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1. An Ember in the Ashes (2015)

An Ember in the Ashes. Sabaa Tahir. 2015. Penguin. 446 pages. [Source: Library]

I definitely enjoyed reading Sabaa Tahir's An Ember in the Ashes. This young adult fantasy is a quick, compelling read with two narrators. Laia is a slave from the conquered Scholars tribe. Elias is a Mask, a soldier from the dominant (conquering) Martials tribe. The chapters alternate points of view. Which is good and bad. Good in that both narrators have action-packed stories that sometimes happen to collide. Bad in that the action is interrupted oh-so-often. And when you're all caught up in the moment, the last thing you want to do is switch narrators! Even if you know that in just a page or two you'll be swept right back up again. But at least both stories are fast-paced and action-packed. It could be a lot worse.

So. The world building is interesting. And the world-building is gradual in a way. You keep learning more about the world as the plot unfolds. It is never so unsettling that you're completely confused. But you know that the world is unique from the start.

So what is this one about? Laia turns to the rebel resistance when her brother is arrested and put in prison. She has no spy-skills to speak of, but, she's determined to do whatever it takes, no matter how hard, no matter how risky, to free him. She's placed as a spy within Blackcliff, the soldier-school, and her mistress is cruel. (She's also the Commandant.)

Elias is planning an escape of his own. He may have trained as a soldier--as a mask--but he's never bonded with his mask. He doesn't see himself as a cruel, heartless soldier who rapes and kills and follows orders. But he hesitates at the last minute, and decides to become an Aspirant instead. There were four named. Two will die. One will be the new emperor. One will take an oath to serve the new emperor until death. And the four trials will be more challenging, more risky, than anything he's ever faced before.

Both Elias and Laia are absolutely miserable and are facing huge challenges daily...

I liked it because sometimes you just need an intense, compelling read.

© 2015 Becky Laney of Becky's Book Reviews

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3. For those of you who said my previous image should have had to cat lying ON the writer's papers, not beside :-)

Posting this comic for my friend Joanne Levy and others who just told me that the image at the top of my previous post should have had the cat lying on TOP of the writer's papers, not beside. You cat people! ;-)

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4. Draw Tip Tuesday: Watercolour Bugs!

Watercolors can be rather unpredictable and that may scare you, but actually, it’s a lot of fun! You need just a tiny bit of paint and some water to start making art.
I created 4 little colorful bugs and could go on forever, but I won’t - I will leave you to it. You could create a bug pattern like this - you could let the paint dry and add more details or just leave them dry like this.

Whatever you do, enjoy the luscious colors and the magic of the watercolors mixing into each other, and make awesome art!

If you want to learn more, have a look on my website koosjekoene.nl and join one of my classes today!

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5. Looking for nonfiction?

People write to me asking about the merits of this or that nonfiction book or series, which one(s) I recommend, etc. Keeping up with them, and/or writing a comprehensive review is daunting, and something I have not done. A lot of nonfiction has photographs that I like. For example, Marcia Keegan's books (listed below in the not recommended section) are about Pueblo people. I like the photos! The captions... not so much. I'm pretty sure Pueblo kids would like those photos, too, and I'd love to sit with them and write new captions for the photos. Maybe we'd use a Sharpie! And we could re-write problematic text, too! That would be an excellent activity, showing them that books have errors--that, in this case, the kids know more than the author... that books are not perfect. 

Though I've not done any reviews of series, I can offer this:

In A Broken Flute: The Native Experience in Books for Children edited by Doris Seale and Beverly Slapin, you'll find a section titled "Reviews: Photoessays of Indian Children." 

I strongly encourage you to buy A Broken Flute and read the reviews in their entirety. You'll learn a lot from studying those reviews. That study will help you in your collection development (decisions on what to get/what to weed) in the future. Here's my sorting of the reviews into three categories, recommended/recommended, but some parts uneven/not recommended and in two parts. First are books that stand alone, and second are books in a series. 


Ancona, George:
  • Earth Daughter: Alicia of Acoma Pueblo
  • Mayeros: A Yucatan Maya Family
  • Pablo Remembers: The Fiesta of the Day of the Dead
  • Powwow

Jenness, Aylette and Alice Rivers. In Two Worlds: A Yup'ik Eskimo Family

LaDuke, Winona and Waseyabin Kapashesit. The Sugar Bush

McMillan, Bruce. Salmon Summer

Rendon, Marcie. Powwow Summer: A Family Celebrates the Circle of Life

Rose, LaVera. Grandchildren of the Lakota

Thompson, Sheila (Carrier). Cheryl Bibalhatsl/Cheryl's Potlach

Recommended, but some parts uneven 

Brown, Tricia. Children of the Midnight Sun: Young Native Voices of Alaska. 

