Thursday, December 18, 2014

Month9Books Holiday Blitz and #Giveaway ! #noms





Welcome to Month9Books’ gift blitz for our amazing winter titles: CROWN OF ICE by Vicki L. Weavil, PRAEFATIO by Georgia McBride, ENDLESS by Amanda Gray, A MURDER OF MAGPIES by Sarah Bromley, DEAD JED (1 & 2) by Scott Craven, and TRACY TAM by Krystalyn Drown! Are you looking for the perfect winter/holiday read? Then these are the titles for you! Oh and as a thank you to our readers we have an amazing giveaway for you!




Crown of Ice by Vicki
L. Weavil
Summary:

Thyra Winther's seventeen, the Snow Queen, and immortal, but
if she can't reassemble a shattered enchanted mirror by her eighteenth birthday
she's doomed to spend eternity as a wraith.
Armed with magic granted by a ruthless wizard, Thyra schemes
to survive with her mind and body intact. Unencumbered by kindness, she kidnaps
local boy Kai Thorsen, whose mathematical skills rival her own. Two logical
minds, Thyra calculates, are better than one. With time rapidly melting away
she needs all the help she can steal.

A cruel lie ensnares Kai in her plan, but three missing
mirror shards and Kai's childhood friend, Gerda, present more formidable
obstacles. Thyra's willing to do anything – venture into uncharted lands,
outwit sorcerers, or battle enchanted beasts -- to reconstruct the mirror, yet
her most dangerous adversary lies within her breast. Touched by the warmth of a
wolf pup's devotion and the fire of a young man's desire, the thawing of
Thyra's frozen heart could be her ultimate undoing.
CROWN OF ICE is a YA Fantasy that reinvents Hans Christian
Andersen's "The Snow Queen" from the perspective of a young woman who
discovers that the greatest threat to her survival may be her own humanity.

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Praefatio by Georgia
McBride

Summary:

Seventeen-year-old Grace Ann Miller is no ordinary runaway.
After having been missing for weeks, Grace is found on the estate of
international rock star Gavin Vault, half-dressed and yelling for help. Over
the course of twenty-four hours Grace holds an entire police force captive with
incredulous tales of angels, demons, and war; intent on saving Gavin from
lockup and her family from worry over her safety. Authorities believe that
Grace is ill, suffering from Stockholm Syndrome, the victim of assault and a severely
fractured mind. Undeterred, Grace reveals the secret existence of dark angels
on earth, an ancient prophecy and a wretched curse steeped in Biblical myth.
Grace’s claims set into motion an ages-old war, resulting in blood, death and
the loss of everything that matters. But are these the delusions of an
immensely sick girl, or could Grace’s story actually be true? Praefatio is
Grace’s account of weeks on the run, falling in love and losing everything but
her faith. When it’s sister against brother, light versus darkness, corrupt
police officers, eager doctors and accusing journalists, against one girl with
nothing but her word as proof: who do you believe?

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Endless by Amanda
Gray

Summary:

Jenny Kramer knows she isn’t normal. After all, not
everybody can see the past lives of people around them. When she befriends Ben
Daulton, resident new boy, the pair stumble onto an old music box with instructions
for "mesmerization" and discover they may have more in common than
they thought—like a past life! Using the instructions in the music box, Ben and
Jenny share a dream that transports them to Romanov Russia and leads them to
believe they have been there together before. But Nikolai, the mysterious young
man Jenny has been seeing in her dreams who has now appeared next door, was
there, too. Jenny is forced to acknowledge that Nikolai has traveled through
time and space to find her. Doing so means he has defied the laws of time, and
the Order, an ominous organization tasked with keeping people in the correct
time, is determined to send him back. While Ben, Jenny, and Nikolai race
against the clock—and the Order—Jenny and Nikolai discover a link that joins
them in life and beyond death.

