Thrax (Angelbound Origins #4) by Christina Bauer
Today I'm here to post for the Thrax blog tour, which is the 4th book in the Angelbound Origins YA series by Christina Bauer. I'm excited to be able to share with you a guest post as well as a pretty awesome International giveaway! Without further ado, let's get into it!
by Christina Bauer
(Angelbound Origins #4)
Published by: Monster House Books
Publication date: June 27th 2017
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
Synopsis:Myla Lewis has married Prince Lincoln, and now they’re expecting! All the after-realms rejoice. Myla should be happy too, but she has a serious problem. The day after their honeymoon ended, Myla’s real husband disappeared.
The man who’s sharing her bed is an imposter.
Myla tries explaining about “Evil Lincoln,” but no one will listen. The reason? People think that Myla’s supernatural pregnancy is making her cray cray. Mostly because that’s what Evil Lincoln is telling everyone, and that man’s a great liar. What a creep.
There’s no way Myla will take this lying down, though. She’s going to rescue her man, and she has a pretty good idea where he’s being held. With her best friend, Cissy, along to help, Myla sneaks off to Earth. All she has to do is blend in with the humans, avoid Evil Lincoln, and find her real man before the baby arrives. How hard can it be?
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Guest Post by Christina BauerTop Ten Things You Don’t Know About Being A Writer On The Autism SpectrumBy Christina Bauer , a writer on the autism spectrum
There’s a saying about those who are on the autism spectrum: “If you look normal, they ignore your deficits… And if you DON’T look normal, they ignore your gifts.” When I was young, i was a hand-flapping kid who talked to myself. A lot. Back then it was the early seventies, so there weren’t a lot of options for children like me. My parents debated about sending me to some kind of asylum. No lie. I worked hard to blend in and I think it’s made me a better writer and person. Today, I’m here to tell you the top ten things I’d like you to know about folks like me.
10. Every time someone asks me: “how do you [FILL IN THE BLANK]” it cracks me up, because I want to ask the opposite, as in how do you NOT [FILL IN THE BLANK]. Example: how do you do so many things at the same time? Me: How do you NOT doing so many things at the same time? Don’t you get so bored you want to punch yourself in the face?
9. We are not individuals. We are a macro organism called the human being. (I know this sounds weird, but bear with me here.) Most people are connected in that they think along the same lines. I’m not saying that you vote the same way or whatever, but that you experience the world in a similar manner. We’re all connected in ways we don’t even think about, only I think about it because I’m disconnected a bit (more on that later). And honestly, I think that’s part of the plan, too.
8. People who act in openly strange manners (flapping hands or whatever) are NEVER NEVER NEVER the ones you need to worry about. It’s always the sociopaths who act so perfectly that they play into your dreams and then drag you into the black vans of life. Truth.
7. My primary way of understanding the world is through sound, while most ‘typical’ people are visual. This is a huge difference in how I’m wired and it changes everything for me in that I don’t care how people look so much as the content of what they say. Trust me, this isn’t always a joy. Case in point: I like reading romances about one-night stands, but I couldn’t have one in real life. Well, not unless we talked all night first and I knew his stance on about a million issues. And the guy made me laugh. But then, it probably wouldn’t be a one night stand.
6. Most people on the autism spectrum can’t lie. Like really, seriously, can not. We’re loving and loyal, only we can often look and act differently. You will never have a better or more true friend, although he/she WILL always tell you if those jeans make your ass look too big.
5. I have to study human nature in order to understand how non-spectrum folks think. It’s a job. It also makes me a better writer, so there’s that too.
4. Under stress, I can’t look people in the eye. Instead, I’ll look at the space right between your eyes. It fools typical people into thinking I’m making eye contact without overwhelming me. A lot of us have to do stuff like that because typical folks aren’t very flexible in terms of their interaction. I’m actually paying a lot closer attention if I’m not looking at you, because I’m listening and I get a lot more information from your voice than your eyes. But I gave up that battle a long time ago. Between the eyes it is!!!
3. A lot of people won’t believe I’m on the spectrum when they first meet me. Then, they get to know me and about six months down the road go: “how the hell is it that you do what you do?” In most cases, “what I do” is juggle a dozen huge projects at once, build crazy worlds in my books, or predict the future (more on that later.) Then, I tell them I’m on the spectrum and they get it. Lately, I’ve been testing out telling people earlier (hence this article). We’ll see how it goes.
