Sunday, October 31, 2010

New Release Roundup: October 31 - November 6, 2010



November 2


Pegasus by Robin McKinley

A gorgeously-written fantasy about the friendship between a princess and her pegasus

Because of a thousand-year-old alliance between humans and pegasi, Princess Sylviianel is ceremonially bound to Ebon, her own pegasus, on her twelfth birthday. The two species coexist peacefully, despite the language barriers separating them. Humans and pegasi both rely on specially-trained Speaker magicians as the only means of real communication.

But it’s different for Sylvi and Ebon. They can understand each other. They quickly grow close—so close that their bond becomes a threat to the status quo—and possibly to the future safety of their two nations.





The Mockingbirds by Daisy Whitney

Some schools have honor codes.
Others have handbooks.
Themis Academy has the Mockingbirds.

Themis Academy is a quiet boarding school with an exceptional student body that the administration trusts to always behave the honorable way--the Themis Way. So when Alex is date raped during her junior year, she has two options: stay silent and hope someone helps her, or enlist the Mockingbirds--a secret society of students dedicated to righting the wrongs of their fellow peers.

In this honest, page-turning account of a teen girl's struggle to stand up for herself, debut author Daisy Whitney reminds readers that if you love something or someone--especially yourself--you fight for it.





Virals by Kathy Reichs

Tory Brennan, niece of acclaimed forensic anthropologist Temperance Brennan (of the Bones novels and hit TV show), is the leader of a ragtag band of teenage "sci-philes" who live on a secluded island off the coast of South Carolina. When the group rescues a dog caged for medical testing on a nearby island, they are exposed to an experimental strain of canine parvovirus that changes their lives forever.

As the friends discover their heightened senses and animal-quick reflexes, they must combine their scientific curiosity with their newfound physical gifts to solve a cold-case murder that has suddenly become very hot if they can stay alive long enough to catch the killer's scent.

Fortunately, they are now more than friends they're a pack. They are Virals.





Afterlight (Dark Ink Chronicles #1) by Elle Jasper

The Dupres have been Savannah's guardians, appointed by a band of root doctors and hoodooists, for nearly two hundred years. They've all grown...complacent. Now, the Arcos brothers, who've long been entombed at Bonaventure, have been inadvertently freed by a group of teenagers horsing around in the cemetery. Determined to take revenge on the city who entombed them, the Arcos' gather strength in the city's youth. Within the moon's full cycle, the gang's quickening will be complete--they'll become vampires. Newlings, out of control and craving human blood will ravage the city. The one thing the Arcos' didn't count on was the powerful love of a sister. Riley Poe will stop at nothing to get her brother back. The one thing Riley didn't count on was the powerful love of a vampire. Eli Dupre will do anything to get her. Follow Riley, Eli, and the vampires of the Dupre House into the shadowy, underside of Savannah. 



I am so excited for all of this week's releases! Don't they sound awesomely original? And hey, guess what? I'll be interviewing Daisy Whitney, author of The Mockingbirds, on November 4! Come back to see what she has to say!

What new release are you most excited for this week?


Descriptions from Goodreads. Click the hyperlinked titles to purchase or preorder.

In My Mailbox: October 25 - 31, 2010


In My Mailbox is a weekly meme hosted by The Story Siren.


For Review



Through Her Eyes by Jennifer Archer

Coming April 5, 2011!

Sixteen-year-old Tansy Piper moves with her grandfather and her mother, a horror writer, to the setting of her mother's next book--a secluded house outside of a tiny, desolate West Texas town. Lonely and upset over the move, Tansy escapes into her photography and the dark, seductive poems she finds hidden in the cellar, both of which lure her into the mind and world of a mysterious, troubled young man who died sixty years earlier.




Thanks so much to Teen Book Scene and Jennifer Archer! I'll be reviewing this book and giving it away as part of Jennifer's debut tour in April!


I think the fact that the past and present connect through the poetry is really interesting! I've always been fascinated by stories that transcend time like that. This sounds like a very dark and mysterious read. I can't wait to check it out!


