Holiday Gift Guide 2014: Ultimate Gift Ideas & Where to Shop for Book Lovers

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With the holidays upon us, it’s time to start shopping for the fellow book lovers in your life — and to pass along your wish list to loved ones, too!

We all know that it is dang-near impossible to buy books as a gift for book lovers … because you never know what’s already in their collection! But there are some fabulous, gorgeous gifts that book lovers will adore — and that make perfect gifts, too. Here’s a round-up of our favorite places to shop for book lovers & some of the goodies you’ll find at each place.

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Plus, keep your eyes peeled for this symbol to get special offers & discount codes just for Novel Novice readers at some of the retailers mentioned below!

GoneReading.com

We LOVE this website for shopping for fantastic book-ish goodies — from book-shaped plates, to scented candles inspired by famous authors, to reading accessories you didn’t even know you needed! We reviewed this site and some of their fantastic offerings earlier this year — and I even built my own holiday wishlist from their pages. (My husband shopped there for some of my gifts, and was VERY impressed by how quickly everything arrived!)

Plus, if you’re a new shopper, join their email list for a 10%-off coupon!

Here are some of the items from GoneReading.com that we adore for holiday gifts:

Bamboo Bathtub Caddy

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Book Plates & Serving Platters

book plates(There’s even a cup & book-shaped saucer for drinking tea or coffee while you read!!!!)

Personal Library Kit

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“Take Me to Your Reader” & Other T-Shirts

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Book Holder & E-Reader Stand

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001Special OfferGoneReading.com is offering one of YOU lucky readers a chance to win a $40 e-Gift Card to help with your holiday shopping. Just fill out the Rafflecopter form HERE to be entered in the drawing. Contest is open worldwide!

Novel Novice CafePress Shop

Okay, so we’re a little biased here – but we DO love the fun products in our own Novel Novice CafePress shop, each of them designed with our fellow fanatical readers in mind. Most of the items feature our signature “Book Nerd” and “Keep Calm & Read a Book” designs, which were created exclusively for Novel Novice.

Here are some of our favorite goodies:

Shirts & Hoodies

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Accessories

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Jewelry

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Bags & Totes

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PJs

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Stuff for Your House

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Drinkware

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PosterText

Amazing poster designs created using the actual text of the books that inspired each illustration. PosterText offers these gorgeous pieces printed on high-quality paper, all of which would make beautiful, statement art for any book lovers’ home. Browse all of their designs here, and check out some of our favorites below:

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001Special OfferPosterText.com is offering Novel Novice readers 20% off purchases made online through the end of the year. Just enter the code NN09871 at check-out. Coupon code is good through 12/31/2014.

Litographs

Much like PosterText, Litographs features art prints with designs created using the text of a book. But Litographs has also gone beyond just prints, adding their designs to high-quality dye-sublimated t-shirts and tote bags. They’ve also just recently released a collection of adorable lit-inspired temporary tattoos — which would make fabulous stocking stuffers!

Here are some of our favorites from each category:

Posters

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Tote Bags alice-tote-2_405a51ce-df5f-47bd-8113-d90eead71550_1024x1024 persuasion-tote-2_6c0c0f95-d258-44af-8a12-b43b06a23906_1024x1024 pride-tote-2_78d3e6fc-ade0-44a8-aad1-a69238d1016f_1024x1024Temporary Tattoos (Great Stocking Stuffers)
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001Special OfferLitographs.com is offering Novel Novice readers 10% off purchases made online through the end of the year. Just enter the code NOVELNOVICE10 at check-out to receive the discount.

Storiarts

The perfect way to stay warm this winter is with a book scarf and fingerless gloves (perfect for reading) from Storiarts! This hand-crafted Etsy artist is the creator of the original Book Scarf — and I have to say, I’m a huge fan. I’ve had my Sherlock Holmes scarf for a couple years now, and it is one of my favorites. It’s very comfy and cozy, and it is super cute. (Bonus: reading material on the go!)

