Tuesday, September 30, 2014

October 2014 Releases

Oh the books this month! So many good ones, too. And I've been luck to have read three of them as arcs! To read the full blurbs and add them on Goodreads just click the book titles.

Prophecy (Calypso #1) by Julie Anne Lindsey
10/6/14

Why -> Norse mythology. That should say it all right there. Greek mythology is pretty much everywhere and I have read tons of it. Plus, this is Julie Anne Lindsey and I loved her last YA, Deceived, so so much. I read an arc of this one recently and really enjoyed it. Check out my review for more on Prophecy. I can't wait for the next book in the series. I need more Liam, and okay Callie too. But Liam mostly.

Black Ice by Becca Fitzpatrick
10/7/14

Why -> This had me right away. First off, it's Becca Fitzpatrick. Second, it's set in the Grand Tetons. Having been born in Wyoming and spending a great deal of time as a child in Wyoming and Utah, I love mountains, especially the Tetons. Add to that the fact that this is a thriller where Britt finds herself hostage to two fugitives. She agrees to lead them off the mountain in exchange for her life. But the more she uncovers, the more danger she finds herself in. And she just hopes she can keep herself alive long enough for her ex-boyfriend, Calvin, to find her, before it's too late.

Whispers from the Past (Whisper Falls #3) by Elizabeth Langston
10/7/14

Why -> I have yet to read the second book in this series, A Whisper in Time, so I haven't read the blurb on this one yet. I really enjoyed the first book in the trilogy, Whisper Falls. Really enjoyed the melding of current times with the past. I really enjoyed Langston's vision of the past and how she melded the two with the first book. Both the second and third are high up on my list to read. I just need so much more time in the day!

Sweet Unrest by Lisa Maxwell
10/8/14

Why -> Oh dear goodness, this book broke me. This was the second arc of the month that I read in September and I really loved it. I loved the voice of this book and the characters. Still I found myself tearing up at the end and I was so broken. But I loved it so much. You can read my review for more, but I suggest reading it for yourself. Really good!

Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch
10/14/14

Why -> This one looks so good and so unlike much of what I've been reading lately. Magical kingdoms, war, unwanted destiny, and a forbidden love. Really looks good and can't wait to read it. Everyone I am acquainted with on Goodreads who have read it as an arc gave it five stars, so I really can't wait to read this one.

Stitching Snow by R.C. Lewis
10/14/14

Why -> It appears snow is a theme this month. Basically this one is a sci-fi retelling of snow white. And I really enjoy retellings. And there aren't that many for Snow White, so I'm excited for this one. Not to mention I have heard nothing but good things about it so far.

Follow Me Through Darkness (#1) by Danielle Ellison 
10/21/14

Why -> I was lucky to get an arc of this one also. Really, really good. I have an interview scheduled as part of the blog tour coming up this month, so stay tuned. And then go read the book when it comes out! I don't even think I can do justice to this one in a quick blurb. All I really have to say is: read this one!

Stone Cold Touch (The Dark Elements #2) by Jennifer L. Armentrout
10/28/14

Why -> I haven't read the blurb because I have yet to read the first book in the trilogy. I will remedy this by the time this one comes out, though. I have recently been busy devouring anything written by JLA. And I mean everything she's written. I'm pretty sure that I'll have every JLA and J. Lynn book read by Christmas time. No joke. If you haven't read anything by her, you must do so immediately. You won't regret it. Maybe your family will miss you, but you'll be swimming in new book boyfriends in no time.

Compulsion by Martina Boone
10/28/14

Why -> I tried to come up with a summary of the blurb that did this one justice, but can't put into words how amazing this one sounds. I love ghost stories and curses and stories set in the south. I just can't wait to get my hands on this one. So buying this one when it releases.

Waterfall (Teardrop #2) by Lauren Kate
10/28/14

Why -> Haven't read the blurb yet on this one either, mostly because I just have yet to read the first book in the trilogy. I really enjoyed her last series, Fallen, and can't wait until the movie comes out. I really need to grab the first book, Teardrop, and read it soon.

Atlantia by Ally Condie
10/28/14

Why -> After reading the Matched trilogy I'm forever a fan of Ally Condie. I loved her writing on that series and the world she spun. It was amazing. I can't wait to read this one. Rio has lived her entire life Below, in Atlantia, the underwater city. She's only ever dreamed of going Above, until her twin sister, Bay, makes a decision that strands her alone Below. The whole idea of this being underwater in Atlantia has me completely enticed, that alone. I can't wait to read this one.

