Books: The Cheapest Vacation You Can Buy











16090268From Goodreads: Ariel’s birthday weekend looks to be the event of the season, with a private concert by rock star Hudson Winters on the grounds of her family’s east coast estate, and all of Ariel’s elite prep school friends in attendance. The only person who’s dreading the party is Sera, Ariel’s former best friend, whose father is forcing her to go. Sera has been the school pariah since she betrayed Ariel, and she now avoids Ariel and their former friends. Thrown together, Ariel and Sera can agree on one thing: this could be one very long night.

They have no idea just how right they are.

Only moments after the concert begins and the lights go down, thugs open fire on parents and schoolmates alike, in a plot against Ariel’s father that quickly spins out of control. As the entire party is taken hostage, the girls are forced apart. Ariel escapes into the hidden tunnels in the family mansion, where she and Sera played as children. Only Sera, who forges an unlikely alliance with Hudson Winters, knows where her friend could be. As the industrial terrorist plot unravels and the death toll climbs, Ariel and Sera must recall the sisterhood that once sustained them as they try to save themselves and each other on the longest night of their lives.

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I loved this book!  It has just the right amount of mystery, intrigue, romance, and action… it’s right up my alley and I’d love to see it turned into a movie! Sera’s predicament is painful—her ex-best friend, Ariel, has skewered Sera’s reputation and yet Sera must still attend Ariel’s birthday party, a fate worse than death, or so it seems.  I can’t imagine being in Sera’s shoes, especially when the reader learns the trivial reason that Ariel defriended Sera in the first place. Teens can be so cruel, but even so, this is a true story of redemption.  I was glued to the pages from the very beginning; I laughed, and I certainly cried, and it was all well worth it.

Sera is a truly good character.  I kept waiting for the shoe to drop, to learn a deep dark secret about her past that would paint her in a different light, but it didn’t come.  She is epically good.  While some readers may find her esteemed character to be hard to believe, I actually found her refreshing and very lifelike.  It’s true I haven’t met very many truly good people, and I mean exceptionally good people who only want the best for others, always, but they do exist, and I have met a few, and, therefore, I can’t help but love Sera.

Hudson is very dreamy and down to earth, and I love that he’s not afraid to mix with everyone, even though he’s “popular.” He has a good soul, just like Sera, and I really enjoyed getting to know him, especially as he divulged his own secrets and stuck up for Sera and the others throughout the terrible hostage situation.  I’d like to meet a guy like him…

Overall, this is a phenomenal novel and I highly suggest lovers of suspense and romance should read this awesome novel. Five stars.

5 stars

Merit Press has been extremely gracios in allowing me to read a copy of this novel, via Netgalley.



Here’s the list of all the books I’ve read and reviewed over the last 3 years, in alphabetical order.  It’s about 940 reviews, give or take.  Enjoy!!

–A Book Vacation

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  • Keening, The by LaFaye, A.: Read May 10, 2011
  • Khantara by Michelle Franklin (Vol. 1): Read December 4, 2011
  • Dead Flesh by Tim O’Rourke: Read April 30, 2012
  • Kill Order, The by James Dashner (Maze Runner #0.5): Read July 31, 2012
  • Knifepoint by Alex Van Tol: Read February 15, 2011
  • Kult, The by Shaun Jeffrey: Read June 4, 2011

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  • Ultraviolet by R.J. Anderson: Read September 4, 2011
  • Unbecoming of Mara Dyer, The by Michelle Hodkin: Read October 9, 2011
  • Unbreakable Love by Angela Carling: Read January 8, 2012
  • Uncharted by Tracey Garvis-Graves: Read July 3, 2013
  • Unchosen Life, The by Danka V.: Read November 7, 2013
  • Undead by Kristy McKay (Undead #1): Read August 16, 2012
  • Undeadly by Michele Vail: Read November 11, 2012
  • Underworld, The by Jessica Sorenson: Read October 15, 2011
  • Unearthly by Cynthia Hand (Unearthly #1): Read November 27, 2011
  • Uninvited, The by Liz Jensen: Read December 27, 2012
  • Unlikely Allies by Tiffany King: Read September 2, 2012
  • Unnatural Law by Natasha Larry (Darwin’s Children #2): Read December 30, 2011
  • Unquiet, The by Jeannine Garsee: Read July 7, 2012
  • Unremembered by Jessica Brody (Unremembered #1): Read February 18, 2013
  • Unrequited Death by Tamara Rose Blodgett (Death #5): Read December 14, 2012
  • Unscathed by Tim O’Rourke and C.J. Pinard: Read October 27, 2013
  • Unspeakable by S.R. Johannes (The Natures of Grace #1.5): Read September 21, 2013
  • Unspoken by Sarah Brennan Rees (The Lynburn Legacy #1) by Sarah Rees Brennan: Read September 13, 2012
  • Untraceable by S.R. Johannes (The Natures of Grace #1): Read September 21, 2013

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{May 17, 2013}   Books Reviewed: 2012

I beat my goal for 2012 and read 280 books for the year!  Below is the alphabetical list of books read along with their reviews.  Titles that begin with “the” can be found by using the first letter of next word in the title.

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    • Easy by Tammara Webber: Read May 26, 2012
    • Eden Factor, The by T.L. Peters: Read July 28, 2012
    • Elemental by Brigid Kemmerer (Elemental #0.5): Read August 19, 2012
    • Elergie by Christina Daley (Seranfyll #2): Read May 29, 2012
    • Enforcers, The by Joshua Grover David Patterson (Blood Calling #3): Read January 22, 2012
    • Erekos by A.M. Tuomala: Read February 20, 2012
    • Every Day by David Leviathan: Read August 14, 2012
    • Evolution of Mara Dyer, The by Michelle Hodkin (Mara Dyer #2): Read December 30, 2012
    • Eyes of the Seer by Peter Dawes (The Vampire Flynn Trilogy #1): Read April 23, 2012

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    • Nails Jane by Trista DiGiuseppi: Read May 14, 2012
    • Narc by Crissa-Jean Chappell: Read July 26, 2012
    • Nectar in a Sieve by Kamal Marandaya: Read July 20, 2012 (For the 4th time)
    • New Girl by Paige Harbison: Read January 2, 2012
    • New Moon Summer by S.M. Reine (Seasons of the Moon: Cain Chronicles #1): Read December 12, 2012
    • Night by Elie Wiesel: Read July 12, 2012 (For the 6th time)
    • Night She Disappeared, The by April Henry: Read February 12, 2012
    • Night Watchman Express by Alison DeLuca (The Crown Phoenix #1): Read October 6, 2012
    • No Shelter by T.S. Welti (No Shelter #1): Read July 5, 2012

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    • Radiant by Cynthia Hand (Unearthly #2.5): Read December 31, 2012
    • Raft, The by S.A. Bodeen: Read August 3, 2012
    • Rapture by Lauren Kate (Fallen #4): Read May 10, 2012
    • Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater (The Raven Cycle #1) by Maggie Stiefvater
    • Red Rose Moon by S.M. Reine (Seasons of the Moon: Cain Chronicles #4): Read December 15, 2012
    • Release by M.R. Merrick (The Protector #3): Read November 25, 2012
    • Replication: The Jason Experiment by Jill Williamson: Read April 7, 2012
    • Return to Grace by Karen Harper: Read January 30, 2012
    • Ripper by Amy Carol Reeves: Read April 2, 2012
    • Rooms: A Novel by James L. Rubart: Read July 19, 2012

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    • Unbreakable Love by Angela Carling: Read January 8, 2012
    • Undead by Kristy McKay (Undead #1): Read August 16, 2012
    • Undeadly by Michele Vail: Read November 11, 2012
    • Uninvited, The by Liz Jensen: Read December 27, 2012
    • Unlikely Allies by Tiffany King: Read September 2, 2012
    • Unquiet, The by Jeannine Garsee: Read July 7, 2012
    • Unrequited Death by Tamara Rose Blodgett (Death #5): Read December 14, 2012
    • Unspoken by Sarah Brennan Rees (The Lynburn Legacy #1) by Sarah Rees Brennan: Read September 13, 2012

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It’s that time again! For no other reason than that I like giveaways… we’re onto the TWENTY-FIRST Recently Released Giveaway Goodness Giveaway!

Many of these novels have recently released. I’ve included my reviews below to help you pick the novel you’d like to win. And honestly, there should be something here for everyone!

Interested? Of course you are! I’m offering ONE lucky winner one of these novels:

This is an INTERNATIONAL giveaway from the book depository, but you need to make sure they send to your country before entering–check here.

To enter you must:

-Be 13 years or older (or have parent/guardian permission)

-Fill in the mandatory question on rafflecopter (extra entries optional)

Click here to go to the Rafflecopter entry form!

This contest is open internationally and will end at 12:01am EST on March 1st. The winner will be announced later on March 1st, and will receive email notification! Please read my giveaway policy and leave me a comment!



Happy New Year!  I decided that, to end 2012, I wanted to do a small giveaway featuring my favorite reads from 2012.  I read 280 books this past year, and 63 of them received five star ratings from me because I found them to be just that fabulous.  Some of them, I know you’ve heard of prior to now.  But some of them, you haven’t, and I wish to remedy that through this giveaway.

The list of books up for grabs is below, and on February 5th, I will select TWO winners.  Please make sure you know whether or not the Book Depository sends to your country if you choose a hardcopy title.  If you choose an eBook copy, please make sure you have either a Kindle of Nook device of some sort.

Best Books of 2012Hardcopy Titles (from the Book Depository–Please make sure they deliver to your country before choosing):

  1. Jaden Baker by Courtney Kirchoff
  2. Lucid by P.T. Michelle
  3. On the Island by Tracey Garvis Graves
  4. Sweet Evil by Wendy Higgins
  5. The Tutor’s Daughter by Julie Klassen
  6. Waiting on Hope by T.M. Souders
  7. Shackled by Angela Carling
  8. Of Poseidon by Anna Banks
  9. Easy by Tammara Webber
  10. Princess of the Silver Woods by Jessica Day George
  11. Circle of Silence by Carol M. Tanzman
  12. Dancing in Heaven by Christine M. Grote
  13. The Evolution of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin
  14. Of Poseidon by Anna Banks
  15. The Goddess Legacy by Aimee Carter
  16. What I Didn’t Say by by Keary Taylor
  17. Dark Seeker by Tayrn Browning
  18. 13 Little Blue Envelopes by Maureen Johnson
  19. Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas
  20. Monument 14 by Emmy Laybourne
  21. Return to Grace by Karen Harper
  22. The Girl in the Wall by Daphne Benedis-Grab
  23. League of Strays by L.B. Schulman
  24. The Mephisto Kiss by Trinity Faegen
  25. Crow’s Row by Julie Hockley
  26. Amber House by Sarah Rees Brennan Daimon by Jennifer L. Armentrout
  27. The Sweetest Spell by Suzanne Selfors
  28. Every Day by David Levithan
  29. The Hunt by Andrew Fukuda
  30. Spellcaster by Cara Lynn Schultz Storm by Brigid Kemmerer
  31. Ten Things We Did and Probably Shouldn’t Have by Sarah Mlynowski
  32. Storm by Brigid Kemmerer
  33. Spark by Brigid Kemmerer

Ebook Titles:

  1. Awry by Chelsea Fine–EBook Copy from Amazon or Barnes and Noble
  2. Tomorrow Land by Mari Mancusi–EBook Copy from Amazon or Barnes and Noble
  3. Blood Bond by Heather Hildenbrand–EBook Copy from Amazon or Barnes and Noble
  4. Weaver by John Abramowitz–EBook Copy from Amazon or Barnes and Noble
  5. Snowblind by Michael McBride–EBook Copy from Amazon
  6. Forever Changed by Tiffany King–EBook Copy from Amazon or Barnes and Noble
  7. Miss Me Not by Tiffany King–EBook Copy from Amazon or Barnes and Noble
  8. Wishing for Someday Soon by Tiffany King–EBook Copy from Amazon or Barnes and Noble
  9. Unlikely Allies by Tiffany King–EBook Copy from Amazon or Barnes and Noble
  10. Shift by M.R. Merrick–EBook Copy from Amazon or Barnes and Nobel
  11. Release by M.R. Merrick–EBook Copy from Amazon
  12. Eligere by Christina Daley–EBook Copy from Amazon or Barnes and Noble
  13. Parallel Spirits by T.S. Welti–EBook Copy from Amazon
  14. Elemental by Brigid Kemmerer–EBook Copy from Amazon or Barnes and Noble
  15. Indisuptable Proof by Gary Williams and Vicky Knerly–EBook Copy from Amazon or Barnes and Noble
  16. Three Keys to Murder by Gary Williams and Vicky Knerly–EBook Copy from Amazon or Barnes and Noble
  17. Moonlight by Tim O’Rourke–EBook Copy from Amazon
  18. Dead Flesh by Tim O’Rourke–EBook Copy from Amazon
  19. Vampire Hollows by Tim O’Rourke–EBook Copy from Amazon
  20. Dead Flesh by Tim O’Rourke–EBook Copy from Amazon
  21. Dead Angels by Tim O’Rourke–EBook Copy from Amazon
  22. Dead Seth by Tim O’Rourke–EBook Copy from Amazon
  23. Dead Wolf by Tim O’Rourke–EBook Copy from Amazon
  24. Death Inception by Tamara Rose Blodgett–EBook Copy from Amazon or Barnes and Noble
  25. Death Screams by Tamara Rose Blodgett–EBook Copy from Amazon or Barnes and Noble
  26. Death Weeps by Tamara Rose Blodgett–EBook Copy from Amazon or Barnes and Noble
  27. Unrequited Death by Tamara Rose Blodgett–EBook Copy from Amazon
  28. Savage Vengeance by Tamara Rose Blodgett–EBook Copy from Amazon or Barnes and Noble
  29. Blood Song by Tamara Rose Blodgett–EBook Copy from  Amazon or Barnes and Noble
  30. The Enforcers by Joshua Grover-David Patterson–EBook Copy from Amazon or Barnes and Noble

To enter you must:

  • Be 13 years or older (or have parent/guardian permission)
  • Fill in the required information on the form below (extra entries optional)

Click HERE to go to the Rafflecopter Entry Form!

This contest is open INTERNATIONALLY and will end February 5th at 12:01am ESTThe winners will be announced on February 5th in a new post, and they will receive email notification! Please read the giveaway policy and leave a comment!


Utopia 2016 Fight For Your Right

REVOLUTION

A 5th Year Anniversary Anthology for UTOPiA

Revolution-Cover-640x1024A diverse and celebratory collection of stories based on the theme of Revolution.

With eight stories written in a variety of genres, from Paranormal Romance, to Sci-Fi Dystopia, to Magic Realism, to Political Realism, the anthology, ‘Revolution’ is a page-turning, myriad collection of voices from different times and places, but all with a strong positive message about the power each of us hold to make change in the world.

FOREWORD by Janet Wallace, Founder of UTOPiA: http://www.utopiacon.com/

ABOUT by Carlyle Labuchagne, Founder of Help Build A Library in South Africa Foundation: http://www.carlylelabuschagne.com/

AUTHORS & STORIES:

Raye Wagner: Narcos

Christina Benjamin: Wings Of Liberty

Jessie Campbell: Sacrifice

Kelly Risser: Rise From The Ashes

Desira Fuqua: Rebellion

Caroline A. Gill: All The Good In The World

Tricia Zoeller: The Last Thunderbird

Nooce Miller: Shattering Glass

PUBLISHER: Little Bird Publishing House. London: www.thelittlebirdbookstore.com



Securing A Copy:

Revolution-Order

As the Anthology is a charity project, it’s important that we don’t over-order copies, so that we can maximize the amount of profit going to the ‘Help Build A Library In South Africa Foundation’. Although there will be some copies available on the days of the convention, please help us by pre-ordering and securing your copy using the pre-order form.

LIMITED availability in Paperback from the UTOPiA 2016 Con

PRE-ORDER form for Paperback editions is http://goo.gl/forms/zsClNDmwrz



ABOUT THE STORIES:

Raye Wagner: Narcos

They are invincible. Words spoken so often they are believed to be true. The Narcos follow their own rules. The people, the laws, even the government bow to the power of the drug traffickers.  And they will either pay off or kill anyone that stands in their way. An annual twenty-thousand deaths within the blood-soaked borders of Mexico attest to this fact.

In Xtepal, Rai Madra’s life is interrupted by the arrival of the the Narcos. The drug traffickers invade and subdue the small town, but a young Rai turns a blind eye to the growing parasite. As his friends cross the threshold into adulthood, the Narcos pressure each of them to take sides. When tragedy strikes, Rai will need to risk everything to expose the biggest lie of all.

The Narcos are not invincible.

Inspired by actual events in the city of Tepalcatepec, Michoacan, Mexico.

