Friday, May 30, 2014

Stacking the Shelves (21) ~ The Calm Before the Storm

This is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga's Reviews where we share what books we have recently added to our physical or virtual shelves.

My Haul

For My Kindle

Purchased
Insomnia by J.R. Johansson
Dark Triumph by Robin LaFevers

For Review
No Place to Fall by Jaye Robin Brown
Perfected by Kate Jarvik Birch

Thank you to Edelweiss, HarperTeen, and Cameron Yeager! I am incredibly excited to read both of these!

If you use Edelweiss, you may have noticed that HarperCollins and its YA imprints have added yet more e-arcs. I'm practicing my resistance and only got one . . . so far. I'm turning some of the books into rewards for catching up on reading, reviewing, and blogging.

Bookshelf Additions
Nothing new has been added to my shelf!

Weekly Wrap-Up

Read
A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving (finally finished!)
Les Misérables by Victor Hugo (finished . . . it was SO GOOD)


Blog Posts
Interviews ~ I spotlighted Jenny Kaczorowski, the author of The Art of Falling
                ~ I interviewed booktuber Katie.
                ~ I posted an interview with Jules from Jules Bookshelf.

Reviews ~ I gave four stars to The Falconer by Elizabeth May

My Week
My week was busy! It was my last week of high school, and I had a ton of work to do (yes, I had finals on the very last day). So, blogging took a backseat. The only times I came on here was to catch up in some interviews that I needed to post before June 3rd. I didn't get to any blog commenting, but I'm going to catch up this week.

What's Happening This Week
I graduate high school on the third! It feels weird, scary, relieving, and exciting all at the same time. It's such a big day.☺

I'm also starting my very first blog event that day in celebration of both my graduation and my blogoversary (June 8th). There will be two parts: personal posts and debut author spotlights. There will be reflections, thank yous, author interviews, guest posts, book teasers, giveaways, and whatever else I decide to include. I really hope you guys love my event!

As for the "storm" . . . uh, well, I expect June to be a big month for books. One of the ways I'm celebrating graduation is a trip to Barnes & Noble (my first one to the store nearest to me!) with a friend. I'll probably order a few books from Amazon or BookOutlet as well. Then there's a handful of Edelweiss titles I'll probably download. I'll also be reading a ton, writing a lot of reviews, posting almost every day, giving away books/swag, and receiving a couple giveaway wins. I expect next month to be a very, very good one. 

How was your week? What books did you get?

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Review ~ The Falconer by Elizabeth May

I'm finally catching up in reviews! I'll have a lot more for you next month.☺

Series: The Falconer #1
Genre: YA historical fiction/fantasy (with steampunk)
Pages: 378
Publication date: , 2014
Publisher: Chronicle Books
Goodreads Description: 

Heiress. Debutant. Murderer. A new generation of heroines has arrived.

Edinburgh, Scotland, 1844

Lady Aileana Kameron, the only daughter of the Marquess of Douglas, was destined for a life carefully planned around Edinburgh’s social events – right up until a faery killed her mother.

Now it’s the 1844 winter season and Aileana slaughters faeries in secret, in between the endless round of parties, tea and balls. Armed with modified percussion pistols and explosives, she sheds her aristocratic facade every night to go hunting. She’s determined to track down the faery who murdered her mother, and to destroy any who prey on humans in the city’s many dark alleyways.

But the balance between high society and her private war is a delicate one, and as the fae infiltrate the ballroom and Aileana’s father returns home, she has decisions to make. How much is she willing to lose – and just how far will Aileana go for revenge?
Source: I received an e-arc of this book from the publisher through Edelweiss in return for an honest review. 

The Falconer was a very creative historical fiction/fantasy with steampunk elements and themes of grief, feminism, and strength. It had its tense moments and laugh-out-loud funny ones. I really enjoyed the majority of the book, but the ending left an "okay" impression.

THE CREATIVITY

I loved the blend of historical, fantasy, and steampunk elements. There were dance cards and balls and societal expectations. There was a hilarious pixie and lots of faery slaying and a threat of faery slaying and a threat of faery apocalypses. There was a heroine that loves to invent things (how cool is that?), some flying contraptions, some really cool mechanical spiders, and some awesome weapons. All of that and more was wrapped into this book. I loved it! The elements were blended so well, and I really liked how creative it was.

