Monday, June 30, 2014

New Entangled Teen Releases


June may be almost over but that doesn’t mean the fun is over at Entangled Teen! We are excited to be announcing the release of two of our new titles, Mirror X by Karri Thompson and Going Down in Flames by Chris Cannon, which readers are already raving about! Plus you can pick up both Mirror X and Going Down in Flames on sale for just $.99 right now


About Mirror X:

I was born more than a thousand years ago.

Put into a cryogenic tube at age seventeen, forgotten during a holocaust that decimated the world, I've finally been awakened to a more serene and peaceful future.

But things at the hospital are new and strange. And it’s starting to scare me.

Everyone is young. Everyone is banded and tracked. And everyone is keeping secrets.

The cute geneticist Michael Bennett might be the only good thing in this crazy new world where “life is precious” but no one seems free to live it. The problem is, I don’t think he’s being totally honest with me, either.

When I’m told only I can save the human race from extinction, it's clear my freeze didn’t avoid a dreadful fate. It only delayed the horror…

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Growing up in San Diego, California, Karri Thompson spent much of her years at the beach, reading novels, tanning, and listening to music. At SDSU, she earned a BA in English, MA in education, and her teaching credential. As a wife, mother, and high-school English teacher, she began writing novels, giving all of the compelling plots and unique characters in her head a home. Victorian literature rocks her socks, and when she’s not writing, jogging, going to concerts, or watching her son play football, she’s reading Dickens.

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About Going Down in Flames:

If her love life is going down in flames, she might as well spark a revolution.

Finding out on your sixteenth birthday you're a shape-shifting dragon is tough to swallow. Being hauled off to an elite boarding school is enough to choke on.

Since Bryn is the only crossbreed at the Institute for Excellence, all eyes are on her, but it's a particular black dragon, Zavien, who catches her attention.

Zavien is tired of the Directorate's rules. Segregated clans, being told who to love, and close-minded leaders make freedom of choice almost impossible. The new girl with the striped hair is a breath of fresh air, and with Bryn's help, they may be able to change the rules.

At the Institute, old grudges, new crushes, and death threats are all part of a normal day for Bryn. She'll need to learn to control her dragon powers if she wants to make it through her first year at school. But even focusing on staying alive is difficult when you're falling for someone you can't have.

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Author Bio:



Chris Cannon lives in Southern Illinois with her husband and her three dogs, Pete the shih tzu who sleeps on her desk while she writes, Molly the ever-shedding yellow lab, and Tyson the sandwich-stealing German Shepherd Beagle. She believes coffee is the Elixir of Life. Most evenings after work, you can find her sucking down caffeine and writing fire-breathing paranormal adventures. Going Down In Flames is the first book in Chris Cannon's shape-shifting dragon series.

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Saturday, June 28, 2014

#JIAB Audie's 2014 - The Classics

                 June is Audiobook Month! Follow the Audiobook Community on both Facebook and Twitter
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CLASSIC WINNER
                       THE COMPLETE SHERLOCK HOLMES  The Heirloom Collection
                           By Sir Arthur Conan Doyle          Narrated by Simon Vance
                                 58 Hrs and 5 mins                   Brilliance Publishing  


 I had a great time listening to the audiobooks for this years Classics finalists. A great variety of stories. Sometimes when listening to an audiobook I have a different respect for the book, especially when a fantastic narrator give voice to the characters. Narrator Simon Vance wins the award this year with his winning narration of The Complete Sherlock Holmes, a whopping 58 hours! It is a production that all Sherlock readers would find a great addition to their collections. 

My personal favorite, the recording of Love in the Time of Cholera. I had attempted to read this book earlier this year and kept putting it down before getting too far. But not with the audio! I think there is a great selection here that any listener will be able to find a pleasant and enjoyable experience. I especially love to listen in the car.




