Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Sun Warrior (Tales of a New World #2) by P.C. Cast Releases Today, Oct 17th!! Paperback of Moon Chosen Also Releases Today!

ORDER SUN WARRIOR TODAY!!! The Second Installment in the New York Times bestselling Tales of a New World series by the #1 NYT Bestselling Author P.C. Cast.

Sun Warrior, Book #2 in the Tales of a New World series by P.C. Cast Releases Today, Oct 17th!! If you would like to learn more about the book, read below:


Book: Sun Warrior
Author: P.C. Cast
Publisher: St. Martin's Press (Wednesday Books)
Genre: YA Fantasy
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 608
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Synopsis:
The battle lines have been drawn and Mari, an Earth Walker and Nik, a Companion, who were once from rival clans now find themselves fighting to save each other and their people from destruction.

Thaddeus betrayed his own people, killing Nik’s father and destroying their entire clan. But he wants more. He wants the power he believes Mari has stolen from him and his people and he will do anything he must to get them back, even if it means destroying everything in his path. There is only way to stop Thaddeus, but it means a harrowing journey for Mari and Nik into the heart of darkness. But if they hope to survive the coming fight, they have no choice but to believe in each other.



PRAISE FOR SUN WARRIOR:

"Nik and Mari's aspiration to build a community founded on the principle of inclusion is both noble and refreshing. The members of this new clan explore their differences and feelings gently and respectfully, and readers will likely enjoy the hints of new romance budding between characters." - Kirkus






The paperback version of Book #1, Moon Chosen, of the Tales of a New World series by P.C. Cast, is also releasing today on Oct 17th!  You can learn more about his book below:


Book: Moon Chosen
Author: P.C. Cast
Publisher: St. Martin's Press (Wednesday Books)
Genre: YA Fantasy
Format: Paperback
Pages: 624
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Synopsis:

Chosen to embrace her true identity. Chosen to follow her destiny. Chosen to change her world.

Mari is an Earth Walker, heir to the unique healing powers of her Clan, but she has been forced to turn from her duties, until she is chosen by a special animal ally, altering her destiny forever. When a deadly attack tears her world apart, Mari reveals the strength of her powers and the forbidden secret of her dual nature as she embarks on a mission to save herself and her people. It is not until Nik, the son of the leader from a rival, dominating Tribe, strays across her path that Mari experiences something she has never felt before…

Now evil is coming, and with it, a force more terrible and destructive than the world has ever seen, leaving Mari to cast the shadows from the earth. By breaking Clan Law and forming an alliance with Nik, she must make herself ready. Ready to save her people. Ready to save herself and Nik. Ready to embrace her true destiny…and battle the forces that threaten to destroy them all.




PRAISE FOR MOON CHOSEN:

"While many fantasy series style themselves as epic, this one may actually be worthy of the description. Fantasy lovers who are fans of Cinda Williams Chima's "Seven Realms" novels will fall
in love with Mari and Nik." - School Library Journal

"Cast's spectacular new series kicks off with a unique tale suitable for fans of fantasy both young and old. Earth as completely changed, and the author grants readers a chance to use their imagination as the engaging storyline rapidly unfolds." - Romantic Times, 4 stars!

"Cast's fans should find much to be pleased with in this new venture" - Kirkus

"...engaging characters and a fast-paced narrative" - Publishers Weekly







About The Author: P.C. Cast
#1 NY Times and #1 USA Today bestselling author PC Cast was born in the Midwest, and grew up being shuttled back-and-forth between Illinois and Oklahoma, which is where she fell in love with Quarter Horses and mythology (at about the same time). After high school, she joined the United States Air Force and began public speaking and writing. After her tour in the USAF, she taught high school for 15 years before retiring to write full time. PC is a member of the Oklahoma Writers Hall of Fame. Her novels have been awarded the prestigious: Oklahoma Book Award, YALSA Quick Pick for Reluctant Readers, Romantic Times Reviewers' Choice Award, the Prism, Holt Medallion, Daphne du Maurir, Booksellers' Best, and the Laurel Wreath. PC is an experienced teacher and talented speaker. Ms. Cast lives in Oregon near her fabulous daughter, her adorable pack of dogs, her crazy Maine Coon, and a bunch of horses.


