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Thursday, September 3, 2015

Blog Tour- SERPENTINE by Cindy Pon A Playlist And A Giveaway!


I am so excited to be hosting a spot on the SERPENTINE blog tour I LOVED this book! I have the book playlist from Cindy to share with you today and I've posted videos for all of them! And make sure to enter the giveaway to win a hardcover or a paperback of the book and some awesome brush art cards!

Haven't heard of SERPENTINE? Check it out!



Title: SERPENTINE
Author: Cindy Pon
Pub. Date: September 8, 2015
Publisher: Month9Books
Pages: 303
Formats: Hardcover, paperback, eBook
Find it: Find it: Amazon | B&N |  iBooks | Goodreads
SERPENTINE is a sweeping fantasy set in the ancient Kingdom of Xia and inspired by the rich history of Chinese mythology.

Lush with details from Chinese folklore, SERPENTINE tells the coming of age story of Skybright, a young girl who worries about her growing otherness. As she turns sixteen, Skybright notices troubling changes. By day, she is a companion and handmaid to the youngest daughter of a very wealthy family. But nighttime brings with it a darkness that not even daybreak can quell.
When her plight can no longer be denied, Skybright learns that despite a dark destiny, she must struggle to retain her sense of self – even as she falls in love for the first time.

“Vivid worldbuilding, incendiary romance, heart-pounding action, and characters that will win you over–I highly recommend Serpentine.” Cinda Williams Chima, best-selling author of the Seven Realms and Heir Chronicles fantasy novels

“Serpentine is unique and surprising, with a beautifully-drawn fantasy world that sucked me right in! I love Skybright’s transformative power, and how she learns to take charge of it.” ~Kristin Cashore, NYT Bestseller of the Graceling Realm Series

“Serpentine’s world oozes with lush details and rich lore, and the characters crackle with life. This is one story that you’ll want to lose yourself in.” ~ Marie Lu, New York Times bestselling author of Legend and The Young Elites



SERPENTINE Playlist.

The Saddest Song I've Got by Annie Lennox


I still do by The Cranberries


Tornado by Jay Chou



Chrysanthemum Flower Bed by Jay Chou



This Love by Taylor Swift (sorry can't find a video for this one)






About Cindy:
Cindy Pon is the author of Silver Phoenix (Greenwillow, 2009), which was named one of the Top Ten Fantasy and Science Fiction Books for Youth by the American Library Association's Booklist, and one of 2009s best Fantasy, Science Fiction and Horror by VOYA. The sequel to Silver Phoenix, titled Fury of the Phoenix, was released in April 2011. Serpentine, the first title in her next Xia duology, will be published by Month9Books in September 2015. She is the co-founder of Diversity in YA with Malinda Lo and on the advisory board of We Need Diverse Books. Cindy is also a Chinese brush painting student of over a decade. Visit her website at www.cindypon.com.






Giveaway Details:

1 winner will receive a signed hardcover of SERPENTINE and brush art painting card. US Only.

3 winners will receive a signed paperback of SERPENTINE and brush art painting card. US Only.



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Check out the Tour Schedule!


Week 1:
8/31/2015- Good Choice ReadingGuest Post
9/1/2015- Dark Faerie Tales- Interview
9/2/2015- FiktshunGuest Post
9/3/2015- Two Chicks on BooksGuest Post
9/4/2015- Novel NoviceInterview

Week 2:
9/7/2015- Once Upon A TwilightGuest Post
9/8/2015- Chapter by ChapterInterview
9/9/2015- Magical Urban Fantasy ReadsGuest Post
9/10/2015- Mundie MomsReview
9/11/2015- Page Turners- Interview








Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Dying to Read (120)- RETURN ONCE MORE by Trisha Leigh


Hey y’all thanks for stopping by to see my Dying to Read post and of course as always I have to give credit to the lovely Jill over at Breaking the Spine for the Waiting on Wednesday Meme!


