Monday, March 31, 2014

Trailer for Holly Schindler's FERAL

I posted the cover reveal for Holly Schindler's FERAL a while back. Now we've got the trailer! Available August 6, 2014 from HarperCollins.

It’s too late for you. You’re dead. Those words continue to haunt Claire Cain months after she barely survived a brutal beating in Chicago. So when her father is offered a job in another state, Claire is hopeful that getting out will offer her a way to start anew.

But when she arrives in Peculiar, Missouri, Claire feels an overwhelming sense of danger, and her fears are confirmed when she discovers the body of a popular high school student in the icy woods behind the school, surrounded by the town’s feral cats. While everyone is quick to say it was an accident, Claire knows there’s more to it, and vows to learn the truth about what happened.

But the closer she gets to uncovering the mystery, the closer she also gets to realizing a frightening reality about herself and the damage she truly sustained in that Chicago alley….

Holly Schindler’s gripping story is filled with heart-stopping twists and turns that will keep readers guessing until the very last page.

Friday, March 28, 2014

Cover Reveal - FINGERS IN THE MIST by O'Dell Hutchison

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Fingers in the Mist by O’Dell Hutchison

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Sixteen-year-old Caitlyn Foster never believed in the legend of the Redeemers. That was before the trees started to whisper her name. Before a murder of crows attacked the town. Before she and her family came home to find a bloody handprint on their front door, marking one of them as a sacrifice. As Caitlyn’s friends are ripped from their homes, she knows it’s only a matter of time before the Redeemers come for her. Caitlyn has the power to stop the terror, but she’ll have to decide if she’s willing to sacrifice herself to save those she loves.

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O'Dell Hutchison
O’Dell was born in a small rural town in Idaho. There were no Redeemers living there (that he knows of). After attending college in the Pacific Northwest, he found his way to the Houston area. By day, he is a Business Systems Analyst and at night you can either find him sitting at home, dreaming of random super powers he wishes he had, or directing plays and musicals at various theaters around Houston.

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Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Happy Release Day Stacey O'Neale! THE SHADOW PRINCE is available...

I'm really happy to announce the release of THE SHADOW PRINCE by Stacey O'Neal. My review is here and you should download this novella (free, links below!), then come back and enter the giveaway for a $50 Amazon or Barnes and Noble Gift Card.

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Also available in PRINT from Amazon

Every sacrifice has consequences.
Sixteen-year-old Rowan has spent most of his life living among the mortals—learning to control the element of fire, impatiently awaiting the day his vengeful mother, Queen Prisma, will abdicate her throne. When he finally returns to Avalon for his coronation, his mother insists he must first prove his loyalty to the court by completing a secret mission: Kill Kalin, the half-human, half-elemental daughter of the air court king. Willing to do anything to remove his mother from power, he agrees to sacrifice the halfling. He returns to the mortal world with his best friend, Marcus, determined to kill the princess. But as he devises a plan, he starts to question whether or not he's capable of completing such a heinous task. And what price he will pay if he refuses?

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Stacey O'Neale lives in Annapolis, Maryland. When she's not writing, she spends her time fangirling over books, blogging, watching fantasy television shows, cheering for the Baltimore Ravens, and hanging out with her husband and daughter.
Her career in publishing started as a blogger-turned-publicist for two successful small publishers. Stacey writes young adult paranormal romance and adult science fiction romance. Her books always include swoon-worthy heroes, snarky heroines, and lots of kissing.
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Friday, March 21, 2014

Cover reveal and giveaway - My Tethered Soul by Dorothy Dreyer

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My Tethered Soul (Reaper's Rite #2) by Dorothy Dreyer

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It’s been months since Zadie faced her sister’s Reaper, months during which she’s been under her mentor’s magical protection. But now that she’s turning seventeen, that protection is about to run out.

