Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Book Blitz: A Vault Of Sins By Sarah Harian

A Vault of Sins by Sarah Harian 
(Chaos Theory #2) 
Publication date: September 16th 2014
Genres: Dystopia, New Adult


In her stunning New Adult debut, The Wicked We Have Done, Sarah Harian introduced readers to the Compass Room: a twisted experimental jail where the guilty and the innocent suffer alike. But breaking out was only the beginning…
Even though she’s escaped, twenty-two-year-old Evalyn Ibarra is anything but free. She’s desperate to return to a life that no longer exists, but prying reporters continually draw her back into nightmarish memories, using the tabloids to vilify her. Bad press is the last thing she needs during the trial of the year: the case that she and her fellow survivors staked against the Compass Room engineers. A case that could terminate the use of the inhumane system forever…
But in her dreams, she is still locked in that terrifying jail.
When she wakes, someone is trying to communicate with her in secret, through strange and intricate clues. As Evalyn follows their signs, she uncovers a conspiracy that goes so much deeper than her own ordeal. A dangerous intrigue that only she can bring to light. One that will force her to work with the one person she doesn’t want to see.
The person who owns her heart…
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In my dream, I’m alone.
The forest swells up all around me, warm and dark and moist. It’s a cocoon of comfort, if I didn’t know better. This is always the worst part of the dream—the feeling of entrapment, of loneliness. I’m lying on the ground, the underbrush of the woods spidering over my body, and I smell the Compass Room again. The wood fire, the soil, the sweat—and the blood, permeating above all the other odors.
It’s always night in the dream-Compass Room. Fog rolls through the air, thick enough to taste.
I hear the other candidates. Tanner and Jace scream the loudest. Shrieks of anguish, like their flesh is slowly being ripped from their bones. I shut my eyes to wait it out because I know that I can’t save them.
But then I hear Casey.
The underbrush ropes me to the ground, growing tighter as I twist and writhe, trying to free myself to get to him. His voice rips the night in half, and I scream to match his, back arching off the earth, the entire forest shattering into a thousand sharp pieces.
I jerk awake, lying on my back with my hand pressed to my chest, waiting for my heart to stop pounding. I inhale the cold air of my living room and hold it in my lungs as the terror dissipates. It’s like waiting for a brain freeze to end. I get up, flipping on all the light switches in the silent house, checking the shadowy corners for dream monsters.
Not dream monsters. Illusions. Nick or Meghan, a Compass Room test crawling from the darkness. There’s nothing in the house, but of course there wouldn’t be.
I peel back the curtain in the living room. Fingers of the dark trees sway back and forth with the wind and I want to throw up my heart. I let the curtain fall back into place, rush to the kitchen, and take a long pull from the tequila bottle. The good tequila bottle.
Returning to the living room, I flop back onto the bed.
The woods in my dreams are thick, always lurking with Compass Room devils. The woods around my home are nothing more than a scattering of sad little trees, but my mind doesn’t care.
Gemma and the division thought they erased Compass Room C from existence, but they can’t. It’s everywhere.

Sarah Harian grew up in the foothills of Yosemite and received her B.A. and M.F.A. from Fresno State University. When not writing, she is usually hiking some mountain or another in the Sierras, playing video games with her husband, or rough-housing with her dog.

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Book Blitz: Danger And Desire Boxed Set

Danger and Desire Boxed Set 
Publication date: September 15th 2014 
Genres: Adult, Romance, Suspense


Danger and Desire: Ten Steamy Romantic Suspense Novels
Hold on tight for ten tales of intrigue and passion from New York Times Bestselling and award-winning authors. Men in uniform, sexy spies and pulse-pounding action fill over 650,000 words of this limited edition boxed set.
New York Times Bestseller Katie Reus – Sensual Surrender
RITA Award Winning Author Carolyn Crane – Against the Dark
USA Today Bestseller Pamela Clare – Skin Deep
New York Times Bestseller Dianna Love
Dee J. Adams – Against the Wall
USA Today Bestseller Norah Wilson
USA Today Bestseller VK Sykes – Lethal Confessions
Amber Lin
USA Today Bestseller Misty Evans
New York Times Bestseller Kaylea Cross
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Excerpt from Deadly Pursuit by Misty Evans

