In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month,
Penguin announces READ PINK® 2014 campaign and Parajunkee’s View is proud to show-off their titles.
The goal of the Read Pink campaign is to spread awareness and support research done by The Breast Cancer Foundation. The following are participating authors in the Read Pink campaign.
Memorial Day, 1938
Lily Dane has returned to Seaview, Rhode Island, where her family has summered for generations. It’s an escape not only from New York’s social scene but from a heartbreak that still haunts her. Here, among the seaside community that has embraced her since childhood, she finds comfort in the familiar rituals of summer.
But this summer is different. Budgie and Nick Greenwald—Lily’s former best friend and former fiancé—have arrived, too, and Seaview’s elite are abuzz. Under Budgie’s glamorous influence, Lily is seduced into a complicated web of renewed friendship and dangerous longing.
As a cataclysmic hurricane churns north through the Atlantic, and uneasy secrets slowly reveal themselves, Lily and Nick must confront an emotional storm that will change their worlds forever…
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“Every life lost to breast cancer leaves behind a hole that can never be filled again: a wife, a mother, a sister, a friend, an aunt, a grandmother. I’m so grateful for organizations like The Breast Cancer Research Foundation for their efforts to find a cure for this devastating disease, and honored to support breast cancer awareness, detection, and research through Penguin’s READ PINK program in 2014. With your help, we can move closer to the day when breast cancer leaves behind only survivors.”
Nora Roberts, Sea Swept and The Witness
“To all the moms and daughters, wives and sisters, lovers and friends, Read Pink is here for you and yours. Help support breast cancer awareness and the strong, brave women who fight or will fight this disease and Read Pink in October.”
Sea Swept is the first novel in a stunning quartet of four men bound by the love of the extraordinary couple who took them in and raised them as brothers. Now grown and living on their own, the Quinn brothers must return to the family home on the Maryland shore, to honor their father’s last request.
A champion boat racer, Cameron Quinn traveled the world spending his winnings on champagne and women. But when his dying father called him home to care for Seth, a troubled young boy not unlike Cameron once was, his life changed overnight…
After years of independence, Cameron had to learn to live with his brothers again, while he struggled with cooking, cleaning, and caring for a difficult boy. Old rivalries and new resentments flared between Cameron and his brothers, but they tried to put aside their differences for Seth’s sake. In the end, a social worker would decide Seth’s fate, and as tough as she was beautiful, she had the power to bring the Quinns together—or tear them apart…
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Karen White, The Time Between
“Since 1989, death rates from breast cancer have been decreasing due to earlier detection and improved treatment because of the efforts of organizations like The Breast Cancer Research Foundation. Books have always been an important part of my life, and I am honored that my book will be part of Penguin’s Read Pink program that supports breast cancer awareness and research through reading. It is my greatest hope that through efforts like this we might find a cure within my lifetime.”
Eleanor Murray will always remember her childhood on Edisto Island, where her late father, a local shrimper, shared her passion for music. Now her memories of him are all that tempers the guilt she feels over the accident that put her sister in a wheelchair—and the feelings she harbors for her sister’s husband.
To help support her sister, Eleanor works at a Charleston investment firm during the day, but she escapes into her music, playing piano at a neighborhood bar. Until the night her enigmatic boss walks in and offers her a part-time job caring for his elderly aunt, Helena, back on Edisto. For Eleanor, it’s a chance to revisit the place where she was her happiest—and to share her love of music with grieving Helena, whose sister recently died under mysterious circumstances.
An island lush with sweetgrass and salt marshes, Edisto has been a peaceful refuge for Helena, who escaped with her sister from war-torn Hungary in 1944. The sisters were well-known on the island, where they volunteered in their church and community. But now Eleanor will finally learn the truth about their past: secrets that will help heal her relationship with her own sister—and set Eleanor free….
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Catherine Anderson, Perfect Timing
“I am so delighted to be included in the Read Pink campaign again this year with Perfect Timing being featured, along with so many other great books, to raise funds for breast cancer research. I can remember when a diagnosis of breast cancer was often equivalent to a death sentence. Nowadays, the survival rates have increased greatly, and I personally know women who have prevailed over this terrible disease. Sadly, I’ve also known a few women who lost the battle. So I call upon all of you to join ranks with me and countless other women in a war to defeat breast cancer. ‘Read Pink! Buy books bearing the Read Pink logo as gifts for the women you love.’ By standing together as sisters, we have it within our power to make a huge difference!”
