Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Shopping Small Business Saturday

Hi Readers,

If you follow me on Twitter then you know I live for shopping. Oh you know the usual suspects: books, handbags, and shoes. So most people probably think I get excited about Black Friday or Cyber Monday, but in reality I don't really shop much on those days. Since working with Blue Willow Bookshop I have learned about Small Business Saturday. This is the day after Black Friday where you support small businesses. For me this means BOOK SHOPPING! So Saturday I headed to three of Houston's bookstores to show my support.

I first went to see my friends at Murder by the Book. I walked in the door and yelled "Happy Small Business Saturday!" I got to catch up with the staff and my awesome friend John recommend a book he loved. I also picked up a drinking glass with the word "Poison" on it. Seriously love this store!


I then drove down the street to visit Brazos Bookstore. This is maybe the second or third time at Brazos so I didn't walk in and yell a "Happy Small Business Saturday" greeting because I didn't want to seem crazy. I do love the shop and I was so happy to see a great YA section. I definitely plan to go back and visit a bit longer.


I then drove out to Blue Willow Bookshop where you guessed it I yelled "Happy Small Business Saturday!" I feel like I should have had a noise blower or maybe confetti. Then again Alice was working and she might not have appreciated confetti. I chatted with all of the staff and talked to GirlBoss about the new products. I was happy to see the store buzzing and everyone in the holiday/shopping spirit.


I had a great day driving around town visiting my local bookstores and will visit them again soon. Since not everyone in my life reads YA (shocking) I know I can count on the staff to help me pick out the perfect gift for everyone on my list. If you don't have a local bookstore to visit in your city or would love to learn more about my favorite local stores, then let me remind you that you can order from any of these great stores online or by phone!

 
These are all for me

Monday, November 4, 2013

THE HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE Victory Tour - Houston

Houston!

Here is your chance to meet the cast of THE HUNGER GAMES! Meet Johanna, Finnick (swoons), Gloss, Beetee, and Cashmere! The event is open to the public until the venue is at capacity. Will you be there?




Thursday, October 31, 2013

Cover Reveal: WISH YOU WERE ITALIAN


I am beyond thrilled to help my good friend, Kristin Rae, share the cover for her debut novel, WISH YOU WERE ITALIAN. I remember the day that Kristin and I were book shopping and she told me that she was writing a book. She told me all about Pippa and her adventures in Italy. I asked Kristin if I could read the book once she was finished writing it. I read the manuscript in less than 24 hours and knew that Kristin was meant to be an author! Before we get to the cover Kristin tells us a little about WISH YOU WERE ITALIAN. I would love it if you shared your thoughts!

Inspiration:
They say it helps to write what you know, so I gave Pippa the same love of photography that I have. When I traveled to Italy in 2009, I took pictures of even the most obscure details, knowing I’d want to set a story there one day. I’m thankful I was so thorough because once this story idea came to me in April 2011, my memory of the trip wasn’t as fresh. I was able to sift through my photos and build Pippa’s summer with them, tossing in some of my own experiences. I’m actually jealous that Pippa spent so much more time in Italy than I did. She got to take so many more pictures!


About: WISH YOU WERE ITALIAN
Pippa always wanted to go to Italy, but not by herself. And not to sit in a classroom the summer before senior year learning about paintings by dead guys. Tempted by the romance of Rome and the chance to photograph ancient ruins, Pippa ditches the program and sets her own list of goals—get my picture taken at the Colosseum; get a makeover; fall in love with an Italian.
She befriends a local girl whose gorgeous cousin may be just the Italian Pippa’s looking for, but the road to amore gets detoured when she keeps running into a cute American student. And she can’t forget that her summer abroad is only temporary. As she explores the famous cities of Rome and Pompeii, Pippa must sort out her feelings before her parents figure out where she really is.


And now for the cover!!!!

Friday, October 11, 2013

THE REAL BOY BLOG TOUR

I would like to thank Walden Pond Press for inviting me to be a part of the blog tour for THE REAL BOY. Last year I fell in love with BREADCRUMBS and hope to one day meet author, Anne Ursu. I'm currently in the middle of reading THE REAL BOY, and it's AMAZING. As part of the blog tour I also get to give one lucky winner a signed copy, for those that don't win make sure you buy a copy for your family to read. Again I want to thank Anne Ursu and Kellie from Walden Pond Press for this wonderful opportunity!



I’m an adult and a huge fan of Breadcrumbs. I’m really interested in learning what was the inspiration for THE REAL BOY?
The inspiration was actually a play. I saw a marionette production of The Sorcerer's Apprentice and while I was watching it, this whole world unfolded for me. By the time I walked out I had the basic details of the story worked out. I was a little scared of it, but I couldn't stop thinking about it.


There is magic and wizards in THE REAL BOY. How much of that did you take from folklore and how much of it did you come up with?
Magic is really tricky. Every time a reader picks up a book with magic in it, the author has to subtly teach the reader how magic works in the world--what can it do? How is it transmitted/used? And I find "magic" such a nebulous idea that I really need figure out how it works pretty specifically. (Even if, as in Breadcrumbs, the rule is that it's ruleless.) When you're writing magic and wizards you're informed by the ideas of all the literature you've read, but you also need to make it specific to your book. I decided the magic was a resource, essentially--it was in the earth around the wizard trees. The ability to use it is a talent. This all exists in the folklore somewhere, but I didn't take from anything specifically. I just wanted to make it work for the book.


How does Oscar deal with both positive and not so great relationships in his life?
At the beginning of the book, Oscar has spent most of his life with two people; the magician Caleb, and Wolf. The way they treat him form his entire experience of people, and so the very best Caleb has ever given him is the very best that he knows is possible. While Caleb is not cruel and can be nice when it serves him, he's inattentive; meanwhile Wolf has spent years telling him he's not worth anything. Part of Oscar's journey is to learn that it's okay to expect things from people. He forms a friendship with the healer's apprentice after she does the first genuinely kind thing anyone has ever done to him; he had no reason to know kindness even existed.


Can you tell us a little about Oscar and how you hope readers will relate to him?
Oscar has a feeling that he doesn't quite fit in the world--when he goes out in the marketplace he feels like everyone else knows rules that no one's ever bothered to tell him. He spends his days in the cellar of Master Caleb's shop preparing herbs with the magician's cats to keep him company, and he's perfectly happy there. It's when he goes upstairs that he has problems.

