Friday, January 4, 2013

Prof. Plum in the Library with the Knife

Well, that is one clue, but it's not the clues you'll want today. ;)

Today I'm sharing with you two upcoming releases, and with each, another clue for the contest. What contest, you ask? The one I'm holding that can win you a tee shirt of your choice from Out of Print Clothing, as well as an eBook from each of the featured stories. Want to get all the deets in how to collect clues and win? Read this post for more info. You'll need all the clues, along with your final answer, in order to enter and win.

First up, is Jessica McKendry's young adult action adventure romance:

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I'm not sure how it all went wrong.
The concept was simple.
The Trials were made to test us. They were made to challenge our strengths; our bravery.
We were supposed to come out better.
Winning the Trials would make us Superior citizens.
It would bring us honor and demonstrate our loyalty to the Imperial Alliance. I knew exactly what I wanted.
Until I met him.
There was something about him. Something dark. If only I had known the danger it would put us in.
I thought I knew the risks.
But I never imagined the price we'd pay.


An insightful look at the good and bad that exist within us, McKendry's debut is a high-octane adventure that pushes the imagination to the limit as it lays bare the nature of self-reliance, self-confidence, and teamwork. Playing with the concepts of dark and light and how they affect our lives in multiple forms, her novel is a complex coming of age story that encapsulates the heroine's journey from student to leader. A dark tale of love and revenge, From the Ashes is a powerful reminder to think for yourself instead of blindly following what you've been taught to believe.

Sounds great, right? I've beta read this one and it's awesome. Super excited for Jessica! Learn more about her and her debut at her blog.

Next up, is Tressa Messenger's third release in her young adult paranormal romance series:

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Anna-Marie and Alessandro work hard to provide a stable life for their only child, Gemma.  The child that was bestowed to them by their goddess Ameretat for reasons still unknown.  Like Alessandro’s mother did to him, Anna-Marie works diligently to protect her special daughter and lead her away from following in her father’s footsteps in becoming a Protector.  Weeks before Gemma’s eighteenth birthday Gemma has a magical night with a boy, Ford Chase, who just may have been “the one”.  They laughed and danced and kissed under the moon light.  That is before he was forcefully taken away from her by a Rogue.  Gemma desperately chases after them, but to no avail.  Heartbroken and angry Gemma vows right then and there, despite her parents pleading, she will join the Protector order on her eighteenth birthday and avenge Ford’s death.  No one could foresee the events that would ensue thereafter and little by little the gifts that Ameretat blessed Gemma with become apparent and are far more than anyone could ever imagine.

Tressa's official blog tour and contest deets can be found by clicking on the picture below. She's new to the blogosphere and it wouldn't it be cool if everyone headed over to offer her a  warm welcome and congratulations??

So there you have it. Two new books. Two new clues. And more to come next week.

Thanks so much for stopping by! I just finished reading Ender's Game and now starting Code Name Verity--off to a very good reading start to 2013. How about you? Have you read either of those books? Are you familiar with either of these authors I'm featuring today? Any luck with guessing at the clues? Please share! 


Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Congratulations to Jessica!

Jess said...

Thanks so much!!! :)

Rebecca Taylor said...

I haven't read either Ender's Game or Code Name Verity but I just recently heard that they are making EG into a movie.

PT Dilloway, Superhero Author said...

That sounds like a lot of work.

Al Diaz said...

Congrats for the new books. :)

Elizabeth Seckman said...

Best of luck to Jessica! I read "Ender's Game"...and that's where taste is a factor. Not a sci fi fan, so reading this book was slow going for me. But the men in my family LOVED it.

Michael Di Gesu said...

Congratulations Jess!

And WELCOME TRESSA! You will LOVE our community!

Hi, PK...

Glad to see you are keeping super busy for 2013... LOVE THAT! Me too!

Plan to get SOME reading done this year. I hope to see you in Florida between Feb and April... Don't know if I can make it or not yet.... HOPEFULLY I will!

Rebecca Green Gasper said...

Best luck to Jessica and Tressa. Their books look wonderful. Great to meet everyone! :)

kmckendry said...

Thanks for being such a great promoter for everyone! Love your contest idea.

Thanks for the kind words for Jess!

Misha Gericke said...

From the Ashes sounds like an amazing story. :-)

Beth said...

I feel behind. I haven't really read anything this year.

mshatch said...

I loved Ender's Game, as well as the sequels.

Romance Reader - Nas said...

It was nice to read about these two exciting releases. Happy new year.

Jess said...

Congrats to the authors~ thanks for highlighting these two books!

E.J. Wesley said...

The 'From The Ahses' cover is gorgeous! And Ender's Game is one of my all-time favorites. Such a complex story ... easy to understand how/why they can teach college courses on it.

Norma Beishir said...

I love, love, LOVE the From the Ashes cover!

Stina Lindenblatt said...

Love Jessica's cover.

So far so good on my reading plans for the year. Of course I still have to catch up on my TBR pile from two years ago. :P

Kelley Lynn said...

Yay Jess! Love that girl :)

Trisha said...

The first thing I thought when I saw your blog's title was "Awww I love Cleudo!" :P

These stories both sound great!!

William Kendall said...

Good luck to Jessica and Tressa!

The covers look splendid!

Donna Yates said...

The covers are great, and they both look like great reads.

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