ARC REVIEW: The Night House by Rachel Tafoya

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TITLE: The Night House
AUTHOR: Rachel Tafoya
PUBLICATION: Expected publication: December 9th 2014 by Month9Books, LLC.
GENRE: YA > Fantasy | Paranormal | Romance
PAGES: 300pages (paperback)
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RATING:

 

4 ★★★★

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Bianca St. Germain works at a Night House, a place where vampires like the aristocratic Jeremiah Archer, pay to feed on humans, and she doesn’t much care what others think of her. The money is good, and at least there, she’s safe. Bianca also doesn’t care that the Night House is killing her. All she cares about is: nauth, the highly addictive poison in vampire bites that brings a euphoria like no drug ever could.
But when Bianca meets James, a reclusive empath who feels everything she does, for the first time, she considers a life outside of the Night House and a someone worth living for. But Jeremiah has decided to keep Bianca for himself; he won’t allow her to walk away.
As she allows her feelings for James to grow, she struggles to contain nauth’s strong hold on her life. If they are to have a future, James must make her see what she’s worth, what she means to him, before Jeremiah and nauth claim her for good.

 

 

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I haven’t read a Vampire book for so long. I think the last time was…… okay, I don’t even remember. Anyway, this book.. this book blew me away. What a dark and sexy twist to the usual plot lines that I read before. This is not your usual vampire book. The inceptions and the mystery messed with my head and I loved every moment of it.  

Bianca is a vamp tramp. A term that I learned from Bianca herself. She and other girls are staying in this house called The Night House and Vampires keeps getting in and out for their blood. But the girls gets something in return.. and that’s the Nauth. A drug that Bianca is addicted to and even though its hurting her already, she just cant stop taking it. Until she met James. James meeting Bianca may seem strange for Bianca.. but not for James. Because he is strange himself. James is an Empath. And when James connected with Bianca, he knows that she needs rescuing and maybe him being strange is a gift after all.

Like I said, this is not your usual Vampire read. There are other paranormal characters involved but instead of wolves or the usual creatures we read, we get an Empath and maybe some more psychology related creatures in the future. I must say, the plot of this book is really well thought. I keep turning the pages and when it ended I was really whining because I WANT MORE. I was deprived. 

James and Bianca are characters you’ll really feel invested to. This book is on alternating POV, one with Bianca and the other one with James. Now, that may not be my favorite setup but it surprising worked well for me in here. I love reading Bianca’s thought because between her and James, her character development is superb. She’s this helpless and addicted girl at the beginning but when she found a reason to be clean she became a strong and smart girl who stands up for herself.

The Night House is a brilliant and captivating debut novel. Rachel Tafoya really left me wanting more because there’s so much mystery to unravel, so much making scenes to look forward to (excuse me but there’s no review of mine that will be romance free :D) and more adventures of Bianca and James to read. Rachel just became of my favorite authors list.. and this series will be a hit, I’m sure of it.

 

 

 

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Rachel Tafoya studied creative writing while at Solebury School and was published in their student run literary magazine, SLAM. She attended a writing program for teens at both Susquehanna University and Denison University, and the Experimental Writing for Teens class and Novels for Young Writers program, both run by NY Times bestselling author, Jonathan Maberry. Rachel is the daughter crime author Dennis Tafoya.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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REVIEW: Going Down in Flames by Chris Cannon

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TITLE: Going Down in Flames 
AUTHOR: Chris Cannon
PUBLICATION: Published June 30th 2014 by Entangled Teen Ember
GENRE: YA > Fantasy | Paranormal | Dragons
PAGES: 407pages (ebook)
SOURCE: review copy via tour host
RATING: 

 

3 ★★★1/2

 

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If her love life is going down in flames, she might as well spark a revolution.
Finding out on your sixteenth birthday you’re a shape-shifting dragon is tough to swallow. Being hauled off to an elite boarding school is enough to choke on.
Since Bryn is the only crossbreed at the Institute for Excellence, all eyes are on her, but it’s a particular black dragon, Zavien, who catches her attention.
Zavien is tired of the Council’s rules. Segregated clans, being told who to love, and close-minded leaders make freedom of choice almost impossible. The new girl with the striped hair is a breath of fresh air, and with Bryn’s help, they may be able to change the rules.
At the Institute, old grudges, new crushes, and death threats are all part of a normal day for Bryn. She’ll need to learn to control her dragon powers if she wants to make it through her first year at school. But even focusing on staying alive is difficult when you’re falling for someone you can’t have.

