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Monday, August 25, 2014

Harrow by Amanda Troyer Blog Tour!


Sixteen-year-old Brenna doesn’t believe her vivid imagination
can hurt her, until she wakes up in a church, covered in blood.
Blood that isn’t hers.
She thinks her life can’t get much worse, but when she finally
finds a way to escape her abusive home, her imagination turns
to nightmarish hallucinations.
Niven likes staying inside the abandoned church, hiding from his
violent father. The two bond through art and misery, but Brenna
knows good things in her life don’t last long.
Her delusions take a horrific turn when she thinks she sees two men
gruesomely murdered by a monster in the church basement, but in
the end, she’s the one with blood on her hands.

Author's Playlist

I try to find music with little to no lyrics, or in a different language. I tend to sing along to things I know and forget that I'm writing. :)

With Harrow, I needed to creep myself out and the music I chose had to have noise and effects that made me jump out of my seat. If it wasn't creepy, I wanted it to make me really feel something. These are just some of the things I listened to while writing and editing.

I had a few go to stations on Pandora to feed me new music too. Lux Aeterna was definitely my favorite.

I'm so sad I can't put one of my favorite songs on the spotify list! It's the amazing inspiration for the Pandora station Lux Aeterna on the Requiem for a Dream Soundtrack. I don't know how it feels when someone who hasn't seen that movie hears it, but when I listen to it I get all weird feeling. Goosebumps and cold chills, from remembering the movie I think. I really love that song.



About the Author

Amanda hasn’t always been a reader, but she’s always been a daydreamer.  Once her sister started giving her young adult books, she realized books fuel her daydreams and has since become an avid reader and a writer as well.  You can connect with her online here:

Thursday, May 1, 2014

What Tomorrow May Bring Dystopian Boxed Set


I just LOVE boxed sets of books!  You can get several different titles by several different authors for one low price!

Today a brand new YA Dystopian set just hit Amazon:  What Tomorrow May Bring. It's only $2.99 for 11 YA Dystopian reads!  

What Tomorrow May Bring - The YA Dystopian Boxed set includes 10 books and bonus chapters from established and up-and-coming indie authors in dystopian literature in a single collection. Each story contains a brand new foreword by its author. 

THE STORIES: 
Open Minds, by Susan Kaye Quinn
The Moon Dwellers, by David Estes
Prison Nation, by Jenni Merritt
daynight, by Megan Thomason
Stitch, by Samantha Durante
The Annihilation of Foreverland, by Tony Bertauski
The Girls from Alcyone, by Cary Caffrey
The Narrowing Path, by David Normoyle
The Rain, by Joseph Turkot
Virulent: The Release, by Shelbi Wescott
External Forces (Bonus Chapters!), by Deborah Rix


Buy on Amazon HERE

My Review of The Moon Dwellers by David Estes
My Rating: 4.5/5 stars

YA Dystopians have become my favorite genre over the past year. There really aren't too many I haven't read yet, although there are a few. I'm not sure why I didn't read this one sooner, I am kind of kicking myself right now! This was a thrilling, couldn't-put-it-down kind of read!

The story is a dual POV between Adele and Tristan. Adele is in prison through no crimes of her own. The society is set up like a caste system, and Adele's class, The Moon Dwellers, is considered middle class. Although now she has no rights at all, and is in prison for life. Tristan is royalty, and at the other end of the spectrum. He belongs to the Sun Dwellers, the richest souls in their society. The Sun Dwellers control everything, and take away more and more from the Moon Dwellers and the Star Dwellers (lowest class) every year. The castes are even separated geographically. Everything is underground, after a global destructive event up above the earth.

The story starts off where Tristan is in a parade of some sorts in the Moon Dwellers districts. Adele sees him from the prison yard, and he, her. The both experience an extreme sort of head pain when they lock eyes. Tristan decides he must go back and find out about this girl. He basically runs away to go find her, against his father's wishes. So he sets off with his best friend and servant, Roc.

Adele, meanwhile, has befriended 2 prisoners by the names of Cole and Tawni, and they make a prison break. At the same time they are escaping, the Star Dwellers, who are upset with their lot in life, has declared war on the Moon Dwellers, and is bombing the heck out of their districts. Its utter chaos as Adele runs to try to rescue the rest of her family, and Tristan is chasing after her.

