Friday, October 16, 2015

Super Freak by Vanessa Barger Blog Tour Giveaway


Super Freak by Vanessa Barger

Publication Date: October 13, 2015

Publisher: Tantrum Books

Genre: MG, Fantasy

Thirteen-year-old Caroline is a freak. Her parents have uprooted her to a town full of Supernaturals. You’d think she’d be thrilled. But, with someone without a magical bone in her body, this daughter of tree sprites feels like even more of an outcast than she has ever before.

To make matters worse, her new home is cursed. But when Caroline takes to investigating the mysterious and strange happenings of Harridan House, her BFF goes missing. Seems someone doesn’t want Caroline sticking her non-magical nose where it most certainly does not belong. Determined to prove herself, Caroline uncovers a plot to destroy her new hometown.

Undeterred, Caroline can’t give up. But what’s a human without magical powers to do? Caroline better figure it out fast, before she loses everything she has ever loved and the whispers she’s heard all her life prove true: Caroline is a useless superfreak.

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Vanessa Barger was born in West Virginia, and through several moves ended up spending the majority of her life in Virginia Beach, Virginia. She is a graduate of George Mason University and Old Dominion University, and has degrees in Graphic Design, a minor in Medieval and Renaissance Literature, and a Masters in Technology Education. She has had articles published in Altered Arts Magazine, has had some artwork displayed in galleries in Ohio and online, and currently teaches engineering, practical physics, drafting and other technological things to high school students in the Hampton Roads area of Virginia. She is a member of the SCBWI (Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators), the Virginia Writer’s Club, and the Hampton Roads Writers. When not writing or teaching, she’s a bookaholic, movie fanatic, and loves to travel. She is married to a fabulous man, and has one cat, who believes Vanessa lives only to open cat food cans, and can often be found baking when she should be editing.

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Giveaway Information: Contest ends October 12, 2015

Five (5) winners will receive a digital copy of Super Freak by Vanessa Barger (INT)

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Developing Minds: An American Ghost Story by Jonathan LaPoma Book Tour and Giveaway

Book Genre: Literary Fiction

Publisher: Laughing Fire Press

Release Date: September 14, 2015

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Book Description:

-"Raw and edgy. . . Entertaining and authentic look at the troubled American education system. . ." --Kirkus Reviews, Recommended Review

-"Should be required reading for anyone who is considering or has ever considered teaching as a career. . . most highly recommended." --Readers' Favorite, 5-Star Review

-"A scathing comic novel . . . sort of a M*A*S*H for Miami schoolteachers." --Patrick Murtha, Book 'em, Danno

-"Incredibly artistic . . . raw and endearing." --San Francisco Book Review

-"A multi-faceted exploration of growth, maturity, and eventual transformation. . ." --D. Donovan, Senior Reviewer, Midwest Book Review

-Finalist in 2015 Stargazer Literary Prizes for best Visionary and Metaphysical Fiction

DEVELOPING MINDS: AN AMERICAN GHOST STORY follows a group of recent college graduates who struggle with feelings of alienation and their addictions as they try to survive a year of teaching at two dysfunctional Miami public schools.

A poetic and insightful coming-of-age novel, DEVELOPING MINDS is centered on 24-year-old Luke Entelechy, an aspiring writer who sees his creative output suffer when he begins teaching at one of Miami's most challenging middle schools. As the year progresses, however, Luke begins to relate to the neglect and abuse his students suffer, and is faced with a haunting decision: continue to let his dark past destroy him, or rise above the struggle to realize his potential as an artist and a real human being.

Equal parts disturbing and humorous, DEVELOPING MINDS offers a brutally honest look at the American public school system and the extreme measures many teachers take to cope with working in it.

Author Bio:

Jonathan LaPoma is an award-winning novelist, screenwriter, songwriter, and poet from Buffalo, NY. In 2005, he received a BA in history and a secondary education credential from the State University of New York at Geneseo, and he traveled extensively throughout the United States and Mexico after graduating. These experiences have become the inspiration for much of his writing, which often explores themes of alienation and misery as human constructions that can be overcome through self-understanding and the acceptance of suffering. His five feature-length screenplays have won over 40 awards/honors at various international screenwriting competitions, and his novel DEVELOPING MINDS: AN AMERICAN GHOST STORY is a finalist in the 2015 Stargazer Literary Prizes for best Visionary and Metaphysical Fiction. He lives in San Diego and teaches at a public secondary school.

