When Your Characters Stop Talking to You—Make New Imaginary Friends…and a Giveaway! @TheMysteryLadie

Lauren Carr is the international best-selling author of the Mac Faraday, Lovers in Crime, Chris Matheson Cold Case, and Thorny Rose Mysteries—over twenty-five titles across three fast-paced mystery series filled with twists and turns!

Killer Deadline marks Lauren’s first venture into mystery’s purely cozy sub-genre with a female protagonist. 

Book reviewers and readers alike rave about how Lauren Carr seamlessly crosses genres to include mystery, suspense, crime fiction, police procedurals, romance, and humor.

A popular speaker, Lauren is also the owner of Acorn Book Service, the umbrella under which falls iRead Book Tours. She lives with her husband and two spoiled rotten German Shepherds on a mountain in Harpers Ferry, WV.

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There’s a meme on social media that says, “Writer’s Block is when your imaginary friends stop talking to you.”

No, I do not have writer’s block. Actually, I think my imaginary friends have gotten mad at me.

As a writer, I embrace my characters talking to me. I admit it, I was one of those kids who had imaginary friends when I was growing up. To me, they were real people. They had names and tons of stories to tell. On the farm where I grew up, we would spend our days acting out adventures together.

I didn’t realize then that I was taking my first steps into become a writer.

When I grew up and discovered that people with imaginary friends are considered peculiar, I called them characters and began writing books. Oh, what great fun my characters and I have had writing one murder mystery after another. As the author of several series, it can be challenging. Imagine trying to finish the latest installment from one series while the detective of another series impatiently drums his fingers next to my laptop.

“When are we going to get started on Helen’s and my book?” Chris from the Chris Matheson Cold Case Mysteries will ask. “You promised that we’d get married. We can’t get married until we solve her mother’s murder. Have you decided who did it yet?”

“The governor,” I’ll suggest while trying to keep half of my brain focused on my current work in progress. “Or maybe her best friend’s husband?”

“I like the best friend for it,” Chris will whisper in my ear.

“We’ll talk about that later.” I will shove Chris away. “First, I need to finish Erica’s book.”

“Erica, who’s Erica?” Offended, Chris will storm away into the back of my mind.

Erica Hart is my new imaginary friend. I mean—character. She started talking to me after Mac Faraday decided to go on vacation. I hope that’s what happened. I hope he didn’t get mad at me, too.

One of my most talkative characters has been Mac Faraday. We’ve been together through thirteen murder mysteries.

I was working on the latest (fourteenth) Mac Faraday Mystery (Came Upon a Midnight Murder) when Nikki Bryant of the Nikki Bryant Cozy Mystery series showed up. She was so much fun, and she promised that it would not take long to write Killer Deadline (now available in Audible!). So—I kind of walked away from Mac. I promised I’d be right back—which I did!

But then, Mac stopped talking to me. Two-thirds of the way through Came Upon a Midnight Murder, he walked away. Could he be in a snit about me abandoning him for Nikki?

It’s not that my imaginary friends aren’t talking to me. Chris Matheson is nagging me to write his next book. Meanwhile, Erica Hart is talking to me, but she keeps changing her mind about how she wants the plot in A Course in Murder to go.

Erica Hart is the Cold Case Diva—a blogger whose blog is devoted to cold murder and missing person’s cases.

A fortieth birthday is a day to take stock of those dreams achieved and those items that we’ve failed to check off our bucket list.

For Erica Hart, it is a painful reminder of her best friend’s unsolved murder—committed on Erica’s twenty-first birthday. Launched while a stay-at-home mom, Erica’s Cold Case Diva blog was supposed to be an avenue to accumulate clues for Shannon’s murder case. Over the years, the Cold Case Diva with the help of her thousands of followers, has brought closure to the family and friends of many victims—but not for Shannon.

As she blows out the forty candles on her birthday cake, Erica vows to cross this item off her bucket list: Find Justice for Shannon.

