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Hello Readers! I’m pleased to be part of the blitz tour for Sentenced to Shakespeare by Iris Dorbian, organized by YA Bound Book Tours. Please check out the book details, excerpt and giveaway in this post.
Sentenced to Shakespeare by Iris Dorbian
Genre: YA Contemporary
Release Date: July 19th 2019
“Sentenced to Shakespeare” is a contemporary young adult novel set in suburban New Jersey. The story revolves around Leah, a smart and sensitive 15-year-old girl who is pushed too far by a bully and snaps. Arrested for assault and battery, Leah is sentenced to an unusual form of rehabilitation—she must take and complete a Shakespeare workshop or else risk incarceration. Ostracized by her classmates, abandoned by her only friend, Leah finds comfort and solidarity with the other juvenile offenders in this same program, with one offering her something she’s never experienced before—love.
Excerpt from “Sentenced to Shakespeare”
Then, there were the prank phone calls: the stupid breathing, the hang-ups, and the taunting texts, each a deeper stab in the heart.
“Hey, hottie! How many boyfriends do you have?”
“Don’t you vomit when you look at yourself in a mirror?”
“You really are a joke. I’d kill myself if I were you.”
It got to a point where Leah couldn’t cry anymore. Either her tear ducts were worn out from crying so much or she was numb. And, even if she did cry, that would only make Dede and her followers ridicule her even more.
Sometimes, if the weather was permitting, Leah would hide near the local VFW hall rather than go to school, which was within walking distance to her house. It was safe to play truant there as usually, no one was around on the weekdays. Within the bowels of a staircase that’d slope into the subterranean entrance of the building, she’d seek refuge. Her legs splayed out on the concrete, Leah would huddle in the corner, staring at her watch, waiting for each minute to pass into the oblivion of another minute until she knew her parents were out of the house and on their way to work. Then she’d return to the safety of her home, away from Dede and the harassment. Free and happy.
About the Author:
Iris Dorbian is a business journalist/blogger who has covered a wide range of sectors that include small business, media, private equity/venture capital and theater/the arts. Among the outlets she’s written for are Forbes, Wall Street Journal, Buyouts, Venture Capital Journal, Investopedia, DMNews, Playbill, Backstage, Theatermania, Media Industry Newsletter, PRNews and Stage Directions (where she served as editor-in-chief for eight years). She is the author of “Great Producers: Visionaries of the American Theater,” published by Allworth Press/Skyhorse Publishing in August 2008. Her personal essays and short stories have been published in Blue Lyra Review, B O D Y, Embodied Effigies, Diverse Voices Quarterly, Gothesque Magazine and Jewish Literary Journal. A New Jersey native, Iris has a master’s degree in journalism from Columbia University.
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Hello readers! Today is the cover reveal for 15 Days With You by Ara Grigorian , organized by YA Bound Book Tours. Check out the book details and cover in this post.
15 Days With You by Ara Grigorian
Genre: YA Contemporary Fiction
Release Date: September 24th 2019
“Filled with tumultuous emotions of grief, romance, guilt, secrecy and anger, 15 Days With You is an accomplished work of drama sure to be enjoyed by audiences of all ages.” 5-Star Review, K.C. Finn for Readers’ Favorite
A mother’s dying wish. A son in search of answers. A fifteen-day surf odyssey with the California girl who will dare him to rethink everything.
Alone after his mother’s unexpected death, seventeen-year-old Shep leaves Texas to crash with his uncle’s family in Malibu. Before he can hang his cowboy hat, Shep learns something that blows his mind—in her youth, his hard-working single mom was a gifted surfer on her way to international fame. And her dying wish was for him to recreate the surf tour she completed when she was eighteen—the summer she got pregnant with him.
Along with his cousin Carmen (the red-blooded competitive surfer) and her best friend Samantha (the opinionated and mildly annoying beach goddess), Shep hits the road for a surf trip up and down Pacific Coast Highway. Armed with his mother’s ashes and fifteen sealed envelopes—each containing a page from her high school diary—Shep will discover a new side of the complex woman he’d only thought of as Mom, and might finally learn the identity of a man he’s never met—his father.
But each time he paddles out into the waves, a nagging question haunts him—the one he may not be ready to answer: Is he learning to surf because he wants to honor his mother’s dying wish, or running from the real reason he can’t go back to Texas—his own terrible mistake?
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About the Author:
Ara Grigorian is the international award-winning author of GAME OF LOVE, his debut novel. He is a technology executive in the entertainment industry. He earned his Masters in Business Administration from University of Southern California where he specialized in marketing and entrepreneurship. True to the Hollywood life, Ara wrote for a children’s television pilot that could have made him rich (but didn’t) and nearly sold a video game to a major publisher (who closed shop days later). Fascinated by the human species, Ara writes about choices, relationships, and second chances. Always a sucker for a hopeful ending, he writes contemporary romance stories targeted to adult and new adult readers.
