Spring 2015 YA Scavenger Hunt Announcement!!! #YASH


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Hello Everyone!

I’m so happy to introduce to you the Spring 2015 YA Scavenger Hunt Authors!

We have eight outstanding teams this season. I am going to be a part of #TEAMPINK! The Scavenger Hunt runs from April 2nd through April 5th beginning and ending at noon Pacific time on those days.

If you’ve never been a part of the hunt before you should give it a try. It runs like a giant blog hop, introducing you to new YA authors and books along the way. There are tons of prizes including a grand prize for each team. If you win one of the grand prizes you will get a book from each author on that team! For more information and to make sure you get hunt updates, sign up for news on the #YASH website.

Not only will I be hiding an exclusive bonus scene of SON OF SET, I’ll be giving away 5 e-copies of DAUGHTER OF ISIS and SON OF SET in a separate giveaway as well. You don’t want to miss out on this fabulous and fun event, but play fast because the hunt is only live for three days.

And now, here are the teams!

Blue Team 1

Pink Team

Team Gold (2)

Team Purple 1

Team Green

Team Red 1

Team Teal (2)

Team Orange

 I hope you are all as excited as I am!

THE HUNT BEGINS 4/2/15!

Release Day Buzz: Looking for Love by Ashelyn Drake


Looking For Love RDL BannerToday is the release day Looking for Love by Ashelyn Drake!!! She’s sharing a giveaway and excerpt with us to celebrate her release so be sure to read all the fun details!!!

 

Looking For LoveMike Hannigan is looking for love in all the wrong places. Maybe that’s because having his heart torn to shreds by who he thought was the perfect girl left some emotional scarring. But that’s about to change.

Summer Patterson isn’t like anyone Mike’s dated before, and he can’t help but be intrigued by her. Now if only he could keep his foot out of his mouth long enough to win her over. But when a secret involving Summer brings Mike’s past crashing back to the present, he’ll need some backup from his best friend and wingwoman, Mindy, to sort out the mess.

Will Mike find love before he leaves Timberland College for good?

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***Exclusive Excerpt***

Curvy hips grind against mine in tune with the music. This girl knows how to move. I lean in so my lips brush her ear lobe. “Want to take this back to my room?” I whisper and then pull away to see her response. Instead, a hand grabs my forearm and I hear Mindy’s voice.

“Babe, there you are. I’ve been looking all over for you.” Mindy smiles sweetly, as if she isn’t the worst wingman on the face of the planet, pulling this “Babe” bullshit to scare away a sure thing.

“What are you doing?” I ask her between gritted teeth.

“Sorry,” Mindy says to the girl, who has now stopped pressing her tight body against mine and is allowing the entire basement of Ace’s frat house to see the mega-sized boner I’m sporting. “But we really need to get going.” Before I can protest, Mindy loops her arm through mine and pulls me away.

“Did you really just cock block me?” I ask her, not trying to mask my annoyance.

“You’ll thank me later.”

“My blue balls beg to differ.” We head up the stairs, and I eye the girls who are on their way down to the party with plastic cups in hand. I smile at them, which earns me dirty looks in response, because of course they assume Mindy is my girlfriend.

“Oh whatever,” Mindy says. “You’ll take a cold shower and get over it. That girl was disgusting, Mike. You deserve better.”

The warm spring air hits my face as we walk outside. “Shouldn’t you be out with Ben?” I haven’t seen Mindy much lately, not since she and Ben became inseparable. I give her credit for bagging a younger man. Though I’m not sure how things can work out for them since he’s only a freshman and she’s graduating in less than a month. But since she hasn’t whined about it to me, I’m assuming she has a plan.

“He went home for the weekend, so it’s just you and me for two days.”

Great. Two days of Mindy lecturing me about relationships and why meaningless sex is a bad thing. “Must be my lucky day.”

She squeezes my arm. “Trust me, you’ll be happy to have me as your wingman once I find you a nice girl.”

“Nice? How about hot, sexy, and ready for anything?”

She shoves me toward her car. “Get in before I question why I bother being your best friend.”

I open the passenger door but don’t get in. Instead I lean on the door and meet her eyes. “Because you secretly love me but know it would never work between us, and the mere thought of losing me is too much for you to bear. So you settle for being my best friend because it’s the most you can hope for.”

***Enter Ashelyn’s Giveaway!!!***

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Ashelyn Drake Bio:

KHauthorphotoAshelyn Drake is a New Adult and Young Adult contemporary 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 also writes speculative fiction under the name Kelly Hashway. She is represented by Sarah Negovetich of Corvisiero Literary Agency.

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NA Scavenger Hunt Sign Ups are OPEN for Authors


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We are happy to announce that the first New Adult Scavenger Hunt is open for author sign ups!!

