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In the mood for a romantic southern gothic ghost story? The Artisans is on sale for .99! @Month9Books

Whaa-hoo!

For a short time only, THE ARTISANS is on sale for .99

  Indigo   Amazon   Kobo   Google Play   BN

 

Blurb: 

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?

 

Are you a Beauty or a Beast?

Take my quiz and find out!

 

What people are saying about

THE ARTISANS … 

“THE ARTISANS is a quick and enjoyable read for fans of Marissa Meyer, with an unpretentious narrator and quirky characters.” Teenreads
  “A modern day Beauty and the Beast retelling with the perfect blend of romance, mystery, and suspense this is sure to be a great hit with all young adult paranormal fans.”  ~ Dark Faerie Tales

Goodreads

“I didn’t want this story to end. I was enjoying living in this world so much!” ~ Michelle, Bookaholic Banter

“An electrifying retelling of Beauty and Beast with a hauntingly good twist.” ~Mundie Moms

“This book is one of the most amazing books I think I’ve ever read!” ~ Jackie, No Bent Spines

 

Want to get an even better feel for the story?

Check out my Pinterest inspiration board for the book.

 

Thanks so much for stopping by, and I hope you enjoy my quirky, gothic romance novel!

Julie


Lean and Mean, we’re TEAM GREEN! Fall 2017 YA Scavenger Hunt is on, people.

** The Fall 2017 YA Scavenger Hunt is over. **

Thank you so much for hanging out with us.

Winner announced soon!

Hey! I am Julie Reece (the one with the “hair”)

I’m your hostess for this leg of the hunt.

About Me

I love vintage muscle cars.

My favorite month is Summer.

I’ll arm wrestle you for the last piece of dark chocolate.

I adore my cat Hemingway.

 

 

Congrats, you are currently hunting on

Looking for my exclusive bonus content? You’ll have to keep searching …

Somewhere on this blog, I’ve hidden three things; bonus content from the author that I’m hosting, the secret number you’ll need for the scavenger hunt highlighted in green, and a personal prize contest—in addition to the main scavenger hunt prizes. Before you go looking for them, check out the amazing author I’m hosting.

But, first, a few rules.

SCAVENGER HUNT PUZZLE RULES

DIRECTIONS: Somewhere below, you’ll notice that I’ve listed my favorite number. Collect the favorite numbers of all the authors on TEAM GREEN, and then add them up (don’t worry, you can use a calculator!)

REMEMBER: THE SECRET NUMBER IS HIGHLIGHTED IN GREEN!

ENTRY FORM: Once you’ve added up all the numbers, make sure you fill out the form here to officially qualify for the grand prize. Only entries that have the correct number will qualify.

RULES: The  YA Scavenger Hunt goes live on Tuesday, Oct 3rd at 12 pm Pacific Time. Open internationally, anyone below the age of 18 should have a parent or guardian’s permission to enter. To be eligible for the grand prize, you must submit the completed entry form by October, 8th at noon Pacific time. Entries sent without the correct number or without contact information will not be considered. 

On this hunt, you not only get access to exclusive content from each participating YA author, you also get a secret number. Add up the numbers, and enter it for a chance to win a major prize–one lucky winner will receive at least one book from each author on my team in the hunt! But play fast. This contest (and all the exclusive bonus material) will only be online until October, 8th at noon Pacific time.

There are seven contests going on simultaneously as well as a bonus contest and you can enter one or all!

I am a part of the GREEN TEAM but there is also a RED, BLUE, ORANGE, GOLD, PINK, & PURPLE team — each with 20 authors! Check out each team for a chance to win different prizes!

If you’d like to find out more about the hunt, see links to all the authors participating, and see the full list of prizes up for grabs, go to the YA Scavenger Hunt page.

Now that all the technical stuff is out of the way, I’ll introduce the author I am hosting on this hunt.

I am super excited to be hosting the awesome and amazing

 HEATHER DAVIS!

About the Author :

Heather Davis is the author of The Clearing, a RITA Award finalist for Best Young Adult Romance. A CURSE SO DARK is the first book in her new Pioneer Falls series. Her other books include Never Cry Werewolf and its two novella sequels, Sometimes by Moonlight and Always in Shadow, as well as Wherever You Go. She lives and writes in the Pacific Northwest, where she is obsessed with coffee, books, indie bands, and perfect chocolate chip cookies.

It’s Julie, your hostess again: I counted all the chocolate chips in just one of Heather’s delicious cookies, and, if I’m right, there are 22!

