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Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Spooktacular Giveaway Hop US Only




This is just a small preview of all the books I have. A Google Doc will be provided for the Winners to choose from. There will be three winners of three sets. Please enter into the other fabulous giveaways. 


 The Guidelines:

-You must have a US mailing address 
-Must be 13 years or older with parent's permission (The winner has to be able to give me their address).
-All entries WILL be verified, don't cheat. 
-The giveaway will end the October 31st at Midnight 
-Winners will be announced via rafflecopter, email and Twitter
-Response is needed within three days if not another winner will be announced
- Books will be sent out 3-5 days after giveaway has ended






Sunday, October 11, 2015

Sunday Street Team: Dreamstrider by Lindsay Smith

Dreamstrider
ISBN: 9781626720428
October 6, 2015
Amazon Link
 Goodreads Synopsis:

A high-concept, fantastical espionage novel set in a world where dreams are the ultimate form of political intelligence.

Livia is a dreamstrider. She can inhabit a subject's body while they are sleeping and, for a short time, move around in their skin. She uses her talent to work as a spy for the Barstadt Empire. But her partner, Brandt, has lately become distant, and when Marez comes to join their team from a neighborhing kingdom, he offers Livia the option of a life she had never dared to imagine. Livia knows of no other dreamstriders who have survived the pull of Nightmare. So only she understands the stakes when a plot against the Empire emerges that threatens to consume both the dreaming world and the waking one with misery and rage.

A richly conceived world full of political intrigue and fantastical dream sequences, at its heart Dreamstrider is about a girl who is struggling to live up to the potential before her.


Interview Questions:

  1. What do you like to do when you're not writing?
Aside from read? ;) I’m a really big board game and video game nerd! I cycle through a lot of different games, but right now I’m pretty obsessed with Heroes of the Storm, which is a battle arena game featuring a ton of characters from Blizzard games, and the board game Lords of Waterdeep. I love eating every cuisine imaginable and trying craft beers, as well.
  1. What can we expect from you in the future?
Next fall (2016) I have another YA novel coming out from Roaring Brook/Macmillan Children’s that’s currently titled A Darkly Beating Heart. I don’t have a full summary for it yet, but I call it an angry bisexual Japanese time travel revenge fantasy. :) I’m also a member of the writing team for an upcoming serialized fiction project, The Witch Who Came In from the Cold, which is all about magical spies in 1970s Prague. That should go live early next year.
  1. Do you have an interesting fact/inside joke about Dreamstrider?
There’s a scene where Livia and her team go undercover at a fancy masquerade ball early in the book, and Brandt, trying to pretend he’s intoxicated, goes on and on about the fact that there are tumblers at the ball. I shamelessly stole this from a friend who embarrassed himself when he met his favorite author George R. R. Martin, and tried to impress him with his knowledge of the opera company at Santa Fe (where Martin lives). When Martin replied that he hated opera, my friend insisted, “But they have tumblers! Tumblers!” Martin was unswayed.
  1. Who is your least favorite character in your book?
Ooh, that’s tough! Even in my most despicable characters, I can usually find something appealing about them, or that I respect, at least. (I always say this about villains--you gotta admire their persistence!) Some of the Barstadt Empire’s advisers and ministers, however, are pretty inexcusable. They try to stymie Livia or dismiss her advice at every possible turn, all purely to make themselves look better to the Emperor.
  1. Do you have any unique talents or hobbies? Any weird quirks while writing to help reach your writing goal?
I’ve gotten into the habit of writing with a timer instead of writing to a set word count. I’m not allowed to do anything--check social media, get a snack, turn on the TV--until the timer goes off. In the moment, sometimes I’ll get stuck, and each word I have to keep typing until that timer dings is painful, but whenever I look back on it later, it’s (almost) always perfectly fine in retrospect.


About the Author:
Author of YA historical thrillers SEKRET and SKANDAL and the forthcoming YA fantasy DREAMSTRIDER (all from Macmillan Children's). Russophile, foreign affairs junkie, nerd.





