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Bookanista Review - Shinobi by Cole Gibson

It's Thursday, and time for another Bookanista review. Today I am reviewing Shinobi by Cole Gibson. But before I get to that, here are the other Bookansita posts today: 
Lenore Applehans freaks for PANIC by Lauren OliverChristine Fonseca is captivated by SHINOBI by Cole GibsonJessica Love raves about WHEN AUDREY MET ALICE by Bookanista Rebecca BehrensKaty Upperman swoons for THE SUMMER I FOUND YOU by Jolene Perry

On to my review -

About SHINOBI by Cole Gibson:
Can Rileigh stop a vengeful ninja before she's trapped forever?Reincarnated samurai Rileigh Martin may have just graduated high school, but she feels like there isn’t much to celebrate. Her boyfriend Kim doesn’t remember who she is, her past-life enemy Whitley has returned, and her future is unclear.When Kim suddenly regains his memories, Rileigh is overjoyed—until she realizes that Sumi, a powerful, reincarnated ninja, has also regained her memories. In the aftermath of Sumi’s attack, Rileigh’s ki powers are draining away …

#IndieReCon Is HERE!!!

Hi all! I wanted to sneak in and let you know that I am going to be pretty scarce over the next few weeks. Why, you may ask?Major deadlines coming in NFNeed to work on CollideNeed a breather#IndieReCon is here! On that last one, be sure to check out #IndieReCon. The lineup is amazing and it all starts today. CLICK HERE for the agenda and complete information!

New Release News!

Happy Friday! For some reason I always like sharing bookish news on Fridays. Today is no different. I am finally ready to share news about not one, but two upcoming releases.

First, for my Requiem Fans, I am releasing an omnibus of the Requiem Series in Mid-March in mobi and epub formats. It will include the three novels, as well as the Requiem Shorts. And, because several of you asked, it also includes a special NEW short about Nesy and Aydan before they were Nesy and Aydan. VOCA ME is the story of Elle and Adam. See where their love began!

More on that soon.

First I want to share more news...

I am also releasing a BRAND NEW YA novel with cross-over appeal entitled COLLIDE. COLLIDE is a paranormal thriller I am more than a little excited about! Think X-Men meets Bourne Identity. Add a little Nikita and I think you have the idea. Check out this FAB video that totally gets me in the mood for the story:


Here's the blurb for a little more info:

COLLIDE

There’s more to paranormal activit…

Elevated by Elana Johnson - a Review

Hey everyone! I hope your Thursday is amazing! I am thrilled to bring you my review of ELEVATED by Elana Johnson today. 

The Blurb:
The last person seventeen-year-old Eleanor Livingston wants to see on the elevator—let alone get stuck with—is her ex-boyfriend Travis, the guy she's been avoiding for five months. 

Plagued with the belief that when she speaks the truth, bad things happen, Elly hasn’t told Trav anything. Not why she broke up with him and cut off all contact. Not what happened the day her father returned from his deployment to Afghanistan. And certainly not that she misses him and still thinks about him everyday. 
But with nowhere to hide and Travis so close it hurts, Elly’s worried she won’t be able to contain her secrets for long. She’s terrified of finally revealing the truth, because she can’t bear to watch a tragedy befall the boy she still loves.Why I liked it:
There is so much to love about this book! First, the writing - it is no secret that I like Elana's boo…

Happy book Birthday to Elana Johnson and Elevated!

Time for another Author Spotlight! Today I am thrilled to be hosting Elana Johnson and wishing her a HAPPY BOOK BIRTHDAY for her latest writing endeavor - ELEVATED. A few weeks ago I participated in her cover release. Well, as it so happens, the cover was changed since then and I will have it for you here. But first, here is a little more about Elevated:

ELEVATED by Elana Johnson:

The last person seventeen-year-old Eleanor Livingston wants to see on the elevator—let alone get stuck with—is her ex-boyfriend Travis, the guy she's been avoiding for five months.

Plagued with the belief that when she speaks the truth, bad things happen, Elly hasn’t told Trav anything. Not why she broke up with him and cut off all contact. Not what happened the day her father returned from his deployment to Afghanistan. And certainly not that she misses him and still thinks about him everyday.

But with nowhere to hide and Travis so close it hurts, Elly’s worried she won’t be able to contain her secrets for …

15 Reasons to Attend IndieReCon

SO EXCITED FOR THIS!!!!

