Order Your Signed Paperbacks Here!

Subscribe to our mailing list

* indicates required
Email Format

This form does not yet contain any fields.

    Goodreads Book Giveaway

    By Blood by Tracy E. Banghart

    By Blood

    by Tracy E. Banghart

    Giveaway ends April 26, 2014.

    See the giveaway details at Goodreads.

    Enter to win

    Tuesday
    Jun112013

    Teaser Tuesday: Moon Child

    Before Emma's adventures in Oxford, her best friend Diana came face-to-face with a killer...

    Diana Calvert is so over high school. Who cares if Olivia hates her? And David needs to forget about having a crush on her STAT. Even Emma’s crazy fashion choices can’t keep Diana entertained. All she can hope for is a dance scholarship to a college as far away as possible from too-small, too-boring, too-nothing-ever-happens New Freedom, PA.

    And then, of course, something does happen. Diana meets Nicholas Woodhaven. He’s pale, angry…yet weirdly charming. And she can’t stop thinking about him. The more time they spend together, the more she wonders who – or what – he really is. Because he isn’t anything like the other guys she knows. Not with the whole only-going-out-at-night thing. And living with his creepy aunt instead of his parents. Not to mention, he doesn't even go to school!

    Just when Diana thinks she’s got Nicholas all figured out, people in her small, nothing-ever-happens town start dying. She has to wonder – can she trust him? And even more alarming – could she be next?

    A murder mystery with a paranormal twist, Moon Child is best read under the covers with a flashlight...if you dare!

    ~~

    And now, for this week's teaser!

    ~~

    Long, dark hair sweeps in finger-like shadows across his face. The guy stares at me, his ice blue eyes narrowed and wary. I stare back, wracking my brain for a name, a spark of recognition, anything. I come up empty.

    He looks young, but the skin around his mouth and eyes feathers just a bit, like he’s got laugh lines already. His lips are almost as pale as his skin but take on a bluish cast in the silver light of the moon. If I didn’t know better, I might wonder….but he’s too good looking to be a corpse.

    Even so, he’s a stranger. Less terrifying than zombie invasion, sure, but it’s still kind of freaking me out. So, I ask again, louder, “Who are you?”

    This time, finally, he answers. “I’m the one who stopped you from cracking your skull on that gravestone.” He kicks the offending rock. His voice has a gravelly tone, like he hasn’t used it in a while.

    I step away, a little unsteadily. “That’s not what I meant.”

    “You’re welcome, by the way.”

    “I—uh….” Why am I so flustered all of a sudden? It’s not like he saved my life. Bumping into somebody who might otherwise have fallen doesn’t make you Prince Charming.

    “If you’re that clumsy,” he adds, “probably shouldn’t be walking around graveyards after dark.” The corner of his lip quirks, his skin crinkling like paper.

    “I’m not clumsy,” I reply with a glower, “And you didn’t answer my question.”

    The moonlight catches against his cheekbones as he turns. “Maybe you should take the hint.”

    Just before his hair hides his face, the arrogance slips away, leaving something else. Sadness? Disappointment? I can’t tell. Without thinking, I reach out.

    “Now wait a second.” When I grab his arm, his skin is so cold I draw back in surprise.  He’s wearing a black t-shirt—no sweater, no jacket, nothing. That’s ridiculous. It’s freezing out here. As if to prove my point, a shiver tingles through me. “Seriously,  I’m not playing games. Who are you?”

    “Why do you care?” He doesn’t turn back to face me, but he doesn’t move further away either.

    “Because it’s creepy, you out here by yourself wandering around in the dark. Why are you out here?” A gust of wind sweeps down and kicks up a flurry of leaves between us.

    “Think what you want.” He starts to walk away, the darkness eating him up bit by bit.

    Oh my gosh. Why is he being so annoying? I can’t let it – him – go. “Alright, I think you’re a weirdo who grabbed my boob two minutes ago and won’t tell me who you are,” I call after him. He whirls to stare me down with those pale, nearly colorless eyes. On a roll, I keep going. “Maybe you’re a thief. A criminal escaped from juvie? Or, I don’t know, a serial killer or something.” It’s meant as a joke, but as I list the possibilities my annoyance fades into a wash of unease. What if this guy really is, like, dangerous? Maybe I’m the one who should be bailing.

    He cocks his head to the side. “Wow. Remind me never to save another stumbling beauty. It’s not worth the inquisition. Besides, why would a serial killer bother with a graveyard? Everybody’s already dead.” 

    ~~

    That's all for now! Moon Child will be coming to you in ebook and paperback on August 16th! If you'd like, you can add it to your Goodreads shelf here.

