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THE RUIN OF KINGS Official Blog Tour

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BOB HONEY WHO JUST DO STUFF

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NINTH STEP STATION Official Nerd Blast

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HER UNIVERSE

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THE SCYTHIAN TRIALS Official Blog Tour

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THE DECEIVERS Official Blog Tour

Liana Gardner

THE JOURNAL OF ANGELA ASHBY

Ashley and Leslie Saunders

THE RULE OF ONE

Lisa Edelstein

UNZIPPING Short Film

Mark Rivers

BIG MOUTH - Podcast

Alexandrea Weis and Lucas Astor

DEATH BY THE RIVER Official NKindle Force

Myles Yaksich

POPPIES

Tom Bilyeu

IMPACT THEORY

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Thursday, December 13, 2018

Guest Post with Alane Adams


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Alane Adams is a children’s author, professor, and literacy advocate. She is the author of the Legends of Orkney fantasy mythology series for tweens; she also writes Early American picture books for young children. Adams lives in Southern California.
        



Age Range: 7 - 10 years
Grade Level: 3 - 5
Series: The Witches of Orkney (Book 1)
Paperback: 216 pages
Publisher: SparkPress (October 23, 2018)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1943006776

ISBN-13: 978-1943006779

Praise for THE BLUE WITCH

“An enchanting new book full of magical mischief and adventure, Alane Adams’s The Blue Witch is guaranteed to please” ―Foreword Clarion Reviews

“Bright, brave characters star in this exhilarating tale of magic and mystical creatures.” ―Kirkus Reviews
  


What’s one thing that readers would be surprised to find out about you?
I haven’t always been an author! In fact, I have a CPA license and spent most of my career working in a family-business as the CFO. It wasn’t until a few years ago after I stepped away from the business that my then 12-year-old son asked me to write him a book he could read, and my life-long dream of becoming an author became reality. I think the biggest challenge to any one pursuing a dream is finding that champion who pushes you along. Having my son not only push me to finish, but have absolute confidence I could do it, gave me the courage to actually dive in.

What advice would you give to someone who wanted to have a life in writing?
The hardest thing about a life spent writing is learning the process of becoming a writer. The first step is to write every day without excuses. So many wanna-be authors have a dream but no discipline, like the person who has a gym-membership but doesn’t go! The only way to become an author is to sit down at the computer and write, even when it’s hard. The next step is to finish a first-draft without bogging down in critiquing it along the way. A first-draft is meant to be ugly, it’s a product of the creative side of the author brain and not intended for publication. So many struggling authors bog down in trying to fix as they go along and never get to the end. Once a draft is finished, then the editorial brain can come out, but here is where I think many authors fall short because they don’t realize how much work is still to be done to make that manuscript publish-ready. 

Your Favorite Quotes/Scenes from THE BLUE WITCH
One of my favorite scenes from The Blue Witch is during History of Witchery class when Abigail’s arch nemesis, Endera, uses magic against her and dumps a pail of dirty water on her head. The headmistress, Madame Vex rushes in at the ruckus, demanding to know who did it, and the entire class is sure they were going to be punished, but Madame Vex just smiles and says:

“My little witchlings, have you learned nothing in the weeks you’ve been here? This isn’t the Balfin School for Ill-Mannered Boys. It’s the Tarkana Academy for Witches. Witches,” she added for emphasis as she prowled b ack and forth like a panther in front of them. “And witches are wonderfully wicked. So I ask again, which delightful witchling used magic like this?”

Writing: Behind the Scenes
I think one of the hardest parts of being an author is coming up with unique names for your characters! I’m constantly scanning phone books and magazines for unique spellings and quiz fans at book signings on their names. One time, I was searching for a name for a witchling and I had a bottle of Perrier in my hand. I sputtered and tried out ten different variation on it and came up with Perrin! She’s one of my favorite characters in the Legends of Orkney series. 

Meet the Characters
My main character is a nine-year-old witch named Abigail who is just starting out at the Tarkana Witch Academy. She loves to wear her hair in twin-braids and hopes to become a GREAT witch someday, but unfortunately her magic hasn’t come in yet. She meets a young boy named Hugo who wants to become a scientist and is fascinated by magic. When they are attacked by a vicious sneevil, a desperate Abigail finally gains her magic, only to find out its different than every other witchling’s. As Hugo and Abigail try to uncover the mystery behind her magic, Abigail’s nemesis, Endera, is determined to get rid of her any way possible, including sabotaging her in class and cheating to win the Head Witchling competition.