I' normally don't feature eBook only books because I don't read eBook but I think I may make an exception for this because I love time travel and ancient Egypt!



Title: RETURN ONCE MORE
Author: Trisha Leigh
Release Date: October 27, 2015
Publisher: Bloomsbury Spark 
Pages: 250
Formats: eBook
Find it: Goodreads | Amazon | B&N  
If you could learn the identity of your one true love—even though you will never meet— would you?

Years have passed since refugees from a ruined earth took to space, eventually settling a new system of planets. Science has not only made the leaps necessary to allow time travel, but the process engineered a strange side effect—predicting your one true love.

If you could save your one true love from an untimely death, would you be able to resist?

Sixteen-year-old Kaia Vespasian is an apprentice to the Historians—a group charged with using time travel to document the triumphs and failures of the past—and she can’t resist a peek at her long-dead soul mate in Ancient Egypt. Before she knows it, she’s broken every rule in the book, and the consequences of getting caught could destroy more than just her new romance.

Or would you have the strength to watch him die?

But when Kaia notices a fellow classmate snooping around in a time where he doesn’t belong, she suspects he has a secret of his own—and the conspiracy she uncovers could threaten the entire universe. If her experience has taught her anything, to changing history means facing the consequences. The Historians trained her to observe and record the past, but Kaia never guessed she might have to protect it— in a race across time to save her only chance at a future.

So what do you think? Will you be adding this to your pile? What are you dying to read this week?

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Blog Tour- HUNTER by Mercedes Lackey a Deleted Scene and A Giveaway!


I am so excited to be hosting a spot on the HUNTER blog tour! I have a deleted scene from Mercedes to share with you today! And make sure to enter the giveaway to win a hardcover of the book!

Haven't heard of HUNTER? Check it out!



Title: HUNTER
Author: Mercedes Lackey
Pub. Date: September 1, 2015
Publisher:  Disney-Hyperion
Pages: 384
Formats: Hardcover, eBook, audiobook
Centuries ago, the barriers between our world and the Otherworld were slashed open allowing hideous fantastical monsters to wreak havoc; destroying entire cities in their wake. Now, people must live in enclosed communities, behind walls that keep them safe from the evil creatures constantly trying to break in. Only the corps of teen Hunters with lightning reflexes and magical abilities can protect the populace from the daily attacks.

Joyeaux Charmand is a mountain girl from a close knit village who comes to the big city to join the Hunters. Joy thinks she is only there to perform her civic duty and protect the capitol Cits, or civilians, but as cameras follow her every move, she soon learns that the more successful she is in her hunts, the more famous she becomes.


With millions of fans watching her on reality TV, Joy begins to realize that Apex is not all it seems. She is forced to question everything she grew up believing about the legendary Hunters and the very world she lives in. Soon she finds that her fame may be part of a deep conspiracy that threatens to upend the protective structure built to keep dark magic out. The monsters are getting in and it is up to Joy to find out why. 




