Wednesday, October 31, 2012

{Blog Tour Guest Post & Giveaway} Halloween Memories with DEITY's Jennifer L. Armentrout

A Backwards Story is happy to once again be a part of Stuck in Books' tour for Jennifer L. Armentrout's upcoming novel DEITY!  Check out the tour schedule to see the list of events.  Tomorrow, check back in with A Backwards Story for my review of the third book in the amazing Covenant series!  Also, drop by the end of this post for a giveaway that include a $25 Amazon giftcard, a copy of the book, a shirt and lots of SWAG from Spencer Hill Press!

DEITY is the third of five books in Jennifer L. Armentrout's mythological Covenant series. Jennifer is also publishing her Lux series about aliens, has recently published her first-stand alone novel, CURSE, and writes romantic novels under the pen name J. Lynn.

I adore Jennifer L. Armentrout and will read anything she writes!

Visit my review of HALF-BLOOD if you have yet to read this amazing series, or my review of PURE if you're not yet ready for DEITY.  I've also reviewed her stand-alone novel, CURSED, and done a guest post with both Armentrout and cover designer Kate Kaynak on the Covenant series design!

Check out Jennifer's blog and find her on Facebook and Twitter.
Halloween Memories
by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Growing up I was a huge fan of Halloween. Still am. And not just for the candy. I loved getting dressed up and trick and treating. Some of my favorite houses were the ones that had people hiding in the bushes. It’s the only day of the year where you can purposely scare the crap out of kids and get away with it.

Some of my favorite Halloween costumes were:

The standard mummy costume, but we didn’t use toilet paper. My mom had rigged up the costumes with ace bandages. Stayed on a lot better. Another year I was a witch and then a vampire. But my favorite costume was when me and my brother dressed up as punk rockers. We had tie-dyed hair and KISS make up. It was really cool.

But the best costume came when I was older—too old to trick or treat. I would give out candy, but just answering the door was boring for a teenager, so we had to come up with something. About a week before Halloween, we would put a stuffed dummy out on the front porch swing. The dummy would have on an old pair of men’s pants and flannel shirt. We’d use a basketball for the head, put a mask over it and then a hat. The neighborhood kids would get used to seeing the dummy as they went to their bus stops or to the corner market. Then, about a half an hour before trick or treating started, I would switch places with the dummy. Put the clothes on, the mask, and sit in the exact same position. My mom would put the bowl of candy in my lap and when kids started to come in, she would tell them that they had to get the candy themselves. Of course, I waited until their hand was in the bowl before I moved or grab their hand. I think I had more fun doing that than trick or treating.
O F F I C I A L   I N F O:

Title:  DEITY
Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Release Date: Out Nov. 6, 2012
Publisher: Spencer Hill Press
Received: For Review

"History is on repeat, and things didn't go so well the last time."

Alexandria isn't sure she's going to make it to her eighteenth birthday--to her Awakening. A long-forgotten, fanatical order is out to kill her, and if the Council ever discovers what she did in the Catskills, she's a goner... and so is Aiden.

If that's not freaky enough, whenever Alex and Seth spend time "training"--which really is just Seth's code word for some up-close and personal one-on-one time--she ends up with another mark of the Apollyon, which brings her one step closer to Awakening ahead of schedule. Awesome.

But as her birthday draws near, her entire world shatters with a startling revelation and she's caught between love and Fate. One will do anything to protect her. One has been lying to her since the beginning. Once the gods have revealed themselves, unleashing their wrath, lives will be irrevocably changed... and destroyed.

Those left standing will discover if love is truly greater than Fate...

And now, a chance to win great prizes!

The giveaway is for prize packages that include a $25 Amazon giftcard, a copy of the book, a shirt and lots of SWAG! 
There will be three winners. 
This giveaway is from Spencer Hill Press.

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The Scribbler: Prepping for NaNo

I decided to retire Word Count Wednesdays because I don't often bother to post it.
I still like talking about writing, though, and decided to merge WCW into The Scribbler,
which can be for any writing topics I wish to talk about.

I don't do NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) the way many authors do.  I don't care about getting to 50,000 words.  I'm not going to give my characters 3-4 names and call them by each one every time they skip across the page to get a word count.  I'm not going to write words or scenes I don't intend to keep just to get a word count.  I'm a very careful writer, and, in part, that's why it always takes me so long to write.  I want things to be "right" the first time, so there's less of an overhaul during revisions (though it doesn't always work, lol!). 

