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M9B Friday Reveal: POLARIS Trailer by Beth Bowland @Month9Books

 
Today Beth Bowland and Month9Books are revealing the trailer for POLARIS, which releases August 16, 2016! Check out the gorgeous trailer and enter to win a paperback of the book!!
 
A quick note from the author:

When I first watched the trailer I was in awe, tears formed in my eyes, and I
was frozen in my seat. I tried to say “OMG”, but only the “O” came out and “MG”
got stuck, because at that moment I watched as my story literally took a breath
and came to life.
 
I had such a great time writing Polaris, it
combined my love for creating stories and conspiracy theories. I love “What
Ifs” What if there is life on other planets? What if they’re really not so
different than we are? The big ticket question, what if they’re already among
us. Polaris takes a quirky but fun spin on an old conspiracy theory, but what
if the conspiracy is not a theory…
 
 
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Title: POLARIS
Author: Beth Bowland
Pub. Date: August 16, 2016
Publisher: Tantrum Books
Format: Paperback, eBook
Find it: Goodreads Amazon | BAM | Chapters |Google Play  | B&N | Kobo | TBD | iBooks
 
Bixie, Montana is in the middle of nowhere, not connected to any place,
and not needed to get to any destination. But one snowy evening, a lone visitor
walking down an old country road changes thirteen-year-old Aaron Martin’s life forever.
Aaron thinks he’s being a Good Samaritan by inviting the nearly-frozen visitor into his home,
but he’s unwittingly initiated “The Game.”
 
A group of Elders, known as the Council of the Legend, come together from time to time to
enjoy a rousing event they playfully call “The Game.” Now, Aaron’s town is the playing board
and he and his fellow townspeople are the players.
The rules are simple. Win.
Because if Aaron loses, he won’t just lose his family. He’ll lose his very identity.
 


 
 
Beth Bowland, a native Ohioan, has always enjoyed reading and creating stories of her own.
As a child she devoured every book she could get her hands on and spent numerous hours
at the library each week. She loves writing stories for tweens and young teens and her
characters are often described as quirky and fun, but always relatable.
When she’s not writing, she loves watching HGTV. She has one daughter and resides in
Arlington, Texas with her husband, Phillip.
 
 



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YES!!! M9B Friday Reveal: CLANLESS Cover 1 by @authorjenkins @Month9Books

 

Today Jennifer Jenkins and Month9Books
are revealing the cover and first chapter for CLANLESS, book 2 in the NAMELESS Series
which releases October 4, 2016! Check out the gorgeous cover and enter to be
one of the first readers to receive a paperback of NAMELESS or an eGalley of
CLANLESS!!
 
Here’s a message from the author.
 
Clanless is Gryphon’s story in the way Nameless
was Zo’s. It encompasses the struggle of self discovery and taking the hard
road to find happiness. At its heart though, this book is a love story, with
two people determined to fight overwhelming odds, even death, to be together.
Clanless provides readers a view of the world outside Ram’s Gate, exploring
both the Raven and Kodiak Clans in more depth.

I LOVE THIS COVER. I love the way Gryphon is
depicted and the symbolism of of the white background in contrast to the black
of the Nameless cover. I personally think the series only gets better with
every book, and I hope readers agree.
On to the reveal! 

 

Title: CLANLESS (Nameless #2)
Author: Jennifer Jenkins
Pub. Date: October 4, 2016
Publisher: Month9Books
Format: Paperback and eBook
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Striker Gryphon has lost his position of honor among the Ram,
and is now a hunted man. A traitor.
Zo, the object of his affection, was murdered by members of his former clan.
To honor her memory, he journeys to the highly secretive Raven “Nest” to warn
strangers of their impending demise—though it could cost him more than just his pride.
He doesn’t know that Zo is very much alive and in another part of the region assisting
Nameless refugees over a mountain swarming with wild men known as “Clanless.”
As each struggle to make sense of what their lives have become, they fight and claw to reach
the Allied Camp, their last hope in bringing peace to the region.
But the road back to one another is treacherous and uncertain.
And freedom will come with a price.

 

Excerpt

Gryphon never thought he’d die at the hands of the Ram. Of course, he never thought he’d become a traitor to his clan, either.He awaited a likely public execution, sitting in a patch of mud outside the walls of Ram’s Gate, his clan’s stronghold, as rain filtered through the trees overhead. Bristled ropes rubbed raw his bound ankles. Iron manacles secured his wrists behind his back. Gryphon clutched the hidden key to his restraints inside a bloody fist and glared at a man he never thought he’d call an enemy.

Zander, Gryphon’s captain, stood at attention as the rain rolled off his brown hair and banked along the harsh angles of his cheekbones and jaw. He held a seven-foot spear like a walking stick, the blunt end buried in the mud at his feet. His short sword was sheathed at his hip, his round shield slung across his back. The perfect Ram warrior, and one of the best swordsmen Gryphon had ever known.

The fifteen members of his mess sat like stones in a field, unmoving but hard and very present. Most of Gryphon’s former mess, including his best friend, Ajax, kept their backs to him, as if his treason were contagious. Some slept under thick wool blankets that repelled the rain while others stewed with the restlessness that plagued so many warriors.