Tragedy has struck the Harrigans—Quincy’s beloved sister-in-law Loni is gravely ill and nearing death. Quincy, like his brothers, feels helpless to save her, and the clock is ticking. Then, with perfect timing, a winsome red-haired woman named Ceara O’Ceallaigh mysteriously appears on Quincy’s property and insists that Loni can be cured. Only Quincy, she says, as the sole remaining Harrigan bachelor, can make it happen—by marrying Ceara.
To Quincy, Ceara is a charming and quite likely deranged spinner of dreams who can’t prove she’s telling the truth. But how can he pass up any attempt to restore Loni to health? Against all better judgment, he decides to marry Ceara. Maybe he’s making the worst mistake of his life. Or maybe he’s opening himself up to possibilities that defy explanation…and will send him on a miraculous journey toward enough love to last forever.
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Jayne Ann Krentz, Dream Eyes
“This is the time of year when we celebrate the progress that has been made in the battle against breast cancer and acknowledge the work that lies ahead. No, we aren’t there yet. There’s a long way to go. The greatest weapon we have to fight this disease is research and research costs money. That is why this breast cancer awareness campaign is so important and why I am proud to participate.”
A suspicious death. A ghost in a mirror. The new Dark Legacy novel from the New York Times bestselling author known for crafting stories of burning passion and chilling suspense…
The death of her friend and mentor, Evelyn Ballinger, brings psychic counselor Gwen Frazier back to the small town of Wilby, Oregon, and brings back memories she would rather forget. Two years ago, a killer stalked the members of one of Ballinger’s research studies—including Gwen, who survived while two others didn’t. Now, she’s sure that Ballinger’s death is related.
Sent by a friend to help Gwen, psychic investigator Judson Coppersmith arrives in Wilby barely in control of his own talent and his own life, and haunted by urgent dreams. His attraction to Gwen is primal, but there are secrets he must keep to protect himself from surrendering to her completely, even as their investigation draws them into dreamscapes, into decades of deception and into the paranormal fires of a desire too strong to resist…
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Marie Force, I Want to Hold Your Hand
“I’m so thrilled to be part of the Read Pink effort to help raise awareness and funding for breast cancer research. I hear frequently from romance readers who tell me my books and those of other romance authors have helped them get through breast cancer treatment. I want to hear from fewer of them in the future. I want to hear they took our books on fabulous vacations rather than treatments. Please Read Pink in October to support all the courageous women fighting this disease and to fund critical research. Thank you for Reading Pink!”
For the Abbott siblings, the Green Mountain state has always been an idyllic place to call home. But it isn’t until they open themselves up to love that they’ll truly discover how fulfilling life can be…
Almost seven years after losing her husband in Iraq, Hannah Abbott Guthrie isn’t sure she’s ready—or able—to move on, but the attentions of a lifelong friend are making her think about it for the first time. The memory of the sweet kiss she shared with Nolan Roberts hasn’t strayed far from her thoughts, but she also fears that pursuing something with him would mean betraying her husband’s memory.
Nolan has loved Hannah for years, but he’d been giving her the space she needed to heal from her devastating loss. Now, when an opportunity arises to show her how he feels, Nolan can’t resist, but he knows earning her love will take more than a kiss. Somehow he has to prove to Hannah that finding love twice in a lifetime is possible—and well worth risking her heart.
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Full List of 2014 Participating Authors:
Jojo Moyes, The Last Letter from your Lover
Karen White, The Time Between
Nora Roberts, Sea Swept and The Witness
Jennifer Chiaverini, Mrs. Lincoln’s Dressmaker
Beatriz Williams, A Hundred Summers
Wendy Wax, While We Were Watching Downton Abbey
Catherine Anderson, Perfect Timing
Marie Force, I Want to Hold Your Hand
Janet Chapman, The Heart of a Hero
Lisa Gardner, MacNamara’s Woman
Jayne Ann Krentz, Dream Eyes
Mark your calendars and remember to join in the conversation with @BerkleyRomance and @PenguinGroupUSA on Twitter in October. Make sure to use the hashtag #ReadPink!
