posts about her favorite things in the movies. From favorite scenes, favorite costumes, favorite one-on-one fights, favorite songs, etc, she covers it all! Seriously. Go check it out.

Thing 5 - Stay tuned! On Saturday (that's tomorrow, folks!) I have an awesome cover reveal and giveaway coming.

Happy Friday, my lovelies!

June 25, 2015

And The Winners Are......!!!


First, I just wanted to say THANK YOU. Thank you to all who entered my giveaways. I admit to being a bit nervous that only one or two people would enter, so I was ever so pleased when so many comments came in! I sincerely wish I could send a book to all of you! :)

So! The two winners are as follows:

The Near Witch ~ Olivia

Undeniably Yours ~ Heather

I will be notifying both of you for your mailing addresses. Please note that you need to contact me back by July 1st.

Thanks again, friends! I hope your week has been delightful! :)


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