Thursday, August 28, 2014

Cover reveal and All new look for Synsk series by K.C. Finn


A NEW LOOK FOR THIS BEST-SELLING SERIES:




In anticipation of the upcoming release of the third book in the Synsk series by K.C. Finn— A Place Halfway— the entire series got brand new covers. Read below for information on the upcoming release of A Place Halfway by K.C. Finn and find out how you can start reading this young adult series for FREE today! 


COMING SOON: A Place Halfway by K.C. Finn

(Book #3 in The Synsk Series)

Release Date: October 24, 2014









A struggling psychic girl steps out into the big, wide world amidst the murky depths of racial segregation in England, 1961.



As a teenage psychic, Josephine Fontaine knows what it’s like to be different. At Peregrine Place, a school full of youngsters with gifts just like hers, sixteen-year-old Josie is growing tired of her life and looking for excitement beyond the grand manor house’s walls. When an opportunity arises to work in a local music bar, she jumps at the chance, learning to balance her new job with the pressures of studying the ways of the Synsk.



There she meets the charming Tommy Asher, a fellow psychic with a talent for music, and Jake Bolton, a handsome, surly stranger with coffee-coloured skin. Throw in the return of her old crush Dai Bickerstaff, and Josie finds herself embroiled in a drama much bigger than she could have imagined, especially when certain parties take issue to her developing a friendship with a boy who isn’t white-skinned. When a mysterious record mogul offers Josie help to improve her psychic gifts, her world turns totally upside down, and she begins to question everything she thought she knew about the world, her family, and even herself.



Coming of age was never so intense as it will be for Josie in the winter of 1961.



FREE BOOK: The Mind's Eye by K.C. Finn

(Book #1 in The Synsk Series)




A girl with a telepathic gift finds a boy clinging to his last hope during the war-torn climate of Europe, 1940.





At fifteen, Kit Cavendish is one the oldest evacuees to escape London at the start of the Second World War due to a long term illness that sees her stuck in a wheelchair most of the time. But Kit has an extraordinary psychic power: she can put herself into the minds of others, see through their eyes, feel their emotions, even talk to them – though she dares not speak out for fear of her secret ability being exposed.









As Kit settles into her new life in the North Wales village of Bryn Eira Bach, solitude and curiosity encourage her to gain better control of her gift. Until one day her search for information on the developing war leads her to the mind of Henri, a seventeen-year-old Norwegian boy witnessing the German occupation of his beloved city, Oslo. As Henri discovers more about the English girl occupying his mind, the psychic and emotional bonds between them strengthen and Kit guides him through an oppressive and dangerous time. 









There are secrets to be uncovered, both at home and abroad, and it’s up to Kit and Henri to come together and fight their own battles in the depths of the world’s greatest war.




Leighton's Summer by K.C. Finn

(Book #2 in The Synsk Series)




A teenage boy with something to prove gets caught up in a web of crime and deceit in England, 1945.



In the weeks leading up to his sixteenth birthday, gifted psychic Leighton Cavendish finds himself suddenly packed off to Blackpool, a glittering teenage paradise filled with plenty of opportunities for amusement—and trouble—to ensue. With only a preoccupied grandmother to keep an eye on him, Leighton’s desperation for adventure leads him out into a world of holidaymakers, candy and carnival rides—the ideal place to spend six weeks away from home.



But Leighton’s psychic visions are encroaching on his fun, trying to warn him of the danger that lurks beyond the shimmering lights of the Golden Mile. Who are the mysterious thieves Leighton sees in his head and what do they want with the children they seek? A girl called Faye holds the answer, but she has enough problems of her own. 



Amid the climate of a tourist town recovering from the impact of the Second World War, two lost teenagers will discover a shocking truth about human greed and together they will try to fight against it. For Leighton and Faye this will be a summer to remember—a summer filled with challenges that must be overcome.



A summer that turns a boy into a man. 





