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    Happy Halloween from the Bookanistas!

    Hey y'all! Today a few of us Bookanistas are talking about our favorite scary books.

    I don't often read scary books, but there are a few that have stuck with me. Most recently, I've gotta say

    Second Verse by Jennifer Walkup

    It's got such great suspense and the ghost/murder elements were truly spooky.

    Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake

    I haven't had a chance to read the sequel yet, but it's definitely on my list. This book was so creepy and awesome. I loved it!



    3:50 by Gretchen McNeil

    The intensity in this book is off the charts...and I loved the dueling worlds/realities. SO cool.

    Die Softly by Christopher Pike

    Okay, so I'm not exactly recommending this book. But if I'm writing about scary reads, this has to go on the list. I read it as a teenager and, honestly, it haunted me. Even to this day. I kinda wish I could unread it. But hey...that's the sign of a good book, right? That it stays with your readers? ::gulp::

    And my teenage years would not have been the same without the horror/suspense of Richie Tankersley Cusick. They weren't exactly "literature" - honestly, "cheesy" might be the better word - but boy did I love her "two dark strangers...which boy is sincere and which boy wants to kill her?" formula. Some of my favorites:

    So yeah. I was never hardcore, truth be told. I've still never read a Stephen King horror novel. But it's funny the books that stay with you...and the stories that give you that thrill of fear and excitement. 

    What are YOUR favorite scary books? Are you hardcore? Or a wimp like me? :-)


    Check out what scares my fellow Bookanistas today!


    Open Call for Street Team!

    Hello hello!

    My next book, SHATTERED VEIL, will be coming out in February 2014, and I'm looking for enthusiastic folks to help me spread the word!

    SHATTERED VEIL is super special to me. I wrote the first draft when MAJOR HOTSAUCE was deployed, back in 2010. Maybe not surprisingly, it began as a story about a girl who didn't know how to survive while the love of her life was gone to war...because those were the feelings I was tapping into at the time.

    Since then, and through many, many revisions and re-imaginings, the book has changed - A LOT. At its heart, now, it's about the lengths we'll go to be with the people we love, what we'll sacrifice to do the right thing, and how war can change us, as people and as nations. It was written when the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan were still going strong, when "don't ask, don't tell" was still in place, and when the general public seemed to be less and less aware that our brave young service members were still fighting - and dying - every day.

    Now, having said that, it's a science fiction novel, and without political agenda. But those events and the feelings I had about MAJOR HOTSAUCE being gone all informed the story and my characters' journeys. And my love for adventure, cool gadgets, and characters who change and evolve...and become total badasses...also figure prominently into the story as well. ;-)

    Here's a one-line description:

    For one young, talented wingjet pilot, war means sacrificing everything: her home, her name, her face...and the one promise she swore she'd never break.

    For a more complete description, head on over to its Goodreads page (and while you're there, feel free to add it to your TBR shelf! ;-))

    So...are YOU interested in SHATTERED VEIL? Have you read By Blood and/or Moon Child and want to read more of my writing? Are you a fan of YA and/or NA scifi? Do you like promoting indie authors...and getting fun perks like early copies and swag? 

    If you answered "yes" to any of the above questions, I invite you to join The Night Witch Squadron! 


    Night Witch

     "is the English translation of Nachthexen, a World War II German nickname (Russian Ночные ведьмы), for the female military aviators of the 588th Night Bomber Regiment, known later as the 46th "Taman" Guards Night Bomber Aviation Regiment, of the Soviet Air Forces." (Reference)

    (I discovered these "Night Witches" as part of my research for SHATTERED VEIL and was absolutely blown away by their story. Such incredibly brave, inspiring women! For more on WWII's Night Witches, I recommend this article from The Atlantic and this one from the NY Times.)


