Friday, May 25, 2012

Heather McCorkle Live Interview and Dear Teen Me

As you may know from our earlier post, Heather McCorkle is celebrating the release of her YA historical fantasy, To Ride A Puca with a fabulous blog tour celebration and giveaway. If you didn't know about it, click on over to her place and check it out and enter to win some fantastic books. Today though, she has a bit more going on for the tour. You'll find her over at Dear Teen Me, where she wrote a Dear Teen Me letter for them! To check it out click here.

She's also doing a radio interview hosted by Michelle Cromwell-Jordan that you won't want to miss because. Click here to check it out. 

Thursday, May 24, 2012

The Soul Savers Tour And Massive Giveaway

We're thrilled to be participating in author Kristie Cook's Soul Savers Book Tour to celebrate the release of the latest novel in her Soul Savers series, DEVOTION. Not only are there amazing prizes up for grabs, but we have a special visit from a new character in DEVOTION. It's available in print and eBook formats at Amazon and Barnes and Noble.

Readers, I'd love for you to meet the hot Aussie, Jax (one of my new favorite hearthrobs). So Jax, tell us, what is the biggest betrayal you've experienced?

Jax: The sheila who bit me, turned me into a croc and then took off into the bush – I’d say that was a big betrayal, don’t you think, mate? Just left me to figure things out for myself. It’s alright, though. She got what she had comin’.

I bet she did! I wouldn't want to cross a croc-wer, even one as hot as Jax. *shudders* Now, I'll bet you're wondering about those fabulous prizes. Take a look at what you can win:

*Grand Prize – Nook Simple Touch (US only)

*1st Prize — All 4 of my books signed (US only)

*2nd Prize — Soul Savers Swag bag (US only)

*International Prize — All 4 books as ebooks
To enter go to Kristie's site.

Here is a bit about DEVOTION:

With powerful abilities gained from the Ang’dora and Tristan back by her side, Alexis thinks she’s ready for the next challenge— protecting her son from what appears to be the inevitable. But she has so much to learn about her powers, her new world and the people in it. Nothing is what it seems to be on the surface, including the Amadis.

Power-hungry politicians comprise the council and make impossible demands. A traitor lurks among them all, inciting trouble that could destroy the Amadis and, ultimately, humanity. The Daemoni wreak havoc in the human world, with the ultimatum that they’ll continue attacking innocents until Alexis and Tristan are expelled from the Amadis’ protection. The couple’s own society begins to shut them out. But that’s not all.

Someone’s keeping a secret. A big one. Faith and hope in Alexis and Tristan will be restored if she can uncover the truth in time.

But the search for answers leads only to the discovery of more betrayals by those closest to Alexis. Her devotion is put to the test—devotion to her husband, to her family, to her people and to her beliefs—leaving her to question whom she’s fighting for and why she should even bother. But if she won’t fight . . . who will?

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Susan's Much Awaited Sequel

The Indie Elite is thrilled to announce the release of Closed Hearts, the sequel to Open Minds by Susan Kaye Quinn.

Book Two of the Mindjack Trilogy

When you control minds, only your heart can be used against you.

Eight months ago, Kira Moore revealed to the mindreading world that mindjackers like herself were hidden in their midst. Now she wonders if telling the truth was the right choice after all. As wild rumors spread, a powerful anti-jacker politician capitalizes on mindreaders’ fears and strips jackers of their rights. While some jackers flee to Jackertown—a slum rife with jackworkers who trade mind control favors for cash—Kira and her family hide from the readers who fear her and jackers who hate her. But when a jacker Clan member makes Kira’s boyfriend Raf collapse in her arms, Kira is forced to save the people she loves by facing the thing she fears most: FBI agent Kestrel and his experimental torture chamber for jackers. Now available! $2.99 Ebook at Amazon (and Amazon UK) and Barnes and Noble Request a Kindlegraph Paper copies available at Amazon or get signed copies from the author

Susan Kaye Quinn is the author of the bestselling YA novel Open Minds,  Book One of the Mindjack Trilogy, available on AmazonBarnes and Noble, and iTunesSusan's business card says "Author and Rocket Scientist," but she mostly plays on TwitterFacebook, and Pinterest.

