Double Cover Reveal for Rebekah Purdy!

Today I’m helping Rebekah Purdy and Entangled Teen reveal the covers for LEGEND OF ME, releasing in early 2014. And THE WINTER PEOPLE, releasing July 1, 2014! Check out the gorgeous covers, exclusive excerpts, and enter to win an eARC of each!

About the Book

Author: Rebekah Purdy
Release Date: Early 2014
Publisher: Entangled Teen
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Sixteen-year-old Brielle has grown up hearing tales of a beast that kills humans, leaving behind only a scattering of bones and limbs. Or so the village elders say. She thinks it’s just their way of keeping children in line, though it doesn’t explain her grisly premonitions of blood, claws, and severed heads.

When Lord Kenrick, Knight of the Crowhurst Order, shows up asking questions about the legendary monster and Brielle finds a mangled body in the woods, she begins to wonder if the grim stories are true. Her attraction to the handsome knight grows as she spends time with him searching for clues to the creature’s existence, and she becomes even more determined to help him discover the beast’s location.

But as her seventeenth birthday approaches, her nightmares worsen. If Brielle doesn’t figure out the connection between Kenrick, the monster, and visions of a ghostly woman in the woods soon, more people could die. Including those closest to her…

Exclusive Excerpt!

Brambles scratched my legs, snagging my skirt. Gnarled trees bent in gruesome forms, while thick shadows splayed out beneath them. A heavy gloom settled over the woodland as wisps of fog slithered like snakes against the ground. I shivered.

Don’t think. I picked an animal trail to follow, stepping over dead branches and forest debris. Blood pounded in my ears and the hair on the back of my neck prickled. I twisted around to glance behind me.

Nothing there. Only the trees. Urgency gripped hold of me and I picked up my pace once more. As I scrambled through the thicket, an overwhelming scent of rotten meat made me gag. I covered my mouth with my hand and stopped running when a bright red piece of fabric caught my eye. With hesitant steps, I moved toward it.

Oh God.” I stumbled. There, sticking out from beneath a barberry bush was a severed arm, its finger pointed at me in accusation. My breath came in gasps as I scanned the rest of the clearing.

My foot nudged against something and I looked down in horror to find the head of Liam Gatekeeper staring up at me.

I screamed, backing away as fast as I could. All around me were pieces of his body scattered like breadcrumbs. I shielded my eyes with my hands, until I bumped into something else.

With another scream, I whipped around only to find myself faced with an oak tree covered in dried blood and deep claw marks. My vision darkened and I prayed I wouldn’t faint, that I wouldn’t be stuck in the woods. Because somewhere out here, a monster lurked. If I didn’t believe it before, I did now. The beast was real.

About the Book

Author: Rebekah Purdy
Release Date: July 1, 2014
Publisher: Entangled Teen
Pages: 320
ISBN: 978-1622663682
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An engrossing, complex, romantic fantasy perfect for fans of Kristin Cashore or Maggie Stiefvater, set in a wholly unique world.

Salome Montgomery fears winter—the cold, the snow, the ice, but most of all, the frozen pond she fell through as a child. Haunted by the voices and images of the strange beings that pulled her to safety, she hasn’t forgotten their warning to “stay away.” For eleven years, she has avoided the winter woods, the pond, and the darkness that lurks nearby. But when failing health takes her grandparents to Arizona, she is left in charge of maintaining their estate. This includes the “special gifts” that must be left at the back of the property.

Salome discovers she’s a key player in a world she’s tried for years to avoid. At the center of this world is the strange and beautiful Nevin, who she finds trespassing on her family’s property. Cursed with dark secrets and knowledge of the creatures in the woods, his interactions with Salome take her life in a new direction. A direction where she’ll have to decide between her longtime crush Colton, who could cure her fear of winter. Or Nevin who, along with an appointed bodyguard, Gareth, protects her from the darkness that swirls in the snowy backdrop. An evil that, given the chance, will kill her.

Exclusive Excerpt!

The sky darkened with ominous storm clouds. Giant flakes fell onto my face, sticking to my eyelashes and cheeks. Snow blew unhindered across the yard into what looked like small tornadoes.

Oh God. It’s happening again. The frigid air. The creaking of the treetops beneath the wind. Even the way the snow blew across the yard.

I only had one more feeder. Just needed to toss the seeds in then I could leave. Be safe.

The pond water rippled, while the trees bent beneath the strong gusts. Soon, everything became so white I couldn’t see the house. In the distance a strange tinkling sounded, like dozens of wind chimes.

What had the shrink told me to do?

Ten, nine, eight. Breathe. Seven, six, five. S**t!

