Thursday, July 7, 2011

Blog Tour: Mayhem - Artist Arthur - Author Book Picks

Artist Arthur is here today with a guest post on her favourite book picks courtesy of the Teen Book Scene blog tour for her book, Mayhem. Thank you for being here, Artist! Look for my reviews for Mystify and Mayhem to come later today and tomorrow. You can follow along with the tour here. Enjoy!


Thanks Corrine for giving me the opportunity to guest post on your blog. I’m really excited about the topic as well as I love talking about books!

My “library” is overflowing with books to be read at the moment and my favorites that I’m inclined to read again sometime. I write Adult Romance and Paranormal as well as Young Adult Paranormal so I have tons of these books on my shelves. Favorites on the adult scene include J.R. Ward, Nora Roberts, Allison Brennan. I tend to like my romance filled with subplots like murder and mayhem, suspense, mystery, otherworldly.
As for Young Adult I really love the paranormal, the new worlds being created by an array of talented authors are invigorating. One of my favorite series at the moment is Beautiful Creatures and Beautiful Darkness by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl. It’s the clever mixture of being told from a male POV and the southern ambiance that makes this series so interesting to me. I also love the emotion that drives each character, the authors have done a splendid job of providing a colorful cast. Another favorite of mine is the Private series by Kate Brian, witty and engaging is how I’d describe these books. I enjoyed the Luxe series by Anne Godbersen because I enjoy reading historicals as well. Another really cool series is the Soul Screamers by Rachel Vincent, both my daughter and I enjoy these books.
You’d think I only read paranormals from the above list, but that’s not true. I like YA romance and general fiction as well. What I look for most and what makes a book great in my opinion is the emotional piece that pulls you from page one. I’m very impatient so waiting a long time to get the warm, fuzzy feeling from being connected to a book, doesn’t really work for me. I need instant gratification, like the buzz from eating my favorite mint chocolate chip ice cream. Now, I just started reading Delirium by Lauren Oliver—I loved this cover by the way, simple yet enticing—and the first chapter already has my heart beating a little faster. Something about being afraid to fall in love, so afraid you’d undergo a procedure to prevent it. That one chapter was compelling and that’s what I like in a book, so I’ll probably spend the rest of the weekend reading it. =) Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson had that effect on me. I actually read this one on the ride home from Myrtle Beach. It was poignant and emotional and so real I could have cried the entire time I read, but my kids would have thought that way too entertaining.
So what I’m saying is that there are bunches and bunches of books out there, my advice is always to know what you love to read, recognize the feeling you get when you’ve read a good book and always search for that feeling to be repeated. I’m not afraid to try new authors and love when I find someone else’s work I can follow. My husband would certainly argue that fact considering books are steadily taking over his Man Cave. LOL

Thank you for this awesome book list, and thank you for being here today, Artist! J.R. Ward, Allison Brennan and Nora Roberts feature prominently on my bookshelves too! ;) 

Artist Arthur can be found on her website


A lot can change in a few months. Jake Palmer is living proof of that. In a short time, the once-shy loner has discovered his incredible supernatural abilities and forged a tight bond with his fellow Mystyx. What’s more—he’s fallen for his best friend, Krystal. And fallen hard.

Still, some things remain the same—like the jocks who keep bullying him. Even though they have no idea how powerful Jake has become. And while he tries to follow Krystal’s advice, he may not be able to keep his cool much longer. But there are bigger problems ahead, because the darkness that’s been hovering nearby is about to descend on the town of Lincoln, Connecticut. And when it does, the Mystyx will learn who to trust, who to fear and just how much is at stake…
Synopsis taken from goodreads.

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