Saturday, January 31, 2015

Soon to be published!




The previous November REUTS Publications hosted a contest about short stories! I am delighted to announce you the winners! And here's my squealing happy dance! I am soon to be published!!!

Here's the announcement: http://blog.reuts.com/prw-2014-winners-runner-ups/


 the REUTS team and judges all would like to give a heartfelt thank you to the many authors who gave time out of their week to write a short story within our whacky prompts. Without YOU, there would be no US. So, than


k you!
All right, no more stalling. Scroll down to see the winners & runner-ups!
(No particular order— this does not reflect the final arrangement in the anthology)

Week 1: Write Like an Egyptian

The Century Room by Debra Vega
Sandstorm by Melody Winter
Reborn by Summer Wier
The Second Greatest Mage in New Egypt by Scott Hughey
Feather of Stone by CC Dowling

Week 2: Fiction of the Fair Folk

If Loving Coffee is Wrong, I Don’t Want to be Right by Scott Hughey
The Gravedigger’s Daughter by Summer Wier
Pook-A-Boo by Shawn Thomas Anderson
Ms. Merilee’s School for Morgens and Merrows by CC Dowling
Knock Knock by Michelle Hoen
Marry-Go-Round by Felicia Anderson
A Fae’s Lost Child by Alexandra Perchanidou
The Morrigan by N.H. Fennecus

Week 3: Drafting With Phoenix Feathersl

Shrine Road by Drew Hayes
Princess Yuki and the Ten Plates by Felicia Anderson
The Rooster’s Crow by Debra Vega
Price to Pay by Kathleen Palm
Curse of the Winter Moon by Jennifer McCoy
The Iron Lotus by CC Dowling
The Lure of the Night Parade by Shawn Thomas Anderson

Week 4: Romanian Relics Rewritten

Mis-Stake-En Identity by Scott Hughey
Vuk, Nerine, and the Dragon by Melody Winter
A Token of Childhood by Summer Wier
The Sword of the Lost Tsar by Alexandra Perchanidou
The Night of the Lark Moon by Shannara Johnson
Vasilisa XXIII by Shawn Thomas Anderson


The Runner-Ups who will appear right here on the ProjectREUTSway and REUTS Blog:

Heavy Hearted by Michelle Hoen
Nut, The Forever Lonesome Sky Goddess by Alexandra Perchanidou
Simplicity by Christine K.
Khnum, Creator of People by Alexandra Perchanidou
A Planet of Rubies by Kara Terzis
That Which Came Before by Drew Hayes
The Red Slipper by Megan Wilson
Steal Her Heart by Felicia Anderson
Bizarre Love Pyramid by Shawn Thomas Anderson
Rebirth by Kathleen Palm
The Book of Thoth by Carly Drake
Darling So it Goes by Tiffany Rose
Scream by Sam Hardy
Not Just Any Girl by Jennifer McCoy
The Gift of Avalon by Megan Wilson
Freedom by Mandy Springer
My Lady’s Wish by Melody Winter
Wisdom and War by Kathleen Palm
Die Theta Kappa by Michelle Hoehn
Lady of the Lake by Summer Wier
Princess of Foxes by Alexandra Perchanidou
Monkey Qi, Monkey Do by Scott Hughey
Tricking Time by Mandy Springer
Heart of Ice by Kathleen Palm
St. Andrei by Sam Hardy
Look at What the Wolf Dragoned in by CC Dowling

Review in GIF: Heir of Fire (Throne of Glass #3) by Sarah J. Maas



Heir of Fire (Throne of Glass, #3)Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Summary from GoodReads

Lost and broken, Celaena Sardothien’s only thought is to avenge the savage death of her dearest friend: as the King of Adarlan’s Assassin, she is bound to serve this tyrant, but he will pay for what he did. Any hope Celaena has of destroying the king lies in answers to be found in Wendlyn. 
Sacrificing his future, Chaol, the Captain of the King’s Guard, has sent Celaena there to protect her, but her darkest demons lay in that same place. If she can overcome them, she will be Adarlan’s biggest threat – and his own toughest enemy. 

