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Thursday, November 29, 2012

Exclusive Cover Reveal: Star Cursed (The Cahill Witch Chronicles book #2) by Jessica Spotswood / A Giveaway

I am so excited to be able to share this post with you guys! I'm thrilled to be teaming up with Penguin Teen to reveal Jessica Spotswood's upcoming release and sequel to Born Wicked, STAR CURSED, the second installment in The Cahill Witch Chronicles. If you haven't already, I highly recommend picking up the first book in the series. You can read my glowing review for it here

Check out this stunning cover for STAR CURSED!

I am in LOVE with this cover! I don't even know what else to say other than WOW! It's mesmerizing. The stars, the storm brewing in the back ground, and having whom I assume is Cate standing in a field/meadow outlined by trees. I am really looking forward to finding out how this cover ties into the story. It's a beautiful cover. What do you guys think? 

About The Book:

With the Brotherhood persecuting witches like never before, a divided Sisterhood desperately needs Cate to come into her Prophesied powers. And after Cate's friend Sachi is arrested for using magic, a war-thirsty Sister offers to help her find answers—if Cate is willing to endanger everyone she loves.

 Cate doesn't want to be a weapon, and she doesn't want to involve her friends and Finn in the Sisterhood's schemes. But when Maura and Tess join the Sisterhood, Maura makes it clear that she'll do whatever it takes to lead the witches to victory. Even if it means sacrifices. Even if it means overthrowing Cate. Even if it means all-out war.

 In the highly anticipated sequel to Born Wicked, the Cahill Witch Chronicles continue Cate, Maura and Tess's quest to find love, protect family, and explore their magic against all odds in an alternate history of New England.

Penguin Teen will be releasing this exciting sequel on June 18th, 2013!

You can Pre-Order it from: Penguin | Amazon | Barnes & Noble
Add it to Goodreads

"Blessed with a gift..."cursed" with a secret."

Everybody knows Cate Cahill and her sisters are eccentric. Too pretty, too reclusive, and far too educated for their own good. But the truth is even worse: they're witches. And if their secret is discovered by the priests of the Brotherhood, it would mean an asylum, a prison ship - or an early grave.

Before her mother died, Cate promised to protect her sisters. But with only six months left to choose between marriage and the Sisterhood, she might not be able to keep her word . . . especially after she finds her mother's diary, uncovering a secret that could spell her family's destruction. Desperate to find alternatives to their fate, Cate starts scouring banned books and questioning rebellious new friends, all while juggling tea parties, shocking marriage proposals, and a forbidden romance with the completely unsuitable Finn Belastra.

If what her mother wrote is true, the Cahill girls aren't safe. Not from the Brotherhood, the Sisterhood - not even from each other -quoted from Goodreads

Released on February 7th of this year, Born Wicked has received a new cover make over.   The paperback with this lovely cover will be out on 1/7/13. Normally I'm not a fan of new covers, but I LOVE this cover! You can pick up a copy of BORN WICKED from Penguin | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | IndieBound.

The Giveaway:

Thank you to Penguin Teen, I've got to paper back copies of Born Wicked to giveaway! To enter, please fill out the form below. 

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TOUCHED Blog Tour: Guest Post / Giveaway with Author Corrine Jackson

I'm thrilled to be the next stop in our Mundie Moms blog tour for Corrine Jackson's TOUCHED. Today's post features a Trivia guest post from Corrine, along with a giveaway for a SIGNED copy of Touched, which was released on Tuesday!!

Remy O’Malley heals people with touch—but every injury she cures becomes her own. Living in a household with an abusive stepfather, she has healed untold numbers of broken bones, burns,and bruises. And then one night her stepfather goes too far.
Being sent to live with her estranged father offers a clean start and she is eager to take it. Enter Asher Blackwell. Once a Protector of Healers, Asher sacrificed his senses to become immortal. Only by killing a Healer can a Protector recover their human senses. Falling in love is against the rules between these two enemies. Because Remy has the power to make Protectors human again, and when they find out, they’ll becoming for her—if Asher doesn’t kill her first.
This is Book One in the Touched trilogy, and will be out November 27th, 2012 from Kensington/KTeen.

