31 October 2012

{Blog Tour} Spotlight on Amber Argyle

By: Me My Shelf And I | 31 October 2012 at 12:01 AM | | 1 Comment so far



Amber Argyle



Amber Argyle grew up with three brothers on a cattle ranch in the Rocky Mountains. She spent hours riding horses, roaming the mountains, and playing in her family’s creepy barn. This environment fueled her imagination for writing high fantasy.
She has worked as a short order cook, janitor, and staff member in a mental institution. All of which has given her great insight into the human condition and has made for some unique characters.
She received her bachelor’s degree in English and Physical Education from Utah State Uiversity.

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{Waiting On Wednesday} 43

By: Me My Shelf And I | at 12:00 AM | 1 Comment so far

Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted over at Breaking The Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

See something you like here?
Click the book cover to add it to your Good Reads TBR List!



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Dr. Frankenstein's Daughters
Author: Suzanne Weyn
Release Date: January, 2013
Publisher: Scholastic Press

A new generation is creating a monster....
Doctor Victor Frankenstein's previously unacknowledged beautiful, intelligent twin daughters (from an early marriage when he was a student) have come to Frankenstein's Castle to claim it as their inheritance.
Shortly thereafter they learn that a serial killer is on the loose. They try to ignore this -- Gretchen takes up her father's work, while Ingrid throws lavish parties. Gretchen and Ingrid form a love triangle with a young naval officer with a debilitating disease. Though he loves Ingrid, he agrees to work with Gretchen on a series of body transplants that improve his condition. Before long he is even walking without his cane. He does not know that the science that is helping him is the science of death itself. . .


What’s on your Wow this week? Link me in the comments so I can check it out as well!


30 October 2012

{Out Today} Insurgent Collectors Edition

By: Me My Shelf And I | 30 October 2012 at 7:56 AM | Be the first to comment!

Hey DIVERGENT fans! Available today is the COLLECTORS EDITION of INSURGENT and the bundle pack of DIVERGENT & INSURGENT!!

Have a reader in your life, or are you making your holiday wish list? These items should definitely be on it!!


The INSURGENT collectors Edition comes with:

This deluxe collector's edition of the #1 New York Times bestselling dystopian sensation is perfect for fans and collectors alike, and includes:

  • "Free Four": This pivotal thirteen-page scene from Divergent, retold from Tobias's point of view, reveals unknown facts and fascinating details about Four's character, his past, his own initiation, and his thoughts about new Dauntless initiate Tris Prior.
  • A ribbon bookmark
  • An exclusive, full-color foldout poster
  • Faction tattoos
  • Deckled edges

Forty-eight pages of bonus content, including interviews with Veronica Roth, playlists, faction party tips, and much more!

One choice can transform you—or it can destroy you. But every choice has consequences, and as unrest surges in the factions all around her, Tris Prior must continue trying to save those she loves—and herself—while grappling with haunting questions of grief and forgiveness, identity and loyalty, politics and love.

Tris's initiation day should have been marked by celebration and victory with her chosen faction; instead, the day ended with unspeakable horrors. War now looms as conflict between the factions and their ideologies grows. And in times of war, sides must be chosen, secrets will emerge, and choices will become even more irrevocable—and even more powerful. Transformed by her own decisions but also by haunting grief and guilt, radical new discoveries, and shifting relationships, Tris must fully embrace her Divergence, even if she does not know what she may lose by doing so.

#1 New York Times bestselling author Veronica Roth's second book of the dystopian Divergent series is another intoxicating thrill ride of a story, rich with hallmark twists, heartbreaks, romance, and powerful insights about human nature.

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{Teaser Tuesday} 17

By: Me My Shelf And I | at 12:00 AM | 4 Comments so far

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Teaser Tuesday is Hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading

Here's how it works:

*Grab Your Current Read
*Pick 2 Teaser Sentences from it (be sure to avoid spoilers!)
*Post it to your blog with title & author so other
TT participants can add it to their TBR list!
*Then, when you visit other TT, leave a link to your TT in their comments.

Grow your TBR list and make new friends!