Before Sam Baron broke Odin's curse on the witches to become the first son born to a witch and the hero of the Legends of Orkney series, his mother was a young witchling growing up in the Tarkana Witch Academy. In this first book of the prequel series, the Witches of Orkney, nine-year-old Abigail Tarkana is determined to grow up to be the greatest witch of all, even greater than her evil ancestor Catriona. Unfortunately, she is about to fail Spectacular Spells class because her witch magic hasn't come in yet. Even worse, her nemesis, Endera, is making life miserable by trying to get her kicked out. 

When her new friend Hugo's life is put in danger by a stampeding sneevil, a desperate Abigail manages to call up her magic―only to find out it's unlike any other witchling's at the Tarkana Witch Academy! As mysteries deepen around her magic and just who her true parents are, Abigail becomes trapped in a race against time to undo one of her spells before she is kicked out of the coven forever!

Rich in Norse mythology, The Blue Witch is the first of a fast-paced young reader series filled with magical spells, mysterious beasts, and witch-hungry spiders!


You can purchase The Blue Witch at the following Retailers:
        

And now, The Giveaways.
Thank you ALANE ADAMS for making this giveaway possible.
Winner will receive an Exclusive THE BLUE WITCH by Alane Adams Gift Box..
WEEK ONE
DECEMBER 12th WEDNESDAY Casia's Corner REVIEW
DECEMBER 13th THURSDAY JeanBookNerd GUEST POST
DECEMBER 14th FRIDAY Movies, Shows, & Books EXCERPT
DECEMBER 14th FRIDAY Mythical Books TENS LIST
DECEMBER 15th SATURDAY Stephanie's Life of Determination REVIEW
DECEMBER 15th SATURDAY TTC Books and More EXCERPT 

WEEK TWO
DECEMBER 16th SUNDAY BookHounds YA REVIEW & GUEST POST
DECEMBER 16th SUNDAY Adventures Thru Wonderland REVIEW & EXCERPT
DECEMBER 17th MONDAY My Chaotic Ramblings TENS LIST
DECEMBER 17th MONDAY J.R.'s Book Reviews REVIEW
DECEMBER 18th TUESDAY Wishful Endings REVIEW & TENS LIST
DECEMBER 18th TUESDAY Crossroad Reviews REVIEW

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Wednesday, December 12, 2018

LACC - Legion M - Jeff Annison Interview



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Jeff Annison is the Cofounder and President of Legion M, the world's first FAN-OWNED media company. We're using newfound powers of the JOBS ACT to create a film and television company built from the ground up to be owned by fans. See more at www.thelegionm.com.

Prior to Legion M, Jeff was cofounder and CEO of Underground Labs, a product development studio that built mobile apps, websites, and enterprise products for clients including AT&T, Sprint, NFL, SEC, ACC, Universal Music, Warner Music, Sony Music, Diet Coke, Paramount Pictures, and more. Underground Labs also created the New York Rock Exchange, a first-of-its-kind marketplace that allowed fans to own a piece of a song.

Prior to founding Underground Labs, Jeff was a cofounder of MobiTV, the world’s first live mobile television service. Jeff led engineering and product development as the company scaled from 3 to 300 employees, won an Emmy Award for Innovation in Television, and grew to over 25MM paying subscribers.

Prior to MobiTV Jeff designed toys for Hasbro and theme park rides for Universal Studios. He holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering from UCLA.

Outside of work, Jeff is a dedicated husband, father, teacher, board/video gamer, and amateur auto racer.

        



Legion M partners with top Hollywood creators - from independent filmmakers to big Hollywood studios - to produce aslate of movies, TV, and digital content.

We're also the first media company in history designed to be owned by fans. We're using disruptive new equity crowdfunding laws that allow people to invest as little as $100 to own a piece of the company.

An entertainment company owned by fans is more than just a fun idea -- it's the foundation of a business model with the potential to change Hollywood forever.

When fans unite, we have power. After all, it's our eyeballs and wallets that fuel a multi-trillion dollar global entertainment industry.

