Oct 23, 2017

Blog Blast w/ Giveaway! - Haven by Mary Lindsey


Haven by Mary Lindsey
Published by: Entangled Publishing
Publication date: November 7th 2017

Genres: Paranormal, Young Adult

About the Book
“We all hold a beast inside. The only difference is what form it takes when freed.”
Rain Ryland has never belonged anywhere. He’s used to people judging him for his rough background, his intimidating size, and now, his orphan status. He’s always been on the outside, looking in, and he’s fine with that. Until he moves to New Wurzburg and meets Friederike Burkhart.
Freddie isn’t like normal teen girls, though. And someone wants her dead for it. Freddie warns he’d better stay far away if he wants to stay alive, but Rain’s never been good at running from trouble. For the first time, Rain has something worth fighting for, worth living for. Worth dying for.


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About the Author
Mary Lindsey is a multi award-winning, RITA® nominated author of romance for adults and teens. She lives on an island in the middle of a river. Seriously, she does. When not writing, she wrangles her rowdy pack of three teens, two Cairn Terriers, and one husband.
Inexplicably, her favorite animal is the giant anteater and at one point, she had over 200 "pet" Madagascar Hissing Cockroaches. The roaches are a long story involving three science-crazed kids and a soft spot for rescue animals. The good news is, the "pet" roaches found a home... somewhere else.


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Oct 22, 2017

Building the Book Pile #256

Welcome to Building the Book Pile!  A Weekly meme inspired by Stacking the Shelves

Hello Readers, Bloggers, and Awesome people! 

Wow what a week, I went to the dentist, had a bunch of fun things go up on the blog, then had my tattoo filled in more - which means I have 1 whole wing done!, and now I am relaxing for a bit but planning on going to the movies today and going to see my little brother in a skate competition... never a dull moment over here.

Still SO many GIVEAWAYS up on the blog and more to come this week! - links are below.
How is your month going?
 
Don't forget to visit my knits shop - proceeds will probably go to buying books ;)

https://www.etsy.com/shop/StephsSimpleScarves


  Giveaways  on Cover2CoverBlog!
SO MANY!
 
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Coming up on the Blog

Blog Blast w/ GIVEAWAY! - Haven by Mary Lindsey (YA)
Recent Reads: Dog Daze (Honey Moon #1) by Sofi Benitez (MG)
Early Reader Review: Random Illustrated Facts by Mike Lowery (GN)
Early Reader Review: Welcome Home, Beaver by Magnus Weightman (Youth)
Blog Blast w/ GIVEAWAY!- Better off Undead by James Preller (MG)

Books Received this Week   

Banished (The Storymakers, #3) 
Banished (The Storymakers #3) By Besty Schow from Netgalley and Sourcebooks for review.

 Have you missed anything lately?

Week of October 15 - October 21

Comment and leave me a link to your Round-up/ STS/ Weekly...anything, post and I will happily stop by and say hello!
Happy Reading!

Oct 20, 2017

Blog Blast w/ Excerpt and Giveaway! - Deadlands: Boneyard by Seanan McGuire

http://www.jeanbooknerd.com/2017/08/nerd-blast-deadlands-boneyard-by-seanan.html

About the Book
The newest book based on the hit Weird West RPG franchise Deadlands!

Step right up to see the oddities and marvels of The Blackstone Family Circus and Travelling Wonder Show! Gasp at pit wasps the size of a man’s forearm. Beware the pumpkin-headed corn stalker, lest it plant its roots in you!

Annie Pearl is the keeper of oddities, the mistress of monsters. Her unique collection of creatures is one of the circus’s star attractions, drawing wide-eyed crowds at every small frontier town they visit. But Annie is also a woman running from her past . . . and the mother of a mute young daughter, Adeline, whom she will do anything to protect.

Hoping to fill its coffers before winter sets in, the circus steers its wagons to The Clearing, a remote community deep in the Oregon wilderness, surrounded by an ominous dark wood. Word is that a traveling show can turn a tidy profit at The Clearing, but there are whispers, too, of unexplained disappearances that afflict one out of every four shows that pass through the town.

The Clearing has it secrets, and so does Annie. And it may take everything she has to save her daughter―and the circus―from both.



