July 13, 2020

Spotlight: The Vanished Bride by Bella Ellis

The Vanished Bride (A Brontë Sisters Mystery)
Author: Bella Ellis
Genre: Historical/Mystery/Thriller
Release Date: July 7, 2020 (Reprint)
Publisher: Berkley

Description:

Before they became legendary writers, Charlotte Brontë, Emily Brontë, and Anne Brontë were detectors in this charming historical mystery...
Yorkshire, 1845. A young wife and mother has gone missing from her home, leaving behind two small children and a large pool of blood. Just a few miles away, a humble parson's daughters--the Bront
ë sisters--learn of the crime. Charlotte, Emily, and Anne Brontë are horrified and intrigued by the mysterious disappearance.

These three creative, energetic, and resourceful women quickly realize that they have all the skills required to make for excellent "lady detectors." Not yet published novelists, they have well-honed imaginations and are expert readers. And, as Charlotte remarks, "detecting is reading between the lines--it's seeing what is not there."

As they investigate, Charlotte, Emily, and Anne are confronted with a society that believes a woman's place is in the home, not scouring the countryside looking for clues. But nothing will stop the sisters from discovering what happened to the vanished bride, even as they find their own lives are in great peril...
  


https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/52578846-the-vanished-bride




 

July 2, 2020

Cover Reveal: What To Do About Your Monsters by Jessica Woo



WHAT TO DO ABOUT YOUR MONSTERS
Author: Jessica Woo

Release Date: October 2020
Publisher: Acorn Publishing
Ages 0-8
ISBN-13: 978-1-952112-10-2
 
Publisher’s Synopsis: 


Meet Kinzie. She has a bunch of fun-loving, slightly smelly, Monsters that live in her room. They never let her sleep at night. But that’s ok, her parents always help her out. Until one day they decide it’s time she learns to sleep on her own. What will Kinzie do about her Monsters?

What To Do About Your Monsters is a heartfelt story about a girl who has sleep issues. At its core, however, the story is not just about having problems sleeping, but about being afraid to try something new.


https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/53494508-what-to-do-about-your-monsters
Jessica Woo is an author-illustrator and a mom of two wild things. Her debut children’s book, What To Do About Your Monsters, was inspired by her oldest child. Very quickly after Jessica became a mother, she found that while adults like to sleep, kids are way too busy to ever go to bed.

Other than convincing her little ones to sleep at night, Jessica’s talents include professional animation, art direction, and illustration. In Illustration, Jessica most recently worked on a concept art piece for Universal. In art direction, her recent project, Dinner Party, was accepted in the exclusive Sundance film festival. Finally, in animation, her work is featured in movies such as Kung Fu Panda, Monster vs Aliens, Shrek 4, Kung Fu Panda Holiday Special, Kung Fu Panda 2, The Croods, and Turbo.

An active member of SCBWI and 12 by 12, Jessica currently lives in Toluca Lake, California with her family.


For more information, click here: https://www.acornpublishingllc.com/single-post/2020/05/04/NEW-AUTHOR---Jessica-Woo 



Disclosure: I partnered with The Children's Book Review and Acorn Publishing for this post.






 

Devil's Ways Anthology Blog Tour: Excerpt + Giveaway


I am thrilled to be hosting a spot on the DEVIL'S WAYS ANTHOLOGY by Dragonwell Publishing Blog Tour hosted by Rockstar Book Tours. Check out my post and make sure to enter the giveaway!

DEVIL'S WAYS ANTHOLOGY
Authors: Nancy Kress, Ben Loory, R. S. A. Garcia, Michael Swanwick, Andy Duncan, Curtis C. Chen, Darrell Schweitzer, Imogen Howson, Edwina Harvey, Avram Davidson, J. M. Sidorova, Nancy Kress, (Edited by Anna Kashina and J. M. Sidorova)
Release Date: June 25, 2020
Publisher: Dragonwell Publishing
Formats:  Paperback, eBook
Pages: 270

Find it: GoodreadsAmazon, Kindle, B&N, iBooks, Kobo, TBD, Bookshop.org

Description: 

There is no light without dark; no highlights without shadows; no good without evil. The Devil is where things happen. Where stories begin. This collection brings together stories from multiple cultures, featuring the Devil both as an abstract concept and a creature, a terror, a force of nature, an enemy, a trickster, and so many more.

Step into the world of shadows, and travel through Devil's many incarnations spanning centuries of history and myth, from the Ancient Greece, African and Caribbean folklore, dark ages in Europe, all the way to the present day.

This anthology features new and established authors from diverse, multicultural backgrounds.

