Monday, December 11, 2017

RELEASE BLITZ - YA FANTASY - Grey Lore by Jean Knight Pace & Jacob Kennedy

Grey Lore
by Jean Knight Pace & Jacob Kennedy
Release Date: December 7th 2017
Publisher: Ink Smith Publishing
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy

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Despite the perks of living with her rich aunt, Ella’s new life in Napper, Indiana, is pretty much tragically boring.

Until Ella starts hearing strange voices.

As rogue wolves begin to stalk the edges of town and a serial killer with a penchant for silver bullets draws closer, the city of Napper seems to wake up. 

Ella, with her new friends, Sam and Sarah, might be able to find out what the strange occurrences mean. Except that they’re all being pulled in different directions by people who love them; and some who don’t.

Before they lose their way to the whispers they hear from the past, or the call to a future they’re not sure they want to create, the friends will need to confront who they really are and figure out what’s hiding in the silence of their sleepy little town.
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Jean Knight Pace is the author of the YA fantasy novels, Grey Stone and Grey Lore. She has also had essays and short stories published in Puerto del Sol, The Lakeview Review, and other literary magazines. She lives in Indiana with her husband, four children, ten ducks, and a cat. You can find more about her at jeanknightpace.com.
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Jacob Kennedy is the author of the YA fantasy novels Grey Stone and Grey Lore. He lives in Indiana with his wife and kids. When he’s not dreaming up stories about wolves, ghosts, and other creatures, he’s working his day job as a doctor in the emergency room. 
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Audiobook TOUR w/GIVEAWAY - YA FANTASY - Fragile Chaos by Amber R. Duell

Fragile Chaos
by Amber R. Duell
Narrators: Bradley Pittman & Jamie Lee-Lewis
Length: 8 hours 10 minutes
Released: October 17th 2017
Publisher: RadiantTeen Publishing
Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult
 


  
The Book Junkie Reads . . . Review of . . . FRAGILE CHAOS . . . Mythology, gods, goddesses, war, peace, conflict, betrayal, sacrifice, . . . more?

Theo was young and determined to prove himself and his place among the gods. Cassia was not so much a believer in the gods but a sacrifice to them. The war of her country has precipitated much unrest both on Earth and in the heavens.

I found much to pull my interest with each moment spent listening to the audio. The story was not over the top drowned down by the heaviness that could have consumed it. There were light moments, fun moments, easy banter, moments of disbelief, some drama, a battle or two, and a journey that was full.

Pacing good. Story good. Characters interesting. Narration was complementary.

Narrators Review of . . . FRAGILE CHAOS . . . I could feel the harmony between Jamie and Bradley. I felt transported to the time and place with their easy flow.

I received this audiobook as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by RadiantTeen Publishing. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.




A god of war seeking restoration. An unwilling sacrificial bride. Betrayal that could destroy them both.   

Every fiber of my being is woven from the rage of mortals.  

Theodric, the young God of War, has a talent for inciting conflict and bloodshed. After being stripped of his powers by his older brother, King of Gods, he sets out to instigate a mortal war to prove himself worthy of being restored to power.   

I loved Kisk once; it was my home… But that was before. This is now.  

Sixteen-year-old Cassia, like many in the modern era, believes gods and goddesses to be just a myth. Enemy to her country and an orphan of the war, she has no time for fairy tales. That’s until religious zealots from Theo’s sect offer her up as a sacrifice.  


Can Cassia and Theo end the mortal war and return balance to the earth and heavens? Or, will their game of fate lead down a path of destruction, betrayal, and romance neither of them saw coming?
  


 Amber R. Duell was born and raised in a small town in Central New York. While it will always be home, she’s spent the last six years living in Germany and Maine as a military wife where the next step is always an adventure. When Amber isn’t writing, she’s wrangling her two young sons. She is a lover of history, a fan of snowboarding, and a travel enthusiast. In her downtime, she can be found curling up with a good book and a cat or two.
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Bradley Pittman is a producer and freelance musician living and working in Atlanta. He received a bachelor’s degree in audio production from Georgia State University in 2016. Though he most commonly works on musical projects, he began self-producing audiobook chapters in 2015 as a way to unite his love of studio production with his love of literature.

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Jamie-Lee Lewis, aka Jaylew, hails from the island of Jamaica. Since a small child, she’s always had a hyper imagination. She enjoys writing and telling stories, singing and composing songs, entertaining and edifying, playing different characters as well as creating them through drawings, and finding the beauty and fun in everything she does. She is currently a professional and passionate Youtuber.  
  