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A Murder of Magpies
by Sarah Bromley

Summary:

Winter in Black Orchard, Wisconsin, is long and dark, and
sixteen-year-old Vayda Silver prays the snow will keep the truth and secrecy of
the last two years buried. Hiding from the past with her father and twin
brother, Vayda knows the rules: never return to the town of her mother’s
murder, and never work a Mind Game where someone might see.

No one can know the toll emotions take on Vayda, how emotion
becomes energy in her hands, or how she can’t control the destruction she
causes. But it's not long before her powers can no longer be contained. The
truth is dangerously close to being exposed, placing Vadya and her family at
risk.

Until someone quiets the chaos inside her.

Unwanted. That's all Ward Ravenscroft has ever been. To
cope, he numbs the pain of rejection by denying himself emotions of any kind.
Yet Vayda stirs something in him. He can't explain the hold she has on
him--inspiring him with both hope and fear. He claims not to scare easily,
except he doesn't know what her powers can do. Yet.

Just as Vadya and Ward draw closer, she finds the past isn't
so easily buried. And when it follows the Silvers to Black Orchard, it has
murder in mind.

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Dead Jed: Adventures
of a Middle School Zombie by Scott Craven

Summary:

The first part of seventh grade was rough on Jed, but things
are looking up now that Christmas is almost here. As with past Christmases, Jed
asks for the one thing he's always wanted--a dog--and again, his parents tell
him they're not ready. But fate has a different plan when Jed sees a dog get
run over by a car. Then, it happens. Jed suddenly has a pet, Tread, a zombie
dog bearing his namesake--a tire tread down his back. Jed may have gained a
dog, but he loses his best friend Luke, who fears the way Jed created his
undead pet. When Jed returns to school, he finds a mysterious group called the
No Zombies Now Network spreading rumors of the dangers the undead pose to
normal people. Forced to disprove Hollywood stereotypes, Jed has his work cut
out for him as stories of a zombie dog begin to circulate. Jed could be
expelled if he can't expose the NZN Network as a fraud. Jed needs help from his
kind of girlfriend Anna, especially after he discovers Luke has joined the
shadowy group. Once again navigating the treacherous waters of middle school,
Jed does his best to stay in one piece. Only this time he'll need even more
duct tape and staples than usual.

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Dawn of the Jed (Dead
Jed #2) by Scott Craven

Summary:

As the fall semester ends and kids head home for winter break,
Jed and his parents gather for the annual exchanging of gift lists. Once again,
Jed asks for a dog, leading to a heated argument and a firm "no." But
when Jed spots a stray, he chases it until the dog darts into the street where
it is struck and killed by a car. Grief stricken by what he's done, Jed cradles
the dead dog in his arms. Soon, ooze from the dog mixes with teardrops from
Jed, creating Tread the zombie dog. Finally getting his wish, Jed must convince
his parents to let him keep the undead dog. But a zombie dog turns out to be
the least of Jed's issues. It seems some parents don't want Jed attending
school with their kids. Enter the mysterious NZN Network. They've been
distributing anti-zombie propaganda in an effort to get Jed expelled. But Jed
wonders if the creation of Tread has caused his relationship with Luke to sour.
And why, just as he seems to need them the most, have his best friends
abandoned him? Could they have bought in to the anti-zombie way of thinking?
Was creating Tread a mistake Jed will live to regret? 

When Tread goes missing,
and with his very existence at stake, Jed must rely on his instincts, team up
with an old nemesis, and fight for his right to have just as miserable a middle
school existence as any other student—undead or alive.

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Tracy Tam: Santa
Command by Krystalyn Drown

Summary:

Tracy Tam doesn't really believe in Santa Claus, at least
not like the rest of us do. She also doesn't believe that Santa can possibly
deliver all of those presents in one night, to children around the world,
without a little help from science. A flying sleigh can only be powered by jet
engines, after all, and Santa's magical abilities can only be the result of
altered DNA. How else could he know what every little girl and boy wants for
Christmas and who has been naughty or nice? In order to test her theories,
Tracy sneaks onto Santa's sleigh then ends up at Santa Command, where a team of
(gasp!) humans monitor Santa's big night. When Tracy attempts to hack into
their computers, she accidentally introduces a virus into the system. As a
result, three states get knocked out of sync with the rest of the world
(oops!). Santa won't be able to deliver all the presents in time! Now, Tracy
must fix time and help Santa, but she has no idea how. How can a girl who
doesn't believe help Santa and save Christmas before it's too late? With a
little Christmas magic, of course!

