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#GIVEAWAY: Illuminae by Jay Kristoff & Amy Kaufman (UK only)

Posted 30 January, 2016 by katheryn13 in Giveaways, Sci-Fi, Updates, YA / 3 Comments

HELLO THERE!

So today on my blog I’m going to do something a little different and for no reason at all other than to make space for other lovely books, I’m giving away a copy of Illuminae that I got but haven’t read (loooong story but basically Book Depository messed up) and now I’m thinking maybe there’ll be someone else out there who’d love a copy (and who isn’t fussed that there’s no jacket to it). If that person is YOU, then all you gotta do is enter the raffle down below! 😀

 Goodreads Synopsis:

This morning, Kady thought breaking up with Ezra was the hardest thing she’d have to do.

This afternoon, her planet was invaded.

The year is 2575, and two rival megacorporations are at war over a planet that’s little more than an ice-covered speck at the edge of the universe. Too bad nobody thought to warn the people living on it. With enemy fire raining down on them, Kady and Ezra—who are barely even talking to each other—are forced to fight their way onto an evacuating fleet, with an enemy warship in hot pursuit.

But their problems are just getting started. A deadly plague has broken out and is mutating, with terrifying results; the fleet’s AI, which should be protecting them, may actually be their enemy; and nobody in charge will say what’s really going on. As Kady hacks into a tangled web of data to find the truth, it’s clear only one person can help her bring it all to light: the ex-boyfriend she swore she’d never speak to again.

Told through a fascinating dossier of hacked documents—including emails, schematics, military files, IMs, medical reports, interviews, and more—Illuminae is the first book in a heart-stopping, high-octane trilogy about lives interrupted, the price of truth, and the courage of everyday heroes.

Here’s my official review I posted a while back:

This book. What can I say that hasn’t already been said in other reviews? I mean, this blew my mind. I went into this completely blind, other than knowing it was a sci-fi ‘space opera’ as many called it. I didn’t know the premise and I was glad. I think if I’d known, I might have been scared off. Illuminae is full of wonder, tragedy, hope, fear, creepy artificial intelligent ready to destroy everyone onboard a spaceship. Yes. That’s basically it. You won’t want to read anything else after because nothing can come close to satisfying your needs like this can. I just…mindblown. I can’t wait for book 2!

5 stars

Good luck and may good books be ever in your favour. 😛

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#Review & #Giveaway: It’s a Wonderful Death by Sarah J. Schmitt #ARC @yaboundtourspr @sjSchmitt

Posted 9 October, 2015 by katheryn13 in Blog Tours, Book Promo, Funny, Giveaways, Paranormal, Release Day Blitz, Reviews, Updates, YA / 0 Comments

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its a wonderful death bigIt’s a Wonderful Death

by Sarah J. Schmitt 

Release Date: 10/2015

Sky Pony Press

320 pages

Seventeen-year-old RJ always gets what she wants. So when her soul is accidentally collected by a distracted Grim Reaper, somebody in the afterlife better figure out a way to send her back from the dead or heads will roll. But in her quest for mortality, she becomes a pawn in a power struggle between an overzealous archangel and Death Himself. The tribunal presents her with two options: she can remain in the lobby, where souls wait to be processed, until her original lifeline expires, or she can replay three moments in her life in an effort to make choices that will result in a future deemed worthy of being saved. It sounds like a no-brainer. She’ll take a walk down memory lane. How hard can changing her future be?

But with each changing moment, RJ’s life begins to unravel, until this self-proclaimed queen bee is a social pariah. She begins to wonder if walking among the living is worth it if she has to spend the next sixty years as an outcast. Too quickly, RJ finds herself back in limbo, her time on Earth once again up for debate.

RJ is a snarky, unapologetic, almost unredeemable, very real girl. Her story is funny and moving, and teens will easily connect with her plight. Prepare to meet the Grim Reaper, who’s cuter than you’d expect; Hawaiian shirt–wearing Death Himself; Saint Peter (who likes to play Cornhole); and Al, the handler for the three-headed hound that guards the gates of Hell. This cast of characters accompanies RJ through her time in the afterlife and will do their best to gently shove her in the right direction.

