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It’s here! THE SHADOW STEALER, The Silver Moon Saga Finale

I’m thrilled to announce that long-time fans of The Silver Moon Saga by Melissa Giorgio can finally get their hands on The Shadow Stealer, the last book in the series. Melissa and I have been best friends for about half our lives, and we’re each other’s first beta readers, so I feel almost as invested in Gabi, Rafe, Evan, Phil, Kain and all the rest as she does.

And come on. You know you’re dying to know what happens!

Buy the e-book today, and watch for the paperback soon!

For those of you who’ve yet to start the series, pick up the first book, The Sight Seer, today to see what all the excitement is about!

The Shadow Stealer (Medium)

Ever since that fateful night Gabi Saw her first demon, she’s been questioning who and, better yet, what she is. When given a chance to find the answers she seeks, she seizes it, even if it means putting herself—and her beloved friends—in danger.

From upstate New York to the streets of Manhattan, Gabi chases after the truth that has, until this point, remained out of reach. But when her whole world shatters, Gabi wonders if it would have been better to remain ignorant. Because once you know the truth, there’s no going back.

In the final installment of the Silver Moon Saga, the stakes are higher than they’ve ever been for Gabi and her friends, and no one’s guaranteed a happy ending. Will Gabi triumph or will the shadows claim her for their own?

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THE SHADOW STEALER Cover Reveal

It’s bittersweet to be posting this, the last cover for the Silver Moon Saga by Melissa Giorgio (a series for which I beta read), but here it is, and isn’t it lovely?

The Shadow Stealer (Medium)

 

Ever since that fateful night Gabi Saw her first demon, she’s been questioning who and, better yet, what she is. When given a chance to find the answers she seeks, she seizes it, even if it means putting herself—and her beloved friends—in danger.

From upstate New York to the streets of Manhattan, Gabi chases after the truth that has, until this point, remained out of reach. But when her whole world shatters, Gabi wonders if it would have been better to remain ignorant. Because once you know the truth, there’s no going back.

In the final installment of the Silver Moon Saga, the stakes are higher than they’ve ever been for Gabi and her friends, and no one’s guaranteed a happy ending. Will Gabi triumph or will the shadows claim her for their own?

The Shadow Stealer comes out February 27th! Add it to your Goodreads now!

And if you’ve yet to start the Silver Moon Saga despite my constant recommendation to do so, buy the first book in the saga now!

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Sassy Summer Book Party!

A few days ago I was a guest on the Dragon Blog, which is hosted by the Sassy Sisters Melissa A. Petreshock (author of NA fantasy romance Fire of Stars and Dragons) and writer Jennifer Streck. Today I can tell you about their:

Sassy Summer Book Party!

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I’m one of SIXTY-ONE authors who’s partying in the digital realm and donating a book. Whether you love YA, NA or adult/erotica, there’s a prize pack (or two or four) for you!

Since NOBODY’S GODDESS isn’t out yet, I donated (what else? ^^) THE SIGHT SEER, book one in the Silver Moon Saga, by Melissa Giorgio.

Win that and seven other books in this pack.

Stop by now through August 17th and tell your friends! Enter to win so many books or an Amazon gift card! 🙂

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The Soul Healer Release Day! (And There Are So Many E-books to Win!)

Those of you who have already read The Sight Seer and An Autumn Dream, books 1 and 1.5 in The Silver Moon Saga already probably know this, but The Silver Moon Saga is one of my favorite YA series of the past few years. But honestly, you guys might figure I’m biased, since my beta reader extraordinaire/best friend Melissa Giorgio wrote them, and I got to read them before anyone else.

Today is the day Silver Moon fans have been waiting for: Book 2 in the series, The Soul Healer, releases in Kindle e-book! (Paperbacks will follow shortly.)

Buy it now!

 

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It’s been two months since Gabi Harkins first learned of demons and the mysterious hunters who battle them. After discovering a few unbelievable surprises about herself, she simply wants to settle into a normal routine that involves dating her boyfriend Rafe Fitzgerald, hanging out with her friends, and eating lots of dessert. But when her peaceful life is destroyed by the ultimate of betrayals, Gabi must rely on her wits—and a few new crazy friends—to survive her hardest challenges yet.

