Win one of 5 ARCs of DARKEST DAY by Emi Gayle

J. Taylor Publishing are giving away FIVE ARCs of Darkest Day by Emi Gayle!

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Mac Thorne’s time as a Changeling is coming to an end.

It may have taken eighteen years, but Mac did finally manage to do what the Council wanted: she chose a teacher and renounced the in-between.

There’s just one last step. She must say goodbye to her human. Forever.

After being challenged in every way possible, Mac leaves what she thought would be the easiest task for the last possible moment. As midnight on July fourth draws near, though, she hasn’t found a way to give up Winn Thomas.

Nor does she want to.

With time running out, Mac stands at a literal crossroads. Choose Winn, and she’ll be stripped of the only family she’s ever known — vampires, dragons, and her favorite demon. Even her own mother. Accept her position on the Council and rule as an equal to her twelve peers, and she’ll forget Winn ever existed.

Independence and freedom have never before been so limiting.

In this final chapter of the 19th Year Trilogy, it’s time for Mac to decide.

Responsibility? Or Love?

DARKEST DAY is the third installment in the 19th Year Trilogy, featuring Changeling Mac Thorne and her hot-geeky boyfriend Winn Thomas. And J. Taylor Publishing is giving away FIVE ARC copies.


You don’t even have to be a book blogger!

Nope, so long as you are willing to leave an honest review between the dates December 23rd 2013 – January 6th 2014, you are eligible to enter.


Then just fill out the form and keep your fingers crossed.

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About Emi Gayle:

Emi Gayle just wants to be young again. She lives vicariously through her youthful characters, while simultaneously acting as chief-Mom to her teenaged son and searching for a way to keep her two daughters from ever reaching the dreaded teen years.

Ironically, those years were some of Emi’s favorite times. She met the man of her dreams at 14, was engaged to him at 19, married him at 20 and she’s still in love with him to this day. She’ll never forget what it was like to fall in love at such a young age — emotions she wants everyone to feel.


YA Genres 101: What category does your YA novel fall into?

The first step to writing Young Adult novels is to figure out the story you want to tell. The next is choosing the best genre your story falls into. This is important as it will help you promote your novel when it comes time to write that dreaded query letter.  Of course, sometimes it’s difficult to know what genre you are writing in, which is why, beginning June 3, I am going to dive into the following list and give examples of the types of books you’ll find in each one.  I hope to see you here.  Keep in mind this list only touches the surface as there are sub and sub-sub genres, but these are the standard YA categories.  At the end, I will also reveal the results of a YA questionnaire I am sending out to a wide range of kids between the ages of 13 and 18.  I’m really looking forward to their answers.

  • Adventure
  • Alternate History
  • Apocalyptic/Post-Apocalyptic
  • Bildungsroman
  • Contemporary
  • Cyberpunk
  • Dystopian
  • Fantasy/Sci Fi
  • Gothic/Southern Gothic
  • Historical Fiction
  • Horror
  • Graphic Novels and Manga
  • Paranormal Romance
  • Realistic Fiction
  • Speculative Fiction
  • Steampunk
  • Urban Fantasy

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Most Anticipated 2013 YA Novels

Okay, folks.  Here are my top YA novel picks releasing in January and February of 2013.  Each month after I will post a list  of my top picks coming out the following month (if there are any).  My goal is to read all of these books on my list, but we’ll see as I’m still chipping away at my 2012 list.


Splintered  1/1  The Cadet of Tildor  1/10 Shadowlands 1/8

Shades of Earth (Across the Universe, #3) 1/15 Boundless (Unearthly, #3) 1/22 Asunder (Newsoul, #2) 1/29

Prodigy (Legend, #2)1/29  18 Things 1/24





Breaking Point (Article 5, #2) 2/2   Unravel Me (Shatter Me, #2)  2/5   Perfect Scoundrels (Heist Society, #3) 2/5

The Indigo Spell (Bloodlines, #3) 2/12 Sever (The Chemical Garden, #3) 2/12Scarlet (Lunar Chronicles, #2) 2/15


Highly anticipated YA Novels to release in June 2012!

June is a very, very busy month for new YA releases.  There’s a little something for everyone so I hope you find something that makes you go, “I’ve GOT to read that!”

June 1, 2012

   Divine Intervention by Martha Brockenbrough

Summary (from Goodreads):  There is a great legend of the guardian angel who traveled across time and space for the human girl he loved, slaying those who would threaten her with a gleaming sword made of heavenly light.

This is not that story.

Jerome Hancock is Heidi Devine’s guardian angel. Sort of. He’s more of an angel trainee, in heaven’s soul-rehabilitation program for wayward teens. And he’s just about to get kicked out for having too many absences and for violating too many of the Ten Commandments for the Dead.

Heidi, meanwhile, is a high school junior who dreams of being an artist, but has been drafted onto her basketball team because she’s taller than many a grown man. For as long as she can remember, she’s heard a voice in her head – one that sings Lynyrd Skynyrd, offers up bad advice, and yet is company during those hours she feels most alone.

When the unthinkable happens, these two lost souls must figure out where they went wrong and whether they can make things right before Heidi’s time is up and her soul is lost forever.

Martha Brockenbrough’s debut novel is hilarious, heartbreaking, and hopeful, with a sense of humor that’s wicked as hell, and writing that’s just heavenly.

