Aug 29, 2013

Dishin' It Up with Folami and Abeni Morris (@TheExemeus), authors of The Exemeus + #KINDLE SCAVENGER HUNT and #GIVEAWAY


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I’d like to welcome authors Folami and Abeni Morris to DJ’s Book Corner as part of The Exemeus blog tour. Thank you for taking the time to come dish it up with me!

First question, when did you first know you wanted to be authors?
Abeni: I have loved writing since I was eight or nine years old. I wrote personally for myself or for school but I didn't think I would pursue being an author until my sister presented me with the idea for our book, The Exemeus. I was so intrigued that I couldn't pass up the opportunity to share this story with the world.
Folami: I knew at age seven that I wanted to be a writer. I would read books by authors and be disappointed by the endings. That's when I decided I would recreate the stories and make new endings of my own.

Aug 28, 2013

DeeJay Reviews: City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare


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City of Ashes
By Cassandra Clare


Publication Date: March 2008
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
Series: Mortal Instruments #2
Source: Bought


DeeJay's Rating
✭✭✭✩✩
Meh. It was all right.

Clary Fray just wishes that her life would go back to normal. But what's normal when you're a demon-slaying Shadowhunter, your mother is in a magically induced coma, and you can suddenly see Downworlders like werewolves, vampires, and faeries? If Clary left the world of the Shadowhunters behind, it would mean more time with her best friend, Simon, who's becoming more than a friend. But the Shadowhunting world isn't ready to let her go — especially her handsome, infuriating, newfound brother, Jace. And Clary's only chance to help her mother is to track down rogue Shadowhunter Valentine, who is probably insane, certainly evil — and also her father.

To complicate matters, someone in New York City is murdering Downworlder children. Is Valentine behind the killings — and if he is, what is he trying to do? When the second of the Mortal Instruments, the Soul-Sword, is stolen, the terrifying Inquisitor arrives to investigate and zooms right in on Jace. How can Clary stop Valentine if Jace is willing to betray everything he believes in to help their father? (Goodreads)

*WARNING* Contains a few spoilers!

Gonna cut right to the chase. This book wasn't much better than the first one.

I just can't get into this series like that. Everyone keeps telling me it gets better, but so far, they haven't made a believer out of me. If I wasn't as avid a reader as I am, then I would be officially done with this series. Expectations are just too high and they're not being met. But my interest in The Infernal Devices and The Bane Chronicles are really what's driving me to keep going.

Aug 25, 2013

I know what's up. Do you? What's UP Weekly #3


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What's going on in the world of Diantha Jones? If you've ever wondered that, this is the perfect post for you. Even if you haven't thought that particularly, thanks for stopping by. The following is what I have been up to lately.

Aug 22, 2013

DeeJay Reviews: The Darkest Night by Gena Showalter


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The Darkest Night
by Gena Showalter

Publication Date: May 3, 2008
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Series: Lords of the Underworld #1
Source: Bought
✫✫
Yeah, I don't think so.

His powers - Inhuman...

His passion - Beyond immortal...

All her life, Ashlyn Darrow has been tormented by voices from the past. To end the nightmare, she has come to Budapest seeking help from men rumored to have supernatural abilities, not knowing she'll be swept into the arms of Maddox, their most dangerous member -- a man trapped in a hell of his own.

Neither can resist the instant hunger than calms their torments... and ignites an irresistible passion. But every heated touch and burning kiss will edge them closer to destruction -- and a soul-shattering test of love...
Though they carry an eternal curse, the Lords of the Underworld are irresistibly seductive -- and unimaginably powerful... (Goodreads)



I didn't like this book, so I'm not going to waste too much time with it. It was cheesy and too unrealistic even for a paranormal. I am sick to DEATH of the insta-love bullshit (fated or not) and the till-death-never-do-us-part in TDN happened within a few days. No. I can't deal.

The Lords themselves were great. I like how each of them is possessed by their own demon and how they each ended up possessed by said demons is interesting too. Paris was a riot and I instantly chose him as my favorite. Too bad I won't be reading anymore of this series because I liked the characters. The plot actually showed some promise too, but the writing was not awesome and that was a surprise. I know Gena Showalter can do better than this. I've read another book of hers and it was so much better than this. I don't know what she was thinking writing this mushy, unbelievable mess. It was just terrible and I don't wish to subject myself to it again.

