Wednesday, February 14, 2018

RECENT RELEASE - YA CYBERPUNK DYSTOPIAN - Touch (Sulan, Episode 4) by Camille Picott

Sulan, Episode 4
by Camille Picott
Publication date: February 1st 2018
Genres: Cyberpunk, Dystopian, Young Adult

From a young age, Gun has trained in the way of Anderson Arms. He learns to manipulate, steal, blackmail, and kill—whatever it takes to accomplish the mission set by his father. But Gun despises the work he does and the wreckage it leaves behind.

His newest assignment is to befriend a Virtual High student and infiltrate Global Arms. His target is Sulan Hom, the daughter of a renowned Global scientist. Gun approaches the mission with detached coldness, the same method he uses for every assignment.

But it isn’t long before he finds a budding friendship with Sulan. The more time he spends with her, the more he begins to care for her. Soon, Gun avows that Sulan will not become one more mission casualty.

The more he delves into Global Arms, the more Gun realizes the true danger that awaits Sulan. Determined to keep her safe, Gun works behind the scenes to protect her. Will it be enough to keep Sulan safe? And will he ever be able to win her trust after deceiving her?
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Camille Picott is a fifth-generation Chinese American. She writes science fiction and fantasy books with Asian characters and/or Asian settings. Camille grew up reading speculative fiction stories largely devoid of Asian characters and culture. This, coupled with a passion for her heritage, is the reason she strives to bring some aspect of Eastern myth, legend, culture, and ethnicity to all of her writings.
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Monday, December 18, 2017

SPOTLIGHT w/INTERVIEW - YA - Riding with James Dean by David-Matthew Barnes

Riding with James Dean
by David-Matthew Barnes
Date of Publication: November 7th 2017
Publisher: Blue Dasher Press
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Genre: Young Adult

When seventeen-year-old Johnny moves to a sleepy new town and meets the enigmatic Marco, the glamorous Mary, and the punk princess Jemma, his summer nights are soon filled with friendship and love.
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From a distance, I could’ve sworn I saw the ghost of Marilyn Monroe.
            There was a beautiful woman standing next to Marco in the parking lot of the 50’s hamburger palace. They were leaning up against the side of his vintage car, waiting and doused in the shadows of slow pulsing neon lights. His arm was draped around her shoulders. It appeared she was propping him up. She laughed when she steadied him and the sound was sweet and melodic. She was a platinum blonde, dressed in a black pencil skirt and a low-cut white angora sweater. There was a red chiffon scarf tied around her neck. She exuded power in her black stiletto heels. She was a movie star in the making, a glamorous goddess just waiting for someone to discover her and catapult her to fame. If anyone had been born for a life on the silver screen, it was her.
            She pried herself away from Marco and stepped in my direction. “You must be Johnny,” she said. I nodded in reply, mesmerized by the seductive green color of her eyes and the tenderness of her voice. She leaned in, kissed my cheek, and then spent the next few seconds trying to wipe her lipstick off my skin. Her touch was soft and comforting. 
 “Are you Marilyn Monroe?” I asked. My words fell into her cleavage.
            “You’re close,” she said. “I’m Mary.”
            “Yes,” I said. “Marco mentioned you.”
            “He’s like a brother to me,” she whispered. “Be gentle with his heart.”
            Marco moved to us, wrapping an arm around us, connecting and cementing us as a trio. “I’m a lucky guy,” he said. “I get to spend the night with my two favorite people.”
            “Marco doesn’t have many favorites,” Mary explained. She was clearly his interpreter. “So, I guess that makes us the lucky ones.”
            Marco gently guided us in the direction of his parked car. “I wish we could go to Vegas,” he announced.
            “Why don’t we?” I challenged.
            He shook his head. “We wouldn’t make it there until dawn.”
            “Dawn’s a lovely time to arrive in Vegas,” Mary said. “You can sleep all day and then be ready for the night.”
            “Are we vampires?” I asked, with a small laugh.
            “In another life, yes,” explained Mary. “In this one…”
            Marco glanced up to the dark, starlit sky and said, “We’re the ones everybody else wants to be.”
            Mary shook a finger at him, reprimanding. “Careful, Marco,” she said. “You almost sound smug.”
            “Do you think they know?” he asked. “About how much we’ve been through?”
            They looked into each other’s eyes when Mary spoke. “If they did,” she said, “they wouldn’t care. But our sorrow would ruin the façade.”
            “Façade,” he repeated. “I like that word.”
            Mary insisted on sitting in the backseat, but not before pulling me aside. “You belong up front now,” she explained, in a hushed tone. “Next to Marco. He needs you by his side.”
            “But you were here first,” I reminded her.
            “I appreciate your chivalry,” she said. “But you’re new.”
            I slid across the bucket seat and into the shelter of Marco’s arms. He pulled me closer to him.  “There,” he said. “That’s better.”
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The Book Junkie Reads . . . Interview with David-Matthew Barnes

