Friday, November 29, 2013

{Kat's Korner} Review: SOMETHING STRANGE AND DEADLY by Susan Dennard

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Hi it's Kat again! Two weeks ago, I took over and posted a quirky introduction and told you that I'd be back. So here I am! As promised, I'm here to talk about Susan Dennard's SOMETHING STRANGE AND DEADLY.

I managed to snag the beautiful hardcover earlier this year, before it came out in paperback. I am glad that I did, because there's a tiny bit of oh-so-worth-it detail in its gorgeous cover that did not transfer to the paperback. Just kidding. Really, it's just shinier. But cats, even those with K's, are attracted to shiny objects. ^_^

It's a cover that makes one wonder, hm? At a glance, it may seem simplistic, but it will draw you back. It generates a lot of questions. Why is she so pale? For that matter, who is she? That tree is pretty creepy looking, what's up with that? And that gradient! Definitely beautiful and deadly looking. There are also gears in the background, and it took me a second to actually realize that they are there. Steampunk theme? To top it all off, they made sure to put a quote about the book from Marie Lu smack in the middle. I really feel as though this is a cover done right. Let's peek at the jacket:

Author: Susan Dennard
Release Date: July 24, 2012
Publisher: HarperTeen
Received: Purchased

There's something strange and deadly loose in Philadelphia...

Eleanor Fitt has a lot to worry about. Her brother has gone missing, her family has fallen on hard times, and her mother is determined to marry her off to any rich young man who walks by. But this is nothing compared to what she's just read in the newspaper -

The Dead are rising in Philadelphia.

And then, in a frightening attack, a zombie delivers a letter to Eleanor . . . from her brother.

Whoever is controlling the Dead army has taken her brother as well. If Eleanor is going to find him, she'll have to venture into the lab of the notorious Spirit-Hunters, who protect the city from supernatural forces. But as Eleanor spends more time with the Spirit-Hunters, including the maddeningly stubborn yet handsome Daniel, the situation becomes more dire. And now, not only is her reputation on the line, but her very life may hang in the balance.

What a teaser! That was an excellent little preview, because this book has it all! A cup and a half of suspense, three quarters a cup of action, a teaspoon of romance, half a cup of gore, and one ripe, thrilling plot line. But most of all, one of my absolute favorite things - a BAMF heroin garnish!

All of that is whisked together and left to stand in the 1870's in Philadelphia during a Centennial expo. Imagine happy crowds of families and groups of scholars, splurging on tourism in Philadelphia in the 1870's, laughing and learning, when a blaring dead alarm goes off and the walking dead show up. BAM! You are smack in the middle of a great action/thriller scene. The great news? That is the feel of this entire novel. I felt as though a majority of this story was smack in the middle of an action/thriller scene and I absolutely loved it. Dennard really knows how to keep a story rolling along with your blood pumping, that is for sure. This is zombies done right. Fantastic!

She also has a way with keeping you guessing who is quite swoon-worthy, and his name is Daniel Sheridan. He is a mysterious and handsome part of the Spirit Hunters, and there is a lot more to Daniel than meets the eye. (That's why he got his own novella, A DAWN MOST WICKED! Definitely check it out, however I recommend reading SOMETHING STRANGE AND DEADLY first, as the endings to both tie into each other.) At a glance, Daniel is stubborn and rude, but our leading lady Eleanor is not afraid of him - she is more concerned with the letter a walking corpse brought her from her missing brother, Elijah, and the totally creepy, bone-chilling spirit that has shown itself in her family's home. Eleanor needs Daniel and his companions, Jie Chen and Joseph Boyer, to find her brother and save her family. Personally, there is no Spirit Hunter that I do not like. Jie is a clever force to be reckoned with, and Joseph is charming and intellectual. The Spirit Hunters and Eleanor are a good, lovable group of go-getters!

