Saturday, March 31, 2012

The Hunger Games (2012)


Believe it or not, some glamour here...

The Hunger Games
directed by Gary Ross

screenplay by Gary Ross
Suzanne Collins
Billy Ray

based on novel by Suzanne Collins

Rating: 5

starring...
Katniss - Jennifer Lawrence
Peeta - Josh Hutcherson
Gale - Liam Hemsworth

Description from imdb:
Set in a future where the Capitol selects a boy and girl from the twelve districts to fight to the death on live television, Katniss Everdeen volunteers to take her younger sister's place for the latest match.

My two-bits:
As a fan of this book, I thought the story carried over well in the movie. The actors were well suited, however not what I envisioned.

GO Katniss!

READ more about this world...

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by Suzanne Collins

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Safe & Sound
performed by Taylor Swift and The Civil Wars
part of Hunger Games movie soundtrack

I remember tears streaming down your face
When I said, I'll never let you go
When all those shadows almost killed your light
I remember you said, Don't leave me here alone
But all that's dead and gone and passed tonight

Just close your eyes
The sun is going down
You'll be alright
No one can hurt you now
Come morning light
You and I'll be safe and sound

Don't you dare look out your window

Darling, everything's on fire
The war outside our door keeps raging on
Hold onto this lullaby
Even when the music's gone
Gone

Just close your eyes
The sun is going down
You'll be alright
No one can hurt you now
Come morning light
You and I'll be safe and sound

Just close your eyes
You'll be alright
Come morning light,
You and I'll be safe and sound...


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* image source Hunger Games German poster, mandatory poster

* in celebration of the release weekend of the film version of Hunger Games

* lyrics from lyricsreg

The Merman and The Moon Forgotten... Launches Into Space!

Nikolas and Company:
The Merman and the Moon Forgotton
by Kevin McGill

On March 31st Aero Studios is going to launch Nikolas and Co: The Merman and The Moon Forgotten...into space. Details in the video:


The Merman and The Moon Forgotten (Nikolas and Co #1) is about a ragtag group of teenagers that travel from earth to a mythological reimagination of our moon. It’s called Nikolas and Company: The Merman and The Moon Forgotten. So, sending my book up in a high altitude balloon into outer space seemed like the most logical conclusion…ok. For full disclosure, actually, I’ve always wanted to ride a weather balloon into space. But if the balloon popped, then I probably wouldn’t survive the descent, no matter how much bubble wrap I tied myself into. So, I’ve opted to send my book instead. We will film and share it with you guys next week!

If you’re around the metroplex and want to come out for launch day, then email me for details: kevinonpaper@gmail.com

Space-Book Contest

Note from author:

THE HIGH ALTITUDE BALLOON CARRYING MY BOOK WILL GO UP, BUT IT ALSO MUST COME BACK DOWN. BUT HOW FAR AWAY WILL IT LAND? 20 MILES FROM THE LAUNCH SITE? 30? 60?

CLICK HERE AND GIVE YOUR BEST GUESS. THE WINNER WILL GET A $50 GIFT CARD TO AMAZON OR BEST BUY AND A FREE COPY OF NIKOLAS AND CO.

Friday, March 30, 2012

Shiny Shoes

Cinder
by Marissa Meyer
Release date: January 3, 2012

Humans and androids crowd the raucous streets of New Beijing. A deadly plague ravages the population. From space, a ruthless lunar people watch, waiting to make their move. No one knows that Earth’s fate hinges on one girl. . . .

Cinder, a gifted mechanic, is a cyborg. She’s a second-class citizen with a mysterious past, reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsister’s illness. But when her life becomes intertwined with the handsome Prince Kai’s, she suddenly finds herself at the center of an intergalactic struggle, and a forbidden attraction. Caught between duty and freedom, loyalty and betrayal, she must uncover secrets about her past in order to protect her world’s future.


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Death on Heels
A Crime of Fashion Mystery
by Ellen Byerrum
Release date: February 7, 2012

When fashion reporter Lacey Smithsonian moved to Washington, D.C., from rugged, small town Sagebrush, Colorado, she thought she’d never look back. But when her former boyfriend, cattle rancher Cole Tucker, is arrested for the murders of three women, Lacey digs her cowboy boots out of her closet and hops on the next plane.

