Feb 25, 2013

Blog Tour: Rhiannon Frater and Kody Boye - The Midnight Spell

Rhiannon Frater and Kody Boye - The Midnight Spell

• Pub Date: February 26, 2013
• Publisher: Rhiannon Frater
• Format: Paperback / Ebook
• Age Range: Young Adult

Best friends since kindergarten, Adam and Christy have always been the perpetual outsiders in their small town in Texas. The other kids call Adam gay and Christy a witch.

On both counts the bullies are right.

Their junior year in high school seems destined to be the same old same old until Christy decides to cast a love spell for Adam at the midnight hour. The next day an alluring and mysterious boy enrolls at school and sets hearts aflutter, including Adam’s. Meanwhile, Christy’s mad crush on the handsome football player Ian seems to be going nowhere fast and her witch puberty is making her life miserable.

When a great evil arrives in town that threatens everything they hold dear, the best friends realize that finding a boyfriend is the least of their worries. Soon Adam and Christy will have to battle a force of darkness that has killed in their town before, and will again.

YA and the Lack of LGBTQ Protaganists
By Rhiannon Frater and Kody Boye

Rhiannon’s Viewpoint:

It was a no-brainer when we started THE MIDNIGHT SPELL that one of our primary characters would be part of the LGBTQ community. Kody is out and very open about his sexuality and I am a straight supporter with a passion for my LGBTQ friends and family.

We didn’t want Christy to be the primary character with a snarky, queeny gay best friend as her sidekick. We also didn’t want Adam to be the sulky, suicidal morose bullied gay character. We wanted to create two very real teenagers facing the difficulties of growing up while remaining each other’s staunch supporters.

When we decided to alternate POV in the story, Kody took on the voice of Adam and infused him with a great sense of humor and a truthfulness that I personally found refreshing and educational. I remember at one point in the story, Adam has a very adverse situation to an event. I thought it seemed a bit extreme, but then Kody pointed out that gay kids have a different viewpoint than straight kids on certain issues. I suggested he bring that into the narrative, and the result was a very emotional learning moment for the reader.

I’m very happy with THE MIDNIGHT SPELL and its positive portrayal of a gay young man growing up in a small town in Texas. I not only think we need more LGBTQ characters in fiction as a whole, but also ones that represent the community in a non-stereotypical way.

Kody’s Viewpoint:

Going into THE MIDNIGHT SPELL, Rhiannon and I had three DON’Ts for the character of Adam: don’t be queeny, don’t be sulky, and don’t be emotionally-crippled. There are many people who, when asked what they think a gay person will act like, they’ll say, ‘the flamboyant gay guy snapping his fingers, who knows every America’s Next Top Model contestant and what the difference between brand A and B is, down to its make,’ or they’ll describe the eccentric outcast who wears eyeliner and is constantly bullied.

That I feel is the big problem -- the stereotype. The most common I see are the theater kid, the closeted jock and the mentally-disturbed loner. Get beyond high school and we see characters like them become drug addicts, murderers, prostitutes or porn stars--when, realistically, that’s not the case at all. Some of the most successful people of the twenty-first century have identified as LGBT, yet in the media we’re often described as hopeless ticking timebombs due to explode in a tragic manner or people who fade into obscurity because ‘the audience doesn’t care about them.’ It sends a really negative example to young people who don’t identify within a general ‘normal’ spectrum. Gay teenagers are at such a high risk for drug use, self harm, suicide and many other things, all because we as a society aren’t watching out for their better needs.

I think the hardest part for people to understand is that not every LGBT kid’s story is tragic. Even I had a hard time processing it while writing Adam, because I didn’t grow up in that kind of environment. I didn’t have friends like Christy, Drifter, Olivia, etc. -- I was in the background, alone and shadowed by my own insecurity -- yet I’ve seen others who’ve been completely the opposite of that, who’ve had families who supported them and communities who accepted them without question.

It’s good to show a positive representation of what the world will become. Give it time -- it’ll happen.

Rhiannon Frater is the award-winning author of the As the World Dies trilogy (The First Days, Fighting to Survive, Siege,) and the author of three other books: the vampire novels Pretty When She Dies and The Tale of the Vampire Bride and the young-adult zombie novel The Living Dead Boy and the Zombie Hunters. Inspired to independently produce her work from the urging of her fans, she published The First Days in late 2008 and quickly gathered a cult following. She won the Dead Letter Award back-to-back for both The First Days and Fighting to Survive, the former of which the Harrisburg Book Examiner called ‘one of the best zombie books of the decade.’ Rhiannon is currently represented by Hannah Gordon of the Foundry + Literary Media agency. You may contact her by sending an email to rhiannonfrater@gmail.com.

