Book Blitz: The Prophecy of Shadows

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Welcome to The Prophecy of Shadows [Elementals] Book Blitz, hosted by Xpresso Book Tours!~

ElementalsTitle: The Prophecy of Shadows [Elementals #1]
Author: Michelle Madow
Published by: Dreamscape Publishing
Publication Date
: January 26th 2016
Genres: 
Urban Fantasy, Young Adult
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Synopsis:

Filled with magic, thrilling adventure, and sweet romance, Elementals is the first in a new series that fans of Percy Jackson and The Secret Circle will love!

When Nicole Cassidy moves from sunny Georgia to gloomy New England, the last thing she expects is to learn that her homeroom is a cover for a secret coven of witches. Even more surprisingly … she’s apparently a witch herself. Despite doubts about her newfound abilities, Nicole is welcomed into this ancient circle of witches and is bedazzled by their powers–and, to her dismay, by Blake–the school’s notorious bad-boy.

Girls who get close to Blake wind up hurt. His girlfriend Danielle will do anything to keep them away, even if she must resort to using dark magic. But the chemistry between Blake and Nicole is undeniable, and despite wanting to protect Nicole from Danielle’s wrath, he finds it impossible to keep his distance.

When the Olympian Comet shoots through the sky for the first time in three thousand years, Nicole, Blake, Danielle, and two others in their homeroom are gifted with mysterious powers. But the comet has another effect–it opens the portal to the prison world that has contained the Titans for centuries. After an ancient monster escapes and attacks Nicole and Blake, it’s up to them and the others to follow the clues from a cryptic prophecy so that they can save their town … and possibly the world.

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Reviews:

“Elementals is going to blow your mind!”
-Crossroad Reviews, ★★★★★

“Five glittery stars for being such a compelling read!”
-Andrea Heltsley, Goodreads Reviewer ★★★★★

“A perfect mixture of magic and mythology. An entrancing story of trust, friendship and well naughty boys. WITCHES are not the only thing walking the earth!”
– BenjaminOfTomes, BookTuber ★★★★★

Excerpt:

“There’s energy everywhere.” Chris moved his hands in a giant arc above his head to demonstrate. “Humans know that energy exists—they’ve harnessed it for electronics. The difference between us and humans is that we have the power to tap into energy and use it ourselves, and humans don’t.” He smiled at me, as if I was supposed to understand what he meant. “Make sense?”

“Not really,” I said. “Sorry.”

“It’s easier if you relate it to something familiar,” he said, speaking faster. “What happens to the handle of a metal spoon when you leave it in boiling water?”

“It gets hot?” I said it as a question. This was stuff people learned in fifth grade science—not high school homeroom.

“And what happens when it’s plastic?”

“It doesn’t get hot,” I said slowly. “It stays room temperature.”

“Exactly.” He grinned at me like I’d just solved an astrophysics mathematical equation. “Humans are like plastic. Even if they’re immersed in energy, they can’t conduct it. Witches are like metal. We have the ability to absorb energy and control it as we want.”

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About the Author:

Michelle Madow grew up in Baltimore, graduated Rollins College in Orlando, and now lives in Boca Raton, Florida. She wrote her first book in her junior year of college, and has been writing novels since. Some of her favorite things are: reading, pizza, traveling, shopping, time travel, Broadway musicals, and spending time with friends and family. Michelle has toured across America to promote her books and to encourage high school students to embrace reading and writing. Someday, she hopes to travel the world for a year on a cruise ship.

Visit Michelle online at www.michellemadow.com, and be sure to sign up for her newsletter and follow her on Amazon to get instant updates on her books!

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Tour and Review: The Lords of Valdeon

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Welcome to The Lords of Valdeon book tour, hosted by Roger Charlie!~

The Lords of ValdeonTitle: The Lords of Valdeon [Heart of the Warrior #1]
Author: C.R. Richards
Publication Date: January 7, 2016
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Synopsis:

A new series from award winning Author, C.R. Richards: The epic tale of two men begins. The first – a man of honor trying desperately to turn his country from civil war. The other – a boy struggling to discover his destiny before agents of evil find him first.

