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Fall Carnival: Mortal Gods by Kendare Blake

September 20th, 2014 @ 12:05 am
Posted by Kristie under Fall Carnival Tags: Fantasy, Goddess War Series, Kendare Blake, Mortal Gods, Young Adult

Fall Carnival Event

Come and join us for a journey across the world in search of the Lost Gods.  The Gods of Olympus are dying and that has lead to an all out war. To save the gods we will need to trek across the world to find the lost gods and Achilles the greatest warrior that ever lived. There will be dangerous enemies along the way and fragile alliances made. The fate of the world lies in you succeeding on your quest. Does that sound like fun or do you think you might need a little bit of help? Well we have decided to provide you with an excellent tour guide that is willing to help prepare you and lead you on this grand adventure.  She is quite the expert when it comes to dealing with these pesky gods since she is the one that created them. Please join me in welcoming our tour guide Kendare Blake.

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DFT: To start things off can you give us a list of supplies that we will need for the journey?

Kendare: Unfortunately as we are all mortal here, what we will most likely need is a last will and testament. A living will wouldn’t hurt. Neither would some Snickers bars, because, you know, mortals be hungry.

(I’m not sure what we will be able to find much since we are at a carnival, but with popcorn, cotton candy, and snow cones readily available I don’t think we have to worry about starving!)

DFT: Do you really think we will be in any danger if we decide to come on the quest? I know that we are searching for lost gods but we should be fairly safe right?

Kendare: We will not be safe. Many will die. I expect a mortality and client loss rate of approximately 40%. You’ll all have to sign waivers.

(That doesn’t sound too good. I am kind of a baby when it comes to blood, so if someone dies just don’t let me see it!)

DFT: Who do you think we might encounter along the way? Will there be any cute single heroes or gods for us to meet?  

Kendare: Yes, all gods are single. Even the married ones. I don’t know how cute they are anymore though, what with the rampant death sweeping through them. Heroes though, will certainly be cute. However they are likely to be infuriating.

(I wouldn’t mind running into Hercules, in all the stories he was always quite the hunk :D ) – Alas, Kevin Sorbo is unavailable for this tour. He sends his regards.

DFT: Well enough questions about what to expect let’s get the show on the road.  Where are we going to head to first?

Kendare: Probably the underworld, because it’s super fun to get there. Does anyone have a chicken, or a small reptile I can bleed?

(Is it going to be somewhere tropical because I would love to work on my tan?) – No tans in the underworld. But the light there will make you a very attractive shade of sallow.

DFT: How long do you think we are going to be on the road? Do we need to plan on being gone for a while or is it going to be a pretty short trip?

Kendare: I’ll make you a deal. We’ll stop back home every time someone dies. To mourn, and, you know, pick up more Snickers bars.

(I don’t really like sleeping on the ground so hopefully if this is a long trip we can stay in a hotel) – You’re lucky that Athena’s not leading you. She’d have your hide for trying to stay in a hotel. But, I don’t like sleeping on the ground either, so hotels it is!

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DFT: Are we going to be safe from Cassandra’s wrath if she decides to go crazy when we meet up with the other gods?

Kendare: Cassandra? I am not bringing that dame. She is not safe. Do you want to live or not?

(Cassandra kind of scares me so I don’t really want to be around when she finds Aphrodite)

DFT: Do we need to worry about the fact that all the gods are dying?  Is it going to in some way affect the human race when they are all gone?

Kendare: The human race will be affected in that there will be no more jerky gods to jerk us around. But they are sweet, and we will miss them. Is that what you mean?

(The disease that is killing them isn’t something we can catch right!) – Fear not, you can’t catch the death of a god. But if you decide to hook up with Dionysus I make no similar guarantee. I hear…he’s got the stuff…that is catching…

DFT: Athena has spent the latter part of her life avoiding humans for the most part. Do you think she is going to be ok with having a bunch of human companions along for this important journey?

