Tuesday, 23 July 2013

Promotion: Kali: The Ghosting Of Sepulcher Bay by Eric Griffith

Kali: The Ghosting Of Sepulcher Bay
By Eric Griffith

Kaliope "Kali" Stergakos is dealing with divorced parents, a crush on a boy her best friend also adores, and spirits of the dead talking to her all the time. Even worse, they take over Kali's body when she sleeps. Despite growing up in a suburban necropolis where the dead outnumber the living, this possession stuff never happens to anyone else.

At least, it didn't. Kali and her friends, both living and dead, find evidence of other possessions and unearth a plot by ghosts to take over the bodies of the living, permanently. Now it's up to her to prevent the ectoplasmic minions of a formerly-dead madman from stealing the bodies they desperately crave.

Available at Amazon.co.uk.

Author Interview: Eric Griffith

Eric Griffith has written Kali: The Ghosting Of Selpulcher Bay.

1. What is your name and where do you call home?
Eric Griffith, and I live in the idyllic college town of Ithaca, New York, in the Finger Lakes region.

2. What is the name of your most recent book and if you had to sum it up in 20 or less words, what would you say?
Kali: The Ghosting Of Sepulcher Bay is about a girl with a ghost possession problem who has to save the world from the dead taking over the living.

3. Do you have plans for a new book? Is this book part of a series?
Kali is book one of a series; I'm working on the sequel right now, and I'm sure there will be a third. Everything must be a trilogy, it's a rule. 

4. How long have you been writing?
I got seriously back into fiction writing after taking many years off about 8 years ago. My advice to writers: don't take any years off. 

5. Do you gift books to readers for book reviews?

6. How did you come up with the cover? Who designed the cover of your book?
I'm friends with some very talented photographers and designers. We took a friend of mine out to a cemetery, dressed her up like Kali, took some photos, and I let them work their magic. 

7. Which is your favourite cover of all the books you have written?
I'm very partial to the cover of my first published novel, Beta Test, which features the lead character screaming in terror at the approach of a giant monster – a scene which is definitely in the book. 

8. Did you listen to any particular songs whilst writing your books?
The works of John Williams from many many movies inspires me to be my most dramatic and cinematic. 

9. How did you come up with the title for your book?
Beta Test was the title of the book before I even wrote it. For Kali: The Ghosting Of Sepulcher Bay, it's a Frankenstein-y title where I wanted to get a lot of elements in there about the setting, the character, and her problem. It's probably way to long, and definitely a pain to type all the time!

10. Are you a self-published / Indie author?
I'm lucky in that Beta Test was traditionally published (by Hadley Rille Books www.hadleyrillebooks.com); but with Kali I decided to try my hand at indie publishing all by myself. 

11. What is your favourite book genre at the moment?
I'm totally addicted to crime thrillers by the likes of Michael Connelly and John Sandford. 

12. What book are you reading at the moment? And in what format?
I'm listening to the serialized version of The Human Division by John Scalzi, and sometimes I get installments as an ebook for Kindle, sometimes I get the audiobook from Audible.com. It depends. They're about an hour each. 

13. Where can your readers follow you?

Blog: http://www.squishedfrog.com

Thankyou so much for taking the time to do this interview and allowing us a glimpse into your writing world!

Monday, 22 July 2013

Touched by Corrine Jackson

ISBN: 9780758273338
Publisher: Kensington Teen
Pages: 343

Touched is the first book in the Sense Thieves series.

Remy O’Malley heals people with touch - but every injury she cures becomes her own. Living in a household with an abusive stepfather, she has healed untold numbers of broken bones, burns, and bruises. And then one night her stepfather goes too far.

Being sent to live with her estranged father offers a clean start and she is eager to take it. Enter Asher Blackwell. Once a Protector of Healers, Asher sacrificed his senses to become immortal. Only by killing a Healer can a Protector recover their human senses. Falling in love is against the rules between these two enemies. Because Remy has the power to make Protectors human again, and when they find out, they’ll be coming for her - if Asher doesn’t kill her first.

I received a copy of Touched by Corrine Jackson for review from Kensington Teen. Although I enjoyed reading Touched, it wasn't what I had initially thought it would be. Unfortunately, quite a few of the elements within Touched seemed similar to other books, so at times it felt as though I was re-reading those other books, rather than reading a totally new one. The Protector & Healer concept was interesting to read at first, but unfortunately I had guessed the ending quite a few pages before. Even though the cover of Touched is quite pretty, it doesn't really seem to be very strongly connected to the story within.