Taking two steps back, she pointed the gun at his chest. “Emilio Paloma-Londano, you are under arrest by the United States government for charges relating to the organization and running of the San Diego Mafia.” She took a deep breath and one more step back as she watched Emilio’s face transform from utter confusion to pure anger. “Drop to your stomach and put your hands behind your head.”
He stood stock still, effectively refusing to lie down on the ground, but all hell broke loose around them. FBI, DEA, and local police officers emerged from the nearby lifeguard house and descended from the boardwalk. Spotlights came on, illuminating Emilio, still standing, and Celina, who managed to return her dress straps to her shoulders while never moving the gun sight from Emilio’s heart. Their eyes locked on each other and though he didn’t move or say a word, Celina felt the intensity of his hatred penetrating every cell of her body.
Special Agent Quarters came up beside her and took the Glock from her grip while she watched two police officers force Emilio face down in the sand. Within seconds, his hands were cuffed and his rights read. She stood there shaking, teeth chattering, arms crossed over her very wet, cold breasts. The officers raised Emilio back to a standing position, and again the dark eyes she knew well snapped to hers. Again she saw the depth of his anger. And then he took her by surprise.
He ignored Quarters and spoke to someone behind Celina. “Give her my jacket so she can cover herself.”
As Celina watched Emilio be led away, a soft warmth fell over her shoulders and enveloped her. Instinctively she pulled it closer, stuffed her arms into the sleeves. It was not Emilio’s jacket, but a red Billabong sweatshirt.
She smiled as she turned to face Cooper. “Thank you,” she said, forgetting the past few months of fear and manipulation the moment she saw his face.
It was a beautiful face. Not in the pretty L.A. boy actor way. Those types of faces she saw all the time and they were fake. No, Cooper’s was a rugged beauty, deeply tanned and handsome. It was the controlled face of a man who lived with danger every day for several decades.
His gaze was as serious as always as he stared down at her. “You all right?”
“Better than fine.” Now that you’re here. Every time she stood next to the DEA agent, she felt like she’d just downed a triple mocha latte with whipped cream. Warm, buzzed, and ready for seconds. “How’d I do?”
He was silent for a moment, studying her. “You went off the rez and we need to talk about that, but…you did okay, kid.”
Celina’s smile faltered. Kid? Kid? “I’m not a kid, Cooper. I’m twenty-four years old.” She held his stern gaze. “I did better than okay and you know it. I just nailed Emilio Londano.”
Said out loud, those words seemed to vibrate in the air. The moon smiled down at her and she drew her first fearless breath in months. She felt a sudden hot rush in her veins, a tingling sensation shooting through every cell of her body.
Letting her head fall back on her shoulders, she let it come, this rush of accomplishment instead of fear. It roared through her.
Laughing up at the sky, she sang out, “I did it! I arrested the Lord of the Cartel World!” She took a few steps back, staring at the sky, and held out her arms. Twirling, she let her herself enjoy the sweet tingle of relief and success racing through her body.

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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Darkly Dreaming Box Set: Guest Post By Elizabeth Hunter

Title: Darkly Dreaming
Authors: Elizabeth Hunter, Kristen Painter, Grace Draven, Cate Rowen and Danielle Monsch
Release Date: September 15, 2014
Genre: Fantasy Romance
Format: Boxed Set


Fall into magic and fall in love with Darkly Dreaming, a five book fantasy romance collection from award-winning and bestselling writers Elizabeth Hunter, Grace Draven, Danielle Monsch, Kristen Painter, and Cate Rowan. Darkly Dreaming contains five fantasy romance novels intended for adult readers.

