Friday, 22 May 2015

Cover Reveal! Serpentine by Cindy Pon

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Welcome to this week’s M9B Friday Reveal!

This week, we are revealing the cover for
Serpentine by Cindy Pon
presented byMonth9Books!

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SERPENTINE is a sweeping fantasy set in the ancient Kingdom of Xia and inspired by the rich history of Chinese mythology. 
Lush with details from Chinese folklore, SERPENTINE tells the coming of age story of Skybright, a young girl who worries about her growing otherness. As she turns sixteen, Skybright notices troubling changes. By day, she is a companion and handmaid to the youngest daughter of a very wealthy family. But nighttime brings with it a darkness that not even daybreak can quell. 
When her plight can no longer be denied, Skybright learns that despite a dark destiny, she must struggle to retain her sense of self – even as she falls in love for the first time. 
Vivid worldbuilding, incendiary romance, heart-pounding action, and characters that will win you over--I highly recommend Serpentine.Cinda Williams Chima, best-selling author of the Seven Realms and Heir Chronicles fantasy novels 
"Serpentine is unique and surprising, with a beautifully-drawn fantasy world that sucked me right in! I love Skybright's transformative power, and how she learns to take charge of it." ~Kristin Cashore, NYT Bestseller of the Graceling Realm Series 
"Serpentine's world oozes with lush details and rich lore, and the characters crackle with life. This is one story that you'll want to lose yourself in." ~ Marie Lu, New York Times bestselling author of Legend and The Young Elites

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Title: Serpentine
Publication date: September 8, 2015
Publisher: Month9Books, LLC.
Author: Cindy Pon
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Cindy Pon

Cindy Pon is the author of Silver Phoenix (Greenwillow, 2009), which was named one of the Top Ten Fantasy and Science Fiction Books for Youth by the American Library Association's Booklist, and one of 2009′s best Fantasy, Science Fiction and Horror by VOYA. The sequel to Silver Phoenix, titled Fury of the Phoenix, was released in April 2011. Serpentine, the first title in her next Xia duology, will be published by Month9Books in September 2015. She is the co-founder of Diversity in YA with Malinda Lo and on the advisory board of We Need Diverse Books. Cindy is also a Chinese brush painting student of over a decade. Visit her website at www.cindypon.com.

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Thursday, 21 May 2015

Two For Thursday: Daughter of Chaos and Predator

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Hello and welcome to this week’s Two for Thursday Book Blitz #T4T
presented by Month9books/Tantrum Books!

Today, we will be showcasing two titles that may tickle your fancy,
and we’ll share what readers have to say about these titles!
You just might find your next read!

This week, #T4T presents to you:
Daughter of Chaos by Jen McConnel and
Predator by Janice Gable Bashman!

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Witches must choose the path they will follow, and Darlena Agara is no exception. She’s been putting it off long enough, and in her case, ignoring it has not made it go away. In a moment of frustration, Darlena chooses to follow Red Magic, figuring she had outsmarted the powers that be, since there’s no such thing as Red Magic. But alas, Darlena’s wrong (again) and she becomes a newly declared Red Witch.
Her friends are shocked and her parents horrified by the choice Darlena has made. As a Red Witch, she now governs one third of the world’s chaos. She is the walking personification of pandemonium, turmoil, and bedlam, just as the patrons of Red Magic would have it to be.
But Darlena believes there must be more to Red Magic than chaos and destruction, and she sets out on a journey to achieve balance. Only doing so puts her at odds with the dark goddess Hecate, who simply will not allow Darlena to quit. She encourages Darlena to embrace who and what she is and to leave good magic to the good witches. If only Darlena could, life would be simple, and she would not be the Daughter of Chaos.
DAUGHTER OF CHAOS is the first in a YA paranormal trilogy.
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WHAT READER’S ARE SAYING:
At the beginning, this novel is reminiscent of other popular fantasy novels like the Harry Potter series by J. K. Rowling and the Percy Jackson series by Rick Riordan, but it quickly takes on a life of its own that will appeal to science fiction, fantasy, and young adult fans alike. Darlena’s struggles mirror issues that many teens face, making her a relate-able and likable main character. This is a title with wide appeal that will fly off the shelves.” – Voya Magazine

“Daughter of Chaos by Jen McConnel is a refreshing twist to the YA paranormal genre!”Dianne, Tome Tender

“Witches and Greek gods! This seriously couldn't get any better.” – Kelly Hashway, Author
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Jen McConnel
Jen McConnel now lives and writes in the beautiful state of North Carolina. When she isn't crafting worlds of fiction, she teaches writing composition at a community college. Once upon a time, she was a middle school teacher, a librarian, and a bookseller, but those are stories for another time.

