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Spotlight plus Give-Away: Marked by Hades by Reese Monroe

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Marked By Hades

Reese Monroe

One choice away from eternity…

 For 911 years, Gatekeeper companion Justin Bradford has denied the possibility of being mated to only one woman. He enjoys them all too much to settle down. So when he feels his mate’s Ahavah mark surface, his first instinct is to ignore it. But when he sees the leather-clad beauty in need of his help that’s easier said than done…

Yvonne wakes up naked on a cold park bench in a small town with no memory of who—or what—she is. All she knows is the gentle man who woke her was turned to dust when she touched him. And now the strange mark that appeared on her shoulder throbs in the presence of the raven-haired man now offering to help her…

As Justin and Yvonne navigate the mystery of her past, their bond grows, but the secrets they discover and the sacrifices that must be made could be enough to rip them apart for eternity. 

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Author Bio:  Originally from Minnesota, Reese Monroe currently enjoys living in the sunny Arizona desert with her husband of seventeen years and her loveable Shetland Sheep dog, Maddux. Monroe holds a degree in psychology from Southwest Minnesota State University and a master’s degree from the University of Iowa. When she’s not busy writing her next trilogy, she can be found pounding the pavement, training to run her first marathon.

Reese Monroe is a contributing blogger at the widely popular siteNew Adult Alley and has been part of the New Adult revolution for years having penned over thirty novels in the exciting new category.

Connect with Reese onTwitter, throughFacebook or herwebsite. Reese also writes as Lynn Rush and you can find her alter egohere.

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Spotlight: Intoxicated by Monica Murphy

spotlight (2)We are so excited to share the cover for Monica Murphy’s INTOXICATED with you all! INTOXICATED is a sexy Contemporary Romance novella in Monica’s The Billionaire Bachelors Club Series, published by Avon Impulse. Available for Pre-Order: Links Below :)

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ABOUT INTOXICATED

New York Times bestselling author Monica Murphy wraps up her sexy Billionaire Bachelors Club series with a wedding to remember. But this time, they’re not bachelors anymore, and the groom … is one of them.

It’s Gage and Marina’s wedding day, but wedded bliss seems a long way off: Ivy’s just gone into labor. Marina’s missing her matron of honor. And Bryn’s giving Matt the silent treatment.

It’s up to Archer, Gage, and Matt to make sure this day goes off without a hitch. But between brides and babies, there’s the not-so-little issue of the million-dollar bet to attend to. If only they can figure out who won … and who’s paying up. Is everyone a winner? Or will someone leave broke—and brokenhearted?

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Pre-Order Links: AMAZON US/AMAZON CAN/AMAZON UK/BARNES AND NOBLE/iTUNES

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ABOUT MONICA MURPHY

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New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Monica Murphy is a native Californian who lives in the foothills below Yosemite. A wife and mother of three, she writes New Adult and contemporary romance for Bantam and Avon. She is the author of One Week Girlfriend and Second Chance Boyfriend.

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Spotlight plus Give-Away: Falling by Design by Valia Lind

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Title: Falling by Design
Author: Valia Lind
Genre: YA contemporary
Published: March 12, 2014

Brooklynn Summers has a plan for her life: graduate from high school, get into a top fashion school, prove to her family that she’s not a failure. She wishes someone in her life understood her need to create because her parents sure don’t support her dreams, her sister hates her, and the deadlines are soon approaching.

Enter Grayson Banks.

There are a few things in life Brooklynn can’t stand: mismatched patterns, cheap polyester, and Grayson. No boy has ever publicly humiliated Brooklynn like Grayson has. When he suddenly moved away in eighth grade, Brooklynn happily wished him good riddance. But on the first day of senior year, Grayson comes back, with his piercing blue eyes and a smile that melts icebergs, he is not exactly the boy Brooklynn remembers. She quickly realizes that Grayson’s intentions have completely shifted, but she’s not sure if she can put their past behind her.

Grayson understands Brooklynn’s creative ambitions and he devises a plan to showcase her work to the world. When the two agree to work together, suddenly, there is more than just fabric paint that’s having a chemical reaction to its environment. Brooklynn cannot help but feel pulled into Grayson’s arms, but memories and misunderstandings surface, putting in danger whatever small comradeship these two childhood enemies have constructed.

Can Brooklynn overcome her own insecurities, finally making her dreams come true? Even a dream she didn’t know she had.

This is a story about a girl with big dreams and a boy who helps her achieve them.

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Author. Photographer. Artist. Born and raised in St. Petersburg, Russia, Valia Lind always had a love for the written word. She wrote her first full book on the bathroom floor of her dormitory, while procrastinating to study for her college classes. Upon graduation, she has moved her writing to more respectable places, and have found her voice in Young Adult fiction. Falling by Design is her debut young adult novel. You can visit her online at www.valialind.blogspot.com or follow her on twitter, where she spends way too much time, @ValiaLind.

