Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Cover Reveal: Arcana by Jessica Leake

Quick, look. I've brought you something pretty...

Today I'm super excited to be part of the cover reveal for Arcana by Jessica Leake. I've been wanting to get back to posting regularly and I think this amazing cover reveal was the right way to start. It's gorgeous and I'm kind of in love with it. Now stop reading this and go gawk at the pretty.

Release Date: November 4, 2014

Book Summary:
A romantic, suspenseful, genre-bending debut set in Edwardian London.

Amid the sumptuous backdrop of the London season in 1905, headstrong Katherine Sinclair must join the ranks of debutantes vying for suitors. Unfortunately for Katherine, she cannot imagine anything more loathsome—or dangerous. To help ease her entrance into society, Katherine’s family has elicited the assistance of the Earl of Thornewood, a friend and London’s most eligible bachelor, to be her constant companion at the endless fetes and balls. But upon her arrival in London, Katherine realizes there will be more to this season than just white gowns and husband hunting.

Through her late mother’s enchanted diary, Katherine receives warning to keep hidden her otherworldly ability to perform arcana, a magic fueled by the power of the sun. Any misstep could mean ruin—and not just for her family name. The Order of the Eternal Sun is everywhere—hunting for those like her, able to feed on arcana with only a touch of the hand.

But society intrigue can be just as perilous as the Order. The machinations of the fashionable elite are a constant threat, and those who covet Katherine’s arcana, seeking the power of her birthright, could be hiding behind the façade of every suitor—even the darkly handsome Earl of Thornewood.

With so much danger and suspicion, can she give her heart to the one who captivates her, or is he just another after her power?

Author Bio:
Jessica Leake has been in love with historical England ever since her first literary crush: Mr. Darcy. After embarking on a quest to bring her own intriguing and headstrong characters to life, she decided to quit her day job as a clinical therapist and spend her time weaving arcana with words. She lives in Greenville, SC with her brilliant husband, three painfully cute children, and two mischievous dogs. She invites you to visit her at jessicaleake.com.


Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Waiting on Wednesday {28}: 3:59

Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

Today I'm featuring 3:59 by Gretchen McNeil.

Synopsis from Goodreads:  Josie Byrne's life is spiraling out of control. Her parents are divorcing, her boyfriend Nick has grown distant, and her physics teacher has it in for her. When she's betrayed by the two people she trusts most, Josie thinks things can't get worse.

Until she starts having dreams about a girl named Jo. Every night at the same time—3:59 a.m.

Jo's life is everything Josie wants: she's popular, her parents are happily married, and Nick adores her. It all seems real, but they're just dreams, right? Josie thinks so, until she wakes one night to a shadowy image of herself in the bedroom mirror – Jo.

Josie and Jo realize that they are doppelgängers living in parallel universes that overlap every twelve hours at exactly 3:59. Fascinated by Jo's perfect world, Josie jumps at the chance to jump through the portal and switch places for a day.

But Jo’s world is far from perfect. Not only is Nick not Jo's boyfriend, he hates her. Jo's mom is missing, possibly insane. And at night, shadowy creatures feed on human flesh.

By the end of the day, Josie is desperate to return to her own life. But there’s a problem: Jo has sealed the portal, trapping Josie in this dangerous world. Can she figure out a way home before it’s too late?

Why I'm Waiting: I loved Gretchen McNeil's Possess and Ten so she's on my automatic pre-order list. Anything she writes I will buy. If you haven't read anything by her yet, you should.  She's amazing.
3:59 will be released by Balzer + Bray on September 17th, 2013!

Okay, so that's mine. What's your WOW pick this week? Also, if you want to participate, head on over to Breaking the Spine and link up!!

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Rock the Drop 2013

It's that time again! Rock the Drop 2013 will happen tomorrow 4/18/2013. I participated last year with some books from the lovely folks at Haper Collins and it was a blast. This year I'll be dropping the following around Philadelphia for some lucky teens to find:

Level 2, by Lenore Appelhans

What Happens Next, by Colleen Clayton

A Beautiful Dark, by Jocelyn Davies

Dark Eden, by Patrick Carman

Justin Bieber: Just Getting Started

Most of these books are new but are duplicates of books I received from the publisher, so thank you to Harper, Simon & Schuster, and Little Brown!! If you want to join in the fun, see the details below courtesy of Figment.

Here’s how Rock the Drop works:

1. Print out the official bookplate (click here for a full-size version) and put it inside a book you want to share. Used books are totally okay! You can also share the bookplate on your blog, Tumblr, and Facebook.

2. Plan a super sneaky or sentimental place to hide your book. Under the tree in your favorite park? On the subway? In the cafeteria? Whichever place you choose is perfect.

3. On Thursday, April 18, drop your book and then tweet a picture or the name of the location with the hashtag #rockthedrop.

4. Bask in the glow that comes with introducing a complete stranger to his or her new favorite book.

And don’t forget, you can FIND books too! Follow @readergirlz for more info on #rockthedrop.

Rock the Drop celebrates YALSA‘s Support Teen Literature Day. It’s being coordinated by readergirlz, Figment, Soho Teen, I Heart Daily, and 826NYC.

This year, you can also donate books to the awesome 826NYC to help them grow their in-house library and support their youth writing and literacy initiatives! Package up books you love and mail them to:

attn: Joan Kim
c/o: readergirlz Rock the Drop
372 Fifth Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11215

Waiting on Wednesday {27}: The 100

Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

Today I'm featuring The 100 by Kass Morgan.
Synopsis from Goodreads:  In the future, humans live in city-like spaceships orbiting far above Earth's toxic atmosphere. No one knows when, or even if, the long-abandoned planet will be habitable again. But faced with dwindling resources and a growing populace, government leaders know they must reclaim their homeland...before it's too late.

Now, one hundred juvenile delinquents are being sent on a high-stakes mission to recolonize Earth. After a brutal crash landing, the teens arrive on a savagely beautiful planet they've only seen from space. Confronting the dangers of this rugged new world, they struggle to form a tentative community. But they're haunted by their past and uncertain about the future. To survive, they must learn to trust-and even love-again.
Why I'm Waiting: A toxic Earth, spaceships, a struggle to survive. Definitely right up my alley. Plus, I hear they are already developing a pilot for TV and I always like to read the book before I watch the television show.
The 100 will be released by Little Brown BFYR on September 3rd, 2013!

Okay, so that's mine. What's your WOW pick this week? Also, if you want to participate, head on over to Breaking the Spine and link up!!