She is certain of Tucker’s innocence, until he abducts her during a daring courthouse escape. Is Tucker capable of murder, too? Or is there a larger conspiracy in the small town? Lacey needs to rustle up all the help she can get for this case before her old flame is snuffed out for good...


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Pretty Crooked
by Elisa Ludwig
Just released: March 13, 2012
win this at the Story Siren
-offer ends May 31

Willa's secret plan seems all too simple.

Take from the rich kids at valley prep and give to the poor ones.

Yet Willa's turn as Robin Hood at her new high school is anything but. Bilking her "friends"—known to everyone as the Glitterati—without them suspecting a thing is far from easy. Learning how to break into lockers and Beemers is as hard as she'd thought it would be. Delivering care packages to the scholarship girls, who are bullied just for being different, is more fun than she'd expected.

The complication Willa didn't expect, though, is Aidan Murphy, VP's most notorious ace-degenerate. His mere existence is distracting Willa from what matters most to her—evening the social playing field between the haves and have-nots. There's no time for flirting, especially with conceited trust-funders like Aidan. But when the cops start investigating the string of thefts at Valley Prep and the Glitterati begin to seek revenge, could Aidan wind up being the person that Willa trusts most?

Elisa Ludwig's Pretty Crooked is the first book in an adventurous teen caper series filled with mystery, humor, and heart.


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IN COMMENTS: tell me which shoe twinkles for you and would you want to read the print or ebook of the book

Also, leave you email if I don't already have it.

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The Book of Lost Fragrances by M.J. Rose

The Book of Lost Fragrances
by M.J. Rose

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Twitter Hashtag: #LostFragrancesVirtualBookTour

Just released: March 13, 2012
Publisher: Atria Books
Genre: Historical
Hardback: 384 pages
Rating: 4

Amazon | Barnes&Noble | Indie Bound

A sweeping and suspenseful tale of secrets, intrigue, and lovers separated by time, all connected through the mystical qualities of a perfume created in the days of Cleopatra--and lost for 2,000 years.

Jac L'Etoile has always been haunted by the past, her memories infused with the exotic scents that she grew up surrounded by as the heir to a storied French perfume company. In order to flee the pain of those remembrances--and of her mother's suicide--she moved to America. Now, fourteen years later she and her brother have inherited the company along with it's financial problems. But when Robbie hints at an earth-shattering discovery in the family archives and then suddenly goes missing--leaving a dead body in his wake--Jac is plunged into a world she thought she'd left behind.

Back in Paris to investigate her brother's disappearance, Jac becomes haunted by the legend the House of L'Etoile has been espousing since 1799. Is there a scent that can unlock the mystery of reincarnation - or is it just another dream infused perfume?

The Book of Lost Fragrances fuses history, passion, and suspense, moving from Cleopatra's Egypt and the terrors of revolutionary France to Tibet's battle with China and the glamour of modern-day Paris. Jac's quest for the ancient perfume someone is willing to kill for becomes the key to understanding her own troubled past.

My two-bits:
In-a-word(s): great nose
Loved the historical details of the world of scents intermingled with mystery. I'm definitely more appreciative and aware of scents and smells that can be created for pleasure and other...

The mention of Paris and things French just popped out at me -- in a good way. Mostly because I've got Paris on the brain ;-D

I also liked how this book got me thinking about reincarnation.

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* review copy courtesy of author

* read MJ's guest post about a fragrance

* part of The Book of Lost Fragrances tour - check it out for more details and goodies about this book and author!

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Gorgeous Gems

The Girl in the Clockwork Collar
(The Steampunk Chronicles)

by Kady Cross
Release date: May 22, 2012

In New York City, 1897, life has never been more thrilling-or dangerous.

Sixteen-year-old Finley Jayne and her "straynge band of mysfits" have journeyed from London to America to rescue their friend Jasper, hauled off by bounty hunters. But Jasper is in the clutches of a devious former friend demanding a trade-the dangerous device Jasper stole from him...for the life of the girl Jasper loves.

