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Spotlight plus Give-Away: 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.

Links: Website/Author Goodreads/Twitter/Facebook/Pinterest

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Spotlight: Stone Cold Touch by Jennifer L Armentrout

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STONE COLD TOUCH Synopsis

Every touch has its price

Layla Shaw is trying to pick up the pieces of her shattered life—no easy task for a seventeen-year-old who’s pretty sure things can’t get worse. Her impossibly gorgeous best friend, Zayne, is forever off-limits thanks to the mysterious powers of her soul-stealing kiss. The Warden clan that has always protected her is suddenly keeping dangerous secrets. And she can barely think about Roth, the wickedly hot demon prince who understood her in ways no one else could.

But sometimes rock bottom is only the beginning. Because suddenly Layla’s powers begin to evolve, and she’s offered a tantalizing taste of what has always been forbidden.  Then, when she least expects it, Roth returns, bringing news that could change her world forever. She’s finally getting what she always wanted, but with hell literally breaking loose and the body count adding up, the price may be higher than Layla is willing to pay… 

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Roth vs. Zayne 

And don’t forget! The choice is yours…

Beginning today you’ll have 3 weeks to visit the series website, www.thedarkelementsseries.com, to take a poll and decide which guy Layla should ultimately choose in the final book in the trilogy, Every Last Breath.

At the end of 3 weeks, we will tally all the votes, and that’s when Jennifer L. Armentrout will start writing Every Last Breath. The guy who gets the most votes is the one Layla will pick.

To prevent early spoilers, we’re not going to reveal who won the poll in advance…you’ll have to wait until Every Last Breath goes on sale on July 28th, 2015 to find out whether Zayne or Roth wins Layla in the end. We promise the book will be epic and definitely worth the wait!

Who do you want Layla to end up with? Go to www.thedarkelementsseries.com and vote for your choice!

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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 plus Give-Away: Rowdy by Jay Crownover

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About ROWDY

The New York Times and USA Today bestselling Marked Men series continues with this sizzling, sexy story of love, heartbreak, fate, and second chances.

After the only girl he ever loved told him that he would never be enough, Rowdy St. James knocked the Texas dust off his boots and set out to live up to his nickname. A good ol’ boy looking for good times and good friends, Rowdy refuses to take anything too seriously, especially when it comes to the opposite sex. Burned by love once, he isn’t going to let himself trust a woman again. But that’s before his new co-worker arrives, a ghost from the past who’s suddenly making him question every lesson he ever learned.

Salem Cruz grew up in house with too many rules and too little fun—a world of unhappiness she couldn’t wait to forget. But one nice thing from childhood has stayed with her; the memory of the sweet, blue-eyed boy next door who’d been head over heels in love with her little sister.
Now, fate and an old friend have brought her and Rowdy together, and Salem is determined to show him that once upon a time he picked the wrong sister. A mission that is working perfectly—until the one person that ties them together appears, threatening to tear them apart for good.

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And don’t miss the previous books in The Marked Men Series

RULE

JET

ROME

NASH

About Jay Crownover

Jay Crownover is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Marked Men series. She also introduced the dark and sexy world of The Point in a new series this last summer starting with BETTER WHEN HE’s BAD. Like her characters, she is a big fan of tattoos. She loves music and wishes she could be a rock star, but since she has no aptitude for singing or instrument playing, she’ll settle for writing stories with interesting characters that make the reader feel something. She lives in Colorado with her three dogs.

Links: Website/Blog/Facebook/Twitter/Jay Crownover Goodreads

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Spotlight plus Give-Away: Losing Track by Trisha Wolfe

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Losing Track (Living Heartwood #2)
by Trisha Wolfe
Release Date: 10/15/14

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Sometimes you have to lose your way before finding the right track.

The roar of a bike engine. The vibration between her thighs. The feel of cool darkness kissing her skin as she coasts along twisty back roads at night—Melody Lachlan lives for these things. Ever since Mel and her best friend Darla escaped their small, backwoods town, they’ve traveled the countryside in search of fast rides, tatted bikers, and good times. 

A self-proclaimed poet and lover of all things free, Mel views her life as one long bike ride—with pit stops along the way to numb the pain. But she never saw herself as a junkie. Party as hard as you ride. That’s her motto…until a tragic night steals her soul. Then she’s forced to delve below the surface, to where her demons rage. 

When she meets recovered drug addict Boone Randall, she’s more likely to deck him than kiss his dimple-adorable face. She doesn’t want his help; doesn’t want to own up to her part in that night. She just wants to do her time and keep her promise to her friend. Yet Boone challenges Mel, and soon she doesn’t mind sharing the road. Only when Boone’s own secret demons threaten their newfound, fragile security, Mel’s course becomes rocky, and she must decide if letting her well-worn track marks fade is worth finding a new path.  

Told from Dual point of view from Melody and Boone, this is a New Adult Contemporary Romance intended for readers seventeen years of age and older.

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About the Author

I’m the author of the YA Steampunk DESTINY’S FIRE (Omnific Publishing), ASTARTE’S WRATH NA Historical/Supernatural, and the upcoming YA Utopian FIREBLOOD from Spencer Hill Press, October 2013. My NA Dark Fantasy OF SILVER AND BEASTS available May 2013.

I’m the creator of YA Bound, a promotional site for the Young Adult genre. Also a member of SCWW and The Apocalypsies.