THE HEROINE AND THEMES

Aileana was such a good heroine. She fits in well among the strong heroines in YA, but was still a bit different because of setting she was in. She lived in the time where the proper thing to do was wear dresses, go to balls, behave ladylike, marry a worthy man, and keep her family's reputation clean. Aileana, though, didn't want to be a weak person she wanted to avenge her mother's death. She wanted to be strong and she wanted to be strong and she wanted to have control over her life. I saw feminism, grief, and strength highlighted by her and her actions--a combination that many readers may like. She was a very tough character (pretty funny as well), but also had a softer, sadder side (which is where the grief I mentioned comes in). 

CHARACTERS

Kiaran - I haven't decided just how much I like him yet. He was quite mysterious and seemed to have a complex past, so that's a bonus. He also helps Aileana build her strengths--he taught her how to fight faeries and he never babies her.

Catherine - She was a smaller character, but I just want to say that I really liked that Aileana has a best friend.

Gavin - I won't reveal much about him, but I also really liked his role in the story.

Derrick (the pixie) - He was absolutely hilarious! He added so much humor and was another good friend for Aileana to have.

THE CLIFFHANGE

To me, the ending felt like the word cliffhanger missing the last letter. It felt incomplete. I was reading along and . . . there it was. There was the ending. The book just ended. I had read a few reviews that said there was a massive cliffhanger, so I was expecting it. I was expecting something BIG, but the last sentence--that one that is supposed to drive readers nuts with curiosity over what's going to happen next--didn't feel cliffhanger-y enough for me. 

OVERALL

The Falconer was a great book. Despite the lingering disappointment I have over the ending, there really wasn't much that I didn't enjoy. The creative blend of genres/elements, the heroines, and the characters, though, were what stood out the most to me, and I have a feeling that they'll stand out to most readers.

My questions for you:

Do you like cliffhangers?
Have you read any books with steampunk elements?
What is one of your favorite faery books?

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Blogger Spotlight ~ Jules from Jules Bookshelf


I have another spotlight today! Jules is the blogger behind Jules Bookshelf, which (as you can see below) is a very cute blog. Here are two important things you need to know about her (from her About Me page):
Two important things you should know about me is that I am an absolute hopeless-romantic. I swoon over a lot of things, and I spend half of the day, fan-girling about Ian Somerhalder, Jack Harries and my top book boyfriend (for now ;D) Daemon Black. The second thing you should know about me is that I might be the most quirkiest person you might ever meet. Add to the fact that I'm like a walking energizer battery, that pretty much makes me a weirdo.
 You can find Jules at her blog, Twitter, Tumblr, and Goodreads.

Enjoy the interview!

Hi Jules!

First, tell me a random fact about yourself.


Hmm... I have a thing for guys with a pronounced jawline.

What was one of coolest parts about the book signing you recently went to?


There were a lot of cool parts when I went to my first book signing event. But I think the most important part of that day was meeting my fellow book bloggers. 

It was a daunting day for me since I just got out of high school, and I was basically alone. But I managed to go through the day without a hitch because of good company.

What are a few lesser known books that you highly recommend reading?

The Premonition Series by Amy A. Bartol. Its a story about angels and other fantasy stuff. Its one of the books I love even after two years of reading. 

Do you ever listen to music while reading?

Whenever I'm travelling (riding a bus, or any other transport), I end up reading and listening to music. My latest fave music to hear when reading is Daft Punk by Pentatonix. There's something about it that helps me read faster.

What would you like to see more of in YA?

Something more touching. Something that would touch people's hearts more. Something more than the romance I enjoy. One of the books that touched me was Slammed by Colleen Hoover. I guess I connected with Layken there.

What is one of your favorite parts about being a book blogger?

Sharing my reviews and talking with my fellow bookish friends. Stalking authors' using their IG and Twitter hahahaha. #Ranserehforevaaaaaaaaaaaah

What is your favorite kind of romance in a book?

Everything? Hahaha. Hmmm. I guess the kind of a relationship as if he/she were you're bestfriend. You tease and insult each other, but the love and caring is still there. I love those kinds of romances.

Lastly, pick one of your book boyfriends and tell me why he’s amazing.

Why just one!? This is hard..... for now I'll pick Daemon Black because he's the one who first popped up in my mind. But then there's Aiden, and Andrew and Augustus. :D

Thank you for answering my questions!

Saturday, May 24, 2014

Booktuber Spotlight ~ Katie Mazur

Today, I'm featuring Katie, the first booktuber I've ever interviewed! The booktube community is a foreign one to me (I hardly ever go on YouTube), but it's really interesting to learn more about it.