No one bothered to light a fire. Whether they were too impatient to find something dry enough to burn or felt they deserved the cold, Gryphon didn’t know. Ram were experts at self-discipline—not to be confused with self-control.

Inside Ram’s Gate, Gryphon grew up training every day until his body ached. On days he struggled to do everything his leaders asked of him, he would sentence himself to mountain sprints until he literally passed out from exhaustion. Like every other Ram boy, he willingly walked into scheduled yearly beatings that were meant to train his body to block pain, making him nearly invincible on the battlefield.

A little rain was nothing.

Sitting cross-legged in the mud with his hands chained behind his back, Gryphon let the rain muffle the sound of his struggle to insert the small key into the unseen lock of his manacles. Each metallic scrap wound his nerves that much tighter. His wrists burned from bending at an awkward angle and his shoulders strained as he struggled to keep his face a mask of indifference.

Zander watched him, barely blinking. Gryphon needed to distract him—to break his intent focus.

“Why do you think they haven’t let down the rope ladder?” Gryphon asked, speaking as though his impending execution meant little to him.

Zander’s lip raised in a snarl. “Barnabas has the Raven invasion to prepare for, the gate to repair. He will deal with you in his own time.”

Gryphon adjusted his grip on the key to approach the lock from a different angle.

“It seems Barnabas is content to let you sit out in the cold for the night. Do you think you’ll lose your command over this?” Gryphon raised his chin and smiled.

Zander drew a knife so fast Gryphon fumbled with the key.

“Barnabas ordered you brought back alive, but I don’t think he’d mind if I took out your tongue.”

Gryphon had been trained to use the emotions of his enemies against them. People made mistakes when they weren’t stable. Plus the conversation muffled the sound of the key scraping futilely against the metal lock behind his back.

A few of the heads in the wet camp turned to watch the exchange.

Zander leaned back, battling with his composure. “I might lose my command, but I’ll return to my bunk with our brothers of the mess and rest well after seeing your body hang from a noose.” He shook his head. “I knew you had a strange fascination with that slave—that Wolf. I just didn’t realize your treason extended to all the Nameless inside the Gate.”

Just yesterday, Gryphon had inadvertently helped hundreds of Nameless slaves flee the massive walls of Ram’s Gate. To slow the Ram pursuit, he disabled the only exit—a gate so large it required forty Nameless to open it. Even though only a fraction of the Nameless slaves escaped, it would be days before the chain connecting the gate to the counterweight could be repaired.

The key finally slipped into the lock. Gryphon let his head fall back, just a fraction, and closed his eyes in relief. Zander’s hate-filled gaze greeted him as he opened his eyes, but that didn’t stop him from turning the key. The lock clicked open, the sound lost in the rain.

With one hand free, Gryphon still kept both hands behind his back, though he relaxed his shoulders some to alleviate the ache from being bound. The metal key in Gryphon’s hand was warm. The grooves pressed uncomfortably into his palm, but Gryphon didn’t loosen his hold, refusing to let go of the hope Ajax had given him.

Not only was the key his only chance of escaping the certain death that awaited him inside the giant walls of his clan, but it also represented a dim hope that Zo was still alive. That Ajax—Gryphon’s best friend—hadn’t followed through with Zander’s order to find and kill her and the others after Gryphon’s capture.

The vivid scenes of the morning replayed in Gryphon’s mind again and again. Everyone asleep under the tree, except Zo and Gryphon. Ram circling the perimeter of the giant fir like bloodhounds sniffing out prey. Zo taking his hand, pretending to be brave even though her eyes—they were always so easy to read—proved it a lie. Her warm lips. The feel of her body pressed against his . . .

A shudder that had nothing to do with the cold ran up Gryphon’s back. He’d been captured not far from the tree, trying to lead the Ram away from the people he cared for most.

If only he could ask Ajax if they were alive, though the chances were as likely as staying dry in this storm. Ajax had a family to protect, and the penalty for deceiving his captain was as deadly as deceiving Chief Barnabas himself. Dangerous.

Lightning struck not far away, brightening half of Zander’s face in the fast-approaching darkness.

“Come back to me,” Zo had said, just before she’d leaned into him, touching her soft lips to his.

Gryphon slid the key into the second lock.

He chewed on the inside of his lip until he tasted blood. He fought the urge to spit in Zander’s face, to unlock the chains binding his wrist and strangle him with his bare hands. He was sure he could finish the job before he took a spear to the gut. It felt like the only way to quench the hungry blackness that consumed his insides.

Gryphon hung his head, remembering the promise he made to Zo before they separated. Whether Zo was alive or not, he needed to survive to warn the Raven Clan of an impending attack. Countless lives would be spared if the Raven had time to flee the Nest before the Ram arrived. Getting himself killed wouldn’t serve them, even if it meant an escape from the overwhelming ache in his chest.

Thunder rolled again. Zander stared. Gryphon prayed for a miracle . . . and hoped he deserved one.

He turned the key.

