Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday #30

Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event splotlighting upcoming releases that we readers are eagerly anticipating and is hosted by Breaking the Spine.

Prophecy (Calypso #1)
by Julie Anne Lindsey
Publication Date: October 6, 2014

From Goodreads:

On the other side of death, is destiny.

Callie Ingram is spending her senior year focused on one thing: swimming. Her skill as a competitive swimmer is going to secure a scholarship and her future, or so she hopes. She has big plans, and Liam Hale, her gorgeous new neighbor, isn’t going to affect them. But when Callie sees Liam beheading someone, she learns his family has a secret that will change everything. The Hales are Vikings, demi-gods who’ve been charged by The Fates to find their new destined leader.

Callie’s caught in the middle of a budding Norse apocalypse, in love with Liam Hale and desperate to protect her best friend…who the Hales believe is marked for transformation. Putting the clues together as fast as she can, can discovers she has the power to rewrite destiny, for herself and all humankind.

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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Cover Reveal: MOLLY PEPPER AND THE NIGHT TRAIN by Courtney King Walker


We're thrilled to help reveal the cover for MOLLY PEPPER AND THE NIGHT TRAIN by Courtney King Walker! Check out the cover below, and be sure to let us know what you think in the comments.

MOLLY PEPPER AND THE NIGHT TRAIN by Courtney King Walker | Lands Atlantic Publishing Release Date: March 13, 2015


Hidden somewhere in the fog of the San Francisco bay lies Blue Rock Island, home to the bay area’s two best-kept secrets: Bell’s Bluff, the old, abandoned prison on one side of the island, and the Night Train, a mysterious train ride on the other. When twelve-year-old Molly Pepper receives a secret invitation promising a night of magic and adventure aboard the Night Train, she is skeptical. In her experience, most promises prove too good to be true. The fact that she lost her mom is proof enough. Still, Molly gives hope another chance. Together with her loyal friend, Noah Wonderly, they sneak out of the house and follow a string of clues leading to the Night Train. But when the train stops at Bell's Bluff, Molly discovers the real reason she was invited. There, she starts to wonder if hope and magic not only fix broken promises; but make you believe in them again.

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About the Author

Courtney King Walker grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area building rocket ships and rafts out of cardboard, hoping to make it the moon or at least Niagara Falls. But a trip across the border to Tijuana was as exciting as it ever got, so she decided writing about adventure was the next best thing. She now lives in the Rocky Mountains with her husband and four children, and still dreams of flying to the moon. Her YA debut, ON THE FRINGE, was published in 2011 by Lands Atlantic Publishing.



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Monday, September 15, 2014

Cover Reveal: WICKED by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Holy cow, y'all! We are so excited to bring you the Cover Reveal for Jennifer L. Armentrout's WICKED! 
WICKED is a New Adult Paranormal Romance and is a part of Jennifer L. Armentrout’s Wicked Trilogy. 
It is being released on December 8th, 2014. So make sure you pre-order it today!!



WICKED Synopsis:

Things are about to get Wicked in New Orleans.

Twenty-two year old Ivy Morgan isn’t your average college student. She, and others like her, know humans aren’t the only thing trolling the French Quarter for fun… and for food. Her duty to the Order is her life. After all, four years ago, she lost everything at the hands of the creatures she’d sworn to hunt, tearing her world and her heart apart.

Ren Owens is the last person Ivy expected to enter her rigidly controlled life. He’s six feet and three inches of temptation and swoon-inducing charm. With forest-green eyes and a smile that’s surely left a stream of broken hearts in its wake, he has an uncanny, almost unnatural ability to make her yearn for everything he has to offer. But letting him in is as dangerous as hunting the cold-blooded killers stalking the streets. Losing the boy she loved once before had nearly destroyed her, but the sparking tension that grows between them becomes impossible for Ivy to deny. Deep down, she wants… she needs more than what her duty demands of her, what her past has shaped for her.

But as Ivy grows closer to Ren, she realizes she’s not the only one carrying secrets that could shatter the frail bond between them. There’s something he’s not telling her, and one thing is for certain. She’s no longer sure what is more dangerous to her—the ancient beings threatening to take over the town or the man demanding to lay claim to her heart and her soul.
Author PhotoAbout Jennifer L. Armentrout:

# 1 NEW YORK TIMES and USA TODAY 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.

Her dreams of becoming an author started in algebra class, where she spent most of her time writing short stories….which explains her dismal grades in math. Jennifer writes young adult paranormal, science fiction, fantasy, and contemporary romance. She is published with Spencer Hill Press, Entangled Teen and Brazen, Disney/Hyperion and Harlequin Teen. Her book Obsidian has been optioned for a major motion picture and her Covenant Series has been optioned for TV.

