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METAL MOUTH by Jaimie Engle ***Excerpt - Giveaway***

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YA Magical Realism
Date Published: 12/1/2018
Publisher: JME Books
Mahlorie hates her braces. And who cares what she looks like anyway? Her parents sure do. Dad, a traveling magician, and Mom, a famous erotica author, constantly harp on the importance of appearance. Her best friend Shai is the epitome of pop-culture, crushing on every boy with a cute smile. But when Mal has a near-death experience and can suddenly hear a boy’s voice in her head, life takes a turn for the weird. He can hear her too. How did her braces become transmitters? And who is this boy she just might be falling in love with? For fans of “The Fault in Our Stars” and “Everything, Everything.”

This magical coming-of-age tale of mystery and self-discovery, and love and friendship makes the impossible become all too real...

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Mom and Dad finally agree to disagree. They get along much better when there’s a lot of land between them. It’s ironic because both of my parents…

The Vampire’s Mark by Rachel Jonas -- Four blood-sucking princes. A beautiful anarchist. One dangerous mistake. ***New Release***

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Title: The Vampire’s Mark Author: Rachel Jonas
Genre: Upper YA/NA Paranormal Romance | Urban Fantasy | Reverse Harem Romance | Vampire Romance
Cover Designer: Najla Qamber of Najla Qamber Designs
Publication Date: December 26th, 2018 Hosted by: Lady Amber's PR


Four blood-sucking princes. A beautiful anarchist. One dangerous mistake.
To the vampires who dominate each quadrant of the Lydian Dynasty, I’m only known as “Blackbird”—a masked vigilante who, at nineteen, is already public enemy number one.

To what’s left of humanity, I’ve been called a superhero, a title I neither welcome nor deserve. My only objective is to offer the enslaved what was stolen from us …

Freedom.

However, a failed plan lands me in the last place I imagined, at the mercy of all four Dynasty princes—Julian, Levi, Roman, and Silas. They’re monsters, each with a heart rumored to be as cold as his icy skin. And what’s worse, thanks to the slip-up, my fate is suddenly theirs to decide.

It’s up to them whether I’ll swi…

*** A Virtual Christmas Card ***

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Merry Christmas from Brandy Mulder and Jena Baxter to all our Character Madness and Musings, Readers, Tour Companies, Followers, and Friends.
May the magic of Christmas catch your hearts through the rest of the season.

THE YOUNG ADULT WRITER'S JOURNEY by Elizabeth Fortin-Hinds and Janet Schrader-Post -- An Encyclopedia for YA Writers ***Excerpt -- Giveaway***

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The Young Adult Writer’s Journey
Elizabeth Fortin-Hinds and Janet Schrader-Post

Genre: Nonfiction Reference
Publisher: Tell-Tale Publishing Group
Date of Publication: November 23, 3018
ISBN: 978-1-944056-98-8
ASIN: B07K3VZ2ZK,
Number of pages: 232
Word Count: 60,000


An Encyclopedia for YA Writers
Finally, an all-inclusive book on young adult fiction must-do, don’t do and how-to. If you want to write a young adult novel, you need to read this book first. Coauthored by an award-winning YA author and an acquisitions editor, both experts on kids and what they like to read, this encyclopedia contains all you need to start or improve a career as a YA fiction author.
From an examination of the market, genre and its sub-genres, to mechanics and the business, everything is at your fingertips. This amazing writer’s resource is written in a relaxed and interesting style, with plenty of contemporary references and examples for clear understanding and easier application. 
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Murder, Curlers and Cream -- Murder, Curlers Series Book 1 by Arlene McFarlane -- “Smart, entertaining, and laugh-out-loud funny!”—Liliana Hart, New York Times Bestselling Author ***Summaries -- Giveaway***

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Murder, Curlers and Cream
Murder, Curlers Series Book 1
by Arlene McFarlane 

Genre: Cozy Mystery 

“Smart, entertaining, and laugh-out-loud funny!”—Liliana Hart, New York Times Bestselling Author
Valentine Beaumont is a beautician with a problem. Not only has she got a meddling mother, a wacky staff, and a dying business, but now she’s got a dead client who was strangled while awaiting her facial.

