The Fall 2017 YA Scavenger Hunt has Begun!


FALL 2017 #YASH has begun! And you’re hunting with Team Purple!!

What is #YASH?  It’s a bi-annual event first organized by author Colleen Houck as a way to give readers a chance to gain access to exclusive bonus material from their favorite authors … and a chance to win some awesome books and other prizes! This Fall, there are 80 authors divided into six teams. I’m on Team Purple. Each author on each team has agreed to give away at least one book to the grand prize winner. As a scavenger hunter, you can hunt on as many teams as you want, but you’ll need to play fast. This contest is only open October 3-8, 2017. When you visit each author’s site, make sure you look for other chances to win extra prizes as a lot of authors have giveaways going on separately that you don’t want to miss (I have one going on, so make sure you check it out!)

What exactly are you hunting for?  A number.  Each author on the team will have a special number embedded in their post. Add up the number clues for your team, head over to the Rafflecopter giveaway that matches the team color, and enter the number. That’s it. As you read my post, you will see I’ve mentioned the number a few times (just in case you missed it). While I mention it several times, you will only use it once. If you win the grand prize for the team, you’ll get a book from each of the authors on the team.  Only entries with the correct number will qualify to win.

Rules: the contest is open internationally. Prizes must be claimed within 48 hours or the prize will be re-drawn. You must be 16 years or older, or have the permission of a guardian to enter. Duplicate entries will be deleted. To be eligible for the grand prize, you must submit the completed entry form by October 8, 2017, at noon Pacific Time. You must enter to win before then. Good luck and happy hunting! Entries sent without the correct number or without contact information will not be considered.

Want to see all the books involved in this Hunt?  Check out the Goodreads List and start salivating.

I’m super excited to be hosting the awesome Meg Kessel, author of BLACK BIRD OF THE GALLOWS.  

I’ve stared at this cover at least 18 times and I fall in love with it more and more each time I look at it. It’s so dark and macabre and so cool. Plus, it has garnered an awesome review from Kirkus which you can read here, and has already received over 130 5-star reviews on Goodreads!!!  That’s fantastic!!

So who is this gal, Meg Kassell?

Bio

Meg Kassel is an author of fantasy and speculative books for young adults. A graduate of Parson’s School of Design, she’s always been creating stories, whether with visuals or words. She has always been fascinated and inspired by the fantastic, the creepy, and the futuristic. When she’s not writing, Meg is reading, hanging out with her family, or playing video games. You can find Meg on Social Media at the following locations.

Website ǀ Facebook ǀ Instagram ǀ Tumblr ǀ Twitter

And now on to the EXCLUSIVE CONTENT … (yay!)

Now that we’ve all fallen in love with that cover, we need to discover what’s between the pages that follow. How about a hint and an excerpt to get your reading buds flowing?

Synopsis

A simple but forgotten truth: Where harbingers of death appear, the morgues will soon be full.

Angie Dovage can tell there’s more to Reece Fernandez than just the tall, brooding athlete who has her classmates swooning, but she can’t imagine his presence signals a tragedy that will devastate her small town. When something supernatural tries to attack her, Angie is thrown into a battle between good and evil she never saw coming. Right in the center of it is Reece—and he’s not human.

What’s more, she knows something most don’t. That the secrets her town holds could kill them all. But that’s only half as dangerous as falling in love with a harbinger of death.

Excerpt

*Note: Black Bird of the Gallows is told in first person by music-loving, high school senior, Angie Dovage. She’s the heroine, and it’s her story, but this excerpt is from some bonus material I’m working on seen through (the hero) Reece’s eyes. In the book, there’s a scene where Angie follows him when he goes out hunting death. It marks the beginning of the unravelling of his secret, so while Angie is following at a discrete distance, this is what’s going on with Reece:

When I’m tired, I sleep. When I’m hungry, I eat. I feel pain and heal as slowly as any human. As years pass, I age. On paper, I could be a normal boy. At first glance, I could pass for one of you. But I am not one of you.

I’m a harbinger of death. Food isn’t the only thing I hunger for. The other hunger is the reason I’m going out tonight. Also, because I’m trying to get my hot, arty neighbor, Angie Dovage off my mind. That isn’t happening until my group and I fly out of this town. Even now, riding in a car with Cody Knox, a new friend and fellow hockey player, I can’t get that girl out of my head.