ABOUT THE AUTHOR:





Born in South Wales to Raymond and Jennifer Finn, Kimberley Charlotte Elisabeth Finn (known to readers as K.C., otherwise it'd be too much of a mouthful) was one of those corny little kids who always wanted to be a writer. She was also incredibly stubborn, and so has finally achieved that dream in 2013 with the release of her first three novellas in the four-part Caecilius Rex saga, the time travel adventure The Secret Star and her new urban fantasy epic The Book Of Shade.







As a sufferer with the medical condition M.E./C.F.S., Kim works part time as a private tutor and a teacher of creative writing, devoting the remainder of her time to writing novels and studying for an MA in Education and Linguistics.









K.C. Finn signed with Clean Teen Publishing in late 2013. Her books The Mind's Eye and Leighton's Summer were released in early 2014.



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Saturday, August 16, 2014

Cover Reveal: Finding Willow (An Unspeakable Novella) by Michelle K. Pickett (Bonus: Goodreads Giveaway to Enter)




Cover Reveal: 

FINDING WILLOW by Michelle K. Pickett

(An Unspeakable Novella)









Genre: Young Adult Contemporary Romance (Realistic Fiction) YAm

Publisher: Clean Teen Publishing

Release Date: October 2014


“Finding Willow” is the prequel to “Unspeakable,” the touching romance between Brody and Willow that explores one girl’s quiet strength to survive the unbearable weight of a family secret alone, and the love and resolve of a boy determined to help her.



Brody Victor lives life on the fringes. Moving from school to school with each transfer his mother’s job requires has taught Brody well: If there’s one thing harder than making friends, it’s saying goodbye to them. So he’s learned to close himself off. He’s a loner, and that’s how he likes it.



When his mother accepts a permanent position in Wisconsin, Brody begins to slowly open up. But old habits die hard and, for Brody, making friends doesn’t come easily. That is, until he meets Annabelle. Brody loses himself in her. Their connection runs deep and, for the first time, Brody truly lets someone inside. But life can be cruel. An unexpected job transfer uproots Brody from his home in Wisconsin, and Annabelle.



Vowing not to get involved with another girl after the heartbreak of losing Annabelle, Brody returns to life on the outside looking in. A loner by choice. Until the night he finds Willow. Friendly and beautiful, a guy can’t help but notice her, but Brody notices more than her beauty. When she flashes her full smile, a spark is missing from her hazel eyes and for reasons unknown to him, Brody needs to find the reason.



Along the way, he stumbles across a secret bigger than both of them.






SPECIAL FEATURE, Read FINDING WILLOW Early!



Finding Willow will also be featured in our CTP box set: WORLDS ENTWINED. This means you can get your hands on this novella as early as September 19, 2014 when this box set releases!










UNSPEAKABLE by Michelle K. Pickett












Genre: Young Adult Contemporary Romance (Realistic Fiction) YAm

Publisher: Clean Teen Publishing

Release Date: February 10, 2015












Goodreads Book Giveaway


Unspeakable by Michelle K. Pickett   



Unspeakable


by Michelle K. Pickett


Giveaway ends September 30, 2014.

See the giveaway details at Goodreads.





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“Breathe. No one will break me. I’m strong. Breathe. Just breathe.”




On the outside, Willow appears to have it all. She’s beautiful, smart, from an influential family, and she dates the most popular guy in school—Jaden. But she would walk away from it all in a second. Willow is tormented by lies and suffocating guilt, not the hearts and flowers people believe her life is full of. 




She carries a dark secret. Plagued by nightmares and pain, the secret dominates her life. If she hadn’t walked away. If she had just… but she didn’t. And now she has to live with her choices. But when someone uncovers her family’s past, they use it against her, crushing her spirit little by little. She tells herself she just has to make it to graduation. Then she can leave Middleton, and her secret, far behind.




