Marked Beauty by S.A. Larsen

Today I’m welcoming S.A. Larsen to Off the Page to share her top ten song inspirations for her new book Marked Beauty!

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At times, MARKED BEAUTY has a dark, gothic edge that usually leads to some sort of inner searching for one of the characters. There’s lots of contemplation on past events and timid glances to the future fearful of what it might hold, so some of these songs are deep and emotional. My original playlist is much longer than the songs you’ll find below, but I tried to choose the ones that would give you a feel of the story and the characters’ struggles, and also a feel for what it was like for me to write the story. I’ve highlighted one line from each song to hint at what happens in the story.

Top Ten Song Inspirations

by S.A. Larsen

1. Come Undone by My Darkest Days

I cannot believe you’re taking my heart…into pieces

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2. Trying Not To Love You by Nickelback

Trying not to love you only goes so far, trying not to need you is tearing me apart.

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3. No Body Wants You Like I Do by Black Lab – Weightless

I waited for you, at the edge…Could you take, such a risk?

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4. I Can’t Breathe by Bea Miller

How can I live in the moment, when my thoughts never feel like my own and don’t know how to admit that I’m broken

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5. Storm by Lifehouse

I know you didn’t bring me out here to drown. So why am I ten feet under and upside down?

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6. Absence of Fear by Jewel

Inside my heart, there’s an empty room. It’s waiting for lightning, it’s waiting for you…

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7. Become Who You are by Mainstay

I keep chasing the wrong thing and coming up empty; this isn’t who I’m supposed to be.

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8. Full of Grace by Sarah McLachlan

Pull down by the undertow, Never thought I could feel so low.

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9. She Doesn’t Want the World by 3 Doors Down

She slips off into a dream about a place to hide.

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10. You Don’t Know by Katelyn Tarver

So let me just give up, let me just let go…you don’t know what it’s like

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Uncovering hidden secrets can sometimes kill you . . . or worse, steal your soul.

Anastasia Tate has a secret. She can feel the emotions of others through their life energy auras. Not a welcome gift for a teenager. Especially when a sinister presence begins stalking her. 

Viktor Castle also has a secret. He’s tasked with protecting humanity yet cursed by an ancient evil to destroy it.

After Viktor saves Ana’s life, her abilities grow stronger. Drawn together, she senses Viktor has answers to lifelong questions. Only he shuns her at every turn, knowing he has saved her only to put her in more danger. As Ana struggles with her attraction to Viktor, he tries everything to bury his unexpected feelings for her. But they must find a middle ground. For only together can they combat the dark forces threatening both their lives . . . and their souls.

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Stake Sauce cover reveal

Today I’m helping reveal the cover for STAKE SAUCE ARC 1: THE SECRET INGREDIENT IS LOVE, NO, REALLY! It’s a fun, creepy, and dark-but-hopeful serial about queer punk vampires and the humans who love them, from RoAnna Sylver, author of the CHAMELEON MOON series. STAKE SAUCE releases October 31st, 2017 from The Kraken Collective! Check out the cover and learn more below – including how to pre-order and get a free short story, and exclusive bonus content!

The cover was designed and drawn by the author… and references this classic Dracula cover. Vampires then and now!

STAKE SAUCE ARC 1:

THE SECRET INGREDIENT IS LOVE. NO, REALLY.

IN WHICH: A cute punk-rock vampire and a disabled firefighter-turned-mall-cop with a dark past join forces to battle the forces of evil. Jude used to leap out of helicopters to rescue/protect people from terrifying infernos. Now, by day, he protects the local mall from rowdy teenagers who ride their skateboards inside. By night, he protects the the parking lot, and the rest of Portland, from undead, bloodsucking creatures of the darkness. Or would if he could find them.

But hes just about ready to give it up (living with PTSD and pain from the traumatic event that cost him a leg, a friend, and a lot more is hard enough), when something crashes into his life. And his window.

Its one of these creatures of the darkness – and hes a lot less scary than expected. More cuddly, with dark fuzzy wings, and neon-bright hair.

