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Cover Reveal: The Whispering Echoes

It’s here! The cover for the third Smoke and Mirrors novel! I love all of my covers, but Regina Wamba from Mae I Designs outdid herself this time. Whenever I fill out my homework, describing what I want, I always feel like I’m asking for the craziest things. For example, with THE BURNING CHAOS, I asked for fire AND snow. Weird, right? And yet she made it work (and oh did it work!). So yes, I asked for a bunch of different things for THE WHISPERING ECHOES cover and Regina delivered. Are you ready to see my new favorite cover?

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What do you think?! Are you screaming? Because I certainly did when I first saw it! Everything about it is perfect! Irina’s expression! The colors (omg purple!)! The background (notice that it’s not a city this time :D)! The white spots of light (what could they be? :D)! The birds again (although look closely, one of them is actually  not a bird at all)! The frame (I loooove the frames on all three covers)! Isn’t it gorgeous?!?

But that’s not all. I have the full wrap for you, complete with the blurb, which I haven’t shared yet. SPOILER ALERT. If you haven’t read book 2, then don’t read the blurb!

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Look at the moon!!! Oh, this is going to go so nicely with the other two books! *_*

Here’s the blurb (again, SPOILER ALERT!):

A thousand years ago, the old wars came to a halt when the world’s three most powerful and dangerous magicians were trapped inside a prison stone. The stone has remained safely locked away inside the city of Dusk… until now. The cunning sorceress Aeonia has stolen the stone and Irina, Leonid, Vernen and their friends are desperate to track her down before the stone starts whispering to Aeonia with false promises of power.

But the journey isn’t easy. After a chance encounter with magic-hunting knights Claudette and Emile Borde that has unexpected consequences, Irina soon discovers the world outside of Dusk is nothing like she imagined. But to give up means to doom the world, and Irina will do whatever it takes to prevent that from happening. When a series of dire events forever changes the travelers, Irina will be forced to make a sacrifice which she’s not sure she’s capable of.

With more magic and danger than ever, the third book in the Smoke and Mirrors series will leave readers breathless as they race to read the explosive final pages.

I’d like to point out that, unlike my last series, this is NOT a trilogy. I have one last book to write before Irina’s adventure ends. (Not to be confusing, but there’s going to be SIX books altogether. Four novels, two novellas. The second novella will be out this fall!) I hope. I’m a little afraid of how long that one is going to be. 😀 So, anyway, this is the third novel, fourth book in the series, and there’s still two more to come out after it (one novella, one novel). That’s not confusing at all, is it? 😀

Add THE WHISPERING ECHOES to your tbr on Goodreads!

I really enjoyed writing this one and I can’t wait for you all to read it. It goes on sale May 9th, which is two months away! Until then, join me in drooling over the cover.

 

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Cover Reveal: Ballad of the Beanstalk

Hello! I’m so excited to share with you the cover for Amy McNulty’s new book, Ballad of the Beanstalk! This YA romantic fantasy fairy tale is a prequel to Jack and the Beanstalk. I read this one last year and it’s SO GOOD. And check out the amazing cover created by Makeready Designs.

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As her fingers move across the strings of her family’s heirloom harp, sixteen-year-old Clarion can forget. She doesn’t dwell on the recent passing of her beloved father or the fact that her mother has just sold everything they owned, including that very same instrument that gives Clarion life. She doesn’t think about how her friends treat her like a feeble, brittle thing to be protected. She doesn’t worry about how to tell the elegant Elena, her best friend and first love, that she doesn’t want to be her sweetheart anymore. She becomes the melody and loses herself in the song.

When Mack, a lord’s dashing young son, rides into town so his father and Elena’s can arrange a marriage between the two youth, Clarion finds herself falling in love with a boy for the first time. Drawn to Clarion’s music, Mack puts Clarion and Elena’s relationship to the test, but he soon vanishes by climbing up a giant beanstalk that only Clarion has seen. When even the town witch won’t help, Clarion is determined to rescue Mack herself and prove once and for all that she doesn’t need protecting. But while she fancied herself a savior, she couldn’t have imagined the enormous world of danger that awaits her in the kingdom of the clouds.

A prequel to the fairy tale Jack and the Beanstalk that reveals the true story behind the magical singing harp.

Release Date: April 11th, 2017

Pre-order on Amazon (99 cents for the first week of release only!)

Add on Goodreads

The e-book will be exclusive to Amazon and will be available for free to Kindle Unlimited subscribers! The paperback will be available more widely; watch for news about ordering it as the release date approaches.

Check out the paperback cover:

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Visit author Amy McNulty’s website to learn more.

What do you think? I love it!

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Title Reveal for Book 3!

Hello! I have some exciting news today. It’s time to reveal the title of the third book in the Smoke and Mirrors series. Are you ready?

Book three will be called…

THE WHISPERING ECHOES

What do you think? I’m rather fond of this one, and I think it goes nicely with The Fading Dusk and The Burning Chaos.

