Category: Guest Post

Nov 15
{Guest Post+Giveaway} THE HALCYON BIRD by Kat Beyer @KatBeyerwrites

{Guest Post+Giveaway} THE HALCYON BIRD by Kat Beyer @KatBeyerwrites

  10 things you didn’t know about Demon Catching   The methods that the Della Torre use should not be tried at home. The methods that the Della Torre use are not sanctioned by the Catholic Church. You should never put out a demon catching candle with your breath. Ever. Bad things happen. For one thing, a demon can race up your breath and enter you, which is going to be awkward, to say the least. Even though I did some reasonably extensive research on demonic possession and exorcism, I still missed a lot. And I made up a lot. I had a lot of fun doing it and followed my instincts. Haven’t heard any complaints. Never make a deal with a demon. They cheat, they lie, and they always make sure you pay at least the price you agreed on, if not a great deal more. Not all demons the Della Torres fight, subdue, heal, or otherwise remove from people and places are actually demons. Some are human ghosts,… Read more »

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Oct 25
{Guest Post} Leading Her Witness by Cheryl Smith @CherylAnnAuthor

{Guest Post} Leading Her Witness by Cheryl Smith @CherylAnnAuthor

Write What You Know?… By Cheryl Smith People in the publishing business tell authors to write what they know. Good advice. Generally. But what fun would it be to only pen books about things from my real life? Yes, I love my life but I’d rather write about people who live larger than me. Why? Because I’ve never lived in Regency England or been a kick-ass process server who is chased by bad guys and survives brilliantly. So I write about those things because they’re fun. There are no cravat-wearing dukes strolling around outside my window, or dangerous goons wreaking havoc on the citizens of my small town, either. I can live those adventures along with my characters without any of the danger…or the tight corsets! I’m a cross country mom, married for 21 years, who has very little drama in my daily life. We travel and have adventures and hang out with friends and family. I have a job that I love and mother several pets. Interesting to me?… Read more »

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Oct 13
{Guest Post+Giveaway} Whisper of The Dead by Alyxandra Harvey @AlyxandraH

{Guest Post+Giveaway} Whisper of The Dead by Alyxandra Harvey @AlyxandraH

Top 5 Historical Fantasy Novels by Alyxandra Harvey I love both historical fiction and historical fantasy, which is why I used 1816 London as the setting for the Lovegrove Legacy. Strolls through Hyde Park, Napoleon being short and cranky across the Channel, dancing until dawn, and garden follies built to look like ancient ruins—what’s not to love? Add magic and mystery and spells that go awry, and I am a happy woman indeed. But historical fantasy is a strange little genre… it lurks around corners and hides behind the shrubbery. So here are a few of my favourite novels to get you started if you haven’t ventured into this particular magical neighbourhood. And if you have, perhaps this is a list of old favourites…I’d love to hear your additions! In no particular order: Sorcery & Cecelia: or The Enchanted Chocolate Pot by Patricia Wrede and Caroline Stevermer I think this is the historical fantasy I ever read and I was hooked. Written in letter format, it’s a blend of mystery… Read more »

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Sep 08
{Guest Post+Giveaway} Of Monsters and Madness by Jessica Verday

{Guest Post+Giveaway} Of Monsters and Madness by Jessica Verday

Today I am super excited to have the author of Of Monsters and Madness, Jessica Verday here to tell us how she creates a spooky atmosphere! and then enter to win a signed copy of the book! Creating a Spooky Atmosphere – OF MONSTERS AND MADNESS If you’re anything like me, the words “spooky atmosphere” conjures up images of cemeteries and creepy roads. Or abandoned houses and forgotten places. But sometimes taking a character out of her element is a great place to start when designing a spooky atmosphere. At the beginning of OF MONSTERS AND MADNESS, Annabel finds herself sitting alone at night on a filthy pier waiting for her father to arrive to pick her up. The sights and smells and people still walking the docks at such a late hour surround her immediately, and I make sure that she’s as uncomfortable as possible. Most of us can relate to that feeling of being all alone in a strange place. That place you can’t wait to never go… Read more »

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Sep 04
{Guest Post+Giveaway} Debut Author Bash With Meredith McCardle @MeredithMcP