His name is Pixie, and he refuses to bite anyone. Assault/murder/draining fluids isnt punk, even if being a vampire really kind of is. Hes very hungry by now, and the much bigger, meaner, deadlier vamps kick him around on the nightly. Jude would love to find and fight some actual undead bullies. And Pixie could use some help staying… ‘alive.Time to make a deal.

Together they fight crime. And maybe even heal.

Of course, life still sucks when youre a vampire who refuses to suck blood. Fortunately, theres a really interesting new barbecue restaurant in the mall, with an intriguing new recipe. (We hear that the secret ingredient is… love. No, really.)

Add Stake Sauce Arc 1 to your Goodreads!

PRE-ORDER BONUS AND EXCLUSIVE CONTENT:

Pre-order the full first arc (containing 6 acts/parts!) on Gumroad, and get a free short story, What We Learned In The Fire! This takes place before the main book, and will introduce you to some super important people and… things. Stake Sauce Arc 1 releases October 31st; Happy Halloween!

Stake Sauce is also available (or soon will be, some distributors are pending) for pre-order from Amazon, iBooks, B&N, Google Play, and Kobo, as well as other retailers, but these do not carry the pre-order bonus story!

SUBSCRIBE ON PATREON AND GET TONS OF EXCLUSIVE STAKE SAUCE BONUS CONTENT AND EARLY RELEASES!

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Book spotlight: Sleep, Savannah, Sleep

SLEEP, SAVANNAH, SLEEP

Alistair Cross

RELEASE DATE SEPTEMBER 25, 2017

The Dead Don’t Always Rest in Peace


Jason Crandall, recently widowed, is left to raise his young daughter and rebellious teenage son on his own – and the old Victorian in Shadow Springs seems like the perfect place for them to start over. But the cracks in Jason’s new world begin to show when he meets Savannah Sturgess, a beautiful socialite who has half the men in town dancing on tangled strings.

When she goes missing, secrets begin to surface, and Jason becomes ensnared in a dangerous web that leads to murder. But who has the answers that will prove his innocence? The jealous husband who’s hell-bent on destroying him? The local sheriff with an incriminating secret? The blind old woman in the house next door who seems to watch him from the windows? Or perhaps the answers lie in the haunting visions and dreams that have recently begun to consume him.

Or maybe, Savannah herself is trying to tell him that things aren’t always as they seem – and that sometimes, the dead don’t rest in peace.


Alistair’s debut novel, The Crimson Corset, was an immediate bestseller, earning praise from such authors as Jay Bonansinga, author of The Walking Dead series, and vampire-lit veteran, Chelsea Quinn Yarbro. Alistair also writes with international bestseller, Tamara Thorne, and together they have released several bestsellers, including Mother, The Cliffhouse Haunting, and The Ghosts of Ravencrest.   

Together, Thorne & Cross also host the popular radio show, Thorne & Cross: Haunted Nights LIVE!, which has included such guests as Laurell K. Hamilton of the Anita Blake Vampire Hunter novels; world-wide bestseller, V.C. Andrews (Andrew Neiderman); Charlaine Harris of the Southern Vampire Mysteries and basis of the HBO series, True Blood; Jeff Lindsay, author of the Dexter novels that inspired the hit television series; #1 New York Times bestseller, Kim Harrison; Peter Atkins, screenwriter of Hellraiser: 2, 3, and 4; Mick Garris, film director of Hocus Pocus, Psycho IV: The Beginning, and Stephen King’s The Stand; and New York Times bestsellers Preston & Child, Christopher Rice, Jonathan Maberry, and Christopher Moore.  

Excerpt

Sleep, Savannah, Sleep

This is it? Seriously? It’s like we’re moving into Hill House.” In the passenger seat, Brent looked uneasy.

Jason Crandall turned to his son. “It has character.” He looked up at the old Victorian. But he’s right. It’s creepy. Surrounded by mid-century houses, the decrepit Victorian seemed like a flaw on the neighborhood, a stain on something otherwise clean. The cat’s claw vine climbing the walls seemed to shroud the house, as if trying to hide it, the violently yellow blossoms creating a diversion from the faded wood siding – as did the bowers of honeysuckle that accented the yard, draped the veranda, and sweetened the air. Two second-story windows peered out from between the lush vines, looking like the eyes of a hunted beast.