But the Spirit Hunters already have their hands full with the walking dead. Eleanor has to find a way to convince them that all of these events are related and equally important all by herself. Her mother wants nothing to do with the dead; she only has attention for Clarence Wilcox, who has suddenly shown interest in Eleanor. Clarence Wilcox and his family are popular and wealthy, which is all Mrs. Fitt wants for herself and Eleanor. So no help there. In fact, Eleanor is quickly annoyed by the attention. All she wants is for Elijah to get home safely.

So Eleanor decides that she must defy her mother in order to save her and Elijah. This is what I really loved about SOMETHING STRANGE AND DEADLY: the evolution of Eleanor herself. Once she makes the decision to find the Spirit Hunters and save Elijah without her mother, she matures as the words fly by. Eleanor goes from an unsure, faint-of-heart young girl into a tough, dead hunting, parasol-wielding young lady. As the words go by and she matures, however, the going gets tougher. More dead continue to rise, and the stakes get higher as Eleanor stumbles into a HUGE secret about a group Clarence may be involved with called the Gas Ring. This mysterious Gas Ring holds the key to tying everything together; Elijah's disappearance, the dead rising, and the creepy spirit's appearance. But how?

Find out yourself! Grab this book; it's awesome! And if you like it, check Susan Dennard out on twitter. She tweets a lot of helpful writing material for those young writers among us. Also, she and Sarah J. Maas, author of THRONE OF GLASS, are frequently going back and forth with each other about funny things. Speaking of those two together, they're doing a totally awesome and free sci-fi collaboration on tumblr called THE STAR KILLERS CYCLE. (WARNING: VERY MATURE CONTENT & ADULT LANGUAGE!)

That's all for now! I'll be back on Friday the 13th, with something fun & spooky to break away from the Holiday cheer. It's a stressful time of year, and personally I'm not over Halloween yet. Happy reading!

The epic meeting of the two Kats!
Kat Meets Kat Zhang (And Susan Dennard,
Sarah J. Maas, and Erin Bowman!) at YAGB!
Check out our exclusive full audio recording from the tour
to feel like you were there with Kat, Bonnie, and the authors!

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Announcing the Official 2014 INCARNATE Series Read-A-Thon!

I'm so excited, bookworms!!! I've paired up with Alexa from Alexa Loves Books (A blog you should be following if you aren't already!) to bring you an exciting treat! We've been working behind the scenes with Jodi Meadows and Epic Reads to bring you an EPIC event of AWESOME!!!

Don't know the Incarnate Trilogy?
Never fear!
Check out my reviews of INCARNATE and ASUNDER now!

I'm very excited to finally reveal this event I've been planning with Alexa for ages - the Incarnate Series Read-a-thon! I'm co-hosting with Alexa, and pleased to announce that we'll have special participation from author Jodi Meadows and the Epic Reads team. The plan is to read INCARNATE, followed by ASUNDER, PHOENIX OVERTURE and finally, INFINITE when it releases on January 28, 2013 -- and to do it all together!

In case you live under a rock and haven't heard of the Incarnate Trilogy (also known as the Newsoul Trilogy) yet, I'll be happy to share a little bit about it. The series revolves around a girl named Ana, who is the only new soul born after thousands of years of the same million souls being reborn over and over again. Readers will learn of her struggles as a new soul, including the friends, enemies and romance she experiences along the way.

Here's the schedule:

January 12-18: Read INCARNATE
January 19-25: Read ASUNDER
January 26-28: Read PHOENIX OVERTURE
January 28-February 2: Read INFINITE

We'd love for you to join us for the Read-A-Thon, whether you're re-reading the books like we are or reading them for the first time (as we definitely suggest you should!). There will be a loosely set reading period, special tidbits from the author, Q&A posts, Twitter chats and the chance to win some pretty rad prizes!

If you're interested in signing up, please add the link to your blog/twitter account to the Linky below. We'll be sending out an email once the event kicks off just to let you know what's happening and when! As for more info, you can find me (@abackwardsstory) and Alexa (@alexalovesbooks) to answer any questions you might have.

