Friday, May 31, 2013

Review: Nearly Broken by Devon Ashley

Nearly Broken by Devon Ashley
Published Date: June 2013
Publisher: Self
Genre: New Adult Romantic Suspense / Realistic Fiction

The Story: We’d both gone missing at one point, but Claire had one thing I didn’t. Someone to notice. So why was I the one still here and she the one still gone?
Nineteen year old Megan Smith has spent the past year working in a small town diner in the middle of nowhere. Life is quiet, simple, safe. Then comes the news that her look-a-like has gone missing.

Claire.

Still damaged both physically and mentally, Megan's not looking to be noticed. Wherever she goes from here, it's a road she needs to take alone. But when Nickolas Ellis takes the job as the new nightshift cook, it scares her how easily her defenses crumble down, down, down for him. But there are secrets she can't bear to share with just anyone, unspeakable acts that continue to haunt, and when the similarities of Claire’s abduction couples with the fear of an unwanted visitor in town, the urge to run before it all happens again intensifies, threatening the only happiness Megan's ever found.

Recommended for 17+ for mature and disturbing situations, language and sexual content.

My Review:  Grab the tissues.  This story is both heart wrenching and happy at the same time.  As I started reading it, I felt sorry for Megan.  She had some horrible things happen to her.  But then she was able to get out of that situation and found a couple who took pity on her.  Then she meets the new cook, Nik.  And things take a turn for the better, and worse.

Devon Ashley puts us in a story that is scarily similar to what has happened to many girls when they are abducted.  This book isn't for the faint of heart, and it does have strong situations that would not be fit for the young adult.  It's classified as New Adult, becuase the main character is 19 at the "present" time in the book.  But her story starts when she was just 17.  This book is one of those that I feel people will either appreciate or hate.  Maybe it's becuase I have seen too much evil to not hate this book, becuase I thought it was amazing, and the strength alone that Devon Ashley would have to have in writing it. 

If authors only wrote things that were easy and not controversal, then there wouldn't be many good books out there.  But, like I said, if you are not of the faint of heart, then I strongly suggest you pick up this book!

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Review: The Forgotten Ones by Laura Howard

The Forgotten Ones by Laura Howard
Published Date: April 2013
Publisher: Self
Genre: YA Paranormal

The Story: Allison O'Malley's plan is to go to grad school so she can get a good job and take care of her schizophrenic mother. She has carefully closed herself off from everything else, including a relationship with Ethan, who she's been in love with for as long as she can remember.

What is definitely not part of the plan is the return of her long-lost father, who claims he can bring Allison's mother back from the dark place her mind has gone. Allison doesn't trust her father, so why would she believe his stories about a long forgotten Irish people, the Tuatha de Danaan? But truths have a way of revealing themselves. Secrets will eventually surface. And Allison must learn to set aside her plan and work with her father if there is even a small chance it could restore her mother's sanity.


My Review:  This was a fun book to read!  A really good summer read too!  We enter a world with a group of people who have been long forgotten.  Magic exists and Allison realizes that she has a part in all this, espically when her mother is kidnapped. 

Laura Howard has a way with words.  The story flows so well from chapter to chapter, and you can't put it down.  The characters are believable and Laura Howard describes the places in such detail that you are able to picture it all!

Monday, May 27, 2013

Review: The Anti-Bullying Club of America by Karen Strauss

The Anti-Bullying Club of America by Karen Strauss
Published Date: May 2013
Publisher: Self
Genre: YA

The Story: Join the adventures of 4 brave nerds that decide they've had it with bullying, and are going to fight back. Meet Lucy, their leader; Ivy, the quiet and thoughtful witch; Dennis, the overweight artist; and Don, the catalyst that turns the club from a small group of frustrated teenagers into a group that decides to take action and stop feeling victimized. How do they do it? Who challenges them? And do they succeed?

My Review: This is such a fun and cute book! It brought me back to my high school days, where I was picked on too.  Lucy, Ivy, Don and Dennis learn that sticking together helps with getting back at the bullies in their school.  How many of us were picked on, or watched others be picked on becuase we didn't want to do anything?  Karen Strauss' book gives us a look into what the nerds feel.  With bullies being more prominate in our schools now, we all need to take an active role in telling kids that it's not ok to pick on others. 

