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Book Giveaway: Magic for Liars

Courtesy of Tor, I have a copy of Magic for Liars by Sarah Gailey for one lucky winner!

Contest is open to US residents only. No PO Boxes please. To enter, just fill out the form below. Contest ends June 14. I’ll draw a name on June 15, and notify winner via email.

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Blog Tour: Snakeskins – Book Excerpt

Snakeskins by Tim Major

Synopsis:
Caitlin Hext’s first shedding ceremony is imminent, but she’s far from prepared to produce a Snakeskin clone. When her Skin fails to turn to dust as expected, she must decide whether she wishes the newcomer alive or dead.

Worse still, it transpires that the Hext family may be of central importance to the survival of Charmers, a group of people with the inexplicable power to produce duplicates every seven years and, in the process, rejuvenate. In parallel with reporter Gerry Chafik and government aide Russell Handler, Caitlin must prevent the Great British Prosperity Party from establishing a corrupt new world order.

Book Excerpt:

The images were almost entirely black, with only faint sources of light that illuminated the handful of figures. In the first photos the people were all in one corner, as if the photographer had been far away, or as if he or she hadn’t known quite where to point the camera. The people were arranged in a semicircle.
Despite herself, Gerry bent closer. In each successive picture, the figures grew in size. The photographer must have been sneaking towards them, hidden in the darkness.

All but one of the figures had their backs to the camera. Gerry realised that she recognised the woman facing the camera, standing before a fire in an ornate iron brazier. Her build was slighter than the people around her. Her shoulder-length hair shone white.

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Book Giveaway: The Rule of Many

Courtesy of Skyscape, I have a copy of The Rule of Many by Ashley Saunders for one lucky winner!

Contest is open to US residents only. No PO Boxes please. To enter, just fill out the form below. Contest ends May 24. I’ll draw a name on May 25, and notify winner via email.

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Received in April

The following are the books, movies, television shows, etc. I received last month for review and/or giveaways:

DVD/Blu Rays:
Replicas Blu-ray

Mystery Boxes:
TeeBlox

Amazon / Skyscape:
The Rule of Many by Ashley Saunders

Clarion Books:
Briar and Rose and Jack by Katherine Coville

Daw:
Pariah by W. Michael Gear

Del Rey:
The Cruel Stars by John Birmingham
No Country for Old Gnomes by Kevin Hearne
Star Wars: Master & Apprentice by Claudia Gray
Magic: The Gathering: War of the Spark: Ravnica by Greg Weisman

Disney Hyperion / Freeform:
Charlotte Brontë before Jane Eyre by Glynnis Fawkes
The Lovely and the Lost by Jennifer Lynn Barnes
Charlie and Frog The Boney Hand by Karen Kane
Pencils, Pens & Brushes: A Great Girls’ Guide to Disney Animation by Mindy Johnson

Grim Oak:
Age of Legend by Michael J. Sullivan

Hachette / Grand Central:
Emily Eternal by M. G. Wheaton

Harlequin Teen / Inkyard Press:
Nexus by Sasha Alsberg
Zenith by Sasha Alsberg

Harper Voyager:
The Hound of Justice by Claire O’Dell

Holiday House:
Mayhem and Madness: Chronicles of a Teenaged Supervillain by J. A. Dauber

Macmillan / Swoon / Feiwel and Friends:
The Shortest Distance Between Love & Hate by Sandy Hall
Elon Musk: A Mission to Save the World by Anna Crowley Redding

Night Shade Books:
Million Mile Road Trip by Rudy Rucker

Random House Children’s:
5 Worlds Book 3: The Red Maze by Mark Siegel

Scholastic:
Cross Fire by Fonda Lee

Subterranean Books:
A Pilgrimage of Swords by Anthony Ryan
Houses Under the Sea by Caitlin R. Kiernan

Tor:
Knight: A Chronicle of the Sibyl’s War by Timothy Zahn

Megan Shepherd Writing Contest!

In her latest two books, Grim Lovelies and Midnight Beauties, Megan alludes to eight different fairy tales that grew out of the magical and dangerous world she meticulously built for her characters. Megan is giving writers of all kinds and backgrounds (high school age and older) the option to turn these short prompts into actual fairy tales. The best story written for each of the eight prompts will be included in a digital Grim Lovelies fairy tale collection entitled Beastie Tales.

For more info, please visit meganshepherd.com/beastietales

Book Giveaway: No Country for Old Gnomes

Courtesy of Del Rey, I have a copy of No Country for Old Gnomes by Kevin Hearne and Delilah S. Dawson for one lucky winner!

Contest is open to US residents only. No PO Boxes please. To enter, just fill out the form below. Contest ends May 3. I’ll draw a name on May 4, and notify winner via email.

