Monthly Archives: October 2012

NaNoWriMo Eve

Yes, it is just a few hours until NaNoWriMo begins! This year I am actually going to participate, fully. Like writing an entire 50,000+ rough draft. I have all of the things I need in place: Good and Plenty candy and a plan. The only thing I didn’t plan for was Hurricane Sandy to come tearing through Pennsylvania. Luckily, I have power but schools are closed and kids are home. This means lots of kids in the house from the neighborhood and me not having quiet to write. Ah well. I think I will manage!

This will be the last you’ll hear from me for awhile. I have a few book tours scheduled here on the blog, but other than that I will be incommunicado. I will be writing. And thinking. Occasionally I will poke my head onto Twitter and see what the rest of you are up to, but I won’t be there long. Promise.

For those of you writing and participating in NaNoWriMo, I wish you luck! Don’t forget that this is the time to write a rough draft. You will not have a completed manuscript ready to submit to agents in December. Take your time and do this thing right. Find a critique partner. Edit. Revise. Repeat.

 

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Matt Archer: Monster Hunter~Promo and Giveaway

Matt Archer: Monster Hunter (Matt Archer #1)

By Kendra C. Highley

Release Date: 08/18/12

Paperback/e-book

299 pages

 

Summary from Goodreads:

Fourteen-year-old Matt Archer spends his days studying Algebra, hanging out with his best friend and crushing on the Goddess of Greenhill High, Ella Mitchell. To be honest, he thinks his life is pretty lame until he discovers something terrifying on a weekend camping trip at the local state park.

Monsters are real. And living in his backyard.

But that’s not the half of it. After Matt is forced to kill a strange creature to save his uncle, he finds out that the weird knife he took from his uncle’s bag has a secret, one that will change Matt’s life. The knife was designed with one purpose: to hunt monsters. And it’s chosen Matt as its wielder.

Now Matt’s part of a world he didn’t know existed, working with a covert military unit dedicated to eliminating walking nightmares. Faced with a prophecy about a looming dark war, Matt soon realizes his upcoming Algebra test is the least of his worries.

His new double life leaves Matt wondering which is tougher: hunting monsters or asking Ella Mitchell for a date?

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***Author Interview***

1. Is Matt Archer: Monster Hunter part of a series or a stand-alone? 

Monster Hunter is intended to be the first in a four book series (although I’m toying with adding a novella at the end). It basically follows Matt through the end of high school.

 

2. What would you say is Matt’s best and worst quality? 

Matt’s best quality is his tenacity. He’s not the biggest or the strongest, but when he knows he needs to do something, he throws everything he has into it.  His worst quality is his temper.  You see glimpses of that in the first book, but it’s even more pronounced in the second (Blade’s Edge).

 

3. What are the best 3 words you would use to describe Matt? 

Dutiful, determined and mischievous

 

4. If you could jump into a book, and live in that world, which would it be? 

Oh, that’s a tough one!  Right now, either Ravka from Shadow and Bone  by Leigh Bardugo or the Kyatt Islands from Encrypted by Lindsay Buroker.  It’s hard to choose.

 

5.  If someone wrote a book about your life, what would the title be? 

She Didn’t Wear Mom Jeans

 

6.  What TV show/movie/book do you watch/read that you’d be embarrassed to admit? 

So, my daughter and I are addicted to Dancing with the Stars.  It’s so cheesy, but she loves it, and I love watching it with her.  

 

7.  Who is your favorite male book character and why (Besides Matt)?   

Right now I’m crushing on Hector from Crown of Embers but I’d have to say Aragorn from The Lord of the Rings.  I guess you could say I have a thing for strong, slightly dangerous, noble guys.

 

8.  Describe your book in 10 words or less… 

Armed with magic knife, guy defeats monsters and gets girl.