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I received this book for free from YA Bound Book Tours in exchange for an honest review. This doesn’t sway my opinion of the book.

I am averse to death. Anything related to dying, not being alive, anything…I tend to try and avoid it. If people die, I go to that place called De Nile. No, really. I do. But what attracted me to It’s A Wonderful Death? If I’m honest, the cover. I started with the cover, and then I read the synopsis. I thought it was going to be funny, and in some aspects it was. Okay, I’ll break it down for you.

What I liked:

I thought RJ was a tough character and she knew what she wanted. Stubbornness was her strength but also her wit was never-ending. She refused to let someone take what was rightfully hers away without a fight, and I admired that. She didn’t take things too seriously and that made the story read that much easier. I liked her voice and I could get into the story. The reapers, the Angels, the people in charge of helping RJ on her first visit to ‘Limbo’, were all interesting and I found I could have read about them for far longer than I did. I particularly liked ‘Death Himself’ and imagining him wearing Bermuda shorts…lol. He was completely at odds to what I’m used to seeing/reading in other stories.

The pacing was well, and writing style made it flow and considering I’m not a big ebook reader, I felt relaxed. There was a lot of philosophical jargon within this and I did find myself rolling my eyes a lot, but that just added to the non seriousness of it.

Okay, Now onto what I didn’t like.

Well, not so much didn’t like, but what kind took me out of the story and had me rating this 3 and a half stars overall.

Number one, though I liked RJ, I also found her, at times, highly annoying and dare I say it? Two dimensional. (Whatever that means.) There wasn’t much to her, besides snark and the points I made above..

There were a few points where consistency ran a little thin, and I found myself muttering things like “wait, what? *scrolls back pages* That didn’t happen…” or “That makes no sense.” and mistakes like mentioning ‘he said this’ when I would look back and it would be a she. I know, silly things, but there were enough that it bugged me. The biggest disappointment to me was the ending, however, and I had really hoped everything would work out in my favour. But it didn’t, and more than anything, it was annoying. I felt for sure that pretty much half the story was working towards something far better than what we got. That’s not to say it didn’t end on a somewhat happy note, because it did, and I couldn’t help but chuckle a bit when familiar characters reappeared.

There was a point when it got a little too…religious? I guess, for me. I’m not, at all, and I went into this thinking it was going to be lighthearted, full of humour and just…fun. And mostly it was, but there was one scene where it got…I don’t wanna say it…overly pretentious. Maybe because I’m not like these people, that’s probably it. But I’m pretty sure others love it, and that’s great. Go you! I didn’t NOT like this book and I’d recommend it because it is in fact a fun read, but like with some books, there are things that nag you and make it not as great as you wanted, and that’s, sadly, what happened here. Still, damn, I’m impressed I got the ebook read in plenty time to write this review. Haha. That, in itself, says a lot. 🙂

Sarah J. SchmittSarah J. Schmitt is a K-8 school librarian and Youth Service Professional for Teens at a public library who, in addition to planning a variety of events, enjoys opening up the world of books to reluctant readers. She runs a teen writing program that combines Skype visits from well-known authors and screenwriters and critique group style feedback.

Prior to immersing herself in the world of the written word, Sarah earned her Masters of Science in Higher Education Administration and Student Affairs from Indiana University where she worked with first year college students as they acclimated to college life. Sarah lives outside of Indianapolis with her husband, two kidlets and a cat who might actually be a secret agent. She is an active member of SCBWI, ALA and the Indiana Library Federation and is a regular participant at the Midwest Writer’s Workshop. Her debut novel, IT’S A WONDERFUL DEATH, comes out Fall 2015 from Sky Pony Press.

