Save the date for the Fall Christian Fiction Scavenger Hunt. We’ll be live this Friday, 10/18 at NOON mountain time, and the hunt will go on through Sunday night, 10/20/13 (midnight, mountain). I’m sure you’re wondering about the prizes…
Two runners-up will receive all 25 books in their mailbox, and the grand prize winner will get an iPad Mini 16GB! AND many authors taking part will be offering additional prizes… Collective prizes total well over $1000!
So, mark your calendars to discover unique posts about new releases/about-to-be-released titles, as well as put your name into the mix for amazing prizes!
Hope to see you all there.
What would you do if you saw a vision of a Scottish guy in a kilt calling your name? That’s what happens to Veronica, and she thinks she’s going nuts. But the stars align, and Veronica just so happens to head off to Scotland on vacation with her best friend, MacKenna, who inherited a cottage from her great aunt. The locale must be playing with Veronica’s mind, though, because now the she’s seeing the Scottish guy everywhere! In fact, she’s starting to get a little obsessed.
Then she finds MacKenna’s aunt’s old journal that not only tells the story of the magical land of Doon and how to get there, she also finds a drawing of the Scottish guy himself. A guy named Jamie. “Prince” Jamie MacCrae. Hello.
The girls give the instructions in the journal a try and soon find themselves in Doon. Stuck in Doon, is more like it. They’re suspected of witchcraft and arrested. And when Veronica finally meets the real Jamie, he’s not so dreamy. In fact, it seems he’d rather see her executed! The girls set out to prove that they’re not witches indenting the destroy Doon, but what they discover is almost as bad.
Doon is a romance novel in a fantasy setting. It was lots of fun, and I blitzed right through it. MacKenna’s voice was a hoot. Some things were a little too convenient and some of the storyworld elements pulled me out, like eating sushi and pizza in this fantasy world. They explained why this happens, but it sort of weakened the magic to me. Plus everyone was beyond beautiful, the guys were all muscular, and the character’s flaws weren’t really flaws but misunderstandings. Like I said, a fun romance novel. In fact, I could totally see this as a Disney Channel teen movie. Younger teen girls will devour this book, and if you love romance novels, you likely will too. This is the first in a series. I’m curious how book two will play out.
*I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Age Range: 12 and up
Part of a Series: book one in the Doon series
To support Carey and Lorie, I’m giving away my ARC copy of Doon. U.S.A entries only on this one. Giveaway ends October 18th, 2013. To enter to win you can: tell me what is your favorite fairy tale, follow Carey or Lorie on Twitter, tweet about this giveaway, or “Like” Carey or Lorie’s Facebook pages. Good luck!
Hi! I’m Jill, your hostess for this stop on the Fall YA Scavenger Hunt.
On this hunt, you not only get access to exclusive content from each participating YA author, you also get a secret number. Add up the numbers, and enter your answer for a chance to win a major prize–one lucky winner will receive one signed book from each author on my team! That’s 20 books! But play fast: this contest (and all the exclusive bonus material) will only be online until noon PST on Sunday, October 6th!
If you’d like to find out more about the hunt, see links to all the authors participating, and see the full list of prizes up for grabs, go to the YA Scavenger Hunt homepage.
SCAVENGER HUNT PUZZLE
Now that all the technical stuff is out of the way, I’ll introduce the author I am hosting on this hunt.
I am super excited to be hosting…
Elizabeth Norris briefly taught high school English and history before trading the southern California beaches and sunshine for Manhattan’s recent snowpocalyptic winter. She harbors dangerous addictions to guacamole, red velvet cupcakes, sushi, and Argo Tea, fortunately not all together. Her first series (UNRAVELING, UNDONE, and UNBREAKABLE) is the story of one girl’s fight to save her family, her world, and the one boy she never saw coming.
The book Elizabeth is showcasing on the Fall 2013 Hunt is called UNBREAKABLE, book 2 in the Unraveling Series.
