Friday, October 31, 2014

Blog Tour: Her Perfect Game (Hot & Nerdy #2) by Shannyn Schroeder @sschroeder @lyricalpress @NereydaG1003

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Welcome to The Cover Contessa's stop on the Her Perfect Game blog tour!
Her Perfect Game photo herperfectgame_zpsb09bf624.jpgHer Perfect Game (Hot & Nerdy #2)

Release Date: 10/27/14
Kensington Books
112 pages

 Summary from Goodreads:
Spring break is supposed to be a week of fun in the sun for three childhood friends about to graduate from college. But one of them is ready to get her game on somewhere else…

Charlie Castle is an expert archer and a fierce warrior—in her favorite video game, anyway. But college life was a program she couldn't quite master. To land a cybertech job without a degree, she's entering a "hackfest" over spring break—where she also hopes to meet the sweet gamer who's been flirting with her online. Instead, she runs into the hot guy who walked away years ago, and can't fight the desire that comes rushing back.

Jonah Best has never gotten over Charlie, whose kisses were always as deliciously creative as her coding. But now that they're face to face again, he doesn't know how to admit that her online admirer is really him—or how to convince her that he's offering her a job for her incredible skills, not her sex appeal. Can Jonah cut through their communication glitches and persuade Charlie that the next level up for them should be forever?



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Shannyn Schroeder photo shannynschroeder_zpsfbf1e3e2.jpgShannyn is a former English teacher, who now works as a part-time editor while raising her three kids.


Even though she wrote from high school through college (mostly poetry), she’d never considered a career as an author. Writing fell by the wayside as she focused her energy on creating lesson plans and new and fabulous ways to torment her teen students. One group in particular dubbed her “The Torture Master,” a title she carried into motherhood.
After the birth of baby number two, Shannyn resigned from teaching and fell in love with reading romance novels. She read so many books so quickly that her husband teased, “If you’re going to read so many damn books, why don’t you just write one?”

So she did.

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ARC Review: Talon (Talon #1) by Julie Kagawa @HarlequinTEEN @Jkagawa

Talon (Talon #1) photo 17331828_zps1814b8a0.jpgLong ago, dragons were hunted to near extinction by the Order of St. George, a legendary society of dragon slayers. Hiding in human form and growing their numbers in secret, the dragons of Talon have become strong and cunning, and they're positioned to take over the world with humans none the wiser.

Ember and Dante Hill are the only sister and brother known to dragonkind. Trained to infiltrate society, Ember wants to live the teen experience and enjoy a summer of freedom before taking her destined place in Talon. But destiny is a matter of perspective, and a rogue dragon will soon challenge everything Ember has been taught. As Ember struggles to accept her future, she and her brother are hunted by the Order of St. George.

Soldier Garret Xavier Sebastian has a mission to seek and destroy all dragons, and Talon's newest recruits in particular. But he cannot kill unless he is certain he has found his prey: and nothing is certain about Ember Hill. Faced with Ember's bravery, confidence and all-too-human desires, Garret begins to question everything that the Order has ingrained in him: and what he might be willing to give up to find the truth about dragons.
 


Title: Talon (Talon #1)
Author: Julie Kagawa
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Publication Date: October 28, 2014


Brooke's Review:
I want to thank Harlequin Teen for providing me with an early copy of this book for an honest review. Receiving this book for free has in no way altered my opinion or review.

I have to say that when I read the blurb for this book I got all kinds of excited. I enjoyed Kagawa's Iron Fey series, but I loved her Blood of Eden series more. And now she was writing a series about dragons? How could it go wrong. And after having read the first chapter that she posted online, I knew for sure I had to have this book to read. So I jumped in with both feet and held on tight for the ride.

The book opens and we are introduced to Ember. She's a young dragon who has been training all her life to be assimilated into the human world. At 16 she is finally getting the chance as she and her twin brother, Dante, are placed in a house on the shore of California. Ember is excited to have the summer to live as a "normal" girl: no training, no school, no commitments. Ember truly comes across as a normal teenage girl. I don't get the gist that she's a dragon unless she's telling us about it. I wish I could have seen more conflict with this. She's trained that humans are the enemy but she easily assimilates and takes on human characteristics.

And a YA book wouldn't be complete if there wasn't some romance and conflict. This comes in the form of Garrett, a soldier for the order of St. George (Ember's enemy) and Riley, a rogue dragon determined to show Ember her true potential. Garrett comes across as this sweet, inexperienced guy (at least when it comes to females) who is determined to keep his secrets. Riley, on the other hand,is a gruff, sexy guy who doesn't hold back. The two guys are in direct conflict with Ember's training: dragons don't show or have emotions. But there's more to life than what Ember has been taught and both these guys show her that.