As long-time blog readers know, I've been picking up and putting down Super Secret Project Fizzypop since last February.  I  keep quitting and starting again, then bemoaning the lack of fantasy in what I'm doing.

And I'm sick of that.  If I think I want to do fantasy, I'm going to take a break and use NaNo to get a foundation in a fantasy idea I've had for a few months.  I wasn't touching it, since I promised myself that I would finish Fizzypop before I did anything new.  And then I said that I would at least get a draft of it done by November 1st so I could do whatever I want.  Then, of course, life got in the way, and the last couple of months have been sort of hellish, so that didn't happen.  But I'm going to try something new anyway!

I've had three ideas fighting to be let out lately.  Two are YA Fantasy and one is MG Contemporary (I know, right?  I never envisioned going that route either!). 

I made a sheet of percentages to get my head around where I am idea-wise for each one:

Sorry, I was using shorthand, so nothing makes sense on there to anyone but me, lol!  The numbers are percentages.  I is the MG Contemporary idea while II and III are the two YA Fantasy ideas.  III is actually a brand-new idea, less than a month old.  While laying out percentages in Foundation, Character Development, Setting, Climax, andn Motivation, lead me to believe I'm closest to being able to write I from beginning to end, I REALLY want to take a break from contemporary.

I had breakthroughs on both I and II within the past week, I from something on the news, and II from something else I was putting together.  I'm far enough along in the foundation of II now that I'm hoping it's finally time.  I've been dying to write this since the spring, but had so much world-building to do!

I'm still not 100% sure if I'm making the right decision and may switch back again during NaNo, but for now, I think I'm focusing on my high fantasy idea!

Stay tuned next week to see where I go from here! ^.~

Sunday, October 28, 2012

{Flash Reviews} TORTURED and RULED by Caragh M. O'Brien

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O P E N I N G   H O O K:

"I'M NOT GOING TO FIX HIM UP if the Protectorat is just going to have him worked over again," Myrna said from the doorway of V cell.  "I won't be part of that."

(from TORTURED, a novella inserted for free on pg. 365 of US paperback 1st edition of PRIZED; also available for FREE as an ebook!)

I wouldn't recommend reading TORTURED before you've read BIRTHMARKED, which is the first book in Caragh M. O'Brien's trilogy.  If you haven't read BIRTHMARKED, check out my review here.  You can also enter to win your own copy right now!

TORTURED is a novella, Book 1.5, and features a scene that takes place between BIRTHMARKED and PRIZED.  O'Brien's other novella, RULED, is Book 2.5, and I personally wouldn't read it until at least halfway through the final book in the trilogy, PROMISED.  I started reading it earlier and had an element spoiled that I wished I hadn't seen early!

What I love most about these two novellas is the fact that they're both from Leon's perspective.  In the novels, we only ever get a peek into Gaia's life.  I loved getting into Leon's thoughts and emotions because he keeps them so close to his chest.  TORTURED could have gone either way for me, because I read it after PRIZED and knew most of what was going on, so it didn't hold my interest as much as RULED did.  I thought RULED focused on so much of the dynamic between Leon and Gaia that really shines through and gives you a glimpse at the way Leon perceives it.  It was my favorite of the two. 

There isn't really much I can say about either novella without giving major spoilers away, but I'll mention again that anyone eager for a first-hand account with Leon shouldn't miss either one of these.  Read TORTURED before PRIZED if you can (It's a free ebook and comes at the back of the PRIZED paperback for free as well), and read RULED when you're late into PROMISED or after finishing it!
C O V E R   D E S I G N:

A lot of publishers, when putting out free or inexpensive ebook novellas that are companions to their published series, spend very little money on the covers.  They often fit in with the series, but don't have a lot of money pumped into their design.  I was incredibly impressed with the fact that RULED has its own unique design!  And it makes so much sense after you've read the novella, too!  I like it a lot, and also appreciate the way it ties into the cover for PROMISED.
TORTURED is a mix of the paperback covers for BIRTHMARKED and PRIZED, and I really like the way the two elements from each cover were brought together, showing that TORTURED is Book 1.5 in the series.  So clever!
O F F I C I A L   I N F O:

[Macmillan imprints Tor and Roaring Brook Press]
Received: Purchased
“But what about Leon?”

