Saturday, October 22, 2016

Stowaway Blog Tour: Spotlight + Giveaway

Stowaway (The Reservation Trilogy #2)
Author: Jen Castleberry
Genre: Young Adult
Release Date: October 15, 2016

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Twelve years ago, Nathan was forcibly transferred into govern mental custody.

Once a brother, a son, and an outsider, he is now little more than an instrument of the Continental Order.

At least, that's what his superiors think.

Now, the Order is shipping out, and a resurgence of destruction lies in wait for the continent.

Will Nathan break free and embrace the hostile outside world, or will he take his place on the last train scheduled for the Reservation?

Jen Castleberry is a North Carolina native currently based in Virginia Beach, VA. She is a Communications graduate and proud ECU alum. 

When she's not writing, Castleberry works full-time as a Veterinary Assistant at a local animal shelter. 

Her affection for all critters, large and small, comes home with her at the end of each day. She frequently lends her house and heart to homeless animals in need of foster. 

Her own clan of silly creatures include an Akita, a Basset Hound, a Maine Coon, and of course, her active-duty husband.

At twenty-seven, Castleberry hopes to soon realize a life-long dream of writing professionally. 

The first installment of her YA debut series premiered in January of 2016.


Friday, October 21, 2016

Month9Books Birthday Bash + Giveaway

Welcome to Month9Books Turns 4 Birthday Bash! I'm thrilled to share this celebration with you!

Here’s a quick note from Georgia McBride, owner of Month9Books!

“Month9Books is turning 4 this year, and I could not be happier. We are living proof that if you have a dream to write, create and inspire, you should follow that dream and let nothing keep you from realizing it. Thank you to all the readers, writers, agents, partners and friends who have made this possible. We write for you.

--Georgia McBride, Publisher and Owner of Month9Books

Thanks so much for 4 awesome years! We look forward to celebrating #5 with you in 2017! We have something for everyone from every genre from Sci-Fi to Fantasy to Paranormal and Horror! As a thank you, we're giving away some well-loved books from 2015 and 2016. All paperback and hardcover winners must reside in the United States. International readers may receive only eBooks if they win.

Here’s a look at all of the books we have published through the years! 

Two and Twenty Dark Tales: Dark Retellings of Mother Goose Rhymes
Very Superstitious: Myths, Legends and Tales of Superstition
Praefatio (Praefatio, #1) by Georgia McBride
THE Undertakers: Secret of The Corpse Eater by Ty Drago
Fledgling (Dragonrider Chronicles #1) by Nicole Conway
Avian (Dragonrider Chronicles #2) by Nicole Conway
Fire in the Woods by Jennifer M. Eaton
The Perilous Journey of the Not-So-Innocuous Girl by Leigh Statham
Summer of The Oak Moon by Laura Templeton
The Undertakers: Last Siege of Haven by Ty Drago
The Artisans by Julie Reece
Into The Dark by Caroline Patti
Serpentine by Cindy Pon
Minotaur by Phillip Simpson
Nameless by Jennifer Jenkins
Ashes In The Sky (Fire in the Woods #2) By Jennifer M. Eaton
The Undertakers 5: End of the World by Ty Drago
The Requiem Red by Brynn Chapman
Emerge by Tobie Easton
There Once were Stars by Melanie McFarlane
The Paladins (The Artisans #2) by Julie Reece
Argos by Phillip W. Simpson
Traitor (Dragonrider Chronicles #3) by Nicole Conway
Rise by Jennifer Anne Davis
In The Shadow Of The Dragon King by J. Keller Ford
Hair In All The Wrong Places by Andrew Buckley
Genesis Girl by Jennifer Bardsley
Into The Light (Into The Dark #2) by Caroline Patti
un/Fair by Steven Harper
Operation Tenley by Jennifer Gooch Hummer
The Perilous Journey Of The Much Too Spontaneous Girl (The Perilous Journey of the Not-So-Innocuous Girl #2) by Leigh Statham
Sacrifice (Serpentine #2) by Cindy Pon
Clanless (Nameless #2 ) by Jennifer Jenkins
The Legend of The Pumpkin Thief by Charles Day
In The Beginning Anthology
Immortal (Dragonrider Chronicles #4)  by Nicole Conway
 A total of 13 winners will receive….

