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    Leah Clifford’s VIAL THINGS Has a New Cover!

    In case you hadn’t heard the news…

    VIAL THINGS (Resurrectionist #1) by Leah Clifford has a new cover! Check it out below!

    You can grab a copy for $2.99 on Kindle, or if you are a Kindle Unlimited subscriber, it’s FREE!

    Just want to try it? Read the first chapter HERE.

    If you didn’t already know I’m a huge fan of the author and I love, love, loved VIAL THINGS when I read it last year. (If you’d like to know what I thought and take a peek at the original cover, you can check both out HERE.)

    I am anxiously awaiting the next installment in the series. But was totally stoked to find out the book was getting a new look. Its new cover follows below and I’d love to know what you think of it – whether you’ve read VIAL THINGS yet or not!

    The New Cover

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    When the resurrectionists of Fissure’s Whipp begin disappearing, eighteen-year-old Allie knows someone is after their blood—or, more accurately, the genetic mutation that allows their blood to heal wounds, save lives and even bring back the recently deceased.

    Raised by her aunt after her parents’ deaths, Allie knows staying vigilant means staying alive. She’s trained her whole life to protect herself by any means necessary, from self defense classes to extensive weapons training in knives. Now, she’s gone so far as to befriend a homeless boy named Ploy who unknowingly trades a few nights a week on her couch in exchange for being a human tripwire to those hunting her.

    But as Allie and Ploy’s feelings for each other grow, Allie realizes this time, she’ll need more than fighting skills and a sharp blade to beat a villain literally out for blood.

    Protecting a girl he shouldn’t love, from a threat he understands too well, Ploy must face his past to save his future in Allie’s world—a world where bringing back the dead can cost you your life.

    Find it at Amazon…


    In Bookish News: SWEET RUIN by Kresley Cole {Pre-order Sweepstakes}


    If you’re like me, you pre-order your favorite books. Sometimes in multiple formats.

    And if you are like me, then, just in case you missed it, I thought you’d want to know that Kresley Cole is hosting a pre-order sweepstakes for her upcoming release, SWEET RUIN, the 16th book in her Immortals After Dark series.

    I happened to have received an early copy and devoured it one stay-up-all-night sitting. And let me tell you, this book is incredible. And definitely one worth pre-ordering.

    Especially with THIS awesome pre-order sweepstakes…


    Those prizes are drool-worthy. Much like Rune and his incredible… (No, I’m not going to tell you, even though you just might guess, but you’ll have to read SWEET RUIN to finish that sentence.)

    You can click the image above to be taken to Kresley Cole’s website to enter, or enter in the Rafflecopter below.

    And if haven’t yet pre-ordered your copy or you’d like to know more about SWEET RUIN, information and buy links are a bit further down in the post.

    There’s also a fab behind-the-scenes convo between Kresley Cole and her editor, Lauren McKenna in which they chat about “Three Favorite Kresley Cole Couples.” So be sure to check that out!

    SWEET RUIN releases on December 1st, so there’s just a few days left to pre-order a copy. Once you do, just follow the instructions in the Rafflecopter to enter for a chance to win.

    The Pre-order Sweepstakes

    a Rafflecopter giveaway

    About SWEET RUIN


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    Title & Series: SWEET RUIN (Immortals After Dark #16)
    Author: Kresley Cole
    Release date: December 1, 2015
    Publisher: Gallery Books
    Pages: 432
    Formats: Hardcover, paperback, audio, eBook

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    An immortal assassin is caught between desire and duty in this sizzling new novel from Kresley Cole’s #1 New York Times bestselling Immortals After Dark series.

    A foundling raised in a world of humans
    Growing up, orphaned Josephine didn’t know who or what she was—just that she was “bad,” an outcast with strange powers. Protecting her baby brother Thaddeus became her entire life. The day he was taken away began Jo’s transition from angry girl…to would-be superhero…to enchanting villain.

    A lethally sensual enforcer on a mission
    Whether by bow or in bed, archer Rune the Baneblood never fails to eliminate his target. In his sights: the oldest living Valkyrie. Yet before he can strike, he encounters a vampiric creature whose beauty mesmerizes him. With one bite, she pierces him with aching pleasure, stealing his forbidden blood—and jeopardizing the secrets of his brethren.

    A boundless passion that will lead to sweet ruin…
    Could this exquisite female be a spy sent by the very Valkyrie he hunts? Rune knows he must not trust Josephine, yet he’s unable to turn her away. When Jo betrays the identity of the one man she will die to protect, she and Rune become locked in a treacherous battle of wills that pits ultimate loyalty against unbridled lust.


