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Giveaway & Excerpt: Crazy House by James Patterson & G. Charbonnet

May 24th, 2017 Kristie Posted in Giveaway 8 Comments »

Crazy HouseGet ready for a bunch of crazy with James Patterson’s Crazy House! If you enjoy thrillers set in a dystopian world or just want to read something different this summer, then enter today’s giveaway! Crazy House is an insane novel where teenage children are kidnapped and sent to a prison to be on Death Row. When Cassie’s sister Becca disappears she has no idea the trouble that her sister has gotten into when she finds herself in a similar situation. Please check out my review here!

One lucky reader will win a copy of Crazy House by James Patterson and Gabrielle Charbonnet! This giveaway is provided by Hachette Book Group. This contest is open to U.S. addresses only.

About James:

James Patterson has created more enduring fictional characters than any other novelist writing today with his Alex Cross, Michael Bennett, Women’s Murder Club, Private, NYPD Red, Daniel X, Maximum Ride, and Middle School series. As of January 2016, he has sold over 350 million books worldwide and currently holds the Guinness World Record for the most #1 New York Times bestsellers. In addition to writing the thriller novels for which he is best known, he also writes children’s, middle-grade, and young-adult fiction and is also the first author to have #1 new titles simultaneously on the New York Times adult and children’s bestsellers lists.

You can visit James around the web here: Website | FacebookTwitter | Pinterest | Instagram

About Gabrielle:

Cate Tiernan is the pen name of Gabrielle Charbonnet, an American author. Writing as Cate Tiernan, she is best known for her Sweep series, which follows the Wiccan adventures of a cast of high school students. The stories are sold as the Wicca series in the UK, Belgium, The Netherlands and Australia, and as White Magic (Magie Blanche) in Italy and France. Under her own name, she is chiefly known for children’s books in the Princess, American Gold Gymnasts, and Disney Girls series. In 2008 and 2009, Charbonnet collaborated with author James Patterson on two “young adult” novels, Sundays at Tiffany’s and Witch & Wizard.

You can visit Gabrielle around the web here: Website | FacebookTwitter

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Crazy House Excerpt

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CASSIE

THANK GOD FOR PROGRAMMABLE COFFEEMAKERS, that’s all I want to  say. Actually, that’s about all I can say until I’ve had that first cup. Right on time, 5:45 a.m., life’s precious fluid starts seeping down to the carafe.

And thank God for coffee. Last year when we’d heard that a lot of coffee crops had failed, I thought the bottom of my life had dropped out. But this year coffee is back on the shelves at United All-Ways, and I for one am grateful.

Leaning back against the kitchen counter with my first hot cup, I looked out the torn window screen to see the barest hint of pink coming up over the tops of the trees by the Boundary. I guess people who live in cells by the ocean get to see the sun coming up over the water.

Actually, I don’t know. I don’t know if any people live near any ocean.

I felt the coffee igniting nerves throughout my body as I sipped and watched the sun come up. It was partly blocked by the carport where I kept my—I bolted upright and peered through the ragged screen.

“No, she didn’t!” I shrieked, wanting to hurl my coffee cup right out the window. It would have hit my truck if my truck had been there. Which it wasn’t!

“Damnation, Rebecca!” I shouted, then wheeled and headed upstairs just to double-check. Just in case. Just in case my twin, Ridiculous Rebecca, was in fact still snoring in bed instead of joy-riding in my truck.

I slammed open her bedroom door, adrenaline making jumpy friends with all the caffeine in my system.

Becca’s bed was empty.

Seething, I hurried to my room at the end of the hall, passing the door to our parents’ room, which we kept shut all the time nowadays. In my room I threw on yesterday’s jeans and a plaid shirt that I’d been too hasty in assigning to the dirty clothes pile.

Jamming my feet into my perfectly worn cowboy boots, I started rehearsing what I would say to my sister when I caught up with her.

And I would catch up with her. There was zero doubt about that. Our cell was barely four miles across, a nice big crop circle.

Becca had no place to run, no place to hide.

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This contest is provided by Hachette Book Group!

