Thursday, September 28, 2017

Cover Reveal for Rage of the Dragon King by J. Keller Ford!

Welcome to the Cover Reveal for
Rage of the Dragon King
(The Chronicles of Fallhollow #2)
by J. Keller Ford!

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David and Charlotte paid their dues. They traveled to another realm, battled the Dragon King, recovered the all important magic key to the mage tunnels, and found the heir to the throne of Hirth, as promised. Now it's time to go home. There’s just one problem: the powerful crystals needed to activate the tunnels have been stolen…and David’s parents have mysteriously disappeared along with them. Guess who’s not going home to Havendale anytime soon.
Eric Hamden, squire extraordinaire, survived the poisonous knick of a shadowmorth’s blade, rescued the king of Hirth from the bowels of the dragon's lair, and confronted a heartbreaking betrayal that nearly got him killed. Still reeling from the news, Eric sets his sights on a daring rescue only to wind up in a prison of his own with David and Charlotte at his side. But rescues come in strange ways, and before they know it, the three end up in David's hometown of Havendale...and Eric gets a quick schooling in Modern Life 101. He'd rather fight a dragon.

With secrets, lies and betrayals meeting them at every turn, David, Charlotte and Eric soon discover that Havendale isn't the sanctuary they'd hoped for. Even their best-laid plans can't prepare them for the danger that stalks them. This time, no amount of magic or prayers can save them. War has been declared, and in the final battle, someone must make the ultimate sacrifice. Let the battle begin.

Rage of the Dragon King
(The Chronicles of Fallhollow #2)
by J. Keller Ford
Publication Date:  October 24, 2017
Publisher:  Month9Books

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J. (Jenny) Keller Ford is a scribbler of speculative fiction and YA tales. As an Army brat, she traveled the world and wandered the halls of some of Germany’s most extraordinary castles in hopes of finding snarky dragons, chivalrous knights, and wondrous magic to permeate her imagination. What she found remains etched in her topsy-turvy mind and oozes out in sweeping tales of courage, sacrifice, honor and everlasting love.
When not torturing her keyboard or trying to silence the voices in her head, Jenny spends time collecting seashells, bowling, screaming on roller coasters and traveling. She is a mom to four magnificent and noble offspring and currently lives in paradise on the west coast of Florida with a menagerie of royal pets, and her own quirky knight who was brave enough to marry her.

Published works include The Passing of Millie Hudson, a paranormal short story that can be found in READING GLASSES. IN THE SHADOW OF THE DRAGON KING is her debut novel and the first installment in the Chronicles of Fallhollow Trilogy. Book 2 in the series is slated for Fall 2016.

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Win a Kindle Fire during the Release Day Celebration for Savage by Nicole Conway!

Welcome to the Release Day Celebration for
Savage (Dragonrider Legacy #1)
by Nicole Conway
presented by Month9Books!
Grab your copy today!

Happy Book Birthday, Nicole!

Savage begins the Dragonrider Legacy series, a thrilling companion to the international bestselling Dragonrider Chronicles.

Never send a hero to do a monster’s job.
Forty years have passed since Jaevid Broadfeather brought peace to Maldobar and Luntharda. But that fragile truce will be tested as darkness gathers on the horizon. The vicious armies of the Tibran Empire have crossed the far seas and are threatening to destroy Maldobar completely. Not even the dragonriders can match the Tibran war machines. And after an attempt to awaken Jaevid from his divine sleep fails, the fate of Maldobar is looking grim.
Reigh has never known what it means to be a normal human. Raised amongst the gray elves in the wild jungle of Luntharda, he’s tried everything to fit in. But the dark power within him is bursting at the seams—refusing to be silenced. And while his adoptive father, Kiran, insists this power must be kept secret, Reigh knows he’s running out of time.
As Maldobar burns, the world is desperate for a new hero. Destiny has called, and one boy will rise to answer.
Savage (Dragonrider Legacy #1)
by Nicole Conway
Publication Date: September 26, 2017
Publisher: Month9Books

Nicole is the author of the children’s fantasy series, THE DRAGONRIDER CHRONICLES, about a young boy’s journey into manhood as he trains to become a dragonrider. She has completed the first two books in the series, and is now working on the third and final book.
Originally from a small town in North Alabama, Nicole moves frequently due to her husband’s career as a pilot for the United States Air Force. She received a B.A. in English with a concentration in Classics from Auburn University, and will soon attend graduate school.
She has previously worked as a freelance and graphic artist for promotional companies, but has now embraced writing as a full-time occupation.
Nicole enjoys hiking, camping, shopping, cooking, and spending time with her family and friends. She also loves watching children’s movies and collecting books. She lives at home with her husband, two cats, and dog.

