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Spotlight: Rebound by Noelle August

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At Boomerang, one night can change everything…

Adam Blackwood has it all. At twenty-two, he’s fabulously wealthy, Ryan Gosling-hot and at the top of his game in the business world. His life is perfect, until a scandal from his past resurfaces and threatens to knock the tech wunderkind down and throw his company, Boomerang, a hook-up site for millennials, into chaos.

Alison Quick, the twenty-one-year-old daughter of a business tycoon—and the very ex-girlfriend of Boomerang’s former intern, Ethan—has a problem of her own. After nearly flunking out in her senior year of college, she has one chance to redeem herself to her father by proving that she deserves a place in his corporate empire. That means spearheading her father’s plan to sink big money into Adam’s company and launch it into the stratosphere—provided Adam has no skeletons in his closet.

When the two meet, their sizzling chemistry makes it tough to keep things strictly professional. But when Alison discovers Adam’s secret, she knows she should bring it right to her father, who’ll leverage it for his own gain and use it to ruin Adam. The only problem: she’s falling for Adam—hard.

Will earning her father’s approval come at the price of losing her first real love? Or can Adam and Alison leave behind past mistakes and conquer the world—together?

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Question: What do you get when friends pen a story with heart, plenty of laughs, and toe-curling kissing scenes? Answer: Noelle August, the pseudonym for renowned editor and award-winning writer Lorin Oberweger and New York Times bestselling YA author Veronica Rossi, the masterminds behind Boomerang.

You can visit them at NoelleAugust.com, @Noelle_August, and facebook.com/NoelleAugustBooks.

Spotlight plus Give-Away: The Hazards of Mistletoe by Alyssa Rose Ivy

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About THE HAZARDS OF MISTLETOE

One snowy Christmas Eve, one mistletoe kiss, one friendship changed forever.

Don’t underestimate the power of mistletoe. It looks innocent enough, but a single branch has the potential to change your life. One mistletoe kiss led to the most embarrassing night of my life, but thankfully by the next Christmas I ended up exactly where I was supposed to be.   

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Alyssa Rose Ivy Bio

Alyssa Rose Ivy is a New Adult and Young Adult author who loves to weave stories with romance and a southern setting. Although raised in the New York area, she fell in love with the South after moving to New Orleans for college. After years as a perpetual student, she turned back to her creative side and decided to write. She lives in North Carolina with her husband and two young children, and she can usually be found with a cup of coffee in her hand. 

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

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Spotlight: In Depth Character Profile: Full Contact by Sidney Halston

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Title: Full Contact
Author: Sidney Halston
Genre: Adult, Contemporary Romance
SeriesWorth the Fight #2
Expected Publication: October 28th, 2014 by Loveswept

Sidney Halston returns to steamy Tarpon Springs, Florida, where a hell-raising bad boy prepares to get down and dirty for the woman he loves.

How could she have been so stupid? When Jessica Cross decides to give her violently jealous boyfriend—the otherwise influential and charming Dennis Stavros—a second chance, she very nearly becomes a statistic. After weeks of healing from a broken rib and collapsed lung, and with Dennis behind bars, Jessica finally feels ready to come out of hiding. But will she ever be able to take a chance on love again with someone new?

Mixed martial arts fighter Slade Martin knows he has a bad reputation. Hell, he’s probably earned it. So it won’t be easy to convince beautiful, vulnerable Jessica that she can trust him—that from the moment she walked into his life, she’s been the only one he’s wanted. Powerful and confident, Slade knows he can honor his vow to protect Jessica body and soul. Winning her heart will be another matter . . . but a woman like Jessica is worth the fight.

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Meet the characters of FULL CONTACT

FULL CONTACT is a stand-alone novel, but it does start where AGAINST THE CAGE left off. Jessica Cross is still in the hospital after being brutally assaulted by her boyfriend (now ex-boyfriend), Dennis.  I think readers will find Jessica to be a different kind of heroine. Even though she stayed with Dennis too long, she is not a push-over and Slade Martin, the hero in FULL CONTACT, will soon find out exactly how feisty Jessica can be.

Jessica is in her late twenties and has been bartending at the Pier since moving to Tarpon Springs with Dennis a few years ago. Bartending had not been her plan when she got her Masters degree in Exercise Physiology. Her plan had been to open up a yoga studio, not be the “perfect” politician’s wife to Dennis. After the fight with Dennis left her tattered, she’s decided to start living her life for herself without the distraction of a man. Except, Slade’s relentless perusal doesn’t really play into her new plan. And really, Slade’s not just any man. He’s a badass cage fighter who is not used to hearing the word ‘no’.

