Spotlight + GIVEAWAY: Revelations (The Elysium Chronicles #2) by J.A. Souders

rjasYA readers listen up! We have a giveaway for you! Thanks to Tor Teen we have a copy of J.A. Souders latest Elysium Chronicles release, Revelations. If you like reading Young Adult novels with a flair for science fiction then see below for book and author information, followed by instructions on how to enter.

Since the age of three, sixteen-year-old Evie Winters has believed that everything is just about flawless in the underwater utopia known as Elysium. As the adopted Daughter of the People, she has been trained to take over by Mother, the community’s leader. Selected from hundreds of children for her ideal genes, all her life she has believed that everything is perfect. Her world. Her people. The Law.

The antithesis to her perfect world is the Surface, a waste land of death and corruption (or so Evie has been taught) the founders of Elysium fled years before. But when a Surface Dweller named Gavin Hunter mistakenly infiltrates the community, events are set in motion that lead Evelyn to realize her paradise is a mirage hiding something far more terrifying. With Gavin’s help she uncovers the truth and together they escape Elysium – but at a significant cost…

In Revelations we find Evie six weeks after her arrival to the Surface but no closer to unlocking the memories that were stripped from her as she fled. Isolated in a strange new society, Evie has only Gavin to remind her of who she once was. But when Evie’s elusive memories begin to collide with reality, people and images from her past begin appearing in the most unlikely places, she and Gavin set off to find answers. They’ll have to journey across the Outlands of the Surface, and in the end, their search may just lead them back to the place it all started…

Part romance, part psychological thriller, and filled with intrigue and suspense, Revelations is an enthralling page-turner that will captivate and delight readers.

About the Author

J.A. Souders is the author of the Elysium Chronicles and lives with her husband and two children in the land of sunshine and palm trees, where she spends her time writing about the monsters under the bed, daydreaming about living in an underwater colony, and failing miserably at playing video games. She can be found wandering around the internet at her website.

Giveaway – Special thanks to Tor Teen!

One lucky winner will have the opportunity to win a hardcover copy of Revelations by J.A. Souders!  For your chance to win simply leave a comment below.  Comments will be accepted through midnight on Sunday, April 20, 2014.  A winner will be picked at random and announced on Monday, April 21, 2014.  Open to US residents only.  Good luck!

Winner Announced in The Burgess Boys Giveaway!

tbbesOne person has been chosen the winner in The Burgess Boys giveaway!

Congratulations to:

  1. Stacie Gorkow @SincerelyStacie who left a comment on April 6th

Please contact me with your mailing address by Sunday, April 20, 2014 to claim your prize.

Thank you to all who participated and left comments!

Spotlight + GIVEAWAY: The Burgess Boys by Elizabeth Strout

tbbesThanks to Simon & Schuster UK, I’ve got a copy of Elizabeth Strout’s The Burgess Boys, due out in paperback in the US on April 8th, to give away to one lucky winner. Check out the book description and author information below, then read on to see how you can enter to win!

Jim and Bob Burgess return to their Maine hometown of Shirley Falls, many years after they first escaped its narrow confines following the death of their father in a freak accident. They have been asked back by their sister Susan, who needs help with her troubled son, Zach.

But as the Burgess brothers return to the landscape of their childhood, the long-buried tensions that have shaped and shadowed their relationship begin to surface in unexpected ways that will change them forever.

In The Burgess Boys, Elizabeth Strout again demonstrates the brilliant storytelling, exquisite prose and remarkable insight that won her a Pulitzer Prize for Olive Kitteridge.

About the Author

Elizabeth Strout is the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Olive Kitteridge, as well as US bestseller Abide With Me and Orange Prize-shortlisted Amy & Isabelle. She has also been a finalist for the PEN/Faulker Award. Her short stories have been published in a number of magazines, including The New Yorker and O: The Oprah Magazine. She lives in New York City.

You can find out more at her website, here.

Giveaway – Special thanks to Simon & Schuster UK!

One lucky winner will have the opportunity to win a hardcover copy of The Burgess Boys by Elizabeth Strout!  For your chance to win simply leave a comment below.  Comments will be accepted through midnight on Saturday, April 12, 2014.  A winner will be picked at random and announced on Sunday, April 13, 2014.  Open to US residents only.  Good luck!

