Free and bargain books today

Bone-ColdHi everyone! Bone Cold is officially out in the world! Woo hoo! So very excited that the second part of Holly’s story is now in reader hands. To celebrate, the first two books are currently available on Amazon at special deal prices.

Bone Dry (book 1) is free today only. And Bone Cold (book 2) is on sale for 99 cents today and tomorrow only. And, as always, the prequel short story is available for free to all newsletter subscribers. You can sign up to that by clicking here.

Hope everyone is having a fabulous week. Thanks for reading!

New Release: Bone Cold!

Bone-ColdBONE COLD, Book 2 in the Soul Shamans series, releases tomorrow! Right now, it’s still available on Amazon for 99 cents on pre-order. I’m super excited about this book. Holly and the gang encounter a new type of magic, some shaman-resistant spirits, and a mysterious figure from Holly’s past. Really hope everyone enjoys reading this next chapter in Holly’s adventure!

Just when Holly Bennett thinks life in the sleepy town of Seaport might finally be back to normal—or as normal as it gets when you’re a shaman—the you-know-what hits the fan again.

Nathan, her sweet boyfriend, turns distant and cold. Her best friend Laura grows secretive and paranoid, and her mother disappears to hunt a dangerous shaman. Naturally, that’s the moment soul-sucking spirits descend upon Seaport, leaving a trail of corpses in their wake. And familiar faces lie among the dead.

Holly struggles to stop the carnage, but she soon finds these spirits are impervious to her powers. Alone and confused, she must unlock their secrets while there’s still something of Seaport left to save. But when the sinister truth is revealed, friendships will break and lives will be lost. And Holly will learn what it means to be utterly betrayed.

YA Scavenger Hunt with T.H. Hernandez Plus BONUS Giveaway

scavenger huntWelcome to YA Scavenger Hunt! This bi-annual event was first organized by author Colleen Houck as a way to give readers a chance to gain access to exclusive bonus material from their favorite authors…and a chance to win some awesome prizes! At this hunt, you not only get access to exclusive content from each author, you also get a clue for the hunt. Add up the clues, and you can enter for our prize–one lucky winner will receive one signed book from each author on the hunt in my team! But play fast: this contest (and all the exclusive bonus material) will only be online for 72 hours!

Team PinkGo to the YA Scavenger Hunt page to find out all about the hunt. There are EIGHT contests going on simultaneously, and you can enter one or all! I am a part of the PINK TEAM–but there is also a blue team, a gold team, a green team, an orange team, a teal team, a purple team and a red team for a chance to win a whole different set of signed books!

If you’d like to find out more about the hunt, see links to all the authors participating, and see the full list of prizes up for grabs, go to the YA Scavenger Hunt page.

SCAVENGER HUNT PUZZLE
 
Directions: Below, you’ll notice that I’ve listed my favorite number. Collect the favorite numbers of all the authors on the pink team, and then add them up (don’t worry, you can use a calculator!).

 
Entry Form: Once you’ve added up all the numbers, make sure you fill out the form here to officially qualify for the grand prize. Only entries that have the correct number will qualify.

Rules: Open internationally, anyone below the age of 18 should have a parent or guardian’s permission to enter. To be eligible for the grand prize, you must submit the completed entry form by APRIL 5, at noon Pacific Time. Entries sent without the correct number or without contact information will not be considered.

THHernandezToday, I am hosting T.H. Hernandez on my website for the YA Scavenger Hunt!
 
When not visiting the imaginary worlds inside her head, T.H. Hernandez lives in San Diego, California, with one husband, three children, two cats, and one dog. In addition to her day job as a tech writer and editor, she writes young adult fiction and blogs about books, movies about books, and anything else that moves her. She particularly loves the young adult genre with the intensity of teen emotions and the way they’re still figuring out life.
 
When she’s not writing, you can find her with her nose in a book, hanging out with her family and friends, hiking, or knitting. She’s obsessed with pumpkin spice lattes, social media, binge watching Doctor Who on Netflix, microbrewed beers, Bad Lip Reading videos, and the San Diego Chargers.
 
Find out more information about the author and her books by checking out the links below!

 

 

The Union (The Union Series #1) by T.H.HernandezEXCLUSIVE CONTENT

 
After global warming and a second civil war devastated the former United States, two different societies rose from the ashes – the Union, a towering high-tech utopia, hugging the perimeter of the continent, and the devastated, untamed midsection known as the Ruins.
 
