Friday, July 13, 2018

BOOK GIVEAWAY - FAST FORWARD by David Patneaude



Fast Backward
by David Patneaude
Genre: YA SciFi, Time Travel

Fifteen-year-old Bobby Hastings witnesses an atomic explosion near a top secret New Mexico army base in July of 1945. Terrified, he soon heads off on his bike for home, only to encounter something that rivals the blast for drama. A girl his age stands naked at the side of the lonely desert road: underweight, unwell, and speaking with a German accent. In the coming days, she unveils an impossible story about time travel and a heartbreaking outcome of the war. She begs people to believe her warning and prevent the awful future she claims to know too well. But even if they do believe her, and the story is true, the biggest question remains: can history be undone?





David Patneaude finally heeded the advice, "It's never too late to have a happy childhood," and began writing seriously (more or less) in the mid 1980's. His first novel, SOMEONE WAS WATCHING, winner of South Dakota and Utah book awards, was published in 1993. His books have been placed on young readers' lists in more than thirty states and honored by the New York Public Library (THE LAST MAN'S REWARD), the Society of School Librarians International (FRAMED IN FIRE), the Winnetka (Illinois) Public Library's "One Book, Two Villages" program (THIN WOOD WALLS), and the Washington State Public Library (THIN WOOD WALLS). His newest book, EPITAPH ROAD, was first published in March 2010. A revised digital edition was published in February 2017. Enjoy! When he's not sitting in a coffee shop writing, or at a school or library or conference talking about writing, or out on the running trail thinking about writing, he's at home in Woodinville, Washington with his wife Judy, a junior high librarian.



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Thursday, July 12, 2018

$25 AMAZON GIVEAWAY - THE BINDING WITCH AND THE BOUNTY HUNTER by Laura Rich



The Binding Witch and the Bounty Hunter
The Kate Roark Magic Series Book 2
by Laura Rich
Genre: YA Fantasy

Kate thought she’d never unlock her powers—let alone trigger them by creating a familiar out of a cross-eyed pigeon.

Before she can celebrate the good news, a terrifying bounty hunter kidnaps her mother. In a race against time to save her mother, Kate runs afoul of a dragon, and even worse, the most feared creatures in existence—the dreaded forest gnomes. To top it all off, she discovers long-lost magical family members who maybe should have stayed lost. Kate is finally a witch—but it just might kill her.

If you like Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Veronica Mars and iZombie, you’ll be rooting for this strong, snarky teen girl on every page.

Book Two of the Kate Roark Magic Series – discover this fast-paced, fun-filled magical read today!



The Binding Witch and the Fortune Taker
The Kate Roark Magic Series Book 1

The Binding Witch and the Fortune Taker is the first in a series and a 17,500 word novelette.


Growing up homeschooled on the Renaissance Festival circuit is weird enough, but when you're the daughter of a powerful binding witch who makes a living as a fortune teller, and your best friend is a middle-aged sari vendor, weird is relative.

Fifteen-year-old Kate Roark desperately wants to be a witch but isn't - yet. It's not likely at her age until she meets the Fortune Taker and gets a taste of unimaginable power - but at what cost?

Forced to choose between keeping stolen power or making her magic dreams come true, her ultimate decision throws her entire world into question.

Described as "book candy", and "compulsively readable," The Binding with and the Fortune Taker is the first in the Kate Roark Magic Series from emerging YA fantasy writer, Laura Rich.




Laura Rich is an emerging author of young adult fantasy fiction about witches. She loves to read in a hammock with a glass of iced tea, bake cookies, garden and dress up for Halloween as (you guessed it) a witch. She lives in Texas with her family and works as full-time project manager. Magic may be involved in pulling all this off.




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Wednesday, July 11, 2018

BOOK REVIEW: I'LL BE GONE IN THE DARK by Michelle McNamara

I'LL BE GONE IN THE DARK
Michelle McNamara
Harper
Non-fiction

For more than ten years, a mysterious and violent predator committed fifty sexual assaults in Northern California before moving south, where he perpetrated ten sadistic murders. Then he disappeared, eluding capture by multiple police forces and some of the best detectives in the area.
Three decades later, Michelle McNamara, a true crime journalist who created the popular website TrueCrimeDiary.com, was determined to find the violent psychopath she called "the Golden State Killer." Michelle pored over police reports, interviewed victims, and embedded herself in the online communities that were as obsessed with the case as she was.

I’ll Be Gone in the Dark—the masterpiece McNamara was writing at the time of her sudden death—offers an atmospheric snapshot of a moment in American history and a chilling account of a criminal mastermind and the wreckage he left behind. It is also a portrait of a woman’s obsession and her unflagging pursuit of the truth. Utterly original and compelling, it has been hailed as a modern true crime classic—one which fulfilled Michelle's dream: helping unmask the Golden State Killer.

MY REVIEW:

Brilliant! I'd never heard of the Golden State Killer until the man suspected to be him was arrested recently, largely thanks to Michelle and her teams exhaustive research. Tragically, Michelle died in 2016 of an accidental overdose, leaving a husband and daughter behind. But she also left invaluable clues to help lead her team to the killer responsible 50 rapes and more than 10 brutal murders in the 1970s and 80s, a man who successfully eluded capture for thirty years.