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The hunt is on! Sixteen-year-old Bree Sunderland must inject herself with an untested version of her father’s gene therapy to become a werewolf in order to stop a corrupt group of mercenaries from creating a team of unstoppable lycanthrope soldiers.
When Bree went with her scientist father to Ireland, she thought it would be a vacation to study bog bodies. She never expected to fall in love with a mysterious young Irishman and certainly never expected to become the kind of monster her father said only existed in nightmares. Dr. Sunderland discovers that lycanthropy was not a supernatural curse but rather a genetic mutation. When they return home, her dad continues his research, but the military wants to turn that research into a bio weapons program and rogue soldiers want to steal the research to turn themselves into unstoppable killing machines.
Bree’s boyfriend Liam surprises her with a visit to the United States, but there are darker surprises in store for both of them. As evil forces hunt those she loves, Bree must become an even more dangerous hunter to save them all.
Bree will become the thing she hates, to protect those she loves!
'Predator' gives the werewolf legend a couple of new spins by introducing the Benandanti (an actual folkloric belief that certain families of Italy and Livonia were werewolves who fought against evil), as well as a modern scientific approach to mutation and the science of transgenics.

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“Predator is a fast-paced, creepy page-turner! Bashman had me at the opening sentence and she's still got me. I want more!”Nancy Holder, New York Times Bestselling Author, The Rules


“Every twist and fascinating revelation fell into place smoothly, with an ending that will leave readers wanting more. With this kind of originality on the page, it is exciting to speculate at the surprises Bashman will unveil next.”Suspense Magazine

“Predator" by Janice Gable Bashman is clean-teen fiction at it's best. It's smart, scary and suspenseful. The main character Bree is a super positive role model for teen girls--no mater what shape she takes” Jennifer, Author
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Janice Gable Bashman is the Bram Stoker nominated author of Wanted Undead or Alive and Predator. She is managing editor of the The Big Thrill (International Thriller Writers’ ezine). Janice lives with her family in the Philadelphia area, where she at work on her next novel. Visit her at janicegablebashman.com.

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Wednesday, 20 May 2015

The Scary Tales Book Tour: Interview with Rob E. Boley



Today we're featuring books by Rob E. Boley by having a chat with him. Learn all about these dark retellings of traditional tales.

Hi, Rob! Welcome to We Do Write. Tell us a bit about yourself.

I grew up in a small village called Enon near Dayton, Ohio. Growing up in a small town is great for creativity. You have three options: 1) be bored; 2) figure out interesting ways to entertain yourself; or 3) get in a lot of trouble. I did plenty of options 2 and 3.

I’ve been a writer since high school, but mostly only wrote poetry until my daughter was born in 2005. Something about becoming a dad made me want to tell stories. It grounded me a bit but also opened my mind at the same time. I wrote a few screenplays and short stories, and then some horrible novels that never ever ever need to see the light of day, until finally I started The Scary Tales.

Tell our readers a bit about THE SCARY TALES.

I call it a fairy tale of monstrous proportions.

In a nutshell, the series is a mash-up of your favorite fairy tale characters and horror’s most notorious monsters. It starts very small-scale with a familiar scene: seven dwarfs watch as a prince kisses Snow White to wake her from her cursed slumber. She wakes up, but she doesn’t wake up right.

Snow is now a deranged zombie. She bites the prince and the dwarf leader Bones. That leaves the young dwarf Grouchy—who has a mad crush on Snow—to try to find a cure for her zombie curse while fighting off her ever-growing horde of zombies.

As the books progress, everything gets more epic. We go from a rural setting to a village to a city. The curse has a life of its own and it conjures more twisted and dangerous monsters. And of course, new character mash-ups are introduced, such as a werewolf Red Riding Hood and a mummy Goldilocks.

Sounds so cool! How did the idea of the story come to you?

