Thursday, May 21, 2015

Recenzie! Regina Adevarata de Erika Johansen

Primul volum al seriei Regina ținutului Tearling

Trecerea, un cataclism misterios, a făcut să piară cea mai mare parte a umanităţii, alături de tehnologia ultramodernă. Regresând în epoca feudală, dar aflându-se totodată undeva în viitor, supraviețuitorii o iau de la capăt pe un teritoriu nou, numit Tearling: un ținut sărăcit, prădat de propriii săi nobili şi de regatul Mortmesne, condus de Regina Roşie. 
Singura speranţă a poporului îngenuncheat este moştenitoarea tronului, Kelsea Raleigh, o fată de 19 ani care nu cunoaşte decât lumea cărţilor şi, mai ales, istoria omenirii de dinainte de Trecere. 
Călătoria viitoarei regine este începutul unei iniţieri dure, pe parcursul căreia înfruntă moartea sub diferite chipuri și îşi descoperă darul clarviziunii.
O lume fantastică şi înfricoşătoare, ce aminteşte de Jocurile Foamei!

O lectură epică! Johansen construieşte un roman fabulos, cu răsturnări de situaţie la tot pasul şi personaje memorabile. – New York Post

Johansen inserează cu o mână de expert coliere magice, coduri de onoare, intrigă politică şi un grăunte de mister într-o poveste ce străbate spaţiul şi timpul. –Booklist

Autoarea imaginează o maşină a timpului întunecată şi năucitoare. E posibil să fim în secolul XXIV, dar totodată şi în Evul Mediu? Această întrepătrundere a epocilor ne face să privim lumea de astăzi – şi mai ales tehnologia şi educaţia – într-o lumină cu totul nouă. – Glamour


În primul rând, mulțumesc librăriei online Libris pentru această carte. pe site-ul lor puteți găsi atât cărți în română, cât și cărți în engleză.

Parerea mea

Nu am obiceiul sa ma interesez foarte mult despre subiectul unei carti inainte de a o citi, deoarece simt ca, atunci cand citesc recenzii despre un roman pe care eu nu am apucat sa il parcurg, imi fur singura din placerea lecturii si tind sa o aman pentru o perioada. Totusi, fara sa vreau, una, alta tot mai aud.

Asa am procedat si cu Regina Adevarata. Nu stiam prea de multe despre ea, dar imi doream foarte tare sa o citesc si speram sa am parte de un intens roman high-fantasy. Insa, spre marea mea surprindere, am descoperit o actiune cladita pe un trecut apocaliptic si cu atat de putine elemente supranaturale, incat, initial, am fost usor dezamagita. In opinia mea, comparatia acesteia cu seria Cantec de Gheata si Foc este un pic exagerata.

In ciuda acestui fapt, povestea m-a captivate prin personajul principal, Kelsey, mostenitoarea de drept a tinutului Tearling, care, desi crescuta departe de civilizatie pana la varsta de 19 ani, cand este obligata sa isi lase in urma familia adoptiva si sa se alature garzilor regale venite sa o escorteze la palat, ea nu arata nici o urma de slabiciune in fata altora, isi sustine alegerile si face tot ce considera ea ca este mai bine pentru poporul sau, chiar daca este speriata si nesigura.

Un alt aspect pozitiv este faptul ca elementele romantice nu se afla in planul principal si nici nu se intrezareste vreun triunghi amoros (deocamdata).

Personaje demne de mentionat:

Regina Rosie, personajul negativ, una din preferatele mele, asta si datorita capitolelor din perspective ei. Este regina peste Tinutul Mortmesne si cea care raspandeste teroare peste regatul Tearling. Pana in acest moment este singurul personaj supranatural din serie si numai prin intermediul ei avem parte de magie, creaturi care iti ingheata sangele in vene si sacrificii umane.

Buzduganul, temutul conducatorul garzii regale, cel in care fata are cea mai mare incredere si care este mereu alaturi de ea cand sunt luate decizii importante. Chiar si Regina Rosie il considera periculos si vrea sa il inlature de langa tanara regina.

Spectrul, care apare numai atunci cand este nevoie de el si care ramane invaluit de mister, pare sa se incadreze undeva intre un pesonaj pozitiv si negativ, ca un antierou. Am impresia ca si el poseda puteri supranaturale si sper sa nu se dezvaluie mai multe in romanul urmator.