Spotlight: Don’t Look Back by Jennifer L Armentrout

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We are extremely excited that Jennifer L. Armentrout’s DON’T LOOK BACK releases today!! DON’T LOOK BACK is a young adult suspense being published by Disney Hyperion (US)/Hodder (UK)

ABOUT DON’T LOOK BACK

Samantha is a stranger in her own life. Until the night she disappeared with her best friend, Cassie, everyone said Sam had it all—popularity, wealth, and a dream boyfriend.

Sam has resurfaced, but she has no recollection of who she was or what happened to her that night. As she tries to piece together her life from before, she realizes it’s one she no longer wants any part of. The old Sam took “mean girl” to a whole new level, and it’s clear she and Cassie were more like best enemies. Sam is pretty sure that losing her memories is like winning the lottery. She’s getting a second chance at being a better daughter, sister, and friend, and she’s falling hard for Carson Ortiz, a boy who has always looked out for her—even if the old Sam treated him like trash.

But Cassie is still missing, and the facts about what happened to her that night isn’t just buried deep inside of Sam’s memory—someone else knows, someone who wants to make sure Sam stays quiet. All Sam wants is the truth, and if she can unlock her clouded memories of that fateful night, she can finally move on. But what if not remembering is the only thing keeping Sam alive?

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“This engrossing thriller packs a heady atmospheric punch with plenty of theatrical scares,” Kirkus Reviews

“Armentrout has written another winner. From the first page to the last, she builds both terror and confusion to the point where readers will be hooked and on the edge of their seat. This standalone contains all of Armentrout’s usual trademarks– a strong and determined heroine, witty comments and hot guys–but she adds in an extra layer by ratcheting up the suspense to the highest degree and follows it up with an ending no one will see coming.” RT BOOK REVIEWS 4 1/2 Stars TOP PICK

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About Jennifer L. Armentrout

# 1 NEW YORK TIMES and USA TODAY Bestselling author Jennifer lives in Martinsburg, West Virginia. All the rumors you’ve heard about her state aren’t true. When she’s not hard at work writing. she spends her time reading, working out, watching really bad zombie movies, pretending to write, and hanging out with her husband and her Jack Russell Loki.

Her dreams of becoming an author started in algebra class, where she spent most of her time writing short stories….which explains her dismal grades in math. Jennifer writes young adult paranormal, science fiction, fantasy, and contemporary romance. She is published with Spencer Hill Press, Entangled Teen and Brazen, Disney/Hyperion and Harlequin Teen. Her book Obsidian has been optioned for a major motion picture and her Covenant Series has been optioned for TV.

She also writes adult and New Adult romance under the name J. Lynn. She is published by Entangled Brazen and HarperCollins.

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Spotlight: Does talking about issues in novels make a difference? By Alan Gibbons

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Book Angel Booktopia is delighted to welcome Alan Gibbons today as part of the HATE blog tour. I am as ever interested in the effect reading books involving sensitive issues has on teens. It’s such a great priviledge to be able to steer them in the right direction. Over to Alan:

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Does talking about issues in novels make a difference?

By Alan Gibbons

I remember a discussion when one of my books was shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal. Somebody in the audience asked me why I wrote ‘issue books.’

“Do I really?” I asked, rather taken aback.

“Yes,” my interrogator asked, “it’s always racism, bullying, war and peace. Why is that?”

I have to admit, it had me wondering which books don’t have issues. People often contrast two authors writing in roughly the same historical era. Charlotte Bronte in Shirley writes about the Luddite riots and the presence of the military transferred from the continental conflict, while Jane Austen barely reflects the Napoleonic wars at all. There are still many ‘issues’ in Austen’s novels, property and relationships, the way a woman tries to gain some control over her life in a male-dominated society.

I think my questioner was misunderstanding how a novel works. A novelist is necessarily enquiring into the world in which he or she lives. The subject matter can be more or less evident, can have a heavier or lighter touch in the body of the text, but it is always there. Novels are about something, however much some ‘Art for Art’s sake’ purists may protest.

If you take contemporary Young Adult fiction as a spectrum, there are those of us who give greater weighting to aspects of social and political reality. Many of my favourite writers, Bali Rai, Malorie Blackman, Robert Swindells, Anne Cassidy do not shy away from controversial subjects and wrestle with subjects such as honour killing, racism, homelessness, crime and child murder. To imply they are simply novelising their own views would be an insult to their craft and attachment to character and narrative. The primacy of storytelling is there for all to see. They are not trying to ram anything down anyone’s throat.

Of course I have my own personal beliefs. I am of the Left. I despise racism and sexual oppression. This naturally finds a voice in my books. Indeed, it triggered a comically intemperate outburst against me on the blog Conservative Home. In Caught in the Crossfire I take on racism and Islamophobia. In An Act of Love it is terrorism and radicalisation. In Raining Fire it is gang violence. In Hate it is the issue of hate crime. I am not briefing or instructing my readers in these novels. If that is what I wanted to do I would be a journalist or a sociologist. The issues are the context of my storytelling, the soil in which my characters flourish and grow.

Do the novels have any impact? Will racism be any less virulent because of Caught in the Crossfire? Will hate crime be any less likely to occur because of Hate? I hope so, but novelists can’t give their readers the answers. At best, we can ask the right questions.

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