Published by M

Sunday, September 13, 2015

Sunday Street Team Never Never

Never Never
ISBN:  978-1633920392
September 22, 2015
Amazon Link 
 Synopsis (Goodreads):

James Hook is a child who only wants to grow up.

When he meets Peter Pan, a boy who loves to pretend and is intent on never becoming a man, James decides he could try being a child—at least briefly. James joins Peter Pan on a holiday to Neverland, a place of adventure created by children’s dreams, but Neverland is not for the faint of heart. Soon James finds himself longing for home, determined that he is destined to be a man. But Peter refuses to take him back, leaving James trapped in a world just beyond the one he loves. A world where children are to never grow up.

But grow up he does.

And thus begins the epic adventure of a Lost Boy and a Pirate.

This story isn’t about Peter Pan; it’s about the boy whose life he stole. It’s about a man in a world that hates men. It’s about the feared Captain James Hook and his passionate quest to kill the Pan, an impossible feat in a magical land where everyone loves Peter Pan.

Except one.

Review:

Peter Pan and Alice in Wonderland are two of my most favorite types of retelling. I was super stoked to be asked to participate in the Sunday Street Team for Never Never. Overall, I wasn't too impressed but I did enjoy the story and twist on Neverland. The author did an amazing job explaining how Never Neverland came to be and I found it quite interesting.

From the very beginning, Peter sets rules the Lost Boys have to follow. One rule in particular I am confused about is height. No one is allowed surpass Peter in height and a few years later Hook is taller which infuriates Peter. I dont understand how one could grow in Never Neverland. Maybe I missed this reasoning because the rest of the book made sense.

Never Never was extremely descriptive and explained everything in depth. I found this to be both a flaw and positive take to the story. At times, I was overloaded with description and reasoning to the point I became bored stiff, it wasnt until after I finished the book I understood why there was so much description. The last 40% of the book really picked up the pace and I was finished in no time. I did struggle in the middle though ad had to pick it up three different times to make my way through.

Peter Pan has brutal mentality in Never Never. I normally don't see this type of behavior from Peter in other retelling however, Anna Katmore's Neverland is similiar. I was never a fan of Hook from the get-go so I wanted to see if this book would win me over with Hook. To be honest, I couldn't stand both Peter and Hook. For someone who wanted to grow up fast, Hook definitely went about it the wrong way. Both boys were very stubborn, I would have liked to see more of the Lost Boys come in to a comical play to offset the hair pulling tension between Peter and Hook.

I would recommend Never Never to fans of retelling and fantasy.




About the Author:
Brianna Shrum lives in Colorado with her high-school-sweetheart turned husband and her two little boys. She's been writing since she could scrawl letters, and has worked with teens since she graduated out of teenager-hood, either in the writing classes she taught, or working with the youth group. Brianna digs all things YA, all things geeky, superhero-y, gamery, magical, and strange.

Her debut YA, Never Never, releases in September of this year. Her second YA, How to Make Out, releases in Fall 2016. She'd totally love to connect with you, so come say hi on her website or Twitter!

Visit her Website at briannashrum.com
Follow her on Twitter @briannashrum




Published by M

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

All the Rage Review

All the Rage
ISBN: 9781250021915
April 14, 2015
Amazon Link
 *Received an ARC from the Publisher in exchange for a review*

Romy Grey; hated by most, loved by few. Romy lives in a world where a teenage girl has no voice or opinion in any matter, men rule the town, adults don't listen to children for the better, and the authorities of the town are extremely one-sided for their benefit only. Romy tries to put last night together and find out what really happens to save her life and voice the truth; her truth.


