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    Quickie Clearing the Pile Giveaway #3

    I have a pile of books and ARCs for giveaway:

    The Giveaway

    The pile of books and ARCs pictured above to ONE winner – US ONLY

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    BLACK WIDOW: RED VENGEANCE by Margaret Stohl {Interview, Promo + Giveaway}

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    Last week I had the amazing opportunity to be a part of a group phone interview with Margaret Stohl about her upcoming release BLACK WIDOW: RED VENGEANCE (a wicked awesome sequel, btw).

    We each got the chance to ask a couple of non-spoiler-y questions about the Black Widow series and I’m thrilled to be able to share a few of my most favorite questions and answers with you today (and reveal who I think might make a great Red Widow)!

    I also have, courtesy of Marvel Press, an autographed copy of BLACK WIDOW: RED VENGEANCE for giveawayFor a chance to win just scroll down to the Rafflecopter for details and to enter.

    In anticipation of the interview, I received a copy of the book to read and some super awesome swag thanks to Marvel…

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    …and let me just say that this sequel is even more action-packed, epic and out-of-this-world amazing than the first book in the series. So if you haven’t already grabbed a copy of BLACK WIDOW: FOREVER RED, now is the perfect time – BLACK WIDOW: RED VENGEANCE releases next week on October 11th!

    To learn more about this book and series visit: books.disney.com.

    And if you’d like to be a part of the conversation on social media, don’t forget to tag #RedVengeance!


    About BLACK WIDOW: RED VENGEANCE

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    Title & Series: BLACK WIDOW: RED VENGEANCE (Black Widow #2)
    Author: Margaret Stohl
    Release date: October 11, 2016
    Publisher: Marvel Press
    Pages: 416
    Formats: Hardcover, audio, eBook

    Description…

    Emotions are dangerous, which is why the graduates of Moscow’s famed spy school the Red Room are taught to keep their enemies close and their loved ones at a distance. Black Widow and Red Widow, also known as Natasha Romanoff and Ava Orlova, forgot that lesson once, and they won’t forget it again.

    But the Widows have inherited something else from their shared Moscow past: a relentless need for vengeance—Ivan Somodorov is dead, but his network of terror remains.

    While the Widows search South America in order to extinguish a smuggling operation with ties to their old nemesis, their own Red Room not only attempts to assassinate them both but also hacks their secure S.H.I.E.L.D. network. As a result, Ava and Natasha find themselves thrust into a trying mission of international intrigue that takes them throughout the world and back to New York City, where their friends Dante and Sana become unlikely targets as well.

    Once again, nothing is as it seems, no one can be trusted, and no one is safe—not unless the Widows can stop a conspiracy involving stolen nuclear warheads, mind-altering chemical weapons, and ultimately, betrayal by old friends and enemies alike.

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    The Interview Questions & Answers

    We each got the chance to ask the author a couple of questions, but I’m also sharing a couple of my favorite questions asked by other participants and their answers.

    Fiktshun:  What was it like incorporating new characters, particularly Ava, into the Marvel universe and what was it like getting into the heads of existing characters like Natasha and Tony Stark?

    Ms. Margaret Stohl: Everybody who knows me knows that I have a wicked Tony Stark sitting on one shoulder at all times. I’m famous for writing Tony Stark banter. It’s the love of my life. I can’t not make terrible Tony Stark jokes. It’s sort of my alter ego.

    Mostly what my Marvel editors do is cut 70 pages of Tony Stark out of all of my books because he has a way of growing all over every page. I love putting Tony’s banter in, particularly with Natasha and Ava because Natasha gets so cranky at him, and because Ava’s like– who is this old guy like, retching on me, like, what’s going on? So they both have a different response to him. I just love characters so I love it when there’s a dynamic showing of understanding between three characters.

    It is amazing to create a character for the Marvel universe. As we finished doing the comic, the one shot for Ava, I got to see Alexei for the first time. Getting to see your babies in color is an amazing thing. I think I will never get over that.

    I look forward to seeing more Natasha and more Ava in Marvel comics. I love what they’re starting to do now with teen characters. And I also love that they’ve been so great about including me in their creative summit. They give me a monthly book and want to hear what a teen audience really cares about, which I think is amazing.