Deleted Scene: Joy learns how to waltz


We ended up in a small, white room.  “Strauss,” Fabian said, in a deep baritone, and the white walls turned into—well they said it was a ballroom, and it certainly looked like the couple of pictures I vaguely remembered from history lessons.  Or at least, I thought it did.
          Fabian arranged me to his satisfaction—right hands clasped, his left at my waist, my left on his shoulder.  “Music,” he said, and a slow three-quarters tune began playing.
          Well it was sort of the waltz that people—mostly older folk—did at the dances back home.  But somehow it was more graceful.  At least it was more graceful when Fabian was doing it.  And it took me a bit to get the hang of—
          “Hunter,” Fabian chided me more than once.  “I am the man.  I lead, you follow.  You will be dancing with Josh and Straussing is formal.  That means you have to be a girly girl.”
          And I would flush with chagrin and we would start again.
          It turned out there was more than one kind of waltz.  There was the slow one that I was used to.  There was a fast kind that nearly had a big fellow like Fabian swinging me off my feet, we were moving so quickly.  There was one that had little skipping steps in it.  And then, once I finally started getting the hang of it, there were fancy moves like twirls and reverses and a sort of double-spin where we’d join crossed hands and pivot around a common point, and even a sort of place where he did pick me right off my feet and into the air. 
          But it wasn’t just steps I was getting from him.  Once I started being able to follow him, he started talking to me.
          “The rest of the people there will all be Cits,” he said, as I listened and worked to keep my feet from tangling.  “They’ll ask you about Hunting, or about yourself.  They may ask you things that seem highly personal; you can answer or not, as you choose, but do so politely.  Keep things light.  Remember, above all, don’t say anything that might make them anxious.”
          “Talk about my Hounds?” I suggested faintly.  He nodded with approval. 
          “No one has ever seen Hounds like yours before.  That’s a good, neutral topic.”
          I nodded.
          “Many of them will be high-stat, and once word gets out where you’re going tonight, there will be rankers there too.  Actors, very likely.  Possibly musicians.  Probably one of the Faces—those are people who are famous for being famous.  The cams won’t all be on you.”
          “Oh thank glory!” I said in relief, and that teased the tiniest of smiles out of him.
          “I was going to caution you not to do anything to try and get the attention back, but obviously….”  He picked me up and swung me around, and this time I landed perfectly on the correct foot.  “They’ll want to dance with you, and you’re supposed to let them.  If you sense the conversation weighing too heavily on Hunting, ask them about themselves.  What they do, how they do it, what’s life like in Apex—“  He smiled again, when I nodded eagerly.  “—won’t hurt in this instance to be a little bit of a starry-eyed turnip very grateful to be here.”
          That wouldn’t be hard.  Only last night, hadn’t I been wishing I could see one of those parties for myself?





About Mercedes:
Mercedes Lackey is the acclaimed author of over fifty novels and many works of short fiction. In her "spare" time she is also a professional lyricist and a licensed wild bird rehabilitator. Mercedes lives in Oklahoma with her husband and frequent collaborator, artist Larry Dixon, and their flock of parrots.












Find Mercedes on the web: 

Website|Twitter
|Facebook|Goodreads


Giveaway Details:
5 winners will receive a finished copy of HUNTER. US Only.


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Check out the Tour Schedule!


Week One:
8/24/2015- Fictitious DeliciousInterview
8/25/2015- What the Cat ReadReview
8/26/2015- Tales of the Ravenous ReaderGuest Post
8/27/2015- The Book BratzReview
8/28/2015- Bewitched Bookworms- Interview

Week Two:
8/31/2015- She Dreams in FictionReview
9/1/2015- Two Chicks on BooksGuest Post
9/2/2015-The Book CellarReview
9/3/2015- Mundie MomsInterview
9/4/2015- Supernatural SnarkReview








Release Day Blitz- QUEEN OF SHADOWS by Sarah J. Maas and a Giveaway!



I am so excited that QUEEN OF SHADOWS by Sarah J. Maas releases today and that I get to share the news, along with an awesome giveaway!

If you haven’t yet heard about this wonderful series by Sarah J. Maas, be sure to check out all the details below.



This blitz also includes a giveaway for a set of the first 3 books in the series (in paperback format). US only. So if you’d like a chance to win, enter in the Rafflecopter at the bottom of this post.

About The book:

Title: QUEEN OF SHADOWS
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Pub. Date: September 1, 2015
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens
Pages: 656

Sarah J. Maas's New York Times bestselling Throne of Glass series reaches new heights in this sweeping fourth volume.

Everyone Celaena Sardothien loves has been taken from her. But she's at last returned to the empire—for vengeance, to rescue her once-glorious kingdom, and to confront the shadows of her past . . .

