quotes Elisquared likes


"Saying 'I notice you're a nerd' is like saying, 'Hey, I notice that you'd rather be intelligent than be stupid, that you'd rather be thoughtful than be vapid, that you believe that there are things that matter more than the arrest record of Lindsay Lohan. Why is that?' In fact, it seems to me that most contemporary insults are pretty lame. Even 'lame' is kind of lame. Saying 'You're lame' is like saying 'You walk with a limp.' Yeah, whatever, so does 50 Cent, and he's done all right for himself."— John Green

3.23.2015

HARRISON SQUARED by Daryl Gregory (Review & Giveaway)




Title: Harrison Squared
Author(s): Daryl Gregory
Edition: Hardcover, 320 pages
Publisher: Tor Books
Publication Date: March 24, 2015
Source: Rockstar Book Tours 
Buy: Amazon Barnes & Noble - Book Depository - Inkwood Books
















The Summary


From award winning author Daryl Gregory comes a thrilling and colorful Lovecraftian adventure of a teenage boy searching for his mother, and the macabre creatures he encounters.

Harrison Harrison—H2 to his mom—is a lonely teenager who’s been terrified of the water ever since he was a toddler in California, when a huge sea creature capsized their boat, and his father vanished. One of the “sensitives” who are attuned to the supernatural world, Harrison and his mother have just moved to the worst possible place for a boy like him: Dunnsmouth, a Lovecraftian town perched on rocks above the Atlantic, where strange things go on by night, monsters lurk under the waves, and creepy teachers run the local high school. 

On Harrison’s first day at school, his mother, a marine biologist, disappears at sea. Harrison must attempt to solve the mystery of her accident, which puts him in conflict with a strange church, a knife­wielding killer, and the Deep Ones, fish­-human hybrids that live in the bay. It will take all his resources—and an unusual host of allies—to defeat the danger and find his mother.

My Opinion

This book was unlike anything I have ever read.  I am not a Lovecraft lover; I find his books to be just on the side of too weird for me.  That being said, the summary of Harrison Squared pulled me in and I signed up for the blog tour.  I am so glad I did, because I really loved this book.  Daryl Gregory managed to imbue both humor and terror in equal doses within the pages, creating a town which I never want to visit, but that I didn't want to leave.

Harrison Harrison (or H2 as his Mom calls him), is just your average 17 year old with a prosethtic leg that was a result of a tragic boating accident.  Now the real question is, was this boating accident from a storm or a monstrous creature?  Either way, H2 lost his father to the accident, and it's just been him and his absentminded marine biologist mother ever since.  Now, in the middle of his Junior year, his mother moves across the country in search of giant squids, and H2 must deal with the very strange town of Dunnsmouth in the deal.

H2 is a good, solid protagonist.  I immediately like him for his snark and his heart.  He loves his mother dearly, and works to help her keep their little family together.  But at the same time, he gets angry when her "science-brain" takes over and she forgets things.  Their relationship is a very normal one, and that helps off-set the very weird events that take place in the dismal fishing town of Dunnsmouth, Massachusetts.  From the very beginning the reader is given little clues as to the true nature of the town, with it's high school at the epicenter of the weird.

The type of monster in the story is definitely a homage to Lovecraft, as it has a marine-dwelling kraken/squid type beasty, a cult, and some very shady characters.  But while there is obvious horror in the book, I feel that the story overall was still much more hopeful than anything Lovecraft wrote.  

Without the setting, the book would have such a different feel.  It had to be in a fishing village, and it had to be in some whole in the wall town.  The reader saw everything through a screen of ageing, making you feel as if there characters were straddling both the present day and the 1800s.  But my favorite part of the whole book had to be the characters.  H2, Lydia, Lub, and Aunt Sel are all great, and bring another aspect to the story that was really necessary.  H2 is the "hero" and demonstrates this well.  He stands up to people, he fights for what needs to be done, and he really cares about what happens to everyone else (well at least the good guys).  Lydia is like the commander of the operation, showing wisdom way beyond her years and a knack for getting the job done.  Lub is the comic relief, but is integral to solving the mystery; without him the whole thing would have never come together.  Finally, Aunt Sel is by no means a parent, but she is exactly the type of "authority figure" H2 needs when his mother goes missing; loving without being motherly, she allows him to do what he needs to do.