                                        
                                        



Monday, October 9, 2017

Review + Book Birthday Giveaway: Broken Chords by Jessica Bayliss

Happy Book Birthday to Jessia Bayliss for her novella Broken Chords releasing TODAY!! To celebrate this special occasion, I did a review of Broken Chords and I'm hosting some giveaways!!

Title: Broken Chords
Author: Jessica Bayliss
Genre: YA Horror
Publication Date: Oct 9, 2017
Publisher: Leap Books


Synopsis:

They rip, they tear, they feed, and you never come back again.
Here’s how last year’s Gypsy Cob Music Festival should have gone. Lenora “Lenny” Ragno was supposed to rock her duet with her long-time crush, Jeb, during the open-mic competition. Then, swept up in the glow of success, he’d finally kiss her. Instead, Lenny choked on stage and spent the whole year dodging him online. And avoiding playing her fiddle in public. She thought her worst nightmare was behind her, but she was way wrong.

Now, she’s back at Gypsy Cob where avoiding a public performance is about as impossible as hiding from Jeb. She thinks facing him will be the scariest part of the festival, but when one of their friends talks everyone into trying astral projection, Lenny catches the eye of a demonic entity that marks her as its own.
Whenever it wants, the demon can pluck Lenny from her reality and transport her to a hellish between-world, haunted by its countless, gruesome victims. If she doesn’t want to become one of them, she must discover the nature of the demon’s hold on her and remove it. But how can she defeat a literal demon when she can’t even get over her personal ones.


Review:

I adored Broken Chords!  Let me start off by saying that I am a huge fan of Horror books. Broken Chords being described as "Poltergeist meets Insidious at a music festival" by Jessica Bayliss, it immediately captured my attention and I had to read it.  And it lived up to all of that hype and MORE!  I read this at night, which added an extra layer of scariness, which I highly recommend doing!  I love being scared and having the anxious feeling of what will happen next.  

The novella starts off by one of Lenny's friends picking up a book about astral projection at a psychic's tent at Gypsy Cob, a huge, outdoor music festival. Then the group of friends all try astral projection at night.  Then all "hell" breaks loose for Lenny. As if it wasn't bad enough that she choked up on stage the year prior at Gypsy Cob with her friend Jeb, now she has another problem to deal with, aside from having to perform again this year. A demon.

Broken Chords definitely spooked me when Lenny astral projected to the Hellish between-world and encountered a demon, tortured souls, creepy monsters, and  creatures.  And with enchanting spells and eerie songs in the underworld, it'll make your skin crawl.  The world building in this novella is spectacular. The sinister descriptions of this frightening in-between place in the astral realm were gruesome enough to make you feel like you were really in the demon's lair, including smells, atmosphere, and the setting.

What I also liked about this horror novella, was the fact that it had a nice balance.  It wasn't all horror.  There is a nice blend between a contemporary feel and a horror novella, through alternating worlds of the present day at a music festival, and the hellish demon's world.  So don't worry if horror books aren't your thing.  This novella appeals to those who like contemporaries or those who are fascinated by musical instruments, concerts, and musicians. Music is a big part of this book. Also if you are into psychics or intrigued by astral projection or the supernatural/paranormal, this novella will satisfy your craving too.

The characters in the novella are interesting, relatable, and daring!  There is a nice humanistic feel to the main character Lenny, who goes through trials and tribulations like teens in real life do.  Lenny feels all the angst of a real teen crush, so the reader gets to see how that romance plays out with Jeb. Also Lenny's character goes through a hardship at the music festival and you get to see how she handles it and how she tries to "conquer her demons" both in the real world and the astral world.  You'll have to read the novella to find out how her encounter with her "demons" went.