It’s totally my daughter Anna’s fault. When she first started watching movies, her first obsession was Disney’s Snow White. We watched it over and over again, the way that kids do.

I remember lying on the couch one evening watching that prince kiss Snow and thinking, “Well, that’s a lame curse. Wouldn’t it be all the better if that kiss just acted as a catalyst so that the curse entered a second viral outbreak stage?”

Once I started writing, the characters totally took over. The great thing about fairy tales is that they have such iconic character with rich symbolism. It’s a fun playground to be writing upon.

Are you a plotter or a pantser?

I’m mostly a pantser. A couple years ago, I had the good fortune of attending Jeffrey Ford’s afternoon fiction seminar at the Antioch Writers’ Workshop. I completely agree with his take on outlining: that if you overplan your story, then it’s dead on arrival. Your characters don’t get a chance to surprise you, and that’s totally my favorite part of writing: when my characters surprise me. And they do it often!

However, especially for novels, I do usually have a rough ending in mind. I have no idea how I’m getting there, but I know approximately the destination. For a short story, I’m happy to start with a solid premise and see where it takes me.

What’s the hardest part of writing for you?

Actually, for me, the hard part is not writing. I love to write.

Sure, it takes effort, but there’s not really one aspect of the act itself that’s particularly hard. New ideas are always coming to me. Writing them down in story form is a joy. Editing used to be a bothersome task, but as I’ve grown as a writer, I’ve come to love the act of wordsmithing and tightening up a manuscript.

I write 1,000 to 2,000 words a day, and I’ve found that to be a very achievable goal. The hard part is when life intervenes and gets in the way of writing, but I’m pretty adamant about it. I even write on holidays and vacations. If I don’t write, I get anxious. It keeps me happy and relaxed!

What do you absolutely have to have nearby when writing?

Shoes. I cannot and will not write barefoot.

Beyond that, coffee is usually a necessity. I mostly write in the morning, so I always have my Batman coffee mug on hand. In the evenings, I have a drink, too, tea or bourbon or maybe a glass of water.

But always shoes!

LOL. Okay. I can honestly say I've written more while in socks than I have in shoes, but to each their own. ;) If you could have any super power, what would it be?

Well, my favorite super hero is Batman, so I guess I’d want the super power of vast personal wealth and extreme stubbornness.

But barring that, it’d be cool to have Aquaman’s deep sea powers. To be able to breathe underwater and swim to the ocean’s deepest depths, that would be utterly amazing. There’s a whole other world down there, and we know so little about it. Plus, he can talk to the fish and whales, so I’d love to know what’s on their minds.

What's the weirdest thing you've googled?

Um, let’s not go there.

I mean, wow, just in the course of writing The Scary Tales series, I’m constantly googling horrible stuff related to injuries and diseases and corpses. Thankfully, the Internet has no shortage of terrible images and descriptions.

It seems like I’m constantly googling for details about pirate ships.

Finish this sentence: If I'm not writing, I'm probably ...

…playing a game with my daughter. I love games. A lot of my childhood memories are of playing board games and card games. So, I try to play often with my daughter. Games are great for keeping your mind sharp and playful. They’re a nice way to relax and have fun without just staring at a screen.

One of our favorites right now is called Loonacy, a very simple yet enduringly fun card game by Looney Labs. We play it most every day. Also, my daughter has to do math practice each week, and we usually accomplish that by playing our own version of math dice. We just roll five dice (a 20-sided, a 4-sided, two 6-sided, and a 12-sided) and then come up with equations using all the numbers. Fun stuff!

Here’s the part where you thank the people who are supporting you. Let's hear your shout outs.

Well, I have to give props to the Antioch Writers’ Workshop. Without that fine event, I wouldn’t have a writing career. Most especially, I have to thank the trio of fiction faculty members who have given me great guidance: Katrina Kittle, Les Edgerton, and Jeffrey Ford. In fact, it was Les who connected me with StoneGate Ink, publisher of The Scary Tales. And speaking of StoneGate, I have to thank Aaron Patterson and Kate Copsey at StoneGate for all that they’ve done for me. Some other fantastic authors and editors have been kind enough to support my writing in various ways: Jerry Gordon, Lawrence C. Connolly, Brady Allen, Neil Baker, and Linda Gerber.

