Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Implanted by Heather Letto COVER REVEAL!

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Implanted by Heather Letto

Publication date: June 2015

After a narrow escape from the city of Impervious, Fran’s heart aches for the ones she left behind. Will her brother ever connect the dots? And, what about Pete? Could he, along with the remaining Rebels, have survived the Council’s violent oppression?

As Fran ponders the fate of her friends, an even more disturbing revelation drops into her world—the knowledge that she, along with anyone who had lived underground remains implanted with the sinister presence of the Council. A fate rendering her powerless to save.

Yet one with pure blood, untouched by the Council’s defiling, lives among them. Could he be the new lifeline of hope? Is salvation of the city worth risking the life of this one-and-only?

I’m a book-writing, selfie-taking, latte-drinking, social media gal. I’m living a good life on the road as a full-fledged Bedouin (Well, except, my tent is actually a fully-equipped RV.) Me and my partner-in-crime (Benj) tend to hunker down wherever the skies are clear and the temps stay in the 70’s. We call ourselves Gypsy Nerds because we aimlessly wander the U.S. with glasses perched upon our noses and faces jammed into computer screens (for the first half the day... The second half of the day is typically devoted to playing because we’re also somewhat immature.)

Like most authors, the characters I create are my extended family. And like most readers, when the story ends, I get a little sad. In real life, I have two handsome, hardworking, grown-up boys who know how to make their Mama proud! *Waves to Joey and Mike!*

The Ascension Series is my debut into the world of YA fiction.

I’m living what I love and loving what I live!

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An Ember In The Ashes by Sabaa Tahir RELEASE DAY BLITZ + GIVEAWAY!

I am so excited that AN EMBER IN THE ASHES by Sabaa Tahir releases today and that I get to share the news, along with a special introduction from Sabaa herself!

If you haven’t yet heard about this wonderful book by Author Sabaa Tahir, be sure to check out all the details below.
This blitz also includes a giveaway for a signed copies of the book and some of those awesome sword letter openers we’ve seen around courtesy of Sabaa, Penguin Teen, and Rockstar Book Tours. So if you’d like a chance to win, enter in the Rafflecopter at the bottom of this post.

A letter from Sabaa Tahir.

Dear Readers,

Today, my “baby” AN EMBER IN THE ASHES is finally out in the world! From inception to pub date, this journey took eight years. And what a journey it was: writing, rewriting, revising, editing, querying, submitting; Meeting other debuts, bloggers, booksellers and librarians, and hearing their thoughts on EMBER. There aren’t enough superlatives to describe the radness.

And now, the book is here! I am so excited to see it in the hands of readers. I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it. To celebrate release day, I’m giving away two signed, first-edition hardcovers of the book. Details below!

All my best,


Author: Sabaa Tahir
Pub. Date: April 28, 2015
Publisher: Razorbill
Pages: 464
Set in a terrifyingly brutal Rome-like world, An Ember in the Ashes is an epic fantasy debut about an orphan fighting for her family and a soldier fighting for his freedom. It’s a story that’s literally burning to be told.

LAIA is a Scholar living under the iron-fisted rule of the Martial Empire. When her brother is arrested for treason, Laia goes undercover as a slave at the empire’s greatest military academy in exchange for assistance from rebel Scholars who claim that they will help to save her brother from execution.

ELIAS is the academy’s finest soldier—and secretly, its most unwilling. Elias is considering deserting the military, but before he can, he’s ordered to participate in a ruthless contest to choose the next Martial emperor.

When Laia and Elias’s paths cross at the academy, they find that their destinies are more intertwined than either could have imagined and that their choices will change the future of the empire itself.

Check out the book trailer!

About Sabaa:
Sabaa Tahir grew up in California’s Mojave Desert at her family’s 18-room motel. There, she spent her time devouring fantasy novels, raiding her brother’s comic book stash and playing guitar badly. She began writing An Ember in the Ashes while working nights as a newspaper editor. She likes thunderous indie rock, garish socks and all things nerd. Sabaa currently lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her family.

