Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Beat That Sentence Challenge *Bookcase Edition*

A few years back I gave myself a challenge to form a sentence using book titles. It was loads of fun and lots of people joined in. I've decided to bring it back with an added twist.

Instead of forming a sentence, the goal is to tell a story using all of the books on a single bookshelf. I intend to do a video for every bookshelf in the hopes of telling a full story. It won't be easy, but it will be fun.

If you would like to do this as well, the rules are simple.

  1. One point per book title.
  2. Must be physical books, no ebooks.
  3. Use your shelves as is. Not being able to add and remove books is part of the challenge!
  4. Post your bookshelf story in your video's description or on your blog.
  5. Please link back to my video. It's not required, but credit is much appreciated :)

Watch my Beat That Sentence Challenge *Bookcase Edition* on YouTube



My Bookshelf Story:
Punished with the TIGER'S CURSE, the CLOCKWORK ANGEL was told she must leave the CITY OF GLASS and begin the TIGER'S QUEST. First she met ABRAHAM LINCOLN, VAMPIRE HUNTER, during the DAYS OF BLOOD AND STARLIGHT. He told her that she must find two companions MATCHED in both strength and intelligence. So, she traveled ACROSS THE UNIVERSE, searching the CITY OF BONES and the CITY OF ASHES until she found the DAUGHTER OF SMOKE AND BONE, who was known as THE BEAUTY for her fierce intelligence. Hearing the FIRST RIDER'S CALL, the duo was led to the CITY OF FALLEN ANGELS where they were joined by the GREEN RIDER, who was known as THE BEAST for her strength. But when they finally entered the HIGH KING'S TOMB, they realized that to finish the TIGER'S VOYAGE, a sacrifice would have to be made. Accepting this, the Angel CROSSED through the BLACKVEIL, and thus began THE BANE CHRONICLES.
TOTAL: 21 books



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Thursday, June 1, 2017

The YA Summer Scavenger Hunt (free books and giveaways!)

Scavengers! You are currently at stop #136. You're nearly to the end, but I've got some goodness that you don't want to miss!

I am Lindsay Mead, author of The Hunter Legends, a Young Adult Beauty and the Beast Fairytale Retelling. Humans have been turned into hellhounds. These great, fanged wolves are wild, desperate, and hungry. Belle leads the hunt till a tragedy forces her deep into the dark kingdom. Her heart will be turned, her loyalty tested— and fate will intervene.




Your 136th keyword awaits, but don't forget to grab my free book while you're at it! Happy hunting!


FREE

>> Claim your copy HERE before June 9th <<


$2.99




The 136th keyword is:

“AND”

Write it down, because there's more awesome coming your way.

The next two stops on the hunt will be...

#137. Jenetta Penner

#138. David R. Bernstein

Good luck, scavengers!


JOIN THE HUNT

Our massive young adult scavenger hunt is OPEN – this is a chance to meet some new authors, grab a bunch of free books, and sign up to win a whole bunch of epic prizes! In addition to the $500 grand prize, each of the authors will be offering free books and other prizes.

HOW TO PLAY 

Each author will be given a special keyword, which will be bolded and all caps like this: BUTTERFLIES.

All you have to do is visit all the author’s sites in this order, write down the special keywords to discover the short story, then enter the giveaway with the completed secret legend here:


There will be one main giveaway for the main prize, but most of the participating authors will also have smaller giveaways for free books, amazon credit and author swag, so make sure you read their post carefully to see what else they’re offering while you’re on their site for the keyword.

NOTE: some of these will be easy to find, some of them are harder. If you get stuck, click on the “blog” and look for the most recent post, then try to find the word that looks different or out of place – it should be bolded and in all caps.

DEADLINE = JUNE 7TH 

Just go through the “treasure map” above to find the keywords and reconstruct the secret legend. Once you’ve got it, enter for the grand prize HERE. Don’t forget to keep an eye out for other giveaways or free books as you search for the keywords, most authors will be offering their own prizes as well.

THE MAP (PARTICIPATING AUTHORS)