“The Devil goes globe-trotting in this eclectic anthology that explores the many guises of the Dark Lord across cultures and ages. Persephone D’Shaun’s shocking “Nzembe” is a twisted tale of zombie-like creatures set in the plains of Africa with an ending some readers will find hard to stomach. An unnamed girl tries to steal back her heart from her winged lover in R.S.A. Garcia’s lyrical “Fire in His Eyes, Blood on His Teeth,” which draws from Caribbean folklore and the legend of Nanny of the Maroons. Feminist themes carry through many of the tales. Imogen Howson’s “Frayed Tapestry,” which follows an amnesiac woman and her manipulative husband, is a bit too on the nose, but elsewhere gender dynamics are handled more gracefully, as in “Of Finest Scarlet Was Her Gown” by Michael Swanwick, in which 15-year-old Su-yin follows her father into hell, where she must endure a series of horrible dates in order to save him from eternal damnation, and in Nancy Kress’s brilliant “Unto the Daughters,” a powerful reimagining of the story of Adam and Eve. Though horror fiends may be disappointed to find little blood-curdling terror, there are very few duds among these wide-ranging tales. Readers are in for a devilish treat.”—PW Review


The opening to Imogen Howson's "Frayed Tapestry":

The first time it happened was almost a year after he’d married her. They were giving a drinks party, and the spacious top-floor apartment was filled with sleek, beautiful people in immaculately cut trousers, or little black dresses and the discreet glint of gold jewelry.

Candy had been busy since the first guests arrived. Clym liked her to keep the canapés coming and make sure he was supplied with ice for the drinks. With that, as well as welcoming new guests and trying to make sure she remembered everybody’s names, she’d scarcely sipped her own glass of wine.

So, afterwards, although she tried to blame the alcohol, she knew she couldn’t.

She was in the kitchen, cutting up more lemons for the gin and tonics. She had a gleaming steel bowl of them, glossy polished yellow next to the duller green globes of limes, and a neat little serrated knife to slice them into perfect rounds. But then, of course, she had everything. She’d seen it reflected in her guests’ eyes. Her, this nineteen-year-old, already with a beautiful apartment, a handsome, adoring, powerful husband…

The knife slipped.

Founded in 2012, Dragonwell Publishing is based in the US Northeast and publishes 4-6 books a year, focusing mostly on science fiction and fantasy. Dragonwell Publishing titles have been featured by Publishers Weekly, ForeWord Magazine, RT Book Reviews, San Francisco Book Reviews, and Portland Book Reviews, and highlighted by Historical Novel Society and Mythopoetic Society. Our books have been among the winners of the 2013 ForeWord Book of the Year Award and 2014 Independent Publishers Book Award.

Get to know all the authors here on the Dragonwell Publishing Site!

(1) winner will receive a $10 Amazon GC - International.



Tour Schedule:
Week One:
6/22/2020
Excerpt
6/23/2020
Excerpt
6/24/2020
Excerpt
6/25/2020
Review
6/26/2020
Review

Week Two:
6/29/2020
Excerpt
6/30/2020
Review
7/1/2020
Review
7/2/2020
Excerpt
7/3/2020
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July 1, 2020

The Assassin's Daughter Blog Tour: Excerpt + Giveaway


I am thrilled to be hosting a spot on the THE ASSASSIN'S DAUGHTER by Shana Vernon Blog Tour hosted by Rockstar Book Tours. Check out my post and make sure to enter the giveaway!

THE ASSASSIN'S DAUGHTER (The Hybrid Chronicles #1)
Author: Shana Vernon
Release Date: July 15, 2020
Publisher: Shana Vernon
Formats:  Paperback, eBook
Pages: 195

Find it: GoodreadsAmazon, Kindle

Description: 

I've been hiding from the Guild since I was born.

If they knew about my magic, they would kill me in a heartbeat.

I should be avoiding them, but instead, I enter the Guild as a regular human recruit.

Why?

Papa went missing after a mission, and I need answers.

I realize I might have bitten off more than I can chew when my new instructor is the guy
I kissed a few months before.

It doesn't seem like Cade recognizes me without my disguise, but if he does and blows the whistle, I'm as good as dead and so is Papa.

Pre-order a copy of THE ASSASSIN'S DAUGHTER GET ONE FREE FOR A FRIEND! Email shana@shanavernon.com with your receipt and your friend’s email and she will gift them a copy of the eBook!
Shana Vernon is a full-time writer and mother of triplet boys.
When she isn't writing or taking care of her kiddos, she is reading, exercising, experimenting with cooking, or traveling around the world.

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(1) winner will receive a $10 Amazon GC - International. Courtesy of Rockstar Book Tours.

(1) winner will receive an eBook of THE ASSASSIN'S DAUGHTER - International. Courtesy of Shana.



Tour Schedule:
6/29/2020
Excerpt
6/29/2020
Excerpt
6/30/2020
Excerpt
6/30/2020
Excerpt
7/1/2020
Review
7/1/2020
Excerpt
7/2/2020
Review
7/2/2020
Review
7/3/2020
Review
7/3/2020
Review