YA Scavenger Hunt!!


Hello Everyone!

It’s that time again. We have less than two weeks until the YA Scavenger Hunt begins. I hope you reserved plenty of time for this one because there isn’t just one team or two or even three. This time we have 6, that’s right, I said 6 YASH teams which means more prizes, news, and fun for all you readers out there! So let’s get started!

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TEAM GREEN INCLUDES:

 

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There are so many books here I don’t even know where I would begin. I hope you all are as excited as I am! The YA Scavenger Hunt begins at noon pacific time on Thursday, October 2nd and runs through Sunday, October 5th. That means to get through the entire hunt you’ll need to go through 1.5 teams per day!

Leave a comment below to tell me which team you are the most interested in checking out!

{Release Day Buzz and Guest Post} Amalia Dillin‏: Beyond Fate and The Long Goodbye


Beyond Fate (Fate of the Gods #3)
by Amalia Dillin
Publisher: World Weaver Press
Release Day: September 16th, 2014

Goodreads Summary:

When Adam left Eve, abandoning his wife and their newborn daughter Elah, he thought he was saving the world. But he hadn’t counted on the influence of Michael, twisting Elah’s love for her parents into paranoia, or the slow, leaching death of the world she rules. How could he have known the blame for the world turning barren would fall on Eve?

Eve only had two years to teach her daughter love, to cement Elah’s sense of morality and ensure the safety of all Creation. Even with the help of Raphael, Elah is becoming her father’s daughter, a master manipulator, and she’s determined to have her way, even if it means betraying her own mother’s trust.

With Loki and the Aesir gone, Thor thinks he’s protected Eve from the ravages of Ragnarok, but there are forces in play even the gods can’t see. When Thor arrives in Eve’s next life, offering her everything she ever wanted from Adam, and more — eternity without death or rebirth, and the freedom to live outside of her daughter’s reach — Eve is more than tempted. Being part of the world has grown physically painful. If she can escape to Asgard, maybe she can live again. Maybe she can love again.

But can the world survive with only Adam to protect it?

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***Guest Post: Beyond Fate and The Long Goodbye***

I’ve been living with Thor and Adam and Eve in my head since somewhere around 2002-2003. More than ten years, at any rate, and even if the books themselves were primarily written in 2008/2009, between editing for publication and writing new material here and there, like for TAMING FATE, I haven’t really spent a lot of time not thinking about them, and what their next adventures might entail. Now that BEYOND FATE is out, and these manuscripts are finally final, no longer available for me to poke at and prod… well, it’s going to be an adjustment, for sure.

When I started this Fate of the Gods journey, I knew Thor was one of my favorite characters. I knew it would be hard to say goodbye to him and his story as it fit into the Fate of the Gods trilogy. But I also knew that Thor and his mythology would offer me fodder for writing outside of the Fate of the Gods worlds, so as hard as it might be to say goodbye to him in this context, it wouldn’t ever be a final farewell. Thor and I can still hangout elsewhere, in other fictional worlds, with other fictional adventures – though I have to admit that I’m not sure I could write him in another romance. Right now, I’d feel like he was cheating on Eve.

What I didn’t expect though, was how much I would come to love Adam, and I do genuinely regret putting him aside, and letting go to move on to other projects. I’m going to miss playing with him and exploring his character – because I do think he has more story to tell, more possible potential for growth. And sure, I could maybe write him a short story, set some when in the past. I could dig into his history, but it wouldn’t be quite the same. For me, Adam without Eve just isn’t as satisfying, and his earlier days were all, sadly, Eve-less!

And maybe that’s what I’m going to miss the most, really. The familiar, fun character dynamics between Adam and Eve, and Eve and Thor, even between Thor and Adam. I’m going to miss pushing all their buttons and setting them against one another, watching to see how it all works out.

But it’s entirely possible, after everything I’ve put them through, that Adam, Eve, and Thor won’t miss me.

And I can’t say I’d blame them if they didn’t!

***Giveaway***

World Weaver Press is giving away four paperback copies of books in the Fate of the Gods series — and the winners get to choose which book in the series they want! US mailing addresses only -> a Rafflecopter giveaway

***About the Author***

Amalia Dillin began as a Biology major before taking Latin and falling in love with old heroes and older gods. After that, she couldn’t stop writing about them, with the occasional break for more contemporary subjects. She lives in upstate New York with her husband, and dreams of the day when she will own goats–to pull her chariot through the sky, of course.

