Dec 18

Guest Blog Post: Why Historical by Carrie Dalby Author of FORTITUDE

 

 

Today, we welcome Carrie Dalby, author of Fortitude to write a guest post about why she chose historical. Take it away Carrie!

 

Why Historical?

 

Thank you, Vincent Morrone, for hosting me on your blog today. My debut novel hit the shelves December 8 and to help wrap-up my blog tour, I thought it’d be fun to share how I went from a history hater to writing historical fiction.

Let me begin by saying I never appreciated history class. I was a student who found it hard to remember dates and the weird (often long) names of explorers, presidents, and such were difficult to pronounce and even harder to spell. History didn’t sit well with me—it ranked at the bottom of the school hierarchy, along with P.E. and algebra.  Not to mention the fact that I didn’t pass my A.P. U.S. History exam in high school. Yeah, history was something for old people, not me.

I read my first historical fiction book when I was in middle school: Ghosts I Have Been by Richard Peck. While I enjoyed a good ghost story, this was the first time I read a book that was set in the past, rather than a modern child being haunted by a historical spook. I was surprised the past wasn’t dull like black and white photographs and movies always seemed to be. I was still leery of history but I slowly started reading more historicals.  Several years ago I realized the majority of my favorite books were historical novels—and I gravitated to them more often than contemporary or other genres in any reading level.

So I did what any other book nerd would have done: I embraced my inner history geek and set about filling in the gaps from my own education with historical literature featuring stories from around the globe. I read about feudal Japan, Medieval Europe (in many different countries), as well as the Revolutionary and Civil Wars. I could smell the diseases and wars, taste the food, and feel the fabric of the clothing. I even (gasp!) started reading non-fiction for pleasure because the stigma of the past had been removed.

It was while reading Lady from Savannah: The Life of Juliette Low by Gladys Denny Shultz and Daisy Gordon Lawrence that the main idea for Fortitude came to light. I’d been thinking about turning a short story I’d written into a historical novel and I was intrigued and horrified by the conditions the gathering troops suffered from in the Florida camps. It’s no surprise that I remembered nothing of this war from history classes, but the information struck me as so profound I knew I had to share the information with others. Thanks to my ever evolving readership in middle and young adult novels, I knew exactly where to take the passion. I researched for years, outlined, researched more, wrote, and then edited lots.

History offers so much; we only have to be willing to open our heart and mind to the past to appreciate our present even more. I hope you’ll get to know Claire O’Farrell as she lives through the summer of 1898, both in southern Alabama and in the Spanish-American War camps in Florida. Experience the climate, triumphs, and tragedies along with Claire and her family and friends as she pushes her Fortitude to the limit.

 

Fortitude by Carrie Dalby

Anaiah Surge

Blurb:

Growing up with a Creole best friend, sixteen-year-old Claire O’Farrell held little regard for the Jim Crow laws and the consequences of befriending those of a different color. But once she leaves the haven of her home on Dauphin Island, the reality of racial intolerance can no longer be ignored. Though she’s underage, Claire makes the bold decision to serve alongside Loretta, her best friend, in the “colored camp” hospital tents during the Spanish-American War, but her idealistic attitude and choice of working location immediately puts her in danger. Claire gives her heart to a soldier in the camp, only to find herself caught in the racial violence besieging the area. When the intolerant attitudes and stigma follow her home, she clings to her faith to navigate through her social isolation and find the path she was meant to travel.

 

 

 

Release Date:

December 8, 2015

Print ISBN: 978-0-9966827-6-3

eBook ISBN: 978-0-9966827-5-6

Book Links:

Goodreads:

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/27855801-fortitude

Anaiah Press: TBA

Amazon:

http://www.amazon.com/Fortitude-Carrie-Dalby-ebook/dp/B018HSNK62/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1448486496&sr=8-1&keywords=fortitude+carrie

B&N: TBA

Review Snippets: Coming soon

Book Trailer: Coming soon!

Author Bio:

Born and raised in California, but a resident of Mobile, Alabama since 1996, Carrie Dalby is a homeschooling mom with a love of literature for young adults and children. Some of Carrie’s favorite volunteer hours are with Mobile Writers Guild, SCBWI, and Metro Mobile Reading Council’s Young Author workshops.

 

 

Website:         www.carriedalby.com

Twitter:           @Wonderwegian

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Excerpt

© 2015 Carrie Dalby

Chapter One

Loretta, Aunt Norah, and I reach the waterfront after a short walk from the end of the trolley line. The docks are crowded with people, passengers, fishermen, and city officers going about their business.

When we spot my pa’s boat, Loretta grabs my elbow with her gloved hand. “Is that the one? The guy who had the nerve to kiss you on your birthday?”

Sure enough, Pa’s hired man, Joe, is tucking in his grimy shirt, his sun-streaked brown hair dusting his broad shoulders.