When dark forces lure Zadie to wander at night, she’s manipulated into committing unspeakable acts. With her friends and family at risk, Zadie must try to use her powers to break free from the Reaper’s grasp, or surrender to the Reaper’s Rite, which can only lead to death.
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My Tethered Soul (Reaper's Rite #2)
by Dorothy Dreyer
Publication Date: June 2014
Publisher: Month9Books

My Sister's Reaper, book one in the Reaper Rite's series, also got a make over!
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Dorothy Dreyer
Dorothy Dreyer has always believed in magic. She loves reading, writing, movies, and spending time with her family and friends. Half-American and half-Filipino, Dorothy lives in Germany with her husband and two children.

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Blogging from A to Z Challenge - theme reveal

This year I will be participating in the Blogging from A to Z Challenge. This is a challenge to blog everyday except Sundays through the month of April, each blog progressing through the alphabet to give a topic prompt. It fits in great with one of my New Year's resolutions to blog more actively (which I'm keeping up with pretty well!)

An additional challenge is to do this based upon a personal theme.

Today, everyone who has signed up is revealing their theme.

Because I love editing - and have been challenging myself to improve my grammar skills - I will focus on sharing grammar rules along with some editing tips to help us all avoid some of these mistakes. Since I also occasionally post about my other life with horses, I'll be supplementing the somewhat dry grammar theme with pics/details of horses I own or have owned. Of course their names will start with the day's letter, so I won't have one for every day.

I'm still fleshing out the list, so if you have a question or struggle with a common issue, please comment below and I will share my take or research to find the answer if I don't know. I'd especially love to attack some pesky rules starting with G, V, X, and Z. Help me out and learn something at the same time!

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Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Cover Reveal for Nikki Urang's THE HIT LIST

The Los Angeles Conservatory for the Arts is supposed to be a new beginning for Sadie Bryant. Moving across the country is exactly what she needs to escape the gossip surrounding her injury, the devastating betrayal of her ex-partner, and to rebuild her career as a solo dancer.

When the school announces that the annual Fall Showcase, a performance that secures a spot studying in London, will now require each dance to have a partner, Sadie's fresh start is a nightmare. Now she has to dance with Luke Morrison, the school womanizer with a big ego. Sadie doesn't know how to trust Luke enough to dance with him after her last partner left her broken, but Luke is determined to change that.

Then, The Hit List comes out. A game of sexual contest where guys get points for all the girls they hook up with—and it seems like every guy at the school is playing.

 The girl worth the most points? Sadie.
Author Nikki Urang. Goodreads link for The Hit List.

Title: The Hit List

Author: Nikki Urang

Genre: NA Contemporary 

Publisher: Spencer Hill Contemporary

ISBN: print: 9781939392329, ebook: 9781939392312

Release Date: November 11, 2014

Formats: Paper, e-book
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Monday, March 17, 2014

Book review - The Shadow Prince, a novella by Stacey O'Neale

I received a free ARC of TheShadow Prince, which did not affect my opinion of this novella in any way.

The Shadow Prince is a prequel novella for the author’s upcoming novel, Mortal Enchantment.

First, this isn’t the type of book I normally read, so if there are things I don’t “get” that’s why! I do like some fantasy/paranormals, but with a lot of grounding in our normal world. So for me, The Shadow Prince was a bit too removed. Yes, our world exists, but doesn’t play much of a part in this particular story. I also am not a connoisseur of faerie stories (I know, shoot me!) and because of that, I couldn’t tell if this was truly a faerie world or just used some fae aspects like glamour and allergy to iron. There were also wings and hell hounds and I didn’t know if that fit. So now you know my comfort zone wasn’t here!

But – and this is a big but – I LOVED O’Neale’s characters and that the primary paranormal aspect was Elementals. I love the concept of elementals, either in living, breathing form or in a source of one’s power, which is what drew me to The Shadow Prince in the first place. I was totally pulled in by Rowan’s character – yep, I’d love to have him watching over me at night, or the day! He cares about his people and those who serve the royal court, he’s strong and duh – hot!

The Shadow Prince introduces the reader to how Rowan ultimately (I expect) becomes protector and hopefully much more to Kalin, a young wind elemental whom others fear and want to kill. The novella left me wanting more, fae and all, and concludes with an introduction to Mortal Enchantment, which is written from the POV of Kalin. Given that, I thought it was a great idea to give us more about Rowan in the prequel. And yeah, I wanted to keep reading beyond the excerpt. Now I have to wait until May for that. Thanks a lot. Great job, Ms. O’Neale, it took some good writing to convert me.
Four of five stars - go check this one out!

