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Blog Tour: Ask Me by Kimberly Pauley Official Playlist

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Today, I am thrilled to be hosting a stop on the official blog tour for Ask Me by Kimberly Pauley - easily one of my favorite new books of the year!

As part of our stop on the blog tour, we bring you the Official Ask Me Playlist (which you can listen to on Spotify, except for one song which you can find here.) Plus, Kimberly shares some commentary on the playlist, as well!

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ask meMy writing playlist for ASK ME was actually pretty much the same playlist that makes up the chapter titles. I seriously did listen to every one of those songs on repeat. But, there are a few songs I would add to that as my “get myself going” songs, so those are the ones I’m going to list here. Do note, however, that there are other songs I hold near and dear but wouldn’t, for various reasons, work for ASK ME. So this is just a small list of some of my favs. In Spotify, these are saved to my “Random Songs I Like” list.

  • The Lazy Song by Bruno Mars
  • Johnny Got a Boom Boom by Imelda May
  • Home by Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros
  • Extraordinary Machine by Fiona Apple
  • L.I.F.E.G.O.E.S.O.N. by Noah and the Whale
  • In the Cold, Cold Night by the White Stripes
  • Jockey Full of Bourbon by Tom Waits
  • Human Fly by Nouvelle Vague
  • Her Morning Elegance by Oren Lavie
  • Somebody that I Used to Know by Goyte
  • Dirty Boulevard by Lou Reed
  • If I Knew You Were Coming I would Have Baked You a Cake by The Fontane Sisters

And that truly is a random list, isn’t it? Music was huge to me for this book. I can’t always listen and write, but for this one, I *had* to listen while I wrote.

Exclusive Q&A with The 57 Lives of Alex Wayfare author M.G. Buehrlen

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Today, I’m pleased to present an exclusive Q&A with author M.G. Buehrlen as part of the official blog tour for her new book, The 57 Lives of Alex Wayfare, which is in stores now. Learn more about the book and the author below, but first check out our interview:

57 lives of alex wayfareThough set in the present day, 57 LIVES obviously deals a lot with the past. What sort of research did you explore for the historical aspect of this book?

Tons! And then tons more! Actually, a lot of the historical scenes in the book were time periods I had already studied and researched, some in college, some on my own. I chose them in particular because I knew the most about them at the time, and I knew I could really dig in and make those time periods come to life. Now I’m doing even more research to nail the historical periods Alex will be traveling to in Book 2. But that’s OK because I’m a total historyphile. I can’t get enough of it!

How did you choose which parts of history to include in Alex’s past lives?

Not only did I choose points in history I had previously researched, but I chose locations I’ve actually visited. I lived in Chicago for a while, and many of the places mentioned in the book are places I’ve been or worked or lived. I walked those streets myself. Same with rural Missouri and Cincinnati, Ohio. I wanted the reader to really feel like they were there, so I infused my own memories of those places into the narrative to make it feel more real. There’s only so much detail you can include when you’ve never visited a location yourself. You can’t include the smells or the sounds or the exact color of the sunlight (which is different all across the globe) unless you’ve been there and experienced it for yourself.

mg buehrlenAside from writing, you also run the AMAZING website YA Books Central (one of my favorites!) — how do you think being so immersed in the YA lit world helped your writing of 57 LIVES? What (if any) challenges do you think it added to the writing process?

Running a review site like YABC definitely helps me zero in on what kinds of books are selling, as well as which of those books are getting good reader feedback. I can see what readers are railing on over and over again and then avoid those pitfalls in my own writing. It’s extremely helpful! On the other hand, being so immersed in the book world is kind of daunting and can put a damper on creativity. I’m surrounded by authors and books all day, every day. So it starts to seem like everyone’s published a book and getting published isn’t that big of a deal. It isn’t until I talk to someone outside the book world that I realize, hey, getting a book published IS a big deal! I should be super proud of this moment! :)

What is next for Alex?

She’s busy adventuring in my draft of Book 2, which isn’t quite finished yet. I’ve got to get a move on it because the book hits shelves Spring 2015. Meep! She’s headed to many more time periods, and she’s about to get smacked with a few more twists she didn’t see coming. The agony!