Today's announcement post is also very special, as we are pleased to be able to offer you the possibility of getting a chance to read INFINITE early!

While we can't guarantee that everyone who signs up will get an ARC or that there will be any at all, if you're interested in the possibility, all we ask is that you
(a) sign up for the Read-A-Thon and
(b) do something to express your love for the Incarnate Trilogy, like fan art, a Pinterest board, poetry, an ode, a knitting project, a blog post, etc., and share the link with us via the comments or Twitter.

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The more people reading together and having fun, the better! 
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{Excerpt/Playlist/Giveaway} DANGEROUS DEPTHS by Karen Amanda Hooper

Hosted by: Enticing Journey Book Promotions

The sequel to TANGLED TIDES is now available, and the underwater cast of merfolk, selkies, sirens, gorgons, and even water sprites are in for some very turbulent waters!

Check out a guest post with Karen Amanda Hooper on TANGLED TIDES from last year's Splash into Summer event!

O F F I C I A   I N F O:

Author: Karen Amanda Hooper
Release Date: Nov. 20, 2013
Publisher: Starry Sky Publishing

Hell hath no fury like a selkie separated from his true love. 

The gate to the sea creature realm is finally open. Yara wants to bask in the glow of her budding relationship with Treygan and explore Medusa’s world, but as the new leader of Rathe her powers are needed to save a sea creature she’s never met. 

Rownan assumes the worst is behind him when he returns home to be reunited with his wife, Vienna, only to discover she’s gone. She traveled to the evil realm of Harte to find another gateway to Earth and was never heard from again. Rownan claimed he would go through hell to be with her, and now he must prove it. 

Rownan, Yara, and Treygan will put their lives and souls at risk by traveling to the most dangerous realm of all. Love is supposed to conquer all, but no one has ever conquered Harte.


Dangerous Depths Playlist:

Song list in chronological order of when they take place in the story.

WARNING: Some vague spoilers! 

1.) Waves of You - Eric Turner (Rownan to Vienna beginning of book)
2.) Sail - AWOLNation (drunk Rownan in his dark place on the beach)
3.) Drifting - Plumb feat. Dan Haseltine (Yara & Nixie to Rownan--another way)
4.) If I Lose Myself - One Republic (Treygan to Yara the morning of their trip)
5.) The Sea - Morcheeba (Traveling and arriving)
6.) Storm - Lifehouse (Rownan to Vienna when he’s alone in Harte)
7.) I Want You Here - Plumb (Vienna on her beach with the driftwood)
8.) Waves - Blondefire (Yara and/or Vienna)
9.) Little Talks - Of Monsters and Men (Yara & Treygan in the last half of the book)
10.) Together Again - Evanescence (Yara when she becomes separated from Treygan)
11.) Hazy - Rosi Golan feat. William Fitzsimmons (Vienna & Rownan duet)
12.) Down - Jason Walker feat. Molly Reed (This one tugs ta my heartstrings. I picture each character: Rownan, Yara, Treygan, and Nixie, on their own singing this song. It flashes between each of them during seemingly hopeless times during their fight to get out.)
13.) My Last Breath - Evanescence (Nixie & Yara)

Hero - David Crosby & Phil Collins (This was a song from my TANGLED TIDES playlist. It’s an oldie, but it was so perfect as a song that Rownan would sing about Treygan. Right down to the “when the hero kills the maiden with his kiss” line. This song still gives me goose bumps when I listen to it.)
Karen was born and bred in Baltimore, frolicked and froze in Colorado for a couple of years, and is currently sunning and splashing around Florida with her two beloved dogs. She's addicted to coffee, chocolate, and complicated happily-ever-afters. 