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Kody Boye was born and raised in Southeastern Idaho. Since his initial publication in the Yellow Mama Webzine in 2007, he has gone on to sell nearly three-dozen stories to various markets. He is the author of the short story collection Amorous Things, the novella The Diary of Dakota Hammell, the zombie novel Sunrise and the dark fantasy novel Blood. His fiction has been described as ‘Surreal, beautiful and harrowing’ (Fantastic Horror,) while he himself has been heralded as a writer beyond his years(Bitten by Books.) He currently lives and writes in the Austin, Texas area.

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Feb 21, 2013

Blog Tour: Angela Carling - Shackled

Angela Carling - Shackled

• Pub Date: June 1, 2012
• Publisher: Acacia Publishing
• Format: Paperback / Ebook, 212 pages
• Age Range: Young Adult

After shy, quiet Lucy and her family move from their small hometown in Minnesota to Seattle, Washington, she is surprised when Ryan, the most popular boy at school, asks her out. Soon, she is swept up in a whirlwind romance and her naive and trusting nature allows her to fall head over heels in love with her too-good-to-be-true suitor. Suddenly, Lucy finds herself enraptured by the excitement of her new relationship, leaving her blinded to the warning signs of danger ahead. Can her fairy tale romance last, or will she find that her prince charming is more like a wolf in sheep's clothing?

Top Ten Reasons

Hi there! My name is Angela Carling and I am the author of two Young Adult books, Unbreakable Love and Shackled (which is being featured on this blog tour). I’m so excited to share Lucy’s crazy awesome story in Shackled and also guest post for Mickey today.

I was once asked why I chose to write YA novels, after all they are all about teenagers and I am indisputably all grown up. That answer was easy, I <3 teenagers, in fact, I have two of my own. In this post, I’m going to give you ten reasons why I love spending time with teens!

Reason #1. So I can keep up with all the latest fashions (although I must tell you that they are wearing the exact same colors and styles I wore in high school in the late 1980’s)

Reason #2 To learn about new technology trends. I was doing an author visit at a school last week and a class of eighth graders rudely informed me that Facebook is now lame and instagram is the hot thing. Already knew that, but only because my teenagers told me

Reason # 3 Teen drama gives me an endless pool of story ideas. Whoever wrote truth is stranger than fiction probably hung out with teenagers.

Reason # 4 For brutally honest feedback. I ask a teenager for an opinion, I get three or four. Sometimes those opinions help me become a better writer. Sometimes I just ignore them.

Reason #5 Teens are in at a great place in life. They’re old enough to carry on a decent conversation, but not old enough to be jaded by life’s disappointments.

Reason #6 Their futures are unwritten. That means, by writing YA I get to have a small, positive influence on their lives.

Reason #7 Me and teenagers both like to crank up our music….really loud! I may drive an SUV, but I can still make some noise!

Reason #8 Teenagers know how to cut loose. As parents, all the fun gets suck out of us by raising our own kids. Hanging out with teens, reminds me it’s good to play and have fun.

Reason #9 To learn a new language using words like: YOLO AND CRAY

Reason #10 The last reason and my favorite one of all…because teens are our future. In a few short years, today’s teens will be parents and leaders and like it or not, they will change our world. Are they a little crazy, yeah, but I’ve also found them to be creative and strong and just plain amazing.

Thanks for stopping by. I’d love to get to know you better. Please feel free to friend me on goodreads or stop by my facebook page! Talk to you later!

Angela Carling was raised in Palm Springs, California but now resides in Phoenix, Arizona with her husband, three kids and five felines. After years of denial, she final admitted, that she is in fact, a hopeless romantic, which allowed her to let down her hair and write her first book, Unbreakable Love. Her second book, Shackled was released summer 2012. She always eats the frosting of her cake and cookies but leaves the rest, and can be caught singing in public bathrooms just for the acoustics. She graduated from Brigham Young University with a Bachelor's degree in Psychology. When she is not writing YA novels, she is secretly using her family as Guiney pigs to test what she learned in College.

