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    Giveaway: WILDEFIRE Trilogy

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    Wildefire-Trilogy

    Today is the release date for AFTERGLOW, the final book in Karsten Knight’s Wildefire trilogy which makes me very, very happy. Because now everyone will get the chance to read it and talk about EVERYTHING that happened in this final book in the series.

    But I am also sad to see this series come to an end. It is an amazing series, one of the most original YA series I’ve read, if not the most original. It’s also one of the most well-written, action-packed and exciting. And while I can’t wait to see what else this incredibly talented author comes up with, I am not at all ready to say goodbye to these characters.

    Ashline Wilde may not be the easiest character to love at first glance – she’s a volcano goddess whose temper takes “fiery” to a whole other level – but her fierce determination, her independence, her willingness to fight for what she thinks is right and her wicked awesome powers makes her a character you can’t help but adore, respect and fear just a tiny bit as you get to know her. Her sarcastic wit is also a huge plus.

    Each and every one of these books received my off-the-menu rating because they were just that fan-freaking-tastic – I’ll be posting my AFTERGLOW review on Friday, but yes, this series-ending book did not disappoint. Not after the first read, and not after the second. And I know, after a series re-read, I’ll be no less in love with it than I am right now.

    For those of you who have not yet met Ashline, Eve, Colt, Wes and the other characters in this series, I wanted to be able to share this series so that you can meet them. And so I’m giving away two sets of these books for giveaway.

    For those who met them but haven’t met all of them, you are also welcome to enter the giveaway, and if you win it just means you’ll have one or two books to give away to a friend who hasn’t.

    And for those of you who have not yet heard about this series or this author, there is some information about them below, including links to a couple of excerpts offered by the publisher.

    I could go on and on and continue to gush and ramble, but as I’ve already done that in my reviews, I think I’ll just say HAPPY BOOK BIRTHDAY AFTERGLOW!

    About Karsten Knight

    Karsten Knight

    Karsten Knight has been writing since the age of six, when he completed his first masterpiece: a picture book series about an adventurous worm.

    In the two decades that have followed, Karsten has worked as a proofreader, a bookseller, and a college admissions counselor before he finally decided that his true calling was to be a volcano goddess biographer.

    He lives in Boston, and for more information or to watch his video blog, visit KarstenKnight.com.

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    The Wildefire Trilogy

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    About Wildefire

    Every flame begins with a spark.

    Ashline Wilde is having a rough sophomore year. She’s struggling to find her place as the only Polynesian girl in school, her boyfriend just cheated on her, and now her runaway sister, Eve, has decided to barge back into her life. When Eve’s violent behavior escalates and she does the unthinkable, Ash transfers to a remote private school nestled in California’s redwoods, hoping to put the tragedy behind her.

    But her fresh start at Blackwood Academy doesn’t go as planned. Just as Ash is beginning to enjoy the perks of her new school—being captain of the tennis team, a steamy romance with a hot, local park ranger—Ash discovers that a group of gods and goddesses have mysteriously enrolled at Blackwood…and she’s one of them. To make matters worse, Eve has resurfaced to haunt Ash, and she’s got some strange abilities of her own.

    With a war between the gods looming over campus, Ash must master the new fire smoldering within before she clashes with her sister one more time…

    And when warm and cold fronts collide, there’s guaranteed to be a storm.

    Series: Wildefire #1
    Publication Date: July 26, 2011
    Pages: 400
    Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
    Formats: Hardcover, paperback, eBook

    To read an excerpt at Simon & Schuster, CLICK HERE.

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    Embers & Echoes by Karsten Knight

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    About Embers & Echoes

    A teenage Polynesian volcano goddess fires up her search for love and family in this sequel to Wildefire.

    Leaving the fiery ruins of her sophomore year behind her, volcano goddess Ashline Wilde travels to the sizzling beaches of Miami, hot on the trail of the little sister she’s only seen in visions. But she soon discovers that a cult of evil gods-on-earth, known as the Four Seasons, has kidnapped her sister. Soon, the streets of Miami erupt in chaos and violence…and Ash gets caught right in the tropical crossfire.

    Meanwhile, unexpected romance arrives in the form of Wes, an Aztec god of night with his own vendetta against the Four Seasons. And when a mysterious trickster from her past reappears to derail her new quest, Ash must choose between the echoes of a once-forgotten yesterday and the embers of an uncertain future. Because when old flames return from the dead, even a volcano goddess can get burned.

    To read an excerpt at Simon & Schuster, CLICK HERE.

    Series: Wildefire #2
    Publication Date: August 28, 2012
    Pages: 480
    Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
    Formats: Hardcover, paperback, eBook

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    About Afterglow

    The action thrills and the passion burns in this red-hot conclusion to the Wildefire trilogy.

    Teenage volcano goddess Ashline Wilde discovers that her former love, Colt Halliday, has an evil plan to kill the Cloak, the benevolent beings that oversee the gods. And that’s not all—he also wants to merge Ash and her two sisters back into a single, too-powerful goddess, Pele. Ash must stop her trickster-god ex-boyfriend once and for all…and to do it, she’s going to have to feed a few flames.

    Series: Wildefire #3
    Publication Date: November 12, 2013
    Pages: 336
    Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
    Formats: Hardcover, eBook

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    The Giveaway

    What’s Up for Grabs?

    A set of WILDEFIRE, EMBERS & ECHOES and AFTERGLOW in format of the winner’s choosing – TWO winners

    The Deets

    • Must be 13 or older to enter
    • There will be two winners
    • Giveaway ends on November 18, 2013 at 11:59 p.m. Pacific
    • Giveaway is open to wherever The Book Depository ships
    • Books will be ordered from Amazon or The Book Depository depending upon location
    • Winners will be chosen by Random via Rafflecopter
    • Winners will be contacted by email and announced in the Rafflecopter
    • Winners will have 48 hours to respond after notification

    There are no requirements to like or follow. Just leave a comment and if you’d like gain a few extra entries you can do so by following the author, adding the books to Goodreads, etc.

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    Book Watch: Afterglow

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    AFTERGLOW by Karsten Knight will be released in the U.S. on November 12, 2013 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in both formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, the print edition is 336 pages.

    AFTERGLOW is the third and final book in author Karsten Knight’s Wildefire trilogy.

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    I didn’t even have to look to see what books were releasing the week of November 12th. I’ve had AFTERGLOW‘s release date committed to memory for what feels like forever. It was going to be the book I spotlighted this week no matter what other books were coming out the same week. It’s my most anticipated release and has been since long before I actually got my hands on this final book and devoured it.

    It was an epic finish to an absolutely phenomenal series. One that will forever stand out as a favorite.

    I loved the possibility of this series before I ever read the first word. And after I did I fell immediately and madly in love with it. It was different and brilliant and the writing was gorgeous. And with each book it just got better and better.

