LAUNCH WEEK: The Surrogate Sea by Danielle E. Shipley

Guys, I can’t believe it’s time for another Wilderhark Tales release already! Where does the time go? Thank God, right? Today marks the release day of Danielle E. Shipley‘s sixth Wilderhark Tales book The Surrogate Sea! Next to the most beautiful cover you will ever lay eyes on, this book is fabulous in and of its own. (My review of this gem is going up on Saturday along with a giveaway, but until then, you have 5 more reviews of The Swan Prince, The Stone Kingdom, The Seventh Spell, The Spell Caster and The Sun’s Rival to look forward too. Or, you know, you could always buy the whole series in the meantime here and here! Alas, enough of my Shipley extravaganza schedule, and on with some info on everything you can expect from the wickedly awesome The Surrogate Sea! HAPPY BOOK BIRTHDAY, DANIELLE!

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COVER REVEAL PUZZLE: Nowhere But Here by Katie McGarry

West Side Story meets Sons of Anarchy?? Yes, please!

Katie McGarry‘s newest novel, NOWHERE BUT HERE, has a cover and I’m thrilled to get to help reveal it to you today. The first novel in her upcoming The Thunder Road Series, NOWHERE BUT HERE is a young adult contemporary romance that will keep you turning the pages long into the night. Considering my HUGE fondness for everything Katie pens, I have no doubt that this will be a swoon-worthy, heart-breaking and yet encouraging motorcycle ride of a story!

Follow along today as pieces of the cover are revealed, and then stop by the HarlequinTeen Page to see the full cover at 7pm EST! And that’s not all, of course! We have a few Behind-The-Scenes pictures from the photo shoot itself for you to enjoy as well! Check out the Behind-The-Scenes pictures and then scroll down for our puzzle piece!

 

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And here’s the ninth piece to the cover for you!

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NOWHERE BUT HERE Synopsis:

An unforgettable new series from acclaimed author Katie McGarry about taking risks, opening your heart and ending up in a place you never imagined possible

Seventeen-year-old Emily likes her life the way it is: doting parents, good friends, good school in a safe neighborhood. Sure, she’s curious about her biological father—the one who chose life in a motorcycle club, the Reign of Terror, over being a parent—but that doesn’t mean she wants to be a part of his world. But when a reluctant visit turns to an extended summer vacation among relatives she never knew she had, one thing becomes clear: nothing is what it seems. Not the club, not her secret-keeping father and not Oz, a guy with suck-me-in blue eyes who can help her understand them both.

Oz wants one thing: to join the Reign of Terror. They’re the good guys. They protect people. They’re…family. And while Emily—the gorgeous and sheltered daughter of the club’s most respected member—is in town, he’s gonna prove it to her. So when her father asks him to keep her safe from a rival club with a score to settle, Oz knows it’s his shot at his dream. What he doesn’t count on is that Emily just might turn that dream upside down.

No one wants them to be together. But sometimes the right person is the one you least expect, and the road you fear the most is the one that leads you home.

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Katie McGarry was a teenager during the age of grunge and boy bands and remembers those years as the best and worst of her life. She is a lover of music, happy endings, reality television, and is a secret University of Kentucky basketball fan.

Katie is the author of full length YA novels, PUSHING THE LIMITS, DARE YOU TO, CRASH INTO YOU, TAKE ME ON, BREAKING THE RULES, and NOWHERE BUT HERE and the e-novellas, CROSSING THE LINE and RED AT NIGHT. Her debut YA novel, PUSHING THE LIMITS was a 2012 Goodreads Choice Finalist for YA Fiction, a RT Magazine’s 2012 Reviewer’s Choice Awards Nominee for Young Adult Contemporary Novel, a double Rita Finalist, and a 2013 YALSA Top Ten Teen Pick. DARE YOU TO was also a Goodreads Choice Finalist for YA Fiction and won RT Magazine’s Reviewer’s Choice Best Book Award for Young Adult Contemporary fiction in 2013.

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HAPPY RELEASE DAY: Breaking The Rules by Katie McGarry

BreakingTheRulesThe first time I read Katie McGarry‘s novel Pushing The Limits, I instantly fell in love not just with the story, but with the characters and their turmoils and delights and all in-betweens. Her two leads, Noah and Echo, became my favourite characters (and ultimate OTP) in such a short span of time that reading them felt like they became a part of me, and saying goodbye to them was heartbreaking. I have reread Pushing The Limits many times over the years whenever life became too overwhelming, and it has always managed to pull me out of the deep ends I found myself in. Noah and Echo have helped me so much, and I always wished that, in spite of the great sequels that McGarry released in the meantime, someday, we would get to enjoy a sequel just for Noah and Echo, and alas, it is here! Katie McGarry has answered all her readers wishes and Breaking The Rules, published by Harlequin Teen, is finally out, so excuse me while I go snuggle up in bed with my two favourites and enjoy their love story some more! Happy release day, Katie!

