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June 28, 2016 posted by Nichole

Open Bash Giveaways!

Hi, everyone!


We have some open giveaways for the Debut Authors Bash that could use a little extra love! I’m including them below so that everyone has a chance to look at them! There are plenty more giveaways for the Debut Authors Bash. However, I’m not going to post 130 embed codes on here, because it would take forever. That being said, if you’re interested in looking at the rest of the giveaways, you can go to this link here: Simply click on the blog name that you wish to visit and it will take you to their Bash post for their author. Not every author is hosting a giveaway, but most of them are!


Sonya Mukherjee’s Giveaway:

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Erin Teagan’s Giveaway:

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Jennifer Bardsley’s Giveaway:

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Brooks Benjamin’s Giveaway:

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Janet Sumner Johnson’s Giveaway:

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Jenny Manzer’s Giveaway:

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Andrew Brumbach’s Giveaway:

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Ava Jae’s Giveaway:

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Margaret Dilloway’s Giveaway:

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Karen Hattrup’s Giveaway
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Laura Shovan’s Giveaway:

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Julie Leung’s Giveaway:

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Author Interviews
June 27, 2016 posted by Nichole

2016 Debut Authors Bash: Author Interview with Cheryl Blackford

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Hi, everyone! Welcome back!

Today, I am very excited to introduce you to a new MG author, Cheryl Blackford.  I feel that there are a ton of MG authors this year. Is it just me? I mean, we always have SOME MG authors for the Bash, but I feel like we have a ton more this year! Maybe I’m just blocking out past years. Anyways, I’m super excited for all of the new MG books because these are the types of books that I’ll be including in my curriculum and classroom since I’ll be teaching in an elementary school setting next year. I mean, I’ll definitely have SOME YA books in my classroom, especially for the higher level readers, but (and this depends on the grade level that I’ll be teaching) I’ll most likely have mostly MG books in my classroom. So, I’m very excited for all of these new MG books! That being said, take a look at the interview below! As always, be sure to leave a comment in the comments section below!


Cheryl Blackford was born in Yorkshire, England but now lives in a house in the woods in Minnesota where she is entertained by a wide assortment of wildlife, including coyotes. LIZZIE AND THE LOST BABY is Cheryl’s first middle-grade novel. She has written three non-fiction books for young readers and her picture book HUNGRY COYOTE (inspired by a coyote she saw crossing a frozen lake near her home) won a 2015 Moonbeam Award.



Why did you write this story?

Setting is often the starting point for my stories and I wanted to write something set in Yorkshire where I grew up. Swainedale is loosely based on Rosedale, a beautiful valley in the North York Moors where my parents owned a cottage for many years. I had the idea that Lizzie would be an evacuee and the story grew from that. And not only did I have a story but I discovered a piece of family history I hadn’t known before I wrote this book — both my father and uncle were World War II evacuees. Neither of them had ever thought it important enough to speak about! Can you believe that?


Why is Historical Fiction important?

Current events often mirror past events and story is a safe way for young readers to explore difficult topics. War has disrupted Lizzie’s life: for her own safety the British Government has mandated that she leave her home and parents and live with strangers. Over 3 million people (most of them children) were evacuated in Britain during World War II to escape German bombs. Sadly war still causes mass migrations and this type of dislocation is familiar to many modern children. Placing a fictional child in this situation gives readers insight into the feelings of loss and uncertainty suffered by those who have had to flee their homes and their countries. And for those readers who are in this situation, perhaps they can watch Lizzie overcome her fears and sadness and feel some hope for themselves.


Prejudice and bigotry in its extreme form can lead to genocide. Elijah is a Gypsy: he and his people are objects of scorn and suspicion in Swainedale and are subjected to discrimination and harassment because their customs and nomadic life are not the norm in England. Prejudice against the Gypsy/Roma/Traveler community persists to this day. Lizzie befriending Elijah can be a model for children to acknowledge and celebrate difference rather than scorning it. In Europe the Nazi regime took its prejudice to extremes by murdering tens of thousands of Roma in a genocidal effort to exterminate them as a people. Narrative fiction can help us find a way to discuss such an ugly subject as genocide.