She also writes adult and New Adult romance under the name J. Lynn. She is published by Entangled Brazen and HarperCollins.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Branching Out

Hey, it's been a while since I wrote a blog post that wasn't reading related. I've been so busy lately editing that the blogging has fallen behind. Big time at that. In fact the writing / editing realm of my life has become crazier than ever.

I've been revising a YA manuscript that I wrote during NaNo 2012 and it's been going well. Only one problem. I've been so immersed in that world that I feel kind of like I'm drowning in it. The end is near, but still it's not close enough.

I've found myself really antsy to get this project done. Especially with NaNo coming up and the prospect of several other projects swirling around in my head. But, there's a big difference with these projects.

They are all New Adult.

I recently began reading a bunch of NA books, contemporary at that. Which is odd because I'm usually devouring YA books that are as far from contemporary as they come. Odd, but true. I also wrote a NA manuscript for last year's NaNo. But it was only recently that I discovered I'm not only going about that project wrong, but a couple of my YA ideas that I've been stumped on for a while would be ten times better as NA.

So, I'm branching out and exploring the world of new adult romance. Most of the books I've been reading are contemporary and while part of a series they all seem to be revolving around different protags in each book. So, this is a whole new route for me writing wise. I guess we'll see how it works out. And if I like it as much as I do young adult.

I have one big question for everyone. If I were to write YA and NA, should I have a different name for each to differentiate, or the same one. Paranormal YA author Jennifer L. Armentrout writes as J. Lynn for her NA and paranormal YA author Kim Harrington writes under K.A. Harrington for her contemporary YA. But, Ann Aguirre has the same name for all of her YA, NA, and Adult works.

What is your preference? 
What makes the most sense to you?

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday #29

Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event spotlighting upcoming releases that we readers are eagerly anticipating and is hosted by Breaking the Spine.
Sweet Unrest 
by Lisa Maxwell

Publication Date: October 8, 2014

From Goodreads: 

Lucy Aimes has always been practical. But try as she might, she can’t come up with a logical explanation for the recurring dreams that have always haunted her. Dark dreams. Dreams of a long-ago place filled with people she shouldn’t know…but does.

When her family moves to a New Orleans plantation, Lucy’s dreams become more intense, and her search for answers draws her reluctantly into the old city’s world of Voodoo and mysticism. There, Lucy finds Alex, a mysterious boy who behaves as if they’ve known each other forever. Lucy knows Alex is hiding something, and her rational side doesn’t want to be drawn to him. But she is.

As she tries to uncover Alex’s secrets, a killer strikes close to home, and Lucy finds herself ensnared in a century-old vendetta. With the lives of everyone she loves in danger, Lucy will have to unravel the mystery of her dreams before it all comes to a deadly finish.


Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Interview: Michelle L. Johnson

Today I'd like to welcome Michelle L. Johnson, author of DIVINITY, which will be available through Spence City on September 23, 2014.


When Julia climbs into a flaming car to save a trapped child, she's left wondering why either of them survived. Then she learns that her father is the Archangel Gabriel, ad that she is half human, half Archangel. With guidance from Michael, the most powerful Archangel, Julia sets out to discover her own history and explore her angelic powers. But her journey is cut short when an evil force, invisible to human and angel alike, tears her world apart. Now Julia must fight through her despair, harness her newfound gifts, and risk her very soul to stop the A'nwel and protect the family she never knew she had. What she doesn't know is that Archangels have secrets too.



I am intrigued by the idea of someone surviving something they shouldn't have. Can you tell us a little about the inspiration behind writing Divinity?


There have been so many times in my life that I have narrowly escaped something I really shouldn't have. So much so that I often joke that I am immortal. It was something I really wanted to add in because I feel like we all, at some point or another, have had close calls, or got stopped or delayed only to find that if we had been on time we would have been in the middle of an accident. I wanted to write a book that would explain that to some degree, in a few different ways.

