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Spotlight: The Collectors Society by Heather Lyons

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THE COLLECTORS’ SOCIETY Synopsis

From the author of the Fate series and The Deep End of the Sea comes a fantastical romantic adventure that has Alice tumbling down the strangest rabbit hole yet.

After years in Wonderland, Alice has returned to England as an adult, desperate to reclaim sanity and control over her life. An enigmatic gentleman with an intriguing job offer too tempting to resist changes her plans for a calm existence, though. Soon, she’s whisked to New York and initiated into the Collectors’ Society, a secret organization whose members confirm that famous stories are anything but straightforward and that what she knows about the world is only a fraction of the truth.

It’s there she discovers villains are afoot—ones who want to shelve the lives of countless beings. Assigned to work with the mysterious and alluring Finn, Alice and the rest of the Collectors’ Society race against a doomsday clock in order to prevent further destruction . . . but will they make it before all their endings are erased?

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About Heather Lyons

Heather Lyons has always had a thing for words—She’s been writing stories since she was a kid. In addition to writing, she’s also been an archaeologist and a teacher. Heather is a rabid music fan, as evidenced by her (mostly) music-centric blog, and she’s married to an even larger music snob. They’re happily raising three kids who are mini music fiends who love to read and be read to.

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Spotlight plus Give-Away: Fierce by LG Kelso

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Fierce Synopsis

Tori’s MMA career was taking off, until she beat the wrong man. Her training partner, nursing a bruised ego, snapped—shattering her trust and confidence.
Three years later, Tori’s keeping her fists to herself as she struggles to put herself through college. But when a group of gangbangers hassle her at work, old habits kick in and her fists fly. Max Estrada, a frequent diner customer, steps in and gets them out of hot water, but Tori is still fired… days before tuition is due.
With no other option, she’s forced to take a desk job at her old pounding grounds, where her demons still haunt the cage and the temptation to go glove-to-glove with familiar pro-fighter, Max Estrada, is too much. The sexy Colombian draws her back into the world of MMA and revives her dreams of becoming a professional face-puncher—until Will, her old partner and current Middleweight Champion, struts back into the gym. The secret they share is an unexpected liability to his career, and he’s determined to keep her silent.
With her life on the ropes, Tori will have to face the past for a shot at winning back her future, or carry the weight of a loss even greater than before.

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L G. Kelso Bio

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L.G. Kelso writes speculative and contemporary novels. Having grown up watching Xena and Hercules with her grandmother, L.G. inherited her passion for the fantastical, mythological and paranormal. She writes fantasy genre mash-ups that have empowered heroines, complicated heroes, and, of course, magic.
Her contemporary works are NA sports romance novels that focus on people in love with combat sports and sometimes each other. L.G. is involved in combat sports and she strives to bring an authentic view of the always breathtaking, often times crazy, and sometimes painful world of MMA into her novels.
L.G writes in various categories, but her passion in New Adult, and has been long before New adult was acknowledged. This interest led her and a group of other New Adult fanatics to create NA Alley: Bridging the Gap between YA and Adult Fiction.

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Spotlight: All For This by Lexi Ryan

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**ALL FOR THIS is book three in the Here and Now series. It is not a stand-alone and it’s intended to be read after LOST IN ME and FALL TO YOU.**

What if you would never remember the day you made the most important decision of your life?

That’s what they’re telling me about the day of my accident—the day I put on Max’s ring and chose him over Nate. I’m counting on the wisdom behind a decision I don’t remember making.

Max is amazing—sexy, sweet, and kind. I was starting to believe happily-ever-after might be in my future after all. Then the unthinkable happened and my world imploded. If I’m going to make this work with Max, I need my missing memories, or at least answers from about those five days before my accident.

But what does my future hold if those answers aren’t anything like I imagined?

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Released August 4, 2014

New Adult Contemporary Romance 

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1) LOST IN ME is FREE through the ALL FOR THIS tour!

2) ALL FOR THIS will be $2.99 on release day and $3.99 thereafter

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 About the Author

Once a college English professor, I now write full time. I live in rural Indiana, where, when I’m not writing, I get to hang out with my husband and two kids–a six-year-old boy and a two-year-old hellion, er, girl. Not surprisingly, reading and writing remain my favorite activities, though both come in bits and pieces these days, not the big hunks of time I enjoyed before I had children. When I’m feeling virtuous, I like to go running (I use that word liberally. I’m really, really slow) or do yoga. Don’t worry, I’m always careful to balance out such activities with a hearty serving of ice cream or a chocolate martini.

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Spotlight: Comedy Zombies Inspired Classic Literature by Jeff Norton

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I am in the fantastic position of asking the most amazing people for help when putting together inspiring lessons to promote reading for pleasure in the school library. Huge thanks to Faber and Jeff Norton for this inspiring post :)

To Read A Mocking Bird

By Jeff Norton

Reading Harper Lee’s To Kill A Mockingbird is rite of passage for nearly every young teenager in North America.  It’s an accessible on-ramp to great literature; offering equal parts gripping story and poetic writing. I recall reading it for the first time early in my high school life, and it was the first work of literature that resonated with me (unlike, Jane Eyre, which nearly turned me off English class for good). (Sacrilege, Jane Eyre is my favourite book)

The magic (or science…you decide) or Harper Lee’s novel is that its story and lessons are immediately applicable to young people. The teen years can be a cruel, unforgiving decade.  Remembering to put yourself in the other person’s shoes is a not only a coping mechanism for adolescence, but a worthwhile blueprint for life.  Scout’s journey from naivety to understanding is a heartbreaking, but necessary transition from childhood to young adulthood. By the end of the book, Scout is still a kid, but is on the path to becoming so much more.

