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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!

Exclusive Behind-the-Scenes Look at the ‘Morganville Vampires’ Web Series

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Today, we have an exciting exclusive behind-the-scenes look at the Morganville Vampires web series — and just in time for the premiere of the season one finale, which goes online TODAY! Yes, today! Happy Halloween, indeed!!!

Check out this great photo of the cast at MCM London Comic Con:

Photo credit: Tez Greenwood and was taken at MCM London Comic Con. Ben Easter (Michael), Shane (Jordan Farris), Claire (Lindsay Seidel), Rachel Caine, Oliver (Robert Picardo), and Amelie (Amber Benson) all pose for fans.

Photo credit: Tez Greenwood and was taken at MCM London Comic Con. Ben Easter (Michael), Shane (Jordan Farris), Claire (Lindsay Seidel), Rachel Caine, Oliver (Robert Picardo), and Amelie (Amber Benson) all pose for fans.

And here are some fabulous looks behind-the-scenes of when Morganville was being filmed in Dallas, Texas earlier this year:

Photo credit: Julio César Cedillo

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Photo credit: Julio César Cedillo

Photo credit: Julio César Cedillo

Photo credit: Julio César Cedillo

Photo credit: Julio César Cedillo

morganville web seriesHere’s more about the web series:

Nothing is strange about the direction or production of Morganville: The Series. A show with a little more bite than most because well… the Morganville Vampires own their town and everyone in it and there’s not really anyone stopping them. And for fictional characters they are not backing down or backing off the new girl in town. Everyone’s suspect to Claire Danvers.

Which makes it all the more sweet to see the behind-the-scenes movies and photos, because the reality of this webseries is a long haul many books have made transitioning to another format. A realness steeped in long nights, insane shooting schedules (only 10 days!) and a fun-loving cast who were and are dedicated to making Morganville: The Series a wonderful treat for fans this Halloween season!

If you loved Rachel Caine’s Morganville Vamps in their book form; she is really hoping you love how Morganville: The Series captures the spirit and heart of her vampires in a whole new way. She cannot be more pleased with the results and wants especially the Kickstarter fans to know it wouldn’t have been possible without your generosity and faith in the project. And could not be more thrilled that Geek & Sundry believed in the project enough to match your giving and hosting Morganville: The Series on their awesome youtube channel.

Catch up on all of the episodes online HERE and learn more at the official Morganville Vampires website.

Find more behind-the-scenes goodies over at YA Fiction Examiner, too.

Exclusive Cover Reveal: The Game of Love & Death by Martha Brockenbrough

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Today, I am SO excited to be sharing the exclusive cover reveal for The Game of Love & Death by Martha Brockenbrough. Martha is an amazing author, and a fabulous lady — and I am so excited about her new book. And you should be, too. Below, you’ll find all the important stuff — synopsis, on sale date, pre-order links. But for now, get ready for some gorgeous.

Are you ready?

No, really. Get ready. This cover. So gorgeous.

Ready?

Here we go …

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Isn’t it so beautiful? The artist is Chris Silas Neal. I’m SO excited for this book, and this cover is one of my favorites.

Here’s more about The Game of Love & Death:

Antony and Cleopatra. Helen of Troy and Paris. Romeo and Juliet. And now . . . Henry and Flora.

For centuries Love and Death have chosen their players. They have set the rules, rolled the dice, and kept close, ready to influence, angling for supremacy. And Death has always won. Always.

Could there ever be one time, one place, one pair whose love would truly tip the balance?

Meet Flora Saudade, an African-American girl who dreams of becoming the next Amelia Earhart by day and sings in the smoky jazz clubs of Seattle by night. Meet Henry Bishop, born a few blocks and a million worlds away, a white boy with his future assured — a wealthy adoptive family in the midst of the Great Depression, a college scholarship, and all the opportunities in the world seemingly available to him.

The players have been chosen. The dice have been rolled. But when human beings make moves of their own, what happens next is anyone’s guess.

Achingly romantic and brilliantly imagined, The Game of Love and Death is a love story you will never forget.

The publisher, Scholastic, has compared The Game of Love & Death to these amazing books: The Book Thief, The Diviners, What I Saw and How I Lied, and Code Name Verity.