Legion M's long-term goal is to unite 1 million fans as shareholders of our company. If we achieve that, we'll have hundreds of millions of dollars to develop projects, with a million people standing behind them when they release.

We believe that could make us one of the most influential companies in Hollywood.


Jeff Annison and Terri Lubaroff with JBN Team, Erik Werlin and Kristin Cercado.

THE JBN TEAM INTERVIEW WITH JEFF ANNISON
JOURNALIST: KRISTIN CERCADO
LOCATION: LACC, LOS ANGELES, CA

Video/Audio/Edit: James Vallesteros (@jamesvallesteros)

The World’s First FAN-OWNED Entertainment Company, Legion M encompasses a growing fan community of nearly 40,000+ and 10,000 fan-owners who are reshaping Hollywood and changing the way entertainment is made.
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Monday, December 10, 2018

7th Grade Revolution by Liana Gardner Excerpt


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Liana Gardner is the award-winning author of 7th Grade Revolution and the Misfit McCabeseries. Daughter of a rocket scientist and an artist, Liana combines the traits of both into a quirky yet pragmatic writer and in everything sees the story lurking beneath the surface. Engaged in a battle against leukemia and lymphoma, Liana spends much of her time at home, but allows her imagination to take her wherever she wants to go.

She fostered her love of writing after reading Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women and discovering she had a great deal in common with the character Jo. The making up of stories, dramatic feelings, and a quick temper were enough for her to know she and Jo would have been kindred spirits.

Liana volunteers with high school students through the International Trade Education Programs (ITEP). ITEP unites business people and educators to prepare students for a meaningful place in the world of tomorrow. Working in partnership with industry and educators, ITEP helps young people “think globally and earn locally.”

        


Print Length: 301 pages
Publisher: Vesuvian Books (October 24, 2017)
Publication Date: October 24, 2017
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
Language: English
ASIN: B0748BLJLN

AWARDS
2018 American Fiction Awards Winner for Pre-Teen Fiction (Ages 10-12)
2018 Killer Nashville Silver Falchion Finalist for Best Juvenile Fiction
2018 International Book Awards Finalist for Children's Fiction
2018 Hollywood Book Festival Honorable Mention for Children's Fiction

Praise for 7th GRADE REVOLUTION

"7th Grade Revolution is a thrilling and engrossing ride through past and present based on real events in North Carolina. Though technically a middle grade book, I feel readers of all ages will enjoy this novel. Trust me, you won't want to put it down." ―Tracy Riva, Midwest Book Review

..". a stunning new Middle Grade novel that is part historical fiction, part action adventure mystery, and all around fun. Featuring a cast of wacky, interesting kids I was hooked on page one and enjoyed every twist and turn of the creative plot. Gardner is a writer to watch." ―Dan Elish, Award-Winning Author of BORN TOO SHORT: The Confessions of an Eighth-Grade Basket Case

..". an exciting, smartly written book filled with adventure, intrigue, and history in a modern school setting. Luke Spooner's accompanying art is simply spot on. I can't wait for my daughter to read this, and there's no higher compliment than that." ―Mercedes M. Yardley, Bram Stoker Award-Winning Author of Little Dead Red

So, I arrived home earlier today to find your book on my front porch and I have just come up for air, realizing that I haven't even eaten since I picked it up. (It's 11:00) I don't even know where to begin. Should I start with the dedication that brought me to tears? The first time I saw my name as the teacher and I gasped? (I really had forgotten that you had said you would use my name!) The fact that the beginning of the book is so very reminiscent of the real thing? The illustration toward the end when I saw myself? All of those things were beyond my expectations, but what I really want to say is that the book held me captive from beginning to end. You captured the middle school mind perfectly, showing their insecurities as well as the amazing strength that is just below the surface. Bravo! It is a wonderful book and I can see it being used during a study of government as a class read. The illustrator is also superb. I could go on and on. (I also am really amazed at how you captured me as a teacher ... how did you do that?) So thank you, thank you, thank you! I loved every part of this book and I am so very proud, as I said earlier, to have had any part in it. ―Karen Rectanus, Exploris Middle School
  
7th GRADE REVOLUTION BY LIANA GARDNER - EXCERPT

A ghostly moaning carried to them across the water, along with clanking chains.

Selena smacked Spencer’s shoulder. “Knock it off. This isn’t time for any of your stupid pranks.”