Why are “windows” and “mirrors” important in middle-grade and YA fiction?

Books offer readers “windows” where they can peek into lives very different from their own — helping them to understand unfamiliar situations and develop empathy. If you don’t have empathy with someone, it’s easy to dismiss or even harass that person. We must show our children that “different” doesn’t mean “inferior” or “dangerous.” Story can do that. A “window” for one reader will be a “mirror” for another who sees her own life reflected in the story. And that story can offer hope as the reader sees a character coping with, and often overcoming, problems similar to her own.


Does Lizzie encounter problems that modern middle-grade kids would understand?

Friendship. Sibling rivalry. Injustice. Lizzie grapples with all of those as she adjusts to her new life in the dale. And powerlessness in the face of intractable adults — kids know that one well!


How Can I incorporate LIZZIE AND THE LOST BABY into my curriculum?

I’m glad you asked. I’m in the middle of creating a teachers’ guide that I’ll post on my web site ( It will have suggested topics for research and discussion, and language arts activities that will be correlated to Common Core standards. But here’s a fun activity: Some food, such as sugar and meat, was rationed in Britain during World War II which meant that cooks had to be very creative when planning meals. (Carrot “fudge” anyone?). Research a typical British diet of the time and compare it with foods kids like to eat now. Do they see any wartime meals they think they’d enjoy? What would they miss the most?


More great MG and YA fiction and non-fiction about World War II.

  • THE WAR THAT SAVED MY LIFE by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley, Dial Books, 2015.
  • A FROST IN THE NIGHT by Edith Baer, Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1998.
  • NUMBER THE STARS by Lois Lowry, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Books for Young Readers, reissued 2011.
  • THE KLIPFISH CODE by Mary Casanova, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Books for Young Readers, 2007.
  • SHADOW ON THE MOUNTAIN by Margi Preus, Harry N. Abrams, 2014.
  • BOMB: THE RACE TO BUILD-AND STEAL—THE WORLD’S MOST DANGEROUS WEAPON, by Steve Sheinken, Flash Point, 2012. (Non-fiction)
  • ANNE FRANK: THE DIARY OF A YOUNG GIRL by Anne Frank and B.M. Mooyaart. (Non-fiction)
  • SALT TO THE SEA by Ruta Sepetys, Philomel Books, 2016. (Also, BETWEEN SHADES OF GRAY.)
  • GIRL IN THE BLUE COAT, by Monica Hesse, Little Brown Books for Young Readers, 2016.
  • BOY AT THE TOP OF THE MOUNTAIN by John Boyne, Henry Holt and Co., 2016. (Also, THE BOY IN THE STRIPED PYJAMAS.)

The last three books and their authors are described in this New York Times article:


In LIZZIE AND THE LOST BABY, ten-year-old Lizzie Dewhurst grapples with an important question: Is it ever right to keep something that doesn’t belong to you? The question haunts Lizzie as she adjusts to life as a World War II evacuee and sees the intolerance and prejudice exhibited by her hosts. Lizzie and her younger brother Peter have been sent from their city home to Swainedale, a remote Yorkshire valley, to live with strangers. On her first day in the dale Lizzie finds an abandoned baby in a field. When she befriends Elijah, a local Gypsy boy, and discovers the truth about the baby she is faced with a terrible choice. How will she answer the question?

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Author Interviews
June 20, 2016 posted by Nichole

2016 Debut Authors Bash: Author Interview with Kurt Dinan

Debut BannerHi, everyone! Welcome to today’s stop for the 2016 Debut Authors Bash! Today I’m crazy excited to introduce you all to Kurt Dinan, author of Don’t Get Caught. First off, let me start off by telling you today will feature two different posts for Kurt Dinan. This morning I am featuring an author interview with Kurt. Later this afternoon, stay tuned for my book review of Don’t Get Caught! I absolutely adored this book and can’t wait to tell you all about it! Check out more from Kurt below!


