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Deadly Destinations: The Veil by Chloe Neill

August 3rd, 2015 Kristie Posted in Deadly Destinations 4 Comments »

Deadly Destinations 2015

Welcome back to Deadly Destinations! Today we are visiting New Orleans with The Veil. Chloe Neill’s newest series, Devil’s Isle, is set in a dystopian-esque south where magic and Paras have crossed into our world causing death and destruction. The Veil will be released on August 4, 2015 from NAL/Penguin! Want to know my thoughts on this novel? Read my review here.

**Enter below for a chance to win The Veil swag from Chloe Neill! This giveaway is US only.**

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The Veil Tour Bug

Hey, everyone. This is Claire from THE VEIL, the first book in Chloe’s new Devil’s Isle series.

I live in New Orleans, Louisiana–or what’s left of it.  The war destroyed blocks and blocks of the city, sparing only clumps of buildings here and there. That’s what you get when the Veil rips, when the barrier that separates us from the Paranormals rips open, and they bring war to our realm.

The city is now part of the war zone throughout the south; those of us who stayed around did so because we love it.
Because if we leave, there will be nothing left of New Orleans, of beignets in the French Quarter, mansions in the Garden District, the history of the Ninth Ward.

We hang on to what remains. The Cabildo, even though St. Louis Cathedral was destroyed. There’s no more
Commander’s Palace, but we still have Yakamein. And there’s no Mardi Gras, but now we’ve got War Night.

Now we remember what happened, and we celebrate our survival.

You want to visit New Orleans now? Bring your patience.  The power goes out, Containment is everywhere, and there’s no magic left in New Orleans.

Or there isn’t supposed to be.

And whatever you do, stay away from Devil’s Isle–from the wall, from the gate, and from the Paras still imprisoned
inside. They’ve nearly destroyed us once. And if they had their way, they’d try again.

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The fun doesn’t stop here. Want more chances to win? You can also enter THE VEIL Grand Prize Giveaway, which runs July 27 through August 7 on Chloe’s web site.

What is the Grand Prize Giveaway prize?

  • Fleur de Lis Amulet Pendant Necklace from New Orleans jewelry designer Mignon Faget
  • $50 Amazon Gift Card
  • THE VEIL 5?x5? cloth screenwipe
  • THE VEIL tote bag
  • THE VEIL bookmark, sticker, and pen
  • Chicagoland Vampires bookmark, sticker, pen, keychain, and lanyard

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The Veil Blog Tour Schedule

Week One

Monday, July 27 – SassyCat’s Book Review | Paranormally Yours
Tuesday, July 28 – Fantasy Is More Fun | Reaffirming My Bookworm Status
Wednesday, July 29 – YA Book Nerd | Happiness is a Book
Thursday, July 30 – Star Crossed Book Blog | Dandelionn Wine Book Blog | The Book Swarm
Friday, July 31 – Parajunkee | All Books Considered | Wild Wordy Women | Professional Fan Girls

Week Two

Monday, August 3 – Dark Faerie Tales (Deadly Destinations Event) | Creative House Blog | True Bookies Review | Andrea Heltsley
Tuesday, August 4 – Reed’s Reads & Review | The Saucy Wenches | My Lifes, Loves and Passion
Wednesday, August 5 – Bad Bird Reads
Thursday, August 6 – Booklovers for Life | Spines & Covers
Friday, August 7 – The Book Nympho (Stomp v. Romp)

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Chloe NeillAbout Chloe:

Chloe Neill is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Chicagoland Vampires and Dark Elite series.

She was born and raised in the South, but now makes her home in the Midwest–just close enough to Cadogan House and St. Sophia’s to keep an eye on things. When not transcribing Merit’s and Lily’s adventures, she bakes, works, and scours the Internet for good recipes and great graphic design. Chloe also maintains her sanity by spending time with her boys–her favorite landscape photographer/husband and their dogs, Baxter and Scout. (Both she and the photographer understand the dogs are in charge.)

Chloe is represented by Lucienne Diver of The Knight Agency. Chloe is a member of the Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America and the Romance Writers of America.

