Release Bash: The Switch - Sawn Pendleton & Andrea Heltsley

PLEASE INCLUDE: All the following information was provided via Dilly Dally PR.



About the book:

Honor and Faith haven’t switched places since they were kids. When Honor begs her twin sister to go on a date with her boyfriend, Cameron, Faith reluctantly agrees. The problem is that she lets things go too far. Now Honor and Cameron have broken up and he won’t stop calling Faith, claiming he felt something more for her than he ever felt for Honor. The scary thing is, Faith felt it too. She struggles to come to terms with her feelings for Cameron. There is one rule that sisters and best friends abide by, don’t date their ex’s.


Honor has her own problems. Breaking it off with Cameron was the right thing to do, she knows that. His best friend, Parker, won’t leave her alone and forces her to talk about her feelings about the break-up. They spend a lot of time together and Honor starts to heal. Suddenly, Honor sees Parker as more than just a friend who cares. She wants more.


Neither sister wants to complicate things further and cross those boundaries. They can’t stop their emotions for the guys in their lives. Turns out, the switch is the one thing that has changed them forever.
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About the Authors:



Dawn Pendleton is a New Adult & Young Adult author living in Maine with her husband and pup. When she's not writing angsty stories of love, she can usually be found with her nose in a book or her eye behind the lens of a camera.


Twitter: @DawnWritesNA



Andrea Heltsley is a biology nerd who decided it was more fun writing than dissecting. She has written three novels and four more will be out in 2013. Living on coffee and reading like a robot. Her husband and two italian greyhounds usually have to tear her away from the computer...imagine that. :)



Guest Post & Spotlight: Sharon Ledwith Blog Tour

 
 
 
About the book:
 
There is no moving forward without first going back.
 
Lilith was a young girl with dreams and a family before the final destruction of Atlantis shattered those dreams and tore her family apart. Now refugees, Lilith and her father make their home in the Black Land. This strange, new country has no place in Lilith’s heart until a beloved high priestess introduces Lilith to her life purpose—to be a Timekeeper and keep time safe.

Summoned through the seventh arch of Atlantis by the Children of the Law of One, Lilith and her newfound friends are sent into Atlantis’s past, and given a task that will ultimately test their courage and try their faith in each other. Can the Timekeepers stop the dark magus Belial before he changes the seers’ prophecy? If they fail, then their future and the earth’s fate will be altered forever.
 
Legend of the Timekeepers is prequel to the novel The Last Timekeepers and the Arch of Atlantis. They can be read in any order, for more information on The Last Timekeepers and the Arch of Atlantis check out HERE

CHECK OUT:
 
About the author:

Sharon Ledwith is the author of the middle-grade/YA time travel series, THE LAST TIMEKEEPERS, available through Musa Publishing. When not writing, researching, or revising, she enjoys reading, yoga, kayaking, time with family and friends, and single malt scotch. Sharon lives in the wilds of Muskoka in Central Ontario, Canada, with her hubby, a water-logged yellow Labrador and moody calico cat.

Author Links:
Website: http://www.sharonledwith.com/
 
 
Guest Post:

If I were a Timekeeper…
The job a Timekeeper should not be taken lightly. I mean, after all being summoned into the past puts a lot of responsibility on a persons shoulders. First, you have a riddle to solve. Why did you arrive in that time period in the first place? What is the Timekeepers task? And when is it supposed to take place? Dont forget, youd be out of your element, and most likely not familiar with the customs and beliefs of the people and their culture. Say or do the wrong thing and you could get thrown in the dungeon, or worse…cue the scary music.

So if I had a choice of where I wanted to go, rather than sent to where I needed to be like my characters are in The Last Timekeepers and the Arch of Atlantis, I would choose to go to Atlantis. I know, go figure, but I believe it was a real place and not a myth. Ive done too much research to know this. My gut tells me Atlantis existed. Id love to check out the City of the Golden Gates and the Temple of Poseidon and see if Platos descriptions are bang on. However, I wouldnt want to go back there when things, lets say got little shaky and wet, for the Atlanteans!

But for the purpose of factual history, I think I would choose Ancient Egypt. Now this timeline is very hard to pinpoint. Ive done a bucket load of research in this era for the prequel to my time travel series, Legend of the Timekeepers. Egypt, it seems, was rumored as a place where many Atlantean refugees settled after the destruction of Atlantis. So if theres any truth to these myths, Id love to go back and see what the Atlanteans did with their clean slate.

There you have it. My top choice(s) Id love to visit if I were a Timekeeper and could travel back in time. So if you suddenly found that you could time travel, where would you spiral into the past to visit? Love to hear your choices!

