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The Fairy-tale Forum is a brand new Facebook group for all lovers of fairy-tales, old and new, classic and retold. Right now the Fairy-tale Forum is hosting an awesome GIVEAWAY in celebration of the new Beauty and the Beast movie. Four winners will be chosen! Here are the spectacular prizes!

1st Prize:
Fun snowflake string lights
Beautiful custom-made rose ring
Beauty and the Beast coloring book

Runner-Up:
Signed paperback of Cinderella’s Dress by Shonna Slayton

Runner-Up #2:
eBook of My Unfair Godmother by Janette Rallison

Runner-Up #3:
eBook or audiobook (winner’s choice) of A Wish Made of Glass by Ashlee Willis

Be sure to join the Fairy-tale Forum so you won’t miss any discussions or future giveaways. And don’t forget to share with your friends!

Note: physical prizes are for USA entries only.

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YASH is now over. Thanks for your interest! Follow YAScavengerHunt on Twitter to be notified when the Spring hunt starts!

 

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My publisher is giving away a series starter kit. Here some info on what they’ve got planned these next few weeks:

Have you had your eye on at least one – if not many – of our TEEN series? Why not put your steaming TV and movie nights on hold and, instead, binge read through one (or many) of or completed TEEN series with Entangled TEEN as we YA Series & Chill.

Why?

Well between Monday, June 20, 2016 and Sunday, July 3, 2016, we have several first books in a series on sale for the sweet price of $0.99, which makes diving into a new-to-you series so much easier. Best of all, we’ve got something for everyone with some YA Fantasy, some YA Sci-Fi, some YA Contemporary Romance, and even some awesome MG Fantasy on sale over the next two weeks.
From now until Sunday, June 26th, you can pick up the following books at a great price:
Shea Berkley‘s The Marked Son, the first book in the Keepers of Life Trilogy. (Check out the killer new covers for this YA fantasy series populated by a fae-like race!)

Cate Cameron‘s Center Ice, the first book in the Corrigan Falls Raiders series. It’s perfect for YA contemporary romance lovers who like sports romance, especially of the hockey variety. Each book follows a different couple, including one guy who plays semi-pro hockey on the Corrigan Falls Raiders team. (We’d highly recommend it – and the other two books in the series – for fans of Elle Kennedy’s The Deal.)

Tracy Clark‘s Scintillate, the first book in the Light Key Trilogy series is a YA fantasy that is full of dark secrets that people who do anything to keep hidden. (Just like The Marked Son this one has a brand new cover that we love!)

Pintip Dunn‘s Forget Tomorrow, the first book in a YA Sci-Fi / Dystopian about a world where teens receive a future memory to mark their adulthood, which determines the kind of life they’re meant to lead, but unfortunately, Callie’s memory suggests that she’s going to kill her little sister, who she’d do anything to protect, and sets in motion a fast-paced story.
Come back here next week to find out what other books are on sale from June 27 to July 3!

To help celebrate these awesome YA steals, we’ve got a bunch of fun events planned for the next two weeks, including a blog series about YA series, some Facebook takeovers from some of our fave YA series authors, a live Twitter Chat, and an amazing YA giveaway.

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I loved today’s Google Doodle so much I had to share it here so I’ll remember it!

and the behind the scenes:

silver teamWelcome to the spring Young Adult Scavenger Hunt! Wahooo!!! Happy scavenging! You’ve got from March 29-April 3 to complete the hunt. Official rules are here: http://yascavengerhunt.blogspot.com/.

I’m Shonna Slayton, and I write historical fairy tales for Entangled TEEN. However, this round of YASH I have a surprise! I wrote a historical retelling of Nellie Bly’s trip around the world in the 1800s.