What's in your mailbox this week?




Description from Goodreads. Click the hyperlinked title to preorder.

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Fall Into Fantasy Flashback: Week 3




Thanks to everyone who has participated in Fall Into Fantasy this week! I wanted to do a quick weekly wrap-up post so that readers could easily find things they missed and know what contests are going on! I'll also do a little preview for next week at the end.



Reviews



Interviews



Contests



Other




Next week, the teasers and trailers will be Firelight themed!



Monday (11/1): The Bookish Type Personal Demons Playlist & Firelight/Paranormalcy Giveaway
Tuesday (11/2): 365 Days of Reading Nightshade Review and Giveaway
Wednesday (11/3): Pure Imagination Lisa Desrochers Guest Post
Thursday (11/4): NRS Vamp Chick The Replacement Review
Friday (11/5): NRS Vamp Chick Brenna Yovanoff Interview and The Replacement Giveaway
Saturday (11/6): The Nerd's Wife Paranormalcy Review & Giveaway



I hope everyone is enjoying Fall Into Fantasy! We've got a lot of great posts lined up over the next few weeks - you can see the complete schedule here.




Fall Into Fantasy: Author Interview with Lisa Desrochers (Personal Demons)


I live in central California with my husband and two very busy daughters. There is never a time that I can be found without a book in my hand, and I adore stories that take me to new places, and then take me by surprise. Books that changed my world include JRR Tolkien's Lord of the Rings and A Separate Peace by John Knowles. Contemporary authors that I can't get enough of include Melissa Marr, Kristin Cashore, Jay Asher (write something else, Jay!), and Suzanne Collins.

I have a Doctorate in Physical Therapy, and my day job is my full time PT practice. Growing up all over the United States has inspired wanderlust and I love travel, which works out well, because my weekend job is lecturing internationally on a variety of health care topics. But, one day not long ago, for no apparent reason, I decided I needed another job and started a night job—writing. Personal Demons is my first novel.

From author's website



What inspired you to write Personal Demons?


I wrote Personal Demons for my daughter. She enjoyed other paranormal YA novels, so I wanted to write her something along those lines. The name Lucifer Cane popped into my head one day and I thought to myself, what a fun name for a demon. He started telling me a story and I took dictation. The rest flowed from there.


Why did you decide to alternate points-of-view? Why don’t we see Gabe’s thoughts?

As I was writing Personal Demons, Luc was the initial POV character, but then Frannie showed up, and I realized that this was really her story. She demanded that I tell her side, so, once again, I took dictation. Though Gabe had a strong presence, I always heard him through Frannie and Luc. Not only did he not demand a POV; he didn’t want one. For those of you who are Team Gabe, you’ll be happy to know he’s finally ready to speak up. He demanded a POV in Hellbent (bk #3)


How would you react if you discovered your significant other was a demon? An angel?


That’s an interesting question, and part of what I wanted to explore in Personal Demons. At a recent signing I was asked how I knew what my characters looked like. I answered that I picked the most cliché appearances for a demon and angel I could think of. My thought was, if there truly were angels and demons walking the earth, would we ever allow ourselves to believe that’s what we were seeing, even if they looked and acted exactly how we think an angel or a demon would? What would it take for us to believe someone was actually a demon? So, to answer your question, there are some days I’m convinced he is. (I’ll let you decide if I mean angel or demon :p) I’m sure I’d be pretty freaked out if I found out he really was, but if he was able to pass long enough to actually become my “significant” other, then I’d have to think he couldn’t be all bad.


In some ways, Personal Demons challenges our notions of Heaven and Hell. How did you go about building this world?