 

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I’m not sure because I have no time to ransack  my shelf but I think this is my first book about dragons. And maybe this is too much Game Of Thrones but every time a Dragon is mentioned, my mind just automatically thinks Khaleesi. Yep, too much GoT. Anyway, Going Down in Flames is a light read. And I’m not complaining. Dragons are there but I found the story more concentrated on their worlds politics and Bryns coping on living with people who doesn’t like her that much. And of course, about her and Zavien. 

According to the other dragons, Bryn is an abomination. A mistake. And maybe he is if it’s all baded on theor worlds rules. The dragons are classified into Clans: which re the Blue, Red, Green, Black and Orange. In their world, only a Blue can marry a Blue, a Black can only a Black and so on. But Bryns dad is a Black and her mom is a Blue. So yeah, she is an abomibation.

I like Bryn flare as a main character. She’s sassy and clumsy in a very adorable way. Too witty for her own good too. I think she acts as a 16 years old accurately. 

“So, not only am I a dragon, I’m the child of social outcasts. This keeps getting better and better”

Like I said, she’s sassy. And I like her so much for that. There were times that she can a little boy crazy but she’s being bullied so I’m letting that one slide because that can be her only entertainment.

Every characters in here are actually wonderful. Zavien is the only one I want to know more. He is just soooo mysterious that I’m getting impatiemt. I WANT A ZAVIEN POV! I know I’m not the only one. Being mysterious and broody is cool.. but come on! Let me peek inside his handsome brain. 

I am asking this because that’s one of my not-so-good  ebcounter with the book. I’m a hopeless romantic I guess and I don’t buy Zavier’s words. I ship him with Bryn but he’s too suspicious. See. I don’t know what to think anymore. Bryns parents are the coolest. I’m really a fan of her mother’s cool demeanor and her Dad’s i’m-gonna-kick-your-ass aura. And they truly love and care for their daughter. AND THEY ARE BOTH ALIVE. That doesn’t happen in YA that much.

“Do not take crap from anyone…. You are as good as they are.” – Bryns Dad.

Someone needs to hold me right npw and tell me there’ll be a sequel because it can’t end that way! I’m looking forward to what’s gonna happen between Bryn and Zavien and… Jaxon? Going Down in Flames is perfect for readers who are looking for spunky heroine that can fire someone with fire or ice with huff. The dragon aspect will draw you in and Bryn will entertain you. 

 


 

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“We have important matters to discuss,

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THE AUTHOR:

 

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Chris Cannon lives in Southern Illinois with her husband and her three dogs, Pete the shitzu who sleeps on her desk while she writes, Molly the ever-shedding yellow lab, and Tyson the sandwich-stealing German Shepherd Beagle. She believes coffee is the Elixir of Life. Most evenings after work, you can find her sucking down caffeine and writing fire-breathing paranormal adventures. Going Down In Flames is the first book in Chris Cannon’s shape-shifting dragon series.

 

 

 

 

 

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CHARACTER AND AUTHOR INTERVIEW: The Letting by Cathrine Goldstein

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TITLE: The Letting
AUTHOR: Cathrine Goldstein
PUBLICATION: Expected publication: December 15th 2014 by The Wild Rose Press
GENRE: YA > Dystopia
PAGES: 335pages (paperback)
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What if the Devil doesn’t know he’s the Devil?