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Giveaway Details:

1 Winner will receive A Taste of Christmas Gift Basket US
Only.
3 Winners will receive eBook bundles of 5 Month9Books.
International.





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Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Spotlight on Adelita’s Secret a Young Adult Fantasy Novel




Spotlight on Adelita’s Secret a Young Adult Fantasy Novel

Today, I am  shining the book spotlight on a young adult fantasy novel, Adelita’s Secret thanks to Rebecca's Writing Services. Christopher Cloud is an award winning novelist with his collection of young adult novels. 

 
About Adelita’s Secret 
Lost in a superficial world of materialism and social status—and ashamed of her Latino heritage—seventeen-year-old Adelita Noé is loved by two men, two men separated by a hundred years and vastly different stations in life. One man owns little more than the shirt on his back. The other, a poet at heart, is heir to a vast fortune. Their love for Adelita serves as the backdrop for the Latino girl’s quest to better understand herself and her Mexican roots.
Read Chapter 1 – 4 on Amazon
Title: Adelita’s Secret
Author: Christopher Cloud
Genre: young adult fantasy romance
Title is available at Amazon kindle or paperback
Pick up your copy at Barnes & Noble

About Christopher Cloud
Award winning author Christopher Cloud began writing fiction full time after a long career in journalism and public relations. He writes middle-grade and young adult novels..Cloud graduated from the University of Missouri in 1967 with a degree in journalism. He has worked as a reporter, editor, and columnist at newspapers in Texas, California, and Missouri. He was employed by a Fortune 100 company as a public relations executive, and later operated his own public relations agency. Cloud attended high school in Japan, and lives in Joplin, Missouri. His website Is: www.christophercloud.com

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Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Spies VS Monsters by Aaron C Richards




SYNOPSIS: What can humans do in a secret world where they are sorely overpowered and outmatched? How do they stand up against the things that bump in the night? The answer is simple: they cheat. And in a world of shadows where might makes right, humans must rely on their ingenuity to survive.

The hero, humanity’s champion for light and order, is dead. The Supernatural and Paranormal Defense Organization, an international covert ops agency assembled to fight against the powers of darkness, just lost their field commander against the forces of Satan. Now, their former Special Projects Director, the angelic Jayda Marie Lafayette, must spearhead the search for the hero’s killer: his brother, a newly turned and blood-thirsty vampire named Frederico. And if she doesn’t get to him first, the Devil will turn him into a weapon capable of single-handedly destroying the human world.