The characters are strengthened as the novella progresses, and themes of facing your fears and trying to conquer them, having courage, failure and the importance of never giving up, and encouraging others are vitally sprinkled throughout this novella.  Competition is also part of the book at the music festival, and it teaches you that we're really only in competition with ourselves.  We are the only ones who really choose whether we are winners in life.

Overall, I loved Broken Chords!  It was a wonderful and inspiring story.  It had the perfect blend of horror and contemporary, and really spoke to my "soul." It did what a horror story should do, which was scare me.  But what's nice is that it was never so overwhelmingly scary where I couldn't handle it.  I know some people might be concerned about that and say they can't handle being too frightened by a horror book, so they avoid it. But this one I believe you're able to handle. Jessica knew the right amount of scare level to make it just right.  It's a great Halloween read.  Broken Chords was mesmerizingly spooky as much as it was emotionally captivating.  You will definitely be spellbound by this novella. I highly recommend it to everyone!

RATING: 5/5 STARS





2 Giveaways:

I will be having two giveaways on my blog today.  One is a giveaway of Broken Chords, which Jessica Bayliss was awesome enough to giveaway! The other is a Bookish Delight's blog giveaway that has items in it that were inspired by Broken Chords. I call it the Broken Chords Book Birthday Giveaway.  It has psychic elements to it by what you'd find in a psychic's tent at the music festival in Broken Chords, such as a "FREE SPIRITS" candle, and a grow your own crystal kit. It also has a demon/devil's horns headpiece and tail. Also a Poltergeist and Insidious DVD, which Broken Chords was described as by Jessica Bayliss. And you'll also get some ghoulish candy of monsters, dead souls, and a demon you'd find in the Hellish between-world! And lastly, you'll get a Halloween bag where I will put all of your goodies in since Broken Chords is released in October.


GIVEAWAY #1:


Broken Chords Book Birthday Giveaway
Open Internationally. Ends Oct 22, 2017 at 11:59pm PST 
USA will get full Prize Pack Below.
International will get Insidious & Poltergeist DVD only (due to shipping costs) + $10 Amazon Gift Card

To Enter, click the link below that says "CLICK HERE TO ENTER THE BROKEN CHORDS BOOK BIRTHDAY GIVEAWAY PACK". The link will take you to a giveaway form that you must fill out. It just asks for your name and email to contact you if you win. It also has optional bonus entries. *NOTE: THIS IS A DIFFERENT FORM TO FILL OUT THAN GIVEAWAY #2 FORM. EACH GIVEAWAY HAS THEIR OWN FORM).





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Wednesday, October 4, 2017

YA BOOK RELEASE DATE + AUTHOR INTERVIEW + GIVEAWAY: BROKEN CHORDS BY JESSICA BAYLISS


I would like welcome YA Author Jessica Bayliss to the Bookish Delights Blog! She is here to tell you all about her YA Horror novella, Broken Chords, which releases next week on October 9, 2017! How exciting! Especially with Halloween just around the corner, I'm sure you are all just dying to find the perfect spooky read this month. Well her book, Broken Chords, fits all the requirements with astral projection (out of body experience) and a demonic creature. It also has some romantic elements as well! I definitely loved it! (My review will be up this weekend, so look for that). Check out what people are saying about Broken Chords:



Sounds amazing, doesn't it?!! Jessica describes Broken Chords as "Poltergeist meets Insidious at a music festival." So you definitely do not want to miss out on this YA Horror novella. Look at the cover. It looks so creepy! You can read all about the book below. 




AUTHOR: JESSICA BAYLISS
PUBLISHER: LEAP BOOKS
GENRE: YA HORROR (NOVELLA)
BOOK FORMAT: eBOOK
PUBLICATION DATE: OCTOBER 9, 2017
ASIN: B075CPBYLK





TAGLINE:
They RIP, they TEAR, they FEED, and you NEVER come back again.