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Feb 19, 2013

Cover Reveal: Megan Hand - Bitter Angel

Megan Hand - Bitter Angel

Title: Bitter Angel
Author: Megan Hand
Expected release date: April 1, 2013
Genre:  Thriller
Age Group: New Adult
Cover Designer: BDesign  
Cover reveal organized by: AToMR Tours

Book Description:
Torn between two realities.
A choice that will mean life or death.
She won’t know anything… until she wakes up.

College sophomore, Lila Spencer lived Friday night twice. She doesn’t know how or why, just that she did. As if she split in half and went in two different directions.

Out clubbing with her friends, Heather and Nilah, the girls rock it out and party hard. What begins as an innocent night will lead to a deadly fight for their lives, and Lila might be their only chance for survival.

In bed with her boyfriend, Jay, Lila is safe and warm as she drifts to sleep in the arms of the man she loves. Until she is sucked into a horrifying nightmare of her friends’ deaths.

As the sunlight warms her face on Saturday morning, the two scenarios collide. But there can be only one outcome. Will she wake up in her warm bed with Jay by her side, devastated and grieving for her friends? Or was she there to save them?

The answer is just the beginning.

At twelve, Megan decided to write a novel. A month later, she quit. A reading junkie by nature, she started writing again in her twenties as a way to get the voices out, because who wouldn't want to create a Real Living Person out of thin air? Megan also plays the piano and sings. She teaches little kids and takes pictures of pretty butterflies. She eats way too much chocolate, is sort of a mad scientist with her blender, and spends an unhealthy amount of time LOLing on Facebook and Twitter. She lives in Ohio with her husband and very smiley son. Bitter Angel is her first published novel.

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Feb 18, 2013

ARCs Up For Grabs!

So here's the deal!

Below you will find a list of ARCs that I currently have in my possession and would love to send to you! About 90% of them were never read, and they're all in great condition. They're mostly from ALA last year over the summer, so they're not new ARCs, and they're mostly out already. If you don't mind paying shipping, then I don't mind sending them to you. It's usually $3 media mail for me to send out books. If there is a book you'd like, please COMMENT ON THIS BLOG POST with your email address and the book you want (title and author so we don't get confused). This will ensure a first-come-first-served line so we don't have to worry about who gets what. I love you all and wish I could give everyone what they ask for, but I'm sure there will be doubles. I'll try to go through the list as I get shipping payments so we all know what's left, but who knows. Anyway, let's recap so we're all straight on this:
  • Leave a COMMENT on this blog post with the title and author of the book you want.
  • Be sure to include your email address so I can get shipping info from you.
  • You must pay shipping ($3) for EACH book before I will send the book out.
  • If you want tracking, that's $0.80 extra.
  • I'll accept whatever means you need to use in order to get cash to me:
    • Paypal
    • Check/cash in the mail
    • I guess that's about it.. lol. Email me if you think of another option.
  • Sorry, but I do not want trades. I have too many books that go unread already. 
  • I will email you to confirm and get payment.
  • I'll email you when the book gets mailed.

I think that's it. Are you ready for the list? Hopefully you find something you like! In no particular order..

Jennifer Brown - Perfect Escape
Susan Elizabeth Phillips - The Great Escape
Ann Kelley -The Lost Girls
James Preller - Before You Go
Andrew Clemens - About Average
Gina Rosati - Auracle
Laura Lascarso - Counting Backwards
Jeffrey Ford - Crackpot Palace
Cyn Balog - Touched
Jessica Warman - Beautiful Lies
Alexandra Adornetto - Heaven
Shannon Hale - Palace of Stone
Karsten Knight - Wildefire
Karsten Knight - Embers and Echoes
CJ Redwine - Defiance
Elizabeth Fama - Monstrous Beauty
Elizabeth George - The Edge of Nowhere
Gregg Olsen - Betrayal
Elle and Blair Fowler - Beneath the Glitter
Lane Davis - I Swear
Melissa Marr - Carnival of Souls
Jessica Shirvington - Entice
Jonathan Maberry - Flesh and Bone
Douglas Nicholas - Something Red
Maggie Stiefvater - The Raven Boys
Gretchen McNeil- Ten
Han/Vivian - Burn for Burn
Gabrielle Zevin - Because it is My Blood
Francine Prose -The Turning
Tonya Hurley - The Blessed
Ilsa J Bick - Shadows
Suzy Cox - The Dead Girls Detective Agency
Darren Shan - Zom-B
Catherine Fisher - Darkwater
Donna Cooner - Skinny
Schulman - League of Strays
Robison Wells - Feedback
Stoltz/Bass - Lucid
Sarah Crossan - Breathe
Kresley Cole - Poison Princess
Daniel Marks - Velveteen
Colleen Clayton - What Happens Next
Jocelynn Drake - Angel's Ink
Mike Mullen - Ashen Winter
Paul Griffin - Burning Blue
Fiona Paul - Venom
Chris Howard - Rootless
Amy McNamara - Lovely, Dark and Deep
Janet Ruth Young - My Beautiful Failure
Christopher Pike - Witch World
Katie Kacvinsky - Middle Ground
Leah Stewart - The History of Us
Marie Lu - Prodigy