Giveaway is sponsored by the author! :)
 
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#Interview: K.A. Barson author of 45 pounds (more or less)

The Author: K.A. Barson
 
 
Website * Facebook * @kabarson
 
 
I've been writing professionally for about nine years, and I earned my MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from Vermont College of Fine Arts. This is my first novel. I live in Jackson, Michigan (USA), have four kids, four dogs, but only one husband. I love shoes and purple, and I really love purple shoes.
 
 
Writing
 
 
I've always liked to write, but it wasn't until 2004 when a friend told me about SCBWI (Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators) and the Highlights Foundation workshops that I started taking it seriously. Before that, I dabbled. I wrote poetry, short stories, and even a novel. None of that is published, but it was good practice and lots of fun.
 
 
The book: 45 pounds (more or less) by K.A Barson
 
 
 
Blurb:
 
Here are the numbers of Ann Galardi’s life:

She is 16.
And a size 17.
Her perfect mother is a size 6.
Her Aunt Jackie is getting married in 10 weeks, and wants Ann to be her bridesmaid.
So Ann makes up her mind: Time to lose 45 pounds (more or less) in 2 1/2 months.

Welcome to the world of infomercial diet plans, wedding dance lessons, embarrassing run-ins with the cutest guy Ann’s ever seen—-and some surprises about her NOT-so-perfect mother.

And there’s one more thing. It’s all about feeling comfortable in your own skin-—no matter how you add it up
 
 
I wanted to write a story about a girl who was overweight, but her struggle was more internal than external. She knows how to diet, but she doesn't know how to battle emotional eating. She has a problem with self-esteem, but it's more in her own head than actually being an outcast. I wrote and re-wrote the story several times over a five-year period.
 
Why should we pick up 45 pounds (more or less) ?
 
It's a fun, easy read with serious undertones. Anyone who's ever felt like he or she didn't fit in will relate to the main character. It's funny and there's also a bit of romance.
 
Bookie questions:
 
Fave
 
2013 read so far?
 
I've read a lot of 2013 releases, since I'm part of two debut groups. The Class of 2k13 http://classof2k13.com/ and The Lucky 13s http://thelucky13s.blogspot.com/
 
Some that really have stood out are: ACID by Emma Pass (UK); NOT A DROP TO DRINK by Mindy McGinnis (US); THE COLOR OF RAIN by Cori McCarthy (US); IN THE AFTER by Demitria Lunetta (US)

Fave YA author?
 
John Green and Chris Lynch and Tim Wynne-Jones and Martine Leavitt and M.T. Anderson (Sorry. I have lots of faves.)

YA book series?
 
I usually stand-alone novels, but the last series I read and loved was THE HUNGER GAMES by Suzanne Collins.
 
 
 
 

#Interview: Imogen Lunetta author of Linked

Today is the release of Linked by Imogen Lunetta in the UK so I thought why not celebrate with an interview with the author!
 
The Author: Imogen Lunetta
 


 

The first book I ever wrote was when I was about 8. It was called The Dragon in the Teapot and I lost the only copy on a family day out. The first book I ever completed as an adult was called Within the Darkness. I lost the whole 120,000 words when I made a mistake in saving the computer file—and found out my backup disc had corrupted. Both times, there may have been tears. (For all the writers having sympathetic panic attacks, I did piece together the book again from the chapters I’d sent my beta reader.)
 
 
When I’m not busy making multiple backups of my current work, I read, cook, watch Game of Thrones and True Blood, go out running in the Nottinghamshire countryside, and hang out with my family (one partner, two teenage daughters, three cats).
 
 
 
Writing
 
 
I used to tell my younger sister stories when we got bored on outings—the fairies who lived in the woods and the “people who live inside your body” were particular favourites. I also used to draw endless comic-strip-type stories, and spent several happy weeks recording an entire radio play on my little tape recorder. I had a cast of ten, including a magic bird who sang, rather than speaking, all his lines, and I played every part myself. Artistically, it may have been a little lacking. 
 
Eventually all that desire to tell stories turned into simply writing them. Which is, for me, much easier than drawing or acting in a one-woman radio play!
 
The Book: Linked by Imogen Lenetta
 
 
 
 
 
 
Blurb:
 
 
Elissa used to have it all: looks, popularity, and a bright future. Now, all she has is nightmarish visions and unexplained bruises. Finally, she’s promised a cure, and a surgery is scheduled. But on the eve of the procedure, she discovers the truth behind her visions: She’s seeing the world through another girl’s eyes. A world filled with pain and wires and weird machines. Elissa follows her visions, only to find a battered, broken girl on the run. A girl—Lin—who looks exactly like Elissa, down to the matching bruises. A twin she never knew existed.
 
