Cover Reveal: WICKED GLORY by DelSheree Gladden

NEW COVER REVEAL IN THE YOUNG ADULT PARANORMAL ROMANCE SERIES: SOMEONE WICKED THIS WAY COMES.


WICKED GLORY by DelSheree Gladden
Book #3 in the Someone Wicked This Way Comes Series.
Release day: October 10, 2014



 
 
Faced with holding up their end of an impossible bargain, Van and Zander must choose between playing it safe and risking everything. 
 
Zander has failed to reproduce the spectacular show of power David is so desperate to see again, which puts him on the outs with his supposed mentor. In order to keep their bargain with the Eroi, he’s forced to work more closely with them, which means being subjected to Ivy’s mind-stealing presence again. Fighting his hunger becomes secondary to convincing her the Eroi are wrong about her purpose. 
 
Once the most detested of the Roth siblings, Van has now become David’s pet. It’s clear he intends to take her into his inner circle, but at what price? Van is forced to decide what she’s willing to do in order to keep her family safe. If becoming David’s protege is the only way… can she live up to his expectations without losing herself completely?
 
 
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WICKED HUNGER by DelSheree Gladden

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“Save him and hurt him, don’t save him and hurt him. Pain, either way. Delicious pain. Hunger will be the only one that wins. Hunger always wins.”

 
Vanessa and Zander Roth are good at lying. Their whole life is a giant web of deceit made in an effort to conceal the deadly secrets that plague their family.
 
Zander will do anything to forget his mistakes, including pushing everyone away. He was barely surviving in his self-forced solitude before Ivy Guerra entered his life. The new girl in school, with her pink-striped hair and unyielding curiosity, incites something wicked inside Zander that can only be blamed on his family genes. Now Zander is forced to fight an internal war and make a choice between loving Ivy Guerra and killing her.
 
Vanessa wants nothing more than to shed the strange powers she wields and be normal. Because if Van were normal, she’d be able to have normal things… Like a relationship with the boy she’s been secretly in love with for years. Unfortunately, her life is anything but ordinary. That boy who owns her heart just happens to be her brother’s kryptonite and a potential liability for her entire family. When choices between love and family loyalty have to be made, Van finds herself faced with an impossible decision.


As if the Roth family needs anything more to worry about, a vicious plot to expose Van and Zander for what they are is uncovered. When it becomes apparent that someone close to them is at the center of this devious plan, the fight to maintain control and keep their cover ensues. It’s a seemingly impossible battle because something is causing their powers to stir stronger than ever before… and it won’t stop until Van and Zander give in to their wicked hunger.
 
Wicked Hunger is the first book in the all-new paranormal series, Someone Wicked This Way Comes.
 



WICKED POWER by DelSheree Gladden
 
 
“Wicked Power is what he craves. He collects it and turns it into wicked glory—the glory of ruling everything and everyone.”



Even after Vanessa and Zander Roth barely survive the Eroi’s attempt to expose them for what they are, they aren’t safe. Sitting balanced on the edge of impending death and unthinkable power, they reluctantly turn to the other Godlings for help. 

 
What they find and learn while being trained by the arrogant leader makes them question whether they are being trained to be a weapon for good or evil. Soon enough, Van and Zander find themselves once again on opposing paths. 
 
A lot of things happen to Godlings as they near their sixteenth birthday, including the impending full strength of their hunger. When Van starts exhibiting some strange abilities, which include a heightened intuition and frightening visions of the future, she soon learns that she’s not like the others. She knows she must do everything she can to protect her secrets from their leader, who will use her as a weapon if he finds out. Thankfully, Van is not alone. She has the help of her best friend—and the one boy she shouldn’t be falling in love with—Ketchup. 
 
While Van is dealing with her own problems, Zander finds himself embracing the training of the Godlings, even though their methods are cruel and harsh. He finds himself clinging to the hope that he can redeem himself, even after falling into Ivy’s trap and putting their family’s lives in danger. Along the way, Zander finds himself falling for an unlikely accomplice, who has him wondering if he even loved Ivy at all. 
 
Redemption and protection both take a backseat when a shocking discovery puts everything they have worked for in jeopardy. The choice between safety and freedom has never been more important, and in the end… they may not have a choice at all. 
 
Wicked Power is the second book in the all-new paranormal series, Someone Wicked This Way Comes.
 
 
 
 
 


KIRKUS REVIEW OF WICKED HUNGER

Teenage siblings with a dark secret find their lives complicated by the arrival of a mysterious girl.
 
Zander and Van are tougher and heal faster than ordinary teenagers. However, the price is a terrible, mysterious hunger—a bloodlust that becomes intensified by specific individuals. Younger Van does her best to suppress it so she can have friends and a normal life; Zander instead keeps everyone at arm’s length and warns Van that once her 16th birthday hits and her powers reach full strength, she should do so as well. Ivy, a new girl—cousin to one of Van’s friends—puts everything at risk. Both Zander and Van hunger to hurt her, but Zander falls for her in a push-pull love story reminiscent of Twilight, right down to Zander’s sneaking into Ivy’s room to watch her sleep. Van, however—when she’s not busy with a love triangle of her own, with a mysterious boy she’s just met and her trusty best friend, Ketchup—is suspicious that certain things don’t add up with Ivy. The conclusion, made strong by unraveling secrets and formula-shattering twists, sets up a sequel.
 