As luck would have it, a birthday present from Erica’s son may prove to be just the thing she needs—registration for a community education course in criminal investigations taught by private detective Dusty O’Meara, who finds the redheaded blogger quite intriguing.

Does the Cold Case Diva have what it takes to melt the ice off this unsolved murder? When she gets too close, this blogger may find that this cold case is too hot to handle.

I’m looking for a winter release of A Course in Murder.

Here’s hoping that Mac and Chris will forgive me and be my imaginary friends again!


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Cover Reveal: Beyond the Shore and Shadows by Chantal Gadoury @CGadouryAuthor @parliamentbooks @RockstarBkTours

Today Chantal Gadoury, The Parliament House, and
Rockstar Book Tours are revealing the cover for
book in her YA Little Mermaid Retelling Series, which
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Series: The Lena Series, Book Two
Author: Chantal Gadoury
Publisher: The Parliament House
Publication Date: May 2021
Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult

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A Merrow with a Choice
A Man Who Loved Her
And an Evil that could destroy them both
The Sea Is Calling. . .

Lena is a merrow in possession of the Magick Skal, the shell
once owned by the Queen of the merrows. And now,
Lord Jarl knows her secret and wants it for himself.

After running away from the Lundby-Wyatt Inn, leaving
behind everything she was familiar with, Lena finds herself
in the company of the warm and kind Soren Emil.

When the villagers turn against her and Soren, they’re forced to leave
the burning Bror Boghandel behind and escape to a forgotten cottage
on the edge of the shore, where no one will find them. Lena knows
she must get the shell back to the sea and destroy it, before it
falls into the hands of Lord Jarl, or worse, his apprentice, Jace Wyatt.

With the help of some unruly pirates, Lena and Soren journey to
the sea, a place Lena never thought she’d return to. There, she will have
to face not only the Sea King’s army, the Fosse-Søfolk, but the
impossible choice to sacrifice her own life, or the life of the man she loves.

What will Lena choose?


About Book One

Author: Chantal Gadoury
Pub. Date: June 19, 2018
Publisher: The Parliament House
Formats: Paperback, eBook, audiobook
Pages: 268
Find it: GoodreadsAmazon, Kindle, AudibleB&NiBooks, Kobo, TBD, Bookshop.org

A Legend,
A Magical Shell
A Girl Who Dreamed Of Something More…

Lena, a Merrow girl, lives in the Skagerrak sea with her father, Carrick and her brother, Javelin who tells her of the legend of the Merrow Queen murdered by her human lover when greed takes over. But what’s worth spilling the queen’s blood? Gifted from Poseidon, himself, a magic shell gives any human the ability to control both land and sea.

When Javelin is called to join a clan of Merrow soldiers bent on protecting their waters from human invasion, Lena resists Merrow law and ventures to the shore with no choice but to swim to land.

With newfound legs, Lena is whisked away on a new adventure with new friends and new trouble. Everyone seems to want something from her as intrigue lurks around every corner.

Trying her best to hide who she is and remain safe from the dangers of the human world, will Lena finally find where she belongs, or will she be swept into a strong and stormy current by lust, greed, and jealousy?


An Excerpt from Between the Sea and Stars

“Tell me the legend of the Skagerrak queen.”

Javelin lifted a brow. “It’s hardly a legend, Lena,” he said. “It’s barely been a decade.” His voice was easy, unbothered by the possibility of being overheard. They were alone in this place. There was no need to whisper or scold or shush. Still, he groaned. “I’ve told that one a thousand times. You should know it by heart. Aren’t you tired of it yet?”

“Come on,” Lena urged him. “It’s my favorite. Tell me again.”

He rolled his eyes, but his mouth curved into a grin. “Fine.” His scooped a clam shell out of the sand and began sliding the sharp side of a rock against its grain. “The queen fell in love with a human man,” he began, his strong fingers holding the clam firmly in place. “Every full moon, she used her magic to travel ashore to see him.”

Lena settled onto her elbows, relishing the smooth sound of her brother’s voice as he recited the tale. A dreamy smile spread over her lips.