Gravelle, Karen. Growing Up: Where the Partridge Drums Its Wings 

Kendall, Ross. Eskimo Boy: Life in an Inupiaq Eskimo Village

Sola, Michele. Angela Weaves a Dream: The Story of a Young Maya Artist

Wolf, Bernard. Beneath the Stone: A Mexican Zapotec Tale

Not recommended

Garcia, Guy. Spirit of the Maya: A Boy Explores His People's Mysterious Past

Hazen-Hammond, Suzan. Thunder Bear and Ko: The Buffalo Nation and Nambe Pueblo

Hoyt-Goldsmith, Diane.
  • Apache Rodeo
  • Arctic Hunter
  • Buffalo Days
  • Cherokee Summer
  • Day of the Dead: A Mexican-American Celebration
  • Lacrosse: The National Game of the Iroquois
  • Potlatch: A Tsimshian Celebration
  • Pueblo Storyteller
  • Totem Pole

Keegan, Marcia
  • Pueblo Boy: Growing Up in Two Worlds
  • Pueblo Girls: Growing Up in Two Worlds

Mott, Evelyn Clarke. Dancing Rainbows

Reynolds, Jan. Frozen Land: Vanishing Cultures

Wood, Ted, with Wanbli Numpa Afraid of Hawk. A Boy Becomes a Man at Wounded Knee


Recommended, but parts uneven

"My World: Young Native Americans Today"
Published by Beyond Words, in association with the National Museum of the American Indian
  • Belarde-Lewis, Miranda. Meet Lydia: A Native Girl from Southeast Alaska
  • Secakuku, Susan. Meet Mindy: A Native Girl from the Southwest
  • Tayac, Gabrielle. Meet Naiche: A Native Boy from the Chesapeake Bay Area

"We Are Still Here"
Published by Lerner
  • Braine, Susan. Drumbeat... Heartbeat: A Celebration of the Powwow
  • Hunter, Sally. Four Seasons of Corn: A Winnebago Tradition
  • King, Sandra and Catherine Whipple. Shannon: An Ojibway Dancer
  • Mercredi, Morningstar and Darren McNally. Fort Chipewyan Homecoming: A Journey to Native Canada
  • Nichols, Richard and D. Bambi Kraus. A Story to Tell: Traditions of a Tlingit Community
  • Peters, Russell M. Clambake: A Wampanoag Tradition
  • Regguinti, Gordon. The Sacred Harvest: Ojibway Wild Rice Gathering
  • Roessel, Monty. Kinaalda: A Navajo Girl Grows Up
  • Roessel, Monty. Songs from the Loom: A Navajo Girl Learns to Weave
  • Swentzell, Rina and Bill Steen. Children of Clay: A Family of Pueblo Potters
  • Wittstock, Laura Waterman and Dale Kakkak. Ininatig's Gift of Sugar: Traditional Sugarmaking
  • Wittstock, Laura Waterman and Dale Kakkak. Sugar Bush: Ojibway Maple Sugarmaking
  • Yamane, Linda. Weaving a California Tradition: A Native American Basketweaver

Not recommended

"The Library of Intergenerational Learning: Native Americans"
Published by PowerKids/Rosen

Kavasch, E. Barrie. 
  • Apache Children and Elders Talk Together
  • Blackfoot Children and Elders Talk Together
  • Crow Children and Elders Talk Together
  • Lakota Sioux Children and Elders Talk Together
  • Seminole Children and Elders Talk Together
  • Zuni Children and Elders Talk Together

"The World's Children" (exception is Grandchildren of the Lakota by LaVera Rose)
Published by Carolrhoda/Lerner

Hermes, Jules. Children of Guatemala

Pitkanen, Matti A. The Grandchildren of the Incas

Staub, Frank. 
  • Children of the Sierra Madre
  • Children of the Tlingit
  • Children of Yucatan

One more thing!

Another reason to get a copy of A Broken Flute is its guide to evaluating photo essays! Here's a photo of the top part of it:

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6. My Denver Trip: The Flights are Booked!

Yeh! I'm all set... 