I listen with as much patience as I can muster as Cody starts in on how he’d like to ask out Ava Chen, but is convinced she’d never say yes. She likes guys smarter than he is, he says. She doesn’t like guys who play sports. I nod at that. It’s a problem I identify with. Angie doesn’t seem the slightest bit interested in sports or the people who play them. I wish I played the bass guitar. Maybe, if I were a musician, she’d be able to overlook my…eccentricities. Not that she should. Even if we got along great, I won’t be in Cadence long enough for a thing between us to go anywhere.

My fingernails scratch at my coat’s arm seam. This ride feels like it’s taking forever.

“Hey Reece,” Cody says. “Did you leave a girlfriend in your last school?”

I shrug with a smirk and a snort. “No one girl in particular,” is my lazy reply. The truth is, there was no one at all, but of course, I think of Angie: survivor. Secret musician. Girl of the bright, sad eyes that look like they dont trust what they see.

Girl I can’t stop thinking about.

 

Wow. That is like 18 times crazy, huh? Could you imagine dating a harbinger of death … and surviving? I just got chill bumps all up and down arms. Thousands of them…times 18!!

If you’re like me, you need to have this book in your hand. You can pre-order it at the following:

AmazonB&NBAMKobo & Indiebound.

CONTINUE THE HUNT 

Next author on the list to visit is the super-amazing, talented author, Lea Nolan!!!

Make sure you spread the word!

ADDITIONAL  GIVEAWAY!!!

I’m running another special giveaway.  Everyone who leaves a comment below (it could be anything: favorite YA book, favorite YA character, etc) will have a chance to win a paperback copy of the 2nd book in my Chronicles of Fallhollow series, RAGE OF THE DRAGON KING:

AND winner’s choice of one of the following $10 gift cards

     

*NOTE:  As this book does not release until the end of October, the Additional giveaway will not be gifted until Nov. 3.

Good luck to everyone and happy hunting!!

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It’s Finally Here! The Cover Reveal for RAGE OF THE DRAGON KING!


Oh my gosh!! The day is finally here!!! I can’t believe it. I’ve been sitting on this for what feels like forever, wanting to share it with you, but I couldn’t. But now I can, so here it is, the beautiful new cover to the second novel in The Chronicles of Fallhollow trilogy, RAGE OF THE DRAGON KING!

Isn’t it gorgeous!!!

Want to know what it’s about? Keep reading.

Synopsis

David and Charlotte paid their dues. They traveled to another realm, battled the Dragon King, recovered the all-important magic key to the mage tunnels, and found the heir to the throne of Hirth, as promised. Now it’s time to go home. There’s just one problem: the powerful crystals needed to activate the tunnels have been stolen…and David’s parents have mysteriously disappeared along with them.

Guess who’s not going home to Havendale anytime soon.

Eric Hamden, squire extraordinaire, survived the poisonous knick of a shadowmorth’s blade, rescued the king of Hirth from the bowels of the dragon’s lair, and confronted a heartbreaking betrayal that nearly got him killed. Still reeling from the news, Eric sets his sights on a daring rescue only to wind up in a prison of his own with David and Charlotte at his side. But rescues come in strange ways, and before they know it, the three end up in David’s hometown of Havendale…and Eric gets a quick schooling in Modern Life 101.

He’d rather fight a dragon.

With secrets, lies, and betrayals meeting them at every turn, David, Charlotte, and Eric soon discover that Havendale isn’t the sanctuary they’d hoped for. Even their best-laid plans can’t prepare them for the danger that stalks them. This time, no amount of magic or prayers can save them. War has been declared, and in the final battle, someone must make the ultimate sacrifice.

And now … A behind the Scenes look at

RAGE OF THE DRAGON KING

and

The Chronicles of Fallhollow Trilogy

The Chronicles of Fallhollow series has been in the making for years, and I do mean years.

Ever since I was a little girl, I dreamed of telling this story. It was loosely based on my awesome hero Army dad and the castles I visited while in Germany. I read a lot of fantasy/princess stories when I was little, and whenever I played dress up, I imagined myself trapped in a tower like Rapunzel, and some gorgeous prince would ride up on his white steed and save me from my prison.