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#ReleaseDay Blitz & #Giveaway (US only): Walk On Earth A Stranger by Rae Carson

Posted 22 September, 2015 by katheryn13 in Blog Tours, Book Promo, Fantasy, Fun, Giveaways, Release Day Blitz, YA / 0 Comments

 

 
 
Title: WALK
ON EARTH A STRANGER
Author: Rae Carson
Pub. Date: September 22, 2015
Publisher: Greenwillow Books
Pages: 448
 
The first book in a new trilogy from acclaimed New York Times bestselling author Rae Carson. A young woman with the magical ability to sense the presence of gold must flee her home, taking her on a sweeping and dangerous journey across Gold Rush–era America.
Lee Westfall has a secret. She can sense the presence of gold in the world around her. Veins deep beneath the earth, pebbles in the river, nuggets dug up from the forest floor. The buzz of gold means warmth and life and home—until everything is ripped away by a man who wants to control her. Left with nothing, Lee disguises herself as a boy and takes to the trail across the country. Gold was discovered in California, and where else could such a magical girl find herself, find safety? Rae Carson, author of the acclaimed Girl of Fire and Thorns trilogy, dazzles with this new fantasy that subverts both our own history and familiar fantasy tropes.
Walk on Earth a Stranger, the first book in this new trilogy, introduces—as only Rae Carson can—a strong heroine, a perilous road, a fantastical twist, and a slow-burning romance. Includes a map and author’s note on historical research.
Read chapter 1 of WALK ON EARTH A STRANGER annotated by Rae Carson HERE!
 
 
Rae Carson is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the acclaimed Girl of Fire and Thorns trilogy. Her next book, Walk On Earth A Stranger, will be available September 22, 2015. She lives in Arizona with her husband.
 
 
 

 

 

 

1 winner will receive a set of the 3 GIRL OF FIRE AND THORNS series (in paperback
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#Giveaway: Cinder by Marissa Meyer (UK only) #YA #WIN

Posted 23 July, 2015 by katheryn13 in Book Promo, Fun, Giveaways, YA / 4 Comments

It’s that time again where I give you stuff for free in exchange for your love. Uh. Wait. What? No! 

*shakes head* 

As a summer treat, and because I have WAY too many books from my trip abroad, I’m doing my shelves a favour and giving them to the world. 

You want to know what the giveaway is, don’t you?

 

Humans and androids crowd the raucous streets of New Beijing. A deadly plague ravages the population. From space, a ruthless lunar people watch, waiting to make their move. No one knows that Earth’s fate hinges on one girl.

Cinder, a gifted mechanic, is a cyborg. She’s a second-class citizen with a mysterious past, reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsister’s illness. But when her life becomes intertwined with the handsome Prince Kai’s, she suddenly finds herself at the center of an intergalactic struggle, and a forbidden attraction. Caught between duty and freedom, loyalty and betrayal, she must uncover secrets about her past in order to protect her world’s future.

Sound interesting? Well a copy could be yours! (Wow, I sound like a game show host. lol)

 

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Edit: Won’t be doing as many giveaways. Probably a couple more depending on how popular the next one is. Not many people entering the giveaway. 

Sorry, this is UK only. I really can’t afford to ship it overseas. But you can spread the word if you want to help. I’d really appreciate it.

If you want an idea of what books I’ll be giving away, my recent book haul video has them all and I even mention the giveaway in there. So take a look (if you can handle it! 😛 ) and be ready.

Kat

 

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#BlogTour & #Giveaway: The Truth About Jack by Jody Gehrman @jodygehrman @entangledteen

Posted 24 April, 2015 by katheryn13 in Blog Tours, Book Promo, Book Tour, Contemporary, Fun, Giveaways, Mature, Romance, YA / 1 Comment

the truth about jackThe Truth About Jack

by Jody Gehrman

Release Date: 04/14/15

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Summary from Goodreads:

Dakota McCloud has just been accepted into a prestigious art school. Soon she’ll leave behind the artists’ colony where she grew up―hippie dad, tofu since birth, yurt―and join her boyfriend and best friend on the East Coast. It was the plan…until Dakota finds out her boyfriend and best friend hooked up behind her back.

