Book tour & giveaway – Seize Today by Pintip Dunn

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Seize Today (Forget Tomorrow #3)

by Pintip Dunn

Publication Date:  October 3, 2017

Publisher:  Entangled Teen

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Synopsis:

Seventeen-year-old Olivia Dresden is a precognitive. Since different versions of people’s futures flicker before her eyes, she doesn’t have to believe in human decency. She can see the way for everyone to be their best self-if only they would make the right decisions. No one is more conflicted than her mother, and Olivia can only watch as Chairwoman Dresden chooses the dark, destructive course every time. Yet Olivia remains fiercely loyal to the woman her mother could be.

But when the chairwoman captures Ryder Russell, the striking and strong-willed boy from the rebel Underground, Olivia sees a vision of her own imminent death…at Ryder’s hand. Despite her bleak fate, she rescues Ryder and flees with him, drawing her mother’s fury and sparking a romance as doomed as Olivia herself. As the full extent of Chairwoman Dresden’s gruesome plan is revealed, Olivia must find the courage to live in the present-and stop her mother before she destroys the world.

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Excerpt 

Eleven years earlier…

I pull the lever of the cage, switching the tunnel onto a different track, trying to confuse the mice.

I know exactly how the future will play out, of course. I know which mice will fall down the trap and which ones will smack into the see-through glass wall. I know which mice will get hopelessly lost. I even know which ones will run the maze correctly on the very first try.

I like watching them anyway. They wriggle over one another like worms, and their whiskers twitch when they’re at a corner between two paths. But what I like most is how they come to me when I call.

Picking up a mouse, I run my fingers over its soft fur and warm body. It looks at me with unblinking pink eyes, and I think it could be my friend.

Of course, I can see which mice will come, so I know which ones to call. Rodents are predictable like that. Humans, not so much. They have too many wants, too many feelings. I don’t see any one future for people. Rather, I see them all—every single pathway their futures might take, flickering before my eyes.

So I have to guess which of my human classmates will want to play with me. Most of the time, I guess wrong.

“Are you bothering my mice again?” a little boy’s voice says. “Fates, Livvy. How many times do I have to tell you? Leave them alone!”

Startled, I let go of the mouse and look up at Tanner Callahan, the other six-year-old who hangs around the scientists’ labs. I’m here because my mom’s the head of the Future Memory Agency, or FuMA, and he’s here…I guess ’cause he has nowhere else to be.

He’s got black hair that pokes up in the back, and his skin sticks too closely to his bones. I thought this meant he wasn’t eating enough, but MK, our child-minder, said that grief over his parents’ deaths had burrowed holes through his resources.

This makes me think of the mice digging through the straw, and my chest aches. I flash forward to his futures. He still has hundreds of branches remaining, but in most of them, one thing is the same: he will be sad and lonely until he kisses our classmate Jessa ten years in the future.

I don’t know why kissing should change anything. But I do know how it feels to be lonely and sad.

We don’t have to be like this. I could be his friend. I just have to figure out the right thing to say.

“Jessa and I are going to rule the world one day.” It can’t hurt to bring up the girl he smushes lips with. Maybe if he thinks she and I are friends, he’ll like me, too. “You know Jessa, right? The girl with the teardrop eyes? She’s my best friend.” Not true. I think Jessa only talks to me because she’s nice. But he doesn’t have to know that.

“Oh yeah? Well someday, I’m going to be the inventor of future memory,” he shoots back. “And then we’ll see who’s more important.”

I bite my lip. That wasn’t what I meant. I wasn’t trying to brag or compare or compete. The futures containing our friendship begin to fall away, one by one. I guessed wrong once again.

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Pintip Dunn Interviews Ryder Russell, the Hero of Her Latest Release, SEIZE TODAY

Pintip: Hi everyone! I have a special treat for you today! I’ve pried Ryder from the figments of my imagination, and he’s sitting before me now for an interview. Say hi to everyone, Ryder!

Ryder: Hi to everyone, Ryder!

Pintip:
Cute. Very cute. But then, you’ve been giving me trouble since the moment you sprang into my consciousness. Now, I can see you, but our readers can’t, so could you start by describing your physical appearance?

Ryder: Uh… I have dark brown skin and eyes and closely shaven hair. I’m really tall — 6’3” — and I do a lot of manual labor living out in the woods, so I have a lot of muscles.

Pintip: Oooohhh, tell us more about those muscles.

Ryder: *narrows eyes* Are you hitting on me?

Pintip: *sputters* Fates no! Why would you say that? You’re, like, half my age! Less than half!

Ryder: Oh, I don’t know. Maybe because when you wrote me, you were inspired by Lincoln from The 100, and you have a total crush on him.

Pintip: *blushing furiously* I do not! Don’t forget, I can see all of your thoughts, not the other way around!

Ryder: Yeah, but you kept rewinding that scene at the beginning of Season 3, when —

Pintip: Moving on! *lowers voice to whisper* I’m the author here. I can make your life a living limbo. So behave. *in normal tone* Where do you call home?

Ryder: Right now? The wilderness. I lived in Eden City, the capitol of North Amerie, until I was six. I came back when I was twelve, for about four years, before I was forced to go on the run with my family again. *pauses* Was that suitably on topic?

Pintip: Very. Do you have a special skill?

Ryder: Oh, sure. Lots. I’ve never met a machine I couldn’t take apart and put back together, and my skills on the hover board make pretty boys like Tanner Callahan weep.

Pintip: Hey, don’t make fun of Tanner!

Ryder: *jumps out of seat* I knew it! I knew Tanner was your favorite hero!

Pintip: *tugs him back down* Oh, relax. You’re all my favorite, and you know it. I tell you so all that time.

Ryder: Does that line actually work on your children?

Pintip: It totally does. Because it’s TRUE. What is your biggest dream/wish/desire?

Ryder: To make it to tomorrow and see the sun rise.

Pintip: Geez, Ryder, don’t be so morbid. You’re going to scare everyone away!

Ryder: I guess living in the wilderness has a way of boiling down your desires to the basics. There are so many things that could go wrong out here — we could run out of food or succumb to infection or get mauled by a wild animal.

Pintip: *softens* Tell them what you really want.

Ryder: You promised you wouldn’t ask me that question.

Pintip: *gives him hard stare* I’m the author. I make you do things you don’t want all the time.

Ryder: I . . . I’d like to be first in someone’s life. To have someone love me the most, to place me highest on their list of priorities. You see, I’ve never had that before. My biological parents…well, I don’t like to talk about them unless it’s absolutely necessary

You know, I’ve never admitted this to anyone but Olivia before. She feels the same way, too, and sometimes, when I catch that same yearning on her face, my heart gives this unsteady bump and I have this completely wild thought that maybe . . . just maybe . . . we could fulfill that role for each other.

Pintip: You could be right.

Ryder: *looks up with hope in his eyes* Really? You’re not just saying that?

Pintip: Maybe. Keep answering my questions, and I’ll see what I can do. Let’s talk about your parents.

Ryder: NO!

Pintip: *chants* Olivia! Olivia! Olivia!

Ryder: Okay, FINE. When I was six, I came to Harmony, the community in the wilderness where psychics and their families went to escape persecution. Everyone thought I was there because my parents had been arrested. They were wrong.

You see, my brother Damien has the ability to read minds with a single touch. Back then, ComA was locking up psychics like lab rats, in order to study them, and my parents were terrified they were going to find out about Damien.

So, they decided to change their identities and hide out in a small town, far away from the nation’s capitol. They knew ComA would be looking for a family with two boys, so the best way to throw them off track was to turn into a family of three. Two parents. One boy. The older, favored one in particular.

They abandoned me. Without a second thought, they left me, even though I begged and pleaded to go with them. That’s how I knew that they didn’t love me – and maybe they never did.

Pintip: *gently* It’s okay, Ryder. Other people love you now. Mikey, Angela. Jessa. In time, Olivia. And me. I love you.

Ryder: Ha! I knew you were hitting on me!

Pintip: Oh, for Fates’ sake. I think it’s time we bring this interview to a close. Say good-bye to our friends, Ryder!

Ryder: Good-bye to our friends, Ryder!

Pintip: *rolls eyes* There you have it, everyone. Ryder Russell, in the flesh. Never a dull moment with him, that’s for sure!

 

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AUTHOR INFO:

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Pintip Dunn is a New York Times bestselling author of YA fiction. She graduated from Harvard University, magna cum laude, with an A.B. in English Literature and Language. She received her J.D. at Yale Law School, where she was an editor of the YALE LAW JOURNAL. Pintip’s debut novel, FORGET TOMORROW, won the RWA RITA® for Best First Book. In addition, it is a finalist for the Grand Prix de l’Imaginaire, the Japanese Sakura Medal, and the MASL Truman Award. THE DARKEST LIE was nominated for a Romantic Times Reviewers’ Choice Award. Her other books include REMEMBER YESTERDAY, the novella BEFORE TOMORROW, and GIRL ON THE VERGE. She lives with her husband and children in Maryland. You can learn more about Pintip and her books at http://www.pintipdunn.com

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Book tour & giveaway – Savage by Nicole Conway

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Savage (Dragonrider Legacy #1)

by Nicole Conway

Publication Date:  September 26, 2017

Publisher:  Month9Books

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Savage begins the Dragonrider Legacy series, a thrilling companion to the international bestselling Dragonrider Chronicles.

Synopsis 

Never send a hero to do a monster’s job.

Forty years have passed since Jaevid Broadfeather brought peace to Maldobar and Luntharda. But that fragile truce will be tested as darkness gathers on the horizon. The vicious armies of the Tibran Empire have crossed the far seas and are threatening to destroy Maldobar completely. Not even the dragonriders can match the Tibran war machines. And after an attempt to awaken Jaevid from his divine sleep fails, the fate of Maldobar is looking grim.

Reigh has never known what it means to be a normal human. Raised amongst the gray elves in the wild jungle of Luntharda, he’s tried everything to fit in. But the dark power within him is bursting at the seams—refusing to be silenced. And while his adoptive father, Kiran, insists this power must be kept secret, Reigh knows he’s running out of time.

As Maldobar burns, the world is desperate for a new hero. Destiny has called, and one boy will rise to answer.

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Nicole Conway: Things That Inspire Me the Most:

  1. Traveling!

Okay, I’m sure a lot of people say that. But mine version of “traveling” is a little different. Because of my husband’s career in the military, we spend a LOT of time on the road. Driving to relatives, driving to new bases, driving to visit when he’s away on TDY assignments – lots of driving! When I drive, I tend to let my mind wander to think about stories and characters. I spend a lot of time acting out scenes for the steering wheel. Sure, we have seen some incredible places and experienced some amazing things on our journeys, but sometimes just having that alone time in my own head is the most inspiring.

  1. Music!

I listen to music all the time while I’m driving (see above), jogging, cleaning, and writing! Some music inspires me more than others, and I keep specific playlists for if I’m writing a love scene, fight scene, etc. Since we’ve lived in South Korea, I’ve actually gotten into some of the bands here and really enjoy their music, as well!

  1. Movies!

There are some movies that ALWAYS get my adrenaline and creative juices going. One I can think of that always gets me in the mood to write is Pacific Rim. Maybe it’s the notion of hot guys in giant robots fighting alien monsters, I dunno, but I just can’t get enough of it!

  1. Manga!

As a teenager, I read lots of manga. As an adult, …. I still read LOTS of manga! I find the stories and depths of character so moving. Some of my favorites are Fruits Basket, Beast Master, From Far Away, Petshop of Horrors, and Imadoki.

  1. Video Games!

I don’t get a lot of spare time to play them, but when I do I love playing games with great storylines, like the Dragon Age and Assassin’s Creed games. I’m pretty terrible at the actual gameplay, I guess, but I’m mostly in it for the story anyway.