“Yes.” I clutch the carpetbag to my chest. “Why did he have to come along? It’s not like Pa’s going to be catching anything on the way home.”

“Don’t be coy, Claire O’Farrell. He wants to admire your fair beauty on the sparkling waters of Mobile Bay.”

I ignore her remark. After all our years of friendship, she knows I’m jealous of her fawn-colored complexion because it never betrays a blush.

“I missed my girl.” Pa stops for an embrace and his bushy beard tickles my forehead. Then, he’s on to speak with Aunt Norah.

Joe’s still a good twenty feet away, but his eyes are on Loretta and me.

“More likely he came to see if I really do have friends in higher society.” I run a hand over my ankle-length gingham dress, one that isn’t fit for city dwelling.

Loretta, adorned in a gray linen skirt and crisp white blouse, turns so Joe can gaze upon her supple profile, wiggling her lace-covered fingers in a mock-wave. “Well, I’ll bet he’s never seen the likes of a Creole princess.”

As if sensing our inappropriateness, Aunt Norah turns to us in the moment of Loretta’s flirting. She marches over, the wooden planks groaning beneath her weight.

“Miss Loretta Davis! I hope your dear mother never sees you behaving in such an unlady-like fashion!” My aunt is the active chaperone for Loretta, as well as the cook in her household. “If one of those patrolmen come over, you’re liable to get young Joseph Walker in trouble.”

“Why, Miss Norah, I was only waving hello.” Loretta’s thick eyelashes play their innocent game.

Aunt Norah’s face is as red as her frizzy hair. “If you were ten years younger, I’d put you over my knee right here on this dock, young lady!”

Loretta’s giggle sprinkles across the lapping waves. “Yes, Miss Norah. I see the error of my ways.”

Joe joins our little group and hands a basket of fresh oysters to Aunt Norah, sneaking one more glance at Loretta. “For your kitchen, Ma’am, from Mr. O’Farrell.”

“Much appreciated, Joseph. I’ll be sure to give my thanks to him.” Aunt Norah tucks the basket in the crook of her arm.

Loretta takes my arm and turns to Joe. “What’s your opinion on the disagreements with Spain?”

Joe removes his hat and runs the back of his hand against his forehead. “Ain’t any of my business what one country does to another. Cuba might as well be across the Atlantic for all I care.”

“But those soldiers gathering in Florida in preparation for war are taking ill on our own soil.” Loretta leans into my side. “I want Claire here to volunteer as a nurse with me so we can help relieve their sufferings. What do you say to that?”

I can’t help but become irritated at her dragging Joe into her scheme. To be sure, Loretta has more than the desire to become the next Florence Nightingale urging her plan. Her focus has always been finding the perfect gentleman, and I don’t think this idea of hers is any different.

Joe looks me over before speaking. “I’d say that’s a right fine thing to do.”

“Don’t do anything rash, Claire,” Aunt Norah chimes in. “I know Miss Loretta put some big ideas into your head, but think them through.”

“Yes, I will.” I say my farewells and hug my aunt and dearest friend good-bye.

The two ladies head off with Pa to accompany them to the streetcar line, and I seek a quiet spot to think. I forget my city manners and pull my skirt a little too high to step down into the boat. Joe unnecessarily holds my hand to steady me before I sit. I pull away.

“Your family sure is dotty with how things are between your aunt and the Davises. But your friend’s a mite perky thing, ain’t she?”

“I’d rather not discuss Miss Davis, or Aunt Norah’s position at their house.” I keep my voice formal, trying to discourage further questioning.

Joe isn’t one to take hints. “Did you have fun?”

“It was a lovely weekend, but I’d rather not discuss it. Shouldn’t you be fixin’ the sails for the trip home?”

“Nah, Mr. O’Farrell won’t be ready for a good five minutes.” His adorable crooked-tooth smile taunts me. “I was hopin’ you might want to tell me something, like how you’ve missed me, because I’ve missed you.”

The seagulls seem to be laughing at my predicament.

“It’s my family I missed, though three days isn’t much time to start pining after someone.”

He’s leaning close to me now. “‘Tis when someone fills your heart.”

In exasperation, I pull one of Loretta’s tricks—I pat my stylish coiffure, compliments of Loretta herself—and roll my eyes. “Well I wouldn’t know, since there’s no one on the island I feel that way about.”

“Always so proper, but just you wait, Claire O’Farrell. I’ve been told I grow on people.”

“Moss can grow on things, too, but that doesn’t make it good. It can be downright slippery.”

Joe’s dimples crease his cheeks as he smiles. “I’ve done been warned ‘bout you. They told me to watch out for that Irish temper and feisty tongue.”

Shock causes me to sit upright. “And who are they?”

Joe pulls a cover of seriousness over his jovial face. “Oh, I’ve got my sources, but don’t worry your pretty lil’ head, I’ll protect you.”