Four months after the end of Unraveling, Janelle is alone dealing with the fallout that comes with just barely saving the world. Then Taylor Barclay shows up. People are disappearing. A human trafficking ring is operating between worlds. And someone high ranking in the government is covering it up by using Ben as the fall guy. With Barclay’s help, Janelle has to find Ben, expose the real people responsible, and save the people who were stolen.
For more on this series or to check out Elizabeth’s other books, check out her website.
Now for Elizabeth’s bonus material, a deleted scene from UNBREAKABLE! Are you excited? I am!
Thank you so much for visiting my website! CAPTIVES is $0.99 on Kindle right now, so you can check that out if you’d like.
And while you’re here don’t forget to enter the bonus contests I’m running exclusively during the YA Scavenger Hunt. I will be giving away ten copies of the paperback of the first book in my dystopian series, CAPTIVES (click to learn more), as well as five copies of the GO TEEN WRITERS book (click to learn more).
To be eligible to win, enter on the rafflecopter forms below.
CONTINUE THE HUNT
Ready to move on to the next link in the hunt?
Hello YA Fans!
I’m participating in the Fall 2013 YA Scavenger Hunt on from October 3rd – 6th.
I’m thrilled to reveal the 60, count ‘em 60, authors that will be featured on the Fall 2013 YA Scavenger Hunt! That means, not only do you get access to exclusive bonus material from each one, and a chance to enter so many contests that it will blow your mind, but there is also an opportunity to win an entire library shelf full of books since each author is giving away one book as a prize.
Since there are 60 authors participating, the hunt was divided into three teams of 20. I am on the BLUE TEAM. I will be revealing something cool that I haven’t even shown on my own blog yet. What could it be? Who knows? With so many possibilities how can you miss it?
The YA Scavenger Hunt will be live from Oct 3rd at noon pacific until Oct 6th at the same time. That will give you lots of time to read…well, pretty much everything.
So, without further ado, here are our fabulous YA Hunt authors! Take some time to click on the covers and read more about each book on Goodreads.
THE BLUE TEAM
THE RED TEAM
Well fans, there you have it. Five dozen YA authors for you to check out before the hunt. Leave a comment to tell me which book you’re the most interested in learning more about. Have a great week everyone. See you Thursday!
Blink YA Books is doing an ebook promo now through September 30th. The following books are .99 on Amazon Kindle, Barnes & Noble Nook, and three of the books are also on iTunes.
And Captives is one of the sale books! Woot!
Just think. Five books for five dollars. Pretty good deal, huh? Click on the links below each title to be directed to the book pages. And be sure to share this post on Twitter or Facebook by using the links at the bottom.
When eighteen-year-old Levi returned from Denver City with his latest scavenged finds, he never imagined he’d find his village of Glenrock decimated, loved ones killed, and many–including his fiancée, Jem–taken captive. Now alone, Levi is determined to rescue what remains of his people, even if it means entering the Safe Lands, a walled city that seems anything but safe.
Partially blinded years ago, Merlin is a timid swordsmith’s son who wants nothing more than to live a quiet life and win the hand of Natalenya, the beautiful and kind daughter of a magistrate. But after he and his friend Garth encounter a strange stone in the wood, one protected by druids, Merlin receives a series of visions and prophecies that he is to save Britain from a dark force. As the power of the stone grows and threatens his family and friends, Merlin is forced to embrace his calling—for he may be the only one immune to the stone’s power.
Touching on multiple elements of the classic Arthur story—from the Lady of the Lake, the creation of Excalibur, the sword in the stone, and the rescue of Arthur himself—this fantasy tale will appeal to young adults looking for adventure and a hint of romance, as well as adults who enjoy the classic tale this series is based on.
When high school junior Melissa Keiser returns to her hometown of Anna Maria Island, Florida, she has one goal: hide from the bullies who had convinced her she was the ugliest girl in school. But when she is caught sneaking into a neighbor’s pool at night, everything changes. Something is different now that Melissa is sixteen, and the guys and popular girls who once made her life miserable have taken notice. When Melissa gets the chance to escape life in a house ruled by her mom’s latest boyfriend, she must choose where her loyalties lie between a long-time crush, a new friend, and her surfer brother who makes it impossible to forget her roots. Just as Melissa seems to achieve everything she ever wanted, she loses a loved one to suicide. Melissa must not only grieve for her loss, she must find the truth about the three boys who loved her and discover that joy sometimes comes from the most unexpected place of all.