One false move from Jasper and the strange clockwork collar around Mei's neck tightens. And tightens.

From the rough streets of lower Manhattan to elegant Fifth Avenue, the motley crew of teens with supernatural abilities is on Jasper's elusive trail. And they're about to discover how far they'll go for friendship.

More than ever, Finley Jayne will rely on powerful English duke Griffin King to balance her dark magic with her good side. Yet Griffin is at war with himself over his secret attraction to Finley...and will risk his life and reputation to save her. Sam, more machine than man, finds his moody heart tested by Irish lass Emily-whose own special abilities are no match for the darkness she discovers on the streets.

Now, to help those she's come to care for so deeply, Finley Jayne.


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The Onyx Talisman
by Brenda Pandos
Just released: March 23, 2012

"Alora looked back and the corner of her lip turned up. “It’s always darkest before the dawn, Julia. Good luck.” Her words sent chills up my spine as she vanished." Unrest stirs deep in Scotts Valley. Filled with uncertainty, Julia anxiously awaits Nicholas’ return.

Phil, hurt and unsure of his place as a sober vampire, holds the pieces of Julia’s fragile psyche together, secretly hoping Nicholas stays away forever. Scarlett bides her time, plotting for the perfect moment to prove herself and earn redemption. But somewhere in L.A., Alora conspires to reclaim her talisman and strip Julia of everything she holds dear.

Little do they know, a war is coming and more than one vampire would like to see the Prince of Vampires overthrown. As more and more vampires show up from nowhere, addicted to her scent, Julia must pick her allies carefully before it’s too late.

Can Julia bargain with fate?

When the time comes, will she even have a choice?

Find out how it all ends in this explosive grand finale of The Talisman Trilogy.


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Sapphire Blue
by Kerstin Gier
Release date: October 30, 2012

Gwen’s life has been a rollercoaster since she discovered she was the Ruby, the final member of the secret time-traveling Circle of Twelve. In between searching through history for the other time-travelers and asking for a bit of their blood (gross!), she’s been trying to figure out what all the mysteries and prophecies surrounding the Circle really mean.

At least Gwen has plenty of help. Her best friend Lesley follows every lead diligently on the Internet. James the ghost teaches Gwen how to fit in at an eighteenth century party. And Xemerius, the gargoyle demon who has been following Gwen since he caught her kissing Gideon in a church, offers advice on everything. Oh, yes. And of course there is Gideon, the Diamond. One minute he’s very warm indeed; the next he’s freezing cold. Gwen’s not sure what’s going on there, but she’s pretty much destined to find out.


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IN COMMENTS: tell me which gem sparkles bright for you and would you want to read the print or ebook of the book

Also, leave you email if I don't already have it.

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Dazzling Dresses

A Breath of Eyre
by Eve Marie Mont
Just released: March 27, 2012
part of the The Class of 2k12

In this stunning, imaginative novel, Eve Marie Mont transports her modern-day heroine into the life of Jane Eyre to create a mesmerizing story of love, longing, and finding your place in the world. . .

Emma Townsend has always believed in stories--the ones she reads voraciously, and the ones she creates. Perhaps it's because she feels like an outsider at her exclusive prep school, or because her stepmother doesn't come close to filling the void left by her mother's death. And her only romantic prospect--apart from a crush on her English teacher--is Gray Newman, a long-time friend who just adds to Emma's confusion. But escape soon arrives in an old leather-bound copy of Jane Eyre. . .

Reading of Jane's isolation sparks a deep sense of kinship. Then fate takes things a leap further when a lightning storm catapults Emma right into Jane's body and her nineteenth-century world. As governess at Thornfield, Emma has a sense of belonging she's never known--and an attraction to the brooding Mr. Rochester. Now, moving between her two realities and uncovering secrets in both, Emma must decide whether her destiny lies in the pages of Jane's story, or in the unwritten chapters of her own. . .


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Enchanted
by Alethea Kontis
Release date: May 8, 2012

It isn’t easy being the rather overlooked and unhappy youngest sibling to sisters named for the other six days of the week. Sunday’s only comfort is writing stories, although what she writes has a terrible tendency to come true.