 
Elissa helps Lin evade the government agents who are ruthlessly tracking her down, but they’re struggling to avoid capture, and soon Elissa is forced to turn to the only person who can help: Cadan, her brother’s infuriating, arrogant best friend, and new graduate of the SFI space flight academy. Cadan is their one chance at safety. But Lin is too valuable to let go, and Elissa has knowledge that is too dangerous. The government will stop at nothing to get them back.


 
 
Linked is about Elissa, who discovers she has a telepathic link with the twin she never knew she had. The first spark of the idea came from an article I read in a teen magazine, about twins who had some kind of psychic link. I wanted to set it in a science-fiction world, and include space travel (and space pirates) just for the fun of it, and its working title—before my older daughter thought up Linked—was Telepathic Twins in Space.
 
 
Why should we pick up Linked?
 
Because it’s about telepathic twins in space! Also it’s got some really fun bits of made-up futuristic technology, lots of action and a bit of romance.
 
Some bookie questions
 
Your fave:
 
2013 read so far?
 
 
Pretty Girl 13 by Liz Coley. A fabulously well crafted, spooky read. I and my two daughters all stayed up way too late because we just had to finish it!
 
YA book series?
 
 
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. My older daughter and I judge every book by this series. “It was good, but not as good as The Hunger Games/ This was nearly as good as The Hunger Games.”
 
YA book boyfriend?
 
 
Howl from Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones. First you think he’s the villain, then you think he’s kind of the antihero, but you really want him to be the hero. Then...but everyone should find that out for themselves!
 
Perfect summer read?
 
 
The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater. It’s so beautifully written, and so gripping—the perfect holiday read.
 
 

#Interview: Helena Aman author of Shiloh


The author: Helena Aman
 
 
 
 
I grew up in a town called Fort Lonesome, in a little wooden house in the middle of an orange grove in central Florida. I didn't like to read much when I was very young. I preferred, instead, to go on "adventures." I didn't really fall in love with books until I read The Chronicles of Narnia. As I grew up, I became lost in Louisa May Alcott and Margaret Mitchell and Jane Austen and the Bronte sisters. I dabbled in poetry and, later, songwriting. I studied music in college, and went on to teach music and world history and English. I was just living my life, trying to figure out what on earth I was supposed to do with my unquenchable desire to create something beautiful. Then, unexpectedly, I found out that I was expecting a baby, and my husband and I moved to Nashville for a fresh start. It was after my son was born, when I was physically exhausted but very much in need of mental stimulation, that an old scrap of a manuscript showed up, and the setting and characters for SHILOH started to capture me. It wouldn't let me go, and it was such a wonderful creative outlet that I persevered through draft after draft until I was happy with the finished product.

 
The book: SHILOH
 
 
 
Blurb
 
The story of the world is the story of things forgotten, of desperate people cowering in the dark, blind to who they truly are. In Shiloh it is no different, except there, the darkness is tangible. And it has a name. The Shadow.

Amos was born a thousand years after Evander led his clan in search of the legendary Sun and disappeared from all knowledge. Evander was called a madman for seeking a world beyond the Shadow, but there are some who still believe, Amos among them. He has special power over fire, and he seems to fear nothing. But when his world falls apart, the fear takes hold, and Amos becomes a pawn in the hand of darkness. It takes Orin, the master blacksmith, Simeon, the Dreamer, and Isolde, the fiery woman with the mighty destiny, to draw Amos back. Together, they set out to find the path of escape from the Shadow.

SHILOH The novel is set in a world of darkness, a world obscured by the Shadow. The story centers around Amos, who is born with special power over fire, and his family. They're considered mad because they tell stories about a time before the Shadow fell and a world beyond the darkness. But Amos is confident, fearless, until tragedy strikes and he is left with questions he cannot answer. SHILOH tells the story of Amos's crisis of belief, of his betrayal, and of the people who draw him back.
 
Why should we pick up SHILOH?

You should pick up Shiloh because you will fall in love with the characters, and because the world of Shiloh is alive and rich, full of songs and legends and wolves and dragons, and beautiful and terrible creatures. You should pick up Shiloh because the struggles of the characters, their fear and despair and hope, will resonate with you regardless of your system of beliefs or your current circumstances. And you should pick up Shiloh because it's published by a tiny little independent press, and it's rather fun to stick it to the big, bad mega-publishers. ;)

Bookie questions:



Fave:
 
YA author?

Megan Whalen Turner -If you have not read the Queen's Thief series, please stop whatever you're doing and get right on that. Do NOT pause until you've finished The King of Attolia and fallen madly in love with Eugenides. Trust me on this.-

2013 release?