Time for a Team Novel Teen blog tour!
Today we’re touring a new teen dystopian novel called Anomaly, which is the first book in a new series from Krista McGee. And because I thought the book was awesome, I’m going to give away a copy too.
Here’s my review:
Thalli lives in Pod C where everyone has a unique job. She is the musician of Pod C and does her job well. She also hides secrets well. See, people aren’t supposed to show emotion in Thalli’s world. Emotion is a weakness, and people with weaknesses are taken away and never return. But Thalli feels. And when her best friend Berk is promoted to a Scientist and taken away for training, she feels the loss of a dear friend.
Thalli is unable to hide her anomaly forever, though, and soon she is taken away from her pod and the only life she has ever known. There she sees Berk again, and she learns that the Scientists have told many lies. And the more she learns, the harder it becomes to tell truth from lie. What is real and what is illusion? Is anyone telling the truth? Is it safe to go above ground? Is there really a Designer? Thalli and Berk conspire to find the truth, even if that means risking their lives.
This dystopian novel holds up well against books like Delirium and The Giver. It’s a quick read with an interesting plot that kept me turning the pages and wondering what was real and what was not. If you love dystopian novels, you should give this one a try. It’s the first book in a series. Book two, Luminary, comes out in July 2014, and, without giving anything away, I’m quite curious what will happen for … those who survived book one. Mwa ha ha!
Age Range: 12 and up
Part of a Series: book one in the Anomaly series
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Team Novel Teen is a group of bloggers dedicated to spreading the word about clean teen fiction. Check out other posts about Anomaly by Krista McGee by clicking on the links below.
ADD Librarian • Blooming with Books • Bookworm Reading • Christian Book Review Blog • CTF Devourer • Jill Williamson • Katie Clark Writes • Katie McCurdy • The Life of a Teenage Writer • The Ramblings of a Young Author • Realm of Hearts • Worthy2Read • Writing in Summertime
To support Krista, I’m giving away my copy of Anomaly. U.S.A entries only on this one. Giveaway ends September 27th, 2013. To enter to win you can: tell me what is your favorite dystopian story, follow Krista on Twitter, tweet about this giveaway, or “Like” Krista’s Facebook page. Good luck!
I’m still hard at work (is it really work, though?) reading some well-known general market fantasy novels. When I started this quest, I asked my Facebook followers what books they would recommend as a way of starting my To Read list. Several people suggested I read The Book Thief. I did read it, and I’m going to tell you what I thought of it today. But it’s not a fantasy novel! I’m just saying…
Click on each book cover to read more about them on Amazon.com.
The Eye of the World by Robert Jordan
It’s true. I had never read a Robert Jordan book before now. I actually bought the first three in a boxed set with a birthday gift card to Barnes & Noble. But they’re loooong books and I’ve got a pile of twenty fantasy novels waiting, so it will likely be a while before I come back to books two and three.
This book is about Rand, a simple sheep farmer, and his friends. Just as they’re about to enjoy Bel Tine (a village celebration), some trollocs (ugly beasties) attack his house, hurting his father. Rand manages to get his father to the village and begs the help of Moraine, an Aes Sedai (a woman who wields the One Power). Morianne believes that the trollocs are after Rand and his two friends, and so, to protect the town, they all set out on a quest to Tar Valon to consult the other Aes Sedai to try and figure out what the trollocs want with the boys. But as Morianne is fond of saying, “The Wheel weaves as the wheel wills” and their quest is filled with setbacks and twists and turns. When they are separated, they do all they can to get back together.
Long book at 782 pages. But it was good. I liked it. The storyworld was immensely deep and complex. Loved that! The wheel of time concept is so clever. I liked the magic, as well, and the way that only women could wield the one power as it drove men insane. There were lots of interesting and unique things in the storyworld and cultures. I liked Rand as well, and he was our hero. It’s my understanding that we won’t always have Rand’s point of view throughout this series of fourteen books. But the other characters were fun too. I’m very glad I finally read one of these books. Well worth the time.
