Friday, January 30, 2015

[Exclusive Giveaway] Pre-Order Campaign for Kristen Simmons' GLASS ARROW‏!

Publisher: Tor Books
Format: Hardback | 336 pages
Dimensions: 140mm x 210mm x 29mm | 454g
Publication date: 1 March 2015
ISBN 10: 0765336618
ISBN 13: 9780765336613

The Handmaid’s Tale meets Blood Red Road in Glass Arrow, the story of Aya, who lives with a small group of women on the run from the men who hunt them, men who want to auction off breeding rights to the highest bidder.

In a world where females are scarce and are hunted, then bought and sold at market for their breeding rights, 15-year old Aya has learned how to hide. With a ragtag bunch of other women and girls, she has successfully avoided capture and eked out a nomadic but free existence in the mountains. But when Aya’s luck runs out and she’s caught by a group of businessmen on a hunting expedition, fighting to survive takes on a whole new meaning. 

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Kristen Simmons is the author of the ARTICLE 5 series and THE GLASS ARROW (Tor Teen). She loves her family, Jazzercise, and chocolate cupcakes. She currently lives in Cincinnati, Ohio.

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A Personal Skype Session or Phone Call with Kristen, The Article 5 series Signed in paperback, The Glass Arrow Signed Bookmarks, $50.00 Amazon Gift Card and an EXCLUSIVE Bonus: A mention in the acknowledgements of Kristen's next book, Metaltown. Let’s make this happen and the spread the book love for #TheGlassArrow. How to Pre-Order??? Easy! READ BELOW!!

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Wednesday, January 28, 2015

[Book Review] The Girl with a Clock For a Heart by Peter Swanson

The Girl with a Clock for a HeartThe Girl with a Clock For a Heart 
Already optioned for film, The Girl with a Clock for a Heart is Peter Swanson’s electrifying tale of romantic noir, with shades of Hitchcock and reminiscent of the classic movie Body Heat. It is the story of a man swept into a vortex of irresistible passion and murder when an old love mysteriously reappears.

On an ordinary Friday evening at his favorite Boston tavern, George Foss’s comfortable, predictable life is shattered when a beautiful woman sits down at the bar, a woman who vanished without a trace twenty years ago.

Liana Dector isn’t just an ex-girlfriend, the first love George couldn’t quite forget. She’s also a dangerous enigma and quite possibly a cold-blooded killer wanted by the police. Suddenly, she’s back—and she needs George’s help. Ruthless men believe she stole some money . . . and they will do whatever it takes to get it back.

George knows Liana is trouble. But he can’t say no—he never could—so he makes a choice that will plunge him into a terrifying whirlpool of lies, secrets, betrayal, and murder from which there is no sure escape.

Bold and masterful, full of malicious foreboding and subtle surprises, The Girl with a Clock for a Heart is an addictive, nonstop thriller—an ever-tightening coil of suspense that grips you right up to its electrifying end.

When you first read the summary of the book, you don't really know what to expect since even though it is a psychological thriller, it doesn't sound like a lot might go on. Girl coming back to guy's life, he helping her out, some crazy stuff is involved. & that's it, right? SO, SO VERY WRONG!!!

Definitely not!

First of all. You have one very psycho woman, Liana. You don't really see her as a crazy B(word) at first since she is a woman that every man dreams about. But with the book continuing on, you start to see that the sweet and very charming girl is actually a criminal who's main power is her innocence. 

Then there's George Foss. Really sweet guy, pretty mellow. But really stupid with absolutely no back bone. I mean seriously? Don't go after the crazy chick who made your past hell to give money to her ex even after you get beat up by a thug. Oh poor sweet George. Nice guys always finish last, am I right?

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Final thought? I actually really enjoyed it. And that's the thing about psychological thrillers is that you can't really prepare yourself for what happens in the book and think Swanson did an incredible job with this one.

About Peter Swanson

Peter SwansonPeter Swanson’s stories and poems have appeared in The AtlanticMeasureMysterical-ESoundings EastThe Vocabula Review, and Yankee Magazine. He has degrees in Creative Writing, Education, and Literature from Trinity College, the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, and Emerson College. He lives with his wife and cat in Somerville, Massachusetts. This is his first novel. His second novel, The Kind Worth Killing, will be available in hardcover from William Morrow on February 3, 2015.
Find out more about Peter on his website and follow him on Twitter.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

[Release Day Giveaway] A Cold Legacy by Meghan Shepherd

I am so excited that A COLD LEGACY by Megan Shepherd releases today and that I get to share the news! I've read the previous 2 books in this series and absolutely love them. They are dark, twisted, and always unpredictable. 

