Friday, May 30, 2014

Blog Tour + Excerpt and Giveaway: Son of Set by Kelsey Ketch

Title: Son of Set
Series: Descendants of Isis
Author: Kelsey Ketch
Release Date: 05/02/14

“. . . the Sons would never just let him go—alive.”

Seth O’Keefe has broken the laws of his god. He never thought he would sacrifice his own future to protect a Daughter of Isis. But when the Sons of Set discovered Natti is the Secret Keeper, he had no choice. Now, Seth and Natti are on the run from his father, who wants nothing more than to see Seth dead. With no allies, Seth turns to the Daughters of Isis for help, hoping they would protect Natti. But when they meet the Daughters, he discovers a secret that puts both their lives in more danger. Low on options, Seth sees only one possibility for survival. He must help Natti solve an ancient puzzle and find the secret name of Ra.

Natara “Natti” Stone is having a hard time swallowing the truth. She can’t believe what she has learned in the past twenty-four hours: Seth is a Son of Set blessed with charm; she is a Daughter of Isis blessed with a sliver of Ma ‘at; the locket her grandmother gave her holds an ancient Egyptian secret linking to Osiris and Isis. That along with being tortured and brutalized by the Sons of Set, she can hardly hold herself together. Thank God for Seth’s touch! That warm, tingling sensation that drowns it all out. Yet her heart struggles to stay focused. She must quickly embrace her destiny before the secret name of Ra falls into the wrong hands.