Seventeen-year-old Evan Taylor has an easy, privileged life in the Union. What she doesn’t have is any idea what to do with the rest of her life. She only knows she wants to do something meaningful, to make a difference in the lives of others.When she’s kidnapped and taken into the Ruins as a pawn in a dispute involving her boyfriend, Bryce, her ideal world is turned upside down. What she learns while in the Ruins shakes her faith in everything she’s ever known, from Bryce, to her family, and even the Union itself.
 
Now Evan must choose whether to stay with Cyrus, the sexy, resourceful survivor who believes she’s in the Ruins for a reason, or return to the only life she’s ever known. But when she stumbles upon a dangerous plot that threatens both worlds, her decision could tear her apart.
 
This exclusive, bonus scene takes place between Chapters 20 and 21 of The Union, the day after Evan’s first trip to the trading post.
 

I’m starting to wish I hadn’t offered to help Will dig the new latrine this morning. Even though I wore gloves, fresh blisters are popping up on the pads below my fingers. I hope to god Sonia has something to put on them.

On my way downstairs, I pop my head into the room she shares with Marcus, but she’s not in there, or in the kitchen. Ben and Connor are folding laundry on the dining room table while Ty pushes dirt around the floor with a broom in his four-year-old attempt at sweeping.

“Hey, guys,” I say. “Have you seen Sonia?”

“She’s outside,” Connor says.

“They’re watching the gun show,” Ben says with a roll of his dark eyes.

“The gun show?” I ask. This is new. I have yet to fire a gun, and I’m not sure I actually want to, but I can’t deny I’m intrigued.

Heading out the door off the kitchen, I bounce down the stairs to the wrap around porch. A steady thwacking comes from beyond the porch. It doesn’t sound like gunfire though. It’s more of a dull sound.

When I round the corner, Ally, Sonia and Draya are leaning against the porch railing with their backs to me. Ally glances over her shoulder at me as I approach.

“What’s going on?” I ask.

“Just taking in the scenery,” Sonia says.

I push up the railing to see what’s so fascinating. “Holy…woah,” I say, additional words refusing to form in my head, much less come out of my mouth.

“Yeah,” Ally says.

Cyrus stands with his back to us, his shirt off, his shorts hanging low on his hips revealing two dimples on his lower back just above his waistband. He swings an ax, bringing it down on a log in front of him, splitting it two. Muscles flex and contract with each swing, sweat running down smooth, tanned skin.

“Damn,” I whisper.

I watch his bicep flex when he brings the ax up again. He reaches for another log, placing it on the chopping block and takes another swing.

“So, um…” I clear my throat, “does this go on every day.”

“Yup,” Draya says.

It suddenly occurs to me that she’s watching her boyfriend’s shirtless brother with way too much interest. I cut my eyes to her. “I take it this is the gun show.” I sweep my arm out in front of me.

Sonia’s cheeks turn pink. “Well, he does have impressive guns.”

“Don’t you have a boyfriend?” I ask her.

She shrugs. “Do you see him chopping firewood without his shirt on?”

“Does he know you watch him?”

“Doubtful,” Draya says. “It’d go to his already inflated head.”

Cyrus doesn’t strike me as particularly cocky, but she knows him better than I do.

“Whose turn is it today?” Sonia asks.

“It’s mine,” Ally says. “But I think Evan should take it.”

Three pairs of eyes toward me and Draya’s lips quirk up in a mischievous smile.

“Uh, my turn for what?”

“To take him a glass of water,” Ally says. “We all rotate. Honestly, you need to see the front, and it’s the only way.”

“Oh, no.” I say, backing away. “I’m not participating in your eye groping.”

“Aww, come on, you’re practically drooling. And your eyes have barely left him since you walked out here,” Draya says.

“That’s not the point. Besides, I saw him shirtless yesterday at the swimming hole on the way back from the trading post.”

“Suit yourself,” Draya says, handing a glass of water to Ally.

Suddenly, as if I have no control over my arm, I reach out and snag the glass from Draya. “Fine. I’ll do it.”

“I thought so,” Ally says under her breath.

I cross the length of the porch to the steps and walk down the path to where Cyrus is. He glances up as I approach and wipes his arm across his forehead. He smiles and reaches out to take the glass.