Saturday, May 25, 2013

Review, Interview & Giveaway: Insight by Terron James

 

Insight by Terron James
Published Date: June 2013
Publisher:  Jolly Fish Press
Genre: YA SciFi

The Story:
James has masterfully crafted the mystical land of Appernysia, a world brimming with rich history and magic that readers of all types will find delight in discovering.

Rumors are surging through Appernysia that a Beholder has been born, the first wielder of True Sight in over a millennium. Seventeen-year-old Lon Marcs discovers he has been blessed—or cursed—with this gift. He cannot control the power of True Sight and feels it killing him with each passing day. He realizes that the only people who might possess the knowledge to save his life are the sworn enemies of his king. To obtain their help, Lon would have to journey into exile, leaving behind his village, family, and beloved Kaylen. Although this is the hardest decision Lon has ever made, it is only the first of many that will test his strength and challenge his interpretation of right and wrong.

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My Reivew:  I enjoyed reading this book.  Insight takes us into a world of swords, horses, and magic. Lon has some choices to make, and those choices take him far from his family, and his beloved.  Through the connection that Mellai has with him (being twins and all) she is able to "keep tabs" and know at least that he's alright.

I like the format in which this is written.  We're not just getting it from one person's POV.  We're able to "see" what's going on with the different characters.  As you're reading, you can tell that Terron James put a lot of research into his book! 

 


About the Author:
Born in the wrong age, TERRON JAMES continually fantasizes of shining steel, majestic stone architecture, thundering cavalry rushes, and opportunities to prove his honor. James is an English teacher and a member and recent president of the Tooele Chapter of the League of Utah Writers. He currently lives in Tooele, Utah, with his wife and four kids.

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***Interview***

What is one book everyone should read?Duh! INSIGHT! *snicker*

Besides my book, though, a must read is The Diary of Anne Frank. Sadly, I wasn't a very academically ambitious student growing up, so I didn't pay much attention to this book in grade school. Also, I never would have considered Anne's diary to be a book that interested an adult. I had always assumed teenagers would enjoy it more than us old farts. Boy, was I wrong!

I just finished reading The Diary of Anne Frank with my 7th and 8th grade students. Now the Franks, Van Daans, and Mr. Dussel are all stuck in the forefront of my mind. My friends can tell you that I've become quite passionate about WWII over the past few years, partly to help build my own world of Appernysia, but mostly because it captivates me. I love individual stories, like those surrounding
Quentin Aanenson (a fighter pilot). I'm glad to add Anne's story to that collection. I wept many times over the past two months as I taught about the heroic and tragic experiences of her life.

What was your favorite book when you were a child/teen?
The Hardy Boys! I loved the tension and "Scooby Doo" moments where all the pieces finally fit together. I read so many of those books. I've even contemplated dipping back into them again, but I'm terrified that I'll ruin one of my fondest childhood memories. Movies and books are rarely ever as good as we remember them to be from our youth.

Can you see yourself in any of your characters?
I'm complex man, so I would say a little bit of me exists in all of my characters, but I didn't write anyone based off of me. The closest thing would be the sassy sibling relationship between Lon and Mellai, with an deep underlying bond of love for each other. That would fit me and my sister, Melanee.

If someone wrote a book about your life, what would the title be?
Whew, this is a hard one to answer. My childhood was full of physical, social, and emotional trials, the most difficult of which was the death of my older brother when I was in 9th grade. Then add the strains of adulthood... perhaps I'd call the book, You Can Do It!

Do you prefer to write in silence or with music?
Music, always! But it has to be wordless music, and appropriate for what I'm writing. Have you ever tried writing a tragedy while listening to the soundtrack for Barney? *shudder*

Who or what inspired your last book?
What? My fascination with magic systems.
Who? Everyone I know. I poured subtle details from my life into INSIGHT.

Character most like you in someone else's book?
I just can't answer this. Like I said, I'm a complex man.

Do you like the spotlight or lurking in the shadows?
Both. I lurk in the shadows until the spotlight hits the perfect background, then I jump into the light with guns a blazin'!