The Last Kingdom by Bernard Cornwell
I asked my local high school history teacher if he could recommend any good books about the Vikings, and he suggested I read this book. I had been looking for a nonfiction book, but I added this to my To Read list anyway, as it looked interesting. Then when I went to visit my mom in Alaska this summer, she had this book on her shelf! So I read it as fast as I could while I was there. Pretty entertaining.
This book is about Uhtred, a young English boy who is captured by Danes when they defeat his father in battle. Ragnar the Fearless liked the bravery he saw in young Uhtred and decided to keep him. And so Uhtred is raised with the Danes and comes to love them, but England is his home and he knows that someday he will take back Bebbanburg, his birthright, from his uncle and rule the manor that is rightfully his. For now, though, he is content to go viking with Ragnar. Until he meets Alfred, king of Wessex, and is forced into the king’s service.
This book … wowzer. It was so interesting. Loved the depth and the reality of the storyworld. It was fascinating and sometimes awkward to read through the point of view of a boy who was raised by Danes and hates the Christian God. The Danish perspective was really intriguing. Very different morals than mine. It was a good book, though I doubt I’ll keep reading the series.
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
No, I do not think this book is fantasy just because death is the narrator. It’s historical fiction. And it was excellent. But it took me a while to think so. Seriously! It took me almost a month to get past the first thirty pages. Once I did, I was hooked. But the perspective of death is just so bizarre, I found it difficult to connect until we were solidly with Liesel.
This is a powerful book. It tells the story of a German girl in World War II. I’ve read many stories of Jewish people from that war, but I found this perspective fascinating. The characters were so unique and wonderful. I loved Rudy most of all. Just adored the kid. This isn’t a happy book. There are happy parts, but the ending is heartbreaking. I bawled. I’m not talking mere weepiness. I needed tissues. And when I finally finished, it I understood why everyone said I had to read it. It was an experience I carried around for days.
I also appreciated the way the author warned us what was coming. Death gave us spoilers. When I first read them, I thought, “You can’t do that!” thinking of all the writing rules I’ve been taught. But the thing is, it was brilliant storytelling. Knowing what was going to happen made every fun scene painful. A perfect example of how to break those writing rules on purpose. If you haven’t read this, put it on your list and don’t give up! It’s well worth it.
Dune by Frank Herbert
Speaking of hard to get into books … No, that’s not fair. I was interested in this book from page one. But the way it’s written is so very dense. My copy of Dune is 489 pages, if I count only the story and no appendixes. There are no chapters. Each section is broken up by a quote from the Princess Irulan, whom we don’t meet until much later. If you’ve seen the miniseries, they changed things and put her in way too early. Hollywood, anyway.
This is another book I’m thankful I put in the time to read. It was hard work, but this book was fascinating. It was written in 1965 and the storyworld is magnificent. I was very impressed with the depth of the author’s creativity in building the planet Arrakis (aka Dune) and the politics of the universe. Everything was so complex, which is part of why it was such a tough read for me. I had to go slowly if I was going to catch everything. And there were lots of names that were too similar. But I loved this book. Really neat. (But I hate the cover on this re-release. Bo-ring!)
The Princess Bride by William Goldman
Okay, so I’m a gullible person. It’s not entirely my fault. See, I married the biggest jokester on the planet, I think. And after sixteen years of marriage, I never know if he’s being serious or not. So as I read The Princess Bride aloud to our family, I was delighted to learn how Mr. Goldman’s father once told him this story out loud. And when he tried to get his own son to read it years later, and his son said it was boring, he learned that his father had cut out all the boring parts. And so Mr. Goldman set to work at once writing this lovely abridged version of S. Morgenstern’s classic.
Yeah … I fell for it. I was halfway through the book when my husband broke it to me. Then I went on Wikipedia and learned the truth. Ah well. Turns out that Mr. Goldman is a very clever author. Color me impressed.
