Grit of Berth and Stone
by Lisa Dunn 
Release Date: 03/17/15
Anaiah Press
256 pages
Summary from Goodreads:
Banished for a foolish mistake, sixteen-year-old Grit of Berth and Stone scorns the loss of her home, her honor, and her only ally. Only the weak worry about such things.But war is brewing all across Chasmaria, and as a group of rebels pull Grit into their ranks, she begins to question what strength, courage, and honor really look like. When faced with a horrible truth about herself, Grit must either fight her way back to Thresh or live with the blood of the innocent on her hands.

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The grass on the northern side of the castle, where no tents stood and no warriors trained, grew thick and tall. Grit inhaled the sweet meadow air. The press of people in the dining hall had been stifling, but Grit hardly noticed Arrow’s closeness, so natural and undemanding was his manner. She did not mind at all when he began to talk.

“Did you find the southern tip of Chasmaria? And have you eaten your breakfast in peace?”

“I did, and I have. I’m surprised you remember that.”

Arrow’s voice was pleasant, like a familiar game with an old companion. “People remember the strangest things. A girl in my village once told me nothing smells sweeter than a newly blossomed lily. Seven years later, though she has never again spoken of lilies, I cannot see that flower without seeing her face. That is the power of the spoken word at its very best, and that is why I try to choose my words carefully. The tongue can heal, but more often, it wounds more deeply than a weapon.”

All her life, words had rolled off Grit’s tongue so freely. Too few of them had been kind, but to try to change the established course of her tongue would be as ridiculous as Dame Berth trying to teach Seal to speak.

“Sometimes words are just words. It is weak-minded to give them too much importance.”

“Perhaps you are right,” Arrow said. “But perhaps it is cruel to give them too little.”

About the Author

As a child, Lisa Dunn fell asleep to her father’s fanciful bedtime tales and played with her own story ideas during the daylight hours. She now resides in a small southern town with her husband, four children, and an ever-changing assortment of pets. Local librarians habitually thank her for their job security.

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Cover Reveal: Secret of the Sevens, by Lynn Lindquist

Secret of the Sevens
Release Date: 06/2015
Flux Publishing
Summary from Goodreads:
Everyone at Singer, a boarding school
for underprivileged kids, knows the urban legend of the Society of Seven.
Decades ago, the original members of the secret guild for elite students
murdered the school’s founder and then perished in the fire they lit to hide
the evidence. Or so the story goes.
Talan Michaels doesn’t care about
Singer’s past. He’s too focused on his future and the fact that he’ll be
homeless after he graduates in May. To take his mind off it, he accepts a
mysterious invitation to join a group calling itself the Sevens. He expects
pranks, parties, and perks. Instead, he finds himself neck-deep in a conspiracy
involving secret passages and cryptic riddles about the school’s history. Even
worse, he’s now tangled in web of lies someone will kill to keep hidden.
About the Author
Lynn Lindquist lives in a suburb of Chicago with two
overly-social sons and a mutt named Slugger who wisely hides under the bed most
days. The hordes of teenagers that regularly frequent her house (think Panama
City Beach during spring break) provide fodder for her young adult novels and
growing anxiety disorder. Ever since her sons broke the Guinness Record for
Largest-Rager-Thrown-While-a-Parent-Was-Out-for-the-Night, she enjoys spending
her free time at home entertaining friends, cooking, reading, and writing.
Thankfully, her favorite things in life are her sons, words, and kids, so she
wouldn’t have it any other way.
She is represented by Katherine Boyle at Veritas Literary Agency.   

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Spotlight On: Seams in Reality & Cracks in Reality by Alex Siegel

Young Adult Fantasy / Thriller
Date Published: Sept 26, 2014 & December 25 2014

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SEAMS IN REALITY is the first book in the Seams in Reality Series.
As a freshman in a suburban college near Chicago, Andrew leads a mundane life until he meets a professor named Tonya. She is secretly a master sorcerer, and she invites him into a conspiracy of magic. Only those few who possess exceptional talent may join. A resourceful young woman named Charley has the same supernatural gift. She accompanies Andrew on his journey into a dark profession, and romance quickly blooms between the young apprentices. When Andrew meets Blake, a sorcerer who knew his grandfather, Andrew becomes embroiled in a game of lies and treachery. Blake’s thirst for power leaves a trail of casualties, and in the end, only Andrew can stop him.

