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Blue Hearts of Mars Book Blast Giveaway!

Blue Hearts of Mars by Nicole Grotepas


Retta Heikkinen knows the unspoken rule of society: love between androids and humans is forbidden. A simple enough edict until Hemingway Koskinen spends an evening charming her with his intense gaze, bewitching smile, and sparkling conversation that hints at so much more than the usual obsessions of high school boys. Rules were meant to be cast aside, especially when love beckons.

If only it were as simple as being in love.

Trouble is brewing, not just for Hemingway–for all androids. Secrets have been kept, lies propagated, and Retta soon discovers that a frightening future awaits thousands of androids if she doesn’t do something to stop it. Worse yet, she will lose the one love she’s ever endangered herself for: Hemingway.

Praise

“Nothing like I’ve read before. A true original story! Everything is so well described. Now if they could make a follow up book and movie, that would be great!” ~Mrs. Z (Amazon)

“I was addicted to this book from the beginning. Life on Mars was very real and not at all a sci fi world I didn’t understand . . . I found myself rooting for Retta and Hemingway from the very beginning. Easy reading, couldn’t put it down and had it read in a weekend. Waiting for a sequel!” ~TNielsen (Amazon)

“The ending of this book is exceptional. While it was different from what I imagined, the way the author brought in a shocking revelation was amazing. I probably reread the last chapter 3 times letting it sink in and the meaning behind it. It was truly beautiful . . . I would love to see more of Retta and Hemingway!” ~Kat Meyer, (Goodreads)

“I love how the author populated Mars . . . so descriptive and comprehensive . . . I could clearly picture everything as if I was seeing the movie &/or was along for the ride. . . . Retta, the main character, is strong, opinionated, and a great champion for her cause.” ~Megan (Amazon)

“I had been in the worst reading slump ever and came across this on Goodreads and thought I’d give it a try. Well, I was pleasantly surprised on how funny and exciting and mysterious it was . . . Mei, Retta’s bff, had me laughing out loud quite a bit as well as Retta herself. I’d definitely hang out with those two.” ~Deanneluvbooks (Goodreads)

Blue Hearts of Mars has made it to the quarterfinals of the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award.

Readers are invited to download the excerpts (here) and rate and comment on the entries. So please, if you want to contribute, download and rate Blue Hearts! Your support is incredibly appreciated!
Or purchase the full version of the book here: Amazon

Author Nicole Grotepas

Nicole wrote her first fantasy novel in 7th grade on her mother’s old Brother typewriter. It was never finished but it strongly resembled a Dragonlance plot and she’s forever wondered what happened to the manuscript and Tonathan–the handsome elven protagonist. After living in Nashville where she worked as an editor, she returned to the Utah desert where she was raised. Nicole now lives near the Wasatch mountains with her husband. She writes and raises her son and three cats full time.

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Book Blast Giveaway

$50 Amazon Gift Card or Paypal Cash

Ends 4/14/13

Open only to those who can legally enter, receive and use an Amazon.com Gift Code or Paypal Cash. Winning Entry will be verified prior to prize being awarded. No purchase necessary. You must be 18 or older to enter or have your parent enter for you. The winner will be chosen by rafflecopter and announced here as well as emailed and will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. This giveaway is in no way associated with Facebook, Twitter, Rafflecopter or any other entity unless otherwise specified. The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning. Giveaway was organized by Kathy from I Am A Reader, Not A Writer http://iamareader.com and sponsored by the author. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW.

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Excerpt

“I’m pretty sure he’s an android.” I made the decision in a split second. She should know. Maybe she’d change her tune.

“No way, no. Nuh uh! Him? It’s always the best-looking ones, isn’t it?” She sat back and slapped the table. Her brown, nearly black eyes flashed and she flipped her silky dark hair back and shook her head over and over. She was quite mad about it. Evidently.