*Note: Content for Upper YA*

     Natti  rested  her  chin  in  her  hand  and  sighed  as  she  stared  at  Seth’s  empty  seat.  Her fingers tapped against the plexiglass, near the napkin she had written the translation of the locket on. And though its words continually cycled through her thoughts, she wondered where the hell Seth was and why he had left in such a hurry. 
     To get her mind off his strange behavior, she skimmed the photographs scattered over the table. A family portrait of a mother, father, and daughter caught her interest first. The landscape was almost a blinding white with misty mountains in the distance. A wooden deck led out to an expanse  of  flat  sand.  The  family  all  wore  big,  silly  grins  on  their  faces;  the  father  tickling  the little girl while she laughed hysterically. Next to them, Natti could just make out a sign, which read:
282 FEET/ 85.5 METERS
     The picture tore at Natti’s gut slightly, thinking how lucky the  young girl  in the picture was.  Natti  never  had  the  opportunity  to  travel  anywhere  with  her  mother.  As  far  as  she  could remember, it had always been just her and her father exploring the streets of London, driving out to the White Cliffs of Dover or visiting Yorkshire to get away from the city. 
     Heart aching, her line of sight drifted to another photograph right below the first. It was a landscape, almost a professional grade photograph. In the brilliant sunlight, the dark mountains caressed  the  barren  valley  below.  The  wind  propelled  the  sand  over  the  wave-etched  dunes, making  it  look as  if  it was  clear water racing toward the camera. Natti stared awestruck at the image. She had never seen anything quite like it before. From her perspective, it truly could have been a river, flowing through the mountain range. It tugged at her memory, retrieving a part of the locket’s translation: Mountains protect the flowing sand. 
     Startled,  Natti  was  jerked  from  her  thoughts  when  a  mug  of steaming  hot  water  hit the table.  She  looked  up  at the  middle-aged  waitress.  The  woman’s  curly,  dark  hair  was  tied  back with  a  scarf,  which  flowed  over  one  shoulder.  She  plunked  down  a  selection  of  tea,  sugar packets, cream, and a glass of Coke.
     “Sorry for the delay. Alison had a family emergency.” The woman snapped on a piece of gum while she spoke. “So I’ll be your server this afternoon. Are you ready to order?”
     Natti quickly thought of the turkey and avocado BLT she selected from the menu. “I am, but  .  .  .”  She  glanced  at  Seth’s  empty  seat. “I  think  I’ll  wait  for  my  friend  to  return  before ordering. He should be back in a few minutes.”
     The woman gave a sly smile. “He’s a real honey, that one. I’d say if you haven’t snatched him up already, you’d better pounce before some other girl nabs him.”
     “Or  three,”  Natti  muttered  under  her  breath  as  she  thought  how  Seth  could  juggle multiple women at once. “Um, before  you go, could  you tell  me where this photo was taken?” she asked, pointing to photograph of the mountains and flowing sand.
     The woman  frowned when she  looked at the picture. “I’m  not sure, actually.  Lydia and her husband traveled to practically every desert in the world. Erin was an amateur photographer and simply loved desert landscapes.” She rubbed her chin like she was thinking. “But knowing Lydia,  she  probably  has  the  location  written  on  the  back.  If  you  just  hold  up  your  mug  for  a second, it should be close enough to snag . . .”
     Natti  watched  the  waitress  lift  the  plastic  enough  to  slip  her  pinkie  in  and  pinpoint  the photograph with her nail. She carefully slid the picture out and flipped it around. 
     “Yep. Predictable Lydia. This was taken in Death Valley, California.”
     Natti’s  excitement  soared  when  the  waitress  read  the  name,  even  though  she  had  never heard of Death Valley before. “Do you know if there are, or were any, rivers or lakes there?” She knew she was technically breaking her promise to Seth by asking, but she just had to know.
     “Sorry.”  The  waitress  shrugged. “I  was  born  in  Fallon  and  haven’t  ventured  out  of  it once. I’m sure you can find all that out on the internet though. Everything is out there nowadays. You can use the free Wi-Fi, if you’d like.”  
     Natti’s  heart  fell.  She  didn’t  exactly  have  a  computer or  a  smartphone  at  her  disposal, which made linking the location of Ra’s secret name to Death Valley quite a long shot. Still, she had to tell Seth what she found. 
     “Thanks.”  She  shot  from  her  seat  and  took the  photograph  from  the  waitress. “Could  I borrow this for a second? I promise I’ll put it back once I’m done, and I’ll be extra careful with it.”
     “Ah, okay.” The waitress shrugged. “Fine by me.”
     “Thank you,” Natti repeated. “I’ll be right back, promise.” 
     She ran for the door, hardly able to wait to tell Seth. He probably would shrug it off and say it’s nothing, but she didn’t care. She felt as if she was one step closer to solving the puzzle. However,  when  she  pushed  open  the  entrance  door  and  stepped  into  the  parking  lot,  all  her excitement and glee vanished in an instant. Her eyes filled with tears when they fell on Seth, who had pinned the waitress—Alison—to the side of  a white truck. His body sandwiched her while her  fingers  were  tangled  in  his  hair.  Their  lips  so  close,  they  looked  about to  kiss.  Alison  was speaking  to  Seth  in  what  looked  like  shaky  whispers.  She  even  moaned,  brushing  her  leg  up against Seth’s thigh while her hands stroked and caressed his neck.

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About the Author
During her high school years, Kelsey Ketch could always be found tucked away in a little corner of the hall or classroom, writing her fantasy worlds and creating illustrations and maps. Today is no different, except now she’s writing in the break room at her office building or at the tables of the Barnes and Noble Café in Cary, North Carolina. She is also an avid reader, a part-time book blogger at Ketch’s Book Nook, and lives with her two orange tabbies and awesome and humorous flat-mate. Daughter of Isis is her debut novel.

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Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Release Day + Giveaway: Michael by Annabell Cadiz

Title: Michael
Series: Sons of Old Trilogy
Author: Annabell Cadiz
Genre: YA/NA Urban Fantasy, Paranormal
Publication Date: May 28th, 2014
Zahara Faraday looks like a normal eighteen-year-old and lives in a quiet neighborhood with her overprotective parents. She works at a bookstore and hangs out with her best friend Becca King on a daily basis. But underneath the normal lies a secret life filled with dangerous supernaturals. Zahara belongs to a world made of Light Witches, rogue Imagoes (supernatural creatures with super strength, speed, and silver skin when the moon is out), fallen angels, and Nephilim (hybrid children born half-human, half-angel). Where her father Solomon Faraday is human, her mother Mia and her Aunt Catalina are Light Witches. They help protect the human world by hunting down rogue supernaturals who commit heinous acts against humans. What they never expected was the possibility of having to hunt down the one rogue coven they had befriended and come to trust in their battle against Lucifer. Rekesh Saint-Louis is the leader of the most powerful Imago coven in Florida and now he’s the most suspected. Supernatural bodies are starting to pile up with an ancient ritual long forbade being used to murder them and the symbol, one large cross with four smaller crosses around it—which represents Rekesh’s coven— being left behind. Rekesh and the Elders of his coven set out to find who is behind the murders and clearing his name before a war between the covens begins. To make matters more difficult, Rekesh also has to deal with the return of someone he has been keeping a secret.