The pairing of a formulaic start and formula-breaking ending makes the book ideal for paranormal-romance readers seeking a new spin on the familiar. (Paranormal romance. 13-17) 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:



DelSheree Gladden lives in New Mexico with her husband and two children. The Southwest is a big influence in her writing because of its culture, beauty, and mythology. Local folk lore is strongly rooted in her writing, particularly ideas of prophecy, destiny, and talents born from natural abilities. When she is not writing, DelSheree is usually reading, painting, sewing, or working as a Dental Hygienist. Her works include Escaping Fate, Twin Souls Saga, The Destroyer Trilogy, and Invisible. The first book in the Someone Wicked This Way Comes series, Wicked Hunger, is scheduled to be released through Clean Teen Publishing on April 1, 2014.

 


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New Release: SWEET CONTRADICTION by Peggy Martinez

NEW RELEASE from Crimson Tree Publishing:

SWEET CONTRADICTION by Peggy Martinez
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Genre: New Adult Sweet Romance
Release Date: August 26, 2014
Content Rating: Mature 

 

When Beth Michaels hightailed it out of the hole-in-the-road town she grew up in, she only had two goals. One—get as far away as quickly as possible, and two—never set foot in her parent’s home again. But when she receives a heart breaking call from her childhood best friend, Jen, she has no choice but to turn her ’56 Ford pickup back in the direction of Salem, Missouri to attend a funeral. 

There’s a new local in town when Beth arrives, and suddenly, it ain’t all that easy for her to remember her rules for dating.
#1. Cookie-cutter-perfect guys ain’t her type.
#2. Tie wearin’ and church frequentin’ is an automatic dismissal.
#3. Most importantly, never date anyone from small minded, conservative, Bible-thumping towns like Salem.
Unfortunately, Matthew Wright breaks all her rules and then some.
Matt might be from a small town and have small town values, but that doesn’t mean he fits into a little slot of Beth’s preconceived notions. After all, ever so often good guys are good. Now if he could just convince Beth to let go of her past and give him a chance, he’s pretty sure there’s a whole lotta sweet under that prickly exterior.
His own … Sweet Contradiction.

 
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Peggy Martinez is the author of The Sweet Contradiction Series, which was picked up by Crimson Tree Publishing in early 2014 and is scheduled to release under this new imprint in the Summer of 2014. Martinez’s New Adult Contemporary Romance series will include Sweet Contradiction, Perfect Contradiction and Beautiful Contradiction.
When not writing, Peggy can be found spending time at home with her husband, her teen son and four little girls. She loves reading, writing, soap making, aromatherapy, gangster movies, prepping for the zombie apocalypse and downing insane amounts of Twizzlers and Kazoozles.
As if being a wife and homeschooling mom of five doesn’t keep her busy enough, Peggy Martinez is a full time Author who has six published books, including The Time Warper Series and State of Decay. Peggy’s dream is to own a small homestead where she can raise some chickens along with her five kids, tend to a large garden and one day take her dream vacation’s to Ireland, Greece and Scotland.

 

 

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Book Trailer Reveal and GIVEAWAY: Queen of Someday: A Stolen Empire Novel

I am super excited to finally reveal the book trailer for

Queen of Someday: A Stolen Empire Novel

Before she can become the greatest empress in history, fifteen-year-old Sophie will have to survive her social-climbing mother’s quest to put her on the throne of Russia—at any cost.

Imperial Court holds dangers like nothing Sophie has ever faced before. In the heart of St. Petersburg, surviving means navigating the political, romantic, and religious demands of the bitter Empress Elizabeth and her handsome, but sadistic nephew, Peter. Determined to save her impoverished family—and herself—Sophie vows to do whatever is necessary to thrive in her new surroundings. But an attempt on her life and an unexpected attraction threatens to derail her plans.

Alone in a new and dangerous world, learning who to trust and who to charm may mean the difference between becoming queen and being sent home in shame to marry her lecherous uncle. With traitors and murderers lurking around every corner, her very life hangs in the balance. Betrothed to one man but falling in love with another, Sophie will need to decide how much she’s willing to sacrifice in order to become the empress she is destined to be.

 

 


What people are saying about Queen of Someday:

Queen_of_Someday_cover “Love, betrayal, adventure and hard decisions that have no “right answer”… Russian Court is an exercise in “survival of the fittest” and Queen of Someday is a beautiful start to the journey of an innocent young girl growing into one of the greatest leaders of all time.” ~June Stevens, author

“I was caught hook, line and sinker with this novel about a young girl’s battle in a world that seems perfect on the surface, but is sinister and twisted underneath. I think one of the reasons I loved this book so much is because there was no fantasy or paranormal element the book. I would have loved it just as much if there had been, but to see that somewhere seemingly so safe could be so deadly, without a hint of magic or witchcraft, was haunting.” ~Bonfire Book Reviews
“Queen of Someday” is a guilty pleasure read. Just like CW shows and Lifetime movies, it’s full of drama, scandal and betrayal. And I just couldn’t look away. I found myself gasping and grinning maniacally at every turn. Sophie’s schemes delighted me in a way that made me question my own sanity. I enjoyed “Queen of Someday” in the same way that one enjoys CW shows; the melodrama is strangely addictive, but I’m embarrassed to admit exactly how much I enjoyed it.” ~The Nerdy Journalist reviews