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

Want to read more from Chloe Neill?

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This contest is provided by Chloe Neill!

One lucky reader will win The Veil Swag including, THE VEIL tote bag, THE VEIL 5?x5? cloth screenwipe, THE VEIL bookmark, sticker, and pen & Chicagoland Vampires swag, including bookmark, pen or sticker (while supplies last) and lanyard!

The Veil

Available August 4, 2015 from NAL/Penguin

About this Book:

Seven years ago, the Veil that separates humanity from what lies beyond was torn apart, and New Orleans was engulfed in a supernatural war. Now, those with paranormal powers have been confined in a walled community that humans call the District. Those who live there call it Devil’s Isle.

Claire Connolly is a good girl with a dangerous secret: she’s a Sensitive, a human endowed with magic that seeped through the Veil. Claire knows that revealing her skills would mean being confined to Devil’s Isle. Unfortunately, hiding her power has left her untrained and unfocused.

Liam Quinn knows from experience that magic makes monsters of the weak, and he has no time for a Sensitive with no control of her own strength. But when he sees Claire using her powers to save a human under attack—in full view of the French Quarter—Liam decides to bring her to Devil’s Isle and the teacher she needs, even though getting her out of his way isn’t the same as keeping her out of his head.

But when the Veil threatens to shatter completely, Claire and Liam must work together to stop it, or else New Orleans will burn…

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Deadly Destinations Giveaway: While You Were Gone by Amy Nichols

August 2nd, 2015 Kristie Posted in Deadly Destinations 3 Comments »

Deadly Destinations 2015

Deadly Destinations takes you to the science fiction world of Amy Nichols’ Duplexity Series. The second novel in the series, While You Were Gone, will be released on August 4, 2015 from Knopf Books for Young Readers!

**Enter below to win a copy of While You Were Gone! This contest is US only!**

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Amy NicholsAbout Amy:

I’ve been telling stories for as long as I can remember, but I took the long route to becoming an author. I earned a Master’s in literature and worked for years in a bunch of oddball professions (tech writer, web designer, political aide), before finally gathering up the courage to pursue my real dream. My first novel, YA sci-fi thriller Now That You’re Here, was published by Knopf Books for Young Readers in December, 2014. The follow-up, While You Were Gone, hits shelves on August 4, 2015.

When I’m not writing you can find me spending time with my family (we’re a bunch of nutters), playing with my dogs (they’re big and goofy), making art (I sell some of my digital stuff here and here). I also love reading and listening to music (don’t get me started on favorites; I’ll be here all day). I’m a massive fan of Doctor Who and Sherlock (Benedict Cumberbatch likes my handbag!), and British telly and movies in general. (Did I mention I lived there for a spell, and studied at Cambridge?) I also geek out on superhero stories, and Loki is my fave baddie. No, wait. It’s Moriarty. Oh, don’t make me choose!

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

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This giveaway is provided by Penguin/Random House!

One lucky reader will win a copy of While You Were Gone!
(US only!)

While You Were Gone

Available August 4, 2015 from Knopf Books for Young Readers

About this Book:

An artist without a cause meets a rebel without a clue.

Eevee is a promising young artist and the governor’s daughter in a city where censorship is everywhere and security is everything. When a fire devastates her exhibition—years in the making—her dreams of attending an elite art institute are dashed. She’s struggling to find inspiration when she meets Danny, a boy from a different world. Literally.

Raised in a foster home, Danny has led a life full of hurt and hardship until a glitch in the universe changes everything. Suddenly Danny is living in a home he’s never seen, with parents who miraculously survived the car crash that should have killed them. It’s like he’s a new Danny. But this alternate self has secrets—ties to an underground anarchist group that have already landed him in hot water. When he starts to develop feelings for Eevee, he’s even more disturbed to learn that he might have started the fire that ruined her work.

As Danny sifts through clues from his past and Eevee attempts to piece together her future, they uncover a secret that’s bigger than both of them. . . . And together, they must correct the breach between the worlds before it’s too late.

