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August 14, 2014 posted by Nichole

Solus Series Blog Tour: Author Interview with Devri Walls

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arianBOOK 1 (currently free)
Wins of Arian
by Devri Walls
Series: Solus #1
Published: April 24th 2012
Synopsis:

Kiora thought she had never heard a lie until she was sixteen. But she was wrong. Her entire existence was based on nothing but. She thought that evil did not exist. Lie. That magic was not real. Lie. And that the land of Meros was all there was. One more lie.

With Aleric telling her that evil is knocking on the door and that she is the only one who can stop them she has a choice to make. Refuse, or start the wildest most painful ride of her life.
She reluctantly dips her toe into her new existence of magic and threads, dragons and shapeshifters, and the person who wants to take control of it all: the evil Dralazar.

However, this journey was never meant to be hers alone. She will be accompanied by a Protector. To her disbelief, and utter irritation they name the hotheaded, stubborn, non -magical, (albeit gorgeous) Prince Emane. They will have to trust each other with their lives, but right now Kiora would settle for a non hostile conversation.

And now it comes down to this, If you had never heard a lie, would you know when you heard one? Is knowing good from evil innate? Kiora finds herself having to decide who lives and who dies on those very questions.

taveaBOOK 2
Wings of Tavea
by Devri Walls
Series: Solus #2
Published: November, 2012
Synopsis:
Kiora is rapidly learning that evil and lies come in shades of black and white and swirling greys, but nothing could have prepared her for the shock of leaving Meros.Kiora and her protector Emane step through the pass into a world they never knew existed but were always meant to save, only to find it far worse than they could have ever imagined. Good has been forced into hiding for its own survival, while the rest of the land bows to the Shadow, a force that pushes any remaining thoughts of Dralazar from Kiora’s mind. This land is full of new creatures, each more dangerous than the last. Her visions have taken on a deadly twist, and magic, or what comes of it, was never so real. And then there is Alcander: a Tavean, their guide, and an entirely different kind of trouble
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Wings of Nestor
Devri Walls
Series: Solus #3
Publication date: June 24th 2013
Synopsis:

Kiora needs answers. Who is the Shadow? Who is Jasmine? Are they connected? And even more pressing: how can she stop Shadow from using Kiora’s dreams as a map to find them? They have escaped three times, but are living on borrowed time—and everybody knows it.

Her search for help will push her closer to Alcander, send her to the dragon mountain of Toopai, and straight back to Meros—where magic will finally return to the land of no magic. Answers will be uncovered and plans unearthed that have been waiting for thousands of years.

But with the Shadow’s forces gathering, it looks like the land’s path is hurtling towards one outcome: war with the Shadow and death to all rebels. Armed with knowledge and hope, Kiora is determined to change that path. But will fate allow it? Or will it deal her a hard lesson about following ones own destiny?

lomayBOOK 4
Wings of Lomay
Devri Walls
Series: Solus #4
Publication date: February 4th 2014
Synopsis:

Kiora needs answers. Who is the Shadow? Who is Jasmine? Are they connected? And even more pressing: how can she stop Shadow from using Kiora’s dreams as a map to find them? They have escaped three times, but are living on borrowed time—and everybody knows it.

Her search for help will push her closer to Alcander, send her to the dragon mountain of Toopai, and straight back to Meros—where magic will finally return to the land of no magic. Answers will be uncovered and plans unearthed that have been waiting for thousands of years.

But with the Shadow’s forces gathering, it looks like the land’s path is hurtling towards one outcome: war with the Shadow and death to all rebels. Armed with knowledge and hope, Kiora is determined to change that path. But will fate allow it? Or will it deal her a hard lesson about following ones own destiny?

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Devri Walls lives in Kuna Idaho with her husband and two kids. She has worked as a music teacher and currently, a preschool teacher. She majored in theater and her love of a story still drives her today. Thankfully, she has finally found an outlet for all the voices in her head.
The Giveaway:

Open to US/Can – Ends August 26th
–Tanzanite earrings, a dragon earcuff, a wing necklace, and ebooks + swag

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Author Interview

 

Can you tell us about the Solus series in 20 words or less?

