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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

{Nerd Blast} CATALYST by S.J. Kincaid



Publisher: KATHERINE TEGEN BOOKS
Published: 28 October 2014
Format: Hardback 432 pages
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Categories: Fiction General Adventure Science Fiction
ISBN 13: 9780062093059 ISBN 10: 0062093053


Official Book Blast for CATALYST by S.J. Kincaid.

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The explosive conclusion to the series reviewers have likened to Ender’s Game and “Hogwarts-in-Space”

This exhilarating, explosive, and heartrending conclusion to the Insignia trilogy brings Tom and his intelligent, passionate, and brave young friends stunning tests and dangerous confrontations and through to an impossible future they could never have predicted.

Tom Raines and his friends are eager to return to the Pentagonal Spire to continue training for the elite Intrasolar Forces, but they soon discover troubling changes: strict new regulations and the revelation that the Spire is under new military control. What begins as an irritating adjustment soon reveals a dangerous shift in reality. Those now in control are aligned with corporate sponsors and their ruthless agendas. And when the military academy begins welcoming new cadets with suspicious neural processors, the first step in a plan with horrifying worldwide ramifications, Tom is desperate to stop it, even if that means keeping secrets from his closest allies.

Then a mysterious figure, the other ghost in the machine, begins fighting against the corporations, but with methods even Tom finds shocking. And when the enemy comes for Tom, how much can Tom endure in the battle to save himself? He must decide if he can still fight when the odds of success seem to be sliding from his grip.


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S.J. Kincaid was born in Alabama, grew up in California, and attended high school in New Hampshire, but it was while living beside a haunted graveyard in Scotland, that she realized that she wanted to be a writer. Her debut, Insignia, came out in July of 2012. The second book in the series, Vortex came out in July of 2013. The final book in the INSIGNIA trilogy will come out in Fall of 2014.

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{Nerd Blast} Adrenaline Crush by Laurie Boyle Crompton



Publisher: Farrar, Straus & Giroux Inc
Published: 01 October 2014
Format: Hardback 192 pages
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Categories: Fiction General Romance Sports StoriesSociety & Social Issues



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When a daredevil teen pushes herself too far, she must choose between two boys: the one who wants to keep her safe, and the one who dares her to return to her old self.

Seventeen-year-old Dyna comes from a family of risk takers and is an avid thrill-seeker herself, until the day she splinters her ankle in a terrible fall. Her whole life goes from mountain biking and rock climbing to sitting at home and attending group sessions at the bizarre alternative healing center that her hippie mother found. The boy who witnessed Dyna’s accident believes her injury is a wakeup call and he encourages her mild new lifestyle, but a young Afghanistan War veteran she meets at the healing center pushes her to start taking chances again. Forced to face the consequences of her daredevil impulses, Dyna finds herself in danger of risking the one thing she’s always treated with caution—her heart.


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Laurie Boyle Crompton is the YA author of BLAZE (or Love in the Time of Supervillains) and THE REAL PROM QUEENS OF WESTFIELD HIGH (Sourcebooks, 2013 & 2014) as well as the upcoming ADRENALINE CRUSH from Farrar Straus Giroux. Laurie graduated first in her class from St. John’s University with a major in English and minor in Journalism. She’s written for national magazines like ALLURE as well as numerous trade publications and has appeared on Good Day New York several times as a Toy Expert. Yes, that is an actual thing that people sometimes get to be.

When she’s not writing Laurie enjoys hiking, cycling, reading, cross-country skiing, running, going to the movies and drinking tea by the gallon. She lives near NYC, but loves to escape to the mountains in New Paltz, NY where she and her family can often be found climbing over rocks or tromping through the forest. She is represented by Ammi-Joan Paquette of the Erin Murphy Agency.


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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

The Boogie Trapp by Kerry Copeland Smith



Publisher: New Shelves Publishing Services
Published: 10 September 2013
Format: Paperback 358 pages
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Categories: Thrillers
ISBN 13: 9780989642613 ISBN 10: 0989642615




Something happened to two boys over sixty years ago. The backwoods of Alabama in the 1940s set the stage for this edge of your seat thriller. Boogie and Trapper are best friends, known about town for their wild, annoying, obnoxious, and hysterically funny antics. Roaming the woods, swimming in the creek, playing Double Dare, smoking, cussing, drinking beer, and always trying to outdo each other. These two thirteen-year-old boys growing up in this time period have freedoms that would be considered absolutely crazy by today's standards. Riding their bikes on a drizzly April day, goofing off and having fun for hours, looking forward to the boy/girl party they are excitedly anticipating later today, rumors of kissing games and more make them silly and giddy. Then the day goes terribly wrong. They have found themselves in a desperate "no way out" situation. They are thrown into a horrific event that moves faster than a speeding bullet, a wild, white knuckled roller coaster ride, RUN Boogie, RUN, RUN................ A suspenseful, scary thriller, tragically horrific, it is a story that must be told, a promise that must be kept. Their lives will be changed forever - can they get away, and will they ever live to tell the tale?