    Three Favorite Kresley Cole Couples

    About Kresley Cole

    Kresley Cole

    Kresley Cole is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the electrifying Immortals After Dark paranormal series, the young adult Arcana Chronicles series, the erotic Gamemakers series, and five award-winning historical romances.

    A master’s grad and former athlete, she has traveled over much of the world and draws from those experiences to create her memorable characters and settings.

    Her IAD books have been translated into twenty foreign languages, garnered three RITA awards, a Hall of Fame induction, and consistently appear on the bestseller lists, in the U.S. and abroad.

    Cole lives in Florida with her family and “far too many animals.”



    In Bookish News: THE SHAW CONFESSIONS by Michelle Hodkin


    In case you missed it…

    Early this week, in Entertainment Weekly, Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers announced that they’ll be publishing The Shaw Confessions, a spin-off of Michelle Hodkin’s bestselling Mara Dyer Trilogy. How awesome is that?

    AND… in case you didn’t guess from the title, it’s going to be told from Noah Shaw’s POV. Woot, woot!

    Be sure to check out the article on the EW site, linked above for all the details. And here’s some news from the publisher.

    From the publisher…

    The Mara Dyer Trilogy was a New York TimesUSA Today, and Publishers Weekly bestselling series. It was described as “haunting and dreamlike” by Cassandra Clare and “darkly funny, deliciously creepy, and genuinely thoughtful” by Veronica Roth. Lev Grossman called the author “One of the greatest talents in Young Adult fiction.” The novels were praised by Romantic Times, MTV’s Hollywood Crush, and the Los Angeles Times, and books from the series appeared on several state reading lists. Additionally, The Retribution of Mara Dyer, the third book in the trilogy, was selected as one of’s Top 10 YA Books of 2014. The entire trilogy is now available in paperback, and as a boxed set.

    What happens after happily ever after? By the end of the Mara Dyer trilogy, Noah Shaw and Mara Dyer discovered their world-changing abilities along with their love for each other. In the first book of The Shaw Confessions, Noah’s father is murdered, and Noah inherits unimaginable riches, terrible knowledge, and the chance to find other people like himself. But as Noah and Mara begin their global search, they’ll discover that they have very different goals: Noah wants peace. Mara wants power. When the girl of your dreams turns the world into a nightmare, what do you choose? The girl or the world?

    “Like many fans of the Mara Dyer Trilogy, I fell in love with Noah Shaw the moment he was introduced in The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer,” says Christian Trimmer, executive editor, Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers. “Michelle tantalized readers with a few chapters in his voice inThe Retribution of Mara Dyer, and I couldn’t be more excited that she is now giving him his own series.” The first book in The Shaw Confessions is scheduled to release in Summer 2017.

    “When I wrote the first words of The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer, I knew that I was writing an antiheroine’s origin story,” says Michelle Hodkin. “What I didn’t know was how many readers would ask for the adventures of that antiheroine and her hero: both powerful, both in love, and almost certain to destroy each other. I always wanted to tell the story of the choices the characters would make and the risks they would take after they discovered who and what they really were, and I’m thrilled to finally have that chance. Readers may think they know Noah Shaw, but there’s so much more to tell.”

    Christian Trimmer, who will edit all three books, acquired world rights to the three books from Barry Goldblatt at Barry Goldblatt Literary.


    Michelle Hodkin grew up in Florida, went to college in New York, and studied law in Michigan. She is the author of the Mara Dyer Trilogy, which includes The Unbecoming of Mara DyerThe Evolution of Mara Dyer, and The Retribution of Mara Dyer. Visit her online at


    Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing, one of the leading children’s book publishers in the world, is comprised of the following imprints: Aladdin, Atheneum Books for Young Readers, Beach Lane Books, Libros para niños, Little Simon®, Margaret K. McElderry Books, Paula Wiseman Books, Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, Simon Pulse, and Simon Spotlight®. While maintaining an extensive award-winning backlist, the division continues to publish acclaimed and bestselling books for children of all ages. In addition to numerous Caldecott, Newbery, and National Book Award winners, Simon & Schuster publishes such high-profile properties and series as Eloise, Olivia, Raggedy Ann & Andy™, Henry & Mudge®, The Hardy Boys®, Nancy Drew®, the Dork Diaries series, the Mortal Instruments series, Mike the Knight, and the original Cupcake Diaries and Creepover series. For more information about Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing, visit our website

    Simon & Schuster, a part of CBS Corporation, is a global leader in the field of general interest publishing, dedicated to providing the best in fiction and nonfiction for consumers of all ages, across all printed, electronic, and audio formats. Its divisions include Simon & Schuster Adult Publishing, Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing, Simon & Schuster Audio, Simon & Schuster Digital, and international companies in Australia, Canada, India, and the United Kingdom. For more information, visit our website at


    In Bookish News: CARRY ON by Rainbow Rowell Released This Week


    In case you hadn’t heard, CARRY ON by Rainbow Rowell released this week, on October 6th. It’s a book I’ve been anxiously awaiting and am so excited the wait is finally over.