Am simtit ca Regina Adevarata este mai mult un roman introductiv, care urmeaza sa fie parte dintr-o serie captivanta. Sper la mai multe elemente high-fantasy in volumele urmatoare.
Lectura Placuta! 

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Release Day! Defend (A Lost Tribe #2) by Kallie Ross

After emerging from her Descent into an uncharted underground world, Ollie Miller is sure of three things. 

First, her feelings for her best friend, Mateo, are far from platonic. She can't even look at Mateo without blushing at the memory of his lips on hers. 

Second, an evil man named Zadok is plotting to destroy the civilization above the surface. 

Third, there is no way to save the earth without returning underground. At least this time, she will have her mother along with Mateo and her friends to help guide her.

 On their journey, noor, a mystical blessing guides them, but only if they’re willing to follow. Ollie’s determined to save the tribe from their evil leader, even if it means facing off with her long-lost grandfather. As Zadok comes face to face with his runaway daughter and his granddaughter, his plan starts to unravel, but is it too late to stop the destruction that he put into motion? 

Can the tribe survive and the surface be saved? Will Ollie learn to trust her own heart before it is too late? Defend is the conclusion to Ollie's discovery of a lost tribe in Descent. Don’t miss this adventure, brimming with ancient secrets and a thrilling underworld. 



And don’t miss the first book in the series, DESCENT!


Praise for DESCENT
 “Descent is a gripping debut that takes you on a roller coaster - a page turner that has you asking - what happens next. I loved every single word of it.”  - Fangirlish.com 

 Kallie Ross has a love for learning that has gravitated toward studying conspiracy theories and contradictions in our culture. Her creative conclusions have ignited a passion to write compelling young adult fiction that incorporates legend, conjecture, fantasy, and conviction. Kallie's first novel Descent: A Lost Tribe Book 1, was released last year. Kallie Ross loves being a wife, mother, friend, writer, and teacher. She began teaching high school English in 2002 and started blogging and podcasting in 2008. She has a brilliant husband, two redheads, and never imagined her life would ever be this fun! 



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Happy Release Day! Excerpt and Giveaway for The Magnolia Affair by T.A. Foster

Audrey Kingston has the perfect life she always wanted. An adoring husband, a beautiful house, book club nights with friends. It was idyllic. It was serene. Until Paxton Tanner, candidate for state senator, moved in next door.

Seduced by his undeniable charm, Audrey’s life becomes unrecognizable as she gives in to her impulses.

The affair becomes deadly, and she gets tossed into a political scandal that leads all the way to the governor’s office.

When love becomes lethal, there’s only one way out.



“Is it important to you that I like you?” I didn’t mean to be blunt.

“Yes.” His arm brushed mine again, but this time I wasn’t sure it was an accident.

“I’m just one little vote. You probably have the rest of the neighborhood in the bag. The book club was impressed with you.”

I thought he might be digesting my statement. “Every vote counts. Every person matters. You matter.”We turned at the corner. I could see my driveway ahead. “You sound like an idealist.”

The center of my chest warmed when I heard the sound of his laugh. I wasn’t supposed to feel that when I heard another man laugh. I wasn’t supposed to react at all.

“I’ve been accused of worse. How about an idealist who wants his ideals to become reality?” He ventured a compromise.

I wondered if he and Sarah had conversations like these. Did he try to change her stance on issues? Did he woo her to his side of the fence with charismatic comebacks?

“Audrey?”

“Yeah. Sounds good.”

“I think I lost you for a second.”

“Sorry, I was just thinking.” 

“I aimed too high with gun control, didn’t I? It’s an intense issue.” His expression changed.

“It’s not that.” I couldn’t explain what was happening. I should be able to have a mature conversation with my neighbor. We should be able to stroll on the sidewalk. I should be able to be next to him without thinking about his lips. Lips that smiled like a movie star. 

Something was changing and I couldn’t stop it.

There was enough light filtering through the crepe myrtles that I could see the muscles tensing in his neck. Had I said something wrong?

The flowerbed that marked the entrance to Paxton’s driveway was a few paces from where we stood. I quickened my step.