Christina Benjamin: Wings Of Liberty

On a dark and misty night, Paul Revere, Civil War revolutionary, is undertaking what will become his famous midnight ride, only it’s not just enemies lurking in the woods he needs to fear. Beautiful, mercenary witches have aligned themselves with the enemy and are intent on ensuring Paul Revere’s destined dash to the Sons Of Liberty never succeeds.

‘A fun blend of history, magic, love, and revolution.

Jessie Campbell: Sacrifice

After the nuclear winter wiped out the rest of the planet, the last remaining city is under the dictatorship of the powerful Lord of the Dead. To protect her little brother, a sixteen-year-old girl makes the ultimate sacrifice and volunteers to join the army of dead soldiers. But something goes horribly wrong, and she’s put her family in grave danger. Only a revolution can protect them now…

Kelly Risser: Rise From The Ashes

Over a century and a half ago, a volcano exploded, wiping out life as we know it. A group of scientists and their families escaped to an underground bunker. What had been their salvation is now a prison to Connie, a seventeen-year-old descendent. She longs for freedom, fresh air, and sunshine, and battles the complacency of her friends and family. Like her hero, Amelia Earhart, she will stop at nothing for the sake of adventure.

Desira Fuqua: Rebellion

In an attempt to overthrow a domineering, tyrant-king, Thera and her rebels group together with the hope of returning democracy to their people, but revolution is a bloody endeavor and not without terrible losses. Thera can only hope that the price of freedom is worth it.

Caroline A. Gill: All The Good In The World

Time is running out. Daydreamers, the holders of the portals Between, have always held open the doors of Creation. Now they are all dead –  except for Allie, the one woman Joshua, one of the last TimeKeepers, loves more than life. What is the cost of sacrifice? What will he pay for the one he loves?

Tricia Zoeller: The Last Thunderbird

A rebellious girl. An ancient creature. One shot at freedom.

Anna, also known as Little Bird, has experienced terrible loss in her life, but then something triggers a spark in her to question everything she’s known to be true.  

As the mining town of Menolark abandons many of its Native American traditions, Anna uncovers a nest of corruption at the heart of their community, which she believes has led to an eternal thunder that threatens to suppress, and ultimately abolish their way of life forever.  If anything is to be salvaged, then Anna must defy her elders and undertake a terrifying initiation ceremony.

Nooce Miller: Shattering Glass

An eerie plague decimates the world’s population just as a new ice age strikes the globe. Olympic archer Greer Mason is searching the frozen desolation of North America for her lost love, Boone. A note in his apartment leads her to the ruins of New York City, but the amazing high-rise greenhouse and survivor settlement Greer finds there is not what it seems.



RAFFLECOPTER GIVEAWAY:

Open to all those attending UTOPiA (Hamper to be collected from the Anthology Stand)

Hamper prize to include; Signed Paperback copy of ‘Flying Away’ by Caroline Gill, and a signed poster of ‘Mango’. A Signed Paperback copy of 7, and special mystery swag pack from Kelly Risser. An Amazon gift card and Mystery Swag pack from Christina Benjamin. A paperback of Dark Heart Anthology Vol I and II and mystery swag pack  From Little Bird Publishing & Katie M. John.  An eBook of both Curse of the Sphinx and Demigods and Monsters by Raye Wagner & other swag items

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AUTHOR SPOTLIGHT: JESSIE CAMPBELL

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Jessie Campbell’s short fiction has appeared in over fifteen indie publications. She is a writer, a freelance editor, and a reader. Her wanderlust led her to sell everything and move to Costa Rica, where she lived for two years. Only a job as an editor in the book business finally drew her back to the US, where she now lives in literary Boston, Massachusetts. One day, her time travel novel will be published — if it doesn’t kill her first. She can be found at

www.jessiecampbell.net.

What is the title of your story in the UTOPiA Anthology?

Sacrifice

What is your short story about?

After the nuclear winter wiped out the rest of the planet, the last remaining city is under the dictatorship of the powerful Lord of the Dead. To protect her little brother, a sixteen-year-old girl makes the ultimate sacrifice and volunteers to join the army of dead soldiers. But something goes horribly wrong, and she’s put her family in grave danger. Only a revolution can protect them now…

Was this a familiar genre / style for you?

My (yet-to-be-published) novel is a time travel set in Ancient Egypt. I generally write fantasy. Dystopian was a fun challenge, and I would definitely write in it again!

Funny story. I had a vivid dream one night that I was killed to be raised as a zombie, but my corpse went missing. I didn’t know how the story ended, but I was fascinated by the premise. That dream was the seed for this story. When I submitted the first thousand words, I had no idea how the story would end. I’m thankful for everyone who voted for me. It put the onus on me to flesh out what was, until then, just an idea.

What book / series are you best known for?

I’m still in the process of being published. But keep an eye out! In my forthcoming book, Lilith accidentally falls back in time to ancient Egypt, where she becomes Nefertiti’s slave. When one misstep triggers the senseless execution of an innocent, she vows revenge against the powerful heretic king. An alliance with the gorgeous queen’s guard may put her in the right place to serve justice. Can she survive long enough to put things right — and find a way back to her own time?  

What’s your UTOPiA experiences?

In August of 2011, I joined the Nashville KidLit meetup spearheaded by Janet Wallace of Social Deviants and UtopYA Con. I had lurked on the meetup boards for months before I finally forced myself to attend a meeting. It’s no exaggeration when I say that simple act changed my life. I found my writing group home — a group I still participate in via Skype to this day even though I’ve moved over a thousand miles away. Encouraged by these amazing writers, many of whom make up the UTOPiA Con staff today, I finished writing the book that was scorching my soul.

I was invited to be a panelist at UtopYA 2012. I served on the Goddess Complex panel with published, successful YA authors to talk about world-building. I was sure I was out of my league, but they — and the others in the room — embraced me with open arms. I even heard myself quoted later that day by someone I didn’t know. Better yet, I made new, incredible writer friends. In 2013, I returned to moderate the Goddess Complex and Finding Writing Groups panels, and I was a panelist in the Query Letter Zone.

I missed 2014 and 2015 because I was living in Costa Rica and flights were cost-prohibitive. I can’t wait to return in 2016.

UTOPiA is filled with collaborative, smart, awesome professionals in the world I love. It lights a fire to chase my dreams and be better in everything I do. It’s about finding your tribe. It’s about lifting as you climb. It’s about having a safe place to learn and grow and network. And yes, it’s also about tackle hugs.



KATIE M JOHN

(LITTLE BIRD PUBLISHING HOUSE)

SPONSORS OF THE UTOPiA 2016 ANTHOLOGY

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A NOTE FROM Little Bird Publishing House by KATIE M JOHN

www.katiemjohn.com

www.littlebirdpublishinghouse.com

www.thelittlebirdbookstore.com

In 2015, after years of watching it unfold on social media, I attended UTOPiA. Being London based, and UTOPiA being in Nashville, Tennessee USA, it didn’t only feel a long way away in terms of dreams but in distance and finances too.

Despite all the barriers to me attending, I booked a ticket knowing somehow, I would make it happen.

The experience was transforming. It is not hyperbole when I say that UTOPiA and the work Janet does, changed my life.

The journey I have undertaken both as an indie author and the founder of the small press house, Little Bird Publishing, has often been lonely and full of doubts. UTOPiA vanquished all of that negativity; it filled my life with incredibly clever, funny, kind friends, and it equipped me with specific skills and knowledge to flourish – which we both have – the author and the publisher, and this is very much down to UTOPiA.

As such, I wanted to pay something back into the UTOPiA community, and it occurred to me that organizing and publishing a celebratory anthology was the gift I could give back – not only would if offer the opportunity for several UTOPiAN authors to showcase their work, but it would also raise money along the way.

Janet Wallace, being Janet, immediately suggested that the money made after publication costs went into a charitable project founded by another dear UTOPiAN, Carlyle Labuschagne.

Carlyle, similarly inspired by the UTOPiAN community is the founder of the ‘Help Build A Library In South Africa Foundation’ It seemed a natural synergy that our community should extend the hand of friendship and enablement into another community.

It has been an absolute privilege to work alongside everybody involved in the project. Each and every author has demonstrated not only the most amazing talent, but utmost professionalism, making the anthology an absolute joy to work on. THANK YOU for that.

LITTLE BIRD PUBLISHING HOUSE

www.littlebirdpublishinghouse.com & www.thelittlebirdbookstore.com

Founded in 2013, Little Bird Publishing House was established as an antidote to some of the commercial self-publishing houses that were targeting the indie author community.

Little Bird was established on the model of a co-operative artistic community, in which authors became part of a family, supporting one another, cheerleading and being responsible for one another, and offering authors the chance to engage with high end services of editing, cover art and publication with none of the fees.

Little Bird Publishing is about celebrating diversity of voice and celebrating the individual right to creative expression.

We are currently a community of thirteen authors, and take on five to six authors a year.

As part of our house, we also established the Dark Heart & Night Shade Anthology project as a way of new writers gaining publishing experience and platform.

It has been a delight and a privilege to work on the UTOPiA Anthology, REVOLUTION and pay back into the community that is so dear to us.



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Remember to check out all of the official blog posts this month for more awesome Nashville sites and eateries:

Week 1: Jo Michaels and Maria Pease
Week 2: A Book Vacation and Delphina Miyares
Week 3: Ren Reidy
Week 4: Ashley Bodette and Kathryn Grimes



Utopia 2016 Fight For Your RightI can’t help but look at the changing of the leaves and wonder where the time has gone; it’s nearly November! 

And that means that Utopia is getting closer!  In fact, Founder Janet Wallace just released the next keynote speaker info…

Are you ready for this?

Alex_Flinn_collageALEX FLYNN!!!

Author of Beastly, Breathing Underwater, and many, many more awesome novels!!  Check out the official announcement HERE!

I am beyond excited–I’ve been reading Flynn’s novels since 2010, before I began blogging, and I can’t wait to meet her!!!

Make sue YOU have a chance to meet her in Nashville too; grab your tickets now!! Trust me when I say it’s worth every penny.

BUY YOUR TICKETS NOW!

Event Pricing thru December 31, 2015:

Here’s the current** price range you’re looking at to attend–prices go up as we get closer to the con:

==> $110 Silver Package

  • 5-day pass to the UTOPiA convention (UTOPiAcon), including welcome bag, keynote speeches, panels, exhibitor hall, karaoke, pre-awards happy hour
  • Admission to the Public Signing Event
  • Admission to the Fifth Annual UTOPiA Awards and After-Party
  • NOT INCLUDED: lunches, apparel, preferred seating at awards, workshops

==> $190 Titanium Package

  •  5-day pass to the UTOPiA convention (UTOPiAcon) with VIP Registration/Badge pick-up, as well as a welcome bag, keynote speeches, panels, exhibitor hall, karaoke, pre-awards happy hour
  • Admission to the Public Signing Event
  • Early seating to the Fifth Annual UTOPiA Awards
  • Lunch Thursday and Friday
  • Souvenir T-shirt
  • NOT INCLUDED: Workshops

==> $55 One-Day Fan Wristband

  • Admission for one day–you choose the day and purchase the ticket specifically for that day
  • Access to all official events — speakers, panels, exhibitor hall, signing area, other official events
  • NOT INCLUDED: Workshops, private events, or any other event listed at an additional charge on the ticket page or web site. You must wear your wristband at all times or you will not be allowed into any official area.

==> Want to be an Exhibitor at UTOPiAcon??? Click the link above for prices and info

But act fast, because prices will continue to rise as we get closer to the con date.  REFUNDS ARE AVAILABLE until March 31, 2016 (minus processing fee), so act now—I know it’s a few months out, and your circumstances may change, but I highly, highly suggest that you book now.

**prices subject to change—I will post updated prices as they rise.  Have questions about UTOPiA 2016: Five-Year Anniversary Convention & Celebration for Writers & Fans? Contact UtopYA, LLC

Still nervous you might not be able to attend in June? Purchase now to lock in the lowest prices, and rest easy knowing refunds, minus the processing fee, are available until March 31, 2016 (or a full refund within 60 days of purchase, whichever comes first).



And guess what else?

The third limited edition tee for Utopia is available until November 4!  And once again, I am in love with this new design!

The idea behind the tee stems from “Whit & Ware and Indie-Visible, [who] have teamed up to create a series of eleven limited edition T-shirts (one per month) honoring the amazing Janet Wallace, and her incredible gift to us all….the place we all call home once a year – Utopia!” But after November 4, this particular design will disappear forever, so act fast!!

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The next design will arrive sometime in November, and in case you were wondering, the “goal with these Limited Edition shirts is to raise funds so that we can provide UtopiaCon with killer branding all over the hotel such as standing banners with panel schedules outside every conference room, welcome banners at the hotel entrance, etc. We’re also handling the signing posters, some fun stuff for the writing cave, and some extra awesome swag for attendees. Any money that is left over will go to Janet Wallace, which she can use as she sees fit to make the 2016 the best year yet! We know how hard Janet works to give our crazy tribe an inspiring home every June, and we wanted to take some of the weight off her shoulders by taking care of all these details so she can focus on the big picture!”

For more information, or to buy this amazing shirt and help support Utopia, click HERE!



And last but not least, as one of the official bloggers, we thought it would be great if we shared a little information about ourselves this month so you can get to know us better.

Q: What you do for work outside of blogging?

A: I teach high school English.

Q: What’s the one thing you feel you’ve gained by blogging?

A: Friendships with likeminded readers and authors across the globe. I had no idea that blogging book reviews was such a wide practice until I got into it, and it has been amazing.

Q: How did you find Utopia?

A: Tiffany King. She invited me to my first Utopia convention in 2013 and it was an absolutely amazing experience.

Q: What did you learn or gain at Utopia that you don’t feel you would’ve gotten anywhere else?

A: This was the first time I really understood that my opinion matters. It was also the first time I actually got to meet the authors and readers I had become friends with through blogging. Getting to meet my idols in person, and connecting with new authors, bloggers, and readers was so much fun—like a 3 day slumber party.

Q: How do you feel you contribute to the writer world at large?

A: Over the past year, I’ve begun betaing for both indie and traditionally pubbed authors. Being able to give feedback and contribute to the story makes me feel like a million bucks.

Q:What’s your ultimate blogging goal?

A:To share my love of reading with the world.

Make sure you check out all the official blogger’s posts concerning UTOPiA and more invited guests, and subscribe to their blogs as well:

Week 1: Jo Michaels Blog and The Paisley Reader

Week 2: A Book Vacation (ME) and Delphina Reads Too Much

Week 3: My Book Addiction and A Little Bit of R&R

Week 4: Book Junkie: Not-So-Anonymous and Tsk Tsk What to Read (AND A GIVEAWAY!!)

Every Two Weeks: Lulo FanGirl

And, make sure to check out all the other ways you can keep up with news about the goings on at UTOPiAcon for 2016.

Utopia blog | UTOPiAcon BUZZ Flipboard | A Daily Cup of Jo Radio Show | We Are Going to Utopia! Unofficial Facebook Group | UTOPiAcon Official Facebook Page | @utopia_con on Twitter

Come join us and FIGHT FOR YOUR WRITE!

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Every Saturday I run a feature for the 99 Cent Club, and below are the ebook picks for this week that caught my eye and are currently ONLY 99 Cents on Amazon, with many on Barnes and Noble as well. I don’t know if these are permanent prices, so please don’t shoot the messenger, and double check pricing before pressing the buy button. Enjoy! (If you could help give these authors some love by spreading the word, that would be epic.)

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Losing itLosing it: A Collection of V-Cards

22 Bestselling YA authors reveal what went on behind the curtain in your favorite YA novels! From paranormal to contemporary, this collection features over 200 pages of ALL NEW CONTENT full of deleted scenes, extended endings, and more from the young adult series’ you love.  In this YA/NA crossover collection all of your favorite heroines are cashing in their VCards! YA just got steamy, sexy, and not afraid to go all the way!  Due to the graphic nature of some content, this collection is recommended strictly for mature readers. Stories include excerpts and extended material–ALL NEW CONTENT featuring the following YA novels & authors: The Grimoire Saga by SM Boyce – The Death Series by Tamara Rose Blodgett – Penny Black Trilogy by Stacey Wallace Benefiel – Dirty Blood series by Heather Hildenbrand – The Mythology Series by Helen Boswell – Stories About Melissa Series by Bethany Lopez – Keegan’s Chronicles by Julia Crane – The Tate Chronicles by K.A. Last – Fragile Creatures by Kristina Circelli – The Spellbound Trilogy by Nikki Jefford – Judgement of the Six Series by Melissa Haag – A Dark Faerie Tale Series by Alexia Purdy – The Double Threat Series by Julie Prestsater – The Elsker Saga by S.T. Bende – Ovialell Series by Tish Thawer – The Runes Series by Ednah Walters – The Cornerstone Series by Misty Provencher – The Waiting Series by Ginger Scott – Forged Series by A.O. Peart – The Arotas Series by Amy Miles – Funeral Crashing Mysteries by Milda Harris – The Wolf Trilogy by M.R. Polish

Find it on Amazon US, Amazon AU, Amazon UK, Amazon CA, Barnes and Noble, iBooks, and Kobo

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2015-02-08_1143Striking by Lila Felix and Rachel Higginson

Can two hearts be forged into one? Cami Montgomery stole a car and smashed it into the front of a building in upscale Beverly Hills after a lousy date with the epitome of sleaze balls. The worst part, her parents are following through on threats after this latest plea for attention. Banished from her L.A. paradise and plunged into the Appalachian Mountains with her industrious aunt and uncle, Cami is about to find out how precious life really is. Stockton Wright has been thrust into a hard life. He sacrifices everything to give his family and community what they need. He’s exhausted from life and work—and he’s only twenty four. What he needs is some change, and some sunshine. Even he will agree to that. He just doesn’t expect to find it in a stuck up, pompous, entitled Californian. Cami bursts into Stockton’s life like wildfire, consuming all his thoughts and tangling him in her web. What starts out as a contentious rivalry evolves into a desire neither of them expected. When hammer meets metal, will they crack under pressure or be forged as one? Cami and Stockton might just end up being exactly what the other one needs, but first their love will have to be drawn out in fire. 

