Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Release Blitz: Starflight by Melissa Landers


Hey there, booklovers!

I’m author Melissa Landers, and I’m thrilled to announce the release of STARFLIGHT, the first in a brand new sci-fi series from Disney-Hyperion. I originally pitched this story to my editor as “Overboard” (one of my favorite romantic comedies) meets “Firefly” (an amazing show that was tragically cancelled after one season). STARFLIGHT follows the misadventures of Solara Brooks, a penniless felon who indentures herself to her high school nemesis, Doran Spaulding, in exchange for passage to a new world. But when Doran’s memory is temporarily erased, Solara convinces him their roles are reversed—that she’s the master and he’s the servant—and leads him onto a renegade spaceship, where intergalactic shenanigans ensue. STARFLIGHT is very different in tone from the Alienated trilogy, but the story is still filled with all the things I love: humor, heart, and adventure.

What do reviewers have to say?

“Get ready for blast-off! Action-packed and utterly addictive, nobody writes like Melissa Landers. A smart, satisfying romance set in a vividly detailed world, Starflight was just plain fun!” –New York Times bestselling author Amie Kaufman

“Teens will be bracing themselves during the swashbuckling action scenes. A great choice for fans of raw sci-fi action, reminiscent of the lawlessness presented in the television series Firefly.” –School Library Journal

“A lively tale of romance, space pirates, conspiracy, and made (as opposed to genetic) families.” –Booklist

If you like your sci-fi adventure served with a side of romance, I hope you’ll pick up a copy of STARFLIGHT today. It’s now available in stores and online.

Synopsis:

Life in the outer realm is a lawless, dirty, hard existence, and Solara Brooks is hungry for it. Just out of the orphanage, she needs a fresh start in a place where nobody cares about the engine grease beneath her fingernails or the felony tattoos across her knuckles. She's so desperate to reach the realm that she's willing to indenture herself to Doran Spaulding, the rich and popular quarterback who made her life miserable all through high school, in exchange for passage aboard the spaceliner Zenith.

When a twist of fate lands them instead on the Banshee, a vessel of dubious repute, Doran learns he's been framed on Earth for conspiracy. As he pursues a set of mysterious coordinates rumored to hold the key to clearing his name, he and Solara must get past their enmity to work together and evade those out for their arrest. Life on the Banshee may be tumultuous, but as Solara and Doran are forced to question everything they once believed about their world—and each other—the ship becomes home, and the eccentric crew family. But what Solara and Doran discover on the mysterious Planet X has the power to not only alter their lives, but the existence of everyone in the universe...

You Can Find it At:
Amazon
Barnes & Noble
Book Depository (Free international shipping!)
Indie Bound

Giveaway:

To celebrate my book birthday, I’m offering one lucky winner a STARFLIGHT swag pack, complete with custom nail wraps, bookmarks, and a mini poster! The giveaway is open internationally. Due to sweepstakes laws, entrants must be 18 years or older to participate.

Best of luck, and happy reading!

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Author Bio:

Melissa Landers is a former teacher who left the classroom to pursue other worlds. A proud sci-fi geek, she isn’t afraid to wear her Princess Leia costume in public—just ask her husband and three kids. She lives outside Cincinnati in the small town of Loveland, “Sweetheart of Ohio."
You Can Find Her At:
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Monday, February 1, 2016

Greta and the Lost Army Guest Post

Guest Post:

Greta has always been a kick-ass character, but what made her so capable of adapting to her new environment on Mylena when other girls her age who may have found themselves trapped in a hostile world without any resources might have fallen apart under the stress?

Greta was thirteen when she ended up in this other world. It was summer vacation and she’d just had her birthday. When she started talking to me way back in the very beginning, I knew she was a Leo.

Leo's are natural born leaders, and they will let you know it because they have a tendency to be high-minded and vocal about their opinions. But they also have a savvy way of analyzing a situation and executing swift judgment with a beneficial outcome. It comes from being a leader. They are brave, intuitive, and also head-strong and willful. Beneath their dynamic persona is a generous, loving, sensitive nature that they don’t like to share. They might be a bit bossy, but this comes from a need to do good.

Sounds familiar, right? This totally fits Greta’s personality.

But what does it say about her love life?

Well, Isaac’s zodiac sign was harder to pin down because he lives under a different set of stars, of course. But given the timing of his birthday and the way he reacts to her, I pegged him for a Capricorn.

Capricorn is more conservative, hard working and traditional than Leo, and that fits Isaac’s personality for sure. Both are extremely devoted, however, especially to teach other. And while they may seem to be an unlikely couple on the surface, their love will grow as they discover similarities. Leo can be outrageous, while Capricorn has a simpler nature. Both Signs are very strong and determined, but they are open to learning from one another.


