Lightning Forgotten by Lila Felix {Cover Reveal + Pre-Order Sale}

 

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Clean Teen Publishing is excited to share the cover reveal and pre-order special for LIGHTNING FORGOTTEN by Lila Felix. LIGHTNING FORGOTTEN is the third and final book in The Lucent Series, which releases on June 27, 2016. The first novel— LIGHTNING KISSED— hit best-seller lists right away and is currently free! This new adult paranormal romance series is a must-read. If you are looking for a complete series to dive into, make sure to check this one out! We'd love to hear your thoughts on this new cover. Feel free to leave us a comment or two.

 

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Colby Evans can leap from one country to the next in a heartbeat. She can see every sunset in every time zone in the same day. She can travel across the world in a flash. She defies gravity and physics with every breath she takes. She's tested her abilities and found them limitless.

She is the lightning. She is Lucent. And nothing can stop her.

Except him.

Theodore Ramsey isn't supposed to be able to flash like Colby. The power of travel is passed on from mother to daughter in their people. Except once in every hundred generations.

Theo is the one.

He can flash like Colby. And it makes him a target to their enemies and to himself. His abilities change everything he knows about life and throws his future into an uncertain tangent. In fact, the only thing certain in his life is the love he feels for Colby.

Their love defies time and space and has been the only constant thing in their lives since childhood. But even their infallible love will be stretched to its limits.

She will risk her life to protect him. But he will risk everything to protect them all.

Lightning Kissed is the first book in The Lucent Series by Lila Felix.

 

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LILALila Felix is full of antics and stories. She refused to go to Kindergarten after the teacher made her take a nap on the first day. She staged her first protest in middle school. She almost flunked out of her first semester at Pepperdine University because she was enthralled with their library and frequently was locked in. Now her husband and three children have to put up with her rebel nature in Louisiana where her days are filled with cypress trees, crawfish, and of course her books and writing. She writes about the ordinary rebels who fall extraordinarily in wild, true love. For more visit www.lilafelix.com

Ariel Rising by Aj & CS Sparber {Trailer Reveal}

 
Title: Ariel Rising
Author: Aj & CS Sparber
Genre: YA Paranormal Romance
Cover Designer: Regina Wamba at Mae I Design & Photography
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My dreams were simple. College, a career, and let’s see what happens from there. But things don’t always go according to plan. 
 
My name is Ari Worthington and I’ve had a very eventful week. A life-changing week. The kind of week that would make the average person whimper. 
It started when my ex-boyfriend Luke accosted me in the woods. 
 
How badly was I injured? Not a scratch. And Luke? Not so lucky. Nope, I whupped him good. It surprised the heck out of me. And it probably surprised him, too—once he woke up. 
 
And then I met Davin. Handsome, witty, amazing Davin. Perfect in every way, unless you think being an alien, from a planet called Olympus, might be a liability. 
 
 
 
When it comes to being a husband and wife (or wife and husband) writing team, there are advantages, or benefits. Chief among them is that you get to practice the love scenes. He writes, she steers, and…well, it’s fun. He is a software designer and she is a doctor of education. AJ and CS Sparber live in the lovely town of Hudson, Ohio, with their son Ryan, their daughter Melanie, and the spirit of an Aussie shepherd named Hunter.
 
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I don’t want to be alone in the guest suite. It’s not that I’m afraid. I just want Davin close to me. I need the comfort only he can provide.
 
“I’d rather not sleep alone tonight.”
 
“Ari, your mother—I promised her.”
 
“I don’t intend for us to do anything that would cause that promise to be broken. Please?”
 
He moves to my side and places his hand on my shoulder. “Are you sure?”
 
I stand up and wrap my arms around his neck. “I’m very sure,” I whisper, speaking directly to his heart. “I want you near me.”
 
“I know you do. But…”
 
“No buts,” I say softly. “I’m an angel. And I happen to be in love with you.”
 
He looks startled. He looks as if he wants to speak, but he can’t find his voice.
 
“Do you not want me to love you, Davin?”
 
He arches his brow and stares.
 
I’m getting worried. Did I just make a complete fool of myself? “Davin?”
 
His poise seems to return and he smiles. “It happened the night we slept on your sofa—”
 
“What? What happened?” Did I miss something? Something important?
 
His smile widens and lights up his eyes. They’re sparkling like jewels.
 
“I fell in love with you that night.”
 
My heart flutters and I feel warm all over. “You did?”
 
He nods slowly. “I did.”
 
“You didn’t tell me.”
 
“I wasn’t sure how you felt. Love between two angels is a very powerful force. It is...”
 