Hidden at the crossroads of the world, an ancient race battles to protect humanity, even as it dies from within. Ava comes to modern day Istanbul in THE SCRIBE, the first book in the Irin Chronicles by Elizabeth Hunter. One woman searching for answers finds a reluctant guardian in a warrior whose magic is written on his skin. But does Ava have magic of her own?

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Guest Post
Soul Mating: Not A Easy As It Sounds by Elizabeth Hunter

In my fantasy romance series the Irin Chronicles, human beings have been protected by an ancient race of angel and human hybrids for thousands of years. Living in the shadows, the Irin hid their magic, but never stopped their endless war against the Grigori, the half-human children of fallen angels who never returned to heaven.

Within this world, an Irin Scribe is only truly at his most powerful when he is mated. While Scribes tap into their magic by tattooing spells on their skin, their female counterparts, the Irina Singers, have their own power, speaking or singing spells that the Grigori have little defense against. And when a Scribe and Singer combine their magic… watch out!

Any mating is powerful in the Irin Chronicles, but the most potent magic comes when a Scribe or Singer finds their reshon. A true soul mate. For Ava and Malachi in THE SCRIBE, finding each other might seem like a dream come true, but is it?

Finding a reshon doesn’t always equal smooth sailing. A soul connection might happen quickly, but falling in love doesn’t. For a human like Ava, losing control is the last thing she wants to do, and the survival instincts that kept her sane in a crazy world mean that letting go and accepting a fate beyond her imagination isn’t going to happen overnight.

It’s a good thing that Malachi is patient. And persistent. Because when this Scribe sets his sights on a mark, no obstacle is too big and no challenge too great. He’s been a hunter for hundreds of years. And with Ava, he’ll stop at nothing to capture her heart.

“A reshon is a blessing. Your destiny in another person. The perfect complement to yourself. Not everyone finds a reshon, but those who do are considered doubly blessed. And very, very powerful.”

“Why?” Ava’s gaze fell to his chest again, and Malachi wondered what she would ask him to create there. The mating mark was dictated by the Irina, a visible expression of her mate’s dedication and love. She traced the smooth bare skin and said, “Why more powerful?”

“Imagine...” He drew her up so they were face-to-face on the narrow bed. “Imagine a person created for you. Another being so in tune with you that their voice is the clearest you’ve ever heard in your mind.” He saw her eyes widen, so he looked away and trailed a finger over her shoulder. “Her touch sharpens your senses. Her lips...” He pressed a light kiss to her open mouth. “...feed your soul. A bond like that strengthens both. One magic feeds the other. Within it, Irin and Irina become who we are meant to be.”

Malachi could feel Ava’s hands tighten on his shoulders. Knew she was quietly absorbing the words he’d said. He didn’t want to push her. He knew she was his reshon. Looking back, it had been evident from their first kiss. But he was heeding his watcher’s advice in another way. He could give her time. He would let Ava come to the knowledge herself. Patience. He would seduce her body and mind until her soul compelled her to accept him. It would be his most pleasurable hunt ever.

Author Bio.:  Elizabeth Hunter is a contemporary fantasy and romance author. She is a graduate of the University of Houston Honors College in the Department of English (Linguistics) and a former English teacher.

She currently lives in Central California with a seven-year-old ninja who claims to be her child. She enjoys reading, writing, travel, and bowling (despite the fact that she’s not very good at it.) Someday, she plans to learn how to scuba dive. And maybe hang glide. But that looks like a lot of running.

She is the author of the Elemental Mysteries and Elemental World series, the Cambio Springs series, and other works of fiction.

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Book Blitz: Dark Roses Boxed Set

Dark Roses: Eight New York Times, USA Today or Best Selling Authors of Paranormal Romance 
Authors - P.T. Michelle, Trisha Leigh, Anthea Sharp, Lola St. Vil, Terah Edun, Erica Cope, Cameron Jace, Sarra Cannon
Publication date: September 15th 2014
Genres: Paranormal, Romance


Eight bestselling authors. Eight stories of paranormal romance. Eight series to take your breath away. From kick-ass cheerleaders to leaders of the fae, these teenage girls are out to save their worlds, one unforgettable adventure at a time. The only thing standing in their way – love, loss & a little magic.