Giveaway Details:

2 winners will receive a signed hardcover of AN EMBER IN THE ASHES. US Only.

3 winners will receive a hardcover of AN EMBER IN THE ASHES and a Sword Letter Opener! US Only.

Ends on May 9th at Midnight EST!

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Monday, April 27, 2015


Voices by R.E. Rowe 

Publication date: February 27th 2015

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In a small town in Arkansas, two lives that seemingly have nothing in common will converge and change each other forever. A brilliant but tormented street artist and an ex-track star whose career was cut short by a heart condition.

Aimee DeLuca had a promising athletic career before her heart gave out during a high school track and field contest. Aimee struggles to find her way after spending time with a deceased grandmother during a near death experience. Reizo Rush is a street artist whose torment fuels his desire to add color to the gray walls of the city. But Reizo’s tagging and the two voices only he hears land him in perpetual trouble with both his teachers and the law.

During a chance encounter, the two quickly find out they have much more in common than love. When they stumble upon a century-old storm cellar hidden underground on Aimee’s uncle’s ranch, they unearth a cellar full of artifacts and a hundred-year-old Will. Once the news of the discovery leaks out, a drug-dealing teen and a mysterious soul named General are determined to bury the truth along with anyone who gets in their way.

When Rick isn't dreaming, you'll find him trying to discover why, figuring out how, uncovering ancient mysteries, writing a crazy fun middle-grade or young adult novel, inventing something seriously cool, or learning something new. He enjoys participating in science camps, writing conferences and talking to groups about creative topics such as the process of inventing, building worlds for science fiction and fantasy stories, and the importance of dreaming big.

Rick is a lifelong inventor and a named inventor on over one hundred patents. He has degrees in Avionics Systems Technology, Computer Science and an MBA from Florida Institute of Technology. His experience includes a wide range of engineering, technology development and management roles ranging from aerospace systems to gaming systems. He is a proud member of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI), the Delta Mu Delta Honor Society, and the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society.

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Friday, April 24, 2015

Eternal Sacrifice by Stacey O'Neale COVER REVEAL + GIVEAWAY!

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Eternal Sacrifice by Stacey O'Neale

Published: Phoenix Reign Publishing

Release Date: September 2015

"Sixteen-year-old Rowan has spent most of his life living among the mortals--learning to control the element of fire, impatiently awaiting the day his vengeful mother, Queen Prisma, will abdicate her throne. When he finally returns to Avalon for his coronation, his mother insists he must first prove his loyalty to the court by completing a secret mission:

Kill Kalin, the half-human, half-elemental daughter of the air court king.

Willing to do anything to remove his mother from power, he agrees to sacrifice the halfling. He returns to the mortal world with his best friend, Marcus, determined to kill the princess. But as he devises a plan, he starts to question whether or not he's capable of completing such a heinous task. And what price he will pay if he refuses?" - Shadow Prince by Stacey O'Neale

"In Kalin Matthew's world, elementals control the forces of nature. They are divided into four courts: air, woodland, fire, and water. At sixteen she will leave the life she's built with her mortal mother. Kalin will move to Avalon to rule with her father—the elemental king of the air court. Along the way, she's attacked by a fire court assassin and saved by Rowan, a swoon-worthy elemental with a questionable past.

Worst of all, she learns her father is missing.

To rescue him, Kalin will have to work with a judgmental council and a system of courts too busy accusing each other of deceit to actually be able to help her. But, they aren’t her biggest challenge. With the Midwinter’s Ball only five days away, Kalin must take over her father’s duties, which includes shifting control of the elements—power Kalin has yet to realize." - Mortal Enchantment by Stacey O'Neale

Eternal Sacrifice will be told from Rowan's and Kalin's points of view which makes it different than the other books that just follow one or the other never both at once....until now....

Will the world of Avalon begin to crumble by the weight of the elemental drama and treason? Buy Eternal Sacrifice and find out for yourself. I know I will.