This book was written before the movie, but it’s so good that much of the movie dialogue is taken word for word from the book. I loved that! Not only because I loved the movie, but because I was happy for Mr. Goldman. Hollywood makes a mess of many a literary masterpiece, but they did just fine by The Princess Bride. There was more in the book, of course, than fit in the film. In the book we get the backstories of Inigo and Fezzik, both of which were interesting. But I’m really impressed by the way Mr. Goldman told this story as if he were abridging a classic. He goes into depth about why he cut this next scene, and he’ll give summaries of the boring parts. It was delightful. I don’t think I ever smiled so much when reading a book. Everyone should read this one.
What have you been reading lately?
Running Lean is a book that I’ve treasured for years. I’ve watched it grow and change. I’ll confess that I was once critique partners with Diana Sharples long before either of us were published authors. This book was good back then. I knew it. And I’m so thrilled that it’s finally found a home with Blink. It’s been years since Diana and I were critique partners, so I was excited to buy and read the final version of Running Lean. I’m so glad I did! It turned out even better than those early versions. She’s really done amazing work. This is an outstanding first novel.
This is the story of a teenage couple. Calvin is one of eight kids, and he recently lost his eldest brother in Afghanistan. His girlfriend Stacey has been there for him like no one else these past months, but lately something is weird with her. She’s paranoid, she’s changed her clothing style completely, and she’s not eating. At all.
Calvin tries to talk to her about it, but she clams up, then gets defensive, then mad. And so goes the story as Calvin tries to figure out what’s wrong and Stacy tries to pretend everything is fine.
I’ve read some negative reviews of this book on other sites, and here’s what I think the problem is. This is not a froufrou romance novel. There is some romance in it, yes, but this is a book about real people. And real life isn’t always pretty and doesn’t always fit a feel-good romance plot. Diana Sharples writes characters who are so realistic, I think I’ve seen some of them in my youth group. Only mine don’t speak with a southern accent. But they have personalities and problems. They’re funny and sometimes say the wrong thing. They’re young and learning how to do life as best they can. They’re a delight to read about.
This book is real life, and well worth the read, especially for girls who think they’re somehow less than others.
Age Range: 12 and up
Part of a Series: no
To support Diana, I’m giving away my ARC copy of Running Lean. U.S.A entries only on this one. Giveaway ends September 27th, 2013. To enter to win you can: tell me what is your favorite realistic story, follow Diana on Twitter, tweet about this giveaway, or “Like” Diana’s Facebook page. Good luck!
Brandon Sanderson is a storyteller. And I’d argue that a great storyteller could tell any kind of story. If Sanderson wanted to write a romance novel, it would be better than half the published romance novels out there. Just like a talented actor can play any role, a talented author can tell any type of story.
Not that Steelheart is all that different from his other books. Sanderson’s gift is the way his storyworld building, characters, and plot intertwine. He creates real worlds and puts real people in them. It’s truly delightful.
Steelheart tells the story of Epics, supervillians that have taken over the world. Their powers are varied. But one of the strongest, Steelheart, not only took over Chicago, renaming it Newcago, he killed young David’s father in the process. And ever since, David has sought revenge.
Over the past ten years, David has turned himself into a genius on the topic of Epics and, at eighteen, he sets out to join the Reckoners, the only rebellion that has ever tried to fight back. He finds them and signs on with their team. Here Sanderson has a cast of fun characters that are just aching for their 90-minutes on the silver screen. I wouldn’t be surprised to see the movie in the next few years. It’s that entertaining of a story with a screenplay-ready plot. So much fun.
It’s one of those books that, as an author, makes me wonder why I even bother. But it also makes me strive to improve my writing.
Teens will love this book, boys especially. Most adults will enjoy it too. It’s action packed, humorous, and a serious page turner. It’s totally clean of language and sex, but there’s lots of comic book violence. I highly recommend this book to all readers. And my son is first in line for my copy.
*I received this book from the Amazon Vine program in exchange for an honest review.
