Cover Reveal: Mayfly by Jeff Sweat

Today Jeff Sweat and Rockstar Book Tours are
revealing the cover and an exclusive content for
MAYFLY, his new YA Dystopian which releases
May 8, 2018! Check out the awesome cover
and enter to win an ARC!
 
On to the reveal! 
 
 
Title: MAYFLY
Author: Jeff Sweat
Pub. Date: May 8, 2018
Publisher: Feiwel and Friends
Formats: Hardcover, eBook
Pages: 320
Find it:  AmazonB&NiBooksTBDGoodreads
Jemma has spent her life scavenging tools and supplies
for her tribe in the their small enclave outside what used to
be a big city. Now she’s a teen, and old enough to become
a Mama. Making babies is how her people survive—in
Jemma’s world, life ends at age seventeen.
Survival has eclipsed love ever since the Parents died of a
mysterious plague. But Jemma’s connection to a boy
named Apple is stronger than her duty as a Mama. Forced
to leave, Jemma and Apple are joined in exile by a mysterious
boy who claims to know what is causing them to die. The
world is crumbling around them, and their time is running
out. Is this truly the End?
Exclusive Content!
 
 

The People of Ell Aye
Mayfly is set in the land of Ell Aye, a once-mighty city now
in ruins. The old divisions of the past are gone, and in their place new
peoples have emerged, each with their own origins and unique cultures.
The Angelenos
The dominant people of Ell Aye, they are a largely peaceful
female-led society who live primarily in the hills. They are made
of four interrelated peoples:
The Holy Wood
The oldest Angeleno settlement, on the shores of the
Lake of the Holy Wood and the old Holy Wood sign.
The Malibu
The farthest west of the Angelenos, who live in the
mountains next to the ocean of Malibu.
The Downtown
The Downtown guard the former towers of Ell Aye as sacred
ground and live in a giant stadium in a ravine.
The San Fernandos
The San Fernandos live in the great valley north of the Holy
Wood and frequently compete with the Holy Wood for scarce resources.
The Last Lifers
A feral band of Children who’ve gone mad in anticipation of their
early deaths; they live throughout Ell Aye in violence and chaos
because they fear no consequences.
The Palos (The Biters)
A cannibal society from the smoking Palos Verdes peninsula,
they are Ell Aye’s most feared enemy. They are intelligent,
vicious, and well armed.
The Ice Cream Men
A wandering tribe of traders who travel on three-wheeled ice
cream carts, the Ice Cream Men know all the peoples in Ell Aye.
The Kingdom
A mighty civilization built by former gang members, the
Kingdom occupies a huge castle fortress in Orange County, the OC.

About Jeff:  

Jeff Sweat has made a living from words his entire career, starting out as an award-winning tech journalist for InformationWeek magazine and moving into marketing.
He led the content marketing team for Yahoo and pioneered its use of social media. He directed PR for two of the top advertising agencies in the country, Deutsch LA and 72andSunny. He now runs his own Los Angeles–based PR and marketing agency, Mister Sweat.
He grew up in Idaho as the middle of eight children—seven boys and one girl—and attended Columbia University in New York. Jeff lives in a big blue house in Los Angeles with his wife Sunny and their three kids, two cats, and a racing greyhound.
He loves to travel and writes everywhere he goes, even when there’s not a desk. He likes karaoke, motorcycles and
carpentry. He was once shot in the head with a nail gun, which was not a big of a deal as it sounds. But it still hurt like crazy.
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Cover Reveal: Alive? by Melissa Woods

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Title: Alive?
Series: The Alive? Series #1
Author: Melissa Woods
Publisher: Clean Teen Publishing
Publication Date: October 30, 2018
Genres: Science Fiction, Post-Apocalyptic, Young Adult

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Synopsis

Everyone knows the first rule of the zombie apocalypse: Don’t. Get. Bitten.

Too bad Violet has never been great at following the rules. Walking home after a night of partying, she manages to let one of the Dead take a chunk out of her only hours after they’ve begun walking again. Fortunately for Violet, she doesn’t die. Unfortunately for Violet—she’s not exactly alive, either.

Violet’s body is undergoing changes, and suddenly the taste of human flesh is not as revolting as it once sounded. Controlling her new urges will be hard. Living with survivors who have no idea will be even harder. And the real zombies? They still want to eat her, too…

Surviving the zompocalypse is tricky when you play for both teams.

