Cover & Excerpt Reveal: Mirror X by Karri Thompson

So last week Entangled Teen, Karri Thompson and Rockstar Book Tours hosted the cover reveal for Karri's upcoming release Mirror X. Because I am lame and work rules my life, I was unable to participate in the actual reveal. This sounds like a fascinating book though, so even though I'm late to the party, I'd still like to share with you the great cover and a special excerpt from Mirror X.

Mirror X
Karri Th
ompson
Entangled Teen
Releases on June 23, 2014

Find it: Goodreads|Amazon|Barnes & Noble|iTunes

I was born more than a thousand years ago.

Put into a cryogenic tube at age seventeen, forgotten during a holocaust that decimated the world, I've finally been awakened to a more serene and peaceful future.

But things at the hospital are new and strange. And it’s starting to scare me.

Everyone is young. Everyone is banded and tracked. And everyone is keeping secrets. 

The cute geneticist Michael Bennett might be the only good thing in this crazy new world where “life is precious” but no one seems free to live it. The problem is, I don’t think he’s being totally honest with me, either.

When I’m told only I can save the human race from extinction, it’s clear my freeze didn’t avoid a dreadful fate. It only delayed the horror…

 

Exclusive Excerpt:

Michael took a seat on the edge of my bed, rocking me toward him. When the side of my thigh met his knee, my heart rate doubled, and I drew in a deep breath.

“Before you were awakened I spent hours at your bedside imaging what you were like, how your voice would sound, how you looked when you smiled. When your red lips pulsed, when your chest heaved, and you took your first breath, I kept my emotions in check. But now, now that you’ve ‘awakened,’ everything is different. I can’t sleep. I can’t stop thinking about you.”

I ignored the pain and tilted closer until the space between our faces was less than a foot. My heart, my mind, my soul—everything yearned for his affection at that moment.

“I feel the same way, too.”

I closed my eyes, wanting this handsome, earnest guy to take me into his arms and tell me he’d make them let me go. My lungs expanded with his warm breath and spicy scent. When his lips met mine, every atom in my body danced, urging me to pull him closer and tighten my grip upon his back.

His kissing became more fiery and I reacted by kissing him harder. It wasn’t until his mouth moved to my neck, that I came to my senses and drew away.

“Not yet,” I said, scooting away.

“I know,” he said between breaths, rising from the bed. His wiped his forehead with the sleeve of his uniform and returned to the chair. “I can’t…we can’t. We can never…,” he said abruptly. “It’s against protocol. I-I should go.”

 

About Karri:

Karri’s debut YA novel, Amateur Angel, was released May 1, 2012. The next book in that series, Hollywood Angels, came out September 1, 2013. The first book in her upcoming dystopian trilogy, The Van Winkle Chronicles, will be released by Entangled Publishing Spring 2014.

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Cover Reveal & CONTEST: Dream Stalkers by Tim Waggoner

WARNING: If you're not a fan of clowns, you might want to skip this post.

Angry Robot is one of the best publishing companies and it makes me sad that more people don't know about them. They put out tons of great science fiction, fantasy and a genre they like to refer to as WTF. Today we have a cover reveal for an upcoming release that can probably be put in that final catagory. I'm happy to present to you the official cover reveal for Dream Stalkers by Tim Waggoner.

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A new drug – Shut-Eye – has been developed in the dreamland, and smuggled into our world. It’s addictive, and dangerous, and Shadow Watch agents Audra and Mr Jinx are on the case, preparing new recruits to deal with the problem.

Meanwhile, a wave of ancient, bodiless Incubi are entering the dreams of humans in an attempt to possess them and live new lives. Only the criminally insane would ever risk a confrontation with them.

Thank goodness, then, for Mr Jinx: clown, Shadow Watch agent, psychopath.

 

Enter below to get your hands on a shiny copy of the first book in the Shadow Watch series called Night Terrors, courtsey of Tim and Angry Robot. The contest will end at 12:01am on April 26 and is opened INTERNATIONALLY!!