“But he’s still gorgeous, right?” I prodded. Across the cafeteria, someone approached Hemingway and began talking to him. I felt a hot knife of jealousy all but slip between my ribs. I couldn’t see who it was. Their back was to me and the crowds thickened right when it happened. I saw him look up at whoever it was. He smiled and I felt my insides respond in a great knotting that made me stop eating completely. I sighed.

“Of course! Sure,” Mei said, but I could hear the doubt in her voice. “I mean, blue heart or man. Gorgeous is gorgeous. No doubt about it.”

I sighed again. “Well, I’m still going to be his friend, if he’s interested. That’s not weird, right?”

“Not at all! It’s not like we live in a bubble. I mean, we do, but we have to mingle with them. So, yeah, why not?”

“Do you ever wonder how many people are androids? It’s like, we only know of a few. But maybe there are more. Maybe we can’t tell with all of them.” I pushed my tray away and slumped onto my hand, propping my elbow on the table. Hemingway was getting up and leaving with whoever it was. As he walked out, I kept trying to get a glimpse of the person escorting him from the cafeteria. It was too far and the crowds were irritatingly heavy. I only saw him for a moment, but there was something in his face. Like frustration. Consternation. Or fear.

“No, why the crap would I wonder? We know who they are. Most of them. I mean, it’s not like I pay intense attention to who’s a blue heart and who’s not. Why would I?”


2nd Annual Kick Butt Characters Blog Hop

2nd Annual Kick Butt Characters Hop

Hosted by Good Choice Reading

& I Am A Reader, Not A Writer

March 23rd – 28th

Here’s what I’m giving away!

Your choice of one of the following novels:

Rising (Saga of the Setti, #1)ReaperAfter Dark (The 19th Year, #1)CruxDark Matter (Elemental Enmity, #2)

To enter:

I’d really appreciate it if you would either follow my blog,

or like my Face book page here: http://www.facebook.com/author.julieareece

or follow me on Twitter here: https://twitter.com/JulieAReece

Leave a comment telling me which  Kick butt character you’d like to win, AND leave me your email address in case you win!!!  🙂

Thanks!

Check out the other great sites hosting here:


Stone Chameleon Cover Reveal

Stone Chameleon

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RELEASING IN MAY 2013

Stone Chameleon

by Jocelyn Adams

Genre Urban Fantasy

Editor Nancy Bell

Line Editor Teale Dallas


Back Cover

When a series of unusual murders point to Lou Hudson, Ironhill’s equal rights advocate, as the primary suspect, she has but one choice: find the real perpetrator before her trial begins or face execution.

Lou, the last of the Jinn, survives by hiding her abilities after the rest of the elementals fell victim to genocide when they were deemed too powerful to exist. As a preternatural pest exterminator and self-proclaimed guardian of the innocent, she’s accustomed to trudging through the dregs of society. Hunting down a pesky murderer should be easy, especially with help from the dashing and mischievous local media darling. For Lou, though, nothing is ever simple. When she discovers the killer’s identity, to reveal it would unearth her secret and go against her strict moral code, resulting in a deadly catch twenty-two.

*Please Note!!!*  Stone Chameleon is an adult novel

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Jocelyn Adams grew up on a cattle farm in Lakefield and has remained a resident of Southern Ontario her entire life, most recently in Muskoka. She has worked as a computer geek, a stable hand, a secretary, and spent most of her childhood buried up to the waist in an old car or tractor engine with her mechanically inclined dad. But mostly, she’s a dreamer with a vivid imagination and a love for dark fantasy (and a closet romantic — shhh!). When she isn’t shooting her compound bow in competition or writing, she hangs out with her husband and young daughter at their little house in the woods.

Author’s Other Works:

Crossing Hathaway, Liquid Silver Books

The Glass Man, J. Taylor Publishing

Shadowborn, J. Taylor Publishing (01/10/12)

Rise of the Magi, J. Taylor Publishing (06/01/13)

Touch of Frost, J. Taylor Publishing

She also has many short stories published in various anthologies and online magazines – info at www.joceadams.com if you’d like the details of those.