    Captain Marvel is also one of my favorite characters of all time. But I really love what they do with characters that are Ava’s age, it’s great.

    ***

    Fiktshun: If Marvel decided to add Ava to the cinematic universe, how stoked would you be, and if you could cast someone, who would you choose and why?

    [Of course what I meant to ask was, what would you do if Marvel added Ava to the cinematic universe… Gah, nerves!]

    Ms. Margaret Stohl: The answer to how stoked is obviously very stoked. And who I would cast, I don’t know, who would you cast?

    Fiktshun: I think even I can’t even imagine it. I was looking through all the other actresses and I couldn’t find anybody as kickass as Ava has come to be, especially in the second novel. That’s the difficulty.

    Ms. Margaret Stohl: I will have to think about that. I will really ponder that one. Even in Beautiful Creatures, I had no dream casting, and Kami really freaked out when Jeremy Irons was cast as Macon, because she imagined him in that role. I had never imagined anyone in that role other than Macon because he was Macon who lived in my head. That’s my approach.

    Fiktshun Update: So after the interview I ended up binge-watching a TV series with an actress who I thought might be great for Ava (even if she is a little bit older than the character). I could totally see her as fierce, and as a redhead. (And I think visually she’d work really well on-screen with the actress playing Black Widow).

    Yep, I totally could see Nicola Peltz as Ava Orlova. What do you think?

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    ComicBooked: My question is, for Natasha in this and the first book, I can kind of tell that you focused more on the comic character. However, did the movie version of Black Widow influence you at all in how you portrayed Natasha in the books?

    Ms. Margaret Stohl: Yes, I always have Black Widow from the movies in mind because I think she’s done such a great job for so many of my readers in bringing the Black Widow character to life. Black Widow has been around for 50 years, she really has had so many creators. But I specifically think that her current cinematic version is incredibly successful with the book. I’m a fan.

    ***

    ComicsWorthReading: Following up on what you alluded to with the extent of the character, did you find it daunting to deal with Natasha considering her long-existing continuity and such fan interest?

    Ms. Margaret Stohl: I did but I love the Marvel fans, that’s really why I’m here. And I often say both Marvel and Disney are very good at finding the right spirit-partner for all of these franchises. It is actually so daunting that nobody should take these jobs if they don’t have a passionate conviction or love for those characters.

    I particularly love the female heroes I work with, such as Black Widow, and then I had the honor of creating Red Widow. I just finished doing a one shot, my second Red Widow one shot, so a short comic that will come out called the– maybe that wasn’t announced. The Red Widow comic opens in conjunction with the release of this book.

    That was my dream, right, to create a Marvel character, so that’s been wonderful. And then again as I take on Captain Marvel, this is, for me– I’m a Marvel fan in that this is reality to me and this is where I want to be in my life. So everything that makes it terrifying also makes it the greatest job in the world, if that makes sense. Every time I get to work with one of these iconic woman Marvel superheroes, that’s me feeling like I’m in the room where it happens. These things matter intensely to me, that mattered to me growing up, that mattered to many of my teen readers and also to my teen kids, so it’s an honor.


    About Margaret Stohl

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    Margaret Stohl is the #1 New York Times best-selling co-author of the Beautiful Creatures novels (also a major motion picture) and the author of the instant New York Times best seller Black Widow: Forever Red, as well as a contributor to multiple Marvel comics. Previously, Margaret was a veteran of the video game industry, working as a writer and designer before co-founding 7 Studios with Lewis Peterson.

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    About BLACK WIDOW: FOREVER RED

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    Title: BLACK WIDOW: FOREVER RED (Black Widow #1)
    Author: Margaret Stohl
    Release date: October 13, 2015
    Publisher: Marvel Press
    Pages: 416
    Formats: Hardcover, audio, eBook

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    Description…

    Enter the world of the Avengers’ iconic master spy… Natasha Romanoff is one of the world’s most lethal assassins. Trained from a young age in the arts of death and deception, Natasha was given the title of Black Widow by Ivan Somodorov, her brutal teacher at the Red Room, Moscow’s infamous academy for operatives.

    Ava Orlova is just trying to fit in as an average Brooklyn teenager, but her life has been anything but average.The daughter of a missing Russian quantum physicist, Ava was once subjected to a series of ruthless military experiments—until she was rescued by Black Widow and placed under S.H.I.E.L.D. protection. Ava has always longed to reconnect with her mysterious savior, but Black Widow isn’t really the big sister type. Until now.

    When children all over Eastern Europe begin to go missing, and rumors of smuggled Red Room tech light up the dark net, Natasha suspects her old teacher has returned—and that Ava Orlova might be the only one who can stop him. To defeat the madman who threatens their future, Natasha and Ava must unravel their pasts. Only then will they discover the truth about the dark-eyed boy with an hourglass tattoo who haunts Ava’s dreams. . . .

    Black Widow: Forever Red features all the heart-pounding adventure readers expect from Marvel, written by #1 New York Times best-selling author Margaret Stohl. Uncover a new side of the Marvel Universe that will thrill loyal fans and newcomers alike, as Stohl reveals the untold story of Black Widow for the very first time.

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    The Giveaway

    What’s up for grabs…

    • One (1) winner will receive an autographed copy of BLACK WIDOW: RED VENGEANCE by Margaret Stohl

    ** Giveaway is open to US addresses only. Prizing and samples provided by Marvel Press. **

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    Top 10 of 2015: Best Book Covers of 2015

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    Welcome to Day Two of the Top 10 of 2105

    A WEEK OF LOOKING BACK…

    …AND LOOKING FORWARD

    As I mentioned yesterday…

    This is my fifth year co-hosting this event with Jaime of Two Chicks on Books, my fourth year co-hosting with Mindy of Magical Urban Fantasy Reads, and my second year co-hosting with Nancy of Tales of a Ravenous Reader. Wow that’s a lot of years. But this event is so much fun, that I’m thrilled to be able to do it again in 2015.

    If you haven’t yet heard of the Top 10 of 2015 week-long event, in a nutshell it’s where we share our favorite bookish lists and invite you to share yours over the next five days by leaving your post links in the daily Linky Lists.

    Once again, we’re each hosting our own giveaways on four of the five days of this challenge – I’m hosting Day One’s giveaway, Two Chicks on Books is hosting today’s Day Two giveaway, Tales of a Ravenous Reading is hosting Day Three’s giveaway, and Magical Urban Fantasy Reads is hosting Day Four’s giveaway. So be sure to check in with each of our blogs this week.


    Best Book Covers of 2015

    Today’s topic is:

    Best Book Covers of 2015

    There were so many interesting and beautiful and eye-catching covers in 2015 I wish I could share them all. But I had to pick only ten of my favorites for purposes of this post. And while, for me, in the past it was often about the girls in gorgeous dresses, this year it is all about covers that are bold and graphic and different and stunning.

    #1

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    ICE LIKE FIRE by Sara Raasch – AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE | GOODREADS


    #2

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    RED QUEEN by Victoria Aveyard – AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE | GOODREADS


    #3

    SixofCrows

    SIX OF CROWS by Leigh Bardugo – AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE | GOODREADS


    #4

    TheStarsNeverRise

    THE STARS NEVER RISE by Rachel Vincent – AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE | GOODREADS


    #5

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    A SONG FOR ELLA GREY by David Almond – AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE | GOODREADS


    #6

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    THE GIRL AT MIDNIGHT by Melissa Grey – AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE | GOODREADS


    #7

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    ROOK by Sharon Cameron – AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE | GOODREADS


    #8

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    BLACK WIDOW: FOREVER RED by Margaret Stohl – AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE | GOODREADS


    #9

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    FIREWALKER by Josephine Angelini – AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE | GOODREADS


    #10

    DeathMarked

    DEATH MARKED by Leah Cypess – AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE | GOODREADS


    Honorable Mentions

    For my honorable mentions I’ve opted to choose a few of my favorite covers for books I either haven’t yet read or haven’t yet reviewed.

    So those are my favorites. What are yours?


    Leave a link to your Best Book Covers of 2015 posts in the Linky List below…



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    Review: BLACK WIDOW: FOREVER RED

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    Title: BLACK WIDOW: FOREVER RED
    Author: Margaret Stohl
    Release date: October 13, 2015
    Publisher: Marvel Press
    Pages: 416
    Formats: Hardcover, audio, eBook

    Description…

    Enter the world of the Avengers’ iconic master spy… Natasha Romanoff is one of the world’s most lethal assassins. Trained from a young age in the arts of death and deception, Natasha was given the title of Black Widow by Ivan Somodorov, her brutal teacher at the Red Room, Moscow’s infamous academy for operatives.

    Ava Orlova is just trying to fit in as an average Brooklyn teenager, but her life has been anything but average.The daughter of a missing Russian quantum physicist, Ava was once subjected to a series of ruthless military experiments—until she was rescued by Black Widow and placed under S.H.I.E.L.D. protection. Ava has always longed to reconnect with her mysterious savior, but Black Widow isn’t really the big sister type. Until now.

    When children all over Eastern Europe begin to go missing, and rumors of smuggled Red Room tech light up the dark net, Natasha suspects her old teacher has returned—and that Ava Orlova might be the only one who can stop him. To defeat the madman who threatens their future, Natasha and Ava must unravel their pasts. Only then will they discover the truth about the dark-eyed boy with an hourglass tattoo who haunts Ava’s dreams. . . .

    Black Widow: Forever Red features all the heart-pounding adventure readers expect from Marvel, written by #1 New York Times best-selling author Margaret Stohl. Uncover a new side of the Marvel Universe that will thrill loyal fans and newcomers alike, as Stohl reveals the untold story of Black Widow for the very first time.

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    NOTE: This review is based on an ARC received from the publicity agency in exchange for my honest thoughts about the book.


    The Review

    BLACK WIDOW: FOREVER RED is an exciting and electrifying and action-packed story that gives readers a peek into the life of one of S.H.I.E.L.D.’s most mysterious and kick-ass agents, Natasha Romanov. It uncovers details of her past. It reveals chinks in her armor that suggest that she might not be as cold-hearted as she’d like everyone to believe. It introduces a new character, Ava Orlova, whose past and present are intertwined with the Black Widow’s. And it sends them both on a quest for answers and a mission to take down their mutual enemy.

    Ava Orlova would never forget the red-haired woman who rescued her from the clutches of Ivan Somodorov. She owed her life to this woman who’d called her sestrenka, little sister. This hero who promised she’d be there for her whenever she needed her. But after years spent locked up in one of S.H.I.E.L.D.’s military bunkers with no answer to her many requests to see her and years spent on the streets of Brooklyn fighting for her survival, Ava wanted nothing to do with her. She might never be able to forget what the Black Widow had done for her, but she wasn’t going to forgive her for what she didn’t do.

    Natasha Romanov had no intention of coming back into Ava’s life. As long as she was safe there was no reason to. But when it appears that the man responsible for both of their tortured pasts is alive and going after Ava, she is forced to step in. Because if she wants answers as to why Ivan is coming for Ava after all these years, she’ll need to keep Ava alive. And, even if she won’t admit it, she cares whether Ava lives or dies.

    Author Margaret Stohl created a fantastic new addition to the Marvel Universe with her Black Widow story – a story that is just as much Ava’s story as it is Natasha’s. She expanded on the character that is the Black Widow, bringing more of her past and her family’s past into the light, allowing her to show just a tiny bit of humanity, and giving her another dangerous mission to complete, this time with two untrained civilians in tow.

    The author created two new key characters – Ava and Alex – whose connection to and with each other is fascinating, bewitching, and a bit of a mystery, and allowed for a touch of romance in this otherwise action-filled tale. And she paired them up with the Black Widow, but made no promises that the outcome would be a happy one.

    The story alternates between three of its most integral characters’ points of view – Natasha’s, Ava’s and Alex’s – allowing for a more expansive view of what’s going on. The start of most chapters begins with a S.H.I.E.L.D. Line-of-Duty Death Investigation transcript that teases information about what happened to the three of them and where things might have gone wrong. And throughout, it offers cameos of one of the most charming of the Avengers.

    BLACK WIDOW: FOREVER RED is a thrilling and riveting and heartbreaking read. It delivers two kick-ass heroines, one of whom is legendary, a surprising hero, a world that is both familiar and new, a villain who is beyond evil, a deadly mission, and some comic relief in the form of a much beloved Avenger. There will be surprises. There may even be a few tears. And it will be impossible to put this story down before the adventure ends.

    The Rating

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    About Margaret Stohl

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    Margaret Stohl is the #1 New York Times bestselling co-author of the Beautiful Creatures series. Her solo books include Icons and Idols. Before writing her first novel, Stohl was a veteran of the video-game industry, working with Activision (now Activision Blizzard) and Westwood Studios (now Electronic Arts). Margaret later became a cofounder of 7 Studios with her husband, Lewis Peterson. She has previously been nominated for Most Innovative Game Design at the Game Developers Conference. She lives in Santa Monica, California with her husband and daughters.

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    Margaret Stohl On Tour

    Click the image to visit the author’s website for more details!

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    FIRST & THEN Book Superlative Blog Tour + Giveaway

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    I am so excited to be today’s stop on the FIRST & THEN Book Superlative Blog Tour. Not only because I had such a fun superlative, but because it’s FIRST & THEN’s release day!

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    This was such a fun idea for a tour, and I loved checking out all the stops to see what each of the bloggers had to say about their superlatives. If you’d like to follow along, the tour schedule with direct links to all the stops is at the bottom of this post. And if you’d like to check out the tour page on Fierce Reads, just click the banner at the top of this post or the tour graphic a bit further down.

    For my stop today I get to talk about the “Friendliest Author(s) on Twitter.” And while I normally ramble endlessly about who I think is awesome and why I think they’re awesome, I decided to do so in a way that was less words, more pics. And of course there are plenty more than just the authors I chose to include, but I managed to narrow it down just a bit.

    My tour stop also includes a giveaway for a copy of FIRST & THEN. This is an amazing book and a total must read. If you’d like to know what I thought about it, my review is HERE. But if you haven’t yet heard about FIRST & THEN check out the description – with a link to an excerpt – below.

    And if you want to see who I think is super sweet on Twitter, scroll down just a bit further to find out!


    About FIRST & THEN

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    Title: FIRST & THEN
    Author: Emma Mills
    Release date: October 13, 2015
    Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
    Pages: 272
    Formats: Hardcover, audio, eBook

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    Description…

    Devon Tennyson wouldn’t change a thing. She’s happy silently crushing on best friend Cas, and blissfully ignoring the future after high school. But the universe has other plans. It delivers Devon’s cousin Foster, an unrepentant social outlier with a surprising talent, and the obnoxiously superior and maddeningly attractive jock, Ezra, right where she doesn’t want them–first into her P.E. class and then into every other aspect of her life.

    With wit, heart, and humor to spare, First & Then is a contemporary novel about falling in love–with the unexpected boy, with a new brother, and with yourself.

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    Friendliest Authors on Twitter

    This list is by no means all-inclusive. But I have listed a few of my favorite friendliest authors on Twitter. And of course I had to list the very awesome author of FIRST & THEN – Emma Mills – first, because her tweets are as super sweet as her book.

    If you’d like to follow any of the authors below on Twitter, just click their graphic and you’ll be taken to their Twitter.

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    About Emma Mills

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    Emma Mills is a debut author better known to her subscribers as vlogger Elmify. She is also cocreator and cohost of the “life skills” channel How to Adult.

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    The Giveaway

    ONE (1) finished copy of FIRST & THEN by Emma Mills – US ONLY

    • Prize will be sent from the publisher
    • Giveaway is US ONLY
    • There will be ONE (1) winner
    • Must be 13 or older to enter
    • Giveaway ends on October 25th at 11:59 p.m. Pacific

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    The Tour Schedule

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    BLACK WIDOW: FOREVER RED Giveaway

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    I am super stoked to be hosting an awesome giveaway for a BLACK WIDOW Prize Pack which includes a copy of Margaret Stohl’s BLACK WIDOW: FOREVER RED and a branded tank top.

    If you haven’t yet had the chance to pre-oder a copy of this very-soon-to-be-released title, now’s the perfect time. Because BLACK WIDOW: FOREVER RED releases on Tuesday and there’s still time to join in the pre-order campaign.

    The details on that campaign follow below. But, below that, there’s also some information on BLACK WIDOW: FOREVER RED and its author, Margaret Stohl. The Rafflecopter for the giveaway follows at the end of the post, so don’t forget to scroll all the way down for a chance to win this seriously fantastic prize pack.


    The Pre-order Campaign

    Pre-order Black Widow: Forever Red before October 13, 2015 and get a limited edition, exclusive print featuring Black Widow and Red Widow, who is making her comic book debut in  MOCKINGBIRD: S.H.I.E.L.D. 50TH ANNIVERSARY #1. The print will be signed by #1 New York Times best-selling author Margaret Stohl!

    Once you’ve pre-ordered from your preferred retailer, fill out THIS FORM with your order confirmation and address to receive your poster.

    Click on any retailer below to go to their pre-order page:

    AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE | iTUNES | BOOKS-A-MILLION | INDIGO | INDIEBOUND

    READ MORE ABOUT RED WIDOW IN MOCKINGBIRD: SHIELD 50TH ANNIVERSARY #1

    READ ABOUT THE BLACK WIDOW: FOREVER RED TOUR HERE.

    Prints will ship at the end of October. Limit one per household. Offer only valid in the US and Canada.


    On Social Media

    If you’d to follow along on social media, the official campaign hashtag is #BlackWidowBook.

    You can also follow along using these hashtags:

    • #BlackWidow
    • #ForeverRed

    You can find the author and publishers on Twitter:

    And you can find them all on Instagram:


    About BLACK WIDOW: FOREVER RED

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    Title: BLACK WIDOW: FOREVER RED
    Author: Margaret Stohl
    Release date: October 13, 2015
    Publisher: Marvel Press
    Pages: 416
    Formats: Hardcover, audio, eBook

    Read an EXCERPT

    Description…

    Enter the world of the Avengers’ iconic master spy… Natasha Romanoff is one of the world’s most lethal assassins. Trained from a young age in the arts of death and deception, Natasha was given the title of Black Widow by Ivan Somodorov, her brutal teacher at the Red Room, Moscow’s infamous academy for operatives.

    Ava Orlova is just trying to fit in as an average Brooklyn teenager, but her life has been anything but average.The daughter of a missing Russian quantum physicist, Ava was once subjected to a series of ruthless military experiments—until she was rescued by Black Widow and placed under S.H.I.E.L.D. protection. Ava has always longed to reconnect with her mysterious savior, but Black Widow isn’t really the big sister type. Until now.

    When children all over Eastern Europe begin to go missing, and rumors of smuggled Red Room tech light up the dark net, Natasha suspects her old teacher has returned—and that Ava Orlova might be the only one who can stop him. To defeat the madman who threatens their future, Natasha and Ava must unravel their pasts. Only then will they discover the truth about the dark-eyed boy with an hourglass tattoo who haunts Ava’s dreams. . . .

    Black Widow: Forever Red features all the heart-pounding adventure readers expect from Marvel, written by #1 New York Times best-selling author Margaret Stohl. Uncover a new side of the Marvel Universe that will thrill loyal fans and newcomers alike, as Stohl reveals the untold story of Black Widow for the very first time.

    AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE | iTUNES | BOOKS-A-MILLION | INDIGO | INDIEBOUND | DISNEYGOODREADS


    About Margaret Stohl

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    Margaret Stohl is the #1 New York Times bestselling co-author of the Beautiful Creatures series. Her solo books include Icons and Idols. Before writing her first novel, Stohl was a veteran of the video-game industry, working with Activision (now Activision Blizzard) and Westwood Studios (now Electronic Arts). Margaret later became a cofounder of 7 Studios with her husband, Lewis Peterson. She has previously been nominated for Most Innovative Game Design at the Game Developers Conference. She lives in Santa Monica, California with her husband and daughters.

    WEBSITE | TWITTER | FACEBOOK | INSTAGRAM | GOODREADS


    The Giveaway
    Enter the world of the Avengers’ master spy!

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    I have an awesome giveaway for…

    • A BLACK WIDOW Prize Pack – which includes a copy of BLACK WIDOW: FOREVER RED and a branded tank top – ONE winner

    ***Giveaway is US only. Prizing and samples provided by Marvel Press.***

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    In Bookish News: YALLWEST Comes to Santa Monica April 11th & 12th

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    If you live in SoCal or will be visiting the area on Saturday, April 11th or Sunday, April 12th be sure to stop by YALLWEST presented by Epic Reads at Santa Monica High School (Saturday) or the Santa Monica Public Library (Sunday) to meet some of the most awesome YA authors – including Ransom Riggs, Marie Lu, Veronica Roth, Leigh Bardugo, Marissa Meyer, Libba Bray – who will be speaking and signing books.

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    To check out the full schedule CLICK HERE.

    And to see ALL the amazing authors who will be in attendance CLICK HERE.

    To find out more about the event, its founders, presenters visit YALLWEST at…

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    YALLWEST SANTA MONICA


    The Press Release

    YA BESTSELLERS BRING NATION’S BIGGEST YA BOOKFEST TO L.A.

    #1 New York Times Bestseller Ransom Riggs to headline, 37 New York Times Bestsellers & 36 Local Authors to Attend YALLWEST, New Santa Monica Public Library Festival

    YA is finally coming home to L.A., and not just on the big and little screen. New York Times bestselling authors Margaret Stohl (Beautiful Creatures) and Melissa de la Cruz (Witches of East End) are launching the city’s first YA book festival, YALLWEST, presented this year by Epic Reads in cooperation with the Santa Monica Public Library. The festival goes live on April 11th, 10:00 AM to 8:00 PM at Santa Monica High School (601 Pico Boulevard) and April 12th, 12:00 PM to 5:00 PM at the Santa Monica Public Library (601 Santa Monica Boulevard).

    YALLWEST is a west coast sister festival to the five-year-old, Charleston-based YALLFEST, currently the biggest and most celebrated young adult book festival in the country, also co-founded and co-organized by Stohl, and co-organized by de la Cruz. Approximately eight thousand readers attended last year’s November festival.

    Ransom Riggs, author of the #1 New York Times bestselling novel, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, which Tim Burton brings to the big screen in 2016, will give the inaugural keynote address. “Whether books or TV or movies, L.A. is a town that loves to tell stories,” Riggs said. “I’ve studied film here and I’ve written books here—and a festival that celebrates both is a great fit for me and for YA.” Both Riggs and his wife, bestselling YA author Tahereh Mafi (Shatter Me), are Santa Monica locals and serve on the festival’s board.

    Eighty authors and artists will round out the two-day roster, including thirty-seven New York Times bestsellers and thirty-six additional local and acclaimed authors. The full author list and schedule of appearances and panels will be announced in early March.

    In true L.A. style, panels will feature authors, artists, musicians and book-to-film Hollywood notables. YA author cover band Tiger Beat, fronted by bestselling author Libba Bray, will play the Saturday event at Santa Monica High School’s Barnum Hall.

    In addition to Stohl, de la Cruz, Mafi and Riggs, the YALLWEST Author Board includes Pseudonymous Bosch (Secret Series), Marie Lu (The Young Elites), Holly Goldberg Sloan (Counting by 7’s), Leigh Bardugo (Shadow and Bone), Veronica Roth (Divergent), Gayle Forman (If I Stay), Brendan Reichs (Virals), Kami Garcia (Beautiful Creatures), Richelle Mead (Vampire Academy), Ally Condie (Matched) and Mike Johnston (Frozen). The Santa Monica Public Library team is headed up by Robert Graves, Ivy Weston, and Maria Carpenter.

    The majority of the festival events are free, with the exception of four ticketed events. Tickets may be purchased in advance at www.yallwest.com. Visit the festival’s website, @yallwest Twitter feed, YALLWEST Tumblr and Facebook pages for the most up-to-date details and a complete list of the festival’s sponsors.

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    And if you aren’t in the area, this may be one you’ll want to head to sunny Southern California for because the lineup is AMAZING!

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