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

Welcome to the 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.
HERE IS WHAT I HAVE FOR ONE LUCKY WINNER!

RULES
  • 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 MUST CHECK BACK TO SEE IF YOU HAVE WON.
  • 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


    Wednesday, 22 February 2017

    How I Got my Agent: Dee Garretson PLUS #GIVEAWAY!!


    STATION FOSAAN
    Dee Garretson
    February 14, 2017
    Month9Books
    Paperback, eBook


    Scientists and their families stationed on the remote planet of Fosaan were promised a tropical vacation-like experience. But Fosaan, devastated from an apocalyptic event nearly three-hundred years ago, is full of lethal predators and dangerous terrain.

    Earthers are forbidden to go beyond the safety zone of their settlement and must not engage the remaining reclusive Fosaanians, native to the planet. Sixteen-year-old Quinn Neen is about to do both of those things.

    During an unsanctioned exploration of the planet, Quinn discovers a beautiful Fosaanian girl named Mira stealing food from his family’s living unit. But before he can convince her to show him around, scientists are taken captive, leaving Quinn and the other young Earthers at the mercy of space raiders.

    Quinn must go from renegade to leader and convince Mira to become an ally in a fight against an enemy whose very existence threatens their lives and the future of Earthers stuck on Fosaan and at home.

    STATION FOSAAN is THE MYSTERIOUS ISLAND meets STAR TREK: THE WRATH OF KHAN.

    How I got my publishing deal...

    Hi Melanie,
    Thanks so much for hosting me on your blog.

    The agent question is always a hard one for me to answer because as in all things publishing, it’s complicated!

    I got my first agent in a very traditional way, a cold query after many years of writing and querying, and with a manuscript that was not my first book. I’m a slow learner. It took me a long time to learn to write well enough to have something good enough to put out there. That agent sold my first two books. I wanted to write a science fiction story next, the one that eventually became STATION FOSAAN. The agent wasn’t interested in representing science fiction at the time, and because of that and some additional factors, we decided it was best to ‘part ways’ in publishing speak.  I went ahead and wrote an early version of the story as a middle grade.


    I signed with my next agent because another writer who was repped by her recommended me. She submitted the middle grade version of STATION FOSAAN to a few places, but the editors’ comments were that it was bordering on YA, and some aspects were too violent for middle grade. Before I could rewrite it, the agent left the business. I did rewrite it as YA and ended up submitting it myself to Month9 before I found my current agent. To find her, I cold queried with another middle grade manuscript which is now under submission. So I guess if there is a moral of my story it is to be flexible, and as many people say, remember publishing is a marathon, not a sprint! STATION FOSAAN is being published seven years after I started the first chapter.




    Dee Garretson writes for many different age groups, from chapter books to middle grade to young adult to adult fiction. She lives in Ohio with her family, and in true writer fashion, has cat companions who oversee her daily word count. When she’s not writing, she loves to travel, watch old movies, and attempt various kinds of drawing, painting and other artistic pursuits.






    Giveaway Details:
    (1) winner will receive a Perfectly Posh, Posh To Meet You Set ($20 value), US Only.

    a Rafflecopter giveaway




    Tour Schedule:
    Week One:
    2/13/2017- S.E. MuirExcerpt
    2/13/2017- Book Review BeccaSpotlight

    2/14/2017- Bibliobibuli YA- Interview

    2/15/2017- LILbooKlovers- Interview

    2/16/2017- Lisa's Loves(Books of Course)Guest Post
    2/16/2017- Omg Books and More BooksReview

    2/17/2017- So Few BooksInterview
    2/17/2017- Month9BooksExcerpt

    Week Two:
    2/20/2017- Two Chicks on BooksInterview
    2/20/2017- Don't Judge, ReadReview

    2/21/2017- Susan Heim on WritingExcerpt
    2/21/2017- Book-KeepingReview

    2/22/2017- Wishful Endings- Interview
    2/22/2017-Hidden Worlds Books- Guest Post

    2/23/2017- Always & Forever FangirlingExcerpt
    2/23/2017- the Blacksheep ReaderReview

    2/24/2017- I am not a bookworm!Review


    Saturday, 18 February 2017

    Rock stars are just something out of a romance novel, right?

    Gabby knew Nate was hiding something- 

    she just never expected it to be that he was a rock star...


