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Book Review Giveaway! July 2014

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It’s time for another Book Review Giveaway…have you been keeping up? If not, you can read my reviews from July and think about which book sounds the best to you. It was a very slow month for me, due to all sorts of things (work, mostly) that kept me away from blogging, so I only posted six reviews last month. But, there are some great ones to choose from, and like most months, there is a mix of adult and young adult. It’s hard to pick a favorite, but I guess I’ll go with California Bones, which just made me so happy to read:-) This giveaway is International, provided the Book Depository ships to your country.

Also, I want to congratulation last month’s winner, Josh Atkins!

Here are the books you can choose from if your name is randomly selected (click the book titles below to read my reviews):

five stars
California Bones by Greg van Eekhout

five stars
Full Fathom Five by Max Gladstone

four and a half
Blightborn by Chuck Wendig

four stars
Irredeemable by Jason Sizemore

four stars
Rebel Nation by Shaunta Grimes

three stars
Invisible Beasts by Sharona Muir

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Happy 5th Birthday, Angry Robot! Guest Post with Andy Remic + Giveaway

AR birthday copyAngry Robot, science fiction and fantasy publisher extraordinaire, is five years old! How cool is that? I have enjoyed so many Angry Robot books over the past few years, and this small British publisher is only getting stronger and stronger. In celebration of their fifth birthday, Angry Robot is celebrating with lots of top five lists and giveaways. (You can check out their website for more information.)

I am so happy to be hosting AR author Andy Remic today! Not only is he going to tell us his Top Five Indie Films, but we have an awesome giveaway, sponsored by Angry Robot: five copies of Andy’s book, Kell’s Legend. (Keep reading for the giveaway details…)

And now…introducing Andy Remic!

ANDY REMIC’S TOP FIVE INDIE FILMS

To mark the 5th Birthday of Angry Robot Books, and being one of its original authors upon inception with my novel Kell’s Legend, I was asked to write about my “Top 5” of something… and thought it would be fun to look at my “Top 5 Indie feature films,” seeing as I’ve just made one (ahem) and will be making another. So, without further ado, I will participate in the birthday celebrations… And oh yes – HAPPY BIRTHDAY ANGRY ROBOT! You are a fun metal master.

1. Shaun of the Dead

Right at the top of the list has to be this, not just my favourite romcomzom, but one of my favourite films of all time – period. Having been a modest fan of the Spaced/Pegg/Frost/Wright world, Shaun became a distillation of everything that was fine and good and funny in Spaced – a British comedy horror with great acting, some stunning one liners – many from Ed, who surpassed Lister as my favourite heroic “slob of the hour” – and the record skimming scene has become legend, along with the Queen-accompanied bashathon, and phrases like “The Winchester” (hold up your fingers in a W), “There’s a Breville out back” and the best ever, “Slice of fried gold.” Class. Watch it now. But then, you must have; because it’s Legend.

Classic moment: Pegg and Frost’s faces through the hole in the zombie supermarket woman.

2. Trainspotting

Saw this at the cinema, and got sucked in to Welsh/Boyle’s world. The tale of heroin junkies in Edinburgh, with an amazing soundtrack and that insane trippy “baby on a ceiling” scene, I watched it again recently (having had a few years break, due to “film overkill”) and Trainspotting still stood the test of time. Go on. Watch it again. You know you want to.

Classic moment: When Spud has a tug of war with his girlfriend’s mum’s dirty linen.

3. Dog Soldiers

Squaddies in the Scottish Highlands. Werewolves. Rubber-headed werewolves! What’s not to like? I saw this at the cinema in Manchester, and was blown away by the dark photography, the darker humour, and something else – you know what, CGI isn’t always the best thing in a film. I fell in love with Marshall’s work, and was pained to learn – many years later when reading the Guerilla Filmmaker’s Handbook – that he never made a bean from this film. Thank God he’s still making movies!

Classic moment: “There is no spoon.”

4. Impurity

Ahem. Well, I had to put this in, because it’s my baby, no? Not necessarily because of watching it (which I did oooh a thousand times during editing), but because of all the fun times we had making it. For those who don’t know, I wrote and directed this little indie feature, mainly because it was FUN. Anyway, the film plotline goes like this: three bad people, who have all committed murder, slowly shift into a parallel dimension known as Gehenna, a place where the bad are taken to be punished. Here, they meet a self-appointed dark angel called Chemical Man who wants – not to kill them – but to purify them. And this purification process promises to be a lot more painful.

