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Hey YA book lovers, it’s book party season! C’mon over! #SCBWIparty

 

Welcome!

Our Book Launch party pages go live at 12:01am EST Dec. 1st!

So many incredible books and authors attending with plenty of news,

giveaways, cover reveals, excerpts, book trailers and more!

Come on by!

Link:

http://www.scbwi.org/display-book-launch-party/?id=361953

For more details, visit my Party Page here to:

Enter my book contest

See my brand new book trailer

Sign my guest book  

 Check out all the other amazing parties!!

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Vikings, time travel, and romance: YA CRUX by Julie Reece only .99 while it lasts! @JTaylorPub #UF #YA #bookdeal

Looking for some Black Friday Book Dealz? 

 

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It’s  just .99, but the sale won’t last long …

 

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Blurb:

She should have run. Now, she’ll have to fight. Eighteen year old Birdie may be homeless, but she’s surviving, that is until a mysterious guy throws money in the air like a crazy game show host and she grabs some with the idea she’ll be able to buy dinner that night. In that singular moment, unassuming Birdie becomes the girl in everyone’s viewfinder. Thugs want to kill her. Money-guy wants to recruit her. The very hot, very rich and very out of her league Grey Mathews wants to save her. Birdie, though, wants nothing to do with any of them until she realizes fate didn’t bring them all together. Her heritage did. Now, with only twenty-one days left, she’s got to decide whether to follow in the footsteps of those before her or risk her life for people she’s only just met.

 

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YA Story Sisters Thanksgiving Book Giveaway!!

Hey everyone,

I’ve got some giveaway news to brighten your thanksgiving holiday!

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In honor of Thanksgiving, the YA Story Sisters, a wonderful group of YA authors I’m part of, have banded together to offer the following awesome giveaway! One lucky winner will receive 14 awesome YA titles. Oh yeah!!!

Each of us is giving away our own book as well as a book we’ve read this year that we’re thankful for. I selected The Sea of Tranquility by Katja Millay as the book I’m thankful for.  This title was given the School Library Journal Best Book of the Year (2013), ALA Alex Award (2014), Goodreads Choice Award Nominee for Best Young Adult Fiction (2012)

I loved it so hard and know you will, too!

Enter the Rafflecopter here:

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Or on the lovely T.A. Maclagan’s site here:

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Click YA Story Sisters to find information on individual authors, lots of news about other contests and events,

and all the great reads these talented ladies produce!

Good luck everyone, and Happy Thanksgiving!

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M9B Two for Thursday Book Blitz: Lifer by Beck Nicholas and A Murder of Magpies by Sarah Bromley with Giveaway #T4T @chapterxchapter @Month9Books @tantrumbooks

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Welcome to this week’s Two for Thursday Book Blitz #T4T
presented by Month9books/Tantrum Books!

Today, we will be showcasing two titles that may tickle your fancy,
and we’ll share what readers have to say about these titles!

You just might find your next read!

This week, #T4T presents to you:

Lifer by Beck Nicholas and
A Murder of Magpies by Sarah Bromley

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

 

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Asher is a Lifer, a slave aboard the spaceship Pelican. A member of the lowest rung of society, she must serve the ship’s Officials and Astronauts as punishment for her grandparents’ crimes back on Earth. The one thing that made life bearable was her illicit relationship with Samuai, a Fishie boy, but he died alongside her brother in a freak training accident.

Still grieving for the loss of her loved ones, Asher is summoned to the upper levels to wait on Lady, the head Official’s wife and Samuai’s mother. It is the perfect opportunity to gather intel for the Lifer’s brewing rebellion. There’s just one problem—the last girl who went to the upper levels never came back.

On the other side of the universe, an alien attack has left Earth in shambles and a group called The Company has taken control. Blank wakes up in a pond completely naked and with no memory, not even his real name. So when a hot girl named Megs invites him to a black-market gaming warehouse where winning means information, he doesn’t think twice about playing. But sometimes the past is better left buried.

As Asher and Blank’s worlds collide, the truth comes out—everyone has been lied to. Bourne Identity meets Under the Never Sky in this intergalactic tale of love and deception from debut novelist Beck Nicholas.

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WHAT READER’S ARE SAYING:

 

“It’s got great action, believable relationships, and a plot full of rebellion and secrecy and lies that won’t leave you disappointed.”Angela, Angela’s Library

 

“Lifer was a very interesting book that managed to keep me turning the pages…”Bri, Books and Ashes

 

“I give LIFER five stars out of 5 because of its ingenuity and fantastic plot line. It really will take your breath away. J. Keller Ford, Author

 

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I always wanted to write. I’ve worked as a lab assistant, a pizza delivery driver and a high school teacher but I always pursued my first dream of creating stories. Now, I live with my family near Adelaide, halfway between the city and the sea, and am lucky to spend my days (and nights) writing young adult fiction.

