Read Me Like a Book

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Ashleigh Walker is a mediocre student with an assortment of friends, a sort-of boyfriend, and no plans for the future. Then a straight-from-college English teacher, Miss Murray, takes over Ash’s class and changes everything. Miss Murray smiles a lot. She shares poetry with curse words in it. She’s, well, cool. And she seems to really care about her students. About Ashleigh. For the first time, Ash feels an urge to try harder. To give something — someone — her best. Before she knows it, Ashleigh is in love. Intense, heart-racing, all-consuming first love. It’s strong enough to distract her from worrying about bad grades and her parents’ marriage troubles. But what will happen if Miss Murray finds out Ashleigh is in love with her?

This is Liz Kessler’s first YA novel and one that comes highly recommended. Jodi Picoult calls Read Me Like a Book “a welcome reminder that love is love, no matter what.” Part romance, part bildungsroman, all heart — this novel will appeal to fans of Speak and The Miseducation of Cameron Post; or anyone who loves a well-written story. This is one that I cannot wait to get into the hands of readers!

Candlewick Press gave me the awesome opportunity to interview Ashleigh Walker, the novel’s protagonist. Read on to get some insight to the world through Ashleigh’s eyes.

Q: Two of the first people we meet in your story are your best mates, Cat and Luke. Why do you think your bond with them is so strong (even if you don’t always see eye-to-eye)?

A: Cat (or Catherine if you’re a teacher or just wanting to annoy her) keeps me on my toes. She’s tough to read sometimes, but she is a loyal friend. She’s the pretty one of the bunch and Luke has had a crush on her forever. Luke, he’s a good guy. Dresses nice, don’t have to worry about him trying to chat you up or pull anything untoward. He’s steady, you know? Anyway, I’m not smooth at all, I’m awkward and words don’t always work when I need them to. So I’ve got Cat and Luke to remind me I’m not a completely lost cause.  

Q: Why do you think the transition to high school was difficult for you?

A: Well, first, the teachers are all liars. I mean, they told us we’d have all this freedom, that we’d be treated like adults. But on the first day, Cat and I get called to the office to sign contracts that we won’t text, chat, update social media, or basically do anything else that would help us deal with our boring lessons. But, they weren’t all bad. I mean, Mrs. Murrray — she gets us. It’s like she’s one of us sometimes, but not. She’s smart and sophisticated. And beautiful. 

Q: What about the new friends you made in school, like Dylan?

A: Dylan. He’s a distraction really, I don’t know if he is a friend, a boyfriend, not a friend at all. But thinking about him keeps me from thinking about Dad and Mum. It keeps me from thinking about Dad on the pull-out couch at night while Mum sleeps in their bed. Dylan and poetry keep me from thinking about that. 

Q: You mentioned your parents. How is it at home?

A: Awful. Tense. Loud. Then quiet. Too quiet. They blame each other for everything. If I get in trouble, they blame each other for what I’ve done. Mum starts calling me “Young Lady” and Dad will ask her if she’s ever done anything wrong, then it’s all hands waving and yelling and accusations and they’ve forgotten about being mad at me because they are busy being mad at each other. 

Q: Just one more question, if you could give the readers any advice, what would it be?

Don’t shoplift hair dye? Well that and, just to be true to pay attention to all the lessons around you. I learned a lot about myself this year. There were some things that Mrs. Murray helped me figure out and some things my parents helped me figure out — most times not even trying. In the end, I realized that I had to stop working so hard to please other people because you can’t always please other people and that hurts. But you have to learn from the hurt and the mistakes and sometimes, if you give people a chance, they will surprise you in the best ways possible.

To find out more about Ash’s life and those lessons she talked about, pick up a copy of “Read Me Like a Book” from your favorite bookstore.

A HUGE thank you to Candlewick for including me in part of this incredible release celebration.

Happy Reading!

danielle.

Pete Hautman Discusses Eden West

Pete Hautman is a rock star in the YA world. His books are smart and engaging, he’s not afraid to tackle the big issues. My first introduction to Hautman’s writing was when a colleague handed me a copy of Godless and said, “you NEED to read this book.” She was right. Godless tackled issues of faith humanity, and hope. It was clear to me that while Hautman may have been writing a YA book, he was writing for everyone. I’ve been hooked ever since.