“I wonder how she met him,” she murmured softly, tilting her chin up and letting her lashes flutter shut.

“Likely the same way any merrow meets a human,” Javelin teased. “Shipwrecked during one of Poseidon’s storms. She should have drowned him immediately.”

“But she couldn’t!” Lena’s eyes pinged open. “For he was devilishly handsome, even soaking wet. The most handsome man she’d ever seen.”

“Devilish is right,” Javelin allowed. “Whether he was handsome or not, I’ll let your imagination decide.”

“Oh, he was.” Lena was smiling widely now. “He was, perhaps, the most beautiful human man in existence, and desperately enraptured by the queen. Each full moon, he waited for her, pacing the beach like a madman. And when she would emerge from the sea, he’d run hip-deep to meet her, unable to spend one more moment apart. He’d wrap his muscular arms around her—”

“For Poseidon’s sake, Lena.”

“And they’d dance together,” she pressed on, giggling, “as only humans can do. They’d dance and dance the hours away, bathed in starlight, humming songs into one another’s ears.”

“Until one night. . .” Javelin prompted smugly, and Lena rolled her eyes.

“Until one night,” she sighed, “something overcame the queen’s lover. Greed.”

“Human greed,” Javelin corrected. “Human nature. It was only a matter of time.”

She glared at him, but didn’t interrupt as he continued. This was the best and the worst part of the tale, and Javelin—damn him, was good at telling it. And he knew.

“That night, the queen swam toward the surface, impatient as ever she was. Ready to be rid of her tail. Ready to be human again. Her magic was a gift from Poseidon himself, contained in a delicate shell which she wore around her neck on a gold chain. It gave her the ability to explore the shore, and to control the storms and seas.”

Lena leaned in.

“As she swam, the queen began to change. Faint sobs faltered over her blue-scaled lips—cries of pain, lost to the rushing lull of the waves and the urgent beating of her fins. Swiftly, her tail separated into two perfectly shaped legs, and she rose out of the sea.”

“Don’t leave out the good parts,” Lena whispered. She knew her brother would skim over the romance just to annoy her.

Javelin gave her a pointed look. Then he grinned. “The moon was high that night,” he said, lowering his voice to a hush for effect. “The land was illuminated by an eerie, silver glow. Beneath its light, the queen’s new flesh was creamy and soft. Her hair became one with the wind, and her body shivered against a violent, uproarious breeze. Perhaps it was a warning from the gods, but the queen didn’t see it as such. The human lands were cold, suffering a new, frigid season, but her heart remained warm. She smiled, though her transition had been agony, when she heard the sound of water splashing and saw her beloved moving toward her through the shallows.

“She sang his name as he brushed chaste kisses against her neck, and relaxed fully against him, trusting him completely. She was blind to the wicked yearning which had wrapped around his heart. Which made his body tense, which crushed his lungs till he could hardly breathe. He wanted her shell, for he’d discovered what powers were locked inside that delicate charm. Powers gifted to whomsoever possessed it. His fingers dipped to her throat, caressing the shell which had allowed her to return to him, again and again. The queen eyed him strangely, and he dropped his hands to her waist, tugging her against him, kissing her deeply.”

Lena sighed, and Javelin smirked.

“She was a fool,” he said.

“She was in love,” Lena amended.

“She was both,” he conceded. “And that foolish love consumed her. Deceived her. Seduced her. Clouded her eyes, so love was all she could see. But that fateful eve, her beloved’s affection was not what it seemed. He’d seduced himself too, with all the prospects of what might be. His own love had been replaced by a lust for riches unknown. For control of the land and sea.”

Lena winced, for she knew what came next.

“He pressed his mouth against the queen’s skin, whispering sweet words, distracting her. She was smiling as he sent a knife into her back. Smiling, even as her eyes went wide with shock.”

Lena shuddered, picturing it. A joyful mouth, frozen in place. Bulging, horrified eyes going dim.

