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Karri Steed of the United States. :) Karri wins a $5 gift card to Amazon! Congrats, Karri.

New to You Books: Eternal, Young Adult Vampire Romance by Kristi Cook (PRIZE)

This month I hit up a good friend of mine to provide the New to You Book (and prize). Kristi and I met as debut authors, both writing very different genres than we do now. This month, September 2013, Kristi’s third young adult novel is out… and it has vampires. :) Author Name Kristi Cook Author Website www.kristi-cook.com Facebook https://www.facebook.com/pages/Kristi-Cook/152067579336 Twitter @Kristi_Cook Book Title ETERNAL Book Genre Young Adult Fiction What is your book about? ETERNAL is the third and final book in the Winterhaven series, which follows Violet McKenna as she enters the Winterhaven School–a school where everyone has psychic abilities. At Winterhaven, she meets the mysterious Aidan Gray and learns how their destinies are linked. What type of reader would your book appeal to most? Readers who enjoy paranormal romance along the lines of Twilight or Vampire Academy Who is the main character? What does he or she want or what is his or her biggest struggle to over come? Violet McKenna is the main character. She wants to learn how to put her psychic ability to good use, and how to keep the horrible visions she sees from coming true. What movies or other books would you compare your book to and why? People inevitably compare the series to the Twilight books (for obvious reasons!). How is your book different than other books in the same genre? The series features a mix of both psychic elements and paranormal creatures, along with a strong female protagonist. Does your book have romance in it? If so how important is it to the story? There is a very strong romantic subplot running throughout the series. The romance is pretty important to the story, as the heroine’s destiny is linked to the story’s main love interest’s. Is your book part of a series? If so what are the other books...

This month’s contests – enter now!

Once again this month, I have two contest going on. The first is my regular prize to be chosen from Newsletter subscribers. To get in on that, sign up for my newsletter. (Even if you’re already subscribed, this is your entry form.)  This month I’m giving away a copy of Blood Trinity by Sherrilyn Kenyon and Dianna Love, a tote bag and winner’s pick of books from the VIP Reader’s Lounge. July Contest   The second contest I have going on is at my blog, to win a copy of Trail of Dead by Melissa Olson. To enter that one, just leave a comment here... Good luck! And thanks for visiting my site....

A Fatal Four-Pack: Four Complete Mystery Novels. Author proceeds to benefit the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

I (as Rae Davies) have teamed up with three great mystery authors to offer A Fatal Four Pack.   Four great reads at a great price for a great cause!   Four Complete Mystery Novels by Deb Baker, L. L. Bartlett, Rae Davies, and P.B. Ryan ALL author proceeds go to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Get the bundle for only 99 cents! Barnes & Noble Smashwords Amazon Kobo Murder Passes The Buck by Deb Baker When her neighbor is shot and killed, sixty-six-year-old widow Gertie Johnson seizes the opportunity to move on with her life by investigating his death. Gertie is abetted (and hindered) by her grandson Little Donny, man-hungry best friend Cora Mae, and word-of-the-day challenger, Kitty. It doesn’t help that the death has been ruled an accident by the sheriff of this backwoods community in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. Or that Sheriff Blaze Johnson happens to be Gertie’s son. Whether it’s interrogating neighbors, spying, or impersonating the FBI—not to mention staying one step ahead of Blaze—Gertie will do whatever it takes to solve the case, even when the killer takes aim at her. Murder On The Mind By L. L. Bartlett After insurance investigator Jeff Resnick is viciously mugged, he discovers the resulting brain injury has left him able to sense people’s secrets. When his estranged half-brother, Richard, takes Jeff to the family home to recover, Jeff’s senses pick up clues to the recent vicious murder of a local banker. Despite Jeff’s mixed feelings about his new sixth sense, he feels compelled to explore the banker’s murder–using both his senses and his investigative skills, along with Richard’s reluctant help. Against the gritty setting of wintry Buffalo, NY, and a tormented family history of his own, unraveling the truth threatens Jeff’s–and Richard’s–life. Loose Screw by Rae Davies Lucy Mathews, crime reporter turned antiques dealer, avoids confrontation like a home perm. She...

New To You: Trail of Dead by Melissa F. Olson (Prize)

 Trail of Dead, an urban fantasy, by Melissa F. Olson . What is Trail of Dead about? Trail of Dead is the sequel to Dead Spots. Both novels feature Scarlett Bernard, a young woman in Los Angeles with the ability to “null” supernatural powers. If a vampire or werewolf gets too close to her, they become human again. Witches can’t perform even the mildest charm. Scarlett makes a living cleaning up the crime scenes that are left when supernatural forces go haywire in the city, so she finds herself in some sticky situations. Trail of Dead follows Scarlett as she tracks her old mentor, now a vampire murdering witches in the city. What type of reader would your book appeal to most? Fans of urban fantasy, paranormal romance, science fiction (magic in Scarlett’s world is heavily tied to evolutionary principles), women’s fiction, etc. Who is the main character? What does he or she want or what is his or her biggest struggle to over come? Scarlett is trying to track down her former mentor, a woman who killed Scarlett’s parents so she could worm her way into the null’s life. She is also trying to deal with the guilt she feels over her parents’ death, and resolve her feelings for two very different men. What movies or other books would you compare Trail of Dead to and why? If I were organizing a book store, I would shelve this with Patricia Brigg’s Mercy Thompson series, Carrie Vaughn’s Kitty Norville series, and perhaps Charlaine Harris’s Sookie Stackhouse novels. I think all of those series share a similar taste for action and intricate worldbuilding, with some romance and humor thrown in. I’ve tried to do that with my books as well. What plot line drives the story? The hunt for Scarlett’s mentor, Olivia, and the attempt to figure out what she’s...

New to You: Rush, a young adult novel by Eve Silver

  Rush by Eve Silver, a young adult novel debuting this month! (Answers provided by the author. Thanks, Eve, for participating!) What is Rush about? Sixteen-year-old Miki Jones’s carefully controlled life spirals into chaos after she’s run down in the street, left broken and bloody. She wakes up fully healed in a place called the lobby—pulled from her life, pulled through time and space into some kind of game in which she and a team of other teens are sent on missions to eliminate the Drau, terrifying and beautiful alien creatures.  There are no practice runs, no training, and no way out. Miki has only the guidance of secretive but maddeningly attractive team leader Jackson Tate, who says that the game is more than that, and that what Miki and her new teammates do now determines their survival and the survival of every other person on this planet. She laughs. He doesn’t. And then the game takes a deadly and terrifying turn. What type of reader will love Rush? Fans of young adult books, teens, sci-fi readers, fans of alien books and gamers. Who is the main character? What does he or she want or what is his or her biggest struggle to over come? Miki Jones just wants to figure out how to find her new normal after the death of her mother. But her life’s anything but normal when she’s sucked into a game where she has to hunt aliens or be hunted by them—all the while balancing the life or death struggle with her regular high-school life.   “So what’s the game now? This or the life I used to know?” What movies or other books would you compare Rush to and why? For books, I’d say Ender’s Game because of the gaming elements and the way the main character is left in the dark by those who...

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