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2940150215016_p0_v1_s260x420Last to Know by Micaela Smeltzer

He was just a boy.
And I was just a girl.
But if that’s all there was to the story it wouldn’t be very interesting, would it?

Up and coming band Willow Creek is back in their hometown for the summer. For the drummer, Maddox Wade, this summer was meant for writing music and playing gigs.

Falling in love was not part of the plan.

One look at Emma Burke and those plans cease to matter.

Emma is quiet and guarded. She’s still hurt from her father walking out two years ago. She doesn’t want to trust Maddox, but with his dark hair, smoldering good looks, and infectious smile he’s impossible to resist.

Together Maddox and Emma embark on an unforgettable summer of adventures and first love.
Everything is perfect…or so Emma thinks.

There are things she doesn’t know, and when she finds out the truth it might shatter everything she’s built with Maddox.

No one said love was easy, and for Maddox and Emma it just might be impossible.

This is a Young Adult book. The following books in the series will be New Adult.

*This book is a standalone within a series

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IndulgenceSweet Indulgence by Cassandra Giovanni, Amy Evans, Nikki Godwin, Deirdre Riordan Hall, and Molli Moran      

Satisfy your sweet tooth with this limited time collection of clean steam New Adult Novels. An indulgence for you soul; your hips will thank you, but your box of tissues may not!
100% Profits to benefit the American Heart Association. Five Amazing Novels; One Amazing Cause
#AuthorswithHeart

Amy Evans – Jellybean Kisses (Pink, #1)

JELLYBEAN KISSES is the story of Jax and Jacey, two best friends who fake a relationship at the expense of something real. It’s going to take a hurricane, a goose, and a pound of jellybeans to get them to confess their feelings to one other. But can they find the courage before it’s too late?

Cassandra Giovanni – Flawed Perfection (Beautifully Flawed, #1)

River Alhers is the girl next door to the Beckerson Boys. The two brothers couldn’t be more different, except for one thing: River.
Bobby loved River, River loved Adam and Adam only loved himself–or so everyone thought. Then one night everything changes, and life long friendships will be tested for the sake of love. As the romance threatens to destroy everyone involved, a tragedy strikes that will leave more than just a friendship broken.

Nikki Godwin – American Girl on Saturn (Saturn, #1)

When attempt has been made on the lives of Canadian boyband, Spaceships Around Saturn, during their USA tour, the guys have to go into hiding ASAP with a secret service agent’s family, which includes two teenage daughters and a five-year-old fangirl. But after the super-cute Milo kisses Chloe during a game of hide-and-seek, she finally understands what little sister Emery means when she talks about SAS being “out of this world.” If this is what Saturn feels like, Chloe doesn’t want to come back to Earth.

Deirdre Riordan Hall – To the Sea (Follow Your Bliss, #1)

To the Sea is the story of twenty-something Kira, freshly out of college and newly married, when she faces the unexpected loss of her young husband. As grief weighs her down, she uncovers the secrets he left behind. While trying to overcome tragedy, she learns to surf—on a surfboard and the waves in life. She navigates new feelings of lust with Australian hottie Jamie, and the depths of love with soul-surfer Ian, all while discovering her own strength, overcoming loss, and transforming her life.
Molli Moran – One Song Away

Sophie-Claire Wright keeps waiting for the lucky break that will launch her songwriting career, but lately her life feels more like a bad country song on repeat. When she moves home and tells a tiny lie–that she has a boyfriend–she turns to an old friend and crush to play the part of her fill-in boyfriend. Soon, sparks are flying between them, and Sophie can’t tell which kisses are real and which are fake. Just as she decides to take a leap of faith, she receives a chance to return to Nashville and the songwriting dreams she left behind. Is the life she wants ONE SONG AWAY or has she already found it in Jake’s arms?         

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2940046419139_p0_v1_s260x420Perfect Plans by C.J. Wells

He’s the ultimate fantasy crush. You’ve seen him on the big screen – the ‘fantasy’ man you cheat on your husband with; the man you never expect to meet… But what if you did?

Perfect Plans, the first of a two-part series, takes you through this possibility. Every woman fantasizes about ‘what if’ at some point in her marriage; lost in dreams of something MORE. Abigail Ryan takes a leap that most women would envy. Abandoning her seemingly perfect life in Canada, she moves to London, England, and falls into the lap of Alexander Tate – every woman’s fantasy crush. Her perfect plan unfolds to a world where reality meets dreams, and dreams meet reality; throwing her into a tail-spin of self-doubt and public scrutiny. Alex Tate wants nothing more than to escape the dream-world in which he lives; his desire for love, marriage and family, with all of its real-world normalcy out of his world-famous reach. Aby and Alex face the obstacles of their own realities, now intertwined, before succumbing to their questionable fates. Are you ready to fall into your fantasy, when reality lurks right outside the door? **MATURE CONTENT** This story contains sexually explicit material and is intended for mature individuals over the age of eighteen. By downloading this book and opening this document, you are stating that you are of legal age to access and view this work of fiction.

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2940149403769_p0_v4_s260x420Soul Rebel by C.J. Pinard

When 21-year-old Nolan Bishop meets Eva, a seductive redhead at a dark club in downtown Shreveport, little does he know his soul will be gone as soon as she is. It doesn’t take Nolan long to realize that this succubus, who is now invading his dreams, has taken something from him. Through the underground network of the supernatural in New Orleans, he finds out he has a mere 7 days to destroy Eva before he turns into something sinister and inhuman. In a race against all that is holy, Nolan meets Eva’s identical twin, Charity. He begs for her help to find Eva with the intent to kill her – all while trying not to fall in love with Charity – and all in 7 days.

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2940148405207_p0_v1_s260x420Snow Blind by L.R. Potter

Strange things are happening in Yorkshaven… black magic, witchcraft, and the appearance of fantomes – phantoms of the night, the blood-drinking shapeshifters. In the midst of these strange happenings is a young girl, Reina Devereaux, who is coming of age and is discovering untapped powers within herself.

Also ensnared in these events is Elias Snow, a man condemned by society because of his wife’s suicide. Elias, just wanting to be left in his isolation, is thrust onto center stage to save a life. After Reina witnesses the murder of someone she loves, her mind is completely wiped of all memory. As she struggles to survive, and not knowing who to trust, she discovers love. Will the forces of the dark kill her dreams?

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2940016307954_p0_v2_s260x420Lark by Erica Hope

The last time she checked, Mia Carrington was pretty sure that she was a normal girl with a completely ordinary life.

She goes to high school, has a crush on the gorgeous and mysterious new boy in town, and has strange dreams that she can’t help but feel are real somehow.

Okay, so maybe she’s not all that normal after all.

A freak accident changes Mia’s life forever when she is thrown into another world and left to deal with the revelation that she is the daughter of the King of the Light Elves. Throw in an ominous prophecy predicting that Mia will break a curse unleashing the Dark Elves on the world and well, things don’t look too good.

There is danger lurking at every corner in this strange world and Mia isn’t sure who she can trust…
The only thing she is certain of is that the Dark Elves know about her, and they will stop at nothing until they have her.

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2940016263243_p0_v1_s260x420Dark Summer by Lizzy Ford

A school for Witchlings…

The ultimate choice between Light and Dark…

Where the price of a mistake…is your soul.

Sixteen-year-old Summer doesn’t expect her new boarding school to be any different than the rest: a temporary stay, until her uncontrollable magic gets her thrown out again. In her mind, there’s no point in getting too friendly with anyone. That is, until she notices Decker, the boy who will become the Master of Night and Fire on his eighteenth birthday.

When she learns that this special school has attracted others with magic in their blood, she is hopeful that this time around, things may be different. Besides, she can’t deny her interest in Decker, and when he rescues her one night from the dark forests of the Rocky Mountains, their connection is instant.

Yet a relationship with Decker may prove to be Summer’s downfall, forcing her to choose between Light and Dark, life and death, love – and their souls.

One choice. One soul. One price.

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2940014556965_p0_v1_s260x420Pinehurst by Nicole Grane

After attending years of public school and for reasons unknown, sixteen-year-old Evelyn Hollyander AKA Evie, finds herself suddenly “dumped” at Pinehurst, a stuffy private school for the Mageia—the children of magic. Gone are the days of Geometry and Keyboarding, Evie’s schedule now consists of classes that teach defensive spells and charms against the deadly creatures of the Underworld.

She discovers that her magical abilities are far more pronounced than that of her classmates, or even her teachers for that matter. She’s forced into sixth period PE, boys only “boot-camp” for Slayers; and is taunted by some of the students for being the only female Slayer—ever! But life isn’t all that bad. She has a ten alarm crush on Antonio, a hunky nineteen year old Slayer who is assigned as her personal trainer. She’s ecstatic until she realizes that Antonio can also communicate with her telepathically—translation: he can hear every steamy thought she has for him.

After learning that her father has been captured and is being held hostage in Hell of all places, Evie seeks help from Antonio and Havoc, a feisty pixie who Evie’s sure is evil incarnate. The three of them journey into the Underworld, battle two-headed vipers, a troll, and spiders that are big enough to suck your face off. She’s propositioned by the Lord of the Underworld himself. Proving more powerful than expected, Evie is an acquisition he must have—as well as his ticket to the Outer World. The bargain: the safety of her friends and the knowledge to save her father’s life in exchange for an unthinkable price.

Find it on Amazon (FREE) and Barnes and Noble

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Every Saturday I run a feature for the 99 Cent Club, and below are the ebook picks for this week that caught my eye and are currently ONLY 99 Cents on Amazon, with many on Barnes and Noble as well. I don’t know if these are permanent prices, so please don’t shoot the messenger, and double check pricing before pressing the buy button. Enjoy! (If you could help give these authors some love by spreading the word, that would be epic.)

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2940148229964_p0_v1_s260x420Kismet by A.E. Woodward

Katie’s world came crashing down in an instant.

Her husband, daughter, and unborn baby. . . all gone in a flash. The life that she’d come to know, gone before she ever really got to live it.

With a broken heart, she deals the only way she knows how, by shutting it all off. No communicating, no feelings, just pure nothingness.

Alone with nothing but her own thoughts and a well meaning family, she moves back to her childhood home, a horse farm. It’s there that she finds herself healing along with the horses her family rehabilitates. But when Parker McKenzie comes back into her life she’s reminded of all that went wrong, and all that she lost.

Will Katie ever begin to heal? Or will her secrets and loss be too much for her to overcome?

Perhaps, this is her kismet.

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2940150753594_p0_v1_s260x420A Santini in Love by Melissa Schroeder

She was the last woman standing.

Madison Baker was born and bred to be a Marine. When a roadside bomb ends her first deployment—not to mention her career—she is left to pick up the pieces of what is left of her life. She’s returned to Oceanside to regroup and move on. It doesn’t mean she’s ready for a relationship, even if a particular Santini has different plans.

Love happens when you least expect it.

When he first met Madison back at the Academy, Dante Santini was sure the woman was put on the earth to irritate him. She’s prickly and mouthy. She always thinks she’s right. Worse—she almost always is. She hasn’t really changed over the years. One disagreement ends up with them lip locked and very nearly falling into bed, Dante discovers he might need to rethink his first impression.

When Madison is convinced she witnesses a murder, the only person who believes her is Dante. Together, they sift through the meager evidence, trying to unearth the secrets someone is trying to hide. Neither one of them expecting it would draw them closer—or that a killer is hell bent on making sure those secrets stay buried.

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9781623420598_p0_v2_s260x420Love in the Time of the Dead by Tera Shanley

Laney Landry has been fighting Deads alongside her brother and friends for three years. But she has a secret. She’s immune to Dead bites and has to find the right people to trust with the information. Her team rallies around her to find a doctor who can extract a vaccine from Laney which could fight the virus that ended the world. Sean Daniels leads a colony that provides her team with much needed shelter and supplies. He is obviously interested in Laney. The question is whether he’s only intrigued by her as a source for the possible vaccine, or for something more. Tests for the cure might push her body beyond what it can endure, and just as she faces a ghost from her past, her longtime teammate Derek Mitchell hints at an interest in more than just her Dead slaying abilities. Two honorable and alluring men — one colossal decision to make. Despite historically bad taste in men, can she rise above the chaos of the apocalypse and choose the one who deserves her heart? The right choice could mean the difference between surviving…and just living

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9781908688019_p0_v1_s260x420All the Young Warriors by Anthony Neil Smith

When two of the Twin Cities’ “Lost Boys” — young Somali men drafted to fight for terrorists back in the homeland — kill a pair of cops on his home turf, detective Ray Bleeker is left devastated. One of the dead cops was his girlfriend. The investigation grinds to a halt when he discovers that the young murderers have fled to Somalia to fight in the rebel army. He’s at his wits’ end until the father of one of the boys, an ex-gang leader called Mustafa, comes looking for answers. Bleeker and Mustafa form an uneasy alliance, teaming up to help bring the boys back home. But little do they know what Somalia has in store for them.

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9781620610039_p0_v7_s260x420Greta and the Goblin King by Chloe Jacobs

While trying to save her brother from the witch three years ago, Greta was thrown into the fire herself, falling through a portal to a dangerous world where humans are the enemy, and every ogre, goblin, and ghoul has a dark side that comes out with the full moon. To survive, 17-year-old Greta has hidden her humanity and taken the job of bounty hunter—and she’s good at what she does. So good, she’s caught the attention of Mylena’s young Goblin King, the darkly enticing Isaac, who invades her dreams and undermines her determination to escape. But Greta’s not the only one looking to get out of Mylena. The full moon is mere days away, and an ancient evil being knows she’s the key to opening the portal. If Greta fails, she and the boys she finds stranded in the woods will die. If she succeeds, no world will be safe from what follows her back . . .

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18601430Deep Blue by Jennifer Donnelly

Deep in the ocean, in a world not so different from our own, live the merpeople. Their communities are spread throughout the oceans, seas, and freshwaters all over the globe.

When Serafina, a mermaid of the Mediterranean Sea, awakens on the morning of her betrothal, her biggest worry should be winning the love of handsome Prince Mahdi. And yet Sera finds herself haunted by strange dreams that foretell the return of an ancient evil. Her dark premonitions are confirmed when an assassin’s arrow poisons Sera’s mother. Now, Serafina must embark on a quest to find the assassin’s master and prevent a war between the Mer nations. Led only by her shadowy dreams, Sera searches for five other mermaid heroines who are scattered across the six seas. Together, they will form an unbreakable bond of sisterhood and uncover a conspiracy that threatens their world’s very existence.

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2940013264618_p0_v2_s260x420Sojourn by Jana Oliver

London, September 1888. An aged Queen Victoria rules. The threat of anarchy hovers in the air. A new kind of evil lurks in the back alleys of Whitechapel. Enter Jacynda Lassiter, a Time Rover on a mission—find an overdue ‘tourist’ and return him to 2057 before he changes history.

Victorian London is a dangerous place for the unwary. Mysterious shape-shifters haunt the streets, making friend and foe indistinguishable. When a fellow Time Rover is murdered, Jacynda’s mission becomes personal. Can she trust the two gentlemen who come to her aid, or do they harbor their own dark secrets?

In a few days, Jack the Ripper will add to his bloody legacy. But old Jack isn’t the only threat in Whitechapel. Unless Jacynda can outwit a madman, her Victorian sojourn will rewrite history—and end at the point of a blade.

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2940151739122_p0_v1_s260x420Fuse by Deborah Bladon

FUSE, a new standalone novella from New York Times, USA Today and Wall Street Journal Bestselling Author, Deborah Bladon

Brighton Beck has the life that many men can only dream of. He’s a successful artist, he has a loving family and he’s surrounded by people who appreciate and respect his talent. To anyone looking in from the outside, they’d see a perfect life but he’s lost two women he loved and that stalled him in his tracks. Beck is stuck in a bottomless pit of self-pity and it’s starting to not only impact his loved ones and friendships, but his career too.