Hmm...I'm looking forward to Sarah J. Maas's Crown of Midnight.

Fave book series?

I've mentioned several already, but I'll throw in the Harry Potter series, because, for pity's sake...how can you not love it?

Debut YA author we should check out?

My friend Kelly Lynne just published a MG/YA novel called Celestina Silvenfare. It's your classic fantasy, with witches and castles and giants and such, and it's a lot of fun.




Cover Reveal: The Switch by Dawn Pendleton & Andrea Heltsley

All the following information was provided via Dilly Dally PR.

About the book:

Honor and Faith haven’t switched places since they were kids. When Honor begs her twin sister to go on a date with her boyfriend, Cameron, Faith reluctantly agrees. The problem is that she lets things go too far. Now Honor and Cameron have broken up and he won’t stop calling Faith, claiming he felt something more for her than he ever felt for Honor. The scary thing is, Faith felt it too. She struggles to come to terms with her feelings for Cameron. There is one rule that sisters and best friends abide by, don’t date their ex’s.

Honor has her own problems. Breaking it off with Cameron was the right thing to do, she knows that. His best friend, Parker, won’t leave her alone and forces her to talk about her feelings about the break-up. They spend a lot of time together and Honor starts to heal. Suddenly, Honor sees Parker as more than just a friend who cares. She wants more.

Neither sister wants to complicate things further and cross those boundaries. They can’t stop their emotions for the guys in their lives. Turns out, the switch is the one thing that has changed them forever.

Release date will be at the end of August!!!!

About the Authors:



 


 

 
Dawn Pendleton is a New Adult & Young Adult author living in Maine with her husband and pup. When she's not writing angsty stories of love, she can usually be found with her nose in a book or her eye behind the lens of a camera.
 
Twitter: @DawnWritesNA
 
Andrea Heltsley
 
Andrea Heltsley is a biology nerd who decided it was more fun writing than dissecting. She has written three novels and four more will be out in 2013. Living on coffee and reading like a robot. Her husband and two italian greyhounds usually have to tear her away from the computer...imagine that. :)






 

What do you think of the cover?

#Interview: Demitria Lunetta author of In The After

The Author: Demitria Lunetta
 
 

I'm a Chicago native, which I use as my initial setting for IN THE AFTER. My name is a little strange, Demitria is Greek while Lunetta is Italian (and means little moon.) Other than that, I hold a BA in Human Ecology and have spent countless hours studying the many ways in which people are capable of bringing about their own destruction. In case the end is near, I always carry a good book and a chocolate bar—the two items essential for post-apocalyptic survival.

Writing

I've always loved to read; books were a way to visit other places, gain knowledge, and experience amazing adventures. From a very young age I knew that I wanted to create my own stories, share my own imagination with the world. I studied writing in college and went on to become a receptionist, a job that allowed me plenty of time to think up books and free time to write. I'm now a full time writer and love every minute of it.

 The Book: In The After
 
 
 
Blurb:
 

They hear the most silent of footsteps.
They are faster than anything you've ever seen.

And They won't stop chasing you...until you are dead.


Amy is watching TV when it happens, when the world is attacked by Them. These vile creatures are rapidly devouring mankind. Most of the population is overtaken, but Amy manages to escape—and even rescue “Baby,” a toddler left behind in the chaos. Marooned in Amy’s house, the girls do everything they can to survive—and avoid Them at all costs.


After years of hiding, they are miraculously rescued and taken to New Hope, a colony of survivors living in a former government research compound. While at first the colony seems like a dream with plenty of food, safety, and shelter, New Hope slowly reveals that it is far from ideal. And Amy soon realizes that unless things change, she’ll lose Baby—and much more.
 
 
I love horror books & movies, especially those that feature scary creatures. Most of these creatures stick to the shadows and use night as a cover…and I thought about taking these norms and flipping them. These creatures (referred to as They) are ravenous, flesh-eating monsters, but they have poor eyesight, making them more active during the day when it’s light out. They also hunt by sound. This means that my MC, Amy, lives in a world of silent darkness. She only goes out at night, making the usual world of frightening shadows her comfort zone. The day becomes a time of terror, when They own the world.

 
Why should we pick up In The After?

 
IN THE AFTER is like three books in one. It's Dystopian, Post-apocalyptic, and classic Sci-fi, all mixed up into a scary/exciting/action-adventure story. I think all these elements make it a unique read...it's not like anything that's out there now!
 
 
Bookie questions: 

Fave:

2013 new release?