Coveted by two ancient enemies of a long forgotten age, the continent of Andara holds the key to victory in an endless struggle for dominance. Eight hundred years have passed since the god-like Jalora struck a bargain with the first King of Valdeon. The Lion Ring, symbol of the covenant and conduit of power, gives its bearer incredible abilities. The ring’s borrowed magic protects the people of Andara from covetous evil, but there is a price. As with most predators, the Lion Ring must feed. Only the blood of the D’Antoiné family line will satisfy its hunger.

A rival for Andara’s treasures, the Sarcion has waited impatiently for its time upon the land. Whispers of treason in the right ear aid its treachery. The King of Valdeon mysteriously disappears, leaving his lands in danger of a civil war by the hand of a murderous usurper. His Lion Ring is lost and the covenant is broken. The Jalora’s power begins to seep away from the land.  Evil’s foothold grows stronger. Can the Lords of Valdeon, Sacred Guard of the covenant, stop the tides of war? Or will Andara fall into chaos? The future rests in the blood of a boy…

Review:

Overall, I thought this book was good. It wasn’t underwhelming or overwhelming, but it was good.

The prologue was not something I enjoyed reading. It was riddled with repetition and it tried too hard to sound fantastical. It also didn’t really gel with any of the voices in the book. As your first impression of the book, it isn’t a good one. Honestly, if I were you, I’d skim it and then try again after you’ve read at least five chapters of the book. Totally different voice from the rest of the novel, but it is necessary to get a gist of the story’s history.

This book is the first of a series and it was very much a book that sets that stage for something more. The Lords of Valdeon is packed with a lot of description and world/character building. Every chapter contains more and more chunks of the places these characters reside and their situations and it’s definitely interesting getting to know them. Something I really enjoyed was that each character had their own aspect of the world to talk about, and each one generally had their own voice and I also like the women in the story. All of them are quite fierce and strong characters, though I wish they had a larger role in the story itself. With that being said, I felt that within each chapter, the characters voices blurred. All the men and boys sound similar in Seth’s chapters, while all the Lords maintain a formal tone. While these help with world building, and allowing readers to get an idea of the pleasantries and conversations appropriate to each setting, I wish there was more to each character, and not just the plot propelling the story along.

On that note, the plot is quite intricate and interesting. These gods are supposedly cut and dry characters at the beginning, the Jalora seen as good, while the Sarcion is seen as evil. This pretense is tested throughout the novel as each reveals different facets of their own personalities and it really adds colour to the story. It’s interesting to watch each characters’ journey against each other and with one or the other godly being. I particularly like Seth’s thread within all of this, as his character is more exploratory and deals more with self discovery throughout the novel. Although it was slow going at first, the plot really makes the book addicting as the story moves forward and the action begins!

On writing, the author is quite skilled at creating worlds, but I found the most challenging part of this book was the writing. Many aspects just fall short for me. There’s a lot of repetition, and often a lot more telling than showing. Although I really enjoyed the novel as a whole, certain aspects just didn’t do it for me.

Overall, this book is like the Night Circus in its extensive descriptions, mixed with Star Wars’ family feud, with a hint of fantasy and mystery mixed in. I think this is an amazing start to the series, and my expectations are high for the next book!

Plot: 4.5/5
Characters: 3.5/5
World Building: 4.5/5
Writing: 3.5/5
Cover: 4.5/5
Overall: 4/5
GoodReads Rating: 4.25/5

Ebook obtained via Roger Charlie in exchange for an honest review.

About the Author:

A huge lover of horror and dark fantasy stories.

C.R. Richards enjoys telling tales of intrigue and adventure. Having began writing as a part-time columnist for a small entertainment newspaper, Richards has worn several hats: food critic, entertainment reviewer and cranky editor. She has now published a handful of novels, including Phantom Harvest – book one in The Mutant Casebook Series – which took home the EPIC eBook Award for Fantasy in 2014. Richards beat out entries from the U.S., Canada, United Kingdom, Australia and other English speaking countries.

The youngest of five army brats, Richards was born on a military base in Utah.  She spent much of her childhood in the back of her family’s sky blue station wagon on trips to see her grandmother – who would show her how to spot faeries in the backyard.  “Sometimes she’d put candy in small silk slippers and tell us the pixies had done it,” says Richards. “She’s the one who gave me my love of fantasy creatures.”