Amalia is the author of the Fate of the Gods trilogy, and the new Orc Saga, beginning with HONOR AMONG ORCS.

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Stuck In A Good Book Giveaway Hop!


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Welcome to the Stuck In A Good Book Giveaway Hop, hosted by I am a Reader, not a Writer and Stuck in Books! For the hop, one winner will get will have a chance to win:

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Five Egyptian Gods You Don’t Want to Cross


The ancient Egyptians worshipped numerous gods and goddesses. A result of the unification of the country’s many territories. Unfortunately, they are now considered remnants and images of a past civilization that lived thousands of years ago. Even so, there were a few of the divine, despite any good intentions, you wouldn’t what to meet first hand. Not in this life, or in the next. Here are the top five Egyptian gods you don’t want to cross:

#5: Taweret

Taweret (also known as Tawret, Taueret, Tawaret, Taurt, Thoeris and Toeris, Ipy, Ipet, Apet, Opet, and Reret) was often depicted as a hippopotamus standing on her hind legs with the paws of a lion and the back of a crocodile. The three most feared and highly respected wildlife species in ancient Egypt. Considered dangerous and potentially a malignant force, Taweret was first associated to be the demon-wife of Apep (the serpent god of darkness), representing all the evil that occurred during the day while her husband represented the evil that occurred at night.

However, despite her demons ties and her affairs with Set (god of chaos), the ancient text describe Taweret as being loyal to the goddess Isis and her son Horus. Especially when she used her influence over Set to detain him in the northern night sky and prevented him from attacking Isis and her new baby just after her husband’s death. Later in the Old Kingdom, Taweret was considered more a protector rather than an aggressive force and became a mother goddess, a household deity, and the patron of childbirth.

#4: Ammit

Ammit (also known as Ammut and Ahemait) was the ancient goddess of divine retribution. Her image was a combination of wildlife that ancient Egyptians’ feared and respected: the head of a crocodile, the torso of a lion, and the hindquarters of a hippopotamus.

As depicted in the Book of the Dead, she often sat by the scales of Ma ‘at, ready to devour the hearts of those deemed unworthy. This experience was known as “dying a second time,” and those who had undergone it were known as “the dead.” Unlike the akhs, the souls who are deemed worthy and who cross over into Osiris’s realm, the dead were condemned to wander Duat forever without rational thought, emotion, or true life.

To insure innocent souls did not meet this fate, the Book of the Dead instructs the deceased through a negative confession (i.e. a list of sins which they had not done during their life) to 42 gods before their heart was weighed against the feather of Ma ‘at. In which case, it was not necessary to be totally good, but reasonably balanced.

#3: Sekhmet

Sekhmet (or Sakhmet) is one of the oldest known Egyptian deities. Her name is often translated as “Powerful One” and is referred to as “The Eye of Ra.” However, her main cult centered in Memphis worshipped her as “the destroyer.” Her task was to destroy the enemies of her father, Ra, and her image was depicted as a woman with the head of a lioness.

A creative and destructive force, Sekhmet was the protector of Ma ‘at, and mostly associated with the myth “The Destruction of Humankind.” When Ra was king of both the divine and the mortal realms, he learned about a plot of a human rebellion against him and the order which he placed in Ma ‘at. As punishment, Ra sent his daughter, Sekhmet, to wage war on humanity. Sekhmet slaughtered thousands until the fields of Egypt were covered in human blood. After a day of massacre, and Ra had saw the extent of her destruction, he felt enough damage had been done and called his daughter to his side.

Unfortunately, Sekhmet hadn’t obeyed. She had become so consumed with blood lust, she was ready to wipe out the rest of mankind. In finding a way to restrain her appetite, Ra ordered 7,000 jugs of beer to be stained with red ochre and poured over the fields the surround her. Sekhmet gorged on the “blood,” ignoring the people of Egypt and became drunk. She fell asleep for three days. When she awoke, her blood lust had dissipated, and thus, humanity was saved.

To commemorate the event, every year a feast was thrown in Sekhmet’s honor, where everyone drunk beer stained with red ochre and worshipped “The mistress and lady of the tomb, gracious one, destroyer of rebellion, mighty one of enchantments.”

#2: Set

Set (also known as Seth, Setekh, Sut, Sutekh, Sety, and even Baal in certain text) was the deity of chaos and confusion, and had been worshipped since the Predynastic Amratian period (4000-3500 BC). He is the son of Geb and Nut, and brother of Osiris, Isis, and Nephthys. He is most often depicted as the “Set animal,” a creature similar to the jackal. Unfortunately, it’s not clear whether it represented a specific species that is now extinct or merely a mythological beast. In other texts, Set as a man was thought to have white skin and red hair, inspiring the Egyptian belief that anyone born with red hair was one of his followers.

