Friday, January 30, 2015

Cover Reveal for Soulspark by Eliza Tilton







SOULSPARK is YA Contemporary Romance sure to rip open your heart and stitch it back together. 

Soul Spark

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Expected publication: March 2015 


Dealing with the loss of her mother, seventeen-year-old Jessica Stone tries to find an escape from the pain by secretly medicating herself with Xanax, but the anxiety increases, crushing her and her grades.

Then she meets Caleb Jonas, the pastor’s son at her mother’s church. Between his cute dimples and love of fast cars, Jessica is completely smitten, and the feeling is mutual. But dating a Christian boy isn’t easy. He doesn’t party, and he never goes past first base. Jessica struggles with his faith, since it makes her question her own, but for the first time since her mother’s death, she can breathe. Life is finally shifting into a state of happiness.

But that happiness shatters when Jessica catches Caleb kissing her ex-best friend—and step-brother’s girlfriend—Rachel, the girl who used to be like her sister, and the same girl who betrayed her once before.

While her stepbrother hints at a deeper connection between the two, Caleb insists it was a one-time mistake and begs forgiveness. With contradicting stories coming at her, Jessica isn’t sure who to believe, but sometimes the truth is better left undiscovered and she’s about to find out why.


 ADD TO GOODREADS HERE! SOULSPARK is scheduled to release this spring!




Author pic 1Author Bio: 

Eliza graduated from Dowling College with a BS in Visual Communications. When she’s not arguing with excel at her day job, or playing Dragon Age 2, again, she’s writing. Her stories hold a bit of the fantastical and there’s always a romance. She resides on Long Island with her husband, two kids and one very snuggly pit bull. Her YA Fantasy series, The Daath Chronicles, is published by Curiosity Quills Press. 

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Thursday, January 29, 2015

#International #Giveaway Cover Reveal: Gods of Chaos (Daughter of Chaos #2) by Jen McConnel #M9BFridayReveals


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Gods of Chaos (Daughter of Chaos #2) by Jen McConnel
presented by Month9Books!
Be sure to enter the giveaway found at the end of the post!

Gods of Chaos
The gods of chaos cannot be trusted.
When Darlena Agara declared to follow Red Magic last fall, she had no idea what she was getting into. Since then, however, she's had a crash course in danger, deceit, and destruction. In an effort to gain an ally, Darlena heads to Scotland in search of another Red Witch, but she didn't count on the new obstacles (and crazy gods) that await her.
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Title: Gods of Chaos (Daughter of Chaos #2)
Publication date: March 31, 2015
Publisher: Month9Books, LLC.
Author: Jen McConnel


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Jen McConnel


 Jen McConnel now lives and writes in the beautiful state of North Carolina. When she isn't crafting worlds of fiction, she teaches writing composition at a community college. Once upon a time, she was a middle school teacher, a librarian, and a bookseller, but those are stories for another time.

Author Links: Website | Twitter | Facebook | Goodreads





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1 Year Blogiversary #Giveaway #International Reflection on Themed Months!

This venture started with us having a huge stack of Mermaid books that were getting put on the back burner so we decided why not make a month of it. After Mermaid month we got requests to do more themed months. So next we decided to feature Fairy books for an entire month. We always knew August would be Alien Month since we love Jennifer L. Armentrout and we were scheduled for her blog tour. Then our last themed month we did was Dragon Month. This was fun and we had a blast. We started to realize though we now had other books that got put on the back burner. Book Nerd problems I guess LOL. We do want to do 1 themed month a year. 

Now for the fun! We have some awesome Authors we featured this year who have offered up some amazing prizes. The Rafflecopter is at the end of this post. Below are the links separated by each Theme to all the features and reviews for those months.



Mermaid Month and other Sea Creatures!



July is Fae/Faerie Month!



August is Alien Month!



September is Dragon Month!



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1st Rafflecopter is US ONLY and will have many winners. All Giveaways with the exception of the swag are courtesy of the Authors and will be sent from them to the winner. 

Finned and Overfalls by Sutton Shields and swag
Rising by Holly Kelly Signed PB
Signed Lies Beneath by Anne Greenwood Brown and swag
Reflection Pond by Kacey Vanderkarr PB
Signed Ironskin by Tina Connolly 
Peter: The Untold True Story by Christopher Daniel Mechling PB
Survival by A. M. Hargrove signed PB
Broken Skies by Theresa Kay signed PB
Tin Star by Cecil Castellucci
Defiance by CJ Redwine Signed
Huge swag from our 4 themed months including exclusive Julie Kagawa poster

2nd Rafflecopter is International and will have multiple winners. All Giveaways are courtesy of the Authors and will be sent from them to the winner. 