As I grew older, my innocence faded and I became the ugly duckling that the kids picked on. I was called names and ridiculed, and many times, I came home from school in tears. I always tried to put on this brave front, but in the quiet of my room, I withdrew further into myself, and the story I wanted to tell.

And this time, there were dragons. And the main one was going to destroy all the bullies, a handsome prince would still save me, and the world was going to live happily ever after.

Flash forward.  My dad died when I was almost 12. He was Active duty. One day he was training troops in Clemson, SC. The next day he was gone. It seemed unfair somehow, to have fought in three wars for his country to die of a heart attack. Why? What was it all for, the wars, the fighting, the getting wounded (he had a bullet hole scar in his shoulder that always fascinated me as a kid), to die alone? And then I remembered something he said to me once, and those words are forever printed in the opening of book one in the Chronicle of Fallhollow series, IN THE SHADOW OF THE DRAGON KING. He did it because he believed in his country, the protection of his family, and freedom.

And so, I knew I had to write the series that had been swarming in my head ever since I was a kid. War, bullies, dragons, knights, heroes, and freedom. Throw in a few fairies, a meadow gnome, a snarky boy and girl, and hey … story born.

But the early writings were so different than they are today. In the beginning, there were three small fairies:  Poochkie, Marasha and Fisco, early-teen human, David, hero knight, Trog, and bad dragon Einar. But, after many, many reviews, the fairies went away, David got older and the story evolved. It was still a tale about bullies and heroes, but it also became a story about love and honor and sacrifice. It’s also about the world I grew up in – the military life. It’s about seeing firsthand what war does to people, including my dad. Back then, the docs didn’t have terms like PTSD. The warriors merely suffered with what they saw, what they went through. I imagine it was the same in medieval/Renaissance times.

RAGE OF THE DRAGON KING picks up two weeks after book one ends. There’s been a huge battle, people died that shouldn’t have, but that’s what happens when a bully attacks and starts a war. Many people have commented that the two main teen characters in the book complain and whine a lot. They do. I know how I would have felt being in David and/or Eric’s shoes. They’d been sheltered, coddled, kept in the dark about reality. All of a sudden there’s this massive bully that is threatening everything and everyone, they are still being kept in the dark about certain things and yet they’re being forced into defending themselves and the world based on a simple “Do it because I told you to” mentality. I’d complain, too.

In the second book, RAGE OF THE DRAGON KING, our main characters begin to realize that complaining doesn’t get them very far, and sometimes, you have to join forces with people you may not like, but then you find out they’re your BFFs, and no one else has your back like your BFF. But then stuff happens and more stuff happens and you’re standing in the midst of chaos thinking, “Holy shiznit! What the heck am I going to do now?” And then more stuff happens and your breath is stolen from your body, but then you learn quickly how to breathe again only to be like, “Whoa!”

RAGE OF THE DRAGON KING is fierce, it’s chaotic, it’s heartbreaking, and a beta reader called it ‘spellbinding’ (that made me tingle inside). I hope you find it equally enjoyable. There will be one more book after RAGE OF THE DRAGON KING, and it will bring the story full circle. I hope to see you around for the grand finale. It will be explosive.

RAGE OF THE DRAGON KING will be available October 24 from fine retailers everywhere.

Also available – Book 1 in the Chronicles of Fallhollow:  IN THE SHADOW OF THE DRAGON KING

Cinderella, Necromancer


Today, author F.M. Boughan is going to tell you why you’re going to love her new book, CINDERELLA, NECROMANCER. I gotta tell you. I’m looking forward to reading this one.

Take it, Ms. Boughan…

Why You’ll Love This Book

When I got the topic for this guest post, I did a bit of a double take. Because, why will you love Cinderella, Necromancer?

I mean, you might not.

You might not love fairy-tales or fairy-tale retellings. You might not love stories set in Medieval Europe. You might not love historical details, and you might not love it when fantasy-esque tales are based on real life events. Maybe you hate grimoires! Maybe you don’t even like magic.

It’s possible that you don’t like necromancy. Dark magic! Dead people! Evil spirits! Eww. You might hate the notion of a teenaged girl drawing on dark powers and controlling her own destiny. You might absolutely detest the concept of a heroine taking agency over her life and her future.

