Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Cover Reveal: Brave (A Wicked Saga #3) by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Book info:
TitleBrave  
Author:  Jennifer L. Armentrout
SeriesA Wicked Saga #3  
Genre:  NA Fantasy
Release Date:  December 11th, 2017

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Synopsis:

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Ivy Morgan hasn't been feeling like herself lately. Not like anyone can blame her. After all, being held captive by a psychotic fae prince hell-bent on permanently opening the gates to the Otherworld is bound to leave some mental scars.



It’s more than that, though. Something dark and insidious is spreading throughout Ivy, more powerful than she could ever imagine... and it’s coming between her and the man she’s fallen deeply in love with, elite Order member Ren Owens.



Ren would do anything to keep Ivy safe. Anything. But when he makes a life altering choice for her, the fallout of his act has far reaching consequences that threaten to tear their lives apart.

If Ivy is going to have any hope of surviving this, she must put aside the hurt and betrayal she feels, and work with not only those she loves, but with an enemy she would rather kill than ever trust. War is coming, and it soon becomes clear that what Ivy and Ren thought they knew about the Order, themselves, and even their enemies, has been nothing but a cluster of dangerous, deadly lies. Ivy knows she must be more than just brave to save those she loves--and, ultimately, to save herself.


Because behind ever evil fae Prince, there’s a Queen

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Virtual Signing Information:

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To celebrate the upcoming release of BRAVE (book 3 in the Wicked Saga), Jennifer is offering an exclusive virtual signing! Through this virtual signing, you will be able to order SIGNED & PERSONALIZED copies of WICKED, TORN, and BRAVE!

And best of all -- This is OPEN INTERNATIONALLY! 









- Virtual Signing opens 9/21/17 at 11AM ET

- Virtual Signing ends 11/17/17

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 About the Author:

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# 1 NEW YORK TIMES Bestselling author Jennifer lives in Martinsburg, West Virginia. All the rumors you’ve heard about her state aren’t true. When she’s not hard at work writing. She spends her time reading, working out, watching really bad zombie movies, pretending to write, and hanging out with her husband and her Jack Russell, Loki.


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Can't Wait Wednesday #29: Mapping the Bones by Jane Yolen

Can't-Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Tressa at Wishful Endings to spotlight and talk about the books we're excited about that we have yet to read. Generally they're books that have yet to be released. It's based on Waiting on Wednesday, hosted by the fabulous Jill at Breaking the Spine.  This week I've picked a book that fits with my interest in reading books about the Holocaust, and it is by an author that wrote a classic YA book about that topic, The Devil's Arithmetic.  Here is the blurb from Goodreads:


From the legendary author of The Devil's Arithmetic, Jane Yolen, comes her first Holocaust novel in nearly thirty years. Influenced by Dr. Mengele's sadistic experimentations, this story follows twins as they travel from the Lodz ghetto, to the partisans in the forest, to a horrific concentration camp where they lose everything but each other.

The year is 1942, and Chaim and Gittel, Polish twins, are forced from their beautiful home and made to live in the Lodz Ghetto. Their family's cramped quarters are awful, but when even those dire circumstances become too dangerous, their parents decide to make for the nearby Lagiewniki Forest, where partisan fighters are trying to shepherd Jews to freedom in Russia. The partisans take Chaim and Gittel, with promises that their parents will catch up -- but soon, everything goes wrong. Their small band of fighters is caught and killed. Chaim, Gittel, and their two friends are left alive, only to be sent off to Sobanek concentration camp.

Chaim is quiet, a poet, and the twins often communicate through wordless exchanges of shared looks and their own invented sign language. But when they reach Sobanek, with its squalid conditions, rampant disease, and a building with a belching chimney that everyone is scared to so much as look at, the bond between Chaim and Gittel, once a source of strength, becomes a burden. For there is a doctor there looking to experiment on twins, and what he has in store for them is a horror they dare not imagine.

This gut-wrenching story about the choices we make, the values we hold -- and the ties that bind us all together--adds a story never told before in young adult literature to the body of work written about teens during World War II.


Have you read The Devil's Arithmetic?  Do you read many books on the Holocaust? What book are you eagerly awaiting this week?

