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MAY Month Giveaway Bonanza at LifeBetween

Hi guys! It’s the First Month of May Post and I’ll be promoting a giveaway contest (that I also joined hah) where you can win an e-book of Taste by the lovely Kate Evangelista!

Here’s what you can win!

Each entry will have the chance to win one of the following…
1 x US$10 towards any choice of books from The Book Depository
2 x paperback copies of Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L. James (one for each winner)
1 x paperback copy of Complete Novels of Jane Austen
1 x paperback copy of The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
1 x eBook copy of Taste by Kate Evangelista

2 x Glass bead bracelets (handmade by me!) and vintage postcards (one for each winner).

The Giveaway will begin May 1st and end at 12.01am EST on June 1st. Winners will be announced on June 2nd so make sure you check back to see if you’ve won!

Crossing my fingers! Good luck everyone! x

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A Taste of Danger

http://8tracks.com/mixes/736572/player_v3

A Taste of Danger from zynzinnati on 8tracks.

“You swallow my heart and flee, but I want it back now, baby. I want it back.” – Richard Silken.

A mix for the lovely Kate Evangelista and her new YA novel baby, Taste to be released on 30 April 2012. Win a free copy by joining Kate’s Taste Givewaway. Only 3 winners will get the chance to get first dibs on the book’s e-copy! For more info visit K’s blog at http://www.kateevangelista.com/

Features 8 eclectic tracks from Amy Studt, Pierce the Veil, and Lady Gaga
1. Amy Studt – Misfit

“You’re superficial/I’m a misfit/But that’s ok”

2. H320 – Numb (Dubstep remix)

“I’m becoming this, all I want to do/Is be more like me and be less like you”

3. Lovage – Stroker Ace

“Stroke that shiny coat/Stroking is the antidote/Stroke that, it’s a start/Only for the wild at heart”

4. Utada Hikaru – Dirty Desire

“I know you thought about it/But it’s all in your head/And you can’t wait to see me/To see me in the flesh”

5. Lady Gaga – Beautiful, Dirty, Rich

“Daddy I’m so sorry, so so sorry ya/We just like to party, pa-pa-pa-party-ya”

6. Sia – Breathe Me

“Unfold me/I am small /I’m needy/Warm me up/And breathe me”

7. Pierce the Veil – Falling Asleep on A Stranger

“Well you know I’m a ghost/Pull the note out of my throat/And leave me alone/But it’s all for you/All for you and more”

8. The Elected – Clouds Parting (8:14 a.m.)

“I realize why I cannot fly,”
Said the bird with the broken wing
“though my lift is gone
My voice is strong
And I can still sing…”

Full Bite: Kate Evangelista’s Taste Book Trailer and Excerpt

As promised you won’t only get a taste but a full bite at Kate Evangelista’s supernatural romance-thriller debut novel, Taste.

Blurb:

At Barinkoff Academy, there’s only one rule: no students on campus after curfew. Phoenix McKay soon finds out why when she is left behind at sunset. A group calling themselves night students threaten to taste her flesh until she is saved by a mysterious, alluring boy. With his pale skin, dark eyes, and mesmerizing voice, Demitri is both irresistible and impenetrable. He warns her to stay away from his dangerous world of flesh eaters. Unfortunately, the gorgeous and playful Luka has other plans.

When Phoenix is caught between her physical and her emotional attraction, she becomes the keeper of a deadly secret that will rock the foundations of an ancient civilization living beneath Barinkoff Academy. Phoenix doesn’t realize until it is too late that the closer she gets to both Demitri and Luka the more she is plunging them all into a centuries old feud.

Song: Hunger
Artist: Noelle Pico
Full Download:  http://sheisnoelle.bandcamp.com

The song used is written by another amazing and talented individual, (and my friend woo!), Noelle or just Noey who is also celebrating her digital single debut!

Excerpt:

I sat up and followed Calixta’s gaze upward. I rubbed my eyes. I didn’t know what I was seeing at first. A statue? ­My brain refused to snap together coherent thoughts.  I didn’t realize I’d fallen so close to one of the garden benches until I stared up at the boy that sat on one. He was strikingly beautiful. His tumble of blonde hair curled just above his sculpted cheekbones. He wore a silk shirt and a loosened cravat, like he’d become bored while dressing and decided to leave himself in disarray. His ivory skin and frozen position was what had me mistaking him for something carved from marble by Michelangelo. Then he sighed—a lonely, breathy proof of life. If I had to imagine what Lucifer looked like before he fell from heaven, the boy on the bench would certainly fulfill that image. My brain told me I had to look away, but I couldn’t.

“Luka,” Calixta said again, her voice unsure, almost nervous. It no longer contained the steel and bite she had threatened me with, which made me wonder who the boy was.