That said, the characters and plot were good. It was the gagalicious romance that turned me off. But I'm sure true romance lovers out there will be all for it. So don't be turned away by my review. It wasn't for me, but it might just be the book for you.

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Aug 18, 2013

What up with you, What up with me. What's Up Weekly #2: Aug 11–Aug 17


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What's going on in the world of Diantha Jones? If you've ever wondered that, this is the perfect post for you. Even if you haven't thought that particularly, thanks for stopping by. The following is what I have been up to lately.

Aug 14, 2013

DeeJay Reviews: The Faerie Prince by @RachelMorgan13 #fantasy


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The Faerie Prince 
by Rachel Morgan


Publication Date: May 30, 2013
Genre: YA Fantasy
Series: Creepy Hollow #2
Source: Received from author in exchange for an honest review

DeeJay's Rating: 
✰✰✰
So much fun!

Guardian trainee Violet Fairdale is just weeks away from one of the most important occasions of her life: graduation. After messing up big time by bringing a human into the fae realm, Vi needs to step up her game and forget about Nate if she hopes to graduate as the top guardian of her year. Everything would be fine if she wasn’t forced to partner with Ryn, her ex-friend, ex-enemy, current ‘sort of friend’. They might be trying to patch up their relationship, but does she really want to spend a week undercover with him for their final assignment? 

On top of that, the possibly insane Unseelie Prince is still on the loose, free to ‘collect’ as many specially talented faeries as he can find—and Vi is still at the top of his list. Add in faerie queens, enchanted storms, complicated not-just-friends feelings, and a murder within the Guild itself, and graduation is about to become the least of Vi’s problems (Goodreads)

The fun continues!

I liked TFP better than TFG and I'm pretty sure it had a lot to do with Ryn. I love Ryn! I did in the first book and to be honest, I was never a fan of Nate so I was happy to replace him with Ryn.

When Violet and Ryn got paired together for their final assignment, I knew we were in for it. The assignment itself was kind of boring, but boy, did the sparks between the partners fly! Old (and new) feelings are exposed, past grievances are hashed out and the result is magical! Loved it! When they end up at the court of the Seelie Queen, things only escalate from there. Good stuff, good stuff.

Violet is the same ol', same ol'. She wants to be the best and the thought of not being so makes her want to shrivel up and die. She's so dramatic but you have to love her for it. More secrets about her parents are revealed and oh boy, one of them is LEGIT! You'll be like, whaaaa??? It's pretty awesome. Ryn is a changed man (for the better) and like I said, I just adored him. He really just had so much resentment toward Vi built up inside of him, and once he was able to let that go, he became amazing. I didn't mention this in my first review, but Filigree is the most adorable pet I've ever read about in any book. Seriously. Cuteness=A+.

So I knew who the Faerie Prince was after book one. I'm not sure if we were supposed to know that, but it was obvious. Halfway through the book, the correlation about how this came to be is made. Well, it's hinted at and I figured it out right away. That didn't lessen my enjoyment of the book however. Sometimes I like figuring stuff out and having it confirmed later. Solving plot twists gets me more invested in the story and this plot twist was really great! So I only enjoyed it more.

Though the budding romance between Violet and Ryn was the focus of this book, all the fun and magic was still there. The true underlying scheme behind all that is going on is finally revealed but not until the end. The ending. WOW. Talk about going out with a bang! Usually Violet's headstrong attitude works in her favor, but not this time. She makes a BAD decision that backfires in ways no one was ready for. It was horrible, but it leaves you super anxious for the next book!

Overall, great sequel to a series that I only expect to get better from here!



MEET Rachel Morgan

Rachel Morgan was born in South Africa and spent a large portion of her childhood living in a fantasy land of her own making. After completing a degree in genetics, she decided science wasn’t for her—after all, they didn’t approve of made-up facts. These days she spends much of her time immersed in fantasy land once more, writing fiction for young adults.


The Creepy Hollow Series

Rachel's Links

Aug 13, 2013

Book Blast: Hyperion and the Great Balls of Fire + $50 Amazon G.C. #GIVEAWAY


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Hyperion and the Great Balls of Fire

Heroes in Training, Book 4




The action heats up for Zeus and his fellow Olympians in this blazing Heroes in Training tale.