For more information about the Read Pink initiative and to view a complete list of the participating retail outlets, please visit penguin.com/readpink
More info about the Read Pink Campaign:
What’s black and white and pink all over? The initiative by Penguin Random House called Read Pink® in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month (October)!
Today the scientific community has left behind the “one-size-fits-all” breast cancer treatment to emerge with targeted, more effective therapies. As a result, after remaining stagnant for more than 50 years, the death rate from breast cancer has decreased by 30 percent. The Read Pink® initiative by Penguin Random House is proud to be part of this exciting new chapter in the fight against breast cancer, supporting the bold research of The Breast Cancer Foundation® (BCRF), while leveraging its passionate readers to help increase awareness and education about the disease. This literary embrace of a life-saving cause has resulted in nearly 1.5 million best-selling novels shipped with Read Pink seals and information about BCRF across all five years of the promotion.
Penguin Random House is thrilled to partner once again this year with BCRF, as 91 cents of every dollar spent by BCRF is directed towards breast cancer research and awareness programs.
The $25,000 donation that Penguin Random House contributes, regardless of sales, provides vital funds to support the mission of BCRF.
In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month and Penguin Random House’s Read Pink® editions, we are featuring a few participating authors and what Read Pink® means to them…
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Some hate us, think us outlaws to hang at the gallows.
Some fear us, think us demons to burn at the stake.
Some worship us, think us children of the gods.
But all know us.
MEET RAFFAELE (AKA THE MESSENGER)
No one is immune to Raffaele’s charms. A young escort of high esteem, his looks and demeanor border on intoxicating. Blessed with black hair that drapes below his shoulders, eyes of honey and green, and flawless olive skin, you can’t be blamed for feeling weak in the knees in his presence. But be careful, for Raffaele is not only a trusted member of the Young Elites, but also possesses abilities of his own
I am tired of being used, hurt, and cast aside.
Adelina Amouteru is a survivor of the blood fever. A decade ago, the deadly illness swept through her nation. Most of the infected perished, while many of the children who survived were left with strange markings. Adelina’s black hair turned silver, her lashes went pale, and now she has only a jagged scar where her left eye once was. Her cruel father believes she is a malfetto, an abomination, ruining their family’s good name and standing in the way of their fortune. But some of the fever’s survivors are rumored to possess more than just scars—they are believed to have mysterious and powerful gifts, and though their identities remain secret, they have come to be called the Young Elites.
Teren Santoro works for the king. As Leader of the Inquisition Axis, it is his job to seek out the Young Elites, to destroy them before they destroy the nation. He believes the Young Elites to be dangerous and vengeful, but it’s Teren who may possess the darkest secret of all.
Enzo Valenciano is a member of the Dagger Society. This secret sect of Young Elites seeks out others like them before the Inquisition Axis can. But when the Daggers find Adelina, they discover someone with powers like they’ve never seen.
Adelina wants to believe Enzo is on her side, and that Teren is the true enemy. But the lives of these three will collide in unexpected ways, as each fights a very different and personal battle. But of one thing they are all certain: Adelina has abilities that shouldn’t belong in this world. A vengeful blackness in her heart. And a desire to destroy all who dare to cross her.
It is my turn to use. My turn to hurt.
Marie’s NYT-bestselling Legend series will be available in paperback after September 7th. Reviews on the Legend series:
“Legend doesn’t merely survive the hype, it deserves it.” –The New York Times
“Marie Lu’s dystopian novel is a ‘Legend’ in the making.” –USA Today
“An action packed-love story full of inventive details.” -The Los Angeles Times
THE PJV: Thank you for the interview, Ms. Legrand. I have to start out by saying I’m a big fan of The Nutcracker and when I read the synopsis of your book, I was a little apprehensive. I mean The Nutcracker…but wow. I love when that happens. What inspired you to take this sweet battle of gingerbread men and mice and turn it into the steampunk, dark, young adult novel that it is?