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Praise for DEADLANDS Series
A gripping tale of the Weird West, set on the haunted frontier of DEADLANDS, the award-winning game from Pinnacle Entertainment Group.

EXCERPT from Deadlands: Boneyard
At the head of the wagon train was Nathanial Blackstone himself, owner of the show, reins in his hands as he guided his horses down the trail. Some people believed he never slept at all; that like his circus, he was a shark, and that if he stopped moving, he would die. Others knew that he was flesh and blood like any other man. A born showman, yes, who had no trouble encouraging his own mystique even among the people who worked for him, but still a man. He slept when the show was stopped. He slept in the early afternoons, when the crowds had yet to come in but the work of setting up had been finished. He slept in the space between sentences, where no one needed him to make their decisions for them, where, for good or ill, he could rest.
Rumor was he had a wife somewhere on the coast, in one of the green places where neither man nor beast came a-preying; that he had a child, or two, or as many as four, and that one day, when gray strands started to appear in that great black mustache of his, he’d be sending his trusted right hand to ride for Oregon and bring his eldest back to the show, ready to begin training his heir in the ways of the road.
Rumor also was that he was a clockwork man built by the master of another, fancier show, and that he’d run away from his creator the same way those occasional foundling children ran away from their creators, choosing freedom and uncertainty over captivity and a life where all their choices would come from someone else.
Nathanial Blackstone encouraged the rumors, all of them, no matter how ludicrous. If his people believed him to be a monster or a madman or a maestro, that could only enhance his reputation—and hence the reputation of the show as a whole—in the small towns they rolled through. Their route was a cartographer’s masterwork of trails, roads, and semisafe paths, all connecting the settlements they served. A circus’s map was one of its greatest treasures. Some of these routes, no other show in this part of the country knew. Without maps, the wagons couldn’t get place to place fast enough to make a profit.
Keep moving. Stay alive.
Copyright © 2017 by Seanan McGuire

About the Author
Seanan McGuire was born in Martinez, California, and raised in a wide variety of
locations, most of which boasted some sort of dangerous native wildlife. Despite her almost magnetic attraction to anything venomous, she somehow managed to survive long enough to acquire a typewriter, a reasonable grasp of the English language, and the desire to combine the two. The fact that she wasn't killed for using her typewriter at three o'clock in the morning is probably more impressive than her lack of death by spider-bite.
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Often described as a vortex of the surreal, many of Seanan's anecdotes end with things like "and then we got the anti-venom" or "but it's okay, because it turned out the water wasn't that deep." She has yet to be defeated in a game of "Who here was bitten by the strangest thing?," and can be amused for hours by almost anything. "Almost anything" includes swamps, long walks, long walks in swamps, things that live in swamps, horror movies, strange noises, musical theater, reality TV, comic books, finding pennies on the street, and venomous reptiles. Seanan may be the only person on the planet who admits to using Kenneth Muir's Horror Films of the 1980s as a checklist.

Seanan is the author of the October Daye urban fantasies, the InCryptid urban fantasies, and several other works both stand-alone and in trilogies or duologies. In case that wasn't enough, she also writes under the pseudonym "Mira Grant." For details on her work as Mira, check out MiraGrant.com.

In her spare time, Seanan records CDs of her original filk music (see the Albums page for details). She is also a cartoonist, and draws an irregularly posted autobiographical web comic, "With Friends Like These...", as well as generating a truly ridiculous number of art cards. Surprisingly enough, she finds time to take multi-hour walks, blog regularly, watch a sickening amount of television, maintain her website, and go to pretty much any movie with the words "blood," "night," "terror," or "attack" in the title. Most people believe she doesn't sleep.

Seanan lives in an idiosyncratically designed labyrinth in the Pacific Northwest, which she shares with her cats, Alice and Thomas, a vast collection of creepy dolls and horror movies, and sufficient books to qualify her as a fire hazard. She has strongly-held and oft-expressed beliefs about the origins of the Black Death, the X-Men, and the need for chainsaws in daily life.

Years of writing blurbs for convention program books have fixed Seanan in the habit of writing all her bios in the third person, so as to sound marginally less dorky. Stress is on the "marginally." It probably doesn't help that she has so many hobbies.