Storiarts offers a variety of designs from assorted authors, so there’s sure to be soemthing to suite everyone’s tastes. Beyond the scarves, also check out the coordinating fingerless gloves, headbands, and throw pillows.  Here’s a peek at some of the goodies:

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001Special OfferPORTLANDERS! Look for Storiarts at Crafty Wonderland, December 13-14th. In addition to their regular products, they’ll also have an assortment of discounted items available for purchase!

Hebel Design

Love YA fantasy? Then Hebel Design has something for you to love. High-quality, hand-crafted jewelry inspired by some of the hottest YA fantasy and paranormal series around, all with the authors’ seal of approval! Featured series include The Mortal Instruments, The Grisha Trilogy, The Selection Series (JUST released!), The Lynburn Legacy, The Lux Series, and many more! Here are some of our favorites:

Morozova’s Collar (from The Grisha Trilogy)

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Tessa’s Clockwork Angel

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(On a budget? Try the replica Clockwork Angel necklace for a great bargain.)

America’s Songbird Necklace

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Golden Snitch Bracelet

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001Special OfferUse the promotional code NovelGift at check-out to receive a 15% discount off one item on all orders through the end of the year at HebelDesign.com

Out of Print

Amazing designs and fun products abound at Out of Print Clothing, where much more than clothing is offered. Their incredible book-inspired jewelry line is brilliant and gorgeous, their t-shirt and tote bag designs are delightful, and their ever-expanding collection of accessories and other items continues to charm. Here are some of our favorites:

“So It Goes” Slaughterhouse Five Necklace

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The Great Gatsby West Egg Pennant

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Composition Book Tote Bag

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Library Card Pouch

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The Great Gatsby Sweater

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Where the Wild Things Are Onesie

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Library Stamp T-Shirt

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The Literary Gift Company

The Literary Gift Company has an amazing variety of products, all suited to any book lovers tastes. Their offerings include products made from old, up-cycled books, adorable mugs for sipping tea or coffee while you read, cool book-ish jewelry, and other unique book-ish accessories you didn’t even know you wanted, but now you totally do. Then wrap-up all your gifts in their incredible literary wrapping paper! Here are some of our favorites:

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Young Banned Books Bracelet

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Book Handbags

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Doodle & Stitch Duvet Cover

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Jane Austen Scarf

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Typewriter Satchel

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DFTBA

So you’re a John Green fan? You like proclaiming your love of all-things nerdy? Then check out the DFTBA shop for John Green-approved merchandise and goodies, created by an amazing group of fandom artists. There’s lots for John Green books, Harry Potter and other fandoms, even some not based on books. (Gasp!) Here are some of our favorite goodies:

Books Turn Muggles Into Wizards T-shirt
(I have this shirt & it’s one of my favorites. Super comfy & soft, plus fabulous design!)

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The Fault in Our Stars Hazel & Gus Phone Case

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Ampersand Necklace

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Black Milk Clothing

For the fashionable book nerd, Black Milk offers a few collections inspired by some of your favorite book fandoms, most notably Harry Potter, Game of Thrones, and The Lord of the Rings. Here’s a few of our favorite styles they offer:

Daily Prophet Bomber Jacket

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Marauder’s Map Dress

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Middle Earth Leggings

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Game of Thrones Skater Dress

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More Great Ideas

Still wanting to flesh out your wish list, or get other gift ideas? Here are some other products we LOVE for gifting to book lovers:

My Weekend is All Booked Sweatshirt
Also available in other styles. 

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Mini Book Necklaces
Browse a variety of mini-titles at the Miniature Literature Etsy Shop

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Book Shelf Phone Cases

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Book-Shaped Pillows

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Daily Prophet Hobo Bag

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“Archive Your Accessories” Wall Hooks

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Dictionary Wallet

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Katniss Everdeen Poster

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For the comments: What’s on your wish list? Any other great ideas you’d add to this list?

Exclusive Q&A with A Thousand Pieces of You Author Claudia Gray: Part 3

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Today, we’ve got part 2 our exclusive Q&A with A Thousand Pieces of You author Claudia Gray. Thanks for taking the to chat with us, Claudia. Readers – if you missed it, check out part 1 here and part 2 here. Today, it’s time for FLASH QUESTIONS!