Phew, it’s hot! Under the titan Hyperion’s rule, the sun is burning even brighter than normal and scorching everything in northern Greece—including the villagers! The Olympians are forced to play a sizzling “game” of Dodge the Sunbursts as Hyperion hurls giant fireballs that could fry them to pieces!

Armed with some clues, Zeus, Poseidon, and Hades set out to figure out why in the world Hyperion has been making things so hot. They also need to rescue Hera, who is still missing. Battling the extreme heat—and some fantastical and scary creatures, courtesy of their old foe Cronus—the boys are off on another epic adventure…and Zeus is one step closer to discovering his destiny.





Heroes in Training by Joan Holub & Suzanne Williams

Authors Joan Holub and Suzanne Williams deliver fun, adventures, and a few surprises as ten-year-old Olympians go on a journey of a lifetime to discover their true identities and defeat their Titan enemies.


Praise for Heroes in Training

"Readers will gobble this down and look for more, make no mythtake."
~ Kirkus

“This is a fun read, casting Zeus in the role of relatable kid, and there is a nice balance between his primary goal of survival and his sense of destiny and adventure. . . Share this title, and likely more to come, with those still too young for Percy Jackson’s adventures.”
~ School Library Journal


The Series

#1 Zeus and the Thunderbolt of Doom
#2 Poseidon and the Sea of Fury
#3 Hades and the Helm of Darkness
#4 Hyperion and the Great Balls of Fire

Aladdin Paperbacks (ages 6-9)
http://series.simonandschuster.com/Heroes-in-training


Zeus and the Thunderbolt of Doom (Book 1)


After pulling a magical thunderbolt from a stone, ten-year-old Zeus goes on the adventure of a lifetime in this thrilling start to a brand-new series! The terrible Titans--merciless giants who enjoy snacking on humans--have dominated the earth and put the world into chaos. But their rule is about to be put to the test as a group of young Olympians discover their powers and prepare to righteously rule the universe....

Ten-year-old Zeus is mystified (and super-annoyed) by the fact that he keeps getting hit by lightening. Every. Single. Year. He also longs for adventure, as he has never been far from the cave where he grew up.

Zeus gets his wish--and a lot more than he bargained for--when he is kidnapped by dangerous, giant Titans! In self-defense, he grabs the first thing he sees--an actual thunderbolt he pulls from a stone that is covered in mysterious markings. Zeus is the only one who can decipher the markings, and sets off on a quest to rescue his youthful fellow Olympians from the evil Cronus. Armed with his trusty thunderbolt (named Bolt, of course), Zeus is on an adventure of a lifetime--and a journey to fulfill his destiny as King of the Gods.



Poseidon and the Sea of Fury (Book 2)


A young Poseidon must triumph over aquatic terrors in this Heroes in Training adventure. The merciless Cronus and his Titan buddies are in hot pursuit of Zeus, Hera, and Poseidon, who plan to travel across the treacherous boiling sea in order to save a fellow Olympian. They have a boat, but they also have a problem: Poseidon can’t swim and is terrified of the water (well, really of the creatures that lurk in its depths). The group faces danger after danger as they battle singing sirens, a fishy and ferocious Titan named Oceanus, and people-eating monsters sent by Cronus himself. Can Poseidon overcome his fears and help his fellow heroes escape Cronus and his cronies?





Hades and the Helm of Darkness (Book 3)


The Heroes in Training are entering the Underworld—if Hades can conquer his canine fears, that is.

The Underworld usually isn’t really meant to be a fun place—but tell that to Hades! He loves the dark and the stinky smell of sulfur. However, there is one thing that Hades is not a fan of: dogs. And when Zeus and his fellow Olympians encounter Cerberus—a snarling, three-headed dog—Hades must conquer his fears and tame the hound so everyone can continue into the Underworld and deposit their Titan prisoner, Oceanus, back where he belongs!

But with magical water that causes forgetfulness, hot beds of lava, and another epic battle with two more Titans standing in their way, will Zeus and his heroes make it out of the Underworld with everyone intact?





Author Suzanne Williams

Suzanne Williams is the award-winning author of nearly 40 books for children, from picture books and easy readers to chapter books and middle grade fiction series. A former elementary school librarian, she lives near Seattle. Her picture book Library Lil (illustrated by Steven Kellogg) won the New Mexico children's choice award in 2000 and was on several other state award lists. She is co-author (with Joan Holub) of the popular Goddess Girls series(for ages 8 - 12) and Heroes in Training (ages 6 - 11). Other series include Fairy Blossoms and Princess Power.