When it comes right down to it, both Greta and Isaac are strong personalities, and they’re definitely going to butt heads along the way to true love, but if they remain open and honest with one another, then they can be one hell of a power-couple! :D

Synopsis:

A fate as unavoidable as love itself…

After spending the last four years trapped in a place of monsters, demons, and magick, the last thing the fierce teenage bounty hunter Greta expected was to ever be back on Earth. But a rare opportunity gives her and the Goblin King Isaac the opportunity to do just that. Now she’s home. With a boy in tow. And her parents have lots of questions.

Although Greta finally has her heart’s deepest wish—to see her family again—every step she takes to reconnect with them drives her further away from Isaac. Greta and Isaac planned for her to return to Mylena and become his queen, but she’s not sure if she can go back to that harsh world, though staying on Earth means giving up the boy she loves.

But a powerful enemy refuses to let Greta escape. A demon who will stop at nothing to destroy her and everything she loves. Even if it means following her to Earth and forcing her to face a fate as unavoidable as love itself.

You Can Find it At:
Amazon
Indigo/Chapters

Also Available:

Greta and the Goblin King, Greta and the Glass Kingdom

Author Bio:

Chloe Jacobs is a native of nowhere and everywhere, having jumped around to practically every Province of Canada before finally settling in Ontario where she has now been living for a respectable number of years. Her husband and son are the two best people in the entire world, but they also make her wish she'd at least gotten a female cat. No such luck. And although the day job keeps her busy, she carves out as much time as possible to write. Bringing new characters to life and finding out what makes them tick and how badly she can make them suffer is one of her greatest pleasures, almost better than chocolate and fuzzy pink bunny slippers.

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Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Blog Tour: Assassin's Heart by Sarah Ahiers


Guest Post:

I asked Sarah how she did the world building for the novel. Here's her answer!

I love to build worlds.

I love to think up a new society and culture and pick and prod at it, wondering how they do things differently than we do things in real life. And because I write fantasy, there are often many things that come into play.

In ASSASSIN’S HEART, Lea’s world is a world of ghosts and gods. People die and turn into angry ghosts, and those ghosts in turn kill more people. So because of this, I had to sit and ponder what it means for the cultures and societies plagued by these ghosts.

What would happen if the ghosts only came out at night? That would mean cultures that were day-oriented. Which would mean people who rise early and greet the sun. And perhaps a roaring inn business because once the sun sets, people would be afraid to walk the streets to reach their homes. And if suddenly a city or country found themselves free of the ghosts, they would probably go a bit overboard in their celebrations of reclaiming the night.

And then, of course, the kingdom of Lovero has a patron god of murder, death and resurrection, which required so much brainstorming. How would their culture react to Families of assassins? Would they fear them? Worship them as disciples of their gods? And how would someone worship a disciple of their god who has also killed someone they love? There’s probably some conflict in the hearts of many of the citizens of Lovero. Is this something that comes up in their society? Most likely.

Finally, the kingdom of Lovero in ASSASSIN’S HEART is modeled after a renaissance Italy (if, you know, renaissance Italy had angry ghosts milling about) and so I did a fair amount of research there.

I’m lucky enough to have visited Italy when I was a teenager. So much of the setting is pulled from my own memory (if you’ve never been to Italy and you get the chance to go, do so!) But the renaissance level of technology required some research on my part. I needed to know how their kitchens functioned. How their toilets functioned. What their clothing was like. I wanted Italian-esque sounding names for places and people, so it required a lot of surname research and place-name research. And once I had a good feeling of both, it also helped me for when I wanted names of people or places to sound different, as clues that maybe these people weren’t Loveran. Or to make it clear when Lea travels outside of Lovero that those place names don’t sound as similar.

But that’s why I love worldbuilding. Because it lets me ask “what if” questions. And when I find answers, I get to ask more questions, digging deeper and deeper until I find a sturdy foundation upon which to build my story.

Title: Assassin's Heart
Author: Sarah Ahiers
Release: February 2, 2016
Pages: 400
Publisher: HarperTeen
Formats: Hardcover, eBook, audiobook

Synopsis:

In the kingdom of Lovero, nine rival Families of assassins lawfully kill people for a price. As a highly skilled member of one of these powerful clans, seventeen-year-old Lea Saldana has always trusted in the strength of her Family. Until she awakens to find them murdered and her home in flames. The Da Vias, the Saldanas’ biggest enemy, must be responsible—and Lea should have seen it coming. But her secret relationship with the Da Vias’ son, Val, has clouded her otherwise killer instinct—and given the Da Vias more reason than ever to take her Family down.