Stealing Parker
Author: Miranda Kenneally
Release Date: October 2, 2012
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire

“I shave everything that needs shaving and moisturize everything that needs moisturizing. I even curl my eyelashes. “Ow,” I blurt when I pull on them too hard. I still haven’t gotten the hang of that part of my beauty regimen yet.” p. 34


Click the book cover to add it to your TBR pile!

Did you do a TT this week? Link me too it in the comments! And what do you think of this Teaser? Intrigued? Will you or have you read Blood Born?


29 October 2012

{Giveaway} Win For Just Reading TEN?!

By: Me My Shelf And I | 29 October 2012 at 4:33 PM | Be the first to comment!


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Have you read TEN?  Have you posted a review or plan to?  Then this giveaway is for you!

Gretchen McNeil is hoping to beef up the online reviews of TEN: Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Goodreads and your blogs.  Each posted review will get one (1) entry into a grand prize giveaway!  
Just fill out this Google form...

...with links to your blog post review, or to your reviewer page for Amazon, Barnes and Noble or Goodreads, so I can find your review of TEN!

This contest will have two winners: one U.S./Canada and one International.

One lucky U.S./Canadian reviewer will win:

one (1) signed copy of TEN
one (1) signed copy of POSSESS
one (1) signed copy of VELVETEEN by Daniel Marks
one (1) signed copy of STARTERS by Lissa Price

One lucky International reviewer will win:
one (1) signed copy of TEN

Not bad, huh?

The winner will be chosen on Halloween, and you can enter until midnight PST, on Tuesday, October 30th.

Well what are you still doing here – Get moving? You read the book, now go try for that prize!!


{My Indie Monday} H.S. Stone + Giveaway

By: Me My Shelf And I | at 9:47 AM | Be the first to comment!


Welcome to {My Indie Monday}!IM is the brain child of MMSAI team member Yvette and if you would like to be a featured Indie Author or want more info on how to participate as a blogger CLICK HERE

MY INDIE MONDAY is a meme all about Independent and Self Published Authors. Who they are. Where to find them. Why you should read them.

Join in by featuring one on your blog each Monday, any way that you like, and link up below!! Don’t forget to grab the image above, and link back to us!

This weeks featured Indie Author is
H.S. Stone



Even before he could read, H.S. Stone wanted to write a book. Fascinated by the stories that seemed to leap from his kindergarten teacher's books, he went home and wrote his own book, with illustrations and bound by staples. Of course, since he didn't know how to read or write yet, the book was full of gibberish. Undaunted, H.S. eventually mastered the ABC's and continued to write throughout his grade school years, adolescence, and into adulthood. Thus far, he has published two novels and two short story collections. H.S. Stone lives with his family in the San Francisco Bay Area.

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The H5N1 virus was the deadliest disease in the history of mankind. Not only did it spread rapidly, reaching every corner of the globe, but it also resulted in an inconceivable 100% mortality rate among adults. Within a month, almost every human being became a victim of the virus.
All that remains of humanity is a handful of "immune" children. Except that they aren't truly immune. The virus lurks in their bodies, ready to strike when they reach maturity.
Kyle, Hannah, and Amy are three immune kids who find themselves thrust into a lonely world after losing the people they have known and loved. No longer able to rely on the company, wisdom, and experience of adults, they must survive in the harsh post-pandemic world with only a handful of other immune children. But the trio soon learn that dying from H5N1 isn't the only thing they have to worry about.

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“It’s Friday night,” Pratima said, sitting on the sofa next to her husband. “Let’s go out for dinner or catch a movie, something to help you relax.”

    Sanjeev didn’t feel like going out, but he also knew that if they stayed at home, she would fuss about his condition all night. “All right, let’s go.”

    They decided on dinner at a Chinese restaurant in the Embarcadero Center, a brisk twenty minute walk from their condo.

    The brief time outdoors rejuvenated Sanjeev, and for a moment, he felt as healthy as a horse, but as they waited for a table in the restaurant, lethargy overtook him again. The smell of Chinese cooking, usually a pleasing aroma, made him nauseous. Sanjeev touched his forehead and found it surprisingly warm.