I graduated from college in Texas with a fine arts degree, and then freelanced as an art director at a graphic design firm for eight years. I dreamed of working in children's books, so I moved to New York City and became associate art director in Scholastic trade books, where I designed books for children and worked with editors and illustrators. It was a great job.

I illustrated my first published children's book in 1992 and soon began illustrating full time. I began completing manuscripts and mailing them out to publishers in the early 1990s. In 1996, I sold my first two manuscripts -- Boo Who? A Spooky Lift-the-Flap Book (Scholastic) and Pen Pals (Grosset & Dunlap). Yippee!

Now I write full time and have written and/or illustrated over 130 children's books. Creating books that entertain, inform, and interest children (and me) is a fabulous job that I truly love.


Twitter | Website | Blog




Book Blast Giveaway

$50 Amazon Gift Card or Paypal Cash
Ends 8/29/13

Open only to those who can legally enter, receive and use an Amazon.com Gift Code or Paypal Cash. Winning Entry will be verified prior to prize being awarded. No purchase necessary. You must be 18 or older to enter or have your parent enter for you. The winner will be chosen by rafflecopter and announced here as well as emailed and will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. This giveaway is in no way associated with Facebook, Twitter, Rafflecopter or any other entity unless otherwise specified. The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning. Giveaway was organized by Kathy from I Am A Reader, Not A Writer http://iamareader.com and sponsored by the author. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW.



Aug 12, 2013

Cover Reveal: Saying Goodbye Without Saying Hello by RaeBeth McGee-Buda


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A story of love and loss...


Publication Date: To be announced
Blurb Reveal is on August 26th


Meet RaeBeth McGee-Buda

RaeBeth McGee-Buda was born in southwestern Pennsylvania in 1987, the second daughter of Rachel Yost and Arthur Curtis McGee. RaeBeth grew up loving to read and write poetry, as well as short stories. Her childhood dream was to become a teacher. Rae Beth's dream of writing was created in her eleventh grade literature class where writing became her passion.

RaeBeth married in August 2012 to her husband, Gregory Stephen Buda Jr. and resides in a small Pennsylvania town of Fairchance. RaeBeth is a full time mother of one beautiful daughter Emma, and a mother to an angel, Dakota Emily. She graduated from American Intercontinental University in 2010 with her associates in business administration. She enjoys spending her time writing and feels connecting with readers and sending her messages are her main goals.

She is the author of the Silenced Series, which is available on Amazon.

Website  |  Facebook  |  Blog
Email: raebeth.buda@gmail.com


Aug 11, 2013

What's up Weekly # 1


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What's going on in the world of Diantha Jones? If you've ever wondered that, this is the perfect post for you. Even if you haven't thought that particularly, thanks for stopping by. The following is what I have been up to lately.

Aug 10, 2013

DeeJay Reviews: Origin by @JLArmentrout


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ORIGIN
By Jennifer L. Armentrout


Publication Date: August 27, 2013 by Entangled Publishing
Genre: YA Paranormal Romance
Series: Lux #4
Source: Won an ARC from Entangled Publishing

DeeJay's Rating
✭✭✭✭
EFFIN' AMAZING

Daemon will do anything to get Katy back.

After the successful but disastrous raid on Mount Weather, he’s facing the impossible. Katy is gone. Taken. Everything becomes about finding her. Taking out anyone who stands in his way? Done. Burning down the whole world to save her? Gladly. Exposing his alien race to the world? With pleasure.

All Katy can do is survive.

Surrounded by enemies, the only way she can come out of this is to adapt. After all, there are sides of Daedalus that don’t seem entirely crazy, but the group’s goals are frightening and the truths they speak even more disturbing. Who are the real bad guys? Daedalus? Mankind? Or the Luxen?

Together, they can face anything. 

But the most dangerous foe has been there all along, and when the truths are exposed and the lies come crumbling down, which side will Daemon and Katy be standing on? 

And will they even be together? (Goodreads)

This book rocked the universe. The only problem with it was that it ended.

WARNING: Lots of cursing to follow. Faint of heart, click away.

Origin was a nail-biting, thrilling adventure that had my heart pounding and blood rushing to my head. I'm pretty hard on books, so for me to say this, you know it's probably true. After being slightly underwhelmed by Opal, I went into Origin with a skeptical mindset. I wanted to read it, but I was prepared to be let down. Shiiiiiittttt...I'm sitting here now wondering why I even doubted JLA.

