IndieWritersReview: IT’S FINALLY HERE! CHRYSALIS RELEASE DAY!!! ( NEW EXCERPT and Early Readers Reviews)


Hello Everyone! Yes, it is here finally! The official release day for my first full length YA novel Chrysalis (A World of Bid’A Ban Novel)

YAY!!!
So since I have been talking about it and well…talking about it…,lol I figured we will have a quiet release day! I will post the book deets and my heartfelt thank-yous below (Love you guys!:)…and in November there will be a whole big hoopla through the Chrysalis Review Tour November 4th-29th! (VBT Café).

So please check out what’s in store for the Chrysalis tour in November right here: Chrysalis November (4th-29th) VBT Cafe Tour (HUGE THANKS TO BK WALKER AT VBT CAFE Virtual Tours!)

and just for fun, check out the world of Bid’A Ban, which is where Chrysalis takes place! Here on my  Pinterest  board…I had some fun bringing the world together through illustrations: The World Of Bid’A Ban

and if you would like to receive a free copy of Chrysalis to read, then please sign up here at the Goodreads Making Connections YA Edition

Read and Review: (Copies to the first twenty to sign up): Good Reads Making Connections Read to Review of Chrysalis

CHRYSALIS

A World of Bid’A Ban Novel

YA Fantasy/Dystopian

Book One

By Michelle Cornwell-Jordan

3CM Media

Released September 30th 2013 Add To Goodreads and Buy on Amazon

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EDITORS

Tara Chevrestt

Jamie White

BETA READERS

Denise Zaky

Nancy Allen

Victoria Zigler

Brianna Jordan

The cover was created by the amazing (Amy Rooney-CVWriterDesigns)

Website: http://www.courtneyvail.com/

Photography by the fantabulous (Tiffany McDonald- Anecdote Photography)

Website: http://www.anecdotephotography.com/home.html

Big Hug and Much Gratitude to the very awesome duo

Models

Jessica Becerra

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And Javier Gonzalez

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Synopsis

After the war between Man and the Supernatural. The world settled back into a harmonious rhythm.
Man and Preternatural existing side by side, building a society that was technologically advanced and beneficial to both kinds.
This new world was ruled by ThunderKins–Shapeshifters who took the form of the great Thunderbird.
But there was dissatisfaction in several of the Divisions. Some did not accept the rule of the ThunderKin. The leader’s heir was targeted for destruction, believing this would cause the current Thunderkin royalty’s rule to be overthrown.
So Chaos was birth and Chaos had a name….Ayda

Ayda Blackhawk is the beautiful, mysterious new girl at Kindale High School, in the Earthen Elemental Division of Bid’ABan. She is not there to make friends but to bring destruction. Her assignment? To kill the Thunderkin heir Adrian Dusong.

But when Ayda meets the handsome Adrian, a twist of fate changes the rules. Ayda and Adrian find themselves, along with their world, at the cross roads to either destruction or redemption.

 

Advanced Reader Review’s (Beta Readers) (Big thanks to my Betas! Through their tips and suggestions after reading, I was able to go back and make Chrysalis better!) Can Be Seen on Goodreads!

Denise‘s review         

Sep 13, 13                     
 
              5 of 5 stars      
                      I was thrilled to be asked to beta read this book by the author having read other work by her and really enjoying her writing style. I really liked this book. The world and characters of Chrysalis came alive for me with a storyline that was fresh and unique.  As it states in the synopsis the story begins after a war between man and the supernatural and the world is now at peace with the races coexisting in harmony.  There are those, however, who have never accepted the changes and the intermingling of the races and strive to return to the previous way of life and glory of the Bid’ABan.  Ayda is created; she is a supernatural being that is constructed from the DNA of a human and a supernatural.  She is educated and trained with the goal and sole existence to assassinate the heir of the current Thunderkin ruler.  As the story progresses Ayda begins to think for herself and step out of her programming and the roller coaster ride takes off with lots of twists and turns that kept me glued to the pages wanting to see what was going to happen next.  There is a little insta-love and some teenage angst, but this was not really inappropriate for the storyline and in my opinion it does add to the enjoyment of the read. The story culminates with a bit of a cliffhanger, but it is not one that is glaringly frustrating, and it does leave room for the imagination to wonder and crave to read what happens next.  As the copy I read was an ARC there were some small typos and grammatical blips, but they were minimal and I anticipate further editing will be done prior to release.  Overall I enjoyed Chrysalis very much and look forward to continuing the journey.

