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June 6, 2016 posted by Nichole

Book of the Month: Author Interview with Nalini Singh

 

Book of the Month

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.”

 

Find Nalini online: Website | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram

 

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

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/29107100-crossing-the-barrier

Amazon sell link: http://goo.gl/DJ2w6n

Crossing the Barrier will be FREE on Amazon during May 26th through May 30th!

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:

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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 fanfiction.net.

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.

Author links: website: www.martinelewisauthor.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/martinelewisauthor

Twitter: www.twitter.com/authorMartine

Instagram: www.instagram.com/martinelewisauthor

Goodreads author page: www.goodreads.com/martinelewisauthor

Amazon author page: www.amazon.com/author/martinelewis

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Malakai (1)The Giveaway:

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Blog Tour
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

Goodreads Book Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/13260802-greta-and-the-goblin-king

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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

Goodreads Book Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18630439-greta-and-the-glass-kingdom

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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

Goodreads Book Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25611831-greta-and-the-lost-army

Amazon Buy Link: http://www.amazon.com/Greta-Lost-Army-Mylena-Chronicles-ebook/dp/B01AGGG4Q6

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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.

Author Website: www.chloejacobs.com

Author Twitter: @Jacobs_Chloe

Author Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ChloeJacobsAuthor

Author Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/chloejacobs

Newsletter: http://www.chloejacobs.com/p/contact.html

 

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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February 13, 2016 posted by Nichole

Blog Tour: Ascendancy by Karri Thompson + Giveaway

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AscendancyAscendancy by Karri Thompson

Published by Entangled Teen

Published on November 30th, 2015

Genre: YA Dystopian

Entangled Teen: http://www.entangledpublishing.com/ascendancy/

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Ascendancy-The-Van-Winkle-Project-ebook/dp/B017RBWHQ4

B&N: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/ascendancy-karri-thompson/1122928010

Indigo Books: https://www.chapters.indigo.ca/en-ca/books/ascendancy/9781633755208-item.html

I’ve been lied to, deceived, and manipulated once again. I shouldn’t be surprised, but in a way I am. You’d think I’d be treated with dignity, my every desire fulfilled by those who need me the most. But instead, they plan to control me, keep me hidden, and force me to be complacent while I give birth over and over again.

Hell, I’m the one who’s supposed to save humanity, right? I’m the one with the power to re-populate this world of clones, my ancestors who were produced from harvested DNA.

Michael. He loves me. At this point, he may be my only friend. There may be others. Tension is building in the regions. A secret sect is growing. A rebellion is imminent.

My awakening into this future should have been my savior, my renaissance, my ally.

But instead, it has become my plague.

 

About the Author:

Karri

Karri Thompson, a native of San Diego, California, grew up hanging out at the beach, playing sports, and eventually attending San Diego State University where she earned her bachelor’s degree in English and master’s degree in education. When she’s not nerding out at San Diego Comic-Con or watching Star Wars and The Lord of the Rings movies for the umpteenth time, she can be seen doing normal people stuff like teaching high-school English, cooking delicious meals for her family (she attributes all of her culinary skills to the Food Network), and attending her son’s football games. In her spare time, she writes young adult and new adult fiction, her biggest passion, and loves listening to hard rock music and going to concerts. She hopes to live long and prosper, and that you will, too.

Website: www.karrithompson.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/authorkarrithompson?ref=hl

Twitter: https://twitter.com/KarriThompson

Instagram: authorkarrithompson

 

Read Below for an excerpt from the book:

Michael was the only good thing to come out of my awakening. I didn’t know how long we’d have together, but I realized I wanted to make every second with him count. Twisting to face him, I brought my right leg to the other side of his body and kissed him gently at first, and then a little harder as he brought his hands to my back, massaging his fingers against my shoulder blades.

His lips moved to my neck, and he slid his hand through the hair at the base of my head. I lay against him, savoring his warm breath at my throat as his chest pressed against mine.

“Duck!” Cradling my body, he scrambled to the floor, bringing me down with him.

“What?” I whispered.

“I saw something outside. A shadow. It looked like a person.”

“Victoria! I need to get her.” Crawling on my hands and knees, I entered the living room and picked up my sleeping baby.