Now, in this new story that bridges the gap between BIRTHMARKED and PRIZED, Caragh M. O’Brien answers her readers’ most common question with a tale of suffering and determination from Leon’s perspective. Be warned. The story is a spoiler for the first book in the award-winning trilogy.

This short story takes place during the time between the second book in the Birthmarked Trilogy (PRIZED) and the final book (PROMISED) and offers a rare glimpse into the mind and heart of Leon Grey.

Week in Review: The Mega-Giveaway Edition

T h e  F i e r c e  R e a d s  E d i t i o n !

I'm hosting/featuring multiple giveaways on my blog, including a chance to win SIX autographed books! Check it out!

Sorry this week has been so much slower than anticipated!  I'll try to make up for it this week!  I'm going to start banking reviews for November so we don't have another slow month while I do NaNo, too!


*IRONSKIN by Tina Connolly
[link to my GoodReads account so you can see my blurb feed as I read]

*RULED novella by Caragh M. O'Brien
*DEITY by Jennifer Armentrout {Blog Tour Stop this week!}
*HEX HALL by Rachel Hawkins {re-read}
*DEMONGLASS by Rachel Hawkins {re-read}
*SPELL BOUND  by Rachel Hawkins

I meant to review a lot and...I don't know what happened this week.  So sorry!!  I'll make it up this week!

*THE DEMON KING by Cinda Williams Chima
{I've wanted to read this series for a long time, and now that the final book is out, I can!  I snagged the first three books from the library, but the first one wasn't in on time, so I didn't get to read this week like I'd hoped to. That's okay, though, because I finally got to re-read the first two HEX HALL books so I could *finally* read the final book, which I bought in March!}

*THE EXILED QUEEN by Cinda Williams Chima
{I've wanted to read this series for a long time, and now that the final book is out, I can! I snagged the first three books from the library, but the first one wasn't in on time, so I didn't get to read this week like I'd hoped to. That's okay, though, because I finally got to re-read the first two HEX HALL books so I could *finally* read the final book, which I bought in March!}

*THE GRAY WOLF THRONE by Cinda Williams Chima
{I've wanted to read this series for a long time, and now that the final book is out, I can! I snagged the first three books from the library, but the first one wasn't in on time, so I didn't get to read this week like I'd hoped to. That's okay, though, because I finally got to re-read the first two HEX HALL books so I could *finally* read the final book, which I bought in March!}
What did you get in your mailbox this week?
This also posts at Tynga's Stacking the Shelves; check there for more great books each week!

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Fierce Reads Tour Recap, 6-book Giveaway, & Audio Treat!

This past weekend, Macmillan sent the Fierce Reads tour my way!  Not only that, but they were kind enough to ask A Backwards Story to be the Featured Blogger at the event! 
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As the Featured Blogger, I was granted an exclusive interview AND a giveaway of six autographed books from Macmillan and attending authors Gennifer Albin (CREWEL), Leigh Bardugo (SHADOW AND BONE), Caragh M. O'Brien (The Birthmarked Trilogy), and Marie Rutkoski (THE SHADOW SOCIETY, The Kronos Chronicles Trilogy)! I also picked up some fun swag to give away as well, so there will be multiple winners!
If you followed me on Twitter during the event, you saw all my live tweets @abackwardsstory.

If not, it's okay!  Macmillan was kind enough to allow me to audio-record the event and post it online for you to listen to.  It's the next best thing to physically being at Fierce Reads, right?  The tour went almost an hour, so the video is long, but it's really interesting to listen to the authors!

This past week, I've posted reviews for:

CREWEL by Gennifer Albin
SHADOW AND BONE by Leigh Bardugo
BIRTHMARKED by Caragh M. O'Brien
THE SHADOW SOCIETY by Marie Rutkoski

Check out all four and stop back this week for more reviews of O'Brien's series!

 During the interview, I asked the authors a few burning questions, and heard some really great responses that I can't wait to share with all of you!
An interview with four
Macmillan Fierce Reads Authors
What makes you Fierce, or what is the Fiercest thing you've ever done?