Even at birth, Set was dangerous and unpredictable, having ripped himself violently from his mother’s womb. When he grew older, he married his younger sister, Nephthys, and obtained several other wives and concubines including Taweret, Apep’s demon-wife, and two foreign goddesses, Anat and Astarte (war goddesses of the Syria-Palestine region), who were given to him by Ma ‘at as compensation for Horus’s rule over Egypt.

Set was most known for the murder of his brother, Osiris (god of the underworld). When Osiris was made Pharaoh of Egypt, and after finding Nephthys had tricked Osiris into having sex with her, Set devised a plan to kill his brother. He held a great feast in Osiris’s honor, offering a beautiful carved casket to whomever fit into it. Of course, the casket was built specifically for Osiris, and when he laid in the box, Set’s followers nailed the lid shut. After which, Set dismembered the corpse and scattered the parts across the country.

Despite his role in the Osirian myth, Set was also referred to as the defender of the sun god, Ra. Each night, while the solar barge was on its journey through Duat, Set fought off the evil serpent Apep. However, even in these tales, his negative side was apparent. He was often described as boasting about triumphs against Apep, and even threatened Ra that if he wasn’t treated with respect, he would bring storms against the sun god. Ra eventually tired of his taunting and expelled Set from his barge.

#1: Apep

Apep (also known as Aapep, Apepi, and Apophis) was the ancient spirit of evil, darkness, and destruction. His image was that of a huge serpent with tightly compressed coils to emphasize his large size. He was also the only god who was truly immortal and did not require any nourishment. Nor could he be completely destroyed, only temporarily defeated.

Each night, at the seventh hour, he threatened to destroy the sun god, Ra, as he travelled through Duat. Originally, Set and Mehen were given the job of defending Ra and his solar barge, cutting a hole in the serpent’s belly to allow Ra to escape. Later, after Set was expelled, other gods and even pharaohs took on this responsibility with the knowledge that failure meant the world would be plunged into darkness.

To defeat this force, a ritual was conducted annually by the priests of Ra. An effigy of Apep was taken into the temple and infused with all the evil of the land. It was then beaten, crushed, and burned. Other rituals involved a wax model of Apep which was ritually dismembered and the burning of a papyrus image of the serpent.

Sources:

  • Fassone, A. and Ferraris, E. (2008) Dictionaries of Civilization: Egypt. Berkeley, California: University of California Press.
  • Faulkner, R.O. (2010) Ancient Egyptian Book of the Dead. New York, New York: Fall River Press.
  • Hill, J. (2010). Ancient Egypt Online. http://www.ancientegyptonline.co.uk
  • Oakes, L., and Gahlin, L. (2003). Ancient Egypt: An illustrated reference to the myths, religions, pyramids and temples of the land of the pharaohs. New York, New York: Barnes & Noble, Inc.
  • Strudwick, H. (2013). The Encyclopedia of Ancient Egypt. New York, New York: Metro Books.
  • Wilkinson, P. (2009). Myths & Legends: An illustrated Guide to Their Origins and Meanings. New York, New York: Metro Books

{Blog Tours} Character Interview and Giveaway: Perfect for You by Ashelyn Drake


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by Ashelyn Drake
Release Date: September 2014
Swoon Romance

Summary from Goodreads:

Seventeen-year-old Meg Flannigan isn’t very self-confident, but what girl would be after her sophomore-year boyfriend dumped her by making out with another girl in front of her locker?

Now a senior, Meg catches the eye of not one, but two gorgeous guys at school. Sounds good, right? What girl wouldn’t want to be in Meg’s shoes? One cute boy happens to be her boyfriend, and the other? Well, he wants to be. And Meg? She’t torn between Ash, the boy she’s been with for nearly five months, and Noah who is pretty irresistible.

But Meg is playing with fire. Pitting two boys against one another, even if she doesn’t intend to, could end badly if she isn’t careful. PERFECT FOR YOU is a teen romance from bestselling author Ashelyn Drake, where one girl will risk everything to find her perfect match.

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***Character Interview With Ash***

Hey, everyone. It’s Ashelyn Drake, and I have a special guest with me. I’ll be interviewing Asher Davidson from my novel Perfect For You.

