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26. Giveaway: The Wanderers by Kate Ormand (US & Canada Only)

The Wanderers  

by Kate Ormand  

Release Date: August 18th

 

About the Book


 A Unique Twist on Shape-Shifters with Fast-Paced Action, Thrilling Adventure, Mystery, and a Bit of Romance

Flo lives an eccentric life—she travels with a popular circus in which the main acts star orphaned children with secret shape-shifting abilities. Once Flo turns sixteen, she must perform, but she’s not ready. While practicing jumping a flaming hurdle in a clearing beside the circus, she spots a dark figure in the trees and fears he saw her shift. The news sends the circus into a panic.

In Flo’s world, shifters are unknown to humans with the exception of a secret organization—the EOS, referred to as “hunters.” Hunters capture and kill. They send some shifters to labs for observation and testing—testing they don’t often survive—and deem others useless, a danger to society, and eliminate them. To avoid discovery, shifters travel in packs, constantly moving and keeping themselves hidden. Up until now, the circus was the perfect disguise.

Believing she has brought attention to the group, Flo feels dread and anxiety, causing her to make a mistake during her performance in front of the audience—a mistake that triggers a violent attack from the hunters.

Flo manages to flee the torched circus grounds with Jett, the bear shifter who loves her; the annoying elephant triplets; and a bratty tiger named Pru. Together they begin a new journey, alone in a world they don’t understand and don’t know how to navigate. On the run, they unravel secrets and lies that surround the circus and their lives—secrets and lies that all point to the unthinkable: Have they been betrayed by the people they trusted most?


To learn more about this book and see our review, go HERE.
 


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Kate Ormand is the author of Dark Days. She graduated from university with a degree in fine art painting. There, she discovered her love of reading YA books, prompting her to try a new creative angle and experiment with writing. Kate also writes children’s picture books under the name Kate Louise. She lives in Cheshire, England, with her family, her partner, and a cocker spaniel named Freddie.

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Giveaway Details


3 winners will each receive a copy of the book. US & Canada only.

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27. Author Chat with Muon Van and April Chu

 

Contributed by Eden Grey, Staff Reviewer 

 

Today, our very own Eden Grey is sharing her interview with author Muon Van and illustrator April Chu. Together they created the book, In a Village By the Sea 

 

 

 Muon, what inspired you to write this particular story about a family living in a village by the sea? 

 

 I wanted to write an emotionally resonant and circular story that involved a family in a fishing village as my ancestral village is a fishing village and my father was a fisherman. Also, except for a brief stint in Kansas, my family has always lived by the sea so the sea holds special significance for me.

 

 

Can you describe your collaborative process (as author and illustrator)? 

 

We actually didn't meet until the illustrations were done. With the exception of one small email exchange mediated by our editor, there was no real-time collaboration or other interaction. April produced these magnificent illustrations from only reading the manuscript and knowing that the story was dedicated to my father, who was a Vietnamese fisherman.

 

 

Do you have plans to collaborate on more books in the future?

No immediate plans though we both have new books coming out from Creston this fall! April's gorgeously illustrated book, Ada Byron Lovelace and the Thinking Machine, is about a woman who was both a talented mathematician and the world's first computer programmer. My book, The Little Tree, is a fable that touches upon familial and environmental themes and has been generously called "The Giving Tree for a new generation."

 

 

What tips do you have for educators using In a Village By the Sea in a classroom setting? 

 

Creston Books has a fantastic curriculum guide at http://www.crestonbooks.co/static/InaVillagebytheSeaColorCurriculum.pdf.

 

The artwork and illustrations for In a Village By the Sea are absolutely breathtaking! April, can you describe the methods you used to illustrate the book?

 

Thank you! I sketch each illustration in pencil first, scan those images into the computer and then digitally color the final artwork in Photoshop.

 

 

 

Want to know more about this fantastic book? Read on!

 

 

 

 

In a Village By the Sea

 

Written by: Muon Van

 

Illustrated by: April Chu

 

Release Date: May 12, 2015

 

Description: Written in a spare, lyrical style using fresh, evocative imagery, In a Village By the Sea tells the story of longing for the comforts of home. A perfect book for teaching about diverse cultures and lifestyles through rich pictures and words, moving from the wide world to the snugness of home and back out again. 

 

 

 


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28. The Librarian's Corner--August 17, 2015

 

This month on the Librarian's Corner I'm featuring my favorite choices for Teen Book Clubs! I've chosen 4 books that all kinds of teens will enjoy, and that are ripe with discussion and activity opportunities. If you've run a teen book club, tell us what your book choices are in the comments! 

 

 

A retelling of history in an alternate world where steampunk and genetically modified creatures are real, LEVIATHAN hit the world by storm with its original release. The series is till quite popular, and has a lot of opportunities for pairing with history or social studies class content. There is a lot of extra content to supplement a book discussion, including the Manual of Aeronautics, bonus illustrations, videos from the author, etc on the author's website HERE!

**Also useful is a comprehensive reading group guide from the publisher HERE!

 

 

 

Soon to be a major motion picture, the debut novel from Ransom Riggs is a fantastic book club choice. This book won't be anything like what teens have read before, and they'll love talking about the photographs and the strange powers that the characters have.

 
A book trailer and more of the author's photography and short films can be found on the author's website HERE, which make for great extra content to supplement a discussion. The photographs themselves contained within the book are fantastic conversation starters, especially once students discover that they're real photos found by the author.
 
 
 
 
WINGER is my favorite book club choice, simply because it's never what the teens expect. I tell them it's funny, but they don't expect to be laughing out loud while reading it in class. I say it has great comics, but they don't expect to be sharing those pages with their friends in the lunch room. Girls love reading from a teenage boy's perspective, and the boys find Ryan Dean's antics absolutely relatable. The comics interspersed throughout the novel are not only hysterical, they are great discussion starters and activity boosters. Participants can even try to create their own comics based off Ryan Dean's drawings. 
 
 
 
 
A classic that's been on many banned books lists throughout the years, The Chocolate War provides many opportunities for discussions of what makes a book appropriate or inappropriate, what exactly gets a book banned, and how schools deal with the situation. Teens will probably find the situations the  main character faces relatable enough that they can discuss their own lives and school experiences along with the book. 
 
 
 
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Eden Grey is the Young Adult Programming Librarian at the Erlanger branch of the Kenton County Public Library system, the busiest branch library in the state of Kentucky. Eden is a contributor to Teen Services Underground, and reviews books for YABC and School Library Journal. When she is not herding cats -ahem, teens- at the library, Eden can be found reading, knitting, sewing, cosplaying, and playing Pokemon. You can always find her on Twitter (@edyngrey), and Blogging Between the Lines

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29. Giveaway: Shades of Doon by Carey Corp & Lorie Langdon (US & Canada Only)

SHADES OF DOON

(book 3 in the DOON Series)


by Carey Corp and Lorie Langdon 

Release Date: September 1, 2015

 

 

About the Book


After cheating death, Veronica Welling is determined to savor every moment in her idyllic kingdom with both her true love and best friend by her side at last. At the same time, Mackenna Reid is enthusiastically building her new life and a theater with her prince. But just as their dreams of happiness are within reach, the world Vee and Kenna have chosen is ripped away, leaving them to face their most horrific challenge yet—their old lives.
Thrust out of Doon, the best friends are confronted with tormentors from their past and no way to return to their adopted land. When the MacCrae brothers rush to their rescue, the girls’ situation turns from nightmare to modern-day fairy tale. But their happiness could be short lived: unbeknownst to them, someone in their closest circle is aiding the witch of Doon in her bid to destroy the kingdom once and for all.


To learn more about this book and see our review, go HERE.
 


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CAREY CORP and LORIE LANGDON came up with the idea for DOON, their debut novel, one fateful winter morning while discussing their love of musicals. Lorie had known since seeing Brigadoon, at age sixteen, that she wanted more of the sleepy kingdom than the original story revealed, while Carey adored the idea of reinventing a mythical world through the eyes of two, vastly different, but inseparable friends—much like themselves. As ideas flew back and forth, suddenly the village that slept for 100 years at a stretch awoke to epic life; and the DOON series was born. Book one, DOON, an Amazon young adult bestseller; book two, DESTINED FOR DOON, available now; book three, SHADES OF DOON coming 9/1/15; and coming 9/01/16 from BLINK (a YA division of Zondervan/HarperCollins) the fourth and final installment in the Doon saga.

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1 winner will receive a signed & personalized ARC of Shades of Doon and a Doon Series bookmark. US & Canada.

Entering is simple, just fill out the entry form below. Winners will be announced on this site and in our monthly newsletter (sign up now!) within 30 days after the giveaway ends.

During each giveaway, we ask entrants a question pertaining to the book. Here is the question they'll be answering in the comments below for extra entries: What real city in Scotland are Veronica and Mackenna in before finding Doon? Find the answer here.