How would you describe you style of writing to someone that has never read your work?
I write about ordinary people experiencing extraordinary circumstances that will forever change their lives.

What mindset or routine do you feel the need to set when preparing to write (in general whether you are working on a project or just free writing)?
Before starting a new project, I do a lot of prep work that usually includes character profiles, a playlist, an outline, and some sort of writing schedule, even if just a tentative one. I write every day in my home office. For each writing session, I start with free writing to get the creative energy flowing.

Do you take your character prep to heart? Do you nurture the growth of each character all the way through to the page? Do you people watch to help with development? Or do you build upon your character during story creation?
Character development is very important to me as a writer. My characters come from different sources of inspiration, from imagination to stories people share with me to watching and listening to strangers. I consider myself a professional eavesdropper. Creating an authentic character that leaps off the page and resonates with a reader is my goal with every character. To achieve this, I construct in-depth character profiles, similar to what an actor might do before performing a role.

Have you found yourself bonding with any particular character? If so which one(s)?
In my new novella Riding with James Dean, I definitely felt a bond with my main character, Johnny. He’s definitely a variation of my younger self. The story isn’t entirely autobiographical, but there are elements of my teen years woven into the narrative.

Do you have a character that you have been working on that you can't wait to put to paper?
Yes. I’m working on a new novel called A Woman’s Place. It’s about a beautiful relationship between a mother and daughter. I first wrote it as a short story years ago. The main character, Annabelle Mae Westover, has stayed with me ever since. I am excited about telling her story in a longer form and spending more time developing her character. She’s very fun to write.

Have you ever felt that there was something inside of you that you couldn't control? If so what? If no what spurs you to reach for the unexperienced?
I think the only thing that comes close to this is my wanderlust. I love traveling and exploring new places in the world. I live for the unexperienced. The more we experience as storytellers, the more stories we can discover to share with readers.

Author Info
David-Matthew Barnes is the award-winning author of several novels and collections of stage plays and poetry. His acclaimed screenplays have earned many accolades including a 2017 Los Angeles Film Award. David-Matthew has written over fifty stage plays that have been performed in three languages in ten countries. His literary work has appeared in over one hundred publications. He is a member of the Dramatists Guild of America, International Thriller Writers, and the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators. He earned an MFA in Creative Writing at Queens University of Charlotte in North Carolina. He has been an educator for more than a decade.

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Monday, December 11, 2017

RELEASE BLITZ - YA FANTASY - Grey Lore by Jean Knight Pace & Jacob Kennedy

Grey Lore
by Jean Knight Pace & Jacob Kennedy
Release Date: December 7th 2017
Publisher: Ink Smith Publishing
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy

Despite the perks of living with her rich aunt, Ella’s new life in Napper, Indiana, is pretty much tragically boring.

Until Ella starts hearing strange voices.

As rogue wolves begin to stalk the edges of town and a serial killer with a penchant for silver bullets draws closer, the city of Napper seems to wake up. 