That’s riiiight …

 

 You can find out even more about HEATHER here …  

Twitter    Facebook   Goodreads   Website 

 

 

HEATHER  is showcasing her book:

Cool right? And in case you’re as curious about the story as I am, you’re in luck!

ABOUT THE BOOK 

“A blood curse. Deadly secrets. A dark stranger.

When her deputy sheriff father goes missing, Lily Turner learns the quaint logging town of Pioneer Falls harbors terrible secrets—an unspeakable past connected to her family and a blood curse her father has hidden from his three daughters.

When Morgan McAllister arrives in town, Lily can’t deny their mutual attraction. But falling for Morgan may derail Lily’s efforts to find her father and to save her younger sisters from the family fate.

Searching for answers deep in the shadowy forests that surround the town, Lily will risk everything to uncover the truth. As hunters are exposed and rivals for the territory circle the Turner sisters, no one in Pioneer Falls is safe– especially with the full moon rising.

From the author of Never Cry Werewolf comes this suspenseful new series full of dark secrets and heartfelt romance.”

 Add A Curse So Dark (Pioneer Falls Book 1) to your TBR list on Goodreads here!

 

TOP SECRET BONUS MATERIAL STRAIGHT AHEAD!

An exclusive Sneak Preview from Heather—just for you!!!

Opening Scene of A CURSE SO DARK 

No secret can stay hidden forever. The best ones—crushes, surprise parties, special gifts—are revealed and everyone smiles or laughs. But then, there’s the other kind. Dark truths that break apart families, destroy reputations, ruin lives. Nothing can prepare you for the reveal of a reality-imploding secret like that. Trust me.

It’s pretty hard to keep any secret in a small town like mine. And when I say small, I mean one-stoplight-everyone-knows-your-business small. Pioneer Falls is barely a map dot in the foothills of the Cascade Mountains in Washington state. It’s pretty and green—so green—surrounded by endless trees and cut by a river, which long ago, starving settlers miraculously found full of fish. Couples love to take engagement and wedding pictures in front of the falls, and tourists come from miles around just to watch the leaves turn colors. Basically, our town is the fantasy of every suburbanite who longs for a simple life. A safe community where people move to raise kids and earn an honest living, a place where you know every neighbor.

But the folks in town don’t know the truth about my family, and I hope they never find out. We’re hiding a terrible secret, a mark that will never fade, a gnawed branch on our family tree.

And I didn’t learn the truth myself until my father went missing.

That night I was working my usual Monday shift at the coffee shop––the only one for twenty miles. Business at Pioneer Perk always slowed to a trickle after seven, but Maggie, the owner, insisted on staying open a few more hours for the folks heading to work graveyard over at the lumber mill. I gladly filled travel mugs and sold the scratch-baked muffins and scones, but the tip jar never counted out to more than a few limp dollars and a handful of coins. After pocketing that night’s skimpy proceeds, I adjusted my College Fund sign, wondering if I needed to put a few more glittery stickers on it to attract more contributions. At this rate, I wouldn’t be able to afford community college tuition, let alone the cost of the university next year.

Just before nine, the last customers finally cleared out. I closed the copy of Wuthering Heights I’d been reading behind the counter and locked the front door. Out on Main Street, antique lampposts illuminated the emptiness. The rain had stopped an hour earlier, but the pavement glistened, reflecting the sliver of moonlight. A raven perched on a telephone wire swaying in the night breeze, not seeming to care it should be nested in for the night. A few lonely leaves skittered down the sidewalk, runaways from the maple saplings that’d been planted recently in the square. I definitely wouldn’t miss this kind of excitement when I left town for good.

After straightening the couches near the front, I wiped down the tables, and then closed out the till. My last task was gathering up the garbage, compost, and recycling to take out back. Though we were two hours from Seattle, Maggie insisted the shop observe the city’s progressive sustainability standards. Pioneer Falls may have been founded by loggers and miners using the natural resources of the area, but there was a surprising number of conservationists like Maggie around. I emptied the first container of recyclables into the bin, hearing the satisfying clunk of glass hitting glass.

That’s when I saw them.

Four wolves edging the woods near the parking lot.

They’d heard me, because they stood motionless, staring in my direction. A chill slithered down my neck as I realized they were standing over something. Another creature, down on the ground. The wolf closest to me lifted its nose in my direction. Viscous dark liquid dripped from its graying muzzle, illuminated by the light of the quarter moon.

My heart hammered. I hoped they were some of the hybrids bred by the eccentric man Ivan, who lived across the river. Locals saw the half-wolf, half-dogs occasionally sniffing around livestock pens when they escaped his kennels. But these canines seemed larger, as though they might actually be more wolf than dog. They reminded me of the violent creatures from my nightmares, predators that chased me unrelentingly. Dreams that I’d been having since I was little.