While Celaena learns of her true destiny, and the eyes of Erilea are on Wendlyn, a brutal and beastly force is preparing to take to the skies. Will Celaena find the strength not only to win her own battles, but to fight a war that could pit her loyalties to her own people against those she has grown to love?

REVIEW

When I began the book I was:




When I read about Celaena and Rowan:




When I read about Aedion and Chaol:





BUT when I read the scenes with Damian, Shorcha and the King...







Finally I must admit that in all their depression and sadness and courage of the old and new characters of this series, Damina is the most sad and unlucky character of them all. I expect him to be saved and finally find some peace of his own. I hope he'll find love, true love because that monster of King is going to DIE, painfully and without MERCY!





FIND THE SERIES ON AMAZON (click the covers)


   
   

NOW YOU CAN PRE-ORDER THE FOURTH BOOK OF THE SERIES!



About the author:

Sarah J. Maas is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Throne of Glass series (Heir of Fire, Book 3, will be out in September 2014). Starting in Spring 2015, her New Adult Fantasy series, A Court of Thorns and Roses, will be published by Bloomsbury as well. 

Sarah lives in Southern California, and over the years, she has developed an unhealthy appreciation for Disney movies and bad pop music. She adores fairy tales and ballet, drinks too much coffee, and watches absolutely rubbish TV shows. When she's not busy writing, she can be found exploring the California coastline with her husband.

Review: Crown of Midnight (Throne of Glass #2) by Sarah J. Maas

Crown of Midnight (Throne of Glass, #2)Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Summary from GoodReads

"A line that should never be crossed is about to be breached.

It puts this entire castle in jeopardy—and the life of your friend."


From the throne of glass rules a king with a fist of iron and a soul as black as pitch. Assassin Celaena Sardothien won a brutal contest to become his Champion. Yet Celaena is far from loyal to the crown. She hides her secret vigilantly; she knows that the man she serves is bent on evil.

Keeping up the deadly charade becomes increasingly difficult when Celaena realizes she is not the only one seeking justice. As she tries to untangle the mysteries buried deep within the glass castle, her closest relationships suffer. It seems no one is above questioning her allegiances—not the Crown Prince Dorian; not Chaol, the Captain of the Guard; not even her best friend, Nehemia, a foreign princess with a rebel heart.

Then one terrible night, the secrets they have all been keeping lead to an unspeakable tragedy. As Celaena's world shatters, she will be forced to give up the very thing most precious to her and decide once and for all where her true loyalties lie...and whom she is ultimately willing to fight for.

REVIEW


You think that with the second book of any series we will have a 'belly' on the plot or something really stupid will happen.

Well, you are wrong!

In the second book we have, what I like to call, a 'cleaning'; cleaning on the relationships between the characters and of course a vast cleaning on the secrets. Celaena and Chaol, Damina and Nehemia each one of them become too threaded together until the ending of the book.

There are few new characters in here and many tears BUT the plot continues and my hatred for the King grows with every word I type for you.




But let's take the nice parts.

Celaena and Chaol: the best ones ever! Even after everything that happens in the book, he still will do everything for her. Even if she had her own dark secrets.



Damian: I didn't expect the turn on the plot. Usually the heroine would go for the royal one, but he instead takes another turn on the plot but remains supportive with Cealaena even after he learns that he has powers.

Nehemia: I like the girl but that was SO WRONG! I am not going to spoil you since I like to let you read the book and understand *evil laugh*

Overall, we have the same strong worldbuilding, amazing writing of Sarah and the wicked skills of a damn good heroine!

FIND THE SERIES ON AMAZON (click the covers)


   
 

NOW YOU CAN PRE-ORDER THE FOURTH BOOK OF THE SERIES!



About the author:

Sarah J. Maas is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Throne of Glass series (Heir of Fire, Book 3, will be out in September 2014). Starting in Spring 2015, her New Adult Fantasy series, A Court of Thorns and Roses, will be published by Bloomsbury as well. 