So there it is. If you request a book and I can't find it, I'll let you know. They're all in my upstairs room, so hopefully they're all together. I probably have more than this, so I may add more to the list. I'll let you all know if that happens. Thanks everyone! If you have questions, let me know.

Feb 15, 2013

Book Blast: Brina Courtney - Their Promise

Brina Courtney - Their Promise

• Pub Date: August 15, 2012
• Publisher: Laurelis Press
• Format: Ebook, 83 pages
• Age Range: Young Adult

One moment can change your life.
One moment to find love.
One moment to lose it.

Hannah Dewmont and Chase Harper are the perfect pair. With their lives intertwined since childhood and their love in full bloom, it seems only natural that they'd make plans for a future together. A future that includes promises... promises that will prove impossible to keep.

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Brina Courtney is a young adult author obsessed with chocolate, crime shows, and fantasy movies. She's spent the last few years as a beauty queen and elementary teacher. She lives in a small town in Pennsylvania with her husband and two very loud, small dogs.

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Feb 14, 2013

Cover Reveal: Lisa Becker - Double Click

Lisa Becker - Double Click

Check out my review for Click here, and then check out her upcoming sequel, Double Click!

Feb 12, 2013

Book Blast: Leah Clifford - A Touch Menacing

It’s nearly time to say good bye to Eden and her friends with the conclusion of the A Touch Trilogy from author Leah Clifford.
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Whether you’ve been there from the beginning when Eden first met Az in A TOUCH MORTAL. Spent countless hours contemplating with other A Touch Trilogy fans over the fate of the kitten, from A TOUCH MORBID. Or are just joining us now, the conclusion to Leah Clifford’s A Touch Trilogy promises to be heart stopping and well worth the wait!

Pick up whichever novel you need to catch up before MENACING’S March 5th release date. You don’t want to be the only one not talking about this book!

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A Touch Trilogy #3
Author: Leah Clifford

Release Date: March 5th

Eden is dying. For real, this time.

She is crumbling to ash, and an unnatural plague is ravaging mortals and immortals alike. With both Heaven and Hell out to destroy her, Eden can no longer tell the difference between good and evil.

Friends become enemies. And enemies are everywhere.

But don't underestimate Eden. She'll fight for her life, for the lives of those she loves, and for every life she has ever touched.

She'll fight for revenge. For redemption. For—just maybe—the chance to be mortal again.

Everything began with forbidden love.

What will be sacrificed at the bitter end?

The dramatic conclusion to Leah Clifford's dark, alluring trilogy of life, death, and epic love.


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Leah Clifford currently lives in Ohio, but frequently dreams of finding an abandoned mansion in the south that she can restore. In her spare time she loves to travel and has been known to drive over two hours to get kickass quesadillas. So far for jobs she's sold corn at a roadside stand, been a pizza delivery girl, a camp counselor, an extreme cave tour guide, a flight attendant, a waitress (x3), a grocery store clerk and a writer. Out of all of them, writing has been the most fun. She's pretty sure she's gonna stick with it.



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Feb 7, 2013

Blog Tour/Giveaway: Devri Walls - Wings of Tavea

Devri Walls - Wings of Tavea

• Pub Date: January 31, 2013
• Publisher: StoneHouse Ink
• Format: Paperback / Ebook, 450 pages
• Age Range: Young Adult

Kiora is rapidly learning that evil and lies come in shades of black and white and swirling greys, but nothing could have prepared her for the shock of leaving Meros. Kiora and her protector Emane step through the pass into a world they never knew existed but were always meant to save, only to find it far worse than they could have ever imagined. Good has been forced into hiding for its own survival, while the rest of the land bows to the Shadow, a force that pushes any remaining thoughts of Dralazar from Kiora s mind. This land is full of new creatures, each more dangerous than the last. Her visions have taken on a deadly twist, and magic, or what comes of it, was never so real. And then there is Alcander: a Tavean, their guide, and an entirely different kind of trouble.