Nancy (The Avid Reader)‘s review  

Sep 24, 13
              5 of 5 stars
                      Ayda was created to assassinate Adrain a ThunderKin. Adrain’s uncle, Leader Cheveyo had Ayda created for this purpose and this purpose only. But after a couple of failed attempts she made while trying to kill Adrain she began to wonder why she was failing at the one thing she was trained for her whole life. After she gave it some thought she finally came to the conclusion that she was developing feelings for Adrain. She realized that she could not harm him ever. She would now become his protector. She would keep him safe and would not let anyone else harm him even if it meant her own life would be taken away. After having someone make a couple of attempts on his life Adrain begins to wonder what was going on and why was someone trying to kill him? One day right before an attempt was made he felt someone watching him and began looking around and spotted Ayda watching him. She thought Adrain had seen her but she was like that was impossible. She was starting to have feelings for Adrain and he was also starting to fall in love with her as well. So now Ayda had become his protector and not his killer.  Later after another failed attempt he began putting two and two together and came up with the fact that it was Ayda trying to kill him. He was like, Ayda? Why would she do this? She did not seem like the kind of person who would do something of this nature but she was doing it.
Ayda has wanted to know more about her culture and who she was with her being half-human and half- ThunderKin, her father was ThunderKin. Ayda has confessed that she has always wanted to fly. Adrain offers to take Ayda on a Kii flight. She is not sure at first but he tells her that he is an expert. Ayda can’t resist the chance to fly even if she is not doing it herself. So she accepts; Adrain changes and Ayda climbs on his back and he takes her up in the sky for the ride of her life. Ayda is like a kid on a roller coaster ride; she throws her hands up in the air. After the ride is over and Adrain takes her back to the ground and lets her off and changes back into his human form Ayda realizes how much she has fallen in love with the man that she as an assassin was sent to kill. Anyone that would climb on someone’s back and go soaring through the air on their back has got to have a lot of trust for that person and be totally and completely in love with them.
I was asked by Michelle if I would like to be one of her beta readers for Chrysalis and of course I said yes and I am very glad I did. I really and truly loved reading Chrysalis and can’t wait for the second book. Michelle did a fantastic job of creating and describing a whole new world. She described it in a way that you wished you could go visit Bid’ABan and sit down for a chat with Ayda, Adrain, River, Al and all of the characters.

 

Brianna‘s review  

Sep 21, 13
              5 of 5 stars
            
                      I really liked this book. It had amazing characters that I could really connect with. They all had special personalities that made them all unique in their own way. I loved the way the author used such beautiful description. You could really imagine that you were there. I recommend reading this book and all the other books written by this author. She has a true passion for writing and you feel it through her words. I can’t wait for all her books in the future.

Victoria Zigler‘s review  

Sep 07, 13
              5 of 5 stars
            
                      I was given an advanced copy of this book to read and review, but this in no way influences my opinions of the story: what follows is an honest – though, I admit, quite short – review based upon my opinions and nothing else.
This book is an enjoyable read; written in a straight-forward and simple style that’s easy to follow, but which will capture your interest early on and keep it.  The world the author has created is fascinating, and the characters are believable as real people.  I look forward to reading more!

Excerpt

ADRIAN

Chapter 4

“Adrian, come on. Catch up, dude. You scared?”

Laughter rang out as Adrian Dusong watched one of his best friends, Achak “Ace” Cunsah, race towards the rugged bluffs that surrounded Adrian’s home. As Ace bolted with five other howling boys, tumbling towards the cliffs with hoots and hollers, Adrian noticed how effortlessly his best friend’s phase into Kii form was. One minute he was the lanky, long-limbed guy he had always known, all big hands and feet, looking the same as he did when they’d first met in Primary Academy, only taller. His blond hair was long in front and shorter in back, which he constantly flipped out of his eyes. But when he phased, Adrian had to admit that out of all of them, Ace was the best… Almost graceful, one minute in Human form, the next an impressive caramel-hued Kii with downy feathers tinged in silver.

It was the mistaken belief that the Kuuyi Kiis were all black, but in reality the majestic Kiis came in various shades of the darker spectrum from bronze to inky-black.