I love the idea of this book. I love the idea of dragons hiding within our society. But what I was missing in this book is the why. Talon is said to exist to help protect dragons. That they were hunted to near extinction by the order of St. George. But we never get what the actual conflict was between the human's and the dragons. What exactly happened in history to make the dragons and humans hate each other so? I needed this back story and it just did not exist in this installment of the series. I'm surprised because in previous books I've read from this author, there is always a ton of world building. What is the history of Talon? The order of St. George? Give me something!I didn't get that so much in this book.

I do love Julie's writing. It's easy to read and flows well. I will say her voice sounded completely different to me in this book. But I think that's a good thing considering it's a new series. She mixes romance and action well, although I felt the story was slow in a few places and I thought maybe there could have been more conflict scenes to really show us the relationships between humans and dragons. Instead we get mostly Ember's conflict with her emotions and how she wants to be just a "normal" girl.

Overall the book was a good enough read, but I didn't find it to be on par with Kagawa's other writing. I will most likely pick up the next book so I can see what happens as this one does end on a cliffhanger.

Julie Kagawa photo 2995873-2_zpsa019019e.jpgJulie Kagawa, the New York Times bestselling author of the Iron Fey and Blood of Eden series was born in Sacramento, California. But nothing exciting really happened to her there. So, at the age of nine she and her family moved to Hawaii, which she soon discovered was inhabited by large carnivorous insects, colonies of house geckos, and frequent hurricanes. She spent much of her time in the ocean, when she wasn’t getting chased out of it by reef sharks, jellyfish, and the odd eel.
When not swimming for her life, Julie immersed herself in books, often to the chagrin of her schoolteachers, who would find she hid novels behind her Math textbooks during class. Her love of reading led her to pen some very dark and gruesome stories, complete with colored illustrations, to shock her hapless teachers. The gory tales faded with time (okay, at least the illustrations did), but the passion for writing remained, long after she graduated and was supposed to get a
real job.
To pay the rent, Julie worked in different bookstores over the years, but discovered the managers frowned upon her reading the books she was supposed to be shelving. So she turned to her other passion: training animals. She worked as a professional dog trainer for several years, dodging Chihuahua bites and overly enthusiastic Labradors, until her first book sold and she stopped training to write full time.
Julie now lives in Louisville, Kentucky, where the frequency of shark attacks are at an all time low. She lives with her husband, an obnoxious cat, an Australian Shepherd who is too smart for his own good, and a hyper-active Papillion.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Blog Tour: Souless (Maiden of Time #2) by Crystal Collier @CrystalCollier1

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Welcome to The Cover Contessa's stop on the Souless blog tour!

Souless (Maiden of Time #2) photo Soullesslarge_zps4409f237.jpg Alexia manipulated time to save the man of her dreams, and lost her best friend to red-eyed wraiths. Still grieving, she struggles to reconcile her loss with what was gained: her impending marriage. But when her wedding is destroyed by the Soulless—who then steal the only protection her people have—she’s forced to unleash her true power.

And risk losing everything.

Title: Souless (Maiden of Time #2)
Author: Crystal Collier
Publisher: Raybourne Publishing
Publication Date:October 13, 2014




Crystal's Review:
I received an e-copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

As always, I’ll try to keep this spoiler free:


What I love most about the Maiden of Time series is its plot ingenuity and unconventional characters. The Passionate and the Soulless are something that I, at least, have never seen before. The complexity of their story is finally beginning to reveal itself to us in Soulless.


In Soulless we’re introduced to other “nations’ or “factions” of Passionate, which Kiran is desperately trying to reunite in order to win this war with the Soulless that our dear, freaky Bellezza started. Each of those factions know about Alexia and her ability to stop time and they each want her power, presumably for their own agendas. It is imperative that Alexia and Kiran are married and bonded within the laws of the Passionate (on a moonless night) as soon as possible, before someone else bonds her against her will to obtain use of her power. This proves to be difficult as Kiran (aggravatingly, given the circumstances) wants to give Alexia the “wedding that she deserves”. Their plans are foiled, not surprisingly, by the Soulless.  They are attacked and Kiran’s powerful medallion is stolen. This may not have happened if the two of them could have kept their hands off each other. The “needs” and “desires” were so overdone that I

 seriously wanted to lock them in a room so they could get it over with, laws or no laws. Now a very powerful medallion is in the wrong hands and Kiran’s strength and ability to protect Alexia and the rest of the Passionate is compromised.