When I started Harrison Squared, I had no idea that it was a kind of prequel to one of Daryl's previous books We Are All Completely Fine, but I will be sure to read that book and all of Daryl's other books; maybe I will see Lovecraft in a new light after delving deeper into them!  Harrison Squared is fun, frightening, and delivers a punch at the end.  I suggest, even if you're not a "fan" of the horror/supernatural genre, you give this book a chance; it is well worth it!

Extras

Game
Play Harrison Squared Dies Early
Harrison Squared Dies Early is a short interactive story that’s a companion to Harrison Squared the novel. Remember choose-your-own-adventure books? It’s like that, but with puzzles.
You play as Harrison as he sneaks into Dunnsmouth Secondary on a not-so-sleepy Saturday to track down a monster running loose. The art is by David Hinnergardt, and text and puzzles are by me.


Giveaway
We are giving away a finished copy of HARRISON SQUARED to 15 WINNERS
Giveaway is open to US ONLY
Giveaway ends on April 3rd

Final Rating


Book Cover: 3/5
Book Title: 4/5
Plot: 9/10
Characters: 10/10
Writing: 10/10
Ending: 9/10
Overall: 45/50: A-
About the Author


Daryl Gregory is an award-winning writer of genre-mixing novels, stories, and comics. His most recent work is the novel is Afterparty (Tor, April 2014) and the novella We Are All Completely Fine (Tachyon, August 2014). His first novel, Pandemonium, won the Crawford Award and was nominated for a World Fantasy Award. His other novels include the Philip K. Dick award finalist The Devil’s Alphabet and Raising Stony Mayhall, which was named one of the best books of the year by Library Journal.

Many of his short stories are collected in Unpossible and Other Stories, which was named one of the best books of 2011 by Publishers Weekly. His comics work includes the Planet of the Apes series, and Dracula: The Company of Monsters series (co-written with Kurt Busiek). He lives in State College, PA, where he writes programming code in the morning, prose in the afternoons, and comics at night.


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Tour Schedule


Week One:
3/16/2015- Bibliophilia, PleaseInterview
3/17/2015- NerdophilesReview
3/18/2015- Mythical BooksGuest Post
3/19/2015- Spiced Latte ReadsReview
3/20/2015- The Cover Contessa- Interview

Week Two:
3/23/2015- Eli to the nthReview
3/24/2015- Word to DreamsGuest Post
3/25/2015- Passion ObsessionReview
3/26/2015- Bookhounds yaInterview
3/27/2015- Such a Novel IdeaReview

Week Three:
3/30/2015- Working for the MandroidGuest Post3/31/2015- Curling Up With A Good BookReview



3.19.2015

Rockin' the Boat Blog Tour (Review + Giveaway)


I don't know about you, but history hasn't always been my favorite subject.  There are too many dates to memorize and too many people named the same thing.  But as I've gotten older and took more specialized history classes in college, I realized that there is so much more to history than dates and stuffy old white men.  There are radicals, there are megalomaniacs, there are humanitarians, there are dictators: any kind of person you can imagine, has been represented in some large way in history.

But today the revolutionaries are on call with one of the newest publications from Zest Books, Rockin' the Boat50 Iconic Revolutionaries from Joan of Arc to Malcolm X.  Written by Jeff Fleischer, Rockin' the Boat takes a look at 50 iconic revolutionaries, those regarded as villains as well as those regarded as heroes, throughout history and the world.

Rockin' the Boat: 50 Iconic Revolutionaries from Joan of Arc to Malcolm X
Jeff Fleischer
Zest Books
March  3, 2014
We love to root for the underdog, and when it comes to underdogs, few are more impressive than the world’s great revolutionaries. 
After all, it’s pretty hard to find a more powerful opponent than the world’s biggest empires and emperors. And that’s part of why we’re drawn to the stories of revolutionaries. Many of these men and women were born into virtual dystopias, and they fought throughout their lives, against all odds, to forge a path to a better future. And whether they succeeded, failed, or succeeded only to become a new kind of enemy, there’s something inherently fascinating about that effort to change the world. 
Rockin’ the Boat tells the stories of fifty such iconoclasts — including the gladiator Spartacus, the Carthaginian general Hannibal Barca, the inspired religious fighter Joan of Arc, the abolitionist John Brown, women’s rights icon Margaret Sanger, and Maori chief Hono Heke — from an incredibly diverse set of places and times. Each entry includes a mix of history, biography, and analysis, and is supplemented with photos, sidebars, and an incredible amount of trivia as well. 
As a result, Rockin’ the Boat provides a unique and powerful view of history — a view from the bottom up, through the eyes of people who dared to imagine a different world from the one in which they lived.
Sounds awesome right?