Kurt Dinan is a high school English teacher living in Cincinnati. His debut novel, DON’T GET CAUGHT, will be released in April of 2016. He is represented by Kerry Sparks of LGR.

Can you tell us about your debut, Don’t Get Caught, in 40 words or less?

DGC is a about Max, a high school nobody, who teams up with 4 other misfits to get back at the mysterious Chaos Club for framing them.  Over-the-top pranks, juvenile humor, and cows.  The perfect way to start your summer.

What was your favorite scene to write?

Wheeler’s prank on the football field was my favorite because it’s pretty much everything I wanted the book to be summed up in one chapter–it’s fast, fun, suspenseful, and over-the-top.  It was one of the last chapters I wrote, and it came very easily, which I guess is what happens when you sit around thinking of how to execute pranks all day.

What was the hardest scene to edit out?

The scene in the book where Ellie takes Max to the radar dish the first time had a completely different ending for the first few drafts of the novel until I decided to make his life miserable.  Changing that scene meant having to cut some romantic stuff that I liked, and a sort of dreamy description of what their car ride back to town was like.  In the novel now the car ride back is awkward, but at an earlier point it was a lot more positive and, like I said, dreamlike.


The book completely works as a standalone, but I’ve left the door open for a sequel.  People are constantly me if there will be a sequel, but at this point there are no plans for one.  But fingers crossed!

What theme song would you give Don’t Get Caught?

AC/DC’s “Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap” nicely fits the feel of the book and the motivation of the characters.  It’s a song with some punch behind it–I’d hear those opening 30 seconds in my head when I would write some times– but it’s also something I could see the characters listening to gear up for a prank.

What is Max’s biggest perk and quirk?

Max’s biggest perk has to be his knowledge of heist films and, as a result, heist rules since it’s what helps him organize a crew to get back at the Chaos Club.  His biggest quirk would be his overthinking everything.  His reactions tend to be exaggerated and overly dramatic–”I have my hands jammed in my pockets, trying to avoid the million and one worst-case scenarios I’ve dreamed up, most of which end with either me puking or Ellie losing a limb”–but it’s also part of his charm and humor.

What will Max be dressing up as for Halloween?

I could see Max dressing up in a nice, fashionable suit, slicking his hair back, and wearing sunglasses for Halloween.  And when the adult at the door asks, “What in the hell are you supposed to be?” Max would say, “I’m a suave cat burglar staking out the neighborhood.”

What else are you working on?

I haven’t settled on what my next novel will be, but I do know that I’m sticking with my strengths–writing fast-paced, fun novels with an over abundance of juvenile humor and jokes.

What debut are you most looking forward to?

The debuts I’m most excited about are Robin Reul’s MY KIND OF CRAZY, Marisa Reichardt’s UNDERWATER, and Jenny Manzer’s SAVE ME, KURT COBAIN.  All of them are out now, and all are fantastic!

don't get caught10:00 tonight at the water tower. Tell no one. -Chaos Club

When Max receives a mysterious invite from the untraceable, epic prank-pulling Chaos Club, he has to ask: why him? After all, he’s Mr. 2.5 GPA, Mr. No Social Life. He’s Just Max. And his favorite heist movies have taught him this situation calls for Rule #4: Be suspicious. But it’s also his one shot to leave Just Max in the dust…

Yeah, not so much. Max and four fellow students-who also received invites-are standing on the newly defaced water tower when campus security “catches” them. Definitely a setup. And this time, Max has had enough. It’s time for Rule #7: Always get payback.

Let the prank war begin.


Don’t forget to stop by later this afternoon to read my review of Don’t Get Caught!


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Author Interviews
June 13, 2016 posted by Nichole

Debut Authors Bash: Carrie Firestone

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the loose endsSeventeen-year-old Maddie O’Neill Levine lives a charmed life, and is primed to spend the perfect pre-college summer with her best friends and young-at-heart socialite grandmother (also Maddie’s closest confidante), tying up high school loose ends. Maddie’s plans change the instant Gram announces that she is terminally ill and has booked the family on a secret “death with dignity” cruise ship so that she can leave the world in her own unconventional way – and give the O’Neill clan an unforgettable summer of dreams-come-true in the process.

