Friday, September 30, 2016

The Panther Moon Release Day! by Beth Trissel

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Welcome to YA Friday! Today I am taking part in the release day blitz of The Panther Moon, book 3 in the Secret Warrior Series by Beth Trissel.  The Panther Moon continues on the story of our endearing heroine Morgan Daniel as she embarks on another adventure in this thrilling and action-packed novel guaranteed to keep you on the edge of your seats.
The Panther Moon is available now at:
Amazon (Kindle) | Barnes & Noble (Nook).
Note: For a better and more enjoyable reading experience, it is highly recommended to read the first two books of The Secret Warrior Series first. Details below.
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About The Panther Moon

Series: The Secret Warrior, Book 3
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy Romance, Paranormal/Urban Fantasy
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Being the seventh Morcant has its perks: Morgan is learning to fly and wield magical blue fire.
But the coyote shifters are growing bolder. Mateo and his panthers seem impossible to defeat. And vampires aren't real – are they?
When the elusive and enigmatic Chief Okema disappears and the wards protecting the Wapicoli territory falter, Morgan and Jackson are forced into the role of leaders. Badly outnumbered and outgunned, do they have time to search for the secret of the Divining Tree, and will it help them in the final battle?
For a better and more enjoyable reading experience, it is highly recommended to first read The Hunter's Moon and Curse of the Moon, books one and two of the Secret Warrior Series respectively.
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The Panther Moon is now on sale! Available at:
Amazon (Kindle) | Barnes & Noble (Nook)


Join The Panther Moon giveaway contest from Sep 30 - Oct 2, 2016!
Get a chance to win
all three books of The Secret Warrior's Series
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Other Books in The Secret Warrior Series

Don't miss the first two books of The Secret Warrior Series by Beth Trissel! Available now.
Note: For a better and more enjoyable reading experience, it is highly recommended to read books one and two of the Secret Warrior Series first.
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The Hunter's Moon
The Secret Warrior Series, Book 1
Seventeen-year-old Morgan Daniel has been in the witness protection program most of her life. But The Panteras have caught up with her and her younger brother. Her car is totaled, she's hurt, and the street gang is closing in when wolves with glowing eyes appear out of nowhere and chase away the killers.
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Curse of the Moon
The Secret Warrior Series, Book 2
The bad news? Morgan Daniel’s wolf is out of control. The good news? There’s a treatment. She just has to get a potion from a lizard shifter witch—without looking into the witch’s eyes. Easy, right?

About Beth Trissel

Married to my high school sweetheart, I live on a farm in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia with my human family and furbabies. An avid gardener, my love of herbs and heirloom plants figures into my work. The rich history of Virginia, the Native Americans, and the people who journeyed here from far beyond her borders are at the heart of my inspiration. I'm especially drawn to colonial America and the drama of the American Revolution. In addition to historical romance, I also write time travel, paranormal, YA/NA fantasy romance, and non-fiction.
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Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Writing For Children and Young Adults by Marion Crook

Today for Inside the Publishing World I have info on a newly revised and re-released book that helps in your writing endeavors, Writing for Children and Young Adults by Marion Crook.

About the book:
The dynamic world of reading and writing has changed greatly over the past few years. Writers are pitching their ideas online, exchanging works in progress with critique partners and forming street teams to promote their work. The online community of writers is a fast-paced and often confusing place. In the publishing world today, writers need to direct online traffic to their book and stimulate sales. In addition to the tried and true advice author Marion Crook shared in earlier editions of Writing for Children and Young Adults, in this vibrant new edition, Crook explains some of the nuances and choices about the writing world online that can overwhelm writers.

In Writing for Children and Young Adults, Third Edition, Crook introduces new opportunities in a genre called New Adult for 18-25-year-old readers. As well, she revisits the fundamentals of writing: establishing character, creating lively dialogue and developing plot with stories from her own writing career and with updated worksheets and examples. This edition of the book shows the writer how to begin a story, plan plot, develop and hone it for an agent or publisher. It explains how to make the crucial submission for a book that agents want to represent and publishers want to buy. Writing for Children and Young Adults helps you create the book that can help you create the manuscript that sells!

