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The Awakening by Dorine White

The Awakening

by Dorine White

Giveaway ends December 10, 2014.

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Friday, November 21, 2014

Spell for Sophia Book Blast and Giveaway!

SpellForSophia_453x680 Spell for Sophia Sophia Perez-Hidalgo’s survival depends upon her mastering magic and the supernatural before her lawless parents and their vengeful boss catch up to her. How far must she flee to escape them forever? Sophia runs until she’s out of stolen money, then…Fate delivers her into the arms of Louisiana teen Shiloh Breaux Martine, and his grand-mère, a voodoo priestess living deep in the bayou. Breaux knows Sophia is trouble — but he’ll travel through time, battle zombies, and risk his bright future to protect her. While Ainslie, best friend extraordinaire, will jeopardize her sanity to find and aid Sophia. When friendship, magic, and love are not enough, Sophia will have to save herself. But first, she must believe she’s worth saving. Sometimes the worst scars are the ones you cannot see.  
  Book Trailer:   teen wytch saga new The Teen Wytche Saga by Ariella Moon Think magic will solve your problems? Bring you love? Cure you? Protect you? Help you find someone who is lost? Think again. Magic tests friendships. It hisses, chirps, stinks up the room, backfires, and explodes. Magic forces you to make tough decisions. Shatter limitations. Discover your true self. When you use magic, expect results in the ultimate triple-un—unpredictable, uncontrollable, and so undeniable. And you thought navigating high school was tough.  
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Author Ariella Moon Ariella Moon is the author of the Teen Wytche Saga, a sweet Young Adult paranormal series. Ariella writes about magic, friendship, high school, secrets, and love in Spell Check, Spell Struck, and Spell Fire from Astraea Press. Ariella spent her childhood searching for a magical wardrobe that would transport her to Narnia. Extreme math anxiety, and taller students who mistook her for a leaning post, marred her youth. Despite these horrors, she graduated summa cum laude from the University of California at Davis. Ariella is a Reiki Master, author, and shaman. She lives a nearly normal life with her extraordinary daughter, two shamelessly spoiled dogs, and an enormous dragon.
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Thursday, November 20, 2014

A Little Sick

Sorry for the long pause this week. I awoke Sunday morning feeling awful. Turns out it was strep throat and it hit me hard. I've been down most of the week and did not get any posts up. Luckily I have one planned for tomorrow. Hope everyone out there in reader land is feeling well and healthy!

Friday, November 14, 2014

Discern by Andrea Pearson

YA Friday! Today I am reviewing a YA paranormal called Discern by Andrea Pearson.

The Story-
Nicole is an Arete, a fourth child with magical powers, unfortunately she can't figure out her focus object to release her powers. She is hoping that her studies at Katon University will reveal them.  She loves her Arete classes and is very interested in the history of the Aretes. She doesn't love her apartment, which fills with spiders nightly and was the scene of several disappearances. And then there is the book that keeps following her around.

Nicole jumps at the chance to go on a research project with her professor, and the hottest guy in school, who just happens to be able to control his magic and then some. But, things are not what they seem in the caverns of Arches National Park, and very old magic is leaking into the world. If Nicole can't learn to release her magic, her entire expedition might die.

My Thoughts-
This is a well written paranormal that touches the very top ages of the YA market. It is an exciting adventure, and one of my favorites, where the main character doesn't know their own potential. Nicole is a wonderful character. She is desperately seeking to understand her Arete powers and their history, and though worried, she is strong and brave. She faces her fears and works on her problems. She finds help when necessary, and she sleeps with hundreds of spiders in her bedroom! Yikes! Those parts of the story creeped me out. The author does a great job with the visuals.

There is a slight bit of romance, which I'm sure will develop throughout the series. The plot is solid, and draws you deeply into the story. As a reader I couldn't help but wonder at why Nicole's magic was blocked, and as she discovers more, I couldn't put the book down. The villains of the story are unique monsters that really had me thinking. They hint at a deeper plot point coming down the line, and the question of the "following" book is high on the list of things I want to know. Things do get a bit gruesome, but not so bad that it will leave the reader stressed. Plus, the deaths really added to the tension and feel of the story. It makes the bad guys seem so much more wrong and scary.

I really enjoyed this one. 5 Stars!

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Nov/Dec Issue of Middle Shelf Magazine is here!

