Book Blast and Giveaway: Silver-White by Shaw Underhill

 

Silver-White by Shawn Underhill

“The woods are lovely, dark, and deep,

But I have promises to keep,

And miles to go before I sleep.”

~ Robert Frost

*Evie’s family has been holding out on her …

Big time.

On an unexpected visit to her grandparents’ house in New Hampshire’s secluded North Woods, the sixteen-year-old literally runs into the truth of the long-hidden family secrets, and finds herself thrust without warning into the clandestine world of the Great North Pack—a wild and exhilarating world of rugged beauty, heart-pounding adventures, and long nights running under a sea of stars … but as she’s set to discover, a world also fraught with potential dangers lurking in the shadows. Continue reading

Excerpt and Giveaway: Jack Templar Monster Hunter

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Jack Templar: Monster Hunter

Orphan Jack Templar has no memory of his parents and only the smallest details from his Aunt Sophie about how they died. The day before Jack’s fourteenth birthday, things start to change for him. At first it’s great: A sudden new strength helps him defend his nose-picking friend “T-Rex” from the school bully, and even his crush, Cindy Adams, takes notice. But then a mysterious girl named Eva arrives and tells him two facts that will change his life forever. First, that he’s the descendent of a long line of monster hunters and he’s destined to be in the family business. Second, that there’s a truce between man and monster that children are off-limits…until their fourteenth birthday! Jack has only one day before hundreds of monsters will descend on his little town of Sunnyvale and try to kill him.

As if that weren’t enough, things get even more complicated when Jack discovers that the Lord of the Creach (as the monsters are collectively known) holds a personal grudge against him and will do anything to see that Jack has a slow and painful death. To stay alive and save his friends, Jack will have to battle werewolves, vampires, harpies, trolls, zombies and more. But perhaps the most dangerous thing he must face is the truth about his past. Why do the other hunters call him the last Templar? Why do they whisper that he may be the “One?” Why do the monsters want him dead so badly? Even as these questions plague him, he quickly discovers survival is his new full-time job and that in the world of monster hunters, nothing is really what it seems. Continue reading

Book Blast and Giveaway: daynight by Megan Thomason

daynight by Megan Thomason

Meet The Second Chance Institute (SCI): Earth’s benevolent non-profit by day, Thera’s totalitarian regime by night. Their motto: Because Everyone Deserves a Second Chance™. Reality: the SCI subjects Second Chancers to strict controls and politically motivated science experiments like Cleaving—forced lifetime union between two people who have sex.

Meet Kira Donovan. Fiercely loyal, overly optimistic, and ensnared by the promise of a full-ride college scholarship, Kira signs the SCI Recruit contract to escape memories of a tragedy that left her boyfriend and friends dead.

Meet Blake Sundry. Bitter about being raised in Exile and his mother’s death, Blake’s been trained to infiltrate and destroy the SCI. Current barrier to success? His Recruit partner—Miss Goody Two Shoes Kira Donovan.

Meet Ethan Darcton. Born with a defective heart and resulting inferiority complex, Ethan’s forced to do his SCI elite family’s bidding. Cleave-worthy Kira Donovan catches his eye, but the presiding powers give defect-free Blake Sundry first dibs.

Full of competing agendas, romantic entanglements, humor, twists and turns, daynight is Megan Thomason’s debut young adult dystopian novel and first in the daynight series. Continue reading

Book Review: Waiting for Morning by Margaret Brownley


Book blurb: 

Molly Hatfield comes to Arizona Territory seeking stability and security. But living in Cactus Patch provides her with more than she ever dreamed.

There is nothing Molly wouldn’t do for her teenaged brother, Donny. Blaming herself for the accident that left him wheelchair bound, Molly has dedicated her life to his care. But in 1896, gainful employment for a woman is hard to come by. So when Molly learns that an eccentric rancher in Cactus Patch, Arizona, is looking for an heiress—someone to take over management of the ranch in exchange for future ownership—she jumps at the chance to provide a real home for her brother.

However, Molly didn’t bank on meeting Dr. Caleb Fairbanks, the town’s charming unmarried doctor. Caleb has a way with Molly that makes her nervous. But it’s how he is with her brother that really alarms her. Caleb sees past the wheelchair and genuinely likes Donny, but Molly fears he’s putting unrealistic ideas into her brother’s head. Falling in love with Caleb would threaten everything she’s worked for, even her brother’s future happiness.

But it could be the very reason God brought her to Last Chance Ranch. Continue reading

Book Blast and Giveaway: Freak of Nature by Julia Crane

 

Freak of Nature

Donate Body to Science. Check.

When seventeen-year-old Kaitlyn checked the box, she never suspected she’d have her life–and her body–stolen from her. She awakens one day in a secret laboratory to discover that her body is now half-robot and is forced to hide her own secret: that she still has human emotions and a human mind. If the scientists who made her find out, they’ll erase what remains of who she was.

Kaitlyn finds an unlikely ally in Lucas, a handsome, brilliant scientist who can’t get over the guilt he feels knowing she was once a vibrant, beautiful young woman. He never expected a science project to affect him the way she does. As he tries to help her rediscover her past, he finds himself falling for the brave girl struggling to find her place and acceptance between the human and computer worlds. Continue reading

Try a New Recipe Tuesday: Nanaimo Bars

We’re part of Geography Club in our homeschool group, which is just a fancy way of saying that we pick a country each month and learn all about it. The kids each pick a topic, research it, and tell their friends all about it when he have our monthly meeting. In the meantime, the moms are busy digging up recipes for our themed potluck. I have been letting Jeffrey pick the recipes from websites, but this month was Canada, and since I have several online friends from and in Canada, I just asked them for some ideas. I’ve been hearing about Nanaimo (try to hang out with writers and not write NaNoWriMo every time you type that) bars for years, so I thought we’d give those a shot. I found a recipe (several actually) online, but I ended up using a recipe stolen borrowed from my friend Kelly. It seems like a lot of steps, but it actually comes together pretty quickly. It will be even quicker if you by graham cracker crumbs. I had to make my own. Continue reading

How To Find Free Ebooks You Actually Want to Read

One of the best things about having an e-reader is getting free books. It’s like going to the library without having to chase the kids down the aisles (my children have inherited my, um, affinity for books).  I don’t mind paying for a well-written ebook, but I’m no idiot. I’ll take free any day. Unfortunately, when you start picking up free books, sometimes you get exactly what you paid for. Fortunately,  there are many great authors who offer their books for free. Many of them are exclusively on Amazon, but some are on other venues as well. I have a Kindle, so this post is focused on Amazon freebies, because that is what I know.  (You don’t have to have a Kindle to read these books. There are free Kindle apps for almost every device out there, including your computer and phone.) There are some Nook sites out there, but I haven’t used any of those, and can’t tell you how well they work. (You can get books in any format from Project Gutenburg.) The Kindle sites are listed in the order in which I discovered them. Just because. Continue reading