Remember my on-line workshop on children's book illustration? well, I fly off to Denver to start my filming adventure on September 7th and will be away for a whole week. Craftsy have a travel agent who has sorted it all out for me. They have managed to get really good flights times, so no getting up at the crack of dawn, or arriving at midnight. 

It sounds like I will be looked after well when I get there too. I will be chauffeured between the airport, hotel and film studio, which will make things lovely and relaxed. There's nothing like relinquishing all responsibility for that part of things. I still get a thrill from flying and travelling alone is an even bigger adventure, but there's always a slight worry of things going awry, so I'm glad to be looked after.

An added bonus: I will be taken to the studio each morning by the hair and makeup artist, who will hopefully make me look at least 10 years younger. We'll see! 

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7. Emily Dickinson Documentary on Kickstarter

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8. Literary Events This Week: Felicia Day and the Franklin Park Reading Series

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9. हे राम

cartoon hangama by monica

हे राम !!! जिस तरह से संसद नही चल रही और मानसून सत्र मे धरने आदि का दौर जारी है उसे देख कर स्वर्ग में बैठ कलाम साहब भी यही सोच रहे होंगें …

don’t challenge the law: sumitra mahajan to MPs – Navbharat Times

सुमित्रा महाजनफोटो शेयर करें नई दिल्ली लोकसभा में पोस्टर दिखाने वाले वाईएसआर कांग्रेस सदस्यों को नियमों का पालन करने की हिदायत देते हुए अध्यक्ष सुमित्रा महाजन ने आज कहा कि सांसदों को अपनी बात रखने और मंत्रियों से आश्वासन लेने का हक है लेकिन जानबूझकर नियमों को चुनौती देकर नहीं। लोकसभा में आज कार्यवाही शुरू होने पर वाईएसआर कांग्रेस के सदस्य आंध्र प्रदेश को विशेष दर्जा दिए जाने की मांग करते हुए पोस्टर लेकर आध्यक्ष के आसन के पास आ गए, जबकि टीआरएस सदस्य सत्तापक्ष की ओर प्रधानमंत्री की सीट के बगल में खड़े होकर तेलंगाना के लिए अलग हाई कोर्ट की मांग कर रहे थे। वाईएसआर कांग्रेस और टीआरएस सदस्यों की मांग के बीच सदन में गृह मंत्री राजनाथ सिंह ने कहा कि आंध्र प्रदेश के संबंध में कुछ विषय उठे हैं और निश्चित तौर पर सरकार उस पर ध्यान दे रही है। उन्होंने कहा कि आंध्र प्रदेश के साथ कोई अन्याय नहीं होने देंगे। गृह मंत्री ने कहा, ‘तेलंगाना के बारे में अभी हमारी विधि मंत्री से बात हुई है। विधि मंत्री इस मुद्दे का समाधान निकालने के लिए प्रयत्नशील हैं। सरकार अपनी तरफ से प्रयत्नशील है। जहां तक संभव होगा सरकार इस बारे में बात करके समाधान निकालेगी।’ मिलती-जुलती खबरेंराहुल बोले, लैंड बिल पर हमने सरकार को डराकर भगा दिया’चाहे संसद से बाहर फेंक दें, पीछे नहीं हटेंगे’स्पीकर के ऐक्शन के खिलाफ भारी बवाललोकसभा में कांग्रेस के 25 सांसद सस्पेंड’काम नहीं, तो वेतन नहीं’ पर चिढ़ी कांग्रेस वाईएसआर कांग्रेस के सदस्य इसके बाद भी आसन के पास नारेबाजी करते रहे और टीआरएस सदस्य सदन में सत्तापक्ष की ओर कतार बनाकर खड़े रहे। इस पर अध्यक्ष ने कहा, ‘जब आप सांसद बनकर आते हैं, तब आपको नियम पुस्तिका दी जाती है। यह नियम पुस्तिका एक व्यक्ति ने नहीं बनाई है। संसद की समिति ने इसे बनाया है। सदन सवाल उठाने के लिए है, मंत्री से आश्वासन लेने के लिए है।’ उन्होंने कहा, ‘नियम आपके ही बनाए हुए है। आप जानबूझकर नियमों को चुनौती दे रहे हैं। आप अपनी बात रखें और मैं आपको प्रश्नकाल के बाद मौका दूंगी लेकिन नियमों को चुनौती देते हुए नहीं।’ इससे पहले सुबह सदन की कार्यवाही शुरू होने पर अध्यक्ष सुमित्रा महाजन ने कहा था कि उन्हें दुष्यंत चौटाला और जितेन्द्र रेड्डी के अलग-अलग विषयों पर नोटिस प्राप्त हुए है। उन्होंने दुष्यंत चौटाला से अपने नोटिस को दूसरे रूप में पेश करने को कहा और रेड्डी से उनके मामले को प्रश्नकाल के बाद उठाने का मौका देने की बात कही। इस दौरान सदन में लेफ्ट, आरजेडी और एसपी सदस्यों ने सदन से निलंबित कांग्रेस सदस्यों का निलंबन वापस लेने की मांग करते हुए नारेबाजी की। सदस्य अपनी बात रखना चाहते थे। समाजवादी पार्टी अध्यक्ष मुलायम सिंह यादव ने भी कुछ कहने का प्रयास किया। हालांकि, स्पीकर ने उनसे प्रश्नकाल के बाद बात रखने को कहा। इससे असंतुष्ट लेफ्ट पार्टियों, समाजवादी पार्टी और आरजेडी सदस्य सदन से वॉकआउट कर गए। अध्यक्ष ने वाईएसआर कांग्रेस सदस्यों की नारेबाजी के बीच ही पूरा प्रश्नकाल चलाया। उल्लेखनीय है कि मानसून सत्र शुरू होने के बाद से ही सुषमा स्वराज, वसुंधरा राजे और शिवराज सिंह चौहान के इस्तीफे की मांग पर दबाव बनाने के लिए सदन में पोस्टर दिखाने और आसन के समक्ष आने वाले कांग्रेस के 25 सदस्यों को अध्यक्ष सुमित्रा महाजन ने कल सदन की पांच बैठकों के लिए निलंबित कर दिया था। See more…