From NYT & USA Today Bestselling author, P.T. MICHELLE – BRIGHTEST KIND OF DARKNESS — Nara Collins is an average sixteen-year-old, with one exception: every night she dreams the events of the following day. Due to an incident in her past, Nara avoids using her special gift to change fate…until she dreams a future she can’t ignore.

From USA Today bestselling author LYLA PAYNE, writing as TRISHA LEIGH – WHISPERS IN AUTUMN — For sixteen years, Althea has been alone in her ability to feel emotion, to think for herself, and on occasion, light things on fire. The autumn brings a boy named Lucas to town, along with unwanted scrutiny from the alien race of Others that rule Earth, and if she wants to live to see winter Althea will have to stop hiding–and start fighting

From USA Today bestselling author, ANTHEA SHARP – FEYLAND: THE DARK REALM — Jennet Carter never thought hacking into her dad’s new epic-fantasy sim-game would be so exciting… or dangerous. But behind the interface, dark forces lie in wait, leading her toward a battle that will test her to her limits and cost her more than she ever imagined.

From bestselling author, LOLA ST. VIL – GUARDIANS: THE GIRL — The prophecy says “should human and angel unite, it will bring the end of the human race…” Yet Emmy & Marcus can’t fight their feelings. All they want is to be together; the only way for us to survive is to keep them apart…

From bestselling author, TERAH EDUN – WITCHES FINISH FIRST — Witch. Daughter. Queen. Katherine is second-in-line in a provincial town ruled by her coven. But she’s about to learn that the hierarchy of witches first, fae second, and humans last isn’t set in stone…at least not in high school.

From bestselling author, ERICA COPE – LARK — An ordinary girl. An ordinary life. Until her Elfin heritage comes to light. Mia Carrington discovers she’s the heir to the kingdom of Álfheimr in the most unexpected way. But it’s the Dark Elves that pursue her that have her world turned upside down, because they will let no one and nothing stop them from claiming her.

From bestselling author, CAMERON JACE – PENTIMENTO — On her seventeenth birthday she comes of age. Her seventeen birthday is also the day the Beasts come for her. After the destruction of the world these rulers of new America provide safety and services to human in exchange for one new teenage girl every week. They call them the Brides, and they never come back.

From bestselling author, SARRA CANNON – BEAUTIFUL DEMONS –
Harper Madison’s inability to control her extraordinary powers has gotten her kicked from countless foster homes. Shadowford Home for Girls and Peachville High are her last chance. But when evidence ties her to the gruesome murder of a Demons cheerleader, Harper discovers this small town has a big secret.

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            He runs a hand through his hair, but the waves fall right back to their disheveled state. The glow from the torch reflects off his hair, causing its already coppery hue to glow like embers. He is actually quite attractive. His features are angular but in a perfect sort of way. His skin is surprisingly freckle free considering the auburn color of his hair. He actually has a better tan than me. His pretty green eyes are framed by dark eyelashes most women would kill for. And he has full, kissable pink lips.
       He’s actually sort of swoon-worthy.
       A vision of Grey pops in my head and I feel guilty. Which is ridiculous for so many reasons. What the heck, Mia? I mentally slap the boy-crazy girl out of my head. Greyson and I are just friends, and this Jacoby character, regardless of how dreamy he may appear, is aiding and abetting my captivity. Not exactly the kind of guy you want to bring home to meet mom.
       “Mia, I'm not going to bite.” He gently pats the spot right next to him again. I finally concede and sit down as far away from him as possible, which isn’t far on the narrow cot, and take my less than appealing breakfast while trying to appear grateful. I actually am a little hungry. I take a small nibble of the toast and it's not terrible, so I take another bite.
       “There. That is much better. I would hate to see you starve to death.”
       “Why do you care anyway?” I finally say.
       “Well, let's just say that I don't agree with keeping anyone, especially pretty girls, against their will. I would much rather they make the choice to be in my company, but since you are here anyway, I figure we better make the most of it.” He winks at me again.
       “Is there something in your eye?”
       “No, why?” He asks with a bemused expression.
       “Then stop winking at me. It’s annoying.”
       “Beautiful and feisty,” he mutters to himself. “I might never leave.”