“I like talking to you. It’s nice to be able to talk without worrying about the  consequences.”

My eyes flashed to his. But there were consequences. Things were happening inside me. My skin was flushed, my nerves vibrating, my pulse thumping hard against the inside of my head. He couldn’t see any of it, but I wasn’t certain he didn’t feel it.

I took a step, forgetting about the lumpy spot in front of his driveway, and almost landed on my face. Paxton gripped my arm, pulling me upward, saving me from landing facedown.

“Whoa there. You ok?”

“God, I’m sorry.” I shook off his hold. “I’m fine. I wasn’t watching where I was going. Stupid roots everywhere.” I noticed the way my arm ached from his grip. It was warm and pulsing. “Good night. Thanks for walking me home.” I wanted to run, speed past him. 

Run straight out of my skin.

“But, it’s dark. Let me at least drop you off at your door,” he suggested. “I wouldn’t want you to get hurt.”

I hesitated. There was a part of me hoping he would offer.

“All right. We can cut through your yard. There’s a short cut.”

“Show me.”

I followed Paxton along the driveway, noticing the lights in my house were off. This was late even for Spencer. Maybe he had gone to bed.We passed the front porch, and I pointed to the path I used earlier that day. I could feel him behind me, taking each step I took. I grabbed one of the stiff magnolia branches and forced it to the side when I felt his hand land on top of mine.

I stopped, frozen with dread, consumed with something I hadn’t felt in years. I held onto the branch, and Paxton held onto my hand, the warmth of his palm starting to heat my 

His breath was heavy on my neck. It felt like waves pounding against me, each one eroding the barrier between us. I was afraid to turn around, afraid that if I looked at him I would unravel. As long as I stared at the branch, I was still in control. I couldn’t speak.

With his free hand, he pushed the hair off my neck and blew across the collar of my shirt. My knees wobbled and I gripped tighter on the branch, forcing it to keep me upright.

It was involuntary, but my head reeled back. He stepped closer. I didn’t know who I was. Hiding in the shadows while a man I barely knew touched me, like a woman who was available. A woman who was free to make choices about who touched her. I wasn’t that woman. My life was tied to Spence. Those choices weren’t mine to make, but I was making one. His was breathing freedom across my skin I didn’t know I craved.His hand canvassed my neck, taking my throat in his palm. He ran a finger down the center, pressing lightly as he crossed my collarbone. I didn’t think I could stand there much longer as his fingertips explored my skin. The cicadas echoing around our yards drowned out the sound of my heavy breath.

I needed to stop this. But I craved it more.

I couldn’t open my eyes when he turned me toward him. If I kept them closed, it was as if I were dreaming. This was all a wine-induced dream. I could tell myself it wasn’t happening. Standing under the branches with a man only hours ago I didn’t know, but was unquestionably drawn to. Pulled in by his voice, the look in his eye, the energy around him. 

How he managed to be rugged, yet refined. But I knew when his mouth took mine that it was real. I could taste the wine on his tongue and the roughness of his palms as he held my face. I savored the newness of him—our lips moving wildly.

I clutched at his back. The kiss grew hungrier, our moans turning to whimpers as we snatched at the clothes between us. His teeth grazed across my throat, nipping at the soft spots tenderly then cutting in just enough to tease me.

I tensed when I felt his hand slide along my stomach and push my bra out of the way. It was too much. I tried to break away and Paxton hung his head.

“God, I’m sorry,” he whispered.

I shook my head, feeling sick. “We can’t do this. I-I didn’t want you to kiss me. You weren’t supposed to kiss me.” My fists balled at my side.

“I know. I know. It was out of line. I got carried away.” He ran his fingers through  his perfect haircut. “I’m sorry. That was idiotic.”


T.A. Foster grew up catching rays and waves along the North Carolina Outer Banks and now resides in the state with her husband, three children and canine kiddo.

She has an undergraduate degree in Journalism and Mass Communication from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a graduate degree in Educational Psychology from Texas A&M University. When she’s not chasing her two-legged and four-legged children or trying to escape for date night, you can find her reading, writing, or planning her next beach trip.





