40 Books For Women To Read in 2017

The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

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The makings of a true horror story: A dystopian world in which a woman’s only worth is her ability to breed. Read it before the new Hulu series starring Elisabeth Moss premieres in April. Buy the book

 

 

The Dollhouse by Fiona Davis

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The famed Barbizon hotel takes center stage in this novel where a present-day journalist becomes obsessed with the secrets of one of the Barbizon hotel’s oldest residents. Told in alternating chapters of present day and 1952, The Dollhouse is a coming-of-age story, mystery, and love story, all rolled into one.

The Velvet Hours by Alyson Richman

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A Paris apartment, abandoned for years, and the young woman who closed the door on it at the dawn of World War Two. Who lived in this apartment? Why would anyone leave it shuttered for decades? Richman’s latest novel, The Velvet Hours, is a beautiful novel about two women, the choices they make, and love in its many forms. A must read for fans of The Nightingale.

Dissension – Adrienne Monson

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Vampire Leisha is caught in the middle of an eternal and bloody war between her people and immortals, an undying race sworn to destroy all vampires. It’s a different life from the one she had 2,000 years ago when she led a quiet life as a devoted mother. Leisha soon finds herself captured by the government, only to be saved by a mysterious human girl. Leisha and her newfound friend run for their lives while searching for the one thing that can bring an end to this escalating conflict–the prophecy child. Buy the Book

Beloved by Toni Morrison

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Based on a true story, this haunting novel follows Sethe and her daughter Denver after they escape from slavery and run to Ohio. It’s tough to read twice, but once is mandatory. Buy the book

Lady Cop Makes Trouble by Amy Stewart

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In the long-awaited sequel to Girl Waits With Gun on, Constance has to take matters into her own hands. Lady Cop Makes Trouble, based on actual events, is another irresistible madcap adventure featuring the Kopp sisters.

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

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It’s perhaps the most knocked-off novel in history with material ripe for rom-coms. But you’ve gotta read the original. Buy the book

Commonwealth by Ann Patchett

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One kiss is all it takes to change the course of history for two families. Marriages are crumbled, families are joined, and six children will grow up with a bond based on the shared disillusionment of their parents.

Commonwealth is a smart, thoughtful novel about the ties that bind us.

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë

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An exquisite coming-of-age tale that tackled controversial topics—sexuality, religion andclassism—way before it was cool. Initially, Brontë published the book under the male-sounding pseudonym “Currer Bell.” Buy the book

The Bookshop on the Corner by Jenny Colgan

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Nina Redmond loves being a literary matchmaker, finding the perfect book for each person. As a librarian in the city, that’s what she does all day. But when she loses her job, she heads out to the country, where she sets up a mobile bookshop, driving from town to town, sharing her love of reading.

The Bookshop on the Corner is a sweet read for all bibliophiles.

Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë

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This classic was also published under a pseudonym, but when Emily died a year later, her sister Charlotte re-edited the intense love story about a young woman and her adopted brother and included Emily as the author. Buy the book

Power Your Happy by Lisa Sugar

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POPSUGAR founder Lisa Sugar writes her first book this Fall, and it’s got everything you could possibly want from the creator of a multimillion dollar media company: stellar advice, strong encouragement, and the tools you need to help you figure out what you truly want to do with your life and how to make it happen. Power Your Happy is told in Sugar’s signature style and will motivate you to figure out what’s working for you and what’s not, all designed to set you on your own course to happy.

Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf

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The account of a high-society woman planning a party unfolds over the course of a day. Although Woolf denied the connection, it’s often compared to James Joyce’s Ulysses—but a helluva lot shorter. Buy the book

The Wonder by Emma Donoghue

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Eleven-year-old Anna O’Donnell hasn’t eaten in months and believes herself to be living off manna from heaven. When a nurse is sent to care for the child, she finds herself responsible for the child’s very survival: is she witnessing a miracle or a murder?

The Wonder is a haunting novel about good vs. evil from the author of the bestselling novel Room.

Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston

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Initially rejected for its frankness about racism, the story of Janie, a black woman grappling with marriage, later became one of the most enduring works of the 20th century. Buy the book

Fractured by Catherine McKensie

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Novelist Julie Prentice moves cross country with her family to get away from a stalker. She doesn’t know anyone in her new town, but then she meets a neighbor. When an accident happens on their street, she finds herself the target of unsettling harrasment once again. Fractured is a tense thrill ride that asks the question: do you ever really know your neighbors?

Rebecca by Daphne DuMaurier

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This chilling Gothic novel tells the story of a woman who marries a widower, but discovers that his late wife is still very much a part of their lives. Buy the book

Cruel, Beautiful World by Caroline Leavitt

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When 16-year-old Lucy runs away with her older teacher to rural Pennsylvania, she looks forward to her new life. But her decision will have far-reaching repercussions for her older sister, Charlotte, who she leaves behind, and for her, once she discovers the true nature of her relationship. Cruel Beautiful World is a mesmerizing story about love, family, and obsession.

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

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OK, you’ve probably read this Pulitzer Prize-winning coming-of-age novel about racial injustice in the South. But read it again. Read it ten more times. Buy the book

Today Will Be Different by Maria Semple

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Eleanor wants to do things differently today.

Today Will Be Different. She will do better with her husband. She will do better with her son. She won’t swear, and she will shower. But then life happens. From the acclaimed author of Where’d You Go, Bernadette comes a smart, laugh-out-loud funny, and thoughtful novel about how we reinvent ourselves and how we need to face the truth about our lives before we can truly change.

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou

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Angelou’s screed about literature’s power to overcome racism and trauma was on TheNew York Times best-seller list for two years. It’s that good. Buy the book

The Wangs vs. the World by Jade Chang

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The Wangs had it all: a cosmetics empire and a huge fortune, but the financial crisis ruined all that. Now Charles Wang is taking his family on a road trip across America so that he can get his children safely stowed away and start his life anew in China. The Wangs vs. the World is a funny and touching novel about what it means to belong in America.

The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath

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It’s an emotional read, but this courageous novel based on Plath’s own experiences made it OK to talk about depression. Buy the book

The Guineveres by Sarah Domet

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“We were the Guineveres, and we could do anything we wanted.” Four girls named Guinevere, all dropped at the doorstep of The Sisters of Supreme Adoration during wartime. When four soldiers come to the convent in need of care, the Guineveres dream of getting out, falling in love, and finding their old families. The Guineveres is a beautiful debut literary novel by an author to watch.

The Color Purple by Alice Walker

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Yes, the movie and the Broadway musical are good, too, but actually read the story of Celie and Nettie, OK? Buy the book

The Mothers by Brit Bennett

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It all begins with a secret. Nadia Turner, a senior in high school, is mourning her mother’s suicide when she starts seeing the pastor’s son in secret. The Mothers, the elders from Church, weigh in on what they hear, what they see. Time passes, and we see how young love and secrets can change our lives. The Mothers is a gorgeous, layered novel that I couldn’t put down, one that you won’t want to end. Perfect for book clubs; the book everyone will be talking about this Fall.

The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan

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Consider this 1989 best seller an artful, character-driven introduction to mahjong. Buy the book

Hungry Heart by Jennifer Weiner

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We love Jen Weiner’s fiction, and we love her op-eds for The New York Times. For the first time, Weiner releases a collection of essays, and they are just as warm and funny as you’d imagine (and want) them to be. In Hungry Heart, she takes on marriage, love, parenthood, and that one Summer that she was called “the fat Jennifer” with grace, humor, and intelligence.

The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion

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Read this heartwarming memoir about the unexpected deaths of Didion’s husband and daughter with a box of tissues. Actually, two. Buy the book

Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult

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Jodi Picoult is never afraid to take on hot topics, and in Small Great Things, she tackles race and discrimination in a way that will grab hold of you and refuse to let you go. Meet Ruth Jefferson: she’s the best nurse in the labor and delivery ward of a Connecticut hospital. Meet Turk Bauer, he’s a new father, and also a white supremacist who does not want Ruth, who is black, touching his baby. When the hospital grants his request to keep Ruth away from his child, this decision will have far-reaching implications that change both of their lives. This page-turner is perfect for book clubs.