“Forever,” I say, completing his thought. “Are you afraid I don’t understand that? Do you think my human side makes me prone to frivolous fits of infatuation? Because if you do, please allow me to set you straight.” I take a long breath and gaze into his eyes. “I am in love with you, there will never be anyone else, and that’s all there is to it.”
 
He shakes his head and chuckles.
 
“What?”
 
“This is why I love you.”
 
“It is? What is?”
 
“I believe the term is moxie. You are bold and fearless. You are spunky.”
 
“You love me because I’m spunky?”
 
“Well, that…and because you are kind, and selfless, and brilliant, and very beautiful?”
 
“You think I’m all that?”
 
He loses his voice again and just stares.
 
“Davin?”
 
“Come here, my Padawan.”
 
Before I can respond, he laces his fingers through my hair and pulls me tight to his chest. “You are the most extraordinary angel ever born and I…I am the most fortunate.”
 
He kisses the top of my head, as he whispers, “Forever and never ending.”
 
His words and his touch make me shudder with ecstasy. “Kiss me, Davin. Kiss me like your life depends on it.”
 
“It does,” he says, as he captures my upper lip softly between his teeth.
 
Our kiss deepens and I smile inside, because I realize that each kiss we share seems to be better than the ones before, and we have eons of time and kisses to look forward to.
 
 
 
 

Highly Illogical Behavior by John Corey Whaley {eARC Review} @corey_whaley @FirstToRead

 

 

Highly Illogical Behavior
John Corey Whaley
Expected Release Date: May 10th, 2016

 

Sixteen-year-old Solomon is agoraphobic. He hasn’t left the house in three years, which is fine by him.

Ambitious Lisa desperately wants to get into the second-best psychology program for college (she’s being realistic). But how can she prove she deserves a spot there? 

Solomon is the answer.

Determined to “fix” Sol, Lisa thrusts herself into his life, introducing him to her charming boyfriend Clark and confiding her fears in him. Soon, all three teens are far closer than they thought they’d be, and when their facades fall down, their friendships threaten to collapse, as well.  

A hilarious and heartwarming coming-of-age perfect for readers of Matthew Quick and Rainbow Rowell, Highly Illogical Behavior showcases the different ways in which we hide ourselves from the world—and the ways in which love, tragedy, and the need for connection may be the only things to bring us back into the light.

 

 

 

 

 

I've never read anything written by John Corey Whaley and I can honestly say that I have a new favorite author. I was emotionally touched by this beautiful story and my heart ached for Solomon as I got to know him better. The author's story line and characters are extraordinarily beautiful and down to earth. We are given the opportunity to see mental issues in a whole new light and we also experience the bonds of friendship, love, perseverance and understanding. This is a book everyone should read. 

{ I received an eARC via the First To Read Program. I made no guarantee of a favorable review and the opinions expressed here are unbiased and my own.}

 

 

 

Author Bio:

JOHN ‘COREY’ WHALEY grew up in the small town of Springhill, Louisiana, where he learned to be sarcastic and to tell stories. He has a B.A. in English from Louisiana Tech University, as well as an M.A in Secondary English Education. He started writing stories about aliens and underwater civilizations when he was around ten or eleven, but now writes realistic YA fiction (which sometimes includes zombies…). He taught public school for five years and spent much of that time daydreaming about being a full-time writer…and dodging his students’ crafty projectiles. He is terrible at most sports, but is an occasional kayaker and bongo player. He is obsessed with movies, music, and traveling to new places. He is an incredibly picky eater and has never been punched in the face, though he has come quite close. One time, when he was a kid, he had a curse put on him by a strange woman in the arcade section of a Wal-Mart. His favorite word is defenestration. His favorite color is green. His favorite smell is books. He currently splits his time between Louisiana and Los Angeles. 

 

 

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McGrave's Hotel by Steve Bryant {Cover Reveal + Giveaway} @chapterxchapter @month9books @SteveBryant52

 

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It’s 1936, and nearly twelve-year-old JAMES ELLIOTT is a bellhop at McGrave’s Hotel, there a year since the night his parents died while on a spy mission into Nazi Germany.

JAMES craves a goodbye message from his parents, but is distracted by troublesome guests who require his help.

Assistance with locating a missing and priceless mummy, wrangling mutant spiders, and attaching the head of a bridegroom is just the kind of hospitality guests have come to expect while at McGrave’s hotel where guests are dying to check in.

But over the course of one frightful evening, James will team with Death’s daughter to fight Nazi sympathizers, monsters, and the undead in this riveting, deathly, historical adventure story unlike any you’ve read before.

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McGrave's Hotel by Steve Bryant Publication Date: October 4, 2016 Publisher: Month9Books

 

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Steve Bryant is a new novelist, but a veteran author of books of card tricks. He founded a monthly internet magazine for magicians containing news, reviews, magic tricks, humor, and fiction, and he frequently contributes biographical cover articles to the country’s two leading magic journals. He lives in Bloomington, Indiana.