When Sunday meets an enchanted frog who asks about her stories, the two become friends. Soon that friendship deepens into something magical. One night Sunday kisses her frog goodbye and leaves, not realizing that her love has transformed him back into Rumbold, the crown prince of Arilland—and a man Sunday’s family despises.

The prince returns to his castle, intent on making Sunday fall in love with him as the man he is, not the frog he was. But Sunday is not so easy to woo. How can she feel such a strange, strong attraction for this prince she barely knows? And what twisted secrets lie hidden in his past—and hers?


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The King's Agent
by Donna Russo Morin
Just released: February 28, 2012
currently on blog tour - check out more details about this book and author
and giveaways ;-D

To the casual observer, Battista della Paglia is an avid art collector, or perhaps a nimble thief. In reality, the cunning Italian is an agent for Fran├žois, the King of France, for whom he procures the greatest masterpieces of the day by any means necessary. Embroiled in a power struggle with Charles V, the King of Spain, Fran├žois resolves to rule Europe's burgeoning cultural world. When he sets his sights on a mysterious sculpture, Battista's search for the elusive objet d'art leads him to a captivating woman on a mission of her own. . .

Having spent her life under the controlling eye of her protector, the Marquess of Mantua, Aurelia longs for freedom. And she finds it in Battista. Together, they embark on a journey to find the clues that will lead him to the sculpture-- a venture so perilous it might have spilled from the pen of Dante himself. From the smoldering depths of Rome to a castle in the sky, the harrowing quest draws them inextricably together. But Aurelia guards a dark secret that could tear them apart--and change the course of history. . .


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The Selection
by Kiera Cass
Release date: April 24, 2012

For thirty-five girls, the Selection is the chance of a lifetime. The opportunity to escape the life laid out for them since birth. To be swept up in a world of glittering gowns and priceless jewels. To live in a palace and compete for the heart of gorgeous Prince Maxon.

But for America Singer, being Selected is a nightmare. It means turning her back on her secret love with Aspen, who is a caste below her. Leaving her home to enter a fierce competition for a crown she doesn't want. Living in a palace that is constantly threatened by violent rebel attacks.

Then America meets Prince Maxon. Gradually, she starts to question all the plans she's made for herself—and realizes that the life she's always dreamed of may not compare to a future she never imagined.


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Something Strange and Deadly
by Susan Dennard
Release date: July 24, 2012

There’s something
strange and deadly loose in Philadelphia…

Eleanor Fitt has a lot to worry about.
Her brother has gone missing, her family has fallen on hard times, and her mother is determined to marry her off to any rich young man who walks by. But this is nothing compared to what she’s just read in the newspaper—

The Dead are rising in Philadelphia.

And then, in a frightening attack, a zombie delivers a letter to Eleanor…from her brother.

Whoever is controlling the Dead army has taken her brother as well. If Eleanor is going to find him, she’ll have to venture into the lab of the notorious Spirit-Hunters, who protect the city from supernatural forces. But as Eleanor spends more time with the Spirit-Hunters, including their maddeningly stubborn yet handsome inventor, Daniel, the situation becomes dire. And now, not only is her reputation on the line, but her very life may hang in the balance.


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The Treachery of Beautiful Things
by Ruth Long
Release date: August 16, 2012

A darkly compelling mix of romance, fairy tale, and suspense from a new voice in teen fiction

The trees swallowed her brother whole, and Jenny was there to see it. Now seventeen, she revisits the woods where Tom was taken, resolving to say good-bye at last. Instead, she's lured into the trees, where she finds strange and dangerous creatures who seem to consider her the threat. Among them is Jack, mercurial and magnetic, with secrets of his own. Determined to find her brother, with or without Jack's help, Jenny struggles to navigate a faerie world where stunning beauty masks some of the most treacherous evils, and she's faced with a choice between salvation or sacrifice--and not just her own.


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IN COMMENTS: tell me which dress catches your fancy and would you want to read the print or ebook of the book

Also, leave you email if I don't already have it.