How do you come up with the characters names/personalities?
I created most names and places in INSIGHT from people I know. I plan to reveal a comprehensive list of this soon on my own blog, but here are a few samples. They were difficult to create, but now I can whip these names up like hot cakes!
Lon = my deceased brother, Lonnie

Mellai = my younger sister, Melanee
Allegna & Geila = my older sister, Angela
Kaylen = a combination of my parents, Allen and Debra Kay
Shalán = a combination of my parents-in-law, Sharon and Dallas
Llen = my 1st son, Dallen

Dawes = my 2nd son, Dawsen
Phoenijan = my 3rd son, Duncan Phoenix

Dax = my 4th son, Daxton
Queen Cyra (to be featured in book 2) & Lynth flower = my wife, Crystal Lyn

If you could leave this world for your "book world," would you?
I already do, every day. That's why authors really write. We're not satisfied with our version of Earth. *snicker*

Craziest thing you ever ate?
This is a toss up between two paintballs and a full piece of chalk (both for money)

How do you juggle writing & family life?
This is why I'd name the book about my life, You Can Do It! Balancing my family life with my writing time is not at all easy, and I still haven't figured it out yet. Luckily, I have a very supportive family who often let me disappear into Appernysia. Mostly, though, I do my writing before my 4 boys wake up, or after they go to bed. My favorite time to write is the EARLY hours of the day (3 AMish).

Do your friends or enemies ever find themselves in your books?
Yes, via name manipulation, but only one person has made it into my book with a matching personality to who they are in real life. And I used "they" because I'm keeping the identity of this person a secret. Sorry!

What is your favorite part of the writing/publishing process?
I have two favorite things. First, the editing process. I LOVE cleaning up my writing and splicing out the ick! I'm experiencing my second favorite right now, seeing all of my publisher's "reveals" (book cover, maps, book trailer, etc.). So exciting!


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Thursday, May 23, 2013

Cover Reveal: Waterfell by Amalie Howard

About the Author:
Seventeen Magazine Summer Club author Amalie Howard spent her childhood with her nose stuck in a book, from Grimm's Fairy Tales to Anne Rice, and everything in between. She is the author of Bloodspell and a published poet. She received a bachelor’s degree from Colby College in International Studies and a certificate in French Literature from the Ecole Normale Supérieure in Paris, France. When she's not writing or devouring other people's novels, she reviews books for TheLoopNY. She lives in New York with her husband and three children.
Author Guest Post:
How important is a book cover?
Everyone wants a cover that’s eye-catching—you know, the one that will make a potential reader pick it up or click on it. In such a competitive market, both online and off, a cover can really make or break a book because that first impression is so critical. It has to stand out not just in print, but also in thumbnail format. For me to pick up or click on a book, the cover has to grab me. It has to appeal to my senses … make me want to learn more. Even though I’m biased, I think the WATERFELL cover is very compelling—from the layout, to the art, to the font dissipating into the water—it’s attention getting.
 
The next post will be scheduled to reveal at 11:30am EST
 
The full cover will be revealed on Harlequin Teen’s Facebook Page sometime in the afternoon after all posts have been made.
 
OK, here's a glimse of the cover!  Be sure to check out the next stop to see another part of it!!  You'll love the cover, trust me!
 
 

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Review: Wicked Magic by Sandra Madera

Wicked Magic by Sandra Madera
Published Date: July 2012
Publisher: Self
Genre: YA fantasy

The Story: After a time of peace, Willow's world is turned on its side when Nalin is captured and taken into the Underworld.

Just when Willow and Nalin were ready to bind their life forces in a marriage ceremony, their time of peace has ended.

Willow finds out a secret that is both the cause of their union and exile. Daphne, Nalin’s evil sister, has gathered a group of powerful allies in her quest to regain the Ljósálfar kingdom and overthrow their newly formed government. Hoping to separate Willow and Nalin forever, Daphne casts her brother into the darkest and deadliest realm imaginable... Hades.

However, Daphne never expected Willow to delve into the depths of hell to reunite with her lost love and try to set things right. Rules have been broken... Deals have been made... How much is Willow willing to risk to save Nalin’s soul?


My Review:  I enjoyed this book!  This is such a different twist on elves and the rest of the fantasy world.  Willow learns that she isn't a normal elf.  I don't want to reveal much on that! 

