Welcome to my stop on the Steadfast by Michelle Hauck! I am excited to be posting an Excerpt + the Giveaway.
Welcome to my stop on the Steadfast by Michelle Hauck! I am excited to be posting an Excerpt + the Giveaway.
Welcome to my stop on the R.I.P Eliza Hart Blog Tour! I am excited to be posting an Excerpt + the Giveaway.
Welcome to my stop on the Six Little Secrets Blog Tour! I am excited to be posting a Review+ the Giveaway.
Title: SIX LITTLE SECRETS
Author: Katlyn Duncan
Pub. Date: November 24, 2017
Publisher: HQ Digital
Some secrets can never stay hidden for long…
Six teenagers meet in Saturday detention: a brain, a beauty, a cheerleader, a rebel, a recluse
and the new girl.
But someone is watching. Someone has made sure that they are all in the same room at the
same time. Someone knows that each of them is hiding a terrible secret…
…and by the end of detention, everyone will know the truth.
Katlyn Duncan was born and raised in a small town in New England. Her overactive imagination involved invisible friends, wanting to be a Disney Princess and making up her own stories. Her bibliophile mom always encouraged her love of reading and that stayed with her ever since.
Even though she works full time in the medical field Katlyn has always made time for books, whether she is reading or writing them.
SIX LITTLE SECRETS by Katlyn Duncan was a fast paced high school thriller. Six kids get tricked into detention where they are stalked and forced to play a game they never wanted to. If they passed their secrets stayed safe, but if they failed their pasts will come to haunt them.
I really liked how quick it was, although it was what I found lacking too. All the characters were very unique and their pasts were all equally as troubling. Duncan did a good job with the characterizations.
The whole plot was pretty intricate and I liked it. But on the other hand I wonder if it was really that realistic. I had trouble believing the big baddie would go to such lengths to do what they did. If you read it, you’ll know what I’m talking about! Sorry, no spoilers! Ha!
Some of the punishments were interesting, and some were uncomfortable to read (Poor Cece). I kind of wish there was more deadly consequences. I feel like that would have had my interest piqued to the max.
So though I wish it was longer, I still enjoyed it as a whole and would definitely recommend it if you’re looking for a quick YA thriller.
1 winner will receive a $25 B&N Gift Card, US Only.
5 winners will receive one of Katlyn’s Backlist Titles in eBook Format, International.
11/13/2017- Cindy’s Love of Books– Review
11/13/2017- Books,Dreams,Life– Excerpt
11/14/2017- Smada’s Book Smack– Review
11/14/2017- Stuffed Shelves– Review
11/15/2017- Sweet Southern Home– Review
11/15/2017- Books at Dawn– Review
11/16/2017- Twinning for Books– Interview
11/16/2017- Savings in Seconds– Review
11/17/2017- Hooked To Books– Excerpt
11/17/2017- Mama Reads Blog– Review
11/20/2017- Owl always be reading– Review
11/20/2017- Daily Waffle– Interview
11/21/2017- Kendra Loves Books– Review
11/21/2017- Never Too Many To Read– Review
11/22/2017- Jo’s Book Blog– Guest Post
11/22/2017- Queen of Books– Review
11/23/2017- Literary Meanderings– Excerpt
11/23/2017- Taylor Fenner’s Bookish World– Review
11/24/2017- BookHounds YA– Guest Post
11/24/2017- Texan Girl Reads– Review
Until next time,
Welcome to my stop on the Monsterland Blog Tour! I am excited to be posting a Guest Post + the Giveaway.
Author: Michael Okon
Pub. Date: October 13, 2017
Publisher: WordFire Press
Formats: Paperback eBook
Welcome to Monsterland, the scariest place on earth.
When world markets are decimated by a crippling plague, philanthropist, and billionaire businessman, Vincent Konrad decides to place monsters in a theme park setting to promote education and tolerance. Copper Valley is chosen as the primary site for the park in the United States.