The Game of Love & Death comes out April 28, 2015. Pre-order it at Barnes & Noble or Amazon now.

Martha BrockenbroughAbout Martha Brockenbrough:

Martha Brockenbrough grew up in Seattle, where she played the viola in string quartets and symphonies. She has worked as a newspaper reporter, teacher, and entertainment journalist. A lover of games, she also wrote questions for Cranium and Trivial Pursuit. She founded National Grammar Day, volunteers with Readergirlz.com, and lives in Seattle with her family of musicians and their two tone-deaf dogs.

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A Thousand Pieces of You by Claudia Gray: Exclusive Chapter Reveal & Giveaway

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Today, we are THRILLED to be kicking off the official chapter reveal for Claudia Gray’s A Thousand Pieces of You, a stunning new science fiction story packed with action and romance. (It’s also going to be our November Book of the Month!)

Today, we have your exclusive first look at Chapter 1 of A Thousand Pieces of You – and below, you’ll find out where you can read Chapters 2-4 later this week. Plus, of course, there’s a great contest in store.

Check out the excerpt here, then keep reading for more about the book & your chance to win a signed copy of the book & a poster!

Chapter 1

My hand shakes as I brace myself against the brick wall. Rain falls cold and sharp against my skin, from a sky I’ve never seen before. It’s hard to catch my breath, to get any sense of where I am. All I know is that the Firebird worked. It hangs around my neck, still glowing with the heat of the journey.

There’s no time. I don’t know whether I have minutes, or seconds, or even less. Desperately I tug at these unfamiliar clothes—the short dress and shiny jacket I wear have no pockets, but there’s a small bag dangling from my shoulder. When I fish inside, I can’t find a pen, but there’s a lipstick. Fingers trembling, I unscrew it and scrawl on a tattered poster on the wall of the alley. This is the message I must pass on, the one goal I have to remember after everything else I am is gone.

KILL PAUL MARKOV.

Then I can only wait to die.

Die isn’t the right word. This body will continue to breathe. The heart will continue to beat. But I won’t be the Marguerite Caine living in it anymore.

Instead, this body will return to its rightful owner, the Marguerite who actually belongs in this dimension. The dimension I leaped into, using the Firebird. Her memories will take over again, any second, any moment, and while I know I’ll awaken again in time, it’s terrifying to think about . . . passing out. Getting lost. Being trapped inside her. Whatever it is that happens to people traveling from another dimension.

It hits me then. The Firebird really works. Travel between alternate dimensions is possible. I just proved it. Within my grief and fear, one small ember of pride glows, and it feels like the only heat or hope in the world. Mom’s theories are true. My parents’ work is vindicated. If only Dad could have known.

Theo. He’s not here. It was unrealistic of me to hope he would be, but I hoped anyway.

Please let Theo be all right, I think. It would be a prayer if I still believed in anything, but my faith in God died last night too.

I lean against the brick wall, hands spread, like a suspect’s on a police car right before the cuffs go on. My heart hammers in my chest. Nobody has ever done this before—which means nobody knows what’s about to happen to me. What if the Firebird can’t bring me back to my own dimension?

What if this is how I die?

This time yesterday, my dad probably asked himself that same question.

I close my eyes tightly, and the cold rain on my face mingles with hot tears. Although I try not to picture how Dad died, the images force their way into my mind over and over: his car filling with water; brownish river lapping over the windshield; Dad probably dazed from the wreck but scrambling to get the door open, and failing. Gasping for the last inches of air in the car, thinking of me and Mom and Josie—

He must have been so scared.

Dizziness tilts the ground beneath my feet, weakens my limbs. This is it. I’m going under.
So I force my eyes open to stare at the message again. That’s the first thing I want the other Marguerite to see. I want that message to stay with her, no matter what. If she sees that, if she keeps running over those words in her mind, that will awaken me within her as surely as the Firebird could. My hate is stronger than the dimensions, stronger than memory, stronger than time. My hate is now the truest part of who I am.

The dizziness builds, and the world turns fuzzy and gray, blackening the words KILL PAUL MARKOV—

—and then my vision clears. The word KILL sharpens back into focus.

