Friday, March 30, 2018

COMING 2018 - YA URBAN FANTASY - Inimical (Circuit Fae, #3) by Genevieve Iseult Eldredge

Inimical
Circuit Fae, #3
by Genevieve Iseult Eldredge
Publication date: September 18th 2018
Published by: Monster House Books
Genres: Urban Fantasy, Young Adult

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Being a fairy princess isn’t all it’s cracked up to be, especially when you have to choose between saving your people…And killing your girlfriend. Oh, and let’s not forget having to pass summer school, too.

Talk about a hot mess.

First, there’s Rouen, princess of the dark Fae, goth-rock star Euphoria, and soon-to-be senior at Richmond Elite High. Her world is all things ice, snow, and death. And that death will include her own people unless she can defeat her evil father in a Battle of Wits and War and seize the throne. Trouble is, taking the throne is a death sentence for the princess of the fair Fae. In other words, a quick death for Syl, Rouen’s girlfriend.

And that’s so not good.

Second, there’s Syl, princess of the fair Fae, geek girl mathlete, and also an incoming senior. Things aren’t any easier for her. Syl must save her people by battling her old nemesis, the fair Fae prince, and the same rules apply: taking the throne means a death sentence for the other court’s princess, Rouen.

Even worse, Syl and Rouen’s enemies have figured out they’re a couple. Now, both Rouen’s father and Syl’s archenemy are teaming up to ensure neither of them makes it till Midsummer’s Day never mind to the fall semester.

Looks like passing summer school is the least of their worries.
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Raised by witches and dragons in the northern wilds, GIE writes angsty urban fantasy YA romance--where girls who are mortal enemies kick butt, take names, and fall in love against all odds.

She enjoys long hikes in the woods (where better to find the fair folk?), believing in fairies (in fact, she's clapping right now), dancing with dark elves (always wear your best shoes), being a self-rescuing princess (hello, black belt!), and writing diverse books about teenage girls finding love, romance, and their own inner power.

She might be planning high tea at the Fae Court right now.

GIE is multi-published, and in her role as an editor has helped hundreds of authors make their dream of being published a reality.
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Tuesday, March 27, 2018

SPOTLIGHT w/INTERVIEW - YA HORROR/THRILLER - Jinxed Jinxed Trilogy, #1 by Thommy Hutson

Jinxed
Jinxed Trilogy, #1
by Thommy Hutson
Date of Publication: March 13th 2018
Publisher: Vesuvian Books
Cover Artist: Sam Shearon
Genre: YA Horror/Thriller
Tagline: High school can be a real killer
 
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Break a mirror
Walk under a ladder
Step on a crack

Innocent childhood superstitions…

But someone at the Trask Academy of Performing Arts is taking things one deadly step further when the campus is rocked with the deaths of some of its star students.

Layna Curtis, a talented, popular senior, soon realizes that the seemingly random, accidental deaths of her friends aren't random—or accidents—at all. Someone has taken the childhood games too far, using the idea of superstitions to dispose of their classmates. As Layna tries to convince people of her theory, she uncovers the terrifying notion that each escalating, gruesome murder leads closer to its final victim: her.