“Nah, go ahead, I’ll catch up,” Adrian shouted over the din of the howls that turned into the Kii trills as he viewed his friends filling the sky. He watched as the birds flapped their massive wings, which propelled them higher, when they disappeared from sight. Every time he watched, it thrilled Adrian to witness his kind in action. Adrian knew that once it was thought the Kii would never appear again, then with a blusterous peal, the enormous figures would reappear, diving at breakneck speed towards the earth below, and breaking off inches before connecting to the ground.

It was an incredibly stupid feat, but it was an amazing ride.

Adrian was not in the mood to participate in the crazy antics with his friends. His mind was preoccupied, his thoughts twisting in on themselves like an Ouroboros. He was unsettled, discontented with thoughts of what was beyond the mountains of his home. Since his father ruled Kuuyi, it was expected that Adrian would one day rule, especially now that his father was not well.

But Adrian was curious about what was beyond these mountains, outside the rainy walls of Kuuyi. He was not all that sure he wanted to lead, and he felt this revelation would be disappointing to his father and a letdown to his people. The guilt twisted his insides, making his mood blacker the closer he came to graduating.

“Woo! That was freaking awesome, man! Why didn’t you skate?” Ace yelled as the last edges of his phase completed and he dashed to where Adrian sat.

Adrian shrugged. “Not in the mood.”

“You are a kill buzz. Jeez, snap out of it, will you?” Ace snorted as he fell down on the ground beside his best friend.

Adrian leaned back, lying in the grass, arms bent behind his head, as he stared up at the sky. Although there was no sunlight, the sky’s normally plum tint was now a deep Indigo and cloudless.

“This joker- is our senior year, man, so whatever’s yanking your chain? You gotta let it go. Is it Jasmyne? I know those Lumpae can be a handful,” Ace said with a knowing smirk, wiggling his eyebrows.

Adrian rolled his eyes. “You are such an idiot.”

“Hey, just saying I can help carry half the load.”

Adrian sat up and took a swing at his buddy. “Didn’t I teach you better than that?”

Ace ducked and rolled over, missing the back-handed slap aimed for the side of his head. He laughed.”Yeah, yeah, okay, respect the opposite sex. Got it!”

Adrian shook his head and lay back down. “No, it’s not Jasmyne. We’re not together any longer”

“What are you? Insane? Dude, she was the hottest female in senior class. What? She dumped you?” Ace questioned with a cheesy grin.

Staring up at the sky, Adrian replied, “Okay, sure, she dumped me.”

Ace sighed loudly. “You know if you weren’t the best air skater in Kuuyi, I believe I would no longer know you—especially with that ugly mug of yours. It’s almost embarrassing.”

Adrian smiled and shook his head, fully aware his friend was trying to stick it to him. Adrian had confidence and knew who he was. He’d heard the conversations of girls as he walked through Kindale’s halls. And the secret whisperings of his friends’ sisters, who cut their eyes quickly as Adrian was near, swiftly looking away so as not to be caught staring. Adrian understood that his dark mane, tawny complexion, and chocolate-colored eyes found favor with many of the Kin and Human girls in the District. But there was no conceit in Adrian. He appreciated the admiring glances, but what he wanted most in all his relationships—especially with a girl—was one who understood him and his desire to see more than the boundaries of this land, to explore.

“Seriously, I get it. There’s going to be a lot thrown at you when we graduate, you’re inheriting the mess of this land that all those,” Ace waved his arms in the air, “old ones started and want you to fix, but, Ant,” Ace reverted back to the childhood name for his best friend, “man, you’re not going to fix them right now, so you might as well have fun while you can. We’re young and fabulously good looking.” Ace added an enthusiastic hoot. “So let’s enjoy. There’s a party over at Chayton’s tomorrow night, so how about it? There will be food, music, beverages, and girls. Let’s leave the future for the future. We need to live, man, while we have the chance, like it’s our last chance.”

At that moment, the rest of the group bounded over to where Ace and Adrian sat, each dropping onto the ground in lazy heaps. Conversation turned to tomorrow’s party, sprinkled with good-natured ribbing over that day’s friendly competition.

Adrian watched his friends. He heard everything his best friend said, and he agreed—he knew he should join in and enjoy this moment, but he could not shake the feeling that things were about to change. Destiny was catching up with him, and he was not sure if that was a good thing or not.

IndieWritersReview Welcomes Deadly To Love by Mia Hoddell! (Book Blitz!)