Wyatt Baldwin, a high school senior is dying to go to the opening and when he lands special passes to the park, he and his friends are expecting the experience of a lifetime.
After all, in a theme park where real zombies, werewolves, and vampires are the main attractions, what could possibly go wrong?
Michael Okon is an award-winning and best-selling author of multiple genres including paranormal, thriller, horror, action/adventure and self-help. He graduated from Long Island University with a degree in English, and then later received his MBA in business and finance. Coming from a family of writers, he has storytelling in his DNA. Michael has been writing from as far back as he can remember, his inspiration being his love for films and their impact on his life. From the time he saw The Goonies, he was hooked on the idea of entertaining people through unforgettable characters.
Michael is a lifelong movie buff, a music playlist aficionado, and a sucker for self-help books. He lives on the North Shore of Long Island with his wife and children.
It’s a pretty incredible story that I have a hard time believing. I wrote Monsterland and self-published it in 2015. My mom is my publicity manager and she blitzed the bloggers with my book. That fall I was reading a book called Selling a Screenplay by Syd Field. In the book, there was an entertainment attorney named Susan Grode who seemed very knowledgeable about the publishing and film industry. I told myself, when I receive my first contract, I’m going to reach out to her to see if she could help me. About two months later, I received a post on Facebook from an agent in London who asked to represent me. I said sure and asked him to send me a contract. I emailed Susan and introduced myself and mentioned that I had someone who wanted to rep me and I was hoping she could read this contract. She told me before I sign with this London agent, why don’t I meet her friend in Brooklyn, an agent named Nick Mullendore with Vertical Ink Literary Agency. I met Nick for lunch and he signed me that day as his client. That evening, Susan brought me on as her client as well. Nick began trying to sell my book Monsterland to the big publishers and, as expected, it was rejected. Throughout his attempts of selling, he had a call with a film agent and he was pitching her a romance novel. She said she wasn’t really into romance and was looking for something with monsters. He sent her my book Monsterland, she read it over a weekend, and we had a call that Monday. She told Nick and me if we get the book published, she will get it into a producer’s hands to make into a film. Nick found a publisher called WordFire Press owned by Kevin J. Anderson, who has written all the Star Wars and Dune canon books. WordFire signed me to a two-book deal for Monsterland 1 & 2. After the deal was signed, my film agent did what she promised and got my book into the hands of a billion-dollar grossing producer who is now shopping my book to certain studios. In two years, I went from a self-published author, to a published author with a literary agent, an entertainment attorney, a film agent, a two-book publishing deal, a publicist, and a producer who is interested in turning my book to a film. It’s been one wild ride, to say the least.
10/30/2017- Owl Always Be Reading– Excerpt
10/30/2017- Abooktropolis– Review
10/31/2017- Books,Dreams,Life– Spotlight
10/31/2017- Texan Girl Reads– Review
11/1/2017- Reese’s Reviews– Guest Post
11/1/2017- Under the Book Cover– Review
11/2/2017- Dazzled by Books– Excerpt
11/2/2017- A Gingerly Review– Review
11/3/2017- Twirling Book Princess– Excerpt
11/3/2017- Birdie Bookworm– Review
11/6/2017- Books at Dawn– Guest Post
11/6/2017- Don’t Judge, Read– Review
11/7/2017- BookHounds YA– Interview
11/7/2017- Adventures Thru Wonderland– Review
11/8/2017- Savings in Seconds– Spotlight
11/8/2017- Novelties– Review
11/9/2017- Sweet Southern Home– Review
11/9/2017- Twisted Book Junkie– Review
11/10/2017- Parajunkee– Interview
11/10/2017- The Midnight Society– Review
Until next time,
Welcome to my stop on the Sublime Karma Blog Tour! I am excited to be posting a Excerpt + the Giveaway.