All The Rage by Courtney Summers is a moving novel about a teenage girl who is  trying to share her voice in the world. The characters are very complex and you create such real genuine emotions to them. The main character Romy is such a strong girl for all she has, and is going through in her life. Romy's experience with rape is so brutal and heartbreaking, and shows readers what it's like for victims long after the incident, how it haunts them the rest of their lives. A few of the things I loved about this book is how strong Romy is, she really inspired me. Another thing is also the relationships Romy develops thought the book (especially the her relationship with Leon). All the Rage is very moving,  I felt upset, sad, and angry at times. A very powerful novel that will stay with you for a very long time, I definitely recommend this book to all young adults out there so that more people will be more aware of the issues covered in this book and hopefully in the near future we can prevent some of the issues from happening.

Published by EM

Sunday, August 30, 2015

SBPT 15 Meet Some Fantastic Bloggers


Welcome to  the 2015 Summer Blogger Promo Tour hosted by the Book Bratz. This tour featured bloggers every Sunday. My last stop is dedicated to all of the bloggers I met over the past two months.


The Book Bratz represented cuisine. Their top three choices were here:

The Wrath and the Dawn (The Wrath and the Dawn, #1) The Selection (The Selection, #1)  Matched (Matched, #1)


Bayram @ Never Ending Books enjoys Syfy's Dominion show and these are some books he recommends for fans here:



Fallen (Fallen, #1) Hush, Hush (Hush, Hush, #1) Daughter of Smoke & Bone (Daughter of Smoke & Bone, #1)


 Aila @ One Way Or An Author and I both enjoy K-Pop. She tied a K-Pop song to some of her favorite reads of 2015 here.



Red Queen (Red Queen, #1)

OKAY, so if you watched the music video it's a bit sexier than the book obviously, but the whole point of it is that the singers are "troublemakers," just like Mare is a troublemaker in Red Queen by being someone of red blood with powers. And of course, the romance singing back-and-forth in the song can be imagined as her and the other ends of the love triangle, Cal and/or Maven.


 Dawn @Bang Bang Books enjoys attending Book Festivals here:



North Virginia YA Teen Book Festival or NoVaTEEN is returning! One More Page Books is partnering with Arlington Public Libraries and Fairfax County Public Library, with co-sponsors Arlington County Schools, GMU's Fall for the Book, and Falls Church City Public Schools to bring a FREE festival packed with books, authors, and special events to Arlington, VA. More info including the line up from this past year can be found out here.

Dana @Danasquare recommends five underrated books here.

The Edge of Forever:

The Edge of Forever

This scifi debut was completely inventive and unique. The world and concept was done so well. The switch between present and future as well as the switch of point of view was written very well. It also had a very interesting mused mystery aspect. I hope there is a sequel because there so much more I want to know.

Pamela @A Writer's Tale  expressed her top favorite covers here

The Queen of Bright and Shiny Things, by Ann Aguirre

  The Queen of Bright and Shiny Things

And here's another one with Sticky Notes! All the Bright Places depresses me, so let's just go with this one. The sticky notes trend is pretty, and specially because, at least in this one, they do mean something. They're in the story. So it's not just there because. Symbolism in covers? Yay!


Mishma @Chasingfaerytales Did a More Happy Than Not Tag here.

I reread my childhood favorite books

When I read my childhood , whether it's Harry Potter or Narnia, I am immediately taken back to my carefree young days. These books have the magic of making me feel like I am going back to a place where I actually belong:)

I had a wonderful time the past two months meeting great bloggers who share the same passion as I do. Thank you so much for sharing!





Thursday, August 27, 2015

Clean Teen Publishing Sequel Releases

TODAY SHALL GO DOWN IN HISTORY…

By Rebecca Gober on Aug 25, 2015 06:39 pm

ONE OF THEIR BIGGEST RELEASE DAYS YET!

Clean Teen Publishing and Crimson Tree Publishing are celebrating one giant release day today as they launch four amazing titles. From much anticipated sequels to a highly sought after spin-off series, CTP has the perfect read for you today. Check out the new titles below that are available to purchase today and don’t forget to scroll all the way to the bottom of this post so you can join in on the release party this coming Friday!