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The Convergence by Tenille Berezay {Book Blast + Giveaway} @toobusytoread

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THE CONVERGENCE by Tenille Berezay Hiding unbelievable physical abilities, seventeen-year-old Desiree Morgan buries herself inside the realities of high school. But when Blake Thomas infiltrates her life, all of Desiree’s secrets begin to unravel. With answers come more questions and soon she is entangled in a world of secret societies, human experimentation, perilous power-struggles, and ultimate sacrifice. To escape, Desiree can’t be simply extraordinary…she must redefine the impossible. THE CONVERGENCE is a story of one girl’s search to understand herself and the realization of what makes her truly great.

 

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 (1) He puts me on edge. The last thing I need is someone trying to read me. I meet his eyes defiantly. Blake observes me a second more, then grins revealing white, even teeth. “Sounds pretty great, but why? Why not do the normal thing? Go to college, get a job, become a responsible adult.” My defensiveness morphs into aggravation. “Guess we just have different definitions of responsible and, most likely, normal.” Sensing my mood, Nichole makes some excuse and leaves. Blake leans across the space between us, the fire reflecting in his eyes. “Our definitions are probably a lot closer than you think, Dez,” he says with an intimacy that makes me twitch. Nobody calls me Dez. I’ve never liked that nickname. “You know, Thomas.” I emphasize my use of his last name—Thomas suits him better anyway. “I don’t think I like you.” Never breaking eye contact, he laughs quietly. “I know,” he says. “But you will.”

 

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Author Tenille Berezay After living throughout the western U.S., Tenille now claims rural Northern Nevada as her home. If she’s not being consumed by a book—whether her own or another author’s—she’d like to be found horseback riding, backpacking with her high-school sweetheart/husband, or photographing their three beautiful children.

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Will of Fire by Yasmin Fazli {Cover Reveal} @YasminFazli @agarcia6510

 
Title: Will of Fire
Author: Yasmin Fazli
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
Expected Release Day: May 24th, 2016
Cover Designer: Aurelia Fray
 
 
Blurb:
Elle knew that unraveling the secrets on Acryen would be difficult, but she didn’t know that it would be deadly. She knew this from the scars on her body and the heat in her eyes.
Three months have passed and what was meant to be an easy journey across the ocean has turned perilous as she’s come to realize that they’ve boarded the wrong ship—a slaver’s ship run by a cunning and devious man known only as Captain Red. Elle can’t help but find herself drawn to him and repelled at the same time. Yet, when a powerful hurricane hits the ship and Elle’s life is in danger, Peter’s hidden powers awaken, and now, they’re in trouble. The stakes are much higher than before, and Elle’s afraid that the only way out is with blood.
 
Elle must find the necklace awaiting in Gyoar before an elf meets her end, a quaid falls prey, a mother commits treason, and a king masks his mistake.
 
But above all, she must find it before her fate is sealed in ashes.
 
 
Because where hope lies, fire breathes.
 
 
 
 
Yasmin Fazli was born and raised in Southern California, changing schools her whole life. Now, she is an undergraduate college student studying biology to satisfy her love for the sciences. Yet, another part of her started to show more and more: her love for writing. She often dreams of mystical places and the perfect bad boy/prince charming who will come sweep her away. Until those happen, she continues to write away, living her fantasies through typed words with all kinds of sweets in one hand and a cup of chai tea in the other hopeful that one day her words could inspire even just one person.
 
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Amanda Lester and the Blue Peacocks’ Secret by Paula Berinstein {Excerpt + Giveaway}



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This is my stop during the blog tour for Amanda Lester and the Blue Peacocks' Secret by Paula Berinstein. This blog tour is organized by Lola's Blog Tours. The blog tour runs from 18 April till 1 May, you can view the complete tour schedule on the website of Lola’s Blog Tours.

So far this series contains 4 books: Amanda Lester and the Pink Sugar Conspiracy (Amanda Lester, Detective #1), Amanda Lester and the Orange Crystal Crisis (Amanda Lester, Detective #2), Amanda Lester and the Purple Rainbow Puzzle (Amanda Lester, Detective #3) and Amanda Lester and the Blue Peacocks' Secret (Amanda Lester, Detective #4). You can get the first book in the series for only 0.99$ at amazon.

Amanda Lester and the Blue Peacocks’ SecretAmanda Lester and the Blue Peacocks’ Secret (Amanda Lester, Detective #4)
by Paula Berinstein
Genre: Mystery/ Detective/ Fantasy
Age category: Young Adult
Release Date: March 31, 2016

 

Blurb:

What does a dusty old secret have to do with peacocks?