“How do you know this is for you?” I ask.

His left eyebrow notches up. “It’s not?”

“No it is.”

His smile broadens, and I’m glad the weirdness between us from last night is gone. I hate that I let it get to me that he’d spent all afternoon with Lucy. It’s none of my business. But standing here in front of a half-naked Cyrus, sweat glistening off of taught skin, it’s hard not to imagine what they were doing. I fight the blush rushing to my cheeks.

“So what are you up to this afternoon?” he asks, taking a sip of water.

“I was looking for Sonia to get something to put on these,” I say running my fingertips lightly over the blisters on my left hand.

“How’d you get those?”

“Digging a latrine.”

He smiles. “Oh really?”

“What?” I ask, wondering what’s so funny about that.

“Nothing.” He shakes his head. “Too bad though. I could show you how to chop firewood, but you probably don’t want to do that with blistered hands.”

“No, probably not.”

He finishes the water and hands the glass back to me. “Thanks for this.”

“Apparently it was my turn,” I say with a smile.

“What?”

“Nothing.” I give him the same lame non-answer he gave me. Touché. I turn to head back to the porch.

“Hey,” he calls out. I turn back, my eyes locking onto his six-pack abs before gliding over sculpted chest muscles and finally meeting his eyes. “Green tea.”

“H-huh?”

“Your blisters. Soak them in green tea. Apply some aloe vera and wrap them in gauze.”

“Oh, thanks.”

He turns back and swings the ax again, and I watch one more time as those muscles do magical things to my circulatory system.

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Don’t forget to enter the contest for a chance to win a ton of signed books by me, T.H. Hernandez, and more! To enter, you need to know that my favorite number is 5. Add up all the favorite numbers of the authors on the pink team and you’ll have all the secret code to enter for the grand prize!

CONTINUE THE HUNT
 
To keep going on your quest for the hunt, you need to check out the next author, Nicole Zoltack! Click here to continue on!
 
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All the updates

neversleep3dcroppedSo many updates in this post! First up is that it’s Never Sleep‘s release day today! Never Sleep is my crazy combo of science fiction, adventure and romance about a girl with fatal insomnia who commences a dangerous mission through NYC to find the only cure.

It’s available now on Amazon. If you have a chance to check it out, it would really help the book’s launch if you left an honest review. 🙂 Plus, I love hearing feedback about what readers think about a story.

Also happening this week is Bone Dry’s Book Blitz with the amazing Itching for Books. As part of the giveaway, a $15 Amazon gift card is up for grabs, and Bone Dry is on sale for only $0.99! In addition, Bone Carved, the prequel short story is on a two-day free run, and you can snag your free copy here.

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Never Sleep Teaser Countdown: 1 Day to Release

It’s only 1 day (eeeeee!!) until Never Sleep releases into the world! In the meantime, the book is available for pre-order on Amazon if you’d like to go ahead and reserve your copy!

Today’s teaser is taken from the moment Thora first meets Gemma, another girl with the  same strange fatal disease: chronic months-long insomnia. They make an important pact that Thora later finds very important when she’s on the run in New York City.

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YA Spring Fling Author Interview with Ceinwen Langley

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The YA Spring Fling is in full swing, an epic giveaway with over 100 books up for grabs from over 70 authors. The giveaway is still open from now until April 3rd. If you’d like to enter to win some awesome readerly prizes, go check out the site here.

Today I’m talking to Ceinwen Langley, one of the YA authors participating in the giveaway. Ceinwen is the author of The Edge of the Woods, an awesome fantasy read about a girl who must decide between the stifling life she’s always known and a mysterious (but potentially dangerous) life in the woods.

Portrait of Cei Langley, Author

Welcome Ceinwen! What’s your favourite thing about spring?

Unfortunately, while the northern hemisphere’s getting ready for Spring we down in Australia are just rolling into Autumn. But I’m looking forward to the flowers Spring will eventually bring (if not the hay fever!). I’ve become a bit of a gardener over the last year or so and I’ve managed to grow daffodils, bluebells and snowdrops in my slightly unforgiving climate. 

What’s the best thing about being a writer?