On my stop here you’ll find a sneak peek of CK Dawn’s second book in her Netherwalker series. You can also enter my Rafflecopter to win one of four ebook copies of my new historical novel Liz and Nellie, which doesn’t even come out until April 4th. Cutting edge prize here! Now, on with CK Dawn’s sneak peek:

cloak of shadows“What if all you’ve ever known of King Arthur’s legend was a lie to mislead you from the truth? What if Camelot truly existed, but was destroyed to keep its secrets? And, what if there were descendants of the Knights of the Round Table defending us today from the creatures that lurk within the shadows? If the gloaming came looking for you would you answer its call?”

Cloak of Secrets (The Netherwalker Series Book Two) SNEAK PEEK

The knight absentmindedly brushed his hand down his mouth, stroking his stubble in disbelief. “I’ll leave tonight,” he looked at his watch. “I’ll be there.” The next part of the mostly one way conversation must have angered him. “That’s rubbish. On whose authority?” he ground his teeth. “I see.”

Lourdie’s heart sank. Apparently Trista was upping his departure date.

“Yes. I understand. Of course. And to you.” He turned away from Lourdie as he put his phone back in his pocket. Lowering his head he held onto the building for support.

“Duty calls, country boy?” Lourdie said, trying to lighten the mood. She didn’t want to say goodbye.

He punched the building and bits of mortar and brick crumbled to the ground. “Just once I wish I were that mere country boy talking to his city girl. Tell me that someday we will finish this conversation, when this is all over.” Gently this time he pressed his palm against the wall still not facing her. His knuckles were scraped, swollen, and bleeding.

“I…,” she took a deep breath. “I promise we will.” Lourdie took a step toward him. She reached out to his injured hand, hoping to comfort him as he had once done for her during Abbey’s last trial at the Cloak. “Logan, what is it? What’s going on? When what’s all over?”

Temple turned around and in one fluid motion he grabbed her hand pulling her into his embrace. His hands moved possessively and wrapped around her waist making Lourdie inhale sharply. Temple’s lips fell onto hers and she surrendered to his predatory kiss. A soft moan escaped her throat making him deepen their kiss even more. His body tensed as his hands moved to her face, cupping it as though she would disappear. Lourdie covered his hands with her own, trying to reassure him that she wasn’t going anywhere, that she wasn’t going to run. But, she knew it was a kiss goodbye and he was the one leaving.

Temple grimaced in pain apparently feeling his swollen and bloody hand for the first time. “I should have done that a long time ago,” he said, pulling away and wiping his blood from Lourdie’s cheek.

“Hit a brick wall?” she said breathlessly.

He smiled sadly. All his arrogant wit seemed washed away with that single phone call. “I don’t think I’ll get another chance to do that again for quite some time,” he said, brushing his uninjured thumb across her bottom lip almost as if he were trying to memorize her face.

Lourdie’s heart sank with the realization that she had been trying to ignore. Whatever was happening, he was leaving. “Talk to me,” she whispered. “When what is over?”…

Interested in reading more? You can buy the first book here: Cloak of Shadows (The Netherwalker Series Book 1)

About the Author:

CK DawnCoffee loving gamer girl, Sci-fi enthusiast, and sneaker wearing advocate. CK Dawn loves to snuggle up with her cats and read, but found writing YA fantasy stories was even better. In writing, CK has truly found her bliss. Stay tuned, because there will be a lot more to come in the Netherwalker series. Seriously, things have only just begun.

Twitter: @CloakedCKDawn
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ck.dawn.cloakofshadows/
Website: http://www.ckdawn.com/

 

 

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MediumNew York City, November 14, 1889. Young newspaper reporter Nellie Bly sets sail on the Augusta Victoria for a trip around the world. She plans to beat Jules Verne’s fictional record from the novel Around the World in Eighty Days.

She thinks she can circumnavigate the globe in under seventy-five days and prove that a woman can do what no man has even tried. Hours later, and unbeknownst to Nellie, another writer, Elizabeth Bisland, boards a train going in the opposite direction attempting to beat Nellie back to New York.

Elizabeth is a reluctant player in this high-stakes publicity stunt, but financial needs outweigh her pride.

Neither woman is prepared for what will happen on this trip, or how the race will change her.