~~* Glamorama schedule *~~


Glamorama: schedule

Glamorama
a virtual book event
March 28-30, 2012

a touch of sparkle
for the rainy days of spring


Schedule of events: (and book list)
details and links will be filled in after posted
per usual links are also on the sidebar


Sense of Scent
Guest post: Le Feu D'Issey from M.J. Rose
Part of current book tour
Twitter Hashtag: #LostFragrancesVirtualBookTour

The Book of Lost Fragrances
by M.J. Rose
my review


Dazzling Dresses

A Breath of Eyre
by Eve Marie Mont


Enchanted
by Alethea Kontis


The King's Agent
by Donna Russo Morin


The Selection
by Kiera Cass


Something Strange and Deadly
by Susan Dennard


The Treachery of Beautiful Things
by Ruth Long


Gorgeous Gems

The Girl in the Clockwork Collar
(The Steampunk Chronicles)

by Kady Cross


The Onyx Talisman
by Brenda Pandos


Sapphire Blue
by Kerstin Gier


Shiny Shoes
Cinder
by Marissa Meyer


Death on Heels
A Crime of Fashion Mystery
by Ellen Byerrum


Pretty Crooked
by Elisa Ludwig


End Credits
Glamour in Glass
by Mary Robinette Kowal

Announcement: Easter Egg giveaway


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* image source event badge: Glamour in Glass by Mary Robinette Kowal

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Le Feu D'Issey from M.J. Rose


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by M.J. Rose
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M.J. Rose: I've been fascinated with lost fragrances since long before I started writing The Book of Lost Fragrances... since I found a bottle of perfume on my great grandmother's dresser that had belonged to her mother in Russia.

Here is one of those lost fragrances that stirs the senses and the imagination... (reasearched and described with the help of the perfume writer Dimitrios Dimitriadis)

ISSEY MIYAKE - LE FEU D'ISSEY A creation that came well ahead of its time, Le Feu d'Issey was launched amidst countless androgynous, unisex releases in the mid 90s, and represented the polar opposite of the scents that found their success at that time.

Sichuan pepper, amber and benzoin leant a combustable warmth to the composition, whilst Japanese lily, Bulgarian rose and lactic milk accords an opulent facet. Regarded as a huge commercial flop upon its release, Le Feu d'Issey is a perfume which many look upon now, some 15 years later, as an abstract masterpiece.

The Book of Lost Fragrances
by M.J. Rose
-gothic, historical

ABOUT the book:
A sweeping and suspenseful tale of secrets, intrigue, and lovers separated by time, all connected through the mystical qualities of a perfume created in the days of Cleopatra--and lost for 2,000 years.

Jac L'Etoile has always been haunted by the past, her memories infused with the exotic scents that she grew up surrounded by as the heir to a storied French perfume company. In order to flee the pain of those remembrances--and of her mother's suicide--she moved to America. Now, fourteen years later she and her brother have inherited the company along with it's financial problems. But when Robbie hints at an earth-shattering discovery in the family archives and then suddenly goes missing--leaving a dead body in his wake--Jac is plunged into a world she thought she'd left behind.

Back in Paris to investigate her brother's disappearance, Jac becomes haunted by the legend the House of L'Etoile has been espousing since 1799. Is there a scent that can unlock the mystery of reincarnation - or is it just another dream infused perfume?

The Book of Lost Fragrances fuses history, passion, and suspense, moving from Cleopatra's Egypt and the terrors of revolutionary France to Tibet's battle with China and the glamour of modern-day Paris. Jac's quest for the ancient perfume someone is willing to kill for becomes the key to understanding her own troubled past.


ABOUT the author:
M.J. Rose is the international best selling author of eleven novels and two non-fiction books on marketing. Her next novel THE BOOK OF LOST FRAGRANCES (Atria/S&S) will be published in March 2012. Her fiction and non-fiction has appeared in many magazines and reviews including Oprah Magazine. She has been featured in the New York Times, Newsweek, Time, USA Today and on the Today Show, and NPR radio. Rose graduated from Syracuse University, spent the '80s in advertising, has a commercial in the Museum of Modern Art in NYC and since 2005 has run the first marketing company for authors - Authorbuzz.com. The television series PAST LIFE, was based on Rose's novels in the Renincarnationist series. She is one of the founding board members of International Thriller Writers and runs the blog- Buzz, Balls & Hype. She is also the co-founder of Peroozal.com and BookTrib.com.