I wrote the book intending that Oscar would have Asperger's-like qualities (whether out of something innate or of his experiences.) This was the whole inspiration for the book and the world for me. My six-year-old son has Asperger's and I wanted to convey something about what it feels like to have Asperger's, and I wanted a book where a kid like him got to be a hero.

But it was also really important to me that Oscar had a lot more to him than the Asperger's, like any child, and I hope that readers will connect with him because of the kid he is.


Who is the perfect audience for THE REAL BOY?
When I'm writing a book, I don't really write with a certain audience in mind. I think the task of middle grade fiction is to write books with stories that concern the kids of that age. After that your job is to just give that reader as much respect as you can and try to make the book the best you can. In other words, if you like the book, then you are the perfect audience for it!


I think your books are books that both kids and adults can enjoy. Do you think fans will be surprised by THE REAL BOY?

I appreciate that. THE REAL BOY is a departure for me--my other books take kids from this world (Minneapolis, to be specific) and put them in another world. It's the first time I've written a wholly magical world. That might be surprising. It was certainly a surprise to me!


What is the best part about writing books for kids?

Kids are such open-minded readers. This allows so much room for the writer--you can play with narration, structure, fantastical elements, anything you want because the kids are happy to go with you as long as they are enjoying the story. You can use so many more tools to craft your story, and I love that. And I love meeting and talking to kids.


Do you have any ideas about future projects?
Alas. Not yet. I need a good puppet show.


About Anne:
Anne is the author of Breadcrumbs, a contemporary retelling of “The Snow Queen,” and the three books in The Cronus Chronicles series—The Shadow Thieves, The Siren Song, and The Immortal Fire. She has also written two books for adult readers. Anne teaches at Hamline University’s MFA in Writing for Children, and lives in Minneapolis with her young son.






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Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Cover Reveal and Interview with Jennifer Mathieu

Interviews and cover reveals are fun, and even better when you know the author. I met Jennifer Mathieu last year, when Kate from exlibriskate.com invited her to our birthday dinner. Since then I have gotten to know Jen a bit more and have heard a little about The Truth About Alice. Today we get to not only see the gorgeous cover, but we learn more about The Truth About Alice and Jennifer Mathieu.


Synopsis for The Truth About Alice:
Everyone has a lot to say about Alice Franklin, and it’s stopped mattering whether it’s true. The rumors started at a party when Alice supposedly had sex with two guys in one night. When school starts everyone almost forgets about Alice until one of those guys, super-popular Brandon, dies in a car wreck that was allegedly all Alice’s fault. Now the only friend she has is a boy who may be the only other person who knows the truth, but is too afraid to admit it. Told from the perspectives of popular girl Elaine, football star Josh, former outcast Kelsie, and shy genius Kurt, we see how everyone has a motive to bring – and keep – Alice down.


What inspired you to write a darker or edgy story set in YA?
I love writing YA because I find the teenage years fascinating - it's a time in our lives when we're trying to figure out who we are, sometimes under a lot of pressure from family, friends, and our communities. There's so much conflict, both internal and external, it makes for lots of good stories. I came up with this particular story based on something I read when I was a teenager. I used to subscribe to Seventeen magazine - this was during the early 90s - and I remember reading a piece about a young woman at a high school in Minnesota who was the subject of some nasty, sexual graffiti in a bathroom stall - really vile stuff. She eventually sued the school district because the school wouldn't clean up the graffiti. That story always stayed with me because I couldn't imagine how isolating and embarrassing it must have been for her, and all these years later it became the seed for The Truth About Alice.

When the world isn't looking who is Alice?
I love this question! My book changes point of view multiple times, but we do hear from Alice at the very end. I think the reader can put together an image of Alice that reveals a complicated young woman. She's not perfect and she's not innocent. She makes mistakes and says hurtful things sometimes, but ultimately she wants something better for her life and doesn't know how to get it. In a weird way, as awful as the events are that happen to her in the book, I'd like to think they serve as a catalyst for big, positive changes in Alice's life down the road.

What character did you love or hate the most?
It's so hard to choose, but I probably have to say I loved Kurt the shy genius the most. So many times "the nerd" is seen as this asexual creature with his head in a book or whatever, but Kurt is a teenage boy and he is totally hot for Alice at the same time that he is really into quantum mechanics. I'd like to think it comes across as authentic. I really loved him and was rooting for him the entire time I was writing the book. I still think about where he might have gone to college and what he's studying - the characters really do become real for me! As for a character I hated - that's tough. I can't say I hated any of the main characters - I loved them all for different reasons. Some more minor characters like Brandon and Kelsie's mother are pretty anger-inducing, but I hope even they come across as nuanced enough that we see reasons for why they are the way they are.

Anyone who has read YA knows about the stereo typical bad or absent parents what roles do adults play in your story?
I heard somewhere that the first rule of YA is you get rid of the parents, right? But I think that's changing in the genre. So much of the teenage experience is learning to deal with your parents who are always going to be inherently flawed because they're people. The parents in my book range from absent and not so good to loving but a little clueless to indulgent, as in the case of Brandon's mom. We only meet Brandon's mom briefly and we see all the love she clearly has for her son, but she holds him up as a hero like the rest of the town, much to Brandon's detriment. So I'd like to think there are some layers there. In the book I'm working on right now I'm making a conscious effort to develop parents who are very layered and interesting. I think it can only make the story more real for teen readers.

Kelsie was unpopular until she moved to Healy. What does her new status and popularity mean to her?
It really means everything to her. She is so terrified of losing her new status she is willing to do almost everything to keep it. She has the self-awareness to realize what she's doing, but she is so worried about becoming isolated she can't change her actions even though in her heart she wants to. In many ways, I think Kelsie's story could be the saddest in the book - even sadder than Alice's.

If you were in high school with Alice would you have followed the crowd or reached out to her?
I will be totally honest and say I would have followed the crowd. Most of us would have, which is why high school is high school and why the real world still reminds me of high school sometimes. I'd like to think I would not have been overtly mean to her, but I wouldn't have reached out like Kurt did. When I look back as an adult on some of my actions as an adolescent, it makes me nuts when I think about how many times I never spoke up and just went along with the crowd even when in my heart I knew it was wrong. High school really can be a war zone that way.