    • If you haven’t yet grabbed a copy, there are a few links below for places you can buy it online.
    • If you’d like to know a little bit more first, check out the post by Rainbow Rowell on “Five things you need to know about ‘Carry On.’
    • If you’d like to join the Fan Group on Goodreads, HERE is where you can do so.
    • If you’d like to join the conversation on social media, use the hashtag #CarryOn

    And if you’d like to check out the publisher’s new (and may I say awesome and adorable) website, you can visit it HERE.

    Lev Grossman Quote

    About CARRY ON


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    Title: CARRY ON
    Author: Rainbow Rowell
    Release date: October 6, 2015
    Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin
    Pages: 528
    Formats: Hardcover, paperback, audio, eBook


    Simon Snow is the worst Chosen One who’s ever been chosen.

    That’s what his roommate, Baz, says. And Baz might be evil and a vampire and a complete git, but he’s probably right.

    Half the time, Simon can’t even make his wand work, and the other half, he starts something on fire. His mentor’s avoiding him, his girlfriend broke up with him, and there’s a magic-eating monster running around, wearing Simon’s face. Baz would be having a field day with all this, if he were here — it’s their last year at the Watford School of Magicks, and Simon’s infuriating nemesis didn’t even bother to show up.

    Carry On – The Rise and Fall of Simon Snow is a ghost story, a love story and a mystery. It has just as much kissing and talking as you’d expect from a Rainbow Rowell story – but far, far more monsters.


    About Rainbow Rowell


    RAINBOW ROWELL writes books. Sometimes she writes about adults (Attachments and Landline). Sometimes she writes about teenagers (Eleanor & ParkFangirl and Carry On). But she always writes about people who talk a lot. And people who feel like they’re screwing up. And people who fall in love.

    When she’s not writing, Rainbow is reading comic books, planning Disney World trips and arguing about things that don’t really matter in the big scheme of things.

    She lives in Nebraska with her husband and two sons.




    In Bookish News: EXTRACTION Series eBook Sale #Contest


    In bookish news…

    If you didn’t already know I’m a huge fan of Stephanie Diaz’s Extraction series. And not just because of its gorgeous covers. Each book offers up a new setting and a new adventure and new obstacles. It is such an incredibly exciting series. And now that its available in its entirety, it’s the perfect time to dive right in.

    As I am a fan, I just had to join in to help share the news about the the eBook sale for the first two books in the series and about the incredible giveaway the author is hosting for those who help spread the word about the sale. So, without any further ado here are the details.


    EVOLUTION, the third and final book in the Extraction series, went on sale on September 8th – the series is officially complete! You can buy your copy at: AMAZON, BARNES & NOBLE, KOBO, APPLE iBOOKS, THE BOOK DEPOSITORY, or at your local Indie!

    Extraction - Rebellion e-book promo

    To celebrate EVOLUTION’s release, the first two books in the series — EXTRACTION and REBELLION – are on sale for only $2.99 each for all eBook formats! This sale will only last for a limited time, so grab your copy now! And keep reading if you’d like to know how you can win some awesome prizes by helping to spread the word.

    Extraction CoverBuy EXTRACTION for only $2.99:

    Rebellion CoverBuy REBELLION for only $2.99:

    The Giveaway Details

    Stephanie has launched a special giveaway to coincide with the eBook sale. Help spread the word about the sale on social media and you will be entered to win…

    Extraction e-book promo prize


    • (1) signed hardcover copy of EVOLUTION, annotated with behind-the-scenes facts and series secrets
    • (1) limited edition LEGO Clementine model
    • (1) limited edition LEGO Logan model
    • signed swag

    **This contest is open internationally**

    How do you enter to win?

    There are several ways – YES, you can earn more than one entry, but no more than 1 entry per option:

    On Instagram

    1. Post the Extraction series eBook sale picture (shown above),
    2. Link to the Instagram account @StephanieEDiaz, and
    3. Tag it #BookBargain and #YAReads


    • You can re-gram Stephanie’s Instagram post from HERE.

    On Tumblr

    • Reblog THIS tumblr post

    On Twitter

    • Tweet the following message:

    DEAL ALERT! Grab eBooks of @StephanieEDiaz‘s EXTRACTION and REBELLION for only $2.99 each for a limited time!