Maybe you don’t like mice and horses and secret passages. Maybe you don’t like pumpkins and balls and beautiful dresses. Maybe you’re totally sick of princes and graveyards and mysterious happenings in the night!

And I suppose it’s also possible that you detest gothic theming, good winning over evil, and the redemption of characters who do the wrong things for the right reasons.

You might also hate happy endings.

Why will you love this book?

I mean, if you do enjoy any or all of those things… I hope you’ll like it. Maybe you’ll even love it!

But you might not.

I guess you’d better read it and find out. 😉

 

 

Cover Reveal: Poppy Mayberry: Return To Power Academy (Nova Kids #2) by Jennie K. Brown


 

Welcome to the Cover Reveal for

Poppy Mayberry: Return To Power Academy
(Nova Kids #2) by Jennie K. Brown

Be on the lookout for this upcoming title from
Tantrum Books!

 

HERE WE GO!
WHAT DO YOU THINK OF THE COVER?

 

 

Finding out you were wrong about something important can be a let down. But Poppy is pleased to learn she’s not just a Monday. She’s a Cusper, a weekday lucky enough to have TWO powers. Poppy’s elation is short-lived when she, Ellie, Logan, and Sam return to Power Academy as camp counselors, only to find themselves out of their element and struggling with the new drama teacher and his disaster of a school musical. When some campers go missing, Poppy and her team of weekdays are on the case. Soon, Poppy begins to realize that much like her powers, the seemingly-perfect town of Nova has some flaws, and the origin of her powers is as questionable as Headmistress Clothes-too-tight Larriby’s choice in outfits.If only there were more days in the week!

Poppy Mayberry: Return To Power Academy
(Nova Kids #2) by Jennie K. Brown
Publication Date: October 10, 2017
Publisher: Tantrum Books

Available for Pre-order
Amazon

 

 

Jennie K. Brown is a high school English teacher by day, freelance magazine writer by night, and middlegrade/young adult author by late-night and weekend. When she isn’t teaching or writing, Jennie can be found reading a good book, traveling, or spending time with her awesome husband, amazing son and super-spoiled yorkie.In 2010, the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) named Jennie the Pennsylvania English teacher of excellence, and she currently serves as President of the Pennsylvania Council for Teachers of English and Language Arts (PCTELA). She is also an active member of SCBWI, NCTE and ALAN.

 

 

BRAVING THE ELEMENTS – A Fantasy Anthology


This is not YA but it’s fantasy, so it got my attention.  I am very familiar with all of these authors and I know their work and I’ve read this book and OMG!!!  Fan-tab-ulous!!!  My review will post soon, but for now, join me in wishing BRAVING THE ELEMENTS a happy book birthday!!

Braving the Elements

A Fantasy Anthology

By Various Authors

Publisher: Roane Publishing

Release Date: September 4, 2017

 

Claire Davon – The Dragon, the Witch, and the Swordswoman

Michael Siciliano – Forging Mettle

Kelly Said – The Myth of Mount Agony

Terri Rochenski – Mist Weaver

Rebecca Hart – Alice and the Egg

 

The Dragon, The Witch, and the Swordswoman

By Claire Davon

As the person responsible for calling the bronze dragon that destroyed her village, Losha is tasked with killing it. Failure to do so means she will be outcast from everything she has ever known. Yet one she is on the road, two local women in tow, she finds that she is strangely reluctant to harm the beast that lurks in her mind.

After an encounter with an oddly familiar old woman and a knight in a small hamlet Losha is more confused than ever. On one hand, failure to slay the dragon means she cannot return to the promise of marriage from a local boy yet the more she learns about the dragon the less she wants to harm it.  It, like the bronze sword that is her only defense, speaks to her in a way nothing else has.

The stage is set for a final showdown between knight and beast when the knight’s true quest is revealed and Losha must choose between all she has ever known, or the companionship of an old woman…and a dragon.

Forging Mettle

By Michael Siciliano

Xander, a teenaged street thief in the grimy slums of Low Town, discovers he has an innate magical talent on the same night his father is killed. Intent on getting revenge, he attempts a risky robbery which goes bad. Rather than face the hangman’s noose, Xander agrees to accompany a group of soldiers intent on finding a powerful magical artifact. But the Beggar’s Hand isn’t what the King’s sorcerer thinks. Deep in the mountains, Xander must make life and death decisions, not just for himself, but the Kingdom he calls home.