Countering my lengthy stare, the animal flashed its teeth and issued a low growl. Horrified, I stepped backward, right into someone standing behind me. I was almost too startled to scream.

“Easy now,” a familiar voice said.

I whirled around and found myself face-to-face with my boyfriend, Kyle. “You jerk! What are you doing?”

“Protecting you from mutts who might want to eat your muffins,” he said, grinning. “I hear they’re delicious.”

“Very funny.” I punched him on the arm, and then tossed the biodegradable bag into the compost bin. “Lucky for you I don’t scare easily.”

“That’s one of your best qualities, Lily. Among other things.” He slid his hands around my waist and kissed my neck. I winced. I hadn’t seen him since Friday night after the football game, and we’d left things in a weird place.

“What?” Kyle asked, lifting his head.

“You didn’t answer my texts again today. Were you even at school?”

“Sorry,” he whispered in my ear as he turned me around. “I was distracted. Coach kept me after gym, so I missed lunch.”

“Okay.” I managed a half-smile. A football player like Kyle Robbins wasn’t my typical pick, but working together as biology lab partners last year I’d found there was more to the guy than his athletic body and his deep brown eyes. He knew the names of everyone at Pioneer Falls High, from the freshmen to the custodian, and his happy-go-lucky attitude was contagious. He made me feel anything was possible.

“Are you finished with your shift yet?” he asked.

“Almost.”

“I can’t wait until we’re done with this place,” he said, kissing me lightly.

“It’s not that bad.”

“What? Making cappuccinos or this town?”

I smiled. “Well, the coffee’s fine.” I glanced back toward the fence. The wolves had taken off, but their prey, whatever it was, was still on the ground.

“Whoa! What is that?” Kyle asked, tracking my gaze.

We walked over to what I realized was a downed buck. His head lolled to one side, velvet-covered antlers touching the earth. Blood spatters shimmered on the dirt near him.

“He’s probably in shock. Don’t get too close.”

I ignored Kyle’s warning and inched closer to examine the damage anyway. The deer’s upper chest bled from a massive wound, and there was a wide gash near his neck. The buck snorted, try to rouse itself from the ground.

“No, no, no…” I knelt alongside the animal. Dangerous or not, I put a hand on its quivering shoulder. “It’s okay.”

“What are you doing? Don’t touch it.”

My breathing slowed. The deer’s eyes were filled with so much fear. My heart ached for the beast dying in front of me.

“C’mon, leave it,” Kyle said behind me. “There’s nothing you can do.”

“I just… I want to stay with him for his last moments.”

“That shouldn’t be long,” Kyle said under his breath.

“Seriously?”

The deer made a huffing sound. Blood gurgled in the gash near his throat, and little clouds of steam drifted up from his mouth. I moved back a little, my stomach churning.

“It’s in shock. I told you,” Kyle said.

“Those disgusting wolves got you,” I whispered. “You didn’t deserve this cruelty.” The buck’s dark eyes reflected the slice of moon overhead. This was the way the creature’s life would end. A savage attack. A mortal wound.

I felt my eyes start to water. Trembling, I reached for the stone pendant around my neck, a gift from Dad a couple years ago on my sixteenth birthday. I turned the cool white disk over and over in my fingers, as I often did. The smooth surface of the stone never failed to calm my nerves.

“Maybe we should call this in,” Kyle said, trying to get my attention with a wave. “I’ll try the non-emergency number at the station.”

I nodded, and then focused again on the buck’s pleading dark eyes. “I’m sorry you had such a painful death.” Shivering now, I looked toward the edge of the pavement to where it met the treeline, wondering if there were other deer out there.

As if in answer, a dark flash of something moved in the bushes. I held my breath. There was a definite rustling. The dying buck heard it, too. It stirred, struggling to pull itself up, but then collapsed again.

“No, no. It’s okay.” I stepped back. “Don’t run.”

“Look out!” Kyle called, putting his hand over his phone for a second.

In a burst of desperate movement, the deer wobbled to his feet and staggered into the woods. My eyes filled with tears as the brush rippled and the buck vanished. Something was shaking the brush, advancing toward the break where the deer had disappeared. Multiple things.

A howl rose from the woods. And then another. My skin rippled with goose bumps. The wolves were circling for the kill.

***

(C) Heather Davis 2017 –– excerpted from A CURSE SO DARK with permission from the author.

 

Awesome, right?

If you want to know more about this book, here’s how you can get your hands on it!