    Fortunately, a table opened up for them quickly. Once seated, Sanjeev felt better again, although not completely. He finished only half of his vegetarian stir fry. When Pratima asked about his lack of appetite, he blamed it on eating a snack after he landed, a lie that she didn’t question.

    After dinner, they walked to the movie theater, also situated in the multi-building complex of the Embarcadero Center. Sanjeev began to cough. It was a light cough that didn’t produce any phlegm, so he ignored it. He took a few deep breaths and felt marginally better.

    Of the four movies showing, only one appealed to both of them. Sanjeev settled into his reclining seat, and minutes into the movie, he fell asleep. He continued coughing sporadically, sometimes waking himself up. Once he caught Pratima eyeing him with apprehension. He patted her hand and smiled to reassure her that nothing was wrong. Her focus returned to the screen, and he drifted off to sleep again.

    When the movie ended, Sanjeev woke up refreshed from his nap. He continued coughing, but he barely noticed it. When his wife asked, he waved away her concerns, arguing that he didn’t feel sick.

    They strolled along a different path back to their condo which took them along the waterfront. The lights of the Bay Bridge on one side and the city on the other reminded Sanjeev how much he enjoyed living in San Francisco, and how different his homeland of India was, even with all of the progress the nation had made in the last few decades. He supposed it wasn’t a fair comparison. After all, even in the United States, few cities could match the City by the Bay.

    Pratima slipped a hand into his. He hesitated, fearing that he would pass along his disease to her. No, holding hands couldn’t hurt, he told himself. He gripped her hand more tightly but kept looking at the San Francisco skyline.

    It was past eleven when they got home. Even with the hours of sleep he received on the airplane, Sanjeev was tired again. He showered and got into bed. Pratima went into the bathroom to remove her makeup and wash her face. By the time she re-entered the bedroom, her husband was asleep.

    He coughed once but didn’t wake up. She suspected that he was getting sick. Sanjeev was a relatively healthy man, but the strain of traveling and working had undoubtedly taken its toll. Who knew what bug he might have picked up in Bangalore, or, just as likely, on the flight home? Airplanes were nothing more than flying Petri dishes, a friend had described to her, and Pratima agreed.

    She slipped into bed next to him. She wasn’t too worried about catching a disease from her husband. In their four years of marriage, one of them had gotten sick on several occasions, but only once did the other also suffer the same ailment as a result. As long as she got plenty of rest and took her vitamins, Pratima was optimistic that she would avoid falling ill. With the weekend coming up, there was even a good chance that Sanjeev would get over his illness in time to go to work on Monday.

    She kissed her husband on the forehead and rolled over to face her side of the room. Pratima fell asleep believing that everything would be all right.

    There was no way for her to know that Sanjeev would be dead in two weeks. Additionally, she, along with everyone in Sanjeev’s office, and most of the people at the restaurant and movie theater would die in less than a month.


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28 October 2012

{Cover Reveal} Goddess by Josephine Angelini

By: Me My Shelf And I | 28 October 2012 at 12:28 PM | 2 Comments so far

The highly anticipated conclusion to the STARCROSSED series by Josephine Angelini hits shelves May 28th 2013 from HarperTeen

In tradition of her previous 2 book covers, GODDESS doesn’t disappoint in the amazingly beautiful department!!!



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After accidentally unleashing the gods from their captivity on Olympus, Helen must find a way to re-imprison them without starting a devastating war. But the gods are angry, and their thirst for blood already has a body count.
To make matters worse, the Oracle reveals that a diabolical Tyrant is lurking among them, which drives a wedge between the once-solid group of friends. As the gods use the Scions against one another, Lucas’s life hangs in the balance. Still unsure whether she loves him or Orion, Helen is forced to make a terrifying decision, for war is coming to her shores.
In Josephine Angelini’s compelling conclusion to the masterfully woven Starcrossed trilogy, a goddess must rise above it all to change a destiny that’s been written in the stars. With worlds built just as fast as they crumble, love and war collide in an all-out battle that will leave no question unanswered and no heart untouched.



{Almost Time!} 4th Annual Goodreads Choice Awards

By: Me My Shelf And I | at 10:06 AM | | | 1 Comment so far


I can’t believe it’s almost here! I swear it was just yesterday that I was casting my vote in the 3rd annual Goodreads Choice Awards!