Karen has been making up stories for as long as she can remember. Due to her strong Disney upbringing, she still believes in fairy tales and will forever sprinkle magic throughout all of her novels.
Author Links:
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Amazon | B&N


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Tuesday, November 26, 2013

{Interview/Giveaway} FIREBLOOD by Trisha Wolfe

Tour Schedule:
Week One:
11/18/2013-  Two Chicks on Books -Guest Post
11/18/2013- Chapter by Chapter- Review
11/19/2013- Bookish- Interview
11/19/2013- K-Books- Review
11/20/2013- Pieces of Whimsy- Review
11/20/2013- Bookish Things & More- Guest Post
11/21/2013- Mostly YA Book Obsessed- Review
11/21/2013- Kindle and Me- Guest Post
11/22/2013- Book Nerds Anonymous- Review
11/22/2013- The Eater of Books!-  Interview

Week Two:
11/25/2013- The Reader's Antidote- Guest Post
11/25/2013- Book briefs- Review
11/26/2013- A Backwards Story- Interview
11/26/2013- Fluttereal Flight- Review
11/27/2013- Michelle & Leslie's Book Picks- Review
11/27/2013- She Dreams in Fiction- Interview
11/28/2013- The Demon LibrarianReview
11/29/2013- Fiktshun- Guest Post
11/29/2013- The Cover Contessa- Review

Check out my review of FIREBLOOD this coming weekend!
(Or possssssibly next week now depending on how fast the move goes and if there's still packing to do! I will try to make free time to write it for this weekend, though!)

Tide yourself over now by visiting my reviews of ASTARTE'S WRATH and OF SILVER AND BEASTS. You can also read an excerpt from Trisha's upcoming sequel OF DARKNESS AND CROWNS here now!

An interview with 
Trisha Wolfe

I’m the author of the YA Steampunk DESTINY'S FIRE (Omnific Publishing), ASTARTE'S WRATH NA Historical/Supernatural, and the upcoming YA Utopian FIREBLOOD from Spencer Hill Press, December 2013. My NA Dark Fantasy OF SILVER AND BEASTS and my NA Contemp THE DARKEST PART are available now. 

I’m the creator of YA Bound, a promotional site for the Young Adult genre. Also a member of SCWW and The Apocalypsies

A proud business owner, I'm partnered with my partner, my husband. When I’m not busy doing all of the above, I’m a wife and the mother of a gorgeous teen boy who's the sounding board for my male characters. 

Check out the rest of this website for more on my books and bonus material. Follow me on Twitter @TrishWolfe

What made you decide to merge a futuristic, modern world with the old-time glory of a medieval kingdom?

Great question, Bonnie ^_^ I’m a huge history buff. Just love so many things from different times, and have always wanted to write Historicals…yet didn’t feel like I could do a book justice. I’m too much of a perfectionist, and would research myself into a hole, kind of like I did while writing ASTARTE’S WRATH, lol. So being able to bring one of my favorite times to the future, and have more wiggle room, I felt more comfortable.

2) Was it hard mixing modern technologies such as communicators and surveillance cameras with the medieval atmosphere of jousting, royal betrothals, etc.?

I don’t feel like it was hard, it was more like I was concerned it wouldn’t be believable. I know it’s fantasy, and you have to suspend your belief a bit, but I still wanted the world to be as believable as possible. I hope that’s what happened ^_^

Why did you settle on a King Arthurian setting?

I tried to find something that hasn’t been done to death, lol. Honestly. There are characters in YA that seem to get a lot more attention (fairytale retellings, etc.), and I wanted to try and bring something fresh to YA, and something that I truly loved.

Will there be other books or novellas set in the world of Karm? Or books with created "worlds" such as Camelot?

I hope so! ^_^ Every book I’ve written so far, except my first Contemp, has an invented world. I feel the most comfortable when creating new worlds, like I get to make all the rules, so I’ll always write alternate realities and dive deeper into world building.

What was your favorite scene to write in FIREBLOOD? The hardest?