Excerpt from Wings of Tavea
by Devri Walls

The Prince turned his head, scanning the area. Kiora could feel the corded muscles in his arms as he continued to hold her up. “Can you stand if I let go of you?” he asked.
She nodded, reluctantly pulling back from him.
“Good.” Pulling his sword, he turned to face the wood, whispering to her over his shoulder. “Listen carefully and do what I tell you.”
His eyes scanned, looking for any sign of their attackers. A long low growl came from his left. Kiora froze, following Emane’s gaze as he slowly turned to face it. Two sparkling black eyes shown out from the branches, intently fixed on him.
“There it is,” he hissed.
Growls and snarls began erupting from every side. Kiora whimpered, taking a step backwards. Emane reached back, grabbing her hand, and pulled her tight in behind him. Holding his sword out in front, they watched as set after set of eyes began emerging from the shadows of the trees.
“What are they?” he whispered, his hand tightening around her wrist.
The first set of eyes to appear stepped fully out from the trees and into the sun. Kiora’s heart sunk as the gigantic black creature came into view. It was a hound of nightmarish proportions, taller, wider. Its face was sharp with a longer snout and enormous ears. But what was most frightening was the evil intelligence that glittered behind those black eyes.
Emane’s sword swung towards it. “Why does it look like it’s thinking?” he muttered. “I don’t like it, dogs don’t look like that.”
“That is no dog.” Kiora whispered, her eyes wide. Their threads were plunging through her heart, icy cold and dark. She could not ignore them.
Drool dripped from the beast’s wide, fang-filled mouth, as it gave another long growl. The rest of the pack emerged from the tree line, following command.
Emane crouched lower, swinging his sword back and forth in front of them, trying to keep an eye on all of them.
There were probably fifteen hounds, growling and snapping their jaws, but not one attacked.
“What is going on?” Kiora whispered, her frozen heart still managing to beat madly. “Why are they just standing there?”
The predators had boxed them in nicely against the river, but the pack kept its distance, each glancing periodically over at the largest of the pack. Almost as if they were...waiting for permission, Kiora realized, sickly. Emane began slowly backing up, pushing Kiora closer to the river. It was the only way left to go.
The Prince whispered over his shoulder, not taking his eyes off the hounds. “Any ideas?”
She scanned the creatures again, they were in trouble. “No.”
The leader took a step forward, emitting a low angry growl. The others followed suit. “Back into the water, Kiora, now.”
Kiora obediently took a step backwards, gasping as the frigid water splashed up her legs. Stepping back again, she gripped Emane’s shoulder as the current whipped around her ankles. It wasn’t only cold, but incredibly fast. Emane began backing up as well, keeping himself between the creatures and Kiora.
“Run, Kiora,” he said calmly. It was the calm that frightened her most.
She glanced behind her at the river, and then back at the hounds, “No,” she said clenching her teeth. “I am not going to just leave you here, your sword isn’t going to do any...”
“Do it, Kiora, now!” he yelled shoving her away from him. The hounds snarled and snapped their jaws in response to the noise.
“Emane!” she shouted.
He took one more step backwards, “Kiora! Now!”
Her gut wrenching, she groaned and turned to the river. The water splashed up against her in freezing spray. The river dropped off quickly, the shallow edges giving way to nearly waist-deep, freezing water. The current pushed back against her as her feet slipped on the smooth river rocks. Hearing splashing behind her she tried to move faster, hopefully it was Emane, but there was no time to look. The next thing she knew her head was underwater. She struggled to the surface gasping for air.
“Emane,” she sputtered, before the river pulled her back under.
Her lungs screamed at her as she slid along the bottom. Desperately reaching out she drug her fingers along trying to hold onto anything, but the rocks were smooth and flat. Panic pushed in on all sides. Her lungs ached for a breath. Three fingers lodged under a stone and her heart leaped, but then she slipped free again. Then, she felt fingers close around her wrist, jerking her up out of the water. Gasping great mouthfuls of air, Emane shouted in her ear.
“Kiora, move!”
Disoriented and coughing she turned to see the large black dogs leaping one after another into the water. Struggling to her feet and still gasping, she clung tightly to Emane as he attempted to drag her to the other bank. Slipping again, Emane tightened his arms around her waist, pulling her back to her feet with a grunt.
A frightened yelp came from behind them. Twisting, she looked over Emane’s shoulder to see one of the hounds being pulled downstream. The others were struggling but making headway.
Kiora had to do something.
Leaning on Emane, she concentrated on the small rocks at the shore as she never had before. The rocks jerked themselves out of the mud flying towards the creatures, hitting three squarely between the eyes. They yelped. The impact was enough that all three lost their footing, each one falling victim to a river that did not forgive mistakes. Their heads vanished beneath the water and did not appear again.
Emane dragged Kiora to the bank, roughly pushing her forwards. She dug her fingers into the mud struggling upwards, her feet slipping. Finally with her feet beneath her she searched for something else she could use. The remaining hounds were not far behind.
Emane scrambled up behind her. Leaning on his knees, he panted, “I don't know how much longer we've got, Kiora!”
“Use your sword!” she yelled, scanning the bank for something larger than the few rocks she had already used.
Emane looked at the remaining set of ten snapping jaws making their way towards them and back to Kiora, “I’m good, but I’m not that good.”
“I’m trying, Emane!” she yelled. “I don’t know what else to use!” She spun in a circle, there had to be something, anything! But this side of the bank was mainly mud and trees. A greedy snarl turned her attention back to the bank as one of the giant heads appeared over the edge, his claws digging easily into the mud.
“Emane!” she screamed.