“Behind the couch. Let’s go.”

“Watch her,” I said, and rested her on the floor next to Michael.

Drawing the laser pistol from my waist, I scooted to the edge of the couch where I could see the back door.

“I locked it,” he whispered, “but any Security guard or SEC can open it.”

The door slid open. I aimed my pistol, my arms and hands trembling.

 

The Giveaway::

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Blog Tour
February 2, 2016 posted by Nichole

Assassin’s Heart Blog Tour: Why Alessio (LES) Would Make the Next Best Doctor Who Companion

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Author: Sarah Ahiers

Release Date: February 2, 2016

Pages: 400

Publisher: HarperTeen

Formats: Hardcover, eBook, audiobook

Find it: Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iBooks

 

In the kingdom of Lovero, nine rival Families of assassins lawfully kill people for a price. As a highly skilled member of one of these powerful clans, seventeen-year-old Lea Saldana has always trusted in the strength of her Family. Until she awakens to find them murdered and her home in flames. The Da Vias, the Saldanas’ biggest enemy, must be responsible—and Lea should have seen it coming. But her secret relationship with the Da Vias’ son, Val, has clouded her otherwise killer instinct—and given the Da Vias more reason than ever to take her Family down. Racked with guilt and shattered over Val’s probable betrayal, Lea sets out to even the score, with her heart set on retaliation and only one thought clear in her mind: make the Da Vias pay. With shades of The Godfather and Romeo and Juliet, this richly imagined fantasy from debut author Sarah Ahiers is a story of love, lies, and the ultimate vengeance.

 

About Sarah:

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Sarah Ahiers is working towards an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults and lives in Minnesota with three dogs and a house full of critters. She has a collection of steampunk hats and when she’s not writing she fills her time with good games, good food, good friends and good family. Sarah writes Young Adult and Middle Grade novels and occasionally dabbles in Picture Books. Fantasy is her favorite genre, though she sometimes can be found playing around with Horror and other things that go bump in the night. Sarah’s debut novel, ASSASSIN’S HEART (HarperTeen, February 2nd, 2016) is a Young Adult Fantasy. In the Kingdom of Lovero, where families of assassins lawfully kill people for the right price, seventeen-year-old Oleander “Lea” Saldana sets out on a path of vengeance against the most powerful assassin family of all. She is represented by Mollie Glick of Foundry Literary & Media.

 

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Giveaway Details:

 

(1) Winner will receive a finished copy and some swag (bookmarks, postcards), US Only.

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Tour Schedule:

 

Week One:

1/25/2016- Adventures of a Book Junkie– Interview

1/26/2016- Brittany’s Book Rambles– Review

1/27/2016- Tween 2 Teen Book Reviews– Guest Post

1/28/2016- The Unofficial Addiction Book Fan Club– Review

1/29/2016- The Young Folks– Interview

 

 

Week Two:

2/1/2016- Cover2Cover– Review

2/2/2016- YaReads– Guest Post

2/3/2016- Dark Faerie Tales– Review

2/4/2016- Storybook Slayers– Interview

2/5/2016- Fiction Fare– Review

 

WHY ALESSIO (LES) WOULD MAKE THE NEXT BEST DOCTOR WHO COMPANION

Okay, yeah, we’re going here. Let’s start by talking a bit about gender.

Why is the Doctor’s companion always a woman? I mean, come on. We all know Rory wouldn’t have been there without Amy. And Jack doesn’t count because he’s only a companion for an episode here or there (but man, what great episodes, right?) (Also, I’m focusing mostly on Doctors nine and up. I haven’t seen much of the old school doctors).

So, yeah. I mean, having women as companions is great because we have chances for those women to maybe kick some butt and be the most awesome companion ever (Donna, anyone??) But, mostly, the Doctor does the butt kicking and the companions just swoon over him (another reason to love Donna—her lack of swooning) and I don’t think it would hurt to maybe have a guy be a companion for more than a one-off episode and more than because he’s there hanging out with his girlfriend who secretly loves the Doctor instead (*cough* Mickey *cough*)(also, guy swooning could be great too)

So, okay. Let’s say for one fun season the Doctor decides that maybe he could use a bromance or could have like a dude along to stop him from being monstrous and letting the universe descend into entropy.  