The Circle Complete Trilogy by KM Montemayor Signed & $15.00 Starbucks GC
The Syrenka Series by Amber Garr e-boxset
Faylinn Series by Mindy Hayes e-copies
Gaurdians of Vesturon Series by A. M. Hargrove e-copies



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Tuesday, January 27, 2015

#Giveaway Release Day Blitz: A Cold Legacy by Megan Shepherd ~ Review by Fallon


I am so excited that A COLD LEGACY by Megan Shepherd releases today and that I get to share the news, along with an excerpt from the book!

If you haven’t yet heard about this wonderful book by Author Megan Shepherd, be sure to check out all the details below.

This blast also includes a giveaway for a signed copy of the book and swag courtesy of Megan and Rockstar Book Tours. So if you’d like a chance to win, enter in the Rafflecopter at the bottom of this post.


Title: A Cold Legacy
Author: Megan Shepherd
Pub. Date: January 27, 2015
Publisher: Balzer+Bray/HarperCollins
Pages: 400

After killing the men who tried to steal her father’s research, Juliet—along with Montgomery, Lucy, Balthazar, and a deathly ill Edward—has escaped to a remote estate on the Scottish moors. Owned by the enigmatic Elizabeth von Stein, the mansion is full of mysteries and unexplained oddities: dead bodies in the basement, secret passages, and fortune-tellers who seem to know Juliet’s secrets. Though it appears to be a safe haven, Juliet fears new dangers may be present within the manor’s own walls.

Then Juliet uncovers the truth about the manor’s long history of scientific experimentation—and her own intended role in it—forcing her to determine where the line falls between right and wrong, life and death, magic and science, and promises and secrets. And she must decide if she’ll follow her father’s dark footsteps or her mother’s tragic ones, or whether she’ll make her own.

With inspiration from Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, this breathless conclusion to the Madman’s Daughter trilogy is about the things we’ll sacrifice to save those we love—even our own humanity. 



Fallon's Review:


This is going to be a short review as I do not want to offer up any spoilers since this is the 3rd book. This is by far the darkest in the series. It starts out very gothic. It reminds me of a more serious intense beginning to a scary black and white show. This is what I loved about A Cold Legacy. It also surprised me since I thought I had this book all figured out but I was so wrong. The only thing missing for me was the romance and swoon worthy moments I had felt in Her Dark Curiosity. Still a must read that you will not and should not put down till the very last page. I am giving this book 4 out of 5 stars.




A COLD LEGACY excerpt 
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Montgomery stopped the horses outside a tavern. He came to the carriage door, opening it just a crack to keep the rain from drenching us. “I’m going to ask directions. We can’t be far now.”

We watched him saunter over the muddy street as though he didn’t even feel the bite of freezing rain. A face appeared in the tavern window. The door opened and he spoke to a woman in a wool dress for a few moments, then stomped back through the mud. “This village is called Quick,” he told us. “The manor’s only five miles from here.”

“Did you hear that?” Lucy murmured to Edward, still stroking his hair. “We’re almost there. Just hold on. Everything will be all right once we arrive.”

Montgomery’s eyes shifted to me. Neither of us wanted to remind Lucy that the prospect of Edward’s fever breaking—and the Beast’s reappearance—was almost more frightening than the fever itself. Delirious, he was less of a threat.

“Let’s go then,” I whispered to Montgomery. “And quickly.”

He closed the door and in another moment we were moving again, passing through the rest of Quick. Then all too soon the village was nothing but fading lights. The storm grew and the road became rougher, and all the while Edward’s eyes rolled back and forth beneath shuttered lids.

Thunder struck close by, and Lucy shrieked. Montgomery whipped the horses harder, pulling us along the uneven road impossibly fast, trying to outrun the storm. I twisted in the seat to look out the back window at the pelting rain. A stone fence ran alongside us.

“We must be getting close,” I said.

“Not soon enough,” Lucy breathed. “We’re going to crash if he keeps driving like this!”