 

Guys, don’t forget to enter the contest for a chance to win a ton of signed books by me and many more! Just check out all these unforgettable books on the GREEN TEAM!

 

To enter, you need to write down my favorite number (hidden in the post above in green), find all the other numbers on TEAM GREEN, add them up, and you’ll have the secret code to enter for the grand prize!

Good luck everyone, and thank you so much for visiting my website.

Before you go, don’t forget to enter my personal bonus contest  …

Exclusively during the YA Scavenger Hunt, one lucky winner will receive both the first and second paperback book in my YA Southern Gothic, fairy tale retelling—THE ARTISANS series. AND a signed paperback of my contemporary romance, ONE SUMMER WITH AUTUMN. All 3 books!

Just leave a comment below with a way to contact you in case you win …

winners posted by Monday, Oct 9th on YASH website!

Click on any cover for more information on my books!

 

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

“THE ARTISANS has all the elements I love — spooky intrigue, strong friendships, and a romantic tension to be savored.”  —Wendy Higgins, NYT bestselling author of the Sweet Evil series.
 
 “I didn’t want to put ONE SUMMER WITH AUTUMN down once I started reading.  The ending ripped my heart in two before it mended it back together.” —  Moriah,  A Leisure Moment

Ready to move on to the next link in the hunt?

Then head on over to visit awe inspiring author SARA FUJIMURA’s page here:

https://www.tumblr.com/blog/sarafujimura

 

 

 


Fantasy Panel: Southern YA Authors #Raleigh #FantasyWriters @ErinMFitch @quailridgebooks @Month9Books @LeighStatham @shaila_writes @rrsmythe

Hey Guys!

Fantasy is alive and well in the South. The awesome @quailridgebooks   will host a panel of regional fantasy authors, writing for children and YA audiences. Join us on Saturday, July 15, at 6:30 pm for a look at recent or upcoming releases and to talk about what makes great fantasy. Ya’ll know Southern Gothic is my favorite!

Aspiring writers, bring us your questions!

 

North Hills 4209-100 Lassiter Mill Road RaleighNC 27609

Featuring speakers:

You can find more info about the authors on the Quail Ridge Books website here:

**** Pssst ….  if you’re headed for Raleigh SuperCon that weekend, our booth is No 533.

Can’t wait to see you there!


Heck yes I want to win the All-new Fire HD 8 Tablet and $50 Amazon AND 24 eBooks! #YA

We love our readers!

 

And because we do, Waiting on Books (a group of very cool authors) is offering a fabulous rafflecopter contest

where you can win a “hot as fire” prize bundle!

 

JUNE 15TH-JULY 1
WAITING ON BOOKS ~ NEW KINDLE FIRE GIVEAWAY
PLUS A $50.00 AMAZON GIFT CARD! (Sorry US only)

Enter here: 

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Good luck everybody!! 

 

Participating Authors:

Vicki L. Weavil
Pintip Dunn

Julie Reece
Suzanne van Rooyen
Pat Esden
Jessica Gunn

Cameron Grey
Amy McNulty
Shaila Patel
Erin Beaty
S. A. Larsen
Jennifer Welker

Lucy D. Briand
Erin M Fitch
Katie Hanna
Sarah Ahiers
Dorothy Dreyer

Books:

BREAKING CHARACTER and SAY NO TO THE BRO by Gena/Finn
CROWN OF ICE & SCEPTER OF FIRE by Vicki L. Weavil
FORGET TOMORROW by Pintip Dunn
OBSCURA BURNING
REACH FOR YOU
Atlas Link Series (Gyre, Driftwood, Landlocked), and Hunter Circles (Hunter and Hunted)
Ballad of the Beanstalk, Fall Far from the Tree and Nobody’s Goddess by Amy McNulty

THE TRAITOR’S KISS by Erin Beaty
MOTLEY EDUCATION (a MG fantasy-adventure) by S.A. Larsen
THE WISHING HEART by Jennifer Welker
ONE SUMMER WITH AUTUMN by Julie Reece
MAGNETIC SHIFT (Paperback )

SOULMATED by Shaila Patel
OF THE TREES by E.M. Fitch
CHAMELEON (The Domino Project #1) by K.T. Hanna
THIEF’S CUNNING  by Sarah Ahiers
ENTANGLED SOULS by Dorothy Dreyer

 

 

 

 


CLANLESS (NAMELESS #2) BY JENNIFER JENKINS BLOG TOUR Review and Giveaway @chapterxchapter @authorjenkins @Month9Books

 

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Link to Tour Schedule:

http://www.chapter-by-chapter.com/blog-tour-schedule-clanless-nameless-2-by-jennifer-jenkins/       

 

Clanless (Nameless, #2)

 

Clanless (Nameless #2) by Jennifer Jenkins

Publication Date: October 4, 2016

Publisher: Month9Books

 

Blurb:

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.