About the Author:
Marion Crook

Marion Crook creates adventures, mysteries and practical books of instruction. She researches her fiction as carefully as she researches her nonfiction, interviewing people who meet challenges, hardship, joy and excitement.

Marion is an intrepid traveler from the rural community of Arctic Bay to the Appalachian hills of Kentucky, continually seeking new ideas from the people she meets. In addition to being a writer, she has been a rancher, a public health nurse, a researcher and a university teacher. An experienced speaker, Marion Crook, can inspire groups to have confidence in their own writing, as well as give readings and comments on her own writings.


PhD Faculty of Education University of British Columbia
MA, Liberal Studies Simon Fraser University
BScN, Seattle University

Friday, September 23, 2016

Fall Into Books Giveaway!

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Thursday, September 22, 2016

Manuscript Wishlist Roundup 9/22

Time for a #MSWL roundup from recent twitter posts.

Thao Le ‏@ThaoLe8  Sep 15
Would love a fantasy where the heroine is cursed into an animal, not a shifter story but like Howl's Moving Castle meets Lady Hawke #mswl

#2- Thao Le ‏@ThaoLe8  Sep 13
Old school style fantasy like Chrestomanci, Howl's Moving Castle, Enchanted Forest Chronicles, The Blue Sword, The Hero and the Crown #mswl

#3 Thao Le ‏@ThaoLe8  Sep 13
Ruthless heroines/anti-heroines with purpose. Think Lada (And I Darken), Adelina (The Young Elites), or Kate Thompson (Vengeance Road) #MSWL

Jim McCarthy ‏@JimMcCarthy528  Sep 13
I want any fresh LGBTQIA+ stories of any sort. A la my own AS I DESCENDED by @robin_talley or LOOKING FOR GROUP by @R0ryHarris0n #MSWL

Rena Bunder Rossner ‏@renarossner  Sep 13
I'm still waiting for badass religious characters who cover their hair. MG/YA/ADULT #MSWL

Christa Heschke ‏@ChristaHeschke  Sep 13
All the middle grade #MG !!! Heartfelt, funny, friendship or sister story, mystery, adventure, creepy. Any of these. #MSWL

Laura Zats ‏@LZats  Sep 13
Please, please, please send me Golden Girls in space #MSWL

#2  Laura Zats ‏@LZats  Sep 13
Give me fully-formed cultures that breed your plots. Not the other way around. Make your characters products of their environments #MSWL

Stacey Donaghy ‏@DonaghyLiterary  Sep 13
#MSWL I love a good psychological thriller think SILENCE OF THE LAMBS, GONE GIRL, SEVEN things that are really twisty and scary.

J. Johnson-Blalock ‏@JJohnsonBlalock  Sep 13
I love fierce feminism in everything, but I love it especially hard in YA and MG #MSWL

Emmanuelle Morgen ‏@EmMorgen  Sep 13
Fav genres include fantasy, science fiction, magical realism, paranormal, contemporary romance and suspense. Adult and YA. #MSWL

Stephanie Delman ‏@imaginarysmd  Sep 13
Hey, it's #MSWL day! Send me dark speculative fiction/literary prose with surreal or magical elements/a twisted society, rooted in reality.

Heather Flaherty ‏@HeddaFlaherty  Sep 13
#YA Horror, Penny Dreadful style.  (Madness, Era, Psychological trauma, asylums, experiments,  Gothic, myth and darkness and evil.)  #MSWL

Naomi Davis ‏@NaomisLitPix  Sep 12
#mswl - send me your romantic suspense! I want high stakes, heart-pounding romance and intrigue. Heat levels from mild to Habanero welcome.

#2 Naomi Davis ‏@NaomisLitPix  Sep 10
#mswl Fantasy in totally new and different worlds with fantasy elements I've never imagined b4. Worlds w/in worlds, colorful&intriguing.

