Monday, July 24, 2017

Polarities by Carissa Andrews Cover Reveal

Polarities is the second novel in the Pendomus Chronicles Series

Book Blurb:

Polarities is the second novel in the Pendomus Chronicles Series. To see where it all began, be sure to check out Carissa's first novel, Pendomus: Book 1 of the Pendomus Chronicles.

With Runa separated from the only people who’ve had her back, she must go on a quest alone to uncover what it really means to be the Daughter of Five. Dropped in an unknown location, presumably still on the planet, she only has a monolithic book — the Caudex — as her guide, but it’s not giving up its answers easily. Will she be able to uncover the mysteries?

In the meantime, Trae and Kani are on a mission of their own, which may turn out to be disastrous. With Fenton dead and Runa gone, their next course of action is to strike Videus back where he’ll hurt most. Will their plan succeed to bring down the mysterious man behind the Helix? Will Runa be able to find her way back to her friends? Or is the planet doomed to destruction after all?

Author Bio: 

"An author emerges from the depths of Minnesotan waters. Sci-fi/Fantasy is my pen of choice."

Carissa Andrews is a Minnesota-based genre bending author who writes a combination of science fiction, fantasy, and dystopia. When not writing her own books, she's busy reading them. 

Her first novel, Pendomus, was the first of a three-part series and was published in 2013. Now, four years later, Polarities (Book 2) of the Pendomus Chronicles, and Revolutions (Book 3) will be released at the end of 2017. 

For more information on their release, visit Carissa Andrews' author website: and sign up for her newsletter notifications.

Carissa is also a freelance graphic designer, writer and content creator, social media manager, and marketing professional. She writes consistently on topics of science, technology, art, writing, photography, graphic design, health, self improvement, and more. Her articles can be found published across the interwebs. Carissa is also a Top Rated Freelancer on Upwork, and can be contacted for freelancing opportunities:

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Publishizer: Putting the Readers Back in Charge of Publishing

Putting the Readers Back in Charge of Publishing

Imagine a YA publishing process without gatekeepers.  One where editors and agents read the manuscripts that readers love, not vice versa.  One where anyone with a knack for writing, a passion to succeed, and a little flair for self-promotion, has a fair shot at being published.

All too frequently, this isn’t the case.  Books often get rejected for reasons beyond authors’ control.  One editor turned down an ultimately successful book by saying, “The girl doesn't, it seems to me, have a special perception or feeling which would lift that book above the 'curiosity' level.”  The book in question?  The Diary of Anne Frank.  Furthermore, according to the Cooperative Children’s Book Center, only about 10% of all YA books accepted for publication feature “multi-cultural content.”  Clearly, there are some blind spots that need addressing in the publishing industry.

It’s with this vision in mind that Publishizer is launching its YA book proposal contest called Plot Without a Cause.  Publishizer is a startup seeking to fill a hole in the publishing industry through crowdfunding.  It works like this:

You write the book proposal.  You know the book proposal I’m talking about.  The one you’ve been daydreaming about for years.  The one that just popped into your head last week and you haven’t stopped thinking about since.  The one for the manuscript that’s been dearly loved by you but maybe not so much yet by the publishing industry.  That one.  Then you register (for free!) on Publishizer’s website and post your proposal in the Plot Without a Cause section (again—for free!).

Now this is when you’ll have to start hustling.  Crowdfunding runs on pre-orders, so you had better start promoting that proposal.  Reach out over social media, post on your blog, email your old roommates—whatever it takes to start building buzz.  If you get the most preorders by the time the contest ends, you’ll win $1000 dollars.  And if you don’t have the highest number of preorders, don’t worry—you’ll still be queried to major publishers who fit your proposal.

Previous Publishizer contest participants have gotten interest and landed deals with a variety of traditional publishing companies, including Harvard Square Books, She Writes Press, and Weiser.  Publishizer takes a small commission on pre-orders when you choose a publisher at the end.

Every year, thousands of books are rejected by the publishing world for reasons that have nothing to do with the quality of the book—they’re too mainstream or not mainstream enough, too similar to books already being published or too different from books already being published.  Or the literary agent just doesn’t stand to make much money on the deal so they pass on a perfectly good book!  Imagine how many brilliant YA manuscripts go unpublished every year thanks to frustrating rejections.  Imagine how many hugely talented authors quietly give up on their dreams, just because the gate to a traditional publishing path isn’t open to them.

