Tuesday, February 28, 2012

My New Friends???

It's amazing how close we grow to our characters. My new book, GOBLIN SHARK RISING (early 2013) has introduced me to some new friends. It centers around three prehistoric shark clans, the goblin shark, the frilled shark, and the sixgill shark, all very mysterious deep-water sharks that have changed little since the days of the dinosaurs, true living fossils of the sea. Below are some short videos I wanted to share about this creepy, yet amazing creatures. 

This is the goblin shark, a rare species, that has a very special skill! Just watch.

This pretty lady is a frilled shark. Look at those rows of 
pitchfork teeth on this eel like shark!

These big fellows are known as Sixgills. They are massive in size and strength, rivaling the great whites, though they live in the deepest depths of our oceans.

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Bookanistas Review and Giveaway, Lexapros And Cons!

Okay, I've heard from many readers and editors there needs to be a lot more humor in YA, and well, I've found it! LEXAPROS AND CONS (Farrar Straus Giroux, April 2012) by Aaron Karo, a well known comedian, is hilarious and touching. This is his debut novel and it will appeal to guys and girls equally--though girls might blush a little at some of the wordage, though they'll be laughing while they they turn beet red! Read the opening paragraph and you'll know what I'm talking about! ;)

The book blurbage:
Chuck Taylor’s OCD has rendered him a high school outcast. His endless routines and habitual hand washing threaten to scare away both his closest friend and the amazing new girl in town. Sure he happens to share the name of the icon behind the coolest sneakers in the world, but even Chuck knows his bizarre system of wearing different color “Cons” depending on his mood is completely crazy.

In this hilariously candid debut novel from comedian Aaron Karo—who grew up with a few obsessions and compulsions of his own—very bad things are going to happen to Chuck. But maybe that’s a good thing. Because with graduation looming, Chuck finds himself with one last chance to face his inner demons, defend his best friend, and win over the girl of his dreams. No matter what happens, though, he’ll have to get his hands dirty.

Okay, first off the MC's name is Chuck Taylor. Yep, just like the shoes. You've got to love that! Secondly, this is an accurate, yet hysterical depiction of OCD. It's perfect, not just for kids who might have OCD, but anyone who'd like a better understanding of it. I've personally never known anyone with OCD, so this book really opened my eyes to what it's all about. Lexapro, by the way, is a drug used to combat OCD symptoms.

Karo's candid and genuine writing style will resonate with kids, namely guys, but it's hilarity will attract all types of readers. Coming in at 230 pages, this is actually a quick read. The witticisms and easy language will make this book fly by. I recommended this to any reluctant reader and to any writer who's interested in writing a uniquely funny book. I think of this as a teen version of the Diary of a Wimpy Kid and Karo is going to amass a huge fan base of teen readers.

Now for the good stuff, the GIVEAWAY!

I will be giving away a brand new ARC of Lexapros And Cons to one lucky reader! The book doesn't release until April, so this is a great opportunity to be one of the first readers!   

To enter the LEXAPROS AND CONS giveaway:
1. Follow this blog, because I will be soooo happy that you did. ;)
2. Leave a comment.
3. Reveal your favorite color of Chuck Taylor shoes! (this rule is optional). Mine was pink, by the way!

4. Winner will be announced on Wednesday of next week!

Check out more bookaliscious Bookanista Reviews and Giveaways!
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Corrine Jackson delights in CHOPSTICKS
Stasia Ward Kehoe  presents a Stunning Seconds interview with A MILLION SUNS author Beth Revis
Jen Hayley gives a shout-out to the classics
Debra Driza celebrates CINDER – with giveaway!
Katy Upperman raves over JELLICOE ROAD
Carolina Valdez Miller talks about the tremendous cover of TEN

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Bookanistas Review, The Gathering Storm by Robin Bridges

I just finished reading THE GATHERING STORM (Delacorte Jan. 2012)  by Robin Bridges and I have some serious YA Historical Paranormal Fantasy Vampire book love going on. Wow, that was a mouthful!

This absorbing tale takes place in St. Petersberg, Russia, 1888, and Bridges' does a great job of making you feel as though you are actually there. You will be awed by Bridges' depiction of imperial Russia. While reading it, I felt like I was actually at the lavish parties and wearing the elaborate clothing of the day.

Desperate to understand her strange abilities, the main character, teenage Katerina, discovers she is necromancer, someone who can raise the dead. She's also of regal birth, a duchess, so she's got to keep the many royal boys who'd like to marry her at bay, at the same time masking her strange powers. The great thing about Katerina is there is more to her than just wanting to kick some evil backside, she also loves medicine, and Bridges' does a great job describing medical practices way back when, as Katerina helps doctors patch up soldiers.

I think for YA writers this is a great book to read. These days if you want to get a YA Paranormal published, it better be special, and THE GATHERING STORM is all that and then some. I usually pass on vampire-ish books, just because I've read enough of them already, but because of this book's great plot, historical aspects, and a believable female MC, I was not disappointed! This is a trilogy, so keep your eye out for the next book!

Read more bookalicious Bookanista reviews here!
Christine Fonseca  takes a shine to A MILLION SUNS
Carolina Valdez Miller falls for FRACTURE
Jen Hayley surrenders to THE NIGHT SHE DISAPPEARED
Stasia Ward Kehoe is dazzled by DARK COMPANION
Nikki Katz wonders at THE FAULT IN OUR STARS
Debra Driza is overwhelmed by UNDER THE NEVER SKY
Jessica Love gives a trophy to BEAUTY QUEENS

Shelli Johannes-Wells takes a tour of The Reading Room

Tracy Banghart has double-love for THE SILVER PHOENIX and FURY OF THE PHOENIX

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Bookanistas Giveaway, The Death of Yorik Mortwell Winner!

The winner is Akoss!!! 
Please send your address to me at h.wagnerATnightshadecityDOTcom so
you can get your signed copy of The Death of Yorik Mortwell!
You're going to love it!