Thursday, May 15, 2014

BLACKFIN SKY by Kat Ellis - Release day interview



It's releaday for the UK version of Blackfin Sky by Kat Ellis! I asked Kat a few question about her novel, just to give readers a little bit more of an idea what to expect.


Let's kick this off at the start of the book, which sees Silas, the town of Blackfin's haunted weathervane, observing the supposedly deceased Sky not as dead as she's thought to be. He's basically got the best seat in the house. If he could tell us something about his story nobody else knows, what would that be?

Silas HATES the townspeople of Blackfin. Being a haunted weathervane, you'd think he would be pretty understanding about the peculiar folks who live in his town (and he really does think of Blackfin as HIS town), but he sees their quirks as the work of some evil force. And don't get him started on circus folk...

We definitely look forward to reading all about these evildoers, in particular the main players. Can you tell us a little bit more about Sky and her co-conspirators? What character traits would have judgemental Silas brand them all as sinful?

Ha! I'm not sure they're sinful, but Sky is certainly a bit of an oddity...that is, if you count the fact that she drowns, then shows up at school 3 months later as though nothing happened. Then there's Bo, whose laugh is as flat as her glare, and who is keeping a few secrets of her own. Cam and Sean Vega aren't originally from Blackfin, but they're fast becoming a part of the town's weirdness. All of them are drawn into the mystery that connects the circus that came to town sixteen years ago with what exactly happened to Sky when she fell from Blackfin Pier.

Speaking of Blackfin, the town plays a very important role in the story. As mentioned before, it’s a strange place with a definite dark vibe to it. Where did you get your inspirations for it from? Is it based on anyplace specific?

Setting is massively important to me when I'm writing, and it's something I spend a lot of time developing; it's like in southern gothic novels, where the setting is almost another character in the story. Blackfin itself is an oddity, with its sinister woods, a surreally calm lake, a cemetery with 13 cats standing sentry over it, places lost and buried and forgotten. The whole town is surrounded by the lethal peaks of the Lychgate Mountains, isolated from the rest of the world...or so it seems. In terms of inspiration, I think there's definitely a nod to the TV series Twin Peaks in Blackfin Sky, and elements like the pier and the circus have roots in towns near where I live, but as a whole, Blackfin's just too weird to be based on a real place!

Well, if the book's description didn't convince people to read Blackfin Sky, the amount of creepy in that answer certainly persuaded another few. Speaking of eerie things, if you had to recommend books for readers to get their hands on that share a similarity to Blackfin Sky, which ones would it be?

Definitely THE MISSING and DEAD TO YOU by Lisa McMann (one of my all time favourite authors, AHEM!) You should definitely check those out anyway, because they're awesome thrillery mysteries, full of twists and darkness.

I will definitely read THE MISSING soon, it's already on my TBR. Thank you so much for stopping by. I look forward to ready your novel again.

For a chance to win a signed copy of BLACKFIN SKY, visit Kat's blog.



Blackfin Sky description:


When Sky falls from Blackfin Pier and drowns on her sixteenth birthday, the whole town goes into mourning – until she shows up three months later like nothing happened.

Unravelling the mystery of those missing months takes Sky to the burned-out circus in the woods, where whispers of murder and kidnapping begin to reveal the town’s secrets. But Sky’s not the only one digging up the past – the old mime from the circus knows what happened to her, and he has more than one reason for keeping quiet about it.

 
BIO: Kat Ellis is a young adult writer from North Wales. You'll usually find Kat up to no good on Twitter, taking photographs in cemeteries, or watching scary films with her husband and feral cat. BLACKFIN SKY is her first novel, available now in the UK/Commonwealth (due for release 2nd September in the US).

Buy from:

Amazon USA (preorder)
Book Depository




Thursday, May 1, 2014

Blackfin Sky by Kat Ellis - Book Trailer!

It is such a pleasure to share the trailer for Blackfin Sky with you. This trailer is for the UK edition which releases 14 May. You are in for a real treat.

When Sky falls from Blackfin Pier and drowns on her sixteenth birthday, the whole town goes into mourning – until she shows up three months later like nothing happened.

Unravelling the mystery of those missing months takes Sky to the burned-out circus in the woods, where whispers of murder and kidnapping begin to reveal the town’s secrets. But Sky’s not the only one digging up the past – the old mime from the circus knows what happened to her, and he has more than one reason for keeping quiet about it.






Wednesday, January 1, 2014

My 2014 wants and 2013 favorite books

I tweeted yesterday that 2013 was a complete and utter waste of time for me. I didn't write or finish any good novels, I didn't do anything big. I lived, sometimes quietly, sometimes a little louder than usual. I'm an adult and I'm ok with it.