A proud business owner, I’m partnered with my partner, my husband. When I’m not busy doing all of the above, I’m a wife and the mother of a gorgeous teen boy who’s the sounding board for my male characters.

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Spotlight: The Best of Retro YA with Robin Talley

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Book Angel Booktopia welcomes Robin Talley today as part of the Lies We Tell Ourselves Blog Tour to share her favorite retro YA reads.

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The Best of Retro YA

When I started writing my first novel, Lies We Tell Ourselves, set in 1959 Virginia, I knew I was going to have to do a ton of research.

I started at the library. Lies We Tell Ourselves focuses on school desegregation, so I read everything I could get my hands on about that process ― the lawsuits, the political wars, and, most importantly, the memoirs and oral histories from the students who’d been on the front lines of the desegregation efforts in their schools.

After that, though, I turned to my eReader. I didn’t just need to know about the big picture of the history of that time. I needed to know the little things, too.

So I looked for young adult books written during the 1950s and 1960s. What had the characters I was writing about been reading? What did these books have to say about how teenagers in the 1950s talked to each other, how they dressed, what they did after school, what the etiquette was on a first date?

One of the first things I learned was that a lot of these books weren’t available in ebook form. I had to scour the Internet for secondhand copies. A friend sent me one old library book she found at a flea market. I even stole books off my sister’s old bookshelf ― 1980s reprints of classics from earlier decades.

Here are some of my favorites from what I found:

Fifteen (1956) by Beverly Cleary 

Yes, that Beverly Cleary, of Ramona Quimby fame. This novel is a combination coming-of-age story/dating how-to manual for respectable girls in the 1950s who’d never been kissed. The big climax hinges on whether Stan, “a very nice boy,” will give 15-year-old Jane his ID bracelet. It’s actually pretty funny.

Ransom (1966) by Lois Duncan

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Yes, that Lois Duncan, the one who wrote I Know What You Did Last Summer and other 80s classics. Lois Duncan has been writing YA books for a LONG time. This story is an addictive thriller about five high school students who are kidnapped off their school bus. It’s an interesting social study, told from rotating points of view between all five teenagers. It’s also delightfully old-school ― the kidnapped boys are locked in a freezing cold basement all night; the girls are allowed to sleep in a bedroom in bunk beds because the kidnappers assume the girls are timid and won’t possibly try to escape.

Mr. and Mrs. Bo Jo Jones (1967) by Ann Head

This is a book I’d recommend for more than just its historical value. It takes place in 1963 and focuses on 16-year-old girl named July who gets pregnant on prom night, and her boyfriend, the titular 17-year-old Bo Jo. They immediately get married and drop out of high school (it’s implied that dropping out of high school is a legal necessity if you get married at 16, though I wasn’t able to find proof of that). They move into a tiny apartment together and realize that, despite having hung out at school and dated for a while, the truth is, they barely even know each other. And now here they are, trying to start a family. July’s voice sucks you in, and the story keeps you riveted.

Reach for a Star (1957) by Florence Crannell Means 

Eighteen-year-old Toni is unceremoniously dumped by her boyfriend immediately after her high school graduation. Distraught, she decides to change her college plans and sets off for Fisk University in Tennessee, far from her home in Colorado and far from her ex. Not to worry, though; her freshman year includes a pack of awesome new friends and a far superior boyfriend who’s willing to overlook Toni’s incredibly annoying personality. This was the only YA book from the 1950s I could get my hands on that focused on characters who weren’t white. This story, like the others, is delightfully retro; apparently, Fisk used to have a policy that freshman girls weren’t allowed to ride in cars for any reason, and when Toni gets a ride with a friend to get out of a rainstorm, she has to go before a student disciplinary committee ensure that she wasn’t up to any nefarious activities.

The Cheerleader (1973) by Ruth Doan MacDougall

This one is cheating a bit ― it was published in the 1970s, and was written from the author’s memories of her own high school days in the 50s. Like Fifteen, it partly functions as a dating how-to guide, but its characters do things Fifteen’s Jane would definitely have felt she ought to save for marriage. Which is to say ― this is a book that aims for realism. It also features characters who are named “Snowy” and “Puddles” without a hint of irony. Realism in the 1950s was its own very peculiar thing.

Spring Fire (1952) by Marijane Meaker writing as Vin Packer

This one is cheating too, because this book wasn’t published as YA; in fact the idea of teenagers reading Spring Fire probably would’ve been enough to get the flimsy paperback banned from the bus stations where it was sold back in the 50s. This book, written by future mega-award winner Marijane Meaker (who also wrote YA under the name M.E. Kerr), told a tragic love story between two college students and is credited with starting the lesbian pulp fiction publishing movement. Soon, a series of paperbacks featured young women who loved other women. Those women usually wound up dead, crazy, or repentant for their lesbian ways. Spring Fire is now considered a classic, although Meaker has spoken out in protest of the sad ending her publisher forced her to include so that the book would pass the censors at the Postal Service.

I’ve got to admit ― I loved having an excuse to read these books. Sure, today’s YA books tackle a wider range of subject matter and feature a far more diverse cast of characters (though we’ve still got work to do on that front), but the 1950s and 60s were a delightfully weird time. It’s a fascinating world to immerse oneself in. I’d recommend giving some of these a read!

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