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Read an exclusive sneak peek from The Taking by Kimberly Derting

Today, we are super excited to share an exclusive sneak peek at The Taking by Kimberly Derting. We’re one of several blogs revealing an excerpt from Kim’s new book, which hits store shelves on April 29th.

taking, theCheck out the excerpt below, then keep reading to learn more about The Taking, where you can pre-order it, and where you’ll find the next excerpt tomorrow!

I popped the candies into my mouth, letting the sour jolt of them awaken my saliva glands and wash away the tang of dirt that seemed to cling to my tongue.

As always, I got impatient and bit down on one of the candies. Despite their gooey outer shell, inside they were rock hard, something I discovered the moment I felt a chunk of my right-side molar chip away.

Cursing, I spit the rest of the candies in a messy wad onto the ground and ran my tongue over the new, rough edge of my tooth. I’d just been to the dentist last week, something I hated doing, and now this would mean I’d be forced to see him again.

Fishing my cell phone from the front pocket of my uniform pants, I decided it was time to call for backup. I still couldn’t believe I’d ended up behind the Dumpster of a gas station last night. My parents were probably freaking the hell out. I was freaking the hell out.

Not to mention Austin . . .

I dialed him first, not caring that my decision was sure to set off another round of arguments when I got home.

I held the phone to my ear and waited. After a moment I pulled the phone away and inspected it.

no service, the screen read.

No service—how was that even possible? I knew exactly where I was. I’d been at this gas station hundreds of times; it was maybe a mile from my house—well within our coverage map.

Whatever, I thought, getting tentatively to my feet and waiting till my legs felt steady. I did my best to ignore the headache that continued to pulse behind my eyes. The walk would probably do me good.

Read more from The Takingtomorrow at Paranormal Book Club!

Here is the full synopsis for The Taking:

A flash of white light . . . and then . . . nothing.

When sixteen-year-old Kyra Agnew wakes up behind a Dumpster at the Gas ’n’ Sip, she has no memory of how she got there. With a terrible headache and a major case of déjà vu, she heads home only to discover that five years have passed . . . yet she hasn’t aged a day.

Everything else about Kyra’s old life is different. Her parents are divorced, her boyfriend, Austin, is in college and dating her best friend, and her dad has changed from an uptight neat-freak to a drunken conspiracy theorist who blames her five-year disappearance on little green men.

Confused and lost, Kyra isn’t sure how to move forward unless she uncovers the truth. With Austin gone, she turns to Tyler, Austin’s annoying kid brother, who is now seventeen and who she has a sudden undeniable attraction to. As Tyler and Kyra retrace her steps from the fateful night of her disappearance, they discover strange phenomena that no one can explain, and they begin to wonder if Kyra’s father is not as crazy as he seems. There are others like her who have been taken . . . and returned. Kyra races to find an explanation and reclaim the life she once had, but what if the life she wants back is not her own?

Pre-Order The Taking:

Or call one of the following stores to request a signed copy:

  • Books of Wonder
  • Mysterious Galaxy
  • The King’s English
  • Blue Willow

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.

Exclusive Excerpt & Artwork Reveal: The Hero’s Guide to Storming the Castle by Christopher Healy


Today, we are so excited to be bringing you an EXCLUSIVE sneak peek at The Hero’s Guide to Storming the Castle by Christopher Healy, the utterly brilliant follow-up to The Hero’s Guide to Saving Your Kingdom. I can’t say enough good things about these books (they are excellent; they are perfection – go buy them and read them and share them with everyone you know!!!) … but hopefully today’s exclusive excerpt and artwork reveal will help convince you of how fabulous these books are.

Hero's Guide to Storming the CastleYes, this is an exclusive excerpt from the book, and two original illustrations from the book which have never been seen before! Plus, there’s a contest. An amazing, epic poem-worthy contest. So check out the excerpt and artwork below, then keep reading for your chance to win a truly unique prize!

“What on earth is going on here?” King Wilberforce barked as he strode down the hallway.

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© 2013 by Todd Harris

The sound of that deep baritone voice completely broke Frederic’s concentration. “Father,” he blurted, and turned his head at just the wrong moment. The tip of Liam’s blade sliced across Frederic’s cheek. Frederic yelped, dropped his weapon, and brought his hand up to cover the wound.

“I’m so sorry!” Liam gasped.

“Are you okay?” Ella called, running to her fiancé.

The king marched up to them in a fury, dozens of medals jingling on his chest with every stomping footstep. “What have you done to my son?”

“It was an accident,” Liam sputtered.