As you may or may not know, IndieReCon starts next week from Feb 25 - 27. Each day is packed with giveaways, chats, posts and fun.
Here it is - 15 reasons why you should register for IndieReCon Today!
1. Keynote speakers JA Konrath and Barry Eisler are hosting a 2 hour chat to honestly answer any questions you have. Need I say more!
2. Find out how to face your fears and how to focus on your writing, being creative, and writing to your readers with Bob Mayer, Alicia Vancil, Rashelle Workman, Susan Quinn, Orna Ross, CS Lakin, and Rachel Aaron.
3. Find out all the nitty gritty details on self-publishing basics like pricing, distribution, and formatting from top industry professionals like Miral Sattar, Peter Bowerman, Joel Friedlander, and The Passive Guy (David Vandagriff).
4. Build your marketing skills and publicity skills with KP Simmons (InkSlinger PR), David Gauthran, Lori Culwell, Micheal Alvear, Jim Kukral, Joanna Penn, Angela Ackerman, and Martha Carr.
5.…

Bookanista Review: Vengeance by Megan Miranda

It's Thursday, and time for another Bookanista review. Today I am reviewing one of my favorite reads this year - Vengeance by Megan Miranda. If you love a great sequel (or companion - though I think this is more of a sequel), you'll LOVE this continuation of the "Fracture" story. But before I get into that, here is a peek at the other Bookanistas and their fav books this week:
Shari Arnold is loving LADY THIEF (Scarlet #2) by A.C. GaughenRebecca Behrens is captivated by NIGHTINGALE'S NEST by Nikki LoftinKaty Upperman is pulsating for HEARTBEAT by Elizabeth ScottJessica Love is over the moon for THE LOST PLANET by Rachel SearlesTracy Banghart is spellbound by CAPTIVATE by Vanessa GardenChristine Fonseca is intrigued by VENGEANCE by Megan MirandaKimberly Sabatini is riveted by PUSH by Corrine JacksonTracey Neithercott is hypnotized by THESE BROKEN STARS by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner On to my review -

About VENGEANCE by Megan Miranda:
Nobody really believes in a c…

IndieReCon Contests, Presenters, and More Cool News

Happy Wednesday everyone! I wanted to sneak in and make sure ALL of you know about the IndieReCon FREE online conference coming on 2/25 AND the fabulous contests going on NOW.
That's right. It's time to celebrate your favorites in Indie Publishing with these amazing contests:
Best Indie Novel Award for fans to nominate their favorite indies!
Adult Children Non-Fiction
Best Indie Cover Award for authors to submit their own awesome book covers!
Adult Children Non-Fiction
Nominations and Submissions are open only through FRIDAY, so you've only got a couple more days to get in the action. Hop on over to the IndieRecon website for complete details.
And, as if that wasn't enough, check out some of these AWESOME presenters for the conference:
JA Konrath Barry Eisler Lara Perkins Orna Ross Amy Edelman Lori Culwell
and so many more...
Be sure to Like us on FB and stay tuned for MORE information as the time gets closer

Writing After A Long Break : 6 Tips To Get Back In the Groove

Hi everyone! Hope you are having an awesome Monday. The break was amazing. Not only can I finally report that I am healthy, but I can also report exciting NEW things in the writing department.

I am so excited to be working on my current project. It's a paranormal thriller that's best summed up as X-men meets Bourne Identity. SO dang much fun to write. I truly can't wait to bring it to all of you.

Which brings me to this post...Writing after a long break.

I haven't written new material since October. That is nearly four LOOOOONNNNNNGGGG months. Too long. And guess what I've discovered -

Once I am out of the habit of writing, it is very difficult to jump back in.

Let me state that again, because I feel like it is really THAT important: Once you are out of the habit of writing, it is really hard to jump back in. Sure, once the story starts flowing it feels fantastic. But the break has broken your habit; it's made you susceptible to all of the distraction. You know…

Time to UnPlug

Hi all! I'm unplugging and living life this week! See you 2/10!

Book Review: Bad Dad by Derek Munson

Happy Sunday! I am spending the day in Super Bowl party mode. But I wanted to sneak over to the computer and post a quick review for a new picture book - Bad Dad by Derek Munson, illustrated by Melody Wang

Here is a little about the book, due to release Feb 28:
Uh oh! Looks like Dad is in trouble again! The library books are overdue. The kids are late for school. And the last cookie is missing from the cookie jar. Again. And somehow, Dad always seems to be in the middle of it all. But is he really all that bad?Why I liked it:
First, I can't say enough about how beautiful the illustrations by Melody Wang are. It is a visually stunning book to look at. As for the story itself, it's cute and really speaks to the relationship between a father and his children. I grew up without a father figure in my life until I was a teenager. I've loved watching the relationship between my girls and their father - and so much of this book reminded me of that relationship. I truly enjoyed it!

P…