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Spooktacular Giveaway Hop

15 Oct

Yaaaay, another blog hop!!! Here we are for the Spooktacular Giveaway Hop (Oct. 15-31) organized by the amazing Kathy at I’m a Reader not a Writer.

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I realize these types of hops are time consuming so for someone to make all the way to # 155 (where my blog was signed up) it has to pay of, so here my prize: one lucky winner will receive a $15.00 gift card to either Starbucks, Amazon or iTunes. 

What do you have to do to win it? It’s simple: either become a follower on Twitter @CamiSkibaOR follow this blog by clicking on the button to the right called “Sign me up!” (atop all images) OR become a fan on FB and leave a comment with your link.  

Enjoy hoping and good luck!

 

 

Guest Post Third Daughter: Multicultural Steampunk by Susan Kaye Quinn

10 Mar
The Third Daughter of the Queen wants to marry for love, but rumors of a new flying weapon force her to accept a barbarian princeís proposal of a peace-brokering marriage.

Third Daughter: Multicultural Steampunk
by Susan Kaye Quinn

What is steampunk? Most people have a vague idea that steampunk stories, as a genre, “have steam power in them” and, as an aesthetic, steampunk looks something like 19th century Victorian England. From brass goggles to buttoned-up costumes, movies like Sherlock Holmes, books like Scott Westerfeld’s Leviathan, and costumes from the tinkers and crafters DIY culture, all give us a feel for this British-centric steampunk.

But a closer look at the many cool steampunk books coming out today reveals stories and characters moving “Beyond Victoriana” into cultures that existed outside Britain in the 19th century… or even cultures that are entirely fantasy analogues of the ones existing at that time.

When I set out to write Third Daughter (set in an analog east-India that I call Steampunk Goes to Bollywood), I didn’t intend to write multicultural steampunk. I started with a princess named Aniri sneaking out to meet her lover Devesh in the fantasy country of Dharia. As I developed the characters and the plot, I quickly realized that all my characters were east-Indian, and that the three countries tangled up in political intrigues and saber-rattling were actually analogs for the East-West conflicts that can be found in modern India today, as well as the cultural conflicts felt by Indians who live outside of the subcontinent. Don’t ask me why, but my steampunk was flavored east-Indian from the start!

But as the story evolved, I found rich and deep cultural issues to mine for the conflicts in my novel. In my story, the supposedly “backward” country of Jungali represents the deep cultural identity of traditional India (my main character’s ideas about the backwardness of those traditions change throughout the story, and I hope, reflects the fond sentiments for at least some of those traditions). The second largest country of Samir represents the Western influence – in this case, the technological advancements of steampunk technology. And finally, the largest country, Dharia, is a picture of modern India – an, at times, uneasy integration of both the Western (steampunk) and Eastern (traditional) influences.

In Third Daughter, I took all these cultural influences, turned them upside down by creating a matriarchical ruling structure (where lineage goes through the Daughters of the Queen), and crafted a story that’s both romance and adventure. And I hope something fresh and new.

Steampunk is nothing if not wildly creative, and I love exploring this genre with a multicultural twist – so much so that I plan on writing at least two more novels in The Dharian Affairs Trilogy (Second Daughter and First Daughter). I hope you’ll give them a try!

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Susan Kaye Quinn is the author of the bestselling Mindjack Trilogy, which is young adult science fiction. Her latest release is Third Daughter (The Dharian Affairs #1) which is her excuse to dress up in corsets and fight with swords. She also has a dark-and-gritty SF serial called The Debt Collector and a middle grade fantasy called Faery Swap. It’s possible she’s easily distracted. She always has more speculative fiction fun in the works. You can find out what she’s up to by subscribing to her newsletter (hint: new subscribers get a free short story!) or by stopping by her blog (www.susankayequinn.com).

Third Daughter (The Dharian Affairs #1)
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Promo Blast–Jawbreaker Unlock the (U)niverse by Jolene Stockman. Giveaway

6 Nov

jawbreakerJawbreaker

You have created yourself every second since the day you were born. Bit by bit, layer by layer. You are a million moments. You are your gift to the world. You are a jawbreaker.

This exciting new non-fiction book for young adults is a guide to exploring who you are, and deciding who you want to be. Get ready to:
– Find and fuel your fizzing center spark.
– Tune in to personal guidance techniques.
– Unleash your absolute uniqueness.
– Develop a cutting edge brand from scratch.
– And so much more!

Packed with tools and jewels to navigate the new world, Jawbreaker: Unlock the (U)niverse (17,000 words) will let you build on your strengths, and show you your story in a whole new way.