When I had the opportunity to interview Pete Hautman about his newest book, Eden West (thanks Candlewick!) I jumped at it. What I realized is that Hautman is a passionate and funny human who genuinely wants to make people think — his literature acknowledges that oftentimes, the questions are more important than the answers.

MM: You’ve said that Eden West was born in part by your own fascination with cults. What do you think drives this fascination?

PH: Probably envy. I have days when I wish somebody smarter than me would just tell me what to do. Wouldn’t that be great?

Seriously, I think that is the main draw of most cults, totalitarian governments, and some religions. We all feel lost at times—young people in particular. We want someone with vision, charisma, and confidence to tell us what to do, what to believe, what to feel. Cult leaders trade on that currency. It’s seductive.

An equally powerful lure is the whole tribal thing. We evolved as members of small tribal groups, but over time the groups have grown so large and unwieldy that we have to make our own tribes within the uber-tribes defined by politics and statehood. Most people scratch the tribal itch by having circles of friends with common interests, a large family, a political identity, or some other device that makes us feel both special and part of a group. When these “tribes” form around a strong leader they can take on a cultish flavor.

Cults happen because people want them, whether we are talking about Jim Jones’s People’s Temple, Ayn Rand acolytes, or Deadheads. They are part of who we are.

MM: Why is it important for you to tackle issues of faith and doubt in your books?

PH: Not that many writers are doing it, at least not in Young Adult literature. And it’s kind of important, don’t you think? Faith and doubt bring us together and tear us apart every day, in every culture, in every way. I seek understanding; I try to get there through my writing.

 MM: What songs would be on the Eden West soundtrack?

PH: That would be a medley of Enya, Public Image Ltd., and White Stripes. At least that’s what I remember listening to the most.

 MM: What was the best piece of advice you ever received?

PH: “You have to keep in mind that other people are people too.” An older man told me that once when I was complaining about certain “stupid jerks” (I may have used stronger language).

I struggle constantly to understand and appreciate those whose opinions, priorities, and actions are at odds with my own. That advice helped me a lot while I was writing Eden West, because it’s important to me to be able to embrace all my characters, even the irritating ones.

 MM: What are you reading now?

 PH: When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead, Mistress Masham’s Repose by T.H. White, and The Affinities by Robert Charles Wilson. I’m also reading the first draft of a novel I just finished. It needs work. I wish I had somebody to tell me what to do.

A million thanks to Mr. Hautman for letting us inside his head for a bit. Be sure to check out Eden West, and for a bit of fun — here’s the unboxing.

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Don’t know what to read this year? The amazing folks at Candlewick Press have you covered. Recently, Time Magazine, with the assistance of industry experts, reviewers, and major literacy non-profits, compiled a list to honor the 100 Best Young-Adult Books of all time. This list honors new literature as well as the classics. Candlewick Press, has SIX titles included on this list. And the best part?

Candlewick is giving away a set of of those six featured books to one lucky winner. Guys, this is a HUGE giveaway and a chance to find some new favorites. This prize pack includes paperback copies of: The Tiger Rising and The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane both by Kate DiCamillo A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness & illustrated by Jim Kay The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness Feed by M.T. Anderson Boy Proof by Cecil Castellucci These are some amazing titles and would make a lovely addition to your 2015 to read list. You can find out more of each of the books below. Scroll all the way down to the Rafflecopter widget to enter. (US & Canada only)  Fiction1 Feed by M. T. Anderson Anderson takes on consumerism in this smart, savage satire that has captivated readers with its view of an imagined future that veers unnervingly close to the here and now.

The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane by Kate DiCamillo , illustrated by Bagram Ibatoulline Kate DiCamillo takes us on an extraordinary journey, from the depths of the ocean to the net of a fisherman, from the bedside of an ailing child to the bustling streets of Memphis. Along the way, we are shown a miracle — that even a heart of the most breakable kind can learn to love, to lose, and to love again.

Tiger Rising by Kate DiCamillo Rob, sickly and devastated by the death of his mother, moves to a hotel with his father for a new start. But after he comes across a caged tiger in the woods outside the motel, the unexpected find helps him overcome his sadness and open up to a new friend.

A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness, illustrated by Jim Kay An unflinching, darkly funny, and deeply moving story of a boy, his seriously ill mother, and an unexpected monstrous visitor.

The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness A dystopian thriller follows a boy and girl on the run from a town where all thoughts can be heard — and the passage to manhood embodies a horrible secret.