If you are a new adult (NA) author who wishes to participate in the hunt, please go to newadultscavengerhunt.com and visit the AUTHORS page to read the requirements and instructions before filling out the form. The deadline is April 9th!!

If you are not an author but have favorite new adult authors, we encourage you to reach out to your favorite NA authors through Twitter or Facebook. Also, be sure to follow the site through either email or twitter for the latest on the author teams. Then join us for the start of the hunt April 23!!

Book Trailer Reveal: The Darkness Within by Kelly Hashway


The Darkness WithinTitle: The Darkness Within (The Monster Within #2)
Author: Kelly Hashway
Publisher: Spencer Hill Press
ISBN:  9781633920217
Release Date: 6/2/2015
Formats: Paper, e-book

Summary:

After dying of cancer at seventeen and being brought back to life by an evil witch who turned her into a monster, Samantha Thompson thinks she’s finally gotten past all the tragedy in her life. Now she’s part of a coven of good witches who are helping her and her boyfriend, Ethan Anderson, learn to use the powers they received from other witches. Aside from the fact that Sam and Ethan are still in hiding from their old lives–the ones they had before Sam was brought back to life–things couldn’t be better. Sam and Ethan are inseparable. What could go wrong?

Magic.

Ethan’s magic came from a witch who’d turned as evil as possible, and though his coven thought he’d be fine, the more he uses his magic, the stranger he starts acting. The magic inside him is changing who he is. One minute he’s Sam’s sweet, perfect Ethan and the next, he’s a complete stranger. Even with all her witchy power, Sam is helpless against the magic corrupting Ethan. Can Sam find out what’s wrong with him before she loses him to dark magic forever?

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Author: Kelly Hashway
Publisher: Spencer Hill Press
ISBN:  978-1-937053-85-7
Release Date: 6/17/2014
Formats: Paper, e-book

Summary:

The moment seventeen-year-old Samantha Thompson crawls out of her grave, her second chance at life begins. She died of cancer with her long-time boyfriend, Ethan, by her side—a completely unfair shot at life. But Ethan found a way to bring her back, like he promised he would. Only Sam came back wrong.

She’s now a monster that drains others’ lives to survive. And after she kills, she’s tortured by visions—glimpses into her victims would-have-been futures had she not killed them. Barely able to live with herself and trying to make things right, Sam ends up a pawn in a vicious game of payback within the local coven of witches.

But when the game reveals what Ethan had to do to save Sam, she must make a choice that will change all their lives forever.

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a6a08-khauthorphotoAbout Kelly Hashway:

Kelly Hashway grew up reading R.L. Stein’s Fear Street novels and writing stories of her own, so it was no surprise to her family when she majored in English and later obtained a masters degree in English Secondary Education from East Stroudsburg University. After teaching middle school language arts for seven years, Hashway went back to school and focused specifically on writing. She is now the author of three young adult series, one middle grade series, and several picture books. She also writes contemporary romance under the pen name Ashelyn Drake. When she isn’t writing, Hashway works as a freelance editor for small presses as well as for her own list of clients. In her spare time, she enjoys running, traveling, and volunteering with the PTO. Hashway currently resides in Pennsylvania with her husband, daughter, and two pets. Hashway is represented by Sarah Negovetich of Corvisiero Literary Agency.

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Lucky Is Reading Giveaway Hop!


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Welcome to the Lucky Is Reading Giveaway Hop, hosted by Stuck In Books! For the hop, one lucky winner will get the chance to win:

Here are the Rules:

  1. You must be 13 years or older to participate. Giveaway is open internationally.
  2. Fill in your name and email in the form below (one entry per person, please – duplicates will be deleted).
  3. The Lucky Is Reading Giveaway will close at 12:01 AM, March 22nd.
  4. No following or retweeting required, but much appreciated. Also feel free to leave a comment below if you would like, I love meeting new people!

Good Luck!!

This Giveaway is now Closed. :)

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Author Interview: A. H. Amin, Author of the Psychs Series


Today, I am honored to feature an interview with author A. H. Amin, author of the Psychs Series!

A. H. Amin was born in Iraq, and he had lived most of his life in Kuwait. He studied dentistry in Emirates in his first years and then he continued in Egypt.

He had first came across to his talent when he had met a group of students in Emirates who were discussing the making of a movie. After seeing how his ideas had impressed them, he started to take a little intrest in literature.
He started finally after he came up with the idea of a new fiction thriller book, Psychs, which was his first published book, after he received good criticism about his new idea.

At present he continues to write the Psychs’ series and planning for the next one.

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Welcome to Ketch’s Book Nook, A.H. Amin! Let’s start the interview with you tell us something unique about yourself.