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AUTHOR INFO:

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Originally from a small town in North Alabama, Nicole moves frequently due to her husband’s career as a pilot for the United States Air Force. She received a B.A. in English with a concentration in Classics from Auburn University, and will soon attend graduate school.
She has previously worked as a freelance and graphic artist for promotional companies, but has now embraced writing as a full-time occupation.
Nicole enjoys hiking, camping, shopping, cooking, and spending time with her family and friends. She also loves watching children’s movies and collecting books. She lives at home with her husband, two cats, and dog.

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Book tour & giveaway – The Tiger’s Watch by Julia Ember

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The Tiger’s Watch (Ashes of Gold #1)

by Julia Ember

Publication Date:  August 22, 2017

Publisher:  Harmony Ink Press

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Synopsis

Sixteen-year-old Tashi has spent their life training as a inhabitor, a soldier who spies and kills using a bonded animal. When the capital falls after a brutal siege, Tashi flees to a remote monastery to hide. But the invading army turns the monastery into a hospital, and Tashi catches the eye of Xian, the regiment’s fearless young commander.

Tashi spies on Xian’s every move. In front of his men, Xian seems dangerous, even sadistic, but Tashi discovers a more vulnerable side of the enemy commander—a side that draws them to Xian.

When their spying unveils that everything they’ve been taught is a lie, Tashi faces an impossible choice: save their country or the boy they’re growing to love. Though Tashi grapples with their decision, their volatile bonded tiger doesn’t question her allegiances. Katala slaughters Xian’s soldiers, leading the enemy to hunt her. But an inhabitor’s bond to their animal is for life—if Katala dies, so will Tashi.

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Julia Ember – Why I write what I write

Although my opinion as an adult is changing, teen me thought that the modern Western world was boring. As an adult, I definitely recognise the value of peaceful living, modern technology, the safe office job, medicine … and on some level I think I knew those things were good as a teen, I just had no interest in reading about them. Instead, I longed to inhabit a world full of magic and horses, or live on a space station far away.

I’ll freely admit that my early teen years were not the happiest of my life. I was bullied for my weight. I fought constantly with my mom over my decision to give up religion. I hadn’t yet discovered the things I was good at – I didn’t get into singing until my last few years of high school, and my writing was confined to fanfiction that none of my offline friends read. For me, reading books where I could escape my world wasn’t just exciting, it was essential. I found reading about other worlds an extremely cathartic experience. I think when authors write for teenagers, our perception of what teenagers like will always be coloured by what we were like as teens. Obviously, trends evolve and especially with science fiction, our perception of advanced technology definitely shifts! But I think when we start plotting stories and think about the core characters and how teens will respond to them, we almost always write for the teens we were. For me, writing for myself as a teen involves second worlds and outcasts. I write the type of worlds I would have disappeared into: primarily historical fantasy, with a splash of magic. Most of my main characters tend to be social outcasts for one reason or another. Either their dreams are too big, or they’re shy and reserved.

I also write about primarily queer characters. My interest in romance of any kind developed pretty late. I wasn’t interested in boys or girls until I was at least fifteen. But when my first crush struck, it was on my female friend. She was anti-establishment and had a tattoo, and I thought she was stunning. I spent the rest of my high school years suspecting I was a lesbian. I didn’t figure out until college that I was actually bisexual – and I lay that at the door of the frankly terrible selection of boys at my high school! In my fiction, a lot of my teen characters know they are queer but are still figuring out their exact identities.  In The Tiger’s Watch, this “figuring it out” is very apparent in the character of Pharo, Tashi’s best friend. Pharo knows he isn’t attracted to cisgender males, but he experiences attraction to women and genderfluid individuals. He isn’t sure yet how to define his identity. In my first novel, Unicorn Tracks, the bisexual protagonist Mnemba is shocked when she first falls for Kara, the female love interest in the novella. As a teen, I read hardly any queer fiction. The books I did read, I discovered in my late teens, and these were overwhelmingly m/m adult romance. I would have loved the availability of books about queer teens now and I needed books where the MC was still questioning.

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AUTHOR INFO:

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Originally from Chicago, Julia Ember now resides in Edinburgh, Scotland. She spends her days working in the book trade and her nights writing teen fantasy novels. Her hobbies include riding horses, starting far too many craft projects, PokemonGo and looking after her city-based menagerie of pets with names from Harry Potter. Luna Lovegood and Sirius Black the cats currently run her life.

Julia is a polyamorous, bisexual writer. She regularly takes part in events for queer teens, including those organised by the Scottish Booktrust and LGBT Youth Scotland. A world traveler since childhood, she has now visited more than sixty countries. Her travels inspire the fantasy worlds she creates, though she populates them with magic and monsters.

Julia began her writing career at the age of nine, when her short story about two princesses and their horses won a contest in Touch magazine. In 2016, she published her first novel, Unicorn Tracks, which also focused on two girls and their equines, albeit those with horns. Her second novel, The Seafarer’s Kiss will be released by Interlude Press in May 2017. The book was heavily influenced by Julia’s postgraduate work in Medieval Literature at The University of St. Andrews. It is now responsible for her total obsession with beluga whales.

In August 2017, her third novel and the start of her first series, Tiger’s Watch, will come out with Harmony Ink Press. In writing Tiger’s Watch, Julia has taken her love of cats to a new level.

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Blog tour & giveaway – Why I Loathe Sterling Lane by Ingrid Paulson

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Why I Loathe Sterling Lane

by Ingrid Paulson

Publication Date: June 6, 2017

Publisher: Entangled Teen

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Synopsis:

Per her 537 rules, Harper Campbell keeps her life tidy—academically and socially. But the moment Sterling Lane transfers into her tiny boarding school, her twin brother gets swept up in Sterling’s pranks and schemes and nearly gets expelled. Harper knows it’s Sterling’s fault, and to protect her brother, she vows to take him down. As she exposes his endless school violations, he keeps striking back, framing her for his own infractions. Worst of all, he’s charmed the administration into thinking he’s harmless, and only Harper sees him for the troublemaker he absolutely is.

As she breaks rule after precious rule in her battle of wits against Sterling and tension between them hits a boiling point, she’s horrified to discover that perhaps the two of them aren’t so different. And maybe she doesn’t entirely hate him after all. Teaming up with Sterling to save her brother might be the only way to keep from breaking the most important rule—protecting Cole.

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AUTHOR INFO:

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Ingrid Paulson does not, in fact, loathe anyone. Although the snarky sense of humor and verbal barbs in Why I Loathe Sterling Lane might suggest otherwise (and shock those who think they know her best).

Ingrid lives in San Francisco with her husband and children and enjoys long-distance running, eavesdropping, and watching science documentaries. She has always loved books and writing short stories, but was surprised one day to discover the story she was working on wasn’t so short any more. Valkyrie Rising, a paranormal girl power story was Ingrid’s first novel. Expect another humorous contemporary romance to join the list soon.

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Blog tour & giveaway – Subversion by Melinda Friesen

 

Subversion (One Bright Future #2)

by Melinda Friesen

Publisher:  Rebelight Publishing

Publication Date:  August 31, 2016

 

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“I surrender my days, my efforts, myself to the OneEarth Bank . . .”

After fleeing slavery, Rielle James burns with the desire to topple OneEarth Bank and end its enslavement of young people as Contracts. When she learns that her friend Nathan has been sold to a logging company where Contracts die or vanish without a trace, she assumes a false identity and becomes a slave again to help him escape.

Her act of subversion uncovers the horrific truth behind the OneEarth Bank’s role in Contract disappearances and its link to a global pandemic.

Can Rielle and Nathan escape and expose the truth before it’s too late?

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Why I write the kinds of books I do

I didn’t set out to write the types of books I do. I didn’t even know I was writing YA for the first three manuscripts. I was just writing the characters who came to me and the movies that played in my head.

However, I’ve always loved geek genres. As a kid, I watched Wonder Woman, Thunder Cats, Buck Rogers, Star Wars, Star Trek and the list goes on. I’m also a bit of an amateur science geek. I love reading theoretical physics non-fiction.

With all these influences, it’s no wonder I gravitate toward sci-fi. I’ve found that being a writer is the most amazing experience. I get to “explore strange new worlds, seek out new life and new civilizations”. With every book, I get to “boldly go where no man (or woman) has gone before”.

For me, every book is a thought experiment. What if . . .

What if a regular teenage girl was sold into slavery?

What if a corporation was given the power to rule our lives?

What if ancient aliens returned to Earth and quietly, slowly invaded?

What if people believed hair actually made them stronger?

What if a family covered up a horrible secret?

I spend thousands of words exploring these ideas and bringing them to life. In a nutshell, I write the types of books I do because I need to know what will happen next. In the case of Enslavement and Subversion, they’re a thought experiment that has resulted in a warning. Pay close attention or we’ll find ourselves living our own dystopia.

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Things that make me happy

  1. Hot fudge sundaes.
  2. My writer friends. They’re the best.
  3. My kids.
  4. My day job. I’d love to be writing full time, but I’m so thankful so have a job I enjoy.
  5. Almost any Taylor Swift song. My guilty pleasure.
  6. The opening song for the X-Files. I feel all warm inside every time I hear it.
  7. The smell and sound of rain.
  8. Dean Winchester.
  9. My bed. We have an ongoing relationship.
  10. Writing!

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“One world. One currency. One bright future.”

That’s the promise made by OneEarth Bank after a global economic collapse–but only for those who accept the insertion of a commerce chip.

When Rielle’s parents refuse to comply, government officials tear her family apart. As punishment for her parent’s crimes, Rielle is forced into a Community Service Contract–a legalized form of slavery–and sold to a wealthy, abusive banker.

The Banker’s secrets hold the key to Rielle’s freedom, but will she risk prison or even death to escape and search for her family?

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Melinda Friesen writes novels for teens and short stories. Her contest winning short stories have appeared in various periodical and an anthology. Enslavement, book one in the One Bright Future series, is her first novel.

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Blog tour & giveaway – Operation Prom Date by Cindi Madsen

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Operation Prom Date

(Tactics in Dating #1)

by Cindi Madsen

Publication Date: March 13, 2017

Publisher: Entangled Teen Crush

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Synopsis:

Kate ships tons of fictional couples, but IRL her OTP is her and Mick, the hot quarterback she’s crushed on since, like, forever. With only one semester left of senior year, it’s now or never if she wants to land him in time for prom. Since she’s flirtationally challenged, she enlists Cooper Callihan, the guy who turned popular seemingly overnight but who used to be a good friend.

Cooper lives and breathes rowing, but his partner just broke his wrist. When he remembers Kate’s good with a set of oars, he strikes a deal: help him train, and he’ll make sure her crush notices her. Only he didn’t know how addicting spending time with her would be. Or how the more successful the Operation is, the more jealousy he experiences.

The mission has been set. The troops have their marching orders. But what if the target is the wrong guy all along?

Disclaimer: This Entangled Teen Crush book contains stargazing, accidental swimming, and poker swindling. This kissing practice will melt your ereader…and give you a new couple to ship.  

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Cindi Madsen is a USA Today Bestselling author of contemporary romance and young adult novels. She sits at her computer every chance she gets, plotting revising, and falling in love with her characters. Sometimes it makes her a crazy person. Without it, she’d be even crazier. She has way too many shoes, but can always find a reason to buy a new pretty pair, especially if they’re sparkly, colorful, or super tall. She loves music, dancing, and wishes summer lasted all year long. She lives in Colorado (where summer is most definitely NOT all year long) with her husband and three children.

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Book tour & giveaway – Off the Ice by Julie Cross

Off the Ice 

(Juniper Falls #1)

by Julie Cross

Publication Date: February 27, 2017

Publisher: Entangled Teen

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Synopsis:

The NY Times and USA TODAY bestselling author of Whatever Life Throws at You kicks off a brand-new series perfect for fans of Miranda Kennealy and Abbi Glines.

All is fair in love and hockey…

Claire O’Connor is back in Juniper Falls, but that doesn’t mean she wants to be. One semester off, that’s what she promised herself. Just long enough to take care of her father and keep the family business—a hockey bar beside the ice rink—afloat. After that, she’s getting the hell out. Again.

