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Author Interviews
September 5, 2014 posted by Nichole

Forest of Whispers Blog Tour: Author Interview with Jennifer Murgia

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forest of whispersAbout the Book


Author: Jennifer Murgia

Publisher: Spencer Hill Press

Pub. Date: September 9, 2014

Find it: Goodreads|Amazon|Barnes& Noble

Raised by an old fortune-teller within the dark veil of the Bavarian Black Forest, Rune has learned two valuable lessons: only take from the forest that which you can use, and never, never look anyone in the eye in the village. For something terrible happened in the forest long ago… and now, the whispers of a long-dead mother with a vengeful secret have come haunting.


Forced to flee all she has ever known, Rune soon learns of a legacy she is bound to–one that is drenched in fear, witchcraft and murder–a birthright that stretches beyond the grave to the trees where Rune is no longer safe.


About Jennifer:

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Jennifer Murgia writes Young Adult paranormal and contemporary fiction.


Her latest novel, FOREST OF WHISPERS, will release September 9, 2014 from Spencer Hill Press.


She is the author of ANGEL STAR, LEMNISCATE & THE BLISS (Lands Atlantic Publishing)

and BETWEEN THESE LINES (Playlist Fiction).


In 2012, Jennifer Co-Founded YA FEST with fellow YA author/friend, Cyn Balog. She coordinates this unique annual festival, bringing teens and fellow Young Adult authors together at her hometown library in Easton PA.

To contact Jennifer try:   Website  |  Facebook  |  Twitter  | PinterestGoodreads
Read below for an author interview with Jennifer Murgia:

Can you tell us about your book, Forest of Whispers, in 20 words or less?

In 17th-century Bavaria, a haunted young woman must uncover the mysterious claim that    her deceased mother was a witch.


It’s so cool that this book is about witches! Would you say that readers are going to see more light magic or will there be dark sinister magic?

Thank you! It was tremendously fun to write! I can reveal that both light and dark magic are woven into this story. My protagonist, Rune, comes to terms that her mother was accused of some very dark crimes—but she herself, is determined to follow a different path.


What was your favorite scene to write?

There is a special chapter toward the end of the book that is told in Rune’s mother’s POV as a flashback that I especially LOVE. It’s a glimpse at the mystery itself and reveals so much.


Is Forest of Whispers a standalone or will it be part of a series?

FOREST OF WHISPERS will graciously share the shelf with its sequel. I do hope to write a third, eventually.


Can readers look forward to any hunky guys in Forest of Whispers?

Rune does become enamored with the “boy next door”. His name is Laurentz and is quite dashing.


Are you currently working on anything else?

I just love writing noir mysteries so yes, I’m currently working on a YA Horror that is chock full of intrigue and creepy visions, and oh, did I mention it takes place in an insane asylum?


What is the best book you’ve read recently?

AMITY by Micol Ostow. It is brilliantly written and such a unique spin on what we all know the movie version to be.


Giveaway Details:

1 $20 Amazon or Barnes & Noble Gift Card and a witchy swag item. US ONLY.

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The Tour Schedule:


Week One:

9/1/2014- A Dream Within A Dream– Interview

9/1/2014- Her Book Thoughts!– Review

9/2/2014- Pieces of Whimsy– Guest Post

9/2/2014- Nerdophiles– Review

9/3/2014- Addicted Readers– Interview

9/3/2014- Realm of the Sapphired Dragon– Review

9/4/2014- Literary Meanderings                – Guest Post

9/4/2014- Heather Hearts Books– Review

9/5/2014- YaReads Interview

9/5/2014- Word to Dreams– Review


Week Two:

9/8/2014- Reading and Writing Urban Fantasy, Paranormal, and Romance– Guest Post

9/8/2014- Everything Marie– Review

9/9/2014- Pen and Muse– Interview

9/9/2014- Arkham Reviews– Review

9/10/2014- Melissa’s Eclectic Bookshelf– Guest Post

9/10/2014- Amaterasu Reads– Review

9/11/2014- Fire and Ice– Guest Post

9/11/2014- As the page turns– Review

9/12/2014- Mom With A Kindle– Interview

9/12/2014- Curling Up With A Good Book– Review

Book of the Month
August 24, 2014 posted by Nichole

Book of the Month Giveaway: Swag Pack for Deadly Little Sins by Kara Taylor

Book of the Month

Hi, everyone! Welcome back!


Today I am very excited to be offering a swag pack giveaway (offered by Kara Taylor herself) for Deadly Little Sins! The giveaway is for two swag packs with bookmarks, tattoos, and signed bookplates. (International.) Just fill out the Rafflecopter below for a chance to win!


deadly little sinIn Kara Taylor’s Deadly Little Sins, Anne Dowling investigates a mysterious disappearance in this fast-paced, twisty conclusion to the Prep School Confidential series.

It’s August and Anne is back in New York City for the summer, but she can’t escape the memories of the terrible things that happened at the Wheatley School last spring— and the possibility of being expelled looming over her. When an unexpected— and suspicious— turn of events gets Anne sent back to Wheatley, she’s determined to figure out what happened to her favorite teacher and only adult ally at the school: Ms. Cross.

After a shocking, gruesome murder with connections to the Wheatley School occurs, Anne is convinced there’s more to Ms. Cross’s sudden disappearance, and that her favorite teacher is in danger. But after an ugly breakup with Brent and a new, inexplicable distance between her and Anthony, Anne isn’t sure who she can trust. And even worse, someone at Wheatley knows the truth about what happened to Ms. Cross— someone who will stop at nothing to keep Anne from learning the truth in this engrossing, unputdownable read.






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Author Interviews
August 14, 2014 posted by Nichole

Solus Series Blog Tour: Author Interview with Devri Walls

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

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
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

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

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.
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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.


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.


(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), 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.


– 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!


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.


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

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

Towne Center Books
555 Main Street
Pleasanton, CA 94566


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


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


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


Red Balloon Bookshop

891 Grand Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55105


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

Oblong Books
26 Main Street
Millerton, NY 12546

Oblong Books
6422 Montgomery Suite 6
Rhinebeck, NY 12572


Malaprop’s Bookstore

55 Haywood Street
Asheville, NC 28801


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


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


Blue Willow Bookshop

14532 Memorial Drive
Houston, TX 77079


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


University Book Store

4326 University Way NE
Seattle, WA 98105

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

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

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


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

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


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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:
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.

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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:


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.



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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.

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