The Myth of Mt Agony

By Kelly Said

Meadow’s mere presence ensures the Morningstar farm produces with preternatural abundance. A dirt-dusted foster-child, she hungers for harmony with Auric’s lands.

Valcone is the reclusive prince of Auric. Confined to his room—for the safety of his subjects—he craves control over his persuasive powers.

The prince and the farmgirl’s powerful personalities will collide with epic force when a war erupts between Auric and a neighboring kingdom. With Auric’s fate on the line, Valcone tests the limits of his ability. He amplifies his steady push into a forceful shove against Meadow’s gentle Nature. The Earth-shaper finds herself between a rock and a hard place, literally, where the only choice to save her family may lie in surrendering to the destructive force of her ground-breaking ability.

Mist Weaver

By Terri Rochenski

Dolan wants nothing more than to escape his village for the big city where his small stature and unpleasant features won’t make him the recipient of constant ridicule by the lord of the manor and his heir, Gilroy. The mist that dances to the sweet notes of Dolan’s flute is his only camaraderie and the only beauty in his life—except for Keavy.

When the kind milkmaid is faced with unwanted attentions, Dolan must defend her honor with a choice that will ultimately change his life.

Alice and the Egg

By Rebecca Hart

Alice would do anything for her father, the only parent she’s ever known since her mother’s death in childbirth. When he falls ill, Alice doesn’t hesitate when the opportunity to barter her life for his is presented by Jayden, the prince and only heir to the Dragorean throne.

It doesn’t take long for Alice to realize the palace has secrets. Ones that relate to her own past more than she could ever have imagined. If she can find a way to play the game of secrets well enough, not only could she save her father, she just may manage to save herself as well. 

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 PURCHASE LINKS

Blog Tour Schedule

September 4th

Release Day Blitz

Scribbler’s Sojourn – Top Two List

Jennifer M. Eaton – Favorite Five List

September 5th

Mythical Books – Ebook giveaway 

September 6th

Reviews by Crystal – Author Interview 

September 7th

Liz’s Reading Life – Author Interview

Sharon Hughson, Author – Author Interview 

September 8th

Lynn’s Romance Enthusiasm
– Review

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GIVEAWAY!!

Enter here for a chance to win a $50 Amazon gift card!

Just THUNDERCLAP It!!


Hey all:

Sorry I haven’t posted in a while. I’ve been in the editing and writing cave forever, but it’s all starting to pay off.

Book 2 in the Chronicles of Fallhollow has cleared its final round of edits and is about to be released. The big day is October 24, and I’ll be calling on all of you that week to help with the big shout out, but for now, I’m going to let you in on a secret.

I have a cover reveal in September and I absolutely love it, but I will need your help to promote it. How can you do that, you ask? I’m going to create a Thunderclap campaign.  If you’re not familiar with Thunderclap, it’s an automated ‘shout out’ system that sends one email out to your platform on one day to help promote the item, in this case, my 2nd book.  All you need to do is sign up and the program will do the rest.

I’m going to create a Thunderclap campaign. If you’re not familiar with Thunderclap, it’s an automated ‘shout out’ system that sends one message to your Twitter/Facebook/Tumbler/Gmail platform on one day to help promote an item, in this case, my 2nd book.  All you need to do is sign up and the Thunderclap program will do the rest.

I’ll be posting the link for the Thunderclap campaign this weekend so you can sign up if you so choose to.  I’m hoping to get at least 100 people shouting about the book cover, so once you get the link, please feel free to share it with your friends so they can sign up and shout out, too.

Thank you in advance for your support. Newsletter subscribers who take part in the Thunderclap will also be entered into a special surprise giveaway, but you must sign up for my newsletter before September 11. My newsletter will be undergoing a small change this weekend. It will have a new title: “Myth, Magic, Fantasy”, and a slightly different look, so please be on the lookout for that.  The link to my newsletter is here. Hope to see you there.

Thank you again for your amazing support! See you soon!!