The cover is completely gorgeous and different from what is in YA today. What are your thoughts on it?
I love this cover! Christian Fuenfhausen designed it and it is so completely and totally wonderful. I love the black and white picture and what's been done with the text. I wrote Alice with short hair and I love that the Alice on the cover looks just like I'd pictured her in my mind. I just adore everything about it. It's utterly amazeballs.

Was there ever a place you were afraid to go? Either because it was too dark, safe, predictable?
There were parts of Kelsie's story that made me scared - without giving away too much her story is pretty dark in spots. But I thought it was important to tell. I went there and I hope the readers will trust me on it and appreciate what she goes through and that it will lead to a deeper understanding of her character.

What are you hoping readers take away from Alice's story?
I heard some quote somewhere - that everyone has a story that will break your heart. And that if we all knew what other people were going through we would be a lot kinder to one another. Even Elaine and Josh - the popular kids in my story - are dealing with real baggage. So that's one thing - that we should be nicer to each other. Something else I'd like readers to do after they read the book is reflect on how we treat girls and women with regard to their sexuality. We still have a double standard where a girl like Alice is thought of as a slut but a boy like Brandon is seen as a hero no matter how many women or girls he has sex with. That hasn't changed since I was a teenager but I wish it would.

This is your first published novel. What are you most excited about?
Honestly everything. This has been a dream of mine since I was in elementary school, and it's actually coming true. I think what I'm most excited about is some teenager in Florida or Oregon or wherever who I don't even know might open up my book and get something out of it. Crazy and wonderful at the same time.


June 10, 2014

About the author:
Young adult author Jennifer Mathieu (pronounced Muh-two, but if you speak French you can pronounce it better than that - sadly, Jennifer doesn't speak French) is a writer and English teacher who lives in Texas with her family. A native of the East Coast and a former journalist, she enjoys writing contemporary young adult fiction that treats teenagers like real people. She loves to eat and hates to cook. To learn more about Jennifer Mathieu visit http://www.jennifermathieu.com

Friday, September 13, 2013

Monsters and Mayhem Blog Tour

I'm thrilled to be part of the Monsters and Mayhem Blog Tour. I'm a big fan of the Ashes trilogy and can't wait for the third and final book, MONSTERS. Lucky for you Egmont is giving away a set of the series to one lucky US winner!



"We stop looking for monsters under our beds when we realize they're inside of us." -- Jordyn Berner


Having worked as a consultant to a pediatric oncology service, I can tell you that a) kids surprise you and b) cancer made a lot of very strong kids even more capable because adversity really does force you to make some decisions, and fairly quickly. Really, what we’re talking here is life and death.

The thing is, cancer isn’t the only horrible thing kids deal with in real life. Real kids in terrible situations—countries under siege, at war—cope with issues of life and death all the time. When they’re forced into it—when, say, the Nazis show up at the door to march them to a death camp as happened to my dad—kids grow up in a hurry, or they die.

When push comes to shove, I tend to believe in a teenager’s resilience and resourcefulness. Sure, some kids will just shrivel up and be unable to cope, but so will many adults. I don’t think there’s anything peculiar to an adult that necessarily makes him a smarter or more capable individual when it comes to survival, other than the fact that he has lived longer, with more life experience to draw on.

But kids, the smart ones, they learn fast, and we get to see Alex’s mindset change both quickly and very radically because she’s forced into making decisions right off the bat: do something for Jack, or not; take Ellie, or leave; go to the rangers’ station or her car; trust Tom, or not; tell him about her cancer, or keep mum; leave the Waucamaw or stay; etc., etc., pop, pop, pop, one decision right after the other.

Sure, her cancer—the monster gobbling up her brain—is the most frightening thing she’s still got to deal with because it can kill her at any time, and she has absolutely no control over it. In part, I think this issue of who’s in control is why she’s so focused on being able to take care of herself before the EMPS hit: all that making fire, finding water, knowing how to forage, etc. Mastering all that gives her the control that the cancer takes away. In fact, that is something we always tried to help kids with cancer or other illnesses, including psychiatric ones, focus on: work on what you can control rather than wasting energy on what you can’t, and become as competent as you can.

And here’s what I think: my own personal feeling is that if Alex hadn’t had Ellie to be responsible for and worry about (and be pissed at) from the get-go? That might have killed her right there. Alex survived because she had to think about someone other than herself.

So, in a way, having cancer gives her the strength to keep fighting. Of course, the irony here is that her monster—that cancer—actually saves her life in the beginning, and is crucial to her survival throughout the course of the trilogy. Alex knows what it is to face death; she’s lost everyone she loves; and she understands what she can master if she tries. Simply giving up just isn’t in her repertoire.

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Monday, August 26, 2013

Review: ANTIGODDESS by Kendare Blake


ANTIGODDESS by Kendare Blake

Rating: 5 of 5 Stars

Source: Review e-copy provided by Publisher


I can't even begin to tell you how much I loved ANTIGODDESS by Kendare Blake! What if the Gods were still around today. Where would they be and if they were dying how would it happen? What if the one person who could save them was someone they all wronged?

Hera, Poseidon and Aphrodite team up and are determined to find a way to stay alive. They are willing to go to war with the other Gods if it means surviving. After all, the Titans have been known to eat their kids to stay on top. Hera will do or kill anyone who tries to stand in her way.

Athena and Hermes set out to find their aunt Demeter, goddess of the earth, in hopes that she can help them. They find her flat and stretched across the dessert also dying. She sends them to look for Cassandra, the prophetess, of Troy. Before getting too far Poseidon sends Nereids to attack them. Athena and Hermes seek out friends who could possibly point them in the right direction in their search for Cassandra. While searching they meet up with Odysseus who's history with Athena is complicated and so interesting. Reunions are cut short when Hera want's what they know and tries to kill them.

What do you do when the one person who can help you has no idea who she is? What if waking her is violent and will ruin the life she has? Is it fair to destroy the life she has now when the Gods destroyed her previous life?

"Let the whole world blame her for its end. It didn't matter, as long as he knew who she really was."

Athena is flat out a badass. She knows what has to be done and she doesn't apologize for doing it. The only thing that makes her stop for a moment is what Odysseus thinks and that's not really like her. Athena knows that she is fighting to save her siblings and herself, but the difference between her and Hera is that she doesn't want to hurt people if she doesn't have to.

