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It’s the #QuietYA kickoff giveaway! You could win some truly awesome YA books!

Discover some amazing YA books you might be missing out on with the #QuietYA event!

Shared from the wonderful MadelineDyer.co.uk ‘s blog

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This week there’s an awesome event taking place across twitter and many book blogs to draw attention to those YA books that may have slipped under the average reader’s radar. This event is being run by the lovely Julie (@DailyJulianne), and it’s all about rediscovering these YA novels–and sharing your love for other YA novels too.

Around twenty authors’ books are being ‘featured’ in this event (mine included!), and there will be US-only giveaways running for three days, 13-15th July.  Thursday is the day for recommending other ‘quiet YA’ books, so look out for all those recs too.

 

The lovely T.A. Maclagan (author of THEY CALL ME ALEXANDRA GASTONE), has made these awesome images, including all our covers! Lookie …

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The books are:

This Ordinary Life – Jennifer Walkup
Every Other Word – Aimee L. Salter
They Call Me Alexandra Gastone – T. A. Maclagan
Dream Boy – Mary Crockett and Madelyn Rosenburg
My Best Everything – Sarah Tomp
The Way Back From Broken – Amber Keyser
The Bridge From Me To You – Lisa Shroeder
The Artisans – Julie Reece
Some of the Parts – Hannah Barnaby
The Secrets of Attraction – Robin Constantine
 Sweet Unrest – Lisa Maxwell
Prep School Confidential – Kara Taylor
These Gentle Wounds – Helene Dunbar
Untamed – Madeline Dyer
The Revenge Playbook – Rachael Allen
Tracked – Jenny Martin
The Secret Side of Empty – Maria E. Andreu
Between the Sea and Sky – Jaclyn Dolamore
Wish You Were Italian – Kristin Rae
Afterparty – Ann Redisch Stampler

The launch post for the QuietYA event is already up, and you can read it here, as well as enter to win seven of these books, and follow links to read four great blog posts. Remember to check back to that blog each day, as until the 15th July, there’ll be new giveaways posted each day.

So, what else can you do to join in the fun? Well, head over to twitter and checkout #quietYA for all the latest info. Read the blog posts, interviews, and enter the giveaways. On Thursday, use the #quietYA to recommend all your favourite YA reads and discover new books–and look out for the twitter giveaway too!

What are your favourite Quiet YA books? Let me know in the comments below.


M9B Two for Thursday Book Blitz – To Bear an Iron Key by Jackie Morse Kessler and Crown of Ice by Vicki Weavil Giveaway #T4T @chapterxchapter @JackieMorseKess @vickilweavil @Month9Books

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Hello and 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:

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

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

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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.

Author Links: Website | Twitter | Facebook | Goodreads

Crown of Ice

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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M9B Two for Thursday Book Blitz – Daughter of Chaos by Jen McConnel and Predator by Janice Gable Bashman with Giveaway #T4T @chapterxchapter @Month9Books

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Hello and 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:

Daughter of Chaos by Jen McConnel and
Predator by Janice Gable Bashman!

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

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Witches must choose the path they will follow, and Darlena Agara is no exception. She’s been putting it off long enough, and in her case, ignoring it has not made it go away. In a moment of frustration, Darlena chooses to follow Red Magic, figuring she had outsmarted the powers that be, since there’s no such thing as Red Magic. But alas, Darlena’s wrong (again) and she becomes a newly declared Red Witch.
Her friends are shocked and her parents horrified by the choice Darlena has made. As a Red Witch, she now governs one third of the world’s chaos. She is the walking personification of pandemonium, turmoil, and bedlam, just as the patrons of Red Magic would have it to be.
But Darlena believes there must be more to Red Magic than chaos and destruction, and she sets out on a journey to achieve balance. Only doing so puts her at odds with the dark goddess Hecate, who simply will not allow Darlena to quit. She encourages Darlena to embrace who and what she is and to leave good magic to the good witches. If only Darlena could, life would be simple, and she would not be the Daughter of Chaos.
DAUGHTER OF CHAOS is the first in a YA paranormal trilogy.

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WHAT READER’S ARE SAYING:

At the beginning, this novel is reminiscent of other popular fantasy novels like the Harry Potter series by J. K. Rowling and the Percy Jackson series by Rick Riordan, but it quickly takes on a life of its own that will appeal to science fiction, fantasy, and young adult fans alike. Darlena’s struggles mirror issues that many teens face, making her a relate-able and likable main character. This is a title with wide appeal that will fly off the shelves.” – Voya Magazine

 

“Daughter of Chaos by Jen McConnel is a refreshing twist to the YA paranormal genre!”Dianne, Tome Tender

 

“Witches and Greek gods! This seriously couldn’t get any better.” – Kelly Hashway, Author

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Jen McConnel

Jen McConnel now lives and writes in the beautiful state of North Carolina. When she isn’t crafting worlds of fiction, she teaches writing composition at a community college. Once upon a time, she was a middle school teacher, a librarian, and a bookseller, but those are stories for another time.

