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Blog Tour & Giveaway: Winterspell by Claire Legrand

October 3rd, 2014 Kristie Posted in Blog Tour 16 Comments »

Claire LegrandWe are hosting a wonderful giveaway today for Claire Legrand’s Winterspell! The novel is a gothic retelling of The Nutcracker. Winterspell was released on September 30, 2014 from Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers. The prequel novella, Summerfall, was released on August 26, 2014. Want to know more about this excellent novel? Read Bridget’s review below this post or by clicking HERE.

This giveaway is provided by Claire Legrand, Simon & Schuster and Rockstar Book Tours! Ten lucky winners will win a prize pack! The prize packs = finished copy of Winterspell + swag (bookmark, bookplate, character postcards) + map of Cane + Winterspell-themed jewelry! This contest is US only.

About Claire:

Claire Legrand is the author of books for children and teens, including The Cavendish Home for Boys and GirlsThe Year of Shadows, the upcoming Winterspell, and its prequel, Summerfall. She is also one of the four authors of The Cabinet of Curiosities.

When not writing books, she can be found obsessing over DVD commentaries, going on long walks (or trying to go on long runs), and speaking with a poor English accent to random passersby. She thinks musicians and librarians are the loveliest of folks (having been each of those herself) and, while she loves living in central New Jersey, she dearly misses her big, brash, beautiful home state of Texas.

Her work is represented by Diana Fox of Fox Literary, LLC.

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

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Tour Schedule

Week One:

9/22/2014- Alice Marvels 

9/23/2014- The Midnight Garden 

9/24/2014- Magical Urban Fantasy Reads 

9/25/2014- Cuddlebuggery 

9/26/2014- Fiktshun 

Week Two:

9/29/2014- Novel Sounds 

9/30/2014- Parajunkee

10/1/2014- Mundie Moms

10/2/2014- Two Chicks on Books

10/3/2014- Dark Faerie Tales

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This giveaway is provided by Claire Legrand, Simon & Schuster and Rockstar Book Tours!

Ten lucky readers will receive a finished copy of Winterspell + swag (bookmark, bookplate, character postcards) + map of Cane + Winterspell-themed jewelry!
(US only)

Winterspell

Available September 30, 2014 from Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

About this Book:

The clock chimes midnight, a curse breaks, and a girl meets a prince . . . but what follows is not all sweetness and sugarplums.

New York City, 1899. Clara Stole, the mayor’s ever-proper daughter, leads a double life. Since her mother’s murder, she has secretly trained in self-defense with the mysterious Drosselmeyer.

Then, on Christmas Eve, disaster strikes.

Her home is destroyed, her father abducted–by beings distinctly not human. To find him, Clara journeys to the war-ravaged land of Cane. Her only companion is the dethroned prince Nicholas, bound by a wicked curse. If they’re to survive, Clara has no choice but to trust him, but his haunted eyes burn with secrets–and a need she can’t define. With the dangerous, seductive faery queen Anise hunting them, Clara soon realizes she won’t leave Cane unscathed–if she leaves at all.

Inspired by The NutcrackerWinterspell is a dark, timeless fairy tale about love and war, longing and loneliness, and a girl who must learn to live without fear.

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Blog Tour & Giveaway: Sparks Rise by Alexandra Bracken

September 16th, 2014 Kristie Posted in Blog Tour 91 Comments »

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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This contest is provided by Disney-Hyperion!

One very lucky winner will win a floating bookshelf and The Darkest Minds series & tote bag!!
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*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

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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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Blog Tour & Giveaway: Summerfall by Claire Legrand

August 26th, 2014 Kristie Posted in Blog Tour 25 Comments »

Claire LegrandDark Faerie Tales is excited to have Claire Legrand here today for a wonderful teaser preview for Summerfall, the prequel e-novella to Winterspell! Summerfall was released today by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers. Look for a more in depth interview with Claire during our Fall Carnival Event to learn more about Winterspell!

A huge thanks to Claire for today’s giveaway! One winner will win a Winterspell swag pack that includes a signed bookmark, bookplate and character postcards.

About Claire:

Claire Legrand is the author of books for children and teens, including The Cavendish Home for Boys and GirlsThe Year of Shadows, the upcoming Winterspell, and its prequel, Summerfall. She is also one of the four authors of The Cabinet of Curiosities.

When not writing books, she can be found obsessing over DVD commentaries, going on long walks (or trying to go on long runs), and speaking with a poor English accent to random passersby. She thinks musicians and librarians are the loveliest of folks (having been each of those herself) and, while she loves living in central New Jersey, she dearly misses her big, brash, beautiful home state of Texas.

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

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Available August 26, 2014 from Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

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Rinka is a faery, passionate and powerful, determined to maintain the tenuous peace between faeries and humans.

