Book Blast: Vortex by S.J. Kincaid Book Blast. {Giveaway} (CLOSE)

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Vortex

HexedAuthor: S.J. Kincaid
Series: Insignia #2
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Publication Date:
 July 2nd, 2013

Pages: 390
Get Book: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | The Book Depository

Synopsis:
The impossible was just the beginning. Now in their second year as superhuman government weapons-in-training at the Pentagonal Spire, Tom Raines and his friends are mid-level cadets in the elite combat corps known as the Intrasolar Forces. But as training intensifies and a moment arrives that could make or break his entire career, Tom’s loyalties are again put to the test.

Encouraged to betray his ideals and friendships for the sake of his country, Tom is convinced there must be another way. And the more aware he becomes of the corruption surrounding him, the more determined he becomes to fight it, even if he sabotages his own future in the process.

Drawn into a power struggle more dramatic than he has ever faced before, Tom stays a hyperintelligent step ahead of everyone, like the exceptional gamer he is—or so he believes. But when he learns that he and his friends have unwittingly made the most grievous error imaginable, Tom must find a way to outwit an enemy so nefarious that victory seems hopeless. Will his idealism and bravado cost him everything—and everyone that matters to him?

Filled with action and intelligence, camaraderie and humor, the second book in S.J. Kincaid’s futuristic World War III Insignia trilogy continues to explore fascinating and timely questions about power, politics, technology, loyalty, and friendship.


About the Author:

S.J. Kincaid was born in Alabama, grew up in California, and attended high school in New Hampshire, but it was while living beside a haunted graveyard in Scotland, that she realized that she wanted to be a writer.

Her debut, Insignia, came out in July of 2012. The second book in the series, Vortex came out in July of 2013.

The final book in the INSIGNIA trilogy will come out in Fall of 2014.

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Book Blitz: Perfected by Kate Jarvik Birch {Excerpt & Giveaway} (OPEN)

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Perfected

Author: Kate Jarvik Birch
Release Date: July 1st, 2014
Publisher: Entangled Teen
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Synopsis:
Perfection comes at a price.

As soon as the government passed legislation allowing humans to be genetically engineered and sold as pets, the rich and powerful rushed to own beautiful girls like Ella. Trained from birth to be graceful, demure, and above all, perfect, these “family companions” enter their masters’ homes prepared to live a life of idle luxury.

Ella is happy with her new role as playmate for a congressman’s bubbly young daughter, but she doesn’t expect Penn, the congressman’s handsome and rebellious son. He’s the only person who sees beyond the perfect exterior to the girl within. Falling for him goes against every rule she knows…and the freedom she finds with him is intoxicating.

But when Ella is kidnapped and thrust into the dark underworld lurking beneath her pampered life, she’s faced with an unthinkable choice. Because the only thing more dangerous than staying with Penn’s family is leaving…and if she’s unsuccessful, she’ll face a fate far worse than death.

For fans of Keira Cass’s Selection series and Lauren DeStefano’s Chemical Garden series, Perfected is a chilling look at what it means to be human, and a stunning celebration of the power of love to set us free, wrapped in a glamorous—and dangerous—bow.


Praise for Perfected:

“Compelling, imaginative, and unique. I couldn’t turn the pages fast enough!”
— Mary Lindsey, author of Shattered Souls


Excerpt:

The inside of Penn’s room didn’t look a thing like the rest of the house. Maybe at one point his mother had had a hand in decorating it, but it was hard to tell because of the lengths he must have gone to cover it up. The bones of the room were strong and masculine: solid, wooden furniture stained a dark, deep cherry. But besides the furniture, the rest of the room appeared to be one giant battle against any influence of his mother.

The walls, which had once been painted a soft shade of green, were plastered over with posters of people and old, rusty road signs. The far wall above his bed was almost entirely covered with instruments. I didn’t recognize most of them, but there were a few of them that I could name: a couple of guitars, a mandolin.

“Do you play those?” I asked, pointing to the wall.

“Yeah, most of them… at least a little,” Penn said, glancing up from his speakers. “But I’m only really good at a few. Mostly I play the guitar.”

I looked around for a place to sit, but most of the surfaces were covered in discarded clothes and towels. Apparently Rosa didn’t pick up the laundry in his room the way she did for everyone else.

I stood awkwardly amidst the mess, glancing at the photographs that covered the mirror above the gigantic set of dresser drawers. There were pictures of Penn at the beach, and of him playing the guitar in front of a roaring bonfire. There were pictures of him clustered amid groups of his friends. I searched their faces, trying to recognize the girl from the swimming pool, but none of them seemed familiar.

“Okay,” he finally said, “I’m starting you out with Amos Lee since you liked Ray LaMontagne so much.”

He hit a button and music started playing, sounding as if it was coming from all four corners of his room.

I closed my eyes to the soft sound of the piano, both familiar yet totally new. It was always enchanting to hear a new composition after hearing the same ones year after year, and this one was no exception. The notes were lonely, full of melancholy that reminded me a bit of one of Beethoven’s sonatas. But I wasn’t prepared for the ache I would feel once the singing started. I took a shuddering breath.

“Are you okay?”

I nodded, afraid that if I opened my mouth I wouldn’t be able to speak. I closed my eyes again and let myself drift into the music. It wasn’t until the song faded out and I opened my eyes again that I realized Penn was sitting next to me. He was staring at me again, that same puzzled expression on his face.

“That was beautiful,” I choked out, before he could ask me again if I was all right.

“Yeah.” He smiled. “It’s one of my favorites. Who would have guessed I’d have the same taste in music as a pet from Greenwich Kennels?” It was the first time he’d mentioned my past without sounding angry.

“You can play me something else if you want.”

Penn put on another song and flopped down on the bed next to me, pushing a notebook and a pair of pants onto the floor.

“Sorry about the mess,” he said. “Here, you can scoot over if you want.”

I scooted closer to him, settling into the music. Both of us sat perfectly still and listened to the strum of the guitar and the beat of the drums that played underneath like a heartbeat. Next to me, I could feel the heat of Penn’s leg seeping through the fabric of my dress, making my thigh burn.

He leaned in. This close I could see the bursts of gold inside his eyes, but all I could think about was that kiss, the way his lips had felt against mine. So soft. So warm. I wanted to feel that again. I closed my eyes.

There was a knock at the door and Penn scooted away from me, but not fast enough. His father threw the door open.

“Thank God,” he said, striding over to us. “I looked all over the house for you, Ella. Didn’t you hear me calling?”

“With the music playing, I must not have heard you,” I said, “I’m terribly sorry, Master.”

Out of the corner of my eye I saw Penn cringe. I should have remembered that I wasn’t to use that word, but I was so nervous, and the Congressman’s face was flushed and red, distracting me. I couldn’t think straight.

The Congressman turned on Penn. “What were you thinking, taking her up here?”

“I was just playing her some music. It’s not like I—”

“Your music is the last thing I want you to introduce her to. If I remember correctly, you need to be focusing on catching up on your school work, not wasting time listening to songs.”

“Dad, I—” Penn started to say, but the Congressman didn’t seem at all interested.

“Not now. I’ve got two campaign donors waiting in the conservatory to meet Ella. I’ve wasted ten minutes looking for her, so I really don’t have time for your excuses right now.”

As the Congressman took me by the elbow and led me from the room, I chanced one last glance back at Penn.

He had already turned away.


About the Author:

Kate Jarvik Birch is a visual artist, author, playwright, daydreamer, and professional procrastinator.

As a child, she wanted to grow up to be either a unicorn or mermaid. Luckily, being a writer turned out to be just as magical.

Her essays and short stories have been published in literary journals including Indiana Review and Saint Ann’s Review.

She lives in Salt Lake City, Utah with her husband and three kids. To learn more visit www.katejarvikbirch.com

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Book Blitz: Fan Art by Sarah Tregay {Character Interview & Giveaway} (CLOSE)

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Fan Art

Author: Sarah Tregay
Release Date: 17th June, 2014
Publisher: Harper Teen
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Synopsis:
When the picture tells the story…

Senior year is almost over, and Jamie Peterson has a big problem. Not college—that’s all set. Not prom—he’ll find a date somehow. No, it’s the worst problem of all: he’s fallen for his best friend.
As much as Jamie tries to keep it under wraps, everyone seems to know where his affections lie, and the giggling girls in art class are determined to help Jamie get together with Mason. But Jamie isn’t sure if that’s what he wants—because as much as Jamie would like to come clean to Mason, what if the truth ruins everything? What if there are no more road trips, taco dinners, or movie nights? Does he dare risk a childhood friendship for romance?

This book is about what happens when a picture reveals what we can’t say, when art is truer than life, and how falling in love is easy, except when it’s not. Fan Art explores the joys and pains of friendship, of pressing boundaries, and how facing our worst fears can sometimes lead us to what we want most.


| Character Interview with Jamie Peterson:

Hi, I’m Jamie Peterson. Fan Art is about what happened at the end of my senior year.

So, you’re on the Gumshoe staff? I heard there was a little problem this year.

Yes, Gumshoe is our high school literary magazine. I’m the graphic designer so I put the layout together. And I might have, um, added a graphic short story that the others had rejected. It was a love story about two boys. It had to be published.

