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This year has been – without a doubt – an up-and-down year full of good books, bad books and everything in between. There have been both endings and beginnings, good guys and bad. 2014 was one of the best, most diverse, publication years to-date – although honestly, I say that every year… heh. But you can see just by looking at the list below that 2014 was one exceptional year in reading.
Here are the titles that made my own personal list of ‘the best’ of 2014…
I am so thrilled to be a part of the tour for THIS SHATTERED WORLD by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner. If you ever feel the need for a good sci-fi in your life, plus a bit of great romance, this is the series for you.
Today I am thrilled to share a gorgeous (and gorgeously decorated) quote that perfectly describes the setting of this second installment.
Hi! I’m Courtney Alameda, author of the soon-to-be published YA horror novel, SHUTTER. I love Christmastime and all things scary, so I wanted to celebrate by sharing some of my favorite Christmas beasties with everyone this year—twelve of them, to be exact! Join me and a few of my blogger friends every day from December 13 – 24, as we feature different holiday nightmares . . . if you dare!
So without further ado…
Happy Christmas from Krampus, the King of the Holiday Heckbeasts!
First and foremost among the Christmas creatures is KRAMPUS, or as I like to think of him, the Anti-Santa. Half-goat, half-demon, Krampus kind of reminds me of a Greek faun on steroids, or maybe what the Beast from Disney’s BEAUTY AND THE BEAST would look like in real life. Honestly, folks, this one ain’t pretty…
NOTICE: I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
A TREMBLING EARTH
The flames of civil war sweep across the Shima Imperium. With their plans to renew the Kazumitsu dynasty foiled, the Lotus Guild unleash their deadliest creation—a mechanical goliath known as the Earthcrusher, intended to unite the shattered Empire under a yoke of fear. With the Tiger Clan and their puppet Daimyo Hiro in tow, the Guild marches toward a battle for absolute dominion over the Isles.
A BROKEN REBELLION
Yukiko and Buruu are forced to take leadership of the Kagé rebellion, gathering new allies and old friends in an effort to unite the country against the chi-mongers. But the ghosts of Buruu’s past stand between them and the army they need, and Kin’s betrayal has destroyed all trust among their allies. When a new foe joins the war tearing the Imperium apart, it will be all the pair can do to muster the strength to fight, let alone win.
A FINAL BATTLE
The traitor Kin walks the halls of Guild power, his destiny only a bloody knife-stroke away. Hana and Yoshi struggle to find their place in a world now looking to them as heroes. Secret cabals within the Lotus Guild claw and struggle; one toward darkness, the other toward light. And as the earth splits asunder, as armies destroy each other for rule over an empire of lifeless ash and the final secret about blood lotus is revealed, the people of Shima will learn one last, horrifying truth.
There is nothing a mother won't do to keep her children by her side.
Five things you need to get published
1. A good, original idea:
It’s hard to have a good idea, even harder to have an original one. The chances of doing both at the same time? Up there with finding a straight man who enjoys watching GLEE.
Sum up your book in a sentence, and then ask yourself if you can imagine people getting excited about it. “Everyday kid goes to Wizard School”. “Dystopian future where kids battle each other for public amusement”. “Futuristic warfare fought entirely by the elderly”. Those are cool ideas. Unfortunately, they’ve all been done, so you’ll have to think up your own. :P