“It’s just a scratch, Father,” Frederic said. He checked his fingertips, relieved to see only the slightest dot of red. If there had been any more blood, he would likely have lost his composure—which he did not want to do in his father’s presence. “And frankly, it would never have happened if you hadn’t yelled and distracted me.”

“What did I do to deserve such disrespect?” King Wilberforce said, sounding appalled. “I, ruler of this realm, see my only son being assaulted by some hooligan and demand that the violence come to a stop. For this I deserve scorn?”

“Some hooligan, Father?” Frederic asked. “Liam’s been living with us for almost a year.”

“I know who he is,” the king said with disdain. “A supposed Prince Charming in exile from his own people, hated the world over because of the horrid manner in which he treated his Sleeping Beauty. A man to whom I have—against my best instincts—offered nothing but hospitality. And a hooligan who repays my kindness by fileting my son.”

© 2013 by Todd Harris

© 2013 by Todd Harris

“Your Highness,” Liam said. “I appreciate all the kindness you have offered me. And as I’ve tried to explain before, the rumors about me and Briar Rose are untrue. She spread those lies to get back at me because I refused to marry her. And surely you know I never meant to hurt Frederic. I was merely—”

“Oh, I know you probably didn’t intend to hurt him,” Wilberforce said. “But that’s the problem with you. You think Frederic can do things that he simply can’t. Putting my son in harm’s way appears to be a hobby for you. Are you going to deny that you almost got Frederic killed in that whole unfortunate witch fiasco?”

Liam said nothing. Nor did Frederic, who, if he were a turtle, would have slipped happily into his shell at that moment.

The king looked down his nose at the three friends. “There will be no more swordplay within these walls,” he stated. “Or anywhere on palace grounds, for that matter.”

Text Copyright © 2013 by Christopher Healy

And now …  how about a hero-worthy contest!

We’re giving away a framed print of the artwork featuring Princess Briar Rose above, signed by illustrator Todd Harris — plus a hardcover copy of The Hero’s Guide to Storming the Castle.

Fill out the Novel Novice + Hero’s Guide Contest Entry Form and tell us your favorite fairy tale character, for your chance to be entered. But check the rules first:

  • U.S. only
  • One entry per person
  • Entries due by midnight (PT) on Sunday, April 14th

For the comments: What do you think of the excerpt/artwork?

Exclusive Teaser & Contest: Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare


Today, we are SO excited to be bringing you an exclusive sneak peek at Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare — the third and final book in her amazing Infernal Devices Trilogy. Not only do we have two teaser snippets from the book PLUS illustrations from Cassandra Jean … we also have a pretty kick-ass contest!

All the goodies are below, so keep reading …

Clockwork Princess Teaser #1:

Tessa, glancing quickly from side to side to check for traffic, dashed across Blackfriars Bridge.

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© Cassandra Jean

Anybody else intrigued by the fact that Tessa is wearing MODERN CLOTHES here?!?!?!?!

Clockwork Princess Teaser #2:

He tasted like snowflakes and wine, like winter and Will and London.

clockwork princess teaser2

© Cassandra Jean


Be sure to check out the entire Clockwork Princess Teaser Tour for more snippets and illustrations!

The Contest

Comment below, then fill out the Novel Novice + Clockwork Princess Contest Entry Form for your chance to win.

The Prize

One winner will receive a copy of Clockwork Princess and a limited edition Infernal Devices bookmark:

clockwork princess tour prizes

The Rules

  • U.S. only
  • One entry per person
  • Comment below
  • Use the entry form
  • You must comment below AND fill out the entry form to be eligible – yes, both!

The Deadline

All entries are due by midnight (PT) on Friday, March 15th.

Questions? Leave ‘em below & we’ll reply!

clockwork princessHere’s more about Clockwork Princess, in stores March 19th!

 Danger intensifies for the Shadowhunters as the New York Times bestselling Infernal Devices trilogy comes to a close.

If the only way to save the world was to destroy what you loved most, would you do it?

The clock is ticking. Everyone must choose.

Passion. Power. Secrets. Enchantment.

Danger closes in around the Shadowhunters in the final installment of the bestselling Infernal Devices trilogy.

Check out the official sites:

About The Infernal Devices Series

Set in the Victorian London underworld, in the prequel series to The Mortal Instruments, Shadowhunters are barely winning against the forces of evil.

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About the Author

Cassandra Clare is the author of the New York Times, USA TODAY, Wall Street Journal, and Publishers Weekly bestselling Mortal Instruments series and Infernal Devices trilogy. Her books have sold more than 12 million copies worldwide and have been translated into more than thirty-five languages.