Sandra Madera's writing is easy to follow, and it flows real well!  I love reading books where I'm transported to other worlds, even if they tend to dip into the human realm too!  Sandra has a vivid imagination, and it shows through her writing.  You are able to picture what Willow looks like, and those around her.  You're also able to see the different realms she enters, even the darkest of Hades!  Definitely a good read!

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Review: PODs by Michelle K Pickett

PODs by Michelle K Pickett
Published Date: June 2013
Publisher: Spencer Hill Press
Genre: YA SciFi

The Story: Seventeen-year-old Eva is a chosen one. Chosen to live, while others meet a swift and painful death from an incurable virus so lethal, a person is dead within days of symptoms emerging. In the POD system, a series of underground habitats built by the government, she waits with the other chosen for the deadly virus to claim those above. Separated from family and friends, it's in the PODs she meets David. And while true love might not conquer all, it's a balm for the broken soul.

After a year, scientists believe the population has died, and without living hosts, so has the virus. That's the theory, anyway. But when the PODs are opened, survivors find the surface holds a vicious secret. The virus mutated, infecting those left top-side and creating... monsters.

Eva and David hide from the infected in the abandoned PODs. Together they try to build a life--a new beginning. But the infected follow and are relentless in their attacks. Leaving Eva and David to fight for survival, and pray for a cure.


My Review: Ok, so what would you do, if there was a drawing to see who would live and who would die? 

There's a deadly virus that is wrecking havoc on the world.  Each country is deciding how they will survive.  We follow Eva, where in the USA, they have decided to randomly draw from the social security numbers.  When she gets a call on her cell, her parents know that they weren't chosen, but that Eva would live on. 

The year underground passes quickly, there are few who had the virus, and were "disposed" of.  Then the real "fun" starts.  With everyone being sent to certain areas to rebuild.  Eva falls in love with David while in the PODs, but they are separated above ground. 

As you read the story, and wonder what's happened while they were safe, and what will happen when those in love are separated, you won't be able to put it down!!  What will happen to Eva and David?  Will the virus kill everyone?  You'll have to get the book to find out!!

Monday, May 20, 2013

Review: Defiant Heart by Marty Steere

Defiant Heart by Marty Steere
Published Date: April 2013
Publisher: Penfield Press
Genre: YA Historical Fiction, WWII

The Story:
Set against the backdrop of small town America on the eve of World War II, Defiant Heart features two extraordinary characters and one unforgettable love story.

In the spring of 1941, young Jon Meyer’s family dies in a tragic accident, and he is sent to live in a small Indiana town. He arrives to find himself unwanted and shunned.

Mary Dahlgren is the daughter of the town’s mayor. A pretty girl, she could have the pick of the boys in town, including Vernon King, the star of the vaunted high school basketball team. To the chagrin of her friends, though, Mary has always been more interested in books than boys. That is, until she meets Jon.

But Jon and Mary are kept apart by an insidious campaign orchestrated by Mary’s father, who perceives their relationship a threat to his political aspirations, and Vernon, to whom Jon is a rival for Mary’s affections. For months Jon is subjected to a painful ostracism. Then, just when the young man’s earnestness and perseverance begin to win over many of the townsfolk and it appears that love may conquer all, tragedy strikes.

As the country is caught up in war, so too are the young lovers swept up in events beyond their control, leaving both fighting for their very lives. If, against the odds, they are to be together, each will need to find the strength, the courage and the resourcefulness that beat only in a defiant heart.

My Review: Wow.  I was intreguied to read this book, for one thing, I love historical fiction.  For another, I have many family and friends that currently serve in the military, and many who use to!  Marty Steere knows what he's talking about in this book.  Could be that he grew up in the military - see the About Marty Steere!  But, the story he weaves, it's a timeless tale. 

We not only read about why Jon Meyer - one of the main characters, is shunned, we start to feel sorry for him.  And then there's sweet Mary, who is just a pistol!  I know you'll laugh and cry as you read Defiant Heart!



About Marty Steere:
The son of a career air force officer, Marty Steere grew up on or near military installations across the country and overseas before settling in Southern California, where, when he’s not writing, he practices law. His debut novel, Sea of Crises, was named to Kirkus Reviews’ Best of 2012.