Title: SUBLIME KARMA
Author: Peyton Garver
Pub. Date: May 28, 2017
Publisher: Soul Mate Publishing
Formats: Paperback eBook
When Brie’s stepfather moves the family for what he calls a new beginning, it’s not the new beginning the beautiful, yet guarded, senior would have hoped for. Brie is instantly targeted by jealous girls at her new school, and the only available seat on her bus is next to the school’s star wide receiver, Jake, who for some reason, finds her offensive. After a humiliating article and picture of Brie is posted in the online school journal, a demon she thought she’d overcome resurfaces, and her life unravels. A newly compassionate Jake has finally taken an interest in her, but can Brie learn to trust her heart, or will she miss out on the best thing that ever happened to her?
Jake has his own secrets and has built his own walls, but eventually his curiosity about the new girl gets the best of him. Unfortunately, now there is competition: the captain of her cross-country team. Jake’s romantic histories with the girl next door and the school’s queen bee, adds tension to a simmering tempest when all he wants is Brie. Is he strong enough to help the one he loves weave sense into her crumbling new reality while overcoming his own tainted past? This is an edgy YA with issues of bullying, self harm, and attempted suicide…with an HEA ending.
As a child, Peyton called places like Livorno, Italy; Orléans, France; and Augsburg, Germany home. She has since settled in Maryland, where she earned her degree in education at Towson State University, married her sweetheart of two years, and became an instant mother to three spirited young boys before adding another son to the brood. And, with their yellow lab George, it’s no stretch to say she’s outnumbered.
When not writing, Peyton is a full time teacher. Inspired by the individual spirits, heartaches, and triumphs of her students, Peyton has developed characters who resemble real world teens dealing with real issues: relationships, jealousy, bullying, and depression. Her newest novel, Sublime Karma, is a contemporary story filled with emotion, depth, wit, and suspense. Sublime Karma was published in the fall of 2016 by Soulmate Publishing.
When asked if she actually involves her students in her stories, Peyton answered that her stories are completely fictional, but then admitted to an activity in which she does involve them. “One quirky, fun thing I like to do with students who have read my book is develop a dream cast for my characters. That all started when a group of girls were arguing over which actor they thought best fit the character Four in Veronica Roth’s novel Divergent. They then turned their efforts to my manuscript. I’ve since added those dream casts to my website.”
When she’s not teaching or writing, Peyton enjoys traveling. The Caribbean Islands have become a favorite vacation getaway for Peyton and her husband. “Nothing is better than sitting on a beach, in front of the crystal clear sea, enveloped in the warmth of the tropical sun with a frosty piña colada and a good book that I just can’t put down.”
The bus snaked its way through the country roads and then to the lavish development that backed up to the woods behind his house. Upperclassmen from this neighborhood had their own cars. This bus collected the underclassmen: those few who weren’t chauffeured, as minions of the privileged.
Jake leaned back in his seat and folded his arms across his chest, not looking at the kids coming down the aisle. None dared to ask if they could sit in the empty space next to him. They’d sit three to a seat rather than make that request. Just the way he wanted it.
The over-filled bus pulled to a stop midway down Belmont Circle. New stop? Jake looked out his window at the estate with a circular drive. Huh. It finally sold. He watched as a single figure headed toward the bus. What, so now they get door-to-door service? He rolled his eyes.
Seconds later, she stood in the aisle waiting. From his seat, his eyes skimmed up passed her faded jeans and plain, loose sweater, and his breath caught in his throat. Her long blond hair was pulled to the side in a loose braid. Her face? Ethereal. But then, his flustered gaze became an annoyed glare.
Her bleak gray eyes seemed to look right through him before they darted to the space next to him. Did she even register his indignation? She must have. Yet, she stood there in the aisle twisting the loose adjustment strap on her backpack tightly around her fingers.
“May I sit here?” her meek voice broke the silence that had fallen around them.
Noticing the hush of conversation, Jake’s eyes skimmed the crowded bus. There was no doubt he and this new girl had an audience. Not something he relished.
His eyes swept back to her. He could tell she was nervous. He heard it in her quavering voice and saw it in the way she avoided his eyes. He could just say no. But so long as she was standing, the bus wouldn’t budge.