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Release Blast: Facing The Music By Andrea Laurence

Book: Facing The Music 
Author: Andrea Laurence 
Publisher: Pocket Star 
Release Date: September 15, 2014
Genre: Contemporary Romance

Synopsis:  In this sizzling and hilarious contemporary e-book romance, pop sensation Ivy Hudson returns to her small town to face her ex. Only trouble is, she made her Taylor-Swift-like career with the hit song “Size Matters”—and the football hero has had to live it down ever since.

Five years ago, high school sweethearts Ivy and Blake’s relationship imploded and both their lives were changed forever. Ivy became a rock star and Blake lost not only his dreams of a successful NFL career, but his reputation. Ivy’s angry song about their breakup, called “Size Matters,” hit the top of the charts and Blake became a national laughingstock. He’s salvaged his career and returned to Rosewood to be the high school football coach, regaining his status as town hero and leading the boys to the state championships.

When a tornado whips through town and destroys the high school gymnasium and stadium, a committee is formed to help rebuild and plan some charity fundraisers. Blake’s grandmother requests that Ivy return to Rosewood for the events. Forced back together for the good of their hometown and their careers, Ivy and Blake have no choice but to put aside their differences, stop running from their pasts, and finally face the music.

For fans of Kristen Proby and Colette Auclair, Facing the Music hits a perfect balance between small-town romance and big-time success. Follow Ivy and Blake as they fall back in love and figure out what does matter in the end…

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Ivy pressed her hands against Blake's shoulders, pushing him gently until he was lying back on the blanket.
“What are you doing?” he asked.

“Whatever I want to.”
Blake arched his eyebrow at her, but he didn’t complain. He held perfectly still as her nimble fingers moved down the front of his shirt, undoing each button and exposing the expanse of skin beneath it. Her palms ran over his skin, relishing the feel of his chest hair tickling her hands. She leaned forward, letting her tongue glide along his collarbone, and then she crept down his body to the button of his jeans.

“Your hair tickles,” he said.
Ivy gathered up the long, wavy strands of her hair into one hand and swept them over her shoulder. “Do you want me to stop?”

“Not on your life,” he said between tightly gritted teeth as her fingertips brushed the edge of his waistband.
“That’s what I thought,” she said with a smile. “Now, stop complaining.”

Ivy settled between his legs, resting on her knees as she unbuttoned his jeans. She tugged at his back pockets, pulling his jeans down the length of his legs and throwing them out of her way. She moved back over him doing the same with his underwear, which thankfully, this time, were a pair of charcoal-gray boxers. They slid easily out of her way, leaving nothing between her and her goal.
She leisurely traveled back up his legs. Her fingertips gently brushed along the puckered pink scars of his calf and across his kneecap. By the time she reached his upper thigh, he was nearly trembling. Ivy wasn’t sure if it was with anticipation, emotion, or pain.

His hand reached out and snatched her wrist as she moved higher. “This hardly seems fair,” he said. “You’re wearing entirely too much clothing for me to be wearing so little.”
“Who’s doing this? You or me?”

Blake acquiesced and released her hand. He crossed his arms behind his head, giving himself an excellent vantage point for overseeing her activities. “You are, ma’am.”
“That’s right. Now are you going to keep critiquing everything I do, or do I need to put something in your mouth to shut you up?”

A wicked grin crossed Blake’s face as he looked at her. “May I offer a suggestion?”

“I have several ideas of my own,” she said.