  1. Cindy Ray Hale
  2. Katherine Bogle
  3. Melle Amade
  4. David Kudler
  5. A.M. Yates
  6. Alethea Kontis
  7. Stevie Rae Causey
  8. Katlyn Duncan
  9. Debbie Manber Kupfer
  10. Meredith Rose
  11. N.M. Howell
  12. Lara Ann
  13. K.M. Robinson
  14. J.A. Culican
  15. Heather Karn
  16. Rob L. Slater
  17. Dylan Keefer
  18. Sarah K. Wilson
  19. L.J. Higgins
  20. Gina Marie Long
  21. Em Kazmierski
  22. Travis Hall
  23. Heather Young-Nichols
  24. Anna Santos
  25. J.L. Weil
  26. Jo Schneider
  27. Logansfiction.com
  28. Kristin D. Van Risseghem
  29. Martine Lewis
  30. Tara Benham
  31. Stacy Claflin
  32. Beth Hammond
  33. Erica Cope
  34. Nicole Zoltack
  35. Char Webster
  36. Sabrina Ramoth
  37. T.J. Muir
  38. Raquel Lyon
  39. Beth Rodgers
  40. S.L. Beaumont
  41. Eva Pohler
  42. Melanie McFarlane
  43. Cheryllynn Dyess
  44. Audrey Rich
  45. Amanda Zieba
  46. Sandie Will
  47. Elle Scott
  48. Angie Grigaliunas
  49. Ashley Maker
  50. Mandy Peterson
  51. Audrey Grey
  52. Elisa Dane
  53. Amy McNulty
  54. Melinda Cordell
  55. Monica Leonelle
  56. Claire Luana
  57. Frost Kay
  58. Preeti C. Sharma
  59. Bentz Deyo
  60. April Wood
  61. Lena Mae Hill
  62. Angel Leya
  63. Wendi Wilson
  64. Wendy Knight
  65. Chogan Swan
  66. Tamara Hart Heiner
  67. Norma Hinkens
  68. Patti Larsen
  69. Megan Crewe
  70. Jamie Thornton
  71. Jessie Renée
  72. T.A. Maclagan
  73. Lydia Sherrer
  74. Phyllis Moore
  75. P.D. Workman
  76. J.A. Armitage
  77. K.N. Lee
  78. Angela Fristoe
  79. Rhonda Sermon
  80. G.K. DeRosa
  81. Erin Richards
  82. Ali Winters
  83. Larissa C. Hardesty
  84. Kristine Tate
  85. Debra Kristi
  86. Bella Rose
  87. Cortney Pearson
  88. Jeff Kohanek
  89. Kristal Shaff
  90. Rachel Morgan
  91. Emma Right
  92. C.L. Cannon
  93. Joanne Macgregor
  94. Lindsey Loucks
  95. Farah Cook
  96. Erin Hayes
  97. Jesikah Sundin
  98. Dorothy Dreyer
  99. Danielle Annett
  100. C.J. Ethington
  101. L.C. Hibbett
  102. Madeline Dyer
  103. Katie John
  104. Nicole Schubert
  105. Rachel Medhurst
  106. Tee G Ayer
  107. May Freighter
  108. Heather Dyer
  109. Jen Minkman
  110. J.L. Gillham
  111. Karen Tomlinson
  112. Kate Haye
  113. Megan Linski
  114. Martina Billings
  115. Jo Ho
  116. EE Isherwood
  117. Inna Hardison
  118. Rachel Bateman
  119. Sally Henson
  120. J.L. Hendricks
  121. A.L. Knorr
  122. T.M. Franklin
  123. Raven Oak
  124. felisha Antonette
  125. Jake Devlin
  126. S.F. Benson
  127. Laurie Treacy
  128. Emily Martha Sorensen
  129. Leia Stone
  130. T. Rae Mitchell
  131. J. Keller Ford
  132. Kat Stiles
  133. Jessica Hawke
  134. Elyse Reyes
  135. Sophie Davis
  136. Lindsay Mead or Bianca Scardoni
  137. Jenetta Penner
  138. David R. Bernstein
  139. Olivia Wildenstein
  140. Derek Murphy

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

FREE BOOKS! LAST DAY!

I am so pleased to announce that my first book, The Beast, has reached 3,000 readers. No doubt you've heard me talking about it because I've been planning a big giveaway to celebrate. I teamed up with a bunch of amazing authors and we have an awesome bundle of ebooks for everyone. That's right, everyone! No drawings, no waiting, and certainly no losers. Just enter your email address into the form below, click the big red claim button, and then check your email for all of your free books. It's really that simple!

Don't forget the epic grand prize (US ONLY)! So many signed books! My inner collector is going crazy. You need to get on this-- you need to get on this now! Because we can only give out just one set of books, this one has to be an actually contest. Submit your email into the rafflecopter form, tweet the giveaway, and subscribe to my youtube channel for extra entries. You're gunna want to increase your chances of winning. This is a not a prize that you want to miss out on.

Please note that by entering and sharing this giveaway, you're helping me and all the participating authors. Each new reader we meet brings us one step closer to realizing our writing dreams. You're apart of that. Just like so many of you are the reason The Beast has been read 3,000 times. Thank you, a few thousand times over...Thank you.