The road widened, straightening, letting us travel even faster. Lightning struck close by, blinding me. The horses bolted. Lucy screamed and covered her eyes, but I couldn’t tear mine away. The lightning had struck an enormous oak tree, twisted from centuries of wind. The oak took flame, blazing despite the rain. A smoking gash ran down the trunk—the lightning’s death mark. I watched until the rain put out most of the flames, but it still smoldered, billowing hot ash into the night.

The horses pawed the earth, and I grabbed the window to steady myself. At this wild speed, just hitting a single rock at the wrong angle would send the carriage shattering to the ground. It was madness to go so fast. Couldn’t Montgomery calm the horses?

Just when I feared the carriage would careen out of control, it stopped short, throwing me against the opposite wall. I tangled in Lucy’s limbs as the chains around Edward’s body clinked. Balthazar grunted, jerking awake at last. We scrambled in the bottom of the carriage until the door flew open.
Montgomery stood in the pelting rain. I feared he’d say we’d broken another strut or the horses had gone lame or we’d have to spend the night in the harsh storm.

But then I saw the lights behind him, and the night took shape into a turreted stone manor with bright lamps blazing and gargoyles on the roof vomiting rain into a stone courtyard.

Montgomery’s eyes met mine beneath the low brim of his hat.

“We’ve arrived,” he said.




About Megan:

Hello! 

I’ve been many things, like a professional exchange student, park ranger in Montana, and LOST enthusiast, but what I am now is a writer.

I think it’s fair to say I was born into it. I grew up in the mountains of North Carolina, raised behind the counter of my parents’ independent bookstore, Highland Books in Brevard. Ah, so many free books. But I never thought being a writer could be a real career. After college I thought I’d end up as a foreign service officer somewhere dashing and exotic, like Canada. I studied French, Spanish, German, and Russian and still speak a few of those. Then I joined the Peace Corps and spent two years in Senegal, where I learned a few more languages I’ll never speak again and lived in a mud hut with no electricity or running water. You can probably imagine how that experience went, but if you’re curious, here are the dirty details

It wasn't until a chance aquaintance read something I wrote and said, "have you ever considered being a writer?" that something clicked and I realized it was possible. My husband encouraged me, and I quickly fell head-over-heels in love with writing and children's literature in particular. I started out writing articles, which have appeared in Faces, Appleseeds, and Calliope magazines, and stories for younger children. I soon realized I wasn’t sweet enough to write fiction for that age and found myself writing young adult literature instead, which doesn’t require nearly as many tender moments and includes a lot more cursing.

When I'm not writing, I can usually be found horseback riding, day dreaming at coffee shops, or hiking in the beautiful mountains of Western North Carolina. I love to hear from readers, so please drop me a line!

I am represented by Josh Adams of Adams Literary.
Author Photo by Kristi Hedberg Photography




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#International #Giveaway Release Day Blast Love, Lucy by April Linder & Guest Post


I am so excited that LOVE, LUCY by April Lindner releases today and that I get to share the news, along with an awesome guest post from the author in which she shares “Some Rules of the Road” for traveling abroad, as Lucy did in the book.

If you haven’t yet heard about this wonderful new book by Author April Linder, be sure to check out all the details below.

This blast also includes a giveaway for a copy of the book courtesy of Rockstar Book Tours and 3 signed JANE posters courtesy of the author. So if you’d like a chance to win, enter in the Rafflecopter at the bottom of this post.


About LOVE, LUCY

Title: LOVE, LUCY
Author: April Lindner
Release date: January 27, 2015
Publisher: Poppy
Pages: 304
Formats: Hardcover, eBook

Description:

While backpacking through Florence, Italy, during the summer before she heads off to college, Lucy Sommersworth finds herself falling in love with the culture, the architecture, the food...and Jesse Palladino, a handsome street musician. After a whirlwind romance, Lucy returns home, determined to move on from her "vacation flirtation." But just because summer is over doesn't mean Lucy and Jesse are over, too.

In this coming-of-age romance, April Lindner perfectly captures the highs and lows of a summer love that might just be meant to last beyond the season.

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About April Lindner


April Lindner is the author of three novels: Catherine, a modernization of Wuthering Heights; Jane, an update of Jane Eyre; and Love, Lucy, releasing January 27, 2015. She also has published two poetry collections, Skin and This Bed Our Bodies Shaped. She plays acoustic guitar badly, sees more rock concerts than she’d care to admit, travels whenever she can, cooks Italian food, and lavishes attention on her pets—two Labrador retriever mixes and two excitable guinea pigs. A professor of English at Saint Joseph’s University, April lives in Pennsylvania with her husband and two sons.