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Editura RAO vă invită la Bookfest 2015


Bucureşti, 20 – 24 mai, Editura RAO vă invită la standul său de la Salonul International de carte Bookfest, editia X-a, să vă întâlniţi cu autorii dumneavoastră preferaţi şi să descoperiţi lumea cărţilor RAO.
Cele mai frumoase albume de artă, cele mai râvnite romane ale momentului, cei mai căutaţi autori clasici şi contemporani, cărţi pentru adulţi, adolescenţi şi copii, toate acestea vă aşteaptă la standul nostru de la Bookfest.
Programul Evenimentelor RAO la Bookfest 2015:


Joi, 21 mai 2015

Începând cu ora 15, vă așteptăm la evenimentul de lansare a volumulul Jihadul Islamic de la „înfrângerea terorii“ și “războiul sfânt” la „speranța libertății“, care va avea loc în prezența autorilor general (r.), prof. univ. dr. Anghel Andreescu si Comisar-sef, prof. univ. dr. Nicolae Radu.
Chiar să fie adevărate teoriile conspirațiilor cu privire la atacurile teroriste de la 11 septembrie? Să fie oare Statul Islamic un nou produs SUA? O astfel de întrebare se impune cu atât mai mult cu cât Al Baghadi a fost prizonier la Guantanamo, între 2004 și 2009. Să fie oare adevărat că atunci când nu există terorism, posibile forțe interesate îl fac să apară? În condițiile în care islamul este joncțiunea dintre Dumnezeu ca atare și om, cum a fost posibilă promovarea sintagmei “terorism Islamic”?
La toate aceste întrebări vor încerca să răspundă autorii volumului Jihadul Islamic de la „înfrângerea terorii“ și “războiul sfânt” la „speranța libertății“, împreună cu invitații lor: doctor Cristina Albu (Ministerul Afacerilor Interne), general prof. univ. dr. Mircea Mureșan (președintele asociației Geopolitica), prof. dr. Vasile Simileanu și prof. dr. Nicole Atudosei.
La ora 16, vă așteptăm la evenimentul de lansare a volumului Lumea de azi 2015. Enciclopedie politică și militară, în prezența autorilor Teodor Frunzeti și Vladimir Zodian.


Contextul internațional de astăzi este deosebit de dinamic, caracterizat de transformări globale semnificative în planul securității în care puterile revizioniste testează capacitatea de rezistență a lumii occidentale, iar formele hibride de autoritarism sunt în creștere. In proximitatea României, acțiunile militare din Ucraina reprezintă o provocare directă și foarte violentă la adresa bazelor juridice și teritoriale ale securității spațiului european. Emergenta unei entități teroriste precum Statul Islamic și criminalitatea transfrontalieră cu multiple dimensiuni completează tabloul unei lumi în schimbare.
De la ora 17, se va lansa în prezenta autorilor prof. dr. Iulian Chifu și prof. univ. Alexandru Voicu, volumulReconstrucție postconflict.
Eforturile de restabilire a statalitatii după încheierea conflictelor, dar și nevoia de sprijinire a refacerii infrastructurii statale în zonele de conflict au determinat geneza unor noi practici și a unui nou domeniu: reconstrucție postconflict.
Prof. dr. Iulian Chifu


EVENIMENT

Începând cu ora 18, avem onoarea să vă invitam la evenimentul de lansare a volumului biografic Secolul meu scurt, scris de academicianul Mircea Malița.
”Imperiile sunt o specie politică și militară diferita de cea a țărilor mici. Ele sunt conduse de un singur principiu, o singură strategie: extinderea continuă, foamea de teritorii, obsesia supremației și a dominației asupra a tot ce le stă în cale.
Toate imperiile din jur i-au ajutat pe români de-a lungul istoriei lor să se elibereze de un jug si i-au intins cu seninătate imperială un altul.”
acad. Mircea Malița