    Monday
    Jun102013

    New Cover Sneak Peek!

    So, a week from today By Blood's new cover will be revealed. And guys, the suspense is making me crazy!! Regina of Mae I Design did such an incredible job...I can't WAIT to show it off. 

    In the meantime, the bug is going to help me share a little sneak peek! ;-)

    Does that make you want to see more?!

    ~~

    How about a teaser to hold you over?

    I was about to sit down, when a tinkling laugh made me jump. A thin girl stood just behind me, a wide green leaf twirling in her hand. Her eyes danced.

    “Excuse me,” I said, uncomfortable with her nearness. She stood still enough that I could believe she was rooted to the earth, and yet she seemed strangely insubstantial too. Her pale skin was smooth and unblemished, like the marble of some serene and eternal statue. I pulled my eyes from her face and noticed other details, the ones I’d normally register first. Her faded peasant skirt, the white tank top that exposed a bony collarbone but didn’t do much to enhance her slight figure. Her blond hair tangled down her back and a leather thong encircled her neck. 

    ~~

    Check back tomorrow for a teaser from Moon Child, coming this August!

    And on Thursday, I'll be giving some Bookanista love to the fabulous IMPOSTOR by Susanne Winnacker!

    Thursday
    Jun062013

    Bookanista Thursday: Jump When Ready

    So, first things first, did y'all enter the Bookanistas Epic Giveaway of Awesome? No? Get thee to the Rafflecopter!

    a Rafflecopter giveaway

    Now, on to the today's review!

    This week's book, JUMP WHEN READY by David Pandolfe, was recommended to me by a friend. I'm so happy she gave me the heads up because I absolutely loved this book! First, here's a little more info:

    From Goodreads:

    Since he drowned, Henry has remained with the same group of teenagers and he keeps wondering why. After all, what could he possibly have in common with a Mohawk-sporting punker from the 80s, a roller skater from the 70s with a thing for kimonos, and an English "rocker" from the 60s? Add to that, Henry can hear the other groups but he never sees them. Soon, Henry learns that his new friends all possess unique skills for making themselves noticed by the living. Is Henry’s group kept isolated because of their abilities? If so, are they considered gifted or seen only as a potential bad influence?

    Before Henry can reach any conclusions, he witnesses his sister being kidnapped. He knows who did it, where she’s being held and what will happen if the kidnappers don’t get what they want. As the police chase false leads, Henry comes to realize that he’s his sister’s only hope. But for Henry to even have a chance, he has to convince a group of teenagers that dead doesn’t mean helpless.

    My Take

    I don't read a lot of "afterlife" books, generally, so this was a bit out of my comfort zone. But I'm so glad I made the jump (Har har. See what I did there?) because JUMP WHEN READY was an engaging, poignant book that stayed with me long after I read the last word.

    Henry is a great character with a consistent, realistic teenage voice. At first I had a little trouble keeping his new friends straight, but soon enough their personalities emerged and I loved the interaction between them. The idea of a group of friends from different decades, with different experiences and frames of reference, is really cool, and worked well within the world David created. 

    The story of Henry's sister's abduction is intense and heart-wrenching. David kept me guessing as to how it would all play out, and I felt Henry's desperation and fear for Bethany right along with him. All of the characters in this book were really well developed, and that included the "bad guys" who kidnapped Bethany as well. 

    There are difficult topics addressed in this book - suicide, abduction, and the obvious - death - and I think all are handled with sensitivity and respect. Despite the serious themes, the story stays surprisingly upbeat, with an incredibly poignant ending that had me in tears (the good kind!). Seriously. The ending made this book for me. All the pieces were engaging and kept me reading, but the way David tied everything up made me want to go back to the beginning and read it all over again, just to appreciate how it all comes together. When I came to the end, I was happy to have had the experience of following Henry's story and touched by the time I spent in David's world. 

    I highly recommend this book, and hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

    Click HERE to add it to your shelf. And HERE to purchase it on Amazon.

    ~~

    Now, have a look at what the other Bookanistas are raving about this week!

    Carolina Valdez Miller celebrates 17 & GONE by Nova Ren Suma

    Carrie Harris awakens you to INSOMNIA by Jenn Johansson…with giveaway
    Christine Fonseca praises THE PLEDGE by Kimberly Derting
    Corrine Jackson is wild for WHEN IT HAPPENS by  Susane Colasanti

    Elana Johson invites you to her ABANDON release par-tay!
    Katy Upperman is bewitched by NANTUCKET BLUE by Leila Howland

    Lenore Appelhans  swoons for STAR CURSED by Jessica Spotswood…with an annotated snippet
    Stasia Ward Kehoe is wild for THE PERKS OF BEING A WALLFLOWER by Stephen Chbosky
    Tracey Neithercott  highlights WHERE THE STARS STILL SHINE by Trish Doller 

     

     

    Wednesday
    Jun052013

    Oops! Teaser Tuesday (a little late)!

