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April’s Freebie Fair! 46 FREE Books for a LIMITED TIME!

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5 Elements of Steampunk & Why You Should Add it to Your TBR List

1. Beautiful World-Building – Gif – http://gph.is/2cWUDl8

Steampunk is science fiction which takes place in the past. An alternate history where inventions, gadgets, and personal conveniences do not belong, and yet, are there. Often these inventions are powered by steam, hydraulics, clockwork, gyroscopic action, or pretty much anything but gasoline. The author has to create a beautiful Victorian setting where mechanical items exist that shouldn’t in Victorian history.

2. Strong Female Characters – Gif – https://media.giphy.com/media/l0HlzsBr1ItdlhWYE/giphy.gif

It was in the Victorian era that feminism grew by leaps and bounds and the suffrage movement gained major traction. Because of the strong influences of women in the time period in which steampunk has its roots, they tend to take centerstage in the interpretation of this genre. Who doesn’t like a woman who steals the show or takes charge?

3. Action and Adventure – Gif – http://gph.is/1yx3IFz

What would inventive fiction be without an inventive plotline? In Steampunk you will find a bit of drama, a bit of fantasy, a tad of mystery, but generally, you’ll find adventure that expands the horizons of your imagination… often viewed from an airship or mechanical animal.

4. Fun Fashion and Costumes – Gif – http://gph.is/1Q2OnRm

Not many genres can boast an entire theme of Cosplay. People love to dress in steampunk fashions for Comic Cons, book conventions, Halloween, and parties. Even the high fashion world has runway shows dedicated to this style of dressing. Go to Etsy and search “steampunk” you’ll find all sorts of fun things to wear while you read.

5. It’s More Familiar Than You Think

 

The gifs in this post are all from movies or shows you may have watched: Wild Wild West with Will Smith, Stardust with Claire Danes, the animated film, Howl’s Moving Castle, and episodes of Dr. Who. If you’ve loved any of these shows, you’ve already gotten a taste of Steampunk. Don’t pass up the chance to read a book or watch a movie just because of the clever combination of past and present themes. Give it a try and you may find yourself a new fan of the genre!

By Pauline Creeden
http://paulinecreeden.com
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Freebie Book Blitz, Teasers, and Excerpt: Sexiest Man Alive

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sma-frontTitle: Sexiest Man Alive

Author: M Clarke
Genre: New Adult
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Nathan Cross is a struggling actor waiting tables at a local restaurant to make ends meet while he
attends endless auditions. Though his hopeful career moves at a slow pace, Olivia is the strength and sunshine in his life… until she leaves him. One day, he is offered a contract with a modeling agent, leading him to work for Knight Fashion Magazine—a dream job he never imagined would become a reality.
Olivia swore she would always put her career first and that’s precisely what she did when she left
Nathan. Having a deadbeat dad and watching her mom work two jobs to make ends meet have been her driving force. When she is offered a modeling career, she drops everything—even the love of her life— and moves to New York.
Though Nathan and Olivia try to steer clear of one another, working for the same fashion
magazine causes their paths to cross again and old emotions are awakened. Can Nathan forgive Olivia or will he take the next step with the woman he is currently dating? Will Olivia do everything she can to break them apart? Or will she choose her career over her heart… again?

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International Bestselling, Award-Winning Author Mary Ting/M. Clarke resides in Southern California withmary her husband and two children. She enjoys oil painting and making jewelry. Writing her first novel, Crossroads Saga, happened by chance. It was a way to grieve the death of her beloved grandmother, and inspired by a dream she once had as a young girl. When she started reading new adult novels, she fell in love with the genre. It was the reason she had to write one-Something Great. Why the pen name, M Clarke? She tours with Magic Johnson Foundation to promote literacy and her children’s chapter book-No Bullies Allowed.

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Excerpt:

 He shoved his hands inside his jeans. “Since I’m here, and your mom promised me a pie, I should get to work.”
I ran my fingers through my hair, moving it away from my face. “You don’t have to stay, Nate. I mean, I appreciate you wanting to help my mom.”
He ignored me. “Let’s start with the box you’re holding.” He came toward me.
If I had handed it to him, everything would have been just fine. Instead, I backed away, tripped over a box full of books, and stumbled backward on top of my bed. The box in my hand went flying onto the floor.
Being a gentleman, Nate reached down to help me clean up the mess. Instead of putting things back into the box, he sifted through them.
“You still have these?” he asked, holding up a photo of us at a Valentine’s dinner. After he placed it down, he picked up a smaller box and opened it. It held the crystal bracelet he had given to me the last Christmas we spent together. It had been a while since I’d worn it. I’d thought about wearing it again, but not in front of him just yet.
I got off the bed reluctantly, wishing I could hide under the covers instead. Scattered about the carpet were more photos of us and some cards he had given me for my birthday, Christmas, and Valentine’s Day. Nate always got me a card. He was sentimental that way.
He slowly peered upward at me with an expression I didn’t understand. Was he mad? Then, with a hint of a smile, he quickly placed everything inside the box, closed the lid, and handed it to me. After I took it from his hand, he stood up, facing me.
“I never threw anything you gave me away,” I said, looking down at the box. In the silence that followed, I wondered what he thought.
He heaved a long sigh. “You kept everything but me.” His words came out soft but harsh, and they were loud as thunder in my mind.  Hurt swam in his eyes. What do I say after that? He was so right. Before I had the chance to speak, he turned and walked out of my room, shattering my heart into pieces. I wanted to cry. I was reliving that night again, the very night I wanted to redo.