Confused, I step back from the brick wall. I feel wide awake. More so than before, actually.

And as I stand there, staring down at my high heels in a puddle, I realize that I’m not going anywhere.

Finally, as I begin to trust my luck, I step farther into the alley. The rain beats down harder on my face as I look up into the storm-drenched sky. A hovercraft looms low over the city like yet another thundercloud. Apparently it’s there to fly holographic billboards across the city skyline. Astonished, I gaze at the hovercraft as it soars through this strange new dimension, 3-D advertisements flickering through their motions in the sky around it: Nokia. BMW. Coca-Cola.
This is so like my world, and yet not my world at all.

Is Theo as overwhelmed by the journey as I am? He must be. His grief is nearly as deep as mine, even though Dad was only his adviser; more than that, this is what Theo and my parents worked for these past few years. Has he kept his memory as well? If so, we’ll be in control throughout the trip, our minds piloting the selves born in this alternate dimension. That means Mom was wrong about one thing—which is kind of staggering, given that every other theory she’s ever had has just been proved true. But I’m grateful for it, at least for the moment before my gratitude disintegrates in the hot blaze of anger.

Nothing can stop me now. If Theo made it too and he can find me—and I want so desperately for him to find me—then we’ll be able to do this. We can get to Paul. We can take back the Firebird prototype he stole. And we can take our revenge for what he did to my father.

I don’t know if I’m the kind of person who can kill a man in cold blood. But I’m going to find out.

Want more? Yeah, you do! Here’s where you’ll find more chapter reveals this week:

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Fill out the Rafflecopter form HERE for your chance to win a signed copy of the book & a poster.

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AThousandPieces_hc_cHere’s more about A Thousand Pieces of You, in stores November 4th:

Every Day meets Cloud Atlas in this heart-racing, space- and time-bending, epic new trilogy from New York Times bestselling author Claudia Gray.

Marguerite Caine’s physicist parents are known for their radical scientific achievements. Their most astonishing invention: the Firebird, which allows users to jump into parallel universes, some vastly altered from our own. But when Marguerite’s father is murdered, the killer—her parent’s handsome and enigmatic assistant Paul—escapes into another dimension before the law can touch him.

Marguerite can’t let the man who destroyed her family go free, and she races after Paul through different universes, where their lives entangle in increasingly familiar ways. With each encounter she begins to question Paul’s guilt—and her own heart. Soon she discovers the truth behind her father’s death is more sinister than she ever could have imagined.

A Thousand Pieces of You explores a reality where we witness the countless other lives we might lead in an amazingly intricate multiverse, and ask whether, amid infinite possibilities, one love can endure.

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About Claudia Gray:

Claudia GrayClaudia Gray is a pseudonym. I would like to say that I chose another name so that no one would ever learn the links between my shadowy, dramatic past and the explosive secrets revealed through my characters. This would be a lie. In truth, I took a pseudonym simply because I thought it would be fun to choose my own name. (And it is.)

I write novels full-time, absolutely love it, and hope to be able to do this forever. My home is in New Orleans, is more than 100 years old, and is painted purple. In my free time I read, travel, hike, cook and listen to music. You can keep up with my latest releases, thoughts on writing and various pop-culture musings via TwitterTumblrPinterestGoodreads or (of course) my own home page.

If you want to contact me, you can email me, but your best bet is probably to Tweet me. I don’t do follows on Twitter, but I follow everyone back on Tumblr, Pinterest and Goodreads.

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Exclusive Cover Reveal & Contest: The Dungeoneers by John David Anderson

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Today, we are pleased to be sharing the exclusive cover reveal for The Dungeoneers by John David Anderson (the author of Sidekicked) — a really fun, unique new middle grade book coming from Walden Pond Press in 2015. We also have a great chance for you to win some of John’s other fabulous books by sharing the new cover — so be sure to keep reading for details!

First, here’s a bit about The Dungeoneers:

Give a man a fish, and he will eat for a day.
Teach him to fish, and he will eat for a lifetime.
Teach him to steal, though, and he won’t have to eat fish every day for the rest of his life.