Winner Announced in the Wake of the Bloody Angel Giveaway!

wotbaabOne person has been chosen the winner in the Wake of the Bloody Angel giveaway!

Congratulations to:

  1. Craig who left a comment on December 28th

Please contact me with your mailing address by Saturday, January 11, 2014 to claim your prize.

Thank you to all who participated and left comments!

Spotlight + GIVEAWAY: Wake of the Bloody Angel (Eddie LaCrosse #4) by Alex Bledsoe

wotbaabWith Alex Bledsoe’s fifth novel in the Eddie LaCrosse series, He Drank, and Saw the Spider, coming out in January, I figured now would be a great time to give away the fourth installment of this series.  Thanks to Tor/Forge, we have a copy available for the winner of this giveaway (see details below!)  Here’s a quick synopsis from Goodreads:

Twenty years ago, a barmaid in a harbor town fell for a young sailor who turned pirate to make his fortune. But what truly became of Black Edward Tew remains a mystery—one that has just fallen into the lap of freelance sword jockey Eddie LaCrosse.

For years, Eddie has kept his office above Angelina’s tavern, so when Angelina herself asks him to find out what happened to the dashing pirate who stole her heart, he can hardly say no—even though the trail is two decades old. Some say Black Edward and his ship, The Bloody Angel,went to bottom of the sea, taking with it a king’s fortune in treasure. Others say he rules a wealthy, secret pirate kingdom. And a few believe he still sails under a ghostly flag with a crew of the damned.

To find the truth, and earn his gold, Eddie must take to sea in the company of a former pirate queen in search of the infamous Black Edward Tew and solve the mystery of the ghost ships.

About the Author:

Alex Bledsoe is the author of three previous Eddie LaCrosse novels, The Sword-Edged Blonde, Burn Me Deadly, and Dark Jenny.  Bledsoe is also a contributor to Tor.com.  Connect with him on his website, Twitter, or Facebook.

Giveaway – Special thanks to Tor/Forge for our giveaway copy!

One lucky winner will have the opportunity to win a paperback copy of The Wake of the Bloody Angel by Alex Bledsoe!  For your chance to win simply leave a comment below.  Comments will be accepted through midnight on Friday, January 3, 2014.  Winner will be picked at random and announced on Saturday, January 4, 2014.  Open to US residents only.  Good luck!

Spotlight + GIVEAWAY: Shadow’s Curse (Imnada Brotherhood #2) by Alexa Egan

scaeFan of paranormal romance? This giveaway is for you! Thanks to Pocket Books I have a copy of Alexa Egan’s latest Imnada Brotherhood novel, Shadow’s Curse, to give away! Check out the book description below, as well as instructions on how you can win a copy!

Suffering under a horrible curse and renounced by his clan, the Imnada shape-shifter, David St. Leger, stalks the London nights in the form of a large black wolf, channeling his desperate rage on thieves and murderers. But when he’s captured by the very woman he sought to rescue, he’s thrown into the magical and dangerous world of the Other—half human, half-Fey, and one of the Imnada’s ancient enemies.

Forced by her half-brother to use her gift of necromancy as a money-making scheme, Callista Hawthorne wants only to flee to her aunt in Scotland where she’ll be safe. Considering David her last hope, she offers him a deal—freedom in exchange for his protection on the long journey north.

Now in a race for their lives, Other and Imnada must put aside centuries of animosity and work together if they are to overcome the dark forces intent on stopping them before they reach safety. For Callista is far more powerful than she knows, and with her help and her love, David may finally be able to break the curse of the Imnada…

About the Author:

Alexa Egan is a member of the Romance Writers of America and a Golden Heart finalist. She lives in Maryland with her family. Visit her website or connect with her on Twitter & Facebook.

Giveaway – Special thanks to Pocket Books for our giveaway copy!

One lucky winner will have the opportunity to win a paperback copy of Shadow’s Curse by Alexa Egan!  For your chance to win simply leave a comment below.  Comments will be accepted through midnight on Monday, December 16, 2013.  Winner will be picked at random and announced on Tuesday, December 17, 2013.  Open to US residents only.  Good luck!

