Saturday, December 28, 2013

15 WINTER READS On Sale! Plus a Giveaway!

Winter Reads Cover
 
Sit back, relax in your favorite reading chair and enjoy 15 Winter Reads from 15 bestselling YA authors. There is something to delight every reader in this box set – paranormal romance, futuristic sci-fi, historical, time travel, and contemporary. Many of the Indelibles have given you access to both the first and second books in their series – you’ll be reading well into the New Year!

LIMITED TIME BOX SET

from 15 bestselling YA authors 

ON SALE 12/29 - 1/11 for just $1.99

Amazon * Barnes & Noble

15 Winter Reads includes:

 
Iron ButterflyThe Iron Butterfly by Chanda Hahn
Escaping an experimental prison, Thalia tries to hide her past and her gifts, from her friends. But her past isn’t always easy to escape, especially when it hunts you down.
 
Tremble


Tremble (Celestra Series) by Addison Moore
Sixteen year-old, Skyla Messenger is a dead girl walking. When her newly remarried mother moves the family to Paragon Island, to a house that is rumored to be haunted, Skyla finds refuge in Logan Oliver, a boy who shares her unique ability to read minds.
 
Exiled


Exiled by RaShelle Workman
Venus wakes to find herself no longer on her home planet of Kelari, but on Earth with a week to get back or she'll die.

Dragonfly Cover


Dragonfly by Leigh Talbert Moore
Gossip Girl meets VC Andrews in this contemporary family saga. Love, lies, and betrayal become the new normal when Anna enters the world of Jack and Lucy Kyser.
 
open minds


Open Minds and Closed Hearts by Susan Kaye Quinn
When everyone reads minds, a secret is a dangerous thing to keep.
 
untraceable


Untraceable by S.R. Johannes
When Grace's forest ranger dad disappears on patrol, she fights town authorities, tribal officials, & nature to prove he’s alive. Torn between a new hot boy and cute ex, she heads into the wilderness to find her dad. Soon, she is caught in a web of conspiracy, deception, and murder.
 
date an alien


How to Date an Alien and How to Break Up With an Alien by Magan Vernon
Alex Bianchi takes an internship at an alien operations center to pad her college applications but doesn't plan on falling in love with one of its residents. But as Alex’s senior year progresses, everything changes and she can’t figure out if it is interstellar or if it is just time to break up with an alien.
 
flutter


Flutter of Luv by L.M. Preston
Dawn, the neighborhood tomboy, is happy to be her best friend’s shadow. Acceptance comes from playing football after school with the guys on the block while hiding safely behind her glasses, braces, and boyish ways. But Tony moves in, becomes the star Running Back on her school’s football team, and changes her world and her view of herself forever.
 
watched


Watched by Cindy M. Hogan
It takes more than a school trip to change Christy's life. It takes murder.
   
clockwise



Clockwise and Clockwiser by Elle Strauss
A follow up to Clockwise, Casey and Nate travel back in time and race against the clock to rescue Casey's rebellious brother Tim from frontline battle in America's civil war.
   
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Glimpse (Zellie Wells #1) and Glimmer (Zellie Wells #2) by Stacey Wallace Benefiel
While working together to figure out what their shared vision means, Zellie discovers that Benjamin is a worthy friend and mentor. If only he could keep his hands off of her - if only she wanted him to...
 
spy like me



A Spy Like Me by Laura Pauling
After dodging bullets on a first date, Savvy must decide how far she'll go to protect the ones she loves.
 




