Daily Archives: January 7, 2013

YA Faeries & Fantasy Giveaway Hop!

YA Fairies HopWelcome to my first Giveaway Hop of 2013! (And certainly not the last…) The YA Faeries & Fantasy Giveaway Hop is hosted by I Am A Reader, Not A Writer and The Mod Podge Bookshelf. There are over 100 blogs participating in this hop, and each one is giving away something that relates to YA Faeries & Fantasy, so check out the link at the bottom of this post to visit other bloggers. As for me, I’ve decided to give one U.S. resident TWO books, for a couple of reasons. Number one, I loved this series so much, and I’m betting a lot of readers haven’t read these books. Maggie Stiefvater is mostly known for her Wolves of Mercy Falls series (Shiver et all) and her recent The Raven Boys, but back in 2008 she wrote a book called Lament about a girl who is not only a talented musician, but a “cloverhand,” someone who can see faeries. I devoured this book and its sequel, Ballad. If you haven’t read these books, and you’re a Stiefvater fan, here’s you chance to score a copy of both books. The other reason I’m giving away both books is that once you finish Lament, you are going to want to read Ballad right away!

LamentSixteen-year-old Deirdre Monaghan is a painfully shy but prodigiously gifted musician. She’s about to find out she’s also a cloverhand—one who can see faeries. Deirdre finds herself infatuated with a mysterious boy who enters her ordinary suburban life, seemingly out of thin air. Trouble is, the enigmatic and gorgeous Luke turns out to be a gallowglass—a soulless faerie assassin. An equally hunky—and equally dangerous—dark faerie soldier named Aodhan is also stalking Deirdre. Sworn enemies, Luke and Aodhan each have a deadly assignment from the Faerie Queen. Namely, kill Deirdre before her music captures the attention of the Fae and threatens the Queen’s sovereignty. Caught in the crossfire with Deirdre is James, her wisecracking but loyal best friend. Deirdre had been wishing her life weren’t so dull, but getting trapped in the middle of a centuries-old faerie war isn’t exactly what she had in mind . . .

BalladIn this mesmerizing sequel to Lament: The Faerie Queen’s Deception, music prodigy James Morgan and his best friend, Deirdre, join a private conservatory for musicians. James’ musical talent attracts Nuala, a soul-snatching faerie muse who fosters and feeds on the creative energies of exceptional humans until they die. Composing beautiful music together unexpectedly leads to mutual admiration and love. Haunted by fiery visions of death, James realizes that Deirdre and Nuala are being hunted by the Fey and plunges into a soul-scorching battle with the Queen of the Fey to save their lives.

Giveaway is open to U.S. residents only. ONE winner will receive paper back copies of Lament and Ballad. PLEASE CLICK HERE TO GO TO THE RAFFLECOPTER! Good luck everyone! Contest ends January 15th at midnight.

You can see the other participants in this giveaway hop by clicking here.

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OXFORD SHADOWS Cover & Trailer Reveal!

I’m super excited to be a part of the cover and trailer reveal for Oxford Shadows by Marion Croslydon, the second book in her Oxford Trilogy. The cover is beautiful! Here it is:

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Title: Oxford Shadows (The Oxford Trilogy, # 2)

Author: Marion Croslydon

Expected release date: May 6th, 2013

Age Group/Genre: New Adult Paranormal

Cover Designer: Phat Puppy Art, Photography by Teresa Yeh

Book trailer by: Studio22 Production

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Book Description:

When death is a new beginning and love an old curse.

Still recovering from her last tango with the afterlife, Louisiana-born Madison LeBon struggles not only with her life as an Oxford postgrad but also with her budding love for Rupert Vance, aristocrat extraordinaire. One thing is certain, though: she won’t run away from her powers anymore. From now on she’ll face the music …

… literally!

When a sixteenth-century ghost makes an appearance during a classical concert Madison attends and threatens her boyfriend’s family, she sets out to explore the dark mysteries of the Tudors, even if that means confronting their most royal and homicidal character.

Her plans take an unexpected turn when her voodoo heritage catches up with her. With horror, she understands what her fate was always meant to be.

The question now is: Can Rupert be part of it?

Watch the book trailer here:

About the author:

Marion CroslydonIn addition to being an author, I work as an entrepreneur, wife and mother-of-one but spend a good deal of time with books, DVDs and listening to my mp3 player; all for the sake of inspiration, of course.

My debut series, The Oxford Trilogy, has been a blast to write because I can indulge in my favorite types of music: Country and English rock.

My main goal as a writer is to make readers dream bigger and cause their hearts to beat a little faster.

Since my writing is all about sharing dreams and stories, I love connecting with fellow readers and authors.

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Oxford front copyThe first book in the series, Oxford Whispers, is out now! And I’m part of Marion’s Blog Tour coming up at the end of the month.

Many thanks to AToMR Tours for organizing this fantastic reveal:

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