Sunday, March 31, 2013

Review and giveaway: Notes from Ghost Town by Kate Ellison

March comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb, or so the saying goes. And the way the weather has been throughout this month, I can see where that comes from. Although, it is going out more like an angry lamb instead of a nice sweet lamb.

I am here to help the transition to April just that much smoother. We are going to end the month with a giveaway of not one, but two books to one lucky winner. A hardcover copy of Notes from Ghost Town, and to celebrate its release in paperback (on the same day as NfGT came out), a paperback copy of  Ellison's critically acclaimed first book The Butterfly Clues. So stick around after my review and fill out the form at the end of the post.

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 Notes from Ghost Town
 by Kate Ellison
 Published by EgmontUSA
 February 12, 2013
 Hardcover: 336 pages

About the book:
They say first love never dies...

When sixteen-year-old artist Olivia Tithe is visited by the ghost of her first love, Lucas Stern, it's only through scattered images and notes left behind that she can unravel the mystery of his death. 

There's a catch: Olivia has gone colorblind, and there's a good chance she's losing her mind completely--just like her mother did. How else to explain seeing (and falling in love all over again with) someone who isn't really there?

With the murder trial looming just nine days away, Olivia must follow her heart to the truth, no matter how painful. It's the only way she can save herself.
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Ghost stories can be very hit or miss. It all depends on how it is written. There is a fine line between campy and good. And this book is good. Very good.

Just based on the premise of this book, I knew that it was not going to be a happy-go-lucky, fun filled ride. And I was right. It is a very beautiful, haunting story that unfolds bit by bit, pulling the reader ever further into Olivia's world. And it begins with two of the best opening sentences of a book that I can remember reading: “Think about a moment, a little centimeter of time you’d happily exist in forever, if time could be laid out along the spine of a ruler. Maybe it haunts you in that blue inch of half consciousness just before you’re fully awake.” I knew after reading that I would be in for a world of heartache.


I felt bad for Olivia. Not in a pitying kind of way. But the girl went through a lot. Her parents are getting divorced, she loses her color-sight (not a good thing when you are an artist), and her best friend/first love is killed, and someone close to her is awaiting trial for his murder. So she did what any 16 year old girl away at school in this type of situation would do. She rebelled. She was kicked out of art school, and found herself back at home to a life that is nothing like when she left it, living with her father and the woman he is going to marry in a house that is not her home.

Olivia pulls away from her friends and family, and is suspicious of absolutely everyone around her. Paranoid? Maybe. Justified. Probably. And then she sees the one person she never expected to see ever again. Stern. But is she imagining him, bringing him up at a time when she needs him the most. Or maybe she is going crazy, like her mother. Or, the least likely option, he is really there, and he needs her just as much as she needs him.

On top of the deep emotion radiating out of this book, was the mystery/thriller who-done-it aspect of it. This book will definitely keep you guessing. And even when you think you have it right, you will still second guess yourself until the end.

I will definitely be recommending this book to anyone and everyone out there.

4 1/2 STARS!

About the author
Kate Ellison is the critically acclaimed author of The Butterfly Clues. She spent a lot of time as a child, in Baltimore, pretending to be things she wasn't: a twin, a telekinetic, a benevolent witch with a box full of magical stones, a spy, a soccer player. She trained as an actor in Chicago and has walked across the entire country of Spain. She is a painter and jewelry-maker, and has at least one artist friend who really does keep his true name a secret from the world. He told her, but don't ask her to tell you—she's not gonna do it. Kate lives in Brooklyn, New York. Visit her online at www.kateellison.com.

Find out more about Kate Ellison on FACEBOOK and through her BLOG.

GIVEAWAY:  

One hardcover copy of Notes from Ghost Town and one paperback copy of The Butterfly Clues











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BCM Author Spotlight: Devon Ashley


Welcome to our 4th installment of BCM Author Spotlight! For a month we'll select an author to feature for our BCM Spotlight, so be sure to stop by each Sunday to learn more about the authors we've chosen. With book bloggers constantly creating wonderful and exciting new memes, we'd like to thank the lovely ladies at Page Turners Blog and Portrait of a Book for the inspiration behind our BCM Author Spotlight.