Concepută sub forma unei autobiografii, cartea lui Mircea Malița face o incursiune în istoria României antebelice şi postbelice, oferind un tablou politic, economic şi cultural de o fineţe aparte şi cu o uimitoare minuţiozitate asupra detaliilor. Mai mult, lucrarea poate fi asemuită şi cu un adevărat jurnal de călătorie cu popasuri pe tot globul, datorită activităţii de diplomat, preşedinte al mai multor organizaţii internaţionale şi asociaţii pe care a avut-o autorul. El alcătuieşte o remarcabilă galerie de oameni politici, academicieni, scriitori, economişti, cât şi alte personalități cu alte preocupări din multe domenii, un tablou graţie căruia descoperim lucruri pe care, e posibil, istoria să le fi omis sau, pur şi simplu, să fi rămas în dosare secrete.
Invitați: prof. univ. Dan Dungaciu, prof. univ. Silviu Negut, ambasador.Sergiu Celac, acad. Ioanel Sinescu, Liviu Tudor -secretar general ARCOR, Mugur Tolici ( director HR BNR), prof. univ. Remus Pricopie, Octavian Știreanu.

Seara de joi se va încheia cu o incursiune în fascinantă lume a diverselor forme de arte vizuală din cultura Pop(ulara) văzută prin prisma muzicii. Alături de coordonatorii antologiei Culorile sunetelor: Muzica si artele vizuale, Ioan Big și Radu Lupașcu, vor fi prezenți, începând cu ora 19.00, nume sonore ale muzicii folk, pop, rock, dar și ale scenei de teatru, balet și film printre care Adrian Enescu, Mircea Florian, Nicu Alifantis, Vlaicu Golcea, Viorel Cosma, Hanno Hofer, Medeea Marinescu, etc.


Demers inedit în peisajul editorial autohton, antologia se adresează iubitorilor și consumatorilor de cultură contemporană ce își propune să releve, măcar în parte, influența esențială a muzicii în crearea diferitelor forme de artă vizuală (film, teatru, plastica, fotografie). Cum am putea să ne imaginăm în anul 2015 o piesă de teatru sau un film fără muzică și… fără sonor? Ca orice prim pas, antologia “Culorile sunetelor” nu este completă și nu este definitivă dar este… un început de drum.
Ioan BI

Invitati: Viorel Cosma, Adrian Enescu, Mircea Florian, Nicu Alifantis, Vlaicu Golcea, Hanno Hofer, Horea Murgu, Medeea Marinescu, Laurențiu Burlacu, Emil Răducanu, Dumitru Ungureanu, Liviu Antonesei, Ovidiu Georgescu, Iaromira Popovici, Eugen Istodor, Nelu Stratone, Marius-Christian Burcea, Dan Bădulescu, George Dascalescu, Radu Pencea, Iulian Ignat, Mircea Giurgiu.


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Wednesday, May 20, 2015

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In the Spotlight! Lead Me Not by A. Meredith Walters


In this dangerously sexy novel from the New York Times bestselling author of Find You in the Dark, a straight-laced college student meets a handsome but enigmatic stranger who lures her into an underground club scene, where she finds it difficult to resist temptation 

Aubrey Duncan understands loss. She knows what rock bottom looks like, and she is determined to crawl back up to the top after the sudden death of her younger sister. She blames herself for her part in the tragedy, convinced that she could have done something, anything, to help her.

In her effort to gain redemption, Aubrey starts fresh at Longwood University and facilitates an addiction support group, hoping she can support someone else in the way she failed her sister. But what she doesn’t count on is an all-consuming fascination with group member Maxx Demelo, a gorgeous, blond, blue-eyed enigma who hides dark secrets behind a carefully constructed mask. He only reveals what he wants others to see. But Aubrey glimpses another Maxx hidden below the surface—a Maxx who is drowning in his own personal hell.

As Aubrey and Maxx develop an attraction too intense to ignore, he pulls her into the dark underbelly of the city club scene, where she is torn by her desire to save him and an inexplicable urge to join him in his downward spiral. Worst of all, she is beginning to love everything she should run away from—a man who threatens to ignite in her a fire that could burn her alive…


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I stared harder at the picture, uncomfortable with the odd sense of familiarity I felt. Looking at the woman's graceful yet agonized form, I felt as though I should recognize her.

Bothered by my increasing disquiet, I stood up and walked closer. This was not your typical campus painting of daffodils and laughing students. I had seen this particular kind of art several times before. I leaned in to try to see the details in the poor lighting. And there it was- the tiny patterns on the woman's dress composed of dozens of Xs.

I didn't notice any numbers or words in this picture, though, so I didn't understand what its intent was. It was my understanding that X's paintings held the clues to the location of the club, Compulsion. But this picture seemed to have nothing to do with that.