Hurt and viciously betrayed, Dakota pours out her heart on a piece of paper, places it in a bottle, and hurls it into the ocean. But it doesn’t quite go where she expects…

Jack Sauvage finds the bottle washed up on the shore and responds to Dakota’s letter. Except what if his straight-laced life doesn’t jive with the free-spirited girl he’s only seen from afar? As Jack creates a persona he believes she’ll love, they slowly fall for each other with each new letter. Now Jack is trying to find a way to make this delicate, on-paper romance happen in real life…without revealing his deception.

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Dear Alejandro,
You have no idea how happy your letter made me. I got it at a time when all the magic in the universe seemed to have drained away, leaving only darkness in its wake. For starters, it’s just the most dazzling coincidence, you being from Barcelona! I’m obsessed with that city! I swear I have an image file on my laptop with like four million

Barcelona photos in it! Not to sound all Northern Californian or anything, but seriously, what a twist of fate! I’m using too many exclamation points. Sorry about that.

I’m embarrassed to admit I had to look up more than one of the words on your list. Sprezzatura for one. Thanks for teaching me such a great new concept. Leave it to the Italians to come up with a word for “making difficult things look easy.” Its closest match in English is probably “insouciance,” which would be on my top seven list for sure.

Speaking of sprezzatura, I’m impressed with how fluent you are in English! Not just your overall ease with the language, but your apparently effortless comfort with American pop culture. Debby Boone and Justin Bieber? Not bad. Did you grow up in Spain, or have you been here a long time? You said you’re traveling. I’m thinking of traveling myself, so I’d love to know more details about your trip. What are your impressions of this country? Where have you been, and where are you going?

A little about me: I live in a place called Luna Cove. It’s an artist colony. My dad’s a musician. We also have a writer named Fran who lives in a tree house, a Japanese guy named Tomo who’s a tattoo artist, and a couple named Neville and Jane who are potters. Neville and Jane have a bunch of kids who are just…kids. We all live in our own little spaces. I live in a yurt, which is a round house created by Mongolians and revised by white people who like camping. If a circus tent and a Native American round house had a fling, the yurt would be their love child. Here, it’s probably easier to draw a picture.

Anyway, I think I’m starting to ramble, so I guess I’ll sign off. Please write me back! Tell me the three things you love best about Barcelona, what sort of weather you’d like to be if you could be any weather, and the most memorable thing that’s happened to you on this trip.

Oh! And I almost forgot to answer your question. If I could be anything in nature for ten minutes I’d want to try life as a passionflower. They’re so whimsical and outlandish, I just know they have a lot going on inside.

Also, here’s my email in case you ever need to tell me something in a hurry. I don’t know if you have internet access, but I figured I’d include it just in case. Please don’t stop writing letters, though. Who even does this anymore? It’s a lost art, so retro, like wearing pillbox hats or winding a Victrola.

Yours, Dakota

I hold the letter closer to my face to study the adorable picture of what must be a yurt. It’s no bigger than a postage stamp, but impossibly detailed. There’s a tiny skylight at the center of the sloping roof. She’s right; it does look a little like a circus tent.
“Well?” Attila’s impatient voice startles me.
“Well, what?” I can’t hide my smile.
“What does she say?”
I fold the letter carefully and put it back into the envelope. “Oh, you know, this and that.” He is so not going to read my precious letter! I hope he knows that.

“‘This and that’?” His face twists into a look of such scorn I can’t help but laugh. My chuckle cuts off abruptly when I hear a chair scrape against the floor in the next room.

“Jack?” Mom calls.

Attila silently rushes to the stereo. Showing an agility I never knew he possessed, he stops the recording and cues me all at the same time, then he conceals himself behind the sofa with lightning speed. I manage to continue “Nocturne in D Flat Major” seamlessly. When Mom opens the conservatory door, nothing is amiss.