JACKET COPY:
Here’s how last year’s Gypsy Cob Music Festival should have gone. Lenora “Lenny” Ragno was supposed to rock her duet with her long-time crush, Jeb, during the open-mic competition. Then, swept up in the glow of success, he’d finally kiss her. Instead, Lenny choked on stage and spent the whole year dodging him online. And avoiding playing her fiddle in public. She thought her worst nightmare was behind her, but she was way wrong.
Now, she’s back at Gypsy Cob where avoiding a public performance is about as impossible as hiding from Jeb. She thinks facing him will be the scariest part of the festival, but when one of their friends talks everyone into trying astral projection, Lenny catches the eye of a demonic entity that marks her as its own.
Whenever it wants, the demon can pluck Lenny from her reality and transport her to a hellish between-world, haunted by its countless, gruesome victims. If she doesn’t want to become one of them, she must discover the nature of the demon’s hold on her and remove it. But how can she defeat a literal demon when she can’t even get over her personal ones?





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Check out this interesting author interview!




INTERVIEW OF AUTHOR JESSICA BAYLISS:



What was your inspiration for writing this book?


The inspiration really came because I had to pee in the middle of the night. Not what you were expecting, right? So, there I was, camping on Martha’s Vineyard with my husband, and I had to pee in the middle of the night. For anyone who’s ever camped, you know that the bathrooms are never conveniently located. To reach it, I had a bit of a walk, and the fastest route was through a playground. So, there I am, wee hours of the night (no pun intended), and it’s all cold and misty. And I’m in this playground, and I think: If those swings start moving right now, I’m so out of here.

Lucky for me, that didn’t happen, but once I was safely back in my tent, I decided I’d write a story about a haunted playground someday. The other major inspiration is a blue grass festival we like to attend. The layout, the campgrounds, the pirate truck, even the creek behind the clearing in the woods—it’s all inspired by that festival.


As for the astral projection, that came from the fact that I read and enjoyed a YA about astral projection back in my teen-aged days. I often start my books with the question: what would I want to read? (Or, what did I like to read back in the day?)

Put that all together, add in a little romance, and you’ve got BROKEN CHORDS.



What about your musical inspiration?


Ah, yes. Many bands show up in BROKEN CHORDS, including some of my favorites: The Greencards, Nikel Creek, and Crooked Still. Fans of these folks will definitely pick up on some references in the book. One traditional folk song, in particular, was a huge inspiration. It’s called Wind and Rain. I did some research on this song, and it turns out, there have been versions of this—in song and in poem form—for hundreds of years. It dates back to mid-seventeenth century and its origins are the UK. It’s had different names, including The Two Sisters and Twa Sisters, but every version includes the story about how one sister killed the other. In most versions, including the one in my book, the older sister kills her younger and yellow-haired sister out of jealousy over her having landed beau. Creepy for sure. And, in all versions—creepiest of all—the murdered sister’s body is turned into a fiddle! I can’t remember if I decided to use this song first OR if I decided Lenny was a fiddle player first, but needless to say, it all came together so beautifully (or, perhaps the best words is horrifyingly).



Why horror?


That’s one of those questions I can’t exactly answer. I just love it. Ever since I was a kid, I’ve been totally fascinated by scary stuff. I do believe that my very first short story was about a haunted house. I wrote that in 2nd grade for a classroom assignment. Needless to say, my mother received a call. My relationship with the frightening, creepy, and macabre was quite love-hate in those early days. In other words, I was a chicken. I’d read scary stories (SCARY STORIES TO TELL IN THE DARK comes to mind), but I was totally afraid to watch scary movies until I was around twelve. But, once I did, I was hooked.


And paranormal horror is my favorite. I like to describe BROKEN CHORDS as POLTERGEIST meets INSIDIOUS at a music festival. Maybe that comes from some of the ghost stories told by members of my family (I still have nightmares about my grandmother’s attic and that house has been out of the family for seven years).



How do you meld the supernatural with the human?