Once the moonless night passes, they must wait until the next new moon to attempt another wedding. In that time, Kiran leaves Alexia with an old, and trusted friend to keep her safe while he sets off to retrieve his medallion and continue his quest to reunite the Passionate. It’s here that Alexia learns the true nature of her power and what it means to be The Maiden of Time. She struggles with her newfound knowledge and all it implicates. We get to see her evolve her powers, but she still struggles with her own self worth. She has all the right pieces to be a strong, female heroine, but her simpering and self-depreciation kills it. I, myself, struggle to like her.


New characters are introduced with twisting pasts, and old characters are reintroduced in a new light. Loyalties and formed and battles are fought. Mistakes are made and lives are lost. There is no shortage of action in this book, and there’s a very nice little plot twist towards the end – and I love a good plot twist. Collier can certainly nail an ending.


It’s a good read, but you’ll need a strong stomach to deal with the unfulfilled passions of a “young” couple.


I’m looking forward to the third and final book. Collier is an author to watch as her writing evolves and grows. I’ll happily pick up anything she puts out there.





 Crystal is a Young Adult Author who's been accused of an obsession with cheese. She answers that anyone who accuses her merely of "obsession" is grossly misinformed. Cheese is the best food on the planet. Cheese makes the world go round. Cheese=happiness

Self proclaimed #cheese addict, #youngadult author, #homeschooling mom, and composer who may or may not own a pet zombie. And a broken teleportation device.

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Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Blog Tour: Camp Forget-Me-Not (Camp Boyfriend #3) by JK Rock @KarenRock5 @JoanneRock6

Welcome to The Cover Contessa's stop on the Camp Forget-Me-Not blog tour!

Camp Forget Me Not photo CampForgetMeNot_FinalCover_2014_zps7b89127d.jpgPlaying it safe and fitting in may have rocketed Kayla West into the “In” crowd at Camp Juniper Point, but it’s left her lonely. The only person she’s ever been herself with was her former best friend, Nick, an outsider that pushed her to join the most popular girls cabin two years ago. Too bad being a Diva meant pressure to break up with Nick. Of course, Kayla had her reasons, but Nick can never know the real one.

She always thought she'd forget him one day and move on. Until he returns to camp a super-hot Olympian snowboarder. Now, every girl wants him and Nick seems determined to show her what a mistake she made. Or at least, she thought that's what he wanted. But when Nick starts sending her private notes--just like he used to--she wonders what kind of game he's playing. Nick's attention is making it tougher to stay in the background and play in safe, forcing Kayla to make a decision--stay on the sidelines and get overlooked? Or take a chance on trusting Nick and, maybe... herself.


We are so excited to get to participate in this tour! We love these books to pieces. Today we get to chat with Nick from the book and we're so excited to have him with us!

Hi Nick! Welcome to The Cover Contessa. So great having you here with us today so we can pick your brain a bit. Don't worry, we'll be gentle. But we do want to see what makes you tick!

We went to summer camp. We loved it. We could never have seen ourselves taking time away from our friends like you did. Was it weird acclimating to camp after being away for so long?
Weird in a good way. Having a break from training was great, but strange to go from having so much freedom (I was flying to New Zealand by myself at fifteen during snowboarding season) to “lights out” at eleven during camp. Summer camp is surprisingly strict, but you don’t really care when you’re hanging out with all your friends. It’s definitely where I wanted to be this summer. I had a girl on my mind and I knew she’d be there.

You snow board, how about surfing, ever tried it? Thoughts?
I come from a family of sports nuts so there’s not much I haven’t tried. I like surfing because it’s  a way to be on a board without worrying about a score attached to every run. And honestly, even when I’m snowboarding for “fun” I’m thinking about the sport on a lot of levels and trying to improve my speed or my jumps. But with surfing, I can burn out and who cares?

Tell us about your perfect date. Fancy dinner? movie? Snuggling? Sunset on the beach?
The perfect date? Happens because of who you’re with, not where you are. But assuming I’ve got the right girl with me… there’s a certain waterfall I like in North Carolina. I’d take a hike around there and maybe a sunset picnic afterward.