1 winner will receive TWO signed a finished copies of SUBLIME KARMA 1 for them and one for the high school of the winner’s choice to be dedicated in their name and a $10 Amazon Gift Card, US Only.
10/9/2017- Bookish In Bed– Review
10/9/2017- Howling Libraries– Review
10/10/2017- BookHounds YA– Guest Post
10/10/2017- Blushing Bibliophile– Review
10/11/2017- YA/NA Book Divas– Review
10/11/2017- Bibliobakes– Review
10/12/2017- Seeing Double In Neverland– Interview
10/12/2017- The Phantom Paragrapher– Review
10/13/2017- Cindy’s Love of Books– Guest Post
10/13/2017- Caffeine and Composition– Review
10/16/2017- Don’t Judge, Read– Excerpt
10/16/2017- YA and Wine– Spotlight
10/17/2017- Portrait of a Book– Interview
10/17/2017- Reese’s Reviews– Review
10/18/2017- A Dream Within A Dream– Spotlight
10/18/2017- Why I Read– Review
10/19/2017- MrsLeif’s Two Fangs About It Book Reviews – Excerpt
10/19/2017- Novel Novice– Guest Post
10/20/2017- Books at Dawn– Excerpt
10/20/2017- Wonder Struck– Review
Until next time,
Welcome to my stop on the Traitor’s Hope Blog Tour! I am excited to be posting a Guest Post + the Giveaway.
(Guest Post: How to Research Your Story Before Writing It)
Title: TRAITOR’S HOPE (Blade’s Edge #2)
Author: Virginia McClain
Pub. Date: October 14, 2017
Publisher: Artemis Dingo Productions
Formats: Paperback, eBook
Traitors lurk around every bend. Mishi’s mind is betraying her, and she fears her kisō and katana will betray her next. Taka’s heart abandons her for a person she cannot possibly trust. Now that the two friends are obliged to help re-establish peace in the land of Gensokai, the only question is where the next betrayal will come from and if Mishi and Taka will have the strength to survive it.
Virginia thinks dangling from the tops of hundred foot cliffs is a good time. She also enjoys hauling a fifty pound backpack all over the Grand Canyon and sleeping under the stars. Sometimes she likes running for miles through the desert, mountains, or wooded flatlands, and she always loves getting lost in new places where she may or may not speak the language.
From surviving earthquakes in Japan, to putting out a small forest fire in Montana, Virginia has been collecting stories from a very young age. She works hard to make her fiction as adventurous as her life and her life as adventurous as her fiction. Both take a lot of imagination.
She recently moved to Winnipeg with her husband (a Manitoba native) and their dog.
Oh, research… for some authors it’s the unwanted step-child of a Grimm fairy-tale, for others it’s the prized, pure-bred Pomeranian that they just can’t stop showing you pictures of. Either extreme can lead to bad writing, and it can be tough to find the right balance, but it’s generally always worth making the effort.
Pretty much all writing requires some level of research. Beware the author who says they did zero research. I mean, I write fantasy, I technically have license to just make up every aspect of my world without consulting anyone, but… I still do research. Even complete fictions are more compelling when based in fact.
The truth is, I enjoy doing research for my writing, even though I was someone who hated doing research for papers when I was a student. But writing novels isn’t like writing papers (no need to write a tedious bibliography and do proper citations), and I’m only researching things that I’m interested in. For example, for the Chronicles of Gensokai books: traditional samurai clothing and weapons, fighting techniques, and culture. Or, specifically for Traitor’s Hope: the symptoms, causes, and treatments for PTSD. I find those topics fascinating, and the trick becomes not including all of the fascinating facts I learned during my research in one giant rush of information sure to put all of my readers straight to sleep. This happens to a lot of authors, because we get excited about our newfound knowledge, and want to share it with the world. “SURELY EVERYONE ELSE WILL FIND THIS AS FASCINATING AS I DO!” we shout at our computer screens before madly retyping whole paragraphs from Wikipedia articles and textbooks that we have borrowed from the library.