AUTHOR BIO: Award-winning author, Stacey O'Neale, lives in Annapolis, Maryland. When she's not writing, she spends her time fangirling over books, blogging, watching fantasy television shows, cheering for the Baltimore Ravens, and hanging out with her husband and daughter. 
Her career in publishing started as a blogger-turned-publicist for two successful small publishers. Stacey writes young adult paranormal romance and adult science fiction romance. Her books always include swoon-worthy heroes, snarky heroines, and lots of kissing.

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Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Darkness Brutal by Rachel A. Marks COVER REVEAL!

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Darkness Brutal by Rachel A. Marks

Published: Skyscape

Publication date: July 1st 2015

Aidan O’Linn’s childhood ended the night he saw a demon kill his mother and mark his sister, Ava, with Darkness. Since then, every three years the demons have returned to try to claim her. Living in the gritty, forgotten corners of Los Angeles, Aidan has managed to protect his sister, but he knows that even his powers to fight demons and speak dead languages won’t keep her safe for much longer.

In desperation, Aidan seeks out the help of Sid, the enigmatic leader of a rag-tag group of teens who run LA Paranormal, an Internet reality show that fights demons and ghosts. With them, Aidan believes he’s finally found a haven for Ava. But then he meets Kara, a broken girl who can spin a hypnotic web of passionate energy, and she awakens powers inside of him he didn’t know he had―and unleashes a new era of war between the forces of Light and the forces of Darkness.

With the fate of humanity in his hands, can Aidan keep the Darkness held back and accept his terrifying destiny, or will he and his sister fall to the same fate as their mother?

Rachel A. Marks is a cancer survivor, a writer and artist, a surfer and dirt-bike rider, chocolate lover and keeper of faerie secrets. Her four kids and amazing hubby put up with her nerdiness with tremendous grace, even when she makes them watch Buffy or Smallville re-runs for days on end. She was voted: Most Likely To Survive A Zombie Apocalypse, but hopes she'll never have to test the theory. Darkness Brutal is her first novel.

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Monday, April 20, 2015

The Hanging Tree by Michael Phillip Cash BOOK REVIEW!

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Title: The Hanging Tree

Author: Michael Phillip Cash

Published: Red Feather Publishing

Any witch would tell you that what you send out you get back three times worse or better. Wrong doers don't get away with things for long, and karma has a way with making things work out. But what if karma had a little help.....from some funny ghosts with dark secrets.

Goody Bennett was a healer back in the 1600's, but towns folk started to become more and more suspicious of her when  the local church's reverend began to put negative thoughts into their heads. The reverend held himself as if he were more important than everyone else because he was a man of God, he also believed that he could do no wrong and take what he likes especially in the case of Goody's Granddaughter Claire.  All was going so so until Claire became pregnant with the Reverends child which he refused to claim as his own, then the towns folk carried out their plot to rid the town of the healer believed to be a witch Goody Bennett. Goody Bennett has a plan to went out with a bang by putting a curse on the Reverend and all of his bloodline.

Fast forward to Summer 2013 -  Arielle is on a date with a guy she doesn't love but she can't help herself when it comes to being rebellious against her father's wishes. The couple end up at a vacant area with the towns "Hanging Tree" which is a tree that is said to be haunted. Little did they know what the spirits of the tree had in store for the young couple.

The curse caused it....

The girl finished it....


Thoughts: This book is a novella so it was a very short read but even with the shortness of the book the message was clear. I loved the ghosts in the story, they were quite funny and I like how they told their stories of how they came to be the ghosts that haunt the old Hanging Tree. I enjoyed the ending more than I thought I would because of how short it is I was worried that it would leave questions unanswered but it answered them all beautifully!  I must give props to Michael Phillip Cash for writing such a short but epicly beautiful story!

Essential Poems by Various Authors MINI BOOK REVIEW!