Who is your best friend?

Mason Viveros—the one with the mop of dark curls and the chunky black glasses. We’ve been friends since third grade. He’s really smart—speaks three languages—but he doesn’t brag about it. He’s also good at fixing cars, which can come in handy on a road trip.

Do you have a crush?

Yeah. On Mason. Not on purpose. Everyone knows friend crushes are the worst—even guy-girl friend crushes—drama, angst, broken hearts, you name it. It’s bad—real bad. And straight-guy-gay-guy friend crushes? I don’t even want to think about that apocalypse.

Are you out?

Sort of. I’m out with my mom and step-dad. And some of the girls at school know, not that I told them. Good gaydar, I guess. But I haven’t told Mason. I mean, how do you tell someone that you’ve been keeping a secret from him since middle school?

Will you be glad when senior year is over?

Hell, yeah. Between the many visits to the principal’s office for the Gumshoe incident and the Redneck—I mean Nick O’Shea—thinking I ratted him out about the senior prank I can’t wait to get out of here.


About the Author:

Raised without television, Sarah Tregay started writing her own middle grade novels after she had read all of the ones in the library. She later discovered YA books, but never did make it to the adult section.

When she’s not jotting down poems at stoplights, she can be found hanging out with her “little sister” from Big Brothers Big Sisters. Sarah lives in Eagle, Idaho with her husband, two Boston Terriers, and an appaloosa named Mr. Pots.

Her next book, Fan Art, will be released in June.

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  • Two (2) SIGNED ARC’s of Fan Art (US/Canada only – ends July 15th);

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Book Blitz: Her Secret Inheritance by Jen McConnel {Excerpt & Giveaways} (CLOSE)

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Her Secret Inheritance

Author: Jen McConnel
Publication Date: June 12th, 2014
Publisher: Bloomsbury Spark

Genre: Fantasy | Paranormal
Series: Isobel Key #2
Learn More: Bloomsbury | Website | Bloomsbury Spark
Buy Book: Amazon | Barnes & Nobel | Google | iTunes| KoboAudible

Synopsis:
Five years after the trip to Scotland that changed her life, Lou is back in the misty, magical country. But this time, she’s not on vacation.

When Brian, her old Highland fling, turns up at the scene of some depressing family business, tension mounts between the former lovers. But dealing with Brian is only part of the problem; something wicked is stirring in Scotland. Lou must use all her strength to handle the increasingly desperate situation, but will she be strong enough to battle both a vengeful ghost and her heart?

Lou may have thought that she was finished with the witch Isobel Key, but some secrets can’t stay buried forever.

The Secret of Isobel Key

Author: Jen McConnel
Publication Date: September 14th, 2012
Publisher: Bloomsbury Spark

Genre: Fantasy | Paranormal
Series: Isobel Key #1
Learn More: Bloomsbury | Website | Bloomsbury Spark
Buy Book: Amazon | Barnes & Nobel | Google | iTunes| KoboAudible

Synopsis:
Lou is in the middle of a quarter-life crisis. Fresh out of college, she’s unemployed and unsure of herself. But when she gets the chance to escape to Scotland with her best friend, it could be the answer to her quest for self-discovery. The trip is not at all what she expected, especially when her tour guide turns out to be the dreamy historian Brian, and together they embark on a hunt for information about Isobel Key, a woman accused of witchcraft in the seventeenth century.

They set out to learn the truth of the condemned witch, but Lou isn’t prepared for the knowledge that awaits her. She must face her own demons if she has any hope of righting the wrongs of the past.

Flashing between seventeenth century Scotland and a contemporary romance, THE SECRET OF ISOBEL KEY is a mystery that will please readers of all ages.


Excerpt:

Glancing at the clock on the nightstand, she quickly calculated the time back home. Her family wasn’t likely to be up for a few more hours, but it was possible that Tammy might not have gone to bed yet. Lou crossed her fingers and dug her cell phone out of the small pocket inside her purse.

 She punched in the numbers by memory, and after five rings, a groggy voice said, “Hello?”

 “Oh, shit, Tammy. Did I wake you?” Lou frowned at the phone, flooded with guilt.

“It’s three o’clock in the morning. What do you think?” Tammy’s voice was terse, but Lou couldn’t tell if she were just tired, or cranky, too.

“I’m sorry. It’s morning here. I didn’t figure the time difference right.” Lou lied quickly, hoping Tammy wouldn’t call her on it.

She didn’t. “Okay. Fine. I’m up: what did you need?”

Lou hesitated. “It’s just—I’m in Scotland.”

Suddenly, Tammy sounded wide awake. “Oh, God. I’m so sorry. I forgot that you were flying yesterday.” She paused. “Is everything all right?”

Relief washed over Lou as she leaned back against the headboard. “I don’t know. It’s just, weird, you know?”

Tammy was quiet for a minute, and Lou pictured her nodding. “Lots of memories?”

Tears threatened Lou again, so she forced a bright note into her voice. “Some. It’s just strange to be here after so long.”

The line was still. Tammy knew better.

Lou sighed and admitted, “It hurts. Not just knowing that the he’s gone, but knowing that—“

“You missed your chance.”

Lou exhaled sharply. She knew who Tammy was talking about. “Yes.”

“Did you think about looking him up while you’re there?”

“No!” Lou spoke too quickly. “I’ll be too busy.”

“I’m sure Brian would help you, if you asked him.”

Hearing his name caused a sharp pain in her chest, but Lou shook her head. “That was a long time ago.”


About the Author:

Jen McConnel first began writing poetry as a child. A Michigander by birth, she now lives and writes in the beautiful state of North Carolina.

A graduate of Western Michigan University, she also holds a MS in Library Science from Clarion University of Pennsylvania. 

When she isn’t crafting worlds of fiction, she teaches college writing composition and yoga.

Once upon a time, she was a middle school teacher, a librarian, and a bookseller, but those are stories for another time. 

Her debut NA novel, THE SECRET OF ISOBEL KEY, is out now from Bloomsbury Spark. She also writes YA and nonfiction. Visit http://www.jenmcconnel.com  to learn more.

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  • The author is hosting a FB party on June 12th (party is at 6-8 pm EST). If you wish to be part of the party, please click on the following link: https://www.facebook.com/events/819927961350585/ 
  • There will also be a Twitter party hosted by @bookklovr22 of teaforthreebooks.blogspot.com . The party will take place from 8pm-9pm est on June 13, and there will be trivia, Q&A, and prizes. Twitter party tag: #isobelkey – Bloggers posting on June 12-13 can also share this on their post!


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– one (1) Isobel Key swag (includes signed bookmarks);

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One mounted black and white print of Claire Heminsley’s artwork, “A Snippet of St. Andrews”
The Prints are black and white. Mounted with an acid free, antique white mount. Size of image:- 18x40cm, Size of mount:-29x52cm.

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Book Blast: Hexed by Michelle {Giveaway} (CLOSE)

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Hexed

HexedAuthor: Michelle Krys
Series: The Witch Hunter #1
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Publication Date:
 June 10th, 2014

Pages: 384
Get Book: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | IndieBound

Synopsis:
If high school is all about social status, Indigo Blackwood has it made. Sure, her quirky mom owns an occult shop, and a nerd just won’t stop trying to be her friend, but Indie is a popular cheerleader with a football-star boyfriend and a social circle powerful enough to ruin everyone at school. Who wouldn’t want to be her?

Then a guy dies right before her eyes. And the dusty old family Bible her mom is freakishly possessive of is stolen. But it’s when a frustratingly sexy stranger named Bishop enters Indie’s world that she learns her destiny involves a lot more than pom-poms and parties. If she doesn’t get the Bible back, every witch on the planet will die. And that’s seriously bad news for Indie, because according to Bishop, she’s a witch too.

Suddenly forced into a centuries-old war between witches and sorcerers, Indie’s about to uncover the many dark truths about her life—and a future unlike any she ever imagined on top of the cheer pyramid.


About the Author:

Hi there! I’m the author of the YA novel HEXED, slated for publication with Delacorte Press/Random House Children’s Books Spring 2014.

I’m repped by Adriann Ranta of Wolf Literary Services. Visit me at michellekrys.com or follow @MichelleKrys on Twitter.

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1 winner will get: A Signed copy of Hexed
3 winners will get: Signed Swag
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Book Blitz: Crane by Stacey Rourke {Excerpt & Giveaways} (CLOSE)

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Crane

Author: Stacey Rourke
Publication Date: May 26th, 2014
Publisher: Anchor Group Publishing

Genre: New Adult | Paranormal
Buy Book: Amazon | Barnes & Nobels | Smashwords

Synopsis:
The Horseman is unending,
his presence shan’t lessen.
If you break the curse,
you become the legend.

Washington Irving and Rip Van Winkle had no choice but to cover up the deadly truth behind Ichabod Crane’s disappearance. Centuries later, a Crane returns to Sleepy Hollow awakening macabre secrets once believed to be buried deep. 

What if the monster that spawned the legend lived within you?

