Wednesday, December 12, 2012


Hi! It's not the third Wednesday of the month, but since I'm preparing to move soon and Christmas lurks shortly thereafter, I'm posting now.

MERRY CHRISTMAS and Happy New Year 2013!
I'm constantly encouraged by your friendship, blogposts, and comments. In way of thanks and in the festive spirit of the holiday, I'd like to offer an awesome BOOK GIVEAWAY.

Easy entry rules:
1. Be a follower (or subscriber) of this blog.
2. Leave a comment saying you'd like to enter.
3. Optional: to speed the awarding, tell me which book/s you're anxious to win.
3. Entry deadline for this random drawing: DECEMBER 31, 2012 by midnight PST.
4. Sorry, no international entries. I can instead offer a first-chapter critique. If you want that, please mention it in your comment below.
5. SEVEN WINNERS will be announced on Wednesday, JANUARY 2, 2013!


1. THRONE OF GLASS by Sarah J. Maas (hardback)

When magic has gone from the world and a vicious king rules from his throne of glass, an 18-year-old assassin is dragged to the castle. Celaena Sardothien does not come to kill, but to win her freedom. If she can defeat twenty-three killers, thieves, and warriors in a competition to find the greatest assassin in the land, she will become the King’s Champion and be released from prison.

The Crown Prince will provoke her. The Captain of the Guard will protect her. And a princess from a foreign land will become the one thing Celaena never thought she’d have again: a friend.

But something evil dwells in the castle--and it’s there to kill. When her competitors start dying, horribly, one by one, Celaena’s fight for freedom becomes a fight for survival--and a desperate quest to root out the source of evil before it destroys her world.

2. THE GAME by Monica Hughes (paperback)

The Game is just the beginning…

It’s the year 2154. Lisse and her friends have been deemed unemployable in the eyes of society. Now they must scavenge the disintegrating city for food and shelter, just to make ends meet.

But their dismal existence starts to look up when Lisse and her friends are invited to participate in The Game, an experience highly regarded in their society. The Game is a virtual reality experience where they are challenged to survive. But as they spend more time in The Game, the line between reality and fantasy starts to blur. What started as a simple exercise quickly becomes a test of endurance, trust, and their will to live.

3. THE NEAR WITCH by Victoria Schwab (paperback)

The Near Witch is only an old story told to frighten children. If the wind calls at night, you must not listen. The wind is lonely, and always looking for company. There are no strangers in the town of Near. 

These are the truths that Lexi has heard all her life.

But when an actual stranger--a boy who seems to fade like smoke--appears outside her home on the moor at night, she knows that at least one of these sayings is no longer true. The next night, the children of Near start disappearing from their beds, and the mysterious boy falls under suspicion.

As the hunt for the children intensifies, so does Lexi’s need to know-- about the witch that just might be more than a bedtime story, about the wind that seems to speak through the walls at night, and about the history of this nameless boy.

4. BETA by Rachel Cohn (hardback)
Elysia is created in a laboratory, born as a sixteen-year-old girl, an empty vessel with no life experience to draw from. She is a Beta, an experimental model of a teenage clone, replicated from a girl who had to die in order for Elysia to exist.

Elysia’s purpose is to serve the inhabitants of Demesne, an island paradise for the wealthiest people on earth. Soon Elysias comes to see that Demesne’s human residents, who should want for nothing, yearn. She also comes to realize that there's an undercurrent of discontent among Demesne’s worker clones. She knows she is soulless and cannot feel and should not care--so why are overpowering sensations clouding Elysia’s mind?

If anyone discovers that Elysia isn’t the unfeeling clone she must pretend to be, she will suffer a fate too terrible to imagine. When her one chance at happiness is ripped away, emotions she’s always had but never understood are unleashed. As rage, terror, and desire threaten to overwhelm her, Elysia must find the will to survive.

5. AURELIA by Anne Osterlund (paperback)

Princess Aurelia is next in line to rule the kingdom of Tyralt, but she would rather be one of the common folk, free to learn and roam--and not marry the next tyrannical prince that comes courting.

Naturally, the king wants Aurelia to marry for political power. Aurelia wants to marry for love. And someone in the kingdom wants her…dead. Assigned to investigate and protect Aurelia is Robert, the son of the king’s former royal spy and one of Aurelia’s oldest friends.

As Aurelia and Robert slowly uncover clues as to who is threatening her, their friendship turns to romance. With everything possible on the line--her life, her kingdom, her heart--Aurelia is forced to take matters into her own hands, no matter the cost.

6. YOU WISH by Mandy Hubbard (paperback)

1 Wish…2 Girls in love with the same boy…14 Days to stop the madness!

Kayla McHenry's sweet sixteen sucks! Her dad left, her grades dropped, and her BFF is dating the boy Kayla's secretly loved for years. Blowing out her candles, Kayla thinks: I wish my birthday wishes actually came true. Because they never freakin' do.

Kayla wakes the next day to a life-sized, bright pink My Little Pony outside her window. Then a year's supply of gumballs arrives. A boy named Ken with a disturbing resemblance to the doll of the same name stalks her. As the ghosts of Kayla's wishes-past appear, they take her on a wild ride. But they MUST STOP.

Because when she was fifteen? She wished Ben Mackenzie would kiss her. And Ben is her best friend's boyfriend.

7. CINDER by Marissa Meyer (paperback)

Humans and androids crowd the raucous streets of New Beijing. A deadly plague ravages the population. From space, a ruthless lunar people watch, waiting to make their move. No one knows that Earth’s fate hinges on one girl….

Cinder, a gifted mechanic, is a cyborg. She’s a second-class citizen with a mysterious past, reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsister’s illness.

But when her life becomes intertwined with the handsome Prince Kai’s, she suddenly finds herself at the center of an intergalactic struggle, and a forbidden attraction. Caught between duty and freedom, loyalty and betrayal, she must uncover secrets about her past in order to protect her world’s future.

Monday, December 3, 2012


It's not Wednesday, but I'm posting early this week to be part of my awesome critique partner's book launch: CONGRATS to Lynda Young! I'm so proud of her, her talent, and her hard work to make this happen.

Lynda's short story Birthright has been published by J. Taylor Publishing in the Make Believe anthology that launches today! The e-book is now available and includes Paranormal Romance and Fantasy stories inspired by the cover image. Talk about great holiday reading!

Birthright by Lynda R. Young 
Christa can mask the pain and hide the scars, but running from a birthright is impossible. 

She’s tried to escape her grief by fleeing to a small town in Florida. Much to her frustration, the locals think they recognize her even though she's never been there before. To make things worse, a man named Jack spouts outrageous theories about her. 

Both spur Christa to bolt, to start fresh yet again, but there’s something about Jack that intrigues her enough to stay. The only problem? Someone else wants her to leave, and they won’t stop until she’s dead.

Blurbs from all the stories in Make Believe can be found on the J. Taylor Publishing website HERE.

About Lynda R. Young:
Lynda R. Young lives in Sydney, Australia, with her sweetheart of a husband who is her rock, and a cat who believes world domination starts in the home. She writes speculative short stories and is currently writing novels for young adults. In her spare time she also dabbles in photography and all things creative. You can find her here: Blog, Twitter, Facebook, Goodreads

Purchase Links:
On Amazon for $3.99 HERE.
On Books On Board for $2.90 HERE.

Do you follow Lynda on her blog (or Twitter or Facebook or Goodreads)?
Have you tried your hand at writing short stories? They are often a great way to get break into the world of publishing!