The Other Einstein by Marie Benedict

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We all know about Albert Einstein and his genius, but history has forgotten another great mind with the same name. In The Other Einstein, we take a look at the life of Mitza Maric, Einstein’s wife, who was a brilliant physicist in her own right, whose contribution to the special theory of relativity has been debated for years. Is there room for more than one genius in a family?

The Boy Is Back by Meg Cabot

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Scandal brings Reed Stewart back to his hometown, a small town he’d rather forget. But once there, he encounters the one who got away, his first love, Becky Flowers, whom he hasn’t spoken to in 10 years, since prom might. Told through emails, text messages, and journal entries, The Boy Is Back is Meg Cabot at her best — giving us her trademark humor and heart while tackling sensitive issues like aging, hoarding, and fraud.

Paris For One by Jojo Moyes

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The fabulous JoJo Moyes is back, this time with the short story, Paris For One, about a woman who finds her way in the most romantic city in the world. It’s paired with a collection of sweet short stories that are sure to satisfy.

Dependent Rerelease

Today I’m thrilled to spotlight Dependent, by Brenda Corey Dunne. Brenda and I were published with the same publisher before we got our rights reverted, and this is her new and imrpoved version! The new cover for her novel is phenominal. Check it out below, along with the blurb. If you’d like to preorder Dependent, click here. It will release on December 9th!

Also, be sure to enter the Goodreads giveaway for a free copy of Dependent! (Details in the link.)

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When forty-five year old Ellen Michaels looses her husband to a tragic military accident, she is left in a world of grey. For twenty-five years her life has been dictated by the ubiquitous They—the military establishment that has stolen her hopes, dreams, and innocence and now in mere months will take away her home. She is left with nothing to hold on to but memories and guilt and an awful secret that has held her in its grip since she was nineteen.

Written with honesty and grace, Dependent deals head on with real-life issues facing women in military communities today: loss, loneliness, frequent moves, the culture of rank and the specter of sexual assault. It presents a heartfelt view of the sacrifice and strength of the often invisible support behind the uniform.

Winner of the 2014 PRG Reviewers Choice Award for Best Drama Novel.

“Raw…real…heartbreaking.”—Brooke Blogs

“A must read for those studying Military Ethos.”—Chief Warrant Officer (Retired) Gino Morreti, Former Canadian Army Sargeant Major

“Fresh, contemporary and gripping.”—Marie Cotter, military spouse.

 

brendaBrenda Corey Dunne grew up in rural New Brunswick, Canada. She originally trained as a physiotherapist and worked several years as an officer in the Royal Canadian Air Force before meeting her Air Force pilot husband and taking her release. She has two other published novels, SKIN (2016) and TREASURE IN THE FLAME (2012).

Brenda is represented by Frances Black of Literary Counsel. She currently resides in the Washington, DC area, but home is wherever the RCAF sends her hubby. When not writing, working or taxiing her three children she can be found either in the garden or on the beach with a book in one hand and a very, very large coffee in the other.

Find her at:

Brendacoreydunne.blogspot.ca
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instagram: brendacoreydunne

Dissension Cover Reveal

For those of you who may not have heard, I got the rights to The Blood Inheritance trilogy reverted back to me in October. What does that mean? In a nutshell, I’m no longer a part of the Jolly Fish Press team. But this is great news! I’m now getting the books re-published through Tork Media!

My previous publisher kept all their rights to the book covers and formatting. So I had the privilege of giving the books a new makeover! I’m working with new editors to polish the books and new formatters to make it look amazing from the inside.  And of course, new book covers to complete the transformation!

So, without further adieu, I give you the new cover for Dissension! It will be re-released December of 2016.

