Friday, November 30, 2012

The Night Watchman Express

The Night Watchman Express (The Crown Phoenix, 1) by Alison DeLuca, August 25, 2011. 324 pages. Published by Fantasy Island Book Publishing. Source: author.
Orphaned Miriam has always been terrified by the sound of THE NIGHT WATCHMAN EXPRESS as it hurtles by her house. The sound of the train gives her nightmares of an underground factory, and a laboratory where brutal experiments take place.
During the day she has very different problems. Her new guardians, the Marchpanes, have arrived with their son, Simon, to live in Miriam's house. The Marchpanes are plotting to take over her dead father's business.
As they are both strong willed and stubborn, Miriam and Simon develop an instant dislike for each other. They have to work together, however, in order to solve the mystery of what the Marchpanes are doing with Miriam's inheritance.
As they come closer to learning the truth, Miriam is kidnapped and put on THE NIGHT WATCHMAN EXPRESS, and Simon must try to rescue her. In doing so, he will have to confront his own parents and the evil forces behind them.
But as he tries to help Miriam, he is captured. Simon is put in a strange, luxurious prison, where his jailers are as hauntingly beautiful as they are dangerous.
As THE NIGHT WATCHMAN EXPRESS arrives at its destination, Miriam comes to the shocking realization that her nightmares about the subterranean factory and the dark laboratory were not just dreams.
What she always feared more than anything is going to come true.
First Sentence:
Miriam, who was hiding under the settee in the large living drawing room, looked up from the story she was reading.  

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Wish List Wednesday

The Fourth Stall Part III by Chris Rylander, February 5, 2013. Published by Walden Pond Press.

The saga of Mac, Vince, and middle school organized crime comes to a thrilling conclusion in THE FOURTH STALL PART III. Their business is finished, and Mac’s and Vince’s lives have become something they have never been before: simple. None of the fortune or the glory and none of the risk or threat of juvenile prison. There’s even a new business that has stepped in to take their place (and take the heat off Mac and Vince for once). Things couldn’t be better.
But that was before things at their middle school started to go haywire. Before they found out that there’s a new crime boss at school in the town over trying to consolidate power. And before their old nemesis, Staples, came back to town begging for help after his stint in the clink. Just when Mac and Vince thought they were out, the business pulls them back in. But this time, will they be able to escape with their lives and permanent records intact?
Why: Guys, I am both excited and sad about the Fourth Stall Part III. Excited because this has been one of my favorite mid grade finds and because it has made me laugh so hard; sad because it is the final book in the series and I'll have to say goodbye to Mac and Vince.

Blog Tour: Tens List with Author Ann T. Bugg + Giveaway


Thanks to Kathy of I Am a Reader, Not a Writer for putting the tour together. You can see her other tours at Book Blasts & Blog Tours.

About the author:

Ann T. Bugg is the Queen of her castle in southern Minnesota where she lives with her Knight in shining armor (who has come to her rescue more than once) and her own little Princess Valerie. The pets in her magical kingdom come in all shapes and sizes, as do all the critters that make their way out of the enchanted forest. Horseback riding, long walks with her dogs (Otter & Dottie pictured above) and embroidering are on her list of hobbies, but writing will always be her first love.
Ann also writes Women's Fiction under the name June Kramin.
You can haunt Ann T. Bugg's at-

Ten Favorite MG Movies
Every time I wrote a new book, we watched everything imaginable on whatever the subject was to be sure there were no similarities. I have so many favorite movies that fit my books - I'll see if I can keep it to 10! 
1. 10th Kingdom (a mini-series)

2. Princess Bride

3. Ever After

4. Ella Enchanted

5. Quest for Camelot

6. Tangled

7. Willow

8. Beauty and the Beast

9. Road to Eldorado

10. Maybe not MG - but I love A Knight's Tale!

Thanks, Ann, for stopping by. You definitely have excellent taste in movies and A Knight's Tale is so good that it can totally count today.

Through the Mirror and into Snow (Before Happily Ever After, 1) by Ann T. Bugg.
When best friends Valerie and Samantha discover a magic mirror in Val’s 100-year-old barn in southern Minnesota, they eagerly go through it. Immediately they run into the young Snow White, who has just escaped the huntsman. The girls vow to help her find her father, knowing the dangers that await. On their journey, the fun-loving double-trouble duo quickly discover they are caught up in the middle of their favorite fairy tales.
Having the knowledge of the stories as their only weapon, Val and Sam help two other princesses, make a surprising friend and discover they have a fairy godmother of their very own.