Friday, March 14, 2014

Month9Books Reveal - BONESEEKER by Brynn Chapman - and giveaway

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Boneseeker by Brynn Chapman

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Arabella Holmes and Henry Watson embark on an archaeological dig to determine if a giant skeleton is Neaderthal or Nephilim. Someone or something does not want the riddle solved; they learn they are the second expedition deployed... and the first team...are dead.

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Publication Date: June 18, 2014
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Brynn Chapman

Born and raised in western Pennsylvania, Brynn Chapman is the daughter of two teachers. Her writing reflects her passions: science, history and love—not necessarily in that order. In real life, the geek gene runs strong in her family, as does the Asperger’s syndrome. Her writing reflects her experience as a pediatric therapist and her interactions with society’s downtrodden. In fiction, she’s a strong believer in underdogs and happily-ever-afters. She also writes non-fiction and lectures on the subjects of autism and sensory integration and is a medical contributor to online journal The Age of Autism.

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T.A. Brock's FATAL blog tour - excerpt, review, and giveaway!

Here's an excerpt from FATAL, by T.A. Brock. Below is my review, and then if you behave yourself, a lovely rafflecopter giveaway.

“You need to back up,” he said, his voice strangled.
Her eyes roamed all around his face. She recalled last night when he’d been so tender with her, the way he’d looked. It had transformed him into something real—not the stony façade he so liked to wear. Now, gazing in his eyes, she could see it again. It was there just under the surface.
She didn’t back up. She didn’t shrink back at all. She inched closer.
His eyes widened, the brown-flecked green all she could see. His short breaths puffed between them. “If you come any closer I’m going to kiss you. I won’t be able to help it,” he said desperately.
The declaration shocked her, sent a jolt of anticipation straight through her. Even the rock beneath her felt warmer. And yet he sounded ominous, as if his words were meant as a warning.
What would it be like, she wondered, to be kissed by him? She was still reeling from the fact that he wanted to. She wanted the same thing. She’d wanted it last night. Maybe even from the first day. But then she realized he’d said “if.” That meant she had to do something first. What was it? Oh yeah, move closer.

My review:
I did receive a free ARC copy, which in no way biased my review.

A couple years ago I wondered if there was a way to write a story where zombies could be the love interest, the hot guy like some versions of Dracula, like sparkly Edward, like the truly hot Jacob. Vampires and werewolves, why not zombies. Ugh because they fall apart, right?

Well, I did manage to outline a story, but that’s as far as I went. However T. A. Brock saw her own vision and carried through in her novel FATAL.

Cori moved to the small town of Asher after her father died in an accident, and both she and her mom are still grieving. Amidst the difficulty of dealing with a new school, Cori makes a couple new friends. But the only person she really cares about is Grayson, a brooding (and of course hot) guy that no one likes. And with good reason, he drives them all away, dealing with his own demons and certain no one could ever like – or love – him.

But Cori breaks through his icy façade. And for good reason. They’re destined to meet. Or is it something more?

FATAL was a fun read. Especially because of  my own dabbling in the zombie world, but I enjoyed the depth of all the main characters and just how determined Cori was to first help anyone who needed it, but how she refused to be turned away even by someone who claimed he would – and did – hurt her.

I give FATAL 4 of 5 stars – definitely worth checking out.

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Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Book review - Shannon Messenger's Let the Storms Break

This review is based upon a free ARC copy, which in no way affected my opinion.

Let the Storms Break is the second book of Shannon Messenger’s Sky Fall series. The first book is Let the Sky Fall.

I’m a big fan of “elemental” type stories, although these are a bit different. In fact, I’ve never read anything that handles sylphs (air spirits) in anything but a passing manner. Not only are these beings able to manipulate how the wind blows, but each is part of one of four families representing Easterly, Northerly, Southerly, and Westerly winds. They are able to call the winds and weave them into shields and weapons as well as facilitate flight.

