Friday, March 28, 2014

Full Cover Reveal and Trailer for Jessa Russo's DIVIDE

Hey, folks! It's finally time to show the world the cover for DIVIDE! But first, for those who might not know, let's have a recap of what DIVIDE is about.


From senior class president to dejected social outcast, with just the flick of a match.

After accusations of torching her ex-boyfriend’s home are followed by the mysterious poisoning of her ex-best friend, seventeen-year-old Holland Briggs assumes her life is over. And it is. But not in the way she thinks.

As Holland learns the truth about her cursed fate—that she is descended from the Beast most have only ever heard of in fairytales—she unites with an unlikely ally, good-looking newcomer Mick Stevenson. 

Mick knows more about Holland’s twisted history than she does, and enlightening as it is to learn about, his suggestion for a cure is unsettling at best. Holland must fall in love with Mick in order to break the spell, and save their future generations from repeating her cursed fate. Having sworn off love after the betrayals of her ex-boyfriend and ex-best friend, this may be difficult to accomplish. 

Complicating things further for Holland and Mick, time runs out, and Holland’s change begins way before schedule. With Holland quickly morphing into a dangerous mythical creature, Mick struggles to save her. 

Should they fail, Holland will be lost to the beast inside her forever.
 
I love it! And now, DIVIDE's cover in full form, and its trailer!
 
 
 
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Find out more about Jessa Russo, DIVIDE, and her other books here:
 

 

Monday, March 24, 2014

DIVIDE by Jessa Russo: Cover Reveal Day 6

It's day six, and the pieces are coming together for the grand reveal of Jessa Russo's DIVIDE!



From senior class president to dejected social outcast, with just the flick of a match.
After accusations of torching her ex-boyfriend’s home are followed by the mysterious poisoning of her ex-best friend, seventeen-year-old Holland Briggs assumes her life is over. And it is. But not in the way she thinks.

As Holland learns the truth about her cursed fate—that she is descended from the Beast most have only ever heard of in fairytales—she unites with an unlikely ally, good-looking newcomer Mick Stevenson.

Mick knows more about Holland’s twisted history than she does, and enlightening as it is to learn about, his suggestion for a cure is unsettling at best. Holland must fall in love with Mick in order to break the spell, and save their future generations from repeating her cursed fate. Having sworn off love after the betrayals of her ex-boyfriend and ex-best friend, this may be difficult to accomplish. 

Complicating things further for Holland and Mick, time runs out, and Holland’s change begins way before schedule. With Holland quickly morphing into a dangerous mythical creature, Mick struggles to save her. 
Should they fail, Holland will be lost to the beast inside her forever.





Are you ready to see more of the cover?











Please be sure to visit Ryan Hill's website tomorrow, for the next piece of the reveal!

To add DIVIDE to your GoodReads list and to find out more about Jessa, just follow the links below.


 


Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Bullying as an Excuse for Censorship?


Recently, a high school in my state refused to publish an openly gay student’s profile in the school yearbook. They claimed that its contents would lead to bullying, and that it was too personal for the yearbook.

This feels like a cop-out excuse. The student is openly gay, and his classmates are mostly accepting of his sexuality. His profile story actually told how he’d had a rather positive experience with his classmates since coming out. Publishing his profile would probably have garnered very little negative attention from the student body. (You can read the profile at the end of this article here.) But now, the school’s decision to pull his and five other profiles has blown the whole thing nationwide. A big, glaring spotlight is shining on both the school and the student. What was a small spark of positivity has now become a big dark stain on the school’s reputation. If they were looking to minimalize bullying, they failed…and have never read an internet comment section.

Unwittingly or not, they’ve also told this student that he should hide his true self—the very thing that he expressed had been the hardest thing for him to do.

It’s something I’ve heard from friends through the years. How hard it is to live the lie, pretending to be someone you’re not for fear of backlash, and how good it felt when they finally were able to tell someone.

I think it also shows a lack of faith in their student body, and maybe the prejudices of the adults governing those students. At the very least an overprotectiveness leaning heavily in the wrong direction. And it’s harmful to any students currently struggling with their sexuality who might have benefited from reading about someone who’d felt exactly how they feel now. The school’s decision is telling them they can’t be open, they can’t be themselves.
I hope maybe something good will come of it all. Maybe the school will see the error in their judgment and reverse their decision. Maybe the students will rise above the assumption of their principal that they aren’t capable of acceptance. Maybe the student in question will find strength in the supporters who’ve rallied behind him. I hope he does. More than anything, I hope those who are watching and struggling realize they’re not alone.

Cover Reveal! Nikki Urang's THE HIT LIST

Today's cover reveal is near and dear to my heart. I loved this story from the very first, and I can't wait to show you Nikki Urang's THE HIT LIST.