I glance over my shoulder at her, still playing. “What is it, Mom?”

“Oh, I’m sorry. It sounded like there was someone in here with you.”

“Nope. Just me.” I dive into the second strophe, furrowing my brow with concentration.

“My mistake,” she murmurs before closing the door.

After a moment, Attila pops up from behind the couch and scurries over to the table. He finds a notepad and scribbles something in big, sloppy letters, then holds it up to me. I have to suppress another laugh when I see what he’s written.

SEBASTOPOL. TOMORROW.

 

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Jody Gehrman is a native of Northern California, where she can be found writing, teaching, reading, or obsessing over her three cats most days. She is also the author of ten novels and numerous award-winning plays. Her Young Adult novels include The Truth About Jack, Audrey’s Guide to Black Magic, Audrey’s Guide to Witchcraft, Babe in Boyland, Confessions of a Triple Shot Betty, and Triple Shot Bettys in Love. Babe in Boyland was optioned by the Disney Channel and won the International Reading Association’s Teen Choice Award. Her adult novels are Bombshell, Notes from the Backseat, Tart, and Summer in the Land of Skin. Her plays have been produced in Ashland, New York, San Francisco, Chicago and L.A. She and her partner David Wolf won the New Generation Playwrights Award for their one-act, Jake Savage, Jungle P.I. She is a professor of English and Communication Studies at Mendocino College.

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#ReleaseDay Book Blitz & Giveaway: Awakening by Shannon Duffy #YA @shannonduffylit @entangledteen

Posted 7 April, 2015 by katheryn13 in Blog Tours, Book Promo, Book Tour, Dystopian, Giveaways, Interviews, Release Day Blitz, Sci-Fi, YA / 0 Comments

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by Shannon Duffy
Release Date: 04/07/15
Entangled Teen

Summary from Goodreads:
A thrilling, futuristic sci-fi novel set in a unique and thought-provoking world, from author Shannon Duffy.

Desiree Six (because she was born on a Friday) believes in everything the Protectorate stands for. She likes the safety and security of having her entire life planned out—her career, her mate, even the date of her death. She doesn’t even think to question when Darien, her childhood friend and neighbor, is convicted of murdering his parents. They had seemed like such a loving family. But if he was convicted, then he must have done it.

Then Darien shows up in her room late one night. He has escaped from the Terrorscape—a nightmare machine used to punish all Noncompliants—and needs Desiree’s help. What he tells her rocks her world to its core and makes her doubt everything she’s ever been told. With this new information, will Desiree and Darien be able to escape the Protectorate before it’s too late?

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Top Favorite Things

Top 3 Favourite snacks while writing and why:
Coffee, popcorn, and nuts because the coffee keeps me alert and the other stuff I love.
Top 3 Favourite books that inspired you to write:
Narnia, Twilight, and Hush Hush.
Top 3 favourite techniques to overcome writers block and why:
Take a break from writing, read, do CP work. These things help to press the reset button for me and get me back in the writing groove.
Top 3 musicians/bands/groups and why
Adam Levine, Jennifer Lopez, Christina Aguilera—because they’re awesome!
Top 4 favourite movies of all time
The Notebook, Shawshank Redemption, The Matrix and Ace Ventura (SO many more awesome ones).
Top 3 favourite actors/actresses and why
Jennifer Lopez, Jim Carrey, Ryan Gosling because they are really talented and always pull me in or make me laugh.
Top 3 favourite dream destinations:
Bora Bora, Australia, and Italy

 

shannon duffyAbout the Author
Author of MG and YA books full of adventure. I grew up on the east coast of Canada in the province of Newfoundland and now live in Ontario. I love writing, reading, fashion, fitness, and traveling.

