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The Whispering Echoes is here!

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Today’s the day! Irina’s story continues in THE WHISPERING ECHOES, the third full length novel in the SMOKE AND MIRRORS series!

Purchase the ebook here! The paperback is coming soon. I’ll add links as soon as it’s available!

I’ve been pretty quiet about this book because I don’t want to spoil anything, especially for those of you that haven’t read the earlier books. But I can say that I enjoyed writing this one and as of right now, it’s probably my favorite in the series. It’s crazy how different this book is from what I originally planned. And that’s mostly thanks to BY THE MORNING LIGHT. (Have you read that yet? If not, I strongly suggest reading it BEFORE you dive into THE WHISPERING ECHOES!) I love Claudette and Emile, and I’m so happy they were able to join Irina on her journey.

I really hope you enjoy this one!

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My Reads for 2016

A few years ago, I started a tradition of listing all of the books I’ve read (not including manga or graphic novels, of which I’ve read a lot!) as a sort of memento of the fictional worlds I’ve been to throughout the year. I don’t keep my Goodreads profile updated with all of these reads because I don’t feel right doling out public criticisms of books as an author myself. This year, I decided to include the client books I’ve read as well (but only revealing the names of the books that have been announced, of course) because they should certainly count toward my total!

I know there are a few days left in the year, but I’m only halfway through a long book, so I won’t be reading any others!

  1. The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater – started in 2015
  2. Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo – started in 2015
  3. A Madness So Discrete by Mindy McGinnis
  4. There Once Were Stars by Melanie McFarlane
  5. Watched by Sharde Richardson
  6. A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab
  7. Why Is This Night Different From All Other Nights? by Lemony Snicket
  8. A Gathering of Shadows by V.E. Schwab
  9. Kindred Spirits by Rainbow Rowell (novella)
  10. Life and Death by Stephenie Meyer
  11. Winter by Marissa Meyer
  12. The Whispering Echoes by Melissa Giorgio
  13. The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater
  14. Stars Above by Marissa Meyer
  15. This Monstrous Thing by Mackenzi Lee
  16. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by J.K. Rowling and Jack Thorne
  17. Spinning Thorns by Anna Sheehan
  18. What Doesn’t Kill Us by Stephanie Henry
  19. The Story of Us by Stephanie Henry
  20. C-Vac by Stephanie Henry
  21. Book by client
  22. The Descendants and the Missing Guardian by Melanie McFarlane
  23. Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo
  24. Book by client
  25. The Female of the Species by Mindy McGinnis
  26. Book by client
  27. A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas
  28. By the Icy Wild (Mortality Book 3) by Everly Frost
  29. A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas (still reading into 2017)
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Q&A with Amy McNulty

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Last month, I requested a book from Netgalley, entitled Fall Far from the Tree. I enjoyed it very much, as indicated in my review. I was even more delighted when the author emailed me and granted my wish to have an interview with her. I immediately relayed the good news to Dessa (my blog partner), and we had a wonderful time thinking about meaningful questions that would satisfy our bookish curiosity. Now, without further ado, we happily present our interview with Amy McNulty, with the hope this would encourage other bookworms to read her outstanding novels.

  1. What is your inspiration for each protagonist in FFftT? And do you love each character equally?

“Rohesia was the first character I came up with and she’s probably my favorite (don’t tell the others!) because I love stoic, kick-butt characters, particularly when they’re women! I especially love what little emotion she shows…

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Nobody’s Pawn (Never Veil#3) by Amy McNulty

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Before I start,a  question to you all, are my reviews too short?

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Genre :  Fantasy

My Rating : 4 stars

Buy this Book: amazon.in, Amazon.com

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Expected publication: October 25th 2016 by Patchwork Press

I received an ARC from the author in exchange for an honest review. 


About the book:

Men can love, but they can also hate. Noll knows too well that the men in her village have adjusted poorly to the freedom of their hearts, but she hopes to bring peace back to her community. With the lord’s return, Noll feels confident that together, they can work to settle down the villagers, but in his rebirth, he remembers only one thing about her: that she caused the curse that tortured him for a millennium in the first place.
Determined to start anew, Noll must accept that, romantically, she and the lord are better without one…

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New The Never Veil Covers! NOBODY’S PAWN Pre-Order

I’m excited to finally reveal the new covers for The Never Veil Series books and to announce that the e-books for the first two are back up for sale. (Watch for them at B&N and Kobo soon.) Nobody’s Pawn is also available for pre-order! (The paperback will be available soon.)

Credit goes all to  Meet Cute Photography for the amazing photo shoot and Makeready Designs for putting it all together!