When Brody transfers to Cassidy High, he turns Willow’s life upside down. He shows her what it feels like to live again, really live. And suddenly, she isn’t satisfied with just surviving until graduation. She wants a normal life—with Brody—and he wants her. But the closer they become, the more it threatens to unravel the secret she’s worked so hard to hide.




Willow finds true love with Brody. Will she let his love save her, or walk away from him to keep her secret safe?




ABOUT MICHELLE K. PICKETT:









Michelle is the bestselling author of the young adult novel “PODs.” She was born and raised in Flint, Michigan, but now lives in a sleepy suburb outside Houston with her extremely supportive husband, three school-aged children, a 125 pound “lap dog,” and a very snooty cat.




Red Bull or Monster Khaos are her coffee of choice, and she can’t write without peanut butter M&Ms and a hoodie. A hopeful romantic; she loves a swoon-worthy ending that will give her butterflies for days. She writes across genres in the young adult and new adult age groups. She loves to hear from her readers.​





Michelle signed her new young adult contemporary novel— Unspeakable, with Clean Teen Publishing in 2014. 




Keep up-to-date on her current and future projects at www.michelle-pickett.com.






 




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Thursday, August 14, 2014

Queen of Someday: A Stolen Empire book trailer and another CTP Giveaway!

I am super excited to finally reveal the book trailer for


Queen of Someday: A Stolen Empire Novel


Before she can become the greatest empress in history, fifteen-year-old Sophie will have to survive her social-climbing mother’s quest to put her on the throne of Russia—at any cost.


Imperial Court holds dangers like nothing Sophie has ever faced before. In the heart of St. Petersburg, surviving means navigating the political, romantic, and religious demands of the bitter Empress Elizabeth and her handsome, but sadistic nephew, Peter. Determined to save her impoverished family—and herself—Sophie vows to do whatever is necessary to thrive in her new surroundings. But an attempt on her life and an unexpected attraction threatens to derail her plans.


Alone in a new and dangerous world, learning who to trust and who to charm may mean the difference between becoming queen and being sent home in shame to marry her lecherous uncle. With traitors and murderers lurking around every corner, her very life hangs in the balance. Betrothed to one man but falling in love with another, Sophie will need to decide how much she’s willing to sacrifice in order to become the empress she is destined to be.






What people are saying about Queen of Someday:

"Love, betrayal, adventure and hard decisions that have no "right answer"... Russian Court is an exercise in "survival of the fittest" and Queen of Someday is a beautiful start to the journey of an innocent young girl growing into one of the greatest leaders of all time." ~June Stevens, author


"I was caught hook, line and sinker with this novel about a young girl's battle in a world that seems perfect on the surface, but is sinister and twisted underneath. I think one of the reasons I loved this book so much is because there was no fantasy or paranormal element the book. I would have loved it just as much if there had been, but to see that somewhere seemingly so safe could be so deadly, without a hint of magic or witchcraft, was haunting." ~Bonfire Book Reviews


"Queen of Someday" is a guilty pleasure read. Just like CW shows and Lifetime movies, it's full of drama, scandal and betrayal. And I just couldn't look away. I found myself gasping and grinning maniacally at every turn. Sophie's schemes delighted me in a way that made me question my own sanity. I enjoyed "Queen of Someday" in the same way that one enjoys CW shows; the melodrama is strangely addictive, but I'm embarrassed to admit exactly how much I enjoyed it." ~The Nerdy Journalist reviews


And be sure to enter the giveaway!






Can't wait to see more? Queen of Someday is available for pre-order here, and will be available everywhere October 7th 2014.

*The footage is courtesy of KK Studios, and the layout and transitions are by Courtney Knuckles and Clean Teen Publishing.

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Clean Teen and Crimson Tree Publishing Giveaway!