Let's just start with Daemon Black. Never have I been more in love with this dude. DB is at his BEST in this book. More bad ass than ever, he takes no prisoners and will do anything to be reunited with Katy. And he does. And it's awesome. He is definitely a different DB than the one we came to love in Obsidian and Onyx. Even Opal really. He's better, in all ways. And that's definitely due to his romance with Katy, who I rooted for throughout this entire book. She's wonderful and I just love her. Poor Katy though. She was dealt a bad hand at the end of Opal, and you guys can't imagine how bad it gets. But the love between Daemon and Katy is what pulls them through, and I'm telling you right now, their romance has gone from a scorching ten to an explosive twenty! Your heart will do backflips for this couple and you will grin like a psycho when they are finally reunited.


I caught the tear with a kiss. “And I’m not going to let you do this
by yourself. You’re my—you’re my everything, Kat.” At the sound of
her soft inhale, I smiled again. “Come on, Kitten, did you really expect
anything less from me? I love you.”
–Daemon Black


OMG. Swoon central!

The other characters. We don't see as much of Dee, Ash, and Andrew as in the other books but that's to be expected with what's going on. But a character that plays a bigger role in this book is Luc and I was super excited about that. I always liked the kid and JLA finally tells us what his deal is. I kind of figured it out before it was revealed but was still like AAAHHH! when it was. Luc is up to something HUGE (Duh, right?) and I'm dying to find out what it is. There's a new character, Archer, who is freaking amazing as well. I can't wait to see how his storyline plays out. Dawson and Beth...yeah...you'll just have to read the book to find out how these two have royally fucked everything up. I'll tell you a secret: By the end of the book, I had a suspicion that there is something more to Daemon, Dawson and Dee. It may turn out to be unfounded, but deep down, I really think I'm right. On top of what happens at the end, it was something Daemon said, a random one-liner that just stuck with me.

They had no idea what I was truly capable of.

Oh, I bet they don't, Black. Get 'em!

Now. Daedalus. Okay. Here's the truth of it: They are not to be fucked with.

Daemon, Katy and all the others were warned, but they didn't heed the warning and neither did I. Daedalus is a federal agency full of ruthless gangsters (including that bitch Nancy Husher, who I wouldn't mind seeing an Arum suck the life out of) who will do anything to keep the aliens that have made Earth their home under control. And when I say they will do anything, I mean they will do ANYTHING. No one is safe from them, especially not Daemon and Katy, and they make it perfectly clear in Origin. We get a first hand account of what Daedalus is up to, and if you've read Obsession then you will have been introduced to the uglier side of Daedalus already. That will not cushion the blow, unfortunately. Time and time again I was like, OH SHIT! at some of the stuff that Daedalus was down for. And the last fourth of the book??? Mother FUCK. Daedalus went straight thug nation and I'm not even joking. I was screaming, literally screaming, because I couldn't believe what the hell was going on. But our heroes started it, and I'll be damned if Daedalus didn't finish it. All I'm saying is, this "war" with Daedalus is not about to go the way we think it is. It's gonna be so much more awesome than that.

Hands down, best book of the series. Action-packed, full of betrayals and secrets revealed, I can't imagine it gets much better than this. I'm DYING to read the last book in the series. I just know it's going to be so bad ass. It's time to go to war, baby!

 ✭ ✭ ✭ 



See my reviews of the rest of the series!
    

Aug 7, 2013

DeeJay Reviews: Obsession by Jennifer L. Armentrout


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OBSESSION
By Jennifer L. Armentrout


Publication Date: May 31, 2013
Genre: Adult Paranormal Romance
Series: An Arum Novel (#1)
Source: Bought

DeeJay's Rating
✭✭✭✭✩
Pretty damn good.

He’s arrogant, domineering, and... To. Die. For.

Hunter is a ruthless killer. And the Department of Defense has him firmly in their grasp, which usually doesn’t chafe too badly because he gets to kill bad guys. Most of the time he enjoys his job. That is, until he’s saddled with something he’s never had to do before: protect a human from his mortal enemy.

Serena Cross didn’t believe her best friend when she claimed to have seen the son of a powerful senator turn into something... unnatural. Who would? But then she witnesses her friend’s murder at the hands of what can only be an alien, thrusting her into a world that will kill to protect their secret.