Available at  Amazon.com & Amazon.co.uk.

Friday, 5 July 2013

Promotion: This Is W. A. R. by Lisa Roecker & Laura Roecker

This Is W. A. R. 
By Lisa Roecker & Laura Roecker

At Hawthorne Lake Country Club your trust fund can’t buy you happiness, but if it’s big enough, it almost always buys innocence. When Willa Ames-Rowan drowns in Hawthorne Lake everyone who’s anyone knows James Gregory is the one who killed her. But no one will ever say a word. Enter The W.A.R. Four girls, four motives to avenge Willa’s death, and only one rule: Destroy the Gregory brothers at any cost. The girls pool their trust funds and devise a series of elaborate pranks to deliver their own particular brand of vigilante justice. Innocence is lost, battles are won, but it’s the truth about what really happened that night that stands to destroy them all.

Available at Amazon.co.uk.

Wednesday, 3 July 2013

July 2013's New Releases!

Myself and my mum (from JeanzBookReadNReview) have decided to use this feature each month to spotlight some books, whether they be "Mainstream" or "Indie", that have caught our eye!

By D. J. MacHale

SYLO will be released on the 2nd of July.

Fourteen-year-old Tucker Pierce prefers to fly under the radar. He’s used to navigating around summer tourists in his hometown on idyllic Pemberwick Island, Maine. He’s content to sit on the sidelines as a backup player on the high school football team. And though his best friend Quinn tells him to “go for it,” he’s too chicken to ask Tori Sleeper on a date. There’s always tomorrow, he figures. Then Pemberwick Island is invaded by a mysterious branch of the U.S. military called SYLO. And sitting on the sidelines is no longer an option for Tucker, because tomorrow may never come. 

By Heather Anastasiu

Shutdown, the third book in the Glitch series, will be released on the 2nd of July.

The battle is all but over, and hope seems to be lost. Zoe and her fellow Resistance fighters are on the run, having lost their home, their protection, and their leader. They are outnumbered and outmatched by the powerful corporation that controls the world, and the cruel Chancellor is inches away from completing a scheme that would kill most of humanity. Zoe's only remaining option is to chase the impossible dream of upending the Link system, freeing the world from the hardware that controls their thoughts and emotions, and hope it will trigger a revolution. 

Viral Nation
By Shaunta Grimes

Viral Nation will be released on the 2nd of July.

After a virus claimed nearly the entire global population, the world changed. The United States splintered into fifty walled cities where the surviving citizens clustered to start over. The Company, which ended the plague by bringing a life-saving vaccine back from the future, controls everything. They ration the scant food and supplies through a lottery system, mandate daily doses of virus suppressant, and even monitor future timelines to stop crimes before they can be committed.

By Bethany Wiggins

Stung will be released on the 4th of July.

Fiona doesn't remember going to sleep. But she has woken to find her entire world has changed - her house is abandoned and broken, and her neighbourhood is barren and dead. Even stranger is the tattoo on her right wrist that she doesn't remember getting but somehow knows she must cover at any cost. And she's right. 

When the honeybee population collapsed, a worldwide pandemic occurred and the government tried to bio-engineer a cure. But instead the vaccination turned people into ferocious, deadly beasts. They have been branded as a warning to unvaccinated survivors. Key people needed to rebuild society are protected inside a fortress-like wall. Fiona has awakened branded, alone and on the wrong side of the wall . . .

Confessions Of An Almost Girlfriend
By Louise Rozett

Confessions Of An Almost Girlfriend, the second book in the Confessions series, will be released on the 5th of July.

Rose Zarelli has big plans for sophomore year - everything is going to be different. This year, she’s going to be the talented singer with the killer voice, the fabulous girl with the fashionista best friend, the brainiac who refuses to let Jamie Forta jerk her around...

...but if she’s not careful, she’s also going to be the sister who misses the signals, the daughter who can only think about her own pain, the “good girl” who finds herself in mid scandal again (because no good deed goes unpunished) and possibly worst of all...the almost-girlfriend.

By Amanda Sun

Ink will be released on the 5th of July.

Katie Greene is lost in the wake of her mum's death. Sent to Japan, she meets gorgeous but aloof artist Tomohiro, whose tough attitude intrigues and scares her. Then things get really strange. When they're near each other, Tomohiro's drawings start to come to life…

Soon the wrong people begin to ask questions, and Katie and Tomohiro must risk everything to protect the truth.