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About the Author

Kendra C. Highley lives in north Texas with her husband and two children. She also serves as staff to two self-important and high-powered cats. This, according to the cats, is her most important job. She believes chocolate is a basic human right, running a 10k is harder than it sounds, and that everyone should learn to drive a stick-shift. She loves monsters, vacations, baking and listening to bad electronica.

Website:
http://www.kendrachighley.com

Twitter:

@KendraHighley

 

Goodreads:

http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/15773126-matt-archer

Amazon:

http://www.amazon.com/Matt-Archer-Kendra-C-Highley/dp/1478312696/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1350879785&sr=8-1&keywords=matt+archer

Barnes & Noble:

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/matt-archer-kendra-c-highley/1112549212?ean=9781478312697

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Giveaway Details:

Grand prize is a Nook Simple Touch and a $25 B&N card plus a paperback copy of Matt Archer: Monster Hunter. (US only)

 (3) 1st place winners get a $10 Amazon Card plus a paperback copy of Matt Archer: Monster Hunter. (Open Internationally)

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Cover Reveal & Scavenger Hunt: INTERLOPER

Blurb–  
Make sure to clean up your messes.Keep the cat in the house.

Fraternal twins Nate and Larissa Pantera know all about strange rules. They’ve grown up with plenty of them, and they have always obeyed those rules without question

However, disturbing things are starting to happen–both at home and at school. And when their parents go missing and a strange messenger appears, they discover that the only way to save them is by breaking all the rules.

Interlopers: A Shifters Novel is the thrilling fantasy adventure. Fans of YA fantasy, such as Harry Potter and Percy Jackson, love this new series about the Pantera twins, who discover that everything they thought they knew is only the beginning of the truth.

And now for the cover reveal…

Bio:
L. M. Davis loves great storytelling. She needs nothing more than a good book and a comfy chair to be happy. She was born in the south, raised in the north, and has a few degrees under her belt. She still hasn’t gotten her black cat, but she thinks about it everyday. Her thoughts go something like this: “I really should get a cat.” For now, she contents herself with spoiling the pets of her friends and family.  The first two books of her Shifters Novel Series,Interlopers and Posers, are available now.  To find out more, visit www.shiftersnovelseries.com.

Find L. M. Davis on the interwebz: 

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SCAVENGER HUNT!!!
 
Start off here and follow along to all the other revealers and collect the word(s) each of them has to make a quote from the book… 
 
My Words Are: of building 

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Elemental Blog Tour

Welcome to a fantastic 3 book tour! Although there are 3 books in the series I have read only one them, Earth by Shauna Granger. Not only can you read all about the books here, but there is an AWESOME Rafflecopter giveaway linked below and the prizes are killer!

Check out the rest of the tour! Here is the link to the blog tour schedule:

http://yabound.blogspot.com/2012/09/blog-tour-elemental-series-by-shauna.html

 

Earth (Elemental #1)

By Shauna Granger

Release Date: 05/01/11

Paperback/e-book

Summary from Goodreads:

Shayna and her two best friends have the abilities to manipulate and control the four elements, earth, air, water and fire. While learning to hone their growing powers, they discover a new and malicious presence in their sleepy beach town. Someone is performing blood magic and threatens to expose their small magical community. So far only small animals have been slaughtered, but then the nightmares start.

Shayna suffers nightmares of being chased and sacrificed only to wake up bloodied and bruised. She thinks her magical blood is the ultimate target for the final blood rite. When an innocent girl, Tracy, is kidnapped Shayna knows it’s only a ploy to draw her out; she can’t let someone die because of her.

Earth links: (PS, the kindle version of Earth is free for a limited time only!)

http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/11274597-earth

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What did I think?

First just let me say that I took a huge leap of faith reading this book. I wasn’t quite sure if I’d like it, but my tastes have really changed and I thought I’d give it a chance. I mean, three friends with powers connected to the elements? Can we say “The House of Night Series?” Not really! This series really has no other books out there that I can compare them too.