Ella, with her new friends, Sam and Sarah, might be able to find out what the strange occurrences mean. Except that they’re all being pulled in different directions by people who love them; and some who don’t.

Before they lose their way to the whispers they hear from the past, or the call to a future they’re not sure they want to create, the friends will need to confront who they really are and figure out what’s hiding in the silence of their sleepy little town.
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Jean Knight Pace is the author of the YA fantasy novels, Grey Stone and Grey Lore. She has also had essays and short stories published in Puerto del Sol, The Lakeview Review, and other literary magazines. She lives in Indiana with her husband, four children, ten ducks, and a cat. You can find more about her at
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Jacob Kennedy is the author of the YA fantasy novels Grey Stone and Grey Lore. He lives in Indiana with his wife and kids. When he’s not dreaming up stories about wolves, ghosts, and other creatures, he’s working his day job as a doctor in the emergency room. 
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Audiobook TOUR w/GIVEAWAY - YA FANTASY - Fragile Chaos by Amber R. Duell

Fragile Chaos
by Amber R. Duell
Narrators: Bradley Pittman & Jamie Lee-Lewis
Length: 8 hours 10 minutes
Released: October 17th 2017
Publisher: RadiantTeen Publishing
Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult

The Book Junkie Reads . . . Review of . . . FRAGILE CHAOS . . . Mythology, gods, goddesses, war, peace, conflict, betrayal, sacrifice, . . . more?

Theo was young and determined to prove himself and his place among the gods. Cassia was not so much a believer in the gods but a sacrifice to them. The war of her country has precipitated much unrest both on Earth and in the heavens.

I found much to pull my interest with each moment spent listening to the audio. The story was not over the top drowned down by the heaviness that could have consumed it. There were light moments, fun moments, easy banter, moments of disbelief, some drama, a battle or two, and a journey that was full.

Pacing good. Story good. Characters interesting. Narration was complementary.

Narrators Review of . . . FRAGILE CHAOS . . . I could feel the harmony between Jamie and Bradley. I felt transported to the time and place with their easy flow.

I received this audiobook as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by RadiantTeen Publishing. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.

A god of war seeking restoration. An unwilling sacrificial bride. Betrayal that could destroy them both.   

Every fiber of my being is woven from the rage of mortals.  

Theodric, the young God of War, has a talent for inciting conflict and bloodshed. After being stripped of his powers by his older brother, King of Gods, he sets out to instigate a mortal war to prove himself worthy of being restored to power.   

I loved Kisk once; it was my home… But that was before. This is now.  

Sixteen-year-old Cassia, like many in the modern era, believes gods and goddesses to be just a myth. Enemy to her country and an orphan of the war, she has no time for fairy tales. That’s until religious zealots from Theo’s sect offer her up as a sacrifice.  

Can Cassia and Theo end the mortal war and return balance to the earth and heavens? Or, will their game of fate lead down a path of destruction, betrayal, and romance neither of them saw coming?

 Amber R. Duell was born and raised in a small town in Central New York. While it will always be home, she’s spent the last six years living in Germany and Maine as a military wife where the next step is always an adventure. When Amber isn’t writing, she’s wrangling her two young sons. She is a lover of history, a fan of snowboarding, and a travel enthusiast. In her downtime, she can be found curling up with a good book and a cat or two.
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Bradley Pittman is a producer and freelance musician living and working in Atlanta. He received a bachelor’s degree in audio production from Georgia State University in 2016. Though he most commonly works on musical projects, he began self-producing audiobook chapters in 2015 as a way to unite his love of studio production with his love of literature.

