When nature-loving Emilio and athletic Hans get lost in the
forest during a fifth grade field trip, they have no choice but to put their
differences aside to survive the harsh wilderness.
Emilio would rather eat a slimy worm than miss the fifth
grade field trip. Nemesis Mountain must be full of rare leaf specimens and bugs
for his collection. Besides, he needs a break from the playground and Hans’s
nonstop teasing. His excitement is squashed when he gets lost in the woods with
his worst enemy.
Alone in the forest, the two boys battle to survive the
harsh wilderness, facing challenges that will change their lives forever.
About the Author
Annie McMahon is originally from Canada but now lives in
New Jersey. She has a degree in computer programming, but her life took an
unexpected turn and she ended up writing stories and articles instead of
computer programs. Now she uses every spare minute to write children’s novels
and to help other writers succeed.
Her three children have been the inspiration behind many of
her short stories, over forty in total. Her flash fiction story, Paradoxical
Neighbor, has been published by Nelson Education in a book for 10th graders,
Nelson Literacy 10.
Annie has a certificate in copyediting, moderates a
critique group for children's writers, and is the editor at UK Children's
In a word, The New Mrs. Collins will
leave you spellbound...
Title: The New
Mrs. Collins Author: Quanie Miller Genre: Paranormal Release Date: October 13, 2014
In the small town of Carolville,
Louisiana, no one knows that Adira Collins inherited mystic powers from her
great grandmother. All they know is that she’s beautiful, poised, graceful, and
ruthless—especially when it comes to love. And no one knows that more than
Leena Williams, who was all set to marry the man of her dreams until Adira
swooped into town and stole the man’s heart.
Being left at the altar is bad
enough, but Leena and her ex share custody of their son, so she has to see the
new Mrs. Collins on a regular basis.
And it burns every time she does.
But soon, Leena starts to suspect
that there is more to Adira Collins than meets the eye. And it’s not because
she owns some kinky lingerie shop or allegedly insulted the pastor’s wife—it’s
the strange way she can make a door close without touching it, or take one look
at something and make it drop dead at her feet.
Leena starts digging for
answers and soon discovers that, unlike her public persona, Adira’s true nature
is somewhere on the other side of grace. She also learns, a little too late, that some secrets are better left buried.
I love to read. And I
read widely. So when I say that The New Mrs. Collins is a MUST read, I mean it.
There are plenty of books that I enjoy. They make me laugh, they make me cry
(actually very few have done that), they make me cringe (in a good way)... When
I find a book that evokes any of these stated emotions on an extreme level, it’s
a must read recommendation from me.
Quanie's ability to
deliver characters that you care about, that you root for, that you want to
succeed, is brilliant. Leena, the main character, is your friend, your
neighbor, the girl next door - and we lucky readers are given a chance
to poke around in her life for a spell. Leena is a strong character that
from the onset of the novel is pulled from one horrible situation to another.
Some of the mishaps that occur are her own doing but most are at the hands of
the most beautifully flawed, insane person ever.
The world she creates,
though reality based, weaves the remarkable paranormal elements in with ease.
Her ability to suspend the reader's belief had me ducking my head as I stepped
on my front porch the morning after reading the final page. Why? I was in
search of Leena's antagonist, the beautiful, and deadly, Adira.
In this character, you
will be conflicted...at least I was. I hated her and I loved her. I wanted her
to lose everything but I also wanted her to gain the world. Crazy! This is
another remarkable element in Quanie's crafting of the novel. The
characters soared from the page. And for me three dimensional characters
make the story.
If you are a fan of fast
paced, paranormal, humorous, psychological thrillers, then this is your book. I
highly recommend it!
Quanie Miller grew up in
New Iberia, Louisiana. She fell in love with reading at an early age and spent
most of her time at the Iberia Parish Library discovering authors like R.L.
Stine and Christopher Pike (she was often found walking back home from the
library with a stack of books that went up to her chin). She holds degrees from
Louisiana State University and San Jose State University. She has been the
recipient of the James Phelan Literary Award, the Louis King Thore Scholarship,
the BEA Student Scriptwriting Award, and the Vicki Hudson Emerging Writing
Prize. She is the author of The New Mrs.
Collins, a southern paranormal novel, and It Ain't Easy Being Jazzy, a romantic comedy. She lives in South
Carolina with her husband and is currently, as always, working on another
novel. To find out more about Quanie and her works in progress visit
Villains first (because they're so stinkin' interesting):
(Olivia Little...but a unique angle on her.)
Bellezza is driven by only one motive: revenge. She has no qualms with killing or initiating a war to get what she wants, and she especially enjoys head games. With unique abilities to travel by mist or kill with a scream, she's a formidable foe.
(Amos Oz and Skull Face)
(Before and After)
Amos has been one of the Soulless for centuries, slowly decaying but unable to die. Since the battle between the Soulless and Passionate began, he's been leading a faction of the Soulless to undermine the Passionate and take absolute control of his kind.
Now to the Outcasts (who are equally as awesome):
Sarah is a total flirt and Alexia's (the lead's) best friend/aunt. She's also recently become one of the Soulless, and went into hiding. Lighthearted, vivacious and occasionally unladylike (despite her noble upbringing), she is always the heart of the party.