So, I really can’t tell you much about the book. I’d share the blurb, but I need to finish writing it it’s full of spoilers. Here’s what I can say about The Whispering Echoes:

  • It starts off right where The Burning Chaos left off.
  • Claudette and Emile from By the Morning Light are indeed in this book.
  • You might need tissues…

You can go ahead and add The Whispering Echoes to your Goodreads to-read list. And, as always, there’s a Pinterest board!

The Whispering Echoes will be released in 2017! Stay tuned for an official book release date and a cover reveal!

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By the Morning Light is here!

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It’s that time again… Release day! I’m especially excited about this one. BY THE MORNING LIGHT was the book I never expected to write, but I’m so glad I did. These unexpected stories (like A PROMISE OF MAGIC from the Silver Moon Saga) always hold a special place in my heart and I hope you enjoy BY THE MORNING LIGHT as much as I enjoyed writing it!

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Happy Reading!

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Everything You Need to Know About BY THE MORNING LIGHT

Hello lovelies! How are you doing? I know, I know, I’ve been pretty quiet over here, but that’s because I’ve been very busy working on the Smoke and Mirrors series. The series is now one book longer than I planned (and three books longer than I originally planned!) and I’m about to get started on the first draft of the second novella, but that’s not what this post is about.

Today is all about BY THE MORNING LIGHT.

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The first novella in the Smoke and Mirrors series takes place in a different city with a completely different cast of characters. I’ve said this before, but it’s worth repeating: You can read this one without reading THE FADING DUSK or THE BURNING CHAOS. You can read it before them, or you can read it after them. You just need to read it before book three (which won’t be out until next year, so you have some time). I won’t say why, so you’ll just have to trust me. 😉

What’s that? You want to read it NOW? Well, I have a special treat for you! BY THE MORNING LIGHT has been posted to WattPad and you can start reading today! The whole novella is there, so you don’t have to worry about getting sucked into the story, only to discover only four chapters have been posted.

Despite this, I am still releasing it on Amazon and Barnes and Noble as both an ebook and paperback. You can preorder the ebook from Amazon. (Paperback and Barnes and Noble links to come!) What’s so special about this version? Well, it comes with an exclusive short story that you won’t be able to find anywhere else. I’m a little bias since it’s about one of my favorite characters, but I think you should read it. 😉

Also, check out the full cover wrap designed by Berto Designs

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Too pretty!

I hope you enjoy BY THE MORNING LIGHT. This is the book I never planned to write and it holds a special place in my heart.

Happy reading!

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Cover Reveal: The Burning Chaos

I’m so, so excited to share the cover of The Burning Chaos! In fact, I was supposed to do the reveal in May, but once I saw it I knew I couldn’t wait any longer!

And I’m not going to be mean and tease you and make you scroll down and down and down…

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Isn’t it BEAUTIFUL?!?! When I first saw it, I screamed. How could I not?! I asked Regina Wamba of Mae I Designs for fire AND snow and to give it a darker feel since this IS a dark book, and she totally nailed it. Why the fire? Why the snow? Why am I calling this a dark book? Well, you’re just going to have to read it, aren’t you?

I have another treat for you; the full wrap. Let me warn you, though, that the blurb contains spoilers for The Fading Dusk, so if you haven’t read the first book yet, don’t read the blurb! But you can still look at and admire the gorgeous wrap!

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Two months after Bantheir’s betrayal, Irina is learning how to live in a world where magic is not only real, but a part of her everyday life. As a spy for Parnaby, the shadowy president of the city of Dusk, Irina has to pretend Parnaby’s manipulation magic worked on her and she doesn’t remember his horrifying proclamation about Vernen. If her friend, brought back from the dead by an ancient source of magic, begins to show even a hint of magic, Parnaby will kill him without hesitation.

When a mysterious woman named Aeonia confronts Irina, she threatens to tell Parnaby everything Irina is hiding from him if Irina doesn’t steal a magical artifact from the president’s mansion. Knowing she’s the only one who can protect Vernen, Irina agrees to Aeonia’s demands, but she wonders if this ultimate betrayal will destroy her newfound happiness with Leonid—and get her killed in the process.

With elements of magic, mystery, and murder, The Burning Chaos takes readers on a dangerous journey through Dusk, introducing them to new characters and reuniting them with old favorites. Can Irina stay one step ahead of everyone and save Vernen? Or is she doomed to succumb to the magic she once loved but now despises?

*flails* I love everything about it. The deteriorating frame, the birds, Dusk in the background. It captures the essence of this book perfectly!

The Burning Chaos is out July 12th!

What’s that? You want to see all three books in the Smoke and Mirrors series together? I can do that!

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Which one is your favorite? I don’t think I can choose; I love them all!

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It’s the Spring 2016 Scavenger Hunt!