I really loved IN THE SHADOW OF BLACKBIRDS by Cat Winters, a YA historical with a paranormal twist...and ACID by Emma Pass, a big-brother type dystopian with a kick-ass MC.

2013 debut author?
 
My favorite books are sci-fi/dystopian and I really enjoyed reading THE MADMAN'S DAUGHTER by Megan Shepard. It's an update on THE ISLAND OF DR. MOREAU which is one of the original dystopian novels. It's a fantastic retelling that is hard to put down!

 
A book series you love?

I love THE ABHORSEN TRILOGY by Garth Nix, and the BARTEMAES BOOKS by Jonathan Stroud. Both are amazing.
 

A perfect summer read?

Can I say IN THE AFTER? No...well, I think anything with a lot of action, because who doesn't want an exciting summer? I think DIVERGENT is a great one, as well as Rae Carson's THE FIRE AND THORNS books.






 

Review: Sophies Dance Class by Angela McAllister & Margaret Chamberlain

Book: Sophies Dance Class
Author: Angela McAllister
Illustrated: Margaret Chamberlain
Pages: 74
 
Orion Early Reader book- Early readers are stepping stones from picture books to reading books
 
Sophies Dance Class is a blue early reader perfect for sharing and reading together
 
Recieved for honest review via Orion Children's Books
 
4* Review

Sophies Dance Class is a beautiful book from author Angela McAllister and illustrator Margaret Chamberlain. Sophie loves to dance and wants to be a proper dancer in a show. Sophie gets her chance when her mum takes her for ballet lessons and Sophie dances in a real show with a curtsey and clapping at the end, everything she always wanted.
 
Sophies Dance Class is a great book for little girls. What more could a little girl want than to be a ballerina and wear pink, glitterly outfits. The story was a cute read and will have your little girls wanting to be a ballerina just like Sophie. The illustrations are clear and colourful and go along with the story perfectly. A must read for all little girls!

The Year Of The Great Seventh 2013 Summer World Tour- #Giveaway




 
 
 
 
 
 
 Yesterdays solution:
 


(Nostradamus) had possessed all the answers needed by Sophie and Nate to save themselves.

Todays sentence:

Nate had dated (586 W 207th St, New York, NY 10034 first word on the awning) before Sophie.




The picture of the secret location:
 
Welcome to the Year of the Great Seventh summer world tour!
 

We will be hopping from side to side of the globe helping Nate and Sophie find each other, but for that, we need you through the entire tour. Sophie and Nate need to meet at a secret location at the end of the blog tour, but since they dont want anyone else to know where, they left the address in hidden code.
 

We will be giving you clues at each tour stop that will help you find the location. Also, at each blog tour stop, we will unveil a part of a picture that discloses the secret location.
 

These are the rules of the game:
 

-Youll need to have read The Year of the Great Seventh to be able to follow the game, or at least, have some knowledge of what happens in the novel.
 

-Youll need access to Google maps (Street View).
 

-At each blog tour stop we will reveal a sentence like this:
 




Sophie spent an afternoon at the (2676 S Vermont Ave, Los Angeles, CAsecond word written on top of the main entrance door) Park with her friends.
 



-Youll need to put that address into Google maps, and using Street View, you need to work out which word is missing. In this case, the answer would the following:
 




Sophie spent an afternoon at the SKATE Park with her friends.
 



-We are only interested in the first letter of the word: “S”.
 

-The next day, we will plot that letter into the four words that will hint the secret location, and we will give you the new sentence.  For example:

- - -   - - - - -   S - - -   - - -
 

-Additionally, there will be a photo of the secret location at each blog tour stop. At the first stop, it will be totally blacked out, but as we go along the tour, we will start unveiling different parts.
 

-When we get to the last stop, with the photo and the four words that we will have deciphered, youll be on your own to find the secret location.
 

-The first 5 people who send an email to greatseventhtour@outlook.com  with the correct solution will win a free hardcopy of The Year of the Great Seventh.





-We will only disclose the winners after the last stop of the blog tour, and will strictly follow the email entries by date/time received to award the books to the first 5 people who discover the secret location. Please remember to include your first name, last name, and address in the email.  We will not use this information for any other purpose.
 

-You can write comments on the blog post. We are okay with people helping each other; however, the first 5 people to send the correct answer win the books.
 

-If you change your mind about the secret location, you can send more than one email.
 

-There can only be one winner per address, and you can only win a maximum of 1 book per person.
 

Lets hope we can help Nate and Sophie find each other!
 

Good luck to everyone!
 

Teresa Orts

Blog tour schedule:





 
July 16th 2013
 

July 17, 2013


July 18, 2013


July 19, 2013


July 20, 2013


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