Grasping At Eternity by Karen Amanda Hooper
An eternal soul mate, a supernatural family who has known her for centuries, and lifetimes of erased memories: this is Maryah Woodsen’s life. She just doesn’t know it yet.
 
lacrimosa



Lacrimosa by Christine Fonseca
In the world of angels and demons, one thing is clear - some sacrifices should never be made. Even for love.
 
spruce knoll


The Secret of Spruce Knoll by Heather McCorkle
The town of Spruce Knoll hides many secrets—and many dangers, among them are that the untimely death of Eren’s parents was no accident and that she is far more than she realizes.
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Thursday, December 19, 2013

Bookanista Review of DRAGONFLY by Leigh Talbert Moore


It's Thursday, and time for another Bookanista review. Today I am reviewing a FABULOUS New Adult book, DRAGONFLY by Leigh Talbert Moore. She is absolutely amazing - but before I get to it, here's the scoop on the other reviews today:
On to my review -

About DRAGONFLY by Leigh Talbert Moore
Three bad things I learned this year:
-People you trust lie, even parents.
-That hot guy, the one who's totally into you, he might not be the one.
-Things are not always how they appear.

Three good things I learned this year:
-Best friends are always there for you, even when they're far away.
-That other hot guy, the one who remembers your birthday, he just might be the one.
-Oh, and things are not always how they appear.

   
Anna Sanders expected an anonymous (and uneventful) senior year until she crossed paths with rich-and-sexy Jack Kyser and his twin sister Lucy.

Pulling Anna into their extravagant lifestyle on the Gulf Coast, Lucy pushed Anna outside her comfort zone, and Jack showed her feelings she'd never experienced... Until he mysteriously withdrew.

Anna turned to her internship at the city paper and to her old attraction for Julian, a handsome local artist and rising star, for distraction. But both led to her discovery of a decades-old secret closely guarded by the twins' distant, single father.

A secret that could permanently change all their lives.
   
Note: 65,000-word, full-length novel. Book #1 in the Dragonfly series. (Undertow, Book #2 is out now!) Recommended for readers 14+ for mature situations and sensuality.
What Others Are Saying (From Amazon):
"Gossip Girl meets VC Andrews in this contemporary family saga. Love, lies, and betrayal become the new normal when Anna enters the world of Jack and Lucy Kyser." --Magan Vernon, international bestselling author of The Only Exception
   
"Angst, longing, jealousy, mystery, secrets, love triangles, sexy scenes! Could you even ask for more? Well you can because it is also very well written and fast paced..." --Nichole, Book Addicts Not So Anonymous
   
"I truly enjoyed this one! I thought the characters were intriguing, the mystery and story were interesting and definitely have ME WANTING MORE!!!!!!!" --Mandy, The Romance Bookie


Why I liked it: 
Wow! Just WOW. Now, I have to confess, I am a big Leigh Talbert Moore fan. My guess is she could probably write a jingle and I would love it. That said, this book blew away ALL of my expectations. She is a master at building relationships between her characters. I love the little details in the story, the way the characters interacted, and the tension and romance dynamic. Masterful and everything I love is a GREAT contemporary!

Check it out on Amazon and other fine retailers!

What great books have you read recently?

    Wednesday, December 18, 2013

    Author Spotlight: Lisa Gail Green


    Time for more Author Spotlights! This was supposed to post yesterday. But, as you have likely noticed, I have been a little absent of late. The truth, the creeping crud caught up with me. Yuck!!! But, I am happy to report that I am on the mend and finally back to blogging. At least a little bit.


    So, today, I bring a belated Author Spotlight featuring the ever-fabulous, Lisa Gail Green.

    Before I introduce Lisa's books, here is a little more about her:


    Lisa Gail Green writes paranormal and fantasy. She lives with her rocket scientist husband and three junior mad scientists in Southern California. The first novel in her Djinn series, THE BINDING STONE, is now available! She would most definitely have a werewolf for a pet if she weren't allergic. 