Now, Ireland Crane, reeling from a break-up and seeking a fresh start, must rely on the newly awakened Rip Van Winkle to discover the key to channeling the darkness swirling within her. Bodies are piling high and Ireland is the only one that can save Sleepy Hollow by embracing her own damning curse. 

But is anyone truly safe when the Horseman rides?


Excerpt:

“Tonight was meant to be the Harvest Ball,” Katrina said as she slid between the folds of her crimson and taupe gown. “Now the town is meeting, trying to concoct a plan to stop a being that death itself couldn’t tame.”

Ichabod sat on the edge of the bed with his back, respectfully, to Katrina while she changed. His loaded musket lay across his lap. In the reflection of the window in front of him he could see the soft curve of her hips as they tapered into her narrow waist. He cleared his throat and shifted his gaze to the floor. His chin tipped to the side, ever so slightly, to ask, “Are you secure in our plan?”

“I am to attend the summit on the arm of Brom Van Brunt,” she reaffirmed as she pulled her long, blonde locks out from the back of her gown and began tightening the laces of her bodice. “Then speak with as many people as I can, searching for anyone that may have motives leading to the Horseman.”

Ichabod nodded. Mostly to himself, he muttered the remaining details they were depending upon, “Rip will be inside as well. That man can finesse a crowd with a skill that truly baffles. If there are secrets to be found, he will uncover them. Irv will be outside with me, primarily because the Horseman isn’t the only one in this town that would like to see his head on a spike. We will be on horseback, patrolling the grounds with a few other men that have volunteered. You will have nothing to fear.”

Her elegant gown in place, Katrina turned to Ichabod wearing an expression equal parts timidity and fear. “What of Brom?”

The bed squeaked as Ichabod shifted his weight to face her. “Boorish as his ways may be, he cares for you. If you adopt the guise that you have interest in him, he will do all he can to protect you inside the gathering, while I provide you the same service outside.”

“And,” her long lashes brushed the tops of her cheeks as she cast her gaze to the floor, “you aren’t bothered by me being on his arm?”

In the midst of the plotting and planning, Ichabod had slipped into the role he knew well of military strategist. He had detached himself from the emotional aspects—until that very moment. The reality of his request sank in like a heavy stone. He had asked her to take another man’s arm, asserting her place beside him. The implications of that dug into his gut like a dull blade, churning and twisting deep.

“The mere idea of that makes me ache,” he stated, forcing the words through his suddenly parched throat. “Yet I would endure this hardship, and countless others, to keep you safe.”

She moistened her lips with a flick of her tongue, seemingly wrestling with words that gave her pause. “Ichabod, when this is over … w-would you call yourself mine?”

Ichabod closed his eyes. The euphoria of that question washed over him, cleansing him of all his sins with the promise of tomorrow. Rising to his feet, he took her velvet soft hand in his. A love he hadn’t known possible illuminated her striking face. “From the moment I saw you, my heart belonged to you alone. If by some miracle you were to give me your love in return, I would need nothing else to sustain me the rest of my days.”

Katrina’s palm tenderly brushed his cheek. “You have already claimed that.”

Allowing no further hesitation, Ichabod gathered her in his arms. Katrina tipped her head back, the soft curves of her body molding to his. Full lips parted in an alluring invitation it would take a stronger man than him to resist. 


About the Author:

StaceyRONE Award Winner for Best YA Paranormal Work of 2012 for Embrace, a Gryphon Series Novel Young Adult and Teen Reader voted Author of the Year 2012 Turning Pages Magazine Winner for Best YA book of 2013 & Best Teen Book of 2013. 

Stacey Rourke lives in Michigan with her husband, two beautiful daughters, and two giant, dogs. She loves to travel, has an unhealthy shoe addiction  and considers herself blessed to make a career out of talking to the imaginary people that live in her head. Mark your calendars! Her latest literary adventure, Crane, will release May 26, 2014. She is currently hard at work on the continuations of this thrilling Legends Saga, as well as other literary projects.

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INT – ends June 19th:
– ebook copy of Crane by Stacey Rourke;

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1. Kindle with a ton of ebooks;
2. Crane duffle bag filled with signed copies of each of Stacey’s books
3. $10 Amazon Gift Card

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Book Blitz: Mary Hades by Sarah Dalton {Guest Post & Giveaways} (OPEN)

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Mary Hades

Author: Sarah Dalton
Series: Mary Hades #1
Publication Date: June, 2014
Publisher: Createspace

Genre: Young Adult | Horror
Buy Book: Amazon | Barnes & Nobels | Kobo | Smashwords

Synopsis:
Not many seventeen year old girls have a best friend who’s a ghost, but then Mary Hades isn’t your average teenager. 

Scarred physically and mentally from a fire, her parents decide a holiday to an idyllic village in North Yorkshire will help her recover. Nestled in the middle of five moors, Mary expects to have a boring week stuck in a caravan with her parents. Little does she know, evil lurks in the campsite… 

Seth Lockwood—a local fairground worker with a dark secret—might be the key to uncovering the murky history that has blighted Nettleby. But Mary is drawn to him in a way that has her questioning her judgement. 

Helped by her dead best friend and a quirky gay Goth couple, Mary must stop the unusual deaths occurring in Nettleby. But can she prevent her heart from being broken?

The first in a series of dark YA novels, Mary Hades follows on from the bestselling Kindle Single My Daylight Monsters. A spine-tingling tale with romance, readers will be shocked and entertained in equal measure. 


Guest Post:

Five ways Mary Hades is different to your average YA series
by Sarah Dalton

I’m pretty excited about this project. I find Mary the easiest character to write because she is such a free spirit. However, there’s a part of me that’s nervous about this series. I’ve mixed things up. Mary Hades doesn’t follow a formula.

Here are five things you can expect, and five examples that are a little different to most YA books.

| 1. It’s not a trilogy:

At the moment, the series is open ended, which means I’m planning to keep it going for as long as I enjoy writing it. To me, this is almost like a long-running television series, where each book will focus on a specific challenge. I will be bringing in long-arc storylines at some point, but the first few books are almost standalones.

| 2. Each novel is a snapshot:

Like the novella that started it all—My Daylight Monsters—each novel, and each story, is a snapshot into Mary’s life. That means that not all the books will link on from each other. The first book has a resolution and no cliff-hanger, but it sets up the rest of the series, because it shows Mary what she wants to achieve with her life. This is going to continue throughout the series. Think of them as brief instalments into her very interesting life. Characters will come and go. Not all of the novels will be set in the same place. There is a lot of scope for the series. It could go on as Mary goes to University, or a spin off with different characters could occur. There are no set rules here. Think of it as an urban fantasy series, but more contemporary.

| 3. The novels are short:

The main reason I write Mary Hades at a shorter length is because the tone is very deep first person POV present tense. The books are meant to be all-encompassing. I want the reader to be drawn into Mary’s world, and that is an intense ride. These sorts of novels are almost always short. Think of the wonderful How I live Now, or the engrossing Never Let Me Go—they are both short novels and that suits them very well. The first instalment of Mary Hades will be about 280 pages. On the plus side, shorter novels means I can write the instalments quicker, so you won’t have to wait long for the next book. And, as the books are shorter, I’ve decided to charge less for them, so you won’t be paying more for a shorter novel. However, quality almost always beats quantity. 😉

| 4. This is dark fiction:

When I started writing My Daylight Monsters, I was very influenced by Gothic literature. That’s a very broad brush. I always loved Victorian Gothics, like Dracula and The Picture of Dorian Grey. These novels always have a supernatural element and always have some sort of dark, looming presence. In My Daylight Monsters, that presence is the hospital, and the deepest fears we harbour there. In Mary Hades, that looming presence is the Yorkshire moors—of course, inspired by Wuthering Heights. Other influences could include Daphne Du Maurier. I had a few scenes from Jamaica Inn playing in my mind as I wrote this book. Mary Hades is much more grown up than my other novels. In the past, my books like The Blemished and White Hart have been more suited to younger YA. Mary Hades is best for older teens and adults.

| 5.Horror AND Romance?

Yup, you better believe it. In the midst of fighting a really scary ghost, Mary manages a holiday romance. Hey, call me a romantic, but I think a girl needs to take some time off from her ghost hunting once in a while.

In all seriousness, I want the books to be scary AND uplifting. There’s a definite contemporary feel to the writing, and hopefully that ties in with the romance.


About the Author:

SarahSarah grew up in the middle of nowhere in the countryside of Derbyshire and as a result has an over-active imagination. She has been an avid reader for most of her life, taking inspiration from the stories she read as a child, and the novels she devoured as an adult.

Sarah mainly writes speculative fiction for a Young Adult audience and has had pieces of short fiction published in the Medulla Literary Review, PANK magazine and the British Fantasy Society publication Dark Horizons. Her short story ‘Vampires Wear Chanel’ is featured in the Wyvern Publication Fangtales available here:

Sarah’s debut novel The Blemished is a fast paced young adult dystopia set in a fractured Britain. It follows the events of Mina Hart, a young Blemished girl who has a dangerous secret, as she tries to escape the dreaded Operation and get out of Area 14.