Racked with guilt and shattered over Val’s probable betrayal, Lea sets out to even the score, with her heart set on retaliation and only one thought clear in her mind: make the Da Vias pay.

With shades of The Godfather and Romeo and Juliet, this richly imagined fantasy from debut author Sarah Ahiers is a story of love, lies, and the ultimate vengeance.

You Can Find it At:
iBooks

Author Bio:

Sarah Ahiers is working towards an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults and lives in Minnesota with three dogs and a house full of critters. She has a collection of steampunk hats and when she’s not writing she fills her time with good games, good food, good friends and good family.

Sarah writes Young Adult and Middle Grade novels and occasionally dabbles in Picture Books. Fantasy is her favorite genre, though she sometimes can be found playing around with Horror and other things that go bump in the night.

Sarah’s debut novel, ASSASSIN’S HEART (HarperTeen, February 2nd, 2016) is a Young Adult Fantasy. In the Kingdom of Lovero, where families of assassins lawfully kill people for the right price, seventeen-year-old Oleander “Lea” Saldana sets out on a path of vengeance against the most powerful assassin family of all.

She is represented by Mollie Glick of Foundry Literary & Media.

You Can Find Her At:
Website
Blog

Giveaway:

(1) Winner will receive a finished copy and some swag (bookmarks, postcards), US Only.

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Tour Dates:

Week One:

1/25/2016- Adventures of a Book Junkie - Interview
1/26/2016- Brittany's Book Rambles - Review
1/27/2016- Tween 2 Teen Book Reviews - Guest Post
1/28/2016- The Unofficial Addiction Book Fan Club - Review
1/29/2016- The Young Folks - Interview

Week Two:

2/1/2016- Cover2Cover - Review
2/2/2016- YaReads - Guest Post
2/3/2016- Dark Faerie Tales - Review
2/4/2016- Storybook Slayers - Interview
2/5/2016- Fiction Fare - Review

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Red Magic Read-A-Long


You may have heard me go on about the awesomeness that is Jen McConnel. The final book in her Red Magic series, Triumph of Chaos, comes out soon, and we decided to do a read-a-long to get everyone ready! We'll start with reading Daughter of Chaos. We will wrap up Daughter of Chaos on February 16. We'll start Gods of Chaos immediately after and wrap that up on March 8, when Triumph releases!

Throughout the read-a-long you can tweet your progress with the hashtag #RedMagicReadAlong! Make sure to let us know if you're reading it again or for the first time! Feel free to tag me (@Tween2TeenBooks) and/or Jen (@Jen_McConnel) in your tweets! The chats will start at 8:30 pm eastern time!

Here's a message from Jen to get you pumped:

With Triumph of Chaos releasing on March 8, the Red Magic trilogy will be complete. I'm alternately excited and sad to see the series end, so I asked Isabel at Tween2Teen to help me celebrate by hosting a read-along of Daughter of Chaos and Gods of Chaos. There will be prizes, trivia, Q&A, and more as we count down to the release of Triumph. I'd love it if you'd join us!

Doesn't this sound so exciting? I know I'll be participating, and I hope see you guys reading too! There will be a giveaway for an eBook set of the trilogy! I am seriously excited about this, and I hope you guys are too!

Synopsis:

Daughter of Chaos

Witches must choose the path they will follow, and Darlena Agara is no exception. She’s been putting it off long enough, and in her case, ignoring it has not made it go away. In a moment of frustration, Darlena chooses to follow Red Magic, figuring she had outsmarted the powers that be, since there’s no such thing as Red Magic. But alas, Darlena’s wrong (again) and she becomes a newly declared Red Witch.

Her friends are shocked and her parents horrified by the choice Darlena has made. As a Red Witch, she now governs one third of the world’s chaos. She is the walking personification of pandemonium, turmoil, and bedlam, just as the patrons of Red Magic would have it to be.

But Darlena believes there must be more to Red Magic than chaos and destruction, and she sets out on a journey to achieve balance. Only doing so puts her at odds with the dark goddess Hecate, who simply will not allow Darlena to quit. She encourages Darlena to embrace who and what she is and to leave good magic to the good witches. If only Darlena could, life would be simple, and she would not be the Daughter of Chaos.

DAUGHTER OF CHAOS is the first in a YA paranormal trilogy.

You Can Find it At:
Indie Bound
iBooks


Gods of Chaos


The gods of chaos cannot be trusted.