Spencer shook his head. “It’s not me. I swear.”

Dennis believed him because he wouldn’t have had time to set up something so elaborate and he’d lost his cocky attitude.

Selena raised her finger and stuck it in Spencer’s face, but before she had a chance to say a word, more chains rattled followed by even louder moans.

Brooke squealed and scuttled backward until she hit the wall surrounding the grotto, hard. Stones cascaded down as the wall behind her crumbled from the impact. She held her head where she’d banged it.

Brooke sagged against the wall causing it to disintegrate a bit more. A bony hand flopped out onto her shoulder. She screamed.

“Get it off me. Get it off.” She bounced on the balls of her feet.

Spencer ran to Brooke and lifted the skeleton hand, but it was caught in Brooke’s hair. “Stand still for a minute so I can get it untangled.”

Dennis joined Spencer and helped pull the strands of hair from the joints. Behind Brooke’s head, a skull was partially visible. How long had the poor guy been walled up in the cavern lake? Well, he didn’t know guy or girl, but one thing was sure—this wasn’t some prank.

Copyright © 2018 by Liana Gardner


WHEN UNEARTHING A NATIONAL TREASURE BECOMES A NATIONAL INCIDENT

Inspired by True Events

Dennis Alexander: Washington Academy Middle School promises to be another in the long line of boring schools he has been expelled from.

Rhonda Snodgrass: Although trained from childhood in survival tactics, she tries to stay off the radar of the “cool” kids who think she’s weird.

   

7th grade turns out to be anything but normal when teachers announce the students’ bloodless revolution succeeded and they are now in charge. After conducting a secret-ballot vote on policy, the 7th graders emerge to find the school evacuated and the FBI lurking outside with the task of unearthing a treasure of national importance.

The students’ mission is clear—discover the treasure before the FBI locks down the building. Dennis and Rhonda lead the revolt and must work together to follow century-old clues left by a crazy Revolutionary War buff.

To stay one step ahead of the FBI, they must delve into history and amass an arsenal to defend their school … because this is WAR
You can purchase 7th Grade Revolution at the following Retailers:
  

And now, The Giveaways.
Thank you CHELSEA SEDOTI for making this giveaway possible.
Winner will receive an Award-winning 2017 MG, 7th Grade Revolution Swag 
(Mugs, Playing Cards, T-Shirts) by Liana Gardner. 
Winner will receive a $25 Dollar PayPal/Amazon Gift Card.
PART ONE
DECEMBER 10th MONDAY JeanBookNerd EXCERPT
DECEMBER 11th TUESDAY Insane About Books REVIEW
DECEMBER 12th WEDNESDAY Crossroad Reviews REVIEW
DECEMBER 13th THURSDAY Ms. Cats Honest World REVIEW
DECEMBER 13th THURSDAY Oh Hey! Books EXCERPT
DECEMBER 14th FRIDAY RhythmicBooktrovert REVIEW 


PART TWO
DECEMBER 15th SATURDAY Sabrina's Paranormal Palace REVIEW
DECEMBER 15th SATURDAY My Chaotic Ramblings REVIEW & EXCERPT
DECEMBER 16th SUNDAY TTC Books and More EXCERPT
DECEMBER 17th MONDAY BookHounds YA REVIEW
DECEMBER 18th TUESDAY Movies, Shows, & Books REVIEW
DECEMBER 19th WEDNESDAY A Dream Within A Dream REVIEW

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Samantha Davies Interview


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Samantha Davies makes the webcomic 'Stutterhug' - a collection of silent oneshots involving many cats, demons, rabbits, dogs, magical rituals, dragons, witches, mermaids and even the ocassional giant squid. There are 90 'episodes' so far, you can read them all for free on Tumblr and Tapastic. 

Greatest thing you learned at school.
Hmm… big thing would be how to finish projects, even if I have lost confidence in my idea/skills. Small but very useful thing was how to use Adobe Illustrator - that program is impenetrable without a good teacher!

When/how did you realize you had a creative dream or calling to fulfill?
Figuring out I wanted to pursue comics has been a slow gradual process where a lot of things have been unplanned. I just tried to move towards things I was good at and interested in and seem to have ended up here!

Tell us your most rewarding experience since being published.
Having an editor to point out my mistakes and talk through ideas with!