Ashelyn: Welcome, Ash!

Ash: Hey, Ashelyn. Our names are kind of similar. Was that intentional?

Ashelyn: No, it wasn’t. You came to me named, remember? Wait, I think I’m supposed to be asking the questions.

Ash: Right. Sorry about that.

Ashelyn: No problem. So tell me about your relationship with Meg.

Ash: Meg is amazing. We’ve been together for five months, and I’m dying to tell her how I feel. You know…tell her I love her.

Ashelyn: So why haven’t you?

Ash: Why don’t girls get how hard it is for the guy to be the first one to say it? What if Meg doesn’t say it back?

Ashelyn: Do you really think she won’t?

Ash: *shrugs* No, I’m pretty sure she feels the same way about me.

Ashelyn: How do you feel about Noah’s sudden appearance in Meg’s life?

Ash: *clenches jaw* I don’t get why Coach Moyers had to ask Noah to help Meg improve her game. She’s already the second best player on the tennis team. She doesn’t need his help.

Ashelyn: Do you really feel that way or do you just not want Noah hanging out with Meg?

Ash: They’re not hanging out. He’s coaching her.

Ashelyn: Ash…

Ash: Fine! I hate that he’s helping her. Yes, I want her to have a good season, but Noah’s a creep. He uses girls.

Ashelyn: But Meg is with you, so how would he use her?

Ash: I didn’t mean it like that. He’ll try something with her though. I know it.

Ashelyn: Do you not trust Meg to stop him?

Ash: I don’t trust Noah. He’s used to getting what he wants. Guys like him always do.

Ashelyn: That’s pretty much what he told me.

Ash: You talked to him? What did he say about Meg?

Ashelyn: Sorry, Ash, but we’re out of time. Thanks for answering my questions.

Find out more about Ash, Meg, and Noah in Perfect For You.

***GIVEAWAY***

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ashelyn drakeAshelyn Drake is a New Adult and Young Adult romance author. While it’s rare for her not to have either a book in hand or her fingers flying across a laptop, she also enjoys spending time with her family. She believes you are never too old to enjoy a good swing set and there’s never a bad time for some dark chocolate. She is represented by Sarah Negovetich of Corvisiero Literary Agency.

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{Blog Tours} Guest Post and Giveaway: Into the Fire by Ashelyn Drake


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ITF-CoverTitle: Into the Fire
Publication date: September 9, 2014
Publisher: Month9Books, LLC.
Author: Ashelyn Drake

Seventeen-year-old Cara Tillman’s life is a perfectly normal one until Logan Schmidt moves to Ashlan Falls. Cara is inexplicably drawn to him, but she’s not exactly complaining. Logan’s like no boy she’s ever met, and he brings out a side of Cara that she isn’t used to. As the two get closer, everything is nearly perfect, and Cara looks forward to the future.

But Cara isn’t a normal girl. She’s a member of a small group of people descended from the mythical phoenix bird, and her time is running out. Rebirth is nearing, which means she’ll forget her life up to this point—she’ll forget Logan and everything they mean to one another.. But that may be the least of Cara’s problems.

A phoenix hunter is on the loose, and he’s determined to put an end to the lives of people like Cara and her family, once and for all.

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The Advantages and Disadvantages of Being the Descendent of a Phoenix

By Cara Tillman

Most humans probably think being a Phoenix is totally awesome because you get to live five lives. I can’t argue with that. It’s a definite plus knowing you’ll live that long. But it’s not exactly easy. Take me for example. I have one month before my rebirth. I’m only seventeen, so my first life isn’t exactly a long one. The rest of my lives won’t be this short though, and in total I’ll live for hundreds of years. Pretty cool, right? Sure, as long as I stay off the radar of Hunters.

Hunters are people who are naturally drawn to Phoenixes. Not because they love us, though. They want to steal our essence, which is exactly what happens if they drive the Phoenix dagger through our hearts. It’s kind of ironic that the one weapon that can kill us was forged from the egg of the original Phoenix bird. Irony can suck like that sometimes.

The other downside to being a Phoenix is that the first time we’re reborn we forget everything other than the fact that we’re Phoenixes. Yup, that means I won’t even remember the people I’ve loved all my life. Sure, I’ll know they’re Phoenixes like me but those emotions…they’ll be gone. That breaks my heart, especially after watching my younger brother be reborn before my eyes and forget how close we always were. Yes, I said younger brother. Males go through rebirths at earlier ages than females. Try going from being the big sis to being younger in terms of Phoenix abilities.