With business the way it is, combing through this mystery may be the only way to save her salon. Until a second murder, an explosion, a kidnapping, death threats, and the hard-nosed Detective Romero complicate things. But Valentine will do anything to untangle the crime. That’s if she can keep her tools of the trade in her bag, keep herself alive, and avoid falling for the tough detective.

In the end, how hard can that be?


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Murder, Curlers and Canes
Murder, Curlers Series Book 2


Valentine Beaumont is back in her second hair-rais…

THE CHRISTMAS EXPERIENCE - The Meredith Manor Hotel Series Book One by Katherine Moore -- A Deck the Halls with Books Extravaganza ***A Christmas Post by Katherine Moore -- Excerpt -- Giveaway***

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The Christmas Experience
The Meredith Manor Hotel Series
Book One
Katherine Moore


Genre: Cozy Holiday Romance
Publisher: Dark Valentine Press
Date of Publication: November 11, 2017 
ASIN: B074RZ9YQN 
Number of pages: 210 
Word Count: 50,860 
Cover Artist: Lou Harper/Cover Affairs 

Christmas is a state of mind at Meredith Manor Hotel, which explains why everyone’s just a little nuts. 
Christmas comes but once a year but this year, Meredith Manor Hotel in scenic Silver Birch, Washington, is celebrating the holiday almost a dozen different ways. Guests can choose their "experience" from a selection of themed celebrations filled with food and drink and love and laughter. (Yes, there are recipes.)

When unemployed accountant Miranda Weston takes a temp job at the hotel her best friend's family owns, she never dreams that her friend's globe-trotting brother will show up to celebrate the holiday and complicate her life. Peter Meredith broke Miranda's heart years ago and it's sti…

I, GUINEVERE by C.K. Brooke ***Excerpt -- Giveaway***

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I, Guinevere  by C.K. Brooke 
Genre: YA Fantasy, Arthurian Mythology, Retellings  Release date: October 15th 2018 

If you think you know the story of King Arthur and his mythical sword, think again. Your legends have it wrong.

Here’s the truth: I was never married to Arthur, and he wasn’t a king. Because Arthur never pulled that sword out of the stone. I did.

I, Guinevere.

On the winter solstice, a mysterious sword in a stone appears in the churchyard. Not even the mightiest of the village men can remove it, until fifteen-year-old Guinevere gives it a try. The sword heeds the unsuspecting maiden, proclaiming the unthinkable: she is the blood of Pendrakon, heir to the vacant throne of Camylot.

Guinevere never dreamed she was born royalty. Now, between apprenticing the eccentric wizard, Merlyn; swordplay lessons with an abrasive—albeit, attractive—boy named Lance; and clandestine, magical meetings with the formidable High Priestess of Avalon, Guinevere is swept up in a whirlwind of traini…

THE STONE AWAKENED by Judith Sterling (Guardians of Erin, #2) ***Excerpt -- Giveaway***

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The Stone Awakened
Judith Sterling
(Guardians of Erin, #2)


Publication date: December 19th 2018
Genres: Fantasy, Paranormal, Young Adult


Since moving to Ireland, Ashling Donoghue has tackled one challenge after another. Now the mystery of her parents’ disappearance seems unsolvable. Are they dead or only missing? No one—not even the godlike Breasals—has a clue. Hope and fear war inside her, but she’s determined to find answers and stay strong for her siblings. Even as she hones newfound powers, her banshee-in-training sister Deirdre needs her support.

Ashling could use a little help herself. She’s struggling to navigate her first romance, and while Aengus Breasal stirs her body, mind, and soul, his nemesis Lorcan does too. Both men harbor secrets about her past life as Caer. One has ties to Aoife, the scheming wind demon whose influence is on the rise.

As the Stone of Destiny awakens, so does the conflict within.

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