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CRACKS IN REALITY is the second book in the Seams in Reality Series.
The Vault is a fortress in the desert protected by the United States Army, and it contains the most dangerous, forbidden secrets of sorcery. Blake, master sorcerer and fugitive from justice, has a plan for robbing the place. He will create a tangled web of lies to trick the Army into delivering the treasure into his hands. He intends to use the stolen knowledge to destroy his enemies and become the most powerful sorcerer on Earth.
Two apprentices are on a mission to kill Blake. Andrew is a war mage, a genius at psychic combat. Charley is a young woman who commands physical sorcery. Their instructor, Tonya, will turn the two teenagers into warriors capable of defeating Blake, if they can endure the extreme mental and physical tests.
Tonya’s training is just the beginning for Andrew and Charley. They must discover Blake’s hidden objectives, and they don’t have much time. A government agency called the Bureau of Physical Investigation has the same assignment, but the agents are unprepared for the dangers they will face. Other surprising threats await the apprentices as they pursue their enemy along a trail of bloodshed.
About the Author

Alex Siegel grew up a math and computer geek. At the age of twenty-five, he received a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Cornell. He continues to make a good living as a software developer in Chicago. In his late twenties, he took up creative writing as a serious pastime with the intention of eventually making it his career. This goal has been elusive, but failure is not an option. In 2001, his wife gave birth to triplet boys. People often ask him how he still finds time to write. In 2009, he began the Gray Spear Society series, and he hopes it will be his key to literary fame.
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Spotlight On: Touch Me, by Skye Malone

Title: Touch Me #1

Series: Touch Me

Author: Skye Malone

Genre: New Adult Paranormal Romance

Publisher: Wildflower Isle

Publication Date: February 18, 2015

ISBN: 978-1-940617-30-5

Cover Designer: Karri Klawiter

Caitlin Faire was only expecting a simple night out to celebrate her best friend’s twenty-first birthday. But enter one gorgeous and mysterious guy, and inexplicable visions that can’t possibly be real, and you have an evening that becomes anything but simple.

Suddenly, she’s seeing visions everywhere. Being overwhelmed by strange impulses she can’t control. She thinks she’s going insane.

Until she almost kills the first man she touches.

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“What are you doing?
I jump, my gaze snapping to the
doorway at the harsh whisper. And he’s standing there. The guy from the club.
From the street. A matte black jacket covers him now, and if not for the
moonlight streaming through the window on the other side of the room, he’d
disappear into the thick shadows entirely.
But he’s here. Like the street, here. On the seventh
floor of a hospital that’s mostly shut down for the night. Terrified, I back
away.
Or try to.
My legs won’t hold me. The
adrenaline of the past moments has shot all my reserves of energy. I crumple
back against the pale green curtain and hear the rungs clatter on the metal
pole overhead.
He’s at my side in an instant,
his strong hands catching me before I can fall farther.
And suddenly, breathing becomes
distinctly optional.
“You’re hurt,” he hisses angrily.
“You need your strength. Why are you—”
He cuts off when he glances to
the dark-haired girl on the bed, and something about his face goes still. It
lasts only a heartbeat, though. Then he turns back to me and the odd expression
is gone.
“Come on,” he says rather than
continue berating me.
His grip adjusts on me, one arm
sliding around my back while the other takes my legs, and he lifts me
effortlessly. Instinctively, my arms wrap around his neck, hanging on tight as
he carries me to the hospital bed.
And I can’t breathe. I so can’t breathe. Part of me — the sane,
rational, smart-Caitlin part of me — wants to scream bloody murder for the
nurse. Because he was there, right when I noticed the fog for the first time.
Right when I realized what was happening to me. It could be his fault for all I
know.
But the rest of me isn’t
listening. The rest of me is locked on him. On the sensation of his jacket
against my bare legs, the fabric warmed by his body. On the way I can feel his
muscles moving in his chest when he turns with me in his arms. I bite my lip,
all manner of urges and thoughts flying through my head. Only a lifetime of
habit crushes them before they take me like wildfire.
Gently, he lowers me to the
hospital bed. His arms leave me and he sinks down, folding into the chair at my
bedside with fluid ease. He’s comfortable in his body, I can tell. More
comfortable than anyone I’ve ever seen. Moonlight touches his skin and
shoulders with silver, though much of his face is hidden in the shadow the
light casts.
But his eyes are on me. I can
see them, barely, in the darkness. They make it difficult to think.
“Who are you?” I whisper.
Skye Malone is a fantasy and paranormal romance author, which means she spends most of her time not-quite-convinced that the things she imagines couldn’t actually exist.
Born and raised in central Illinois, she hopes someday to travel the world — though in the meantime she’ll take any story that whisks her off to a place where the fantastic lives inside the everyday. She loves strong and passionate characters, complex villains, and satisfying endings that stay with you long after the book is closed. An inveterate writer, she can’t go a day without getting her hands on a keyboard, and can usually be found typing away while she listens to all the adventures unfolding in her head.
Skye also writes YA urban fantasy as Megan Joel Peterson and is the author of The Children and the Blood trilogy.
 