    Gabby Denis, a struggling fashion designer, is not stupid. There is something off about Nate Cooper. She just doesn’t know what it is. Not many men are willing to take a girl out shopping and pay for her new clothes. She’s also never been out with a man who seems to have women recognize him. Or one with friends that need a formal dress made. Of course, she doesn’t turn down the chance to make it!

    Gabby likes Nate for who he is, not because he lends her a car and pays for some of her things. For the first time in ages, she meets someone who supports her, and she genuinely enjoys his company. But he never tells her what he does for a living...until she sees him on the front page of the news.

    Although, for Gabby, rock stars are a trope from movies and romance novels, she's going to have to decide if she's willing to give a real life one a shot at loving.




    “How’s work?” she asked, trying not to give away that she was prying. 
    “It’s been slow, but that’s not always a bad thing.” He eyed her carefully. 
    The elevator dinged, and the doors opened. Both Gabby and Nate stepped off the elevator and fell into pace together, but she made sure that he was leading the way because she had not fucking clue where she was going. 
    It didn’t take long to get to a door that Nate unlocked and opened. He set Gabby’s suitcase down by the window. 
    “Wow.” 
    Gabby stared out the window, her eyes widening at the scene in front of her. The lights lit up enough for her to see almost everything, but the dark made it prettier. I can’t believe I’m in England. 
    “Why did you do this?”
    “What?”
    “Why did you do this for me?” Gabby turned to look at him, waiting for an answer.
    “I didn’t do it for you.” 
    Her heart dropped. Gabby stared at him, trying not to show her hurt. 
    “The truth is I missed you. I wanted to see you. I wanted to make an impression and give you a reason to want to see me again.”
    Gabby was left speechless for a couple of seconds. “You really think I don’t have my own reasons for wanting to see you again? I promise you. Me wanting to see you again has nothing to do with you flying me here, as much as it means to me. I want to see you again because I miss you.” 
    He stared at her, slightly taken aback based on the look that crossed his face. He looked away quickly. 
    “Thank you.”
    He said it so softly she hardly heard it. Gabby crossed over to him and touched his back softly. He stepped toward her, still facing away from her. Gabby didn’t say anything. She just stood there, her hand against his back. She tried to figure out if she should say something or not, but she couldn’t think of anything worth saying, so she just kept her trap shut. A few seconds passed but not long until Nate turned and gave her a smile. 
    “I’ve got to admit I don’t have a lot of time to hang out with you, but I figured I could at least bring you out here, and we could spend some time together, and then Paige and Kenda would love to hang out, I’m sure. If you don’t mind hanging out with them.”
    “No, not at all.” It wasn’t quite a lie. She wanted to hang out with Paige and Kenda. She was just nervous to do it. From what she could tell, Paige and Kenda were best friends. Although Paige had been really nice to her when it was just the two of them, she wasn’t sure she would be with a friend around. 
    Don’t worry so much. Paige doesn’t seem like that kinda girl. 
    Trying to shove the thought out of her mind she padded over to the bed and sat. 
    “Does that mean I won’t get to spend much time with you?”
    “Sorry, but no. I’ve got a lot of work to get done.” 
    Gabby bit her lower lip. She nodded, not liking his answer but understanding it. 
    “I’d try to get out of it, but I know I can’t.”
    “No, I don’t want you to put off work because of me. I don’t want to be that kind of girl.”
    A smirk spread over his lips. “See this is one of the reasons I love you.”
    His words shocked her. Gabby snapped her head up, and she stared at him with wide eyes. Had she just heard that right? 
    Nate’s eyes were wide as he stared at her. “I mean…” He struggled to find words, looking scared.
    “I know. I mean you don’t mean you love me.” She cut him off. Of course he didn’t love her. “That’s way too soon.”
    “Yes. Yes, right. Still too early for love. I just meant—” 
    “I know.”
    “Yes. Good.” 
    Nate ran his fingers through his hair with a sigh. He refused to meet her gaze. She wasn’t sure what to say next. Just play it cool. Pretend it didn’t even happen. She cleared her throat. 
    “So, you’re not going to take me sightseeing.”
    “Sorry, no. I can get the girls to, though, if you’d like.”
    “I’d love that.” Maybe a little girl time would be good for her.



    Kelly D. Smith is a 21 year old romance writer from Canada. After being homeschooled all her life she got her GED and has been pursuing her passion- writing- with the hopes of turning it into a full time career.