    This final installment in the series was so far beyond amazing. I could not tear my eyes away from the moment I picked it up to the moment I turned to the final page. And when that happened I didn’t want to. Saying goodbye was not at all easy.

    I only read it just the once, though I wanted to read it again and again. But as it is a signed and printed ARC I didn’t want to risk any bent or damaged pages. However I can’t resist the chance to read it just one more time before the final version is released. So it will my very next off-pile read.

    As I don’t want to spoil this last book for those who haven’t yet read it and I don’t want to spoil the series for those who haven’t yet met Ashline Wilde, I don’t even want to talk about what’s mentioned in the description. But I will just say that this series was, is, amazing. AFTERGLOW is action-packed, it’s riveting. It was everything I hoped it would be. Though I wish it wasn’t goodbye.

    While there aren’t a million books releasing the week of November 12th, even if it was up against any number of favorites, AFTERGLOW would still have been the only one I’d consider as the book to watch this week. I read it. I fell head-over-heels in love with it. Yes, there were tears. Yes, there were times that I was so unbelievably anxious. Yes, I may have held my breath during certain scenes… many of them.

    And, yes, this book couldn’t have been more awesome if it tried.

    I have been waiting for its release for over a year. I have been counting down the months, weeks and now, finally, days – just 18 left. I have been dying to talk about this book with those who have read it. And I have been anxiously awaiting its arrival on both my Kindle and my doorstep.

    So, yeah, you better believe that AFTERGLOW is the book to watch this week.

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    About the Book

    Goodreads description:

    The action thrills and the passion burns in this red-hot conclusion to the Wildefire trilogy.

    Teenage volcano goddess Ashline Wilde discovers that her former love, Colt Halliday, has an evil plan to kill the Cloak, the benevolent beings that oversee the gods. And that’s not all—he also wants to merge Ash and her two sisters back into a single, too-powerful goddess, Pele. Ash must stop her trickster-god ex-boyfriend once and for all…and to do it, she’s going to have to feed a few flames.

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    THIS WICKED GAME by Michelle Zink

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    Review: Embers & Echoes

    Embers & Echoes by Karsten Knight releases today, August 28, 2012, in the U.S. in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to order online in both formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Published by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, the print edition is 480 pages.

    Embers & Echoes is the second book in the Wildefire trilogy by author Karsten Knight. The third book, Afterglow, is slated for release in 2013.

    Goodreads description:

    Fan the flames: A teen goddess fires up her search for love and family in this sequel to Wildefire.

    Ashline Wilde may have needed school to learn that she is actually a reincarnated goddess, but she’s ready to move beyond books. She leaves her California boarding school behind and makes for Miami, where she meets a new group of deities and desperately seeks her sister Rose, the goddess of war. But she’s also looking for love—because even though her romance with Cole had to be snuffed, Ash is a volcano goddess—and she doesn’t get burned.

    This sequel to the edgy and action-packed Wildefire continues a fiery drama on an immortal scale.

    Ashline Wilde wanted nothing more than to leave Blackwood Academy behind and to escape the memories of everything that happened that May. But as she learned when she arrived at Blackwood, you can’t always run from your past.

    It will follow you. And ignoring it can have devastating consequences. Consequences she’s still reeling from.

    But when her end of year plans take a drastic turn, she decides to face what she’d been trying to avoid and heads to Miami to track down the sister she knows only from visions. Her six-year-old sister Rose.

    With barely any information to go on, she only knows that she has to try. Because her latest visions reveal that Rose could be in even more danger than she was before. And returning to Scarsdale without her is not a future Ash is willing to accept.

    Being a volcano goddess may have its perks, a fiery temper not always being one of them, but it also means that things can turn deadly. Fast.

    So when the search for her sister lands her in the path of a group of gods and goddess that have a bloodthirsty agenda, Ash must decide whether saving her sister is enough or whether she will have to become a hero for all of humanity.

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    Embers & Echoes is the dynamic, riveting, wildly entertaining and action-packed follow-up to Karsten Knight’s powerhouse debut novel Wildefire. This sequel, that brings together gods and goddesses from around the globe, not only packs a punch, but has an easy flow that will make the pages fly.

    The author doesn’t just continue this incredibly unique story. He broadens the setting, lengthens the timeline, enlarges the cast of characters and expands the world. And he does all this in a way that feels natural to the story, right for the characters and easy to follow for the reader.

    Embers & Echoes picks up where it left off in the first book, just moments after Wildefire’s jaw-dropping conclusion. With no pause in the timeline, the story is able to continue at its break-neck pace and pull readers right back into Ash’s story.

    Leaving Blackwood Academy behind her, Ashline Wilde sets off on a quest to find her younger sister. One that will introduce her to new friends and put her face-to-face with old enemies. One that holds the promise of a new love but will make her confront an old one. And one that will put her life at risk time and time again.

    Author Karsten Knight has crafted a story that is inventive, exciting, shocking, heartbreaking and utterly spellbinding. With characters that don’t fit a stereotype or behave predictably and a plot that does the same, Embers & Echoes will keep readers on edge, continue to astound and leave them wondering just what happened.

    With its beautiful and fluid writing that brings both crushing and heartrending losses and surprising and violent ends, this sequel allows readers to make a stronger emotional connection with the characters and story. It puts the heroine in more dangerous and challenging situations that force her to make difficult life and death decisions with consequences that she’ll have to live with. And it leaves the door open for a number of possible outcomes, many of which couldn’t possibly end happily.

    Embers & Echoes is an absolute must read second book in this series for those who enjoy exquisitely crafted stories that have an incredibly strong heroine who never could be – or would allow herself to be – called a damsel in distress, stories that include a diverse mix of mythological gods and goddesses and stories that will transport them into a world that is dark, deadly and filled to the brim with action.

    Reviewer gives this book…

    Like In-N-Out Burger‘s infamous secret menu this one deserves my off-the-menu 6 star rating.

    On a personal note:

    If I could give this book as many stars as it would take to fill the night sky I would. Embers & Echoes was so utterly amazing. It grabbed me from the moment I read the start of the first line, “Ashline Wilde lay battered on the side of the Pacific Coast Highway…” and it didn’t let up for one single second.

    This book was intense. It was action-packed. It was everything that Wildefire was, but so much more. Where Wildefire was wicked and kick-a** awesome, Embers & Echoes took it to the next level of awesome, the “Oh my gods, oh my goddesses did that just really bleeping happen?” kind of awesome.

    I could not believe how packed full of everything this book was. There was nail-biting suspense. There was a lightning fast pace. There were peeks into another time. There were peeks into another place. There were gods and goddesses aplenty. There was romance. There were heaps upon heaps of danger. There were some of the most wicked fight scenes I’ve ever read in YA.

    And there were moments of tenderness and heartbreak that stopped my heart from beating, stole my breath and left me utterly devastated. Yes, this author broke my heart in not one, but two centuries.

    Oh and of course there was a good boy, a bad boy and a not-so-good girl that took center stage.

