Not just another Cover Reveal: The Artisans by @JulieAReece and Giveaway #M9BFridayReveals

 

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Welcome to my Cover Reveal for

The Artisans

presented by Month9Books!

The story is near and dear to my little Gothic heart.

I can’t wait to share it with you, but for now, how about the cover?

Be sure to enter the giveaway found at the end of the post!

The Artisans

They say death can be beautiful. But after the death of her mother, seventeen-year-old RAVEN WEATHERSBY gives up her dream of becoming a fashion designer, barely surviving life in the South Carolina lowlands.

To make ends meet, Raven works after school as a seamstress creating stunning works of fashion that often rival the great names of the day.

Instead of making things easier on the high school senior, her stepdad’s drinking leads to a run in with the highly reclusive heir to the Maddox family fortune, Gideon Maddox.

But Raven’s stepdad’s drying out and in no condition to attend the meeting with Maddox. So Raven volunteers to take his place and offers to repay the debt in order to keep the only father she’s ever known out of jail, or worse.

Gideon Maddox agrees, outlining an outrageous demand: Raven must live in his home for a year while she designs for Maddox Industries’ clothing line, signing over her creative rights.

Her handsome young captor is arrogant and infuriating to the nth degree, and Raven can’t imagine working for him, let alone sharing the same space for more than five minutes.

But nothing is ever as it seems. Is Gideon Maddox the monster the world believes him to be? And can he stand to let the young seamstress see him as he really is?

The Artisans is a delectably rich, layered and dark YA Southern Gothic inspired by Jeanne Marie Leprince de Beaumont’s classic Beauty and the Beast.

 

*** “The Artisans has all the elements I love – spooky intrigue, strong friendships, and a romantic tension to be savored.” ~ Wendy Higgins, New York Times bestselling author of the Sweet Evil trilogy.

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Title: The Artisans
Publication date: May 2015
Publisher: Month9Books, LLC.
Author: Julie Reece

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Julie Reece

Born in Ohio, I lived next to my grandfather’s horse farm until the fourth grade. Summers were about riding, fishing and make-believe, while winter brought sledding and ice-skating on frozen ponds. Most of life was magical, but not all.

I struggled with multiple learning disabilities, did not excel in school. I spent much of my time looking out windows and daydreaming. In the fourth grade (with the help of one very nice teacher) I fought dyslexia for my right to read, like a prince fights a dragon in order to free the princess locked in a tower, and I won.

Afterwards, I read like a fiend. I invented stories where I could be the princess… or a gifted heroine from another world who kicked bad guy butt to win the heart of a charismatic hero. Who wouldn’t want to be a part of that? Later, I moved to Florida where I continued to fantasize about superpowers and monsters, fabricating stories (my mother called it lying) and sharing them with my friends.

Then I thought I’d write one down…

Hooked, I’ve been writing ever since. I write historical, contemporary, urban fantasy, adventure, and young adult romances. I love strong heroines, sweeping tales of mystery and epic adventure… which must include a really hot guy. My writing is proof you can work hard to overcome any obstacle. Don’t give up. I say, if you write, write on!

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Cover Reveal and Giveaway: Cuts Run Deep by Amber Garza @ambermg1

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CUTS RUN DEEP BY AMBER GARZA

YA, CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE

RELEASE DATE: OCTOBER 8, 2014

 

Blurb: 

Piper wakes up in the hospital with no
recollection of how she got there. Only fragmented memories surface – her
boyfriend Jackson on the ground covered in blood, Piper standing over him, her
hands slick and red. Then she is told the awful truth: Jackson was killed the night
she was injured, and she is the only witness.

If only she could remember what
happened.

Piper searches through her memories, recalling
her entire relationship with Jackson in order to piece together what happened.
Meanwhile, as Jackson’s family is trying to make sense of the tragedy, they find his
journal and begin reading through it to find answers.

As the chilling truth begins to unfold, Piper has
to face the darkest secrets of her relationship with Jackson and the part she played
in his murder.

 

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Amber

Amber Garza is the author of the Delaney’s Gift Series
and many contemporary romance titles, including Star Struck, Tripping Me Up and
Break Free. She has had a passion for the written word since she was a child making
books out of notebook paper and staples. Her hobbies include reading and singing.
Tea and wine are her drinks of choice (not necessarily in that order). She writes
while blaring music, and talks about her characters like they’re real people. She
currently lives in California with her amazing husband, and two hilarious children
who provide her with enough material to keep her writing for years.