Sarah lives in Southern California, and over the years, she has developed an unhealthy appreciation for Disney movies and bad pop music. She adores fairy tales and ballet, drinks too much coffee, and watches absolutely rubbish TV shows. When she's not busy writing, she can be found exploring the California coastline with her husband.

Friday, January 30, 2015

Cover reveal: "Machine Head" by T.A. Brock ‏



Where young rule and elders are hunted to extinction... and you decide who's guilty.


MACHINE HEAD
An Interactive Novel Available April 10, 2015



Adults have poisoned the world with their selfishness, jealousy, and deceit. Now it’s up to the young to heal it. First order: eliminate every elder. Second: discover the secret to never growing up. Third: procreate.
Ten Sixty-Four is on trial for treason. The crimes he committed are unforgivable: hiding elders who should be long dead, consorting with illegal untrained young, and purposely botching kill missions. He’s come a long way from the cold, unfeeling, Sleepwalker he began as. He’s still four years from the death age, which means the Hex can’t afford to kill him. If found guilty, he’ll be given to the Machine for reprogramming. But none of that matters because he’s done what no other Sleepwalker has dared to. He’s found love. And he knows something they don’t. Falling in love is the secret to achieving the third order.
Brille has a secret of her own: the elders aren’t extinct. They’re not even endangered. But what the rest of the world doesn’t know can’t hurt them. At least, not anymore than they’re already hurting themselves. There is no more laughter. No more crying. No feelings of any kind. Only in the secret hiding places where the untrained dwell with elders, can emotion be found. Then it’s anger, rage, and hostility. When she finds herself a target of the Sleepwalkers, she realizes she’s not the only one with secrets. Ten Sixty-Four feels. He might even be capable of love. The idea leaves Brille with an emotion she never thought she’d have: hope.
The Hex has convened. A trial will commence. You, a member of the jury, must decide Ten Sixty-Four’s fate, and with it, the future of humanity.



T.A. Brock spends her days gleefully plucking words from the chaos of life and dressing them up so they look pretty. Then she calls them stories and tries to convince people to read them. Paranormal, horror, and contemporary romance rocks her socks, but anything YA makes her feel young again, so she sticks with that mostly. She resides in the great land of mountains and green things (Arkansas) with her husband, two children, and her beloved Keurig machine, which she has built a countertop shrine to.
For more information, visit www.tabrockbooks.com

For updates on new releases and other fun little bits, sign up for T.A. Brock's Newsletter HERE.

Feature & Follow Friday #238

Welcome to the Feature & Follow


Gain new followers and make new friends with the Book Blogger Feature & Follow! If this is your first time here, welcome! You are about to make some new friends and gain new followers -- but you have to know -- the point of this hop is to follow other bloggers also. I follow you, you follow me.

The Feature & Follow is hosted by TWO hosts, Parajunkee of Parajunkee's View and Alison of Alison Can Read. Each host will have their own Feature Blog and this way it'll allow me and them to show off more new blogs!

How does this work? First you leave your name here on this post, (using the linky tools -- keep scrolling!) then you create a post on your own blog that links back to this post (easiest way is to just grab the code at the host blogs and put it in your post) and then you visit as many blogs as you can and tell them "hi" in their comments (on the post that has the #FF image). You follow them, they follow you. Win. Win. Just make sure to follow back if someone follows you!




                          Question of the Week: 


Hard print (real thing) or Kindle/Nook, which is your favorite? - Suggested by The Realm of Books


                                                  My answer:

 

I prefer all the types, even paperback (I have many copies in paperback). Kindle is easier to carry and read but I truly appreciate the feel of paper under my fingers.

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       My only hardback copy I own is "Heart of Obsidian" by Nalini Signh.

 

 

Now for the Follow Fun!


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Thursday, January 29, 2015

Cover Reveal: "Nowhere but Here" by Katie McGarry

West Side Story meets Sons of Anarchy?? Yes, please!