Creating new characters and worlds. I spend a lot of time thinking about my characters before I start to write their stories. It lets me get to know them as people and immerse myself in the world they live in. I try not to think too much about the plot of their story, but figure out what their day to day life looks like before their story begins. What do they want, what do they need, what problems are they facing? How does their routine work? I feel like it gives me a solid starting point, and it also means I’m basically never bored. Stuck in a queue? Hop over to dystopian London and hang out with Riley. Long flight? Figure out what Mona would get up to out on the road. 

What’s the worst thing about being a writer?

Deadlines! The pay! Having to show people what you’ve written! Having to talk to people about what you’ve written! I’m the unfortunate writer stereotype, I like to hang out alone in my pyjamas with MS Word and as much hot chocolate as my cranky intestines will allow. Getting other people as excited about my work as I am is pretty daunting, and I’m still working on being good at it. Can’t you tell?

edge-cover2Tell us more about your books.

So far I’ve only published one book, The Edge of the Woods, which is a stand-alone fantasy that follows Emma, a young woman trying to navigate the rigid social structures of her village to ensure a decent life for herself and her widowed mother. Unfortunately, as a girl with no father, no money and no prospects, the odds are stacked against her. When a mysterious (and very pretty!) young man appears from the woods and offers her an easy way out, Emma has to decide whether she wants an escape from the future the village has in store for her or a chance to fight for a better one. 

My aim with The Edge of the Woods – and all of my books – is to tell stories about complicated, interesting young women from all walks of life. I want to take them on adventures, help them navigate through difficult decisions, see them struggle and fail and still figure out a way through. 

Tell us something interesting about your main character.

Emma snores. Like a hog. 

Coffee or Tea?

Tea, no milk no sugar, preferably green or fruity. 

Plotter or Pantser?

Both and neither. I plot, and then I pants, and then I agonise, and then replot, and then pants again, and then have a stress induced break. So I’m probably an Agoniser.  

Are there any books involved in the YA Spring Fling that you’re secretly lusting after?

I’m seriously eyeing off Sacrificed by Emily Wibberly, Solace by Therin Knite, The Witching Elm by C.N. Crawford and White Hart by Sarah Dalton. 

What was the last YA book you read?

Laurinda by Alice Pung. It’s fabulous, you should read it. 

What are your top tips for surviving a bad review?

To think about every book, TV show or movie I’ve ever hated and let rip on, and then remember how many people I know whose opinions were completely different. Sometimes there are really valid lessons in bad reviews, but a lot of the time, it’s just a readers personal preference. Not everyone is going to love or even like what you do, and that’s okay. 

What are your top tips for surviving a zombie apocalypse?

I do actually have a machete on standby for this sort of thing (also house intruders and serial killers) but I’m pretty sure I’m one of the casualties in the opening montage of the zombie movie. I’m slow, weak, and too short to be able to smack anything hard enough in the head. Though in an ideal situation, I would somehow be near The Rock when the apocalypse starts and he’ll just sort of take me in. And never wear a shirt. 

What inspires you?

It’s hard to pin down any one thing. Sometimes it’s taking something I’ve heard on the news and asking what could cause something like that to happen, or what could happen next. Sometimes it’s a song or artwork that makes me feel a certain way, and a story grows around that mood. Sometimes it’s just remembering an old story and twisting it on its head, or seeing a recurring trope and wanting to do something completely different. And sometimes it’s a city, or a house, or a patch of land. If you keep your eyes, ears and mind open, almost anything can inspire you to write something. Great ideas can spark from the smallest things. 

Where can readers find your books?

The Edge of the Woods is currently digitally exclusive to Amazon, but you can buy the paperback from Amazon, Barnes and Noble and Book Depository. I also occasionally contribute to magazines. To keep up with my work and read some short stories, you can follow me over at my website.

Thanks for stopping by Ceinwen!

Don’t forget to stop by Sarah Dalton’s website to be in with a chance of winning this amazing book as well as the many others up for grabs! 🙂 Good luck everyone!

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Never Sleep Teaser Countdown: 2 Days to Release

It’s only 2 days until Never Sleep releases into the world! In the meantime, the book is available for pre-order on Amazon if you’d like to go ahead and reserve your copy!

Today’s teaser is taken from a couple of hours after Thora has begun her quest through nighttime New York City to seek the cure for her fatal insomnia. She loves the pulsing midnight sidewalks, but feels seriously overwhelmed by the dark and dangerous repercussions of her quest.

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