Book 2: Into the Forest and Down the Tower (Rapunzel) (Before Happily Ever After, 2) by Ann T. 








Valerie and Samantha are disappointed that their schedules were not allowing them to spend a week together this summer like they have done every year since they were young. Their parents are able to plan a weekend camping trip towards the end of summer. The girls are happy for the visit, but sad to think they can’t go through the mirror this year on another adventure. They discover the magic is not only within the mirror, but within themselves when they are together. Merlin the magician shows up to take them on their quest to help Arthur find his true identity and his place in Camelot. 
Off to Camp and Discovering Art (King Arthur) (Before Happily Ever After, 3) by Ann T. Bugg.
It’s time for Samantha’s summer visit again. Both she and Val are anxious to see if they will take another magical journey through the mirror. After learning of a problem with one of the horses, Odette makes her appearance and tells the girls it’s up to them to help him.
What Charlie needs is something that can only be found in their magical land. It can’t be given to them; they have to solves riddles and discover the answers themselves. A family of elves guides them, but even elf powers are limited when it comes to what stands between the girls and what they seek.
Trolls and unicorns were everything they imagined and more, but rescuing Rapunzel from her tower was an added bonus they never saw coming.


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Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Blog Tour: Guest Post with Angela Shelton (author of The Adventures of Tilda Pinkerton)

Welcome back to my second day spotlighting Angela Shelton author of The Adventures of Tilda Pinkerton. Yesterday, I reviewed her delightful read and today Ms Shelton is going to be interviewing one of the characters from her book on the blog. Hope y'all enjoy it.

About the author:

Angela Shelton is an author, actor, blogger and public speaker. She has been writing since she was eight years old. Her first novel was adapted into the movie Tumbleweeds. Angela won a regional Emmy award for her portrayal of Safe Side Superchick in The Safe Side video series created by Baby Einstein’s Julie Clark and America’s Most Wanted’s John Walsh. After living in Los Angeles for over a decade, Angela left the big city for a one-light country town to marry her first love and fulfill her dream of writing books in a barn house.Find out how Angela has incorporated the character of Tilda Pinkerton into an entire line of book projects, each geared towards a different age group at  www.MagicHatShop.com. 
You can haunt Angela Shelton or buy her book here-

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Belinda Balletomania

Yoo-hoo! Hello!
How terrifically fabulous that you've asked me to write a guest post! I felt for sure you'd invite wonderful Tilda instead of me, but we know she can't quite make it at the moment...
Being the organizer of the annual hat recital I felt it was only fitting that I be the one to write this. Mayor Melic wanted to, but I had to put up my hand and perhaps push out my chest to of course reveal how the ribbon on the top of my dress perfectly matched the ribbon on my last Tilda Pinkerton hat.
You must know that Tilda Pinkerton hats are like none other in the galaxy, in fact, they are the only. When you are granted one, whatever hidden talent you've had hidden deep inside your sweet self suddenly bursts forth. I hope everyone gets a Tilda Pinkerton hat.

Tilda Pinkerton's Magical Hats

You may have noticed my name - Belinda Balletomania - fits me to a tee. Thank you to a few of my large collection of Tilda Pinkerton hats I can still do a pirouette, despite the fact that my backside protrudes as much as her front, thank you very much.
I like to believe my talent for dance and all things for the stage have nothing to do with my hats, but the truth is that Tilda Pinkerton, bless her divine diva self, brought out the best in me. He hats make my most precious talent shine. I simply love Tilda and all that she does for us.
I'm sure if a certain someone on Ooleeoo (named Karin Kainotophobia) were to get her fists into this post she would have horrible things to say about Tilda and disparaging things to say about hats too!

I Love Tilda Pinkerton!