    Last week I promised a teaser from Moon Child, and I totally forgot to post one yesterday! My bad! First, here's the description:

    Before Emma's adventures in Oxford, her best friend Diana came face-to-face with a killer...

    Diana Calvert is so over high school. Who cares if Olivia hates her? And David needs to forget about having a crush on her STAT. Even Emma’s crazy fashion choices can’t keep Diana entertained. All she can hope for is a dance scholarship to a college as far away as possible from too-small, too-boring, too-nothing-ever-happens New Freedom, PA.

    And then, of course, something does happen. Diana meets Nicholas Woodhaven. He’s pale, angry…yet weirdly charming. And she can’t stop thinking about him. The more time they spend together, the more she wonders who – or what – he really is. Because he isn’t anything like the other guys she knows. Not with the whole only-going-out-at-night thing. And living with his creepy aunt instead of his parents. Not to mention, he doesn't even go to school!

    Just when Diana thinks she’s got Nicholas all figured out, people in her small, nothing-ever-happens town start dying. She has to wonder – can she trust him? And even more alarming – could she be next?

    A murder mystery with a paranormal twist, Moon Child is best read under the covers with a flashlight...if you dare!

    ~~

    And here's a little teaser....

    He doesn’t seem ready to disappear, for once, so I walk over to one of the wicker chairs sitting on the porch and flop into it. I’m tired of standing. I’m tired, period. Hot mysterious stranger popping into my life? That should be exciting. That should be like one of Emma’s adventures—she’s always meeting guys and telling us wild stories. But talking to this guy is like talking to a wall. Is he cool but weird, or just plain weird? Or maybe even dangerous?

    He’s looking out over our tiny front yard, leaning against a column and fiddling with his camera, which gives me a chance to study him. Tall, kinda thin, with wiry arms. His shoulders are broad but round just a bit, like he’s used to slouching. I try to be good and not check out his butt, but it’s right there…and looking fine in his boot-cut black cords.

    “Where do you live?” I ask.

    “Man, you don’t give up, do you. I’m not into sharing, remember?” The growl is back in his voice.

    “We don’t get that many new people here, sorry. It’s the small town curse.” He turns to look at me with a lifted brow. “You know. Nosy neighbors.”

    The flickering shadows of the lanterns dance across his face. “So far the curse only seems to apply to you.”

    I laugh a little. “It’s only a matter of time.”

    ~~

    And just for fun, here's a sneak peek at the paperback of By Blood!

     The official cover reveal is happening Monday, June 17th, along with a big-time giveaway, so be sure to check back!

    Thursday
    May302013

    Brand New Bookanistas!

    So...today is a very, very exciting day! We're celebrating the start of summer and another great beginning: THE RELAUNCH OF THE BOOKANISTAS! New members, new logo, new website design and a whole lot more of the book love we all adore! First, our gorgeous new logo!

    And click here to check out the revamped gorgeousness that is the new site!

    School's just about done and that means it's time to pack up the beach towel, boogie board, and book! There's no better way to relax after a tough year than by floating away into the pages of a fantastic story. I don't know about you, but every summer I love to take a little time to savor old favorites. In fact, I have a couple of books I read every single summer - when I go to my family's cabin in Canada. These books live up there in that cabin, and every summer when I unpack my suitcase, I glance up at the bookshelf and greet them, my old friends. 

    What are these well-loved and dog-eared books, you ask? Well, my favorite is:

    Fire in the Mist, by Holly Lisle

    From Goodreads:

    From the author whom Mercedes Lackey calls "one of the hottest writers I've come across in a long time", comes a mesmerizing, action-filled story. A simple shepherd girl discovers her wild mage powers after a murderous magician destroys her family. Now every mage in the world wants to train her. But Faia wants only to confront the madman who killed her loved ones.

    Honestly, this has got to be one of my favorite books of all time. Maybe because I've read it like 15-20 times, I don't know. But if you like fantasy, strong female characters, and amusing dialogue, I highly recommend it.

    Of course, summer is also a great time for discovering NEW favorites. Here are a few books I'm excited to read in the coming months!

