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Spindle Fire by Lexa Hillyer


Genre: Fairytale retelling, dark fantasy, young adult

Pages: 368

Published April 11th 2017 by HarperTeen

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Synopsis:

A kingdom burns. A princess sleeps. This is no fairy tale.

It all started with the burning of the spindles.

No.

It all started with a curse…

Half sisters Isabelle and Aurora are polar opposites: Isabelle is the king’s headstrong illegitimate daughter, whose sight was tithed by faeries; Aurora, beautiful and sheltered, was tithed her sense of touch and her voice on the same day. Despite their differences, the sisters have always been extremely close.

And then everything changes, with a single drop of Aurora’s blood—and a sleep so deep it cannot be broken.

As the faerie queen and her army of Vultures prepare to march, Isabelle must race to find a prince who can awaken her sister with the kiss of true love and seal their two kingdoms in an alliance against the queen.

Isabelle crosses land and sea; unearthly, thorny vines rise up the palace walls; and whispers of revolt travel in the ashes on the wind. The kingdom falls to ruin under layers of snow. Meanwhile, Aurora wakes up in a strange and enchanted world, where a mysterious hunter may be the secret to her escape…or the reason for her to stay.


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Starswept by Mary Fan


Genre: Science Fiction, Young Adult, Romance

Pages: 400

Published August 29th 2017 by Snowy Wings Publishing

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Synopsis:

In 2157, the Adryil—an advanced race of telepathic humanoids—contacted Earth. A century later, 15-year-old violist Iris Lei considers herself lucky to attend Papilio, a prestigious performing arts school powered by their technology. Born penniless, Iris’s one shot at a better life is to attract an Adryil patron. But only the best get hired, and competition is fierce.

A sudden encounter with an Adryil boy upends her world. Iris longs to learn about him and his faraway realm, but after the authorities arrest him for trespassing, the only evidence she has of his existence is the mysterious alien device he slipped to her.

When she starts hearing his voice in her head, she wonders if her world of backstabbing artists and pressure for perfection is driving her insane. Then, she discovers that her visions of him are real—by way of telepathy—and soon finds herself lost in the kind of impossible love she depicts in her music.

But even as their bond deepens, Iris realizes that he’s hiding something from her—and it’s dangerous. Her quest for answers leads her past her sheltered world to a strange planet lightyears away, where she uncovers secrets about Earth’s alien allies that shatter everything she knows.of their shared past is revealed, one of them will make a choice that changes their future forever . . .


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The Rise of Ersyla by J.M. Sullivan


Genre: Young Adult, Fairytale, Retelling

Pages:  50

Publication: October 17th 2017

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Synopsis:

Before she was the sea witch, Ersyla was a simple girl with an unfortunate secret.

It wasn’t her fault magick was a part of her, or that the King’s heartache turned the world against her. Struggling to understand how she could be put to death just for living, Ersyla must learn who to trust before her dark secret turns her heart even darker.


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Guest Post: Andrew Buckley #2

Thank you so much for popping in for a guest post. Here today is Andrew Buckley, he was gracious enough to answer my question of…


Why a sequel for HIATWP?


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HAIR IN ALL THE WRONG PLACES 2 – The Story Continues . . .

One of the most common questions I’m asked is about sequels to my books. This could be due to the fact that my first three novels (DEATH, THE DEVIL, AND THE GOLDFISH, STILTSKIN, & HAVELOCK) are still awaiting their sequels and all three books were either left on a cliffhanger ending or open-ended.

So it’s interesting to find that the book I never intended to be a series is the one that receives its sequel first. And not just one sequel, but two! HAIR IN ALL THE WRONG PLACES follows the story of Colin Strauss as he stumbles through life in the strange town of Elkwood, concerned about homework, girls, and puberty, when a centuries old werewolf bites him. While there’s clearly a lot more story to tell, I never really intended for it to go much further. Until I finished the first book and then realized there wasn’t just more story to tell, there was a lot more.

The world of Elkwood presented a lot more blank canvas than I expected and raised a lot of questions. For example . . .

Is Granny Strauss really blind?
Why does Mr. Emerson hate Colin so much?
Where did Silas come from and why is he different than other werewolves?
Is Elkwood the only town of its kind?
Who could possibly replace Principal Hebert?
Just how powerful will Becca become?
And, of course, the most common question – Who or what is Jeremy?

A sequel was practically screaming to be written and my publisher, Month9Books, agreed. Hence, HAIR IN ALL THE WRONG PLACES 2: THE PERILS OF GROWING UP WEREWOLF. Colin’s journey is about to take a very unusual turn. Sure, he has a mentor in Silas, a parental figure in his grandmother, and a girlfriend in Becca. But there’s something dark and sinister floating into Elkwood and only Colin seems to be aware of it.