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30. Author Guest Post--Robert Wright

 

Today we welcome Robert Wright to YABC! Robert's new book, Witch Way Home, is filled with creatures from myths and stories, and a girl trying to find her way home. This fantastical story is a discovery of friends, foes, and heritage that will leave readers delighted! Robert is sharing a little bit more about his book and more about the publishing process with us!

 

Meet Robert.

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Robert Wright is the new author of a series of books titled Witch Way Books. The first book, Witch Way Home, is now being finalized and prepared for publishing soon. For more information you can go to witchwaybooks.com or visit him on Facebook. Robert lives in Bellingham, Washington with his wife and youngest child (along with his imaginary friend Percy, the dragon) where his second book, Witch Way Back, will be set. 

 

 

Now meet Robert's book.

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Trials of Indie Publishing for a First Time Author

By Robert Wright

So you are done with your project, your creation, your baby. You’ve spent months, maybe years writing, creating, and, yes, sometimes even destroying whole pages, or even chapters to perfect your craft. Now you are ready to spring this creation onto the readers you know are waiting with bated breath for your literary wonder. You have created the greatest story ever written, you know this in every fiber of your being. So how do you birth this creation? You can get an agent, send out mountains of copies of your work and hope to be discovered. Or you can do it the indie way. Keep control of your words, and fling them out to the world for all to read.

For the first time author it can like walking through a mine field. Sometimes it seems that one small step in the wrong spot and your dreams can come crashing down. For it can be more daunting publishing your book than the actual writing of the story, for many. There is the old adage that there is no such thing as a dumb question. As I learned in this travel through the land of indie publishing, there are as many answers to your questions as there are people you ask questions of. For as in writing styles, everyone has a method to publish that works for them, but it may not be right for another.

What may you ask did I decide to do? Well, thanks for asking! (See, told you there are no dumb questions). I gathered my editor, chief manager, and design maker (my wife) and we went the route of throwing our full weight behind putting out this new creation.

First we started in on the editing of the masterpiece I had created (or as I call it the slash and trash of my baby). You need a great relationship with an editor to walk you through the changes (and, yes, you will make many) in helping make your creation come alive. This can be an agonizing process for the author and, at times, is no picnic for the editor either – as I was reminded a number of times during the editing process of the book. While you are wading through this mire, hip deep, you wonder why what you wrote all those months ago are not the same words on your computer screen today. You will get to hear many helpful ideas from your editor on writing, such as “You do know that there are such things as commas and periods on the computer keyboard,” or “Is that really what you meant? Really?” Seriously though, a great editor will only make your creation better.

Your editing is moving along at a full head of steam, but you can’t sit still and wait for those readers to come to you. This is the time when we started to reach out and let people know that we had a great read on the horizon. First, my wife put on her design and manager hat and we came up with plans for creating a web/blog, business cards, and decided how we would publish this creation.

Simple stuff you say, right? Yeah, not so much, because there seems to be as many choices out there to publish as there are stars in the sky. Careful research and a ton of questions later, we figured out a plan of attack to storm the gates of self publishing. We set our budget (helps to have a web designer in the family) and ran with the site set up. Now we are hard at work shifting through the sands of beta reading the first edit (because you never get it all right the first time), while working on reaching out and finding the readers of the best book series written. As our travels in the publishing world continue, what we

learn on this first book will help create and polish the succeeding books to come your way from this author. So for those of you who toil to write, keep on and bring your creation to life. It may be a long road you travel, but at the end the enjoyment of seeing others read your baby is worth every step you take on the road to indie publishing. 

 

What a great reminder for those of us writers AND readers out there! A big thank you to Robert Wright! 

 


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31. Discovering Greek Heroes and More!

 

 

Contributed by Kayla King, Blog Manager and Staff Reviewer

 

 

With Percy Jackson's birthday just days away and the release of the newest book, Percy Jackson's Greek Heroes also set for August 18th, there is so much to celebrate! With the help of Disney-Hyperion, I get to discover the magic of Camp Half Blood and beyond and now I'm sharing the magic and more with all of you!

 

Do you love Percy Jackson and Greek heroes as much as I do?! Let me know in the comments below which Greek hero is your favorite and you could win the giveaway! Share your favorite Percy Jackson memory or other Camp Half Blood stories with #ReadRiordan and #YABC on social media! 

 

I recently received my second "Presents from Percy," package (even though it's Percy's birthday and not mine)!

 

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Inside, I found a new Percy Jackson mug, a gorgeous set of Percy coasters depicting the covers of the books, delicious macaroons from Dana's Bakery, and an early copy of Percy Jackson's Greek Heroes! Disney-Hyperion and Percy really sent a selection of items fit for a Greek hero!

 

Of course I couldn't wait to sit down with this behemouth book and find some of my favorite Greeks between the pages!

 

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With a cup of tea and a macaroon on my new coaster, I prepared myself for this long awaited companion to the Percy Jackson series. And it didn't disappoint. Told with the same wit and fantastic humour as Greek Gods, this book offered so many stories I instantly fell in love with!

 

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Even the lettering on the cover shimmers with what must be some magical substance ready to beckon readers into the depths of its pages!

 

And from those first few pages, I discovered a map, which every fantasy lover knows is the key to a really great book!

 

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I perused the table of contents to choose my first story and I discovered the name Orpheus. Now maybe, for some readers, this would not be quite as enticing. After all, it is a strange Greek name like many of the others within this book. But, the story of Orpheus and Eurydice happens to be my favorte Greek myth so I was thrilled!!

 

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The story did not disappoint. Instead I found a wonderful collection of humour and unavoidable sadness that comes with talking about the tragedy that befalls young Orpheus and Eurydice. Don't worry, I won't spoil the details of that tragedy. Just know, it's Greek, so there are probably some tears waiting to be shed.

 

Throughout the book, there are beautiful and haunting illustrations. The one done for Orpheus really captures the emotion in the story. Even the water is so detailed that it actually looks like there is some kind of light dancing on its surface. 

 

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Amazing, right? Fortunately, there are illustrations for EVERY story within this book. I'm sure the first thing you'll want to do when you get your copy is stay entranced in these beautiful images, but I promise, all of the stories are just as mesmerizing. Just when it seemed like too many years between the debut of that first Percy Jackson book, Rick Riordan has stopped that magic from fading by delivering with another fantastic book!

 

So what are you waiting for? Pre-Order your very own copy of Percy Jackson's Greek Heroes today, and read below for a chance to win your own kind of "Percy Pack," from Disney-Hyperion!

 

GREEK HEROES PRE-ORDER

Don’t forget to pre-order Percy Jackson’s GREEK HEROES, the companion to the national best seller Percy Jackson’s GREEK GODS available on Percy Jackson’s birthday, August 18, 2015.

 

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Title: Greek Heroes

On-Sale: August 18, 2015

Description: Who cut off Medusa's head? Who was raised by a she-bear? Who tamed Pegasus? It takes a demigod to know, and Percy Jackson can fill you in on the all the daring deeds of Perseus, Atalanta, Bellerophon, and the rest of the major Greek heroes. 

Told in the funny, irreverent style readers have come to expect from Percy, ( I've had some bad experiences in my time, but the heroes I'm going to tell you about were the original old school hard luck cases. They boldly screwed up where no one had screwed up before. . .) and enhanced with vibrant artwork by Caldecott Honoree John Rocco, this story collection will become the new must-have classic for Rick Riordan's legions of devoted fans--and for anyone who needs a hero. 

So get your flaming spear. Put on your lion skin cape. Polish your shield and make sure you've got arrows in your quiver. We're going back about four thousand years to decapitate monsters, save some kingdoms, shoot a few gods in the butt, raid the Underworld, and steal loot from evil people. Then, for dessert, we'll die painful tragic deaths. Ready? Sweet. Let's do this.

 

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One winner will receive a copy of Percy Jackson's Greek Heroes and a Percy Jackson backpack! Open to US addresses only. Prizing provided by Disney-Hyperion. Let us know which Greek hero is your favorite in the comments below! 

 

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Stay tuned for more Percy Jackson posts as we celebrate the last decade and embark on the years to come with Percy and all our friends from Camp Half Blood!

 

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32. It's live!! Cover Reveal: Identity Crisis by Melissa Schorr + Giveaway (US/Canada)

Hello, everyone!

Today we're super excited to celebrate the cover reveal for IDENTITY CRISIS by Melissa Schorr, releasing January 1, 2016 from Merit Press. Before we get to the cover, here's a note from Melissa:

 
Hi YABC! Welcome to my cover reveal.

I’m Melissa Schorr, and it’s been a loooong time (Okay, technically, a decade. Literally.) since my first book for teen girls came out (Blame my kids. And, yes, maybe my own laziness). But the good news is I get to feel the magic (almost) of being a debut author all over again! True story: the day I found out that this book was getting published, I was standing in the middle of Disney World. How magical is that?
 
The cover of IDENTITY CRISIS, designed by Stephanie Hannus at Merit Press, is so fun and whimsical, and, well… pink! But I think it perfectly encapsulates the story of girl friendship in the tech age. The first time I saw it, though, I almost had a heart attack, because it kind of gave away the ending! But I talked to my editor, best-selling author Jacquelyn Mitchard, and thankfully she agreed to tweak it. (whew!) So here it is, and I can’t wait to hear what you think.