She will fight for her cousin, a warrior prepared to die just to see her again. She will fight for her friend, a young man trapped in an unspeakable prison. And she will fight for her people, enslaved to a brutal king and awaiting their lost queen's triumphant return.

Celaena’s epic journey has captured the hearts and imaginations of millions across the globe. This fourth volume will hold readers rapt as Celaena’s story builds to a passionate, agonizing crescendo that might just shatter her world.





Read Chapters 1-5 of QUEEN OF SHADOWS HERE!










About Sarah:

Sarah J. Maas is the author of the New York Times, USA Today, and internationally bestselling Throne of Glass series–Throne of Glass, Crown of Midnight, and Heir of Fire, and the series’ prequel, The Assassin’s Blade–as well as the New York Times and USA Today bestselling A Court of Thorns and Roses. She wrote the first incarnation of the Throne of Glass series when she was just sixteen, and it has now sold in twenty-three languages. Queen of Shadows, the fourth book in the Throne of Glass series, will release worldwide on September 1st, 2015.
A New York native, Sarah currently lives in Pennsylvania with her husband and dog. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from Hamilton College in 2008 with a degree in Creative Writing and a minor in Religious Studies. 

Connect with the Author: Website | Twitter | Facebook | Tumblr | Pinterest | Instagram| Goodreads


Giveaway Details:
1 winner will receive the first 3 books (in paperback) in the THRONE OF GLASS Series. US Only.
Ends on September 11th at Midnight EST!

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Friday, August 28, 2015

M9B Friday Reveal- Fall for Fantasy Blitz and A Giveaway!

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Welcome to this week’s M9B Friday Reveal!
This week, we dare you to
Fall For Fantasy
featuring titles to satisfy your fantasy cravings,
presented by Month9Books!
Be sure to enter the giveaway found at the end of the post!
   
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In a village of masked men, magic compels each man to love only one woman and to follow the commands of his “goddess” without question. A woman may reject the only man who will love her if she pleases, but she will be alone forever. And a man must stay masked until his goddess returns his love—and if she can’t or won’t, he remains masked forever.
Seventeen-year-old Noll isn't in the mood to celebrate. Her childhood friends have paired off and her closest companion, Jurij, found his goddess in Noll’s own sister. Desperate to find a way to break this ancient spell, Noll instead discovers why no man has ever chosen her.
Thus begins a dangerous game between the choice of woman versus the magic of man. And the stakes are no less than freedom and happiness, life and death—and neither is willing to lose.
add to goodreads
 
About-the-Author
 
Amy McNulty
 
Amy McNulty is a freelance writer and editor from Wisconsin with an honors degree in English. She was first published in a national scholarly journal (The Concord Review) while in high school and currently spends her days alternatively writing on business and marketing topics and primarily crafting stories with dastardly villains and antiheroes set in fantastical medieval settings.
Connect with the Author: Website | Twitter | Facebook | Goodreads | Pinterest
   
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To Bear an Iron Key is the first in a new and exciting series from acclaimed author Jackie Morse Kessler.
Five years ago, the young witch Bromwyn refused a gift from the powerful fairy king. Tonight, on Midsummer, that decision comes back to haunt her. When her best friend Rusty picks the wrong pocket, he and Bromwyn are all that stand between their village and the rampaging fairies who have pushed through the World Door. If they cannot outwit the fairy king and queen before the World Door closes at sunrise, the friends will lose everything—their village, Bromwyn's magic, and Rusty's life.
From To Bear an Iron Key by Jackie Morse Kessler: "Bromwyn turned to face the burning fields. Reaching deep inside of herself, she closed her eyes and touched the core of her power, the place where her magic lived, where it connected her to all of Nature. She held onto that magic, let it fill her almost to the bursting point, and then she cast it out onto the fields. It blanketed the rows of spelt, and she felt as it rode the wind—Air—and then touched the grain—Earth—and then sizzled around the fire."
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About-the-Author
 
