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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::

A signed copy of Ascendancy by Karri Thompson; open US only

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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:

Sarah
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.

 

Contests
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
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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:

Shea Norwood new
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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Author Interviews
September 7, 2014 posted by Nichole

Scar of the Bamboo Leaf Blog Tour: Author Interview with Sieni A.M.

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scar of the bamboo leafAbout the Book:
 

Scar of the Bamboo Leaf by Sieni A.M.

Genre: Young Adult fiction, Contemporary Romance

Amazon: http://amzn.to/1q2UsEN

“Her heart wept when she realized that the hardest part about loving him was the idea that his love was never meant for her.”

Walking with a pronounced limp all her life has never stopped fifteen-year-old Kiva Mau from doing what she loves. While most girls her age are playing sports and perfecting their traditional Samoan dance, Kiva finds serenity in her sketchbook and volunteering at the run-down art center her extended family owns.

When seventeen-year-old Ryler Cade steps into the art center for the first time, Kiva is drawn to the angry and misguided student sent from abroad to reform his violent ways. Scarred and tattooed, an unlikely friendship is formed when the gentle Kiva shows him kindness and beauty through art.
After a tragic accident leaves Kiva severely disfigured, she struggles to see the beauty she has been brought up to believe. Just when she thinks she’s found her place, Ryler begins to pull away, leaving her heartbroken and confused. The patriarch of the family then takes a turn for the worse and Kiva is forced to give up her dreams to help with familial obligations, until an old family secret surfaces that makes her question everything.

Immersed in the world of traditional art and culture, this is the story of self-sacrifice and discovery, of acceptance and forbearance, of overcoming adversity and finding one’s purpose. Spanning years, it is a story about an intuitive girl and a misunderstood boy and love that becomes real when tested.

 
About the Author:
Sieni
 

Sieni A.M. is a coffee addict, Instagram enthusiast, world traveler, and avid reader turned writer. She graduated as an English and History high school teacher from the University of Canterbury and is currently living in Israel with her husband and two daughters. “Scar of the Bamboo Leaf” is her second novel.

Website: http://sieniam.blogspot.co.il/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/illumineher

Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/illumineher/

The Excerpt:

 

The white van’s presence in the driveway made Kiva’s heart thud against her ribs, and a mysterious anticipation settled over her. Hobbling into the house, she carried out her chores with efficiency, hanging the laundry on the line and checking on Masi’s bowl while stealing curious glances at the art center.

After a long pause, she decided to enter it.

Poised along the far wall to avoid distraction, Kiva perused the students scattered around the room, heads and shoulders bent over their wood carvings, the clink and thud of the chisel and mallet competing over each other. Mau paced his time with each student evenly, making his way around, offering guidance when needed. Kiva couldn’t make out his words from where she sat, only a few low mutterings accompanied by the shake or nod of his head.

Her eyes strayed until they settled on the boy with the mysterious tattoo. Ryler. Her suspicions were correct about his work when she noticed the slab of wood with the sliced words in front of him. He hadn’t spoken a word to any of the other boys, didn’t acknowledge them, and they avoided him too, as if he’d erected an invisible wall and they were aware of it.

Her uncle had no problem stepping through it though. He was with him now, speaking in low tones and gesturing to his work. What was he saying? Kiva strained to hear, but nothing came to her over the cacophony of sounds in the room. A muscle in Ryler’s jaw ticked as he sat, head bent, listening to him. Mau remained with him for some time, talking and listening, acknowledging the need to spend more time. Finally, he gave him a tap on the shoulder and a satisfied nod before moving away.

Kiva noticed when Ryler picked up a carving knife, pausing in concentration, his face tentative and contemplative, before he met it with wood, the muscles in his broad back contorting and flexing from the grip and release of the tool. What had he decided to carve? Kiva wanted to inch her way forward to find out but kept herself firmly planted. An hour passed and still she sat riveted to her spot.

A couple sharp drops on the roof were the only warning to the torrential downpour that followed.

“Makiva!” Hana’s voice shouted from across the yard and made her jump. “It’s raining! Get the laundry!”