Link to Goodreads:

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/28247422-clanless

Purchase Links:

Google Play | BAM | Chapters | Indies | Amazon | B&N | Kobo | TBD | iBooks

MY REVIEW

Hey everybody,

I had the distinct honor of reading an early draft of CLANLESS. I loved its predecessor NAMELESS and happily jumped at the chance to read the second book. In some cases, a sequel can be a let down, but not this time. I had complete confidence that Jennifer Jenkins could write a book equal to her first, and (yay!) my trust was not misplaced. CLANLESS is very simply put—awesome. Book two picks up right where book one left off—and thank goodness—because when we last heard from Gryphon, he was running for his life and convinced that Zo (the girl he cares for) was killed. The truth is, though Zo isn’t dead, she’s far from okay, or safe, or anything that’s remotely good. I kept turning pages wondering what was going to happen next … and to who … and when? I got all the plot twists, betrayal, surprises and drama in this action-packed fantasy that I hoped for. In fact, I may or may not have screamed at my computer waiting for answers the author cruelly kept from me, and/or shouted at the words typed on my screen that a certain character would get a clue! Ahhh! The anticipation was torture. And I kind of liked that.

What can I say? I’m a reading masochist. Ha ha!

If you haven’t read NAMELESS yet, I highly recommend that you read it first. So yes, do that. Then read CLANLESS (as if anyone could stop you) and come back here and give me bookish-thank you hugs for the story recommendation. Because? Trust me. You’re going to love this series. The books are flipping fantastic. 🙂

XO

Julie

Me and my cat rate this story 5 awesome paws

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Giveaway Information:  Contest ends October 21, 2016

  • One (1) winner will receive a scrabble tile book cover charm (US ONLY)
  • Five (5) winners will receive a digital copy of Nameless and Clanless by Jennifer Jenkins (INT)

Enter here:

http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/c08c9e8e593/?

Good Luck!

OTHER BOOKS IN THE SERIES:

Nameless (Nameless, #1)

Blurb:

Four clans have been at war for centuries: the Kodiak, the Raven, the Wolf and the Ram. Through brutal war tactics, the Ram have dominated the region, inflicting death and destruction on their neighbors.

 

Seventeen-year-old Zo is a Wolf and a Healer who volunteers to infiltrate the Ram as a spy on behalf of the allied clans. She offers herself as a Ram slave, joining the people who are called the “nameless.” Hers is a suicide mission – Zo’s despair after losing her parents in a Ram raid has left her seeking both revenge and an end to her own misery. But after her younger sister follows her into Rams Gate, Zo must find a way to survive her dangerous mission and keep her sister safe.

 

What she doesn’t expect to find is the friendship of a young Ram whose life she saves, the confusing feelings she develops for a Ram soldier, and an underground nameless insurrection. Zo learns that revenge, loyalty and love are more complicated than she ever imagined in the first installment of this two-book series.

 

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/21843172-nameless

Amazon | B&N | BAM | Chapters | Indiebound | Kobo | TBD | Google Play | iBooks

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:  Website | Twitter | Facebook | Goodreads | Pinterest |Instagram

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Blog Tours

 


Cover reveal 4 MOTLEY EDUCATION by @SA_Larsen! #MGlit corpse-raising adventure, spirited friendships, & a skull-full of humor! @Leapbks

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Yay!

And here is her awesome cover!!! 