Everything, as it turns out. When Amanda is knocked off her skateboard by a rare all-blue peacock, she learns that the species harbors a vital secret she must race to uncover. But before she can unravel the mystery, a startling archaeological discovery turns all of Britain against the detectives and threatens their very existence.

As old enemies gather strength and new adversaries emerge, Amanda finds herself dealing with hysterical teachers, a disappearing mentor, a mysterious poisoner, and a would-be magician. With so much at stake and so little time, the last thing she needs is to fall in love.

 


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Silver Dirk Excerpt

And then the moment came. The crew had broken through the tunnel wall and there was indeed empty space on the other side. As head of the dig Liam got to be the first to look inside. Normally academics tend to be cautious, and Liam never liked to get ahead of himself. But in this instance he was visibly excited and moved quickly. Amanda could see that he was breathing faster than usual and trying to suppress a grin. The way he was clamping his mouth shut made him look like he was sucking on a lemon. Of course it didn’t help that Twinkle kept hovering in a very Lila sort of way, attempting to give him advice that he didn’t need and could not possibly want. “Don’t you think this light would be better?” “You should really cover your nose and mouth in case there’s something noxious inside.” “Be sure to remember your first impression because that will make your article much more exciting.” Amanda thought she’d lose her lunch and stuffed a gingersnap into her mouth.

 

But Liam was nothing if not gracious. He simply smiled at Twinkle, said “Thank you,” and, mouth covered as procedure dictated, approached the opening. He turned on his light and was just about to shine it into the space when Amanda cried out.

 

“There it is. A huge red spider. Did you see that?”

 

Liam was so surprised that he dropped his light on his foot. “Ow!”

 

“Professor, are you all right?” screamed Twinkle. The screech caused Ivy to shriek, Nigel to bark, the archaeologists to rush to Liam’s side, Elbow Marconi and his crew to scamper to the opening and block it, Simon and Clive to bash into them, and Amanda to fall on her coccyx. The confusion and panic grew so swiftly that soon the only person who hadn’t run into about five other people was Darius, who just stood there with his camera on his shoulder capturing the entire incident.

 

Then Amanda saw it again—a blur of red whooshing past at breakneck speed. “Simon!” she screamed. “There!” Simon wrenched his neck around, mouthed “Ow,” and seemed to miss the spider entirely because he said, “What?”

 

“The spider!” Amanda yelled. “It was right there.” She pointed to a spot a few feet from where Simon was standing. “I didn’t see it,” he said. “Clive, did you see anything?” “Nope,” said Clive. “What is wrong with all of you?” shouted Twinkle. “Can’t you see that the professor is hurt?” “I’m not hurt,” said Liam. “I was just a bit startled.” “Your foot,” said Twinkle. “You’re limping.” “It’s just a muscle spasm,” said Liam. He flexed his foot and didn’t grimace at all. “Now, shall we get on with things?”

 

Everyone moved away (Amanda had to get up first, which was no easy task. Her butt hurt like crazy.), and Liam raised his light to the opening again. Amanda took her place next to Ivy, who had moved closer again, and whispered, “I saw it. It was a huge red spider.” “I believe you,” said Ivy. Liam peered into the hole, moving the light this way and that.

 

“See anything, Professor?” said Twinkle needlessly. “Sh,” hissed Felix. “You sh,” said Twinkle. “Both of you sh,” said Liam. He stuck his head into the opening so that both head and light were on the other side and said, “Ladies and gentlemen, we have a hidden room!” The tunnel erupted in claps loud enough to bring down the ceiling, except that they didn’t. “Woo hoo!” yelled Twinkle loud enough to raise the dead.

 

“Yes!” shouted Simon loud enough to break Amanda’s left eardrum. “Arf, arf!” barked Nigel loud enough to echo off the walls and cause people’s chest cavities to reverberate. Darius moved in as close as he could without getting in Liam’s way. He winked at Amanda. She smiled.

 

“What do you see, Dad?” said Ivy. Everyone stopped yelling. “Well, um, uh, dirt,” said Liam. “What color?” said Twinkle. “How much?” said Louie. “I’ll get a brush,” said Felix. “Hold your horses, all of you,” said Liam. “Procedure, remember?” He snapped his fingers. The chamber was still. Then Twinkle whispered loudly, “I’ll get the log.” Louie said, “I’ve got the camera.” “Tape measure,” said Felix.

 

“That’s what I like to see,” said Liam. “Mr. Marconi,” he nodded to Elbow. “Gentlemen,” to the construction crew. “Thank you for your excellent work, as usual.” Elbow and his men nodded back. “Take a gander?” The construction crew approached the opening shyly, which made quite a contrast with their earlier bumptiousness. From the back they looked almost reverent.