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10. Penelope Perfect - a bookwrap

Unwrapping some perfect quotes...

Unwrapping today today's book...

Authored by Shannon Anderson and illustrated by Katie Kath

Ages 5-9

Unwrapping some illustrations for you to peek at...

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11. Review of Firefly Hollow

mcghee_firefly hollowFirefly Hollow
by Alison McGhee; illus. by Christopher Denise
Intermediate   Atheneum   292 pp.
8/15   978-1-4424-2336-7   $16.99   g
e-book ed. 978-1-4424-9812-9   $10.99

A kindred spirit “understands the deepest dream of your heart,” Vole says to Firefly and Cricket. This trio of friends has big dreams: Vole dreams of sailing down the river to rejoin family and friends lost in a flood years before; Firefly dreams of flying to the moon; and baseball-loving Cricket yearns to be the best catcher since Yogi Berra. Vole has no community, and Firefly and Cricket feel like outsiders in theirs. The affectionate third-person narration follows each friend’s preparations for his or her quest, and when the time comes, Firefly does indeed shoot for the stars, Cricket makes the big catch, and Vole realizes he has not lost everything after all. McGhee has so ably created a believable world where dreams can come true that the entwined fates of a firefly, a cricket, and a vole (and their “miniature giant” friend Peter, a human boy) will move readers with its rightness. Where once they had sung “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” with abandon, Firefly now says, upon returning from her aerial adventure, “It’s not true, you know…That part in the song that says you don’t care if you never get back…I cared.” Fifteen full-color plates (only three seen) will embellish the finished edition.

From the July/August 2015 issue of The Horn Book Magazine.


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12. Book Review: Pretty Is by Maggie Mitchell

From Goodreads:
The summer precocious Lois and pretty Carly May were twelve years old, they were kidnapped, driven across the country, and held in a cabin in the woods for two months by a charismatic stranger. Nearly twenty years later, Lois has become a professor, teaching British literature at a small college in upstate New York, and Carly May is an actress in Los Angeles, drinking too much and struggling to revive her career. When a movie with a shockingly familiar plot draws the two women together once more, they must face the public exposure of their secret history and confront the dark longings and unspeakable truths that haunt them still. Maggie Mitchell's Pretty Is beautifully defies ripped-from-the-headlines crime story expectations and announces the debut of a masterful new storytelling talent. 
I want to start with the positives, so I'm going to put entertainment value first with this book.  I feel like when I start with critiques, it sounds like I didn't enjoy the book, and I want it to be clear that I thoroughly enjoyed my read of this one, despite having some issues with the writing.

