Monday, March 23, 2015

Spring 2015 YA Scavenger Hunt


Hi hi! I am so excited to be taking part in the YASH again! My first one was this past OCT, and the hunt just keeps getting better and better :) 
In case you don't know the YA Scavenger Hunt is a bi-annual event was first organized by author Colleen Houck as a way to give readers a chance to gain access to exclusive bonus material from their favorite authors...and a chance to win some awesome prizes! At this hunt, you not only get access to exclusive content from each author, you also get a clue for the hunt. Add up the clues, and you can enter for our prize--one lucky winner will receive one signed book from each author on the hunt in my team! But play fast: this contest (and all the exclusive bonus material) will only be online for 72 hours!

There are EIGHT contests going on simultaneously, and you can enter one or all! I am a part of the GREEN TEAM--but EACH team has a chance to win a whole different set of signed books!

If you'd like to find out more about the hunt, see links to all the authors participating, and see the full list of prizes up for grabs, go to the YA Scavenger Hunt page.

Here are the 8, yes 8, teams of 20 authors each who are taking part in the spring hunt! I gotta say, I love my team, so many authors who I personally like to read :)










Quite the amazing line ups right? I know I would be all over entering to win the prizes from each team if I could. Since there are so many teams, I suggest you pace yourself. Do three teams a day, or maybe four, since this contest runs for 3 days. Either way I think you'll find great new authors and get plenty of exclusive goodies from authors you may already love.

I haven't quite decided on what special content I want to do. Maybe a deleted scene from LEGENDARY or CLAIMING EXCALIBUR? Or maybe some in depth character profiles? If you have any suggestions leave me a comment :)

The rules are simple. The hunt is open internationally, anyone below the age of 18 should have a parent or guardian's permission to enter. To be eligible for the grand prize, you must submit the completed entry form by DATE, at noon Pacific Time. Entries sent without the correct number or without contact information will not be considered.


Every year this contest is a fun and amazing one! I hope everyone comes back on April 2nd to take part! How many other chances will you have to win so many great books? And even better, most authors run additional giveaways on their own blogs, and usually with some pretty amazing prizes up for grabs. I am going to be offering up 3 prizes for this one. 

See you all soon
<3 always LH

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

The RT Convention, created by the Romantic Times magazine is a very special convention for me. It's where I solidified my desire to become a published author, it's where I pitched to the editor who bought all four books of my debut series LEGENDARY SAGA, and it is where I have met some amazing authors and even made my first fans! It was amazing, and as long as I am able to afford it, I will be attending every year. This year is even more exciting because I am going to be apart of the Giant Book Fair, signing in the YA Alley along side dozens of authors whose books I adore and devour and many other great YA authors---100 total to be exact!

  The list includes Meg Cabot, Tamora Pierce, Colleen Houck, C.C. Hunter, Rachel Caine, Kathy Reichs and Rachel Vincent--just to name a few of the authors I adore. Click the link below to see the official booklet that has all the authors signing and the list of panels and parties for Teen Day!

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  Pretty Amazing, I am so crazy excited! Here is the direct link to the RT Convention web site https://www.rtconvention.com/
  There are all levels of passes available, including weekend passes, which for locals in the Dallas and surrounding areas, is the perfect chance to come in for the Giant Book Fair on Saturday and take part in all the best parties of the whole convention! For teens, this is the perfect package, because it's when the YA authors are most available :)

  I hope I get to see some of you there, and if you come, be sure to stop by and say hi! I will be posting all week during the conference and especially the Teen Day parties! I hope to see you there :)

<3 always LH  

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

My fellow Omnific sister Wren has a great treat today! It's the release day of the first book of her CHRONICLES OF MIDVALEN series: COMMAND THE TIDES.
Once again, great cover from my wonderful publisher and a fantastic new book to go on your TBR lists.

Command The Tides (The Chronicles of Midvalen, Book One)
Wren Handman
Available in Paperback and Ebook March 17, 2015

Enter Midvalen, a world of kings and kingdoms, princes and pretenders.
In the Kingdom of Miranov, Taya seems to have it all: she owns her own store, she’s engaged to be married to a handsome man, and she’s a success. But the truth is more complicated than anyone could guess. Her engagement is a sham, an agreement of convenience that she made with Darren so she can own land and he can get his mother off his back. She thinks things have become complicated when she realizes that she's fallen in love with him, something she never planned to do. But what's worse is discovering that her simple sailor boy is actually the crown prince of neighboring Sephria, and his usurping Uncle is trying to kill him.
When Darren shows up at her door, bleeding and fleeing assassins, Taya is drawn into a complicated mess of politics, fighting, and broken hearts. Her allegiances will be questioned, her love will find a new course, and she’ll do it all while trying to stay alive, save the day, and guard her heart.