Adele is an awesome, kick butt kind of girl, and I absolutely adored her! Tristan was no weakling, either, as he was trained in sword fighting since he was little. He and Roc have an interesting time of things, though, as they don't have much common sense in the Moon Dwellers districts! They get themselves in more trouble than Adele does! I loved the friendship and brotherhood of Roc and Tristan, and I thought their moments were some of the brightest and funniest!

The bulk of the story was really about these specific groups of people, but towards the end we start to see the bigger picture of this dystopian society, and its impending doom. The ending set things up nicely for the next book, The Star Dwellers! 


Make sure you grab your copy! What a DEAL--11 books for only $2.99!

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

The Moon Dwellers .99 Cents Days!!


The Moon Dwellers, David Estes's first book in the Dwellers Saga, will be on sale for ONLY .99 cents from April 21-24th!!

If you haven't had a chance to grab this gem, now is the time!

It will be on sale for Kindle(Amazon) and Nook (Barnes & Noble). Here are the links to grab it!


 Amazon (Kindle)

Barnes & Noble (Nook)


In a desperate attempt to escape destruction decades earlier, humankind was forced underground, into the depths of the earth, creating a new society called the Tri-Realms. 

After her parents and sister are abducted by the Enforcers, seventeen-year-old Adele, a member of the middle-class moon dwellers, is unjustly sentenced to life in prison for her parents' crimes of treason.

Against all odds, Adele must escape from the Pen and find her family, while being hunted by a deranged, killing machine named Rivet, who works for the President. She is helped by two other inmates, Tawni and Cole, each of whom have dark secrets that are better left undiscovered. Other than her friends, the only thing she has going for her is a wicked roundhouse kick and two fists that have been well-trained for combat by her father.

At the other end of the social spectrum is Tristan, the son of the President and a sun dweller. His mother is gone. He hates his father. Backed by only his servant and best friend, Roc, he leaves his lavish lifestyle in the Sun Realm, seeking to make something good out of his troubled life.

When a war breaks out within the Tri-Realms, Tristan is thrust into the middle of a conflict that seems to mysteriously follow Adele as she seeks to find her family and uncover her parents true past.

In their world, someone must die.


My Review
4.5 stars

YA Dystopians have become my favorite genre over the past year. There really aren't too many I haven't read yet, although there are a few. I'm not sure why I didn't read this one sooner, I am kind of kicking myself right now! This was a thrilling, couldn't-put-it-down kind of read!

The story is a dual POV between Adele and Tristan. Adele is in prison through no crimes of her own. The society is set up like a caste system, and Adele's class, The Moon Dwellers, is considered middle class. Although now she has no rights at all, and is in prison for life. Tristan is royalty, and at the other end of the spectrum. He belongs to the Sun Dwellers, the richest souls in their society. The Sun Dwellers control everything, and take away more and more from the Moon Dwellers and the Star Dwellers (lowest class) every year. The castes are even separated geographically. Everything is underground, after a global destructive event up above the earth.

The story starts off where Tristan is in a parade of some sorts in the Moon Dwellers districts. Adele sees him from the prison yard, and he, her. The both experience an extreme sort of head pain when they lock eyes. Tristan decides he must go back and find out about this girl. He basically runs away to go find her, against his father's wishes. So he sets off with his best friend and servant, Roc.

Adele, meanwhile, has befriended 2 prisoners by the names of Cole and Tawni, and they make a prison break. At the same time they are escaping, the Star Dwellers, who are upset with their lot in life, has declared war on the Moon Dwellers, and is bombing the heck out of their districts. Its utter chaos as Adele runs to try to rescue the rest of her family, and Tristan is chasing after her.

Adele is an awesome, kick butt kind of girl, and I absolutely adored her! Tristan was no weakling, either, as he was trained in sword fighting since he was little. He and Roc have an interesting time of things, though, as they don't have much common sense in the Moon Dwellers districts! They get themselves in more trouble than Adele does! I loved the friendship and brotherhood of Roc and Tristan, and I thought their moments were some of the brightest and funniest!