Marie Rutkoski: She rappelled into a gorge and had to climb back up...and there were vultures.  And she will never do it again!
Caragh M. O'Brien:  Scuba-diving with a "crazy-scary eel."  And she had a pitchfork down there!  In freezing-cold Alaska, no less!  She needed three wetsuits down there!
{Why has this woman not turned her experience into a mermaid novel? Woe! ^.~}

Leigh Bardugo:  She lived in Mexico briefly and had a run-in with some bandits!  She hid successfully, and "staying alive" was the Fiercest thing she ever did!

Gennifer Albin:  Her good Fierce story is yet to come because she has an attitude where she will try anything. She always jokes that you never know when you'll need to do something for a book, which results in all sorts of random experiences! She'd especially love to go ziplining!

How do you go about world-building when you write fantasy?

Gennifer Albin:  Pinterest is really useful.  When she was writing CREWEL, she'd look up pictures, even for particular rooms.  There was a picture of a beautiful mattress she really loved overlooking the ocean for Adelice. 

She starts off writing almost a script with all of the action and dialogue going on, then goes in and starts layering the world.  This works for her because conversations reveal a theme or aspect going on in the world.
Leigh Bardugo:  Believe it or not, she doesn't start with world-building!  She looks at world building in two ways: There's the sense of order, the way power operates in the world, and there's the texture.  When she started writing SHADOW AND BONE, the power was there among the characters, but none of the texture.  She knew that would have a big impact on the story in Draft #2.  She really only knew that she didn't want it to be Medieval Europe and she wanted guns.  She used Russia as a basis and incorporated folklore.
She found she had to limit it because "We can use world-building and map-making and language-construction as a way to avoid going to the draft."  As much as she loves it, she put a cap on it. 
"The plot really starts to gel when you can't separate the world-building from the plot anymore...and that's a magical sort of alchemy that happens in the work."
Caragh M. O'Brien:  Agreed with Leigh on being unable to separate world-building from plot.  She also thinks about everything in terms of setting and power or the world of a society.  This was especially true for her during PRIZED because the environment was so connected to the problems that were happening.
She has to start by physically walking into the scene to see what's going on because the physical setting of the place comes to her first.
Marie Rutkoski: World-building is very important to her, and there are many ways in which she can answer such a question.  Sometimes she thinks about how it would be if an alien came to our world and what would strike that alien.  It might be a high school or a library or a street scene...what would be elements of our culture that have become invisible to us because they're so ordinary?
She's fascinated by culture of various kinds and representing new cultures is something she loves to do.  She likes to give traits to a new society that aren't the same as our own but might stand out to us as sort of alien observers.

What are you reading right now?

Leigh Bardugo: THE MAGICIANS by Lev Grossman

Gennifer Albin:  About to start THE DIVINERS by Libba Bray

Caragh M. O'Brien: Just finished something and isn't ready to read something else.  On her TBR pile is EVERY DAY by David Levithan and THE CHILDREN OF MEN by P.D. James.
Marie Rutkoski:   Always in the middle of several books, but not reading anything while on tour.  She's in the middle of READING LIKE A WRITER by Francine Prose; this is the first period of her life where she's begun reading books on writing.  She's also re-reading PERSUASION by Jane Austen.

What, if any, input do you have in the cover design process?  What's it like when you have a cover re-packaged?

Marie Rutkoski: The Kronos Chronicles is in the process of being re-packaged.  She loved the old covers, but loves the new ones as well.  She loves that you can actually see the characters on the new covers.  THE SHADOW SOCIETY originally had a different cover, but she's really happy with the book's final cover.
Caragh M. O'Brien:  BIRTHMARKED went through dozens of covers to come up with the first hardcover, and after all that work, she was surprised when they decided to give the paperbacks a new look, but liked seeing the new covers.  She also thinks it's interesting to see the way covers are packaged in foreign countries, the way their cultures represent the books.
Interesting Fact: She was still writing PROMISED when the cover was being designed, and this influenced an element she decided to include in the novel.  It usually happens the other way around, but it was still early enough in the process to work.
Leigh Bardugo:  SHADOW AND BONE had an ARC and another possible cover she loved, then Macmillan went in a different direction and she's glad they did.  It's perfect for the book, and she wanted people who don't normally read high fantasy to pick it up.  She thinks they did a remarkable task.  Her only major input was to strongly urge a Russian influence so that people would know it wasn't a Medieval European tale.  She feels blessed to be with Macmillan because the house makes beautiful books.
Gennifer Albin:  She received an email with three different ideas.  She was afraid she was going to get a cover with a girl in a pretty dress, and was thrilled when none of the ideas featured this.  The cover reflects the book really, really well.  She feels a little betrayed when she picks up a book and the cover says one thing, but the book says another. {Don't we all!}
What is your favorite Halloween memory?
Caragh M. O'Brien:  It was a tradition in her family not to wear masks.  Her father used to paint their faces with watercolors.  She remembers the touch of a paintbrush on her cheek as he puts the colors on his face.  He never used watercolor at any other time, just for Halloween.  She's done this with her children as well.
Leigh Bardugo:  Her mom worked a lot as a kid, more than full-time.  She remembers Halloween rolling around and knowing her mom was often unable to get time off.  The holiday was like their Christmas or New Year's, come hell or high water.  She later found out that her mom faced off with one of the partners at her law firm and was like, "Fire me if you want to.  I'm taking my kid Trick or Treating."  She has very happy memories of her and her mother as a kid.

