Wednesday, 19 August 2015

Ward Against Destruction Series by Melanie Card


Ward Against Destruction (Chronicles of a Reluctant Necromancer, #4)

Release Date: 10/05/15
Entangled Teen



Summary from Goodreads:
Ward de’Ath used to the think that nothing could be more terrible than death.
Now he realizes there are worse things. Like his never-ending hunger for blood. Even if
he conquers the unbearable cravings that drive him headlong toward destruction,he’s a wanted man with a bleak future.
Assassin Celia Carlyle learns she is the only one who can protect Ward from disaster. She loves
him–she wants to help him, but no one can tell her how to save him from himself. And the
confusing voices in her head scream to let him go.
But Ward's dark trials keep mounting. A malevolent evil is rising in the land, threatening to
unleash horror upon the world. The only way Ward can defeat it, and have the chance to marry Celia, is by accepting his fate and becoming the one thing he swore he w
ould never become..


***Books in this series***

Release Date: 08/02/11
Entangled Teen
306 pages

Summary from Goodreads:
Twenty-year-old Ward de’Ath expected this to be a simple job—bring a nobleman’s daughter back from the dead for fifteen minutes, let her family say good-bye, and launch his fledgling career as a necromancer. Goddess knows he can’t be a surgeon—the Quayestri already branded him a criminal for trying—so bringing people back from the dead it is.

But when Ward wakes the beautiful Celia Carlyle, he gets more than he bargained for. Insistent that she’s been murdered, Celia begs Ward to keep her alive and help her find justice. By the time she drags him out her bedroom window and into the sewers, Ward can’t bring himself to break his damned physician’s Oath and desert her.

However, nothing is as it seems—including Celia. One second, she’s treating Ward like sewage, the next she’s kissing him. And for a nobleman’s daughter, she sure has a lot of enemies. If he could just convince his heart to give up on the infuriating beauty, he might get out of this alive..
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Release Date: 08/27/13
Entangled Teen
352 pages

Summary from Goodreads:
The last thing Ward de'Ath wants is more trouble. On the run from both the law and the criminal underworld, Ward and Celia flee Brawenal City only to stumble into the mansion of a powerful evil necromancer. And when Ward discovers the man possesses a dangerous grimoire, his duty leaves him no choice. He can't allow the necromancer to keep the grimoire.

But the mansion is filled with monsters--human and undead--and Ward has no way of telling who's friend or foe. The only person he can trust is Celia who dominates more of his thoughts and feelings everyday. But there are still laws in the way of anything but friendship. She's still dead and he's still alive . . . for now.


Release Date: 01/19/14
Entangled Teen
276 pages

Summary from Goodreads:
Ward de'Ath should be dead by now. Instead, he’s chasing after a soul-eating creature—that he unleashed— and is bent on stopping her before she slaughters more innocents. Fortunately, Celia Carlyle remains by his side, a nobleman's gorgeous and deadly daughter, who is...well, dead.

Celia claims she’ll champion Ward wherever he goes, even when she thinks his quest is hopeless. He can only hope her pledge comes from her heart, and not because she’s bound to him through his magic.


When they enter Dulthyne, they stumble upon a dark power that threatens the entire town. Ward, with his unreliable necromancy, is determined to help but finds himself ensnared in the lure of white-hot magic...blood magic he struggles to resist. But if Celia’s love is a lie, it might just doom his soul to the dark arts forever. 


About the Author
I have always been drawn to story telling. In fact, I can’t remember a time when I wasn’t telling a story in my head or on paper. In grade school, we had journal writing time which I turned into story telling time, weaving tales of magic and adventure that mimicked the fairy tales and myths that I loved to read. It was there, with the help of two very special teachers, that I nurtured this love and started my journey as a writer.

I write fantasy, paranormal romance, and everything in between, seasoned with a good dash of adventure and mystery. Join me on my tales of magic, adventure, and romance.

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Monday, 17 August 2015

The Last of the FireDrakes Author Interview


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Interview with Farah Oomerbhoy


Questions:

1. Were you good at English, in school? And when did you decide to become a writer?

I did enjoy studying English in school. In fact I loved reading, researching, and studying English so much that I went on to do my Master’s degree in English Literature.






2. Where do the your ideas come from?

Everywhere! Anything can spark the promise of a great story or character. But most of all I enjoy creating fantasy worlds and exploring them through my stories.

