Michelle Leighton Gives a Glimpse into her New Book!

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Today I am pleased to welcome Michelle Leighton, author of The Reaping. She has a new book coming out, the 2nd installment of her Fahllen series: The Reckoning. She is graciously sharing with us a look into her new book, The Reckoning!
The Reckoning
Carson Porter thought she’d had one of her most challenging years to date when she began her transformation into a reaper, but little did she know her battle had only just begun.
Faced with changes in her boyfriend, Derek, the fear of her sister being able to steal her powers through mirrors and having to fight her every step of the way to rescue even one soul, Carson was nearly ready to throw in the towel.  Only she can’t.  During a visit from an angel, Carson learns that her destiny is far more important than even she realized—and far more deadly.  Can she dig deep within herself for the strength and the perseverance that she’ll need to carry out her mission?  And will she have to do so without Derek or can she recover the man she’d once loved so desperately?  Find out in the exciting conclusion of the Fahllen series, The Reckoning.
Now onto that Glimpse Look!  The beginning of The Reckoning!
Shadows flexed all around me as I made my way down the deserted street.  Long, black fingers stretched into the light—reaching for me, straining toward me—only to shrink quickly away, receding into the ocean of darkness.  They could no longer touch me, no longer get close to me.  They just didn’t know why.
Instinctively, I knew they wanted to hurt me, to envelope and smother me.  They wanted to curl their dark digits around my throat like a collar of death and squeeze until there was no life left in my body.  But they couldn’t.  My light, though not visible to the human eye, was too bright.  The shadows could not hold their form against it, against me.   They could not abide the white, shining soul of Heaven’s reaper.
 

You can buy this enticing new novel on Halloween Day (TODAY)! What better way can you celebrate Halloween!

If you haven’t already read the 1st installment in this amazing new series, get off your bum and do so!
Every hell has its devil. And Carson is about to become intimately acquainted with hers.

Seventeen-year-old wallflower Carson Porter has always dreamed of being something special, but what she gets isn’t what she signed up for.

Yeah, a girl’s supposed to change as she gets older, but this is ridiculous! Shiny skin, greener eyes and a run-in with the flesh-eating dead are just a few of the changes Carson has to adjust to, not to mention the arrival of very hot and very dangerous Derek Hrolf. If all that wasn’t enough to turn her once hum-drum life into something unrecognizable, a twin sister that haunts her from the shadows and a wheeling, dealing collector of souls will definitely do the trick. The question is: what will her life become? And what will she become?

 Don’t forget to enter in Michelle’s giveaway to win both The Reaping and The Reckoning!

Review: Variant by Robinson Wells

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Variant (Variant #1) by Robinson Wells
Publisher: HarperTeen
Published: October 4th 2011
Hardcover, 356 pages
Challenges: 100 Books in 2011, YA Series

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Benson Fisher thought that a scholarship to Maxfield Academy would be the ticket out of his dead-end life.

He was wrong.

Now he’s trapped in a school that’s surrounded by a razor-wire fence. A school where video cameras monitor his every move. Where there are no adults. Where the kids have split into groups in order to survive.

Where breaking the rules equals death.

But when Benson stumbles upon the school’s real secret, he realizes that playing by the rules could spell a fate worse than death, and that escape—his only real hope for survival—may be impossible.


I honestly wasn’t sure what to expect from this book, and to be honest I didn’t read the synopsis until I received the book and even then I didn’t read any reviews of it – I just really loved the cover! So I wasn’t really sure if it was a paranormal book, a mystery, a thriller or something else all together.  To my surprise I discovered a wonderful dystopian-like book!  When things are “too good to be true” they usually are….  Benson is given an amazing opportunity to attend an amazing school, perfect for him.  But Benson finds out perfect is not what it is all cracked up to be. Benson’s new world is full of many secrets and turbulence, forcing him to look for a literal escape. 

I love characters like Benson – strong willed, honest, and who never gives up no matter has happened to them.  Overall, Benson is a well rounded character.  