    And yet it didn’t feel overstuffed. It didn’t feel over the top. It didn’t feel like some kind of superpower convention.

    Every single character in this story was important. Every single character was fascinating and interesting and either detestable, lovable, a little bit of both, or just plain terrifying. Every moment was one I wanted to read. Every place that Ash went was one that I wanted to go along with her.

    And every heartbreaking moment was one I felt to my very core. Especially with what happened to… No, I wasn’t really going to say who. Okay, maybe I did say who, but that’s what the backspace key is for.

    There is so much I want to talk about that I can’t. I want to explain why my heart broke over certain words the author put down on the page. Words that are causing me to tear up again as I think back on them. I want to talk about just what happened to those gods and goddess and what it could mean for the other characters.

    I want to talk about the past. I want to know what is going to happen next. I want to know why I am rooting for a character I probably shouldn’t be rooting for. I want to know why certain characters have certain motivations. I want to know whether I should be as terrified of a certain character as I am.

    And I want to talk about a certain Hopi Trickster and what I really think about them. But I can’t do that either.

    What I can say is that I loved this book both times I read it. That love is not even close to a strong enough word for what I feel about it. That I will be reading this book again and again. That it’s a book that I never will forget. That it’s a book that was able to transport me instantly to this author’s world when nothing else allowed me an escape. And that while there seemed to be so very many pages, the story ended all too quickly.

    In the year since I’d first read Wildefire I forgot just a little bit how amazing this author truly is. I forgot how much I loved his writing. I forgot how captivated I was by his characters. I didn’t think it was possible that he could follow up that book with one that was even more spectacular, even more surprising, even more riveting, but he did. And I never expected for him to make me cry. But he did that too.

    I never like to use words like “poignant” or “compelling” in my reviews as I feel like those words are above my pay grade and best left to those who do this for a living. But Embers & Echoes was compelling and at times poignant and the way the author crafted each sentence, each paragraph, each scene, each chapter was absolutely masterful.

    So…um…yeah…. To say I liked this book just a little bit would be the understatement of the century.

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    Favorite passage:

    I have a million-and-a-half favorite passages. Well, maybe not that many, but it’s close. Some were just so meaningful and relevant. Some were fun and snarky. Some were kick-a**. And some were heartbreaking.

    After much internal debate I chose this one, in which I have eliminated one of the speaker’s names as it would be spoiler-y.

    “Did we . . . Was there ever a happy ending for us?” she asked. “Any of the times?”

    [He] wet his lips and gave her the smallest of smiles. “The odd thing about living forever is that the word ‘ending’ doesn’t apply to us. But just because there are no happy endings, doesn’t mean you can’t hope for a ‘happy-for-now.”

    Then he was gone.

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    This review is based on an ARC I received from the author and contains my honest opinions about the book.

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    Authors Are Rockstars Tour: Karsten Knight Interview, Guest Post + Giveaway

    Today is the first day of the Authors Are Rockstars Tour and I am so unbelievably excited to be able to welcome Karsten Knight to the blog. He is one of my top five favorite debut authors of 2011 and is one of my favorite authors of all time… and no, it’s not because of his videos.

    No, really it’s not.

    Wildefire was one of my most anticipated reads of 2011. I was so unbelievably lucky to get the chance to read it early and it was every bit as awesome as I thought it would be. And so much more. Karsten Knight is one seriously talented author. He completely blew me away with his writing. He kinda rocked my world.

    And it wasn’t just Wildefire but Embers & Echoes… though I’m not quite ready to talk about that just yet, so I’ll let a brief passage speak for me instead.

    Your dress ignites again, not on purpose this time. This is a dry, uncontrollable wildfire fueled by an ocean of dark thoughts. Your flesh turns to molten rock, cracking in places to let the magma fluoresce through. A corona extends from your body outward, outward, until the fire streams up the walls, over the seats beside you, over the dashboard controls….

    Yeah. Wow. A poet with his words. A total rockstar.

    As an author, Karsten Knight surprised me. His videos, some of which you will have a chance to watch, below, show a disarming, charming and incredibly humorous side of him. But his writing shows depth, intensity and beauty.

    And the way he ends a book? Killer. Absolutely killer.

    So, aside from all that, why do I think he’s a rockstar?

    He isn’t afraid to take chances with his stories, characters and worlds. He has created a seriously kick-a** heroine that not only doesn’t blend in with the crowd but crushes it.  His writing is beauty. His words bewitching. His characters entertaining. His stories riveting. His series amazing.

    And while I love his videos, its his writing that makes him a rockstar. His videos… well… they just make him one heck of an awesome personality.

    In case you haven’t “met” him yet, here’s just a little bit about him…

    About the Author

    … as if he really needs any introduction!

    Karsten Knight has been writing since the age of six, when he completed his first masterpiece: a picture book series about an adventurous worm.

    In the two decades that have followed, Karsten has worked as a proofreader, a bookseller, and a college admissions counselor before he finally decided that his true calling was to be a volcano goddess biographer.

    He lives in Boston, and for more information or to watch his video blog, visit KarstenKnight.com.

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    To find out more about Karsten Knight on Simon & Schuster’s website, such as his greatest fear and his biggest pet peeve, CLICK HERE.

    Q. We think authors are amazing. You are our rockstars. Do you have an author or authors that you look up to or are inspired or amazed by?

    I think my two favorite YA novels in recent memory have been IMAGINARY GIRLS by Nova Ren Suma and MARCELO AND THE REAL WORLD by Francisco X. Stork. But lately, I’ve been reading a lot of adult literary fiction. Maggie Shipstead’s SEATING ARRANGEMENTS actually made me laugh like a mad man in public while I was listening to the audiobook–I got a lot of weird stares. And Dennis Lehane’s DARKNESS, TAKE MY HAND made me afraid to go out at night for about a month.

    [Fiktshun: Loved IMAGINARY GIRLS! And I will definitely have to check out DARKNESS, TAKE MY HAND if it’s that chilling.]

    Q. For those who don’t already know, your series’ main character, Ashline Wilde, is a Polynesian Volcano Goddess – I don’t think I’m spoiling anything as it is in your brief bio. I don’t know if it would be possible to create a character more different from yourself than Ash is from you… unless you are really a Polynesian Volcano Goddess and you haven’t been forthcoming with your fans. Hmmm… What’s been the most difficult part of sharing a brain with this particular character over the course of the series?

    I joke a lot about how writing from a female POV is easy, because I grew up with two sisters…but honestly, the biggest challenge in writing Ashline Wilde has been the reincarnation issue. The central premise of the WILDEFIRE trilogy is that all the gods and goddesses from every pantheon around the world–Polynesian, Aztec, Mayan, Shinto, Roman, Norse, etc–are reincarnated on Earth every century with no memories of their previous lives. And yet, lifetime after lifetime, they still find each other, and the sparks fly…romantically and violently.