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NEW COVER FOR RIVER OF BONES By Angela J. Townsend

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RIVER OF BONES By Angela J. Townsend

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Published by: Clean Teen Publishing
 
Young Adult Horror – Romance
When seventeen-year-old Dharma Moore moves to Bayou country so her scam artist mother can work as a Paranormal Investigator, she discovers that more than ghosts haunt the abandoned plantation they now call home.
Centuries ago, a voodoo curse was placed on the swamp waters surrounding the old plantation by a murdered slave. This terrible curse ensnares Dharma with its deadly effects. To save herself, she must face the terror of the haunted waters, find the dead woman’s skull, and convince the slave’s soul to release her from its torments. When Dharma discovers an ancient secret that links her to the property—a secret kept from her by her own family—she realizes that the curse is more personal to her than she ever imagined.
 To survive, Dharma must accept the help of the locals, and put her trust in the handsome gardener, Wolf Bodine—who is the only one crazy enough to come near the plantation. With his help, Dharma must learn to embrace the truth and accept that magic is not only real… but that it can be very, very deadly!
A LOOK BEHIND THE SCENES: 

 

We know that our readers love to see how a cover was made. Above you can find the elements that our fabulous cover designer— Marya Heiman— used to create the new cover. Her inspiration was also taken from the movie poster for River of Bones, which can be seen below:

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About Angela J. Townsend


Angela Townsend was born in the beautiful Rocky Mountains of Missoula, Montana. As a child, Angela grew up listening to stories told by her grandparents, ancient tales and legends of faraway places. Influenced by her Irish and Scottish heritage, Angela became an avid research historian, specializing in Celtic mythology. Her gift for storytelling finally led her to a full time career in historical research and writing. A writer in local community circulations, Angela is also a published genealogical and historical resource writer who has taught numerous research seminars. Currently, Angela divides her time between writing, playing Celtic music on her fiddle, and Irish dancing. 

 

 
Angela’s first novel, Amarok, was published through Spencer Hill Press in 2012. Her newest novel, Angus MacBain and The Island of Sleeping Kings, was signed for publication with Clean Teen Publishing in 2013. 
 
Angela resides on a ranch, in rural Northwestern Montana, with her two children Levi and Grant. 

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COVER REVEAL: VOODOO MOON by DJ Westerfield writing as June Stevens

COVER REVEAL: 
 
VOODOO MOON by DJ Westerfield writing as June Stevens
 
Presented by Crimson Tree Publishing. (Adult Paranormal Romance—Mature)
 
 
 
GENRE: Paranormal Romance 
PUBLISHER: Crimson Tree Publishing
SERIES: Paranorm World
 

VOODOO MOON, a Moon Sisters Novel

Zombies aren’t supposed to exist, yet they are turning up all over Nash City. As a member of the Elite Black Blade Guard, Fiona Moon is tasked with hunting down the most dangerous Paranorm criminals. Now she must find out who is kidnapping mages and sucking the life energy from their bodies. To make matters worse, she has to work with the one man that embodies everything she despises. Ian Barroes is the rich founder and head of the Necromancers Guild and a professor of Necromantic Studies at the Academy of Science and Magic. There is one thing he wants more than anything else in the world… Fiona.
 
They each hold secrets that could destroy them, but could also be the key to destroying the evil Voodoo priest, Bokor. They must learn to trust each other and track down Bokor before more innocents are taken, and murdered. To make matters worse, when Fiona becomes a target of the evil madman, she finds herself lured into his trap. Now she and Ian have to fight for survival and their very souls.

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ABOUT THE PARANORM WORLD SERIES:

Two hundred years ago the world was very different. It was an age of technology and prosperity. There were more than 7 billion people on earth. Magic and paranormal beings were relegated to fiction and myth. In the Technological Age Year 2012 the Earth experienced a natural phenomena which we now call the Cataclysm. There was a polar shift in which the earths natural magnetic poles shifted. The polar shift caused a series of natural disasters that changed the landscape of the world.
 
In the years that followed 2012—Earthquakes, hurricanes, blizzards, tornadoes, and tsunamis pounded the world leaving devastation and death. Whole cities and even states were leveled by earthquakes and swallowed by the sea. The melting of the polar ice caps caused flooding.
 
Society collapsed. With major cities being leveled by disasters governments crumbled. Power plants and refineries were destroyed. The basic infrastructure of the country disintegrated. There was no longer any electricity, public water systems no longer worked. Food supplies dwindled as there was no longer enough gasoline for shipping. At first the government tried to keep order with police and military. But as more and more disasters destroyed major cities and even the capital of the United States, the government crumbled. With no government to pay or command them there was no longer an army or even police forces. Riots abounded, destroying as much property as the disasters.
 
Disasters killed more than half the population in less than a year. Over the next five decades famine, disease, and war killed millions more.
 
Humanities only chance for survival was reliant on those who had long ago become outcasts and myths. Humans who through natural evolution, genetics, or viruses had preternatural abilities.
 
In the ruins of the old civilization, a new one rose up. One that blends technology and magic. One where paranormal beings like mages, vampires and werebeasts live side by side with normal humans.

MAKING THE COVER: 

 
We know our readers love to see how our covers are made. Above you can see the design elements our cover designing genius—Marya Heiman— used to create the cover for Voodoo Moon. She brought together some real pictures from Nashville, TN and created the post-apocalyptic scene you see in the cover. 
 