We filmed over a two-year period, and had so many good moments, so many life-changing, fun experiences during the whole process, that once it was finished, we thought: We must do this again! Hence pre-production status for our second film, The Mask Within. For more info see www.anarchyfilms.co.ukClassic moment: A day filming a tractor smashing up a V8 Jaguar. Most fun day of my life!

5. Memento

Obviously Nolan has gone on to loftier, prettier heights, but I think this film sums up everything clever about low-budget independent film-making. The brilliant and ingenious script, the way Nolan plays around with time – allowing the audience to piece together the fractured puzzle of story chronology… Guy Pearce’s acting…! If you haven’t seen this gem, buy it immediately.

Classic moment: The time we first see Guy’s tattoos and realise his mission.

So that’s my top five. If you want to read more about my 5 Angry Robot books (see what I did there?), either check out these hallowed pages, or visit www.andyremic.com. And again, Happy Birthday! (raises glass).

AndyRemic-200x250Andy Remic is a British writer with a love of ancient warfare, mountain climbing and sword fighting. Once a member of the Army of Iron, he has since retired from a savage world of blood-oil magick and gnashing vachines, and works as an underworld smuggler of rare dog-gems in the seedy districts of Falanor. In his spare time, he writes out his fantastical adventures.

Get closer to the mayhem at andyremic.com.

Kell's LegendReady for the giveaway? Thanks to Angry Robot, five US/UK winners (physical copy) or international (e-book) will win Kell’s Legend. To win, simply leave a comment on this blog post. Let us know your favorite indie film, or if you wish, you can say “hey” to Andy or congratulate Angry Robot on five wonderful years! I’ll randomly select five winners on Friday, July 18th. Please make sure, if you are not a WordPress user, to leave me a way to contact you if you win, either your Twitter handle or an email address. Good luck!

About Kell’s Legend:

It is a time for warriors, a time for heroes. Kell’s axe howls out for blood. The land of Falanor has been invaded by an albino army, the Army of Iron. A small group set off to warn the king: Kell, a magnificent and brutal hero; his granddaughter, Nienna and her friend, Katrina; and Saark, the ex-Sword Champion of King Leanoric, disgraced after his affair with the Queen.

Fighting their way south, betrayal follows battle, battle follows deviation, and they are attacked from all quarters by deadly warriors, monstrous harvesters who drain blood from their victims to feed their masters. As Falanor comes under heavy attack and invasion, only then does Nienna begin to learn the truth about grandfather Kell — that he is anything but a hero. Ferocious fantasy from a real-life hardman come to claim the post-Gemmell world.

 

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Cover Madness Giveaway Hop – Win One of These Pretties!

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I’m very excited to be participating in the Cover Madness Giveaway Hop, hosted by Xpresso Reads! This is the hop where we get to show off our favorite newly revealed covers, and offer a winner a chance to win one of them. I’ve compiled a list of some of my recent favorites, and one international winner will get to select one! Most of these books aren’t coming out for a while, so I’ll be pre-ordering one for the winner. Here are some book covers that I’m simply MAD about (click on the titles to go to Goodreads):

City of Halves by Lucy Inglis

A Cold Legacy by Megan Shepherd

Mosquitoland by David Arnold

Company Town by Madeline Ashby

Endsinger by Jay Kristoff

The Cure for Dreaming by Cat Winters

A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab

A Thousand Pieces of You by Claudia Gray

Going Down in Flames by Chris Cannon

Shutter by Courtney Almeda

Are you ready to enter? Remember, one international winner (as long as The Book Depository ships to your country) will get to select one of these books. There are lots of ways to enter, including adding the Hop button to your sidebar if you’re a blogger. And, I’ve also got a fun entry for those of you on Twitter or Instagram: snap a photo of your favorite book cover (it can be old or new) and post it to your Twitter or Instagram account. You can grab the Hop button here:

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Cover Reveal + Giveaway: A MURDER OF MAGPIES by Sarah Bromley

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Welcome to the Cover Reveal for

A Murder of Magpies by Sarah Bromley

presented by Month9Books!