Blog:  http://ambergarza.wordpress.com/

Face Book:   https://www.facebook.com/pages/Amber-Garza-author/307389409285047

Good Reads:  https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5582891.Amber_Garza

 

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A Whispered Darkness by Vanessa Barger @Month9Books

Tour Schedule: A Whispered Darkness by Vanessa Barger presented by Month9Books

A-Whispered-Darkness-BannerHere is the tour schedule

A Whispered Darkness by Vanessa Barger
presented by Month9Books
and hosted by Chapter by Chapter!

This tour will run from August 25-September 7, 2014.

Week 1:

8/25/2014           Falling For YA – Spotlight/Promo

8/25/2014           Simplistic Reviews – Review

8/26/2014           Jen McConnel: Weaving Words – Spotlight/Promo

8/26/2014           Rose Shadow Ink – Guest Post

8/27/2014           Library of a Book Witch  - Review

8/27/2014           Yelena Casale’s blog – Interview

8/28/2014           Chicklit vs Fantasy – Review

8/28/2014           Ashley’s Paranormal Book Blog – Spotlight/Promo

8/29/2014           Nicky Peacock – Review

8/30/2014           Two Chicks on Books – Guest Post

8/31/2014           Susan Heim on Writing – Guest Post

Week 2:

9/1/2014             Bookscape Reviews – Review

9/1/2014             Painted Words – Review

9/2/2014             A Book Addict’s Bookshelves – Interview

9/2/2014             Christy’s Cozy Corners – Review

9/3/2014             Once Upon a YA Book – Review

9/3/2014             {Bookraptured} – Guest Post

9/4/2014             We Do Write – Guest Post

9/4/2014             Books Live Forever – Review

9/4/2014             Nay’s Pink Bookshelf – Review

9/5/2014             Addicted Readers – Guest Post

9/5/2014             Reader Girls – Review

9/6/2014             Romance, Rumours, Rogues – Spotlight/Promo

9/6/2014             Books for Company – interview

9/7/2014             The Best Books Ever – Review

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When Claire Mallory’s father leaves, her mom moves them to a new town and into a dilapidated Victorian house.

The old house creaks and whistles, and smells well — like it’s been abandoned for years. But as the nights grow longer and the shadows take on substance, Claire wonders if the strange sounds and occurrences might be more than the house showing its age.

Just as things start to pick up in Claire’s love life, her mother becomes possessed. In an attempt to save her mother and their new home, Claire enlists the help of two boys, each of whom is interested in Claire for different reasons. As she chooses one boy over the other, something dangerous is unleashed, and the spirits make their move.

They aren’t content to moan and scream inside Claire’s house, or even control her mom. They want a taste of freedom, and she’s their key to getting it. But is Claire strong enough to fight off the evil spirits, or will they claim her and her mom before it’s all over?

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Publication Date: August 26, 2014
Publisher: Month9Books

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My Tethered Soul (Reaper’s Rite #2) by Dorothy Dreyer Blog Tour: Guest Post + Giveaway!

Originally posted on Rose Shadow Ink:

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My Tethered Soul (Reaper’s Rite #2)
by Dorothy Dreyer
Publication Date: August 19, 2014
Publisher: Month9Books

 

It’s been months since Zadie faced her sister’s Reaper, months during which she’s been under her mentor’s magical protection. But now that she’s turning seventeen, that protection is about to run out.

When dark forces lure Zadie to wander at night, she’s manipulated into committing unspeakable acts. With her friends and family at risk, Zadie must try to use her powers to break free from the Reaper’s grasp, or surrender to the Reaper’s Rite, which can only lead to death.

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…and don’t miss the first book in the Reaper’s Rite series

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Sixteen-year-old Zadie’s first mistake was telling the boy she liked she could bring her dead sister back to life. Her second mistake was actually doing it.

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FIVE ARCs Giveaway of TORN by Laney McMann

 

J. Taylor Publishing are giving away FIVE ARCs of Torn by Laney McMann!

Check it out!

TORN by Laney McMann

Find Max.

