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    Wednesday
    Dec112013

    BLOOD CROWN cover reveal!!

    Alright, so I am soooo excited to be part of Ali Cross's BLOOD CROWN cover reveal. Ali is not only an amazing author (I'm currently reading her novel BECOME and absolutely loving it), but she's also a formatting ninja as well! She's the brain behind Novel Nunjitzu, AKA, the person who made SHATTERED VEIL's pages look gorgeous. Yay!

    First, here's the description of her new novel, BLOOD CROWN, a scifi novel releasing Feburary 20, 2014:

    Serantha is the daughter of the Emperor of the West, who rules over the remnant of humanity who escaped a dying Earth and took to the stars a thousand years ago. With no habitable planets found during their exile, the android Servants who were supposed to care for them rose up, took the name of Mind, and murdered her father. Now the androids amuse themselves by forcing humans like her into mindless drudgery. But flashes of memory hint that Sera is no ordinary human.

    On the other side of the galaxy, Nicolai, Son of the East, has abandoned his crown and joined the rebel forces in the war against the Mind. Humans have no real chance... unless the enhanced DNA developed by the Blood Crown scientists can unlock mankind's potential. When Nic and Sera are united, they discover their true potential--and together, humanity just might have a chance. But there's a legion of androids and nine years of mistrust between East and West... and coming together will require more than they ever expected.

    Sounds fabulous, right? Wait til you see the cover!!

    But first, here's more about Ali!

    Ali Cross is the sensei of Novel Ninjutsu where she holds a black belt in awesome. She lives in Utah with her kickin' husband, two sparring sons, one ninja cat, one sumo dog and four zen turtles.

    Ali is the award-winning author of young and new adult fiction and moonlights as Alex Cross when she can write wild middle grade adventures set in the faraway places of her imagination.

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    Okay, so you really want to see the cover now, right? Just one more thing first...here are all the places you can find Ali...

    Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/ali_cross

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

    Blog: http://www.alicross.com

    Book on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/19241969-blood-crown

    Author on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5188441.Ali_Cross

    Tumblr/Pinterest/Etc: http://desolationdiaries.tumblr.com/

    Indelibles (indie authors): http://indeliblewriters.blogspot.com/

    Emblazoners (middle grade authors): http://emblazoners.com/

    Dauntless (authors):http://dauntlessauthors.blogspot.com/

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    Alright, alright...NOW it's finally time!!

    GORGEOUS, right??? Oh my gosh, I LOVE it. Can't WAIT to read this book when it comes out in February!! :-D

    Tuesday
    Dec102013

    STORM WARNING TEASER BLITZ!

     

    Welcome to my teaser post for STORM WARNING by E. Lee and C. Quinn. Check it out! Looks awesome, no? :-)

    Be sure to enter the giveaway at the end of this post!

     

    Storm Warning 

    (Broken Heartland #1) 


    Coming December 12, 2013

     

     

    For an extended excerpt, book trailer, and more, click here!

     

     Sometimes you can’t see the storm coming until it’s too late...

    Severe Storm Warning Tip #1:
    Be alert to changing weather conditions. Look for approaching storms.

    Severe Storm Warning Tip #2:
    If you see approaching storms or any of the danger signs, be prepared to take shelter immediately.

    Severe Storm Warning Tip #3:
    They may strike quickly, with little or no warning.

    Situated just outside of Oklahoma City, Calumet County is divided into two drastically different communities: Hope’s Grove and Summit Bluffs. One is the small backward town where dirt roads lead the way to field parties and railroad tracks. And the other, a sprawling suburb where paved drives lead to the landscaped lawns of the wealthy and overprivileged.

    For five teenagers smack in the middle of Tornado Alley, summer is heating up fast. The winds of change are blurring the invisible line that divides the rich and the rural.

    One has a secret. 
    One has a crush.
    One has been lying. 
    One will get caught.
    And one might not make it out alive.

    They’re from two different worlds…but one summer is about to change everything.

    Check out the Broken Heartland series online:


    About the Authors




    Whether you believe in destiny, divine intervention, or just plain ol' dumb luck, several things happened in 2013 that caused E. Lee’s and C. Quinn’s paths to cross. It may have been that the stars aligned perfectly or maybe it was just that their small town roots and country girl attitudes were magnetically drawn to one another. Despite geography keeping them apart—Lee in Illinois and Quinn in Alabama—they did. Thanks to three-hour phone calls, ridiculous amounts of online chats, and umpteen Google Docs—Storm Warning is the first book in their edgy new Young Adult series, Broken Heartland.



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    Monday
    Dec092013

    FINN FINNEGAN BOOK BLITZ!

    Hi there! I have a special post for you today. I've decided to become a host for Xpresso Book Tours, and today is my first official event! I bring you my post for the FINN FINNEGAN BOOK BLITZ!! I've got lots of cool stuff to share, including a guest post by author Darby Karchut, a fabulous giveaway, and more details on the book, FINN FINNEGAN! Read on...

