Sunday, October 5, 2014

21 October OneFour KidLit Releases Plus FIVE Giveaways and Interviews!

SPECIAL OneFour KIDLIT PREVIEW AND GIVEAWAY

Compulsion
by Martina Boone
Hardcover Giveaway with Swag
Simon Pulse
Released 10/28/2014

Beautiful Creatures meets The Body Finder in this spellbinding new trilogy.

Three plantations. Two wishes. One ancient curse.

All her life, Barrie Watson had been a virtual prisoner in the house where she lived with her shut-in mother. When her mother dies, Barrie promises to put some mileage on her stiletto heels. But she finds a new kind of prison at her aunt’s South Carolina plantation instead--a prison guarded by an ancient spirit who long ago cursed one of the three founding families of Watson Island and gave the others magical gifts that became compulsions.

Stuck with the ghosts of a generations-old feud and hunted by forces she cannot see, Barrie must find a way to break free of the family legacy. With the help of sun-kissed Eight Beaufort, who knows what Barrie wants before she knows herself, the last Watson heir starts to unravel her family's twisted secrets. What she finds is dangerous: a love she never expected, a river that turns to fire at midnight, a gorgeous cousin who isn’t what she seems, and very real enemies who want both Eight and Barrie dead.

Author Question: What is your favorite thing about COMPULSION?
It was so much fun to get to do a Gothic novel! I’ve loved seeing books like Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea and The Lynburn Legacy bringing Gothics to a whole new batch of readers in a fresh way. Adding the Gothic elements to a Southern setting similar to Beautiful Creatures gave me such rich material to work with in Compulsion. I've always adored books with exotically dangerous mansions, eccentric characters, and elements of magic, mystery, and suspense. The world of Watson Island with its equally charming and ugly history, beautiful scenery, and unique mythology is a storytellers dream. It has all the elements I love—a haunted past, regret, anger, continuing conflict, and questions of morality galore.

My favorite thing about Compulsion, hands down, is the setting and how it shaped (and twisted) the characters and families who live there. The island, and especially the Watson’s Landing plantation, became an integral character in the book.
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Crazy
by Linda Vigen Phillips
Signed Trade Paperback Giveaway
Eerdmans Books for Young Readers
Released 10/20/2014

Laura is a typical fifteen-year-old growing up in the 1960's, navigating her way through classes, friendships, and even a new romance. But she's carrying around a secret: her mother is suffering from a mental illness.

No one in Laura's family will talk about her mother's past hospitalizations or increasingly erratic behavior, and Laura is confused and frightened. She finds some solace in art, but when her mother, also an artist, suffers a breakdown, Laura fears that she will follow in her mother's footsteps. Left without a refuge, can she find the courage to face what scares her most?

Author Question: What is your favorite thing about Crazy?

What I love most about my book is that Laura holds herself together—no, more than that, she survives in spite of watching her mother completely fall apart not once, but twice, and maybe even three times if a shadowy memory of her early childhood serves her right. Maintaining her own sanity doesn't come easily though. Neither her father nor her older sister helps her make sense out of the craziness, and if Laura hadn’t gone digging on her own she just might have become the next one in the family to succumb to the beast of mental illness.

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Trust Me, I'm Lying
by Mary Elizabeth Summer
Signed Hardcover Giveaway (3 Copies)
International

Delacorte Press
Released 10/14/2014

Fans of Ally Carter, especially her Heist Society readers, will love this teen mystery/thriller with sarcastic wit, a hint of romance, and Ocean’s Eleven–inspired action.

Julep Dupree tells lies. A lot of them. She’s a con artist, a master of disguise, and a sophomore at Chicago’s swanky St. Agatha High, where her father, an old-school grifter with a weakness for the ponies, sends her to so she can learn to mingle with the upper crust. For extra spending money Julep doesn’t rely on her dad—she runs petty scams for her classmates while dodging the dean of students and maintaining an A+ (okay, A-) average.

But when she comes home one day to a ransacked apartment and her father gone, Julep’s carefully laid plans for an expenses-paid golden ticket to Yale start to unravel. Even with help from St. Agatha’s resident Prince Charming, Tyler Richland, and her loyal hacker sidekick, Sam, Julep struggles to trace her dad’s trail of clues through a maze of creepy stalkers, hit attempts, family secrets, and worse, the threat of foster care. With everything she has at stake, Julep’s in way over her head . . . but that’s not going to stop her from using every trick in the book to find her dad before his mark finds her. Because that would be criminal.

Author Question: What is your favorite thing about Trust Me, I'm Lying?

I love the capers the most. Julep's voice from the start was so whip smart and edgy that I had to work hard to make the plot live up to it. So I researched the heck out of popular cons and thought long and hard about how to twist them to suit Julep's purposes. I bought books that probably put me on the FBI watch list. (No, really. I'm pretty sure an FBI agent is spying on me from the house behind mine.) I even tried one or two of the cons myself to see if they'd work...and they did. (I'll leave it to you to guess which ones I tried.) My goal was to make Julep work for it, you know? I hate it when heist books or movies provide only the sketchiest of references to how a con works. I want details. I want to see the logic behind the plan. That's what I tried to accomplish in TRUST ME, I'M LYING. Did I succeed? You'll have to read the book to find out. ;-)


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Snow Like Ashes
by Sara Raasch
Hardcover Giveaway
Balzer + Bray
Released 10/14/2014

A heartbroken girl. A fierce warrior. A hero in the making.