“And from what, or whom, do I need protection?”

His dark eyebrows close the gap above his nose and he reaches for my hand, but I tuck it under my skirt. “All the single men on the island have their eyes on you, from the widowers to the school boys. They’ve been watching since before I came along, and think it crazy for your ma to keep educating you the way she does. Not to mention sending you off to that Creole house for visiting every month.”

I’ve never thought myself the topic of conversation among the fishermen. The need to know pulls me closer, so I lean toward him.

“It’s fine to romp n’ play as kids, but those strings to the Davises should’ve been cut years ago. Some people might—”

“And what right do you have to say something like that after that flirting you did with Loretta?”

“She’s a sight to behold, that’s for sure.”

Pa chooses this minute to board.

“Lose your sea legs already, Claire? You look a wee bit green.”

I shake my head and try to breathe. Joe gets to work, following Pa’s silent lead. As the miles to Dauphin Island decrease, I mull over my trip to town. It was different than my typical visitations because in celebration of my sixteenth birthday the week before, Mrs. Davis and Loretta put me up in the fancy guest room, on the second floor hall between their own bedrooms. Usually, I bunk with my aunt, who has a simple clapboard room off the kitchen in the back of the house, but for the past two nights, I slept in a wallpapered room with silk sheets.

Besides the use of the guest room with the four-poster bed, I received a streamer trunk full of clothes, most of which were left in Loretta’s care, awaiting my call to adventure. The bounty included a ruffled mint green frock with capped sleeves. I’d never felt as naked in my life as when I tried it on. The thought causes me to look around self-consciously. Joe’s sitting against the side of the boat across from me, mending a net. Our eyes meet and I look away, my face hot from embarrassment.

“Everything all right?” he asks.

“I’m worried about the war.”

“There’s plenty right here in this boat to keep me occupied. I don’t need to go lookin’ for adventure.” Joe tosses one net aside and picks up another for inspection.

Pa, one hand on the sail ropes, takes a few extra puffs on his pipe and looks from me to Joe but remains silent.

“All that disease they’re suffering from, right here in our own country. It doesn’t seem right for the soldiers to grow ill and die before they have the chance to prove worthy in battle.”

“There’s no honor in death,” Joe says, “whenever it comes.”

His words are almost poetical. I suspect he’s been reading, so he can try to impress me with wisdom or wit, but the way his callused hands work the nets make it difficult to imagine them holding a leather-bound book. My own freckled hands are used to hard work, though I never much get to aid people outside of the community of Dauphin Island.

A gull cries out, and a brown pelican passes overhead. The birds and the smell of low tide—comforting details of shore life—help me temporarily forget the ill soldiers. I turn back to the water, casting my gaze starboard. We’re sailing past Mon Louis Island—a piece of land separated from the mainland by Fowl River. I can’t help but think of Loretta’s relations there. When her parents moved from New Orleans after they were married, they settled in the Creole community with her father’s extended family, but moved on to town while Mrs. Davis was pregnant. Having Loretta a few miles across the water would have been grand, but I don’t think our paths would have crossed if her parents stayed there. Besides, having Aunt Norah in common, we’re better than kin because Loretta chose to bunk with us rather than her relations when her mother sent her out of the city during the yellow fever epidemic last year. I do want to help Loretta volunteer, but I’m not sure rushing off to Florida is the best idea.

 

Nov 02

Charlie Sullivan and the Monster Hunters: The Varcolac’s Diary Review

Charlie Sullivan and the Monster Hunters: The Varcolac’s Diary

 

The first thing that impressed me about Charlie Sullivan and the Monster Hunters: The Varcolac’s Diary was the cover. There was something about that illustration of the intrepid band of Monster Hunters that made me think of classic young adult novels.

 

Our story opens with Charlie having a vision, something that he doesn’t understand or want, which sets the tone for the adventure we’re about to undertake. Charlie is a likable character who is the ‘natural leader’ of the group, although I feel like the authors could have done a little more to show us his natural leadership. There are people disappearing, and nobody seems to know what to do about it.

 

After the book gets off to a mysterious and wonderful start, things slowdown in the middle section. By this time, all of characters have come together and are preparing for their quest to save Hunter’s Key. One of the shortcomings of the book is that the while the action slows, so does the character and plot development.

 

In terms of the characters, I wanted to get to know them more. Charlie seems close with his father, but what about the mom? I don’t think we got to meet her. Darcy is the mayor’s daughter, and for some reason assumes that she’ll be elected mayor as well. Darcy was one of the more fun characters, but I wanted her to work to evolve. There’s a moment with a bully where you think he’s going to cause them an issue, but that seems to just drop.

 

And the training just didn’t seem like it was all that much, especially considering what they were going up against.

 

But the characters do draw you in. So much so that you care about what happens to them. And the adventure is fun and exciting. In the last part of the book, we’re treated to battle scenes and emotional toils that make it all worthwhile.