    So, what does becoming a member of The Night Witch Squadron entail? Well, mostly it's about spreading love for SHATTERED VEIL. Examples of ways street team members can participate:

    • Join the Facebook Group and chat about SV, writing, publishing, fun vacation spots...whatever you want! I'll answer questions and generally be there to get to know you.
    • Invite other readers (adults or teens) to join our team.
    • Talk the books up on social media when you feel inspired - FB, Twitter, pinterest, tumblr etc.
    • Lead contests on your social media platforms. (I'm happy to provide prizes!)
    • Spread the word to family and friends about SHATTERED VEIL.
    • Take promo materials to local writers groups, coffee shops, conventions, etc.
    • Suggest one of my books for any book club in your area.
    • Skype or Google me into your book club or schools to discuss the book and writing.
    • Recommend SHATTERED VEIL to your local library.
    • Talk SHATTERED VEIL up at your local bookstore.
    • Use hashtags to get discussions going about SHATTERED VEIL.
    • Post honest reviews on any site like Goodreads, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, etc.
    • Add SHATTERED VEIL to your Goodreads lists.
    • Post about SHATTERED VEIL on launch day and participate in the cover reveal.
    • Post about author news such as awards, appearances, etc.

    Basically, you'll be SHATTERED VEIL's awesomest, most talented cheerleaders. :-)

    In return, and with TONS of gratitude and smooshes and awkward virtual hugs, you'll get:

    • A welcome pack - which will include fun swag (like bookmarks, pens, and possibly candy ;-)) and a badge for your blog or website.
    • An exclusive "first look" at the cover of SHATTERED VEIL (and subsequent books) a week before it's unleashed on the world.
    • A free e-ARC of SHATTERED VEIL.
    • Access to a members-only Facebook group for open discussions of the series, indie publishing, and writing.
    • Monthly missions - A monthly drawing for members if you complete a special mission. Prizes will include Amazon/BN gift cards, books, query & first-page critiques, etc!
    • Cool extra details on the military history that served as inspiration for the book, as well as exclusive character info, sneak peeks of the next books in the series, and "for your eyes only" extras.
    • Free books and swag for giveaways on your blog.
    • If you have a blog, first dibs on blog tours, cover reveals and other special events.
    • And other fun stuff!

    This is NOT about spamming. I'm looking for people who are genuinely interested in SHATTERED VEIL, my writing, and who love talking up their favorite books and sharing book love. Nothing more than you feel comfortable, and no tactics that would make someone ELSE feel uncomfortable.

    If you're interested, please use the form below to sign up! The first event - an exclusive cover reveal on the Night Witch Squadron's private facebook page - will be happening in a couple of weeks. I hope you'll join me for all the fun!

    Here's a link to the form, if that's easier for ya.

    Please spread the word to folks you think would be interested in joining! Thanks!! :-)



    Happy Friday! I have some exciting news to share today! The WINNERS of the By Blood Blog Tour Giveaway!!


    Grand Prize

    James Coyne

    Second Prize

    Kyla Patton & MaryAlice Tillman

    Third Prize

    Barbara Nolan & Courtney Renee


    Congrats, you guys!

    Sad you didn't win a free copy of By Blood or Moon Child? Not to fret! You can pick up an ecopy of either (available on most devices) for only 99c through the weekend! 

    Thank you so, so much to everyone who entered the contest, added the books on Goodreads, and helped spread the word. And to the lovely bloggers who featured a review, guest post, or interview, you guys ROCK. Seriously. My heart = full.

    Take care y'all and have a great weekend! Winners, you'll be hearing from me shortly! 



    Bookanista Review: Second Verse

    Hello my lovelies! I hope you're having a good week. Mine's been insane, which I guess is par for the course for a work-from-home mommy with an about-to-walk child and a husband studying for midterms. 

    STILL. I am bringing you a VERY exciting review today!

    From Goodreads:

    Bad things come in threes. In Shady Springs, that includes murder.

    Murder Now
    Lange Crawford’s move to Shady Springs, Pennsylvania, lands her a group of awesome friends, a major crush on songwriter Vaughn, and life in a haunted, 200-year-old farmhouse. It also brings The Hunt: an infamous murder mystery festival where students solve a fake, gruesome murder scheme during the week of Halloween. Well, supposedly fake.