If you never heard a lie would you know when you heard one? Find out in this epic fantasy adventure.

Psssst— 20 words is not very many! Lol

Which book was your favorite to write?

Book three, Wings of Nestor.

Can readers look forward to any hunky guys in the Solus series?

Ummmmm, yes. Two actually, if you would like a sneak preview just look at my covers.

Do you have a favorite scene from any of the books?

Why are these questions always so hard! I have a few scenes that I really do love but I don’t know if I can narrow it down to one! Between the training scenes with Kiora and Alcander, the dragons- OH, and the vines in the castle battle scene! I can’t pick!

What was the toughest book to write in the Solus series?

BOOK FOUR! I really panicked when I started writing book four and the pressure completely paralyzed me. To give you an idea how bad it was, I finally decided that maybe I hated it because I was just too close to the book, so I sent it to my editor. I got a phone call that sounded something like this. “So, Devri… ummmmmmm, well… What happened? (Insert Devri’s wail of agony here) Seriously, Devri, it doesn’t even sound like your writing.” Yeah, I’ve had better phone calls. In other words, I had to rewrite the entire book. But that’s ok, because it’s so much better and I am quite happy with it.

Did you ever experience writer’s block?

Yes. The shower is my best friend to work through writers block, something about the heat and the white noise helps me get my ideas flowing again. Some days it is a must that I take more than one shower….poor me. Hehehehehe

Do you have plans to continue the Solus series with future books or novellas?

No! It is done, done I say! The only thing that might happen….maybe, is a prequel. I have had many a request for that, but if it does happen it wont be for a while.

Are you currently working on anything else?

Of course! I am working on a stand alone fantasy at the moment. I also have a backlog of other stories and ideas to start as soon as I get to them!

What is the best book you’ve read recently?

Game of Thrones. ( I now offer a disclaimer that Game of Thrones is in no way a YA read, and I would not recommend it for young people. ) George Martin is a brilliant writer.

What is currently on your TBR pile?

Next up on my list is, Cinder.

 

Contests
August 7, 2014 posted by Nichole

GET EVEN by Gretchen McNeil Pre-Order Giveaway

get evenThe Breakfast Club meets Pretty Little Liars in Gretchen McNeil’s witty and suspenseful novel about four disparate girls who join forces to take revenge on high school bullies and create dangerous enemies for themselves in the process. 

Bree, Olivia, Kitty, and Margot have nothing in common—at least that’s what they’d like the students and administrators of their elite private school to think. The girls have different goals, different friends, and different lives, but they share one very big secret: They’re all members of Don’t Get Mad, a secret society that anonymously takes revenge on the school’s bullies, mean girls, and tyrannical teachers.

When their latest target ends up dead with a blood-soaked “DGM” card in his hands, the girls realize that they’re not as anonymous as they thought—and that someone now wants revenge on them. Soon the clues are piling up, the police are closing in . . . and everyone has something to lose.

 

 

 

Hi, everyone! Welcome back!

Today I am going to share with you the details for the GET EVEN by Gretchen McNeil Pre-Order Giveaway. If you haven’t read anything by Gretchen yet, then I highly suggest that you do so. I will seriously read anything and everything that this lady writes. I’m writing this and remembering how amazing TEN was. God, that was a really good book. And I’m super excited to read this new series!

 

Below is information that is coming straight from Gretchen’s website

 

Exciting, right?  And, if you’ll notice, the theme “dying for the sequel” popped up quite a few times.  So…

In order to get the word out about my first-ever series, and as a thank you to you, the amazing fans who have been so supportive over the years, I’ve gotten special permission from my publisher torelease the first two chapters of GET DIRTY on September 16th.

Why two chapters?  Because a huge, massive, game-changing plot twist is dropped in the very last line of Chapter 2.

The chapters will be printed up in a signed, special edition booklet, along some GET EVEN bonus material and a signed Don’t Get Mad bookplate.

“Gretchen, how can I get my hands on all this awesomeness?”

Easy!  Pre-order GET EVEN.