    Please welcome Darby, who's going to tell us about her inspiration for writing FINN FINNEGAN. Take it away, Darby!

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    I am often asked: why Celtic mythology? Well, my undergraduate degree is in anthropology, so my fascination with world cultures and myths goes way back. But it was a chance comment from my sister (who travels to Africa every year) about so-called “fairy rings” found in the African bush.  The local people said they were created by magical beings. I started researching fairy rings, which led me first to Ireland, then the Tuatha De Danaan, and finally to the legend of Fionn mac Cumhail. And thus, The Adventures of Finn MacCullen were born. Plus, I come from Irish stock; hence my first name, which is an old family name on my father’s side.

    But my real inspiration comes from my students. I have always written for older elementary and middle school boys. Since I teach 7th grade (social studies), I am constantly surrounded by this age. I wanted to give my boys a hero their own age they can measure themselves against as well as an adult male hero they can emulate.

    I am such a fortunate author, for there is not a day goes by that I don’t see a copy of my book in the hands of one of my students. What a gift.

    What a treat to visit with everyone today. Please don’t hesitate to ask me questions or make a comment. I’ll be stopping by throughout the day.

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    Very, very cool! My interest is definitely peaked! And I'm always excited to hear about great books for young, male readers. Here is more info about the book!

    Book and Author Details

    Finn Finnegan by Darby Karchut 
    (The Adventures of Finn MacCullen #1) 
    Published by: Spencer Hill Press
    Publication date: March 12th 2013
    Genres: Fantasy, Middle-Grade

    Synopsis

    Finnegan MacCullen: a thirteen-year-old apprentice with the famous Irish temperament.

    Gideon Lir: a legendary Celtic warrior with a bit of a temper of his own.

    Secretly, these blue-collar warriors battle the hobgoblins infesting their suburban neighborhood…when they are not battling each other.

    Finn (not bleedin’ Finnegan) MacCullen is eager to begin his apprenticeship. He soon discovers the ups and downs of hunting monsters in a suburban neighborhood under the demanding tutelage of the Knight, Gideon Lir. Both master and apprentice are descendents of the Tuatha De Danaan, a magical race of warriors from Ireland. Scattered long ago to the four corners of the world, the De Danaan wage a two thousand year old clandestine battle with their ancient enemy, the Amandán, a breed of goblin-like creatures.

    Now with the beasts concentrating their attacks on Finn, he and his master must race to locate the lost Spear of the Tuatha De Danaan, the only weapon that can destroy the Amandán, all the while hiding his true identity from his new friends, Rafe and Savannah, twins whose South African roots may hold a key to Finn’s survival.

    Armed with a bronze dagger, some ancient Celtic magic, and a hair-trigger temper, Finn is about to show his enemies the true meaning of “fighting Irish.”

    Here are some important links!

    Goodreads

    Book Trailer

    Amazon, B&N, iTunes, Kobo

    Pick up your copy today because the sequel, GIDEON'S SPEAR, comes out in February!

    About the Author

    All her life, the archetypal hero and his journey have enthralled Darby Karchut. A native of New Mexico, Darby grew up in a family that venerated books and she spent her childhood devouring one fantasy novel after another. Fascinated by mythologies from around the world, she attended the University of New Mexico, graduating with a degree in anthropology. After moving to Colorado, she then earned a Master’s in education and became a social studies teacher.

    Drawing from her extensive knowledge of world cultures, she blends ancient myths with modern urban life to write stories that relate to young teens today.

    Darby is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators and the Pikes Peak Writers Guild. She lives in Colorado Springs, Colorado with her husband, where she still teaches social studies at a local junior high school. She enjoys running, biking, and skiing the Rocky Mountains in all types of weather.

    Her debut middle grade book, Finn Finnegan, released March 2013 (Spencer Hill Press). The next book in the series, Gideon's Spear (Spencer Hill Press), will be released February 2014. Her YA books include Griffin Rising (2011 Sharp Writ YA Book of the Year), Griffin's Fire, and Griffin's Storm

    Visit her at: www.darbykarchut.com

    Links

     

     

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    And now for the giveaway! Good luck!
    Thanks for stopping by! Come on back tomorrow for more cool stuff from Xpresso Book Tours!
    Wednesday
    Dec042013

    Bookanista Review: Precious Things

    First things first...Happy Birthday to my brother!! :-D

    Now, on to business. Today I'd like to share with you my thoughts on PRECIOUS THINGS by Stephanie Parent. This is one of the first new adult books I've read, and I really enjoyed it!

    From Goodreads:

    Isabelle Andrews isn’t supposed to be here. She isn’t supposed to be a freshman at Hartford Community College, she isn't supposed to be living at home and working at her dad’s failing bakery, and she definitely isn’t supposed to be taking Intro to Electronic Music Production, a class that will get her nowhere toward her goal of an English Lit Ph.D. by age twenty-five. But when her dad’s latest business fiasco eats up her college fund, Hartford Community College is exactly where Isabelle finds herself—and thanks to her late enrollment, she doesn’t even get to choose her classes. Stuck with Electronic Music and way-too-easy English courses, Isabelle is determined to wallow in all the misery she feels entitled to.