Rose lives in CT with her husband the musician and composer, Doug Scofield, and their very spoiled and often photographed dog, Winka.

For more information on M.J. Rose and her novels, please visit her WEBSITE. You can also find her on Facebook.

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by M.J. Rose
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* part of The Book of Lost Fragrances tour - check it out for more details and goodies about this book and author!
Twitter Hashtag: #LostFragrancesVirtualBookTour

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Hunger Games: Fashion


One thing that captures my attention from The Hunger Games is the fashion.

I'm looking forward to see how the movie portrays the different districts outfits.

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Did you know?



Which colour do you like?


I like Electrify ;-D

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Reminder: if you entered The Hunger Games Giveaway, make sure to comment on these posts before March 31 to be eligible to win one of the three books in the trilogy...

Book Appeal post 1: The Wicked and the Just by J. Anderson Coats

Book Appeal post 2: The Fairy Godmother Dilemma: Catspell by Danyelle Leafty

Book Appeal post 3: Death Sentence by Rhiannon Paille

Book Appeal post 4: The Star by Javi Araguz and Isabel Hierro

Book Appeal post 5: Revealing Eden by Victoria Foyt

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Wouldn't you like to have this awesome stylist do a makeover for you?


Cinna was Katniss Everdeen's stylist during her campaigns through the 74th and 75th Hunger Games. He came from the Capitol and he was not like the Prep team who, to Katniss, were like "a trio of oddly colored birds pecking around her feet." Cinna, as it seemed to Katniss, was more normal than she had expected.

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* image sources: Hunger Games shoe and see more shoes here, nail polish

* first spotted Cinna poster at Fictitious Musings

* in celebration of the release weekend of the film version of Hunger Games



Book Appeal: Revealing Eden by Victoria Foyt

Revealing Eden
Save the Pearls Part One
by Victoria Foyt
-Fantasy, YA

Eden Newman must mate before her 18th birthday in six months or she'll be left outside to die in a burning world. But who will pick up her mate-option when she's cursed with white skin and a tragically low mate-rate of 15%?

In a post-apocalyptic, totalitarian, underground world where class and beauty are defined by resistance to an overheated environment, Eden's coloring brands her as a member of the lowest class, a weak and ugly Pearl. If only she can mate with a dark-skinned Coal from the ruling class, she'll be safe.

Just maybe one Coal sees the Real Eden and will be her salvation her co-worker Jamal has begun secretly dating her. But when Eden unwittingly compromises her father's secret biological experiment, she finds herself in the eye of a storm and thrown into the last area of rainforest, a strange and dangerous land.

Eden must fight to save her father, who may be humanity's last hope, while standing up to a powerful beast-man she believes is her enemy, despite her overwhelming attraction. Eden must change to survive but only if she can redefine her ideas of beauty and of love, along with a little help from her "adopted aunt" Emily Dickinson.


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Interesting blog posts from Eden...

Apocalypse world tips—how to kill zombies safely and efficiently

Eliminating zombies apocalypse world style

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Entry for The Hunger Games Giveaway: (details here)

In comments below TELL ME which of the three points appeals to you regarding this book...

1. Title

2. Cover

3. Description


OPTIONAL - for an extra entry you can also leave a comment or question for the author

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* in celebration of the release weekend of the film version of Hunger Games

see more Hunger Games
fan movie posters here


Book Appeal: The Star by Javi Araguz and Isabel Hierro

La Estrella (The Star)
by Javi Araguz and Isabel Hierro
-Dystopia, YA

The boy’s eyes glittered so strongly, presaging an imminent rupture of The Quietude.

Lan was perfectly aware of the prohibition of touching a Star Walker, but right now there was no turning back as their fates had inevitably been sealed off.

Centuries ago a catastrophe turned Linde into a hostile place; since then, the survivors have learned to live in isolation within the boundaries of the Safe Limits. But, the planet is constantly subjected to a change in shape and people are lost, never return.

After a violent planetary transformation, Lan, a courageous girl from Salvia clan, wakes up in the middle of the desert, only to be rescued by her worst enemy.