Robinson Wells has created a wonderful novel, full of unexpected twists and turns.  The plot of Variant is both slow paced and fast paced, each occurring when necessary, making this a very enjoyable read.  You are taken on a roller coaster of secrets and mystery.  You are constantly looking over your shoulder, trying to figure out who you can trust and what is going to happen next.  One word: CLIFFHANGER!

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“I’m the author of the upcoming YA dystopian-ish novel, Variant, which will be released October 18, 2011 from HarperTeen.”


Q&A with J. Gabriel Gates

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With just a few days left until Halloween, I thought it would be Perfect to ask J. Gabriel Gates a few questions about his new novel, The Sleepwalkers, a novel perfect for the Halloween Holiday!




I am sure you get this question a lot, but what was your inspiration for Sleepwalkers?
When I was in college at Florida State, there was this abandoned insane asylum way out in the woods outside Tallahassee called Sunnyland and I snuck into it a few times with some  friends of mine.  It had been empty for about twenty years.  There were wards where kids were kept, weird murals on the walls, strange banging sounds behind closed doors—then you’d open the door and find the room behind it empty.  Being there really felt like you were standing in the middle of a horror movie.  And the little hairs on the back of my neck were standing up the whole time.  Outside the place there were all these old live oak trees draped in Spanish moss.  It was all just supremely creepy.  When I decided to write a horror novel, my mind automatically gravitated back to that place, and it became the inspiration for the Dream Center in the book.    
I’ve heard from quite a few readers that The Sleepwalkers will give you nightmares… how do you feel about that?
Well, as twisted as it might sound, I take it as a compliment.  If you feel terrified riding a rollercoaster, that means it was a good rollercoaster.  To use another metaphor, a horror novel that doesn’t get inside your head and scare you is like a sports car that only goes thirty-five miles per hour.  What’s the point?  The horror that really gets me is the stuff that’s deeply rooted in the sub-conscious.  There are ideas and imagery that just strike a disturbing chord in us at the deepest level.  It’s not about blood or guts or people getting their heads chopped off.  It’s about tapping into something even deeper than the material world, something older and more primal.  That’s the stuff of nightmares.  And it’s the stuff of good horror novels, too.   

What type of books do you read? Do you personally read thrillers and paranormal books?
I read a really wide range of books.  I grew up loving fantasy, books like the Lord of the Rings series and the Shannara series by Terry Brooks.  But for years now, I’ve been  concentrating on reading literary fiction.  I love Hemingway, Dostoevsky, Herman Hesse, Shakespeare.  If you want to be a great writer, you need to read great writers.  To give you an idea of how widely my taste ranges, the last book I read was 1776 by David McCullough.  Now I’m reading Tuesdays With Morrie by Mitch Album.  After that, I’ll probably dip back into some Stephen King. 
I’m always very curious about how writers write – do you have a writing routine?
I definitely have a routine. I write in the mornings.  I wake up, walk my dog, eat my breakfast, make some coffee, and write.  I do that six days a week— every day except Sundays.  When I’m really into a project or pushing to meet a deadline, I’ll work for an hour or two in the afternoon, too, with a break in between the morning and afternoon sessions for lunch and a workout.  That’s the difference between a professional writer and an amateur, writing every day.  If you want to be a writer, write.  It’s a lifestyle.  It’s that simple.    
Can you give any hints into any new projects that you might be working on now, or will be soon?
Sure!  I just wrapped up work on Ghost Crown: The Tracks, Book 2, which is coming out in March.  It’s the second book in my teen martial arts fantasy saga The Tracks.  (Book 1, Dark Territory, is available now.)  Currently, I’m working on a really exciting novel called Blood  Zero  Sky, which is an action-packed, though-provoking dystopian adventure set in the not-too-distant future.  It’s going to be coming out in fall of 2012, also from HCI Books.  So, I’ve been keeping busy.  Information about all my projects is available on my website, www.jgabrielgates.com and on Facebook.
Can you give one interesting fact about yourself that no one knows (promise I won’t tell)?
Ha ha.  Good question.  I don’t know if I can think of anything that NO ONE else knows, since I’m a pretty open book…  But since my protagonist in The Sleepwalkers is a high schooler, maybe my readers would be interested to know something about my life in high school.  I played on the soccer team all four years, and I did a year each of wrestling, tennis, and track.  I would probably have done more sports, but most of the rest of my spare time was spent doing theater.  I loved acting in plays, and that’s actually what my college degree was in – theater.  I was also the homecoming escort (runner up to the king) and gave my class’s graduation speech.  For a horror writer, I guess it was a pretty benign existence.  I didn’t fight any supernatural monstrosities or anything.  But I did have a lot of fun.
You can find J. Gabriel Gates on his Site / Twitter / Facebook
 A chilling and masterfully crafted teen horror novel guaranteed to keep the pages turning, the mind reeling, and the lamp on any reader’s bedside table on long after midnight.

