Saturday, September 27, 2014

#OCCBF #MiddleGrade #TeenYA #MeetTheAuthor - Schedule of Author Presentations and Book Signings at OC Kids Book Fest!







 ....AND OUR EMCEES FOR THE DAY - DEREK TAYLOR KENT WILL BE INTRODUCING YOU TO OUR MIDDLE GRADE AUTHORS AND JESSICA LOVE WILL INTRODUCE THE TEEN AND YOUNG ADULT AUTHORS!

#OCCBF - Orange County Children's Book Festival - Sunday - Sept. 28th!

As you know by now I am the chief author wrangler for the Tween, Teen and Young Adult Stage at the #OCCBF - the largest free book event for kids!



The Orange County Children's Book Festival serves children of all ages 
from Picture Books to Teen & Young Adult - hosting over 40,000 people 
on one Sunday a year at Orange Coast College!

We foster confidence through literacy and work to instill a true joy of reading! 
With SIX big Stage areas there will be something that speaks to every attendee....

The Stages in Order:
The Animal Stage 
The Cooking & Fitness Stage (Premiere)
The Illustrator Stage 
The Main Entertainment Stage 
The Middle Grade, Teen & Young Adult Stage
The Story Teller Stage


#TeenYA #MeetTheAuthor - Kiersten White To Present At The Orange County Kids #BookFest #OCCBF

Kiersten has has been quite prolific in 2014  with THREE new books!

IN THE SHADOWS with artist Jim Di Bartolo

From the remarkable imagination of acclaimed artist Jim Di Bartolo and the exquisite pen of bestselling author Kiersten White comes a spellbinding story of love, mystery, and dark conspiracy, told in an alternating narrative of words and pictures. 

Cora and Minnie are sisters living in a small, stifling town where strange and mysterious things occur. Their mother runs the local boarding house. Their father is gone. The woman up the hill may or may not be a witch. 

Thomas and Charles are brothers who’ve been exiled to the boarding house so Thomas can tame his ways and Charles can fight an illness that is killing him with increasing speed. Their family history is one of sorrow and guilt. They think they can escape from it . . . but they can’t.


THE CHAOS OF STARS

Kiersten White, New York Times bestselling author of Paranormalcy, is back with The Chaos of Stars—an enchanting novel set in Egypt and San Diego that captures the magic of first love and the eternally complicated truth about family.

Isadora's family is seriously screwed up—which comes with the territory when you're the human daughter of the ancient Egyptian gods Isis and Osiris. Isadora is tired of living with crazy relatives who think she's only worthy of a passing glance—so when she gets the chance to move to California with her brother, she jumps on it. But her new life comes with plenty of its own dramatic—and dangerous—complications . . . and Isadora quickly learns there's no such thing as a clean break from family.

Blending Ally Carter's humor and the romance of Cynthia Hand'sUnearthly, The Chaos of Stars takes readers on an unforgettable journey halfway across the world and back, and proves there's no place like home.


ILLUSIONS OF FATE

Downton Abbey meets Cassandra Clare in this lush, romantic fantasy from New York Times bestselling author Kiersten White.

“I did my best to keep you from crossing paths with this world. And I shall do my best to protect you now that you have.”

Jessamin has been an outcast since she moved from her island home of Melei to the dreary country of Albion. Everything changes when she meets Finn, a gorgeous, enigmatic young lord who introduces her to the secret world of Albion’s nobility, a world that has everything Jessamin doesn’t—power, money, status…and magic. But Finn has secrets of his own, dangerous secrets that the vicious Lord Downpike will do anything to possess. Unless Jessamin, armed only with her wits and her determination, can stop him.

Kiersten White captured readers’ hearts with her New York Times bestselling Paranormalcy trilogy and its effortless mix of magic and real-world teenage humor. She returns to that winning combination of wit, charm, and enchantment in Illusions of Fate, a sparkling and romantic new novel perfect for fans of Cassandra Clare, The Madman’s Daughter, and Libba Bray.

#TeenYA #BookReview - Linda Buckley-Archer's The Gideon Trilogy


The Gideon Trilogy 

3 Books - The Time Travelers;  The Time Thief;  

The Time Quake




5.0 out of 5 stars Tired of Your Tweens and Teens Reading Vampires & Werewolves?

If you have been with us since the "The Time Travelers" you may recall that book one in "The Gideon Trilogy" ends with a bang!!! Just as Peter & Kate are about to return to their own time with Kate's father Dr. Dyer, Peter is thrown aside by the 18th century villain "The Tar Man".

...and Book Two picks up the story with the Tar Man learning to work with technology to further his evil goals and raise him to a position in society that he could never have attained in the 1700's. Meanwhile, Kate takes matters into her own hands and goes back to rescue Peter and ends up taking his father back in time with her.

...unfortunately, the coordinates are changed and they end up going back to an England where Peter has lived and grown to manhood.

In Book Three - The Time Quake it all comes to a head...with not one but two of the best villains I've read in awhile!

First - Lord Luxon and his attempt to manipulate a key point in history...his plot - the growing effect of the time quakes brought about by use of the anti-gravity machine. Kate takes on the role of an Oracle able to see the future as her tie to the physical world grows more tenuous each day; experiencing the "fast forward" effect more and more and is finally reduced to binding herself to Peter, who she realizes is her "ground."

...and Second "the Tar Man" who's decision in the end will determine whether the time quakes splinter the world.

Each sequel was even better than the last book and if this ever hit the big screen it would give Harry Potter and Twilight a run for the money!!! SHHHHH - don't tell but, Time Travel teaches history!

