Book Promo: ‘In Darkness We Must Abide’ by Rhiannon Frater

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First, I would like to apologize because this post was supposed to be up last week.  However, I went on a vacation to The Smoky Mountains and was not online for the duration of the trip.  So, better late than never, here it is for ya’ll.  (Hmm…maybe too much time in the south…)  The thing is, Rhiannon Frater is quickly becoming a bit of a cult superstar in the fantasy genre.  She is always releasing something nowadays, and this book is a collection of a serial of five novellas- all put into one handy place.  Once I read ‘vampire war,’ I was sold.  But, you decide for yourself.

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In Darkness We Must Abide

The Complete First Season
by Rhiannon Frater
Publication date: May 24th 2013
Genre: NA Modern Gothic Horror
From the Cover:

In Darkness We Must Abide is the epic saga of one young woman caught in the dangerous world of the creatures of the night.

Already living in the shadows due to her albinism, Vanora is just a little girl when her older brother inadvertently unleashes a terrible evil from the family crypt that changes their lives forever. 

As she grows up in a world where beautiful deadly beings hunt by night, one captures her eye and her heart.  Yet, can she trust the mysterious Armando?  For there is a powerful entity plotting to claim her when she reaches adulthood in order to fulfill an ancient prophecy, and her enemy has enveloped her in a web of deceit, casting doubt on all she believes to be true.  Soon, she will have to fight not only to save those she loves, but also for her very soul.

Rhiannon Frater delivers a chilling adventure once again with this multi-part epic serial with a dynamic cast, old school vampires, bloody action, a smoldering forbidden love, and a terrifying villain set against the backdrop of a modern day vampire war.

This paperback includes all five episodes of the first season of the serial.

 

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About the Author:

Rhiannon Frater is the award-winning author of over a dozen books, including the As the World Dies zombie trilogy (Tor) , as well as independent works such as The Last Bastion of the Living (declared the #1 Zombie Release of 2012 by Explorations Fantasy Blog and the #1 Zombie Novel of the Decade by B&N Book Blog), and other horror novels.  Her next novel for Tor, Dead Spots, will be published in 2014.  She was born and raised a Texan and presently lives in Austin, Texas with her husband and furry children (a.k.a. pets).  She loves scary movies, sci-fi and horror shows, playing video games, cooking, dying her hair weird colors, and shopping for Betsey Johnson purses and shoes.
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Cover Reveal: ‘Becoming a Legend’ by B. Kristin McMichael

Overall, I like this cover.  There is something about the combination of fonts that pull my attention in the wrong directions, though.  Still, this series sounds pretty interesting.

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Becoming a Legend

The Blue Eyes Trilogy #2
by B. Kristin McMichael
Publication date: June 6th 2013
Genre: YA Paranormal Romance
From the Cover:

Arianna Grace is about to turn seventeen and her life has been very complicated lately.  She is the leader of four clans of night humans: dearg-dul, baku, tengu, and lycan.  While the four clans seem to get along better with each other, there is internal conflict on both sides of her family, not to mention the three boys vying for her attention.

Edward Lucan is making a chase for the power to lead the baku clans and is playing his cards by using his nephew Andrew to lure Arianna into a trap.  Unfortunately for Lucan, Andrew has his own plans.  He has spent the last year waiting for Arianna to see him as more than a friend, and he now finds it necessary to make a move for her affection, despite his uncle.

In the dearg-dul estate, Arianna discovers that the ambitious Lord Seeger has been laying his own strategies for power and is slowly poisoning her.  After getting away with her grandfather’s murder, he is setting his sights on her.  Luckily for Arianna, her team is on to all of the plans and is making some plans of their own.  Will it be enough to keep Arianna safe?  Several people close to Arianna have been keeping secrets.  If Arianna is to take power and control of the night, she will need to know the truth.  Will someone finally tell her what it truly means to become the legend everyone is waiting for, before it is too late to turn back?

 

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About the Author:

Originally from Wisconsin, B. Kristin currently resides in Ohio with her husband, two small children, and three cats.  When not doing the mom thing of chasing kids, baking cookies, and playing outside, she is using her PhD in Biology working as a scientist. In her free time she is hard at work on multiple novels; as each day passes, she has more ideas for both current and future novels.
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Saturday Songs: ‘Without You’- Ingrid Michaelson

Ingrid Michaelson is one of those hit or miss artists with me.  When she is off she is really off, but holy heck, when she is on- it is pretty freaking magical.  When I heard this on the Grey’s Anatomy season finale, I had to look it up right away.  It is such a simple song, but just beautiful all the same.  Plus, there is something about her long, red, curly hair and glasses here that just gets me. 🙂  Enjoy.