Soon, Maddie is on the trip of a lifetime with her over-the-top family. As they travel the globe, Maddie bonds with other passengers and falls for Enzo, who is processing his own grief. But despite the laughter, headiness of first love, and excitement of glamorous destinations, Maddie knows she is on the brink of losing Gram. She struggles to find the strength to say good-bye in a whirlwind summer shaped by love, loss, and the power of forgiveness


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Carrie Firestone has lived in rural, urban, and suburban places, and, while she currently  lives in the suburbs, she is decidedly a CITY person. She loves parties, and all kinds of music, and books about random people doing random things in random places. She loves to travel with her husband, and two daughters, Lauren and Emily. When she isn’t writing, you might find her reluctantly sharing her popcorn at the movies, trying to get people (or dogs)  to do a conga line, or adding items to her loose ends list.


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  • Favorite Moments of Being a 2016 Debut Author.

There have been so many “snow globe moments” this year. But since the book is called The Loose Ends List, I’ve decided to make a list of seven (for good luck).

  1. Meeting other debut YA and MG authors (also known as Sweet 16’ers)

I had the opportunity to go to ALA in Boston to host a cocktail party for librarians with twenty- four other debut authors. I loved hanging out with people who understood the intense highs and lows of the debut experience.


  1. Going to the Little, Brown offices

When my amazing editor, Lisa Yoskowitz, told me I could attend the marketing meeting IN PERSON, I couldn’t wait to get to the Little, Brown offices in New York. Lisa met me in the lobby and gave me a tour of what might be the coolest place to work in the universe. Imagine… books everywhere, and snacks, and people talking about reading and writing. It was magical.


  1. Getting the actual book in the mail.

This has happened a few times and it never gets old. First came the ARCs. Then the German copies. Then the UK copy. Then the U.S. copy, complete with gasp-worthy cover art. Every time a Hachette box arrives, my heart races. It’s like when a long-anticipated book finally makes it to my doorstep, only I’ve already read it and my name is on it.


  1. Party Planning

I LOVE parties. I think I started planning my launch party the day after I got the book deal (okay, full disclosure, I was probably wishfully planning before I even started querying). Now it has ballooned into several parties in various locations. I figured I wouldn’t have another occasion to convince everyone I know to celebrate with me. This is my big chance.


  1. Mentoring Young Writers

I am currently mentoring my daughter’s fourth grade class. They have spent the year writing mind-blowing books. We will showcase their work at a launch party the week before The Loose Ends List comes out. I can’t wait to see their parents’ reactions!


  1. Participating In Panels With Other Authors

I am thrilled to be part of a group of New England-based YA debut authors making the rounds at bookstores and libraries in the coming months. We are all interested in discussing relevant topics, including “unlikeable characters in young adult fiction.” The other women on the panel have written beautiful books. I hope to see a great turnout at our upcoming events.


  1. Inspiring Loose Ends Lists

I have begun seeing ARC readers sharing their personal Loose Ends Lists on social media. Every time I see a list, I get all emotional. I hope many readers will consider their own loose ends lists, and will embrace life’s “snow globe moments.” I know I’m embracing mine.


Thank you so much for the opportunity to share some of my special debut year moments.

Author Interviews
June 6, 2016 posted by Nichole

Book of the Month: Author Interview with Nalini Singh


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allegiance of honorThe “unparalleled romantic adventure”* of Nalini Singh’s New York Times bestselling series continues as a new dawn begins for the Psy-Changeling world…

The Psy-Changeling world has undergone a staggering transformation and now stands at a crossroads. The Trinity Accord promises a new era of cooperation between disparate races and groups. It is a beacon of hope held together by many hands: Old enemies. New allies. Wary loners.

But a century of distrust and suspicion can’t be so easily forgotten and threatens to shatter Trinity from within at any moment. As rival members vie for dominance, chaos and evil gather in the shadows and a kidnapped woman’s cry for help washes up in San Francisco, while the Consortium turns its murderous gaze toward a child who is the embodiment of change, of love, of piercing hope: A child who is both Psy…and changeling.