The sequel to The Sight Seer combines action, romance, and a healthy dose of humor as Gabi struggles to learn the truth about the secrets that surround her life.

To celebrate, Melissa and I are hosting a two-hour party tonight on Facebook from 6 pm to 8 pm US Eastern. Everyone is welcome to come, even if you can only drop by for a little bit. We’ll be giving away donated e-books from a number of lovely authors throughout the evening. I’m also donating a complete The Silver Moon Saga e-book set (well, the two books and one novella out so far!) myself. If you already have books 1 and/or 1.5, I’d be happy to send those to your friend’s Kindle while you just get the books you need if you like. We can create more fans together!

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Click here to join the Facebook party!

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The Soul Healer by Melissa Giorgio Cover Reveal

Last month, I blogged about the news that book 2 in my bestie/beta reader Melissa Giorgio‘s Silver Moon Saga is due out April 11th. Today, we have the gorgeous cover reveal!

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It’s been two months since Gabi Harkins first learned of demons and the mysterious hunters who battle them. After discovering a few unbelievable surprises about herself, she simply wants to settle into a normal routine that involves dating her boyfriend Rafe Fitzgerald, hanging out with her friends, and eating lots of dessert. But when her peaceful life is destroyed by the ultimate of betrayals, Gabi must rely on her wits—and a few new crazy friends—to survive her hardest challenges yet.

The sequel to The Sight Seer combines action, romance, and a healthy dose of humor as Gabi struggles to learn the truth about the secrets that surround her life.

Add The Soul Healer to your Goodreads to-read list now!

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Melissa Giorgio is a native New Yorker who graduated from Queens College with a degree in English. She’s always dreamed of being a writer and has been creating stories (mostly in her head) since she was a little girl. Also an avid reader, Melissa loves to devour thick YA novels. When not reading or writing, she enjoys watching animated films, listening to music by her favorite Japanese boy band, or exploring Manhattan.

 

Isn’t the cover so lovely? The image perfectly brings the book to life, and I can’t wait for everyone to read it!

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The Sight Seer 2, The Soul Healer, Is Out in April!

Anyone who’s followed my blog for a while knows that author Melissa Giorgio is one of my best friends and beta readers, so of course I’m a little biased, but I truly think her debut series, The Silver Moon Saga, is one of the funniest YA reads out there with some of the best characters. (Don’t be fooled, though–there’s plenty of dynamic action, too!) The first book, The Sight Seer, came out last summer and became an Amazon bestseller. She followed up with a novella set between books 2 and 3, An Autumn Dream, in the fall.

And now she’s posted the news: Book 2 in the series will be called The Soul Healer, and you can buy it April 11th!

It’s been two months since Gabi Harkins first learned of demons and the mysterious hunters who battle them. After discovering a few unbelievable surprises about herself, she simply wants to settle into a normal routine that involves dating her boyfriend Rafe Fitzgerald, hanging out with her friends, and eating lots of dessert. But when her peaceful life is destroyed by the ultimate of betrayals, Gabi must rely on her wits—and a few new crazy friends—to survive her hardest challenges yet.

 The sequel to The Sight Seer combines action, romance, and a healthy dose of humor as Gabi struggles to learn the truth about the secrets that surround her life.

I can tell you as one of her betas that fans of book 1 will love book 2 just as much, if not more, so watch this blog for more news as it becomes available!

You can already add the sequel (AND book 3! No release date yet for that one, though) on GoodReads. Click here for book 2 and here for book 3!

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My Reads for 2013

Okay, there are a few days left in the year, but I probably won’t finish the book I’m working on before then. (But who knows, I could get really addicted–if so, I’ll edit this entry!)

Last year I listed the books I’d read for the year at the end of the year, and I thought I’d keep up the tradition. It’s a fun retrospective, and I’m especially happy since this year I read way more books than I usually do (which is still very little compared to some avid readers out there). As usual, most of the books are YA, but some MG and adult made their way on there.