JMK
 
Jackie Morse Kessler grew up in Brooklyn, NY, with a cranky cat and overflowing shelves filled with dolls and books. Now she’s in Upstate NY with another cranky cat, a loving husband, two sons, and overflowing shelves filled with dragons and books (except when her sons steal her dragons). She has a bachelor’s degree in English and American Literature, and yet she’s never read any Jane Austen (with or without zombies). She also has a master’s degree in media ecology. (The living study of technology and culture. Which is cool, but she still can’t figure out how to use Tweetdeck.)
Jackie spends a lot of time writing, reading, and getting distracted by bright and shiny new ideas. (She just came up with a new idea right now.) She has a weakness for chocolate and a tendency to let her cat take over her office chair.
Author Links: Website | Twitter | Facebook | Goodreads |
   
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For hundreds of years, dark clouds covered the skies of Adamah, and an ageless king ruled. Those who emerged with one of six extraordinary Shay powers were forced into the king’s army, an unmatched force with inhuman Strength, Speed, Accuracy, Perception, Empathy, and Healing. With the army behind him, the king—a man who wields all six abilities—was invincible and unquestioned in his rule. To most, serving the king was an honor. But for others, it was a fate worse than death.
When seventeen-year-old Nolan Trividar witnesses the transformation of his brother from kind to cruel after entering the king’s army, he vows never to follow the same path. So when his own power—the Shay of Accuracy—comes upon him at the Tournament of Awakening, Nolan conceals his emergence instead of joining the king’s ranks. For years, he traitorously hides his power, pretending to be only a gifted scribe. But when Nolan comes face -to-face with a deserter, the man discovers his secret. To evade detection and a death sentence, Nolan escapes with the deserter and flees into a night filled with dark creatures who steal both powers and souls. He joins a resistance, a village hidden deep in the forest, filled with others who secretly wield a Shay. But his peace is short-lived when they discover that the dark clouds, undead creatures, their own decreasing powers, and even the king, are all connected.
 
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About-the-Author
 
Kristal Shaff
 
Kristal Shaff grew up with books (and used to drive her mom crazy when she wouldn’t leave the library); her first job was even shelving books at the library. She loves anything creative, and you can often find her exploring strange and fantastical worlds in her choices of movies and fantasy fiction. Kristal resides in Iowa with her farmer husband, numerous pets, and 3 awesome kids (plus one more on the way though the journey of adoption). When she isn’t writing, she is a professional face painter who enjoys making children smile.
Author Links: Website | Twitter | Facebook | Goodreads
   
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Thyra Winther's seventeen, the Snow Queen, and immortal, but if she can't reassemble a shattered enchanted mirror by her eighteenth birthday she's doomed to spend eternity as a wraith. Armed with magic granted by a ruthless wizard, Thyra schemes to survive with her mind and body intact.
Unencumbered by kindness, she kidnaps local boy Kai Thorsen, whose mathematical skills rival her own. Two logical minds, Thyra calculates, are better than one. With time rapidly melting away she needs all the help she can steal. A cruel lie ensnares Kai in her plan, but three missing mirror shards and Kai's childhood friend, Gerda, present more formidable obstacles. Thyra's willing to do anything – venture into uncharted lands, outwit sorcerers, or battle enchanted beasts - to reconstruct the mirror, yet her most dangerous adversary lies within her breast.
Touched by the warmth of a wolf pup's devotion and the fire of a young man's desire, the thawing of Thyra's frozen heart could be her ultimate undoing.
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About-the-Author
 
Vicki Weavil 11
 
Vicki Lemp Weavil was raised in a farming community in Virginia, where her life was shaped by a wonderful family, the culture of the Blue Ridge Mountains, and an obsession with reading. Since obtaining her undergraduate degree in Theatre from the University of Virginia, she’s gone on to acquire two masters degrees, living in places as diverse as New York City and rural North Carolina. She’s currently the library director for a performing an visual arts university. Vicki loves good writing in any genre, and has been known to read seven books in as many days. She enjoys travel, gardening, and the arts. Vicki lives in North Carolina with her husband, son, and some very spoiled cats.
Author Links: Website | Twitter | Facebook | Goodreads | Tumbler
   
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SERPENTINE is a sweeping fantasy set in the ancient Kingdom of Xia and inspired by the rich history of Chinese mythology.