The world is not a fair place, and Colm Candorly knows it. While his parents and eight sisters seem content living on a lowly cobbler’s earnings, Colm can’t help but feel that everyone has the right to a more comfortable life. It’s just a question of how far you’re willing to go to get it.

In an effort to help make ends meet, Colm uses his natural gift for pickpocketing to pilfer a pile of gold from the richer residents of town. But his actions place him at the mercy of a mysterious man named Finn Argos, a gilded-toothed, smooth-tongued rogue who gives Colm a choice. He can be punished for his thievery, or can learn to put his new-found talents to even better use—to become a member of Thwodin’s Legions, a guild of dungeoneers who take what they want and live as they will. Colm soon finds himself part of a family of warriors, mages, and hunters, learning to work together in their quest for endless treasure.

But not all families are perfect, and even as Colm hones his skills with his fellow recruits, it becomes more and more clear that something from outside threatens the Dungeoneers—and perhaps something from inside as well.

And now, here is the FABULOUS cover for The Dungeoneers (illustrated by the fabulous Dan Santat):

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Isn’t that wonderful??? There’s so much going on in this illustration. I love all the action!

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CONTEST TIME!!!

We want you to spread the word about the gorgeous cover for The Dungeoneers, and as thanks, one of you lucky readers will win finished copies of John’s books, Minion and Sidekicked. Here’s some of the ways you can earn entries:

  • Share The Dungeoneers cover on your blog, website, Tumblr, etc. and send us the link
  • Tweet about the cover reveal & link back here
  • Comment below & tell us what you think of the contest
  • Follow Novel Novice & John David Anderson on Twitter

Fill out the Rafflecopter form HERE to get started!

Contest is open to the U.S. only, and ends at midnight (PT) on Friday, October 24th.

Dave Anderson - Photo2 - ResizeAnd here’s a little bit about John David Anderson in his own words:

John David Anderson writes novels for young people and then, occasionally, gets them published. He is the author of Sidekicked, Minion, and Standard Hero Behavior. He lives with his patient wife and brilliant twins in Indianapolis, Indiana, right next to a State park and a Walmart. He enjoys hiking, reading, chocolate, spending time with his family, playing the piano, chocolate, making board games, chocolate, not putting away his laundry, watching movies, and chocolate.

For the comments: Tell us what you think of The Dungeoneers cover!

Exclusive Cover Reveal & Contest: The Devil You Know by Trish Doller

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Today, I am so thrilled to be sharing the exclusive cover reveal for The Devil You Know by Trish Doller, as  well as an excerpt and a GIVEAWAY that includes all three of Trish’s books — Something Like Normal, Where the Stars Still Shine, and one of the first ARCs of The Devil You Know.

Are you read for the cover?

No, really. Are you ready?

Are.

You.

Ready?

Well, okay then. Here it is:

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Gorgeous, no? And so, so perfect (I think) for this thrilling new YA novel. Here is the official synopsis:

Eighteen-year-old Arcadia wants adventure. Living in a tiny Florida town with her dad and four-year-old brother, Cadie spends most of her time working, going to school, and taking care of her family. So when she meets two handsome cousins at a campfire party, she finally has a chance for fun. They invite her and a friend to join them on a road trip, and it’s just the risk she’s been craving-the opportunity to escape. But what starts out as a fun, sexy journey quickly becomes dangerous when she discovers that one of them is not at all who he claims to be. One of them has deadly intentions.

A road trip fling turns terrifying in this contemporary story that will keep readers on the edge of their seats.
 

You can add the book on GoodReads here, and pre-order it on Amazon. Plus, connect with Trish Doller here:

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Want to win one of the first ARCs of The Devil You Know, plus Trish’s first two books? Start by telling everyone about the cover reveal for The Devil You Know:

  • Post the cover reveal on your blog, Tumblr, or other website & link back to the contest here!
  • Tweet about the cover reveal & contest
  • Follow Trish and Novel Novice on Twitter
  • Comment below & tell us what you think of the cover

See all the ways you can enter to win & submit your entries using the Rafflecopter form HERE!

One winner (U.S. only) will receive finished copies of Trish’s books Something Like Normal and Where the Stars Still Shine, as well as an advanced reader’s copy of The Devil You Know.