Be sure to enter the giveaway for an e-book of A Murder of Magpies and a $10 Amazon gift card found at the end of the post!

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Besides the dream of seeing your book in print, one thing so many authors daydream about is what the cover will look like. I come from an artistic background. My grandmother was a watercolorist, and I actually spent time in college as an art major before switching first to forensic pathology (don’t ask—it obviously didn’t last) and eventually English. As someone who’s visual, I was excited and, to be honest, nervous for what Month9Books would come up with as the design for the cover of A MURDER OF MAGPIES.

Georgia McBride asked for my input, which I know is rare because so often authors don’t get much say, if any, in their cover art, but I still didn’t know what to expect. Yet when I saw it, I adored my cover. How could there be any other cover for A MURDER OF MAGPIES? The design brings in details like the cobblestone roads of the book’s setting, Black Orchard, Wisconsin. I could imagine walking down that road in the fog and knowing someone was watching. The antique-style light plays off Vayda’s family’s business in the antiques trade as well as her ability to take emotion and turn it into electricity. Then the bird . . . I love the bird’s position as it is hunched over to peck at the ground as if uncovering a secret, and this is a story where everyone has secrets.

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

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

Until someone quiets the chaos inside her.

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

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

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Title: A Murder of Magpies
Publication date: October 28, 2014
Publisher: Month9Books, LLC.
Author: Sarah Bromley

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Sarah Bromley

Sarah Bromley lives near St. Louis with her husband, three children, and two dogs. She likes the quiet hours of morning when she can drink coffee in peace, stare into the woods behind her house, and wonder what monsters live there. When she’s not writing or wrangling small children, she can be found volunteering at a stable for disabled riders.

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Cover Reveal & Giveaway: THE PERILOUS JOURNEY OF THE NOT-SO-INNOCUOUS GIRL by Leigh Statham

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The Perilous Journey of the Not-So-Innocuous Girl by Leigh Statham

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I just adore this cover! Even though the story description doesn’t really say it, I do believe this is steampunk…

Be sure to enter the giveaway for an e-copy of the book and a $10 Amazon gift card found at the end of the post!

The Perilous Journey of the Not So Innocuous Girl

Lady Marguerite lives a life most 17th century French girls can only dream of: Money, designer dresses, suitors and a secure future. Except, she suspects her heart may be falling for her best friend Claude, a common smithie in the family’s steam forge. When Claude leaves for New France in search of a better life, Marguerite decides to follow him and test her suspicions of love. Only the trip proves to be more harrowing than she anticipated. Love, adventure and restitution await her, if she can survive the voyage.

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Title: THE PERILOUS JOURNEY OF
THE NOT-SO-INNOCUOUS GIRL
Publication date: 2015
Publisher: Month9Books, LLC.
Author: Leigh Stratham

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L. Statham

Leigh Statham was raised in the wilds of rural Idaho, but found her heart in New York City. She worked as a waitress, maid, artist, math teacher, nurse, web designer, art director, thirty-foot inflatable pig and mule wrangler before she settled down in the semi-quiet role of wife, mother and writer. She resides in North Carolina with her husband, four children, five chickens and two suspected serial killer cats. If the air is cool and the sun is just coming up over the horizon, you can find her running the streets of her small town, plotting her next novel with the sort of intensity that will one day get her hit by a car.

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Title Reveal & Giveaway! THE MALEDICTION TRILOGY #2 by Danielle L. Jensen

Stolen SongbirdYou may have seen Stolen Songbird floating around the blogosphere lately. It’s the first book in a new fantasy series by Danielle L. Jensen, and it is AMAZING! (you can read my review here) I adored this book, and I’m chomping at the bit to read the next one in the series. Get ready for more words in ALL CAPS, because I’m very excited to be sharing not just one, but three exciting things in one blog post! Thanks to my pals at Strange Chemistry, they’ve not only asked me to reveal the TITLE of Book Two, but they’ve unleashed on the world a FREE short story that is set in the world of Stolen Songbird, which takes place before the events of the book. AND not only that, but Strange Chemistry is giving away FIVE COPIES of Stolen Songbird in either physical or e-book format, winner’s choice, and guess what? It’s an international giveaway! Keep reading and you can enter the giveaway at the end of this post.