ANTIGODDESS has movie written all over it! I loved every moment and see myself re-reading this until book two is available. The ending left me completely in shock! There were so many memorable quotes and amazing moments. I just finished Game of Thrones and there were moments in ANTIGODDESS that feels the same in that there are hard choices and amazing characters. Kendare Blake is an amazing author! If you only listen to one of my recommendations this year let it be ANTIGODDESS!

ANTIGODDESS goes on sale September 10th. You can read a free excerpt online at Tor.com.

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Interview with Angie Smibert


Why did you become an author?

Remember that scene in Sister Act 2 where Whoopi is explaining to Lauryn Hill (of all people) that she’s a singer? Sister Mary Clarence gives her wayward student a copy of Rainier Rilke’s Letters to a Young Poet. In it, Rilke tells a young man that if all you can think about is writing then you’re a writer.

So it’s kinda like that.

I’ve always been a huge reader. I can remember coming home from the library with a paper grocery bag full of books, dumping them out on my bedroom floor, and then diving in (figurative and possibly literally). I also devoured good stories in any form: movie, TV, plays, etc. My grandmother used to like to tell the story of how she found me glued to Splendor in the Grass on her black-and-white TV when I was, oh, about 10.

And I’ve always made up stories to entertain myself. As a kid, I’d take characters and worlds from books and TV –and then mash them up in my head with original stuff. (Imagine a little bit of Star Trek meets MASH with a dash of Emergency! and Dune or The Hobbit thrown in for good measure.) I thought everybody did that. So I didn’t really starting writing that stuff down for many, many years. (Until I got bored on my first real job, actually.)

But, ultimately, how could I not become a writer?


How has life changed since your debut novel?

Not much really. I’ve met some cool people and been to some cool places, but I’m still sitting here contentedly typing away on my laptop. (I am quite jealous of those people at ComicCon, though!) All in all, I’m quite pleased and grateful to have three books out in the world now.

I think the major difference between now and my debut book is the stress / excitement level. Nothing beats when your first book comes out. Everything is all new and sparkly and stressful (but mostly in a good way). After a few books, you figure out what not to stress about. (And you stress about a whole new batch of things.)


If you could spend the day with one of your characters who would it be and why?

Winter. I’d have her show me how to make amazing, wacky, and beautiful things, like her kinetic sculptures. I admire but don’t necessarily share that ability, which is why I guess I like to create those kind of characters.


Do you ever re-read your early novels and do you think about changes?

Nope. I actually haven’t re-read the first two books since they went through final copyediting. During the writing, revision, and editing process, you read your own book so many times that it all becomes this blur of words. There are probably things I might like to change, but there’s a point where you need to let it go and move on.

Do your short stories influence your novels?

Certainly. I wrote many, many short stories before I published my first book. That used to be how genre fiction writers broke into the market. Writing short stories—particularly flash fiction (1000 words)—teaches you to pack a lot into a few words and to get to the good stuff quickly. That is reflected in my novels. My prose is pretty lean. I try to make words do double and triple duty, and I work the exposition into the action wherever possible.

And for me, I often think of an idea as short fiction first and then see how it might develop into a novel. (btw, Memento Nora started off as a short story, which you can read on my author site: www.angiesmibert.com.)


When do you write?
I treat writing as a job. I sit my butt down from 10-5ish and work. (Actually, I’m there earlier tutoring for a few hours every morning.) I do, of course, take breaks for copious amounts of coffee and tea, going to the gym, cleaning up after the elderly dog, “researching” online, and just staring out the window.


What books are on your nightstand?
I just got Ruta Sepetys’ new book, Out of the Easy, from the library. On my electronic night stand (aka, Kindle), I’m reading The Golem and the Jinni by Helene Wecker. I recently finished Neil Gaiman’s Ocean at the End of the Lane, which I loved, and I finally read John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars. (Imagine a Nerdfighter salute here.)


Are there any plans or ideas for other genre books?
My WIP is a fantasy, but I don’t want to jinx it by saying more than that. ;)


Angie is the author of several young adult books, including the Memento Nora series from Skyscape: MEMENTO NORA (2011), THE FORGETTING CURVE (2012), and THE MEME PLAGUE (releasing August 2013). She has also published many short stories, for both adults and teens, and is a frequent contributor to Odyssey magazine; Memento Nora began as one of those stories. Angie lives in Virginia and when she's not writing (...or reading), she enjoys yoga and playing on a local trivia quiz team. Angie is also a contributing member of the League of Extraordinary Writers, a blog of debut young adult dystopian writers: http://leaguewriters.blogspot.com/.



THE MEME PLAGUE (Memento Nora series - Book 3) by Angie Smibert


It’s time to finally say Enough!

In a world where corporations not so secretly control the government and the police use fear tactics to keep everyone in line (sound a little familiar?), Micah and Nora take charge of their memories—and the truth—in this breathtaking series finale.

In THE MEME PLAGUE, the final book of the Memento Nora series, Micah and his friends have each lost something—a parent, a relationship, a home, maybe even their own identities as they remembered them to be. But together, they can make sure some things are never forgotten. Election Day is coming, and Mayor Mignon is certain to be elected to Congress. It’s time to build a new electronic frontier (MemeNet), one that’s not controlled by the mayor and his cronies. It’s time to get out the vote and shake up the system. Will they succeed before it’s too late?

Sunday, August 11, 2013

August What I'm Reading Now

Hi All! Here is my schedule. Feel free to join me and then we can discuss. Also I am always up for taking recommendations. If you check my blog often you will find I add and remove books just depending on my moods. What are you reading or looking forward to reading this month?

Currently Reading:




Just Finished:

Friday, August 9, 2013

INFINITYGLASS Book Birthday Giveaway

To celebrate INFINITYGLASS EgmontUSA is giving away all three books to one lucky winner! I loved Hourglass and Timepiece so trust me when I say you want to win this!

What do you have to do to win such an amazing prize pack?

All you have to do is fill out the raffle copter form below and I'm also giving you a number of extra entries! You have until the 19th so hurry and sign up!



About INFINITYGLASS:

The stakes have risen even higher in this third book in the Hourglass series.

The Hourglass is a secret organization focused on the study of manipulating time, and its members — many of them teenagers -­have uncanny abilities to make time work for them in mysterious ways. Inherent in these powers is a responsibility to take great care, because altering one small moment can have devastating consequences for the past, present, and future. But some time trav­elers are not exactly honorable, and sometimes unsavory deals must be struck to maintain order.

With the Infinityglass (central to understanding and harnessing the time gene) at large, the hunt is on to find it before someone else does.