 

“What’s that over there?” said Elbow loudly, after he had stuck his head through the opening. “What are you referring to?” said Liam. “I see something silver,” said Elbow. “A coin, perhaps?” said Liam. “I don’t think so,” said Elbow. “It’s pointy.” “May I?” said Liam, taking Elbow’s place. Twinkle passed him a spotlight and he held it high, then lowered it and shined it this way and that. “Well?” said Twinkle. “Hush,” said Louie. Twinkle gave him a dirty look.

 

“By golly you’re right, Mr. Marconi,” said Liam. “It is indeed pointy. It looks like we’ve got ourselves a silver dirk.”

 

 

Earlier Books in this series Amanda Lester and the Pink Sugar ConspiracyAmanda Lester and the Pink Sugar Conspiracy (Amanda Lester, Detective #1)
by Paula Berinstein
Genre: Mystery/ Detective/ Fantasy
Age category: Middle Grade
Release Date: May, 2015

 

Blurb:

A reluctant detective, a criminal mastermind, and . . . sugar?

Amanda Lester wouldn’t be caught dead going into the family business. Her ancestor, Sherlock Holmes’s colleague Inspector G. Lestrade, is a twit. Nevertheless her parents refuse to see his flaws, and she’s going to a secret English school for the descendants of famous detectives whether she likes it or not.

When Amanda arrives at the dreaded school, she considers running away—until she and her new friends discover blood and weird pink substances in odd places. At first they’re not sure whether these seeming clues mean anything, but when Amanda’s father disappears and the cook is found dead with her head in a bag of sugar, they’re certain that crimes are taking place.

Now Amanda must embrace her destiny and uncover the truth. The only snag is that arch-villain Blixus Moriarty, a descendant of Holmes’s nemesis Professor James Moriarty, might be involved, and he doesn’t like nosy little girls interfering in his business.

 


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American English vs British English Excerpt

When they’d gone, Amanda said, “Let’s go to the kitchen and see if we can sneak something delicious. I’m having sugar withdrawal.” “Me too,” said Amphora. “You’re on.” You weren’t supposed to go into the kitchen without a good reason. It was a school rule and the cook was very strict about it. But both girls were craving sugar so badly that they didn’t care, so they snuck off to see if there were any easy pickings.

 

They didn’t have much time. They’d have to be in class in a few minutes. As they approached they saw the cook in the hall talking to her assistant, a petite, dark-haired woman who obviously wasn’t happy about something. Good. The cook wasn’t paying attention to the other people around her. This would be easy. They opened the door quietly and tiptoed in.

 

The woman certainly was fastidious. The huge kitchen gleamed like the Taj Mahal on a sunny day. Gigantic iron pots were sitting on the stove, steaming, boiling, and sizzling away, and fresh, colorful vegetables that bore faint resemblance to the peas at lunch were laid out on the massive wooden cutting board in the center of the room. At the far end was a refrigerator the size of a semi-trailer.

 

“There,” said Amphora, pointing. “Let’s try the fridge.” “You got it,” said Amanda, tippy-toeing toward the behemoth. “Hey, wait a minute. There’s the pantry. Maybe there are some cookies in there.” “Cookies?” said Amphora. “Oh, biscuits. Right.” “Biscuits?” I don’t want a biscuit. I want something sweet,” said Amanda. “Biscuits are sweet,” hissed Amphora.

 

“No they’re not,” said Amanda. “I want cookies.” Continuing to argue, the two girls entered the gigantic pantry, which was lined with shelves and cubbies of assorted shapes and sizes. It felt very homey, and Amanda thought that if she were stuck there for a week she wouldn’t mind at all.

 

“There!” they both said at once, running toward a shelf full of cookies of every variety—chocolate, vanilla, coconut, raisin, jam-in-the-center, marshmallow, sprinkle-topped—smashing into each other in the process. “I thought you said you wanted biscuits,” said Amanda.

 

“These are biscuits,” said Amphora, grabbing a box. “No, they’re cookies,” said Amanda, attempting to wrest it away from her. “Uh uh,” said Amphora, grabbing back. “Biscuits.” “Wait a minute,” said Amanda, letting her have the box. “You think these are biscuits?” “They are biscuits.” “Oooooh, I get it. That’s what you guys call cookies. To us, biscuits are dinner rolls. Or breakfast rolls.”

 

“Really? How peculiar.” Amanda wasn’t sure if Amphora meant interesting peculiar or get-it-away-from-me peculiar. “Okay, what do you call that?” said Amanda pointing at some boxes of spaghetti. She was sure English people had some exotic name for the pasta but she couldn’t imagine what. “Spaghetti. What do you call it?” “Spaghetti. How about that?” She pointed to another box that said “Tea” on it. “Tea.” “Tea. And that?” A brightly colored can. “Mushy peas.”