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Hello Everyone! Today I am very excited to participate as a Book Blitz Host for Deadly To Love by Mia Hoddell! So check out this great book details and the awesome Giveaway Goodies!
About The Author
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Mia Hoddell lives in the UK with her family and two cats. She spends most of her time writing or reading and loves anything paranormal. Mia always had a love of writing but never reading. She was more interested in sports and hated sitting still – despite getting three poems published before the age of sixteen. Finally though, she found some novels that captured her interest and developed a love of reading which is now one of her favourite hobbies.

Mia began with poems before moving on to short stories. Although she enjoyed this, Mia found she had too much to tell with too little space, so later on she created her first series ‘The Wanderer Trilogy’ and from there other ideas have emerged. With a total of nine books planned at this moment, she is busy working on her second series ‘Elemental Killers’ before moving onto the next idea on her ever growing list.

Links:  Blog |Twitter @MiaHoddell | Facebook Page |Goodreads

Deadly to Love (Elemental Killers #1)
by Mia Hoddell

Genre: YA/Romance/Paranormal/Fantasy
ASIN:  B00BDQ3QGA
ISBN: 978-1-291-41025-9

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Blurb
The world is dangerous – but love will kill you.

Little did Serena Jackson know that one simple, flirty remark to an anonymous guy online would lead to her world being changed forever.

She doesn’t know him, but inexplicably, is drawn. She knows it is wrong but she agrees to meet.

His real name is Kai. He is beautiful. And immediately Serena feels herself blindly falling for him even though she senses a lie. She knows he is hiding something and it terrifies her.

What she doesn’t realise is that her entire life has been built on secrets and lies. The people she loved left her in the dark for a reason.

She trusted them. She trusts Kai. But as he pulls her straight into the heart of the danger the lies and deadly secrets are revealed. They overwhelm her, and the person she once was no longer exists as she is thrown into a ruthless world of elemental forces. The price of truth is her life—and now the world wants her dead.

Buy Links: Amazon (Kindle) | Amazon (Paperback) | Lulu
and only 99c / 77p on Kindle for September!

Praise:

“I couldn’t put it down. So I finished it last night and all I can say is WOW! This book was amazing and different.” Brianna (Book Blogger)

I loved how the author took a different approach to writing a love story in modern times with the paranormal element present. I thought it was absolutely wonderful and refreshing. Marvelous!” Kathy H (Amazon Reviewer)

“I will admit I scoffed at the way it started but in the end I had fallen in love with this story…completely untraditional it was a very original idea, not to mention modern. This story had such a good plot and the story structure was sound.” Kacii – The Kooky Bookworm (Book Blogger)

 

Excerpt

Happy with the amount of photos I had collected I started to head back out of the forest, still flicking through my shots. As well as close ups, I had taken a few landscapes and as I was almost at the edge of the forest I noticed something in one of the photographs that made me stop.

In the left hand corner was a figure that looked mostly human, but was blurred as if they were moving on the spot.

A cold shudder shot through me.

Looking over my shoulder I became slightly panicked and felt as if someone was following me.

My eyes flicked and searched the shadows. Even though there was no sign that anything had ever been behind me, the forest looked different now – dark and threatening.

Instinctively I broke away and ran, still clutching the camera that was displaying the freaky image. Surrounded by trees I didn’t stop until I was free of the forest and back in the open light and sight of my house.

Throwing open my door, I slumped against the inside of it, regaining my breath from the short sprint. Once I had recovered I looked down at the photo once more, just to make sure that I hadn’t been seeing things. The old saying “the camera never lies,” came into my mind and for the first time I wished it not to be true. Sure enough though, as I looked down at the screen, the figure was still there and this time I noticed a red and orange glow around where its feet should have been. The image almost looked like the person was on fire but I thought I would have surely noticed if there had been a burning man in front of me.

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Giveaway

Mia Hoddell is giving away an Amazon gift card this month only there is a slight twist: the more entries she receives the more money she will put on the gift card to giveaway! For example:

No matter what = $5
100 entries = $10
150 entries = $15
200 entries = $20
and so forth…
So if she gets 1000 entries she will give away $100, there’s no limit!

To enter all you have to do is buy or have bought Deadly to Love. It’s only $0.99 or £0.79 on Amazon for the duration of the giveaway! This will also unlock extra entries for you so you can earn more points by sharing the giveaway. Remember the more entries she gets the bigger the prize for you so share!

Link to giveaway Click to enter Deadly To Love Giveaway!