DJ Westerfield writing as JUNE STEVENS:
www.JuneStevens.com
 

June Stevens is the pen name of DJ Westerfield.
 
DJ uses the pseudonym June Stevens to write ROMANTIC fiction in a variety of genres including contemporary, suspense, fantasy, paranormal, urban fantasy.
 
DJ is a wife, step-mom, sister, auntie, daughter, daughter-in-law, sister-in-law, friend, and Mommy to four adorable and mischievous four-legged babies. She writes non-fiction, blogs, and co-hosts an internet radio show as DJ Westerfield. 
 
Voodoo Moon by June Stevens, is scheduled to be released by Crimson Tree Publishing in early 2015.
 
 
 

The Oak Hollow Series by June Stevens Now Available on Kindle Unlimited

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The book world is buzzing about Kindle Unlimited.  What is it?  Well, basically it is like Netflix for books.  I’m not going to go into all of the details here, because I am not sure I entirely get how it works.  But, it IS a thing and it IS available for Indie Authors to enroll their books in.

The chat around the water cooler about it is both good and bad, but mostly it is all speculation.  Many authors are afraid to take the plunge and try it out because it means pulling your enrolled EBOOK down from every other sales site and making it exclusive to Kindle (Amazon).  That could drastically reduce sales that may or may not be made up by the lending/Kindle Unlimited program.

You know me, I’m DARING!  So, I have enrolled three of my books in the program for the next 3 months (at least) to see how it goes.

What does that mean for you?  WELL, basically, that you can read the Oak Hollow books for FREE this month!  Free?  Well, yes.  You see, because it is new, Amazon is offering a Kindle Unlimited 30 day FREE TRIAL to readers to test out the program.  (After that I think it is $9.99 a month.)

So, go sign up for Kindle Unlimited and check out:

A REASON TO STAY

 ROMANCING LORELEI

CTP’s 65th Title Celebration Giveaway!!!

Our team at Clean Teen Publishing and Crimson Tree Publishing has a big reason to celebrate! We just signed our 65th Title! That’s big news for our company after just celebrating our one-year anniversary a few months back. To celebrate, we are giving away not one, but two $65 Amazon Gift Cards (or Paypal Cash)! We decided one wasn’t enough so Clean Teen Publishing will be giving away one and Crimson Tree Publishing is giving away the other.

Here is the big list of our 65 titles in alphabetical order:

A Place Halfway, Aftermath, Angus MacBain and the Island of Sleeping Kings, Burden of Sisyphus, Concealed in the Shadows, Current Impressions, Descending, Double Star, Ending ELE, Exposing ELE, Fall of Icarus, Finding ELE, Flame, Flame Caller, Haunting Zoe, Hidden Monster, Kindling Flames (Flying Sparks), Kindling Flames (Gathering Tinder), Last Orphans, Leighton’s Summer, Lingering Echoes, Losing Logan, Moonflower, Never Forgotten, Night Marchers, Project ELE, Purge of Prometheus, Queen of Someday, Red, Redemption, Released from the Darkness, Reluctant Guardian, Rising, River of Bones, Rumors, Secrets, Smoke Rising, Spark, Surviving ELE, Sweet Contradiction, The Awakener, The Bionics, The Eye of Tanub, The Hunted, The Key, The Mind’s Eye, The Power to See, The Wall, The Wanted, The Woodlands, The Wounded, Titanium, Unspeakable, Voodoo Moon, War, Water Shaper, Wicked Glory, Wicked Hunger, Wicked Power, Wind Warrior, Wolves of the Northern Rift, Wonderstruck, Worlds Between, Worlds Entwined, Worlds Undone

Here is the big list of our 65 titles in Mr. Squirrel’s order:

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FREE THIS WEEKEND! A Reason to Stay by June Stevens

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Ellie loves her hometown, job, and best friend Jake. But Jake is a ladies man that will never settle down. Ellie can’t stand to see him with other women anymore, so she is packing up and leaving Oak Hollow and everything she loves to start over. A night of unexpected passion makes her start to think maybe things can work out between them, until she happens upon a secret Jake has been keeping for more than a year. Will their friendship be forever torn apart? Or will Ellie find A Reason to Stay?

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COVER REVEAL: UNSPEAKABLE by Michelle K. Pickett

COVER REVEAL: UNSPEAKABLE by Michelle K. Pickett
 
 
Genre: Young Adult Contemporary Romance (Realistic Fiction) YAm
Publisher: Clean Teen Publishing
Release Date: February 10, 2015
 

 

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Unspeakable by Michelle K. Pickett

Unspeakable

by Michelle K. Pickett

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We are excited to share with you the official cover reveal of UNSPEAKABLE by Michelle K. Pickett. UNSPEAKABLE is a young adult contemporary romance that is scheduled to release in February of 2015. Check out more information below and make sure to add it to your TBR List! 
 
“Breathe. No one will break me. I’m strong. Breathe. Just breathe.”
 
On the outside, Willow appears to have it all. She’s beautiful, smart, from an influential family, and she dates the most popular guy in school—Jaden. But she would walk away from it all in a second. Willow is tormented by lies and suffocating guilt, not the hearts and flowers people believe her life is full of. 
 