Why Spies Vs. Monsters?
By Aaron C. Richards


            The idea for my own book series came to me as these things usually do: through the observation of various works of other authors. It usually happens that while I’m looking at the work of some publicized creator, whether reading or watching, a question occurs to me. I take my viewing very seriously…perhaps overly so. I understand that there are movies that the viewer isn’t mean to over-analyze, but I can’t help myself. That tendency has only increased as I’ve gotten more serious about my own writing. And when you find a number of films or books approaching the same idea from the same direction and having the same problems, you find yourself a niche to fill. That’s where Spies Vs. Monsters came in.
            There are a number of popular series out there about secret government agencies that fight monsters. The idea in itself is nothing new. But one thing that I noticed, whether they be fighting super villains, monsters, demons, or something else, the agency in question tends to have a corresponding monster of their own that does the fighting for them. They recruit similarly powered individuals to make a stand, instead of humans. It makes sense, from a brute force standpoint. If you’re not physically strong enough to take on your enemy, recruit someone who is. But the idea never sat well with me.
            I never liked the idea of a “neighborhood watch” agency. The agency that presses the panic button and then waits for the real heroes to show up has always struck me as very nearly useless. As if the heroes wouldn’t notice the enormous car-throwing bully wreaking havoc in their cities. At best, the secret agents are there to escort the good monster or superhero, and they are likely to die as nothing more than glorified luggage-handlers. The mundane everymen are swept aside in favor of the far more interesting lantern-jawed supermen. They’re discouraged, even chastised, for trying to fight outside their league. Nothing for us normal folks to do when Superman shows up except pull up a chair and watch the freaks do battle. Nevermind the fact that now there are now two enormous car-throwing brutes rampaging around the city instead of just one, and they’ve found a reason to fight each other. The possibility of collateral damage is completely ignored, in favor of watching the awesome grudge match.
            The idea for my own book came to me when I considered what would happen in my hometown if a hostile alien shoved his way amongst us with plans to conquer the world. If Superman showed up to defend my tiny little town and told us to stand back, he’s got this, the people here would be outraged. And every one would show up to do something, even if there was nothing they could do. Because the bottom line is this: if something is that important to you, you find a way to fight back, even if the best you can do is spit on the tyrant‘s shoes as they walk by. And Spies vs. Monsters is exactly that: humans doing the best they can to find a way to fight back.
            Super powerful characters are often interesting, but only if there is a reason for them to be there. There are also characters like Batman, Iron Man, and the men from Independence Day, that had no superpowers. They just did whatever they could with what they had. Spies Vs. Monsters is a story about humans, for humans, by a human. And if the monsters have anything to say about that, they should know: humans fight dirty.


Title: Spies Vs. Monsters         
Author: Aaron C. Richards

Genre: Horror/Paranormal/Supernatural
Length: 328 pages
Release Date: October 2014
ISBN-13: 978-0692278383

AUTHOR INFORMATION & LINKS

When I was in 3rd grade, the other kids were trying to decide whether to be actors, racecar drivers, or astronauts. I decided that I wanted to be an author. My answer to the age-old question "What do you want to be when you grow up?" was always the same. I wanted to write books. When I wasn't trying my hand at writing, I was watching movies. I was always trying to satisfy that primal urge: storytelling. Almost 15 years later, I decided to try to sit down and write a full-length novel for myself, just like all of the people that I idolized. Spies vs. Monsters is the culmination of a childhood's worth of dreaming.

Now, at 25, I live in my own dream world that is conveniently packaged in one bedroom of the house that I share with my sister.

 


Tuesday, November 25, 2014

The Panopticon: A Novel by Jenni Fagan

Named one of Granta's Best of Young British Novelists
Anais Hendricks, fifteen, is in the back of a police car. She is headed for the Panopticon, a home for chronic young offenders. She can't remember what’s happened, but across town a policewoman lies in a coma and Anais is covered in blood. Raised in foster care from birth and moved through twenty-three placements before she even turned seven, Anais has been let down by just about every adult she has ever met. Now a counterculture outlaw, she knows that she can only rely on herself. And yet despite the parade of horrors visited upon her early life, she greets the world with the witty, fierce insight of a survivor.

Anais finds a sense of belonging among the residents of the Panopticon—they form intense bonds, and she soon becomes part of an ad-hoc family. Together, they struggle against the adults that keep them confined. But when she looks up at the watchtower that looms over the residents, Anais realizes her fate: She is an anonymous part of an experiment, and she always was. Now it seems that the experiment is closing in.

Now with Extra Libris material, including a reader’s guide and bonus content
 


I knew going into this story that it was going to be very raw and harsh. It is definitely a book that left me with the feeling of being smacked in the face and punched in the stomach.

Anais is a young orphaned teen, always looking for her next high to forget the life she is living. One of these times she is in the wrong place at the wrong time, even worse she can't remember what happened. Taken into custody and placed in the Ponopticon Anais is on the borderline of life in and out of jail. In a place where the people find her a menace to society and herself.

