Giveaway Alert: Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor

It’s time for a giveaway! On Sunday Laini Taylor made a stop in Nashville bookstore Parnassus Books. While I couldn’t make it to the event I was able to call and get myself a signed copy as well as one to giveaway for you guys.

The dream chooses the dreamer, not the other way around—and Lazlo Strange, war orphan and junior librarian, has always feared that his dream chose poorly. Since he was five years old he’s been obsessed with the mythic lost city of Weep, but it would take someone bolder than he to cross half the world in search of it. Then a stunning opportunity presents itself, in the person of a hero called the Godslayer and a band of legendary warriors, and he has to seize his chance or lose his dream forever.

What happened in Weep two hundred years ago to cut it off from the rest of the world? What exactly did the Godslayer slay that went by the name of god? And what is the mysterious problem he now seeks help in solving?

The answers await in Weep, but so do more mysteries—including the blue-skinned goddess who appears in Lazlo’s dreams. How did he dream her before he knew she existed? And if all the gods are dead, why does she seem so real?

Welcome to Weep.

 

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A Shimmer of Angels

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Readers can enter during the entire month of February. A winner will be chosen each day this month! Whether you are taking a picture of yourself in wings, drawing wings, or creating wings digitally, you can submit your photo or video to mnbcontests@gmail.com. You can enter in a few additional ways in the Rafflecopter widget below, to increase your chances of winning. With a total of 28 winners, your chances of winning are great!

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About A SHIMMER OF ANGELS

Sixteen-year-old Rayna sees angels, and has the medication and weekly therapy sessions to prove it. Now, in remission, Rayna starts fresh at a new school, lands a new job, and desperately tries for normalcy. She ignores signs that she may be slipping into the world she has tried so hard to climb out of. But these days, it’s more than just hallucinations that keep Rayna up at night. Students are dying, and she may be the only one who can stop it. Can she keep her job, her sanity, and her friends from dying at the hands of angels she can’t admit to seeing?

Don’t forget… There are also interviews (and pics) with the main characters of A Shimmer of Angels on the Month9Blog! You can check them out, or link to them, here…

Rayna: http://month9booksblog.com/a-shimmer-of-angels-an-interview-with-rayna/

Cam: http://month9booksblog.com/a-shimmer-of-angels-interview-with-cam/

Kade: http://month9booksblog.com/a-shimmer-of-angels-an-interview-with-kade/

ABOUT A SHIMMER OF ANGELS:

MONTH9BOOKS ANNOUNCES A SHIMMER OF ANGELS: THE PERFECT MIX OF REAL LIFE, PSYCHIATRY and FANTASY in a YA NOVEL
Psychiatry, fantasy and real life come together in A Shimmer of Angels, as a young girl struggles with identity, secrets, and confronting her greatest fears. A Shimmer of Angels is for anyone who has ever felt like an outsider, or perhaps has felt like giving up entirely. It touches on themes of suicide, ostracism and emotional pain. The author, personally exposed to suicide through the death of a beloved family member, will donate a percentage of sales of this novel to a suicide prevention and outreach program in San Francisco, California.

Month9Books, a publisher of speculative fiction for teens and tweens, announces the release of A SHIMMER OF ANGELS, a debut young adult title from Lisa M. Basso.

Sixteen-year-old Rayna sees angels, and has the medication and weekly therapy sessions to prove it. Now, in remission, Rayna starts fresh at a new school, lands a new job, and desperately tries for normalcy. She ignores signs that she may be slipping into the world she has tried so hard to climb out of. But these days, it’s more than just hallucinations that keep Rayna up at night. Students are dying, and she may be the only one who can stop it. Can she keep her job, her sanity, and her friends from dying at the hands of angels she can’t admit to seeing?

Author of THE IRON WITCH, Karen Mahoney, says, “A SHIMMER OF ANGELS has a courageous heroine who finds herself in the middle of two gorgeous angels, a fascinating world, and a story that builds to an exciting climax – I’ll be looking forward to more from Lisa M. Basso!”