Title: Motley Education (Book One: The URD Saga)
Author: S.A. Larsen
Release Date: October 10, 2016
 Blurb:
Forget having a lively after school social life, Ebony Charmed is fighting
to keep the entire Afterlife alive.
Ebony’s less-than-average spirit tracking abilities are ruining more than sixth grade
at Motley Junior High: School for the Psychically & Celestially gifted. Her parents
argue so much her dad moved out. And, even though he’s scared of his own shadow
and insists on bringing his slimy, legless lizard everywhere they go, Ebony
wouldn’t survive without her best friend, Fleishman.
When Ebony’s Deadly Creatures & Relics’ project goes missing, she
learns her missing project is one of the keys to saving the spirit world. Now
Ebony and Fleishman must battle beasts from Norse Mythology to retrieve her
project before spirits are lost, the Well of Urd dries up, and Ebony loses all
hope of reuniting her family. But someone lies in wait, and he has other
plans…including creating a new world of spirits without them in it.
Motley Education has been aligned with Core Standards for grades 4-7.
A guide will be available on the author’s website to download for FREE after the book’s release date.
About S.A. Larsen
S.A. LARSEN is the author of Motley Education, the first book in a middle grade fantasy-adventure series.
Her work has appeared in numerous local publications and young adult anthologies Gears
of Brass
and Under A Brass Moon by Curiosity Quills Press.
Look for her debut young adult novel, Marked Beauty, set for release in 2017.
Find her in the land of lobsters, snowy winters, and the occasional Eh’ya with her husband of over twenty years,
four children, a playful pooch, and two kittens.
You can visit her online at www.salarsenbooks.com.
Follow her on Facebook | Twitter | Instagram and connect with her
on her Website & Blog.
 Giveaway !
Five lucky winners will each receive a signed bookmark and assorted swag!
Contest runs from 09/15/16 to 09/23/16.
Winners will be chosen my random.com.

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Guest Post and Giveaway: YA author CAROLINE T. PATTI @chapterxchapter @carepatti @Month9Books

INTO THE LIGHT BY CAROLINE T. PATTI BLOG TOUR

IntoTheLightTour

Link to Tour Schedule:

http://www.chapter-by-chapter.com/blog-tour-schedule-into-the-light-into-the-dark-2-by-caroline-t-patti/

 

So excited to welcome Caroline Patti to the blog today! Have you seen the awesome cover of the next book in her Into the Dark series? 

Well, here you go … 

 

Into the Light Cover

Into the Light (Into the Dark #2)

by Caroline T. Patti

Publication Date:  August 23, 2016

Publisher:  Month9Books

 

Blurb:

Mercy’s family is back together and the threat of danger appears to have passed. But any relief she feels is short lived as she is ripped from her body and thrown in jail. Gage and Nathaniel’s plans to break Mercy out won’t exactly be easy. Stuffed full of a chemical binding agent, Mercy is trapped inside the body of a convict without the ability to breach and set herself free. Unfortunately for Mercy, being trapped in jail becomes the least of her problems when she meets her evil twin, Justice.

Sounds so good, right?

Goodreads:

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/28537177-into-the-light 

Purchase Links:

BAM | Chapters | Amazon | B&N | TBD

 

Now we’ll open it up to Caroline and find out more about what makes this author so great!

Our Question:

Can you talk about the influences that have inspired your writing throughout your life? We’re curious to know what books/authors were favorites as a child, what you read in middle and high school that may have changed the way you think, and your main inspirations as an adult.

 

Caroline’s answer: 

Books were one of the things my parents always said yes to, so I gobbled them up as much as I could. I also grew up around the block from one of the biggest libraries in the Bay Area, the Santa Clara Public Library, and I went there all the time. As a kid I wasn’t really discerning between good and bad books. I just liked books. Period. When we went on camping trips we would stop at a general store and I would get strawberry soda and a paperback. That was my treat.

Lois Duncan quickly stood out as one of my favorite authors, and I didn’t even realize until I started doing these blog posts that Into the Light and Stranger With My Face are actually kind of similar. It wasn’t intentional at all, but influences seep in when we’re not paying attention. Of that I’m sure.

My tween years, though we never would’ve called them that in 1986, were full of Sweet Valley High. I don’t know many readers from my generation who didn’t love Jessica and Elizabeth. I think I was in sixth grade when an older cousin of mine caught me reading at the dinner table and later she mailed me a letter, writing to me that books were a lot like food, some are more enriching than others, and that I shouldn’t spoil my appetite with nothing but dessert. She must not have thought very much of SVH, but she had a point also. It was right about that time that I read Little Women for the first time, meeting my soul mate, Josephine March. I can’t think of any of literary character who spoke to me as much as Jo. So I said farewell to Jessica and Elizabeth.

After Jo, I met Anne Shirley and wow, did we have a lot in common. Spunky, mouthy, fearless, I loved everything about Anne Shirley. I even envied her red hair. I wanted a Gilbert Blythe to call me carrot top. I did a stint as a redhead in college, but it never took. Now, my hair is pink. It’s all about compromise, I guess.

In high school I didn’t read novels as much as I wrote poetry, so I transferred my love to Emily Dickenson. I didn’t understand her need to be a recluse, which is maybe why she fascinated me. I can recite my favorite poem of hers to this day. Words really stick. Poetry ended up being my first foray into publication. Published at nineteen? I’ll take it!