Panic stole my thoughts. I backed away from the pond as the flurries swirled toward me. Chasing me.

Then, I bumped into something—something that felt quite human. A firm chest, arms, hands. Not something, someone. A shriek tumbled from my lips and I spun around to face my captor.

It’s okay. I won’t hurt you,” a soft masculine voice said, pale hands clinging to my arms as he kept me from falling.

My gaze followed those long fingers, up black leather sleeves, to the most gorgeous face I’d ever seen. My breath caught in my throat. I’m gawking. But I couldn’t help it. His raven hair shot with strands of blue, his face pale and perfect, like an ice sculptor had chiseled it into existence. His eyes—oh God, his eyes. They were the palest blue I’d ever seen. Glacial. He had to be over six feet tall, muscles evident through the tight shirt he wore beneath an unzipped jacket.

His mouth turned up at the corners as if enjoying my scrutiny. A cocky grin that made my cheeks warm.

You’re trespassing.” I tried to keep the tremble from my voice. “This is private property, or can’t you read the signs?” Bravo, that’s right, scare him off with your bitchiness.

He chuckled. And it sounded like the low song of the chimes. “Doris doesn’t mind me coming around. In fact, I’ve met you before, Salome.”

My name on his lips made my knees go buttery. I groaned inwardly.

You know my grandma?” I fidgeted with the bucket still in hand.

He gave a nod. “Yeah, I’ve known her for years. But I haven’t seen you since you were a child.”

Warning bells went off in my mind, but I pushed them aside. If he knew my grandma, then he must be okay. “Funny, I don’t remember you at all.”

Don’t you, Salome?” Strands of my hair blew about my face. He reached a hand out as if to touch them then stopped, dropping his arms back to his side.

No. Grandma’s never mentioned you.”

He gave me another cocky grin. “Well then, maybe we should be reacquainted.”

Or maybe not.” I snorted. “I’m not sure how you got on the property, Grandma keeps all the gates locked.”

He produced an antique-looking skeleton key. “She gave me this. Like I said, Doris has known me for a long time.”

I’m sorry. I’m not trying to be a jerk or anything, it’s just my grandma never mentioned I’d have visitors.” In fact, I wondered why she didn’t ask this guy to watch her house instead of me.

The arrogance left his face and he stared at me. “Perhaps, we can try this again.” He held his hand out to me. “I’m Nevin.”

About Rebekah: 


Rebekah was born and raised in Michigan (just look for the mitten-shaped state on the map). She’s lived there most of her life other than the few years she spent in the U.S. Army.  At which time she got a chance to experience MO, KS, SC, and CA.

She works full time for the court system and in her free time she writes YA stories. Pretty much any genre within the YA realm is game for her, but her favorites are fantasy, urban fantasy, paranormal romance, thrillers, light sci-fi, and some time travel.

She also has a big family–she like to considers them the modern day Brady Bunch. When her hubby and her met and got married, he had 3 children from a previous marriage, she had 2 and have 1 together. It’s a lot of fun though.

And she can’t forget her other family members–yep, they’ve got some pets: 4 dogs, 3 cats,  and 1 turtle. Everyone in the family has one…she won’t bore you all with their names (unless you really want to know). Okay, you talked her into it! Jack, Pearl, Grr…(yes that’s her dog’s name), Callie, Shadow, Mooshoo, Grouchy, and Sorbert. Other than writing some of her other hobbies include: reading (mostly YA of course), singing, swimming, football, soccer, running, camping, sledding, church, hanging with her kids, and traveling.

She belong to a fabulous writing group called YA Fiction Fantatics (YAFF) and you guessed it they all write YA!

REPPED by Jennifer Mishler and Frances Black of Literary Counsel.

And that’s her in a big ‘ol nutshell.

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Review: Heartbeat by Elizabeth Scott

Elizabeth Scott
Harlequin Teen
January 28, 2014

From the back cover:

Life. Death. And…Love?

Emma would give anything to talk to her mother one last time. Tell her about her slipping grades, her anger with her stepfather, and the boy with the bad reputation who might be the only one Emma can be herself with.

But Emma can’t tell her mother anything. Because her mother is brain-dead and being kept alive by machines for the baby growing inside her.

Meeting bad-boy Caleb Harrison wouldn’t have interested Old Emma. But New Emma-the one who exists in a fog of grief, who no longer cares about school, whose only social outlet is her best friend Olivia-New Emma is startled by the connection she and Caleb forge.

Feeling her own heart beat again wakes Emma from the grief that has grayed her existence. Is there hope for life after death-and maybe, for love?

