Month: August 2014

Aug 15
{Interview+Excerpt+Giveaway} Beyond The Pale: Dark YA Fantasy Anthology @Nimpentoad

{Interview+Excerpt+Giveaway} Beyond The Pale: Dark YA Fantasy Anthology @Nimpentoad

Today I have Henry Herz, the editor of Beyond the Pale here with us on Book Briefs. Welcome Henry! 1. Describe Beyond the Pale in a Tweet (140 characters or less) BEYOND THE PALE is an anthology of dark/urban fantasy & paranormal stories by master authors like Beagle, Butcher, Brewer, Garcia & Yolen.  2. What are some of challenges of putting together an Anthology? You have to select a theme. Then you have to decide which authors to invite. Then you have to convince them to participate. Then you have to see if they have a story that both matches the theme AND is available for use. Then you have to negotiate contracts. Then you have to acquire, edit, and format the stories. Then you have to coordinate the authors’ PR teams in promoting the book. “Herding cats” is the short version. Lots of work, but lots of fun.   3. What makes Beyond the Pale unique? Without question, my favorite aspect of BEYOND THE PALE is the stellar cast… Read more »

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Aug 14
{Guest Post+Giveaway} TaleSpins by Michael Mullin @GemiknightPress

{Guest Post+Giveaway} TaleSpins by Michael Mullin @GemiknightPress

Guest Post by Michael Mullin Author of TaleSpins, a collection of 3 twisted fairytales for YA readers 10 THINGS YOU DIDN’T KNOW ABOUT CREEPY THE 8TH DWARF 1) He doesn’t like the nickname “Creepy.” (Who would?) His real name is Edgar. He was named after an uncle who allegedly saved his village by leading an ogre off a cliff. Over time the story has come into question, but a dedication plaque in his honor still exists in the village square (although you do have to dig through some brush to see it). 2) It was Creepy who found the plot of land on which the dwarves built their cottage. He drew plans for a bigger dwelling that used the space more efficiently (and did not include a basement), but his design was voted down in favor of “quaint” and “simple.” 3) Creepy’s favorite Sesame Street character was (ok . . . is) Grover. 4) In his youth Creepy went through a short, but intense phase of political activism. During this… Read more »

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Aug 14
{Dream Cast+Excerpt} The Right Song by Shane Morgan

{Dream Cast+Excerpt} The Right Song by Shane Morgan

Book Blast: The Right Song by Shane Morgan A young girl hopes to conquer her fears and experience the full force of love and music. Release date: July 31st 2014 Publisher: TSW Books Genre: Young Adult Contemporary Purchase: Amazon Pain never truly goes away, until you find something deeper and meaningful that cures the heart and fills it with love. That is what eighteen-year-old Aurora desperately wants to believe. That somehow her music can save her, or even touch the unreachable heart of the guy she has liked for years. Rora yearns for his attention and wants to experience this so-called love that could possibly end her long suffering and inspire her to chase after her dreams. In deeply understanding the feelings of others and herself, will Aurora give up on ever finding true happiness, or will an intriguing soul teach her about the greatest song ever written?   About the Author Shane Morgan is a twenty-something bestselling author of Young Adult and New Adult Fiction. Shane lives in the… Read more »

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Aug 13
{Review} My Soon-To-Be Sex Life by @JudithTewes

{Review} My Soon-To-Be Sex Life by @JudithTewes

My Soon-To-Be Sex life was flippin’ hilarious! I was totally digging Judith’s writing style. It is not always easy to make writing funny look so natural. And that is how this book felt- naturally fun and funny. I would recommend this book to all lovers of young adult. I know I recently reviewed a book called Virgin and it too was focused on losing virginity, but this book was completely different. This one is appropriate for older teens, and the character is very age appropriate. There are also many, many other things going on in the story line than just her soon-to-be sex life. Charlie wants to be a screenwriter, so peppered throughout the book are outtakes from her past experiences with guys. It was beyond funny and adorable. I loved how Judith Tewes incorporated those into the story. But there is also so much heart in Charlie. And depth in this story. Through the story line with Charlie’s mom and especially with her grandfather. A few times the scenes… Read more »

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Aug 13
{Graphic Novel Review} Through the Woods by Emily Carroll @emilyterrible

{Graphic Novel Review} Through the Woods by Emily Carroll @emilyterrible

Graphic Novels are so much fun to read, and Through the Woods was fantastic! I think this book will appeal to readers young and old alike. It was surprisingly spooky in some tales, which was an added delight. I was not expecting to get goosbumps while reading. I sat down and read the book and I as soon as I was done I went over to my cousins house to look through it with her son that loves all things ookey and spooky. He is in second grade and he loved the book! I couldn’t even get him to give it back to me when I was reading. Through the Woods features 5 stories. I am having a hard time even picking my favorite one- they were all wonderful. I think if I had to pick I would choose My Friend Janna. My little cousin’s favorite was The Nesting Place. The pictures are vivid and the perfect accompaniment for the story. Through the woods makes me want to pick up… Read more »

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Aug 13
{WoW} Adrian Lessons by L.A. Rose