 

“Mushy peas? Eeeeeeew.” Amanda looked at the picture on the can. It was a huge green splat that looked like the creature from the black lagoon. “Why, what do you call them?” “I don’t,” said Amanda, sticking her finger down her throat. How could anyone eat something with the word “mushy” in the name? “They’re really quite good,” said Amphora, admiring the can. “You should try them sometime.” “Ugh,” said Amanda. “They look like you-know-what.”

 

The girls burst into laughter. “Say, look at that,” said Amanda, bending down to examine some pink powder on the floor. “Hm, that’s weird,” said Amphora, peering down at the stuff. “It’s pink. It’s nice.” “Don’t touch it!” yelled Amphora, grabbing at Amanda’s arm. “It’s probably rat poison!” “Rat poison in a pantry? I don’t think so.” Amanda shook off Amphora’s hand and reached closer.

 

“No, really. Don’t touch it. Come on, let’s go. We’re going to get into trouble.” “Oh, all right,” said Amanda. “But I’m coming back later. I want to see what that is. It’s really pretty.” It was. It looked like cotton candy that had dried and shattered into tiny bits of confetti. “Okay,” said Amphora. “You go back later. Got the biscuits?”

 

“They’re in my bag,” said Amanda, gripping the place where she’d stuck the cookies. “Let’s roll. Er, biscuit. No, roll.”

 

Amanda Lester and the Orange Crystal Crisis

Amanda Lester and the Orange Crystal Crisis (Amanda Lester, Detective #2)
By Paula Berinstein
Genre: Mystery/ Detective/ Fantasy
Age category: Middle Grade
Release Date: September 15, 2015

 

Blurb:
If only Sherlock Holmes's great-great-grandson weren't such a dork . . .

There’s a new student at the Legatum Continuatum School for the Descendants of Famous Detectives and Amanda is supposed to work with him. Scapulus Holmes is a descendant of the great Sherlock and he’s crazy about her. Unfortunately she thinks he’s a dork and would rather die than have anything to do with him.

But when the kids discover a dead body encrusted with strange living crystals, Amanda realizes she needs Holmes’s help. If the crystals fall into the wrong hands they could be used for nefarious purposes, and only he knows how to protect them.

Can the detectives keep the bad guys from learning the crystals' secrets? It would help if they could figure out who the dead body is too. Only if Amanda and Holmes can find a way to work together can they prevent a disaster, and it isn’t looking good

 

Glitter Explosions Excerpt

“Boo!” yelled Professor Pole while the students were still jabbering among themselves. A couple of the kids dropped things on the floor and one or two clutched their chests as if they’d had a heart attack. “Explosions. That’s exactly how they occur. They’re strong, sharp, loud, sudden, and almost always unexpected. But you can prepare yourselves for them, and that’s one of the things we’re going to learn how to do in this dynamite class. Ha ha!” He beamed, obviously proud of his little joke. A couple of the kids groaned, but quite a few of them broke into nervous laughter. Amanda felt her body tense up. She was just sure he was going to try to scare them again. “You there, Mr. Bramble.” Professor Pole motioned to Gordon. “Come up here, please. That’s right. Don’t be shy.” Gordon Bramble, a me-too sort of boy who normally relied on his friend David Wiffle to take the lead, looked embarrassed and confused, but he managed to get himself to the front of the class. “Now, I want you to add this liquid to this beaker. Before you do, please put these goggles on.” Professor Pole pointed to a clear vessel that contained glittering blue powder. It was sitting in a pan. The liquid he was referring to resided in a smaller beaker that looked like the larger beaker’s child. Amanda had visions of Dr. Frankenstein and his monster. What a great film that was with Boris Karloff. She should watch it again. Gordon took the goggles and nervously fitted them over his eyes. They made him look like a deep-sea diver. He eyed Professor Pole tentatively, as if to say, “Please don’t make me do this.” “All right, go,” said the professor. Gordon stood stock-still. “It’s okay. I promise.” Shaking visibly, Gordon held his arm out as far as it would go and gingerly picked up the beaker with the clear liquid. Then, standing as far away from the large beaker as he could, he poured about a drop into it. “More,” said Professor Pole. “Do the whole thing at once. Upsy daisy.” This baby talk seemed to embarrass Gordon so much that he stood closer to the large beaker and dumped the clear liquid in, whereupon a sparkly blue explosion blasted out of it and overflowed into the pan. It made a snapping sound, like a whip being cracked. It was more show than danger, though. The stuff didn’t even get on Gordon’s clothes. He winced and turned away, then slowly pivoted around and, seeing what had happened, smiled from ear to ear. “Awesome,” he said. “Can I do it again?” “Yes, you may,” said the professor. “How about a different color? But first, let me explain what just happened. The large beaker contained baking soda with blue dye and glitter. The smaller beaker contained white vinegar. Perhaps you can smell it.” Gordon wrinkled his nose and nodded. “The baking soda and the vinegar reacted and caused the mixture to explode. So for you cooks out there, never mix those two ingredients together or you’ll have a birthday cake to remember. Now, Mr. Bramble, would you like to do the honors?” “Professor, Professor,” yelled out David Wiffle. “Can I try?” “You’ll get your turn, Mr. Wiffle. Let’s see what Mr. Bramble can cook up.” Now that he knew he wasn’t going to die, Gordon really got into the experiment. He mixed several different colors of dye and glitter and put them all into the same container. The explosion they created looked like the Fourth of July. He got so excited that he managed to trip. As he started to fall, Scapulus Holmes raced to the front of the room and caught him before he crashed to the floor. Now Gordon was embarrassed again. He murmured a word of thanks and asked if it was okay to return to his seat. Professor Pole nodded. “Thank you, Mr. Holmes,” said the professor. “That was quick thinking.”