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Cover Reveal: The Body Institute, by Carol Riggs

The Body Institute
Release Date: 09/01/15
Entangled Teen
Summary from Goodreads:
Meet Morgan Dey, one of the top teen Reducers at The Body Institute.
Thanks to cutting-edge technology, Morgan can temporarily take over
another girl’s body, get her in shape, and then return to her own body—leaving her
client slimmer, more toned, and feeling great. Only there are a few catches…
For one, Morgan won’t remember what happens in her “Loaner” body. Once
she’s done, she won’t recall walks with her new friend Matt, conversations with
the super-cute Reducer she’s been text-flirting with, or the uneasy feeling she
has that the director of The Body Institute is hiding something. Still, it’s
all worth it in the name of science. Until the glitches start…
Suddenly, residual memories from her Loaner are cropping up in Morgan’s mind.
She’s feeling less like herself and more like someone else. And when protests
from an anti–Body Institute organization threaten her safety, she’ll have to
decide if being a Reducer is worth the cost of her body and soul…
About the Author
I’m a YA writer represented by Kelly Sonnack of Andrea Brown Literary. My sci-fi
novel THE BODY INSTITUTE explores the themes of society, identity, and body
image. I live in the beautiful, green state of Oregon and have a Studio Arts
degree; I’m an SCBWI member.

You’ll usually find me in my writing cave, surrounded by my dragon collection
and the characters in my head. I also enjoy reading–mostly young adult
novels–as well as drawing, painting, and quilting. I also attend writing
conferences, walk with my husband, and enjoy music and dance of all kinds. 

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Interview with Michele Barrow-Belisle, Author of Bittersweet

Interview Q&A:

So Fire & Ice was optioned for a Movie! Exciting! What can you tell us about that?

Well, as you can imagine we’re all super excited about it! And I’ve had a lot of conversations with the producer, who luckily wants to keep me on board in adapting the book to script. That doesn’t always happen, so I’m very grateful. I think it’s a dream most writers have, but it was equally important for me that my stories remain as true to the book series as possible. Hopefully we’ll be able to release more info soon! It’s so hard keeping things secret, lol.

Have you always wanted to be a writer?

In the recesses of my mind, I would say yes, since writing was always something I loved to do. But it only submerged to the forefront of my awareness after several story idea sparks came to me, refusing to be ignored. Once I started writing again, it was like a drug… thoroughly and utterly addicting.

How long have you been writing?

Well, for nearly as long as I’ve been able to write, I’ve been making up stories and characters in my head. Writing them down just seemed the next logical step.​ And once I started, I wasn’t able to stop. I have four more manuscripts, not so patiently waiting for final revisions before they can be released. If I could writer shorter books, I’d be able to release them more often, lol. But my characters seem to have too much going on for that to happen.

Who and what were your favorite childhood authors and books?

There were so many stories and authors I adored. From Dr. Seuss to Judy Blume there were countless stories I got lost in. The Narnia series, and several others by C.S. Lewis, The Hobbit and The Lord of The Ring by Tolkien, Little Women by Louisa May Alcott, Lord of The Flies by William Gerald Golding, Christy by Catherine Marshall, The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton, Flowers in the Attic by Virginia Andrews, Diary of Anne Frank, Jane Austins books, Beverly Cleary books, everything Nancy Drew, not to mention a ton of sweetheart romances read in my teen years… too much information?

What do you love reading now?

Many of the books I enjoyed as a child, such as Tolkien and C.S. Lewis, I very much enjoy them today. J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series,… loved it. Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight Saga… loved that too, Anne Rice, Vampire Diaries by L.J. Smith, Fallen, Stardust by Neil Gaiman. I might add I adore the movies made from all of these books as well. That’s the tip of the fiction iceberg. I also love reading metaphysical non-fiction books that question the nature of reality. So many books, so little time…if only there were more hours in a day. But at some point I have to make some time to actually write!

 

When can we expect to see the third book in the series released, and do you think there will be more adventures with Lorelei, Adrius and Zanthiel?

It’s funny because I planned the series as a trilogy, but I have a hard time seeing it coming to an end. I think the third book will be out next year, at the latest. And as for future books, I’m keeping the doors wide open. There is so much to tell and some of the characters may even want their own spin off stories… so we’ll just have to see. I’m staying open to all sorts of p possibilities! 😉

I’d like to say a huge thank you to everyone who has taken the time to read the first two books, and especially to those who loved it. Your excitement and words of encouragement make all the difference!