This year a number of things happened, reading-wise:

  • Early in the year, I set out to finish my to-read shelf by the end of the year. By which I mean the books I had literally sitting on a shelf, ones I’d never read before. Somehow, that shelf got full of books I didn’t touch for YEARS. I think the oldest one had been sitting there since 2008, the last time I “caught up.” I did catch up about halfway through the year (even though I added some new books along the way), right in time for ALA.
  • I attended the American Library Association annual conference in June just because it was nearby (Chicago). I’m not a librarian, but it was open to the public, and as a writer and reader, I thought it would be fun. (Especially after hearing from friends how awesome Book Expo America is.) I got my first-ever set of ARCs, most of them books I’d never even heard of before going but seemed appealing, and I made it a quest to read them all before their release dates, and I did.
  • I got a Kindle for my birthday, after years of thinking I’d hate reading e-books. Now I change between reading paper copies and e-books pretty often! I like how e-books are instantly available and most of the time more affordable than paper copies. They also take up less space, obviously, and although I still prefer paper copies, I’m trying to cut back on the books I own since I have so many already. This way I still own them, just in virtual space.
  • I went to the library more often toward the end of the year to save money and save book shelf space by just borrowing some books I found appealing. Mostly books by authors I’d read earlier in the year and because I then wanted to read everything they wrote!
  • I went to an event at Books of Wonder not having heard of the YA authors there and walking away with three of their books and putting the rest on my get-from-the-library list.
  • …And now thanks to the Kindle and the library and all the many, many books that seem interesting, I have a sizeable to-read list again. And I’m not even counting the many, many books I want to read but I don’t have a copy of yet. (I also want to re-read some books soon!) It never ends. The reader’s happy but overwhelming dilemma.

The 2013 list (not counting the many graphic novels and manga I read this year as well):

  1. Bitterblue by Kristin Cashore (autographed, thanks to a friend who got it for me; I started this one in 2012 but finished in the new year; probably my favorite in the trilogy)
  2. Mr. Monk Gets Even by Lee Goldberg (the last book in the series! It was like saying a second farewell years after the TV show ended ;-;)
  3. Insurgent by Veronica Roth
  4. Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo (I was really into this book! It came highly recommended)
  5. The Casual Vacancy by J.K. Rowling (the beginning was a bit of a slog, but I was really addicted after the first 100 pages or so; it’s depressing, but good, and I’ll read whatever she writes!)
  6. The Luxe by Anna Godbersen
  7. Rumors by ditto
  8. Envy by ditto
  9. Splendor by ditto (I read the whole series at once, a gift from a friend)
  10. City of Swords (Stravaganza 6) by Mary Hoffman (sorry to see this series end!)
  11. A Long, Long Sleep by Anna Sheehan (so good, a gift from a friend, and I wish more people read it!)
  12. The Witch of Duva (novella) by Leigh Bardugo
  13. The Juniper Game by Sherryl Jordan (I bought a bunch of her books years ago since I liked the books of hers I’d read when younger)
  14. Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor
  15. Wizard for a Day by Sherryl Jordan
  16. The Bears’ Famous Invasion of Sicily by Dino Buzzati (I picked this one up years ago just because I saw it had an introduction by Lemony Snicket, ha)
  17. A Time of Darkness by Sherryl Jordan
  18. The School for Good and Evil by Soman Chainani
  19. Time of the Eagle by Sherryl Jordan
  20. The Too-Clever Fox (novella) by Leigh Bardugo
  21. Sabriel by Garth Nix
  22. Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo
  23. Secret Sacrament by Sherryl Jordan (this was actually a rare re-read because Time of the Eagle was the sequel and it reminded me how much I loved the first one)
  24. The Sight Seer by Melissa Giorgio (I’m cheating here, ha; I read this in 2011 before she even queried it, not this year that it came out, but this year I DID read the sequel as a beta reader, so I did read a book by her and it counts toward my # XD)
  25. Not a Drop to Drink by Mindy McGinnis (autographed at ALA; really good and different!)
  26. The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith/J.K. Rowling (I liked it better than The Casual Vacancy, although nothing will be as good as HP, of course, but it was a fun, faster-paced read)
  27. Sometimes Never, Sometimes Always by Elissa Janine Hoole (autographed at ALA)
  28. Inhuman by Kat Falls
  29. Unthinkable by Nancy Werlin (autographed at ALA; I liked this so much despite not reading the books that came before it that I made it a quest to read all of Werlin’s books!)
  30. Marie Antoinette, Serial Killer by Katie Alender
  31. The Wolf Princess by Cathryn Constable
  32. Heartbeat by Elizabeth Scott (oo, still not out! I’ve read an ARC that’s still not out!)
  33. Impossible by Nancy Werlin (the first book in the Unthinkable canon; love this series!)
  34. I Hunt Killers by Barry Lyga (I read it since I like Dexter)
  35. The Registry by Shannon Stoker
  36. The Astonishing Adventures of Fanboy and Goth Girl by Barry Lyga
  37. Goth Girl Rising by Barry Lyga
  38. Pivot Point by Kasie West (pretty awesome, better than I was expecting!)
  39. Dexter’s Final Cut by Jeff Lindsay (a better maybe-ending to the series than the TV one, I suppose!)
  40. Extraordinary by Nancy Werlin
  41. The Killer’s Cousin by Nancy Werlin
  42. Game by Barry Lyga
  43. Allegiant by Veronica Roth
  44. A Shimmer of Angels by Lisa M. Basso
  45. The Waking Dark by Robin Wasserman (autographed when I met her at Books of Wonder in NY; the first YA book my bf actually asked to borrow and liked!)
  46. An Autumn Dream (novella) by Melissa Giorgio
  47. Double Helix by Nancy Werlin
  48. The Rules of Survival by Nancy Werlin (so gripping, I read it in two sittings~)
  49. Black Mirror by Nancy Werlin
  50. More Than This by Patrick Ness (not the book I bought autographed by him at Books of Wonder, but it seemed intriguing, so I got it from the library)
  51. The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness (this is the one I got autographed; still reading)
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An Autumn Dream by Melissa Giorgio Releases!