    Retweet Stephanie’s Twitter post from HERE.

    On Facebook

    1. Post the Extraction series eBook sale picture (shown above),
    2. Link to either or one of the books, and
    3. Tag it #Book Bargain


    Share Stephanie’s Facebook post from HERE.

    The book sale will last for ONE month – but Stephanie will be selecting ONE WINNER for the giveaway on Monday, October 5th to receive the GRAND PRIZE.

    So be sure to get your entries in before then!


    Extraction Cover

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    Title & Series: EXTRACTION (Extraction #1)
    Release date: July 22, 2014
    Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin
    Pages: 416
    Formats: Hardcover, eBook

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    “Welcome to Extraction testing.”

    Clementine has spent her whole life preparing for her sixteenth birthday, when she’ll be tested for Extraction in the hopes of being sent from the planet Kiel’s toxic Surface to the much safer Core, where people live without fear or starvation. When she proves promising enough to be “Extracted,” she must leave without Logan, the boy she loves. Torn apart from her only sense of family, Clem promises to come back and save him from brutal Surface life.

    What she finds initially in the Core is a utopia compared to the Surface—it’s free of hard labor, gun-wielding officials, and the moon’s lethal acid. But life is anything but safe, and Clementine learns that the planet’s leaders are planning to exterminate Surface dwellers, which means Logan, too.

    Trapped by the steel walls of the underground and the lies that keep her safe, Clementine must find a way to escape and rescue Logan and the rest of the planet. But the planet leaders don’t want her running—they want her subdued.

    With intense action scenes and a cast of unforgettable characters, Extraction is a page-turning, gripping read, sure to entertain lovers of Hunger Games and Ender’s Game, and leave them breathless for more.



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    Title & Series: REBELLION (Extraction #2)
    Author: Stephanie Diaz
    Release date: February 10, 2015
    Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin
    Pages: 336
    Formats: Hardcover, eBook

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    It’s been seven days since Clementine and Logan, along with their allies, retreated into hiding on the Surface. The rebels may have won one battle against Commander Charlie, but the fight is far from finished. He has vowed to find a way to win—no matter the cost. Do the rebels have what it takes to defeat him…and put an end to this war?

    As Clementine and Logan enter a desperate race against time to defeat Commander Charlie—and attempt to weaken his power within his own ranks—they find themselves in a terrifying endgame that pits them against a brutal enemy, and each other. With every step, Clementine draws closer to losing Logan…and losing control of herself.

    Continuing with the mesmerizing saga that started with Extraction, Stephanie Diaz blends science fiction, epic romance, and heart-stopping adventure to create a world that no reader will soon forget.


    About Evolution

    Evolution Cover

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    Title & Series: EVOLUTION (Extraction #3)
    Author: Stephanie Diaz
    Release date: September 8, 2015
    Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin
    Pages: 320
    Formats: Hardcover, eBook

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    Clementine and Logan’s world is on the brink of destruction. An army of aliens from the distant planet Marden has arrived with a massive fleet of battleships, intent on finally putting an end to an age-old war. With the Alliance headquarters reduced to rubble and one of the rebel leaders close to death, Clementine and her friends have no choice but to retreat to the Core to escape the alien ships attacking the Surface.

    But safety in the Core means forming a temporary alliance with their sworn enemy. Though he’s a ruthless man they cannot trust, striking a bargain with him—his pardon in exchange for their help defeating the Mardenites—seems the only way the rebels might survive. The only way that Clementine and Logan might finally live in peace. But their hope for peace is short lived as they soon find out that Marden’s force is more powerful than anyone anticipated, with weapons and technologies never before seen on Kiel. Unless old feuds can be set aside long enough for a diplomatic solution to be found, all of Kiel’s people will be destroyed, and all of Clementine’s sacrifices will mean nothing.

    With pulse-pounding twists and turns, the stunning conclusion to the Extraction series will leave you breathless!


    About Stephanie Diaz

    Stephanie Diaz

    Stephanie first knew she wanted to be an author when she was in second grade, sitting in a book club drinking tea and reading books like The Egypt Game. She dreamed someday people might drink tea while devouring books she had written. She wrote her first book soon after, a 30-page fantasy story–complete with a hand-drawn map–stapled together and presented to her younger sister for a birthday present.

    Now twenty-two years old, she lives in San Diego with her family. She graduated from San Diego State University with a degree in film production and a publishing deal for a young adult sci-fi trilogy. She is the author of Extraction and the forthcoming Rebellion and Evolution.