 

It’s a decent start to a promising series, and when I finished it made me want to read the next book, which is what you want in a series debut.

All in all, I’d give this 4 stars.

 

CHARLIE SULLIVAN AND THE MONSTER HUNTERS: THE VARCOLAC’S DIARY

by D.C. McGannon, C. Michael McGannon

Publication Date: April 2012 (Original), April 2015 (Revised)

Age Group: Young Adult, Teens, Middle Grade

Genre: Fantasy, Science Fiction, Mythology, Bullying

 

Book Summary:

 

Monsters are real. They have always been here, even when we choose not to see them.

 

Now, for the residents of Hunter’s Grove, the choice is no longer theirs. As a power-hungry varcolac—a Greater—tries to break through the magic holding him back and lead his army of monsters to vengeance against human-kind, there are five who unknowingly possess the power to finish what centuries of humans before them have been unable to do. Charlie Sullivan and his band of new friends will be tested as they attempt to strengthen the magic that can lock the monsters and their evil prince away for good—even if the cost is their lives.

 

This is the story of five unlikely friends who uncover the sinister past buried under their sleepy hometown of Hunter’s Grove. This is a story about looking past differences, overcoming fears, and rediscovering what is truly important in this life. This is the story of Charlie Sullivan and the Monster Hunters of Hunter’s Grove.

 

All New, And Even More Exciting, Revised Edition for 2015! ​​

 

 

Goodreads Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/16091606-charlie-sullivan-and-the-monster-hunters

 

 

Amazon: http://amzn.to/1jhEO6W

B&N: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/charlie-sullivan-and-the-monster-hunters-d-c-mcgannon/1112550339

Kobo: https://store.kobobooks.com/en-us/ebook/charlie-sullivan-and-the-monster-hunters-the-varcolac-s-diary-1

iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/id1041054275

 

 

What Reviewers Are Saying:

 

“D.C. and Michael pack a wealth of wonder and fantasy into this young adult adventure. Incorporating some of the most fascinating legends…I found myself being drawn to the depth of the characters and enjoyed watching their bonds grow as they explored the gifts hidden deep within them as well as the evil that hunts for them.

I recommend this story for anyone who loves folklore and monstrous fun! From vampires to dragons, from witches to eerie ferrymen, this tale has it all.”

- Solomon J. Inkwell, Author of Vickie Van Helsing  

 

“A must read for all young adult fiction fans!” - Amazon Reviewer

 

“I picked this book up for my oldest daughter. I thought she might enjoy it and asked her to let me know what she thought. She loved it! I ended up reading it with her and I have to say that I enjoyed the story as much, maybe more, than she did.” - Amazon Reviewer

 

“The characters are real enough that I found myself cheering them on and hoping they succeed in their mission. I look forward to reading the next installment.” - Amazon Reviewer

 

“Great book with a great cast of characters. Keeps your attention and makes you want to come back for more. I really appreciated the underlying theme of bullying and how it was addressed, but I especially loved the unique challenges and monsters the Monster Hunters faced. Can’t wait for more!” - Goodreads Reviewer

 

 

A Message From the Authors:

 

We began this journey together, as father and son, with the goal of writing a story that spoke to friendship, overcoming obstacles (and the ultimate evils in our world), and of the power of working together to face the biggest challenges in our lives. Yes, it’s full of monsters, peril, and steeped in exciting mythology and folklore, but it centers around the powerful bonds formed between an unlikely group of friends as they face a unique set of challenges. We wanted to write a story that we would be proud to read aloud to our then newborn son/baby brother (who now, years later, has read them through twice more). It has turned into the adventure of a lifetime as we are meeting people from all over the world who are falling in love with Charlie Sullivan, Darcy Witherington, Nash Stormstepper, and the twins Lisa & Liev Vadinknov – along with a wild, often humorous, and mysterious cast of humans and monsters alike.

 

Charlie Sullivan and the Monster Hunters: Witch Moon in the next adventure in the series, which takes us across the ocean to the Old Country, then on to Book 3: Council of the Hunters, where the group’s character and loyalty face the ultimate tests when they meet a surprising and spooky new cast of characters. The Dragon Gate (Book 4) will be released soon, and there will be a total of 6 books in the series!

 

We’ll leave you with more kind words from another Amazon reviewer:

 

“In my opinion, this series deserves to be a huge hit … I can guarantee you’ll be hooked!”

 

 

About the Authors:

 

D.C. McGannon

 

D.C. McGannon is finicky about his coffee. And loves tea. And lemonade. Sometimes together. He has had a lifelong love of things that lurk in the dark, and is quite comfortable under the light of a full moon. A writer, director, painter, and doodler, McGannon is co-author of the Charlie Sullivan and the Monster Hunters (Wyvern’s Peak Publishing) series of novels for young adults, and KAOS Obsidere: The Nightmare Has Begun (Dark Waters Press). He plays a mean air guitar, and lives and dreams with Holly, Michael, Nathaniel, and their sweet puppy, Jewel, somewhere in the Midwest.