Alban Somerhart is a human, a reluctant king trapped in an arranged marriage, desperate to prevent war.

Their love could save the kingdom of Cane . . . or shatter it forever.

In this captivating novella, prequel to the upcoming Winterspell, Claire Legrand weaves a story of magic, political intrigue, and forbidden love that sets the stage for the rise of a wicked queen and the journey of a human girl named Clara . . .

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Blog Tour: Alias Hook by Lisa Jensen

July 29th, 2014 Kristie Posted in Blog Tour Comments Off

Lisa JensenPlease join us in welcoming author Lisa Jensen here today to Dark Faerie Tales. She joins us today with a behind the scenes look at her noval, Alias Hook, which is a reimagining of Peter Pan. The novel was released on July 8, 2014 from Thomas Dunne Books/Macmillan. Please check out Steph’s review below this post!

About Lisa:

LISA JENSEN is a veteran film critic and newspaper columnist from Santa Cruz, California.

Her reviews and articles have appeared in the Los Angeles Times, Cinefantastique, Take One,

and Paradox Magazine. She has reviewed film on numerous area TV and radio stations. She also reviewed books for the San Francisco Chronicle for 13 years, where her specialty was historical and women’s fiction.

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

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The Story Behind ALIAS HOOK

My “day job” is writing film reviews for an alternative weekly newspaper in California. I was writing a review of a live-action Peter Pan movie in January, 2004; of the actor playing Captain Hook, I wrote that he captured “the tragedy of a grown-up Hook trapped forever in Peter’s eternal childhood.” Instantly, a caustic voice popped into my head observing the Neverland from Hook’s point of view. I hit ‘Save,’ clicked open a new doc and hastily typed in what is now the opening paragraph of the book:

Every child knows how the story ends. The wicked pirate captain is flung overboard, caught in the jaws of the monster crocodile, which drags him down to a watery grave. Who could guess that below the water, the great beast would spew me out with a belch and a wink of its horned, livid eye? It was not yet my time to die, not then nor any other time. It’s my fate to be trapped here forever in a nightmare of childhood fancy with that infernal, eternal boy.

Sure, everybody knows about Peter Pan, the boy who won’t grow up, and his magical island paradise, the Neverland. But imagine if you were an adult trapped forever in a world run by prepubescent boys. That would certainly be my vision of Hell! And so I began to ponder the plight of Captain James Benjamin Hook, a witty, educated Restoration-era privateer cursed to play villain to a pack of malicious little boys in a pointless war that never ends.

I’ve always liked Captain Hook better than Peter Pan; for one thing, he has much funnier lines! What, I wondered, had his life been like before the Neverland—as a child, a young blood about town, a gentleman privateer, a pirate? What on earth had he ever done to deserve this fate, designated nightmare to generations of storybook-reading children? So, long before I ever had a plot in mind, I was writing dozens of scenes from Hook’s perspective. It was more like transcribing, really, as he told me who he was and how he got there, sharing his observations on the Neverland and its inhabitants, commenting on his dire relationship to Pan, his history, his dilemma. It really was just like eavesdropping on a conversation (or a monologue); I don’t know any other way to describe it.

For source material on the Neverland, I went back to Peter and Wendy, James M. Barrie’s 1911 novelization of his famous play, and I was astonished at how much darker and more subversive it is than the familiar play; it’s about children but not necessarily for children. The fairies attend orgies (although Barrie, unlike me, is too discreet to include one), the pirates and Indians routinely slaughter each other for the boys’ amusement, and a strange, simultaneous adoration and fear of women—specifically, mothers—runs throughout the story.

But it also seemed to me that Barrie hardly even scratched the surface of the Neverland he created, with all its complex enchantments, so I thought it would be fun to delve beneath that surface and explore what life is really like for the fairy sisterhood, the merwives, and the Indian tribes. Let alone all those generations of former Lost Boys and Wendys who never quite fit back in the real world after they’ve been to the Neverland.

And so my plot finally started to take shape. The key to everything was a new character I invented, Stella Parrish, a grown woman who dreams her way to the Neverland in defiance of the boy’s rules against “ladies.” From the erotic glamor of the Fairy Revels to the ceremonies of the First Tribes to the mysterious underwater temple beneath the Mermaid Lagoon, the magical forces of the Neverland open up for Stella as they never have for Hook. In Hook himself, she begins to see someone far more complex than the storybook villain. With her knowledge of folk and fairy tales, she might be his last chance for redemption, even release—if they can break his curse before Pan and his warrior boys can hunt her down and drag Hook back into their neverending game.