 

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Snow Fright Cover Reveal!

The final installment of the Scarily Ever Laughter Series is here! Or, well it’s on its way. October 4th is its big debut. But no need to wait until October for all the excitement! You can see the cover now! (And be sure to check out the first two books in the series, Cinderskella and Little Dead Riding Hood!)

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Snow Fright book Blurb

Sarah White is gorgeous even if she is a little bit rotten. A mirror arrives on her twelfth birthday and she thinks it’s the perfect gift. But when an innocent game of laser tag gets out of hand, the mirror swallows her whole!

Sarah finds herself dead center of the Underworld. As if repeated run-ins with Mr. Death weren’t bad enough, Sarah now has to deal with her decaying flesh and sudden craving for brains. Not to mention she keeps having brain freezes, all due to the seven worms living in her head.

Of corpse, by the time Sarah escapes the Underworld, she finds her new zombie life less than appetizing. Even worse, she needs to return to the Underworld to save her friends, Cindy and Scarlet. With a poisoned apple, a crow named Raven, and a glowing necklace, Sarah’s pretty sure that if she doesn’t rescue her friends, she’ll be a brain craving zombie forever. And that’s more dead-ication than she’s willing to accept.

Add Snow Fright to your Goodreads account or pre-order your copy at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or Indiebound!

About the authors:

Borst Family (7)Amie Borst loves glitter, unicorns, and chocolate. But not at the same time. That would be weird. She’s a PAL member of the SCBWI as well as a founding and contributing member of The Mixed-Up Files…of Middle-Grade Authors, a group blog dedicated to middle-grade books. Amie lives in Virginia with her three beautiful daughters, her handsome husband, and two cute dogs named Lily and Maggie. She wishes she could travel the country in a hot pink elevator but for now, her minivan will have to do.

Bethanie Borst is 16 and the author of three books but she was only 10 years old when she wrote her first one. She enjoys reading, writing, and archery. She’s also interested in paleontology and astronomy. Bethanie is fluent in both sarcasm and humor and is prepared for the zombie apocalypse and/or spontaneous combustion of the world. Because, let’s face it, both of those things are totally realistic.

You can find the authors on Facebook, as well as their website.

attachmentRachael Caringella is an artist, illustrator, intuitive reader, and healer. And deep down, she is just like you; a rebel and truth seeker. Her days are spent in a little cabin as she paints, dances, sips delicious coffee, reads tarot cards, and, of course, illustrates! When she’s not in her studio, she can often be found wandering the woods, honoring her wild nature in the great outdoors searching for beauty adventure and inspiration. You can find the illustrator on Facebook and her website.

Book Spotlight: The Finger Trap

Today, we get a treat from author Johnny Worthen! He’s going to tell us about his personal connections to his latest release, The Finger Trap. Read on for entertaining details from a talented writer! ~A

 

FingerTrapI have a problem according many modern marketers, I write in multiple genres. My best selling series is YA paranormal something. My debut was a horror and within the last year I’ve had two mysteries be published. I wear tie-dye as a metaphor for being multiple genre author, a symbol to combine the multiple tiles and genres into a kaleidoscope I wear on my body because ultimately, I am the connecting tissue all the book.

Though I say that I have yet to write a book that couldn’t be taught successfully in an English Class thus suggesting that my books are all literary and thus connected, the truth is that they’re all about me. Whether it’s a group of people struggling with love and it’s horrors as in BEATRYSEL or my fear of change and acceptance ELEANOR or testing the limits of my own beliefs as in THE BRAND DEMAND, each is ultimately an investigation into my own psyche. They’re all about me. None more so than THE FINGER TRAP.

Tony Flaner is a malingering part-time detective, full time sarcastic who’s never had it hard and never really finished a thing in his life. Many readers have commented on the resemblance between my fictional detective and me, hopefully for the good parts, but I will tell you that I am not Tony. Tony is not me. Tony is the man I want to be. I wrote him to explore what it felt like to be comfortable in your own skin, to have the confidence and perspective to realize how truly ludicrous the world is. He’s full of flaws and is better for them. He struggles with his own personal limitations as I do daily and finally finishes something. THE FINGER TRAP was that very experience for me. THE FINGER TRAP was the book that convinced me that I wanted to be a writer.