YA_ScavengerHunt_WebBannerWelcome to the spring 2016 YA Scavenger Hunt! My name is Melissa Giorgio, and I am part of Team Green! This bi-annual event was first organized by author Colleen Houck as a way to give readers a chance to gain access to exclusive bonus material from their favorite authors…and a chance to win some awesome prizes! At this hunt, you not only get access to exclusive content from each author, you also get a clue for the hunt. Add up the clues, and you can enter for our prize–one lucky winner will receive one signed book from each author on the hunt in my team! But play fast: this contest (and all the exclusive bonus material) will only be online until April 3rd!

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If you’d like to find out more about the hunt, see links to all the authors participating, and see the full list of prizes up for grabs, go to the YA Scavenger Hunt page.

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Directions: Below, you’ll notice that I’ve listed my favorite number. Collect the favorite numbers of all the authors on the green team, and then add them up (don’t worry, you can use a calculator!).

Entry Form: Once you’ve added up all the numbers, make sure you fill out the form here to officially qualify for the grand prize. Only entries that have the correct number will qualify.

Rules: Open internationally, anyone below the age of 18 should have a parent or guardian’s permission to enter. To be eligible for the grand prize, you must submit the completed entry form by April 3rd, at noon Pacific Time. Entries sent without the correct number or without contact information will not be considered.

Today I’d like to introduce Kimberly G. Giarratano to my blog!

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Kimberly G. Giarratano lives in the Poconos with her husband and three kids. Her debut novel, GRUNGE GODS AND GRAVEYARDS, won the 2015 Silver Falchion Award for Best YA at Killer Nashville.

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Isn’t this such a great cover? Curious what DEAD AND BREAKFAST is about?

Despite living in Key West his whole life, 18-year-old Liam Breyer is a skeptic of the supernatural until a vengeful spirit, murdered fifty years ago, nearly drowns him in a swimming pool. Luckily help arrives in the form of pretty — albeit homesick — ghost whisperer Autumn Abernathy, whose newly-divorced mom has dragged her to the island to live and work at the Cayo Hueso, a haunted bed and breakfast.

Although they initially mistrust each other, Autumn and Liam team up to solve the decades-old mystery. But on an island where every third resident is a ghost, dealing with an unstable spirit has deadly consequences. If Liam and Autumn don’t unmask the killer soon, they’re likely to become Key West’s latest haunted attraction.

Doesn’t this sound great? I love a good mystery AND a ghost story! You can purchase DEAD AND BREAKFAST (I love that title!) here!

And now Kimberly would like to share two inspiration boards with you! First, a word from the lovely author:

Greetings, YA Scavengers!

I’m so glad you could stop by on this leg of the tour. My bonus content for you are two inspiration boards for my YA paranormal mystery, Dead and Breakfast. D&B is the story of two 17-year-olds who try to put a vengeful spirit to rest by solving her murder. It’s the first in a trilogy and was inspired by a vacation to Key West that my husband and I took over four years ago. We had been touring the island when I began jotting down notes, realizing that there was a story in these details.

Key West is really an unusual island. It has pastel-colored Victorian houses with intricate lattice work, double balconies, and turrets. Feral roosters, who are protected by the local government, roam the streets. Hemingway’s six-toed cats have procreated in abundance. Key West City Cemetery is a striking metaphor for the island as it’s both creepy and whimsical. Epitaphs read, “I told you I was sick.” Scooters are the preferred form of transportation, followed by bicycles, and one’s feet. The humidity is so thick and oppressive, it’s practically corporeal. And every October, people flock to the island for Fantasy Fest, a ten-day bacchanalian party where clothing is very optional.

The first inspiration board is made up of photos I took on vacation. I didn’t have a smartphone back then so the photos are a little gray as they were taken with an old digital camera.The second board are photos I collected online (royalty free) and are much brighter. The large Victorian on the bottom is Hemingway’s house. As an author, being in the same place where Ernest Hemingway penned his novels is a surreal and inspiring experience.

I hope you enjoy this little virtual trip to Key West and I wish you luck in the hunt. If you’d like to keep up with my writing, including getting notified when Book 2, Ghost and Found, is released, please sign up for my newsletter.

Best,

KGG

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I’ve never been to Key West, but it looks lovely (especially that pie!)!

Don’t forget to enter the contest for a chance to win a ton of signed books by me, Kimberly, and more! To enter, you need to know that I’d love to eat 8 of those pies. Add up all the favorite numbers of the authors on the green team and you’ll have all the secret codes to enter for the grand prize! Good luck!

Before you go, make sure you check out my Rafflecopter giveaway to win a $10 Amazon gift card. There will be one winner and the contest is open internationally.

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Contest is over! Thanks for playing!

Now I’m sending you on your way to T.H. Hernandez’s blog! As you’re visiting all the blogs, be on the lookout for an exclusive look at the first chapter of THE BURNING CHAOS, the forthcoming book in my Smoke and Mirrors series!