In my twenties I lost my teenage angst, got married and had kids, so poetry fell to the waste side. Books became my escape from everything and everyone and mysteries were my book of choice. Sandra Brown is my absolute favorite and when she tweeted to me I fangirled like an idiot. What I love about Sandra Brown is that there’s always a steamy scene, and there’s always an audible gasp because I did not see something coming. I think I’ve definitely adapted that technique in my own writing. That is not to say I am as good as Sandra because I am not. The Witness is my favorite book of hers.

When I finally decided that writing was all I wanted to do, I started reading everything in sight. Amazon Prime might be the greatest thing that’s ever happened to me. I live thirty minutes from the nearest bookstore and traffic stinks, so books right to my door in two days? Yes, please.

The only other job I ever wanted besides writer was teacher, and I can still remember the moment the light bulb went off that writing for young people is what I’m best suited for. Since then, I’ve never looked back.

 

Thanks so much, Caroline! Love Lois Duncan and let’s just say Amazon Prime is a friend, ha ha. 

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Readers, don’t forget to enter the contest below for a chance to win her fabulous books!

Giveaway Information:  Contest ends August 12, 2016

  • One (1) winner will receive a scrabble tile book cover charm (US ONLY)
  • Five (5) winners will receive a digital copy of Into the Dark and Into the Light by Caroline T. Patti (INT)

Enter here:

http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/c08c9e8e574/?

http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/share-code/YzA4YzllOGVhNjNmZDBjNGRjZjNjYzUwYzFhNDY1OjU3NA==/?

 

Yay! Good luck!

Want more? 

OTHER BOOKS IN THE SERIES

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A girl’s sweet sixteen party is supposed to be among the most memorable events of her life. But on the night of hers, Mercy Clare wakes in the waiting room of a hospital with no memory of how she got there. To make matters worse, she’s wearing something she’d never be caught dead in: her best friend Lyla’s clothes.

Mercy’s nightmare is just beginning. The doctor arrives to tell her that it’s she who lies in the hospital bed waiting to die. A trip to the bathroom confirms Mercy’s fears, as Lyla’s face stares back at her and Lyla’s curvy figure pokes through her tight clothes.

But finding out what’s really going on won’t be easy. Because if Mercy wants her body back, it might just cost her Lyla’s life.

 

Goodreads:

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23213803-into-the-dark

AMAZON | KOBO | B&N | CHAPTERS | iBOOKS | BAM | TBD

 

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Want to read THE ARTISANS before the sequel releases? Many @Month9Books titles on sale for just .99!

Hiya! I have some exciting news.

There’s an awesome sale going on right now for many Month9Books titles so if you want to stock up on some awesome stories this spring at a great price, check this out …

You can catch up up on my first novel THE ARTISANS for a mere 99 pennies. ♥

Just in time for the next book due out May 3rd!

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Spring 2016 #YASH is a go! Woot for hunting on Team GOLD!

The Spring 2016 YA Scavenger Hunt is Over!

Thanks to everyone who participated, both authors and hunters!

Winners will be announced on April 5th.

The next hunt comes this Fall.

 

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 Open from March 29th at noon pacific time to April 3rd at noon pacific time.
Hi! *waves* I’m Julie Reece, your host for this part of the hunt!
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This bi-annual event was first organized by wonderfully cool author Colleen Houck as a way to give readers a chance to gain access to exclusive bonus material from their favorite authors … and a chance to win some awesome prizes!
At this hunt, you not only get access to exclusive content from each author, you also get a clue for the hunt. Add up the clues, and you can enter for our prize–one lucky winner will receive one signed book from each author on the hunt in my team!
 Play fast people — this contest (and all the exclusive bonus material) will only be online for 72 hours!
You’re currently hunting on … 

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Go to the YA Scavenger Hunt page to find out all about the hunt. There are  contests going on simultaneously, and you can enter one or all! I am a part of the GOLD TEAM which is well, golden. But there’s also a rainbow of other color teams (9 total!) for a chance to win a whole different set of signed books! How awesome is that?

If you’d like to find out more about the hunt, see links to all the authors participating, and see the full list of prizes up for grabs, go to the YA Scavenger Hunt page.

SCAVENGER HUNT PUZZLE
 
Directions: Below, you’ll notice that I’ve listed my favorite number. Collect the favorite numbers of all the authors on the GOLD TEAM and then add them up (don’t worry, you can use a calculator!).
 
Entry Form: Once you’ve added up all the numbers, make sure you fill out the form here to officially qualify for the grand prize. Only entries that have the correct number will qualify.
Rules: Open internationally, anyone below the age of 18 should have a parent or guardian’s permission to enter. To be eligible for the grand prize, you must submit the completed entry form by April 3rd, 2016 at noon Pacific Time. You must enter to win before then. Good luck and happy hunting! Entries sent without the correct number or without contact information will not be considered.
I’m super excited to be hosting the lovely Sarvenaz Tash
 on my website for the YA Scavenger Hunt!
 