With their new YA book proposal contest, Plot Without a Cause, Publishizer is seeking to level the playing field.  Publishing decisions shouldn’t be based solely on a literary agent’s judgement or how many friends you have in the industry. They should be based on quality of writing and how many readers the book attracts.

Great books get overlooked all the time, and this is an opportunity to show acquiring editors that yours is worth paying attention to.  Not to mention the readership and funds you could gain in the process.  Crowdfunding (or crowd-publishing, in this case) is growing in popularity and brings a personal touch back to book sales—for readers and publishers.  Are you in?

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Enigma by Tonya Kuper Blog Tour


Enigma (Schrodinger’s Consortium #2) by Tonya Kuper
Publication Date:  July 3, 2017
Publisher:  Entangled Teen

Worst. Road Trip. Ever.

Escaping with Reid Wentworth should have been fun, but how can I enjoy it when I just (accidentally) killed someone, my mom and brother are in danger, and the Consortium is trying to enslave humanity? (Yeah, they aren’t fooling around.) So feeling something for Reid Wentworth was not part of the plan. Trying to help unite the Resistance against the Consortium means I can’t be distracted by hot boys.

The Resistance secret hideout isn’t exactly the rebel base of my dreams. A traitor there wants me dead, but we have no idea who it is. And with both the Resistance and the Consortium trying to control me, the only one I can trust is Reid. If we’re going to have any chance of protecting my family, controlling my unstable powers, and surviving the clash between the Oculi factions, I’m going to have to catch this traitor. By using myself as bait.

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My Review

The Force is strong with this second installment to the Schrodinger’s Consortium series..

Full of geek references, I was immediately pulled into this story.  Full of deception, action, and just the right amount of romance, Enigma continues the world of the Oculi where Josie, Reid, and a new bunch of allies take on the Consortium.  Trying to discover who the mole is, Josie finds her emotions running wild, trying to deal with this new life and the consequences that come with it.

It's such a fast read, imagine the Starship Enterprise going into warp speed....yeah, that fast.  I started it and could not put it down, having a mass of emotion when it ended...I didn't want it to end...I love this creative world.

Full of twists, and off the wall surprises, there is no mundane moment. With an Epic battle scene, I could see it all unfold before my intense is that?  Action tenfold.

New characters were introduced to this story, and each one had a strong personality. So with these new characters, comes loyalty and deception.  Just when you think you know someone, will feel like you were tased by Captain Kirk's stun gun.

So, this is definitely a series you need to read if you haven't already.  Tonya is super cool, Nerd Queen in my eyes....with a heart of gold.  And I say that because AFTER the story, read the Author's Note.  She talks about anxiety, and where you can go for help.


Tonya Kuper is the author of ANOMALY, the first in the Schrodinger's Consortium Series, a young adult science fiction trilogy, released November 4, 2014 by Entangled Teen. She fell for Young Adult lit while earning her Masters degree in Reading Education. She's a mom to two awesome boys, an alt music junkie, a Star Wars nerd, and in love with Sherlock.

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Tuesday, July 11, 2017

IGNITE by Sierra Cross Official Nerd Blast and Giveaway


I’ve only been living in the Magicborn world for a few weeks now. But when I’m yanked from sleep by a demon’s blade at my throat, I know we’ve got a problem on our hands. It’s not the run-of-the-mill Nequam demon, either, but a deadly Caedis. And someone sent him for me.

If that isn’t enough to deal with, the city’s most powerful spellcasters are turning up dead and the Fidei, the order that polices our kind, is sniffing around our coven. It’s no secret the Magicborn community has no love for our ragtag group, and now it looks like we’re being framed for murder.

Keeping this coven out of prison is going to be a serious challenge, partly because of the secrets that I can’t bring myself to share with the others. My magic’s been malfunctioning. My dreams are being invaded. And my brain’s always spinning, wondering if Matt will ever break the archaic vow that stops him from admitting his feelings for me.

Can the only way out of this mess really be risky alliances with a dangerous vampire and a dark witch who’s betrayed me in the past?

Ignite, the second book in the Coven of Fire series by Sierra Cross, will have you turning the pages to get your fix of forbidden romance, dangerous alliances, and deadly magical secrets. 



Spells and skyscrapers. Warriors and warlocks. Coven secrets and forbidden romances. Sierra Cross lives for urban fantasy, for modern magic and the bold supernatural beings who stalk our contemporary world. Based in Seattle, she gets her superpowers from coffee, dark chocolate, and the occasional 5K run in the rain.