Well if you ever happen to spot me in a crowd you will find me as the one zoning out… I’ve always had an imaginative mind because I was born as an expatriate, moving from one place to another and hardly retained the friends I acquired. Eventually, this turned out to be good practice for my writing path. I also play the piano and I like drawing too… oh… and I am a dentist, thought I should keep that information about me for last, just in case you have a phobia of dentists.

No phobia of dentists here. ;) But on the subject of you being a dentist and a writer, how do you balance the time between two careers?

I have to say, it was not easy, but eventually I developed a system in which I could stabilize that equation, and in this day and age with the digital world intertwining with the real world, doing that have become possible, not easy… but possible. I plan my writing first before I start the actual work by writing notes of each chapter, and then I try my best to write 1000 words per day at night, more than a thousand words on the weekends. I then filter what I wrote after the first draft 10 pages at a time. I try to separate the life of dentistry from the writing life, but when it becomes hard to do so I give writing a break, although it will be all I think about in the end.

Was it always your dream to become a writer?

In a way, yes. I have always been fascinated by the idea of creating a story, but I have never pictured myself doing the actual work, and I mean being someone who sits down and actually write. I thought I would make a movie instead of a book. So the answer is, yes, it was always my dream to be a story teller.

What inspired you to write the Psychs series?

I wanted to create something unique and out of the norm where I am from, because in the fiction thriller genre, the types of stories, whether they were books or movies, they don’t put much thought into it in the middle east, and that is surprisingly strange coming from the world that brought books like One Thousand and One Nights, Aladdin, Sinbad and Ali-Baba. I think that that spirit got diluted with time and I, among other unique authors, are trying to bring that spirit through our writing and hope to inspire others like us to share their part of creativity.

You use a unique method when it comes to weaving Psychs’s timeline and perspective. On the one hand, we follow Hassan in a first-person account during his younger years in a more modern timeline; on the other, the reader gets to see an omnipresent third-person view of events that are occurring for Hassan ten years into the future. What made you decide to take these two points of view and what was it like to write them?

The reason behind this was because I didn’t want to write the actual timeline when the scenes change, I wanted the reader to know that by just noticing the change in the writing style, as if he or she is stepping into another story, as if they are reading two books at the same time. Writing them was a very interesting thing, because when it comes to the first person, in which we follow Hassan through his younger years, it felt like writing my memoir, because even though the story was fiction, the feelings are real and based on my personal experiences in my college years, it felt more personal than writing them in the third person.

If you could be any one of your characters, who would it be and why?

Well it is not who I would want to be that matters, it’s who I already am… though each character has a part of me, I would say that Adam Goldfish have had the largest share. Creating Adam was not easy, and I had to recreate his situation, I even sat for hours in my room, pulling my hands inside my shirt just to imagine how it felt like to be inside a prison without hands. I like Adam in this book because he really doesn’t give up, he is a hard headed person… like me :)

In Psychs, we get the chance to meet and get to know some interesting secondary characters, including Adam and Elizabeth. Will Hassan be meeting these characters again in the second novel, Iblis, or any future novel in the Psychs series?

Yes… he will, and sooner than you think… that is all I have to say.

What are your future goals for the Psychs series, and what other novels are on your writing wish list?

The main books concerning the Psychs series are four. I am planning on releasing spin-offs too, one of them is already out there for free, Psychs 1st, which follows Hassan on a path where he finds himself in doubt about the choices he made for his life. Another novel I plan to release, hopefully this summer, is Kima, an inspirational story based on an actual event that had occurred in South Africa in 1928, following two kids who meets a mysterious woman with an unbelievable story to tell. I am also working on a comic book series which I am personally illustrating, the first issue will be released soon, marking the first of 26 to come.

Tell us about favorite place to write? What makes it your favorite?

Any quiet place where I can set my laptop on is a good writing environment for me honestly. But writing ideas, collecting data, and planning the chapters events… in other words, the actual thinking, is something I like to do in a library. It feels as if I am absorbing the knowledge from the books around in an osmosis way, it helps me think clearer.

What is your favorite genre to read?

I don’t have a specific genre honestly, but I like the books that have something for everyone. Like if it was a romance story, I’d like the character to be a lawyer for example whom her mother is the victim and the opposing council is the one she ends up with… hey! I think I just found my new idea :)

Which do you prefer, warm weather climates or cold weather climates?

I prefer warm weather, I like sunny days and clear blue skies, it is more relaxing to me. The only thing I like about cold weather is wearing jackets.

What is the best thing that ever happened to you?

Seeing my first book in print. It was the closest thing to having my first born.

I have to agree. Thank you, A.H. Amin!! I should be receiving my paperback of Iblīs here shortly, and I can’t wait to read it. Readers, be sure to check out A. H. Amin’s thrilling series for yourselves. You can purchase his novels in e-format and/or paperback using the links below. 