HEARTBEAT, at its core, is a book about navigating grief. It’s about losing someone we love and realizing that although they may be gone, we still have a life that needs to be lived. We can choose to let anger and bitterness takeover that life, as Emma does in the beginning, or we can look for the beauty that still exists in the world and find something meaningful to live for.

Elizabeth Scott has written a beautiful, complex story that will resonate with anyone who has ever experienced loss. Though her prose is sparse–almost stream of consciousness–and at times, repetitive, it none the less captivates you. The reader is so firmly in Emma’s head that we experience her grief, her anger, her longing, and finally, her hope.

I loved the romance that blossoms between Emma and Caleb. These are two damaged souls who find each other amidst their grief, and it’s a sweet, perfect, beautiful unfolding. So wonderful, in fact, that I really wished there was more. It seemed like such a small part of the story and I really would have liked to see them together on the page more. Or maybe I only felt that way because I was just so engrossed in the book and didn’t want it to end.

I do have to point out that I took issue with Emma’s anger toward her stepfather, Dan, and the way the majority of the book circles around the same conflict–that he made the decision to keep her brain-dead mother on life support for the sake of the baby without consulting Emma–and then, in the space of a few pages, all that anger and bitterness seems to dissolve. A more gradual softening would have gone a long way toward making their relationship as well drawn as Emma’s and Caleb’s.

But. The emotion in this book is tangible. It’s there. It’s in your face. Never sugar coated. Every raw word on the page for you to read and experience with Emma. And that, no matter the little issues here or there that could have been addressed differently, makes HEARTBEAT an absolutely amazing read. Highly recommended.

Review: The Lost Kingdom by Matthew J. Kirby

Matthew J. Kirby
Scholastic Press
Publication Date: August 27, 2013

From the back cover:

A remarkable adventure by award-winning author Matthew J. Kirby brings a fantastical American West filled with secrets and spies and terrifying creatures to vivid life.

In this extraordinary adventure story, Billy Bartram, his father, and a secret society of philosophers and scientists venture into the American wilderness in search of the lost people of the Welsh Prince Madoc, seeking aid in the coming war against the French. Traveling in a flying airship, the members of the expedition find their lives frequently endangered in the untamed American West by terrifying creatures, a party of French soldiers hot on their trail, and the constant threat of traitors and spies. Billy will face hazards greater than he can ever imagine as, together with his father, he gets caught up in the fight for the biggest prize of all: America.
THE LOST KINGDOM is an epic journey filled with marvelous exploits, courage and intrigue, and a bold reimagining of a mythical America. Matthew J. Kirby brings his signature storytelling prowess and superb craft to this astonishing story of fathers and sons, the beginnings of a nation, and wonder-filled adventure.

Matthew J. Kirby knows how to tell a compelling story. THE LOST KINGDOM is a mix of fantasy, historical fiction and steampunk. The adventure moves along at a fast pace while managing to draw characters that are realistic, and more importantly, flawed. I really enjoyed the fact that the author does not ‘dumb down’ the book. It’s a big book, clocking in at over 300 pages, but he never skimps on historical details or characterizations, choosing to trust his readers to come along on the journey he has laid out.

Each character on the expedition has their own reason for joining in, and Kirby does an excellent job of slowly revealing their motivations as the book progresses. And then, of course, there is the protagonist, Billy Bartram, who Kirby pens with an exceptional amount of depth and forethought. As Billy joins his first expedition into the American Wilderness, he realizes that the adventure is not all that he hoped, and while he’s always looked up to his father, seeing him in action makes him question some of the ideals his father holds dear. In essence, Billy grows up on this journey, learning to make his own choices while still appreciating (and loving) his father, even when he doesn’t agree with him. Beyond the fantastical, wonderfully imaginative plot, this very human, mature realization, from a boy learning to become a man is the greatest take-away of THE LOST KINGDOM.

I read this book with my two children and thoroughly enjoyed every page. The story and writing are something adults and children alike are sure to appreciate.


Review: Rebellious Heart by Jody Hedlund

RebelliousHeart_mck.inddREBELLIOUS HEART
Jody Hedlund
Bethany House Publishers
Publication Date: September 15, 2013

From the back cover:

Because she’s a woman, higher learning was always closed to Susanna Smith. But her quick mind and quicker tongue never back down from a challenge. And she’s determined to marry well, so she’ll be able to continue her work with the less fortunate.

Growing up with little to his name, poor country lawyer Benjamin Ross dreams of impacting the world for the better. When introduced to the Smiths he’s taken by Susanna’s intelligence and independent spirit, but her parents refuse to see him as a suitor for their daughter.

When the life of a runaway indentured servant is threatened, Susanna is forced to choose between justice and mercy, and Ben becomes her unlikely advisor. But drawing closer to this man of principle and intellect lands her in a dangerous, secret world of rebellion and revolution against everything she once held dear.