Bittersweet
(Faerie Song Trilogy, #2)
Release Date: 03/24/15
Summary from Goodreads:
To save the Faery world and her mother’s
life, Lorelei sacrificed everything, and the dangerous bargain she made in
Nevermore had lasting repercussions. Now safely back in her own world, Lorelei seems the same to her highschool friends and her supernatural boyfriend. Yet love across dimensions is complicated, especially when an invisible Veil between the two worlds—the only bridge that links the pair, is sealing, threatening to separate Lorelei and Adrius forever.
Determined to find a solution, Lorelei resorts to using her new found powers. But when her friends succumb to the same mysterious illness that nearly took her mother’s life, Lorelei can’t help but wonder if her own dark magic is responsible. Still, the nightmares from Nevermore continue their icy hold. Someone from Adrius’s past arrives, determined to destroy Lorelei’s world starting with those closest to her, and Lorelei is forced to choose between her family and friends and a love that was
ill-fated from the start. 
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Michele Barrow-Belisle is chocoholic author and artist living in southern Ontario,
Canada with her super-sweet husband, brilliant son and a ridiculously
affectionate cat. Often told by teachers to stop dreaming and get her head out
of the clouds, Michele still spends much of her time lost in make-believe
worlds, populated with fascinating and occasionally terrifying characters. Her
passion for fantasy extends beyond her writing into her clay figure sculpt-ing,
creating miniaturized replicas of the paranormal beings she writes about.
Michele is as passionate about reading as she is about writing. When she’s not
reading or writing, she can be found sculpting tiny fairy desserts in polymer clay. She also loves mocha lattes and watching fireflies at twilight. Did we mention she loves chocolate?

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Spotlight On: The Letting, by Cathrine Goldstein

 

The Letting
Release Date: 12/15/14
335 pages
Summary from Goodreads:
What if the Devil doesn’t know he’s the Devil?This is the question Veronica “Ronnie” Billings poses to Phoenix, her sworn enemy, the leader of the Peaceful Revolution, and the one she loves.

Kidnapped by Phoenix’s rebels, Ronnie learns how wrong she has been. She had no idea that her patriotism was wasted on a corrupt government. Ronnie was proud to be a Leader; taking hundreds of harvested girls to the Letting facility. After all, she was saving them from future Couplings and bringing them to the safety of the New World. Or so she thought…

Confused, Ronnie realizes the only way to discover the truth is to trust her heart. Together, Phoenix and Ronnie devise a plan to stop their corrupt government and preempt the dangerous rebel coup which is approaching. But when their plan goes awry, will Ronnie be strong enough to save Phoenix, her country, and herself?

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“What if the Devil doesn’t know he’s the
Devil?” I ask. 
Phoenix shakes his head, confused.“What?”
“Why? Why does the bad I’ve done have to
define me?”
“Because you’re a murdering sadist,” he
snaps back at me.
“No, I am not.” I clench my teeth,
standing my ground. I am tired of these labels I am suddenly wearing. “I never,
I mean never knew what happened to those girls I led to the Lettings.
I am so very sorry I played any role in this vile enterprise in which we exist,
but I was clueless. Maybe I’m ignorant, or downright stupid, but I would rather
have been dead than be responsible for hurting anyone. And before you go
throwing malicious names around, maybe it’s time you consider maybe you’re
wrong…? What if you kidnapped and tortured me in the name of a revolution that
is wrong?”
“It’s not,” he argues.
“But I didn’t think I was wrong, either.”
I am exasperated. “Don’t you get it?” He takes a step back away from me, but I
go on. “We are completely turned around. The only information we’re fed is from
a corrupt enterprise. What makes you think your information is any more
accurate than mine?” 
For the first time ever, he looks
terrified. I let a moment go by before I gesture for Raven to come over, and
she hurries to my side. 

 

“This is Raven,” I say, slowly, talking to
Phoenix. “She’s your sister.” 

About the Author

Given my love for cities and all that is gritty, my new obsession with trees really has me stumped. (Sorry.) Maybe it’s because trees are the inspiration behind my new YA/NA novel, theLETTING.

Whatever the reason for my new infatuation, some things remain constant — like my love for: coffee (although sadly, it’s now decaf); yoga; Luna bars (I am petitioning for them to bring back Chocolate Raspberry!); running in my neighborhood; Hemingway; Bukowski… and, above all, my husband and my girls.I am the author of the bestselling novel, Sleeping With Mortals: The Story of a New York Mistress, and I’m also a playwright. I have my B.A. in English and my M.A. in Theatre.

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