1.    Waffle fries or curly fries? Waffle fries
2.    GIF with a hard g or soft g? Soft
3.    Fantasy or science-fiction? Fantasy
4.    Superman or Batman? Batman
5.    Text message or call? Text
6.    Pancakes or waffles? Waffles
7.    Doctor Who or the Walking Dead? Walking Dead
8.    TV Shows or movies? Movies
9.    Facebook or Twitter? Twitter
10.                       Alice in Wonderland or Robinson Crusoe? Alice
11.                       Being too warm or too cold? Too cold
12.                       Netflix or Hulu? Netflix
13.                       Work Hard or Play Hard? Work Hard
14.                       Passenger or Driver? Driver
15.                       Amusement Park or Day at the Beach? Amusement Park
16.                       Honesty or Other’s Feelings? Both
17.                       Movie at Home or Movie at the Theater? Theater
 
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Friday, December 8, 2017

TOUR w/GIVEAWAY - YA PARANORMAL - Crowned (Beholder, #4) by Christina Bauer


Crowned
Beholder, #4
by Christina Bauer
Publication date: November 28th 2017
Published by: Monster House Books
Genres: Paranormal, Young Adult


The Book Junkie Reads . . . Review of . . . CROWED (Beholder, #4) . . . Reading of the Crowned Beholder, #4 was what I believe has finally become the one that takes me over the top with this series. This time Elea may have to battle with not one, not two but possibly three entities trying to get rid of her. She’s powerful, smart, strong, and have friends beside her. But her power may not be enough to take on the force(s) coming at her. We get more action, drama, intensity, magic, adventure, and Rowan.

Elea must once again fight for her very life. Viktor wants her dead and gone.  We get appearances from more characters to love and a few you want to hate. Then there are the deities, Oni and Yuri, that may or may not want to cause harm to Elea. She had her friends, her magic, and the timely arrival of the right spell or two. She finds this time around she will need to find the Sword of Theodora. She will also need some help of a different kind. The help comes in the form of little Jicho. He was just too cute

Elea finds this journey will not be easy or safe. She must use a lot of what she had learned and some she just figure out along the way. The two of them (Elea and Jicho) find themselves meeting many a new people. The hunt for the Sword of Theodora proves to be more than just searching for a sword.

I find that this was an encompassing journey of action/adventure, truth, light, good vs evil, love, friendship, good choice, betrayal, loss and so much more. To truly enjoy the entire read I highly recommend that you start at the beginning and take this ride with great care. There was much to be had within the pages of this series from the start of book one right up to this last installment.

Beholder series:
Cursed – Beholder, #1
Concealed – Beholder, #2
Cherished – Beholder, #3
Crowned – Beholder, #4
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Beauty. Romance. Power. It’s all in the eye of the BEHOLDER.

At last, Elea has found the love of her life. Unfortunately, the evil Tsar Viktor is about to unleash an army of twisted mages bent on killing everyone Elea cares about… including the man who’s stolen her heart.

So what’s a powerful witch to do? Why, organize a league of magical warriors, of course!

Elea recruits and trains a fighting force to take down the Tsar. That’s challenge enough, but on the eve of battle, Elea realizes that her true enemies may be far more powerful than even Viktor: The deities Oni and Yuri could be out to destroy her as well. With major battles brewing on two fronts, Elea’s not sure that she’ll win, but with true love to inspire her, she’s certainly ready to fight.
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Christina Bauer knows how to tell stories about kick-ass women. In her best selling Angelbound series, the heroine is a part-demon girl who loves to fight in Purgatory’s Arena and falls in love with a part-angel prince. This young adult best seller has driven more than 500,000 ebook downloads and 9,000 reviews on Goodreads and retailers.

Bauer has also told the story of the Women’s March on Washington by leading PR efforts for the Massachusetts Chapter. Her pre-event press release—the only one sent out on a major wire service—resulted in more than 19,000 global impressions and redistribution by over 350 different media entities including the Associated Press.

Christina graduated from Syracuse University’s Newhouse School with BA’s in English along with Television, Radio, and Film Production. She lives in Newton, MA with her husband, son, and semi-insane golden retriever, Ruby.
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Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Audiobook TOUR w/INTERVIEW - Colorless by Rita Stradling Narrators Lauri Jo Daniels

Colorless

by Rita Stradling

Narrators: Lauri Jo Daniels

Length: 9 hours 22 minutes

Released: October 2nd 2017

Publisher: Rita Stradling, Lauri Jo Daniels

Genre: YA Fantasy


Q&A with Author Rita Stradling
  • Tell us about the process of turning your book into an audiobook.
    • I’ve worked with a couple different narrators over the years, and each time it’s a little different. This time around, I had very little work to do. Lauri asked me some questions in the beginning, and we stayed in contact throughout. She sent me a publish ready product, I reviewed it and pressed publish.
  • How closely did you work with your narrator before and during the recording process? Did you give them any pronunciation tips or special insight into the characters?
    • I was so impressed with Lauri, I basically told her to have at it. She’s such a talented actress, and I didn’t want to squash her talent.
  • Are you an audiobook listener? What about the audiobook format appeals to you?
    • Lately, I only ‘read’ in the audiobook format. Between writing and life, I just don’t have time to read physical books lately.
  • What do you say to those who view listening to audiobooks as “cheating” or as inferior to “real reading”?
    • I’d say that it’s not a competition. Do you read books to feel accomplished or just because books make you feel and think (and escape to new lives and worlds)? If it’s solely the first, then, sure, read the books. But, don’t snub the people who read or listen for other reasons. We can all be book lovers together.
  • What gets you out of a writing slump? What about a reading slump?
    • I’d say the same answer for both: writing or reading in a different genre or sub-genre. I often hop between genres. Some of my favorites are: Urban Fantasy, YA Fantasy, Contemporary Romance, Cozy Mystery, Epic Fantasy.
  • In your opinion, what are the pros and cons of writing a stand-alone novel vs. writing a series?
    • From a marketing perspective, there’s no advantage to writing a standalone (in my opinion). But, I do it because I like to move onto my next crazy idea.
  • What's your favorite:
1.     Food - Tie - Kraft mac’n’cheese and steak & lobster
2.     Song - Anything by Imagine Dragons
3.     Book - how much time do you have? Oh my goodness . . . I’ll just give you my favorite author: Ilona Andrews.
4.     Television show - Veronica Mars
5.     Movie - V for Vendetta
6.     Band - Imagine Dragons
7.     Sports team - Sorry
8.     City - Victoria, BC
  • What’s next for you?
    • One of my books is part of the Sigils and Spells boxed set. Sigils and Spells is a collection of over twenty Urban Fantasy novels that we’re selling for $0.99 for a limited time. It comes out January 2nd. There are parties and lots of giveaways planned. Here’s the blurb:A dangerously beautiful vision of unique worlds that’s sure to leave its mark.Cross through the looking glass into Urban Fantasy, Paranormal Romance, and Dystopian realms where you’ll meet valiant heroes, kick-ass heroines, and dangerous creatures waiting to unveil the hidden corners of the universe. SIGILS & SPELLS includes more than twenty exclusive novels that roam the sands of Egypt, slip into the shadows of 1940s Los Angeles, voyage to the mystical land of Mabi, and dare to traverse the stars. From the deserts of Africa to the streets of San Antonio, mythological adventurers strike out to discover brand new worlds and unravel the mysteries of Earth in a limited edition boxed set offering the diversity and originality you haven’t been able to find before now. Dare to enter forbidden realms of unexpected beauty and peril? Secure your copy of SIGILS & SPELLS today - before it disappears forever! You can learn more on the facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/sigilsandspells/

In Domengrad, there are rules all must live by: Fear the Gods. Worship the Magicians. Forsake the Iconoclasts.


To Annabelle Klein, the rules laid down by the Magicians are the mere ramblings of stuffy old men. As far as she’s concerned, the historic Iconoclasts, heretics who nearly destroyed the Magicians so long ago, are nothing but myth. She has much more important matters to worry about.

Heiress to a manor mortgaged down to its candlesticks and betrothed to her loathsome cousin, sixteen-year-old Annabelle doubts the gods could forsake her more.

Then Annabelle is informed of her parents’ sudden and simultaneous deaths, and all of the pigment drips out of her skin and hair, leaving her colourless. Within moments, Annabelle is invisible and forgotten by all who know her.

Living like a wraith in her own home, Annabelle discovers that to regain her color she must solve the mystery behind her parents’ murders and her strange transformation.

Meanwhile, hundreds of the Magicians’ monks, with their all-black eyes and conjoined minds, have usurped control of Annabelle’s family manor. An Iconoclast is rumored to be about—a person who they claim goes unseen, unheard, and lost to memory, yet is the greatest threat to all of Domengrad. For the first time in a hundred years, the monks plan to unleash the dire wolves of old.

Their only target: Annabelle.

 


Rita Stradling is the author of Ensnared, Making Bad Choices, The Deception Dance series, the Dakota Kekoa series and The Fourteen Day Soul Detox Novella Serial. She has a BA in Art History and a particular love for modern and medieval art. Rita lives with her husband and son in Northern California. She has an insatiable novel addiction and mostly reads young adult and adult: romance, paranormal, urban fantasy and high fantasy.
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Narrator Bio

Lauri Jo Daniels has had her nose in a book since before she started kindergarten and has been reading stories out loud to anyone who would listen ever since. Her mom has always said that from the moment she was born she has never shut her mouth, so it just makes sense that she would make a living with her voice. It was this love of reading that inspired her to major in English Lit and later to become a Young Adult Librarian and it was this career that introduced her to the wonder of audiobooks. She began dreaming of narrating them one day herself. Today that dream has become reality. Lauri Jo has a very versatile sound and a knack for character voices, both skills that truly bring a story to life. Those skills and her passion for storytelling have made her dream a reality. When she’s not busy trying to organize the chaos of 2 teenagers and 6 animals at home, Lauri is producing material from The Huffington Post, Slate, and Playboy for SpokenLayer’s news podcast, SpokenEdition, voicing Alexa flash briefings for Biden's Briefing, and narrating news and short stories for Medium Members while working on her next audiobook masterpiece.
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