For new high school graduate Echo Emerson, a summer road trip out west with her boyfriend means getting away and forgetting what makes her so . . . different. It means seeing cool sights while selling her art at galleries along the way. And most of all, it means almost three months alone with Noah Hutchins, the hot, smart, soul-battered guy who’s never judged her. Echo and Noah share everything–except the one thing Echo’s just not ready for. But when the source of Echo’s constant nightmares comes back into her life, she has to make some tough decisions about what she really wants–even as foster kid Noah’s search for his last remaining relatives forces them both to confront some serious truths about life, love, and themselves. Now, with one week left before college orientation, jobs and real life, Echo must decide if Noah’s more than the bad-boy fling everyone warned her he’d be. And the last leg of an amazing road trip will turn . . . seriously epic.

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Enjoy a great teaser from the story below!

FROM NOAH’S POV
“Did you fall into some paint, Echo?” Isaiah asks, changing the subject.
Echo’s shoulder slumps as she pivots toward the mirror. She groans as she touches her cheek and forehead that are more red and pink than skin. “Dang it. Why am I such a mess?”
“I think it’s sexy as hell,” I say.
“I think I’m going to barf,” Beth mocks my tone.
Death radiates from the look I send her way. Enough that it should melt her. “Ever sleep in a tent, Beth?”
Beth focuses on the screen while raising her middle finger in my direction.
“Screw it.” Echo turns away from the mirror. “I need a shower.”
I smile, Echo blushes, then I laugh. Damn me for inviting Isaiah and Beth to share our room.
“Anyhow.” An excited glint strikes Echo’s eyes. “Are you ready? I hope you like it. It’s sort of…for you. But it’s not done, okay? I mean, something like this would actually take a while to perfect, so I guess I’m saying—”
“Echo.”
“Yeah?”
“It’s all good.”
“Okay.” Her fingers drum nervously over the top of the canvas before she repeats, “Okay.”
“I’m assuming that’s not the constellation Aires?”
“No. I’ll have to start on that tomorrow.” With a deep inhale, Echo pulls out a chair from the table and rests the painting on the arms and leans it against the back so it will stay upright.
Air rushes out of my body, and I sink onto our bed. It’s the same damned shock as when she drew my parents this past spring. There’s awe and joy and this ache that hits deep in my gut. I bend forward and rest my joint hands on my knees and stare at the sight in front of me.
Fuck me, my eyes burn. I shut them, attempting to get my shit together. It’s a painting. Only a painting. I reopen them, and it’s the same disorientation as a right hook to the head. It’s more than a painting, and that’s the reason my throat swells.
Last night meant as much to me as it did to her and she painted it, capturing it in a way unique to Echo. She’s right, it’s not done. It’s a skeleton compared to her other work, but I see enough to know what she desires, what she plans to design. Up close all those colors would look like chaos, but when viewed as a whole it creates this beautiful picture. In the end, that’s the best way to describe me and Echo, our relationship. Our love.
The bed dips as Echo eases onto it, settles behind me and props her chin on my shoulder. Her signature scent that reminds me of walking into a bakery becomes an invisible blanket surrounding me. “What do you think?”
“It’s us,” I whisper, and knots form in my stomach. Echo always finds a way to blow my mind. She tenses behind me and I continue, “It’s where we spent last night.”
“It is.” Echo relaxes, and her fingers curl around my biceps. “Do you like it?”
Struggling for composure, I place my hand over hers and pause. “It’s…”
I’m not Echo. I don’t have words for what happens inside me. If I did, I’d fail at describing this. I shift to rest my forehead against hers. “I don’t deserve you.”
“That’s my statement,” she says so only I can hear. “I wish we were alone again.”
I press my lips to hers, slide my hand through her hair and watch as the curls bounce back into place. “Me, too.”

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Katie McGarry was a teenager during the age of grunge and boy bands and remembers those years as the best and worst of her life. She is a lover of music, happy endings, reality television, and is a secret University of Kentucky basketball fan. Katie is the author of full length YA novels, PUSHING THE LIMITS, DARE YOU TO, CRASH INTO YOU, TAKE ME ON,  BREAKING THE RULES, and NOWHERE BUT HERE and the e-novellas, CROSSING THE LINE and RED AT NIGHT. Her debut YA novel, PUSHING THE LIMITS was a 2012 Goodreads Choice Finalist for YA Fiction, a RT Magazine’s 2012 Reviewer’s Choice Awards Nominee for Young Adult Contemporary Novel, a double Rita Finalist, and a 2013 YALSA Top Ten Teen Pick. DARE YOU TO was also a Goodreads Choice Finalist for YA Fiction and won RT Magazine’s Reviewer’s Choice Best Book Award for Young Adult Contemporary fiction in 2013.