Sixteen years ago the Kingdom of Winter was conquered and its citizens enslaved, leaving them without magic or a monarch. Now, the Winterians’ only hope for freedom is the eight survivors who managed to escape, and who have been waiting for the opportunity to steal back Winter’s magic and rebuild the kingdom ever since.

Orphaned as an infant during Winter’s defeat, Meira has lived her whole life as a refugee, raised by the Winterians’ general, Sir. Training to be a warrior—and desperately in love with her best friend, and future king, Mather — she would do anything to help her kingdom rise to power again.

So when scouts discover the location of the ancient locket that can restore Winter’s magic, Meira decides to go after it herself. Finally, she’s scaling towers, fighting enemy soldiers, and serving her kingdom just as she’s always dreamed she would. But the mission doesn’t go as planned, and Meira soon finds herself thrust into a world of evil magic and dangerous politics – and ultimately comes to realize that her destiny is not, never has been, her own.

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Beware the Wild
by Natalie C. Parker
Hardcover
HarperTeen
Released 10/21/2014

It's an oppressively hot and sticky morning in June when Sterling and her brother, Phin, have an argument that compels him to run into the town swamp -- the one that strikes fear in all the residents of Sticks, Louisiana. Phin doesn't return. Instead, a girl named Lenora May climbs out, and now Sterling is the only person in Sticks who remembers her brother ever existed.

Sterling needs to figure out what the swamp's done with her beloved brother and how Lenora May is connected to his disappearance -- and loner boy Heath Durham might be the only one who can help her.

This debut novel is full of atmosphere, twists and turns, and a swoon-worthy romance.

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MORE OneFour Kidlit Books



Exquisite Captive
by Heather Demetrios
Hardcover
Balzer + Bray
Released 10/7/2014

Forced to obey her master.
Compelled to help her enemy.
Determined to free herself.

Nalia is a jinni of tremendous ancient power, the only survivor of a coup that killed nearly everyone she loved. Stuffed into a bottle and sold by a slave trader, she’s now in hiding on the dark caravan, the lucrative jinni slave trade between Arjinna and Earth, where jinn are forced to grant wishes and obey their human masters’ every command. She’d give almost anything to be free of the golden shackles that bind her to Malek, her handsome, cruel master, and his lavish Hollywood lifestyle.

Enter Raif, the enigmatic leader of Arjinna’s revolution and Nalia’s sworn enemy. He promises to free Nalia from her master so that she can return to her ravaged homeland and free her imprisoned brother—all for an unbearably high price. Nalia’s not sure she can trust him, but Raif’s her only hope of escape. With her enemies on the hunt, Earth has become more perilous than ever for Nalia. There’s just one catch: for Raif’s unbinding magic to work, Nalia must gain possession of her bottle…and convince the dangerously persuasive Malek that she truly loves him. Battling a dark past and harboring a terrible secret, Nalia soon realizes her freedom may come at a price too terrible to pay: but how far is she willing to go for it?

Inspired by Arabian Nights, EXQUISITE CAPTIVE brings to life a deliciously seductive world where a wish can be a curse and shadows are sometimes safer than the light.

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Stray
by Elissa Sussman
Hardcover
Greenwillow Books
Released 10/7/2014

“I am grateful for my father, who keeps me good and sweet. I am grateful for my mother, who keeps her own heart guarded and safe. I am grateful for my adviser, who keeps me protected. I am grateful for the Path, which keeps me pure. Ever after.”

Princess Aislynn has long dreamed about attending her Introduction Ball, about dancing with the handsome suitors her adviser has chosen for her, about meeting her true love and starting her happily ever after.

When the night of the ball finally arrives and Nerine Academy is awash with roses and royalty, Aislynn wants nothing more than to dance the night away, dutifully following the Path that has been laid out for her. She does not intend to stray.

But try as she might, Aislynn has never quite managed to control the magic that burns within her-magic brought on by wicked, terrible desires that threaten the Path she has vowed to take.

After all, it is wrong to want what you do not need. Isn’t it?

STRAY is the first in a collection of intertwined stories, all set in a world where magic is a curse that only women bear and society is dictated by a strict doctrine called The Path. A cross between The Handmaid’s Tale and Wicked, with a dash of Grimm and Disney thrown in, this original fairy tale will be released October 7th, 2014 from Greenwillow Books/HarperCollins.

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Follow Me Through Darkness
by Danielle Ellison
Released October 21, 2014


The truth won’t always set you free.

Less than a year ago, Neely Ambrose’s biggest worry was having the freedom to follow a path that wasn’t chosen for her.

Less than a year ago, she believed she could trust the Elders who said they had everyone’s best interest at heart and who said they were keeping them safe from the outside.