    Jump When Ready, by David Pandolfe

    From Goodreads:

    Since he drowned, Henry has remained with the same group of teenagers and he keeps wondering why. After all, what could he possibly have in common with a Mohawk-sporting punker from the 80s, a roller skater from the 70s with a thing for kimonos, and an English "rocker" from the 60s? Add to that, Henry can hear the other groups but he never sees them. Soon, Henry learns that his new friends all possess unique skills for making themselves noticed by the living. Is Henry’s group kept isolated because of their abilities? If so, are they considered gifted or seen only as a potential bad influence?

    Before Henry can reach any conclusions, he witnesses his sister being kidnapped. He knows who did it, where she’s being held and what will happen if the kidnappers don’t get what they want. As the police chase false leads, Henry comes to realize that he’s his sister’s only hope. But for Henry to even have a chance, he has to convince a group of teenagers that dead doesn’t mean helpless.

    I've actually already started this one, and it's great! Look for my review in a couple of weeks. :-)

    3:59, by Gretchen McNeil

    From Goodreads:

    Josie Byrne's life is spiraling out of control. Her parents are divorcing, her boyfriend Nick has grown distant, and her physics teacher has it in for her. When she's betrayed by the two people she trusts most, Josie thinks things can't get worse.

    Until she starts having dreams about a girl named Jo. Every night at the same time—3:59 a.m.

    Jo's life is everything Josie wants: she's popular, her parents are happily married, and Nick adores her. It all seems real, but they're just dreams, right? Josie thinks so, until she wakes one night to a shadowy image of herself in the bedroom mirror – Jo. 

    Josie and Jo realize that they are doppelgängers living in parallel universes that overlap every twelve hours at exactly 3:59. Fascinated by Jo's perfect world, Josie jumps at the chance to jump through the portal and switch places for a day.

    But Jo’s world is far from perfect. Not only is Nick not Jo's boyfriend, he hates her. Jo's mom is missing, possibly insane. And at night, shadowy creatures feed on human flesh.

    By the end of the day, Josie is desperate to return to her own life. But there’s a problem: Jo has sealed the portal, trapping Josie in this dangerous world. Can she figure out a way home before it’s too late?

    From master of suspense Gretchen McNeil comes a riveting and deliciously eerie story about the lives we wish we had – and how they just might kill you.

    Last summer, when I was at that cabin in Canada, I read Gretchen's Ten. With the lights on. In daylight. So it's only fitting that I check out her latest suspenseful read there THIS summer! (with the lights on. in daylight.) ;-)

    Actually, you know, now that I'm putting together this list, I'm realizing how many amazing stories await me in my TBR pile! IMPOSTOR by Susanne Winnacker, TOUCHING THE SURFACE by Kimberly Sabatini, LET THE SKY FALL by Shannon Messenger, THE ARCHIVED by Victoria Schwab, STRANDS OF BRONZE AND GOLD by Jane Nickerson....oh my gosh, and that's only the beginning! I better get reading!

    ~~

    So...this post is about the BOOKANISTAS, not my towering pile of books to read. To celebrate all the awesomeness that is this amazing group of writers, librarians, mothers, badass chicks, etc., we are hosting an INCREDIBLE giveaway that is...like, WHOA. Check it out!

     
    THE WINNER OF THE BOOKANISTA RELAUNCH GIVEAWAY OF AWESOME WILL RECEIVE

     

    Signed copies of these Bookanista-authored books… 

    IF I LIE and TOUCHED by Corrine Jackson PLUS ARCs of JUST ONE DAY and SPEECHLESS
    LET THE SKY FALL by Shannon Messenger
    BY BLOOD by Tracy Banghart
    POSSESSION, SURRENDER and ABANDON by Elana Johnson
    TOUCHING THE SURFACE by Kimberly Sabatini (plus a swag surprise)
    BAD TASTE IN BOYS by Carrie Harris
    AUDITION by Stasia Ward Kehoe
    THE GIRL GUIDE by Christine Fonseca (plus sweet swag)
    MILA 2.0 by Debra Driza
    LEVEL 2 by Lenore Appelhans

     

    And a SECOND WINNER will get a box filled with Bookanista-beloved reads including WILL GRAYSON WILL GRAYSON (signed!) by John Green & David Levithan, DITCHED by Robin Mellom, JELLICO ROAD by Melina Marchetta, TAKEN by Erin Bowman, CLOCKWORK ANGEL by Cassandra Clare, MONSTROUS BEAUTY by Elizabeth Fama and SPARROW ROAD by Sheila O’Connor.

    Pretty freaking awesome, right? :-D

     

    We hope you enjoy our new look, and that you'll let us help you find some awesome books to love.