There are several YA angel novels out that have a sort of gothic feel to them. I find them very interesting, but, starting out, I decided that I wanted to keep Personal Demons contemporary. I did a lot of reading on demon and angel lore and then put a modern spin on it. In Personal Demons, Hell is a bureaucracy. I looked at demon hierarchy and tried to figure out what departments there would be and who would be in charge of them. Then I did the same thing with Heaven. Once I had that sorted out, I had to figure out how, within this bureaucracy, it would be determined who went to Heaven and who went to Hell. It made sense that Hell would have an Acquisitions department. Heaven, on the other hand, would be in charge of sorting the souls who died before they were tagged because of the whole “innocent until proven guilty” thing, so they wouldn’t need and Acquisitions department. They would be more like the police, to keep Hell’s Acquisition team from running wild on the mortal coil. So, it’s really based in the bureaucracy of modern society.


We learn that Luc is fond of Dante – what are some his other favorites? Frannie’s?

Luc is a sucker for the classics. He was Dante’s Muse, so he’ll always be partial to Dante’s writings, but he also has memorize all of Chaucer’s writings and most of Shakespeare. He also enjoys some (relatively) contemporary writers. He loves to pick apart Proust, but the English translation is lacking, so he sticks with the original French. His copies of Pasternak’s Doctor Zhivago (in the native Russian), Tolstoy’s War and Peace (also in Russian) and Dickinson’s poetry are very well worn. Frannie accuses him of memorizing Steinbeck and he denies it. That’s a lie. (He’s a demon, so lying is in his DNA.)

Frannie leans toward more contemporary literature. She’s read most of Stephen King’s books, all the Harry Potterbooks, all of Melissa Marr’s Wicked Lovely series and Twilight.


There are some questions about free will implicit in the novel. What are your thoughts on fate versus free will?

Luc says “fate is a crock.” I’m not sure I agree with him, but I think we can influence our fate by the choices we make. Some things are just bound to happen. We don’t have control over everything, but we always have choices.


What was your biggest challenge in writing this novel?

Keeping up with my characters. They have conversations in my head, and they talk way too fast. I’ve asked them to slow down, but they just snort at me and keep talking, so I’ve had to get quicker on the keyboard. When I’m writing a first draft and the story is just coming together, I’m obsessed. It’s hard to make myself do anything but write, because it all comes so fast. I wrote Personal Demons in eight weeks. Original Sin took six.


Luc and Gabe haven’t seen each other for 400 years. What happened the last time they met?

Luc was in the Vatican leading the Inquisition that found Galileo guilty of heresy. Galileo was sentenced to “formal imprisonment at the pleasure of the Inquisition.” Copernican sentiment was strong and Gabe was unable to influence the outcome of the trial, but he was able to persuade Pope Paul V to allow Galileo to remain under house arrest for the rest of his life versus being at Luc’s mercy. Because of this, Galileo was able to continue his research.


Why do you think the paranormal YA genre has become so popular in recent years?

Teens are teens and want to read about other teens who may be going through what they’re going through. Adults were teens at one point and enjoy reliving their misspent youth. It’s easy to identify with a teen who’s trying to find their way in the world. We’ve all been there. When there are paranormals involved, it’s just that much more fun. I mean seriously, didn’t boys feel like a totally different species when you were a teen? All the angst over what to say and whether they liked you too. So, when they actually are a different species, anything can happen, and it’s thrilling to be along for the ride.


What is a random fact readers probably don’t know about you?

I burp like a frat boy. Ever since I was in college, hanging around my boyfriend’s (now husband’s) frat house and trying to impress the guys, I’ve burped loud. I can’t do it quiet, and even my kids give me a hard time. “Nice one, Mom!”


What can you tell us about the future books in the Personal Demons series?

Well…there are two. Original Sin is out in July 2011 and Hellbent is scheduled for May 2012. In Original Sin, Frannie finds out what’s so special about her family. Nobody’s who she thought they were. She also finds out that Hell will stop at nothing to tag her soul. In Hellbent, we finally hear from Gabe. It’s the final showdown and both sides (Heaven and Hell) send the Big Guns.


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Thank you so much to Lisa for this great interview! I love that Luc and Gabe were battling over Galileo - Luc would be stirring up major historical trouble, wouldn't he? :-)




Friday, October 29, 2010

Cover Comparison: Personal Demons by Lisa Desrochers (Fall Into Fantasy)


Personal Demons is being released in Germany by Rowoholt, and they've given it a cover and title makeover! Check it out and tell me what you think!