Sadly, not everyone who is loveable is loved.
How anyone could not adore Tilda Pinkerton is lost on me. But like everyone here on Ooleeoo, and in the World of Paper and Glue, Miss Karin Kainotophobia's name fits her personality perfectly. Kainotophobia means excessive fear of anything new or of change.
Well, lo and behold, Tilda Pinkerton brought complete change and all things new to Ooleeoo and what did Karin do? Try to ruin everything! I cannot even speak of it. I know, rules are taught that we are all together in this predicament, I mean planet, but I still cannot look Karin in the eye. Of course she cannot stand me either and we all know why - I have far more hats than that little red spy.

May Your Hats Be Magical 

So, as I too wait to see what happened in the end (only Tilda's pet toad knows), I keep my favorite Tilda hat on while I pet Jessie Joss. He is my darling kitty who of course is treated like the idol Joss means. He is fluffy and white with gray tips on his paws and a Tilda hat too, a gray bonnet, to match. Not only humans can wear hats, you know.
I can only hope and pray everyone on Earth wears hats and thinks of Tilda Pinkerton when they do. She put a little bit of herself and her Light into each of the ones she gave us. I believe you just might have the same kind of surprise in yours too. 

Tune Your Telescopes 

From where you are, if you look past the southern edge of the Virgo constellation, you can see our Sombrero Galaxy. If your telescope is correctly aligned, set it to Right Ascension: 12h 39m 59.4s and Declination: -11° 37’ 23”. From Earth, our home will look like a smudge in the sky. When you see a bright twinkle - that might be a sign from Tilda Pinkerton. 
Tip your hat to Tilda and wish upon a star that the time everyone receives a magical hat is not too far.

Angela Shelton
author of The Adventures of Tilda Pinkerton
The Adventures of Tilda Pinkerton by Angela Shelton, 2012. Published by Quiet Owl Books.
A modern Mary Poppins in space.
In the middle of cosmic danger, the electrifying secret that Tilda Pinkerton, the magical hat maker, hides from the children she teaches - becomes her most miraculous gift, securing the safety of the planet she crashes on.
--
Somewhere out in the Sombrero Galaxy, Tilda Pinkerton–mystical maker of mysterious, magnificent, magical hats–is being hunted by the Keeper of Darkness.
Yet Tilda simply does not recall, at all, after taking a tremendous fall.
No one on Ooleeoo, where Tilda crash-landed, knows she is from another planet. Only Star Jumper Randy can tell her—but he’s light years away, frantically searching for his missing love, desperate that without her, the entire galaxy soon may be lost.
Even in the middle of cosmic danger, Tilda loves to create hats, for which she has a rare and uncanny knack. All who receive them sparkle, in fact—and spark their innermost talent. With a Tilda hat, people can suddenly do whatever they dream of, causing brilliant ideas to grow madly.

Teaser Tuesday:

Teaser Tuesdays is hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. To participate, simply do the following: Grab your current read Open to a random page Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

Cover Reveal: The Midnight Spell by Rhiannon Frater and Kody Boye

Y'all, I ahve a very pretty cover to share with you this week. The Midnight Spell by Rhiannon Frater and Kody Boye. Hope y'all will love it...let me know your thoughts on it.

About the author(s):
 Boye was born and raised in Southeastern Idaho. Since his initial publication in the Yellow Mama Webzine in 2007, he has gone on to sell nearly three-dozen stories to various markets. He is the author of the short story collection Amorous Things, the novella The Diary of Dakota Hammell, the zombie novel Sunrise and the dark fantasy novel Blood. His fiction has been described as ‘Surreal, beautiful and harrowing’ (Fantastic Horror,) while he himself has been heralded as a writer beyond his years(Bitten by Books.) He currently lives and writes in the Austin, Texas area.
You can haunt Kody Boye at-
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Rhiannon Frater is the award-winning author of the As the World Dies trilogy (The First Days, Fighting to Survive, Siege,) and the author of three other books: the vampire novels Pretty When She Dies and The Tale of the Vampire Bride and the young-adult zombie novel The Living Dead Boy and the Zombie Hunters. Inspired to independently produce her work from the urging of her fans, she published The First Days in late 2008 and quickly gathered a cult following. She won the Dead Letter Award back-to-back for both The First Days and Fighting to Survive, the former of which the Harrisburg Book Examiner called ‘one of the best zombie books of the decade.’ Rhiannon is currently represented by Hannah Gordon of the Foundry + Literary Media agency. You may contact her by sending an email to rhiannonfrater@gmail.com.
You can haunt Rhiannon Frater at-
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The Midnight Spell by Rhiannon Frater and Kody Boye, February, 2013. 