    Smith is a personal improvement junky and loves excelling at challenges. She is a country girl at heart and loves spending the day outside with her 3 dogs and the cat!

    Friday, 17 February 2017

    How I Got my Agent: Brenda Drake PLUS Giveaway


    Guardian of Secrets (Library Jumpers #2)
    by Brenda Drake
    Publication Date: February 7, 2017
    Publisher:  Entangled Teen

     
    Being a Sentinel isn’t all fairytales and secret gardens.

    Sure, jumping through books into the world’s most beautiful libraries to protect humans from mystical creatures is awesome. No one knows that better than Gia Kearns, but she could do without the part where people are always trying to kill her. Oh, and the fact that Pop and her had to move away from her friends and life as she knew it.

    And if that isn’t enough, her boyfriend, Arik, is acting strangely. Like, maybe she should be calling him “ex,” since he’s so into another girl. But she doesn’t have time to be mad or even jealous, because someone has to save the world from the upcoming apocalypse, and it looks like that’s going to be Gia.

    Maybe. If she survives.




    OTHER BOOKS IN THE SERIES:


    Gia Kearns would rather fight with boys than kiss them. That is, until Arik, a leather clad hottie in the Boston Athenaeum, suddenly disappears. While examining the book of world libraries he abandoned, Gia unwittingly speaks the key that sucks her and her friends into a photograph and transports them into a Paris library, where Arik and his Sentinels—magical knights charged with protecting humans from the creatures traveling across the gateway books—rescue them from a demonic hound.

    Jumping into some of the world's most beautiful libraries would be a dream come true for Gia, if she weren’t busy resisting her heart or dodging an exiled wizard seeking revenge on both the Mystik and human worlds. Add a French flirt obsessed with Arik and a fling with a young wizard, and Gia must choose between her heart and her head, between Arik's world and her own, before both are destroyed.





    How I Got My Agent

    The journey that led me to my current agent was filled with missteps, heartbreaks, and frustrations. Before signing with the fabulous Peter Knapp of the Park Literary Group, I’d had another agent. My relationship with my previous agent had soured. Mistakes were made and the confidence in her ability to represent me waned. She’d convinced me into signing a book deal that wasn’t in my best interest. Thankfully, her agent contract had an end date. So when it expired, I took the opportunity and didn’t resign with her. Many of her clients left her at the same time. They all had similar issues as I had had with her, so I felt confident in my decision. 

    I hold writer contests on my blog and host the quarterly Twitter pitch parties on the hashtag #PitMad. Just a few weeks after I’d left my agent, there was a #PitMad. I’d spotted Pete on hashtag favoriting tweets, which is a request to read more by agents. He’d been starring middle grade books, and I had one I was about to query. I invited him to be an agent in one of my contests and warned him I’d be sending him a query. He said he looked forward to seeing it. Since I’d already been agented before, I made a narrow list of six to seven agents that I would want to work with and sent them all queries. 

    The next day, along with three other agents, Pete asked to read the full manuscript. Thirteen days later, he said he enjoyed reading it and wanted to talk to me on the phone. After an awkward phone call on my part, he’d offered representation. It took all my control not to scream in his ear. I had to notify the other agents of the offer and then wait for their responses. In the end, I chose Pete. I knew he was the agent for me on that first call. It was refreshing to have some who was calm and professional in my corner. 

    With Pete’s help and support, I was able to get out that publishing deal. It was tough and I was scared, but I had to jump. And I’m so glad I did. Because a few months later we inked the deal with Entangled Teen for the Library Jumpers series. Though I’d had a year of disappointments, it all worked out in the end … with a slight detour. 






    Brenda Drake is a New York Times bestselling author of Thief of Lies (Library Jumpers #1), Guardian of Secrets (Library Jumpers #2), Touching Fate (Fated Series #1), and Cursing Fate (Fated Series #2). She grew up the youngest of three children, an Air Force brat, and the continual new kid at school. She hosts workshops and contests for writers such as Pitch Wars and Pitch Madness on her blog, and holds Twitter pitch parties on the hashtag, #PitMad. When she’s not writing or hanging out with her family, she haunts libraries, bookstores, and coffee shops, or reads someplace quiet and not at all exotic (much to her disappointment).





    Giveaway Information: 

    ·        $50 Amazon Gift Card with Guardian of Secrets swag pack  *International winners will only get $50 GC*
    a Rafflecopter giveaway