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Deadly Destinations: Oblivion by Kelly Creagh

August 1st, 2015 Kristie Posted in Deadly Destinations 17 Comments »

Deadly Destinations 2015

Welcome back to Deadly Destinations! Today we are venturing to Baltimore, Maryland to visit the sights and sounds from the Nevermore series. Oblivion is the final book in the Nevermore trilogy! It was released on July 28, 2015 from Atheneum Books for Young Readers/Simon & Schuster. The reviews for this entire series is coming soon!

**Enter below for your chance to win a signed copy of Oblivion! This contest is US only!**

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A Goth, a cheerleader, and a wise-cracking Brooklyn native walk into a coffee shop.

They’re planning a trip to the Poe capitol of the world. In other words? Baltimore!

“So, how we getting there?” Gwen asked, crumbs flying from her mouth—tumbling from the chocolate chip scone she held in one hand. “’Cause I know I’m not driving this time. That’s eleven hours of butt-numb and a cracked-arm-for-your-trouble trip.”

Varen paused before bringing his steaming mug of coffee to his lips, eyes falling to the crumbs accumulating on the map he’d unfolded across their small café table.

His map. Vintage, but newly purchased.

“We’re flying this time,” Isobel said. “And, if we stay in the inner harbor, we can get pretty much anywhere we want on foot.”

“Flying, huh?” Gwen said, aiming a finger of her scone hand at Varen. “He gonna teach us how to levitate?”

Varen took his sip. Then, setting his mug down, he glanced to Gwen, who sat across from him. “Levitation requires intense concentration and the recitation of complicated incantation. I doubt you’d be able to manage.”

“Oh, yeah?” Gwen asked, sending him a glower, abandoning her scone to the map of Baltimore—obscuring the entirety of the Inner Harbor and forgetting, it seemed, about the saucer at her elbow. “How about I give you some purple eyeshadow to go with your Maybe its Maybelline guy-liner? Promise it won’t take an incantation.”

“Lancôme, actually,” Varen said.

“What’d you call me?” snapped Gwen, brandishing a fist.

“Mm.” Varen mused. “Barbarism. The first resort of an adversary with no vocabulary.”

“You’re about to get a zetz in the epiglottis. How’s that for your vocab?”

“Please don’t zetz Varen’s epiglottis,” Isobel said, brushing a few crumbs off of the Inner Harbor before pointing at a spot labeled as Fells Point. “Look! We should go here. There’s a bar there that’s supposedly haunted by Poe called The Horse You Came in On.”

“Like they’re gonna let you into a bar,” Gwen scoffed.

“They might if we go during the day.”

“They’re not going to admit you to a bar,” Varen said, speaking into his coffee cup.

“Oh,” Isobel said, “and they’d let you two in?”

“I’m a genius and, being a vampire, he’s probably got an ID from 1812,” replied Gwen, gesturing between herself and Varen. “You? You got this…blonde happy underage thing going on. Bouncers don’t respond to that.”

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“Okay, whatever,” Isobel said, “How about here then? This place called Little Italy. I hear there’s a great little Italian restaurant called Amicci’s.”

“Oh my biscuits and gravy,” gasped Gwen, leaning forward over the table, nearly pressing her nose to a spot marked LITTLE ITALY. “Now you’re spittin’ my speak.”

Aaaand,” Isobel added, “there’s this place called Vaccaro’s. It’s an Italian pastry shop.”

“First stop, Vaccaro’s,” Gwen said, and pulling a sharpie from her patchwork purse, she circled the spot.

“You are aware, are you not,” Varen began, “that you are always either eating some kind of confection, or some food item that does not belong to you?”

“Forgive me if not all of us can subsist on the blood of virgins,” Gwen said, flittering her fingers at Isobel.

Isobel’s face flared red, her blood heating her ears. She glanced to Varen, but it didn’t help that he was smiling—that sly amused close-lipped smile he sometimes indulged in.

Against her better judgment, Isobel looked to Gwen, who only grinned and wagged her eyebrows as she took another huge bite of her scone. “Wha ‘el ih dere t’do ih bah-hi-mor?”

“Translate,” Varen said after a beat, turning to Izzy.

“She said she ought to take baths more,” droned Isobel.

