Tag: Fantasy Fiction

Hello 2016!

It’s 2016! This is the year my young adult fantasy novel, Fear My Mortality, releases!

There are so many things I’m looking forward to sharing with everyone this year: kicking off with the cover reveal soon, sharing the book trailer I made, some special swag giveaways I have planned and, ultimately, seeing Fear My Mortality out in the world. It’s a story about believing in yourself, being who you are, and having courage in the face of adversity and I can’t wait to share it with you.

Happy new year everyone!

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The best 3 YA action books I read this year – and happy holidays!

I’ve read¬†many amazing young adult books this year, but for me there were three that stood out as the best young adult action books of 2015.

Here they are in no particular order (and no spoilers) ūüôā

NAMELESS by Jennifer Jenkins

Nameless by Jennifer Jenkins

Wow. Just wow. This book gave me the same tingles in my fingertips that I felt when I read The Hunger Games and Divergent for the first time. That’s not because Nameless is dystopian: it’s fantasy fiction set in a world where there are four clans, dominated by the ruthless Ram clan. The main character, Zo, is a Wolf and a Healer who infiltrates the Ram as a spy for the Allied Clans.

This book has everything I want in a young adult book: action, a developing romance, loyalty, danger, compassion in surprising places, and complex characters I fell in love with.

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EARTH by Jaymin Eve

Earth by Jaymin Eve

Oh boy. This one. EARTH is the seventh and final book in the Walker Saga. The series follows Abigail Swish, a half-walker, in her quest to locate and unite the seven half-walker girls from across the universe to defeat the deadly Seventine – original powers who are determined to destroy worlds.

This series has a powerful love story, strong heroines who define their own futures (while never taking themselves too seriously – seriously, the humor in these books is perfect), and incredible action scenes. There aren’t too many books that can make me cry, but EARTH did. I’ve followed this series from start to finish and I’ve fallen in love with each and every book over and over.

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TRACKED by Jenny Martin

Tracked

I was hooked on TRACKED from the very first page and couldn’t put it down even when it turned dark outside.¬†Phoebe Van Zant is a street racer in a futuristic universe where corporations are the ultimate power, who gets caught up in corporate espionage – the kind with effects that ripple out across worlds.

I was blown away by the world-building, imagination, character development, and the strong writing. The car-racing scenes sent my heart into my throat and I was pleasantly surprised by the unexpected plot twists. The second book can’t release soon enough.

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I’m looking forward to more amazing books in 2016. Thanks for stopping by! Happy holidays and see you in the new year!

#SixteensBlogAbout: Weird Research

In the world of FEAR MY MORTALITY, human beings are invincible. If they’re hurt, they heal. If they die, they regenerate within an hour – many even faster than that. The fast ones are called fast healers, and the slow ones, well, you don’t want to be one of those in a world that values regenerative strength.

Jellyfish blue by thalia dossche https://creativecommons.org/publicdomain/mark/1.0/

The science behind the book isn’t as far fetched as you might think (well, sort of). Some of the¬†weirdest research I did was into jellyfish, like the immortal jellyfish that transforms itself back into a polyp if injured. And I researched magnets. I didn’t know before that heat and sound are a bit magnetic.¬†I also looked into the genetic differences between boys and girls. The male Y chromosome is fascinating, but you’ll find out why that’s important when you read the book *winks*

I also did a bunch of research into drones, since drone technology is commonplace in the world of FEAR MY MORTALITY, like this groovy little camera drone here. Not so far from our own reality.

And then there were the searches on those royalty-free stock image/footage websites. Wow. For the most part they were okay, but plug in “mortality” or “death” in footage, and some of the images had me running for the hills.

The biggest thing I wanted to achieve was to create a world that isn’t so far from our own, and what I discovered when I went looking is that some of this science isn’t that far away.

New Book Title Giveaway:
FEAR MY MORTALITY

The title of my book has changed and I’m having a giveaway to celebrate!

They will fear her mortality …

She will defy her destiny.

In a world where humans can’t be killed, one girl watches her brother do the impossible – fail to regenerate after death – after which she suspects that she too may be mortal.

FEAR MY MORTALITY is Book #1 in the Mortal Eternity series, releasing March 2016.

To celebrate the new title, I’m giving away a $10 Amazon gift card. Please enter using the form below. (To enter, you’ll need to have an email address that can accept an Amazon email gift card). This is my first ever giveaway, so I’m learning as I go!

Update: Congratulations Tricia T for winning the $10 Amazon gift card and thank you so much everyone who entered!

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Pre-Orders I Can’t Wait to Read

There are some really great books coming out in the next few months and as a reward for finishing my work-in-progress, I indulged and pre-ordered several of them.

I’m really looking forward to reading these!

Dragon Mystics by Jaymin Eve

Dragon Mystics (Supernatural Prison #2) by Jaymin Eve

Releasing on July 31, 2015. I’m lucky enough to have read this pre-publication. It’s so good, I want my own copy! Also, there’s a massive¬†book and swag pre-order giveaway¬†for this right now.

Serpentine by Cindy Pon

Serpentine by Cindy Pon

Releasing on September 8, 2015

Body institute

The Body Institute by Carol Riggs

Releasing on September 1, 2015

Minotaur by Phillip W Simpson

Minotaur by Phillip W Simpson

Releasing on September 29, 2015. This one caught my son’s eye, so I figure I will “have to” read it too ūüôā

Summer Reading in Winter

As the weather cools down here in Australia, it’s summer overseas. This season I want to fill my bookshelf, both real and virtual, with debut novels that will keep the winter chills at bay and remind that somewhere the warm sun is shining.

I’ve kicked the season off with two amazing 2015 debuts:

Tracked cover smaller

TRACKED by Jenny Martin, described as “Star Wars meets Speed Racer, in which a daring, street-racing girl transforms from rebel to revolutionary”. Yep. And it was AWESOME!

In a world just right

IN A WORLD JUST RIGHT by Jen Brooks, which I’m halfway through and loving: A boy who creates alternative worlds gets his worlds mixed up and tries to kiss the real version of the girl he loves, after which his worlds begin to collide.

Currently on my MUST-READ list (not all debuts, but authors I’ve never read before):

Lifer

LIFER by Beck Nicholas: The Bourne Identity meets Under the Never Sky? I want it. Now!

Body institute

THE BODY INSTITUTE by Carol Riggs: not releasing until September, but I can’t wait: A girl “Reducer” takes over other girl’s bodies to get them into shape–until her own identity is threatened.

Nobody s Goddess

NOBODY’S GODDESS by Amy McNulty: A village of masked men, a magic that compels them to love only one woman, and one girl’s search for freedom and true happiness. Bring on the good chills!

Don t Fall

DON’T FALL by Rachel Schieffelbein: A retelling of Rapunzel. Ah, happiness!

These broken stars

THESE BROKEN STARS by Amie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner: A luxury spaceliner crashes from hyperspace, leaving only two survivors. My first space story in a long time and I’m hoping for a fabulous read.

Crown of ice

CROWN OF ICE by Vicki L. Weavil: The young Snow Queen kidnaps a boy to help her reassemble the shattered enchanted mirror that is the difference between life or eternity as a wraith.

Zeroboxer

ZEROBOXER by Fonda Lee: Weightless combat sport, romance, action. This one had me at the title!