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Monday, May 21, 2012

Puca Blog Tour Giveaway

Today the fun for the To Ride A Puca blog tour begins! Author Heather McCorkle will be giving away fantastic prizes during her month long tour. The best part is that you don't have to wait a month for the prizes, she'll be awarding them every week!

This week she is giving away eBooks of both BECOME by Ali Cross~an intriguing twist on Norse legend in modern day~ and RUNNING WIDE OPEN by Lisa Nowak~a pulse pounding contemp about a boy who loves to race cars. In the following weeks Heather will also be giving away signed hardbacks and paperbacks of some of her favorite books by some fantastic, acclaimed authors. Trust us, you don't want to miss this tour! To enter go to Heather's blog. But before you go, here is a bit about her YA historical fantasy, To Ride A Puca:

Invaders are coming to take what isn't theirs, again.

Neala wants to stand and fight for her homeland, but as one of the last druids, she may be standing alone.

Persecuted, hunted down, forced to live in obscurity, the druids have all but given up. Can the determination of a girl who has barely come into her power bring them together? Or, just when she finally finds her place among her kind, will they end up losing a homeland their very magic is tied to?

To Ride A Puca is available in hardback and eBook on B&N, Amazon, Amazon Canada, The Book Depository. And you can find it on Goodreads.

Monday, May 14, 2012

Heather McCorkle's New Book Has Released

Congratulations to Heather McCorkle whose young adult historical fantasy, To Ride A PĂșca just released! Though it is young adult it's recommended for mature YA and up. This novel is about the last of the druids in ancient Ireland and is now available in hardback and eBook at B&NAmazon, and other retail sites. The tour is coming soon as well, beginning May 21st and going well into June. Heather will be giving away signed copies of some of her favorite books by some amazing authors. You won't want to miss it! For more details on the tour go here

Here is a bit about the novel:

Invaders are coming to take what isn't theirs, again.

Neala wants to stand and fight for her homeland, but as one of the last druids, she may be standing alone.

Persecuted, hunted down, forced to live in obscurity, the druids have all but given up. Can the determination of a girl who has barely come into her power bring them together? Or, just when she finally finds her place among her kind, will they end up losing a homeland their very magic is tied to?

You can add it to your Goodreads lists here. Though To Ride A PĂșca is a channeler novel, it is not part of Heather's channeler series. It's a stand alone novel which explores the history of the ancestors of one of the main characters in the channeler series.

Monday, May 7, 2012

The Sequel To Clockwise Is Out

The much awaited sequel to Elle Strauss's debut novel, Clockwise, is now out! Congratulations Elle! And we have a treat for you. Elle has sent us the first chapter. But first, here is a bit about Clockwiser:

The last year has been smooth sailing for Casey Donovan. She and her boyfriend Nate are doing better than ever, and things at home are good, too. Everything’s been so calm, she hasn’t “tripped” back to the nineteenth century in ages.

Then the unthinkable happens and she accidentally takes her rebellious brother Tim back in time. It’s 1862 with the Civil War brewing, and for Tim this spells adventure and excitement. Finding himself stuck in the past, he enlists in the Union army, but it doesn’t take long before he discovers real life war is no fun and games.

Casey and Nate race against the clock to find Tim, but the strain wears on their relationship. It doesn’t help that the intriguing new boy next door has his sights on Casey, and isn’t shy to let her know it.

Can Nate and Casey find Tim in time to save him? And is it too late to save their love?