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SOME RULES OF THE ROAD 

Like Lucy Sommersworth, the heroine of Love, Lucy, my parents gave me the gift of a lifetime: a backpacking trip to Europe. I was a bit older than Lucy—22, and just out of college—but when I arrived in Milan, Italy with a Eurail pass, a copy of Let’s Go: Europe, and a seventy-pound backpack I could barely lift, I was a wee bit terrified. Like Lucy, I spoke only a little bit of Italian, just barely enough to get by, and I wasn’t particularly good at reading maps or train schedules. Unlike Lucy, I was travelling solo.

Luckily, my journey began with training wheels. I’d just taken a college Italian class, and my professor had offered a safe crash pad for the first few days of my trip—in her family home in the Alps. Less luckily, when I reached Malpensa airport, nobody was there to pick me up. Giddy with excitement and jet lag, I wandered around the airport, eavesdropping on Italians as they hugged each other hello and goodbye, and had noisy arguments. I’d never felt more alone in my life. Where would I sleep that night if my ride didn’t show up?


Luckily, my professor’s brother arrived at last to whisk me away to the family home in Domodossola. The extended family welcomed and fed me, gave me tours of their city with its charming medieval center, helped me practice my Italian, and, when the time was right, brought me to the train station where my solo travels began for real. It was time to take off the training wheels. 

If I’d felt alone back in the airport, I was even more so on that train to Verona, a city where I didn’t know a soul. In those pre-internet days, I could disappear into thin air and nobody would even notice I was gone. The thought was chilling, but oddly exciting.


By nightfall, I’d made it to Verona. I’d figured out the public transportation, found a youth hostel, and booked myself a bed. Best of all, I had introduced myself to a handful of other backpackers. We hung out together in the hostel’s common area, sharing bread and cheese, exchanging stories, discussing the rules of the road—those bits of practical wisdom our travels were teaching us. Here are a few.


Time passes differently on the road.  Spend a few very intense hours seeing the sites with strangers and by the end of the day, those strangers have become a part of your story. Years later you’ll see their faces in your photo album and still remember stray details of the adventures you shared together, even if you can’t quite recall their names. 


Spontaneity is key.  There are few things as magical as showing up at a train station with no idea where you’re headed next, picking a random train, and hopping on. 

Janis Joplin said it best: Freedom’s just another word for nothing left to lose.  When you’re carrying all your possessions on your back in a city where you don’t know a soul, you’re absolutely free. You can go anywhere, do anything. That freedom has its lonely moments—but it can be the doorway to all kinds of adventures.


Embrace misadventure.  As carefully as you plan there will be crazy mistakes: wrong turns, slept-through train stops, multilingual misunderstandings, and all kinds of other blunders—and these will make the best stories. My misadventures are some of my favorite memories. The time I missed curfew and had to climb into my hostel through a second-story window. The morning when, hanging out my recently washed clothes to dry, I dropped my wet underthings out the window, onto a stranger’s head. The night when, with no room to stay in, I slept on Venice’s train station steps with about a hundred other backpackers, the stars above us and the Grand Canal stretched out before us.

Would I trade that last memory for a safe, comfy night in an actual bed?  Not on your life.


The Giveaway

There is a blast-wide giveaway, ending February 6th at 11:59 p.m. Pacific, for:


  • 1 copy of LOVE, LUCY to be ordered from Amazon or The Book Depository – Int’l
  • 3 JANE posters (signed) – US only

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Monday, January 26, 2015

Blogiversary #International #Giveaway Featuring a year of Entangled Teen

Thank you Entangled for making our first year so much fun. A special thank you to Heather Riccio for being a delight to work with. We have loved reading all the great books you have published. Please check out our links to Entangled Reviews this year. 

We are so excited for Atlantis Rising, Scintillate and Deviate so we have featured these books. Atlantis Rising by Gloria Craw interview with Glitter and Character Feature! Also be sure to check out the trailers for all three books.

Do not forget to enter the amazing Entangled Teen Giveaways as well as our International Entangled Teen Giveaway of Origin signed by Jennifer L Armentrout and cover model Pepe Toth.