She carries a dark secret. Plagued by nightmares and pain, the secret dominates her life. If she hadn’t walked away. If she had just… but she didn’t. And now she has to live with her choices. But when someone uncovers her family’s past, they use it against her, crushing her spirit little by little. She tells herself she just has to make it to graduation. Then she can leave Middleton, and her secret, far behind.
 
When Brody transfers to Cassidy High, he turns Willow’s life upside down. He shows her what it feels like to live again, really live. And suddenly, she isn’t satisfied with just surviving until graduation. She wants a normal life—with Brody—and he wants her. But the closer they become, the more it threatens to unravel the secret she’s worked so hard to hide.
 
Willow finds true love with Brody. Will she let his love save her, or walk away from him to keep her secret safe?
 

ABOUT MICHELLE K. PICKETT:

Michelle is the bestselling author of the young adult novel “PODs.” She was born and raised in Flint, Michigan, but now lives in a sleepy suburb outside Houston with her extremely supportive husband, three school-aged children, a 125 pound “lap dog,” and a very snooty cat.
 
Red Bull or Monster Khaos are her coffee of choice, and she can’t write without peanut butter M&Ms and a hoodie. A hopeful romantic; she loves a swoon-worthy ending that will give her butterflies for days. She writes across genres in the young adult and new adult age groups. She loves to hear from her readers.
 
Michelle signed her new young adult contemporary novel— Unspeakable, with Clean Teen Publishing in 2014. 
 

 

Keep up-to-date on her current and future projects at www.michelle-pickett.com.

 

 
 
 
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Guest Post: SO YOU WANT TO PLAY WITH MAGIC? by Ann Noser

 

 
SO YOU WANT TO PLAY WITH MAGIC?
 
Just for fun, let’s pretend my book
How to Date Dead Guys is being made
into a movie.

 

This gives me an excuse to toast
the witches, both good and bad (or somewhere in-between), who have successfully
transformed from the page to the screen.
When in doubt, start with a
classic, right?
WIZARD OF OZ, by L. Frank Baum
Even my mother-in-law loves this
movie. It’s for everyone, big or small, young or old, musical or not.
Figure
1:  Good Witch
Here’s the dilemma:  why are good witches beautiful and bad
witches ugly?
Or, for that matter, why are they
green?
Figure
2:  Bad Witch
Why do they melt with water?
Figure
3:  He sounds pretty smart to me.
Who’s to say who has a heart,
brain, or courage?
Can’t we decide these things for
ourselves?
Perhaps that’s exactly what L.
Frank Baum was trying to convey.
Figure
4:  Modern Day Oz.
Besides The Wizard of Oz, L. Frank Baum (1856-1919) penned55
novels, 82 short stories, hundreds of poems and many scripts. Despite repeated
vows that he’d written his last Oz book
, letters from children persuaded Baum to return to
the series 13 times.
As I child, I read several Oz
books. The princess who possessed a collection of beautiful heads she could
exchange at whim, depending on her mood, totally creeped me out.
Quite disturbing. Better read it again.
Figure 5:  Dorothy Gale, assassin for hire
MARY POPPINS, by P. L. Travers
I only just discovered P.L.
Travers’ series while writing this article.
Figure 6:  “I hate being good.” – Mary Poppins
These books sound like fun
adventures to read to my children, despite my unpopular belief that the movie
seems more like a drug trip than a children’s story.

 

And if the candy colored horses
don’t convince you…

 

Perhaps these dancing penquins and
Dick Van Dyke’s pants will do the trick.
However, despite the drug trip
atmosphere, this magical nanny is most definitely a good witch.
THE LION, THE WITCH, AND THE WARDROBE,
by C. S. Lewis
This is my “ultimate, always, and
forever” favorite book. Don’t even try to tell me anything bad about it.
I’ll shut you out.
I won’t listen.
I’m over forty, and still looking for that magic
wardrobe.
I’d like to meet Aslan for myself.

 

Such beautiful book covers…

 

But I’m supposed to be talking
about witches here.
And, as far as bad witches go, the
White Witch of Narnia is magnificent.

 

The BBC series didn’t thrill me,
but the latest movie version was brilliant. I’ve forced my children to love it
as much as I do.

 

If only the series had continued in
such a timeless, true to the story manner…
HARRY POTTER, by J. K. Rowling
If Narnia would be my first choice of magical
places to visit, Hogwarts is a very close second.

 

Figure 7:  Which do you like better?
And I’d convince Hermione Granger
to be my very best friend ever.
Figure 8:  She’s kick-ass.
I mean, come on, who wouldn’t want
to be her friend?
She’s a determined student, a sweet
girl, and a very good witch.
Figure 9:  She’s adorable.
In contrast, we have the evil and
insane Bellatrix Lestrange…
(Aren’t Rowling’s character’s names
just plain amazing?)
Figure 10:  I bet Helena Bonham Carter LOVED this role.
Pretty much every single witch and
wizard in the series belongs on this page, but I only have room for one more…
Figure 11:  Teacher of the Year. Every Year.
But of course I’d choose her. She’s
magnificent—both the actress and the character. Every movie in the series is
such a joy.
BEAUTIFUL CREATURES, by Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl
Here’s a mix of both good and bad
witches, and what’s in between. I really enjoyed the first book.