    In Ash’s case, by the time you finish the trilogy, you’ll get to see her in four lifetimes: as a modern-day American teenager; as a bank robber in 1920s New Orleans; as a protector of the Hawaiian islands in the 1830s; …and a time period I can’t divulge right now. So each lifetime, Ash might have the same face and the same fiery, volcanic powers, but the novels explore how different cultures, time periods, and environments can shape us. Essentially, I had to write four variations of the same character–you know, since Prohibition-era outlaws are probably just a *teensy* bit different from a 21st Century teenager raised by attorneys in Upstate New York.

    [Fiktshun: I really can’t see how writing a Prohibition-era outlaw would be any different from writing a teen raised in Upstate New York…. But seriously, I think it’s amazing that you have been able to take your characters on such journeys, not only geographically but through time and lifetimes. So far – as I haven’t yet had a peek at AFTERGLOW – you have done such an amazingly brilliant job.]

    Q. Your books offer the YA market something a little bit different than the norm. Your characters are diverse and your female main character is stronger, fiercer, and more independent than most. How did you “pitch” the story to publishers? And how would you best describe your books to someone who hasn’t yet read them?

    I wrote most of this series while I was getting a Master’s degree in Writing for Children at Simmons College, which is where I began to study a lot of trends and conventions that are overused in YA…particularly paranormal and dystopian fiction. My main goal while writing this trilogy was to try not to lean on any of those crutches, at all costs.

    You’ll notice just from the table of contents in each book that even the story structure is kind of weird–each section is a single day, instead of a short chapter. As I mentioned before, the stories also jump from century to century without much warning. Some people are going to love Ashline’s story, while some people will inevitably hate it; but I’ll call it a success as long as you turn the last page of AFTERGLOW when it comes out next year and say, “Well…that was different.”

    [Fiktshun: I have no doubt in my mind that I will turn to that last page and think it was different. I also have no doubt that it will have been an entirely exciting adventure. Ash may not be the most lovable – and probably not much of a hug-able – character, but she is incredibly unique and, to me, has such an appealing personality. I also have no doubt that I will turn to that last page of that last book and wish there were more.]

    Q. Without revealing too much, which of the three books in your series was your favorite to write? Which was the most challenging? What was your favorite scene to write? And if you have finished writing the series, how tough has it been to say goodbye to your characters? Is killing them off easier than saying goodbye or are both just as tough?

    That’s like asking a mother to pick her favorite child…though I’m sure my mother would, without hesitation, answer, “Karsten.” All three books are so different that sometimes they almost don’t seem like they belong in the same series. EMBERS & ECHOES (which comes out August 28th) is the darkest of the three books, so it was really challenging to balance the grimness and violence with Ashline’s sense of humor. AFTERGLOW was probably my favorite to write, because I finally got to bring the story to my hometown: Boston!

    The epilogue of AFTERGLOW was easily my favorite scene to write…ever. There’s no non-spoilery way to describe it, but I will say a) it brings the story “full circle,” b) it will mess with your head, and c) if it leaves you feeling chilled but chuckling darkly to yourself, then you probably read it correctly.

    As for killing off characters, the good news: when you write a book about reincarnation, they never stay dead for long…

    [Fiktshun: I’d forgotten how modest you were. Though, if I recall, your mother helped you choose a winner in an ARC contest of yours last year and she seemed incredibly proud of you, so maybe she would in fact pick you. And yes, EMBERS & ECHOES was dark. Deliciously dark. Wonderfully dark. Perfectly… okay, I’ll stop. I hadn’t realized just what a tease you could be. Now I’m even more desperate to find out what happens in AFTERGLOW and especially in that epilogue. These next thirteen or so months will be incredibly long….]

    About Wildefire

    Every flame begins with a spark.

    Ashline Wilde is having a rough sophomore year. She’s struggling to find her place as the only Polynesian girl in school, her boyfriend just cheated on her, and now her runaway sister, Eve, has decided to barge back into her life. When Eve’s violent behavior escalates and she does the unthinkable, Ash transfers to a remote private school nestled in California’s redwoods, hoping to put the tragedy behind her.

    But her fresh start at Blackwood Academy doesn’t go as planned. Just as Ash is beginning to enjoy the perks of her new school—being captain of the tennis team, a steamy romance with a hot, local park ranger—Ash discovers that a group of gods and goddesses have mysteriously enrolled at Blackwood…and she’s one of them. To make matters worse, Eve has resurfaced to haunt Ash, and she’s got some strange abilities of her own.

    With a war between the gods looming over campus, Ash must master the new fire smoldering within before she clashes with her sister one more time… And when warm and cold fronts collide, there’s guaranteed to be a storm.

    Find it: AMAZON, BARNES & NOBLE, GOODREADS, FACEBOOK

    To browse inside Wildefire courtesy of Simon & Schuster, CLICK HERE.

    About Embers & Echoes

    Fan the flames: A teen goddess fires up her search for love and family in this sequel to Wildefire.

    Ashline Wilde may have needed school to learn that she is actually a reincarnated goddess, but she’s ready to move beyond books. She leaves her California boarding school behind and makes for Miami, where she meets a new group of deities and desperately seeks her sister Rose, the goddess of war. But she’s also looking for love–because even though her romance with Cole had to be snuffed, Ash is a volcano goddess–and she doesn’t get burned.

    This sequel to the edgy and action-packed Wildefire “continues a fiery drama on an immortal scale.

    Find it: AMAZON, BARNES & NOBLE, GOODREADS

     And, if an interview weren’t enough, this spectacular, rockstar author shared his…

    “Why You Shouldn’t Divorce a Polynesian Volcano Goddess”

    This is the video I filmed at Simon & Schuster’s author studio in NYC. One of the reasons I love my publisher is that they’ve been completely supportive of my weirdness. Evidence: typically authors take these interviews very seriously, discussing the inspiration for their work, why it’s important to them, etc. I asked my publisher, “how about we just film three minutes of me saying random nonsense?” They obliged.

    [Fiktshun: Gotta say it – Best. Publisher produced video. Ever.]

    “Why You Shouldn’t Write Your Novel on an Etch-a-Sketch”

    A retrospective look at some of my earliest written fiction. I was a very prolific six-years-old. Also, my cat Maverick makes a cameo.

    [Fiktshun: Prolific indeed. You can easily see what a talent this author will become from his earlier works.]

    “The Top 10 Things That May Surprise You About WILDEFIRE”

    Probably the first and last time I will ever use the phrases “fire-breathing dolphin” and “I’m a sassy unicorn.”

    [Fiktshun: I’d love to put a wager down on whether those two phrases will be repeated. I was glad to learn the characters don’t wear “brightly-colored spandex.” I am surprised not surprised to learn the author does…. I am curious as to whether that priceless My Little Pony collection ended up on eBay. And, for the record, I have not once misspelled the title for the author’s book. I have, however, misspelled “wildfire” on numerous occasions ever since. ]

    “Karsten Summarizes Seven Years in Two Minutes”

    This is one of the only vlogs I’ve taken semi-seriously. I was having a nostalgic, reflective week a few summers ago while working on EMBERS & ECHOES, so I made a video scrapbook of the last 7 years of my life, leading up to WILDEFIRE’s publication.