What I really liked about the book was the diversity that Fleischer presented, making sure to incorporate people of color, women, and different socioeconomic statuses.  But as March is Women's History Month, I thought I would highlight the women included in this list of 50 revolutionaries.

First up we have Cleopatra
Pharaoh of Egypt, she fought for rule against her younger brother, and ultimately fought against the Roman Empire to try and keep control over Egypt.

Next is Boudica
A Queen of a Celtic tribe in Great Britain during the time of Rome, she avenged the ravage of her people by attacking the Roman overlords, and burning down what would become modern London.

Then we have Joan of Arc
One of the first women military leaders, she led part of the French force successfully against the English.  She was also made a martyr, and eventually a Saint, for her conviction of faith 

Next is Elizabeth Cady Stanton
She was responsible for the first American Women's Suffrage Movement, and worked tirelessly to gain equality for women.

Then here is Harriet Tubman
One of the most successful Conductors on the Underground Railroad, and an escaped slave herself, she rescued dozens of slaves, leading them to freedom and a better life.

Next is Mary Harris Jones
A dressmaker from Ireland, she devoted her adult life to changing labor practices and worked to create some of the first large unions, and was a founding member of the Industrial Workers of the World.

Here we have Liliuokalani
Last Queen of Hawaii, she worked tirelessly to stop the United States attempts to siege control of the Hawaiian Islands, but ultimately failed to regain her control of the country.

Up next is Kate Sheppard
A pivotal player in the fight for women's suffrage, she helped found the New Zealand chapter of the Women's Christian Temperance Movement and was pivotal in making her country the first to allow all women to vote.

Finally, we end with Emma Goldman
A committed Anarchist, she had a plethora of activism, including, but not limited to, the Russian Revolution, women's access to birth control, and opposition to the military draft; if there was a fight worth fighting, she took place in it.

And there you have it, 9 kick-ass female revolutionaries all waiting within the pages of Rockin' the Boat for you to discover!

Learn more about these amazing revolutionaries by grabbing your own copy of Rockin' the Boat: 50 Iconic Revolutionaries from Joan of Arc to Malcolm X at any of the below retailers:



About the author:

Jeff Fleischer is a Chicago-based journalist and author, who has written for Mother Jones, the Sydney Morning Herald, National Geographic Traveler, Mental Floss, and Chicago Magazine.



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3.17.2015

Teaser Tuesday (71)

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by Jenn of A Daily Rhythm. Anyone can play along! Just do the following!
  • Grab your current read.
  • Open to a random page.
  • Share a few teaser sentences from somewhere on that page.
  • MAKE SURE NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (you don't want to give too much away and ruin the book for other readers)
Share the title and author too, so that other readers can add your book to their TBR list if they like your teaser!
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Harrison Squared
Daryl Gregory
March 24, 2015

      I knew she was coddling me.  Pretending that everything was going to be all right.  Lying to children, I understood, was an adult's first job. (pg. 82)









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From page one this book has had me hooked!  I am currently reading it for review through Rockstar Book Tours (check them out; I've gotten to read some great books through them), and boy, this one is gonna be good.  Really strange, and funny too, this book is haunting with (there is no other way to describe it) a Lovecraftian tone.  If you're into mysteries of the supernatural variety, this book will be right up your alley.  Dropping on March 24th, be sure to check out my review for the book on the blog March 23!

2.05.2015

INVADED Release Week Blitz (+Giveaway)


I am so thrilled to help Melissa Landers with her release week launch party for INVADED! See a note from Melissa below and make sure to enter the giveaway!


Hey, fiction lovers. I’m Melissa Landers, author of the Alienated series (YA sci-fi from Disney-Hyperion), and today I’m bouncing with excitement because THE SEQUEL IS FINALLY HERE!

