May New Releases!

May 15

War Storm (Red Queen #4) by Victoria Aveyard

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This is the last book in the series. Mare wants to defeat Maven, but it’ll take a war to accomplish it. To make this happen, she must work with Cal, the man who betrayed her.

Onyx & Ivory by Mindee Arnett

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Kate is an outcast because her father tried to kill the king and because she possesses forbidden magic. She saved a man’s life, and it turned out to be the man she used to love. They must work together to fight an enemy to try to prevent a civil war.

May 18

Game of Lies (The Messenger Chronicles #2) by Pippa DaCosta

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Kesh Lasota, Marshal Kellee, and Talen are kidnapped by a fae general. They all have secrets to keep and lie to protect themselves. There is more to Talen than they knew since easily fits in with the fae.

May 22

All the Ever Afters: The Untold Story of Cinderella’s Stepmother by Danielle Teller

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This is a retelling of Cinderella from the perspective of her stepmother. Out of desperation she was forced to take a job as Ella’s nursemaid, and eventually becomes her stepmother.

May 29

Legendary (Caraval #2) by Stephanie Garber

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Tella was desperate and promised a criminal that she would find out the real name of the master of Caraval. This was not easy information to find. The only chance of getting it was by winning the game of Caraval and possibly risking her life in the process.

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One Year Anniversary: 200 Followers and 2 ARCs Giveaway!

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We have been up and going for one year now and have passed the 200 mark with followers and email subscribers! We think our humble little quirky blog has done pretty darn well. To celebrate, we have a giveaway that starts May 1, 2018 at midnight and runs only two weeks, until 11:59 p.m. Eastern time on the 15th. These are the books we are giving away:

 

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* The giveaway starts midnight Eastern time on Tuesday, May 1, 2018 and ends at midnight Eastern time on May 16, 2018 with the winner being announced in a later blog.

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Good luck and Happy Reading! ❤

 

 

Young Adult April New Releases!

Kira recently posted a blog (April New Releases!) and I thought about the many Young Adult releases coming up and figured I would do a separate blog for those.

April 3:

 

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April 24:

 

I have read Sky in the Deep. See my review here. It’s a Viking alternate history story that I think will be very popular when it is released!

I also read Traitorborn. See my review here. I am LOVING this series by Amy Bartol. It’s a dystopian and I highly recommend!

I’m really looking forward to reading Defy the Worlds and Dread Nation too. Defy the Worlds is the sequel to Defy the Stars, which I also highly recommend if you are into the AI/robot and human girl fall in love trope. 🙂

Are there any other April releases we missed that you are looking forward to? Let us know in the comments! Have a great weekend!

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April New Releases!

April 3

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Scourged (Iron Druid Chronicles #9) by Kevin Hearne

This is the final book in the series. Atticus faces off against the Norse gods to try to prevent Ragnarok from happening.

 

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Grey Sister (Book of the Ancestor #2) by Mark Lawrence

Nona has to decide which type of sister she wants to be. While she’s deciding what to do her enemies come and disrupt things.

April 10

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The Thief (Black Dagger Brotherhood #16) by J.R. Ward

Assail is in a coma and might die. Others believe Sola will give him a reason to live if she’ll help him. Assail is needed to help the brotherhood defend themselves against their enemies.

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Beyond a Darkened Shore by Jessica Leake

This is a standalone historical romance viking fantasy. Ciara and Lief both have their own powers. Forces bring them together, but will things work out with a threat of war looming?

April 24

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The Defiant Heir (Swords and Fire #2) by Melissa Caruso

A conclave is being held before a potential war breaks out. Amalia and Zaira plan to do everything they can to prevent the war.

Q&A Review: Shoot the Messenger by Pippa DaCosta

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What did you like about Shoot the Messenger?

Kira: Almost everything. Just like all of Pippa DaCosta’s characters, these ones were complicated and deceptive. They’re very real because they never fit into good or bad categories. The world building was awesome, but I’ll get into that more later. Last but not least, it was so easy to get into. I was constantly trying to figure out who to trust and what was going to happen next.

Shelly: Like Kira, I liked just about everything. There was so much win. I haven’t read ALL of Pippa’s books (yet), but it is very different from the ones I have read, and I think a great job was done with the world-building. This sets up so many possibilities, and I loved with mix of the traditional, “organic” fae with tech/tek. I haven’t seen that done before and it’s a mix of the traditional fae lore with sci-fi aliens.

What didn’t you like about Shoot the Messenger?

Kira: This was my first foray into a reverse harem. I’m not sure the reverse harem thing is for me although this didn’t seem like much of a harem. It is the first in the series, so I’m sure other lovers will come along. My big issue with the book was the unreliable narrator. I love a good twist in a book. This one was completely unexpected, but unreliable narrators make me feel like I’ve been lied to. That’s okay when it’s a character whose thoughts are not well known to me, but this character’s were.