(1) Hardcover of SERPENTINE by Cindy Pon - US Only.
(1) Paperback of EMERGE by Tobie Easton - US ONLY.
(1) Hardcover of POPPY MAYBERRY: THE MONDAY by Jennie K. Brown - US Only.
(1) Paperback set of THE DRAGONRIDERS CHRONICLES by Nicole Conway - US Only.
(1) Paperback set of HAIR IN ALL THE WRONG PLACES by Andrew Buckley, POLARIS by Beth Bowland, and ARTIFACTS by Pete Catalano - US Only.
(1) Paperback set of TWO AND TWENTY DARK TALES, THE REQUIEM RED by Brynn Chapman, FIRE IN THE WOODS by Jennifer M. Eaton, & RISE by Jennifer Anne Davis - US Only.
(3) Paperbacks of MINOTAUR by Phillip W. Simpson - US Only.
(3) International winners will receive a 5 eBooks of their choice from books listed above.


Thursday, October 20, 2016

The Wishing World Blog Tour: Review, Guest Post + Giveaway


"Whimsical and imaginative, with just the right mix of humor, heart, and adventure. The Wishing World is everything you could wish for in a story--and so much more!"--Shannon Messenger, author of Keeper of the Lost Cities

In the Wishing World, dreams are real. You can transform into your own hero, find wild and whimsical friends, and wield power as great as your imagination. But Lorelei doesn't know about any of that. All she knows is that a monster took her family.

It happened during a camping trip one year ago. Hiding inside the tent, she saw shadows, tentacles and a strange creature. By the time she got up the courage to crawl outside, the monster--and Lorelei's mom, dad, and brother--were gone.

Lorelei is determined to find her family. When she accidentally breaks into the Wishing World, she discovers a way. It's a land more wonderful than she could have imagined, a land of talking griffons, water princesses, and cities made of sand, where Lorelei is a Doolivanti--a wish-maker--who can write her dreams into existence.

There's only one problem: the monster is a Doolivanti, too. What he wishes also comes true, and he's determined to shove Lorelei out, keep her family, and make the whole Wishing World his. To save them, Lorelei must find the courage to face him, or her next wish may be her last.

Top 10 Favorite Books

1. Ender’s Game – Orson Scott Card

2. Iron House – John Hart

3. Tigana – Guy Gavriel Kay

4. A Song of Ice and Fire, Books 1-3 – George R. R. Martin

5. The Last Child – John Hart

6. Illusions – Richard Bach

7. The Hunger Games – Suzanne Collins

8. Hatchet – Gary Paulsen

9. Endymion & The Rise of Endymion – Dan Simmons

10. The Alvin Maker series, Books 1-3 – Orson Scott Card

11. Time Enough for Love – Robert Heinlein
The Wishing World is an exciting children's novel full of magic and adventure. The story is rife with fantastical beasts and monsters of all kinds, and the setting is a place where dreams and wishes can come true. Some of these are more like nightmares - like when Lorelei's (our main character) family disappears into thin air. Lorelei is a great lead for the book - she's smart, strong, a loving daughter and sister, and determined to find out what happened that night - no matter what. I loved the fact that Lorelei is a Doolivanti - a person who can wish their dreams into existence. It gives the story an even greater air of magic and transforms the main character from a normal kid into someone with special powers. The setting is a wonderful fit for the book, and I loved learning everything I could about the exotic creatures and people that inhabited it. Another aspect I really liked was the author's use of the first person point of view. I'm a huge fan of that writing style because it gives the reader such a deep connection to the narrator. In this case, the story is told from Lorelei's perspective - so we get to know her every thought, fear, hopes, dreams, and anything else that goes through her head. I find it's almost always easier to identify with the narrator when the first person POV is used - and this book is no exception. Every aspect of the novel works seamlessly together to create a wonderful adventure mixed with fantasy and fun. Definitely recommended for lovers of children's fiction, middle grade fiction, action, adventure, and fantasy.
TODD FAHNESTOCK won the New York Public Library's Books for the Teen Age Award for one of his short stories, and is the author of the YA bestseller Fairmist as well as The Wishing World. Stories are his passion, but Todd's greatest accomplishment is his quirky, fun-loving family. The Wishing World began as a series of bedtime stories for his children.