New from author Melissa Woods, Alive? is a heart-pounding adventure with suspenseful plot twists, complex characters, and a dash of dark humor. Gritty and raw, Alive? is sure to keep you guessing, and will delight zombie apocalypse fans everywhere.

About the Author

Melissa is a Primary School teacher by day and a writer by night. She grew up in a small town in the UK, and spent of her time with her nose in a book. Her childhood was filled with R.L Stein, Jacqueline Wilson, and J.K Rowling, and they inspired her to begin creating her own worlds. Melissa has always been fascinated with stories about living through an apocalyptic event, and with characters who feel so real that they become part of the reader long after the book was put away. She wrote the first draft of Alive? at sixteen, and has been hooked on writing ever since.

When she’s not writing, Melissa enjoys reading, playing video games, crocheting, and spending time with her two dogs (and occasionally her husband).

Author links: 
https://twitter.com/ melissajanewh
https://www.facebook.com/ melissawoodswriting

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Cover Reveal: The Lovely Dark by K.A. Last

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Title: The Lovely Dark
Author: K.A. Last
Designer: KILA Designs

Publication Date: October 2017
Genres: Dark Fantasy/Horror, Young Adult

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Synopsis

Three teenagers.
One witch.
Twelve souls.

Harvey Anderson always knew the universe was against him, but
there’s a lot of stuff he never expected to happen, like having a crush
on the most popular girl at school, and then falling into a giant hole
in the middle of nowhere with her. And if that wasn’t enough,
somehow they managed to release a soul-sucking, ancient witch
as well. So yeah, there’s that. You’d think it’d be pretty hard to
beat, but knowing Harvey’s luck, it’s about to get a whole lot worse.

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Pre-order Links

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iBooks Aus // Amazon US // Amazon AU
(Amazon links to come)

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An Excerpt from The Lovely Dark

I shine my torch beam across the floor, then up the walls and back to the floor. An uneasy feeling settles into the pit of my stomach. I don’t want to ask the question I’m about to ask, but I can’t help myself.

“Are those human bones?”

Lian tenses beside me. “I hope not.”

Toni takes a few steps into the cave, moving to the left and skirting around the wall. I follow, and Lian comes close behind. I feel her grab the back of my T-shirt. I don’t mind the contact. I’m creeped out and glad I’m not down here by myself.

As we move farther into the cave, it becomes clear that something terrible must have happened here. Toni stops, and the light from her head torch shines on a human skull. I jump and a funny noise comes out of my mouth. Black, gaping holes stare at us. A huge spider slowly crawls out of one of the eye sockets, and an invisible finger traces my spine. Bile rises into my throat, and I supress the urge to vomit.

Lian grips my arm and presses against me. We crowd in behind Toni, neither of us prepared to have any space between us. For some reason, I feel safer huddled together when it’s probably not the best idea if we need to run away screaming.

“Yep. Definitely human,” Toni says.

She runs her torch around again and more skulls shine white in the darkness. Some of them are still attached to skeletons, which are sitting on rocks with their backs against the wall, bits of clothing draped off them. Other skulls lie on the ground, detached and without bodies. I keep my torchlight on the spider. I do not want it creeping up on me in the dark.

“Who are they?” Lian asks.

“Something tells me we won’t find a driver’s licence in their pockets,” I say.

“Can anyone see the wand?” Toni takes another step forward.

Lian and I shuffle with her, and I grab her arm with my free hand. The three of us search the cave with our torches, and my stomach rolls again. Our lights bounce around, and then I catch something that glimmers.

“There!” I point and realise neither of the girls can see me because all our light is in front of us. “I think … oh God.” I train my light where I saw the shiny thing. “It’s … is that a hand?”

Finger bones curl around a stick with a stone at the end. The stone is black but shiny enough to reflect our torchlight. Twine binds the stone to the head of the wand in a twisted mass. It’s not very pretty.

“I don’t want it to be a hand,” Lian says. “Bags not getting it.”

Toni snorts. “Seriously?”

“What?” Lian says. “I said it first.”

“You can stay calm when a spider runs up your arm,” I say, “but you can’t pluck a stick from a dead person’s fingers?”