Shall we start with the title reveal of book two?  I know you’re dying to find out what it is, so keep scrolling down…

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The story blurb:

Sometimes, one must accomplish the impossible.

Beneath the mountain, the king’s reign of tyranny is absolute; the one troll with the capacity to challenge him is imprisoned for treason. Cécile has escaped the darkness of Trollus, but she learns all too quickly that she is not beyond the reach of the king’s power. Or his manipulation.

Recovered from her injuries, she now lives with her mother in Trianon and graces the opera stage every night. But by day she searches for the witch who has eluded the trolls for five hundred years. Whether she succeeds or fails, the costs to those she cares about will be high.

To find Anushka, she must delve into magic that is both dark and deadly. But the witch is a clever creature. And Cécile might not just be the hunter. She might also be the hunted…

Don’t you love this title? I am so excited to find out that Cécile will be spending time with her mother and singing on stage. Those things were hinted at in the first book, but I didn’t get enough of them. The wait may be long before Hidden Huntress comes out, but in the meantime I have another treat for you: a free, exclusive short story called The Songbird’s Overture that takes place before the events of Stolen Songbird. Simply click on the image below to start reading it right now! And if you haven’t read Stolen Songbird yet, this story is a perfect introduction to the amazing world of trolls Danielle has created.

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And now for the giveaway! Big thanks to Strange Chemistry for offering up FIVE COPIES of Stolen Songbird, in either physical or e-book format, whichever the winners prefer. Giveaway is open internationally and ends May 10th. Simply click on the Rafflecopter button below to enter now!

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THE MAKING OF NEBRASKA BROWN by Louise Caiola – Review

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The Making of Nebraska Brown by Louise Caiola
Publisher: Immortal Ink Publishing
Release date: February 2014
Source: e-book from publisher
Pages: 318

About the story:

The last thing eighteen-year-old Ann Leigh remembers is running from her boyfriend in a thick Nebraska cornfield. This morning she’s staring down a cool Italian sunrise, an entire continent from the life she once knew. The events of the eighteen months in between have inexplicably gone missing from her memory.

All at once she’s living with Tommy, an attractive, young foreigner asking for her continued love. Though he’s vaguely familiar, she recalls a boy named Shane in America who she reluctantly agreed to marry. Juggling a new world while her old one is still M.I.A is difficult enough without the terrifying movie scenes spinning a dizzy loop in her mind: glimpses of a devastating house fire, a romance gone wrong, an unplanned pregnancy, and a fractured family – each claiming to be part of who she once was – a girl and a past somehow discarded.

Ann Leigh must collect the pieces of herself to become whole again, but she doesn’t know who to trust especially when Tommy’s lies become too obvious to ignore. And above all, her heart aches to discover what became of the child she may or may not have given birth to.

The Making of Nebraska Brown tells the story of one girl’s coming apart from the inside and the great lengths she’ll go to reclaim herself and find her way home.

three and a half

The nitty-gritty: An engaging main character, a journey of self-discovery and a slow-brewing mystery.

Last thing I remember, Shane Kirkland had his left hand on my right boob, and I could feel the nub—the missing chunk of his pinky finger that got chewed off in the gristmill. So I ran, mostly because the idea of marrying him and his sad punk of a finger sent a shiver straight through to my bones.

I have to admit, when I read the blurb for this book, I could have sworn it had a time travel/paranormal feel to it. Or perhaps that’s what I wanted to see. In fact, The Making of Nebraska Brown is a contemporary story. I rarely read contemporary, and when I do, it’s mostly because it’s an author I love and I will read anything they write. And so as I was reading, I kept expecting to run into paranormal elements. When that didn’t happen, I decided to just go with it and enjoy it for what it was, a moving story about a girl who has lost her memory and the consequences she faces.

And I am glad I read this book, even though it isn’t my normal genre. Caiola has a way of evoking emotions from her readers without getting sappy. There is a huge mystery to this story—one that I will not share with you—that slowly builds until the final emotional reveal. You must go through the process of reading and experiencing all the clues for the full impact, which simply proves that Caiola knows how to tell a story. And even though there were things about the book that didn’t work for me, I did appreciate her overall storytelling skills, pacing and character development, certainly enough to recommend this book to lovers of contemporary fiction.