Gennifer Albin: Her favorite memories are of her children.  The first time her son went Trick or Treating, she made him an adorable puppy costume because he loved puppies.  She lived in a college town with beautiful old houses; at the first house, they gave him candy.  He took off down the stairs (he was only about 15 months old) and just ran toward the next house.  She has an image of him running with the floppy ears.  When they woke up in the morning, they found him covered in chocolate...he had chewed off the wrappers!
Marie Rutkoski: Her favorite memory is the smell and taste of roasting pumpkin seeds.  You make the pumpkin, wash the seeds, and put them on a cookie sheet.  It's a very particular smell, and a very particular taste.
What are you working on next?
Marie Rutkoski: So far, no plans for companions or prequels or sequels to THE SHADOW SOCIETY.  Sorry! 
Her next novel, THE WINNER'S CURSE, will come out Fall 2013 or Spring 2014.  It's inspired by an economics term where you've won an auction, but paid too high of a price.  She can't say too much, but it's about a girl who is an Aristocratic member of a warmongering empire.  It involves duels and rebellion...but it's not dystopian!  {And sounds AMAZING, no?}
Caragh M. O'Brien:  She's working on another sci-fi YA series for Macmillan that will debut in 2014.  It's all still in the process, so she really can't say more yet!
Leigh Bardugo:  Is, of course, working on the rest The Grisha Trilogy.

Gennifer Albin:  Is, of course, working on the rest the Crewel World Trilogy.

Thank you again to Macmillan for bringing Fierce Reads my way and including A Backwards Story and its readers on the journey!  Thank you to Marie, Caragh, Leigh, and Gennifer for sitting down with me to chat, and allowing me to share some of that online!

I had so much fun and hope all of you bookworms did as well!
And now it's time for the giveaway you've been waiting for!

You could win...

YouTube Link

The giveaway runs through November 11th, 2012.

The grand prize of six autographed books is limited to the USA, but the swag will ship internationally!  Must be at least 13 years old to enter!


Monday, October 22, 2012

{Guest Post} Fairy Tales with Hannah Kollef [PATH OF NEEDLES]

Visit Hannah Kollef's brand-new website, which has a page
dedicated to all the stops on the PATH OF NEEDLES Blog Tour.
Check out the schedule!

Mythological Mondays is a feature I created to spotlight books brimming with--you guessed it--mythology! I adore this sub-genre and can't wait to share my love with all of my fellow bookworms! This feature isn't just focused on novel reviews; it may also include interviews, looks at original mythological tales, etc. Please feel free to do this with me! If you guys ever do a mythological feature and want to join this and snag my lovely mermaid, I would LOVE to see the feature. Leave a comment for us all to see! It doesn’t have to be Greek mythology, or even mythology per say. It can be mermaids, unicorns, or heck, even fairy tales.

~present: ~

Hannah Kollef is the author of the PATH OF NEEDLES, the first book in a fairy tale-based trilogy.  ​In addition to her novels, Hannah has been published in various magazines including In General magazine and Hometown Quarterly. She also works as a freelance copywriter, editor, and social media consultant for several small businesses. She lives close to New York City.
She can be found on her website and blog!  

Fairy Tales
by Hannah Kollef
Hi! My name is Hannah Kollef, and I recently published PATH OF NEEDLES. You may remember reading the lovely Bonnie’s review last week! If not, you should definitely read it. And if this sounds too much like promoting, well…what can I say? Guilty as charged!