 

https://www.facebook.com/DCMcGannon

https://twitter.com/DCMcGannon

https://instagram.com/dcmcgannon/

https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5820838.D_C_McGannon

http://dcmcgannon.com/

 

 

C. Michael McGannon

 

C. Michael McGannon appreciates weird fiction, perhaps a bit more than one should at any given time. It has made him particular, fostering strange phobias, and even stranger dreams. He is fond of dragons, Japanese mythology, and the fine art of delivering timely and inappropriate puns. McGannon is an artist of diverse talents, and is co-author of the Charlie Sullivan and the Monster Hunters (Wyvern’s Peak Publishing) series of novels for young adults, and KAOS Obsidere: The Nightmare Has Begun (Dark Waters Press).Sushi is his delicacy of choice, if he has any say in the matter.

 

https://www.facebook.com/CMichaelMcGannon

https://twitter.com/MichaelMcGannon

https://instagram.com/cmichaelmcgannon/

https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5820839.C_Michael_McGannon

http://www.monsterhunters-thebook.com/

 

 

Sep 25

15th Anniversary Weekend: Author Showcase Barnes & Noble in Saratoga

15th Anniversary Weekend: Author Showcase

Barnes & Noble in Saratoga

Friday, September 25th - Sunday, September 27th

Barnes & Noble in Saratoga, in partnership with the Adirondack Center for Writing, is pleased to host 32
authors in a local author showcase that takes place Friday, Septemberzc” – Sunday, September 27th at the
Barnes & Noble in Wilton Square, 3029 State Route 50. Thirty two writers who live and/or write books on the
greater Adirondack region will be featured throughout the store – each available to speak on the locale, the
writing process and sign copies of their individual works. The final schedule for the afternoon is as follows:

Friday, September 25th

6-8PM Mark Cheverton, Invasion of the Overworld, a children’s Minecraft series.

April Blanchard Peterson, The Woodman’s Boy, a young adult title.

Liv Snyder, There Once Was a Frog; and There Once Was a Bullfrog, children’s books with
educational themes.

Pitter David Gaskin, Adirondack Luau, a regional children’s chapter book.
Eagile Masker, The Window in the Attic, a children’s adventure story.

Saturday, September 26th

12-2PM            Paul Castellani, Sputnik Summer, an Adirondack mystery and coming of age story.

Jamie Shefield, Here Be Monsters; Between the Carriers; Caretakers; and The Weaving, all
considered mysteries.

Michael Virtanen, The Rivers Tale; and Within a Dark Forest, both considered mystery and
adventure titles.

 

 

 

2-4PM

4-6PM


 

Vincent Morrone, Just Breathe, romance and Vision of Shadows & Vision of Serpents, young
adult paranormal romance series.

Gordie Little, Ghosts of Clinton County, a local supernatural collection.

Anne McCarthy Strauss, The Passion Thief, a women’s contemporary fiction title.
Peggy Frezon, Dieting with My Dog; Heart to Heart Hand in Paw; and Faithfully Yours,
women’s inspiration/pet titles.

Darrell Laurant, The Kudzu Kid, a work of’fiction.

Stuart Bartow, Teaching Trout to Talk: Zen of Small Stream Fly Fishing, a non-fiction novel.
Marilyn McCabe, Perpetual Motion, a book of poetry.

Roger Mitchell, Clear Pond: the Reconstruction of a Life, Delicate Bait; and Lemon Peeled the
Moment Before, a humanitarians title and works of poetry.

Barbara Louise Ungar, Immortal Medusa, a book of poetry.

 

-more-

Sunday, September 27th

12-2PM           Jed Donavan, College Flunky: Rehab and Recover; and Army Flunkies, memoirs and self-help
books.

Chuck D’Jmperio, A Taste of Upstate New York; and Unknown Museums of New York State, a
local food selection and regional history.

Walt McLaughlin, The Allure qf Deep Woods: Backpacking the Northville-Placid Trail, an

outdoor regional title.                  .

Jeanne Elizabeth Whyte, Watercolors, a memoir.

Jeanne Selander Miller, Healing Path Home; A Million Miles from Home; and Privileged,
women’s studies and personal growth.

Rick Steiner, Retirement: Different by Design, a personal growth selection.

 

 

 

2-4PM

4-6P~1

7PM


 

Kim and Pam Ladd, Happy Hour in the High Peaks, a travel and drink guide.
Mary Sanders Shartle, The Truth and Legend of Lily Martindale, fiction.
Bibi Wein, The Way Home: A Wilderness Odyssey, a memoir.