I think it could be Les from ASSASSIN’S HEART.

Hear me out on this.

Les is great. He’s fun. He genuinely likes people. He is also super gung-ho to try new things and learn about new ways of life and new cultures. Les would be the perfect companion to the Doctor because when the doctor holds out his hand and says “come with me if you want to live . . .” wait. Okay, back up.

When the Doctor turns to him and says “my space box is bigger on the inside than the outside and it travels through space and time, do you want to come with and have adventures?”

Les’s response would be “just let me grab a cloak because I bet space is cold” and off they’d go. And they’d meet strange aliens who are actually really just people and would save lives or be sad about the lives they can’t save and then they’d return home all the better.

And if the cybermen or daleks or other monster shows up, Les could just stab them. Because he’s assassin and that’s how he rolls.

 

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December 6, 2015 posted by Nichole

End of the Year Giveaway

Hi, everyone! Welcome back!

 

Every year we host an end of the year giveaway. Usually, we offer some of our favorite books that we’ve read throughout the year. Since I’ve just recently broke out of my reading funk, we’re going to change things up a bit this year. We’re going to choose one popular book released through each month of 2015. Two lucky winners will have the opportunity to choose one of those books. Anyone is eligible to win as long as The Book Depository ships to you. Also, you must be at least 13 years of age to enter this giveaway. Take a look below to see which books are up for grabs. The giveaway will run through December 31st.  Good luck!!!!

 

1.  Ensnared by A.G. Howard

Ensnared

2. Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

Red Queen

3. The Winner’s Crime by Marie Rutkoski

Winners Crime

4.  An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

ember in the ashes

5.  The Heir by Kiera Cass

the heir

6. Emmy & Oliver by Robin Benway

Emmy Oliver

7. Ink and Bone by Rachel Caine

Ink Bone

8.  Magic Shifts by Ilona Andrews

magic shifts

9. Queen of Shadows by Sarah J Maas

queen of shadows

10. Life and Death: Twilight Reimagined by Stephenie Meyer

life and death

11. Winter by Marissa Meyer

winter

12. Frozen Tides by Morgan Rhodes

frozen tides

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Author Interviews
September 22, 2014 posted by Nichole

Blog Tour: Vanished from Dust by Shea Norwood + author interview & giveaway

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Vanished from Dust New AmazonBook Title: Vanished from Dust by Shea Norwood (Book 1 in the Vanished from Dust series)
Genre: Young Adult Paranormal
Pages: 320
Published: October 16th, 2013
Published by Createspace
Barnes & Nobles: http://bit.ly/1o0HuEq
Synopsis:

A CHILL RUNS THROUGH HIS SKIN AS THE PHANTOM APPEARS.

 

HE SEES THEM EVERYWHERE . . .

 

Eric Stark is not insane. Or at least he doesn’t think so. He wishes everyone in Dust, Texas, felt the same way. But that’s not going to happen since the whole town thinks he’s crazy. Why didn’t he keep his mouth shut?

 

No one understands. Eric is alone as he battles his sanity in a town of tormenters. Suddenly a new friendship emerges after the new kid, Kyle Barrett, moves to town.

Eric reluctantly reveals his secret. Is it a curse or a gift? He isn’t certain, but with Kyle by his side he finds the courage to seek the truth.

 

They soon realize that something sinister is descending on the residents of Dust.

Is it caused by Eric’s phantoms or is it something else? Is it connected to the mysterious death of hundreds of townspeople over sixty years ago? One thing is certain—only Eric and Kyle can save them.

 

They set out on a heart-pounding adventure and find themselves transported to a disturbed and deserted version of their small southern town. They quickly discover that this new world has mysteries of its own to uncover. What they find could prove more than they bargained for, and it only leads to more questions. Eric and Kyle must face a horrifying fact—they may never get out alive.

 

“We’re gonna die here,” Kyle muttered.

 

 “I don’t believe that,” Eric said. “And neither do you.”

 

Will they survive their encounter with these dark and mysterious beings?

 

Will they find a way back home?