Emane’s jaw fell slack, “Kiora, is that a…a…” he closed his eyes, breathing out.
“A dragon, yes.” Turning back, she peered through the trees trying to get a better look at the dragon. “But it’s not the one I saw in my vision.”
Emane took a step up behind her, putting his face over her shoulder, he hissed in her ear. “There is more than one of those things?”
“At least four now.”
“What?” Prince Emane shouted jerking backwards.
Kiora cringed as the dragon turned its head toward them, letting out a thunderous roar.
“So, Eleana, you now harbor eavesdropping children?” Its voice was deep, male, and resonated with a melodic quality.
“Those children are who we have been discussing,” Eleana answered calmly.
The dragon stretched its brown scaly neck around one of the trees to get a better look at the two humans that stood staring at him. His head moved past Kiora without much of a glance to focus in on Emane. “This is the Solus?”
“No, Morcant, the other one.”
Pulling his head back a bit, his eyes widened slightly in surprise at the sight of Kiora. Pulling back further, the dragon turned his massive head to the side looking at Eleana. “The Solus is a female?”
“Yes, Morcant, she is. Kiora, Emane, will you both please come over here?”
They picked their way through to where Aleric, Eleana and the giant dragon were standing. Kiora was not sure how the dragon had gotten himself in there in the first place. She glanced behind the dragon at a huge section of trees that had been crushed like toothpicks.
Oh, that’s how, she thought.
Eleana put her hand on Kiora's shoulder. “Kiora, this is Morcant. Morcant, this is Kiora, the Solus. And this is her Protector,” she hesitated for a moment, before naming him, “Prince Emane.”
Morcant raised his eyebrows as Emane was introduced. “Did you say ‘Prince’?”
“I did. Morcant,” she warned, “he is not his family, just as you are not yours.”
Morcant humphed. Poking his massive face forward, he nearly butted Emane in the head. Emane jumped back, looking nervously back and forth from the dragon to Eleana.
“That was an interesting little tidbit you kept from me, Eleana.”
Eleana pulled her head higher, sliding between Morcant and Emane. “It was Epona’s decision, Morcant. You may take it up with her.”
Pulling his head back to his full height, Morcant snorted in disgust.
Kiora could not get over how he sounded when he spoke. On one hand, the sheer volume was frightening. But on the other hand, it was so melodic and the tone so beautiful she didn't want him to stop talking.
“Morcant, I know it has been some time since you have had company,” Eleana chided, stepping away from Emane. “But do you think you could perhaps try to recall some manners?”
The giant dragon smiled, exposing a very large row of huge teeth. He bent his head low to the ground in between Kiora and Emane's feet. “I am very pleased to meet both of you.” His eyes shifted over to look at Eleana. “I apologize for my dreadful manners,” his voice dripped with sarcasm and amusement. “As Eleana mentioned, it has indeed been some time since I have had the need for conversation.”
Kiora looked down at him, a smile playing across her lips.
Morcant pulled his head up slightly so he stood nose to nose with her. “What are you thinking, girl?”
“Her name is Kiora.” Eleana corrected.
"Of course, Kiora. Those dreadful manners of mine.” He smiled wide again exposing his teeth. “What is it that you are thinking, Kiora?”
“I was thinking what a lovely creature you are.”
The dragon pulled himself up to full size, snapping a few branches in the process, letting loose a bellowing laugh. Kiora could feel her insides vibrating as the sound rippled through the forest.
“Lovely creature, she says! I like her, Eleana. I don't think anyone has ever called me that, not in at least three thousand years.” His laugh was still bellowing around them. He raised a foot and stomped the ground in sheer delight. The shock wave from the impact rolled through the ground knocking Aleric, Kiora and Emane off their feet.
“Morcant!” Eleana yelled over him, “You are going to kill them all if you are not careful.”
Morcant abruptly stopped, looking down at the pile of humans struggling to stand. Kiora pushed herself back to her feet, rubbing her elbow.
“Sorry,” Morcant chortled. “I had forgotten the frailty of man.” He clicked his tongue “Too bad, really. You could do so much more without all those limitations.”