Miles is a friend, protege and sidekick to the leader of the Passionate. He has a gift to "see through other's eyes." Because of that, he's been feared and avoided by most the Passionate. His parents became Soulless when he was 4 (enemies to the Passionate who hunt them on moonless nights) and he hears them calling for him every new moon. Loyal to the death, he's a timid soul who truly and deeply desires to do what's right, willing to sacrifice everything for the greater good. A recent turn of events made him too dangerous to remain among the Passionate.
The Soulless are coming.
Alexia manipulated time to save the man of her dreams, and lost her best friend to red-eyed wraiths. Still grieving, she struggles to reconcile her loss with what was gained: her impending marriage. But when her wedding is destroyed by the Soulless—who then steal the only protection her people have—she’s forced to unleash her true power.
And risk losing everything.
Book 2 in the Maiden of Time trilogy. Meet the characters for yourselves by getting the books HERE,
Curse of the Granville Fortune officially releases into the world today! This middle grade fantasy adventure involves a race to a treasure, so there's a scavenger hunt to celebrate. But first, check out the cover and blurb:
Find the fortune, break the curse!
The hunt is on for an ancient treasure tied to nine-year-old J.B.'s family history. He's been having visions that make him sweaty, lightheaded, and certain he’s turning into some kind of freak—or worse, going insane. But things are worse than he imagined. The visions stem from a family curse. An ancient ancestor was accused of stealing the massive Granville fortune, and now J.B.’s entire family will suffer.
To break the curse, J.B. must find and return the Granville’s stolen property. But he's not the only one searching for the treasure. As he sets out on his journey through a dark and foreboding forest, he'll battle his worst fears and fight terrifying creatures along the way. And when he meets two others who share the missing pieces of his visions and suffer from the same curse, the three soon realize they need to work together to break the cursE before it's too late.
Now for the scavenger hunt. Below is a list of bloggers helping out with the hunt. Visit each of their pages and collect a letter that is "hidden" in their post in either a different color or a larger font size. If you go through the list in order, the word will spell itself out for you. If you don't go in order, you'll have to unscramble the word. Either way is fine and totally up to you. Then enter the word on the rafflecopter form for bonus entries. You don't have to find the word to enter the giveaway, but the word will earn you the most entries.
What's up for grabs?
SWAG from ALL of Kelly's books!
Yes, that's right. There's a drawstring bag, coins, buttons, a mood ring, a heart bracelet, a flame pendant, trading cards, a key, and bookmarks! All this loot could be yours!
Here are the stops for the scavenger hunt (in order):
been sorta doing the marketing thing like a sloth. I’m kinda shy and it’s
all kinds of intimidating to put yourself out there. But as a serious writer, not
that all writers shouldn’t be serious – but some people write for fun, I think…
Anyway, I need a team. Like Yesterday!
So if you could pretty please with lobsters and peanut butter sauce help me out. I'd really appreciate it.
I need a
team of awesome people working to help me secure my place in the hearts of all
readers. I want fandom sites created for my characters, I want every teenager
between the ages of 15 and 18 in every country known to man (and on every
universe unknown to man) reading my books – and their parents, and aunts and
uncles, and cousins…, I want stalkers camped outside my house to try and catch
a glimpse of me, I want a statue of me resurrected at my Elementary School…
actually, I just want readers to enthusiastically purchase my book – and tell
me how much they love it! Is that too much to ask? Will you please be part of my street team?
Sweet! Please click this link for the awesomeness to begin.
Disclaimer: I don't actually eat lobster with peanut butter sauce. But if you do I'm not judging. But ewww...just saying.
To celebrate the release of Jessica Bell’s latest novel,
WHITE LADY, she is giving away an e-copy (mobi, ePub, or PDF) to the first person
to correctly guess the one true statement in the three statements below. To
clarify, two statements are lies, and one is true:
Sonia, in White Lady,
a. was born into
a family of criminals.
b. became a
killer after hooking up with her husband.
c. hates killing
people, but has a random uncontrollable desire to do so.
What do you think? Which one is true? Write your guess in
the comments, along with your email address. Comments will close in 48 hours.
If no-one guesses correctly within in 48 hours, comments will stay open until
Want more chances to win? You have until October 31 to visit
all the blogs where Jessica will share a different set of true and false
statements on each one. Remember, each blog is open to comments for 48 hours
only from the time of posting.
If you win, you will be notified by email with instructions
on how to download the book.
*This novel contains coarse language, violence, and sexual themes.
Sonia yearns for sharp objects and blood. But now that
she’s rehabilitating herself as a “normal” mother and mathematics teacher, it’s
time to stop dreaming about slicing people’s throats.
While being the wife of Melbourne’s leading drug lord and
simultaneously dating his best mate is not ideal, she’s determined to make it
It does work. Until Mia, her lover’s daughter, starts
exchanging saliva with her son, Mick. They plan to commit a crime behind
Sonia’s back. It isn’t long before she finds out and gets involved to protect
Jessica Bell, a thirty-something Australian-native contemporary fiction
author, poet and singer/songwriter/guitarist, is the Publishing Editor of Vine Leaves
Literary Journaland the director of
the Homeric Writers’ Retreat & Workshop on the Greek island of Ithaca. She makes a living as a
writer/editor for English Language Teaching Publishers worldwide, such as
Pearson Education, HarperCollins, MacMillan Education, Education First and