This is the question Veronica “Ronnie” Billings poses to Phoenix, her sworn enemy, the leader of the Peaceful Revolution, and the one she loves.

Kidnapped by Phoenix’s rebels, Ronnie learns how wrong she has been. She had no idea that her patriotism was wasted on a corrupt government. Ronnie was proud to be a Leader; taking hundreds of harvested girls to the Letting facility. After all, she was saving them from future Couplings and bringing them to the safety of the New World. Or so she thought…

Confused, Ronnie realizes the only way to discover the truth is to trust her heart. Together, Phoenix and Ronnie devise a plan to stop their corrupt government and preempt the dangerous rebel coup which is approaching. But when their plan goes awry, will Ronnie be strong enough to save Phoenix, her country, and herself?

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An interview with Cathrine Goldstein, author of THE LETTING, published by The Wild Rose Press, release date, December 15, 2014, and the main character of THE LETTING, Veronica “Ronnie” Billings.

First up, Veronica.

Or do you prefer Ronnie? I do prefer Ronnie—as long as you’re a friend. It’s warmer, I think. But there are…people in my life who call me only Veronica, and it’s better that way.

You must be referring to Principal Leader Farnsworth? Yes. But if it’s okay with you, I’d prefer not to talk about him.

Of course. So, where are you from? I was born in the city, but I’ve lived at camp for seven years now.

What’s camp like? We live in small cabins in the deep woods. I work with another Leader, Gretchen, my best friend, and together we prep young girls for the Lettings.

What are the Lettings I’ve heard so much about? The time the young girls in our care are brought in for their mandatory blood donations.

Tell us a bit about The Letting. It’s the story of my journey and my realization about… well, about a lot of things…but most importantly, my discovery that I’ve been working unknowingly for the wrong cause for many years. I also discover love… and, surprising to both of us, I fall in love with my enemy.

You fall in love with your enemy? Oh, yes. Of course I never knew he was my enemy. But I was his.

What did you think the first time you saw him? He was the leader of the dangerous band of rebels who had kidnapped me and tortured me. He was different from the two men who physically hurt me—Gunnar and Buzzcut. I could tell Phoenix was kind, his eyes had intelligence and compassion in them, but I also knew I stood for everything he hated.

Anything else?

To be completely honest, I was struck by how incredibly handsome he was. Dark tousled hair, a slight scruff on his chin which grew in black as night, and eyes…well I described them as “…his eyes are the color of a moment. That fleeting moment when the summer sky is so perfectly blue you know everything must be right in the world.”

What was your next thought? I want to be with him. I want to stand for whatever he stands for. I want to go wherever he goes.

Those are deep thoughts considering you just met. Yes, but there is something about Phoenix that just pulls me to him. It’s like getting caught up in white water, but not wanting to swim against it. You know there’s a waterfall ahead, but you trust that you’ll end up okay.

With all this going on, was it was love at first sight? Is there any other type?

Sure. Lots of people take time to fall in love. I don’t believe that. Not if they truly listen to their hearts. In my world, girls who are old enough to be with a partner are assigned a match based on blood type. There is no “dating” in my world. There are only arranged Couplings.

But yet you still believe in love? Love is the only thing I believe in. The love my mother had for me is the reason I am alive today. The love I feel for my girls, Raven, Lulu, Lilly, and Violet, is what makes me able to tackle insurmountable odds. The love Phoenix shows me makes me feel protected and like I have a real, safe home—for the first time in my life. I mention it in THE LETTING, “Then I look at Phoenix standing protectively close to me, and I know exactly where my home is, with him.” The love I feel for Phoenix is the reason I want to try to save our world and change it for the better.

What is it you like most about him? His compassion. His intelligence. His devotion to the Peaceful Revolution. His calmness. His power. His self-assurance. His whole being. His protectiveness towards me. All of him.

Is there anything you don’t like about him? I worry he puts himself last, over and over again.