Official Website | Goodreads | Facebook | Twitter


Giveaway Time:

INT – ends June 13th:
– ebook copy of Mary Hades (Mary Hades #1) by Sarah Dalton;

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INT – ends September 30th:
-Ultimate Swag Bag-
-Signed paperback of any of Sarah’s books
-3x eBooks of winner’s choice

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Book Blast: The Only Boy by Jordan Locke {Giveaway} (CLOSE)

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The Only Boy

The Only BoyAuthor: Jordan Locke
Publication Date: December 17th, 2013
Genre: Dystopia| Young Adult | Sci-Fi
Get Book: Amazon

Synopsis:
Mary is stuck in Section One, living with three hundred women in a crumbling hospital. She wonders what life was like two centuries ago, before the Cleansing wiped out all the men. But the rules—the Matriarch’s senseless rules—prevent her from exploring the vacant city to find out.

Taylor’s got a dangerous secret: he’s a boy. His compound’s been destroyed, and he’s been relocated to Section One. Living under the Matriarch means giving up possessions, eating canned food and avoiding all physical contact. Baggy clothes hide his flat chest and skinny legs, but if anyone discovers what lies beneath, he’ll be exiled. Maybe even executed.
Mary’s never seen a boy—the Matriarch cut the pictures of men from the textbooks—and she doesn’t suspect Taylor’s secret. If she knew, she might understand the need to stop the girls from teasing him. If she knew, she might realize why she breaks the rules, just to be near him. Then again, she might be frightened to death of him.

Taylor should go. The Matriarch is watching his every move. But running means leaving Mary—and braving the land beyond the compound’s boundaries.


Praise for The Only Boy:

“It’s not a dystopia that does a good job—it’s a great book that happens to be a dystopia.” Rachel Miller, Editor

“This book is one of the best of its genre I have read, it kept me gripped to its satisfying end.” Janet Love, Amazon UK Reviewer

“If you like a different take on the dystopian genre then I would highly recommend this unique and amazing book.” Tamara Bass, The Avid Book Collector


About the Author:

Jordan-LockeJordan Locke lives in Connecticut with his wife, two lively daughters and a well-behaved whippet. A graphic designer by trade, his creativity spilled over into the literary world.

After years of writing, reading and learning the craft, his fifth novel, The Only Boy, brought him offers of representation from two well-known agents.

Now, after the dog is fed and the kids are in bed, you will find him tapping away at the keyboard.

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Giveaway Time:

BookBlast Giveaway:
– $100 Amazon Gift Card or Paypal Cash

– Ends 05/31/14

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Book Blitz: After the Curtain Falls by Ainsley Shay {Sneak-Peeks & Giveaway} (CLOSE)

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After the Curtain Falls

atcfAuthor: Ainsley Shay
Publication Date: January 1st, 2014
Genre: Young Adult | Paranormal
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Synopsis:
Erik never had to be anything other than a freak…until now.

Two hundred fifty-three days is a long time to fake being normal when night after night you perform miraculous feats on stage in a freak show. Thousands have paid to witness the miracle, suspecting nothing more than a hoax. But it is very real and it is slowly destroying him. Erik is weakened to the point where he’ll stop performing and start going to school for the first time ever—in his senior year. His only goal is to rebuild his strength so he can return to the stage and perform doing what he loves most in this world. What he didn’t plan for was the appearances of beautiful Addison and mysterious Naya. Now, unfamiliar feelings and bizarre new friendships threaten to unbalance Erik’s future as a miracle-performing freak.

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Sneak-Peeks :

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The moment is perfect to lean in and kiss her. And I badly want to put my hand on her cheek and bring my lips to hers.

Addison looks at her wrist, my fingers still there. “I should go,” she says shattering my thoughts.

I slide my hand from her wrist, along her palm, lingering on her fingertips with my own. Looking up into her eyes, I ask, Are you sure you want to?”

She meets my eyes. “No.” Her voice whispers the simple word I was hoping she would say. “But they’re expecting me down there.” My stomach aches when she starts to get up. “Thanks for catching me when I fell.” She brushes the sand off her dress and walks through the wheat grass toward the shore.

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“You’re a freak like me,” Naya says, no doubt present in her tone.

Shaken by her word choice, but intrigued to know why she’s chosen it, I ask, “Am I? And how do you know that?” I swallow nothing, feeling my throat constrict as I wait for her answer.

With concern on her face, her lips purse, and she shrugs one shoulder. “I just know.” She touches my arm, leans into me and whispers, “As a friend, just be careful. The people here,” she looks to her left and then to her right, “well…they aren’t very nice to our kind.”

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About the Author:

AinsleyAinsley Shay avoids insanity by living mostly in the fiction world. She believes surrounding herself with positive people, and strives for balance in everything. She owns more jeans with rips and holes than without; and has recently found the magic of patches. For her, reading or writing the perfect sentence is better than the smoothest piece of dark chocolate melting in her mouth. She is a deltiologist for pure enjoyment, not for the study of. She longs to move north one day, even though she hates the cold. (Go figure!) So, for now, she continues to live in warm south Florida with her incredible husband, three beautiful daughters, and two lazy cats. (We won’t mention the dog.)

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Giveaway Time:

You can win a ebook copy of After the Curtain Falls by Ainsley Shay. (International – ends March 19th, 2014)

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Book Blitz: Cornerstone by Kelly Walker {Q&A & Giveaway} (CLOSE)

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KineticAuthor: Kelly Walker
Series: Souls of the Stone #1
Publication Date: November 30th, 2013
Genre: Young Adult | Fantasy | Romance
Get Book: Amazon | Barnes & Noble

Synopsis:
Epic Fantasy combines with Young Adult romance in this stunning new adventure set in a richly developed medieval world. Second Stone and Broken Stone are now available! Also be sure to look for Jaded Stone, the thrilling prequel to the
Souls of the Stones series.

When Emariya Warren learns enemy forces have captured her father, she’ll do anything to save him. Anything. Even marry a mysterious prince she knows nothing about in order to rally the strength to arrange a rescue. During her journey to Torian’s foreign castle, Emariya comes face to face with her mother’s killers–and a deadly secret.

Not only does Emariya possess a powerful but unexpected magical gift passed down through each of her families, the prince she’s promised to marry possesses a third, and an ominous prophecy has warned the three gifts must never be combined.

If she breaks her promise to marry Torian, she won’t be able to save her father and if she keeps it, she may bring a curse upon everything she holds dear. Determining which choice is best won’t be easy, but when she meets the gorgeous prince who may desire more than just her heart, she realizes she will have to fight just to have a choice at all.

Her heart wants him desperately. Her head begs her to run. If she doesn’t want to share her mother’s fate, she’ll have to find a way to untangle the truth from the lies in time to save herself.

Discover the heartbreaking betrayals, fascinating magic and fated love of Cornerstone.

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Q&A:

Q: Why did you choose to write a YA Fantasy book instead of other young adult sub-genres such as contemporary, paranormal, dystopian, etc.?
I don’t think I really had a choice. I had to tell this story. Sure, I filled in some details, but mostly Riya wrote her own story and I just had to try and keep up. Once it took shape, I had to find a good genre to put it in. The only genre I intentionally stuck to was YA. I like to read YA books, and also because of the age range, I was pretty sure most would want to classify it as YA, so I tried to keep it appropriate.

Q: What distracts you the most while you’re writing?
Everything! The kids, the dogs, facebook, email, you name it. I’ve had to learn to go into my home office, shut the door and block the internet when I really want to get a good chunk of writing done. Otherwise I get sidetracked.

Q: What is your all time favorite fantasy book?
That’s like asking me to pick a favorite type of chocolate! Hmm, let’s see. Well, I consider fantasy a pretty broad category. I mean, you are asking me to chose between all the Harry Potter books and Twilight books and Outlander and A Song of Ice and Fire. And let’s not forget Throne of Glass and Crown of Midnight. There is so much awesome fantasy out there, I can’t simply pick a favorite.

Q: What comes first, character or plot?
Definitely character! For me, characters and maybe a small tidbit about their situation wheedle their way into my head, and then I have to work to figure out exactly who they are, and what their story is. That’s not to say I’ve never intentionally created a character to fill a plot need, but for the most part, especially for my main characters, they are what drive the story.

Q: What advice(s) would you give to writers whose dream is to publish a book?
Do it! Do it right, and do it professionally, but do it. In today’s volcanic publishing landscape, fulfilling those dreams is entirely possible and plausible. Do your research because there are a lot of less than scrupulous people who prey on the uneducated, but if you want to publish a book and you are willing to put in the time and energy and effort, the sky is the limit.

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About the Author:

Kellly

Kelly Walker is a YA and NA author of several romantic titles, including the Souls of the Stones series. She has an unhealthy appreciation for chocolate, and a soft spot for rescued animals.

Her best lessons on writing came from a lifetime of reading.

She loves the fantastical, and the magical, and believes a captivating romance can be the most realistic magic of all.

Kelly, her husband and her two children share their Virginia home with three dogs who walk her, and two cats who permit her to occasionally share their couch.

