GAME ON by Michelle Smith Cover Reveal

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Title: Game On (Lewis Creek #2)
Author: Michelle Smith
Release Date: January 2016
Publisher: Spencer Hill Contemporary
Synopsis: Eric Perry is Lewis Creek’s resident bad boy. When he’s named the new starting pitcher in a town that thinks baseball is everything and he is nothing but trouble, Eric knows he has to clean up his act. Lay low, his coach tells him—at least long enough to actually pitch a game. But when a fight with his teammate lands him in jail yet again, his season may be over before it starts…until his next door neighbor, Bri, comes to the rescue. Making a deal with Eric’s coach, she offers him one final chance at redemption: community service.
Bri Johnson hadn’t talked to Eric in months. Her boyfriend Matt, Eric’s teammate and the school’s golden boy, didn’t like her to be around Eric. Matt didn’t like a lot of things Bri did or said or wore, which is why she ends it with him the same night he and Eric get into a fight—a fight over her. That night is the reason Bri offers to take Eric with her to the community center each week, so he can keep his spot on the team. But spending time with Eric only makes her life worse, as scandalous rumors start flying and Matt refuses to let her move on. 
While Eric and Bri work closely together at the center, old stories of stargazing, first kisses, and a time when they were friends start to re-connect them. As they open up their secrets and their hearts to each other, they start to see that they are more than what other people think they are—and even more than what they think about themselves.
Buy Links and Goodreads Link – Please note these links are for PLAY ON. We do not have a Goodreads page or pre-order links for GAME ON yet. A Goodreads page will be created Monday, if you’d like to switch the link out then.
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Author Bio:
Michelle Smith was born and raised in North Carolina, where she developed a healthy appreciation for college football, sweet tea, front porches, and a well-placed “y’all.” She’s a lover of all things happy, laughs way too much, and fully believes that a little bit of kindness goes a long way.
Michelle lives near the Carolina coast with her family.
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Interview with Jenny Martson

1. How long have you been blogging for?
I’ve been blogging for just over 2 years and had my 2 year blogoversary in March! I can’t believe how fast the time has gone and how much has changed over the 2 years!
2. Who are some of your favorite authors?
John Green is an absolute favourite of mine, as I’m sure he is for lots of other people too! James Patterson is my favourite Crime author. His books are what made me love Crime novels. Cecelia Ahern is a beautiful writer and I absolutely love her books. Her stories emit so much wisdom which is incredible, considering how young she is. Markus Zusak is another favourite.
3. What is the name of your blog?
Jenny in Neverland. I really like my blog name; it’s a name I’ve always used for emails and usernames for years (like since I was about 13) because of how much I love Disney and Peter Pan. When I came to think up my blog name, it just made sense!
4. If you could meet any author who would it be?
Ooh I think I’d meet John Green. Not just because he’s my favourite author but because he seems like such a genuine lovely guy who adores his fans, and that’s always something you want in an author. I reckon he’d be a right laugh to spend the day with!
5. What is your favorite fandom?
Eeek, I don’t think I really belong in any ‘fandoms’. Please don’t hate me! I like Harry Potter a lot but I wouldn’t say I love it enough to be in the fandom.
6. What is your all time favorite book?
I have a few; The Book Thief is the most beautiful book I’ve ever read in my life. Paper Towns and Looking for Alaska by John Green are another 2 favourites and so is The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky. I’ve read that 3 times and that book has so much meaning to me. I’m a pretty big YA fan and although I love most genres, YA books are those that seem to stick with me.

Interview With Kara Thomas, Author Of Darkest Corners

1. Can you tell us a little about your debut novel?

 
THE DARKEST CORNERS is about two estranged childhood friends who are forced back together when one’s father dies in prison. Now eighteen, they’re forced to confront what really happened one summer night when they were kids and witnessed something that helped put a serial killer behind bars. It was inspired by The West Memphis 3 case and Gillian Flynn’s DARK PLACES.