Here's what it's about:

The Los Angeles Conservatory for the Arts is supposed to be a new beginning for Sadie Bryant. Moving across the country is exactly what she needs to escape the gossip surrounding her injury, the devastating betrayal of her ex-partner, and to rebuild her career as a solo dancer.

When the school announces that the annual Fall Showcase, a performance that secures a spot studying in London, will now require each dance to have a partner, Sadie's fresh start is a nightmare. Now she has to dance with Luke Morrison, the school womanizer with a big ego. Sadie doesn't know how to trust Luke enough to dance with him after her last partner left her broken, but Luke is determined to change that.

Then, The Hit List comes out. A game of sexual contest where guys get points for all the girls they hook up with—and it seems like every guy at the school is playing.

The girl worth the most points? Sadie.
 
Fantastic! THE HIT LIST is a NA contemporary to be released on November 11, 2014 by Spencer Hill Contemporary. So mark your calendars!
 
And now, let's check out the cover!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
If you'd like to keep up with the author, you can find Nikki in these places online:
 
 Website / Twitter / Goodreads 
 

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Cover Reveal! MARTYR by AR Kahler

Hello, all! Today I bring you the new novel by AR Kahler, MARTYR. I've had the fortune to have read a short story by Mr. Kahler, and let me tell you, he has a beautiful way with words! Now, why don't we take a peek at what MARTYR is all about.

Three years have passed since magic destroyed the world.

Those who remain struggle to survive the monsters roaming the streets, fighting back with steel and magic—the very weapons that birthed the Howls in the first place.

Tenn is one such Hunter, a boy with the ability to harness the elements through ancient runes. For years, the Hunters have used this magic to keep the monsters at bay, but it's never been enough to truly win the war. Humans are losing.

When Tenn falls prey to an incubus named Tomás and his terrifying Kin, Tenn learns there's more to this than a fight for survival. He's a pawn in a bigger game, one with devastating consequences. If he doesn't play his part, it could cost him his life, his lover and his world.

Sounds fantastic! A portion of the proceeds from MARTYR will go to a charity of your choosing, so please take a moment to vote for one of the fine organizations listed below.

To which charity should A.R. Kahler donate a portion of his proceeds from MARTYR?
UNICEF
The Trevor Project
Water.org
To Write Love on Her Arms
Poll Maker



And now, the reveal!

















https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/21472900-martyr



About the Author

Alex is many things, but first and foremost, he's a Sagittarius.

In the past few years he's taught circus in Amsterdam and Madrid, gotten madly lost in the Scottish wilderness, drummed with Norse shamans, and received his Masters in creative writing from Glasgow University. And that's the abbreviated list.

He is the author of the tantalizing CIRQUE DES IMMORTELS trilogy, which debuted in 12/12 from 47North. MARTYR, the first book in his post-apocalyptic YA fantasy series, THE HUNTED, will be published 10/14 by Spencer Hill Press.

When he's not writing or climbing in the rafters, he's probably outside, staring at the clouds. And seeing as he now resides in Seattle, there are clouds aplenty.

He can be followed on Twitter @ARKahler or at www.arkahler.com

Friday, March 7, 2014

Final Fantasy XIII: Lightning Returns--Early Thoughts

I recently started Final Fantasy XIII: Lightning Returns to pull myself out of the rabbit-hole that is Skyrim. It's been a nice change of pace. Instead of leisurely traipsing across the countryside slaying dragons or whatever undead creature gets in my way, I'm now racing time to collect enough souls to populate a new world before the old one collapses.

I'm pretty sure I'm going to fail the first time around.

And that's okay, I think.

I'm enjoying the open world and not being stuck to a rigorous linear path. The battle system is much improved over the paradigm shift from the previous FFXIII games, flowing smoother from one shift to another with a simple touch of a button. I'm still working on setting up effective skills, but I'm getting closer to having a good set for overall battle.

The graphics are breathtaking, the world beautiful and rich. I like the way random battle is sort of back into play; sometimes you see the fiends way ahead of time, sometimes they pop up right in your face. I'm usually all about slogging through battle after battle, but in this game, with the clock counting down to doomsday, I find myself working a lot of evasive maneuvers.

It's all about the missions. Finishing quests levels Lightning's stats and provides the souls needed to extend the life of the planet. So--ahem--running around monster-hunting and sightseeing isn't the best idea.

I'm feeling a lot closer to the story in this installment as well. Emotions are running deep in this one.

On a lighter note, I'm probably spending way too much time customizing my schemata garb.

Overall, my early experience with FFXIII: Lightning Returns has been revitalizing. I'm eager to dive back in and see what lies in store for Lightning and the world of Nova Chrysalis.   

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Cover Reveal! HARVESTER by Rachel Russell



This is a novel I've been following for a while now, and I can't wait to get my grabby hands on it! A YA Fantasy, the story tugs at my little dark heart.