This is why editors exist.
Seriously though, it takes a bit of restraint to keep from doing this, and it’s an easy trap to fall into. Have you ever read The Clan of the Cave Bear by Jean M. Auel? I loved that book, and wanted to love the series, but I struggled, repeatedly, to get through the three-page explanation of the atlatl that she included EVERY. TIME. IT. WAS. USED. Seriously! I know she must have learned a tremendous amount about pre-historic peoples and tools, and spent huge amounts of time acquiring said knowledge, and really, I found the description fascinating the first time that she included it… but after that I understood how it worked and why it was important and didn’t need to read a brief dissertation on the history of the atlatl and how it changed hunting for Neanderthals every time someone got one out to help bring down a bison.
Ahem. My point, dear readers, is that research, while important, needs to be streamlined when it hits the page. It is very important that you, as a writer, understand how the mechanics of what you are writing works. Whether you’re writing a police procedural or a romcom you should be doing some amount of research. Readers don’t like it when they find factual errors in your book, and you have to assume that someone somewhere is going to read your book who knows more about something than you do, so it pays to do your research. But, once you’ve done it, don’t hammer people with it. Sprinkle it lightly, gently, across your writing, so that it is clear that you haven’t pulled it all from nowhere. Try to do that without forcing anyone to read an instruction manual on how to reload a Glock 9mm every time your protagonist needs to shoot one.
For my part, I have stories that I research extensively before I start them: I am working on a sci-fi series that takes place thousands of years in earth’s future, and for a big part of the setting I needed to consult an evolutionary biologist. So, I called one up at the local university where I was living at the time and asked her if I could buy her a coffee in exchange for pelting her with random questions about the evolution of plants, animals, and genetic mutations. To my great delight she accepted, and I now have copious notes to use for my world building.
Then, there are stories that I only research on the fly as issues arise, like most of Traitor’s Hope. The information about feudal Japan is only looked up as needed, when I’ve forgotten something or I think a detail might be important. After all, Gensokai is only inspired by feudal Japan, it’s actually its own, fictional world, so I don’t rely too heavily on how things were historically. Meanwhile, the PTSD is something I take very seriously in terms of representing properly, so that research was done before I even started the book. However, I had to alter things to fit a world without psychologists or psychotherapists, without lab created medications, and with the added complication of magic. So, I had to balance out what my research told me with what made sense for my world, and all the while treat the condition and the people it affects with the respect they deserve. I have no idea if I succeeded or not, but I gave it my best.
Research. To summarize: research is an author’s best friend. Until it isn’t. Does that help?
1 winner will receive a signed paperback set of BLADE’S EDGE & TRAITOR’S HOPE, US Only.
3 winners will receive eBook sets of BLADE’S EDGE & TRAITOR’S HOPE, International.
10/9/2017- Two Chicks on Books– Interview
10/9/2017- Blushing Bibliophile– Review
10/10/2017- Arvenig.it– Guest Post
10/10/2017- Bibliobakes– Review
10/11/2017- Kati’s Bookaholic Rambling Reviews– Excerpt
10/11/2017- Ashley M. Delgado– Review
10/12/2017- A Dream Within A Dream– Excerpt
10/12/2017- Don’t Judge, Read– Spotlight
10/13/2017- BookHounds YA– Guest Post
10/13/2017- Adventures Thru Wonderland– Review
10/16/2017- Novel Novice– Excerpt
10/16/2017- Nick Bryan Dot Com– Review
10/17/2017- Books at Dawn– Guest Post
10/17/2017- YA and Wine– Excerpt
10/18/2017- Fire and Ice– Spotlight
10/18/2017- A Gingerly Review– Review
10/19/2017- My Nook, Books & More– Excerpt
10/19/2017- Jena Brown Writes– Review
10/20/2017- Seeing Double In Neverland– Interview
10/20/2017- Ramblings From An Alternate Reality– Review
Until next time,
Welcome to my stop on the The Innocence Treatment Blog Tour! I am excited to be posting a Excerpt + the Giveaway.