Boy Proof by Cecil Castellucci An unforgettable debut novel that follows an antisocial cinephile as she meets a quick-witted artist who’s savvy enough to see through her sci-fi disguise.

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Review: Red Queen

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Red Queen || Victoria Aveyard || Harper Teen || February 2015 || 400 pages

Somewhere between a Faustian allegory and Tolkienesque epic, is Red Queen. Victoria Aveyard has crafted a beautifully dangerous world full of intrigue and duplicity where “anyone can betray anyone.”

In Mare Barrow’s world, there are two classes — the Reds and the Silvers, each class designated by the color of its blood. Mare is a Red, who can look forward to subsisting until the age of conscription when she, like her brothers before her, will be sent to the front lines of a war that has been raging for over 100 years. The elite Silvers, whose blood grants them special abilities (such as the power to control metal, fire, or meld minds) are fierce leaders with little empathy for the Reds.

In school, we learned about the world before ours, about the angels and gods that lived in the sky, ruling the earth with kind and loving hands. Some say those are just stories, but I don’t believe that. The gods rule us still. They have come down from the stars. And they are no longer kind. (Aveyard 11)

So begins Victoria Aveyard’s sweeping tale of power, betrayal, and revolution. From page one, I was invested in Mare and her world. Aveyard wastes no time introducing readers to the brutal reality of life in The Stilts, where on First Friday, the villagers are “treated” to violent matches between Silvers, akin to the matches between Roman Gladiators. Ostensibly, these matches are to provide entertainment for the masses, but Mare knows it is really the Silvers’ way of showing their power and what could happen should any Red dare whisper of rebellion.

However, there is a revolution brewing. The Scarlet Guard, a band of Reds seeking to restore balance to the world are gaining strength. But Mare can’t be worried about that, she has family to take care of and her own conscription on the near horizon. With three brothers already at the war, Mare has resigned herself to a grim fate. Until her course is shifted and she finds herself in the middle of a power struggle she never could have never imagined. The Silvers’ have taken note of the Scarlet Guard and the dangerous Lady Titanos, both posing a threat to the monarchy’s choke-hold on the nation. In an attempt to save her best friend, Kilorn and protect her family, Mare has caught the attention of the cruel Queen Elara as well as that of the Scarlet Guard; she finds herself caught between two equally dangerous worlds with few allies.

Aveyard’s prose is careful, she unravels her secrets slowly, letting the reader think they’re a step ahead before throwing them around a bend at a hundred miles and hour. Her characters are strongly developed, multi-faceted, and disturbingly real. The double-dealing, the politics, the never-ending wars declared by the rich and fought by the poor — this is a tale told thousands of times, but never quite like this. I adored this book, and was sad to turn the last page, it has been a long while since I’ve found myself so utterly emersed in a world of fiction and so sad to leave that world behind. It’s going to be a long wait for the second book in the trilogy.

Reading Resolution 2015

In the past, I’ve set number goals for myself (mostly as part of the Goodreads challenges) and I realized last year, much of the fun of reading was getting lost in the shuffle of trying to meet an arbitrary goal. I missed the joy of getting lost in a book and letting it linger in my mind a bit before jumping right into the next one. I was on a roller coaster of literary speed dating and needed a change.

So, this year, I’m jumping on board the Pop Sugar Reading Challenge. What drew me to this challenge is that it focuses on variety of books read instead of simply logging numbers — it’s like a literary scavenger hunt.  I’ve already started my first read, Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard, which is releasing next month. So far, I’m loving the book and am looking forward to more great reads in 2015.

What are your 2015 reading resolutions?

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Review: Black Ice

21943246Synopsis from Goodreads:  Brit Pheiffer has trained to backpack the Teton Range, but she isn’t prepared when her ex-boyfriend, who still haunts her every thought, wants to join her. Before Britt can explore her feelings for Calvin, an unexpected blizzard forces her to seek shelter in a remote cabin, accepting the hospitality of its two very handsome occupants; but these men are fugitives, and they take her hostage. Britt is forced to guide the men off the mountain, and knows she must stay alive long enough for Calvin to find her. The task is made even more complicated when Britt finds chilling evidence of a series of murders that have taken place there and in uncovering this, she may become the killer’s next target. But nothing is as it seems, and everyone is keeping secrets, including Mason, one of her kidnappers. His kindness is confusing Britt. Is he an enemy? Or an ally?