Hunter stirs Serena’s temper and her lust despite their differences. Soon he’s doing the unthinkable—breaking the rules he’s lived by, going against the government to keep Serena safe. But are the aliens and the government the biggest threats to Serena’s life… or is it Hunter? (Goodreads)

Just when I was sure I despised the Arum, here comes JLA changing my mind. After reading this book, I'm totally seeing the Arum in a different light. Dare I say, I'm Team Arum now? Don't get me wrong, I'm still Team Daemon Black, but I'm just not sure I'm Team Lux anymore. Not after what went down in Obsession.

Aug 6, 2013

Book Blast: Persephone the Daring + $100 Amazon G.C. #GIVEAWAY!


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(Goddess Girls #11)



Mortal rock star Orpheus steals the spotlight in this Goddess Girls tale of love and lyres!

Orpheus is a mortal rock god, and the girls at Mount Olympus Academy are wild about him! With his lyre and singing voice, Orpheus can charm pretty much anything—even things like stones and trees. But Hades and the other MOA boys aren’t charmed. In fact, they are less than thrilled that the girls are so gaga over this guy.

His fans are especially excited about his latest song about the girl he loved and lost, Eurydice. Orpheus was devastated when he lost Eurydice to the Underworld, so he asks Persephone to help get her back. Though it means breaking some very serious Underworld rules, Persephone pushes Hades to return Eurydice to the living world. But restoring Orpheus’s one true love might jeopardize Persephone’s own chances with her biggest crush...



Praise for The Goddess Girls



“…a clever take on Greek deities…” ~ Booklist

"Readers familiar with Greek myths should get a kick out of this plucky restaging." ~Publisher's Weekly

“…an enchanting mythological world with middle-school woes compounded by life as a deity…” ~ School Library Journal


The Goddess Girls Series


The Goddess Girls series, by Joan Holub and Suzanne Williams puts a modern spin on classic Greek myths. Follow the ins and outs of divine social life where the most privileged godboys and goddessgirls in the Greek pantheon hone their mythical skills.

  • Athena the Brain Finding out she’s a goddess and being sent to Mount Olympus brings Athena new friends, a weird dad, and the meanest girl in mythology—Medusa!
  • Persephone the Phony Hiding her feelings works fine for Persephone until she meets a guy she can be herself with—Hades, the bad-boy of the Underworld.
  • Aphrodite the Beauty Sure Aphrodite is beautiful, but it’s not always easy being the goddessgirl of love.
  • Artemis the Brave She may be the goddess of the hunt, but that doesn’t mean Artemis always feels brave.
  • Athena the Wise Zeus says Heracles has to do twelve tasks or he'll get kicked out of MOA! Although she's not sure it's wise, Athena agrees to help out.
  • Aphrodite the Diva Isis claims she's the goddess of love? Ha! But to keep the title all to herself, Aphrodite has to find the perfect match for Pygmalion, the most annoying boy ever.
  • Artemis the Loyal It’s time for the annual Olympic Games, and Artemis and her friends are not happy. It’s boys only. Not fair!
  • Medusa the Mean Medusa wants to be more like her two sisters and the other kids at Mount Olympus Academy -- immortal. Is that too much to ask?
  • The Girl Games (Goddess Girls Super Special) Listen in on what all four goddess girls are thinking as Mount Olympus Academy hosts visitors from many lands--including an adorable kitten!The first-ever standalone superspecial in the Goddess Girls series!
  • Pandora the Curious Pandora is one of the few mortals at Mount Olympus Academy—and probably the most curious of all the students in school.
  • Pheme the Gossip As the goddess girl of rumor and gossip, Pheme prides herself on being “in the know” and having the most up-to-date info on anyone and everyone at Mount Olympus Academy.

Author Suzanne Williams

Suzanne Williams is the award-winning author of nearly 40 books for children, from picture books and easy readers to chapter books and middle grade fiction series. A former elementary school librarian, she lives near Seattle. Her picture book Library Lil (illustrated by Steven Kellogg) won the New Mexico children's choice award in 2000 and was on several other state award lists. She is co-author (with Joan Holub) of the popular Goddess Girls series(for ages 8 - 12) and Heroes in Training (ages 6 - 11). Other series include Fairy Blossoms and Princess Power.
Author Joan Holub

I graduated from college in Texas with a fine arts degree, and then freelanced as an art director at a graphic design firm for eight years. I dreamed of working in children's books, so I moved to New York City and became associate art director in Scholastic trade books, where I designed books for children and worked with editors and illustrators. It was a great job.

