Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Waiting on Wednesday [80]: Pottermore's Short Stories of Hogwarts by J.K. Rowling

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly post started by Breaking the Spine. A feature showcasing upcoming releases that are eagerly anticipated.

On September 6th, Pottermore will be releasing 3 ebooks from Rowling about Hogwarts. Can't wait to delve into all three.


Short Stories from Hogwarts of Power, Politics and Pesky Poltergeists 

By J. K. Rowling

These stories of power, politics and pesky poltergeists give you a glimpse into the darker side of the wizarding world, revealing the ruthless roots of Professor Umbridge, the lowdown on the Ministers for Magic and the history of the wizarding prison Azkaban. You will also delve deeper into Horace Slughorn’s early years as Potions master at Hogwarts - and his acquaintance with one Tom Marvolo Riddle.


Short Stories from Hogwarts of Heroism, Hardship and Dangerous Hobbies

By J. K. Rowling

These stories of heroism, hardship and dangerous hobbies profile two of the Harry Potter stories’ most courageous and iconic characters: Minerva McGonagall and Remus Lupin. J.K. Rowling also gives us a peek behind the closed curtains of Sybill Trelawney’s life, and you’ll encounter the reckless, magical-beast-loving Silvanus Kettleburn along the way.




Hogwarts: An Incomplete & Unreliable Guide

By J. K. Rowling

Hogwarts An Incomplete and Unreliable Guide takes you on a journey to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. You’ll venture into the Hogwarts grounds, become better acquainted with its more permanent residents, learn more about lessons and discover secrets of the castle . . . all at the turn of a page.






Tuesday, August 23, 2016

September Book Releases

3rd
Tales of the Peculiar- Ransom Riggs

6th
Chapel of Ease- Alex Bledsoe
As Old As Time- Liz Braswell
My Wild Irish Dragon- Ashlyn Chase
Labyrinth Lost- Zoraida Cordova
Deja Who- MaryJanice Davidson
Otherworld Challenger- Jane Godman
Winter Born- Sherrilyn Kenyon
And the Trees Crept In- Dawn Kurtagich
Elite- Mercedes Lackey
The Throne of Glass Coloring Book- Sarah J. Maas & Yvonne Gilbert
Short Stories from Hogwarts of Power, Politics and Pesky Poltergeists- J.K. Rowling
Short Stories from Hogwarts of Heroism, Hardship and Dangerous Hobbies- J.K. Rowling
Hogwarts: An Incomplete and Unreliable Guide- J.K. Rowling
Prince of Outcasts- S. M. Stirling
As I Descended- Robin Talley
Her Rogue Alpha- Paige Tyler

7th
Three Sisters, Three Queens- Philippa Gregory

8th
Fangs for the Memories- Sienna Mercer

12th
Cradle and All- James Patterson

13th
Cold-Forged Flame- Marie Brennan
The Forgetting- Sharon Cameron
On the Prowl- Cynthia Eden
A Shattered Empire- Mitchell Hogan

20th

Magic Binds- Ilona Andrews
Witch's Pyre- Josephine Angelini
Three Dark Crowns- Kendare Blake
The Swan Riders- Erin Bow
Ashton: Lord of Truth- Grace Burrowes
A Shadow Bright and Burning- Jessica Cluess
Blood Red Kiss- Kresley Cole, Larissa Ione & Gena Showalter
The Odds of Lightning- Jocelyn Davies
The Queen of Blood- Sarah Beth Durst
Muse- Rebecca Lim
Stealing Snow- Danielle Paige
Vassa in the Night- Sarah Porter
Frost Like Night- Sara Raasch
Immortal Nights- Lynsay Sands
Metaltown- Kristen Simmons

23rd
Of Saints and Shadows- Christopher Golden

27th
The Fever Code- James Dashner
The Dreaming Hunt- Cindy Dees
Shadow Silence- Yasmine Galenorn
The Ferryman Institute- Colin Gigl
Darkest Journey- Heather Graham
Jim Henson's Labyrinth Tales- Jim Henson & Cory Godbey
Bright Smoke, Cold Fire- Rosamund Hodge
The Bloodsworn- Erin Lindsey
The Women in the Walls- Amy Lukavics
His Metal Maiden- Michelle M. Pillow
Sacrifice- Cindy Pon
The Dead Boyfriend (Fear Street)- R. L. Stine
Swam- Scott Westerworld
Cloudbound- Fran Wilde