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Cover Reveal & CONTEST: Queen of Zombie Hearts by Gena Showalter

I have a confession. I've never read any of the books in Gena Showalter's The White Rabbit Chronicles. That's not because I haven't wanted to, just that a copy of Alice in Zombieland just hasn't landed in my hands yet. I've been a huge fan of the covers for this series and today I'm getting to take part in the cover reveal for the third and final book in the series, The Queen of Zombie Hearts. I have to say, I think this one is best by far. Also stick around to the end of the post for a chance to find a full set of The White Rabbit Chronicles thanks to Gena!

I mean, seriously, that's really cool, right? If you're not familiar with the series, here are the covers of the first two books, Alice in Zombieland and Through the Zombie Glass.

  

 

The Queen of Zombie Hearts
Gena Showalter

Harlequin Teen
Releases September 30, 2014
Official White Rabbit Chronicles website

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I have a plan.

We'll either destroy them for good, or they'll destroy us.

Either way, only one of us is walking away.

In the stunning conclusion to the wildly popular White Rabbit Chronicles, Alice "Ali" Bell thinks the worst is behind her. She's ready to take the next step with boyfriend Cole Holland, the leader of the zombie slayers…until Anima Industries, the agency controlling the zombies, launches a sneak attack, killing four of her friends. It's then she realizes that humans can be more dangerous than monsters…and the worst has only begun.

As the surviving slayers prepare for war, Ali discovers she, too, can control the zombies…and she isn't the girl she thought she was. She's connected to the woman responsible for killing—and turning—Cole's mother. How can their relationship endure? As secrets come to light, and more slayers are taken or killed, Ali will fight harder than ever to bring down Anima—even sacrificing her own life for those she loves.

 

About Gena:

Gena Showalter is the New York Times and USA Today best-selling author of the wildly popular White Rabbit Chronicles, the Angels of the Dark, the Lords of the Underworld, and the Otherworld Assassins series.  In addition to being a National Reader's Choice and RITA nominee, her romance novels have appeared in Cosmopolitan and Seventeen magazine, and have been translated in multiple languages.  She lives in Oklahoma with her family and menagerie of dogs, and truly believes love conquers all.

 

Website/Twitter/Facebook/The White Rabbit Chronicles Facebook

 

Giveaway Details:

1 complete set of The White Rabbit Chronicles (first 2 sent as soon as the giveaway is over and the winner will get the first hardcover of book 3 when it's available!) US/Canada Only

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Cover Reveal & CONTEST: Anomaly by Tonya Kuper

Today Tonya Kuper and Entangled Teen are revealing the cover for ANOMALY, releasing in November 4, 2014! Check out the awesome cover, and enter to win an eARC! Here is the great cover:

Anomaly
Tonya Kuper

Entangled Teen
Releases November 4, 2014
400 pages

Find it: GoodreadsAmazon

What if the world isn't what we think?

What if reality is only an illusion?

What if you were one of the few who could control it?

Yeah, Josie Harper didn't believe it, either, until strange things started happening. And when this hot guy tried to kidnap her, shouting about ultimate observers and pushing and consortiums hell-bent on controlling the world… Well, that's when things got real. Now Josie's got it bad for a boy who weakens her every time he's near and a world of enemies on her tail who want to control her gift, so yeah, she's going to need more than just her wits if she hopes to survive much longer.

Einstein never saw this coming...

 

About Tonya:

YA scifi author of ANOMALY, out 11/14, Entangled Teen. Represented by Nicole Resciniti. Contributor at yastands.blogspot.com & allthewritenotes.com. Music freak. Chocolate addict.

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Giveaway Details:

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Cover Reveal, Excerpt & CONTEST: Knight Assassin by Rima Jena

Today Rima Jena and Entangled Teen are revealing the cover for KNIGHT ASSASSIN, releasing in March 4,2014! Check out the gorgeous cover, exclusive excerpt, and enter to win an eARC!

  

Knight Assassin
Rima Jean

Entangled Teen
Releases March 4, 2014
216 pages

Find it: GoodreadsAmazonBarnes & Noble

Seventeen-year-old Zayn has special powers she cannot control—powers that others fear and covet. Powers that cause the Templar Knights to burn Zayn’s mother at the stake for witchcraft. When a mysterious stranger tempts Zayn to become the first female member of the heretical Assassins, the chance to seek her revenge lures her in. She trains to harness her supernatural strength and agility, and then enters the King of Jerusalem's court in disguise with the assignment to assassinate Guy de Molay, her mother’s condemner. But once there, she discovers Earic Goodwin, the childhood friend who still holds her heart, among the knights—and his ocean-blue eyes don’t miss a thing. Will vengeance be worth the life of the one love she has left?