As I've mentioned many times before, I'm not very good at introducing people, so I'll give you Katie's latest book review instead.


Find her on: 


What made you start booktubing in the first place?

I discovered the booktubing community in the fall of 2012 and absolutely fell in love with it. I loved that there was a place where people could talk about books. My main reason for starting a booktube channel was that I wanted share my opinions on books that I loved reading. Booktube incorporates two of my favorite things: books and sharing my opinions.

What are some of the booktube channels that you love to watch the most?

Another amazing thing about the booktube is the community. From the time I started booktube to now, I have discovered so many amazing people and their channels. One of my favorite channels is WhittyNovels. The creator of the channel, Whitney, is such a nice person. Her videos are hilarious and always make me laugh. Another one of my favorite booktubers is Kassidy Voinche. She has the best bookshelf and her book reviews are always very eloquent. She is so professional and we have the same taste in books, so I discover a lot of awesome new books on her channel.

Do you have a favorite kind of video to film? (Book hauls, reviews, reactions, etc.)

My favorite kind of videos to film would probably be discussion videos. I love picking a topic and being able to share my opinions on said topic. One of my favorite discussions that I made is called "popular books not worth their hype." In that video I talked about books that a lot of people enjoyed, but I did not. 

What is your favorite genre inside of YA and your favorite genre outside of YA?

My favorite genre outside of YA would probably be the classics. I love reading books that have withstood the test of time. Some of my favorites include Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte, Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen, and Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte.

Pick one author who you've read two or more books by and tell me why you love his or her books.

One of my favorite authors would have to be Lauren Oliver. I think I've read almost every one of her books! My favorite thing about Lauren Oliver is her writing style. It is very beautiful and poetic. She manages to tell a story in a way different from any other author I have read. She uses vivid descriptions to tell such amazing stories.

What is one of your bookish pet peeves?

I really dislike when books do not have adequate character development. One of my favorite things about reading is being to fall in love with the characters that are created in the pages of books. When there is little to no character development, I don't get to experience the relationship between reader and character. Character development often makes or breaks a book for me, and more often than not, I have given books low ratings because of the amount of character development in the book.

What may releases are you looking forward to reading the most?

I am really looking forward to the release of City of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare, the last book of the Mortal Instruments series. I have been reading this series for years and I can't wait to see how it ends! I am also highly anticipating Take Me On by Katie McGarry. The Pushing the Limits series has some of the best contemporaries, and I am sure that I will love this one as well.

Besides reading, what do you like to do?

I love watching baseball. It has been my favorite sport since I was little and I love following my favorite team, the Philadelphia Phillies. I also love to watch TV and YouTube videos.

Thank you so much for interviewing me and asking such great questions!

Friday, May 23, 2014

Author Spotlight ~ Jenny Kaczorowski (The Art of Falling)


Today, I'm spotlighting Jenny Kaczorowski! I've gotten the opportunity to interview her about The Art of Falling and her writing. Along with that, there's a teaser that Jenny would like to share. I hope you love both!

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About The Art of Falling
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Genre: YA contemporary
Publication date: December 19th, 2014
Publisher: Boomsbury Spark

Goodreads / Amazon / Barnes & Noble


Goodreads Description:


For seventeen-year-old Bria Hale, image is everything. She’s a militant vegan with purple hair, Doc Martens and a permanent scowl. Kissing captain of the football team Ben Harris? Definitely not part of that image.

Now with each secret kiss, she’s falling deeper for the boy every girl at Oceanside High is crushing on. Throw in a few forbidden bacon cheeseburgers and she’s facing one major identity crisis. 


Ignoring Ben should be easy, but when a flashy display of artistic spirit lands her in close quarters after hours with the boy she’s too cool to like, she can’t keep pretending those kisses meant nothing. With her reputation and her heart on a collision course, Bria must either be true to herself or to the persona she’s spent all of high school creating.
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Read a teaser for the book!
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At last, the road turned into a cul-de-sac ringed by an open park. Bria slowed, huffing and wobbling on legs made of Jell-O. 

“Enough?” she asked.

Ben nodded and sat down - hard - on the grass. He slowly stretched out his leg, pulling his calf straight. His whole face twisted, turning Bria’s stomach with it. 

“Are you okay? Did you push too hard?”

“Nothing a good stretch won’t fix.” His eyes locked on hers. “You want to help?”

Her stomach did a whole different set of acrobatics, but she kept her face straight. “You’d like that, wouldn’t you?”

“Maybe.” A sly smile caught his lips. “No pain, no gain, right?”