This week, the Of Dust and Darkness series!  Last year for Best I've Read 2012, I chose Dust as one of the best books I read last year!  There were so many different ones, but this one stuck out to me!


4. The number of times my delicate wings have been broken and clamped behind my back.
68. The number inked upon my skin, marking me the sixty-eighth pixie to be stolen.
87. The number of days I’ve been wrongfully imprisoned.
88. The first day the faeries will regret stealing me.

Healthy. Cheery. Vivacious. All traits Rosalie has before becoming enslaved by the faeries to make an endless supply of pixie dust. Now that Rosalie has been traumatized by slave labor, extreme desolate conditions and multiple deaths, this hardened pixie is anything but. When this rebellious teenager attempts an escape, she’s isolated in cramped quarters until she learns her place. Just as she begins to let go of all that hope, she finds an unlikely friend in Jack, the faerie assigned to guard her. Interspecies dating is forbidden in the fae world, so their growing attraction is unacceptable. And even if Jack can find a way to free her, they know the prison is the only place they can truly be together.

My Review

***Giveaway***

Devon has given us all 5 of her books up for the giveaway! We'll have three winners, since there are two series with two books each in them right now!!

The winners will receive:






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Saturday, March 30, 2013

Life On The Edge- Review

Life On The Edge
by Jennifer Comeaux
Published on January 2012
Published by Astraea Press

Goodreads/Amazon/Barnes&Noble/Author website


Synopsis from Goodreads:
Nineteen-year-old Emily is new to pairs skating, but she and her partner Chris have a big dream–to be the first American team to win Olympic gold. Their young coach Sergei, who left Russia after a mysterious end to his skating career, believes they can break through and make history.

Emily and Chris are on track to be top contenders at the 2002 Winter Games. But when forbidden feelings spark between Emily and Sergei, broken trust and an unexpected enemy threaten to derail Emily's dreams of gold.



My Review:

There is something that really appeals to me about mixing romance with a female kicking butt in some sport.  This novel caught my attention just based on that, but throw in that this author is also a Louisiana girl and I knew I had to read it.

We are sucked into the lives of Emily, Chris, their coach Sergei as well as that of their friends.  The book is focused on Emily who at the beginning has made a recent career shift from single skating to pairs.  She is highly competitive and driven and has her eye on an eventual olympic gold.  Because her life revolves around the sport she is a bit sheltered and inexperienced in anything other than skating.  She has an overprotective and sometimes overbearing mother and a friendship with her partner Chris that has a familial feel.  Chris' lightness and easy going nature are a good balance for her intensity and nerves.   These two are surrounded by a supporting cast of characters whose lives also revolve around skating and have minor roles to play in the story.

At the story's start, Emily has an easy camaraderie with their coach Sergei.  When she starts to assist him in coaching a younger skating pair they begin to spend more and more time together getting to know each other in entirely new ways.  Feelings grow but unfortunately coach and student relationships are heavily frowned upon in the US skating world.  The story takes us through initially denying their feelings to attempting a relationship and all the hurdles along the way.

The romance in this book is of the sweet and sentimental type.  It is a nice break from the edgier books that have populated New Adult fiction lately.  Not that there aren't serious issues that develop that have to be overcome because there are many problems they encounter.  After all,  their relationship is forbidden and there is a lot Emily does not know about Sergei's past.  Notably, it is a clean read.  Astraea Press only publishes books without direct sex or swearing in them.

Where Jennifer Comeaux sets her story apart is in both her knowledge of the Ice Skating sport and the way she weaves it into the story.  It isn't just written well in the practices and performances but also in the psyches of the characters and all the challenges that would present in a coach/student relationship.  She also does a good job of writing her characters with realistic flaws.  Emily shares an amazing stubbornness with her mother that can be both a benefit and hindrance depending on the situation.  Too often other authors don't craft their characters with traits that are consistent or so realistic.

I do recommend this book to those who are looking for something a little lighter and cleaner in contemporary fiction/romance.  There is plenty of sexual tension just not any actual sex scenes.  It might be a little too sugary in places for those that prefer a grittier romance but it was a nice change of pace for me.  