MMSAI is going to fill you in on all the info you need to vote, tell you some predictions, and maybe even tell you who I might be voting for this year…along the way I will have some really important questions for you, so be sure to check those out and shoot me an answer in the comments section! In fact, let’s just start with a question!

TELL ME: Doesn’t it kind of feel like your heart is being ripped out when 2 (or even 3 or 4) of your favorite books are up against each other?
How do you make the final decision? What factors do you take into consideration?

Confession: I think I have spent more time weighing a vote choice between two favorite books than any mother should really admit to publically o_O


Visit www.goodreads.com/choiceawards on October 30th to view the 2012 nominations!


15 Nominees in 20 Categories

Fifteen books will be nominated in the following categories: Fiction, Mystery & Thriller, Historical Fiction, Fantasy, Paranormal Fantasy, Science Fiction, Horror, Romance, Memoir & Autobiography, History & Biography, Nonfiction, Food & Cookbooks, Humor, Graphic Novels & Comics, Poetry, Young Adult Fiction, Young Adult Fantasy & Science Fiction, Middle Grade & Children's Books, Picture Books, and Goodreads Author.

Three Chances to Vote!

Three rounds of voting will be open to all 12 million Goodreads members, and winners will be announced December 4th.

Opening Round: October 30 – November 11
Voting open to 15 official nominees and write-in votes.

Semifinal Round: November 12 – November 18
The top 5 write-in votes became official nominees, bringing the total to 20 books in each category. Additional write-ins no longer accepted.

Final Round: November 19 – November 27
The field narrows to the top 10 books in each category, and members have one last chance to vote!



It’s no secret that MMSAI is primarily a YA book blog. We have ventured out into Adult Fiction and Middle Grade in the past few months, but we are by no means experts on them. Because of that I will only be picking my possible nominations for in the Young Adult Fiction and Young Adult Fantasy & Science Fiction categories. Even though I’m not an expert on them either..*wink*

My choices are a combination of who I think will land in the nominations, and who I want to land in the nominations! These are not official, simply by best guess. They are in no particular order.

My Top Ten Picks for the Young Adult Fantasy & Science Fiction Category


My Top Ten Picks for the Young Adult Fiction Category


Eligibility as explained by Goodreads: Books published for the first time in the United States in English between November 29, 2011 and November 25, 2012 are eligible for the 2012 Goodreads Choice Awards. Books published in December 2012 will be eligible for the 2013 season.

TELL ME: Are any of these something you would vote for? If so, which one(s)? If not, tell me your nominations!


27 October 2012

{Book review} Kiss of the Butterfly by James Lyon

By: Me My Shelf And I | 27 October 2012 at 1:59 PM | | | | | | 1 Comment so far

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Kiss of the Butterfly
Author: James Lyon
Pages: 333
Release Date: July 22, 2012
Rating: 5 birds

The smell of blood is in the air, I sense it even now. People thirst for it; the entire country is mad with desire for it. And now we are going to war with our brothers because they look like us, and because we can smell our blood coursing through their veins...” A mysterious letter starts a university student on a journey into the war-torn lands of rapidly disintegrating Yugoslavia. Naively trusting his enigmatic professor, the student unwittingly descends into a dystopian crucible of decay, destruction, passion, death, romance, lust, immorality, genocide, and forbidden knowledge promising immortality. As the journey grows ever more perilous, he realizes he must confront an ancient evil that has been once again loosed upon the earth: from medieval Bosnia to enlightenment-era Vienna, from the bright beaches of modern-day Southern California to the exotically dark cityscapes of Budapest and Belgrade, and horrors of Bosnia.

Vampires have formed an integral part of Balkan folklore for over a thousand years. "Kiss" represents a radical departure from popular vampire legend, based as it is on genuine Balkan folklore from as far back as the 14th century, not on pop culture or fantasy. "Kiss of the Butterfly" offers up the real, horrible creatures that existed long before Dracula and places them within a modern spectrum.