My oldest friend, Frank Smith, is a trusted and wise reader. He always finds a way to make a story better. My co-parent, Cynthia Marshall, is also an astute and thoughtful reader. Finally, my daughter gets props for being patient with me when I have to write just 100 more words and for providing boundless inspiration.

Thanks for stopping by the blog!

Thanks so much for having me! I really appreciate it!

ROB E. BOLEY
Author Website: http://www.robboley.com
Twitter: http://twitter.com/robboley
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/RobBoleyAuthor
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4097555.Rob_E_Boley


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Monday, 18 May 2015

Revolution Blog Tour: The Revelation Series “Dream Cast”


Today we're joining the Revolution blog tour by indulging in a guest post by author Randi Cooley Wilson.

First, a bit about the book:

Revolution
by Randi Cooley Wilson

A King Rises

A Fate Seals
Realms Fall

Eve Collins has set in motion a chain of events that could destroy everything she’s ever loved. Surrounded by dangerous creatures, dark worlds, and the struggle to become who she was meant to be, Eve must complete her ascension and accept her destiny.

War has begun. Losing is not an option. With dangers lurking around each corner, and everything against her, will Eve sacrifice her own happiness in order to tip the scale of balance? Which side will rise to power, and which fall to fate?

In this fourth installment in The Revelation Series, Eve must risk it all in order to prevent a centuries old war.

Everything comes with a sacrifice, even love.


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The Revelation Series “Dream Cast”
by Randi Cooley Wilson

I’m often asked if The Revelation Series were to be turned into a movie, who would I like to see play some of your favorite characters. So, without further ado, here are my casting picks from Revolution (The Revelation Series, Book #4):


Eve Collins: Odette Annable
Asher St. Michael: Dean Geyer
Gage Gallagher: Alex Pettyfer
Callan: James Lafferty
Abby: Deborah Ann Woll
Keegan: Chris Evans
McKenna: Teresa Palmer
Michael:  Chris Hemsworth
Elizabeth: Sheetal Sheth
Nassa: Phoebe Tonkin

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About the Author:

Randi Cooley Wilson is a “New Adult” Paranormal/Fantasy and Contemporary Romance author. Randi was born and raised in Massachusetts where she attended Bridgewater State University and graduated with a degree in Communication Studies. After graduation she moved to California where she lived happily bathed in sunshine and warm weather for fifteen years. Randi makes stuff up, devours romance books, drinks lots of wine and coffee, and has a slight addiction to bracelets.

Website: http://randicooleywilson.com/
Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7843051.Randi_Cooley_Wilson
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Friday, 15 May 2015

Review and Giveaway: Destined for Dreams by Ginna Moran


I watch too much TV. I'll admit it. But last night, anyone who watches The Blacklist was (spoiler alert) treated to a turn of phrase we nearly never hear anymore when Red told Lizzie he was her Sin Eater. If you don't watch the show, that's fine, but let that sink in for a second. Sin Eater. One who
consumes the sins of another in order to purify them.

What a concept.

Well, of course, fresh out of Destined for Dreams by Ginna Moran, the word has a lot more depth, because she's spun this medieval concept into something complex and simultaneously both  horrifying and comforting. Although the story is told from the perspective of Hunter, a boy whose soul is trapped in the mind of Sin Eater, and Nadia, a girl who subsists on spoiling dreams by turning them into nightmares, it also focuses on Jacqueline, the Sin Eater stuck with Hunter in her mind.

To get an idea of what's going on in this one, check out the Author's blurb about Destined For Dreams: "Seventeen-year-old Nadia Petrov is an outcast in her tight-knit community of people with special abilities. Nadia must invade people’s dreams to survive. She sneaks into sleeping victims’ rooms, slips into their heads, and then turns their dreams into horrifying nightmares.
When a new girl arrives at her compound, Nadia can’t resist giving the girl a nightmare. In the dream world, Nadia discovers Hunter Sullivan, a soul trapped in the girl’s mind. Intrigued by Hunter, Nadia secretly builds a relationship with him in the dream world, and they find solace through each other.
Unable to accept a love fated for dreams, Nadia must risk losing the safety of her community to help Hunter get back to his body before he’s lost forever."

Sound like fun? It pretty much is. There are some caveats with this piece. First person, present tense can be tricky for some readers, so knowing it ahead of time is good. Also, there's a bit of Deus ex Machina at work in different moments.