2. Is it a standalone book or part of a series?
It’s a standalone.
 
3. Who inspired your main character?
 
Tessa really just popped into my head. I was very inspired by the West Memphis 3 case and witnesses who told stories that didn’t add up in court. I was fascinated by the idea of false memory syndrome, but then I started to think of motivations for lying, and Tessa grew from there. She’s deeply conflicted, but also damaged, because a lot of ways, she’s alone in the world.

4. Are you a plotter or do you just write whatever is in your head?
 
A little bit of both. I usually just start writing, but when I get to the third chapter, I usually have to stop and outline the nuts and bolts of the mystery before I continue.

5. Do you require silence when writing or do you need background noise?
 
Silence! No music, TV, husband being loud. I’m weird like that.

6. Are you writing your next book?

 
Yes! It’ll be out from Delacorte in 2017, title TBT. All I can say about it for now is that it involves an online horror community and toxic friendships.

Interview with Sarah Glenn Marsh, Author of Fear the Drowning Deep

1. Can you tell us a little about your book?

I’d be happy to! FEAR THE DROWNING DEEP tells the story of sixteen-year-old Bridey Corkill, who’s living on the Isle of Man in 1913. She’s hated the ocean ever since she was a little girl, when she saw her grandfather leap from the cliffs and drown with a smile on his face. As the story begins, Bridey sees a body washed up on the shores of Port Coire, her small town, and it isn’t long before her friends and neighbors start disappearing one by one. It’s up to Bridey to convince everyone of the danger in the water before she loses the people she loves most…

And here are a few things this story contains that I love: a handsome boy with a mysterious past, kissing, an old woman who might be a witch, lots of Manx culture and mythology, sea monsters, sisters, and kissing. Did I mention the kissing already? 😉 Oh good. Just so you know, this book has plenty of brooding sea atmosphere and danger, but it’s most definitely a kissing book, too!

2. Is it a part of a series or a standalone book?
FEAR is a standalone book; however, I’m hoping for/planning a companion novel in the future, which would feature one of Bridey’s sisters as the main character, and would focus on a different aspect of the Isle of Man’s fascinating mythology.

3. Are you a plotter or do you just write whatever is in your head?
Before I dive into actually drafting a story, I have to have a solid concept, have written a pitch and mini-synopsis, and know how the book will end. I don’t follow a very rigid outline (that takes the fun out of getting to know my characters, I think) but I’ll still say I’m a plotter because I do need to have a lot figured out before I write!

4. When writing do you need silence or do you prefer to have background noise like music?
I need silence, definitely. But I like to listen to music before I write—to establish a certain mood for a scene! If I listen to music while I’m writing, I get too distracted and just want to dance or sing along! With FEAR in particular, I listened to a lot of Méav Ní Mhaolchatha’s album Silver Sea, which is partly in Gaelic, partly in English, and a little French in the mix, too; it helped establish a perfect mood for windswept, mysterious island town where my characters live.

5. Is there a person(s) that inspired your main character?
Nope! Bridey is purely a product of my imagination, but I love her to pieces. However, her fear of the ocean was partly inspired by my friend Erin, who hates swimming and is afraid of drowning—traits that seemed so fitting in my story.

6. Are you working on your next book?

Most definitely! I’m happiest when I’m writing some sort of fantasy. I won’t say too much, but here are a few things that feature in my recent YA epic fantasy: sisters, witches, mythical beasts, Japanese mythology, and diversity.

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Sarah Glenn Marsh is a young adult and picture book author. 

Her YA historical fantasy debut, FEAR THE DROWNING DEEP, will be released by Sky Pony in September 2016. 

She is represented by Christa Heschke of McIntosh & Otis Literary Agency. Sarah lives in Richmond, VA with her husband and four rescued greyhounds, and when she’s not writing, she can often be found painting or antiquing.

Interview with Nicole Castroman, Author of Black Hearts



1. Can you tell us a little about your debut novel?
My debut novel, BLACKHEARTS, is a Blackbeard origin story, or pre-pirate. It’s my idea of what led him to become one of the most notorious pirates to sail the seas.

