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Book Review: Twelve Months Of Awkward Moments – A Intense Contemporary Young Adult Novel

Book Review: Twelve Months Of Awkward Moments – A Intense Contemporary Young Adult Novel

Book Details: Book Title: Twelve Months of Awkward Moments Author: Lisa Acerbo Genre: Young Adult Publication Date: August 30th, 2018 Publisher: Simon & Schuster My Thoughts I am not sure what I was expecting when I started reading this book, but I know I did […]

Book Review: Ida by Alison Evans – A Young Adult Science Fiction With A Lot Of Unrealized Potential

Book Review: Ida by Alison Evans – A Young Adult Science Fiction With A Lot Of Unrealized Potential

Book Details: Title: Ida Author: Alison Evans Genre: Young Adult, Science Fiction Publisher: Echo Publication Date: December 6th, 2016 I received this book via NetGalley for free in return for an honest review   My Thoughts: There is a way to do a first person, […]

Author Interview and Book Blitz: Jena Leigh, Author of Reckoning – Variant Series Book Four

Author Interview and Book Blitz: Jena Leigh, Author of Reckoning – Variant Series Book Four

Today, I am very happy to share with you an interview with Jena Leigh, the Author of the popular paranormal young adult series  Variant. She has just released the fourth installment of the series, called “Reckoning”, which you can find on Amazon right now. Details of the book are below the interview.

Hi Jena, thank you for agreeing to this interview. I am looking forward to sharing your answers with our readers.

How did you come up with the idea for the Variant Series?

The inspiration for the Variant Series as a whole came from many different places, but the original spark for Revival came in the form of my morning coffee. One day at the coffee shop, the barista had drawn the shape of a phoenix into the foam on my latte. The image set my mind to wandering and I spent the next half hour writing out a scene where a teenage girl was being chased by a wall of flames through a burning bookstore. That piece would eventually become the opening scene of Chapter Four in Revival.

 

Can you give us a hint to what we should be expecting in the fourth Variant Series novel, Reckoning?

In Reckoning, the stakes are definitely higher than they’ve ever been for Alex Parker and the Grayson family. Now that they’re in an all-out war with the Agency to protect the future of their kind, a single wrong move could spell disaster. You’ll be seeing a lot of familiar faces coming back for this one, and learning a lot of new things about your favorite characters—both good and bad!

 

 

Where do you like to write?

Anywhere and everywhere. I seem to do my best work in unfamiliar places. I’ve written on planes, at the mall, in doctor’s office waiting rooms… If I have my computer or a journal with me, I’ll usually try to get a few words on the page. There’s something about traveling that helps me to tune out distractions and focus, while at the same time inspiring my writing.

 

Do you decide character traits before you sit down to write the book, or as you go along?

Character traits are usually decided on as I write. I very rarely have an entire character in mind when I sit down at the keyboard. I usually start with a few random traits—a name here, a face there, a quirk or two to distinguish them, an important bit of backstory that forever changed their life or altered their personality—and then the personalities of my characters become clearer to me as I make it further into the story.

 

Who is your favorite character in the series, and why?

Oh, that’s a tough one! It seems to change from day to day. Right now I’d probably have to say that it’s a tie between Declan’s sister Kenzie and a fire-wielder/hitman named Carson Brandt. Kenzie’s sassy, sarcastic and I can always count on her for a witty rejoinder. Brandt is honest to a fault, cares little for what anyone thinks about him, and is so fluent in snark that I’m pretty sure it’s his first language. Their scenes are always enjoyable to write.

 

Tell us about the biggest challenges you face in your writing process.

I think the biggest challenge I have is in plotting out a story. When it comes to my writing, I’m a total pantser and I despise outlining. Writing only feels natural to me when my characters are the ones telling the story. I love being just as surprised as my readers are when something unexpected happens in the narrative. When you’re working on a series, however, that doesn’t always work. You need to have some idea of where the story is headed before you begin; otherwise it’s very easy to write yourself into a corner.