DETAILS:

(1) Pre-order GET EVEN in paperback, ebook, or audio format from your favorite chain, independent, or online retailer, such as:

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(2) Submit proof of purchase (email, scan, photo, etc. of your receipt) atgretchenmcneil.giveaways@gmail.com, along with a valid mailing address.  Alternately, you canpre-order from one of the participating bookstores listed below and pick up your booklet from them on release day!  Note: if you have already submitting proof of purchase for a previous giveaway, you must do so again.

(3) On September 16, 2014, you will be mailed/pick up a signed, special edition booklet containing the first two (2) chapters of GET DIRTY, which does not go on sale until June 2015, along with bonus content for GET EVEN and a signed Don’t Get Mad bookplate.

(4) Submissions for the giveaway close September 15, 2014 at 11:59pm PST.


LEGALEZE:

– You Must be 13+ to enter.
– One Entry Per Pre-Order Proof of Purchase.
– Open to U.S. and Canada residents only, but participating bookstores will ship internationally!

And again, thank you guys.  I can write books because of you!

PARTICIPATING BOOKSTORES

The list of participating bookstores is growing.  Check back for additions!

Please remember to ask the bookseller for your bonus booklet when you pick up your pre-order.


CALIFORNIA

Face In A Book
4359 Town Center Boulecard
El Dorado Hills, CA 95762
916.941.9401

Mysterious Galaxy
7051 Clairemont Mesa Blvd. Suite #302 
San Diego, CA 92111 
858.268.4747 
858.268.4775 (fax)
INTERNATIONAL SHIPPING

Towne Center Books
555 Main Street
Pleasanton, CA 94566
925.846.8826
INTERNATIONAL SHIPPING


COLORADO

Tattered Cover
Colfax Avenue, Historic LoDo, or Highlands Ranch
303-322-7727
Please order in-store, by phone, or by email!


GEORGIA

Little Shop of Stories
133A East Court Square
Decatur, Georgia 30030
404.373.6300


MICHIGAN

Schuler Books and Music
1982 Grand River Avenue
Okemos, MI 48864
517.349.8840

MINNESOTA

Red Balloon Bookshop

891 Grand Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55105
651.224.8320
INTERNATIONAL SHIPPING


NEW YORK

Books of Wonder
18 West 18th Street
New York, NY 10011
212.989.3270
INTERNATIONAL SHIPPING

Oblong Books
26 Main Street
Millerton, NY 12546
518.789.3797
INTERNATIONAL SHIPPING

Oblong Books
6422 Montgomery Suite 6
Rhinebeck, NY 12572
845.876.0500
INTERNATIONAL SHIPPING


NORTH CAROLINA

Malaprop’s Bookstore

55 Haywood Street
Asheville, NC 28801
828.254.6734
INTERNATIONAL SHIPPING


OREGON

Jan’s Paperbacks
18095 SW Tualatin Valley Highway
Beaverton, OR 97006
503.649.3444


PENNSYLVANIA

Children’s Book World
17 Haverford Station Road
Haverford, PA 19041
610.642.6274


TEXAS

Blue Willow Bookshop

14532 Memorial Drive
Houston, TX 77079
281.497.8675


UTAH

The King’s English Bookshop
1511 S 1500 E
Salt Lake City, UT 84105
801.484.9100


WASHINGTON

University Book Store

4326 University Way NE
Seattle, WA 98105
206.634.3400

University Book Store
990 102nd Ave NE
Bellevue, WA 98004
425.462.4500

University Book Store
Mill Creek Town Center
15311 Main Street
Mill Creek, WA 98012
425.385.3530


Want to see your favorite bookstore on this list?  Pitch this giveaway to them in person, then send me some contact info!

 

To view this post go to this link: http://gretchenmcneil.blogspot.com/2014/07/get-even-pre-order-giveaway.html

 

I hope that you all go out and preorder GET EVEN by Gretchen McNeil. You won’t regret it!!!

Contests
July 21, 2014 posted by Nichole

Giveaway: Chaos Walking & More Than This by Patrick Ness

Hi everyone! Welcome back!