 

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Blog Tour: Henge by Realm Lovejoy #YA #Fantasy

Posted 15 January, 2015 by katheryn13 in Blog Tours, Book Promo, Fantasy, Fun, Giveaways, Teasers, YA / 1 Comment

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Title: Henge (Le Fay Series) 

✽ Author: Realm Lovejoy ✽

✽ Genre: YA Fantasy ✽

 Inspired by one of the greatest legends of all time…

       Modern-day Camelot. Where knights no longer carry swords. Magic is dangerous. And those who seek control are not to be trusted.

            Sixteen-year-old Morgan le Fay is a fire user. An ordinary girl with an extraordinary skill, she has the ability to create and command fire at will. Her dream is to become the Maven—the right hand of the future King Arthur. In the chance of a lifetime, Morgan is selected to join Arthur’s Round, an elite group of young magic users from which the new Maven will be chosen.

            Along with the other fire, water, and wind users in Arthur’s Round, Morgan is rigorously trained and tested. The handsome Merlin, a brilliant water user, takes a particular interest in her. Is his friendship to be trusted, or is Merlin simply trying to win the position of Maven for himself? Among the many rivals Morgan faces is the current Maven, Mordred, who seems determined to see her fail.

            But Morgan has a secret—years ago, her mother was executed for using fire magic, and Morgan’s desire for justice makes her more than ready to take on the challenge before her. Can she prevail in Camelot’s tests of survival and magic? Only time—and Morgan’s powerful fire—will tell.

Realm Lovejoy’s modern Arthurian series features one of literature’s most complicated and powerful female figures. Henge is the first book in the LE FAY series, and—like Morgan le Fay’s magic—it is sure to dazzle and amaze. 

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We head toward the east side, near the King’s Tower, to which I haven’t ventured before. The building we approach has a door with two sculptures of medieval knights on either side, their faces covered with a helmet.

This is the Knight’s Station,” Lancelot explains, catching my gaze.

We pass through a hall. More armor, shields, and swords hang on the walls.

Knights were a lot more honorable back then.” He gestures to the decorations. “Now, instead of a sword, I’ve got a simple trigger that unleashes a bullet—it’s almost a coward’s weapon.”

Lancelot pats the gun by his side as he takes me into what appears to be a small meeting room, surprisingly plain for how ornate the hallway is. There’s a table and two chairs. He sits me down in the poorly lit room.

Do you ever use your gun?” I ask to break the silence.

Sometimes. It’s been peaceful lately… until the fire. Might have to use it again soon.”

Lancelot smiles at me as he goes to the windows to further close the venetian blinds. As the light diminishes, my anxiety heightens as to why I’m here. I have nothing to look at except for his back. His shoulders are the epitome of male idealism—square, strong, and nicely slimming down to his waist. Like a model. I mentally kick myself and look at the table instead.

Do you know Ban du Lac?” Lancelot asks.

I shake my head.

My old man. He has a stout with your father, Sir Gorlois, once in a while. I hear Sir Gorlois is a brave man—it’s no surprise he has raised a strong lady. You ran into that fire. Wouldn’t expect anything less from Sir Gorlois’s daughter.”

A recorder is on the table. He flicks it on. He sees the bewilderment on my face and doesn’t look away as he lights a cigarette, which I’m sure is not allowed in here.

Gorlois must be proud that you’re in Arthur’s Round to serve the King.”

His cigarette smoke is already suffocating me.

Lancelot studies me. His eyes are silver and searing. The first thing I think of is a knife. His eyes are weapons—and he knows the affect they have on people, especially women. His mouth curves into a smile, deliberate and slow.

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Realm Lovejoy is an American writer and an artist. She grew up in both Washington State and the Japanese Alps of Nagano, Japan. Currently, she lives in Seattle and works as an artist in the video game industry. CLAN is her first book. You can find out more about her and her book at realmlovejoy.com

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#BlogTour & #Giveaway : Learning To Swim by Annie Cosby @anniecosby

Posted 13 December, 2014 by katheryn13 in Blog Tours, Book Promo, Fantasy, Fun, Giveaways, Paranormal, Supernatural, Teasers, YA / 1 Comment

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by Annie Cosby
Release Date: 03/01/14

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When Cora’s mother whisks the family away for the summer, Cora must decide between forging her future in the glimmering world of second homes where her parents belong, or getting lost in the bewitching world of the locals and the mystery surrounding a lonely old woman who claims to be a selkie creature—and who probably needs Cora more than anyone else.