The lovely Lisa Desrochers has also translated the tagline over on her blog and it says "Between Heaven and Hell."

I think this cover is gorgeous, and the title totally fits (Angel Eyes). I love the muted, cool blue tones and the way the eye color pops. However, I think it also kind of gives them impression that the book is mainly about Gabe and the angels, when it's really more Luc and Frannie this time around. Book 3 in the series is supposed to include Gabe's point-of-view though, so I'd like to see the US pick up on this awesome cover for the release of book 3!

What do you think?



Book Blogger Hop & Follow Friday: October 29 - November 4, 2010

Welcome and thanks for hopping by!

The Book Blogger Hop is a great meme hosted by Crazy-for-Books! The idea is to network and find amazing new blogs to read. You can hop over there to see the rules and join in the fun!


This week's question is...

What is one bookish thing you would love to have, no matter the cost?

Well duhhhh - my own personal library in my house! That is my goal in life. My room is pretty library-ish now, but still not at my dream level.






This week's question is...

If you have, or would have, a daughter, what book would you want your daughter to read?

Well, this is extremely unlikely. But, if I did have a kid, there are a lot of books I would want her to read! I was a huge Nancy Drew/Babysitter's Club fan as a child, so I would want to pass that tradition along. Then of course there's Harry Potter - must read for every child born from this generation on. And then there are my beloved classics: Jane Austen and Charlotte Bronte. Every woman needs to read Pride and Prejudice and Jane Eyre at least once in her life :-)


What about you?

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Trailer Thursday: Personal Demons by Lisa Desrochers (Fall Into Fantasy)



There are three trailers for Personal Demons, which I think is a great idea! It's different, and it really fits with the three part cast of main characters in the novel. Usually there's the heroine as your protagonist and then the guys are sort of orbiting around her as interesting eye candy, but not really their own main characters. The great thing about the alternating perspective between Frannie and Luc is that it really is both of their stories. Then there's Gabe, who I wasn't really feeling for a while, but then something happened late in the book and he became a major player in the game for me. So I feel like they each have their own stories to tell and definitely deserve their own trailers. It really plays up the key aspect of the story.


Frannie









Luc







Gabe





Which is your favorite? I think I like Frannie's best because it encompasses the whole story, rather than just one character (don't get me wrong - I totally appreciate the focus on Luc and Gabe in the other two) but I think Frannie's gives the best sense of the book as a whole.

Check out Lisa Desrochers' blog for more info about Personal Demons!

You can also catch all sorts of great Personal Demons posts as part of Fall Into Fantasy - check out the schedule for the dates and details!



Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Waiting on Wednesday: Demonglass (Hex Hall #2) by Rachel Hawkins

Waiting on Wednesday is a meme hosted by Breaking the Spine to highlight upcoming releases we're anxiously awaiting!


Coming March 1, 2011!



**SPOILERS IF YOU HAVEN'T READ HEX HALL**




Sophie Mercer thought she was a witch.

That was the whole reason she was sent to Hex Hall, a reform school for delinquent Prodigium (aka witches, shapeshifters, and fairies). But that was before she discovered the family secret, and that her hot crush, Archer Cross, is an agent for The Eye, a group bent on wiping Prodigium off the face of the earth.

Turns out, Sophie’s a demon, one of only two in the world—the other being her father. What’s worse, she has powers that threaten the lives of everyone she loves. Which is precisely why Sophie decides she must go to London for the Removal, a dangerous procedure that will destroy her powers.

But once Sophie arrives she makes a shocking discovery. Her new friends? They’re demons too. Meaning someone is raising them in secret with creepy plans to use their powers, and probably not for good. Meanwhile, The Eye is set on hunting Sophie down, and they’re using Archer to do it. But it’s not like she has feelings for him anymore. Does she?