Kiva scrambled off the floor, the noise drawing attention, and limped as quickly as she could to the line. The knifelike raindrops hit her on the back, stinging, and soaked through her shirt. Ignoring the pricks, she rushed to unpeg each piece of clothing, throwing it in the bucket and returning for more. The rain came down harder and faster, blurring her eyesight, the sound of a thunderclap roaring in her ears. Tea towels, Mau’s shirt, Hana’s school skirt. Breathless, her quick movements had long ago uncoiled her hair, wild and swirling in the wind; the pencil slipped out, lost somewhere. She was nearing the end of the line, grappling with a sheet, when she glanced up and noticed the boys running from the center to the van, their lesson over.

Ryler appeared last through the door, his brown eyes trained on her, and descended the stairs with heavy, deliberate steps. Kiva stared wide eyed as he stepped into the rain and came toward her with unhurried, even strides. She watched as raindrops pelted his gray shirt, soaking through to his shoulders until the wet dots spread and connected.

When he was a foot away, he lifted his hand.

“You dropped this,” he said, his voice low and hoarse, as if he was just getting over a cold. He smelled of wood dust and sweat.

She glanced down at his hand and saw the pencil she used to pin up her hair. It must have fallen in the art center in her haste to get to the laundry. Reaching for it, she noticed the deep scars on his left wrist and paused. From this close they looked even worse.

“It’s not what you think,” he answered, interpreting her thoughts.

Kiva snapped her eyes to his face. His brown eyes penetrated hers, thick lashes dripping from the rain, a line formed between his eyebrows. She tried not to fidget under his gaze and glanced to the right of his face. She saw a scar near his eye, something she hadn’t noticed before.

She calmly returned her gaze to him. “And what do I think?”

Ryler took a step closer. “You think that I did this to myself on purpose.”

“Did you?” She breathed.

He shook his head. “It was from a fight. The other guy had a broken bottle and I tried to block him.”

Kiva hissed as if she had been the one cut open and bleeding. Her eyes found the scar again and her stomach plummeted at the thought of the pain it must have caused. She felt suddenly light-headed and blinked to clear the blur clouding her mind.

“Are you alright?” he asked, concern laced in his voice.

She took slow, even breaths and nodded her head.

The sound of the van’s horn blared from the drive way.

“Ryler! Hurry up, we’re going!” A superior impatiently gestured for him in the rain.

“You better go,” Kiva said hastily. “Thanks for returning this.” She took the pencil from his hand and curled her fingers around it.

Ryler remained unmoving. Why wasn’t he going? Did he want to get into trouble? He finally stepped away and turned, jogging over to the waiting van, his shirt now drenched through and stuck to his retreating back.

Read below for an author interview with the author:

Can you tell us about your book, Scar of the Bamboo Leaf, in 25 words or less?

Scar of the Bamboo Leaf is a coming of age tale with an unconventional journey of love between two physically and emotionally flawed characters, Kiva and Ry.

What was your favorite scene to write?

Anything to do with Kiva’s art–describing it was like writing poetry.

What was the hardest scene to edit out?

The last 10%. I wanted to keep it raw, let the emotion speak for itself, and not overwhelm the ending with too many words.

Is this a standalone or part of a series?

A standalone.

What interested you in writing in the contemporary genre?

My first book, Illumine Her, is a romance with supernatural elements. I wanted to try something different with Scar of the Bamboo Leaf. Something relatable and realistic.

Can readers expect a lot of waterworks while reading this book?

Yes. Definetly. Grab your tissues! I cried for a week writing this book, and I never cry.

Are you currently working on anything else?

There’s something in the works. I’m still plotting things in my head. Nothing concrete yet, but it’ll be a light romance and (hopefully) funny.

What is the best book you’ve read recently?

Something memorable, and the latest book that stayed with me for days was Making Faces by Amy Harmon.

What is currently in your TBR pile?

A lot of Kristan Higgins and Sarah J. Maas’ Heir of Fire.

Thank you!

 

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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

Title: FOREST OF WHISPERS

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

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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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