Her most recent literary projects include the horror short story, Lost Man’s Parish and the newly-released dark fantasy thriller, Pariah. She is an active member of Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers and Horror Writers Association.

In January, Richards releases her epic fantasy novel The Lords of Valdeon, the first installment in the Heart of the Warrior series.  Through her storytelling, Richards aims to reach lovers of fantasy who are exploring alternatives to the traditional status quo. Her message is simple: One person can be a catalyst for change.

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Books of 2015

So I failed again. I read a total of 39 books in 2015, though my goal was only 50. School really conflicts with this stuff. Also helps that my textbooks hardly count towards this, and even if they do, adding 3 or 4 books about psychology or sociology probably won’t help much. Anyways, here’s a list of books I read in 2015. Let’s hope 2016 is a lot more bookish.

(B) – Bought // (L) – Library // (R) – Received from a Publisher/Author/Contest/NetGalley // (G) Gift

(*) – 2015 Release

January:
(R) The Body Electric – Beth Revis (4/5)
[eARC obtained via Xpresso Book Tours]
(B) The Hobbit – J.R.R. Tolkien (5/5)
(B) The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight – Jennifer E. Smith (4.5/5)

February:
(R) Mean Streak – Sandra Brown (5/5)
[eARC obtained via Xpresso Book Tours]
*(R) All Fall Down [Embassy Row #1]– Ally Carter (3/5)
[ARC obtained via Scholastic Press]
(B) Leo – Mia Sheridan (3/5)
*(R) Shadow Study [Study #4] – Maria V. Snyder (4.5/5)
[eARC obtained via Mira via Harlequin via NetGalley]
(B) Othello – William Shakespeare (4/5)
(G) Lick [Stage Dive #1] – Kylie Scott (5/5)

March:
*(B) Confess – Colleen Hoover (4/5)
(B) Troilus and Cressida – William Shakespeare (4/5)
(B) The Winter’s Tale – William Shakespeare (5/5)
(B) The DUFF: The Designated Ugly Fat Friend – Kody Keplinger (4/5)

April:
(B) Coriolanus – William Shakespeare (5/5)
(B) The Rosie Project [Don Tillman #1] – Graeme Simsion (4/5)

May:

June:
*(R) Uprooted – Naomi Novik (5/5)
[eARC obtained via Random House Publishing Group via NetGalley]
*(R) Every Last Word – Tamara Ireland Stone (5/5)
[eARC obtained via Disney-Hyperion via NetGalley]
*(B) Saint Anything – Sarah Dessen (4.5/5)

July:
*(R) The Witch of Painted Sorrows – M.J. Rose (3/5)
[eARC obtained via Atria Books via NetGalley]
*(R) Breakaway – Kat Spears (5/5)
[eARC obtained via St. Martin’s Press via NetGalley]
(G) Escorted [Escorted #1] – Claire Kent (3/5)
(B) The Geography of You and Me – Jennifer E. Smith (5/5)
(B) Shadow & Bone [Grisha #1] – Leigh Bardugo (5/5)
(B) Shut Out – Kody Keplinger (3/5)

August:
*(B) P.S. I Still Love You [To All The Boys #2] – Jenny Han (3/5)
*(B) Capture [Seaside Pictures #1] – Rachel Van Dyken (5/5)

September:
(G) The Trouble With Goodbye [Fairhope #1] – Sarra Cannon (2/5)
*(B) Maybe In Another Life – Taylor Jenkins Reid (5/5)

October:
(G) Addicted to You [Addicted #1] – Krista Ritchie and Becca Ritchie (3/5)
(B) Breakaway [Portland Storm #1] – Catherine Gayle (4/5)
(B) Richard II – William Shakespeare (3.5/5)
(B) Ariel: The Restored Edition – Sylvia Plath (5/5)
*(B) Finding Audrey – Sophie Kinsella (4.5/5)
(B) Beneath this Mask – Meghan March [Beneath #1] (4/5)

November:
(B) Love Medicine – Louise Erdrich (5/5)
*(B) November 9 – Colleen Hoover (5/5)