Surrounded on both sides by white split-rail fences coated in spindly climbing roses, the property was spacious, with a small courtyard beyond a wisteria-choked arbor that lead to the back yard. “I don’t know. I think it’s charming.” He offered his son a grin, and shut off the silver Legacy. The annoying squeal – probably a fan belt – went silent and Jason made a mental note to hunt down a local mechanic.

It’s creepy, Dad. Seriously creepy.” Brent leaned back and assumed his usual air of annoyed indifference.

But creepy in a cool way, right?” asked Jason.

Brent’s eyes, the color of seawater, looked unimpressed. “Only if you like haunted houses.”

It’s haunted?” In the back seat, Amber sat up, rubbing sleep from her eyes. Even Ruby, the blond, blue-eyed doll that never left her arms, looked alarmed.

Of course it isn’t haunted.” Jason shot Brent a warning look. “It’s just old.”

The three of them stared at the house and it seemed to stare right back. All in all, it didn’t appear pleased to meet them.

Let’s go have a look around.” Jason undid his seatbelt. “After that, you two can help me unload.” A large moving van was a day or two behind them; the small trailer they’d pulled contained only the essentials – and most of Jason’s massage equipment. He knew he was being optimistic about how quickly he could get his studio up and running, but he couldn’t help it. His new business was the entire reason he’d bought the house. It had a basement complete with its own entrance, so Jason could work without having strangers traipsing in and out of the family’s living space. Overall, the old Victorian was pretty ideal, even if it was a little spooky.

Then again, the whole town – or what he’d seen of it so far – was pretty spooky, too. Quaint and quiet, Shadow Springs was a startling contrast to the buzzing pace of Los Angeles. Jason told himself this would be good for him – good for all of them.

Here, just outside of Ojai in Ventura County, they’d begin their new lives, free of bad memories. That was what Jason had told himself a hundred times in the past weeks – it was what he had to believe.

You can visit Alistair Cross’ website at www.alistaircross.com

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Cover Reveal for ENTANGLED SOULS by Dorothy Dreyer

Welcome to the cover reveal for ENTANGLED SOULS by Dorothy Dreyer. This new adult paranormal novella is part of Ednah Walters’ Runes Universe Kindle Worlds launch, releasing April 18th.

Entangled Souls

by Dorothy Dreyer

Her whole life, Lexi has known that the voices she hears in her head—omens and harbingers of important things to come—are part of being a witch. But what she doesn’t know is that a soul has escaped its reaping while on her family’s property. When handsome stranger Caden shows up on his motorcycle to tour the vineyard she grew up on, she isn’t aware that he is a Valkyrie searching for the lost soul. All she knows is that the deep attraction she feels for him is undeniable.

When Caden finds out Lexi is a witch and asks her to help him track down the soul, Lexi must come to terms with the fact that Caden is immortal and decide if her feelings for a soul reaper are worth the risks.

About the Author

Dorothy Dreyer is a Philippine-born American living in Germany with her husband, two teens, and two Siberian Huskies. She is an Amazon category bestselling author of young adult and new adult books that usually have some element of magic or the supernatural in them. Aside from reading, she enjoys movies, chocolate, take-out, traveling, and having fun with friends and family. She tends to sing sometimes, too, so keep her away from your Karaoke bars.

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Interview with V. E. Lemp

Today I’m delighted to welcome Vicki Weavil writing as V. E. Lemp to the blog talking all about her new book The Light From Other Suns!

Artist Karen Foster draws while dreaming. Scientists label her a valuable commodity. Aliens call her their perfect messenger.

Karen, seeking money for art supplies, is thrilled when charming researcher Alex Wythe recruits her for a dream study called the Morpheus Project. But the Morpheus Project is not what it seems, and neither are the detailed technical illustrations Karen draws in her sleep.

Warned off by government agent Mark Hallam, Karen refuses to leave the project, even after her fellow subjects suffer breakdowns. Like the sun, her love for Alex blinds her.

Karen believes their love is forever, until a tragic accident blasts both their lives.

Aided by Mark—as well as a UFO investigator, his psychic daughter, and the dark-eyed strangers who haunt her dreams—Karen must fight to uncover the truth.