This was a painting created for some other purpose.

"So what do you think?"

I looked over my shoulder to find Maxx standing behind me. I turned back to the picture, not bothering to answer him. The truth was, my outburst in the group had left me feeling raw and vulnerable, and seeing him so soon after making a gigantic ass of myself was embarrassing.

As he came up beside me, the sleeves of our jackets brushed against each other. Maxx inclined his head toward the painting and asked me again, "Well, what do you think of it?"

I shrugged, not really in the mood for small talk. My pounding head couldn't handle a go-around with the group Romeo. I started to walk away from him when he grabbed hold of my arm.

"Wait, Aubrey. Please." It was that word that did it. Please. It was uttered softly and sincerely. And it held me as fast and surely as if he had put his arms around me.


The New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of Contemporary and Paranormal romance including The Find You in the Dark and Bad Rep series as well as the upcoming stand alone romance, Reclaiming the Sand, and a dark new adult series for Gallery Books.

A. Meredith spent ten years as a counselor for at risk teens and children. First working at a Domestic Violence/Sexual Assault program and then later a program for children with severe emotional and mental health issues. Her former clients and their stories continue to influence every aspect of her writing.

When not writing (or being tortured with all manner of beauty products at the hand of her very imaginative and extremely girly daughter), she is eating chocolate, watching reality television that could rot your brain and reading a smutty novel or two.

A. Meredith is represented by Michelle Johnson with the Inklings Literary Agency.



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Book Blast! Best Friends... Forever? by Krysten Lindsay Hager

  Best Friends Forever



Synopsis:
Landry Albright hopes the new year will start off in an amazing way—instead she has to deal with more frenemy issues, boy drama, and having most of her best friends make the cheerleading squad without her. Suddenly, it seems like all anyone can talk about is starting high school next year—something she finds terrifying.

Landry gets her first boyfriend (her crush, Vladi), but then gets dumped just as things come to a head with her friends. She feels lost and left out, but finds good advice about dealing with frenemies from what she considers an unlikely source. Landry faces having to speak up for what’s right, tell the truth (even when it hurts), and how to get past the fear of failure as she gets another shot at competing in the American Ingénue TV show modeling competition. Will she get a second chance with herfriends, fame, and Vladi?


Praise for the Book:
 "For girls Landry's age it's wonderful to see that they aren't alone and this book is giving them some very useful advice. It's a fun story to read as well. I like that it's so realistic." 

 "I wish I could give this more stars. This book brought back so many incredible memories, things that I haven't thought of in a long, long time. It was a well told story of a young woman who is discovering who she is without being cheesy or preachy." 

 “…I LAUGHED SO HARD it was ridiculous! LOVED THIS BOOK.”  



“Landry, it’s gotta be so awkward for you to be going to Vladi’s school next year,” Tori said. “I mean, what if you run into him during the tour?" 

 "It’s a huge place,” Ashanti said. “People break up all the time. It’s not a big deal.ʺ 

   Tori raised her eyebrows as if to say, “Yeah, right,” and went back to her sandwich.  

 Meanwhile my delicious homemade soup was no longer sitting well. It never occurred to me Vladi might be around during the first pre‑freshman tour. I would be mortified if I ran into him and he was with a girl. Or worse yet, running into him, and he was with Yasmin. Plus, I hadn’t told my mom about the breakup, so if she saw him, she’d probably go over to talk to him. I could already imagine it: “Landry, Vladi’s here! Hon? Why are you hiding behind the garbage can? Your boyfriend, Vladi, is here. Come say, ‘hello.’ Stop trying to run away. Why is everyone laughing and pointing at you and calling you a ‘loser dumpee?’ What does that mean?”  

 Well, maybe the world would end and I wouldn’t have to deal with high school or Vladi and my mother running into each other.

 **** Sadly, the world did not end, and on Thursday, we all had to go to the high school for a freshman information night from 6 to 9 p.m.      