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Young Adult Book Heist (Blitz)

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Young Adult books come in all shapes and sizes. Some star werewolves or
vampires. Some feature magic. Sometimes the world is new. Sometimes it’s a twist on everything you
know. There is family. Friendship shows up in spades. Most of the time, you can be sure you’ll fall in
love. 
 
It’s a world of literature that so many miss out on because they think the
name describes the reader’s age. In reality, YA books are for those who appreciate the wonders of
youth. They strive for the optimism and the courage in the face of danger. Yes, teens read these stories
in droves, but they aren’t the only ones who can learn from the perpetual hope these characters see. To
see the world through the eyes of someone who wants to make it better is an astounding
thing. 
 
Nineteen young adult authors have banded together to show their little
corners of the world, their hope and courage and optimism. It is shown through the actions of teenagers
who are ever changing. They love with the same fierceness that they hate and forgive easily. They
believe they can do anything. Who doesn’t want a piece of that? 
 
When you enter our giveaway, you not only have a chance to win a
Kindle Paperwhite, but so many more prizes from paperbacks to swag. Every entrant will also receive
five FREE eBooks. You can sign up nineteen different ways. 
 
By entering, you are also helping each author donate books to The Lisa
Libraries. It’s an organization that provides books to people in underserved communities who may not
otherwise have them. They supply youth centers, women’s shelters, and so much
more. 
 
Like our Facebook page where you can learn more about us and where
we’ll announce our winners throughout the giveaway! 
Introducing our mixed bag of authors!
Michelle Lynn
– Dystopian
Rebecca
Jaycox
– Fantasy
Michelle
Bryan
– Dystopian
Gina
Azzi
– Contemporary Romance
Melissa
Craven
– Paranormal
Kelly St. Clare
Fantasy
Susan
Faw
– Fantasy
G.K. DeRosa
Paranormal
T.D. Shields
Dystopian
Patrick Hodges
Contemporary
Amalie Jahn
Science Fiction
Claire
Luana
– Fantasy
K.J.
McPike
– Paranormal
Michael
Bailey
– Super Heroes
J.A.
Culican
– Fantasy
Elysabeth
Eldering
– Paranormal Mystery
Rita
Goldner
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K.R. Conway
Paranormal
T.L. McDonald
Fantasy

 

 

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Wrecked, by Elle Casey…

is currently FREE for download on Amazon for your Kindle!

Wrecked (Wrecked, #1)

NEW YORK TIMES and USA TODAY BESTSELLING AUTHOR, ELLE CASEY, brings readers the High Seas and High Adventure novel WRECKED.

If you liked The Breakfast Club and The Swiss Family Robinson, you’ll love WRECKED!

An ill-fated Caribbean cruise and four teenagers: a nerd, a jock, a mouse, and a beauty queen…an island, a treehouse, some nefarious interlopers…life and death…fear and loathing…love and laughter.
Follow Jonathan, Kevin, Candi and Sarah as they find their typical high school lives and their worlds totally WRECKED.

Content Warning: Contains some foul language and non-explicit sex scenes between older teens. May not be appropriate for younger, middle-grade teens.

A note about the series: I pretty much grew up on the East Coast of Florida, so I went to the beach a lot, and whenever I did, I was always looking out at the water wondering … “What if…?” What if I were stranded out on a boat somewhere, in shark-infested waters, and then washed up on a beach of a deserted island… How would I survive? For probably 30 years or more, I contemplated these questions every time I went to the beach or thought about the water, so I had a LOT of time to think about the details. This book was inside my head, in the making, for a really long time. That’s why it’s the first book I wrote, because it was finally time to get it out of my head and onto paper (or I should say, into my computer). When I found out about self-publishing for the Kindle, I thought, “What the heck? Maybe someone will like it as much as I do.” Now, several years later, with over 40 books written and a few spots on the New York Times and USA Today bestseller lists, I can say that it was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. It literally changed my life. I’m really glad that I spent so much time daydreaming while I was at the beach, and I’m even happier that I took a chance on this story and shared it with the world. 🙂

**SEQUEL ALERT** This book was originally written without plans for a sequel. But so many readers asked for one, it was done. Published on December 31, 2012, RECKLESS picks up where WRECKED left off.

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