The lock clicked open.

But his manacles clattered to the ground before he could catch them.

***

“We’re not waking him.” Zo’s head throbbed as she held Joshua’s wrist to check his pulse for the tenth time in as many minutes.

The boy lay unconscious, but his heart beat a steady rhythm. Zo needed to feel that pulse; it was her tether to sanity. The sound of Ram fists connecting with Gryphon’s body . . . the muffled grunts betraying his pain . . . they still echoed in her mind when she didn’t check her thoughts. From her hiding place, she hadn’t seen Gryphon’s capture, but she had heard. She’d wanted to run out and fight alongside him. Even though she had Joshua and Tess to think of, her inaction tasted like betrayal.

Rain fell all around them, but they’d managed to stay mostly dry beneath the skirt of a giant fir tree.

“This is insane,” said Eva. She had the long nose of her Ram ancestors, set off by a thin mouth. “Do you have any idea what will happen to us if the Ram come back here?” Eva lay flat on her stomach—all leather and long legs—as she scanned the ground outside their fir tree haven.

Even with a full moon, it was impossible to see far beyond the confines of their shelter. “They have Gryphon. They’ll know you and Joshua are close.” Eva ran her hand over her cropped hair, oblivious to the action. “If I were tracking us, I would have found us hours ago.”

Eva was a Ram, just like the soldiers she feared. She’d fled the Gate with Zo for the sake of her unborn child. A baby who would have been killed at birth because it belonged, not to her betrothed, but to a man in the Ram’s slave class known as the Nameless.

Zo gazed up at the tree trunk, hoping to inhale a bit of patience along with the strong scent of pine. “We wait until Joshua’s ready, Eva. Not a moment sooner.”

“But the Nameless will be miles away by now.”

Zo conceded the point. At that moment, hundreds of escaped slaves traveled to get as far from Ram’s Gate as possible to protect their newfound freedom. They didn’t know how to find the Allied Camp. Zo had told Stone, Eva’s lover and the leader of the Nameless rebellion, it was south of Ram’s Gate, but that was the extent of their knowledge, and it wouldn’t be enough to find the slot canyon that led to the Allies.

The Nameless needed her. So did her little sister Tess, Joshua, and even Eva. None of them would survive without Zo’s ability to lead them to the Allies. But it didn’t change the fact that all Zo wanted to do at the moment was sprint up the mountain to Ram’s Gate—the place from which they’d just escaped—and demand the release of the young man she’d come to care for. The man who’d saved her life and the life of her sister, even though doing so had caused him to lose everything.

Gryphon.

Zo’s little sister, Tess, sat like a watchdog beside Joshua’s head, playing with the boy’s red hair. In the low light, she looked even smaller than her eight years.

“Zo’s smart. She knows what to do,” said Tess. She was blond with dirt smeared across her nose and cheeks. She glared at Eva with her giant blue-green eyes, almost daring her to contradict her big sister.

Zo hugged her knees to her chest, fighting a sudden surge of nausea, hoping Tess was right to trust her so completely.

“Someone’s coming,” Eva hissed. She pushed up onto her knees, wielding two deadly looking knives. At the same time, Zo yanked Tess to the ground and threw herself over her and Joshua’s body. It was a futile effort to save them, but fear took over all rational thought.

Soft footfalls crept outside their shelter, each step marking the final moments of their lives. Zo glanced around for some kind of weapon or stick to help defend the two people—two children—for whom she was responsible. All she found in the darkness was a bed of dry pine needles and her medical satchel—nothing to defend them against fighters from the deadliest clan in the region.

The footsteps came closer, muted by the soggy earth. Eva moved from her knees to the balls of her feet, a compressed spring ready to fly into an attack. She adjusted her grip on her knives.

Hope fled. Zo couldn’t catch her breath. Tess. Joshua. Eva. The Nameless. Dying today under this tree meant the deaths of so many others as well. Gryphon’s sacrifice had been in vain.

Large boots stopped mere feet from Zo’s hiding place. Boots she’d recognize anywhere.

“Don’t,” she cried, trying to stop Eva before she attacked.

But her warning was too late.

Eva sprang, blades in hand, aimed at the intruder’s chest.

 

With her degree in History and Secondary Education, Jennifer had every intention of
teaching teens to love George Washington and appreciate the finer points of
ancient battle stratagem. (Seriously, she’s obsessed with ancient warfare.)
However, life had different plans in store when the writing began. As a proud
member of Writers Cubed, and a co-founder of the Teen Author Boot Camp, she
feels blessed to be able to fulfill both her ambition to work with teens as
well as write Young Adult fiction.
Jennifer has three children who are experts at naming her characters,
one loving, supportive husband, a dog with little-man syndrome, and three
chickens (of whom she is secretly afraid).
Visit her online at jajenkins.com

Connect with the Author:

 

 
1 winner will receive a paperback of NAMELESS, US Only.
 
3 winners will receive an eGalley of CLANLESS, International.

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Yay!! Cover Reveal: This is Me by C.E. Wilson with Giveaway @chapterxchapter

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Hello everyone! Welcome to the Cover Reveal for

This Is Me by C.E. Wilson!