 

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Amanda Lester and the Purple Rainbow PuzzleAmanda Lester and the Purple Rainbow Puzzle (Amanda Lester, Detective #3)
By Paula Berinstein
Genre: Mystery/ Detective/ Fantasy
Age category: Middle Grade
Release Date: November 15, 2015

 

Blurb:

Purple rainbows, a mysterious crypt, and pots of gold . . .

Things are not going well for Amanda and the secret detective school. A priceless artifact has disappeared, a dangerous hacker is manipulating matter, and zombies are being seen all over the Lake District.

Then the real trouble starts. When her cousins go missing and her friend Clive is kidnapped, Amanda is forced to turn to someone she’d rather not deal with: her old boyfriend Scapulus Holmes. But then he vanishes too. Now’s she’s sure that arch-villain Blixus Moriarty is involved . . . or is he?

 


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News Agent Excerpt

When they arrived at Penrith they decided to reconnoiter for a few minutes, then start asking people if they’d seen anything strange. They were hoping they’d find zombies right away, which would mean they wouldn’t have to draw attention to themselves. However after ten or fifteen minutes they’d seen nothing but the usual small town activity so they split up, with Simon and Ivy taking one shop and Fern and Amanda another.

 

“Uh, hello,” said Amanda to the clerk at the newsagent’s.

 

“Hullo,” said the spotty young man. He reminded Amanda of the guy who worked at the ice cream store back home in Calabasas—the one who wouldn’t let her start a tab when she was hungry and had no money with her.

 

She hesitated. She didn’t want to just come out with, “Seen any zombies lately?” What should she say?

 

“We’re ghost hunters,” said Fern before she could decide. Amanda was shocked. Fern had done almost exactly what she thought was a bad idea.

 

“Do tell,” said the kid. “Aren’t yew a little young for that?” He spoke in a faint Scottish brogue. Amanda thought he was easier to understand than Professor McTavish, and way clearer than Mr. Onion.

 

“We’re prodigies,” said Fern, causing the kid to eye her suspiciously. “We’ve heard that there are a lot of haunted places around here.” “We don’t want no prodigies around here,” he said.

 

“We’re licensed,” said Fern, pulling out her British Museum membership card. She waved it in front of his face, then quickly stuck it back in her bag.

 

“Ten quid,” he said.

 

Amanda and Fern looked at each other. Was he asking for a bribe? “Five,” said Fern almost before he’d finished. The kid didn’t flinch. “Eight.” “Six.”

 

“Six and fifty.” They were in a rhythm now. Amanda wondered how long it would go on. “Deal,” said Fern, ending the exchange. “Pay in advance,” said the kid.

 

Shaking her head, Fern dug in her purse and gave the kid six pounds and fifty pence. “This had better be good,” she said. He leaned forward conspiratorially. “Myrddin’s Wand.”

 

“Myrddin’s Wand?” said Amanda. “What’s that?” “Myrddin is Merlin,” said Fern. “Merlin’s wand? What about it?”

 

“It’s a wee village four miles from here,” said the kid. “Stone circles. Haunted.” “What kind of haunted?” said Fern. “Ah, that’s for yew to find out, innit,” said the kid.

 

“Coordinates?” said Fern. “Here,” said the kid, tearing out a page from a copy of Creepy Cumbria magazine and scribbling on it. “There’s a bit of a village there. No gift shops, though.” “We’re not interested in gift shops,” said Fern. “Well, there ain’t none.”