EMAIL    WEBSITE    BLOG

Awesome right? What do you think?


Cover Reveal: Eye of the Soul (Pool of Souls Book One)

New From  J Taylor Publishing: Eye of the Soul (Pool of Souls Book One)

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Eye of the Soul

Pool of Souls #1

by Terri Rochenski

Release Date: October 7, 2013

Target Reader: Adult

Keywords: Fantasy

Back of the Book

Escape.

That should be Hyla’s first thought as her people are chained and imprisoned for no imaginable reason.

Instead, Hyla finds herself traveling through a land void of Natives, with human soldiers pillaging in desperate pursuit of her, and in search of the mystical Pool of Souls—home to the one man who can save her people.

Or so she believes.

Led by her faith in the deity Fadir, Hyla is met along her journey by Jadon—a human male and fierce King’s warrior, and his childhood best friend Conlin—one of the few Natives aware of his Fadir-given Talents.

Protected by Jadon, guided by Conlin, and with an unfailing belief in the purpose of her pilgrimage, Hyla carries on.

Like her, though, another searches for the Pool, and should he gain access first, everyone she loves, and everything she knows, could be lost.

Forever.

Awesome, right?

Coming October 7, 2013!

URL: http://www.jtaylorpublishing.com/books/33

About the Author:

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Terri started writing stories in the 8th grade, when a little gnome whispered in her brain. Gundi’s Great Adventure never hit the best seller list, but it started a long love affair with storytelling.

Today she enjoys an escape to Middle Earth during the rare ‘me’ moments her two young daughters allow. When not playing toys, picking them back up, or kissing boo-boos, she can be found sprawled on the couch with a book or pencil in hand, and toothpicks propping her eyelids open.

Want to know more? Look here:

Facebook:  Terri Rochenski, Author

Goodreads:  Terri Rochenski

Twitter:  @TerriRochenski

Amazon: Terri Rochenski

So what do you think? Leave me a comment with your thoughts!


Big news!!! J. Taylor Publishing partners for global sales

J. Taylor Publishing Partners with Susanne Theune & Associates

And J. A. Weber Literaturagentur GmbH For Worldwide Foreign

Rights And Subsidiary Sales

J. Taylor Publishing partners with two literary agencies for foreign rights and subsidiary sales worldwide.

Apex, NC – March 13, 2013 – The release of its first two books in July 2011 put J. Taylor Publishing on the road to opportunity, leading to partnerships with two literary agencies for foreign rights and subsidiary sales representation of its catalog around the world.

“Our plan has been a slow and steady growth focused on our authors and the development of their careers. With books available in English, the next steps seemed obvious. Get those same books translated and produced in other media,” says J. Taylor Publishing.

J. Taylor Publishing, though, like most small boutique publishers, focuses on electronic and print books in English. While English may be accessible worldwide, local, native languages are important to the culture and literary needs of each individual country.

ST&AHow, then, will this goal be accomplished if pursuit of foreign rights and subsidiary sales is not this publisher’s strength? Through strategic partnerships with the experts in their field. As such, two partnership agreements have been established.J.A. Weber LiteraturagenturSusanne Theune & Associates, will represent the J. Taylor catalog in Spain and Latin America, and J. A. Weber Literaturagentur GmbH will represent the remainder of the world. Both will focus on language translation for book publication as well as other media.“The key to successful growth is knowing where to delegate and to whom,” says J. Taylor Publishing, adding, “Connecting with both Susanne and Julia offers our authors exactly what they want out of their writing careers—the opportunity to reach more readers.”About ST&A Founded in 2008, the literary agency ST&A is dedicated to representing international publishers for Spanish-language market, as well as offering translation rights of Spanish publishers for international markets. Their catalog covers all genres, from thrillers and contemporary literature to non-fiction or children’s books.Susanne Theune , has over twenty years experience in publishing and communication, with extensive knowledge of both the national and the international markets, working for years for the publishing groups Bertelsmann and Zeta.For more about ST&A, please visit http://www.stasociados.com/

About J. A. Weber Literaturagentur GmbH Established in January 2012, we are a small, young, dynamic and highly creative literary agency, specializing in representing authors of unique and captivating thrillers as well as MG, YA, NA and women’s fiction of all sub-genres.

