Janet Gurtler

#16ThingsIThoughtWereTrue Official Blog Tour

Gillian Philip


Kimberley Freeman

Ember Island: A Novel

Susan Kim and Laurence Klavan


Ali Cross

Blood Crown

Megan Miranda


Cara Strand

Lost in Thought

Alex Hughes

Marked (Mindspace Investigation #3)

Carol Weston

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Thursday, April 17, 2014

Born of Deception by Teri Brown

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Budding illusionist Anna Van Housen is on top of the world: after scoring a spot on a prestigious European vaudeville tour, she has moved to London to chase her dream and to join an underground society for people like her with psychic abilities. Along with her handsome beau, Cole Archer, Anna is prepared to take the city by storm.

But when Anna arrives in London, she finds the group in turmoil. Sensitives are disappearing and, without a suspect, the group’s members are turning on one another. Could the kidnapper be someone within the society itself—or has the nefarious Dr. Boyle followed them to London?

As Cole and Anna begin to unravel the case and secrets about the society are revealed, they find themselves at odds, their plans for romance in London having vanished. Her life in danger and her relationship fizzling, can Anna find a way to track down the killer before he makes her his next victim—or will she have to pay the ultimate price for her powers?

Set in Jazz-Age London, this alluring sequel to Born of Illusion comes alive with sparkling romance, deadly intrigue, and daring magic.

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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Kimberley Freeman Author Interview

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Kimberley was born in London and her family moved back to Australia when she was three years old. She grew up in Queensland where she currently lives.

Kimberley has written for as long as she can remember and she is proud to write in many genres. She is an award-winning writer in children’s, historical and speculative fiction under her birth name Kim Wilkins. She adopted the pen name Kimberley Freeman for her commercial women’s fiction novels Duet and Gold Dust to honour her maternal grandmother and to try and capture the spirit of the page-turning novels she has always loved to read. Kim has an Honours degree, a Masters degree and a PhD from The University of Queensland where she is also a lecturer. She lives in Brisbane with her young family.

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

No, I kind of always knew that's where I wanted to be: in a story somewhere. For me the desire to read stories and make up stories were always the same thing. I wrote my first little "book" at age 5.

Why is storytelling so important for all of us?

It's how we connect and understand human experience different from our own.

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?

There's not really an "outside" my genre, as I write across a number of genres under my own name as well as under Kimberley Freeman. I love the Walsh sisters books by Marian Keyes, and I love The Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley.

What is the best piece of advice you ever received from another author?

Oh, my God there's a gigantic spider above my desk! I'm sorry that's not author advice but I just noticed the spider and it's huuuuuuuuuge. It's a huntsman, which we get here in Queensland, and it's looking at me as I type. And now I'm thinking of my friend Sean Williams who's an author and who hates spiders, so his advice would probably be "don't finish the interview", but I'm going to bravely push on.

Your new book; Ember Island, can you tell my Book Nerd community a little about it?

It's about Tilly, a young woman in the 19th century with a bad temper who winds up involved in a terrible tragedy, and has to run to the other side of the world to escape it. She takes a job as a governess on a prison island in the pacific, and finds the past isn't so easily escaped. Her young student, Nell, is watching her, writing it down, and hiding her notes around the house. More than 100 years later, another character, Nina, finds the diaries and wonders what happened.

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

She's got a fiery temper, but wouldn't you if you were a woman with some spirit living in the 19th century?

What are some of your current and future projects that you can share with us?

I've just finished the next Kimberley Freeman book, Evergreen Falls, which is a mystery set in a posh hotel in the mountains in 1926. It's inspired by my grandmother's memoirs.

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

I'd love to introduce Nell to Hermione Grainger. I think they'd get along.

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

My characters don't tend to surprise me. I know them pretty well before I start writing so I don't get any nasty shocks. Like the kind of nasty shock you get when you look up and see a giant spider above your desk.

What’s the best advice you can give writers to help them develop their own unique voice and style?

Write heaps and heaps and heaps and heaps and heaps. Read it back. Find what you like. Try to do more of that.

Where can I readers go to find more about your books and other work?