“The queen’s lover twisted his blade, releasing her cold merrow blood to the sand. He reached for the shell, yanking on its golden chain. But in the last throes of breath, the queen resisted him and threw the shell into the crashing waves, bidding Poseidon to wash it away.

“With a promised curse on his lips, her lover trailed back into the night, determined to one day possess the world between the sea and stars, and all who dwell beneath the earth, in the ocean’s depths. Our people.” He glanced sidelong at Lena, his meaning clear. “The merrows.”

“And the queen. . .” Lena murmured, though she already knew how the tale would end.

“He left her to dissolve into sea foam. She was washed away forever by the waves.”

Lena released a long breath and gazed at her hands, trying to imagine what it would be like to watch herself slowly disappear; what heartache and betrayal the queen must have felt in her last moments. She knew this was a gruesome tale, but a part of her thought the better parts, the magic and romance, were worth the gruesome bits.

“What do you think it would be like, to walk?” she wondered aloud. “Would it be like having two tails?”

“I don’t know,” Javelin chuckled. “I suppose it might be.”

“Where do you think the shell is now?”

Javelin shrugged. From a stony shelf above his head, he retrieved a slim, wooden railing he’d found in a ship a few days before and carefully tied his sharpened clamshell to its jagged end.

Lena smiled, realizing he’d made her a hunting spear.

“Poseidon is said to have hidden the shell before the human lover, or any human, could steal it. It could be anywhere.”

“If you could go to the surface, would you?”

Javelin pinched his lips together and didn’t speak. It was a silent reprimand. He knew how Lena longed to break through the waves, to see the human world with her own eyes, to know the uses of all the odd objects they’d collected over the years. But the laws of the sea were strict, and the king’s leniency had all but vanished in recent years.

Any merrow caught peeking at the shore was punished. Some were even struck down by Poseidon and reduced to sea foam, just like the queen.

“This is where we belong, Lena,” Javelin said softly, firmly.

“But how do you know?” She swirled upright and swam along the edge of the grotto, brushing her fingertips over cups and spoons and heaps of sodden fabric. Over small chests and tarnished, palm-sized figurines and other mysterious, unnamed things. “Haven’t you ever wondered what it would be like, to live on the land? To live among them? To be one of them?”

“Not as much as you have, I can see.”

She groaned, and sank to her brother’s side, resting her head on his shoulder. “It can’t be as bad as everyone believes. Humans can’t all be the same. We’re not all the same,” she reasoned quietly.


About the Author

Chantal Gadoury is an Amazon Best Selling Author who is originally from the countryside of Muncy, PA. Chantal likes anything Disney, plays a mean game of Disney trivia, enjoys painting and has an interest in British History. Chantal first started writing stories at the age of seven and continues that love of writing today. As a recent college graduate from Susquehanna University, with a degree in Creative Writing, writing novels is a dream come true.

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Forgive Me! It’s a Writer Thing—and a Cover Reveal!—and a Giveaway! @TheMysteryLadie

Lauren Carr is the international best-selling author of the Mac Faraday, Lovers in Crime, Chris Matheson
Cold Case, and Thorny Rose Mysteries—over twenty-five titles across three fast-paced mystery series filled with twists and turns!

Book reviewers and readers alike rave about how Lauren Carr’s seamlessly crosses genres to include mystery, suspense, crime fiction, police procedurals, romance, and humor.

A popular speaker, Lauren is also the owner of Acorn Book Service, the umbrella under which falls iRead Book Tours. She lives with her husband and two spoiled rotten German Shepherds on a mountain in Harpers Ferry, WV.

Visit Lauren’s websites and blog at:

E-Mail: writerlaurencarr@gmail.net
Website: http://mysterylady.net/
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Okay! I’m throwing up my hands. I can’t help myself.

In January, I was minding my own business―working on Came Upon a Midnight Murder, the upcoming Mac Faraday Mystery―when she came into my mind.

I tried to ignore her, really I did. Readers have been asking for the next Mac Faraday mystery. I had already delayed it once for The Nutcracker Conspiracy. I couldn’t delay it again. But she kept whispering in my ear—begging me to write her cozy little mystery. Leaving me no choice, she promised that it would not take long.