Seanan was the winner of the 2010 John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer, and her novel Feed (as Mira Grant) was named as one of Publishers Weekly's Best Books of 2010. In 2013 she became the first person ever to appear five times on the same Hugo Ballot.

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 Giveaway is open to International. | Must be 13+ to Enter
 
10 Winners will receive a Set Copy of Deadland Series (3 Books in Total) GHOSTWALKERS by Jonathan Maberry, THUNDER MOON RISING by Jeffrey J. Mariotte and BONEYARD) by Seanan McGuire.
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Oct 19, 2017

Recent Reads: My Zombie Best Friend by Terry Lowell

Source: From Bobaloo Books UK in exchange for an honest review. This in no way alters my opinion or review.
 
My Zombie Best Friend by Terry Lowell
Illustrated by Sam Porter


Publisher:  Bobaloo Books
Publication Date:  2017



https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/27405327-pop-manga-coloring-book?from_search=true  https://www.amazon.com/Pop-Manga-Coloring-Book-Beautiful/dp/0399578471?ie=UTF8&SubscriptionId=1MGPYB6YW3HWK55XCGG2&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=0399578471&linkCode=as2&redirect=true&ref_=x_gr_w_bb&tag=x_gr_w_bb-20

Format: Paperback

Rating:


 



Goodreads Synopsis: 
When a family of zombies move next door, what is a boy to do? At first Nathan had thought everyone was exaggerating, but now he was beginning to wonder if they were right. Maybe he should be scared. After all, it had to be dangerous living next door to a family of zombies.
Review: 
This was a fun middle grade read about a family of zombies that moves into a new town. The books is told from the POV of their neighbor, a kid named Nathan. The story is told as if there has been a zombie problem but researchers have found a cure and are allowing zombies to live among the normal humans. Because they are different the committee is very much against having them in the town. Nathan who becomes friends with the kid in the zombie family is trying to help people understand them but there is someone out to get them.

The book was a lot of fun. I think that it was a great read for October, with Halloween a few weeks away. The story has emotion and friendship,  and prejudice and conflict but I think that it is a good read for its audience. If your middle grade readers likes books about friendship and the unusual this might be a book for them.

About the Author
Terry Lowell was born in Wakefield, West Yorkshire. He has seven sisters and denies being spoilt. He left school without any qualifications, but later had fun at Bretton College writing stories and screenplays, until they finally gave him a Masters in Creative Writing to get rid of him.
 

He is married, with two children and a grandson. To anyone who is thinking of having a grandchild, he highly recommends the idea. 

In a varied career he has made bricks, tried to sell double glazing, lectured at university and been a hypnotherapist, management consultant and writer, though not all at the same time. He has written comedy material for British and German television shows, and once won one thousand pounds on Who Wants to be a Millionaire. 

He now lives in Barnsley, South Yorkshire. This is his first book. 

Oct 18, 2017

Release Blitz w/ Excerpt and Giveaway! Call Your Steel by G.D. Penman

A new dark fantasy novel by G.D. Penman
Call Your Steel
CALL YOUR STEEL
G.D. Penman
Genre: Dark Fantasy
Publisher: Azure Spider Publications
Publication Date: October 15, 2017
In the sky above there was no sun.
For millennia beyond reckoning the Eaters of the Gods ruled over this sunless world, waging their secret war on each other through their Chosen, mortals granted a fraction of the Eaters in human powers in exchange for a life of servitude. Kaius counts himself among their hallowed ranks, devoted entirely to his brutal duties. Lucia is no more than a travelling minstrel, albeit one who found herself in the very worst place at the very worst time. How could mere mortals like them stand up against the vast alien power of the Eaters of the Gods?