One lucky reader will win a copy of Crazy House by James Patterson & Gabrielle Charbonnet!
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Crazy House

Available May 22, 2017 from Hachette Book Group

About this Book:

A thrilling new YA novel from master of suspense James Patterson, who’s created a frightening new future: a world where teens are taken, imprisoned and forced to fight for their survival. Where 17-year-old Cass will do whatever it takes to save her twin sister from Death Row.

There were no charges. There was no trial. There will be no escape.

Seventeen-year-old Becca Greenfield was snatched from her small hometown. She was thrown into a maximum-security prison and put on Death Row with other kids her age. Until her execution, Becca’s told to fit in and shut her mouth… but Becca’s never been very good at either. Her sister Cassie was always the perfect twin.

Becca’s only hope is that her twin sister will find her. That perfect little priss Cassie will stop following the rules and start breaking them, before it’s too late. Because her jailers made a mistake that could get them both killed:

They took the wrong twin.

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Giveaway: Magic for Nothing by Seanan McGuire

April 25th, 2017 Kristie Posted in Giveaway 9 Comments »

Seanan McGuireMagic For Nothing is the sixth and most recent release in the InCryptid series by Seanan McGuire. It was released on March 7, 2017 from DAW/Penguin. In this novel, we finally get to see Verity’s little sister Antimony’s story and, wow, it was worth the wait! Please check out Roxanne’s review below this post.

One lucky reader will win a copy of Magic for Nothing. This contest is provided by DAW/Penguin and is open to U.S. addresses only.

About Seanan:

Hi! I’m Seanan McGuire, author of the Toby Daye series (Rosemary and Rue, A Local Habitation, An Artificial Night, Late Eclipses), as well as a lot of other things. I’m also Mira Grant (www.miragrant.com), author of Feed and Deadline.

Born and raised in Northern California, I fear weather and am remarkably laid-back about rattlesnakes. I watch too many horror movies, read too many comic books, and share my house with two monsters in feline form, Lilly and Alice (Siamese and Maine Coon).

You can visit Seanan around the web here: Website | BlogFacebookTwitter

Want to read more from Seanan McGuire?

Rosemary and Rue A Local Habitation An Artificial Night Late Eclipses One Salt Sea Ashes of Honor Chimes at MidnightFull of Briars (October Day...The Winter Long (October Da...A Red-Rose Chain (October D...Once Broken Faith (October ...Discount Armageddon Midnight Blue-Light Special Half-Off Ragnarok Pocket Apocalypse Chaos ChoreographyMagic for Nothing (InCrypti...Every Heart a Doorway Down Among the Sticks and B...Indexing ReflectionsSparrow Hill RoadVelveteen vs. The Junior Su... Velveteen vs. The Multiverse Velveteen vs. The Seasons

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This contest is provided by DAW/Penguin!

One lucky reader will win a copy of Magic For Nothing!
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Magic for Nothing

Available March 7, 2017 from DAW/Penguin

About this Book:

Improbable, adjective:
1. Not very likely to happen; not probable.
2. Probably not a very good idea anyway.
3. See also “bad plan.”

As the youngest of the three Price children, Antimony is used to people not expecting much from her. She’s been happy playing roller derby and hanging out with her cousins, leaving the globe-trotting to her older siblings while she stays at home and tries to decide what she wants to do with her life. She always knew that one day, things would have to change. She didn’t think they’d change so fast.

Annie’s expectations keep getting shattered. She didn’t expect Verity to declare war on the Covenant of St. George on live television. She didn’t expect the Covenant to take her sister’s threat seriously. And she definitely didn’t expect to be packed off to London to infiltrate the Covenant from the inside…but as the only Price in her generation without a strong resemblance to the rest of the family, she’s the perfect choice to play spy. They need to know what’s coming. Their lives may depend on it.

But Annie has some secrets of her own, like the fact that she’s started setting things on fire when she touches them, and has no idea how to control it. Now she’s headed halfway around the world, into the den of the enemy, where blowing her cover could get her killed. She’s pretty sure things can’t get much worse.

Antimony Price is about to learn just how wrong it’s possible for one cryptozoologist to be.

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Giveaway: Chaos Choreography by Seanan McGuire

April 24th, 2017 Kristie Posted in Giveaway 5 Comments »

Seanan McGuireVerity is back at it again in Chaos Choreography, the fifth novel in the InCryptid series by Seanan McGuire, and this time Verity gets to show off her dancing skills! When things get very dangerous, Verity’s grandma Alice gets to show up and help save the day. This novel was exciting and kept me guessing! Read my review below this post and then don’t forget to enter the giveaway.

