Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Freedom to Read Hop

Welcome to this stop on the Freedom to Read Hop! I am giving away a $10 Amazon gift code to one lucky reader. To enter fill out the rafflecopter form below. If you don't see it click 'read more'. Don't forget to hop over to the other blogs.

Moonbeam Children's Book Awards

Announcing the call for entries into the 9th annual Moonbeam Children’s Book Awards, designed to honor the year's best children’s books, authors and illustrators. The 2015 Moonbeam Children’s Book Awards contest is accepting entries until August 29, 2015 for books with 2014 or 2015 copyrights or that were released since October 1, 2013, and is open to authors, illustrators, and publishers of children’s books written in English or Spanish and intended for the North American market. 
Presented by Jenkins Group and, the Moonbeam Children’s Book Awards are intended to bring increased recognition to exemplary children’s books and their creators, and to support childhood literacy and life-long reading. Awards will be given in 42 print book categories and 6 e-book categories, covering the full range of subjects, styles and age groups that children’s books are written and published in today. In addition, Moonbeam Spirit awards are given to a few entrants who demonstrate special dedication to children needs and children’s book arts.

CLICK HERE to download printable 3-page guidelines and entry form. 
Why enter? The world's most comprehensive children's book contest:

     - 42 print categories, 6 ebook categories
     - Spanish language category
     - 14 Fiction categories/age groups
     - Best Illustrator, Best First Book, and Series categories
     - Health, Self-Esteem, and Environmental Issues categories
Entry fee is $85 per title, per category, and the final deadline is August 29, 2015 (this is postmark deadline). Gold, silver and bronze medals are presented in each category. Medalists will be named on about September 30, 2015 and the awards ceremony will take place during the  Traverse City Children's Book Festival on November 14, 2015.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

And the winner is...

Congrats to Denise Carlson! Rafflecopter picked you as the winner of Raising Rufus. Please check your email for further info.

Monday, June 29, 2015

Book Review- Hunters of Chaos by Crystal Velasquez

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Welcome to Middle Grade Monday! Today I am reviewing a new release from Aladdin Books, Hunters of Chaos by Crystal Velzaquez.

The Story-
Ana Cetzal has a wonderful life living with her aunt and uncle, but at the beginning of summer, an unexpected letter arrives bearing  a full scholarship to Temple Academy in New Mexico. Ana is surprised to learn that before her parent's died, they  started a trust fund for her to attend the same academy where they'd met as teenagers. Eager to see where her parents met, but feeling sad about leaving her aunt and uncle, Ana arrives at her new school with a mix of emotions.

Her feelings become even more confused as she is thrust into a school with rich, snooty girls and strange wacky weather. When others start blaming Ana for unnatural incidents, Ana discovers three other girls with similar backgrounds and all with the power to turn into a different wild cat. Soon, the four of them are fighting evil, ancient gods and battling the Brotherhood of Chaos.

My Thoughts-
I have to say that this book really reminds me of my own book, The Emerald Ring. So, if you like that type of fantasy, you'll like this book too. I found it fun that the author uses girls from different cultural backgrounds to represents four different wildcats: lion, jaguar, tiger and puma. Each girl has a different way of life and yet they are able to work well together.

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Percy Jackson Fan Fiction - Behind the Shadows by CazzyCat

Welcome to FanFic Thursday. Today a shout out to CazzyCat, an author of Percy Jackson fan fiction.

Behind The Shadows- Chapter 47- A Joyful Taxi Ride by CazzyCat. For the full work in progress 

Background- OC- Percy has a twin sister called Sapphire. She was adopted by Apollo to hide her from Zeus and Hades. She grew up with two loving parents and her best friend Luke.

Sapphire is now at camp half blood. She has been there for a few years now. A boy has turned up and is called Percy Jackson. All her friends are slipping out of her reach and are starting to stick to Percy. Even Luke who is starting to stray from her is becoming friends with Percy. As she starts to feel alone strange powers are starting to make them selves known. Sapphire is starting to doubt she is truly a daughter of Apollo. Chapter 47
It was either fight or die but fight what? Sapphire was already being gulped down by the enemy. Her backpack was long gone and was probably bobbing along the wave to some tropical island. Charybdis was not the biggest problem, well technically in size she was huge but not problem size. Sapphire's biggest problem was her mind. Her brain was like a wild storm, filled with fear, dread and panic. She was under water and it was so dark she could not see her own hand right in front of her face. She feared that if she let go of the breath she was holding she was drown. After her near death experience during her stay on Luke's ship she was terrified of testing her lungs out. trying it right now could be a terrible mistake.

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Help Choose the Cover of my Next Book! The Diamond Looking Glass

*Don't forget to enter the Raising Rufus Book Giveaway!

Hello Readers! I need some help. My third book in the Cleopatra's Legacy Series is due to come out this October 2015. I have two covers that I need to choose from and I'd like your help picking the final version. Please look at both versions and let me know if you prefer version one or version two. Just leave a comment with your answer and if you want, tell me why. One lucky commenter on my blog or Facebook page will win a $10 Amazon Gift Card just for commenting. One comment whether blog or Facebook counts towards the giveaway. You must be 13+ to enter. Open internationally as long as your email will accept the Amazon code. No purchase necessary to enter. The contest will run for two weeks,ending midnight Monday, July 6th PST. Please help spread the word by sharing on Twitter and FB. Examples below...Good Luck!

Twitter- Please RT-Enter to #win a $10 Amazon gift card from @Dorinewhite when you help pick the cover of her next book!

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Friday, June 19, 2015

Author Interview with Kate Ristau

Welcome to YA Friday! Today I am interviewing the author of Shadowgirl, Kate Ristau.

First a little about the book:
(Blurb)- Áine lives in the light, but she is haunted by darkness, and when her fey powers blaze out of control, she escapes into the Shadowlands. But she cannot outrun her past. Fire fey and a rising darkness threaten the light, burning a path across the veil. Her fiery dreams come to life, and with the help of Hennessy, an uninhibited Irish girl, Áine dives into the flames to discover who she truly is. Her mother burned to keep her secret safe, and now Áine wields the deadly Eta. She must learn to fight in the shadows — or die in the flames. This is not a fairy tale.

The Interview:
1. Please tell me about  your main character Aine.

It’s not a plot spoiler to tell you that Áine is one of the fey. She grew up in the Aetherlands — the world of the fey. But, in a world of light, she is surrounded by darkness. Shadows follow her through the forest. Darkness surrounds her, and her fiery powers rage out of control. Áine escapes into our world — the Shadowlands — to find out the secrets of her family and her past.

Áine is strong, but there is so much she doesn’t know. Her story, Shadowgirl, is a journey of discovery, steeped in Irish folklore and mythology.

2. What makes this novel stand out among the fantasy world of lit?