Claire Legrand: The story of The Nutcracker already has quite a bit of darkness to it. I mean, maybe it’s not so obvious when you go see your local dance school’s annual production at city hall or whatever, where everything’s all sparkly tutus and cute little kids dressed up as mice. I mean, let’s think about this—we’ve got a mysterious uncle/godfather who wears a cape and is kind of obsessed with his goddaughter. We’ve got GIANT MICE and a giant, SEVEN-HEADED MOUSE KING (this is in the original fairy tale, by the way). And we’ve got a toy who comes to life—ostensibly to save the day, but really? A toy who comes to life? YOU JUST NEVER KNOW.
So, all things considered, I was really just drawing upon creepiness already present in the story!
Did you find yourself restricted by writing within the confines of the story of The Nutcracker?
Claire Legrand: The great thing about The Nutcracker is that the story is so vague on the details. So Clara gets a nutcracker for Christmas—or finds it, in some productions of the ballet. He comes to life (how?) to fight giant mice (why?), and Clara helps him by delivering the killing blow with her slipper (seems legit). Then, as a reward, he whisks her away to his kingdom where he shows her all manner of wondrous, totally random stuff that doesn’t seem to have anything to do with anything. Then Clara returns home and realizes everything was a dream (or was it?). The original fairy tale by E. T. A. Hoffmann explains things in a little more detail—like why the prince was cursed to be a nutcracker, for example—but still, the story is vague and cryptic in that strange way fairy tales can be. So in fact, I had a lot of room to expand upon the story! Rather than feeling confined by the story I knew, I felt inspired by all my questions about why things happened as they did.
Are there some themes/plotting you knew you had to keep from the original ballet?
Claire Legrand: From the beginning, I knew I wanted to draw upon the bizarre sensual undertones of the original fairy tale to make this a story about Clara accepting her emerging sexuality, desires, and strength. I also knew I wanted to expand upon the strange relationship Clara has with Godfather Drosselmeyer, as that relationship has always fascinated me, even when I was a little kid. I have always loved the scenes in the ballet’s first act that take place at the Christmas party and then afterward during the battle with the mice. I therefore made sure to follow those scenes very closely when writing WINTERSPELL.
My grandmother used to bring me to see The Nutcracker each year. It is one of my fondest childhood memories. So I have to ask – when was it that you first saw the ballet? And what stood out as your favorite part?
Claire Legrand: I first saw The Nutcracker on PBS around the holidays. They used to broadcast a couple different productions every year. The one I loved—and I’ll say this over and over because it is just that good—is the Pacific Northwest Ballet’s production, made back in the 80s. It’s dark and strange and sensual, which is exactly what I wanted my own re-imagining of the story to be. Ever since I first started watching the ballet, my favorite scene has been when Godfather Drosselmeyer makes the Christmas tree grow, right before the battle with the mice. The clock chimes midnight, the toys come to life, and the whole ballroom transforms. It’s just so magical and even a bit frightening, and has always filled me with shivery awe.
I really loved what you did with Clara—her multifaceted personality and the changes she went through within the story. How do you write such a complex character? Does she evolve just as you write, or do you have a good grasp on her before you begin?
Claire Legrand: All I knew about Clara before I began writing was that she was going to start out as a rather frustrating character—not really the kick-butt, take-charge heroine we’re used to seeing in YA novels. I knew she would start out with very little confidence, blame herself for things that weren’t her fault, and be ashamed of her body. At the beginning of the book, she’s a pretty broken character—understandably, given what’s happened to her family and the kind of world she lives in. At times, it was painful for me to write her because I so wanted her to stand up for herself already, and let go of her fear! But of course she couldn’t start out that way. She had to start out incomplete and damaged, and then grow from there while on this incredible, terrifying journey. And I’m proud of her; I think the transformation she goes through is pretty staggering.
Nicholas also wasn’t too shabby. I know YA readers put a lot of emphasis on “swoon-worthy” book boyfriends, was there any inspiration to crafting the perfect Prince?