Photo Content: Sierra Cross

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Wednesday, June 28, 2017

SHATTERED MINDS by Laura Lam Official Blog Tour


She can uncover the truth, if she defeats her demons

Ex-neuroscientist Carina struggles with a drug problem, her conscience, and urges to kill. She satisfies her cravings in dreams, fuelled by the addictive drug ‘Zeal’. Now she’s heading for self-destruction – until she has a vision of a dead girl.

Sudice Inc. damaged Carina when she worked on their sinister brain-mapping project, causing her violent compulsions. And this girl was a similar experiment. When Carina realizes the vision was planted by her old colleague Mark, desperate for help to expose the company, she knows he’s probably dead. Her only hope is to unmask her nemesis – or she’s next.

To unlock the secrets Mark hid in her mind, she’ll need a group of specialist hackers. Dax is one of them, a doctor who can help Carina fight her addictions. If she holds on to her humanity, they might even have a future together. But first she must destroy her adversary – before it changes us and our society, forever.


“Riveting.” ―F. Paul Wilson, New York Times bestselling author

“A multilayered, suspenseful thriller, False Hearts explores themes of identity and power in a breakneck plot that keeps the pages turning.” ―Ilana C. Myer, author of Last Song Before Night

“An ingenious premise, and Laura Lam executes it flawlessly. Gritty and wise, your own pulse will be racing as you get caught up in this exciting tale.” ―Robert J. Sawyer, Hugo Award-winning author of Red Planet Blues

“A taut futuristic thriller, set in a San Francisco where everybody is beautiful... and nobody is exceptional. Two unusual sisters are caught in a war for control of a society that quietly suffocates its outsiders, rebels, and the damaged. Taema and Tila are all three, and their strange past and unique bond make False Hearts a difficult book to put down.” ―A. M. Dellamonica, author of Child of a Hidden Sea

“A smart debut from someone who's clearly got what it takes.” ―Peter F. Hamilton, author of the Commonwealth Saga


From Shattered Minds / Laura Lam (Tor Books, 2017)

All done,The doctor says, her eyes bright and unblinkingThe girls arm burns slightly. The world goes soft and fuzzy around the edges. The doctor settles the girl back in the Chair, lays it down flat. She fits restraints around the girls arms and legs.
Wh-what?the girl askswords slurred.
Dont worry. Its just a partial sedative mixed with Verve.
Another sharp smile.With  a little paralytic thrown in for good measure.”
V-Verve?the girl asks, a  thrum of fear going through her. Verve is a drug the San Francisco mob, the Ratelcreated; it was all over the newsfeeds for weeks last year. It was meant to be like Zealbut so much worse. Not a dream you woke up from, your frustrations spent cathartically. Instead you woke up hungry for violence Pacifica promised theyd destroyed it . What will it do to her? Her limbs are heavy. She tries to move a finger. Nothing.
Time fractures and grows strange. The girl feels a faint tick-ling along her skull, a strange release of pressure.
Look at the images again,the doctor instructs.
The girls eyes move to the wallscreen, as ishe cant help it. There is the bee, its segmented eyes staring at her, its pollen dusting the blood-red petals of the rose. Its stinger is as sharp as the thorns on the stem. Something new appearsa drop of blood drips from one thorn, slowly. Above the rose, two eyes open. One is blue, one is green. Heterochromic, just like hers. Theres something strange about the images. As if theyre more than they appear. As if she could fall into them.
How do the images make yofeel?The images segmenand flash before her. A bee. A rose . A thorn. A drop of blood. Mismatched eyes. Over and overuntil they blur together.
I dont feel anything,the girl says.  And its true. All her emotions are just...gone. As if theyve never existed.
I see.The doctor is excited, but trying to hide it. The top of the girls head tickles again. She looks away from the images, back to hebrain scan.
It looks different. There are darker specks scattered through-out her brain, moving around like busy ants .It takes her a moment to figure out what they are.
Nanobots,the doctor answers for her.Theyll help the code settle in quickly.
How...?the girl asks. Then she realizes why her skull itches. All her pain sensors are turned off, and the doctor has opened up her skull. A piece rests on the tray next to the Chair. The girl can just see it out of the corner of her eye.
The doctoholds up the blood-slicked bone.
Its a barbaric approach these days, to actually open up a subject like this, but theres no risk of infection. And theres something about seeing the brain right there before you as the nanites do their work. Its more...visceral.The doctor sets the bone aside. Dont worry, Ill put it back where it belongs when were done.
The girl should feel fear, but there is nothing. Nothing. Until there is.
Then nanobots converge in her brain, digging deeper, down in to the very core of her. The girls emotions switch on. She feels everything—the pain in her skull, in her brain, the full horror of whats happening to her.
She opens her mouth and screams. Alarms blare and beep in the room. She can smell blood, thick and coppery, and the taste hits the back of hethroat.
You will change the world, mgirl,the doctor says, leaning over her.