Release Blitz with Giveaway: Complications on Ice (A Boys of Winter Novel) by S.R. Grey

Title: Complications on Ice
Series: A Boys of Winter Novel
Author: S.R. Grey
Genre: Sports Romance / RomCom
Release Date: September 18, 2017
"This is book three in The Boys of Winter Series and I have read all of them and I have to say this one is my favorite. The writing and the sports. I love hockey. Best sport ever. That is one the things I love best about S.R. Grey, she includes the game." ~ Alpha Book Club 

"I love this series, but omg Benny stole a piece of my heart. What's not to love about a hot hockey player who loves doughnuts, is hilarious and is so much in love he is prepared to forgive almost anything." ~ Jackie, MI Bookshelf Blog 
"I had everyone staring, I was laughing so hard." ~ Books and Boys Book Blog 
Fun-loving professional hockey player Benjamin “Benny” Perry is all about scoring, both on and off the ice. With his good looks and easygoing personality, women flock to him, which is great. It keeps things the way this Las Vegas Wolves forward likes—uncomplicated.
Too bad that’s all about to change.
When Benny decides to get back at his coach by pursuing his daughter, Eliza, who’s just returned to town under mysterious circumstances, complications abound. What begins as a simple conquest becomes anything but when Benny starts to really fall for Eliza.
But something is up.
Though Eliza seems to be as into him as he is to her, Benny senses she’s hiding something.
Or maybe she’s hiding someone. 
Benny would never guess Eliza is hiding a baby—her baby. But it doesn’t end there. The father of her child just happens to be a hockey player too. And he’s Benny’s biggest nemesis.
Now he’s joining the team. Talk about complicated!
Complications on Ice is the 3rd standalone novel in the bestselling Boys of Winter hockey romance series.

 
Dylan Culderway, a premier defenseman on our team, kicked things off by making a joke about how I better keep my horny self far away from Coach’s daughter.
“I heard she’s back in town,” Dylan said. 
“Oh, yeah,” I mumbled disinterestedly, “where was she before?” 
I didn’t keep fucking tabs on these kinds of things. 
“D.C., apparently,” Dylan replied. “At college, I guess.” 
“Oh, really?” I perked up. So she was young, hmm… “You say she’s back in Vegas?” I said. 
“Yep.” 
I then asked a very pertinent question, “Is she hot?”  
Dylan laughed. “Dude, Coach already has it out for you. I’m telling you, he’d annihilate your ass if you ever tapped his precious daughter.”
Ignoring the warning, I replied, “What’s her name?”  
“Eliza.” 
“Eliza, eh?” 
I liked the way it rolled off my tongue. Better yet, this could be my chance to exact revenge on Coach T for treating me like a pariah.
“What does this Eliza look like?” I asked Dylan. I didn’t want to hit on the wrong girl. 
“Not sure,” he replied. “I’ve never met her. Since her dad doesn’t want her around any hockey players, I don’t think she’s ever been here at the arena.” 
But then Jaxon Holland, a second-line center, jumped in and said, “I’ve met her.”
“And…?” I queried. 
He let out a low whistle. “She’s a hot piece of ass, just your type, Perry. A tiny, little thing…” He outlined an hourglass shape with his hands, and I was salivating by the time he got to “…curvy as fuck, too.”
“That’s it. I have to meet this Eliza,” I declared. 
“Go for it.” Holland laughed. 
He could be a real dog like me, as demonstrated when he went on to say, “There’s nothing better than drilling a chick with hips like that. You can really grab on and go to town.”
When he mimicked a fucking motion, we all cracked up. 
Except for Brent Oliver, captain of our team, who was frowning as he said, “You better stay away from Eliza, Benny. Dylan’s right. Coach T is crazy protective of her. He despises the idea of his daughter dating a hockey player.” 
“Huh, I wonder why that is?” I mused. 
Brent shrugged. “I don’t know, but weren’t you here the day he told us she was off-limits?”
I thought about it and couldn’t recall. “I must’ve been running late that day,” I concluded.
“Probably busy buying a chocolate donut,” someone yelled. 
I swung my head around to see who the smartass was. Probably one of the younger guys, as the rookies always had commentary.  
“Who said that?” I wanted to know. No one fessed up, and I mumbled, “Pussies.” 
“Anyway,” Brent resumed, “Coach T made a big point of telling us to stay the fuck away from her. He promised there’d be consequences if any of the players asked her out.”
“Ha, ask her out? Who said I wanted to date her?” I volleyed back, mimicking, slow and easy, the same fucking motion Jaxon had a few minutes ago. 
Everyone lost it then, including Brent. Though I did hear him mutter under his breath, “It’s your funeral, man.”
It’ll be worth it, I thought. 
I liked that Eliza was off-limits. What a stellar way to get back at Coach for riding me so hard and unnecessarily lately. 
S.R. Grey is an Amazon Top 100 and a #1 Barnes and Noble Bestselling author. She is the author of the brand new Boys of Winter hockey romance series, the popular Judge Me Not books, the Promises series, the Inevitability duology, A Harbour Falls Mystery trilogy, and the Laid Bare series of novellas. Ms. Grey's works have appeared on multiple Amazon Bestseller lists, including Top 100 several times. She is also a #1 Bestselling Author on Barnes and Noble and a Top 100 Bestselling Author on iTunes. 