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The Heroine Next Door by Zeena Nackerdien Review and Giveaway

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The Heroine Next Door by Zeena Nackerdien:

Publisher: Book Venture (January 7, 2015)
 Category: Modern Day Historical Fiction, Contemporary Fiction, Literary Fiction, Health 
Tour Dates: October/November, 2015 
ISBN: 978-1941736-272 
Available in: Print & ebook, 154 Pages 

 The emotionally-wounded survivors of the 9/11 attacks include a fifty-year old, South African Muslim scientist, Leila, who lost her fiancĂ©e, Khalid, on that fateful day. She is the narrator of a story threading together the lives of four South African Muslims navigating a technologically advanced and increasingly-complicated world. Initially tentative in pursuing her dream to aid patients with HIV/AIDS and other diseases (following deaths of loved ones to these illnesses) in the face of adversity encountered as a US immigrant, Leila finally asserts herself in middle age to carve her own identity and provide possible solutions to the management of diseases rampant in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Cassandra's Review- Brave, powerful and strong are just a few ways to describe this book and author. I lost friends and family during 9/11. I witnessed the smoke clouds.  The topic is never to be taken lightly and this author does a great job of creating a story around her version.

About Zeena Nackerdien:Zeena Nackerdien

Zeena Nackerdien is a dual US and South African citizen. She obtained a PhD degree in Biochemistry from the University of Stellenbosch in South Africa. Zeena has been a research chemist at the National Institute of Standards and Technology in Maryland and a senior research associate at The Rockefeller University in New York. She is the author of several publications in scientific journals and two poetry collections, “Mist Over Peace” and “Scatterlings.” As a scientist turned patient advocate and writer, she is intensely interested in building relationships with people from different cultures through storytelling and education. Zeena currently lives in Brooklyn, New York. Website: Facebook: Google+: LinkedIn: Pinterest:

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BODYARMOR SuperDrink Giveaway


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Now For The Giveaway…

M9B Friday Reveal: Author Spotlight – Michael Gibney with Giveaway #M9BFridayReveals

Welcome to this week’s M9B Friday Reveal!
This week, we are spotlighting
Michael Gibney
author of
The Three Thorns (The Brotherhood and the Shield #1)
a Middle Grade title from Tantrum Books!
Be sure to enter the giveaway found at the end of the post!

Physical books or eBooks?
Coke or Pepsi?
Coke (I’m a sucker for the original)
Twitter or Facebook?
Song you can’t get out of your head right now?
The Flamingos – I Only Have Eyes For You. (It’s such a cinematic song.)
Sweet or salty?
Coffee or tea?
Write on computer or notebook paper?
Computer. I’m left handed, so my handwriting is at a disadvantage, I’ve always felt.
Michael Gibney began working in restaurants at the age of sixteen and assumed his first sous chef position at twenty-two. He ascended to executive sous chef at Tavern on the Green, where he managed an eighty-person staff. He has worked in the kitchens of Morgans Hotel Group, 10 Downing in Manhattan, and Governor in Brooklyn’s DUMBO, among many others. Over the course of his career, he has had the opportunity to work alongside cooks and chefs from many of the nation’s best restaurants, including Alinea, Per Se, Eleven Madison Park, Daniel, Jean Georges, Le Bernardin, Bouley, Ducasse, Corton, wd~50, and Momofuku.
In addition to his experience in the food service industry, Gibney also holds a BFA in painting from Pratt Institute and an MFA in nonfiction writing from Columbia University. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.
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Three brothers born to a once powerful King were abandoned at birth and cast out into the old world as orphans - alone and unaware of the other's existence or their royal heritage. In the new world, by order of the false King, three of the most lethal assassins are sent to kill the children before they come of age and avenge their father’s throne. But when the brothers find one another, Benjamin, Tommy and Sebastian must resist the temptation of magic and power if they are to defeat the unspeakable evil that has threatened them since birth. The Three Thorns is book one in an exciting children’s fantasy series called The Brotherhood and the Shield from debut author Michael Gibney.
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