Best friends since kindergarten, Adam and Christy have always been the perpetual outsiders in their small town in Texas.  The other kids call Adam gay and Christy a witch.
On both counts the bullies are right.
Their junior year in high school seems destined to be the same old same old until Christy decides to cast a love spell for Adam at the midnight hour. The next day an alluring and mysterious boy enrolls at school and sets hearts a flutter, including Adam’s. Meanwhile, Christy’s mad crush on the handsome football player Ian seems to be going nowhere fast and her witch puberty is making her life miserable.
When a great evil arrives in town that threatens everything they hold dear, the best friends realize that finding a boyfriend is the least of their worries. Soon Adam and Christy will have to battle a force of darkness that has killed in their town before, and will again.
Think The Midnight Spell sounds good, you can add it to your Goodreads shelf.  

Monday, November 26, 2012

Blog Tour: The Adventures of Tilda Pinkerton

The Adventures of Tilda Pinkerton by Angelia Shelton, 2012. 272 pages. Published by Quiet Owl Books. Source: Premier Virtual Book Tours/Author.
A modern Mary Poppins in space.
In the middle of cosmic danger, the electrifying secret that Tilda Pinkerton, the magical hat maker, hides from the children she teaches - becomes her most miraculous gift, securing the safety of the planet she crashes on.
--
Somewhere out in the Sombrero Galaxy, Tilda Pinkerton–mystical maker of mysterious, magnificent, magical hats–is being hunted by the Keeper of Darkness.
Yet Tilda simply does not recall, at all, after taking a tremendous fall.
No one on Ooleeoo, where Tilda crash-landed, knows she is from another planet. Only Star Jumper Randy can tell her—but he’s light years away, frantically searching for his missing love, desperate that without her, the entire galaxy soon may be lost.
Even in the middle of cosmic danger, Tilda loves to create hats, for which she has a rare and uncanny knack. All who receive them sparkle, in fact—and spark their innermost talent. With a Tilda hat, people can suddenly do whatever they dream of, causing brilliant ideas to grow madly.
With Gladys the toad, who thinks she’s a cat, and Frank the fish, who lives in her hat, Tilda must discover who she is and what her enemy wants from her so badly.
First Sentence:
Umberto Uranscopy looked up at the stars, staring into the night.

Thursday, November 22, 2012

The Last Princess

The Last Princess (Last Princess, 1) by Galaxy Craze, May 1, 2012. 295 pages. Published by Little, Brown Books. Source: Publisher for review.
A series of natural disasters has decimated the earth. Cut off from the rest of the world, England is a dark place. The sun rarely shines, food is scarce, and groups of criminals roam the woods, searching for prey. The people are growing restless.

When a ruthless revolutionary sets out to overthrow the crown, he makes the royal family his first target. Blood is shed in Buckingham Palace, and only sixteen-year-old Princess Eliza manages to escape.

Determined to kill the man who destroyed her family, Eliza joins the enemy forces in disguise. She has nothing left to live for but revenge, until she meets someone who helps her remember how to hope—and to love—once more. Now she must risk everything to ensure that she not become... The Last Princess.
First Sentence:
The day began as a beautiful and vivid dream. 

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Wish List Wednesday

The Slither Sisters (Tales from Lovecraft Middle School, 2) by Charles Gilman, January 15, 2013. Published by Quirk Books.
This second novel in the Tales from Lovecraft Middle School series begins right where Professor Gargoyle ended.  Seventh-grader Robert Arthur has discovered that two of his classmates are actually sinister snake-women in disguise. Even worse, his new middle school is full of “gates” to a terrifying alternate dimension – a haunted mansion full of strange spirits and monstrous beasts.  For Robert to protect his teachers and classmates, he'll need to return to this haunted dimension with his best friends Glenn and Karina.   Can they uncover the secrets of Lovecraft Middle School before it's too late?

The Slither Sisters features more bizarre beasts, more strange mysteries, and more adventure.  It's perfect for readers ages 10 and up. Best of all, the cover features a state-of-the-art “morphing” photo portrait – so you can personally witness the sisters transforming into their slithering alter egos.  You won't believe your eyes!
Why:  Because I seriously enjoyed the first book in the series and wan to know what trouble Robert and friends are going to stumble upon int he next chapter in the series. 