What new releases are you excited for this October?

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Teaser Thursday: FOLLOW ME THROUGH DARKNESS by Danielle Ellison


Outside, the sky is overwhelmed with darkness. Around me, people are stirring. Little houses are busy with life. Children cry, and smoke from hearths billows up toward the sky. House after house is the same.

As we walk through the center of town, a little boy named Jacob runs past us, his black pants covered with specks of gray from the gravel dust. His mother yells after him, but Jacob doesn’t stop. Not until he sees my father. Then he freezes, and his chest heaves.

“Jacob Teem,” my father says. His voice is rough and loud. It’s always rough and loud lately. “I believe your mother is calling for you. Tell me, Jacob, what is the punishment in your household for disobeying your parents?”

Jacob’s eyes expand three sizes. He gulps, and the freckles on his face seem to dance in trembling fear. “Director, sir, we must spend the day on trash duty throughout the Compound for each account.”

My father nods. “How many times did she yell your name?”

Jacob doesn’t answer. My father bends down toward him, and I swear the boy is about to pee his pants. Father whispers in the boy’s ear. With a nod, Jacob flees from us and back to his mother. I hear her say his name in the tone that mothers get. I’ve heard Sara’s voice change that way many times.

“What did you say to him?” I ask.

My father stands, straightens his shirt, and we walk on before he answers. “I told him the Elders were looking at his records, and if he continues to disobey, they would send him North to be a servant.”

“Father!” I say.

He doesn’t even look at me. “He will listen now. These are the cards we must play to teach the children right and wrong.”

“But you’re scaring him. How does a child running constitute a warning such as that? Since when is running forbidden? You aren’t teaching him. You’re threatening him.”

Father stops and looks at me. His face is contorted and red, very unusual for the way he’s always so composed. I miss his smile. Where is his smile?

"I will not have my own daughter questioning my authority in public or in private. You should learn to tame your tongue, Cornelia. It will get you into trouble.”


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Cover Reveal: INSPIRE by Cora Carmack

We are thrilled to bring you the cover for Cora Carmack's INSPIRE! INSPIRE is a New Adult Paranormal Romance novel and is due to be released on December 15, 2014!


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About INSPIRE:

Kalliope lives with one purpose.

To inspire.

As an immortal muse, she doesn’t have any other choice. It’s part of how she was made. Musicians, artists, actors—they use her to advance their art, and she uses them to survive. She moves from one artist to the next, never staying long enough to get attached. But all she wants is a different life— a normal one. She’s spent thousands of years living lie after lie, and now she’s ready for something real.

Sweet, sexy, and steady, Wilder Bell feels more real than anything else in her long existence. And most importantly… he’s not an artist. He doesn’t want her for her ability. But she can’t turn off the way she influences people, not even to save a man she might love. Because in small doses, she can help make something beautiful, but her ability has just as much capacity to destroy as it does to create. The longer she stays, the more obsessed Wilder will become. It’s happened before, and it never turns out well for the mortal.

Her presence may inspire genius.

But it breeds madness, too.

HeadshotAbout Cora Carmack:
Cora Carmack is a twenty-something writer who likes to write about twenty-something characters. She's done a multitude of things in her life-- boring jobs (like working retail), Fun jobs (like working in a theatre), stressful jobs (like teaching), and dream jobs (like writing). She enjoys placing her characters in the most awkward situations possible, and then trying to help them get a boyfriend out of it. Awkward people need love, too. Her first book, LOSING IT, was a New York Times and USA Today bestseller.


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Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday #31

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

Follow Me Through Darkness
by Danielle Ellison
Publication Date: October 21, 2014

From Goodreads:

The truth won't always set you free.

Less than a year ago, Neely Ambrose’s biggest worry was having the freedom to follow a path that wasn't chosen for her.

Less than a year ago, she believed she could trust the Elders who said they had everyone’s best interest at heart and who said they were keeping them safe from the outside.

Sixty days ago, she discovered what they had planned for everyone she loved—and that all of it centered around her. Now she’s on the run through a dangerous wasteland full of killing machines, secret organizations, and people who want to sell her back to the Elders for their own safety. The whole world outside the Compound is living proof that everything in Neely’s life was a lie manufactured by the Elders, which may even include the boy she loves.