It’s a writer thing.

I’m not ashamed to admit that I had an imaginary friend when I was growing up. His name was Sam. My mother said Sam and I were buddies from the time I could talk until I started school and made real friends. Don’t get scared. None of my imaginary friends have coerced me into robbing banks or committing murder. Basically, they just tell me stories. Eventually, I started writing these stories down.

That is how writers are born.

Writers know that their characters aren’t real people. But they do come to life and, like real people, they can nag you until you feel compelled to give into them.

This occurrence was captured very well in a movie that was released a couple of years ago. The Man Who Invented Christmas told the story of how Charles Dickens came to write A Christmas Carol. In this movie, Dickens was thinking and reworking the plotline for A Christmas Carol. He declared that if you come up with the right name, the character will come to life.

In the scene, which is featured in the movie trailer, Dickens rambled through various names for his main character until he said, “Scrooge.” Suddenly, there is a gust of wind. Off-screen, you hear Christopher Plummer (the actor who played Scrooge) say, “Close the window. I’m not made of money.”

Dicken’s eyes light up and he turns around.

Ebenezer Scrooge stood before him.

For authors, that is precisely how a character comes to life.

No, there is not a real-life flesh and blood person standing before the writer. But they do come to life. They have their histories, their loves, their hates, their issues. Some characters are laid back and will patiently wait their turn for the author to get to them and their story. (Chris Matheson has been quite patient for me to get to the next Geezer Squad mystery.)

Others don’t know the meaning of patience. Such is the case of Nikki Bryant. I wasn’t even looking for a new character for a new book. I was already working on one in progress. Just suddenly, one afternoon while writing a scene in Came Upon a Midnight Murder, I turned around and there she was with her boxer dog Elmo!

While her tendency to bend or even break the rules has earned her journalism awards, Nikki’s foot-on-the-gas nature does get her into trouble. Even after two decades, folks in her small town of Pine Grove still remember that wherever Nikki Bryant goes, Trouble is close behind.

Nikki’s homecoming is not without trepidation. Her world travels were not so much to chase one story after another as it was to run from the one case that she feared facing the most—her father’s unsolved murder.

Now in her mid-thirties, Nikki refuses her mother’s request to return home to take over the family business, a local television station. She is quite content working for a major news station in Las Vegas and curling up at night with her Elmo, a social media influencer.

But then, a friend of hers on social media named NerdyGuy suggests a pact: Reconnect with their first loves. If she goes home to face the man she had left behind, NerdyGuy will reconnect with his first love and tell her how he still feels.

NerdyGuy has Nikki’s number. Never one to back down from a challenge, Nikki packs up Elmo and returns home to Pine Grove—with Trouble right behind her.

Killer Deadline
A Nikki Bryant Cozy Mystery
Release Date April 23, 2020


Nikki Bryant Comes Home to a Killer Deadline!

Folks in Pine Grove, Pennsylvania, claim that where Nikki Bryant goes, trouble is not far behind. Her refusal to back down from a challenge has made Nikki Bryant one of the best investigative journalists in her field.

When an online friend nudges her to join him in a pact to reconnect with their first loves, Nikki and her boxer dog Elmo leave the bright lights of Las Vegas for the charming town of Pine Grove. There, she must face the biggest challenges in her career and life—the first love she had left behind and her father’s unsolved murder.

But before she has time to unpack her car, Nikki stumbles upon the dead body of local news anchor, Ashleigh Addison, her childhood rival. Could Ashleigh’s death be connected to an explosive news story that she had teased about airing live? Did that explosive story have anything to do with the murder of Nikki’s father?

With the clues in her father’s cold case hot again, Nikki aims to chase down the story of her life until she catches his killer—no matter what it takes.