But the Hourglass has an advantage. Lily, who has the ability to locate anything lost, has determined that the Infinityglass isn't an object. It's a person. And the Hourglass must find him or her first. But where do you start searching for the very key to time when every second could be the last?


About Myra McEntire:

Myra McEntire has had her nose in a book since she could hold one. She was once caught reading in the shower (true story) and only stopped when her father disconnected the hot water heater. She lives in Nashville, Tennessee, with her husband and two boys. You can visit her online at www.myramcentire.com or follow her on twitter at @MyraMcEntire



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Sunday, June 30, 2013

Goodbye Google Reader

Why Google Reader! Why are you leaving!


I'm sad that google reader is going away. If you are like me then you follow a number of bloggers and the best way I keep up with them is thought google reader. So if haven't heard google reader is going away tomorrow. [cries] I was hoping that Google would change it's mind or say "JUST KIDDING", but no! [cries some more] So if you follow my blog by google reader I hope you will keep up with me on facebook, twitter, subscribe by email or rss. I have been blogging for over three years and I don't want to loose my followers!
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Monday, June 24, 2013

Audio Review: The Mad Scientist's Daughter by Cassandra Rose Clarke



The Mad Scientist's Daughter by Cassandra Rose Clarke

Source: Review copy provided by Brilliance Audio


Oh wow. Where do I start. The Mad Scientist's Daughter is a really, really, really long. The story starts when Cat's father brings home a robot named Finn when Cat is around eight. She first thinks that he is a ghost. He later becomes her tutor. As she grows she finds herself falling in love with him. She dates guys, but she gives into her feelings for him. Cat and Finn later have a secret love affair. Cat knows she and Finn are wrong, but she doesn't stop. Finn always gives into her every whim. Then one day Cat's boyfriend proposes and she says yes. When Cat marries Finn decides to leave to work on the lunar station. Cat's marriage crumbles after abuse and her lack of love. Starting over she returns to her childhood home. There she is consumed by finding out more about her one true love. She focuses on her future and her elderly father. Cat's denial of what she felt hurts everyone around her. The Mad Scientist's Daughter is not typical of what I would normally read. I couldn't relate to Cat's actions, because they often came across as selfish. The Mad Scientist's Daughter was not for me.

Narrator: Kate Rudd is a great narrator! Kate did a great job as both Cat and Finn. If I'm ever on the fence about an audio the narrator plays a big part and for me Kate was the one highlight of the book.

Audio Sample of The Mad Scientist's Daughter

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Audio Review: Starring Me


Starring Me by Krista McGee

Source: Audio CD by Brilliance Audio


Starring Me by Krista McGee is my first christian YA novel and I really enjoyed it. I won't lie at first I was worried it would be preachy, but that wasn't the case at all. In Starring Me Chad wins an American Idol type show and the media is sure he will go on to be a huge singer. Only Chad has other plans, and he decides he wants to do a variety show similar to Saturday Night Live for teens. His parents demand that his co-star has to be a Christian since Chad will be spending so much time with them. When the network sees Chad or his parents won't budge they decide to setup a reality tv show to pick an unknown costar. The girls have no clue about Chad or the fact that they want the girl to be Christian so the girls go into stereo type mean girl behavior. This was super funny and great to see the claws come out. Kara doesn't get caught up in the drama, but she also doesn't believe in religion. Chad also struggles when he meets a girl who catches his eye and is not of the same faith.

Starring Me is a really fun book! I enjoyed the reality twist and if you are looking for clean YA novels this is a great one!

Narrator: Tara Sands does a great job with Starring Me. This is the first time I have heard an audio book by her and I was really impressed. Narrators can really make or break an audio book so it's great to find another good narrator.

To listen to a sample visit Brilliance Audio

Friday, June 14, 2013

Audio Review: The Hero's guide to Saving Your Kingdom



The Hero's guide to Saving Your Kingdom by Christopher Healy

Performed by Bronson Pinchot

Source: Purchased


Summer is right around the corner so I wanted to talk about a great middle grade reads. The Hero's Guide to Saving Your Kingdom would be a wonderful book to share with your kids or get the audio for your next road trip. Christopher Healy is hilarious. Raise your hand if you watched fairy tales and through I need a Prince Charming! Well what if Prince Charming needed to be saved or was afraid or pretty much everything! What if he stood up to a bossy princess and was hated for it. The Hero's guide to Saving Your Kingdom is funny, silly, and has a number of memorable characters.

Narrator: Bronson Pinchot is hilarious! He has every voice down from ogres to every prince. Bronson will amuse both adults and kids!

Monday, June 10, 2013

Review: Solstice by P J Hoover


Solstice by P.J. Hoover

Rating: 5 of 5 Stars


When I first heard of Solstice I thought "how will history and dystopia work?", but leave it to PJ Hoover to take Greek Mythology and make it current! In Solstice the world is now in a Global Heating Crisis and the average temperature is 119, we also meet Piper who lives in Austin, Texas with her mother. Living in Texas with 100 degree summers, it sometimes makes me a bit afraid that this could possibly be our not too distant future. Piper tries to live a life as normal as can be, when you have a mother who controls every second of your life. Piper is use to her mom’s controlling ways because she has been that way for as long as she can remember. Her mom explained that they had to move to Texas so Piper’s terrorist father wouldn’t find her. When Piper turns eighteen she starts meeting people who change her life including her father. Piper’s school life is pretty quiet with only one real friend and no boyfriend what so ever. Then she meets a new guy who is quiet and distant with everyone expect Piper. Piper isn’t sure why he would want to talk to her and she knows her mother wouldn’t approve, but she feels a connection with him. Hoover does a great job of showing how Piper goes from being suffocated by her mom’s controlling ways to the person she was meant to be. Solstice is a story about love and about how far you're willing to go to protect those you love. Making impulsive choices is sometimes easier than dealing with the consequences that inevitably follow.


Every time I picked up Solstice I lost hours because I could never find a stopping point! To take a well-known myth like Hades and Persephone and make it your own is a sign of great writing! I can’t wait for more from PJ Hoover.

To learn more about P. J. Hoover visit: http://www.pjhoover.com/index.php

Sunday, June 9, 2013

June What I'm Reading Now

Hi All! Here is my schedule. Feel free to join me and then we can discuss. Also I am always up for taking recommendations. If you check my blog often you will find I add and remove books just depending on my moods. What are you reading or looking forward to reading this month?