 

I loved watching Emmy Rossum eat up
the screen as Ridley.
(Please, please, please watch her
in Phantom of the Opera. I realize it
has nothing to do with witchcraft, but the magic of the night remains.)
                                                                 

 

The visuals of the movie were cool. The foreboding
skies. The spinning room and table.

 

And Emma Thompson is a hoot in this role.
But.
Still.
What was with that ending?
PRACTICAL MAGIC, By Alice Hoffman
It’s been far too long since I’ve
either read or watched Practical Magic.
I mean to remedy this ASAP.
I’m going on a reading break.
At least, that’s what I keep
telling myself.
And then some project gets in the
way.
(Utter lack of creative
self-control. Haha.)

 

Writing How to Date Dead Guys forced me to look at the moon.
Really examine it.
Because the sun won’t let you. The bright
glare forbids it.
But the moon is ours for the
taking.

 

Someone should’ve pinned this next quote
on my shirt in junior high. (Oh, yes, let’s give the bullies yet more fodder to
exploit.)

 

And after I’m done re-reading and
re-watching Practical Magic, then I’m
going to pack up my bags and move into this lovely house.

 

Who’s going to join me?
Or maybe I should let Emma Roberts
from How to Date Dead Guys live there
instead.
But she’ll need some room-mates.
What do you think of these options?

 

(I realize Willow was a TV to
graphic novel kind of girl, but this picture was just too divine to leave out
in the cold.)

 

Snape thinks they’d get along just
fine.
Think I should remind him about the
Book of Shadows?

 

I predict a cat fight…
 

How to
Date Dead Guys by Ann Noser

Series: Under The
Blood Moon
Genre:
new-adult, urban-fantasy
Publisher: Curiosity
Quills Press
Date of
Publication:
July 15th, 2014
Cover
Artist:
Alexandria Thompson 
Description:
College sophomore Emma Roberts remembers her
mother’s sage advice:  “don’t sleep
around, don’t burp in public, and don’t tell anyone you see ghosts”.  But when charming Mike Carlson drowns in the
campus river under her watch, Emma’s sheltered life shatters.
Blamed for Mike’s death and haunted by
nightmares, Emma turns to witchcraft and a mysterious Book of Shadows to bring him back.
Under a Blood Moon, she lights candles, draws a pentacle on the campus
bridge, and casts a spell.  The invoked
river rages up against her, but she escapes its fury.  As she stumbles back to the dorm, a stranger
drags himself from the water and follows her home. And he isn’t the only
one. 
Instead of raising
Mike, Emma assists the others she stole back from the dead—a pre-med student
who jumped off the bridge, a desperate victim determined to solve his own
murder, and a frat boy Emma can’t stand…at first.  More comfortable with the dead than the
living, Emma delves deeper into the seductive Book of Shadows.  Her powers
grow, but witchcraft may not be enough to protect her against the vengeful
river and the killers that feed it their victims.
Inspired by the controversial Smiley Face
Murders, HOW TO DATE DEAD GUYS will ignite the secret powers hidden deep within
each of us.
How To
Date Dead Guys Purchase Links:

About the
Author:

My to-do list dictates that I try to cram 48 hours of living
into a day instead of the usual 24.  I’ve
chosen a life filled with animals.  I
train for marathons with my dog, then go to work as a small animal
veterinarian, and finish the day by tripping over my pets as I attempt to
convince my two unruly children that YES, it really IS time for bed.  But I can’t wait until the house is quiet to
write; I have to steal moments throughout the day.  Ten minutes here, a half hour there, I live
within my imagination.
Like all busy American mothers, I multi-task.  I work out plot holes during runs.  Instead of meditating, I type madly during
yoga stretches.  I find inspiration in
everyday things:  a beautiful smile, a
heartbreaking song, or a newspaper article on a political theory.  For example, a long drive in the dark
listening to an NPR program on the SMILEY FACE MURDERS theory made me ask so
many questions that I wrote HOW TO DATE DEAD GUYS to answer them to my
satisfaction.
I’d love to have more time to write (and run, read, and
sleep), but until I find Hermione Granger’s time turner, I will juggle real
life with the half-written stories in my head.
Main characters and plot lines intertwine in my cranium, and I need to
let my writing weave the tales on paper so I can find out what happens next.
Social
Links:
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Audiobook Review: The Advocate’s Betrayal

51Vx5ftH25L._SL300_The Killer left nothing behind but a rosary, a kitchen knife, and a dead man. But the dead man is a friend of Sabre Orin Brown. When his unsuspecting wife is accused of the murder, Sabre will stop at nothing to uncover the truth, even if it means unearthing chilling secrets.

From a San Diego jail to the shady Chicago nightlife, Sabre’s search for the true killer forces her to face the question: What do you do when the ones you trust the most are the ones with the most to hide?

I enjoyed The Advocate’s Betrayal. Although it is the second in the series, enough background was given that I didn’t feel like I had to read the first one in order to get to know the characters and the story was standalone.

Overall it was a great story and a great listen. Just a couple points to note: There were parts where the dialogue felt a little stiff and stilted. It wasn’t in the narration, but in the content. There was a lot of legal information, medical information, and even background info given in dialogue that felt unnatural. It just didn’t feel like that is how people would really talk to each other.

The mystery was topnotch. It kept me guessing to the end, and though I did finally guess it all, it wasn’t until it had played out almost to the end. I did feel like the ending was just a tad abrupt. While the mystery was completely solved and there were no missing links or cliffhangers, I felt like the ending allowed for no real closure, especially for Betty.