It’s been a year since we left Aelyx and Cara onboard the intergalactic transport, and INVADED begins with an emotional goodbye as they part ways—Aelyx returning to Earth to salvage the alliance, and Cara continuing to L’eihr to serve out her part of the student exchange. While they’re apart, our star-crossed lovers will face assassination attempts, betrayal, crippling self-doubt, and a sadistic alien Phys Ed class. (Because there’s no escaping PE, even in another galaxy.) When Aelyx and Cara finally reunite…well, let’s just say it’s combustive. ;-)

What do reviewers think? I’m glad you asked!

Readers will love the seamless blend of suspense, humor, and romance set against an interstellar landscape. Dual narratives and a tightly plotted mystery keep the suspense running high, and the chemistry between Aelyx and Cara smolders.” –Booklist

Excellent character development and integration between modern reality and science fiction. Teens will be rooting for the galactic couple while enjoying the action and suspense that runs through the two volumes.” –School Library Journal 
The protagonists' forced separation gives greater depth to their romance. Each learns to turn a critical eye upon the flaws of their native societies while confronting genuine obstacles to a future together. These complications only underscore the growing sense of menace that propels the narrative to an action-packed climax.” –Kirkus
I hope you’ll make tracks to the nearest bookstore and pick up a copy of INVADED! If you’re snowed in, here are some easy links to bring the sequel right to you:

Amazon/Barnes & Noble/iBooks/Book Depository/Indie Bound/Indigo/Books-A-Million



Melissa Landers is a former teacher who left the classroom to pursue other worlds. A proud sci-fi geek, she isn’t afraid to wear her Princess Leia costume in public—just ask her husband and three kids. She lives outside Cincinnati in the small town of Loveland, “Sweetheart of Ohio.” For more information, or just to say hello, visit www.melissa-landers.com.





GIVEAWAY

To celebrate my book birthday, I’m offering one lucky winner a $25 gift card to Barnes & Noble and an autographed swag pack, complete with mini posters of BOTH books! This giveaway is open internationally, and due to sweepstakes laws, entrants must be 18 years or older to participate.

Best of luck, and happy reading!





2.02.2015

Back to Vlogging with the...


TAYLOR SWIFT BOOK TAG!


I'm finally back to vlogging!  I don't know if you all knew, but I also have a YouTube channel where I vlog about fun, bookish things!  It is suppose to coincide with my blog here, but as you may have noticed, not only has my blog been getting less attention, but I didn't vlog for over a year!  AH!

But now that 2015 is upon us, and I am completely finished with my Master Degree program, I have a lot more time to dedicate to things I love the most: reading, blogging, and vlogging.  So if you haven't checked out my channel head over to Eli to the nth (it's all about the branding) and check out my videos!

Below is the latest one (the first of 2015)!  I love a good book tag, and I couldn't resist completing the one based on my FAVORITE musician, Taylor Swift!  If you do the tag, or just want to answer the questions, you can do so in the comments below or over on my channel!  Leave a link to your video/blog post if you do the tag!  I'm always interested to hear/read other book lovers' answers!


1.28.2015

LIFE BY COMMITTEE (Review)

Title: Life by Committee
Author(s): Corey Ann Haydu
Edition: ARC, 304 pages
Publisher: Katherine Teagan Books
Publication Date: May 14, 2014
Source: Inkwood Books (Blog ARCs)
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The Summary


Some secrets are too good to keep. 


Tabitha might be the only girl in the history of the world who actually gets less popular when she gets hot. But her so-called friends say she’s changed, and they’ve dropped her flat. 

Now Tab has no one to tell about the best and worst thing that has ever happened to her: Joe, who spills his most intimate secrets to her in their nightly online chats. Joe, whose touch is so electric, it makes Tab wonder if she could survive an actual kiss. Joe, who has Tabitha brimming with the restless energy of falling in love. Joe, who is someone else’s boyfriend.

Just when Tab is afraid she’ll burst from keeping the secret of Joe inside, she finds Life by Committee. The rules of LBC are simple: tell a secret, receive an assignment. Complete the assignment to keep your secret safe. 

Tab likes it that the assignments push her to her limits, empowering her to live boldly and go further than she’d ever go on her own.

But in the name of truth and bravery, how far is too far to go?