Kendare: We’re not actually going with her. She’d be annoyed. I’m going to follow in her shadow. She won’t notice. She’s really…laser focused these days.

(I know she is dying but she is still a powerful god that I wouldn’t want to annoy.)

DFT: Throughout history Hermes has always been known as quite the trickster.  I know that with everything being so dire he’s probably not going to be in a joking mode, but do you think he might tell us a few to help pass the time?

Kendare: Hermes will definitely be jovial. Then he’ll seduce us all. And eat all our Snickers bars, so lock those up, people!

(I know I might need a little pick me up with everyone dying and all that!)

DFT: On our journey what is the one thing you are most looking forward to?

Kendare: Well, now, the hotel sleeping. I really thought we’d have to rough it. But also, finding Achilles. Things will come to a head one way or another, once we find him. Things always do.

(I honestly just hope we make it out alive, but I wouldn’t mind a little romance and drama along the way!)

Survival Tips 101:

Since this is going to be a long and dangerous journey can you give a few survival tips we might be able to use to make sure we don’t die along the way!

Come not between Cassandra and her prey. She’s like a Nazgul like that.

Do not show Hermes where you keep your food. You will lose it.

Do not make out with Achilles when we find him. I know, everyone will be trying to, but it never turns out well.

Do not piss Athena off.

Do not piss Athena off.

And oh yeah, do not piss Athena off.

Thanks so much for being our tour guide today and hopefully everyone enjoyed the journey!

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Kendare BlakeAbout Kendare:

Kendare Blake is an import from South Korea who was raised in the United States by caucasian parents. You know, that old chestnut. She received a Bachelor’s degree in Business from Ithaca College and a Master’s degree in Writing from Middlesex University in London. She brakes for animals, the largest of which was a deer, which sadly didn’t make it, and the smallest of which was a mouse, which did, but it took forever. Amongst her likes are Greek Mythology, rare red meat and veganism. She also enjoys girls who can think with the boys like Ayn Rand, and boys who scare the morality into people, like Bret Easton Ellis.

You can visit Kendare around the web here: Website | Blog | Twitter | Facebook

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Mortal Gods

Available October 14, 2014 from Tor Teen

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Ares, God of War, is leading the other dying gods into battle. Which is just fine with Athena. She’s ready to wage a war of her own, and she’s never liked him anyway. If Athena is lucky, the winning gods will have their immortality restored. If not, at least she’ll have killed the bloody lot of them, and she and Hermes can die in peace.

Cassandra Weaver is a weapon of fate. The girl who kills gods. But all she wants is for the god she loved and lost to return to life. If she can’t have that, then the other gods will burn, starting with his murderer, Aphrodite.

The alliance between Cassandra and Athena is fragile. Cassandra suspects Athena lacks the will to truly kill her own family. And Athena fears that Cassandra’s hate will get them ALL killed.

The war takes them across the globe, searching for lost gods, old enemies, and Achilles, the greatest warrior the world has ever seen. As the struggle escalates, Athena and Cassandra must find a way to work together. Because if they can’t, fates far worse than death await.

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Fall Carnival: The Queen of Zombie Hearts by Gena Showalter

September 19th, 2014 @ 12:05 am
Posted by Kristie under Fall Carnival Tags: Gena Showalter, Horror, The Queen of Zombie Hearts, The White Rabbit Chronicles, Young Adult

Fall Carnival Event

Tick, Tock, Tick, Tock! Welcome and come inside our booth. Make sure to watch your step as you enter I don’t want anyone to accidentally trip and fall down the zombie hole!  Did you know that zombies were real? They are hideous creatures that feed off of human souls.  If bitten by one you will become infected and soon turn into a zombie yourself.  They only come out at night and their favorite place to hang out is in cemeteries. Well if you are here today you must in some way believe that zombies are real. Dealing with the undead is a serious and dangerous business to be in.  Would you like to learn to defend yourselves? The only way to truly prepare yourselves is to be trained by none other than a zombie hunter and you are in luck because one of them has agreed to come and help us today.  He is the leader of a zombie slayer group and also happens to be devastatingly gorgeous!  Please welcome Cole Holland.