30th
The Purloined Poodle- Kevin Hearne
Shadowblind: Mortals & Myths Vol. 3- Corinna Rogers

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Cover Discovery

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Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Monday, August 15, 2016

Spotlight: Phoenix by Addison Kline


Phoenix
By Addison Kline
Book 1 of the Phoenix Saga - The Phoenix

“Love is patient. Love is kind. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.” Or so the book of Corinthians tells us. 

Alanna Anderson does not agree with this sentiment. At the tender age of thirteen, Alanna believes that she has learned all she needs to know about love. Love is fleeting. Love is callous. Love is a lie. Growing up in the rough streets of South End, Pennsylvania, Alanna Anderson knows a thing or two about guarding her heart. Although there is a boy that vies for her attention, Alanna has no interest. She surrounds herself with the people she loves best, and immerses herself in her music and her love of literature. But one winter day, two boys forever changed Alanna’s life. One cemented Alanna’s belief that love was cruel. Another sought to prove her wrong.

Cris Serrano is new to town. Moving to the United States from Portugal, he is stepping into a world he in unfamiliar with. He is not fearful, though. Stepping forth with confidence, Cris is excited for what this new experience will hold, leaving behind a past he’d rather forget. Upon his first day at Henshaw Elementary, Cris meets Alanna Anderson and sparks fly. Their connection is one that will forever rewrite the map of their destinies – two supernovas colliding amidst a darkened sky. Not everyone believes that Alanna and Cris belong together, though. 

Damien Foley has loved Alanna Anderson from the day he first set eyes upon her. Though she ignores his advances, Damien has hope that Alanna will open her heart to him. But when Cris Serrano comes to town, everything changes. Alanna gazes at Cris the way Damien wishes she would look at him. Watching her fall in love in Cris was more than Damien’s mind could take. As Alanna and Cris are enveloped in the joy of young love, a storm is brewing. With Damien’s attraction to Alanna only intensifying with each unrequited sentiment, an obsession was born. 

Young love does not come easy in this gritty, romantic suspense novel. In the Phoenix Saga, they love hard, they fight hard, and the stakes are high as teens struggle to step over the echelon of adulthood.

Buy Links:
Amazon US | Amazon UK

Author Bio:
Addison Kline is an International Best-Selling Author who resides in Pennsylvania with her family. When she is not writing, she is immersing herself in music, reading to her heart's content, traveling with her family, or binging on her favorite shows on Netflix that include Wentworth, Bloodlines and Sons of Anarchy.

Addison is a member of the International Thriller Writers Association and while she loves to write in a variety of genres, Addison always says "mystery is her game." Some of her other favorite sub-genres to write include romantic suspense, psychological thrillers, crime and mafia thrillers.

Some of Addison's greatest influences to date include Edgar Allan Poe, Stephen King, Ray Bradbury, Harper Lee, Gillian Flynn, Emily Dickinson, Jane Austen & James Patterson.



Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Guest Blog with Katherine McIntyre

Summer Love

     With all of the books in my Philadelphia Coven Chronicles, the seasons factor into the books in a major way. So when I was sitting down to work on Scrying for Summer, I knew I had to tackle a love story that represented the season. However, summer love has been tackled in so many romance novels to the point it’s become a trope. After all, so many people have stories about summer love, especially during their earlier years, like high school and college.
      So of course, I had to add my own contribution to the plethora of summer love tales, yet try to put my own spin on it. This isn’t some beachside romance—after all, we’re dealing with fae and all manner of beastie, so we see the grislier side of Philadelphia’s supernatural life. So instead, I chose to focus on relating the elements of the relationship to what summer comes to symbolize. Hot, flaring passion, intensity, and sizzling tempers. Since Jev and Liam clash from the get-go, their headspace was easy to sink into, and the hot summer weather just added fuel to their frustration.