    [Fiktshun: I did not know the author was a talented singer, too. Loved the personal photo slideshow and the author’s wistful stare into the distance just before the end shots. Made me just a bit reflective, too.]

    “The Karsten Knight Holiday Spectacular”

    I think I spent most of this vlog discussing why I should be the next Bachelor on ABC. I stand by this assertion.

    [Fiktshun: While I think the author might make an excellent candidate for ABC’s The Bachelor, I’d be a little afraid of just what it would do to his writing….]

    Wow! I am just so unbelievably thrilled to have had the opportunity to interview you here on the blog and to have you share five of your favorite vlogs. While I might have added “Sunday Runs a Risky Business” to list, I have to agree that they are some of your best vlog moments.

    So, thank you so much for participating in the Authors Are Rockstars Tour. Thank you for being such an amazing writer. Thanks for creating stories that I will never forget, characters I will love and hate for all time and endings that continue to shock and surprise me.

    You have been such a rockstar to me long before this event and you will continue to be one long after.

    What’s up for grabs:

    A signed copy of Wildefire by Karsten Knight (original hardcover) – to TWO WINNERS and

    A pre-order of Embers & Echoes (ordered from Amazon or The Book Depository) – to FOUR WINNERS

    The deets:

    1. One entry per household.

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    4. Giveaway is International.

    5. Contest ends on Wednesday, August 15th at 9:01 p.m. Pacific.

    6. Winners will be chosen by Random.org through Rafflecopter and announced on August 15th in this post.

    7. Prizes will be awarded based on the order Random chooses. The first two winners will be for the signed books, the next four will be for the pre-orders.

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    Top 10 Characters in 2011 – Villains

    Today is day four of Top 10 of 2011.

    Top 10: A Week of Looking Back….
                                    ………and Looking Forward.

    You can still sign up if you haven’t already, there is still time to participate. Just click on the banner above to read the details in the original post and sign up with the Linky.

    I was so excited to be invited by Jessica from Confessions of a Bookaholic and Lisa from A Life Bound By Books to co-host this event along with my very best blogger friends Jaime & Patricia from Two Chicks on Books.

    This was probably the easiest of all the posts to create, as I don’t feel too bad about forgetting villains. But wow, I really wish I had created these much, much earlier so that instead of fretting over who to choose I could have spent my time stalking everyone else’s posts.

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    Today’s topic is “Top 10 Characters in 2011” and I chose VILLAINS. And why not? Villains are awesome. They’re what make us love the heroes and heroines even more. They’re the ones we love to hate.

    Without a villain in any of our paranormal or urban fantasy stories they’d be pretty boring. What would Harry Potter be without “He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named”? A cute story about a boy who went to magic school. Fun for pre-schoolers maybe but not as enjoyable for readers of all ages.

    We want someone to root against. We want someone for the hero or heroine to defeat in the end. We want someone to create that drama that we love, the tension and angst we feel as we read our favorite stories. Without the villain we’d have none of that.

    Now, not all villains are created the same. There are some that are the baddest of the bad, with no redeeming qualities whatsoever. But there are also those that may have a chance at redemption. And still others who may not be quite good enough to be redeemed, but have brief flashes of goodness which make them sympathetic characters.

    These are the villains, the ones who shine brightly if only for just a moment, that I tend to love just a little bit more. Okay, well, maybe not “love” exactly, but definitely find more interesting.

    I always enjoy a devious, sexy, evil – but not so evil – villain. And if he happens to be a demon, well that’s even better.

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    Top 10 Villains in 2011

    1.

    The Warden

    I don’t know anyone more evil than the Warden in the Escape from Furnace series by Alexander Gordon Smith. I’ve read three of the books in this series this year and, by far, the Warden is the most villainous. Though I haven’t really had a chance to meet Alfred Furnace. I know he’d be way more evil. But I really, really don’t want to meet him.

    One look from the Warden and prisoners get lost in the soulless depths of his eyes. He instills fear in all who hear his voice. And he sends in monsters to kill without mercy. His cruelty is unfathomable. Yeah, he’s definitely villain number one.

    2.

    Avari

    Avari is a hellion. He’s power hungry. He’s greedy. He’s fixated on Kaylee. He loves to savor the memories he strips from those he controls. He takes pleasure in people’s pain. So, yes, Avari is no doubt a villain.

    There are no particularly redeeming qualities in Avari. But he is definitely charming. And interesting. And the fact that he sees Kaylee as being quite worthy of his attention shows that he has good taste.

    So, while I never could imagine being BFF’s with Avari, he’s definitely a villain I’d love to see more of in this series. And he’s definitely a villain I love to hate.

    3.

    Luke

    You may have seen Lucifer on my list of Book Boyfriends yesterday. Well, he’s also one of my very favorite villains. He’s both. He is a master manipulator. He is devious. He is spiteful. He is vengeful. He is cruel.

    But he is incredibly sexy and charming and dangerous. And while redemption is probably the farthest thing from what he’d want or what he’d be entitled to, he is capable of doing good and being good, even if it’s only to further his evil motives.

    Luke is a villain I love to love. And no matter what he does in this series, I can’t imagine ever hating him. He can’t help who he is after all.

    4.

    The Magister

    There’s just something about the evil tinkering men in these steampunk novels that give me the heebie-jeebies. Well, the Magister is one of these characters – a twisted, sick-minded, creeptacular villain. The kind of villain that gives me the chills, makes me want to take a boiling-hot, industrial-strength shower just to rid myself of the ick.

    I can’t imagine anything good about the Magister. I don’t claim to understand his motives. I don’t know that even if I did, I’d sympathize. His creations, this clockwork army he’s building, are twisted and so incredibly wrong. And his strange fascination with Tessa makes me want to protect her.

    Yeah, the Magister totally belongs here in the top half of my list of villains. And no, I do not think he’s sexy or mysterious. Ewwww. No.

    5.

    Lucien Fallon

    There are a couple characters I have consider villains in this series – Catherine Lansing and Jason Thorpe – but I ultimately decided that while they aren’t model citizens, they haven’t crossed the line to being full-fledged villains. Yet…. I’m sure that will change as the series progresses.

    But Lucien Fallon is a whole other matter. He’s dangerous. He’s evil. He’s dead-set on getting what he wants no matter what the cost.

    While it’s in his nature to be a villain, to do all the things that he does, I don’t allow him the same leniency I might for a much hotter, sexier villain. Lucien is just bad news and a little smarmy. He’s an attorney after all.

    Which makes Lucien a villain that I absolutely love to hate.

    6.

