Friday, 25 August 2017

Book Review: Flowers, White Lies by Yvonne Ventresca

Yvonne Ventresca
Sky Pony Press

Her father died before she was born, but Ella Benton knows they have a supernatural connection. Since her mother discourages these beliefs, Ella keeps her cemetery visits secret. But she may not be the only one with secrets. Ella’s mother might be lying about how Dad died sixteen years ago. New found evidence points to his death in a psychiatric hospital, not as a result of a tragic car accident as her mother always claimed. After a lifetime of just the two of them, Mom suddenly feels like a stranger.

When a handprint much like the one Ella left on her father’s tombstone mysteriously appears on the bathroom mirror, at first she wonders if Dad is warning her of danger as he did once before. If it’s not a warning, could her new too-good-to-be-true boyfriend be responsible for the strange occurrences? Or maybe it’s the grieving building superintendent whose dead daughter strongly resembles Ella? As the unexplained events become more frequent and more sinister, Ella becomes terrified about who—or what—might harm her.

Soon the evidence points to someone else entirely: Ella herself. What if, like her father, she’s suffering from a breakdown? In this second novel from award-winning author Yvonne Ventresca, Ella desperately needs to find answers, no matter how disturbing the truth might be.

This book was every bit of amazing as I hoped it would be. From the first pages where I met Ella and her cemetery visits to her father's grave to the last page where a tangled web of secrets finally unraveled, I was pulled into Ella's world body, mind, and soul. With hints of just enough mystery, this book soon turns thriller as we start to piece together the dangers that Ella experiences -- are they paranormal or not -- I can't say without a spoiler. But I will definitely say that this book does not disappoint. With an ending that hits you with just enough punch, this white knuckled ride does not leave you hanging.

5 stars definitely go to BLACK FLOWERS, WHITE LIES. I am now on the path to a lifelong fandom of Yvonne Ventresca and will be seeking out more of her books.

Wednesday, 5 April 2017

Fragments of Darkness: Cover Reveal

Fragments of Darkness
An Anthology of Thrilling Stories
Release date: September 13, 2017

From between the cracks of imagination, among the splinters of the unknown, and upon the winds of mystery, lurk the Fragments of Darkness.

With legends of killer mermaids to tales of Civil War era ghosts, ten passionate story-tellers come together to bring you yarns of fantasy, paranormal, and chills and thrills that will entertain, intrigue, and enchant young adult and new adult readers.

Lisa M. Basso -- Heart and Bone
C.L. Campbell -- Reckoner
Dorothy Dreyer -- Under the Surface 
Pat Esden -- Black as a Dark Moon, Scarlet as Sumac 
E.M. Fitch -- Between Shadows
R.A. Gates -- The Collector
Jessica Gunn -- The Ghost
Debra Jess -- Blood & Armor
Melanie McFarlane -- The Transgressions of Faithe Eileen 
Daphne René -- Story of the Unknown Soldier


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Tuesday, 4 April 2017


The YA Scavenger Hunt is here! You will find a showcase of new and upcoming young adult releases, tons of prizes, and special bonus material from each hosting author.

This spring we have one hundred authors split into five teams of twenty. Each team is assigned a color. All you need to do is go to my website HERE for instructions & to start.

The blog hop begins April 4th and runs through Sunday, April 9th. It’s easy to play. All you have to do is start on my website HERE!

Want to see who's on my team? Here they are!

Tuesday, 28 March 2017

Summoner Rising Release Day!

I am so excited that my new release SUMMONER RISING is out today and that I get to share the news!

If you haven’t yet heard about my Teen & Young Adult Contemporary Fantasy, be sure to check out all the details below.

This blitz also includes a giveaway for a DVD of THE CRAFT, US Only courtesy of Month9Books. So if you’d like a chance to win, enter in the Rafflecopter at the bottom of this post.

Author: Melanie McFarlane
Pub. Date: March 28, 2017
Publisher: Month9Books
Format: Paperback, eBook
Pages: 300

Excerpt from, The Book of Summoning:
Law One: A summoner is responsible for all creatures it lets through from the netherworld.