My Thoughts:

I went back and forth between wanting to read and not wanting to read this book. The premise sounded like the plot of a Lifetime movie; but something kept pulling me back to it, so I took a chance.  The first chapter, technically a prologue, sucked me in immediately and I wish the rest of the novel had followed more in that tone. Now, after finishing, I still have mixed feelings. There was so much about the book that I loved and so much that made me want to scream with rage.

I’ll start with the good. Fitzpatrick has put together a great psychological thriller — more made for TV movie than Gone Girl — either way it was enough to keep my turning pages late into the night. Tension abounds in this story and there were many “will they make it?” moments throughout the book. Nobody is exactly who they seem to be and everyone seems to have ulterior motives. Scheming abounds and pieces of the puzzle are laid out for the reader with perfect timing. I did figure out some of the twists ahead of time, the clues are there if you’re paying attention, but this did not diminish the experience of reading for me.

On to the negative. The characters were, for the most part, unlikable. Britt’s best friend, Korbie, is such a throw-away character, at no point was I concerned about her and was kind of happy that she didn’t take up too much of the story line. Some of the decisions the characters made were wholly frustrating, as is often the case in stories like this. Britt’s bizarre obsession with her jerk of an ex-boyfriend Calvin is infuriating. The kidnappers make some pretty awful decisions, but they are first-time kidnappers, so I can forgive this. What was unforgivable was the lack of intervention on behalf of the park rangers, police, or even the kids parents. In the end, I did like the character of Mason, not all good, not all bad — to me, he was the most believable character in the book. Overall, this is a great popcorn read, one to keep you distracted and entertained on a rainy Saturday.

Fans of Fitzpatrick’s Hush, Hush series will enjoy this novel as will fans of thrillers like Reconstructing Amelia and Ashes.

Have you read the book? What are your thoughts?

Review: Black Ice

21943246Synopsis from Goodreads:  Brit Pheiffer has trained to backpack the Teton Range, but she isn’t prepared when her ex-boyfriend, who still haunts her every thought, wants to join her. Before Britt can explore her feelings for Calvin, an unexpected blizzard forces her to seek shelter in a remote cabin, accepting the hospitality of its two very handsome occupants; but these men are fugitives, and they take her hostage. Britt is forced to guide the men off the mountain, and knows she must stay alive long enough for Calvin to find her. The task is made even more complicated when Britt finds chilling evidence of a series of murders that have taken place there and in uncovering this, she may become the killer’s next target. But nothing is as it seems, and everyone is keeping secrets, including Mason, one of her kidnappers. His kindness is confusing Britt. Is he an enemy? Or an ally?

My Thoughts:

I went back and forth between wanting to read and not wanting to read this book. The premise sounded like the plot of a Lifetime movie; but something kept pulling me back to it, so I took a chance.  The first chapter, technically a prologue, sucked me in immediately and I wish the rest of the novel had followed more in that tone. Now, after finishing, I still have mixed feelings. There was so much about the book that I loved and so much that made me want to scream with rage.

I’ll start with the good. Fitzpatrick has put together a great psychological thriller — more made for TV movie than Gone Girl — either way it was enough to keep my turning pages late into the night. Tension abounds in this story and there were many “will they make it?” moments throughout the book. Nobody is exactly who they seem to be and everyone seems to have ulterior motives. Scheming abounds and pieces of the puzzle are laid out for the reader with perfect timing. I did figure out some of the twists ahead of time, the clues are there if you’re paying attention, but this did not diminish the experience of reading for me.

On to the negative. The characters were, for the most part, unlikable. Britt’s best friend, Korbie, is such a throw-away character, at no point was I concerned about her and was kind of happy that she didn’t take up too much of the story line. Some of the decisions the characters made were wholly frustrating, as is often the case in stories like this. Britt’s bizarre obsession with her jerk of an ex-boyfriend Calvin is infuriating. The kidnappers make some pretty awful decisions, but they are first-time kidnappers, so I can forgive this. What was unforgivable was the lack of intervention on behalf of the park rangers, police, or even the kids parents. In the end, I did like the character of Mason, not all good, not all bad — to me, he was the most believable character in the book. Overall, this is a great popcorn read, one to keep you distracted and entertained on a rainy Saturday.

Fans of Fitzpatrick’s Hush, Hush series will enjoy this novel as will fans of thrillers like Reconstructing Amelia and Ashes.