#3  Naomi Davis ‏@NaomisLitPix  Sep 10
#mswl YA Sci fi that's heavy on the fi, light on the sci. Intricate characters. Teens take themselves seriously; keep humor non-blundering.

P.S. Literary Agency ‏@PSLiterary  Sep 12
"Science fiction that explores the future & past of the world, like REVELATION SPACE." @kurestinarmada #MSWL

Clelia Gore ‏@MadmoiselleClel  Sep 12 Seattle, WA
You know what would be a cool book? MG novel that takes place in the twisty turny quirky Pike's Place Market.  #mswl

Jess Dallow ‏@jldallow  Sep 10
Really interested in a novel about Stockholm Syndrome. The guilt and psychological effects that comes with living your life after. #MSWL

Carly Silver ‏@CarlyASilver
#MSWL: Black heroes and heroines who are in #STEM. Astrophysicists, scientists, engineers, and more.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Gears of Revolution by J Scott Savage

Middle Grade time! Today I am looking at book 2 in the Mysteries of Cove series, Gears of Revolution, by J Scott Savage. Right now it is avavilable for pre-order. It just released!

The Story- 
Trenton and Kallista are ready to explore the world outside of Cove and look for Leo Babbage, Kallista's father. Using their mechanical dragon they begin looking for clues he may have left as to his whereabouts. The outside world is dangerous, and the two must learn to use their dragon to both fly and fight.

After find a shimmering lake and parts to a compass, the two use the clues to head towards Seattle. When they arrive all they find is a blackened whole in the ground and a large green dragon whom they take down to survive. Further examination leads them to the discovery of an underground city with hundreds of survivors. Survivors who worship the dragons and think the green dragon is their protector!

Captured, Trenton and Kallista are saved by the dregs of the underground city, the Whipjacks. They are put to work as builders and engineers and discover that Kallista's dad was once there. Now they have to escape and follow him, but while planning, they learn that the dragon worshippers are planning an attack on Cove.

My Thoughts-
I was pleasantly surprised by this sequel. When I finished book one, I wondered how the author would be able to continue the series in a like manner. Book one was a treasure hunt through Cove with Trenton and Kallista finding clues left by Babbage, and eventually the plans to build the mechanical dragon. It was so much fun to discover the mysteries of Cove.

This book followed right along, yes! Trenton and Kallista use clues left by Babbage to first, discover where to travel, and then to figure out how to plan an escape from Seattle. The plot is well done, with clever puzzles and great tension. Plus, we are introduced to a great, new character- Plucky. A Whipjack girl with spring legs.

Great storytelling, another engaging mystery, and tons of action! 5 stars!

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Nine, Ten: A September 11 Story by Nora Raleigh Baskin

A special Middle Grade post today, Nine, Ten: A September 11 Story by Nora Raleigh Baskin.

 The Story-
This is the story of four pre-teens and their involvement with Sept. 11th. Sergio, who lives in Brooklyn, is struggling to come to terms with the absentee father he hates and the grandmother he loves. Will’s father is gone, too, killed in a car accident that has left the family reeling. Nadira has never before felt uncomfortable about being Muslim, but at her new school she’s getting funny looks because of the head scarf she wears. Amy is starting a new school in a new city and missing her mom, who has to fly to New York on business.

Their lives intersect twice, at the beginning and the end of the story, but their tales are interwoven.

My Thoughts-
I wanted to share this story in honor of 9/11. The book itself focuses on the 48 hours before Sept. 11th and then 1 year later. The interweaving of Sergio, Will, Nadira and Amy is done exceptionally well and is a small peek into four lives that will allow kids to view different life styles and situations. Each character is well written, with deep emotions and voice.

I found it odd that no one involved with the children actually dies in the attack, but then when I read the afterward, the author says she did this on purpose, feeling it was the way to go with this particular story. It was nice to see that this was deliberate and not a flaw of the plot. Involving the actual 9/11 attack, the author does a great job in revealing it through the eyes of all four kids. It is written specifically for a middle grade audience.