 

Or will they be lost forever?

 

The Vanished from Dust series is perfect for anyone who craves a hair-raising thriller packed with mystery and suspense. This paranormal story for young adults can be compared to Stand by Me, mixed with Odd Thomas, and a twist of The Dark Tower.

About the Author:

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Shea Norwood is an emerging author and native of West Texas that currently lives in the DFW area with his wife and son.He was drawn to writing at an early age and recently rekindled this passion after dusting off a decade-old manuscript, titled Vanished from Dust. The fictional town of Dust is loosely based on a small town south of Odessa, TX.
When he’s not writing, Shea loves to spend time with this family, read, and is a frequent globetrotter. His travels have taken him to France, the United Kingdom, Japan, Italy, Germany, and Mexico.Shea writes Young Adult Fantasy/Paranormal/Mystery

Follow Shea on Facebook to get updates on upcoming releases. https://www.facebook.com/sheanorwoodauthor

 

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Read below for an author interview with Shea Norwood

 

Can you tell us about your book, Vanished from Dust, in 25 words or less?

 

Vanished from Dust is a paranormal mystery about two small-town boys lost in a parallel world struggling to understand the nightmare that haunts their town.

 

What was your favorite scene to write?

 

What a tough question! I would have to say the restroom scene where Eric faces more than just his reflection in the mirror.

 

What was the hardest scene to edit out?

 

There was a great scene that further developed Eric’s character at a school dance. I loved the interaction between him and the other students, but ultimately decided it didn’t advance the plot so I cut it. There was also an alternate ending of the book I edited out after beta reader feedback.

 

How many books total will be in this series?

 

There will be at least two more books in the series. I’m in the process of writing book 2, titled The Illusion of Home and hope to release it early 2015.

 

What is one of your favorite quotes from Vanished from Dust?

 

“Black smoke billowed into a windless sky.”

 

 

Are you currently working on anything else?

 

Yes, aside from the Vanished from Dust series, I’m in the process of writing two separate novels in the New Adult and Adult genres.

 

What is the best book you’ve read recently?

 

There’s so many it’s hard to decide! But if I must, I really liked the 11/22/63 novel by Stephen King. I loved the characters and engaging plot. It was one of those great stories that kept you thinking long after you’ve finished it.

 

Check out an excerpt from Vanished from Dust below:

 

CHAPTER    1    

 

“I’m    not    crazy,”    Eric   Stark    shouted    at    the    crowd    of    seventh    graders    as    they    surrounded    him.    He    looked    up    from    the    ground,    which    consisted    of    patches    of    grass    and    dirt,    to   see    the    sunlight    glinting    off   of  the    metal    braces    of    a    girl    with    pigtails    as    she    pointed    and    laughed    with    the    rest    of    them.    Another    boy    kicked    him    in    the    stomach,    causing    him    to    retreat    into    a    fetal    position    to    guard    against    another    blow.

“Oh  yeah?”    Greg    Coffey    asked    as   he    towered    over    Eric.    His    lip    was  curled,    showing    his    crooked,    heavily    stained    teeth.    “What    happened    last   week    in    class?    You    said,    ‘They’re    watching    me.’    Remember    that,    loser?”

“I  didn’t    say    that.”    Eric    tried    to    get    up,    but    Greg    pushed    him    back    down    and    kicked    dirt    in    his    face.    Eric rubbed    his    burning    eyes    with    both    hands.    When    he    opened    them    he    saw    four    more    kids    sneering    over    him,    all    laughing    at    his    expense.    Where    was    a    teacher    when    you    needed    one?    The    hot    Texas    sun    was  high    on    the  horizon,    almost    blinding    him    as    he    stared    back    at    his    tormentors.    Sweat    was    pouring    from    his    brow,    mixing    with    the    tears    that    streamed    down    his    face.

“Yeah  you    did,”    Adam    Marshall    said    with    a    smirk.    “You’re    going    off    the    rails,

crazy  train.”