How would he describe you? I wish I knew! I think he would say that I’m strong. Strong willed, strong in body and mind. Sometimes, a little too strong headed. I also hope he understands the breadth of my loyalty.

What clued you in that he may be in love with you? There was something in the way he looked at me…I saw something in his eyes and it wasn’t hatred, no matter how hard he tried to cover it.

At only seventeen, you are a strong, independent young woman. Are you afraid of anything? Not being there for the people I love. And thunderstorms. Despite everything, I’ve never been good in a storm.

If relationships aren’t allowed in your world, how can you and Phoenix survive? It’s not just our relationship I’m worried about surviving—it’s also us and those around us, especially my girls. And I should probably check in on them now.

Ah! Looks like we’ll have to read the book to see what happens to you and Phoenix and your fight to survive and change your world.

Now we turn to author Cathrine Goldstein. THE LETTING has been called a “pulse-pounding thriller” which is a “chilling vision of the not-too-distant future.” Where ever did you get the inspiration for the story?

I am a city girl at heart, but deciding to be a good sport, I packed up my husband and my girls to spend a month in a summer camp in the deep woods of upstate NY. I stretched waaaayyyy out of my comfort zone, ended up loving camp…and, thanks to mosquitoes performing what felt like daily bloodlettings, I had the inspiration for THE LETTING!

THE LETTING is a dark and gritty dystopian novel, but is there anything specific you think people can relate to? Sure. For one thing, I think that most people can relate to Ronnie’s realization that she thought she was doing something positive, and in fact, it turns out she had been working tirelessly for the wrong cause. That’s why she asks: “What if the Devil doesn’t know he’s the Devil?”

Was there anything personal you brought to this story? Absolutely. Ronnie’s fear of dying—not because she is afraid of death—but because she is afraid of leaving the little girls behind in a world without her. Although Ronnie is a caretaker, and a big-sister type, I think every mother feels this to some degree.

You’re a mom of two little girls and a bestselling author. How do you find time for everything? I don’t sleep much! I work whenever I get the chance, even if it means jumping on the computer and working for ten minutes at a time or while waiting in carline at school pick-ups. I work nights mostly, after the girls have gone to bed. And I love my work. It’s a wonderful escape. I always say I write because I’m a mom of two little girls and my characters are the only people who do what I ask without whining or protesting!

What’s on the horizon? Book 2! Although I can’t yet release the title, I will tell you Book 2 of THE LETTING series puts Ronnie into a situation she never expects. Book 2 tests her love, convictions, and strength, over and over.

How about your publisher? THE LETTING is published by the Wild Rose Press. They have been a dream to work with, with a supportive and knowledgeable team. I have a spectacular editor, and my cover art is incredibly beautiful. The cover is designed by the very talented Angela Anderson.

What’s next? Launching THE LETTING, sending Book 2 to print, and waiting for Santa, of course!

 

 

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Given my love for cities and all that is gritty, my new obsession with trees really has me stumped. (Sorry.) Maybe it’s because trees are the inspiration behind my new YA/NA novel, THE LETTING.

Whatever the reason for my new infatuation, some things remain constant — like my love for: coffee (although sadly, it’s now decaf); yoga; Luna bars (I am petitioning for them to bring back Chocolate Raspberry!); running in my neighborhood; Hemingway; Bukowski… and, above all, my husband and my girls.

I am the author of the bestselling novel, Sleeping With Mortals: The Story of a New York Mistress, and I’m also a playwright. I have my B.A. in English and my M.A. in Theatre.

The Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award

People, I have been tagged again and this time, it’s a pretty special tag. I wanna say Thank You to the ladies over Carmel and Kyla for tagging me. You guys are angels!!! <3 So.. I, Paula has been tagged for the Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award

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I made this pathetic graphic so.. yeah. You can use it if you want but if not, that’s okay too 🙂 The ladies who tagged me mentioned that there are guidelines for this post. And here it is:

 

  • Thank the blogger that nominated you, and link back to their site.
  • Post the award’s logo onto your blog.
  •  Answer the 10 questions you’ve been asked.
  •  Nominate 10 other bloggers and ask them 10 questions.