After reading REBELLIOUS HEART (my second Jody Hedlund book), I have now become a huge fan of this author! This amazing book is loosely based on the courtship of Abigail and John Adams, and Jody Hedlund does a beautiful job of weaving romance and faith with mystery and intrigue.

Susanna and Ben are two people who come from very different backgrounds. Susanna is expected to “marry up” and her parents are extremely opposed to Benjamin Ross from the start, because they believe he is not of good enough social standing. But Susanna sees what they cannot. Marrying a man like Ben IS marrying up, because he is a man of great moral character if not great means. Ben challenges her to be better, to not accept the rules of society without questioning them. And as she starts to look at people through his eyes, she sees a chance to help them, even at the cost of her own safety. REBELLIOUS HEART is about choosing to do the right thing in God’s eyes, even if it wrong in the eyes of the law. It’s about knowing that God is always on your side, and knowing that He will lead you safely down the path he has called you to go. And it’s about finding that one special someone who makes YOU want to be a better person.

The romance between Susanna and Ben is written with a breathtaking push-pull that completely captivates the reader from page one. And the intrigue involving murdered indentured servants puts you on the edge of your seat. Clear your days, because I guarantee this is one book you won’t want to put down once you start it. I highly recommend REBELLIOUS HEART and cannot wait to see what Jody Hedlund writes next.


Review: Crash Into You by Katie McGarry

crashintoyouCRASH INTO YOU (Pushing the Limits #3)
Katie McGarry
Harlequin Teen
Publication Date: November 26, 2013

From the back cover:

From acclaimed author Katie McGarry comes an explosive new tale of a good girl with a reckless streak, a street-smart guy with nothing to lose, and a romance forged in the fast lane

The girl with straight As, designer clothes and the perfect life-that’s who people expect Rachel Young to be. So the private-school junior keeps secrets from her wealthy parents and overbearing brothers…and she’s just added two more to the list. One involves racing strangers down dark country roads in her Mustang GT. The other? Seventeen-year-old Isaiah Walker-a guy she has no business even talking to. But when the foster kid with the tattoos and intense gray eyes comes to her rescue, she can’t get him out of her mind.

Isaiah has secrets, too. About where he lives, and how he really feels about Rachel. The last thing he needs is to get tangled up with a rich girl who wants to slum it on the south side for kicks-no matter how angelic she might look.

But when their shared love of street racing puts both their lives in jeopardy, they have six weeks to come up with a way out. Six weeks to discover just how far they’ll go to save each other.

I’ve made no secret of my problem with Katie McGarry’s books. Typically, I find myself immediately drawn into the story and then my interest wanes somewhere around the halfway point (right about where the conflict wanes), only to pick up again with the last few chapters. I’ve liked her books, but I haven’t really found one I loved. I went into CRASH INTO YOU concerned that it would suffer the same fate.

I am very happy to report that it didn’t! CRASH INTO YOU is chocked full of emotional conflict starting on page one and carrying all the way to the final page. Katie McGarry uses the rich girl/boy from the wrong side of the tracks trope beautifully, because she makes it about so much more. Rachel Young has everything she could ever want — money, her own car, and a loving family, but she suffers from severe panic attacks, brought on by trying to be the perfect replacement for the daughter her parents lost to Leukemia. Her family treats her as if she is fragile glass and the only true freedom she has to be herself comes from driving her Mustang.

Isaiah has grown up in the foster care system. His world is nothing like Rachel’s. It’s tough and dangerous and the future for a teenager like him is very bleak. But when a street race gone bad makes Rachel and Isaiah unlikely allies, the two find common ground in each other. Isaiah gives Rachel the strength (and the room) to stand on her own to feet and prove that she is as strong as anyone. Rachel gives Isaiah the belief in himself that he’s always lacked.

All of Katie McGarry’s previous characters — Noah, Echo, Beth, Ryan, Logan — make an appearance here and we also get the chance to meet some new ones, most notably Abby (Isaiah’s friend) and Rachel’s brothers. I loved how Katie McGarry was able to make Abby an extremely likable and sympathetic character despite the fact that she’s caught up in dealing drugs to survive. And it looks like we’ll be getting a spin-off with Rachel’s brothers, so I look forward to that as well.

While I would have liked to see Isaiah’s relationship with his mom explored a little more, CRASH INTO YOU is a rich, emotional, beautifully drawn young adult romance that keeps you engrossed from beginning to end. If you’ve enjoyed Katie McGarry’s other books, you’ll love this one, and if you haven’t yet read anything by Katie McGarry, well, I think you’ll love this one as well.