2. Is it a standalone book or part of a series?
At the moment, it is a standalone.

3. Who inspired your main character?
One of my main characters was obviously inspired by Blackbeard. Only the last two years of his life are known or documented. Blackbeard could read and write, which meant he was educated. It’s believed he came from Bristol, England. I took whatever information I could find and deconstructed it to create my own story of his early life.

4. Are you a plotter or do you just write whatever is in your head?
I’m not really a plotter. I don’t write down my story, but I DO know how I want it to end. Then I write towards that goal, allowing the characters to take me there.

5. Do you require silence when writing or do you need background noise?
I do require silence when I’m writing, but it doesn’t mean I always get it. 🙂 I’m a mother of two, so I’ve learned how to write around interruptions. But no, I don’t have music playing in the background. That would be too distracting for me. However, I do like to have each story I write have a “theme song” and will listen to that before I begin.

6. Are you writing your next book?

I am writing my next book. I can’t share what it is quite yet, but hopefully soon.

Born in Sandy, Utah, Nicole was lucky enough to come with her very own best friend…she has a twin sister who can read her mind and finish her sentences for her.

At the age of 13, she went to Europe for the first time and it changed her life. She loves learning about different people, languages and cultures and speaks fluent German. She knows enough Spanish to get herself into trouble and can still read the Cyrillic alphabet from when she studied Russian.

She received her B.A. from Brigham Young University and has lived in Germany, Austria and two different places called Georgia. One is the country located on the Black Sea. The other is the state of Georgia where she now lives with her handsome husband and two beautiful children who continue to amaze her.

Blog tour Feral by Holly Schindler

 

What songs would the characters of FERAL have on repeat?

You know, that’s such an interesting question.  FERAL is a psychological thriller, but like psychological thrillers, the book borrows from other genres: horror’s one of them. 
I think one of the most important components of horror is isolation.  You’ve got to be alone to be vulnerable.  And that’s tough, in contemporary life—modern technology has ensured that someone is always within reach.  One way I gave the book a feeling of isolation was through sounds.
The book takes place during a brutal ice storm that knocks out power throughout the town of Peculiar.  With no TV or computer—or cars navigating the slick streets—the town has a stillness about it.  In the midst of that stillness, we hear noises: the crack and snap of ice-coated limbs.  The echo of footsteps in snow…
Rather than a soundtrack of songs, I’d have to say that the true soundtrack for the book would incorporate those eerie noises cutting through the silence… 

The Lovely Bones meets Black Swan in this haunting psychological thriller with twists and turns that will make you question everything you think you know.

It’s too late for you. You’re dead. Those words continue to haunt Claire Cain months after she barely survived
a brutal beating in Chicago. So when her father is offered a job in another state, Claire is hopeful that getting out will offer her a way to start anew.

But when she arrives in Peculiar, Missouri, Claire feels an overwhelming sense of danger, and her fears are confirmed when she discovers the body of a popular high school student in the icy woods behind the school, surrounded by the town’s feral cats. While everyone is quick to say it was an accident, Claire knows there’s more to it, and vows to learn the truth about what happened.

But the closer she gets to uncovering the mystery, the closer she also gets to realizing a frightening reality about herself and the damage she truly sustained in that Chicago alley….

Holly Schindler’s gripping story is filled with heart-stopping twists and turns that will keep readers guessing until the very last page.

FERAL AND THE PSYCHOLOGICAL THRILLER:

FERAL falls squarely into the realm of the classic psychological thriller.  While the book features mystery, horror, and paranormal elements, the emphasis is on the “psychological” rather than thriller / action.  The novel features a Hitchcockian pace and focus on character development (here, we’re exploring the inner workings of the main character, Claire Cain).  Essentially, every aspect of FERAL is used to explore Claire’s inner workings—that even includes the wintry Ozarks setting.  The water metaphor is employed frequently in psychological thrillers to represent the subconscious, and here is incorporated in the form of a brutal ice storm (that represents Claire’s “frozen” inner state).  The attempt to untangle what is real from what is unreal (another frequently-used aspect of the psychological thriller) also begins to highlight the extent to which Claire was hurt in that Chicago alley.  Even the explanation of the odd occurrences in the town of Peculiar offers an exploration into and portrait of Claire’s psyche.  Ultimately, FERAL is a book about recovering from violence—that’s not just a lengthy or hard process; it’s a terrifying process, too.  The classic psychological thriller allowed me to explore that frightening process in detail.