In the first book, Vane Weston discovers he’s a sylph and has been protected by Audra from those that seek to capture Vane since he’s the last Westerly and has been protected as the sylph king because of this. His enemies want the power of all four winds. Vane might be in love with Audra, but he has very little interest in being king or learning to fight.

Book two continues after Audra’s mother betrays all the good winds and the battle nears with the evil Raiden and his follower. Vane learns more of his strength while fighting to stay true to himself and save his adopted family and friends. This book is non-stop action and Messenger does an awesome job weaving sylph powers to unique weapons, both offensive and defensive. We meet new sylphs and learn more about the enemy Raiden who wants not only the power of the four winds, but to control and break all others through pain.

One thing I particularly enjoyed in this book was Vane’s voice. Perfect teenager being pushed to do something he doesn’t agree with. But he still managed to learn and grow and make good decisions. I look forward to his continued development in the next book.

Let the Storms Break ends with the ultimate battle still waging and the reader wanting more of Vane and Audra’s story, so you’ll have to wait for book three. I thoroughly enjoyed the first two books and recommend readers to read the Let the Sky Fall first. You will love both and be eagerly waiting for the next as I was. You’ll never think about a wind storm the same way!
Four stars from me - recommended read with solid writing and a great story concept.

Saturday, March 8, 2014

Review of Mike Mullin's Sunrise - conclusion to the Ashfall Trilogy

I won the ARC of Sunrise (expected release 4/14) in a drawing – but that in no way affected my review – cuz I was gonna read this book if I had to beg, borrow, or buy it.

I loved the first two books of the Ashfall Trilogy (Ashfall and Ashen Winter) and have waited too long for the conclusion – I do enjoy stories of survival through catastrophes.

In the first two books we follow Alex and Darla after the super volcano under Yellowstone explodes, leaving most of the US dark and covered in ash and snow. They try to reconnect with Alex’s family, deal with poorly run (try more like immoral) FEMA camps, avoid cannibals and gangs who trade girls for food. Darla is brilliant at engineering and invents many ways to help them and others survive. Alex won’t give up on anything and risks his life for others many times, eventually gathering a small group of survivors with the resources to eke out a dismal existence waiting for the government or the sun.

Mullin is an expert at “making it worse” for his intrepid survivors and the conclusion, Sunrise, delivers in a huge way. This is a long book, over 450 pages, but it is not at all a slow read. Sunrise is difficult to put down because you don’t want to leave Alex and Darla in jeopardy, but also in the less harrowing moments, the reader learns (feels) the struggle and joy of building a safe place to live and survive in a world with almost no sunlight, enemies who want to steal all your food, or worse – eat you.

I won’t give any spoilers, but this is a wild ride that you won’t want to put down – and when you do, you might be tempted to go buy a few items from your local hardware store and hide them in the basement. I recommend this series both for those who read YA, but also those who don’t. The main character might be a teen, but he has to grow up fast and make very adult decisions. For those who love a thoroughly researched “what if”, this is an excellent read.

Friday, March 7, 2014

Month9Books Friday Reveal and Giveaway! A Whispered Darkness by Vanessa Barger

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A Whispered Darkness by Vanessa Barger

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When a soul breaks, it isn’t pretty. The pieces are sharp; they cut and bite and rend at flesh. They seek blood, want vengeance. They congeal, become something more than they were, something dark and beautiful and terrible.

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Publication Date: August 26, 2014
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She’s a middle grade and young adult author, represented by Jennifer Mishler and Frances Black of Literary Counsel. She teaches high school technology education in rural Virginia and is the slave to one cat, Molly. She spends all her free time writing. She’s a member of the SCBWI (Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators). When not writing, she’s reading, and an avid movie fan. She also loves long walks on the beach discussing Shakespeare while sipping large fruity drinks with little umbrellas.

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Monday, March 3, 2014

Contest updates

For all who know and love Brenda Drake's Pitch Madness contest - now's the time to polish up your pitch. Today she's posted the slush readers. Submission date is March 10, just around the corner.

If you haven't done this before, it's a ton of fun with a different theme each time for the amazing round-up of agent to bid on your completed manuscript.

Now go, get ready!