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Winter in Black Orchard, Wisconsin, is long and dark, and sixteen-year-old Vayda Silver prays the snow will keep the truth and secrecy of the last two years buried. Hiding from the past with her father and twin brother, Vayda knows the rules: never return to the town of her mother’s murder, and never work a Mind Game where someone might see.

No one can know the toll emotions take on Vayda, how emotion becomes energy in her hands, or how she can’t control the destruction she causes. But it’s not long before her powers can no longer be contained. The truth is dangerously close to being exposed, placing Vayda and her family at risk.

Until someone quiets the chaos inside her.

Unwanted. That’s all Ward Ravenscroft has ever been. To cope, he numbs the pain of rejection by denying himself emotions of any kind. Yet Vayda stirs something in him. He can’t explain the hold she has on him–inspiring him with both hope and fear. He claims not to scare easily, except he doesn’t know what her powers can do. Yet.

Just as Vadya and Ward draw closer, she finds the past isn’t so easily buried. And when it follows the Silvers to Black Orchard, it has murder in mind.

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WHAT READER’S ARE SAYING:

 

The writing will really suck you in and help you feel lost in a different world for awhile.” – Krista, Cubicle Blindness

 

“The tone, the pacing and like I mentioned above, the atmosphere was perfect.”Paula, Her Book Thoughts

 

“a strong addition to the YA world with its brooding tone and strong finish” – Christina, Ensconced in Lit

 

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Sarah Bromley

Sarah Bromley lives near St. Louis with her husband, three children, and two dogs. She likes the quiet hours of morning when she can drink coffee in peace, stare into the woods behind her house, and wonder what monsters live there. When she’s not writing or wrangling small children, she can be found volunteering at a stable for disabled riders.

Connect with the Author: Website | Twitter | Facebook | Goodreads

 

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Super Middle Grade Mondays: (Also, I LOVE these people!) Meet the Staff behind Tantrum Books @Month9Books with Giveaway #SuperMGMondays

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Welcome to this week’s Super Middle Grade Mondays Book Blitz
presented by Tantrum Books/Month9books!

For our previous Super MG Mondays, we’ve featured some of our amazing middle grade authors. Today, we thought it’d be fun to feature publicity team!

And can I just say again… you have no idea how much I love these people!

It’s Staff Day! YAY! Introducing:

Jaime and Stefani!

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

 

Jaime:

 

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Describe yourself in three words. Easy Going, Social, Hard working.

Tell us about your day job. I am the Publicity and Marketing Director for Month9Books and Tantrum Books so I get to work with awesome authors and help their dreams come true all day long J

Which writers inspire you? There are too many to mention but all of our GMMG authors inspire me on a daily basis!

What are you reading right now? Winter by Marissa Meyer then Frozen Tides by Morgan Rhodes.

Do you have an author crush? Hahahaha yes I have quite a few! For their writing here’s just a few but definitely not my complete list because that would go on forever! Veronica Rossi, Leigh Bardugo, Naomi Novik, Maria V. Snyder, Jennifer Jenkins, Brynn Chapman, Julie Reece, Cindy Pon, Jennifer Davis, & Sarah J. Maas.

Now actual crush, crush? OMG have you seen Pierce Brown? He’s gorgeous!

Quick questions:

Physical books or eBooks? Physical books all day!

Coke or Pepsi? Neither. I rarely drink soda and when I do it’s Orange Soda.

Twitter or Facebook? Twitter.

Song you can’t get out of your head right now? Die A Happy Man by Thomas Rhett. He’s a cutie and I freaking love this song!

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Sweet or salty? Both I love salted caramel and chocolate covered pretzels!

Coffee or tea? Tea.

Write on computer or notebook paper? I don’t write lol but I do make a to-do list for each day and that’s on paper. Just like I still keep an old school paper calendar instead of a google calendar.

Find Jaime online: Website | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | Goodreads | Pinterest | Tumblr | Tsu

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Stefani:

 

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Describe yourself in three words. Bookish, hard-working, wanderer.

Tell us about your day job. I’m the Publicist for Tantrum Books, so I get to promote a group of wonderful middle grade authors, and a Youth Services Librarian in Mississippi, where I get to plan, promote, and host programs for an amazing group of teens plus a lot of other librarian activities.

Which writers inspire you? So so many. Any author that has written a book and put it out into the world inspires me.

What are you reading right now? Placebo Junkies by J.C. Carleson, The Selection by Kiera Cass (my teens at the library have been trying to get me to read this one for months), and Fairest by Marissa Meyer on audiobook.

Do you have an author crush? Um, duh. On their writing? Maggie Stiefvater, David Arnold, Becky Albertalli, Renee Ahdieh, Matt Haig. On the actual person? In a totally non-romantic way, Jeff Zentner – he’s hilarious and his book is incredible.