I recently joined the Clean Teen Publishing Street Team.. Which means I get to share fantastic books and their giveaways with you!  This is not my giveaway so I won't be responsible for sending out the prizes.   I hope you will all enter to win and share around. :)




Our team at Clean Teen Publishing and Crimson Tree Publishing has a big reason to celebrate! We just signed our 65th Title! That's big news for our company after just celebrating our one-year anniversary a few months back. To celebrate, we are giving away not one, but two $65 Amazon Gift Cards (or Paypal Cash)! We decided one wasn't enough so Clean Teen Publishing will be giving away one and Crimson Tree Publishing is giving away the other.

Here is the big list of our 65 titles in alphabetical order:

A Place Halfway, Aftermath, Angus MacBain and the Island of Sleeping Kings, Burden of Sisyphus, Concealed in the Shadows, Current Impressions, Descending, Double Star, Ending ELE, Exposing ELE, Fall of Icarus, Finding ELE, Flame, Flame Caller, Haunting Zoe, Hidden Monster, Kindling Flames (Flying Sparks), Kindling Flames (Gathering Tinder), Last Orphans, Leighton's Summer, Lingering Echoes, Losing Logan, Moonflower, Never Forgotten, Night Marchers, Project ELE, Purge of Prometheus, Queen of Someday, Red, Redemption, Released from the Darkness, Reluctant Guardian, Rising, River of Bones, Rumors, Secrets, Smoke Rising, Spark, Surviving ELE, Sweet Contradiction, The Awakener, The Bionics, The Eye of Tanub, The Hunted, The Key, The Mind's Eye, The Power to See, The Wall, The Wanted, The Woodlands, The Wounded, Titanium, Unspeakable, Voodoo Moon, War, Water Shaper, Wicked Glory, Wicked Hunger, Wicked Power, Wind Warrior, Wolves of the Northern Rift, Wonderstruck, Worlds Between, Worlds Entwined, Worlds Undone


Here is the big list of our 65 titles in Mr. Squirrel's order:


Now it's time to enter the giveaway! This giveaway runs through September 30 2014. Good Luck!


Monday, July 21, 2014

An ebook review! I know right. The Princess Sisters


May contain spoilers!!!!


In my last post I mentioned I was reading an ebook that somewhere along the line I downloaded.  Probably because I love the cover photo.  Isn't it awesome?!



The Princess Sisters.  Book one of a series.  Since I didn't have a back of a book to read I read this description on goodreads.

The only thing she stands to lose are her shoes.

Cinderella is an ordinary teenage girl, with an extraordinary name. But because of that name, she and her cousins, Belle, Aurora, Ariel, and Snow White suffer years of torment from their peers. Then as the girls enter high school and the enticing world of dating, a life-altering decision must be made. Is it finally time to stop fighting, and surrender to the fairy tale clich├ęs that have been holding them back? By embracing their names, the girls discover an inner-strength they never knew existed. And by putting everything they have on the line, maybe, just maybe they will discover there really is such a thing as ‘happily ever after’.



Sounds pretty good right?
It was actually.  It was a cute story about 15 year old cousins that are named after princesses.  I can see girls of a few years younger enjoying this book.   Although there is a slip in language once and alot of talk of kissing.
For a while the whole story seems to revolve around the five cousins getting their first kisses (from the same boy!).  Then comes the plot twist... and where it goes from (MOVE ON prince charming) to (THANK GOD they are done).   The girls find out a girl from school put Dave (the kisser) up to kissing them all and finding out all their weaknesses.  She then uses those weaknesses to make them miserable at school. This is where the princesses have to figure out how to overcome the weaknesses and prove their are awesome!
The beginning and the end were great.  The middle felt drawn out.  It seemed to last forever.  If I had a book instead of my kindle I think I would have probably skipped pages to move it along faster.  There was some humor and I actually laughed out loud (late at night almost waking up my family!).

One of my favorite scenes is when Belle is super mad at Dave.  She runs outside and is standing and waiting.
Here is the scene:
"Are you waiting for someone?" Dave asked, holding his hand out to display the empty road.
"A car, a train, a bus, I don't care at this point."
"To hitchhike?" Dave asked.
"No! I'm going to push you in front of it!