 

Katie McGarry's newest novel, NOWHERE BUT HERE, has a cover and we are thrilled to get to help reveal it to you today. The first novel in her upcoming The Thunder Road Series, NOWHERE BUT HERE is a young adult contemporary romance that will keep you turning the pages long into the night. We have no doubt that when you get done, you're going to wish you were on a motorcycle and had your own cut of leather across your back! Follow along today as pieces of the cover are revealed, and then stop by the HarlequinTeen Page to see the full cover at 7pm EST! And that's not all, of course! We have a few Behind-The-Scenes pictures from the photo shoot itself for you to enjoy as well! Check out the Behind-The-Scenes pictures and then scroll down for our puzzle piece!


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And here's the sixth piece to the cover for you!

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Don't miss all of the puzzle piece reveals throughout the day!

 
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NOWHERE BUT HERE Synopsis:  

An unforgettable new series from acclaimed author Katie McGarry about taking risks, opening your heart and ending up in a place you never imagined possible

Seventeen-year-old Emily likes her life the way it is: doting parents, good friends, good school in a safe neighborhood. Sure, she's curious about her biological father—the one who chose life in a motorcycle club, the Reign of Terror, over being a parent—but that doesn't mean she wants to be a part of his world. But when a reluctant visit turns to an extended summer vacation among relatives she never knew she had, one thing becomes clear: nothing is what it seems. Not the club, not her secret-keeping father and not Oz, a guy with suck-me-in blue eyes who can help her understand them both. Oz wants one thing: to join the Reign of Terror.
They're the good guys. They protect people. They're…family. And while Emily—the gorgeous and sheltered daughter of the club's most respected member—is in town, he's gonna prove it to her. So when her father asks him to keep her safe from a rival club with a score to settle, Oz knows it's his shot at his dream. What he doesn't count on is that Emily just might turn that dream upside down. No one wants them to be together. But sometimes the right person is the one you least expect, and the road you fear the most is the one that leads you home.

Add it to your Goodreads Now!

Preorder NOWHERE BUT HERE

Amazon ** Kobo ** BAM ** Barnes and Noble ** iBooks ** IndieBound

 

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Katie McGarry was a teenager during the age of grunge and boy bands and remembers those years as the best and worst of her life. She is a lover of music, happy endings, reality television, and is a secret University of Kentucky basketball fan. Katie is the author of full length YA novels, PUSHING THE LIMITS, DARE YOU TO, CRASH INTO YOU, TAKE ME ON, BREAKING THE RULES, and NOWHERE BUT HERE and the e-novellas, CROSSING THE LINE and RED AT NIGHT.
Her debut YA novel, PUSHING THE LIMITS was a 2012 Goodreads Choice Finalist for YA Fiction, a RT Magazine's 2012 Reviewer's Choice Awards Nominee for Young Adult Contemporary Novel, a double Rita Finalist, and a 2013 YALSA Top Ten Teen Pick. DARE YOU TO was also a Goodreads Choice Finalist for YA Fiction and won RT Magazine’s Reviewer’s Choice Best Book Award for Young Adult Contemporary fiction in 2013.

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Cover Reveal+Giveaway: CHlORINE AND CHAOS by Jesalyn Jameson


Ready for something a little…wrong?

How about something so wrong it’s right?


CHLORINE & CHAOS 
Flawed Heroes, Book One
Jessalyn Jameson

***Coming March 10, 2015***

Cover Artist: Michelle Johnson, Blue Sky Design


Former rebel-punk foster child. Has-been golden boy swim champ. Second chance at the love of a lifetime, or all-consuming mistake?



Drowning in guilt, Sage Shepard and Brandon Tiggs have spent the last seven years blaming themselves for their post-graduation break-up. Brand numbs the pain by sleepwalking through his monotonous existence. Sage seeks solace in random strangers—names optional. 


When Sage returns to the town she left years ago, she unknowingly walks right back into Brand’s life. Mid-divorce, Brand sees Sage’s return as the opportunity of a lifetime. But Sage doesn’t believe in second chances, and still hasn’t forgiven herself for the mistakes she made in the most important relationship of her existence. 