Entertainment Value
I love kidnapping stories, and was super intrigued by this one, which had the promise of not just a kidnapping but a mysterious secret the kidnapped girls have been keeping for almost twenty years.  In terms of engagement with the story, this did not disappoint.  I loved the creepiness of Lois and her modern stalker contrasted with the seeming innocence of the actual kidnapper.  I also enjoyed having both Lois and Carly May as narrators and getting to hear each explore their beliefs and opinions about the other.  My one complaint is that the ending didn't live up to the tension that builds during the book.  It happens too  quickly and without as much drama as the reader expects with all of the tension throughout the book.

This is where I had some real issues with the book.  If the book were intended to be a thriller and had a harrowing or twisted ending, I wouldn't have minded that we never really and truly figure out what the kidnapper was thinking or whether or not Lois is in her right mind.  On the other hand, I wouldn't mind the anti-climactic ending if we had really gotten into the psychology of the characters and the kidnapper.  Unfortunately, we get just a touch of both, and neither left me feeling fulfilled.  I never really understood the motivations of any of the characters, including our two narrators.  And I didn't feel like we got a good glimpse at where they were headed or how they had been impacted by the trauma in any way other than the most obvious actions - drinking, writing a book based on the story, losing touch with family.  I felt like the author tried too hard to fill the book with both thrills and psychology, but didn't really manage to pull of either at the end.

I enjoyed my reading experience and devoured the book in two sittings.  In that way, the book was a complete success.  It's a debut novel, and I think it was a fairly strong first novel.  On the other hand, I felt let down by the ending and never really connected with the motivations of any character, which was a disappointment.  I'm not sure that I'd recommend this one to others, but I will keep an eye on Mitchell's future writing and would be willing to read her again.

Thanks to NetGalley for providing me with a copy to review.

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13. Monkey Shines

Good morning folks! Today I have an old image, with a new twist. This enthusiastic monkey(in black and white form) originally graced the back side of my self promotional postcards, along with my contact info.

The new twist is that it is now in color. I was posting to FB, and wanted an image to represent my site for a link within the post. So I colorized the drawing and put my web address on it. Unfortunately in a FB post you can't move elements around like a blog post. Images get lumped together in the bottom of your post. And you can't move an image up in a post to go below a specific paragraph. Since I wanted to post another link (to Vimeo) later in the post I couldn't use the finished color monkey in the FB post.

So you get to enjoy it here on the blog! I've always liked this drawing. Playful, good tone values, and it's got a monkey.

Well, I hope you enjoyed this image, and post. I hope your day goes well, where ever you are. God bless, and thank you for stopping by. --Ryan

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


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

b2ap3_thumbnail_9781939106407.jpgREBEL WING (REBEL WING #1)

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.

b2ap3_thumbnail_RW2-Stormfall.jpgSTORM FALL (REBEL WING #2)

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.
b2ap3_thumbnail_RW3-TornSky-Cvr.jpgTORN SKY (REBEL WING #3)
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.

b2ap3_thumbnail_TBsmall.jpgAbout the Author

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.

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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What female character in books, TV, or film do you most aspire to be like? What are her greatest strengths? What are YOUR greatest strengths?

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15. Fall Preview: Centrala offers Cooking, Trains and the Klan

Centrala is a Polish indie comics publisher that recently opened a London office, which s helping their books get wider distribution. They have three new books including what sounds like an intriguing tale about two German police officers who join the Klan to make friends and meet girls, an anthology mixing comics and cooking and a book adapting a famous Polish poem about a train into a 60 foot long comic! Eastern European comics are usually thought of as an "emerging" scene, but with publishers like Centrala and the Latvian kuš! collective getting notice, they've emerged quite a bit. Here's the Centrala books, which are all available for order.

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16. Donald Trump Biography Release Date Moved Up

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17. The Raven's Child by Thomas E. Sniegoski, art by Tom Brown

The Raven's Child written by Thomas E. Sniegoski with art by Tom Brown flies into bookstores today!

A mesmerizing dark world filled with monsters, where humanity's only hope lies in the bravery of one woman...

When the Throng came, the human race never stood a chance. The monsters were simply too strong, too numerous. It only took a few months for them to take over and leave the few poor souls who survived cowering in terror for years to come.

But even the monsters fear something: the dark goddess known as the Raven's Child. Legend says that she alone is destined to destroy the Throng and free those under their cruel power.

And whoever wields her name and image could become the bane of the Throng and an inspiration to humankind - even if she were only a young woman, like Carissa Devin, who has vowed to reclaim the world for the human race, no matter what the cost...