Exclusive Excerpt from Finale by Becca Fitzpatrick

Today, we are thrilled to be hosting an exclusive sneak peek at Finale by Becca Fitzpatrick — the fourth and final book in her best-selling Hush, Hush series. The book is under a heavy embargo and won’t be in stores until October 23rd. But this week only, you can catch an EXCLUSIVE sneak peek at the book right here at Novel Novice — and at four other blogs.

Today, we’re kicking off a week of excerpts. Be sure to use the #FinaleReveal hashtag on Twitter when talking about this! Read on below to catch a glimpse at what Patch and Nora are up to, then scroll down to see where else you can find Finaleexcerpts this week!

Novel Novice’s Exclusive Excerpt from Finale by Becca Fitzpatrick:

A half hour later, I pulled into my driveway. I live with my mom in a quintessential Maine farmhouse, complete with white paint, blue shutters, and a shroud of ever-present fog. This time of year, the trees blazed fiery shades of red and gold, and the air held the crisp smells of pine sap, burning wood, and damp leaves. I jogged up the porch steps, where five portly pumpkins watched me like sentinels, and let myself in.

“I’m home!” I called to my mom, the light in the living room giving away her location. I dropped my keys on the sideboard and went back to find her.

She dog-eared her page, rose from the sofa, and squeezed me in a hug. “How did your night go?”

“I am officially drained of every last ounce of energy.” I pointed upstairs. “If I make it up to bed, it will be by sheer mental power alone.”

“While you were out, a man stopped by looking for you.”

I frowned. What man?

“He wouldn’t leave his name, and he wouldn’t tell me how he knew you,” my mom continued. “Should I be worried?”

“What did he look like?”

“Round face, ruddy complexion, blond hair.”

Him, then. The man who had a bone to pick with Patch. I fabricated a smile. “Oh, right. He’s a salesman. Keeps trying to get me to commit to senior pictures with his studio. Next thing you know, he’ll want to sell me graduation announcements too. Would it be completely disgusting if I skipped washing my face tonight? Staying awake an extra two minutes at this point is pushing it.”

Mom kissed my forehead. “Sweet dreams.”

I climbed to my bedroom, shut the door, and flopped spread-eagled on my bed. The music from the Devil’s Handbag still pulsed at the back of my head, but I was too tired to care. My eyes were halfway shut when I remembered the window. On a groan, I staggered over and unlatched the lock. Patch could get inside, but I wished him luck trying to keep me awake long enough to elicit a response.

I pulled my blankets up to my chin, felt the soft, blissful tug of a dream beckoning me closer, let it drag me under—

And then the mattress sank with the weight of another body.

“Not sure why you’re so enamored with this bed,” Patch said. “It’s twelve inches too short, four feet too narrow, and the purple sheets aren’t doing it for me. My bed, on the other hand . . .”

I opened one eye and found him stretched out beside me, hands clasped loosely behind his neck. His dark eyes watched mine, and he smelled clean and sexy. Most of all, he felt warm pressed up against me. Despite my best intentions, the close proximity was making it increasingly difficult to concentrate on sleep.

“Ha,” I said. “I know you don’t care how comfortable my bed is. You’d be fine on a pallet of bricks.” One of the downsides of Patch being a fallen angel was that he couldn’t feel physical sensation. No pain, but no pleasure either. I had to be content knowing that when I kissed him, he felt it on an emotional level only. I tried to pretend it didn’t matter, but I wanted him to feel electrified by my touch.

He kissed me lightly on the mouth. “What did you want to talk about?”

I couldn’t remember. Something about Dante. Whatever it was, it seemed unimportant. Talking in general seemed unimportant. I snuggled in closer, and Patch stroked his hand down my bare arm, making a warm tingly sensation shoot all the way to my toes.

Here is the official synopsis for Finale:

Nora is more certain than ever that she is in love with Patch. Fallen angel or no, he is the one for her. Her heritage and destiny may mean they are fated to be enemies, but there is no turning her back on him. Now Nora and Patch must gather their strength to face one last, perilous trial. Old enemies return, new enemies are made, and a friend’s ultimate betrayal threatens the peace Patch and Nora so desperately want. The battle lines are drawn—but which sides are they on? And in the end, are there some obstacles even love can’t conquer?

And here’s where else you can find the exclusive excerpts this week:

Exclusive Excerpt from Finale by Becca Fitzpatrick Coming Tomorrow!

Prepare yourselves, readers … this is happening tomorrow!