What are some of your current and future projects that you can share with us?
My first children’s graphic novel ‘Hexvet’ will be out on December 12th and my ongoing silent webcomic project Stutterhug is available now free to read online. You can also read ‘The Shape of Things’ my longer silent comic, a Tapas Premium webcomic, but be warned it's currently on hiatus, the bane of all webcomic readers’ existence.

Are there any new Creators that have grasped your interest and why?
I’m not sure about new but there are a lot of excellent webcomics artists working! Recently I’ve been reading (or re-reading) Pascalle Lepas’ ‘Wildlife’, Mari Costa’s ‘Life of Melody’, Der-shing Helmer’s ‘Mare Internum’ .. I tend to enjoy comics with a fantasy element but that also feel very personal and emotional, I think that’s the main link between many of the things I enjoy.

If you could work for anyone you choose, who would it be?
Myself? But a me who is rich enough to hire editors and talented artists and writers to execute my ideas for me.

What are some of the common challenges that new and experienced creators face and what advice do you have for overcoming them?
Not finishing things and feeling as if your work is not good enough to share are two common issues I see (and experience). I don’t have any concrete answers other than to try and develop good habits, remind yourself how much progress you’ve made and remember you don’t need to be the most technically skilled artist in the world to make interesting work that can connect with people. 


Your Favorite Strips/Sketch from STUTTERHUG
My favourite strips depend on my mood... but my very first popular comic ‘Calling Up A Friend’ is still a strip I like a lot because the concept just came organically from doodling in my sketchbook - which hardly ever happens! I feel most satisfied when a finished strip managed to capture accurately a feeling I had without being too on the nose about it.

RANDOM FACTS ABOUT STUTTERHUG
  • I drew silent comic doodles a lot before realising they counted as ‘real’ comics and actually tried to finish them 
  • I’m not sure the strip would exist if it wasn’t for Tumblr’s scrolling format and the supportive community of young artists that existed when I began posting
  • None of the characters in “Stutterhug” have official names because no one speaks
  • Colouring is the most challenging part of the process for me…even though my colours are very basic
  • I often just draw comics to cheer myself up
  • Thinking up ten facts is hard
Meet the Characters
My characters are a magic mouse, a demon cat, a pack of wolves, a snake, many mermaids, witches, medieval dogs, dragons, a kennel lad, an alchemist, a giant squid, several rabbits… Listen, there’s a lot going on.


Your Journey to Publication
Well I shared comics online for 3 years and picked up freelance projects where I could. I signed up with Tapas Premium to experiment with publishing a longer comic after using their site casually as one of the hosts for “Stutterhug” and finding their editor, Michael Son, very supportive of creators and original work. I’ve published two chapters of ‘The Shape of Things’ with them so far and hope to return to the project in the future when time permits! On the print side of things I was recommended as a variant cover artist for Boom! Studios by Josceline Fenton who makes the excellent webcomic “Hemlock”. Boom later got back in touch and asked me to pitch my own project to them and “Hexvet” began development.

ABOUT TAPAS MEDIA
The Harry Potter brand, anchored by the best selling book series in history and believed to be worth well over $15 billion, all began as one person's whimsical imaginings during an afternoon train ride.

It's stories like these that fascinate us — one person's story changing the world. There are many more stories waiting to be discovered, and at Tapas Media, we want to help your imagination take flight. We're here to help storytellers publish their work, build fan communities, and earn rewards from their creative labor.

If you have a story to tell, let Tapas Media help you share it with the world.
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Sunday, December 9, 2018

Mary Ting Author Interview


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Mary Ting is an international bestselling, award-winning author. She writes soulful, spellbinding stories that excite the imagination and captivate readers around the world. Her books span a wide range of genres, and her storytelling talents have earned a devoted legion of fans, as well as garnered critical praise.

Becoming an author happened by chance. It was a way to grieve the death of her beloved grandmother, and inspired by a dream she had in high school. After realizing she wanted to become a full-time author, Mary retired from teaching after twenty years. She also had the privilege of touring with the Magic Johnson Foundation to promote literacy and her children’s chapter book: No Bullies Allowed.

Mary resides in Southern California with her husband, two children, and two little dogs, Mochi and Mocha. She enjoys oil painting and making jewelry. Being a huge Twilight fan, Mary was inspired to make book-themed jewelry and occasionally gives it away as prizes to her fans.