2. My gift on the spectrum is to take in tons of information and then predict the next 4-5 things that will happen in a complex system. This can be a curse or a gift, depending on the situation because either 1) I’m predicting sunshine and rainbows, which everyone wanted to believe anyway or 2) I’m predicting something yucky and everyone dismisses it. For the second option, I can explain how everything will go down, often in painstaking detail, and most people still won’t believe it. Mostly, I just go ahead and act based on what i know and then people act like it’s magic when it works. See #3.
1. My son is on the autism spectrum and he presents very differently than I do. He is far less ‘hidden,’ at least at this stage of his development. He’s also the most open, loving, and joyful soul you could ever meet. In my opinion, just because he may not have a high-paying job someday or father a bunch of kids doesn’t make his future any less bright. Every day that he breaths and smiles, he brings happiness and purpose to those around him. Few ‘typical’ folks can claim the same, even after a long and ‘normal’ life.
Christina Bauer knows how to tell stories about kick-ass women. In her best selling Angelbound series, the heroine is a part-demon girl who loves to fight in Purgatory’s Arena and falls in love with a part-angel prince. This young adult best seller has driven more than 500,000 ebook downloads and 9,000 reviews on Goodreads and retailers.
Bauer has also told the story of the Women’s March on Washington by leading PR efforts for the Massachusetts Chapter. Her pre-event press release—the only one sent out on a major wire service—resulted in more than 19,000 global impressions and redistribution by over 350 different media entities including the Associated Press.
Christina graduated from Syracuse University’s Newhouse School with BA’s in English along with Television, Radio, and Film Production. She lives in Newton, MA with her husband, son, and semi-insane golden retriever, Ruby.
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I just wanted to say a big thank you to Christina as it was a pleasure to share your book on my blog!
Cover Reveal: The Cutting Room Floor by Dawn Klehr
I'm here to share with you the cover for The Cutting Room Floor by Dawn Klehr, a YA Mytery/Thriller novel. Let's get into it!
The Cutting Room Floor
by Dawn Klehr
Publication date: October 13th 2017
Genres: Mystery, Thriller, Young Adult
Synopsis:Behind-the-scenes secrets could turn deadly for Desmond and Riley
Life in the Heights has never been easy for seventeen-year-old Riley Frost, but when she’s publicly dumped and outed at the same time, she becomes an immediate social outcast at her high school. So Riley swears off romance and throws herself into solving the shocking murder of her favorite teacher, Ms. Dunn.
Riley turns to her best friend, budding filmmaker Desmond Brandt, for help. What she doesn’t know is that Dez has been secretly directing her life, blackmailing her friends, and hoping his manipulations will make her love him. When his schemes go too far, Dez’s web of lies threatens to destroy both of their lives
Dawn Klehr is the author of the young adult thrillers: The Cutting Room Floor and If You Wrong Us.
She began her career in TV news and though she’s been on both sides of the camera, she prefers to lurk behind the lens. Mostly, she loves to get lost in stories –in film, the theater, or on the page – and is a sucker for both the sinister and the sappy. She’s currently channeling her dark side as she works on her next book.
Dawn lives in the Twin Cities with her funny husband, adorable son, and naughty dog.
As always, let me know in the comments below your thoughts on the cover for The Cutting Room Floor. Congrats Dawn and I'm looking forward to getting my hands on a copy when it's released!
Book Blitz: Carry Me Home by Jessica Therrien (Excerpt + Giveaway)
Today I'm posting as part of the book blitz for Carry Me Home, a YA Contemporary Thriller, by Jessica Therrien. I have an excerpt to share with you as well a pretty amazing international giveaway.
Without further ado, let's get into it!
Carry Me Home
by Jessica Therrien
Published by: Acorn Publishing
Publication date: September 26th 2017
Genres: Contemporary, Thriller, Young Adult
“A riveting page-turner… Jessica Therrien broke my heart into a million pieces — and then put it back together again. This book will haunt and uplift readers long after they turn the last page.”
-KAT ROSS, best-selling author of The Midnight Sea
CARRY ME HOME is a fictional novel inspired by the true story of a teenage girl’s involvement in several Mexican gangs in San Jose and Los Angeles. The members of her crew call her, Guera, Spanish for “white girl” and it doesn’t take long for her to get lost in their world of guns and drugs.