Title: Essential Poems

Author: Various Authors

Published: Open Road Integrated Media

This is a book filled with poetry from many different well known authors.  The poems themselves each their own and cover many different topics sure to capture the attention of the reader.


Thoughts: I for one am a fan of poetry but this book makes it easy to read poetry even if you are a first time reader. This book also gives you some background on each of the authors. This book was a quick read that covers many different topics and is sure to fit with the reader.


" I know, have always known, the paths Of grace cannot be forced, yet meteors will fall, A Blaze of light and always when least looked for."

" Never curse the curse, or forget the blessing."

" I am yesterday", " and my fault is eternal."

"So error is plaited into desires not yet born."

"To admit suffering is to begin creation of freedom."

" Dear child, what has been once to interwoven Cannot be traveled, nor the gift ungiven."

"Here under the shock of love, I am open To you, Primal Spirit, one with rock and wave, One with the survivors of flood and fire, Who have rebuilt their homes a million times, Who have lost their children and borne them again. The words I hear are strength, laughter, endurance.... Under the words you are my silence."

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Bittersweet by Michele Barrow-Belisle BOOK BLITZ!

Bittersweet by Michele Barrow-Belisle

Publication date: March 24th 2015

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To save the Faery world and her mother’s life, seventeen year old Lorelei sacrificed everything, and the dangerous bargains she made in Nevermore had lasting repercussions. Now safely back in her own world, Lorelei seems the same to her high school friends and her supernatural boyfriend, despite the dark magic growing within her. Love across dimensions is complicated, especially when an invisible veil between the two worlds is sealing, threatening to separate Lorelei and Adrius forever.

Determined to find a solution, Lorelei resorts to exploring her new found powers. But when her friends fall ill, and her healing touch only makes things worse, Lorelei can’t help but wonder if she's responsible.

Nightmares from the Nevermore tighten their icy hold when someone arrives determined to destroy Lorelei’s world, starting with those closest to her. Once again she’s forced to choose between her family… her friends… and a love that was ill-fated from the start.

A dreamer at heart, Michele Barrow-Belisle has always lived with one foot in this reality and one foot in another, one of her own imagining. So it follows that she would grow up to write about the characters from those enchanting worlds she knows and loves so well. A fan of all things romantic, her young adult novels are populated with scintillating witches, vampires and fey. Her bestselling debut book series Fire and Ice (Faerie Song Trilogy) was optioned for a major motion picture this year. Michele resides in southern Canada with her hubby and son who indulge her never-ending obsession with reading, writing and most importantly… chocolate.
She also loves shoes.
Did we mention the chocolate?

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Thursday, April 16, 2015

The Jack Of Souls by Stephen Merlino BLOG TOUR!

The Jack of Souls by Stephen Merlino
Publisher: Tortoise Rampant Books

Publication Date: December 12, 2014

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Harric is an outcast rogue who must break a curse put on his fate, or die on his nineteenth birthday. To survive, he’ll need more than his usual tricks. He’ll need help. But on the kingdom’s lawless frontier, his only allies are other outcasts. 

One of these is Caris, a mysterious, horse-whispering runaway, intent upon becoming the Queen’s first female knight. The other is Sir Willard—ex-immortal, ex-champion, now addicted to pain-killing herbs and banished from court.

With their help, Harric might keep his curse at bay. But for how long?

And his companions bring troubles of their own: Caris bears the scars of a dark past that still hunts her; Willard is at war with the Old Ones, an order of insane immortal knights who once enslaved the kingdom.

Together, they must overcome fanatical armies, murderous sorcerers, and powerful supernatural foes.

Alone, Harric must face the temptation of forbidden magic that could break his curse, but cost him the only woman he’s ever loved.

The first volume in Stephen Merlino's 'The Unseen Moon' series, "The Jack of Souls" is a terrific read from beginning to end and clearly establishes Merlino as a master of the fantasy action/adventure genre. Highly recommended for community library Science Fiction & Fantasy collections…” - Midwest Book Review

Author Bio: Stephen Merlino lives in Seattle, WA, where he writes, plays, and teaches high school English. He lives with the world's most talented and desirable woman, two fabulous children, and three attack chickens. 