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.

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

About Megan
Megan ShepherdHello!
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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Monday, January 26, 2015

[Release Day Giveaway] LOVE, LUCY by April Lindner

So excited that LOVE, LUCY by April Lindner releases today and that I get to share the news & have this giveaway on my page! I recently got a review copy of this book and cannot wait to check it out and review it here.

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.

Author: April Lindner
Pub. Date: January 27, 2015
Publisher: Poppy
Pages: 304
Find it: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Goodreads
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.

About April Lindner

April LindnerApril 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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[Book Blast Giveaway] An Angel Torched My Homework and Other Lies by Miche Sipes.

An Angel Torched My Homework & Other Lies
Carrie Philips just wants her junior year at Clement Academy to go smoothly. Sure, it’s the first high school in the nation to integrate Norms like her with the Differents. But the Diffs are just typical teenagers with “tiny” genetic anomalies. They’re not really vampires or werewolves or angels or zombies like you see in old movies. The Diffs just have special dietary needs and some unusual abilities. They’re certainly not dangerous or anything—at least that’s what Carrie has always believed, since her dad is a doctor of Different medicine.

But when several of her fellow students are mysteriously assaulted, cracks form in Carrie’s worldview. Cracks she tries to ignore while defending her friends from anti-Diff backlash and solving the mystery of who’s really behind the attacks. Meanwhile, she’s distracted by two criminally cute guys who both seem to like her (and hate each other). Then Carrie uncovers a bombshell that could forever change how Norms and Diffs see each other. So much for a quiet school year.

Miche Sipes wrote her first play at the age of six and has been writing creatively ever since. Well, if you don’t count the occasional decade-long lapse. Miche has lived in Maryland and Florida, but now calls Colorado home. Whenever she’s not writing—or finding ingenious ways to procrastinate like ironing shoelaces or flossing her cat’s teeth—she can be found hiking in the mountains. Then again, there’s a good chance you won’t find her because she’s probably lost.

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Friday, January 23, 2015

[Book Review] Tear You Apart by Sarah Cross

Tear You ApartTear You Apart (Beau Rivage)
by Sarah Cross
Publisher: EgmontUSA
Release Date: January 27th 2015
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An edgy fairy tale retelling of "Snow White" set in the world of Kill Me Softly for fans of Once Upon a Time and Grimm.

Faced with a possible loophole to her "Snow White" curse, Viv goes underground, literally, to find the prince who's fated to rescue her. But is life safe in the Underworld worth the price of sacrificing the love that might kill her?

From a modern-day Snow Write to a party in the Underground including nonstop partying with Twelve Dancing Princesses & a troll with Rumplestiltskin curse, Tear You Apart is a twisted book of a town carrying curses of different tales which emphasizing on a story of Viv. 

Viv has a curse of Snow White and unfortunately everyone knows that her stepmother will be the one who one day come after her heart. & her boyfriend is supposed to be one who will cut her heart out - the Huntsman. Noone really knows when the curse will happen but from now on she needs to stay away from Henley until something dangerous happens. Even swearing that he will never hurt her can't change the curse that was put on him so Viv knows she should stay away. 

This book has so many more different aspects than just a story about a Snow White and how she escapes from the evil stepmother. The story transfers into the underworld with her Prince & the happily every after might not be what it seemed at first. 

I definitely enjoyed the story and the way it was written. A lot of the fairytales that were involved in it were really funny, specially Kashei & his attempt to get all the girl's phone numbers at the underground party! I loved how original it was & definitely made me rethink the potential for retellings and its future.

"After the Ball" is a short story set in Beau Rivage, a city where fairy tales come to life, and ancient stories are played out again and again. You can read more about the cursed fairy-tale characters of Beau Rivage in Sarah Cross' novel Kill Me Softly.

Sarah Cross is the author of the fairy tale novels Kill Me Softly and Tear You Apart (coming January 2015), the superhero novel Dull Boy, and the Wolverine comic "The Adamantium Diaries." She loves fairy tales, lowbrow art, secret identities and silence.