What I like the most about Destined for Dreams is the complex nature of the relations between the human world and the supernatural world, and how in Destined for Dreams, the characters are living at a time when it's basically come to all out war in a way that reminds me of both Nazi Germany and also of a dystopian version of life under the Patriot Act.

Moran's characters have complex histories that drive their decisions, and due to the nature of Nadia's power, every time she goes in for more information, there is this constant dread that her victim might wake. It lends a nice urgency to every moment spent with Hunter. That's cool.

I do wish that there was a little more difference in the voices of the characters, but it's not a deal breaker for me. On the balance, it's a fun read.

     

   


Ginna Moran is a writer living in Austin, Texas but originally from Southern California. She started writing poetry as a teenager in a spiral notebook that she still has tucked away on her desk today. Her love of writing grew after she graduated high school and she completed her first unpublished manuscript at age eighteen.
When she realized her love of writing was her life's passion, she studied literature at Mira Costa College in Northern San Diego. Besides writing novels, she was senior editor, content manager, and image coordinator for Crescent House Publishing Inc. for four years.
Aside from Ginna's professional life, she enjoys binge watching television shows, playing pretend with her daughter, and cuddling with her dogs. Some of her favorite things include chocolate, anything that glitters, cheesy jokes, and organizing her bookshelf.
Ginna is currently hard at work on her next novel.


  

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M9B Friday Reveal: Book Trailer Reveal for Joshua and the Lightning Road by Donna Galanti with Giveaways #M9BFridayReveals

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Welcome to this week’s M9B Friday Reveal!
This week, we are featuring the book trailer for
Joshua and the Lightning Road by Donna Galanti
presented by Tantrum Books/Month9Books!
There are two (2) giveaway opportunities available.
Find out more information at the end of the post!

Enjoy the Trailer!!

Joshua and The Lightning Road
Stay away from the window, don’t go outside when it’s storming and whatever you do, do not touch the orb.
Twelve-year-old Joshua Cooper’s grandpa has always warned him about the dangers of lightning. But Joshua never put much stock in his grandpa’s rumblings as anything more than the ravings of an old man with a vast imagination. Then one night, when Joshua and his best friend are home alone during a frightful storm, Joshua learns his grandpa was right. A bolt of lightning strikes his house and whisks away his best friend—possibly forever.
To get him back, Joshua must travel the Lightning Road to a dark place that steals children for energy. But getting back home and saving his friend won’t be easy, as Joshua must face the terrifying Child Collector and fend off ferocious and unnatural beasts intent on destroying him.
In this world, Joshua possesses powers he never knew he had, and soon, Joshua’s mission becomes more than a search for his friend. He means to send all the stolen children home—and doing so becomes the battle of his life.


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Title: Joshua and the Lightning Road
Publication date: May 19, 2015
Publisher: Month9Books, LLC.
Author: Donna Galanti
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Donna Galanti
Donna is the author of the Joshua and The Lightning Road series and the Element Trilogy. She is a contributing editor to International Thriller Writers the Big Thrill magazine and blogs at www.project-middle-grade-mayhem.blogs..., a cooperative of published middle grade authors. Visit her at www.donnagalanti.com and www.ElementTrilogy.com. Donna wanted to be a writer ever since she wrote a murder mystery screenplay at seven and acted it out with the neighborhood kids. She attended an English school housed in a magical castle, where her wild imagination was held back only by her itchy uniform (bowler hat and tie included!). There she fell in love with the worlds of C.S. Lewis and Roald Dahl, and wrote her first fantasy about Dodo birds, wizards, and a flying ship (and has been writing fantasy ever since). She’s lived in other exotic locations, including her family-owned campground in New Hampshire and in Hawaii where she served as a U.S. Navy photographer. She now lives with her family and two crazy cats in an old farmhouse and dreams of returning one day to a castle.

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To enter: Pre-order Joshua and the Lightning Road from your favorite bookseller and email proof of purchase to LightningRoadContest@gmail.com.
First Prize: Apple iPad Mini 16GB
Second Prize: $25 B&N Gift Card
Third Prize: Signed map of the book's world, the Lost Realm
Proof of purchase must be received before May 17th, 2015 at 11:59 p.m. EST to qualify. Open to U.S. residents only. Winners will be chosen using a random number generator and notified by May 22, 2015.


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