 

If you could give a young writer any tip, what would it be?

Write constantly and read everything you can get your hands on. It seems like such an obvious piece of advice, but it’s quite possibly the most important things you can do to improve your writing.

What project are you working on now?

There are two! Right now, I’m focused primarily on outlining the fifth book in the Variant series. It will be the last novel for this particular story arc and it’s a book that I’m pretty excited to write.

The other project I’m working on is a trilogy of prequel novellas that will tell the story of John Grayson’s original team. In the Variant Series novels, we’ve only been given their story in pieces, shaded by the bias of each survivor. The novellas will tell more about what really happened to Cil, Brandt, Grayson, Samuel Masterson, and the others.

 

If you weren’t writing, what would you want to be doing for a living? What are some of your other passions in life?

Rock star! I mean, really. Who hasn’t wanted to be one at some point? Aside from writing, I’m incredibly passionate about music. I love it, but I haven’t got a lick of talent (although that doesn’t stop me from singing at the top of my lungs in the shower every morning). If there’s not a song playing in the background somewhere, I usually don’t know what to do with myself.

 

And now I want to introduce you to Reckoning! 

 

Title: Reckoning
Author: Jena Leigh
(The Variant Series, #4)
Publication date: June 20th 2017
Genres: Paranormal, Science Fiction, Young Adult

Alexandra Parker came home from the past only to find herself in the middle of an underground war—one that could affect the fate of Variants everywhere.

Fighting an all-powerful government agency is tough enough, but when a secret from John Grayson’s past comes back to haunt them all, the group’s united front begins to crumble. And when Alex’s own painful memories threaten to push her past her breaking point, the uprising stands to lose its most powerful weapon.

With their lives and their freedom on the line, can Declan, Nate, and the rest of the Grayson family hold it together long enough to bring down Director Carter and derail Brian’s apocalyptic visions?

As Alex struggles to master her most volatile ability yet, only one thing is certain: the uprising’s cold war with the Agency is about to turn red hot.

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“Would you like to continue?” Brandt asked, his tone mocking. “Or do you need a break?”

Alex wiped distractedly at her brow, straightened her posture, and gave a nod. “I’m ready. Let’s keep going.”

Brandt smiled. “As you wish, little girl.”

He split the fiery orb he held in two before allowing each of them to double in size—and then he lobbed one of them directly at her head.

Standing as they were, only a few yards apart, she barely had time to dive out of the way. The fireball hit the ground just behind her, singeing the earth to a blackened char before fizzling out.

Alex got back to her feet. Again, Brandt split the orb he held in two before sending one spiraling toward her face.

This time she was ready and managed to catch the blazing orb just a few fleeting inches from the tip of her nose. She shrank the ball little by little until she was able to force it to blink out entirely.

Distracted as she was by her efforts, she almost failed to notice the next orb hurtling her way. It took everything she had to react in time to catch that one, too, and dissolve it. This time, she glanced up to discover two fiery masses spiraling in her direction.

Again, Alex was forced to redouble her efforts in order to catch both simultaneously and dissipate them.

And then there were three.

Four.

Five.

Soon Alex’s world consisted only of the flames hurtling toward her and the effort it required to force each orb out of existence.

Within another two minutes, the number of orbs being launched simultaneously in her direction had hit double digits.

Drowning beneath the constant onslaught, Alex grew desperate.

“Brandt, stop!” she gasped out. “Please!

Instead of slowing, the speed and strength of his volleys intensified.

Stop?” he repeated, incredulous. “I thought you were here this morning to learn. To train. Are you really going to give up so easily, little girl?”

Exhaustion turned swiftly to rage. Alex growled as she countered orb after orb, dissolving each one with barely an instant remaining to prepare for the next explosive torrent.

“Stop calling me little girl,” she spat through clenched teeth, struggling to hold back the barrage.