 

The Chaos Walking trilogy by Patrick Ness (The Knife of Never Letting Go, The Ask and the Answer and Monsters of Men) are being re-released in paperback with a cool new design and  bonus short stories not previously available in print in the US and Canada. Also, Patrick Ness’ More Than This will be released in paperback for the first time. I’m very excited to offer a giveaway to one lucky winner in the US or Canada thanks to Candlewick Press.

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Chaos Walking is a young adult science fiction series by the U.S.-born British novelist Patrick Ness. It is set in a dystopian world where all living creatures can hear each other’s thoughts in a stream of images, words, and sounds called Noise. -Wikipedia

 

The Giveaway:

 

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Blog Tour
July 15, 2014 posted by Nichole

Vampire Lies Blog Tour: Guest Post with RaShelle Workman

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Vampire Lies by RaShelle Workman
(Blood and Snow S2, #1)
Publication date: April 19th 2014
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Genre: YA Fractured Fairytale
Blood and Snow Season 2
Book 1 ~ Vampire Lies

*** Eyes like violet sapphires. Wings of smoldering fire. Consume your true love’s blood. Become the Eternal Vampire. ***

Once upon a time there lived a vampire with wings and the genie who loved her…

Born of the seven magics, Jasmine is different in every way, including the obnoxious wings on her back courtesy of the original Vampires. She wants to be normal, to be a regular teenaged girl.

When a gorgeous dark-haired boy named Laeddin shows up and promises to sneak her away from all her problems and hide her in the human world, she agrees.

But an evil lurks in her nightmares, a man with red eyes. It doesn’t take long for Jasmine to realize that no matter how far she tries to run from who she is, he’s only a dream away. He wants her. He needs her. He acts as though he loves her.

It’s becoming harder and harder to tell the difference between the path that’ll lead to her happily ever after, and the path that’ll lead to her destruction as well as all magic.

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RaShelle Workman is the international bestselling author of the Dead Roses series (“Sleeping Roses,” book 1 in the series, has been translated into Turkish and is NOW available wherever Turkish books are sold), the Immortal Essence series, the Blood and Snow series, the Cindy Chronicles, and Touching Melody (A Forever First Novel). She’s sold over five hundred thousand copies of her novels worldwide. You can find RaShelle all over the web, but the best place to start is on her blog: rashelleworkman.com.
Author links:

Top ten things you didn’t know about the RaShelle Workman:

10) I love the color purple.

9) I wanted to be an actress when I was a teen but my incredible shyness always kept me from auditioning. Instead I did behind the scenes stuff, like the rigging, painting the sets, and lighting.

8) I think the minions from Despicable Me are awesome.

7) I tend to “pick up” my house before the cleaning ladies come.

6) I believe in happily ever after’s, which is why I love fractured fairy tales.

5) I can’t stand being shoeless.

4) My mom did hair growing up and I used to have sleepovers and cut my friends’ hair. My mom would have to fix all of them in the morning.

3) I love to chew ice.

2) I have like ten emails. =S

1) Meeting fans is the most terrifying and exciting experience there is.

Giveaway:
–15$ Amazon/B&N gift card

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Blog Tour
July 13, 2014 posted by Nichole

Book Blitz: XY by Shanta Everington

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xyAbout the Book:
 

Publication date: 5 June 2014

Genre: Young adult (Dystopia)

Author: Shanta Everington

Paperback: 152 pages

Publisher: Bridge House (Red Telephone Books)

Language: English

ISBN-10: 1907335323

ISBN-13: 978-1907335327

Formats: Paperback and e-book (Mobi only)

Would it possible to live without gender?

Fifteen year old Jesse lives in a world where babies are born neither male nor female – Compulsory Gender Assignment is carried out at birth. Will the secret she closely guards be found out? Boyfriend Zeus, mother Ana’s Natural Souls, and new friend Ork, leader of We Are One, pull Jesse in different directions, forcing her to make her own mind up about who she really is.

Cover quote:

“A highly original and thought-provoking dystopian novel. I don’t think I’ve ever read anything like it!”