Author Bio.:
Andrea Laurence has been a lover of reading and writing stories since she learned to read at a young age. She always dreamed of seeing her work in print and is thrilled to finally be able to share her special blend of sensuality and dry, sarcastic humor with the world. A dedicated West Coast girl transplanted into the Deep South, she's working on her own "happily ever after" with her boyfriend and their collection of animals including a Siberian Husky that sheds like nobody's business.

Author Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads

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Paperback Release: A Trick Of The Light By Lois Metzger

The book will be published in paperback on September 
23rd, with a new section called "10 Things You Probably Didn't Know About 
Eating Disorders."

Book Overview:

Mike Welles had everything under control. But that was before. Now things are rough at home, and they’re getting confusing at school. He’s losing his sense of direction, and he feels like he’s a mess.

Then there’s a voice in his head. A friend, who’s trying to help him get control again. More than that—the voice can guide him to become faster and stronger than he was before, to rid his life of everything that’s holding him back. To figure out who he is again. If only Mike will listen.

Telling a story of a rarely recognized segment of eating disorder sufferers—young men—A Trick of the Light by Lois Metzger is a book for fans of the complex characters and emotional truths in Laurie Halse Anderson’s Wintergirls and Jay Asher’s Thirteen Reasons Why.

A Trick Of The Light was ALA's Best Fiction for Young Adults and Bank Street College Best Children's Books of the Year lists. 

Lisa's Review:  This is a very thought provoking quick read. Once I started reading I didn't want to put the book down. The voice in the book really gets your attention and keeps it. This book displayed a very accurate account of the inner struggles of someone with an eating disorder. Although I would have liked a little more at the end of the book, this was a great book and I really enjoyed reading it.

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 Guest Post by Lois Metzger
The Lie that is Anorexia

It took me nearly 10 years to write “A Trick of the Light,” a young-adult novel about a 15-year-old boy who develops an eating disorder.  It’s not just that I’m slow (though that’s part of it).  It’s because I was researching anorexia, which took me down so many twisty, fascinating, horrifying paths I needed a long time to wrap my mind around it.

The way I see it now, there’s what anorexia pretends to be and what it is actually is.  Anorexia promises you that your world will be a better place if you are thin or fit.  But, and this is the crux of the disease, anorexia is a liar.

Many people develop eating disorders because they are unhappy with their appearance.  Or they are unhappy about something else but their attention becomes fixated on the body.  They may begin restricting food to get rid of a few extra pounds, or exercising to get rid of a flabby stomach.

First, there may be compliments.  In the case of Mike Welles, the main character in my book, who hasn’t had much experience with girls, one girl from his school says to him, admiringly, “You been working out?  It shows.”

Sometimes this is all the encouragement anorexia needs.  It pushes you to keep going, eat less, and work out more.  If goals are met, new goals must appear and be met—with no end in sight.  Generally, in the case of girls and women, they want to see the numbers on the scale go down.  For boys and men, it’s more about getting rock-hard abs or a six-pack.  In my book Mike begins with sit-ups and push-ups and running laps around a local park.  It doesn’t matter if he can barely breathe or gets cramps that feel like a knife in his chest.  He keeps going.

So it’s all about looking good, but after a while, these girls, women, men and boys don’t look so good anymore.

They may lose hair or eyelashes.  Cuts and bruises don’t heal.  They may have a soft coat of fuzz on their faces, backs and chest (because of a lack of food, the body can no longer produce heat, and this hair is the body’s attempt to keep warm).  Due to a lack of calcium, they may develop osteoporosis; they can’t stand up straight and their bones can break from a simple fall. Too little potassium may result in weakened heart muscles, which can lead to a heart attack.

The intent—to look good—has been lost.  They appear wasted, emaciated, skeletal.

In the beginning, they feel good.  The compliments, the added energy.  Even starvation can give you a bit of a high, and exercise releases endorphins.  But after this initial euphoria, they don’t feel so good.

