RENEGADE RED Covers Reveal!

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RENEGADE RED REVEALED!

RENEGADE RED, the sequel to the award-winning novel SHATTERED BLUE will be available in THREE special edition covers, in both Hardcover and Paperback, in March 2017! Distribution from online sites and into bookstores will be random, so you have a chance to collect them all— the POET EDITION, the WARRIOR EDITION, and the very exclusive TRAVELER EDITION. Happy hunting, and learn more at LaurenBirdHorowitz.com!

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Join Lauren and Zoe Cope, the designer of all three covers, for a live Twitter chat at 10am PST/1pm EST Thursday 9/22

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Reckless, desperate, and distraught, Noa Sullivan leaps into a collapsing Portal in the explosive finale of Shattered Blue— the jaw-dropping, award-winning first installment in The Light Trilogy— in wild hope of rescuing her little sister Sasha. Now Noa and the Fae brothers who love her—Callum and Judah Forsythe—must find a way to survive not only across worlds but between them, in places so treacherous and deceptive their own minds are twisted against them. As the three fight to survive their passage, they battle not only enemies but themselves, and their darkest, most difficult secrets.

Surviving, however, is only the beginning: Noa needs to find Sasha. That means becoming a warrior herself, one just as fierce as the magical brothers battling for her love. Across broken cities, underground labyrinths, rushing floods and endless skies; in the face of legions of armies, horrifying tyrants, and the most deceitful of friends, can Mortal Noa rescue her sister—and understand her own heart—in time to escape the most deadly of magic realms?

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INDEPENDENT PUBLISHING BOOK AWARDS BEST YOUNG ADULT FICTION

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USA BOOK AWARD BEST NEW FICTION 2015

USA BOOK AWARD BEST FANTASY 2015

INTERNATIONAL BOOK AWARD BEST FANTASY 2015

NEXT GENERATION INDIE BOOK AWARD BEST YOUNG ADULT FICTION 2015

“Must-read romances of 2015… I guarantee you’ll be hooked and anxiously awaiting the next book in the series”

–USA TODAY

“Anyone who’s ever fantasized about kissing a Fae will enjoy Noa and Callum’s first sexy kiss…Romantic sparks ignite…fast-moving…hip…lyrically concise”

Kirkus Reviews

“A fantastical tale of love and betrayal…colorful world-building…more than enough emotion and angst to keep any romance-loving teenager glued to the pages, and the promise of a trilogy will keep them eagerly anticipating the next book…VERDICT Librarians with a large fantasy readership should invest in the print version of this title.” – School Library Journal

“A book to fall for”

–BUZZFEED

“Not your average fairy tale… will have you clamoring for more of a story that you didn’t see coming…new and surprising.”

–HYPABLE

“Magic, action and a really, really attractive love interest… what more could you want?”

–GLITTER MAGAZINE

“A love story you won’t soon forget… A story of of protection sacrifice and love”

–SHE KNOWS.COM

A “Book To Lean On When The Going Gets Tough”

–BUSTLE

A “Book for All Ages”

–MARIA SHRIVER.COM

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For Noa and Callum, being together is dangerous, even deadly. From the start, sixteen-year-old Noa senses that the mysterious transfer student to her Monterey boarding school is different. Callum unnerves and intrigues her, and even as she struggles through family tragedy, she’s irresistibly drawn to him. Soon they are bound by his deepest secret: Callum is Fae, banished from another world after a loss hauntingly similar to her own.

But in Noa’s world, Callum needs a special human energy, Light, to survive; his body steals it through touch—or a kiss. And Callum’s not the only Fae on the hunt. When Callum is taken, Noa must decide: Will she sacrifice everything to save him? Even if it means learning their love may not be what she thought?

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Lauren Bird Horowitz, screenwriter and novelist, has won an enthusiastic following for her innovative, lyrical poetic voice. Her debut novel Shattered Blue: Book One of The Light Trilogy, won the 2016 Independent Publishers’ (IPPY) Silver Medal for Young Adult Fiction, as well as Finalist honors in the 2016 USA Book Awards for Best New Fiction and Best New Fantasy, the 2016 Next Generation Indie Book Awards for Best Young Adult Fiction, and the 2016 International Book Award for Best Fantasy. It was also listed as one of USA Today’s top romances of 2015, and selected as a notable book by BuzzFeed, Popsugar, Hypable, San Francisco Book Review, Glitter, The Culturalist, Teen Reads, Maria Shriver.com, Bustle and others.