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Giveaways Time:

You can win a ebook copy of any book in the Souls of the Stone series(International – ends March 1st, 2014)

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Book Blitz: PODs by Michelle K. Pickett {Excerpt & Giveaway} (CLOSE)

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Author: Michelle K. Pickett
Release Date: 24th June, 2013
Publisher: Spencer Hill Press
Formats: Paperback/ ebook (312 pages)
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Synopsis:
Seventeen-year-old Eva is a chosen one. Chosen to live, while others meet a swift and painful death from an incurable virus so lethal, a person is dead within days of symptoms emerging. In the POD system, a series of underground habitats built by the government, she waits with the other chosen for the deadly virus to claim those above. Separated from family and friends, it’s in the PODs she meets David. And while true love might not conquer all, it’s a balm for the broken soul.

After a year, scientists believe the population has died, and without living hosts, so has the virus. That’s the theory, anyway. But when the PODs are opened, survivors find the surface holds a vicious secret. The virus mutated, infecting those left top-side and creating… monsters.

Eva and David hide from the infected in the abandoned PODs. Together they try to build a life–a new beginning. But the infected follow and are relentless in their attacks. Leaving Eva and David to fight for survival, and pray for a cure.

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Praise for the Amazon Bestselling POD’s:

“5 Stars! I loved this book. I have been kind of bogged down with dystopias lately, but this was amazing. It was so cool to see life before the ‘event’, to see Eva wrestle with her choices and then, to watch her change as she lived inside the PODs…Yes, there are zombies. Yes, there’s a little romance. But I think, at its heart, PODs is a coming of age story about Eva and how she grows from a girl into a strong, decisive woman during this period of absolute destruction. And Pickett writes it beautifully.” ~ Sherry Ficklin, author of “Extracted

 “I was blown away by this debut novel from Michelle Pickett! Rather than feeling like I was reading a book, I actually sometimes felt like I was actually watching the characters’ lives progress; it was kind of weird! The emotions that Eva felt were so raw and real, and I think Michelle really captured the emotions that one would be feeling in a post-apocalyptic world…PODs may very well be one of the next big things in YA, so I am very happy to have been one of the ones that was part of the beginning of it all! Congrats Michelle on your YA debut and I am looking forward to more by you!  I gave PODs a well-deserved 5/5 stars!  ” ~Phil book reviewer at Stack of Hardbacks

 “5 glowing, sparkling stars for this one!…I absolutely adored every character Michelle introduces us to. This book isn’t just about a romance, or two people fighting some battle. This book allows us to get to know several, amazing, diverse characters who all grab your heart (even a few who have attitude issues). They all held such an important place in the story… Now for the plot. Holy crap!… Michelle did a flippin’ fantastic job giving us each piece of this puzzle… I won’t go into details about what happens after they are removed from the POD but O-M-G! The action never stops…This book seriously needs to be a movie. I could picture every detail and already see it playing out on screen. PLEASE SOMEONE MAKE THIS HAPPEN!”  ~Jessica of Total Bookaholic

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Excerpt:

The bus ride to the quarantine facility took more than ten hours. I was shoved against the window by my seatmate who slept almost the entire trip. He was a big guy, taking up most of the seat, and when he slept his body lolled to the side, wedging me against the metal side of the bus.

 As we traveled, the air turned hot and dry, different than the humid, sticky climate of my coastal Texas hometown. The old school bus didn’t have air conditioning and the small windows didn’t let much air in. My seatmate’s body heat didn’t help. I was hot, thirsty, and had to pee in the worst way.

Wondering how much longer I’d be drooled on by the guy next to me, I strained my face against the window, looking for anything on the flat landscape.

That’s when I saw them.

I don’t know why I was surprised. I should’ve expected it after what had happened at the high school, but I hadn’t. It was worse than at the school—rioters everywhere. They waved anti-raffle signs and signs cursing the “Chosen.”

The land around the quarantine area was flat, dry, and dusty. The people lining the road sat under makeshift tents to keep out of the sun. Some stood on top of their RVs waving their handmade signs; one burned an American flag.

I watched women holding their small children toward the bus, begging with tear-stained faces for us to take them. I wanted to reach out and snatch them out of their mothers’ hands as we drove past. Several of the other people on the bus reached up and pushed their windows shut.

The National Guard at the quarantine site didn’t allow people to get close enough to touch the bus. They were shot with rubber bullets or Tasered if they tried to cross the police line. Every time I heard the shot of the riot guns I jumped. My muscles ached from tensing them—waiting for the inevitable sound.

“Why are you crying?” A boy sitting in front of me looked at me like I’d grown another head. “They’d probably kill you and steal your place in the PODs if given the chance.”

I shook my head, remembering what my dad had told me. “They’re just scared,” I said. After all, they were, essentially, the walking dead.

The rioters screamed and cursed us. They threw rocks and eggs as we drove by. An egg hit the window next to me, the slimy insides plopping against my head, matting my hair.

“Gross,” the boy sitting next to me said.

I just looked at him and rolled my eyes.

Yeah, the egg is gross. And the drool coming out of your mouth and dripping on my leg while you slept, leaning on me, was glorious.

The bus stopped in a fenced area like the one at the high school. The crowd screamed and banged the fence posts with their crude, homemade picket signs. Some climbed on the fence, pulling at it like chimpanzees at the zoo.

“Stay seated until your name is called,” a soldier yelled. “When you are called, grab your belongings and wait to be escorted into the building.”

Oh please, call this guy’s name. He needs to move before I shove him off the seat. I’m tired of being pinned against the side of the bus. I need some room.

Thankfully, my name was called soon after we stopped. I stood, stretched the kinks out of my muscles, and plowed through the massive body blocking me. Clambering over the other luggage that filled the aisle, I grabbed my two suitcases and stood in front of the bus.

The one-story brick building was large but had no windows, only a single green door. I couldn’t see the other sides, but I had a feeling there’d be no windows there, either—no glass for rioters to break through.

The soldier walked up from behind me, tapping my suitcase with his clipboard. “Follow me.”

I shuffled into the brick building, guided by the same guardsman who’d ripped me away from my parents hours earlier…

“I love you,” my mom said through her tears, her voice thick and trembling.

“I want to stay with you,” I pleaded.

“Come here, kiddo.” My dad, his face distorted with grief, folded me in a tight hug. He kissed the top of my head and told me he loved me and how proud he was of me. “I know, when this is over, you are going to do great things, Eva. you’re a fighter. I love you so much.”

A rough hand grabbed my arm, pulling me away from my dad. “Get on the bus,” the male voice ordered, yelling to be heard over the crying of parents and children saying their final goodbyes.

“I’m not done saying goodbye…” He didn’t let go, pulling me with him. My heels digging into the dirt, I tried to pull away. I needed one more hug, to hear them tell me they loved me and to tell them I loved them, too.

“MOM!” I screamed. “DAD!” Tears stained my face. The man thrust me toward the steps of the old, yellow school bus. I screamed one more time for my parents, telling them I loved them, reaching my arms out to them.

I could see my mom’s body rock with the force of her cries. Tears ran down my father’s face. “We love you, Evangelina,” I heard them call just before the bus door closed.

It was the last thing I’d hear my parents say. It was the last image I’d have of them. I pressed my hand to the window of the bus, my head bowed as I sobbed. I didn’t try to hide my tears. Everyone on the bus was crying for their families. We knew what awaited them.

Death.

I shook my head, trying to erase the horrible memory. I wanted to remember the good things about them, not saying goodbye.

Goodbyes are hard, but this one had been different. This wasn’t a goodbye, I’ll see you in a month. It was a permanent goodbye. I’d never see my parents again. The overwhelming sadness took over, like a black hole sucking me in. Fat, salty tears ran down my face, and I could feel my nose running. I wiped my arm across it. My eyes were swollen, my throat sore, and my chest tight.

I was alone. My parents were gone. No brothers or sisters. Just me – an orphan of the virus.

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About the Author:

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I’m a wife, mother, author, reader, although not always in that order.  I write young adult urban fantasies, science/fiction and paranormal romances and have recently started dabbling in young adult and new adult contemporary romance. Reading was one of my earliest passions, writing soon followed. I began writing seriously during college where I graduated Summa Cum Laude with a degree in accounting. Why I chose a career that frowns on creativity remains a mystery.

I’m addicted to Reese’s peanut butter cups and eat way too many while I write (I’m currently trying to kick this habit—so far no luck), have an abnormal obsession with hoodies and can’t write without one, and I hate to cook, but love to watch cooking shows on television. An unabashed romantic, I love a swoon-worthy ending that will give me butterflies for days. 

I wrote my debut young adult novel, PODs, in 2011. My second young adult title, Milayna, a paranormal romance, will release through Spencer Hill Press June 3, 2014. Milayna’s Angel (Milayna #2) is scheduled for release September 2014. The Infected, a PODs novel, will release November 2014. It is the second, and final, book in the PODs series. The Innocent (Milayna #3), the third and final book in the Milayna series, will release in April 2015.

I was born and raised in Flint, Michigan. I now reside in a small community outside Houston, Texas with my incredibly supportive, not to mention gorgeous, husband, three amazing school-aged children, a 125-pound lap dog, and an extremely snooty cat.