Buy the Book: Amazon | IndieboundBarnes & Noble | Books-A-Million
Add to Your Shelf: Goodreads

When you buy a DVD, moviemakers will give you a Behind the Scenes peek at what happens during the making of a movie. Location photos, deleted scenes, script changes, etc. Likewise, every author has private jokes or quirky things that they slip into their work that the audience doesn’t always get to hear about. In another tour post, I already mentioned that Remy’s favorite foods are my favorites (link to that post). Today, I’m going to move the curtain to reveal some other trivia tidbits.

  • In one scene in the book, a car gets wrecked. That car is a Chevy Malibu. While I was editing TOUCHED, I was in a car accident and my little Ford Focus was totaled. I had to use a rental car for a month, and I was (a) bitter my car was gone and (b) hated the rental car. So when it came time to wreck a car in TOUCHED, I gleefully chose that car that I hated so much.
  • A lot of the locations in the fictional town of Blackwell Falls, Maine are based on real locations in Port Townsend, WA. Townsend Park is really Sather Park, a gorgeous park that has a kind of labyrinth that leads to an oasis in the center. Teens in that town like to use the park for paintball war games, and others like to bird watch. The club, ice cream shop, beach, cafĂ©, high school, and more are also based on locations in this town.
  • There is a real cliff that the locals refer to as the “End of the World” because all you can see is sea and it really does feel like you’re standing on the edge of the world. I discovered the cliff after speaking with a teen in Port Townsend. I wish I knew who she was because I owe her a big thank you.
  • A couple of major scenes take place at Fort Rowden and a hostel at the fort. While writing TOUCHED, I visited the real fort (Fort Worden) and stayed at the hostel there. The room and bathroom that I describe are the ones I stayed in.
  • I had to do a lot of medical research to imagine ways to heal injuries and illnesses the way Remy does.
  • I had never heard of frozen waterfalls, but I edited one into TOUCHED after seeing an incredible picture of the phenomena.
  • I wrote TOUCHED in three and a half months, and the first draft came in around 140,000 words. After I got an agent, I had to cut 40,000 words to get the book down to a sellable word count.
  • The TOUCHED series is releasing ten months early in German due to an odd publication schedule. The second book will be out there on January 7, 2013.

My poor totaled baby…

The “real” Sather Park

My hostel room at Fort Worden

The view from the “End of the World”

About the Author:

Corrine Jackson (pronounced Cor-een) is a young adult author repped by Laura Bradford of Bradford Literary Agency. Her debut young adult novel, If I Lie, will be published by Simon Pulse (August 28, 2012). Touched, the first book of her young adult paranormal romance trilogy, will be published by Kensington/KTeen (November 27, 2012).
Once upon a time, Corrine worked as a graphic designer before she switched to account management at one of the country’s top marketing agencies. She has a deep and abiding love for Anthropologie and intends to move into her nearest store when the employees aren’t looking and/or she can get her hands on a key (which she expects to find in one of their bins).
An education addict, Corrine has attended eleven different colleges, has earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in English, and an MFA in Creative Writing from Spalding University. A recipient of a West Chester Poetry Conference scholarship, she is also the former Editor-in-Chief of two literary magazines, including Statement (CSU, Los Angeles) and Dash (CSU, Fullerton). A member of SCBWI (Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators), RWA, YARWA, and AWP, she has mad skills in the kitchen, especially when it comes to pies and cupcakes. 

Follow Corrine via her: Website | Blog | Twitter | Facebook 

The Giveaway:

Thank you to Corrine, I have a SIGNED copy of TOUCHED you can enter to win today! Along with my giveaway, each of the blogs featured on the tour are also all giving away a SIGNED copy of touch, and something unique to go with their stop. In addition to entering today's giveaway, be sure to follow each stop and enter to win from their stops as well. Good luck!

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Don't miss the following stops on the tour:

Monday 11/26: Good Choice Reading, Post #1 Food & a giveaway
Tuesday 11/27: Reading Teen, Post #2 Music & a giveaway
Wednesday 11/28: A Good Addiction, Post #3 Lost Recordings & a giveaway
Thursday 11/29: Mundie Moms, Post #4 TOUCHED trivia & a giveaway
Friday 11/30: Once Upon A Twilight, Post #5 Hope is the Thing w/ Feathers & a giveaway