Bird studied writing at Harvard University with novelist Jamaica Kincaid, where she won several prizes including the Edward Eager Memorial Prize for fiction and Winthrop-Sargent Prize for writing. She’s a proud member of the Writers Guild of America. Bird lives in Kauai and Los Angeles.

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The Spider and the Stone by Glen Craney

18730906The Spider and the Stone by Glen Craney

Published 2014 by Brigid’s Fire Press

433 Pages

Goodreads Summary: As the 14th century dawns, Scotland’s survival hangs by a spider’s thread. While the Scot clans scrap over their empty throne, the brutal Edward Longshanks of England invades the weakened northern kingdom, scheming to annex it to his realm. But one Lanark lad stands in the Plantagenet monarch’s path.
The beleaguered Scots cherish him as their “Good Sir James.” In England, his slashing raids deep into Yorkshire and Northumbria wreak such terror that he is branded the Black Douglas with a reward placed on his head.
As a boy, James falls in love with the ravishing Isabelle MacDuff, whose clan for centuries has inaugurated Scottish monarchs on the hallowed Stone of Destiny. But his world is upturned when he befriends
Robert Bruce, a bitter enemy of the MacDuffs. Forced to choose between love and clan loyalty, James and Isabelle make fateful decisions that will draw the opposing armies to the bloody field of Bannockburn.
Isabelle will crown a king. James will carry a king’s heart. Both now take their rightful places with Robert Bruce, Rob Roy, and William Wallace in the pantheon of Scot heroes.
Here is the story of Scotland’s War of Independence and the remarkable events that followed the execution of Wallace, whose legend was portrayed in the movie Braveheart. This thrilling epic leads us to the miraculous Stone of Destiny, to the famous Spider in the Cave, to the excommunicated Knights Templar, to the suppressed Culdee Church, and to the unprecedented Declaration of Arbroath, the stirring oath document that inspired the American Declaration of Independence four hundred years later.
The Spider and the Stone is the unforgettable saga of the star-crossed love, religious intrigue, and heroic sacrifice that saved Scotland during its time of greatest peril.

Review: I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

I have only recently become interested in Scottish history after being hooked on the Outlander series.  Braveheart is actually one of my favorite movies so when I read the summary, a few names struck a cord with me so I jumped at the chance to read this book.  Almost immediately you can tell that the author researched the time period and subjects very well.  I was easily transported to 14th century Scotland and felt like I was there in the thick of it.  Jamie Douglas quickly became my favorite character. I immediately felt for him in the first part of the book when the English gave him the impossible choice of his father or his friend.  And then when he met Isabelle and fell in love with her, I wanted them to get a happy ending.  I’m also a huge fan of the fantasy genre so I loved seeing the mystical parts associated with ancient Scotland like the Stone of Destiny.  There were only a few times while I was reading that I found my attention wandering elsewhere when the story got a little slow but overall I really enjoyed reading this story and will definitely be adding other books by this author to my endless reading list.

4 Stars

Random Update

Hey guys!  I have been in a huge reading slump lately and that has been affecting my blogging as well.  I haven’t been posting as often lately because I haven’t really been doing much reading.  I’m in the middle of several books because nothing really seems to catch my interest.  I’ve been so excited for Empire of Storms by Sarah J. Maas to come out but I haven’t wanted to start it until this slump is over.  I also really hope my slump is done by the time October starts because I have a pretty good line up for my Halloweenie TBR.2016-09-18At home, I’ve been moving books from one pile to another, sorting and resorting.  I’ve been toying with the idea of boxing up some of the books I either know I won’t read any time soon (like most of my non-fiction) or books I know I won’t want to reread anytime soon in order to make room on my shelves for the books I have just sitting in various piles.

I still haven’t quite decided for sure yet. I have the possibility of getting a free bookshelf but I’m not sure if we can find the room for it.  We’re also planning to do some rearranging in our office to make better use of the space since it looks as though we’ll have to postpone buying a new house.

Recently I decided to start a Bullet Journal, well, at least my version of one anyways.  It took a lot of time to set up but it was fun doing it.  img_20160906_190324

When I was doing my research beforehand to decide what kinds of pages I wanted to add to mine, I came across this pin that had a really cool way to keep track of book stats.  Even though I’m starting my journal late in the year for the book stats I decided to go all the way back to the beginning of the year so I could include the different stats in my year end survey.

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I am tracking various things including rereads, female/male authors, paper/audio/ebook format, fiction/non-fiction, genre, and year published.  I love seeing the trends in my reading.