Privileged and popular Caleb Mason is celebrating his high school graduation when he receives a mysterious, disturbing letter from his long-lost childhood playmate, Christine. Caleb and his jokester friend Bean decide to travel to his tiny hometown of Hudsonville, Florida, to find her. Upon arrival, they discover the town has taken a horrifying turn for the worse. Caleb’s childhood home is abandoned and his father has disappeared. Children are going missing. The old insane asylum has reopened, and Christine is locked inside. Her mother, a witch, is consumed with madness, and Christine’s long-dead twin sister whispers clues to Caleb through the static of an a.m. radio. The terrifying prophesies of the spirits are coming to pass. Sixteen clocks are ticking; sixty-six murdered souls will bring about the end of the world. As Caleb peels back layer after layer of mystery, he uncovers a truth more horrible than anything he had imagined, a truth that could only be uttered by the lips of the dead.

 Author J. Gabriel Gates is a native of Marshall, Michigan. The son of an English teacher, his passion for the written word began at a young age. During college, another passion – for performing – led him to get his B.A. degree in theater from Florida State University.

During his years in Los Angeles, he appeared in a dozen national TV commercials and penned several screenplays while laying the groundwork for his career as a novelist.

His first two novels are Dark Territory: The Tracks, book 1, which is scheduled for release July 1st, and The Sleepwalkers, coming October 3rd, both from HCI Books.

He currently lives in Southwest Michigan.

Michelle Leighton Giveaway Pack

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We are almost at the end of the First Patricia’s Particular Halloween Bash.  I hope it has been enjoyable and a hit!  But I have saved some of the best for last! So without further ado, another giveaway!

One lucky winner is going to win ecopies of BOTH Michelle Leighton’s The Reaping and The Reckoning!

A NOT-TO-MISS-Series!!
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Into the Past with Jillian Dodd, author of That Boy + Giveaway