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Cover Reveal: The Shrike and The Shadows by Chantal Gadoury and A.M. Wright @CGadouryAuthor @i_AMWrighting @parliamentbooks @arnoldjaime13

Today Chantal Gadoury & A.M. Wright, Parliament House Publishing,
and Rockstar Book Tours are revealing the cover and the trailer for their
YA Hansel & Gretel Retelling, which releases on March 3, 2020!
Check out the awesome cover and enter the giveaway!

On to the reveal!

Chantal Gadoury & A.M. Wright
Parliament House Publishing
Pub. Date:
March 3, 2020
Hardcover, Paperback,eBook
Find it: GoodreadsKobo



Men have gone missing before.
The village of Krume is plagued by a haunted wood and a hungry witch.
It’s been that way for as long as Hans and Greta can remember, though
they have never seen the witch themselves; no one has.
When men start to disappear once again in the cover of night – their
bloody hearts turning up on doorsteps – the village falls into frenzied madness.
Hans and Greta, two outcast orphans, find themselves facing
accusations of witchcraft and are met with an ultimatum: burn
at the stake, or leave the village forever.
With nowhere else to go, they abandon their only home.
As they venture into the strange forest, their path is fraught with
horrific creatures, wild and vivid hallucinations, and a
mysterious man tied to the witch’s past.
The Shrike is watching, just beyond the deep darkness of the woods.



About the Authors

About Chantal:

Amazon Best Selling Author, Chantal Gadoury, is a 2011 graduate from Susquehanna University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Creative Writing.

Since graduation, she has published “The Songs in Our Hearts” with 48Fourteen Publishing, and “Allerleirauh” with Parliament House Press, with future titles to follow.

Chantal first started writing stories at the age of seven and continues with
that love of writing today.

Writing novels for Chantal has become a life-long dream come true! When she’s not writing, she enjoys painting, drinking lots of DD Iced Coffee, and watching Disney classics. Chantal lives in Muncy, Pennsylvania with her Mom, Sister and furry-‘brother’ (aka, puppy) Taran.
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About A.M.:

A.M. Wright is an Ohio native, perched on the shores of Lake Erie for as long as she can remember. She is a graduate of Walsh University and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Corporate Communications,
with two minors in Marketing and Writing. She has a passion for reading, writing, and drawing; and has a particularly strong love for shojo-manga and all genres of anime. When A.M. Wright isn’t focused on her day job, she is sorting through submissions, writing too many stories to keep track of, and playing video games with her fiance in a townhouse that’s just a fifteen minute
drive from “The Roller Coaster Capital of the World.”

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Cover Reveal: Deadly Little Scandals by Jennifer Lynn Barnes @jenlynnbarnes, @LetsTalkYA, @DisneyBooks, #deadlylittlescandals


Today Freeform Books, Jennifer Lynn Barnes, and
Rockstar Book Tours are revealing the cover for her
upcoming YA Mystery Book, DEADLY LITTLE SCANDALS,
which releases on November 5, 2019! We’re also revealing
the new cover for book 1 in the series, LITTLE WHITE LIES!
Check out the awesome covers and enter the giveaway!
On to the reveal! 
Title: DEADLY LITTLE SCANDALS (Debutantes #2)
Author: Jennifer Lynn Barnes
Pub. Date: November 5, 2019
Publisher: Freeform
Formats: Hardcover, eBook
Pages: 352
“Think of the White Gloves like the Junior
League-by way of Skull and Bones?”

Reluctant debutante Sawyer Taft joined Southern high
society for one reason and one reason alone: to identify
and locate her biological father. But the answers Sawyer
found during her debutante year only left her with more
questions and one potentially life-ruining secret. When her
cousin Lily ropes her into pledging a mysterious, elite, and
all-female secret society called the White Gloves, Sawyer
soon discovers that someone in the group’s ranks may
have the answers she’s looking for. Things are looking
up… until Sawyer and the White Gloves make a
disturbing discovery near the family’s summer home–
and uncover a twisted secret, decades in the making.
one is quite who they seem to be in this twisty,
soapy, gasp-inducing sequel to Jennifer Lynn Barnes’
unputdownable Little White Lies. 