There is so much sex, anger, swearing and drugs in this story it really was an eye opening story. Anais had to grow up fast, mostly on the streets and the drugs helped her forget. Now that she is facing charges and knowing deep down she couldn't have done anything. She must face her life head on.

The Panopticon is somewhere she can go while under investigation. She makes close friends, and lovers within it's walls. There is still no hiding from the drugs, or the anger but she is challenged daily to not hide from herself.

I am very glad I received a copy of this book for review, it was out of my comfort zone and I almost gave up on it, but this story is truly worth the emotions I felt. It was a bit of Trainspotting with a hard punch of coming of age reality.

I personally would not recommend this book for ages under 16. I sure didn't like Anais very much, but her story is very powerful and taught me something about life, reality and love.


I received a free copy for review from Blogging for  Books.

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Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Anti-Bullying Week 2014 My Review of Veil of Anonymity by Lauriane Povey

Veil of Anonymity

Marcus James is dead.
He never wanted to hurt anybody. He never planned for this to happen. He never wanted Marcus dead. It just … happened … went too far. He couldn’t stop himself. So absorbed in his own dysfunctional world, selfishly concerned his own needs, he kept himself in denial about what, in truth, he was actually inflicting upon Marcus. He was a bully. He can see that now. But now is too late. Now he’s a killer.

Using anonymous texts and threats the bully destroyed Marcus, reveling in the devastation that unfolded. Yet still, he was capable of deluding himself into believing he was doing no wrong; after all, he’d never even spoken to Marcus. It was simply a game to him. Little did he know, the consequence of losing was certain death, but winning held an even less desirable fate. Because, once caught up in the evil grip of cyber bullying there is no referee, no-one in control, not when the attacker is anonymous and hiding within, and behind, the virtual maze that is the cyber world.





What caught me off guard about this story is that it is told from the bully's perspective and it walks you through what he is thinking and the actions he takes. It seems that even the smallest of things set him off. We learn little to nothing about Marcus, his family or friends. This story focuses on the bully and his actions.

I realized when I finished the book how powerful the message is. Although I have to admit it's when the bully steps into physical actions and not so much "cyber" actions that really got to me. The emotions that come through the writing are very raw. At times making me upset and disgusted as to why he could not walk away. He simmers and obsesses with his own life and emotions of the moment that you can feel his anger.

I have never read a story about an internet troll that knows exactly what he is doing, and enjoying it. The fact that it made me angry and increasingly so after the bully gets further and further obsessed with terrorizing Marcus, his family and friends shows that the author is a talent with characterization.  I recommend because of it's raw realness and emotions.   4 stars

 www.laurianepovey.co.uk
@laurianeteresa

Monday, November 17, 2014

Mirror X Teaser

Mirror X by Karri
Thompson
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November 17 – 21,
2014
Cassie Dannacher wakes up in a hospital over 1,000 years into
the future after her space capsule is retrieved from space. She soon learns
that 600 years prior to her arrival, the earth was struck by a plague, killing
over half of the world’s population. Naïve and desperate, Cassie, who longs for
home and is having trouble adjusting to the new, dictatorial 31st century
government, is comforted by Michael Bennett, the 20-year old lead geneticist at
the hospital where she was revived.



But why is Cassie in genetics’ hospital in the first place, and why do several
of the people around her seem so familiar, including Travel Carson, the hot and
edgy boy she is fated to meet? Soon she discovers there is a sinister answer to
all of her questions – and that they want something from Cassie that only she
can give.
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~*~ABOUT KARRI~*~
Growing up in San
Diego, California, Karri Thompson spent much of her years at the beach, reading
novels, tanning, and listening to music. At SDSU, she earned a BA in English,
MA in education, and her teaching credential. As a wife, mother, and
high-school English teacher, she began writing novels, giving all of the
compelling plots and unique characters in her head a home. Victorian literature
rocks her socks, and when she’s not writing, jogging, going to concerts, or
watching her son play football, she’s reading Dickens.