That’s all Layla cares about. Not healing from the Fomore attack. Not finding answers to how she survived a fall that nearly killed her. Nothing will stop her. She will find him. She’ll even pair up with an overbearing Fallen Angel who’s hell bent on making everything harder than it needs to be if she has to.

Protect Layla.

For Max, nothing else matters. Not the bruises covering his body. Not the pain radiating from his broken bones. Not even his hands tied behind his back. He will find a way to save Layla, and the Fomore will pay if they’ve hurt her.

Every. Single. One of them.

In the second installment of The Fire Born trilogy, a new breed of villain looms—one Layla and Max will never suspect, and this killer has nothing to lose. Better yet, with Max and Layla’s deaths, victory is in the grip of the enemy.

Will Max and Layla find each other in time, or is it already too late for them both?

If young love worth fighting for keeps you up reading all night, you will love this second installment in the Fire Born trilogy.

And J. Taylor Publishing is giving away FIVE ARC copies.

To YOU!

You don’t even have to be a book blogger!

Nope, so long as you are willing to leave an honest review* by September 14th 2014, you are eligible to enter.

Interested?

Then just fill out the form and keep your fingers crossed.

You have until midnight of August 25th, 2014 to enter.

*A review should consist of your honest thoughts regarding a book, usually a few paragraphs long and around 150 – 500 (or more, if desired) words in length.

About Laney McMann:

 

Laney McMann

Laney McMann

With a passion for the supernatural and all things magical, Laney developed a voracious appetite for reading fantasy at a young age. A vivid imagination helped set the stage for creating her own worlds and placed her onto the writing path.

By the time she reached her teens, she’d accumulated notebooks full of poems, which led to short stories and finally novels. Young adult dark fantasy, paranormal romance, and mythology are among her favorite genres.

A former classical dancer and chef, she grew up in sultry Florida where she still resides with her family.


Cover Reveal: VESSEL by Lisa T. Cresswell and Giveaway #M9BFridayReveals

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Welcome to the Cover Reveal for

VESSEL by Lisa T. Cresswell

presented by Month9Books!

Be sure to enter the giveaway found at the end of the post!

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The sun exploded on On April 18, 2112 in a Class X solar storm the likes of which humankind had never seen.

They had exactly nineteen minutes to decide what to do next.

They had nineteen minutes until a geomagnetic wave washed over the Earth, frying every electrical device created by humans, blacking out entire continents, and every satellite in their sky.

Nineteen minutes to say goodbye to the world they knew, forever, and to prepare for a new Earth, a new Sun.

Generations after solar storms destroyed nearly all human technology on Earth, humans reverted to a middle ages-like existence, books are burned as heresy, and all knowledge of the remaining technology is kept hidden by a privileged few called the Reticents.

Alana, a disfigured slave girl, and Recks, a traveling minstrel and sometimes-thief, join forces to bring knowledge and books back to the human race. But when Alana is chosen against her will to be the Vessel, the living repository for all human knowledge, she must find the strength to be what the world needs even if it’s the last thing she wants.

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Title: Vessel
Publication date: May 2014
Publisher: Month9Books, LLC.
Author: Lisa T. Cresswell

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Lisa T. Cresswell

Lisa, like most writers, began scribbling silly notes, stories, and poems at a very young age. Born in North Carolina, the South proved fertile ground to her imagination with its beautiful white sand beaches and red earth. In fifth grade, she wrote, directed and starred in a play “The Queen of the Nile” at school, despite the fact that she is decidedly un-Egyptian looking. Perhaps that’s why she went on to become a real life archaeologist?

Unexpectedly transplanted to Idaho as a teenager, Lisa learned to love the desert and the wide open skies out West. This is where her interest in cultures, both ancient and living, really took root, and she became a Great Basin archaeologist. However, the itch to write never did leave for long. Her first books became the middle grade fantasy trilogy, The Storyteller Series. Her first traditionally published work, Hush Puppy, is now available from Featherweight Press.

Lisa still lives in Idaho with her family and a menagerie of furry critters that includes way too many llamas!

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Some thoughts on bullying … #WritersAgainstBullying #AntiBullying

My publisher has recently informed me about a program called ‘Writers Against Bullying’ and invited me to write a post about bullying.