Through the fantastical tales and anguished stories of the batty Mrs. O’Leary, as well as the company of a particularly gorgeous local boy called Ronan, Cora finds an escape from the reality of planning her life after high school. But will it come at the cost of alienating Cora’s mother, who struggles with her own tragic memories?

As the summer wanes, it becomes apparent that Ronan just may hold the answer to Mrs. O’Leary’s tragic past—and Cora’s future.

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“Are you lost, dear?”
I nearly jumped out of my skin. I whirled frantically about to find the source of the voice.
A tiny old woman sat on the porch of a house a few yards back from the boardwalk. I’d taken no notice of the small yellow house when passing by, as most of the houses this way were just as tumbled down as the red cabins around them.
The yellow house was short and squat, the paint faded and chipping around the windows. A round window peeked from above the porch but it was dark and cloudy.
“I’m sorry,” the old woman said. She talked so slowly it sounded like she might kick the bucket any minute now. “Did I scare you?”
Yes, I find you incredibly freaky, I thought. Your little house is creepy and your voice is like bugs crawling on my skin. “No,” I chirped aloud.
“The ocean can make one jumpy,” she smiled.
You have no idea.
One of her wrinkled hands strayed to absently touch the shiny paisley scarf covering her hair. “Do you need directions somewhere?” The hand wandered down her short neck and finally settled back in her lap.
“No,” I stammered, “I’m just looking.” Just looking? For what? An early death?
“Oh, yes, there is a lot to look at, isn’t there?” The old woman seemed pleased with this. She sat in a huge wooden rocking chair, bobbing slowly but diligently back and forth. It creaked—either the chair or the woman’s old joints—at regular intervals. A matching chair rocked, empty beside her. An effect of the wind rolling off the ocean, no doubt, but a shiver skittered down my spine nonetheless.
“The best suns are always after the best storms,” she said.
I nodded, though she didn’t look at me. Her dark eyes, after appraising me once, had returned to roving the horizon of the ocean, never stopping to linger over anything in particular. Her hands lay limply in her lap as her feet, in house slippers, kept the chair rocking.
“The waves are big today,” she continued. “There was a puddle over there, thought maybe the sun had caught an ashray.”
My automatic grunt of a response died in my throat. Ash what?
“Nothing left but a puddle of water if it’s caught in the sun. They’re nocturnal, you know.” She looked at me this time.
“I … uh, yeah …” No, no, I didn’t know, and I sure as hell didn’t want to know.
“So you must never swim at night. But do watch for water spirits,” she said. “Not all dangers are nocturnal.”
“Water spirits. Of course.” I nodded vaguely because asking what a water spirit was would be counterproductive to my escaping this terrifying conversation.
“You’ll help me, won’t you, dear?” she said, without looking at me.
“I …” have absolutely no response for this. What on earth could I help her with?
“And make sure you are careful, when you go to swim.”
I grabbed at the excuse. “Yes, of course, and—and I was just on my way to do that—to go swim—I should be going. Swimming. That way.” I backed away slowly, waiting for her to toss another warning about ashbugs at me, but she was only nodding slowly at the horizon.
As if I needed more reasons to be terrified of the water—water ghosts hadn’t even made my preexisting list. Summer in this town was going to be worse than I’d previously assumed. Already 100 percent of the population I’d met was certifiably whacko.

Darkly romantic

 

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I’m the YA author of the USA Today recommended HEARTS OUT OF WATER series and the brand new HUMMINGBIRD SAGA.

When I’m not writing, I’m usually freelance editing for awesome clients like Anna Katmore (formerly Piper Shelly) and Month9Books/Swoon Romance!