FLASH QUESTIONS:

Favorite decade?

This one. Because that’s when all my dreams came true. *awwwww*

Must-have writing snack?

COFFEEEEEE

Favorite Disney movie?

I love so many! But I’d have to say “Robin Hood.”

The beach or the mountains?

Lake Michigan beach, please.

Song that can always get you dancing?

This:

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

Here’s my YABC desk right naow!

MGB desk(I have the same glass desktop from IKEA!)

Thanks, MG! And here’s more about her book:

One girl. Fifty-seven lives. Endless ways to die.

For as long as 17-year-old Alex Wayfare can remember, she has had visions of the past. Visions that make her feel like she’s really on a ship bound for America, living in Jamestown during the Starving Time, or riding the original Ferris wheel at the World’s Fair.

But these brushes with history pull her from her daily life without warning, sometimes leaving her with strange lasting effects and wounds she can’t explain. Trying to excuse away the aftereffects has booked her more time in the principal’s office than in any of her classes and a permanent place at the bottom of the social hierarchy. Alex is desperate to find out what her visions mean and get rid of them.

It isn’t until she meets Porter, a stranger who knows more than should be possible about her, that she learns the truth: Her visions aren’t really visions. Alex is a Descender – capable of traveling back in time by accessing Limbo, the space between Life and Afterlife. Alex is one soul with fifty-six past lives, fifty-six histories.

Fifty-six lifetimes to explore: the prospect is irresistible to Alex, especially when the same mysterious boy with soulful blue eyes keeps showing up in each of them. But the more she descends, the more it becomes apparent that someone doesn’t want Alex to travel again. Ever.

And will stop at nothing to make this life her last.

About the Author:

When she’s not writing, M.G. moonlights as a web designer and social media/creative director.

She’s the current web ninja lurking behind the hugely popular website YABooksCentral.com,

a social network for YA (and kids!) book lovers. The 57 Lives of Alex Wayfare is her debut novel. M.G. lives nestled away in Michigan pines, surrounded by good coffee and good books, with her husband and son and three furbabies. Say hello on Twitter, Facebook, and Tumblr.

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Order The 57 Lives of Alex Wayfare from these links:

Barnes & Noble | Books-a-Million | Amazon | Indiebound | The Book Depository | Waterstones

Blog Tour: Read an exclusive excerpt from White Hot Kiss by Jennifer L. Armentrout

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Today, we are thrilled to be hosting an official stop on the blog tour for White Hot Kiss by Jennifer L. Armentrout, the sexy and exciting first book in a brand-new series.

white hot kissAnd to whet your whistle, we have an EXCLUSIVE excerpt from the book (which is now in stores).

Read the excerpt from White Hot Kiss HERE!

Meanwhile, here’s more about the book:

One kiss could be the last.

Seventeen-year-old Layla just wants to be normal. But with a kiss that kills anything with a soul, she’s anything but normal. Half demon, half gargoyle, Layla has abilities no one else possesses.

Raised among the Wardens—a race of gargoyles tasked with hunting demons and keeping humanity safe—Layla tries to fit in, but that means hiding her own dark side from those she loves the most. Especially Zayne, the swoon-worthy, incredibly gorgeous and completely off-limits Warden she’s crushed on since forever.

Then she meets Roth—a tattooed, sinfully hot demon who claims to know all her secrets. Layla knows she should stay away, but she’s not sure she wants to—especially when that whole no-kissing thing isn’t an issue, considering Roth has no soul.

But when Layla discovers she’s the reason for the violent demon uprising, trusting Roth could not only ruin her chances with Zayne…it could brand her a traitor to her family. Worse yet, it could become a one-way ticket to the end of the world.

#StoryCrushTour Q&A with The Beginning of Everything author Robyn Schneider

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Today, I am so thrilled to be hosting a Q&A with The Beginning of Everything author Robyn Schneider as part of the #StoryCrushTour! The Story Crush Tour will bring some of your favorite YA authors to five different cities, starting next month. But before that happens, we are thrilled to be hosting one of the official blog tour stops – featuring, of course, Robyn!

SC_W14_BloggerGraphic_Final_BeginningOfEverythingLet’s start with the obvious question: how old were you when you were first traumatized by a visit to one of the Disney theme parks?