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DFT: Now listen up I know that Cole is a very fine specimen to look at with those piercing violet eyes and killer body! But try to remember that we are here to learn how to fight zombies, not to drool over Cole (as I wipe drool off my face ?). So Cole what is the first thing we need to know when it comes to fighting zombies?

Cole Holland: My word is law.  If one slayer falters, the rest of the team falls.  If someone takes a wrong turn, the rest of us can end up in the wrong place at the wrong time.  If anyone loses focus, even for a second, the rest of us can lose everything.

(You don’t have to worry about me listening to you I would gladly follow you anywhere!)

DFT: What is one piece of advice you can give us that may save our lives if we ever have to face a zombie on our own?

CH: Zombies hate fast food.  Run.

DFT: Can you tell us what it was like for you the first time you had to fight a zombie?

CH: I was a kid, but my dad had trained me well.  I knew what to expect…and yet I wasn’t exactly prepared.  When those red eyes focused on me, those rotting hands reaching for me, I knew it was do or die.

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DFT: As I already mentioned you have a fantastic body! How often do you have to train to keep in such good shape? How important is it to be physically fit when fighting zombies?

CH: If I’m not training, I’m patrolling, and if I’m not patrolling, I’m fighting.  Nothing matters more than stamina.  If you can’t go all night—go ahead and get your mind out of the gutter—you’re dead by morning.

(I wouldn’t mind seeing how good your stamina is :D )

DFT: On top of having to fight zombies you are also the leader of your group of slayers. That must be really stressful at times. What is something you like to do to try and relieve some of that stress?

CH: Ali.  Enough said.

(I don’t think you could have answered that better!)

DFT: What is the best part about fighting zombies? What is the worst part?

CH: Maybe I shouldn’t admit this, but I’m a product of war, so what the hell.  The best part about fighting zombies is standing among their remains when it’s over.  It’s proof I’ve fought hard, and I’ve won.

The worst part?  Finding a friend lying among the carnage.

DFT: These next few question have nothing to do with zombie hunting, but I couldn’t stop myself from asking them. You and Ali are so epic together and I want to know what is it about her that makes you so drawn to her?

CH: Rather than tell you, I’ll let Showalter show you.

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“Ali.” His voice, so husky and deep, was temptation and silk, stroking over me. “Did I ever tell you all the reasons I love you?”

“No.” I licked my lips and shook my head, gathering the courage to face him. His eyes were heavy-lidded, smoldering.

He liked the tattoo.
“Tell me now,” I commanded softly.

“I’ll tell you the top ten. One,” he said and kissed my forehead. “You are brutally honest. It’s such a rare and precious trait.”

Major points for my man: he’d led with personality rather than appearance.

“Two.” He kissed my eye. “You have the perfect sense of humor…perfect for me. It’s a little warped, and a lot twisted, and you can make me laugh when no one else can.”

I almost melted. Almost. I had to hear the rest. “Go on or I’ll hurt you.” Had I sounded as breathless to him as I had to myself?

He chuckled. “Three.” He kissed my other eye, gentle, so gentle. “You’re smart. I want to see your brain naked.”

Ha!

“Four. You are freaking hot.”

“Obviously.” And okay, yeah, he got points for that, too.

Maybe because I so very rarely felt hot. Or maybe because I so desperately wanted another kiss. A harder one. On my lips. With tongue and teeth. And roaming hands. Or maybe because I wanted him to want all of me.

“Five.” He kissed my cheek, and I moaned. More. “You are unbelievably kind.” He kissed my other cheek. “Six. You love with your whole heart, nothing held back.”