The first thoughts I have on bullying takes me back to elementary school. I have ADD, Dyslexia, and multiple learning disabilities. Needless to say I had a hard time. I was bullied by several kids in kindergarten through the fifth grade including my second and third grade teachers.

I was a late bloomer physically, too. Our teacher would choose two leaders for games on the playground, who would then choose their teammates down to the last kid. Me. Uncoordinated and awkward, my fear and insecurity only made my efforts to compete worse. I was always the last chosen and the first out.

Inside the classroom was harder. Again, these same teachers would divide the classroom for ‘learning games.’ Fun right? No. My anxiety skyrocketed. I could hardly breathe. Two teams would take turns in spelling bees, or race to the blackboard to see who could complete a multiplication problem, diagram a sentence, or write the answer to a geography question first. Can you even guess the nightmare that was for someone like me? Being part of a team of kids you knew you’d disappoint before you even stood up?

My mind would go blank. I’d break out in a sweat, hands shaking, and try not to cry this time.

Kids called me stupid, and retarded, and idiot. They tripped me and knocked me down. My teachers often joined in, hitting me and pulling my hair when I got a problem wrong. I’m sure you can imagine the impact that had.

So. So what?

So last year, I’m in the parking lot of a grocery store, and I pull out in front of another car. She wasn’t close to me. At least I didn’t think so, but this cra cra followed me around the lot, six inches from my bumper, trying to run me off the road. I parked. She got out of her car and started screaming at me. I can still see her screaming obscenities with her hands on her hips, pinched face and platinum hair teased to the sky. She said I was stupid, called me an idiot, and said I was retarded.

I remember breathing hard. Adrenaline made my head pound and then everything went red. I was angry. Fury disproportionate to my circumstances, because I found myself wanting to smite her and all her kin from the universe!

I didn’t.

But I thought about my reaction for a long while and had a cool kind of breakthrough. See, I root for underdogs. I get really defensive when kids, or animals, or anyone perceived as weaker is threatened. And I hate injustice. Why? Because when I was seven, I was the underdog. I know how it feels, and it sucks. A lot. In my mind, I can still see the tiny, little girl that I was. She was cute. Nice enough. Wanted a friend. Wanted to please. She just couldn’t. Didn’t know how.

Now that I’m grown up, I don’t have to take that crap lying down anymore. And I don’t. I want to fight for anyone else who can’t defend themselves. Imagine my surprise when I found out sometimes, that’s the bully.

Kids bully for lots of reasons. Sometimes their parent or guardian, the person they trust and look to for love and direction meets that child with abuse or neglect. Maybe there’s a lack of supervision or the parent is so overly permissive, the kid has no moral compass, no gauge for right and wrong. An older sibling might bully them. They might have friends that bully, or use the behavior to enhance their social power, or protect their prestige with peers, or deflect aggression directed toward them.

So what do we do?

I wish I knew. I’m not a shrink, or doctor, or expert. I’m a writer. But I do have some parting thoughts to share. I challenged myself that day in the parking lot to think a little deeper about the subject. If you relate at all, I challenge you, too.

For the bullied: if you’re like me, I will tell you that most of us move on. Life changes, gets better. A life well lived really is the best revenge. Statistics show that for a high percentage of us … what we went through, like it or not, built character. We survived and are stronger for our experiences. Aren’t we? It’s not like that for the bully. What drove them to that behavior in the first place is likely still with them. Unless they get counseling, their abuse and demons haunt them. Can you condemn the behavior and not the person?

Tough question, I know.

For the bully: you can choose something else. You have the power to change. Just because you decide to be different, doesn’t mean you’re disloyal to the person who modeled the behavior for you. Give yourself permission to reject the specific behavior and still love them. Talk to someone you trust. Believe me, I’m the last person to judge. There were times in school I could have spoken up on behalf of someone else and didn’t. I stood by and let bad things happen out of peer pressure, weakness, and fear. I had shame about that for a long time. I had to forgive myself, maybe you do too.

Like I said, I’m not an expert. There are no easy solutions. I just hurt for the hurting. If we extend as much grace and forgiveness as we’re able while setting healthy boundaries for ourselves, it’s a decent first step.

I’d love to get your thoughts. Hear your stories—from either side of the bullying fence. Share your wisdom with me, people, if you will. Love you guys.

Peace out.

 

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