You weren’t? Okay, how about this. In the beginning of your book, one of the characters has a VERY traumatic experience on Big Thunder Mountain Railroad at Disneyland. While I expect you’ve never experienced something like that … what is your worst experience at a theme park?

Actually, I was pretty traumatized at Disneyland California Adventure a couple of years ago. I almost choked on Tower of Terror when my necklace charm flew up into my (wide open and screaming) mouth on the drop.

You first learned about this interview via Tumblr (our Tumblr, in fact) and you commented that you would begin preparing excellent GIFs for all your responses. So here goes. Hit me with your best GIF. Let’s have it.

I think this one’s pretty great:

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But if you’re more for the cute animal variety, may I recommend:

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Let’s talk a bit about the characters in THE BEGINNING OF EVERYTHING. How did each character come into being? Which one was first, and how did the others follow?

Ezra popped into my head fully formed, this broken, self-sorry boy cast adrift after experiencing his personal tragedy. I wrote the first two chapters in one sitting. Cassidy was harder. I only ever got to know her through Ezra’s point of view, and he’s not exactly the most reliable narrator. I’m still figuring her out, even now, but I think that’s what she would have wanted. Toby, though, was always Toby. He just appeared in the first chapter as if by magic (or, possibly, literary time travel).

robyn schneiderSince your book is told from the perspective of a teenage boy, can you tell us a bit about getting into that voice?

The truth is, I wrote a book that was so emotionally autobiographical that I had to force myself to fictionalize it somehow. For me, writing from the male perspective isn’t any more difficult than writing from the female perspective. We’re all just stories in the end, and stories don’t have genders.

I’m not sure if this subject is taboo (I mean, we ARE doing this Q&A at the behest of your publisher) … but can we talk about the title? I mean, THE BEGINNING OF EVERYTHING is fine … but when I first read this book, I had one of the old ARCs with your original title: SEVERED HEADS, BROKEN HEARTS. And I feel as if this was a much more original, witty title. But I can see why behind-the-scenes publishing folks may have been concerned. What are your thoughts on the change-up?

I really loved the idea of calling the book Severed Heads, Broken Hearts, which is still the title throughout Europe, but it’s the punch line to a joke you only hear after reading the novel. Before, it’s just confusing. Before, it might be about zombies. So it had to go. I’m a sucker for F Scott Fitzgerald, so I love that the new title comes from his most misremembered line. It’s honestly perfect.

FLASH QUESTIONS:

Favorite cake flavor?

I consider cake to be a vehicle for frosting, so the cake doesn’t matter, so long as there’s chocolate frosting.

Favorite Doctor?

John H. Watson. Although I suspect you were talking about Doctor Who, in which case, David Tenant.

Go-to karaoke song?

I don’t karaoke. Ever. I’m terrified of singing in public.

Must-have writing snack?

Coffee. Although, in my life, coffee isn’t so much a snack as a major food group.

Song that always puts you in a good mood?

“Do You Remember” by Ane Brun.

Favorite social media medium? (You can only pick ONE!)

Twitter, definitely.

Thanks, Robyn! And check out the entire #StoryCrushTour:

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Book Review: Butterman (Time) Travel, Inc. by P.K. Hrezo

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Butterman (Time) Travel, Inc. by P.K. Hrezo takes readers on an adventure through the future and the past, with a dose of self-discovery and romance tossed in for good measure.

butterman time travelOne part science fiction + One part romance + One part rock-n-roll = One heckuva good time.

Welcome to Butterman Travel, Incorporated; a full service agency designed to meet all your exclusive time travel needs. We’re a family owned and operated business with one hundred years of experience. A place where you can rest assured, safety and reliability always come first.

Anxious to attend some special event from the past? Or for a glimpse of what the future holds?

You’ve come to the right place. We’re a fully accredited operation, offering an array of services; including, but not limited to: customized travel plans, professionally piloted operations, and personal trip guides. *Terms and conditions do apply

Use our Web conferencing to contact our frontline reservation specialist, Bianca Butterman, who will handle all your inquiries in a professional and efficient manner, offering a tentative itinerary and free fare quote, so you can make the most of your time trip.