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Kerry Copeland Smith is the pseudonym of Harold (Hal) W. Brewer and also his alter-ego, Brewer will readily confess. “He was there waiting for me when they pulled me from my mother’s womb,” Brewer laughingly says. “Boogie is older, smarter, tougher and more daring, so I have been very fortunate to have had him around all these years.” Brewer, the youngest of four children, grew up in the small coal mining town of Bradford, Alabama, where his father was employed as a coal miner. His mother, a “stay at home mom,” was an accomplished seamstress, an avid reader, and strict disciplinarian, who “kept close tabs on me,” Brewer states. Brewer attended Mortimer Jordan High in Morris, Alabama and the University of Alabama in Birmingham. He was hired by Montgomery Ward Co. in 1964 and spent the next thirty-two years as an executive, in both their Retail and Logistics’ division. After retiring from the retail business in 1996, he formed his own Real Estate Investment Co., which he managed until fully retiring in 2008. “Boogie was there with me every step of the way, Brewer says. When things weren’t right and the going was tough, I called on Boogie and things got straightened out!” Brewer is also an accomplished artist. His paintings hang in numerous homes throughout the south. He currently lives in Tampa, Florida with his wife Tammie and their three cats. He has two sons (from a previous marriage), three grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

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In this haunting, fast-paced sequel to the New York Times bestselling photo-illustrated novel Asylum, three teens must unlock some long-buried secrets from the past before the past comes back to get them first. Featuring found photographs, many from real vintage carnivals, Sanctum is a mind-bending reading experience that blurs the lines between past and present, genius and insanity, perfect for fans of the smash hit Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children.

Dan, Abby, and Jordan remain traumatized by the summer they shared in the Brookline asylum. Much as they'd love to move on, someone is determined to keep the terror alive, sending the teens photos of an old-timey carnival, with no note and no name. Forsaking their plan never to go back, the teens return to New Hampshire College under the guise of a weekend for prospective students, and there they realize that the carnival from the photos is not only real, it's here on campus, apparently for the first time in many years.

Sneaking away from sample classes and college parties, Dan and his friends lead a tour of their own—one through the abandoned houses and hidden places of the surrounding town. Camford is hiding a terrible past, and the influence of the asylum runs deeper than Dan ever imagined.

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Tuesday, October 14, 2014

The Shotgun Arcana by R.S. Belcher



Publisher: Tor Books
Published: 07 October 2014
Format: Hardback 400 pages
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Categories: Science Fiction Fantasy Historical Fiction
ISBN 13: 9780765374585 ISBN 10: 0765374587




R. S. Belcher’s debut novel, The Six-Gun Tarot, was enthusiastically greeted by critics and readers, who praised its wildly inventive mixture of dark fantasy, steampunk, and the Wild West. Now Belcher returns to Golgotha, Nevada, a bustling frontier town that hides more than its fair share of unnatural secrets.

1870. A haven for the blessed and the damned, including a fallen angel, a mad scientist, a pirate queen, and a deputy who is kin to coyotes, Golgotha has come through many nightmarish trials, but now an army of thirty-two outlaws, lunatics, serial killers, and cannibals are converging on the town, drawn by a grisly relic that dates back to the Donner Party…and the dawn of humanity.

Sheriff Jon Highfather and his deputies already have their hands full dealing with train robbers, a mysterious series of brutal murders, and the usual outbreaks of weirdness. But with thirty-two of the most vicious killers on Earth riding into Golgotha in just a few day’s time, the town and its people will be tested as never before—and some of them will never be the same.

The Shotgun Arcana is even more spectacularly ambitious and imaginative than The Six-Gun Tarot, and confirms R. S. Belcher’s status as a rising star.


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R.S. (Rod) Belcher is an award-winning newspaper and magazine editor and reporter. He has been a freelance writer for over a decade. He has written for local, state and international publications.