I split my days between my hometown, St. Louis, and my adopted love, Galway, Ireland.

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#ReleaseDay Blitz & Giveaway: Love & Decay Season 3 (Episode 1) by Rachel Higginson @MarkMyWordsPR

Posted 12 December, 2014 by katheryn13 in Blog Tours, Book Promo, Dystopian, Fun, Giveaways, Paranormal, Release Day Blitz, Romance, Sci-Fi, Supernatural, Teasers, YA / 0 Comments

 

 

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Zombies- as if that wasn’t enough to ruin any girl’s dream of a happily ever after.

It’s been six months since Reagan Willow fled the Colony and Matthias Allen’s tyrannical clutches. Six months since she broke Hendrix Parker’s heart. Six months since she watched Kane Allen sacrifice his life to save hers.
Whatever was left of her already-tattered life during the Zombie Apocalypse fell apart six months ago. Now, on the cusp of crossing the Mexican border, there is hope that she might lead her friends to a better existence.

Except Zombies are only the beginning of their problems. Reagan and her friends must battle the elements, armies of Feeders and bounty hunters desperate to drag them back to the Colony to face their greatest threat.

The Colony’s power stretches wide and far. Their only hope is to outrun Matthias and get to Mexico.

Love and Decay, Episode One is the first episode in Season Three of a novella series in a Dystopian Romance about Zombies, the end of the world and finding someone to share it with.

This story takes place over multiple episodes, with a release date every two weeks. Approximately 20,000 words.

 

 

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Zombies- as if that wasn’t enough to ruin any girl’s dream of a happily ever after.

A vaccination gone oh so wrong and a huge portion of the world’s population was turned into Zombies. Reagan Willow is forced out of her home when her parents become casualties of the horrid Zombie Apocalypse. With the help of her best friend Haley, they’ve become somewhat of experts on surviving the dangers of a world thrust into chaos and decay.

Reagan and Haley are on a vague mission to find somewhere safe to live out the remainders of their terrifying life when they stumble upon the Parkers, a pack of brothers that seem to have the survival thing down in a much more efficient and successful way than Reagan could ever have imagined. They are also protecting their eight year old sister, Page, and will do anything to keep her safe.

The brothers decide that Reagan and Haley need help with being kept safe as well, and as a group they set off to find the Zombie-free utopia Reagan is dreaming of.

Zombies are a daily problem, constantly threatening the lives of their group, but they’re not the only peril on the journey ahead. Militia groups of power hungry men are also a constant concern. And settlements of paranoid, suspicious people turn out to be just as hazardous.

Danger looms over every inch of the way, but Reagan, Haley and the Parkers are determined to get to their goal and remain together. Soon the Parkers become more to Reagan than just traveling companions and more than friendship starts to develop between her and Hendrix, the second oldest brother.

But at the end of the world, nothing can be as simple as life and death. Now, Reagan is going to have to schedule falling in love between hunting and surviving. Hopefully she can last long enough to find out if true love can still exist when everything else has started to fall apart.

Love and Decay, Volume One, is a compilation of the first six episodes in a twelve episode season. It is a Dystopian Romance Novella Series about Zombies, the end of the world and finding someone to share it with.

This story takes place over multiple episodes, with a release date every two weeks. Each episode is approximately 20,000 words.

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Rachel Higginson is the creator of The Star-Crossed Series, Love & Decay Novella Series, The Starbright Series, The Siren Series, Bet on Us and the soon to be released, The Five Stages of Falling in Love! She is also the co-creator of the podcast “Zach & Rachel Take Over the World.”

She was born and raised in Nebraska, and spent her college years traveling the world. She fell in love with Eastern Europe, Paris, Indian Food and the beautiful beaches of Sri Lanka, but came back home to marry her high school sweetheart. Now she spends her days raising four amazing kids. In the few spare moments she has to herself, she is either reading for hours on end or writing her own stories.

 

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