Growing up in Seattle drove Stephen indoors for eight months of the year. Before the age of video games, that meant he read a lot. At the age of eleven he discovered the stories of J.R.R. Tolkein and fell in love with fantasy.

Summers and rare sunny days he spent with friends in wooded ravines or on the beaches of Puget Sound, building worlds in the sand, and fighting orcs and wizards with driftwood swords.

About the time a fifth reading of The Lord of the Rings failed to deliver the old magic, Stephen attended the University of Washington and fell in love with Chaucer and Shakespeare and all things English.

Sadly, the closest he got to England back then was The Unicorn Pub on University Way, which wasn't even run by an Englishman: it was run by a Scot named Angus. Still, he studied there, and as he sampled Angus's weird ales, and devoured the Unicorn's steak & kidney pie (with real offal!), he developed a passion for Scotland, too.

In college, he fell in love with writing, and when a kindly professor said of a story he'd written, "You should get that published!" Stephen took the encouragement literally, and spent the next years trying. The story remains unpublished, but the quest to develop it introduced Stephen to the world of agents (the story ultimately had two), and taught him much of craft and the value of what Jay Lake would call, "psychotic persistence."

Add to that his abiding love of nerds--those who, as Sarah Vowel defines it, "go too far and care too much about a subject"--and you have Stephen Merlino in a nutshell.

Stephen is the 2014 PNWA winner for Fantasy.

He is also the 2014 SWW winner for Fantasy.His novel, The Jack of Souls is in its fourth month in the top ten on Amazon’s Children’s Fantasy Sword & Sorcery Best Seller list, and among the top three in Coming-of-Age.

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Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Saga Volumes 1-4 by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples MINI SERIES REVIEW!

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Title: Saga

Author: Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples

Published: Image Comics

This is a series that takes place on various planets as well as in space and follows Alana and Marko two new parents to a child from a forbidden relationship between species. The story is being told to you by Hazel the child and give you an insight into everything that has happened because of the relationship between her parents. The story also follows some other characters as well as bounty hunters sent to kill the young couple. With the war between Alana planet and the Moon that Marko's people are from the relationship between the two is forbidden and so they are now on the run but they wouldn't have made it far without the help of some other cleaver supporting characters.


Thoughts: I love this series and I flew through it rather quickly. I got them from the library because I wasn't sure if I would like them as much as others have but I was wrong and now every volume that is out is now in my Amazon wishlist so I can own my own copies some day. I liked the story development and quickly learned the run of things as far as the war and such. The characters were very likeable even the villains. The art was also some of the best I have seen in a graphic novel and it was very appealing to the eye. Don't be turned off by the forbidden love, this is anything but your normal love story and it's full of action sure to capture the hearts of anyone who reads them!

WARNING: This graphic novel series is for adults and might not be suitable for younger people!

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

New On The Dorky Shelf for March - April 2015!


1. The Shattered Court by M.J. Scott

2. World After by Susan Ee

3. The Duff by Kody Keplinger

4. Birthright volume 1: Homecoming by Andre Bressan

5. Daemon Seer by Mary Maddox

6. Essential Poems by Various Authors

7. The Occasionist by Curt Anderson


1. The Thousand Orcs by R.A. Salvatore

2. Daggerspell by Katharine Kerr

3. Tempest Rising by Nicole Peeler

4. Mutant Empire by Christopher Golden 

5. Hammered by Kevin Hearne

6. The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway 

7. 25th Anni. The Legend of Drizzt by R.A. Salvatore   Book 1 and 2 

8. Fuzzy Nation by John Scalzi

9. Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

10. Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins 

11. Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins


1. A Darker Shade of Magic by V. E. Schwab

For Review! 

1. The Truth About Us by Janet Gurtler