Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Blog Tour: The Protector Project


The Protector Project
Release Date: 6/15/15
Boroughs Publishing Group

Summary from Goodreads:

Teen soldier Mara de la Luz is about to find out what makes her so special that some would kidnap and kill her—and others, willingly die for her. 


Mara is a 16-year-old soldier who’s spent years fighting a war that’s lasted generations. Wide-eyed children, some just turned thirteen, rarely survive their first fights despite her best efforts to train and lead them. What she thinks she wants is to uncover the root causes of the war between the Protectors and the masked Gaishan, maybe find a way to end it. But what she really wants is a future—for herself and the others—beyond the battlefield. 

Then she’s injured in combat, and when an enemy fighter not only heals her wounds but reveals his face, she sees the promise of all she desires. This cunning teen Gaishan has answers to her questions, but first she must commit treason and travel beyond the boundaries of her world. She must brave a place where everything rests on the point of a blade: her loyalties, her friends, her heart.

About the Author

Jenna Lincoln loves to read, write, and talk about reading and writing. She spent many happy years as a language arts teacher doing just those things. After dabbling in Firefly and Supernatural fan fiction,
Jenna got serious about building her own imaginary world, big enough to get lost in for a long, long time.

When she comes back to reality, Jenna enjoys her home in beautiful Colorado with her husband and two daughters.

Less pain, full belly, clean hair and skin—altogether the best shape Mara had been in for some time. Another sleeping room was open, lights glowing from within. Dalin had dumped out several bags worth of gear and appeared to be folding and repacking. “Washroom is all yours,” Mara called. 

Her host picked up her uniform jacket and took two steps to the doorway. After handing it over, he leaned one shoulder into the frame and stuck the other hand in the front pocket of his pants. “Good shower?” She nodded happily. He bent forward and sniffed. “You smell nice.” 

“It’s an improvement,” Mara agreed. “You must have females come through here sometimes to keep flower-scented body cream in the cabinet.” 

“The women in my family have all been here at one time or another,” Dalin said. “My mother insists we stock some nice things for guests.”

“Is your mother also a soldier?” 

He laughed. “My mother? No. She comes out here to keep my father company while he hunts. She has good woodcraft skills, but has never used a weapon as far as I know. Soon you can ask her yourself.”

Nerves tightened in Mara’s chest, the glow and well-being she felt from the shower giving way to unease. 

“Don’t worry about meeting anyone right now. Sorry I mentioned it.” He reached forward as though to touch her cheek and patted her shoulder instead. “Before you sleep, tell me how’s the leg? You haven’t been limping.” 

“The new repairs on the inside of the muscle,” she smoothed a hand over the scar, “are just fine. It’s still sore, but nowhere near as bad. I think the healers did something to accelerate the process.” 

“This injury happened while I was supposed to be watching over you. It bothers me—” Dalin began.

“Injury is a natural consequence of battle.” Mara’s lips quirked. She sounded like a Senior Protector.

“Right,” he conceded. “Sleep well, Protector.”

“And you,” Gaishan, she added. 


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Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Cover Reveal: Infected

The Infected (PODs #2)
Release Date: October 12th 2015

Summary from Goodreads:

From the author of the award winning Unspeakable, and the best selling PODs, comes the highly anticipated sequel to PODs. A world where death stalks the unsuspecting, and this time even the PODs might not save them. 

A virus nearly wiped out humankind...

Months have passed since a human infection has been reported. Survivors of the deadly pandemic have finally started to build a life in a world left devastated by plague. 

Ironically, for nineteen-year-old Eva, life made more sense when she battled the deadly Infected than it does in the serenity of her new home in Rosewood. Separated from fiancĂ© and former POD-mate, David, after an impossible ultimatum, Eva finds her life a little lonely and a lot confusing. 

But as troubled as Eva’s life is, it's about to take a turn for the worse as untold dangers watch and wait for the right moment to attack…

The virus refuses to die quietly.

Book One
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About the Author

I can’t write without a hoodie. Yeah, I live it Texas. We all have our quirks.

I majored in accounting in college. I was required to declare a major, but I had no clue what I wanted to do, so I picked accounting because it was the first thing listed in the booklet the counselor gave me. Surprisingly, I graduated with a 4.0 GPA. Go figure.

Forget coffee. Hand over the Red Bull or Monster Khaos and no one gets hurt. Seriously, just set it down and step away. I will turn into a normal human after I guzzle my can of caffeine.

I hate to cook, but love to watch cooking shows on television.

I paint my nails weird colors just to see my husband roll his eyes and make my 9 year-old twin girls giggle. Oh, and mortify my 13 year-old son.