It is part of a 3 book series with a free short story extra between the second and third books.  If you are not a fan of series then this books is easily read as a stand alone and it ends in a good place with nice resolution.  I am cautious with series and I didn't know this book was part of one when I started.  I have continued on with the next installment and really enjoyed it as well.  The second book, Edge of the Past, is a little less light and dives into repercussions from Sergei's past into the present.  I was very happy with the direction and resolution of the events and am eagerly waiting the last installment.  The last book, which has not yet been published, will open the view points to more characters and focus equally on Emily's partner Chris as well as her best friend and Ice Dancer Aubrey.

Link to the second book can be found here: Goodreads- Edge Of The Past
Link to the short story between books two and three here: Goodreads- Reaching the Edge                
Link to the third book can be found here: Goodreads- Fighting for the Edge


Friday, March 29, 2013

Gravely Inanimated by Esther Wheelmaker

Gravely Inanimated
Release date: 03/29/13
Ebook 
YA Zombie Steampunk
Publisher: Third Broom on the Left Press

From the Author blurb: It has been thirty years since England was plagued by zombies. Humans fear for their lives while the dead kill the living.
By the cover of night, a man known only as Aeron hunts these creatures. On one foggy evening he finds Lucille Knight's life in jeopardy and Aeron's interest is instantly peaked when he saves the young lady.
But Aeron will have competition when Lucy meets Lord Garrett Ashdown, son of the Inventor, Earl Thomas. 
Lucy is drawn to the masked man and equally mysterious Lord. With one concealing his true identity and the other hiding a ghastly secret, she does not know which one is less dangerous.
Will she be able to be with the man she chooses when she learns the awful truth?



 My review: THIS IS THE BEST ZOMBIE STEAMPUNK BOOK I HAVE EVER READ. I sat down and read this whole book in one sitting. 

Author Esther Wheelmaker's debut book is amazing. The setting is the 1800's. The zombie apocalypse has already happened. People are getting back to their "normal" lives and co-existing with the walking dead. 

Lucy, our main female character, goes home too late one night and runs into Aeron. Aeron is a zombie fighter like she has never seen. She is instantly intrigued by him. When she meets the ever so charming Lord Garrett Ashdown, she is torn between the mystery and danger of Aeron and the masked and mysterious Lord. 

Will the zombies allow her to live long enough to choose the one she is fated too? 



BIO: Her name is Esther Wheelmaker and she is the author of the new,
Zombiepunk Series.
With Gravely Inanimated (book one) coming to life, she is pounding away
on her typewriter to try and get book two out. However, she is easily
distracted by sparkly things.
Her background is a mystery and all anyone knows is she loves hugs,
corsets, steampunk, books and Mozart….
…Let's face it…Everyone likes a girl with a little mystery.
::wink::
Find Miss Wheelmaker at:
www.zombiepunkseries.com
www.twitter.com/estherwheelmake
www.facebook.com/esther.wheelmaker

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BCM's 3rd Birthday Bash - Celebration Post #12


We have two copies of THE ELEVENTH PLAGUE by Jeff Hirsch!!


In an America devastated by war and plague, the only way to survive is to keep moving.

In the aftermath of a war, America’s landscape has been ravaged and two-thirds of the population left dead from a vicious strain of influenza. Fifteen-year-old Stephen Quinn and his family were among the few that survived and became salvagers, roaming the country in search of material to trade. But when Stephen’s grandfather dies and his father falls into a coma after an accident, Stephen finds his way to Settler’s Landing, a community that seems too good to be true. Then Stephen meets strong, defiant, mischievous Jenny, who refuses to accept things as they are. And when they play a prank that goes horribly wrong, chaos erupts, and they find themselves in the midst of a battle that will change Settler’s Landing--and their lives--forever.




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Thursday, March 28, 2013

BCM's 3rd Bithday Bash - Celebration Post #11

 
 
 
Welcome to day 11!!  We still have 10 more days of amazing giveaways celebrating our birthday!!
 