All Neely wants is the truth, but each new piece of it drives her further from what she thought she knew. With only forty days until everyone she loves falls under the Elders’ mind control, Neely must decipher who to trust, what questions to ask, and how to get one step ahead of the Elders, who will do anything to keep their secrets buried.

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Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Cover Reveal & Giveaway: FREAKS OF NATURE by Wendy Brotherlin


Title: Freaks of Nature
Author: Wendy Brotherlin
Release Date: May 5, 2015
Publisher: Spencer Hill Press


Blurb


The global Ebola-X pandemic of 2022 lasted five months, two weeks and six days before a cure could be found. In its wake, it left a generation of psionic freaks who can turn a single thought into a weapon… or worse.

Fifteen-year-old Devon McWilliams is one of those freaks, but instead of some awesome ability like telepathy or telekinesis, he talks to plants. Yes, plants. In other words, Devon rates a big fat zero on the scale of kick-ass psychic abilities. But when Devon escapes from his psionic detainment facility, the United States Military intercepts him before he can rendezvous with the Psionic Underground Network. Regaining consciousness, Devon finds himself securely fastened to his seat aboard a military airship headed to Washington DC, where he will either be incarcerated for life or killed.

However, there are six other psions aboard this one-way flight to doom… and one of them, a telepath named Bai Lee, claims to have the means to escape, but they have to convince her, one by one, that they’re worthy of freedom. This is not good news for Plant Boy. The last thing he wants is to relive his nightmare escape from the psi-facility that left his best friend dead, especially since he’s made the acquaintance of the lovely, blonde healer, Alya du Roumanie, sitting beside him. Worse than that, he wouldn’t be able to bear the look in her eyes if she ever found out how truly pathetic a psion he really is.

They say there are no keeping secrets from a hell-bent telepath, but Devon McWilliams is determined to do just that, risking everything not to be left behind.

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About Wendy Brotherlin

Wendy Brotherlin is a screenwriter, music enthusiast and all around geek-goddess. She earned a Masters in Screenwriting at the University of Southern California and went on to write for children’s television including Nickelodeon’s Are You Afraid of the Dark?. Today, she lives in Manchester, Maine with her husband and two little super-heroes-in-training. Freaks of Nature is her first novel.

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Monday, September 22, 2014

Giveaway: ttyl by Lauren Myracle

Normally for Banned Books Week I interview my daughter and her friends about books they've read off the banned books list. This year has been rather crazy, and I never got around to doing those interviews. But, I am still doing a giveaway for ttyl by Lauren Myracle.

About ttyl: 

Audacious author Lauren Myracle accomplishes something of a literary miracle in her second young-adult novel, ttyl (Internet instant messaging shorthand for "talk to you later"), as she crafts an epistolary novel entirely out of IM transcripts between three high-school girls.

Far from being precious, the format proves perfect for accurately capturing the sweet histrionics and intimate intricacies of teenage girls. Grownups (and even teenage boys) might feel as if they've intercepted a raw feed from Girl Secret Headquarters, as the book's three protagonists--identified by their screen names "SnowAngel," "zoegirl," and "mad maddie"--tough their way through a rough-and-tumble time in high school. Conversations range from the predictable (clothes, the delicate high-school popularity ecosystem, boys, boys in French class, boys in Old Navy commercials, etc.) to the the jarringly explicit (the girls discuss female ejaculation: "some girls really do, tho. i read it in our bodies, ourselves") and the unintentionally hilarious (Maddie's IM reduction of the Christian poem "Footprints"--"oh, no, my son. no, no, no. i was carrying u, don't u c?").

But Myracle's triumph in ttyl comes in leveraging the language-stretching idiom of e-mail, text messaging, and IM. Reaching to express themselves, the girls communicate almost as much through punctuation and syntactical quirks as with words: "SnowAngel: 'cuz--drumroll, please--ROB TYLER is in my french class!!! *breathes deeply, with hand to throbbing bosom* on friday we have to do "une dialogue" together. i get to ask for a bite of his hot dog.'"