“I    like    that—crazy    train.    Just    like    the    song,”    Greg    said.    He    laughed    and    gave    Adam

a    high    five.    “That’s    your    new    name.    Like    it?”    Greg    kicked   another    pile  of    dirt  at    Eric.    Eric    tried    to    spit    it    out,    but    his    entire    face    was    covered    in    a    muddy    film.    He

wished  that    he’d    just    kept    his    mouth    shut    about    it,    but    it    was    too    late    now.    News    traveled    fast    in    a    small    town,    and    he    was    sure    everyone    thought    he    was  insane    by    now.

He    didn’t    know    what    he    was.

“Leave  him    alone,”    a    kid    said.    He    leaned    over    to    help    Eric    to    his    feet.    “I    don’t    like

bullies.”

“Stay  out    of    it,    new    kid.”    Greg    said    and    gave    him    a    scowling    stare.

“Or   what?”  The    kid    got   closer.

“Let’s  go,”    Adam    said.    “There’s    a    teacher    coming.”    He    slapped    Greg    on    the

shoulder.

“This   ain’t    over,”     Greg   said   as   he   walked    away.    “Thanks,”    Eric  said.

“I’m    Kyle    Barrett,”    the    kid    said,    extending    his    hand.

Eric  shook    it.    “Did    you    just    move    here?”

“Yeah,    this    is    my    first    day,”    Kyle    said.    “It’s    hard    being    the    new    kid.    No    one    talks    to

you.”

“No  one    talks    to    me    either,    except    to    make    fun    of    me,”    Eric    said.

******

Six  months    after    the    dirt-­‐kicking    incident,    Eric    and  Kyle    had    turned    from    strangers

into    fast  friends.    But  everyone    else    still    thought    Eric    was    crazy.    Even    now,    he

couldn’t  be   sure    if    they    were     right    or  wrong.

He    only    knew    one    thing—he    hadn’t  actually    seen   them    in    several    months.    So    was

it  all    in    his    head?    His    mom    always    told    him    time    heals    all    wounds.    But    this    wound

 

was  more    like    a    cut    that    never    healed.    It    festered    in    the    eyes    of    everyone    in    Dust,    Texas.    He    was    just    a    mentally    defective    kid    who    barely    deserved    their    pity.

He    was    in    the    eighth    grade    now,    and    he    tried    to    put    those    troubled    years    behind

him.  It    seemed    that    most    of    his    classmates    felt    the    same    way,    but    a    select    few    never    grew    tired    of    reminding    him    of    his    sanity    (or    lack    thereof)    and    demeaning    nickname    from    time    to    time.

Eric   looked  up    at   the   clock.   The     second  hand    moved    in    a    slow,    agonizing    speed

before  the    bell   rang     loudly,    reverberating    throughout    the   building.

“Finally,”  he    said    quietly    to    himself.    The    sound    of    the   bell    signified     the   end   of   the    school    week,    and    he    was    happy    to    hear    it.    It    was    only    the    week    after    Thanksgiving    and    he    was    already    looking    forward    to    summer    break.    He    scrambled    down    the    stairs    and    out    the  heavy    double    doors.    Kyle   Barrett   waited    at   the    foot    of    the    steps    wearing

a    tucked-­‐in    red    polo.    They    had   been    inseparable    ever   since   Kyle    had    stood    up    for

him    that    day.

He   didn’t    stop    when    he    got    outside,    taunting    Kyle    to    a    footrace.    Kyle    ran    hard    to    catch    up    after    seeing    Eric    dart    by.    Kyle    was    five    months    older,    but    for    the    time    being    they    were   both    still    fourteen,    and   they   were  often   thought    of    as    brothers    due     to

their  similar    appearances.    Both    of    the    boys    had    dark-­‐brown    hair,    chestnut-­‐colored    eyes,    and    olive    skin.    But    Kyle    was    broader    in    the    shoulders    compared    to    Eric’s    slender    frame.

“Bet    I    can    beat   you    to   the    car,”    Eric  yelled.

“No   way,”   Kyle   said    as   he    raced    ahead    of    Eric.

Eric   wasn’t     going    down    without    a    fight,    so   he  ran    harder     while  dodging    several    students    loitering    outside   the    school.    He    was    closing    the    distance    when   he   tripped,    scattering    his    books    across    the    parking    lot.    A    group    of    girls    standing    on    the    sidewalk    giggled    as   he   got    to    his    feet   and   gathered   his   things    and    what    little    dignity    he    had

left.  Kyle    made    it    to    the    car    and    pointed    at    Eric,    laughing.    “You    busted    big    time,”    Kyle    said.

