Published: August 16th 2016
Publisher: Wendy Higgins
Series: Unknown #1
Genres: New Adult, Science Fiction, Apocalyptic, Romance
Love historical fiction as much as I do? If so, then you don’t want to miss this book. The Violinist of Venice is a story of passion, music, ambition, and finding the strength to both fall in love and to carry on when it ends.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Well behaved women rarely make history. Teri Brown lived that quote way before she ever even heard it. The two things she is most proud of, (besides her children), is that she jumped out of an airplane once and beat the original Legend of Zelda video game. She’s a novel writer, head banger, pet keeper, math hater, cocktail drinker, booty shaker, book reader, city slicker, food fixer, rule breaker, wine sipper and word scribbler. She loves her husband, children, puppies and chocolate.
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Happy Book Birthday UNTIL BETH! We’re so excited to be sharing this fantastic Young Adult novel by Lisa Amowitz with you today! Be sure to stop in at the bottom, and enter the giveaway for books, swag and a guitar pick necklace! The giveaway is open internationally!
About The Book
Author: Lisa Amowitz
Release Date: September 29th, 2015 Paperback: 260 pages
Publisher: Spencer Hill Press ISBN-13: 978-1633920330
She doesn’t just play, she kills it.
Talented rock guitarist Beth Collins has been barely holding herself together for months, ever since her boyfriend and bandmate became the latest victim in a string of suspicious disappearances. When her brother is injured an accident and she sees something dark billowing around him as he hovers close to death, she’s convinced her sanity is collapsing for good.Then she’s accepted by a boarding school for the musically gifted. All of her new friends are bursting with talent, but they’re also keeping secrets. Can she trust Vincent, who’s so sweet that his very touch makes her fears melt away? Or Xavier, who’s trying to tell her something but is hiding even more?
And will anyone be safe when her true Talent comes out?
Praise For Until Beth
“I wish I could have read about a protagonist like Beth when I was growing up–a girl who doesn’t fit into her society and must learn to use her abilities for good instead of evil. Her struggles will resonate with teen readers, and the hidden agendas of the school and its students will keep readers guessing up to the final page.” – Lyn Miller-Lachmann, author of Rogue
“This unique and compelling novel grabbed me on the first page and wouldn’t let go. With unforgettable characters and a story that is by turns heartbreaking, thrilling and uplifting, UNTIL BETH is a must-read.” – Christine Johnson, author of The Gathering Dark
About The Author
Lisa Amowitz was born in Queens and raised in the wilds of Long Island, New York where she climbed trees, thought small creatures lived under rocks and studied ant hills. And drew. A lot. She is a professor of Graphic Design at her beloved Bronx Community College where she has been tormenting and cajoling students for nearly twenty years. She started writing eleven years ago because she wanted something to illustrate, but somehow, instead ended up writing YA. Probably because her mind is too dark and twisted for small children. Lisa is represented by Shannon Hassan of Marsal-Lyon Literary Agency. firstname.lastname@example.org
BREAKING GLASS, released in July, 2013 from Spencer Hill Press, is her first published work. VISION, the first of the Finder series was released September, 2014. FRACTURED, a novella combining the worlds of BREAKING GLASS and VISION releases as an ebook only, June 7, 2015. UNTIL BETH, the first in the Life and Beth trilogy will be released September 2015.
Lisa Amowitz is available for guest appearances, Skype visits, school visits, libraries & interviews. Please contact her for scheduling.
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ON EARTH A STRANGERAuthor: Rae
September 22, 2015Publisher:
Greenwillow BooksPages: 448
book in a new trilogy from acclaimed New York Times bestselling author Rae
Carson. A young woman with the magical ability to sense the presence of gold
must flee her home, taking her on a sweeping and dangerous journey across Gold
has a secret. She can sense the presence of gold in the world around her. Veins
deep beneath the earth, pebbles in the river, nuggets dug up from the forest
floor. The buzz of gold means warmth and life and home—until everything is
ripped away by a man who wants to control her. Left with nothing, Lee disguises
herself as a boy and takes to the trail across the country. Gold was discovered
in California, and where else could such a magical girl find herself, find
safety? Rae Carson, author of the acclaimed Girl of Fire and Thorns trilogy,
dazzles with this new fantasy that subverts both our own history and familiar
Earth a Stranger, the first book in this new trilogy, introduces—as only Rae
Carson can—a strong heroine, a perilous road, a fantastical twist, and a
slow-burning romance. Includes a map and author’s note on historical
It’s release day for Kacey Vanderkarr’s new book, Stepping Stones! Check out an excerpt and go grab your copy now!