The Nov/Dec issue of Middle Shelf Magazine is out! As an associate editor I can't express just how awesome this read is for young readers and adults. If your a teacher- get it on your computer for your kids. Subscription is FREE.

This issue has so many cool things, including an interview with fantasy author, Cornelia Funke.
Happy Reading!

Monday, November 10, 2014

The Long Haul (Diary of a Wimpy Kid #9) by Jeff Kinney

While I was thinking about what book to spotlight for MMGM, I remembered that this week my son had brought home his Scholastic book order. When I walked in the door that evening, my son was sprawled out on the sofa reading, and he stayed that way for hours. What book had caught his attention? The anwser- Diary of a Wimpy Kid- The Long Haul. So, what better book to highlight than the one my son read straight through. That is a HUGE endorsement alone.

The Book- Blurb-
A family road tip is supposed to be a lot of fun...unless, of course, you're the Heffleys. The journey starts off full of promise, then quickly takes several wrong turns. Gas station bathrooms, crazed seagulls, a fender bender, and a runaway pig-not exactly Greg Heffley's idea of a good time. But even the worst road trip can turn into an adventure-and this one the Heffley's won't soon forget.

My 10-year old son's thoughts-
He couldn't put it down. He thought the book was "kinda" funny. Some of  his favorite parts were when Greg and the pig had to go potty, so they run to the gas station. But, the pig won't go. So when they get back to the van, Greg puts the pig on his little brother's training potty and then it goes pee.

He also thought it was funny that they had to keep the little brother on a leash because he kept trying to run away. My son says that all the family had to help the little brother in some way. But, the one instance he liked the best was when the little brother tries to drive the car, but his feet won't reach the pedals, and he almost crashes into shopping carts.

He gives it two thumbs up and says other kids will like the book too.

Saturday, November 8, 2014

My Cover Reveal! The Awakening

It's finally here! I am happy to reveal the cover for my upcoming YA Fantasy, The Awakening. Due out Dec. 2, 2014 from Skyrocket Press. I'll let everyone know when the buy it links are up at Amazon and B & N, until then, please help spread the word. Thank you.

Nightmares really do come true, and for fifteen-year-old Kyler Birkwood, they are just beginning. Raised on a farm by his Aunt Martha, Kyler has no clue about the magical heritage swimming through his blood. When he discovers evidence of a mythical creature, a terrifying beast thought only to exist in fairy tales, his safe world shatters.

Left at a school of magic to hunt for clues, he is overwhelmed and disbelieved. As loved ones begin disappearing and Orcs roam the land, Kyler must undergo a journey that takes him from the High Courts of the King to the unknown forests of the East. His magic just awakening, Kyler is the lone hope for a world that will not listen.

YA Writing Contest

This just came across my email...

YA DISCOVERY CONTEST starts November 1st, 2014 No query? No pitch? No problem! Get in front of top YA Editors and Agents with only the first 250 words of your YA novel! Have a young adult novel—or a YA novel idea—tucked away for a rainy day? Are you putting off pitching your idea simply because you’re not sure how to pitch an agent? No problem! All you have to do is submit the first 250 words of your novel and you can win both exposure to editors, and a reading of your manuscript from one of New York’s TOP literary agents Regina Brooks. Regina Brooks is the CEO of Serendipity Literary Agency and the author of the award winning book Writing Great Books for Young Adults now available in a second edition. The top 20 submissions will all be read by a panel of five judges comprised of top YA editors at Random House, HarperCollins, Harlequin, Sourcebooks and Penguin, Scholastic, Feiwel and Friends, Kensington, Candlewick, Bloomsbury, Simon and Schuster, and Penguin. The top 20 authors will receive a free copy of Writing Great Books for Young Adults by Regina Brooks. Of the 20, they will pick the top five submissions and provide each author with commentary. These five winners will also receive a free ONE YEAR subscription to The Writer magazine. ONE Grand Prize Winner will win a full manuscript reading and feedback from Regina Brooks. Please submit all entries via the contest website at One entry per person; anyone age 13+ can apply. Open to the U.S. & Canada (void where prohibited). Entries for the YA Novel Discovery Contest will be accepted from 12:01am (ET) November 1 until Nov. 30 11:59pm (ET), —NOVEMBER IS NaNoWriMo— In honor of National Novel Writing Month (—an international event where aspiring novelists are encouraged to write an entire novel in 30 days—this contest is meant to encourage the aspiring YA author to get started on that novel by offering an incentive for completing the first 250 words. so… ENTER NOW!