“Come on. Kiss me for real.” Did he want me to beg? Because I would…after I made him beg a little, too.

“Seven.” He pressed his lips against one side of my jaw, skipping my lips, dang him. “You are such a good fighter, I could stand back and watch you do all the hard work, and I wouldn’t feel like a wuss. I’d feel like a genius.”

“I’ll believe that when I see it.”

“Eight.” He kissed his way to the other side of my jaw. “The way you sometimes look at me… It’s as if I’m the sweetest dessert in the bakery and you are desperate for a bite.”

Yes, yes. A big, delicious bite. “At one time,” I said, the huskiness of my tone surprising me. I wrapped my arms around his neck. “That look of mine scared you.” With good reason. I’d been loaded with zombie toxin and had literally wanted to eat him. Well, not me but my zombie twin. Z.A.

“Nine,” he went on and nibbled on my ear. “You’re like the world’s most perfect drug. One hundred percent pure, guaranteed to addict after the first taste. I can’t imagine my life without you in it—don’t want to.”

My skin tingled, and my blood flashed white-hot. “Cole,” I said on another moan. I tangled my hands in his hair, angled his head, trying to take over. “Please. Stop talking, and start acting.”

“Ten,” he said and finally—blessedly—pressed his lips against mine. Only it was soft, far too soft. “You would die for me, the same way I would die for you.”

“Yes, yes, I would.” I waited for hard.

He didn’t give it to me. His face hovered directly over mine as he…deliberated his next move?

Happy to help with that. “Take off your shirt,” I commanded, already pulling at the material. “Now.”

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(Wow just Wow! I’m pretty sure that everyone just fell even more in love with you!)

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DFT: If you could bring Ali to a carnival like the one we are at today, what ride would you want to take her one first?

CH: Do I count as a ride?

(Ok girls you can drool now I know that I am :D )

DFT: I know you’re not the kind of person to kiss and tell, but if you would be so gracious to humor me just this one time. What was your first kiss with Ali like?

CH: Life changing.

(AHHHHHH!!!)

Thank you so much for coming and visiting with us today. We all learned so much more about fighting zombies and hopefully if we ever encounter one we will be a lot more prepared. 

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Gena ShowalterAbout Gena:

Gena Showalter is the New York Times and USA Today best-selling author of the wildly popular White Rabbit Chronicles, the Angels of the Dark, the Lords of the Underworld, and the Otherworld Assassins series.  In addition to being a National Reader’s Choice and RITA nominee, her romance novels have appeared in Cosmopolitan and Seventeen magazine, and have been translated in multiple languages.  She lives in Oklahoma with her family and menagerie of dogs, and truly believes love conquers all.

You can visit Gena around the web here: Website | Twitter | Facebook

Want to read more from Gena Showalter?

The Darkest Night The Darkest Kiss The Darkest Pleasure The Darkest Whisper The Darkest Passion The Darkest Lie The Darkest SecretThe Darkest Surrender  (Lor...The Darkest Seduction (Lord...The Darkest Craving (Lords ...Awaken Me Darkly Enslave Me Sweetly Savor Me Slowly Seduce the Darkness Ecstasy in Darkness Dark Taste of RaptureHeart of the Dragon Jewel of Atlantis The Nymph King The Vampire's Bride The Amazon's CurseIntertwined Unraveled TwistedAlice in Zombieland Through the Zombie Glass The Queen of Zombie HeartsWicked Nights Beauty Awakened Burning DawnPlaying with Fire Twice as HotThe Stone Prince The Pleasure SlaveLast Kiss Goodnight Black and BlueRed Handed Blacklisted

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Available September 30, 2014 from Harlequin Teen

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I have a plan.

We’ll either destroy them for good, or they’ll destroy us.

Either way, only one of us is walking away.