        



File Size: 2830 KB
Print Length: 214 pages
Publisher: Vesuvian Books (September 3, 2018)
Publication Date: September 3, 2018
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
Language: English
ASIN: B07GL97KM5

Praise for JACLYN AND THE BEANSTALK

A mash-up of "Jack and the Beanstalk" and "Lord of the Rings" ... RECOMMENDED ―School Library Journal

"Keenly descriptive and eloquently written with touches of sixteenth-century language, the story takes the reader into the world of monsters controlled by a diabolical villain, and into a land of mystery and magic beans." ―Readers' Favorite Review

"Mary Ting managed to surprise me at every turn, even though I must have read this story a million times as a kid. The most impressive surprise was the creation of a girl protagonist who is so much better than the original Jack. Then she brings in the boy, Jack, as the love interest. Sheer genius and a great idea. The writing is great. The plot is good, and the various themes woven throughout the story make it a very compelling tale." ―Readers' Favorite Review

Mary Ting writes with an adventurous heart, a clever pen, introducing young readers to a classic that meets fantasy, shedding light on the family devotion and a love story that buds to completion by the end. This short novel comes as a highly recommended read for parents and young adults that prefer fantasy fiction with a Christian-based theme and a creative perspective. Mary Ting is one of those writers to notice and watch. ―Kingdom's Review
  


What’s one thing that readers would be surprised to find out about you?
I never wanted to be an author. The thought had never crossed my mind. I had taught kindergarten for almost 16 years when I decided to write my first book, Crossroads. It’s based on dreams I had in high school. Writing was a way for me to heal the loss of my grandmother. After a few years later, I retired from teaching and became a full-time author. Since then, I’ve written over 30 books.

When/how did you realize you had a creative dream or calling to fulfill? 
I couldn’t stop writing my first book. Though I was juggling my family, being a PTA mom, and my career, I always found time to write. Receiving emails from readers, asking me when book 2 would be released, gave me the drive to continue.

Can you tell us when you started JACLYN AND THE BEANSTALK, how that came about?
It all started with my agent, Italia Gandolfo. She saw a teaser I’d made for an anthology I’d written with a group of authors regarding twisted fairy tales. My story was Jaclyn and the Beanstalk. My agent loved the teaser and inspired me to write a full novel.

For those who are unfamiliar with Jaclyn, how would you introduce her?
Jaclyn’s story is set in 16th century. Her father trained her well because her faith was not like any other. Her parents secluded themselves from neighbors to keep her safe. So I would say, Jaclyn has a beautiful, curious heart. She knows how to wield a sword. She’s brave and will do anything to save her family.

What part of Jack did you enjoy writing the most?
I enjoyed how protective Jack was, but he also didn’t treat Jaclyn like a helpless woman. He encouraged her and helped her instead of demanding she stayed home.

You have the chance to give one piece of advice to your readers. What would it be?
Live your life to the fullest. No regrets. 

What book would you recommend for others to read? 
Death by the River by Alexandrea Weis. I recently read this YA thriller novel and it was amazing. It took me a down a dark road of murder lust revenge. It’s a cautionary tale for young girls to look out for the wrong kind of guys. It Takes Death to Reach a Star by Gareth Worthington and Stu Jones. 7th Grade Revolution and The Journal of Angela Ashby by Liana Gardner.

Tell us your most rewarding experience since being published. 
I can’t even begin to tell you how amazing my publisher is. They go above and beyond. My novels have been advertised on billboards in Los Angeles, Publishers Weekly, and so much more. I also signed at Book Expo, which has been a dream of mine. AND ISAN-International Sensory Assassin Network, my other YA book is soon to be a major motion picture.

What were you doing at midnight last night?
Working on ISAN, book 3. 

If you could go back in time to one point in your life, where would you go?
I would go back to high school and read more books. 

What is the first book that made you cry? 
Gone with the Wind. 