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Josie’s Coat: A YA Sci-Fi Novelette

In addition to the upcoming release of FALL FAR FROM THE TREE (September 6th–buy the paperback today!), I’m releasing a novelette Friday, September 9th! (What’s a novelette? It’s longer than a short story and shorter than a novella.) This Amazon-exclusive title will be available for only 99 cents or for free through Kindle Unlimited.

JOSIE’S COAT, September 9th, 2016:

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Bookmark to read after release for free on Kindle Unlimited or pre-order for only 99 cents!

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A woman with shoulder bones as sharp as an eagle’s talons—bones almost protruding from her skin—opens her mouth as wide as it’ll go, impossibly wide, consuming the pill that takes both of her arms to cradle. The nourishment makes her thin stomach pop out like she’s pregnant with a child so large it’ll burst through her stomach. She swallows slowly and licks her lips. Her eyes search around hungrily for more.

That dream again.
Josie is skilled at her job as an “unfortunate” who inhabits the bodies of her clients to perform their work while they sleep, but her coworkers’ cruel jealousy over her success leads to her enslavement and the loss of her dream-worker status. A YA sci-fi reimagining of the tale of Jacob’s favorite son Joseph, his dreams, and his famous coat.

A novelette by the author of The Never Veil Series and Fall Far from the Tree.

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THE BURNING CHAOS (Smoke and Mirrors #2) Cover Reveal!

Long-time blog readers know that I’m the beta reader and/or editor for my best friend and fellow YA author Melissa Giorgio‘s books. Her most recent release, THE FADING DUSK, was book one in her latest series, a YA fantasy with a touch of Victorian-era flair, Smoke and Mirrors. Now it’s time for the AMAZING cover reveal for book two!

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Two months after Bantheir’s betrayal, Irina is learning how to live in a world where magic is not only real, but a part of her everyday life. As a spy for Parnaby, the shadowy president of the city of Dusk, Irina has to pretend Parnaby’s manipulation magic worked on her and she doesn’t remember his horrifying proclamation about Vernen. If her friend, brought back from the dead by an ancient source of magic, begins to show even a hint of magic, Parnaby will kill him without hesitation.

When a mysterious woman named Aeonia confronts Irina, she threatens to tell Parnaby everything Irina is hiding from him if Irina doesn’t steal a magical artifact from the president’s mansion. Knowing she’s the only one who can protect Vernen, Irina agrees to Aeonia’s demands, but she wonders if this ultimate betrayal will destroy her newfound happiness with Leonid—and get her killed in the process.

With elements of magic, mystery, and murder, The Burning Chaos takes readers on a dangerous journey through Dusk, introducing them to new characters and reuniting them with old favorites. Can Irina stay one step ahead of everyone and save Vernen? Or is she doomed to succumb to the magic she once loved but now despises?

The snow! The fire! This whole cover is just… jaw-dropping!

Add it to your Goodreads to-read list today!

If you haven’t read the first book in the series, get on that so you’re ready this July when THE BURNING CHAOS releases!

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And don’t forget about the upcoming novella!

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NOBODY’S LADY Blog Tour

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The blog tour for NOBODY’S LADY has begun! Watch this page for daily updates throughout the tour or bookmark the Chapter by Chapter site for the latest changes to the schedule. There will be reviews, interviews and guest posts galore. Thanks to everyone who signed up.

Week 1:

April 11, 2016 – Julie Antonovich Reece – Guest Post

April 11, 2016 – Reader Girls – Guest Post

April 11, 2016 – The Recipe Fairy – Review

April 12, 2016 – Books Are My Fandom – Guest Post

April 12, 2016 – The A P Book Club – Review

April 13, 2016 – Chapter by Chapter – Guest Post

April 13, 2016 – Black Cat Blog – Interview

April 14, 2016 – Two Chicks on Books – Guest Post

April 14, 2016 – Simple Wyrdings – Review

April 14, 2016 – Diana’s Book Reviews – Guest Post

April 15, 2016 – Author Nicole Conway – Guest Post

April 15, 2016 – Dani Reviews Things – Guest Post

April 15, 2016 – The Book Adventures of Annelise Lestrange – Review

Week 2:

April 18, 2016 – Larissa’s World – Review

April 18, 2016 – A Book Addict’s Bookshelves – Interview

April 18, 2016 – Just One More Chapter – Guest Post

April 19, 2016 – deal sharing aunt – Interview

April 19, 2016 – A Dream Within A Dream – Guest Post

April 20, 2016 – WS Momma Readers Nook – Review

April 20, 2016 – Twinja Book Reviews – Review

April 21, 2016 – Books and Ladders – Review

April 21, 2016 – Hidden Worlds Books – Review

April 22, 2016 – Off the Page – Guest Post

April 22, 2016 – Realm of the Sapphired Dragon – Review

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Spring 2016 YA Scavenger Hunt Stop: Team Pink

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Hello! Welcome to a stop on the Team Pink blog hop during the Spring 2016 YA Scavenger Hunt!  This bi-annual event was first organized by author Colleen Houck as a way to give readers a chance to gain access to exclusive bonus material from their favorite authors… and a chance to win some awesome prizes! At this hunt, you not only get access to exclusive content from each author, you also get a clue for the hunt. Add up the clues, and you can enter for our prize–one lucky winner will receive one book from each author on the hunt in my team! But play fast: this contest (and all the exclusive bonus material) will only be online through April 3rd at noon PST!