 

                                                      Jenny

Name that Shape-Shifting Dragon Prince! And the winner is…


image courtesy of http://elevit-stock.deviantart.com/art/E-S-Snow-Dragon-580113602

 

On June 11 I started a contest to name a character in my 3rd book: a shape-shifter Prince of dragons. The person who submitted the winning name would be mentioned in the credits of the book. As a bonus, the winner will also receive signed copies of all three books in The Chronicles of Fallhollow series when the third one releases and there may be some additional goodies tucked in with the books. I think I’ll keep that a surprise.

So who is the lucky winner? Why it’s

with her winning name of

I LOVE this name. There were a few I liked but when I inserted this name in the blank spots in my book, the story flowed. Prince Venniver suits this character to a T! His attitude, the way he speaks. I knew the second I put his name in the line where he first appears this was the name to use. Thank you, Deby!!

Thank you all for playing along! Stay tuned for more giveaways and contests and general, all-around fun!!

 

Proud to be an Army Brat


I’m an army brat and I’m proud to say it. My dad served this country with honor and dignity from the age of 18 until he died at the age of 49. He fought in WWII, Korea, and Vietnam twice. Like many of our service men and women, he saw things in war a person should never have to see. He slept with his demons, wrestled with his guilt. He was a soldier. A fighter. A commander shouting orders, some he probably wished he’d never given. He watched friends die, families torn apart. When not at war, he trained the troops. He went fishing. He watched baseball. Through it all, he did his best to provide a good life for his wife, his son and daughter. He rarely complained and didn’t allow his kids to complain either. He taught me to face my problems head on, that nothing was too powerful to defeat me.

I forget that sometimes, but then I hear his voice inside of me yelling at me to pick myself up by my bootstraps and keep going. Thank you, Daddy.

When I was 8-years-old, my dad volunteered to go back to Vietnam. I didn’t understand. I wanted him to stay with me. At a baseball game I asked him why he had to go. He told me something that stuck with me my entire life. I’m sure I don’t have his words absolutely correct but it’s how I remember them. Even at the time I thought them to be profound, and they affected me so much, I put a version of them in my novel (doctored up to fit the fantasy tale that it is.) Here is what that Alabama boy had to say:

“War is a necessary evil. Unfortunately, we all battle some sort of enemy either within or around us every day. The true test of our character lies in the instant when we choose to either ignore or defeat that which seeks to destroy us. Fighting out there … it’s the same thing. This country has seen its share of battles and ridden the wings of freedom for a long time, but there are enemies out there who want to kill us, who threaten our very existence, who wish to stifle the God-given rights of every person on the planet. Trust me, I’d much rather stay home, go to baseball games, drink my beer, but I have to do this. I have to defend what’s dear to me – you, your mom, your brother, my country. The right to sit here, to watch people smack a ball around with a stick, to see people act like idiots if they want. I do what I do so they’ll always have the right to do so. I don’t want to die, but if I do, my death won’t be for nothing. After all, what is more honorable than giving one’s life for love of family, country…and freedom.”

He passed away on July 10, 1972 while on active duty. He was one of the most honorable men I have ever known.

On this Fourth of July, while you’re eating your hamburgers and hot dogs, while you’re watching the fireworks, don’t forget to thank the millions like my dad who fought and still fight, to preserve not only our freedoms but freedoms and God-given rights of people around the world. We owe them everything for keeping us free.

So, if you see a Vet or a service man or woman, say thank you. Honor them. Respect them, for they are the keepers of Old Glory. They are the ones who keep us free. Remember the price. Remember the sacrifice.

Freedom is never free.

 

 

 

 

And the winner in the mini YA Scavenger Hunt is … (drum roll please)


Hi everyone.

From June 1 to June 7, I took part in the YA Scavenger Hunt sponsored by The Alliance of Young Adult Authors. Over 66,000 people played along and entered the grand prize giveaway.  I didn’t have quite that many enter my mini giveaway, but it was still respectable at 41 entries!!  I’ll take it!

Today, I am announcing the winner of that mini giveaway and the winner is…

Congratulations, Katherine!!!

Katherine is the lucky winner of my book, IN THE SHADOW OF THE DRAGON KING

 and

A COURT OF WINGS AND RUIN (her choice)

Thank you, everyone, for playing along.  Please sign up for my newsletter to get the latest news on upcoming giveaways, Young Adult books, interviews and more.