    My favorite part of the Author Spotlights are the wacky Q&A I make them do! Here are Lisa's answers:

    • Your main villain has decided to take over traditional Christmas traditions. Tell me what he/she does to make the holiday different (think Nightmare Before Christmas) - If Kitra were to take over Christmas, which I'm sure she'd love to do, she'd make it Kitmas or possibly All Kitra's Day. She'd have everyone bring tributes or gifts to her instead of each other. In fact, the only thing she'd probably keep the same would be the color scheme since she loves red and gold. 
    • You are giving a present to your all-time favorite author. What is it and why did you choose it? - That's easy believe it or not! I'd choose my hero, Libba Bray, and I'd give her a cape. Why? Because the first time I met her I told her she was my hero and she signed GOING BOVINE, "I'll be your hero if I can wear a cape." That's part of why I love her! LOL 
    • If you could achieving absolutely anything in 2014, what would it be? -  If I could achieve anything in 2014 I'd have to put my family first and say family health and harmony. Is that cheating? :D If it was strictly personal and gratuitous, I'd wish to get my book out there to those who would enjoy it because what I really want is to connect with readers.
    And now, a little more about THE BINDING STONE:
    Tricked into slavery by the man she loved, the Djinni Leela has an eternity to regret her choices.
    Awakened in the prison of her adolescent body, she finds a new master in possession of the opal that binds her. But seventeen-year-old Jered is unlike any she's seen. His kindness makes Leela yearn to trust again, to allow herself a glimmer of hope.
    Could Jered be strong enough to free her from the curse of the Binding Stone?
    See what others are saying:

    "I dream of Lisa Gail Green! THE BINDING STONE is magical in so many ways. My Djinn asks for my third wish? The sequel, of course!"
         -- Nancy Holder, NYT Bestselling Author, THE WOLF SPRINGS CHRONICLES 


    "Genies like you've never seen them, THE BINDING STONE is a wild ride of treachery and deception. For my first wish, I'd like a sequel, please." 
         -- Lisa Desrochers, author of the PERSONAL DEMONS trilogy

    EXCITING!

    I am taking the Holidays off of Author Spotlights. But keep coming by as I will be posting reviews, talking goals, and hopefully sharing some exciting news!

    Wednesday, December 11, 2013

    Cover Reveal: Ali Cross's BLOOD CROWN

    To say I am a little excited to be part of Ali Cross's cover reveal is a serious understatement. Her books are not only AMAZING - but Ali is probably one of the nicest people I have ever met. True Story!

    Before I get to her cover, here is a little more about BLOOD CROWN:

    BLOOD CROWN by ALI CROSS

    Serantha is the daughter of the Emperor of the West, who rules over the remnant of humanity who escaped a dying Earth and took to the stars a thousand years ago. With no habitable planets found during their exile, the android Servants who were supposed to care for them rose up, took the name of Mind, and murdered her father. Now the androids amuse themselves by forcing humans like her into mindless drudgery. But flashes of memory hint that Sera is no ordinary human.


    On the other side of the galaxy, Nicolai, Son of the East, has abandoned his crown and joined the rebel forces in the war against the Mind. Humans have no real chance... unless the enhanced DNA developed by the Blood Crown scientists can unlock mankind's potential. When Nic and Sera are united, they discover their true potential--and together, humanity just might have a chance. But there's a legion of androids and nine years of mistrust between East and West... and coming together will require more than they ever expected.
    EEP! I can't wait for this! BLOOD CROWN releases February 20, 2014

    And now - the FABULOUS cover for...

    BLOOD CROWN


    I am really looking forward to reading this one! SO SO SO MUCH!

    About Ali Cross- Ali Cross is the sensei of Novel Ninjutsu where she holds a black belt in awesome. She lives in Utah with her kickin' husband, two sparring sons, one ninja cat, one sumo dog and four zen turtles.


    Ali is the award-winning author of young and new adult fiction and moonlights as Alex Cross when she can write wild middle grade adventures set in the faraway places of her imagination.


    Social media links:
    Tumblr/Pinterest/Etc: http://desolationdiaries.tumblr.com/
    Indelibles (indie authors): http://indeliblewriters.blogspot.com/
    Emblazoners (middle grade authors): http://emblazoners.com/

    So excited to see what 2014 has in store for Ali!