Luisa Plaja, Chicklish, the UK’s Teen Fiction Site

About the Author:

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Shanta Everington is the author of seven books, including three young adult novels – Give Me a SignBoy Red and latest release XY (joint winner of the Red Telephone Books YA Novel Competition). She has had all sorts of jobs in the past, from baking vegan muffins and working as a private tutor to appearing as a guest agony aunt and running a teen sexual health helpline. With an MA in Creative Writing with distinction, Shanta currently teaches Creative Writing with The Open University. She lives in London, UK, with her husband and two children.

 

Links:

Publisher website: http://www.trtpublishing.co.uk/xy.html

Author website: www.shantaeverington.co.uk

Twitter: https://twitter.com/ShantaEverAfter

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/shanta.everington

Amazon UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/XY-Shanta-Everington/dp/1907335323/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1403088848&sr=8-1&keywords=9781907335327

Amazon USA: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00L1P1RPU

Goodreads page: www.goodreads.com/author/show/1419856.Shanta_Everington

Check below for an excerpt from XY by Shanta Everington:

“I think Zeus might have a crush on you,” says Randy over breakfast the next morning.

The family are in the kitchen, sitting around the big, old, oak dining table, a hand-me-down from one of Ana’s friends. Most of their belongings are cast-offs. They are used to relying on the charity of others connected to Natural Souls. Ana has set the table with cereal, orange juice, toast and home-made preserves.

“Shut up,” says Jesse, spooning muesli into her mouth.

“Seriously. Didn’t you notice the way he kept watching you yesterday when you came out into the garden with your tight top on? I don’t think it was just your lemon ice lollies he was drooling at!”

Jesse feels her heart beating a little faster. Zeus is nice, she thinks, but nothing can happen. Zeus is one of the Nine Per Cent. He wouldn’t want her. At least not until afterwards. If she goes through with it.

“I know you like him!” continues Randy in a sing-song voice. “Don’t worry, I won’t tell him your secret!”

“Randy,” says Ana sharply, pouring milk into her bowl. “Don’t wind your sister up before school.”

“I’m not!” protests Randy, rocking his chair backwards and stuffing toast into his mouth. “I’m just saying!”

Jesse carries on eating, feeling her cheeks burn.

Randy gets up from the table and whispers to Jesse on his way out of the kitchen, “He likes you, he likes you!”

Once her brother is out of earshot, Jesse turns to her mother.

“Mum, can I ask you a question?” she says, playing with her spoon, turning it over and over and watching her reflection morph into something grotesque.

“Anything,” says Ana.

“How old were you when you had your first boyfriend? I know it was different for you. You weren’t born like us but…”

“I was fifteen,” replies Ana without hesitating. “The same age you are now. His name was Jack. He was a friend of my brother’s too. He was born like you but he was a boy by the time I met him. It didn’t last, of course.”

“What happened?”

“You mean why didn’t it last?” asks Ana, absent-mindedly picking crumbs up off the table. “We were just kids. First love. It wasn’t even love. When George died, well…  Jack’s family moved away. It’s just as well or I wouldn’t have met your father and there would have been no Randy or Jesse.”

She looks up at Jesse with a bright smile. Sometimes Jesse wonders what lies beneath her mother’s happy face.

“I wish Dad was here,” says Jesse. “I wish he hadn’t left us.”

“I know, darling, but we have to be strong for one another. Think about what I said about seeing Maya again soon. Now, you don’t want to be late for school, do you?”

Jesse gets up and takes her plates to the sink before grabbing her school bag and heading over to school. Today she has history, biology, religious education and sex education. It will not be a good day. Her bag weighs heavily on her shoulder. She thinks about the text books it contains and what they are teaching her.