The true theme of the book can only be understood and appreciated when the reader holds it in their hands, feeling its weight, ruffling its pages and reading the tale beginning, middle and end. It is the embodiment of completion for Tony and for me, his creator. The book’s existence completes the parallel tale of author and protagonist.

THE FINGER TRAP is by far my most autobiographical and personal book. Far and away the most fun and funniest of my titles in print. It is a call to Carpe Diem, an ode toe the Flaneur and the success of a completion. It is a modern noir, mid-life crisis, coming of age, social satire, comedy – with quiche.

Readers don’t need to understand or care about the personal journey it represents for me. It has been recognized and praised on its own merits even by people who don’t know me. I’m eternally grateful to them and and all of the readers. It’s public validation for a personal quest.

Gotta’ love Tony Flaner.

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Some reviews:

“I love a smart-aleck hero, and Johnny Worthen has a real winner in Tony Flaner. The Finger Trap is a rollicking good time.” —Steve Brewer, author, the Bubba Mabry mysteries
“I love a smart-aleck hero, and Johnny Worthen has a real winner in Tony Flaner. The Finger Trap is a rollicking good time.” —Steve Brewer, author, the Bubba Mabry mysteries

“Johnny Worthen trapped more than just my finger in this fun mystery. His writing is captivating, as are his characters. Highly recommended!” —Becky Clark

“A voice driven, modern noir, social satire, coming of age mid-life crisis comedy detective story. With quiche. So good, I’d write it again. :-)” —Johnny Worthen

“Don’t read this book lying down. You could choke to death laughing. This book was more than just funny. It’s a great the bad guy gets it in the end story. I hope there will be more Tony Flaner Mysteries.”

 

If you’d like to see more about Johnny Worthen, his other books, or The Finger Trap, click on any of the links below:

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Guest Blog: Sleeping girls (and how to wake them up)

My guest blogger today is Jenniffer Wardell! She’s the fabulous author of fairy tales with a twist (and a zing). Her titles are Fairy Godmothers, Inc., Beast Charming, and her newest release (May 17!) Dreamless. To celebrate the launch of her latest work of art, she’s visiting today and treating us to the amazing cover reveal. Enjoy!

Dreamless comes out May 17. Preorder your copy today!

Dreamless comes out May 17. Preorder your copy today!

When you’re trying to adapt “Sleeping Beauty,” the first thing you have to do is figure out what you’re going to do with the big stumbling block right at the heart of the story.

See, the problem with “Sleeping Beauty” is that the heroine is asleep for the most exciting parts. In fact, her falling asleep is the big dramatic event in the third act, normally after supporting characters have run around frantically trying to stop it from happening. Then someone else – the prince, Maleficent, what have you – comes along and breaks the curse. The same curse, mind you, that was dropped on her head as a baby through no fault (or even decision-making) of her own.

Noticing a pattern here? More than in most fairy tales, our poor Sleeping Beauty is mostly a pawn of the plot – things happen to her, but she never seems to get the chance to actually make things happen for herself. Even in Perrault’s version, which goes into considerable detail about what happens after Sleeping Beauty wakes up, doesn’t give the poor girl much more to do. Yes, her ogre of a mother-in-law threatens to eat her children, but it’s a compassionate steward who saves them. The princess herself barely rates an inconveniently-timed mention in her own future. (We won’t talk about the version where the babies are what wake her up.)

For many women, writers and readers alike, this powerlessness is like an itch just under the skin that can never be quite scratched. So we tweak the story, time and time again – never let her fall asleep, have her save the day after she wakes up, let her help in defeating the villain, let her meet her hero before the curse hits and she falls asleep. Something, anything, to give her a piece of her agency back. To let her be the hero of her own story, instead of merely the prize.