Zoe Cameron is dealing with her own demons when she lands in Manhattan in anticipation of starting law school. She’s determined to leave her past behind but she’s experienced her own personal loss and the only way she knows how to deal with it is by pretending it never happened.

When Beck and Zoe meet, the attraction is instant and absolute. She lights a fuse beneath him that propels him back into his art studio and his element.

As their friendship shifts into something more, Zoe realizes that the only way anyone can truly move on is by accepting their past. Will Beck be there for her when she’s ready to expose her deepest secrets or will his own fears steal him away?

Find it on Amazon and Barnes and Noble

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9781506107158_p0_v1_s260x420Never Never by Colleen Hoover

#1 New York Times bestselling author of Hopeless joins forces with the New York Times bestselling author of Mud Vein. Together, they have created a gripping, romantic tale unlike any other.

“How odd to be made of flesh, balanced on bone, and filled with a soul you’ve never met.”

Charlize Wynwood and Silas Nash have been best friends since they could walk. They’ve been in love since the age of fourteen.
But as of this morning…they are complete strangers.
Their first kiss, their first fight, the moment they fell in love…every memory has vanished.

“I don’t care what our real first kiss was,” he says. “That’s the one I want to remember.”

Charlize and Silas must work together to uncover the truth about what happened to them and why. But the more they learn about the couple they used to be…the more they question why they were ever together to begin with.

“I want to remember what it feels like to love someone like that. And not just anyone. I want to know what it feels like to love Charlie.”

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24218164HOOK: The Untold Stories of Neverland by K.R. Thompson

Archie Jameson sat in the dark corners of the print shop, dreaming of adventure. Today, it found him. Caught in a chilly October storm, he ducked into a tavern, hoping to escape the rain. What he found, was a room teeming with pirates. Shanghaied by the most elderly of the lot, Archie found himself serving on a ship captained by the fiercest pirate ever to sail the seven seas–the man known as Blackbeard. Through a series of thrilling twists, Archie finds himself captain of another of Blackbeard’s ships, the Jolig Roger. In an attempt to flee danger, his ship becomes lost under stars never before seen. Determined to save both his crew and the woman he loves, Archie will make decisions that will forever seal his fate. Discover the untold story of the man who became Captain Hook.

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Every Saturday I run a feature for the 99 Cent Club, and below are the ebook picks for this week that caught my eye and are currently ONLY 99 Cents on Amazon, with many on Barnes and Noble as well. I don’t know if these are permanent prices, so please don’t shoot the messenger, and double check pricing before pressing the buy button. Enjoy! (If you could help give these authors some love by spreading the word, that would be epic.)

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24234793Werewolves of Shade by Tim O’Rourke

Publishing 31st January 2015 from Tim O’Rourke #1 bestselling author of ‘The Kiera Hudson Series’ comes ‘Werewolves of Shade’ a werewolf romance with a twist.

When the entire population of Shade go missing, investigative reporter Mila Watson knows this could be the big break she has been waiting for. Setting off into the mountains to the village of Shade, Mila soon learns that the village isn’t as deserted as she first believed it to be and that creatures lurk in the shades…

Note: This ends in a cliff-hanger. Part Two will be released 13th February 2015 and is now available for pre-order.

For readers 16+

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  17156015The Beauty Series Bundle: Beauty from Pain, Beauty from Surrender, Beauty from Love by Georgia Cates

The New York Times, USA Today and Wall Street Journal Best-selling Beauty Series is now available in a single volume.

BEAUTY FROM PAIN: Aussie winemaker Jack McLachlan and American musician Laurelyn Prescott agree to a three month relationship while keeping their true identities secret.

BEAUTY FROM SURRENDER: A heartbroken Laurelyn Prescott returns to Nashville to pursue her music career and finds the success she’s always dreamed of. Jack Henry McLachlan spends three months searching for his beloved but their reunion doesn’t come easy. Will she be able to see beyond the glitz glamour and visualize a life that includes him?

BEAUTY FROM LOVE: Life for Jack Henry and Laurelyn is beautiful until their post-wedded bliss is cut short when his dark past springs into their present happiness. He wants to shelter Laurelyn but keeping her untainted by his previous life proves impossible when yesterday’s sins insist on returning to haunt him. Will it be possible for them to find happiness in their forever with a past like his?

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2940151753722_p0_v1_s260x420Withering Hope by Layla Hagen

Aimee’s wedding is supposed to turn out perfect. Her dress, her fiancé and the location–the idyllic holiday ranch in Brazil–are perfect.

But all Aimee’s plans come crashing down when the private jet that’s taking her from the U.S. to the ranch–where her fiancé awaits her–defects mid-flight and the pilot is forced to perform an emergency landing in the heart of the Amazon rainforest.

With no way to reach civilisation, being rescued is Aimee and Tristan’s–the pilot–only hope. A slim one that slowly withers away, desperation taking its place. Because death wanders in the jungle under many forms: starvation, diseases. Beasts.

As Aimee and Tristan fight to find ways to survive, they grow closer. Together they discover that facing old, inner agonies carved by painful pasts takes just as much courage, if not even more, than facing the rainforest.

Despite her devotion to her fiancé, Aimee can’t hide her feelings for Tristan–the man for whom she’s slowly becoming everything. You can hide many things in the rainforest. But not lies. Or love.

Withering Hope is the story of a man who desperately needs forgiveness and the woman who brings him hope. It is a story in which hope births wings and blooms into a love that is as beautiful and intense as it is forbidden.

Note: This novel is recommended for 18+ due to sexual content and mature themes.

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9780062351517_p0_v6_s260x420The Silent Girls by Eric Rickstad

With the dead of a bitter Vermont winter closing in, evil is alive and well . . .

Frank Rath thought he was done with murder when he turned in his detective’s badge to become a private investigator and raise a daughter alone. Then the police in his remote rural community of Canaan find an ’89 Monte Carlo abandoned by the side of the road, and the beautiful teenage girl who owned the car seems to have disappeared without a trace.

Soon Rath’s investigation brings him face-to-face with the darkest abominations of the human soul.

With the consequences of his violent and painful past plaguing him, and young women with secrets vanishing one by one, he discovers once again that even in the smallest towns on the map, evil lurks everywhere—and no one is safe.

Morally complex, seething with wickedness and mystery, and rich in gritty atmosphere and electrifying plot turns, The Silent Girls marks the return of critically acclaimed author Eric Rickstad. Readers of Ian Rankin, Jo Nesbø, and Greg Iles will love this book and find themselves breathless at the incendiary, ambitious, and unforgettable story.

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2940015143959_p0_v1_s260x420The Truth About Faking by Leigh T. Moore

The Truth About Faking:
Jason just wants a date with Harley.
Harley just wants a date with Trent.
Trent’s still getting over Stephanie.

When Harley and Jason decide to fake date, they uncover a school of deceptions. Trent’s got a secret, but so does Jason. And the more time Harley spends secretly kissing her fake boyfriend, the further she gets from her dreams with Trent.

Worst of all, Harley’s mom is getting cozy with her hot massage therapy student, and even Harley’s Reverend Dad can’t fake not being bothered by it. But when the masks finally come off, can everyone handle the real truth?

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9780062326218_p0_v3_s260x420All Lined Up by Cora Carmack

Dallas Cole loathes football. That’s what happens when you spend your whole childhood coming in second to a sport. College is her time to step out of the bleachers and put the playing field (and the players) in her past.

But life doesn’t always go as planned. As if going to the same college as her football-star ex wasn’t bad enough, her father, a phenom in Texas’s world of high school coaching, has decided to make the jump to college ball . . . as the new head coach at Rusk University. Dallas finds herself in the shadows of her father and football all over again.

Carson McClain is determined to go from second-string quarterback to the starting lineup. He needs the scholarship and the future that football provides. But when a beautiful redhead literally falls into his life, his focus is more than tested. It’s obliterated.

Dallas doesn’t know Carson is on the team. Carson doesn’t know that Dallas is his new coach’s daughter.

And neither of them knows how to walk away from the attraction they feel.

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9781481280761_p0_v6_s260x420A Shade of Vampire by Bella Forrest

On the evening of Sofia Claremont’s 17th birthday, she is sucked into a nightmare from which she cannot wake.
A quiet evening walk along a beach brings her face to face with a dangerous pale creature that craves much more than her blood.

She is kidnapped to an island where the sun is eternally forbidden to shine.
An island uncharted by any map and ruled by the most powerful vampire coven on the planet. She wakes here as a slave, a captive in chains.

Sofia’s life takes a thrilling and terrifying turn when she is the one selected out of hundreds of girls to join the harem of Derek Novak, the dark royal Prince.

Despite his addiction to power and obsessive thirst for her blood, Sofia soon realizes that the safest place on the island is within his quarters, and she must do all within her power to win him over if she is to survive even one more night.

Will she succeed? …or is she destined to the same fate that all other girls have met at the hands of the Novaks?

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2940046137859_p0_v1_s260x420Lycan Fallout: Rise of the Werewolf by Mark Tufo

The world of man was brought to its knees with the zombie apocalypse. A hundred and fifty years have passed since man has clawed and climbed his way from the brink of extinction. Civilization has rebooted, man has begun to rebuild, to create communities and society. It is on this fragile new shaky ground that a threat worse than the scourge of the dead has sprung. One man finds himself once again thrust into the forefront of a war he wants nothing to do with and seemingly cannot win. Follow along as Michael Talbot attempts to thwart the rise of the werewolf.

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2940148553731_p0_v1_s260x420The Rift by Walter Jon Williams

FRACTURE LINES PERMEATE THE CENTRAL UNITED STATES. Some comprise the New Madrid fault, the most dangerous earthquake zone in the world. Other fracture lines are social—— economic, religious, racial, and ethnic.

What happens when they all crack at once?

Caught in the disaster as cities burn and bridges tumble, young Jason Adams finds himself adrift on the Mississippi with African-American engineer Nick Ruford. A modern-day Huck and Jim, they spin helplessly down the river and into the widening faults in American society, encountering violence and hope, compassion and despair, and the primal wilderness that threatens to engulf not only them, but all they love…

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2940013344051_p0_v2_s260x420Blood Calling by Joshua Grover-David Patterson

When Lucy Leary turned 18, her life fell apart. She crashed her car, her best friend abandoned her, her parents divorced, and her grandfather passed away, leaving her a single possession: A vampire slaying kit with a note that said, “THEY’RE REAL. FIGHT THEM.”

Now Lucy must stop the oldest, most dangerous vampire in history, before it can kill her family.

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On January 29th, Morgan Wylie’s third novel in The Age of Alandria Series is set to release—-and to get ready, Wylie has graciously placed the previous novels in the series on sale!  You can scoop up book one for FREE, and book two, as well as the companion novel, for just 99 cents!  Scoop them up now!!

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Silent OrchidsSilent Orchids (The Age of Alandria #1)

A dying realm.

The ancient evil of the Droch-Shúil has been unleashed.

The Orchids have been silenced… but for how long?

Daegan, elite of the Ferrishyn warrior tribe of Faeries, is charged with a mission to find the Sol-lumieth, a mysterious new power that could change the fate of all in the realm of Alandria. But he is conflicted by his purpose, and he cannot trust the motives of those he serves. He has too many questions and they must be answered.

Kaeleigh, a girl abandoned as a small child just outside Missoula, Montana, is now 18. She is trying to discover who she is and where she belongs. In her heart, she feels she has family out there… somewhere…

Desperate to unravel the mysteries of her past, she embarks on a journey that will forever change her along with her two best friends, Finn and Chel—who have secrets of their own.

***Nominated for UtopYAcon award: Best Debut Novel of 2013***

FREE on AMAZON!

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Veiled ShadowsVeiled Shadows (The Age of Alandria #2)

Shadows linger where light is obstructed, and truth is veiled.

Evil is an untreated disease in the once beautiful realm of Alandria.

Kaeleigh is faced with a revelation that she must reconcile. She will decide if discovering the truth is worth the unknown consequences to both herself and her friends.

Daegan, the Ferrishyn warrior, is conflicted by more than his loyalties, and is confronted with emotions he doesn’t know how to deal with. A choice must be made.

A choice… that may cost him more than he ever wanted to give.

The Droch-Shúil—enforcers and servants of the ancient darkness—continue to cast their shadow over Alandria seeking those who can be turned to their side.

The magic of The Orchids is growing, but not everyone will survive what is to come.

Veiled Shadows is the second installment in The Age of Alandria series: the story of the Sol-lumieth’s quest for freedom of self and the power to battle the evil of the Droch-Shúil.

.99 cents on Amazon!

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DaeganDaegan (The Age of Alandria Companion Novella)

***This is a companion novella to The Age of Alandria series***

Everyone has a story, and Daegan’s began with darkness…

As a child, Daegan Waethní witnessed the murder of both his parents. He buried the tragedy in the past, desperate to forget, but the past seems to be haunting him from the Beyond.  

Now he is an Elite in the royal guard for the Paladin, the rulers of Feraánmar. A loyal Ferrishyn Faerie warrior, he battles the darkness that is once again stirring in Alandria.

Things are not what they seem in Alandria, and Daegan must find light before the darkness consumes himself and all he cares about.

Against his will, the darkness is using him to destroy his own people. Daegan is determined to fight it with all that he is, but will it be too late?

And if he can’t stop it, who will he hurt next?

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Fracutred DarknessFractured Darkness (The Age of Alandria #3)

The darkness in Elnye is growing.

There is screaming in Exhile.

The mysterious woman, known only as “She”, is in a rage.

Her pawn, Maleina has made a dangerous move and severed her communications with the dark mistress. Now as dueling dark forces, master and willing initiate, they begin to jockey for power as the stage is set for the coming war.

Kaeleigh and her small band of loyal companions have escaped the dungeons of Elnye and found their way to the secret home of the Ehsmia.

After breaking the vicious bond that enslaved Daegan to Maleina’s will, the walls between Kaeleigh and her Ferrishyn warrior begin to fall, as their feelings for each other begin to give way to passion.

The darkness is fractured, but its relentless quest for power goes unabated. A war is coming.

However, the power of the Sol-lumieth has finally come together and found its light. A blinding light of freedom, that may be the salvation for all of Alandria.

Pre-Order for just $3.99 on Amazon!

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6925274About Morgan Wylie

Morgan Wylie, originally from the Pacific Northwest, now resides near Nashville, TN with her husband and daughter. She and her husband work everyday at their individual and combined creative pursuits while she learns to balance being “Mama”, wife, and mediator to the many voices and muses constantly chattering in her head.

You can find her and news on her books at the following:

MorganWylie.net
MorganWylieBooks on Facebook
@MWylieBooks on Twitter
Info@MorganWylie.net Email

Or find her on Facebook and Goodreads

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We’re back!  Every weekend I try to run a feature for the 99 Cent Club, and below are the ebook picks for this week that caught my eye and are currently ONLY 99 Cents on Amazon, with many on Barnes and Noble as well. I don’t know if these are permanent prices, so please don’t shoot the messenger, and double check pricing before pressing the buy button. Enjoy! (If you could help give these authors some love by spreading the word, that would be epic.)

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The Dimension ThievesThe Dimension Thieves by Misty Provencher

Antythera is the new Earth.
Why?
Because that’s what President Baro, ruler of the planet, wants to call it.
And if you don’t agree, the President will have you Droned.

The world has become a much smaller place since the lower and middle classes have been converted to mindless servants.  Free will, granted only to the elite, is in jeopardy of complete extinction.  

But Force Steele, son to one of the President’s highest ranking advisors, can’t live under the thumb of his controlling father, or the President, any longer. Force has dedicated himself to eradicating Droning, but when the President orders the Antidote Gear destroyed—the part of the machine that could free the drones by reversing the program that controls them—all is lost. Lacking necessary materials, there is literally no way in Force’s world to replace the one-of-a-kind gear.

Force’s only choice is to partner with shifty mechanic, Calerbius Brown, and embark on a risky mission that will take Force and his rag-tag crew across the lateral dimensions, where they must often steal materials—even from themselves—in order to fix their own dwindling world.

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 9781500672904_p0_v1_s260x420Angels Dawn by Komali da Silva

Dawn Huntington wants what every girl wants, a sweet sixteen birthday party with her friends, family, and some hot boys, but fate has other plans. On the night of Dawn’s sixteenth birthday, she witnesses a crime she can’t turn her back on, and the decisions she makes that night will change her life forever.

Never having been confronted with such violence, Dawn turns to a mysterious and beautiful boy named Angelo, only she can’t remember what happens that night. To make things more complicated, Dawn is in a relationship with Angelo’s complete opposite, Nate. Dawn doesn’t want to hurt Nate, yet she can’t shake her feelings for Angelo, even when she can’t help but feel he’s hiding something from her, and it could be something dark. Why is Angelo acting so weird around Bonita? Are they together? Are they really only friends?