The world blinks out.

My Review

Shattered Minds is an exquisite story that is dark, cruel, and full of drama.  With new characters in the same futuristic world as False hearts, they must stop the progress of technology to save humanity from itself.

Carina has a brilliant mind. An ex-neuroscientist, she leaves her job when she no longer agrees with their experiments.  Now, she is addicted to Zeal, plugged in to satisfy her dark desires.  She is wasting away. She can hardly stand to be unplugged, until an old co-worker asks her for help in a way that she never thought possible.

Carina doesn't want to.

However she needs questions she will soon discover she didn't know she possessed.

This Sci-fi novel, the whole Pacifica series, is just wow....a crazy world...seems perfect on the surface, but deep down in the gut, its dark, cruel and heartless.  I can visualize, with ease, the hover crafts flying around and the flawless appearance of society.

Carina is one of those characters you just don't understand, how someone who moved up the latter could fall so hard....until the flashbacks.  You learn more about her as the story progresses, and then you completely get her.  I loved all the characters in this story. Very strong personalities with diversity. One word...brilliant.

This story moves fast....full of anticipation and action that there is never a tedious eccentric world that is a thrill to lose yourself in.


Laura Lam was born in the late eighties and raised near San Francisco, California, by two former Haight-Ashbury hippies. Both of them encouraged her to finger-paint to her heart’s desire, colour outside the lines, and consider the library a second home. This led to an overabundance of daydreams.

After studying literature and creative writing at university, she relocated to Scotland to be with her husband, a boy she met online when they were teenagers and he insulted her taste in books and she insulted his right back. She almost blocked him but is glad she didn’t. She is now a dual citizen, but at times she misses the sunshine.

While working a variety of jobs from filing and photocopying endlessly at a law firm to library assistant to corporate librarian, she began writing in earnest. Her first book, Pantomime, the first book in the Micah Grey series, was released in 2013, which was a Scottish Book Trust Teen Book of the Month, won the Bisexual Book Award, was listed a Top Ten Title for the American Library Association List, and was nominated for several other awards. Robin Hobb says “Pantomime by Laura Lam took me into a detailed and exotic world, peopled by characters that I’d love to be friends with . . . and some I’d never want to cross paths with.” The sequel, Shadowplay, followed in 2014, as well as several the Vestigial Tales, self-published short stories and novellas set in the same world. The third book in the series, Masquerade, will follow in 2017.

Her newest book is False Hearts, a near-future thriller released in June 2016 by Tor/Macmillan and in three other languages. Peter F. Hamilton calls False Hearts “a strong debut from someone who’s clearly got what it takes.” Another thriller, Shattered Minds, will be released in 2017.

She is still hiding from sunshine in Scotland and writing more stories.

Photo Credit: Elizabeth May

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Launch Party Schedule:

June 19th Monday Reading for the Stars and Moon GUEST POST 
June 19th Monday Little Library Muse EXCERPT
June 20th Tuesday JeanBookNerd VLOG & INTERVIEW
June 21st Wednesday Bookish Lifestyle GUEST POST 
June 21st Wednesday CBY Book Club EXCERPT
June 22nd Thursday Sara is Reading and Listening to What REVIEW & RANDOM THINGS -
June 23rd Friday A Fold in the Spine REVIEW
June 26th Monday A Dream Within a Dream REVIEW & TENS LIST -
June 27th Tuesday Crossroad Reviews REVIEW
June 28th Wednesday Insane About Books REVIEW 
June 28th Wednesday TTC Books and More EXCERPT 
June 29th Thursday Wonder Struck REVIEW & TENS LIST 
June 29th Thursday Sassy Book Lovers EXCERPT
June 30th Friday Sabrina's Paranormal Palace REVIEW & FAVORITE THINGS