**MORE SPOILERS**

My thoughts: The cover art for this was released just last week. Isn't it stunning? I love it! I read Hex Hall this past summer (I WILL find a good day to post the review soon. Swear.) and really enjoyed it! It was such a fun read and it definitely kept me turning the pages! There were some major twists at the end that I just don't know what to make of, so I cannot wait for the sequel - I hope it answers some of my many questions.  I love that Sophie's a demon. It's the other side of the coin from what we usually see. Really, it all comes down to choices, doesn't it? To quote a wise old wizard: "It is our choices, Harry, that show us who we truly are, far more than our abilities." I don't think Sophie could ever be evil, and I don't want her to lose her powers...but it's definitely a tricky line to walk. I can't wait to see what happens with Archer! I really loved him and I'm wary of what was really going on toward the end of book one. Hurry up and get here, March 2011!

What upcoming release are you anxiously awaiting this week?


Description from Goodreads. Click the hyperlinked title to preorder.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Teaser Tuesday: Personal Demons by Lisa Desrochers (Fall Into Fantasy)


Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title and author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!



"Am I really that disgusting?"
"No, I am." He turns and walks out the door. ~ p.191


I definitely recommend picking up this enthralling YA fantasy debut! You can check out my review for more info, as well as my upcoming author interview with Lisa Desrochers on Saturday (10/30)!

Want your very own copy of Personal Demons? Enter my Cover Redesign Contest for a chance to win a signed copy and swag courtesy of Lisa Desrochers!

This teaser is a Fall Into Fantasy extra! Feel free to link up your own Personal Demons teasers in the comments!


Monday, October 25, 2010

Author Interview: Jesi Lea Ryan (Four Thousand Miles)


Jesi Lea Ryan was born and raised in the Mississippi River town of Dubuque, Iowa. After graduating from Loras College with degrees in Creative Writing and Literature, she relocated to Madison, Wisconsin. In addition to writing, she teaches creative writing workshops to teens through the University of Wisconsin Outreach Program, and has served as a creative writing mentor for the Young Scholars Program through the Wisconsin Center for Academically Talented Youth. Her short story “Death of a Woman” has been published in the Detroit based literary magazine The Furnace. "Four Thousand Miles" is her first novel.

From the author's Goodreads page.



What inspired you to write Four Thousand Miles?

I had just lost my job in that great wave of corporate downsizing in Spring, 2009.  I’d spent twelve years working in insurance and I just didn’t want to do it anymore.  Luckily, my husband has a stable job and encouraged me to take some time off.  I’ve always wanted to write a novel, but never had the time before.

I was in this mindset when I went on a two week trip to England.  I was staying in this 500-year-old medieval farm that had been converted into a bed & breakfast.  It was located in rural Kent, in the middle of some of the most romantic scenery.  While there, I got to thinking about what it would be like to live there, just up and leave my life in the US and stay there forever.  I concluded that if a person were to do that, they must be going through some rough things in their regular life.  I started then crafting the character of Natalie in my head.  I completely destroyed her life—her marriage, her career, her family relationships—and made her spontaneously hop a flight to England.

My other inspiration, besides the setting, came in an unusual place.  I had this picture of Gavin, my male lead, in my head, but I wasn’t convinced he was right.  So, one day while cruising around on PerezHilton.com I stumbled across this picture of Robert Pattinson.  At the time, I didn’t really know who he was, only that he was an actor and that I had never seen any of his movies.  But this particular photograph just embodied everything I imagined Gavin to be—smart, shy, sensitive, talented.  I began surfing Pattinson out of the net and pulling pictures of him that spoke to me off into a file.  My husband made so much fun out of me being a celebrity stalker!  Maybe I sort of was, but having that visual Muse really helped me make Gavin real.


Why did you choose England to be Natalie’s refuge?

Besides getting my inspiration from England, it just made a lot of sense to me.  For an American who is not well traveled, England is a safe place to go.  We speak the same language, we look the same, we share much of the same history.  Plus, I had been there, so I had first-hand knowledge of all of the settings used in the story.  I suppose I could have just as easily set her down in Beijing, China, but it would have required a lot more research on my part to be authentic.  The novel would have lost some of that personal touch.