Meticulously researched, “Kiss of the Butterfly” weaves together intricate threads from the 15th, 18th and 20th centuries to create a rich phantasmagorical tapestry of allegory and reality. It is about divided loyalties, friendship and betrayal, virtue and innocence lost, obsession and devotion, desire and denial, the thirst for life and hunger for death, rebirth and salvation. “Kiss” blends history and the terrors of the Balkans as it explores dark corners of the soul.

“Kiss of the Butterfly” is based on true historical events. In the year of his death, 1476, the Prince of Wallachia -- Vlad III (Dracula) -- committed atrocities under the cloak of medieval Bosnia’s forested mountains, culminating in a bloody massacre in the mining town of Srebrenica. A little over 500 years later, in July 1995, history repeated itself when troops commanded by General Ratko Mladic entered Srebrenica and slaughtered nearly 8,000 people, making it the worst massacre Europe had seen since the Second World War. For most people, the two events seemed unconnected…

This is a creepy but in a good way book. I have never been outside of the US, heck I haven’t been any further north than Colorado, and when I do imagine traveling this area of the world isn’t first on my list but I will tell you after reading this book it has moved up in the list strictly because of the history of the region. The conflict that is taking place during the main part of the book happened when I was quite young so I was unsure of many of the details until I looked them up and I really made me appreciate this novel all the more because it is an actual time and place that occurred whether one believes in vampires or not.

The characters are well rounded and not at all flat even the ones we meet for only a short amount of time and I think that speaks volumes about the writing of Mr. Lyon. The description of the past events when described and mixed with the current (for the setting) events is seamless.

Back to the creepy part which as I said earlier isn’t creepy in a bad way but in a good one. The imagery of the folklore of the protection of the past is one of my favorite in this book, I could just see it and while that could freak someone out I found it comforting.

I really recommend this book to anyone who is either knowledgeable about Balkan events in the early nineties or is like me and willing to learn more with the added bonus of a fictional story woven in.

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25 October 2012

{Giveaway Event} SOUND by Shelley Workinger

By: Me My Shelf And I | 25 October 2012 at 12:00 AM | 10 Comments so far


To celebrate the release of the 3rd book of the SOLID series,
Shelley Workinger has put together a giveaway game!

EVERY ENTRANT who COMPLETES the task will win  ebooks of BOTH “Solid” (Solid #1) AND “Settling” (Solid #2).

The GRAND PRIZE WINNER will win SIGNED COPIES of ALL 3 BOOKS, including “Sound” (Solid #3) just as it hits the shelves on Nov. 1st!

The rules are simple:

1. Visit each blog on the list
2. Leave a quick comment to show you were there
3. Copy the image fragment and paste it into a Word .doc There are 18 stops to visit, comment on, and collect pieces from;
once you’ve hit all 18 stops and assembled* all of the pieces to complete the image, email your entry to the author at
4. Visit the author’s blog: But What Are They Eating?
and leave a comment letting her know you’ve sent in your completed entry.

ALL 4 STEPS are important because she will choose the Grand Prize Winner from her blog comments (using Random.org) and then check her email to verify the entry.

*Don’t worry; the pieces are in order, so if you follow the list, it’ll be easy. :)

The Game runs from Oct. 25th through Oct. 31st;
last day to enter is Oct. 31st and winner will be chosen Nov. 1st.

Good luck and get gathering!

Here’s my piece:

24 October 2012

{Waiting on Wednesday} 42

By: Me My Shelf And I | 24 October 2012 at 12:00 AM | 3 Comments so far

Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted over at Breaking The Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

See something you like here?
Click the book cover to add it to your Good Reads TBR List!


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The Indigo Spell
Bloodlines #3
Author: Richelle Mead
Release Date: February 12, 2013
Publisher: Razorbill

In the aftermath of a forbidden moment that rocked Sydney to her core, she finds herself struggling to draw the line between her Alchemist teachings and what her heart is urging her to do. Then she meets alluring, rebellious Marcus Finch--a former Alchemist who escaped against all odds, and is now on the run. Marcus wants to teach Sydney the secrets he claims the Alchemists are hiding from her. But as he pushes her to rebel against the people who raised her, Sydney finds that breaking free is harder than she thought. There is an old and mysterious magic rooted deeply within her. And as she searches for an evil magic user targeting powerful young witches, she realizes that her only hope is to embrace her magical blood--or else she might be next.
Populated with new faces as well as familiar ones, the Bloodlines series explores all the friendship, romance, battles, and betrayals that made the #1 New York Times bestselling Vampire Academy series so addictive—this time in a part-vampire, part-human setting where the stakes are even higher and everyone’s out for blood.