The concept itself, though, came from one line. A few years ago I joined a memoir group and decided to write a memoir based on the period of one year in which I met and lived with my biological mother. The line was: "My mother is a raving lunatic and my father is the archangel Gabriel. Please pass the potatoes." I thought, what if I wrote the fictional account where that line was actually true? So I did both.


What makes Divinity different from the many angel stories out there?


My angels aren't fallen angels and they aren't battling demons. They are the Archangels, and they act like gods or mafia. They are every bit as manipulative as humans, and in this book they are in desperate need. The creature they must face is something new, made up of negative energy but sent by an unknown force. And the fact that the Archangels don't know where it comes from or what it is - and can't actually even see it - is something new. This isn't your average Heaven vs Hell book.


I've found that sometimes my favorite characters to write are not the protagonist. Which was your favorite character to write?


Most definitely the Archangel Michael. He's funny - almost inappropriately at times - but he is pretty badass when he needs to be.


What was the hardest thing about writing Divinity?


Keeping track of Julia's appearance. She kept morphing on me and I'm not sure why.


I think I might be a minority in the writing community where I actually enjoy both the drafting phase and the repeated rounds of editing. Which part of the writing process is your favorite and why?


My favorite part is after the first draft when I go through and see all the threads that I have woven in and making sure I've not been too elusive. In my first drafts I tend to assume everyone reading will know what is in my head and often don't leave enough clues. I like going back in and laying out the clues.


Because I have a small son I'm trying to keep an eye on I tend to write at the table in the dining room or in the living room. Where is your favorite place to write?


Lately it has been on an airplane with a legal pad and a pen. but I wrote all of Divinity on the couch on a laptop, seated between the second and third cushion on the right.


What is your writing schedule like? Mine changes all the time with the kids' schedules.


Wait. I'm supposed to have a schedule?


Have you written any other books?


Yes, my first book was a mystery called the Footloose Killer. It is no longer in print but I am planning to revive that series. I so loved those characters.


What project are you currently working on, if you can divulge that information?


I am currently working on the sequel to Divinity, also the next mystery and a collaborative project that is something really new for me but lots of fun - a romance.


Your Twitter says you're an agent as well. Has that aspect helped you with your own writing?


Absolutely. Through the endless evaluation of others, it is a process that you can't help but learn from. I see what works in stories, and what doesn't work. It really helps me when writing, and has certainly taught me that plotting out my stories is a very, very good idea.


Because I'm a huge reader and constantly looking for more books to devour, what are you currently reading?


Though I am sure I will be finished before this interview is posted, I am currently reading Blackbirds by Chuck Wendig. Chuck is an incredibly talented author.

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Author Bio

Michelle L. Johnson was born in Ohio and adopted by Canadians. They traveled all over North America, and when they weren't on the road Michelle could be found with her nose buried deeply in the pages of a book. With all of her travels and adventures, she hopes to bring some of her unique perspective to the pages and to entertain others the way all of her heroes have for her. When she's not hanging out with her feathered friends, she's busy being a literary agent with Inklings Literary Agency. She says wherever she hangs her coffee mug is her home, and right now that's a toasty warm Jacksonville, Florida with her happy Cocker Spaniel and her small family.

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Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday #28

Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event spotlighting upcoming releases that we readers are eagerly anticipating and is hosted by Breaking the Spine.
by Martina Boone

Publication Date: October 28, 2014

From Goodreads: 

Three plantations. Two wishes. One ancient curse.

When loss is all you know, how do you find true love?

Beautiful Creatures meets The Body Finder in this spellbinding new trilogy.

All her life, Barrie Watson has been a virtual prisoner in the house where she lived with her shut-in mother. When her mother dies, Barrie promises to put some mileage on her stiletto heels. But she finds a new kind of prison at her aunt’s South Carolina plantation instead--a prison guarded by an ancient spirit who long ago cursed one of the three founding families of Watson Island and gave the others magical gifts that became compulsions.

Stuck with the ghosts of a generations-old feud and hunted by forces she cannot see, Barrie must find a way to break free of the family legacy. With the help of sun-kissed Eight Beaufort, who knows what Barrie wants before she knows herself, the last Watson heir starts to unravel her family's twisted secrets. What she finds is dangerous: a love she never expected, a river that turns to fire at midnight, a gorgeous cousin who isn’t what she seems, and very real enemies who want both Eight and Barrie dead.