I have an irregular blog at www.kimberleyfreeman.com. I'm on Twitter as KimberleyTweets, but the best place to find me is my Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/pages/Kimberley-Freeman/157887524286618

A riveting story of secrets and scandal

1890: Orphaned as a small child, Tilly Kirkland found a loving, safe home with her grandfather in Dorset. But nineteenth-century England is an unforgiving place for a young woman with limited means and as her grandfather's health fails, it seems perfect timing that she meets Jasper Dellafore. Yet her new husband is not all he seems. Alone in the Channel Islands, Tilly finds her dream of a loving marriage is turning into a nightmare.
2012: Bestselling novelist Nina Jones is struggling with writer's block and her disappointing personal life. Nothing is quite working. After a storm damages Starwater, her house on Ember Island, she decides to stay for a while and oversee the repairs: it s a perfect excuse to leave her problems behind her on the mainland. Then Nina discovers diary pages hidden in the walls of the old home. And a mystery unravels that she is determined to solve.
Though the two women are separated by years, Starwater House will alter the course of both their lives. Nina will find that secrets never stay buried and Tilly learns that what matters most is trusting your heart.

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Sunday, April 13, 2014

The Manhattan Ten Series by Lola Dodge

Print Length: 110 pages
Publisher: Samhain Publishing, Ltd. (February 4, 2014)
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
Language: English

Product Warning: Contains one lightning-hot hero and a not-so-blushing ballerina. May cause third-degree burns and spontaneous tango


The responsible thing would be to surrender. I owed it to the few hundred people I’d just freaked out, and probably to the public in general, but when I peeked out of the market, a lot of guns came out of holsters.“Please stay inside, ma’am.” A policeman’s voice crackled over his megaphone. “We’re sending someone in.”

I retreated to the bakery and licked the frosting off a few cupcakes before a wave of nausea ended my binge. Who were they going to send? A SWAT team? Or maybe a bomb robot?

I kept waiting for whatever this was to stop, but every time I twitched, something got destroyed. Whatever the power was, it had to be temporary, and if I were patient enough, it would disappear as quickly as it showed up to ruin everything.

Any minute now.


I jumped at the voice. I’d known it was coming, but my landing shook the building.

Expecting to see a team of big, burly men in Kevlar, I peered past a bushel of baguettes. Just one guy.

I craned my neck and…sweet Jesus.

He wore a leather jacket that fit like sin. Tanned, but not a Guido. Dark, styled hair, but not douchey. Like an actual person instead of the cover model-stereotype he should’ve been.

Someone was obviously using pheromones to take me down easy. Good thing I was covered in chicken drippings, frosting and powdered cheese. I always did know how to impress a man.

“Belle?” He stepped into the store.

“Unfortunately.” This was so not my shining moment. I should never have run. “In the bakery section.” And it was too late to hide all of the cupcakes I’d licked.

He approached with his hands open, like I was some startled animal. He couldn’t be a cop in those civilian clothes, but he had to be someone important. He was tailored in that understated money kind of way, and I got the vague sense I’d seen him somewhere before. A billboard?

“My name’s Ryan Lamborne.” He stepped forward again, all sincerity. “Most people know me as Red Ruin. I’m with the Manhattan Ten.”

Didn’t they sell upscale real estate? Or… “Wait. That superhero group?”

“That one.” He leaned against one of the bread racks. “We’d like to help you deal with what happened earlier.”

With what happened?

“You mean the part where I destroyed a landmark and blew the performance of my life?” It was Giselle for Christ’s sake. And who knew how many other dancers I’d taken down? It wasn’t enough to ruin my own career. I had to shatter a few other people’s lives while I was at it.

No one would hire me again. Might as well become a stripper, or a call girl, or a sample pusher at the Food Lion.

“I know you’re upset,” Ryan, or Red Ruin, said. What kind of name was that? “You had no reason to think you’d develop powers, especially so la—”

Powers? “Not possible.” Obviously, the market hadn’t destroyed itself, but this was a temporary thing. Maybe a curse from the dance gods.

“Why not?” He moved closer and held out his hand. Rings of red lightning jolted around his fingertips. “My power’s electrical.”

The color was the purest scarlet. “Can I touch it?”

“Go ahead.”

I brushed a fingertip against Ryan’s hand. It was warm and tingly, but more like a first kiss than an electric shock.

“On the tape it looked like you were manipulating kinetic energy while you danced. That’s why we need to—”

“But no one in my family—”

“Listen.” Ryan’s lightning cut and he set his hand on my shoulder. “No one in my family had powers either, so I know how you feel. You might not want to believe it, but there’s no other explanation, is there?”

I squinted up at him. Those stellar hazel eyes were the last straw. “I’m almost positive you’re a hallucination.”

Expression flat, he picked up a cupcake and mushed it into my forehead. “Would you hallucinate that?”

My jaw dropped. “You did not just…” Scraping the mess away with one hand, I grabbed for a cupcake with the other, but as soon as the cake neared him, it evaporated in a puff of red lightning.