Rod has been a private investigator, a DJ, a comic book and game store owner and has degrees in criminal law, psychology and justice and risk administration, from Virginia Commonwealth University. He has done Masters work on a degree in Forensic Science at The George Washington University, as well as worked with the Occult Crime Taskforce for the Virginia General Assembly’s State Crime Commission.

Rod has written and edited for magazines like Starlog, Virginia Living, Virginia Business, Verve, and The Roanoker. He was managing editor of The Vinton Messenger newspaper and editor for numerous trade publications. He has done technical writing and has ghost-written political editorials and advertising copy. Both the politics and the advertising greatly honed his fiction writing skills.

He has been a writing guest at numerous conventions and writing conferences for many years. He is available for Bar Mitzvahs…

Rod began writing stories when he was 9 years old, selling stories and self- drawn comics to his mother’s beauty shop customers for a quarter a piece. That first quarter was the start of his road to Hell…

In a creative writing course he was selected for in 6th grade, Rod was told his SF/Fantasy writing was “silly trash” ( kinda true, but hey, I was in sixth grade…) but the lack of support from an adult “expert” made him feel like he couldn’t “really write” and he stopped writing for a few years. Thanks to the love, encouragement and support of his mom, Mabel, Rod started writing again when he got a typewriter for his 12th birthday. Thanks Mom.

You can write. Yes, you. You have a story, maybe a bunch of stories inside you screaming to be let out. Don’t let anyone tell you can’t write, or that your writing is no good. It’s good for you, good for the thing inside you that demands you get that story out somehow. Don’t write for praise, or for money, write for you, only you, and to hell with the rest of them.

He was once told by Elizabeth Taylor, he was “hot” and once told by George Takei he “looked terrible” ( he did). He watched a man die in the electric chair, investigated homicides, pissed off politicians and located missing children. The CIA told him to “clean up his act”- this was one of his proudest moments.

In his spare time ( which he has damn little of these days), Rod enjoys reading, hiking, shooting, gaming ( mostly tabletop RPG or board games, but some console), comics, researching the weird, spending time with his amazing kids, and long, thoughtful, walks in the rain…OK, the last one is crap, but the rest is true.

He lives in Roanoke Virginia with his children: Jonathan, Emily and Stephanie, Three cats and two dogs.


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Leah Raeder Author Interview


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Maise O’Malley just turned eighteen, but she’s felt like a grown-up her entire life. The summer before senior year, she has plans: get into a great film school, convince her mom to go into rehab, and absolutely do not, under any circumstances, screw up her own future.

But life has a way of throwing her plans into free-fall.

When Maise meets Evan at a carnival one night, their chemistry is immediate, intense, and short-lived. Which is exactly how she likes it: no strings. But afterward, she can’t get Evan out of her head. He’s taught her that a hookup can be something more. It can be an unexpected connection with someone who truly understands her. Someone who sees beyond her bravado to the scared but strong girl inside.

That someone turns out to be her new film class teacher, Mr. Evan Wilke.

Maise and Evan resolve to keep their hands off each other, but the attraction is too much to bear. Together, they’re real and genuine; apart, they’re just actors playing their parts for everyone else. And their masks are slipping. People start to notice. Rumors fly. When the truth comes to light in a shocking way, they may learn they were just playing parts for each other, too.

Smart, sexy, and provocative, Unteachable is about what happens when a love story goes off-script.


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Was there a defining moment during your youth when you realized you wanted to be a writer?

Yep! I’d been a voracious reader since I was little, but in sixth grade everything clicked. We had a major project due in World History class and I decided to write a News of the World skit. I built a news anchor desk out of an old refrigerator box, sat inside it, and read from my “hilarious” script as my hand-drawn slides scrolled on the wall. The class was in hysterics. I got an A+. When I finished, Mr. Hogan, my history teacher, said the words I’ll never forget: “You should consider becoming a writer.”

Thanks, Mr. Hogan. You were right. And I did.

Why is storytelling so important for all of us?

I could give you a very technical neuroscientific answer here…but basically, it’s because it’s how our brains work. Think about how we dream. Random neurons fire in our brain, triggering memories and images, hopes and fears. Then our brains weave all that randomness together into stories—dreams—that make perfect sense to us as we’re experiencing them. Think about folklore and myth, too: when early humans saw certain weather patterns or natural disasters, they made up stories about angry gods punishing us. They were trying to understand the mysteries of the universe the only way they could. Even now, when we have scientific answers to so many questions, we have to wrap them up in metaphor and narrative to process them.