Devri Walls lives in Kuna Idaho with her husband and two kids. She has worked as a music teacher and currently, a preschool teacher. She majored in theater and her love of a story still drives her today. Thankfully, she has finally found an outlet for all the voices in her head. Her first novel, Wings of Arian, is available on Amazon, Barnes and Nobles and Apple.

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Feb 5, 2013

Release Day Promo: Faith Sullivan - Heartbeat

Faith Sullivan - Heartbeat

• Pub Date: February 5, 2013
• Publisher: Faith Sullivan
• Format: Ebook, 165 pages
• Age Range: New Adult

Katie and Adam are afraid of love.

She carries the scars of a first kiss gone terribly wrong.

He uproots his life to flee the stinging betrayal of an ex.

When trust is no longer an option, all romance is suspect.

As a young paramedic, Adam rescues people for a living but cannot save himself. Katie, just out of high school, struggles with a tortured home life she cannot escape.

Everything changes when Katie hops into the front seat of Adam's ambulance. Overwhelmed by what they are feeling, neither possess the confidence to make the first move. They walk away from each other, full of regret.

To find her, Adam risks his future. To be with him, Katie sacrifices her security.

Little do they know, what little time they do have, is being measured by a heartbeat that is slowly dying out.

Oh hey! So a book I edited comes out today, and I want to share it with you guys. Perhaps I am a bit partial, but I don't care. I really enjoyed this book! This isn't a review, so I won't go into detail, but I think you all need to read it. This NA age range is really enjoyable, and this book is totally unpredictable. You'll think you have it all figured out, but OH THE END! I love it. So yeah.. umm.. maybe go get this one? Faith is a very friendly author, so reach out to her! Enjoy!!

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Feb 1, 2013

Cover Reveal: Jaime Guerard - Awaken

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Jaime Guerard - Awaken

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AGE GROUP: 14 - 20+





Three things run through my mind at this very moment…
ONE, my life as I once knew it will never be the same.
TWO, the person I’m in love with might not even exist.
THREE, the deception that has unfolded before me has the power of life and death.

Sixteen year old, Breanna Davis, has heard the saying; life isn’t always what it seems…well, that saying rings true now more than ever. As horrifying visions appear before her, revealing tragedies that will forever change the fate of those she loves, she realizes that she may be the only person who can stop them from becoming reality.

Amongst the chaos of this new discovery, Bre is faced with a stranger, Eve, who moves in on Bre’s friends and begins to follow her every move. As Eve’s true motives begin to surface, Bre must fight against, not only the visions, but the dangers Eve holds close.

There is another secret kept- Collin, a boy held captive in Bre’s dreams, the boy she is secretly falling in love with but isn’t sure he even exists. As she tries to make it work with Austin, an old friend who could possibly be more, Bre battles against her feelings for Collin.

Bre is faced with an almost impossible decision, to choose her life or follow her destiny. If she doesn’t intercede, people will certainly die. If she does, her own life could be at stake. In the end, if she fails, she’ll lose everything.

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