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Friday, May 17, 2013

COVER REVEAL: DREAMWALKER Faerie Dreams: Book One by MG Chester


UPDATE: THIS BOOK HAS RELEASED TODAY INSTEAD OF THE ORIGINAL RELEASE DATE OF JUNE 1ST.
 
 


If there’s one thing thirteen year old Kate loves, it’s a good book. Her new favorite series, Quallen’s Quest, follows the Faerie prince in the land of Kallaryn as he goes from one adventure to another. When Kate awakens in Prince Quallen’s secret cave, she’s sure she’s dreaming. Events unfold and adventure follows as Quallen promises to help her get back. Is she really in Kallaryn and if that’s the case, will she ever be able to get back home?

Dreamwalker is an older middlegrade/younger YA fantasy novel.
 


Dreamwalker releases June 1st. TODAY!!!!


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Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Review & Guest Post: The Silent Orchids by Morgan Wylie




SILENT ORCHIDS by Morgan Wylie
Published Date: 2013
Publisher: American Majestic Entertainment
Genre: YA

The Story: A dying realm.

The ancient evil of the Droch-Shúil has been unleashed.

The Orchids have been silenced… but for how long?

Daegan, elite of the Ferrishyn warrior tribe of Faeries, is charged with a mission to find the Sol-lumieth, a mysterious new power that could change the fate of all in the realm of Alandria. But he is conflicted by his purpose, and he cannot trust the motives of those he serves. He has too many questions and they must be answered.
Kaeleigh, a girl abandoned as a small child just outside Missoula, Montana, is now 18. She is trying to discover who she is and where she belongs. In her heart, she feels she has family out there… somewhere. Desperate to unravel the mysteries of her past, she embarks on a journey that will forever change her along with her two best friends, Finn and Chel—who have secrets of their own.

My Review: This book was good.  A little slow to start, but once I got going, it held me spell-bound.  Morgan Wylie has a different way with words, a good way though!  There's much that keeps you reading until you've finished the book.  And the characters are believeable enough too!  You'll be enchanted by The Slient Orchids!




ABOUT MORGAN WYLIE:
Morgan Wylie has been writing on and off throughout her growing up years, but started seriously working on her first novel in the Spring of 2009. 7 months pregnant with her first child, she didn't start off with a lot of focused writing time. But Morgan had an epiphany, if you will, and the story flashed before her so she began to write. And she’s still writing. Her debut Young Adult fantasy, SILENT ORCHIDS, will be out this summer.

LINKS:
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Guest Post:
Hello and thank you for having me today!!
I’m going to share with you my top 10 favorite books. Ok so individual books were too hard so I picked favorite series (which was still hard!!) There’s just SO MANY!!!
I chose these as my faves because they are series that I have (and will still) read over and over again…I LOVE them that much. I also mainly chose YA books because well that is mainly what I read, but that is also the genre my current book is in so I thought it was fitting (okay okay I’m trying to figure out ways of narrowing my options ;)
I also love these because they all have strong female leads (ok so HP obviously is a male lead but hello… Hermione rocks!) Girl power!! ;) AND they have (again other than HP…ok so there’s a little but not enough to really count) good fun romance to them too. They are also about, yes it’s the coming of age, but I also like to call it the journey of becoming who they are meant to be. And you may notice they are all either paranormal and/or fantasy because I LOVE it J
So without further ado, and in no particular order…
1. The Nightshade Novels by Andrea Cremer
2. The Witchling series by Lizzy Ford
3. Harry Potter by JK Rowling (did I even need to say this ;)
4. The Fire Spirits series by Samantha Young
5. Iron Fey series by Julie Kagawa
6. The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare
7. The Grey Wolves series by Quinn Loftis
8. The Darkest Powers Trilogy by Kelley Armstrong (her adult series too)
9. Keegan’s Chronicles by Julia Crane
10. The Mercedes Thompson series by Patricia Briggs (adult series)
I’m sure there are others that I LOVE just as much, but this is a good sampling of my bookshelf. If you haven’t read some of these, I would definitely recommend any and ALL of them J

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Monday, May 13, 2013

Deus A Creatura Novella by Nely Cab


It’s the dawn of time and Deus is in charge of creating the entire Universe…only, creating things for no one but him to see is a bit pointless and truly lonesome. Deus molds Starr as a companion, but she could care less about Deus’s creations, being oblivious to the importance of it all. As if he didn't already have the entire weight of the Universe on his shoulders—literally—now, he has to deal with an irritable and beastly girl. Deus might be immortal, but he fears Starr will be the death of him. In this never-ending love story, the fate of the future is anything but child’s play…or is it?