We look forward to serving you at Butterman Travel, Inc., where time is always in your hands.

The concept of Hrezo’s book is fun and imaginative — a time travel agency! — and Bianca, the spunky young heroine, is a character readers will relate to. She has plans and ambitions, but at 17, is still figuring out exactly who she is in this world.

Together, she and time travel customer Tristan Helms (who also happens to be the “it” boy of pop music) embark on a fast-paced trip with plenty of hiccups along the way that provide for surprises and a page-turning quality that will keep readers on their toes.

Butterman (Time) Travel, Inc. is not without fault. At times, the book is bogged down with detours and scenes that probably could have benefited from some traditional editing (the book is self-published) and would have kept the pace from slowing down so drastically. Likewise, there are instances of drug use that seem superfluous and unnecessary. (And while drug abuse is a subject of the book — it feels as if this behavior is too often excused.) The book IS targeted to NA readers, but with a 17-year-old protagonist, plenty of YA readers will be intrigued and should take note of this mature subject matter before diving in.

Butterman (Time) Travel, Inc. is available now. Look for a sequel soon.

Today’s book review is part of the official blog tour for Butterman (Time) Travel, Inc.

Blog Tour: Butterman (Time) Travel, Inc by P.K. Hrezo

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Today, we’re delighted to host a blog tour for Butterman (Time) Travel, Inc. by P.K. Hrezo as part of the official blog tour. See all of the blog tour stops HERE and be sure to keep reading to learn more about a fun blog tour contest!

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Guest Post from PK Hrezo, author of Butterman (Time) Travel, Inc.

Time Traveling Teens Anonymous (TTTA)

buttermanbannerHi, my name’s Bianca Butterman, and I’m a teen time traveler.

My webbies give me a hard time in the chat rooms and think I’m a spoiled brat. They say—there you are with your own family time-craft at your beck and call—can go almost anywhere, anytime, so why aren’t you giddy and giggly instead of being all serious? They don’t get it.

That’s why I’m here today, at TTTA, hoping to get a little support for the kinds of things I go through. I mean, it’s not like there’s a lot of us out there, right? And here’s the thing—I don’t mind the routine time-craft maintenance (I love it actually,) I’m talking about dealing with snotty secretaries on Web conferencing when they call for their oh-so-important bosses and treat me like some kind of naïve doofus. I know more than they ever will about time travel, but they act like they’ve earned some kind of holier-than-thou badge just because they work for rich jackasses.

There’s a lot of stress involved when it comes to messing with time strings, and some passengers just don’t understand what we go through to avoid possible paradoxes.

And then there’s the fact I live in the middle of nowhere and see the same people in town, day in day out, because nobody in their right mind would ever move to the Arctic. Translation: no hot guys.

Or how about having time traveling parents who spend more time plotting coordinates and mapping time-ports than watching their only daughter score big in holographic Evil Dead 14. And by the way, what the hell’s a movie night, right? I see my webbies talking about them and for a few minutes I get super envious and jones for the kind of life where you can relax, eat popcorn, and veg out with the fam, sans work related activities.

But then all of a sudden it hits me and … I remember … I just witnessed the swearing in of the U.S.’s first woman president in the year 2020. Before I was even born. And that’s pretty effin’ cool. *sigh*

*Blinks eyes slowly* So what are we all doing here at this pathetic meeting feeling sorry for ourselves, when we can be planning our next time trip? Come on! We’ve got places to go, people to see, and timelines to penetrate.

From PK:

Thank you so much for having me here today and featuring my book!

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Enter the BUTTERMAN (TIME) TRAVEL, INC. Blog Tour Contest!

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butterman time travelAbout Butterman (Time) Travel, Inc:

We are a full service agency designed to meet all your exclusive time travel needs. Family-owned and operated, we offer clients one hundred years of time travel experience. A place where you can rest assured, safety and reliability always come first.

Anxious to attend a special event from the past? Or for a glimpse of what the future holds?