To find the lost, protect the vulnerable—and save Trinity—no one can stand alone. This is a time of loyalty across divisions, of bonds woven into the heart and the soul, of heroes known and unknown standing back to back and holding the line. But is an allegiance of honor even possible with traitors lurking in their midst?


Can you tell us about the newest Psy-Changeling book, Allegiance of Honor, in 40 words or less?


It’s a book about family, about friendship, and about holding on to honor and what is right even when evil and darkness attempt to shatter those bonds.


This next book will feature everyone, not just a main “couple,” correct? Will everyone make an appearance or will certain favorite couples have more page time?

Everyone will make an appearance, but I realized as I was writing this book that certain people needed to “anchor” the story so that the story threads remained strong even as we caught up with different people. As a result, the anchors naturally get more page time, but I did my best to make sure we got a peek into everyone’s lives!

Do you know how many books will be in the Psy-Changeling series? Is it something you intend to end in the near future or can we expect several more books from this world?


I generally tend not to know how many books there will be in a connected series – I think more in terms of how much story there is left to tell. And in the case of the Psy-Changeling series, there is so much more of the story yet to tell—and there are so many characters who I can’t even bear to think about leaving behind. I’ll be writing this series for a number of years yet.


By far, my favorite couple is Hawke and Sienna. Do you have intentions of ever giving them another book or possibly featuring them in a novella?

I don’t have any plans in that direction at this point in time—but they will continue to show up in the books as needed, and so we’ll see them growing together as a couple.

I just finished Wild Invitation and loved all the side stories that didn’t have their own novel. Do you have intentions to write another full length novella with several different stories?

WILD EMBRACE comes out in August.  It features four new Psy-Changeling novellas. You can read an excerpt here. More excerpts to come soon! (Incidentally, if any of your readers are new to the series and would like a taster, WILD EMBRACE would be a good choice.)

I’m so curious of Kit will get his own book? I had originally thought that you were going to pair him with a certain someone, but that didn’t end up happening since she’s mated to someone else…. Do you know who he’s going to end up with?

Kit is very young yet. As a young male with the potential to be alpha, he has to grow into his skin even more than other men his age. He’ll choose his heroine when he’s ready, and then I’ll write their story – it may not be for a while yet, given his age.

Out of all of the couples/characters in the Psy-Changeling series, do you have a favorite?

No, I really don’t. They’re like family and friends to me. I adore them all in different ways.

Out of all the books, do you have a favorite?

I always say it’s the one I’m writing at any point in time, as that’s the one that has my total focus and attention—and that answer is the absolute truth. I am totally into whatever book I’m working on at the time. I live it. Breathe it. Dream it.

If you twisted my arm for a more specific answer, I’d say Slave to Sensation – it’s where the entire Psy-Changeling series began. STS led me into this incredible world that I cannot imagine leaving.

If you could give Allegiance of Honor a theme song, what would you choose?

I often (but not always) get obsessed with a song for a book. For example, it was Beyoncé’s Halo for Shield of Winter, Adele’s Skyfall for Heart of Obsidian, and Imagine Dragons’ Demons for Rock Redemption.

I didn’t have a song obsession while I was writing Allegiance of Honor, but afterwards, I heard Rachel Platten’s Stand By You and I think it’s a great song for this book—because the story is all about standing by each other no matter what.

What series’ would you recommend for readers who love the Psy-Changeling series?

I tend to recommend more on the emotional “feel” of a book or series than because of similarities in story themes, so while not all of these books are paranormal, I think they give the reader the same happy book feeling that I hope my books inspire.


Trilogy: Orchid, Amaryllis, Zinnia by Jayne Castle (I love JC’s futuristic paranormals, but this trilogy is among my favorites of her work).

The Elder Races series by Thea Harrison (kicks off with the wonderful Dragon Bound)

La Vie En Roses series by Laura Florand (Once Upon A Rose is my favorite in the series so far)

The Chronicles of Pern by Anne McCaffrey (This is a classic sf series that first showed me what it is to build a world that feels so real I wanted to visit. If you haven’t read it, do!)