The Giveaway:

1 ebook (Mobi) copy of XY. Open INT

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Blog Tour
July 12, 2014 posted by Nichole

Book Blitz: Arise by Estevan Vega

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AriseAbout the Book:
 
The pieces are scattered. A new nightmare dawns.
The end is coming.
AriseWith the aid of Kyro, a smart-mouthed street hustler, and Redd, a cunning investigator at war with her conscience, Joel and Aimee Phoenix follow a lead to Salvation Asylum, where they hope to find their daughter alive. But Emery and Adam have already fled from captivity into even more chaos and confusion. Danger haunts every action and darkness seeks to claim her protector’s life as a result of using too much of his power too soon. Adam’s soul now hangs between life and death, yet Emery can’t help dwelling on the boy who once tempted fire and her love.
From inside his coma, Arson roams the fiery halls of past nightmares, looking for the code of escape. But when a stranger slides into his subconscious, promising new abilities and a way out, part of him is ready to accept the revelation and be free, and part of him questions the ghost’s true intentions. Divided and fearful, Arson’s mind is now a deadly game of wills. There’s no telling what will become of the outside world. Arson’s only choice is to enlist every power within and arise from the ashes of who he used to be.
The war has begun. It’s time to wake up and fight.
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About the Author:
 
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Estevan Vega used to hate reading and sucked at writing…until a 5th grade writing assignment changed everything. With the help of his father, a spark was ignited into his imagination. When he was 12, he got the crazy idea to write a book and threee years later decided to release it. Since then, he has unleashed 7 books and a number of shorts stories which have been read around the world. Known for weaving a poetic style with raw and realistic characters, he has set himself apart in the literary world, often blending several genres together. The Arson Saga is his most praised and most popular work. Arise, book 3 in The Arson Saga, has just released. Read way too much. East mint chocolate chip ice cream. Spread the fire!
 
Twitter: @estevanvega

Excerpt from ARISE, book 3 in The Arson Saga:

The patterns of his nightmare were a disease. Arson hated the hallways, the rooms—they all had the same ruined look: identical flaking, green-black walls and dead windows. His rage had spawned a reckless trail of flames that wandered beyond and behind their cautious footsteps. Faded lockers had hindered some of his harshest memories from being exposed; nevertheless, he noticed that a sequence of metal cages had been pulled open, bent. Rust formed along the lockers’ twisted edges. A leak from the ceiling now trickled down to corrupt their feeble frames. It didn’t take long at all for things to decay in this place; that much was obvious. Arson’s pulse quickened at the sight of all the torn-open realms.

Adam approached each step with a certain fearlessness Arson desperately wished he possessed. A steady pace that suggested he was looking for something and was close to finding it. But all the silence was driving Arson crazy. He had so many questions, about his powers, about sliding, about why he was plagued to live memories that weren’t his. If Adam could enter another’s subconscious by sliding, did he too have to endure someone else’s intense past? Had he ever before gotten stuck inside of a nightmare like this?

Arson’s eyes opened and shut rapidly, as if his body—or, the body of his mind—knew that doing so was a waste of time. He took a deep breath. As much as he wanted to know the answers to all of his questions, there was one mystery he needed solved first. It was the one thing that mattered above all. He’d been distraught over it since he got trapped in this distorted reality, prior to Adam’s arrival, which had only made everything even more of a blur. Was Emery still alive?

Why hadn’t she broken through?

Why hadn’t she crossed into this supernatural existence?

Why hadn’t the vision of his escape been real? He’d held her against his chest. He’d felt her skin on his skin. Emery was real; all of it was. Arson knew he had mutilated every last one of the sick fiends who had fed him lies and injected him with poisons. They all turned to ash in a matter of minutes. He’d risen out of his coma already and ended their scheme. In fact, he was there again now, his body unleashing a torrent of wrath, power he barely could control. With one breath, he’d watched a doctor become dust. Just by thinking it, his father’s heart had incinerated. The asylum was laid to waste, and Emery’s beautiful smile was first to welcome him back to the real world. If he entertained this reality long enough, maybe he’d smell her again, feel her hair slide across his knuckles, and even sense his knees quiver as her warm breath tickled his neck. He would never let her go.

“Cut it out,” Adam said with a rough nudge. “You wanna get out or stay in la-la land? If we plan on escaping, keep all that sentimental garbage at bay. You need to be able to tell the difference between what’s real and what isn’t. Your ‘breakthrough’ never actually happened. This place just made you think it did. Get over it.”

“This is my nightmare,” Arson snarled. “My mind created it. I can control it.”