We are very excited about today’s giveaway! A huge thanks to DAW/Penguin for this giveaway. One lucky reader will win copy of Chaos Choreography. This contest is U.S. only.

About Seanan:

Hi! I’m Seanan McGuire, author of the Toby Daye series (Rosemary and Rue, A Local Habitation, An Artificial Night, Late Eclipses), as well as a lot of other things. I’m also Mira Grant (www.miragrant.com), author of Feed and Deadline.

Born and raised in Northern California, I fear weather and am remarkably laid-back about rattlesnakes. I watch too many horror movies, read too many comic books, and share my house with two monsters in feline form, Lilly and Alice (Siamese and Maine Coon).

You can visit Seanan around the web here: Website | BlogFacebookTwitter

Want to read more from Seanan McGuire?

Rosemary and Rue A Local Habitation An Artificial Night Late Eclipses One Salt Sea Ashes of Honor Chimes at MidnightFull of Briars (October Day...The Winter Long (October Da...A Red-Rose Chain (October D...Once Broken Faith (October ...Discount Armageddon Midnight Blue-Light Special Half-Off Ragnarok Pocket Apocalypse Chaos ChoreographyMagic for Nothing (InCrypti...Every Heart a Doorway Down Among the Sticks and B...Indexing ReflectionsSparrow Hill RoadVelveteen vs. The Junior Su... Velveteen vs. The Multiverse Velveteen vs. The Seasons

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One lucky reader will win a copy of Chaos Choreography!
(US only)

Chaos Choreography

Available March 1, 2016 from DAW/Penguin

About this Book:

Fifth book in Seanan McGuire’s funny and fast-paced urban fantasy InCryptid series featuring ballroom dancer and monster expert Verity Price.

Verity Price is back on the West Coast and getting back into the swing of the family business: cryptozoology. She’s rescuing cryptids from bad situations, protecting them from monster-hunters, and generally risking life and limb for the greater good, with her ex-Covenant partner/husband, Dominic, by her side. Her ballroom dance career is behind her—or so she thinks. When Verity gets the call from the producers of Dance or Die, the reality show she almost won several years before, she finds the lure impossible to resist, and she and Dominic are off to L.A. for one last shot at the big time.

Of course, nothing is that simple. When two contestants turn up dead, Verity will need every ally she can find with the investigation, without blowing her cover…

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Giveaway: Pocket Apocalypse by Seanan McGuire

April 23rd, 2017 Kristie Posted in Giveaway 6 Comments »

Seanan McGuireToday we are hosting a giveaway for Pocket Apocalypse, the fourth novel in the InCryptid series by Seanan McGuire. This series is so fun and action-packed and I don’t want to put them down. I’m really interested in the Price family and their stories. Pocket Apocalypse follows Alex as he travels to Australia to help fight werewolves and these are some pretty terrifying werewolves!

One lucky reader will win a copy of Pocket Apocalypse. I want to send a huge thank you to DAW/Penguin for this entire series giveaway! Check checking back everyday for a new review/giveaway.

About Seanan:

Hi! I’m Seanan McGuire, author of the Toby Daye series (Rosemary and Rue, A Local Habitation, An Artificial Night, Late Eclipses), as well as a lot of other things. I’m also Mira Grant (www.miragrant.com), author of Feed and Deadline.

Born and raised in Northern California, I fear weather and am remarkably laid-back about rattlesnakes. I watch too many horror movies, read too many comic books, and share my house with two monsters in feline form, Lilly and Alice (Siamese and Maine Coon).

You can visit Seanan around the web here: Website | BlogFacebookTwitter

Want to read more from Seanan McGuire?

Rosemary and Rue A Local Habitation An Artificial Night Late Eclipses One Salt Sea Ashes of Honor Chimes at MidnightFull of Briars (October Day...The Winter Long (October Da...A Red-Rose Chain (October D...Once Broken Faith (October ...Discount Armageddon Midnight Blue-Light Special Half-Off Ragnarok Pocket Apocalypse Chaos ChoreographyMagic for Nothing (InCrypti...Every Heart a Doorway Down Among the Sticks and B...Indexing ReflectionsSparrow Hill RoadVelveteen vs. The Junior Su... Velveteen vs. The Multiverse Velveteen vs. The Seasons

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This contest is provided by DAW/Penguin!