    When she isn’t lost in other worlds, she can be found singing, marveling at the night sky, or fangirling over TV shows.



    In Bookish News: Read It Before You See It – THE SCORCH TRIALS Movie Tie-in Edition


    In bookish news today, James Dashner’s THE SCORCH TRIALS Movie Tie-in Edition releases. If you’ve read it before, now’s the perfect time for a re-read. If you haven’t, you still have time before the film releases on September 18th.

    And what better way to do it? Grab your copy of the Movie Tie-in Edition which comes with some awesome extras – see the news release below for details. Read more


    In Bookish News: Read Proud Listen Proud

    bookish_newsI am thrilled to be able to share the news about Read Proud Listen Proud, Penguin Young Readers and the Listening Library’s new resource for LGBTQ teens, parents, teachers and librarians.

    On the site (

    Readers can find suggested books and audiobooks highlighting LGBTQ issues and characters who are positive role models, along with author interviews and discussion guides. The site was inspired by the We Need Diverse Books movement and award-winning author Ann Bausum’s recent book, STONEWALL, one of the first nonfiction chronicles of the gay rights movement written for young adults.

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    The site will be launched this weekend at this year’s American Library Association annual conference in San Francisco. Both publishers will be giving away thousands of pairs of rainbow-colored sunglasses at the San Francisco Pride Parade and the Moscone Convention Center.

    To learn more be sure to follow the conversation on Twitter #ReadProudListenProud and check out the release below.

    The News Release


    Resource for educators, librarians and parents recommends LGBTQ-focused titles for teens, offers discussion guides, and more

    NEW YORK, NY (June 25, 2015)—Listening Library and Penguin Books for Young Readers announced today the launch of their joint campaign to highlight recommended LGBTQ books for young adults: Read Proud Listen Proud. The online resource is designed to spark discussion in the classroom and at home and to encourage understanding through storytelling, celebrating everyone for who they are.

    The conversation started by the We Need Diverse Books movement over the last year has demonstrated the need for inclusive literature for kids and teens. The teams at Listening Library and Penguin Young Readers worked together on Read Proud Listen Proud to provide educators and librarians who work with teens, as well as their families, reading and listening recommendations featuring LGBTQ characters, thought-provoking discussion guides, inspiring author interviews, and audio clips, all hosted at

    “Stories teach empathy and help people of all backgrounds to respect themselves and others,” said Cheryl Herman, Marketing Director, Listening Library. “Whether a book or audio is centered on LGBTQ-related issues or features a character who is a positive LGBTQ role model, that story helps to teach young readers and listeners how to be tolerant and loving towards others.”

    The campaign kicks off at the American Library Association’s annual meeting, held this year in San Francisco, where the two publishers will be giving away thousands of pairs of rainbow sunglasses during the conference as well as at the San Francisco Pride Parade on June 28, the anniversary of the raid and riot at the Stonewall Inn in New York City that catalyzed the modern gay rights movement.

    The history of the riot and the movement that followed is vividly brought to life in award-winning author Ann Bausum’s STONEWALL, one of the first nonfiction chronicles of the movement written for young adults and one of the key inspirations for Read Proud Listen Proud. The site includes interviews with Bausum and Tim Federle, narrator of the audio edition of STONEWALL and author of BETTER NATE THAN EVER; FIVE, SIX, SEVEN, NATE!, about its personal resonance to them and importance to young LGBTQ readers today.

    For additional listening suggestions, clips and author interviews about celebrating diversity of all kinds and promoting tolerance visit www.heardiversity.comand


    About Listening Library

    Since publishing its first audiobook in 1955, Jules Verne’s Around the World in 80 Days, Listening Library has grown into one of the biggest names in the youth audio industry. Listening Library titles have earned more than 300 ALSC and YALSA Audiobook Awards, 14 Odyssey Awards, 17 Audie® Awards, and two Grammy® Awards with bestselling series like J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter, Rick Riordan’s Percy Jackson and the Olympians and Christopher Paolini’s Inheritance Cycle. Our backlist also includes audio recordings of dozens of Newbery and Printz award-winning authors, including Kate DiCamillo and Christopher Paul Curtis. Listening Library is an imprint of Random House LLC, a Penguin Random House Company.

    About Penguin Young Readers

    Penguin Young Readers unite the best authors, illustrators, and brands from the Penguin Young Readers Group under one umbrella. Including a comprehensive mix of esteemed authors, favorite characters, nonfiction, and licensed properties, Penguin Young Readers feature a traditional numbered leveling system, as well as the Guided Reading leveling system, to ensure quick recognition for educators, parents, and kids.


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