Bria rolled her eyes. “That, right there, is why sports are stupid. Pain is your body’s way of saying something is wrong. Lame clichés aren’t going to change that.”

He produced a water bottle from the fuel belt at his waist. “Creativity isn’t exactly my strong suit.”

“Oh, no?” She settled beside him. “I hear your creativity is one of the things that makes you such a great quarterback.”

“But that’s different, isn’t it?”

She stole a sideways glance and accepted the outstretched water bottle. “They’re both frivolous, right? Art and sports? No one needs them in the sense that they need air or food.”

He looked out at the street, his body loose but a line forming between his eyes. “Is that what you think about me and what I do? That I abuse my body for nothing?”

“Isn’t it?” She handed back the remaining water, vowing to bring her own next time.

“I push myself because I know I can do better,” Ben said. “When I run or make a pass and my whole body works together, that’s the thing that makes me feel like I’m right where I’m supposed to be. Like I was created for that moment, you know?”

She rested her head against his shoulder. “I actually do.”

A few minutes of gentle silence passed while the world below woke to a blue, cloudless Saturday. Cars passed and dogs barked, scurrying out for morning walks.

“So I guess the moral,” Ben said, his voice hushed and deep and shiver-inducing. “Is that me and you are more alike than you thought.”

The warmth spreading through her veins coursed toward her fingertips and she ached to grab his hand and tangle her fingers with his and –

She twisted and planted a quick kiss on his cheek. “Except I know the difference between me and I.” 
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Hi Jenny!
First of all, how are you?

Good, thank you for asking! It's been a crazy month for me with not enough writing, but I'm finally back to my work-in-progress!

How did it feel when your first book got published?


I cried. A couple times. There's something so incredible about writing something that impact another person's life. There were a lot of nerves and panic before my release, but once it was out, it felt really good to know that my book would go on to live in my reader's heads. 

In which ways do you think your readers can relate to The Art of Falling?

I think everyone struggles with identity and that is really what this story is about. Who we are, who we think we are, who we think other people think we are. It takes a lot of courage to truly be yourself. 

What was the toughest part of writing The Art of Falling?

Before The Art of Falling, I wrote fantasy, so it was a huge challenge to build conflict without tossing a supernatural baddie into the mix! Switching genres made me rethink my entire writing process and helped me find my voice. 

I've noticed that you’re working on two projects at the moment. Can you tell me a little about how each one is going?

I am working on two follow ups to The Art of Falling, set at the same high school and following the same circle of friends. Neither one is finished, finished, but I'm excite to see where they'll go!

The Trick to Landing is about Summer, a semi-pro skateboard who relocates to Oceanside after a DUI. While making amends for her past and rebuilding her skateboarding career, she falls for Bastian, a boy hoping for a future beyond he bleeding disorder that defines his life. 

The Rhythm of Breathing follows Abby, Bria from Falling's best friend. After helping both Bria and Summer find love, it should be her turn, but instead, she's nursing the wounds of a nasty break up and planning her escape to London for college. At least until she meets Jackie, a drummer with a heart of gold and a dark past.

Where have you found the most support in your writing career?

My critique partners! I started my path to publication by entering a couple of pitch contests and through those, I found other writers with interesting stories and we exchanged manuscripts. Over the years, we've built relationships and share the ups and downs of the publishing world. It's so valuable to have other writers to encourage you.

What advice do you have for writers looking to get published?

Keep writing! The Art of Falling is my fifth finished manuscript, two of which have never been fit for other eyes, one of which is queried very hard, and other that might be fixable someday. What I've learned is how much I still have to learn. My craft continues to improve and I have more confidence in the stories I want to tell. That only happens with practice. So keep writing, keep polishing, keep moving forward.

Thank you for answering my questions!


Thank you so much for having me!
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Raised in Avon, Ohio, the duct tape capital of the world, Jenny began her writing career as a featured columnist for her hometown newspaper. After earning a degree in photojournalism from Kent State University, she vowed to never spend another winter in Ohio and moved to Los Angeles, where there is far too much sunshine.

Amid working as a grant writer for Sound Art, a non-profit that teaches music in inner-city neighborhoods, and raising two kids, Jenny decided to do something with all the snippets of stories she wrote during microeconomics and began writing for young adults. She likes her heroines smart and quirky, her heroes nice, and her kisses sweet. Her debut, THE ART OF FALLING, is coming from Bloomsbury Spark December 19, 2013.