December:
*(R) See How They Run – Ally Carter [Embassy Row #2] (3.5/5)
[ARC obtained via Scholastic Press]
*(B) Never Never Pt 1 – Colleen Hoover and Tarryn Fisher (5/5)
*(B) Never Never Pt 2 – Colleen Hoover and Tarryn Fisher (5/5)

Review: Uprooted

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Title: Uprooted
Author: Naomi Novik
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
Publication Date: May 19, 2015
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Synopsis:

“Our Dragon doesn’t eat the girls he takes, no matter what stories they tell outside our valley. We hear them sometimes, from travelers passing through. They talk as though we were doing human sacrifice, and he were a real dragon. Of course that’s not true: he may be a wizard and immortal, but he’s still a man, and our fathers would band together and kill him if he wanted to eat one of us every ten years. He protects us against the Wood, and we’re grateful, but not that grateful.”

Agnieszka loves her valley home, her quiet village, the forests and the bright shining river. But the corrupted Wood stands on the border, full of malevolent power, and its shadow lies over her life.

Her people rely on the cold, driven wizard known only as the Dragon to keep its powers at bay. But he demands a terrible price for his help: one young woman handed over to serve him for ten years, a fate almost as terrible as falling to the Wood.

The next choosing is fast approaching, and Agnieszka is afraid. She knows—everyone knows—that the Dragon will take Kasia: beautiful, graceful, brave Kasia, all the things Agnieszka isn’t, and her dearest friend in the world. And there is no way to save her.

But Agnieszka fears the wrong things. For when the Dragon comes, it is not Kasia he will choose.

This whole entire novel was not about what I had expected it to be about. The synopsis is extremely vague and to be honest only reveals what’s in the first 2-3 chapters. This entire novel was like inhaling a trilogy of books, without the painful year long waiting between parts. There are so many sub-plots within the plot and history within these pages. It’s honestly one of my favourite fantasy novels of this year, and maybe ever.

It is honestly so hard to describe how amazing this book was without spoiling anything. Ahh!

The story set up is absolutely perfect. We start in Agnieszka’s village, move to the Dragon’s tower (note, he is not in fact a scaly creature), then into the Wood, then into the Capital city, back to the tower, back to the Wood. There’s so many changes in setting and characters that the book keeps you entertained throughout. While each setting is sectioned out, so are the character introductions – we meet the main character’s family and friends in her village, then history of the Dragon in his tower, then other characters depending on where the story takes us next. The fact that the setting and characters are presented in such digestible tidbits made the whole book more enjoyable as it was easier to follow where people were going and what was happening in the novel.

I read this novel as an ARC, and I’ve found the response interesting. A lot of people rage on and on about the “kidnapping” not really being a kidnapping, because the MC gets to live in a tower and get nice clothes, etc. However, something that they miss is that it is horrifying. Said tribute is taken away from her home, her friends, her family – torn from her community and culture. She is placed with a less than amiable wizard, and honestly, I don’t know how people see becoming refined as a gift and not a ten year long social redevelopment project. The response to this element of the novel has really made me think about it. Sure, the outcome isn’t bad, but there is a large negative aspect to it that nearly mimics real life in some ways… just food for thought for those who have yet to read it (this is all revealed in the first 20 pages, no spoilers, I promise!).

I think my favourite part of the novel was the antagonist. It wasn’t a specific person, per say, but a thing. A terrifying thing that consumes a person from the outside in – first their body, then their soul. The Wood was likely one of the more interesting antagonists as it’s so evil without any conscious thought. Honestly, the scenes set in it freaked me out haha. Further, the story behind it was extremely interesting and actually moving. This aspect of the novel was built well.

One thing I wish had been better is the Dragon’s personality. There’s so much there to pull at, and I feel like we missed a lot of history in his lack of emotional and overall character exposure. Also, the MC was a little dense at times, but otherwise quite a strong female lead for this novel!

Overall, this was an extremely intricate book, and it truly captured my heart. It’s quite long, and the beginning isn’t as interesting as it could be, but in the end I thought the entire experience was well worth the effort. A beautifully constructed novel that really gets you thinking about suffering, revenge, and friendship.