CAGE OF DECEIT by Jennifer Anne Davis

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Jennifer Anne Davis’s best-selling True Reign series captivated readers from the very first page. Now, get ready to become entangled in the follow-up series, Reign of Secrets. In this new series, follow Allyssa, the daughter of the beloved Emperor Darmik and Empress Rema— and find out what happens after happily ever after. 
Seventeen-year-old Allyssa appears to be the ideal princess of Emperion—she’s beautiful, elegant, and refined. She spends her days locked in a suffocating cage, otherwise known as royal court. But at night, Allyssa uses her secret persona—that of a vigilante—to hunt down criminals and help her people firsthand.
Unfortunately, her nightly escapades will have to wait because the citizens of Emperion may need saving from something much bigger than common criminals. War is encroaching on their country and in order to protect her people, Allyssa may have to sacrifice her heart. Forced to entertain an alliance through marriage with a handsome prince from a neighboring kingdom, she finds herself feeling even more stifled than before. To make matters worse, the prince has stuck his nosy squire, Jarvik, to watch her every move.
Jarvik is infuriating, bossy and unfortunately, the only person she can turn to when she unveils a heinous plot. Together, the unlikely pair will have to work together to stop an enemy that everyone thought was long gone, one with the power to destroy her family and the people of Emperion. Now the cage Allyssa so longed to break free from might just be the one thing she has to fight to keep intact. In order to save her kingdom, she will have to sacrifice her freedom, her heart, and maybe even her life.

BLOOD THIEF OF WHITTEN HALL by Jon Messenger

In a world of science, magic is an abomination, but not the vile creation Royal Inquisitor Simon Whitlock once believed it to be. Accompanied by his apothecary companion, Luthor Strong, and Matilda Hawke, a werewolf, they return to the capital of Callifax, eager to convalesce after their last adventure.
Their peace is short-lived, however, as they are quickly sent on another mission. It seems the iron mines of Whitten Hall have ceased their production, no longer sending its ore to the crown. The Ministry of Trade has sent inquiries, but its representatives have all fled from the train ride to the distal outpost. It seems a vampire stalks the trains in and out of Whitten Hall, a vampire that will reveal the secret of the iron mine and the darkness that resides within.
The Blood Thief of Whitten Hall is the second book in the Magic & Machinery Series by Jon Messenger. Read Wolves of the Northern Rift today for free

SECONDS BEFORE SUNRISE by Shannon Thompson

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Two nightmares. One memory.
“Chaos within destiny. It was the definition of our love.”
Eric has weeks before his final battle when he’s in an accident. Forced to face his human side, he knows he can’t survive if he fights alone. But he doesn’t want to surrender, even if he becomes the sacrifice for war.
Jessica’s memory isn’t the only thing she’s lost. Her desire to find her parents is gone and so is her confidence. But when fate leaves nightmares behind, she decides to find the boy she sees in them, even if it risks her sanity.
Seconds Before Sunrise is the exciting sequel to Minutes Before Sunset by Shannon A. Thompson. Find out why readers are enthralled with the Timely Death Trilogy.

WICKED FATE by Shannon Maynard

How can Ava StWicked Fatearr’s dream come true be Dax Miller’s worst nightmare?
Ava’s mother always told her to be careful what she wished for. From the moment Ava woke up on Lamarai Island, she wanted nothing more than to find Preston. But now that she has, her heart is caught in a fierce game of tug-of-war. In a place where danger lurks around every tree, she must quickly figure out who she can trust, and who is out to destroy her dream of a happy ever after.
Dax’s plan to capture Ava’s heart was all falling into place. That is, until Ava’s past showed up on the island in the form of a tall, dark, and handsome pilot named Preston, leaving Dax to wonder if he’s inherited Ava’s wicked luck. Preston is determined to pick up his relationship with Ava where they left off before a plane crash separated them, but Dax will stop at nothing to fight for the girl of his dreams and discover the truth behind the mysterious pilot.
But Dax isn’t the only one troubled by the surprise appearance of Preston and his flight crew. The new visitors to the island have caused Dax’s stepsister, Roxy, to develop a bad case of sibling rivalry, as well as managed to attract the unwanted attention of a vicious tribe of cannibals. Now Dax must figure out a way to keep his new tribe of misfits safe, while Ava is left to make the most important decision of her life. Will they succeed, or will fate decide for them?
Wicked Fate is the heart-pounding sequel to Wicked Luck, a new adult adventure romance series.