Meanwhile, Zahara and Becca are spending more time brushing up on their training, knowing an attack from Lucifer can come at any moment. Between patrolling neighborhoods and hanging at the boarding school created by Charles Stephens—a fallen angel who created the school to protect the children of rogue supernaturals—they are thrown into one battle after another. Zahara begins to develop a closer bond with Jason as they train and chase down clues to clear Rekesh’s name. What she doesn’t know is the very powerful secret Jason is keeping; a secret that will change the course of the fight with Lucifer.

But Rekesh’s coven being set up isn’t the only danger. A new powerful and lethal drug has emerged from the shadows of the supernatural world called Inferi. The drug has two deadly side effects: it leaves the supernatural hungering for blood—both human and supernatural—and grants them the elemental power they had once possessed.

Lucifer is on the move and he will stop at nothing to get his hands on Zahara and complete the first act of his plan.

A battle is about to begin.

One that may cost the Faraday family everything they hold dear.
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Have you ever wondered what could be hiding in the shadows?

Well, for eighteen-year-old Zahara Faraday, she doesn’t have to wonder. You see she comes from a lineage of Light Witches, those who have chosen to help protect and serve between the supernatural world and the human world. The only problem is Zahara, like her father Solomon, is as human as a human being can be whereas her mother, Mia, and her Aunt Catalina, were born as Light Witches. As a family they hunt down rogue supernaturals—creatures who harm humans or who have committed an act against their kingdom.

Zahara’s hunting skills are usually kept dormant since her parents would prefer she live life as a normal human girl without knowledge of the supernatural world. She plans on doing just that—except when she finds a couple being attacked by fairies, she has no choice but to step in. Before she can return to pretending to be blissfully ignorant, Zahara encounters a problem she isn’t the least equip to handle: Bryan Hamilton, the good looking new co-worker she has to help train. In a heartbeat, her best friend, Becca King, has set her up on a double date with herself and her new crush, Rekesh Saint-Louis, who happens to be the most powerful leader of the biggest Imago Coven in South Florida –supernatural creatures with the ability to control water . . . and suck out human souls.

Zahara has no time to focus on how she’s going to explain her double date with her best friend and the enemy they have a tentative truce with to her parents because soon one of the members of Mia and Catalina’s coven is found murdered with a strange tattoo of a snake with wings carved into his arm.

Zahara is then thrown into a whirlwind battle with an angel determined to have revenge against God, an Imago coven she doesn’t think they should trust, and slew of dream-eating fairies and powerful Nephilims, hybrid children of angels and humans, more than happy to rip her to shreds.

Normal just got a deadlier definition.
Born and raised in the sweltering suburbs of South Florida, Annabell Cadiz grew up fine-tuned to the cuisine of various Spanish cultures, learned to master the art of Puerto Rican cooking thanks to her parents, and learned to converse crazy thanks to her band of siblings. She is now working toward attaining a B.A. in Psychology at Trinity International University to better understand how to converse with the weirdoes and crazies of the world. (After all, she is one of them.) A self-proclaimed nerd and a book-a-holic (her room holds dozens of shelves with much evidence to prove that her claims are indeed true), she created TeamNerd Reviews along with her best friend, Bridget Strahin, to showcase their EXTREME love for all things book related.