“You do it then. I have no trouble admitting I don’t want to touch dead people.”

Toni hasn’t offered to get it either, even after questioning Lian. She’s as scared as us, which makes this a whole lot worse. Up until now, Toni has been the level-headed one. The one with all the answers. Now, her arm shakes beneath my hand.

I take a breath. “Get ready to … I don’t know. Kill the dead people if they attack me.”

I let go of Toni and take a step around her. Lian lets go of my arm, and fear rushes through me as I lose physical contact with both the girls. I take a few measured steps towards the hand holding the wand, careful not to step on any bones along the way.

Until now, I haven’t considered that the hand might be attached to an arm, attached to a body. I shine my torch around and wish I hadn’t. It is attached to someone, or at least, a skeleton that used to be someone. Strips of fabric fall in tatters around the form. With every step, I get more scared.

“They’re all dead,” I mumble under my breath. “They can’t hurt me.”

Only we’re dealing with witches and magic here, and I don’t actually know that these bones will leave me alone. Especially since I’m about to take something from them. I edge forward and stretch out my free hand, clutching my torch tightly with the other. I stop and lean forward, not wanting to get any closer, and use the length of my arm to get the wand.

My fingers brush the bones as I grab the stick and I yelp, pulling my hand back.

“What?” Toni asks. “What is it?”

“Nothing,” I say.

I flex my fingers and try again, telling myself that it’s no big deal, they’re just bones. Finger bones, but just bones, nonetheless. I manage to grip the wand, and I pull to free it from the dead skeleton’s grasp. At first it doesn’t move, and then it comes away with a snap.

I jump back with the wand in my hand, the bony fingers still gripping to it.

“Oh my god!” Toni says. “You broke the hand off!”

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About the Author

K. A. Last was born in Subiaco, Western Australia, and moved to Sydney when she was eight. Artistic and creative by nature, she studied Graphic Design and graduated with an Advanced Diploma. After marrying her high school sweetheart, she concentrated on her career before settling into family life. Blessed with a vivid imagination, she began writing to let off creative steam, and fell in love with it. K. A. Last is currently studying her Bachelor of Arts at Charles Sturt University, with a major in English, and minors in Children’s Literature, Art History, and Visual Culture. She now resides in the countryside on the mid-north coast of NSW.

Author Links:

Website // Twitter // Facebook // Goodreads
Pinterest // Instagram // Amazon

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Cover Reveal: S’more to Lose by Beth Merlin

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Title: S’more to Lose
Series: The Campfire Series #2
Author: Beth Merlin
Publisher: Ink Monster LLC
Publication Date: December 5, 2017
Genres: General Fiction, Women’s Fiction

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Synopsis

Four years after her life-changing summer at Camp Chinooka, Gigi Goldstein has a second chance at her dream career. As her design house takes the fashion world by storm, it attracts the notice of Victoria Ellicott, the fashionable British socialite who just happens to be engaged to the future king of England. When Gigi is chosen to design the royal wedding dress, she’s forced to confront her ex-fiancé, Perry Gillman, now a successful composer with a hit show on the West End of London.

When Gigi learns Perry’s been dating Victoria’s sister—who rivals her in looks, style and sophistication—Gigi can’t help but feel inadequate. Her world crumbles as she develops a creative block so debilitating she fears a wedding dress of royal proportions is never going to happen. Not even her budding relationship with the handsome and wealthy Viscount of Satterley can make her forget Perry. While the world gears up for the wedding of the century, Gigi is on the brink of buckling under the immense pressure of the uncertainties of her future and the failures of her past.

Can Gigi overcome her creative paralysis and design the dress of Victoria’s dreams? Or will everything slip through her fingers now that she has even s’more to lose?

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Pre-order Links:

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About the Author

Beth Merlin has a BA from The George Washington University where she minored in Creative Writing and a JD from New York Law School. She’s a native New Yorker who loves anything Broadway, rom-coms, her daughter Hadley, and a good maxi dress. She was introduced to her husband through a friend she met at sleepaway camp and considers the eight summers she spent there to be some of the most formative of her life. One S’more Summer is Beth’s debut novel.