~ Melissa Schorr (IDENTITY CRISIS, Merit Press)
 

 

 

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IDENTITY CRISIS

by Melissa Schorr
Release date: January 1, 2016
Publisher: Merit Press
ISBN: 978-1440590139
 
 
About the Book
 
When curvaceous Annalise Bradley’s scandalous freshman year hookup sparks the anger of her female classmates, three of them decide to get her back by "catfishing" her, creating a fake online profile of the perfect boy to toy with her affections. Against her better nature, introverted Noelle Spiers goes along with her friends’ plan, hoping to distract Annalise from dreamy Cooper Franklin, her lifelong crush who has fallen for Annalise instead. As Annalise discovers she is being played and seeks revenge, Noelle increasingly regrets her role in the cruel hoax and tries to salvage their relationship. Told in alternative perspectives, IDENTITY CRISIS covers romance, betrayal, and timeless friendship in the age of modern technology.
 

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Melissa Schorr is the author of the interfaith romantic comedy GOY CRAZY (Hyperion, 2006) and a contributor to DEAR BULLY: 70 YA AUTHORS TELL THEIR STORIES (2011). She is a also a widely-published freelance journalist and currently a contributing editor to the Boston Globe Sunday Magazine, where she edits the popular "Dinner with Cupid” column.
 

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Three winners will each receive a signed copy of IDENTITY CRISIS (when available).

 

Entering is simple, just fill out the entry form below. Winners will be announced on this site and in our monthly newsletter (sign up now!) within 30 days after the giveaway ends.

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33. Exclusive Sneak Peek at the Tor Maddox Series by Liz Coley + Giveaway (US Only)

TOR MADDOX

by Liz Coley

Before we get to the exclusive excerpt from TOR MADDOX 2: EMBEDDED, here's a note from Liz:

 
Dear YA Readers,
 
I’m so excited to introduce you to Tor Maddox. I hope you’ll spend some quality time together!
 
On first acquaintance, she’s a typical teenager—dancing ballet, walking her dog, teasing her brother, hanging out with her besties, learning to drive. What makes her so special? She’s in touch with the world around her, curious, impulsive, and extraordinarily brave. She steps up when she sees injustice, hypocrisy, and threats not to only to her loved ones, but to strangers and the world. Adventure, trouble, shenanigans, and romance are sure to follow.
 
Tor Maddox is the teenager I wish I had been, and I wrote her for my sharp-witted, sharper-tongued, dancing, messy, creative, generous and much loved daughter.
 
You may sign up here for the series giveaway—personalized, signed copies of all three books in print: Unleashed, Embedded, and Mistaken (US shipping). For instant gratification or for my dear out-of-US readers, all three books plus the short story prequel can be yours as e-books for under $10. And of course, the Eurozone Amazons will ship. If you are a loyal library patron, you can ask a library to order the series for you.
 
Thank you! All the best, Liz 
lizcoley.com
 
~ Liz Coley (TOR MADDOX series)

About the Books

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When sixteen-year old Torrance Olivia Maddox, self-confessed news junkie, figures out that the mysterious and deadly New Flu is being spread by dogs, she has one question—if the danger is that obvious to her, why hasn’t the government revealed the truth and taken action?
 
Her search for the answer will take her farther than she ever imagined. But then again, she never imagined that man’s best friend could become public enemy number one, that men in black might show up in her cozy suburban neighborhood, that she’d spend her sixteenth birthday as a teenaged runaway, and that her effort to save one dog would become a mission to save them all.
 
To learn more about this book and see our review, go HERE.
 

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Life has been way too quiet for Tor Maddox since her fifteen minutes of CNN fame. Then agent-in-training Rick Turner reappears with what sounds like a simple assignment—to embed herself as his eyes and ears in her own high school. When she agrees to keep tabs on high school state swim champ Hamilton Parker for the Feds, she is plunged into the deep end of a sinister plot. Knowing that freedom, justice, and lives are at stake again, Tor jumps in feet first, but has she gotten in over her head this time?
 
When observe and report becomes kiss and tell, Tor’s first mission may blow up in her face.
 
To learn more about this book and see our review, go HERE.
 
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Eight leotards and a ball gown—that’s what Tor Maddox packed for her summer ballet intensive in New York. Pity she never arrived. Kidnapped once by the good guys and once by the bad ones, Tor finds herself involved in a high seas adventure featuring princesses and pirates, a wedding ring, and the guy she thought she’d never be allowed to see again, junior man-in-black Rick Turner.
 
Grab a flotation device and come aboard for more shenanigans, villainy, and romance.
 
To learn more about this book and see our review, go HERE.

 

Are you ready to start reading?!

Now here’s a sample scene from early in book 2, Tor Maddox: EMBEDDED.
 
EMBEDDED EXCERPT
 
Rick pulled a ball point pen out of his pocket. “Okay. Take this along with you. Please?”
 
“Wow. A pen. How…thoughtful?” I twirled it in my fingers.
 
“It’s a camera,” he explained.
 
“Really? Coolio.” I couldn’t stop the grin. My first spy camera! “But I do have my phone, you know.”
 
“This one is a little special. GPS tracking, voice recorder, infrared, and sixty megapixel image. No matter where you shoot from, we’ll be able to blow up the smallest corner of the shot.”
 
Awesome. “So what am I supposed to be shooting?”
 
“Use your judgment. The restaurant, the beach, anyone Parker senior talks to. That kind of thing. There are a couple safety features as well—flashlight, screamer, taser, death ray.”
 
I nearly dropped the pen. “Nice. How do I activate the death ray?”
 
A dimple appeared in his left cheek.
 
Spit. “You were kidding, right?”
 
His lips twisted in a smile. He flicked a moth from its perch on his sleeve. “Only half. This is last year’s model. No death ray.”
 
I punched him in the arm. “Sure. Whatever. Instructions?”
 
He passed me a small piece of paper from his other pocket. “When you’ve memorized this, please destroy it.”
 
I stuffed it in my pocket. “I’m terrible at manuals and on-line tutorials. Can you just show me?”
 
“Of course,” he said. “Though I find it hard to believe you’re terrible at anything.”
 
I held the pen up to my eye. All I saw was pen. “All I see is a pen. Now what?”
 
Rick spun me to face the street lamp, stepped up behind me, and reached around my shoulders to steady the pen. “That’s upside down,” he said. “Not that it really matters.”
 
I spun the pen point down. “I knew that.”
 
His hands closed over mine. “Site through the O in the brand name. See if you can center it on the light.”
 
Pulling the pen close enough to squint through it brought Rick’s thumbs right up against my cheek. I did my best to ignore the way I felt pressed, enfolded, snuggled even, between his warm chest behind me and his forearms resting on mine.
 
“See it now?” he asked. “I don’t think you’re aiming high enough.” He rested his chin on my left shoulder and tilted the pen. His eyelashes tickled my left cheek.
 
I forgot to breathe until he did it for me, the warm air blowing down my neck, more of a shuddery sigh than a normal exhalation. I melted and froze solid all in one moment. I knew if I turned my head about one inch to the left, I could create a whole lot of trouble for both of us. For just a millisecond, I calculated whether it was worth it.
 
A blinding light stabbed me in the right eye as the pen shifted into perfect position. “Ow. Got it,” I said raggedly.
 
“Then press here,” Rick said. He tapped what looked like the retractor on the top end. 
 
“That’s it.”
 
“That’s it,” I echoed.
 
“Just remember what that feels like.” His voice was soft in my ear. He stepped back, leaving me shivering in his absence.
 
“Okey doke.” As if I could forget. Did he mean what I thought he meant?
 

b2ap3_thumbnail_56coley_square.gifAbout the Author

Liz Coley’s internationally best-selling psychological thriller Pretty Girl-13 has been published in 12 languages on 5 continents and been recognized by the American Library Association on two select lists for 2014 including Best Fiction for Young Adults.
 
Liz’s other publications include alternate history/time travel/romance Out of Xibalba and teen thrillers in the new Tor Maddox series. Her short fiction has appeared in Cosmos Magazine and numerous anthologies.
 
Liz lives in Ohio, where she is surrounded by a fantastic community of writers, beaten regularly by better tennis players, uplifted by her choir, supported by her husband, teased by her teenaged daughter, cheered from afar by her two older sons, and adorned with hair by her cats Tiger, Pippin, and Merry.
 
Liz invites you to explore her website at LizColey.com.

 

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34. What's New in YA--August 11, 2015

 

Are you wondering what's new in YA today? Check out these wonderful new releases!

 

 

 

A story about first love, first fights, and finding yourself in a messed up world, from the acclaimed author of Happyface.

 

Walter Wilcox has never been in love. That is, until he meets Naomi, and sparks, and clever jokes, fly. But when his cop dad is caught in a racial profiling scandal, Walter and Naomi, who is African American, are called out at school, home, and online. Can their bond (and mutual love of the Foo Fighters) keep them together?