Sales links:
Amazon,  Smashwords

Sample Chapter 
Chapter One
Beginning of Summer Holidays
Sometimes I wished I were an only child. But then I’d be walking or taking transit instead of getting a lift from my brother Tim in his Cavalier beater. He didn’t have air conditioning either, and the wind blowing in from our open windows was hot and moist. The humidity made me feel like I was wearing a warm, wet washcloth for a shirt.
“Can’t you drop me off first?” I said, fanning myself with my hand. I was meeting my best friend Lucinda at the mall, and she only had a thirty minute break from her job at Forever21. Plus, the mall was air conditioned. Bonus.
“I gotta get some cash first. Besides, I’m not your personal taxi service, Casey.” Tim snarled, turning the volume up on his stereo. The bass beat was so loud it rattled the trunk. “Get off your lazy butt and get your license already.”
I gave him a dirty look and reached over to turn the music down. I had a very good reason for not getting my license, but I could never tell Tim or any member of my family what it was. There were only three people currently livingwho knew the reason. One of them was my boyfriend Nate Mackenzie.
My heart still fluttered a bit when I thought of him in those terms. My boyfriend. Not just some out-of-reach guy I crushed hard on my whole sophomore year, but my boyfriend.
We’d already been an official couple for an entire year, totally blowing all the doomsday predictions that we’d never make it. No one thought a college boy would stick it out with a junior in high school--especially Nate’s evil former girlfriend!
But he did, and we were still going strong. I’d be starting my senior year in a few weeks and then I’d join him at Boston University, too.
“If you dropped me off first, you wouldn’t have to deal with me,” I tried to reason.
“If I didn’t shuttle you around at all I wouldn’t have to deal with you.”
The only reason he did was because my parents were putting the screws in. Tim’s bad attitude, questionable choice of friends and poor grades put him in their bad books. Driving me around was penance.
He pulled into the parking lot of the bank and hopped out, leaving the car running. I reached over and turned it off. Idling the car was bad for the environment for one, and a waste of Tim’s hard-earned minimum-wage job gas money for another. You’d think he’d know better.
I checked the time on my phone and grew anxious as Lucinda’s break time grew nearer. Tim had his back to me as he stood in line at the ATM window. I looked at my reflection in the visor mirror. Since I’d grown out of my skinny awkwardness last year (and snagged a hot boyfriend), I was more mindful of my looks. Instead of trying to hide behind a bush of dark, curly hair, I used better hair products and found a great stylist, and I liked the way my curls framed my face now. I took a tube of lip gloss out of my purse and rolled it onto my lips.
I tugged on my shorts and rubbed my bare legs. They were so long, my knees almost touched the glove compartment. Height had its advantages, but getting comfortable in a small car wasn’t one of them.
I turned the radio on and hummed along. I daydreamed about me and Nate and how we could relax for the rest of the summer, hopefully stretching the lazy days out as long as possible.
I checked the time on my phone again and immediately started stressing about being late to meet Lucinda. C’mon, Tim! He was second in line now. I texted Lucinda to let her know I might be a little late.
I heard sirens and I perked up. This wasn’t the best neighborhood. The bank wasn’t huge, just tucked into a strip mall along with a nail place, a dollar store, and a thrift shop. Litter overflowed from the bin and a good amount had been blown up against the cement foundation.
I checked on Tim. He’d finally made it to the front, the last one in line. If I’d known it was going to take him this long, I would’ve run into the dollar store and picked up cheap nail polish.
The siren noise grew increasingly louder and suddenly three cop cars pulled into the parking lot beside me. My heart jumped, and I thought fleetingly that maybe Tim was in trouble with the law again. Only, he was getting money out of the ATM, not robbing the bank.
But someone was.
Everything happened so fast.
A guy with a ski mask pushed past Tim as he ran out the bank doors. A cop shouted, “Stop or I’ll shoot,” and another masked man followed. Guns went off. Tim stood there, stunned and frozen.
I heard myself shout, “Tim!” He was right in the middle of the cross-fire!
A police officer ran to him, pushing him to the ground just as the second armed man shot in their direction. The officer fell to the ground, taking the bullet instead of Tim.
The robbers ran around the corner and out of sight, chased by police officers on foot and a cruiser down the back ally.
I sprinted to Tim where he was on the ground by the fallen cop.
“Are you okay?” I asked, my voice tight.
His face was white, and he motioned to the woman beside him. “Yeah, but I don’t think she is.”
The officer moaned, holding her hand on her chest.
“Oh, ma’am, are you okay?” I searched for blood but couldn’t see any.
“I will be,” she said gasping for breath. “I have a vest on.”
Another officer kneeled beside her. “Ambulance is on its way.”
The woman had dark hair pulled back in a low bun. Her eyes stayed pinched together and her pale face glistened with sweat. The impact of the bullet was enough to do some damage. I picked up her police hat that had fallen off her head and handed it to her.
“Thank you,” I said.
“Just doing my duty.”
The ambulance arrived. The paramedics pushed us aside and lifted the woman onto a gurney.
The cop who’d checked her pulse stepped forward from his open door cruiser. Radio dispatch noises leaked out.
I watched the ambulance pull away, siren blasting, and realized I didn’t know her name. I asked the officer standing beside me.
“That’s Officer Clarice Porter,” he said. “Now, would you two mind coming with me to the station to file a report?”
We agreed, and I took my first ride in a police car. It was Tim’s second, but his first was not for noble reasons. He still claimed it was his friend Alex, and not him, who’d stolen the cigarettes from the convenience store.
A thought like a loud banner ran through my mind as the doors of the police cruiser slammed shut and we drove away.
Clarice Porter saved my brother’s life.