Ryan tsked. “You think it would be that easy?”

TEMPTRESS (Manhattan Ten #1)

Kiss your powers goodbye.

Kidnapping a super-powered suspected felon from a Vegas bachelor party is another day at the office for Jenny Ray, alias Temptress. With one kiss, any naughty supe’s powers are hers. Except this time she’s caught by her mark’s boss, who’s no ordinary superhero.

It’s Thinktank, leader of the toughest hero crew around. One destroyed men’s room and near-toilet-drowning later, Jenny’s forced to steal an innocent hero’s powers.

For a super brain, Tank’s feeling pretty idiotic. First, he let Jenny close enough to get to him. Second, he’s helpless against the tide of desire that rises in him every time he kisses her. Which he’s doing a lot, since she’s trying to give him back his power—only it’s not working. As he shadows her on her various freelance casino security jobs, he realizes she’s no she-demon—she’s a time bomb. Her acquired powers are shredding her, body and soul.

As they give in to desire, a shadowy figure from Jenny’s past surfaces with a kidnapping plan of his own. Jenny will do anything—even level Las Vegas—to rescue the man she loves. But there may not be anything left of her when the dust settles.

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Contains high-stakes poker, high-end cocktails, and high-flying over Las Vegas skies. Never drink and fly!

IVORY (Manhattan Ten #2) 

That cold day in hell? It’s here…

If Ivory’s fellow flight attendants whisper that she has ice in her veins, they’d be right. She’s spent years ruthlessly suppressing her dangerous ice powers, pretending she didn’t grow up wild on the tundra.

Her legendary coolness has held solid—until a crazed attacker snaps her composure, unleashing her ice beast and blowing her cover. And she’s not sure if the man who defuses the situation is any less dangerous.

When Panther’s trans-Atlantic catnap is interrupted by Ivory’s ice spear through his mark’s gut, he doesn’t hesitate to claim her as one of the Manhattan Ten. It’s the only way to shield her from prosecution. It doesn’t hurt that the Nordic beauty puts his inner cat on the prowl.

Panther tempts Ivory in every smoldering way, but to let him melt her resistance is a risk she can’t afford. But when her past rises up to claim her, Pan is caught in the crossfire…and the only way to save him is to let the beast claim her, body and soul.

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Contains one smoldering ice vixen and the sexy beast man who wants to get his claws all over her. Make sure your icemaker is in tip-top shape before reading. Mukluks optional.

BELLE FURY (Manhattan The #3)

This is one diva with killer moves…

Belle Fabian has worked her toes to the bone to become an internationally renowned ballerina. When the curtains rise on her career-making performance of Giselle, she brings down the house—literally.

Mid-dance, she manifests a superpower that nearly destroys the Metropolitan Opera House, wiping out a line of chorus girls and sending the audience dashing for the exits. As she flees the theater, she assumes the worst. Her hard-won career is over.

The Manhattan Ten’s leader is playing hooky with his new lady, so it falls to Red Ruin to round up the super-powered danseur. It’s just one small, bird-boned woman hiding in a convenience store. How hard could it be?

Their first encounter generates sparks that border nuclear and their chemistry sends Belle’s powers into overdrive, but their perfect storm of passion is marred by her suspicion that Ruin is holding back. That secret that could turn the sweet burn of Ruin’s lightning into a permanent scar on her heart.

Warning: Contains one lightning-hot hero and a not-so-blushing ballerina. May cause third-degree burns and spontaneous tango

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Lola Dodge was forged in the suburbs, tested in the retail wastelands and reborn as a romance writer after several strong cocktails. Armed with her M.F.A. in Writing Popular Fiction, she travels the world in search of story fodder and men with accents.
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Saturday, April 12, 2014

How I Got Skinny, Famous, and Fell Madly in Love Pre-Order Campaign with Ken Baker

Paperback: 272 pages
Publisher: Running Press Kids (April 22, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0762450142
ISBN-13: 978-0762450145

“Thick. Heavy. Big boned. Plump. Full figured. Chunky. Womanly. Large. Curvy. Plus-size. Hefty.” To sixteen-year-old Emery Jackson, these are all just euphemisms for the big “F” word—”fat.” Living on a Southern California beach with her workout fiend dad, underwear model sister, and former model mother, it is impossible for Emery not to be aware of her weight.

Emery is okay with how things are. That is, until her “momager” signs her up for Fifty Pounds to Freedom, a reality show in which Emery will have to lose fifty pounds in fifty days in order to win the million dollars that will solve her family’s financial woes. Emery is skeptical of the process, but when the pounds start to come off and the ratings skyrocket, she finds it hard to resist the adoration of her new figure and the world of fame. Emery knows that things have changed. But is it for the better?