Deus is a prequel novella that expands and enriches the realms in the Creatura Series by Nely Cab. The story will appeal to present fans and welcome new admirers to its world.


NOW ON AMAZON FOR ONLY $.99 YOU MUST READ THIS BOOK!!!
 
MY REVIEW:
Nely Cab is an an AMAZING AUTHOR! I was SO HOOKED on her book Creatura that I thought about it for days!
After reading Deus, I am SO FREAKING excited to find out what Nely has in store for us next. I love this novella. I was told it "ties into Creatura A LITTLE bit" so there are no spoilers to Creatura in it. Seeing life through Deus and Starr's eyes is amazing. I love how the story played out and the detail that could picture in my mind. This story reminds me of a popular story that is known world wide. I don't want to give it away but I will say, I like this version better :) ENJOY!!!!
 

Blog Tour: Game. Set. Match. by Jennifer Iacopelli - Guest Post & Giveaway!



Welcome to our stop on the GAME. SET. MATCH. blog tour! I'm so excited to have this great guest post for you! It's about.....Awesomely Hot Tennis Players. Enjoy! And be sure read below to learn more about the book and awesome author, plus enter to win some great prizes too! (Also, stay tuned for my review this amazing book coming soon!)

***AWESOMELY HOT TENNIS PLAYERS***


  

 
There’s just something about tennis players. Maybe it’s their jet-set lifestyle (there’s a new tournament every week).  


 Maybe it’s that the game is international (read: ACCENTS LOTS AND LOTS OF GORGEOUS ACCENTS). Or maybe it’s that the sport is so physically demanding, it’s nearly impossible to play at a professional level without being in tip-top shape.

 

Whatever the reason, it’s undeniable. Professional tennis players are some of the sexiest people in the world. I won’t bore you with the details, but there are all kinds of studies that talk about how physical beauty and athletic ability are related. That symmetry of your features (i.e. how our eyes and brain perceive human beauty) is directly associated with hand/eye coordination and agility. And those two qualities are the essence of all sports, including tennis.

When I decided to write GAME. SET. MATCH. I knew the sparks were going to fly between my characters and it was easy to be inspired, especially when it came to adding in the smexy bits!

Audiences all over the world are fascinated by beautiful people like on Gossip Girl or not-quite-people like on Vampire Diaries, but the people I was writing about ratcheted up the attractiveness just by being who they are. Their drive and passion. The way they push themselves mentally and physically. That was just hot beyond words. As the romances developed between my characters, I thought about that, about their passion and drive and ability to focus and then what would happen if that focus was directed towards another person.

  
HELLO SPARKS FLYING!







How could these people not be attracted to each other? Of course they are!

It was a lot of fun to write and I hope you have fun reading about them!





***About GAME. SET. MATCH.*** 

 Nestled along the coastline of North Carolina, the Outer Banks Tennis Academy is the best elite tennis training facility in the world. Head Coach, Dominic Kingston has assembled some of the finest talent in the sport. From the game's biggest stars to athletes scraping and clawing to achieve their dreams, OBX is full of ego, drama and romance. Only the strong survive in this pressure cooker of competition, on and off the court.

Penny Harrison, the biggest rising star in tennis, is determined to win the French Open and beat her rival, the world’s number one player, Zina Lutrova. There’s just one problem, the only person who’s ever been able to shake her laser-like focus is her new training partner. Alex Russell, tennis’s resident bad boy, is at OBX recovering from a knee injury suffered after he crashed his motorcycle (with an Aussie supermodel on the back). He's hoping to regain his former place at the top of men’s tennis and Penny’s heart, while he’s at it.

Tennis is all Jasmine Randazzo has ever known. Her parents have seven Grand Slam championships between them and she’s desperate to live up to their legacy. Her best friend is Teddy Harrison, Penny’s twin brother, and that’s all they’ve ever been, friends. Then one stupid, alcohol-laced kiss makes everything super awkward just as she as she starts prepping for the biggest junior tournament of the year, the Outer Banks Classic.