Characters: 4/5
Plot: 5/5
World Building: 4.5/5
Writing: 4.5/5
Cover: 5/5
Overall: 5/5
GoodReads Rating: 4.2/5

eARC obtained via Random House Publishing Group via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Release Day Blitz: Law and Crucible Saga

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Welcome to the Law and Crucible Saga Release Day Blitz, hosted by Ioana Visan!~

Series: Law and Crucible Saga
Author: Ioana Visan
Release Date: December 15, 2015
Genre: Science Fiction, Space Opera
Length: Novella, short story

2015 No Port to LandTitle: No Port to Land [Law and Crucible Saga #1]
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Synopsis:

Nia is one of the few souls left aboard a drifting tomb known as The Pacific. The spaceship carries a deadly plague, and by the time they receive a distress call from an approaching shuttle, they are all close to losing hope they might ever escape alive. When the will of the shuttle crew and that of the survivors on The Pacific clash, Nia has to pick a side to save what she holds most dear.

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2015 Point of OriginTitle: Point of Origin [Law and Crucible Saga #2]
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Synopsis:

Suffering from neural degeneration, Thea is fading away in an asylum with no hope of ever leaving it.

When Captain Law offers her an opportunity to board his ship in return for her help, the astrophysicist is faced with having to learn to trust them or end up in another asylum with slim chance for recovery. And then her secret will be lost.

With a contract that they are desperate to obtain and a rogue asteroid in enemy territory, Captain Law and his crew must keep Thea free from harm, but a missing crew member and a band of misfits thwart their efforts and send them on a mission no one was prepared for.

Can Thea and Captain Law learn to work together for one goal or will long-held secrets and mistrust shake their resolve and destroy their efforts?

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2015 Bonds of Steel

Title: Bonds of Steel [Law and Crucible Saga #3]
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Synopsis:

On a routine trip across the asteroid field, the robot, Del, and unregistered AI, Vee, meet trouble. With Captain Law and his crew having been put into stasis, their only chance of survival will mean placing themselves at the mercy of what few resources they have. Without a human to assist them, Del and Vee will be vulnerable and so too will the ship and all the lives on board.

Despite their best efforts to avoid unwanted visitors, another ship is en route. Their arrival does not guarantee the safety of those on board, and may ultimately lead to their demise.

With his position on the ship on the line, can Del stave off an attack or are their deaths inevitable?

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Price: $0.99 each

Free with Kindle Unlimited

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About the Author:

Award-winning writer Ioana Visan has always dreamed about reaching the stars, but since she can’t, she writes about it.

After fighting the apocalypse aftermath in Human Instincts, she played with shapeshifters in Blue Moon Café Series: Where Shifters Meet for Drinks, she dealt with vampires in The Impaler Legacy series, she designed prosthetics in Broken People, and she helped wingless fairies in The Weight of a Wing before tackling a space opera saga.

Aside from publishing short stories in various Romanian magazines and anthologies, she published a Romanian short story collection, Efectul de nautil, and the Romanian edition of Human Instincts.

She received the Encouragement Award from The European Science Fiction Society at Eurocon 2013.

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Cover Reveal: A Raven’s Touch

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Welcome to A Raven’s Touch Cover Reveal, hosted by Linda Bloodworth!~

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Synopsis:
Bullied through high school, seventeen-year-old Justice St. Michaels is grateful for the help of her best friend Moira O’Fhey. Their only wish is to graduate high school, leave the sleepy town of Fallingbrook and all that happened behind them. The Heavens have other plans. Between growths on her back and being involved in explosive school fights, nothing seems to make sense. When an unexpected encounter with Darien Raventhorn causes worlds to collide it exposes the truth about who Justice’s real identity. To avenge a family death, Justice must embrace her birthright, and slay the demon before all Hell breaks loose.

Excerpt:

Moira squeezes my arm.

“We need to get up. Come on. We aren’t going to be sitting ducks. He looks like he wants to start trouble.”

My heart starts beating faster and I stand up. Moira has already packed her bag, and she pushes mine into my hands. With her hand on the small of my back, she urges me along.

“It’s a public place, Moira, he won’t hurt us here. He’s all talk, right?”

She looks me in the eyes.

“Don’t underestimate crazy.”