Claudia GrayFavorite decade?

Depends on what for? Pop music? The 1980s. The amount of fun I’m having? Toss up between the 1990s and now. For fashion? … wow, I hope we haven’t seen that decade yet. I hope that one is still to come.

Must-have writing snack?

Bananas. NOM NOM NOM.

Favorite Disney movie? 

“Tangled,” as anyone who follows my Tumblr can attest.

The beach or the mountains?

The mountains — I prefer cool weather to heat. Also, beaches tend to get crowded; you can have some privacy in the mountains.

Song that can always get you dancing? 

Oh, God, it’s “Call Me Maybe.” Tell no one.

Name 5 things currently on your desk (or in your writing space), and share a photo, if possible.

1) A lamp shaped like a pug that is more attractive than you are currently imagining it, I promise.

2) My iMac, which now functions less as a computer and more as a stereo and a Netflix-viewing device.

3) The speaker system for the iMac. (See stereo mention above.)

4) Some glass vases, which aren’t there to hold anything, just to serve as decoration. I felt sort of impractical when I bought them, but IMHO they look great. (And when you work at home, it’s important to enjoy your workspace! Otherwise, the couch gets to looking too attractive — or maybe the bed — )

5) A candle from Fandlemonium, which is Harry Potter-scented. No, really! He smells delicious!

Book Review: Paper Airplanes by Dawn O’Porter

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A witty coming-of-age story with friendship at its heart, cunning characters, and delightful prose, make Dawn O’Porter’s Paper Airplanes a real knock-out of a book.

paper airplanesIt’s the mid-1990s, and fifteen year-old Guernsey schoolgirls, Renée and Flo, are not really meant to be friends. Thoughtful, introspective and studious Flo couldn’t be more different to ambitious, extroverted and sexually curious Renée. But Renée and Flo are united by loneliness and their dysfunctional families, and an intense bond is formed. Although there are obstacles to their friendship (namely Flo’s jealous ex-best friend and Renée’s growing infatuation with Flo’s brother), fifteen is an age where anything can happen, where life stretches out before you, and when every betrayal feels like the end of the world. For Renée and Flo it is the time of their lives.

With graphic content and some scenes of a sexual nature, PAPER AEROPLANES is a gritty, poignant, often laugh-out-loud funny and powerful novel. It is an unforgettable snapshot of small-town adolescence and the heart-stopping power of female friendship.

This is the type of book every girl should read to know they are not alone in their experiences, and that every woman should read to remember what they fought through in their adolescence to become the person they are now. O’Porter’s writing is raw and emotional, and the fact that she was inspired by her own teenage journals just lends the book a real nugget of honesty that sets it apart from other books on similar subjects.

What’s lovely, as well, is the focus on a female friendship. Yes, romance is sprinkled throughout, and there are family issues that each character must cope with — but the real heart of Paper Airplanes is the bond between Renee and Flo. And this is oh-so-important for girls and women to remember: because as important as our romantic partners are, and as important as our family is — really strong, meaningful female friendships are also so critical. I don’t know where I’d be in this world with out my BFF — and Paper Airplanes just solidified her importance to me, while reading about the friendship between Renee and Flo.

Originally published in the UK last year, the U.S. edition is in stores now.

Betting Blind by Stephanie Guerra: Kindle Paperwhite Giveaway

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Today, I am SO so excited to share a really amazing contest with you — from an even more amazing author. I’ve teamed up with Stephanie Guerra to give one of you lucky readers a Kindle Paperwhite, pre-loaded with Stephanie’s amazing new YA novel, Betting Blind  (in stores now)!

First, here’s more about the book:

betting blindSome risks are worth taking…

The cards are stacking up against Gabriel James: first there’s Phil, the guy paying the bills for Gabe’s mom (but not leaving his wife). Then there’s Gabe’s new school, filled with kids competing for the Ivies, Silicon Valley, and Wall Street—while Gabe’s just trying to swing enough Cs to graduate.