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Join the virtual party this Friday between 7pm-9pm (Eastern) and celebrate our amazing releases this month. There will be so many giveaways, you won’t be able to see straight. Gift cards, swag, signed books, and more. Our authors have gone all out to provide the most entertaining party for our readers yet. Make sure you stop in for the fun. It’s free and better yet, you can attend in your pajamas…or whatever. Click the link to join the party on our Facebook event page, and you will get a reminder on Friday when the fun starts.  JOIN THE PARTY!

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Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Curiosity Quills Press Serial Sale

In anticipation of the next instalments in our serialized novels Undercover Empath, The Vampire Circus, Havelock, Detour to Apocalypse and Silent Clarion, from
August 25 - 31 all first instalments are FREE!


Havelock, by Jane D Everly

Eliana Havelock is a female with no past, whose determination to bring down a Karachi arms dealer catches the attention of the British Secret Intelligence Service. MI-6 is currently fractured due to political upheaval with many of its covert programs dissolved or disbanded. When Eliana presents the opportunity to divert an international arms disaster, the head of MI-6 partners her with one of it’s best and brightest, the enigmatic, Connor Blackwell. But in a world of secrets and hidden agendas, who can Eliana trust? And what, or who, is Eliana really after?

Amazon US | Amazon UK | Goodreads

Detour to Apocalypse, by Michael Panush

Roscoe is a hot rod-riding zombie, an undead gearhead and defender of the small Southern California town of La Cruz in the Freewheeling Fifties. Along with his friends, college age witch Betty Bright, Zoot Suiter shaman Angel Rey, and former bank robber Wooster Stokes, Roscoe takes on monsters and magic with motors and mayhem. But now, a simple government job to capture a runaway rocket scientist and a stolen experimental flying saucer sends Roscoe and his friends into their toughest job yet. They’ll go up against ruthless Las Vegas gangsters, an insane alien-worshipping cult, a top secret government agency devoted to stealth and slaughter, and bizarre creatures from other worlds in their cross country mission to rescue a captured alien being and save the world from extraterrestrial destruction and an impending apocalypse.

Amazon US | Amazon UK | Goodreads

Silent Clarion, by Matthew Graybosch

My curiosity might get me killed. I thought I needed a vacation from my duties as an Adversary in service to the Phoenix Society. After learning about unexplained disappearances in a little town called Clarion, I couldn’t stop myself from checking it out.
Now I must protect a witness to two murders without any protection but my sword. I must identify a murderer who strikes from the shadows. I must expose secrets the Phoenix Society’s executive council is hellbent on keeping buried.
I have no support but an ally I dare not trust. If I cannot break the silence hiding what happened in Clarion’s past, I have no future. I must discover the truth about Project Harker. Failure is not an option.
Silent Clarion is a new-adult science-fiction thriller by Matthew Graybosch, set before the events of the Starbreaker novels. Meet Naomi Bradleigh as an Adversary, seventeen years before Without Bloodshed.​

Amazon US | Amazon UK | Goodreads

Undercover Empath, by RaShelle Workman

Nineteen-year-old detective Rose Hansen has a secret. She can read a person’s intentions by touching their hands. It’s a curse! A power she never uses if she can help it.
Only one person knows. Her partner Jack.
At least that’s what she believes until a handsome, shirtless stranger appears on her doorstep in small town Blush Valley, California.
He leaves her an envelope, but not before articulating his disappointment in her for ignoring her powers.
The contents send Rose on a path toward the supernatural, solving her parents’ murders, and possibly even saving the world.
Aside from that, Rose and her partner have two important cases they’re working. The first involves a missing child. The other is the death of a stripper. Ruled a murder, a very hot FBI agent from L.A. shows up and is given lead. To make matters worse, he asks her to go undercover.
Her life is a disaster. Rose can’t strip. She doesn’t even own a dress.