He leaned on his hands and crossed his legs, all the while keeping his eyes fixed on the night sky. His movements spoke of elegance and control. I’d encountered many people with breeding before, but his took on the air of arrogance and self-assuredness of someone used to getting what he wanted when he wanted it.

I only realized I’d been holding my breath when my lungs protested. I exhaled. My heart sputtered and restarted with a vengeance. Luka tore his gaze away from the stars and settled it on me. I’d expected pitch-black irises, like the other Night Students, but blue ice stared back at me.

“Human,” he whispered.

He reached out, and with a finger, followed an invisible trail down my cheek. I stiffened. His touch, cooler than Demitri’s, caused warm sparks to blossom on my face. He lifted his finger to his lips and licked its tip. He might as well have licked me from the way my body shivered.

Luka’s curious gaze held mine. “Leave us,” he said, but not to me.

“But—” Calixta protested like a spoiled child.

He spoke in a language I hadn’t heard before, remaining calm yet firm. The words had a rolling cadence I couldn’t quite follow, like rumbling thunder in the distance. They contained a harsh sensuality. The consonants were hard and the vowels were long and lilting.

Footsteps retreated behind me.

Luka reached out again.

It took me a minute to realize he wanted to help me up. I hesitated. He smiled. I smiled back timidly and took his hand, completely dazzled. Even with my uniform soaked from melted snow, I didn’t feel cold—all my attention was on him and the way his callused hand felt on mine. Without moving much from his seated position, he helped me stand.

“What’s your name?” he asked. He had a voice like a familiar lullaby. It filled my heart to the brim with comfort.

I swallowed and tried to stop gawking. “Phoenix.”

“The bird that rose from the ashes.” Luka bent his head and kissed the back of my hand. “It’s a pleasure meeting you.”

My cheeks warmed. My head reeled, not knowing what to think. I couldn’t understand why I felt drawn to him. And the strange connection frightened me.

From behind, someone gripped my arms and yanked me away before I could sort out the feelings Luka inspired in me. I found myself behind a towering figure yet again. Recognizing the blue-black silk for hair tied at the nape, relief washed over me. Calixta hadn’t come back to finish me off.

Demitri’s large hand wrapped around my wrist. Unlike the night before, no calm existed in his demeanor. He trembled like a junky in need of a fix. The coiled power in his tense muscles vibrated into me.

“What are you doing here?” Demitri asked.

I didn’t know he’d spoken to me until I saw his expressionless profile. I sighed.

“Phoenix.”

I flinched. The ruthless way he said my name punched all the air out of me. “You owe me answers,” I said with as much bravado as I could muster.

“I owe you nothing.” He glared. “In fact, you owe me your life.”

“I don’t think so.”

Ignoring my indignation, he faced Luka, who’d remained seated on the bench during my exchange with Demitri. “Why is she with you, Luka?”

“I wasn’t going to taste her, if that’s what you’re implying,” Luka said. “Although, she is simply delicious. I wouldn’t mind if you left us alone.”

There it was again. Taste. The word that kept coming up between these Night Students and I was connected to it in an increasingly uncomfortable way. To taste meant to sample, but what? My flesh? They had to be joking because the alternative wasn’t funny.

“The sins of the father …” Demitri left his sentence unfinished.

Luka’s smile shifted into a snarl. “Obey my command.” His chin lifted. “Kneel.”

Demitri’s stance went rigid. His grip tightened around my wrist.

Okay, weird just got weirder. Why would Luka want Demitri to kneel before him? I thought back to Eli and the others bowing to Demitri when he questioned them, but they didn’t kneel. Seriously? Were they all living on a different planet or something?

Kneel.” Luka’s detestable smirk made his features sinister rather than angelic. The real Lucifer: a fallen angel.

Without letting go of my wrist, Demitri knelt down on one knee and bowed his head, his free hand flat at the center of his chest. “Your command has been obeyed,” he said formally.

Luka nodded once.

Demitri stood up and pulled me toward the school without telling me where we were going. Not having the time to thank Luka for saving me from Calixta, I risked a glance back. Luka smiled at me. His smile spoke of whispers, secrets, and promises to be shared on a later date.

About the Author:


When Kate Evangelista was told she had a knack for writing stories, she did the next best thing: entered medical school. After realizing she wasn't going to be the next Doogie Howser, M.D., Kate wandered into the Literature department of her university and never looked back. Today, she is in possession of a piece of paper that says to the world she owns a Literature degree. To make matters worse, she took Master's courses in creative writing. In the end, she realized to be a writer, none of what she had mattered. What really mattered? Writing. Plain and simple, honest to God, sitting in front of her computer, writing. Today, she has four completed Young Adult novels.