Enter Tate Tanley. What happened between them the night before she left town resurfaces the second they lay eyes on each other. But the guy she remembers has been replaced by a total hottie. When Tate is unexpectedly called in to take over for the hockey team’s star goalie, suddenly he’s in the spotlight and on his way to becoming just another egotistical varsity hockey player. And Claire’s sworn off Juniper Falls hockey players for good.

It’s the absolute worst time to fall in love.

For Tate and Claire, hockey isn’t just a game. And they both might not survive a body check to the heart.

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5 Things I Wish I Knew About Being an Author before Becoming an Author

  1. Fighting to keep all 120,000 of draft 1 and winning, might not actually be a win.

A 120,000 word book means editing 120,000 over and over. Unlike Dickens’, most authors aren’t paid by the word so yeah, short book FTW.

  1. I wish I knew how to write a short book.

If I had known how hard it would be to get through all the phases of draft 1 to publication, I would have convinced my earlier writer self that more than 70,000 words means the ending gets cut off or some other crazy lie. The shortest book I’ve written thus far is around 90,000 words (about the length of the first Hunger Games book). I’ve tried to write shorter, I swear I have but no luck. I have YA author friends whose books are sometimes 60,000 or 70,000 words and I stare with envy each time I see those titles on a shelf with their thin little spines.

  1. Practice signing books early.

I have a bookshelf filled with copies of my books that I attempted to sign and messed up the person’s name, and on a couple occasions my own name. Signing books is way harder than it looks.

  1. Practice Patience

The publishing industry, though it can appear fast-moving to the outside world, often runs at snail pace. I remember years ago when waiting a week for something felt slow. Now months go by after sending in a draft and it will feel like a week. Other times I’m back to my early writer self, preoccupied with impending piece of news.

  1. You will never please every reader no matter how hard you work.

It’s so easy to forget that I don’t like every book I read so why would I expect others to? But emotion sometimes clouds logic when a new author sends their first book out into the world.

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About the author

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Julie Cross is a NYT and USA Today bestselling author of New Adult and Young Adult fiction, including the Tempest series, a young adult science fiction trilogy which includes Tempest, Vortex, Timestorm (St. Martin’s Press).

She’s also the author of the Letters to Nowhere series, Whatever Life Throws at You, Third Degree, Halfway Perfect, and many more to come!

Julie lives in Central Illinois with her husband and three children. She’s a former gymnast, longtime gymnastics fan, coach, and former Gymnastics Program Director with the YMCA.
She’s a lover of books, devouring several novels a week, especially in the young adult and new adult genres.

Outside of her reading and writing cred, Julie Cross is a committed–but not talented–long distance runner, creator of imaginary beach vacations, Midwest bipolar weather survivor, expired CPR certification card holder, as well as a ponytail and gym shoe addict.

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Blog tour & giveaway – Lost Girls by Merrie Destefano

Lost Girls by Merrie Destefano

Publication Date: January 3, 2017

Publisher:  Entangled Teen

Synopsis:


Fight Club meets Black Swan—Rachel wakes up in a ditch to find she doesn’t remember the last year of her life, and that everything—including herself—is vastly different than she remembers.

Yesterday, Rachel went to sleep listening to Taylor Swift, curled up in her grammy’s quilt, worrying about geometry. Today, she woke up in a ditch, bloodied, bruised, and missing a year of her life.

She doesn’t recognize the person she’s become: she’s popular. She wears nothing but black.

Black to cover the blood.

And she can fight.

Tell no one.

She’s not the only girl to go missing within the last year…but she’s the only girl to come back. She desperately wants to unravel what happened to her, to try and recover the rest of the Lost Girls.

But the more she discovers, the more her memories return. And as much as her new life scares her, it calls to her. Seductively. The good girl gone bad, sex, drugs, and raves, and something darker…something she still craves—the rush of the fight, the thrill of the win—something she can’t resist, that might still get her killed…

The only rule is: There are no rules.

Excerpt:


His Harley was parked at the curb, in a pocket of shadow, blocked from the streetlight and behind one of the flowering trees Dad had planted earlier this year. Dylan started to hand me a helmet, but stopped, as if there was something else more important.

“There’s something I have to do,” he said.

I thought maybe he needed to give me a few pointers on how to ride a motorcycle, that I should lean into the curves, that I should hold onto him, that I shouldn’t be afraid because he was a great driver.

I was wrong.

He slipped one arm around my waist and pulled me close, so close that I couldn’t have gotten away if I wanted to, while his other hand cupped my jaw, thumb just below my mouth, long fingers brushing against my ear. “I’ve wanted to do this since you got back,” he said, his voice a low, hoarse whisper.

I wanted to say, me, too, but I didn’t get a chance.

His lips found mine in the darkness where we could barely see each other, where the heat of his body melted into mine. There were two short, gentle kisses as if he didn’t believe I would be here very long, that I might disappear at any moment, and then after that came the third kiss—

The third kiss stole my heart.

And my soul.

I didn’t remember our first date or what we had in common or who was his favorite band, but I remembered this. I remembered a thousand kisses, a hundred nights, a million stars glittering overhead. We leaned into each other, as if we were each drawing an electric charge from the other, as if we’d been unplugged and powerless but now we were stronger, invincible, immortal. The world stopped spinning and we were all that existed; there were no other people, no cities, no countries; there was only this.

His lips pressed against mine, his scent filling the air, his hands touching me.

And then at last, the kiss ended and we stared into each other’s eyes, me remembering, him knowing, both of us breathless.

“I almost lost you,” he said, his words soft as if he couldn’t say them very loud because it would show how strong the emotion was.

“I’m here, I’m safe.”

He shook his head. “I’m not going to let anything happen to you,” he said. “I haven’t always been”—he hesitated—“a very good person. But I’m going to do everything I can to make sure no one ever hurts you again.”

He had a way of enchanting me with his words, maybe it was the poet in him, maybe this was easy for him, but it didn’t matter. I knew he was telling the truth.

I just didn’t know if I wanted to be safe.

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5 Things I Wish I Had Known About Being an Author By Merrie Destefano

Even though I’ve worked in publishing for a long time, there were tons of things about being a published author that I didn’t know beforehand. I’m sure someone tried to tell me these things, but I don’t think I was listening. I was too focused on that magical stardust possibility of getting my books in print and launching a career in writing. I don’t know if I realized it’s a business, just like any other business. So, it took me awhile to get things figured out. I got discouraged along the way, changed my genre and market a few times, wrote a bunch of books that didn’t sell and wrote some that did. Fortunately, somewhere along the way I managed to learn a few things that kept me going. Here are five things that have helped me and, hopefully, if you’re a writer, they’ll help you too.

  1. I love writing even more now. I never thought that was possible, but it is and I do. I’ve learned to love writing for the sheer joy of the process. It doesn’t matter whether something I write gets published or not, or whether it gets good or bad reviews. I wrote it. I don’t stop working on a book until it is the best that it can be.
  1. Other writers are my friends and companions on this journey of publication. They’re not my competition, even though readers may choose their books over mine. We’re all in this together and I’ve been amazed at how supportive the writing community is.
  1. There are always new things to learn about writing. There will always be ways to become a better writer and new methods to craft a story. I love the fact that I can continue to learn and grow.
  1. It’s hard work. It was much harder after I was published than it was before. Before, I could take two or three years to finish a book. I could even scrap an idea entirely and just start working on something else. Now, there are things like contracts and deadlines and promotional schedules and book launches and speaking engagements and author newsletters and social media and blogging…it’s almost like there’s no time left for day jobs or writing. That leads me to point number 5.
  1. It’s very important to create a schedule that works for you. Some people write every day. I don’t. I don’t have time and I’d end up with way too many unfinished projects that nobody wanted. I write about one or two books per year, writing in seasons of about 3 months per book. The rest of the time I practice being a real human who goes outside and does laundry and hangs out with other humans.

About the author

CURRENTLY A FULL-TIME NOVELIST and magazine editor, Merrie Destefano’s next novel, LOST GIRLS, releases on January 3, 2017. Her other novels include AFTERLIFE and FEAST, both published by HarperCollins, and FATHOM, which was self-published. The editor of Victorian Homes magazine, she has also been the editor of American Farmhouse Style, Vintage Gardens, and Zombies magazine, and was the founding editor of Cottages & Bungalows magazine.

With 20 years experience in publishing, she worked for a variety of publishing/broadcasting companies that include Focus on the Family, The Word For Today, and PJS Publications (now Primedia). Besides editing and writing, her background includes print buying, writing/producing radio promos, directing photo shoots, developing new products, writing jacket copy for books, creating sales media packets and organizing direct mail campaigns.

Born in the Midwest, she currently lives in Southern California with her husband, two German shepherds, a Siamese cat and the occasional wandering possum. Her favorite hobbies are reading speculative fiction and watching old Star Trek episodes, and her incurable addiction is writing. She loves to camp in the mountains, walk on the beach, watch old movies, listen to alternative music—although rarely all at the same time.

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  • 1 – digital Kindle copy of LOST GIRLS
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Blog tour – The Duchess Quest by C.K. Brooke

 
The Duchess Quest (Jordinia #1)
by C.K. Brooke

 

Publication Date: October 3, 2014
Publisher: 48fourteen
Synopsis:

 

Dainy doesn’t know that she is the lost Duchess of Jordinia, believed to have been assassinated fifteen years ago. Nor does she know that her uncle has implemented an illegal contest to seek her, offering her marriage hand as the reward! Though at odds, three clashing rivals – including a noble giant, a forest dweller and a thieving rake – voyage together by woodland, prairie and sea to recover the lost royal, notwithstanding the assassins and spies at their tail. Soon, young Dainy is swept into a comically complex romantic quadrangle as each suitor competes to capture her heart. Charmingly romantic and bursting with political intrigue, startling twists and vivid characters, readers of romance and fantasy alike will adore this original yet timeless tale of swashbuckling adventure and unlikely love.
Acclaim for The Duchess Quest

 

• A Shelf Unbound Top 100 Notable Indie Book of 2015

 

• 5 Stars by Readers’ Favorite Book Reviews & Awards Contest

 

• #1 Kindle eBook in Historical Fantasy (Aug. 2016)

 

• Unanimous 4 & 5-star reviews from Up ‘Til Dawn Book Blog, Roxy’s Reviews, Paranormal Romance and Authors That Rock, I Heart Reading, SERIESous Book Reviews, The Silver Dagger Scriptorium, SiMPLiREAD, Betwixt These Pages, Queen of All Books, The Truth About the Book, Books Are Forever, The Word Podcast, and more!
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The Duchess Quest also has an original companion soundtrack available, entitled The Duchess Quest: The Album, which is available exclusively on Amazon and can be sampled at youtube.com/+ckbrooke

 
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I’ve never seen a fire spread so easily or so rapidly,” declared Cosmith. “And especially not on such damp soil.” He clenched his jaw. “I smell a rat. This was no accident, my friends. It is chemical warfare. The New Republic is trying to eliminate us who seek the Duchess.”

“They damn near succeeded,” muttered Bos.

“But why would they leave behind their symbol to convict themselves?” challenged young Macmillan.
Would they not wish to keep an assassination classified?”

“Not if they wish to warn the survivors—us—who we’re dealing with,” said Cosmith shrewdly. “This here?” He tapped knowingly against the symbol carved into the stone. “This is called ‘leaving your mark.’ It’s a Jordinian custom for claiming a crime committed.”

Macmillan raised an eyebrow. “And you would know this
how?

“This does not come as news to me,” interrupted Bos flatly. “The Republic will slaughter whomever they please, however they shall, to ensure their authority and control. It has been this way since they murdered my Emperor.”

“And it appears they’ve set an assassin on our tail,” said Cosmith grimly.

“So what do we do?” Macmillan looked between them.
Bos watched them, the last men standing in their now pitiful search party. “We continue,” he suggested.
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About the Author

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C.K. Brooke is a 2015 Shelf Unbound Notable Indie author with a five-star rating by Readers’ Favorite. She holds numerous fantasy and romance publications with 48fourteen, Limitless Publishing, and Elphame Press. Her lifelong passion is books – reading, writing, editing, publishing and blogging about them. When not blissing out in literary land, she enjoys info-tainment podcasts, singing, songwriting and playing the piano. She lives in Washington, Michigan with her husband and young son. Visit her at CKBrooke.com and subscribe for a FREE eBook of The Duchess Quest!