 

The following questions I will answer are from Kyla. 🙂 Here goes:

 

1. What’s the last book you’ve read and loved?

– Hmm. *checks goodreads account* SO, according to my trusted friend, the last book I’ve read AND loved is.. The Night House by Rachel Tafoya. It’s about Vampires and tramps.. Check it out guys, it’s creepy and sexy!

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2. What is your favorite book you’ve read this year?

– Oh man, THIS IS HARD! I’m sorry, I can’t answer it.

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I’ve only given 19 books (so far) a 5star rating but I LOVED THEM ALL. I honestly can’t choose
3. If you could marry a fictional character, who would it be?

– WHY ARE YOU MAKING MY LIFE MISERABLE? Uhmmm, I DON’T KNOW! It could be Bennett Cooper from Time Between Us or Raffe from Angelfall.

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Or it could be.. Okay, let’s just put it this way: THE LIST IS LOOONG.
4. Name one book that has been in your wishlist for a long time.

– I actually don’t have a wishlist but if you would ask what I really really want: it’s a boxset of Harry Potter. That’s all. THANK YOU.

 

 

5. Do you have a Young Adult contemporary recommendation (OR just any book rec)?

– I have A LOT! ARE YOU SURE YOU’RE READY FOR THIS CONVERSATION?

 

 

6. Name a celebrity you really want to meet.

– They’re really not *celebrities* but they’re famous and I wanna meet them:

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There. My queen and the Avett Brothers. Both epic. Both so far-away!
7. What’s the most embarrassing thing that has happened to you?

Let’s not talk about it. I have too many, sometimes I wonder if it’s normal to have TOO MANY embarrassing and awkward moments happen to you. I don’t know.

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8.  How many books can you read in a month?

– 10-20 😀

 

 

9. What’s your favorite song, at the moment?

Lifehouse released a new song. Actually, I don’t know if its released already because I just listen to it at Spotify.
10. You have three wishes from a genie. What would you wish for?

– Books.

– Library.

To make Bennett Cooper real! (hello priorities!)


 

THAT WAS FUN. Thanka again Kyla. Now it’s my turn to tag people and ask them private stuff. Kidding!

Here are my ten questions for the ten bloggers I nominate:

 

1. Do you spend more time reading on the screen or on paper?
2. When you are not reading, what do you do?
3. How’s your romantic life? HAHAHAHAHA okay *clears throat* Who is your CURRENT book boyfriend?
4. Author you’ve read the most books from?
5. WHAT IS THE BEST SERIES EVER? for you 😀
6. What is your drink of choice while reading?
7. Fictional character you probably would have actually dated in High School.
8. Give me a HIDDEN GEM BOOK! …aaaand GO!
9. What are the kind of books you don’t read?
10. Am I awesome? HAHAHAHA, okay okay serious time now. Name that Classic book that you think EVERYBODY should read.

 

And here are the beautiful and lovely bloggers I nominate. You’re supposed to tag 10 bloggers but I AM CHANGING THE RULES. Because I’m a rebel that way. No but okay, I’ll be tagging 6 bloggers only because I think everybody has been tagged already.

 

Val @ The Innocent Smiley

Kelly @ Diva BookNerd

Joy @ The Bookshelf Intruder

Marianne @ Boricuan Bookworms

Lily @ Lily’s Book Blog

Jules @ Jules Bookshelf

 

Yay! I hope you girls will have fun answering my nonsense questions and I’ll be stalking you all for your answers! 😀

ARC REVIEW: The Stag Lord (Bannerman Boru #1) by Darby Kaye

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TITLE: The Stag Lord (Bannerman Boru #1)
AUTHOR: Darby Kaye; Darby Karchut
PUBLICATION: Published December 2nd 2014 by Spence City
GENRE: A/NA > Fantasy
PAGES: 376pages (paperback)
SOURCE: arc via publisher (netgalley)
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4 ★★★★1/2