Lush with details from Chinese folklore, SERPENTINE tells the coming of age story of Skybright, a young girl who worries about her growing otherness. As she turns sixteen, Skybright notices troubling changes. By day, she is a companion and handmaid to the youngest daughter of a very wealthy family. But nighttime brings with it a darkness that not even daybreak can quell.

When her plight can no longer be denied, Skybright learns that despite a dark destiny, she must struggle to retain her sense of self – even as she falls in love for the first time.

“Vivid worldbuilding, incendiary romance, heart-pounding action, and characters that will win you over–I highly recommend Serpentine.” Cinda Williams Chima, best-selling author of the Seven Realms and Heir Chronicles fantasy novels

“Serpentine is unique and surprising, with a beautifully-drawn fantasy world that sucked me right in! I love Skybright’s transformative power, and how she learns to take charge of it.” ~Kristin Cashore, NYT Bestseller of the Graceling Realm Series

“Serpentine’s world oozes with lush details and rich lore, and the characters crackle with life. This is one story that you’ll want to lose yourself in.” ~ Marie Lu, New York Times bestselling author of Legend and The Young Elites
add to goodreads
 
About-the-Author
 
 
Cindy Pon is the author of Silver Phoenix (Greenwillow, 2009), which was named one of the Top Ten Fantasy and Science Fiction Books for Youth by the American Library Association’s Booklist, and one of 2009′s best Fantasy, Science Fiction and Horror by VOYA. The sequel to Silver Phoenix, titled Fury of the Phoenix, was released in April 2011. Serpentine, the first title in her next Xia duology, will be published by Month9Books in September 2015. She is the co-founder of Diversity in YA with Malinda Lo and on the advisory board of We Need Diverse Books. Cindy is also a Chinese brush painting student of over a decade. Visit her website at www.cindypon.com.
   
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Four clans have been at war for centuries: the Kodiak, the Raven, the Wolf and the Ram. Through brutal war tactics, the Ram have dominated the region, inflicting death and destruction on their neighbors. Seventeen-year-old Zo is a Wolf and a Healer who volunteers to infiltrate the Ram as a spy on behalf of the allied clans. She offers herself as a Ram slave, joining the people who are called the “nameless.” Hers is a suicide mission – Zo’s despair after losing her parents in a Ram raid has left her seeking both revenge and an end to her own misery. But after her younger sister follows her into Rams Gate, Zo must find a way to survive her dangerous mission and keep her sister safe. What she doesn’t expect to find is the friendship of a young Ram whose life she saves, the confusing feelings she develops for a Ram soldier, and an underground nameless insurrection. Zo learns that revenge, loyalty and love are more complicated than she ever imagined in the first installment of this two-book series.
 
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About-the-Author
 
Jennifer Jenkins
 
With her degree in History and Secondary Education, Jennifer had every intention of teaching teens to love George Washington and appreciate the finer points of ancient battle stratagem. (Seriously, she’s obsessed with ancient warfare.) However, life had different plans in store when the writing began. As a proud member of Writers Cubed, and a co-founder of the Teen Author Boot Camp, she feels blessed to be able to fulfill both her ambition to work with teens as well as write Young Adult fiction.
Jennifer has three children who are experts at naming her characters, one loving, supportive husband, a dog with little-man syndrome, and three chickens (of whom she is secretly afraid).
Visit her online at jajenkins.com
Connect with the Author: Website | Twitter | Facebook | Goodreads | Pinterest |Instagram
   
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