So that’s pretty much what I have been up to lately on the bookish front.  How is your month of September going?

 

The Cruelty by Scott Bergstrom

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Expected publication: February 7th 2017 by Feiwel & Friends (first published 2014)

384 Pages

Goodreads Summary: When her diplomat father is kidnapped and the U.S. Government is unable to help, 17 year-old Gwendolyn Bloom sets off across the sordid underbelly of Europe to rescue him. Following the only lead she has—the name of a Palestinian informer living in France—she plunges into a brutal world of arms smuggling and human trafficking. As she journeys from the slums of Paris, to the nightclubs of Berlin, to the heart of the most feared crime family in Prague, Gwendolyn discovers that to survive in this new world she must become every bit as cruel as the men she’s hunting.

Review: Hmm what to say about this book… I received it from the publisher in exchange for an honest review and I agreed to read it before I found out about all of the controversy surrounding this author and his comments about YA. When an author writes a YA novel and proceeds to throw the entire genre under the bus, it’s hard to not take that personal as a reader who loves YA. Despite this, I tried to go in with an open mind. The premise sounded intriguing and reminded me of a reverse Taken. That being said… This book was just blah. Everything felt extremely flat, especially when it came to the main character, Gwendolyn. The author portrays her as the plain Jane who thinks she is unattractive, but as she begins her quest, she gets fit and fierce. The dangerous scenarios that Gwendolyn finds herself in resolve themselves quickly and easily. Certain events and settings were overexplained, while others left me wondering what the heck was going on.
There are just too many things working against this book, including the fact that it’s just not a good book.

1/5 Stars

Reader Confessions

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It’s been awhile since I’ve done a book tag!  This was actually a really fun one to do.  I was tagged for this one by Ashley @ Socially Awkward Bookworm!  Thanks for the tag, Ash!

QUESTIONS:

Have you ever damaged a book? 

I have damaged a few spines, bent some covers and pages, but all unintentionally.  I also did rip pages out of an old book I had to use the pages for a background to take photos with though.

Have you ever damaged a borrowed book?

I usually don’t borrow books, mostly because I have my own to read. But when I do borrow books, I always keep them in the condition in which I borrowed them because I know that IF I borrow my books, I would want them to be treated the same way.

How long does it take you to read a book? 

It really depends on the book, to be honest.  I tend to read YA books faster than adult books and contemporary books faster than fantasy or historical fiction books.

Books that you haven’t finished?

I used to try really hard not to DNF books but now, I’ve come to realize that if I get to a certain point and just don’t care about the book, then I will stop reading it. Life is too short and there are too many books for me to continue wasting my time on something I am not interested in reading.  Some of my more recent DNFs include Between Two Fires, The Lightning Thief, and Shatter Me.

Hyped popular books that you don’t like?

I actually just mentioned a couple in the last question.  I really could not get into The Lightning Thief or Shatter Me.  Both books are extremely popular but they just weren’t for me.  I also feel that way about We Were Liars, The Knife of Never Letting Go, and Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.  I have a really hard time with the hype monster.  I generally have to wait months after a release to read a book if it is super hyped OR I have to stay away from the blogs and social media entirely so I can read the book right away without the hype affecting my feelings for the book.

Is there a book you wouldn’t tell anyone you were reading?

Not that I can think of.  I read anywhere and everywhere so people can see what I’m reading all of the time.  I think people should be able to read whatever they want to read without feeling ashamed for their choice.

How many books do you own? 

All together between physical, Kindle, and audiobooks (but not including duplicates) I own a little under 1,400 books.  Definitely a daunting number but I can’t imagine not having the books I own.

Are you a fast reader or a slow reader? 

Again, this depends on the type of book.  I’m a slow reader when it comes to non-fiction, a a fast reader when it comes to YA and contemporaries and a slower-ish reader when it comes to adult historical fiction and fantasy.

Do you like to buddy read?

Yes! It’s so much fun reading with someone else so you can discuss the book as you read!

Do you read better in your head or out loud? 

Without a doubt I read better in my head.  I don’t often read out loud unless I’m reading a story to my goddaughter but I would much rather read in my head than out loud.

If you were only allowed to own one book what one and why? 

Wow…. you’re asking the owner of 1400ish books that I can only choose one?!  What a sick, cruel joke!  I guess if I had to choose one it would be Outlander by Diana Gabaldon because it encompasses so many genres – fantasy, historical fiction, romance, etc.


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