A truth that includes humans trading lives for profits—and a powerful cabal that will kill to keep such secrets from the world.

A truth that unveils the ultimate, terrifying, reality –

We have never been alone.

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When did you first begin writing seriously?

I’ve always loved to write, but only began writing seriously five years ago. All my life I said, “Someday I’ll write a book,” but while I’d written poetry and some short stories, I’d never finished a novel. So in the fall of 2011 I decided I should write one novel, just to prove to myself I could.

That novel turned into a book and a sequel – THE LIGHT FROM OTHER SUNS, which will release on March 8, 2017, and THE DARK OF OTHER SKIES, which will release on April 5, 2017. I have planned a third book to complete THE OTHERS trilogy titled THE ECHO OF OTHER EARTHS. I intend to release the third book in 2018.

Why the gap between writing and publication for these two books?

Since they were my first completed novels, both books required a lot of revision! Also, in-between writing these adult scifi novels and now, I have written four other books, including YA Fantasy CROWN OF ICE (originally published in Sept. 2014), and its companion novel, SCEPTER OF FIRE. Both titles, the first two books in my MIRROR OF IMMORTALITY trilogy (written as Vicki L. Weavil) will be released by Snowy Wings Publishing in May 2017. A third book in the series, ORB OF LIGHT, is planned for 2018.

I also wrote a YA scifi, FACSIMILE, that was released in March 2016. And, to keep busy (!) I just completed a cozy mystery, CATALOG OF DEATH, under my penname, Victoria Gilbert. My agent now has that book out on submission.

Over the last several years I have actively been writing, revising, promoting, and so on. But I never forgot about my first books, so when I decided to become a “hybrid” author and self-publish, I chose LIGHT and DARK as the first releases under my White Tulip Press imprint.

Is there a theme in these adult scifi books that you believe to be unique?

Yes, I believe that my emphasis on the importance of the arts is somewhat unique, especially in scifi. The aliens in LIGHT and DARK have studied humans for many centuries – not due to our scientific or technical achievements, but because of our creative endeavors. My aliens have no art of their own, and are fascinated with humanity’s development of visual art, music, theatre, literature, film, dance, and other arts. They admire my protagonist because she is an accomplished painter, and also use her abilities to transmit messages, via drawings she creates while dreaming, to their human collaborators.

I wanted to focus on this aspect of human achievement because I feel that art, in all its forms, is often what lift us above our frailties and limitations. Our desire to create and express through various art forms is, to me, what makes us uniquely human. Thus, I felt that it might be the one thing that could truly fascinate a technically advanced alien race.
What is a typical writing day for you?

I have to distinguish between a writing day and a regular day. My regular day includes a rather demanding full-time job, so usually I can only write for an hour or two in the evening. (My life also includes family members who need some of my time). When I get a day off, or carve out time on the weekends, I often write for hours.

What are your plans for future novels and will they be in the same genre?

As I mentioned, I need to complete my two trilogies, so this year I must write the final book in THE MIRROR OF IMMORTALITY young adult fantasy series, as well as the final book in THE OTHERS scifi trilogy.

I hope I will also be writing books to follow my cozy mystery, but we shall see!

What advice would you give to anyone thinking of writing a novel?

Don’t worry about publication. Don’t let yourself be sidetracked by what other people think. Don’t write anything you don’t believe in, or that doesn’t resonate with you on some level. Just tell the story your heart and mind want you to tell. The rest can come later.

I had to set LIGHT and DARK aside for some time before I felt they were ready for release (and I was ready to self-publish!) but I never gave up on them. I believed in this story, and my characters, too much to abandon them.

Which leads to another piece of advice – try different avenues toward publication. There is nothing wrong with self-publishing, especially if you put in the time and effort to do it right. There is also nothing wrong with traditional publishing, or author publishing co-ops. I actually think it’s important to experiment with various publishing options, as well as different genres. Sometimes we don’t know what we do best until we do it!

What is the hardest part about writing for you?

I think the most difficult thing for me has nothing to do with writing—it’s the necessary self-promotion and social media presence. While I do enjoy interacting with readers and other authors, it takes a lot of time. That’s difficult when working full-time and also trying to write more books! But it is part of the writer’s life, and—except for the time crunch—I really enjoy promoting my stories, as well as other authors’, because I truly believe there can’t be too many books in the world. The more books, the better!