My Opinion


I was happy to get this ARC from the awesome staff at Inkwood Books (PLEASE check out this amazing indie bookstore if you're ever in Tampa, Florida).  Sometimes, if I'm an especially good customer that day I am gifted with some ARCs to dive into.  I was browsing the ARC shelf (yes they have an ARC shelf, but it's in the back and only available to super secret awesome people), when I saw the spine of this book.  I had heard of Corey Ann Haydu's first book, OCD Love Story, so her name caught my eye.  Even though I had not read that book, I read great reviews on it, so I figured her sophomore novel would be good as well.  I was right!

I really enjoyed this book.  It was an interesting mix of contemporary with a little bit of  mystery.  I thought that the characters were portrayed as realistic, and I could totally relate to the concept of the secret sharing because when I was in 9th/10th grade I use to post to an anonymous forum where we would tell secrets and write poetry and be all "emotional".  A little different, but a lot of the same feelings welled up in me when I read about Tab and her secret sharing.  This is the best part of Life by Committee; Haydu has crafted a slice of life that feels real.

Tab is a teenager, so sometimes she's whiney, sometimes she's ungrateful, but at other times she's loving and insightful.  Just like any young adult, she is trying to figure out her place in the world and she doesn't do it gracefully at all times.  But this expansive emotional range is what I really love about teenagers; they have such big feelings because everything is so personal to them.  Haydu captures this brilliantly.  Of course I know some may find Tab annoying for this reason, with the whole "typical teen" attitude, but I loved her and found her very relatable. 

As I mentioned above, the idea of secret sharing was very cool, and intrigued me.  Can you imagine divulging some deep secrets and then allowing complete strangers to decide what you have to do in order for those secrets to stay secret?  I don't think I'm either brave enough or reckless enough to do something like that.  Of course, it could be freeing at the same time, which is the precipice Haydu works with.  At any moment Tab's world could get so much more complicated than it already is, but that's what makes being a member of the Committee that much more enticing.

Overall, this is a fun contemporary that has both real feelings and humorous moments throughout.  I think it is a good sophomoric follow up to Haydu's previous book OCD Love Story, and makes me want to pick up her next works.  I would recommend it to readers who want a contemporary with a secret twist.
Extras


Other Books by Corey Ann Haydu
(Click on the images to go to Goodreads)


Final Rating


Book Cover: 4/5
Book Title: 4/5
Plot: 8/10
Characters: 9/10
Writing: 9/10
Ending: 9/10
Overall: 43/50: B


1.27.2015

A COLD LEGACY Release Day Blast! (+Giveaway)


I am so excited that A COLD LEGACY by Megan Shepherd releases today and that I get to share the news, along with an excerpt from the book!

If you haven’t yet heard about this wonderful book by Author Megan Shepherd, be sure to check out all the details below.

This blast also includes a giveaway for a signed copy of the book and swag courtesy of Megan and Rockstar Book Tours. So if you’d like a chance to win, enter in the Rafflecopter at the bottom of this post.


Title: A COLD LEGACY
Author: Megan Shepherd
Pub. Date: January 27, 2015
Publisher: Balzer+Bray/HarperCollins
Pages: 400

After killing the men who tried to steal her father’s research, Juliet—along with Montgomery, Lucy, Balthazar, and a deathly ill Edward—has escaped to a remote estate on the Scottish moors. Owned by the enigmatic Elizabeth von Stein, the mansion is full of mysteries and unexplained oddities: dead bodies in the basement, secret passages, and fortune-tellers who seem to know Juliet’s secrets. Though it appears to be a safe haven, Juliet fears new dangers may be present within the manor’s own walls. 
Then Juliet uncovers the truth about the manor’s long history of scientific experimentation—and her own intended role in it—forcing her to determine where the line falls between right and wrong, life and death, magic and science, and promises and secrets. And she must decide if she’ll follow her father’s dark footsteps or her mother’s tragic ones, or whether she’ll make her own. 
With inspiration from Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, this breathless conclusion to the Madman’s Daughter trilogy is about the things we’ll sacrifice to save those we love—even our own humanity. 

A COLD LEGACY excerpt

p.21-24

Montgomery stopped the horses outside a tavern. He came to the carriage door, opening it just a crack to keep the rain from drenching us. “I’m going to ask directions. We can’t be far now.”