Angelo may be trouble, but Dawn can’t ignore her feelings for him. Dawn is at a crossroads. Should she choose love? Or friendship? Once Dawn finally finds the courage to choose, she thinks the drama is over. But Dawn wasn’t expecting her choices to have such dire consequences.

Do you believe in love at first sight? But can one trust someone blindly? Can love overcome all the obstacles?

Is friendship just the beginning of love?

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22328309The Oath Saga: Whispering Wind by Karlie Mavre

Bound by destiny and a love that conquers all, with an oath sworn in blood…

Born of a unique race called Gaias, sixteen-year-old Taryn Malone has been blessed with extraordinary abilities, including one that was believed to have been eradicated centuries ago. This gift must remain hidden, or her entire species will perceive her as a threat. Upon her move to Williams, Arizona the woods on the mountainside become a refuge, the place where she can let her power flow free.

Skin Walker, Larkin Taylor has dreamt of the same girl since his twelfth birthday. While on a run in his wolf form, he catches the scent of something overwhelmingly powerful. When Larkin comes face-to-face with his dream girl, he is astounded to find that she is real. Desperate to be close to her, he joins her as the wolf where he witnesses first-hand the true depths of her gifts. Though he should destroy her for what she is, he finds himself struggling with a fierce need to protect her and the secrets she harbors. His own secrets are threatened when his former best friend bumps into Taryn at the local café.

Keiryn Falcon is instantly smitten with the new girl in town when sparks, quite literally, fly between the two as she brushes past him. The moment she is out of sight he takes to the skies in hawk form to follow. When he spies Larkin jumping down from her bedroom window, Keiryn sees nothing but red, knowing what kind of a monster lurks within the black dog. Bearing the physical scars that Larkin inflicted on him five years ago, Keiryn pledges to keep Taryn from falling victim to the same fate.

While her heart wages a constant war between the boy that is bound to protect her and the one she shares a deep, inexplicable connection with; who will she choose, and will that choice destroy them all?

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9781633751712_p0_v2_s260x420Bridges Burned by Chris Cannon

Don’t just fight the system…burn it.

Since discovering she is a shape-shifting, fire-breathing dragon on her sixteenth birthday (surprise!), Bryn McKenna’s world has been thrown into chaos. Being a “crossbreed”—part Red dragon and part Blue—means Bryn will never fit in. Not with dragon society. Not with the archaic and controlling Directorate. And definitely not when she has striped hair and a not-so-popular affection for rule-breaking…

But sneaking around with her secret boyfriend, Zavien, gets a whole lot harder when he’s betrothed to someone else. Someone who isn’t a mixed breed and totally forbidden. And for an added complication, it turns out Bryn’s former archnemesis Jaxon Westgate isn’t quite the evil asshat she thought. Now she’s caught between her desire to fit in and a need to set things on fire. Literally.
 
Because if Bryn can’t adapt to the status quo…well, then maybe it’s time for her to change it.

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2940149531158_p0_v1_s260x420Enchanted Hearts by Mindy Ruiz

Cassandra Vera never ever broke the rules.

Ever!

She’s also had a nonexistent social life since her best friend moved to Vegas. Armed with a new set of resolutions, the promise of a hot date, and her adoptive parents out of town, seventeen-year-old Cassandra agrees to a road trip, which is the perfect way to celebrate her birthday and ring in the New Year. After all, she’s headed to Vegas, the city where secrets are meant to stay hidden. Little does Cassandra know her past is buried there as well.

Cloaked in the shadows of the glitz and gaudy lights of Vegas lies a power struggle centuries old. One wrong step and Cassandra could destroy the delicate web of secrets. Now an enemy she never knew existed is after her, and the one boy who may be the missing piece to the puzzle — and her heart— is the one person she can’t afford to trust.

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2940151734233_p0_v1_s260x420Losing It: A Collection of VCards

22 Bestselling YA authors reveal what went on behind the curtain in your favorite YA novels! From paranormal to contemporary, this collection features over 200 pages of ALL NEW CONTENT full of deleted scenes, extended endings, and more from the young adult series’ you love.

In this YA/NA crossover collection all of your favorite heroines are cashing in their VCards! YA just got steamy, sexy, and not afraid to go all the way!

Due to the graphic nature of some content, this collection is recommended strictly for mature readers.

Stories include excerpts and extended material–ALL NEW CONTENT featuring the following YA novels & authors:

The Grimoire Saga by SM Boyce
The Death Series by Tamara Rose Blodgett
Penny Black Trilogy by Stacey Wallace Benefiel
Dirty Blood series by Heather Hildenbrand
The Mythology Series by Helen Boswell
Stories About Melissa Series by Bethany Lopez
Keegan’s Chronicles by Julia Crane
The Tate Chronicles by K.A. Last
Fragile Creatures by Kristina Circelli
The Spellbound Trilogy by Nikki Jefford
Judgement of the Six Series by Melissa Haag
A Dark Faerie Tale Series by Alexia Purdy
The Double Threat Series by Julie Prestsater
The Elsker Saga by S.T. Bende
Ovialell Series by Tish Thawer
The Runes Series by Ednah Walters
The Cornerstone Series by Misty Provencher
The Waiting Series by Ginger Scott
Forged Series by A.O. Peart
The Arotas Series by Amy Miles
Funeral Crashing Mysteries by Milda Harris
The Wolf Trilogy by M.R. Polish

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2940148287759_p0_v3_s260x420Jellybean Kisses by Amy Evans

This is a 40 page novella prequel – a sweet New Adult romance. More Jellybean Kisses are coming soon.

There are hundreds of colors and flavors of jellybeans in this world.  Each is distinct in color and flavor and the second they touch your lips a spark reaches your brain. Kisses are exactly the same. They have different meanings and textures, evoke different reactions in heart, body and soul. Together, Jellybean Kisses are the most romantic of treats. And one is never enough.  

JELLYBEAN KISSES is the story of Jax and Jacey,  two best friends who pretended to be a couple through all of high school. They both want more but refuse to admit it.    It’s going to take a hurricane, a goose, and a pound of jellybeans to get them to confess their feelings to one other. But can they find the courage for honesty in love before it’s too late?

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Soul SurvivorSoul Survivor by Michelle Files

Hailee Mai Hart is just a simple, normal girl. Or so she thought.

When she left her one-horse town for a college education in the big city, she never could’ve imagined what awaited her.

She’s quickly thrown into a world filled with angels, danger, and a curse…her curse. Come to find out, she’s not so simple after all. She’s actually the last of her kind, and the fate of the world rests on her shoulders. She has one chance to save Earth, and it all comes down to one choice: Light or Darkness. What is right and what is wrong is all a matter of perspective, which leaves her heart dangerously tangled. No matter which path she takes people will die, and that’s just not an option.

Will she be able to save everyone, or will she be the Soul Survivor?

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ChosenChosen by Paulina Ulrich

*Contains strong language and minor drug reference.*

Nothing can stand in the way of outspoken, rule-breaker-extraordinaire Kaddy Richston…except destiny. Born with a spitfire personality and a take-no-nonsense attitude, Kaddy set her sights on being in a rock band and leaving her small Wyoming town, along with the painful memories of her shattered past.

But destiny had other plans for her.

The seemingly observant and mysterious Cole Huntington enters her life and becomes the bump in the road Kaddy is trying to pave for her future. Calm, cool, and collected, he plans on unraveling every one of Kaddy’s dark secrets. He only seems to be there for one thing anyway: Kaddy.
Hating him from the start and trying to fight her inane attraction to him, Kaddy is determined to undermine whatever intentions he has—until she learns of a destiny she never asked for. The only person she can turn to for answers is the last person she’d want help from: the frustratingly attractive Cole Huntington, who seems to dislike her rule-breaking as much as she dislikes his rule-following.

Sometimes destiny sucks.

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2940046484885_p0_v1_s260x420Forbidden: A Regency Box Set by Rachel Van Dyken, Kelly Martin, Kristin Vayden and Nadine Millard

#1 New York Times Best Selling Author Rachel Van Dyken joins forces with Regencies hottest names to bring you a Regency Holiday Box Set of “Forbidden Love”

A Winter Wish-By Nadine Millard
Mariah Bolton is as headstrong as she is clever, as strong-willed as she is beautiful. She enjoys her life and, apart from a rather snobbish mama, she is happy with her lot.
Imagine her consternation then when her world is turned upside down by the brooding and aloof Mr. Brandon Haverton!
Mariah and Brandon are forced to endure each other’s company more than either wants to when a snowstorm traps them in the same house.
They argue, they bang heads and they drive each other insane.
But something precious is blooming beneath the surface of all that ice. Something neither looks for but both need.
Can love melt the snow around Brandon’s cold heart?
Can Mariah be brave enough to take a leap of faith?
And can a Winter Wish help bring two souls together forever?

For the Love of a Lady-By Kristin Vayden
Lady Esther Flanguard is all of the above… but that’s all about to change soon.
Because, Essie has a plan. And it’s sure to work brilliantly.
The only thing standing in her way is trying to convince Cross—her best friend’s brother—to go along with it.

Lord Crossby, Cross to those who know him well, knows that Essie’s plan is not a good idea.
What Essie doesn’t know, is that he’s been in love with her for years. He refuses to leave this second chance left to fate. He lost her once, and plans to never lose her again.

So, knowing he’ll risk his heart, he agrees to play along with her disastrous plan. Silently vowing, that though Essie might be pretending…he isn’t, and this time he’s playing for keeps.

Cloaked in Red:A Shattered Fairy Tale-By Kelly Martin
Frederick Dodsworth has no desire to find love at Anthony Wexley’s Christmas gathering. Yet when he lays his eyes on the beautiful Rebecca for the first time, he is beyond smitten.
Lust turns to love. Love turns to jealousy. Jealousy turns to betrayal.
How did Frederick Dodsworth become the most evil man in Darenset? Simple. It started with a kiss.

The Devil Duke Takes a Bride-By Rachel Van Dyken
Who said being bad wasn’t oh so good?
Benedict Devlyn, Duke of Banbury, has one thing on his mind and it isn’t marriage. But things take a turn for the worse when his menacing aunt throws a hitch in his plans to remain the most sinful and talked about man in the ton. After all, a man cannot keep the reputation of being The Devil Duke when he is leg-shackled to some simpering spinster.
But his aunt, bless her heart, thinks she’s dying, and believes her nephew’s behavior is the only thing standing in the way between her entrance to heaven or hell. So she very lovingly and selflessly sets him up. With his childhood nemesis.
A young woman who, though she claims it was an accident, has nearly killed him thrice through her lack of grace and manners. It matters not that the minute he sets eyes on her at the Christmas ball, his blood boils with lust. He refuses to allow himself to fall prey to his aunt’s ministrations.
That is, until he is compromised and stuck in an engagement to a girl who claims she’d rather jump from a moving carriage than marry him. Funny thing that, for the very minute she says no, he finds his heart very much wants to say yes. When she doesn’t leap at the chance to marry him, he sets about to not only prove that he’s worthy of her favor, but also worthy of her heart.

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Hello fabulous readers!  This month for my official UtopYA post, I have a treat for you!

Heather Hildenbrand, author of Imitation, book one in the Clone Chronicles Series–an amazing series that Jerry Bruckheimer and Alloy have optioned for NBC–stopped by the blog to reminisce about her experiences at UtopYA!

Imitation

So, without further ado, I give you Heather:

I am what UtopYA refers to as a veteran. I was there at ground zero: year one.

And also at year two. And three. I’m what I call a repeat offender.

UtopYAcon for me is kind of like six degrees of Kevin Bacon. Except, without any Footloose dancing. And with a different type of celebrity. Okay, wait. There was that one time with the

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dancing. But we don’t talk about that. #staysinthevault

What I’m trying to say is that I’ve made so many connections as a result of attending UtopYA, beginning with year one and every year after, that when Shana

asked me to write this post, I was a little overwhelmed at all the material I had to pull from.

That first year, I was an author but barely. The ink on the title was still fresh

and I was so GREEN. I knew no one. I had a few names in my pocket of people I’d seen around on Facebook and Twitter but that was IT. I was nervous. Alone. And then I got there and I was never, ever for one second either of those things again. Not in Nashville and not after returning home.

I made connections. I made friends. And those friends have stayed with me through thick and thin, not just names on the internet or faces on profile pages, but real life FRiEnDS.

People I talk to throughout the year online, on the phone, in person.

I’m not trying to make this an ad for “attend UtopYA.” If anything, I’m saying THANKS to all the friends, professional connections, and smiles that I know I can count on every single year. UtopYA gives me all the feels and I am more than happy to give them right back. (BUT if you don’t believe that a girl who knew NO ONE could go from zero to this list, I dare you to show up this year and find out!)

So, THANK YOU, for welcoming me that first year and every year, Tiffany (& Ash) King, M Leighton, Adam & Carol Kunz, SM Boyce, Brina Courtney, Ella James, Sarah Ross, Angeline Kace, Shana Benedict, KC Neal, Chelsea Fine, Heather Self, Rachel Marks, Quinn Loftis, Megan Curd, Carlyle Labuschagne, Bethany Lopez, Tracy Banghart, Misty Provencher, Hope Collier Fields, Heather Love King, Chelsea Starling, Barbara Sheldon, Eva Pohler, Brenda Pandos, Cambria Hebert, Devri Walls, Delphina Miyares, Kat Grimes, Kat Nequette, Natalie Cleary, Amy Bartol, Shelly Crane, Alli Bowen, Donna Dull, Regina Wamba, Bella Roccaforte, Susan Burdorf, ALL the readers … holy moly I am forgetting so many. You know who you are.

I’ve never been to another book event before or since that continues to maintain an atmosphere of friendship like the one UtopYA offers. Thank you, Janet, and thank you, readers! I can’t wait to see you this June!

 

headshot1Heather Hildenbrand was born and raised in a small town in northern Virginia where she was homeschooled through high school. (She’s only slightly socially awkward as a result.) Since 2011, she’s published more than eight YA & NA novels including the bestselling Dirty Blood series. She splits her time between coastal Virginia and the island of Guam and loves having a mobile career and outrageous lifestyle of living in two places. Her most frequent hobbies are riding motorcycles and avoiding killer slugs.

Heather is also a publishing and success coach bent on equipping and educating artists who call themselves authors. She loves teaching fellow writers how to create the same freedom-based lifestyle she enjoys. For more information visit www.phoenixauthorink.com and find out how to create your own Outrageous Life.

She is represented by Rebecca Friedman. You can find out more about Heather and her books at www.heatherhildenbrand.com.

Or find her here:

Facebook | Facebook Fan Page | Twitter | Goodreads | Newsletter

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Make sure you check out Heather’s Clone Chronicles series!  Both Imitation and Deviation take place in a futuristic world–and with UtopYA’s 2015 theme as Time Travel, you sure don’t want to miss out on these awesome titles!!

ImitationImitation Synopsis:

Everyone is exactly like me. There is no one like me.

Ven wrestles with these contradicting truths every day. A clone of wealthy eighteen-year-old Raven Rogen, Ven knows everything about the girl she was created to serve: the clothes she wears, the boys she loves, the friends she loves to hate. Yet she’s never met the Authentic Raven face-to-face. Imitations like Ven only get to leave the lab when they’re needed—to replace a dead Authentic, donate an organ, or complete a specific mission. And Raven has never needed Ven . . . until now.

When there is an attack on Raven’s life, Ven is thrust into the real world, posing as Raven to draw out the people who tried to harm her. But as Ven dives deeper into Raven’s world, she begins to question everything she was ever told. She exists for Raven, but is she prepared to sacrifice herself for a girl she’s never met?

Fans of Cinder, The Selection and Sara Shepard’s Lying Game series will love Imitation, a thrilling, action-packed novel sure to keep readers guessing until the very last page.

Amazon

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Deviation NEWDeviation Synopsis:

Until a month ago, eighteen-year-old Ven had never set foot outside the windowless warehouse where she was created.

An Imitation of Raven Rogen, Ven spent her days confined in the lab, studying videos of her Authentic, all so she could step into Raven’s life at a moment’s notice.

Now, Ven lives in Raven’s penthouse apartment, kisses Raven’s boyfriend, and obeys every order from Raven’s dad, Titus Rogen—the very man who created her.

But Ven has a secret plan. She doesn’t want Raven’s life. She wants her own.

In the action-packed sequel of Imitation, Ven wages a dangerous war against Titus. First she’ll free herself, then she’ll free every last Imitation. . . .

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Other titles by Heather Hildenbrand:

Dirty Blood (book 1, the Dirty Blood series)

Amazon | Kobo | B&N

Cold Blood (book 2, Dirty Blood series)

Amazon | Kobo | B&N

Blood Bond (book 3, Dirty Blood series)

Amazon | Kobo | B&N

Blood Rule, (book 4, Dirty Blood series)

Amazon | Kobo | B&N

Whisper

Amazon | Kobo | B&N

Across the Galaxy

Amazon | Kobo | B&N

DreamKiller: The Complete Saga (a novella)

Amazon | Kobo | B&N

A Risk Worth Taking

Amazon | B&N

The Indie Author Guide: A Self-Publisher’s Toolbox

Amazon | B&N

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The Darkest Part (The Living Heartwood, #1) by Trisha Wolfe

 

Pressing the boundaries of both the psyche and the heart, Sam and Holden embark on a dangerous
journey that will test the limits of love.