Besides snowboarding, what are your favorite sports? Are you any good at them?
Remember about the sports nuts family? I had to be good at everything or I would have been left in the dust. I like tennis and it’s always fun to get in a pickup basketball game. Also I’ve been on the ice a few times with some serious hockey players since I train in cold places and there’s usually a good arena nearby. I love the speed of the game even though it’s probably one of my worst sports.

List your top three favorite movies and tell us why.
I like a lot of classics since Netflix keeps me company long flights.
Top Gun has fighter jets. That seems like reason enough.
Karate Kid. Scrawny kid learns how to kick a professional athlete’s butt. If you met my brother, you’d understand why this movie works for me. Want to see my Crane kick?
21 Jump Street. I laughed the whole time. That’s a good thing.

Let's talk music. We love music. Do you? What songs make you happy? Sad? Do you have a soundtrack for your life?

Gotta have music when I go down the mountain. I’ve been listening to a lot of Arctic Monkeys lately. Do I Wanna Know? is a good one. But for happy songs, I’d probably go with Gold on the Ceiling by the Black Keys. That always fires me up and… you know, keeps my eye on the gold which is important in my sport. As for a soundtrack for my life… I’m not there yet. I’m hoping the future balances some more romantic stuff with the boarding tunes.

Here at The Cover Contessa, we love to learn. And we love school. Do you like school? What is your favorite subject?
I actually really like school, but I don’t get to be there that often with my training schedule. I end up doing virtual school a lot, which makes you appreciate how much more a teacher helps you learn. It’s tough to stay focused reading long lessons on a computer screen when there are a hundred things to distract you, but in a traditional classroom, you have a teacher to say “Hey Nick, you listening?” and that helps me focus. I like physics a lot because I’m kind of obsessed with stuff like speed and force. But history is cool, too.

 Finally (I'm sure you're happy this is the last one), we must pick your brain a bit about the girl. You knew this was coming, right? So, tell us, what is it about Kayla that makes her so special?
Just between us, right? Because I’m not the kind of guy who kisses and tells, especially where Kayla is concerned. We were friends even before I fell for her. She’s special because she has such a big heart and she’s always rooting on the underdog. Last year, one of the Munchies Manor girls got kicked out of her cabin and Kayla was all like “come stay with us.” Seriously, she’d do anything to help out a friend. I ought to know. She helped me achieve a lifelong dream.

Fast Track:
Favorite color? Depends what color Kayla’s wearing that day.
Chocolate or vanilla or neither? Vanilla. I’m a traditionalist about some things.
Car color? I’ve got a Jeep in forest green. I like it because it blends in with the mountain.
Favorite TV show?  I like when the X Games are televised. Any extreme sport is fun to watch.
Can you touch type? No. And my life is the slower for it, which I hate!
Favorite book? I just read Stupid Fast, by Geoff Herbach, and it rocked. Before that, I was on a Michael Crichton kick. When my laptop dies on a flight, I like to have a book around.

Thanks so much for being here with us today, Nick. It's been great getting to know you better.

Glad to talk about stuff besides snowboarding! Sometimes people assume athletes can only talk about sports so it was very cool to talk about books and movies and Kayla. Especially Kayla…


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Waiting on Wednesday #32: The Winner's Crime (The Winner's Curse #2) by Marie Rutkoski @marierutkoski @fsgbooks

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Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill from Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases we are eagerly awaiting!

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Title: The Winner's Crime (The Winner's Trilogy #2)
Author: Marie Rutkoski
Publisher: Farrar Straus Giroux
Expected Publication Date: March 3, 2015

Blurb:
Book two of the dazzling Winner's Trilogy is a fight to the death as Kestrel risks betrayal of country for love.

The engagement of Lady Kestrel to Valoria’s crown prince means one celebration after another. But to Kestrel it means living in a cage of her own making. As the wedding approaches, she aches to tell Arin the truth about her engagement…if she could only trust him. Yet can she even trust herself? For—unknown to Arin—Kestrel is becoming a skilled practitioner of deceit: an anonymous spy passing information to Herran, and close to uncovering a shocking secret.

As Arin enlists dangerous allies in the struggle to keep his country’s freedom, he can’t fight the suspicion that Kestrel knows more than she shows. In the end, it might not be a dagger in the dark that cuts him open, but the truth. And when that happens, Kestrel and Arin learn just how much their crimes will cost them.