Favorite: love scene. 
With FB, that scene was so emotional, it was one of my favorites from all my books. 
And the hardest: the ending. 
I struggled with a certain scene near the end…and ultimately, after talking with my agent, decided it was the best course of action in order to “maybe” have a sequel book for the characters to continue on. I’m still not sure if it was the right choice for this one book, but I think it’s the best choice for the potential series.

You've had so much come out in the past year. What can we look forward to in 2014 and beyond?

It does feel like a lot of books have hit this year, lol. I didn’t write them all this year, obviously, but they seemed to all be ready to pub around the same time ^_^ 
Next year, I hope to release OF DARKNESS AND CROWNS; actually, I’m aiming for the end of this year, but it may need to be pushed back some in order for it to be the best it can. And then there will be a sequel in my New Adult Contemp series. That’s all that’s planned to release, but I’ll be working on a few other books _^

Thank you so much, Trisha!
I was intrigued by the elements that were hardest for you to put together, and definitely want to go back and 
re-read the end of FIREBLOOD now! ^.~
I always love touring with you, and can't wait to work with you again!
O F F I C I A L   I N F O:

Author: Trisha Wolfe
Release Date: Dec. 17. 2013
Publisher: Spencer Hill Press

To save a kingdom, Zara must choose between a prince who could be the answer and a rising rebellion that threatens to take control. 

When Zara Dane is chosen to marry Prince Sebastian Hart, son of the man who ordered her father’s capture, Zara knows she must fight to save everything she loves from ruin. 

Being betrothed to the prince means a life trapped behind the towering stone walls of the Camelot-forged realm. Under the watchful eye of the prince's first knight, Sir Devlan Capra, changing her future becomes difficult. 

When an unlikely rebel reveals the truth about the deadly secrets that fuel King Hart’s twisted world, Zara’s path to rescue her father becomes clouded by deception. The Rebels clear her path by forcing Zara’s hand with an ultimatum: sway Prince Sebastian to join the Rebels, convincing him of his father’s evil nature, or they will take him out. 

But Zara is uncertain about a future under the Rebels’ command and where the prince’s heart truly lies. She must decide who to trust, what to believe, and what she’s truly fighting for before the king destroys all of Karm, including her heart.


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{Official Cover Reveal/Giveaway} MUSIC BOX by Anya Allyn

Music Box (Dollhouse #4)
Release Date: Fall 2013

Summary from Goodreads:
Final book of the series.

Cassie endures her darkest days under the rule of Balthazar. She finds a passage into the high tower, and comes face to face with the shadowy being whose presence has haunted her since her first days at the castle of La Falaise – and she makes an immense and horrifying discovery.

At the museum, the last survivors of a bleak existence are barely holding on. And the strange Order of Sister Celia make a chilling decision.

Someone very close to Ethan once told him, “When we can fight, we will fight, and when we can no longer fight, we will endure.”

With time running out, it is time to fight.

About the Author
Anya Allyn was born unexpectedly and without proper instructions.
A dreamy girl betwixt the clouds and space, she was given the thing she desired most for her tenth birthday–a microscope–and subsequently developed a penchant for small things: frogs and ants and microbes, and the earth (when viewed from other planets).
She considers a mind and body that do not roam free are the living dead.
Anya lives in a cottage by the sea–and slips in and out of forests and through a day, where the wild things are ….

She has four adventure-seeking boys and a bookcase filled with adventures. One day soon, she plans to head off on adventures of her own…

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Monday, November 25, 2013

Official Double Cover Reveal/Excerpts/Giveaways! LEGEND OF ME and and THE WINTER PEOPLE by Rebekah L. Purdy

Today Rebekah Purdy and Entangled Teen are revealing the covers for LEGEND OF ME, releasing in early 2014, and THE WINTER PEOPLE, releasing July 1, 2014! Check out the gorgeous covers, exclusive excerpts, and enter to win an eARC of each!

On to the reveals!