Title: LITTLE WHITE LIES (Debutantes #2)
Author: Jennifer Lynn Barnes
Pub. Date: November 6, 2018
Publisher: Freeform
Formats: Hardcover, Paperback, eBook, Audiobook
Pages: 390
“I’m not saying this is Sawyer’s fault,” the prim
and proper one said delicately. “But.”

Eighteen-year-old auto mechanic Sawyer Taft did not
expect her estranged grandmother to show up at her
apartment door and offer her a six-figure contract to
participate in debutante season. And she definitely never
imagined she would accept. But when she realizes that
immersing herself in her grandmother’s “society” might
mean discovering the answer to the biggest mystery of
her life-her father’s identity-she signs on the dotted line
and braces herself for a year of makeovers, big dresses,
bigger egos, and a whole lot of bless your heart. The one
thing she doesn’t expect to find is friendship, but as she’s
drawn into a group of debutantes with scandalous,
dangerous secrets of their own, Sawyer quickly discovers
that her family isn’t the only mainstay of high society with
skeletons in their closet. There are people in her
grandmother’s glittering world who are not what
they appear, and no one wants Sawyer poking her nose
into the past. As she navigates the twisted relationships
between her new friends and their powerful parents,
Sawyer’s search for the truth about her own origins is just
the beginning.
Set in the world of debutante balls,
grand estates and rolling green hills, Little White Lies
combines acharming setting, a classic
fish-out-of-water story, and the sort of layered
mystery only author Jennifer Lynn Barnes can pull off. 


About Jennifer: 

Jennifer Lynn Barnes (who mostly goes by Jen) is the author of more than a dozen critically acclaimed young adult novels. She has advanced degrees in psychology, psychiatry, and cognitive science, including graduate degrees from Cambridge University, where she was a Fulbright Scholar, and Yale University, where she received her Ph.D. in 2012. Jen wrote her first published novel when she was nineteen-years-old and sold her first five books while still in college. In additional to writing YA novels, Jen has also written original pilot scripts for television networks like USA and MTV, and she is one of the world’s leading experts on the psychology of fandom and the cognitive science of fiction and the imagination more broadly. Jen is an Associate Professor at the University of Oklahoma, where she holds a dual appointment in Psychology and Professional Writing.
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Cover Reveal: Cold Falling White by Gabrielle Prendergast

Today Gabrielle Prendergast and Rockstar Book Tours are revealing
the cover for COLD FALLING WHITE, the sequel to her Sci-Fi Book
ZERO REPEAT FOREVER which releases November 19, 2019!
Check out the awesome cover and enter the giveaway!
On to the reveal! 
About The Book:
Title: COLD FALLING WHITE (The Nahx Invasions #2)
Author: G.S. Prendergast
Pub. Date: November 19, 2019
Publisher: Simon Schuster Books for Young Readers
Formats: Hardcover, eBook, audiobook
Pages: 352
Find it: GoodreadsAmazonKindle,
The 5th Wave meets Beauty and the Beast in this
fast-paced and heart-stopping follow-up to Zero Repeat Forever,
which VOYA called “an edge-of-your-seat page-turner.”

Xander Liu survived the end of the world—just barely. For more than
a year he has outsmarted, hidden from, and otherwise avoided the
ruthless alien invaders, the Nahx, dodging the deadly darts that have
claimed so many of his friends. When the murder of his friend Raven
leaves him in the protective company ofAugust, a rebellious
Nahx soldier, Xander is finally able to make his way back
to human controlled territory and relative safety.

But safety amongst the humans is not what
it seems. Nothing is anymore.

Raven remembers dying in the arms of August. She remembers
the pain, and the way he cried as she faded away. But months
later when she wakes up on a wide expanse of snowy sand dunes,
shackled to a boy she thought was dead too, she has a lot of
questions. What has happened to her and the other reanimated
humans gathered on the dunes? What is the meaning of the
Nahx ships that hover ominously above them? And most
pressing of all, where is August, who promised to keep her safe?