Stepping Stones (The Stone Series, Book 1)
Publisher – Urban Fey Press
Pages – 332
Genre – Young Adult Contemporary Fantasy
Onnaleigh Moore is part of a plan—and it isn’t hers. When her brother dies in a car accident, Onna is desperate to preserve the tatters of her family. Any hope of finding normalcy vanishes when her mother runs off and her dad turns to booze to numb his pain. Onna’s grief is crippling, but the boy who showed up just when she needed him is helping her cope.
Everett’s presence is comforting, though he knows things—Onna’s name just before they met, where she lives, and sometimes he comments on thoughts she doesn’t say aloud. She pegs him for a stalker, or maybe psychic, but the truth is deadlier than she imagines. As their feelings for one another deepen, Everett confesses a horrifying secret: Onna’s brother is only the beginning of the plan, and some fates are worse than death.
Ahead of them, the expressway snaked in each direction. When Caleb lived at home, he and Onna would walk to the overpass at night and watch the cars speed past. Their lights created ribbons of color and the steady roar of rubber against concrete rumbled through the bridge and into their feet.
Once, after Caleb left, she climbed onto the barrier and dangled her bare feet over the edge. She imagined the drivers beneath her in a panic because they thought she’d jump. She sat there for nearly an hour, waiting for someone to call the police or her parents, but no one did. Then she walked home, tears streaming her face, though she couldn’t decide if she was angrier Caleb left or that no one noticed her.
“How did your mother die?” Onna asked, glancing out the window. Sunlight glinted off vehicles and made the road shimmer with heat. A long time ago, Onna thought the mirage of water over the road was a portal to another dimension.
Onna nodded, not taking her eyes from the window. There weren’t words to fill a void like that. Instead, she cranked the handle and let early fall air caress her cheeks.
Everett slowed on the overpass and Onna leaned against the door. A shift in traffic below caught her attention. A semi swerved from the outer lane, moving in slow motion, as though the truck waded through sludge. Screaming airbrakes reached her ears as the semi careened into the median and flung itself into oncoming traffic.
“Oh my god,” she yelled, white knuckling the doorframe.
“What is it?” Everett said, steering the Mustang to the shoulder.
Vehicles dodged the impending collision, taking sharp angles and sliding onto the edge of the road. Onna watched near misses, horrified. Most of the traffic cleared the bullet speeding toward them, filling up the sides of the highway and hurtling into the grass like blood clotting in a vein. One remaining silver car had nowhere to go. It swung to the right and spun out of control. From this distance, Onna couldn’t see the driver’s face, but she searched the windshield anyway. In the space of a heartbeat, the truck demolished the silver car.
Metal shrieked as the car and semi became one, twisting around each other like lovers. The immediate silence was deafening.
Onna was out of the Mustang and tearing down the weed-infested hill before the car stopped. Pickers slashed at her calves. Her heels slipped on rocks. Everett yelled for her to come back. She ignored him.
Below her, people climbed from their vehicles. They approached the wreck like cautious animals, circling, scenting for danger.
By the time she reached the road, flames leapt from the debris, hungry yellow fingers that grabbed for smoking remains. Onna tasted gasoline and fear.
The Prius’s driver side disappeared inside the car, a crumpled twist of metal. Nothing remained of the windshield. The deflated passenger airbag hung over remnants of the hood.
Onna’s heart squeezed into her throat next to her stomach.
She propelled herself forward, breaking through a barrier of onlookers. A hand grabbed for her, catching her elbow before she shook it off. There were voices, a constant, babbling stream that she couldn’t separate into words.
Lots of people drive Priuses, she told herself.
It’s not Caleb.
Still, her hands shook as her feet found concrete. A slim white hand hung from the shattered window. There was blood. Onna smelled it before she saw it. Rivulets trickled from the ravaging teeth of the window, mapping out a path to the dangling hand with a huge sparkling engagement ring.