“Can you?”

No reply. Arson just kept walking.

“Some people say you can control what happens in your dreams. I say maybe, if you’re strong enough.”

“I am. Look around you.”

Adam studied the fiery shapes blazing around them. Colorful flowers that bloomed into the bodies of creatures only a teenage mind could fathom. Dragons and bats and spiders and combinations of reptiles and mammals blended together. An intoxicating splash of sapphire, crimson, and golden light.

“Okay, showoff. But starting fires doesn’t mean you can control everything that happens here. There’s some stuff that goes way back. It’s deep in your subconscious. I’ll bet you don’t even know half the stuff that’s locked in here with us. Or even remember it. I’m talking memories, ideas, bad dream kinda crap. It’s no wonder you haven’t gotten out yet.”

Adam spoke like a frustrated teacher. As they walked by another classroom, Arson was instantly reminded of several teachers he hated. Maybe Adam’s voice was theirs.

“It makes sense if you just think about it for a second. Your mind is a powerful computer. It’s capable of storing images you may have only seen once, thoughts you probably didn’t even mean to think. You read a book, and in that book a woman gets brutally murdered. Your imagination takes a picture with the words that described the action. That picture is now floating around in your brain, forever. You hear a song and it makes you angry. Watch a movie and you get excited because some couple is going at it. All of those things—the lusts, the fears, confusion, hatred—it all lives in here. A part of us can contain it only for so long, but when you’re stuck, like this, all bets are off. There is no delete button, no shut-off switch. You get the good with the bad. Unfortunately, your mind seems to like letting out all the bad. Not to mention, in here, you’re weaker.”

“You make it seem like I’m powerless.”

Adam stopped midstride and scratched his temple. His eye twitched when he spoke. “You’re missing it, Arson. It’s not just about power.” Adam snapped his fingers, and his thumb lit like a candle. As the flame crossed fingertips, a grin toyed with his mouth. “See? You could be your own personal superhero in here if you want, but that wouldn’t be enough. You still wouldn’t get out. Because that’s not how it works.”

“I know, the code and whatever.”

“Hey, lose the attitude. I’m trying to help you. There is a specific code that should be able to set you free. Maybe if you got over yourself and started thinking about the future instead of drowning in the past you might be able to help me find the locations of these codes. And just maybe, we get out of here alive.”

Adam quenched the fire in his palm and continued walking.

“Wait a second. You mean it’s possible for me to die in here?”

Adam abruptly replied, “I’ve seen some strange things in my years, but like I said, this is different. All bets are off. Anything’s possible.”

“But if I die in here, maybe I just wake up.”

“You’re in a coma, Arson. Your real-world body will atrophy. A day in here can wear on you out there. Given your weak physical state, if you die in this place, I don’t think you’re just gonna wake up. Besides, if you do, it’ll just keep going. More experiments. More tests. It’ll never step until we end it. I can help.”

A tidal wave collided with Arson’s mind. He was close to drowning, couldn’t breathe. His thoughts crashed into one another—a jumbled, fearful mess. “But these are my thoughts—”

“Most of them.”

“Right. They can kill me?”

“An idea is more dangerous than a bullet. One thought can destroy you. It’s perfect, in a sick way, how the mind works. A nightmare of your own design. You’ve got some freaky stuff in here.”

If I could see your brain, I’m sure I’d be shocked too, Arson thought.

“Maybe you would be, maybe not,” Adam said.

“I hate it that you can do that.”

“We’re in your head, remember? I can feel everything you think. For all intents and purposes, I’m just another memory. I slid into your mind and chose Danny’s shell because he isn’t a threat. A lot of other things in this place are.”

The heat from the fire he created was starting to push into his pores. Arson began to sweat. “If what you said is true, you know, about the memories and the things trapped in here with us…why should I trust you?”

“Maybe you can’t.”

 

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Author Interviews
July 10, 2014 posted by Nichole

Surrender the Sky Blog Tour: Interview with Meradeth Houston

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Publication date: May 2nd 2014
Genres: Paranormal, Young Adult
Synopsis:

Gabby lives by two unbreakable rules: don’t expose her kind, the Sary, and don’t fall in love—too bad some rules are made to be broken.