How I Got Skinny, Famous, and Fell Madly in Love will be releasing on April 22, 2014 by Running Press.
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Ken Baker is the E! News/E! Online Senior Correspondent and Breaking News Editor, an acclaimed author, producer, public speaker and former pro hockey player.

Ken reports breaking news, conducts celebrity interviews, delivers investigative reports and hosts a range of news segments for E! News, E! Online, E! International, E! News specials and the network’s live events.

Baker has published six books. His newest work is a novel due out in April 2014 titled “How I Got Skinny, Famous and Fell Madly in Love,” a story about an obese teen who is pressured by her family to go on a reality show to lose weight and, in so doing, learns the real meaning of freedom.

His debut novel, “Fangirl” (Running Press, 2012), told the story of a pop star who falls in love with a fan amid a sensational tabloid drama. Ken is adapting “Fangirl” into a movie in collaboration with Converge Media.

Ken is currently at work on a series of Hollywood-themed thrillers set for release in 2015.

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FANTASTIC NEWS BOOK NERDS!! We an awesome pre-order campaign for Ken Baker’s How I Got Skinny, Famous, and Fell Madly in Love running from now until 11:59pm (PST) on April 22!

A Personal Skype Session or Phone Call with Ken, Autographed Copies of Fangirl and How I Got Skinny, Famous, and Fell Madly in Love, Bookmarks, an iPod Shuffle and Win a chance for you and a guest to spend a day with Ken at work in Hollywood. Let’s make this happen and the spread the book love for #HowIGotSKinny. How to Pre-Order??? Easy! READ BELOW!!

You’ll have to email your final order to kbakerpreorder@gmail.com. You can forward an email, take a screenshot of the order page, attach a picture or pdf of the order. And you can order from anyone — online, your local bookstore, your local chain store, or any retailer who sells books. The winning entry will be chosen from Rafflecopter.

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April 12th Saturday: Jean Book Nerd
April 13th Sunday: Me, My Shelf and I
April 14th Monday: Fictitious Delicious
April 15th Tuesday: Fiktshun
April 16th Wednesday: Once Upon a Twilight
April 17th Thursday: Book Nerd Canada
April 18th Friday: Jenna Does Books
April 19th Saturday: TTC Books and More
April 20th Sunday: Sabrina’s Paranormal Palace
April 21st Monday: Chapter by Chapter

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Friday, April 11, 2014

Cara Bertrand Author Interview

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Cara is a former middle school literacy teacher who now lives in the woods outside Boston with: one awesome husband, two large dogs, one small daughter, and lots of words.LOST IN THOUGHT is her first novel and was one of three finalists for the 2011 Amazon/Penguin Breakthrough Novel Award in the Young Adult category

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Dear Jean and all the Nerds,

Thank you so sincerely for hosting this interview and especially for the fun and thoughtful questions!


Why is storytelling so important for all of us?

Oh, wow! Nothing like jumping right in with the deep question! There are so many answers, but I guess I’ll go with: freedom of expression. Storytelling, writing—there’s no barrier to entry. Words are free to all of us, any single one of us, to use to express our ideas, dreams, feelings, experiences. For fun, for escape, to cope, to overcome, to grow. The possibilities are limitless. We can all be storytellers. How beautiful is that?

What’s one thing that readers would be surprised to find out about you?

Ha! I always answer this question the same way: I like NASCAR. Really.

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 all-time book is The Hunt for Red October, which is way out of my genre! Second is The Killer Angels, also out of my genre. I read both as a teenager and my love for them is enduring. I devoured Tom Clancy as a kid and I still wish I could go back and recapture the joy of reading Red October for the first time. It was just—Jack Ryan! And submarines! And excitement! At the time, I thought of him as a sort-of modern day Indiana Jones. I barely knew what sexy was, but smart men in dangerous plots was definitely sexy. (Still is.) The Killer Angels is just beautifully written and a brilliant study in characterization. In my genre? Probably Maggie Stiefvater’s The Scorpio Races tops my favorites list.

What was the greatest thing you learned at school?

Probably how to work under pressure. That’s very practical, I know. But a valuable skill!

What is the best piece of advice you ever received from another author?

You can’t edit what you haven’t written.

Can you tell us when you started Lost in Thought, how that came about?