Amazon US | Amazon UK | Goodreads

The Vampire Circus, by Rod Kierkegaard, Jr.

It is June of 1923. After serving twenty years on death row for executing five vampires, members of a traveling circus who had killed his wife and son, the 65-year-old Johnny Durango is pardoned and set free. Now penniless, the former best-selling author of a series of cowboy detective memoirs based on his life as a Pinkerton operative in the Old West, travels to San Francisco to empty his sole remaining bank account. And discovers that he is now worth twelve million dollars, as the result of owning a long-forgotten block of Atlantic-Richfield stock. With his newfound wealth, Durango resolves to travel to Europe and track drown the remaining members of the vampire circus troupe who murdered his family.
In Paris, meanwhile, Columbine Zwellinger (Coco), the Swiss-born young authoress who serves as editor and ghostwriter to her lecherous, syphilitic much-older husbandHugo Urbaine-Damon, is unexpectedly reunited with her long-lost twin sister, the American Zuleika (Zuzu). Both young women are the daughters of a black mother, a former circus performer, and a white Swiss doctor, now mysteriously dead. Zuzu is the freshly discovered sensation of Paris, the “Black Venus”, for her singing and “Negro” jazz-dancing act in the nude. Coco, who has passed for white all her life, envies Zuzu her freedom and longs to emulate it; however, she is constrained by feelings of responsibility for her increasingly insane husband, whom she despises, and Hugo’s mistress Minout, who lives with them.
Though she is unaware of it, Coco is worshipped from afar by her newspaper delivery boy, the fifteen-year-old Willy de Groote. Willy lives with his mother and uncle, Père Rémy, the parish priest, in the presbytery of a nearby church. Uncle Rémy, a former sergeant in the French Foreign Legion, is a vampire-hunter for the Vatican and is training the diminutive Willy to succeed him. Their murder of a predatory horla, a lawless predatory breed of vampire created by the evil Maître du Monde (Master of the World), brings them to the attention of Superintendent Alphonse Jauvet of the Paris Judiciary Police, who sets out to solve the riddles posed by the crime.
On his way from San Francisco to New York City, Johnny Durango is twice nearly killed by Corsican assassins, whom he suspects are vampires; in both cases, he and his newly engaged “secketary”, Emmeline Parry, barely manage to escape with their lives. Once aboard the Berengaria, he embarks on an affaire with a married Frenchwoman, Berthe Hadley, the younger sister of Superintendant Jauvet. Zuzu, making the round of Paris’ night clubs with her many lovers, is introduced to the eccentric Baron Emile Warburg, the wealthiest man in France, and his business partner the Marchesa dell’Ogg, who runs the exclusive brothel, La Bagne Rose, reputedly a club for vampires.
The battle lines between the vampires and the vampire-hunters are being drawn. Willy’s uncle Rémy is shot through the lung by the vampire they have stalked and killed, and lies gravely wounded in his bedroom at the presbytery. Finding the key to a hotel room in the dead vampire’s pocket, Willy burgles his effects and finds a cache of diamonds. With these he plans to rescue Coco from her husband.
Both Warburg and the Contessa do the bidding of the Master, who is the oldest vampire left alive in the world. And the Master, who has been in Bavaria grooming the young horla, Adolf Hitler, has plans for Coco and Zuzu, who are unknowingly doomed by their genetic heritage to become vampires themselves…

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