 

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Rogan is a robot. More specifically, he is an Asist – a personalized humanoid servant that provides protection, assistance, and companionship for a lonely young woman living on her own in the city. Chloe is trying to get her big break, singing at bars and clubs all over the city at night while she pays the bills as a substitute teacher during the day. Ever since she activated him many months ago, Rogan has been her beautiful, dependable, obedient, dead-eyed security blanket.

One morning she is shocked when he disobeys a direct command in an attempt to please her and his dull artificial eyes flash a hint of something new. Is this the result of the adaptive Asist servility programming or is Rogan actually thinking? Can a robot think? Can a robot feel?

As Chloe struggles with these thoughts she is blindsided by the singular Niven Adams, a handsome, confident man with the voice of an angel who is everything she’s ever wanted in a boyfriend. He’s the perfect guy for her, except for one problem. Niven doesn’t approve of Asists and takes an immediate dislike to Rogan. As Niven charms his way deeper and deeper into Chloe’s heart, Rogan tries to convince her that he is more than a mass-produced disposable servant.

With Rogan doing everything in his power to prove that his thoughts and feelings are real and Niven trying to persuade her to abandon her robot and have a normal human relationship, Chloe is trapped between the two things that mean the most to her. Does she embrace her relationship with the blond newcomer, or face that her Asist’s feelings may be more than features of his programming?

What really makes a person a person?
Is it a ticking muscle inside their chest, or is it something more?

 

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This Is Me by C.E. Wilson
August 11, 2016
Live and Love the Fantasy Publications

 

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C.E. Wilson

 

C.E. Wilson was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, grew up in Millersville, Pennsylvania, and has been living in Pittsburgh since 2009. For the first few years living in Pittsburgh, she was an English teacher. Her first book, “Oath of Servitude,” was published in 2012. In 2013, she quit teaching to be a full time author and hasn’t looked back since. She loves spending time with her daughter and husband.

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Wheee! It’s THE GREAT PURSUIT by @Wendy_Higgins cover reveal @harperteen

Hi everyone,

Welcome to The Great Pursuit cover reveal. I’m so excited to be bringing you this gorgeous cover today and from one of my favorite YA writers.

 

Ready? Me, too. And here it is!!!!

 

 

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The Great Pursuit is the sequel to The Great Hunt, and final book in the Eurona DuologyPub date: March 7, 2017 from HarperTeen

I love this cover, and Wendy’s writing, and basically am all like …

Gimme!!! 

Blurb:

Lochlanach has traded the great beast for something far more terrible, a Lashed enemy veiled in beauty, deception, and a vengeance passed down through generations: Rozaria Rocato. And she’s offering the hunter Paxton Seabolt power and acceptance he could never receive in his homeland. Pax must decide how far he’s willing to go under her tutelage, knowing she is the opponent of Princess Aerity Lochson.

In a land where traditionalists dread change, the Lochlan throne must contend with mysterious foes and traitors, while attempting to keep revolt at bay. As dire circumstances strike the royal family, matters of the castle are left in Aerity’s hands. It’s time to put aside her fears and grasp the reign, taking actions that have the potential to save or destroy her people.

One hunt has ended, but the pursuit for love and justice continue. In this sequel to The Great Hunt from New York Times bestselling author Wendy Higgins, political intrigue and romance intensify in another thrilling fantasy. Princess Aerity embraces a quest for identity and passion before making the ultimate sacrifice for her kingdom.

Goodreads Link:

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/28370779-the-great-pursuit?ac=1&from_search=true

 

About the author:

 Wendy Higgins is the USA Today and NY Times bestselling author of the SWEET EVIL series from HarperTeen, the high fantasy duology THE GREAT HUNT, and her independently published Irish Fantasy SEE ME.
After earning a Creative Writing degree from George Mason University and a Masters in Curriculum and Instruction from Radford, Wendy taught high school English until achieving her dream job as a full-time writer.
Wend lives on the Eastern Shore of Virginia with her husband, daughter, son, and little doggie Rue.

Find more on the fabulous Wendy Higgins here:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/WendyHigginsWrites/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/Wendy_Higgins

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/wendyhigginswrites/

 

Want to read the first book in the series? You totally should!

The Great Hunt (Eurona Duology, #1)

Because THE GREAT HUNT ebook is currently on sale for $3.99

This day just keeps getting better!

Here are the buy links …

Kindle: https://www.amazon.com/Great-Hunt-Eurona-Duology/dp/B00ZP5IIPE/ref=sr_1_1_twi_kin_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1466598747&sr=8-1&keywords=the+great+hunt+by+wendy+higgins

Nook: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-great-hunt-wendy-higgins/1122135625?ean=9780062381354

 

Hope you enjoyed the reveal as much as I did. Thanks for stopping by.


Playlist and Giveaway for: IN THE SHADOW OF THE DRAGON KING by @jkellerford @chapterxchapter @Month9Books

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Blog Tour Schedule: In the Shadow of the Dragon King by J. Keller Ford

Hi everyone!