Shelly: Gosh, I can’t think of anything I didn’t like! I didn’t even register that Kesh was an unreliable narrator, but Pippa is known for anti-heroes/heroines and writing characters that don’t fall into neat, tidy boxes. I guess if I absolutely HAD to pick something, it would be ending on a cliffhanger.

What did you think of the world building?

Kira: I loved it! It perfectly blended fantasy and sci-fi in a way that felt completely natural. It was a complex world, but it wasn’t bogged down with extraneous details. All of the necessary details were given when needed. I loved the the issues with magic and tek and how those two opposing forces blended together.

Shelly: It was fantastic. It felt like something you could recognize, but fresh and original. Like I mentioned before, merging the fae with sci-fi space shenanigans is just a win for me. You have enough of the fae to recognize the species, but add the idea they come from another planet and can use technology to gain more power while still being bound to life and soil and plants and blood, etc.

Who was your favorite character?

Kira: Marshall Kellee even though he wasn’t the main character. He had the most integrity of any character. So far he seemed the most trustworthy although I’m well aware that could change. He had an interesting background, which I hope to learn more about. I sympathized with him the most in the end.

Shelly: Tough one. I loved Kellee AND Talen and I even found Larsen intriguing. I guess if my back is to the wall, I’m gonna go with the mysterious fae, Talen.

Would you recommend this to others?

Kira: Absolutely! It was fun and original. It had lots of action. If you like nontraditional fae stories or sci-fi, I’d highly recommend you read this.

Shelly: Yes, I would. But don’t expect a fluffy tale about faeries in space. Expect treachery, ambiguous characters and relationships, slow burn romance, and lots of what-the-fuckery. I am very curious to see what Pippa does with the reverse harem thing since it’s a genre I absolutely adore right now!

Your rating and review:

Kira: ★★★★ Shoot the Messenger review

Shelly: ★★★★★  Shoot the Messenger review

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Pippa DaCosta “Shoot the Messenger” Cover and Q&A!

 

March New Releases!

March 6

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High Voltage (Fever #10) by Karen Marie Moning

Dani is off to save the world with Ryodan at her side. Unforeseen consequences from saving the world are putting it in danger. I’d be more excited about this if I could bring myself to ship Dani and Ryodan.

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Burn Bright (Alpha & Omega #5) by Patricia Briggs

Charles and Anna are in charge and have to deal with some issues with one of the damaged werewolves. Someone gets attacked and they have to go after them.

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Tricks for Free (Incryptid #7) by Seanan McGuire

Antimony is on the run from the covenant. She’s completely cut off from her family including the mice. She flees to an amusement park where trouble follows her.

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To Kill a Kingdom by Alexandra Christo

Seems to be a Little Mermaid retelling, but I could be wrong about that. Princess Lira is punished and turned into a human. To become a siren again she must bring the heart of Prince Elian to the sea queen or remain human forever.

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Lake Silence (The Others #6) by Anne Bishop

This is the first book in the series that doesn’t focus on Simon and Meg. Vicki lives in a human town controlled by the others. Someone is murdered and detectives blaming her.

March 20

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Pestilence (The Four Horsemen #1) by Laura Thalassa

The four horsemen of the apocalypse have come to destroy Earth. Sara is determined to stop Pestilence. All she manages to do is anger him. In return, he kidnaps her. Can she save the world without breaking her heart?

March 27

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Born of Darkness (Hunter Legacy #1) by Lara Adrian

This is a spin off of the Midnight Breed series. It’s about vampires. Need I say more?

 

 

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Eight Simple Rules for Dating a Dragon (The Embraced #3) by Kerrelyn Sparks

Gwennore is an elf who stumbles into a dragon realm. She is a healer and discovered a curse in the realm. Dragons and elves were taught not to trust each, but problems arise when Gwennore and Silas develop feelings for each other. If this is anything like the first book in the series, it is PNR with a strong plot.

Pippa DaCosta “Shoot the Messenger” Cover and Q&A!

Well, Shoot the Messenger technically released sooner than expected (Amazon was Speedy McSpeedster this time), but today is when paperbacks will go out and the author will officially announce it on her website. Here is the glorious cover:

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That is Kesh Lasota on the cover, the series’ new protagonist. It’s a slow-burn sci-fi reverse harem fantasy! We were lucky enough to score another Q&A with Pippa DaCosta.

Q: What made you decide to dabble in the reverse harem genre?

A: Way back in 2013, when I was writing The Veil Series, I deliberately set out to challenge genre tropes, and one of those tropes in urban fantasy is the girl who must pick “her guy”. I’ll be honest, it annoyed me that the main character had to pick. I wanted her to have both, but I felt the readership wouldn’t react well to the heroine not choosing. I had already broken the rules of what was and wasn’t acceptable by having her sleep with (gasp) two men in the first book! I still get stick for that. Muse (the main character) is often seen by some as “sluttish” (Let’s not get into the double-standards of when a guy is fast and loose with his partners, it’s perfectly acceptable). I made the right call back then, but it’s always bugged me. Why should a strong female heroine have to choose one man?