Today we're giving away:
 
Rockoholic by C.J. Skuse 
 
She's got it bad, and he ain't good -- he's in her garage?

"I'm your biggest fan, I'll follow you until you love me..."

Gonna have to face it: Jody's addicted to Jackson Gatlin, frontman of The Regulators, and after her best bud Mac scores tickets, she's front and center at his sold-out concert. But when she gets mashed in the moshpit and bodysurfs backstage, she's got more than a mild concussion to deal with. By the next morning, the strung-out rock star is coming down in her garage. Jody -- oops -- kind of kidnapped him. By accident. With a Curly Wurly candy bar. And now he doesn't want to leave.

It's a rock-star abduction worthy of an MTV reality series...but who got punk'd?!
 
 
 
 
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Review: Firefly by Belle Whittington

Firefly (Cicada #2) by Belle Whittington
Published Date: February 2013
Publisher: CreateSpace
Genre: YA Paranormal

The Story: “The darkest days are ahead of us,” Andrew whispered as the drape of shadows slipped away, allowing Blair to awaken. And in her heart of hearts she knew it was true. The unmistakable signs were all around her, growing within her. She was becoming something more than human. All she could do was accept the inevitable.

“I’ve become a freak … an alien. I no longer belong to the human world,” Blair told her true love, and he held her close, determined never to give her up.

“I’d stay in this darkness forever as long as I could be with you. Wherever you are … that’s my home.” Everett meant every word. In fact, he’d willingly give up his own life to protect the girl he’d always loved.

But there was a storm brewing … a firestorm so strong and catastrophic that it could keep them apart forever.

That storm roared into town wearing a brown leather bomber jacket and riding a motorcycle.

Ash was like a secret in human clothing … a dangerous secret. Everything about him was mesmerizing – right down to the swirls of ink that flowed over the smooth muscles across his chest and around his arms. Being with him was like playing with fire.

Blair knew all about playing with fire.

She knew something else, too. A small quiet voice deep within whispered that she really would be separated from everyone and everything she’d known and loved.

Because some secrets run too deep.


Book trailer

My Review: WOW!  I loved Firefly!  I was on the edge of my seat the whole time.  It was truly amazing.  Cicada ended with Everett and Andrew going off to "college".  At least that's what the parents thought.  Blair struggles with being alone, and then she realizes that the others are still out there.  And she has some strange powers going on.

There are many twists and turns in this book.  It's hard to know sometimes too, who is good and who isn't.  I cannot wait to see what book three will bring!  Check out next with with a guest post from Belle Whittington on how she came up with the ideas for the titles- Cicada and Firefly!



Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Cover Reveal: Frigid by J. Lynn

If you know anything about us here at BCM, you know that we love love love books by Jennifer L. Armentrout. She is a stellar storyteller with books that suck the reader in, and keep the book moving through their mind long after it is finished. So we are so happy to be able to share with you all the cover for her upcoming New Adult release from Spencer Hill Press Contemporary written under the name J. Lynn.

So without further ado: 




For twenty-one-year-old Sydney, being in love with Kyler isn't anything new. They'd been best friends ever since he pushed her down on the playground and she made him eat a mud pie. Somewhere over the years, she fell for him and fell hard. The big problem with that? Kyler puts the 'man' in man-whore. He's never stayed with a girl longer than a few nights, and with it being their last year in college, Syd doesn't want to risk their friendship by declaring her love.

Kyler has always put Syd on a pedestal that was too high for him to reach. To him, she's perfect and she's everything. But the feelings he has for her, he's always hidden away or focused on any other female. After all, Kyler will always be the poor boy from the wrong side of tracks, and Syd will always be the one girl he can never have.

But when they're stranded together at a posh ski resort due to a massive Nor'easter, there's nothing stopping their red-hot feelings for each other from coming to the surface. Can their friendship survive the attraction? Better yet, can they survive at all? Because as the snow falls, someone is stalking them, and this ski trip may be a life-changer in more ways than one.