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Book tour & giveaway – The Bad Boy Bargain by Kendra C. Highley

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The Bad Boy Bargain

by Kendra C. Highley

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Publication Date: November 14, 2016

Publisher:  Entangled Teen Crush

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Synopsis

Baseball player Kyle Sawyer has many labels: bad boy, delinquent, ladies’ man, fearless outfielder… Only one of them is actually true. But then sweet ballet dancer Faith Gladwell asks him to help wreck her reputation, and everything goes sideways.

Faith knows a thing or two about love, and what she had with her cheating jerk of an ex wasn’t it. When he starts spreading rumors about her being an Ice Queen, Faith decides it’s time to let a little bad into her life.

Lucky for her, Kyle Sawyer—dark, dangerous, totally swoonworthy Kyle Sawyer—is landscaping her backyard over Spring Break. Shirtless. And if she can convince him to play along, “dating” Kyle will silence the rumors.

But Faith’s plan threatens to expose Sawyer’s biggest secret of all…and that’s a risk he’s not willing to take.

Disclaimer: This book contains drop-the-book-and-fan-yourself kisses…and touches. Fall in love with a bad boy at your own risk.

 

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Chapter Two

Faith

“Faith Gladwell?” The school secretary’s voice was bored. “Your mother left you a package.”

Faith sighed in relief. She hadn’t meant to leave her ballet shoes at home, but she’d nearly been late for first period, and a tardy on her record was worse than the shame of calling for help.

She took her dance bag from the secretary and flashed her a big smile. “You made my morning.”

Like magic, the secretary smiled back. “Glad to help.”

That was thing most people missed about life—being nice actually worked. And with a name like Faith Gladwell, people expected nice. They wanted an angel with a sweet smile and bubbly attitude, and she was happy to oblige. Most of the time, anyway.

But it was getting harder. Wings were heavy and really hard to keep from dragging on the ground. Especially when you dated one of the most popular guys in school—and you weren’t sure you wanted to be with him anymore.

She hurried to the drama room, dodging past other students as if it were all a dance. Everything was a dance to her, especially now with her big break on the horizon. The musical was in two weeks, and they’d be starting dress rehearsals soon. After Mr. Fisk had learned she was classically trained in ballet, tap, jazz, and hip-hop, he’d insisted she try out for the lead in Oklahoma!

“You’re a triple threat, dear,” he said in his drawling theater voice. “We knew you could sing, and you can certainly act…but you can dance? Well, between all that and your girl-next-door demeanor, and you’re perfect for Laurey. I can just see you pirouetting in the dream sequence. Perfect!” He’d snapped his fingers and strode off, shouting for the costume designers to come take her measurements, not even waiting for tryouts to be finished.

The lead…she still couldn’t believe Mr. Fist had picked her. Mom was thrilled. Dad had taken to singing “The Surrey with the Fringe on Top” at random intervals. Even her older sisters had called home to say congrats.

Cameron, though, had frowned and asked how much time the rehearsals would take up. “Will I be able to see you?” he’d asked. “Or will the musical take up all your time?”

Some people would call that sweet. Faith called it “smothering slowly,” especially since she knew he wasn’t really missing her, but a warm body to coo at his football stories and let him stick his hand up her shirt. She’d almost told him, nicely, that he could keep himself perfectly good company, given what he really wanted out of her.

So much for nice.

She hummed as she skipped through the halls. Getting the lead in the school musical was one more box checked for her high school bucket list. Only two marks left:

Get accepted to NYU’s musical theater program.

Have sex with a guy she loved.

Her mother would need smelling salts if she ever peeked in Faith’s diary, but what she didn’t know wouldn’t give her a stroke. Dad? Well, he’d lock her up and go shopping for chastity belts.

Faith snorted. That image was way too easy to conjure up. Dad probably knew someone who made chastity belts. He hadn’t even let her get into a car with a boy alone until she was sixteen. S-E-X wasn’t spoken of.

Faith slowed in front of the drama room, feeling a little pang catch her heart. Her family loved her. They loved her dreams, her dramatic streak, and even her feet, ugly from years of dance. Still, she knew they worried about her. The baby. The one most likely to turn out wild.

And they hated Cameron.

Funny thing was, she was starting to see why. Every time they went out now, his hands got a little more aggressive, and he couldn’t understand why she was reluctant to go past second base after dating for six months.

She didn’t have the heart to tell him it was because she was waiting until she really fell in love…and that she didn’t love him.

God, that was going to be a horrific conversation, wasn’t it?

“Faith! Wait up, you long-legged gazelle!” Violet Moore dashed after her, cursing the fact—loudly—that she was five three and friends with a girl who was five nine. “George Washington on a pogo stick, you walk fast.”

She chuckled. Violet’s ponytail was coming lose from its elastic and her face was red. “How long have you been trying to catch me?”

“Since you left the office!” Her best friend paused to suck down air. “I wanted to make sure you can still meet after school to get ready for the party.”

“Yep. I’ll be there at three thirty.”

“Good, because I’m seeing my hair stylist at five.”

Faith’s eyes widened. “You’re really going to do it?”

Violet swung her ponytail. “Hell yassss. Tell your mom we’ll send her the hair for the foundation.”

“Sweet!” Faith grinned. “I can’t wait to see you with short hair. It’ll match your height.”

“Aw, shut up, Amazon.” But she smiled. The smile faded fast, though. “Great. Asshat at eleven o’clock.”

“Cameron?”

“Yeah. I’m going to blaze before I say something that’ll land me in jail.” Violet gave her arm a squeeze. “You need to turf him. And soon.”

“I know.” She sighed and turned. Cameron was muscling his way past a group of freshmen to get to her. “I’ll…I’ll do it after the party.”

“Good girl. Later!”

Violet left a vapor trail, racing away before Cameron reached Faith. “Why’d she run off?”

“Class.” Faith hid a cringe. “She was asking me to help set up for the party.”

“Getting the weekend started right!” he crowed, throwing a possessive arm across her shoulders and pulling her against his side. “You’ll be ready at eight, right?”

“Yeah.” Her heart sank. “I’ll be ready.”

    
    

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Character Interview: Faith Gladwell

Q: Faith Gladwell, that’s an…interesting name. Any story there?

A:  I’m the youngest of three sisters. My parents are somewhat religious, but also very optimistic. My sisters and I are named Joy, Hope, and Faith. Yeah, that gets some chuckles when we’re introduced all at once.

Q: So, word around town is that your boyfriend says you’re an “Ice Queen.” What’s that about?

A: *muttered cursing* Cameron is mad because I wouldn’t sleep with him, so he cheated on me. But that wasn’t enough, I guess, so now he’s talking trash about me. Thing is, I’m waiting for the right guy. I’m not an Ice Queen, I just want things to be special, and it became very clear it wouldn’t be right with Cam.

Q: Any thoughts on the “right guy?” What would he have to be like?

A:  I want someone who loves me—not for what they can take, but what makes me special to him. I want to be cherished, and someone I can cherish back. He needs to make me laugh, give me goose bumps when he runs his fingers along my arms, and stop my heart when he comes into the room.

Q: Think you’ll ever find him?

A:  *cagey smile* Mayyybee.

Q:  You wouldn’t be talking about Kyle Sawyer, would you? I don’t see you with a guy like him.

A: What kind of “guy like him?”

Q: You know what I mean, but…he’s dangerous. Been around the block a few times, drives too fast, drinks, gets into trouble. Not exactly your kind of boyfriend material, don’t you think?

A: Actually, I think people have Kyle all wrong. And he might be my kind of boyfriend material after all.

Q: Interesting. What about your future…what’s next for you?

A: I’m waiting on a letter from NYU’s theater program. My dream is to study there, then head to Broadway.

Q: That’s exciting. I wish you the best of luck. I also hear you have a crazy best friend….Violet Moore. You must have an opposites attract gene between her and Kyle.

A: *Laughs* I like people who are a little unfiltered, that’s true. She’s a great friend, even if she does things differently than I—or most people—would.

Q: Thanks for stopping by today. Good luck with that Cameron situation. He sounds like a jerk.

A: Thanks, but I think I have plan to take care of Cameron…and it might just work out for me, too.

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Kendra C. Highley lives in north Texas with her husband and two children. She also serves as staff to four self-important and high-powered cats. This, according to the cats, is her most important job. She believes in everyday magic, extraordinary love stories, and the restorative powers of dark chocolate.

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Book tour & giveaway – The Fourth Piece by E. Ardell

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The Fourth Piece (Order’s Last Play #1)

by E. Ardell

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Publication Date: July 18, 2016

Publisher:  48fourteen

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Synopsis

Admitting what you are will end everything you know. Embracing who you are will start a war…

Life is great when you’re good-looking and popular…so long as no one knows you’re a vulatto. Being half-alien gets you labeled “loser” quicker than being a full vader. So it’s a good thing Devon, Lyle, and Lawrence can easily pass for human—until the night of the party. Nothing kills a good time faster than three brothers sharing a psychic vision of a fourth brother who’s off-world and going to die unless they do something. But when your brother’s emergency happens off-planet, calling 9-1-1 really isn’t an option.

In their attempt to save a brother they barely remember, Devon, Lyle and Lawrence expose themselves to mortal danger and inherit a destiny that killed the last four guys cursed with it. In 2022, there are humans and aliens, heroes and monsters, choices and prophecies—and four brothers with the power to choose what’s left when the gods decide they’re through playing games.

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Chapter Twelve

Lawrence

 

THE BOARDWALK RIDES SUCK. THERE should be laws against roller coasters that can’t hit seventy-five miles per hour. Jumping off the roof’s a lot more fun.

“You look so bored,” Janelle purrs. She’s trying to glue herself to me. Every step I take, she’s right there.

She’s pressed herself against me in every line we’ve stood in, rode next to me on the rides, and even tried to get me to eat half her ice cream cone from Marble Slab.

She’s real cute and all, but Jeremy likes her.

I throw a glance over at Jeremy. It’s afternoon and the sun’s pretty high in the sky. Everyone’s sweating, but Jeremy’s a walking icicle. The Boardwalk has its own signature scent of salty ocean, waffle cones and cake, but over it all is the stink of Jeremy being pissed.

I give Janelle a grimace and walk closer to Reagan and Monique who are steady texting, each other, I bet.

Legs for days, Ballerina Reagan, shoots me a wary look and Killer Lips Monique keeps her eyes on her phone.

Damn. I don’t like Janelle because Jeremy likes her, and Reagan and Monique probably aren’t gonna talk to me because Janelle very possibly told them: Hands off, he’s mine!

I pick up the pace, outstripping the girls and Jeremy.

The Boardwalk is crowded. Cobblestone-paved walkways between the shops and restaurants are covered with families pushing strollers and chasing after brats.

Sprinklers erupt from the ground in the center of the two-story, outdoor shopping plaza and kids in bathing suits scream and splash in the recycled water. I head for the Midway Games plaza, passing by booths and games like tossing ping-pong balls in milk bottles.

“Lawrie! Can you win me something?” Janelle jogs up and tries to link her arm through mine. I keep my arms close to my sides, but this girl tugs with all her mini-might ‘til she gets her little arm through the crack she makes.

Okay. Enough is enough. “Janelle, look….”

“…cheated, ya alien freak! I’m not giving you shit!”

I halt in my tracks and turn. A crowd gathers around a strength testing game. I squint to see a stringy little guy with spiky green hair and jaundice, holding a large mallet over a wide peg connected to a tall strength-ometer.

The bell at the top of the meter rings and flashes: Hum-Dinger! Stringy Guy’s strong, but the guy in the muscle-tee running the booth looks pissed.

“I played by the rules,” Stringy Guy yells. His voice is surprisingly deep. “Hit the peg, win a prize.” He lets the mallet clatter onto the mat. “Give me the prize.”