About the Book
Author: Rebekah Purdy
Release Date: Early 2014
Publisher: Entangled Teen

Sixteen-year-old Brielle has grown up hearing tales of a beast that kills humans, leaving behind only a scattering of bones and limbs. Or so the village elders say. She thinks it’s just their way of keeping children in line, though it doesn’t explain her grisly premonitions of blood, claws, and severed heads.

When Lord Kenrick, Knight of the Crowhurst Order, shows up asking questions about the legendary monster and Brielle finds a mangled body in the woods, she begins to wonder if the grim stories are true. Her attraction to the handsome knight grows as she spends time with him searching for clues to the creature’s existence, and she becomes even more determined to help him discover the beast’s location.

But as her seventeenth birthday approaches, her nightmares worsen. If Brielle doesn’t figure out the connection between Kenrick, the monster, and visions of a ghostly woman in the woods soon, more people could die. Including those closest to her…

Exclusive Excerpt!

Brambles scratched my legs, snagging my skirt. Gnarled trees bent in gruesome forms, while thick shadows splayed out beneath them. A heavy gloom settled over the woodland as wisps of fog slithered like snakes against the ground. I shivered.

Don’t think. I picked an animal trail to follow, stepping over dead branches and forest debris. Blood pounded in my ears and the hair on the back of my neck prickled. I twisted around to glance behind me.

Nothing there. Only the trees. Urgency gripped hold of me and I picked up my pace once more. As I scrambled through the thicket, an overwhelming scent of rotten meat made me gag. I covered my mouth with my hand and stopped running when a bright red piece of fabric caught my eye. With hesitant steps, I moved toward it.

“Oh God.” I stumbled. There, sticking out from beneath a barberry bush was a severed arm, its finger pointed at me in accusation. My breath came in gasps as I scanned the rest of the clearing.

My foot nudged against something and I looked down in horror to find the head of Liam Gatekeeper staring up at me.

I screamed, backing away as fast as I could. All around me were pieces of his body scattered like breadcrumbs. I shielded my eyes with my hands, until I bumped into something else.

With another scream, I whipped around only to find myself faced with an oak tree covered in dried blood and deep claw marks. My vision darkened and I prayed I wouldn’t faint, that I wouldn’t be stuck in the woods. Because somewhere out here, a monster lurked. If I didn’t believe it before, I did now. The beast was real.

About the Book
Author: Rebekah Purdy
Release Date: July 1, 2014
Publisher: Entangled Teen
Pages: 320
ISBN: 978-1622663682

An engrossing, complex, romantic fantasy perfect for fans of Kristin Cashore or Maggie Stiefvater, set in a wholly unique world.
Salome Montgomery fears winter—the cold, the snow, the ice, but most of all, the frozen pond she fell through as a child. Haunted by the voices and images of the strange beings that pulled her to safety, she hasn’t forgotten their warning to "stay away." For eleven years, she has avoided the winter woods, the pond, and the darkness that lurks nearby. But when failing health takes her grandparents to Arizona, she is left in charge of maintaining their estate. This includes the "special gifts" that must be left at the back of the property.
Salome discovers she’s a key player in a world she’s tried for years to avoid. At the center of this world is the strange and beautiful Nevin, who she finds trespassing on her family’s property. Cursed with dark secrets and knowledge of the creatures in the woods, his interactions with Salome take her life in a new direction. A direction where she’ll have to decide between her longtime crush Colton, who could cure her fear of winter. Or Nevin who, along with an appointed bodyguard, Gareth, protects her from the darkness that swirls in the snowy backdrop. An evil that, given the chance, will kill her.

Exclusive Excerpt!

The sky darkened with ominous storm clouds. Giant flakes fell onto my face, sticking to my eyelashes and cheeks. Snow blew unhindered across the yard into what looked like small tornadoes.

Oh God. It’s happening again. The frigid air. The creaking of the treetops beneath the wind. Even the way the snow blew across the yard.

I only had one more feeder. Just needed to toss the seeds in then I could leave. Be safe.