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Teaser Tuesday

Teaser Tuesdays is hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. To participate, simply do the following: Grab your current read Open to a random page Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

Monday, November 19, 2012

Blog Tour Review: Spook House


Spook House (Harmony, Indiana, 3) by Michael West, October 27, 2012. Published by Seventh Star Press. Source: publisher.
There are some places in this world that go far beyond any normal definition of “haunted.” These places are so evil, so diabolical, that they become gateways to Hell itself. The Fuller Farm is one such place.
It is said that old man Fuller conducted unspeakable acts, blood rituals and human sacrifices, all in an attempt to gain the ultimate knowledge, the ultimate power. And then, he was killed–horribly murdered on his own lands, leaving the house to stand as a vacant monument to his wickedness. But once a door is opened, it can never really be closed.
Now, the stars are right. The gateway is ready to once more unleash unspeakable horror upon the town of Harmony, Indiana. And this will be one Halloween that they will never forget!
First Sentence:
Sheri Foster shuddered, but not because of the air conditioning. 

Friday, November 16, 2012

ARC Review: Minder

Minder (Ganzfield, 1) by Kate Kaynak, May 21, 2012 (originally published May 6, 2010). 224 pages. Published by Spencer Hill Press. Source: Publisher.
Sixteen-year-old Maddie Dunn is special, but she needs to figure out how to use her new abilities before somebody else gets hurt. Ganzfield is a secret training facility full of people like her, but it's not exactly a nurturing place. Every social interaction carries the threat of mind-control. A stray thought can burn a building to the ground. And people's nightmares don't always stay in their own heads. But it's still better than New Jersey--especially once she meets the man of her dreams...
First Sentence:
My reflection in the one-way glass of the police interrogation room stared back at me, pale and hollowed-eye. 

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Book Blast: Embers in a Dark Frost by Kelly Keaton

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Wish List Wednesday

Money Run (Ashley Arthur, 1) by Jack Heath, Janruary, 2013. Published by Scholastic.
Take two child geniuses (thieves in their spare time), one obsessed assassin, and the richest man in the world to create a compelling, completely unpredictable young adult thriller. Fifteen-year-olds Ashley and Benjamin have concocted a daring master plan: to steal billionaire Hammond Buckland's most precious belonging, hidden in the depths of his conspicuous corporate building. But Hammond Buckland has a most elaborate plan of his own - and none of them have counted on Peachey, the hit man with a determination to finish the job - at any cost!The beginning of a dazzling new series from Jack Heath, author of The Lab and Remote Control.
Why: Money Run sounds like my kind of read, and like one that I would devour in one sitting. 

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Teaser Tuesday

Teaser Tuesdays is hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. To participate, simply do the following: Grab your current read Open to a random page Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

Monday, November 12, 2012

ARC Review: Shadow and Bone

Shadow and Bone (The Grisha Trilogy, 1) by Leigh Bardugo, 2012. Published by Henry Holt & Co. Source: Publisher for review.
Surrounded by enemies, the once-great nation of Ravka has been torn in two by the Shadow Fold, a swath of near impenetrable darkness crawling with monsters who feast on human flesh. Now its fate may rest on the shoulders of one lonely refugee.
Alina Starkov has never been good at anything. But when her regiment is attacked on the Fold and her best friend is brutally injured, Alina reveals a dormant power that saves his life—a power that could be the key to setting her war-ravaged country free. Wrenched from everything she knows, Alina is whisked away to the royal court to be trained as a member of the Grisha, the magical elite led by the mysterious Darkling.
Yet nothing in this lavish world is what it seems. With darkness looming and an entire kingdom depending on her untamed power, Alina will have to confront the secrets of the Grisha…and the secrets of her heart.
First Sentence:
The servants called them malenchki, little ghosts, because they were the smallest and the youngest, and because they haunted the Duke's house like phantoms, darting in and out of rooms, hiding in cupboards to eavesdrop, sneaking into the kitchen to steal the last of the summer peaches.