Fast forward to 2017. I have an idea bubbling away in the background. I know I want to dive deeper into using “fae” mythology, but this time (I have another fae series set in London) I’m going to switch things up by setting this new series in the distant future. I’m going to surround fae beings (who we would normally associate with an organic setting) with technology. But c’mon, this is me, I’m known for doing things a little different, so I’m not going to stop there. I’m going to mash two genres together. Sci-fi and fantasy. And hell, lets go further. THIS time the girl gets to have her cake and eat it. She can have ALL THE CAKE. Kesh, the main character in Messenger, will not be choosing one guy. F*ck that. She’s strong, confident, as kick-ass as they come, and if she wants to entertain emotional and physical relations with more than two guys at once, she sure as hell is going to. And if there are more than three guys who think they can handle her and the harem dynamics, good for them.

I’m still not following tropes. The first book only features two guys—and without spoiling some MAJOR plot twists—let’s just say, Kesh isn’t the “normal” romantic heroine. She’s no damsel, and she’s definitely not in distress.

I’ve found reverse harem to be freeing and empowering. This new slant on romance takes everything we love about our kick-ass heroines, and makes them even more powerful.  I love it.

Q: Who is your favorite character in the new series?

A: Kesh built herself a companion drone called Sota. He’s part tactical war drone and part personal assistant and all artificial intelligence. He also has a filthy sense of humor. Unfortunately, he gets stolen early on in the book, but his scenes bring a much-needed lighthearted element to Kesh’s story. Already fans are demanding more Sota. I’m working on it 😉

Q: How many books are planned for the Messenger Chronicles?

A: I’m planning at least five full-length novels and a short prequel. The Messenger world is vast and could easily be expanded into more works, but it really depends on how the first few books sell.

Q: Have you read any books lately you would recommend?

A: I loved the Unlikable Demon Hunter series by Deborah Wilde so much that I reached out to her and told her she’s awesome. There’s nothing better than authors fangirling over other authors. I have the new book in that series to read once the Messenger new release frenzy is over. I also enjoyed Jex Lane’s male/male Beautiful Monsters series so much that I read each book one after another and couldn’t stop. A proper binge. It was wonderful. I struggle to really fall into books (the curse of being an author with no off button for my internal editor) so when I do find a series that grabs me, I got nuts for it and fangirl all over the place. I have no shame.

Q: What inspires you the most these days?

A: Anything and everything. I’m a sponge. I soak up everything around me and turn it into stories. It might be something simple, like a bird landing on a branch and suddenly my imagination runs with it, turning that image into a uninhabited, barren, frozen landscape where that one bird is a sign of life. Or, I might be watching TV and think, holy shit, that’s how my main character gets out of the plot hole she’s fallen into. It’s a constant process that I can’t turn off. But I also can’t force it. If the ideas don’t want to come, I can’t make them. I’ve tried to force myself to write books that I think will work but after countless restarts, if the words don’t flow, it ain’t happening.

Inspiration also comes from the characters themselves. Once a world is established and the characters have populated it, I often just go with whatever crazy idea the characters have next. By the end of The Veil Series the characters practically wrote those books themselves, and likewise with The 1000 Revolution. It sometimes feels like I’m the conduit and I’ve no idea where the stories come from – they just do come.  I’m a very organic writer. I have an idea, I have a rough outline, I have a beginning and an end, and that’s it. The rest just happens.

Q: How do you design your covers and who does them?

A: I’m a cover design nerd. I love book covers, the shinier the better. But good covers and good designers can be tough to find. I have several that I’ve worked with regularly over the years. Ravven and Rebecca Frank are my go-to professional designers. But I also go the risky route and check out designers on Artstation and DeviantArt. It’s not for the the feint-hearted. I’ve had designers be amazing and then disappear off the face of the planet. There’s a massive amount of risk and trust involved when hiring someone half the world away. But the results can be EPIC.

I found the Shoot the Messenger designer by accident on Pinterest. I was searching for pins to capture the Messenger world and stumbled across an amazing piece of art that kept drawing me back to it. I reached out to the artist, thinking there’s no way he’s going to be interested in working with lil’ ol’ me. Not only did he get back to me, but he completely understood my vision. Anytime someone starts referring to Final Fantasy CGI as a comparable, I’m totally on-board.

He’s now hard at work on Book 2 and producing some post-card sized character art that I’m hoping to give away at Boston Fantasy Festival. (If you haven’t seen the Boston Fantasy Festival details, check it out, Rebecca Frank will be there, along with a selected bunch of awesome authors, and me!).

Thank you for having me on the MacHalos blog today and I hope you enjoy Shoot the Messenger.

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Pippa is also hosting a Messenger competition that includes a signed paperback, a bookmark, a $25 Amazon giftcard, and a poster! Enter HERE!

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We are sooo excited about this new series and ANYTHING Pippa writes! Get your copy of Shoot the Messenger at Amazon. It’s only $0.99 and is also on Kindle Unlimited!

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