 

Author Links: Website | Twitter | Facebook | Goodreads

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The hunt is on! Sixteen-year-old Bree Sunderland must inject herself with an untested version of her father’s gene therapy to become a werewolf in order to stop a corrupt group of mercenaries from creating a team of unstoppable lycanthrope soldiers.

When Bree went with her scientist father to Ireland, she thought it would be a vacation to study bog bodies. She never expected to fall in love with a mysterious young Irishman and certainly never expected to become the kind of monster her father said only existed in nightmares. Dr. Sunderland discovers that lycanthropy was not a supernatural curse but rather a genetic mutation. When they return home, her dad continues his research, but the military wants to turn that research into a bio weapons program and rogue soldiers want to steal the research to turn themselves into unstoppable killing machines.

Bree’s boyfriend Liam surprises her with a visit to the United States, but there are darker surprises in store for both of them. As evil forces hunt those she loves, Bree must become an even more dangerous hunter to save them all.

Bree will become the thing she hates, to protect those she loves!

‘Predator’ gives the werewolf legend a couple of new spins by introducing the Benandanti (an actual folkloric belief that certain families of Italy and Livonia were werewolves who fought against evil), as well as a modern scientific approach to mutation and the science of transgenics.

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WHAT READER’S ARE SAYING:

 

“Predator is a fast-paced, creepy page-turner! Bashman had me at the opening sentence and she’s still got me. I want more!”Nancy Holder, New York Times Bestselling Author, The Rules


“Every twist and fascinating revelation fell into place smoothly, with an ending that will leave readers wanting more. With this kind of originality on the page, it is exciting to speculate at the surprises Bashman will unveil next.”Suspense Magazine

 

“Predator” by Janice Gable Bashman is clean-teen fiction at it’s best. It’s smart, scary and suspenseful. The main character Bree is a super positive role model for teen girls–no mater what shape she takes” Jennifer, Author

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Janice Gable Bashman

Janice Gable Bashman is the Bram Stoker nominated author of Wanted Undead or Alive and Predator. She is managing editor of the The Big Thrill (International Thriller Writers’ ezine). Janice lives with her family in the Philadelphia area, where she at work on her next novel. Visit her at janicegablebashman.com.

 

Author Links: Website | Twitter | Facebook | Goodreads

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You guys! #THEARTISANS release day is here! @Month9Books @JulieAReece #YA #southerngothic

Hi guys!

I’ve joyously said Happy Book Birthday to a lot of amazing authors, for a ton of fantastic books, for a long while now. So, it’s seems incredibly surreal that today the celebration is for a story out of my very own (albeit weird) mind.

 I’m hopeful readers will enjoy the twisting journey existing between these pages. I hope they find something satisfying as well as unexpected. Oh, and this is probably a good place to give a big shout out to all those who requested early copies and have been so kind and supportive. I am forever grateful. ♥

 

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Blog tour May 18th -31st

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What people are saying:

 

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

 

~ “High stakes and unsuspecting romance fill the pages of THE ARTISANS. Julie Reece completely blindsided me, proving the most tender love can be found where we least expect to find it.” ~ Jennifer Murgia Author of FOREST OF WHISPERS.

 

 ~ “THE ARTISANS by Julie Reece is a captivating tale of dark magic, love and redemption. The main characters of Raven and Gideon were completely absorbing and I really enjoyed the underlying tension between them. With plenty of haunting action, friendship, bravery and love, THE ARTISANS by Julie Reece had me hooked from the beginning.” ~ Linda Green reviewer for Fresh Fiction.

 

~ “Read THE ARTISANS in the middle of the night with a flashlight if you dare. The perfect blend of romance and horror with a strong female lead kept me reading through the night.” ~ L.S. Murphy, author of Pixelated

~ “Dios mío. This book is one of the most amazing books I think I’ve ever read. The Artisans has everything I’ve ever wanted in a book” ~ Jackie, No Bent Spines Reviews

 

 

Giveaway!!!

3 eBooks of THE ARTISANS International

Ends on May 22nd at Midnight EST!