Welcome to this leg of IN THE SHADOW OF THE DRAGON KING’s blog tour.

And pssst, don’t forget to scroll down and enter for a chance to win your own digital copy!

Okay, now let’s talk about this gorgeous cover! *swoons*

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In the Shadow of the Dragon King by J. Keller Ford
Release Date: May 31, 2016
Publisher: Month9Books

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Blurb:

Seventeen-year-old, Eric, is a kick-butt squire to the most revered knight in Fallhollow. Well he would be if Sir Trogsdill allowed him to do anything even remotely awesome. Determined to prove his worth, Eric sets out to find the mythical paladin summoned to protect the realm from the evil lurking nearby.

Sixteen-year-old, David, spends his days collecting school honors, winning archery tournaments, and trying not to fall in love with his scrappy best friend, Charlotte.

Right when things start to get interesting, he is whisked away to the magical realm of Fallhollow where everyone thinks he’s some sort of paladin destined to fulfill a two-hundred-year-old prophecy. He’s supposed to help kill a dragon with some sort of magic key. The same key that happens to adorn the neck of an annoying squire who’s too wrapped up in proving himself to be much help to anyone.

With egos as big as the dragon they need to destroy, Eric and David must get over themselves, or watch everything they know and love, burn.

 

 Goodreads:
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25721483-in-the-shadow-of-the-dragon-king

 

Hey, Jen!

Thanks so much for joining us here today, we’re really excited about your book. Can you share your playlist with us? 

OMGosh, I was afraid someone was going to ask me for this. Where do I begin?

I listen to a lot of music from country to classic rock, to classical, opera and everything in between (except for rap. Just can’t get into it). When I write, I usually don’t listen to music with words in it because hearing people singing distracts from what I’m trying to say. I end up signing along and them all of a sudden I’m staring at my work thinking. “What was I trying to say here?”

Because I write YA fantasy, and because I always envision my books as movies, I get a lot of my inspiration from online video games and movie scores. There are hours upon hours of listening to soundtracks, etc., and when I find something that I like, it goes on my Spotify play list.

In the case of IN THE SHADOW OF THE DRAGON KING, you will see songs that you might know sung by artists like Katy Perry and Fall Out Boys. They are there because they remind me in some way of David or Eric, both protagonists, David from our world, Eric from the magical world of Fallhollow. I hope once people read the book, they’ll be able to understand more why I chose them.

The list is extensive and at this time, they are not in any particular order, though I have begun to sort them out. I’ve written the names of the songs and their artists out for you, but if you want to listen to them, please check out my Spotify playlist which you can find here (if you don’t have a free Spotify account, you can sign in using your Facebook account). I also have the playlist on my website, but you will still need to log in to Spotify to listen.

So, here you go. I hope you enjoy and if you have any questions about why I chose the songs, please feel free to reach out to me on my website or on Goodreads. I’d love to hear from you!!!

Druidic Dreams Adrian Von Ziegler
See What I’ve Become Zack Hemsey
Summer Jam Jake Owen, Florida Georgia Line
A Knife in the Dark Howard Shore
Aeterna Liquid Cinema
Dawn Gleams on Cyrodill Brad Derrick
New Kid in Town Eagles
Getting to Me Jane Taylor
Thornwood Shadows Jeremy Soule
They Did Not Die in Vain Brad Derrick
Numb Linkin Park
Chasing Cars Snow Patrol
Time Forgotten (Piano and Violin) Classical New Age Piano Music
Bloom The Paper Kites
I Will Get There Jane Taylor
Things You’ve Never Done Passenger
Faith of the Heart Done Again
Fight Song Rachel Platten
Dream On Aerosmith
300 Violin Orchestra Jorge Quintero
Leviathan Liquid Cinema
The Medallion Calls Klaus Bradelt
Friday Night Sky Full Tilt
You Are the Pan John Williams
Fable Liquid Cinema
Thunder God Full Tilt
Of Fire and Iron Liquid Cinema
A World of Dreams Full Tilt
Crystalline Ivan Torrent, Celica Soldream
Human Legacy Ivan Torrent
Chapter 12 – A Journey’s End Peter Gundry
Roar Katy Perry
Heart of the Forest Peter Gundry
Renegades X Ambassadors
For Blood, for Glory, for Honor Jeremy Soule
Centuries Fall Out Boy

Yay! That’s awesome, Jen! What a great list.

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Giveaway!

Contest ends June 17, 2016

• One (1) winner will receive a scrabble tile book cover charm (US ONLY)
• Five (5) winners will receive a digital copy of In the Shadow of the Dragon King by J. Keller Ford (INT)

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J. Keller Ford

About the Author:

J. Keller Ford (known to all as Jenny) is a scribbler of Young Adult and New Adult speculative fiction. As a young Army brat, she traveled the world and wandered the halls of some of Germany’s most extraordinary castles in hopes of finding snarky dragons, chivalrous knights and wondrous magic that permeated her imagination. What she found remains etched in her topsy-turvy mind and oozes out in sweeping tales of courage, sacrifice, honor and everlasting love.