I once heard someone describe Homer’s The Odyssey as the hero’s “journey from the masculine to the feminine.” And I realized that Alias Hook has a similar narrative drive. My hero has to rise above the pointless war games perpetrated by the boys that have always oppressed him, overcome his rage at the world and his fear of the (mostly feminine) magical forces that govern the Neverland, learn to cooperate with his “enemies,” and risk everything for love, before he can earn his release.

It took me a long time to figure out Stella’s character. She was fairly inert through the first few drafts; she did what I told her, but she wasn’t yet a good match for James Hook. It wasn’t until I started letting her be funny—despite the tragic past that drives her to flee to the Neverland—that she came alive on the page. With Stella in place, Captain Hook finally has a chance to write himself a different ending. Alias Hook is a story of love and war, male and female, and the delicate art of growing up.

Excerpted from The Story Behind the Book, edited by Kristijan Meic and Ivana Steiner, 2013.

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Available July 8, 2014 from Thomas Dunne Books/Macmillan

About this Book:

“Every child knows how the story ends. The wicked pirate captain is flung overboard, caught in the jaws of the monster crocodile who drags him down to a watery grave. But it was not yet my time to die. It’s my fate to be trapped here forever, in a nightmare of childhood fancy, with that infernal, eternal boy.”

Meet Captain James Benjamin Hook, a witty, educated Restoration-era privateer cursed to play villain to a pack of malicious little boys in a pointless war that never ends. But everything changes when Stella Parrish, a forbidden grown woman, dreams her way to the Neverland in defiance of Pan’s rules. From the glamour of the Fairy Revels, to the secret ceremonies of the First Tribes, to the mysterious underwater temple beneath the Mermaid Lagoon, the magical forces of the Neverland open up for Stella as they never have for Hook. And in the pirate captain himself, she begins to see someone far more complex than the storybook villain.

With Stella’s knowledge of folk and fairy tales, she might be Hook’s last chance for redemption and release if they can break his curse before Pan and his warrior boys hunt her down and drag Hook back to their neverending game. Alias Hook by Lisa Jensen is a beautifully and romantically written adult fairy tale.

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Blog Tour & Giveaway: Dwellers of Darkness by Stacey Marie Brown

June 30th, 2014 Kristie Posted in Blog Tour 5 Comments »

Stacey Marie BrownPlease welcome author Stacey Marie Brown here today! Our reviewer Kelly recently found this wonderful series and wants you to know all about it. The first three books in this series have been released. This new adult paranormal romance begins with Darkness of Light, Fire in the Darkness and Dwellers of Darkness. The fourth book, Blood Beyond Darkness, will be released in August. Want to know our thoughts on this series? Read Kelly’s reviews of Darkness of Light, Fire in the Darkness and Dwellers of Darkness by clicking on their titles.

The Dwellers of Darkness giveaway includes several prizes! Enter to win the first 2 books in the Darkness series with a Tote Bag, or win a signed copy of Dwellers of Darkness (or any other book in series) with a pouch. These two giveaways are US only. For the international giveaway, 5 winners will receive an eBook copy of any book in the Darkness series. Pictures will be provided below of the giveaway items.

About Stacey:

Stacey Marie Brown by day is an Interior/Set Designer, by night a writer of Paranormal Fantasy, Adventure, and Literary Fiction. She grew up in Northern California, where she ran around on her family’s farm, raising animals, riding horses, playing flashlight tag, and turning hay bales into cool forts. Even before she could write, she was creating stories and making up intricate fantasies. Writing came as easy as breathing. She later turned that passion into acting, living and traveling abroad, and designing. Though she had never stopped writing, moving back to San Francisco seemed to have brought it back to the forefront and this time it would not be ignored.

When she’s not writing she’s out hiking, spending time with friends, traveling, listening to music, or designing.

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

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Darkness of Light (Darkness #1) by Stacey Marie Brown

Available February 13, 2013

About this Book:

Freak. Witch. Crazy. Schizo.

Ember Brycin has been called them all. She’s always known she’s different. No one has ever called her normal, even under the best circumstances. Bizarre and inexplicable things continually happen to her, and having two different colored eyes, strange hair, and an unusual tattoo only contributes to the gossip about her.

When the latest school explosion lands her in a facility for trouble teens, she meets Eli Dragen, who’s hot as hell and darkly mysterious. Their connection is full of passion, danger, and secrets. Secrets that will not only change her life, but what and who she is—leading her down a path she never imagined possible.

Between Light and Dark, Ember finds a world where truth and knowledge are power and no one can be trusted. But her survival depends on finding out the truth about herself. In her pursuit, she is forced between love and destiny and good and evil, even when the differences between them aren’t always clear. At worst, she will incite a war that could destroy both worlds. At best, she will not only lose her heart but her life and everyone she loves. Once the truth is out, however, there will be no going back. And she’ll definitely wish she could.