23 October 2012

{Cover Reveal} Shadow of The Mark by Leigh Fallon

By: Me My Shelf And I | 23 October 2012 at 9:59 AM | | 14 Comments so far

I know, there's no mistaking it. This is definitely a Carrier Series cover, but that was the intention. After the amazing reception to the cover of Carrier of the Mark, HarperCollins wanted Shadow's cover to be instantly recognizable. And it is, but the new darker color palette reflects the darker tone that this installment brings, and the pink and purple really make it pop. I love it and think HarperCollins have done another amazing job. I hope you like it too.

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Shadow of the Mark
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Life for Megan Rosenberg just got a lot more complicated.
While she evoked the air element, and her feelings for Adam
intensified, a web of lies, deceit, and betrayal has been spun around her.  With the Order tightening its hold, and the reinstatement of the Mark Knights, Megan has more questions than answers as the Marked Ones grow in strength. New people arouse suspicion, the DeRises start behaving strangely, and Megan begins to unravel a destiny shrouded in mystery.  It’s a destiny the Order has struggled to hide,
and a destiny someone from the past…far in the past, has already laid claim to. Alliances will be made, and friends will be lost, as the Order’s dark secrets are revealed by the very thing they sought to destroy.

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LeighFallonI started out life in South Africa. A year later my parents moved home to Dublin, Ireland. When I was older and realized my parents had moved me from exotic Durban, to sedate Rathfarnham, Dublin 16, I was rightly ticked off.
Giving up lions for sheep, I grew up in the foothills of the Dublin Mountains where I went to a convent school and had to contend with uniforms, gabardines, and nuns. When not dodging the beady glare of the Sisters of Mercy, I was devouring every book I could get my hands on. I traveled all over Europe while working in banking and treasury, but I gave up my calculator in favor of a keyboard and haven’t topped writing since. My first book, Carrier of the Mark, was published by HarperTeen in 2011. Our home is in Cork in the south of Ireland, but we’re currently on loan to Massachusetts in the US where I continue to write books about magic, ghosts,and romance, with a bit of Irish flavor.





{Teaser Tuesday} 16

By: Me My Shelf And I | at 12:00 AM | 2 Comments so far

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Teaser Tuesday is Hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading

Here's how it works:

*Grab Your Current Read
*Pick 2 Teaser Sentences from it (be sure to avoid spoilers!)
*Post it to your blog with title & author so other
TT participants can add it to their TBR list!
*Then, when you visit other TT, leave a link to your TT in their comments.

Grow your TBR list and make new friends!



Mark of Athena
Author: Rick Riordan
Release Date: October 2, 2012
Publisher: Disney Hyperion Books

“Well done, Frank Zhang,” Leo said dryly, doing his impression of Chiron the centaur. “That is exactly how people beat Chinese handcuffs. They turn into iguanas.” p. 212



Click the book cover to add it to your TBR pile!

Did you do a TT this week? Link me too it in the comments! And what do you think of this Teaser? Intrigued? Will you or have you read Blood Born?


22 October 2012

{Giveaway} Spooktacular Hop

By: Me My Shelf And I | 22 October 2012 at 10:00 PM | | 3 Comments so far


It’s time for I am A Reader Not A Writer’s BIGGEST Giveaway Hop of the year!!! 400+ blogs all linked up ready to give you prizes!!! Excited!? I thought so!!

Me, My Shelf and I is number 83 on the hop list and this giveaway is INTERNATIONAL – but read the rules!!!

The Prizes
(pay attention, not all of it is international!)