“You    got   lucky.    If   I   hadn’t  tripped     I    would’ve     beat    you,”   Eric   replied.

“Yeah  right,    you’ll    never    beat    me.”

Jean,  Kyle’s    mother,    rolled    down    the    car    window.    She    had    a    cigarette    hanging    from    her    lip.    Eric    watched    as    the    smoke    drifted    out    the    window    and    disappeared    into    the    wind.

“Can    I   spend    the    night    at    Eric’s    house    tonight?”    Kyle    blurted    out,    still    breathing

hard.

Eric    was  standing    anxiously     next  to   the   car,    waiting    for    her    reply.    He   bent    over   to    rub    his    knee.    He    was    pretty    sure    he’d    scraped    it    hard    enough  to   draw    blood.    He    looked    back    to  see    if    the    girls    were    still    watching    him.    They    were    on    the    sidewalk    waiting    for    their    rides    but    apparently    had    found    a    more    interesting    topic    to    discuss    since    they    were  no  longer   looking     at   him.

“Did  Eric’s    mom    say    it    was    all    right?”    Jean    asked.    She    flicked    her    ash     out    of  the    window    and   took    another  drag.    She    had    dry,   ashy-­‐brown    hair,    along   with    a    pair    of    large-­‐rimmed    glasses    that    draped    over    her    hazel    eyes.    She    wore    a    simple    mauve-­‐ colored   T-­‐shirt    and    blue    jeans.

 

Kyle’s  little    sister,    Katie,    and    older    brother,    Ben,    were    sitting    in    the    backseat.    Katie    Barrett,    the    youngest    of    the    family,    had    wavy    dirty-­‐blonde    hair    that    looked    like    a    poodle’s    fur.    Ben   was   Kyle’s   older    brother.

“She  is    okay    with    it,”    Kyle  said.

“Yeah,    we  asked    last    period,”    Eric   added.

“Well    if    she    doesn’t    mind,    then    it’s    fine    with    me,”    Jean    said.    She    took    her    huge    glasses    off,   wiped   the  lenses  with    her    shirt,    and    put    them    back    on.    “Kyle,    do    you    still    have    your   bike    at    Eric’s?”

“It    should    be  there.”    Kyle   eyed    Eric    for    confirmation,    and  he   nodded.

Eric  looked    in    the    backseat    and    saw    Ben    picking    his    nose    with    no    shame.    He    thought    about   pointing    it   out   but    quickly    decided    against    it.    It    was    only    a   couple    of    weeks    ago    that    Eric  had    narrowly    escaped    getting    his  head   dipped   in   the   toilet   by    him    at    the    high    school    football    game,    so    it    was    best    that    he    kept    a    little    distance    for    now.    If   it    hadn’t    been    for    the    school    principal    walking    in    during    the    act    he    would    have    had   the    unfortunate   opportunity    of    seeing    a    close-­‐up    view    of    the   inside    of    the    toilet    bowl.

“Dammit  Ben.    Don’t    pick    your    nose    and    throw    boogers    in    my    car,”    Jean

demanded.

Ben  looked    up    and    replied,    “I’m    not    picking    my    nose    Mom.”

“Katie,  did    you    see    him    picking?”    Jean    asked.

“No  ma’am.    I    didn’t    see    anything,”    Katie    said.    Eric    was    fairly    certain    that    she    had

in  fact    seen    her    older    brother    pick    a    fairly    large    booger,    methodically    roll    it    into    a    neat    ball,    and    then    flick    it   onto    the    floor    of   the   car,   but   she   probably    knew    that    it    was    much    wiser    to    keep    her    mouth    shut.

Jean  turned    and    gave    Ben    a   stern   look    before   turning  back   to   look   at   Kyle.   “Y’all

be  good    now.”

Kyle   and   Eric    nodded    in    near   unison    as   she    rolled    up   the    window    and   pulled   out

of   the    school    parking    lot.

 

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