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Marie grew up in Bolingbrook, Illinois (a suburb of Chicago), as the oldest of four children. She holds a BA from the University of Iowa and a PhD from Harvard University. Marie is currently a professor at Brooklyn College, where she teaches Renaissance Drama, children's literature and fiction writing. She lives in New York City with her husband and two sons.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Release Day Blast: All Broke Down (Rusk University #2) by Cora Carmack @CoraCarmack @InkSlingerPR

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 Yowza! We are extremely excited to bring you the Release Day Launch for Cora Carmack's ALL BROKE DOWN!! ALL BROKE DOWN is a New Adult Contemporary Romance novel being published by HarperCollins, and it is the 2nd book in The Rusk University Series.

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About ALL BROKE DOWN: In this second book in New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Cora Carmack’s New Adult, Texas-set Rusk University series, which began with All Lined Up, a young woman discovers that you can’t only fight for what you believe in . . . sometimes you have to fight for what you love. Dylan fights for lost causes. Probably because she used to be one. Environmental issues, civil rights, corrupt corporations, and politicians—you name it, she’s probably been involved in a protest. When her latest cause lands her in jail overnight, she meets Silas Moore. He’s in for a different kind of fighting. And though he’s arrogant and infuriating, she can’t help being fascinated with him. Yet another lost cause. Football and trouble are the only things that have ever come naturally to Silas. And it’s trouble that lands him in a cell next to do-gooder Dylan. He’s met girls like her before—fixers, he calls them, desperate to heal the damage and make him into their ideal boyfriend. But he doesn’t think he’s broken, and he definitely doesn’t need a girlfriend trying to change him. Until, that is, his anger issues and rash decisions threaten the only thing he really cares about, his spot on the Rusk University football team. Dylan might just be the perfect girl to help. Because Silas Moore needs some fixing after all.

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I think I get it then. That decision I saw in her eyes back in the kitchen. That’s what this, what I’m about for her, too. I’m just another part of whatever rebellion she started earlier today. About doing what she wants, not what’s expected of her. “We’re not talking about me, though,” she says. “So you went to meet your friend, and then what happened?” She keeps her eyes down as she picks up the gauze and begins winding it snugly around the knuckles of one hand, and then the other. “He said the wrong thing.” “Which was?” “Dylan.” Now it’s her that’s pushing too hard. I didn’t want to talk about things with my friends, and I won’t talk about them with her, either, no matter how gorgeous she is. “I’ll guess. You were mad about what he did, and he wasn’t sorry.” “This isn’t middle school, Pickle. He didn’t hurt my feelings. He said some shit he had no business saying, and it pissed me off. The end.” “But you don’t think some of that anger stems from what you feel is a betrayal of your friendship?” She finishes taping down the last of the gauze, but doesn’t let go of my hand. “I think you’re analyzing me again. Making things more complicated than they are.” “And I think you’re just a guy who doesn’t like to admit he has feelings.” She drags out the word, teasing me with some goofy smile on her face. I turn my hand over so I can clutch her wrist. I curl my other bandaged hand around her waist and pull her closer. “I feel plenty of things.” The teasing stops. She swallows. “I wasn’t talking about that kind of feeling.” With her standing and me sitting, I’m eye level with her chest. I see the sharp rise and fall as she sucks in a breath. I want her in my lap again, straddling me this time. “Doesn’t mean we can’t talk about that kind of feeling. Or experiment with it.” “Is that Stella girl an ex?” I cough, surprised. My throat twists uncomfortably, and it takes me a couple of solid breaths to get a hold on myself. “Ah, no. Stella and I have never dated.” “Have you—” “Do you ever run out of questions?” “Not ever.” She turns playful again, and I’m done doing this the careful way. If she wants a rebellion, I’ll be the one to give it to her. I want her against me, and I’m tired of waiting. I pull her forward, insinuating my knees between hers, and her body naturally follows, settling across my thighs. Her lips part, but she catches herself before she gasps this time. I keep her steady with my hands at her waist and say, “I’ll make you a deal. A question for a kiss.” Tentatively, she lays her palms against my shoulders. They rest there, her grip light and casual. She ponders my offer for a moment, and it drives me mad that she can do that while our hips are inches away from alignment. “Okay then. Are you—” I cut her off. “Not so fast, Dylan Brenner. I’ve already answered one question. We’ve got to settle up first.” I wrap her braid around my hand like I’ve been waiting to do all night, and I use it to pull her head back just enough that I can crush my mouth against hers.

And don’t forget to grab your copy of ALL LINED UP Today!