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Switching + Giveaway News

Switching by Jody Kihara, September 7, 2012. 372 pages. Published by Star Magnolia Publishing. Source: author.
Every week or two, Terry wakes up in a different time. She’s been ‘switching’ - that’s her word for time traveling - for the past eight months, and she has no recollection of her life before then. She doesn't know who she is, why she’s time traveling, how to get home, or even when home is. Then Terry meets some fellow travelers and finds out she’s not alone… and that there might be a way to get home. But the others have their own agendas, and Terry needs to be careful where she places her trust. She finds herself falling for one traveler, but a terrible secret bars his way home. Another traveler is growing desperate, and he doesn't care who he uses in his attempt to get home… even if it puts them all in danger. Can Terry find a way home before he tries something dangerous? Or will he prevent her from getting home at all?
First Sentence:
I kept my eyes closed as I drifted awake, letting my other senses feel out my surrounding first.

Friday, November 9, 2012

Be My Enemy

Be My Enemy (Everness, 2) by Ian McDonald, September 4, 2012. 280 pages. Published by Pyr. Source: Publisher.
Everett Singh has escaped with the Infundibulum from the clutches of Charlotte Villiers and the Order, but at a terrible price. His father is missing, banished to one of the billions of parallel universes of the Panoply of All World, and Everett and the crew of the airship Everness have taken a wild, random Heisenberg Jump to a random parallel plane. Everett is smart and resourceful and from a frozen earth far beyond the Plenitude plans to rescue his family. But the villainous Charlotte Villiers is one step ahead of him.
First Sentence:
The car came out of nowhere. 

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Manga Review: Strobe Edge 1

Strobe Edge 1 by Io Sakisaka, November 6, 2012. 200 pages. Published by Viz Media, LCC. Source: Edelweiss/publisher.
Having no experience in romance, the vibrant Ninako curiously explores the meaning of what "love" really is, and is surprised to feel a colorful range of emotions as she grows closer to the school heartthrob, the quiet yet gentle Ren, who also happens to be involved in a longtime relationship. With every intention of keeping her head held high, Ninako prepares to face the mental pain of this one-sided love that she had allowed to take root, facing a series of trials that would either contribute to her growth as a headstrong woman, or break her as it did with other girls. However, is this really a one-sided love? Or had something been silently sown in the most hidden part of Ren's heart?
First Sentence:
My mom asked me to pick some things up for her. 

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Wish List Wednesday

Swipe (Swipe, 1) by Evan Angler, May 8, 2012. Published by Thomas Nelson.

Apocalyptic dystopian fiction at its best. Angler's sharp wit and dexterity with political themes are matched only by the thrilling suspense on every page." -Lis Wiehl, "New York Times" bestselling author and FOX News correspondent
Everyone gets the Mark. It gives all the benefits of citizenship. Yet if getting the Mark is such a good thing, then why does it feel so wrong?
Set in a future North America that is struggling to recover after famine and global war, "Swipe" follows the lives of three kids caught in the middle of a conflict they didn't even know existed. United under a charismatic leader, every citizen of the American Union is required to get the Mark on their 13th birthday in order to gain the benefits of citizenship.
The Mark is a tattoo that must be swiped by special scanners for everything from employment to transportation to shopping. It's almost Logan Langly's 13th birthday and he knows he should be excited about getting the Mark, but he hasn't been able to shake the feeling he's being watched. Not since his sister went to get her Mark five years ago . . . and never came back.
Why: I came across book two in this series while checking out some of my favorite blogs, and had to look up the first book. I must say that the plot has me intrigued. Creeped out, but intrigued nonetheless.

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Teaser Tuesday

Teaser Tuesdays is hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. To participate, simply do the following: Grab your current read Open to a random page Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

Monday, November 5, 2012

Cover Reveal: Pieces by Michelle Davidson Argyle

Guess what, it's time for another awesome cover reveal here at The Haunting of Orchid Forsythia. This time I'm helping to reveal the cover for Pieces by Michelle Davidson Argyle the companion to The Breakaway.

About the author:

Michelle lives and writes in Utah, surrounded by the Rocky Mountains. She loves the seasons, but late summer and early fall are her favorites. She adores chocolate, sushi, and lots of ethnic food, and loves to read and write books in whatever time she can grab between her sword-wielding husband and energetic daughter. She believes a simple life is the best life.