    Warner

    There was much shock and dismay by most of those who saw Warner on my list of Top 10 Book Boyfriends. He’s not exactly great book boyfriend material. The whole imprisoning, torturing and forcing a girl in the hopes that she’ll grow to like him are probably not what most people consider lovable qualities.

    They’re not. They’re his villainous qualities. The qualities that make me love to hate him. But it’s Warner’s vulnerable side, the side that made me see just how much like Juliette he really is, just without that inner strength that makes her good, that makes him a possibly redeemable villain.

    And while he became more cruel, more evil, as the story went on, I still hold out hope for him. I have a love/hate relationship with Warner and until the author does something to completely change his character, he will always be one of my favorite villains and book boyfriends.

    7.

    The Machinist

    I would have loved to say that Jack Dandy was the villain in this story, but he really wasn’t. He was just an awesome bad boy.

    But the Machinist, who is hellbent on creating a clockwork army is seriously bad news. He’s one of my favorite villains that I’ve met this year because he’s one of the few that are just bad. Not sexy. Not redeemable. Simply diabolical.

    His clockwork contraptions are super creepy and extremely dangerous. And his motives, while not completely apparent, are definitely not pure of heart. No, the Machinst isn’t a villain that you love to hate, he’s just a villain you hate. And I really, really hate him.

    8.

    Evelyn Wilde

    There is another villain in this story that I wanted to include here. But as revealing who they are would be a huge spoiler for those who haven’t read the book, I chose to add them anonymously to my dishonorable mentions list.

    But Wildefire didn’t have just one villain. There’s Eveline Wilde. And she is definitely a villain. And the one and only female on my top ten list.

    Eve is powerful and violent, power hungry and cruel. She’s manipulative and deceitful and ungrateful and willing to do whatever it takes to win – even if it means taking down others who stand in her way.

    Where her sister Ashline has a heart, Eve has none. Where Ash shows compassion, Eve only shows contempt. In my book that makes her a villain. And I love, love, love to hate her.

    9.

    Cole

    Ahhh Cole. Cole is one of my very favorite book boyfriends. He’s got the whole sexy and charming thing going on. He’s a musician. He’s gorgeous. He’s immortal. But he is also a villain.

    He is manipulative. He drains the life force from others just to sustain and extend his own. He is secretive. And he would do almost anything to get what he wants. Especially when it comes to Nikki.

    But he isn’t creepy. He isn’t the darkest of evil. And he is definitely a villain that I love to love and hope I never, ever grow to hate him.

    10.

    Arawn

    Arawn, the Erlking, is another quasi villain. He’s the leader of the Wild Hunt and is controlled by the hunt. He’s power hungry. And he, too, is manipulative.

    He’s motivated by his need to be free from those who order him around. He’s violent. He’s dangerous. He will let nothing get in the way of what he wants.

    But he is also so incredibly sexy and smart, and not inherently evil. He manipulates, but not always in ways that will harm others, even if it is almost always for his own gain.

    While I see Arawn for the villain he is, I have never once hated him. And I do think he can be redeemed if he ever thought he might want to be.

    ***

    I wish I could have said Morganstern, though I haven’t read a TMI book this year, or a Harry Potter, so I can’t say Snape.

    There are a few other villains that I’d have loved to have included on my top ten list, but unless you’ve read the books you won’t know they’re villains. And I’m all about not spoiling things.

    So, I thought I’d give an anonymous shout out to those, plus a couple others that I think are bad news and deserve to be on the list, here.

    Dishonorable Mentions

    Unnamed – Soul Thief by Jana Oliver – If you’ve read it you’ll know! Were you shocked?

    Unnamed – Wildefire by Karsten Knight – Did you even guess? I had my suspicions.

    Unnamed – Supernaturally by Kiersten White – Knew it all along. But oooh. Unbelievable.

    Vivian – Hushed by Kelley York – for being all sorts of crazy bad.

    The Red King – Smokeless Fireby Samantha Young – for being evil and not at all sexy.

    ***

    This event ends tomorrow. Each day I have been posting a different list of top ten favorites. Tomorrow’s topic will be Top 10 Books I’m Looking Forward to in 2012, which I already know will be my worst nightmare. It’s not even 2012 and I know of at least fifty so far, so there’s no way I’ll be able to narrow that list to ten. NO. WAY.

    I’m also supposed to be coming up with year-end stats, but as I read only ARCs and eBooks I have no idea what page counts I have. However, I will have a very different number of books read in 2011 than the ones I have listed on Goodreads or on my 2011 Reads widget, because I don’t count books I haven’t also reviewed or books I’ve re-read in either of those places.

    If you’d like to see what the previous topics were, check out the original post or the update post for more details.

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    Top 10 Books I’ve Read in 2011

    Today is the first day of Top 10 of 2011.

    Top 10: A Week of Looking Back….
                                    ………and Looking Forward.

    If you haven’t yet signed up, there’s still time to participate. Just click on the banner above to read the details in the original post and sign up with the Linky.

    I was so excited to be invited by Jessica from Confessions of a Bookaholic and Lisa from A Life Bound By Books to co-host this event along with my very best blogger friends Jaime & Patricia from Two Chicks on Books.

    Of course I didn’t really think about what this would entail. Especially as I’m not someone who’s really very good at putting together top ten lists. This post has caused me sleepless nights – yes, it’s true – and took over four hours to actually pull together.

    I don’t really think of books in order of most favorite to least favorite, they’re either favorites or they’re not. So, this was definitely a challenging way to end the year.

    ***

    Today’s topic, “Top 10 Books I’ve Read in 2011” was the hardest for me. It was so tough for me to pick, that I decided to cheat the system.

    Forget about honorable mentions, I’ve created two lists – Top 10 Debut Books I’ve Read in 2011 and Top 10 Non-Debut Books I’ve Read in 2011.

    Not that it made it much easier, but there was just no way I could narrow it to only ten. I’ve listed my Top 10 Debut Books below and my Top 10 Non-Debut Books will be revealed in my post on Fiktshun’s Ramblings tomorrow for the Top 10 Tuesdays meme I participate in on that blog.

    While there are a few books that I absolutely loved, that are top-of-my-list favorites like Angelfire, Unearthly and Delirium, apparently I read all of those in 2010 and can’t list them in either post.

    So, here is my attempt at narrowing my list of favorite debut books down to just ten….

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    Top 10 Debut Books I’ve Read in 2011

    1.

    A Touch Mortal by Leah Clifford

    (Amazon, Barnes & Noble)

    If anyone didn’t guess I’d pick A Touch Mortal as my number one debut book I’ve read in 2011 then they really don’t know me too well. I think I’ve talked about this book endlessly. I’ve read it umpteen times. Yes, that is a word and umpteen is just how many times I’ve read it.

    2.

    Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi

    (Amazon, Barnes & Noble)

    This book slaughtered me with its awesomeness. I was not able to instantly recover after reading it. So I had to read it again. And it killed me. Again. I listed it as my number two book, because it’s still clinging to me. Making my heart ache.