If you're seeing this on Goodreads and you can't see the giveaway forms or video, visit my blog to enter: http://lindsaymead.blogspot.com/


---- ENTER YOUR EMAIL BELOW AND CLAIM THESE FREE BOOKS! ----
*Available for Kindle, Nook, or on PDF*
- The Beast by Lindsay Mead
- Ray Of Light by Elle Scott
- Outbreak by Joshua C. Chadd
- Rose Petal Graves by Olivia Wildenstein
- Empty Threat by Danny Bell
- Rebel's Blade by Frost Kay
- Alien Frog Prince by J.M. Page & Juno Wells
- The Black Witch by Robert D. Jones


Now scroll down and enter your name to win the grand prize.

---- THE GRAND PRIZE (US ONLY)----
- The Beauty by Lindsay Mead (EBOOK)
- Outbreak by Joshua C. Chadd (SIGNED PAPERBACK)
- Rose Petal Graves by Olivia Wildenstein (SIGNED PAPERBACK)
- Empty Threat by Danny Bell (SIGNED PAPERBACK)
- Ray Of Light by Elle Scott (SIGNED PAPERBACK)
- Rebel's Blade by Frost Kay (SIGNED PAPERBACK)
- Against The Beast by R.J. Batla (SIGNED PAPERBACK)
- Planet Neverland by J. M. Page & Juno Wells (SIGNED PAPERBACK)
- A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas (HARDCOVER)


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---- PARTICIPATING BLOGS ----
Cubicle Blindness
Dana Square
Lexington Alexander

Sunday, April 2, 2017

Currently Reading & Just Finished: Promise Of Fire & Kiss Of Steel

Last year and for a time before that, I suffered from a nasty reading slump. But it seems the answer is consistency. Nearly every morning, I grab a novel from my bedside table and I read for awhile. Sometimes it's just a chapter, a few pages, and sometimes I struggle to walk away. Whatever it is, I still try to get in some reading every day. And it seems to be working because I've read through about 6 books since last September. That may not seem like much to some of your powerhouse readers, but considering that I read only 4 books last year...

JUST FINISHED



When Nowhere Is Safe

Most people avoid the dreaded Whitechapel district. For Honoria Todd, it's the last safe haven. But at what price?

Blade is known as the master of the rookeries—no one dares cross him. It's been said he faced down the Echelon's army single-handedly, that ever since being infected by the blood-craving he's been quicker, stronger, and almost immortal.

When Honoria shows up at his door, his tenuous control comes close to snapping. She's so...innocent. He doesn't see her backbone of steel—or that she could be the very salvation he's been seeking. 

AFTER THE REREAD:
I enjoyed this book as much the second time as I did the first time. So glad that I decided to buy a physical copy for my shelves. I'm sure I'll reread it again years from now. This is just one of those books that are fun to return to.

ORIGINAL REVIEW:
I floated through this book. Gah, it was such a nice change from what I had been reading. Not only was it a good story, but the writing was good too! I know that it's popular for authors to rush out books as fast as possible these days, sacrificing the craft. However, there is truly something to be said for a well written sentence. My eyes just wanted to devour paragraph after paragraph. As far as stories go, this was a pretty standard Steampunk/Fantasy Romance. That is not a knock either. I very much enjoyed this book, which is why I read it so quickly. Anyway, the romance was lovely, the characters likable, the action exciting, and the world building fantastic. Highly recommend for any fan of the genre.
My Spoilery Thoughts: (view spoiler)

Recommended

Yes/No Checklist 
Sex: Yes
Gore: Yes
Rape: No
Magic: Vampires and other supernatural things.
Drugs: Alcohol & cigars

Star Categories 
Romance: 5 Stars
Action: 4.5 Stars 
Pacing: 4.5 Stars 
Writing: 4 Stars 
Plot: 4 Stars 
Overall: 4.5 Stars

Protagonist Meter 
Damsel-----*-----Badass
I particularly liked that the female protagonist wasn't irrationally weak. No she wasn't a badass, but she could pull the trigger of a gun when it was called for. I don't know why, but so many female leads seem to be incapable of doing even something as simple as that.

CURRENTLY READING


A Promise Of Fire by Amanda Bouchet

Catalia "Cat" Fisa is a powerful clairvoyant known as the Kingmaker. This smart-mouthed soothsayer has no interest in her powers and would much rather fly under the radar, far from the clutches of her homicidal mother. But when an ambitious warlord captures her, she may not have a choice…

Griffin is intent on bringing peace to his newly conquered realm in the magic-deprived south. When he discovers Cat is the Kingmaker, he abducts her. But Cat will do everything in her power to avoid her dangerous destiny and battle her captor at every turn. Although up for the battle, Griffin would prefer for Cat to help his people willingly, and he's ready to do whatever it takes to coax her…even if that means falling in love with her.


This book has loads of hype, which I didn't know when I bought it. It just stood out to me on the bookshelf. So when I discovered that it was pretty popular, I was quite surprised. I'm very excited to start this book. It seems unique and I'm excited about a romance that continues on past the first book. Generally romance books follow different couples in each book. I enjoy that sometimes, but my first love will always be the epic saga.