Here is a little excerpt to get you even more interested:
“David, help Ryan cover the trail. I’ll help Sarah take Darren. Taya, take my sword and cover us.”
    “The girl? She’s like to cut off her own feet as an enemy!” Liam hissed.
Taya felt her face grow hot. As always when she felt embarrassment closing in, she covered it with anger. She grabbed Jeremy’s sword by the hilt, drawing it out with one smooth motion and swinging it down so the point touched the
ground just an inch in front of Liam’s foot. She felt Jeremy take a staggering
step backward, startled.
“I will not only cut our enemy, I will cut the feet off of our enemy and
leave them to bleed in the dirt. I haven’t let us down yet, and I certainly don’t
intend to start now. And if you ever call me ‘the girl’ again, I will show you
exactly what I am expert at cutting off,” she snarled, and then she hoisted the
sword and spun on her heel, storming away before he could react.
She stood at the edge of their sad, sodden company, the hilt of the sword
resting snugly in the palm of her hand, her back straight and her head held high,
and the only thing going through her mind was the fact she had absolutely,
completely, no idea how to use a sword.

Author Bio:

 Wren Handman is a novelist, fiction writer, and playwright. Her first novel, Last Cut, was published by James Lorimer Publishing Ltd (Sept 2012) and is aimed at teenagers with reading difficulties. She has published short stories both in print and online, including in the anthology Voice From the Planet (Harvard Square Editions) and the online magazine Crow Toes Quarterly, an award-winning Canadian children’s publication. For regular updates check out her short fiction project, Lucid Dreaming (www.wrenhandman.com/lucid-dreaming), which responds to original art pieces with flash fiction stories.

Monday, March 16, 2015

Lucky Leprechaun Giveaway Hop

March is always one of my favorite months for many reasons, but the best one is St. Patrick's Day! I love the celebrations, the parties, the chance to wear shirts that say 'Kiss Me I'm Irish'.
Come to think of it I'm pretty sure Dawn, a character from my LEGENDARY SAGA has a  KEEP CALM AND KISS ME I'M IRISH shirt. LOL.
I decided, for this hop, to feature books with green covers, since you better be wearing green on St. Patty's day to avoid being pinched! I'm also giving away a $10 gift certificate to the book retailer of the winner's choice and an eCopy of LEGENDARY to 1 lucky winner :)


Gwen has a destiny to fulfill, but no one will tell her what it is. She’s only recently learned that she is the Ruby, the final member of the time-traveling Circle of Twelve, and since then nothing has been going right. She suspects the founder of the Circle, Count Saint-German, is up to something nefarious, but nobody will believe her. And she’s just learned that her charming time-traveling partner, Gideon, has probably been using her all along. Emerald Green is the stunning conclusion to Kerstin Gier's Ruby Red Trilogy, picking up where Sapphire Blue left off, reaching new heights of intrigue and romance as Gwen finally uncovers the secrets of the time-traveling society and learns her fate.

 Aliana Fagan spent her childhood traveling the world, dreaming of legendary heroes and mythical lands. But after the sudden death of her parents, she hides behind the safety of her camera and her art until a vivid recurring dream compels her to dig into her father's research about Avalon and Camelot. When she is hurled into a magical realm by forces she thought were only the stuff of fairy tales, she finds herself thrown into an adventure she could never have imagined. Nearly everything she thought she knew about Arthurian legend was wrong.

The independent eighteen-year-old is shocked to find that the people of Avalon think that she is the Destined One, the only person who can summon King Arthur back to life from his hidden chamber. Most surprising of all is that it's up to her to lead the Knights of the Round Table on an epic quest—an adventure that will transport them across the seven magic realms to reclaim all that has been lost so they can defeat the evil Mordrid for good. But first, she must bring the ancient warriors into her world and reunite them with their lost brothers. Chaperoning the legendary knights-with-a-chivalry-complex as they navigate the modern world is a constant challenge, and she certainly never thought she'd be caught between her intense feelings for the noble Sir Galahad and her growing friendship with the King.