Their all-consuming love reignites, and as passion threatens to undo them, it’s all either can do to stay afloat. 
Some mistakes refuse to stay in the past.

Sometimes ‘wrong’ is the best kind of right.

Links: Amazon (pre-order) | Goodreads 




Pre-order GIVEAWAY!

If 'wrong kind of right' looks like your thing, as a little bonus incentive, Jessalyn is giving away a $25.00 Amazon gift card to anyone who pre-orders CHLORINE & CHAOS through Amazon! 
Simply forward your receipt of purchase email, or a screenshot of the same to this email.

Winner will be revealed on March 10, 2015 on Jessalyn's Twitter, so be sure to follow her there! 




About the Author:


Jessalyn Jameson writes sexy, troubled love stories that break the rules and sit just outside the romance box. Jameson’s couples mess up, break up, make up . . . and fight their way to their HEA.
Nothing worth having comes easily—why should a happy ending be any different?

When she’s not writing, you can usually find her with a drink in hand and a far-off look in her eyes, always dreaming up her next chaotic couple. Married to the hottest guy in the room, a mother to one sassy tween and two spoiled dogs, obsessed with Supernatural (Team Dean), The Vampire Diaries (Team Damon), and Craft beer, Jessalyn is a homebody with a gypsy soul.

CHLORINE & CHAOS is the first in Jameson’s Flawed Heroes series.
Please stay tuned for Jake’s story in WHISKEY BURNED, coming late 2015.



Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Review: "The Stag Lord" by Darby Kaye and Darby Karchut

The Stag Lord (Bannerman Boru, #1)The Stag Lord by Darby Kaye
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Summary from GoodReads

On the run across America from a vengeful shape-shifter, Bannerman “Bann” Boru has only one thing on his mind: keeping himself and his young son, Cor, alive.

At any cost.

Until he meets Shay Doyle, healer and member of a secret group of immortal Celtic warriors, the Tuatha De Danaan, living in modern-day Colorado. When Cor is injured, Bannerman is forced to accept her help. He quickly realizes that the golden-haired healer is shield-maiden tough and can hold her own on the field of battle with the big boys. And Shay soon discovers that there is more to Bann than meets the eye.

Now, with the shape-shifter Cernunnos teaming up with the local pack of Fir Bolgs (Bronze Age creatures with a nasty taste for children), Bannerman, Shay, her wolf-dog, Max, and the rest of the Doyle clan must figure out how to battle one insane god.

Find "The Stag Lord" on AMAZON

REVIEW

It was the first time I read a book which had such rich descriptions. Bann and his son Corr are on the run. A crazy god is hunting them down in order to get his revenge.

Since the family is no human we are quickly thrust into the Celtic world, which is rich with tradition, myths and legends.

I loved the type of character Bann is: warrior, lover, father. He is stuborn, funny and tortured. His son, Corr is an adorable eight years old boy which adds a happy tone into the story.
Shay Doyle and her family also happen to be Fey like Bann, as also warriors who support their own. It's a story about family, love and friendship with action and swoon moments! :)

As for the ending, it's clear that many more things await the heroes and I hope to be able and read Bann's adventures again.



About the author:

Darby Karchut is an award-winning author, teacher, and a compulsive dawn greeter. She lives in Colorado with her husband and owns more backpacks than purses. As she should. 

Her Middle Grade books include FINN FINNEGAN (March 2013 from Spencer Hill Press). The next book in the Finnegan series, GIDEON'S SPEAR (Spencer Hill Press) will be released February 2014, followed by THE HOUND AT THE GATE (January 2015).

Her YA books include GRIFFIN RISING, GRIFFIN'S FIRE, and GRIFFIN'S STORM. 

She has also co-authored a non-fiction book for teens entitled MONEY AND TEENS with her husband, author Wes Karchut.

Visit the author at her website: www.darbykarchut.com



And here's the copy I got from A Bell's Tales!! Find me on Instagram for more book news!

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