With “Dreamless,” I wanted to take it even further. First, I made sure she knew about the curse. Many versions of the story leave her clueless, and while that may make for a more pleasant childhood it leaves her completely unable to fight back when the worst danger comes. Second, I made her a sorceress, putting her on equal footing with the woman who dropped the curse on her in the first place. It doesn’t magically let her fix the problem (when you’re writing about sorceresses, it’s hard not to pun), but it at least gives her the firepower to fight back.

Third, and most importantly, I make Elena realize that she needs to fight back. At the start of “Dreamless,” Elena has accepted her fate – she and other magic-users have spent years trying to undo the curse, but no one has been able to manage it. She’s lost hope, and because of that she sits back and prepares to let the story happen to her. To, basically, become the version of Sleeping Beauty from the original stories.

But sometimes, you’ll fight for the people you love even when you won’t fight for yourself. Elena realizes over the course of the book that she has too much to live for, and that she has to hope even though it’s the scariest thing in the world. It’s a different kind of wake-up call, but in some ways it’s a lot more effective.

Deliverance Cover Reveal!

Deliverance is going to release on May 31st! And I finally have the cover here for you to see.

But before I do the big reveal, I’m also doing a giveaway. Three winners will receive a copy of Defiance, book two in the Blood Inheritance Trilogy. Contest runs until May 22. Click on the link below to enter:

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Don’t forget, I love reviews. If you post an honest review of any of my books, just send me the link to your review. I’ll get your mailing address and send you some author swag as a big THANK YOU!

Without further ado, here’s the cover to the conclusion of the Blood Inheritance Trilogy…..

 

Deliverance comes out May 31st, available everywhere books are sold.

Deliverance comes out May 31st, available everywhere books are sold.

Epic Giveaway!

battlelinesWe’re celebrating the release of Jen Gresyon’s third book in the Lightning Rider series, Storm Front! And you guys get to join us.
The awesomeness:
Click the Rafflecopter link for a chance to win the grand prize: A membership to Kindle Unlimited for a FULL YEAR! Do you know how many books you could through in a year with KU? Way too many to count!
You can also win other prizes, such as books, ebooks, author swag, and more! Descriptions of the prizes are below the Rafflecopter link.
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And there’s more! Have you read Lightning Rider yet? Jen Greyson is giving away the ebook for free this week! It’s fabulously gritty with a strong female character and a super hot male lead. It’s a must read! Click here to get it.

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Ebook combo of Lightning Rider, Shadow Boxer, and Storm Front, by Jen Greyson ~ R fantasy

Goodreads Giveaway!

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Dissension by Adrienne Monson

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by Adrienne Monson

Giveaway ends April 07, 2016.

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Deliverance, the final book the the Blood Inheritance Trilogy, comes out May 10! To gear up for the big release, I’m hosting a Goodreads Giveaway! It ends April 7, so click above to enter for your chance to win a signed paperback copy of Dissension (book one). There will be ten winners, so chances are great for you! Share with your friends so they can have a chance to win as well.

7 Tips for Surviving ComicCon

ComicConAnyone excited for SLC’s FanX? These ComicCon conventions are over the top. Celebrities and fans are able to come together to get their geek on, and it’s quite the spectacle! People spend months putting their costumes together. They dress up from their favorite shows and movies, and they really go all out! If you’ve never been to one of these conventions, you’re seriously missing out. Look for one in your area, it’s worth it!
Since SLC’s FanX is coming up, my mind is on preparing for that long weekend. Here’s a list of must-haves that I’ve learned to take with me to survive the experience. I realize some of these tips are very basic, but you’d be surprised at how many people forget them or had so many other things on their minds – like meeting celebrities and their costumes – that they just didn’t think of them. So, check out this list and I hope it helps you prepare for the con near you.