But for this particular book and series, it all started nearly ten years ago, with a tapestry in my grandmother’s house. One day I stood before it and wondered, what if I could step into the tapestry? Where would I end up? And so the world of Avalonia sprang into existence.

From then on, the person who stepped into the tapestry was a young 16-year-old girl who didn’t know who she really was, her name was Aurora, and this is her story.


3. Do you prefer ebooks, paperbacks or hardcover?

Nothing can replace the feel of a paperback in your hands as you settle down on a cozy window seat. And hardcovers are so beautiful that I like to keep them on my shelf. But in reality the most accessible form of books I’ve found is the e-book, especially when travelling. You can buy it at the click of a button and since I do tend to read more than one book at a time, e-books have become the most convenient form of reading for me.


4. List 3 books you just recently read and would recommend?

At the moment my favorite books are the whole Throne of Glass series by Sarah J. Maas. I am just finishing the third book, Heir of Fire and can’t wait to read Queen of Shadows.

I would also recommend the Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer starting with Cinder. I’m still waiting to read Winter, the last book in the series.


*I completely agree! Controlling fangirl joy.*



5. If you gave one of your characters an opportunity to speak for themselves, what would they say?

I think Aurora is quite capable of telling me to stop interfering in her life.



6. What books/authors have influenced your writing?

There have been many influences in my life that have influenced my writing and the plot of this story. But I think J. R. R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings, C. S. Lewis’ Chronicles of Narnia, J. K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series, Enid Blyton’s Magic Faraway Tree series, Ursula K. Le Guin’s Earthsea Quartet, Tamora Pierce’s Song of the Lioness Quartet and David Edding’s The Belgariad series, have really shaped the way I look at fantasy worlds and magic.




7. Do you write every day, 5 days a week or as and when. And if so do you experience writer's block? Do you have any tips to over come it?

I think I really should have some sort of schedule but I don’t really. I do intend to follow one from now on and try and write every day, since I have to get going with books two and three of this series. It does tend to get difficult since I have three little children and it is hard to write at a specific time. Usually I prefer to write at night, after the children have gone to sleep and the house is quiet. But during the day I do research, read, and make notes about the book. Then I sit down and write when I have some time.

I have faced writers block quite a few times in fact, and sometimes it’s hard to get out of it. But you have to push yourself to keep writing, even if you are never going to use it, just put something on the page, and the rest will sort itself out.


8. Do you have any advice for other aspiring writers?

One thing I’ve learned through the whole saga of trying to get my first book published is never send your manuscript out to agents or publishers until it’s absolutely ready. I would also advise working with an experienced editor in your genre to polish the manuscript before you send it to anyone.

For those of you who want input on your writing or just want people to read what you’ve written to gauge their response to your work, then Wattpad is a wonderful way to reach many readers and interact with them while they read your book. It is a great platform to meet other aspiring authors, make friends who love the same books and get your book noticed. Many authors have gone on to get agents or major publishing deals after their books did really well on Wattpad.




9. Where and when do you prefer to do your writing?

In my bedroom on my couch, with a cup of black coffee and a jar of Nutella.

*Great choice*


10. Coffee or tea?

Coffee! Although I do enjoy a cup of tea once in a while.



11. Do you write on a typewriter, computer, dictate or longhand?


I write notes in longhand in an A4 journal, draw maps and things; plot each chapter, then I write on the computer.



12. If you could have been the original author of any book, what would it have been and why?


I think I would loved to have been the author of The Magic Faraway Tree series by Enid Blyton. It’s just such a wonderful and original concept. And the lands at the top of the Faraway tree leave way for infinite possibilities. There is just so much you can do with that with hundreds of worlds to explore and magic that makes anything possible.





13. What are your thoughts on good/bad reviews?

Well! There are some people who are very generous and kind and it’s always wonderful to get a five star review. If a person likes a book I think it is nice to leave a short review. It is such a small thing but it is a nice way of letting the author know you appreciate their work. Even one genuine five star review can boost an author’s confidence, and it really means a lot to know that someone enjoyed your book.

As for bad reviews, I think everyone is entitled to their own point of view. Not everyone can like every single book. It comes down to a matter of taste. All literature is open to interpretation and everyone has a right to express his or her opinion. But what I do appreciate is a person who reviews the book and not the author.


Please everyone I without a doubt encourage you to buy this book. It is amazing and you won't regret it.