Sam Wintry’s life used to be almost perfect. She was engaged to her childhood best friend and high school sweetheart, Tyler Marks, planning an amazing cross-country honeymoon during her college break. But after a hit-and-run leaves her in ruin, she begins seeing Tyler’s fractured, ghostly presence, and her family believes she’s losing her mind. Not until she completes their journey, stopping along the way to scatter Tyler’s remains, will Tyler be able cross over. Only…is Sam ready for him to leave her?

When the black sheep of the Marks’ family, Holden Marks, returns to check on Tyler’s case, Sam convinces him to give her his brother’s ashes. Despite their shaky history, she needs him…plus, he owes it to Sam and his brother. What she doesn’t count on is Holden’s relentlessness to go on the trip.

On the road, Holden realizes just how unhinged Sam has become. Dealing with her psychosis forces him to confront his dark past, making it harder to keep secrets hidden that should remain buried. Especially from Sam, the only woman he’s ever loved. And as Sam starts to unravel the truth, she begins to question if the brother she’s unwillingly falling for again is in an even darker place than her. 

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Excerpt:

My feet race across the root- covered path, and when I reach her, I swallow hard. Rain water drips down her face, rolling over her full lips, and her black hair is slicked back. Like she just got out of the shower. I try to keep my gaze from drifting lower, but dammit. Her white shirt clings to her body, teasingly revealing the fact she’s either not wearing a bra, or she’s wearing a really thin one.

I’m instantly sporting a semi. I give myself a mental punch to the gut, clearing my thoughts. I don’t know how to start this. My mouth is dry, and if I had any words in my empty head before, they’re long gone. Maybe I misread her paint—

Her arm snakes around my neck, pulling my shirt off my head, and I realize— like a dumbass— I’m still holding it above me. Her other hand goes to my stomach, and I suck in a sharp breath at the feel of her warm skin through the material. Her body presses against me, and it’s so delicate, fragile. She’s shaking. I want to hold her tight. Feel every bit of her.

“What are we doing?” she asks, releasing a small, timid laugh.

I swallow again. “I don’t know . . . but whatever it is, I don’t want to stop.”

Heat blazes in her eyes, desire. And I try to remind myself that this is Sam. My next door neighbor, and the girl I’ve known since she was in diapers. But she’s far more mature than her years; she sees things clearer than anyone I’ve ever met— is more sultry than any woman I’ve ever seen.

Shutting down my brain, I brush a wet lock of hair from her cheek. She gasps at my touch and bites down on her lip, and it’s my undoing. Gripping her soaking shirt, I pull her to me and press my lips to hers.

It’s soft and questioning, us trying to figure out our beat. It’s nervous and unsure, but as her mouth parts to welcome me in, I dip my tongue inside the hollow of her mouth, taste the sweetness of her. When she matches me, her tongue sliding over mine, mingling, heat scorches the back of my throat. My pulse quickens as a tremor rocks me.

She shivers in my arms, whether from the cold or the kiss, I’m not sure. But all I want to do is make her shiver more. And then warm her. I bend at the knees and grasp her thighs, lifting her into my arms. Something primal is taking over— driving out any hesitation. She latches her arms around my neck, locking her legs around my waist.

I’m moving us forward or backward . . . I don’t know. But I feel the tree bark against my knuckles at some point, and I press Sam against it, her body molding to mine. Our kiss becomes crushing and hungry, and I’m suddenly desperate, scared for it to end.

I’ve never opened myself up to anyone like this, especially a girl. I’ve made out with them and other things. Hell, I’m a guy. But with Sam . . . I know I’m vulnerable now. I can feel her reaching in and taking up residency in my soul.

It’s painful and pleasurable and scary as hell.

Thunder cracks above, the rain beats down, but we’re lost beneath a black dead tree— feeling alive.

 

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The Series:

The Darkest Part – Goodreads | Amazon
Losing Track – Goodreads | Amazon
Fading Out – Goodreads | Pre-Order
Bad Road – Goodreads | Available mid 2015

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Tell us what you think of about one of the Living Heartwood books and be entered to WIN a $50 Amazon Gift Card!

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The Author…
From an early age, Trisha Wolfe dreamed up fantasy worlds and characters and was accused of talking to herself. Today, she lives in South Carolina with her family and writes full time, using her fantasy worlds as an excuse to continue talking to herself.  
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Every Saturday I run a feature for the 99 Cent Club, and below are the ebook picks for this week that caught my eye and are currently ONLY 99 Cents on Amazon, with many on Barnes and Noble as well. I don’t know if these are permanent prices, so please don’t shoot the messenger, and double check pricing before pressing the buy button. Enjoy! (If you could help give these authors some love by spreading the word, that would be epic.)

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20743945Deadly Exodus by Kim McMahill

Their love is forbidden…their lives in danger…

Trapped in a dystopian America where men are being exterminated and relationships are forbidden, Nyla is determined to change the course of her future and protect Ethan. Fleeing means abandoning her grandmother and imprisoned mother, but Nyla and her friends will do anything to escape an authoritarian government which has stolen their freedom and prohibits personal expression of any kind.

Desperate and dreaming of a new life, the group makes a run for the Mexican border through the inhospitable Big Bend region of Texas. Persistent patrols track and corner them, while a vast and desolate landscape inhabited by brazen predators tests their ability to survive.

Will they live to realize their dreams of a new life and a chance at love?

Find it on Amazon.

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2940148506843_p0_v1_s260x420Christmas Bride by Brenda Hiatt

All of her life, Holly has dreamed of adventure and heroics. Indeed, she would far rather be a spy for the British against Napoleon, like her twin brother, Noel, than make her London debut. That is, until she meets Hunt, the handsome Marquess of Vandover. After a whirlwind courtship, they are married on Christmas Eve–Holly’s (and Noel’s) birthday. Holly is deeply in love, and her new husband’s career in the Foreign Office allows her to rub shoulders with diplomats and ambassadors, feeding her love of adventure. The future seems full of promise until her inept attempts to assist her husband in his career–and become a heroine in her own right–leads her to trust the wrong person. Suddenly Holly is plunged into a terrible conflict of loyalties, where she must choose between saving her nearly-broken marriage–and her beloved brother’s life!

Find it on Amazon and Barnes and Noble.

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2940148161608_p0_v1_s260x420The Reanimation of Edward Schuett by Derek J. Goodman

Fifty years have passed since the so-called Zombie Uprising. The coasts of the United States have recovered to become thriving metropolises while the interior still struggles with the day to day zombie problem.

The last thing Edward Schuett remembers was a zombie attack on his family on the Fourth of July. When he wakes up, things are different. He is different. He can once again think and talk, but he still carries the zombie virus in his system. While some react to him with curiosity, the rest act with hostility.

Now Edward is on the run across the country, searching for his answers with a series of unlikely allies. His journey will take him from futuristic scientific labs to the burned-out ruins of small-town America, looking for the people who can tell him why he is different. But there are those who will not stop until he is destroyed—especially when it is discovered that Edward possesses a unique ability that may just make him the most powerful biological weapon in history.

Find it on Amazon and Barnes and Noble.

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9781781852170_p0_v2_s260x420White Bones by Graham Masterton

One wet November morning, a field on Meagher’s Farm gives up the dismembered bones of eleven women. In this part of Ireland, unmarked graves are common. But these bones date to 1915, long before the Troubles. What’s more, these bones bear the marks of a meticulous executioner. These women were almost certainly skinned alive.

Detective Katie Maguire, of the Cork Garda, is used to dead bodies. But this is wholesale butchery. Her team think these long-dead women are a waste of police time. Katie is determined to give them justice.

And then a young American tourist goes missing, and her bones, carefully stripped of flesh, are discovered on the same farm. With the crimes of the past echoing in the present, Katie must solve a decades-old ritualistic murder before this terrifying killer strikes again.

Find it on Amazon and Barnes and Noble.

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2940016180250_p0_v2_s260x420Broken at Love by Lyla Payne

When a knee injury ends twenty-year-old Quinn Rowland’s pro tennis career, he’s not only dumped by his hot Russian girlfriend but ordered to attend college by his disinterested billionaire father. A rich kid who’s not used to being disappointed by life, Quinn and his sociopathic half-brother Sebastian create a frat house game intended to treat girls how they see them—as simple game pieces to be manipulated for their pleasure.

College sophomore Emilie Swanson knows Quinn’s reputation—after all, he did send one of her sorority sisters into therapy earlier in the semester—but the game and his charm bring them closer together and soon she starts to believe there’s more to Quinn than people think.

But what if the more is something darker than a game of toying with emotions and breaking hearts?

Quinn and Emilie might be falling for each other, but there are secrets he’s not ready to tell—and lifestyle changes he’s reluctant to make. She willingly stepped on the court, but if Emilie finds out she started out as nothing as a pawn in Quinn and Sebastian’s twisted game, she might never forgive him.

To his surprise, Quinn finds that he might finally care about someone more than he cares about himself…even if that means letting Emilie walk away for good.

Find it on Amazon and Barnes and Noble.

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2940046270174_p0_v1_s260x420XOXO New Adult Collection: 16 Full Length Novels

16 New Adult Stories from 16 of your favorite New Adult Authors
Find your next book boyfriend here.

MY UNEXPECTED FOREVER by Heidi McLaughlin
They say you should expect the unexpected, I didn’t realize my unexpected would be the forever kind.

FOR EVERLY by Raine Thomas
The last thing physical therapy student Everly Wallace wants is a relationship, but when she’s roped into working with sexy Major League pitcher Cole Parker, she’ll discover that it just might be the one thing she needs.

INDELIBLE by Bethany Lopez
Sam’s a single mom, working her way through college while raising her toddler. Judd’s a college baseball player, who on the outside, looks like he doesn’t have a care in the world. Can two people at different stages in their life find a way to make a life together?

TATTOOED DOTS by Kimberly Knight
Brooke and Easton learn that people are brought into their lives for many reasons. Over time, they find out what those reasons are. Some are to be a temporary acquaintance while others are there for life.

MANGLED HEARTS by Felicia Tatum
Can two loves find their way back to each other despite an addiction and a hardened heart, allowing their love to overcome it all? Can these mangled hearts be mended?

BREAKDOWN by Amanda Lance
After Charlotte Ferro’s suicide attempt is ruined by a handsome do-gooder he introduces her to a world of fast cars and cool criminals. But can their newfound friendship survive the secrets of their past?

MAVERICK by Anna Cruise
International surf sensation Kellen Handler has it all – fame and fortune and more women than he can count – but he’s riding his own personal wave toward disaster. Can PR genius Gina Bellori rescue his reputation…and his heart?

DO ANYTHING by Wendy Owens
A broken heart is only the beginning for her. He thinks he has his life figured out. Will they risk their hearts on a new chance at love?

RESIST ME by A.O. Peart
Ethan, a former-Marine-turned-firefighter, has never really cared for any woman, while living his life to the fullest and enjoying the bad boy stigma. Until the street-smart Lisbeth comes along, and instantly turns Ethan’s world upside down.

The Man Test by Amanda Aksel
Couple therapist Marin Johns tries to prove that all men are liars and cheaters by beginning a fictitious relationship. Will her new “boyfriend” be the statistic or will Marin regret the satisfaction of being right?

A RISK WORTH TAKING by Heather Hildenbrand
For college grad, Summer Stafford, watching her parents’ divorce has taught her that, above all, love is a risk. For a drifter like Ford O’Neal, love isn’t just a risk, it isn’t even on the table.

UNINTENTIONAL VIRGIN by A.J. Bennett
Nineteen-year-old Karma points is cursed. Cursed with a ridiculous name, self-esteem issues and the inability to lose her virginity. That is until Jax, the tattooed bouncer, comes into the picture.

THE FALL OF SKY by Alexia Purdy
Singing duo Audrey and Liv Westing hope to be discovered as the next big thing. While fumbling through their turbulent existences, they attract the eye of a deadly but powerful Cartel family.

A FIREFIGHTER’S FLAME by Dani Hart
If you dig into the deepest parts of your soul, what would you find? Happiness,pain, love, regret, peace, sorrow?

STEALING PROMISES by Brina Courtney
One moment can change your life forever.
One moment to find love.
One moment to lose it.

FIRESIDE SERIES by Morgan Black
A cowboy with a mysterious past. A ranch princess with an eye for the one she can’t have. What happens when their two world collides one weekend in a snowstorm?

Find it on Amazon and Barnes and Noble.

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2940150703094_p0_v1_s260x420Room for Just a Little Bit More by Beth Ehemann

Five years ago, my dreams were shattered in an instant.

One year ago, a horrible rainstorm flooded a bridge in town, leaving us with an Inn full of stranded travelers. Turns out one of those travelers would give me a whole new set of dreams, ones I never thought possible. Brody Murphy spent the last year teaching me what it was like to live, and more importantly love, again.

Two days ago, he asked me to marry him, and if I’d said yes any faster, I would have interrupted the most romantic proposal ever offered. I can’t wait to marry him and spend the rest of our lives spoiling our Twinkies.

One year from now I’ll be Mrs. Kacie Murphy, assuming everything goes nice and smooth.

Find it on Amazon and Barnes and Noble.

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T12399789he Release Club by Misty Provencher

Accused of being too vanilla by her ex, Jes throws his crap to the curb and decides to let her curiosity take her back to her wild roots. With a membership to The Release Club, an opulent Swinger’s club hidden away in the dangerous heart of the city, Jes becomes Jezebel, and pledges to uncover the truths about her sexual desires the moment she meets the fantastically handsome and mysterious man named Daire.

Bring your curiosity and come join Jezebel and Daire for the hottest hook up caught between pages!

Find it on Amazon.

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9781500232023_p0_v1_s260x420A Prisoner Within by J.M. Northup

Tiffany is a seventeen year old girl who’s caught in a battle for existence. As Tiffany tries to claim rights to her own life and mind, her abusive mother struggles to maintain control. Pouring her hatred for the world onto her daughter, Tiffany suffers under her mother’s guise of concern as her mother convinces everyone that Tiffany’s wounds are self-inflicted.

Fighting to prove she’s not mentally unstable and seeking escape from her mother’s tyranny, Tiffany must make the ultimate choice as to who lives and who dies. Is her redemption and vindication worth the price of her soul?

Find it on Amazon.

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20371654Broken by Sandra Love

Cordelia Rose has a horrible life. She gets bullied by students at school, beaten by her father, practically abandoned by her mother, and wants to end her life and the suffering. But when some strange things start to happen, she questions whether or not she has a purpose in this life. Then she meets a brother and sister that mean more to her than she even realizes. They are her protectors, and her kindred spirits. Just like her, they are bruised and broken, though for different reasons. When she finally discovers the truth of her existence, her mind is jumbled with everything she has to take in; not to mention the battle she has to fight, inside and out.

Find it on Amazon.

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Happy Holidays Red and Gold



It’s DECEMBER 1st!  You know what THAT means?!!  It’s time for a new monthly Recently Released Giveaway Goodness Giveaway!  It’s also the end of my review hiatus from November… meaning reviews are back on the metaphorical menu–starting tomorrow!

But I digress… we’re onto the FORTY-THIRD Recently Released Giveaway Goodness Giveaway run by yours truly, A Book Vacation!

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Many of these novels have recently released. I’ve read them all–but my reviews aren’t yet live.  When they are, I’ll include the links for your viewing pleasure and to help you pick the novel you’d like to win!

Interested? Of course you are! I’m offering ONE lucky winner one of these novels:

  • Echo Bridge by Kristen O’Toole
  • Of Scars and Stardust by Andrea Hannah
  • Floating Boy and the Girl Who Couldn’t Fly by Stephen Graham Jones and Paul Tremblay
  • Stone Cold Touch by Jennifer L. Armentrout
  • God’s Formula by James LePore
  • Reluctant Prince by Dani-Lyn Alexander
  • The Walled City by Ryan Graudin
  • Creed by Trisha Leaver and Lindsay Currie

This is an INTERNATIONAL giveaway from the book depository, but you need to make sure they send to your country before entering–check here.

To enter you must:

-Be 18 years or older (or have parent/guardian permission)

-Fill in the mandatory question on rafflecopter (extra entries optional)

Click here to go to the Rafflecopter Entry Form!

This contest is open internationally and will end at 12:01am EST on January 1st. The winner will receive email notification! Please read my giveaway policy and leave me a comment!

Happy Holidays Red and Gold



Every Saturday, I run a feature for the 99 Cent Club, and below are the ebook picks for this week that caught my eye and are currently ONLY 99 Cents on Amazon, with a few on Barnes and Noble as well. These are NOT permanent prices, so please double check pricing before pressing the buy button. Enjoy! (If you could help give these authors some love by spreading the word, that would be epic.)