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Received in March

The following are the books, movies, television shows, etc. I received last month for review and/or giveaways:

DVD/Blu Rays:
Krypton Season 1 Blu-Ray
Bumblebee 4K Blu-Ray
Nancy Drew and the Hidden Staircase Blu-Ray

Mystery Boxes:
TeeBlox

Angry Robot:
Hidden Sun: Shadowlands Book I by Jaine Fenn
Broken Shadow: Shadowlands Book II by Jaine Fenn

Berkley:
Salvation Day by Kali Wallace

Clarion Books:
Spark by Sarah Beth Durst

Daw:
Finder by Suzanne Palmer
The Master of Dreams by Mike Resnick

Del Rey:
Inspection by Josh Malerman
Alpha and Omega by Harry Turtledove
Stranger Things: Worlds Turned Upside Down: The Official Behind-the-Scenes Companion by Gina McIntyre
The Stiehl Assassin by Terry Brooks
Stranger Things: Suspicious Minds by Gwenda Bond

Disney Hyperion / Freeform:
The Odd Sisters: A Villains Novel by Serena Valentino
Don’t Date Rosa Santos by Nina Moreno
Where I End and You Begin by Preston Norton
The Lovely and the Lost by Jennifer Lynn Barnes
Aru Shah and the Song of Death by Roshani Chokshi
Blastaway by Melissa Landers

Gallery Books:
Star Trek: The Next Generation: Available Light by Dayton Ward

Harper Voyager:
Markswoman by Rati Mehrotra
Mahimata by Rati Mehrotra
The Luminous Dead by Caitlin Starling
The Deepest Blue by Sarah Beth Durst
The Hound of Justice by Claire O’Dell
Becoming Superman: My Journey From Poverty to Hollywood by J. Michael Straczynski
The Dragon Republic by R. F Kuang
The Grand Dark by Richard Kadrey

Penguin / Dial:
This Book Is Not Yet Rated by Peter Bognanni

Scholastic:
The Candle and the Flame by Nafiza Azad
Stepsister by Jennifer Donnelly

Shadow Mountain:
Wizard for Hire: Apprentice Needed by Obert Skye

Simon Teen / Simon Pulse:
Sky Without Stars by Jessica Brody

St Martin’s Press:
We Are Mayhem by Michael Moreci

Subterranean Press:
Atmosphæra Incognita by Neal Stephenson
The Girl on the Porch by Richard T. Chizmar
In the Shadow of Spindrift House by Mira Grant
The Best of Greg Egan by Greg Egan
Fan Service by Gail Carriger

Titan Books:
Captain Marvel The Official Movie Special by Titan
Firefly: The Magnificent Nine by James Lovegrove

Tor:
A Memory Called Empire by Arkady Martine

Uproar Books:
Wild Sun by Ehsan Ahmad and Shakil Ahmad

RUIN’S WAKE Blog Tour – Book Excerpt

Today, we have a book excerpt from Ruin’s Wake by Patrick Edwards on this stop of his blog tour!

The City
They saw more signs of fighting as they got closer to the center of the great wheel. The backdrop to their cautious, darting route was a jumbled multitude of burned-out vehicles, pockmarked walls and the acrid tang of cordite. They passed a ground car, flattened under heavy treads and still on fire. The wall behind it was perforated in several places, the distinct patina of plasma fire coruscating around the edges.

Not far down the road a Factor’s checkpoint had been torn open by an explosion. Bodies lay in a jumbled heap, one man hanging over the crumbling lip of the crater, his legs a bloody crush of bone and torn flesh. A little further on a row of troops in stained army uniforms lay against the wall where their execution had taken place. Cale saw the look of fear still painted on the face of one of them, the hole in his forehead absurdly neat. The military had not been prepared for this.

An enormous pounding shook the earth and they dove for the safety of an alleyway. Threading through its narrow darkness, they found their way through to the other side, the close walls channeling the echoes of gunfire until it sounded as if the battle was on top of them.

At the other end they came upon a dun expanse: one of Karume’s state parks. A section of trees had been toppled by an enormous battle tank that squatted at the end of its ripped-up trail like a monster of steel and smoke in the center of the lawn, its turret sweeping the area.

They took cover behind a powered-down skimmer truck just as a war-walker erupted from the other side of the park, its massive feet churning up great chunks of grass as it closed on its prey. It was a patchwork of parts, unpainted ceramic plate showing through the soot that coated it, engines roaring as it brought its weapon arms to bear. The ground tank fired but missed, the concussion from the shell knocking the walker – but not toppling it – before obliterating two floors of a building. The walker dug ruts in the turf as it skidded to a stop, centered itself, then fired both cannons at once. The tank split open like a fruit as the heavy shells ripped into it; there might have been screams, but they were quickly swallowed by the howl of superheated air and metal. The walker made sure its prey was dead, then took off in the other direction.