Ara is committed to helping writers tell better stories. He is the co-founder of the popular Novel Intensive seminar. Also, he is a workshop leader for the Writer’s Digest Novel Writing Conference, the Santa Barbara Writers Conference, and the Southern California Writers’ Conference (both Irvine, CA and San Diego, CA). Ara is an active member of the Romance Writers of America and its Los Angeles chapter.
He is represented by Stacey Donaghy of the Donaghy Literary Group.
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Hello readers! Today is my stop during the blog tour for Quest of Fire: The Gathering Dark by Brett Armstrong, organized by YA Bound Book Tours. Check out the book details and excerpt in this post.
Quest of Fire: The Gathering Dark by Brett Armstrong
Genre: YA Epic Fantasy/Christian Fantasy
Release date: April 2019
Jason is an expert at running from his past. When it catches up, he finds himself hiding in a peculiar inn listening to a tale from centuries past.
The story is Anargen’s, a teen who is pulled from all he loves to follow his oaths of loyalty to the fabled King of the Realms. Together with his mentor, Cinaed, he rides north on a special quest to mediate peace talks between ancient foes–the men of Ecthelowall and the dwarfs of Ordumair. Nothing goes as planned. Many on both sides of the dispute despise Anargen’s Order. Worse, an arcane evil has returned to the North. This “Grey Scourge” seeks to ruin the peace talks and ensure a lost treasure held by the dwarfs is never found by those for whom it is meant.
As Anargen’s story unfolds, Jason begins to wonder whether it is truly just a fable. He soon finds himself drawn into the conflict Anargen faced–a battle which has shaped and can destroy his world.
Somewhere amongst the handful of blades of varying size, shape, and make would be one special sword, a Machaira Tou Pneuma, Spiritsword. It was said the very words of the High King were inscribed upon it. No other sword had ever existed to be its equal.
Though Anargen had never seen it or even tried to touch one, it was said when a Knight took hold of its hilt, the Spiritsword would take on a life of its own. Fire would catch on the blade and burn till released, though it neither burned the holder nor charred the sword or softened it. It was afire without being consumed.
Or so it was told. Legends also said only Knights saw such a thing take place. In more ancient times, many could see the effect, but now, something was different. There were whispered stories of darker lands where the High King’s rule had never been accepted still having such a keen awareness of such blades’ powers. This, of course, induced riotous laughter amongst those who doubted the verity of the stories about the Spiritswords. Anargen had always taken it to be something like seeing stars in the day. Where there is already some light, it is more difficult to notice a star. But against the night sky they gleam like precious gems in indigo mines.
Anargen licked his lips which were suddenly dry. He had been in this room before, but never before as a Knight, or at least one soon to be confirmed as a Knight. Knowing the stories, the idea of getting to witness the marvel of the Spiritsword was like the inescapable pull of gravity for him.
He made his way over to a grouping of swords. None of them looked particularly magnificent or capable of the wonders ascribed to a Spiritsword. Several had some inscriptions on their blades.
Gnawing on his lip for a moment, Anargen spared one more glance to ensure he was alone and then grabbed a sword and jerked it from its pine rack before he could talk himself out of it. A silly thing to do. The blade got stuck halfway out because of the poor angle. Anargen spent the next several seconds tugging at the blade as he was overcome with anxiety and frustration.
When he realized it would do no good, he took a deep breath and freed it from the groove it was cutting into the rack’s wood and slid it out the rest of the way. Holding it up, he stared intently.
He got into a guard stance, mimicking what he had observed of other Knights. Muscles tensed, he stood as rigid and still as possible, holding the pose till he felt the gentle burn of his muscles tiring.
He swung the sword around.
There was a slight rush of air and nothing more.
Sighing, Anargen went through an entire series of slashes, guards, and stabs. Battling invisible opponents, he parried and countered, sortied and delivered finishing blows. One imaginary foe after another fell to the sword.
At length, he was breathing heavily and had only three swords left to choose from. Even as he put back his most recent choice, he noticed it. One sword, slightly longer, double-edged and gleaming with an argent nobility. Well-polished, it was adorned in so many characters of small and precise script, Anargen could scarcely read them. A padded leather hilt showed little use and in the cross-guard and pommel were carvings of a lion, or was it a radiant lamb?
In an instant, his heart knew what his mind was more slowly coming to accept. This was a Spiritsword. The one he had been looking for all this time. He drew near slowly, in fear. Not fear as of a snake that could strike an incautious palm, but a reverent fear.