About the Author

If there’s one word to describe Vicki it’s “eclectic.” Equally enchanted by classical music and current chart-toppers, and appreciative of pop culture as well as high art, Vicki loves good writing in all genres. A lifelong fan of fantasy and science fiction, Vicki also enjoys a twisty mystery or mind-expanding literary fiction. Although her focus is on novel-length works, a few of Vicki’s short stories and poems have appeared in print and online literary magazines.

Coffee, cats, and chocolate are basic essentials in Vicki’s life. A library director for a performing and visual arts university, Vicki loves foreign films, but will defend the merit of television shows like BATTLESTAR GALACTICA, FRINGE, and TWELVE MONKEYS against all naysayers. She’d be happy to travel the world, if someone would just provide the ticket.

Vicki is represented by Frances Black at Literary Counsel, NY, NY. She lives in North Carolina with her husband and some very spoiled cats.

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The Jakkattu Vector

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Welcome to another Novel Publicity tour! We’re so excited for the release of The Jakkattu Vector by P.K. Tyler that we wanted to celebrate with a great giveaway featuring a Kindle Fire, one of a kind Jakkattu Vector bookmark and a special book bundle from the author herself!

A quick interview with the author:

You’re the head of marketing for Novel Publicity, a business woman, and an award winning author. What does a typical day work day look like for you?

P.K.: A lot like this: https://media.giphy.com/media/DpB9NBjny7jF1pd0yt2/giphy.gif

How do you find balance between working life, your family and everything else?

P.K.: Have a forgiving spouse?  I don’t do everything, I can’t. It’s just not possible.  Thank god for a man who loves to cook and clean!  My kids are getting older now so they need less of my focus and more of my driving skills, so I do a lot of reading in the car waiting for them.  I don’t know how to organize it, I kind of just do it.  I’m really walking talking chaos so I’m the wrong person to give advice on this.  

Have any tips for those of us that work from home?

P.K.: I’d say the most important thing is to accept that you can’t do it all and not only is that okay, it’s normal and good.

An Excerpt: The Feral

IT STARTED TO RAIN AS they walked, but Norwood kept an impossible pace. Julip slipped and fell more than once, but he just kept going. She guessed he was right to hurry; they had to get back before nightfall so they didn’t get caught. Ma would be furious as it was, what with them gone missing for so much of the day.

The sky darkened despite it still being midday, and clouds rolled in behind them. Back home it would be a mess. Rain put everyone in a sour mood. The sea was too volatile to risk going out when it stormed, and while the rainwater was clean and safe, the ocean steeped in chemicals that could peel a person’s skin before too long. Their father had burning water scars up and down his arms and speckled across his face from working as a jellyfisher for so long. By comparison to other men who worked the sea, he had remained pretty intact.

The Cotillion was probably having a great time. Rain meant clean air and fresh water, for a little while at least. Sometimes if the rain came at the same time as a toxstorm, it would bring the fumes down to Earth, keeping everyone inside for days, sometimes weeks. The last time that happened, Julip had been nine and was forced to stay in her parents’ dwell with no one but her brother for nineteen straight days. The damage the fumes caused still marred the walls of the bedroom they shared.

The siblings had complained, begged to be allowed outside, but nothing they said or did would convince the adults to let them go. Only her father ventured out to pick up a daily ration of food and water from the Center-of-It-All. He would bundle up, covered from head to toe in fabric and plastic. Even his head was wrapped in one of her mother’s scarves, and his eyes hid behind goggles he’d made out of extra window plastic.

Thirteen people died during that storm, and two more were blinded. For months after, there was a rash of stillbirths on the reservation. The Daughters all agreed that the fumes had come down and poisoned the babes. It’d been five years since the last bad toxstorm whipped through Greenland, so one was due to come soon. Julip loved the cool rain as it soaked through her scarf. She uncovered her head and felt the water trickle down her face and saturate her hair. Parents would take the littlest kids on the rez outside, strip them, and scrub them red. Clean rain meant a real washing, not a quick, timed wipe-down with the gray water from the sinks.