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Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Win an Echo Dot during the Release Day Celebration for The Missing by Jericho Lenk!

Welcome to the Release Day Celebration for
The Missing by Jerico Lenk
presented by Month9Books!
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Happy Book Birthday, Jerico!

Dark proclivities, excess, and outlandish curiosities prevail in 1890's London. Around the city, a battle rages between the living and the dead. The Black Cross, tasked to keep the peace, are quickly losing ground. 

Sixteen-year-old Willow Winchester, lives life as a boy called "Will" in his father's house of distinguished ladies, all but invisible to the wealthy Londoners who frequent. It's an easy ruse since his mother's death left his father's attention to fall upon business matters. But this isn't his only secret. 

When Will unwittingly becomes involved in a Black Cross ghost hunt, his uncanny ability to sense supernatural beings comes to light and the Black Cross wants him in their service. Suddenly, Will's free to be himself. 

But such freedom will come with a price, as Will fights for the acceptance of the only father he's ever known.

Now, part of a team of misfits and unlikely allies, Will finds he isn't the only one keeping secrets. Someone does not want him to uncover the truth about those who aren’t just missing from the world of the living, but missing from history itself.
Can he find the Missing before he ends up becoming one of them?

The Missing by Jerico Lenk
Publication Date: October 10, 2017
Publisher: Month9Books

Undergraduate studying Creative Writing, Classics, Russian and Western European History. Unabashed weeb probably burning incense and drinking too much coffee at this very moment. Out for queer representation and great sex hair. Beyond ready for the upcoming Vampire Chronicles TV series.
Lenk writes Young Adult/New Adult, spec fiction, poetry, and screenplays. He is currently unagented.
His poems have appeared at/in USF Tampa’s Thread Literary Inquiry, biannual 6x6 creative writing showcase, and placed second in National Poetry Month 2015; Tethered By Letters’ F(r)iction Spring 2016 poetry contest finalist; winner of the 2017 Bettye Newman Poetry award.

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Monday, September 18, 2017

Blackbird of the Gallows with Guest Post by Author Meg Kassel

Hello Readers! Welcome to the Release Week Blitz for
Black Bird of the Gallows by Meg Kassel
presented by Entangled Teen!
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A simple but forgotten truth: Where harbingers of death appear, the morgues will soon be full.
Angie Dovage can tell there’s more to Reece Fernandez than just the tall, brooding athlete who has her classmates swooning, but she can’t imagine his presence signals a tragedy that will devastate her small town. When something supernatural tries to attack her, Angie is thrown into a battle between good and evil she never saw coming. Right in the center of it is Reece—and he’s not human.

What's more, she knows something most don't. That the secrets her town holds could kill them all. But that’s only half as dangerous as falling in love with a harbinger of death.
Black Bird of the Gallows by Meg Kassel
Publisher:  Entangled Teen
Publication Date:  September 5, 2017

His soft voice clashes with the intensity of his gaze. “You’re adorable when you’re trying to be mad at me. You needn’t work so hard at it, though. We aren’t meant to be adversaries.”
“I, um…” My thoughts disband, leaving nothing for communication purposes. I’m adorable? Adorable has many definitions. I think my dog is adorable, for example. “That…wasn’t what I was going to ask you.”
He inclines his head. “Okay, then. Ask.”
But that “adorable” echoes through me, clinking around like a penny down a well. “What are we meant to be, then?”
His lips curls up at the corners. “That wasn’t your question, either.”

