Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Sacrifice Blog Tour: Guest Post + Giveaway

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Sacrifice (Serpentine #2)
Author: Cindy Pon 
Publication Date: September 27, 2016 
Publisher: Month9Books 

Description:

Sacrifice, the sequel to Serpentine, plunges Skybright into the terrifying underworld where demons are bred and whisks her up to the magnificent Mountain of Heavenly Peace where the gods dwell.  

Stone is stripped of his immortal status and told to close hell's breach, which mysteriously remains open, threatening mortals.  

Zhen Ni, Skybright's former mistress and friend, has been wed to the strange and brutish Master Bei, and finds herself trapped in an opulent but empty manor. When she discovers half-eaten corpses beneath the estate, she realizes that Master Bei is not all that he seems.  

As Skybright works to free Zhen Ni with the aid of Kai Sen and Stone, they begin to understand that what is at risk is more far-reaching then they could ever have fathomed. 
Things You Didn't Know About the Serpentine Series

There are two major influences behind the Serpentine series.

One is that visually, much of it was inspired by the film Clash of the Titans. The old school one that came out decades ago. In the climactic scene, Perseus is trying to survive and slay Medusa, and she slithers about, hissing. The film made her so monstrous and grotesque, and yet, as a young viewer (I was probably 11 or 12), I somehow still found sympathy for her. I knew that even though she was the villain of the story, the monster, we didn't know everything about her. It made me curious over the monstrous girl's narrative.

Another source of inspiration is Dream of the Red Chamber, a Chinese literary classic by Cao Xueqin. It chronicles the rise and fall of a rich and illustrious family during the Qing Dynasty. I used that as inspiration for my heroine's handmaid status to her mistress and dear friend, as well as the wealth and rituals of a rich manor. However, in the actual book by Cao, their lives were much more opulent!


OTHER BOOKS IN THE SERIES:

SERPENTINE is a sweeping fantasy set in the ancient Kingdom of Xia and inspired by the rich history of Chinese mythology.  Lush with details from Chinese folklore, SERPENTINE tells the coming of age story of Skybright, a young girl who worries about her growing otherness. As she turns sixteen, Skybright notices troubling changes. By day, she is a companion and handmaid to the youngest daughter of a very wealthy family. But nighttime brings with it a darkness that not even daybreak can quell.   When her plight can no longer be denied, Skybright learns that despite a dark destiny, she must struggle to retain her sense of self – even as she falls in love for the first time. 

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Cindy Pon is the author of Silver Phoenix (Greenwillow, 2009), which was named one of the Top Ten Fantasy and Science Fiction Books for Youth by the American Library Association’s Booklist, and one of 2009′s best Fantasy, Science Fiction and Horror by VOYA. Her most recent novel, Serpentine (Month9Books, 2015), is a Junior Library Guild Selection and received starred reviews from School Library Journal and VOYA. The sequel, Sacrifice, releases this September. WANT, a near-future thriller set in Taipei, will be published by Simon Pulse in summer 2017. She is the co-founder of Diversity in YA with Malinda Lo and on the advisory board of We Need Diverse Books. Cindy is also a Chinese brush painting student of over a decade. Learn more about her books and art at http://cindypon.com.

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One (1) winner will receive a scrabble tile book cover charm (US ONLY) 
Five (5) winners will receive a digital copy of Serpentine and Sacrifice by Cindy Pon (INT)









 

Book Blitz + Giveaway: The Dark at the End by Susan Adrian



The Dark at the End (Tunnel Vision #2)
Author: Susan Adrian
Genre: YA Thriller
Release Date: September 27, 2016

Summary from Goodreads:

Continuing the critically acclaimed story of TUNNEL VISION:

Jake thinks he has only one more step and he’ll be free: he has to get the serum to stop his ability to tunnel—to find and control people through objects. But Jake’s contact has been killed, and there's no sign of the serum. Then Jake’s mom and little sister Myka are kidnapped, right under his nose. With the government, his power-mad father, and the terrifying Mr. Smith all after him while he still has his power, he doesn’t have anywhere to turn.

What will Jake do to get his mom and little sister back?

Anything.


Book One (click on image for Goodreads link):
 
I can’t believe this is really happening. Every few minutes my mind takes a step back, realizes I’m in a bizarre horror movie, and tries to convince me to turn it off. Because yes, there are bad guys in the woods with guns. For real. And I’m hiding in a mound of rocks, trying really hard not to move or breathe or... I don’t know, smell like anything. For all I know Smith has someone with the superpowers of a bloodhound, and they’ll find me that way.
 
I’ve been hiding for hours. It’ll be dark soon, and harder to see. Now I understand why prey animals like the dark. Maybe I can outlast them, and they’ll give up and go away. 
 
I can hear them again, not terribly far away. Two men, I think, searching separately. The only hope I have is that they’re looking for two people, not one. And maybe they won’t look that hard? 
 