    Tuesday, December 10, 2013

    Author Spotlight: Ednah Walters


    Time for more Author Spotlights! Today, I bring you Ednah Walters! I've had so much fun getting to know Ednah and her books over the past year. She is something special, as I am certain you will agree.  


    Here is a little bit about her most recent release, Grimnirs (a Runes Book)

    "Torin St. James better step up his game because Echo's in town and just took the spotlight! Hot, beautiful,and cocky is not all you'll get after meeting Echo! He's up for a challenge and set on stealing the Runes series title “Best Book Crush!”" ~ Julia Hendrix @ As You Wish Reviews 

    Straight out of the psych ward, Cora just wants her life to be normal. She doesn’t want to see souls or the reapers collecting them. The guy she’s loved from a distance for years moves away without saying goodbye. So yes, she’s nursing a serious heartbreak. It’s no wonder love is the last thing on her mind when Echo storms into her life. 

    The chemistry between them is mind-blowing.The connection defies logic. Even better, the souls leave her alone when he is around. 

    Too bad Echo is the poster boy for everything she hates in a guy—hot, beautiful,and cocky. He is also a soul reaper. A Grimnir. 
    The very beings she wants out of her life. Maybe normal is overrated because Cora wants it all. Answers. Love. A life. 

    WARNING: This book contains some swearing, violence and mild makeout scenes: Suitable for ages 17 and up



    My favorite part of the Author Spotlights are the wacky Q&A I make them do! Here are Ednah's fabulous answers to these December-inspired questions:
    • Your main villain has decided to take over traditional Christmas traditions. Tell me what he/she does to make the holiday different (think Nightmare Before Christmas)  - My name is Maliina. How dare Ednah claim I am a villain? I am a Norn, one of the most powerful beings in all the realms. We, Norns, decide the fates of Mortals, Immortals, and gods.  While our sisters in Asgard protect humans, we make them suffer. You know what they say about adversity. It creates character. We help separates the heroes from the unheroic, the strong from the weak, the warriors and fighters from the victims.
      To show you what I’m capable of, I’ll tell you what I plan to give you for Christmas. It’s not white or merry. Hehehe. I plan to sit back and watch you with glee.
      I’ve noticed all the shiny decorations and trees, the happy faces, the senseless singing and shopping. They annoy me. I didn’t like Christmas when I was a Mortal and I don’t like it now.
      The night before Christmas, I will cause an avalanche. Let me change that. I will cause the mother of all avalanches and cut off your electricity, so no more Christmas lights and cheery songs. And you folks in sunny Florida should expect a hurricane. Not only are you going to be powerless, the flooding will force you to either flee or sleep inside some dingy school building with a bunch of strangers for weeks. You west coast people won’t be lucky either. The earthquakes you’ve been experiencing are nothing compared to what’s coming your way.
      Oh yes, this is the year “natural disasters” will hit you merry people hard and at the same time. Don’t worry, after the holidays, you’ll be so happy to be alive you won’t have time to think about how crappy your Christmas was. You are going to be busy fixing your homes, counties, and cities this holiday.
      Why am I doing this you ask? Because I can. Because this is what I do. Norns like me cause disasters and every misfortune that befalls Mortals.
      Unless of course some of my do-gooder-sisters decide to thwart my plans by reversing everything I do and making you forget. It’s happened before. So I have to be fast and sneaky. I’ll even take the appearance of your beloved Santa Clause. Yeah, we Norns can change our appearances too. So have a Not-so-merry Christmas and a happy New Year. 
    • You are giving a present to your all-time favorite author. What is it and why did you choose it? - My all-time favorite author is Cassandra Clare. I’d fashion a bracelet and use charms in the shape of runes from The Mortal Instrument series. It was her TMI series that caused me to research runes and their meanings. The more I read the more I was intrigued. Before I knew it, I was writing my first book based on Norse mythology.  I even gave it the title Runes.
    • If you could achieving absolutely anything in 2014, what would it be? - I would like to attend one writers’ or readers’ conference, preferably after releasing a book in both the Guardian Legacy series and Runes series. Oh, and I want to write a GM book, early chapter book for grades K-5th.
    Another fabulous spotlight! THANK YOU EDNAH.