    3.

    Wildefire by Karsten Knight

    (Amazon, Barnes & Noble)

    You may have heard me ramble on and on about my love for this book and its jaw-dropping ending. If you haven’t, then we just met this past few months. Because I could talk of little else but this book from the moment it landed in my mailbox until months after I’d read it. Seriously kick-a**.

    4.

    Half-Blood by Jennifer L. Armentrout

    (Amazon, Barnes & Noble)

    I fell so in love with this book earlier in the year when I read it. It has turned me into a slightly obsessed Jennifer Armentrout fan. And she has many of those. Well, I am one of them. Half-Blood is amazing and her heroine Alex is seriously awesome. Of course Aiden is no slouch either. Yum.

    5.

    Everneath by Brodi Ashton

    (Amazon, Barnes & Noble)

    Yes, this is a 2012 release, but I’ve read it in 2011 so I have to list it here, even if I haven’t yet reviewed it. This is another book that clings to me. I cannot even think about some of the passages in this book without it feeling like my heart is being squeezed. And so, there was no way Everneath would be left off my list of top 10’s this year.

    6.

    Witch Eyes by Scott Tracey

    (Amazon, Barnes & Noble)

    I live in torment awaiting the sequel to Witch Eyes. I want to head back to Belle Dame, okay not in reality because that place is seriously dangerous, but as it exists for me as a reader. I want to get enveloped once more in the beautiful writing, find out who has demon eyes and see just what sorts of hell the author will put Braden and Trey through in book two.

    7.

    Shattered Souls by Mary Lindsey

    (Amazon, Barnes & Noble)

    How could a book full of snark, sarcasm and beauty not make my top ten list? It couldn’t. This book is gorgeous from its cover to its story to its characters. Lenzi is all sorts of amazing. I don’t think I smiled or laughed out loud – yes, it’s not just an expression – when reading a book quite as often as I did while reading Shattered Souls. Talk about a great character and story to connect to.

    8.

    Divergent by Veronica Roth

    (Amazon, Barnes & Noble)

    I am still asking myself what’s wrong with me. This was on my original DAC list for the year and I only read it this past week. This book was, is and always will be full of win. I love the world – not that I’d want to live there – and I love Tris. Yes, everyone goes on and on about Four, but Tris is so much more awesome than he is. It’s really nice to meet a super strong heroine that gets to take center stage instead of the boy every so often.

    9.

    Die for Me by Amy Plum

    (Amazon, Barnes & Noble)

    Who knew I could love beings, aside from vampires, that weren’t exactly alive? I didn’t. Revenants are so much sexier than zombies. And Jules and Vincent are two of my very favorite revenants. I haven’t been able to get this story – but even more so its characters – out of my mind since I read it those many, many months ago. And I’ve been dying for the sequel ever since.

    10.

    Starcrossed by Josephine Angelini

    (Amazon, Barnes & Noble)

    Oooh, I loved this book. I loved the gods and goddesses and loved the promise of what is still to come in Dreamless. The ending – as is the case with most of my favorites – has left me in torment. I can’t wait to read more. I read this book three times this year and loved it each and every time.

    ***

    If I could pick just two more books they would have to be Blood Magic by Tessa Gratton and Dead Rules by Randy Russell. Oh I hate all things ten. I really do.

    If you’d like to see what my Top 10 Non-Debut Books I’ve Read in 2011 are, head over to Fiktshun’s Ramblings tomorrow.

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    This event runs through Friday, and each day I will be posting a different list of top ten favorites. Tomorrow’s topic will be Top 10 Book Covers of 2011, which will be a much easier list to come up with, though sorting them is an entirely different matter…. (And, no. I did not create tomorrow’s list yet.)

    If you’d like to see what the rest of the topics will be, check out the original post or the update post for more details.

    ***

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    The Extras: September

    Yes we’re back with this month’s “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.

    I know I’m a little late this month, but better late than never. Especially for free stuff! And since I am a little late, I’ve included a peek at an October release I can’t wait for.

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    Beautiful Chaos by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl will be released in the U.S. on October 18, 2011.

    Beautiful Chaos is the third book in the Beautiful Creatures series. The title really says it all. According to the description, when Ethan Wate returns home, Gatlin has gone haywire and is in complete chaos. If that wasn’t enough, his dreams, which are haunted, don’t seem to be staying dreams anymore.

    But the worst thing of all is that the description promises, “this time there won’t be a happy ending.”

    Oh. No.

    To get a look at the first thirteen pages, CLICK HERE.

    The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson will be released in the U.S. on September 20, 2011.

    The Girl of Fire and Thorns is the first book in a new series of the same name. The second book, Crown of Embers is slated for publication in 2012 and the third book, The Bitter Kingdom in 2013.

    This is the story of a girl who is meant to fulfill a prophecy, who is secretly married to a king and whose enemies hunt her. It’s a story of a princess who meets a man who sees her differently from everyone else and to whom she may just fall in love.

    I’m intrigued.

    To get a long look inside courtesy of the publisher, CLICK HERE.

    Enthralled by Melissa Marr, Kelley Armstrong, Rachel Vincent and many, many more, will be released in the U.S. on September 20, 2011.

    Enthralled is an awesome collection of paranormal stories written by some of the top authors in the genre, including Rachel Vincent, Claudia Gray, Melissa Marr, Rachel Caine, Kelley Armstrong, Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl, with the common thread of “journeying” to tie them together.

    This has been a book I’ve been dying to get my hands on for months. I’m glad the wait is now less than two weeks.

    To get a nice long look inside, courtesy of HarperTeen, CLICK HERE.

    Cold Kiss by Amy Garvey will be released in the U.S. on September 20, 2011.

    Cold Kiss is author Amy Garvey’s young adult debut and it sounds absolutely heartbreaking. Wren loses her boyfriend in a car accident. She brings him back from the dead, but it sounds as if Danny isn’t quite who he used to be and she begins to fall for someone else.

    No matter what she chooses to do, I can’t imagine any of those choices being easy or being painless, and I do expect there might be some tears involved with this read.

    Once again HarperTeen is giving readers a long look inside, HERE.

    Beautiful Days by Anna Godbersen will be released in the U.S. on September 20, 2011.

    Beautiful Days is the second book in the Bright Young Things series. If you haven’t yet read the first book in the series, Bright Young Things is currently being offered as a free eBook download at Amazon and Barnes & Noble. (See the very next Extra in this post.)

    This series is set in 1929 during the Jazz Age in New York and follows Cordelia Grey, Letty Larkspur and Astrid Donal. This sequel continues their story during an age when the nights are filled with parties and excitement.

    And with a description that hints at even more danger, heartbreak and romance, this is a new series I can’t wait to discover.

    To get a sneak peek courtesy of the publisher, CLICK HERE.

    Bright Young Things by Anna Godbersen was released in the U.S. on October 12, 2010.