Age Range: 12 and up
Part of a Series: yes
Not that Mr. Sanderson needs my support, really. But I liked this book SO MUCH, I had to do a giveaway. I’m going to buy someone a hardcover copy of Steelheart!! International entries are welcome. Giveaway ends September 20th, 2013. To enter to win you can: tell me who is your favorite super villain, follow Brandon on Twitter, tweet about this giveaway, or “Like” Brandon’s Facebook page. Good luck!
It’s time for another Team Novel Teen blog tour. And today we’re talking about a fabulous fantasy novel called Daughter of Light. It’s by author Morgan L. Busse and published by Marcher Lord Press. I have already reviewed this wonderful book, and if you’d like to read my review, click here. It’s a great story.
Not only do I have Morgan on my blog with a guest post for you all, I’m going to buy a paperback copy of Daughter of Light for one lucky commenter! (See the end of this post for entry form.)
Welcome to my blog, Morgan. I’m excited about your series!
Morgan L. Busse writes speculative fiction for the adult market. She is the author of Daughter of Light and Son of Truth, the first two books in a series from Marcher Lord Press. Morgan lives in the Midwest with her husband and four children. You can find out more about Morgan at www.morganlbusse.com.
Hi, my name is Morgan L. Busse. I love trees, rain, and mountains. So that’s why I live in Kansas. Actually, I do love Kansas. It has become home for me and my family. And speaking of family, I am married to a wonderful, crazy guy who is also a pastor and together we are raising our four children (including a set of twins). If that wasn’t chaotic enough, we also have two dogs, two cats, and two long-haired guinea pigs that I affectionately call my tribbles.
I am a writer. I have been writing for over eight years now and have published two books with the third one in the rough draft phase. My first novel, Daughter of Light, centers on a young woman with the ability to see inside a person’s soul with a touch of her hand. However, Rowen does not realize she has this ability until a mark shows up on her palm and she touches a man from her village. Then she sees everything. Rowen is banished from her village under the conviction of witchcraft and begins her journey on discovering who and what she really is.
The second book in the Follower of the Word series released this past spring. Son of Truth follows the assassin Caleb Tala (a character introduced in Daughter of Light). His life is radically altered when he is touched by Rowen at the end of book one. He discovers he is not who he thought he was and must make a choice: remain a man or become a Son of Truth.
I am now working on the final book. Book three will be a book of revelations. Many of the questions I have planted throughout the series will be answered, like what happened to the Eldaran race? Who are the Shadonae? Where did Caleb’s mother come from? Why couldn’t Rowen’s father stop the Shadonae? Relationships will develop and the fate of the country of Kerre will be revealed. Rowen will meet the Shadonae and the final confrontation will happen. One thing I will say is there will be no family revelations. No Star Wars “I am your father” kind of moments.
People ask me if I will continue to write after I finish the Follower of the Word series. The answer: yes! I still have lots of ideas brewing inside my brain. I have a steampunk novel that I have been working on for a couple years now that I hope to start writing. It is a Victorian fantasy that revolves around the lives of a bounty hunter and a young woman from high society.
I love to hear from readers and other writers! Please feel free to leave a question or comment below. And here is where you can find me in cyberspace:
Twitter: https://twitter.com/MorganLBusse (@MorganLBusse)
Thank you, Jill, for inviting me to your blog.
You’re welcome, Morgan!
Team Novel Teen is a group of bloggers dedicated to spreading the word about clean teen fiction. Check out other posts about Daughter of Light by Morgan L. Busse by clicking on the links below. Several of these bloggers are giving away ebook copies of Morgan’s book, so you can find more chances to win a copy.
ADD Librarian • Blooming with Books • Colorimetry • CTF Devourer • Jill Williamson • Katie McCurdy • The Librarian’s Bookshelf • The Ramblings of a Young Author • Shadow Writer World • A Simple Life, Really?! • Who YA Reading? • Worthy2Read
To support Morgan, I’m going to buy someone a paperback copy of Daughter of Light, the first book in the Follower of the Word series. International entries are welcome. Giveaway ends September 6th, 2013. To enter to win you can: tell me what fantasy book you read lately, follow Morgan on Twitter, tweet about this giveaway, or “Like” Morgan’s Facebook page. Good luck!