With black-and-white illustrations throughout and a heartfelt, humorous voice, Bright Lights, Dark Nights authentically captures just how tough first love can be…and why it’s worth fighting for.

 

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In Landry Park, Madeline turned her back on her elite family, friends, and estate to help the Rootless. Now, in Jubilee Manor, she struggles to bring the Gentry and the Rootless together. But when Gentry heirs—Madeline’s old friends—are murdered, even she begins to think a Rootless is behind it, putting her at odds with the boy she loves and the very people she is trying to lead. If she can’t figure out who is killing her friends and bring them to justice, a violent war will erupt and even more will die—and Madeline’s name, her estate, and all the bonds she’s forged won’t make any difference.

This conclusion to Landry Park, which VOYA dubbed “Gone with the Wind meets The Hunger Games,” is a richly satisfying, addictive read.

 

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Fourteen year old nerd-boy Dan Cereill is not quite coping with a reversal of family fortune, moving house, new school hell, a mother with a failing wedding cake business, a just-out gay dad, and an impossible crush on Estelle, the girl next door. His life is a mess, but for now he’s narrowed it down to just six impossible things…

 

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35. Exclusive Sneak Peek at Girl World: How to Ditch The Drama and Find Your Inner Amazing by Patricia Ottaviano + Giveaway

Girl World: How to Ditch the Drama and Find Your Inner Amazing

by Patricia Ottaviano

Release Date: August 4, 2015

Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire

 

About the Book

The guide every girl needs to survive the pitfalls of teen-dom

Mean stares. Hurtful whispers. The cold shoulder. Being a girl is harder than it looks. In a world where gossip, drama, and rumors seem to be never ending, it’s not easy to navigate the halls of middle school or high school without earning a few battle scars.

But what if you could change all that? With practical advice for how to fearlessly stand your ground, hold your own, and dictate your own happiness, Girl World will help you move beyond the bad attitudes and transform your insecurities into strengths. From friendship conflicts to the ugly side to social media, learn how to ditch the drama and kick your inner critic to the curb so you can truly start appreciating yourself.

Every day is a new day. Embrace it!

 
To learn more about this book and see our review, go HERE.

 

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Dear Girls,

Being a girl is harder than it looks. On one hand, we have our best friends by our sides to boost our happiness, give us a sense of belonging, lift us up on a bad day, and make us laugh until our stomachs hurt. Let’s be real for a sec…it isn’t always that pretty. Who hasn’t experienced how downright mean girls can be? Who hasn’t witnessed the judgment and negativity that can consume female conversation?

In a world where gossip, drama, and rumors seem to be never ending, of course there are going to be times when you doubt your friends, doubt yourself, and seriously start thinking that moving to a foreign country doesn’t sound half bad.

What happens when you don’t know who your friends are anymore? Or when you don’t know who to trust? Have you ever felt like insecurities, nerves, and uncertainties were ruling your world? Ever feel like everyone seems to have the missing piece to the puzzle but you? What about being the center of a hurtful rumor…has that happened to you? Or how about experiencing some major FOMO (fear of missing out)? How do you pick yourself up after feeling torn down, left out, or straight-up rejected by girls you thought were your friends?

What if I told you that I’ve created a handbook, specially crafted for you, with lots of love, to navigate all of these circumstances and more?

Well, this is that book! It will guide you through Girl World, one sticky situation at a time, while pausing for advice breaks, some killer action steps, and perhaps an occasional dance party.

IN THIS GROOVY GUIDEBOOK YOU’LL LEARN…

•    How to transform insecurities into strengths when feeling like you don’t fit in or are the odd girl out.

•    What to do if you feel nervous and intimidated by certain girls or when you don’t trust your friends.

•    Step-by-step ways to keep drama to a minimum when confrontations, conflicts, or arguments arise.

•    How to handle the ugly side of social networking sites.

•    How to fearlessly stand your ground, hold your own, and not allow others to dictate your mood.

•    How to kick your inner critic to the curb and start appreciating yourself.

…and the list goes on.

Oh, and did I mention that you will love yourself a whole lot more by the end?

So you’re probably wondering, “Who is this Trish chick, and how is she going to help me?”

First, I’ve been there. I’m just a few years older than you, so I totally know what’s up. Second, I’m constantly traveling from state to state, getting the lowdown from middle school and high school girls about what is bothering them in their friendships. You see, I’m the founder of the nonprofit organization Sister-Soldier—Stand Up for Each Other, a school assembly and empowerment program for girls. Our mission is to alleviate the pain caused by the often mean and hurtful ways that girls treat one another and also treat themselves. Pretty rad goal, right?

One of my favorite parts of an assembly is afterward, when I get to hang out with you girls and talk more in depth about your specific situations. There is never enough time to cover all of the important topics. This book can. It has specific advice about what to do in a number of different—yet common—situations, and it offers solutions, action steps that will make you feel way better about yourself and the junk that’s bringing you down.

This is your book, your way out of the craziness and into the awesomeness that is Girl World. Cherish it like you would your phone, your celebrity crush, or those sweet new shoes you’ve been saving up for. It contains all the answers you will need. You’ll feel more confident and secure. You’ll develop strong, fulfilling friendships that lift you up rather than tear you down. And you’ll discover a renewed sense of self-love.

All right, my friend. I invite you to hop aboard the love bus, because your ride is about to get wayyy better.

Peace, Love, & Some Serious Upgrades,

Trish

 

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Patricia Ottaviano is the 23-year-old founder of Sister Soldier—Stand up for Each Other, a nonprofit dedicated to stopping girl-on-girl bullying in all of its forms through school assemblies and outreach. A graduate of Michigan University, she is currently pursuing a doctorate in Clinical Child Psychology at Yeshiva University. Learn more at sistersoldier.org.

 

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36. Giveaway: The Secrets of Lake Road by Karen Katchur (US & Canada Only)

THE SECRETS OF LAKE ROAD

by KAREN KATCHUR
 
Release Date: AUGUST 4, 2015

 

About the Book

A haunting story about the destructive power of secrets, The Secrets of Lake Road is an accomplished and gripping suspenseful women's fiction debut.

Jo has been hiding the truth about her role in her high school boyfriend's drowning for sixteen years. Every summer, she drops her children off with her mother at the lakeside community where she spent summers growing up, but cannot bear to stay herself; everything about the lake reminds her of the guilt she feels. For her daughter Caroline, however, the lake is a precious world apart; its familiarity and sameness comforts her every year despite the changes in her life outside its bounds. At twelve years old and caught between childhood and adolescence, she longs to win her mother's love and doesn't understand why Jo keeps running away.

Then seven-year-old Sara Starr goes missing from the community beach. Rescue workers fail to uncover any sign of her--but instead dredge up the bones Jo hoped would never be discovered, shattering the quiet lakeside community's tranquility. Caroline was one of the last people to see Sara alive on the beach, and feels responsible for her disappearance. She takes it upon herself to figure out what happened to the little girl. As Caroline searches for Sara, she uncovers the secrets her mother has been hiding, unraveling the very foundation of everything she knows about herself and her family. The Secrets of Lake Road by Karen Katchur is a riveting novel that is impossible to put down and hard to forget.


To learn more about this book and see our review, go HERE.
 


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Karen Katchur lives in Eastern Pennsylvania with her husband and two daughters. The Secrets of Lake Road is her first novel.

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37. Giveaway: Even When You Lie to Me by Jessica Alcott (US only)

Even When You Lie to Me

by Jessica Alcott 

Release Date: June 9, 2015

 

About the Book

 

Sometimes the best lessons can’t be taught.

High school senior Charlotte, aka Charlie, isn’t looking forward to her last year of high school. Another year of living in the shadow of her best friend, Lila. Another year of hiding behind the covers of her favorite novels. Another year of navigating her tense relationship with her perfectionist mom.

But everything changes when she meets her new English teacher. Mr. Drummond is smart. Irreverent. Funny. Hot. Everyone loves him. And Charlie thinks he’s the only one who gets her.

She also thinks she might not be the only one with a crush.

Fans of John Green’s Looking for Alaska and David Levithan’s Every Day will embrace this poignant exploration of taboo love set against the backdrop of a suburban high school.

To learn more about this book and see our review, go HERE.


About the Author

JESSICA ALCOTT lives with her husband and their two cats. She graduated from Bennington College and has worked at a children’s publisher in the UK. EVEN WHEN YOU LIE TO ME is her first novel. You can visit Jessica online at jessicaalcott.com, on Twitter at @daisyhellcakes, and on Facebook.

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38. Giveaway: Ghostlight by Sonia Gensler (US Only)

Ghostlight

by Sonia Gensler 

Release Date:  August 4, 2015

 

About the Book

 

Nothing ever happens on Avery’s grandmother’s sprawling farm, where she and her brother spend the summers. That is, until Avery meets Julian, a city boy with a famous dad whose family is renting a nearby cottage. When Julian announces his plan to film a ghost story, Avery jumps at the chance to join him.