E-Galley Glimpse #3

I have decided to start a new feature to focus on the e-galleys I choose to check out.  I really am not a fan of e-readers, as I prefer a cozy printed book.  However, it is a really good way to get a sneak peak into books that are not yet released to decide if they are something I would like to look into further.  It is also incredibly tedious to read an entire book on an iTouch screen!

So, this feature is intended to spotlight the galleys I peruse.  I will read 25 pages or so and judge from there whether I will choose to:  Buy, borrow, add to the wishlist, forget about, or delete and never look back.

So, let’s take a peak:

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Expected publication:  May 21, 2013

Publisher:  Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Genre:  Historical Fiction/ Mystery/ Thriller

Source:  NetGalley

Cover blurb:  

Confused and disoriented, Georgina Ferrars awakens in a small room in Tregannon House, a private asylum in a remote corner of England.  She has no memory of the past few weeks.  The doctor, Maynard Straker, tells her that she admitted herself under the name Lucy Ashton the day before, then suffered a seizure.  When she insists he has mistaken her for someone else, Dr. Straker sends a telegram to her uncle, who replies that Georgina Ferrars is at home with him in London: “Your patient must be an imposter.”

Suddenly her voluntary confinement becomes involuntary.  Who is the woman in her uncle’s house?  And what has become of her two most precious possessions, a dragonfly pin left to her by her mother and a writing case containing her journal, the only record of those missing weeks?  Georgina’s perilous quest to free herself takes us from a cliffside cottage on the Isle of Wight to the secret passages of Tregannon House and into a web of hidden family ties on which her survival depends.

My quick take:  I am having trouble prying myself from this one.  It is deliciously dark and twisted, and is one heck of a mystery.  It reads like it should be an old Hitchcock movie, and draws the reader into its madness with ease.  I just have to know what is really going on with the young woman confined to the asylum, with only her memory to remind her who she is- maybe.

The Verdict:  Purchase right away, or check it out from the library, then buy the paperback (as adult hardcovers can be a bit pricey.)

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If He Had Been With Me by Laura Nowlin15835031

Publication date:  April 1, 2013

Publisher:  Sourcebooks Fire

Genre:  YA Contemporary Fiction

Source:  NetGalley

Cover blurb:

If he had been with me, he wouldn’t have died.

Throughout their whole childhood, Finn and Autumn were inseparable—they finished each other’s sentences, they knew just what to say when the other person was hurting.  But one incident in middle school puts them in separate social worlds come high school, and Autumn has been happily dating James for the last 2 years.  But she’s always wondered what if…

The night she’s about to get the answer is also one of terrible tragedy.

My quick take:  This was another YA Contemporary that was just too melodramatic and the characters too self-absorbed for my liking.  Indeed, I am not a fan of the genre as a general rule, as I tend to feel the same in a lot of instances.  I did think this one had a potential to be a bit more, though.  In the end, it was just too slow, cliche,  and not enough of a story to keep my interest.  On a side note, the cover just keeps making me think she is going to slit her wrists at any moment- and I’m not sure how I feel about that for a YA title.

The Verdict:  Forget about

Cover Redesign Reveal: ‘Grounded’ by G.P. Ching

The new cover is so much better than the first.  I really like the blue lightning, but I’m not so sure about the billowing back of the dress.  Still, a vast improvement!

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Grounded

by G.P. Ching
Publication date: November 15th 2013
Genre: YA Paranormal Fantasy/ Sci-fi
From the Cover:

All my life I’ve worked to be simple, but I can’t pretend anymore.  Nothing about me is simple.

In the year 2050, a secret government study nicknamed Operation Source Code injects eight volunteers with a retrovirus.  The goal? To abate the energy crisis by reprogramming human DNA to power personal electronic devices.  The experiment works but with disastrous consequences.

Seventeen years later, Lydia Troyer is far from concerned with the energy crisis.  Growing up in the isolated community of Hemlock Hollow, life hasn’t changed much since 1698 when her Amish ancestors came to America.  She milks her cow by hand, makes fresh bread every morning, and hopes to be courted by Jeremiah, the boy who’s been her best friend since she could walk.

But when Lydia’s father has a stroke and is taken to the outside world for medical treatment, Lydia and Jeremiah leave home to visit him.  An ordinary light switch thrusts Lydia into a new world where energy is a coveted commodity and her own personal history makes her the most sought-after weapon on the planet. 

 

 

GPAbout the Author:

G.P Ching is the author of The Soulkeepers Series and variety of short fiction.  She specializes in cross-genre paranormal stories, loves old cemeteries, and enjoys a good ghost tour.  She lives in central Illinois with her husband, two children, and one very demanding guinea pig.
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