-- Elle Strauss
Author of MG and YA novels including CLOCKWISE - A teen time traveler accidentally takes her secret crush back in time. Awkward.

"Readers who 'trip' back in time with Casey will wish they could stay longer in her strangely relatable place." - Kirkus Review

"I loved Clockwise! A great read. Congratulations."
- Wendy Orr, author of Nim's Island

Available at Amazon

Saturday, May 5, 2012

Happy Birthday to Author Karlene Petitt

We would like to wish a very happy birthday to the Indie Elite's own Karlene Petitt! It's a big one for her today and she had a birthday wish that we can all help out with. Be sure to visit her site to learn what it is. If you haven't read Karlene's book yet then now is a perfect time to pick it up and make her birthday special. Her adult thriller novel will have you wondering who's flying your plane. Here is a bit about Flight For Control:

Airliners are crashing throughout the world, and nobody knows why...

Kathryn Jacobs was on a fast track in a career that she loved with the National Transportation Safety Board until her life took a different direction. Now, ten years later she lives with her husband, Captain Bill Jacobs, and their twin daughters in Seattle Washington. 

Haunted by her past, and yearning for the career she'd given up, Kathryn’s offered an opportunity of a lifetime—to return to the N.T.S.B. to investigate a series of airline accidents. Unfortunately, Bill has other plans.

While her husband is campaigning for his airline pilots' union presidency, Kathryn secretly investigates the mystery of these unexplained crashes. And the only thing stopping her from discovering the truth is a trail of deception paved by her husband.

You can get an autographed copy on Karlene's blog or you can find it on B&N, Amazon, and other retail sites.

Friday, May 4, 2012

Congrats A.M Hudson

Congratulations to the Indie Elite's own A.M. Hudson who's novel, Tears Of The Broken has made it onto Amazon's top 100 bestselling list! There it is on the same page as Breaking Dawn! Love that. And even more great news, it's currently free on both Amazon and B&N so be sure to grab your copy.

And there's even more excitement. All this is just in time for the release of book two in the Dark Secrets series, The Knight Of The Rose. It's available on Kindle and in paperback and is coming soon to Nook! Isn't that cover to die for? So haunting! Sorry I don't have a higher res image. As soon as we get one we'll post it for you. This is a vampire tale of a very different flavor, one which will make an excellent summer read. 

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Happy Birthday To Aiden

Happy 313 birthday to the Scottish reaper Aiden McRae of Cyndi Tefft's BETWEEN! Aiden's Angels are up to a ton of fun events today that you won't want to miss out on. Stop by Cyndi's blog to be part of the fun.