All Lined Up

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HeadshotAbout Cora Carmack: Cora Carmack is a twenty-something writer who likes to write about twenty-something characters. She's done a multitude of things in her life-- boring jobs (like working retail), Fun jobs (like working in a theatre), stressful jobs (like teaching), and dream jobs (like writing). She enjoys placing her characters in the most awkward situations possible, and then trying to help them get a boyfriend out of it. Awkward people need love, too. Her first book, LOSING IT, was a New York Times and USA Today bestseller.      

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Release Day Blast: Diamonds in the Rough (The Secret Diamond Sisters #2) by Michelle Madow @MichelleMadow @NereydaG1003


Diamonds in the Rough (The Secret Diamond Sisters #2)
Release Date: 10/28/14
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Summary from Goodreads:
All-access doesn't mean no problems.

The three Diamond sisters survived the summer in style after coming to live with their long-lost billionaire father. But making a place for themselves at their exclusive new Las Vegas private school is throwing them any number of gold-plated curves. Savannah's YouTube stardom turns into a Sweet Sixteen reality show extravaganza—with complimentary enemies on the side. Dangerous flirtations don't keep Peyton from a gamble that will risk far more than she planned to bet. And when Courtney and the sisters' archenemy, Madison, uncover two explosive secrets, it will rock even this town of glittering illusion—and turn their lives upside down all over again.

Sisterhood, first crushes, and scandalous secrets explode in book two of Michelle Madow's riveting series, The Secret Diamond Sisters.

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Courtney is sixteen years old, and is the middle Diamond sister. She’s the responsible one—she studies hard, does well in school, is a student tutor, and works after school and on weekends to help out her family. Her main goal is to keep up her grades and do well on her SATs so she can get into Stanford, her dream school. She wants to major in English and someday get a career in publishing. She’s competitive with herself and always strives to do her best. 

Courtney’s closest friends are her sisters—with all the time she spends on school and work, she doesn’t have time for anyone else. She’s never had a boyfriend and is fine with waiting to date until college. (She doesn’t need any distractions right now!) She’s not into the high school party scene, and whenever she has time in her busy schedule, her favorite thing to do is read novels. She also loves listening to Broadway music (Phantom of the Opera and Wicked are her favorites) and would love to see a live show someday. 


She’s a natural early bird, and is always awake before her sisters. She could happily wear jeans, t-shirts, and flip-flops every day, and always goes natural with her makeup. Her favorite drink is chai tea. She’s quiet and reserved while first meeting someone, but she will do anything for the people she loves. She would love to travel the world to see historic sites and well-known museums, but it’s always felt more like a dream than a possible reality.

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Michelle Madow was inspired to write The Secret Diamond Sisters series while walking through her favorite hotel in Las Vegas. The next book in the series, Diamonds in the Rough, launches in October. Prior to The Secret Diamond Sisters, she successfully self-published The Transcend Time Saga. A tireless promoter of her work, Michelle is active on social media networks and has toured across America to promote her books and encourage high school students to embrace reading and writing. A graduate of Rollins College, Michelle lives in Florida ... but she loves going to Vegas.

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Catalyst photo Catalyst_zps7f279f31.jpgThe explosive conclusion to the series reviewers have likened to Ender’s Game and “Hogwarts-in-Space”

This exhilarating, explosive, and heartrending conclusion to the Insignia trilogy brings Tom and his intelligent, passionate, and brave young friends stunning tests and dangerous confrontations and through to an impossible future they could never have predicted.

Tom Raines and his friends are eager to return to the Pentagonal Spire to continue training for the elite Intrasolar Forces, but they soon discover troubling changes: strict new regulations and the revelation that the Spire is under new military control. What begins as an irritating adjustment soon reveals a dangerous shift in reality. Those now in control are aligned with corporate sponsors and their ruthless agendas. And when the military academy begins welcoming new cadets with suspicious neural processors, the first step in a plan with horrifying worldwide ramifications, Tom is desperate to stop it, even if that means keeping secrets from his closest allies.

Then a mysterious figure, the other ghost in the machine, begins fighting against the corporations, but with methods even Tom finds shocking. And when the enemy comes for Tom, how much can Tom endure in the battle to save himself? He must decide if he can still fight when the odds of success seem to be sliding from his grip.


ABOUT THE AUTHOR

S.J. Kincaid was born in Alabama, grew up in California, and attended high school in New Hampshire, but it was while living beside a haunted graveyard in Scotland, that she realized that she wanted to be a writer. Her debut, Insignia, came out in July of 2012. The second book in the series, Vortex came out in July of 2013. The final book in the INSIGNIA trilogy will come out in Fall of 2014.

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