ABOUT LISA M. BASSO
Lisa M. Basso was born and raised in San Francisco, California. She is a lover of books, video games, animals, and baking (not baking with animals though). As a child she would crawl into worlds of her own creation and get lost for hours. Her love for YA fiction started with a simple school reading assignment: S.E. Hinton’s The Outsiders. When not reading or writing she can usually be found at home with The Best Boyfriend that Ever Lived ™ and her two darling (and sometimes evil) cats, Kitties A and B. Lisa M. Basso is available for quotes, signings, video or podcast appearances, and all opportunities relative to A SHIMMER OF ANGELS.

A SLITHER OF HOPE, Book 2 in the ANGEL SIGHT series will be available from Month9Books in February 2014!

ABOUT MONTH9BOOKS:

Month 9 Books is a publisher of speculative fiction for teens and tweens… where nothing is as it seems. Month9Books will donate proceeds from each of its annual charity anthologies to a deserving charity. Individually, authors may donate his or her advances and royalties to a charitable organization. Month9Books will also release 10-12 non-charitable titles annually. A SHIMMER OF ANGELS is Month9Books’s first Young Adult release. Month9Books is distributed by Small Press United, a division of IPG. You may visit www.month9books.com for more information.

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Lisa M. Basso Website: http://lisa-basso.blogspot.com/
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Guardian Blog Tour

I’m so excited to finally get to kick off the Guardian by Heather Burch blog tour! We thought it would be super fun to celebrate the holidays as well! Here is a guest post to kick off the tour where Heather tells us about a special Christmas moment!

Christmas … A very special time for this author.
The Halflings series sold at Christmas time and I thought it would be fun to share the story. I had gone home to Missouri right before Christmas. The day before I was coming home, I noticed I’d just missed a call from my literary agent. I assumed it was about the Christmas present I sent to her. She had left a message, but rather than listen to it, I just dialed her right back. I’m expecting to hear, “Oh, thanks so much! I love the gift.” Instead, she’s talking about 900 miles an hour about a three book deal. (Of course, she thought I’d listened to the message, so she jumped right into the details.)
“What?” I actually waved my hand in the air to stop her. (Btw, hand waving doesn’t work on phone conversations.)
“The offer, Heather. I’m talking about the offer!”
“What offer? I thought you called to tell me thanks for the Christmas present!”
“It’s lovely and I adore it. No, I called to tell you we have a three book deal on the table. Hard cover to trade paperback with a fabulous publisher and an editor that is super excited about the project.”
Oh my. I remember shaking. Uncontrollably. My brother passed through the kitchen and I must have been white as a sheet because he stopped and gave me the weirdest look. When I mumbled something about “Really, a three book deal?” He got a huge smile on his face and gave me a tentative thumbs up.
I nodded. The smile grew. When his girlfriend passed by, she said, “Is she ok?” and pointed to me.
He said, “I think she just sold her book.”
I nodded to them as I tried to listen to my agent with one ear and my brother with the other. It was surreal. Her talking about an offer on my book and him telling someone I’d just sold. I’ll never forget the feeling.
I’ve always loved Christmas time. Family and gatherings. It’s my favorite time of year. But selling the Halflings series was one gift no one could have given me but God. How cool is that?

Here is the schedule for the tour so be sure to check out all the stops!

12/17/12: The Book Vortex
12/18/12: Book Thoughts by Marielle
12/19/12: Magnet4Books
12/20/12: Reader of Fictions
12/21/12: Through the Looking Glass

I am also giving away a paperback copy of Guardian (it’s actually an ARC copy!). Ending on Christmas Eve! It is USA only.

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Blog Tour- Call of the Sea

Today I am honored to take part in the Call of the Sea by Rebecca Hart blog tour! This was such a unique book that I truly loved and I know I will be reading again and again. It really reminded me of Pirates of the Caribbean! You guys can all check out my review here
I am really lucky and grateful to Rebecca Hart because she is providing a guest post for my tour stop! Check out why she chose to write about selkies.