“The rules aren’t written for aliens!” Muscle Tee shouts. “Get lost!”

“I’m not an alien! I was born in Atlanta!”

“Yeah, but where were your parents born, huh?”

Muscle Tee throws right back. “This game is for humans.

You can’t cheat with your alien powers.”

“I don’t have alien powers. I just look like this, okay? Now, come on. Give me the prize, so I can give it to my girlfriend and go home!”

“Yeah, that sounds good! Go home!” somebody from the crowd shouts.

I push through the crowd, ignoring people cussing at me for stepping on their feet. I need to be in front, right where it’s happening. My heart’s pounding, adrenaline’s pumping. I ‘gotta do something’ right now or I’ll bust. Maybe it’s because Stringy’s so little and skinny, or maybe it’s because Muscle Tee’s discriminating.

I couldn’t do anything for that YouTube kid, probably can’t do anything for my bro, but Stringy’s right here, right now.

“Lawrie!” A tight grip clamps around my elbow and I’m yanked backward until I crash into Jeremy and rebound. “What are you doing?” Jeremy grunts.

“Don’t know,” I mutter, snatching my arm back.

I have to jump up and down to see. The crowd pushes forward and the people in front of me get taller.

I barely make out Stringy and Muscle Tee now that so many people are between us.

“I said get lost!” Muscle Tee yells. I don’t hear a reply from Stringy, but I see the top of his head. It looks like he’s moving away.

“Give him the prize, jackass! He won it!” A man’s voice yells from somewhere in the crowd.

“Vulattie-lover!” Someone else yells.

So many people talk and yell at once, it makes my head swim—or maybe that’s just my sinuses. My head is full of helium; I feel myself floating forward. I shove people, guys, girls, I don’t care. I want to get to the front.

Jeremy’s following real close behind me, shouting.

“Lawrie! Are you crazy? Lawrie!”

Smack!—the first sound of a fist slamming into flesh. Grunts, screams and insults fly as the crowd turns into an angry mosh pit. People with kids grab their rugrats and run. Bodies crash into me, making me stumble.

I’m wading in an ocean of arms, legs and sharp elbows, not getting anywhere. Shizz. I could really use an alien power right now. If Lyle were here, he could do something.

Hell, Dev could probably kick everyone’s ass.

Screw this. A roar builds inside me, starting from my gut and rumbling in my chest. “Aarrrgh!” I lower my head, stick out an arm, and charge forward, football style. I knock a few more people out of my way, before I slam into somebody a lot bigger than me and stagger a few steps backward. The bigger guy grabs me and throws me into the person behind me. That person shoves me forward and I swing at the guy who threw me in the first place.

“Get outta here, kid!” A tall man, probably college- aged, wearing a Houston Texans jersey snarls at A big dude rams into college-aged man from behind and gets a fist in the mouth.

Someone grabs me under the arms and starts dragging and I use both elbows to catch them in the chest.

“Dammit, Lawrie! Let’s go!” Jeremy again. He’s like a bloodhound.

“You go!” I push him off and fight my way through the crowd. People are on the ground getting trampled, and I see Stringy. He’s down and getting stomped on by Muscle Tee and two other guys. There’s a girl standing on the counter of the strength booth, screaming and crying as she watches.

“Aaaaaargh!” I throw myself on Muscle Tee.

He’s a lot bigger than me, but I manage to knock him off balance and we both go down, me on top, punching his head. Rage sets me on fire. I see YouTube Guy and my brother down and out with no one to help them and I can’t stand it. I hate it.

“You little freak!” Muscle Tee shoves me off with one hand and I fall on my back and roll out of the way of his stomping sneakers, jumping to my feet.

A guy throws a swing at me and I dodge, but end up catching a hit from someone else. Pain erupts from the right side of my jaw, but it doesn’t stop me. ‘Gotta do something’ pulsates at maximum speed, and the balloon in my chest from last night comes back, but this one is filled with baking soda and vinegar. It shudders as it stretches. My head’s pounding, my heart’s jack-hammering.

It’s hard to breathe.

I fall on my knees. I know the ground’s hard, but it feels soft, inviting, like plopping down on Old Faithful.

I shake like a diabetic on a sugar crash. The sensation of a billion fire ants on Red Bull races under my skin. I wanna rip it off.

“Whassamatter, kid? Thought you could kick my ass?” A foot digs into the middle of my spine. I catch myself on my hands, and heat from the ground shoots through my palms like an atomic pulse, filling me to bursting point. White noise rises to a fever pitch and blocks all other sound as the shakes turn into slow, stomach- churning spasms. One-one thousand, shudder, two-one thousand, shake, three-one thousand…. The balloon explodes, and the vinegar, baking soda, Red Bull ants, and white lightning that tastes and feels like ‘gotta do something’ on crack gush into the ground.

The cobblestone beneath my hands splits fault-line style, the ragged fissure spreading as the ground quakes.

I hear Muscle Tee shout, “Whoaa! Earthquake?!”

Over the sounds of people fighting and crying, there are shouts of surprise and “What the hell?”

Police bullhorns fill the air. I don’t know what they’re saying. I don’t know what anyone’s saying anymore. I only see mouths moving. Muscle Tee and the guys with him run away. People scatter as rent-a-cops in black T-shirts flood the area.

I need to get out of here, but my body deflates. The earth calms as I lie down. The ground’s cool and better than any bed I’ve ever slept on. The Boardwalk is nothing but a wade pool of shapes and colors drifting around A rectangle splashes toward me. Is it talking? I don’t know.

Where’s Stringy Guy?

Did I help him?

The pool turns black.

And I feel nothing.

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About the author

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 Ardell spent her childhood in Houston, Texas, obsessed with anything science fiction, fantastic, paranormal or just plain weird. She loves to write stories that feature young people with extraordinary talents thrown into strange and dangerous situations. She took her obsession to the next level, earning a Master of Fine Arts from the University of Southern Maine where she specialized in young adult genre fiction. She’s a big kid at heart and loves her job as a teen librarian at Monterey Public Library in Monterey, California, where she voluntarily shuts herself in rooms with hungry hordes of teenagers and runs crazy after-school programs for them. When she’s not working, she’s reading, writing, running writers critique groups, trying to keep up with a blog, and even writing fan fiction as her guilty pleasure.


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Blog tour & giveaway – Remember Yesterday by Pintip Dunn

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Book Title: Remember Yesterday (Forget Tomorrow, #2)

Author:  Pintip Dunn

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Release Date: October 4, 2016

Genre: YA Sci Fi

Publisher: Entangled Teen

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Synopsis

Sixteen-year-old Jessa Stone is the most valuable citizen in Eden City. Her psychic abilities could lead to significant scientific discoveries, if only she’d let TechRA study her. But ten years ago, the scientists kidnapped and experimented on her, leading to severe ramifications for her sister, Callie. She’d much rather break into their labs and sabotage their research—starting with Tanner Callahan, budding scientist and the boy she loathes most at school.

The past isn’t what she assumed, though—and neither is Tanner. He’s not the arrogant jerk she thought he was. And his research opens the door to the possibility that Jessa can rectify a fatal mistake made ten years earlier. She’ll do anything to change the past and save her sister—even if it means teaming up with the enemy she swore to defeat.

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A few seconds later, Tanner comes barreling down the circuit, just as my best friend predicted. Ryder gives me a little shove. “Quick, do another one of your tricks.”

My mind whirls. “Which one?”

“Does it matter? Just go!”

Moving fast, I set my hoverboard on the coping. But when I push off, my balance is wrong. The board doesn’t feel glued to my feet. Instead, it slides out from right under me.

Keep loose! I hear Ryder’s voice in my head. Roll.

Ooommmpppphhhh.

I hit the concrete with my shoulder, keeping my elbows tucked in. I roll with the fall, spreading out the impact. I do everything right, but curse the Fates, it hurts. A LOT.

“You okay?” a voice says from above me.

Squinting against the sun, my eyes travel up a pair of baggy cargo pants. I hit the low-slung waist, and my breath — what little there is of it — catches. The light grey thermal shirt hugs his abdomen, and I can see every line, every ridge of his six-pack. My gaze continues up, and I see a broad, well-defined chest and long, ropey muscles. I swallow hard. Whoever my rescuer is, he’s hot. Really hot.

Almost in a hurry now, I drag my eyes further up. Surely, his face will be as pretty as the rest of him. Surely, he’ll have the kind of eyes that will pierce right through me. Surely —

I see a lean, chiseled jaw and soft, kissable lips. Black, tousled hair brushing up against dark eyes. But the eyes don’t pierce right through me. Instead, they’re . . . laughing . . . at me.

Oh, good Fate. Was I actually checking out Tanner Callahan? What in limbo is the matter with me?

He holds out a hand to help me up. “You know, the six-inch curbs are over by the entrance. Maybe you should master those before you attempt a real drop-in.”

My cheeks flame. “I’m not a beginner. I’ve been dropping in practically since I could walk.”

“Oh, really?” His eyebrows raise, disappearing under his fringe of hair. “Could’ve fooled me.”

I stare at him. This was not going the way I expected. “Did you not see me land the heel-flip trick? That’s the sickest stunt of the day.”

“Guess I must’ve missed it.” He smirks. Did I think those lips were kissable? More like smackable. Of course he saw me land the trick. He was standing right there.

Ignoring his hand, I push myself to my feet, even though my elbow stings and my knee burns. What a condescending jerk. He’s just trying to get a rise out of me. No wonder everyone says he thinks he’s fate’s gift to the world. He’s just like every scientist I’ve ever met.

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Imagine a world where your destiny has already been decided…by your future self.

It’s Callie’s seventeenth birthday and, like everyone else, she’s eagerly awaiting her vision―a memory sent back in time to sculpt each citizen into the person they’re meant to be. A world-class swimmer. A renowned scientist.

Or in Callie’s case, a criminal.

In her vision, she sees herself murdering her gifted younger sister. Before she can process what it means, Callie is arrested and placed in Limbo―a prison for those destined to break the law. With the help of her childhood crush, Logan, a boy she hasn’t spoken to in five years, she escapes the hellish prison.

But on the run from her future, as well as the government, Callie sets in motion a chain of events that she hopes will change her fate. If not, she must figure out how to protect her sister from the biggest threat of all.

Callie herself.

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About the author:

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Pintip Dunn is a New York Times bestselling author of YA fiction. She graduated from Harvard University, magna cum laude, with an A.B. in English Literature and Language. She received her J.D. at Yale Law School, where she was an editor of the Yale Law Journel.

Pintip is represented by literary agent Beth Miller of Writers House. Her debut novel, Forget Tomorrow, won the RWA RITA® for Best First Book. Her other novels include The Darkest Lie and the forthcoming Remember Yesterday.

She lives with her husband and children in Maryland.

 

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Blog tour & giveaway – Chasing Truth by Julie Cross

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 Chasing Truth (Eleanor Ames #1)

by Julie Cross

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Publication Date:  September 27, 2016

Publisher:  Entangled TEEN

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Synopsis

At Holden Prep, the rich and powerful rule the school—and they’ll do just about anything to keep their dirty little secrets hidden.

When former con artist Eleanor Ames’s homecoming date commits suicide, she’s positive there’s something more going on. The more questions she asks, though, the more she crosses paths with Miles Beckett. He’s sexy, mysterious, arrogant…and he’s asking all the same questions.

Eleanor might not trust him—she doesn’t even like him—but they can’t keep their hands off of each other. Fighting the infuriating attraction is almost as hard as ignoring the fact that Miles isn’t telling her the truth…and that there’s a good chance he thinks she’s the killer.

 

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Excerpt:

“You’re the opposite of shy.”

He seems to deliberate for a minute, then says, “Now I am.”

“And before?”

“I guess it’s easier to shed that part of me, starting in a new place where no one knows me, especially with the job I’m doing,” he says. “We’re all a little more bold in costume.”

I look up at him, trying not to seem disappointed. If he’s really shy, then that’s the Miles I want to know. “So it’s all part of being undercover?”