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The contest runs through midnight (PT) on Sunday, September 14th. U.S. Only. Remember to share the cover for The Devil You Know as much as possible!

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And now here is an exclusive excerpt from The Devil You Know:

The Devil’s Chair is built into a low brick wall that surrounds a private burial plot consisting of two graves. One of the headstones has toppled over while the other is missing entirely, and the chair sits facing the graves. According to information Matt gleaned from the Internet, the chair is a mourning bench built by a man who wanted a place to sit while visiting his wife’s grave. A symbol of love, not evil. But in the dark, lit only by the narrow glow of the flashlight, I half expect to see the devil waiting there for us.

“What time is it?” I fall back to clutch Noah’s hand as Matt points the beam at his watch. I’m not usually scared of things that go bump in the night, but Joan’s warning creeps out from the corner of my brain where I’ve kept it tucked away all afternoon. What if there’s someone out here, lurking in the woods, waiting for urban myth chasers like us? Thinking about the gun in Joan’s premonition makes me shiver and Noah wraps his arm around my shoulder.

“We’ve got a couple of minutes,” Matt says. He places an unopened can of beer on the armrest of the big brick chair, an offering for the mythical devil who is supposed to drink it without opening the can––or, more realistically, for the person who will come along for the free beer after we leave. “Who’s going to sit?”

“Count me out,” I say.

“Aw, come on, Cadie.” Noah catches me up against him and pulls me down with him onto the chair. Straddling his lap. His hand steals beneath the back of my shirt and his mouth grazes my neck, making me shiver for a whole different reason. “I won’t let the devil get you.”

“You guys…” Matt sounds irritated.

“How do I know you’re not the devil?” I whisper to Noah, my lips touching his. I can feel his smile against my mouth, even in the dark.

“Better the devil you know than the devil you don’t,” he whispers in reply as his fingers tiptoe up my back.

Matt counts down the seconds. “. . . three . . . two . . . one . . . midnight.”

Noah kisses me at that moment, holding me so close I can feel how much he wants me. His face is rough with stubble under my palms and his tongue warm and alive in my mouth. I sink so quickly when I’m around him, turning into an aching, hungry creature more frightening than any devil could be. And it isn’t until the sound of a revving engine splits the stillness around us that I realize we’re alone. Several of the buttons on my shirt are open and Matt is gone.

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The Mortal Instruments Final Blog Tour: Cassie Clare Looks Back on City of Ashes (Exclusive)

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Next Tuesday marks the end of The Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare. Oh, sure, Clare is still working on an assortment of spin-off series featuring the Shadowhunters … but not THESE Shadowhunters. Next week, we embark on our final journey with Clary, Jace, Simon, Alec, Izzy, and all the rest with the release of City of Heavenly Fire. To celebrate, Cassie is stopping by several blogs to look back on all of the books that have come before in The Mortal Instruments series. Plus, we’ve got an awesome GIVEAWAY to celebrate, too!

City of AshesToday, Cassie stops by to talk with us about City of Ashes,the second book in The Mortal Instruments series. Thanks for talking time out of your VERY busy schedule, Cassie! Read on below, and keep scrolling for contest information, too!

When CITY OF ASHES first came out, it was the second book in what we readers thought would be a trilogy. Did you have any idea back then that you’d continue the series with three more books? Had you started conceiving the ideas for any of the spin-off series yet?

I originally had the idea that after CoG I would spin off into a story that centered around Simon. There was even the idea that it would be a graphic novel — there’s very early drafts of the graphic novel script lying around! When I started to work on it seriously though I realized it wouldn’t work for me. I had too much left to say about the other characters, especially Jace, Clary, Magnus and Alec.

cassie clareThe scene in which Clary must kiss the “one she most desires” to escape the Seelie Court must have been controversial at the time. Fans know now that she and Jace aren’t siblings — but that reveal hadn’t been made yet. What are some of the most memorable reactions you remember hearing from readers at the time?

It was mostly variations on “AUUGHHHHHH HOW COULD YOU” — it was VERY controversial. I think after City of Bones a lot of people thought “Oh, guess Jace is Clary’s brother, and she’ll be with Simon” and boy did they not expect the Jace and Clary romance to barrel full speed ahead anyway. But I think they also found they wanted it to happen. It’s a really heartbreaking scene and at the end I think a lot of people were rooting for Jace and Clary without wanting to!