Right. They will. Smith wants Jake bad. He’d probably find a use for me too, like he did before. As incentive. As bait.
 
I barely keep myself from moaning. I’m wedged in a tiny horizontal space between two giant slabs of granite in this mound, as far back as I could slide in without getting stuck. I hope. I’m trying not to think about snakes, which love spaces just like this. Or rats. Or spiders.
 
He’s close. In the rocks, I think. I hold my breath until I can’t anymore, let it out in a long, silent stream. Hold it again. I open my eyes, but I can’t see anything except the rock an inch from my nose, a tiny speck of mica. A sprinkling of dirt falls on my cheeks.
 
I hear him thumping, scratching. Banging on stone. My hope now has shifted: that he won’t look in this crevice. He’ll see it, think it’s way too small for a person — Jake wouldn’t fit, no way — and move on past. I wonder how long I’d have to stay here if he passed by to make sure  they were gone. An hour, maybe. Two. For safety. He’ll pass by. He has to.
 
The feet shuffle to a stop right outside the crevice. The mica above me shines, suddenly bright, surrounded by sister flecks all around I couldn’t see before. A flashlight.
 
He found me.
Susan Adrian is a 4th-generation Californian who somehow stumbled into living in Montana. In the past she danced in a ballet company and worked in the fields of exotic pet-sitting, clothes-schlepping, and bookstore management. She’s settled in, mostly, as a scientific editor. When she’s not with her family, she keeps busy researching spy stuff, learning Russian, traveling, and writing more books.








Book Blitz + Giveaway: Dark Abigail by Tish Thawer



 

Dark Abigail (The Women of Purgatory #2)
Author: Tish Thawer
Genre: New Adult Paranormal Romance
Publication Date: September 27, 2016


Description:

Will she remain the dark assassin, or fight the evil growing within?

There’s a new player in Hell who’s plunged Purgatory straight into chaos.

Dark Abigail strikes terror in all whom she targets, but when Raven and Holli discover who’s really pulling her strings, Abigail learns that being good at her job isn’t something to be proud of, but instead, something to fear.


Raven’s Breath – book 1 – is FREE when you subscribe to Tish’s newsletter!
 
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Award Winning Author, Tish Thawer, writes paranormal romances for all ages. From her first paranormal cartoon, Isis, to the Twilight phenomenon, myth, magic, and superpowers have always held a special place in her heart.

Tish is known for her detailed world-building and magic-laced stories. Her work has been compared to Nora Roberts, Sam Cheever, and Charlaine Harris. She has received a RONE Award nomination (Reward of Novel Excellence), as well as nominations for Best Cover, Reader’s Choice, and Author of the Year (Fantasy, Dystopian, Mystery).

Tish has worked as a computer consultant, photographer, and graphic designer, and is a columnist for Gliterary Girl media and has bylines in RT Magazine and Literary Lunes Magazine. She resides in Arizona with her husband and three wonderful children and is represented by Gandolfo, Helin, and Fountain Literary Management.

You can find Tish on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/AuthorTishThawer

A common FAQ: "How do you pronounce her last name?"

Answer: Think "Bower" or "Thow-er". It's Persian!









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Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Fates Divided Blog Tour: Excerpt + Giveaway

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Fates Divided (Halven Rising #1)  
Author: Jules Barnard
Genre: YA Paranormal
Release Date: August 31, 2015 


Summary from Goodreads:
 

Elena Rosales has busted her ass to get into a good college. She’s the only one in her family ever to attend, and expectations are high. No pressure. But Elena’s got this one in the bag, because she’s as dependable as the molecules she studies, as reliable as the chemical reactions that comfort her in their predictability. Until they don’t.
 

Elena has always wondered why her mother abandoned her on her first birthday.
It’s not until she turns eighteen and her chemistry experiments go berserk that she learns the truth: Her mother wasn’t human, and the Fae are willing to harm those Elena loves if she doesn’t use her power over the elements to cure them of a deadly disease.
 

Derek, Elena’s brooding neighbor, isn’t the friendliest guy, but he has access to an off-hours lab and is willing to help Elena create the antivirus. He has his own secrets to keep, and this business Elena is mixed up in could blow his cover. But when Elena and Derek get together, more than chemicals spark fire - and they soon discover just how complicated attraction can get when they find themselves on the other side of the portal, fighting for survival. Lives collide, and allegiance and love are tested, in Fates Divided.
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In the Halven Rising Series, love and ancient allegiances are threatened when the worlds of Fae and Halven collide. Each Halven Rising novel features a different couple and may be read as a standalone, but an overreaching story arc connects the books, so it’s fun to read them in order.


https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25310041-fates-divided
Keen straightened and shrugged one shoulder. “As Portia said, millennia ago, angels mated with humans and created the Fae.” He turned the knob to the Fae classroom without opening it. “Fae only mate with Fae. At times, they’ve lain with humans and created a diluted, lesser being, the Halven. It doesn’t happen often. Fae do not generally desire humans. But when it happens, we must watch the offspring for signs of abilities.”