Skype or phone session (personal or school class) 
A bundle of Starscap Books
Two Signed Copies of The Wishing World by Todd Fahnestock
Giveaway is open to International. | Must be 13+ to Enter


Cover Reveal: Kon by Lisa Cardiff

Kon (Trassato Crime Family #2)
Author: Lisa Cardiff
Genre: Adult Contemporary Romance
Publication Date: November 1, 2016
Publisher: Limitless Publishing

Once upon a time, I was the woman you envied. I had it all. A wonderful family. The perfect fiancé who also happened to be my best friend. Money and resources. The power and influence that came with sharing the Trassato name.

One night my fairy tale became a nightmare, and I’ve been living in Hell ever since. A rival family killed my fiancĂ©. My father succumbed to cancer. In the middle of it all, I bargained away my future to Konstantin Trincher, a member of the Russian mafia. It seemed like the perfect solution at the time—my brother’s girlfriend in exchange for me.

Only things weren’t that simple. I promised myself to Konstantin and my family promised me to Nico DeAngelo, the underboss of the Trassato Crime Family.

Konstantin and I form an alliance to unravel our bargain. The only problem? We didn’t expect to fall for each other in the process. Now I’m forced to choose between love and loyalty. One choice will break my heart and the other will break my family.

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After spending years practicing law and a million other things, Lisa decided to pursue her dream of becoming a writer and she must confess that inventing characters is so much more fun than writing contracts and legal briefs. A native of Colorado, she lives with her husband and three children in Denver.

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Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Blood Red Snow White Blog Tour: Review + Giveaway

Blood Red Snow White
Genre: YA Historical Fiction/Fairy Tale
Release Date: October 25, 2016
Publisher: Roaring Brook Press

Rating: 3 Stars

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It is 1917, and the world is tearing itself to pieces in a dreadful war, but far to the east of the trenches, another battle is breaking out - the Russian Revolution has just begun... 

Blood Red, Snow White captures the mood of this huge moment in history through the adventure of one man who was in the middle of it all; Arthur Ransome, a young British journalist who had first run away to Russia to collect fairy tales. 

Told as three linked novellas, part one captures the days of revolution but retells the story as Russian Fairy Tale, with typical humour and unashamed brutality. Part two is a spy story, set over the course of one evening, as Ransome faces up to his biggest challenge, and part three is a love story, full of tragedy and hope, as every good Russian love story should be.
Blood Red Snow White is a fantastically detailed account of one of Russia's most important times in history - the Russian Revolution. The author uses a unique writing style to tell the story - the novel is divided into three sections, each with their own story and part of history. The way each part is written was intriguing and very different from anything I've read before - especially when it comes to historical fiction. It almost seemed like the story is written as a fairy tale or folk tale and is being told to the reader by a storyteller. This gives the book a completely different feel than any other writing style I've come across. I'm not even exactly sure how to describe it. It's one of those things that you just have to experience for yourself in order to understand. It took me awhile to get used to the narrative style - and I have to admit that part of my reading experience was marred by this issue. I couldn't really get into the story as I would've liked - it felt like I was being read a story instead of being able to put myself inside the character's world. It's not a bad thing at all - just not something that I prefer in my reading. Aside from this, every other aspect of the book was wonderful. The incredible attention to detail and the descriptive accounts of these major historical times really brought it all to life for me - even if I couldn't insert myself into the story. I could practically close my eyes and see each of the scenarios playing out before me. I'm not a huge history buff, but I enjoy the occasional historical fiction - and this one was perfect. Definitely recommended for fans of historical literature - especially dealing with Russia.
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Marcus Sedgwick was born in Kent, England. Marcus is a British author and illustrator as well as a musician. He is the author of several books, including Witch Hill and The Book of Dead Days, both of which were nominated for the Edgar Allan Poe Award. The most recent of these nominations rekindled a fascination with Poe that has borne fruit here in (in The Restless Dead, 2007) the form of "The Heart of Another" - inspired by Poe's "The Tell-Tale Heart." Of his story, Sedgwick says, "This was one of those stories that I thought might be a novel originally but actually was much better suited to the tight form of the short story. I had the initial idea some years ago but was just waiting for the right ingredient to come along. Poe's story, as well as his own fascination with technique, provided that final piece of the puzzle."

He used to play for two bands namely playing the drums for Garrett and as the guitarist in an ABBA tribute group. He has published novels such as Floodland (winner of the Branford Boase Award in 2001) and The Dark Horse (shortlisted for The Guardian Children's Book Award 2002).