Gabe’s luck seems ready to change when he meets Irina Petrova: a hot violinist who is home-schooled by her strict Russian parents. When Gabe gets her number, he impresses the top guys at his school. When he becomes the drug connection for parties, his reputation is solidified. How else is he going to afford hanging with his new crew and impressing Irina? Anyway, it’s not really dealing if you’re just hooking up friends…right?

Gabe’s never been loyal to a girl before, but he finds himself falling for Irina hard. As the stakes are raised, Gabe will have to decide how high he’s willing to bet on school, on friends, on Irina—but most of all, on himself.

About the Author:

Stephanie Guerra is the winner of the 2014 Virginia Hamilton Essay Award for her contributions to the research on multicultural literature. Her debut young adult novel, Torn, received a starred audiobook review from School Library Journal. Kirkus called her “a strong new voice” and Booklist praised her “complex characters.” Betting Blind is the first in an urban YA series dedicated to Stephanie’s writing students at King County Juvenile Detention.

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We’re giving away one Kindle Paperwhite with Betting Blind pre-loaded on it, plus a custom Betting Blind Paperwhite cover!

We want you to spread the word. Here’s all the ways you can earn entries:

  • Post about the contest on your blog, Facebook, or other social media outlet
  • Comment below & tell us why you’re excited to read Betting Blind
  • Tweet about the contest with the hashtag #BettingBlind and linking back here

Get started by filling out the Rafflecopter form here!

Contest is open to the U.S. only. Ends at midnight (PT) on Wednesday, November 26th.

For the comments: Why are you excited to read Betting Blind?

Exclusive Q&A with A Thousand Pieces of You Author Claudia Gray: Part 2

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Today, we’ve got part 2 our exclusive Q&A with A Thousand Pieces of You author Claudia Gray. Thanks for taking the to chat with us, Claudia. Readers – if you missed it, check out part 1 here. We’ll have part 3 on Friday.

Claudia GrayThe different worlds Marguerite visits are all based on the concept of “what if.” What are some of the “what ifs” you considered but ultimately did not use in ATPOY?

I’m hesitant to share too many, because I might still use them! But one alternate world was deleted — a dystopian, totalitarian state where Marguerite worked in a factory, Theo was an imprisoned rebel and Paul was one of the elite state guards. That made it all the way to the draft of the novel I turned into my editor, and I loved a lot of things about how that world worked, but in the end it was too grim to fall where it did in the story, and moving it never quite worked. Now I doubt I’ll have time to get back there again. Maybe I’ll revisit it in some stories on Wattpad …

AThousandPieces_hc_cWhat sort of research went into each of the different realities Marguerite visits?

Varying degrees. I looked up some locations in London, talked with my friend Marina the Russian oceanographer about Russia and oceans, and spent a lot of time working with the world clock. (The Firebird allows you to travel through dimensions, but not through time, so if Marguerite leaps out of, say, Madrid — into, say, Beijing — she’ll appear at the time of day in Beijing that aligns with the time of day in Madrid when she left. Does this make sense? I won’t blame you if it doesn’t, because honestly it confused me so much.)

Ironically, the dimension I had to do the most research for was “ours,” the world Marguerite leaves from. In any other world, if some details didn’t align with reality, I could always say, well, that’s how it is in that universe. Not as much leeway here at home! Marguerite’s family lives in the Bay Area of California, so I arranged a house swap with someone who lives in Oakland. That gave me a chance to see the neighborhoods Marguerite would live in and visit most often, to check out a few of the most important real-life locations, and generally soak up local color.

There are definite positives and negatives to the alternate realities that Marguerite visits. What is one of the positive things you wish would make it into our world?

I wouldn’t mind some of the holographic technology from the futuristic world. And how about those personal-defense bracelets? Cute, practical and deadly: Just how I like my accessories.

And one last question: Paul. Can I have him? Like, can I just keep him?

Some versions of Paul are unavailable — but since everything that can happen does happen, in some dimension out there, you’re in luck. :D

I’ll take him! Thanks, Claudia.