To fulfill the prophecy, Aliana will have to discover the meaning of friendship, bravery, loyalty, true love, and forgiveness. But can she do it all in time to save the realms from Mordrid's impending Armageddon?
 


With three of the goddess Durga's quests behind them, only one prophecy now stands in the way of Kelsey, Ren, and Kishan breaking the tiger's curse. But the trio's greatest challenge awaits them: A life-endangering pursuit in search of Durga's final gift, the Rope of Fire, on the Andaman Islands in the Bay of Bengal.  It's a race against time--and the evil sorcerer Lokesh--in this eagerly anticipated fourth volume in the bestselling Tiger's Curse series, which pits good against evil, tests the bonds of love and loyalty, and finally reveals the tigers' true destinies once and for all. A smart  phone tag code on the back cover links readers to the series website. 
Sixteen-year-old Seph McCauley has spent the past three years getting kicked out of one exclusive private school after another. And it's not his attitude that's the problem: it's the trail of magical accidents - lately, disasters - that follow in his wake. Seph is a wizard, orphaned and untrained, and his powers are escalating out of control.

After causing a tragic fire at an after-hours party, Seph is sent to the Havens, a secluded boys' school on the coast of Maine. Gregory Leicester, the headmaster, promises to train Seph in magic and initiate him into his mysterious order of wizards. But Seph's enthusiasm dampens when he learns that training comes at a steep cost, and that Leicester plans to use his students' powers to serve his own mysterious agenda.

When the nineteenth--century ghost of Maria de Silva wakes her up in the middle of the night, Suze knows this is no ordinary visitation -- and not just from the knife at her throat, either. In life, Maria was the fiancee of Jesse -- the same Jesse who was murdered a hundred and fifty years before. The same Jesse Suze is in love with.

Maria threatens Suze: The backyard construction must cease. Suze has a pretty good idea what -- or rather, who -- Maria doesn't want found. But in solving Jesse's murder, will Suze end up losing him forever?

 In the kingdom of Amaranyllis, only the princesses have the power to control the errant magic constantly threatening to cross over from the boundary of fairie. But the princess is lost; hidden from a curse with the desperate hope that she will become the salvation of their kingdom. 

She cannot, however, elude her destiny. Aribella must take her rightful place and contend with the dangers hidden in royal life. Beyond the unpredictable fairie storms inside the palace; behind political treachery; in the midst of suitors and the perils of falling in love, there lies a secret that could be her undoing...

This loose retelling of Sleeping Beauty offers a captivating world of royal legacies and fairy blood; of wild magic and beauty even in the midst of darkness

Hope you guys enjoyed this HOP and that you find and win a lot of great books or book related presents! HAPPY ST. PATTY'S DAY!!!
<3 always LH

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Friday, March 13, 2015

Disney's live action remakes

I love the classic Disney movies, especially the princess ones--hey it's who I am ;)
The fact that Disney has been remaking these movies into live action films is beyond fantastical and so exciting for so many great reasons. I bring this up now because of the new CINDERELLA movie that releases this weekend.

So not gonna lie, I am a part of a local movie group, in DC, that usually gets invited to private advance screenings of movies, ages before they are released. (I know I'm so special, right ;P) Guess what, we got not one, but 2 advance screenings to the new CINDERELLA. I was totally that girl that signed up for both!
Which means yeah---it was BEYOND fantastically a-maz-ing!
We also know, since it was recently announced, that Emma Watson is going to be playing Belle in the new live actin BEAUTY AND THE BEAST----what's more that Luke Evans (drool) is going to be playing Gaston. This I have to see ASAP.
I admit I was really nervous about CINDERELLA because of my feelings towards several of Disney's recent live action movies, but CINDERELLA gives me great hope for BEAUTY AND THE BEAST.
In case your interested, here's my thought on said Disney live action remakes/plays into movies from recent times.

CINDERELLA
When her father unexpectedly passes away, young Ella finds herself at the mercy of her cruel stepmother and her daughters. Never one to give up hope, Ella's fortunes begin to change after meeting a dashing stranger in the woods.