TEN REASONS TO READ JACLYN AND THE BEANSTALK

  • 1. Optioned by Boilermarker Entertainment
  • 2. Jaclyn-protagonist-brave girl
  • 3. Romance with Jack
  • 4. Beans, beanstalks, and treasures.
  • 5. Action packed
  • 6. Mysterious old witch who gave Jaclyn the beans will reappear throughout my other fairy tale stories to come.
  • 7. Monsters-biblical twist
  • 8. Learning lesson about love and forgiveness
  • 9. 16th Century
  • 10. Gender twist
JACLYN AND THE BEANSTALK BY MARY TING - EXCERPT

I sat up, this time not caring if men saw me. My teeth chattered, and the rain kept falling, and my vision stayed unclear except for the bobbing lights of the lanterns. I could no longer tell where Father stood as I peered into the night, until the sheep bleated louder.

The roar of the monsters whirled in the air—one deafening snarl after the other—and loud thumps steadily approaching shook the earth. 

Boom! Boom! Boom! 

From the sound of them, there were at least three. Maybe more.

Their rage rumbled the earth like a lion’s growl, but a hundred times worse. I wanted to see what they looked like, but the rain and the darkness made it impossible. I had to wipe water off my face every second to better my vision.

When the lanterns moved closer to the sheep, I stiffened. And not too far from them shone six glowing circles—radiant like the sun—high above the ground. My gut told me they were the monsters’ eyes, burning like Hell’s fire.

God help us.

“What are you waiting for?” Aldwin shouted. “Kill the beasts.”

“No, Aldwin,” Father said.

“We can’t fight giants, Richard.”

“May God have mercy.”

The angered monsters’ cries reverberated within the forest, loud enough to be heard for miles. When lightning struck again, shock slammed into me and my breath hitched, for I got a glimpse of the monsters towering over the men.

Their elongated arms possessed claws the size and shape of swords. To my horror, the beasts looked like the creatures in my vision when I’d touched the lance.

They are real … real … real. Taller than life. Claws like a beast. Teeth as sharp as knives. Phantom demons incarnate.

“Run,” William shouted, and then human screams followed.


What fate awaits a girl who hears monsters at night…


Sixteen-year-old Jaclyn looks up to her father. An honest man who once fought for the king, he now teaches Jaclyn how to use her wits—and her sword.

But he has a secret. And his secret may have a connection to the one thing Jaclyn is hiding from him.

   
Upon hearing “monsters” are terrorizing the small villages around Black Mountain, Jaclyn’s father and his friends head out to hunt them … but they don’t return.


Armed only with her sword and three magic beans—a gift from a mysterious old woman—Jaclyn sets out for Black Mountain to save her father.

On her climb, one bean drops and grows into a beanstalk, catching her when she falls.

She isn’t the only one that takes the ride. Jack, her childhood friend and secret crush, is following her.

Jaclyn and Jack will have to work together to save not only their fathers, but the townspeople the beasts plan to lay waste to before it’s too late.

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And now, The Giveaways.
Thank you MARY TING for making this giveaway possible.
Winner will receive a $25 Dollar PayPal/Amazon Gift Card.
Winner will receive a $20 Amazon Gift Card. 
WEEK ONE
DECEMBER 3rd MONDAY BookHounds YA INTERVIEW
DECEMBER 4th TUESDAY Movies, Shows, & Books GUEST POST
DECEMBER 5th WEDNESDAY Insane About Books REVIEW & EXCERPT
DECEMBER 6th THURSDAY A Backwards Story REVIEW & INTERVIEW
DECEMBER 7th FRIDAY Chrikaru Reads REVIEW & INTERVIEW
DECEMBER 7th FRIDAY Mythical Books GUEST POST
DECEMBER 8th SATURDAY Author Kelly Risser REVIEW & TENS LIST
DECEMBER 9th SUNDAY JeanBookNerd INTERVIEW


WEEK TWO
DECEMBER 10th MONDAY Casia's Corner REVIEW
DECEMBER 11th TUESDAY Lisa Loves Literature REVIEW
DECEMBER 12th WEDNESDAY Sabrina's Paranormal Palace REVIEW & EXCERPT
DECEMBER 13th THURSDAY The Avid Reader REVIEW
DECEMBER 14th FRIDAY RhythmicBooktrovert REVIEW & TENS LIST
DECEMBER 15th SATURDAY Port Jericho REVIEW & EXCERPT
DECEMBER 15th SATURDAY Crossroad Reviews REVIEW
DECEMBER 16th SUNDAY Bri's Book Nook REVIEW

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