Dacie Cantar wishes someone had explained the Laws of Summoning to her before she watched a shadowy creature crawl out of a painting at the local arcade. At least it explains the strange things she's witnessed since moving in with her great-aunt, after her mother’s untimely death. But who wants to be followed by shadows the rest of their life? Add that to being stalked by a strange boy at school, who just might be her Tovaros (aka soulmate), it’s about all Dacie can handle in her new life.

As she nears her seventeenth birthday, will she be ready for her new responsibilities, or will the shadows that stalked her mother until her death, finally consume Dacie, too? And then there’s Law Two…

When we pull up at the front of the house, everything is dark. Katya must be out. I stay quiet as I close the door and walk onto the front porch.

“Don’t be mad,” Tryan says grabbing my hand and pulling me back against his chest. He looks down into my face. “Demons aren’t trustworthy,” he says. “Just remember that.”

I relax my body against his and Tryan leans down and kisses me. His lips are soft and gentle, and I melt against him. The stress of this last month melts away.

A shiver runs through my body and Tryan mistakes it for a chill. “Let’s go inside,” he says, pulling my hand toward the door.

As Tryan grabs the handle, the door creaks open. It’s not locked? He looks back at me with a frown creased across his brow. I push past him into the house.

“Katya?” I call out into the darkness. Nothing. Lights flicker into the kitchen through the open patio doors on the other side of the house.

“Come on,” Tryan says pulling me outside with a finger to his lips. “This way.”

We slowly creep around the side of the house, following the flickering lights to the back yard. Between the tall fence and the wooden siding of the house, we’re sitting ducks. We slow down as we reach the back corner and Tryan grabs my hand.

“Let me go first,” he says. “Please. Trust me.”

I nod and hold back as Tryan passes in front of me. He peers around the corner, then holds up a hand for me to stop as he disappears into the backyard.

I shuffle around the corner, but Tryan is nowhere to be seen. Lights are hanging along the fence to the back of the property, flickering on and off.

“Tryan?” I whisper. No answer. I look back. Where is he?

 “Tryan?” I call out a little louder this time.

Giveaway Details:

1 winner will receive a DVD of THE CRAFT, US Only.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Sunday, 26 March 2017

Announcing YA Scavenger Hunt Teams - Spring 2017 #YASH

For all of you who love finding new reads, I have just the thing for you. The YA Scavenger Hunt is coming. If you’ve never heard of it, the hunt runs twice a year in the spring and in the fall. During the hunt we showcase new and upcoming young adult releases, give out tons of prizes, and release special bonus material. Sound interesting? This spring we will have one hundred authors split into five teams of twenty. Each team is assigned a color.

The blog hop begins April 4th and runs through Sunday, April 9th. It’s easy to play. All you have to do is either start on my blog (come back April 4th) or head directly over to the YASH website. There you’ll find a list of all the authors participating as well as an answer sheet you can print off to gather the info you’re hunting for and to keep track of any bonus contests you may have entered.

Are you ready to see all the books featured this season? Here they are!

Thursday, 16 March 2017

Lucky Leprechaun Giveaway Hop

A big THANK YOU to all of the bloggers that participate in these hops! There are many blogs participating in this hop, so be sure to stop by each and enter to win! Each has their own entry rules and geographic limit, so be sure to read the rules for each one.

  • Ends  03/28/16
  • US & Canada only
  • Open only to those who can legally enter
  • Winning Entry will be verified prior to prize being awarded. No purchase necessary.
  • You must be 13 or older to enter .
  • The winner will be chosen by rafflecopter and announced here as well as emailed and will have 24 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen.
  • You can email me at mmcfarlane[at]sasktel[dot]net for questions or to confirm your prize. I do send out emails so check your spam file! The direct link to the email may not work for every browser, so cut and paste to your email interface.
  • This giveaway is in no way associated with Facebook, Twitter, Rafflecopter or any other entity unless otherwise specified.
  • Giveaway was organized by BookHounds and sponsored by me.