“Then stop acting like one,” he replied. “If you just wait around for people to start taking you seriously, you’re never gonna get anywhere. You want to go toe-to-toe with the boys? You want to stand on an equal playing field? Newsflash, little girl. Such a field doesn’t exist. Not for you.”
She could feel the anger burning through her, hotter even than the fire she wielded.

“Don’t ask to be their equal,” Brandt said. “Demand it. Then ready yourself so that, when the time comes, you leave them all behind. Make certain that there will be no doubt that you’re so much more than they ever dreamed.”

Alex could feel her strength—and her ability to focus—waning. She had seconds at most before her concentration gave out and the hailstorm of orbs made contact.

Summoning the last of her willpower, Alex took hold of every lick of fire in the open field, including the ones Brandt still held. Ripping them away from his control, she stretched out her arms, drew the nearly two dozen orbs toward her, and formed a

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Book Blitz: Something Beautiful by Amanda Gernentz Hanson – A Contemporary Young Adult Novel

Book Blitz: Something Beautiful by Amanda Gernentz Hanson – A Contemporary Young Adult Novel

Book Blitz: Something Beautiful by Amanda Gernentz Hanson – A Contemporary Young Adult Novel Author: Something Beautiful Title: Amanda Gernentz Hanson Published by: Pen Name Publishing Publication date: June 27th 2017 Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult Cordelia and Declan have been best friends since they were […]

Advice For New Authors By N. W. Harris – The Author of Darkest Days

Advice For New Authors By N. W. Harris – The Author of Darkest Days

Recently, N.W. Harris, the Author of Darkest Days and the amazing series The Last Orphans was kind enough to share with us some advice for new writers, in an interview:   Mr. Harris, what would you tell a new author?   What to tell a […]

A Unique Science Fiction Young Adult Thriller: Lux and Lies by Meg Collett – Book Blitz and Giveaway

A Unique Science Fiction Young Adult Thriller: Lux and Lies by Meg Collett – Book Blitz and Giveaway

Are you looking for something truly unique to read? Then check out Lux and Lies by Meg Collett, a science fiction young adult thriller, with a dash of romance, that reads like nothing I have seen on the market lately!

And not only do I have to offer you an excerpt of an outstanding new novel, I am also offering you a chance to win! In today’s giveaway you can win:

  • $100 Amazon gift card (INTL)
  • A complete audio set of Meg’s bestselling and award-winning Fear University series (US only)
  • 5x signed paperbacks of Lux and Lies (INTL)

Happy Reading and Winning!



Title: Lux and Lies
Author: Meg Collett
(Whitebird, #1)
Publication date: May 2nd, 2017
Genres: Science Fiction, Thriller, Young Adult

Mr. Robot meets UnReal in a story of celebrities and anarchists, reality shows and evil corporations, romance, and self-discovery.

Nineteen-year-old Wren Iver is nothing more than a dying girl with cancer, but when megastar Sloan Lux dies right before filming starts on the year’s most anticipated reality show, producers scramble to secretly replace her—with Wren. She’s swept into Hollywood and promised a cure by VidaCorp, the nation’s richest bioengineering corporation, for simply replacing Lux. It’s a deal Wren can’t refuse.

The decision could get her killed, because she isn’t the only cast member with ulterior motives

The Whitebirds, a social anarchist group, has infiltrated the show, and they’ll stop at nothing to use Sloane Lux’s fame to derail VidaCorp’s efforts to legalize their controversial, life-changing drug—a drug that might kill more people than it saves. Caught in the middle of a game between a powerful corporation and ruthless anarchist group, Wren will do anything to survive.

Will Wren secure the drug she needs to survive, or will she become another casualty in the anarchists’ fight against VidaCorp?

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Author Bio:

Meg Collett is from the hills of Tennessee where the cell phone service is a blessing and functioning internet is a myth of epic proportions. She and her husband live in a tiny house with three dogs and not enough couches. She’s the author of the bestselling Fear University series, the End of Days trilogy, and the Canaan Island novels. Find out more at her website www.megcollett.com.

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College, Party, Humor: Last Semester by Corine Mekaouche – A Book Blitz + Giveaway!