Winner Announced in the Project Darcy Giveaway!

ProjectDarcyCover-09-10-13One person has been chosen the winner in the Project Darcy giveaway!

Congratulations to:

  1. junewilliams7 who left a comment on December 3rd

Please contact me with your mailing address by Sunday, December 15, 2013 to claim your prize.

Thank you to all who participated and left comments!

Project Darcy by Jane Odiwe, Excerpt + GIVEAWAY

Please help me in welcoming author Jane Odiwe to the blog as she discusses and shares an excerpt of her newest book, Project Darcy.  As a special thank you to her readers, she’s offering up a paperback copy of the book in an international giveaway! Details will be at the end of the post. Welcome, Jane!

Thank you so much, Kim, for hosting me on your blog today to talk about my new timeslip book, Project Darcy.

JaneCassandraI’ve loved doing the research for the book – settings include scenes in Hampshire, in and around Steventon Rectory where Jane Austen lived as a young girl, and at some of the big houses in the area that Jane Austen knew, like Deane House, and Manydown Park, as well as in Bath and Devon. Then there is the timeslip element – in the present, five friends volunteer for an archaeological dig taking place on the site of the old rectory – like the Bennet sisters from Pride and Prejudice, the five girls share similar initials and characteristics – their names are Ellie, Jess, Martha, Cara and Liberty. In the past, Ellie sees life through Jane’s eyes at Steventon with the Austen family and their neighbours during the Christmas period of 1795/96, and, in particular, she lives out Jane’s reactions and experiences with a young Irishman, Tom Lefroy, falling in love like she’s never done before.

Weaving two stories is always great fun, and I had a lovely time travelling from the present to the past with Ellie who experiences increasingly strange phenomena – she’s always had a talent for ‘seeing’ into the past, and finds herself being transported to another time – living life as Jane Austen lived it in 1795/96.

Ashe ball-1It’s the start of summer when the girls arrive in Steventon and they’re all enjoying the warm weather at Ashe Rectory where they are staying. In this excerpt, Ellie and the girls have just been to a welcome party for the archaeological dig, and they’ve all had a lovely time, meeting lots of new friends …

It was dark by the time the taxi turned in at Ashe Rectory. The chatter all the way home had been about the day’s events and the day to come. Liberty was delighted with the way that Greg had responded, and Jess was already privately thinking that Charlie seemed like a young man she’d like to know better. Cara had been in awe of the whole proceedings and had watched Liberty in action with admiration. Martha was disappointed that she hadn’t got to speak to Will MacGourtey but knew that the chances to do so would be increased on the following day. Ellie, quite simply, felt exhausted. She was pleased that Jess had found someone who seemed as sweet as she, but she’d been a bit disturbed by the fact that the person who seemed to be his closest friend was clearly idiotic, and that was putting it politely.

She looked out of the window watching the car headlamps lighting up the narrow lanes. Cow parsley, frothing white in the hedgerows, loomed and tapped on the car windows, and the branches of summer trees arched over them like fan vaulting in a cathedral. Summer in all her lush greenery flashed past in a blink of the eye. Ellie felt her eyes closing, the rhythm of the car lulling her to sleep, and it was only when she felt the car stop that Ellie looked out once more. She shivered in her thin top. And it wasn’t only her tiredness and the lack of sunshine that made her feel quite so cold. The scene she saw outside could not be explained. There was a picture from a Christmas card in front of her – snow covered the ground, lit up from the moon above and from the candlelight in the windows, which threw bars of gold against the blue snow shadowed by tall trees. Powdering every surface, snow crystals were piled in pillows up to the steps and weighed down lacy boughs on trees, bending them to the smooth white blankets on the ground. The house was alight, the gardens and surrounding fields, dark, icy and mysterious. Feathery showers whirled to the earth, and as Ellie peered through the swirling snow she glimpsed moving figures at the windows. Like enchanted shadows at first, the spectres became alive, vital with life, real. It looked like a party, the rooms were full, and the strains of music, a piano and a harp, could be heard.

I’ve had a wonderful time writing this book, and imagining all the scenes – I’d love to know – which is your favourite season – are you a summer or a winter person?