Shauna created such a real group of friends, who just happen to have special powers. I love how in the beginning of Earth, Shanya tries to save Tracy from her abusive boyfriend. Just the guts she had to stick up for Tracy hooked me immediately!

And the end? Wow! I obviously cannot tell you what happens, but know that it is very well written:)

 
4 out of 5 kisses
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By Shauna Granger

Release Date: 10/31/11

Paperback/e-book

Summary from Goodreads:

It was a rough start to the school year for Shayna and her friends, Jodi and Steven, but thankfully summer break is near. Trying to sort out her feelings for the new guy in town, Shayna agrees to let Jensen join her on a group date with her friends. While out they end up at a local coffee house where their classmate, social outcast Jeremy McCormick, is humiliated by his baseball star brother. When Jeremy runs away from the jeering crowd, Shayna and Jodi hear the unmistakable sound of a thousand wings chasing after him, but no one else seems to hear them. These are not like any air elementals that Shayna or Jodi have ever encountered before and they fear Jeremy has gotten himself tangled up in something too dangerous for him to handle. But when Shayna tries to help Jeremy control his magical abilities she realizes it might be the biggest mistake of her life.

 

Air links:

http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/12536297-air

http://www.amazon.com/Air-Book-Two-Elemental-Series/dp/1466282835/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1350268656&sr=8-3&keywords=shauna+granger

 

Water (Elemental #3)

By Shauna Granger

Release Date: 06/19/12

Paperback/e-book

Summary from Goodreads:

Book Three in The Elemental Series

Shayna’s first surfing session of the summer is interrupted by the screams of a mother who has lost her little boy in the water. Without regard to her own safety, Shayna swims out, rescues the boy, but must escape the clutches of something far worse than she could have ever imagined – mermaids.

Compelled to answer the sirens’ call, the boys of Shayna’s town are drawn to the sea, but when they return are afflicted by an unknown illness, a sickness which is draining them of their life force. Unable to tell anyone about the mermaids, Shayna and her friends are forced to solve the mystery before it’s too late, and in doing so, Shayna will finally have to face the full force of her powers. Whether she’s ready or not, she will have to face her true nature.

 

Water links:

http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/13559453-water

http://www.amazon.com/Water-Three-Elemental-Series-Volume/dp/1475113706/ref=sr_1_5?ie=UTF8&qid=1350268656&sr=8-5&keywords=shauna+granger

Fire, book #4 in the Elemental series is coming soon!

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Meet the Author

I don’t do well talking about myself. So as basics go, I have recently self-published the first two books in my Elemental Series, Earth and Air, Young Adult Urban Fantasy novels. Look for the third installment, Water, coming in 2012!

I have been working on the Elemental Series for the last four years and plan for it to be a 5 book series. It was a hard decision to self-publish but it’s been an exciting and terrifying ride.

You can find me on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Shauna-…

And to my readers (or fans of my covers), I have beautiful bookmarks that I would love to share with you. If you’d like one, drop me a note with your contact info and I’d be happy to send you one!

 Want more?

Goodreads:

http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4828875.Shauna_Granger

Blog:

http://shaunasspot.blogspot.com/

Twitter:

https://twitter.com/dyingechoes

Facebook:

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Shauna-Granger/268859386472141

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Rafflecopter Code:

a Rafflecopter giveaway

 

Grand Prize:

There is a signed copy of each paperback, Earth, Air and Water and a matching bookmark for each. There is a mini Jack-o-lantern (that I carved) and an awesome, sparkly candle (electric) and some fun Halloween treats that include candy, stickers and copy of one of my favorite Halloween movies, Monster House. (US only)

 

3 other winners will also receive a ebook from the series, winner’s choice from Earth, Air or Water.  (Open Internationally)

http://www.amazon.com/Earth-Book-One-Elemental-Series/dp/1463603320/ref=sr_1_7?ie=UTF8&qid=1350268656&sr=8-7&keywords=shauna+granger

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