Besides the dizziness and weakness that come with food deprivation, they can’t sleep because their bodies want to find food and eat.  Body temperature plummets.  Getting heat to the heart, lungs and kidneys takes priority over the hands and feet.  So people with anorexia are cold all the time, and hungry all the time, and can’t sleep—even while protesting that they are not freezing, not famished, not exhausted.

Instead of fighting the disease, they believe the lie.  They commit to it.  They deny the reality that is right in front of them.  My book started out as the story of a boy struggling with an eating disorder.  It became the story of the struggle to see the lie for what it is.

Author Bio.: Lois Metzger is the author of three previous novels and two nonfiction books about the Holocaust, and she has edited five anthologies.

The following is an article from 2001:

Lois Metzger is a firm believer in the philosophy "books change lives." It was while growing up in Queens, New York, and reading incessantly that Ms. Metzger decided that she wanted to become a writer.

She shared her passion with participants at The Door in Tribeca and at University Settlement Society in the Lower East Side from May 7 - May 11, 2001 as part of the National Book Foundation's Settlement House Author Residency Program.

Ms. Metzger's work has appeared in a number of prominent magazines, including Harper's Bazaar, The Nation, The North American Review, Omni, and The New Yorker, where she worked for five years.

Even though she started her career writing for adults, Ms. Metzger quickly switched to writing for young adults. In an interview, Ms. Metzger was quoted as saying,"It's a fascinating age to write for."

She is the author of the acclaimed novels Barry's Sister, a Parents Magazine Best Children's Book for the Year; Ellen's Case, a New York Public Library Book for the Teen Age; and her latest, Missing Girls, a Junior Library Guild Selection.

It typically takes Ms. Metzger three years to complete a book because, she explains, "she rewrites it four or five times before she knows what it's about." For each book she does extensive research.

She is currently working on a novella and a collection of short stories.

Ms. Metzger currently lives in New York City with her husband, writer Tony Hiss, and their eight-year-old son, Jacob. 

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Monday, September 15, 2014

Book Highlight: Exidon: The New Captain By D. A. Workman

SubGenre: Science Fiction / Adventure
Publisher: BookBaby
Publish date: 6/12/2014
Series title: Exidon


When the world around you seems to be full of people that don’t understand or appreciate who you are, including your own family, what’s a girl to do? Fly away in her very own spaceship to another planet, of course!

Sally is just entering high school. She is obsessed with aliens and space and repeatedly dreams of owning her own spaceship. As the years progress, she feels put-upon by her parents who don’t seem to understand or appreciate her, and the boys at school, including her own boyfriend, who only have one thing on their minds and, unlike Sally, it sure isn’t outer space! Hoping to become more popular, she continually changes to please others, but still can’t find the happiness and acceptance she craves.

At the beginning of her last year of school, Sally’s best friend, Jill, is abducted by the Greys, small aliens with spindly limbs and oversized heads. Shortly after Jill is returned, she remembers her encounter with the Greys and decides to leave town to avoid being abducted again. Jill has Sally accompany her to the inter-city bus terminal, where Jill recognizes and points out a woman with flaming, red hair that she is certain she saw on the Greys’ alien ship during her abduction.

Sally feels despondent without her only friend, whom she never hears from again, until she meets the man of her dreams—or so she thinks. After a whirlwind romance with her new boyfriend, Nick, Sally finds herself unexpectedly pregnant, engaged, and dropping out of high school to move out to the country with Nick. On her first day in the country house, she finds her next-door neighbor is the same woman with the flaming, red hair.

As her relationship with Nick deteriorates, Sally runs to the forest after a particularly brutal fight and hits her head on a rock when she is startled by bright lights shining above her. When she awakens, she finds herself on a space station on the far side of the Moon and the spaceship of her dreams, The Exidon, is waiting. What will Sally do next?

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Author Bio.:  D. A. Workman received her Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from York University in Toronto, where she still resides today. As both a tremendous science fiction and fantasy lover and a strong proponent of women’s issues, Workman decided it was time to write science fiction that spoke to women, as well as men.

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