Dead of Winter by Kresley Cole – Exclusive Excerpt & Contest

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We are BIG big fans of Kresley Cole’s Arcana Chronicles here at Novel Novice, so obviously we’re super excited about the January 6th release of book 3, Dead of Winter. But if you’re like us, and you just can’t wait until January to get started, you’re in luck … because today, we have an EXCLUSIVE sneak peek at the book!

We’re part of the Dead of Winter Chapter 1 Blog Tour Reveal, and today we’ve got your look at the second excerpt. Plus, keep reading for your chance to enter an AMAZING giveaway!!!

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A wolf’s howl pierced the night.

 

I jolted awake in the saddle. The rain had dwindled to a foggy drizzle. How long had I been out?

I rubbed my gritty eyes. Almost screamed. I was surrounded by shadowy figures.

Wait, not figures. All around me were towering stacks of rocks, placed like logs for a bonfire. There were so many stacks the area resembled a forest. The stone forest.

Who would waste calories to assemble these? And why did I find them so chilling?

Matthew, are you there?

At last, I felt his presence in my mind! —Empress!—

Has Violet joined her brother yet?

—The Violet is not there.—

Oh, thank God.

—Soon.—

Shit! You told me Vincent camped within days of Death’s castle. I’ve ridden for DAYS.

—Arcana all around.—

I heard their calls, as if from a sound-out. . . .

—Eyes to the skies, lads!— Joules.

—Trapped in the palm of my hand.— Tess.

—I watch you like a hawk.— Gabriel.

—Behold the Bringer of Doubt!— Selena.

—Don’t look at this hand, look at that one.— Finn.

—Crazy like a fox.— Matthew.

—We will love you. In our own way.— The Lovers.

So many Arcana were close. Which meant I was close.

—Terror from the abyss!— Huh?

Before I could ask about the new call, my sense of being watched returned. I jerked my head around.

—Empress, you’re one stone forest and one clearing away. Some . . . obstacles between us.—

Movement. Out of the corner of my eye, I saw a man skulking from one stack of rocks to the next.

Another man loped to join the first. The armed pair wore fatigues and creepy night-vision goggles. Soldiers of the Lovers’ army?

The stones were for cover, staged as if for a paint-ball course! How long had those men been lying here in wait?

Matthew, I’m in trouble! I slapped the reins against the mare. She whinnied a protest, but increased her speed. Chest heaving, she wound around the stacks.

I craned my head back. Two soldiers had become ten, all with rifles at the ready. Now they walked in plain view. Because I was already surrounded?

As the ground began to flatten, those stacks grew fewer. I raised my hand above my eyes, straining to see. Ahead—the clearing Matthew had spoken of !

My face fell. With no vegetation, it was a quagmire, water and muck pooling in huge craters.

Past that, a wall towered, must be thirty feet high. What lay behind it?

A shot rang out; a bullet whizzed by my head. My mount fled from the sound. “Go, GO!”

In my panic, my nails morphed into thorn claws. The razor-sharp edges sliced through the fingers of my gloves. My glyphs stirred, moving over my skin.

A second gunshot. The near-miss bullet pitted the mud beside the horse’s hooves. She shrieked, trotting faster.

The shooters missed on purpose. They would want me—and the horse—alive.

Women and horses were two valuable A.F. commodities.

Desperate for safety, I squinted at the wall. Men guarded a brightly lit gate.

—Head there, Empress.—

My mare would have to slog through the clearing. It was like a moat fronting that wall. The soldiers would catch me long before then.

A bright color drew my attention. Attached to a post was a handcrafted sign emblazoned with a red skull and crossbones—along with the warning: DANGER! MINES!

And that explained the craters.

Are you kidding, Matthew? Soldiers trailing me; mines ahead. How do I get past a minefield?

An agonized yell sounded behind me.

I dared a glance back. Only nine soldiers followed. They ran toward me at a faster clip. The ones at the edges aimed their guns—off to their sides.

Another horrified yell.

And another.

Open gunfire erupted. Muzzle flashes warred with fog; I couldn’t make out anything.