You’ve come to the right place. We’re a fully accredited operation, offering an array of services; including, but not limited to: customized travel plans, professionally piloted operations, and personal trip guides. *Terms and conditions do apply

Conference us directly from our Website. Our frontline reservation specialist, Bianca Butterman, will handle all your inquiries in a professional and efficient manner, offering a tentative itinerary and free fare quote, so you can make the most of your time trip.

We look forward to serving you at Butterman Travel, Inc., where time is always in your hands.

Book Links: GoodreadsAmazon Kindle  | B&N

pk hrezoAbout the Author:

PK Hrezo is a native Floridian whose life could easily be a Jimmy Buffet song. She shares her home with her firefighter husband and their two children. When not creating characters and their worlds, PK can be found at her other job of rearranging passenger’s itineraries for a major international airline. The only hobbies she loves more than traveling, are reading, writing, and music, and when the four are combined she exists in total bliss.

She blogs regularly at PK HREZO: Fearless Fiction http://pk-hrezo.blogspot.com/

Blog Tour: Something Real by Heather Demetrios

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Something Real by Heather Demetrios is one of my favorite books of 2014 so-far — so I’m especially excited to have Heather stopping by for an exclusive guest post today, as part of the blog tour for Something Real. The book is in stores now, so if you haven’t checked it out yet, do so immediately. 

Well, read Heather’s guest post first — a survival guide to reality TV — then go pick up Something Real and start reading!

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something realIn my debut novel, Something Real, my main character Bonnie™ (or Chloe, as she likes to be called, since her name is trademarked by MetaReel Productions) has to live every high school girl’s nightmare: her entire life is exposed to the whole world (oh wait, that’s everyone’s nightmare). That girl fight she got in with one of her sisters? You can find it on Netflix. That time she swallowed half her parents’ medicine cabinet? Read about it in her mom’s tell-all.  Everywhere Chloe goes and everything she does is up for grabs. If it’s not MetaReel sticking their cameras in her face while she tries to eat breakfast, it’s the Vultures—paparazzi that park outside her house and her school, waiting for a shot that makes her look like she has a baby bump. As someone who was literally born on television, Chloe will be the first to tell you: it’s survival of the fittest.

Don’t google yourself—like, ever

This is probably the number one rule for surviving reality TV “stardom.” Anyone who has experienced even the tiniest bit of notoriety—heck, anyone period—knows that the Internet is the high school equivalent of bathroom stall slander. Chances are, someone, somewhere, is writing something that’s either untrue, uncool, or flat-out mean. And instead of it being written in Sharpie on the back of one stall, whatever’s on the Internet is out there for literally the whole world to read. If Chloe googles herself, she knows she’ll see some pretty awful stuff about her past (the infamous Pill Incident) and a bunch of crap about her present (no, for the millionth time she’s not pregnant!). Basically: google at your own risk.

Avoid the Cray-Cray

MetaReel, the company that produces her family’s show, Baker’s Dozen, will do anything for the right shot. Whether it’s staging surprises meant to freak Chloe out or creating drama in order to catch explosive family arguments, MetaReel will stop at nothing to keep the show’s ratings sky-high. If you find yourself in a similar reality TV hell just remember this: you don’t have to play by their rules. Say No sometimes, hide out in places where they’re not allowed to film, and refuse to let them exploit the people you care about.

Stick Close to Your Besties

Here’s the deal: being on reality TV for your senior year of high school (not to mention for most of life) is pretty tough. The only people who are going to help you get through are friends who have absolutely negative zero interest in becoming reality TV stars. Luckily, Chloe has two BFF’s: Tessa and Mer (not to mention her brother, Benton™). Tessa’s no-nonsense outlook on life helps Chloe keep it real while Mer’s all-caps exuberance turns everyone’s frowns upside down. These are the kind of friends that won’t judge you when you seriously consider going homicidal on your TV crew and they’ll be the first to defend you against camera phones and evil talk show hosts.

Find a Janitor’s Closet

…or an equally acceptable place to make-out with your boyfriend. Don’t even think about romantic dinners or trips to the local theater. PDA is all fine and well for people that won’t see their lovin’ on the front cover of a glossy tabloid. But this, unfortunately, doesn’t apply to Chloe and your new book boyfriend, Patrick Sheldon. Let’s be honest—it doesn’t take a genius to imagine all the horrible episodes reality TV could make of your relationship. Imagine the following on camera, and you’ll see what I mean: the first time your boyfriend meets your parents, your first kiss, that hot and heavy make-out session in his car, that really private conversation about really private things that are now no longer really private because it got aired on national television. You catch my drift.