Have you read the book? What are your thoughts?

Release Day Blitz & Giveaway from T.G. Ayer

Dead Wrath (Valkyrie #4)
Ragnarok is upon the worlds, and the time to fight is now. They come from all of the Nine Realms. Dark Elves, Dragons, Frost Giants, Elves … They all come to fight for Odin.
And they answer to Valkyrie Brynhildr.
While Bryn grieves, struggling to cope with Sigrun’s death, she knows too there is no time for tears. Odin is still a shade of himself and though there is no sign of Loki in all of the Nine Realms – Thor knows he is hiding in Midgard. As the Warriors gather, Bryn must head the offensive and enter the Human Realm in search of the Trickster and his henchman.
The war is silent and it rages all across the planet.
Ragnarok is here …
In this, the 4th thrilling instalment in the Valkyrie series, Bryn takes the war to home turf. From New York to London, Interpol to CIA, Bryn and her team risk their lives to save their families, to the All-Father. And to prevent the end of the world.
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I have been a writer from the time I was old enough to recognize that reading was a doorway into my imagination. Poetry was my first foray into the art of the written word. Books were my best friends, my escape, my haven. I am essentially a recluse but this part of my personality is impossible to practice given I have two teenage daughters, who are actually my friends, my tea-makers, my confidantes… I am blessed with a husband who has left me for golf. It’s a fair trade as I have left him for writing. We are both passionate supporters of each others loves – it works wonderfully…
My heart is currently broken in two. One half resides in South Africa where my old roots still remain, and my heart still longs for the endless beaches and the smell of moist soil after a summer downpour. My love for Ma Afrika will never fade. The other half of me has been transplanted to the Land of the Long White Cloud. The land of the Taniwha, beautiful Maraes, and volcanoes. The land of green, pure beauty that truly inspires. And because I am so torn between these two lands – I shall forever remain cross-eyed.
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Book 5 in the Valkyrie series releasing early 2015Ragnarok is upon the worlds, and the time to fight is now. They come from all of the Nine Realms. Dark Elves, Dragons, Frost Giants, Elves … They all come to fight for Odin.
And they answer to Valkyrie Brynhildr.
Tricked by Loki, Bryn is now imprisoned and finding a way out is harder than it seems. Time is running out for those who fight for Odin and while Aidan’s absence is felt by all, Bryn and her team know there is no time to waste.
But Bryn is determined to find him, and stop him using every means necessary. From poisoned water to black goo, to an electronically monitored Bifrost, Bryn will use all the tricks up her sleeves to save Odin and the Nine Realms.
The war is nature and there is disaster all across the Nine Realms.
Ragnarok is here …In this, the 5th, and final, exhilarating installment in the Valkyrie series, Bryn takes on Loki with her eye on bringing him to the Vigrid Plains, the site of the final battle of Ragnarok. From all across the world, Bryn and all her teams do all they can, battling naturals disasters and murderous attackers to prevent the end of the world.
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Iron Pendulum is a Wonderful Roller Coaster

IP BT Banner FinalBy now, you know what a fan of the Periodic Series I am. Megan Curd has created a world unlike any other — a unique fusion of Steampunk and Dystopia that blends mystery and romance into a beautiful tale of adventure and intrigue. Here’s a quick synopsis:

IRON PENDULUM Synopsis

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A month ago, Avery thought the world ended outside Dome Four. Thought she was one of the few of her kind. Thought the war that brought the human race to the brink of extinction was over.

But a month can change everything.

After fighting to escape a tyranny she didn’t even know existed, Avery has had to come to grips with all the secrets she’s uncovered. But more secrets continue to come to light, revealing how little of her world she truly knew. When evidence starts to show that Dome Four might be under siege, Avery knows what she must do.

Returning to the dome she longed to escape is a challenge for Avery, but now she knows there’s corruption lurking in the shadows. A massive steam shortage leaves half the dome without power, and people are falling ill. Dying.

And they’re blaming Avery.

A month can change everything. One more month could kill everyone. The clock is ticking.