Keep up-to-date with my current, future projects, appearances, and fun giveaways by visiting my website or blog!

I always love to hear from readers, bloggers and other authors!

Find me here:
Website | Email | Blog | Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads

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Giveaway Time:

  • First place: Signed copy of PODs, tote bag, and swag (US only see note for international*)
  • Second place: Signed copy of PODs and swag (US only see note for international*)

*International winners will receive a print copy of PODs only if http://www.Bookdepository.com delivers to their country. Otherwise they will receive an e-book. Swag will not be included.

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2nd Blogoversary Giveaway (CLOSE)

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Inês and I are glad to have reached 2 years book blogging and to celebrate such amazing event, we’ve decided to share with you a giveaway.

This year there’ll be TWO WINNERS and each will win up to 10€ in The Book Depository (again, I’m sorry but I have no idea how much that is in US Dollars and British Pounds). 

The rules are pretty much the same but just in case you forgot all about them, you can read them here:

  • You must be a follower of A Cup of Coffee and Book (by e-mail, Bloglovin or Networked Blog – you choose);
  • You must be older than 13 years to participate or have your parents permission to give me your address info;
  • The Book Depository must ship to your country (click here to check if your country is available) otherwise I won’t be able to send you the prize;
  • DO NOT CHEAT. I will verify each and all entries to be certain you didn’t pickup entries randomly;
  • We reserve the right to disqualify a winner since we’ll be paying the books ourselves;
  • We won’t be held responsible for any damages or losses in the post;
  • I will e-mail the winners when the giveaway is over and they will have 48 hours to reply to claim their prize or else I’ll have to draw a new winner;
  • The giveaway will end on February 7th, 2014 at 23:59 GMT (London/Lisbon time).

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Marcadores-de-Livros Giveaway (PT) (CLOSE)

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Sorry for my International readers but this giveaway will be for Portuguese readers only (only because the bookmarks are in Portuguese :P)

Okay malta, hoje trago-vos um giveaway especialmente dedicado aos meus seguidores do meu país maravihoso chamado Portugal.

No outro dia estive a ver os meus marcadores-de-livros e reparei que tinha alguns repetidos. Por isso, decidi organizar um pequeno giveaway aqui no blog.

Haverá dois vencedores e cada um deles puderá ganhar quatro marcadores. A escolha será aleatória utilizando o random.org. O giveaway terminará no dia 20 de Janeiro 😉

Aqui estão os marcadores que puderão ganhar:

Sim, tenho dois marcadores iguais do “Orgulho e Preconceito e Zombies” (o da mão).

A única coisa que têm que fazer é preencher ESTE formulário (PS: primeira vez a utilizar um formulário google :P)

Caso tenhas alguma dúvida em relação ao formulário, podes deixar um comentário neste post que eu responderei o mais depressa possível.

Espero que gostem desta pequena surpresa. Se entretanto encontrar mais marcadores repetidos, faço mais um giveaway 😉

Boa sorte para todos e que tenham um Bom Ano 2014 ^_^

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Book Blitz: Insanity by Cameron Jace {Q&A & Giveaway} (CLOSE)

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KineticAuthor: Cameron Jace
Publication Date: December 30th, 2013
Genre: New Adult | Fantasy | Paranormal
Get Book: Amazon

Synopsis:
After accidentally killing everyone in her class, Alice Wonder is now a patient in the Radcliffe Lunatic Asylum. No one doubts her insanity. Only a hookah-smoking professor believes otherwise; that he can prove her sanity by decoding Lewis Carroll’s paintings, photographs, and find Wonderland’s real whereabouts. Professor Caterpillar persuades the asylum that Alice can save lives and catch the wonderland monsters now reincarnated in modern day criminals. In order to do so, Alice leads a double life: an Oxford university student by day, a mad girl in an asylum by night. The line between sanity and insanity thins when she meets Jack Diamond, an arrogant college student who believes that nonsense is an actual science.

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Q&A:

Q: Is insanity an Alice in Wonderland retelling where fact and fiction intermingle like in your previous series the Grimm Diaries?
A: It’s not quite a retelling of Alice in Wonderland as much as inspired by it. It has all the whimsical and nonsensical wonderland fantasy parts, but it’s more grounded to reality because it happens in our time. Fact and fiction do walk side by side in this book. For instance, Lewis Carroll is present as character himself.

Q: Why did you call it Insanity?
A: Well, insanity is the main theme of the book. All what Alice has seen could be interpreted as madness in many ways. Also, when you read the book, it’s insane. I mean like really insane. You will either love or hate it. I don’t think there is a middle zone.

Q: Is the story told from many point of views like the Grimm Diaries?
A: Just a few, but most of the story is Alice’s personal journey.

Q: The Grimm Diaries was filled with research, how much did you put in Insanity?
A: I think the research in Insanity is even greater than the Grimm Diaries. The book is also more action oriented. Alice travels from Oxford, London, Vatican City then Belgium in a couple of days. Each city had to be researches and connected with Lewis Carroll and his books.

Q: The blurb says Alice’s sanity can only be proved through Lewis Carroll’s photography and writing. We thought this is about Wonderland.
A: It’s about Wonderland. The idea is that all puzzles, action scenes, and even romance have a Lewis Carroll background to them. The main reason why this book came to my mind is my fascination with both Alice in Wonderland and Lewis Carroll himself. If you learn the reasons behind each character and location in his book, you will love Alice in Wonderland even more. It’s no coincidence that we all relate to the book. It’s a masterpiece.

Q: You said Insanity is more of a TV pilot. How so?
A: I did write it as a novel but also as TV pilot. The reason is that once you get the idea of the book, the possibilities are infinite, and incredibly amusing. When outlining my plot, I found out it would take books and books to write it. So I wrote one story with a beginning, middle, and end. It’s satisfying on its own, but if I succeeded in peaking your interest you should like to read the next books. The beauty of it is that once you read one book, each other book will be a story of its own. It’s very much like a TV series.

Q: Anything you want to add?
A: I wish everyone and awesome Christmas and a Fantabulous new year 🙂 And if I messed with you childhood memories of Alice in Wonderland a bit, don’t hate me. Lol.

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About the Author:

CameronWonderlander, Neverlander, Unicorn-chaser, enchanter, musician, survived a coma, & totally awesome.

Sometimes I tell stories.

Always luv the little monsters I write young adult paranormal romance, urban fantasy, and science fiction mostly.

The Grimm Diaries series is a seven book saga that deals with retellings of fairy tales from a young adult POV – it connects most of the fairy tales together and claims to be the truth about fairy tales.

I live in San Fransisco and seriously think circles are way cooler than triangles.

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Book Blitz: Counting Shadows by Olivia Rivers {Excerpt & Giveaway} (CLOSE)

Counting Shadows

KineticAuthor: Olivia Rivers
Series: Duplicity #1
Publication Date: June 30th, 2013
Genre: Young Adult | Fantasy
Get Book: Amazon

Synopsis:
Two hearts, one kiss…
…Nothing left.

Faye’s soul-mate is everything she should hate—an Angel, an outcast, an enemy. Ashe is just one more imperfection in her life that somehow makes everything… perfect.

Until he’s murdered.

With the only person she loves ripped away, Faye sets out to avenge Ashe’s death. The task seems impossible, until she finds Lor—an Angel who looks nearly identical to Ashe’s killer. Arrogant and hot-headed, Lor is everything Ashe wasn’t. But Lor is connected to her soul-mate’s past, and Faye needs him to find the killer—even if Lor is potentially deadly. 

But when Faye discovers that Ashe’s past isn’t as black and white as she thought, she faces an impossible choice: Give up the hunt, and risk the lives of others. Or continue pursuing Ashe’s murderer, and forfeit the lives of everyone in her family—including herself.

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Excerpt:

 “So,” Farren says, his voice much too cheery. “How goes the murder mission?”

I swallow hard. Farren rarely asks about my plans to kill Ashe’s murderer, and as bile rises in my throat, I’m reminded why. It’s awkward to discuss murder plans with someone as moral as Farren. Really, really awkward…

“It’s the same as always,” I reply slowly, and keep picking at that thread. “I found a lead tonight, but it won’t go anywhere.”

“How do you know?”

I sigh, glancing toward the fireplace. A fire crackles in the hearth, and wisps of smoke disappear up the chimney. “My leads never go anywhere,” I mumble. “They get me close, but not close enough. He’s always gone when I get near.”

“But this man is still around Kastellor?” Farren asks, referring to our country’s capital.

I nod. “He’s staying close to the castle, or at least most of the time. My informants say he’s leaving the city for periods of time, and then coming back. But I have no idea what he’s up to.”

Which just about kills me. The day before Ashe was taken into custody, I saw the man in the royal throne-room. He was tall and broad, with a long scar at the corner of his mouth. A pearly patch of skin marked his collarbone, a small circle that almost looked like a brand. Treason, I’d heard him whisper out of his ruined mouth, and Father’s eyes had grown wide.

After Ashe was sentenced to death, I started hunting the man. But, after ten months, I barely have anything to show for it. Every day I wake up with this reality hanging over my head, and every day I wake up nauseous, pained… guilty.