Slade Martin is Tarpon Spring’s dirty-mouthed, bad boy, womanizer and the typical oblivious man. Slade’s been a professional Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) fighter for over a decade. However, some recent underground-unsanctioned fights and too many injuries to the head have taken him out of the game he’s loved for so long. He misses fighting but has luckily been preoccupied with the grand re-opening of Worth the Fight Academy, the MMA training gym he is re-launching with partner, Francesca Silva. Opening the Academy isn’t the only thing that has him preoccupied, though. Wholesome, funny, and sweet, Jessica is at the forefront of his mind. Where Slade lacks any filter, Jessica doesn’t curse and is shocked but turned-on by Slade’s dirty-mouth.  Slade’s not used to having to work hard at getting women; they normally hop on the back of his bike and head straight to his bedroom. But, convincing Jessica to give him a chance has him uncharacteristically frustrated and grumpy.

With his long jet-black hair, piercing blue eyes, and mesmerizing tattoos, Jessica may be willing to dive into unknown territory. The problem is: Dennis hasn’t exactly gone away.

Since the series takes place in the small town of Tarpon Springs, Florida, where everyone knows each other and most people grew up together, the characters from the town are important parts of the series. Patsy and Jett are the owner’s of the Pier and Jessica’s employer. Earl and Esther are the owner’s of EE’s Diner. Then, there are the fighters. You met Chrissy and Jack in AGAINST THE CAGE. Chrissy is Slade’s sister and Jack’s his best friend. Chrissy’s a doctor and Jack is a police officer who fights professionally from time to time for sport. The banter between Slade and Jack are some of my favorite scenes in the series.

Tony “Scarface” Marino is the newest fighter to the gym. He’s the Academy’s ticket to success, a professional fighter who has the potential to bring in big bucks as well as notoriety to the Academy—if he wins. Francesca Silva, Slade’s business partner and all around bombshell is the newest addition to the Academy. Her presence makes Jessica uncomfortable – Frances is strong, opinionated, and wants to see the Academy succeed, but she’s also beautiful, flirtatious, and very ‘touchy touchy’. Jamie Lynn, or JL, as she’s affectionately known, is another bartender at the Pier.  The small, tatted-up, Texan with the southern drawl and funny-sayings, quickly becomes great friends with Jessica.

Then there’s Cain and Travis. These are two fighters from Worth the Fight Academy that make cameos in FULL CONTACT and will be constant sub-characters in the series (hopefully having their own novels someday). Travis will easily become the favorite of most readers. He is also a Professional fighter but he is super playful and had no qualms flirting with all the women, especially Chrissy. Even though he really means no harm, his Texan charm sends most women swooning. He has a southern drawl and says whatever comes to mind without much thought.  Cain on the other hand, is a man of few words—or no words. He’s a closed book. When he does speak, it tends to be brash, short, and straight to the point. He is tall, lean and blonde and looks more like a Viking than an MMA fighter. Whereas most of the fighters are all tatted up, this man has no visible tattoos, clean-cut haircut, and is just a mystery to most.

Last but definitely not least, there’s Drogo. The scene-stealer and most readers’ favorite character. Drogo is Jack’s miniature Chihuahua with a temperament of a Pit-bull. He doesn’t like Jack but completely hates Slade.

As the series progresses I’m sure you’ll meet more characters and hopefully you’ll fall in love with Slade and Jessica as much as I have.

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About Sidney

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USA Today Bestselling author, Sidney Halston lives her life with one simple rule: “Just Do It” Nike.

And that’s exactly what she did. After working hard as an attorney, Sidney picked up a pen for the first time at thirty years old to begin her dream of writing. Having never written anything other than very exciting legal briefs, she found an outlet for her imaginative romantic side and wrote the successful New Adult series, Seeing Red and Seeing Black. That first pen stroke sealed the deal and she fell in love with writing. Currently on sale is the bestselling contemporary romance, Against the Cage and soon to be released Full Contact, the second of the Worth the Fight series.
Sidney lives in South Florida with her husband and children. She loves her family above all else, and reading follows a close second. When she’s not writing you can find her reading and reading and reading…  She’s a reader first and foremost.When she’s not writing or reading her life is complete and utter chaos trying to balance family life with work, and writing (and reading). But she wouldn’t have it any other way., she found an outlet for her imaginative romantic side and wrote Seeing Red, among four other novels currently in the works, including the sequel to Seeing Red. That first pen stroke sealed the deal and she fell in love with writing.