Eric Schlimmer, Blue Line to Blue Line: The Official Guide to Trans Adk. Route, a local
camping and hiking guide.

Cheryl Elton, Pathway of Peace: Living in a Growing.Relationship with Christ, a religious
inspiration title.

Patricia O’Gorman, Healing Trauma Through Self-Parenttng; Resilient Woman; and The Girly
Thought 10 Day Detox Plan, self-improvement titles.

James Preller, The Fall, Scary Tales, a teen thriller and children’s series.

Bruce Venter, The Battle of Hubbardton: The Rear Guard Action that Saved America, an
American history selection.

Joy Harjo, Crazy Brave, a coming of age memoir.

 

 

Sep 19

The New Human Series is Almost Here!

For the last couple of years, I’ve had an on again, off again kind of WIP. Well, I finally got it done and now I’m ready to launch it!

Since it’s a part 1 of a 3 book series, I decided to bite the bullet and get all 3 covers made all at once!

I contacted the very talented Ash Arceneaux and we churned out what I consider to be some really cool images that really help tell the story of the New Human Series.

Book 1, which comes out in October is called Perfect. Here’s the blurb.

Gage Hughes was left on the doorstep of his adoptive family when he was just 4 years old, with instructions to keep his superhuman abilities a secret. At 17 years old, he’s able to bench press a tractor, move objects with his mind and leap over 60 foot trees. He’s hidden in plain sight as a nerd who can’t cross a room without tripping. (Although it’s not as much of an act as you would think.) He’s also completely in love with Allie Newfield, who has no idea who or what Gage is. She only knows that he’s her personal goof.

Gage is trying to get the nerve up to ask her to the school dance when Lucas Black rides into town. With his Nordic God/Rock Star looks, his cool car and his bad boy attitude, Lucas seems to have taken an interest in Allie.

Soon, Gage discovers someone is stalking Allie, someone who is as powerful as himself, if not more so. He thinks it might be Lucas, but Lucas isn’t there to hurt Allie or her family. He came to Perfection for one reason only.

To kill Gage.

And here are the covers! Tell me what you think!

Perfect: Book One of the New Human Series

 

 

Perfection: Book Two of the New Human Series

 

Perfected: Book Three of the New Human Series

 

 

Jun 18

Untouchable by S.A. Starcevic

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S.A. Starcevic’s debut novella, UNTOUCHABLE, releases today and we are happy to be part of the Release Day Blitz with Bliss Book Promotions!

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Title: Untouchable

Author: S. A. Starcevic

Series: Untouchable #1

Release Date: June 18, 2015

Genres: Urban Fantasy

Publisher: Forever More Publishing

Number of Pages: 54

Ethan Elliot is no stranger to secret identities. As an LGBT teen, he’s dealt with secrets all his life. Nevertheless, when his powers kick in and he’s whisked away to join a team of superheroes, he dons a mask of a different kind—one that sees him battling supervillains and testing his limits.

However, there’s more going on behind the scenes than capes and costumes. At the headquarters of the Protectorate, he makes unlikely friends with Gravity Girl and Element Boy. Except Element Boy might turn out to be more than just a friend, and Gravity Girl is battling demons of her own.

Ethan will discover what it means to be a hero, and must learn that even superheroes aren’t untouchable.

Book Links

Amazon US / Amazon UK / Barnes & Noble / Kobo / Bookstrand / Smashwords / All Romance Ebooks / Goodreads

Author Biography

S. A. Starcevic wanted to be a superhero when he was little, but nowadays he settles for the next best thing: writing about them. UNTOUCHABLE, his superhero YA novella with an LGBT love story, is signed with Forever More Publishing. When he’s not slaving over books 2 and 3 in the trilogy, he blogs about writing, publishing and world domination.

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Apr 26

Vision of Serpents Book II in the Vision Series

Something sinister has slithered into Spirit.

Seventeen-year-old Bristol Blackburn is still adjusting to life in her new home. In the last six months, she lost both her parents, revealed her psychic abilities to a small, select group, and found the boy of her dreams. Literally.

Payne McKnight has no problem telling Bristol he loves her, but something is stopping her from saying it back. Maybe it’s the generations-old feud between their families heating up again. Or maybe it’s the vision she has of Payne’s grandfather killing the new girl in town.

Worse than that, it could be the ominous black snake Bristol keeps seeing in her dreams. Since it arrived, many have died and the Shadow Creatures have returned to kill her.

You’d think the bright spot for Bristol would be the vision where she’s finally able to say those three little words: I love you.

If only she was saying them to Payne…

Vision of Serpents is available for preorder on Amazon right now!

Read the except below!

 

Journal of Bristol Blackburn
Just woke up after another vision. All I can say is wow.

I know I’ve gotten hung up on the idea of being able to say I love you to Payne. I should be able to say it. Lord knows he loves me.