In Death series by JD Robb (One of my favorite series of all time.)

Envy Chronicles by Joss Ware (A different kind of zombie apocalypse! This is an excellent series that seems to have flown under a lot of people’s radar.)

The Iron Seas series by Meljean Brook (Meljean has such an amazing imagination and I love this steampunk world of hers).


I think I’ll stop there, because I could definitely keep going!!


Thanks for stopping by YaReads!

Thank you for the interview.



Below are some additional interview questions provided by the publisher:

Is Allegiance of Honor the end of the Psy-Changeling series?


No, it’s not. :) I ADORE this world and the characters and I have so many Psy-Changeling stories yet to tell. (I’ve often joked that I’ll be writing this series until I’m ninety-eight!)



Where do you see the Psy-Changeling world going from here?  Who is the next book about?


(Slightly spoilery answer to follow if you’re just starting the series).


Allegiance of Honor sets up a lot of possibilities for the future. There are many avenues I could take. However, for me, this arc is all about what happens not just to the Psy, but to the world, now that Silence has fallen and all the rules have changed.


We’ve had the immediate aftermath books, both of which focused on the Psy race (Shield of Winter & Shards of Hope), but what about the wider long-term future? Because Silence existed for a reason. The Psy still have these incredible abilities that have the potential to drive them murderously insane, and the world is still a fractured triumvirate. And there are players about whom we know very little, like the falcons and BlackSea.


As for who’s book is next, I’m not ready to announce it yet because I want to be certain this character is ready – but I think you’ll be pleased. 😉

NaliniI’ve been writing as long as I can remember and all of my stories always held a thread of romance (even when I was writing about a prince who could shoot lasers out of his eyes). I love creating unique characters, love giving them happy endings and I even love the voices in my head. There’s no other job I would rather be doing. In September 2002, when I got the call that Silhouette Desire wanted to buy my first book, Desert Warrior, it was a dream come true. I hope to continue living the dream until I keel over of old age on my keyboard.

I was born in Fiji and raised in New Zealand. I also spent three years living and working in Japan, during which time I took the chance to travel around Asia. I’m back in New Zealand now, but I’m always plotting new trips. If you’d like to see some of my travel snapshots, have a look at the Travel Diary page (updated every month).

So far, I’ve worked as a lawyer, a librarian, a candy factory general hand, a bank temp and an English teacher and not necessarily in that order. Some might call that inconsistency but I call it grist for the writer’s mill.


Read below for an excerpt from Allegiance of Honor:

Excerpt from Allegiance of Honor by Nalini Singh


Lucas had had to chase Naya around the aerie at bedtime last night—her walk might still be a little shaky, but she was a rocket when it came to crawling. Dressed only in a diaper, she’d laughed uproariously and said a loud, firm “No” each time Lucas caught her and put her in her crib.

After which she’d clamber out—she’d figured out how to escape a month earlier—and the game would begin again. Of course, since Lucas was a cat, he’d been having just as much fun as their daughter. Sascha, meanwhile, had sat in the living room with a cup of hot chocolate and just indulged in the sight of her mate playing with their cub.

She’d had to pretend to be stern when Naya ran over and pleaded her case with loud sounds and wild gesticulations of her hands. “No, Naya,” she’d said, biting her tongue in an effort not to laugh. “It’s time for bed. Go with Papa.”

At which point, Naya had growled at her, eyes sparkling with mischief.

And Sascha had cracked, laughing so hard she’d had to put down her hot chocolate before she spilled it. Lucas had shaken his head as Naya plopped down on her diaper-covered butt and joined in, clapping her hands at having made her mommy laugh. “No discipline.” Lucas had mock-growled at her before picking up their misbehaving baby. “And you”—a growly nuzzle that made Naya laugh harder and pat his stubbled cheek—“time for bed.”

He’d finally got her to sleep—by walking around with her pressed up against his bare chest.