My one critique, at the end of the story, one year after the attack, the four kids semi-intersect at the 9/11 memorial, and the focus is spotlighted on Nadira and her family. An angry, white male, carrying an American flag antagonizes them and people around them step up to support the Muslim family. My issue, the author has done a great job with not allowing stereotypes to take root. The whole theme focuses on America as a whole dealing with the tragedy, but then she uses a stereotype herself to be the villain. She could have easily gone with a grumpy man, but she had to make him an angry white man. Totally pressing into the minds of kids that the angry white man is what is wrong with America. It took the anger of the terrorist attack and suddenly moved it to the angry white male stereotype.

Anyhow, up until that point, I really enjoyed this story. It was open to many viewpoints and showed the 9/11 tragedy in several different ways. 4 stars!

Monday, September 5, 2016

The Dark Talent by Brandon Sanderson -Spotlight and GIVEAWAY!

Welcome to Middle Grade Monday! Today I have a new release with a giveaway, The Dark Talent by Brandon Sanderson, book 5 in Alcatraz vs. The Evil Librarians. To enter the giveaway fill out the rafflecopter form below. If you don't see it, click read more.

The Book-
Alcatraz Smedry has successfully defeated the army of Evil Librarians and saved the kingdom of Mokia. Too bad he managed to break the Smedry Talents in the process. Even worse, his father is trying to enact a scheme that could ruin the world, and his friend, Bastille, is in a coma. To revive her, Alcatraz must infiltrate the Highbrary–known as The Library of Congress to Hushlanders–the seat of Evil Librarian power. Without his Talent to draw upon, can Alcatraz figure out a way to save Bastille and defeat the Evil Librarians once and for all?

About the Author-

Brandon’s major books for the second half of 2016 are The Dark Talent, the final volume in Alcatraz Smedry’s autobiographical account of his battle against the Evil Librarians who secretly rule our world, and Arcanum Unbounded, the collection of short fiction in the Cosmere universe that includes the Mistborn series and the Stormlight
Archive, among others. This collection features The Emperor’s Soul, Mistborn: Secret History, and a brand-new Stormlight Archive novella, Edgedancer.

Earlier this year he released Calamity, the finale of the #1 New York Times bestselling Reckoners trilogy that began with Steelheart .

Brandon Sanderson was born in 1975 in Lincoln, Nebraska. As a child Brandon enjoyed reading, but he lost interest in the types of titles often suggested to him, and by junior high he never cracked a book if he could help it. This changed when an eighth grade teacher gave him Dragonsbane by Barbara Hambly.

Brandon was working on his thirteenth novel when Moshe Feder at Tor Books bought the sixth he had written. Tor has published Elantris, the Mistborn trilogy and its followup The Alloy of Law, Warbreaker, and The Way of Kings and Words of Radiance, the first two in the planned ten-volume series The Stormlight Archive. He was chosen to complete Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time series; 2009’s The Gathering Storm and 2010’s Towers of Midnight were followed by the final book in the series, A Memory of Light, in January 2013. Four books in his middle-grade Alcatraz vs. the Evil Librarians series have been released in new editions by Starscape, and his novella Infinity Blade Awakening was an ebook bestseller for Epic Games accompanying their acclaimed Infinity Blade iOS video game series. Two more novellas, Legion and The Emperor’s Soul, were released by Subterranean Press and Tachyon Publications in 2012, and 2013 brought two young adult novels, The Rithmatist from Tor and Steelheart from Delacorte.

The only author to make the short list for the David Gemmell Legend Award six times in four years, Brandon won that award in 2011 for The Way of Kings. The Emperor’s Soul won the 2013 Hugo Award for Best Novella. He has appeared on the New York Times Best-Seller List multiple times, with five novels hitting the #1 spot.

Currently living in Utah with his wife and children, Brandon teaches creative writing at Brigham Young University.

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