College, Party, Humor: Last Semester by Corine Mekaouche – A Book Blitz + Giveaway!

College, boys and a crazy roomate who likes pranks, what can go wrong? Apparently everything, according to this funny New Adult novel called “Last Semester” by Corine Mekaouche. If you are a fan of chaotic coming of age stories, then this  book is for you. […]

Book Blitz and Giveaway: Dating The It Guy – A Young Adult Novel

Book Blitz and Giveaway: Dating The It Guy – A Young Adult Novel

Title: Dating the It Guy Author: Krysten Lindsay Hager Publication date: March 21st 2017 Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult Emme is a sophomore in high school who starts dating, Brendon Agretti, the popular senior who happens to be a senator’s son and well-known for his […]

Book Blitz And Giveaway : Shattering Truths by Kyrian Lyndon

Book Blitz And Giveaway : Shattering Truths by Kyrian Lyndon

Hi Everyone,

Time to introduce you to a new suspenseful Young Adult novel by Kyrian Lyndon called Shattering Truths. This book serves as the intro to the new Deadly Veils series, that promises much action, and personal turmoil for the main character. Read on for a synopsis of this new, and exciting novel:

 P.S. You can win a copy of Shatterin Truths, by filling out the giveaway form below! Also, check out the link to join my other giveaway for a 100 Dollar Amazon Gift Card! Good Luck!

Title: Shattering Truths
Author: Kyrian Lyndon
Series: (Deadly Veils, #1)
Publication date: January 30th, 2017
Genres: Suspense, Young Adult

She was left fighting her demons alone . . .

For sixteen-year-old Danielle DeCorso, the old house in Glastonbury was an eerie place to grow up. Coping with mental health challenges exacerbated by a traumatic family dynamic, Danielle watches from the window for two men in a dusty black sedan who keep circling the house and harassing her with phone calls. The two predators drugged her and her cousin, Angie, and then lured them from Pleasure Beach in Bridgeport to a secluded cottage on Long Beach West. She remembers feeling dizzy, the room spinning. She recalls screaming, crying, fighting and then slipping in and out of consciousness. Angie, however, has no recollection of the incident.

When Danielle attempts to jog Angie’s memory and convince their best friend, Farran, that the two strangers had victimized them, no one seems to believe her. Alone in her pain, Danielle remains guarded, obsessed, and withdrawn. Soon she is sinking deeper into a tumultuous world of adolescent isolation and change. Grief, guilt, and anger send her spiraling into an even darker place.

Tormented by terrifying nightmares, she fears she will lose her sanity, or possibly her soul. Is she having post-traumatic stress hallucinations, as one of her friends suggest, or are her recurring nightmares as real as they seem? Trapped in an unyielding emotional bondage, Danielle continues the fight to reclaim her power. Startling revelations awaken her newfound spirit, inspiring a once naïve girl to grow into a woman of defiance and courage.

Available on Amazon right now! 

 

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Author Bio:

Kyrian Lyndon is the author of Shattering Truths, the first book in her Deadly Veils series. She has also published two poetry collections, A Dark Rose Blooms, and Remnants of Severed Chains. Kyrian began writing short stories and fairy tales when she was just eight years old. In her adolescence, she moved on to poetry. At sixteen, while working as an editor for her high school newspaper, she wrote her first novel and then completed two more novels at the ages of nineteen and twenty-five.

Born and raised in Woodside, Queens, New York, Kyrian was the middle of three daughters born to immigrants —her father from Campochiaro, Italy; her mother from Havana, Cuba. She has worked primarily in executive-level administrative positions with major New York publishing companies. She resides on Long Island in New York.

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A Charming Paranormal YA Story: Shaken by Susan Hatler – A Review

A Charming Paranormal YA Story: Shaken by Susan Hatler – A Review

At first, I thought Shaken was a little slow. The first chapter or so seemed to drag just a bit, but then it got really exciting, and I am glad I stuck with it. Wow, what would it be like, if one day you simply […]