Monday, January 19, 2015

BLOOD, MILK, and CHOCOLATE by Cameron Jace (Book Blitz and Giveaway)







 Blood, Milk, and Chocolate by Cameron Jace 
(The Grimm Diaries #3)
Publication date: January 19th 2015
Genres: Fairy Tales, Fantasy, Young Adult





 ABOUT THE BOOK

I have been accused of being malicious and evil.

I, the Snow White Queen, have a story to tell.

The true story and what has really happened. How it all happened. Why the Brothers Grimm altered the truth, letting you think it was a fairy tale. When and how the tale took place. And above all, why I did what I did. Why you haven’t been told the truth for centuries. The truth about me and the truth about the not-so-innocent Snow White.

Here is my side of the story.

You will never look at Snow White the same way again.


 Available at AMAZON



EXCERPT



The day I was born, a single red apple grew on a juniper tree in our castle's garden.

A Blood Apple.

It was a rare fruit; the most sought after in Europe at the time. An apple of unmatched sweetness and unearthly ripeness. Some claimed it could cure the sick and enrich the poor, grant children to the sterile, and keep the soul guarded from demonic possessions. Its rarity and taste made it comparable with gold and diamonds, if they were edible. There was a well-known saying: "A Blood Apple a day keeps all Sorrow away." Few people knew why the word "sorrow" had always been capitalized in this sentence. I learned why many years later.

The single, delicious Blood Apple that grew on my birthday was even rarer. This one was the first to grow in my homeland, Styria, in seven years.

A nameless witch—we did not speak her name—had cursed my homeland in Western Europe many years before. Every time a tree gave birth to an apple, it came out grey, rotten, and infested with worms. No amount of magic or prayers managed to lift up the curse. They said the witch was the mother of all witches, that she was darker than the darkest shades of night. For reasons beyond me, she had cursed us with no intention to relieve us from her wicked omen, ever.

All of this changed the day I blossomed from my mother's womb into this life. No one knew how it was possible, or why it happened. Everyone said I was going to be a special princess who'd prosper and grow and maybe rule Styria one day.

The servants in our castle drooled at the sight of the single red and ripe apple. They stared at it as if it were the fountain of youth that could quench their thirst and wet their seven-years-long dried souls. Some of the servants sank to their knees and thanked Pomona, the Goddess of Fruits whom no one had ever seen, for her blessings.

But only fools thanked Pomona, for the rest of our land knew it was me who had saved them. I possessed the power to defy "the witch whose name we don't speak."

The birth of me, Carmilla Karnstein, daughter of Theodora and Philip II, was a miracle like no other in centuries. I came to this world with a revelation, a sign, and some kind of rapture: the first Blood Apple in seven years.

Little did I know then that it wasn't a lucky coincidence, that I wasn't just a fairy tale made up by the poor and wishful peasants of Europe. How would I have known that I was part of the universe's plan in an eternal feud between good and evil?

The arrival of a beautiful child, the blossoming of apples, and the end of a curse were only a prelude to an epic tale of love and sorrow.




ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Wonderlander, Neverlander, Unicorn-chaser, enchanter, musician, survived a coma, & totally awesome. Sometimes I tell stories. Always luv the little monsters. I write young adult paranormal romance, urban fantasy, and science fiction mostly. 

The Grimm Diaries series is a seven book saga that deals with retellings of fairy tales from a young adult POV - it connects most of the fairy tales together and claims to be the truth about fairy tales.     

I live in San Fransisco and seriously think circles are way cooler than triangles.




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Friday, January 16, 2015

Cover Reveal: Everlost by Candace Knoebel


Today, I have the honor of revealing the cover for  
Everlost  by Candace Knoebel.  
Everlost, the 3rd book in The Night Watchmen series 
will be release this summer. 





About the Author

Candace Knoebel is the award-winning author of Born in Flames-book one in a young adult fantasy trilogy. She discovered in 2009 through lunch breaks and late nights after putting her kids to bed, a world where she could escape the ever-pressing days of an eight to five Purgatory. And an outlet for all the voices residing in her head.

Published by 48fourteen in 2012, Born in Flames went on to win Turning the Pages Book of the Year award in February of 2013. In January of 2014, the last book in the trilogy, From the Embers, was released, thusly completing the trilogy. She now works on the Night Watchmen Series, while guzzling Red Bulls and pretending to be a ninja on Heelys. 






Everlost by Candace Knoebel 
(Night Watchmen #3)
Publication date: Summer 2015
Genres: Paranormal Romance, Young Adult






About the Book

One truth will unravel them all.

Faye Middleton thought the worst had come to pass the night she and her friends barely escaped from Ethryeal City and the clutches of the evil Priestess Clara. Officially shunned from the Coven, Faye is forced to lay low in order to come up with a plan to bring Clara down.

At Jaxen’s childhood manor, they were supposed to be safe from any outside issues, and they were… until his long-lost mother shows up. Determined to win back what she lost so long ago, Evangeline reveals a secret that could shatter their beliefs, or be their saving grace.

Now, with two Covens searching for Faye, they must find a way to start over. With the help of the Rebellion, they begin the arduous task of forming their own army. However, the choices they are faced with leave them questioning everything they’ve ever known.



To Celebrate the Cover Reveal of Everlost, Everlasting is free today only at Amazon
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Sunday, January 11, 2015

The New Year Goals

Resolutions.
Goals.
Plans for the New Year.

It doesn't matter what you call them, it all means the same--coming up with a list of things you want to accomplish.

For the days surrounding the New Year, the media was filled with articles on the topic of New Year's Resolutions. Even various television advertisements  jumped on the bandwagon, especially the ads for anything tied to fitness and weight loss.

Each year I set goals I want to achieve during the year. Here are my 2015 goals:
  • Write book 3 of The Children of Atlantis series. The outline is finished and I have finally started writing the story.
  • Outline book 4 of The Children of Atlantis series. I have a base idea for the story. I just need to work on the outline.
  • Edit book 2 of the Wisteria Mountain High series.
  • Write 4 to 5 blogs per month. I want to make it more interesting. If you have ideas you want to read about, let me know.
  • Work on the stress issues in my life.
  • Work on my weight issue.
It's not a long list of goals, but they will keep me busy this year.

Thursday, December 25, 2014

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

6 Favorite Christmas Stories

I love Christmas movies. Christmas just doesn't seem like Christmas without them.

Among my favorites are:
  • A Christmas Carol -- I have always loved this story and almost all the variations it has taken. But I still love reading the novella by Charles Dickens.
  • Miracle on 34th Street
  • A Christmas Story
  • The Polar Express  --  I need to find my copy of the picture book. I want to read the story to my classes before we break for the Christmas holidays.
  • The Family Stone
  • The Santa Clause
What are your favorite Christmas stories?

Thursday, November 27, 2014