Claire Legrand: Hee hee. Well, to be honest, when I wrote Nicholas, I wasn’t thinking much about whether he was “swoon-worthy” or not. I mean, yeah, I thought his tattoos and the weird metal components throughout his body were weirdly hot in this “bad boy steampunk cyborg” kind of way. But mostly I was just thinking about how messed up this guy was. When Clara frees him from the curse near the beginning of the book (no spoilers; that’s on the book jacket), he has been living as a statue, immobile and trapped, for eighteen years. Before that, he was fighting a war and helping his parents commit genocide against an entire race—granted, this race was killing his own people as well, but still. And he was raised to believe that committing said genocide was a good thing. That the victims deserved it. So it’s understandable that Nicholas has some issues. Some psychological scars, let’s say. I knew when I started developing his character that he was going to be a very gray character, full of dark obsessions and secret hatreds. I knew he wouldn’t always make the right decisions, and that sometimes he would make horrible decisions that would turn some readers irrevocably against him. The thing about Nicholas is . . . he’s so not “the perfect Prince.” But I think that makes him all the more interesting.
Reading about the world of Cane was a big highlight in the book for me. Is there a place in the real world that we can compare it to?
Claire Legrand: Creating the world of Cane was one of the highlights of writing the book for me, so I’m glad you enjoyed reading about it! I’m not sure anywhere in the real world is quite like Cane—and I think we can all be glad for that! It’s a beautiful but very dangerous place, and not so friendly to humans. Lucy Ruth Cummins, the fabulously talented art director at Simon & Schuster who designed WINTERSPELL’s gorgeous cover, described the world of Cane thusly: “Cane was, in its wilderness, Narnia, and its urban center for me was The City of Lost Children.” She also described Clara’s New York City as Gotham City circa Tim Burton’s 1989 Batman. All of this is 100% spot on (because Lucy’s awesome like that). So I’d encourage readers to imagine a landscape like that as they read!
At the end of Winterspell, well let’s just say, I wanted more. Will there be more of Clara’s story?
Claire Legrand: Currently there are no plans for a sequel, but . . . never say never! I love the kingdom of Cane—and there is a lot more going on in that world besides Cane. I’ve imagined other kingdoms as well, with their own stories and own characters. We’ll just have to see!
Thank you so much for your time! Is there anything else you would like the PJV readers to know about?
Claire Legrand: Thank you for the interview! And I’ll just remind everyone that there is a WINTERSPELL prequel e-novella called SUMMERFALL, available now at e-book retailers. You can read it before reading WINTERSPELL; it won’t spoil anything. And actually, the story of SUMMERFALL will be spoiled for you if you read it after reading WINTERSPELL—although I don’t think reading in that order will diminish your enjoyment! I hope you enjoy reading, and thanks for stopping by!
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The clock chimes midnight, a curse breaks, and a girl meets a prince . . . but what follows is not all sweetness and sugarplums.
New York City, 1899. Clara Stole, the mayor’s ever-proper daughter, leads a double life. Since her mother’s murder, she has secretly trained in self-defense with the mysterious Drosselmeyer.
Then, on Christmas Eve, disaster strikes.
Her home is destroyed, her father abducted–by beings distinctly not human. To find him, Clara journeys to the war-ravaged land of Cane. Her only companion is the dethroned prince Nicholas, bound by a wicked curse. If they’re to survive, Clara has no choice but to trust him, but his haunted eyes burn with secrets–and a need she can’t define. With the dangerous, seductive faery queen Anise hunting them, Clara soon realizes she won’t leave Cane unscathed–if she leaves at all.
Inspired by The Nutcracker, Winterspell is a dark, timeless fairy tale about love and war, longing and loneliness, and a girl who must learn to live without fear.
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PJV Quickie: While No Limits is full of fighter-hero goodness, there was actually not any time in the ring, which surprised me. I didn’t really feel the attraction between the hero and heroine, but one of the secondary characters kept me entertained.
Review: Cannon Coulter is a professional fighter who’s been called back to his hometown of Warfield, Ohio, because of the death of a friend, Tipton Sweeney. The lawyer informs him he’s inherited half of Tipton’s home and pawn shop. The other half goes to Tipton’s daughter, Yvette.
Yvette Sweeney has also come back to Warfield from California and plans to sell the properties and give Cannon his half. He was involved in a widely-publicized rescue years ago when Yvette had been kidnapped. She’d carried a hero worship for him for so long, but now she just wants to release Cannon of any obligation to her so he can get on with his life and she can go back to hers.