Unfortunately, Julian wants to film at Hilliard House, a looming, empty mansion that Grandma has absolutely forbidden her to enter. As terrified as Avery is of Grandma’s wrath, the allure of filmmaking is impossible to resist.

When the kids explore the secrets of Hilliard house, eerie things begin to happen, and the “imaginary” dangers in their movie threaten to become very real. Have Avery and Julian awakened a menacing presence? Can they turn back before they go too far?


To learn more about this book and see our review, go HERE.


b2ap3_thumbnail_sonia.jpgAbout the Author

Sonia Gensler is also the author of the young adult novels The Dark Between and The Revenant. She grew up in a small Tennessee town and spent her early adulthood collecting impractical degrees from various Midwestern universities. A former high school English teacher, she now writes full-time in Oklahoma. To learn more, visit soniagensler.com.

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5 winners will receive a copy of Ghostlight by Sonia Gensler. US only.


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39. Giveaway: Dreamland by Robert L. Anderson (US only)

DREAMLAND 

by Robert L. Anderson 

Release Date: 9/22/2015

 

About the Book

Odea Donahue has been able to travel through people’s dreams since she was six years old. Her mother taught her the three rules of walking: Never interfere. Never be seen. Never walk the same person’s dream more than once. Dea has never broken the rules.


Then a mysterious new boy, Connor, comes to town. For the first time in her life, Dea feels normal. But both Dea and Connor have secrets, and as she is increasingly drawn to Connor’s dreams—and nightmares—the boundary between worlds begins to deteriorate, putting everyone she loves in danger.



To learn more about this book and see our review, go HERE.


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Robert L. Anderson grew up in Brooklyn and graduated college in 2004 with a degree in philosophy. Since then, he has lived in five states and twelve countries, and on three continents. Dreamland is his first novel.

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3 winners will all receive a galley of DREAMLAND. US only.

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40. Giveaway: How to Be Brave by E. Katherine Kottaras (US & Canada Only)

HOW TO BE BRAVE

By E. Katherine Kottaras

Publication Date: November 3, 2015

 

About the Book

Reeling from her mother's death, Georgia has a choice: become lost in her own pain, or enjoy life right now, while she still can. She decides to start really living for the first time and makes a list of fifteen ways to be brave—all the things she's wanted to do but never had the courage to try.  As she begins doing the things she's always been afraid to do, including pursuing her secret crush, she discovers that life doesn't always go according to plan. Sometimes friendships fall apart and love breaks your heart. But once in a while, the right person shows up just when you need them most, and you learn that you're stronger and braver than you ever imagined.


To learn more about this book and see our review, go HERE.



About the Author

E. Katherine Kottaras is at her happiest when she is either 1) at the playground with her husband and daughter and their wonderful community of friends, 2) breathing deeply in a full handstand, or 3) writing. She now lives in Los Angeles where she's hard at work on her next book.

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One winner will receive an ARC of the How to Be Brave. US & Canada only.

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41. Giveaway: Stone Riders by David Hofmeyr (US Only)

Stone Rider 

by David Hofmeyr  

Release Date: 7/14/15

 

About the Book

Stone Rider is the stunning debut novel by David Hofmeyr, an inventive new voice on the YA scene. Hofmeyr blends adrenaline-fueled action with character-led romance to offer a rich and vivid picture of a young man's struggle for a better life. The Hunger Games meets The Road.

In the vein of The Outsiders and the early Western novels of Elmore Leonard, this inventive debut novel, a cross between the cult classic Mad Max movie series and Cormac McCarthy's The Road, blends adrenaline-fueled action with an improbable yet tender romance to offer a rich and vivid portrayal of misfits and loners forced together in their struggle for a better life.
Adam Stone wants freedom and peace. He wants a chance to escape Blackwater, the dust-bowl desert town he grew up in. Most of all, he wants the beautiful Sadie Blood. Alongside Sadie and the dangerous outsider Kane, Adam will ride the Blackwater Trail in a brutal race that will test them all, body and soul. Only the strongest will survive.
The prize? A one-way ticket to Sky-Base and unimaginable luxury.
And for a chance at this new life, Adam will risk everything.


To learn more about this book and see our review, go HERE.
 


About the Author


DAVID HOFMEYR was born in South Africa and lives in London and Paris. In 2012 he was a finalist in the SCBWI Undiscovered Voices competition and in 2013 he graduated with distinction from Bath Spa University with an MA in Writing for Young People. He works as a Planner for Ogilvy & Mather in the UK. Stone Rider is David Hofmeyr's first novel. The companion novel Blood Rider will follow in 2016.

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42. Giveaway: DC Superheroes Origami by John Mantroll (US Only)

DC Super Heroes Origami: 46 Folding Projects for Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman and More

by John Montroll     

Release Date: September 1, 2015

 

 

About the Book


What happens when you combine Batman™, Superman™, Wonder Woman™, and the Justice League™ with the art of origami? You get the most incredible collection of paper-folding projects ever assembled.

In DC Super Heroes Origami, John Montroll, origami designer and the author of more than 40 origami how-to books, turns his inventive talents to create DC Comic characters, objects and logos.  With clear, step-by-step diagrams and instructions, and full-color photos of all finished models, DC Super Heroes Origami shows how to transform simple squares of paper into Batarangs, S-Shields, Invisible Jets, Green Lanterns, Jumpa the Kanga, and so much more.

“The wide diversity of characters and objects made for a fascinating challenge,” said Montroll.

Models range from simple to not-so-complex, all accessible to the mainstream origami folder. Also included in the back of the book are 96 sheets of specially illustrated folding papers to make your DC creations truly come to life.

DC Super Heroes Origami was developed under license with Warner Bros. Consumer Products, on behalf of DC Entertainment.


To learn more about this book and see our review, go HERE.
 


About the Author


John Montroll is respected for his work in Origami throughout the world. He is the author of more than 40 books on origami, the art of paper folding. His published work has significantly increased the global repertoire of original designs in Origami. John is also acknowledged for new techniques and ground-breaking bases. The American Origami master is known for being the inspiration behind the single-square, no cuts, no glue approach in Origami. Each model that John designs has a meticulously developed folding sequence. John's long-standing experience allows him to accomplish a model in fewer steps rather than plenty. It is his constant endeavor to give the reader a pleasing folding experience. http://johnmontroll.com


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2 winners will receive finished copy of DC Super Heroes Origami. US only.

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43. Giveaway: Reawakened by Colleen Houck (US Only)

Reawakened

by Colleen Houck

Release Date: 8/11/15

 

 

About the Book


When seventeen-year-old Lilliana Young enters the Metropolitan Museum of Art one morning during spring break, the last thing she expects to find is a live Egyptian prince with godlike powers, who has been reawakened after a thousand years of mummification.
And she really can’t imagine being chosen to aid him in an epic quest that will lead them across the globe to find his brothers and complete a grand ceremony that will save mankind.
But fate has taken hold of Lily, and she, along with her sun prince, Amon, must travel to the Valley of the Kings, raise his brothers, and stop an evil, shape-shifting god named Seth from taking over the world.


To learn more about this book and see our review, go HERE.



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Colleen Houck’s New York Times bestselling Tiger’s Curse series has received national praise with the fourth book, Tiger’s Destiny, debuting September 2012. Colleen is a lifelong reader whose literary interests include action, adventure, science fiction, and romance. Formerly a student at the University of Arizona, she has worked as a nationally certified American Sign Language interpreter for seventeen years. Colleen lives in Salem, Oregon, with her husband and a huge assortment of plush tigers.

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One winner will receive a copy of Reawakened. US only.

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44. It's live!! Cover Reveal: Kiss Kill Love Him Still by Jamie Blair and Dawn Rae Miller + Giveaway (International)

It's time for a great cover reveal to get rid of that afternoon slump!

Today we're super excited to celebrate the cover reveal for KISS KILL LOVE HIM STILL by Jamie Blair and Dawn Rae Miller, releasing November 10, 2015. Before we get to the cover, here's a note from Jamie and Dawn:

 
Hi YABC-
 
It’s time to show the pretty - our cover for KISS KILL LOVE HIM STILL. We’re thrilled to have had the opportunity to work with Letitia Hasser of RBA Designs. She took our vague ramblings about girls and coffins, and made it into something cohesive and quite frankly, really freakin’ awesome. 
 
To celebrate the cover reveal of KISS KILL LOVE HIM STILL, we’re giving away a $25 Amazon Gift Card and a paperback of our novel to one winner, and ebooks to five more winners. E-book pre-orders are .99 until release day only!
 
Thanks for stopping by, and we hope you love the cover as much as we do!
 
~Jamie Blair and Dawn Rae Miller (KISS KILL LOVE HIM STILL, Blair and Miller)
 

 

 

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KISS KILL LOVE HIM STILL

by Jamie Blair and Dawn Rae Miller
Release date: November 10, 2015
Publisher: Jamie Blair and Dawn Rae Miller
ISBN: 
e-book: 978-0-9909353-2-2
paperback: 978-0-9909353-3-9
 
 
About the Book
 
Jackson Landis kept secrets. It's how he got girls into bed, the grades he wanted, and a reputation for being the life of the party.
 