      Other seasons might take on different overtones—maybe hope and rebirth with spring, melting down of cold temperaments with the winter, but with the heat and passion that summer inspires, it’s unsurprising that it’s a popular time of year for love. Aspects like weather and time of year play such a unique role in stories that it’s worth exploring what they can do for you when you’re writing, and if you’re sitting down and reading a book, take note of what’s happening in the background. You just might discover deeper dimensions to the story than you initially realized.

      Either way, romances during the hot days of summer don’t seem to be vanishing any time soon. If anything, they’re picking up steam.


Scrying For Summer
By Katherine McIntyre

Jev was looking for an adventure, however she wanted the usual variety of stomping out nasty fae in the city as an enforcer of the Philly Coven. Instead, handsome as sin Liam O'Reilly shows up on her doorstep dropping news of the worst organization of fae they'd dealt with on the rise again. Except, he's a traitor, an asshole, and the absolute last person she wants to work with.

However, the longer they work together, the more the fire between them burns, turning from rage and irritation into something primal. And as she gets to know the real Liam O'Reilly behind the charming smiles and sexy lines, he becomes so much deadlier. Because the protective, self-sacrificing man underneath his facade is just the sort she could fall for.



Buy Links: http://www.loose-id.com/scrying-for-summer.html

Author Links:

Website: http://www.katherine-mcintyre.com
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6473654.Katherine_McIntyre
Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Katherine-McIntyre/e/B00J8U4VNU
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Author Bio: 
  A modern day Renaissance-woman, Katherine McIntyre has learned soapmaking, beer brewing, tea blending, and most recently roasting coffee. Most of which make sure she’s hydrated and bathed while she spends the rest of her time writing. With a desire to travel and more imagination than she knows what to do with, all the stories jumping around in her head led to the logical route of jotting them down on paper. She writes novels with snarky women, ragtag crews, and guys with bad attitudes. High chances for a passionate speech thrown into the mix.


Excerpt
          Liam stepped away from her desk and crossed his arms as he waited for Jev to respond, the silence setting his nerves aflame. The entire Coven building gave him the jitters—too much magic brewing in this place, and as he strode through he’d garnered more than a couple nasty gazes. Not like he hadn’t earned them. Anyone who knew his past discretions already juried him as a screwup. He couldn’t help but notice the steel in her gaze as the girl with the brilliant mind weighed her options. Since he’d last seen her, she’d changed her hair to a lush cerulean that even in the yellowed light of the library shone like a jewel.

          Jev hissed out a breath, and her fingertips curled around the edge of the large book she clutched. Her full lips pursed as she met his gaze, a resigned and more than a little irritated look in her own.

          “Fine, consider me baited.” She glared at him before using the desk to push herself up. “Spill.”

          Liam shook his head, casting a glance around the spacious room. Jev had earned his trust through the blood of battle even if she hated his guts. However, the entire Coven of witches didn’t need to overhear the information he had to discuss. “Not here.”

          Her brow quirked up. “Yeah, because I’m going to just follow you to a dark alley where you can kidnap and murder me?”

          The comment hit him like a blow to the gut, but he didn’t let it show. After all, he’d had years of experience playing a part, and the cruel and unaffected act had become a specialty. “Pick a public place, and we’ll go.” Even here in the library, where the books far outnumbered the witches present, the press of gazes made him uneasy. He spent years with no allies, watching his every move and every phrase until paranoia had sunk into his veins.

          “Diner up the street. The owner’s a friend of mine, so if you decide to pull any hinky shit, not only will I kick your ass, but he will too.” She bent down to loop her messenger bag around her shoulder before tapping a finger on the desk. “No time like the present.”

           Liam blinked in surprise at her quick-as-a-breeze pace, but rather than commenting, he jammed his hands into his pockets and gave her a nod. As they strode up the steps of the library, their footsteps echoing throughout the cavernous place, he cast a glance her way. “You know, if I was planning on ‘pulling hinky shit,’ I’d hope I was intelligent enough to nab you outside your home or something rather than escorting you out of your workplace with hundreds of dangerous witnesses.”

          Jev let out a snort. “The jury’s still out on your level of intellect. After all, you signed up with Evil Incorporated in the first place.”


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