In the stunning conclusion to the wildly popular White Rabbit Chronicles, Alice “Ali” Bell thinks the worst is behind her. She’s ready to take the next step with boyfriend Cole Holland, the leader of the zombie slayers…until Anima Industries, the agency controlling the zombies, launches a sneak attack, killing four of her friends. It’s then she realizes that humans can be more dangerous than monsters…and the worst has only begun.

As the surviving slayers prepare for war, Ali discovers she, too, can control the zombies…and she isn’t the girl she thought she was. She’s connected to the woman responsible for killing—and turning—Cole’s mother. How can their relationship endure? As secrets come to light, and more slayers are taken or killed, Ali will fight harder than ever to bring down Anima—even sacrificing her own life for those she loves.

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Fall Carnival: Snow Like Ashes by Sarah Raasch

September 18th, 2014 @ 12:05 am
Posted by Kristie under Fall Carnival Tags: Fantasy, Sara Raasch, Snow Like Ashes, Snow Like Ashes Series, Young Adult

Fall Carnival Event

Welcome to the snow cone booth where you can get a delicious frozen treat bursting with flavor. Today we are going to introduce a great new flavor that is bound to be a best seller. Ashes is a magical flavor that is sure to bring sunshine into your otherwise gloomy day. Do you want a sample? Then make sure to check out the goodies and prizes we have below, I’m sure you will be back for more. Enjoy your day at the carnival and be sure to stop by again soon because we have so much more in store for you.

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Snow Like Ashes Sneak Peek

I aim my chakram at the captain, the one with his boots mucked up in sewer gunk. His eyes swim over me. “The Winterians are sending girls to do their dirty work now?” he sneers. “Why don’t you put that thing down before someone gets hurt?” I push out my bottom lip and widen my eyes. “This?” I lower the chakram. It’s now aimed at the captain’s left thigh. “They gave it to me and said throw! I don’t even know how it works—”

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The soldiers jeer, a deep-throated chuckle that says this is a fight they’re sure they’ll win. I let my chakram fly as the captain moves forward, my body bending into an arch. The chakram soars through the sewer, slices clean through the captain’s leg, and continues its spin back to me in one elegant circle of purpose. He screams and drops into the sewage, grabbing his thigh like, well, like I just sliced through it. “Oh.” I run one hand down the flat side of the blade. “That’s how it works.”

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Sara RaaschAbout Sara:

Sara Raasch has known she was destined for bookish things since the age of five, when her friends had a lemonade stand and she tagged along to sell her hand-drawn picture books too. Not much has changed since then — her friends still cock concerned eyebrows when she attempts to draw things and her enthusiasm for the written word still drives her to extreme measures. Her debut YA fantasy, SNOW LIKE ASHES, the first in a trilogy, comes out October 14, 2014 from Balzer + Bray. It does not feature her hand-drawn pictures.

You can visit Sara around the web here:

Website | Twitter | Facebook | Pinterest

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Snow Like Ashes

Available October 14, 2014 from Balzer + Bray/HarperTeen

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Game of Thrones meets Graceling in this striking fantasy tale of dark magic, dangerous politics, and discovering your true self.  Sara Raasch’s debut fantasy is a lightning-fast story of loyalty, love, and controlling one’s destiny.

Sixteen years ago the Kingdom of Winter was conquered and its citizens enslaved, leaving them without magic or a monarch. The Winterians’ only hope for freedom is the eight survivors who managed to escape, and who have been searching for the opportunity to steal back Winter’s magic and rebuild their kingdom ever since.

Orphaned as an infant during Winter’s defeat, Meira has lived her whole life as a refugee. Training to be a warrior—and desperately in love with her best friend, Winter’s future king—she would do anything to help Winter rise to power again. So when scouts discover the location of half of the ancient locket that can restore their magic, Meira decides to go after it herself—only to find herself thrust into a world of evil magic and dangerous politics, and to realize that her destiny is not, never has been, her own.