The bulk of the story was really about these specific groups of people, but towards the end we start to see the bigger picture of this dystopian society, and its impending doom. The ending set things up nicely for the next book, The Star Dwellers! I can't wait to read the rest of the trilogy!

Sunday, March 16, 2014

David Estes Fan Group 2,000 Member GIVEAWAY!



David Estes Fan Group on Goodreads has reached the 2,000 member milestone!  To celebrate, David is being super generous and doing a HUGE giveaway!

I LOVE being a mod of this group!  This has honestly been one of the most fun things I have ever been a part of (and I've been a part of plenty of different stuff!)  This group is amazeballs--everyone is so much fun and friendly, and there is always someone to chat about books with.  We talk about far more than David and his books.  And we have Q&As and giveaways with some pretty big authors almost every week!  This next week, for instance, we have Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner, authors of These Broken Stars, on to chat with!

On to the giveaway!  The prizes:

1 winner--$10 Amazon gift card (or book site of your choice)
2 winners--a signed copy of Fire Country (US only)
2 winners--a signed copy of The Moon Dwellers (US only)
10 winners--2 David Estes eBooks of your choice!

You MUST join the group to be entered, and there are a few optional entries as well!  Good luck, and I hope to see you in the group!


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Tuesday, March 11, 2014

The Third Daughter Blog Tour + Giveaway!

Third Daughter Tour
  Third daughterThird Daughter by Susan Kaye Quinn Skyships, saber duels, and lots of royal intrigue... and, of course, kissing. The Third Daughter of the Queen wants her birthday to arrive so she'll be free to marry for love, but rumors of a new flying weapon may force her to accept a barbarian prince's proposal for a peace-brokering marriage. Desperate to marry the charming courtesan she loves, Aniri agrees to the prince's proposal as a subterfuge in order to spy on him, find the weapon, and hopefully avoid both war and an arranged marriage to a man she does not love. Third Daughter is the first book in the The Dharian Affairs Trilogy (Third Daughter, Second Daughter, First Daughter). This steampunk-goes-to-Bollywood (Bollypunk!) romance that takes place in an east-Indian-flavored alternate world filled with skyships, saber duels, and lots of royal intrigue. And, of course, kissing.   From the author of the bestselling Mindjack Trilogy, The Dharian Affairs is a new series filled with equal doses of action-adventure and romance, meant to appeal to fans of Mindjack.   NOMINATED for the Illinois Librarian's "Soon to be Famous Author Project" wherein librarians hope to discover local authors whose "work will jump off the page for readers." "Third Daughter is vividly breathtaking. Quinn delivers royal intrigue, exotic locations, and sweeping romance. Not to be missed!" - Pavarti K. Tyler, author of Shadow on the Wall   "Susan Kaye Quinn writes characters that leap off the page... Incredibly well written, the vivid setting was crisp in my mind... As the plot raced on, I was cursing real life for not letting me just sit glued to my kindle, punching the touch screen to get to the next page." - Tiffany on Goodreads
susan quinnAuthor Susan Kaye Quinn Susan Kaye Quinn is the author of the bestselling Mindjack Trilogy, which is young adult science fiction. The Dharian Affairs trilogy is her excuse to dress up in corsets and fight with swords. She also has a dark-and-gritty SF serial called The Debt Collector and a middle grade fantasy called Faery Swap. It's possible she's easily distracted. She always has more speculative fiction fun in the works. You can find out what she's up to by subscribing to her newsletter (hint: new subscribers get a free short story!).
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Monday, March 3, 2014

Nikki Powergloves--Get your FREE copy!

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Nikki Powergloves - a Hero is Born (Nikki Powergloves #1)
by David Estes
Blurb: Perfect for kids aged 7-10 or advanced younger readers aged 4-6!!

Nikki Nickerson hates her name and her boring life as a nine-year-old in the small town of Cragglyville. That is, until she finds a disappearing path into a forest that is rumored to be haunted. At the end of the trail, she and her dog, Mr. Miyagi, find a beautiful treasure chest, standing ready for her to claim.