{Guest Post+Giveaway} Debut Author Bash With Meredith McCardle @MeredithMcP

I am so excited to be a part of the 2014 Debut Author Bash and to have Meredith McCardle here at Book Briefs today! She is the author of The Eighth Guardian, which was published by Skyscape/Amazon this spring!  Learn about this awesome book, learn some facts about Meredith and enter to win a SIGNED copy for yourself!  The Eighth Guardian by Meredith McCardle Series: Annum Guard #1 Age Group: YA Science Fiction Hardcover, 375 pages Publication: May 6th 2014 by Skyscape/ Amazon Children’s Summary: Amanda Obermann. Code name Iris.It’s Testing Day. The day that comes without warning, the day when all juniors and seniors at The Peel Academy undergo a series of intense physical and psychological tests to see if they’re ready to graduate and become government operatives. Amanda and her boyfriend Abe are top students, and they’ve just endured thirty-six hours of testing. But they’re juniors and don’t expect to graduate. That’ll happen next year, when they plan to join the CIA—together.But when the graduates are announced, the results are shocking. Amanda… Read more »

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Aug 29
{Guest Post+Giveaway} Ghost House by Alexandra Adornetto @MissAllyGrace

{Guest Post+Giveaway} Ghost House by Alexandra Adornetto @MissAllyGrace

TOP FIVE GHOST MOVIES   1. The Woman in Black,  because who doesn’t love a good period horror film!? So much care and detail went into creating the atmosphere of the Eel Marsh House. The scares aren’t too frequent, but I think they’re worth waiting for. And that ending moment…actually, I’m writing this alone in my room and I better not think about it! Also, I should admit, that I was very attracted to Daniel Radcliffe in period costume. I can’t wait for the sequel with Jeremy Irvine *swoon* 2. The Others This is one of my all-time favorites. “They’re everywhere – they say this house is theirs.” Doesn’t that just give you chills? This movie is a lot more subtle and suspenseful than the average horror film and Nicole Kidman is captivating. She plays a mother living in an isolated house just after the end of WW2. She has two children (Anne and Nicholas) who suffer from an allergy to light and as a result, the house must be kept in darkness. Then… Read more »

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Aug 19
{Guest Post+Giveaway} The Conduct Series Boxed Set by @JenLaneBooks @omnitraci

{Guest Post+Giveaway} The Conduct Series Boxed Set by @JenLaneBooks @omnitraci

The CONduct Series Can Two Ex-Cons Find Love? Will the Mafia Let Them Live Long Enough to Find Out? Author: Jennifer Lane Title: The CONduct Series Boxed Set Genre: Romantic Suspense ISBN: 978­1­623421­69­4 Release Date: August 19th, 2014 BOOK ONE: With Good Behavior: In a world gripped by organized crime, family dysfunction, and dim hopes of redemption, can true love persevere? For Sophie Taylor, a beautiful psychologist who lost everything when she violated an ethical boundary, and Grant Madsen, a handsome naval officer who sacrificed everything to protect a loved one, finding that love may carry an unbearable cost.Starting their lives over in Chicago, both are fighting influences from their family and running as fast as they can to escape the past. When their paths cross outside the parole officer’s door, the attraction is instantaneous. But a hidden connection may not only shatter their fledgling love, but prove deadly to them both.       BOOK TWO: Bad Behavior:  Grant Madsen’s got issues. He’s still battling his Mafia family and… 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 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
{Guest Post:Trends} Food and Lit in Movie Adaptations

{Guest Post:Trends} Food and Lit in Movie Adaptations

Today I have Elizabeth Eckhart here as a guest blogger to share a movie trend from books- and one of my favorite things- FOOD! There are many literary devices and themes worth using over and over again, but few hold the same ability to vary their meaning as much as the symbolic and metaphorical usage of food. Perhaps it’s because food and human satisfaction are so entirely intertwined – not only do we need food for basic survival, but good food can provide everything from comfort to excitement to absolute euphoria (depending on the cook!) All of these factors contribute to the way food presents itself as the perfect complement to a good story. In fact, food may even make the subject matter of the story itself. Below, we’ve picked out a few novels with food as the central theme that do more than whet your appetite – they allow you to completely indulge (without any added calories).   The Hundred Foot Journey by Richard C. Morais In this charming novel,… Read more »

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