Bonnie asked me over today to write about the fairy tales that influenced PATH OF NEEDLES. And as it’s Mythological Monday here on A Backwards Story, I think the topic is pretty relevant. The question, specifically, was, “how was PATH OF NEEDLES influenced by the original fairy tales? Why the original fairy tales?”

Being a liberal arts graduate, I of course had to over think this question. Right now fairy tale and myth adaptations are very popular in fiction. Just troll through the Mythological Mondays section on A Backwards Story and you’ll see plenty of examples. This being said, I’m going to take the opportunity to hijack this post and answer a slightly different question: Why do people adapt fairy tales and myths into their own stories?

I think there are a couple of reasons. The biggest is that these stories are both engrossing and incomplete. Little Red Riding Hood traveled the path to her grandmother’s house, but what did she do afterwards? When the wolf was dead and she returned to her mother, did she avoid the woods? Was she left with a lingering, life-long fear of the dark? Did run screaming from damp, warm corners, so reminiscent of the inside of the wolf?

Fairy tales, if they’re really good, leave you wanting more. Here is a snippet of these characters’ lives, but if you love them you long to have that snippet fleshed out. And once you begin to wonder what else happened to these characters, they gain a life of their own. Little Red Riding Hood ceases to be public property and becomes yours; now she chain smokes and works in the city because she no longer feels safe in the woods. She is no longer Little Red Riding Hood but Lil’ Red, and by the time you finish writing her you know her better than you know yourself.

But it is more than dressing these characters in clothes of your own making. After all, if that’s your only motivation, you might as well come up with brand new characters and leave the classics alone. People adapt fairy tales (and myths, and folktales, etc) because they pull on something deeper than they may be aware of.

Some argue that all fairy tales are based off Jungian archetypes, or “ancient or archaic images that derive from the collective unconscious.” It is those archetypes, buried in our subconscious, that drive our need for heroes and villains and victims. And that is why people adapt what is already known. It responds to a deeper place, an older, unconscious reflection of the inherited truths that live in all of us.

So when you adapt a fairy tale, you are both filling out a story left untold and drawing from a deeper place in the subconscious.

That’s why I think people adapt fairy tales, anyways. As for me?

I can tell you that none of it ran through my mind when I decided to integrate fairy tales into PATH OF NEEDLES. I think the thought process was closer to, “Hey! Fairy tales are cool. My book should be cool. Let’s do this.” It helped that I had a life long obsession with the stories, born from the German tales my Au Pairs used to read me. It also helped that I was in the market for villains. The Frog Prince became the wicked Monsieur Crapaud; the mysterious and often deadly Kelpie took the form of a strange boy in Kat’s school she couldn’t quite remember.

I guess the simple answer is this: Drawing on the original tales gave my book a sinister, darker edge that the kinder Disney versions would have lacked.

I’d like to leave you with this: If you’ve never read the brothers Grimm before, go pick up a copy of their fairy tale collection. You’ll be surprised at what you remember, and what is completely new. Afterwards, you just might find yourself identifying with those characters…even the villains.

O F F I C I A L   I N F O:

Author: Hannah Kollef
Release Date: Out Oct. 12, 2012
Publisher: Self-published
Received: For Review

When 17-year-old Kat Finnegan is warned in a Brooklyn alleyway that her father is going to disappear, she shrugs and walks away. The next morning her father is gone--leaving behind a booby-trapped apartment and a mystery that has slept for a thousand years.

To get him back, Kat and her twin brother Roger will have to unravel the secrets behind the Rose Queen--the fairy queen who ripped apart reality and stitched it back together, transforming the Fey into the memories known as fairy tales. They will also have to come to grips with their emerging powers and discover why they are known to the magical world as "The Truth" and "The Lie."

Hunted by demons and treacherous Fey, Kat and Roger follow the Queen's trail from Manhattan to Newark. But neither the Queen nor her curse is what they expected, and more is at stake than their father's life--and theirs.

PATH OF NEEDLES is the explosive first book in the Paths series: urban fantasies littered with deadly fairy tales, tangled romance, and heartbreaking betrayals.

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Week in Review: The Fierce Reads Edition

T h e  F i e r c e  R e a d s  E d i t i o n !