The second book in the series explores Colin as a young werewolf, dealing with all the problems that come along with it, while finding the strength in himself to come to the rescue when it matters the most.

What does this sequel mean for Colin? It means his problems have only just begun . . .

But Colin’s story doesn’t end there. The third book in the series is scheduled for release in Fall 2018.

Keep on howling!


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Andrew Buckley attended the Vancouver Film School’s Writing for Film and Television program. After pitching and developing several screenplay projects for film and television, he worked in marketing and public relations, before becoming a professional copy and content writer. During this time Andrew began writing his first adult novel, DEATH, THE DEVIL AND THE GOLDFISH, followed closely by his second novel, STILTSKIN both published by Curiosity Quills Press.

Andrew also writes under the pen name ‘Jane D. Everly’ for his HAVELOCK series of novels. And look for his first upper middle grade novel HAIR IN ALL THE WRONG PLACES from Month9Books.

Andrew also co-hosts a geek movie podcast, is working on several new novels, and has a stunning amount of other ideas. He now lives happily in the Okanagan Valley, BC with one beautiful wife, three kids, one cat, one needy dog, and a multitude of characters that live comfortably inside of his mind.

Andrew is represented by Mark Gottlieb at the Trident Media Group.

Links:

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Thank you, Andrew Buckley! And be sure to check out my review of the first book, because if this post hasn’t piqued your interest, I bet the review will! A review of the sequel is pending! Keep an eye out for it!


Pale Queen Rising by A.R. Kahler


Genre: Fantasy

Pages: 246

publication: October 1st 2015 by 47North

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Synopsis:

As royal assassin for the Faerie Queen, Claire is used to moving between the mortal world and the Winter Kingdom. When the queen commands her to kill, Claire does the job and doesn’t ask questions. Her deadly skills and loyalty are soon tested when Claire is sent to the Immortal Circus. It is one of the many places where “Dream” is harvested from the imaginings of mortals, and someone is causing it to mysteriously disappear. Claire’s job is to find the culprit before the Winter Kingdom’s supply of Dream is depleted enough to threaten the very survival of the Fey. But when she meets Roxie, a beautiful mortal singer with a strange link to the Dream thieves, Claire quickly recognizes an odd and unexplained connection that may cloud her judgment. As each new clue unveils another secret, Claire finds herself confronting the riddle of her own buried past—and a dangerous illusion that, as part of the Immortal Circus, is just another act in the show.


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The Girl in The Tower by Katherine Arden


Genre:  Historical Fiction, New Adult, Fantasy, Romance

Pages: 352

Expected publication: December 5th 2017 by Del Rey

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Synopsis:

Orphaned and cast out as a witch by her village, Vasya’s options are few: resign herself to life in a convent, or allow her older sister to make her a match with a Moscovite prince. Both doom her to life in a tower, cut off from the vast world she longs to explore. So instead she chooses adventure, disguising herself as a boy and riding her horse into the woods. When a battle with some bandits who have been terrorizing the countryside earns her the admiration of the Grand Prince of Moscow, she must carefully guard the secret of her gender to remain in his good graces—even as she realizes his kingdom is under threat from mysterious forces only she will be able to stop.


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Happy Release Day: The Goblins of Bellwater by Molly Ringle

 


Genre: New Adult, Retelling, Fantasy

Pages: 288

Release Day: October 1st, 2017 by Central Avenue Publishing

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A contemporary romance inspired by Christina Rossetti’s eerie, sensual poem, “Goblin Market.” Four neighbors encounter sinister enchantments and a magical path to love in a small, modern-day Puget Sound town, where a fae realm hides in the woods and waters…

Most people have no idea goblins live in the woods around the small town of Bellwater, Washington. But some are about to find out.

Skye, a young barista and artist, falls victim to a goblin curse in the forest one winter night, rendering her depressed and silenced, unable to speak of what happened. Her older sister, Livy, is at wit’s end trying to understand what’s wrong with her. Local mechanic Kit would know, but he doesn’t talk of such things: he’s the human liaison for the goblin tribe, a job he keeps secret and never wanted, thrust on him by an ancient family contract.

Unaware of what’s happened to Skye, Kit starts dating Livy, trying to keep it casual to protect her from the attention of the goblins. Meanwhile, unbeknownst to Kit, Skye draws his cousin Grady into the spell through an enchanted kiss in the woods, dooming Grady and Skye both to become goblins and disappear from humankind forever.

It’s a midwinter night’s enchantment as Livy, the only one untainted by a spell, sets out to save them on a dangerous magical path of her own.


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