“Ah,” Varen said with a nod of understanding. “Agreed.”

Gwen aimed a hooded glare at them both, her mouth freezing mid-chew.

“We’re definitely going to see Eddie, aren’t we?” asked Isobel suddenly, her finger trailing along a street named Fayette, stopping only when it met with Greene—the site of Westminster Burial Grounds and the grave of Edgar Allan Poe.

“Definitely,” Varen said.

“We kind of have to,” Gwen added. “I mean, he’s like that one weird cousin who doesn’t talk and never wants to go anywhere, but you still can’t avoid visiting.”

“And then?” asked Isobel.

“And then,” Varen said, “we go watch the Ravens play.”

Isobel and Gwen froze, flashing one another a glance of disbelief. Then they both stared hard at Varen.

“Football?” Gwen asked.

Cheerleaders,” Varen corrected, trying to suppress a new grin.

“Hey!” piped Isobel, giving his shoulder a shove before taking Varen’s face between her hands—and kissing him. “You already have one of those.”

“Ah,” Gwen said, her chair scraping as she rose. “Gotta go. Scone’s coming back up.”

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Kelly CreaghAbout Kelly:

As a child, Kelly would hold elaborate one-kid plays for patient relatives, complete with song, dance, and over-the-top melodramatics. Then, whenever Mom or Grandma called for a break, she would venture outside to slay dragons, run from make-believe ghosts and create magical feasts for fairies out of mud and pinecones.

In the third grade, Kelly wrote her first book titled Pink Lettuce, a story about a young girl who comes to the aid of her mad scientist neighbor, helping him to return his potion-pink lettuce patch to its original green and leafy luster.

Kelly holds an undergraduate degree in Theatre Arts and Master of Fine Arts in Writing for Children and Young Adults. Today, she finds true joy in transcribing her dramatic daydreams onto the stage of the blank page. When not writing or curled up with a good book, Kelly can be found teaching, learning and performing the ancient art of Bellydance.

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

Want to read more from Kelly Creagh?

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One lucky winner will win a signed copy of Oblivion!!!
(US only)

Oblivion

Available July 28, 2015 from Atheneum Books for Young Readers

About this Book:

This electrifying conclusion to the Nevermore trilogy takes one last trip to the dream world of Edgar Allan Poe to reveal the intertwined fates of Isobel and Varen.

The boundaries which divide Life from Death are at best shadowy and vague. Who shall say where the one ends, and where the other begins? —Edgar Allan Poe

The fine line between life and death blurred long ago for Isobel Lanley. After a deadly confrontation with Varen in the dreamworld, she’s terrified to return to that desolate and dangerous place. But when her nightmares resume, bleeding into reality, she is left with no choice. Varen’s darkness is catching up to her. To everything. Threatening to devour it all.

Isobel fears for her world. For her sanity and Varen’s—especially after a fresh and devastating loss. To make matters worse, the ghostly demon Lilith wants Varen for her own, and she will do anything to keep him in her grasp—anything.

Can Isobel ever find her happy ending? Worlds collide and fates are sealed in this breathtaking finale to the Nevermore trilogy.

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Deadly Destinations: Renegade by Kerry Wilkinson

July 31st, 2015 Kristie Posted in Deadly Destinations 6 Comments »

Deadly Destinations 2015

Welcome to Deadly Destinations! Our first stop takes us to England where we will visit some of the real world locations that are featured in the Silver Blackthorn series. The second novel in this young adult dystopian series, Renegade, was released on July 7, 2015 from St. Martin’s Griffin. Please welcome Kerry Wilkinson!

**Enter below the post for your chance to win a copy of Renegade! This giveaway is international!**

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Silver in the real world

One of the great things about writing books is that, if you’re really lucky, your books can be read by people all around the world. It’s always lovely to receive emails from readers who want to ask or talk about the books – but it gives a special sort of buzz when you get one from some far-flung place to which you’ve never been.

What many people might not realise, even UK readers, is that Silver’s universe very much fits around the real world.