My official thoughts and rating--> 2 thumbs way way up. 5 stars too. I loved how Ella remained true to the original personality of Cinderella but with just a little more spine and playful sass to her. 
The Prince: Kit--oh mama! MINE <3 
No spoilers, but they had some very cool twists in the movie!
It's clear to see no effort or expense was spared with the costumes and graphics, but I think what was my absolute favorite part was the music. Patrick Doyle is always amazing! I highly recommend seeing this one and then seeing it again and again. The cast for this showing was perfect.


MALEFICENT
A vengeful fairy is driven to curse an infant princess, only to discover that the child may be the one person who can restore peace to their troubled land.

Sleeping Beauty is tied with Beauty and the Beast for my all time favorite Disney movies so when they remade Sleeping Beauty the way they did I was hesitant.

My rating--1 1/2 thumbs or 3.5 stars. Over all not bad
I say this because I feel like this shouldn't count as Aurora and Prince Philip's movie. If I look at it as it's own entity then yes, I like it more. I loved the look and music and actors, and the fact that they made the 3 fairies so forgetful and cra-cra. Plus Maleficent's character was great, thought I saw the whole true love's kiss thing coming--can anyone say ONCE UPON A TIME? Plus Once Upon A Dream is my ultimate dance song. I like Lana Del Ray's new version for the movie, but it took a hot second.


INTO THE WOODS
A witch tasks a childless baker and his wife with procuring magical items from classic fairy tales to reverse the curse put on their family tree.

1 Thumb or 3 stars. 
Okay, yes, technically  this was Disney's take on a Broadway play, but I'm still counting it. They got one heck of an all star cast, with beyond great acting and singing chops. As expected the look, graphics and music were...well... perfect. I especially got a kick out of  and 's singing scene. I was rolling in the theater. I also liked what they did with Cinderella and Prince Charming, but I'm not giving away any spoilers! My biggest issue with this movie was how many of the amazingly spun story lines were left unfinished. I felt like I missed 20 minutes worth of movie that would have wrapped it all up. Plus Johnny Depp was only in it for like a hot moment :( All in all, not a bad movie, but I wanted more.



ALICE IN WONDERLAND
Nineteen-year-old Alice returns to the magical world from her childhood adventure, where she reunites with her old friends and learns of her true destiny: to end the Red Queen's reign of terror.

2 thumbs or 4 stars.
I am a sucker for Johnny Depp (there could never be a better choice for the Hatter besides Johnny!)--except for Pirates 2 through however many Disney feels are make-able. I also love Anne Hathaway so seeing her as the White Queen just made it even better. The looks and music were great, totally setting the standard for all the movies that followed. LOVED Alice and her story line! And the Red Queen..pfft, no one better. I can't say I disliked anything in this movie, but I think I just felt like there could have been more. Thankfully, they are making a second Alice movie, to release next year, so that takes care of me wanting more of a great thing :)

And now I've gone on long enough about my Disney and general movie obsession so I'll leave you all with this last little tidbit to help show just why I love the new CINDERELLA so much!

<3 always LH


Monday, March 2, 2015

NoVa Teen Day Book Festival


Hey guys! I'm super excited that I get to take part in the NoVa Teen Day Book Festival in VA this Saturday! I will be one of the local authors featured--taking part in the game of Family Feud-YA edition from 12-12:45 and I will also have some goodies to be given away at the author alley table from 11-11:45; including a few paper back copies of LEGENDARY and CLAIMING EXCALIBUR, in addition to codes for eBook downloads of LEGENDARY, just to name some of the swag I'll be giving out,
Here is the link to the direct site for the event http://novateenbookfestival.tumblr.com/ and here's the link to Eventbrite so you can register for the event :) http://www.eventbrite.com/e/novateen-book-festival-2015-tickets-15199848155?ref=ebtnebregn
It's promising to be a good event, and a fun way to spend the afternoon for those of us who love YA books. Here's the school and address
Washington-Lee High School
Washington-Lee High School - 1301 North Stafford Street - Arlington, VA 22201
Here is the line up for the featured authors an the books they will be there with:
It's a pretty good showing, and this does not include the local authors like me.
So if you live in NoVa or in the DMV areas be sure to stop by. It's free and a great way to meet some fantastical authors ;P And if you do stop by, be sure to say hi! I'll be the one with the purple glasses.
Check out the main site linked above for more details.
Hope to see you there
<3 always LH