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I am pleased to have today Jillian Dodd, author of That Boy.
Jillian has graciously shared what books her past self would recommend at ages 5, 11, 16 & 20
So without further ado!
At age 5
my mom read to me. We usually read classics. My Friend Flicka, Treasure Island, Gulliver’s Travels, Huck Finn.
at 11
I read absolutely anything I could get my hands on. I’ve read every Nancy Drew mystery book. Loved Encyclopedia Brown. Read one of my favorite books ever, A Wrinkle in Time. I also read Are You There God, It’s me, Margaret around that age.
at 16
I was busy with sports, homework, and boys, so I didn’t read as much as I used to. I used to read Harlequin Romances that I borrowed from my friend’s mom, and felt very grown up. We also read more classic type books in school. Our Town, which is quoted in That Boy, was one of my favorites.
at 20
I was in college, working, partying, dating the guy I would marry. I liked anything romantic with a little bit of mystery or adventure. Sandra Brown, Sidney Sheldon, Janet Dailey, Elizabeth Lowell, Judith Michael. I loved The Spy Went Dancing and The Spy Wore Red by Aline the Countess of Romanones.
Since then, I’ve read so many things. I love Young Adult Series. Gossip Girl, The Clique, The It Girl, Young James Bond, Artemis Fowl, Pendragon, Deltora Quest.
I also love books with spies and adventure like anything by James Rollins, Dan Brown, Tom Clancy, David Balducci, Brad Thor, Daniel Silva, Janet Evanovich, Stuart Woods.
I loved the Harry Potter series, and enjoyed Twilight. I also totally cracked up at I Hope the Serve Beer in Hell.
This is what I’ve read in the last few months:
  • James Rollins, The Devils Colony
  • Stuart Woods, Bel-Air Dead
  • The YA fantasy, Exiled, by M.R. Merrick.
  • A Dan Brown style book, called The Hand of Christ by Joseph Nagle. (My current read right now is the sequel called The History Thief.)
  • And my new obsession by Lani Wendt Young is a book called Telesa. It’s got action, romance, intrigue, and a really hot guy. My kind of book!! I can’t wait for book two in the series.
  • Next up on my reading list is The Bridge Club by Patricia Sands.
  • Then I need to reread the last Twilight book before the movie comes out!! 
I have a whole lot of books and finally have a pretty big library to hold them all in! I also have a thing for hardback books. Those are the ones I always used to buy. Now days though, I read all my books on my kindle or nook. Ebooks are awesome, and I can buy twice as many!
Thanks for having me here today! It was great fun remembering all the great books through the years. Also wanted to let you know that the sequel to That Boy, which is called That Wedding, will be released in January 2011! And you can always find me on twitter @JillianDodd or at my blog, http://www.jilliandodd.wordpress.com
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~ GIVEAWAY~
Jillian Dodd is graciously giving away a copy of That Boy that you can download directly from her site.

To Enter:  Just leave a comment with your email contact

Giveaway ends November 1st

Details: Entrants must be 13 years or older, & this is INTERNATIONAL!

** 2011 Debut Author! **
That Boy is a contemporary romance about falling in love with the boys next door.

You know, being friends with two cute boys does have its benefits. 

There’s Danny. Danny is a golden boy in every way. He has dreamy blue eyes and blonde hair that always looks perfect, even when it’s windblown or been stuck under a football helmet. He’s the boy every girl crushes on. The boy I get into trouble with, the boy I fight with, the hot quarterback no girl can resist, not even me. Being with Danny is like being on an adventure. He has a bright, contagious smile and abs to die for. He’s pretty much irresistible.

Equally crush worthy is Phillip. Adorable, sweet Phillip, who I have known since birth.  Phillip has dark hair, a perfect smile, brown eyes, and the sexiest voice I have ever heard. He’s the boy I talk to every night before I go to sleep. The boy who rescues me, the boy who can read my mind, the boy who is always there for me, the boy who tries to keep me out of trouble, the boy who irritatingly keeps getting hotter, and whose strong arms always seem to find their way around me.  And when he gives me that grin, I can never say no.

One boy will give me my very first kiss.
One boy will teach me to make out.
One boy will take me to prom.
And finally, one boy will ask me to marry him.
They will both be my best friends.
But only one of them will be the boy I fall in love with.
Only one of them is That Boy.

 Like Jadyn, Jillian Dodd has drank from a keg in a cornfield, did attend the University of Nebraska, and once spent half a day walking beans.
Unlike Jadyn, she does know all the words to Dear Old Nebraska U.
She currently resides in Texas with her family, where she is working on the sequel to That Boy. 
She is a voracious reader herself and can easily lose a day immersed in a good book. She is an avid college football fan and active in her sorority’s alumni group. She was lucky enough to find her own prince in college, and they have two amazing children and a Maltese named Sugar Bear and a new Lab puppy named Camber Lacey. 
You can find Jillian Dodd at her Site / GoodReads / Twitter / Facebook 

Review: Earth by Shauna Granger + Flash Giveaway

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Earth (Elemental #1) by Shauna Granger
Publisher: CreateSpace
Published:  May 2nd 2011
Paperback, 232 pages
Challenges: 100 Books in 2011, YA Series2011 Debut Author, A-Z Challenge