But what I don’t understand is how. How could he love a girl who might have a ghost tag along as a third wheel on any of our dates? Or one he can’t surprise with a romantic picnic date under our favorite willow tree, because I’d seen it already in a vision?

And yet, clearly he does love me.

It’s been just under four months since his Great-Uncle Jasper tried to kill me. Four months since Payne, possessed by his uncle, who I knew as Jay, nearly killed himself protecting me. Four months since he told me he loved me, right before being set ablaze and getting impaled through the chest.

Four months, and I haven’t been able to say it back. I can’t even refer to the two of us as boyfriend and girlfriend. I correct other people who call me his girlfriend. Like I’m afraid I’ll break out in hives by being the girlfriend of the most gorgeous boy on the face of the Earth.

There’s just something holding me back.

I’ve told Zach and Simon that I love them. And though I may not have said it to him, I can admit that I love my Uncle Mark. I can even admit I love Grandpa, although I guess that depends on the day.

But when it comes to Payne? I just can’t say it. I know he’d like me to, and he’s been so patient. He hasn’t pressured me at all, but I know he wants to hear me say it back.

So I have this vision. I’m in that perfect spot, by our willow tree, and I’m finally able to get those words out.

I say, “I love you.”

You’d think that would make me happy. The pressure’s off, right?

It might, if I were saying it to Payne.

The new guy in my dream is tall and muscular, with dark blond hair and such pretty gray eyes. He has a goofy, lopsided grin on his beautiful face, and I can tell that he has a great laugh. He looks like a nice guy. What’s worse is that when I say I love you, he looks like he loves me back.

I said: WOW.

Feb 27

Vision of Serpents – Available for pre order!

Vision of Serpents

 

Vision of Serpents, the exciting sequel to Vision of Shadows is now available for preorder. Silence in the Library is having a Kickstarter to launch it’s new slate of books, The Siren’s Realm by Megan O’Russell, Suspect by Rori Shay, The War of the Seasons Book 4, by Janine K. Spendlove, and of course Vision of Serpents.

Silence in the Library is back with our spring slate of books. We’re thrilled to bring you four sequels that will take you from a small town under a big curse to a world of magic; from a fantasy world filled with creatures from faerie tales to a future post-apocalyptic world where faction battles faction.

These four Young Adult novels are from a variety of genres: urban fantasy, apocalyptic science fiction, paranormal romance, and epic fantasy. With so many excellent choices, you’re sure to find something you’ll love. So, come join us once again on another exciting adventure!

 

Through the Kickstarter, you can get not only these books, but the other novels in the series. You can get ebook format, paperback or even an autographed copy! Plus there are tons of extras once we hit out stretch goals!

Check out the blurb to Vision of Serpents.

 

    Something sinister has slithered into Spirit.
Seventeen-year-old Bristol Blackburn is still adjusting to life in her new home. In the last six months, she lost both her parents, revealed her psychic abilities to a small, select group, and found the boy of her dreams. Literally.
Payne McKnight has no problem telling Bristol he loves her, but something is stopping her from saying it back. Maybe it’s the generations-old feud between their families heating up again. Or maybe it’s the vision she has of Payne’s grandfather killing the new girl in town.
Worse than that, it could be the ominous black snake Bristol keeps seeing in her dreams. Since it arrived, many have died and the Shadow Creatures have returned to kill her.
You’d think the bright spot for Bristol would be the vision where she’s finally able to say those three little words: I love you.
If only she was saying them to Payne . . .

 

Go sign up now!

 

 

 

Nov 15

Into the Blind by Helen Rena Book Trailer!!!

Today, I’ve got a book trailer for what looks like a great book. Check it out below!

 

Fifteen-year-old Ever is blind. Only able to see what her boyfriend, Fox, looks at, which is most often herself. But sometimes it’s also the muscled men who kidnapped Ever and Fox, and sometimes it’s an unused mall in New York City where the two teens are locked up until they’ll come into the paranormal gifts for which they were stolen. Having spent years in this mall, Ever is ready to do anything to escape.
Not so with Fox. Yes, he longs to escape too, but there’s one thing that he values above his freedom. It’s Ever’s love. Still, when the two get a chance to escape, they take it, only to discover that this chance is so dark and twisted that it just might destroy Ever’s love for Fox.

Buy Link: http://www.amazon.com/Into-Blind-Helen-Rena-ebook/dp/B00L87WBLK/ref=sr_1_sc_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1415852389&sr=8-1-spell&keywords=intot+the+blind

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Website:
http://helenrena.com/

 

 

Oct 07

SUSPECTED Cover Reveal

SUSPECTED Cover Reveal

  • SUSPECTED goes up for sale in Feb 2015.
  • ELECTED is $0.99 for a limited time to celebrate.  It’s located at all major book retailers
  • A prequel short story to ELECTED called THE PENDANT will be for sale in December 2014.

