Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Release -Hometown Girls: Beginnings by Tressa Messenger

Hometown Girls: Beginnings 
by Tressa Messenger

Life for Marissa Lou was great. She was a popular senior in high school with great friends and an even greater boyfriend. She was on top of the world. That was until she made the greatest sacrifice of her life.
Daniel and Katie both loved Marissa Lou but neither of them could deny the intensity of their growing affection for one another, no matter how hard they tried to fight it.
Being the selfless person she was, Marissa Lou gave Katie and Daniel her permission to date. Little did she know it would be the first day of a hellish nightmare. One where, in her depression, she falls from grace and gets mixed up in a life she never would have expected.
With a growing addiction she fights to right everything that went so wrong, but will it be too late?


“Senior year girls!”  Becca said holding up her red plastic cup full of cold, frothy beer.
“Senior year!”  Marissa Lou, Katie and Jess said in unison holding up their plastic cups as well to meet Becca’s before all four girls tipped their cups back and swallowed the liquid inside.
“This is going to be the best year ever,” Becca said smiling mischievously.  “We are going to rule the school.”
“As if we don’t already,” Marissa Lou said, raising a perfectly shaped eyebrow at her.
“True, true, but this year is different.  This is our last year of high school.  No more waking up early, no more homework, and no more school!”
“You do know that there is a thing called college right?  And guess what, it starts up right after high school ends,” Katie asked.  “Not only that, but there is also something called a job.  A place where, most of the time, you have to wake up early and slave all day.  I hear it’s a lot like school but at least you get paid for it.  Oh, but then, most people have to start paying their own bills so you’d basically be working to live.”  Katie and Marissa Lou smirked at the look on Becca’s face.
“The horror,” Marissa Lou said with a shiver.
“Whatever!  You know what I mean.”
“I do,” Jess said sympathetically.
“Thank you Jess, at least one of you has a brain.”
The girls had a good laugh for a few minutes before the night grew quiet, which wasn’t usual when the boisterous girls were all together.  Each stared into the bonfire, ignoring the rest of the party goers around them, thinking about the school year to come.  They all knew Becca was right.  This would be their last year of high school together.  Kids usually hated school because of all the work it took, but most kids thrived on it and the social interaction it gave them.  This group of girls were no different.  Next year everything would change.  Some in the group may even go in a different direction, to college and what-not, like Katie who always talked about leaving the small confines of their hometown for a bigger life.  Everyone was rooting for her, but they all knew how hard it would be when that day actually came.  Katie and Jess had been best friends since birth, long before Marissa Lou came into the picture when they started middle school, and later Becca made her grand entrance when they started high school.  The foursome had been inseparable since.  The thought of not having their everyday interaction was daunting.
“To senior year,” Marissa Lou said sadly, while the other girls continued to stare into the fire.

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Thursday, October 16, 2014

Leap Books Interview - Shannon Delaney - Halloween Edition

Thank you for taking the time to answer these questions Shannon.
1. What makes a good paranormal read?

The element of surprise does it for me. I want to be stunned and have that growing sense of dread in a world that is only a half step away from our own.

2. What are some of your favorite creepy titles?

I love Leap's Spirited anthology! What a great mix haunting tales--something for everyone. Oh! I'd also suggest Killer's Instinct by Dawn Dalton and Judith Graves (a Silver Falchion nominee this year). We also have some other cool paranormal titles including Lethally Blonde, Freaksville, Under My Skin, and Second Skin, as well as the creepy Deep in the Meadows. Outside of Leap? Forest of Whispers by Jen Murgia has gotten some great buzz I just haven't had time to read it personally.

3. What is your favorite thing about Halloween?

It's Autumn, it's full of otherworldly tales, there's candy, and eerie lighting--what's not to like?

4. Idea for the best Halloween costume?

I think the best ones are the clever ones--the ones that surprise and aren't overt with gore.

5. Real life places near you that are particularly spooky or haunted?

There are a number that are spooky and supposedly haunted--we have rich history out here--one place is just down the road from us and is where a traveling musician was supposedly killed back in the 1800s.

6. Plans for Halloween? Trick or Treating or handing out candy?

I always take my son to do the Trick or Treating at the college, mall, and on Main Street. We live far back in the mountains so Trick or Treaters don't really come back our way--we have to go where the action is. 

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Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Release Day Double Blitz - Mary Fan & Tash McAdam

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In Mary Fan’s second novella from Glass House Press, a teen girl wakes up in an icy cell, alone and frightened. She has no memory of who she is or how she came to be there.

She does know that she must get out, at all costs. And that escape must start with remembering the simple things – her own name. Her place of origin. Her possible powers.

When a group of dark magicians reveal themselves to be her captors, she finds herself in the clutches of those who will stop at nothing to uncover the secrets locked within her lost memories. With her life fading under their merciless spells, the need to escape becomes dire.

But can she get out when she doesn’t even know who she is? Can she count on one unlikely ally for help? Or is it already too late for her, a girl without a name?

Tell Me My Name introduces the main characters in Mary’s new fantasy series, Fated Stars, with the first book, Windborn, due in late 2015.

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About Mary Fan

Mary Fan is a hopeless dreamer, whose mind insists on spinning tales of “what if.” As a music major in college, she told those stories through compositions. Now she tells them through books—a habit she began as soon as she could pick up a pencil. Flynn Nightsider and the Edge of Evil follows a well-received debut novel, a space opera titled Artificial Absolutes (2013), and is the first in the Flynn Nightsider series. Mary would like to think that there are many other novels in her bag, and hopes to prove that to the world as well.

Mary lives in New Jersey and has a B.A. from Princeton University. When she’s not scheming to create new worlds, she enjoys kickboxing, opera singing, and blogging about everything having to do with books.

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Telepaths, torture, mindwipes ... the Institute has it all, and they use each of their brainwashed children as weapons, the way they see fit. To control society, repress its people. To make certain that they stay in power, no matter the cost. Serena’s baby brother Damon is one of those children, and these days he’s so altered that he doesn’t even recognize her.

When it comes to getting Damon away from those who kidnapped him, there's nothing Serena won't do. Even if she has to kill him to save him. First, though, she must prove to her father that she has what it takes to be a soldier against the insidious threat of the Institute. Her first mission has to be perfect.

But with inaccurate intelligence, unexpected storms, and Gav Belias, people’s hero of the Watch, on the prowl, will she even survive? If she doesn't succeed, they'll never let her go after her brother.

And that would be unthinkable, when it was her fault that he was taken in the first place.

Slam is Tash McAdam’s first work with Glass House Press, and serves as a prequel to her series The Psionics, with the first book, Maelstrom, due in 2015.

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About Tash McAdam

Tash McAdam’s first writing experience (a collaborative effort) came at the age of eight, and included passing floppy discs back and forth with a best friend at swimming lessons. Since then, Tash has spent time falling in streams, out of trees, learning to juggle, dreaming about zombies, dancing, painting, learning Karate, becoming a punk rock pianist, and of course, writing.

Tash is a teacher in real life, but dreams of being a full-time writer, and living a life of never-ending travel. Though born in the hilly sheepland of Wales, Tash has lived in South Korea and Chile and now calls Vancouver, Canada home.
Maelstrom, the first book in The Psionics, is Tash’s first published work. Visit the website or facebook for news, gossip, and random tidbits about Tash’s adventures.

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