 

Author links:

Website // Twitter // Facebook

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Cover Reveal: Revolutions by Carissa Andrews

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Title: Revolutions
Series: Pendomus Chronicles Book 3
Author: Carissa Andrews
Publication Date: November 21, 2017
Genres: Science Fiction, Dystopian, Young Adult

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Synopsis

Revolutions is the third and final conclusion of the Pendomus
Chronicles Series. To see where it all began, be sure to check out
Carissa’s first novel, Pendomus: Book 1 of the Pendomus Chronicles.

As the timelines of Pendomus fray, one girl born with
power has the ability to set things right.

Forcing her way into Videus’ vassalage may be the last thing Runa
will ever do, but she knows she has to try. Not only are there others
like her—others with powers—but they’re directly tied to her by blood.
With Trae’s mental stability in question, and Kani missing, Runa can
only rely on herself and the aid of her brother to fulfill her destiny. If she
can embrace her role as the Daughter of Five, hopefully she can set
things right and free Trae from whatever madness is taking over his mind.

There’s more than meets the eye to Videus’ obsession with Runa and
her bloodlines. The only problem is, unraveling the mystery could unleash
catastrophe on everything she holds dear, if she’s not careful. Can Runa
stop Videus once and for all—or will the fate of Pendomus
be locked forever my one man’s madness?

Step into Pendomus—a world that meshes mystery, magical
creatures, and destiny—with science and technology.

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Pre-order Links:

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About the Author

“An author emerges from the depths of Minnesotan waters. Sci-fi/Fantasy is my pen of choice.”

Carissa Andrews is a Minnesota-based genre bending author who writes a combination of science fiction, fantasy, and dystopia. When not writing her own books, she’s busy reading them.

Her first novel, Pendomus, was the first of a three-part series and was published in 2013. Now, four years later, Polarities (Book 2) of the Pendomus Chronicles, and Revolutions (Book 3) will be released at the end of 2017.

For more information on their release, visit Carissa Andrews’ author website: www.carissaandrews.com and sign up for her newsletter notifications.

Carissa is also a freelance graphic designer, writer and content creator, social media manager, and marketing professional. She writes consistently on topics of science, technology, art, writing, photography, graphic design, health, self improvement, and more. Her articles can be found published across the interwebs.

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Cover Reveal: Polarities by Carissa Andrews

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Title: Polarities
Series: Pendomus Chronicles Book 2

Author: Carissa Andrews
Publication Date: October 10, 2017
Genres: Science Fiction, Dystopian, Young Adult

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Synopsis

Polarities is the second novel in the Pendomus Chronicles Series.
To see where it all began, be sure to check out Carissa‘s first
novel, Pendomus: Book 1 of the Pendomus Chronicles.
 

With Runa separated from the only people who’ve had her
back, she must go on a quest alone to uncover what it really
means to be the Daughter of Five. Dropped in an unknown
location, presumably still on the planet, she only has a monolithic
book — the Caudex — as her guide, but it’s not giving up its
answers easily. Will she be able to uncover the mysteries?

In the meantime, Trae and Kani are on a mission of their own,
which may turn out to be disastrous. With Fenton dead and Runa
gone, their next course of action is to strike Videus back where he’ll
hurt most. Will their plan succeed to bring down the mysterious
man behind the Helix? Will Runa be able to find her way back to
her friends? Or is the planet doomed to destruction after all?

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Purchase Book 1
Pendomus

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About the Author

“An author emerges from the depths of Minnesotan waters. Sci-fi/Fantasy is my pen of choice.”

Carissa Andrews is a Minnesota-based genre bending author who writes a combination of science fiction, fantasy, and dystopia. When not writing her own books, she’s busy reading them.

Her first novel, Pendomus, was the first of a three-part series and was published in 2013. Now, four years later, Polarities (Book 2) of the Pendomus Chronicles, and Revolutions (Book 3) will be released at the end of 2017.

For more information on their release, visit Carissa Andrews’ author website: www.carissaandrews.com and sign up for her newsletter notifications.

Carissa is also a freelance graphic designer, writer and content creator, social media manager, and marketing professional. She writes consistently on topics of science, technology, art, writing, photography, graphic design, health, self improvement, and more. Her articles can be found published across the interwebs. Carissa is also a Top Rated Freelancer on Upwork, and can be contacted for freelancing opportunities: https://www.upwork.com/o/profiles/users/_~011fb5962824326eaa/