What can you expect in A Raven’s Touch?
Adventure, friendship, and bit of romance mixed into a very different kind of paranormal story. It’s not the formulaic story where there’s one type of paranormal hero. Be prepared for Half Angels, Witches, Elves, demons, and a dragon for good measure.

Add A Raven’s Touch to your TBR pile.

Pre-Order on Amazon!
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B018WJX1YC

If you miss the pre-order, don’t worry, the official release day is December 28, 2015.

About the Author:
Linda Bloodworth loves chips, like really, ketchup to be exact. Ketchup chips are only found in Canada. Lucky for Linda she lives in Toronto with her husband and three fur babies. In between writing, debating for hours about the Oxford comma, and the misunderstood semi colon; Linda enjoys camping, and getting away from the city on day trips.

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Book Blitz: Truth

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Welcome to the Truth Tour, hosted by YA Reads!~

Truth Tablet PhotoTitle: Truth [The Geneva Project #1]
Author: Christina Benjamin
Published: September 15, 2012
Publisher: Crown Atlantic Publishing
Genre: YA Fantasy/Dystopia
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Synopsis:

Trapped on a flood ravaged island full of orphans, natives and wealthy citizens of the prosperous city Lux, a young girl named Geneva finds herself enslaved at an orphanage with no future and a past she can’t remember. That all changes when she meets someone who promises her that there’s more in store for her than she ever could have imagined. Her once dull life rapidly spirals out of control as she starts to acquire new magical powers that may be the key to unlocking an ancient legend along with her true identity. But first she must master these powers, all while trying to keep them secret from her friends and the evil head mistress at the orphanage. Before she knows it, Geneva is in over her head and has inadvertently wrapped her friends into her web of magic and lies and now all of their lives hang in the balance once the head mistress finds out her plan to prove that the legend of Lux may not be a legend at all! Who will Geneva trust and how far will she go to save her friends and find out her true identity?

Buy Link:
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Excerpt:

“I never imagined my world would be changing so rapidly. Just a few weeks ago I had only one friend in the world, I believed none of us knew our real names, and I had never heard of Nova. I was starting to wonder if the world was a safer place for me back then. I had a strange foreboding feeling in the pit of my stomach.”

Buy Link:
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Christina Benjamin is the Award-Winning Author of the Young Adult series The Geneva Project.

Her debut novel, Truth, has won multiple awards, including the 2014 FAPA Gold Medal for YA fiction.

Benjamin’s writing hooks fans of mega-hit YA fiction like Harry Potter and The Hunger Games, and offers them a new series to obsess over.  She paints a vivid world, where magic and imagination run wild in her epic tale of adventure, courage and friendship.

Benjamin studied English at the University of Central Florida. She’s dedicated to giving back to the community and speaking at schools to inspire creativity in young writers.

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Cover Reveal Countdown: A Raven’s Touch

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Today we’re counting down to the cover reveal of A Raven’s Touch, by Linda Bloodworth. For the next few days, we get closer to the cover and read a different sample each day.

Synopsis:
Bullied through high school, seventeen-year-old Justice St. Michaels is grateful for the help of her best friend Moira O’Fhey. Their only wish is to graduate high school, leave the sleepy town of Fallingbrook and all that happened behind them. The Heavens have other plans. Between growths on her back and being involved in explosive school fights, nothing seems to make sense. When an unexpected encounter with Darien Raventhorn causes worlds to collide it exposes the truth about who Justice’s real identity. To avenge a family death, Justice must embrace her birthright, and slay the demon before all Hell breaks loose.

Sample:

The officer nods and scribbles in his note pad.

“You’re going to have to come with me.”

“What?” I ask.

“Let’s go,” the officer says, guiding me by my elbow back down the hall.

“Hey! You can’t do that!” Moira shouts.

Immediately, two officers block her view from me and hold Moira back.

“Justice! You don’t have to talk to them! You have rights!”

Moira belts out as I’m being led away.

I look back to see her coils of red hair bouncing as her eyes peek over the policemen in time to give me one last look of concern.

What can you expect in A Raven’s Touch?
Adventure, friendship, and bit of romance mixed into a very different kind of paranormal story. It’s not the formulaic story where there’s one type of paranormal hero. Be prepared for Half Angels, Witches, Elves, demons, and a dragon for good measure.

