Saturday, August 13, 2011

Winner - Jennifer Estep "Touch of Frost" Giveaway


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Randomizer selected entry number 24 submitted by -

Sara Chamama

Sara is the winner of a copy of Jennifer Estep's debut YA fantasy Touch of Frost. 

Congratulations Sara and thank you Jennifer.

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Guest Author – Jennifer Estep



I’m always excited to welcome today’s guest,Jennifer Estep whose  Elemental Assassins series is one of my favourite urban fantasy reads.  Today Jennifer is here to launch the debut book in her new YA Mythos Academy urban fantasy series – Touch of Frost.

Jennifer is kindly offering a giveaway of a copy of Touch of Frost to one lucky winner from US/Canada. Just leave a comment responding to Jennifer’s question in her post and complete the giveaway entry form below.

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My name is Gwen Frost, and I go to Mythos Academy — a school of myths, magic and warrior whiz kids, where even the lowliest geek knows how to chop off somebody's head with a sword and Logan Quinn, the hottest Spartan guy in school, also happens to be the deadliest.

But lately, things have been weird, even for Mythos. First, mean girl Jasmine Ashton was murdered in the Library of Antiquities. Then, someone stole the Bowl of Tears, a magical artifact that can be used to bring about the second Chaos War. You know, death, destruction and lots of other bad, bad things. Freaky stuff like this goes on all the time at Mythos, but I'm determined to find out who killed Jasmine and why—especially since I should have been the one who died. . .

MYTHOS ACADEMY SERIES

Greetings and salutations! First of all, I want to thank Doug for having me on the blog today. Thanks so much, Doug!

My name is Jennifer Estep, and I write the Mythos Acad­emy young adult urban fantasy series for Kens­ing­ton. The books focus on Gwen Frost, a 17-year-old Gypsy girl who has the gift of psy­chom­e­try, or the abil­ity to know an object’s his­tory just by touch­ing it. After a seri­ous freak-out with her magic, Gwen is shipped off to Mythos Acad­emy, a school for the descen­dants of ancient war­riors like Spar­tans, Valkyries, Ama­zons, and more.

Touch of Frost, the first book, came out on July 26. First Frost, a prequel e-story to the series, is also available now. Kiss of Frost, the second book in the series, will hit shelves on Nov. 29.

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Since I’ve just published a young adult (YA) book, I thought I would talk about some of the things that I think are cool about the YA genre. Here goes:

All the great books out there: Some of my favorite reads in recent years have been YA books, including new books that I’ve discovered like Beastly by Alex Flinn, along with old favorites like Beauty by Robin McKinley. There are so many terrific books that have come out in the past few years that it’s just a great time to be a fan of the genre – or to go back and discover some books that maybe you overlooked when they first came out.

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All the buzz: It seems like YA is the one genre that everyone gets excited about reading these days, from teens to parents to adults. There always seems to be some new book that everyone is buzzing about that I need to add to my TBR pile, and I love all the interest in the various titles. I think it’s great whenever folks are interested in reading a book, whether it’s YA or in some other genre.

The interesting covers: I’m a sucker for a cool book cover, and I think YA books have some of the most gorgeous and most eye-catching covers around. Every time I go to the bookstore, I always end up browsing through the YA section just so I can look at all the interesting covers. I really like the covers for Julie Kagawa’s Iron Fey series; White Cat by Holly Black; and Heist Society by Ally Carter, among many others.

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The action: I like books with a lot of pulse-pounding action, so YA is right up my alley. It doesn’t get much more action-packed than books like The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins or the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling.

37595179The strong heroines: I love reading about strong heroines, and the YA genre has plenty of them, including everyone from teen thief Katarina Bishop in the Heist Society series by Ally Carter to a princess who can kill with her bare hands like Katsa in Graceling by Kristin Cashore. You girls (and so many others in the YA genre) just rock.

The variety: Whether you like epic fantasy or mysteries or something else, you’re bound to find some YA books that appeal to you. The variety is one of the things that I love most about the genre. No matter what kind of book I’m in the mood for, I know that I can find a YA title that will take me away to another world. I consider it time well spent.


Jennifer’s Question
What about you guys? What do you like about the YA genre? What are some of your favorite YA books right now?


MORE ABOUT JENNIFER
Jennifer Estep is a USA Today bestselling author who also writes the Ele­men­tal Assas­sin urban fan­tasy series for Pocket Books. The books focus on Gin Blanco, an assas­sin code­named the Spi­der who can con­trol the ele­ments of Ice and Stone. When she’s not busy killing peo­ple and right­ing wrongs, Gin runs a bar­be­cue restau­rant called the Pork Pit in the fic­tional South­ern metrop­o­lis of Ash­land. The city is also home to giants, dwarves, vam­pires, and ele­men­tals – Air, Fire, Ice, and Stone.

Books in the series are Spider’s Bite, Web of Lies, Venom, and Tan­gled Threads. Spider’s Revenge, the fifth book, will be released on Sept. 27. Visit www.jenniferestep.com for free short stories, excerpts, and more.

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Cover Art – Unbroken by Rachel Caine

FORTHCOMING RELEASE

Release Date: February 7, 2012
Series: Outcast Season, Book 4
Genre: Urban Fantasy


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Monday, August 1, 2011

Forthcoming Fantasy TV - Spartacus: Vengeance

VIEWER DISCRETION ADVISED

Looking forward to the third season of this in January 2012.