Invest in Good Disguises

They probably won’t work, but it’s kinda fun to get a Groucho Marx mask or a pair of fabulous sunglasses that make you look like a 1970’s movie star. Wigs aren’t a bad idea, either, and it’s even more fun to try them on at a Dollar Tree store with a boy that makes you swoon.

Let Your Inner Anarchist Out

A little subversion never hurt anyone (spray paint, wire cutters, and duct tape optional).

Follow these tips and, like Chloe, you’ll be able to live the life you want, whether or not the cameras are rolling.  

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Demetrios Author PhotoAbout Heather:

Heather Demetrios, originally from Los Angeles, now lives in Brooklyn and various imaginary locales. She is the recipient of a PEN New England Discovery Award for her debut YA novel about reality TV “stardom,” SOMETHING REAL (Macmillan/Henry Holt), and is the author of the upcoming EXQUISITE CAPTIVE, a smoldering fantasy about jinn in Los Angeles (#1 in the DARK CARAVAN fantasy trilogy from HarperCollins/Balzer+Bray), both out in 2014. She is currently working on her second novel for Macmillan, a love story about a young combat veteran and a girl trapped in their small town, both struggling to escape the war at home. When she’s not hanging out with her characters, Heather is working on her MFA in writing for children and young adults at Vermont College of Fine Arts.

About Something Real:

There’s nothing real about reality TV.

Seventeen-year-old Bonnie™ Baker has grown up on TV—she and her twelve siblings are the stars of one-time hit reality show Baker’s Dozen. Since the show’s cancellation and the scandal surrounding it, Bonnie™ has tried to live a normal life, under the radar and out of the spotlight. But it’s about to fall apart…because Baker’s Dozen is going back on the air. Bonnie™’s mom and the show’s producers won’t let her quit and soon the life she has so carefully built for herself, with real friends (and maybe even a real boyfriend), is in danger of being destroyed by the show. Bonnie™ needs to do something drastic if her life is ever going to be her own—even if it means being more exposed than ever before.

Book Review: Neverwas by Kelly Moore, Tucker Reed & Larkin Reed

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Today’s review is part of the official blog tour for Neverwas by Kelly Moore, Tucker Reed & Larkin Reed. See our review for the first book in this trilogy, Amber House, here.

What began as an intriguing ghost story in Amber House becomes a truly genre-defying thrill ride in the new sequel from authors Kelly Moore, Tucker Reed, and Larkin Reed, Neverwas.

neverwas“I was sixteen the second time I had my first kiss….”

At the end of AMBER HOUSE, Sarah made a choice that transformed everything–and now she must choose it all again.

Things are very different–better–for Sarah and her family: her Aunt Maggie grew up; her parents are happily married; her grandmother died after a long, productive and respected life. But other things are different too, and not for the better.

After growing up in the free country of the Pacific Northwest, Sarah Parsons has settled in at Amber House, the stately Maryland home that’s been in her family for generations. But the world surrounding the House feels deeply wrong to Sarah. It’s a place where the colonists lost the 1776 Insurrection, where the American Confederation of States still struggles with segregation, and where Sarah is haunted by echoes of a better world that she knows never existed.

Her friend Jackson shares these visions of a different world–and together, they manage both to remember the way things ought to be, and to plan a daring mission that will reset the universe once again. Sarah must figure out what has changed, and why, and how she can fix it–how she can find her way to another otherwhen.

Once again, family and doing what’s right are at the heart of this captivating story — but the authors have really gone above and beyond the ghost story premise they began with in Amber House. With Neverwas, the authors have crafted a truly frightening alternate reality — far more scary than the ghostly aspects of this series.

This “other when” is richly imagined, with an alternate history in which the United States never came to be; in which the Nazis took over Europe and have their sights set on the world; in which slavery endured far longer; where women are not as equal as they should be. The authors have taken a “what if” concept and gone in a fascinating direction. In some ways, learning more about this horrifying “other when” was one of my favorite parts of reading Neverwas.