"Hilarious and perfectly 'played' sports romance that I devoured in one sitting! I can't wait to read more." - #1 NYT Bestselling author Rachel Van Dyken
"The usual Grey crisp writing, lovable heroes that you kinda want to slap, and a heroine that doesn't back down," Resistance on Ice is another fun standalone novel in the bestselling Boys of Winter hockey romance series.” - Wall Street Journal Bestselling Author Ilsa Madden-Mills

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Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Blog Tour with Giveaway: Across the Darkling Sea (Magicfall #1) by K. Ferrin


Book info:
Title:  Across the Darkling Sea
Author:  K. Ferrin
Publication date: November 12th, 2016
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
Synopsis:
Across the Darkling Sea is the first book in the new serial fantasy series Magicfall, by K. Ferrin!
Magic is forbidden in Brielle, but that never stopped Evelyn. Until Now. Because Evelyn has discovered she is magic, and now she is running for her life.
Her only hope is on an island cloaked in shadow, an island of dark magic and even darker beasts. An island warlocks call home.
Evelyn’s friends have turned against her, her own mother tried to kill her, and the place she calls home has banished her. Hidden away in the belly of a riverboat, a stowaway, her journey begins.

Across the Darkling Sea is book one in a serial series. Each book is roughly 50,000 words or about 150 pages. To emphasize, this is a serial series, meaning it’s one story that stretches across multiple books.

Author Interview:
1.  What does your writing process look like? Do you know the whole story when you start?  Or do you just start writing and go with it (seat of the pants writing)?  If you plan it out, how do you do that?  Outline, notecards, post-it-notes, etc.?
 

At the very beginning, a story might be nothing more than a piece of dialogue that comes to mind (as is the case with Across the Darkling Sea) or an interesting character. But by the time I sit down to start writing, a know the general arc of the story from first page to last, whether that story will fill a single novel or a string of them like Magicfall.
I do not plot out every detail of every scene though. If you think of a story like a map, some people plot out to such detail it would be like a detailed city map with every road and building named and numbered. I don’t get this detailed. But I know the general landscape of the story. I know who my main and secondary characters are, I know their arc over the course of the story, and I know the main plot points from beginning to end. I know, generally quite clearly, how the story will end. But there are gaps, things I don’t know, how a particular scene might play out or what will force a character to take a particular action.
To continue with the map analogy, my map would have some very detailed sections, while other areas are simply labeled with vague descriptions of “mountains” or “rivers”,and some areas may even be labelled with a cautionary “here there be dragons”.
I have two very large white boards in my office that I use to track the story. I use whiteboards because no matter how much I plan things out in advance the story will always evolve as a write it. A whiteboard allows me to easily change something on the fly, to make notes to myself about changes I need to make earlier in the story because of something I change now.


