Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Debut Authors Bash: THE TEMPTATION OF ADAM by Dave Connis + Giveaway

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The Temptation of Adam
by Dave Connis


Adam Hawthorne is fine.


Yeah, his mother left, his older sister went with her, and his dad would rather read Nicholas Sparks novels than talk to him. And yeah, he spends his nights watching self-curated porn video playlists.

But Adam is fine.

When a family friend discovers Adam’s porn addiction, he’s forced to join an addiction support group: the self-proclaimed Knights of Vice. He goes because he has to, but the honesty of the Knights starts to slip past his defenses. Combine that with his sister’s out-of-the-blue return and the attention of a girl he meets in an AA meeting, and all the work Adam has put into being fine begins to unravel.

Now Adam has to face the causes and effects of his addiction, before he loses his new friends, his prodigal sister, and his almost semi-sort-of girlfriend.

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• Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary
• Publisher: Sky Pony Press
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In relation to the book, Dave Connis has also released an ALBUM titled Looking for Eden

"Looking For Eden is an album written in correlation to the young adult book, THE TEMPTATION OF ADAM (TOA) by Dave Connis. The album is a compilation of songs written by the very fictitious Colin Cratcher, the mentor of the main character, Adam Hawthorne, in the book." - Dave Connis

You guys, I am currently reading The Temptation of Adam (as I put this post together) and it is amazing. Colin Cratcher is definitely a memorable character, so I am loving the idea of this album!

Here are some lyric samples for you:


But when I see a small hallelujah to fill the emptiness of space
I think “cynic” is a name you can leave out in the rain (Track 1 - Drowning in Eden)

I’m not looking to kill. I’m not looking to bruise
That’s just what happens when I move I’m not looking to hurt.
I’m just looking for love In mirrors, wrong places, with a wasteland heart (Track 4 - Beast of Nashville)

I want to love you with abandon. Like I love myself
So take my mirror, darling, and scatter it like rain
My reflection is earthly and I want it to change (Track 6 - Love You With Abandon)

There’s redemption in our wastes.
A ceremony of dust and grace
A mess of lov
 A perfect mess of love (Track 8 - Mess of Love)

She came and loved me when she could’ve changed me
And I married her for that A ceremony of dust and glory.
We moved and never looked back (Track 12 - Dust to Cradle)

                           Check out all of the lyrics with annotations right here!
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I write words you can sing and words you can read. I live in Chattanooga, TN with my wife, Clara and a dog that barks at non-existent threats.

When I'm not writing YA or MG, I'm probably working really strange part-time jobs, and doing other things that actually give my family the ability to eat food. I'm a member of the Jedi Counsel, and I have a propensity to daydream when ever I attempt to be an adult.

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Friday, December 8, 2017

First Look: FURYBORN by Claire Legrand + Excerpt

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Furyborn
by Claire Legrand


The stunningly original, must-read fantasy of 2018 follows two fiercely independent young women, centuries apart, who hold the power to save their world...or doom it.

When assassins ambush her best friend, the crown prince, Rielle Dardenne risks everything to save him, exposing her ability to perform all seven kinds of elemental magic. The only people who should possess this extraordinary power are a pair of prophesied queens: a queen of light and salvation and a queen of blood and destruction. To prove she is the Sun Queen, Rielle must endure seven trials to test her magic. If she fails, she will be executed...unless the trials kill her first.

A thousand years later, the legend of Queen Rielle is a mere fairy tale to bounty hunter Eliana Ferracora. When the Undying Empire conquered her kingdom, she embraced violence to keep her family alive. Now, she believes herself untouchable--until her mother vanishes without a trace, along with countless other women in their city. To find her, Eliana joins a rebel captain on a dangerous mission and discovers that the evil at the heart of the empire is more terrible than she ever imagined.

As Rielle and Eliana fight in a cosmic war that spans millennia, their stories intersect, and the shocking connections between them ultimately determine the fate of their world--and of each other.

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Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy
• Pub Date: May 22, 2018
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
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Claire Legrand used to be a musician until she realized she couldn’t stop thinking about the stories in her head. Now she is a writer and librarian living in central New Jersey (although her heart will always live in her home state of Texas).

Her first novel is The Cavendish Home for Boys and Girls, one of the New York Public Library’s 100 Titles for Reading and Sharing in 2012. She is also the author of The Year of Shadows, a ghost story for middle grade readers, and Winterspell, a young adult retelling of The Nutcracker. Some Kind of Happiness, her middle grade novel about mental illness, family secrets, and the power of storytelling, is a 2017 Edgar Award Nominee. Claire’s latest novel, Foxheart, is a classic fantasy-adventure and a 2016 Junior Library Guild selection. She is one of the four authors behind The Cabinet of Curiosities, an anthology of dark middle grade short fiction that was a Junior Library Guild selection, a Bank Street Best Book, and among the New York Public Library’s 100 Titles for Reading and Sharing in 2014.

Her work is represented by Victoria Marini of the Irene Goodman Literary Agency.


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Thanks so much for stopping by! Happy Reading!

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Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Release Blitz: EVER THE BRAVE by Erin Summerill—Excerpt + Giveaway

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Ever the Brave
by Erin Summerill


Ever the Divided. Ever the Feared. Ever the Brave.

After saving King Aodren with her newfound Channeler powers, Britta only wants to live a peaceful life in her childhood home. Unfortunately, saving the King has created a tether between them she cannot sever, no matter how much she'd like to, and now he's insisting on making her a noble lady. And there are those who want to use Britta’s power for evil designs. If Britta cannot find a way to harness her new magical ability, her life—as well as her country—may be lost.