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9781501001031_p0_v1_s260x420Hologram: A Haunting by James Conroyd Martin

“This is not an ordinary haunt story. There are nice bits of original thinking along the way, especially in the relevance of the title, and the denouement left me with mixed feelings, identifying as much with the haunts as with the protagonist. I saw the terminal fillip coming, and it gratified me.”
Best-selling Fantasy and Science Fiction writer Piers Anthony

Chicagoan Margaret Rockwell falls in love with a wonderful old Greek revival home in Hammond, Indiana, and convinces hesitant husband Kurt that fate meant it for them. So begins a journey that will take them down a circuitous path fraught with the unknown-and danger.

Why do the Rockwells, expecting their first child, seem at once welcomed and repelled? What does it mean when Margaret starts to dream of the family that built the house in 1910? For her the house comes alive with its own sounds, sights, thoughts, and intentions. How could the death of a child ninety years before impact their lives? And why?

Find it on Amazon.

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9780991055449_p0_v1_s260x420Mateguas Island by Linda Watkins

On a remote island off the coast of Maine, a troubled family is trying to pick up the pieces of their shattered lives and start over. But unbeknownst to them, the property they have inherited is steeped in ancient magic – magic that could seek to destroy and devour them.

An arcane locked box, a strange and foreboding trail into the woods, a seductive young woman, and tales of a malevolent Indian spirit, are just some of the perils Karen Andersen must face in order to find a way to save her family.

A spine-tingling tale filled with passion, lies, and betrayal, Ms. Watkins debut novel, will have you sleeping with the lights on!

Find it on Amazon.

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9781925225013_p0_v1_s260x420Deep Devotion by M.C. Norris

Rising from the depths, a mind-bending monster unleashes a wave of terror across the American heartland. Kate Browning, a Kansas City EMT confronts her paralyzing fear of water when she traces the source of a deadly parasitic affliction to the Gulf of Mexico. Cooperating with a marine biologist, she travels to Florida in an effort to save the life of one very special patient, but the source of the epidemic happens to be the nest of a terrifying monster, one that last rose from the depths to annihilate the lost continent of Atlantis.

Leviathan, destroyer, devoted lifemate and parent, the abomination is not going to take the extermination of its brood well.

Find it on Amazon.

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9781491023136_p0_v1_s260x420Small Town Evil by Ken Berglund

A father and daughter are haunted by a girl they thought they had run over in their car while returning home from a weekend vacation. When the father realizes that his daughter’s condition is getting worse, and that the girl he hit may or may not even exist, he returns to the small town where he had the accident, hoping to find answers.

Find it on Amazon.

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51gcclHUPNLNeverland by Douglas Clegg

New York Times bestselling author Douglas Clegg blends dark suspense and gothic horror in Neverland, a novel of deadly secrets and innocence corrupted.

What lurks within the shack called Neverland? What kinds of dangerous — and deadly — games do the children play there?

For years, the Jackson family vacationed at their matriarch’s old Victorian house on Gull Island, a place of superstition and legend off the southern coast of the U.S. One particular summer, young Beau follows his cousin Sumter into a shack hidden among the brambles and windswept trees near bluffs overlooking the sea.

The rundown shack called Neverland is the key to an age-old mystery, a place forbidden to all. Who calls to the children from within its walls?

Find it on Amazon and Barnes and Noble.

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51-I75GoGoLThe Hunting Tree by Ike Hamill

For thousands of years a supernatural killer has slept in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. An amateur ghost hunter has just woken him up.

Now that he stalks the night once more, he’s traveling east.

Although the monster’s actions are pure evil, he may be the only thing that can save humanity from extinction. 

Find it on Amazon.

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2940046266276_p0_v1_s260x420Singling Out Sable by Isabella Rose Norton

My name is Sable Turner and I am a nobody. At least, that’s what it feels like most days. I can count on one hand the people who care about me and my well being. One is my sister Lizzie. The others are the hired help so they kind of get paid to care. My life is not as simple or as glamorous as you may think. Especially when you take into consideration that my mother and sister, Tabby are never around.  My father is constantly traveling and my arch nemesis is my own flesh and blood cousin, who is hell bent on making my life as miserable as possible!

I did not realize how many people actually cared about me until after an unfortunate “accident.” Of course, based on how the past 16 years of my life have gone it takes a while for me to be able to actually trust that these people genuinely care about me and don’t just want something from me. My life seems to have gone from a nightmare where I constantly play the role of the invisible observer (unless I am getting bullied) to a life straight out of a fairytale. Complete with great friends, family relations on the mend and the hunky sports star! Like I said my name is Sable Turner and this is my story.

Find it on Amazon and Barnes and Noble.

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16086206The Beekeeper by Juliet Moore

A trigger-happy young detective becomes immersed in a world of bees and mad honey in order to catch a murderer.

Miami homicide detective Elizabeth Stratton knows she’s lucky to still have a job, but she’s tired of only getting the easy cases. She’ll never be able to regain the respect of her colleagues without a chance to prove she’s no longer an anxious mess who shoots at anything that moves.

Her opportunity comes during a routine check at a near-abandoned hotel. While trying to save the living, she finds the dead. In the midst of a bee infestation is the body of a young woman, her mouth filled with honey.

Elizabeth is grudgingly allowed to keep the case, which rapidly becomes compelling when the honey is found to be poisonous and the bees follow her home.

But just when she’s closing in on the killer, he targets her new friend and Elizabeth must brave the high winds of a category four hurricane to save her.

Find it on Amazon and Barnes and Noble.

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19022367Crime Czar by Tony Dunbar

A New Orleans lawyer who’d rather eat, drink, and swap stories than get caught in court, Tubby Dubonnet can’t forget the last words that escaped an old friend’s lips, and he can’t get out of the way of a political campaign that’s turning rough. Obsessed with the idea that a shadowy crime boss may be pulling the strings that have cost good people their lives, Tubby is entering into a test of courage with the most violent men in New Orleans. And if that weren’t dangerous enough, he’s just picked up the worst ally he could ever find: a beautiful prostitute gunning for revenge.

A funny-hard-boiled mystery with as many laughs as chills.

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18040325Night Chill by Jeff Gunhus

In the tradition of Stephen King and Dean Koontz – intended for mature audiences. Jack Tremont moves his family to the quiet mountains of Western Maryland hoping to leave behind a troubled past and restart his life. Instead, he finds himself caught up in a nightmare when his daughter Sarah is targeted by Nate Huckley, a mysterious and horrifying stranger driven by a dark, ancient power who will stop at nothing to abduct Sarah. When Sarah goes missing, suspicion falls on Jack and he must uncover the secrets of the small mountain town of Prescott City and face the evil secret hidden there. As he digs further, he learns the conspiracy reaches more deeply than he could have imagined. He must soon face the question, What is a father willing to do to save his child? The answer? Anything. Anything at all. 

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Every Saturday I run a feature for the 99 Cent Club, and below are the ebook picks for this week that caught my eye and are currently ONLY 99 Cents on Amazon, with many on Barnes and Noble as well. I don’t know if these are permanent prices, so please don’t shoot the messenger, and double check pricing before pressing the buy button. Enjoy! (If you could help give these authors some love by spreading the word, that would be epic.)

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A Necessary EndA Necessary End by Sarah Pinborough and F. Paul Wilson

LIFE CAME OUT OF AFRICA…

But now it’s death’s turn…

It spreads like a plague but it’s not a disease. Medical science is helpless against the deadly autoimmune reaction caused by the bite of the swarming African flies. Billions are dead, more are dying. Across the world, governments are falling, civilization is crumbling, and everywhere those still alive fear the death carried in the skies.

Some say the flies are a freak mutation, others say they’re man made, but as hope of beating them fades, most turn to the only comfort left and see the plague as God’s will. He sent a deadly deluge the last time He was upset with mankind. This time He has darkened the sky with deadly flies. And perhaps that is true, for so many of the afflicted speak with their dying breaths of seeing God coming for them.

But not everyone dies. A very few seem immune. They call themselves mungus and preach acceptance of the plague, encouraging people to allow themselves to be bitten by “the flies of the Lord” so that they may join Him in the afterlife.

Nigel, an investigative reporter, searches the apocalyptic landscape of plague-ravaged England in search of Bandora, a kidnapped African boy. On a quest for personal redemption as well as the truth, his search takes him away from the troubles he can no longer face at home, and into the world of the head mungu, a man who speaks truth in riddles and has no fear of the African flies.

A Necessary End is about apocalypse, about love, about the fragile bonds that hold marriages and civilizations together. But mostly it’s about truth – how we find it, how we embrace or reject it, and how we must face the truths within ourselves.

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Protecting TruthProtecting Truth by Michelle Warren

Seraphina’s keeping a secret from her Wandering team: she’s perfecting her fighting skills. But telling Sam and Bishop the truth would only alert them to her plan: to go back in time, save her mom, and finish what she started. With the help of Turner, Bishop’s handsome twin, she progresses toward her goal but plummets deeper into dangerous territory where the lines of friendship and romance are blurred. One passionate kiss changes everything, leading Sera to unravel a shocking web of family secrets, heartbreaking ulterior motives, and sinister agendas. Love and lies collide in a haunting climax, where the truest souls may not survive.

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All For YouAll for You by Dana Marie Bell

Someone—or something—is stalking Abby Marcheson. Luckily, she has her brother’s hunky friend Seth to keep her safe. Abby falls easily into her protected life, with Seth constantly by her side, and when he asks her out on a date, she’s eager to accept.

But Seth is much more than he seems. A Nephilim, a son of Angels with wings of his own, Seth is bound to spend his life hunting the Shemyaza, evil descendants of Angels. He’s kept his wings hidden from Abby in order not to frighten her, but as her stalker becomes bolder, Seth begins to suspect that a Shem has Abby in its sights…

As their flirtation escalates into full-blown passion, Seth is torn. Should he reveal his true nature to the beautiful, trusting Abby? Will she accept him, wings and all, or will Abby flee her guardian angel and fall prey to the sinister force that wishes her harm?

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A Shade Of VampireA Shade of Vampire by Bella Forrest

On the evening of Sofia Claremont’s seventeenth birthday, she is sucked into a nightmare from which she cannot wake.

A quiet evening walk along a beach brings her face to face with a dangerous pale creature that craves much more than her blood.

She is kidnapped to an island where the sun is eternally forbidden to shine. An island uncharted by any map and ruled by the most powerful vampire coven on the planet. She wakes here as a slave, a captive in chains.

Sofia’s life takes a thrilling and terrifying turn when she is the one selected out of hundreds of girls to join the harem of Derek Novak, the dark royal Prince.

Despite his addiction to power and obsessive thirst for her blood, Sofia soon realizes that the safest place on the island is within his quarters, and she must do all within her power to win him over if she is to survive even one more night.

Will she succeed? …Or is she destined to the same fate that all other girls have met at the hands of the Novaks?

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For everlyFor Everly by Raine Thomas

**Mature Content Warning** This is a New Adult novel recommended for ages 17+ due to language, sexual content, and mature subject matter.

Determined to overcome a dark and tragic past, college student Everly Wallace is only months away from earning her degree in physical therapy. She’s consumed with school, caring for her ailing grandfather, and figuring out how to pay the next bill. The last thing she wants is a relationship, but it just might be the one thing she needs.

Major League pitcher Cole Parker hasn’t fought for anything in his life. He went from a privileged upbringing to a multimillion dollar All-Star career. But when his pitching shoulder starts to give him trouble at only twenty-four years old, he faces the possibility of his injury becoming public knowledge and costing him everything.

In a desperate bid to save his career, Cole decides to hire someone to treat his injury, someone who will keep things off the record and out of the media. He finds the perfect solution in Everly. As mysterious as she is beautiful, she provides an enticing distraction from his pain. Soon, physical therapy is the last thing on his mind.

When an act of betrayal brings the truths they both fear to light, Cole will have to fight for the first time in his life…not just for his career, but for Everly’s love.

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AshesAshes by Kelly Cozy

Anonymous. That was Jennifer’s life. But when she survived a domestic terrorist attack and her last-minute escape became the iconic image of the event, that life was over. Wanting only to disappear and become just another face in the crowd, she cashed in on her unwanted fame and moved to a small town, hidden away and safe.

Retired. That was Sean’s life. A former covert operative – the kind the government denies exists – he’d been pushed unwillingly into a life of suburban peace and quiet. But his retirement ended when he saw Jennifer’s rescue; from then on he only wanted to find those responsible for the attack, even if it meant turning rogue.
What Jennifer and Sean will both find is that nothing goes to plan, and their paths will cross in a way neither could have foreseen.

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TelesaTelesa by Lani Wendt Young

When Leila moves to Samoa, all she wants is a family, a place to belong. Instead she discovers the local ancient myths of the telesa spirit women are more than just scary stories. The more she finds out about her heritage, the more sinister her new home turns out to be. Embraced by a Covenant Sisterhood of earth’s elemental guardians – what will Leila choose? Her fiery birthright as a telesa? Or will she choose the boy who offers her his heart? Daniel – stamped with the distinctive tattoo markings of a noble Pacific warrior and willing to risk everything for the chance to be with her. Can their love stand against the Covenant Keeper?

A thriller-romance with a difference. If you enjoyed Twilight, then you will be enthralled by Telesa as it blends the richness of Pacific mythology into a contemporary young adult love story that will stay with you long after you have turned the final page.

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HushHush by Anne Frasier

What’s your greatest fear?

It’s criminal profiler Ivy Dunlap’s job to unravel the psyches of the most dangerous men alive. None haunts her dreams more than the killer who took her son’s life sixteen years ago, then silently disappeared into the dark. Now an urgent request for help from the Chicago police has reawakened Ivy’s greatest nightmare. The Madonna Murderer has returned to fulfill his calling. This time Ivy understands the killer and will face her greatest fear to stop him from killing again.

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Sharing YouSharing You by Molly McAdams

How can love be so right and yet feel so wrong?

Twenty-three-year-old Kamryn Cunningham has left behind a privileged, tur-bulent past for the anonymity of small-town life. Busy with her new bakery, she isn’t interested in hookups or fix-ups. Then she meets the very sexy—and very married—Brody. Though she can’t deny the pull between them, Kamryn isn’t a cheater and she’s not good at sharing.

Twenty-six-year-old Brody Saco may be married, but he isn’t happy. When his girlfriend got pregnant six years ago, he did the right thing . . . and he’s been paying for it ever since. Now, his marriage is nothing but a trap filled with hate, manipulation, and blame—the remnants of a tragedy that happened five years earlier. Although he’s never broken his vows, he can’t stop the flood of emotion that meeting Kamryn unlocks.

Brought together by an intense heat that is impossible to resist, Brody and Kamryn share stolen moments and nights that end too soon. But is their love strong enough to bear the weight of Kamryn’s guilt? And is Brody strong enough to confront the pain of the past and finally break free of his conniving wife?

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Blackwater LightsBlackwater Lights by Michael M. Hughes

When Ray Simon receives a desperate call from his childhood friend Kevin, begging him to come visit, Ray can’t say no. Kevin promises to clue him in on shocking discoveries he has made about weird, half-forgotten events in their past—events associated with a summer camp near Kevin’s home in the small town of Blackwater, West Virginia.
 
But when Ray arrives, Kevin is nowhere to be found. So Ray does some investigating of his own, only to find that no records exist of the camp. Yet he is not alone in looking for information. There are Lily, a beautiful redhead with uncanny seductive powers; Crawford, a wealthy collector of art and people; and Micah, the mysterious leader of the Church of the Open Door. All of them are seeking information about the rumored camp. And they are all interested—very interested—in Ray.
 
Then a midnight encounter with strange floating lights sparks a return of old memories—vivid but fractured images that haunt Ray’s waking hours with intimations of terror and cruelty. Something dreadful happened at that camp long ago. Something was awakened there. Now, with the help of his new friend Ellen, a waitress at the local diner, Ray must navigate a path through madness and murder—a path that leads inexorably to an all-but-forgotten night in his childhood . . . and to a future of unimaginable horror.

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Scratch by Rhonda Helms

Publisher: Kensington

Publication Date: September 30th 2014

Genres: New Adult, Romance

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The most painful scars are the ones you never see.

In her DJ booth at a Cleveland dance club, Casey feels a sense of connection that’s the closest she ever gets to normal. On her college campus, she’s reserved, practical–all too aware of the disaster that can result when you trust the wrong person. But inexplicably, Daniel refuses to pay attention to the walls she’s put up. Like Casey, he’s a senior. In every other way, he’s her opposite.

Sexy, open, effortlessly charming, Daniel is willing to take chances and show his feelings. For some reason Casey can’t fathom, he’s intent on drawing her out of her bubble and back into a world that’s messy and unpredictable. He doesn’t know about the deep scars that pucker her stomach–or the deeper secret behind them. Since the violent night when everything changed, Casey has never let anyone get close enough to hurt her again. Now, she might be tempted to try.