Onna’s heartbeat rushed in her ears, insistent, like the sound of an explosion underwater. She struggled to make sense of the tangled metal, pale skin, and blood. Then, red hair.
“Cora!” she screamed. Adrenaline surged into Onna’s arteries and she hurled herself into the wreckage, mindless of flames and the growing puddle of gasoline. Shouts rose around her. Warnings, pleas. She tried the door handle first, unsurprised when it didn’t budge.
Arms slid around her waist and pulled her backwards. “Stop.”
She struggled against Everett, kicking and punching. “Let me go! That’s Caleb. It’s Caleb.” Her words broke into sobs and she finally wriggled free. Her knees stung when she hit pavement and crawled toward Caleb’s car. This time, Everett followed.
“Help me,” Onna begged, pushing to her feet and sliding her arms into the smoldering car. She caught Cora beneath the armpits, ignoring the startling white of jagged bone protruding from her forearm and shards of glass that remained in the window frame. Cora’s eyes were closed. Blood dripped from a gash in her hairline, from her nose, her ears.
More hands appeared beside Onna’s as onlookers braved the fire. Everett counted to three and they pulled. Black smoke poured from the engine, filling the car and making it impossible to see. Distantly, Onna knew she was coughing, suffocating. Her lungs ached from lack of oxygen.
Undeterred, she rearranged her grip on Cora and Everett counted again. It took four tries, but eventually Cora came free, her weight falling against them like the dead limbs of a ragdoll. Onna climbed toward the spot Cora vacated before they’d even carried Cora to safety.
Hands pulled her back. “You can’t.” Everett’s words ended with a wracking cough that loosened his grip.
She stumbled away and lunged for the opening. Glass tore at her arms and legs and ripped her shirt. Smoke oozed across her vision like poison, scalding her eyes. Gasoline and heat filled her throat. She coughed. “Caleb?” Using her fingertips, she found hot metal, sharp bits of glass, and cottony stuffing spewing from the seat. She tried to call his name again, but no sound came out.
Her head grew heavy.
She was spinning. Dizzying lights flashed in front of her eyes. Onna jammed her hands farther into twisting metal. She felt something warm. Damp. Solid.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
KACEY VANDERKARR has a penchant for fantasy and frequently listens to the voices in her head—most of whom are teenagers. Her favorite place to write is an old salon chair in her kitchen, with coffee in one hand and adoring cats sprawled across her arms. She prefers her music loud and her skeptics quiet. When she’s not writing, Kacey coaches winterguard, works as a sonographer, and hangs out with
other weirdos like her at the Flint Area Writer’s club. In addition to her novels, The Reflection Pond Series, Antithesis, and The Stone Series, Kacey’s short fiction is featured in Sucker Literary Vol III, Ember: A Journal of Luminous Things, and Out of the Green: Tales from Fairyland.
In honor of the publication date of END OF DAYS, Susan Ee is joining some of her YA author friends for a couple of Twitter chats, TUESDAY May 12th, and you’re invited to participate! Come and join in on all the fun and ask questions about your favorite characters. Hope to see you there!
Tuesday, May 12th
11 am ET
Scott Westerfeld @scottwesterfield (Leviathan, Uglies, Afterworlds)
Becca Fitzpatrick @becfitzpatrick (Hush, Hush, Black Ice)
Susan Ee @Susan_Ee (Angelfall, World After, End of Days)
6 pm ET
Kami Garcia @KamiGarcia (Beautiful Creatures, Unbreakable)
Lissa Price @Lissa_Price (Starters, Enders)
Susan Ee @Susan_Ee (Angelfall, World After, End of Days)
Join and follow along using #RT15YAChat. The topic is “All the Feels! YA and Emotions.” Ask questions, throw Twitter confetti in the air, dance in your kitchen, and chat with fellow readers.
These authors will all be at the RT Convention in Dallas this week. If you’re in the area, please check out YA: Welcome to the Dark Side panel, YA Family Feud trivia mash-up and RT Teen Day signing.
Author: Rajdeep Paulus
Publisher: Birch House Press
“I live in the in between. Between holding on and letting go. Hurt clings to me. Hope teases me. Home. I can’t explain it, but sometimes, I just want to go home.”
Talia and Jesse Vanderbilt have escaped a childhood full of abuse, and when they have a chance to put their father behind bars, setbacks arise from every direction. The siblings can’t help but consider the option to walk away and move on with their lives.