Currently Reading:


Currently Audio Book:


 
Just Finished:

Friday, June 7, 2013

Watermark Cover Reveal

I want to welcome Texas author, Krissi Dallas! Krissi is here to reveal the cover and Plot Synopsis for Watermark, the forth book in her Phantom Island series!



Watermark, the fourth installment of the YA fantasy Phantom Island series by Krissi Dallas is finally releasing this fall! If you haven’t jumped on board this island adventure full of magic, mystery, and romance, now is your chance. Enter to win an autographed Phantom Island trilogy pack, an autographed copy of Watermark when it releases, a tribal t-shirt, or an autographed copy of The Collector by debut author Victoria Scott! The giveaway will be open for entries until Friday, June 14. See information below.

And now for Watermark … the dramatic conclusion to the first half of the Phantom Island series…


Excerpt:
I stared at her in frustration. “What is with you?!” I exploded. She was not acting like my best friend. Like my Morgan. “You’ve been so different this summer, and I don’t get it!”
“Well, you’ve been different too! People change, you know,” she snapped back.
“If I’ve changed, fine. But at least I’m still honest with you. You, however, have turned into a liar! If we don’t have trust between us, then what do we have, Morgan?”

Plot Synopsis:
Relationships on the White Island are volatile and Whitnee, Morgan, and Caleb aren’t sure who they can trust—even each other. Politicians are lying, history is being rewritten, and motives are questionable. Whitnee sets out with Gabriel and a band of rebel spies to take back the enemy's biggest weapon—Whitnee's father. However, a shocking turn of events proves once again that the Island's secrets have the power to destroy more than just the truth. Separated from her friends, Whitnee battles her own fears in order to survive and protect the ones she loves. But when Morgan's illness finally comes to light, Whitnee faces a decision that could alter her future—and Morgan’s—forever. And whether she ultimately stays on the Island or leaves might not be her choice, after all.

“…[An] earnest tale of magic and romance that deals with the great distance between pain and recovery.” –Kirkus Reviews (Windchaser, Phantom Island Book 1)


Meet the Author:
Krissi Dallas loves pop music, mismatched socks, and fried chicken. She lives in Fort Worth, Texas with her youth minister husband, Sam, and their two wicked Yorkies, Elphie and Luna. Krissi enjoys hanging out with her quirky middle school students and building the dramatic, magical, and mysterious world that makes up the Phantom Island series. Be sure to check out Windchaser, Windfall, and Watercrossing. Krissi loves connecting with teens, as well as readers and writers of all ages! You can stalk her online at www.KrissiDallas.com.



Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Audio Review: Crash by Lisa McMann



Crash by Lisa McMann

Rating: 4 of 5 Stars

Source: Purchased audio book


Crash is the first of four books in the Vision series and what a great start to the series. In Crash, Jules DeMarco sees this gruesome accident on billboards and on signs that no one else can see. Jules doesn't know where the visions come from, but the more she ignores them the more they haunt her. She realizes that these visions are something that will happen in the near future and she has to stop it. As if having visions wasn't bad enough she finds out that the vision involves Sawyer Angotti, a guy who was once her friend and current crush. Jules doesn't have friends. She spends all her free time working at her parent's pizza place with her brother Trey and her younger sister Rowan. Jules doesn't blame people for not liking her, especially when her family car has two giant meatballs on the roof, she constantly smells of pizza, and Sawyer's parents pizza restaurant is far more popular.

Jules life gets even more complicated when her visions grow and are everywhere. As if having horrible images weren't bad enough she now knows it will involve Sawyer's restaurant. Sawyer and Jules families have hated each other for as long as Jules can remember. The DeMarco and Angotti feud puts Jules in a tough spot when deciding what's the right thing to do about her visions.

I absolutely loved Crash and I'm counting down until October 8th when Bang, the second book in the Vision series, will be available! Fans of the television show Ghost Whisperer or my favorite book series The Body Finder will really enjoy Crash. You must go get this one, like right now!

Narrator: This is the first time I listened to Allyson Ryan and she did a great job. The audio is only a little over five hours so it's a quick listen.

Sample audio of Crash

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Audio Review: The Sweet Dead Life by Joy Preble




The Sweet Dead Life by Joy Preble

Rating: 4 of 5 Stars

Source: Purchased Audio Book


The Sweet Dead Life by Joy Preble is full of sass! Joy Preble is known for her series Dreaming Anastasia, but she steps completely outside of the box with The Sweet Dead Life. Jenna Samuels is just trying to get through life since her father left when she was eight and her mom never recovered from his departure. Her older brother,Casey, is a stoner and he quit football to take care of the family. Jenna has been sick with an illness that her doctor can't diagnose. When Jenna collapses and Casey drives her to the hospital they are involved in a horrible wreck that changes their lives for good. An EMT at the scene suggests more tests be run and the cause of Jenna's illness is discovered. What Jenna doesn't expect is that Casey is completely unharmed by the crash when she clearly remembers he should have been. Things get even weirder when they find out that Jenna is sick because she's being poisoned. Jenna can't get passed the fact that Casey isn't his usual stoner self, but looks better than he ever has. Also Amber, the annoying EMT, won't go away. Casey listens to what Amber has to say and trusts her after just meeting her. Jenna wants nothing to do with her, but it was she who pushed for Jenna's blood test. It's up to the three of them to find out who would want to poison her and whether it has anything to do with her father disappearing and her mother's depression.

I love that the story is set in Houston and the city really feels like it's a character of it's own. Jenna is so sassy and has some of the best lines. I was frustrated with their mom and how she could just fall off into her own world when her kids needed her. I went from not liking Casey to really caring about him! I highly recommend getting The Sweet Dead Life!

Narrator: Madeleine Lambert does a great job of capturing Jenna's sassy personality. She also does a great job with Casey. There were a few minor parts where I felt she could have done a better job like the action scenes or how she pronounced a few words. Over all Madeleine did a good job as narrator.