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In the dense forests and the warrens of tunnels that the people of Walpurgan called home, the daggers were the most sensible choice, but out here in the open his weapon's reach would easily outweigh the benefits of their speed. She gave a mocking bow to him and waited for him to approach.
A cry reverberated over the city, driving the screaming crowds to silence, an owl's shriek that made the first few rows cover their ears. The individual plates of Kaius armour chattered together. The sound stayed within the armour, crushing his head like a vice.
He felt his skin quiver and in that long moment of pain and confusion she was out of his line of sight. Her dagger pricked the skin above his kidney before he could move. He rolled away from the other Chosen but she stayed close, pressing her advantage with a speed that seemed impossible without calling upon her Eater’s, and a ruthless efficiency.
She was inside his guard and it was only frantic movements that kept him from the dagger's thrusts. She kicked out twice, and hooked his feet back in closer when he tried to stagger away.
He abandoned his sword, seeing its futility and letting it fall to the ground as he danced back. It turned liquid as it hit the sand and began its slow creep back towards him. He brought his hands down to catch her wrists but he was always a moment too late. He narrowly avoided losing the tips of his fingers twice before he gave in, clenched his fists and tried to knock the knives far enough out from her tight routine to allow for some sort of response.
She was having none of it. If anything, her blows came faster, gashing along the inside of Kaius' arm on one side and a moment later slashing a line across the front of his chest.
It should have burned each time. The pain should have been sharp. Every movement should have made it sharper but instead he felt numb. The cuts, shallow as they were, felt cold. The cold was spreading. Kaius moved slower now. Even if he could call speed he would barely have kept ahead of the knife darting in at him again and again. His thoughts slowed and the arena grew grey in his sight.

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About G.D. Penman

G.D. Penman
G D Penman writes fantasy fiction. He lives in Scotland with his partner and children, some of whom are human. He is a firm believer in the axiom that any story is made better by dragons. His beard has won an award. If you have ever read a story with monster and queer people, it was probably one of his. In those few precious moments that he isn’t parenting or writing he continues his quest to eat the flesh of every living species.
Official website: http://www.gdpenman.com/
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Oct 17, 2017

Recent Reads: Shadow Study by Maria Snyder

Shadow Study (Soulfinders #1; Study, #4)
Shadow Study by Maria Snyder
Series: Soulfinders #1, Poison Study #4
Publisher: MIRA
Publication Date: December 2014  



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Format:  Audiobook
Source: Bought from Audible


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Goodreads Synopsis: 
Once, only her own life hung in the balance…

When Yelena was a poison taster, her life was simpler. She survived to become a vital part of the balance of power between rival countries Ixia and Sitia.

Now she uses her magic to keep the peace in both lands—and protect her relationship with Valek.
Suddenly, though, dissent is rising. And Valek’s job—and his life—are in danger.
As Yelena tries to uncover her enemies, she faces a new challenge: her magic is blocked. And now she must find a way to keep not only herself but all that she holds dear alive.

A CHRONICLES OF IXIA NOVEL
Review: 
It has been years since I read the Poison Study trilogy. I remember that I really enjoyed the 1st book and then 2nd and 3rd were ok but they lost my interest a bit in the end. Then recently I saw a book on Netgalley and it was called Night Study and so I requested it thinking it was the next book in the series - turns out I missed one, Shadow Study. So I got this book on Audible. 

If you have not read the Study series in a while, I would suggest a re-read before this book. I was pretty lost for the first few chapters. The book follows Yelena, Valek and Janco and we get chapters from all these points of view. In the beginning of the book we get some romantic time with Yelena and Valek. Yelena is then attacked and Valek goes back to work to find out who might be behind it. We then follow Yelena as her situation becomes more dire. When we follow Janco, it is while he is on duty.

These books have a lot of politics in them, that is why I recommend reading the other ones again - it was hard for me to remember which city was which and the backstories surrounding what happened to Yelena and Valek before this point. What I liked though was that we get a good amount of Valek's backstory in this book and I love how in love with Yelena he is. 

The plot was an interesting one, like a mystery, trying to find out who attacked Yelena and why she is having more issues - I won't say much more though because I don't want to spoil it for new readers. 

I am very ready to jump right into the next book though because there was an amazing ending and I can't wait to read on in the series. If you liked the Study series, this continuation offer more but also in more of an adult feel.  

Oct 16, 2017

Blog Blast w/ Giveaway!: Black Moon Rising by D.J. MacHale

http://www.jeanbooknerd.com/2017/09/nerd-blast-black-moon-rising-by-dj.html


 About the Book
The next fast-paced, thrilling adventure from bestselling author D. J. MacHale! Check out a book and fall under its spell . . . literally.

Marcus is an agent of the Library--a place filled with tales that don't have an ending. Mysteries that won't be solved until Marcus and his friends Theo and Lu step in to finish them. Before it's too late.