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Be sure to check out all of the books in the series on McGarry’s Goodreads profile above, you do not want to miss these amazing young adult contemporaries in your library! Happy book birthday, Katie, and thank you for all your words that have encouraged so many!  Here’s to Noah and Echo and how it all began!

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LAUNCH WEEK: The Sun’s Rival by Danielle E. Shipley

Well, if you follow me on Twitter or Instagram, you’ve probably already encountered my love for everything Danielle E. Shipley, who has quickly become one of my very favourite writers with her The Wilderhark Tales series and Inspired standalone. On December 2nd, the fifth book set in the Wilderhark universe, The Sun’s Rival, was released, and because Danielle’s books continue to inspire me, I’m spreading the Wilderhark cheer this gloomy Monday afternoon with this launch week post! Check out the series, its newest novella with a little excerpt, Danielle the author, and a gorgeous giveaway! Danielle retells fairy tales, and her stories are sweet, short and imbued with lots of magic, soul and words that capture it all so perfectly, you can’t help but feel entirely happy, content and at home in her setting! Reading her books is most definitely worth it!

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You can also check out Danielle’s Goodreads Author page here and directly find her books at Amazon and Barnes & Noble for purchase here and here! Alas, I hope you guys fall as enchanted as I have with this series, and look forward to my upcoming reviews!

 

HAPPY RELEASE DAY: Alienated by Melissa Landers

Alienated-newcvrAlong with the likes of Mafi’s Ignite Me and Mayer’s Cress, today also marks the official release day of the highly anticipated Alienated, Melissa Lander’s sci-fi romance debut that is to be a sure hit with young adult readers! HAPPY BOOK BIRTHDAY, MELISSA! In celebration of the book’s release date, Melissa is hosting an awesome giveaway, so be sure to participate! I’ve been super excited for this book to find its way into bookstores and can’t wait to get reading! Here’s what Melissa has got to share with you!

ALIENATED Launch & NOOK Giveaway!

Hey, fiction lovers. I’m author Melissa Landers, and I’m thrilled to announce that my debut YA sci-fi romance, ALIENATED, is finally available from Disney-Hyperion! Cue the dancers and toss the confetti, because it’s been a long wait!

In a nutshell, ALIENATED is the story of valedictorian Cara Sweeney, who gets more than she bargained for when she agrees to host the nation’s first intergalactic exchange student, the gorgeous but emotionally-stilted Aelyx (pronounced A-licks) from planet L’eihr. The tone is light and humorous, but I explore some deeper themes as well.

If you like hot, swoony science fiction as much as I do, I hope you’ll give ALIENATED a try. It’s now available in stores and online.

To celebrate my book birthday, I’m offering one lucky winner a Nook Simple Touch. I’ll even throw in a $25 gift card to Barnes & Noble so you can fill your new e-reader with whatever you want!

Now for the fine print: This giveaway is open to US residents only. (Sorry, international friends, but you need a US billing address to buy digital content on the Nook.) Due to sweepstakes laws, entrants must be 18 years or older to participate.

Best of luck, and happy reading!

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WHAT REVIEWERS GOT TO SAY

“The storyline is out of this world and character development paired with authentic voice is superb. Filled with intrigue and suspense, this book will appeal to both sci-fi and contemporary YA fiction fans.” –VOYA

“Interstellar relations heat up in this start to a new romantic science fiction series. Landers [explores] larger social, ecological, and ethical issues in this tense, fast-paced read.” –Booklist

“The perfect blend of sizzling romance, action, and suspense.” –#1 New York Times bestselling author Jennifer L. Armentrout

“Smart, funny, and epic. I am now awaiting contact from planet L’eihr.” Julie Cross, bestselling author of Tempest.

“Intergalactic exchange students? Yes, please! I fell in love with this story and couldn’t put it down.” Jodi Meadows, author of Incarnate.

 

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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Melissa Landers is a former teacher who left the classroom to pursue other worlds. A proud sci-fi geek, she isn’t afraid to wear her Princess Leia costume in public—just ask her husband and three kids. She lives outside Cincinnati in the small town of Loveland, “Sweetheart of Ohio.” For more information, or just to say hello, visit http://www.melissa-landers.com.

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