Add A Raven’s Touch to your TBR pile.

Pre-Order on Amazon!
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B018WJX1YC

If you miss the pre-order, don’t worry, the official release day is December 28, 2015.

About the Author:
Linda Bloodworth loves chips, like really, ketchup to be exact. Ketchup chips are only found in Canada. Lucky for Linda she lives in Toronto with her husband and three fur babies. In between writing, debating for hours about the Oxford comma, and the misunderstood semi colon; Linda enjoys camping, and getting away from the city on day trips.

Connect with Linda:
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Debut Author Bash – Author Interview: Lauren James

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Welcome to one of today’s stops for the 2015 Debut Authors Bash, hosted by YA Reads!

I am extremely excited to introduce all of you to Lauren James. Lauren is here today to talk about her debut novel, called The Next Together!

23266378Title: The Next Together [The Next Together #1]
Author: Lauren James
Publication Date: August 20, 2015
Genre: Young Adult Sci-Fi Romance
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Synopsis:

How many times can you lose the person you love?

Katherine and Matthew are destined to be born again and again, century after century. Each time, their presence changes history for the better, and each time, they fall hopelessly in love, only to be tragically separated.

Spanning the Crimean War, the Siege of Carlisle and the near-future of 2019 and 2039 they find themselves sacrificing their lives to save the world. But why do they keep coming back? What else must they achieve before they can be left to live and love in peace?

Maybe the next together will be different…

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Interview:

Hey, Lauren! Welcome to Between Printed Pages, we’re so happy to have you here today.

It’s so great to be here!

Before we start, would you like to tell us a little bit about yourself?

I’m 23, and during my final year of university I got a book deal! I wasn’t really expecting to be a proper writer, as I only ever wrote as a hobby, so now I’m taking a “gap year” while I work on being a proper author. The Next Together was published in the UK and Australia in September, and is due to be released in 2016 in the USA, Turkey, Brazil and Germany.

The Next Together is what I like to call a “reincarnation romance”. It follows the various lives of Katherine and Matthew as they meet and fall in love throughout history. There are timelines in the recent future and distant past, and each time a mysterious being is tracking Kate and Matt’s relationship, and making sure they fall in love and save the world in every life….

What was the inspiration for The Next Together and what gave you the jump start to begin writing it?

I’m not really sure where the idea first came from, actually. I’ve been thinking about a couple who are reincarnated throughout history since I was about sixteen. I always wrote about them during Creative Writing assignments at school! It stuck with me long enough for me to actually start writing the full novel when I was eighteen.

I noticed that you’re background is in the sciences, so why writing?

My grandfather was a scientist, so ever since I was little I wanted to follow in his footsteps. I think that it really helps creativity to study something different, so you get a wide range of experiences to draw from. I’m actually writing a science fiction thriller right now inspired by a special relativity problem I was assigned as coursework for uni (no, seriously. I am!). The Next Together also features university students who meet when they are paired for experiments in a science lab, something I was doing myself when I wrote it.

I always loved reading and writing, but I never really thought being a published author was something people could do until they were in their thirties or forties! Luckily I was brave enough to try and get published anyway, and proved myself wrong.

Also, any advice for other aspiring writers?

Find out what makes your writing unique and own it. Be completely shameless about it in your query letter. If you love the zombie cats in your novel, make sure they are front and centre in your query. You need to find an agent who loves your book as much as you do, and spending months crafting the perfectly written query letter isn’t going to do that – but maybe persuading them to read the book with the promise of zombie cats might.

Within The Next Together, which character was your favourite to write and why?

I adore my two main characters Kate and Matt. They are like my babies, who are also both really similar to me (is that weird? I think that’s weird!). I love them for all their ridiculousness and occasional stupidity. Kate is very bossy and confident, and Matt is a little more shy and contemplative. He’s also completely in awe of Kate. They’re such a pair that I don’t think I could choose between them!

Among the different years and centuries you wrote about in the novel, which one would you want to live in the most? Why?

Probably 1745. I’m a big fan of regency romances and there’s something so romantic about carriages and ballgowns. I doubt I’d be able to survive without hot showers and shampoo though, so I’d visit 1745 and then live in 2039!