Myracle already proved her command of teenage girl-ness with Kissing Kate, but the self-imposed convention of ttyl allows a subtlety that is even more brilliant. Parents might like reading the book just to quantify how out of touch they are, but teens will love the winning, satisfyingly dramatic tale of this tumultuous trio. (Ages 13 to 17) --Paul Hughes


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  • Giveaway begins Monday, September 22, 2014 and ends at 12am (Central) on Saturday, September 27, 2014.
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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

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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!!



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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.

Synopsis

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.

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Q.

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?


A.

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.


Q.

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

A.

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.


Q.

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


A.

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


Q.

What was the hardest thing about writing Divinity?



A.

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




Q.

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?


A.

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.


Q.

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?


A.

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.


Q.

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



A.

Wait. I'm supposed to have a schedule?



Q.

Have you written any other books?



A.

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.


Q.

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




A.

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.



Q.

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





A.

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.


Q.

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


A.

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.
Compulsion
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.

 

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Cover Reveal: ONLY ONE DREAM by Elodie Nowodazkij

Title: ONLY ONE DREAM (One, Two, Three #0.5)
Author: Elodie Nowodazkij
Release Date: October 2014
Cover Designer: Derek Murphy of CreativIndie

Blurb


Sixteen-year-old Natalya Pushkaya has only one dream: becoming the best ballerina ever. Dancing's always been who she is and she's working her hardest to land the main role of the School of Performing Arts end of the year recital.

But...will she make it?

Within a week, Natalya's life will be changed forever.

Prequel novelette of One, Two, Three.


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Elodie Nowodazkij was raised in a tiny village in France, where she could always be found a book in hand. At nineteen, she moved to the US, where she learned she'd never lose her French accent. She graduated with a bachelor's degree in Modern Language & Linguistics, and later earned master's degrees in German Cultural Studies and European Studies. Unbeknownst to her professors, she sometimes drafted stories in class. Now she lives in Germany with her husband and their cat (who doesn't seem to realize he's not human), and uses her commuting time to write the stories swirling in her head. She's also a serial smiley user.

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Cover Reveal: FRAGILE REIGN by Stacey O'Neale

We're thrilled to help reveal the cover for FRAGILE REIGN (Mortal Enchantment #2) by Stacey O'Neale! Check out the cover below, and let us know what you think in the comments. Then be sure to enter the giveaway for a chance to win a $100 Amazon or B&N gift card!
 

Details about the cover, from author Stacey O'Neale:

In case you're curious about the cover, the model represents Marcus. The background represents the woodland court and the caves at the bottom are where the members of the royal family live. I chose caves because the woodland court protects the forests of the world. I didn't think they would choose to cut down trees to make a castle, so the massive caves worked out nicely. If you zoom in, you can see where the doors and windows are cut out. The inside is very lavish. If you read FRAGILE REIGN, you'll learn all about it.
FRAGILE REIGN (Mortal Enchantment #2) by Stacey O'Neale | November 18, 2014
It’s been a week since all hell broke loose… Rumors of King Taron’s weakened powers have left the air court vulnerable. Kalin is desperate to awaken her akasha powers, except she doesn’t know how. Tension within the court is at an all-time high. Pressure is mounting for her to ascend to the throne, but a halfling has never ruled over any court. To solidify her position, the council has advised her to marry Sebastian—a high ranking air elemental she’s never met and her betrothed. Will Kalin sacrifice her relationship with Rowan to strengthen her court? Rowan and Marcus return to a fire court in turmoil. Liana’s death has fueled the fire elementals’ distrust against the air and woodland courts. The unbalanced elements have set off natural disasters all over the mortal world. Rowan takes the throne to restore balance, promising to unite the fire court. But not all elementals are happy with his leadership. Many are secretly loyal to Valac, which means Rowan needs to find allies for his cause. Can Rowan unify the court of fire before the elements destroy the world?


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 About the Author

Stacey O’Neale lives in Annapolis, Maryland. When she’s not writing, she spends her time fangirling over books, blogging, watching fantasy television shows, cheering for the Baltimore Ravens, and hanging out with her husband and daughter.
Her career in publishing started as a blogger-turned-publicist for two successful small publishers. Stacey writes young adult paranormal romance and adult science fiction romance. Her books always include swoon-worthy heroes, snarky heroines, and lots of kissing.
Stacey loves hearing from readers. Follow her on Twitter @StaceyONeale, look for her on Facebook, Pinterest, and GoodReads. You can also visit her blog at http://staceyoneale.com/.

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