IndieWritersReview Cover Reveal: Life, Love and Everything Else! By Xunaira J


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Author Xunaira J

Authors website

Hello Everyone! I am so excited because today I am honored to participate in the cover reveal for Author Xunaira J! So guys, please take a minute to enjoy this awesome cover and check out the deets below:)

About The Author

Biography:

Born on October 17, 1990 in Islamabad, Pakistan, to a government officer and a homemaker, Xunaira J, as a child dreamed of being a writer. She always loved writing short stories and has been active on Helium (www.helium.com) as a creative writer. She has been a blogger and been writing articles on relationship and family. When she was young she used to write for US Magazine. Currently, Xunaira is doing her Bachelors in Mobile and Ubiquitous Computing from SZABIST (Shaheed Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto Institute of Science and Technology, Islamabad). The name of her book on Amazon Kindle is “The Cursed City”. Meanwhile, she is working on another mystery novel which is almost reaching completion. She is anticipating publishing it sometime next year.

Social media links:

Facebook: http://facebook.com/revampinglif3

Twitter: http://twitter.com/xunairaj

Google+: https://plus.google.com/u/0/109811803218021913965/posts

About.me: http://about.me/xunairaj

Amazon: http://amazon.com/author/xunairajaved

Blog: http://xunairaj.wordpress.com/

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/Xunaira

Life, Love &Everything Else

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Blurb:

Meet Sarah, a nine year old girl with a talent for painting and an adoptive family who supports her in everything she does. She lives a happy life with her foster father who is her idol and her foster mother who loves her unconditionally. Little does she know that her past will come back to haunt her and an atrocity that happened nine year ago would come to light. What will be Sarah’s reaction when her biological parents claim her?

Sandy is scared, worried and somewhat irritated because of the weird voices she hears from the attic above. With the help of her best friend, Anne, she decides to find out the source of this all racket but what will she find hidden up there? Would the truth shock her?

Will the frail, old and lonely novelist who had managed to incur an emotion so inside him be able to change the course of his life?

Self-made and hardworking Jenny was looking forward to the opening ceremony of her novel when she is subjected to the hatred and scorn of her best friend, Cindy and made a laughingstock in town. Will Jenny be able to hold her head high?

 

IndieWritersReview Welcomes LightPoints by Peter Kassan


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Hello Everyone! Today I am excited to share my thoughts on Lightpoints by Author Peter Kassan!

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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I’ve been a writer since I was a teenager, when I became devoted to poetry. I read as many poets and books about poetry as I could find. To learn the art, I assigned myself the task of writing one poem a day—whether I thought I had any ideas for one or not. After a while, I had a few I thought were worthwhile, and began sending them out. I got a couple of poems published in obscure literary journals and one in Seventeen Magazine, which led me to being invited to contribute a poem to a book called The Young at Prayer. Although I was—even then—an atheist, I managed to write something for it.

In my twenties, I devoted myself to writing the next Great American Novel, and actually wrote three of them (American novels, but not great ones), supporting myself at first writing computer programs (which I’d learned to do as an undergraduate). I’m now relieved that none of those early works was published, and I’ve long since discarded the manuscripts. Also in my twenties, I earned a living with a variety of other kinds of writing, including technical writing (software manuals) and educational writing (instructional workbooks and audiotapes). I was also a staff writer for an adult comedy-variety health education show for Children’s Television Workshop, which was reviewed by Time Magazine as (if I recall accurately) “the most dismaying new show of the season.”

Combining my love of writing with my interest in computer programming, I became a technical writer for several software products companies, eventually becoming a minority shareholder and executive vice president of a small, privately held company. There, I wrote and managed the writing of everything from software design documents to marketing literature.Twenty-five years later, after it was sold to a large computer company with a three letter name, I became one of those celebrated risk-takers we’ve heard so much about. I started a company based on what I thought was a bright idea of mine. Within a couple of years, I’d crashed and burned, and discovered myself in financial ruin and without a job. Trying to find a job in my industry or to establish a consulting practice, I learned it was no industry for old men. Mostly to keep myself sane, I decided to write a novel based on the germ of an idea I’d had in my twenties. That became Lightpoints.

Oh, and along the way, I met the woman who would become my wife, married her, raised two children, and housed as many as five cats at a time. My wife and I now live in Connecticut. We’re down to only three cats.