As I've done in previous years, I'm going to list my wants because I don't do resolutions. Here's the list of things I want from 2014*:

- I want to be happier in everything I do(work/personal life). It's as simple as that.
- I want to read more.
- Explore the world more, and save up for a trip to a different continent.
- I want to critique and beta read more. With that, I want to be a better critique partner and find one
  more person to add to my currently awesome list.
- Cooking! I really do want to try and make food that takes more than 5 minutes to put together.
- I still haven't found my purpose in life, so maybe I'll get a step closer to that this year. No hurry
  though.
- I want to do more nice things for other people, even if it's just a kind word, a cup of coffee, a hug,
  helping somebody carry their bags. I want to be a better person.
- Get out of the house more. Yes, this is a thing for me.
- Drop a few more KGs, exercise more, be more comfortable with me.
- And lastly, I want to write a book that will have my friends go 'You should read my friend's novel. It's
  really good, I think you'll like it'. Something that's tweet worthy, if you know what I mean. That would
  make me beyond happy, and it's really all I want.

*None of thing things on my 'want' list is written down with bad or negative feelings.

Here's a few of my favorite books as I read them throughout the year:




Howl's Moving Castle (Howl's Moving Castle, #1) by Diana Wynne Jones
Admittedly, I've watched the movie a million times. I've made no secret about it being my favorite animated flick of all time and that it inspires the hell out of me, but at the end of 2012 I decided it's time that I read it. I did and loved it just as much as the move. I've got it's sequel on this year's TBR pile and I'm really looking forward to it.






Daughter of Smoke and Bone (Daughter of Smoke and Bone, #1) by Laini Taylor
This is such a special book for me. I've added it to my favorite books of all time. The moment I started reading I fell in love with Laini Taylor's words, and as I continued I said to myself 'this is what I want to write like'. Reading this book was a turning point for me and the way I write, and even though my words will never even come close to being compared to hers, it's something I'm working towards. It's a good thing because I'll never stop working toward getting better.




Dare You To (Pushing the Limits, #2) by Katie McGarry
I shied away from reading YA contemporary novels because their stakes are usually not the kind that keeps me reading, but when I stumbled across Katie's book on NetGalley, I decided to give it a shot. It was the best reading decision I've made this year. I love her writing and I'm in love with this series. Fan for life.









Some Quiet Place by Kelsey Sutton
This book. When I finished reading this novel, I sat back and thought, 'I wish I'd written this story'. It has such a unique concept, and I know I wouldn't have been able to do it half as much justice as Kelsey did.






 



Elite (Eagle Elite, #1) by Rachel Van Dyken
This book blew me away with its awesomeness. Seriously, I could yammer on about how much I loved it, but you can go read my review. I'm sorry that the sequel didn't live up to it 100%, but I still really like it as well.








Crash into You (Pushing the Limits, #3) by Katie McGarry
Yeah, I already have one Katie McGarry book on here, but this is definitely one I'll remember. If possible, it's even better than Dare You To, and I'm anxiously awaiting the next in the series.









Destiny Gift (Everlast, #1) by Juliana Haygert
In the post before this one I review Destiny Gift, and I've been lucky enough to have read the sequel, the review of which will be up in the next week or two. It's a wonderful addition to the NA market that's so full of contemporary tales.











No Mercy (Were-Hunter, #6; Dark-Hunter, #18) by Sherrilyn Kenyon
I've only linked to one book, but I've read seven of her books this year across different series, and I'm still a fan. I can't get enough of her books, and they will always be on my favorite lists. I'm starting a new one tonight and I can't wait.



 

I had a really good year in books and it makes me even more excited about what's sitting on my TBR.

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Review: Destiny Gift by Juliana Haygert



Last post of the year and I'm putting up a book review! In the new year I'll tell you guys about the best books I read this year, what I want from 2014(I don't do resolutions), and the one or two highlights from 2013.  So let's get to it.
Destiny Gift thrusts us into a disastrous world where people believe that they’ve been deserted by the deities they believe in.  Earth is being plagued by natural disaster, crime is abundant, and giant bats are out for blood.  This is a mixed-genre story and the combination of urban fantasy and post-apocalyptic elements sets the scene for what turns out to be a riveting and fascinating read.
Our leading lady is having visions, something she’s conflicted about because of who she meets while she’s having them. They’re not the most normal thing in the world, but having to choose between giving them up for a more normal life and thus not seeing who she sometimes desperately want to see, the choices are clashing to say the least. Nadine is a strong yet vulnerable character, relatable in the way that yes, things scare her, but she also knows when to step forward and do something, no matter what.

