#TRTCGiveaways Spotlight: Damsel Distressed by Kelsey Macke

It's the LAST giveaway of the 31 DAYS OF INTERNATIONAL GIVEAWAYS on Instagram! We have another amazing giveaway courtesy of the lovely Kelsey Macke, author of DAMSEL DISTRESSED! This is a YA contemporary novel with an alternate view to Cinderella from the "Ugly Stepsister's" point of view! In this novel, Cinderella is EVIL and goes out of her way to ruin her ugly stepsister's happiness And even more fun, it has it's own companion soundtrack--Imogen Unlocked by Wedding Day Rain (Kelsey Macke is in this band!). Read more about it below and check out the amazing giveaway we are hosting found at the end of this post. Enjoy! ♥
Damsel Distressed by Kelsey Macke
October 14th, 2014 from Spencer Hill Contemporary
YA Contemporary
Hot girls get the fairy tales. No one cares about the stepsisters’ story. Those girls don’t get a sweet little ending; they get a lifetime of longing.

Imogen Keegen has never had a happily ever after–in fact, she doesn’t think they are possible. Ever since her mother’s death seven years ago, Imogen has pulled herself in and out of therapy, struggled with an “emotionally disturbed” special ed. label, and loathed her perma-plus-sized status.

When Imogen’s new stepsister, the evil and gorgeous Ella Cinder, moves in down the hall, Imogen begins losing grip on the pieces she’s been trying to hold together. The only things that gave her solace–the theatre, cheese fries, and her best friend, Grant–aren’t enough to save her from her pain this time.

While Imogen is enjoying her moment in the spotlight after the high school musical, the journal pages containing her darkest thoughts get put on display. Now, Imogen must resign herself to be crushed under the ever-increasing weight of her pain, or finally accept the starring role in her own life story.

And maybe even find herself a happily ever after. 
Instagram Giveaway!

The amazing Kelsey Macke is giving away a copy of DAMSEL DISTRESSED + companion album IMOGEN UNLOCKED! Giveaway is open International! Enter by clicking the first image below. ♥


About Kelsey Macke
Kelsey Macke has been creative for as long as she can remember. Her formative years were a swirl of bad poetry, journals full of songs, and absolutely TONS of jazz hands. Her debut YA novel, DAMSEL DISTRESSED (October 2014 – Spencer Hill Contemporary) is being presented with its own soundtrack, Imogen Unlocked, a full album of original songs inspired by the book and performed by the author and her husband, Daron, as their band Wedding Day Rain. In addition to writing and music, Kelsey is a passionate YouTuber, expert instagrammer, and is among the first 1% of all twitter users (@KelsNotChels).

She also loves cheese. All kinds. 

DAMSEL DISTRESSED, Gold medal winner of the 2014 Moonbeam Award for YA, and the companion album of original songs, Imogen Unlocked debuted in October of 2014.

Her work is represented by Jessica Sinsheimer of the Sarah Jane Freymann Literary Agency. 

#TRTCGiveaways + Guest Post: Starswept by Mary Fan!

It's Day 31 (first of two giveaways on the last day) of the 31 DAYS OF INTERNATIONAL GIVEAWAYS on Instagram! Today we are super happy to feature STARSWEPT by Mary Fan! This is the first book in a YA Sci-Fi series about a futuristic Earth contacted by an advanced  telepathic humanoid race that treasures music & perfection, leading them to build a prestigious performing arts school powered by their techonology!  Doesn't this book sound beautiful? Read more about it below and check out the amazing giveaway we are hosting found at the end of this post. Enjoy! ♥
Starswept by Mary Fan
August 29th, 2017 from Snowy Wings Publishing
YA Sci-Fi
Some melodies reach across the stars.

In 2157, the Adryil—an advanced race of telepathic humanoids—contacted Earth. A century later, 15-year-old violist Iris Lei considers herself lucky to attend Papilio, a prestigious performing arts school powered by their technology. Born penniless, Iris’s one shot at a better life is to attract an Adryil patron. But only the best get hired, and competition is fierce.

A sudden encounter with an Adryil boy upends her world. Iris longs to learn about him and his faraway realm, but after the authorities arrest him for trespassing, the only evidence she has of his existence is the mysterious alien device he slipped to her.

When she starts hearing his voice in her head, she wonders if her world of backstabbing artists and pressure for perfection is driving her insane. Then, she discovers that her visions of him are real—by way of telepathy—and soon finds herself lost in the kind of impossible love she depicts in her music.

But even as their bond deepens, Iris realizes that he’s hiding something from her—and it’s dangerous. Her quest for answers leads her past her sheltered world to a strange planet lightyears away, where she uncovers secrets about Earth’s alien allies that shatter everything she knows.
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A Few of My Favorite Things
(A Guest Post by Mary Fan)

One question I often get asked is, “Mary, where do you get your ideas for your books?” I wish I had some cool, cerebral answer, like “holding a mirror up to society” or “delving into my dreams and subconscious,” but the honest answer is: I write about my favorite things.