Holly Schindler is the author of the critically acclaimed A BLUE SO DARK (Booklist starred review, ForeWord Reviews Book of the Year silver medal recipient, IPPY Awards gold medal recipient) as well as PLAYING HURT (both YAs). 

Her debut MG, THE JUNCTION OF SUNSHINE AND LUCKY, also released in ’14, and became a favorite of teachers and librarians, who used the book as a read-aloud.  Kirkus Reviews called THE JUNCTION “…a heartwarming and uplifting story…[that] shines…with vibrant themes of community, self-empowerment and artistic vision delivered with a satisfying verve.” 
FERAL is Schindler’s third YA and first psychological thriller.  Publishers Weekly gave FERAL a starred review, stating, “Opening with back-to-back scenes of exquisitely imagined yet very real horror, Schindler’s third YA novel hearkens to the uncompromising demands of her debut, A BLUE SO DARK…This time, the focus is on women’s voices and the consequences they suffer for speaking…This is a story about reclaiming and healing, a process that is scary, imperfect, and carries no guarantees.”
Schindler encourages readers to get in touch.  Booksellers, teen librarians, and teachers can also contact her directly regarding Skype visits.  She can be reached at hollyschindlerbooks (at) gmail (dot) com, and can also be found at hollyschindler.com, hollyschindler.blogspot.com, @holly_schindler, Facebook.com/HollySchindlerAuthor, and hollyschindler.tumblr.com.

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Ridge by Adriane Leigh Release Day Blitz

Title: Ridge (Wild #2)
Author: Adriane Leigh
Series: Wild Series
Genre: Erotic Contemporary Romance
Release Date: March 3, 2014
About the Book
Sometimes doing the wrong thing feels so right…
I’m a player. I’m an asshole. I’m someone you should stay away from.
I have demons.I’ve made mistakes.And the biggest can’t be taken back.

I’ve gone to hell and back in twenty-nine years and I’m only now coming to terms with moving forward, righting my wrongs, and making amends. Except not everyone deserves forgiveness. Sometimes the damage done is beyond repair.Everyday is exactly the same. I focus on the pain, in the quest to feel and forget, but I remember everything. When I close my eyes the darkness encroaches and some days it feels like the things that kill me are the things that make me feel alive.

Excerpt
I hovered over her sweet body, the soft flesh beneath my fingers like fucking silk. Her hands laced in the rungs of the headboard above her head, propping her breasts high and full for me. Her head was thrown back in ecstasy, full lips formed in a a perfect O as moans escaped her throat.
She was fucking stunning. I moved in and out of her, slowing my pace, hitting her as deep as I could, rounding my hips with each slow thrust and drag. She was everything, had been my everything for a few months, the only one that had ever gotten me.
All of me.
The me that no one else had ever seen.
Fuck of it was, she was my brother’s fiancée.
I’d fucking taken her right from under him.
I hadn’t meant to, I don’t think she’d meant to either, it’d just happened one night, and there’d been no going back.
And now here we were, months later, I was still plowing into her—taking her, owning her, making her mine—every fucking night in my bed, hearing her call my name, her eyes hazy with lust and love when I finished.
Except tonight was different.
Tonight was the last time.
Tonight I was ending it.
My heart clutched in my chest as the words floated through my head. My eyes burned with the pain of it.
I didn’t want to let her go, but more than anything, I was sick of running. And seeing my brother again had finally opened my eyes.
This was it.
This was it for us. For me and her. For the girl that had wrapped her fingers around my soul and held it so fucking tightly it was as if my every fucking breath depended on her.
Copyright 2013 by Adriane Leigh 

About the Author

Adriane Leigh was born and raised in a snowbank in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula and now lives amongst the sand dunes of the Lake Michigan lakeshore.She graduated with a Literature degree but never particularly enjoyed reading Shakespeare or Chaucer.