Atlantis Rising/Glitter Magazine Interview, January 9, 2015

GLITTER: How did you come up with the plot for Atlantis Rising?
GLORIA: When I started writing Atlantis Rising, my plot wasn’t fully formulated. I’d had a concept kicking around in my mind since college when I took a course on undersea archaeology. Discussions about Atlantis were part of that, and I found the whole thing fascinating. So, when I sat down to write, I knew where I wanted my story to start and had a good idea of how I wanted it to end. I went on faith that I’d figure out the ups and downs of the plot as I went along. I think there’s a phrase in the industry for this writing approach. It’s called flying by the seat of your pants. The great thing about it was that the story came together in a way that surprised me as much as I hope it does the reader.
GLITTER: If you could describe Atlantis Rising, how would you describe it?
GLORIA: Atlantis Rising is the story of Alison McKye, a girl who will do anything to protect the adoptive human family she’s come to love. She has enormous power and deadly abilities but doesn’t understand how to use them to their full potential. Then she meets Ian Palmer. As he teaches her to fight, she becomes increasingly attracted to him but having been abandoned as a child, she struggles to trust anyone’s commitment to her. The story is about Alison’s journey toward acceptance of the difficult situations life puts her in and how she comes out stronger because of them. It’s the tale of girl who has great courage, and who commits to give everything, even her life if necessary, in order to protect her family and new friends.
GLITTER: Who was your favorite character to write and why?
GLORIA: Of course, I loved writing my heroine, Alison, but writing Lillian was so much fun. Lillian is grumpy and rude without realizing it, and her dialogue made me laugh out loud sometimes. Her character turns out to have surprising depth too. Uncovering that was bittersweet for me. I hope the reader will be amused by the way she says things, and ultimately they’ll see how deeply she’s hurting. Then hopefully they’ll understand and love her as much as I do.
GLITTER: How different is your book from Anna Banks series?
GLORIA: I would say it’s quite different. The characters in Atlantis Rising look human and live on land. They were never mermaids or mermen. Their connection to the ocean is more symbolic of their ties to the island of Atlantis where their ancestors lived.
GLITTER: What has been the toughest criticism given to you as an author?
GLORIA: I had a writer friend look at an early draft of one of my manuscripts. He said it was a great story with great characters, but didn’t follow form. That made me question myself. I didn’t have a degree in English or Creative Writing. I had a degree in Anthropology. I started to wonder if I had the background to write. This criticism bothered me for about a week. Then I decided I wasn’t going to give up no matter what anyone said. I started to educate myself a little more on writing  style, and now I can say, that I have an understanding of form, and more importantly, I tell a pretty good story.
GLITTER: What has been the best compliment you’ve ever received?
GLORIA: The best compliment I’ve received didn’t come in words. It came when I gave my daughter a copy of Atlantis Rising, and she couldn’t stop reading until she finished it. That she loved the book that much means the world to me.
GLITTER: What is one thing your fans might not know about you?
GLORIA: I love to drive really…really fast. Especially on curvy roads. Don’t try that at home please.
GLITTER: What are you working on now? 
GLORIA: I’m finishing up the second book in the Children of Atlantis series and having a blast doing it. It should go to edits in a few months.

Character Profiles
Alison McKye












Clan: Laurel
Age: 17
Ability: Thoughtmaker

From: Las Vegas, Nevada




Ian Thane










Clan: Thane
Age: 17
Ability: Confidant

From: Sydney, Australia















We met Tracy Clark on the Compulsion Tour and are so excited to read Scintillate and Deviate!











We are also very excited for Paper or Plastic by Vivi Barnes and Collide by Melissa West. Come back and check out our review for both these titles with our blog tour posts in February. 


1 Year of Entangled Teen reviews and Features:


















Giveaways:

The first Rafflecopter is US Only and is courtesy of the Authors. There will be 2 winners. 1 Winner will receive A signed copy of SCINTILLATE, Book 1 in The Light Key Trilogy plus some fun swag (bookmarks and an aura color chart.) Winner 2 will receive a signed copy of Atlantis Rising.

The second Rafflecopter is a special International Giveaway. We are giving away Origin by Jennifer L Armentrout signed by her and her cover model Pepe Toth. This cover is no longer in print. We also met Pepe at his and Jennifer's last signing together!



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