Fire in the Darkness

Fire in the Darkness (Darkness #2) by Stacey Marie Brown

Available August 31, 2013

About this Book:

It’s been four weeks since Ember Brycin witnessed what her powers are capable of. The Electrical Current Storm has turned Seattle, Washington into a natural disaster zone. The death toll is in the thousands with countless others homeless and hungry.

And Ember is the one who caused it. Something she will have to live with every day.

Those people who were unable to escape either turned quickly into gangs or live in shelters. Ember, on the other hand, can’t do either. With a price on her head and a Dark Dweller on her ass, she is constantly on the move. Both Light and Dark are hunting her for their own purpose to use her as a weapon or a pawn in the war between the Unseelie King of the Dark and the Seelie Queen of the Light.

Em needs help but doesn’t know who to trust: Lars, the mystery man Torin told her to find? Torin, the Seelie Queen’s personal knight, who has sworn to keep Em safe? Or Eli, who wants to turn her over to the Unseelie King, but whom she has an undeniable, intense connection with?

No matter what she chooses she will probably lose—her life or everything and everyone she loves.

Dwellers of Darkness

Dwellers of Darkness (Darkness #3) by Stacey Marie Brown

Available February 27, 2014

About this Book:

Some days feel like years, but in Ember Brycin’s case just the opposite is true. She had only been in the Otherworld for a day or two when she returned back to the Earth’s realm. But it is three years later on Earth. Em is now 22. It would matter if she was human, but she’s not. She is a Dae, part Demon and part Fay, with a little Dark Dweller thrown in to make her even more of a freak.

Seeing Seattle rebuilt only confirms she has been gone three years. For her it was not long ago that the Seattle area was just rubble of concrete and death. All done by her hand.

One thing that hasn’t changed, though, is her undeniable connection to Eli Dragen, who is sexy, gorgeous, and even more volatile and frustrating. But her problems go way past him. The Seelie Queen of the Otherworld still holds Mark, Em’s father, and her friends, Ryan, and Josh as hostages. Em needs to rescue them without, once again, getting caught and being used as a pawn to help the Queen regain possession of Earth. At the same time Ember is in hot water with Lars, the Unseelie King, after breaking her contract with him.

As some secrets have come to light others seem to become even more enigmatic. The only truth Ember knows is,everyone is harboring secrets. As Eli’s past is revealed, Em understands more clearly why he acts the way he does and how much their lives are intertwined. But she also knows Eli is holding something back, something that could change their relationship forever.

Em herself continues to wrestle with her feelings toward Torin and her own secret she’s withholding from Kennedy. As the tension for war mounts between the Seelie and Unseelie (Light and Dark), the tension at the Dark Dweller’s compound mounts even more as they prepare to obtain the sword no matter what the price. But is Ember the answer to the location of the sword? Is she the one to fulfill the prophecy? As usual nothing is ever what it seems.

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Dwellers of Darkness

Available February27, 2014 from Twisted Fairy Publishing

About this Book:

Some days feel like years, but in Ember Brycin’s case just the opposite is true. She had only been in the Otherworld for a day or two when she returned back to the Earth’s realm. But it is three years later on Earth. Em is now 22. It would matter if she was human, but she’s not. She is a Dae, part Demon and part Fay, with a little Dark Dweller thrown in to make her even more of a freak.

Seeing Seattle rebuilt only confirms she has been gone three years. For her it was not long ago that the Seattle area was just rubble of concrete and death. All done by her hand.

One thing that hasn’t changed, though, is her undeniable connection to Eli Dragen, who is sexy, gorgeous, and even more volatile and frustrating. But her problems go way past him. The Seelie Queen of the Otherworld still holds Mark, Em’s father, and her friends, Ryan, and Josh as hostages. Em needs to rescue them without, once again, getting caught and being used as a pawn to help the Queen regain possession of Earth. At the same time Ember is in hot water with Lars, the Unseelie King, after breaking her contract with him.

As some secrets have come to light others seem to become even more enigmatic. The only truth Ember knows is,everyone is harboring secrets. As Eli’s past is revealed, Em understands more clearly why he acts the way he does and how much their lives are intertwined. But she also knows Eli is holding something back, something that could change their relationship forever.

Em herself continues to wrestle with her feelings toward Torin and her own secret she’s withholding from Kennedy. As the tension for war mounts between the Seelie and Unseelie (Light and Dark), the tension at the Dark Dweller’s compound mounts even more as they prepare to obtain the sword no matter what the price. But is Ember the answer to the location of the sword? Is she the one to fulfill the prophecy? As usual nothing is ever what it seems.

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