Quick questions:

Physical books or eBooks? Physical, hands down.

Coke or Pepsi? Gross. Neither.

Twitter or Facebook? Twitter, all day every day.

Song you can’t get out of your head right now? R.I.P. 2 My Youth by The Neighbourhood.

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Sweet or salty? Depends on what time of day. I like a bit of both at every meal.

Coffee or tea? COFFEE, she types as she takes a big sip of coffee.

Write on computer or notebook paper? Computer for blog posts and such, but actual paper for planning.

 

Find Stefani online: Twitter | Blog | Instagram | Goodreads

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M9B Two for Thursday Book Blitz: A Whispered Darkness by @VanessaBarger and Fire in the Woods by @JenniferMEaton with Giveaway #T4T @chapterxchapter @Month9Books @tantrumbooks

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Welcome to this week’s Two for Thursday Book Blitz #T4T
presented by Month9books/Tantrum Books!

Today, we will be showcasing two titles that may tickle your fancy,
and we’ll share what readers have to say about these titles!

You just might find your next read!

This week, #T4T presents to you:

A Whispered Darkness by Vanessa Barger and
Fire in the Woods by Jennifer M. Eaton

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

 

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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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WHAT READER’S ARE SAYING:

 

“Drama, romance, a girl who can talk to ghosts and a possessed mom made for a cool weekend afternoon read”Laurie Treacy, Author

 

“A Whispered Darkness did not disappoint. If you like ghost stories, you’ll want to add this one to your TBR list”Kimber Leigh Wheaton, Author

 

“As a non-horror reader, A WHISPERED DARKNESS kept a strong creepy thing without taking it overboard.” Jennifer, The Dragon Blog

 

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Vanessa Barger was born in West Virginia, and through several moves ended up spending the majority of her life in Virginia Beach, Virginia. She is a graduate of George Mason University and Old Dominion University, and has degrees in Graphic Design, a minor in Medieval and Renaissance Literature, and a Masters in Technology Education. She has had articles published in Altered Arts Magazine, has had some artwork displayed in galleries in Ohio and online, and currently teaches engineering, practical physics, drafting and other technological things to high school students in the Hampton Roads area of Virginia. She is a member of the SCBWI (Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators) and the Virginia Writer’s Club. When not writing or teaching, she’s a bookaholic, movie fanatic, and loves to travel. She has one cat, who believes Vanessa lives only to open cat food cans, and can often be found baking when she should be editing.

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When a plane crashes in the woods near Jess’s home, the boy of her dreams falls out of the sky—literally. But David’s not here to find a girlfriend. He’s from another planet, and if Jess can’t help him get back to his ship, he’ll be stuck on Earth with nothing to look forward to but the pointy end of a dissection scalpel.

But her father runs their house like an army barracks, and with an alien on the loose, Major Dad isn’t too keen on the idea of Jess going anywhere. Ever. So how the heck is she supposed to help the sweetest, strangest, and cutest guy she’s ever met?

Hiding him in her room probably isn’t the best idea. Especially since her Dad is in charge of the squadron searching for David. That doesn’t mean she won’t do it. It just means she can’t get caught.

Helping David get home while protecting her heart—that’s gonna be the hard part. After all, she can’t really fall for a guy who’s not exactly from here.

As they race through the woods with Major Dad and most of the U.S. military one breath behind them, Jess and David grow closer than either of them anticipated. But all is not what it seems. David has a genocide-sized secret, and one betrayal later, they are both in handcuffs as alien warships are positioning themselves around the globe. Time is ticking down to Armageddon, and Jess must think fast if she’s to save the boy she cares about without sacrificing Earth—and everyone on it.

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WHAT READER’S ARE SAYING:

 

David is the alien and the way Jennifer M. Eaton describes him as an alien is soo interesting!” – Brianna, Brianna’s Bookish Confessions

 

“Overall, this novel surpassed my expectations. Truly a job well done and I’m already dying to get my hands on Ashes in the Sky, book two in the series!”Kayla, Goodreads Reviewer

 

“Overall it’s a quick fun and entertaining read alien fans everywhere will enjoy. It’s been a good while since I’ve read a really good alien book and Fire in the Woods provided a much needed dose.” – Angela, Souther Bred Southern Read

 

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Jennifer M. Eaton

Corporate Team Leader by day, and Ranting Writer by night. Jennifer M. Eaton calls the East Coast of the USA home, where she lives with her husband, three energetic boys, and a pepped up poodle.

Jennifer hosts an informational blog “A Reference of Writing Rants for Writers (or Learn from My Mistakes)” aimed at helping all writers be the best they can be.

Beyond writing and motivating others, she also enjoys teaching her dog to jump through hoops—literally.

Jennifer’s perfect day includes long hikes in the woods, bicycling, swimming, snorkeling, and snuggling up by the fire with a great book; but her greatest joy is using her over-active imagination constructively… creating new worlds for everyone to enjoy.