 

 

 

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*Note: Don’t be afraid of the “Invent your own” options above. I’ve created them for you, things like Add Liz and Nellie to Goodreads, Sign up for my newsletter, etc. Easy Peasy*

Next stop on the YASH tour: Jessica Hawke! Did you catch my number? It’s cleverly hidden up at the top in silver. I mention it twice, just in case you miss it the first time….and it’s in my Rafflecopter just for good measure.

It’s time to mark your calendar for the Spring YA scavenger hunt. It’s a big one! Nine teams of twenty authors giving away a total of 180 print books, plus more prizes to be won along the way. I’m on the Silver Team with my historical novel Liz and Nellie, the retelling of Nellie Bly and Elizabeth Bisland’s race around the world in eighty days back in the late 1800s. Liz and Nellie comes out in ebook form on April 4, the print version to follow shortly.

This year, the scavenger hunt is from March 29- April 3. It’s a little bit longer to give you plenty of time to find all the hidden numbers.

Here are the teams to watch out for:

silver team

 

blue team

 

gold team

 

orange team

 

green team

 

pink team

 

purple team

 

red team

 

teal team

 

Since I wrote two novels set in the 1940s (Cinderella’s Dress and Cinderella’s Shoes) I was curious about what Christmas music my characters would have been listening to back then. Turns out, they were listening to many of the same songs we are now.

My novels end in 1947, which takes us up to Merry Christmas Baby and Here Comes Santa Claus. (Note: Double check the dates if you want true accuracy. Some sites mentioned the year the song was written, or the year the song was first performed, or the year it became popular.) Blue Christmas might surprise you since most people associate it with Elvis, not the 1940s.

“White Christmas” (1942) Bing Crosby’s version is apparently the best-selling single of all time.

I’ll Be Home For Christmas” (1943) Here’s another one made famous by Bing Crosby…and some modern guys singing it A Capella:

Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” (1944)–Judy Garland in the movie “Meet me in St Lewis”

All I Want for Christmas (is My Two Front Teeth)” (1944)

Let It Snow” (1945) a hit for Vaughn Monroe

The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire)” (1946)

Here Comes Santa Claus” (1947)

Merry Christmas, Baby” (1947)–Johnny Moore’s Three Blazers

Sleigh Ride” (1948) Instrumental piece.

Baby, It’s Cold Outside” (1948) from the movie “Neptune’s Daughter.” This video snip-it shows both versions of the song from the movie–in the second version, (another couple) it’s the girl trying to get the guy to stay!

Mele Kalikimaka” (1949)

Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer” (1949)

Blue Christmas” (1949) a hit for Ernest Tubb.

My publisher put out a call for short videos highlighting our family holiday traditions. One that stands out to me from my childhood, and that I’ve carried on as a mom is to make pizzelle cookies around Christmas time. You need a pizzelle iron to make them and I’m still borrowing my mom’s when she’s in town. The family press gets passed around from aunt to aunt. Whoever ends up last one year, goes first the next year. Here’s a peak at the process:

Had a great time with Amy K. Nichols in Tucson this past weekend. We met a lot of interesting people and left a lot of signed books behind (Barnes & Noble at Eastside and Westside, plus Mostly Books). Here’s what we did:

 

Road Trip to Tucson

October 21, 2015

Saturday, Oct 24th I’ll be taking a road trip with fellow YA author Amy K. Nichols. We are on tour with our novels and plan to visit:

Eastside Barnes & Noble at 11:00

Mostly Books at 2:00 (Giving an author talk and Q&A)

Westside Barnes & Noble at 5:00

We are filming our adventure, starting with our planning meeting from the other night. We are also taking suggestions on scavenger hunt items for us to collect or take pictures of along the way. You can leave a comment, send an email, tweet, facebook, etc your suggestions and we’ll compile a list.

 

Okay, I was all over the princess challenge for Booktubeathon’s video challenge #5. Couldn’t help myself. The challenge was to carry books on your head that spell out your first name…and then keep adding books until they fall off.