I know the status of a CITY OF ASHES movie has sort of been up in the air lately, but if and when it does make it to the big screen, what scene are you most looking forward to seeing adapted and why?

Valentine’s ship coming apart. Because that would be a great action scene!

We know you have lots more planned for the Shadowhunters, but this is sort of the last hurrah for this core group of characters who first introduced us to this world. What do you think you’ll miss most about this group of Shadowhunters?

Well, I’ll still get to spend time in the Shadowhunter world, which I am happy about, but this does mean saying goodbye. Which is about saying goodbye to these specific characters. I may get to write about Shadowhunters again, but not these Shadowhunters. I won’t get to write another Jace, another Clary, another Alec. Every character is different. I’ll miss their banter and interactions.

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city of heavenly fireHere’s where you can find all of Cassie’s Q&A sessions about The Mortal Instruments series:

To celebrate the finale to The Mortal Instruments, we’re giving away a hoodie and a signed copy of City of Ashes.

To enter, fill out the Rafflecopter form here & comment below – which book in The Mortal Instruments series has been your favorite so-far, and why! (Contest is open to U.S. only.)

Contest is open through 5/31 at midnight (PT).

Tune in on Monday for yet another awesome contest celebrating City of Heavenly Fire.

EXCLUSIVE: John Green discusses ‘The Fault in Our Stars’ movie, perceptions of YA in mainstream media, and Judy Blume

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Recently, I had the pleasure of joining nine other bloggers for an exclusive Q&A session with NYT best-selling author of The Fault in Our Stars, John Green. Needless to say, everyone was excited to talk about the upcoming movie adaptation — John Green included.

TFIOS-JohnGreen1“I was professionally excited on the set,” Green said of his role during filming of TFIOS.

What comes across plainly when you talk to Green is how genuinely grateful he is to everyone who has worked tirelessly to bring The Fault in Our Stars faithfully to life on the big screen, and that to this day he remains in awe of the entire ordeal. Green’s enthusiasm for the film is palpable and contagious … I admit, just talking to Green made me feel an excitement for the film that I haven’t up until this point. Confession: I am not a fan of Woodley’s casting, despite Green’s high praise for her, and I’ve struggled to be excited for the film since that decision was first announced. After talking to Green … well, I’m excited.

A Fault In Our StarsIt’s also clear that he’s still a little overwhelmed by the intense spotlight shining on him these days. Green has said before, he’s a shy guy — but he’s obviously overcome that shyness since his writing and vlogging careers took off several years ago. With TFIOS, Green has reached a level of fame where it is both exciting and terrifying. I mean, he has been on the receiving end of Twilight-level of screaming fans during recent promotional appearances for TFIOS.

But Green has also been subjected to some judgements and comparisons from mainstream media (and, let’s be honest, the public as well) that may not be all that accurate, and that Green probably doesn’t want. But that’s part of this experience, is it not? Yeah, Green is going to be called a “prophet” and he’s going to be compared to Judy Blume. And unfortunately, there’s not much Green can do about it.

“I can only say what I can say in interviews,” Green said, when I asked him about how his role in YA literature has been portrayed in mainstream media. In particular, I mentioned the recent Hollywood Reporter article which claimed Green has accomplished what Judy Blume never could – ie, the transition to Hollywood.

“Which is ridiculous,” Green was quick to point out. “Blume has achieved a lot that I haven’t.”

He continued:

That obviously that wasn’t a quote from me. I didn’t say that. I don’t think that, you know?

I can only–every time I’m asked that question, like “Oh, this is such a departure from dystopias or vampires,” I’m like, “Not really,” because really the world of contemporary realistic young adult fiction is very old and very well established. And I am but one writer and not the best, not even near the best, I don’t think, in that world.

And also that I think part of what makes YA so strong is that there’s a longstanding conversation between and within genres. You have sci-fi books and fantasy books interacting with and responding to realistic fiction and mysteries, and one of the things I really love about YA is all that stuff sharing a shelf.