Enter below:

 

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Thanks for stopping by! Mad love and bear hugs for all who are reading or have already read. XOXOX

For anyone who is considering reading, thank you!!! I hope you enjoy the story ♥

~ Julie

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M9B Two for Thursday Book Blitz – Two and Twenty Dark Tales and Very Superstitious Anthologies Giveaway #T4T @chapterxchapter @Month9Books

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Hello and 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:

Two and Twenty Dark Tales and Very Superstitious Anthologies!

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

Two and Twenty Dark Tales

In this anthology, 20 authors explore the dark and hidden meanings behind some of the most beloved Mother Goose nursery rhymes through short story retellings. The dark twists on classic tales range from exploring whether Jack truly fell or if Jill pushed him instead to why Humpty Dumpty, fragile and alone, sat atop so high of a wall. The authors include Nina Berry, Sarwat Chadda, Leigh Fallon, Gretchen McNeil, and Suzanne Young.

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WHAT READER’S ARE SAYING:

 

Great short story collection! Allegorical, interpretive, and entertaining.” – Levina, Goodreads Reviewer

 

“ EXPECT THE UNEXPECTED in this book”Kwinn, Goodreads Reviewer

 

“I truly enjoyed the stories in this anthology. Some are dark and depressing, and yet beautifully told…” – Angie, Author

 

Very Superstitious

The stories are based on urban legends, myths, tribal tales and superstitions from around the world. A charity anthology to benefit SPCA International with stories by Shannon Delany, Jackie Morse Kessler, Stephanie Kuehnert, Jennifer Knight, Marianne Mancusi, Michelle E. Reed, Dianne Salerni and Pab Sungenis.

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WHAT READER’S ARE SAYING:

“VERY SUPERSTITIOUS is a fine anthology for fantasy readers looking for something slightly creepy for Halloween reading.”Liviania, In Bed With Books


“A collection of spook-licious tales that will taunt, and in a few cases, tickle the fear bone in any reader.”S.A. Larsen, Author

A timely collection for a good cause, with some delightful surprises, full of myths and superstitions, and a vast array of stories that will make you laugh, cry and think.” – Tammy, Books Bones Buffy

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Free for YA lovers from author Stephanie Judice! @SagaoftheSetti

Hey guys!

So, I know as fellow lover of all things YA, we’re always on the hunt for something new and fun to read. GOOD NEWS! Sorry, I know I’m shouting, but Stephanie Judice is rereleasing her young adult paranormal romance series, SAGA OF THE SETTI, in preparation for finishing the series later this year.  For this WEEK ONLY, you can get the first book, RISING, for FREE. So one-click now and save it for later! Here’s the Goodreads description if you’re curious.

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RISING Blurb:Seventeen-year-old Gabriel Goddard is being plagued by terrifying nightmares about creatures that singe and burn the flesh then absorb the life energy of humans and devour the ashes. A chance meeting with Clara Dunaway immediately distracts Gabe from bad dreams. He has always had a sort of sixth sense—to feel the emotions of others around him. When Clara finally confesses that she has a similar gift to see auras around people, a spark flames between them, ignited by a paranormal force.Along with a motley band of friends, they discover they are descended from an ancient clan of Norse warriors. Together, they awaken their dormant powers, preparing for the dark giants’ imminent invasion of their home.A shadow of darkness veils the land. Will the Setti rise to fulfill their long-awaited destiny?
 

Get the goods here on Amazon, people!!

 
 

 

 

Stephanie Judice

Stephanie Judice calls lush, moss-laden Louisiana, home where the landscape curls into her imagination, creating mystical settings for her stories. She shares her small town, southern lifestyle with her husband and four children. Some of her favorite things are autumn leaves, Gothic architecture, art museums, stormy nights, and Harry Potter marathons.

In addition to her paranormal, teen series SAGA OF THE SETTI, she also writes NA/adult urban fantasy romance under the name Juliette Cross.

Face Book https://www.facebook.com/pages/Saga-of-the-Setti/203566846334918

Good Reads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5031409.Stephanie_Judice

 

 


Release Day Blitz and Giveaway! Skydreamer by @WintersSheryl @RoanePublishing #NAlit #UF #Romance

Happy Book Birthday to Skydreamer!

Skydreamer
by Sheryl Winters

Genre: New Adult Urban Fantasy (Romance)

Publisher: Roane Publishing
Release Date: March 30, 2015
Keywords: Urban Fantasy, Romance, New Adult, Dragons, Twins


Description:

For fire talent, Jaden Zarie, life is far from a fairy tale. Blisters from any contact with water, check. Sleeping in a shed behind your greedy Uncle’s house, check. Ex-boyfriend scouting the bar where you work for one-night stands every night, double check.