Will Layna's opening night also be her final bow?
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Excerpt
There’s no way off the island until Monday,” Daniel said to Max, after returning from checking the perimeter. He shook off his hat, which was slick with moisture. “What we need to do—”
“Listen, asshat,” Max exploded. He picked up the manuscript splayed out on the table. The thing that had caused so much trouble, so much pain. So many secrets.
“You don’t get it, neither of you,” he added, looking from Daniel to Parker and back again. “It’s all right here in these pages. What’s going to happen, how it’s going to happen. The messed up thing is we still don’t know why, and I blame McKenna for that. If you two don’t do something to get us off this rock, one by one, we are going to die.”
Max looked at Layna, whose eyes roamed across everyone in the room. He knew she was thinking exactly what he was.
Who would be next? Who was doing this?
Max also wondered who was going to help them, if not Daniel or Parker.
Nancy grabbed the script from Max’s hands. “Jesus Christ, if you’re all gonna sit there and act like Helen Keller, I’ll figure it out.”
“What I’d like everyone to do is calm down,” Parker said calmly. “We’ll find everyone, stay together, and we will get off the island safely.”
“You did a bang-up job with Alice,” Max said. “If you had listened to me—” But he stopped himself. More to the point, the lump in his throat stopped him.
Layna grabbed his hand and locked her fingers with his, turning toward Nancy as she flipped through the script. “Well?”
Nancy stopped turning pages and slowly ran her finger across the lines of black ink. “It isn’t specific,” Nancy offered, “but this is what it says.”
Parker stood. “Before anybody starts jumping to conclusions, let’s remember this is a piece of fiction.”
Max shook his head in disbelief, even as he watched Daniel nod his. “It’s a piece of fiction somebody wants to turn into a really cuckootown crazypants version of MTV’s True Life,” he stated. “Maybe, ‘I Was a Teenaged Murder Victim?’ So, I’m all ears, Nancy. Go ahead.”
Parker cocked his head and Max felt the man was unhappy with the attitude he was throwing. But Max didn’t care. And he didn’t like the detective.
Nancy read, “Should the white hare cross the wayfarer’s path from right to left, his journey will be disastrous.” When she was done she realized the room was silent.
It was Daniel who broke the stillness. “I thought a rabbit, at least the rabbit’s foot, was lucky.”
It sickened Max he hadn’t thought of it before. That his friend, their friend, was out there alone, maybe hurt, maybe worse, and here they were, locked away safe and warm and talking about their fate in a way that felt strangely, frighteningly cavalier.
He turned to Nancy and frowned. He knew she would be affected the most. “White rabbits?” he asked.
“Oh, God,” Nancy yelped, dropping the script. “Crosby’s next!”

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Thommy Hutson is an award-winning screenwriter, producer, and author who is considered the foremost authority on A Nightmare on Elm Street. A graduate of UCLA, Thommy also wrote and produced critically acclaimed genre projects such as Scream: The Inside Story, Never Sleep Again: The Elm Street Legacy, More Brains! A Return of the Living Dead, His Name was Jason: 30 Years of Friday the 13th, and Crystal Lake Memories: The Complete History of Friday the 13th.

Thommy was born and raised in New York but now resides in Southern California with his husband and their cat.


The Book Junkie Reads . . . Interview with Thommy Hutson . . .
How would you describe you style of writing to someone that has never read your work?
I’d say my writing is fun, snarky, and dramatic. I’m also pretty descriptive. I love putting words together and finding ways to say things in an interesting, off-kilter, or funny manner. Words are awesome and having my characters do or say things as they would, and not how someone thinks they should, is the best part. We’re all different, so why shouldn’t our characters be? What we think someone should say, do, or be like doesn’t mean that’s the way it is, especially in a world created by an author. If I can shatter expectations, and take a reader for a ride, I will.

What mindset or routine do you feel the need to set when preparing to write (in general whether you are working on a project or just free writing)?
My daily routine in terms of scheduling is broken up between the books I am working on and the screenplays I am working on. I tend to be pretty disciplined in keeping “standard” hours. I’m not one of those people who can write until the wee hours in the morning. I wish I were! When I am working, I love to have chocolate covered raisins. It’s like my little comfort!

Do you take your character prep to heart? Do you nurture the growth of each character all the way through to the page? Do you people watch to help with development? Or do you build upon your character during story creation?
For me, it is all of the above. I find that my characters grow and change in great ways as I am writing them. I like to put together a little about who they were and how they came to be where they are. Then, though I know where they are headed, they sometimes surprise me!  And I absolutely, definitely people watch. In fact, I people listen. I love hearing the things people say and how they say it. As I mentioned above, I think people tend to have an idea of how characters should speak instead of how they are speaking. I find that when you really pay attention to human communication, it is far more interesting, fun, and verbose than we think it is.

Have you found yourself bonding with any particular character? If so which one(s)?
I really enjoyed writing for Nancy. She’s a fun girl who has an interesting viewpoint on the things around hr. She is definitely the person you want to hang with to have a good time. I also found myself drwn mor and more to Layna. I’m sure lots of authors “fall in love” with their lead, but I’m probably closest to Layna. She is someone who wants to be a good person, figure things out, and keep people together. But she still knows how to have fun!

Do you have a character that you have been working on that you can't wait to put to paper?
Tons of them! I feel like I have lots of people percolating. I have an idea for something that is pseudo-biographical in terms of some events that happened when I was a kid. Fun, adventurous stuff with a hint of mystery. I can’t wait to create those people and see where they take me.

Have you ever felt that there was something inside of you that you couldn't control? If so what? If no what spurs you to reach for the unexperienced?
Not really that I couldn’t control. When I want to do something or try new things, I just go for it. Life is too short not to.

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Wednesday, February 14, 2018

RECENT RELEASE - YA CYBERPUNK DYSTOPIAN - Touch (Sulan, Episode 4) by Camille Picott


Touch
Sulan, Episode 4
by Camille Picott
Publication date: February 1st 2018
Genres: Cyberpunk, Dystopian, Young Adult

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From a young age, Gun has trained in the way of Anderson Arms. He learns to manipulate, steal, blackmail, and kill—whatever it takes to accomplish the mission set by his father. But Gun despises the work he does and the wreckage it leaves behind.

His newest assignment is to befriend a Virtual High student and infiltrate Global Arms. His target is Sulan Hom, the daughter of a renowned Global scientist. Gun approaches the mission with detached coldness, the same method he uses for every assignment.

But it isn’t long before he finds a budding friendship with Sulan. The more time he spends with her, the more he begins to care for her. Soon, Gun avows that Sulan will not become one more mission casualty.

The more he delves into Global Arms, the more Gun realizes the true danger that awaits Sulan. Determined to keep her safe, Gun works behind the scenes to protect her. Will it be enough to keep Sulan safe? And will he ever be able to win her trust after deceiving her?
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Author Info
Camille Picott is a fifth-generation Chinese American. She writes science fiction and fantasy books with Asian characters and/or Asian settings. Camille grew up reading speculative fiction stories largely devoid of Asian characters and culture. This, coupled with a passion for her heritage, is the reason she strives to bring some aspect of Eastern myth, legend, culture, and ethnicity to all of her writings.
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Monday, December 18, 2017

SPOTLIGHT w/INTERVIEW - YA - Riding with James Dean by David-Matthew Barnes

Riding with James Dean
by David-Matthew Barnes
Date of Publication: November 7th 2017
Publisher: Blue Dasher Press
Cover Artist: http://www.GoOnWrite.com
Genre: Young Adult
 