An Autumn Dream by Melissa Giorgio, a Silver Moon Saga Novella, is out today! Buy it now for only 99 cents!

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Gabi, Rafe, and all of their friends are back in three exciting short stories that bridge the gap between books one and two of the Silver Moon Saga. Join them as they celebrate Halloween in A Sweet Treat—can they make it through the night without Gabi destroying her costume? Find out what Rafe’s really afraid of in Indiana Rafe, a story told exclusively from his perspective. And in An Autumn Dream, Gabi struggles to make amends with a painful part of her past. Filled with laughter and tears, demon battles and plenty of kissing, this novella is a must read for fans of The Sight Seer!

For fans of The Sight Seer, the first book in the Silver Moon saga, getting your hands on this book is a no-brainer!

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YA Novella Giveaway: An Autumn Dream by Melissa Giorgio

This contest is over!! Congrats, Megan S., for winning!

All contests over! Thanks for entering!

Enter Melissa’s own Giveaway of Awesome, where you can win An Autumn Dream PLUS many other prizes!

And who doesn’t love even MORE chances to win? Head on over to River and Sam’s book review blog for another chance for a free copy!

An Autumn Dream by Melissa Giorgio, a Silver Moon Saga Novella, coming November 14th

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Gabi, Rafe, and all of their friends are back in three exciting short stories that bridge the gap between books one and two of the Silver Moon Saga. Join them as they celebrate Halloween in A Sweet Treat—can they make it through the night without Gabi destroying her costume? Find out what Rafe’s really afraid of in Indiana Rafe, a story told exclusively from his perspective. And in An Autumn Dream, Gabi struggles to make amends with a painful part of her past. Filled with laughter and tears, demon battles and plenty of kissing, this novella is a must read for fans of The Sight Seer!

For fans of The Sight Seer, the first book in the Silver Moon saga, getting your hands on this book is a no-brainer, so I thought I’d give one lucky fan a helping hand!

So here’s the deal.

I’m giving away one e-book copy of An Autumn Dream.  The e-book is for the Kindle only, so the winner will have to provide me with an e-mail address connected to his or her Kindle account. If you don’t have a Kindle, you can still get the digital Kindle copy and read it via a free Kindle app for PCs, Macs, tablets, smartphones and web browsers.

Click here to enter to win An Autumn Dream e-novella.

Contest ends November 13th, the day before An Autumn Dream‘s book birthday. Once the e-book is available, and the contest ends, I’ll send it to the winner after I confirm his or her Kindle e-mail address. Enter every day, and follow the instructions on Rafflecopter for even more chances!