But now he's dead, and no one knows how or why. Especially not the four girls whose secrets he protected. Secrets so scandalous they could cause each girl to lose something valuable. Secrets so dark, someone may have killed for them.
 
The four girls - a campus drug dealer, an overweight bookworm, a closeted lesbian, and a spoiled princess have one thing in common – they’re terrified the things Jackson knew may not have died with him. As Reggie, Haddie, Val, and Livie try to piece together her own role in Jackson’s death, each girl realizes Jackson had some not-so-pretty skeletons of his own.
 
Which makes a girl wonder, who really wanted Jackson Landis dead?
 

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Dawn spends too much time on Twitter. And living in her head. And practicing yoga. Basically, she’s a master procrastinator with great time management skills. Dawn is the author of the YA Larkstorm trilogy and the NA duology Crushed and Hitched. She was also a contributor to the New York Times and USA Today bestselling Dirty Boys of Summer anthology.
 

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When she’s not busy writing (or when she should be writing), Jamie spends her time dreaming up odd and amazing things--like a steampunk gnome city for her backyard! She’s the author of the YA novels, Leap of Faith and Lost To Me, and a contributor to the New York Times and USA Today bestselling Dirty Boys of Summer anthology.
 

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Dawn and Jamie are the duo stirring up a maelstrom of publicity for their Release The Kraken PR authors. KISS KILL LOVE HIM STILL is their first novel collaboration.

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One winner will receive a $25 Amazon gift card + a paperback copy of KISS KILL LOVE HIM STILL (when available). 

Five winners will each receive an e-book copy of KISS KILL LOVE HIM STILL (when available). 

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45. Exclusive Sneak Peek at the Rebel Wing Series by Tracy Banghart + Giveaway (International)

REBEL WING SERIES

by Tracy Banghart

Today we're super excited to bring you an exclusive excerpt from TORN SKY, the third and final book in the REBEL WING series. Before we get to the excerpt, here's more about the books in the series!

About the Books

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The Dominion of Atalanta is at war. But for eighteen-year-old Aris, the fighting is nothing more than a distant nightmare, something she watches on news vids from the safety of her idyllic seaside town. Then her boyfriend, Calix, is drafted into the Military, and the nightmare becomes a dangerous reality.
 
Left behind, Aris has nothing to fill her days. Even flying her wingjet--the thing she loves most, aside from Calix--feels meaningless without him by her side. So when she's recruited to be a pilot for an elite search-and-rescue unit, she leaps at the chance, hoping she'll be stationed near Calix. But there's a catch: She must disguise herself as a man named Aristos. There are no women in the Atalantan Military, and there never will be.
 
Aris gives up everything to find Calix: her home. Her family. Even her identity. But as the war 
rages on, Aris discovers she's fighting for much more than her relationship. With each injured person she rescues and each violent battle she survives, Aris is becoming a true soldier--and the best flyer in the Atalantan Military. She's determined to save her Dominion . . . or die trying.
 
To learn more about this book and see our review, go HERE.
 

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In the action-packed sequel to Rebel Wing, Aris battles for life and love . . . and not everyone will survive. Aris Haan gave up everything to join the Atalantan Military: her family, her boyfriend, even her identity. In the end, though, it didn’t matter that she was a war hero. When the all-male Military discovered that she was actually a woman, she was sent home and erased from history. 
 
Now she has a chance to go back to the battlefield—as herself. But as hard as it was to be a soldier in disguise, it’s even more difficult now. The men in her unit undermine her at every turn. The Safaran army has spies everywhere, perhaps even on Aris’s stationpoint. And she’s falling for her mysterious superior officer, Milek. But their relationship is forbidden, just stolen moments between training sessions and missions. There’s no room for love in war. 
 
Then Aris discovers that Safara’s leaders have set their sights on her, Atalanta’s hero. And she must find them before they find her . . .
 
To learn more about this book and see our review, go HERE.
 
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The end is near . . . 
 
When Aris Haan brought down Safara’s biggest war criminal, she’d thought it was a turning point in the war. Victory was on the horizon, as was a peaceful future with her Promised, Milek. 
 
But a deadly new threat has emerged: a Safaran bomb that could wipe out all of Atalanta in one catastrophic blast. Aris is tasked with finding the weapon before it is completed, a mission made more difficult when she starts to suspect that there is a Safaran spy in her unit. Friendships are tested, loyalties are strained, and suddenly Aris no longer knows whom she can trust. 
 
In the epic conclusion to the Rebel Wing series, Atalanta’s fate rests on Aris’s shoulders. Can she find the bomb before it destroys everything—and everyone—she loves?
 
To learn more about this book and see our review, go HERE.

 

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Hours passed. Aris had no concept of whether it was day or night. The light here never changed. At one point, a soldier slid trays into each of the cells containing a shallow dish of brown slop and a hard chunk of bread. 
 
“Where is Milek?” Aris asked. 
 
The man ignored her.
 
Aris pushed the tray away, not trusting the food. She resumed pacing. She couldn’t just wait for them to come and kill her too. She had to do something. Even if all she could do was die, she had to at least die fighting. But what could she fight with? She had nothing but her uniform. Her solagun and utility knife had been confiscated. Her sythin, the thin cylinder that could knock a grown man unconscious, had been taken too. Her belt. Her boots. Everything but her jacket, her socks, her pants and shirt. Her underthings. She had nothing but—
 
Aris took a deep breath, suddenly aware of the band encircling her chest.
 
She scrambled into the toilet alcove. Hurriedly, she pulled her arms through her sleeves, so they were naked against her stomach. With shaking fingers, she detached her bandeau. She shoved her arms back through her sleeves and inspected the piece of clothing in the sickly glow of the lights. The fabric was elastic, not good for much, but two sturdy underwires were sown in. Using her teeth, she ripped the seams and removed the wires. Each curved in a half moon with pointed ends. They were flexible, which wouldn’t help, but with enough force . . . 
 
She ripped the bandeau again, and wrapped an end of each wire in a scrap of fabric before concealing the makeshift weapons in her clenched hands.
 
The door scraped open again, and another soldier walked in. There was no sign of Milek.
 
Her heart shivered into ice. He’s okay, he’s okay, he’s okay
 
But she knew he wasn’t. He couldn’t be, or they would have brought him back.
 
 

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Award-winning author, Army wife, and mom Tracy Banghart has an MA in Publishing and an unhealthy affection for cupcakes. Her quiet childhood led to a reading addiction, writing obsession, and several serious book boyfriends.

 

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Giveaway Details

One winner will receive the entire series on Kindle.

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46. What's New in YA--August 3, 2015

 

Are you wondering what's new in YA today? Check out these wonderful new releases!

 

 

 

On the ruined planet Earth, where 50 billion people are confined to megacities and resources are scarce, Deedra has been handed a bleak and mundane existence by the Magistrate she works so hard for. But one day she comes across a beautiful boy named Rose struggling to cross the river–a boy with a secretive past and special abilities, who is somehow able to find comfort and life from their dying planet.

But just as the two form a bond, it is quickly torn apart after the Magistrate’s son is murdered and Rose becomes the prime suspect. Little do Deedra and Rose know how much their relationship will affect the fate of everyone who lives on the planet.

 

*To see reviews and find links to buy this book, go HERE!

 

 

 

 

 

 

It’s his senior year and Will Shea has conned his way into one of the country’s most elite prep schools. But he soon runs into Andrea, a fellow con-artist. With the school not big enough for the both of them, they make a bet that whoever can con Brandt Rush, the richest, most privileged student in the school out of $50K, gets to stay at the school. Will starts setting up his con (an online poker scam) with his uncle who’s one of the best grifters in the business, but also with the unwanted help of his father.. The plot thickens as Will starts falling for fellow student Gatsby, and some of Will’s lies start to catch up with him. In this twisty tale of scams, secrets, lies and deception, it hard to figure out who’s conning who!

 

*To see reviews and find links to buy this book, go HERE!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bryn must decide: follow her head or her heart.

Thrown into a world of suspense and intrigue, Bryn has to fight to clear her name. But she’s not alone. With help from the Trylle – including Finn Holmes – she’s on a quest to discover the truth.

With her life and her world on the line, will Bryn be able to risk it all?

 

*To see reviews and find links to buy this book, go HERE!

 

 

 

 

 

After learning the truth about her bloodlines, Kyra can’t help but feel like a monster.

Though she’s formed a tentative alliance with the Palace, Kyra must keep her identity a secret or risk being hunted like the rest of her Demon Rider kin. Tristam and the imprisoned assassin James are among the few who know about her heritage, but when Tristam reveals a heartbreaking secret of his own, Kyra’s not sure she can trust him. And with James’s fate in the hands of the palace, Kyra fears that he will give her away to save himself.