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Spotlight: Identity in The Walled City by Ryan Graudin

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Book Angel Booktopia is delighted to welcome Ryan Graudin today as part of The Walled City blog tour. I’ve been discussing the idea of IDENTITY and DIVERSITY with pupils in library lessons. When I saw The Walled City I knew it would fit beautifully with these themes making the ideas more accessible to the students. Huge thanks to Ryan for taking the time to right such a fantastic post developing those themes.

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I’m not a good person. If people need proof, I’ll show them my scar, tell them my body count.” These are the very first lines that introduce us to Sun Dai Shing, an eighteen year old boy who is trapped in the Hak Nam Walled City, which he describes as “a recipe of humanity’s darkest ingredients—thieves, murderers, addicts—all mashed into six and a half acres of land. A place even the sunlight is too pure to enter.” From the start, Dai tries to tell the reader who to perceive him, though it soon becomes obvious that he’s not as evil as he tries to convince the world he is. He cites many minor incidents from his past—“I pounded through life at volume eleven, leaving a trail of broken things: vases, noses, cars, hearts, brain cells”—and hints at even larger ones.

Jin Ling spends her days and nights in the Walled City hiding her true identity. She lives on the streets and must disguise herself as a boy to stay safe. But as her chapters roll on, we find out that, even as a child, Jin Ling saw herself this way: “Whenever our mother wound my hair back into a bun and sent me to the pond for wash water, I saw a boy’s face staring back at me.” She did all of the boy’s work on the farm and strove to protect her mother and sister from her father’s drunken rages.

For her entire life Mei Yee has been told she was beautiful. Even her name—Mei Yee, refreshing beauty—speaks to this. It’s one of the reasons her father sold her to Longwai’s brothel, and one of the reasons her “client” Ambassador Osamu pays an exorbitant amount of money for her exclusivity. Mei Yee has learned to associate beauty with passivity, and just as her sister Jin Ling used to long to be pretty, Mei Yee longs to have the courage to be strong.

As THE WALLED CITY progresses, each of these characters discovers that their sources of identity, the identities that had been assigned to them by past circumstances, are something that hinder them. In order to survive and thrive, each one of them must push past the definition of who they thought they were. Dai must overcome his idea that he is (as he says in his own words) a “selfish bastard,” Jin Ling is forced to see herself as beautiful and Mei Yee must plunge into the deepest parts of herself to find courage. By the end of the novel, none of these characters are who they thought they were, because they chose to ignore the labels their past put on them.

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 SYNOPSIS FROM GOODREADS

730. That’s how many days I’ve been trapped.

18. That’s how many days I have left to find a way out.

DAI, trying to escape a haunting past, traffics drugs for the most ruthless kingpin in the Walled City. But in order to find the key to his freedom, he needs help from someone with the power to be invisible….

JIN hides under the radar, afraid the wild street gangs will discover her biggest secret: Jin passes as a boy to stay safe. Still, every chance she gets, she searches for her lost sister….

MEI YEE has been trapped in a brothel for the past two years, dreaming of getting out while watching the girls who try fail one by one. She’s about to give up, when one day she sees an unexpected face at her window…..

In this innovative and adrenaline-fueled novel, they all come together in a desperate attempt to escape a lawless labyrinth before the clock runs out

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Spotlight: Anti-Bullying Week plus Demons and Thieves by Lynda Berger

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With the start of Anti-Bullying week tomorrow – 17th November 2014 – I’d like to take the opportunity to introduce you to a new YA Fantasy-Adventure Book by Lynda Berger.

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TAD, aged 14, thinks he is cursed. It has been three years since the stupid argument during which he wished that his brother, Nick, were dead. He never realised his wish would come true and that minutes later, Nick and his grandfather would be involved in a fatal road accident. Since then, everything has gone wrong: Tad is bullied at school, his parents are divorcing and his dog has mysteriously disappeared. Unable to cope any more, Tad runs away and takes refuge in a deserted cottage where a strange stone transports him to the Gate. Here he learns that his life is being controlled by dark forces called ‘The Shadows.’ To banish them, he must enter a deadly challenge in the world beyond the Gate and win seven unusual keys. But if he fails to find the first  three keys within twelve  hours, the  stone  (and  his ticket  home)  will expire leaving him trapped there forever.

The GATEKEEPER directs Tad through a door, beyond which lies the School of No Returns.  Accompanied by two dysfunctional dwarf HELPERS, Tad arrives late for class where the students are learning to ward off demons which inhabit the land. There he befriends LUCY, another lost child, who has failed the challenge and can never return home. Attracted to her and to life at the school, Tad is torn between his quest and the friendships that the school can offer him. However, determined to win the keys, Tad promises to return and continues on with his mission.