LIGHTPOINT
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Blurb:
What if you suddenly discovered you had a sense-and powers-that almost no one else in the world did? When Amanda Lindner Nichols, a 24-year-old graphic artist living with her husband in Queens, New York, is revived from a near-death experience, she discovers she perceives everyone around her as points of light-but not with her eyes. She soon learns she can not only perceive the life energy of others, but she can give and take it. With the help of others like her, she brings her husband Chris to the brink of death and back to bestow on him the same remarkable faculty, and they’re the happiest they’ve been. But not for long. All over the world, people who’ve been revived from their own near-death experience at just the right moment discover themselves with these same unusual powers. They find ways to use them-some for good and some for evil. When Amanda and Chris encounter a ruthless group of gangsters with the same faculty, tragedy follows-and Amanda faces the greatest challenge of her life.
My Review

Lightpoints follows the story of Amanda, a young woman that after a Near Death Experience obtains the power to read Human energy. She soon discovers that there are others like her, and not all of them wishes to use this ability for good!

Lightpoints was a unique and entertaining story:) I’ve never read one similar and that made the experience even greater! Author Peter Kassan’s has created a very well written, well paced read. Although there were some action packed instances, this was more of a psychological adventure into the minds of his characters. Mr. Kassan takes the reader to some scary places, which is all the more frightening because it can exist inside of the Human psyche.

The opening scene grabbed my attention with Amanda’s attack and never once lost the ability to keep me hooked.The story is not for the faint of heart,–no there were no monsters hurdling through the night; well maybe there was–except the monsters look like us–and the bad thing is–they have the ability to ‘see’ us in ways we cannot ‘see’ them. Through the entire time reading, there was one thought which continued to surface to my mind, which was…jeeze, what if this was real?:)

I look forward to another creation from this author and I recommend Lightpoints for ages 17 years and older, especially if you enjoy Suspense Thrillers or Psychological Drama.

IndieWritersReview Welcomes WAX by Phil Duncan! ( Guest Post and Review)


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Hello everyone I am happy to welcome Author Phil Duncan and his release Wax to IndieWritersReview! Below I share the books deets, a very cool guest post from the author and my thoughts about the book, so read on:O)

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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About Phil Duncan

Phil Duncan is the author of Wax, a young-adult novel published by RainTown Press, as well as of various short fiction published both in print and online.

Phil is a graduate of Goddard College’s Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing program and the University of Washington’s English program. He is a former Jacob K. Javits Fellow and recently served as a Creator-in-Residence at the Tokyo Wonder Site-Aoyama in Tokyo, Japan. He currently lives in Portland, OR. 

Visit www.philduncanwrites.com for more information and please view the book trailer.

For press inquiries and review copies please contact:

Darlene Chan dchanwork@gmail.com, 323.839.2788

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Amazon

YA Fiction

Available in print (hardcover) and digital (Kindle and epub)

Publisher:RainTown Press

Print Length: 272 pages

ISBN:0984050043

Publication date: October 11, 2012

Yancey Muncey is dead. Or, he was. Raised from the grave by the shadowy figure of Dr. Blankenship, Yancey is now back in high school, hanging out with his best friend, and working up the nerve to ask the girl of his dreams to the upcoming Halloween carnival.

But not everything is the same as it was before: Yancey’s eyes are yellow, his skin is blue, and he’s indestructible. As if that weren’t bad enough, Dr. Blankenship has made it his life’s mission to hunt Yancey down. Because the only reason Yancey is alive again is to help the good doctor destroy his rival.

An average boy with a new lease on an extraordinary life, Yancey must battle high-trained security and high school bullies in his quest to get back to normal. What’s the worst that can happen after all? He’s already dead.

GUEST POST

 

By Phil Duncan

 

Wax began as a failed screenplay that was eventually abandoned and forgotten in a desk drawer as I moved to other projects. But, unlike other discarded projects, this idea wouldn’t leave me alone. The story, buried as it was and hidden from sight, stayed in mind and continued to develop itself. Characters turned into storylines, storylines intersected and transformed into arcs, and — without putting much active thought into it — the story had basically written itself in my mind.

What drew me to this story (and what caused it to harass me so mercilessly until I wrote it) was the idea of taking the clichéd story of Frankenstein and rediscovering its roots, of going back to Shelley’s original misunderstood monster and reimagining him for a younger generation. I liked the idea of a boy-turned-monster and how he would interact with his family, friends, and classmates. I liked the idea of getting a literal second chance at life.

