Monday, April 16, 2012

Monday Contests & DARK COMPANION Gets Five Stars!

It's a glorious day outside -- my roses are beginning to bloom, honey and bumble bees are buzzing over the Pride of Madeira and salvias, and robins, hummingbirds, and bluejays flit through the garden. My books are being shopped around the London Book Fair, which starts today, and I hope my agent will sell some international rights.

Amanda at LoveVampires has posted her review of Dark Companion, my upcoming YA gothic, and gives it a five-star rating! Full disclosure: Amanda read the early manuscript for this novel and believed in it so much that she surprised me with cover art for my free read. The cover helped me get readers and the readers helped me get my book deal with Tor Teen.
Dark secrets, hidden mysteries, disquieting realities, passion and romance… without a doubt this is my favourite YA book of the year. Dark Companion is recommended reading for teen gothic/vampire fiction fans as well as for Jane Eyre fans of any age. Bloody brilliant!
Amanda's opinion means so much to me. I started following her LoveVampires years ago because I was so impressed by her thoughtful, perceptive reviews. If you haven't already done so, sign up for her newsletter to learn about new books, read interviews, and enter contests, which are usually international giveaways.

Abigail at All Things Urban Fantasy gives a wonderful early review to Summoning the Night, book two in Jenn Bennett's Arcadia Bell series.
The worldbuilding full of magic and Earthbound demons is refreshing and exciting, the pace relentless, the romance subdued and sizzling in turn, and the characters engaging and oh so likeable.
I really enjoyed Kindling the Moon, Jenn's first book in the magical series, and I can't read this one! It was selected as a top pick by the Romantic Times:
Bennett quickly establishes that her terrific debut was no fluke, delivering another riveting tale featuring gutsy renegade magician Cady Bell. A series for your keeper shelf!
To learn more about Jenn and her books, visit her website. Here's the funny trailer for the book and I'm going to ask my publicist at Pocket for a copy for a giveaway.

 On Wednesday, I'll have a guest blog from Jess Haines, author of the H&W Investigations urban fantasy series, so be sure to drop by, chat, and find out about a contest she's running for ARCs of Stalking the Others, book four.

Susan Roberton's is now accepting submissions for her fun Author Insight series. If you're an author and would like to participate, or if you're a reader who wants to submit a question,  be sure to visit Wastepaper Prose.

Suzanne Johnson is having one of her amazing Reader's Choice contests at Preternatura, and the winner can choice from one of nine hot new releases. The contest is international. She's finding time to blog even though she's also promoting the release of her debut urban fantasy, Royal Street.

You can enter my contest for Royal Street, US only, which runs through April 18.Pushy at Bewitched Bookworms is having a terrific giveaway for signed ARCs and promo materials! US only.
  • Prize Pack 1 : Signed ARC’s: Shatter Me, Under The Never Sky, Eve and Hallowed, Signed Poster and Bookmarks!
  • Prize Pack 2: Signed Hardcover of Shatter Me and Under The Never Sky, Signed Poster
  • Prize Pack 3: Signed Poster, Signed Bookmarks


So my theme was going to be crazy, insane, mad, wild, and then I found this fun video by DreamyViper set to a cover of Iggy Pop's "Wild One." My theme is now videos by DreamyViper.

Oh, this is cheezetastic!


Jackie Roberts said...

Marta - Congratulations on receiving Amanda's five star rating for Dark Companion! I've been a fan since discovering the Casa Dracula series. I recently (and finally) read Nancy's Theory of Style and it was great fun. I was very excited to get to "see" Milagro in the story.

Marta said...

Hi, Jackie - thank you! So glad you gave Nancy's Theory of Style a chance. The poor book became an "orphan" when my editor left my publisher midway through. It fell between the cracks, but will come out in audio with a terrific hilarious narrator.

Tore said...

Thanks for the giveaway. I would love to read these books. Please enter me in contest.