What message do you hope readers take away from this book?

First, I wrote this book so readers could vicariously escape to a beautiful place and experience a fantasy.  I think even the most content of all of us need a little escapism now and then.  J  Second, I hope to give readers a little courage to change the things in their lives which are holding them back from happiness.  Natalie’s life undergoes a complete change from the first page to the last.  It took turns she never would have dreamed of before.  Sometimes we have to take a risk and allow change to happen.


What was the most challenging aspect of writing this novel?

The title!  I am terrible at coming up with titles.  I had the complete manuscript written and my query letter written before I forced myself to title it.  I just couldn’t put it off any longer.  I bet I tried out and rejected a hundred titles before settling on Four Thousand Miles, which is the exact distance between Milwaukee, Wisconsin, where Natalie’s story begins and Pluckly, Kent where she ends up after fleeing her home.  (Got to love Google Maps!)  I honestly assumed an editor would want to change the title, but mine happened to like it.


What authors have inspired you? What about them do you find inspirational?

I don’t purposely try to emulate anyone in my writing.  I think when people do that, they end up losing their natural voice.  But I do read a lot—about three books a week.  I’m inspired by various writers for many different reasons—Oscar Wilde and Kurt Vonnegut for their wit, Lauren Dane for her sensuality and courage, Richelle Mead and JR Ward for their world building, Stephenie Meyer for her dream-like success, Hemingway for his minimalist style.


What is a random fact readers probably don’t know about you?

I am thirty-four years old and have had Multiple Sclerosis since I was seventeen.  Most people wouldn’t know it to look at me.  Aside from some fatigue issues, I’ve been symptom-free for the past eight years.  I’m not even on the medication anymore.  I bring this up because the United States, specifically the Midwest where I live, has the greatest concentration of MS patients in the world.  I know there are many, many people like me out there and it can be a scary thing.  At my worst, I lost 75% of my eyesight and the only thing I could think about was never being able to read a book again.

While there is no cure for MS, there have been many encouraging advances in the race to find a cure.  I know they are experimenting with a new drug right now.  I attribute my health to eliminating as much stress in my life as possible—something we all could benefit from.


How did your interest in writing develop?

As long as I can remember, books have been a part of my life.  For me, it was a natural progression to go from reading books to writing them.  I wrote my first book when I was eight years old, Grump the Skump Who Ate Liver.  My school arranged for it to be published and it ended up in dentist offices around the Dubuque area.  I don’t know anyone who actually read it.  I don’t even have a copy of it anymore!

When I got to college, I didn’t know what I wanted to be when I grew up, so I just took the classes that I thought were interesting.  I ended up with degrees in Literature and Creative Writing and a minor in History.  Unfortunately, I wasn’t in a position and didn’t have the confidence to go into writing as a profession right away.  Instead, I ended up in insurance.  I see losing my insurance job as the best thing that has ever happened to me.  It re-kindled my love for writing.


Can you tell us about your writing process?

I’m not one of those methodical and organized writers.  I don’t outline.  I don’t adhere to a strict schedule.  I like to write in the middle of my house at the dining room table instead of my quiet office.  But it works for me, you know?

I generally start with a character or idea.  I am a first-class day dreamer, so I will fantasize about this person or idea in my head for quite awhile.  I like to visualize the character from all angles, really getting a sense of them.  Then, I follow them on their journey, eavesdropping on their conversations, letting them tell me where they want to go.  Once I have a clear picture, I will sit down to my laptop and begin.  I am great at beginnings.  Endings are more difficult.


How do you feel about the ebook revolution? Where do you think it is taking the world of publishing?

From a business standpoint, e-publishing is a major advancement in the industry.  Many publishers, including my own, are releasing books in e-format first, before deciding whether to take a book to print.  Doing so has three main benefits; they are able to decrease costs by eliminating print production, they are able to test the market sales for a book before committing to the investment of printing, and they are able to reach a new audience of readers—those who prefer the ease of e-readers like Kindle, Nook, etc.