 

Exclusive Excerpt from Knight Assassin!

Earic emerged from behind a rosebush, his eyes glistening at her. He looked misplaced, this broad-shouldered monk-warrior, wandering amid the blooms of an Eastern garden. Even at night, the reds and golds and pinks were vivid and breathtaking. “Is Marguerite well?” he asked immediately, his brow creased with concern.

Zayn frowned as he sat beside her on the bench. “She has been better.”

“Her injury—”

“It is healing well. It’s not her leg that ails her so much.” Zayn looked down into her lap. How would she tell him what Marguerite should be telling him herself? This whole situation was terribly uncomfortable. “Lady Melisende has forbidden her from keeping your company.”

He exhaled, looked down as well. “I thought she might.” Zayn tilted her head to look at his profile. His hair was freshly washed and still damp, dark at the roots and shorter than before. Gone was the baby-faced Fair Boy she remembered; the man beside her had a network of scars on his sun-baked face and neck. His palms were like cracked leather, and the scent of sandalwood mingled with the musk of a man. She was surprised to find that it did not repulse her. In fact, it did quite the opposite. She glanced away.

“She never did approve of our friendship,” he said with a sad smile. “I was not good enough for her daughter. And I don’t disagree—I am not good enough for Marguerite.”

“Oh, stop,” Zayn said impatiently. “Just because you were not born into the right family doesn’t mean you cannot be friends.”

Earic looked at Zayn. “I suppose. But Marguerite is something special.”

Her expression softened. “Yes. I agree.” She hesitated for a moment. “She wanted me to tell you that no matter what, your friendship will endure.”

His smile was like a bolt of lightning in the dark. “Of course it will. Just like ours has.”

Zayn focused straight ahead, her blood beginning to hum. “I don’t know what you mean.”

“Zayn.” His voice was hoarse with emotion, his hand gently brushing against hers. “I know it’s you. I knew it was you the moment I saw you.”

“Your enemy,” she heard herself say, turning to look at him.

His voice was barely a whisper. “God’s bones! What have you become?”

Emotion clogged her throat, made her voice rasp. “Forget you ever met me, Earic. You must forget. I must kill you otherwise.”

“You can try. You won’t succeed.” He moved his hand up her arm, sending sparks throughout her body. “I had intended to visit Monteferrand soon. I wanted…to find you.”

She shook her head, her breath coming quickly now. “Find me? Why? You are a Templar, have you forgotten? And I…I’m not the girl you remember, not even a shadow of her.”

“I follow no one’s law but my own.” His face was illuminated from within. “As for the girl from Rafaniya… She’s here, I can still see her.” He raised his hand to her mouth and touched her lips with his forefinger.

Her every nerve tingled in response, her brain woozy with realization. Was it possible that he had feelings for her? In the blink of an eye, her hand flashed out, seeking his throat. Before she could grasp him, he’d snagged her wrist in his powerful fist. Her other hand lashed out; he stopped it as well. Her body rose in fury, but he rose with her, twisting her forcefully against him. Locking her within his arms, he lowered his head. “I won’t touch you, Zayn, I swear it. Please, control your strength. I don’t want to hurt you.”

The roar abated; her strength retreated like a falling tide. She gasped and slumped against him. How was he so strong? She was surprised how far up she had to look to meet his gaze. “I don’t understand. How…?”

His lips were inches from hers. “Haven’t you realized it yet, Zayn? You and I…”

His breath mingled with hers, intoxicating her. “What?” she managed to whisper.

Rather than answer, he dipped his head just a fraction and touched her mouth with his. The spark his lips ignited was so very different from the one created by her power. A warmth spread throughout her body, turning her muscles to jelly. She felt completely, utterly human in Fair Boy’s arms, and it was too good to be true…

She pulled away abruptly, horrified. “I have to go. I can’t… You must forget about me, Earic. Or else you put your life in danger.” Before he could reply, she turned and hurried away, breathless with fear.