The performance was, as is usual with Meghan Kelly, wonderful and very entertaining. If I had one bit of observation it would be the voice used for Betty. I found it very whiny and annoying. HOWEVER… that was probably EXACTLY as Teresa and Meghan planned, so I can’t really say it was a “problem”. :)

I will definitely be looking forward to more books in this series.

PUBLISHER SPOTLIGHT: Clean Teen Publishing

CLEAN TEEN PUBLISHING
A New Kind of Publishing

 

Clean Teen Publishing is a new Indie publishing company that publishes Young Adult and New Adult fiction. Clean Teen Publishing opened their doors in late February of 2013 and has since developed an amazing portfolio of talented best-selling and award-winning authors. Clean Teen Publishing will be feeding your reading addiction for years to come with their numerous Young Adult and New Adult books. Read more below to find out what makes Clean Teen Publishing unique:
What Makes Clean Teen Publishing Different For Readers? 


One of the things that makes Clean Teen Publishing stand out from the crowd is their trademark rating system. All Young Adult genre books that are newly published through Clean Teen Publishing contain a content rating and full disclosure. This content rating is based on the following: Romance, Language, Violence and Drug/Alcohol Abuse. At Clean Teen Publishing, they believe that their readers deserve to know ahead of time what they are reading. They do not believe in censorship; they believe in the right to know. Every reader, no matter what their age is, has certain boundaries they don’t want to cross. Currently there is no consistent rating system in place for books like there are for movies, music and video games. Clean Teen Publishing believes that by offering a wider range of disclosure about the content of their books, they will give readers of all ages and parents, a stronger sense of comfort according to what lies between the pages. 
With that said, they will not deem whether a book is appropriate or inappropriate for any particular age range. Their disclosure is simply for you to know what is in the book and we leave it up to you to decide what you are comfortable with reading. 

 


ASK THE PUBLISHER:
 
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTION: “Your name is Clean Teen, doesn’t that mean that every book you have is clean?” ~Reader
ANSWER: “Our name is Clean Teen Publishing because we liked the name and because we wanted to make a unique name for ourselves within the publishing industry by utilizing our content rating system. We can’t define the term ‘Clean Teen’ because clean could mean different things to different people. Instead, what we can do is offer you full disclosure of what is included in our books. With that said, we do advise that you utilize this disclosure if you are looking for books that are moderate in content because some of our books may have mature themes. One nice thing is that you will never be surprised with the content in our books, because the full disclosure is at your fingertips.”  ~CTP Crew


Do you have a question for the Clean Teen Publishing Team or for some of their authors? Check out their Video Blog on YouTube and ask a question in the comments. 
What Makes Clean Teen Publishing Different For Authors?
“Now that your book is finished, let your story begin…”
At Clean Teen Publishing, we believe our authors, who create new and amazing literary worlds, deserve to receive a large share of the profits that their art creates. We also believe that our authors deserve the support of quality editing, breathtaking covers and the power of a strong marketing presence behind them. As authors ourselves, we know that your writing comes from your heart and, in a sense, is a part of you. We will carefully protect that part of you and work hard to keep your creative vision alive. We strive to be different and unique in the publishing industry. Some of the complaints  that we have heard about from authors is that their publishing house is hard to get ahold, that it takes too long to get a book published, that they aren’t treated the same as other “best-selling” authors in the house. This is where Clean Teen Publishing and Crimson Tree Publishing is different. We like to think of our authors as part of our family. Our team is available daily to answer questions, to provide support and guidance and to be your biggest fan. Our authors work together and provide support and feedback to each other. If you are looking for a new home for you next novel, we recommend you review our author feedback on our website and on our Facebook page.
Clean Teen Publishing is currently accepting submissions for Young Adult and New Adult novels. We are looking for well written YA (young adult) or NA (new adult) novels that are between 50,000 and 100,000 words. We are looking for something unique and breathtaking. For more information on our submission guidelines, check out: http://www.cleanteenpublishing.com/submissions.html
 Are you our next Clean Teen or Crimson Tree Publishing Author? 

Also check out our Adult Fiction Imprint:

Crimson Tree Publishing is open for submissions. We are looking for unique New Adult and Adult fiction. We generally prefer fiction with some sort of romantic element in the storyline. While we accept stand-alone books, our ideal submission would be the first two books in a series or a novel and a novella that is a prequel to the novel. We are looking for something unique and breathtaking. Please note that while this is our adult imprint of Clean Teen Publishing, we still prefer manuscripts that are not heavy on sexual content, violence or language. For information on how to submit to Crimson Tree Publishing, please view our submission guidelines at:

 

Want to READ MORE from Clean Teen Publishing? 
Check out our huge selection of amazing reads! There’s sure to be something for every reader!
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Blog Tour~ Nothing Like the First Time

I’m happy to be part of the blog tour for author Keren Hughes new novel, Nothing Like the First Time! Today, she sat down with me for a brief interview.

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What made you decide to write this particular book? 

I was inspired by the lyrics to a song by one of my two favorite bands, Lady Antebellum. The song is of the same name. I love music, it pays a big part in my life and this song got stuck in my head, begging to be written.

I know that no two people take the same message from any one song but my book is my interpretation of it.