He shuffles closer until only six inches separate us. “That’s the thing…I’m not sure it’s an act anymore. Maybe I was covered up before and this is the real me, or close to it. Maybe the labels we give ourselves early on hold us back from seeing what’s really there.”

I’m still standing there, mulling that over, when Miles brushes past me, whispering, “Good night, Ellie.”

Just the sound of my name rolling off his tongue gets my heart racing. And he knows it. And he knows that I know he knows. I laugh all the way to the guest room. Shy my ass.

 

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About the author

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Julie Cross is a NYT and USA Today bestselling author of New Adult and Young Adult fiction, including the Tempest series, a young adult science fiction trilogy which includes Tempest, Vortex, Timestorm (St. Martin’s Press).

She’s also the author of the Letters to Nowhere series, Whatever Life Throws at You, Third Degree, Halfway Perfect, and many more to come!

Julie lives in Central Illinois with her husband and three children. She’s a former gymnast, longtime gymnastics fan, coach, and former Gymnastics Program Director with the YMCA.

She’s a lover of books, devouring several novels a week, especially in the young adult and new adult genres.

Outside of her reading and writing cred, Julie Cross is a committed–but not talented–long distance runner, creator of imaginary beach vacations, Midwest bipolar weather survivor, expired CPR certification card holder, as well as a ponytail and gym shoe addict.

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Release day celebration & giveaway – The Perilous Journey Of The Much Too Spontaneous Girl by Leigh Statham

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The Perilous Journey Of The Much Too Spontaneous Girl

(The Perilous Journey of the Not So Innocuous Girl #2)

by Leigh Statham

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Publication Date:  September 20, 2016

Publisher:  Month9Books

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Synopsis

Lady Marguerite Vadnay and her trusty automaton, Outil, have settled into life in New France rather well. Marguerite is top of the class at flight school and her future as an aerpilot is nearly secure. She has everything she wants— except a commission on the pirate hunting dirigible The Renegade. Using every card in her aristocratic arsenal, Marguerite wiggles her way onto the finest warship France has to offer. But as usual, Marguerite’s plans endanger the lives of those she holds dear— only this time no one else is going to save them. As Marguerite and Outil set off on a rescue mission they may not return from, she finally realizes it’s time to reorder her cogs.

This steampunk adventure is littered with facts from The Golden Age of Piracy and follows (not too closely) some of the lives and adventures of the brave men and women who sailed the seas as privateers, pirates and soldiers.

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Lady Marguerite lives a life most 17th century French girls can only dream of: Money, designer dresses, suitors and a secure future. Except, she suspects her heart may be falling for her best friend Claude, a common smithie in the family’s steam forge. When Claude leaves for New France in search of a better life, Marguerite decides to follow him and test her suspicions of love. Only the trip proves to be more harrowing than she anticipated. Love, adventure and restitution await her, if she can survive the voyage.

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Leigh Statham was raised in the wilds of rural Idaho, but found her heart in New York City. She worked as a waitress, maid, artist, math teacher, nurse, web designer, art director, thirty-foot inflatable pig and mule wrangler before she settled down in the semi-quiet role of wife, mother and writer. She resides in North Carolina with her husband, four children, five chickens and two suspected serial killer cats. If the air is cool and the sun is just coming up over the horizon, you can find her running the streets of her small town, plotting her next novel with the sort of intensity that will one day get her hit by a car.

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Blog tour & giveaway – Operation Tenley by Jennifer Gooch Hummer

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Operation Tenley (The Fair City Files #1)
by Jennifer Gooch Hummer

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Publication Date: September 13, 2016
Publisher: Month9Books

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Synopsis

Meet Tenley Tylwyth, an Elemental Teen born with the power to produce weather. Cool? Not really. Elementals who can create weather make Mother Nature angry. It’s time she got rid of them. Only one thing is standing in her way—Fair Ones. These ancestors of fairies keep kids like Tenley safe, but when rookie Fair One, Pennie, fails to do so, she’s forced to travel to Earth—a place where no Fair One wants to go. Now, Pennie has forty-eight hours to convince Tenley to give up her power. It won’t be so easy. Tenley’s got a way with wind. And after falling deep into Mother Nature’s gardens, where trees grow upside down and insects attack on command, a little wind might be just what Tenley needs to survive. Even if it kills her.

 

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Jennifer Gooch Hummer – What inspires me the most

What inspires me the most about writing books is dialogue. People never really say what they are saying. Usually, they can’t say exactly what they want to say. For example, when your mom asks you to go clean your room, you might say “okay”, but you might really want to say, “No. I like my room messy.” The writer’s job is to express the unsaid thoughts within the dialogue. Plus, I love giving my character different accents and slang words. I think it might be how an actor likes to wear wigs and costumes. This is how I feel about the way my characters speak. It’s so much fun to write.

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Tenley blew a quick breath. A gust of air swirled around Pennie’s hands. “Tenley! Stop!” Pennie pulled her hands back.

“It’s just wind. What are you so afraid of?” Tenley put the screen in place again.

“It’s not just wind. This is exactly why I’m here. You need to stop doing this.”

Tenley grabbed her phone. “Okay, look. I’m sorry that for some reason I can make the wind blow. It’s weird, I know. But it’s also awesome. I’m not hurting anybody. I’m just drying my nails and stuff. So I don’t know why you have to go and get all freaked out about it.”

“Because.” Pennie lowered her voice. “Every time you create wind, you’re putting yourself in danger.” She tapped on her temple, careful not to smudge her nails. The hologram form appeared in front of her. “You need to sign this.”

 

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Above them, a gigantic pink petal, the size of a hula-hoop, was creaking downwards. Halfway to them, it jerked to a stop. Then it started again. Just as it looked like it was going to land directly on top of Tenley, the petal jerked violently, swung to the right and then to the left, and finally slammed against the tree trunk across from them, nestling itself inside a branch.

“Snail secretions!” a voice from inside yelled. “Need a filter change!”

“Yeah. Um, hello?” Holden ventured.

The same voice fell into a coughing fit.

“Lame-alarm,” Tenley whispered, rolling her eyes.

The petal shifted around until an antique-looking woman, four feet tall at most and wearing a wilted crown of purple flowers and dead branches, popped up.

“You’re so old,” Tenley said.

“Tenley,” Holden warned, except she was right. The woman’s face looked like it had been sketched in with pencil and her faded red hair was piled high under the wilting crown.

The old woman squinted back and forth at both of them. “Fair One or sipLip?” she asked in a raspy voice, pointing a crooked finger.

“Ah—” Holden hesitated.

“Wait. Did you say Fair One?” Tenley asked.

“Which one are you?” the old woman demanded.

“I’m a kid?” Holden answered.

“And you?” She pointed to Tenley.

“A more popular kid?”

The old woman considered them. “Humans. How did you get into my gardens?”

“Yeah, about that,” Holden said. “We don’t know. We were on the Log Ride in another part of the park, and she was about to fall over the edge,” he nodded to Tenley, “the next thing we knew we landed in here instead. Somewhere down there, to be specific.” He pointed through the trees.

The old woman narrowed her eyes. “What do you seek?”

“A lemonade?” Holden smiled. “I’m dying.”

“How convenient,” the old woman said.

Tenley frowned. “I don’t want some stupid lemonade. I got my hair ripped out and my Uggs muddy. I just want to get back to our bus and wait for this whole thing to be over. I have a big night tonight.” She checked on her sash and noticed the new gash in it. “No!” she cried.

 

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Pennie pulled herself up from the ground and sat on a fallen tree trunk. “Laraby. Where are we? What happened?”

“I can’t be sure,” Laraby answered, brushing himself off and standing. He had a smear of dirt on his face and a few rips in his robes. “But I think we might be in one of her gardens.”

Her? You mean, her her?” Pennie looked around. “We’re in Mother Nature’s garden?”

“I believe so.”

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Jennifer Gooch Hummer is the award-winning author and screenwriter of her debut novel, Girl Unmoored (SparkPress). Girl Unmoored has also been published in German (Carlsen). Jennifer has worked as a script analyst for various talent agencies and film studios. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband and three daughters.

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Book Blast & Giveaway – The Carver by Jacob Devlin

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The Carver

by Jacob Devlin

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Publication Date: July 19, 2016

Publisher: Blaze Publishing

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Synopsis

THE GIRL IN THE RED HOOD has been looking for her mother for six months, searching from the depths of New York’s subways to the heights of its skyscrapers…

THE PRINCE looks like he’s from another time entirely, or maybe he’s just too good at his job at Ye Old Renaissance Faire . . .

THE ACTRESS is lighting up Hollywood Boulevard with her spellbinding and strikingly convincing portrayal of a famous fairy. Her name may be big, but her secrets barely fit in one world . . .

Fifteen-year-old Crescenzo never would have believed his father’s carvings were anything more than “stupid toys.” All he knows is a boring life in an ordinary Virginia suburb, from which his mother and his best friend have been missing for years. When his father disappears next, all Crescenzo has left is his goofy neighbor, Pietro, who believes he’s really Peter Pan and that Crescenzo is the son of Pinocchio. What’s more: Pietro insists that they can find their loved ones by looking to the strange collection of wooden figurines Crescenzo’s father left behind.

With Pietro’s help, Crescenzo sets off on an adventure to unite the real life counterparts to his figurines. It’s enough of a shock that they’re actually real, but the night he meets the Girl in the Red Hood, dark truths burst from the past. Suddenly, Crescenzo is tangled in a nightmare where magic mirrors and evil queens rule, and where everyone he loves is running out of time.

 

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an inspired vision that felt fresh and unique; and something that would be entertaining for all ages” – Silvia’s Reading

The descriptions were vivid and I could easily see it in my head!” – Kindle and Me

It brings you great laughs, tears and a special twist on all the fairytales we know from our childhood.” – Goodreads Reviewer

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When Jacob Devlin was four years old, he would lounge around in Batman pajamas and make semi-autobiographical picture books about an adventurous python named Jake the Snake. Eventually, he traded his favorite blue crayon for a black pen, and he never put it down. When not reading or writing, Jacob loves practicing his Italian, watching stand-up comedy, going deaf at rock concerts, and geeking out at comic book conventions. He does most of these things in southern Arizona.

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Asleep by Krystal Wade
Publication Date: February 16, 2016
Publisher: Blaze Publishing

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Seventeen-year-old Rose suffers from terrifying, painful nightmares that leave her bruised, exhausted, and questioning her sanity. Desperate to hold on, she makes a choice: Trust her doctor who claims he can cure her, or listen to another patient who swears the asylum will kill them.

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Because I Love You by Tori Rigby
Release Date: May 17, 2016
Publisher: Blaze Publishing

Because I Love You

When Sixteen-year-old Andie Hamilton discovers she’s pregnant, she also learns the truth of her adoption. Overwhelmed, Andie must choose what’s best for the baby, but after hearing the heartbeat for the first time, she doesn’t know how she’ll ever be able let go.

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Book tour & giveaway – Bleeding Hearts by Dana Louise Provo

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Bleeding Hearts (Book #1)

by Dana Louise Provo

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Publication Date:  August 25, 2016

Publisher:  Clean Reads

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Orphaned at an early age, now twenty-four-year-old Camryn Lucks is ready to commit to find that special someone, and so accepts a date from a charming, gallant, handsome stranger. The last thing she imagines after accepting that first date with Carson would actually be the beginning of her worst nightmare.

Red roses, a reminder of her parents’ killer, soon become an emblem of horror for Cami as one by one, those closest to her fall victim to a serial killer. Cami becomes an obsession for Carson, the man she had finally allowed herself to love. Not only is he vying for her heart, but also her life.

Finding herself in a whirlwind of torments shadowed by the blood-colored bloom, Cami finds solace in Isaac, a neighboring police officer. She’s desperate to escape the haunting memories, but she must revisit them in order to catch her would-be killer. Living life in constant fear has driven Cami to second-guess every choice she makes. Will the police catch the illusive murderer, or will Cami be forced to face him once again?