Sample of The Sweet Dead Life Audio

Monday, May 20, 2013

Audio Review: The Program by Suzanne Young




The Program by Suzanne Young

Rating: 4 of 5 Stars

Source: Review copy provided by Publisher


The Program by Suzanne Young is one of the first books in a long time that really shocked me. The Program was designed to prevent teens from killing themselves after a teen suicide epidemic spread world wide. Traditional antidepressants no longer work and teens who are getting depressed, quickly kill themselves. The Program takes teens into a hospital and puts them through therapy and a drug that causes them to forget the memories that made them want to kill themselves. Teens know that they have to walk a fine line so they aren't "flagged" and sent away to this program. Sloane lost her brother Brady when he killed himself and her best friend Lacey was recently flagged. Sloane knows she can't show emotion in public no matter what. She only confides in her boyfriend James and her best friend Miller who dated Lacey. Miller is determined to make Lacey remember her old life and her love for him. James was Brady's best friend and he is Sloane's everything. They count down until the day they turn eighteen and the program can't touch them. But when Lacey returns and doesn't want anything to do with Miller it sends him into a downward spiral. James and Sloane try to keep him happy and look for signs he is becoming depressed and possibly suicidal, but one weekend they leave him alone and he takes his own life. James is so tired of losing people and he soon starts showing signs of depression. Sloane does her best to be normal for both her and James, but he can't avoid the Program. Sloane's parents are worried that after losing Brady they could lose their daughter as well and soon turn Sloane into The Program. The Program breaks even the strongest person and even though Sloane is determined to stay who she is and keep her memories, what can you do when drugs are pumped into you to make you talk and to steal every memory you have that makes you who you are? Is it better to live a life without your memories or risk losing your life because it's just too much to bare? There were so many times I yelled at the counselors in The Program and to Sloane to not fall for what they were telling her.

The story is told in three parts: life before The Program, life at The Program and life after. The Program is one of my favorite books this year! So many twists and turns and so many mind games! You will love it!

Narrator: Joy Osmanski is a great narrator! I was so caught up in the story I felt like I was there.

Sample audio of The Program

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Love in Bloom Giveaway Hop


I'm so happy to be a part of the Love In Bloom Giveaway Hop! So today I'm bringing you a very special interview with Francisco, co owner of BestiaStory. The minute I visited BestiaStory online I was in love with the idea so what better way to celebrate than with a giveaway. I got to ask Francisco a few questions about BestiaStory so I hope you enjoy the interview.



Two lucky winners are going to win a shirt from the Bestia line! All you have to do is go to http://www.bestiastory.com and pick your favorite shirt and let me know in the rafflecopter. BestiaStory also has a coupon code for my blog readers. Type CARIBLOG on the cart page to get 15% off your entire order!

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A big thanks to I Am A Reader, Not A Writer and Portrait of a Book for putting together the giveaway hop

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Interview & Giveaway with Joy Preble

I'm so happy to welcome my friend and Texas author Joy Preble! I'm a big fan of Joy's first series and super excited about The Sweet Dead Life! I had a blast asking Joy questions and of course I want to thank Soho for the giveaway copies!


What was your inspiration for The Sweet Dead Life?
I got an email from my editor at Soho Press asking if I was interested in writing a book about a down on his luck stoner dude who comes back from a fatal car accident as his dying sister's guardian angel and solves a huge family mystery. That was basically it -- this one intriguing sentence. Of course I said yes! And then I said, you know, I think this book is going to be set in Texas, which I had no idea how he would take since I figured he probably hadn't envisioned it in the northern suburbs of Houston. But when I sent him the sample chapters, he said yes, too and on we went from there! Ultimately, it became more than the sum of its parts. I mean originally, we'd pitched this project as FALLEN meets VERONICA MARS meets PINEAPPLE EXPRESS and other Judd Apatow movies. So we both knew there would be strong comic elements. But once I began writing, there was suddenly this much bigger, more poignant story of siblings and love and family and good and evil and blackmail and poison... along with breakfast tacos. Very Texas, I guess you'd say. We were creating this Texas makeover of the angel book and being careful to create an original world and not one attached to any specific faith philosophy. And then I fell in love with my narrator Jenna. After that, it was a labor of love. Plus there are cowgirl boots. And guac.

I'm lucky to know you personally so I'm wondering how much of your personality is in this book?
Well, I suppose there's some of me in every book I write. But I did have the opportunity here through some - not all- of Jenna's observations to let you see my sense of absurdism. And my belief that we make our own family, particularly if the one we're given has issues -- well, that's in there, too. I guess after that, I'll have to leave it you to decide which of Jenna's opinions - and she has MANY- are also my own. :)

What was the hardest part of writing The Sweet Dead Life?
Honestly, there were very few hard parts. I think there was some thought about hey, I've written this angel book that's based on a mystery and not on romance: How's that going to work out? But it's exactly that aspect that reviewers like Kirkus and Booklist have loved. So I guess it worked out just fine. The harder part actually came writing the sequel, which is called THE A WORD and will release in May 2014 and continue Jenna and Casey's adventures and the larger mystery that's been unleashed. Plus Jenna will have a romance in book 2 ! If you are a careful reader of TSDL, you will know who it will be with! THE A WORD is going to be a little darker and longer and a 'bigger' book overall. Plus a new angel will come into the picture. So the stakes were raised all around.

What do you want readers to take away from reading your books?
I think I sort of covered that above in the personality question, but beyond that I hope readers will enjoy a mixture of humor and pathos - of fantasy set in a very real world setting. Because I guess that's how I see life: this wonderful mixture of funny and awful and great and horrible all rolled into one, and we as humans have to have hope in each other to get us through.

I know you can't have favorites, but what was your favorite moment in the book?
I do love all of TSDL, but one of my favorite moments is the scene where Jenna finally learns and accepts that her brother is an 'A-word' now. And then even after that, she subjects him to this haphazard, self-created 'A-Word test.' It is funny and poignant and I love it. Because accepting that Casey is a 'you know what' now, also means accepting that he's, well, dead.

All about Joy

Tell us something readers might not know about you?
Hmm.... I bet you might not know that I was first chair viola in the high school orchestra! And you definitely might not know that I coached JV girl's volleyball my first year teaching. Yup. Both true.

Shoes, purses, or books?
Um, all. Of course. Really, my new Michael Kors nylon tote was not only affordable but also big enough to carry books AND shoes.

OMG did that really happen to me?
The funny one that comes to mind is one you actually know! It's when you and I were tweeting about the aforementioned Covert Affairs and @chrisgorham (who is our favorite actor on the show) tweeted back. It was one of those random celeb moments that I love. Also when my 50 pound log of doom dog crashed through my very expensive leaded glass window. But that wasn't as fun. There are many others that are much funnier. But they can't be repeated here.