Apart from writing, Jenny is still an avid photographer, loves music despite no discernable musical talent and reads the dictionary for fun. She lives near Los Angeles with her husband, son and daughter. The four of them are always looking for their adventure.

Stacking the Shelves (20) ~ A Tiny Haul

This is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga's Reviews where we share what books we have recently added to our physical or virtual shelves.

My Haul

For My Kindle
Won
Threats of Sky and Sea by Jennifer Ellision

Thank you, Jennifer! I'm looking forward to reading this!

Bookshelf Additions
Purchases
Brisingr by Christopher Paolini
The Casual Vacancy by J.K. Rowling

I found both of these at a local used bookstore. Each cost only three bucks!

Weekly Wrap-Up

Read
A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving (still reading . . .)
Les Misérables by Victor Hugo (halfway done!)
The Art of Lainey by Paula Stokes (started and finished)

Blog Posts
Sunday ~ Nothing

Monday ~ I reviewed Inevitable, the third book in Lani Woodland's Yara Silva Trilogy, during its blog tour.

Tuesday ~ I reviewed the The Art of Lainey by Paula Stokes! It's one of my favorites of the year, and I gave 18 reasons why I loved it so much.☺

Wednesday ~ Nothing (again)

Thursday ~ *Winces* Nothing (Can you tell school got in the way this week?)

Friday ~ I revealed the cover for Predator by Janice Gable Bashman.
         ~ I interviewed Heather McCollum during the Siren's Song blog tour.

Upcoming Posts
Uh . . . on last week's STS, I said I had many things to post. Then that didn't happen. I aim to finally post my remaining interviews (warning: expect a lot of them in the next month) and to post at least one review. Hopefully. This next week is going to be a really busy one for me, and I doubt I'll get much blogging done. 

What's Happening This Week
Friday is my very last day of high school! I only have four more school days until I'm finally done! (As you can guess, this is why I'll be busy. There's a lot to do in my classes in the next week.)

How was your week? What books did you get?

Siren's Song Blog Tour ~ Interview with Heather McColllum

Welcome to the blog tour for Siren's Song by Heather McCollum! I have an interview with the author to share with you today, and I hope you like it. 

Before reading the interview, here's some information about the book:


Genre: YA paranormal
Publication date: March 25th, 2014
Publisher: Spencer Hill Press

Goodreads Description: 

Jule Welsh can sing. She enthralls people with her bel canto voice. But it takes more than practice to reach her level of exquisite song; it takes siren's blood running through her veins. Jule is starting her senior year at Cougar Creek High when her relatively normal world begins to resemble a roller coaster flying through a carnival scare house. Her mother is diagnosed as insane and committed, a psycho-stalker is snapping pictures of her to put into his homemade Jule-shrine, her voice is suddenly putting people into comatose trances, oh and the gorgeous new guy in town, Luke Whitmore, is interested in her . . . but also wants to kill her.

Thanks so much for having me here today! I’m thrilled to talk about Siren’s Song, my first Young Adult paranormal romance.

Hi Heather! First of all, can you please describe Siren’s Song using only one sentence for me?

One sentence is tough for me. I’m not great at “elevator pitches” but here goes:

Jule’s magical siren’s voice enthralls all who hear it but also compels her true love, Luke, to want to kill her.

Is there a significance behind the dragonfly on the cover of Siren’s Song?


I love dragonflies. My books have at least one somewhere in each. Dragonflies have existed on Earth since the days of the dinosaurs, and yet they continue to be beautifully fragile. I feel they represent women, fragile in form but extremely resilient in spirit.

Jule has a dragonfly-shaped birthmark over her heart which figures into the book’s mythology. No more on that subject or I might slip and give something away : )

Which character in Siren’s Song was the toughest for you to write and why?


Luke, the hero, was fairly tricky to write. As he falls more in love with Jule, he’s pushed by dark magic to kill her. The change in his behavior, expressions and attitude must happen gradually throughout the story, to parallel his growing love for Jule.

What pushed you to write a Young Adult book?

My teenage daughter wanted to read my books, but they are all adult and thus “rated R.” I had also started reading a lot of YA myself and loving the genre with its fresh, often snarky attitude and unique views on the world.

When the idea of a love/hate relationship and a gift turned into a curse sparked in my mind, I knew I had a story that could break into YA. Plus my daughter could read it. She is now my beta-reader (first reviewer of the rough draft) for all my YA books (I just finished writing the sequel).

What has been the hardest step in publishing your books?