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Cami’s Interview

1. Cami, tell me a bit about yourself.

Hi! I’m Camryn Lucks, Cami for short. I live in a small, two bedroom apartment in Richmond, VA. I love my paralegal position at Franklin & Sons Law Firm, but would love to advance my career or change it altogether.

2. Oh that’s interesting! What would be your dream career?

I love to write, unlike my best friend Emma. So, I’d love to do something that requires me to write. Maybe a journalist or author.

3. If you could go anywhere in the world, where would it be?

I’d love to go to Italy. I’ve never been outside of the states and I love cooking Italian food, so that’s the first place I want to go.

4. Speaking of places in the world, what’s the weirdest thing you’ve ever eaten?

Oh, this is an odd question. Although I like to eat, I’m not one to try strange dishes. I think the weirdest thing I’ve ever eaten has to be escargot from this French restaurant Emma and I tried a few years back. That was a nice restaurant, but not someplace I would go to again.

5. If you had one wish, what would you wish for?

I lost my parents at an early age, and I was sent from one foster family to another all through my childhood, so if I had one wish, I’d wish for a family to treat me as one of theirs. People to trust and confide in.

6. Every little girl dreams of getting married. What would your dream wedding look like?

Oh, I love weddings! My dream wedding would be on the beach with only a select few people present. I love the color red but for a beach wedding, I’d have muted pinks and off white flowers. I have always wanted a halter top dress with soft, chiffon for the skirt.

7. Have you ever been in love?

I thought I was in love once, but it turned out that I was being manipulated into thinking I loved the man.

8. How is your life now, compared to how you thought your life would be like?

I didn’t have any preconceived notions about my life growing up. I was passed from one foster home to another so I didn’t think about my future. But now that I’m twenty five, I’m happy where I am. I love my job, the people I work with, and living alone has never been easier before. I’m just plain happy right now.

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My arm trembles as I grip the cool handle of my pistol, keeping a firm grasp to ensure it doesn’t slip out of my sweaty hand. It usually stands sentry in my left nightstand to scare the nightmares away. But this isn’t a dream. The room is dark and hides the face of the man whose intent is to kill me. But I know who he is. A metallic taste fills my mouth; I want to gag. My blood drips off the blade in his hand in slow, steady beats on the carpet. My arms shake as I lift the barrel and point it in his direction. He doesn’t move. His heavy breaths alert me to the meager distance between us.

We’re at a stalemate.

A soft glow from the lamppost just outside my window casts a sliver of light on his face. His dark, beady eyes that I have grown to know rake over my body like I’m another one of his many victims. He lifts the edges of his mouth into a smile. My heart plunges into my stomach. I know what that sinister expression means, and I think back to all the times he had looked at me like that before. I had been so blind.

Before I react he lunges at me, grabbing onto my waist and twisting me to the ground. I shriek as my head slams against the bed frame. Black spots flood my vision. I squeeze my hand only to find it empty. My gun is gone. The sound of the knife clattering on the floor gives me slight hope. Not much though. He climbs up my body trying to pin my arms to the floor. I thrash my fists around, desperate to knock him off.

“Get off!” I scream, pulling on his shirt and kicking him off balance. Wrapping his hands around my arms, my attacker cuts off the circulation of blood. Rug burns flare across my skin as he drags me across the carpet. He closes his hands around my neck, shutting off my air supply. I pull at his hands but it’s no use; he has always been stronger than me. My pulse drums a frantic beat in my ears. The air slowly leaks out from my lungs, killing any hope I may have left. I search for the gun around the room; it may be my only savior now.

“Why are you doing this?” I struggle to get the words out. He squints his dark eyes. I’m wondering if there might be a chance that he will stop this madness. I am wrong.

“It’ll be over soon, sweetheart.” His hands again tighten around my neck, blocking the air from entering my lungs.

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About the Author

dana-provoDana Provo has always loved books and reads everything from young adult fantasy to adult historical romances. When she’s not reading or writing her next novel, Dana can be found riding her horses and getting ready for competition. Dana lives with her husband and two house plants in Richmond, Virginia.

 

 

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Release Day & Giveaway – Operation Tenley by Jennifer Gooch Hummer

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Operation Tenley (The Fair City Files #1)
by Jennifer Gooch Hummer

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Publication Date: September 13, 2016
Publisher: Month9Books

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Synopsis

Meet Tenley Tylwyth, an Elemental Teen born with the power to produce weather. Cool? Not really. Elementals who can create weather make Mother Nature angry. It’s time she got rid of them. Only one thing is standing in her way—Fair Ones. These ancestors of fairies keep kids like Tenley safe, but when rookie Fair One, Pennie, fails to do so, she’s forced to travel to Earth—a place where no Fair One wants to go. Now, Pennie has forty-eight hours to convince Tenley to give up her power. It won’t be so easy. Tenley’s got a way with wind. And after falling deep into Mother Nature’s gardens, where trees grow upside down and insects attack on command, a little wind might be just what Tenley needs to survive. Even if it kills her.

 

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Chapter 36

Above them, a gigantic pink petal, the size of a hula-hoop, was creaking downwards. Halfway to them, it jerked to a stop. Then it started again. Just as it looked like it was going to land directly on top of Tenley, the petal jerked violently, swung to the right and then to the left, and finally slammed against the tree trunk across from them, nestling itself inside a branch.

“Snail secretions!” a voice from inside yelled. “Need a filter change!”

“Yeah. Um, hello?” Holden ventured.

The same voice fell into a coughing fit.

“Lame-alarm,” Tenley whispered, rolling her eyes.

The petal shifted around until an antique-looking woman, four feet tall at most and wearing a wilted crown of purple flowers and dead branches, popped up.

“You’re so old,” Tenley said.

“Tenley,” Holden warned, except she was right. The woman’s face looked like it had been sketched in with pencil and her faded red hair was piled high under the wilting crown.

The old woman squinted back and forth at both of them. “Fair One or sipLip?” she asked in a raspy voice, pointing a crooked finger.

“Ah—” Holden hesitated.

“Wait. Did you say Fair One?” Tenley asked.

“Which one are you?” the old woman demanded.

“I’m a kid?” Holden answered.

“And you?” She pointed to Tenley.

“A more popular kid?”

The old woman considered them. “Humans. How did you get into my gardens?”

“Yeah, about that,” Holden said. “We don’t know. We were on the Log Ride in another part of the park, and she was about to fall over the edge,” he nodded to Tenley, “the next thing we knew we landed in here instead. Somewhere down there, to be specific.” He pointed through the trees.

The old woman narrowed her eyes. “What do you seek?”

“A lemonade?” Holden smiled. “I’m dying.”

“How convenient,” the old woman said.

Tenley frowned. “I don’t want some stupid lemonade. I got my hair ripped out and my Uggs muddy. I just want to get back to our bus and wait for this whole thing to be over. I have a big night tonight.” She checked on her sash and noticed the new gash in it. “No!” she cried.

 

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Something sharp was jabbing into her side. Pennie opened her eyes.

Branches.

Poking her.

Real branches.

The kind that could only be found on Earth.

Pennie jolted upright and hit the ground.

She moaned. She’d landed in a tree. The one she’d just fallen out of.

Her head felt like it was splitting down the middle. She reached for her tool belt before remembering she didn’t have it. She lifted her wrist to look at her stopwatch, before remembering she didn’t have that either.

“Gavron?” Pennie whispered. “Gavron?”

But Gavron was not there. And there weren’t any slurps or drools coming from anywhere, either.

She tried to stand, but must have forgotten about the house on her back. Or maybe it was a small meteor. Something very heavy was preventing her from standing. She pushed against the ground with all her might and got to her knees.

Gravity, she remembered. That’s what it was.

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Jennifer Gooch Hummer is the award-winning author and screenwriter of her debut novel, Girl Unmoored (SparkPress). Girl Unmoored has also been published in German (Carlsen). Jennifer has worked as a script analyst for various talent agencies and film studios. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband and three daughters.

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Book tour & giveaway – The Retreat by Kelly St. Clare

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The Retreat (The After Trilogy, #1)

by Kelly St. Clare

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Publication Date:  August 30, 2016

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Synopsis

Earth is ruined. Humankind destroyed. And it’s old news.

Romy’s life is simple—for a genetically enhanced space soldier; pick up space junk with her four friends, and stave off the invaders fixated on stealing Planet Earth.

It isn’t much. But it’s temporary—only another 850 years to go, give or take.

When her crew tangles with a gulp-worthy alien mothership, Romy’s return to Earth is brought forwards at hurtling pace.

Strength comes from the unlikeliest of quarters.

As does leadership.

…As does betrayal.

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Character Interview

Interviewer: Weiv Retni

 

Weiv Retni: *gulps* U-uh hello, boys. How, uhm…er.

Deimos: Don’t worry, gorgeous, we have that effect on women.

Phobos: And some men.

Weiv Retni: Yes, well, thank you for sitting down to an interview with me. After chatting to Romy I was intrigued.

Phobos: She told you we’re trouble, didn’t she?

Deimos: That we only get out of trouble because we have beguiling green eyes?

Weiv Retni: Something like that. But I gotta say, she referred to you guys as twins. But apart from those…*clears throat* identical and oddly innocent, green eyes, you don’t look alike at all.

Deimos: You take this one, Pho.

Phobos: We’re BFFs. Always have been, always will be. We’re rarely out of each others’ company; whether it’s playing pranks on our space soldier colleagues, making our knot mates, Thrym and Elara, angry, or teasing little Romy. I’m light, he’s …

Deimos: Olive?

Phobos nods: Simple as that, sweetheart.

Weiv Retni: Talking of, Romy seems like a sweetheart.

Phobos: Yup. I’d share my chocolate cake with her any day.

Deimos: Nicest gal I know until she gets behind a lazer gun.

Weiv Reti: Yeah. That. Tell me about that.

Deimos: We live in space.

Phobos: ‘bout sums it up.

Weiv Retni: *snorts* That is the understatement of the century.

Phobos: Closely followed by the Romy’s statement you were merely pretty. You’re hot, babe.

Weiv fans her face while Deimos sniggers.

Weiv Retni tries to remember where she was: Ah, y-you. You don’t just live in space though, do you?

Deimos: We pick up space junk

Phobos: Kill the Poachers.

Weiv Retni: And to everyone who doesn’t know what a poacher is?

Phobos: Our human ancestors ruined earth.

Deimos: Global warming, you understand?

Phobos: Turns out an Earth ravaged by global warming was the perfect habitat for our alien buddies.

Deimos: Damn, poacher knobs.

Weiv Renti: *shudders* I’m just glad it’s not me that has to do it.

Phobos: I’ll keep you safe. Best if I stay close though, just in case.

Deimos: And I’ll keep him safe, so he can keep you safe—you know—just in case.

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About the Author

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When Kelly St Clare is not reading or writing, she is lost in her latest reverie. She can, quite literally, drift past a car accident while in the midst of her day dreams, despite the various police sirens and chaos.

Books have always been magical and mysterious to her. One day she decided to start unravelling this mystery and began writing. Her aim: To write stories she would want to read. As it turns out, this failed miserably. Do you know what it is like to read something you’ve written? Impossible, that’s what. Not to mention, the ending is ruined before you’ve begun. Never-the-less, Kelly loves it and wishes she had more time to squeeze it in between her day job as a physiotherapist.

Fantasy of Frost, the first title in The Tainted Accords, is her debut novel. It’s sequel, Fantasy of Flight released May 2015. Fantasy of Fire is now available!

A New Zealander in origin and in heart, Kelly currently resides in Australia with her soon-to-be husband, a great group of friends, and some huntsman spiders who love to come inside when it rains. Their love is not returned.

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BOOK TOUR & GIVEAWAY – Into the Light by Caroline T. Patti

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Into the Light (Into the Dark #2)

by Caroline T. Patti

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Publication Date:  August 23, 2016

Publisher:  Month9Books

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Synopsis

Mercy’s family is back together and the threat of danger appears to have passed. But any relief she feels is short lived as she is ripped from her body and thrown in jail. Gage and Nathaniel’s plans to break Mercy out won’t exactly be easy. Stuffed full of a chemical binding agent, Mercy is trapped inside the body of a convict without the ability to breach and set herself free. Unfortunately for Mercy, being trapped in jail becomes the least of her problems when she meets her evil twin, Justice.