So, in crafting the curriculum for Adam Meltzer’s school, Croxton Middle School, I wanted to introduce Harper Lee to our OCD suffering, newly un-dead protagonist and see what happened.

While on the surface, Memoirs of a Neurotic Zombie may look like a flippant upending of the zombie genre, its (decomposing) heart is a tale of growth and acceptance.  Adam is judgmental of the world around him; starting with himself.

At first, when he’s forced to read Harper Lee’s book, he’s less than enthusiastic:

The next class was English, and our teacher, Ms Talon, welcomed me back to class by shoving a well-worn paperback of To Kill A Mockingbird into my hands. The book’s cover was frayed, snot-stained and I’m pretty sure had been read in the toilet.  I retracted my hands from receiving the germ-infested novel. The book slammed on the scuffed linoleum floor.

After causing a scene with his teacher that leads to a trip to the Principal’s office, it’s the school librarian, Miss Kundak who encourages Adam to give Harper Lee a try:

“What’s she got you reading?”

“How to kill a Mockingbird.”

“To Kill A Mockingbird,” she clarified. “Stick with it Adam, it’ll grow on you.”

“Like a fungus?”

“Like a mind-opening, soul-expanding fungus.”

As Adam adjusts to his new zombified status, he learns to take Atticus Finch’s wisdom to heart: “You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view… Until you climb into his skin and walk around in it.”  He beings to seek a deeper understanding of his friends, classmates, and most importantly, himself. Since he’s now unwillingly climbed into skin that doesn’t feel his own, forced to walk around in it as a ‘monster’, he learns how to accept others for their imperfections.

Harper Lee’s classic grows on Adam, like a fungus…a mind-opening, soul-expanding fungus. And he becomes a better young man for it.  Which for me is the magic (and science) of a great book.

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‘My name is Adam Meltzer and the last thing I remember was being stung by a bee while swinging at a robot-shaped pinata on my twelfth birthday. I was dead before the candy hit the ground.’

Memoirs of a Neurotic Zombie is narrated by the hilarious Adam Meltzer – pre-teen, worrywart, and now zombie. Adam’s family gets the fright of their lives when he turns up at their door . . . three months after his funeral.

Soon Adam’s back at school trying to fit in and not draw extra attention to himself, but when he sees his neighbour Ernesto transform into a chupacubra, and the beautiful Corina (Adam’s number one mega-crush) turns out to be a (vegan) vampire, undead life is never going to be the same again.

A hilarious adventure caper – if Ferris Bueller met Shaun of the Dead – all about friendship and being yourself . . . even if you’re undead.

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Thanks again to Faber and Jeff for such a fantastic guest post.

How would you incorporate it into a library lesson?

Would you go with a zombie or a comedy theme?

Would you compare a passage from To Kill a Mockingbird with The Memoirs of a Neurotic Zombie?

Suggestions greatly appreciated :)

Spotlight plus Give-Away: Addicted by Tracy Wolff

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About ADDICTED

Ethan Frost returns in the breathtaking conclusion to New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Tracy Wolff’s seductive novel Ruined—perfect for fans of Release Me and Bared to You.

As Chloe Girard discovers, there’s love . . . and then there’s addiction.

Ethan Frost is everything a woman could want in a man. He’s rich, gorgeous, powerful, one of the most eligible bachelors in the world.

But that’s not why I’m with him.

I love Ethan for all the things no one else gets to see: his innate kindness, his reckless spontaneity, his unwavering determination to use his brilliance for good. I love the way he looks at me, the way he touches me. The way he makes me forget the wreckage of my past and the twisted fear that still lives inside me.

But sometimes it terrifies me how much I crave him, how much I need him just to breathe. I always thought it would be my past that ruined us, but there’s a darkness in Ethan I never dreamed existed. Can we survive as his secrets surface—threatening to unravel us both?

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Also in the Ethan Frost series: : RUINED by Tracy Wolff

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Praise for RUINED:

Tracy Wolff knows how to steam up the pages, and she proves it again in Ruined. If you’re looking for a hot read, curl up with Ethan Frost.” —New York Times and USA Today bestselling author J. Kenner

Fans of Fifty Shades of Grey will love Tracy Wolff’s Ruined! Heat sizzles off the page and the oh-so-sexy Ethan Frost will make you swoon!”—USA Today bestselling author Stacey Kennedy

About Tracy Wolff

Tracy Wolff collects books, English degrees and lipsticks and has been known to forget where—and sometimes who—she is when immersed in a great novel. At six she wrote her first short story—something with a rainbow and a prince—and at seven she forayed into the wonderful world of girls lit with her first Judy Blume novel. By ten she’d read everything in the young adult and classics sections of her local bookstore, so in desperation her mom started her on romance novels. And from the first page of the first book, Tracy knew she’d found her life-long love. Now an English professor at her local community college, she writes romances that run the gamut from contemporary to paranormal to erotic suspense.

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Want to get to know Tracy better? Check out this exclusive interview!

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Additionally, Random House is giving away two prize packs: a $25 gift card to Babeland and a copy of RUINED! Enter here!