It's a shame that Michelle did not live to see all her work come to fruition. But her legacy is alive and well in her book, which was completed and published post-humously. Not only is the information she lays out about the killer, his victims, his patterns, and the frustrations experienced by law enforcement, but Michelle's writing is flawlessly on target and riveting. Every sentence grabs you and sticks with you long after you put the book down.

I heard someone is making a TV mini-series out of this. I can't wait to see it, but I'd also like a follow up book written about how Michelle's efforts finally paid off.


$20 AMAZON GIVEAWAY - FALL FROM GRACE by Ron C. Nieto



Fall From Grace
Exile of Angels Book 1
by Ron C. Nieto
Genre: Urban Fantasy

Hell was meant to be a timeless prison. It’s not.


Henry Black, former Archangel of Secret Knowledge, wants some peace of mind after untold millennia locked up in Hell, but the guilt of inhabiting a body that is not his own and of having left behind his brothers and sisters still damned to solitary confinement eats him up inside.

Old sins are hard to cleanse.

He thinks he can atone by doing the right thing—play the older brother to his host body’s kin while upturning every secret buried in Creation until he finds a way to free every single angel who fell—but with every fact uncovered, he finds himself one step further from the release he craves and one step closer to more chains that bind.

Maybe the only way to be at peace with himself is to face a new war head on…




Rise To Freedom
Exile of Angels Book 2

I am a demon possessing the body of the late Malik Sadik. Truth.

Yes, the former Archangel of Truth now inhabits the body of coffeehouse barista Malik Sadik. But Malik wasn’t a willing participant to this possession, not like Henry Black. The human Henry Black willingly gave over his body to the Archangel of Secret Knowledge. Malik, on the other hand, was merely in the wrong place at the wrong time.

I still feel human. Truth.

Yes, Malik still feels human. But he’s not human and a war is brewing. When Hell threatens to unravel and its black hunger eats and corrupts those Malik has learned to care about, he must make a choice between what he knew as an angel and what he has begun to feel as a man.

So, what happens when Truth isn’t right?



Ron C. Nieto is a fantasy and romance author who has been writing in her secluded fortress for the longest time. Recently, she had a talk with her cat and decided that she should share her creations, because it was selfish to hoard them all for herself.






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Tuesday, July 10, 2018

$25 AMAZON GIVEAWAY - THROUGH THE ASHES by J.A. Culican



Sword of Fire
Through the Ashes Book 1
by J.A. Culican
Genre: YA Fantasy

An unforgettable tale brimming with suspense, action and dragons."Through the Ashes will thrill fans of The Gender Game, Divergent & The Hunger Games.
   
Defenseless. Alone. Betrayed.


Bells is a poor fae who works on a farm outside the protections of the dragon city. When her family is attacked by trolls, she goes to the one person she knows can help her. But will he?

Peace. Death. Enough.

    
The dragons brought peace to the city and the surrounding area when they rose. Jaekob believes there is no reason for further dragon involvement. They've' lost enough lives to this cause. They've done their fair share and owe the world nothing more.


But when the dark elves infect his city with a virus unlike anything he's ever seen, he knows they need a solution. Now.

The sword of peace. Myth? Reality?

They're about to find out.





J.A. Culican is a USA Today Bestselling author of the middle grade fantasy series Keeper of Dragons. Her first novel in the fictional series catapulted a trajectory of titles and awards, including top selling author on the USA Today bestsellers list and Amazon, and a rightfully earned spot as an international best seller. Additional accolades include Best Fantasy Book of 2016, Runner-up in Reality Bites Book Awards, and 1st place for Best Coming of Age Book from the Indie book Awards. 


J.A. Culican holds a Master’s degree in Special Education from Niagara University, in which she has been teaching special education for over 11 years. She is also the president of the autism awareness non-profit Puzzle Peace United. J.A. Culican resides in Southern New Jersey with her husband and four young children.




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Friday, July 6, 2018

LAZY DAYS OF SUMMER $250 CASH GIVEAWAY

Lazy Days of Summer
$250 Cash Giveaway
July 6th to 26th
Hopefully, you are having a fabulous summer and enjoying some time in the sun with a good book. To celebrate lazy summer days we are giving away $250 to one lucky winner! A HUGE thank you to this fabulous group of sponsors who made this giveaway possible. Be sure to stop by and show them some love!

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Thursday, July 5, 2018

$10 AMAZON GIVEAWAY - WHEN THEY CAME by Kody Boye



When They Came
by Kody Boye
Genre: YA SciFi, Horror

I was never afraid of monsters—at least, not until They came: the visitors from outer space.


Now They're in our skies, on our streets, always watching, forever waiting.

At seventeen, I'm just about to graduate from the Juvenile Education System and declare my career of choice. The Midnight Guard—who protect our community from the vicious things that lie outside our walls—calls to me. 

It’s hard, dangerous work, with grueling hours that offer little sleep, but it’s the one thing I know will help make a difference in our ever-changing world.



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Born and raised in Southeastern Idaho, Kody Boye began his writing career with the publication of his story [A] Prom Queen’s Revenge at the age of fourteen. Published nearly three-dozen times before going independent at eighteen, Boye has authored numerous works—including the short story collection Amorous Things, the novella The Diary of Dakota Hammell, the zombie novel Sunrise and the epic fantasy series The Brotherhood Saga.




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