The good stuff.

Caiola’s pacing is excellent. She sets up her story by immediately telling us about the mystery that is Ann Leigh/Ana Lisa. By jumping back and forth between the two time frames—2002 and 2004—in alternating chapters, we slowly begin to realize that Ana Lisa, who lives in Campania, Italy with her Italian boyfriend Tommy, is troubled by a past she can’t remember. Flashes of that past keep coming forward, especially when she falls asleep and dreams about people and places that have nothing to do with Italy. As the clues to her “other” life start to stack up, she realizes that some very important things happened, and in order to move forward, she needs to figure out exactly what those things are.

But the story doesn’t completely take place in Italy. The chapters that take place in 2002 describe a girl named Ann Leigh who lives in Nebraska and and is getting ready to marry her boyfriend Shane. The real mystery is why can’t Ana Lisa remember anything about this other person? What exactly happened to her, and why is she living in Italy? Pieces of her memory are missing, and unfortunately they are important pieces. Caiola handles all of this with assured skill, drawing the mystery out until nearly the last page of the book. At 90% on my Kindle, I made a notation that said “What is going on???” Not being able to guess the mystery is always a good sign that the writer knows what she’s doing.

The emotions.

There were lots of poignant moments in the story, times where I had to catch my breath because I was overwhelmed with emotion. Many of these involved Ann’s sister Sissy and their relationship. Both of them have secrets, and both are terrified of their parents finding out. This creates a special bond between them that I really loved. One very emotional part near the end I can’t discuss, because it would be a major spoiler to a big plot point. But let’s just say I definitely had tears in my eyes at that point.

The story had a Wizard of Oz vibe to it because the main theme is that Ana is trying to find a family that she knows exists but that she can’t remember. Ana often tells Tommy that she just wants to “go home,” much like Dorothy trying to find her way out of Oz.

Some things that didn’t work for me.

As well-paced as the story was, however, I mostly had a hard time with Caiola’s prose. Her writing tends to be flowery and overblown, and while this style might work well for contemporary inspirational stories, it was too over-the-top for me. Phrases like

Tommy wore a heaving, swollen happiness with abandon, so much so he nearly burst open, bliss running out all over the place.

or

The wind was wrestled by the sun, held down by ghostly sun arms, and subsequently defeated.

made me roll my eyes or scratch my head in puzzlement. Likewise, some of her sentences were awkward and could have benefited from more editing, like “No boy to crane his neck over his ankles for me.” What?

I also had an issue with the way Ana was “handled” by Tommy (and I can’t say much more than that without giving some things away). Whenever female characters (or male, for that matter) are made to come across as frail because of a handicap—in this case, memory loss—and the significant other in their lives treats them as little more than problems to be dealt with, well, that doesn’t sit well with me. Ann/Ana has two men in her life and I couldn’t stand either one of them for that reason.

But aside from my personal issues, many readers will love this engrossing mystery and journey of self-discovery. Caiola certainly knows how to tug at your heartstrings, and I officially declare that mine have been duly tugged.

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About the author:

Louise CaiolaAs a young girl who spent her allowance on Nancy Drew mysteries, Louise realized that one day, she might have a story of her own to tell. Maybe even more than one story. After years focused on raising her children she eventually reconnected with her passion for creative writing. She soon began to craft a large collection of short stories which were published in the inspirational online magazine, Faithhopeandfiction.com. Shortly thereafter, she authored her first novel, Wishless, a contemporary YA, released in 2011.

Find Louise: Author website | Twitter | Goodreads

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Cover Reveal & Giveaway: THE NIGHT HOUSE by Rachel Tafoya

Welcome to the Cover Reveal for

The Night House by Rachel Tafoya

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Be sure to enter the giveaway found at the end of the post!

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Bianca St. Germain works at a Night House, a place where vampires like the aristocratic Jeremiah Archer, pay to feed on humans, and she doesn’t much care what others think of her. The money is good, and at least there, she’s safe. Bianca also doesn’t care that the Night House is killing her. All she cares about is: nauth, the highly addictive poison in vampire bites that brings a euphoria like no drug ever could.