Frigid will be available in digital formats on July 30th 2013
Print release of Frigid will be November 5th 2012





J. Lynn, also known as Jennifer L. Armentrout, is a # 1 New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author. She lives in Martinsburg, West Virginia. All the rumors you’ve heard about her state aren’t true. When she’s not hard at work writing. She spends her time reading, working out, watching really bad zombie movies, pretending to write, and hanging out with her husband and her Jack Russel Loki.
Her dreams of becoming an author started in algebra class, where she spent most of her time writing short stories….which explains her dismal grades in math. Jennifer writes young adult paranormal, science fiction, fantasy, and contemporary romance. She is published with Spencer Hill Press, Entangled Teen and Brazen, Disney/Hyperion and Harlequin Teen.
She also writes adult and New Adult romance under the name J. Lynn. She is published by Entangled Brazen and HarperCollins.


So... What do you think? Leave us a comment and let us know... and don't forget to add Frigid to your Goodreads to read list! 

BCM's 3rd Birthday Bash - Celebration Post #10

 



When Kira Dawson moves to South Carolina, she meets Luke, a blond goofball who quickly becomes her best friend, and Tristan, a mysterious bad boy who sends shivers down her spine. Kira knows they're keeping secrets, but when she discovers Tristan's lust for blood and her own dormant mystical powers, Kira is forced to fight for her life and make the heartbreaking decision between the familiar comfort of friendship and the fiery passion of love.








Slowly, like a whisper almost blown away in the wind, two words streaked across her mind: 'Kiss me.'

Kira may have survived the eclipse, but her troubles are far from over. She's headed to Sonnyville with one goal in mind: to learn more about her parents. But with Luke and Tristan competing for her heart and Diana gunning for her head, time is running out on the search for her mother. And the closer Kira gets to answers, the more terrified she becomes. The conduits fear her, the vampires fear her, and Kira is starting to wonder if maybe they're right...









Kira gulped, unable to stop the growing sense that everything in her world was about to change.

With Aldrich’s note burning a hole in her pocket, Kira is off to England to finally reunite with her birth mother. But what begins as a dream quickly turns to a nightmare and Kira is left questioning everything she has ever known. Can she be the conduit Luke wants her to be? Can she be the rebel Tristan needs her to be? Or is she something else? Something no one, not even Aldrich, ever saw coming…










Out of sight, out of their minds: It's a school-trip splatter fest and completely not cool when the other kids in her class go all brain dead on new girl Bobby.

The day of the ski trip, when the bus comes to a stop at a roadside restaurant, everyone gets off and heads in for lunch. Everyone, that is, except Bobby, the new girl, who stays behind with rebel-without-a-clue Smitty.

Then hours pass. Snow piles up. Sun goes down. Bobby and Smitty start to flirt. Start to stress. Till finally they see the other kids stumbling back.

But they've changed. And not in a good way. Straight up, they're zombies. So the wheels on the bus better go round and round freakin' fast, because that's the only thing keeping Bobby and Smitty from becoming their classmates' next meal. It's kill or be killed in these hunger games, heads are gonna roll, and homework is most definitely gonna be late.

Combining the chill of THE SHINING, the thrill ride of SPEED, the humor of SHAUN OF THE DEAD, and the angst of THE BREAKFAST CLUB, Kirsty McKay's UNDEAD is a bloody mad mash-up, a school-trip splatter-fest, a funny, gory, frighteningly good debut!




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Tuesday, March 26, 2013

BCM's 3rd Birthday Bash - Celebration Post #9

 
Today we are giving away Everlasting by Angie Frazier and The Eternal Sea by Angie Frazier!  And she's signed them both!!
 
Sailing aboard her father's ship is all seventeen-year-old Camille Rowen has ever wanted. But as a lady in 1855 San Francisco, her future is set: marry a man she doesn't love in order to preseve her social standing. On her last voyage before the wedding, Camille learns the mother she has always believed dead is in fact alive and in Australia. When their Sydney-bound ship goes down in a gale, and her father dies, Camille sets out to find her mother and a map in her possession - a map believed to lead to a stone that once belonged to a legendary civilization...
 
 
 
 
 
 
Romance and adventure are just around the corner . . .