The Classic is what draws Indiana Gaffney out of the hole she crawled into after her mom’s death. Even though she’s new to OBX, a win at the  Classic is definitely possible. She has a big serve and killer forehand, but the rest of her game isn’t quite up to scratch and it doesn’t help that Jasmine Randazzo and her little minions are stuck-up bitches or that Jack Harrison, Penny’s agent and oldest brother, is too hot for words, not to mention way too old for her.

Who will rise? Who will fall?

Told from rotating points of view, GAME. SET. MATCH. is a 'new adult' novel about three girls with one goal: to be the best tennis player in the world.


***About the Author***


Jennifer Iacopelli was born in New York and has no plans to leave...ever. Growing up, she read everything she could get her hands on, but her favorite authors were Laura Ingalls Wilder, L.M. Montgomery and Frances Hodgson Burnett all of whom wrote about kick-ass girls before it was cool for girls to be kick-ass. She got a Bachelor's degree in Adolescence Education and English Literature quickly followed up by a Master's in Library Science, which lets her frolic all day with her books and computers, leaving plenty of time in the evenings to write and yell at the Yankees, Giants and her favorite tennis players through the TV.

 
***Find Jennifer & Game. Set. Match. Online***

 


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RUNES Ednah Walters
YA Paranormal


Runes Blurb:
Seventeen-year-old Raine Cooper has enough on her plate dealing with her father’s disappearance, her mother’s erratic behavior and the possibility of her boyfriend relocating. The last thing she needs is Torin St. James—a mysterious new neighbor with a wicked smile and uncanny way of reading her.
 Raine is drawn to Torin’s dark sexiness against her better judgment, until he saves her life with weird marks and she realizes he is different. But by healing her, Torin changes something inside Raine. Now she can’t stop thinking about him. Half the time, she’s not sure whether to fall into his arms or run.
 Scared, she sets out to find out what Torin is. But the closer she gets to the truth the more she uncovers something sinister about Torin. What Torin is goes back to an ancient mythology and Raine is somehow part of it. Not only are she and her friends in danger, she must choose a side, but the wrong choice will cost Raine her life.
 

 
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About Ednah Walters:

EDNAH WALTERS grew up reading Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys and dreaming of one day writing her own stories. She is a stay-at-home mother of five humans and two American short-hair cats (one of which has ADHD) and a husband. When she is not writing, she’s at the gym doing Zumba or doing things with her family, reading, traveling or online chatting with fans.
Ednah is the author of The Guardian Legacy series, a YA fantasy series about children of the fallen angels, who fight demons and protect mankind. AWAKENED, the prequel was released by Pill Hill Press in September 2010 with rave reviews. BETRAYED, book one in the series was released by her new publisher Spencer Hill Press in June 2012 and HUNTED, the third installment, will be released April 2013. She’s working on the next book in the series, FORGOTTEN.
Ednah also writes New Adult paranormal romance. RUNES is the first book in her new series. She is presently working on book 2, IMMORTALS.
Under the pseudonym E. B. Walters, Ednah writes contemporary romance. SLOW BURN, the first contemporary romance with suspense, was released in April 2011. It is the first book in the Fitzgerald family series. Since then she has published four more books in this series. She's presently working on book six. You can visit her online at www.ednahwalters.com or www.ebwalters.com.

Contact Ednah:
Goodreads:  http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4188120.Ednah_Walters
Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/EdnahWalters
Twitter:  https://twitter.com/ednahwalters


What reviewers are saying:

HOLY RUNES!I really enjoyed this story especially Torin *swoon*. Ednah did a wonderful job on Runes! It is a must read for fans of YA books!...Breanna-http://two-tall-tales.blogspot.com/

Wow! I’ve got to start by saying that it takes something original and excellent to surprise me, and this book did just that! I found myself about 75% of the way through the book with my mouth hanging open... Carrie Williams (Goodreads)

 Oh HOLY COW! This book was a mind blowing surprise! I loved the way it turned out and I am literally going crazy over the ending. I was not expecting it to turn out the way it did....Maida...full review May 23-http://loveaffairwithabookreviews.blogspot.ca/




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