Adriane is married to a tall, dark and handsome guy, plays mama to two sweet baby girls, and is a voracious reader and knitter.


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Giveaway

WILD (Wild #1)


Coming Soon

SLADE (Wild #3)

Behind every beautiful thing, there is some kind of pain…
Always overlooked. Always just there. That’s what Dillon was to me.

Until one night.
In one night she flipped my world on its axis and there’s no going back. But she has secrets, and secrets fester like an open wound. They color the past and forecast the future, but I’m determined to open her up; free her from her memories so she can live in the light and have the life she deserves.
It’s just too bad that she wants nothing to do with me. But I’m nothing if not persistent and I’m not a man that gives up without a fight. I’ve had a taste and there’s no walking away.I just have to convince her that I’m not what she fears, I’m what she wants. 
Slade, like Wild and Ridge, is a standalone. Reading Wild and Ridge first will provide some back story, but is not required to read Slade.

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Open Anthology Call for White Rabbit Anthology by Hallowed Ink Press

We are currently seeking short stories in the Young Adult and New Adult categories (all genres) that feature unusual superstitions or traditions.
“White Rabbit. White Rabbit. White Rabbit.”
On the first day of every month thousands of people say “White Rabbit”, “Rabbit”, or “bunny” three times to grant luck throughout the month, even to this day. While this odd ritual could be considered either superstition or tradition it has been honored by many families for centuries. Even famous presidents of the Unite States have admitted to honoring the superstition/tradition. Wall Street men say it for financial luck, knights in Europe for health and of course, everyday people like you and me. As the idea spread the reasoning behind the idea changed to the point where now many children in traditional families say it without understanding why (only knowing that good will come) and as the habit continues through generations the meaning is further skewed.
This unusual phenomenon sparked an idea.
Superstitions and traditions are common place but not necessarily noticed because we’ve grown so accustomed to them. So what would happen if a superstition or tradition went wrong? What if a pact had been made and as a tradition was broken that pact was broken too? What if supernatural creatures or children in the future had their own strange traditions? How strange could traditions truly get before it seemed out of place to the people doing them?
History changes like a childhood whispered game of telephone but what fascinating traditions should be listened to and which were meant to one day be broken?
White Rabbit started out as an unusual fixation and became a phenomenon. Featured in stories throughout the ages in many cases a white rabbit even became a sign of good luck or innocence. We hope to honor the strange tradition (with a bit of luck) and put together a novel featuring the unusual and unique from names both new and old.
If you would like to submit a short story for inclusion please e-mail your completed work to Submissions@HallowedInkPress.com with ‘White Rabbit Anthology’ in the title. We ask that you send the finished story inside of the e-mail – not attached – along with a short summary of the work and biography at the top.
We will not respond to queries that do not include the completed short story.
 

F.A.Q.s

Cover Art: Image by Raquel Neira – Typography by Emma Michaels
Cover not final:  Author names will be added to the cover after authors have been selected and signed on.
Deadline:
August 1st though submissions will be reviewed as they are submitted. Once the slots are full the open call has the possibility of closing early.
Superstitions/Traditions:
The superstitions or traditions used do not have to be accurate and can be fictitious. We are more fascinated with the concept of unusual traditions and superstitions than factual accuracy.
Preferred story length:
We do not plan on being very strict in this regard. We are more focused on quality than length. We would, however, suggest that all stories be in the 2,000 – 10,000 word range.
Age ranges for audience:
YA & NA only
Acceptable genres:
All
Time periods:
Any including and not limited to historical, modern and futuristic.
Payment:
This is a royalty based anthology. All authors will be given a percentage of the earnings though no advance.
Formats:
This anthology will be released in both ebook and paperback. Ebook cards may also be added overtime along with other formats.
Editing:
We have an in house editor and copy editors.