What Yvette doesn’t know is that Cannon hasn’t been able to shake her from his mind and is looking forward to re-kindling their acquaintance… and then some.
Here’s the thing: I thought this was a new series, but it is apparently a spin-off of her Love Undercover series, specifically the last book, Dash of Peril. I read the Love Undercover series, all except Dash of Peril. Which is probably why I kept thinking that I was missing something, and I actually double-checked to make sure this was the first book in the series. Once things were moving along and some of the characters from the Love Undercover books made cameos, I realized it was a spin-off.
That being said, I did enjoy No Limits and read it in just a few sittings. As I said in my PJV quickie, I thought there would be some fighting, but the story takes place between fights, so no real ring time. There was some mystery about who was vandalizing the pawn shop and the house, which kept things moving along, but the relationship between Cannon and Yvette was kind of flat for me; I just didn’t feel the attraction between them; I don’t know if this would have been different if I had read Getting Rowdy first.
I did love Cannon’s best friend, Armie – a kinky, flirty playboy who is in love with Cannon’s sister, Rissy, and fighting it all the way. I’m thinking they’re going to have a really good story between them. The other fighters from Cannon’s gym were fun guys and I enjoyed their teasing camraderie between them, so I do plan to continue with this series.
Recommendations: If you like Fighter-Heroes or Romantic Suspense, you may want to give No Limits a try. Fans of Michelle Mannon’s “Worth the Fight” series or Vi Kreeland’s “MMA Fighters” will probably enjoy Knock Out.
Ready for an excerpt from the book?
CANNON COULDN’T STOP looking at her. Damn, he’d remembered her as pretty, but she’d matured into killer good looks—and didn’t seem to know it. An angel’s face paired with that trim but curvy figure, and yeah, he was pretty sure every guy in the place had already started fantasizing.
Too bad, because none of them would touch her.
If he’d had any doubts about wanting her, they were put to rest in a big way. Instead of three years, it felt like a decade he’d been waiting on her. Yes, he wanted her. He would have her, too.
The only question was how soon.
A few weeks ago she’d lost her grandfather, and she probably needed time to acclimate to being home around the unpleasant memories. He’d love to segue right from hello to hell yeah, but he also enjoyed just looking at her and talking with her.
Sipping her Coke, Yvette stole a peek at him. Feathery lashes framed those big green eyes he remembered so well—eyes that used to watch him with innocent infatuation, but now seemed wary. She sat straight, proper. Spoke carefully. Avoided his direct gaze.
As Tipton had said, she was guarded.
She wore makeup, but not a lot. Even in a ponytail, her long dark hair made him think of it spilled loose on his pillows, or gliding over his chest.
Or his thighs.
And her clothes, while casual, covered such a sweet body it left him visually undressing her.
Knowing he had to get a grip, he asked, “Are you hungry?”
She shook her head. “But please go ahead and eat if you want.”
“I’m good.” Arms folded on the top of the booth, he smiled. “I can’t get over how much you’ve changed.”
That pleased her, he could tell. “It’s been almost three and a half years.”
Long enough for her to put the past behind her? To put him behind her? No, he wouldn’t let her. “I’m so damn sorry about Tipton.”
“Thank you.” She set the drink aside, then nervously drew her finger through the damp ring the glass had left on the booth top. “I wanted to talk to you about that. About—”
“Hey, Saint.” Two guys sidled up to the table. “Can we get a pic?”
Cannon forced his gaze away from Yvette. “Sure.” He would never alienate a fan, but damn, the timing could be better. Yvette had been screwing up her courage to say something. Now he had to wonder what.
Stepping out of the booth, he bent a little to put himself more in line with the shorter guys, and with a double thumbs-up, smiled as a plump lady used her cell phone to snap a few photos.
That only seemed to unleash other fans, and before he knew it, he was posing with men and women alike. Some wanted to hug him, some wanted him in a fighter’s stance, a few just wanted him to mug for the camera. Before he could get a handle on things, he’d taken around twenty photos and signed more than a dozen autographs.