    This is the first book in a series set during the Jazz Age in 1929 New York. Two small town girls, Cordelia and Letty, head to the big city, one seeking stardom and the other trying to track down her father. And when they arrive, they discover a world that is opulent, exciting and dangerous.

    The story also introduces Astrid, a beautiful and wealthy flapper, who comes from a family with much to hide. Bright Young Things is just the beginning of each of their stories.

    Bright Young Things is currently being offered as a free eBook download at Amazon and Barnes & Noble and includes Bonus Material.

    To download the eBook from Amazon, CLICK HERE.

    To download the eBook from Barnes & Noble, CLICK HERE.

    Fateful by Claudia Gray will be released in the U.S. on September 13, 2011.

    This new book, with its beautiful cover, by author Claudia Gray is set aboard the Titanic where the passengers consist not only of humans, but of werewolves. While the future of the ship is certain, the fates of Tess, the main character, and Alec, the boy she falls in love with, are not.

    Whether it’s Alec’s dark past or the ship’s tragic end, things do not look promising for the future of these two characters, who have the odds seriously stacked against them.

    HarperTeen is giving readers a long look inside, HERE.

    Drink Slay Love by Sarah Beth Durst will be released in the U.S. on September 13, 2011.

    Drink Slay Love sounds like it will be a whole lot of fun and a story filled with all sorts of sarcastic goodness. The main character is a teenage vampire who happens to develop a conscience after being stabbed by a unicorn. A unicorn! And since she is able to see her reflection and walk around during the day, she may just be becoming human.

    As someone who is now straddling both worlds, she’ll eventually have to make a choice who to side with.

    And according to the description there will also be a few “gorgeous vampires,” and “handsome were-unicorns.” Yum?

    To take a peek inside on the author’s website, CLICK HERE.

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    And for another chance to take a peek at some of the books that are available now, check them out, below.

    Witch Eyes by Scott Tracey was released in the U.S. today, September 8, 2011.

    This story had me hooked from its opening lines, which coincidentally can be found in the long look inside provided by the publisher. Braden Michaels leaves for Belle Dam in an attempt to protect his Uncle. What he finds there, aside from the utterly gorgeous Trey, is a town that is in the middle of a feud.

    The line has been drawn between two families of powerful witches. Jason Thorpe on the one side and Catherine Lansing on the other.

    And caught somewhere in the middle of it all is Braden, with an incredible power that is important that he hide. Witch eyes. Which give him ability to see the world as it actually exists and to unravel any magic spell he encounters.

    To get a look at the first five chapters of Witch Eyes, which released today, CLICK HERE.

    Vanish by Sophie Jordan was released in the U.S. on September 6, 2011.

    This is the second book in the Firelight series by author Sophie Jordan. As I haven’t yet read the first book, I’ve been hiding from all conversation about this sequel and have refused to look at the description for fear of spoilers.

    But if this sequel is anything like Firelight is described, then this story will be just as magical and heartbreaking as the first and will continue the story for Jacinda, a girl descended from dragons, and Will, a hunter and enemy of her kind.

    The publisher, HarperTeen, is giving readers a long look inside, HERE.

    Pitch Dark’s Dark Days Sampler features excerpts from Supernaturally, Fateful, Cold Kiss, A Beautiful Dark and Eve. It was released on September 6, 2011.

    When I noticed this on Amazon last week I had to pre-order it. Although I have all the upcoming books pre-ordered, own a few of the ARCs, and have already read one of them, I just couldn’t pass up this free eBook sampler.

    While I have links in this post to excerpts of a couple of the books in the sampler, those links are to online reads, and by downloading the sampler you can take it with you almost anywhere.

    It is currently available as a free Kindle eBook download at Amazon, HERE.

    The Beginning of After by Jennifer Castle was released in the U.S. on September 6, 2011.

    This book’s description tells a rather heartbreaking tale. It is the story of a teenage girl who loses her parents and her brother in a car accident. Her life in turmoil, she develops a connection with the boy whose mother also died in the accident and whose father is in a coma.

    While this book sounds like it will be so terribly, terribly sad, I am hopeful that the connection these two characters make will bring a spark of joy to this tragic story.

    The publisher, HarperTeen, is giving readers a long look inside, HERE.

    Blood Bound by Rachel Vincent was released in the U.S. on August 23, 2011.

    Blood Bound is an utterly addicting new series by author Rachel Vincent, aimed at an adult audience. This new world she created in the Unbound series is dark, gritty and electrifying.

    In this world, filled with the Skilled who have the ability to track you down with something as simple as a name, the danger of being found and bound to one of the two crime families that control the city is always present.

    This first book is Liv and Cam’s story and is definitely one not to be missed.

    To take a peek at the first chapter of this book on the author’s website, CLICK HERE.

    The Power of Six by Pittacus Lore was released in the U.S. on August 23, 2011.

    This sequel to I Am Number Four in the Lorien Legacies is Seven’s story. The six that remain of the original nine who escaped from the Mogadorians are still in hiding. But Seven is ready to fight and has just been waiting for a sign.

    And John Smith’s escape may be just that.

    To check out the first five chapters on the book’s Facebook page, CLICK HERE.

    Dream Dark by Karmi Garci and Margaret Stohl was released in the U.S. on August 2, 2011.

    This short eBook novella, which also includes a peek at the first five chapters of Beautiful Chaos, is the story of Link’s transformation and is set before the events in the upcoming third book in the series.

    So as not to spoil anything for those who haven’t met Link, I have been purposely vague about just what kind of transformation Link’s going through.

    But for those who want to know more, a quick peek at this novella is available, HERE.

    Haunting the Night by Mara Purnhagen was released in the U.S. on August 1, 2011.

    This novella in the Past Midnight series is set before Beyond the Grave, the third full-length book. According to the description, instead of going to Prom and spending time with her boyfriend Noah, Charlotte Silver is looking for answers about everything that happened to her and her family.

    And it seems she may just get some.

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

    Wildefire by Karsten Knight was released in the U.S. on July 26, 2011.

    Really, what more can I say. Anyone who’s stopped by the blog knows just how much I love this book about these incredibly unique gods and goddesses and especially Ashline Wilde, a Polynesian volcano goddess with a serious kick-butt attitude.

    And for anyone looking for an ending that will absolutely rock your world, Wildefire is a book not to be missed.

    In case you haven’t yet decided to grab a copy, the publisher, Simon & Schuster, is still offering a nice peek inside, HERE.

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    I have read a few, but not all of the books in the above list. And I have grabbed all the free eBooks for both my nook and my Kindle – which at the moment is DOA – but that’s what the Kindle App is for.

    I am super excited about these upcoming releases, and for those that have already released, well, they are some of my favorites. Most of these books I either own or I have pre-ordered, but for the ones I haven’t yet have a chance to discover, getting a free download or being able to take a long look inside is such a great thing.

    So, for your reading pleasure, I’ve included them here. Happy reading!

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