She published her debut novel, Lucifer (Sons of Old Trilogy #1), in January 2013. The second novel, Michael (Sons of Old Trilogy #2) will be released on May 28, 2014. And the final installment in the Sons of Old Trilogy, Nephilim, will be out in Spring 2015.

**Must be 13 or older to enter**

**Giveaway begins WEDNESDAY, MAY 28 and ends WEDNESDAY, JUNE 4, 2014**

**Winner will receive an ecopy of LUCIFER (SONS OF OLD TRILOGY, #1) and an ecopy of MICHAEL (SONS OF OLD TRILOGY, #2) along with a SIGNED bookmark and bow & arrow keychain**


Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Book Blitz + Giveaway: Blood Oath by Samantha Coville

Release Date: 04/29/14

Summary from Goodreads:
Raya Sarian has always known she was different. The water calls to her in a way that isn't human. She has seen things that would scar anyone for life. And her father has been non existent in her childhood.

Because he is a Siren.

A blood drinker.

A monster.

And now she must live with him in a world populated with enemies and dangerous friends. Can she survive the year?

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     “I need you to watch my daughter and protect her with your life. I have a lot on the line and I need to know that someone will keep an eye on her and keep her out of danger.”
     Drew reflected on the idea and glanced to the floor, calculating what would happen if he accepted the task. “And I can’t tell her?”
     Christopher shook his head. “Absolutely not. She would avoid you so as not to have someone peering over her shoulder. I know my daughter enough to know that much.”
     “But you want me to get close to her, so I can watch her at all times?”
     “Yes, I can’t let anyone try to…remove…her because of what she is. I need someone to get as close to her as possible without raising any red flags on her radar. And, of course, you have to keep the Secret of the Halflings. Can you do that?”
     “What’ll happen if she finds out?”
     “If you’re worried she’ll find out, then you’re not right for the job.”
     There was no easy way to this and no upside either. Things would be difficult and confused around Raya, as if they weren’t already. But he couldn’t exactly turn down Christopher Sarian.
     “I’ll do it.”

About the Author
Samantha Coville is an editor and literary critic at her website, Sammy the Bookworm. She’s been writing short stories for six years and has appeared in magazines, both in print and online. When she’s not doing something book related, she is singing in her church choir or enjoying one of the theme parks in her home state of Florida.

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Book Blitz + Giveaway and Guest Post: Don't Fall by Rachel Schieffelbein

Don't Fall
Release Date: 2014
Swoon Romance

Summary from Goodreads::
In which a teenage girl endures the over-protective love of her adoptive mother until she falls for a boy who has her wanting to spread her wings, pitched as a contemporary retelling of RAPUNZEL.

Seventeen-year-old Anya leads a very secluded life in a house on the edge of town with her adopted mother. She doesn't go to school, but instead has a private tutor. Her over-protective mom keeps her so sheltered that she doesn't even have a best friend. 

But Anya doesn't seem to mind. She has her books, her photography, and her daydreams, and would do anything to please her mom. Until one day at the library, the only place she's allowed to go, she takes a picture of a beautiful boy.
  Before long she's lying to her mom, and sneaking out late at night to meet Zander. But Zander wants more than a secret romance. If Anya wants to be with the boy of her dreams, she will have to risk her relationship with the only other person she's ever cared about.

At the beginning of the book there are some lyrics from the song Don't Catch Me by The Gravities. Here are a few of them:
Defeat my plight with your delight.
And when you shine you shine the brightest,
and all I can give back is my best.
I love this song. I love the idea of how someone else's joy can bring out your own. Anya lives a fairly grey,  joyless life until she meets Zander. He helps to bring out the best in her, and her happiness reflects back on him, too.
Another song I listened to a lot when I needed some good lovey dovey inspiration was Can't Take My Eyes Off of You by Lady Antebellum. This song is really beautiful, and romantic, and I hope some of that inspiration shines through in the book.
About the Author
Rachel grew up in a tiny town in Minnesota. She still lives there, with her husband and their four kids. She coaches high school speech and theater, rides Arabian horses, reads as much as she can, and writes stories.