Norwood pulled a canteen from his trouser pocket and caught drips of water from the oversized leaves surrounding them. The trees weren’t much taller than him, but the forest canopy closed in as they walked. Soon they walked on dry earth, and the only remaining evidence of the rain was the heaviness of her hair and the sound of water dripping on leaves high above.

“I’ve never been deep in the Wilds,” she said.

“Ya’ve never been shallow in the Wilds.”

“True, but there ain’t even words for this back home. It smells different, dirty, but my nose ain’t pained by it.”

“‘Cause it’s real. This dirt is from the Earth, not the toxes.”

“Why do we have so much tox on the rez if this is right here?”

“I dunno, but I reckon it’s ‘cause we’re human. People made the toxes. In some way, I guess it’s only right we live in ‘em.”

A howl rose from deep in the forest, and Julip yelped and bent down, trying to blend in, hide in the underbrush. Her legs wanted to give out, but she squeezed her eyes shut and demanded her body not betray her

About the Book

tjv-ebook-coverThey came as saviors to a deteriorating Earth…

Julip Thorne questions whether there is more to life beyond the barren dirt, acidic seas, and toxstorms her people work and die in. Living in poverty on the withering Greenland Human Reservation, she wonders if the alien Mezna goddesses are truly as holy as the temple preaches. Julip begins to dig deeper into the history of the planet and her leaders’ rise to power. But nothing can prepare her for the atrocities she uncovers. 

Meanwhile, Jakkattu prisoner Sabaal suffers constant torture and heinous medical experiments as her Mezna-priest captors seek to unlock the key to her genetic makeup. Escaping from captivity, she finds herself suddenly alone on the hostile alien planet of Earth. To survive, she’s forced to work with the same Mezna-human hybrids she’s loathed her entire life, but the more they work together, the more they realize that their enemy isthe same.When humans and Mezna collide, will Sabaal turn out to be thegenetic vector the Mezna have been searching for all along, or will she spark the flame that setsa revolution ablaze?

About the Author

pavartiktylerP.K. Tyler is the author of Speculative Fiction and other Genre Bending novels. She’s also published works as Pavarti K. Tyler and had projects appear on the USA TODAY Bestseller’s List.“Tyler is essentially the indie scene’s Margaret Atwood; she incorporates sci-fi elements into her novels, which deal with topics such as spirituality, gender, sexuality and power dynamics.” – IndieReader
Pav attended Smith College and graduated with a degree in Theatre. She lived in New York, where she worked as a Dramaturge, Assistant Director and Production Manager on productions both on and off-Broadway. Later, Pavarti went to work in thefinance industry for several international law firms. Now located in Baltimore Maryland, she liveswith her husband, two daughters and two terrible dogs. When not penning science fiction books and other speculative fiction novels, she twists her mind by writing horror and erotica.You can follow PK Tyler on Facebook, Twitter, and sign up for her newsletter, or visit her website here.

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This Elf Wants Book Money!

textgram_1480364551Does your elf love books? Well, guess what! Some of my favorite author-friends have banded together to giveaway a $175 e-gift card to Barnes & Noble.

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Jennifer Bardsley
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Dorothy Dreyer
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Melanie McFarlane
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Jennifer M. Eaton
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Halloween Trick or Treat Blog Hunt

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Tricks can be fun, but TREATS are way better. And this contest gives you a chance to win a ton of treats in the form of signed books, ebooks, candy, book swag and more from 13 authors!! We know…it’s kind of SPOOK-TACULAR! 

So WHAT WILL YOU WIN??

A creepy-awesome black canvas tote bag with a cool skull on the cover, filled with each of the books noted below as well as bookmarks and other great book swag. You will also win all of the treats that the author’s list on their pages PLUS a bunch of other candy treats all in a black plastic cauldron. You’ll even get the cute little plastic skulls shown in the prize photo.


LIST OF PARTICIPATING AUTHORS and their AWESOME BOOKS!
 