I know exactly how, and where, and almost when! One day when I was regaling my husband about something I’d read, he said to me: I’m surprised you never wrote a book. And do you know what I said? I said: I don’t think I could finish one. We were in the car. I still remember exactly the bend on I-84E where we exchanged those sentences. Later, I got mad at myself, because I’d never tried to write a book. I’d not finished lots of things, but how could I know I wouldn’t finish this one if I didn’t try? So I determined to prove myself wrong. I started writing in the late summer of 2010 and finished the first draft in early February 2011. I told no one—not even my husband—until December when I was over half way.

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

In all honesty, the most surprising thing I learned was that I could create her at all. I enjoy discovering her foibles and her strengths—because that’s what it is, discovery. Sure, I’ve written it all, but sometimes it’s the character revealing herself to you as much as it is you dreaming up the character. What I didn’t dream, before I started writing, was that I could actually do it. But I did. I have. Lainey was my first character and Lost in Thought was my first book, but I’ve written several more since. I surprised myself, in a good way, and I’m still doing it. The next most surprising thing has been how people have enjoyed reading about her as much as I enjoyed writing her. That’s pretty grand.

If you could introduce Carter to any character from another book, who would it be and why?

Etienne St. Clair from Anna and the French Kiss. They’re enough alike and enough different that I think they could be great mates. Same for Gray Newman from A Breath of Eyre.

You have the chance to give one piece of advice to your readers. What would it be?

Love what you love, without caring whether or not it’s cool. I don’t mean romantically, though that too, just—the stuff that makes you happy. Love it without caring so much if other people love or hate it. And a corollary, don’t spend a lot of time hating or feeling superior to things other people love. That’s a hollow place to seek out personal validation. The world could use a lot more “Go <my team>!” and a lot less “<Your team> sucks!”

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

I do try not to lie, just to be tactful about truths, but occasionally silence is golden. Sometimes you just grin and bear it, you know? If I’ve been invited to dinner with someone I don’t know well, I’m not likely to answer, “Actually, I don’t like this soup at all.” Later, when you’ve become good friends, you can tell them and laugh about the terrible soup.

Where is the best place in the world you’ve been?

Prague. I’d go back right now if I could. The food, the music, the strange collection of architecture, the hrad. It’s a lovely place.

What's the most memorable summer job you've ever had?

Well, it’s not funny or quirky, but for four summers, I was the manager of a busy store on the Ocean City (NJ) boardwalk. There was actually a lot I loved about retail! I learned how to fold shirts like a boss and give change without using the calculator. Also, I got to see the ocean every day.

When was the last time you told someone you loved them?

Every single time I say goodbye or goodnight to my husband, daughter, parents, or other person I love. For whatever reason, if I never get to speak to someone again, I hope “I love you” were the last words I said.

Which would you choose, true love with a guarantee of a heartbreak, or having never loved at all?

On one hand, if you never had true love, would you know? Would ‘good enough’ love be good enough? But I’d probably take the true love with a side of heartbreak. You learn a lot and, though during the heartbreak stage it might not feel like it, love, even true love, is not rationed. You can find it again.

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

As is, I always feel stuck in between being “a child of” the eighties and nineties. I don’t really fit in either, having bridged them both. I imagine I’d have been better suited to the sixties or seventies. This question kind of makes me think of Midnight in Paris, though. Maybe the only time we’re supposed to be in is our own.

What's the loveliest thing you have ever seen?

Sappy answer alert: my daughter. She’s the best.

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Perfect for readers who love books and series such as Vampire Academy, Spellbound, and Sweet Peril, Lost in Thought is a sure winner for young adult readers interested in the paranormal, romance, and action-packed twists

Lainey Young has a secret: she’s going crazy. Everyone else thinks she has severe migraines from stress and exhaustion. What she really has are visions of how people died—or are going to die. Not that she tells anyone that. At age 16, she prefers keeping her crazy to herself. When doctors insist she needs a new and stable environment to recover, Lainey’s game to spend two years at a private New England boarding school. She doesn’t really think it will cure her problem, and she’s half right. There is no cure, but as she discovers, she’s not actually crazy. Almost everyone at Northbrook Academy has a secret too. Half the students and nearly all the staff are members of the Sententia, a hidden society of the psychically gifted. A vision of another student’s impending death confirms Lainey is one of them. She’d like to return the crappy gift of divining deaths with only a touch, but enjoys spending time with Carter Penrose—recent Academy graduate and resident school crush—while learning to control it. Lainey’s finally getting comfortable with her ability, and with Carter, when they uncover her true Sententia heritage. Now she has a real secret. Once it’s spilled, she’ll be forced to forget protecting secrets and start protecting herself.

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