 

There’s a contest associated with the cover reveal. See the bottom of the post to enter!

 

Winner receives:

  1. A signed paperback copy of ELECTED
  2. An ebook ARC of SUSPECTED
  3. Aloy’s key necklace from ELECTED

 

Rori Shay is a strategic management consultant living in the Seattle area with her family, black lab, and cat.  In the writing world, Rori is primarily known for her science fiction trilogy, The Elected Series.  She received a BS from the University of Maryland and an MBA from George Washington University.  She enjoys running, reading, snow-shoeing, and pumpkin-picking!  Rori is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI).

 

 

 

Back-cover blurb and cover of the first book, ELECTED: (there is a sale on ELECTED to celebrate SUSPECTED’s cover reveal.  ELECTED goes down to 99 cents for a limited time!)

 

It’s the year 2185, and in two weeks, Aloy will turn eighteen and take her father’s place as president of the country. But to do so, she must masquerade as a boy to avoid violating the Eco-Accords, four treaties designed to bring the world back from the effects of climate change. Aloy hopes to govern like her father, but she is inheriting a different country where long-concealed political enemies are stepping out of the shadows. 

As she struggles to lead, Aloy maintains her cover by marrying a woman, meanwhile battling feelings for the boy who knows her secret – the boy who is somehow connected to her country’s recent upheaval. When assassination attempts add to the turmoil, Aloy doesn’t know whom to trust. She understood leadership required sacrifice. She just didn’t realize the sacrifice might be her life.

ELECTED is a coming of age story, mixing the themes of gender, politics, environmentalism, and above all – love.

 

Back cover blurb for Book 2:  SUSPECTED (Suspected goes up for sale in February 2015)

 

East Country upheld the laws. Mid destroyed them.

In the year 2185 Earth is rebuilding after climate change created a global eco-crisis. Countries maintain complete isolation so there is no warfare over scarce resources. One Elected family is chosen to lead each country for 100 years to ensure stability. Women aren’t allowed to take office and must reproduce at all costs. Technology use of any kind is banned to preserve what’s left of the environment.

And yet, I’m my country’s Elected. I’ve just sanctioned technology use to ready us for war. I’m about to cross the border to spy on our neighbor.  And…I’m a girl.

Shhhh…

 

Links:

Buy links for ELECTED (special sale price of 99 cents for book 2’s cover reveal):

1. Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Elected-Book-1-Rori-Shay-ebook/dp/B00JUEWUP0/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1412033741&sr=8-1&keywords=elected

2. Barnes & Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/elected-rori-shay/1119587657?ean=9780989676847

3. Silence in the Library Publishing: http://www.silenceinthelibrarypublishing.com/product/elected-rori-shay/

 

Link to put SUSPECTED on your goodreads “want to read” list:

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22736512-suspected

 

There will also be a prequel short story to ELECTED coming out through Silence in the Library Publishing in December 2014!  Watch Silence in the Library’s website for that news!  http://www.silenceinthelibrarypublishing.com

 

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Oct 01

Cover Reveal for Cloven (The Trinity of Souls #2) by Georgeann Swiger

Today I am very excited to reveal to you all the magnificent cover of Cloven by Georgeann Swiger!

Cloven (The Trinity of Souls #2) by Georgeann Swiger

 

CLOVEN-web-medium

Blurb:
What would you do if the only things standing between you and the angel you love were another angel and the fiery pits of Hell?

When Anya and Micah declare their love for each other, the battle for the souls of the star-crossed angels stretches across the heavens. With Heaven forbidding their love, Micah vows to protect Anya by sentencing himself to Hell.

But Anya won’t let him go without a fight. She goes into Hell after him, only to discover an angel from Micah’s past is willing to do anything to keep Micah in Hell.

With love and lies blinding Micah, Anya fights to get him to face his demons and return to Heaven, even if it means hearts will be broken.

The battle for the angels begins where it left off. Between Heaven and Hell is forbidden love.


About The Book

Category & Genre: NA Fantasy
Publisher: CreateSpace (Self-Published)
Format: E-Book
Release Date: 21st October 2014

Goodreads. Amazon Pre-Order Link.


About Adorned (The Trinity of Souls #1)

Adorned

Adorned is free for a limited time.
Be sure to get your copy today!

Amazon. Barnes & Noble.


About the Author

Georgeann Pic Georgeann Swiger earned her degree in journalism from West Virginia University, and then spent five years as an anchor/reporter at WBOY-TV in Clarksburg, WV. After having children, she left television news to be a stay at home mom. During that time, she discovered creative writing was more fun than writing about real life tragedy. Imagining interesting character and having them come to life on the page is now her passion. When she’s not writing, she works as a substitute teacher. She lives in Reedsville, West Virginia with her husband, two kids, a beagle dog and a temperamental cat who tries to rule the house.

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