Guest Post - Covers
Thank you so much for being part of the blog tour, and having me today! I’m going to talk about how we ended up with the cover for Don’t Fall.
First of all, covers are one of the best parts of being published. For real. Getting to see something beautiful that captures the mood of your story, and has your name on it, is pretty great.
For Don’t Fall, Georgia McBride and I decided to do a cover contest. The entries came to me first and it was so much fun seeing them come in. There were a lot of beautiful ones. A lot of very creative, unique ones. And a few odd ball ones. Lol.
From there Georgia, and Mandy, my editor, and I all picked our own favorites and eventually narrowed it down to the top three. This was not easy! Then those three covers all got splashed all over the blogosphere and people voted. I honestly really liked all three covers, and didn’t try to influence the voters, but this cover was my favorite.
I loved it the first time I saw it in my inbox, and I’m glad the voters agreed! I see this as Anya letting go of her fears, her restrictions, the burdens she’s put on herself. It’s a beautiful, free falling sort of moment.

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Monday, May 26, 2014

Blog Tour + Review and Giveaway: Uncovering Cobbogoth by Hannah L. Clark

Uncovering Cobbogoth
By: Hannah L. Clark
Norah Lukens needs to uncover the truth about the fabled lost city of Cobbogoth. After her archaeologist uncle’s murder, Norah is asked to translate his old research journal for evidence and discovers that his murder was a cover-up for something far more sinister.

When she turns to neighbor and only friend James Riley for help, she realizes that not only is their bitter-sweet past haunting her every step, but James is keeping dangerous secrets. Can Norah discover what they are before its too late to share her own.


Hannah L. Clark lives with her husband and son in the glorious Rocky Mountains. She has always known she would be a storyteller. After graduating from Utah Valley University with a bachelor’s degree in English, she immediately began writing Uncovering Cobbogoth.

Despite her dream to one day become an author, Hannah has spent her life struggling with dyslexia.  Because of this, she became a writing tutor in college and is a huge advocate for those struggling with learning disabilities and encouraging them never to give up on their dreams. One of her favorite parts about being an author is speaking to schools and book groups about dyslexia and how she has come to see it as a gift.

Hannah loves her fellas, Michael and Sam, hanging with her sister/Illustrator Bekah, running, mythology, soulful bluegrass music, studying alternative medicine, retro hairdos, and growing things. Like her heroine Norah, she kind of believes trees have souls.
NOTE | Contrary to the impression this bio gives, Hannah was surprisingly not raised by hippies.  ;-)

Book Blitz + Giveaway and Excerpt: Heart Shaped Rock by Laura Roppe

Heart Shaped Rock
Release Date: May 2014

Summary from Goodreads:
“If you liked the music collaboration of Maybe Someday, you’ve got to check out Heart Shaped Rock.” — New York Times best-selling author of Maybe Someday, Colleen Hoover

"Laura Roppé has written a moving and emotional novel of first love, accurately capturing the voice and mind of a dramatic and emotional six teen year old girl caught in a maelstrom of grief and loss, love and heartbreak. And then there’s'll just have to read the book, ‘cause I can't do him justice in a few short sentences.” – Jasinda Wilder, New York Times and USA Today best-selling author of Falling into You

Sometimes a shattered heart needs to sing to love again . . . Sixteen year old singer-songwriter Shaynee Sullivan hasn't so much as touched her guitar since her mom died six months ago. In fact, Shaynee hasn't felt like doing much of anything lately, except maybe playing Whack-a-Mole on her "emotionally intelligent" brother's head. But when she meets a gorgeous and surprising rocker named Dean, her shattered heart begins to mend . . . and then burst at the seams. Heart-wrenching, heart-warming, and sometimes even heart-racing, Heart Shaped Rock will leave you laughing through tears and rooting for love in all its forms.