Title: THE INNCOENCE TREATMENT
Author: Ari Goelman
Pub. Date: October 17, 2017
Publisher: Roaring Brook Press
Formats: Hardcover, eBook
You may believe the government protects you, but only one girl knows how they use you.
Lauren has a disorder that makes her believe everything her friends tell her–and she believes everyone is her friend. Her innocence puts her at constant risk, so when she gets the opportunity to have an operation to correct her condition, she seizes it. But after the surgery, Lauren is changed. Is she a paranoid lunatic with violent tendencies? Or a clear-eyed observer of the world who does what needs to be done?
Told in journal entries and therapy session transcripts, The Innocence Treatment is a collection of Lauren’s papers, annotated by her sister long after the events of the novel. A compelling YA debut thriller that is part speculative fiction and part shocking tell-all of genetic engineering and government secrets, Lauren’s story is ultimately an electrifying, propulsive, and spine-tingling read.
I’m Ari Goelman. I write fantasy novels. Stories, too.
My latest novel, due out in October, 2017, is The Innocent Treatment. Lauren Fielding is a sixteen-year-old high school student with a cognitive disability – she believes everything her friends tell her, and she believes that everyone is her friend. A cutting edge medical treatment helps Lauren, but after the treatment her mental condition soon veers into paranoia. Or does it? The Innocent Treatment comes out in October, 2017, but in the meantime you can read (a little) more about Lauren here. (You can also pre-order a copy here.)
My first novel, The Path of Names came out a few years ago. It’s a middle grade fantasy / murder mystery / ghost story. You can read lots more about it here. Or you could just read the book. Honestly, that’s probably a better idea.
Case Notes of Dr. Finlay Brechel
December 2, 2031
The subject, Lauren Fielding, is a sixteen-year-old girl. Skinny, verging on gaunt, but muscular. Postoperative scars still visible through crew-cut hair. A far cry from her preoperative photos three months ago, in which she was a slightly plump redhead with shoulder-length hair, smiling broadly in every picture.
According to her medical chart, she remanded herself to the custody of this facility twenty-three days ago, about two months after being treated here for a preexisting disability. Neither the details of her initial disability, nor the course of treatment, are entirely clear to me, but as far as I can tell, her disability had both cognitive and behavioral components. (Her medical papers repeatedly mention “modified oligodendrocytes”—I have no real idea what that means. I know oligodendrocytes are a type of brain cell that connect different parts of the brain, but I can’t imagine that it’s possible to deliberately modify such tiny, poorly understood cells. Ah, to be a neuroscientist instead of a humble psychologist…)
I have sent Dr. Corbin a note asking for more details regarding Ms. Fielding’s treatment and case history, but I’m not entirely sure I’ll understand any additional details she provides. It seems to me that Corbin is operating somewhere on the frontiers of brain science with her treatment of Ms. Fielding, while my understanding is stuck in 2024 or so.
What I do know is that Ms. Fielding is currently exhibiting pronounced signs of paranoid delusions. I believe these delusions are responsible for the multiple violent episodes she’s initiated since coming to this facility. Due to previous assaults on past therapists and orderlies (including a particularly violent one on the orderly Eric Schafer, who she mentions so favorably in her first journal entry), she is heavily restrained when we meet.
3 winners will receive a finished copy of THE INNOCENCE TREATMENT, US Only.
10/9/2017- A Dream Within A Dream– Excerpt
10/10/2017- It Starts at Midnight– Review
10/11/2017- BookHounds YA– Guest Post
10/12/2017- Savings in Seconds– Review
10/13/2017- Books at Dawn– Excerpt
10/16/2017- Howling Libraries– Review
10/17/2017- YA and Wine– Interview
10/18/2017- Here’s to Happy Endings– Review
10/19/2017- Kendra Loves Books– Review
10/20/2017- Lisa Loves Literature– Interview
Until next time,