Monthly Archives: August 2012

Blood Fugue Cover Reveal Party

Today I’m bringing you something different (after my short summer break to focus on family and a new job), the cover of a new book written by one of my online writer friends. Enjoy! And congratulations to EJ!

Blood Fugue, Moonsongs Book 1 by E.J. Wesley Cover Reveal Party

Author E.J. Wesley is throwing a blog party to celebrate the release of his new book cover and wants you to join in the fun. Jump over to his blog to learn about how you can win some awesome prizes, including $50 toward a cover of your own and advance reader copies of Blood Fugue.

The Rocking Cover!

Cover work by Sketcher Girl, LLC

What’s the Story About?

“Some folks treated the past like an old friend. The memories warmed them with fondness for what was, and hope for what was to come. Not me. When I thought of long ago, my insides curdled, and I was left feeling sour and wasted.”

Jenny Schmidt is a young woman with old heartaches. A small town Texas girl with big city attitude, she just doesn’t fit in. Not that she has ever tried. She wears loneliness like a comfy sweatshirt. By the age of twenty-one, she was the last living member of her immediate family. Or so she thought…

“We found my ‘grandfather’ sitting at his dining room table. An entire scorched pot of coffee dangled from his shaky hand. His skin was the ashen gray shade of thunderclouds, not the rich mocha from the photo I’d seen. There were dark blue circles under each swollen red eye. A halo of white hair skirted his bald head, a crown of tangles and mats. Corpses had more life in them.”

Suddenly, instead of burying her history with the dead, Jenny is forced to confront the past. Armed only with an ancient family journal, her rifle, and an Apache tomahawk, she must save her grandfather’s life and embrace her dangerous heritage. Or be devoured by it.

BLOOD FUGUE by E.J. Wesley, is the first of the MOONSONGS books, a series of paranormal-action novelettes. At fewer than 13k words, BLOOD FUGUE is the perfect snack for adventurous readers who aren’t afraid of stories with bite. Available wherever fine eBooks are sold September 2012.

Join the Party!

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Marvelous Middle Grade Monday: Middleworld

Author Shannon Whitney Messenger began Marvelous Middle Grade Mondays a while back. If you love middle grade literature, check out her blog on Mondays for a list of other sites featuring MG books.

Today I’ll talk about Middleworld (1st book in the Jaguar Stones series) by J&P Voelkel (aka Jon and Pamela Voelkel).

From Goodreads: Fourteen-year-old Max Murphy is looking forward to a family vacation. But his parents, both archaeologists and Maya experts, announce a change in plan. They must leave immediately for a dig in the tiny Central American country of San Xavier. Max will go to summer camp. Max is furious. When he’s mysteriously summoned to San Xavier, he thinks they’ve had a change of heart.

Upon his arrival, Max’s wild adventure in the tropical rainforests of San Xavier begins. During his journey, he will unlock ancient secrets and meet strangers who are connected to him in ways he could never have imagined. For fate has delivered a challenge of epic proportions to this pampered teenager. Can Max rescue his parents from the Maya Underworld and save the world from the Lords of Death, who now control the power of the Jaguar Stones in their villainous hands? The scene is set for a roller-coaster ride of suspense and terror, as the good guys and the bad guys face off against a background of haunted temples, zombie armies, and even human sacrifice!

From Vicki: A-Read (he’s 9) and I both read this one and he did a book talk on it for school (yes, he gave it 5 out of 5 stars—see some of his comments below). Middleworld is a fun adventure for boys and girls. There is a strong girl character, and a flaky boy character, and a couple of cartoonish adult characters. Will the flaky boy find his inner hero (I love when that happens) and save the world as we know it? I enjoyed reading Max and Lola’s journey through cultural faux-pas and skittishness and plain old crazy times.

Now for some of A-Read’s comments:

I was inspired to read this book because it looked interesting.

Here’s how I would describe Max: a 14 year old boy who is a vidio [sic] game extraordinaire and have crazy archeologist parents.

Here’s how I would describe Lola: a 14 year old quick thinking Maya girl who helps Max thru the jungle.

The story is about Max and Lola trying to stop Antonio de Landa from taking over the world.

He recommends it to anyone who likes adventurous stories.

What’s your favorite adventure?

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