1- Backpack or rolling suitcase

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First things first: If you are going to take this stuff I’ve suggested below, you’ll need a practical means of taking it with you. Once you get into a con, you won’t want to go back to your car until you’re leaving for the day. You will also be buying all kinds of merchandise at a con like this, and you’ll want something to carry all of your purchases in.
There’s pros and cons to both a backpack or a rolling suitcase. A backpack is easier to get through a big crowd and it won’t trip others when you try to circumvent everyone around you. The downside is that it will hurt your back and shoulders after a while.
The rolling suitcase doesn’t need to be very large. It’s nice to have something to pull along with you so your back and shoulders aren’t dying by the end of your awesome con weekend. This is my favorite option for rolling suitcase to bring to a con.
You can purchase a hybrid – one that you can carry as a backpack or switch to roll on the floor. Best of both worlds. This is my preferred method.
*Note that most cons reserve the right to search your bags when you enter, for security purposes.
2- Snacks and water bottles

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Yes, cons will have lots of food vendors around, but you don’t want to have to be stuck in long lines when you’re starving. Plus, with all the walking you’ll be doing, you’ll likely be hungry for snacks in between meals. You want something that isn’t too heavy and doesn’t need to be refrigerated. You also need something that will satisfy your hunger for a good while. The following are my recommendations.
*Note: these are gluten free~

Think Thin Bars
Healthy Bars

Water is a huge deal. You’re going to be inside all day with thousands of other bodies breathing in the same recycled air. You’ll need lots of water to sustain you through the whole weekend. Bring a big water bottle. You can refill it at drinking fountains throughout the day. This is the one thing that will seriously weigh down your pack, but it’s necessary. Here’s a link to a great quality one.

If you want something extra to keep you hydrated, I suggest getting Eco drink packets. These are filled with nutrients and vitamins that will keep you extra hydrated and will even help prevent headaches. I take them to any con I make an author appearance at.

Gum or mints are highly recommended since you’ll be meeting celebrities and don’t want to have bad breath when you’re getting your picture taken with them!

3- Protective covers for pics or signatures with celebrities

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Speaking of meeting celebrities, if you have purchased a photo op with them, you’ll have to pay extra for any photo covering to protect it. And even then, the photo could still bend! Not something you want when you just payed $100+ for a once-in-a-lifetime picture. The following links to the perfect photo covers that will keep those pictures from bending or scratching while you’re enjoying the rest of your day.
Presentation Book 
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4- Tylenol, Advil, or essential oils

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I don’t know if it’s raising your voice over the noise all day, being around a bunch of people, or the recycled air, but headaches are very common for people attending a con – especially if it’s your first one. Whatever your preference for pain killers, make sure you bring it with you! Here are my favorite brands for staving off those unwanted headaches:
Headache Relief Gel
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5- Good walking shoes

Dr Scholls
Yes, I know you’re dressing up in your favorite cosplay, or you want to look fabulous/sexy when you meet that one celebrity you’ve been a fan of since Jr. High. But seriously, wear comfy shoes. No dressy heels, no amazing boots that complete your costume. Wear walking shoes that have good arch support and that won’t make your feet sweat. You’ll be standing and walking for a very long time. Take care of those feet so that you’re not hating life by the time you get to the last day of your con.
If you insist on wearing your “pretty shoes”, try these inserts or arch supports.

 

 

 

6- Set amount of cash (plan a budget before going)

Wallet
Whether you’re going for one day or three, plan how much you’ll be spending each of those days. While most vendors take cards, you’ll stick to your budget better if you only use cash. Also, with so many people on the same wi-fi, their swipers may not be the most reliable. Keep your money on your person at all times and don’t make yourself an easy target by tucking it into your back pocket for thieves. Also be aware that in a crowded place like these cons, RFID often occurs. Here’s something you can use to store your cash and keep your credit cards protected from identity theft.

7- Hand Sanitizer
With so many people walking around, germs will be all over the place. Lots of people come home from a con and get sick soon after. You should use hand sanitizer all throughout the day. After using the restroom (Yes, even though you washed your hands), before eating, and after you’ve socialized and shook lots of hands.