Yvette watched it all with a look of fascinated indulgence. When there seemed to be a lull, he reseated himself. “Sorry about that.”
“You’re popular, I understand.” Her long glossy ponytail spilled over her shoulder when she tipped her head to study him. “I watch the fights.”
That pleased him more than it should have. “Yeah? What do you think?”
“You’re pretty amazing.”
He held back his grin. “I do my best.”
That earned a short laugh. “Humble too.” Shaking her head, she teased, “No wonder they call you the Saint.”
He’d rarely heard her laugh before, and hearing it now did funny things to him. It was nice. Rich. Husky.
The PJV is on FIRE today! In honor of Alexandra Bracken’s wonderful series, The Darkest Minds.
At the PJV we are big fans of Alexandra Bracken’s The Darkest Minds series. If you like Young Adult Dystopian, you can’t go wrong with Bracken’s series. You have this crazy world where kids have developed super powers and to combat this, the government has rounded them all up and separated them by their powers. The ones they can control, they try to re-educate them, the ones that are too powerful are killed off. It is a very dark series and has all kinds of action and adventure, political intrigue a smidge of hopeful romance…and all packaged in a tight plot with writing that just pops off the page. Have I sold it to you yet?
Lizzy got to review the books for our site, if you want to check out her reviews of THE DARKEST MINDS.
About the Books:
ABOUT IN THE AFTERLIGHT
Ruby can’t look back. Fractured by an unbearable loss, she and the kids who survived the government’s attack on Los Angeles travel north to regroup. Only Ruby can keep their highly dangerous prisoner in check. But with Clancy Gray, there’s no guarantee you’re fully in control, and everything comes with a price.
When the Children’s League disbands, Ruby rises up as a leader and forms an unlikely allegiance with Liam’s brother, Cole, who has a volatile secret of his own. There are still thousands of other Psi kids suffering in government “rehabilitation camps” all over the country. Freeing them–revealing the governments unspeakable abuses in the process–is the mission Ruby has claimed since her own escape from Thurmond, the worst camp in the country.
But not everyone is supportive of the plan Ruby and Cole craft to free the camps. As tensions rise, competing ideals threaten the mission to uncover the cause of IANN, the disease that killed most of America’s children and left Ruby and others with powers the government will kill to keep contained. With the fate of a generation in their hands, there is no room for error. One wrong move could be the spark that sets the world on fire.
ABOUT SPARKS RISE (The Darkest Minds: 2.5 e-Book release)
Available online September 2, 2014
This New eBook Novella connects the last two novels in The Darkest Minds trilogy.
Sam didn’t think things could get worse at Thurmand rehabilitation camp. Then the Reds arrive. Everyone assumed the kids with firepower had been killed years ago. Instead they were taken away, brainwashed, and returned as terrifyingly effective guards. To her horror, Sam recognizes one of them: Lucas, the one spark of light in Sam’s dark childhood.
Lucas has a deadly secret–he beat the brutal training that turned his fellow Reds into mindless drones. When Sam defends herself against an attack by a vile PSF guard and faces a harrowing punishment, Lucas must risk his everything to save her.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Alexandra Bracken was born and raised in Arizona, but moved east to study at the College of William & Mary in Virginia. She recently relocated to New York City, where she worked in publishing and lives in a charming apartment overflowing with books.
The final book is coming out in November and to celebrate the release a few great blogs have teamed up to offer some great giveaways – you are in RED PSI
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Kick-Ass Character Spotlight: The awesome attributes that make Kalila kick-ass.
Ladies, in our world there’s a creep on every corner. Predators in the produce section, the lingerie department, at the playground. Bullies lurk at the job, fun time places, even in innocuous church pews. Don’t be a victim. You owe it to yourself to know how to whip out some whoopass when the need arises, and Kalila Montgomery from Wonderfully Wicked is here to give you some practical tips.
Refuse to be Used. I grew up in a long string of foster homes, not that I’m complaining, and that’s not my point. I learned fast that I’m the only one who will stick up for me. Don’t fall into the doormat trap—no matter your freak factor, you don’t deserve to be marginalized by anyone. Attitude is everything, girls. Once you start taking crap, you can bet your britches a sewer storm is coming. Be strong, remember who you are (and in case you’ve already forgotten – you’re capital A awesome), and if you go down, go down scratching.