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Fall Carnival: Talon by Julie Kagawa

September 17th, 2014 @ 12:05 am
Posted by Kristie under Fall Carnival Tags: Julie Kagawa, Paranormal, Talon, Talon Series, Young Adult

Fall Carnival Event

Come one come all the world renowned exotic creature show. Today we have a very special treat in store for all of you.  We have one of the most extraordinary creatures to ever walk the face of the earth, a dragon. But this is not just your ordinary dragon, no it also has the ability to change into human form and hide right in front of your eyes.  Right now at this moment it is seated somewhere in the audience with you.  Look at your neighbors do they look human to you? I can assure you that you are all safe at least for now. But do you want the dragon to come out and play? Well then read on to find out more about this mysterious creature.

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DFT: Hi Ember I wanted to say thank you for agreeing to talk to us today.  For all of us that haven’t had a chance to read your story yet do you mind telling us a little bit about yourself?

Ember: Um, sure! Well, my name is Ember Hill, and I like surfing, junk food, volleyball, shiny things, and having fun.  Also, I like flying.  And fire.  I guess I should probably mention that I’m a dragon.

DFT: For all of your life you have been kept in hiding and the only companions you have ever had were your trainers and your brother.  I imagine that got quite lonely so I was wondering what you would do to try and pass the time?

Ember: Ugh, I didn’t have a lot of free time, because it was usually spent in classes and training, learning how to fit in and be human and all.  There was even a class called “Human Games and Sports,” and we had to learn how to have fun as a human, which kinda defeated the purpose if you ask me.  We did have a small rec center at school, so I played a lot of ping pong and pool with Dante.  But there were a lot of time where I was just. So. Bored.  There was literally nothing to do.   I spent a lot of nights lying outside, watching the stars until curfew, just wondering what life would be like once I got out of here.

DFT: After sixteen years you finally had the opportunity to test out being a normal teenager. What was the one thing you were most looking forward to in your new life?

Ember: Just everything.  Waking up when I wanted to.  Not having to be in classes all the time.  Actually having friends.  Yeah, that sounded pretty perfect to me.

DFT: For all intent and purposes you and your brother are twins.  You came from the same hatching which is very rare for your kind.  Growing up he was your best friend, but now things have started to become strained between you two.  Do you think it is possible to repair your relationship with him or do you think there are too many scars now?

Ember: Dante’s my brother.  Growing up, it was always us against everything.  We may have disagreed on a lot of things, but he’s my only family.  I’m not giving up on him now.

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DFT: Garret is a very good looking guy that saved you from a bad situation.  As you spent time together you really started to fall for him, but he wasn’t the person you were expecting him to be. I know things with Garret are confusing right now, but could you tell us one of your favorite moments you spent with him?

Ember: The time we went surfing together.  I think he really started coming out of his shell and having fun for like the first time ever.  He actually started to tease me, which was amazing if you’ve ever met him.  He’s usually so guarded and serious, but that day I felt like I finally caught a glimpse of the real Garret.

DFT: Scary Talon Lady is your trainer and for the most part you two really don’t get along.  But you don’t have a choice when it comes to training you either do it or they will ship you back to hiding.  Is there anything you like about training or do you hate all of it?

Ember: Nope, pretty much all of it.  The only thing that makes it even slightly bearable is that sometimes I can be in my real form, but even that’s no fun when you’re getting chased around and shot at by fake soldiers of St. George.

DFT: I know that it is extremely important to keep the fact that you are a dragon hidden from the general public, but have you ever wished you could live freely among humans? If it was possible what is the one thing you would do more often?

Ember: Fly, definitely fly.  I miss flying a lot; nothing else really compares.  Surfing is the closest I can come right now, but if I could be myself without fear, I’d go flying every day.

DFT: The ending of your story was pretty crazy and heartbreaking.  I am pretty sure everyone is dying to know what is going to happen next. Are there any hints you can give us on what we can expect in the next book?