I wrote the first draft of Wax quickly. I had just moved to a new city, and without a job or many friends, I had a huge amount of time to write. And that’s what I did for about three months straight. I took the story in my head and put it down on the page; never stopping to worry about errors, mistakes, misspellings, inane sentences, terrible dialogue, corny jokes, or purple prose. I just typed and eventually documented the book in its sloppy, nearly unreadable first form.

From there, a new job started to limit the amount of my daily creative time. So my evenings and weekends were now committed to reading, re-reading, writing, and re-writing the story until it gained some semblance to a finished story. With Wax, the story wouldn’t allow me to quit early during the revision process — I felt like I owed it more — which ultimately led to over 20 drafts of the manuscript before I even considered submitting it for publication.

This newfound appreciation for revision would only become stronger after the book was accepted to be published and entered into a new, yearlong round of revisions that — with the help of a skilled editor — transformed the project into the finished book it is today. 

Phil Duncan is the author of Wax, a young-adult novel published by RainTown Press, as well as of various short fiction published both in print and online. 

Phil is a graduate of Goddard College’s Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing program and the University of Washington’s English program. He is a former Jacob K. Javits Fellow and recently served as a Creator-in-Residence at the Tokyo Wonder Site-Aoyama in Tokyo, Japan. He currently lives in Portland, OR.

 

REVIEW

Fun, Fun, Fun! That was my first impression of Wax! The story hooked me from the beginning and it was a funny, (at times wacky) ride to the end:) The story is a fresh look at Shelley’s Frankenstein! Yancey Muncey is a normal teen, with the familiar teen issues…not too fond of school, problems with siblings and parents and that one girl that haunts his dreams, but he has no chance with when awake! Also add in the not so normal element he dies, and is brought back (by an evil scientist no less…) for the specific purpose of being used for vengeance. But with this second chance Yancey doesn’t want to spend it handling the dirty details of the scientist, but making a difference in this…After-life:)

So while juggling the fact he is now dead,and on the run from his creator, he attempts to have more of a life then he ever did when alive…maybe even getting the girl of his dreams???:)

Phil Duncan created a wonderful, fun tale, that was well-written, well plotted and well paced. Never did it drone on and on causing my attention to lag. I was always interested or entertained by Yancey and his adventures:) I really enjoyed this quirky read and look forward to more works from this author!

Must Read for those that enjoy Young Adult, Paranormal, and a story that lot’s of fun:)

 

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IndieWritersReview Welcomes Dark Souls by Ketley Allison! (Bewitching Book Tour)


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Hello All:) Today I am very excited to participate as a hosts for Dark Souls by Ketley Allison as part of her Bewitching Book Tour! Please check out the awesome details below:)

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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Ketley Allison is a twenty-something (maybe almost thirty-something) author who believes that supernatural love shouldn’t stop at eighteen. She began her career by writing books as birthday presents for her friends (with her friend as the main character and opposite a super sexy lead, of course) before ending it in order to walk down a path she thought she was supposed to follow.

The writing bug never left her–and, in fact, would often bleed into the official papers she was supposed to write–so now Ketley’s putting down her suit and finally following her dream. While her friends are no longer the stars of her books, she still throws in bits and pieces of them into each and every one of her characters.

As a result, her books tend to focus a lot on friendships as well as love, because let’s be honest, friends are what really get you through–especially when your epic love turns into epic heartbreak.

Web/Blog: www.ketleyssoul.com

Twitter: @KetleyAllison

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Ketley-Allison/285488141592659

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18242935-dark-souls

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                      Dark Souls

Dark Souls Series

Volume I
Ketley Allison 

Genre: New Adult Urban Fantasy

Date of Publication: July 19, 2013

ISBN: 978-0-615-85755-8

Number of pages: 280

Word Count: 103,000

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Book Description:

19-year-old Emily desperately wants a name for what she is. For what is consuming and torturing her. For what is changing her.

But she’s not crazy like her mother. She’s not.

Emily may not be as crazy as she thinks, because her body is no longer her own. Something is stirring inside her. It is soft, seductive, and tells her what to do to survive. As Emily learns that her world has been infected by demons that consume human souls and fit seamlessly into the bodies they empty, she must also accept that she is one of them. Yet, she is different from the rest, because her darkness didn’t inhabit her, it was awakened. And it doesn’t just want the humans.

EXCERPT 

My eyes narrowed, unsure if I possibly could have seen what I thought I had seen.

Again.