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When seventeen-year-old Johnny moves to a sleepy new town and meets the enigmatic Marco, the glamorous Mary, and the punk princess Jemma, his summer nights are soon filled with friendship and love.
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From a distance, I could’ve sworn I saw the ghost of Marilyn Monroe.
            There was a beautiful woman standing next to Marco in the parking lot of the 50’s hamburger palace. They were leaning up against the side of his vintage car, waiting and doused in the shadows of slow pulsing neon lights. His arm was draped around her shoulders. It appeared she was propping him up. She laughed when she steadied him and the sound was sweet and melodic. She was a platinum blonde, dressed in a black pencil skirt and a low-cut white angora sweater. There was a red chiffon scarf tied around her neck. She exuded power in her black stiletto heels. She was a movie star in the making, a glamorous goddess just waiting for someone to discover her and catapult her to fame. If anyone had been born for a life on the silver screen, it was her.
            She pried herself away from Marco and stepped in my direction. “You must be Johnny,” she said. I nodded in reply, mesmerized by the seductive green color of her eyes and the tenderness of her voice. She leaned in, kissed my cheek, and then spent the next few seconds trying to wipe her lipstick off my skin. Her touch was soft and comforting. 
 “Are you Marilyn Monroe?” I asked. My words fell into her cleavage.
            “You’re close,” she said. “I’m Mary.”
            “Yes,” I said. “Marco mentioned you.”
            “He’s like a brother to me,” she whispered. “Be gentle with his heart.”
            Marco moved to us, wrapping an arm around us, connecting and cementing us as a trio. “I’m a lucky guy,” he said. “I get to spend the night with my two favorite people.”
            “Marco doesn’t have many favorites,” Mary explained. She was clearly his interpreter. “So, I guess that makes us the lucky ones.”
            Marco gently guided us in the direction of his parked car. “I wish we could go to Vegas,” he announced.
            “Why don’t we?” I challenged.
            He shook his head. “We wouldn’t make it there until dawn.”
            “Dawn’s a lovely time to arrive in Vegas,” Mary said. “You can sleep all day and then be ready for the night.”
            “Are we vampires?” I asked, with a small laugh.
            “In another life, yes,” explained Mary. “In this one…”
            Marco glanced up to the dark, starlit sky and said, “We’re the ones everybody else wants to be.”
            Mary shook a finger at him, reprimanding. “Careful, Marco,” she said. “You almost sound smug.”
            “Do you think they know?” he asked. “About how much we’ve been through?”
            They looked into each other’s eyes when Mary spoke. “If they did,” she said, “they wouldn’t care. But our sorrow would ruin the façade.”
            “Façade,” he repeated. “I like that word.”
            Mary insisted on sitting in the backseat, but not before pulling me aside. “You belong up front now,” she explained, in a hushed tone. “Next to Marco. He needs you by his side.”
            “But you were here first,” I reminded her.
            “I appreciate your chivalry,” she said. “But you’re new.”
            I slid across the bucket seat and into the shelter of Marco’s arms. He pulled me closer to him.  “There,” he said. “That’s better.”
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The Book Junkie Reads . . . Interview with David-Matthew Barnes

How would you describe you style of writing to someone that has never read your work?
I write about ordinary people experiencing extraordinary circumstances that will forever change their lives.

What mindset or routine do you feel the need to set when preparing to write (in general whether you are working on a project or just free writing)?
Before starting a new project, I do a lot of prep work that usually includes character profiles, a playlist, an outline, and some sort of writing schedule, even if just a tentative one. I write every day in my home office. For each writing session, I start with free writing to get the creative energy flowing.

Do you take your character prep to heart? Do you nurture the growth of each character all the way through to the page? Do you people watch to help with development? Or do you build upon your character during story creation?
Character development is very important to me as a writer. My characters come from different sources of inspiration, from imagination to stories people share with me to watching and listening to strangers. I consider myself a professional eavesdropper. Creating an authentic character that leaps off the page and resonates with a reader is my goal with every character. To achieve this, I construct in-depth character profiles, similar to what an actor might do before performing a role.

Have you found yourself bonding with any particular character? If so which one(s)?
In my new novella Riding with James Dean, I definitely felt a bond with my main character, Johnny. He’s definitely a variation of my younger self. The story isn’t entirely autobiographical, but there are elements of my teen years woven into the narrative.

Do you have a character that you have been working on that you can't wait to put to paper?
Yes. I’m working on a new novel called A Woman’s Place. It’s about a beautiful relationship between a mother and daughter. I first wrote it as a short story years ago. The main character, Annabelle Mae Westover, has stayed with me ever since. I am excited about telling her story in a longer form and spending more time developing her character. She’s very fun to write.

Have you ever felt that there was something inside of you that you couldn't control? If so what? If no what spurs you to reach for the unexperienced?
I think the only thing that comes close to this is my wanderlust. I love traveling and exploring new places in the world. I live for the unexperienced. The more we experience as storytellers, the more stories we can discover to share with readers.

Author Info
David-Matthew Barnes is the award-winning author of several novels and collections of stage plays and poetry. His acclaimed screenplays have earned many accolades including a 2017 Los Angeles Film Award. David-Matthew has written over fifty stage plays that have been performed in three languages in ten countries. His literary work has appeared in over one hundred publications. He is a member of the Dramatists Guild of America, International Thriller Writers, and the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators. He earned an MFA in Creative Writing at Queens University of Charlotte in North Carolina. He has been an educator for more than a decade.

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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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