Why I Chose to Feature Selkies in Call of the Sea

If you take a look at my bio information, do a little research into my internet history, or even talk to my kids, it won’t take you long to learn I really am a reformed gaming junkie. For me, the addiction started with Ultima Online (UO) and private role playing servers and progressed to the level of ridiculous when I started playing World of Warcraft (WoW). Video crack is not a euphemism; it is an honest reality.

Anyway, during my time playing UO, one of the private servers created a playing realm where the characters were all of a magical, or mythical nature. I’ve always been a sort of “against the grain” type of person, so I wanted to find something unique. I stumbled across the selkie myth and my mouth fell open. I’d always considered myself versed in Irish folk tales and myths, so why had I never heard of a selkie?

The search was on. In the end, I found very little about selkies beyond what is easy to find. For the sake of reference, this is the basic Myth of the Selkie:

From Wiki: Selkies (also known as silkies or selchies) are mythological creatures found in Faroese, Icelandic, Irish, Scottish folklore. The word derives from earlier Scots selich, (from Old English seolh meaning seal.) Selkies are said to live as seals n the sea but shed their skin to become human on land. The legend apparently originated on the Orkney and Shetland Islands

The Legend:

Stories concerning selkies are generally romantic tragedies. Sometimes the human will not know that their lover is a selkie, and wakes to find them gone. In other stories the human will hide the selkie’s skin, thus preventing it from returning to its seal form. A selkie can only make contact with one human for a short amount of time before they must return to the sea.

Male selkies are very handsome in their human form, and have great seductive powers over human women. They typically seek those who are dissatisfied with their life, such as married women waiting for their fishermen husbands. If a woman wishes to make contact with a selkie male, she has to go to a beach and shed seven tears into the sea.

If a man steals a female selkie’s skin she is in his power and is forced to become his wife. Female selkies are said to make excellent wives, but because their true home is the sea, they will often be seen gazing longingly at the ocean. If she finds her skin she will immediately return to her true home, and sometimes to her selkie husband, in the sea.

Sometimes, a selkie maiden is taken as a wife by a human man and she has several children by him. In these stories, it is one of her children who discovers her sealskin (often unwitting of its significance) and she soon returns to the sea. The selkie woman usually avoids seeing her human husband again but is sometimes shown visiting her children and playing with them in the waves.

Selkies are not always faithless lovers. One tale tells of the fisherman Cagan who married a seal-woman. Against his wife’s wishes he set sail dangerously late in the year, and was trapped battling a terrible storm, unable to return home. His wife shifted to her seal form and saved him, even though this meant she could never return to her human body and hence her happy home.

How tragically romantic, right? A story waiting to be written. A character waiting to be played. I did indeed create my selkie for that role playing server, and the seeds of interest in the selkie myth rooted themselves in my subconscious.

Close to ten years later, I was tossing around the idea for Call of the Sea. I’d conjured Ellie, and knew from the moment I met her, she was meant to twist up gender roles. Her personality is definitely not meek and she made it known her match would have to be something special. Enter romantic tragedy — and the selkie myth into my somewhat sadistic mind. I’d twisted the typical pirate role to a female, so it only made sense to do the same with her male counterpart, and a male selkie fit the bill just perfectly.

And my irresistible Irish selkie, Daniel O’Rourke was born.

I’ve grown quite fond of him. :)

Thank you so much Rebecca! Inkspell and Rebecca have provided a signed copy of Call of the Sea!


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A little bit about Rebecca!


Rebecca Hart is a single parent, full time IT geek, and reformed gaming addict living in Upstate NY. When not at the office with her nose buried in a laptop trying to fix it, she can be found at home with her nose buried in a laptop, writing instead. Her debut novel, a Paranormal Romance titled CALL OF THE SEA, will be published by Inkspell Publishing with a release date of June 21, 2012, giving Rebecca one more reason to look forward to summer. Rebecca’s short stories have been featured in anthologies published by Pill Hill Press, Wicked East Press and DFE Quarterly (erotica). She enjoys hearing and interacting with her readers.

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CALL OF THE SEA will be on sale 30% off from June 21st to June 30th at Inkspell Publishing Store