I turned forward. Screamed.

Three soldiers stood before me, rifles trained on my face. The mare reared, punching hooves at them.

The other gunmen had been pushing me toward these!

Yet behind them, a black beast melded with shadow. One brilliant golden eye gleamed like a lantern.

Cyclops! Had Lark sent her one-eyed wolf to protect me?

Baring dagger-size fangs, the massive beast gave a spine-chilling snarl. The men twisted around—

Cyclops launched himself at the panic-stricken soldiers, knocking them to the ground. His mighty jaws clamped down on limbs and rifles, snapping through bone and metal.

Body parts sailed into the air. Blood spurted like a mall fountain. I winced, though I should be used to seeing stuff like this.

The wolf lifted his head from the carnage and growled at the stupe­fied soldiers positioned behind me. Those bastards had driven me into a trap; Cyclops ate the trap.

Faced with the beast’s dripping maw, they fled headlong.

For me, Cyclops wagged his scarred tail. “Good damn wolf. Good boy.”

Matthew said: —Ride for the fort! You have to make it to the wall.—

What’s behind the wall? For all I knew, Matthew was sending me into the Milovnícis’ camp.

—RIDE!—

Into mines? We’re going to get blown away! Forget my self-healing powers; I couldn’t regenerate from decapitation.

—Go left.—

Directing me around the danger?

I turned to Cyclops. “I don’t know if you can understand me, or if Lark is steering her familiar. But follow my mount carefully unless you want to regrow limbs.” He was still limping from our battle with the Devil Card.

He chuffed, and bubbles of blood formed over his snout. With a swish of his tail, he defiantly snapped up a dismembered arm, carrying it like a chew toy. But he did move behind me.

I’m trusting you, Matthew. I swallowed and guided my horse left.

—MY left!—

Quick correction. Cyclops followed.

—Faster, Empress. Or the Azey will figure out our mine moat maze.—

Your what? Who are the Azey?

A.S.E. Army of the Southeast. Go right for three seconds. Then left.—

Holding my breath, I slapped the reins yet again. One thousand one, one thousand two, one thousand three. I tugged the reins to my right.

—Faster!—

Soon I was galloping through a minefield, a telepathic Arcana in my mind and a giant wolf at my heels.

I could hear those same wet breaths. The wolf had been following me! If I lived through this night, I was so going to owe Lark.

The gate creaked open ahead. I spurred the mare, racing to reach the fort.

With no idea what awaited me . . .

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One lucky winner will receive an Amazon Kindle, pre-loaded with Poison Princess, Endless Knight, and an advanced e-copy of Dead of Winter.

Enter by filling out the Rafflecopter form HERE!

Contest is open to the U.S. only. Contest ends at midnight (PT) on Friday, November 21st.

See more chances to win, and get more sneak peeks from Dead of Winter by visiting all of the blog tour stops this week:

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Here’s more about Dead of Winter:

dead of winterCan Evie convince her rival loves to work together? Their survival depends on it in this third book of #1 New York Times bestselling author Kresley Cole’s Arcana Chronicles, a nonstop action tale of rescue, redemption, and a revenge most wicked.

Heartbreaking decisions
Evie was almost seduced by the life of comfort that Death offered her, until Jack was threatened by two of the most horrific Arcana, The Lovers. She will do anything to save him, even escape Death’s uncanny prison, full of beautiful objects, material comforts and stolen glances from a former love.

Uncertain victory
Despite leaving a part of her heart behind with Death, Evie sets out into a frozen and perilous post-apocalyptic wasteland to meet up with her allies and launch an attack on The Lovers and the vast army they command. Such formidable enemies require a battle plan, and the only way to kill them once and for all may mean Evie, Jack, and Death allying. Evie doesn’t know what will prove more impossible: surviving slavers, plague, Bagmen and other Arcana or convincing Jack and Death to work together.

Two heroes returned
There’s a thin line between love and hate, and Evie just doesn’t know where she stands with either Jack or Death. Will this unlikely trio be able to defeat The Lovers without killing one another first?