Another one I liked..
"We're done being teased. This time, we're going to fight back," Aurora added.
"Just so long as nobody gets hurt," Dana said.
"Guess we'll have to get rid of the lighter fluid then," Ariel said.
Dana whipped around so fast in her chair that the car swerved and barely missed a collision with the car in the next lane.
"Mom! She's joking!" Cinderella said.

These little glimmers of humor combined with a memory of wanting to fit in with the crowd were what pushed me through the middle part to an enjoyable ending.

Hope my rambling didn't give away the whole story and my reviews are getting somewhat more readable. :)

Happy reading!

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Ebooks... a slight rant

I have a kindle, a kindle app on my phone, an old sony ebook reader, and my kids have a kindle and a nook.  We have all kinds of means to read in this house.  Including 10 full size bookshelves double stacked and many more smaller stacks in the kids rooms.  There are no excuses for not reading at my house.  That being said.....
I do not like ebooks.
OMG did I just say that!  Yes, I did.  I have thousands on my kindle so that totally makes me a hypocrit!  I realize this.  Sorry.
I will read on my kindle.  Matter of fact I am reading a book now.  Maybe a review to come.
But there is NOTHING like having a book in your hand.  My daughters hand me the kindle back after playing subway surfer after I ask them if they want to read a book.  They head down to the library and pick up a book... or run off to their rooms to hide.  Sigh.
Here is my problem.  There are sooo many books on kindle.  Free ebooks everywhere.  Everyone is saying here read my book and review it.  Win this ebook in this contest.  I need so many downloads on Amazon.  And I do.  I download them.  Then they are swallowed up in my kindle.  I can't figure out what to read. I don't remember what book it is or why I wanted it.  With a real book I can see it. I can pick it up.  I can read the cover.  Maybe even sniff it or crack the spine.

Give me a real book any day.



Tuesday, July 8, 2014

The Goodbye Witch... No I'm not leaving.. I'm reading..




So recently I won a book in a blog giveaway.  Woohoo.  I love getting fresh new crisp books in the mail!  I love it even more when it happens in the summer when I can hide and read it.  My kids love reading... just not mom reading.  I do have to admit I feel really bad.  I can't remember which blog it was!  (gasp)  I will look for it and link to it when I find it.  Yeah, I am redeemed.  I found it.  Stuff and Nonsense  Go check it out!  She does easy to read reviews and giveaways so you can read them too.

I loved this book.  Its the 4th book in the Wishcraft series by Heather Blake.  You can find it on goodreads or on amazon.

Here's the blurb on the back.
Darcy's closet friend and fellow witch, Starla Sullivan, hoped she'd never lay eyes on her ex-husband, Kyle, again.  Two years ago he tried to kill her, and he's been a fugitive ever since.  Now Starla claims to have spotted him back in the Enchanted Village, but it seems she's the only one who can see him.  To everyone else, her ex is invisible.
Darcy only wishes his motives were as transparent as the rest of him.  Since the police can't arrest someone they can't see, it's up to Darcy to find the secret behind Kyle's latest disappearing act -- before he does something they can't see coming...

I now need books 1-3 as I love this author.  I'm a cozy-mystery person.  But its the cozies that are about books and magic that really pull me in.  This one had magic. The town Enchanted Village is very well named.  Every shop (almost) in the town is run by people who specialize in that department.. in a magical way.  I don't really want to go into detail about what happens in the book.. I mean its in the description and that kinda gives away the ending.  The whole who-dun-it part.  Its very well written and honestly you aren't completely sure who is the bad guy in the book.  The person you think is bad isn't really bad and everything is sorta mixed up in a good way.   Okay, if that didn't run you off, then go pick up the book and read it.  You'll see what I mean.
Loved it!

This is my first book review on here.  I'm sure it needs some work.  Suggestions (nicely worded) are always appreciated.