We watched him saunter over the muddy street as though he didn’t even feel the bite of freezing rain. A face appeared in the tavern window. The door opened and he spoke to a woman in a wool dress for a few moments, then stomped back through the mud. “This village is called Quick,” he told us. “The manor’s only five miles from here.”

“Did you hear that?” Lucy murmured to Edward, still stroking his hair. “We’re almost there. Just hold on. Everything will be all right once we arrive.”

Montgomery’s eyes shifted to me. Neither of us wanted to remind Lucy that the prospect of Edward’s fever breaking—and the Beast’s reappearance—was almost more frightening than the fever itself. Delirious, he was less of a threat.

“Let’s go then,” I whispered to Montgomery. “And quickly.”

He closed the door and in another moment we were moving again, passing through the rest of Quick. Then all too soon the village was nothing but fading lights. The storm grew and the road became rougher, and all the while Edward’s eyes rolled back and forth beneath shuttered lids.

Thunder struck close by, and Lucy shrieked. Montgomery whipped the horses harder, pulling us along the uneven road impossibly fast, trying to outrun the storm. I twisted in the seat to look out the back window at the pelting rain. A stone fence ran alongside us.

“We must be getting close,” I said.

“Not soon enough,” Lucy breathed. “We’re going to crash if he keeps driving like this!”

The road widened, straightening, letting us travel even faster. Lightning struck close by, blinding me. The horses bolted. Lucy screamed and covered her eyes, but I couldn’t tear mine away. The lightning had struck an enormous oak tree, twisted from centuries of wind. The oak took flame, blazing despite the rain. A smoking gash ran down the trunk—the lightning’s death mark. I watched until the rain put out most of the flames, but it still smoldered, billowing hot ash into the night.

The horses pawed the earth, and I grabbed the window to steady myself. At this wild speed, just hitting a single rock at the wrong angle would send the carriage shattering to the ground. It was madness to go so fast. Couldn’t Montgomery calm the horses?

Just when I feared the carriage would careen out of control, it stopped short, throwing me against the opposite wall. I tangled in Lucy’s limbs as the chains around Edward’s body clinked. Balthazar grunted, jerking awake at last. We scrambled in the bottom of the carriage until the door flew open.

Montgomery stood in the pelting rain. I feared he’d say we’d broken another strut or the horses had gone lame or we’d have to spend the night in the harsh storm.

But then I saw the lights behind him, and the night took shape into a turreted stone manor with bright lamps blazing and gargoyles on the roof vomiting rain into a stone courtyard.

Montgomery’s eyes met mine beneath the low brim of his hat.

“We’ve arrived,” he said.

About Megan:

Author Photo by Kristi Hedberg Photography
Hello! 

I’ve been many things, like a professional exchange student, park ranger in Montana, and LOST enthusiast, but what I am now is a writer.

I think it’s fair to say I was born into it. I grew up in the mountains of North Carolina, raised behind the counter of my parents’ independent bookstore, Highland Books in Brevard. Ah, so many free books. But I never thought being a writer could be a real career. After college I thought I’d end up as a foreign service officer somewhere dashing and exotic, like Canada. I studied French, Spanish, German, and Russian and still speak a few of those. Then I joined the Peace Corps and spent two years in Senegal, where I learned a few more languages I’ll never speak again and lived in a mud hut with no electricity or running water. You can probably imagine how that experience went, but if you’re curious, here are the dirty details

It wasn't until a chance aquaintance read something I wrote and said, "have you ever considered being a writer?" that something clicked and I realized it was possible. My husband encouraged me, and I quickly fell head-over-heels in love with writing and children's literature in particular. I started out writing articles, which have appeared in Faces, Appleseeds, and Calliope magazines, and stories for younger children. I soon realized I wasn’t sweet enough to write fiction for that age and found myself writing young adult literature instead, which doesn’t require nearly as many tender moments and includes a lot more cursing.

When I'm not writing, I can usually be found horseback riding, day dreaming at coffee shops, or hiking in the beautiful mountains of Western North Carolina. I love to hear from readers, so please drop me a line!

I am represented by Josh Adams of Adams Literary.




Giveaway Details:

1 winner will receive a signed copy of A COLD LEGACY and swag! US Only.

Ends on February 6th at Midnight EST!

AND check out the Twitter Party Megan is hosting:



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