We teach kids through stories. We teach adults through stories, too. Everything that happens is a story. Your life is a story you’re constantly telling yourself in your own head.

So, storytelling is important because it’s how we make sense of reality. It’s part of being human.

Beyond your own work (of course), what is your all-time favorite book and why? And what is your favorite book outside of your genre?

My favorite book is Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov. It’s not a love story, but it is, in my opinion, the most beautiful book in the English language. Also one of the darkest, rawest, and saddest. I’m drawn to that kind of stuff—the dark, pretty things.

Outside of my genre, I’m really into Modernist literary fiction, and recently I was blown away by Richard Yates’s Revolutionary Road and Patricia Highsmith’s The Price of Salt. Their understanding of human behavior, and their command of language, was incredible. I’m in awe.

In your book; Unteachable, can you tell my Book Nerd community a little about it?

Unteachable is about Maise O’Malley, an eighteen-year-old aspiring film director, and her final year in high school…which goes completely off the rails when she meets her future Film Studies teacher in the front seat of a roller coaster. And then meets the front seat of his car. ;)

Evan sweeps Maise off her feet, and she in turn sweeps him off his feet. She struggles with family and money problems. Makes a new best friend. Makes a new worst enemy. And she grows up. While the book is of course about a forbidden romance, it’s really more a coming-of-age story about Maise and how she overcomes all the shit life shovels in her face.

Because romance between a teacher and student is such a controversial topic, I left it to readers to decide whether or not to root for their relationship. But in the end, I wanted everyone to root for Maise. It’s her story.

For those who are unfamiliar with Maise, how would you introduce her?

I’d strongly suggest reading the very first line of the book. That’s her personality in a nutshell.

If you could introduce one of your characters to any character from another book, who would it be and why?

I actually brought a character from Unteachable back for my next book, Black Iris. I love the way some authors have recurring characters and interlinking stories, and I plan to do that in my novels. So…I’d have Hiyam, Unteachable’s resident bad girl, meet Laney, the main character of Black Iris. Which she does. And hijinx ensue.

What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating Evan?

That I love “beta males.” I mean, I always knew I was sort of an alpha girl, but writing Evan clarified it. I like sweet, caring, sensitive, intelligent, thoughtful guys. Grunting cavemen need not apply.

When asked, what’s the one question you always answer with a lie?

“Is that your first coffee of the day?”

What decade during the last century would you have chosen to be a teenager?

Can I cheat and say the 2010s? I’m a technology geek, and I would’ve killed to have a smartphone and broadband internet when I was in high school. In the 90s, we made due with landlines and dial-up internet. Do you know how many times my mom would pick up the phone and kill my internet connection? You kids these days don’t even know our pain. You just don’t.

What is your greatest adventure?

I’d love to visit Australia someday. I’ve always been fascinated with it, and I wrote an Aussie character in my latest book, plus some scenes take place there, so it’s pretty much obligatory writing research at this point.

Also, Aussie accents. Nuff said.

Where can readers stalk you?

Web: www.leahraeder.com
Twitter: www.twitter.com/LeahRaeder
Facebook: www.facebook.com/LeahRaederBooks (author page) & www.facebook.com/groups/RaederReaders (fan group with exclusive content)

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Friday, October 10, 2014

Unstrung by Kendra C. Highley


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Lexa Pate, seventeen-year-old thief extraordinaire, has burned a bridge or two in her life. You don’t make a career out of stealing other people’s property without making enemies.

When a risky job goes from bad to worse, Lexa and her adopted family find themselves on Precipice Corporation’s hit list because they’ve accidentally stolen the wrong thing—plans for a new model of genetically engineered super humans. Now, every bounty hunter, cop on the take, and snitch in the city is after them.

Lexa’s world crumbles around her as she fights to keep her family safe even as someone strolls out of her forgotten past. Quinn claims to know who Lexa really is, but can she trust a stranger she met while robbing his boss?

More importantly, does she really want to know what Quinn has to tell her?

Based on the fairy tale Pinocchio, UNSTRUNG takes you into a near future world where the lines between fake and real are blurred, all that’s pristine isn’t always innocent, and being a criminal isn’t always wrong.




Kendra C. Highley lives in north Texas with her husband and two children. She also serves as staff to two self-important and high-powered cats. This, according to the cats, is her most important job. She believes chocolate is a basic human right, running a 10k is harder than it sounds, and that everyone should learn to drive a stick-shift. She loves monsters, vacations, baking and listening to bad electronica.

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