From Amazon:
In 1763 Gideon Seymour, thief and gentleman, hides from the villainous Tar Man. Suddenly the sky peels away like fabric and from the gaping hole fall two curious-looking children. Peter Schock and Kate Dyer have fallen straight from the twenty-first century, thanks to an experiment with an antigravity machine. Before Gideon and the children have a chance to gather their wits, the Tar Man takes off with the machine, and Peter and Kate's only chance of getting home. So begins the saga of Gideon Seymour, The Tar Man, Peter Schock and Kate Dyer. Book One lays out the foundation of the possibility of Time Travel. Stuck in 1763 London is a challenge without all the modern conveniences. How will Kate, a strong-minded girl from the 21st century, cope with what is expected of a young maiden in 1763? Will Peter ever forgive his father and find a way home? What has the Tar Man done with the machine? Book Two finds Peter stuck in 1763 while Kate is desperately trying to find a way to get him home. Kate begins to suffer from side effects of time travel. Meanwhile, the Tar Man is wreaking havoc in the 21st century as he found a way to use the time machine for his own personal gain. Will Kate get Peter back? Can Gideon stop the Tar Man before changes time? The final book 3 has both Peter and Kate stuck in 1763 after creating yet another time machine to try and get Peter home. Now time is splintering due to too many changes brought about by the greed of Lord Luxon, the master of the Tar Man from 1763. This brings in the question of possible parallel worlds. Can 2 worlds exist at the same time? What will happen to Peter and Kate's world if changes continue? Can the Tar Man and Lord Luxon be stopped? What will become of Gideon? The possibility of time travel has always been an inspirational mystery for many writers. This complete set of 3 books addresses several questions and some seemingly plausible answers. There is on-going adventure and excitement on every page.

Sunday, October 6, 2013

COMING SOON! More Than Jamie Baker by Kelly Oram


COMING SOON! More Than Jamie Baker, the second book in the Jamie Baker series by Kelly Oram is almost here!

More Than Jamie Baker will be on the shelves in just over a week - be sure to pick up the first book while it is still 99¢...



Haven't read book one yet? No problem! 
For a limited time Being Jamie Baker(Jamie Baker #1) is available for $.99 onAmazon and Barnes &Noble!



An accident that should end in tragedy instead gives seventeen-year-old Jamie Baker a slew of uncontrollable superhuman abilities. 

To keep her secret safe Jamie socially exiles herself, earning the title of Rocklin High's resident ice queen. But during a supercharged encounter with star quarterback Ryan Miller she literally kisses anonymity goodbye. Now the annoyingly irresistible Ryan will stop at nothing to melt the heart of the ice queen and find out what makes her so special. 

Unfortunately, Ryan is not the only person on to her secret. Will Jamie learn to contain her unstable powers before being discovered by the media or turned into a government lab rat? More importantly, can she throw Ryan Miller off her trail before falling in love with him?


Thursday, July 4, 2013

#BookTrailerThursdays - Debut Novel Another Little Piece by Kate Karyus Quinn


Book Trailer Thursdays!

To participate, post an entry in your blog on Thursdays with an embedded book trailer of your choice (note: the trailer can be fan made but please no movie trailers of book adaptations) with your thoughts and comments underneath. It can be a book you have read, want to read or have never even come across before. 

Today we are featuring a Sneak Peek from...the debut novel, Another Little Piece by Kate Karyus Quinn




ANOTHER LITTLE PIECE by Kate Karyus Quinn
by harperteen
The spine-tingling horror of Stephen King meets an eerie mystery worthy of Sara Shepard's Pretty Little Liars series in Kate Karyus Quinn's haunting debut. On a cool autumn night, Annaliese Rose Gordon stumbled out of the woods and into a high school party. She was screaming. Drenched in blood. Then she vanished. A year later, Annaliese is found wandering down a road hundreds of miles away. She doesn't know who she is. She doesn't know how she got there. She only knows one thing: She is not the real Annaliese Rose Gordon.

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

The Watcher in the Shadows by Chris Moriarty



The Watcher in the Shadows 
(Inquisitor's Apprentice #2)

by Chris Moriarty

4.0 out of 5 stars An Alternate History? or Alternate World?July 2, 2013

This book is everything that a tween or teen reader is looking for today...it is a little Victorian, just a touch of Steampunk and lots of Adventure.

That being said I really didn't expect to like it (not a big fan of Alternate Worlds) but it won me over! I didn't read Book One in the series, The Inquisitor's Apprentice so I truly thought it might be a difficult read but the characters and story sucked me in!


Magic - History - and death by an Electric Tuxedo?  what's not to like?  ...oh and the author's name is Moriarty...Seriously?  Love it!

The Watcher in the Shadows (Inquisitor's Apprentice) has something for everyone and boys will love it as much as the girls...some of the dialog is a little disjointed, though that could be a period issue.

I would recommend this series to boys and girls from 12 up (10 if they are good readers).




Summary from Amazon:
At the turn of the twentieth century, New York’s Bowery District becomes the scene of a terrible murder when the Klezmer King gets fried to a crisp by his Electric Tuxedo—on stage! The Inquisitor’s apprentice, thirteen-year-old Sacha Kessler, tries to help find the killer, but the closer he gets to solving the crime, the more it sounds as if the creature that haunted him in his first adventure is back. Worse still, his own Jewish family is in danger. Sacha has avoided learning magic until now, but as his world falls apart around him, he changes his mind.

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