Go to the YA Scavenger Hunt page to find out all about the hunt. There are multiple contests going on simultaneously, and you can enter one or all! I am a part of the PINK TEAM. Enter the other teams’ contests for a chance to win a whole different set of books!

If you’d like to find out more about the hunt, see links to all the authors participating, and see the full list of prizes up for grabs, go to the YA Scavenger Hunt page.

The contest is over!

SCAVENGER HUNT PUZZLE
 
Directions: Below, you’ll notice that I’ve hidden my favorite number. Collect the favorite numbers of all the authors on the pink team, and then add them up. (Don’t worry, you can use a calculator!)
 
Entry Form: Once you’ve added up all the numbers, make sure you fill out the form here to officially qualify for the grand prize. Only entries that have the correct number will qualify.
 
Rules: Open internationally, anyone below the age of 18 should have a parent or guardian’s permission to enter. To be eligible for the grand prize, you must submit the completed entry form by April 3rd, at noon Pacific Time. Entries sent without the correct number or without contact information will not be considered.
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Today, I am hosting Karen Kincy on my website for the YA Scavenger Hunt!
Karen Kincy (Duvall, Washington) can be found lurking in her writing cave, though sunshine will lure her outside. When not writing, she stays busy gardening, tinkering with aquariums, or running just one more mile. Karen has a BA in Linguistics and Literature from The Evergreen State College, and is currently studying toward a MS in Computational Linguistics at the University of Washington.
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Find out more information by checking out Karen Kincy’s website or find out more about her book at any of these sites and retailers:
EXCLUSIVE CONTENT
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Seventeen-year-old Gwen hides a dangerous secret: she’s Other. Half-pooka, to be exact, thanks to the father she never met. Most Americans don’t exactly roll out the welcome mat for Others, especially not the small-town folks of Klikamuks, Washington. As if this isn’t bad enough, Gwen’s on the brink of revealing her true identity to her long-time boyfriend, Zack, but she’s scared he’ll lump her with the likes of bloodthirsty vampires and feral werewolves.
When a pack of werewolves chooses the national forest behind Gwen’s home as their new territory, the tensions in Klikamuks escalate–into murder. It soon becomes clear a serial killer is methodically slaying Others. The police turn a blind eye, leaving Gwen to find the killer before the killer finds her. As she hunts for clues, she uncovers more Others living nearby than she ever expected. Like Tavian, a sexy Japanese fox-spirit who rivals Zack and challenges her to embrace her Otherness. Gwen must struggle with her own conflicted identity, learn who she can trust, and–most importantly–stay alive.
The bonus contest is gone since YASH is over!
ENTER MY RAFFLECOPTER CONTEST!
While you’re here, I’m giving away one e-copy of NOBODY’S GODDESS, the first book in my The Never Veil Series, via this Rafflecopter contest below, along with five NOBODY’S GODDESS and NOBODY’S LADY stickers! I’ll allow substitutions for a NOBODY’S LADY e-book preorder if you already have a copy of NOBODY’S GODDESS.
 

Click here to enter the Rafflecoper contest!

And don’t forget to enter the Pink Team YASH contest for a chance to win a ton of signed books by me and more! To enter, you need to know that my favorite number is 2. Add up all the favorite numbers of the authors on the pink team and you’ll have all the secret code to enter for the grand prize!

CONTINUE THE HUNT
 
To keep going on your quest for the hunt, you need to check out the next author! Visit Chanda Stafford’s website here to continue the hunt!
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The Romance Reviews Readers’ Choice Awards

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NOBODY’S GODDESS has made it to the nomination round in the The Romance Reviews Summer 2016 Readers’ Choice Awards and I need your votes!

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From now through March 31st, anyone with a The Romance Reviews account (sign up here–it’s free and fast to sign up and you can quickly register with a Facebook, Google or Yahoo account, then you can enter contests and possibly get free review copies of romance books if you want to be a reviewer) can vote for any of the books eligible in several different romance categories. NOBODY’S GODDESS is categorized under Young Adult Romance, and it needs only a few more votes to make it to the next round!

Vote here!

Since you can “nominate” more than one book per category, I also encourage you to click “nominate this book” for Melissa Giorgio’s THE FADING DUSK, a book I love and edited.

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Please also spread the word and thanks so much for your help!