The pond water rippled, while the trees bent beneath the strong gusts. Soon, everything became so white I couldn’t see the house. In the distance a strange tinkling sounded, like dozens of wind chimes.

What had the shrink told me to do?

Ten, nine, eight. Breathe. Seven, six, five. Shit!

Panic stole my thoughts. I backed away from the pond as the flurries swirled toward me. Chasing me.

Then, I bumped into something—something that felt quite human. A firm chest, arms, hands. Not something, someone. A shriek tumbled from my lips and I spun around to face my captor.

“It’s okay. I won’t hurt you,” a soft masculine voice said, pale hands clinging to my arms as he kept me from falling.

My gaze followed those long fingers, up black leather sleeves, to the most gorgeous face I’d ever seen. My breath caught in my throat. I’m gawking. But I couldn’t help it. His raven hair shot with strands of blue, his face pale and perfect, like an ice sculptor had chiseled it into existence. His eyes—oh God, his eyes. They were the palest blue I’d ever seen. Glacial. He had to be over six feet tall, muscles evident through the tight shirt he wore beneath an unzipped jacket.

His mouth turned up at the corners as if enjoying my scrutiny. A cocky grin that made my cheeks warm.

“You’re trespassing.” I tried to keep the tremble from my voice. “This is private property, or can’t you read the signs?” Bravo, that’s right, scare him off with your bitchiness.

He chuckled. And it sounded like the low song of the chimes. “Doris doesn’t mind me coming around. In fact, I’ve met you before, Salome.”

My name on his lips made my knees go buttery. I groaned inwardly.

“You know my grandma?” I fidgeted with the bucket still in hand.

He gave a nod. “Yeah, I’ve known her for years. But I haven’t seen you since you were a child.”

Warning bells went off in my mind, but I pushed them aside. If he knew my grandma, then he must be okay. “Funny, I don’t remember you at all.”

“Don’t you, Salome?” Strands of my hair blew about my face. He reached a hand out as if to touch them then stopped, dropping his arms back to his side.

“No. Grandma’s never mentioned you.”

He gave me another cocky grin. “Well then, maybe we should be reacquainted.”

“Or maybe not.” I snorted. “I’m not sure how you got on the property, Grandma keeps all the gates locked.”

He produced an antique-looking skeleton key. “She gave me this. Like I said, Doris has known me for a long time.”

“I’m sorry. I’m not trying to be a jerk or anything, it’s just my grandma never mentioned I’d have visitors.” In fact, I wondered why she didn’t ask this guy to watch her house instead of me.

The arrogance left his face and he stared at me. “Perhaps, we can try this again.” He held his hand out to me. “I’m Nevin.”

 About Rebekah: 

Rebekah was born and raised in Michigan (just look for the mitten-shaped state on the map). She’s lived there most of her life other than the few years she spent in the U.S. Army.  At which time she got a chance to experience MO, KS, SC, and CA.
She works full time for the court system and in her free time she writes YA stories. Pretty much any genre within the YA realm is game for her, but her favorites are fantasy, urban fantasy, paranormal romance, thrillers, light sci-fi, and some time travel.
She also has a big family–she like to considers them the modern day Brady Bunch. When her hubby and her met and got married, he had 3 children from a previous marriage, she had 2 and  have 1 together. It’s a lot of fun though.
And she can’t forget her other family members–yep, they’ve got some pets: 4 dogs, 3 cats,  and 1 turtle. Everyone in the family has one…she won’t bore you all with their names (unless you really want to know). Okay, you talked her into it! Jack, Pearl, Grr…(yes that’s her dog’s name), Callie, Shadow, Mooshoo, Grouchy, and Sorbert. Other than writing some of her other hobbies include: reading (mostly YA of course), singing, swimming, football, soccer, running, camping, sledding, church, hanging with her kids, and traveling.
She belong to a fabulous writing group called YA Fiction Fantatics (YAFF) and you guessed it they all write YA!
REPPED by Jennifer Mishler and Frances Black of Literary Counsel.
And that’s her in a big ‘ol nutshell.