  • Wednesday, 8 March 2017

    Blog Tour: OF THE TREES by E.M. Fitch

    Title: OF THE TREES
    Author: E.M. Fitch
    Pub. Date: February 28, 2017
    Publisher: Month9Books
    Format: Paperback, eBook
    Pages: 345

    Cassie and Laney fancy themselves amateur ghost hunters. When a carnival comes to town, Cassie embraces the chance to try something new.

    Carnival workers watch the girls with a collective gaze that ignites in Laney a dark and dangerous fascination, leaving Cassie unnerved.

    It's not just their age or the unsettling way they stare. There is something in the shifting of their skin and the way their features seem to change in the shadows.

    Cassie can's shake this sickening feeling that there's more to the carnival than meets the eye.

    When townspeople suddenly start dying and bloody warnings appear around town, Cassie is lured into a nightmare where trees whisper and strange, shape-shifting men haunt the backwoods she once hunted for ghosts with her best friend.

    Then Laney goes missing, and only Cassie can get her back. But the creatures of the trees aren't simply going to hand Laney over to Cassie without getting something in return.

    How E.M. Fitch got her book deal....

    I queried and submitted my novel. A lot. That included an absolute ton of research and a helping of luck. Now I did this level of research for all the places I submitted, but I’ll spare you some of the boring details and stick to Month9Books. I found Month9Books online and was immediately drawn in because they specialize in publishing speculative fiction for teens and tweens, which is exactly what I write. I liked that there was a focus to the publishing house, that it wasn’t some big umbrella under which everything from steamy romance to cookbooks could fall under. So I purchased one of their earlier books. I found myself impressed with the editing, it was done so cleanly. (I tend to pay attention to things like that when I read, so it stood out for me.) Another thing that impressed me was the cover art, it was gorgeous! I checked out a whole slew of their books, and I liked what I found. So I queried, and then I crossed my fingers.

    That sounds pretty simple, doesn’t it? I queried, and waited. That’s essentially it. Though, there’s a lot that goes into the query process, and it all goes back to research. I researched the publisher, Georgia McBride. I read her interviews, I searched for what she was looking for. I needed to not only make sure that my book would be a fit for her company, but that her company would be a fit for my book. It has to go both ways, and finding that match is an exhausting search.

    I submitted Of The Trees for consideration to Month9Books in the beginning of July, by the end of July I had an offer. I accepted quickly, more quickly than I think was expected. But I had done my research already, I knew I wanted to be a part of Month9Books. I’m so happy I get to work with this amazing team! Not only is my story getting published, something I’ll be forever grateful and ecstatic about, but I’ve met some of the most incredible and talented people on my journey. 

    About E.M: (Insert Author Photo)
    E.M. Fitch is an author who loves scary stories, chocolate, and tall trees. When not dreaming up new ways to torture characters, she is usually corralling her four children or thinking of ways to tire them out so she can get an hour of peace at night. She lives in Connecticut, surrounded by chaos, which she manages (somewhat successfully) with her husband, Marc.

    Giveaway Details:
    1 winner will receive a $25 Fandango Gift Card, US Only.

    a Rafflecopter giveaway

    Tour Schedule:
    Week One:
    2/27/2017- Lisa's Loves(Books of Course)Interview
    2/27/2017- Never Too Many To ReadReview
    2/27/2017- Julie ReeceExcerpt

    2/28/2017- Tales of the Ravenous ReaderGuest Post
    2/28/2017- Book Review BeccaReview

    3/1/2017- Two Chicks on BooksInterview
    3/1/2017- Omg Books and More BooksReview

    3/2/2017- Always & Forever FangirlingExcerpt
    3/2/2017- Bookaholic BanterReview

    3/3/2017- Rockin' Book ReviewsGuest Post
    3/3/2017- QuantumReview

    Week Two:
    3/6/2017- LILbooKloversInterview
    3/6/2017- Don't Judge, ReadReview

    3/7/2017- Book Lovers LifeReview

    3/8/2017- Hidden Worlds BooksGuest Post
    3/8/2017- Book-KeepingReview

    3/9/2017- Bibliobibuli YAInterview
    3/9/2017- StephanieCassidyBlogReview

    3/10/2017- So Few BooksInterview
    3/10/2017- I am not a bookworm!Review