 

About the Author:

Rima Jean received a degree in archaeology from the University of Pennsylvania. After a dismal law school experience, she floundered a bit before accepting her calling: storytelling. She resides in Houston with her wonderful husband and two beautiful daughters, where she writes, edits, and dabbles in digital art.

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Giveaway Details:

Thanks to Rima, you have the opportunity to enter to win an eARC of Knight Assassin! Open internationally and runs through February 12. Good luck!

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Random Tuesday: The 2014 Cover Edition (& Some Random Links)

I wrote this yesterday and it didn't post, so now get belated Random Tuesday on Wednesday for a slightly more random dose of random.

A lot of publishers and authors have been releasing the covers for their upcoming winter and spring 2014 catalogs. A number of them caught my eye, but my absolute favorite comes from Working for the Mandroid friend and awesome zombie-fighting author Susan Dennard. 

Isn't that an amazing cover? I can't wait to see how Eleanor's adventures in Egypt turn out. Susan spoke with fellow author Amie Kaufman at their blog Publishing Crawl at by the next book in her Victorian zombie adventure series.

Speaking about kickass women, there are yet more unsubstantiated rumors about Wonder Woman movie and television ideas being pitched to DC/Warner Brothers. I'm not going to hold my breath on this one. (from DC Women Kicking Ass)

Amy Plum has an action fantasy series starter coming out next May and it also has a pretty awesome cover.

I've spent a little bit of time on DC Women Kicks Ass the last few days. That's where I learned that Greg Rucka, who is a brilliant comic book writer, has a new series starting up this fall called Veil. He is one of the only male comic creators who regularly writes amazing female characters. I don't think this one will be any different. Here's the summary from NYCC this past weekend:

The story opens when a beautiful girl wakes up in an abandoned subway station with no memory of how she got there. When men try to hurt her . . . they wind up dead. Where did she come from? And what is she capable of?

I was pleasantly surprised by not-really-a-zombie-but-staring-a-zombie book Reboot and the sequel, coming out on May 6 has a very intriguing cover.

This year might have been the 75th anniversary of Superman, but next year is the 75th anniversary of my personal favorite, Batman! A new weekly series will be launched in 2014 in addition to probably several other special series. Unfortunately Batman: Eternal doesn't have any great female creators involved, which makes me a little sad. (From USAToday.com)

Alternate faerie tales are all over the place and The Wizard of Oz already has a take on it with Gregory Maguire's Wicked series. Now Danielle Page is bringing the popularity of dystopias to the Emerald City in Dorothy Must Die, coming out April 1.

Epic Reads released a whole slew of covers over the last few weeks and you can see all of them along with their release dates here.

And that's the pretty cover edition of Random Tuesday. What covers and random things have caught your eye lately?

Cover Reveal & Contest: Born of Deception by Teri Brown


Today we have a special feature, courtsey of Teri Brown and Book Nerd Tours! Scroll down for the newly released cover for Born of Deception, the sequel to the 1920s period paranormal fantasy Born of Illusion. Along with the cover, Teri is also hosting a contest to win an advanced copy of Born of Deception to one lucky winner! You can enter the contest a little bit later on in this post. First the new shiny cover!

 

Born of Deception
Teri Brown

Balzer + Bray/HarperTeen
Releases in June 10, 2014
321 pages 

Find it on Goodreads

Preorder it from Amazon

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.

 

About the Author

I’m not sure who to tell you about here because I’m actually two people rolled into one. As a responsible mother of teens, I show one persona to the world. That person is driven, conservative and level headed. But the other part of me just never grew up. She is rebellious, impulsive and curious.

It’s hard being both these people. They’re often at odds.

The mother part of me knows I should put a cap on how many animals we take in. The teen part of me wants to save them all. We have five cats and two dogs. Who do you think is winning?

Even now. The mother part wants to make a meatloaf, mashed potatoes, and a tossed salad. The teen part wants to order a pizza, work on my website and check my Facebook.

Luckily, though my two halves don’t always agree, both of us live happily in Portland, Oregon, with a husband and too many animals. And we both love to write and write and write.

Twitter: https://twitter.com/teribrownwrites
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Website: http://www.teribrownbooks.com/

 

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