{WoW} Adrian Lessons by L.A. Rose

This week I am waiting on…. If there’s one thing Cleo Reynolds knows, it’s that she’s not into Adrian King.The son of a model with the looks to prove it, the experienced author of her school newspaper’s sex advice column, the cocky playboy with a hint of darkness. That Adrian King.Nope. Nuh-uh. No way. The problem is, he’s very into her.After accidentally flashing him, and slightly-less-accidentally-but-still-totally-unintentionally making out with him in front of the whole class, she expects to be called crazy. Instead, he asks her out. Cleo’s determined not to end up as another notch on his bedpost. Except she hasn’t done…you know…it in a while. (Read: ever.) And as a girl who pays her tuition by writing all the sex scenes in her roommate’s bestselling romance series, the lack of inspiration has served up a fat slice of writer’s block.Until her roommate proposes that Cleo and Adrian act out all the steamy scenes in her book.It’s just research. No feelings involved.Nope. Nuh-uh.No way. Why am I waiting on it? This book looks like… Read more »

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Aug 12
{Review} Found in Us by Layla Hagen @LaylaHagen

{Review} Found in Us by Layla Hagen @LaylaHagen

I have heard such amazing things about Layla Hagen’s Lost series that I just had to jump at the chance to review the second installment. Each book is a complete standalone, and after discovering the romance and heat in Jessica and Parker’s story, I know I have to read the first book as well. I am sure that I will love Serena and James just as much as Jessica and Parker. And fans of the first book, will love Found in Us just as much, if not more. The author allows us to check in with Serena and James. I loved how she included them in the story. Jessica and Parker are really very similar in a lot of ways. The interesting thing was that their pasts, although very similar pushed them to become two completely different people in their presents. Jessica is out of control and spontaneous and Parker is so controlled and orderly. I loved how Layla took trust issues and manifested them on opposite ends of the… Read more »

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Aug 12
{Excerpt+Video Guest Post+Giveaway} Dream Boy by Madelyn Rosenberg & Mary Crockett Hill @sourcebookfire

{Excerpt+Video Guest Post+Giveaway} Dream Boy by Madelyn Rosenberg & Mary Crockett Hill @sourcebookfire

Dream Boy by Madelyn Rosenberg and Mary Crockett Release Date: 07/01/14 Sourcebooks Fire Summary from Goodreads: Annabelle Manning feels like she’s doing time at her high school in Chilton, Virginia. She has her friends at her lunchtime table of nobodies. What she doesn’t have are possibilities. Or a date for Homecoming. Things get more interesting at night, when she spends time with the boy of her dreams. But the blue-eyed boy with the fairytale smile is just that—a dream. Until the Friday afternoon he walks into her chemistry class.One of friends suspects he’s an alien. Another is pretty sure it’s all one big case of deja vu. While Annabelle doesn’t know what to think, she’s willing to believe that the charming Martin Zirkle may just be her dream come true. But as Annabelle discovers the truth behind dreams—where they come from and what they mean—she is forced to face a dark reality she had not expected. More than just Martin has arrived in Chilton. As Annabelle learns, if dreams can come true,… Read more »

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Aug 11
{Review} Mortal Danger by Ann Aguirre @MsAnnAguirre @FeiwelFriends

{Review} Mortal Danger by Ann Aguirre @MsAnnAguirre @FeiwelFriends

The Description of Mortal Danger drew me in almost instantly. I was so excited to read it. And then I committed the cardinal sin of book reviewers…I glanced at some goodreads reviews. And I saw that people were polarized on this story, they either loved it or they DNF-ed it. And I got nervous. But I am happy to say that I really enjoyed Mortal Dangers and I can’t wait to continue the series. Now, it should also be said that I understand why some people did not finish this book. The start of the book does make the main character seem pretty shallow. I felt bad for her but I could see where her single-minded plot for revenge on her classmates could seem off putting. But the book is so much better than that initial impression! The main character, Edie grows so much in this book. And actually, that first kind of shallow impression is a huge theme in the book. I think the author does a fantastic job… Read more »

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Aug 11
{Excerpt+Giveaway} Deadly Errors by Allen Wyler

{Excerpt+Giveaway} Deadly Errors by Allen Wyler

November, three months later, Seattle, Washington Trauma Room Three, Maynard Medical Center Emergency Department                 “Is this how you found him?” Robin Beck, the doctor on call, asked the paramedic as she quickly ran the back of her fingers over Tyrell Washington’s skin. Warm, dry. No fever, no clamminess. Black male. Age estimated in the mid-sixties. Half open eyes going no where. Findings that immediately funneled the diagnosis into the neurologic bin. “Exactly as is. Unresponsive, pupils mid position and roving, normal sinus rhythm. Vital signs within normal limits. They’re charted on the intake sheet.” Breathing hard, the paramedic pulled the white plastic fracture board from under the patient, unofficially consummating the transfer of medical responsibility from Medic One to Maynard Medical Center’s Emergency Department. “History?” Beck glanced at the heart monitor as that the nurse pasted the last pad to the man’s chest. Heart rate a bit too fast. Was his coma cardiac in origin? A respiratory therapist poked his head through the… Read more »

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