For more information about J. A. Weber Literaturagentur GmbH, please visit http://www.jaw-litagent.com

What does that mean for J Taylor writers? It means we will see our works published in other languages to reach more readers, and that’s pretty darn cool!!!!!

What do you think?


What do you Need? A Stephanie Lawton Cover Reveal

Here it is folks, the beautiful cover of Stepanie Lawton’s newest release!

Need

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By Stephanie Lawton

Published by Inkspell Publishing

http://www.inkspellpublishing.com

Release date: May 17, 2013

♠ PLEASE be aware that  Need is an *adult* follow-up to Want. In no way is it a YA title.

Want to know more about this talented author? Well, of course you do!

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Author bio:

After collecting a couple English degrees in the Midwest, Stephanie Lawton suddenly awoke in the deepest reaches of the Deep South. Culture shock inspired her to write about Mobile, Alabama, her adopted city, and all the ways Southern culture, history and attitudes seduce the unsuspecting.

A lover of all things gothic, she can often be spotted photographing old cemeteries, historic buildings and, ironically, the beautiful beaches of the Gulf Coast. She also has a tendency to psychoanalyze people, which comes in handy when creating character profiles.

Looking for Young Adult? Here are Lawton’s YA titles:

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Here’s my review … http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/444231108

And …

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This was an amazing and beautifully written story. You can read my review here … http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/326474184

Check out more about Stephanie and her writing here:

Links:

Author website | Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads


Want to spread a little Poison?

Poison

Love this cover! Can I have the pig?

The blurb:

Sixteen-year-old Kyra, a highly-skilled potions master, is the only one who knows her kingdom is on the verge of destruction—which means she’s the only one who can save it. Faced with no other choice, Kyra decides to do what she does best: poison the kingdom’s future ruler, who also happens to be her former best friend.

But, for the first time ever, her poisoned dart . . . misses.

Now a fugitive instead of a hero, Kyra is caught in a game of hide-and-seek with the king’s army and her potioner ex-boyfriend, Hal. At least she’s not alone. She’s armed with her vital potions, a too-cute pig, and Fred, the charming adventurer she can’t stop thinking about. Kyra is determined to get herself a second chance (at murder), but will she be able to find and defeat the princess before Hal and the army find her?

Kyra is not your typical murderer, and she’s certainly no damsel-in-distress—she’s the lovable and quick-witted hero of this romantic novel that has all the right ingredients to make teen girls swoon.

http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/8113512-poison

About the author:

Bridget Zinn’s first YA novel, Poison, was released by Hyperion on March 12, 2013. Unfortunately, Bridget died from cancer in May 2011 at the age of 33. Being published was Bridget’s dream. Now, nearly four years to the day from her diagnosis, her novel is at last reaching readers.

Poison’s first review just came in, a near-rave from Kirkus Reviews, who write, “Don’t let the title or cover fool you! No grimdark teen fantasy or angst-y heroines here; just a frothy confection of a fairy tale featuring poisoners, princesses, perfumers and pigs, none of whom are exactly what they appear (except maybe the pigs)…. Good silly fun—a refreshing antidote to a genre overflowing with grit and gloom.”

Since Bridget isn’t here to share her novel, people are pulling together to help get the word out about this former librarian’s sweet, hilarious debut.

http://bridgetzinn.com/help/

Where to buy?

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1423139933?ie=UTF8&tag=httpwwwgoodco-20&linkCode=as2&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=1423139933&SubscriptionId=1MGPYB6YW3HWK55XCGG2

Can’t wait to read this one, folks! How about you?  Spread the word!