You can haunt Michelle Davidson Argyle at-
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Pieces (companion to The Breakaway) by Michelle Davidson Argyle, February 14, 2013. Published by Rhemalda Publishing.

Two years after watching her kidnappers go to prison, Naomi Jensen is still in love with one of them. Jesse will be released in a few years, and Naomi knows college is the perfect distraction while she waits. But when her new friend Finn makes her question what is right and what is wrong, she begins to wonder if Jesse is the one for her … until she discovers he's out on parole. Naomi must sort through her confusion to figure out where love and freedom truly lie—in Finn, who has no connections to her past, or Jesse, who has just asked her to run away with him.
Pieces is a companion to The Breakaway and can be read independently, if desired.

You can add Pieces to your goodreads shelves.



Thanks to Giselle of Xpresso Book Tours for putting this together. Y'all can also visit Xpresso Book Tours to sign up for the book tour for Pieces. 

Planesrunner

Planesrunner (Everness, 1) by Ian McDonald, December 6, 2011. 274 pages. Published by Pyr. Source: Publisher for review.
There is not one you. There are many yous. There is not one world. There are many worlds. Ours is one among billions of parallel earths.

When Everett Singh’s scientist father is kidnapped from the streets of London, he leaves young Everett a mysterious app on his computer. Suddenly, this teenager has become the owner of the most valuable object in the multiverse—the Infundibulum—the map of all the parallel earths, and there are dark forces in the Ten Known Worlds who will stop at nothing to get it. They’ve got power, authority, the might of ten planets—some of them more technologically advanced than our Earth—at their fingertips. He’s got wits, intelligence, and a knack for Indian cooking.

To keep the Infundibulum safe, Everett must trick his way through the Heisenberg Gate that his dad helped build and go on the run in a parallel Earth. But to rescue his dad from Charlotte Villiers and the sinister Order, this Planesrunner’s going to need friends. Friends like Captain Anastasia Sixsmyth, her adopted daughter, Sen, and the crew of the airship Everness.

Can they rescue Everett’s father and get the Infundibulum to safety? The game is afoot!
First Sentence:
The car was black. 

Saturday, November 3, 2012

A Call to Middle Grade Authors


Are you an author of an upcoming middle grade book, or even the author of one that came out a previous year? Well then this is the post for you.

I am putting together a middle grade challenge next year and want to feature you and your book on the blog. So, if you want to get your book out there and let the readers learn a little something about yourself, too, please, fill out the form at the end of the post.

Why am I putting this together? Because I have a deep love for all that is MG and want to help get the word out there about all the fabulous books and the wonderful authors that write them. As of this moment, the schedule is wide open and waiting for you to join in.

Author interviews will be posted on Fridays-hopefully I'll have enough interest to post one every week throughout the year.

(Note 11/10/12) If you filled out the form I have sent you an email. You may want to check your spam folder since for some reason my emails usually end up there. Thank you to those who have already signed up. =)
(11/14/12) Still waiting to hear back from a few of y'all that I emailed last week... If you filled out the form from the 10th on I have sent you an email. 

Authors' FORM
                                     

 For more information, see form or email me at hauntingorchid(at)aol(dot)com. 

Friday, November 2, 2012

Audiobook Review: Penelope Goes to Portsmouth

Penelope Goes to Portsmouth (Travelling Matchmaker, 3) by M.C. Beaton, read by Helen Lisanti, September 1, 2012 (originally published in 1982). 5 hours 20 minutes. Published by AudioGo. Source: Audiobook Jukebox/publisher.

On the coach to Portsmouth, Miss Pym faces her most difficult matchmaking challenge yet. The lovely Miss Penelope Wilkins, daughter of a rich merchant, would be the perfect match for the handsome Lord Augustus, a nobleman whose fortune is almost depleted. Would be, that is, if the two were at all compatible. Though strikingly beautiful, the too-practical Penelope seems to stand on quite the opposite cliff from the carefree Lord Augustus. But when the undaunted Miss Pym enlists their help in untangling an intrigue, and Lord Augustus steals an astounding kiss from the shocked Penelope, Miss Pym is convinced that her matchmaking expertise will soon bridge any chasm between the reluctant lovers

First Sentence:
Miss Pym awoke with a start and wondered for a moment where she was.