    And for all of you, go pick up your copy of GRIMNIRS today - At Amazon and other fine retailers!

    Be sure to join me next week, when I spotlight Lisa Gail Green before taking a few weeks off for the Holidays.

    Thursday, December 5, 2013

    Bookanista Review of Chandra Hahn's IRON BUTTERFLY


    This is a little late getting up, but it is time for another Bookanista review. I am so excited about today's review of Chandra Hahn's IRON BUTTERFLY! I will tell you, I am a new, hardcore Chandra fan after this book! She is such a talented writer. But before I get into all of that, here is the list of what all of the Bookanistas are talking about today:
    On to my review -

    About IRON BUTTERFLY by Chandra Hahn
    Imprisoned, starved and left with no memories, Thalia awakens to find herself at the mercy of an evil cult known as the Septori. Their leader has chosen Thalia as the test subject for a torture device of untold power, designed to change and twist her into something that is neither human nor Denai.

    Escaping, Thalia finds an unwilling warrior to protect her and an unlikely Denai to befriend her. After finding a home at the Citadel as a servant, Thalia’s worst nightmare comes to life and she begins to show signs of power. Scared and unable to control her gifts, she tries to hide her past to fit in among the Denai. But the Septori want their latest test subject back and will stop at nothing to retrieve her, dead or alive.
    What Others Are Saying (From Amazon):
    "Hahn proves her mettle as a fantasy writer, layering the historic events and political concerns of the world she has created with a twisting romance that will leave you wondering about Thalia's past, and which of her suitors keeps the secret that will unlock her future. "The Iron Butterfly" is a gripping, enjoyable, and immersive read that will have you cheering for Thalia and fearing for her life" -Lovestruck Literary


    Why I liked it: 
    I don't really know where to begin - I picked up IRON BUTTERFLY because I wanted to read some of Chandra's writing and holy WOW! I am seriously hooked. Not only does she create a setting that is both believable and fantastic, she creates characters that I care about from page one all the way through the end. Her writing kept me flipping pages into the wee hours of the morning. This is something that is a MUST READ and proves, yet again, the amazing Indie writer's you can find. I know I am a fangirl of Chandra's for life now!

    Check it out on Amazon and other fine retailers!

    What great books have you read recently?

      Wednesday, December 4, 2013

      My Break and How It Breathed New Life Into Me

      Wow! It's been a while since I've posted something other than a review or a spotlight. In fact, I pretty much ignored my blog all together last week. The break was unexpected; family wound up coming over for more days than expected. So I did something I NEVER do - I took a break. A real break. From everything.

      I didn't worry about writing, or promoting, or blogging, or the next books I need to focus on, or the day job or anything. I even stayed offline for the most part. I simply enjoyed my family, cooked a TON of food, decorated the house - inside and out. And played. Yep. Played.

      It's been a very long time since I have completely abandoned everything I had going on and just vegged with family. And you know what - it was EPIC!

      I needed the time away, the perspective. I needed to reconnect with those most important to me. But most importantly, I needed the clarity that comes from taking the time to breathe and connect with others.

      This break gave me perspective and excitement for the months to come. It gave me the oxygen necessary to breathe and the distance needed to create. And man-oh-man, I am excited for the stories I have planned next year! And yes, I am learning that I need to take this kinds of breaks more often.

      So, what about you? What do you do to renew? Are you good about taking breaks?