The place from which she comes – Martindale – is real. It’s about 10 miles from Penrith in the Lake District, carved onto a beautiful set of hills with crumbling roads that are better for cycling than they are cars. It’s not really a village, more a collection of farms, but it’s there. I’ve beefed it up in the books, making the hamlet a proper village to where refugees were re-homed during my fictional civil war.

The Gully is a real place, too. Just north of Martindale is Ullswater lake. It’s long and thin – about nine miles from end to end but less than a mile across – and home to all sorts of water sports and fabulous views. I figured what better way to describe its beauty than to drain the water and fill it full of the nation’s rubbish to the extent that it is a giant landfill in the series!

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Windsor is, of course, real – as is the castle. I always wanted the King to rule from a castle and there’s not really a more famous one in the country.

At the end of Reckoning and the beginning of Renegade, Silver and her friends are holed up in a village on the other side of “what was once a wide six-lane road” – which is meant to be the M42. That puts them in somewhere like Beaconsfield, Bucks, with the early part of Renegade taking part in the Chiltern Hills.

There are lots of other places, too – but to mention them here would mean having to spoil things to come, so I’ll leave it there.

You can always email me to ask, though … especially if you live in some far-flung place!

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Kerry WilkinsonAbout Kerry:

Kerry Wilkinson grew up in Somerset, UK, playing ropey-looking computer games for which he needed a keyboard, being rubbish at soccer (or “football” as he calls it), plus reading science fiction and fantasy novels. The Silver Blackthorn trilogy is his first fantasy work, though he is a successful crime writer.

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

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This contest is provided by St. Martin’s Griffin/Macmillan!

One lucky reader will win a copy of Renegade by Kerry Wilkinson!
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Available July 7, 2015 from St. Martin’s Griffin/Macmillan

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Silver Blackthorn is a fugitive from the law.
Silver Blackthorn has committed treason.
She is dangerous. Do NOT approach her.
A large reward is on offer. Report any sightings to your nearest Kingsman.
Long live the King.

Silver Blackthorn is on the run. She fled Windsor Castle with eleven other teenagers, taking with her something far more valuable than even she realises: knowledge.

With the entire country searching for the missing Offerings, Silver must keep them all from the vicious clutches of King Victor and the Minister Prime. Until now, no one has escaped the king and lived to tell the tale.

Or have they?

With expectations weighing heavily on the girl with the silver streak in her hair, will she ever find her way home?

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Event Alert: Deadly Destinations Announcement!

July 29th, 2015 Kristie Posted in Deadly Destinations 3 Comments »

Thinking about slipping off for a summer of sun and fun in the South of France? Cozying up on the beach in Cabo? Partying in Palm Springs?  Wouldn’t you rather enjoy an all expenses paid, character guided tour of some of the hottest locals in paranormal fiction?

Deadly Destinations 2015

Deadly Destinations is back! Starting on July 31st and running through September 5th, Dark Faerie Tales invites you to visit all the different supernatural worlds/locations (guided by your favorite characters) from 39 of the most anticipated new Summer releases.

This summer is heating up and we hope we have a book for you! We have a great mixture of urban fantasy, paranormal romance, young adult, steampunk, ghosts! Wherever you want to go, whoever you want to go with, we’ve probably got you covered. And hopefully we’ll introduce you to a few new favorite characters that you’ll want to follow back to their own books.

After the previous success of Deadly Destinations, we set out to enlist a killer line up of participating authors and giveaways. Here’s who you can expect:

Renegade KWOblivionWhile You Were GoneThe VeilSpider's TrapKitty Saves the WorldRebel MechanicsGhostlightSplintered JSQueen of TomorrowThe UninvitedThe Nightmare CharadeResonanceKeepers of the LabyrinthPrimal HeatThe Temple of DoubtWaterborne ExileDark ShimmerForbidden CCThe Shores of SpainMechanicaA Murder of MagesNightwiseThe Masquerade, An Altar & A FairyOn the HuntWish BoundSmokedElisha RexThe Time of the ClockmakerThe WanderersEvolutionMARY UnleashedSerpentineThe House of Shattered WingsCourt of FivesBeauty and the WerewolfLady of MagickA Whole New World

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