Be Prepared. Despite your amazingness, you can’t predict when danger will strike. Could be while plucking your nose hair, trying to catch some snooze-time, or impatiently waiting in line for your morning mocha. Do yourself a favor. Expect it. Be aware of your surroundings at all times. That guy standing behind you in line at the coffee shop might look tasty, but so did Ted Bundy. Wear sturdy shoes for running (I prefer Doc Martens), keep a weapon handy at all times (knife beneath the pillow generally works), and trust no one (BFFs excluded from that rule).
Use What You’ve Got. You can make almost anything into a weapon. Got some keys? Stick ‘em between your fingers and bam! Instant brass knuckles for that special stalker surprise. You know why it’s a natural tendency to stuff your purse full? Cuz it’s the new age flail. Swing for the KO, girls. If you choose to ignore my sensible shoes advice and insist on heels, make them work for you. Before you go for the ever-expected knee to the groin, give ‘em a spiky foot stomp. Believe me, the smashed man parts courtesy of your knee will be doubly effective. Hey, even a tossed hot coffee will distract enough for a getaway. But if you’re serious about protecting yourself, learn some moves and practice, practice, practice. Your hands and feet are fabulous weapons if you get caught naked in the shower. Just sayin’.
Necessary Violence.By now, you might think I’m a violence promoter. I’d prefer a peaceful, picket fence life, but so far…yeah. Not happening. I’ve learned the hard way that, sometimes, violence is the only way to save your skin. If someone is out to cause you harm, he won’t concern himself with your values. Whether you’re a pacifist, a nun, or a mom of three, you’ve got a choice to make: sit back and let him destroy who you are, or fight back because you’re worth saving.
Surrendering is for Suckers. Don’t get me wrong—there are the occasional moments when a temporary white flag is the smartest move to make. Sometimes, your choices suck, and yielding will get you through long enough to hatch a plan. But when it comes to the people who love you, hope, and the big bad out to break you? Never. Stand by the people who love you, even when it may seem they don’t deserve it. Hey, we all make mistakes. When you have nothing left, cling to hope. It will get you to tomorrow. No matter how life is flushing down the toilet, don’t submit to the enemy. Resist until your last breath. Who knows? You might just win.
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He haunts her dreams and embodies her nightmares…
A dreamcaster with the ability to channel creatures from her nightmares, headstrong and cynical Kalila Montgomery longs for a peaceful, picket-fence life…until the man literally of her dreams kidnaps her. Survival quickly becomes her number one goal, yet a growing attraction to the man featured in her nightmares is impossible to ignore. While she fears he will kill her, other, more terrifying enemies surround her, and Kalila succumbs to his scheme to escape.
She may be his one hope for freedom…
A deadly combination of power, cunning, and cold-hearted charm, Lydon v’al Endrian fears nothing. Feels nothing. Chained to a brotherhood of men with the supernatural ability to invade dreams, he hunts dreamcasters to be harvested for their dreams and killed. His target: Kalila Montgomery. But Kalila awakens an undeniable dark desire and a longing for a freedom long-lost. To gain everything he craves, Lydon must seduce Kalila before his plot is discovered…a hopeless challenge which, if failed, will earn him a death-sentence.
Caught up in a dangerous world of secrets and obsession, doubt and betrayal, Kalila and Lydon face the nightmare of their lives, where love will either deliver them—or destroy them both.
About C.J. Burright:
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C. J. Burright was born and raised in Oregon and loved it so much she never left. While she has worked for years in a law office, she chooses to avoid writing legal thrillers and instead leans toward urban fantasy, paranormal romance, or—since all things medieval and magic fascinate her—fantasy romance. A member of Romance Writers of America and Secretary for the Fantasy, Futuristic & Paranormal special interest chapter, C. J. also has her 4th Dan Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do and believes stories should always include a gratuitous fight scene. In what spare time she has, she enjoys working out, reading, gardening, and rooting on the Seattle Mariners with a nice glass of wine. She shares a house with her husband, daughter, and a devoted herd of cats.
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