Lenny’s story is not only one of surviving a paranormal/demonic attack, it’s also about facing fear and trust and so many other things?
Ah, yes. But that’s what I love the most about really good horror, fantasy too. These kinds of books allow us to explore all sorts of things but under the guise of other. I will be honest, I’m not much of a drama fan. Partly, that’s because my work as a psychologist is drama enough, but also because it’s just too much in your face. But, when you throw in horror or a speculative element, now I can go to those deep emotional places without feeling swamped. It’s like how I hide my dog’s pill in some sliced turkey. You can hide the tough human experiences within stories with speculative elements.
In BROKEN CHORDS, we get to see Lenny face all sorts of things: fear and phobia (like, legit stage fright), she learns how to trust others, and, perhaps her biggest journey, she learns to trust herself.



Thanks Jessica for sharing your insightful thoughts regarding Broken Chords!

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Dive into this novella! Check  out these interesting excerpts.






BOOK EXCERPTS:

Excerpt #1:
The frozen playground equipment came alive as ghost children capered and played. The words to “Wind and Rain” came out of each of their mouths, but with a singular voice, high and breathy and laced with that slimy, rotten smell.
They spun on the carousel, catching me each time around with the ragged, torn pits that used to hold their eyes. They soared skyward on the teeter-totter—up and down and up and down and up and down—grinning gleeful smiles full of charred coal. Their skin…no, that stuff wasn’t skin. Not anymore. Dead. Colorless. Dried out like scaly tree bark. Grown over by mold and time. Every twitch of cheek or wave of hand tore a little more away from their bones. If they had bones.
All singing. All laughing. All pointing
At me.



Excerpt #2:
I forgot everything except Jeb and our music. I lived in each pitch, each resonance. Each attuned moment where that magical thing happens—individual notes becoming more than the sum of their parts, allowing our song to surge in ringing sound that was sometimes sad, sometimes bleak, always longing.
We breathed as one, moved as one. Our eyes locked, and part of my brain could hear part of his brain, could anticipate a sudden fermata or when he was aiming for a crescendo. Not a duo; a singular being. A singular soul. Heat flooded me, filling up every space within my body, and my cheeks flamed. I was raw, wide open, naked for him to see and to hear. From the inside and from without. Every twitch of his lips became a kiss. Every motion of his hands, a caress.
He touched me with his sound, tickled me with his breath—breath that was my breath too—and longing surged through every ounce of my being.
When the song was over, the last plink of mandolin echoing in my ears and my bow completing its final trip across the strings, I blinked. A single tear slipped down my cheek. One look at Jeb, and I knew he was equally disoriented. Equally affected. He fixed me in his gaze like he could see deep within me, to my very soul.
To my chord.

Excerpt #3:
Jeb’s voice ebbed and flowed, his fear growing and sending out seedlings of dread to take root in my own chest. He must have woken the entire camp by now. I fumbled open my tent flap, stumbled outside, and zipped the flap shut with trembling hands. When I turned around, I knew immediately why no one put a stop to Jeb’s calls.

He wasn’t in the normal world anymore.
Neither was I.
Despite not asking for it, something twisted and bitter in this universe had bestowed it anyway. We’d been transported to the astral plane.

The world was bathed in dark beauty, like velvety gauze or some tranquil digital camera filter, making everything hazy and wavery with dim blue-white light. I could actually see the air – or matter or ether or whatever it was – that made up the world around me. When I waved my hand, contrails showed its swishing progress long after I’d ceased movement. Like, whatever I was made of in this form could interact with the very construction material holding this universe together. Or, maybe whatever I was made of in this form was the very construction material of this universe.

“Oh God,” I whispered.
That meant, behind me, within the tent I’d just fled, my body lay prone. Not in sleep, and not a trance. Not dead, but not really alive either.

 An empty shell.
 I stared at the dark green vinyl before finally getting up the nerve to look inside. My body lay on my air mattress, curled up as if I were merely sleeping. My chest rose and fell as my organs responded to signals from the most primitive part of my brain, which kept the basic functions of human life online even though the system user had abandoned the controls.