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Excerpt:

“I can’t possibly eat one more bite of potato salad. Oh my God.” Daniel moaned and lay back on the blanket, cupping his hands over his still-flat belly, despite his grumbles. “I’m so full, my pants are literally going to explode off of me.”

“As my English prof would point out, you mean figuratively,” I said in a prim tone. “If your pants literally exploded, we’d be in a world of legal trouble, since this is a public park. And as punishment for your grammar error, I’m making you eat the rest of this potato salad.” I scooped a heaping spoonful out of our bowl and shoved it toward his face.

He sat up and mock glared at me. Dappled sunlight from the setting sun spilled across the dark mop of his head, hit his deep green irises. Before I could react, he grabbed the spoon and flung it, loaded potato salad and all, across the park. “Oh, crap. Sorry, it slipped.”

“Litterer!” I cried out, looking around like I was seeking a police officer. Not that there was anyone else around us except for a couple of young kids playing on the swing set nearby.sdfgaergrgtaer ag

Daniel tackled me to the ground and dug his fingers against my right side, where I was super-ticklish. “Narc!” he said, laughing hysterically.

“You jerk!” I swatted up at him and scrambled to get away. I stood and wiped the bottom of my shorts with a huff. “That was a perfectly good spoon.”

He raised an eyebrow. “I’ll buy you another.”

“It was part of a set.” I tugged my tank top down to make sure my abdomen was covered. Thankfully, Daniel had stayed away from my scarred side.

“I’ll buy you six, then.”

“You have an answer for everything, don’t you.” I chuckled.

He stood, peering down at me. His eyes were light and dancing, and my heart hadn’t felt this light in a couple of days— not since my moodiness back in the library. His hand slid along my unscarred side again, but instead of torture-tickling me, his fingers slipped and danced over my tank top. The warmth of his touch still seared me, despite the barrier.

“Not everything,” he murmured, his attention turning to my mouth. His fingers tightened incrementally on my hip. Something shifted then, sexual tension crackling in the air between us.

I automatically licked my lips, and his eyes flared. I stepped closer. I needed to taste his mouth, right now.

“Oooooooooh!” a high-pitched kid’s voice said from behind me. “They’re gonna kiss!”

I closed my eyes as a light flush stole over my cheeks.

Daniel’s mouth hovered close enough to me that I could feel his breath huffing against my skin. “I need to kiss you,” he said, and the raw edge in his tone had my eyes flying open.

Yes, the need was right there, unmasked, unashamed, completely bared to me. I felt my body respond, my core tightening, heart thudding, hands trembling.

I nodded, leaned my face up. My mouth already hungered for his.

He brushed his mouth against mine, a butterfly touch that didn’t satisfy the growing pulse in me. “Not here,” he said, his words barely a whisper. “I want you alone.”

Alone. The ache I heard in that one word sent shivers of anticipation across my skin. My flesh burst into thousands of vibrant tingles. I gave a mute nod. I wanted it too.

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Interview with Rhonda Helms:

Music is a strong running element in SCRATCH, which even includes a playlist at the end. How has music factored in your own life?

I started in music when I was 9—I played clarinet. Stayed involved in band through high school and college. I sang in a jazz ensemble, was a singer in a cover band, and I even DJ’d for a while. In short, music was a huge part of my life for a long time. I miss performing and have even been considering getting involved in it again!

Where did you get the idea for SCRATCH?

Part of it came from a real-life incident I’d heard that had stuck with me for many years. I always wondered what had happened to the girl who’d gone through such a traumatic event. How did she cope? How did she move on to love and trust again? This book was my exploration of how a woman who’d gone through hell could move forward and find real happiness.

Which scene in SCRATCH was the hardest for you to write?

Oh, it had to be the scene where Casey confesses to Daniel about her past. Finally opens up and divulges the painful truth. I sobbed as I wrote it—her pain was so vivid to me that I couldn’t shake it off for a while afterward. That was actually one of the hardest scenes I’ve ever written in my whole publishing career.

What is the follow-up book to SCRATCH?

The sequel to SCRATCH is BREAK YOUR HEART, which is her roommate Megan’s story. I can’t wait for you guys to read it—this one’s a little sexier, a little scandalous. And Nick is so foxy. ;-) Coming end of July, 2015!

You write young adult novels too—what do you have coming out in teen romance?

Next year I have two teen romances coming out with Simon Pulse—SPARKS IN SCOTLAND, which is a Scotland-set story about a girl who falls for a local Scottish boy while on vacation, and PROMPOSAL, which follows a girl and her best guy friend as they navigate love and drama during prom season. You can go to rhondahelmsbooks.com to find out more about the other teen romances I have out, too!

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dsggfheAbout the author:

Rhonda Helms started writing several years ago and loves writing teen and New Adult romance. She has a Master’s degree in English and a Bachelor’s degree in Creative Writing. She also freelance edits manuscripts.

When she isn’t writing, she likes to do amateur photography, dig her toes into the sand, read for hours at a time, and eat scads of cheese. WAY too much cheese.

Rhonda lives in Northeast Ohio with her husband, two kids, a dog and a really loud cat. Visit her website at http://www.rhondahelmsbooks.comfor more information about her and her releases.

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Every Saturday I run a feature for the 99 Cent Club, and below are the ebook picks for this week that caught my eye and are currently ONLY 99 Cents on Amazon, with many on Barnes and Noble as well. I don’t know if these are permanent prices, so please don’t shoot the messenger, and double check pricing before pressing the buy button. Enjoy! (If you could help give these authors some love by spreading the word, that would be epic.)

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After TwilightAfter Twilight: YA Bundle by Julia Crane, Sophie Davis, Lizzy Ford, Ella James, Tara West, Morgan Wylie

Six of your favorite Bestselling authors come together to bring you After Twilight: Six Tales of First Loves, Extraordinary Heroines, and Daring Adventures! This special Limited-Edition boxed set includes not only six full-length novels, but also four brand new, never-before released companion stories.

After Twilight includes:

Freak of Nature (IFICS #1) by Julia Crane, plus a special short story prequel
Talented (Talented Saga #1) by Sophie Davis, plus Condemned (A Short StoryPrequel )
Cursed (Voodoo Nights #1) by Lizzy Ford
Here (Here Trilogy #1) by Ella James
Silent Orchids (The Age of Alandria: Book One) by Morgan Wylie, plus The Rise of the Paladin (A Short Story Prequel)
Sophie’s Secret Crush (Whispers Book 5) by Tara West, plus Krysta’s Cursed Cat (A Short Story)

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FREAK OF NATURE (IFICS #1) by Julia Crane:
Donate Body to Science. Check.
When seventeen-year-old Kaitlyn checked the box, she never suspected she’d have her life–and her body–stolen from her. She awakens one day in a secret laboratory to discover that her body is now half-robot and is forced to hide her own secret: that she still has human emotions and a human mind. If the scientists who made her find out, they’ll erase what remains of who she was.

TALENTED (Talented Saga #1) by Sophie Davis:
Talented is an emotionally raw Dystopian Romance about the life of a girl with extraordinary psychic powers, and what happens when a heart is torn between love and rage.

CURSED (Voodoo Nights #1) by Lizzy Ford:
The Red Man is coming…
Five years after her sister disappeared, seventeen-year-old Adrienne finds the strength to return to her father’s home in New Orleans. But soon after she arrives, the mark of a curse appears on her, leaving her worried. Will she be the next victim of a four-hundred-year old family curse … the next to be claimed by a serial killer roaming the back alleys of the city?

ERE (Here Trilogy #1) by Ella James:
Milo Mitchell’s life used to be charmed, but that was before her family dissolved, she went a little crazy, and her best friends started acting more like strangers. Spending Saturday morning in a treehouse with a stun gun for company and a herd of deer for friends is the only exciting thing in her life…until she shoots a fawn and finds her dart stuck in a guy.

SILENT ORCHIDS (The Age of Alandria: Book One) by Morgan Wylie:
Haunted by unfamiliar images and family secrets, Kaeleigh has been seeking answers about who she is. She never expects those answers to come in the form of a warrior Faerie, or from a journey to another realm that will forever change her and her life. Luckily, she won’t face this new world alone; her two best friends, Finn and Chel, have decided to come along—friends who have secrets of their own.

SOPHIE’S SECRET CRUSH (Whispers Book 5) by Tara West:
Sophie Sinora’s life is centered around three things: her growing telepathic powers, a cute witch named Ethan and her starring role in the school play. Needless to say, she doesn’t have time for much else. But someone is bound to come along and screw up her little slice of happiness. That someone is her very first boyfriend, Frankie Salas.

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RunesRunes by Ednah Wharton

Seventeen-year-old Raine Cooper has enough on her plate dealing with her father’s disappearance, her mother’s erratic behavior and the possibility of her boyfriend relocating. The last thing she needs is Torin St. James—a mysterious new neighbor with a wicked smile and uncanny way of reading her.

Raine is drawn to Torin’s dark sexiness against her better judgment, until he saves her life with weird marks and she realizes he is different. But by healing her, Torin changes something inside Raine. Now she can’t stop thinking about him. Half the time, she’s not sure whether to fall into his arms or run.

Scared, she sets out to find out what Torin is. But the closer she gets to the truth the more she uncovers something sinister about him. What Torin is goes back to an ancient mythology and Raine is somehow part of it. Not only is she and her friends in danger, she must choose a side, but the wrong choice will cost Raine her life.

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Fragile LineFragile Line by Brooklyn Skye

When I’m asleep, I’m afraid someone else might take my place.  It can happen in a flash. One minute she’s kissing her boyfriend, the next she’s lost in the woods. Sixteen-year-old Ellie Cox is losing time. It started out small…forgetting a drive home or a conversation with a friend. But her blackouts are getting worse, more difficult to disguise as forgetfulness. When Ellie goes missing for three days, waking up in the apartment of a mysterious guy—a guy who is definitely not her boyfriend—her life starts to spiral out of control. Perched on the edge of insanity, with horrific memories of her childhood leaking in, Ellie struggles to put together the pieces of what she’s lost—starting with the name haunting her, Gwen. Heartbreakingly beautiful and intimately drawn, this poignant story follows one girl’s harrowing journey to finding out who she really is.

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Cache a PredatorCache a Predator by M. Weidenbenner

Officer Brett Reed will do anything to gain custody of his five-year-old daughter, Quinn. But when a judge grants Brett’s drug-addicted ex-wife custody and slaps him with a protective order for losing his temper, he fears for Quinn’s safety. Who will protect her now?

When Quinn is found abandoned on the streets, the child is placed in a temporary foster home until Child Protective Services can complete an assessment. It should only take a few days.

But a lot can happen in a few days.

Especially when there’s a deranged psychopath on the loose, someone who’s attacking pedophiles, someone who wants to protect children like Quinn, and someone who’s planting body parts in geocaching sites.

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The Syrenka SeriesThe Syrenka Series Box Set by Amber Garr

Sometimes following your heart can end up destroying the ones you love.

When seventeen-year-old Eviana Dumahl is faced with the responsibility of an arranged marriage and clan leadership, she is forced to choose between the life required of a mermaid and one of a teenage girl simply infatuated with the wrong guy. Kain, her devoted fiancé would make a wonderful husband except that she’s been in love with Brendan, a shape-shifting selkie, ever since they were kids. Choosing to abandon her family, her clan, and her life with Kain will have dire consequences far beyond anything she could have imagined.

A war is brewing amongst the clans and Eviana unwittingly becomes a pawn in the intricate schemes of a twisted mastermind. With Brendan’s life on the line, she has no choice but to involve those who she once considered friends. Amidst encountering senseless tragedies and immense loss, Eviana discovers that she is more valuable as a clan leader than anyone ever suspected. Her survival is not only dependent upon the loyalty of her friends, but also on her acceptance of a life that she had so adamantly tried to escape.

Betrayal (Book Two) –

Life as a mermaid can be suffocating.

Eviana Dumahl has returned home as a clan leader, an orphan, and a heartbroken teenage girl. Her parents are dead and her boyfriend, Brendan, has decided that he needs some time away. While battling her inner turmoil, Eviana is forced into the war that Lucian Sutherland has incited amongst her own kind. With the help of Kain, her friend and formally betrothed, the two work together to prove that they deserve their birthrights as young merfolk leaders.

When The Council requests a demonstration of Eviana’s mermaid powers, she finds herself with an opportunity to win back Brendan’s heart. But her orders to train with a repulsive merman and the presence of an attractive new suitor challenges Eviana to embrace her leadership and resist temptation. Lucian is after her, and no one seems to understand why. Loyalties are tested as the casualties increase, showing Eviana that sometimes it is impossible to delineate between friends and enemies.

Arise (Book Three)-

With power comes the responsibility to accept its consequences.

After the betrayal of those closest to her, Eviana Dumahl struggles to cope with her new reality. Kidnapped, broken, and confused, she is forced to engage in a war that will alter merfolk politics forever. With her estranged father leading the charge, Eviana has no choice but to stand by his side. Her continued existence hinges on the acceptance of the power growing inside her, even when that means embracing the family’s dark lineage.

Kain Matthew will sacrifice the world for Eviana. And he is not alone. As time runs out, her friends fight to save her life and theirs. An unlikely alliance gives them the edge they need to take a stand, although it keeps Eviana’s heart trapped in the past. A new discovery explains some of her previous mistakes, but it may not be enough to stop her father’s plans. Merfolk, selkies, and water sprites work together to save their kind, only in this final battle, not everyone will survive.

In the striking series conclusion, Eviana will learn the true meaning of power, sacrifice, and love.

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The Last SavannaThe Last Savanna by Mike Bond

With Africa’s last elephants dying under the poachers’ guns, Kenya rancher and former SAS officer Ian MacAdam leads a commando squad against them. Pursuing the poachers through jungled mountains and searing deserts he battles thirst, solitude, terror and lethal animals, only to find that the poachers have kidnapped a young archaeologist, Rebecca Hecht, whom he once loved and bitterly lost. McAdam embarks upon a desperate trek to save not only Rebecca but his own soul in an Africa torn apart by wars, overpopulation, and the slaughter of its last wildlife. Based on the author’s experiences pursuing elephant poachers in the wilds of East Africa.

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DollhouseDollhouse by Anya Allyn

A spine-tingling Gothic Thriller.

An abandoned mansion, deep in the woods. A dollhouse, filled with life-sized toys. A doorway into other realms. And girls who keep disappearing…

When Cassie’s best friend, Aisha, vanishes during a school hike, Cassie sets off with Aisha’s boyfriend and their friend Lacey, determined to find her. Instead, the three teens fall into a carefully-laid trap—deep into the surreal nightmare and dark secrets of the Dollhouse.Now, Cassie must uncover the mysteries of the Dollhouse and her own connection to it– before it’s too late.

With the horror and otherworldliness of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children and the gothic romance of A Great and Terrible Beauty, Dollhouse is a tantalizing start to The Dark Carousel series.

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The OpportunistThe Opportunist by Tarryn Fisher

Olivia Kaspen has just discovered that her ex -boyfriend, Caleb Drake, has lost his memory. With an already lousy reputation for taking advantage of situations, Olivia must decide how far she is willing to go to get Caleb back. Wrestling to keep her true identity and their sordid past under wraps, Olivia’s greatest obstacle is Caleb’s wicked, new girlfriend; Leah Smith. It is a race to the finish as these two vipers engage in a vicious tug of war to possess a man who no longer remembers them. But, soon enough Olivia must face the consequences of her lies, and in the process discover that sometimes love falls short of redemption.

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Found by YouFound by You by Victoria H. Smith

He’s noticed by everyone…

Griffin Chandler.

He’s captain of our college’s basketball team. I swear to God I’ve already seen him in a Nike ad, and he’s one of the top picks when he goes pro following our spring graduation.

His life is on display for the world. Both his accomplishments and demons there for judgment.

I’m a girl who likes to play roller derby from, of all places, Wisconsin. My own demons better concealed. And one day…

He notices me.

Found by You is a new adult contemporary romance.

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A Long Way HomeThe Long Way Home by Andrea Stark

Terra is 28, single, and muddling through her life as though locked in a time capsule of early adulthood. She obsesses about an old crush, commiserates with her best friend from high school and scours her old diaries for answers. That is, until a strange encounter with a violent waitress whisks her back to the world she documented in her diaries — a world where she is 16 years old, her life hasn’t yet ground to a screeching halt, and she might still have a chance with the boy of her dreams. As Terra sets out to change the mistakes she made as a teenager, she discovers that her memories and reality don’t quite fit together in this new version of her old life. A boy who claims to be in love with her becomes more dark and controlling, her own crush is more aloof than ever, and a mysterious girl lurks in the periphery, threatening to tear down the walls of Terra’s past. As the truth begins to unravel, Terra slips into a time-bending spiral of memories and lost dreams that she might not be able to escape with her life.

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