After the thrilling journey that led Camille through the dangerous discovery of love, secrets, and a magical stone that grants immortality, Camille has everything she wants. She's escaped the men who wanted her dead, and now she is ready to build a new life with Oscar, her one true love. But things are not to be so simple. Oscar is acting strangely, and before they can even board a ship from Australia back home, to San Francisco, Camille learns that the journey is not over. If she does not follow the magic of the curse of Umandu, her life and Ocar's could be in grave danger.

 
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Book Blast: State of Emergency by Summer Lane

State of Emergency by Summer Lane
Genre: New Adult / Young Adult Dystopian Romance
 

About Summer Lane

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Summer Lane is the author of the YA/NA Dystopian Romance, State of Emergency. She is a freelance writer, publicist and lover of all things feline. Summer is also the author of Snappy Social Networking: How to Dominate the Blogosphere & Everything in Between.

In her spare time, Summer is the creator of the online magazine/blog, Writing Belle, in addition to being a frequent contributor at NA Alley, a website dedicated to all things New Adult. 

Summer began writing when she was 13 years old, due to the fact that the long afternoons after school were somewhat boring, and writing stories seemed to make the time pass a little quicker. Since then she has written many books about jungle cats, secret agents, princesses and spaceships. She is also a non-fiction writer, but her debut novel, State of Emergency, is her favorite book yet. You can find Summer hopping around on the Internet by following her on Twitter @SummerEllenLane or swinging by Writing Belle.

 

About State of Emergency

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What would you do if the world as you know it ended in an instant? How far would you go to survive?


Cassidy Hart is your typical High School graduate: a little shy, a little sarcastic, and a little naive. But when an electromagnetic pulse takes down the United States, she's forced to kick into full survival mode when she gets separated from her father. Yeah. Things suck. But with the help of a handsome soldier named Chris, she just might find her dad without getting into serious trouble. Emphasis on might. Oh. And there's the matter of avoiding getting killed in a world that's quickly turned into an active war zone. It's going to change Cassidy's life. It's going to be a major pain in the butt.

 

Excerpt {Prologue}

I don’t know how it happened. Nobody does. There are only theories, empty rhetoric and doomsday prophecies. None of them are right, but none of them are completely wrong, either. They all have a grain of truth. All I know is where I was and what I was doing when it happened.

The day had started out like every other day of my life. I hit the snooze button on my alarm about five times before dragging myself out of bed. I combed back my unruly red hair, threw on some clothes, and went into the kitchen. As usual, my dad hadn’t gone to the grocery store, so breakfast consisted of burnt toast and a teaspoon of olive oil.

Because fatty acids are supposed to be healthy for you.

And because there’s nothing else to eat in my house except a can of string beans from 1999.

Being nineteen, graduated from high school and unemployed, I didn’t have much to do besides surf the internet looking for interesting stories and reading my stack of books from the library. Lately I had applied for a multitude of different jobs, including a flight attendant, car washer and hotel manager. Needless to say, none of those positions panned out.

I’m more of the independent type, getting paid by my dad to help him out with his job as a private detective. He’s been letting me poke around in his cases since I was a freshman in high school. I’m good at it, too. Criminal justice, that is. I even wanted a degree in it, but since I’m flat busted broke and stuck in a two-bedroom home with an empty refrigerator, my options are kind of slim.

Anyway, after I looked for a few jobs online, I closed my laptop and started cleaning the house. My dad and I lived in a small house in the outer suburbs of Los Angeles. Culver City, to be exact. It’s about ten minutes away from Hollywood. The land of spray-on tans and yoga classes.

It’s a nice place to live as long as you don’t drive about five miles in the opposite direction. In that case you’ll end up in the middle of a ghetto. A visit to the grocery store might end up becoming a drive-by shooting.

Unsurprisingly, I’m an introvert.

So that day, that regular, average day, turned out to be a day that not only changed my life – but everybody else’s.

It was the day technology turned on us.

It was the beginning of a major pain in the butt.