But when Bianca meets James, a reclusive empath who feels everything she does, for the first time, she considers a life outside of the Night House and a someone worth living for. But Jeremiah has decided to keep Bianca for himself; he won’t allow her to walk away.

As she allows her feelings for James to grow, she struggles to contain nauth’s strong hold on her life. If they are to have a future, James must make her see what she’s worth, what she means to him, before Jeremiah and nauth claim her for good.

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Publication date: December 9, 2014
Publisher: Month9Books, LLC
Author: Rachel Tafoya

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Rachel Tafoya

Rachel Tafoya studied creative writing while at Solebury School and was published in their student run literary magazine, SLAM. She attended a writing program for teens at both Susquehanna University and Denison University, and the Experimental Writing for Teens class and Novels for Young Writers program, both run by NY Times bestselling author, Jonathan Maberry. Rachel is the daughter crime author Dennis Tafoya.

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Wow, doesn’t this sound good? I’m ready for a good vamp story, maybe this could be the next one! What do you think? Are you going to add The Night House to your TBR pile?

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Cover Reveal & Giveaway! CROWN OF ICE by Vicki L. Weavil

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Crown of Ice by Vicki L. Weavil

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You can win an ebook of Crown of Ice & a $10 Amazon gift card! Be sure to enter the giveaway found at the end of the post!

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Thyra Winther’s seventeen, the Snow Queen, and immortal, but if she can’t reassemble a shattered enchanted mirror by her eighteenth birthday she’s doomed to spend eternity as a wraith.

Armed with magic granted by a ruthless wizard, Thyra schemes to survive with her mind and body intact. Unencumbered by kindness, she kidnaps local boy Kai Thorsen, whose mathematical skills rival her own. Two logical minds, Thyra calculates, are better than one. With time rapidly melting away she needs all the help she can steal.

A cruel lie ensnares Kai in her plan, but three missing mirror shards and Kai’s childhood friend, Gerda, present more formidable obstacles. Thyra’s willing to do anything – venture into uncharted lands, outwit sorcerers, or battle enchanted beasts — to reconstruct the mirror, yet her most dangerous adversary lies within her breast. Touched by the warmth of a wolf pup’s devotion and the fire of a young man’s desire, the thawing of Thyra’s frozen heart could be her ultimate undoing.

CROWN OF ICE is a YA Fantasy that reinvents Hans Christian Andersen’s “The Snow Queen” from the perspective of a young woman who discovers that the greatest threat to her survival may be her own humanity.

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Publication Date: December 16, 2014
Publisher: Month9Books

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Vicki Weavil

Vicki Lemp Weavil was raised in a farming community in Virginia, where her life was shaped by a wonderful family, the culture of the Blue Ridge Mountains, and an obsession with reading. Since obtaining her undergraduate degree in Theatre from the University of Virginia, she’s gone on to acquire two masters degrees, living in places as diverse as New York City and rural North Carolina. She’s currently the library director for a performing visual arts university. Vicki loves good writing in any genre, and has been known to read seven books in as many days. She enjoys travel, gardening, and the arts. Vicki lives in North Carolina with her husband, son, and some very spoiled cats.

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Best Series Blog Hop: Win One of the DAUGHTER OF SMOKE & BONE Books

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I’m pretty excited to be participating in the Best Series Blog Hop, hosted by Cuddlebuggery! In this giveaway hop, we’re celebrating young adult series that we love, and offering a giveaway based on that series. I decided to pick Laini Taylor’s Daughter of Smoke & Bone series, and if your name is randomly chosen, you will get to pick one of these three books:

Book #1: Daughter of Smoke & Bone

Book #2: Days of Blood & Starlight

Book #3: Dreams of Gods & Monsters

So if you haven’t yet started the series, you can catch the beginning, and because of some really good timing, the last book, Dreams of Gods & Monsters, will be released just as this giveaway hop is ending, so you can choose that one if you’ve already read the other two.

This giveaway is international, provided The Book Depository ships to your country. Ready to enter? Simply click on the Rafflecopter below:

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And don’t forget to check out the other blogs on this hop! Click here to see the list.

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