Doesn’t happen often? Must happen enough that they’d built the university.

Derek snorted. “Sounds like some serious denial you’ve got going on there, buddy.”

Keen shot him a look and opened the door.

Before Elena could walk through, Derek pulled her aside and spoke low in her ear. “Mating with humans? Tirnan and the Fae realm?” He shook his head. “We stick together inside Fae-U, got it?”

Elena wet her chapped lips. The things Keen had said, Derek’s deep voice in her ear and the protective way he’d been acting toward her—all equally distracting.
 

*Click HERE to sign up for Jules's New Release Newsletter. You'll be the first to learn of new releases and gain access to subscriber freebies, including FREE extra scenes.**
 

A RITA-nominated author, Jules Barnard began her publishing career in 2014 with Deep Blue, the first book in the contemporary Blue Series, hitting bestseller lists on Amazon, iBooks, and All Romance. In 2015, she launched Fates Divided, the first of a romantic fantasy series Library Journal calls “... an exciting new fantasy adventure.” Whether she’s writing about beautiful Lake Tahoe, or a Fae world embedded in a college campus, Jules spins suspenseful stories filled with realistic characters who have heart and humor.
 

When Jules isn’t in her sweatpants writing and rewarding herself with chocolate, she spends her time with her husband and two children in their small hometown on the California coast. She credits herself with the ability to read while running on the treadmill or burning dinner. 










 

Release Day Celebration + Giveaway: Sacrifice by Cindy Pon

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  Welcome to the Release Day Celebration for
Sacrifice (Serpentine #2) by Cindy Pon
presented by Month9Books!
Be sure to enter the giveaway found at the end of the post!
 
Happy Book Birthday, Cindy!
 
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Sacrifice (Serpentine #2)
Author: Cindy Pon
Publication Date: September 27, 2016
Publisher: Month9Books

Description:

Sacrifice, the sequel to Serpentine, plunges Skybright into the terrifying underworld where demons are bred and whisks her up to the magnificent Mountain of Heavenly Peace where the gods dwell.

Stone is stripped of his immortal status and told to close hell's breach, which mysteriously remains open, threatening mortals.

Zhen Ni, Skybright's former mistress and friend, has been wed to the strange and brutish Master Bei, and finds herself trapped in an opulent but empty manor. When she discovers half-eaten corpses beneath the estate, she realizes that Master Bei is not all that he seems.

As Skybright works to free Zhen Ni with the aid of Kai Sen and Stone, they begin to understand that what is at risk is more far-reaching then they could ever have fathomed.


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Stone pulled her into his arms then. Surprised, she resisted, before submitting to his embrace. He had never overstepped boundaries since taking her captive, and she knew when he did touch her on rare occasion, it was for a reason. His armor made no noise when he moved, and when she pressed both hands to his chest, she felt a tunic beneath her fingers. Soft and worn.

The immortal was truly never as he appeared.

“You will see,” Stone said as he tightened his arms around Skybright’s waist, clasping her close like a lover.

It was unexpected, both thrilling and terrifying; his usual warmth felt uncomfortably hot against her skin.

Then Stone leaped off the cliff edge.

A strangled scream tore from Skybright’s throat, but the sudden rush of air snatched it away in an instant, and she couldn’t draw enough breath to even gasp as they plummeted toward the lake far below.
 
OTHER BOOKS IN THE SERIES:
 
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SERPENTINE is a sweeping fantasy set in the ancient Kingdom of Xia and inspired by the rich history of Chinese mythology.


Lush with details from Chinese folklore, SERPENTINE tells the coming of age story of Skybright, a young girl who worries about her growing otherness. As she turns sixteen, Skybright notices troubling changes. By day, she is a companion and handmaid to the youngest daughter of a very wealthy family. But nighttime brings with it a darkness that not even daybreak can quell.

When her plight can no longer be denied, Skybright learns that despite a dark destiny, she must struggle to retain her sense of self – even as she falls in love for the first time.


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  About-the-Author2
cindyponauthorcolor2Cindy Pon is the author of Silver Phoenix (Greenwillow, 2009), which was named one of the Top Ten Fantasy and Science Fiction Books for Youth by the American Library Association’s Booklist, and one of 2009′s best Fantasy, Science Fiction and Horror by VOYA. Her most recent novel, Serpentine (Month9Books, 2015), is a Junior Library Guild Selection and received starred reviews from School Library Journal and VOYA. The sequel, Sacrifice, releases this September. WANT, a near-future thriller set in Taipei, will be published by Simon Pulse in summer 2017. She is the co-founder of Diversity in YA with Malinda Lo and on the advisory board of We Need Diverse Books. Cindy is also a Chinese brush painting student of over a decade. Learn more about her books and art at http://cindypon.com.

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