Today, their cub was playing in the living area just outside the kitchen nook. Sascha had locked the aerie door to ensure Naya wouldn’t undo the latch and go out onto the balcony, and Lucas had childproofed the entire main area of the aerie, so Naya was free to roam as she liked. A lot of the time she practiced her walking skills. And no matter how often she fell down, she started back up again after a little break.

Stubborn, determined baby.

Peeking out from the kitchen, Sascha found her concentrating on stacking the colored alphabet blocks Faith and Vaughn had given her as a gift. Beside her sat a more than slightly ragged wolf plush toy, aka “The Toy That Shall Not Be Named.” Hawke had given that to Naya when she was a newborn, and it remained her favorite snuggle toy, much to her father’s despair.

Though Lucas did enjoy it when Naya went leopard on the toy, growling and “fighting” with the wolf. Then he’d smile and say, “That’s my girl.”


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Posted by arrangement with Berkley Books, a member of Penguin Group (USA) LLC, A Penguin Random House Company. Copyright © Nalini Singh, 2016.



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May 30, 2016 posted by Nichole

Book Blitz: Crossing the Barrier by Martine Lewis

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Crossing the Barrier eRev09-eBookCrossing the Barrier by Martine Lewis

Genre: Upper YA Coming of Age Contemporary Romance with a touch of Paranormal

Published on March 22nd, 2016

Published by BMJ Chanapi Press


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High school student Malakai Thomas, star wide receiver of the varsity team, collides with band member Lily Morgan on his way to football practice. As days go by, Malakai cannot get the petite clarinetist out of his head.

Lily Morgan can feel everyone’s emotions. She loses her ability to shield herself against them the day Malakai runs into her. Now she must try to maintain her sanity in the emotional jungle that is high school, as well as deal with her growing feelings for Malakai.

Can Malakai get over the social stigma and his own internal struggle to be with Lily? Is Lily’s secret too big to accept, even for him?

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About the Author:


Martine Lewis is a forty something who was born and raised in the French speaking province of Quebec, Canada. She spent her childhood looking forward to her summer vacations at the farm, which were a nice escape from the suburbs where she lived.

Her first written endeavor was a 200-page handwritten Duran Duran bandfiction which she wrote when she was eleven years old. Of all her written work, this is the only one she no longer has.

All throughout high school, Martine wrote more bandfictions and some original work, then she went to write fanfictions in the Star Wars, Buffy and Harry Potter universes. Her fanficiton in the Potterverse are mostly centered on characters of her own creation and can be found on

Following her viewing of Roswell on Netflix in 2012, Martine wrote book two and three of the Gray Eyes Series, then went on to create the Gray Eyes Series universe in which she has been playing ever since. She writes contemporary coming-of-age romance fiction (young adult/new adult) with a twist.

Martine is an avid reader and rollerskater. She loves sushi, hot chocolate on a cold day, and the beach. But what she loves above all else is to curl on her chair with her computer and write more stories for her readers.

Martine currently lives in Houston TX with her two cats.

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February 14, 2016 posted by Nichole

Blog Tour: Greta and the Lost Army by Chloe Jacobs + Giveaway

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greta and the goblin kingGreta and the Goblin King (Mylena Chronicles #1) by Chloe Jacobs

Published December 11th, 2012

Published by Entangled Teen

279 Pages

Genre: YA Paranormal/Fantasy

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While trying to save her brother from a witch’s fire four years ago, Greta was thrown in herself, falling through a portal to Mylena, a dangerous world where humans are the enemy and every ogre, ghoul, and goblin has a dark side that comes out with the eclipse.

To survive, Greta has hidden her humanity and taken the job of bounty hunter—and she’s good at what she does. So good, she’s caught the attention of Mylena’s young goblin king, the darkly enticing Isaac, who invades her dreams and undermines her will to escape.