 

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On the run across America from a vengeful shape-shifter, Bannerman “Bann” Boru has only one thing on his mind: keeping himself and his young son, Cor, alive.
At any cost.
Until he meets Shay Doyle, healer and member of a secret group of immortal Celtic warriors, the Tuatha De Danaan, living in modern-day Colorado. When Cor is injured, Bannerman is forced to accept her help. He quickly realizes that the golden-haired healer is shield-maiden tough and can hold her own on the field of battle with the big boys. And Shay soon discovers that there is more to Bann than meets the eye.
Now, with the shape-shifter Cernunnos teaming up with the local pack of Fir Bolgs (Bronze Age creatures with a nasty taste for children), Bannerman, Shay, her wolf-dog, Max, and the rest of the Doyle clan must figure out how to battle one insane god.

 

 

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“Fantasy would go like this—the hero overcomes the monster about beating incredible odds, he woos the girl, they fall in love, and they live happily ever after….. Real life is never that way. Real life is confusing. And messy. And painful. And too many good people get serious crap dumped on them”

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I actually haven’t read anything by Darby Karchut and now I’m wondering why.  I fell in love with The Stag Lord immediately and its intense and rich writing totally hooked me. Darby is on my author-to-stalk list. I am sure that I will be reading her other books soon and I will not be surprised if I’ll devour it for 1 day like what I did in The Stag Lord.

Bannerman and his son, Cormac or Cor is on the run. First of all, let’s mention it already that this two are not ordinary human. They are part of the tribe Tuatha De Danaan. Tuatha De Danaan are warriors. They fight with other creatures that human don’t know about like Feys and goblins. But right now, Bannermans main enemy is Cernnunos. And Cernunnos wants something from him that he will never give. Good thing he met Shay and her clan and they fought with him against the shapeshifter Cernunnos.

Okay, that’s all I can give. Darby Kaye’s characters are phenomenal. They’re very real and authentic. Bannerman Boru is the reason some book nerds are not interested in guys anymore. This guy can make you hot all over.. but he can also make your heart melt. His son, Cor, is no different. He is a kid and he’s character is written well. The father and son relationship s to die for. There were scenes that really squeezed my heart.

Shay is one awesome heroine. Now this heroine is what I am dying to read. Funny, badass and kind hearted.

“Shay Doyle,” he declared. “You are in danger.”
“No. I’m in the kitchen.” She raised a hand, forestalling him.

Did I mention she’s funny? The chemistry between Bannerman and Shay is just..

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But an Urban Fantasy book won’t be complete without its magical and entrancing myths and secrets right? Well, The Stag Lord didn’t fail to deliver. The world surrounding the Tuatha De Danaan and their culture and ways really captivated me. I want to know more. And although I can already feel the torture of waiting, I WILL BE PATIENT. For Cernunno’s next move. For what’s going to happen to Shay and Bann. And for knowing the secret that is surrounding Cor.

The Stag Lord is a success Urban Fantasy novel. It’s fast paced, it’s writing is impressive and the characterization is exquisite! This is 2014 favorite for me. It’s a MUST READ and I recommend it to any UF lovers. You don’t want to miss the heart stopping first book in this series.

 

 

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Darby Karchut is an award-winning author, teacher, and a compulsive dawn greeter. She lives in Colorado with her husband and owns more backpacks than purses. As she should.

Her Middle Grade books include FINN FINNEGAN (March 2013 from Spencer Hill Press). The next book in the Finnegan series, GIDEON’S SPEAR (Spencer Hill Press) will be released February 2014, followed by THE HOUND AT THE GATE (January 2015).

Her YA books include GRIFFIN RISING, GRIFFIN’S FIRE, and GRIFFIN’S STORM.

She has also co-authored a non-fiction book for teens entitled MONEY AND TEENS with her husband, author Wes Karchut.