Pre-order Dead of Winter here and check out the official website for the Arcana Chroincles.

For the comments: Tell us why you’re excited about Dead of Winter!

Exclusive Cover Reveal: The Recovery by Suzanne Young

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So you want more from The Program and The Treatment by Suzanne Young? Her next book, The Remedy, comes out in April — and while it’s set in the same universe, it focuses on a whole new set of characters and plot twists.

But you’re still in luck. Enter … The Recovery, an original e-novella all about Michael Realm:

Six months after the fall of The Program, ex-handler Michael Realm is struggling with his guilt. After all, he was instrumental in erasing the memories of several patients—including one he claimed to love. With a lifetime of regret stretched before him, Realm vows to set things right.

Along with his friend, James Murphy, Realm will track down those he’s hurt in an attempt to give them back their lives—starting with Dallas Stone. He’s not looking for forgiveness or redemption; he’s not a hero. But Realm hopes that with each recovered past, he’ll be able to reclaim a small bit of his own.

Sounds amazing, right? It’ll be available on February 24th, and you can pre-order it HERE! — but until then, let’s marvel at this awesome cover:

The Recovery coverIsn’t it fabulous??? Tell us your thoughts in the comments below!

New YA Releases: November 18, 2014

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Here’s a look at today’s new YA releases:

stolen heart of dreadStolen by Michael Johnston & Melissa de la Cruz

Nat and her drakon are the last of their kind—sworn to protect what their enemies seek to control—and she’s risked her life for their reunion. But fighting for the majestic Blue meant saying goodbye to Wes, breaking both their hearts. Back in New Vegas, citizens are threatened by the resurgence of magic and declare war on all the marked. Wes and his team travel to the extravagant indoor city of El Dorado looking for his sister, but when they are caught on the wrong side of the RSA’s strict new laws, Wes is forced to do the unthinkable—surrender and rejoin the military’s quest to uncover the magical source, the same land Nat is struggling to protect. Now he and Nat find themselves on opposing sides of a war that could potentially destroy what’s left of the world.

For the comments: Are you excited about Stolen? Do you know of any other new releases we missed today?

Deep Blue & Rogue Wave Contest

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Today, we’re excited to be hosting a giveaway to celebrate the upcoming release of Rogue Wave by Jennifer Donnelly (in stores January 6th), second book in the best-selling Waterfire Saga. With the holiday season upon us, now is the perfect time to catch up on book 1, Deep Blue, and get excited for the release of Rogue Wave after the New Year.

Check out more information about the books below, and enter to win this fantastic giveaway now:

The Prize:

One winner will receive custom Deep Blue and Rogue Wave nail polishes, plus a copy of Deep Blue, courtesy of Disney-Hyperion.

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How to Enter:

Just fill out the Rafflecopter form here for all your chances to win. Be sure to comment below for extra entries, and if you use social media, use the hashtag #RogueWave

The Rules

ROGUE-WAVEABOUT ROGUE WAVE:

 In this exciting sequel to DEEP BLUE, the mermaids are on an exceedingly important and dangerous quest. Their journey is testing their skills and their friendships, forcing them to grow and take on new challenges, and will alter their lives forever.

Serafina, Neela, Ling, Ava, Becca, and Astrid, six mermaids from realms scattered throughout the seas and freshwaters, were summoned by the leader of the river witches to learn an incredible truth: the mermaids are direct descendants of the Six Who Ruled–powerful mages who once governed the lost empire of Atlantis. The ancient evil that destroyed Atlantis is stirring again, and only the mermaids can defeat it. To do so, they need to find magical talismans that belonged to the Six.

Pre-order Rogue Wave:

DeepBlueABOUT DEEP BLUE:

Deep in the ocean, in a world not so different from our own, live the merpeople. Their communities are spread throughout the oceans, seas, and freshwaters all over the globe.

When Serafina, a mermaid of the Mediterranean Sea, awakens on the morning of her betrothal, her biggest worry should be winning the love of handsome Prince Mahdi. And yet Sera finds herself haunted by strange dreams that foretell the return of an ancient evil. Her dark premonitions are confirmed when an assassin’s arrow poisons Sera’s mother. Now, Serafina must embark on a quest to find the assassin’s master and prevent a war between the Mer nations.