By Krista McGee

Anomaly will be released on the 9th of July.

Thalli is different than others in The State. She feels things. She asks questions. And in the State, this is not tolerated. The Ten scientists who survived the nuclear war that destroyed the world above believe that emotion was at the core of what went wrong - and they have genetically removed it from the citizens they have since created. Thalli has kept her malformation secret from those who have monitored her for most of her life, but when she receives an ancient piece of music to record as her community’s assigned musician, she can no longer keep her emotions secreted away.

A Really Awesome Mess
By Trish Cook & Brendan Halpin

A Really Awesome Mess will be released on the 23rd of July.

Two teenagers. Two very bumpy roads taken that lead to Heartland Academy.
Justin was just having fun, but when his dad walked in on him with a girl in a very compromising position, Justin's summer took a quick turn for the worse. His parents' divorce put Justin on rocky mental ground, and after a handful of Tylenol lands him in the hospital, he has really hit rock bottom.

Emmy never felt like part of her family. She was adopted from China. Her parents and sister tower over her and look like they came out of a Ralph Lauren catalog - and Emmy definitely doesn't. After a scandalous photo of Emmy leads to vicious rumors around school, she threatens the boy who started it all on Facebook.

Justin and Emmy arrive at Heartland Academy, a reform school that will force them to deal with their issues, damaged souls with little patience for authority. But along the way they will find a ragtag group of teens who are just as broken, stubborn, and full of sarcasm as themselves. In the end, they might even call each other friends.

Shadows Of Glass
By Kassy Tayler

Shadows Of Glass, the second book in the Ashes series, will be released on the 23rd of July.

Wren's world has changed. The thing that she fought for, escaping the dome has come to fruition, but it's not the paradise she thought it would be. Most of the shiners have died, and according to James, she is to blame for many of the deaths, a burden which sits heavy on her shoulders.  

Still some have survived and Wren is determined to keep them safe as they fight to establish a home outside while hiding from the rovers who have weapons that can kill  from far away. But as long as she has Pace she knows everything will be fine. 

Still Wren wonders, as she sees the smoke that continually pours forth from the dome, how did her friends inside fare? Will they ever find out if Lucy, David, Jill and Harry, along with Pace's mother survive the explosions?

Midnight Frost
By Jennifer Estep

Midnight Frost, the fifth book in the Mythos Academy series, will be released on the 30th of July.

Just when it seems life at Mythos Academy can’t get any more dangerous, the Reapers of Chaos manage to prove me wrong. It was just a typical night at the Library of Antiquities - until a Reaper tried to poison me. The good news is I’m still alive and kicking. The bad news is the Reaper poisoned someone else instead.

By Dawn Metcalf

Indelible will be released on the 30th of July.

Some things are permanent.


And they cannot be changed back.

Joy Malone learns this the night she sees a stranger with all-black eyes across a crowded room - right before the mystery boy tries to cut out her eye. Instead, the wound accidentally marks her as property of Indelible Ink, and this dangerous mistake thrusts Joy into an incomprehensible world - a world of monsters at the window, glowing girls on the doorstep, and a life that will never be the same.

Prep School Confidential
By Kara Taylor

Prep School Confidential will be released on the 30th of July.

Anne Dowling practically runs her exclusive academy on New York’s Upper East Side - that is, until she accidentally burns part of it down and gets sent to a prestigious boarding school outside of Boston. Determined to make it back to New York, Anne couldn't care less about making friends at the preppy Wheatley School. That is, until her roommate Isabella’s body is found in the woods behind the school. 

All Our Pretty Songs
By Sarah McCarry

All Our Pretty Songs will be released on the 30th of July.

Set against the lush, magical backdrop of the Pacific Northwest, two inseparable best friends who have grown up like sisters - the charismatic, mercurial, and beautiful Aurora and the devoted, soulful, watchful narrator - find their bond challenged for the first time ever when a mysterious and gifted musician named Jack comes between them. Suddenly, each girl must decide what matters most: friendship, or love. What both girls don’t know is that the stakes are even higher than either of them could have imagined. They’re not the only ones who have noticed Jack’s gift; his music has awakened an ancient evil - and a world both above and below which may not be mythical at all. The real and the mystical; the romantic and the heartbreaking all begin to swirl together, carrying the two on journey that is both enthralling and terrifying.

Have any of July 2013's New Releases caught your eye?

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