When Jaden sets off to secure a new life with her two sisters, winning a contest with a huge pile of gold on the line seems like a quick fix. Getting hitched to Draven Winterbourne, King of the Dragon-changers, and finding true love, was beyond anything she could have hoped for.

But a friend turned enemy threatens to take it all away. Jaden is thrust into an alternate universe and separated from her new husband and her sisters, she must summon up the courage to start over, alone, knowing she may never see any of them again.


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A paperback copy of Skydreamer and a 
$10 Amazon Gift Card!

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Open only to those who can legally enter, receive and use an Amazon.com Gift Code.  No purchase necessary, but you must be 18 or older to enter. The winner will be chosen by rafflecopter, and announced on the widget. Winner well be notified by emailed and have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. The number of entries received determines the odds of winning. Giveaway was organized by Roane Publishing’s marketing department.


COVER REVEAL ~ TRUE (Fire Born #3) by @LaneyMcMann @JTaylorPub

 The cover for TRUE, the final book in the Fire Born Novels trilogy, is here.

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Blurb:

Nothing in Layla and Max’s world will ever be the same.

Since Max left, and joined his father in the Shadow Realm, everything in Layla’s life has changed. The Demon Gods threaten to destroy the Otherworld, and an inconceivable darkness has awakened—a darkness that wants control of Layla’s will. It also wants Max … dead. Not only must Layla face the true fire simmering inside her, but fight the one she loves most. And this time, with her friends and family left behind, she’s completely on her own.

Leaving Layla nearly destroyed Max, but it was his only choice. Now, he must play the part—stay in control of his end goal, his actions, and the poison coursing through his veins, clouding his thoughts, and turning him into what he fears most, a Demon God. But even with his Oghams fighting the toxins, his control is slipping. Living in the Fomore castle with his Vampyre Fae ex-girlfriend isn’t making it any easier to stay sane, and waiting to face off against Layla is taking its toll.

In the final installment of the Fire Born Novels trilogy, the legendary Battle will be fought, and Layla and Max stand to lose everything. How far will they go to save each other and protect the ones they love? Even they don’t know the answer.

No one can win.

From the ashes of old,

They shall rise.

The last of the Ancients,

Foe and Ally.

The Legend lies in wait,

And bides its time.

Until at last the day comes,

For the children born of fire.

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The ending comes September 2015!

 

***** SALE  ALERT *****

TIED and TORN by Laney McMann are $.99¢ each for a limited time only!

Grab your copies now and join The Fire Born.

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About the author:

I write young adult dark urban fantasy mixed with a spike of paranormal romance, a touch of history, and a dash of mythology. I’m a dreamer, an over thinker, and a myths and legends believer. Nothing moves me more than writing fantastical stories. And reading them.

Links:

Website: http://laneymcmann.com/

Good Reads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/16107155-true?from_search=true

 


Guys! New cover for THE ARTISANS by @JulieAReece with a blurb from @Wendy_Higgins @Month9Books

So, without further ado …

(what the heck is *ado anyway)

New Artisans cover

Expected publication: May 19th 2015 by Month 9 Books

Leave a comment and tell me what you think!

 

What’s the book about?

While it’s definitely not horror, there is some creep factor. Think modern southern gothic romance … sort of a Beauty and the Beast meets Edgar Allen Poe tale. With a little mystery. I’m sure that clears everything right up!

You can check out more here on Good Reads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/21944665-the-artisans

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Huge thanks and shout out to Wendy Higgins who was nice enough to read and like an early draft of this manuscript before my editor and I made it pretty. ♥

Click on the link below to get more information on her awesome Sweet Trilogy books. If you haven’t read the series yet, you totally should. The story is addictive and the chemistry and romance between her characters is amazing.

http://www.wendyhigginswrites.com/

 

*Oh, and just by the way … Definition: Ado noun 1. busy activity; bustle; fuss.

Thanks for stopping by!

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Cover Reveal: Skydreamer by Sheryl Winters

Here’s the beautiful cover!

Isn’t it pretty?

Skydreamer
Fantasy / Romance
By Sheryl Winters
Publisher: Roane Publishing
Release Date: March 30, 2015
 

Jaden is one in a million, a fire talent capable of bonding with a fire Esprit and creating fireballs of enormous proportions.

Draven Winterbourn is the devilishly handsome king of the Dragon-Changers, capable of changing into an enormous dragon. A man responsible for keeping the laws of his people.

When the two met it was more than fate, it was true love.

So how can everything go so wrong between a couple who love so much?

Skydreamer release day blitz and blog tour are now scheduling!
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I never set out to be an author. Only a story teller. Some days I succeed better than others.
~ Sheryl Winters 
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