One lucky reader will win a copy of Pocket Apocalypse!
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Pocket Apocalypse

Available March 3, 2015 from DAW/Penguin

About this Book:

Endangered, adjective: Threatened with extinction or immediate harm.
Australia, noun: A good place to become endangered.

Alexander Price has survived gorgons, basilisks, and his own family—no small feat, considering that his family includes two telepaths, a reanimated corpse, and a colony of talking, pantheistic mice. Still, he’s starting to feel like he’s got the hang of things…at least until his girlfriend, Shelby Tanner, shows up asking pointed questions about werewolves and the state of his passport. From there, it’s just a hop, skip, and a jump to Australia, a continent filled with new challenges, new dangers, and yes, rival cryptozoologists who don’t like their “visiting expert” very much.

Australia is a cryptozoologist’s dream, filled with unique species and unique challenges. Unfortunately, it’s also filled with Shelby’s family, who aren’t delighted by the length of her stay in America. And then there are the werewolves to consider: infected killing machines who would like nothing more than to claim the continent as their own. The continent which currently includes Alex.

Survival is hard enough when you’re on familiar ground. Alex Price is very far from home, but there’s one thing he knows for sure: he’s not going down without a fight.

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Giveaway: Half-Off Ragnarok by Seanan McGuire

April 22nd, 2017 Kristie Posted in Giveaway 5 Comments »

Seanan McGuireToday’s review and giveaway focuses on the third book in the InCryptid series Half-Off Ragnarok! Seanan McGuire’s series about hidden monsters living among us is an entertaining read. Half-Off Ragnarok is a change in perspectives for the series as it switches to Verity’s brother Alex and his adventures with the lizard-type cryptid varieties.

One lucky reader will win a copy of Half-Off Ragnarok at the end of this post! This contest is provided by DAW/Penguin!

About Seanan:

Hi! I’m Seanan McGuire, author of the Toby Daye series (Rosemary and Rue, A Local Habitation, An Artificial Night, Late Eclipses), as well as a lot of other things. I’m also Mira Grant (www.miragrant.com), author of Feed and Deadline.

Born and raised in Northern California, I fear weather and am remarkably laid-back about rattlesnakes. I watch too many horror movies, read too many comic books, and share my house with two monsters in feline form, Lilly and Alice (Siamese and Maine Coon).

You can visit Seanan around the web here: Website | BlogFacebookTwitter

Want to read more from Seanan McGuire?

Rosemary and Rue A Local Habitation An Artificial Night Late Eclipses One Salt Sea Ashes of Honor Chimes at MidnightFull of Briars (October Day...The Winter Long (October Da...A Red-Rose Chain (October D...Once Broken Faith (October ...Discount Armageddon Midnight Blue-Light Special Half-Off Ragnarok Pocket Apocalypse Chaos ChoreographyMagic for Nothing (InCrypti...Every Heart a Doorway Down Among the Sticks and B...Indexing ReflectionsSparrow Hill RoadVelveteen vs. The Junior Su... Velveteen vs. The Multiverse Velveteen vs. The Seasons

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contest

This contest is provided by DAW/Penguin!

One lucky reader will win a copy of Half-Off Ragnarok!
(US only)

Half-Off Ragnarok

Available March 4, 2014 from DAW/Penguin

About this Book:

When Alex Price agreed to go to Ohio to oversee a basilisk breeding program and assist in the recovery of his psychic cousin, he didn’t expect people to start dropping dead. But bodies are cropping up at the zoo where he works, and his girlfriend—Shelby Tanner, an Australian zoologist with a fondness for big cats—is starting to get suspicious.

Worse yet, the bodies have all been turned partially to stone…

The third book in the InCryptid series takes us to a new location and a new member of the family, as Alex tries to balance life, work, and the strong desire not to become a piece of garden statuary. Old friends and new are on the scene, and danger lurks around every corner.

Of course, so do the talking mice.

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