But don’t get me wrong. Being a Phoenix is pretty cool. I can withstand insanely hot temperatures since my normal body temperature is way higher than a human’s. I can also manipulate fire—or I will be able to after my rebirth. Being able to control one of the elements definitely has its perks.

So how do I feel about being a Phoenix? Ask me again after I’m reborn. I won’t remember this conversation anyway.

***GIVEAWAY***

Five (5) winners will receive a digital copy of Into the Fire by Ashelyn Drake. One (1) winner will receive a digital copy of Into the Fire by Ashelyn Drake AND a $10 Amazon Gift Card or B&N Gift Card – Winner’s Choice (INT) -> a Rafflecopter giveaway

 

ashelyn drakeAshelyn Drake is a New Adult and Young Adult romance author. While it’s rare for her not to have either a book in hand or her fingers flying across a laptop, she also enjoys spending time with her family. She believes you are never too old to enjoy a good swing set and there’s never a bad time for some dark chocolate. She is represented by Sarah Negovetich of Corvisiero Literary Agency.

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Book Blitz and Giveaway: Perfect For You by Ashelyn Drake


 

Perfect for You
by Ashelyn Drake
Release Date: September 2014
Swoon Romance

Summary from Goodreads:

Seventeen-year-old Meg Flannigan isn’t very self-confident, but what girl would be after her sophomore-year boyfriend dumped her by making out with another girl in front of her locker?

Now a senior, Meg catches the eye of not one, but two gorgeous guys at school. Sounds good, right? What girl wouldn’t want to be in Meg’s shoes? One cute boy happens to be her boyfriend, and the other? Well, he wants to be. And Meg? She’t torn between Ash, the boy she’s been with for nearly five months, and Noah who is pretty irresistible.

But Meg is playing with fire. Pitting two boys against one another, even if she doesn’t intend to, could end badly if she isn’t careful. PERFECT FOR YOU is a teen romance from bestselling author Ashelyn Drake, where one girl will risk everything to find her perfect match.

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 ***Excerpt***

I put the phone down and eat my cereal. Just as I take the last bite, my phone beeps with a message. I grab it, thinking Ash is taking a bathroom break.

Got plans for today?

It’s not Ash. I don’t recognize the number at all. I text back.

Who is this?

Guess.

Noah? No, he doesn’t have my number. My fingers hover over the keys, not knowing how to respond.

Noah: It’s Noah.

Why is Noah texting me? Sure we’ve been hanging out, but only at the courts. We’ve never called each other or anything.

Meg: How did you get my number?

Noah: I have my ways. How’s your head?

I haven’t even thought about it. My late night swim with Ash sort of cured all my ailments.

Meg: Better.

Noah: Good. Let’s go to the water park.

Is he asking me out? He knows I’m with Ash. I can explain being at the tennis courts with Noah since he’s the best player on the guys’ team, but going to a water park?

Noah: What, do you have plans already?

Yes, I do. Gray and I have to practice, and I promised Ash I would go watch the Football Challenge tonight.

Meg: Kind of.

Kind of? Why did I text that? What the hell is Noah doing to me? It’s like my brain shuts off when I talk to him.

Noah: Pick you up in twenty.

It isn’t a question. He’s not asking me to go out with him. He’s telling me he’s on his way to pick me up. On his way here. My house. My mind is mush right now. A week ago I didn’t think Noah knew my name. Now, he knows my cell number and where I live. How is this happening?

I snap out of my mind melt and realize I’m not dressed to go to a water park. I race back upstairs and throw on a bathing suit. Instantly, my late night swim with Ash comes to mind. I should text Noah and cancel. This is a huge mistake. Ash isn’t going to understand this. Grayson isn’t going to understand this. Hell, I don’t understand this. What is it about Noah that draws me in? There’s something there, but I can’t put my finger on it. Maybe if I can figure out what it is, I can actually be his friend and this stupid crush would go away.

***GIVEAWAY***

$10 Amazon Gift Card & ebook of Perfect For You (INT)->a Rafflecopter giveaway

***About the Author***

ashelyn drakeAshelyn Drake is a New Adult and Young Adult romance author. While it’s rare for her not to have either a book in hand or her fingers flying across a laptop, she also enjoys spending time with her family. She believes you are never too old to enjoy a good swing set and there’s never a bad time for some dark chocolate. She is represented by Sarah Negovetich of Corvisiero Literary Agency.

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