What does the chest contain? Gold? No. Diamonds? Nah. Money? Not even close. The chest contains twelve multi-colored gloves. Nikki’s disappointment quickly morphs into delight when she discovers that the gloves are much more than just a cheesy fashion accessory. You see, each pair of gloves gives her a different power, such as stopping time or super-strength.

With a little help from her best friend, Spencer Quick, Nikki Nickerson is transformed into Nikki Powergloves, crime-fighting superhero. But every hero needs a villain and she soon finds hers in the form of Jimmy Powerboots, a smug and misguided youth who uncovers a similar treasure and chooses to use his newfound powers for evil. Nikki must find a way to de-boot her arch nemesis and stop his maniacal plans.


You can find this book on Goodreads

You can grab your copy for free here:
- Amazon


About the Author:david
David Estes was born in El Paso, Texas but moved to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania when he was very young. David grew up in Pittsburgh and then went to Penn State for college. Eventually he moved to Sydney, Australia where he met his wife. A reader all his life, he began writing novels for the children's and YA markets in 2010, and started writing full time in June 2012. Now he travels the world writing with his wife, Adele. David's a writer with OCD, a love of dancing and singing (but only when no one is looking or listening), a mad-skilled ping-pong player, and prefers writing at the swimming pool to writing at a table.

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Thursday, February 27, 2014

Deuce Blog Tour + Giveaway!



Deuce (Vortex #3)
Release Date: 2014

Summary from Goodreads:
The epic conclusion to The Vortex Series coming soon!

In an instant everything changes for seventeen-year-old Cassie Moore. Together she and her time-traveling boyfriend, Trent Astor, battle to survive their next impossible challenge. As they navigate through a third parallel world in which Cassie begged Trent to create for her, the two soon discover that no world can be made perfect.

And while they fight through their new circumstances, the universe may just have its own agenda for them both.


With DEUCE, the 3rd and final book of The Vortex Series, Janine Caldwell combines fantasy and romance to create a compelling love story of integrity and sacrifice.

My rating: 4 stars
My 2 cents:  Over the last week, I've read the entire trilogy, so this will actually be a review over the trilogy as a whole.

I really enjoyed it.  I have really gotten into the whole time travel/sci-fi YA scene lately, and I especially love time travel books that have their own take on the phenomenon.  The Vortex series turned it into almost a paranormal ability given to Trent (Jeremy) by nature.  I really loved this take on it!

The only thing that was a little annoying was the whole "Twilight" feel to the basic plot.  This didn't last long, and its not a Twilight knock off, but it has that old tired paranormal boy-with-powers-saves-normal-girl-who-then-falls-in-love-with-him-but-he-must-stay-away-or-she-will-be-in-danger thing.  This was really the only negative I could find with the books, and it didn't bother me that much.  After it gets going, that whole comparison disappears anyway, because the rest of the story is so unique!

The story is a dual POV between Cassie and Trent, which I really liked.  It was nice to see Trent's side of things, especially when he was acting like a total boy and I just wanted to shake him!  Overall, I did like him, but I didn't feel that "book boyfriend" connection I wanted.  Later in the books that becomes more clear!  Cassie was a great MC, and my favorite character without a doubt.  I also really loved Trent's sister, Lorelai.  She was probably the most complex character in the story.  All the other characters are pretty bit parts and don't play a huge role.  The story is really about Trent, Cassie and Lorelei.  

This was a great read, and if you are into time travel or sci-fi, I definitely recommend it!

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About the Author
Janine Caldwell was born in Concord, CA and raised in the small San Francisco Bay Area town of Clayton. Four days after high school graduation, Janine attended California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo and graduated with a degree in English.
Janine now lives in Anthem, AZ with her husband and two sons. As a lifelong literature fanatic, she knew it was only a matter of time before she would become obsessed with writing her own work. With relatives like the Brothers Grimm and Anita Loos (Gentlemen Prefer Blondes), she figured fantasy writing had to be in her DNA.

Books published by Janine include Visited, a YA coming-of-age fantasy, Rematch andDouble Fault–the first two books of The Vortex Series. The final book in this YA fantasy romance, Deuce, will be released soon.

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10 ebooks of Deuce (via smashwords coupon) (INT)

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