Author Website: www.kateevangelista.com
Twitter: @KateEvangelista
Facebook / Goodreads / Crescent Moon Press page for Taste

Cover Reveal: Taste by Kate Evangelista

 

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Summary:
“At Barinkoff Academy, there’s only one rule: no students on campus after curfew. Phoenix McKay soon finds out why when she is left behind at sunset. A group calling themselves night students threaten to taste her flesh until she is saved by a mysterious, alluring boy. With his pale skin, dark eyes, and mesmerizing voice, Demitri is both irresistible and impenetrable. He warns her to stay away from his dangerous world of flesh eaters. Unfortunately, the gorgeous and playful Luka has other plans.

 

When Phoenix is caught between her physical and her emotional attraction, she becomes the keeper of a deadly secret that will rock the foundations of an ancient civilization living beneath Barinkoff Academy. Phoenix doesn’t realize until it is too late that the closer she gets to both Demitri and Luka the more she is plunging them all into a centuries old feud.”

 

Sassy, sexy, and tasty with just the right touch of suspense and action that will leave your spines tingling!  Can’t wait to hold the actual book in my hands! Congratulations Kate!

You can read more about Taste and Kate at:
Kate’s Official Site
Twitter 
Facebook 


AKB48 sub-unit DiVA to debut on April

In other more relevant news, Akimoto Yasushi recently announced the debut of AKB48 sub-unit DiVA and Akimoto Sayaka’s reinstatement as Team K’s leader. DiVA is composed of Akimoto Sayaka (Team K), Umeda Ayaka (Team K), Sae Miyazawa (Team K) and Masuda Yuka (formerly Team K, currently in Team B) and they are under the care of Avex Trax Japan. DiVA Official Website. Other AKB48 sub-units include no3b, Watarirouka, FrenchKiss, and the recently debuted Not Yet.

Their single, yet to be announced will drop on April 27 but it was revealed that Type C will include Blue Rose -diva version-. Blue Rose is one of the most popular stage songs of Team K, originally performed by Masuda, Akimoto, and Miyazawa. Akimoto and Miyazawa was once part of ChocoLove (another defunct AKB sub-unit) with graduated member Nakanishi Rina (Team A) who now goes by the name Yamaguchi Riko.

Can’t wait for their release! I swear, these four are new breed of AKB48 idols with epic proportions because of their deep vocals and powerful dancing and well, let’s not forget to mention how Sayaka!charms can melt glaciers. Pinay pride all the way!

In lesser relevant news, 19 days to go before my birthday TEE HEE WINK WINK HINT HINT.

青いベンチ Aoi Bench (short review)

I have to say I only dabble a bit on NEWS (I’m just there to poke at Ryo’s height, witness Pi’s attempt at dethroning A-Jin as the top diva at tabloid headlines, and KoyaShige’s very real relationship) however, I am very partial to TegoMass, whom, in my opinion are one of Johnny’s top vocal powerhouse. Aoi Bench is a ménage à trois of sweet folk ballad, Tegoshi’s cool vocals and Masuda’s earthly voice.

Released on 16 February 2010, just in time for Valentine’s Day (and yeah today is March 1st, I just like writing late reviews stfu) but a bit early for White Day, Aoi Bench is a cover of a now defunct duo Sasuke. It’s a pop tune with a touch of folk, which I find ironic after reading the lyric translation. The single also includes the Aoi Bench acoustic version which I liked better, and 卒業アルバム Sotsugyou Album.

Ah, I sit down on the blue benchAnd remember the day when you waved good-bye

view full lyrics here

It’s a bittersweet song about reminiscing a first love, a lost love, or a missed chance at love, and how time slowly heals the pain. Aoi Bench is perfectly complemented by Sotsugyou Album with lyrics that both dwells in the reminiscence of the past and in looking towards the future.

I liked this single really, it’s feel good, fresh and it gives that  feeling of wanting to have early morning walks with a significant someone (I EAT FLUFF FOR BREAKFAST). Or your dog. Whichever.

Buy the album?

On dining & paint jobs

Reyes Barbecue in Emerald Mansion, Ortigas has always been our go-to place if we’re craving for anything grilled. Last month (I think, if my memory serves me right), they had a renovation so I was a little hyped up in going there again, mainly because I was a bit indifferent to their ambiance.

When we got there yesterday, it was a bit disappointing. The architecture was the same, and I believe the seating arrangement got worse because now, you can just lean on the side and be chummy to the next stranger. Not a very good thing for people who like their space and comfort while eating.

Had to crop the photo for their privacy but yes, it looked crowded than it really was!

And this is what I have been staring at during the duration of my “dining” experience. Hideous and unfinished wall art. Even the place still reeks of paint and rugby or whatever chemical smell that was. I don’t know if that’s even hygienic.

Food is good though, they have mastered their consistency when it comes to flavor. They added new and budget friendly things in their menu such as the goto, bihon, and vegetable/meat wraps. It’s kind of a downer not to see my favorite chicken skewers & grilled hamburger.

This is what I had instead

I’d probably recommend the Katipunan branch because it’s more comfy but yeah, I’d steer away from the Emerald Mansion branch.