Giveaway Details:
1 eARC of LEGEND OF ME International
1 eARC of THE WINTER PEOPLE International

Saturday, November 23, 2013

{4-Book Giveaway!} Author Carolyn Meyer Gives THANKS To Her Readers!

Carolyn Meyer is giving Thanks for her readers! 


What is it like to be the daughter of the most beautiful woman in the world?

Hermione knows . . . her mother is Helen of Troy, the famed beauty of Greek myth. Helen is not only beautiful but also impulsive, and when she falls in love with charming Prince Paris, she runs off with him to Troy, abandoning her distraught daughter. Determined to reclaim their enchanting queen, the Greek army sails for Troy. Hermione stows away in one of the thousand ships in the fleet and witnesses the start of the legendary Trojan War.     In the rough Greek encampment outside the walls of Troy, Hermione’s life is far from that of a pampered princess. Meanwhile, her mother basks in luxury in the royal palace inside the city. Hermione desperately wishes for the gods and goddesses to intervene and end the brutal war—and to bring her love. Will she end up with the handsome archer Orestes, or the formidable Pyrrhus, leader of a tribe of fierce warriors? And will she ever forgive her mother for bringing such chaos to her life and the lives of so many others?

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Carolyn Meyer is the author of more than fifty books for children and young adults, and has no intention of quitting any time soon. She lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

The Story of Hermione and Helen of Troy: 

After years of writing about the young lives of fascinating women of power, from Cleopatra to Victoria, in BEAUTY'S DAUGHTER I've drawn on the myths of ancient Greece to tell the story of what it must have been like to be the daughter of the most beautiful woman in the world.

When Helen leaves her husband and daughter and runs off to Troy with handsome Paris, a thousand Greek ships sail for Troy to bring her back..and her daughter, Hermione, goes with them as a stowaway. Hermione's adventures on the Trojan beaches, her struggle for survival,, and her search for true love of her life drive this story.

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Victoria Rebels

Queen Victoria’s personal journals inform this captivating first-person account of one of history’s most prominent female leaders.

Queen Victoria most certainly left a legacy—under her rule as the longest reigning female monarch in history, the British Empire was greatly expanded and significant industrial, cultural, political, scientific, and military changes occurred within the United Kingdom. To be a young woman in a time when few other females held positions of power was to lead in a remarkable age—and because Queen Victoria kept personal journals, this historical novel from award-winning author Carolyn Meyer shares authentic emotional insight along with accurate information, weaving a true story of intrigue and romance.

Cleopatra Confesses

It is the first century B.C. Cleopatra, the third of the pharaoh's six children, is the one that her father has chosen to be the next queen of Egypt. But when King Ptolemy is forced into exile, Cleopatra is left alone to fend for herself in a palace rife with intrigue and murder. Smart, courageous, ambitious and sensuously beautiful, she possesses the charm to cause two of history's most famous leaders to fall in love with her. But as her cruel sisters plot to steal the throne, Cleopatra realizes there is only one person on whom she can rely--herself.

In Cleopatra Confesses, award winning author Carolyn Meyer writes the story of the teenage girl who would become Egypt's most unforgettable queen, from her early years to her her ultimate destiny.

The Wild Queen

Mary Stuart was just five years old when she was sent to France to be raised alongside her future husband. But when the frail young king dies, eighteen-year-old Mary is stripped of her title as Queen of France and set adrift in the harsh world, alone. Determined to reign over what is rightfully hers, Mary returns to Scotland. Hopingthat a husband will help her secure the coveted English throne, she marries again, but the love and security she longs for elude her. Instead, the fiery young queen finds herself embroiled in a murder scandal that could cost her the crown. And her attempts to bargain with her formidable “sister queen,” Elizabeth I of England, could cost her her very life.

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