Ember: Hm, more soldiers, crazy romance, secret organizations, and fire-breathing dragons?  I think that covers a lot of it.

DFT: Given the fact that I’m pretty sure you’ve never been to a carnival until today I thought I would ask a couple fun quick fire carnival related questions. Which one would you try first:

Funnel Cake, Deep Fried Snicker, or Tiger Ears?

Wait, they can make a candy bar even more unhealthy?  That’s awesome!  Deep fry my Snickers, please.

Farris Wheel, Tilt-a-Whirl, or the Haunted House?

Haunted House.  Just try to scare me.

Attend a Magic Show, Talent Show, or Hypnotist Show?

Magic Show.  Hey, want to see a great trick?  Behold, this human will turn into a fire breathing dragon.

Skee Ball, Shooting Gallery, or Ring the Bell?

I know Garret would pwn the Shooting Gallery like a boss, but I think I’d have a better chance at Skee Ball.

Hand Dipped Corn Dog, Corn on the Cob, or Hamburger?

Ick, veggies. I’m a carnivore, after all.  Gimme a hamburger any day.

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JulieAbout Julie:

Julie Kagawa, the New York Times bestselling author of the Iron Fey and Blood of Eden series was born in Sacramento, California. But nothing exciting really happened to her there. So, at the age of nine she and her family moved to Hawaii, which she soon discovered was inhabited by large carnivorous insects, colonies of house geckos, and frequent hurricanes. She spent much of her time in the ocean, when she wasn’t getting chased out of it by reef sharks, jellyfish, and the odd eel.

When not swimming for her life, Julie immersed herself in books, often to the chagrin of her schoolteachers, who would find she hid novels behind her Math textbooks during class. Her love of reading led her to pen some very dark and gruesome stories, complete with colored illustrations, to shock her hapless teachers. The gory tales faded with time, but the passion for writing remained, long after she graduated and was supposed to get a real job.

To pay the rent, Julie worked in different bookstores over the years, but discovered the managers frowned upon her reading the books she was supposed to be shelving. So she turned to her other passion: training animals. She worked as a professional dogtrainer for several years, dodging Chihuahua bites and overly enthusiastic Labradors, until her first book sold and she stopped training to write full time.

Julie now lives in Louisville, Kentucky, where the frequency of shark attacks are at an all time low. She lives with her husband, two obnoxious cats, one Australian Shepherd who is too smart for his own good, and the latest addition, a hyper-active Papillon.

You can visit Julie around the web here: Website | Blog | Twitter | Facebook

Want to read more from Julie Kagawa?

The Iron King (The Iron Fey...Winter's Passage (Iron Fey,...The Iron Daughter (The Iron...The Iron Queen (The Iron Fe...Summer's Crossing (Iron Fey...The Iron Knight (The Iron F...Iron's Prophecy (The Iron F...The Lost Prince (The Iron F...The Iron Traitor (The Iron ...'Til the World Ends (Blood ...The Immortal Rules (Blood o...The Eternity Cure (Blood of...The Forever Song (Blood of ...Talon (Talon, #1)

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Talon

Available October 28, 2014 from Harlequin Teen

About this Book:

Long ago, dragons were hunted to near extinction by the Order of St. George, a legendary society of dragon slayers. Hiding in human form and growing their numbers in secret, the dragons of Talon have become strong and cunning, and they’re positioned to take over the world with humans none the wiser.

Ember and Dante Hill are the only sister and brother known to dragonkind. Trained to infiltrate society, Ember wants to live the teen experience and enjoy a summer of freedom before taking her destined place in Talon. But destiny is a matter of perspective, and a rogue dragon will soon challenge everything Ember has been taught. As Ember struggles to accept her future, she and her brother are hunted by the Order of St. George.