2.  How do you come up with your ideas for your stories?

 
I get ideas from all over the place. Across the Darkling Sea began as a random bit of dialogue that popped into my mind one day. I might read a story in the news that triggers an idea for me, or see something in a movie that lodges in my brain, an inconsequential nothing in the film I’m watching, but something that could grow into a very cool story all on it’s own with a bit of creativity.
I’ve got four book series sitting on my back shelf right now. The source of the ideas for each of them include: a line of dialogue that randomly popped into my mind, a bit of a lyric from a song (“It’s a new day. It’s a bright day. Even when you stand in the dark.” by All American Rejects), a dream (this one was weird, I dreamt the entire story and most importantly, I REMEMBERED IT!), and a pant-less flight to Tokyo (seriously, I’m not kidding.).

3.  How long have you been writing?

 
 I’ve been writing my entire life, but I’ve been writing seriously and for publication since 2013.
 

4.  What tips do you have for aspiring writers?
 
Write. Sit down, put your butt in the chair and write. Regularly. Maybe not every day, but definitely every week. Get a million words down on paper or in a collection of files. Yes, I said a million. It’s a bit of cliche, but it’s no less true for it. If you want do be great at something you need to do it a lot. Over and over and over again, even when you want to throw it all out the window.
If you’re serious, I’d also tell you to start building a community now. Start blogging if that’s your thing, or start building a social media platform now. While you are still practicing. It will pay off when you finally are ready to hit the ‘go’ button, whether you choose the indie or traditional publishing route.


5.   What are your favorite:

 
Books/authors/genres:
I am a fantasy lover through and through. It’s my first love, followed by sci fi and action/adventure. Some of my favorite fantasy authors include Robin Hobb (I adore her Liveship Traders books), NK Jemisin (Fifth Season is awesome), Neil Gaiman (Ocean at the End of the Lane… damn), and VE Schwab (A Darker Shade of Magic).
 

Movies/TV Shows:
Just finished up with the current season of Game of Thrones of course, which I absolutely adore. I don’t watch much TV though.
On the movie front, I love pretty much anything from Studio Ghibli. The first Guardians of the Galaxy was completely awesome. One that many won’t have heard of, which is such a shame, is called Turbo Kid. Don’t let the title fool you, this is not appropriate for little ones!
 

Music
All Rock all the time. Alternative stuff.
 

Food/Writing snack
Sunflower seeds. I’ve snacked on them as long as I’ve had teeth. Also Pickles. But not together. Pie is my favorite food group.
 

Social Media Site
I live on Pinterest, but I’m also regularly on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Author Bio:
K. Ferrin spends her days surrounded by engineers, technology, and humming machinery, but her evenings are steeped in magic, myth, and adventure. She writes fantasy, loves gardening, and eats way too much pie. She lives at the foot of the Colorado Rockies with her husband and two pooches.
Her novels include the stand alone YA fantasy novel Magicless, as well as Across the Darkling Sea, and A Dying Land, the first two books of a series. You can find her online at www.kferrin.com.



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Release Day Blitz: Love Profound (Cowboys and Angels #2) by Kelly Elliott

     

I write about love, but I’ve never experienced it. Sure, I’ve been with guys that I cared about. Even thought I found ‘the one’. He turned out to be the frog and not the prince.

A few Frank Sinatra songs and a wildly handsome cowboy who calls me Darlin’, will have me second guessing everything I ever thought I knew about love.

Does happily ever after really exist…or is it only something I write about in books?

Love Profound is book two in the Cowboys and Angels series.

     

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About the Author:
 Kelly Elliott is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling contemporary romance author. Since finishing her bestselling Wanted series, Kelly continues to spread her wings while remaining true to her roots and giving readers stories rich with hot protective men, strong women and beautiful surroundings. Her bestselling works include, Wanted, Broken, Without You, and Unconditional Love, to name just a few. Kelly has been passionate about writing since she was fifteen. After years of filling journals with stories, she finally followed her dream and published her first novel, Wanted, in November of 2012. Kelly lives in central Texas with her husband, daughter, and two pups. When she’s not writing, Kelly enjoys reading and spending time with her family. She is down to earth and very in touch with her readers, both on social media and at signings. To find out more about Kelly and her books, you can find her through her website. www.kellyelliottauthor.com

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