It was only for a millisecond, but his eyes had shifted strangely. One minute they were his normal soft green, and then suddenly and inexplicably, they flashed yellow, his pupils shrinking into slits. I blinked, and his eyes were back to normal as they studied me quizzically.

“Something wrong?” he asked. His eyes flitted back and forth between mine, scrutinizing me. “You okay?”

“I really don’t know,” I said, concerned over this potential mental break from reality. “Are you okay?”

I searched his eyes, my mind not quite catching up to what my eyes were seeing.

“What do you mean?”

“You’re…” I didn’t even want to say it. I just saw snake eyes on him, for god’s sake. My thoughts weren’t exactly credible at the moment. “You’re not hitting on me, are you?”

His very normal-looking eyes widened for a moment. “Oh—no. Shit, right. No.”

I jerked my chin back, appalled by everything that was happening right now.

“How about we go back downstairs?” He asked, running a hand through his hair.

Rob continued to look at me with concern, his eyes still normal as they rested on my face, and I immediately felt stupid.  This was Rob, for crying out loud. He walked around like a doe-eyed deer half the time and could barely kill a spider without his eyes welling up. Subconscious manifestation or not, imagining snake eyes on Rob was like imagining Macy wearing plaid flannel pajamas to class.  Not to mention the absurdity of the thought that he was actually hitting on me. No way. Not nice, endearing Rob, a guy who only had eyes for one girl.

That settled, I nodded to Rob. “Definitely. Let’s go find Macy.”

On cue, my phone buzzed in my purse. I pulled it out, already knowing what it would say.

Danger or Dastardly? Macy’s text read.

Macy and I had a code that we used whenever we got separated at parties: either we were involved in something that wasn’t good and needed rescuing, or we were up to no good and didn’t need any help at all. Macy was usually the latter.

Neither, I texted back, horrified at the thought of actually doing anything dastardly with Rob, especially considering our current circumstances. Coming to find you.

“Okay, let’s go,” I said to Rob, shoving the phone back in my purse. I began to walk, but immediately stumbled on the cracked, uneven rooftop. Even in bare feet, I was a klutz in a dress. “God, how did I even get over here without tripping?” I asked, mostly to myself.

Rob came up beside me and cupped my elbow to lead me through the dark, but as soon as he laid his fingers on my skin, a searing pain like nothing I had ever felt before spiked through me. Before my brain could even process the pain and tell my body to flinch away, Rob moved with such superhuman speed that my eyes could barely track him as he flew to the other side of the rooftop, his body curving against the stone barrier. At the same time that my mind screamed at me that this could not be happening, he actually peeled back his lips and hissed at me.

IndieWritersReview Celebrates the New Release of ‘What Dreams Are Made Of’ by Award Winning Music Artist Aoede!


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Hello Everyone! I am SO excited to announce that Music Artist Aoede’s newest award winning musical story What Dreams Are Made Of releases today!!!! Woo! so look below at all the details below!

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Purchase ‘What Are Dreams Made Of’ on ITUNES

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A brilliantly inventive work combining narration, story, colorful offbeat characters and music intended for young adult audiences, What Are Dreams Made Of? (Sep 2013) finds Aoede exploring realms of darkness and light in the wake of a bad dream (a “nyxmare”) in which she is continually haunted by a white witch and children go missing. As the fascinating tale full of unexpected twists and turns evolves, Aoede has to explore both overland and underworld, where she meets magical characters, including fairies, goblins and dream gods to figure out what her dream means. While Is Love A Fairy Tale? found its sizeable audience with a younger crowd, What Are Dreams Made Of? and its edgier themes are aimed at more mature tweens and teens. Fans of that age, who have made Harry Potter, the “Twilight” series and “The Hunger Games” pop culture phenomena, will enjoy the compelling storyline and infectious songs – as well as Aoede’s exploration of the deeper mysteries of life.

“I enjoyed the many challenges, artistic growth, collaborations, opportunity to reach a new niche, and all the fan and industry accolades so much from creating Is Love A Fairy Tale?,” says Sniderman. “I wanted to create another musical story revolving around Aoede’s adventures in Wonderhaven. This time I center on a theme I’m sure tweens, teens and adults have strong associations with: dreams. This is a much darker story, and unlike Fairy Tale, Scrote and I created the story and music for What Are Dreams Made Of? simultaneously, each informing the other. It is very theatrical and you can really experience that aspect when you hear the characters’ voices.”