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Lucy and Ruth are country girls from a broken home. When they move to the city with their mother, leaving behind their family ranch and dead-beat father, Lucy unravels.
They run to their grandparents’ place, a trailer park mobile home in the barrio of San Jose. Lucy’s barrio friends have changed since her last visit. They’ve joined a gang called VC. They teach her to fight, to shank, to beat a person unconscious and play with guns. When things get too heavy, and lives are at stake, the three girls head for LA seeking a better life.
But trouble always follows Lucy. She befriends the wrong people, members of another gang, and every bad choice she makes drags the family into her dangerous world.
Told from three points of view, the story follows Lucy down the rabbit hole, along with her mother and sister as they sacrifice dreams and happiness, friendships and futures. Love is waiting for all of them in LA, but pursuing a life without Lucy could mean losing her forever.
Ultimately it’s their bond with each other that holds them together, in a true test of love, loss and survival.
Jessica Therrien is the author of the young adult series Children of the Gods. Book one in the series, Oppression, became a Barnes & Noble best-seller shortly after its release. Her trilogy has been translated and sold through major publishers around the world, such as Editions AdA (Canada), EditionsMilan (France), and SharpPoint Press (China).
Aside from her Children of the Gods series, Jessica is the author of a kid’s picture book called, The Loneliest Whale. Her award-winning stories can also be found in a published anthology of flash fiction.
Jessica currently lives in Irvine with her husband and two young sons. She is working on an a YA suspense thriller series and a middle grade fantasy series.
“You ready for this, Guera?” he asks.
It’s a test, Guera. Only thing I can say is you’re allowed to fight back. Take ‘em out with everything you got.
I’d heard of people being jumped into a gang before, maybe it was Rosa who told me about it. As the girls start to descend from their spots around the room, slowly closing in like encircling wolves, I know what’s about to happen.
The realization takes hold in my chest, a quick plunge of the heart into an icy lake of fear. I back away slowly out of instinct, ready to run, but there’s nowhere to go. The sound of their skittering feet is the first thing I hear before they come at me. Me against all of them. Me against Rose Tattoo and Cigarette Twins. Me against the jealous novias. Ten sets of eyes glinting with the thrill of a fight. I flinch and turn my back to avoid the fists, but they’re all around me. One of them catches me by the shoulders, holding me in place as the other girls hit the back of my skull. My head flies forward, chin to chest.
At first I don’t know whether to swing or cover. I reach up to protect myself, but there are too many points of contact. The rush of adrenaline is intense. It blocks the pain, but there is a fiery need in me to get away. I try and kick or punch, feeling one or two connect, but the girls are everywhere. An elbow slams against my temple. My head splits and my ears ring. I go down.
Every infinite minute of being the enemy feels like it’ll never end.
Someone’s shoe stomps my thigh. Others strike my ribs. I heave and gag until I can’t breathe. But that kind of terror turns me into a resilient kind of crazy. The kind of rabid-mad that is born of desperation. I scrape and flail until I’m on my feet, pulling hair and swinging my fists, making contact with whatever I can. I don’t realize I’m screaming until Toño calls them to a stop.
It ceases the moment the girls hear his voice, and I’m left there shaking and crazed, my breath dragging in and out of my lungs in a feverish effort to return to its normal rhythm. I pant and cry, as softly as I can, but it’s hard to deny my body the relief of all-out sobbing. My head hurts. My brain smashes against my skull with the pulse of too much pressure. I taste blood in my mouth, though no one has touched my face. Now that it’s over, the pain of it all rushes to the surface and makes me want to vomit. I feel like I could die.
Why am I here? Why am I doing this?
“She’s in,” Toño says, and the cheers of the group shock my senses and make me tense up.
They all rush me, and at first I’m terrified it’s about to start again, but instead they hug me and pat me on the shoulder all at once. Each hand on my back or squeeze around the shoulders rocks me with pain, but they’re so happy. Their laughter and cheering is contagious, it flows into me, filling me with a strange sense of pride and belonging. I can’t help my smile when I see their encouraging faces. I even start to laugh.