When I'm not writing I spend my time ____?
Besides hanging out at book events with Maria Cari Soto? I read, watch trash TV (actually I LOVE all TV, including Covert Affairs which can't return soon enough), plan trips (we just went to Ireland and I'm hoping Italy is next), and drink wayyy too much caffeine.


About the author: Joy Preble is the author of the popular and highly acclaimed Dreaming Anastasia series. A former English teacher, Joy grew up in Chicago and is a graduate of Northwestern University. She is now a full time writer and lives with her family in Texas, where she has learned to say "y'all" without any hint of irony. A tireless advocate for literacy and great books, she is at the center of the all-important Texas YA scene.

To learn more about Joy visit:
www.joypreble.com and follow her on twitter at @joypreble

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Monday, May 13, 2013

Mini Review: The Collector by Victoria Scott



The Collector by Victoria Scott

Source: eArc from Publisher

For all you girls who get upset when the bad boy gets the bad reputation then The Collector is for you! Dante is the ultimate bad boy and you will want to run away with him. Dante is in charge of collecting souls and he is the best at what he does. Warning, he knows he's the best, so his attitude is as big as his ego. Dante thinks his life is great until his latest high profile assignment turns his world upside down. He tells himself not to get involved, but he can't help himself. The male point of view is frustrating at times, but feels very real.

Victoria Scott really captures you with her sassy slang, making The Collector fun and light. This is a perfect beach read! The Collector is Victoria Scott's first novel and I can't wait to read more from her. Fun fact: Tori is a Texas author and you know how much I love Texas authors! Pick up a copy of The Collector today!

Friday, May 10, 2013

My Game of Thrones Reading Adventure


A Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin

Rating: 5 of 5 Stars


First things first. I'm such a big fan of the HBO series A Game of Thrones. I can honestly say I may never have picked up the books if I hadn't watched the shows. If you're thinking "How can you watch the show and then read the books" I always try to read the book before the tv/movie, but I loved the show so much that I knew there had to be more details that I was missing, so I started A Game of Thrones about a year ago. Yes, a year ago! A Game of Thrones is over 800 pages in hardcover form, so it's not easy to carry around. I decided to get the e-book for my iPad, but I would only get like 10 pages and then a tweet/email/gchat would distract me.

Each chapter of A Game of Thrones is told from a different point of view so at first it was difficult keeping track of who was where. Reading A Game of Thrones was about studying the characters and how the book is different from the show. I found that the book and the show are really close, but you do learn more about the past and Ned's promises to his sister Lyanna. There are a number flashbacks and dreams that were never shown on the show that I'm glad I got to learn about. Some people only got creepier in the book. Yes, I'm looking at you Cersei Lannister! If you love the show and are looking for a fantasy novel then pick this one up! Don't let the size of the book or the hype deter you, it's a great read.

I loved A Game of Thrones so much that I started Clash of Kings, book two in the series. Interesting side note a number of YA authors are big fans of A Game of Thrones, the books and the show!

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Guest Post: Letting Go of Plans to Make Way for the Real Story

Please help me welcome Nichole Giles author of DESCENDANT. Nichole is guest posting on letting go of plans.



When I first started writing Descendant, the entire concept revolved around the fact that my main character, Abby, had some extraordinary abilities. Originally, she could do a lot of other things, but as I got writing the story, I realized that I was in over my head, and that the story was going to be way too complicated. If I wasn’t careful, I’d end up with a story about another super hero.

Don’t get me wrong, super heroes are extremely cool. I’m a big fan of super heroes. But as I got to know Abby and Kye, I realized that they are so much more human than anything else. And rather than make them invincible, I allowed them to keep the powers that sort of made them who they are, and then I gave the rest away to other characters, or dropped the abilities altogether.

Once I made that decision, the story came alive in a way it never had before. I figured out where their powers came from, why they each have the abilities they do, and why those abilities are so important to the story. Also, it was doing this that brought up Abby and Kye’s connection, and the history behind it. That connection has become a backbone for the plot, and one of the things that keeps them moving through it.

By letting go of what I thought this story was going to be, I discovered what it truly is.

Abby and Kye’s journey has evolved over a long time, and the story has changed dramatically in the process. But the things that have remained consistent are Abby’s ability to Heal others, and her intuitive ability to See things. The love story hasn’t changed much either, actually. It’s just become deeper and more refined. So there’s that.

I’m a fan of love stories, so everything I write will involve some romance. It’s just who I am as a writer. Love at first sight? Check. Long lost kindred souls? Check. People and circumstances trying to tear the lovers apart? Check. And guess what? Other than the love at first sight thing (which was part of the very, very first draft of this story forever and ever ago) Abby and Kye’s story evolved organically. Most of what happens between them wasn’t planned in advance.


A bit of trivia: there is one scene that started it all, including the special abilities and everything else that evolved from that. It’s a scene between Abby and Kye. While it changed somewhat in the revision process, it is, to me, the truest part of the story.

Anyone want to guess which scene it is? Leave your guesses in the comments for a chance to win a signed Descendant bookmark.

 

About DESCENDANT: Seventeen-year-old Abigail Johnson is Gifted.

Blessed-or cursed-with Sight and Healing, Abby lives an unsettled life, moving from place to place and staying one step ahead of the darkness that hunts her. When she arrives in Jackson, Wyoming, she is desperate to maintain the illusion of normalcy, but she is plagued with visions of past lives mixed with frightening glimpses of her future. Then she meets Kye, a mysterious boy who seems so achingly familiar that Abby is drawn to him like he's a missing piece of her own soul.

Before Abby can discover the reason for her feelings toward Kye, the darkness catches up to her and she is forced to flee again. But this time she's not just running. She is fighting back with Kye at her side, and it's not only Abby's life at stake.

Praise for DESCENDANT: "A hot new spin on paranormal, Descendant is refreshingly imaginative and powerful. I can't decide which was best -- piecing together Abby's sinister past or keeping up with her heartbreaking future. If you like your YA laced with melt-my-heart romance and a good helping of heart-pounding suspense, you'll love this book!" -- Michelle Davidson Argyle, author of The Breakaway

"This debut novel delivers in all the right ways, with heart-pounding action and a delicious romance that sweeps centuries. I loved it!" --Elana Johnson, author of Possession and Surrender

Thanks for participating! And don’t forget to enter the Descendant Blog Tour giveaway provided by Nichole Giles!