Then someone unexpected brings his own secrets, forcing the Vanderbilt teens to revisit their pasts and rethink their plans. Through it all, Lagan and Talia’s Post-it love story blossoms, while Jesse and Summer hit roadblocks.
From the award-winning author of Swimming Through Clouds and Seeing Through Stones comes a powerful story of freedom and belonging in this final book of the young adult trilogy that began with an invitation on a little Post-it note.
PRAISE FOR SOARING THROUGH STARS
“Soaring through Stars is a beautiful, perfect ending to a truly exceptional series… Don’t miss this one.”
~USA Today’s HEA Blog, Serena Chase
“Rajdeep Paulus writes young adult fiction with a new kind of hero… compassionate at moments when it would be much easier to stand by and do nothing.”
~Amazon Author Success Story
“The Swimming Through Clouds series is an incredible story of the strength of true love and the power of courage. Talia, Lagan, and Jesse will sneak into your heart and stay there long after you read the last line.” ~Amalie Howard, bestselling IndieNext author of Alpha Goddess
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Rajdeep Paulus is an Award-winning author of Swimming Through Clouds and Seeing Through Stones. Rajdeep studied English Literature at Northwestern and lives in New York with her Sunshine and four princesses.
1 Winner wins Blue Swarovski crystal heart charm on silver chain (U.S. Residents Only)
1 Winner wins Paperbacks of the trilogy – THREE BOOKS (U.S. Residents Only)
3 Winners win Ebooks of Swimming Through Clouds (Book One)
We’re SO excited for this release! We would love for
you to join us in celebrating the release of ASCENDERS by CL
These high school kids are now caught in a strange “in-between” zone where life
hasn’t changed very much. In fact, this special teen limbo looks a lot like life in a
quaint Michigan town complete with jocks, popular girls and cliques. “There are
even cheerleaders in death,” Walker observes. It’s not a coincidence that the music
teacher is a guy named Kurt who “used to have this band.” The drama teacher,
Heath, is crush worthy because back in his life, he starred in some superhero movie
as the Joker.
Principal King explains the rules — there are none. Why? You can’t die twice.
There is no homework.
You’re just there to learn because the human brain isn’t fully formed until you’re
By the way, you can’t get hurt physically, so race your Harley off that hillside. But
falling in love is the most dangerous thing you can do …because no one knows how
long you’ll stay in this realm or what’s next. Walker falls hard for tat-covered, bad
boy Daniel Reid who is about to break the only sacred rule of this place. He’s looking
for a portal to return back to the living realm.
Ascenders….An epic adventure of an after-life time.
C.L. Gaber is the co-author of the bestselling YA novel “Jex Malone.”
She is also an entertainment journalist, syndicated worldwide through
the New York Times Syndicate. She interviews A-lister movie,
TV and music stars for the Chicago Sun-Times. A movie-loving kid in
Chicago, she grew up to earn a degree from the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism
at Arizona State. Now she lives Nevada with her husband Ron, once her high school
boyfriend; her stepdaughter, Sabrina; and their dogs, Colt and Georgie.Website
Blurb: Dead men tell no tales…
For more than 200 years, the Treasure Pit on Oak Isle has baffled treasure hunters, engineers, and the common man alike. When Samantha Greene arrives, she finds her estranged father has spent years funneling energy and finances into the endeavor, finding nothing.
When an accidental death occurs in the pit, fulfilling the prophecy that seven lives must end before the treasure can be found, the search kicks into high gear, with more than one party vying for the secrets that lie below. Finding herself the closest to the treasure anyone has ever been, Samantha throws herself into the work, landing among the coveted prize. Just as she’s about to discover what’s truly hidden beneath the island, the pit begins to flood with ocean water, sweeping her away despite her attempts to swim to the surface.
Upon awaking, Samantha discovers that, not only did she not drown, but the year is 1695—one hundred years before the Treasure Pit was even discovered. Carried off by the pirate Tristan O’Rourke, a rouge Irishman with more than his share of secrets, she soon finds that there is much more than she realized in play. Will she discover the secrets of Oak Isle, or will an unexpected love keep her from finding out the truth? Will she ever make it back to her own time? Perhaps the real question is this; will she want to?