What are three songs that describe The Next Together?

I am 100% convinced that all of these songs were written about The Next Together:

Love Story by Taylor Swift
Centuries by Fall Out Boy
Pompeii by Bastille

(You can listen to all of these songs in my playlist here)

 What are three books you believe everyone should take a chance on?

Lirael by Garth Nix
The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater
Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell by Susannah Clarke

 Aside from reading and writing, what do you do in your spare time? Any unusual hobbies?

I swim as often as I can, and I love embroidery. The real, secret answer to this is probably: tumblr.

Last, but not least, what is your favourite word?

At the minute I’m a big fan of cantankerous. I also like scathing.

Thank you so much, Lauren, for taking the time to answer our questions! Congratulations on your debut release! We’re extremely excited for the sequel!

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Lauren James is 23, and graduated in 2014 from the University of Nottingham, UK, where she studied Chemistry and Physics.
Her first novel The Next Together, a YA reincarnation romance, is out now with Walker Books in the UK and Australia, and will also be published in the USA, Germany, Turkey and Brazil. The Last Beginning will be published in Autumn 2016. You can find her on Twitter at @Lauren_E_James or Tumblr at http://lauren-e-james.tumblr.com.

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Contest ends December 25, 2015 at midnight EST!

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Book Blitz: Kiss Kill Love Him Still

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Welcome to the Kiss Kill Love Him Still Book Blitz, hosted by Xpresso Book Tours!~

KKLHSTitle: Kiss Kill Love Him Still
Authors: Jamie Blair and Dawn Rae Miller
Genre: New Adult Mystery
Publication Date: November 10, 2015
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Synopsis:

Jackson Landis kept secrets. It’s how he got girls into bed, the grades he wanted, and a reputation for being the life of the party.

But now he’s dead, and no one knows how or why. Especially not the four girls whose secrets he protected. Secrets so scandalous they could cause each girl to lose something valuable. Secrets so dark, someone may have killed for them.

The four girls – a campus drug dealer, an overweight bookworm, a closeted lesbian, and a spoiled princess have one thing in common – they’re terrified the things Jackson knew may not have died with him. As Reggie, Haddie, Val, and Livie try to piece together her own role in Jackson’s death, each girl realizes Jackson had some not-so-pretty skeletons of his own.

Which makes a girl wonder, who really wanted Jackson Landis dead?

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Suspect Profile: Regina “Reggie” Walker

Height: 5’8”
Weight: 117 lbs
Hair: Long, dyed black
Eyes: Dark brown
Demeanor: Sarcastic, aloof
Motivation for killing Jackson Landis: He knew she was dealing drugs.

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Officer McMichaels: Get your feet off the desk.

Regina: Just getting comfortable for this long, boring-ass questioning. How about a cup of coffee?

McMichaels: Did Jackson Landis buy from you?

Regina: Hell yes, how do you think I got my patch?

McMichaels: Your patch?

Regina: My cookie sales patch—wait, aren’t we talking about Girl Scouts?

McMichaels: Laugh it up. You and I both know it’s only a matter of time before we bust you and throw you behind bars.

Regina: Whatever you say, Chief.

McMichaels: Were you under the influence of drugs the night Jackson died?

Regina: High on life. As always.

McMichaels: And Jackson?

Regina: Isn’t that what autopsies are for?

McMichaels: Who do you work for?

Regina: Your dad.

McMichaels: We’re done here.

Regina: I didn’t realize we’d even started.

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About the Authors

Jamie BlairJamie

Young adult author of the Kirkus-starred novel Leap Of Faith (Simon & Schuster 2013), and Lost To Me (2014), featured in the New York Times and USA Today bestselling anthology, Dirty Boys of Summer. Represented by Rebecca Friedman of RF Literary.

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Dawn Rae MillarDawn

Dawn is a Twitter and fashion addict whose favorite things in life are her family, gorgeous dresses, tea leaf salad, and French macarons. She splits her time between San Francisco and Northern Virginia, and is always up for a trip to Paris.

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Fill out the form below to be entered to win one (1) ebook copy of Kiss Kill Love Him Still. Open internationally.

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