Author Links: Website | Twitter | Facebook | Goodreads | Tumbler | Pinterest | Instagram | YouTube

 

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M9B Two for Thursday Book Blitz: Crown of Ice by @VickiLWeavil and To Bear an Iron Key by @JackieMorseKess with Giveaway #T4T

Welcome to this week’s Two for Thursday Book Blitz #T4T
presented by Month9books/Tantrum Books!

Today, we will be showcasing two titles that may tickle your fancy,
and we’ll share what readers have to say about these titles!

You just might find your next read!

This week, #T4T presents to you:

Crown of Ice by Vicki L. Weavil and
To Bear an Iron Key by Jackie Morse Kessler

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

 

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Thyra Winther’s seventeen, the Snow Queen, and immortal, but if she can’t reassemble a shattered enchanted mirror by her eighteenth birthday she’s doomed to spend eternity as a wraith. Armed with magic granted by a ruthless wizard, Thyra schemes to survive with her mind and body intact.

Unencumbered by kindness, she kidnaps local boy Kai Thorsen, whose mathematical skills rival her own. Two logical minds, Thyra calculates, are better than one. With time rapidly melting away she needs all the help she can steal. A cruel lie ensnares Kai in her plan, but three missing mirror shards and Kai’s childhood friend, Gerda, present more formidable obstacles. Thyra’s willing to do anything – venture into uncharted lands, outwit sorcerers, or battle enchanted beasts – to reconstruct the mirror, yet her most dangerous adversary lies within her breast.

Touched by the warmth of a wolf pup’s devotion and the fire of a young man’s desire, the thawing of Thyra’s frozen heart could be her ultimate undoing.

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WHAT READER’S ARE SAYING:

 

“Crown of Ice was great young adult fantasy novel. It offers an interesting and refreshing retelling of Snow Queen fairytale, but also so much more – realistic, confident and a bit bad heroine, magic, cute animals, subtle romance, …”Dragana, The Paisley Reader

 

“Crown of Ice, is a luscious and fantastical retelling of the Snow Queen.”Tina, Goodreads Reviewer

 

“A solid YA adventure with teenagers who learn so much about themselves, and each other. Even the expected happily ever after offers believable surprises that underscore the maturity and independence they each have gained.” All Things Urban Fantasy

 

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Vicki Lemp Weavil was raised in a farming community in Virginia, where her life was shaped by a wonderful family, the culture of the Blue Ridge Mountains, and an obsession with reading. Since obtaining her undergraduate degree in Theatre from the University of Virginia, she’s gone on to acquire two masters degrees, living in places as diverse as New York City and rural North Carolina. She’s currently the library director for a performing an visual arts university. Vicki loves good writing in any genre, and has been known to read seven books in as many days. She enjoys travel, gardening, and the arts. Vicki lives in North Carolina with her husband, son, and some very spoiled cats.

Author Links: Website | Twitter | Facebook | Goodreads | Tumbler

 

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This richly-imagined universe from an acclaimed fixture of YA storytelling introduces a the young witch Bromwyn, a strong heroine who wields great power. Five years ago, Bromwyn refused a gift from the powerful fairy king. Tonight, on Midsummer, that decision comes back to haunt her. When her best friend Rusty picks the wrong pocket, he and Bromwyn are all that stand between their village and the rampaging fairies who have pushed through the World Door. If they cannot outwit the fairy king and queen before the World Door closes at sunrise, the friends will lose everything–their village, Bromwyn’s magic, and Rusty’s life.

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WHAT READER’S ARE SAYING:

 

If you want to get lost in magic and spend some time away from this grey, dreary world of reality, then look no further.” – Nicky Peacock, Author

 

“his was a really strong little book–a wonderful start to a brand new series, and I think it’s safe to say I’ll be looking for more of Jackie Morse Kessler’s work!”Kels, Literature Obsessed

 

“This is a great tale about the transitions in youth and of true friendship. It also depicts the emotional wounds caused from misjudgment and rejection.” – LuAnn, Rockin Book Reviews

 

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Jackie Morse Kessler grew up in Brooklyn, NY, with a cranky cat and overflowing shelves filled with dolls and books. Now she’s in Upstate NY with another cranky cat, a loving husband, two sons, and overflowing shelves filled with dragons and books (except when her sons steal her dragons). She has a bachelor’s degree in English and American Literature, and yet she’s never read any Jane Austen (with or without zombies). She also has a master’s degree in media ecology. (The living study of technology and culture. Which is cool, but she still can’t figure out how to use Tweetdeck.)

Jackie spends a lot of time writing, reading, and getting distracted by bright and shiny new ideas. (She just came up with a new idea right now.) She has a weakness for chocolate and a tendency to let her cat take over her office chair.

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