I illustrated my first published children's book in 1992 and soon began illustrating full time. I began completing manuscripts and mailing them out to publishers in the early 1990s. In 1996, I sold my first two manuscripts -- Boo Who? A Spooky Lift-the-Flap Book (Scholastic) and Pen Pals (Grosset & Dunlap). Yippee!

Now I write full time and have written and/or illustrated over 130 children's books. Creating books that entertain, inform, and interest children (and me) is a fabulous job that I truly love.




Book Blast Giveaway

$100 Amazon Gift Card or Paypal Cash

Ends 8/22/13

Open only to those who can legally enter, receive and use an Amazon.com Gift Code or Paypal Cash. Winning Entry will be verified prior to prize being awarded. No purchase necessary. You must be 18 or older to enter or have your parent enter for you. The winner will be chosen by rafflecopter and announced here as well as emailed and will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. This giveaway is in no way associated with Facebook, Twitter, Rafflecopter or any other entity unless otherwise specified. The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning. Giveaway was organized by Kathy from I Am A Reader, Not A Writer http://iamareader.com and sponsored by the author. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW.

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Aug 2, 2013

Book Blitz: I Breathe You by Lori L. Clark + #GIVEAWAY


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I BREATHE YOU
BY Lori L. Clark



Publication Date: August 2, 2013
Genre: New Adult Contemporary Romance



SYNOPSIS

When a tragic accident leaves Rhane Evans — lead vocalist for the rock band Fate’s Crazy — permanently unable to speak above a whisper and kills the love of her life, she moves across the state to pick up the pieces. Shattered, Rhane struggles to understand what happened the night of the accident, an accident everyone blames her for, even though she wasn’t driving the car.



Enter Ian Callahan. He’s the one person who may have a more tumultuous past than Rhane. Though they try hard to deny the sizzling attraction between them, it proves nearly impossible. When Ian’s troubled past threatens to tear them apart, they begin to believe happiness isn’t in their cards.




Because Fate’s Crazy that way…


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MEET Lori L. Clark


I read, I write, I run 1/2 marathons for fun. Ten things about me:

1. I’m an only child.

2. I love dogs! 

3. I was born in Iowa City, Iowa and lived in Iowa my whole life until January 2007.

4. I worked as a professional psychic reader for 2 years.

5. I’m a Pisces Sun, Leo Moon with Aquarius rising.

6. I’ve written 5 books and am in the process of brainstorming a 6th.

7. I don’t look or act my age!

8. I ran my first 1/2 marathon at age 50.

9. I love 80′s hair band music.

10. My day job is as a claims payment analyst for one of Fortune 500 Magazine’s “Top 100 places in America to work.”


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Aug 1, 2013

DeeJay Reviews: Sunbolt by Intisar Khanani


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SUNBOLT
By Intisar Khanani


Publication Date: June 17, 2013
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
Series: The Sunbolt Chronicles #1
Source: Received from author in exchange for an honest review

DeeJay's Rating
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I'm telling everybody.

The winding streets and narrow alleys of Karolene hide many secrets, and Hitomi is one of them. Orphaned at a young age, Hitomi has learned to hide her magical aptitude and who her parents really were. Most of all, she must conceal her role in the Shadow League, an underground movement working to undermine the powerful and corrupt Arch Mage Wilhelm Blackflame.

When the League gets word that Blackflame intends to detain—and execute—a leading political family, Hitomi volunteers to help the family escape. But there are more secrets at play than Hitomi’s, and much worse fates than execution. When Hitomi finds herself captured along with her charges, it will take everything she can summon to escape with her life. (Goodreads)


I love when a book catches you by surprise like this. I didn’t know what to expect from Sunbolt, but I tell you, I was impressed. And I ain’t easily impressed by anything.

This story is short (too short!) but it packed a major punch and I really, really liked it. First of all, Khanani’s writing is fantastic. It’s just so nice when an author gets it. She totally understands how a fantasy story is supposed to be written and she executed it flawlessly. Her use of imagery is amazing and she paints a perfect setting without over-describing any of it. Trust me, it takes real skill to do this.