Because mysterious accidents are disturbing a middle school in Massachusetts. Windows shatter for no reason. Bleachers collapse at a pep rally. Most of the students think they're just having a string of bad luck, but Marcus suspects something a lot more dangerous. Something like witchcraft. When the black moon rises, this story must come to an end . . . one way or another.



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About the Author
D.J. MacHale is a writer, director, executive producer and creator of several

popular television series and movies. As an author, his ten-volume book series: Pendragon: Journal of an Adventure Through Time and Space became a New York Times #1 bestseller.

He was raised in Greenwich, CT where he had several jobs including collecting eggs at a poultry farm; engraving trophies and washing dishes in a steakhouse…in between playing football and running track. D.J. graduated from New York University where he received a BFA in film production.

His film-making career began in New York where he worked as a freelance writer/director making corporate videos and television commercials.

D.J. broke into the entertainment business by writing several ABC Afterschool Specials. As co-creator of the popular Nickelodeon series: Are You Afraid of the Dark?, he produced all 91 episodes. D.J. also wrote and directed the movie Tower of Terror for ABC’s Wonderful World of Disney. The Showtime series Chris Cross was co-created, written and produced by D.J. It received the CableAce award for Best Youth Series.

D.J. created and produced the Discovery Kids/NBC television series Flight 29 Down. He wrote every episode and directed several. His work on Flight 29 Down earned him the Writers Guild of America award for Outstanding Children’s Script and a Directors Guild of America award nomination.

Other notable television writing credits include the ABC Afterschool Special titled Seasonal Differences; the pilot for the long-running PBS/CBS series Ghostwriter; and the HBO series Encyclopedia Brown, Boy Detective for which he received a CableAce nomination for writing.

In print, D.J. also authored the supernatural Morpheus Road trilogy; a whimsical picture book The Monster Princess; and The SYLO Chronicles, a thrilling sci-fi trilogy. He also wrote Voyagers: Project Alpha, the first of a six book science fiction adventure.

D.J.’s newest book series is The Library, a spooky middle-grade anthology about a mysterious library filled with unfinished supernatural tales, and the daring young people who must complete them.

D.J. lives in Southern California with his wife Evangeline and daughter Keaton. They are avid backpackers, scuba divers and skiers. Rounding out the household is a spoiled golden retriever named Casey and an equally spoiled tuxedo cat named Jinx.

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Oct 15, 2017

Building the Book Pile #255

Welcome to Building the Book Pile!  A Weekly meme inspired by Stacking the Shelves

Hello Readers, Bloggers, and Awesome people! 

This week I have been trying to keep up with Blog Ahead - prepping 31 posts for after the month of October, it is hard while still prepping for this month. I have about 11 done and have ideas for more, I just need to sit and do them. Otherwise lots of fun on the blog so far this month and SO many GIVEAWAYS - links are below.
How is your month going? 

It has been very busy for me so far. Last weekend we had a friend visit/cleaning/a b-day party, this weekend I had an Oktoberfest day with some friends and today I am going to a pumpkin patch and then carving pumpkins...next week is just as busy with a dentist appointment but also more tattoo fill in :)
 
Don't forget to visit my knits shop - proceeds will probably go to buying books ;)

https://www.etsy.com/shop/StephsSimpleScarves


  Giveaways  on Cover2CoverBlog!
SO MANY!

Shark Lady: The True Story of How Eugenie Clark Became the Ocean's Most Fearless Scientist  Rocket Science for Babies
http://cover2coverblog.blogspot.com/2017/10/blog-blast-w-excerpt-and-giveaway-how.html 

Coming up on the Blog

Blog Blast w/ GIVEAWAY: Black Moon Rising by D.J. MacHale
Recent Reads: Shadow Study (Study #4, Soulfinders #1) by Maria Snyder (YA)
Release Blitz w/ Excerpt and Giveaway! Call Your Steel by G.D. Penman (Adult)
Recent Reads: My Zombie Best Friend by terry Lowell (MG)
Blog Blast w/ Excerpt and GIVEAWAY! Deadlands: Boneyard by Seanan McGuire

NO Books Received this Week   

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 Have you missed anything lately?

Week of October 8 - October 14

Comment and leave me a link to your Round-up/ STS/ Weekly...anything, post and I will happily stop by and say hello!
Happy Reading!