Sunday, March 24, 2013

BCM Author Spotlight: Devon Ashley


Welcome to our 4th installment of BCM Author Spotlight! For a month we'll select an author to feature for our BCM Spotlight, so be sure to stop by each Sunday to learn more about the authors we've chosen. With book bloggers constantly creating wonderful and exciting new memes, we'd like to thank the lovely ladies at Page Turners Blog and Portrait of a Book for the inspiration behind our BCM Author Spotlight.

This week, I have an interview with Devon!

What do you like about having this "new" genre of New Adult?
 
That we can finally make our books a little steamy! Hey, I write clean YA too, but sometimes a gal just needs to add some hot scenes into the mix, you know? Not to mention, the majority of YA books orbit around some type of teaching institution, and it just gets boring to read after awhile. At least when your characters are 17-24, you can have them doing almost anything,: going to college, working odd jobs, dating without parental interference or curfews. And it can all be done without looking frowned upon because they're finally of-age and allowed to experiment and do some crazy sh*t. And oh, yeah...actual sex scenes. Mine still tend to fade to black for the actual act, but I let a lot of foreplay go down before I bow out!
With the release of Catacombs cover, when will we be seeing the release of the book?
 
It should be this summer, but since I'm squeezing in my realistic new adult fiction Nearly Broken, it'll probably be the latter half of the season.
I missed Emily and Abby and Noel - can you give us a glimpse into what's been going on with them?  There may be spoilers if you haven't read the Immortal Archives yet... 
 
Five years have passed since we've last seen our supernatural bunch. Abby and Noel have been raising their babes, working hard to keep their immortal vampire hearts beating so they can grow up as naturally as any other child, but they are so ready to pass them off to Cara at the warrior school so they can get back into action. Supernatural cabin fever, you know? Emily has been dealing with the loss of two best friends, and a possible new love interest in Gaius, who seems taken with her enough to make multiple trips to see her 'to make sure she's adjusting to her new pure vampire lifestyle'. Yeah, right.... The group will be traveling to the headquarters of their lineage to prepare for Emily's trials to determine her place in their system - the higher you score, the higher you are in their hierarchy. And a surprising outcome will show that Gaius isn't really the strongest, and that another certain individual should really be running their organization. Meanwhile, it comes to light that something sinister resides in the Catacombs beneath their headquarters, and Abby and her crew are the only ones with a chance to neutralize the situation. More secrets will be revealed, love will be in the air - and a little catfighting over Most Eligible Bachelor Gaius may be inflicted whether Emily wants to participate or not!
...and have you figured out what Noel is yet? Not even Abby knows the truth. I won't reveal his secret to you until the bitter end of the series, but a few people just might figure it out in Catacombs!
 
Oh, that is SO not fair!!
OK, with the diverse books you've written, and I believe all of them are waiting on the next one to come out, how do you keep all the different characters with their respected stories, straight?!
 
Not easy. Each series is written with a different tone, different wordage, different tense and both female and male points of view. This year I'm going to be writing three books: Realistic NA Fiction Nearly Broken, NA Urban Fantasy Catacombs and YA Fantasy Stardust. I'm not gonna lie. In order for me to write a new book, I have to go back and reread the previous one(s) so I can put myself back into the mindset of the characters and keep their thoughts and dialect in sync. My Immortal Archive books take the longest because of the multiple points of view and all the secrets - I have to remind myself who knows what and which secrets have already been revealed to the reader! Because there are plenty more to come!
As an indie author, which is easier for you, having your book printed or published electronically?
 
For me, formatting for the paperback is a hell of a lot easier, but I sell way more ebooks, so I endure the process of trying to get them to look as best I can. That darn epub file can look differently on every reader, so it's nearly impossible to do so.
 
And I thank you for making the epub file!  ;)  It's always worked for me!
Are there any other stories that are just waiting for you to write them down? ;)
 
Lord, don't get me started on thinking! A fellow writer suggested that now that my Falling novels were complete, that I should try writing a realist fiction. I said no, that I really needed to focus on the two due out this year, went to take a bath and an entire novel came to light. Now I can't get it out of my head! So now I'm writing Nearly Broken, but at least it's flowing out of me really quickly, so it won't bump my other books back too far. :)
 
Can't wait to read it Devon!  And thanks for taking time to answer my questions!!
 
 
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