When not torturing her keyboard or trying to silence the voices in her head, Jenny spends time collecting seashells, bowling, swimming, screaming on roller coasters and traveling. Jenny is a mom to four magnificent and noble offspring, and currently lives in paradise on the west coast of Florida with a quirky knight who was silly enough to marry her, and a menagerie of royal pets. Published works include short stories, The Amulet of Ormisez, Dragon Flight, and The Passing of Millie Hudson. IN THE SHADOW OF THE DRAGON KING is her debut novel and the first installment in the Chronicles of Fallhollow Trilogy.

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Author Interview and Giveaway: ARGOS by PHILLIP W. SIMPSON @Month9Books @PhillipWSimpson @chapterxchapter

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Today we’re lucky enough to host the amazing author Phillip W. Simpson on his Argos blog tour. Yippee!! Okay, I know. Calm down. But seriously. Yay!! And don’t forget to enter the giveaway later in this post!

Phillip’s going to answer a couple of questions for us, but first … some important stuff. Like this gorgeous cover …

Argos

Argos by Phillip W. Simpson
Release Date: May 10, 2016
Publisher: Month9Books

Blurb:

Loyalty has no limits

Raised from a pup by Greek hero, Odysseus, Argos has come to learn the true meaning of love and loyalty. But when Odysseus leaves for the Trojan War, little does Argos know it will be 20 years before he sees his master again. With Odysseus gone his wife, Penelope, and son, Telemachus, are easy prey for neighboring kings and the Gods themselves.

But Argos was tasked to keep them safe until Odysseus returns and that is a promise he is determined to keep – whatever the cost. Told through his eyes, Argos recounts the story of his life – his pain, his joy, his triumphs and failures; his endurance in the face of hardships almost too great to believe.

Above all else, Argos strives to do what is right – and to remain loyal to his King when all others have given up hope. To live long enough to see his beloved master one more time.

This epic myth of love and loyalty proves that a dog really is man’s best friend.

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Contest ends May 27, 2016

Five (5) winners will receive a digital copy of Argos by Phillip W. Simpson (INT)

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And now for some fun author questions:  

Can you share some of your manuscript playlist with us? 

• Doesn’t remind me – Audioslave
• Going the distance – Cake
• Block rockin’ beats (good to write fight scenes to) – Chemical brothers
• Photograph – Ed Sheeran
• Sadeness – Enigma
• I started a joke – Faith no more

What were your favorite books as a middle schooler or teen and why?

I was pretty lucky growing up. My parents were huge book lovers. My father collects books. He is a bit obsessed. Anyway, I could just pick whatever I wanted from the bookshelf. I’m a bit like that myself. I have a large collection of books and I want my son to cherry pick whatever books of mine he wants.

• The Hobbit and the Lord of the Rings (obviously). These books got me into reading. I discovered a love of fantasy because of these books. Thank you, Tolkien.

• Anything by Piers Anthony. A bit childish but I loved them at the time (probably because I was a child).

• Anything by Julian May – Saga of the Exiles was magnificent. Such a complicated and believable world.

• Anything by Stephen Donaldson – the Cronicles of Thomas Covenant the Unbeliever. Love the Bloodguard. Read the series as a middle schooler and although some of the content is inappropriate for that age, I loved it regardless. Actually, YA didn’t really exist when I was growing up. You read kids’ books and then progressed to adult books. I was such a voracious reader that I quickly exhausted what was considered ‘appropriate’ and just read what I felt like.

• Anything by Iain M. Banks (his science fiction.)

• Anything by Jack Vance. And I do mean anything. He wrote over 50 books and I love every single one. I think I started with Lyonesse as a middle schooler and then read all his back catalogue. He is one of the greats. A true word smith. I love him.

• The Dragonriders of Pern by Anne McCaffrey. Lots of other great books here but I particularly loved her dragons. The White Dragon was awesome.

• Spellsinger by Alan Dean Foster. Rock and roll man!

• Dune and all the sequels (Frank Herbert). Everything about this world is cool. The Sardukar, the Freemen, the Sand worms.

• The Forever War by Joe Haldeman. Probably my favorite book of all time and I read this as a teen (I would not recommend this to a middle schooler).

• Gateway by Frederick Pohl. Great concept. I used to go to sleep dreaming about what I do if I discovered lots of Heechee ‘treasure’

Wow, what a great list of reads!

Thanks so much for being here today. I’m excited about your new book and can’t wait to read.

 

Okay guys, I’ve already bought my copy, now go and get yours!

Oh, and also just before I go. This …

Minotaur

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Cause, you know, so cool, right?

 

About the author

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Phillip W. Simpson has written over 50 children’s books for both middle grade and young adult readers. He has a background in Ancient History and Archaeology, and has partially completed his doctorate in Archaeology. He lives in Auckland, New Zealand, with his wife Rose, their son, Jack and their two border terriers, Whiskey and Raffles. When not writing, he works as an elementary school teacher.