Since battling her best friend, Darlena’s grip on Red Magic has been shaky. She heads to Scotland after the Winter Solstice in search of another Red Witch.

On a sightseeing excursion with girls from her hostel, Darlena arrives at The Vaults, a mysterious underground city beneath Edinburgh. But there is something there that make Darlena’s instincts go haywire, as she lets loose a defensive burst of Red Magic, putting everyone around her in danger.

If there was ever a time when Darlena needed the help of another Red witch, it was now. But beware the witch who wields Red Magic.

You Can Find it At:
iBooks

Triumph of Chaos

After the disaster in Europe, Darlena’s starting to get desperate. She knows the only way to
defeat Hecate and the other crazy Red Gods is by banding together with other Witches, but is it any wonder she has a hard time trusting them?

With Izzy’s support, Darlena begins making fragile strides toward repairing the mess she made,
but she just can’t catch a break. As chaos runs rampant around her, Darlena begins to think that things would be better if she’d never become a Red Witch in the first place. But there’s no way to change the past…is there?

The final book in the Red Magic series brings Darlena face to face with impossible odds, and a terrifying choice.

You Can Find it At:
Amazon
Barnes & Noble

Author Bio:


Jen McConnel is an award winning author. She writes Young Adult and New Adult fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. When she isn’t writing, she can be found on her yoga mat, teaching, or wandering off on another adventure. She grew up in mid-Michigan, attending Western Michigan University, and now lives with her family in North Carolina. She holds a MS in Library Science from Clarion University of Pennsylvania, and she is currently working on her MFA in Children’s Literature at Hollins University.

Once upon a time, she was a middle school teacher, a librarian, and a bookseller, but those are stories for another time.

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Thursday, January 21, 2016

The Tsar's Guard Parade


I am so excited to be taking place in the Tsar's Guard Parade! I can't wait to read The Crown's Game. The cover alone should draw everyone in!

Today, I'm doing a special post about what power I'd like to have if I was in the world of The Crown's Game. Vika has the power to summon snow and turn ash into gold. Nikolai can see through walls and summon bridges out of thin air. Pretty cool, right?


I look at all the characters that have powers in books, and there's some pretty awesome ones. Mare in Red Queen can control lightning. Some characters can read minds, control fire, or shape the world they live in. How can I come up with something when there's so many options?


Both characters have two powers, and they aren't exactly related, so that's a starting point. I think I'll take Aelin from Queen of Shadow's power of creating and controlling fire, and the ability to read minds. Not super original, but also pretty cool. But only as long as I can choose when I read minds.


Given the chance, what two powers would you choose to have?

Title: The Crown's Game
Author: Evelyn Skye
Release: May 17th, 2016
Pages: 416
Publisher: Balzer+Bray

Synopsis:

Vika Andreyeva can summon the snow and turn ash into gold. Nikolai Karimov can see through walls and conjure bridges out of thin air. They are enchanters—the only two in Russia—and with the Ottoman Empire and the Kazakhs threatening, the Tsar needs a powerful enchanter by his side.

And so he initiates the Crown’s Game, an ancient duel of magical skill—the greatest test an enchanter will ever know. The victor becomes the Imperial Enchanter and the Tsar’s most respected adviser. The defeated is sentenced to death.

Raised on tiny Ovchinin Island her whole life, Vika is eager for the chance to show off her talent in the grand capital of Saint Petersburg. But can she kill another enchanter—even when his magic calls to her like nothing else ever has?

For Nikolai, an orphan, the Crown’s Game is the chance of a lifetime. But his deadly opponent is a force to be reckoned with—beautiful, whip smart, imaginative—and he can’t stop thinking about her.

And when Pasha, Nikolai’s best friend and heir to the throne, also starts to fall for the mysterious enchantress, Nikolai must defeat the girl they both love . . . or be killed himself.

As long-buried secrets emerge, threatening the future of the empire, it becomes dangerously clear . . . the Crown’s Game is not one to lose.

You Can Find it At:
Goodreads
Amazon
Barnes & Noble
iBooks

Author Bio:

Evelyn Skye was once offered a job by the C.I.A., she not-so-secretly wishes she was on "So You Think You Can Dance," and if you challenge her to a pizza-eating contest, she guarantees she will win. When she isn't writing, Evelyn can be found chasing her daughter on the playground or sitting on the couch, immersed in a good book and eating way too many cookies. THE CROWN'S GAME is her first novel. Evelyn can be found online at www.evelynskye.com and on Twitter @EvelynSkyeYA.

You Can Find Her At:
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Giveaway:

1 winner will receive an ARC of THE CROWN’S GAME. International.

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