I try really hard to talk about that in interviews, to talk about the way that it looks very different to us from inside the world of YA, that it isn’t about one book or one story, and that there’s hundreds and hundreds of books every year that are read by at least 10,000 teenagers. And that, to me, is the real story about YA, is its diversity and breadth, and finding way to preserve and grow that diversity rather than celebrating single titles.

But, right now there’s going to be a lot of attention on my work in association with the movie. And I’m trying to answer the questions as best I can, but there is a story that people want to tell. And they’re going to tell that story, a lot of times regardless of what I say.

What Green can say is how excited he is for fans to see TFIOS hit the big screen. The Fault in Our Stars opens nationwide on June 6th. See more highlights from our blogger interview with Green below:

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A Fault In Our StarsJamie (Perpetual Page Turner): I know you were nervous to give over the rights to the film because the book was just so personal to you. What was your biggest fear in doing so?

Mr. John Green: Well, I think it’s really hard to make a movie that’s serious or about serious topics without sentimentalizing it. And so, I guess my fear was that it would become a sentimental story, which is what I most didn’t want. I was trying really hard to write as unsentimental and straightforward a story as I could.

I was also worried that the characters would be defined by their disability, instead of having disability be part of their lives but not the defining feature of their lives.

But, the people who ended up getting the rights at Fox 2000 and the producers, Wyck Godfrey and Isaac Klausner, they just promised me that they wouldn’t do that. That was the first thing they said to me when we met, and I believed them. I took it seriously, and they kept every promise. They really did.

A Fault In Our StarsKatie (Mundie Moms): Where there any passages that you were adamant about staying in for the movie?

Mr. John Green: No. I was so lucky. Mike Weber and Scott Neustadter, who wrote the script, have such a deep love for the book. They were really passionate about the book. They wanted to preserve not just the tone and themes of the book but as much of the actual words of the book as possible, and I think they did an amazing job.

Almost every line of dialogue is from the book. If anything, I was like, “Guys, don’t feel so married to the book.” But, they were. They were also very conscious of what lines were important to readers, thanks to the gifts of Tumblr and Twitter and everything else. They saw what people were responding to, making art about, and it was important to them to keep it in.

There were a lot of lines I wanted to preserve if we could make them sound movie-ish and, you know, normal. But I think they did an amazing job. I think everything that fans want to hear they’re going to hear.

Katie: Okay. That makes me happy to hear that, ’cause I’m excited to see the movie.

Mr. John Green: Yeah. I mean, I genuinely–you know, you don’t have to do this stuff. So, if I didn’t like the movie, I wouldn’t be talking about it. You know what I mean? I genuinely love the movie. I feel so grateful to the people who made it, because it’s one of the most faithful adaptations I’ve ever seen.

Katie: Well, I’m excited to hear that. That makes me feel way better going to watch the movie now. Thank you.

Mr. John Green: Well, now if you don’t like it you can be personally mad at me.

Katie: I’m sure I’ll love it. If they kept true to that, I’m sure I’ll love it.

Sarah (Forever Young Adult): Was there anything in the book, like a character or a scene, that the film adaptation made you see in a different light?

A Fault In Our StarsMr. John Green: Yeah, that’s a great question. There was a lot, really.

When I was writing the book, I saw the world through Hazel’s eyes. I didn’t imagine the world through Gus’s eyes or the world through Hazel’s parents’ eyes as much. I mean, I guess I connected a lot to Hazel’s dad, so maybe there was some empathy there. But, I was trying to stay narrowly in Hazel’s mind and seeing the world as Hazel would see it.

And so, seeing the movie, I thought very differently about Augustus and about Hazel’s parents, and even about Van Houten. Each of those actors brings to their performance a realness, a sense that they are the center of their own story, just as anyone is.

It helped me to think differently and I guess more broadly about Gus, the challenges that he’s been through before the story begins, how that’s given him confidence but how also that confidence is real and it’s earned because he has integrated this disability into his life. But, it’s also a way of protecting himself. It’s also a way of protecting himself against the things that are harder for him now, or the way that his life has been changed, physically and emotionally by his disability.

TFiOS official movie posterStacy (Tree, Root & Twig): I’m wondering at what point during The Fault in Our Stars did you allow yourself to think, “This might really happen. This is going to really happen” because I know you’d been through this with some of your other books. Was there a point at which it just felt different and you really knew that it was going to all come together?

