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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...

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...

Rogue, Lost 4

Rogue Werewolf Paranormal Romance 4th in Lost Series Price: $0.99 Deserted by the pack when she was a child, rogue, Kacie Marks is used to  defending herself, and she’s happy to keep doing so, even when vampires invade her woods. However, rogue hunter, Bryce Kinkaid has other plans for her, plans that involve using Kacie as bait for the vampires intent on destroying every werewolf they can find. Kacie evades both vampires and Bryce at first,  but the rogue hunter isn’t one to give up. Especially after he gets close enough to Kacie to realize she means much more to his wolf than just bait in his vampire trap. Rogue is the fourth short story in the Lost series of vampire and werewolf romances. If in print, it would be about 65 pages long.   Buy at Smashwords Buy at Amazon for Kindle Buy at Barnes & Noble for Nook See Lost and Found, stories 1 and 2, in the...

January Contest Winner! And February Bonus Prize.

The winner of an autographed copy of Dead Spots by Melissa F. Olson, a tote bag and her pick of books at the V.I.P. Reader’s Lounge is…. Nancy Luebke! Congrats, Nancy! For February, I’m giving away two books: Pale Moon Stalker by Shirl Henke and The Leopard Prince by Elizabet Hoyt, along with another tote bag and pick from the V.I.P. Reader’s Lounge!   By now you probably know the drill: Fill out the form for my newsletter on my contest page, and then to get noticed post on my Facebook page, Tweet about one of my books, post a review, etc. (The only one of these that is required is the newsletter.) Thanks so much for stopping by and supporting my...

Free Books for Your New eReader or Tablet!

Have a new eReader or tablet to fill? Let me help! Here’s a list of books free for the taking. Ho! Ho! Ho! and Happy Reading! (And, as always, check before you hit BUY! Books may go off at free any time. Scroll down to make sure you see everything. Romance is at the top, but there are mysteries, fantasy, steampunk and SciFi too! Romance Almost A Bride, Patricia McLinn – Amazon – B&N Almost Perfect, Julie Ortolon – Amazon – B&N Chocolate Kisses, Judith Arnold – Amazon – B&N Forevermore, Lauren Royal – Amazon – iTunes – Kobo In Too Deep, Kathryn Shay – Amazon – B&N Lost, a Vampire Romance, Lori Devoti – B&N Prelude to a Wedding, Patricia McLinn – Kobo Revenge Sex, West Coast Series, Book 1, Jasmine Haynes – Amazon – iTunes – Kobo Shades of Honor, Wendy Lindstrom – Amazon – B&N Shelter from the Storm, Patricia Ryan – Amazon Someone To Believe In, Kathryn Shay – Amazon – B&N Ten Shades of Sexy, Multiple Author – Amazon – B&N – Kobo To Love a Scoundrel, Sharon Ihle – Amazon Undeniable Rogue, Annette Blair – Amazon Mystery A Dyeing Shame, Elizabeth Spann Craig – Amazon Desperate Housedogs, Sparkle Abbey – Amazon In Deep Shitake, Patricia Mason – Amazon Loose Screw, Rae Davies (Lori Devoti) Book 1 in Dusty Deals Mystery Series, cozy comic mystery – Amazon – iTunes – Kobo Mai Tai One On, Jill Marie Landis – Amazon Murder on the Mind, L. L. Bartlett – Amazon – B&N – Kobo Murder Passes the Buck, Deb Baker – Amazon Fantasy/Science Fiction/Steampunk Lady of Devices, Shelley Adina – Amazon – Kobo – iTunes Lady of the Moon, Mary Gillgannon – Amazon – B&N Neptune Crossing (Chaos Chronicles #1), Jeffery A. Carver – Amazon – B&N – iTunes  ...

Witch Stones!

Since I was a child, I’ve had a bit of an obsession with rocks. I think this mainly had to do with growing up in an area with some spectacular rocks to collect. My favorites were what we called sparkly rocks which you mainly find around creeks. Most of mine I found around Viburnum, Missouri, an area with large lead deposits. But in addition to sparkly rocks and fossils (which I also loved), I always kept my eye out (and still do) for witch stones. Witch stones, also known as fairy stones and hagstones, are rocks with a naturally occurring hole in them. As you can probably guess, the best hunting grounds for these rocks is also near streams since water is what washes away parts of the stone to form the hole. Holly Black made witch stones (she called them fairy stones) somewhat famous with her use of them in the Spiderwick Chronicles.  In her stories you used the stones to see the fairy world, but they are probably better known as a way to ward off evil. According to this article, people used to hang them over doorways (especially of stables) or wore them around their necks and some even used them as a spout through which the poured milk to keep it from curdling. I’m not sure as a child anyone ever told me what they were supposed to do, but I’ve always thought of them as witch stones and known they carry with them some kind of magic that I want to possess. Any of you own witch stones? How do you use...

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