Shayna and her two best friends have the abilities to manipulate and control the four elements, earth, air, water and fire. While learning to hone their growing powers, they discover a new and malicious presence in their sleepy beach town. Someone is performing blood magic and threatens to expose their small magical community. So far only small animals have been slaughtered, but then the nightmares start. Shayna suffers nightmares of being chased and sacrificed only to wake up bloodied and bruised. She thinks her magical blood is the ultimate target for the final blood rite. When an innocent girl, Tracy, is kidnapped Shayna knows it’s only a ploy to draw her out; she can’t let someone die because of her.

“I am an Earth Elemental; my magic speaks to the dirt, plants and animals.”
Reading Earth is like taking an honest look at Mother Nature and how we are connected to it, including the unknown (paranormal).  While what I call ‘paranormal magic’ makes for an entertaining read, ‘earth’ magic is a part of literature that does not seem to be explored as much.  Shauna Granger has excelled at exploring this.  At the same time Granger has found the perfect balance of ‘earth’ magic and teenage reality – you can’t help but love Shayna’s emotional roller coaster in her attraction to Jensen:
I was trying with all my effort not to glance around. I had to be careful to keep my face neutral and not look like I was trying to watch the new guy and at the same time not look like I was trying not to watch him. It was a delicate balancing act that girls have been trying to perfect for generations. Some girls are better at it than others.
Shauna Granger’s ability in character development is phenomenal!  Each character, including secondary, are fleshed out perfectly – Granger does not rush to develop her characters, but takes her time, allowing them to show you who they are versus the writer telling you.  I love Shayna, Jodi and Steven – each one is very unique but would  not be the same without the other one.  I love how Granger made this essential to the plot and development.  I ALSO fell in love with their banter – she really made their friendship REAL. Granger’s style of writing also makes this read very enjoyable and timeless – her writing creates a wonderful and relaxing flow in which you are not rushed to read .  I really took my time devouring every page and word, and not because I could not understand her writing or the plot, but because I loved it everything about it THAT MUCH!
One of my favorite things in life is finding new authors who show great promise, especially when they their works are part of a series.  Shauna Granger’s Elemental series is one of those that every YA fan should read!
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    Shauna’s WebSite / Facebook / Twitter
    I don’t do well talking about myself. So as basics go, I have recently self-published my first book, Earth, a Young Adult Urban Fantasy novel. I plan to release the second book, Air, very shortly. I have been working on the Elemental Series for the last four years and plan for it to be a 5 book series. It was a hard decision to self-publish but it’s been an exciting and terrifying ride.

    And to my readers (or fans of my cover), I have beautiful bookmarks that I would love to share with you. If you’d like one, drop me a note with your contact info and I’d be happy to send you one!”

    Flash Giveaway
    Shauna is graciously giving away some amazing goodies for her amazing book!
    Each stop on the tour will be giving away an ebook copy of Earth. Simply comment on MY blog post to enter their giveaway.
    Comment on every blog’s post to be entered into the Grand Prize for a signed print copy of soon to be released Air and bookmark! Second Grand Prize is a signed print copy of Earth and a bookmark! To complete your entry, come back to her blog on Oct. 29th.
     

    Giveaway Pack with E.J. Stevens

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    I first want to thank everyone who has particpated in my first Particular Halloween Bash – it has been a huge success so far and we still have a few more days to go.
    E.J. Stevens, author of the amazing Spirit Guide series is graciously giving away a huge Pack of Goodies!
    1 Lucky Winner Will Win:
    *1 signed copy of Legend of Witchtrot Road (Spirit Guide #3) by E.J. Stevens
    *1 Legend of Witchtrot Road oversize postcard/mini poster
    *1 Legend of Witchtrot Road bookmark
    *1 signed standard size Legend of Witchtrot Road postcard
    *1 signed She Smells the Dead postcard
    *1 signed Spirit Storm postcard
    *10 Spirit Guide Series trading cards
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