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Cover Reveal and Giveaway of SACRIFICE by @cindypon #FridayReveals #Month9Squad #Month9Books

 
 
Today Cindy Pon and Month9Books are revealing
the cover for SACRIFICE, book 2 in the Serpentine
Series! Which releases September 27, 2016! Check out the gorgeous cover and
enter to win a paperback copy of book 1, Serpentine!!
 
Here’s a message from the author.
 
I am so excited to share the Sacrifice cover with readers!
I didn’t think it was possible, but I love it even more than my gorgeous
Serpentine cover. My second novel is always about dealing with consequences
of what happened in the first book. Skybright was on a journey to discover the
truth of her origins and identity in Serpentine, and I believe she truly comes
into her own in Sacrifice. I love the prominent featuring of her crimson tail,
and the tension and energy this cover conveys—it reflects the novel so well.
I hope you enjoy Sacrifice!
 
On to the reveal! 
 
 
 
 
Title: SACRIFICE
(Serpentine, Book 2)
Author: Cindy Pon
Pub. Date: September 27, 2016
Publisher: Month9Books
Format: Paperback, Hardcover,  & eBook
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Sacrifice, the sequel to Serpentine,
plunges Skybright into the terrifying underworld where demons are bred and
whisks her up to the magnificent Mountain of Heavenly Peace where the gods
dwell.
 
Stone is stripped of his immortal status
and told to close hell’s breach, which mysteriously remains open, threatening
mortals.
 
Zhen Ni, Skybright’s former mistress and
friend, has been wed to the strange and brutish Master Hou, and finds herself
trapped in an opulent but empty manor. When she discovers half-eaten corpses
beneath the estate, she realizes that Master Hou is not all that he seems.
 
As Skybright works to free Zhen Ni with
the aid of Kai Sen and Stone, they begin to understand that what is at risk is
more far-reaching then they could ever have fathomed.
 


 
 
Cindy Pon is the author of Silver Phoenix (Greenwillow, 2009), which was named
one of the Top Ten Fantasy and Science Fiction Books for Youth by the American Library
Association’s Booklist, and one of 2009′s best Fantasy,Science Fiction and
Horror by VOYA.The sequel to Silver Phoenix, titled Fury of the Phoenix, was
released in April 2011. Her first published short story is featured in Diverse
Energies,a multicultural YA dystopian anthology from Tu Books (October 2012).
Cindy is also a Chinese brush painting student of over a decade. Visit her website.


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Yay! Release Day Celebration Giveaway: Argos by @PhillipWSimpsonPhillip @chapterxchapter @month9books

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Loyalty has no limits

Raised from a pup by Greek hero, Odysseus, Argos has come to learn the true meaning of love and loyalty. But when Odysseus leaves for the Trojan War, little does Argos know it will be 20

years before he sees his master again. With Odysseus gone his wife, Penelope, and son, Telemachus, are easy prey for neighboring kings and the Gods themselves.

But Argos was tasked to keep them safe until Odysseus returns and that is a promise he is

determined to keep – whatever the cost. Told through his eyes, Argos recounts the story of his

life – his pain, his joy, his triumphs and failures; his endurance in the face of hardships almost too great to believe.

Above all else, Argos strives to do what is right – and to remain loyal to his King when all others have given up hope. To live long enough to see his beloved master one more time.

This epic myth of love and loyalty proves that a dog really is man’s best friend.

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Release Date: May 10, 2016
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Phillip W. Simpson has written over 50 children’s books for both middle grade and young adult readers. He has a background in Ancient History and Archaeology, and has partially completed his doctorate in Archaeology. He lives in Auckland, New Zealand, with his wife Rose, their son, Jack and their two border terriers, Whiskey and Raffles. When not writing, he works as an elementary school teacher.

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Release Day Celebration Giveaway: Traitor (Dragonrider Chronicles #3) by Nicole Conway @ANConway @chapterxchapter @month9books

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Traitor (Dragonrider Chronicles #3)
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Happy Book Birthday, Nicole!

 

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Can anyone survive being lost in Luntharda?

No amount of training has prepared Jaevid Broadfeather for the frontlines of battle. Now facing the true horrors of war, with Luntharda looming on the horizon, Jaevid has begun to question everything he thought about his heritage. The only thing keeping him going is his oath to protect his dragonrider brothers. But in an instant, even that slips through Jaevid’s fingers as he steps from the safety of his dragon’s saddle into the depths of his mother’s wild homeland—the kingdom of the gray elves.

Stranded in Luntharda with his partner, Lieutenant Jace Rordin, Jaevid must finally confront the demons of his own past as he uncovers the truth about a war that began before he was ever born. Armed with a new appreciation for destiny, and flanked by his trusted friends, Jaevid moves to make the final strike against an enemy that has hidden in plain sight for far too long.

One kingdom’s traitor will become the world’s last hope.

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Traitor (Dragonrider Chronicles #3) by Nicole Conway
Release Date: May 10, 2016
Publisher: Month9Books

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OTHER BOOKS IN THE SERIES:

 

Fledgling

 

When Jaevid Broadfeather is given the rare opportunity to become a dragonrider for the king’s army, the 15-year-old boy has no idea that he is part of a conspiracy that will rock the very foundations of the kingdom.