Review & Excerpt: Timepiece by Myra McEntire

Fans of Myra McEntire’s Hourglass will swoon when they return to Emerson’s world in the highly-anticipated sequel, Timepiece. This latest installment, told from Kaleb’s lovelorn perspective, offers fans new insight into their favorite characters and a daring new challenge for the Hourglass team.

A threat from the past could destroy the future. And the clock is ticking…

Kaleb Ballard’s relentless flirting is interrupted when Jack Landers, the man who tried to murder his father, timeslips in and attacks before disappearing just as quickly. But Kaleb has never before been able to see time travelers, unlike many of his friends associated with the mysterious Hourglass organization. Are Kaleb’s powers expanding, or is something very wrong?

Then the Hourglass is issued an ultimatum. Either they find Jack and the research he’s stolen on the time gene, or time will be altered with devastating results.

Now Kaleb, Emerson, Michael, and the other Hourglass recruits have no choice but to use their unusual powers to find Jack. But where do they even start? And when? And even if they succeed, it may not be enough…

The follow-up to Hourglass, Timepiece blends the paranormal, science fiction, mystery, and suspense genres into a nonstop thrill ride where every second counts.

Everything I loved about Hourglass is back, but the stakes are higher than ever in Timepiece. Life and love are put on the line as Kaleb and his friends try to find Jack and figure out what’s really going on. McEntire once again intrigues with a well-layered mystery and sharply plotted science fiction. She weaves together a tapestry of thoroughly engaging situations, and leaves readers hanging onto her every word.

The intensity only increases with every word, right up to the very last page that sets the stage for a third book (which is officially going to be published next year!) that fans will be clamoring to get their hands on as soon as possible. I’ll be among them – because that ending, Myra? What a doozy!

Timepiece also provides fans new insight into their beloved characters. While Kaleb, especially, takes center stage as the narrator, he’s not the only character who shines. Fans also learn plenty more about Lily, as well as Michael, Emerson and the rest of their Hourglass companions. Even the enemy takes on new colors in this finely crafted sequel.

And now, here’s an exclusive excerpt from Timepiece as part of the official blog tour:

I slid out of my seat and walked round to open Lily’s door. She managed to tear her eyes away from the scenery. “What is this? Chivalry?”
“No. You have the hot Tamales.” I held out my hand. “I need a hit.”
She shoved the box into my stomach and the connection made a loud crushing noise. “Hot Tamales. Atomic Fireballs. Sizzling Cinnamon Jelly Belleys. Red Hots. I’m surprised you have any taste buds left. Or teeth.”
“Do I make the obvious hot-stuff joke here, or refrain?”

Check out Timepiece in stores June 12th!

City of Lost Souls Exclusive Chapter Hunt: Part 2

Today we are THRILLED to exclusively bring you part 2 in the “Shadowhunter Chapter Reveal” for City of Lost Souls by Cassandra Clare.

The prologue was revealed earlier this year at USA Today, and yesterday Cassie brought you part 1 on her Tumblr. Today, we’ve got part 2 — and over the next few days, more blogs will be bringing you the rest of the first chapter.

What’s more, each stop on the blog tour will be giving away a very limited edition Shadowhunter family rings … today, we’ve got the Wayland Family Ring! Keep reading to see how you can win it!

And now … part 2 of City of Lost Souls: Chapter One:

And now, after two weeks of repetitive testimony, after scores of witnesses has been called, after she had held the Mortal Sword a dozen times, Clary sat in Isabelle’s bedroom and waited for the Council to rule on her fate. She couldn’t help but remember what it had felt like to hold the Mortal Sword. It was like tiny fishhooks embedded in your skin, pulling the truth out of you. She had knelt, holding it, in the circle of the Speaking Stars and had heard her own voice telling the Council everything: how Valentine had raised the Angel Raziel, and how she had taken the power of controlling the Angel from him by erasing his name in the sand and writing hers over it. She had told them how the Angel had offered her one wish, and she had used it to raise Jace from the dead; she told them how Lilith had possessed Jace and Lilith had planned to use Simon’s blood to resurrect Sebastian, Clary’s brother, whom Lilith regarded as a son. How Simon’s Mark of Cain had ended Lilith, and they had thought Sebastian had been ended too,  no longer a threat.

Clary sighed and flipped her phone open to check the time. “They’ve been in there for an hour,” she said. “Is that normal? Is it a bad sign?”