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     He grunts and runs his fingers through his hair. “It was painful, Shaynee. I’m not gonna lie.” His voice cracks. He takes a deep breath and looks down at the sand. When he looks back up, his eyes glint with resolve. Clearly, he’s made some kind of decision. 
     I brace myself.
     “Look, here’s the deal. However we got here’s how we got here. Whatever crazy-ass, zigzagging, effed-up road we had to take to get to right now was the way it had to be. All that matters is that we got here. You and me. ‘Cause being with you, right now, is exactly where I want to be.” He lowers his voice to the faintest whisper. “It hurts too much to be anywhere else.” 
     My heart’s exploding in my chest. 

     He grabs my hand. “I want you, Shaynee. All of you. The dark, the light, the black, the yellow, the perfect, the-not-so-perfect . . . the totally incomprehensible.” He leans into me, his eyes blazing with heat. “The freckles.” He grins when I blush. “I know you’re dealing with a lot. And I’m gonna help you through it. I want to help you through it.” He pushes a lock of my hair behind my ear. “But you gotta promise me something.”
     I nod. Whatever it is, the answer is yes.
     His voice takes on a sudden intensity. “Promise me you’re never gonna kiss anyone else, ever again.”
     I nod again, this time profusely. 
     “Because your lips are all mine now.”
     I want to tackle him and smother him with kisses. “I promise,” I choke out. I want to press my body against his, right here on the beach and roll around with him in the sand and pin him down and tie him up so he can’t run away and lie on top of him and maul him for the rest of my days. I take a deep breath, trying to control the fierce urges clanging around inside me. “I won’t abuse your faith in me . . . ever again.” 
     “I won’t abuse your faith in me, either. Ever again.”
About the Author
Laura Roppé is an award-winning singer/songwriter, author, audio book narrator , speaker, and former attorney from San Diego, California. In 2011, Bill board Magazine ranked her as Number Three on its chart of the Top 50 "uncharted" artists in the world. In May 2013, Laura began hosting Amazon's weekly podcast, "Kindle Love Stories," for people who love hearing about love stories, romance, and happily everafters.

Her first book is the non-fiction memoir, Rocking the Pink. Her latest is a YA-teen romance novel entitled Heart Shaped Rock, featuring a soundtrack.

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Saturday, May 24, 2014

Blog Tour: Black Bear Lake by Leslie Liautaud


Adam Craig, a forty year-old stock trader in Chicago, finds his marriage teetering on the rocks and his life at a standstill. Desperate and on the edge of personal collapse, Adam takes the advice of a therapist and travels to his childhood family compound on Black Bear Lake with hopes of making peace with his past. Stepping onto the northern Wisconsin property, he relives the painful memories of the summer of 1983, his last summer at the lake. 

In August 1983, a self-conscious fifteen year-old Adam carries a world of worry on his shoulders as he arrives at Black Bear Lake for a month long family reunion. Between anger and fear of mother’s declining health as she quietly battles a quickly spreading cancer and his cherished cousin’s depression over her parents’ bitter divorce, Adam is swept up in smothering familial love among the multiple generations and heartbreaking misunderstanding and betrayal. The arrival of a sensual but troublesome babysitter throws the delicate balance of his family into a tailspin. Blinded by his attraction to the newcomer, Adam fails to see his cousin's desperate cries for help and the charged electrical current running through his family's hierarchy. Crushed in the middle of it all, Adam is forced to learn that there's a fine line between self-preservation and the strength of family blood, all the while unaware of the impending tragedy that will ultimately change his life forever.



Leslie Liautaud is the author of Midnight Waltzes (2006), He Is Us (2008), The Wreck (2009), SALIGIA (2011), The Mansion (2012) and Summer Nights and Dreams (2012). She is also the author of the coming-of-age novel, Black Bear Lake (CreateSpace Independent Publishing, 2014).
Leslie is originally from Kansas City, MO where she worked in the performing arts. Currently, she divides her time between between Key Largo, FL and Champaign, IL with her husband, three teenage children and three rambunctious dogs.

Book Blitz + Giveaway: Mind Static by Jen Naumann

Title: Mind Static 
Author: Jen Naumann
Genres: Paranormal, Young Adult

Keyanna Sanders is about to get everything she could ever wish for on her 18th birthday: a hot guy who’s really into her, the sports car she’s always dreamed of owning, and the party of a lifetime that no one will forget any time soon.