As an author, I was afraid to publish in ebook format.  I didn’t have the first clue on how to market an ebook.  It’s not like I could do signings or anything.  People can’t just walk into a Barnes & Noble and pick it up off the shelf.  I’ve had to do a lot of legwork in order to spread the word about my book.

When ebooks first came out, I thought there was no way anyone was going to make me give up my paper books.  (I have two libraries in my house, both jam-packed.)  However, last year I discovered free book downloads from Kindle and downloaded some to my laptop.  I’ve found that I like the option of reading this way.  Ebooks provide an affordable, easily accessible option for people on the go.  I still don’t own an e-reader yet, but maybe Santa will bring me one.


Can you tell us about any future novels you have in the works?

I’m currently working on a YA paranormal romance about pixies and faeries and immortality spells.  It’s the first time I have written something that is not based in realism, so it’s been a lot of fun.  I also have another contemporary romance started.  Not sure which I will get to completing first.



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Thank you so much to Jesi Lea Ryan for this thoughtful interview!


Purchase Four Thousand Miles by Jesi Lea Ryan:





When Natalie Spencer loses both her career and marriage in the same morning, the emotional shock sends her on a spontaneous journey to England. There, she is nearly mugged in a Tube station, but an introverted songwriter named Gavin Ashby scares off her attackers. Recognizing Natalie’s fragile state, Gavin offers help and invites her to recuperate from her trauma at his country home.

As she adjusts to her new role and surroundings, Natalie finds healing by helping others. Gavin and his family begin to accept Natalie into their hearts, leading her to a choice…abandon her old life in the States and trust in a new chance at love, or flee once again?

Read an excerpt.


Sunday, October 24, 2010

Fall Into Fantasy: Personal Demons Cover Redesign Contest [CLOSED]


As part of Fall Into Fantasy, I am hosting a cover redesign contest for Personal Demons by Lisa Desrochers! Lisa has kindly agreed to judge the entries, so I think this will be a lot of fun!


For anyone who hasn't read the book yet, here's the actual cover art and a synopsis from Goodreads:


Frannie Cavanaugh is a good Catholic girl with a bit of a wicked streak. She's spent years keeping everyone at a distance—even her closest friends—and it seems her senior year will be more of the same...until Luc Cain enrolls in her class. No one knows where he came from, but Frannie can't seem to stay away from him. What she doesn't know is that Luc works in Acquisitions—for Hell—and she possesses a unique skill set that has the King of Hell tingling with anticipation. All Luc has to do is get her to sin, and he’s as tempting as they come. Frannie doesn’t stand a chance

Unfortunately for Luc, Heaven has other plans, and the angel, Gabe, is going to do whatever it takes to make sure that Luc doesn’t get what he came for. And it isn't long before they find themselves fighting for more than just her soul.

But if Luc fails, there will be Hell to pay for all of them.

For more info, you can read my review.

[CONTEST CLOSED]


Rules:
  • One entry per person.
  • Entries must be received no later than 11:59 pm EST on Halloween (10/31).
  • To enter, post your cover design on your blog, then post the direct link to your entry post in the comments of this post, along with a contact email address. If you do not have a blog, upload it using a service like TinyPic or Flickr and leave the link and your email in the comments.
  • Lisa Desrochers will choose one grand prize winner and one runner-up (2 winners total).


Prizes:
  • Grand Prize: A signed Personal Demons and Swag from Lisa Desrochers
  • Runner-up: A copy of Personal Demons ordered from Book Depository by me, or a $10 Amazon e-Gift Card if Book Depository does not ship to your country. (click to see the list of countries)


Thanks so much to Lisa Desrochers for judging the contest and donating the grand prize! I can't wait to see everyone's designs!

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Entries:









Kate




Misty @ Reading After Dark






Rosa






Misha1989






Melannie



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