Yesterday, Macmillan's Fierce Reads Tour had a local stop, and I was lucky enough to be chosen as the featured blogger!  Macmillan has been gracious enough to give away a complete book package, and I picked up some loot at the event to give away to additional winners!

I've also reviewed four of the six giveaway books this week, and will review the other two this coming week!

Now, while I intended for the wrap-up and giveaway to go live today, last night when I came up to get on the computer, I managed to fall asleep while it was booting (maybe because I'd only had a few hours of sleep the night before & wasn't feeling well, but STILL!) and woke up at 8 am this morning...still fully clothed!  Normally, I wake up at 7 am on Sundays, so I didn't even have time for a video post (which I was going to do last night) or ANYTHING.

I don't have enough time for a full wrap-up/interview transcript/giveaway form/etc. before work , and I'm going out after work and won't be home until around 10 pm.  I have to be up at 6 am for work tomorrow, so I can't start working on anything until tomorrow night now.

The giveaway and wrap-up post will be live on Tuesday morning!  I truly apologize for pushing the date, but I know I don't have enough time to get it up before Monday night, and I'd rather have posts go live in the morning when I can.  I'm sorry for the wait, but do stop back!


*THE CADET OF TILDOR ARC & Leather Bracelet!
*TAKING BACK FOREVER Autographed Copy {ends today!}
*BOOK OF CHOICE {Because SEALER'S PROMISE not yet available!}

**Come back TUESDAY for an epic 6-book and loot autographed giveaway from the FIERCE READS Tour!!!**

*RULED novella by Caragh M. O'Brien
[link to my GoodReads account so you can see my blurb feed as I read]

*THE SHADOW SOCIETY by Marie Rutkoski
*BIRTHMARKED by Caragh M. O'Brien
*PRIZED by Caragh M. O'Brien
*TORTURED novella by Caragh M. O'Brien
*PROMISED by Caragh M. O'Brien

*SHADOW AND BONE by Leigh Bardugo {re-post}
*CREWEL by Jennifer Albin
*THE SHADOW SOCIETY by Marie Rutkoski
*BIRTHMARKED by Caragh M. O'Brien

*Book Trailer Reveal & Giveaway: THE CADET OF TILDOR by Alex Lidell
*Mythological Mondays: Blog Tour Guest Post & Giveaway with C.J. Bolyne's TRINITY
*Official Featured Fierce Reads Blogger 10/20
*Official Cover Reveal & Giveaway: TAKING BACK FOREVER by Karen Amanda Hooper
*Blog Tour Guest Post: MIRA'S DIARY: LOST IN PARIS by Marissa Moss
*Official Cover Reveal & Giveaway: SEALER'S PROMISE by Kathy Coleman
*Fierce Reads Live Tweeting, Today at 1 pm EST!


*THE SHADOW SOCIETY by Marie Rutkoski
{I had to get a copy signed for myself, of course!}

*CREWEL by Gennifer Albin
{I had to get a copy signed for myself, of course!}

*BIRTHMARKED by Caragh M. O'Brien
{I had to get a copy signed for myself, of course!}

*PRIZED by Caragh M. O'Brien
{I had to get a copy signed for myself, of course!}

Physical ARCs/Finished Copies for Review:

*COLLATERAL by Ellen Hopkins
[Out Nov. 6, 2012]
{Atria Books/Simon & Schuster were kind enough to send a hardcover of this upcoming release to work for review! I recently R&R my first Hopkins book, TILT, and think COLLATERAL sounds the most interesting of all her books, so I was pleased to see this for review!}

E-ARCs for Review:

*BONDED by Michelle Davidson Argyle
[Out Nov. 1, 2012]
{Fairy tales, you guys!  Fairy tales!  Look for a blog tour stop in early November!  Michelle has been here before with a guest post (two, actually) and I've reviewed one of the stories from the collection!  Thanks to Rhemalda Publishing and Michelle Davidson Argyle!}

*EXILED by M.R. Merrick
[Out now]
{Thank you to M.R. Merrick and Stuck in Books for putting together this great upcoming blog tour! I've heard good things about this series!}

*SHIFT by M.R. Merrick
[Out now]
{Thank you to M.R. Merrick and Stuck in Books for putting together this great upcoming blog tour! I've heard good things about this series!}
What did you get in your mailbox this week?