But the plot to fix this world and get back to the right course of history offers up even more motivation for turning the pages. As a reader, you want to know how Sarah will fix this future — and at what point in the past did everything change for the worse.

Neverwas is a captivating read, full of action and intrigue — and a fascinating premise expertly executed. Look for it in stores on Tuesday.

Godsland Series by Brian Rathbone: Blog Tour & Contest

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Today we’re hosting a stop on the Godslands series blog tour — a YA epic/high fantasy adventure series by Brian Rathbone. Today, Brian is stopping by with an exclusive guest post AND a pretty awesome contest — but you can find reviews of his books and audiobooks, as well as interviews, additional guest posts and more. Check out the tour page here for more!

Before we get into Brian’s guest post, check out the books in the Godsland series:

  • Call of the Herald (Book One) – FREE
  • Inherited Danger (Book Two)- FREE
  • Dragon Ore (Book Three)

You can also find it in one bind up called The Dawning of Power Trilogy Omnibus.

Find the full list of titles and links at Brian’s website, as this is only the first trilogy in the World of Godsland series. Here is Brian’s guest post, then keep reading for more about the series and a CONTEST!

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Hi, and thanks for having me on your blog. A great big hello to all of your readers out there!

I have to admit that I fancy myself as a bit of a new age Ben Franklin. A sort of redneck Renaissance man who doesn’t think too much of himself and isn’t afraid to have a good time. Never underestimate a person because they are perhaps a tad goofy or different, they might just hand a key on a kite and change the world. Now, I have by no means achieved anything to equal the accomplishments of Mr. Franklin, but it is that to which I aspire.

I do have a few things in common with Ben, so I feel I’m off to a good start. Ben was one of the first self-publishers. He took matters into his own hands and self-published The Way to Wealth and Poor Richard’s Almanack. Both books featured short sayings containing life lessons, such as time is money and a penny saved is a penny earned. He said so much in so few words, and I took inspiration from that. I wrote short sayings for the beginning of each chapter in my books, and I find they serve multiple purposes, not the least of which is to give insight into my world.

I’ve also found that going out of my way to express complex thoughts with as few words as possible has made me a better writer. Twitter has served much the same purpose. I often find myself writing short sayings and jokes for Twitter. I’ve even put a new spin on a few on Ben’s sayings. Telling bad dragon jokes has long been a part of my Twitter persona, and I often take common sayings and inject dragons.

Time is money unless you have dragons, then dragons are money.

There are no gains, without pains. Try dragons. That should work.

Perhaps in the future my inventions and research will change the world, but for now I will do my best to emulate old Ben and hopefully amuse some folks along the way. Thanks for reading and may the light shine on you.

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Godsland - The Dawning of PowerGodsland Book One – Call of the Herald

Echoes of the ancients’ power are distant memories, tattered and faded by the passage of eons, but that is about to change. A new dawn has arrived. Latent abilities, harbored in mankind’s deepest fibers, wait to be unleashed. Ancient evils awaken, and old fears ignite the fires of war. When a Catrin Volker, a teenage horse trainer, inadvertently fulfills the prophecy of the destroyer, she becomes the most feared and hunted person on all of Godsland. With the help of her friends, she must convince the world that she wants only peace.

Godsland Book Two – Inherited Danger

Leaving her homeland behind, Catrin Volker goes in search of knowledge and peace, unaware that she will face the greatest evil her world has ever known.

Godsland Book Three- Dragon Ore

Dragon Ore is the exciting conclusion of The Dawning of Power trilogy. Clinging to life, Catrin Volker struggles to regain her strength as her foes go in search of even greater power. Ancient enemies threaten and forgotten alliances emerge.

 About the Author:

Brian Rathbone photoBrian Rathbone started out as a professional racehorse trainer, but he later transformed himself into a network engineer, programmer, and, more recently, rural broadband specialist. One thing that never changed was Brian’s love of reading fantasy fiction. For years he would think of story lines for his own stories as a way to keep from dreaming about writing code. When the time came that Brian could concentrate on writing, The World of Godsland became real.