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Jamie-Lee Lewis, aka Jaylew, hails from the island of Jamaica. Since a small child, she’s always had a hyper imagination. She enjoys writing and telling stories, singing and composing songs, entertaining and edifying, playing different characters as well as creating them through drawings, and finding the beauty and fun in everything she does. She is currently a professional and passionate Youtuber.  
1.    Waffle fries or curly fries? Waffle fries
2.    GIF with a hard g or soft g? Soft
3.    Fantasy or science-fiction? Fantasy
4.    Superman or Batman? Batman
5.    Text message or call? Text
6.    Pancakes or waffles? Waffles
7.    Doctor Who or the Walking Dead? Walking Dead
8.    TV Shows or movies? Movies
9.    Facebook or Twitter? Twitter
10.                       Alice in Wonderland or Robinson Crusoe? Alice
11.                       Being too warm or too cold? Too cold
12.                       Netflix or Hulu? Netflix
13.                       Work Hard or Play Hard? Work Hard
14.                       Passenger or Driver? Driver
15.                       Amusement Park or Day at the Beach? Amusement Park
16.                       Honesty or Other’s Feelings? Both
17.                       Movie at Home or Movie at the Theater? Theater
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Friday, December 8, 2017

TOUR w/GIVEAWAY - YA PARANORMAL - Crowned (Beholder, #4) by Christina Bauer

Beholder, #4
by Christina Bauer
Publication date: November 28th 2017
Published by: Monster House Books
Genres: Paranormal, Young Adult

The Book Junkie Reads . . . Review of . . . CROWED (Beholder, #4) . . . Reading of the Crowned Beholder, #4 was what I believe has finally become the one that takes me over the top with this series. This time Elea may have to battle with not one, not two but possibly three entities trying to get rid of her. She’s powerful, smart, strong, and have friends beside her. But her power may not be enough to take on the force(s) coming at her. We get more action, drama, intensity, magic, adventure, and Rowan.

Elea must once again fight for her very life. Viktor wants her dead and gone.  We get appearances from more characters to love and a few you want to hate. Then there are the deities, Oni and Yuri, that may or may not want to cause harm to Elea. She had her friends, her magic, and the timely arrival of the right spell or two. She finds this time around she will need to find the Sword of Theodora. She will also need some help of a different kind. The help comes in the form of little Jicho. He was just too cute

Elea finds this journey will not be easy or safe. She must use a lot of what she had learned and some she just figure out along the way. The two of them (Elea and Jicho) find themselves meeting many a new people. The hunt for the Sword of Theodora proves to be more than just searching for a sword.

I find that this was an encompassing journey of action/adventure, truth, light, good vs evil, love, friendship, good choice, betrayal, loss and so much more. To truly enjoy the entire read I highly recommend that you start at the beginning and take this ride with great care. There was much to be had within the pages of this series from the start of book one right up to this last installment.

Beholder series:
Cursed – Beholder, #1
Concealed – Beholder, #2
Cherished – Beholder, #3
Crowned – Beholder, #4
Beauty. Romance. Power. It’s all in the eye of the BEHOLDER.

At last, Elea has found the love of her life. Unfortunately, the evil Tsar Viktor is about to unleash an army of twisted mages bent on killing everyone Elea cares about… including the man who’s stolen her heart.

So what’s a powerful witch to do? Why, organize a league of magical warriors, of course!

Elea recruits and trains a fighting force to take down the Tsar. That’s challenge enough, but on the eve of battle, Elea realizes that her true enemies may be far more powerful than even Viktor: The deities Oni and Yuri could be out to destroy her as well. With major battles brewing on two fronts, Elea’s not sure that she’ll win, but with true love to inspire her, she’s certainly ready to fight.
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Christina Bauer knows how to tell stories about kick-ass women. In her best selling Angelbound series, the heroine is a part-demon girl who loves to fight in Purgatory’s Arena and falls in love with a part-angel prince. This young adult best seller has driven more than 500,000 ebook downloads and 9,000 reviews on Goodreads and retailers.

Bauer has also told the story of the Women’s March on Washington by leading PR efforts for the Massachusetts Chapter. Her pre-event press release—the only one sent out on a major wire service—resulted in more than 19,000 global impressions and redistribution by over 350 different media entities including the Associated Press.

Christina graduated from Syracuse University’s Newhouse School with BA’s in English along with Television, Radio, and Film Production. She lives in Newton, MA with her husband, son, and semi-insane golden retriever, Ruby.
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