A young man marked by a curse.

A village hiding the biggest secret ever to be kept.

A love as dangerous as it is impossible.

A world whose surface is forever undergoing changes… when getting lost is the equivalent of death.


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NOTE from authors:
We are working in promoting our work and would like to reach all fans of English-speaking YA novels lit. “The Star” is published now in twenty Spanish-speakers countries, and in 2012 will be publish in Brazil (Portuguese) too, but not yet in English.

Join in to help get this book published in other languages here!


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Entry for The Hunger Games Giveaway: (details here)

In comments below TELL ME which of the three points appeals to you regarding this book...

1. Title

2. Cover

3. Description


OPTIONAL - for an extra entry you can also leave a comment or question for the author

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* in celebration of the release weekend of the film version of Hunger Games



Book Appeal: Death Sentence by Rhiannon Paille

Death Sentence
Last City on Earth: Book 1
by Rhiannon Paille
-Dystopia, YA

Fable Ketterling is the only immortal in the last city on earth.

Thirteen hundred and five years of captivity, fame, and death.

Temperance Day is the only day Fable sees the sun, and each year, she hopes it’s her last.


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Entry for The Hunger Games Giveaway: (details here)

In comments below TELL ME which of the three points appeals to you regarding this book...

1. Title

2. Cover

3. Description


OPTIONAL - for an extra entry you can also leave a comment or question for the author

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* in celebration of the release weekend of the film version of Hunger Games



Book Appeal: The Fairy Godmother Dilemma: Catspell by Danyelle Leafty


The Fairy Godmother Dilemma: Catspell
by Danyelle Leafty
Fantasy, YA

Sixteen-year-old Breena never thought anything could be worse than being forced to leave the faerie realm. Then she got stuck with a fairy godmother. But if she has to choose between the two, she’d leave the Faerie Realm over getting bossed about by a faerie with a pointed stick any day. Unfortunately, her attempt to evade her fairy godmother gives her growing pains in the form of fur, whiskers, and a tail.

Turning into a cat is the least of her worries, though. The potion wasn’t meant to bring out her inner feline, it was meant to put her to sleep. Forever. If Breena wants to make it to her Happily Ever After, she’ll have to accept that sometimes a fairy godmother really does come in handy, after all.


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NOTE from author: Help spread the word -- Kindles for Kids

Kindles for Kids is my way of paying it forward. My goal is to raise enough funds to purchase 10 Kindle Fires for the pediatric unit of a local hospital in UT.

How does Kindles for Kids work?

From March 12th-31st of 2012, I will be donating the *royalties I make on THE FAIRY GODMOTHER DILEMMA: CATSPELL--both in paper and e-book form--toward the purchase of the Kindle Fires.

Royalties are paid a month to two months after the fact. Factoring in that as well as putting in the order, receiving them, and getting them ready, I will be delivering the Kindle Fires to the hospital in June of 2012.

Find out how Readers can help.

Find out how writers and authors can help.

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Entry for The Hunger Games Giveaway: (details here)

In comments below TELL ME which of the three points appeals to you regarding this book...

1. Title

2. Cover

3. Description


OPTIONAL - for an extra entry you can also leave a comment or question for the author

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* in celebration of the release weekend of the film version of Hunger Games



Book Appeal: The Wicked and the Just by J. Anderson Coats

The Wicked and the Just
by J. Anderson Coats
Historical, YA

Cecily’s father has ruined her life. He’s moving them to occupied Wales, where the king needs good strong Englishmen to keep down the vicious Welshmen. At least Cecily will finally be the lady of the house.

Gwenhwyfar knows all about that house. Once she dreamed of being the lady there herself, until the English destroyed the lives of everyone she knows. Now she must wait hand and foot on this bratty English girl.

While Cecily struggles to find her place amongst the snobby English landowners, Gwenhwyfar struggles just to survive. And outside the city walls, tensions are rising ever higher—until finally they must reach the breaking point.


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J. Anderson Coats's YA debut, The Wicked and the Just, releases April 17.

Her fun facts:
1. I spent part of my childhood in South Australia.
2. I've been a mile underground.
3. I've held Lewis and Clark's original handwritten journal.

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