June 5:

  Surrender (Possession #2) by Elana Johnson

Summary (from Goodreads)”The thrilling and seductive sequel to Possession puts love on the line in a dystopian struggle for independent thought.Forbidden love, intoxicating power, and the terror of control…     Raine has always been a good girl. She lives by the rules in Freedom. After all, they are her father’s rules: He’s the Director. It’s because of him that Raine is willing to use her talent—a power so dangerous, no one else is allowed to know about it. Not even her roommate, Vi.     All of that changes when Raine falls for Gunner. Raine’s got every reason in the world to stay away from Gunn, but she just can’t. Especially when she discovers his connection to Vi’s boyfriend, Zenn.      Raine has never known anyone as heavily brainwashed as Vi. Raine’s father expects her to spy on Vi and report back to him. But Raine is beginning to wonder what Vi knows that her father is so anxious to keep hidden, and what might happen if she helps Vi remember it. She’s even starting to suspect Vi’s secrets might involve Freedom’s newest prisoner, the rebel Jag Barque….

 A Midsummer’s Nightmareby Kody Keplinger

Summary (from Goodreads):  Whitley Johnson’s dream summer with her divorcé dad has turned into a nightmare. She’s just met his new fiancée and her kids. The fiancée’s son? Whitley’s one-night stand from graduation night. Just freakin’ great.

Worse, she totally doesn’t fit in with her dad’s perfect new country-club family. So Whitley acts out. She parties. Hard. So hard she doesn’t even notice the good things right under her nose: a sweet little future stepsister who is just about the only person she’s ever liked, a best friend (even though Whitley swears she doesn’t “do” friends), and a smoking-hot guy who isn’t her stepbrother…at least, not yet. It will take all three of them to help Whitley get through her anger and begin to put the pieces of her family together.

Filled with authenticity and raw emotion, Whitley is Kody Keplinger’s most compelling character to date: a cynical Holden Caulfield-esque girl you will wholly care about.

Shadow and Bone (The Grisha Trilogy, #1)Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo

Summary (from Goodreads):  Surrounded by enemies, the once-great nation of Ravka has been torn in two by the Shadow Fold, a swath of near impenetrable darkness crawling with monsters who feast on human flesh. Now its fate may rest on the shoulders of one lonely refugee.

Alina Starkov has never been good at anything. But when her regiment is attacked on the Fold and her best friend is brutally injured, Alina reveals a dormant power that saves his life—a power that could be the key to setting her war-ravaged country free. Wrenched from everything she knows, Alina is whisked away to the royal court to be trained as a member of the Grisha, the magical elite led by the mysterious Darkling.

Yet nothing in this lavish world is what it seems. With darkness looming and an entire kingdom depending on her untamed power, Alina will have to confront the secrets of the Grisha…and the secrets of her heart.

June 8:

The Goblin's Curse (Scions of Shadow, #3)The Goblin’s Curse: The Scions of Shadow Trilogy, Book (The Faire Folk Saga) by Gillian Summers

Summary (from Goodreads):

The thrilling conclusion to Keelie Heartwood’s tree shepherd adventures

Returning to the High Mountain Renaissance Faire in Colorado, Keelie Heartwood is looking forward to spending the summer with her two favorite elves: her dad and her boyfriend Sean. But nobody is crazy about her new, harmless (so far) pet goblin; and when word surfaces of a nearby goblin army, the elven high counsel unfairly points the finger at Keelie. Not even Sean believes she’s innocent. Someone is using dark magic, it seems, to weave false rumors and set dangerous fires. Could there be an old enemy in their midst?

June 12:

Timepiece (Hourglass, #2) Timepiece: An Hourglass Novel by Myra McEntire

Summary (from Goodreads):  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.

Rapture (Fallen, #4)Rapture by Lauren Kate

Summary (from Goodreads):  The sky is dark with wings . . . .

Like sand in an hourglass, time is running out for Luce and Daniel. To stop Lucifer from erasing the past they must find the place where the angels fell to earth. Dark forces are after them, and Daniel doesn’t know if he can do this—live only to lose Luce again and again.

Yet together they will face an epic battle that will end with lifeless bodies . . . and angel dust. Great sacrifices are made. Hearts are destroyed. And suddenly Luce knows what must happen.

For she was meant to be with someone other than Daniel. The curse they’ve borne has always and only been about her—and the love she cast aside. The choice she makes now will be the only one that truly matters.

In the fight for Luce, who will win?

The astonishing conclusion to the FALLEN series. Heaven can’t wait any longer.

June 24

Endlessly (Paranormalcy, #3)Endlessly by Kiersten White

Summary (from Goodreads):  Try as she might, Evie can’t seem to escape her not-so-normal past. And what was supposed to be a blissfully normal school break is ruined when a massive group of paranormals shows up at her house, claiming that Evie is the only one who can protect them from a mysterious, perilous fate.

The deadly war between the faerie courts looms ever closer. The clock is ticking on the entire paranormal world. And its future rests solely in Evie’s hands.

So much for normal.

With a perfect blend of humor and suspense, Endlessly is everything readers could dream of in a conclusion—and the unexpected twists will keep them guessing until the very last page.

For a list of additional YA books releasing in June, check out YAlit.

Happy Reading!