Wow – hardest step? There are so many tough steps to getting published: finishing a book, finding someone to read it, fixing it, getting someone in the industry to notice it, sending it out to agents and editors, fighting the urge to eat mounds of chocolate when the rejections roll in, fixing the plot, character arcs, conflict, etc. Wash. Rinse. Repeat.

Christina Dodd, a fabulous romance writer, once said that submitting your manuscript is like getting up on stage before an audience, stripping off all your clothes and asking for comments. Now that’s tough.

Your book, especially your first, is your baby. You’ve poured all your creativity, skill and love into it, and now you must send it out into the world. And the world will most likely bitch-slap it with criticism. Ugh!

What I’ve learned through the years of stripping, I mean submitting, is that there are nuggets of pure gold in some of those comments and rejections. Often we are hurt and thus miss the bits of wisdom and instead go drown our sorrows in chocolate fondue (or is that just me?). But if you go back to the criticism and consider the advice, maybe even implement the parts that ring true, you can possibly make your baby shine enough to get noticed the next time you send it out. And send it out again, you must (thank you, Master Yoda). A published writer is a writer who didn’t give up.

What is one of the most fun parts of writing?


Again – there are so many. But nothing thrills me more than when I’m writing a scene and the characters take over and I just record what happens. There’s a shift when I get to know them so well that they begin to write themselves in truly authentic ways. Then all I have to do is keep throwing disasters at them. I get a front seat view to watch how they figure things out and somehow find their happy ending. When this all comes together, I literally cry with joy. And that’s why I’m a writer.

Thank you for answering my questions!


Thanks for having me here today! I’ve had lots of fun answering your questions. For more information on me and my books, please stop by my web site at www.HeatherMcCollum.com. I can also be found here:

Twitter https://twitter.com/HMcCollumAuthor
FB https://www.facebook.com/HeatherMcCollumAuthor
Pinterest http://www.pinterest.com/hmccollumauthor/
Siren’s Song book trailer on YouTube: Siren's Song Book Trailer


Heather McCollum is an award winning, historical paranormal romance writer. She earned her B.A. in Biology from the University of Maine, much to her English professor’s dismay. She is a member of Romance Writers of America, Heart of Carolina Romance Writers and the Ruby Slipper Sisterhood of 2009 Golden Heart Finalists.

The ancient magic and lush beauty of Great Britain entranced Ms. McCollum’s heart and imagination when she visited there years ago. The country’s history and landscape have been a backdrop for her writing ever since. She currently resides with her very own Highland hero and three spirited children in the wilds of suburbia on the mid-Atlantic coast.

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Friday Cover Reveal ~ Predator by Janice Gable Bashman


Welcome to the Cover Reveal for

PREDATOR by Janice Gable Bashman

presented by Month9Books!
Be sure to enter the giveaway found at the end of the post!
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Goodreads Description:

"Predator is a fast-paced, creepy page-turner! Bashman had me at the opening sentence and she's still got me. I want more!"
Nancy Holder, New York Times Bestselling Author, The Rules

The hunt is on!

Sixteen-year-old Bree Sunderland must inject herself with an untested version of her father’s gene therapy to become a werewolf in order to stop a corrupt group of mercenaries from creating a team of unstoppable lycanthrope soldiers.

When Bree went with her scientist father to Ireland, she thought it would be a vacation to study bog bodies. She never expected to fall in love with a mysterious young Irishman and certainly never expected to become the kind of monster her father said only existed in nightmares. Dr. Sunderland discovers that lycanthropy was not a supernatural curse but rather a genetic mutation. When they return home, her dad continues his research, but the military wants to turn that research into a bio weapons program and rogue soldiers want to steal the research to turn themselves into unstoppable killing machines.

Bree’s boyfriend Liam surprises her with a visit to the United States, but there are darker surprises in store for both of them. As evil forces hunt those she loves, Bree must become an even more dangerous hunter to save them all.

Predator gives the werewolf legend a couple of new spins by introducing the Benandanti (an actual folkloric belief that certain families of Italy and Livonia were werewolves who fought against evil), as well as a modern scientific approach to mutation and the science of transgenics.
Title: PREDATOR
Publication date: October 14 , 2014
Publisher: Month9Books, LLC.
Author: Janice Gable Bashman
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Janice Gable BashmanJanice Gable Bashman is the Bram Stoker nominated author of Wanted Undead or Alive and Predator. She is managing editor of the The Big Thrill (International Thriller Writers' ezine). Janice lives with her family in the Philadelphia area, where she at work on her next novel. Visit her at janicegablebashman.com.

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