Psychs 1st (Psychs  #0.5)

Psychs 1st’ is a spinoff from the ‘Psychs series’ that tells the story of young Hassan, a guy with eight ghosts connected to him by the tragic event of his birth. He decided to visit the United States in an effort to put closure to 7 of the ghosts by visiting their families and give them letters with a fake story of how he got them, only to discover that he is there to do much more than that.

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Psychs (Psychs #1)

It started with a feeling, followed by a realization, then ended up into a future. All that started by the tragic event of his birth and revealed by a near death, and ever since, he had never been alone. Sequential events started to occur in two cities, Dubai and Abu Dhabi, escalating into chaos. At that point, he finds himself in an enigma he’s not aware of the cause. Using his miraculous gift, which gives him knowledge and guards him, he will be placed in that chaos to try and figure out the truth, and for that, he is being marked. In these perilous times, he can only hope for a miracle other than the one he has.

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Iblīs (Psychs #2)

With no more options to venture through, Hassan will be left with only one choice; to flee and start up a new life, leaving all the ties that have braced his entire being. But some ties are too tight, when severed; it will change his balance and force him back to face a tragedy.
Following his leads, Hassan will find himself roaming the streets of London for reprisal. Even with eight spirits by his side, which are connected to him by the tragic event of his birth, he will feel outnumbered, going against the Minerva Group and its limitless arsenal of agents and brutes. Hassan will desperately try his best to stay out of their reach until he finds a way to cut his losses short.
But being too deep in the belly of the beast, he may end up losing more; his life, or even worse… his sanity.

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Cover Reveal: Castle of Sighs by Jennifer Murgia


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Castle of Sighs
by Jennifer Murgia
Young Adult Fiction – Historical Fantasy
Publisher: Spencer Hill Press
Release Date: September 15, 2015

Book Summary:

Some secrets cannot be kept—in life or in death.

Months have passed since Rune has heard a single whisper from her long-dead mother, the great witch of Bavaria. But the absence of one evil has only made room for another.

After rightfully inheriting her ancestral home, Pyrmont Castle, Rune settles into a quiet life taking care of two orphans left in the wake of the terrible witch hunt that claimed dozens of lives in the nearby village. As the days grow colder, the castle’s secrets beckon and Rune finds herself roaming where no one has set foot in a long time. In the bowels of the fortress is a locked room full of memories that hang like cobwebs—shelves stacked with jars, strange specimens, putrid liquids, and scrolls of spells. Rune is undeniably drawn to what she finds there, and she begins to dabble in the possibilities of magic, hoping to find a cure for the strangeness overwhelming the castle.
As secrets unspool, the delicate thread of Rune’s world is threatened when she realizes the key may lie in the dark forest she once called home and the boy she thought she knew.

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***Praise for FOREST OF WHISPERS***

“Murgia’s dual narration makes this historical fantasy a compelling read. The plot-driven text quickly moves the story forward, and the vivid descriptions of 17th-century southwestern Germany pull readers in . . . the pacing and narrative are absorbing. A solid novel for fans of historical fantasy that are looking for a fast-paced, action-filled tale.”
~ SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL

“A story of magick and discovery.” — Readers’ Favorite:

Five-Star review for FOREST OF WHISPERS

“FOREST OF WHISPERS drew me in from the very first page! Rune is a capable and empathetic heroine who had me rooting for her from the start. Fans of witch and rune-lore will enjoy this darkly woven tale.”

~Amalie Howard, author of critically acclaimed Waterfell, The Almost Girl, and Alpha Goddess, a Spring 2014 Kids’ INDIE NEXT title.

“NOT your average teenage witch! Jennifer Murgia’s FOREST OF WHISPERS is a dark, brooding mystery/thriller that captures the paranoid, plague-driven frenzy of 17th Century Europe with the speed and power of a galloping stallion. Rune, a 16-year old with formidable abilities that she herself can barely understand, must fight her own inner demons as well as what seems to be a whole world gone awry with bloodlust for her kind. This is a thrilling read.”

~ Molly Cochran, author of LEGACY & POISON

“An interesting and compelling love story, with plenty of mystery and intrigue — I devoured FOREST OF WHISPERS and will be first in line to read anything else from Jennifer Murgia!”

~ Cyn Balog, author of FAIRY TALE, SLEEPLESS, STARSTRUCK, TOUCHED & DEAD RIVER

Jennifer Murgia has long loved the dark and speculative — and it’s from these dark places that she weaves fantastical stories, often hoping to find truth in them. Her Young Adult novels include the Historical Fantasy FOREST OF WHISPERS (9/9/14 — Spencer Hill Press), BETWEEN THESE LINES, ANGEL STAR, LEMNISCATE & THE BLISS. She is the co-founder and coordinator of YA FEST and currently resides in Pennsylvania.

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