When the person from her vision, Victor, enters her real life but has no idea who she is, Nadine is shattered.  And if that isn’t enough, Nadine has to deal bats attacking her and seeing more visions she has no idea what to make of.  Enters Micah(MICAH!). He’s the perfect contrast to Victor and the whirlwinds he creates between the tree of them only adds to the groups dynamic as they set out to find the answer to the questions each of them has.

Destiny Gift is a great start to a unique series that starts with one problem then gets busy with another problem and ends up with a whole litter of baby problems. We like problems. 


DESTINY GIFT

Genre: NA paranormal romance
Word Count: 73,000

Thirty years in the future, a sinister New York City exists in permanent darkness.

A student at the secured NYU, nineteen-year-old Nadine has visions of Victor Gianni, an imaginary guy she has real feelings for. Afraid of being truly insane, she explains the visions away as simple daydreams, but she can no longer deny them when she bumps into Victor in real life. But this Victor doesn’t know her, and turns her away. After the encounter, Nadine’s visions change to those of eerie fates, gods she’s never heard of, demons with sharp claws they are not too timid to use … and instructions.

To discover if she’s losing her mind, Nadine follows the vague directions—with the real, rude and reluctant Victor—leading to a man who knows it all: Nadine can restore an ancient creed by unveiling the clues on her visions, and bring sunlight and peace to the world again. But that’s only if the demons and the other evil forces behind the darkness don’t stop her first.

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About the Author:

While Juliana Haygert dreams of being Wonder Woman, Buffy, or a blood elf shadow priest, she settles for the less exciting—but equally gratifying—life of a wife, mother, and author. Thousands of miles away from her former home in Brazil, she now resides in Connecticut and spends her days writing about kick-ass heroines and the heroes who drive them crazy.

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Thursday, December 19, 2013

Cover Reveal: Where You'll Find Me by Erin Fletcher

Today Erin Fletcher and Entangled Teen are revealing the cover for WHERE YOU’LL FIND ME, releasing in early 2014! Check out the gorgeous cover, exclusive excerpt, and enter to win an eARC! 

I've had the privilege of reading an early version of this novel, and trust me when I say that you are in for a treat. 

On to the reveal!

When Hanley Helton discovers a boy living in her garage, she knows she should kick him out. But Nate is too charming to be dangerous. He just needs a place to get away, which Hanley understands. Her own escape
methods—vodka, black hair dye, and pretending the past didn't happen—are more traditional, but who is she to judge?

Nate doesn't tell her why he's in her garage, and she
doesn't tell him what she's running from. Soon, Hanley¹s trading her late-night escapades for all-night conversations and stolen kisses. But when Nate¹s recognized as the missing teen from the news, Hanley isn't sure which is worse: that she's harboring a fugitive, or that she's in love with one.


 

Exclusive Excerpt

Nate looks me over, from my jacket to my favorite pair of jeans, to the shoes that are bonfire-worthy but still cute. My hair, with the help of a straightener, is so silky that my dark bangs fall into my eyes even more than usual. My eye makeup is amped up. Whether all of this is because of the bonfire or because of who I hoped I’d run into before leaving is open for debate. He reaches up and brushes my bangs away from my face. The split-second touch makes me crave more. “You look gorgeous.”

“Thank you.”

“Where are you headed?”

Though staying here in the garage might be a better option, I say, “A bonfire.”
Nate studies me again, but this time it feels like he’s looking for something deeper. “Don’t you ever get tired of sneaking out?”

“Not really,” I say with a shrug.

He tugs on the zipper of my fleece, lowering it slightly and pulling me closer. “What are you running from, Hanley?”

 It feels like my secrets are written all over my face, but I say, “Nothing.”

When he smiles, it’s almost sad. “I don’t buy it.”

I lean in, putting both hands on the car behind him, one on either side, trapping him. “You tell me why you’re living in my garage and I’ll tell you what I’m running from.”

He gives a sly smile and doesn’t budge. “Secrets it is.”

“Secrets it is,” I echo. And even though the small space between us is electric and threatening to disappear, I push off the car and step away. “I’ll see you later,” I say as I open the door.

“Hanley,” he says before I can get too far. “Be careful out there, okay?”

I don’t make any promises.


About Erin:

Erin Fletcher is a morning person who does most of her writing before sunrise while drinking excessive quantities of coffee, believesflip-flops qualify as year-round footwear, and would spend every day at thebeach if she could. She has a bachelor’s degree in mathematics (which is almost never useful when writing books) and lives in North Carolina.

You can visit Erin on her website and on Twitter. 

Giveaway: 

1 eARC of WHERE YOU’LL FIND ME International