    Murder Then
    Weeks before The Hunt, Lange and her friends hold a séance in the farmhouse’s eerie barn. When a voice rushes through, whispering haunting words that only she and Vaughn can hear, Lange realizes it's begging for help. The mysterious voice leads Lange and Vaughn to uncover letters and photos left behind by a murdered girl, Ginny, and they become obsessed with her story and the horrifying threats that led to her murder.

    Murder Yet to Come
    But someone doesn’t like their snooping, and Lange and Vaughn begin receiving the same threats that Ginny once did. The mysterious words from the barn become crucial to figuring out Ginny's past and their own, and how closely the two are connected. They must work fast to uncover the truth or risk finding out if history really does repeat itself.

    My Thoughts

    This book is spooky, fast-paced and romantic. I loved the "murder now, murder then" element and was genuinely creeped out as Lange started uncovering details of the murders that had been committed in her home - an old farmhouse that Jennifer did a fantastic job making super spooky. The book is haunting in the ways that the best ghost stories are: you'll want to read with the lights ON...and you'll be left with that tingly, goosebumps feeling on the back of your neck for long after you read the last page.

    Seriously, when I say spooky, I mean SPOOKY. It's absolutely perfect for an October's got a fabulous Halloween vibe and fits well with chill autumn breezes and horror movie season. In fact, I would say Second Verse is like trick-or-treating -- dark, creepy...with sweet rewards to keep you coming back for more. So, basically, if you like Halloween, trick or treating, or Halloween candy YOU WILL LIKE THIS BOOK. Hee hee. ;-)

    Add it to your Goodreads TBR shelf HERE.

    Buy on Amazon HERE.


    Check out what other Bookanistas are raving about this week!


    Release Party! QUIET KIDS by Christine Fonseca

    Today I'm helping fellow Bookanista Christine celebrate the release of her newest nonfiction title: QUIET KIDS. As an introverted writer, I can DEFINITELY see the value of this book...and wish it had been around when *I* was a quiet kid! 

    I'm going to turn over this post to Christine, so she can tell you more about the book - and her awesome giveaway! Take it away, Christine!


    I am so happy to announce the official release of my book, Quiet Kids. This book, in addition to being the book I wish I had read as a child, speaks to introversion in children, pulling on the latest research in the area and providing parents and educators strategies to help support introverted children. As most of you know, my writing career started with my books related to gifted children, and while not all gifted children are introverted, a quiet temperament does dominate that particular subgroup of children. Quiet Kids looks at what it means to be introverted in today's noisy world. 

    Here is the description of the book:

    Being an introverted child is difficult, especially in an ever-increasingly noisy world. Often viewed as aloof, unmotivated or conceited, introverted children are deeply misunderstood by parents, educators and even their peers. That's where Quiet Kids: Helping Your Introverted Child Succeed in an Extroverted World comes in. Designed to provide parents with a blueprint for not only understanding the nature of introversion, Quiet Kids provides specific strategies to teach their children how to thrive in a world that may not understand them. Presented in an easy-to-read, conversational style, the book uses real-world examples and stories from introverts and parents to show parents and educators how to help children develop resiliency and enhance the positive qualities of being an introvert. With specific strategies to address academic performance, bullying, and resiliency, Quiet Kids is a must read for anyone wishing to enhance the lives of introverted children.

    QK - BNPublisher's Weekly was kind enough to call the book "Extremely useful for educators and parents, this thoughtful text emphasizes the many gifts of quiet kids.”

    Quiet Kids can be found in Barnes and Noble stores across the United States, as well as online at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Walmart and other retailers world wide. 

    As part of the launch of Quiet Kids, I developed a little quiz to help you know if you may have an introvert in the house:

    1. My child prefers to spend time alone or reading after school? T/F
    2. My child is generally quiet? T/F
    3. Teachers often characterize my child as shy? T/F
    4. I often worry that my child has very few friends? T/F
    5. My children struggles when things are not part of a routine or predictable? T/F

    A yes answer to most of these questions may indicate that your child has an introverted temperament. I also have a special giveaway to celebrate the launch:

    a Rafflecopter giveaway

    THANK YOU for the support of this important book. Be sure to check out the events page on my website to see what other fun things I have planned.


    Thanks, Christine! Be sure to check out a copy of QUIET KIDS!