I’m a hopeful romantic and love swoon-worthy endings that keep the butterflies going for days, but I don’t believe a HEA always ends with the boy getting the girl. Sometimes a HEA is an ending we don’t see coming, but is still best for the characters.

I write across genres in the young adult and new adult age groups while eating way too many peanut butter M&Ms (but we’ll keep that second part just between us).

I was born and raised in Flint, Michigan, but now live in a suburb of Houston, TX with my very supportive family, a 125lb rescue “puppy” and a 12lb attack cat, also a rescue animal.

And last, (but certainly not least), I love my family with everything in me. Everything I am, is theirs. There are no words in any language known to man to describe my love for them. They are my center.

I’d love to hear from you. So drop me an email! Let’s chat. You tell me what you like in books, what you’d like to see happen in the writing community, what type of books you like to see more of…less of—I want to hear it all! So tell me, please. Because the one thing I wish I could put on my list, but I still haven’t figured out how to do, is mind-reading. But don’t tell my kids. I still have them fooled. :)

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Monday, September 28, 2015

TBR Read-a-Thon Wrap Up

The read-a-thon has come to a close. I did not have much time to read, but I completed the two books I planned to read plus another one. All three were fantastic, some of the best I have read recently, and I could hardly put them down or get anything else done the entire time I was reading them.

Book 1: Orphan's Song by Gillian Adams
Date finished: September 18
Format: ebook
Pages: 304
Rating: 5 stars

Book 2: Oath of the Brotherhood by C. E. Laureano
Date finished: September 20
Format: ebook
Pages: 435
Rating: 5 stars

Book 3: The Silent Governess by Julie Klassen
Date finished: September 23
Format: paperback
Pages: 440
Rating: 5 stars

Final Stats: 
Total books finished: 3
Total pages read: 1179

Book Tour: Illuminate


Release Date: 10/06/15
Entangled Teen

Summary from Goodreads:
Can one girl be the light in a world spiraling toward darkness?

Haunted by the loss of her loved ones, Cora Sandoval, one of the remaining few of an extraordinary race known as Scintilla, holds the key to disentangling the biggest conspiracy in human history...and its link to the fate of the human race. As Cora follows a trail of centuries-old clues and secrets, she collides with a truth not only shocking, but dangerous. 

With enemies both known and unknown hot on her trail, Cora must locate each of the ancient clues hidden in the art, religions, and mythologies of humankind. And through it all, she must keep her heart from being torn apart by the two boys she loves most. One is Scintilla, one is Arazzi. 

 Save herself. Save the Scintilla. Save the world.

Or die trying…

Other Books in the Series

Book One: Scintillate

Book Two:Deviate

About the Author

Tracy Clark is a young-adult writer because she believes teens deserve to know how much they matter and that regardless of what they’re going through, they aren’t alone. In other words, she writes books for her teen self.

She grew up a “Valley Girl” in Southern California but now lives in her home state of Nevada, in a small town at the base of the Sierra Foothills. Her two children teach her the art of distraction and are a continuous source of great dialogue. She’s an unapologetic dog person who is currently owned by a cat.

Tracy was the recipient of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) Work in Progress Grant. A two-time participant in the prestigious Nevada SCBWI Mentor Program where she was lucky enough to be mentored by bestselling author, Ellen Hopkins, who taught her so much about the art of writing and cured her of her ellipsis addiction.
Her debut novel was inspired by her enchantment with metaphysics as a teen, seeing it as the real magic in life. Tracy is a part-time college student, a private pilot, and an irredeemable dreamer.


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Friday, September 25, 2015

Read-Through: A Time to Die

The sequel to A Time to Die, called A Time to Speak, will be released on October 16, 2015. In honor of the second book's release, the author asked me and two other ladies to plan and host a read-through of the first book, A Time to Die. Think of it like an online book-club, in which a bunch of people get together to read and chat about a particular book. The read-through will take place on Goodreads as a part of the new fan page for the series. Weekly discussions will be held every Saturday for 8 weeks.


October 3: Chapters 1-5
October 10: Chapters 6-11
October 17: Chapters 12-17
October 24: Chapters 18-23
October 31: Chapters 24-28
November 7: Chapters 29-33
November 14: Chapters 34-38
November 21: Chapters 39-43

About the Book

I cannot say enough about A Time to Die. Aside from being my favorite book of the year, A Time to Die won the Carol Award and was a finalist for both the Clive Staples Award and the Christy Award. A Time to Die touches on deep topics while capturing the reader in adventure and a little bit of romance. The book is amazing and I would love to read it with you! If you are interestd, you can join the read-through here.