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5 Things you Wish you Knew About Being an Author you Didn’t Know Before

  1. It’s not just writing. Writing your book is just one piece of the pie. Another chuck of the pie is networking, not just with other writers, but readers, teachers, and librarians. At times you may even be asked to *gasp* speak in public, participate on panels, talk to your audience. This was especially difficult for me because I consider myself a 100% introvert/wallflower.
  1. Oh my lordy, the rejection letters. I have nothing to actually prove this, but I’m sure I’ve set some sort of Guinness World Record for the number of rejections received.
  1. Surprised how many people think all writers are multi-millionaires, sitting by the pool eating bonbons.
  1. The timeline from contract to publication. I really thought after you wrote the book it would be published shortly thereafter. Wrong! This process can take six months to 3 years. Plus the time it took you to actually write the book and send it out on submission. Patience is a virtue.
  1. Editorial letters. These are the revision letters you receive from your editor. My head almost exploded when I received my first editorial letter! It’s a tough process, but the end result is so worth it! Write. Revise. Repeat.

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A girl’s sweet sixteen party is supposed to be among the most memorable events of her life. But on the night of hers, Mercy Clare wakes in the waiting room of a hospital with no memory of how she got there. To make matters worse, she’s wearing something she’d never be caught dead in: her best friend Lyla’s clothes.

Mercy’s nightmare is just beginning. The doctor arrives to tell her that it’s she who lies in the hospital bed waiting to die. A trip to the bathroom confirms Mercy’s fears, as Lyla’s face stares back at her and Lyla’s curvy figure pokes through her tight clothes.

But finding out what’s really going on won’t be easy. Because if Mercy wants her body back, it might just cost her Lyla’s life.

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Caroline T Patti is the author of The World Spins Madly On and Too Late To Apologize. When she’s not writing, she’s a school librarian, mother of two, wife, avid reader and Green Bay Packer fan. You can chat with her on Twitter: carepatti or find her on Facebook: Author Caroline T Patti.

 

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Cover reveal & giveaway – French Fries With A Side of Guys by Rebekah L. Purdy

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Welcome to the Cover Reveal for

French Fries With A Side of Guys
by Rebekah L. Purdy!

Be on the look out for this upcoming release from
Swoon Romance!

Be sure to enter the giveaway found at the end of the post!

 

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Synopsis:

Payton Carter is one of six kids (all of which are named after famous football players), not to mention the only girl in the Carter household. With this much testosterone and no mother, it’s no wonder she’s

absolutely clueless when it comes to makeup, dances, and talking to guys she’s crushing on. And now she’s about ready to start her freshman year of high school, which is nerve wrenching enough, but when she ends up running into her crush, Chance Montgomery, at her dad’s sports restaurant, she finds out that the quarterback for their rival team is moving to Aller Falls. This is nothing short of fate.

Payton realizes she has to find a way to impress Chance and get him to ask her out or at least know she’s interested in him—preferably without dropping a plateful of fries on his head, like she did last time. After taking her two oldest brothers’ advice, she decides to go out for the freshman football team, figuring that between practices and games she and her crush will surely be able to talk. And maybe talking will lead to something more permanent or at least to a first kiss. Only this plan backfires in ways she never imagined, when she beats Chance Montgomery out of the starting quarterback position. Now not only does she make him the laughing stock of the team, but also has to figure out how to avoid the snotty cheerleaders, a traitor best friend, not to mention winning games for her team. Too bad this is just the beginning of her freshman year.

 

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French Fries With A Side of Guys
by Rebekah L. Purdy
Publication Date: September 14, 2016
Publisher: Swoon Romance

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Rebekah was born and raised in Michigan where she spent many late nights armed with a good book and a flashlight. She’s lived in Michigan most of her life other than the few years she spent in the U.S. Army. At which time she got a chance to experience Missouri, Kansas, South Carolina, and California. Rebekah has a business degree from University of Phoenix and currently works full time for the court system. In her free time she writes YA stories, anything from YA Fantasy to YA Contemporary Romance. Rebekah also has a big family (6 kids) she likes to consider her family as the modern day Brady Bunch complete with crazy road trips and game nights. When not hiding at her computer, Rebekah enjoys reading, singing, soccer, swimming, football, camping, playing video games, traveling, and hanging out with her family and gazillion pets.

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PROMO TOUR & GIVEAWAY – POLARIS BY BETH BOWLAND

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Polaris by Beth Bowland

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Release Date: August 16, 2016

Publisher:  Month9Books

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Synopsis

Bixie, Montana, is in the middle of nowhere, not connected to any place, and not used as a pass through to get anywhere. But one snowy evening, a lone visitor walking down an old country road changes 13-year-old Aaron Martin’s life forever. Aaron thinks he’s being a Good Samaritan by inviting the nearly-frozen visitor into his home, but he’s unwittingly initiated The Game. A group of Elders, known as the Council of the Legend, come together from time to time to enjoy a rousing event they playfully call “The Game.” Now, Aaron’s town is the playing board and he and his fellow townspeople are the players. The rules are simple. Win. Because if Aaron loses, he won’t just lose his family . . . he’ll lose his very identity.

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5 Things you Wish you Knew About Being an Author you Didn’t Know Before

1. It’s not just writing. Writing your book is just one piece of the pie. Another chuck of the pie is networking, not just with other writers, but readers, teachers, and librarians. At times you may even be asked to *gasp* speak in public, participate on panels, talk to your audience. This was especially difficult for me because I consider myself a 100% introvert/wallflower.

 2. Oh my lordy, the rejection letters. I have nothing to actually prove this, but I’m sure I’ve set some sort of Guinness World Record for the number of rejections received.

3. Surprised how many people think all writers are multi-millionaires, sitting by the pool eating bonbons.

 4. The timeline from contract to publication. I really thought after you wrote the book it would be published shortly thereafter. Wrong! This process can take six months to 3 years. Plus the time it took you to actually write the book and send it out on submission. Patience is a virtue.

5. Editorial letters. These are the revision letters you receive from your editor. My head almost exploded when I received my first editorial letter! It’s a tough process, but the end result is so worth it! Write. Revise. Repeat.

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About the Author
Beth Bowland.jpgBeth Bowland, a native Ohioan, has always enjoyed reading and creating stories of her own. As a child she devoured every book she could get her hands on and spent numerous hours at the library each week. She loves writing stories for tweens and young teens and her characters are often described as quirky and fun, but always relatable. When she’s not writing, she loves watching HGTV. She has one daughter and resides in Arlington, Texas with her husband, Phillip.

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Release Day Blitz: Graham by Natalie Decker with Giveaway

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Happy Release Day to

Graham by Natalie Decker!

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Graham Nichols’s main goal in life is to forget. Getting high, completely wasted, and running through a string of sexy blonds daily helps him achieve this task. But one night of partying lands him in a heap of trouble and sent back to the confinements of his hometown. Things can’t possibly get worse, right?

Sarah Morris can’t seem to run fast enough away from her past. She’s spent months trying to amend her ways, and is doing a pretty good job. She’s getting good grades, isn’t acting like a spoiled brat, and even works at the local grocery store. The last thing she needs is a distraction.

Enter Graham Nichols, the one mistake Sarah can’t escape.

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Graham (Scandalous Boys 2) by Natalie Decker
Release Date: July 26, 2016
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Natalie Decker is the author of the bestselling YA series RIVAL LOVE. She loves oceans, sunsets, sand between her toes, and carefree days. Her imagination is always going, which some find odd. But she believes in seeing the world in a different light at all times. Her first passion for writing started at age twelve when she had to write a poem for English class. However, seventh grade wasn’t her favorite time and books were her source of comfort. She took all college prep classes in High school, and attended the University of Akron. Although she studied Mathematics she never lost her passion for writing or her comfort in books. She’s a huge Denver Broncos fan, loves football, a mean cook in the kitchen, loves her family and friends and misses her dog infinity times infinity. If she’s not writing, reading, traveling, hanging out with her family and friends, then she’s off having an adventure. Because Natalie believes in a saying: Your life is your own journey, so make it amazing!

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Book Blitz: The Promise by C.E. Wilson

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The Promise by C.E. Wilson!

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What does it mean to be a human?

Lily Larkin is about to find out when on what should have been a day of great happiness, she is diagnosed with a rare and unbelievable disease. She is shrinking, possibly without limit.

As her life starts to spin out of control and the world starts to grow around her at an uncontrollable rate she is forced to confront her greatest fear – losing the man whom she loved from the moment she saw him. Can they stay together even though she feels her humanity slipping away? Can she trust him with her secret and, as her disease progresses, her safety and even her life? Can she trust herself?

A bittersweet story of love and loss, The Promise is a YA
Paranormal Fantasy that will have you questioning the meaning of your own humanity and the weighing of trust against love.

What will Lily choose?

What would you choose?

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The Promise by C.E. Wilson
Publication Date: July 15, 2016
Publisher: Live and Love the Fantasy Publications

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C.E. Wilson

C.E. Wilson was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, grew up in Millersville, Pennsylvania, and has been living in Pittsburgh since 2009. For the first few years living in Pittsburgh, she was an English teacher. Her first book, “Oath of Servitude,” was published in 2012. In 2013, she quit teaching to be a full time author and hasn’t looked back since. She loves spending time with her daughter and husband.

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PROMO TOUR – MOONBURNER BY CLAIRE LUANA

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Moonburner by Claire Luana

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Release Date: June 14, 2016
Publisher: Soul Fire Press

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Synopsis

When 17-year old Kai is exposed as a female sorceress—a moonburner, she knows the punishment is death. Despite the odds against her, Kai escapes her fate and undertakes a harrowing journey to a land where moonburners are revered and trained as warriors.

But the moonburner citadel is not the place of refuge and learning that Kai imagined. The ongoing war against the male sorcerers, or sunburners, has led the citadel leadership down a dark path that could spell the end of all magic. Armed with a secret from her past and a handsome but dangerous ally in the sunburner prince, Kai may be the only one able to prevent the destruction of her people.

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Excerpt:

He stood before the small basin of water, resting on a rickety table on the other side of the cabin and unwrapped their daughter. She was so beautiful. Even red and wrinkled, he could tell she had her mother’s fine hands, delicate but strong. She had his square jawbone. He wondered whether she would be as stubborn as he was in his youth. But he was delaying.

He plunged her into the water and held her there, his own heart hammering in his chest like a wild beast desperate to be set free. He began counting. Ten. She flailed under the water, her tiny limbs no match for his strong calloused hands. Thirty. At sixty, he could let her up. And try to save her. Fifty. Relief and hope began to well in him.

And then a bright white light exploded from his daughter. He stumbled back, throwing an arm over his eyes. She illuminated the cabin, shining silver light into cobwebbed corners and dusty crevices.

After a few seconds, the light died and his daughter was herself again. Tiny, pink, floating on top of the water peacefully. He and Hanae locked eyes. She had turned over and was half sitting up on her cot. The look of helpless horror on her face was mirrored on his own.

“I knew she would be,” Hanae said softly. “A moonburner. And a strong one.”

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About the Author

Claire + Mike engagement  Claire Luana grew up in Edmonds, Washington, reading everything she could get her hands on and writing every chance she could get. Eventually, adulthood won out and she turned her writing talents to more scholarly pursuits, graduating from University of Washington School of Law and going to work as a commercial litigation attorney at a mid-sized law firm.

While continuing to practice law, Claire decided to return to her roots and try her hand once again at creative writing. Her first novel, Moonburner, will be published in 2016 with Soul Fire Press, an imprint of Christopher Matthews Publishing. She is currently working on the sequel, Sunburner. In her (little) remaining spare time, she loves to hike, travel, run, play with her two dogs, and of course, fall into a good book.

Check her out on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/claireluana/

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