 

“Any zombies?” said Amanda, throwing caution to the wind. The kid already thought they were weird.

 

“Who’s askin’?”

 

Fern eyed the boy. “I am Morgan le Fey, and this is Rapunzel Silverstein.”

 

“You from London?” he said eyeing her suspiciously. Then he looked at Amanda. “You’re one of them Americans.”

 

“No, I’m from Dorset,” said Fern. “My cousin is Canadian.”

 

“Hm,” said the kid. “Tell you what. You buy me a pizza and I’ll tell you about zombies.” Amanda was getting so impatient she wanted to scream. Now they were supposed to run off and find this jerk a pizza? What if none of his information paid off? She let out a huge sigh. Fern, however, seemed unperturbed and said, “Where can we get pizza?”

 

The kid nodded toward the street. “Block down. Saccamano’s. Best pizza in Cumbria.” “Hold that thought,” said Fern, grabbing Amanda and dashing out of the shop. “What an idiot,” said Amanda.

 

“Yes, but he’s got to know something. If there’s anything weird going on around here the locals will know.” But will they tell? People in small towns could be secretive, or so Amanda had heard. She’d never actually lived in one, unless you counted Windermere, but that was different. She didn’t actually know anyone there except Eustace.

 

On the way to Saccamano’s, they ran into Simon and Ivy. “Got it,” said Simon proudly. “Zombies?” said Amanda. “Yes,” said Ivy. “A man in the chemist’s told us that they’ve been seen around Myrddin’s Wand. There’s a stone circle there.”

 

“Myrddin’s Wand?” said Amanda. “That’s what we heard too. You’re sure he was talking about zombies, though. Not ghosts?” “Zombies,” said Ivy. “So we don’t have to get pizza,” said Amanda with relief.

 

“Pizza?” said Simon. “I could go for some pizza. Here’s a place right here.” Amanda looked at Fern. “I don’t think we have to worry about Mr. Six and a Half Quid anymore,” said Fern. “Their story confirms what he said. Let’s eat and get out of here.”

 

Paula Berinsteint

About the Author:
Paula Berinstein is nothing like Amanda. For one thing, she’s crazy about Sherlock Holmes. For another, she’s never wanted to be a filmmaker. In addition, compared to Amanda she’s a big chicken! And she wouldn’t mind going to a secret school at all. In fact, she’s hoping that some day she’ll get to build one.

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The Dawning of Scarlett
by Jennifer Osborn
Genre: YA Paranormal

As a pale revenant—the vampire faction believing all life is sacred—sixteen-year-old Scarlett Ellis has learned to hide in the human world. She goes to night-school, works at a coffee shop, and her uncle Chasem trains her in martial arts. No matter what, she has to be prepared, because when she turns seventeen, she’ll be of Dawning age—and her biological father Apollo vows to see her dead first. 

Expecting her Dawning to be impossible, she accepts the fact that she will become a rogue, forever hunted by revenant renegades and outcast by her own people. Scarlett thinks she’s prepared for this—until the curly-haired Nicholas Lightener walks into her life and asks her out on a date. 

Torn between her feelings for Nick and the danger of the revenant world, Scarlett’s strange life is turned inside-out when she’s kidnapped and forced to do the one thing she swore she’d never do. Plus, she has no idea whose memories keep appearing in her dreams, or if they can even help her. Determined to free herself from a death sentence, Scarlett must fight to become who she was born to be.

 

 

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His lips freeze in surprise for a moment, warm and tasting like salt, but they quickly yield to mine. Before I know it, his surprise melts into participation, and he kisses me back. It’s all pleasantly confusing, and I feel dizzy. My blood pounds wildly in my veins and I’m worried my eyes are going to change out of excitement. But before I can pull back, he does first, and his breath is hot on my cheek. 

 

I keep my eyes down, for fear of what they might show. I glance up at the artery in his neck, veiled by the paper-thin skin of a human. The blood moves in thick shots and I hear his heart pounding. I feel the urge to let my canines drop and lean over to bite him. I've learned to control myself so much around humans that I’m able to push the desire down. But he gives off the most intoxicating smell. I find myself wondering what his blood would taste like. It’s odd to even think about, because I don’t even need blood right now, but he’s somehow attracting me in a way I don’t understand. It’s a strange desire to bite—not to hurt, not even to drink, but to bite. I can’t make sense of it.

 

 

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After working in the legal and technical fields for many years, Jennifer Osborn took the plunge into full time writing in 2015. She is the award-winning author of The Shilund Saga and The Sentinel’s Insurgency.  When not writing, she listens to a different muse and creates paintings and collages of all sorts. She lives in the Cincinnati area with her husband, three dogs and two cats.

 

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