I breathed in time with my body. I wasn’t sure if I was really moving air around in my spectral form, but the reflex to carry out the action was strong, and it still felt soothing when I blew what might be nothing out of lungs that probably weren’t there anyway. I took another deep, fake breath and closed my eyes. My brain attempted to point out the ridiculousness of this – how I still felt normal even though I was nothing but a ghost now. A spasm of laughter escaped my throat, but I swallowed it down. If I let my mind think too hard about things like where? and what? and how?, I’d crack. Game over.

Instead, I chanted Jeb’s mantra: “Just go with it.” Then I turned to face the astral plane.





SHORT EXCERPTS:

Short Excerpt #1:
I’d projected my soul from my body and Jeb’s with it as if he were some astral hitchhiker. Everything else was exactly the same. People still called and laughed outside. The sun still shone. We were just no longer in our mortal shells.

Short Excerpt #2:
When I looked up again, I couldn’t tell where I was. My lifeline was so weakened, its tell-tale glow no longer served as a sure path home. Not even a weak flicker remained. I was lost. A castaway in a sea of churning horror.

Short Excerpt #3:

I stopped worrying about how long I had left, because time stopped. The world, and all the other worlds attached to it, disappeared. If it had come at that very moment, the demon would never have found me. Jeb and I were suspended in a reality of our own. All that lived there were kisses and caresses and soft words whispered in tickling breath against my neck.





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Here is the fabulous Jessica Bayliss. If you would like to know more about her or her books, just check out her social media below.









ABOUT THE AUTHOR
































Jessica Bayliss is a clinical psychologist by day and a writer all the time. Her genre-bending fiction holds a little something for everyone. She has been a lover ghost tales and horror since her days scanning VHS rental shelves—admittedly with eyes half-averted from the gory covers—so a touch of the mysterious always finds a home in Jessica’s work. Romance with a dash of supernatural. Horror with a bit of humor. You get the gist. Jessica writes across age groups but has a particular love for Young Adult and Middle Grade.


In the psychology world, she has more than fifteen years of experience and training in the cognitive-behavioral model. She’s a psychotherapist, a teacher, and a researcher. One day it hit her: Why not combine writing and psychology? Just like that, PsychWRITE, her series of lectures, workshops, and coaching services for writers was born.



Because one cannot live on work alone, Jessica also spends a great deal of time with friends and family. She is a lover of all animals especially one very special Havanese. She also loves to eat, cook, and exercise—in that order—and is a firm believer that coffee makes the world a better place.


Jessica is a member of SCBWI and RWA; and her short fiction has been published in several anthologies and lit mags; and she is an Associate Editor for Allegory eZine. Her YA horror novella, BROKEN CHORDS, comes out next week (October 9th, Leap Books Press)! Look for her upcoming YA debut novel release, TEN AFTER CLOSING (Sky Pony Press, spring 2018). For more information about Jessica and about PsychWRITE, her series of courses and workshops for writers, visit: www.JessicaBaylissWrites.com




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Did you like what you read?! If it peaked your interest, feel free to Add Broken Chords to your TBR list on Goodreads by clicking the link below. If you'd like to add Ten Past Closing, spring 2018, I've provided the link below as well as the synopsis. I am super excited about Ten After Closing, a contemporary YA novel!


BROKEN CHORDS on Goodreads

TEN AFTER CLOSING ON Goodreads


TEN AFTER CLOSING SYNOPSIS:
Sky Pony Press has acquired Jessica Bayliss's debut novel Ten After Closing, a contemporary YA thriller chronicling the events before and after a hold-up at Café Flores, during which two teens from very different backgrounds are held hostage and explore a relationship that might have been, all while scheming to stay alive. Publication is tentatively scheduled for spring 2018.




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Giveaway:
One free copy of BROKEN CHORDS + SWAG!!!