Cover Reveals & Giveaway: Tell Me My Name-Mary Fan + Slam-Tash McAdam

StoryTime is a tri-annual event created by Glass House Press. All proceeds from the StoryTime events will be donated to SDDAS Spirit Fund, a nonprofit society dedicated to giving homeless animals the medical care they need. For more information, visit their website at sddac.com/donations.asp.

Today is the cover reveal of two novellas in StoryTime releasing on October 14, 2014: Tell Me My Name by Mary Fan and Slam by Tash McAdam.

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In Mary Fan’s second novella from Glass House Press, a teen girl wakes up in an icy cell, alone and frightened. She has no memory of who she is or how she came to be there.

She does know that she must get out, at all costs. And that escape must start with remembering the simple things – her own name. Her place of origin. Her possible powers.

When a group of dark magicians reveal themselves to be her captors, she finds herself in the clutches of those who will stop at nothing to uncover the secrets locked within her lost memories. With her life fading under their merciless spells, the need to escape becomes dire.

But can she get out when she doesn’t even know who she is? Can she count on one unlikely ally for help? Or is it already too late for her, a girl without a name?

Tell Me My Name introduces the main characters in Mary’s new fantasy series, Fated Stars, with the first book, Windborn, due in late 2015.

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cooltext1690354613 copyMary Fan is a hopeless dreamer, whose mind insists on spinning tales of “what if.” As a music major in college, she told those stories through compositions. Now she tells them through books—a habit she began as soon as she could pick up a pencil. Flynn Nightsider and the Edge of Evil follows a well-received debut novel, a space opera titled Artificial Absolutes (2013), and is the first in the Flynn Nightsider series. Mary would like to think that there are many other novels in her bag, and hopes to prove that to the world as well.

Mary lives in New Jersey and has a B.A. from Princeton University. When she’s not scheming to create new worlds, she enjoys kickboxing, opera singing, and blogging about everything having to do with books.

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cooltext1690355244 copyTelepaths, torture, mindwipes … the Institute has it all, and they use each of their brainwashed children as weapons, the way they see fit. To control society, repress its people. To make certain that they stay in power, no matter the cost. Serena’s baby brother Damon is one of those children, and these days he’s so altered that he doesn’t even recognize her.

When it comes to getting Damon away from those who kidnapped him, there’s nothing Serena won’t do. Even if she has to kill him to save him. First, though, she must prove to her father that she has what it takes to be a soldier against the insidious threat of the Institute. Her first mission has to be perfect.

But with inaccurate intelligence, unexpected storms, and Gav Belias, people’s hero of the Watch, on the prowl, will she even survive? If she doesn’t succeed, they’ll never let her go after her brother.

And that would be unthinkable, when it was her fault that he was taken in the first place.

Slam is Tash McAdam’s first work with Glass House Press, and serves as a prequel to her series The Psionics, with the first book, Maelstrom, due in 2015.

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cooltext1690354613 copyTash McAdam’s first writing experience (a collaborative effort) came at the age of eight, and included passing floppy discs back and forth with a best friend at swimming lessons. Since then, Tash has spent time falling in streams, out of trees, learning to juggle, dreaming about zombies, dancing, painting, learning Karate, becoming a punk rock pianist, and of course, writing.

Tash is a teacher in real life, but dreams of being a full-time writer, and living a life of never-ending travel. Though born in the hilly sheepland of Wales, Tash has lived in South Korea and Chile and now calls Vancouver, Canada home.

Maelstrom, the first book in The Psionics, is Tash’s first published work. Visit the website or facebook for news, gossip, and random tidbits about Tash’s adventures.

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ARC Review: Rewind to You-Laura Johnston

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cooltext1638450297 copy“A rapturous, beautiful debut with a romance that seeps into you like a sizzling Georgia summer.” —Amber Hart, author of Before You

Wish You Were Here

One last summer before college on beautiful Tybee Island is supposed to help Sienna forget. But how can she? This is where her family spent every summer before everything changed, before the world as she knew it was ripped away.

But the past isn’t easily left behind. Especially when Sienna keeps having episodes that take her back to the night she wants to forget. Even when she meets the mysterious Austin Dobbs, the guy with the intense blue eyes, athlete’s body, and weakness for pralines who scooped her out of trouble when she blacked out on River Street.

When she’s with Austin, Sienna feels a whole new world opening up to her. Austin has secrets, and she has history. But caught between the past and the future, Sienna can still choose what happens now…

“A fabulous, fresh new voice in YA.” —Kay Lynn Mangum, author of The Secret Journal of Brett Colton

“Laura Johnston scores a touchdown with this coming-of-age love story.” —Kelly Nelson, author of The Keeper’s Saga

“This poignant, sweet romance gripped my heart from beginning to end.” —Jennette Green, author of The Commander’s Desire

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4/5 Stars

Rewind to You is a sweet summer love story that evolves into so much more. It’s passionate and full of the sort of soul-searing emotional trauma that breaks and rebuilds characters and opens the reader’s heart.