The stakes are higher than ever in the sequel to Ever the Hunted, as Britta struggles to protect her kingdom and her heart.

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Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy
Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers
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The king and his men ride away into the Ever Woods.
Gillian sweeps in, face beaming. I want to shake her shoulders and erase that smile. I slam the door.
“You look murderous.” Gillian spins around, her skirts swishing against the stone.
“I am.”
A blink. “You don’t like the dresses?”
“Really? You’ve been living with me for a month.”
“Right. So they’re not your usual choice, but they’re variety. Something different form brown trousers.
“They’re for the Royal Winter Feast Ball. He wants to sprinkle royal dust on me and make me noble.”
Gillian presses her hands to her cheeks and pretends to swoon.
“Stop it,” I snap.
She flounces into the bedroom and lifts a rose dress from the bed. That grin. Seeds. She’s as mad as the King Aodren.
The pull to the king, still taut in my chest, halves my attention from her squealing prattle. I press my palm to my sternum. I’d give anything to be free of him. To be able to live in peace on Papa’s land. But I don’t know how to break the bond.
If Enat were still alive — the thought flattens me — she’d know what to do. She’d tell me how to free myself from King Aodren. He’s been gone for five minutes, and I can still pick out his location in the Ever Woods.
I pound my fist on the door. I have to figure out a way to rid myself of the bond. I have to.
Gillian jerks to a stop. “It’s not the end of the world.”
I start to respond, but an answering rush of something strange and shuddery slips under the surface of my skin. I lurch, cradling my suddenly clammy hand, eyeing Gillian, then the door with growing alarm. Unease spreads from the top of my head to my heels, a drop of poison fanning through a jar of ale.
I’ve felt this way before.
“What is it?” Gillian’s fists crinkle a rose-colored gown. Breath suddenly short, I yank the door open and stare deep into the Evers. The breeze’s icy fingers caress my face. There’s nothing to see, but something is very wrong.

“The king.”


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Erin Summerill was born in England. After spending years bouncing between Air Force bases in Hawaii, England, and California, her family settled in Utah, where Erin graduated with a B.A. in English from Brigham Young University. She had aspirations to write the next great American novel, but writing proved tougher than she first thought. So she grabbed a Nikon and became a professional photographer while crafting manuscript after manuscript. The scenic detour of shooting weddings across the United States, as well as internationally, provided world-building inspiration. It gave her the vision to draft her debut YA fantasy, EVER THE HUNTED. Now when she isn’t writing, or shooting a wedding, she’s chasing her four kids, two dogs, one cat, and five chickens. This could be why she downs massive amounts of Coke Zero and Hot tamales.



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{Blog Tour} THE TRUTH BENEATH THE LIES by Amanda Searcy—Guest Post + Giveaway

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The Truth Beneath the Lies
by Amanda Searcy


Fight or Flight.


All Kayla Asher wants to do is run. Run from the government housing complex she calls home. Run from her unstable mother. Run from a desperate job at No Limit Foods. Run to a better, cleaner, safer life. Every day is one day closer to leaving.

All Betsy Hopewell wants to do is survive. Survive the burner phone hidden under her bed. Survive her new rules. Survive a new school with new classmates. Survive being watched. Every minute grants her another moment of life.

But when fate brings Kayla and Betsy together, only one girl will live.

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• Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary, Mystery/Thriller
• Pub Date: December 12, 2017
• Publisher: Delacorte Press
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by Amanda Searcy

MEET THE CHARACTERS OF
THE TRUTH BENEATH THE LIES


Kayla Asher is sixteen and a junior at Clairmont High School. She is fit and healthy with long blond hair. Beginning when she was five, Kayla lived with a really wonderful foster mother and a parade of foster brothers. When she was fourteen her mother, a recovering heroin addict, regained custody of her. They now live in a rundown public housing complex, leaving Kayla trapped between two worlds: her high school life with her friends from childhood and the dangerous world where she spends her nights.

Kayla works hard. She does well in school, goes to dance team practice, and has a job at a grocery store. She’s not going to live at the rundown Bluebird Estates forever; she knows that life can be safe and stable and she hungers to have that again.

Kayla: “Too much is riding on me always doing exactly the right thing. I have to get good grades. I have to participate in extracurricular activities. I have to work. I have to get a scholarship, go to college, and get out of here. I can’t risk everything because a guy made me feel special for a brief moment. That’s what happened to Mom.”

Betsy Hopewood is also sixteen. She and her mom have just moved to the small town of San Justo, Texas, near the Mexican border. Betsy is sickly thin with hacked off black hair. She’s been through a horrible traumatic experience and because of that she’s closed off to the world. San Justo is a very friendly town and people go back and forth between trying to be her friend and feeling confused about her standoffishness.

Betsy wants so badly to heal and move on with her life. She wants to have friends and make her mother proud. But she can’t. She can’t get away from her past. She can’t get away from the burner phone under her bed and the blinking message light that connects her to a violent man.

Betsy: “There’s a timid knock on my door. ‘Betsy?’ the voice asks, hopeful, as if somehow after entering the room, Betsy has turned into someone else. A happy girl with long, shiny hair and a big bright smile. Not a sad, pale girl with a dark and crooked cropped mop, wearing only a grungy white bra and too big shorts that sag around the waist. No such luck, Mom.”

Kayla and Betsy’s lives will crash together. And when they do, only one girl will survive.

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Amanda Searcy has a BA from New Mexico State University and an MA in human rights from the University of Essex in England. She works in collection development for a public library system and loves chocolate, cats, and curling up with a good book. She lives in New Mexico.

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