Jaevid Broadfeather has grown up as a wartime refugee, hiding from the world because of his mixed racial heritage. He feels his future is hopeless, until a chance encounter with a wild dragon lands him in Blybrig Academy—a place usually forbidden to anyone but the rich and royal. But Jaevid’s case is special; no dragon has voluntarily chosen a rider in decades, so the proud riders of Blybrig must begrudgingly let him join their brotherhood despite his bloodline. Lieutenant Sile Derrick, a sternly tempered man with a mysterious past, becomes his instructor and immediately takes a peculiar interest in Jaevid’s future.

While struggling through the rigorous physical demands of training, things begin to go awry. Jaevid witnesses the king’s private guards kidnapping Sile in the dead of night. When none of the elder riders are willing to help him, Jaevid begins a dangerous adventure to save his instructor.

Everything Jaevid learned at the academy will now be put to the ultimate test.

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Avian

 

Jaevid wants to pass his Avian year of training . . . but will he even survive it?

What kind of power is lurking inside him? After a year of training to become a dragonrider, Jaevid Broadfeather has been sent home to rest during a three-month interlude. But when he returns to find the king drake has chosen Beckah Derrick as his new rider, Jaevid realizes something big is about to happen. Every fiber of his being is pushed to the breaking point as Jaevid battles through his avian year, preparing for the final graduation test of the battle scenario. But there is more standing in his way than a few pushups and fancy sword moves. Jaevid must face a new fear as he is tormented by a gruesome nightmare of a mysterious gray elf warrior murdering the royal family of Maldobar. It seems obvious to him that this is some kind of message about how the war started long ago—until Felix assures him the king is very much alive. With his strange powers growing stronger by the day, and that violent dream replaying in his mind every night, Jaevid no longer wonders if he will pass his avian year or not—he wonders if he will even survive it.

The truth will soon be set loose.

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Nicole is the author of the children’s fantasy series, THE DRAGONRIDER CHRONICLES, about a young boy’s journey into manhood as he trains to become a dragonrider. She has completed the first two books in the series, and is now working on the third and final book.

Originally from a small town in North Alabama, Nicole moves frequently due to her husband’s career as a pilot for the United States Air Force. She received a B.A. in English with a concentration in Classics from Auburn University, and will soon attend graduate school.

She has previously worked as a freelance and graphic artist for promotional companies, but has now embraced writing as a full-time occupation.

Nicole enjoys hiking, camping, shopping, cooking, and spending time with her family and friends. She also loves watching children’s movies and collecting books. She lives at home with her husband, two cats, and dog.

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Eep! THE PALADINS (ARTISANS 2) is out! @Month9Books @chapterxchapter http://www.amazon.com/dp/B01CC3C3PM #YAlit

Hey! It’s a great day in the neighborhood because, well, because it is, but also because it’s my book birthday!

I’ve been saying all day that if Alice in Wonderland had a book baby with Labyrinth, and that baby grew up to marry The Walking Dead, you would get something like …

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The Paladins (The Artisans #2) by Julie Reece
Publication Date: May 3, 2016
Publisher: Month9Books

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– See more at: http://www.theyaclub.com/?p=2888#sthash.Yd3c60JY.wyAkUuex.dpuf

 

Blurb:

The Artisan curse is broken. Souls trapped in a mysterious otherworld called The Void are finally released. Now, Raven Weathersby, Gideon Maddox, and Cole Wynter can finally move on with their lives…or so they thought. If the ancient magic is truly dead, then why are mystical fires plaguing Gideon at every turn? What accounts for Raven’s frightening visions of her dead mother? And who is the beautiful, tortured girl haunting Cole’s dreams?

Last year, a group of lonely teens sacrificed secrets, battled the supernatural, and faced their own demons to set one another free. Yet six months later, the heart of evil still beats within The Void. And the trio is forced to face the horrific truth: that their only way out is to go back in.

The Paladins completes this eerie YA Southern Gothic where loyalties are tested, love is challenged, and evil seeks them on the ultimate battlegrounds—in their minds, their souls, and their hearts.

 

THE ARTISANS was born last May. You can catch up on this story for only .99 cents and the jump into THE PALADINS!!! 

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Here’s the link … http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00UQYA06E

 

Here are  things some really nice people said about the first book … 

“This novel makes the most of gothic elements to create a compulsive read for avid fans of gothic romance.” –School Library Journal

“The Artisans has all the elements I love — spooky intrigue, strong friendships, and a romantic tension to be savored.” –Wendy Higgins, author, Sweet Evil

“THE ARTISANS is a quick and enjoyable read for fans of Marissa Meyer, with an unpretentious narrator and quirky characters.” –Teenreads

“The Artisans was a unique modern day retelling of Beauty and the Beast filled with mystery, romance and wonderful characters.” –Bridget, blogger, Dark Faerie Tales

 

And if you plan to be in Chicago around May 14th, I’d love it if you’d come over and say hello!

BEAJulie

Hope you enjoy the stories. Thanks so much for stopping by … XOXO

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