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Exclusive: Meet the Characters from Shadows of Asphodel by Karen Kincy

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Today. I am so excited to be hosting a stop on the official blog tour for Shadows of Asphodel by Karen Kincy. Though this is an adult title, older teens will love the spunky, fun and dieselpunk twist on history that this story offers. Today, Karen stops by with an exclusive guest post and a unique way for you to meet the characters from Shadows of Asphodel.

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Meet the Characters
Karen Kincy

So you want to meet Ardis and Wendel? Well, if you take a little trip to 1913 Vienna you might catch them both while they aren’t on the run from the law.

Shadows of AsphodelIn a quiet café on the corner of the street…

You walk into the café and glance around, not sure what to look for. You want to find a mercenary and a necromancer. That much you know is true. But the descriptions were always vague, the eyewitnesses never quite sure of the details. Mostly because they were too busy running away from the blood and the bodies these two left behind.

You glance at the crumpled wanted poster in your hand. There isn’t a photo, just a description of a woman, only twenty-one, brown eyes, tawny brown hair. Half-Chinese, apparently, with the given name of Yu Lan. She goes by “Ardis” now, ever since “Yu Lan” killed a man in San Francisco. Rumor says it was self-defense. You don’t have a wanted poster for her companion, Wendel, but he has an even worse reputation.

The café isn’t too crowded, the conversation flowing at a low murmur. You spot a man sitting by a window. His black hair hangs past his shoulders, an unusual length for a man here. This must be Wendel. When you walk closer to him, he glances sideways at you. The sunlight slants through his pale green eyes. He has the kind of cheekbones that look like you could cut yourself on them. One of his hands rests on the table, and his fingers curl into a fist when he sees the wanted poster in your grip. You hastily stuff the poster into your pocket.

“Do you work here?” Wendel says. “I would love another cup of coffee.”

You shake your head. Judging by the sarcasm in his voice, Wendel knows you aren’t here to take his order. He has a hint of an accent. You heard he comes from Prussia. You even heard he’s a disinherited prince of Prussia, but who knows if that’s true. He looks enough like a gentleman that it’s hard to imagine his touch can reanimate the dead.

Behind you, a woman speaks with a definite American accent. “Wendel,” she says, “I couldn’t find any French newspapers. Though I’m not sure…” She trails off.

You turn around and find yourself face to face with Ardis. She narrows her eyes slightly, and her hand twitches toward a sword at her waist. It’s a unique sword, with a red tassel on the pommel and a sharkskin scabbard.

You hope you won’t have to become more familiar with her sword rather quickly.

“Excuse me,” you say. “Are you Ardis and Wendel? I have been looking for you.”

Ardis glances at Wendel, who tilts his head. He gives you a winning smile, though there’s obvious wariness in his eyes. At least he isn’t reaching for a weapon like Ardis.

“Please,” Wendel says. “Have a seat. It appears we have a lot to talk about.”

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About Shadows of Asphodel:

When Ardis discovers a man bleeding to death on the battlefield, she knows she has to walk away.

1913. In her work as a mercenary for Austria-Hungary, Ardis has killed many men without hesitation. One more man shouldn’t matter, even if he manages to be a charming bastard while he stands dying in the snow.

But when he raises the dead to fight for him, she realizes she must save his life.

If a necromancer like Wendel dies, he will return as a monster—or so the rumors say. Ardis decides to play it safe and rescues him. What she doesn’t expect is Wendel falling to one knee and swearing fealty. Ardis never asked for the undying loyalty of a necromancer, but it’s too late now.

Ardis and Wendel forge an uneasy alliance underscored with sexual tension. Together, they confront rebels, assassins, and a conspiracy involving a military secret: robotically-enhanced soldiers for a world on the brink of war. But as Ardis starts to fall for Wendel, she realizes the scars from his past run more deeply than she ever imagined. Can Ardis stop Wendel before his thirst for revenge destroys him and everyone else around him?

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karen kincyAbout the Author:
Karen Kincy (Redmond, Washington) can be found lurking in her writing cave, though sunshine will lure her outside. When not writing, she stays busy gardening, tinkering with aquariums, or running just one more mile. Karen has a BA in Linguistics and Literature from The Evergreen State College.

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