PROS:

  • The city, River Street is a quaint and magical little town. It radiates southern charm and serendipity, there’s an enchanting feeling that anything can happen on this street. The people are friendly, eclectic, and all have these micro-stories that add authenticity to the setting. You easily feel like you could stumble upon this tiny vacation spot and fall in love with its simple atmosphere. 
  • The candy shop scene might be one of the most romantic and playful dates I’ve ever read. It was perfect. Sienna is bursting with light and laughter, she’s absolutely dazzled by the chocolate fantasy land, it’s like she’s at Disney World for the first time. Her happiness is infectious and real, I challenge you not to smile during this scene. Seriously, it’s impossible. Ditto for the pier rainstorm scene.
  • Sienna is incredible. The guilt she feels over her father’s horrible death is crippling. Every ounce of hurt is magnified by the tension in her household and this feeling of being trapped. Sienna wants to make her father proud, has to walk on eggshells around her fragile, moody mother, and deal with the pressures of family expectations. All of her life, Sienna has been pushed into things, desperate to make everyone happy and has sacrificed who she is along the way. Sienna no longer knows what she wants and her confusion is understandable. Trying to live with the memories of the gruesome car crash is a psychological war that takes over her life physically. Her fainting spells at memories of the night her father died put her in precarious and potentially deadly situations. The opening scene with the pervs hassling her and the anxiety that makes her vulnerable to their advances was extremely scary. The fact that her anxiety, the visions or rewinding she suffers during her fainting spells could kill her because she loses control is far more terrifying than the fainting itself. Sienna is far from perfect, she ignores her heart and forgives easily and that sets her up for pain and lies. Yet, Sienna has had to live with so much agony and guilt that it’s amazing she can smile at all. She’s truly an uplifting character.
  • Rewind to You is not only a love story but tackles many issues that should be discussed but haven’t really, like PTSD, ADHD, and bipolar disorder. Mental illness is a dominant part of the lives of those who suffer and it’s hard to understand from an outsider’s perspective. Johnston did a wonderful job really getting at the energy, randomness, and whirlwind of emotions and reactions in Spenser’s character. That he can be a rowdy, loving child one moment and not grasp reality from Batman in the next is startling to read and grants the reader not only insight but understanding.
  • Grab your tissues. Trust me. There are tears of happiness, sadness, fear, and anger that just pour from this book. 
  • The concept of forgiveness is sometimes overlooked and taken for granted. It was front and center in this book and made the characters that much more admirable. If I was in Sienna’s shoes, I don’t know that I would have had the strength or capacity to let it go.
  • Austin is an all around great guy. He’s nice to everyone, be it penniless musicians on the street or rich jerks he just met. Austin is open, honest, and tells it like it is. He doesn’t back down but voices his opinions and tries to view the world from many perspectives. When Austin falls for Sienna, it’s a rush of elation. His attraction to her is more than just physical, it’s to everything about her. His sections, the way he describes her just begs for a chorus of awwws and pleasant sighs. Austin is persistent and slightly cocky but doesn’t let it go to his head, if anything he’s oddly humble. Austin comes up with the most enchanting, creative dates. I would LOVE to see this as a film.

CONS:

  • The cover is a little off-putting. It’s zoomed in so close and while I love the color scheme and how it seems to brighten the contrast with their skin, it’s like they’re under a microscope. The photo would have been just as intimate, if not more, zoomed out. 
  • The beginning of the book, especially the scenes with Austin and his friends in the car read really immature and the word choice felt forced and unrealistic. That some drugged up, party boys would use such babyish words didn’t make sense and had me staring at the page puzzled. 
  • Kyle is such a piece of garbage, he’s a disgusting human being and that Sienna can even let him put his hands on her is just perplexing. The dog. Speechless.

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Release Day Blitz & Giveaway: Hope for Her-Sydney Aaliyah Michelle

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Hope for Her (Hope series, #1) By Sydney Aaliyah Michelle

Release Date: October 1, 2014

cooltext1712921505 copyNo one ever expected much from him.

Joshua Elijah Griffin, IV is on his last chance. A stint in rehab and a transfer to a new school has scared him into putting his life on track. He’s determined to live up to his family’s expectations, but on the first day of class, Josh meets a girl, and he knows his father won’t approve, but in Carrington, he sees a kindred spirit. He’s willing to give up everything to be with her.

No one ever thought she was special.

Carrington Olivia Butler is ready to shine. Always in the shadows of her siblings, she goes away to college to break out of her shell. All Carrington wants is to feel special. Josh’s attention is exactly what she craves, but their intense and sometimes volatile relationship is more than what she bargained for.

Josh’s demons return, and Carrington’s feelings fade, but both aren’t ready to give up hope. They give their love one last shot to survive, but hope, may not be enough.