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About The Last of the Firedrakes:
16-year-old Aurora Darlington is an orphan. Mistreated by her adopted family and bullied at school, she dreams of running away and being free. But when she is kidnapped and dragged through a portal into a magical world, suddenly her old life doesn’t seem so bad.

Avalonia is a dangerous land ruled by powerful mages and a cruel, selfish queen who will do anything to control all seven kingdoms—including killing anyone who stands in her way.  Thrust headlong into this new, magical world, Aurora’s arrival sets plans in motion that threaten to destroy all she holds dear.

With the help of a young fae, a magical pegasus, and a handsome mage, Aurora journeys across Avalonia to learn the truth about her past and unleash the power within herself. Kingdoms collide as a complicated web of political intrigue and ancient magic lead Aurora to unravel a shocking secret that will change her life forever.

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About Farah Oomerbhoy:

For Farah Oomerbhoy, writing is a passion and reading her solace. She is a firm believer in the fantastic and magical, and often dreams of living in Narnia, Neverland, or the Enchanted Forest.

Farah lives with her husband and three children in their family home in Mumbai, India. She has a Master’s degree in English Literature from the University of Mumbai. Her first novel, The Last of the Firedrakes, Book 1 of the Avalonia Chronicles will be published worldwide August 15th, 2015.




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Thank you so much to the author for participating in my interview.

Sunday, 16 August 2015

Book Spotlight: Polarity in Motion by Brenda Vicars

       










Title: Polarity in Motion

Author: Brenda Vicars
Publication Date: December 2014
Publisher: Red Adept Publishing, LLC 
Pages: 255
Summary:
Fifteen-year-old Polarity Weeks just wants to live a normal life, but with a mother diagnosed with borderline personality disorder, that’s rarely easy. Her life gets exponentially more disastrous when her sixth-period history classmates start ogling a nude picture of her on the Internet. Polarity would never have struck such a shameless pose, but the photo is definitely of her, and she’s at a complete loss to explain its existence.

Child Protective Services yanks her from her home, suspecting her parents. The kids at school mock her, assuming she took it herself. And Ethan, the boy she was really starting to like, backpedals and joins the taunting chorus. Surrounded by disbelief and derision on all sides, Polarity desperately seeks the truth among her friends. Only then does she learn that everyone has dark secrets, and no one’s life is anywhere near normal. 




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Book Tour Dates:
August 16th Cross My Heart & Hope to Read ~ REVIEW
August 17th YA Fiction Queen ~ REVIEW
August 18th my name is Sage ~ BOOK SPOTLIGHT
August 19th Bella's Bright Bookshelf ~ REVIEW
August 20th The Young Folks ~ REVIEW
August 22nd Indy Book Fairy ~ BOOK SPOTLIGHT
August 24th Alicia's World of Pages ~ REVIEW
August 25th Around the World in Books ~ BOOK SPOTLIGHT
August 27th Aurelia {Lit} ~ REVIEW
August 28th The Book Adventures of Emily ~ REVIEW
August 29th I Heart Fictional People ~ REVIEW
August 30th A Fold in the Spine ~ REVIEW




PictureAbout this author:
Brenda Vicars has worked in Texas public education for many years. Her jobs have included teaching, serving as a principal, and directing student support programs. For three years, she also taught college English to prison inmates.

She entered education because she felt called to teach, but her students taught her the biggest lesson: the playing field is not even for all kids. Through her work, she became increasingly compelled to bring their unheard voices to the page. The heartbeat of her fiction emanates from the courage and resiliency of her students.

Brenda’s hobbies include reading, making things out of re-purposed wood, pulling weeds in the garden, and going to Zumba classes.



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Wednesday, 12 August 2015

Em and Em by Linda Budzinski Cover Reveal


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Title:Em and Em 

Author: 
Linda Budzinski 

Published by: Swoon Romance
Publication date: October 27th 2015
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult

Summary:
The last thing sixteen-year-old Emily Slovkowski wants is to move away from her home at the Jersey shore, gorgeous surfer boyfriend Zach, and her entire identity. But that’s kind of how Witness Protection works, and Em must prepare herself for an epic do-over as she starts a new life in the Midwest.