What is Nothing Like The First Time about? 

Well, the unofficial tagline has become “Here’s to first loves and second chances.” This is because Carly and Grey were each other’s first love, but when Grey had the choice between his career and his girl, he chose his career. Now ten years later he’s back home and though neither of them have loved another the way they loved each other, there are obstacles that the two must overcome if they are to find their way back to each other.

Are there any more in this series?

No. This is a stand-alone novel. Though part of me initially thought I might write a story about Jodie and Matt (secondary characters in NLTFT), I eventually decided against it.

What has been the best part of writing this novel?

Honestly? It’s been a healing process for me. My fiancé and I split last August and I took it hard. We’d been together for seven year and truly, I am still not fully over him. I decided I needed to write something that would help me through and writing NLTFT gave me the beginning in the chapter of my life titled ‘Closure’.

The other best thing about it was that I got to give Carly and Grey the kind of relationship I wished I’d had with my first love. I loved these characters and their story with all my heart and it is indelibly written on my soul. Part of my heart will always be inside those pages. It was hard giving the couple highs and lows but it was wonderful giving them the kind of story they deserved.

What do you hope readers take away from your book?

Sometimes in life things happen that are beyond your control but if you love someone enough, you can give them a second chance. That second chance, that lifeline, may well be the best thing you do.

How did you decide on the cover for this book?

Well I wanted something sexy but understated. I didn’t want anything trashy because that wouldn’t represent my book. The tattoo on Grey’s arm is one he gets in the book—a tattoo I will be getting myself to commemorate my book. My publishers hired someone to make the cover and they gave me what I believe is the perfect cover for this story.

What is your favorite quote from the book?

Oh my gosh, there are so many to choose from. I don’t think I have one favourite.

What character was the most fun to write?

I would say Carly and Jodie. Carly because she’s based on me. I got to pour a lot of me and my traits into her. Jodie because she’s so much fun. She’s got this personality that says ‘party girl’, she wears too short skirts, and asks the bartender for some very saucily named cocktails ;)

What are three things people may not know about you?

Umm… 1. I swear far too much. 2. My favourite colour is purple. 3. The sex scenes I write are based on real life.

Anything else you’d like to add?

If you’d like to see the amazing trailer made by the awesome-tastic Kendall from Book Crazy, here’s the link to it on YouTube.

(The Westlife song features in the book, we didn’t just randomly decide on setting it to Westlife lol)

 

 
 
Nothing Like the First Time
By: Keren Hughes
Limitless Publishing
Genre: New Adult Contemporary Romance
Released: May 20th, 2014
 

Synopsis:

 
Carly Summers and Greyston Sterling were each other’s first kiss, first sexual experience, first love, first everything…
 
They were a match made in Heaven, that was, until Grey took a job as a freelance photographer which took him to the other side of the world. When it came down to a choice between his career and his girl – he chose his career.
 
Now, 10 years later, Grey’s back in town and wants to see if they can rekindle what they had all those years ago. Carly has had relationships but nothing that lasted. No one ever compared to Grey.
 
But how can they if he’s engaged to somebody else?
 
 

Book Trailer:

Excerpt:

“So
your career comes before me?” I asked, already knowing the answer. “At least
look me in the eye and answer me, it’s the least you owe me Grey.”
“I
don’t want to have to choose Carls,” he said as he caught my eye. “I just don’t
want to miss out on the experience of a lifetime. I get to see amazing things,
capture them on film while I experience the different cultures.”
“Just
answer the question Grey – you want your career more than you want me.” I
started to cry again, I had wanted to get through this without crying but I was
fooling myself when I thought that.

“I’m
sorry Carls,” he said as he took my hand into his. “I love you, I always will.
But this is the opportunity of a lifetime, it may never happen again. I need to
do this. I’m not making a conscious choice to put you second but if you weren’t
so stubborn, you’d come with me like I asked.”



 

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Early Reviews:

 
“This book really makes you believe in love forever and happy endings.” -Kay
 
“This book has everything you need in a romance novel: love, heartbreak and even a little suspense.” -Vikki Love

About the Author:

Keren lives in the UK and is an avid
bookworm; she has been since she read things like Black Beauty, What Katy Did
and The Hobbit as a child. Her first real memories of reading are the summers
she used to lie on her bed and re-read What Katy Did and What Katy Did Next.

 
Over the years she has come to realise that
she is a bit OCD about books. They have to be in perfect condition without the
slightest bit of damage.
 
She is a book reviewer and has been for the
past 18 months or so.
 
The idea for Stolen came to her one day but
she never thought she’d actually write it let alone publish it. If it wasn’t
for her author friend Kira Saito, the idea would still be stuck in her head not
on paper. But constant love and support from Kira is why you are now able to read
Stolen.
 
Stolen is her first novel but now that
she’s written one, she knows she needs to write more. There will be one sequel,
called Freed which will be from Bodhi’s POV. This will be set a couple of years
on.
Then, the plan is for her to write either
NA or Adult Contemporary Romances. She has a big crush on Lady Antebellum’s
music at the moment and their songs have inspired a few book ideas.
 
Keren loves hearing from her readers and if
you want to contact her, you can do so at any of the following places:
 
Twitter: @Keren_Hughes
Facebook
(author page):
www.facebook.com/kerentshughes

Author
Blog:
http://authorkerentshughes.wordpress.com/