Coming of Age in Mississippi by Anne Moody
           Narrated by Lisa  Reneé Pitts
                  Tantor Media  
               15 Hrs and 30 Mins 



                      Mary Shelley's Frankenstein
                                                                    Narrated by Dan Stevens
                                                                              Audible Inc
                                                                          8 Hrs and 35 Mins
                             




   - My personal favorite of the year-
  Love in the Time of Cholera By Gabriel García Márquez
            Narrated by  Armando Durán
                   Blackstone Audio Inc
                    15 Hrs and 46 mins
      





 
                                           The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
                                                     Narrated by Jake Gyllenhaal
                                                             Audible Inc
                                                         4 Hrs and 49 Mins








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Monday, June 23, 2014

#BlogTour Eleanor (Unseen) Author Guest Post

Guest Post and GIVEAWAY of Signed copy of Eleanor (Book 1) The Unseen

What books and movies helped you in the research for your book and it's Native American legend. Do you have a website you would recommend readers who are interested in looking into the subject more?

ELEANOR (The Unseen) is a young adult paranormal story about a young girl growing up in a small Wyoming town. She is called Eleanor. She lives in Jamesford, but she isn't from there. She's a transplant. And she's not so very young.

The story was inspired by a southwest Navajo legend I first encountered reading Tony Hillerman. I saw in that legend a metaphor for life and of growing up. It gave me an opportunity to explore the complexities of identity and change in the development of a true outsider.

That legend was the legend of the Skinwalker.

In the Navajo tradition, Skinwalkers are evil sorcerers able to change their form to trick and kill their enemies. It’s a type of magical lycanthropy. Interesting, but then I got poking around the internet and library and I was struck by how truly universal shape-shifting legends are. 

That gave me the idea to focus on a reality beneath the myth, under the conception that so many people seeing the same thing across centuries and miles might have experienced the same thing. There are other theories about concurrent legend, archetypes and such which explain it, but not for my purposes.

In researching the book I went to Dubois Wyoming and drove across the Wind River Shoshone Reservation. I picked up a little book of Native American myth called Stories of the Eastern Shoshone by Trehero & Hultkrantz, 2009. In that book I found the story of the “Nimirika” which has much in common with the Navajo skinwalkers. The fictional town of Jamesford, where Eleanor lives, is in Shoshone country so that legend needed to be brought in and fell in easy. The Navajo legends are well documented on the internet so I didn’t need to go far to get those. ELEANOR has deep connections to the Navajo.

For most of my research about “skinwalkers, I began with Tony Hillerman’s Skinwalkers, the Leaphorn/Chee mystery that planted the seed. I then surfed from the all powerful Wikipedia Navajo pages. My own strange library of arcane books served me well, a couple notable tomes being The Monster Manual, a D&D reference book and John Michael Greer’s Monsters. But these only took me so far.

My creatures are not skinwalkers, nor are they nimirika. Those are names given to something strange. Like werewolves and doppelganger they approach the issue but don’t encapsulate it.

What I have in ELEANOR is something different and unique, an entity inspired by legend, shaped by imagination and symbol and then brought into fiction. I have firm threads reaching into the historical mythical past which touch into the present. I can thus use the allegories and forms of legend to shape a saga of rivaling cultures and species, humanity and nature, predator and prey. 

I should mention one movie that crept into my thinking as I wrote THE UNSEEN series, a movie that had quite the impression on my young mind when I first saw it: THE LITTLE GIRL WHO LIVES DOWN THE LANE. It is a dark story about a young girl’s survival in a world that wouldn’t have her on her terms. The themes and tropes in that movie, and I suppose in Laird Koenig’s book by the same name, are present in ELEANOR, (THE UNSEEN).

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ELEANOR!
THE UNSEEN, BOOK 1 OF 3!
JOHNNY WORTHEN!

It was a gamble for Eleanor to rejoin humanity, but she was driven to it.She’d been too successful forgetting. The last vestiges of her family hung by a thread in her transformed brain and drove her to be reckless.Ten years later, Eleanor hides in plain sight. She is an average girl getting average grades in a small Wyoming town: poor but happy, lonely but loved. Her mother, Tabitha, is there for her and that’s all she’s ever needed. But now her mother is sick and David has returned. The only
friend she’d ever had—the only other person who knows her secret—is back. And Eleanor again becomes reckless.