Also, keep your eyes peeled for the City of Lost Souls book trailer in the upcoming weeks. Here’s a sneak peek:

And mark your calendar for the City of Lost Souls Launch Party:

Tuesday, May 8th at 7:00pm
Pfeiffer Hall at North Central College
310 E. Benton Ave.
Naperville IL 60540

For tickets, please call : Anderson’s Bookshop/ 630-355-2665

Exclusive Contest: Win the Wayland Family Ring

Thanks to our friends at Simon & Schuster, we are giving one of you lucky folks the chance to win a very limited edition Wayland Family Ring — plus a copy of City of Lost Souls, which will be delivered to your door on May 8th, the same day it hits stores!

To enter, fill out the Novel Novice Shadowhunter Contest Entry Form & fill out all the required fields!

The Rules:

  • One entry per person
  • U.S. only!
  • Use the entry form
  • Multiple entries & incorrectly submitted entry forms will be automatically disqualified

The Deadline

All entries are due by midnight (PT) tomorrow, March 30th!

Questions? Leave ‘em in the comments & we’ll reply!

Exclusive Excerpt: The Hero’s Guide to Saving Your Kingdom

Today we are THRILLED to be presenting an exclusive excerpt from The Hero’s Guide to Saving Your Kingdom by Christopher Healy, and featuring some of the book’s original art by Todd Harris.

Look for The Hero’s Guide to Saving Your Kingdom in stores May 1st!

Art copyright © 2012 by Todd Harris

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“Frederic and Ella”

Art copyright © 2012 by Todd Harris

Among the dozens of elegant women at the ball that night, there was one girl who caught Frederic’s attention immediately—and it wasn’t just because she was beautiful and elegantly dressed. No, she had something else: a daredevil gleam in her eyes. He’d seen that look only once before—in that old knight all those years ago.

Frederic and the mystery girl had the time of their lives dancing together. But at midnight she ran off without a word.

“Father, I have to find that girl,” insisted Frederic, newly inspired and feeling a bit more like his seven-year-old self again.

“Son, you’ve never been outside the palace gates before,” the king replied in a foreboding tone. “What if there are tigers out there?”

Art copyright © 2012 by Todd Harris

Frederic shrank away. That tiger episode had really done a number on him.

But Frederic didn’t give up entirely.

He instructed his trusted valet, Reginald, to find the mystery woman for him. It turned out that Ella (that was her name) wasn’t a noblewoman at all; just a sooty cleaning girl. But her story—the way she mixed it up with a fairy and used magical means to escape her wicked stepfamily—intrigued Frederic (even if he hoped he’d never have to meet any of her relatives).

When he told his father he wanted to marry Ella, the king sputtered in surprise. “I thought I’d fixed you, but apparently I didn’t,” the king scowled. “You don’t get it at all, do you? An ill-bred wife would destroy your image more than any scar or broken limb ever would.”

Up until that point, Frederic had always believed that the king enforced strict rules because he feared for his son’s safety. But now he saw that wasn’t necessarily the case. So, for the first time, Frederic stood up to his father.

Art copyright © 2012 by Todd Harris

“You do not rule me,” he stated firmly. “Well, technically you do, being as you’re the king. But you do not rule my heart. My heart wants Ella. And if you don’t bring her here to be with me, I will go to her.I don’t care how dangerous it is out there. I would ride a tiger to get to her if I had to.”

In truth, Frederic was utterly intimidated by the thought of venturing out into the real world. If his father refused to meet his demands, he had no idea if he would be able to follow through on his threat. Luckily for him, the king was shocked enough to give in.

And so, Ella came to live at the palace. She and Frederic were officially engaged to marry, and the tale of the magical way in which the couple met became the talk of the kingdom. Within days, the minstrels had a new hit on their hands, and the tale was told and retold across many realms. But while the popular version of the story ended with a happily-ever-after for Prince Charming and Cinderella, things didn’t go as smoothly for the real Frederic and Ella.

(Excerpt from The Hero’s Guide to Saving Your Kingdom by Christopher Healy. Posted with permission from Walden Pond Press.)

Enter a world where everything, even our classic fairy tales, is not at all what it seems.

Prince Liam. Prince Frederic. Prince Duncan. Prince Gustav. You’ve never head of them, have you? These are the princes who saved Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella, Snow White, and Rapunzel, respectively, and yet, thanks to those lousy bards who wrote the tales, you likely know them only as “Prince Charming.” But all of this is about to change…

Rejected by their princesses and cast out of their castles, Liam, Frederic, Duncan, and Guztav stumble upon an evil plot that could endanger each of their kingdoms. Now it’s up to them to triumph over their various shortcomings, take on trolls, bandits, dragons, witches, and other associated terrors to becom the heroes no one ever thought they could be.