It’s time to uncover the world’s best kept secret: You.

iTunes * Barnes & Noble * Kobo * Smashwords * Amazon

***Book Blast Special 1 Get your Kindle copy of Jawbreaker: Unlock the (U)niverse for 99c!

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***Book Blast Special 2 Jolene’s YA non-fiction, Total Blueprint for World Domination shows you how to design your dream world and make it happen! And it’s free for a limited time:

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***Blogger Special Fill in the form to get free e-copies of Jolene’s books to review!

Parents, educators, and teen readers have called Jolene’s books inspiring, empowering, powerful, and life-changing. If you’re looking to get motivated, love your life, and explore who you are, Jawbreaker: Unlock the (U)niverse is for you!

jolene stockmanAuthor Jolene Stockman

Jolene Stockman is an award winning writer, speaker, and an expert for Girlfriend Magazine Australia. She is a Master of Neuro Linguistic Programming, and one of the youngest in the world to achieve the Distinguished Toastmaster Award. Jolene lives in New Zealand, and is the author of motivational non-fiction Total Blueprint for World Domination, and contemporary fiction The Jelly Bean Crisis. Jawbreaker: Unlock the (U)niverse is her latest book.

$100 BookBlast Giveaway

$100 Amazon Gift Card or Paypal Cash

Ends 11/24/13

Open only to those who can legally enter, receive and use an Amazon.com Gift Code or Paypal Cash. Winning Entry will be verified prior to prize being awarded. No purchase necessary. You must be 18 or older to enter or have your parent enter for you. The winner will be chosen by rafflecopter and announced here as well as emailed and will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. This giveaway is in no way associated with Facebook, Twitter, Rafflecopter or any other entity unless otherwise specified. The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning. Giveaway was organized by Kathy from I Am A Reader, Not A Writer and sponsored by the author. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW.

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Review Souls in Peril by Sherry Gammon

26 Sep

My rating:

Because I’m a huge fan of author Sherry Gammon, naturally when she released Souls In Peril I had to have the book.
What I like about Sherry’s work is that she talks openly about real life situations in a fictional world, builds characters that anyone can easily fall in love with, and writes endings that leave you wanting more. And Souls in Peril delivers exactly that. Her narrative is smooth building up tension and ending with a well-drawn climax. Not for one second did I know where the story headed, but rather flipped page after page impatiently wanting to find out.
This young adult novel is one of my favorite reads this year. Max, the main character, goes through one of the best arcs I’ve read in a long time. He’s the perfect guy (senior in high school) living in a perfect world. He’s not arrogant, but he’s not humble either. I’d say confidence is one of his strongest qualities. Unfortunately tragedy strikes and Max falls deep, losing everything and then some.
Next, we follow him through a brand new journey with trials, conflicts and doubts to fill a lifetime. Enter JD, the school’s most bullied student with whom Max has no other choice but to… coexist for a while.
Sherry drives the reader to real emotions masterfully creating trials, conflicts and doubts. You’ll cry and laugh, ache and root for these heroes. I also liked the messages that come with this book, that life is worth living, that we should never give up and we should always try our best. As life goes on and routine sets in we have a tendency to forget how important these things are. Truth is—tomorrow isn’t promised to anyone.
I recommend this book to everyone loving a good, clean YA for themselves or their teenagers–so worth reading it.

My review is up on Amazon, GoodReads, B&N and iTunes.

It’s a darn good lucky day!

13 Apr

Today is Friday the 13th and some say it’s double the bad luck, but for 3 people this is a really lucky day. I offered 3 gift cards in the beginning of the Hoppy Easter Eggstravaganza Giveaway Hop and I had a whooping number of 163 people enter the contest. Thank you all for stopping by!

After counting all entries  it looks like the favorite color is blue:

Red egg=49 people

Yellow egg=45 people

Blue egg= 69 people

Now, to the lucky winners. I used random. org to pick them and here the results:

Red egg (Amazon gift card) –Stephanie Hirsch

Yellow Egg (iTunes gift card) –Bobbie. R

Blue egg (B&N gift card) –Rina Carson

Congratulations everyone!

Easter Eggstravaganza Giveaway Hop 04/06 – 04/12

5 Apr

I don’t know about you, but Easter to me means spring is 100% here. Nature is alive with longer days, lots of sunshine, blooming and colorful flowers and trees, buzzing bees, and  … allergies. Oh well, it can’t all be perfect, right?

To celebrate Easter I have signed up for another fabulous giveaway hop (250+ blogs) organized by Kathy @ I’m A Reader Not A Writer and co-hosted by Yara from Once Upon a Twilight. Thank you ladies for your hard work!

I’m almost halfway down the participants’ list so if you made it to my blog I’d like to reward you with … eggs. Not made of chocolate, but filled with money. I have three eggs: red, yellow and blue. Each one of them contains a $5 gift card either to Amazon, iTunes or Barnes&Noble. Without knowing which gift card is in which egg, you will need to complete the form below and select one egg. At the end of the hop I’ll use random.org to pick the 3 winners. Good luck everyone and Happy Easter!