“You don’t even know his name, Faye,” Farren says softly. Then he scoffs, his tone hardening a little. “You can barely confirm he exists.”

“I know he exists. I saw him, Farren. He’s the one who reported my Guardian as a traitor. He set him up!”

Farren does another one of his hand-flicking gestures, dismissing my words. “Maybe he did report Ashe. But what if this man was working for someone else? What if he was only a messenger?”

I wince at the way he says the name: Ashe. Like it’s just another casual word to use in discussion. I stopped using it soon after Ashe died, deciding his name deserves more respect. But I can’t convince everyone of that.

“If he was just the messenger,” I reply, my teeth gritted, “then I’ll make him tell me his employer’s name before I kill him.”

Farren shakes his head. “Why are you so set on killing him, Faye? Why does he have to die?”

The answer is so obvious that I laugh. We both wince at the harsh, ruined sound. “He has to die because he murdered my Guardian,” I growl. “It’s his fault, and he needs to die for it.”

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About the Author:

Olivia Rivers is the author of five novels, ranging in genres from Epic Fantasy to Contemporary Romance.

Along with being a writer, she’s a freelance digital artist, a literary agent assistant, and a high school student.

She’s a nerd at heart, and is a hopeless fan-girl for Doctor Who and Pokémon.

Olivia lives in California with a dog who thinks he’s a cat, a cat who thinks he’s a dog, and a kitten who is just generally confused. 

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Blog Tour Stop: Excerpt & Giveaway: Mara by Veronica Bane (CLOSE)

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Mara

Author: Veronica Bane
Genre: YA | Fantasy 
Publication Date: August 3rd, 2013
Publisher: Black Hill Press
Link to Book:
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Summary:
For years, Mara Tucker has used her power of manipulating flames to punish those who have done her wrong. But things are changing in the town of Jericho. Rampant disappearances have forced Mara to seek out others with special powers. In a story that confronts the violence and turmoil of adolescence, Mara and a group of other “unusuals” like her grapple with new alliances and the villains pressing in all around them.

“A tale of teenage rebellion in the tradition of classics ranging from The Outsiders to The Hunger Games, Veronica Bane’s fantasy novella explores the timeless themes of growing up, finding one’s inner strength, and discovering where one belongs. The titular antiheroine and her flawed-but-lovable band of “unusuals” are characters that will resonate with teen audiences and older readers alike.” –Ashley Heaton, Editor

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Excerpt:

At once, he was on her, and Miyuki crumbled into clay that took the full force of each of Alex’s blows. His lips curved as he struck her jaw, her cheek, and her shoulder.

Blood spurted from her nose, dashing his smooth chest with red.

Focus, Miyuki hissed inwardly. Focus.

He launched an assault on her ribs as she struggled to extract herself from his grasp. Her eyes flashed to the bucket.

She could use it, the same way she had when she and Alex had first met. She could send a torrent that would level him.

We can’t rely on powers alone, though. That’s what Miles had said. Miyuki didn’t trust Miles—she thought he wanted to limit her so that he did not seem so inferior—but she also wanted to prove she could do this without her gift.

With one slash, Alex threw her several feet away from him, and she crashed into the unrelenting ground.

Miyuki inhaled the dust that swirled up from the ground. She glanced at Alex as he strutted toward her, his eyes narrowed. She counted the steps that separated them.

She had that many steps to focus.

He crossed the first five steps, and she forced herself to her knees. He finished five more, and his fists closed ready to strike. As he took the final two steps, his arms raised, she pounced.

She brought her left foot around to sweep him out from under his knees. This staggered him, but he stopped short of tumbling to the ground and remained standing. She then seized him from behind and wrapped her legs around his torso.

She brought her tiny fists down on his neck and shoulder as he hurtled around, trying to unseat her. Then, with a roar, he whirled, spotting the nearest wall. He ran to it, turned his back, and threw her and his body against the structure. Bits of stone buried themselves in Miyuki’s skin, and she screeched as he sent them both into the wall two more times.

As her grip began to slacken, he ran from the wall and toward the one on the other end of the room, ready to throw his weight and speed against it with Miyuki to take the full intensity of the blow. As he ran, though, Miyuki’s gaze landed on the bucket, and her fingers splayed out across his back.

With a hissing sound, the water soared through the air, striking Alex behind his kneecaps. He tumbled, and Miyuki jumped, landing some feet away from him. The water split and bore down on him like bees, sending him back to the ground when he tried to rise.

Mara’s figure lurched in front of Alex, and in the haze of the dust, she looked like a painting smeared. Miyuki coughed, bending over as she struggled to stay afloat on her shaking legs.

“Call off the water,” snapped Mara. “Now.”

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About the Author:

author-veronica-baneVeronica Bane grew up in San Diego, California and spent her days writing in local coffee shops and at the beach.

Her writing was and has always been fed a healthy diet of chai tea lattes and film scores.

Veronica studied Creative Writing at Chapman University and now lives in Los Angeles.

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Book Blitz: Alive by Megan D. Martin {Excerpt & Giveaway} (CLOSE)

Alive

KineticAuthor: Megan D. Martin
Series: Crave #1
Publication Date: November 22nd, 2013
Genre: New Adult | Post-Apocalyptic | Romance
Get Book: Amazon | Smashwords

Synopsis:
Flesh-eating zombies, dirty sex, and a shattered past…
What’s more dangerous—the man who broke her heart or those trying to eat it?

Fighting to survive, Eve finds herself alone in the world after the Crave—the only parallel of her former life. On the hunt for her sister, she runs into Gage—the first and only boy to have her heart and break it. It’s been four years and he isn’t a boy anymore, nor is he the same person he used to be. Against her better judgment, Eve agrees to stay with him when he divulges information on a safe haven near the small town they grew up in—but that doesn’t mean she has to like it…

Returning home elicits a myriad of emotions that both Eve and Gage thought they had buried. The past and present collide and they are  forced to the face bitter deceits that ruined them in the before and threaten to destroy them now…

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Excerpt:

Here it is. The end of her life. Eve always knew it would come, and that it would be exactly like this. With a swarm of dead flesh and tangling limbs. She knew it wouldn’t be peaceful when she reached a ripe old age, holding her grandchild’s hand, and telling stories that he or she had already heard a million times. No, she knew that had never been in the cards for her. Not with the way the world had crumbled four years ago.

People had died in waves, the sickness ravaging their bodies within days, some within hours. It wouldn’t have been so bad if they had died and actually stayed dead. Yes, that would have been idyllic. But they didn’t. Once the virus had destroyed them, they came back, a shell of their former self—a jenk. At least that’s what Eve called them. They were what bedtime stories and bad TV shows tried to create before the Crave came. Zombies.

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About the Author:

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Megan D. Martin is a multi-published author, mother, student and editor.

In her spare time she enjoys decorating her house with strange things that do not match, playing her old school Nintendo Entertainment System, and buying fish for her many fish tanks.

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Blog Tour Stop: Review; Playlist & Giveaway: Rook by Monica MacDonald (CLOSE)

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Rook

Author: Monica MacDonald
Genre: YA | Fantasy | Romance
Series: Timeless Games #1
Publication Date: November 1st, 2013
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Summary:
Could you be the monster to save who you love?

Two women, separated by generations, must leave what they know to start a new life. Seventeen-year-old Kate’s senior year is ruined when she’s moved from the only home she’s ever known. After an isolating month alone in her apartment, school starts, but neither her classmates nor her teacher are who they seem. Kali, a single mother living in the nineteenth century wilds of Montana, is stalked by a malicious past. She fights to keep her daughter safe while her freedom is threatened by her less than benevolent benefactor. Both find love, and with it hope, but that is quickly ripped away as one woman must learn the lessons of the other — before it’s too late to save either.

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My Review:

Disclaimer: I received this book from Candace @Candace’s Book Blog and with the consent of the author, Monica MacDonald, in exchange for an honest review.

I am beyond amazed with this book. I thoroughly enjoyed it and I cannot wait to continue this series. Rook is that sort of book you can’t put down; you are so into the story you simply cannot stop reading.

When I began reading this book, I was slightly worried about the whole two perspectives from different times idea. However, it was really easy to follow both main characters’ point-of-view without straying too much from the main plot.

Rook tells the story of Kate, present time, who had to move home with her mother and whose life is about to change forever. Then, there’s Kali, set in the 19th century, whose life is a mystery for a while and who is trying really hard to protect her daughter from harm. Both characters are connected but it takes a while before we finally learn the truth about them. And, let me tell you, it’s a surprising truth.

My favourite character and favourite perspective was Kali’s. I needed to know more about her, about her past and her idea of future. I needed to know how she was linked to Kate and why the book had begun with that “bang” in the prologue told by Kali. She was an amazing character to meet, so human and protective of her daughter. She had this mystic air about her that would draw you in. And she surprised me throughout the whole book, only making me enjoy her part of the plot even more.

As for Kate, at first I couldn’t relate myself to her, feeling her character as empty and not interesting. But as soon as things begin to develop and she finds the truth about herself, we see a complete new Kate and a more open, enjoyable and interesting one.  I’m very curious to see how she’ll handle everything she has learnt in the future.