As tensions rise within Forge’s Council, and vicious Demon Rider attacks continue in surrounding villages, Kyra knows she must do something to save her city. But she walks a dangerous line between opposing armies: will she be able to use her link to the Demon Riders for good, or will her Makvani blood prove to be deadly?

In this spellbinding sequel to Midnight Thief, Kyra and Tristam face their biggest battle yet as they grapple with changing allegiances, shocking deceit, and vengeful opponents.

 

*To see reviews and find links to buy this book, go HERE!

 

 

 

 

 

Sixteen-year-old Kara McKinley is about to realize her dream of becoming a professional baker. Beautifully designed and piped, her cookies are masterpieces, but also her ticket out of rainy Seattle—if she wins the upcoming national baking competition and its scholarship prize to culinary school in California. Kara can no longer stand the home where her family lived, laughed, and ultimately imploded after her mean-spirited big sister Kellen died in a drowning accident.

 

Kara’s dad has since fled, and her mom has turned from a high-powered attorney into a nutty holy-rolling Christian fundamentalist peddling “Soul Soup” in the family café. All Kara has left are memories of better times.

But the past holds many secrets, and they come to light as Kara faces a secret terror. Someone is leaving her handwritten notes. Someone who knows exactly where she is and what’s she’s doing. As they lead her to piece together the events that preceded Kellen’s terrible, life-changing betrayal years before, she starts to catch glimpses of her dead sister: an unwelcome ghost in filthy Ugg boots. If Kara doesn’t figure out who her stalker is, and soon, she could lose everything. Her chance of escape. The boy she’s beginning to love and trust. Even her life.

 

*To see reviews and find links to buy this book, go HERE!

 

 

 

 

 

Words are strong. Love is stronger.

When Jordyn Michaelson’s autistic brother joins her at her elite school, she’s determined not to let anyone know they’re related. Even if that means closing herself off to all her closest friends, including charming football stud Alex Colby. But despite her best intentions, she just can’t shake the memory of kissing Alex last summer, and the desire to do it again.

Can Jordyn find the courage to tell Alex how she really feels—and the truth about her family—before he slips away forever?

 

*To see reviews and find links to buy this book, go HERE!

 

 

 

 

 

As vice president of Student Council, Kaye knows the importance of keeping order. Not only in school, but in her personal life. Which is why she and her boyfriend, Aidan, already have their lives mapped out: attend Columbia University together, pursue banking careers, and eventually get married. Everything Kaye has accomplished in high school—student government, cheerleading, stellar grades—has been in preparation for that future.

To his entire class, Sawyer is an irreverent bad boy. His antics on the field as school mascot and his love of partying have earned him total slacker status. But while he and Kaye appear to be opposites on every level, fate—and their friends—keep conspiring to throw them together. Perhaps the seniors see the simmering attraction Kaye and Sawyer are unwilling to acknowledge to themselves…

As the year unfolds, Kaye begins to realize her ideal life is not what she thought. And Sawyer decides it’s finally time to let down the facade and show everyone who he really is. Is a relationship between them most likely to succeed—or will it be their favorite mistake?

 

*To see reviews and find links to buy this book, go HERE!

 

 

 

 

 

Tyler has a football scholarship to Stanford, a hot girlfriend, and a reliable army of friends to party with. Then his mom kills herself. And Tyler lets it all go. Now he needs to dodge what his dad is offering (verbal tirades and abuse) and earn what his dad isn’t (money). Tyler finds a job that crashes him into Jordyn, his former childhood friend turned angry-loner goth-girl. She brings Tyler an unexpected reprieve from the never-ending pity party his life has become. How could he not fall for her? But with his dad more brutally unpredictable than ever, Tyler knows he can’t risk bringing Jordyn too deeply into the chaos. So when violence rocks his world again, will it be Jordyn who shows him the way to a hopeful future? Or after everything, will Tyler have to find it in himself?

 

*To see reviews and find links to buy this book, go HERE!

 

 

 

 

 

War erupts in this bittersweet sequel to Of Metal and Wishes, inspired by The Phantom of the Opera and called “relentlessly engrossing” by The Romantic Times.

In the year since the collapse of the slaughterhouse where Wen worked as her father’s medical assistant, she’s held all her secrets close. She works in the clinic at the weapons factory and sneaks away to nurse Bo, once the Ghost, now a boy determined to transform himself into a living machine. Their strange, fragile friendship soothes some of the ache of missing Melik, the strong-willed Noor who walked away from Wen all those months ago—but it can’t quell her fears for him.

 

The Noor are waging a rebellion in the west. When she overhears plans to crush Melik’s people with the powerful war machines created at the factory, Wen makes the painful decision to leave behind all she has known—including Bo—to warn them. But the farther she journeys into the warzone, the more confusing things become. A year of brutality seems to have changed Melik, and Wen has a decision to make about him and his people: How much is she willing to sacrifice to save them from complete annihilation?

 

*To see reviews and find links to buy this book, go HERE!

 

 

 

 

 

 

In Book 2 of the Immortal Game trilogy, Edie must learn the rules of the game . . . and then play better than anyone else.

Through a Faustian bargain, Edie Kramer has been pulled into the dangerous world of the Immortal Game, where belief makes your nightmares real. Hungry for sport, fears-made-flesh are always raising the stakes. To them, human lives are less than nothing, just pieces on a board.

 

Because of her boyfriend Kian’s sacrifice, she’s operating under the mysterious Harbinger’s aegis, but his patronage could prove as fatal as the opposition. Raw from deepest loss, she’s terrified over the deal Kian made for her. Though her very public enemies keep sending foot soldiers–mercenary monsters committed to her destruction–she’s not the one playing under a doom clock. Kian has six months…unless Edie can save him. And this is a game she can’t bear to lose.

 

*To see reviews and find links to buy this book, go HERE!

 

 

 

 

 

The story of an unlikely friendship between a high school football hero and a wannabe superhero, perfect for fans of Ned Vizzini, Chris Crutcher, and Paul Volponi.

Stick Patterson is the best wide receiver in the history of his high school. A college scholarship is his for the asking, but Stick has fallen out of love with football. He deals with unending pressure, spends hours at grueling practices, and tries to live up to expectations of perfection.

 

In a fit of frustration, he quits the team. But then he meets Preston, who is small, nerdy, and convinced he’s a superhero. Preston’s father was murdered in front of him, and now he spends his nights trying to stop local crime.

“Stick” is the story of two boys–one who dresses up in a costume to make other people happy and another who dresses up in a costume to make a difference in the world. Stick comes to realize that Preston’s fantasy world is not that far removed from his own, and both will help each other figure out just what they want to do with their lives.

 

*To see reviews and find links to buy this book, go HERE!

 

 

 

 

 

 

As sixteen-year-old Leilani and her family learn to live without electronics, farming the land as her ancestors did, she finds strength in her relatives, her friendships, and her strange connection to the Emerald Orchid–the force whose presence caused global devastation–but suffers regret over what she must do to survive.

An exciting and satisfying sequel that continues the thrilling ideas and adventure of THE ISLANDS AT THE END OF THE WORLD.

Native Hawaiian mythology and history is beautifully intertwined in the story.

An eco-thriller by an expert: great choice for dystopian fans who want a new spin. The author has a masters in tropical conservation biology from the University of Hawaii-Hilo.

 

*To see reviews and find links to buy this book, go HERE!

 

 

 

 

 

The final installment in a thrilling fantastical mystery series.

Sixteen-year-old Dusty Everhart breaks into houses late at night, but not because she’s a criminal. No, she’s a Nightmare. Literally. Dusty is a magical being who feeds on human dreams.

Being the only Nightmare at Arkwell Academy, a boarding school for magickind, and living in the shadow of her mother’s infamy is hard enough, not to mention the crazy events of the past year. Dusty may have saved the day, but there are many days left in the year, and with an old foe back to seek revenge, she’ll need all her strength to defeat him and save her friends.

Mindee Arnett thrills again in this stunning final installment in the Arkwell Academy series.

 

*To see reviews and find links to buy this book, go HERE!

 

 

 

 

 

A year ago, Boy, the son of Frankenstein’s monster, had never even met a human. Now he’s living with his human “family,” the descendants of Dr. Frankenstein, in Switzerland. That is, until the maniacal genius Dr. Moreau, long-ago banished to a remote island for his crimes against humanity, asks for Boy’s help.   Moreau wants Boy to join his army of animal/human hybrid creatures and help him overthrow human society. Boy will do anything to save this broken, wondrous world from the war that threatens to split it in two. But how much will he have to give up? And is the world worth saving?

 

*To see reviews and find links to buy this book, go HERE!

 

 

 

 

 

Preparing to survive a typical day of being Digbys friend wasn’t that different from preparing to survive the apocalypse.

Her first day not in school (because she cut) in her new hometown that will soon be her old hometown (because she’s getting out of Dodge as fast as she can) Zoe meets Digby. Or rather, Digby decides he’s going to meet Zoe and get her to help him find missing teenager. Zoe isn’t sure how, but Digby—the odd and brilliant and somehow…attractive?—Digby always gets what he wants, including her help on several illegal ventures.