Meg Kassel is an author of paranormal and speculative books for young adults. A New Jersey native, Meg graduated from Parson's School of Design and worked as a graphic designer before becoming a writer. She now lives in Maine with her husband and daughter and is busy at work on her next novel. She is the 2016 RWA Golden Heart© winner in YA.
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Guest Post

Guest topic: cultivating your creativity for storytelling

When I was in the forth grade, our class went on a field trip to the Young Author’s Conference, where students from area schools attended workshops about writing, creativity, art. I remember recall one workshop with painful clarity. The storyteller’s name is lost to me, but he had a guitar and wore his silver hair long. He was to play us a tune, give us prompts, and we were to make up a story as we went.

A few other children in there were from my class. They were ones who commanded power, and who used that power as powerful children sometimes do—cruelly, carelessly. I, with my big, plastic glasses and homemade clothes cut from decades-old patterns, and anxiety that kept my stomach in a perpetual knot, strived only to blend in with whatever wall was at my back. I would never challenge them, so when the storyteller paused his song and asked for a prompt, and those children stared blankly at him, so did I. When they slumped and smirked, so did I. Even though every part of me wanted to shout out a response and play the storyteller’s game.

The storyteller shook his shaggy head, then, and gazed out on us with pity in his eyes. “Not much imagination in this group,” he muttered to himself. That muttered line burned in my chest, my gut. I DID have imagination! I spent more time in my imagination than I did in real life! I was just too scared to release it in this group, afraid to draw the attention of kids who might remember my existence and snarl about the shortness of my jeans or the glory of my overbite or the doll-like fashions my grandmother made for me with the efficiency of a small factory. I was afraid.

My chest still burns when I think about it, but I learned that day that creativity isn’t just about having it, but letting it out, making it become something bigger than an idea. Expressing creativity, whether in song, or writing, or art, always runs the risk of ridicule, shame, dismissal, or the dreaded blank stare. It’s an unavoidable risk, if you’re ever going to do anything with it. I promise you, every author knows this risk, knows what it’s like for their creation to be rejected, but they also know the elation that comes with having their work be embraced. There will always people who are cruel, careless, just as there will always be people who are open, kind. You get to decide who to listen to. 


*I was given a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review*

The characters in this story make this story awesome! They are all strongly developed and make you feel like you could be sitting at the lunch table right with them. Angie is a great character to follow and have this whirlwind of an adventure with. I also enjoyed the mystery surrounding this story. I love paranormal stories so this was a perfect fit for me! The story builds in such a way that before you know it you're halfway through and eager for more! If you are a fan of paranormal fiction and well-written characters than you need to add this book to your shelf!! 
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Friday, September 15, 2017

Interview with Author Layton Green

With the release of his new book, A Spirit Mage, Layton agreed to answer some questions to help other aspiring authors!

AAB: When did you first start writing?

Layton: I came upon it a little bit by accident. While I was working as an attorney, I set out to write a novel that I felt I needed to write. Not because I was a novelist (I had never written a word of fiction, outside of my legal briefs), but because I had a story I wanted to tell. During the process of fumbling through that first novel, I knew, without a shadow of a doubt, that writing novels was what I wanted to do with my life.

AAB: What's one of the hardest things about writing a fantasy novel?

Layton: Creation of an entire new fantasy world, without a doubt. You start with an idea, which is great and exciting, but that idea has to be expanded to include customs, cultures, geography, and a whole host of things that a brand-new milieu entails.

AAB: Where does the inspiration for the Blackwood brothers come from?

Layton: I liked the idea of modeling the main characters after Dostoevsky's Karamazov brothers. Not that I am trying to compare the two works-- I am most definitely not--but the idea of exploring a fantasy world through the eyes of three very different brothers. I wanted The Blackwood Saga to be a "coming-of-age" tale and a "reflection on the multiverse" novel as well as an action-filled fantasy.

AAB: What advice would you give to aspiring authors?

Layton: Write every day, hire the best editor you can, and never give up. Also, read widely and often.

AAB: How do you overcome writer's block?

Layton: That is not a problem of mine, in terms of plots or ideas. However, I often feel that I need to recharge, and I find that traveling (or even driving long distances) really helps clear my head space and inspire new ideas.