Eleanor is a modest girl, unremarkable but extraordinary, young but old, malleable but fixed. She is scared and confused. She is a liar and a thief. Eleanor is not what she appears to be.

•Eleanor is a raw, beautiful story with an unforgettable protagonist.Although it includes a paranormal basis in Native American legend, the story maintains emotions and complexity usually only present in literary YA novels.
• Unique and unexplored premise based on the Native American legends of skinwalkers.

 
 
Amazon: 
http://www.amazon.com/Eleanor-The-Unseen-Johnny-Worthen/dp/1939967341/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1400344815&sr=8-1&keywords=eleanor+by+johnny


Barnes and Noble
http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/eleanor-johnny-worthen/1117389206?ean=9781939967343 


Goodreads: 
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18754928-eleanor

About the Author!
JOHNNY WORTHEN graduated with a B.A. in English and Master’s in
American Studies from the University of Utah. After a series of
businesses and adventures, including running his own bakery, Worthen
found himself drawn to the only thing he ever wanted to do—write. And
write he does. When he’s not pounding on his keyboard or attending
writers conferences, Worthen spends

 
You can find Johnny Worthen online here:
https://www.facebook.com/JohnnyWorthenBooks
https://twitter.com/JohnnyWorthen
http://www.johnnyworthen.blogspot.com/ 

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Abandon by Meg Cabot

Last year, Pierce died - just for a moment. And when she was in the space between life and death, she met John: tall dark and terrifying, it’s his job to usher souls from one realm to the next.

There’s a fierce attraction between them, but Pierce knows that if she allows herself to fall for John she will be doomed to a life of shadows and loneliness in the underworld. But now things are getting dangerous for her, and her only hope is to do exactly what John says . .







Told mostly in flashbacks, Abandon is an interesting twist on the story of Hades and Persephone

Characters: I admired Pierce, she is not selfish in any way and always put the thoughts of others in front of her own. She also has a really strong desire to help animals in need. She is understandably shy in this book and I hope to see her develop and become stronger in the next books. John is still a little of an unknown to me, we only get bits of pieces of him in this story, but what we do see is kind of dangerous and brooding. My favorite character, we see even less of is Pierce’s mother, I really hope to see more of her in the series. She comes across as being a very strong and admirable woman.

Originality: As the retelling of myths seems to be very popular in Young Adult books these days and I have already read The Goddess Test by Aimee Carter I can’t say that I saw much originality into this story except “Hades” is a slightly different twist to his character as is the whole idea of the Underworld and how it is set up for this retelling. I have never read a book with so much of it being told through flashbacks, so although not “original” it was new to me.

Plot: I have to be honest here, I got lost a couple of times on what exactly was going on in this story. There was so much focus on the necklace and the tragedy that happened to a girl in Pierce’s past that I forgot about what the real story was supposed to be about : Pierce and John. I really feel that the story did not focus on them until near the end. Although pieces fit together in the end, I really did not see what the majority of the flashbacks had to do with the main focus of the plot.

Writing: As I learned that I am not a big fan of the majority of a story being told through flashbacks, I also felt because of this that the majority of the book was very slow and dragged. When the story of Pierce and John finally really got going (more than half way in) I finally got hooked just in time for the book to end. As we know Pierce escapes from John after she dies, but how she escapes was just not as exciting and drama filled as I would have liked. I’d think that after dying that a person would have to go through some trials or tribulations to get to come back, but the simplicity of her escape was lost on me.

 So I sound a little on the negative side don’t I? Well this is my very first Meg Cabot book. I am not familiar with her writing style and it’s unknown to me if she was trying something new with this retelling. It was really the flashbacks and the lack of angst that put me off of the story. I do however appreciate finishing the book because the ending was very anticipated for me to see where it was all going. I LOVED the twists at the end and it really saved the whole book for me. I fully intend on following through with the rest of the series as I really hope all the backstory is out of the way and we can really focus on the story of Pierce and John from here on out.