Mr. John Green: When they hired Josh to direct it, people said to me, “They don’t hire a director unless they’re going to make the movie.”

But I still–I didn’t believe that, because people in Hollywood say a lot of things. To be honest with you, I flew out to Pittsburgh thinking that they might pull the plug at the last second.

I remember asking the producer of the movie, “What is technically the commencement of principal photography,” because that’s when it gets very, very, very expensive not to make the movie.

And he was like, “We’re going to make the movie. It starts filming tomorrow.” And I was like, “But, this is not technically the commencement of principal photography?” And he was like, “No, that’s tomorrow.” And I was like, “Well, we’ll see.”

So, I mean, I did not let myself believe that it was going to happen until I was on set that morning, that first morning. I saw Hazel and her parents walk out of their house together and the cameras were rolling, and then I knew. And that was a great.

Stacey: What a moment.

Mr. John Green: It was a very special moment. It was almost like they designed that whole first day to be metaphorically resonant for me, to have them walking out of this house that looked so much like the Hazel’s house of my imagination and these people who looked so much like I’d dreamt of. It was like having a hallucination but that happens two or three years after you think the thing. It was very, very weird.

Stacey: That’s great, though. Congratulations that this all came to be. That’s wonderful.

Mr. John Green: Yeah, I just feel so lucky.

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Here’s more information about The Fault in Our Stars, in theaters June 6th:

Hazel and Gus are two extraordinary teenagers who share an acerbic wit, a disdain for the conventional, and a love that sweeps them — and us – on an unforgettable journey. Their relationship is all the more miraculous, given that they met and fell in love at a cancer support group. THE FAULT IN OUR STARS, based upon the number-one bestselling novel by John Green, explores the funny, thrilling and tragic business of being alive and in love.

Starring Shailene Woodley, Ansel Elgort, Willem Dafoe, Nat Wolff, Laura Dern, Sam Trammell, Mike Birbiglia, and Emily Peachey

Directed by Josh Boone

Screenplay by Scott Neustadter, based on the book by John Green

Produced by Marty Bowen, Wyck Godfrey

The Dyerville Tales by M.P. Kozlowsky: Exclusive Illustration Reveal & Giveaway

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Today, I am pleased to share an exclusive reveal of an illustration from the gorgeous new middle grade novel, The Dyerville Tales by M.P. Kozlowsky. Be sure to keep reading below for more about the book, and your chance to win a signed copy!

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Beautiful, no? There are even more stunning illustrations like this woven throughout The Dyerville Tales,which really help bring the magical story to life.

Dyerville hc cThe Dyerville Talesis in stores now. Here is the official synopsis:

Neil Gaiman’s Coraline meets Anne Ursu’s Breadcrumbs in M. P. Kozlowsky’s The Dyerville Tales, a powerfully imaginative middle-grade novel that blurs the line between fantasy and reality, from the author of Juniper Berry.

Vince Elgin is an orphan, having lost his mother and father in a fire when he was young. With only a senile grandfather he barely knows to call family, Vince was interned in a group home, dreaming that his father, whose body was never found, might one day return for him. When a letter arrives telling Vince his grandfather has passed away, he is convinced that if his father is still alive, he’ll find him at the funeral. He strikes out for the small town of Dyerville carrying only one thing with him: his grandfather’s journal. The journal tells a fantastical story of witches and giants and magic, one that can’t be true. But as Vince reads on, he finds that his very real adventure may have more in common with his grandfather’s than he ever could have known.

Its unique voice and ability to combine creepiness with great story and character development make The Dyerville Tales a real standout middle-grade novel.

About the Author:

M. P. Kozlowsky is also the author of Juniper Berry. A former schoolteacher, he lives in New York City with his wife and daughter. Visit him online at mpkozlowsky.com

Learn more about The Dyerville Talesand other excellent middle grade books from Walden Pond Press online:

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Now enter for your chance to win a signed copy of The Dyerville Tales. Just submit your entries using the Rafflecopter form here. U.S. only. Entries are due by midnight (PT) on May 15th.

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