As part of the challenge, Tad is sent back into the Past with strict instructions not to change events. Attacked by demons, he is rescued by a mysterious boy, STORM, whose intentions are unclear. Irritated by Storm’s continual interference, Tad defies him and the laws of the land and changes the course of history in a bid to save his parents’ marriage.

Pursued by the BARONS for the crime against time, the boys flee to the home of the mad magician, DEUCE, who reveals Storm’s true identity. He is Tad’s brother, Nick, who hadn’t died in the accident at all but had been transported to the parallel world, just like Tad. Having failed the challenge once, the only way Storm can return home now, is to use Tad’s stone – a ticket for one. And Tad is convinced that his brother will steal it.

Deuce offers them a solution:   together with two thieves, FINGERS and MORTO, they are to enter a dangerous region called The Pit, retrieve a powerful gem that is hidden there, and bring it to him.  The one who succeeds will win a set of keys locked away in the magician’s safe and can return home with the stone.

The Pit, a prison for demons and enemies of Deuce, presents many dangers.   After many adventures, Tad finally finds the gem, only to lose it to Morto in a surprise attack.  With the help of a shape-shifter known as KITSUNI, Tad and Storm hatch a plan to recover it and steal the keys from the magician’s safe. Although they are successful in their raid, the two brothers have a falling-out and are captured by the Barons, who confiscate the gem.

Tad and Storm stand trial for the crime of altering history.  When Storm unexpectedly takes the blame, Tad tries to save his brother from execution but fails.  Devastated, but with time running out, Tad discovers that the keys from the magician’s safe are fake.  In a desperate race against Fingers and Morto he wins enough keys to open the Gate home and, with Kitsuni’s help, takes Lucy and her friends with him. However, Tad’s escape has allowed Deuce and Fingers to flee into another world next door.

Back in his own world, Tad discovers that although he has only won three keys, his life  is already changing.  When  his dog  mysteriously returns  home,  he catches a glimpse of Storm hovering ghost-like in his room.  A flash reveals that another door exists beyond the original portal.  And it is clear that Tad’s journey is far from over.

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British Schools Introduce YA Novel Which Reaches Out to Troubled Students.

Demons and Thieves goes on sale during Anti-Bullying Week.

According to shocking research, victims of bullying are more likely to suffer from depression, have lower levels of education, earn less, and even struggle with relationships later in life.

Demons and Thieves, a new Young-Adult novel by Lynda Berger, contains empowering messages for young people, is being introduced into curriculum reading lists.

Rising star, Emily Burns, recorded ‘Take a Look At Yourself’, a pop song jointly written by author  Lynda Berger, at Abbey Road Studios in London.

Victims of bullying are statistically more likely to suffer from depression, have lower levels of education and earn less. There is, sadly, no single or miracle ‘cure’.

But a growing number of British schools are now tackling the problem at its core by incorporating anti-bullying ‘fiction’ into their Key Stage 3 curriculum. Schools across England have introduced Demons and Thieves, a fantasy-adventure Young-Adult novel, into their reading lists. Other schools, including those in Dorset, Bristol and the Midlands, look set to follow suit in coming months.

Aimed at children aged 10 to 14, Demons and Thieves tackles some of the most difficult aspects of childhood, including the effects of bullying. It includes positive messages about  how to deal with common teenage issues, which the lead character  and hero, Tad Bailey, discovers on his adventures.

Demons and Thieves has already won acclaim from schools and education professionals following a limited release last year. The 272-page title, which features accompanying illustrations on the Demons and Thieves website by award-winning artist Steve Crisp, goes on sale to the public today in paperbook and ebook formats – to mark Anti-Bullying Week.

Author Lynda Berger, herself a victim of childhood bullies, has also co-written a pop song, ‘Take a Look at Yourself’, which hits the digital download shelves today. The track has been produced at Abbey Road Studios by Rob Cass, whose clients include Robbie Williams, Estelle and Will Young.

Berger, whose daughter was also plagued  by bullies, said: “Writing the book and releasing the record isn’t about  getting my own back, but rather about giving youngsters the courage to do what I didn’t – to stand up to bullies and never, ever, let them affect your life.”

Demons and Thieves goes on sale today priced £6.99 (paperback) and £3.99 (Kindle & Ebook versions). The accompanying song ‘Take a Look at Yourself’, is being released as a free download. Visit www.demonsandthieves.com