When Gabby’s most difficult charge accidentally shoots her in front of a class full of students, the event exposes her carefully hidden identity. She shifts from looking like a normal teen to her secret Sary form, revealing her wings and the existence of her kind—immortals who try to keep people from committing suicide. Her incident attracts the attention of the next leader of the Sary, Jassen, who offers her an impossible bargain: she can keep her wings if she makes amends with those who know the truth. Things get more complicated when a rebel Sary, intent on exposing them to the world, starts interfering with Gabby’s work. And there’s no denying her attraction to Jassen, who is torn between his duties and his heart. With threats at every turn and her immortality on the line, Gabby has to find a way to save the Sary or surrender the sky forever.

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Meradeth’s never been a big fan of talking about herself, but if you really want to know, here are some random tidbits about her:

>She’s a Northern California girl. This generally means she talks too fast and use “like” a lot.
>When she’s not writing, she’s sequencing dead people’s DNA. For fun!
>She’s been writing since she was 11 years old. It’s her hobby, her passion, and she’s so happy to get to share her work!
>If she could have a super-power, it would totally be flying. Which is a little strange, because she’s terrified of heights.

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Chocolate or Vanilla?

~Chocolate

Favorite TV Show?

~X-Files. Though I have recently become addicted to Once Upon a Time.

Best Movie You’ve Watched Recently?

~I know this is technically not a movie, but they’re movie length, so I’m going with the 3rd season of the BBC’s Sherlock. Loved it! (But waiting for the next season may kill me!)

 Celebrity Crush?

~Do book characters count at celebrities? Because I don’t really crush on real-life celebrities (though Ian Somerhalter is nice to look at!). But in reality, Jem from the Infernal Devices is much more swoon-worthy to me!

 Cats or Dogs?

~Either. I love animals. But I’d love a dog right now!

 Thai or Chinese?

~Thai. Bring on the peanut sauce!

Can you tell us about your book Surrender the Sky in 15 words or less? 

~Gabby lives by two unbreakable rules: don’t expose her kind, the Sary, and don’t fall in love. (17 words…close enough? J).

 What was your favorite scene to write?

~I can’t say much without some serious spoilers, but it involves some kissing. And mistaken identities. And some really pissed off twins.

What was the hardest scene to edit out?

~When Gabby tells Nathan (her former roommate and kind-of-enemy) that her best friend knows he’s a Sary. It was pretty funny, and well, I was bummed when a shift in the storyline made it impossible to keep.

Is this a standalone or will there be a sequel?

~There are three stand-alone titles in this “series” (Colors Like Memories, The Chemistry of Fate, and Surrender the Sky). They all loosely tie together, with a fourth book that will bring all the different books together. They don’t have to be read in any particular order.

Do you have a favorite quote from the book?

~I don’t have a favorite exactly, but this one makes me smile: “He smiled, just a little, but it unwound some part of me deep inside. He should have died uglier—lots uglier. It would have made resisting his question easier.”

Did any music inspire you while writing Surrender the Sky? 

~I am constantly listening to music while writing. A Thousand Years by Christina Perri definitely made me think of this book, Jassen in particular, while writing.

Are there any hunky new book boyfriends that readers can look forward to in Surrender the Sky? 

~I hate to say this, but Jassen is mine. LOL! Okay, really, I kind of like him—he’s on the quiet side, but definitely has book boyfriend material, imho.

 Are you currently working on anything else?

~The fourth book in the Sary Society series, which ties together all of the storylines from the other books. (This may kill me!) Along with an alien adventure story, and a time-travel book that I’m revising. I always have few books I’m in the middle of!

What is the best book you’ve read recently?

~Just one? I don’t know if I can pick! Hmm, I really rather enjoyed Fire of Stars and Dragons by Melissa Petreshock though—lots of fun to read!

What is currently in your TBR pile? 

~Far more books than I’ll ever manage to get to! But, right now, Anna and the French Kiss will probably be the next thing I pick up. How have I not read it yet?!?

 

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