In the shadow of an unforgiving Canadian winter, Xander and
Raven find themselves on opposite sides of an alien war neither
of them signed up for. Left with little choice about their roles
in the great battle that now seems inevitable, they search for
answers and allies, all while feeling inexorably drawn back
the place it seems their respective fates were determined, and
to the one who determined them: August.
Title: ZERO REPEAT FOREVER (The Nahx Invasions #1)
Author: G.S. Prendergast
Pub. Date: August 29, 2017
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Formats: Hardcover, Paperback, eBook, audiobook
Pages: 496
Find it: GoodreadsAmazonKindle,
The 5th Wave meets Beauty and the Beast in this
fast-paced and heart-stopping novel about an
invasion of murderous creatures and one girl
fighting for her life at the end of the world.
He has no voice, or name, only a rank, Eighth. He doesn’t know the
details of the mission, only the directives that hum in his mind.

Dart the humans. Leave them where they fall.

His job is to protect his Offside. Let her do the shooting.

Until a human kills her…

Sixteen year-old Raven is at summer camp when the terrifying
armored Nahx invade, annihilating entire cities, taking control of
the Earth. Isolated in the wilderness, Raven and her friends have
only a fragment of instruction from the human resistance.

Shelter in place.

Which seems like good advice at first. Stay put. Await rescue. Raven
doesn’t like feeling helpless but what choice does she have?

Then a Nahx kills her boyfriend.

Thrown together in a violent, unfamiliar world, Eighth and
Raven should feel only hate and fear. But when Raven is
injured, and Eighth deserts his unit, their survival comes
to depend on trusting each other… 
About Gabrielle:

Gabrielle is a writer, teacher and designer living in Vancouver, Canada. You can read about her books
here. She is represented by Barbara
Poelle at the 
Irene Goodman Literary Agency. In 2014 she was the Writer in Residence at Vancouver Public Library. In 2015 she was
nominated for the BC Book Prizes and chosen to tour the province to promote BC Books. In 2017 Gabrielle took part in the TD Canada Children’s Book Week Tour. She has also been nominated for the
White Pine Award and the CLA Award.
Gabrielle won the Westchester Award for Audacious. Audacious was included in CBC’s list of 100 YA Books That Make You Proud
to be Canadian.
A poem from Capricious was chosen for the 2014 Poetry in Transit Program. Pandas on the East Side was chosen as an Ontario Library Association Best Bet for Junior Fiction in 2016. It was also nominated/shortlisted for the Chocolate Lily Award, The Red Cedar Award, the Diamond Willow Award and the Myrca Award.
Giveaway Details:
1 winner will receive a signed Zero Repeat Forever
hardcover, USA and Canada Only.

Cover Reveal: Her Crown of Fire by Renee April

Her Crown of Fire
by Renee April
Genre: YA Fantasy
Release Date: November 1st 2019
Write Plan
In the dull, everyday world, seventeen-year-old Rose Evermore
struggles to plan beyond her final year of high school. But when
fire suddenly obeys her every command and her dreams predict
the future, she becomes hungry for more of this strange power. 

Under her dreams’ guidance, Rose lands in the fantasy realm of
Lotheria–with a tagalong. Tyson, her best friend since childhood,
winds up there with her, just as confused and a hell of a lot
more vulnerable. In Lotheria, Rose is welcomed and celebrated as a
fire mage at the Academy, while the very un-magical Tyson is forced
into hiding under threat of death from the masters of Rose’s new school. 

As Rose’s talent in fire magic draws unwanted attention and Tyson
struggles to transition from high school student to blacksmith, Rose
must find a way to return Tyson to their own world before the
masters discover and execute him–no matter the cost. 


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About the Author

Renee April is the author of the young adult fantasy novel, Her Crown of Fire. 

In addition to being an avid reader and writer, she streams games badly on Twitch and acts as dungeon master for her D&D group. As a result, she spends far too much time in fantasy realms.

She can be found on various writing sites such as Wattpad and Goodreads, but usually lurks on Twitter to hand out bad advice and genuine sympathies.

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