Available at Amazon.com
Available at Amazon.co.uk
Published by InkLit
ISBN-10: 0425279073
ISBN-13: 978-0425279076

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18. Sweet Champagne! Veuve Clicquot RICH Premieres at Hotel Danieli Terrace

Veuve Clicquot Rich Premieres on Danieli Terrace
(Venice, Italy) The innovative Champagne, Veuve Clicquot, has been around for centuries. The favorite bubbly in royal courts throughout Europe, Veuve Clicquot is at the forefront in introducing new generations to sparkling wine. Sure to shock conservative Champagne fans and delight those open to new experiences, their latest creation, Veuve Clicquot RICH, breaks all the rules.

Veuve Clicquot RICH on Danieli Terrace
Served on ice, with added, selected ingredients -- like pineapple, bell pepper or cucumber -- the sweet Veuve Clicquot Rich Champagne is specifically made for mixing. With this creative mixology, Veuve Clicquot is determined to shatter the notion that Champagne is only for birthdays and New Year's Eve, hoping to transform it into a conventional drink. Last night, Veuve Clicquot Rich made its debut in Venice on the rooftop terrace of the Hotel Danieli.

Veuve Clicquot RICH
According to tradition, the term "rich" was applied to sparkling wines because of their sugar content, which is where Dominique Demarvile, Veuve Clicquot Cellar Master, found inspiration for the new effervescent drink. The glamorous bottle was wrapped in elegant silver foil; the serving glasses were big and bold.

Nibbles at the Danieli Terrace
The buffet featured lots of fish, much of it raw, including sushi, which I gorged myself on. I love sushi smothered with wasabi, and was given my own scoop so I could indulge. The food was a perfect complement to the sweet Veuve Clicquot Rich -- in fact, I preferred drinking it to Japanese beer.

Veuve Clicquot Rich Venice debut crowd on Danieli Terrace
The guests all seemed to enjoy the evening, judging by the quantities of Rich and food consumed. I chatted with the under-30 crowd, who agreed they preferred Veuve Clicquot Rich to "regular" Champagne. The nifty little booklet that accompanied the launch encourages you to become your own mixologist, and includes different recipes you can experiment with.

Veuve Clicquot Rich is one of the exclusive new brands unveiled by LVMH that celebrate the summer season. In Venice, Rich is available only at the Hotel Danieli until the end of the year. Go to Veuve Clicquot Rich for more information.

Ciao from Venezia,
Venetian Cat - The Venice Blog

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19. Ask a Book Buyer: Post-Apocalyptic Delights

At Powell's, our book buyers select all the new books in our vast inventory. If we need a book recommendation, we turn to our team of resident experts. Need a gift idea for a fan of vampire novels? Looking for a guide that will best demonstrate how to knit argyle socks? Need a book for [...]

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20. New from Stephen Biesty!

Who loves Stephen Biesty's wonderful cross section books?  I do, for sure.  Look what goes on sale this month.  Check your bookstore and library for his other illuminating books,  Visit his website for a slideshow of his illustrations.
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21. Holly Black Inks Deal for Young Adult Trilogy

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22. 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:

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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by Jamie Blair and Dawn Rae Miller
Release date: November 10, 2015
Publisher: Jamie Blair and Dawn Rae Miller
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?

b2ap3_thumbnail_German-headshot2-small.jpgAbout the Authors

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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Giveaway Details

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). 

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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23. Image Comics website gets a makeover, offers digital collections

A lot of the major comics publishers have websites that were set-up in the long ago days, and just like a street that slowly gets repaved in sections over a year, they are all getting revamped for the modern mobile and sharing era. Now it’s Image’s turn, as they’ve just put up a streamlined, updated […]

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24. YouTuber Creates a Hunger Games and Game of Thrones Mash-Up Video

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The Goodnight Star
by Amy sparkes

I'm really pleased to be able to share with you my latest book 'The Goodnight Star' beautifully written by Amy Sparkes and published by Random House Children's Books. 'The Goodnight Star' will be available to buy from 27th August.

 'Megan is afraid of the dark.'

 'Holding the star carefully, she climbed up to her treehouse...

 This image was my favourite so I was really pleased that it was chosen for the cover.

'The Goodnight Star' is my 8th book with Random House Children's Books. I'd like to thank the team at Random for all their help. Special thanks to Kerrie and Joe.

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