Amy McNulty – NOBODY’S GODDESS (advanced paperback)
Kiran Oliver – DAYBREAK RISING (ebook)
Dorothy Dreyer – SCARE ME TO SLEEP (Kindle ebook)
Jodie Andrefski – THE SOCIETY (signed paperback)
Julia Ember – UNICORN TRACKS (paperback)
Julie Reece – THE ARTISANS (signed paperback)
Nina Rossing – FJORD BLUE (signed paperback)
Pat Edsen – BEYOND YOUR TOUCH
Pintip Dunn – FORGET TOMORROW (signed paperback)
S.A.Larsen – MOTLEY EDUCATION (signed paperback)
Suzanne van Rooyen – OBSCURA BURNING (Releases 11/10 ebook)
Vanessa Barneveld – THIS IS YOUR AFTERLIFE (Kindle ebook)
Vicki Weavil – FACSIMILE (signed paperback)


SO HOW DO YOU SNAG THE LOOT?

It’s simple, and you don’t even have to dress up and walk in the cold, door to door, to get the goodies. Visit each of the THIRTEEN participating author websites. You will find the name of the candy/treat they are giving away, as well as what BOOK they are offering as part of the PRIZE PACK!  Be sure to write down the name of the treat, you’ll need it later. Each author will provide a link to another author website on the hunt. (We are making it nice and easy so you don’t get lost in the dark) =)

Have fun reading all about the books each author is giving away in the prize pack, plus any other tricks and treats the authors may have in store for you.

When you have collected the names of all 13 author “TREATS”, head on over to complete the Trick or Treat Hunt Page Google Forms doc  and enter the correct treat next to the corresponding author name. 

The contest runs from Friday October 28th, 2016 through Midnight, October 31st, 2016 (EST)
Winner will be announced November 1st.
Contest is US only. Thank you for your understanding.

For my part of the hunt, I am giving away an ebook copy of the brand new

OBSCURA BURNING!

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There’ll also be some candy to go along with it, a trick or treat classic, a HERSHEY’S BAR!

To continue on the hunt, be sure to head on over to
Amy Mcnulty’s blog!

But before you head out, don’t forget to write down the name of my treat, and  enter to win via the rafflecopter below. Feel free to leave a comment telling me YOUR favorite Halloween read for an additional entry too. Remember, you can tweet daily about the contest for another chance to win. Happy hunting, and good luck!! Thanks for stopping by!

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A Rafflecopter Giveaway!

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Click on a Rafflecopter giveaway for your chance to win $220 to spend on books!

Fourteen YA authors, including myself, are sponsoring this giveaway for your chance to win a $220 Amazon e-gift card to restock your bookshelves this fall.

Participating authors include:

Melanie McFarlane

Suzanne VanRooyen

Dorothy Dryer

J. Keller Ford

Joshua David Bellin

Jullie Reece

Nicole Conway

Stephanie Scott

Amy McNulty

Tobie Easton

Elisa Dane

Jennifer Anne Davis

Jennifer M. Eaton

Jennifer Bardsley

***Click on a Rafflecopter giveaway to enter!***



Fine Print:

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. A PURCHASE DOES NOT IMPROVE YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW. Time Period: Begins on 09/08/2016 at 12:00 AM (Eastern Time (US & Canada)) and ends on 09/22/2016 at 12:00 AM (Eastern Time (US & Canada)). Eligibility: Open to legal residents of USA and Canada who are Must be 13 years old to enter or older. Winner Selection: The winner of the giveaway will be selected in a random drawing from among all eligible Entries received throughout the Promotion Period. The random drawing will be conducted by 48 hours by Sponsor or its designated representatives, whose decisions are final. Odds of winning will vary depending on the number of eligible Entries received. Winner will be notified by email at the email address provided in the Entry Information on or about 48 hours after the random drawing.

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#ReadProud Reading Challenge

June is #PrideMonth and to celebrate, my writing friend Julia Ember is hosting a #ReadProud Challenge. The goal is work through your LGBT+ TBR list!

This is a 4-week challenge. Each week will have 2 categories. You can participate on two levels:

(1) GOLD:  Read two books per week, one from each category, totalling 8. 

(2) SILVER: Read one book from one category a week, totalling 4. 

Successful completers of the challenge will be entered in a prize draw:

GOLD: $100 Amazon Gift Card (or B&N/Waterstones if preferred!)

SILVER: $50 Amazon Gift Card (or B&N/Waterstones if preferred!)