 Bio:
Sarvenaz Tash was born in Tehran, Iran and grew up on Long Island, NY. She received her BFA in Film and Television from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. This means she got to spend most of college running around and making movies (it was a lot of fun). She has dabbled in all sorts of writing including screenwriting, copywriting, and professional tweeting. Sarvenaz currently lives in Brooklyn, NY, and I’ve heard she can watch 22 movies in a row, but of course, it’s just a rumor.
Find out more information by checking out the author website http://www.sarvenaztash.com/
or find more about the author’s book here!
And now on to the the EXCLUSIVE CONTENT … (yay!)
 

Behind the Cover of The Geek’s Guide to Unrequited Love

It’s always equal parts thrilling and scary to see the cover of your book for the first time. On the one hand, you get to see the professionally produced artwork that’s going to signify your story on bookshelves and e-readers and websites, etc. On the other, you’re relying on someone else’s interpretation of that story.

Spoiler alert: with the cover of The Geek’s Guide to Unrequited Love, I needn’t have worried.  My editor told me in advance that art director Lucy Ruth Cummins would be designing the cover. I knew Lucy’s work, you see (she’s designed the covers of To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, Since You’ve Been Gone, and The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer to name just a few) and I was already a huge fan. Then my editor asked me if I had any ideas for the cover myself. I gave her a couple (among them: a peek at main character Graham’s nerdy bookshelves and a stylized comic book idea), but a few weeks later, she came back with a preliminary sketch from Lucy. It looked like this:

Sketch

Obviously, it’s a very rough sketch, but again, I just assumed it would look amazing because: Lucy.

 

Then a little while later, they sent me the portfolios of a few of the models they were considering for the cover. Lucy and I both agreed: wonderful, redheaded Tim Sundholm was the one.

 

Tim

And then a few weeks after that, Lucy, Tim, and photographer Dolly Faibyshev went to the Javits Center (where the book takes place!) and a shoot took place.

Lucy has been kind enough to share some of these behind-scenes-photos that she took.

 

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Apparently the Mylar balloons are from Duane Reade.

 

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I think by the end of the shoot, Tim had possibly eaten an entire box of chocolates (clearly he suffers for his art. J)

 

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An alternate idea with Graham plucking daisy petals.

 

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From l-r: Hair and make-up artist Agata Smentek, photographer Dolly Faibyshev, and model Tim Sundholm. (Yes, it’s SUPER cool that there was a make-up artist working to get someone to look like my main character!)

 

And a few weeks later, I got this in my inbox:

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And I just about died. Because it’s perfect. I know you guys don’t know Graham yet but this photo…this is Graham. And the font. And the colors. AND THERE’S FOIL.

In short, I don’t care if my love for this cover is unrequited or not. To me, it is perfect.


 Blurb:

Graham met his best friend, Roxana, when he moved into her neighborhood eight years ago, and she asked him which Hogwarts house he’d be sorted into. Graham has been in love with her ever since.

But now they’re sixteen, still neighbors, still best friends. And Graham and Roxy share more than ever—moving on from their Harry Potter obsession to a serious love of comic books.

When Graham learns that the creator of their favorite comic, The Chronicles of Althena, is making a rare appearance at this year’s New York Comic Con, he knows he must score tickets. And the event inspires Graham to come up with the perfect plan to tell Roxy how he really feels about her. He’s got three days to woo his best friend at the coolest, kookiest con full of superheroes and supervillains. But no one at a comic book convention is who they appear to be…even Roxy. And Graham is starting to realize fictional love stories are way less complicated than real-life ones.

Hi! Julie here again. Wasn’t that awesome? I love to get a look at anything behind the scenes.

Don’t forget to enter the contest for a chance to win a ton of signed books by me, Julie Reece and more! To enter, you need to know that my favorite number is 22 Add up all the favorite numbers of the authors on the GOLD TEAM and you’ll have all the secret code to enter for the grand prize!

CONTINUE THE HUNT
 
To keep going on your quest for the hunt, you need to check out the next super-amazing, talented author, Amalie Howard! http://amaliehoward.com/

Spread the word!

 

Additional Giveaway!!!

 Leave your name and email address in the comments for a chance to win an ebook copy of my dulology! (sequel given away after release in May)

THE ARTISANS                              THE PALADINS

Goodreads: