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    The Extras: June


    Back with another “Extras” post. As some of you may already know…

    Whenever I find either a legal free download, an excerpt or sneak peek of a book online, I try to link to it in a related post or include the link in my sidebar (to your right).

    But once a month I’ll pop them into a post for a “one-stop shop” with a brief description. You may have previously seen some of these in my sidebar and one or two may still be lingering, well here they are once more in case you missed them. (My sidebar tends to have a LOT of info.)

    We have a few peeks at upcoming releases, just released books and some of them are just items that have been offered for free for awhile but you might have missed.

    And yes, I know it’s not June yet, but it’s a monthly post that I do around this time each month in anticipation.

    Imaginary Girls by Nova Ren Suma will be released on June 14, 2011.

    I love this cover and think it is beautiful and so captivating. The colors are just amazing. But apparently the story is dark and haunting, in stark contract to this bright and vivid cover.

    I haven’t yet read the sample chapters, as I don’t want to have to stop reading this book once I start, but I can’t wait until it’s released in June.

    Scribd is giving readers a peek at the first four chapters, HERE.

    The Strange Case of Finley Jayne by Kady Cross was released on May 1, 2011. It is a prequel novella to The Girl in the Steel Corset which will be released on May 24th in hardcover format and as an eBook on June 1st.

    It is being offered as a free eBook download from Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Of course I downloaded both versions for my eReaders. I’m excited to get a peek at the story prior to the full-length novel’s release.

    I will be reading this eBook just prior to reading The Girl in the Steel Corset and can’t wait to find out more about the world the author creates in this steampunk novel.

    I think the cover for The Girl in the Steel Corset is absolutely stunning and is what drew me to the book in the first place.

    Starcrossed by Josephine Angelini will be released on May 31, 2011.

    I am really excited to read this book and have refrained from checking out the excerpt as I also want to read this in full.

    This is another book with an absolutely gorgeous cover. And it seems like a lifetime since I’ve read a book about Greek mythology, so I’m really looking forward to start reading this one.

    Yet again, the awesome HarperTeen is giving readers a long look inside at the first 99 pages HERE.

    Graveminder by Melissa Marr will be released on May 17, 2011.

    Author Melissa Marr has written a creepy and disturbing-sounding novel in Graveminder and I cannot wait to read it. Graveminder is not a young adult title, but I’m not a young adult so it’s perfect.

    Even this cover is super creepy. And I did check out the excerpt and now really can’t wait until this comes out next week.

    The publisher, William Morrow, is giving readers a look inside, HERE.

    Daimon by Jennifer L. Armentrout was released on April 19, 2011. It is a prequel novella to the author’s upcoming book Half-Blood which will be releasing on September 15, 2011.

    This is an amazing book and leads right into the full-length novel. Daimon is not one of those short eBooks that just tease you with a few pages. This has a real storyline that gives you a great sense of the characters and even gives you a peek at the beginning of full-length book.

    As of May 10th, the folks at Spencer Hill Press have made this available for free download in multiple formats. CLICK HERE to download.


    And for one more chance to take a peek, here are a few books that are available now.

    Illusions by Aprilynne Pike was released on May 3, 2011. It is the third book in the Wings series.

    I adore this series. It’s sweet and fun and has a love triangle that will drive you mad.

    I don’t recommend reading this excerpt if you haven’t read the first two books in the series. But if you have, it gives you a nice peek.

    The folks at HarperTeen are giving readers a chance to look inside, HERE.

    Divergent by Veronica Roth was released on May 3, 2011 and is the debut novel for the author.

    I can’t wait to start reading this book as it’s had such high praise. I have not checked out the excerpt as I do own the book, which I will be reading soon.

    As always, HarperTeen is offering a peek inside, HERE.

    The Last Little Blue Envelope by Maureen Johnson was released on April 26, 2011.

    This book is a great follow-up to 13 Little Blue Envelopes and continues the story a few months after the first book ends.

    HarperTeen is giving readers a sneak peek HERE.

    (I just love HarperTeen’s Browse Inside section on their site and stalk it regularly.)

    Summer and the City by Candace Bushnell was released on April 26, 2011.

    I have not checked out this young adult series by the author, but I know it’s quite popular and I think this cover is adorable. What girl doesn’t want a quilted, pink clutch purse?

    Once again, HarperTeen is offering a look inside at the first 99 pages HERE.

    The Gathering by Kelley Armstrong was released on April 12, 2011.

    This is a new series by the author in the same world as her Darkest Powers series which will, at some point, cross over with that one. I can’t wait. I loved that series and am really enjoying this new one.

    An excerpt is available on the author’s website, HERE.

    The publisher is offering a longer excerpt on their website. CLICK HERE to read.

    Born at Midnight by C.C. Hunter was released on March 29, 2011. It is the first book in her new Shadow Falls series.

    I think this is a great new series by this author. I can’t wait until the second book, Awake at Dawn, comes out this fall – in October.

    For those who have read it and want to check out some deleted scenes, CLICK HERE.

    I don’t recommend reading it if you haven’t yet read the book.

    Turned at Dark by C.C. Hunter was released on March 15, 2011. It is a bonus story in the Shadow Falls series.

    What I like about this prequel novella is that it gives you a peek at a secondary character from the series, Della, and the events leading up to her arriving in Shadow Falls.

    It’s a nice, quick read and you don’t have to have read Born at Midnight to enjoy it.

    It is currently available as a free eBook download from Amazon. To download, CLICK HERE.

    Fallen From Grace by M.J. Putney was released on March 15, 2011 and is a bonus Dark Mirror short story.

    I haven’t yet read Dark Mirror so I’m not certain whether this can be read without having read the full-length book. I own both books, but to be on the safe side, I’ll be reading the full-length novel first.

    It is currently being offered as a free eBook download from Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    It’s a freebie, so of course I had to download and can’t wait to check it out.


    Quickie Review: Turned at Dark

    Turned at Dark is a bonus short story in the Shadow Falls series by author C.C. Hunter. It was released in eBook format only on March 15, 2011 in the U.S. It is currently available at Amazon for free download.

    It is published by St. Martin’s Griffin (a division of Macmillan).

    Goodreads description:

    Independent and strong-willed Della Tsang hadn’t believed in ghosts until she saw her dead cousin darting into the shadows of an alley. She hadn’t believed in vampires until in the dark of that same night she is turned into one.

    Introduced to a strange world of supernaturals, she struggles to accept this new reality. Unfortunately, the boy she loves senses something different about her and can’t accept her.

    Should she follow her vampire cousin’s lead–walk away from everything she’s knows and loves—and fake her own death? Or should she set her pride aside and ask for help from the camp leader of Shadow Falls—a camp where supernaturals go to learn how to cope with their powers.

    Either way, her life as she knows it, will never be the same.


    In Born at Midnight we meet Della Tsang, Kylie Galen’s vampire roommate at Shadow Falls camp. But Della wasn’t always a vampire. This is her story.


    Turned at Dark is a quick, fun and at times humorous short story about how Della became a vampire and how she ended up at Shadow Falls. It is a prequel to the full length book, Born at Midnight, which will be releasing in two weeks.

    This is a great way to introduce this new series, get a feel for the author’s writing style and meet one of the more interesting characters from Born at Midnight. And it will give readers the opportunity to learn a little more about Della and why she acts as she does.

    As this is releasing prior to the first book, it can obviously be read without having read Born at Midnight, although I’m glad I read it afterward. I already liked Della – she is one of my favorite characters – and was therefore much more interested in hearing about her transformation than I might have been had I not previously been introduced.

    The Turned at Dark eBook includes a sneak peek of Born at Midnight.

    Reviewer gives this book [rating=4]

    C.C. Hunter’s debut young adult novel, Born at Midnight will be releasing on March 29, 2011 in the U.S.

    Check out my “Book Watch” post for details or if you’d like to read my review, click here.