**This book contains adult subject matter. Not intended for young readers.**

cooltext1712942546 copyI reached out and grabbed her, wrapping my arms around her waist. She resisted, pushing and punching my arms and shoulders. I wanted her to fight me. To hit me and scream and show me what I did to her.

After a while, she collapsed in my arms, exhausted from fighting, but her sobs continued for several more minutes. My neck and chest dampened from her tears, and her whole body convulsed when she released an uncontrollable series of coughs. It shook us both, but I held on tight. The vibration of our bodies glued together made me hard, and I found it difficult to concentrate. I tried to push those thoughts out of my head. I wanted her to understand.

It tore me up to know I caused her an ounce of pain. I held her tight with one arm and stroked her back with the other. Each stroke, her body softened. When her last bit of energy drained, I turned us around and her back was up against my car. I placed my hands on her hips; she whimpered as I lifted her and sat her on the trunk.

Her damp hair stuck to her face, and I pushed it away. I wiped her eyes and lifted her chin.

“How could you leave me like that?” she asked. The desperation in her voice fucked with my mind. I hated myself.

“I’m sorry,” I whispered as my lips sweep across her cheek. She tensed. I expressed my gratitude by kissing her other cheek. She whimpered, and my heart cracked.

I kissed her forehead, dropped my hands to her waist, and her head fell forward without my support.

“Why?” she asked. Her voice sounded defeated, but defiant. She wanted an answer. She deserved an answer.

“Since I meet you, I’ve had the time of my life.” I kissed her jawline as I placed my hands on her thighs.

“I’ve never met anyone like you before.” As my lips moved to her ear, she leaned into me. I pushed her legs apart. I wanted to hold her, get closer to her. She relaxed more with every kiss.

“I want to be with you so bad.” When I reached her earlobe, I bit it, and she moaned. “But eventually you’re going to leave me.”

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cooltext1718229341 copySydney Aaliyah Michelle

Sydney Aaliyah Michelle is a New Adult Contemporary Romance writer, a voracious reader and movie fanatic who hails from Texas.

After surviving 5 1/2 years living in China, she had the courage to finally pursue her passion and become a writer.

Sydney has been blogging at sydneyaaliyah.com for three years, where she interviews people about their tattoos, discusses her favorite movie quotes, reviews books (New Adult & only the ones she loves) and journals about her writing and editing process.

Sydney’s self-published debut New Adult Novel Another New Life was released in May 2014.

An active tweeter, she is also a JuNoWriMo (2x) and NaNoWriMo (2x) winner who notes the sci-fi action flick “The Matrix” as the best representation of her life in the past. She is now awake.

She can recite the entire script for the 80’s teen comedy/drama “The Breakfast Club” and loves any and everything associated with the Avengers Movie, especially Tony Stark.

When it come to books, Sydney reads different genres, but some of her favorite writers are Stephen King, Alex J. Cavanaugh, Cora Carmack & Emily Bronte. Under the Dome, The Great Gatsby & Wuthering Heights are her favorite books.

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Cover Reveal: Two Faced-Melissa Pearl

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TWO FACED (The Mask Series, #2) BY MELISSA PEARL

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cooltext1712921505 copyCaitlyn Davies has an unusual gift. She knows exactly how people feel. Everyone wears a mask, but she sees the hidden truth. This ability has changed her life, both for the better and worse. She can choose to ignore what she sees…but what happens when it involves the guy she loves?

Eric Shore knew getting involved with a girl who could read people was risky, but he couldn’t help himself. Caitlyn is gorgeous and he loves being with her. Their relationship is going great…until she tells him that his step-brother and star basketball player, Connor, is doing drugs. Having looked up to the guy for years, Eric just can’t buy it. Things only get worse when Caitlyn questions the true nature of Eric’s favorite teacher.

The first year at college is supposed to be amazing, but theirs is off to a rocky start. As masks are peeled away, secrets will be exposed, dangers will be revealed, and both must decide out of the people closest to them, who is telling the truth…and who is being two-faced…

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Melissa Pearl was born in Auckland, New Zealand, but has spent much of her life abroad, living in countries such as Jordan, Cyprus and Pakistan… not to mention a nine month road trip around North America with her husband. “Best. Year. Ever!!” She now lives in China with her husband and two sons. She is a trained elementary teacher, but writing is her passion. Since becoming a full time mother she has had the opportunity to pursue this dream and her debut novel hit the internet in November 2011. Since then she has continued to produce a steady stream of books. Recently she signed with Evatopia Press and her first Evatopia book was released in February 2014 – True Colors, The Masks Series #1. She is very excited to be trying out new things this year while continuing to publish under her own name as well. She has six new titles releasing in 2014 and is excited about writing each and every one of them.

“I am passionate about writing. It stirs a fire in my soul that I never knew I had. I want to be the best writer I can possibly be and transport my readers into another world where they can laugh, cry and fall in love.”

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