Led only by her shadowy dreams, Sera searches for five other mermaid heroines who are scattered across the six seas. Together, they will form an unbreakable bond of sisterhood and uncover a conspiracy that threatens their world’s very existence.

JenniferDonnellyABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Jennifer Donnelly is an award-winning author of both adult and young adult books, including Deep Blue, the first book in the Waterfire Saga. For adults she has written a trilogy of best-selling books that includes The Tea Rose, The Winter Rose, and The Wild Rose. Her first young adult novel, A Northern Light, received many accolades, among them the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, a Carnegie Medal in the UK, and a Michael L. Printz Honor. Her second young adult novel, Revolution, was named a Best Book of 2010 by Kirkus Reviews and School Library Journal, and the audiobook received a 2011 American Library Association Odyssey Honor. She lives in New York’s Hudson Valley.

Learn More:

Take the “Which Mermaid Are You?” Quiz:

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For the comments: Tell us why you’re excited to read the Waterfire Saga.

Exclusive Q&A with A Thousand Pieces of You Author Claudia Gray: Part 1

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Today, we’ve got part 1 our exclusive Q&A with A Thousand Pieces of You author Claudia Gray. Thanks for taking the to chat with us, Claudia. Readers – catch part 2 of this interview on Wednesday, with part 3 to follow on Friday.

AThousandPieces_hc_cYou’ve called ATPOY the “book of your heart.” What makes this one so special to you?

It’s hard to articulate exactly why — there’s not a quantifiable reason, mostly — but all I can say is that these characters became so beloved to me, so quickly, and their emotions felt so real from the very start. While I love playing with the concept of alternate dimensions (and now have some trouble understanding why I didn’t do this earlier), that concept doesn’t really explain why this book matters so much to me. It’s more that Marguerite, Theo, Henry, Sophie, Josie and Paul mean so much to me, and A THOUSAND PIECES OF YOU is their story.

Claudia GrayYour other books have been pretty firmly rooted in the world of supernatural – but ATPOY dives head-first into science fiction. Did the switch in genres change anything about the way you approached working on the book?

Switching from paranormal to scifi didn’t feel like that much of a leap, to be honest; I’ve always been fans of both genres, and I think I’m not alone in that — most people who like one probably like the other, to some degree. When I was a little kid, I would read books about Dracula and watch movies about UFOs, and the differences between them didn’t seem to be nearly as important as the fact that they were both much, much more interesting than real life.

That said, the switch did influence how I worked when writing A THOUSAND PIECES OF YOU. With magic and the paranormal, you have a big more “wiggle room” — if you need magic not to operate in a certain way at a certain time, or there’s some way for vampires to do this but not that, well, then, you simply design the mythos to work in that way. You can write in exceptions to every rule, if you need to. (Of course, you have to have some consistency, some hard limits — but still, it’s flexible.) With science fiction, principles have to be much more consistent and inflexible. The Firebird is a totally imaginary device, but I had to work out exactly how it would operate, all the things it could and could not do. That was probably the single hardest part of writing the book, honestly. And once those principles were in place, they couldn’t budge. Science fiction is a little more demanding in that way.

The question of love becomes much, MUCH more complicated in the worlds of ATPOY – and the underlying question really comes down to whether we are, ultimately, the same person in every universe, regardless of the different decisions we make, or the different situations we find ourselves in. What do you believe? And can we expect Marguerite and the other characters to explore this more in the next book in the FIREBIRD series?

I believe there is something essential that remains the same throughout all the universes — and yet each world’s version of an individual will also have something unique to them, some experience or thought or emotion that is theirs alone. When you fall in love with someone, are you falling in love with what’s unique to the world you share, or with that essential, deepest self? That answer is going to be different in different situations, and it is definitely something Marguerite and the other characters explore in even more depth in the future books of the series.

Thanks again for stopping by, Claudia!