Swallowing and gnawing on his lip, he reached out with ginger fingers to brush the hilt of the Spiritsword. For a split second Anargen thought he could feel heat rising off the blade and hear a crackle.
“Are you sure you’re ready to handle such a sword?” someone enquired from behind.
Stunned, Anargen whirled round to find Sir Cinaed watching him with a thoughtful expression. “Don’t let me stop you. For one so young and new to the Order, you have excellent form,” Sir Cinaed’s deep voice intoned.
Immediately the teen tensed from neck to knees. Stiffened by reluctance, Anargen turned around and put his hands, warm with guilt and shame, behind his back. “Thank you, sir.”
All Anargen wanted to do was slip out. His cheeks grew warm and he had little doubt they looked like they were on fire. Given his intention to sneak and observe the Spiritsword, the irony wasn’t lost on him.
Sir Cinaed crossed the room and placed a large hand on Anargen’s shoulder and gave it a squeeze. “What brought you in here? I don’t believe I have ever seen you practicing before.”
Anargen offered a rueful smile but really didn’t know what to say. He wasn’t sure what the punishment for something like this would be. The truth burst out on the breakers of a sigh. “I wanted to see what the legends speak of.”
To Anargen’s surprise, Sir Cinaed grinned broadly. “We prefer an experienced Knight be present when first learning to wield a Spiritsword, but I’m proud of your inquisitiveness. Nightfall is approaching, so I must attend to other matters. Another time, however, I can instruct you myself.”
“That would be fantastic.” the words had just left Anargen’s mouth in an excited rush when he realized all of what Sir Cinaed had said. “Seren! I’ll be late!”
The young Knight started to run past Sir Cinaed but skidded to a halt and whirled around. “I’m sorry, sir. I’m running late!”
A deep, rumbling chuckle echoed in the room as Sir Cinaed noted, “Seren is much lovelier company than me.” The mirth gave way to a sudden somber note in conclusion. “Just keep a keen eye. Always.”
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I’m a Christian, a writer, a full-time programmer, a husband, a dad, and quite often sleep-deprived. Not necessarily ranked in order of importance, except #1 .
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Hello Readers! Today is my stop during the blog tour for The Thirteenth Guardian by K.M. Lewis, organized by YA Bound Book Tours. Please check out the book details and excerpt in this post. Do not forget to enter the giveaway.
The Thirteenth Guardian by K.M. Lewis
Genre: YA Sci-Fi/Apocalyptic Fantasy
Release Date: June 11th 2019
Da Vinci’s secret pales. Michelangelo concealed an explosive truth in his famous Creation of Man fresco in the Sistine Chapel at the Vatican. Everything we have been taught about Eve is wrong—she didn’t cause the fall of man. Instead, Eve carried a far more devastating secret for millennia; one that will change the world forever.
As the modern-day world suffers the cataclysmic effects of the “Plagues of Egypt”, Avery Fitzgerald, a statuesque Astrophysics major at Stanford, discovers that she is mysteriously bound to five strangers by an extremely rare condition that foremost medical experts cannot explain. Thrust into extraordinary circumstances, they race against time to stay alive as they are pursued by an age-old adversary and the world around them collapses into annihilation.
Under sacred oath, The Guardians—a far more archaic and enigmatic secret society than the Freemasons, Templars, and the Priory—protect Avery as she embarks on a daring quest that only legends of old have been on before. Avery must come to terms with the shocking realization that the blood of an ancient queen flows through her veins and that the fate of the world now rests on her shoulders.
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Vitaliya did as she was asked. She keyed in a final set of code: a filtering command based on Vitaliya’s new constraint.
Let’s see how well I built this bloody thing. Vitaliya hit “Return” to execute the new code, and they both stared at the screen.
In the background, the algorithm searched trillions of packets of data stored in their cloud servers and extracted records that met a very specific set of complex cross-referencing criteria that had been built in, and now, further constrained.
A couple of seconds later, the computer screen blinked and cleanly displayed a data extract. Neatly arranged on the monitor was a list of eight names, along with contact information which was generally not publicly available—home address, mobile phone number, mobile phone password, email address, and last known GPS location—with longitude, latitude, and elevation.
“Please print that out and bring it to me in the study. I have to get in touch with these people right away.” Florianne turned around and hurried off with deliberate purpose to the adjoining room.
About the Author
K.M. Lewis has lived in multiple countries around the world and speaks several languages. Lewis holds a graduate degree from one of the Ivy League Universities featured in his book. When he is not writing, Lewis doubles as a management consultant, with clients in just about every continent. He does much of his writing while on long flights and at far-flung airports around the globe. He currently resides on the East Coast of the U.S with his family.
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