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THE FADING DUSK (Smoke and Mirrors #1) Release Day!

Melissa Giorgio‘s brand new series, Smoke and Mirrors, begins today with THE FADING DUSK. Long-time blog readers know I’m a huge fan of her works (but also that she’s one of my best friends 😉 ) and her beta reader/editor, but I can’t recommend the book enough. It’s got magic and a Victorian-era vibe, but it’s in a made-up world. There’s danger and romance, and twists you won’t see coming. (I especially loved the twist on the “typical love triangle.”) Check it out!

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In the gritty city of Dusk, seventeen-year-old Irina makes her living as the street magician Bantheir’s assistant. The job isn’t glamorous, but she loves the crowds, the shows, and most of all, the illusion of magic. But Irina’s world is shattered the night she is arrested and charged as Bantheir’s accomplice to murder—murder by magic.

Real magic, the kind that’s been forbidden since the old wars.

Irina finds the idea of flashy showman Bantheir using actual magic to kill someone laughable, but she’s the only one who sees how ridiculous the claim is. But how can she convince everyone Bantheir is innocent when they’ve already made up their minds? Desperate, Irina must decide who she can trust to help her win her freedom. Is the surly, handsome Captain Leonid telling the truth when he says he believes Irina is innocent, or is he just using her to get to Bantheir? What about Aden, the sweet soldier and longtime fan of Irina’s who claims he’s on her side?

Irina said she wanted to know the truth, but when she stumbles across a dark secret that changes everything, will she be strong enough to survive?

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BookCon 2015 and Another Visit to NYC

I made my first trek to BookCon on Saturday, May 30th, 2015. It was the day of my first signing as an author (mostly–I’d attended a local writer fair a week earlier, but that didn’t really count) and the day I got to meet a lot of awesomely supportive Month9Books authors and staff after talking to them online for so long. It was also the only day this trip that I got to hang with my fellow YA author, bestie and beta reader Melissa Giorgio, as she was busy attending BEA (lucky!) half the time I was there and working the rest.

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It wasn’t my first rodeo as far as a book-only convention goes. I’ve twice gone to ALA’s conference when it was in Chicago. (Although I’m not a librarian, the show floor tickets are available to the public.) I think I was expecting it to be more like that, with ARCs flowing like water to all who pass by, but apparently that’s more of a BEA thing. There were ARCs and free books to be had, but they were much scarcer or you had to play a spin-the-wheel game to only get one per booth (although that made the whole thing kind of fun). Then again, I didn’t even arrive until early afternoon. I’d heard the morning was crazy crowded, but there was plenty of room to walk through the convention center by the time I got there.

There were events and signings going on throughout the day, and I should have gone to more, but I mistakenly (?) thought they’d be packed! The one event we did try to go to, a YA/kids fantasy panel with Maggie Stiefvater and Jackson Pearce, did fill up while we dared to leave the area for a few minutes, so we wound up having to listen from nearby and were mostly unable to see them.

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There were a lot of pretty booths to look at, and I loved being a part of all of the book lovers’ energy and excitement. My signing was the last one Month9Books was doing on Saturday, and by that time (5:00, an hour before the show floor closed), a lot of people who had been there had left the building. Plus, I was a new author. A number of people came, but perhaps not as many as had come to earlier signings. I was genuinely excited to meet the new readers, who were (I think) mostly drawn in by my book’s fabulous cover design. One of my editors (whom I met for the first time) even said she met an eager reader earlier in the day who was really looking forward to my signing, which made me awestruck! I tried to be friendly to everyone who stopped by, although I know I can be awkward in social situations. (Shout-outs to Melissa and my boyfriend for sitting nearby and being my cheerleaders!)

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While I signed, I met Abi Ketner & Missy Kalicki, authors of the incredibly popular Branded and Hunted, and they were super friendly and each got a copy of my book–and gave me signed copies of theirs! After the con, I met up with a few other Month9 authors and staff and enjoyed a dinner with the likes of A. Lynden Rolland, Donna Galanti, Elizabeth Holloway, Natalie Decker, Lindsay Leggett and Annie Cosby. (There were more at the dinner–including author/publisher Georgia McBride, but we sat in two separate groups and I didn’t get much of a chance to talk to the others.) It was my first time eating in a “diner” in NYC, and they served delicious food–and a lot of it. We talked about BookCon experiences (although some hadn’t attended yet, as they were signing Sunday), writing and general get-to-know-each-other stuff.