But Greta’s not the only one looking to get out of Mylena. An ancient evil knows she’s the key to opening the portal, and with the next eclipse mere days away, every bloodthirsty creature in the realm is after her—including Isaac. If Greta fails, she and the lost boys of Mylena will die. If she succeeds, no world will be safe from what follows her back…

greta and the glass kingdomGreta and the Glass Kingdom (Mylena Chronicles #2) by Chloe Jacobs

Published February 9th, 2015

Published by Entangled Teen

320 Pages

Genre: YA Paranormal/Fantasy

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Once upon a dark time…

Greta the human bounty hunter never quite fit into the shadowed, icy world of Mylena. Yet she’s managed to defeat the demon Agramon and win the love of the darkly intense Goblin King, Isaac. Now Isaac wants her to rule by his side—a human queen. And the very announcement is enough to incite rebellion…

To make matters worse, defeating Agramon left Greta tainted with a dark magick. Its unclean power threatens to destroy her and everything she loves. With the Goblin King’s life and the very peace of Mylena at stake, Greta must find a cure and fast.

Her only hope lies with the strange, elusive faeries in the Glass Kingdom…if she can get there before the evil within her destroys everything.

greta-and-the-lost-army-1600x2400 (1)Greta and the Lost Army (Mylena Chronicles #3) by Chloe Jacobs

Published on February 1st, 2016

Published by Entangled Teen

Genre: YA paranormal/Fantasy

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After spending the last four years trapped in a place of monsters, demons, and magick, the last thing the fierce teenage bounty hunter Greta expected was to ever be back on Earth. But a rare opportunity gives her and the Goblin King Isaac the opportunity to do just that. Now she’s home. With a boy in tow. And her parents have lots of questions.

Although Greta finally has her heart’s deepest wish—to see her family again—every step she takes to reconnect with them drives her further away from Isaac. Greta and Isaac planned for her to return to Mylena and become his queen, but she’s not sure if she can go back to that harsh world, though staying on Earth means giving up the boy she loves.

But a powerful enemy refuses to let Greta escape. A demon who will stop at nothing to destroy her and everything she loves. Even if it means following her to Earth and forcing her to face a fate as unavoidable as love itself.


About the Author:

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Chloe Jacobs is a native of nowhere and everywhere, having jumped around to practically every Province of Canada before finally settling in Ontario where she has now been living for a respectable number of years. Her husband and son are the two best people in the entire world, but they also make her wish she’d at least gotten a female cat. No such luck. And although the day job keeps her busy, she carves out as much time as possible to write. Bringing new characters to life and finding out what makes them tick and how badly she can make them suffer is one of her greatest pleasures, almost better than chocolate and fuzzy pink bunny slippers.

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Read below for an excerpt from Greta and the Lost Army:

The streetlamps cast soft cones of light on the sidewalks all the way through the neighborhood. Greta pointed things out as she remembered them. “That’s where my friend Danielle used to live. I guess she probably still lives there.”

“Are you looking forward to seeing her again?”

She nodded. “And if I remember correctly, she’s more hyper than a Mylean berserker—only less ripping and tearing, and more frenzied hugging and constant talking.”

The rumble of his amused chuckle made her grin. He squeezed her hand. She looked up at him, and it hit her. “You know, this is kind of like a date,” she said, tingles of awareness dancing up her spine.

His smile was crooked, and his eyes warm as he laid his arm across her shoulders, making her feel like he would rather be here with her right now than anywhere else. It probably wasn’t true. They were both too worried about Mylena for it to ever leave their minds completely, but maybe one day it would be true.

“What would be the purpose of a date?” There was such a thing as courtship in Mylena, but she and Isaac had pretty much bypassed anything resembling normal…in both worlds.

What if she was wrong and the portal didn’t open again? What if they stayed here? There could be more nights just like this, and eventually maybe they would get a place of their own and… “You know, so a couple can get to know one another and decide if they like each other.”

“But we already know we like each other.” When they were alone like this and his voice softened because he trusted her enough to let down his guard, it did crazy things to her. Like popping candy hitting her bloodstream. “Even more important, we know that we fit together. In battle together, or planning for Mylena’s future, even while arguing…and definitely when I kiss you…nobody fits me like you do.”


The Giveaway:

Winner’s choice of $5 Amazon Gift Card or a print or eBook copy of Greta and the Goblin King or Greta and the Glass Kingdom. As well as notebook, a pen with the words “Dream bigger darling,” and Hammond’s candy.

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