Sixteen-year-old Catalina has never seen the sky. As a mage, it’s illegal for her to leave the underground city she lives in. The sun and moon are only fantastical stories of a land far away. So when Catalina stumbles upon a tunnel leading to the surface, she can’t resist the temptation to see the surface world.

But instead of enjoying a night beneath the stars for the first time, Catalina emerges upon the scene of a savage murderer harvesting faery body parts. She's nearly his next victim, but is rescued by a grim boy named Will who has a troubling connection to the killer.

Even more disquieting is Catalina’s criminal status upon returning home. Someone with political clout has framed her for the vicious slayings. Now on the run from the law, Catalina must uncover Will’s tie to the serial killing of faeries, as well as stop a bloodthirsty murderer to prove her innocence, or face a death sentence.

Intrigue! Faeries! Murder! I'm biting at the bit to read this, but I won't have to wait much longer. HARVESTER comes out March 17th! And now, how about that lovely cover?

 


Harvester by Rachel Russell



You can add Harvester to your to-read list on Goodreads;

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About the Author:

Rachel is a YA author who likes dirty martinis and pickles on her pizza. Her stories tend to be either horror or fantasy, or a strange amalgamation of both genres. She works at Month9Books, LLC as both the Submissions Coordinator and an Editorial Assistant. When not reading or writing, Rachel is marathoning anime, becoming one with Twitter (@RachelxRussell), or playing make-believe with her two daughters.


You can find and contact Rachel here;
-          Website: http://www.rachelrussellbooks.com/
-          Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Rachel-Russell/144413508976741
-          Twitter: https://twitter.com/RachelxRussell
-          Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7304559.Rachel_Russell



Want more? Continue on for a little taste of HARVESTER!







The last person caught smuggling medicine had disappeared, never to be heard from again, after Marshals whisked him away for interrogation. It wasn’t a reassuring thought to have as Catalina stood in line and gnawed on the inside of her cheek. With each step she took toward the Arch, the glass vial hidden within the inside pocket of her vest grew heavier. She’d trafficked medicine into the city before, but it always felt like the first time. She supposed there were just some things you never got used to. Knowing the Arch wasn’t designed to detect her precious cargo didn’t stop her palms from sweating or her stomach from flip-flopping.

“Next.” A scowling guard dressed in a black trench coat with a stiff, upturned collar waved her through with an exaggerated wave of his arm, as if she’d been dawdling. 

Catalina sucked in a breath and stepped beneath the Arch. It wailed, shrill and loud, like a cat in pain. She startled, her eyes widening. 

“Hands in the air!” 

Oh no. No, no, no, Catalina thought. She held up shaking hands. My luck cannot be this crappy. She’d passed through the Arch dozens of times with the medicine on her and the alarm had never gone off before. Maybe it was a malfunction. 

Another guard stepped over and passed a plain, black rod over her, starting at her head and traveling down. It glowed white when it neared her vest pocket. 

Catalina’s stomach bottomed out. They’d updated their equipment. For once, the law was a step ahead of her. 

The guard flipped open her vest and reached into the inside pocket, plucking out the vial. He held it up before his face, arching an eyebrow. Within the glass vial swirled clear liquid filled with glittering particles. The guard pulled out the stopper and sniffed. 

Catalina caught a faint waft of honeysuckle flowers. 

“It’s faery elixir, all right.” The guard put the stopper back on. “Take her to the interrogation room. The Marshal will want to speak with her.” 

The other guard stepped behind Catalina and twisted her arms behind her back. She needed to get out of there. If she could buck her head back hard enough to break the guard’s nose, maybe— 

Then metal pinched the tender skin of her wrists. She tried to wriggle her fingers. Her knuckles hit cool iron. He’d encased her hands in mitten handcuffs, the only sure way to keep a mage from weaving a spell. Catalina sighed. Now it really was too late. 

“Come on.” The guard grabbed Catalina by the elbow and led her through a blue door off to the right.
Their booted steps echoed down a hallway with overhead lights so bright they whitewashed the walls and floor. Catalina squinted beneath the harsh glare. The guard led her to the end of the hallway and stopped in front of a dull door with black paint curling at the edges. Again, she was struck with the near-overpowering drive to bolt. She’d heard horror stories of Marshals using magic to strangle hearts near to bursting point till they got what information they wanted. 

The hinges on the door whined as the guard opened it. An empty room with a table and two chairs lay beyond. A cold chill rushed down Catalina’s spine. Odd how such a sparse room could feel so menacing.
The guard shoved her into the room. “A Marshal will be with you shortly.” 

Catalina stumbled into the room and whirled to face the guard, only to be met by the door slamming shut. A click came from the other side of the door as he locked it. 

She turned and strode to the table. “Great. What the hell am I supposed to do now?”