Prize #1 Brand New Hardcover copy of TEN by Gretchen McNeil, autographed Bookplate and bookmark. (US Shipping Only)

Prize #2: Previously Owned copy of Desires of the Dead (The Body Finder #3) By Kimberly Derting, Dead Silence sticker, Dead Silence autographed bookmark. (US Shipping Only)

Prize #3 Swag Pack including Autographed Bookmarks from Gretchen McNeil & Kimberly Derting. Dead Silence Sticker and a Velveteen by Daniel Marks bookmark (International Shipping)

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The Fine Print:
Shipping restrictions listed after each prize pack
Must be 13+ to enter
Winner will have 48 hours to respond to announcement e-mail or prize is forfeited.

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{My Indie Monday} Nicole J. Persun

By: Me My Shelf And I | at 12:00 AM | | 1 Comment so far


Welcome to {My Indie Monday}!IM is the brain child of MMSAI team member Yvette and if you would like to be a featured Indie Author or want more info on how to participate as a bloggerCLICK HERE

MY INDIE MONDAY is a meme all about Independent and Self Published Authors. Who they are. Where to find them. Why you should read them.

Join in by featuring one on your blog each Monday, any way that you like, and link up below!! Don’t forget to grab the image above, and link back to us!

This weeks featured Indie Author is




Nicole J. Persun is a fantasy writer who lives in Port Townsend, Washington. She’s currently going to Goddard College for a degree in Creative Writing, and is on the board of the Pacific Northwest Writer’s Association as Student Liaison. Her debut novel, A Kingdom’s Possession, was a finalist for ForeWord Magazine’s Book of the Year Award in the fantasy category. She often speaks at libraries, writer’s groups, and writer’s conferences across the country

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Why Writing Young Adult Novels is Great

The young adult book market is really big right now. Harry Potter was a steppingstone for leading adults into the genre, and I can see why. Young adult books are fun, edgy, and entertaining. And nowadays, readers look toward books for entertainment as much as they do for thought. In the past, I’ve done posts on the speculations of the definition of young adult books, the reason they’re so attractive to readers, the controversy over the dark topics stemming from them today… Yet I’ve never spoken on the reason young adult books are fun to write, and let’s face it, without the writers, the market would be nothing.

A friend of mine once told me that the beauty of the young adult novel is that we’re dealing with a clean-slate for a character. While adult characters have childhoods, past relationships, and careers, young adult heroes have none of that—or at least, their back-stories are minimal. It simply comes with the territory of being young. This does not mean that young adult characters are less interesting, less active, or less deep. In fact, my point is the opposite. Young adult characters have the potential to grow quite a lot within their story because often, this is the character’s first real journey.

The theme of finding oneself is very attractive nowadays. Who isn’t trying to navigate their way into a higher understanding of self? Those coming-of-age stories, those young-love stories, those first-adventure stories are perhaps some of the very best, some of the most inspiring, some of the most real and uninhibited. Young adults are notorious for stuff like that, and with their personalities comes a sort of innocence and discovery that can’t be found in adult novels, simply because of the nature of these very different kinds of characters.

I’ve written in both young adult and adult genres and while both are rewarding and both have their upsides and downsides, I have to say that there is nothing like writing in the point of view of young adults. Readers have more of an acceptance for failure and mistakes when coming from a younger character. In many cases, this means more twists and turns, more pitfalls and false-victories, more growth, and more celebration of success. And who knows? Through writing young adult novels, we writers are shaping some very interesting back-stories—back-stories that have the potential to show up in later adult-fiction works, when our characters grow up.




A Kingdom’s Possession blends ancient magic, love and intrigue in a romantic fantasy told in a fresh new voice.
A wayward prince, his twin brother, a mystical woman of fire, and an escaped slave band together, to free an outcast goddess – if they can elude a powerful rogue kingdom intent on their destruction.
Max, a young woman who has just escaped a life of slavery, finds herself at the heart of a heated rebellion and a complicated legend. As the kingdom of Alice seeks power among the realms, a flawed goddess is thrown from the heavens and forced to reside inside Max’s body. The king of Alice, lusting for the rewards the goddess will grant upon the kingdom that releases her from her human cage, sends spies to capture Max and release the goddess in the most ruthless way: through death. Will Max and her friends solve the magical riddle before her pursuers? And what of her budding love for the prince? A captivating tale of love, freedom, and choices,
Nicole J. Persun’s debut novel proves to be an early glimpse into a successful writing career.


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