Krysten L
    Krysten Lindsay Hager is the author of the Landry’s True Colors Series, a clean reads young adult series about friendship, self-esteem, fitting in, middle school and high school, frenemies, modeling, crushes, values, and self-image. Best Friends…Forever? was ranked at #1 on Amazon’s Hot New Releases in Teen & Young Adult Values & Virtues Fiction and #1 on Amazon’s Hot New Releases in Children's Books on Values. True Colors is an international bestselling book. Krysten is book addict who has never met a bookstore she didn’t like. She’s worked as a journalist and writes middle grade, YA, humor essays, and adult fiction. She is originally from Michigan and has lived in Portugal, South Dakota, and currently resides in Southern Ohio where you can find her reading and writing when she’s not catching up on her favorite shows. She received her master’s degree from the University of Michigan-Flint.



     


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Book Blitz Excerpt and Giveaway! My Heart is Yours by Amanda Leigh

Release Date: 05/18/15; 169 pages

Samantha Marie Ramsden has three brothers. Craig, John and Matt. When tragedy strikes their family, Craig takes on the task of becoming his siblings legal guardian. It’s hard enough being someone’s guardian, but when you’ve only recently entered adulthood yourself it’s almost impossible to know where to draw the line between sibling and ‘parent’. 

This is made even harder on him when Sam starts to get close to a long time friend, Jason. It looks like their friendship could turn into something more. An idea that Craig has never been too happy with. Spanning six years, My Heart is Yours explores family, friendship, love and much more. As well as asking the question: Would you defy family for love?


Prologue

Five and a half year old Samantha slept in her white threadbare sheets. Tonight the wind was coming through particularly strong from the cracks in the wooden boards on her window. Her small body shivered. 

The door creaked open and her mother entered. Sam had the same blonde hair as her mother. Her eyes were her own though. Changing from blue, to grey, to blue-grey, to green or any combination of these colors seemingly simultaneously. Sandra’s hand approached her daughter’s shoulder and she shook her roughly awake. The clock on the wall read three o’ clock in the morning. Sam rubbed her eyes. “Come on!” Her mother said as she looked over her shoulder. “Get out of bed, now!” She grabbed a hammer from the toolbox they kept in Sam’s room, went to the boarded up window and started tearing the boards to the floor. Wood splintered through the air. “Go on.” She gestured to the window. “Get out. Go.” 

Sam hesitated for half a second then climbed through. She knew she couldn’t ask questions. She got into trouble when she asked questions. 

Sandra wiggled through the window; she cursed aloud as the glass cut her shoulder. 

“Don’t try to run away from me!” The hoarse shout came from behind them. 

Sam’s father. Sam knew what it meant when he was like this. 

Sandra pushed Sam into the car, ran to the other side and jumped in. “Mommy.” 

Sam said as they went speeding past houses. “What’s wrong?” 

“If you must know, your father’s more drunk than usual. He has a gun and he says he’s gonna kill us. Satisfied?” Sam’s eyes widened as she looked in the rearview mirror. There was a car right on their tail. Sam stretched in the front seat to see who it was; she recognized the face of her father. “Mommy!” She yelled. Her mother ignored her. “The only reason I’m taking you with me is cuz as a single parent with no job I might get some money from the government.” “Mommy!” She yelled again. “Otherwise 

I’d just let him kill you.” The car stopped, jolted forward and stopped again. “Damn it. 

We’re out of gas.” Sam’s mom muttered. Sirens wailed in the background. 

Beside them, Sam heard the screech of tires. Blonder hair hit Sam’s face as she turned her head toward the noise. In the car beside them her father scooted across the front seats; his eyes wild with rage. A flash of black came from behind him. Sandra frantically tried to get the car started. Too late. An arm shot out around her neck; holding her fast. Her husband held the shiny black gun to her head and before Sam could scream from the sound, the trigger boomed and her mother’s body slumped over on the steering wheel. Deep red blood gushed out of her head forming a pool on the floor. 


Amanda Leigh graduated with a BA in English and Communications and a double minor in Psychology and Creative Writing. During college, she worked on the literary magazine and loved every minute of it. She adores cats and has one named Sawyer - named after one of her favorite characters in Lost. Amanda enjoys reading, writing avidly in a journal, writing poetry, fiction and creative non-fiction, cooking, listening to music, singing, swimming and art - particularly photography. Amanda is a bit of a chocoholic and is slightly obsessed with office supplies. She has many ideas for stories so keep an eye out for more work from her. 



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