Blitz-wide giveaway (INTL)
Book Blitz: The Chosen Knights by Mary Ting (Teasers + Giveaway)
I'm here to post as part of the book blitz for The Chosen Knights by Mary Ting. To share with you, I have a few short teasers as well as two giveaways, one US only and an international one as well. Without further ado, let's get into it!
The Chosen Knights
by Mary Ting
(The Angel Knights #1)
Publication date: March 19th 2016
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
Synopsis:(HIGHLY recommend to read prequel first–The Angel Knights)
SOME BOOKS AREN’T MEANT TO BE OPENED
***City of Bones meets The Da Vinci Code.
Urban fantasy lover’s dream! Demons, vampires, angels, witches, and fallen angels all set to the back drop of high school in Hawaii, and astral travel to the past to Knights Templar era.
*** SILVER AWARD WINNER 2016–YA FANTASY–READERS’ FAVORITE INTERNATIONAL BOOK AWARD***
A page turning mystery with a supernatural twist that entertains to the last page! ~InD’tale Magazine
Book trailer: http://bit.ly/2t0cOKF
When teens go missing in Hawaii, a group of demon-hunters—half human and half angel—disguised as high school students, must leave Crossroads, the place where they reside. In a race against time, they uncover the mystery connecting the missing teens, which dates back to the era of the Knights Templar. However, when they discover one of the Templars passed down a book containing all the secrets and codes to finding a particular treasure, they soon realize this forbidden treasure needs to be found before Cyrus, the lord of the possessor demons, acquires it—a treasure which been safeguarded and hidden from him.
There is only one problem: the pages containing the clues leading to the treasure is missing. When the first page is found, Cyrus threatens to kill more descendants of the Knights Templar if it is not given to him by Friday the thirteenth. In the midst of threats and discovery, the demon-hunting angels find they are not alone when supernatural beings begin to reveal themselves. Can they put their differences aside and work together to solve the Knights Templars’ cipher? As they astral travel to the past, they witness a lot more than they have bargained for. And some things are better left unseen.
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International Bestselling Author Mary Ting/M. Clarke resides in Southern California with her husband and two children. She enjoys oil painting and making jewelry. Writing her first novel, Crossroads Saga, happened by chance. It was a way to grieve the death of her beloved grandmother, and inspired by a dream she once had as a young girl. When she started reading new adult novels, she fell in love with the genre. It was the reason she had to write one-Something Great. Why the pen name, M Clarke? She tours with Magic Johnson Foundation to promote literacy and her children's chapter book-No Bullies Allowed.
Eli willed his sword away. It disappeared behind his back, just the way I would have done it. “You know nothing. Nothing about me is human. I won’t be a part of something that could kill any one of you.”
“How could it kill us if—?” Then I had a thought, recalling the first time I’d seen him in the cafeteria. I had no evidence but it was worth the shot. “You can astral travel, can’t you? You’ve done it before, when you first saw me in the cafeteria. You can travel in the present too. That’s why you took off.”
“I have no idea what you’re talking about. Do you even know what that is?” His jaw clenched.
I knew he was lying. “Out-of-body experience.” I followed behind him when he started walking away.
“You have no idea of the consequences when you travel. Astral travel.”
“Then let it be my consequence.”
Eli whipped around. His face was just a breath away from mine. “You have no idea what you’re talking about.”
“Then show me.”
Eli pierced his eyes into mine. His heart drummed a mile a minute. “You want to feel pain, Lucia? You want to know what happens to people when they astral travel?”
“I-I—” I didn’t know what to say. I certainly didn’t expect him to say the things he did.
Eli extended his arm to me. “Take my hand.”
“Take my hand, Lucia.” His tone was stern.
I shook my head.
“Last warning for—ELI.” I screamed. My stomach dropped, along with my body. Eli’s arms embraced me as we plunged through multiple layers of clouds with my back facing down. Hair whipped my face and the force of gravity made me dizzy.
“You didn’t heed my warning, Lucia,” Eli grumbled.
“So you’re trying to kill me?” The normal reaction for someone in this situation would be to fight back, but my instincts told me I wasn’t in danger. “What are you doing?” The clouds got smaller as we plummeted faster by the second. I began to have second thoughts. Wanting to believe so badly I could get through to him, I’d let it possibly cost my life.
He ignored my plea. Looking squarely in my eyes as air rushed against us, he said nonchalantly, “Get ready to die.”
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