A Time to Die
Nadine Brandes
Out of Time Series #1

Synopsis from Goodreads:
How would you live if you knew the day you'd die?

Parvin Blackwater has wasted her life. At only seventeen, she has one year left according to the Clock by her bedside. 

In a last-ditch effort to make a difference, she tries to rescue Radicals from the crooked justice system. But when the authorities find out about her illegal activity, they cast her through the Wall -- her people's death sentence. 

What she finds on the other side about the world, about eternity, and about herself changes Parvin forever and might just save her people. But her Clock is running out. 

Are you interested? Have you read A Time to Die? What do you think of it? Have you ever done anything like a read-through before?

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Fall Reads

This fall, there are a number of exciting new books coming out! Here are the Top Ten on my list!

October 1, 2015
The Keepsake by Suzy Vittelo
I recently came across this book and it looks simply fantastic, don't you think? I'm just going on the cover and the description, though. 

October 6, 2015
Luther and Katharina by Jody Hedlund
This book is by an author I have read and enjoyed. I am curious to see how she will portray the romance between Martin Luther and his wife Katharina, a former nun.

October 6, 2015
Cinderella's Shoes by Shonna Slayton
The dress has been kept safe for centuries, as told in book one. But what happened to Cinderella's shoes?

October 15, 2015
The Sound of Silver by Rachelle Rea
The continuation of Gwyn and Dirk's tale: Will their romance and Gwyn's newfound faith survive the difficulties ahead?

October 16, 2015
A Time to Speak by Nadine Brandes
Book one, A Time to Die, became my favorite book of the year when I read it in March. Needless to say, I am excited for the release of book two, especially after that cliffhanger. In fact, I and a couple other ladies are forming a read-through of book one at the request of the author in order to prepare readers for book two. Super exciting! The read-through begins October 3rd.

October 20, 2015
A Refuge at Highland Hall by Carrie Turansky
The inspiration for this stand-alone series came from the TV series Downton Abbey, or so I am told. So, if you enjoyed the show, this might just been the series for you.

November 10, 2015
Winter by Marissa Meyer
Of course, one must not forget to include the highly anticipated conclusion to the Lunar Chronicles. A cyborg Cinderella and her band of sci-fi, fairy-tale revolutionaries won the attention of more people than one might have originally expected.

November 17, 2015
The Golden Braid by Melanie Dickerson
Another of Melanie Dickerson's historical fairy-tale rewrites--Rapunzel, I presume? Although, you never know what other fairy-tale might be written into the story.

November 17. 2015
Blades of Accession by Breeana Puttroff
This is, what, the seventh book in the series? Every time the author says she is done with the series, she changes her mind and writes more. There is just so much more to Quinn, William, and their friends' stories. I am enjoying every single book.

December 1, 2015
The Painter's Daughter by Julie Klassen
Last but definitely not least is The Painter's Daughter. If this book is any bit as fantastic, romantic, and mysterious as The Silent Governess or The Secret of Pembrooke Park, it is well worth the time spent reading it. 

What books are you looking forward to reading this fall? Do any on this list interest you?

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Book Blitz: The Summer Marked


The Summer Marked (The Winter People #2)
Release Date: 09/22/15
Entangled Teen
305 pages

Summary from Goodreads:
Salome left humankind behind to be with her boyfriend, Gareth, in the Kingdom of Summer. But now forces of darkness are rising. Her happily-ever-after is coming apart, and the Kingdom is on the brink of war. 

Newly-single Kadie Byers is on her way home for Thanksgiving, imagining a visit filled with hot chocolate, a hot guy for a little rebound action, and some girl time with her bestie, Salome. Except she receives a message from Salome with two important words: PLEASE HURRY.

When Kadie rushes to help Salome, she’s ripped from the human world and pulled into the kingdoms of Faerie, where she's shocked to learn that Salome's monsters are real, and that she's now at the mercy of one extremely vengeful Winter Queen... 

Now both Salome and Kadie must find a way to survive the deadly chaos...or lose themselves to Winter's deadly, icy grasp.

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Book One:
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About the Author

Rebekah Purdy grew up in Michigan, where she spent many late nights armed with a good book and a flashlight. When not hiding at her computer and getting lost in her stories, she enjoys reading, singing, soccer, swimming, football, camping, playing video games and hanging out with her kids. She loves the unexplainable like Bigfoot, the Dogman, and the Loch Ness Monster (lots of good story material)! She admits to still having all the books she bought throughout her childhood and teen years, and she may or may not have an obsession with anything chocolate…

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