 

Before she knows it, Zoe has vandalized an office complex with fake snow, pretended to buy drugs alongside a handsome football player dressed like the Hulk, had a throw-down with a possible cult, and, oh yeah, saved her new hometown (which might be worth making her permanent hometown after all.)

A mystery where catching the crook isn’t the only hook, a romance where the leading man is decidedly unromantic, a story about friendship where they aren’t even sure they like each other—Trouble is a Friend of Mine is a YA debut you

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47. Exclusive Sneak Peek at Awake by Natasha Preston + Giveaway (US/Canada)

Awake

by Natasha Preston

Release Date: August 4, 2015

Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire

 

About the Book

Don't miss the latest gripping, high-stakes thriller from Wattpad sensation Natasha Preston, author of the runaway hit The Cellar.

 

Scarlett Garner doesn't remember anything before the age of four-until a car accident changes everything. She starts to remember pieces of a past that frighten her. A past her parents hid from her...and a secret that could get her killed.

 
 
To learn more about this book and see our review, go HERE.

 

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Once everything was ready it was time to get dressed for the ceremony. I was taken back to the house, and I was instructed to have a bath and get ready in the dress set out on my bed.

 I did as I was told because there was little else I could do right now. After soaking in a bubble bath, using most of it up as my own little screw you, I got out, dried and went back to my room.

 Unsurprisingly the dress I was to wear was full-length and white. It was pretty and thankfully not a slim fit so I would be able to run properly in it. I held it up—this is what I’m supposed to die in. Not many people knew what their last outfit would be. I instantly hated it.

 I pulled it over my head. It fit me perfectly. It had long, loose fitting sleeves, a modest neckline, and waves of material on the skirt. I pulled it and was satisfied when I could stretch both arms out to the sides.

 There were no shoes, and I was afraid I’d have to run through the forest barefoot but there wasn’t a lot I could do about that. I couldn’t ask for shoes and have them question why I’d need them if I was getting in a lake. Besides, I’d run barefoot over a bed of nails or hot coal to get away.

 I looked in the mirror and took deep breaths to calm my nerves. I could do this. I was strong.

 “Scarlett, are you ready?” he called.

 Time to fight for my life.

 

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 Two things entered my mind as every member of Eternal Light stared at me from the meadow. One, no matter how hot it was outside it never warmed the water enough for it to not be cold. And two, if this didn’t go to plan I would be dead in forty minutes.

 Since they’d stood up and opened their eyes they hadn’t stopped staring at me.

 I pretended to look around, turning my body so I could take a few unnoticed steps back towards the other side. Running in water wasn’t easy and I would be slow to get out, giving them plenty of time to make it around the lake. I had to give myself as much time as I could. At least they would be further away as they called upon nature to accept and cleanse me for the final time.

 Idiots.

 Soon I had to run for my life in a cold, wet dress. I had no idea how long it would be before I could change. Or how cold it was going to get in the forest at night.

 In the distance I could just about see their lips moving but I had to strain. Some of them had their eyes closed again. Why couldn’t they all do that? My heart started to pound. How long would they chant for, and why hadn’t Noah called me yet? Had someone realised that he’d slipped away? He said they’d be so focused on what they had to do to that he didn’t see a problem with getting away. I couldn’t be so confident—this was mylife on the line.

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UK native Natasha Preston grew up in small villages and towns. She discovered her love of writing when she shared a story online—and hasn’t looked back since. She enjoys writing romance, thrillers, gritty YA, and the occasional serial killer.

 

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A Young Adult Thriller book bundle including Natasha Preston's THE CELLAR from the publisher. 

 

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48. It's live!! Cover Reveal: Look Both Ways by Alison Cherry + Giveaway (US/Canada)

Happy Thursday, YABC!

Today we're super excited to celebrate the cover reveal for LOOK BOTH WAYS by Alison Cherry, releasing June 14, 2016 from Delacorte. Before we get to the cover, here's a note from Alison:

 
Hi, YABC readers! I’m so excited to show you the stunning cover for my new book, LOOK BOTH WAYS! For a long time, I’ve wanted to write about the messy, nebulous line that divides obsessive platonic friendship and romance between girls, and I’ve finally gotten to do so in this book. This cover straddles that line perfectly, and I’m so grateful to Angela Carlino and the fabulous art department at Delacorte for coming up with such a perfect visual representation of Brooklyn and Zoe. (Plus, I really want that swan shirt Zoe’s wearing… it’s always a bit disconcerting when your characters have better fashion sense than you do.) Looking forward to next summer, when I can take you all on a journey inside the insane world of summer theater!
 
~ Alison Cherry (LOOK BOTH WAYS, Delacorte)
 

 

 

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LOOK BOTH WAYS

by Alison Cherry
Release date: June 14, 2016
Publisher: Delacorte
ISBN: 9780553511864
 
 
About the Book
 

A summer away from the city is the beginning of everything for Brooklyn Shepard. Her theater apprenticeship at Allerdale is a chance to prove that she can carve out a niche all her own, surrounded by people who don't know anything about her and her family of superstar performers.


Brooklyn immediately hits it off with her roommate, Zoe, and soon their friendship turns into something more. Brooklyn wants to see herself as someone who's open to everything and everyone, but as her feelings for Zoe intensify, so do her doubts. She's happier than she's ever been—but is it because of her new relationship? Or is it because she's finally discovering who she wants to be?


Thoughtful, funny, and steeped in the wild drama of growing up, Alison Cherry's new novel is the story of a girl hoping she's found a place to belong... only to discover that neither talent nor love is as straightforward as she thinks.

 
To learn more about this book and see our review, go HERE.
 

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Alison Cherry, author of Red, For Real, and the upcoming The Classy Crooks Club, grew up in Chicago and graduated from Harvard. She is a professional photographer and worked for many years as a lighting designer for theater and dance productions. During that time, she spent six months in the magical, exhausting world of summer stock theater, where everyone works 120 hours a week and survives on a mysterious elixir of caffeine, sugar, and adrenaline. She is still trying to catch up on sleep.
 

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One winner will receive a signed ARC of LOOK BOTH WAYS (when available). 

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49. Givaway: Dark Rising by Monica McGurk (US Only)

Dark Rising: Book Two of the Archangel Prophecies 

by Monica McGurk

Release Date: June 30, 2015

 

 

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Can One Person Upend a Prophecy as Old as Time?

Hope Carmichael is on the run. The only question is, from whom?

The mark on her neck has branded her as part of an ancient prophecy, the
Bearer of the Key. But the Fallen Angels have misunderstood and think Hope is
their long-awaited way to regain Heaven by force. Now Hope is chasing down    the artifact that could open Heaven’s Gates, while seeking to destroy it before    the Fallen catch up with her. Will the Triad crime ring track Hope and exact their    punishment before she gets the chance? Is the ragtag band of angels    surrounding her now there to protect her, or imprison her? And will Michael, the    Archangel sworn to defend Heaven at all costs, be forced to deny his love for    Hope and take her life, instead, so that the artifact won’t fall into enemy hands?

The epic narrative introduced in Dark Hope continues in Dark Rising as Hope crisscrosses some of the most ancient sites in Europe and plumbs the depths of history in search of the truth about the Key, herself, and love. Exploring themes of identity, fate, jealousy, trust, and forgiveness, Dark Rising’s mythological scope and moral urgency deepen as we come to understand the choices and consequences faced by a young woman determined to follow her heart and chart her own destiny.


To learn more about this book and see our review, go HERE.
 

 

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Monica McGurk loves nothing better than to craft thought-provoking, multilayered stories, showcasing strong girls and women overcoming big challenges.

Already a fan favorite, she received the 2013 TwiFic Fandom Undiscovered Gem award for Morning Star, her alternate ending to the Twilight series, written before the release of Breaking Dawn.

Her first novel in The Archangel Prophecies trilogy, Dark Hope, was published in 2014. Dark Rising is the second novel in this series. The final installment, Dark Before Dawn, is expected in 2016.

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15 winners will receive a copy of Dark Rising and Dark Hope. US only.

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50. Giveaway: Awake by Natasha Preston (US & Canada Only)

Awake

by Natasha Preston
 
Release Date: 8/4/2015

 

About the Book

Scarlett doesn’t remember anything before the age of five. Her parents say it’s from the trauma of seeing her house burn down, and she accepts the life they’ve created for her without question—until a car accident causes Scarlett to start remembering pieces of an unfamiliar past.
 
When a new guy moves into town, Scarlett feels an instant spark. But Noah knows the truth of Scarlett’s past, and he’s determined to shield her from it…because Scarlett grew up in a cult called Eternal Light, controlled by her biological parents.
 
And they want her back.


To learn more about this book and see our review, go HERE.
 


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UK native Natasha Preston grew up in small villages and towns. She discovered her love of writing when she shared a story online—and hasn’t looked back since. She enjoys writing romance, thrillers, gritty YA, and the occasional serial killer.

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15 winners will receive a signed copy of Awake. US and Canada only.

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