      Tuesday, December 3, 2013

      Author Spotlight: Ellen Booraem


      Time for more Author Spotlights! Today, I bring you Ellen Booraem. I've had so much fun getting to know Ellen for this post. She is truly amazing, and if you haven't checked out her books, you are missing out. 


      Here is a little bit about her most recent release, Texting The Underworld [love that title]:

      BROOKLIN, Maine—What would it take to bring out the hero in a naturally fearful person?

      Which is worse: Losing a loved one or dying yourself? 

      Those are two of the questions facing 12-year-old Conor O’Neil, the protagonist (some would 
      say “hero”) of TEXTING THE UNDERWORLD, Ellen Booraem’s latest fantasy for ages 10-14. 
      Published by the Penguin imprint Dial Books for Young Readers, the book hit bookstores 
      August 15, 2013. 

      As of late June, Kirkus Reviews had given the new book a starred review. The Horn Book praised 
      it for “complex characters, a moving story line centered on family and courage, and plenty of 
      exciting moments.” 

      Conor, a perpetual scaredy-cat, has the fright of his life when a young banshee named Ashling 
      shows up in his bedroom. Like all banshees, Ashling is a harbinger of death—but she’s new at 
      this banshee business and first she insists on going to middle school. Even as Conor struggles to 
      hide her identity from his classmates and teachers, he realizes his family won’t be safe unless he 
      does the scariest thing ever: pay a visit to the Underworld, trusty cell phone in hand. 

      Booraem’s SMALL PERSONS WITH WINGS, now out in paperback, made Best of the Year 
      lists for Publisher’s Weekly, Kirkus Reviews, The Washington Post and the Bank Street Center 
      for Children’s Literature. Her first middle-grade fantasy, THE UNNAMEABLES, was a Junior 
      Library Guild selection, an American Library Association Best Book for Young Adults and a 
      Kirkus Best Book of 2008. 

      A reporter and editor for The Ellsworth American and the Penobscot Bay Press papers for two 
      decades, Booraem quit her job in 2003 to write her first book. Before moving to Maine, she was 
      a writer and editor in Rhode Island and Massachusetts, where she grew up. She lives in Brooklin 
      with artist Robert Shillady. 

      More information about Booraem and TEXTING THE UNDERWORLD is available at 
      www.EllenBooraem.com. She also is a member of The Enchanted Inkpot, a blog by and for 

      children’s fantasy writers (http://enchantedinkpot.com )


      My favorite part of the Author Spotlights are the wacky Q&A I make them do! Here are Ellen's answers to these December-inspired questions:
      • Your main villain has decided to take over traditional Christmas traditions. Tell me what he/she does to make the holiday different (think Nightmare Before Christmas)  - Hmm. I guess my villain is the Lady who runs the Underworld, although she’s more nuts than evil. (So would you be if you were stuck in the same place and the same job for all time.) She entertains herself by manipulating people and events,  just to see what happens.  So at the very least she’d switch the tags on presents worldwide and turn off everyone’s oven an hour after the turkey went in.  (If we ate the turkey and died of salmonella, so much the better.) She’d try to get her Birds to confer the power of life and death on random unsuspecting revelers, but I suspect the Birds would just look at her funny and groom their feathers.
      • You are giving a present to your all-time favorite author. What is it and why did you choose it? - Selfishly, I would figure out a way to reincarnate Diana Wynne Jones as herself (and healthy!) so she could write more books. Unfortunately,  I don’t think either the Lady or her Birds could pull that off. Nor am I sure Ms. Jones would thank me.
      • If you could achieving absolutely anything in 2014, what would it be? - I would make the book I’m working on come out with exactly the humor, color, and texture I’ve given it in my head. That never happens. But I can always hope!
        Oh dear. I should have said peace on earth, shouldn’t I?
      See why I am loving Ellen! She is just epic, as are her books. THANK YOU Ellen for joining me today.

      Be sure to join me next week, when I spotlight Ednah Walters