Sixty days ago, she discovered what they had planned for everyone she loved—and that all of it centered around her.

Now she’s on the run through a dangerous wasteland full of killing machines, secret organizations, and people who want to sell her back to the Elders for their own safety. The whole world outside the Compound is living proof that everything in Neely’s life was a lie manufactured by the Elders, which may even include the boy she loves.

All Neely wants is the truth, but each new piece of it drives her further from what she thought she knew. With only forty days until everyone she loves falls under the Elders’ mind control, Neely must decipher who to trust, what questions to ask, and how to get one step ahead of the Elders, who will do anything to keep their secrets buried.

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SWEET UNREST
by Lisa Maxwell
Flux
October 8, 2014

Lucy Aimes has always been practical. But try as she might, she can’t come up with a logical explanation for the recurring dreams that have always haunted her. Dark dreams. Dreams of a long-ago place filled with people she shouldn’t know…but does.

When her family moves to a New Orleans plantation, Lucy’s dreams become more intense, and her search for answers draws her reluctantly into the old city’s world of Voodoo and mysticism. There, Lucy finds Alex, a mysterious boy who behaves as if they’ve known each other forever. Lucy knows Alex is hiding something, and her rational side doesn’t want to be drawn to him. But she is.

As she tries to uncover Alex’s secrets, a killer strikes close to home, and Lucy finds herself ensnared in a century-old vendetta. With the lives of everyone she loves in danger, Lucy will have to unravel the mystery of her dreams before it all comes to a deadly finish.



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Resisting Ruby Rose
by Jessie Humphries
Paperback
Skyscape
Released 10/28/2014

Still reeling from the heartbreaking events that unfolded on Grissom Island, Ruby Rose is trying to come to terms with the fact that she’s gone from a vigilante in killer shoes to a stone-cold killer. Everyone from her therapist to her smoking-hot boyfriend keeps trying to convince her that she hasn’t crossed over to the dark side, but Ruby isn’t so sure. It doesn’t help that her nemesis, Detective “Mastermind” Martinez, is still out there, waiting for another chance to take her down.

When an alleged CIA agent named Skryker shows up and asks for a meeting, Ruby figures it just means more questions about her case. But he has information of an entirely different nature and a job offer: join an elite force of young assassins, including Skryker’s right-hand guy, Quinn Donovan. Quinn is distractingly charming, handsome—and deadly. Ruby resists becoming a killer again, but as she becomes more ensnared in a web of deceit, no one around her is safe.

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21 comments:

  1. You guys rock!! thank you so very much :)

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  2. What a great selection of new books, I like them all. I'd particularly enjoy reading Compulsion or Snow Like Ashes, thanks for the chance to win them.

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  3. I'd love to enter but I don't see a Rafflecopter form! =(

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  4. These books sound exciting. Thanks for the updates. I hope a rafflecopter form is sent in an amended post. I'd love to win any of these books!

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  5. I agree--- I would love to enter. I want to read, Trust Me, I'm Lying so badly. Please update with a rafflecopter! :)

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  6. All of the books look and sound fantastic! The ones that caught my eyes were Snow Like Ashes and Stray! I'm looking forward to reading them in the future! Thank you so much for this amazing giveaway! :)

    email: xxxcveaglesxxx@yahoo.com OR
    twitter handle: @Me_chelleLee

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  7. Not sure how to enter. Please enter me

    bn100candg at hotmail dot com

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  8. I would definitely love to win any of these too, they're all on my TBR! I'll be checking back for a Rafflecopter for sure!

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  9. The books on this list all look amazing! Can't wait to read these.

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  10. There still isn't a rafflecopter, so just throw my hat in the ring, I would love to read these!

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  11. What an awesome giveaway! I don't see an entry form - do we just leave a comment?

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  12. What a great selection of books - would love to win or read them all!

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  13. Thanks for the chance! I can only participate for the International one, so I keep finger crossed!! *w*

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  14. I would love to enter! I probably only qualify for TRUST ME, I'M LYING because I'm in Canada, but I'm very excited to read that one so it works out perfectly!
    Thanks for the chance :)
    mangomonkee77 [at] hotmail [dot] com

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  15. Wow! Awesome! I want to read them all, especially Snow Like Ashes.

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  16. Received my download of Compulsion today! Can't wait to start reading!

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  17. I'd love to enter as well!! I don't know how to, but my twitter handle is @TheNapster11
    Thank you :D

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  18. I'd love to enter the giveaway I don't really know how so I hope this counts? Snow Like ashes sounds incredibly amazing!! My email is rachellesaylor(at)ymail.com thanks so much! Maybe a rafflecopter form will make itself known lol :)

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  19. Not sure how to enter. Resisting Ruby Rose, Trust Me-I'm Lying, and Compulsion catch my attention.

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  20. If i understand well Trust Me, I'm Lying by Mary Elizabeth Summer is open international so I would love to enter for this, thank you for the chance!!!

    Artemis
    artgiote at gmail dot com

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  21. Sure would love to have to email me at susanbeamon@yahoo.com to tell me I won some or all of these books.

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