Soldier Garret Xavier Sebastian has a mission to seek and destroy all dragons, and Talon’s newest recruits in particular. But he cannot kill unless he is certain he has found his prey: and nothing is certain about Ember Hill. Faced with Ember’s bravery, confidence and all-too-human desires, Garret begins to question everything that the Order has ingrained in him: and what he might be willing to give up to find the truth about dragons.

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Blog Tour & Giveaway: Sparks Rise by Alexandra Bracken

September 16th, 2014 @ 12:05 am
Posted by Kristie under Blog Tour Tags: Alexandra Bracken, Dystopian, In the Afterlight, Sparks Rise, The Darkest Minds Series, Young Adult

Alexandra BrackenDark Faerie Tales is excited to hosting an excellent giveaway to celebrate the release of Sparks Rise and In the Afterlight by Alexandra Bracken. Sparks Rise is a brand new eBook novella that connects the last two novels in The Darkest Minds series. The novella was released on September 2, 2014 and also includes a bonus chapter from In the Afterlight. The final novel in the series will be released on October 28, 2014.

A very big thank you to Disney-Hyperion for today’s awesome giveaway! One very lucky winner will win a floating bookshelf and The Darkest Minds series & tote bag!!

About Alexandra:

Alexandra Bracken was born and raised in Arizona, but moved east to study at the College of William & Mary in Virginia.  She recently relocated to New York City, where she worked in publishing and lives in a charming apartment overflowing with books. 

You can visit Alexandra around the web here: Website | Twitter | Facebook 

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Want to read more from Alexandra Bracken?

The Darkest Minds (The Dark...In Time (The Darkest Minds,...Never Fade (The Darkest Min...Sparks Rise (The Darkest Mi...In the Afterlight (The Dark...

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One very lucky winner will win a floating bookshelf and The Darkest Minds series & tote bag!!
(US only)

In the Afterlight BluePrizePack

*Keep an eye out for more giveaways!* This campaign includes prize packs to represent each of the 5 Psi groups. Seek out all 5 color pack prizes – there will be a total of 50 Psi-group giveaways across the book blogosphere throughout September & October leading up to the release of In the Afterlight!

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Sparks Rise

Available September 3, 2014 from Disney Hyperion

About this Book:

Don’t miss the thrilling novella that connects the last two novels in the New York Times best-selling Darkest Minds trilogy.

Sam didn’t think things could get worse at Thurmond rehabilitation camp. Then the Reds arrive. Everyone assumed the kids with firepower had been killed years ago. Instead they were taken away, brainwashed, and returned as terrifyingly effective guards. To her horror, Sam recognizes one of them: Lucas, the one spark of light in Sam’s dark childhood. Lucas has a deadly secret–he beat the brutal training that turned his fellow Reds into mindless drones. When Sam defends herself against an attack by a vile PSF guard and faces a harrowing punishment, Lucas must risk his everything to save her.

Includes a bonus preview chapter from the final Darkest Minds novel, In the Afterlight.

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In The Afterlight

Available October 28, 2014 from Disney Hyperion

About this Book:

Ruby can’t look back. Fractured by an unbearable loss, she and the kids who survived the government’s attack on Los Angeles travel north to regroup. With them is a prisoner: Clancy Gray, son of the president, and one of the few people Ruby has encountered with abilities like hers. Only Ruby has any power over him, and just one slip could lead to Clancy wreaking havoc on their minds.

They are armed only with a volatile secret: proof of a government conspiracy to cover up the real cause of IAAN, the disease that has killed most of America’s children and left Ruby and others like her with powers the government will kill to keep contained. But internal strife may destroy their only chance to free the “rehabilitation camps” housing thousands of other Psi kids.

Meanwhile, reunited with Liam, the boy she would-and did-sacrifice everything for to keep alive, Ruby must face the painful repercussions of having tampered with his memories of her. She turns to Cole, his older brother, to provide the intense training she knows she will need to take down Gray and the government. But Cole has demons of his own, and one fatal mistake may be the spark that sets the world on fire.

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