Saturday, June 14, 2014

The Cursed Man Promo Blitz



Could author be the next Stephen King?







 Port St. Lucie writer Keith Rommel’s horror novel is being made into a motion picture! 


BY AMY WOODS






Special to Florida Weekly






The next Stephen King could surface in sunny South Florida.




With troubling titles such as “The Lurking Man,” “The Sinful Man” and “The Cursed Man” now in production as a motion-picture thriller author Keith Rommel has taken on the tendencies of horror’s highness.






Wrote a reviewer
at United Kingdom based BookLore
of “The Cursed
 Man”: “This is a very well-written book, with a little bit of Stephen Kinglike horror.
It will keep the reader interested, and it is a gem of a story.”






“I’m a fan of Stephen King, and to even be compared to somebody like that is very humbling,” Mr. Rommel said. “You’re
your own worst critic, so I don’t necessarily agree with it, but I’ll take the compliment.”




While the 43-year-old Port St. Lucie resident has read a lot of King’s bestsellers, other authors have influenced the writing
style of the hobbyist-turned hopeful.




ROMMEL “Iris Johansen, she’s a good writer,” Mr. Rommel said. “I really liked ‘The Search.’”




He also admits the “Left Behind” apocalyptic-fiction series has made as much of an impression on him as his collection of comic books.


 


“I am a comic book nerd nerd, nerd, nerd, through and through,”
Mr. Rommel said.




He started buying comic books in elementary school after a teacher told him he had a reading-comprehension problem
and prescribed “pictures
with words.”




“I couldn’t put the pieces together when you asked me what happened in the story, and my teacher said to start reading books that had pictures in them,” Mr. Rommel said. “And here I am at the age of 43, and I still buy comic books, much to my wife’s dismay.”






















By day, the father of two works at Rocky’s Ace Hardware in Tequesta.
By night, he pens passages
filled with crime, suspense and psychological fiction.




“I grew up working in retail and started to write as a hobby,” Mr. Rommel said. “It has been a fine balance being able to maintain
the demands of running a store, raising a family and writing. The majority of my writing is done at night when the house goes quiet.




Q: Can you describe “The Cursed Man”?




A: “The Cursed Man” is based off of a family friend’s
young-adult life. His mother is living inside his head, and he’s just trying to escape her. The whole book, you’re trying to figure out whether this guy is nuts or not. It’s about abuse.




Maritza Brikisak plays Death in “The Cursed Man.” COURTESY PHOTOS




Q: How did you land a motion-picture deal?




A: I realized
I had no PR, so I looked for reviewers
to review the book. I mailed out 15 books and got nine reviews one who compared
my writing to Stephen King. Who knew when I licked that stamp and put it on the envelope
and sent it to the United Kingdom that this would ever get the attention
of a producer?




Q: When is the movie coming out?




A: Production started in February, and it’s supposed
to wrap at the end of September. Intergalaxy Entertainment and James Perry are producing
the movie in Pasadena, Calif.




 Q: You say your movie has something in common with Star Wars. What is it? Jim Tavaré as Terry in


“The Cursed Man.”








A: The moco [motion-control] crane that was used to film the Death Star!


 


Q: How did your father serve as an inspiration for your work?




A: My father was a big advocate
of my writing and often encouraged me to try and get published.
When he passed away from cancer, I was compelled to pursue publication and found a home for “The Cursed Man” at Sunbury
Press. The first thing you see slapped in your face is my dedication to my father.




Q: Where can readers buy your novels?




A: They can be purchased
through any major bookseller, including
Amazon and Barnes & Noble.




Q: What is your goal as a writer?







A: My ultimate goal is to share my work with people in hopes of removing them out of their everyday stress and immerse them into a world of intrigue. If I was able to do my hobby as a living,
I would love to be able to write books full-time.




Q: Are you going to be rich and famous someday?






A: I can tell you right now if “The Cursed Man” is successful, “The Lurking Man” is going to be a movie. They have the book already.