There is a character I wished had a bigger role: Shamus from Kali’s time. I’m still praying we’ll find out things about him that will be connected to Kate’s timeline. But, I won’t spill the beans because Rook is a constant rollercoaster of emotions and discoveries that make you pause and think “did not see that one coming”.

Monica MacDonald wrote an amazing fantasy book that I enjoyed very, but very much. This is simply one of those books you have to read at least once in your life. I really wish this book to have a major impact in people and be known around the globe. Because, trust me, this book deserves some attention because writing a coherent book with dual perspective can be a big fail and Rook hits the target.

Rating:

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Playlist:

I have always had an eclectic playlist.  For example, the second half of Rook was written to Macklemore and Skrillex, and whatever else was playing on their Pandora channels. But, while I write this, Billy Joel is blaring as my husband and I drive down the freeway.  With the exception of most country, I really like a little bit of everything.

I got my eclectic taste in my senior year in high school when my parents bought a piano. At that time, I was listening to a LOT of Tori Amos, who is one of the piano queens of my generation. Wouldn’t it be cool if I could sit down and play her music?  Well, it turns out that with a full eighty-eight keys, not only could I already play, but I could play by ear.  I didn’t have a lot of cd’s at the time, so I used a lot of my parents cd’s to develop my ear.  Billy Joel, Springsteen, and Elton John still have a soft spot in my heart.

My middle son is a giant dub step fan, and if wasn’t for him, I’d not have had Adventure club mixes added to my play list.  I also have Panic! At the disco, especially Miss Jackson, often on repeat.  I recently added Young Volcano’s and My Songs Know What You Did in the Dark from Fall Out Boy.

Every few months I return to my classics; Dar Williams (Flinty Kind of Woman and Family), Poe (EVERYTHING), Depeche Mode, and Daft Punk.

If I were to pick a song that would be just for this book, it would be Arise!, by Flyleaf.  It’s just so perfect!


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About the Author:

Monica MacDonaldMonica is a married graduate student with three boys.

Utah is home right now, but the need to wander has extended beyond the fantasy world of writing and into real life.

She’s lived all around the US and even into the Middle East.

The world is really a small place, only made bigger through imagination.

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Blog Tour Stop: Review & Giveaway: Dead Dreams by Emma Right (CLOSE)

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Dead Dreams

Author: Emma Right
Genre: YA | Thriller | Mystery
Series: Dead Dreams #1
Publication Date: August 26th, 2013
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Summary:
Eighteen-year-old Brie O’Mara has so much going for her: a loving family in the sidelines, an heiress for a roommate, and dreams that might just come true. Big dreams–of going to acting school, finishing college and making a name for herself.

She is about to be the envy of everyone she knew. What more could she hope for? Except her dreams are about to lead her down the road to nightmares. Nightmares that could turn into a deadly reality.

Dead Dreams, Book 1, a young adult psychological thriller and
contemporary mystery.

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My Review:

Disclaimer: I received this book from Candace @Candace’s Book Blog and with the consent of the author, Emma Right, in exchange for an honest review.

Dead Dreams is that sort of book that when you start reading you think “this is not my cup of tea!” but can’t put it down and end up enjoying more than what you’d expected. Which, in my humble opinion, is a great thing. 

This book tells the story of a young girl, Brie, who makes the wrong choices. After accepting Sarah as a room-mate  she’s suddenly thrust into a world of mystery that might just end up wrong to her side. After learning that Sarah is a heiress who her brother and uncle are trying to get rid of in order to get her inheritance, Brie is involved in a scheme to save both Sarah and her own dreams. However, things are not what they seem and Brie ends up in a wild and creepy crime she doesn’t understand. 

At first glance, this isn’t my type of book though I do like some mystery. When I began reading this, I wasn’t connecting with Brie or Sarah and felt the whole inheritance story filled with loose ends. But as soon as the two main characters begin planning their escape, I was drawn to the plot and found that something was definitely off. Truth is, Emma Right wrote such a creepy and unexpected ending I have no idea how she’ll continue the story.

Brie’s character develops slowly within the story. When we first met her, she’s just an ordinary girl who has two jobs to pay her rent and to save for her acting degree. But as soon as Sarah appears in her life, she shows a different side of her that was concealed under the layers of concern. But, I have to be honest, her decision in accepting Sarah’s plan made me want to slap her. Somehow I knew things would go wrong that she wasn’t thinking clearly but, then again, if she didn’t accepted, we wouldn’t have story.

Sarah’s character is still a big mystery to me. I just don’t know what to make of her. The small discoveries Brie finds throughout the book about Sarah just increases our suspicion. Is she scamming Brie into steal her identity? Is she really being hunted by her brother and uncle because of her inheritance? Did she kill someone? And as the story develops, especially towards the end, we’re not sure whether Sarah is trustworthy or not.

Overall Dead Dreams turned out to be an enjoyable, quick and interesting read. It’s a nice thriller that hooks you as soon as the whole mystery sets in and I sure will be following Emma Right’s sequel to see what’s going to happen next.

Rating:

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Dead Dreams Emma Right’s Dream Cast:


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About the Author:

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Emma Right is a happy wife and homeschool mother of five living in the Pacific

West Coast of the USA. Besides running a busy home, and looking after their five pets, which includes two cats, two bunnies and a Long-haired dachshund, she also writes stories for her children. When she doesn’t have her nose in a book, she is
telling her kids to get theirs in one.

Right worked as a copywriter for two major advertising agencies and won several
awards, including the prestigious Clio Award for her ads, before she settled down to have children.

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Book Blitz: The Unseen by J.L. Bryan {Guest Post & Giveaways} (CLOSE)

The Unseen

KineticAuthor: J.L Bryan
Publication Date: October 31st, 2013
Genre: Horror
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The Unseen by J.L. Bryan has a special release price of 99 cents through Halloween. See his website for details and links here.

Synopsis:
Cassidy is a young tattoo artist living in the Little Five Points neighborhood of Atlanta. She’s always suffered terrible nightmares, and sometimes the hideous creatures seem to follow her out of her dreams and into her waking life, though she’s the only one who can see them. Drugs and alcohol can blot them out, but never entirely chase them away.

When a demonic cult begins to take control of the people in her life, including her younger brother, Cassidy discovers that the unseen world of monsters is very real. She can no longer avoid it. To protect those she loves, she must accept her own hidden supernatural talents and face the forces of evil before the sinister cult achieves its twisted goals and casts the world into darkness.

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Guest Post:

Crafty Witchcraft:
How to Make Your Own Ouija Board!

OuijaBoardStockLast month, we told you how to brighten up your home with magic-wand toilet paper dispensers, shrunken-head pull tabs for your ceiling fans, and a cheerful cauldron made from the skull of a demented gorilla.  This month, Crafty Witchcraft magazine is happy to bring you some tips and tricks for making your own spirit board, for when you want to speak to the dead but just don’t have time to visit in person.

 There are a few important considerations when making a talking board for your own use:

 1. The board itself—this is an important choice!  Skip the boring poster paper and consider all your options: wood from a lightning-struck tree, dark obsidian rummaged from ancient temple ruins, or cursed cardboard from an evil factory are all great places to start!  Remember, this will do more than anything else to determine the look, feel, and demon-summoning power of your board.

2. Decorate! If you’re going to speak to the really interesting evil spirits out there, you’re going to need a little something extra.  Consider a black-lace doily edging and pentagrams drawn in goat blood.  A bit of glue and a dash of glitter or ground bone powder from the corpse of a serial killer will really make your board stand out to the dark ghosts of the unseen world.

3. Modernize!  There’s no reason to stick with just the old-fashioned, humdrum letters and numbers.  These days, you’ll want to include a hashtag and an @-sign for more modern communication with the Other Side.  All your witchy friends will see how hip you are when you’re getting messages like this:

Lucifer Morningstar (@TheFallenOne)

GIVE ME YOUR SOUL, WRETCHED MORTAL!

That’s right!  Even fallen angels are hip to social media—shouldn’t you be?

4. Improvise! There’s no reason to stick with a little rectangular board game model.  Consider painting an entire room with the letters, numbers, and other symbols.  Instead of a pointer, use a glass-top table on wheels.  Invite your occult-oriented friends over for a spirit-summoning party, and watch those other witches turn green with envy!

5. Accessorize! Why keep it to a simple, boring old pointer?  Adds some bells and whistles!  Literally. Maybe your spirit wants to express itself through spooky music or flashing lights.  Be creative, and you’ll attract all the coolest ghosts.

We hope today’s article has helped spur a few ideas of your own!  Remember, you’re speaking to the dead—there’s no reason to bore them to death all over again!

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About the Author:

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J.L. Bryan studied English literature at the University of Georgia and at Oxford, with a focus on the English Renaissance and the Romantic period. He also studied screenwriting at UCLA. He enjoys remixing elements of paranormal, supernatural, fantasy, horror and science fiction into new kinds of stories.

He is the author of The Paranormals series (starting with Jenny Pox), The Songs of Magic series, Nomad, and other books. He lives in Atlanta with his wife Christina, his son John, and some dogs and cats.

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