Even as she pines for sandy beaches and the night life of the shore, the newly-named Ember O’Malley finds herself making new friends, taking photos for the high school newspaper, and thinking an awful lot about the paper’s editor, an oddly cute cowboy named Charles.
When Em stumbles upon a shady beneath-the-bleachers exchange between one of the school’s football coaches and a student, she refuses to get involved. The last thing she needs is to be witness to another crime or call attention to herself. Besides, she finally has some real friends – well, real except for the fact that they don’t know a single thing about her – and she prefers to keep it that way until the trial.

But as her day in court approaches, Em begins piecing together what she saw that day beneath the bleachers. And, as her own past secrets start to catch up with her, Em needs to figure out who she really is – Em or Em.




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AUTHOR BIO:
I live in Northern Virginia with my husband, Joe, and our feisty chihuahua, Demitria (also known as Dee Dee, The Puppy, and Killer). I'm a sucker for romance and reality TV and have been known to turn off my phone's ringer when watching "The Bachelor." My favorite flower is the daisy, my favorite food is chocolate, and my favorite song is "Amazing Grace."

I am represented by the wonderful Andrea Somberg at Harvey Klinger Inc., and my first novel, THE FUNERAL SINGER, was released in September 2013 by Swoon Romance.

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Saturday, 8 August 2015

Touching Fate By Brenda Drake





Touching Fate
Release Date: 10/13/15
Entangled Teen: Crave





Summary from Goodreads: 

Aster Layne believes in physics, not psychics. A tarot card reading on the Ocean City Boardwalk should have been a ridiculous, just-for-fun thing. It wasn't. Aster discovers she has a veryunscientific gift—with a simple touch of the cards, she can change a person's fate.

Reese Van Buren is cursed. Like the kind of old-school, centuries-old curse that runs in royal families. Every firstborn son is doomed to die on his eighteenth birthday—and Reese's is coming up fast. Bummer. He tries to distract himself from his inevitable death...only to find the one person who can save him.

Aster doesn't know that the hot Dutch guy she's just met needs her help–or that he’s about to die.

But worst of all…she doesn't know that her new gift comes with dark, dark consequences that can harm everyone she loves.





                         About the Author


Brenda Drake, the youngest of three children, grew up an Air Force brat and the continual new kid at school until her family settled in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Brenda’s fondest memories growing up is of here eccentric, Irish grandmother’s animated tales, which gave her a strong love for storytelling. So it was only fitting that she would choose to write young adult and middle grade novels with a bend toward the fantastical. When Brenda’s not writing or doing the social media thing, she’s haunting libraries, bookstores,and coffee shops or reading someplace quiet and not at all exotic (much to her disappointment).
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Wednesday, 5 August 2015

Heartbound Blitz

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Title: Heartbound
Author:P.I. Alltraine
Genre: YA Romance Fantasy

"ONE CHOICE CAN CHANGE THE FATE OF TWO WORLDS"
Petyr has never found it necessary to consider the humans as anything more than distant, inferior beings–until now. They are the cause of the fatal disease that has plagued his realm, taking the lives of too many of his kind. As a future leader of a realm in peril, Petyr must find a way to resist and cure the affliction. He must enter the unfamiliar realm, appear to be an ordinary eighteen-year-old human, observe and learn.

However, things don't exactly go according to plan. Instead of embarking single-mindedly on his sober mission, Petyr meets an 18-year-old girl who does things to his emotions that he can't quite fathom or control. Petyr is falling in love, and he almost forgets the gravity his choices have on his entire world. Despite the risk it poses to his life and hers, he wants to know her, and he wants her to know him–and his world.


AUTHOR BIO

P.I. Alltraine is an award winning poet and author. She has won several international poetry competitions, and her poems have been published in separate anthologies. She teaches English Language and Literature in London. She earned her degree in BA English from Queen Mary University of London, a Post Graduate Certificate in Education and Master’s in Teaching at the UCL Institute of Education, University of London.

Before moving to London, she lived in the Philippines where she was ensconced in the rich culture encrusted with dark myths and enchanted tales. She draws inspiration from these in her writing. Although she has lived indifferent places and experienced different cultures, she always enjoyed the constancy of writing in her life. Her favourite authors include John Milton, Virginia Woolf and James Joyce.


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Book trailer: http://bit.ly/1LYSWh0

The Author is running a raffle for anyone who purchases the book between August 5th and 15th - details on how to enter can be found here: https://www.facebook.com/p.i.alltraine/posts/496922083796707