But before long, she’ll understand these wishes are more than a coincidence, and that they come at a steep price. Keyanna is more than just an average high school senior, her best friend is more than the innocent boy next door, and her sudden good fortune isn’t just by chance. When her estranged father suddenly re-enters her life, she’ll have to decide who to trust, and whether or not the man she loves has become the enemy.

Jen Naumann grew up in southern Minnesota as an addict of such flicks as Indiana Jones and The Goonies until she discovered John Hughes, and spent her high school days locked away writing love stories with a sci-fi twist. Married to a farmer in southern Minnesota, she tries to follow the madness of her four active children while balancing an imagination that never shuts down. As the author of CHEATING DEATH, SHYMERS, AND PARANORMAL KEEPERS, she writes stories with strong female leads who have a good sense of humor and tend to fall in love despite their better judgment.

Friday, May 23, 2014

Book Blitz + Giveaway: Mary Hades by Sarah Dalton

Title: Mary Hades
Series: Mary Hades
 Author: Sarah Dalton
Publication Date: June 2014
Genres: YA Horror

Not many seventeen year old girls have a best friend who’s a ghost, but then Mary Hades isn’t your average teenager
Scarred physically and mentally from a fire, her parents decide a holiday to an idyllic village in North Yorkshire will help her recover. Nestled in the middle of five moors, Mary expects to have a boring week stuck in a caravan with her parents. Little does she know, evil lurks in the campsite…

Seth Lockwood—a local fairground worker with a dark secret—might be the key to uncovering the murky history that has blighted Nettleby. But Mary is drawn to him in a way that has her questioning her judgement.

Helped by her dead best friend and a quirky gay Goth couple, Mary must stop the unusual deaths occurring in Nettleby. But can she prevent her heart from being broken?

The first in a series of dark YA novels, Mary Hades follows on from the bestselling Kindle Single My Daylight Monsters. A spine-tingling tale with romance, readers will be shocked and entertained in equal measure. 

Sarah grew up in the middle of nowhere in the countryside of Derbyshire and as a result has an over-active imagination. She has been an avid reader for most of her life, taking inspiration from the stories she read as a child, and the novels she devoured as an adult.

Sarah mainly writes speculative fiction for a Young Adult audience and has had pieces of short fiction published in the Medulla Literary Review, PANK magazine and the British Fantasy Society publication Dark Horizons. Her short story 'Vampires Wear Chanel' is featured in the Wyvern Publication Fangtales available here:

Sarah's debut novel The Blemished is a fast paced young adult dystopia set in a fractured Britain. It follows the events of Mina Hart, a young Blemished girl who has a dangerous secret, as she tries to escape the dreaded Operation and get out of Area 14.

Cover Reveal: This Summer by Katlyn Duncan

Title: This Summer
Author: Katlyn Duncan 
Release Date: 07/2014
Carina UK

Before college, before responsibilities, Hadley Beauman and best friend Lily are determined to have a summer to remember. There will be all the usual dramas - ex-boyfriends who don't seem to know what 'ex' means, pesky younger brothers with unrequited crushes, but what Hadley didn't anticipate was the out-of-the-blue return of the seriously hot boy-next-door, Will Carson. The boy who broke her heart when he skipped town two years ago.
Will may have shot up a foot and filled out (oh yes), but inside he carries the weight of guilt - for leaving, for coming back... Now he's just passing through to tie up loose ends but it's clear the old chemistry still crackles between him and Hadley. Trouble is, it's built on two years of lies...
This summer might just be the best time of their lives, but is Hadley ready for everything to change - again?

About the Author
Katlyn Duncan was born and raised in a small town in western Massachusetts. Her overactive imagination involved invisible friends, wanting to be a Disney Princess and making up her own stories. Her bibliophile mom always encouraged her love of reading and that stayed with her since. Even though she works full time in the medical field Katlyn has always made time for books, whether she is reading or writing them.

Katlyn now lives in southern Connecticut with her husband and adorable Wheaten Terrier and she is thrilled to finally share her stories with the world.

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