Book Blurb:

ProjectDarcyCover-09-10-13It is high summer when Ellie Bentley joins an archaeological dig at Jane Austen’s childhood home. She’s always had a talent for ‘seeing’ into the past and is not easily disturbed by her encounters with Mr Darcy’s ghost at the house where she’s staying.

When Ellie travels into the past she discovers exactly what happened whilst Jane danced her way through the snowy winter of 1796 with her dashing Irish friend. As Steventon Rectory and all its characters come to life, Ellie discovers the true love story lost in Pride and Prejudice – a tale which has its own consequences for her future destiny, changing her life beyond imagination.

Author Bio

janeodiweJane Odiwe is the author of five Austen-inspired novels, Project Darcy, Searching for Captain Wentworth, Mr Darcy’s Secret, Willoughby’s Return, and Lydia Bennet’s Story, and is a contributor to Laurel Ann Nattress’s anthology, Jane Austen Made Me Do It, with a short story, Waiting.  You can connect with her through any of the links below!

Austen Effusions - Jane Austen Sequels - Twitter - Facebook - Pinterest
 

Giveaway – Special thanks to Jane Odiwe for our giveaway copy!

One lucky winner will have the opportunity to win a paperback copy of Project Darcy by Jane Odiwe!  For your chance to win simply leave a comment below.  Comments will be accepted through midnight on Saturday, December 7, 2013.  Winner will be picked at random and announced on Sunday, December 8, 2013.  Open to all.  Good luck!

Spotlight + GIVEAWAY: Watcher of the Dark (Jeremiah Hunt #3) by Joseph Nassise

wotdjnAs the resident fantasy, horror, and sci-fi lover here at Reflections, I have a special post for you today.  Thanks to Tor/Forge I have a copy of Joseph Nassise’s latest Jeremiah Hunt novel, Watcher of the Dark, to give away! Check out the book description below, as well as instructions on how you can win a copy!

New Orleans was nearly the death of Jeremiah Hunt, between a too-close brush with the FBI and a chilling, soul-searing journey through the realm of the dead that culminated with a do-or-die confrontation with Death himself.

Hunt survived, but found no peace. When he performs an arcane ritual to reclaim the soul of the magically gifted, beautiful woman who once saved him, he must flee the law once again, to the temporary sanctuary of Los Angeles, city of angels.

In L.A., Hunt must contend with Carlos Fuentes, who sees in the blind exorcist a means to obtain the mystical key that opens the gates of Hell. Fuentes knows Hunt’s weakness is his loyalty – to the woman he loves and to another supernaturally gifted friend—and threatens to torture them in order to get Hunt to help complete his dreadful quest.

Hunt has learned a lot since his life was irrevocably hijacked by faith months ago. But when enigmatic Preacher calls in his marker for helping Hunt in New Orleans, Hunt knows that all his newfound experience and ability will go for naught unless he can keep both the Preacher and Fuentes at bay long enough for him to somehow find a way to free his friends from mortal peril.

In Watcher of the Dark, take a trip to the dark underbelly of the City of Angels to experience an engrossing mix of fantasy, thriller, and horror.  This book is sure to leave you sleeping with the lights on.

About the Author:

Joseph Nassise is the author of the internationally bestselling Templar Chronicles and of Eyes to See and King of the Dead, two previous novels about Jeremiah Hunt.  Nassise has been a finalist for the Bram Stoker Award from the Horror Writers Association and the International Horror Guild Award.  He lives in Arizona with his wife and family.  For more information, please visit his website or follow him on Twitter.

Giveaway – Special thanks to Tor/Forge for our giveaway copy!

One lucky winner will have the opportunity to win a hardcover copy of Watcher of the Dark by Joseph Nassise!  For your chance to win simply leave a comment below.  Comments will be accepted through midnight on Wednesday, November 20, 2013.  Winner will be picked at random and announced on Thursday, November 21, 2013.  Open to US residents only.  Good luck!

Winner Announced in the Spooktacular Halloween Giveaway!

13547225One person has been chosen the winner in the Spooktacular Halloween giveaway!

Congratulations to:

  1. sugarmammal who left a comment on October 31st

Please contact me with your mailing address by Friday, November 15, 2013 to claim your prize.

Thank you to all who participated and left comments!