Cover Reveal: Extracted: The Lost Imperials by Sherry D. Ficklin & Tyler H. Jolley

Yay! Another awesome cover reveal from Spencer Hill Press. This time its for  Extracted: The Lost Imperials by Sherry D. Ficklin & Tyler H. Jolley, which sounds really good.

Extracted (The Lost Imperials, 1) by Sherry D. Ficklin and Tyler H. Jolley, November 12, 2013. Published by Spencer Hill Press.

Welcome to the war.

The Tesla Institute is a premier academy that trains young time travelers called Rifters. Created by Nicola Tesla, the Institute seeks special individuals who can help preserve the time stream against those who try to alter it.

The Hollows is a rogue band of Rifters who tear through time with little care for the consequences. Armed with their own group of lost teens--their only desire to find Tesla and put an end to his corruption of the time stream.

Torn between them are Lex and Ember, two Rifters with no memories of their life before joining the time war.

When Lex’s girlfriend dies during a mission, the only way he can save her is to retrieve the Dox, a piece of tech which allows Rifters to re-enter their own timeline without collapsing the time stream. But the Dox is hidden deep within the Telsa Institute, which means Lex must go into the enemy camp. It’s there he meets Ember, and the past that was stolen from them both comes flooding back.

Now armed with the truth of who they are, Lex and Ember must work together to save the future before the battle for time destroys them both…again.

I ma so excited for another time travel book! What do y'all think of the cover and synopsis???

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Blog Tour: Excerpt from Traitor Angel by H. David Blalock

Y'all, today I am excited to have an excerpt from H. David Blalock's newest book, Traitor Angel , on the blog. Hope y'all will enjoy it...let me know what you guys think of it.

About the author:
H. David Blalock has been writing speculative fiction for nearly 40 years. His work has appeared in print and online in over three dozen publications, spanning every format from short stories to novels, non-fiction articles to screenplays. He is also editor of _parABnormal Digest_ for Sam's Dot Publishing. To find out more visit his website at www.thrankeep.com. 



Excerpt from Traitor Angel 
All his life he had been taught about the majesty and beauty of angels. Paintings, frescoes, and statues from every civilization and time tried to capture it. He knew now that nothing, absolutely nothing, could do justice to the reality. Not even the nearly infinite canvas and incomparable ability of human imagination, with its ability to surpass the physical and touch the spiritual, was equal to the task.
Once more he felt the initial shock and confusion, not unlike what he felt when experiencing being shelled in the trenches at Ypres during the Great War. It began as a shudder deep within, like that concussion, and then he found himself temporarily blinded by a radiance immeasurably more pure than sunlight. When his sight did clear, what he saw lasted only a couple of seconds, but it was branded permanently on his soul.
Angelic icons, products of human imagination, make mundane that which is in reality ineffable. For those few moments, his entire existence was laid bare before the incorruptible. Even had he not heard Azazel scream its name, he would have known it. Inside each person lives that which instinctively knows and recognizes the eternal. This had no more resemblance to the caricatures of angels perpetrated on human art than the epitome of perfection in beauty had with a pile of dung. Unbounded by form, it retained an Identity. It was undeniably a Being, but a Being of such a nature as was almost impossible to comprehend as separate from the eternal fabric of reality.
Traitor Angel (Angel Triad, 2) by H. David Blalock, October 18, 2012. Published by Seventh Star Press.
In Traitor Angel, the second book of the Angelkiller Triad,  the war between The Army of Light and The Enemy continues behind the scenes. Unknown to the general population, the battle for control of humanity is heating up.
Jonah Mason, called Angelkiller, faces more than one decision. His Army resistance cell is wounded physically and emotionally, on the brink of falling apart. The mysterious allies calling themselves Knights are pressuring him to abandon his people. Meanwhile, the world outside draws closer to Armageddon.
As Mason and his friends pursue their campaign against Dorian Azrael's global megacorporation, Andlat Enterprises, the stakes get higher with each desperate foray into the enemy's computers. They are fated to lose one of their number and gain an unlikely ally, but any advantage they gain could be fleeting at best.
If they fail, it could mean the end of The Army and all resistance to the forces of Darkness.
Are you a middle grade author, want your book to be spotlighted this year during the challenge on my blog? Than this post is just for you. All about Middle Grade Challenge

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