    But community college brings some unexpected benefits…like the fact that a certain overworked, over-scheduled Electronic Music professor hands over most of his duties to his teaching assistant. His tall, green-eyed, absolutely gorgeous teaching assistant. When TA Evan Strauss discovers Isabelle’s apathy toward electronic music—and, well, all music—he makes it his mission to convert her. The music Evan composes stirs something inside Isabelle, but she can’t get involved—after all, she’ll be transferring out as soon as possible. 

    Still, no matter how tightly Isabelle holds on to her misery, she finds it slipping away in the wake of all Hartford Community offers: new friendships, a surprisingly cool poetry professor, and most of all, Evan. But Evan’s dream of owning his own music studio is as impractical as Isabelle’s dad’s bakery, and when Evan makes a terrible decision, everything Isabelle has gained threatens to unravel. Soon Isabelle discovers that some of the most important lessons take place outside the classroom…and that in life, as in Evan’s favorite Depeche Mode song, the most precious things can be the hardest to hold on to.

    My Thoughts

    I really enjoyed PRECIOUS THINGS. The biggest thing that stood out for me was how well-written it was...Isabelle's voice was consistent and authentic, and the writing "disappeared" within the story, which is a very, very good sign. It was very smooth and a joy to read. The plot took me a chapter or two to get into, but I didn't mind because I was really interested in Isabelle and getting to know her better. This is a "quiet" book, where the characters drive the action, not the other way around. I found that quite refreshing after reading several paranormals recently.

    I really enjoyed all the characters and loved all the little details that helped them come alive on the page. The only relationship that confused me, a bit, was Isabelle's relationship with her father. She seemed especially hard on him, dismissive even, and the "but I love him anyway" I was hoping for seemed to kind of be missing. I was also waiting for them to have some kind of confrontation or resolution of their feelings for one another and that didn't end up happening. Ultimately, though, the book wasn't about their relationship, so it wasn't a huge issue for me as a reader.

    I loved watching Isabelle and Evan get to know each other better. I can't say enough about Isabelle's voice...seeing Evan through her eyes felt so realistic. I related to a lot of her thoughts about him...and her situation at HCC. 

    Overall, I would happily recommend this novel to folks who enjoy a good romance, with a leading lady who has a personality, flaws, and depth...and who also has a point of view. I didn't always agree with her take on the world and her relationships, but I appreciated that she HAD a take and didn't seem to bend and change at the will of her creator. Isabelle feels like her own person from the beginning of the story and stays herself, even as she grows and changes throughout the book. So happy I picked this book up! I'll definitely be reading more from Stephanie Parent.

    A note: While categorized as "new adult" this book did not contain NC-17 material. It would be appropriate for mature high school readers.

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    Thursday
    Nov212013

    SHATTERED VEIL cover reveal!!

    Happy Thursday! I am SO excited to be sharing SHATTERED VEIL's cover with you today. First, a little description...

    When everything that defines you is stripped away, who do you become?

    Selection

    War has come to Atalanta, infecting its quiet villages and lush woodlands, igniting whispered worries in its glittering capitol.

    All across the dominion, young men are being Selected for Military and sent to the front lines…and eighteen-year-old Aris Haan’s childhood sweetheart is one of them.

    Secrets

    Pyralis Nekkos, Atalanta’s leader, has kept the truth from his people, that their dominion will fall…and much sooner than anyone could guess.

    Galena Vadim, his reluctant ally, wishes she could forget their shared past...until her future seems to depend on it.

    Sacrifice

    And for the boy she loves, Aris, a talented wingjet pilot, will give up everything - her home, her name, even her face...

    ...only to become the key to her dominion's survival.

     

    And, without further ado, here's the beautiful cover, designed by the incomparable Regina Wamba at Mae I Design!

    And the full wrap...

    Isn't it amazing?? I really think Regina knocked it out of the park. I love the futuristic scifi vibe paired with the romance of the piece of jewelry.  Not to mention that beautiful image of the girl morphed with a sunset on the beach. And the back is very intriguing, no? ;-) It's everything I could have hoped for in the "face" of SHATTERED VEIL and I couldn't be happier! I hope you like it! :-)

    I'm SO excited about the cover - and SHATTERED VEIL in general - that I've decided to host a last-minute, totally random giveaway! So enter to win a prize pack of my favorite "girl dressed as guy" (not to give away a plot point of SHATTERED VEIL or anything ;-)) movies...plus one my BFF suggested because she is awesome and watches cool movies. 

    (Prize pack includes DVDs of Mulan, Connie and Carla, Shakespeare in Love, She's the Man, and Just One of the Guys)

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    Good luck, and thanks for playing! 

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