My Thoughts

This book, oh this book! Megan Curd’s story telling just keeps getting better and better. Wasting no time getting back into Avery’s story, we see a different side of the world, one where Avery is placed into the middle of a brewing civil war. She will face unspeakable loss and impossible decisions — and I still can’t forgive Megan for ripping out my heart a couple of times, but I also love her for it. Like its title suggests, Iron Pendulum swings back and forth Jax and Avery and the crew find themselves in over their heads more than once. Unafraid to explore the darker sides of humanity, Curd creates characters who are complex, compelling, and completely relatable. Even the hero, Avery, will realize there are far more grey areas in the world than we’d like to admit. Facing odds that would bring most people to their knees, Avery has to dig deep to take her heartbreak and rage and overcome seemingly insurmountable odds. But, in typical Curd fashion, this roller coaster ride takes you through many twists and turns. Just when you think you know what’s going to happen, something unexpected pops up. It’s a brilliant mix of realism and fantasy, and one I can’t get enough of. Do yourself a favor and check out this series, you can start now with this exclusive excerpt:

EXCERPT

 Jaxon’s watch beeped, warning us we’d been gone three hours. Sari sighed, took a piece of chalk from her pocket, and put a big X on the cement wall. “Time to get back to headquarters. I’m marking this tunnel as a no-go. The Zeros will be back to hunt us sooner than we want to believe, and I don’t feel like heading into their lair.”

We headed to the labyrinth of tunnels that led to the Alliance Headquarters. After weeks of traversing them, we’d committed the turns to memory.

“I think I need a vacation from running around in crap,” Jaxon said as he took my hand in his. “We should go outside when we get back.”

My heart soared. We hadn’t been allowed outside since the day after I awoke. The UV rays were still dangerous, and we were right on the edge of Dome Four. We couldn’t risk being seen; or worse, being burned by the sun. All the same, the proposition was thrilling.

“Really? We could do that?”

“Why not? I think after being in these subterranean tunnels for a week, we deserve some sunshine. I’m sure Lexie won’t mind, as long as we don’t get turned into crispy critters in the process.”

About Megan Curd:

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Megan Curd is a graduate of Northwestern College in St. Paul, Minnesota. While having always enjoyed reading any books she could get her hands on, Megan didn’t begin writing until a friend encouraged her to do so while in college. When not writing, Megan enjoys spending time with her family and friends. Photography, traveling and snowboarding are hobbies she loves, and she doesn’t turn down the opportunity to play xBox with her brother and friends when it presents itself. Megan currently resides in Ohio with her husband and son, where she is trying to convert them into Buckeye fans.

Find Megan Online:  Website ||  Twitter  ||  Pinterest  ||  Goodreads ||  IRON PENDULUM Goodreads

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August 26th

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August 27th

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Born To Read – Excerpt & Review

 

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August 31st

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September 6th

The Rest Is Still Unwritten – Excerpt & Review

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September 7th

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Much Loved Books – Excerpt & Review

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You guys, I am super excited to be part of the release day blitz and the upcoming tour for Megan Curd’s Iron Pendulum, the second book in her YA steampunk fantasy Periodic Series.  I have so much love for this series and the book and I can’t wait for everyone to read it. (PS: It’s live on Amazon now). Next week, on September 3rd, I’ll have an exclusive excerpt and a full-length review. The short version is this: I love this book, and I think you will too!! Check it out.

 

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IRON PENDULUM Synopsis:

A month ago, Avery thought the world ended outside Dome Four. Thought she was one of the few of her kind. Thought the war that brought the human race to the brink of extinction was over.

But a month can change everything.

After fighting to escape a tyranny she didn’t even know existed, Avery has had to come to grips with all the secrets she’s uncovered. But more secrets continue to come to light, revealing how little of her world she truly knew. When evidence starts to show that Dome Four might be under siege, Avery knows what she must do.

Returning to the dome she longed to escape is a challenge for Avery, but now she knows there’s corruption lurking in the shadows. A massive steam shortage leaves half the dome without power, and people are falling ill. Dying.

And they’re blaming Avery.

A month can change everything. One more month could kill everyone. The clock is ticking.

 

Author photoAbout Megan Curd:

Megan Curd is a graduate of Northwestern College in St. Paul, Minnesota. While having always enjoyed reading any books she could get her hands on, Megan didn’t begin writing until a friend encouraged her to do so while in college.

When not writing, Megan enjoys spending time with her family and friends. Photography, traveling and snowboarding are hobbies she loves, and she doesn’t turn down the opportunity to play xBox with her brother and friends when it presents itself.

Megan currently resides in Ohio with her husband and son, where she is trying to convert them into Buckeye fans.

 

 

 

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