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I did a number of bookish things this trip–my boyfriend’s and my 8th trip to NYC together. (He has family there we visit, although they weren’t even in town this trip, but we got to housesit for them.) We tried to keep the spending to a minimum, so we did a lot of free and cheap things. Looking at books is always free. (Buying them… Not so much, ha.) We visited The Strand, and I bought Magic Under Glass and an adorable cats-and-books tote bag. We also toured the NY Public Library and saw plenty of nifty things.

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On Tuesday, June 2nd, we attended Adam Silvera’s launch party for his debut, acclaimed book, More Happy Than Not. (Lauren Oliver was the moderator, and there were a number of other authors, agents and editors milling about! I stood next to Alex London in the line to get Silvera’s autograph, although I was slow to recognize him and almost too chicken to ask him if I was right, ha.) It was the most crowded I’d ever seen a Books of Wonder event, as he has a lot of fans already (and he used to work at the store). Luckily, my boyfriend and I got there early, so we got front-row seats when the vast majority of people there had to stand! Not only did I get Silvera’s autograph (and gave him my business card–even though I felt embarrassed talking to him about my own writing), I managed to run into Oliver on her way out and asked for her to personalize the signed book of hers I’d bought there, and she kindly obliged. (I did talk to her a bit about my own writing, too.)

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I also went to Japanese bookstores as I do every time I visit NY: Kinokuniya (both in Manhattan and near Mitsuwa in New Jersey) and Book Off! We also went to Nintendo World almost every day to collect Street Passes, and we saw a live taping of The Nightly Show one night, which was so fun.

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See more of my trip pictures at my FB page and on my (new) Instagram!

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THE FADING DUSK Cover Reveal

My long-time readers know that YA author Melissa Giorgio is my beta reader and best friend–and that I’m her beta reader, too. I’ve been a huge cheerleader for the Silver Moon Saga, her 3-book, 2-novella debut series. Now it’s time to get excited about the first book in her new YA fantasy series, Smoke and Mirrors, which begins this summer with THE FADING DUSK. Just look at this AMAZING cover from Mae I Design!

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BOOK & AUTHOR INFO:
The Fading Dusk by Melissa Giorgio
(Smoke and Mirrors #1)
Publication date: July 2015
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
Synopsis:

In the gritty city of Dusk, seventeen-year-old Irina makes her living as the street magician Bantheir’s assistant. The job isn’t glamorous, but she loves the crowds, the shows, and most of all, the illusion of magic. But Irina’s world is shattered the night she is arrested and charged as Bantheir’s accomplice to murder—murder by magic.

Real magic, the kind that’s been forbidden since the old wars.

Irina finds the idea of flashy showman Bantheir using actual magic to kill someone laughable, but she’s the only one who sees how ridiculous the claim is. But how can she convince everyone Bantheir is innocent when they’ve already made up their minds? Desperate, Irina must decide who she can trust to help her win her freedom. Is the surly, handsome Captain Leonid telling the truth when he says he believes Irina is innocent, or is he just using her to get to Bantheir? What about Aden, the sweet soldier and longtime fan of Irina’s who claims he’s on her side?

Irina said she wanted to know the truth, but when she stumbles across a dark secret that changes everything, will she be strong enough to survive?

AUTHOR BIO:
melissabiopicMelissa 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.The Sight Seer, published June 12th 2013 by Crushing Hearts and Black Butterfly, is the first book in the Silver Moon Saga. In November of 2013, An Autumn Dream, a Silver Moon Saga novella that takes place between books one and two was published. The Soul Healer, the second book in the series, was published in April of 2014. A Promise of Magic, the second novella in the Saga, was published in November of 2014. The Shadow Stealer, the final book in the series, released February 27th, 2015.

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Spring 2015 YA Scavenger Hunt

I’ve always thought the twice-a-year YA Scavenger Hunt was amazing, and I’m so excited that I’m participating this year on Team Gold!

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But wait! That’s not all! My beta reader and best friend, Melissa Giorgio, is in it for the second time on Team Pink with the second novel in her Silver Moon Saga, The Soul Healer.

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Of course, we’re far from the only groups! This event looks bigger than ever! Watch the YA Scavenger Hunt page for more info and see how many other Month9Books authors you can spot on the other teams:

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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!

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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 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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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!