 

Rules:

1) You must read in the weekly categories to be eligible. However, you do not have to read the suggested books. You may find your own reads in the relevant categories.

2) You must post your reviews on GoodReads and at least one retailer website. You shoud link these in the comments on this post. These reviews can be negative or positive.

3) These reads must be new reviews. This means you can’t recycle old reviews or old Arc reviews. You need to post the review in the relevant week.

4) Post in the ORIGINAL comments OVER HERE to introduce yourself and your blog/twitter handle!

Here is a badge to put on your blogs if you plan to blog the event!

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WEEK 1 — May 29-June 5

Category A:  TRANS YA  ** fiction or non-fictional 

Suggested Titles: 

IF I WAS YOUR GIRL by Meredith Russo

FREAKBOY by Kirstin Elizabeth Clark (lyric)

BEING EMILY by Rachel Gold

THE ART OF BEING NORMAL by Lisa Williamson

LOVE IN THE TIME OF GLOBAL WARMING by Francesca Lia Block

PARROTFISH by Ellen Wittlinger

THE OTHER ME by Me! 🙂

CATEGORY B: GAY CONTEMPORARY, NA or ADULT.

Suggested Titles: 

FOXES by Suki Fleet

INTO THIS RIVER I DROWN by TJ Klune

CUT AND RUN by Abigail Roux

 

WEEK 2 — June 5-12 

Category A:  LESBIAN SPECULATIVE

Suggested Reading:

THE BETTER TO KISS YOU WITH by Michelle Osgood

UNICORN TRACKS by Julia Ember (meeee!)

THE ABYSS SURROUNDS US by Emily Skrutskie

DISSENSION by Stacey Berg

THE RAVEN AND THE REINDEER by T. Kingfisher

THE RENEGADE by Amy Dunne

THE SECOND MANGO by Shira Glassman

 

Category B:  LGBTQ Middle Grade or Younger

Suggested Titles: 

GEORGE by Alex Gino

RED: A CRAYON’S STORY by Michael Hall

AND TANGO MAKES THREE by Justin Richardson

HEATHER HAS TWO MOMMIES by Leslea Newman

ONE MAN GUY by Michael Barakiva

 

WEEK 3 — June 12-19 

Category A:  AUTHORS OF COLOUR

Suggested Titles: 

SHADOWSHAPER by Daniel Jose Older

All books by Malinda Lo

All books by Alaya Dawn Johnson

All books by Octavia Butler

All books by Nalo Hopkinson

All books by Stephanie Kuehn

All books by Nnedi Okorafor

 

Category B:  LESBIAN CONTEMPORARY 

Suggested Titles: 

ANNIE ON MY MIND by Nancy Garden

LIES WE TELL OURSELVES by Robin Talley

CAREFULLY EVERYWHERE DESCENDING by LD Bedford

EVERYTHING LEADS TO YOU by Nina LaCour

AN UNSTILL LIFE by Kate Larkindale

 

WEEK 4 — June 19-26

Category A:  GAY YA

Suggested Titles: 

WE ARE THE ANTS by Shawn David Hutchinson

JERKBAIT by Mia Seigert

SIMON VS THE HOMO SAPIENS AGENDA by Becky Albertalli

DAGGER by Steven dos Santos

BOY MEETS BOY by David Levithan

THE RAVEN BOYS series by Maggie Stiefvater

Category B: WILDCARD 

Surprise me. Surprise us all. As long as it’s LGBTQIA. I’d LOVE people to bring forward some terrific Asexual, Bisexual and Non-binary books!

 

Extra Suggested titles:

DUST by Elizabeth Bear

ANCILLARY series by Ann Leckie

NONE OF THE ABOVE by I.W. Gregorio

MIDDLESEX by Jeffrey Eugenides

THE ADORNED by John Tristan

PROXY by Alex London

CODA by Emma Trevayne

LOST SOULS and DRAWING BLOOD by Poppy Z. Brite

GRASSHOPPER JUNGLE by Andrew Smith

WITCH EYES by Scott Tracey

SCARDUST by Me! 🙂

 

And don’t forget that Harmony Ink Press has a bunch of LGBT+ YA titles for you to choose from if you’re looking for more great reads!

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