Robert Penn Warren once said, “You don’t choose a story; it chooses you.” In my experience, that is absolutely true. Just last year, I spent months planning and researching and plotting the book I thought I wanted to write. It would be ambitious and different, I thought. But also… not a lot of fun compared to what I’m used to writing. I hit a wall with that manuscript and set it down, hoping that a writing break would revive my interest.

Instead, I got a brand-new idea out of nowhere. What happened next, from here, feels almost like a fever dream. I spent two days scribbling brainstorms by any means necessary… sending emails to myself from my office computer at work, scribbling in the margins of my score during choir rehearsal, tapping out notes on my phone on the subway. Now, up until this point, I’d always considered myself a meticulous plotter. All my past books had firm outlines in place before I dared create a document for the new WIP. Some of them were over 10,000 words long.

Not this time. Somehow, this book just wanted to be written so bad, I started writing it before I even knew where it was going, really. I mean, I had a general idea of its direction and how it would all end, but I was totally making it up as I went along. My eagerness wouldn’t wait for my rational brain to figure things out. The story had chosen me. (In case you’re curious, it’s a steampunk fantasy about a sword-wielding warrior girl set in a world inspired by Qing Dynasty China.)

Something similar happened when I wrote STARSWEPT, which I completed the first draft of in just six weeks (seems crazy from here, but I was less busy then!). This, too, was a book that happened almost by accident. I’d been kicking around the idea of writing a book about an orchestra musician… specifically, a viola player. I’d seen lots of books about dancers, singers, guitarists, pianists, and more, but never one about someone who actively played in an orchestra (especially not as a violist—not violinist!).

Because I’m obsessed with sci-fi and especially space operas, the next thing I knew, I had an idea for a book about a teen musician playing in an orchestra in the future. But what really set it off was: What if there were no adult musicians around? Our world is obsessed with youth… what if by the time we reach this future, you either have to make it in your teens, or you’re out?

Thus, the world of Starswept was born. It went through a few revisions, but eventually, it settled on this: The story of an orchestra girl at an elite performing arts school where she must either find a patron by twenty-one or be kicked out and left with mountains of student debt to repay (I guess there was more “mirror up to society” and “dreams and subconscious” going on there after all… I’ve been told that it’s a very Millennial premise). The sci-fi part came in with the introduction of an alien world without music… where people use telepathy to communicate so easily, they don’t have to come up with creative ways (like music and other performing arts) to express themselves. After these aliens encounter Earth, they become obsessed with what they don’t have and willing to trade their advanced technology for access to music, dance, acrobatics, and more. And so our heroine is born into a world where her best chance at life is to find an alien patron to her to their faraway planet.

I originally didn’t set out to write Starswept. I already had two series going, and I was going to try finishing those before starting something new. But this book wanted to be written so badly, I couldn’t stop myself. It was all I could think about, burning a hole in my brain until I released it into a manuscript.

And so I write about my favorite things, because those are the stories I love best. And only when I truly love a story can I get it down in words. 


Instagram Giveaway!

The amazing Mary Fan is giving away a SIGNED hardback copy of STARSWEPT! Giveaway is open International! Enter by clicking the first image below. ♥


About Mary Fan

Mary Fan is a sci-fi/fantasy writer hailing from Jersey City, NJ. She is the author of the Jane Colt sci-fi series, which comprises ARTIFICIAL ABSOLUTES (Red Adept Publishing, 2013), SYNTHETIC ILLUSIONS (Red Adept Publishing, 2014), and VIRTUAL SHADOWS (2015), and STARSWEPT (Snowy Wings Publishing, 2017), a young adult sci-fi romance. Her works also include several young adult fantasy novellas: THE FIREDRAGON (Glass House Press, 2014), FIREDRAGON RISING (Glass House Press, 2015), TELL ME MY NAME (Glass House Press, 2014), and LET ME FLY FREE (Glass House Press, 2016). These serve as prequels to two full-length series,  Flynn Nightsider and Fated Stars.

In addition, Mary is the co-editor (along with fellow sci-fi author Paige Daniels) of Brave New Girls young adult sci-fi anthologies, which feature tales about girls in STEM. Revenues from sales are donated to the Society of Women Engineers scholarship fund.

Mary has been an avid reader for as long as she can remember and especially enjoys the infinite possibilities and out-of-this-world experiences of science fiction and fantasy. In her spare time (when she has any), she enjoys kickboxing, opera singing, and exploring new things—she'll try almost anything once.

Mary graduated Magna cum Laude from Princeton University in 2010 with a Bachelor of the Arts in Music, specializing in composition. Although she is currently focusing on writing, music is still her first love, and so in her spare time she composes songs and soundtracks.

#TRTCGiveaways Spotlight: Reign of the Fallen by Sarah Glenn Marsh!

It's Day 30 in the 31 DAYS OF INTERNATIONAL GIVEAWAYS on Instagram! Today we are beyond thrilled to feature REIGN OF THE FALLEN by Sarah Glenn Marsh! This is an upcoming YA Fantasy novel (first book in a series!!) about a necromancer who brings dead nobility back to life! There's romance! Action! Magic! Zombies! And a bisexual protagonist! This book comes out on January 23rd and it must be on your TBR! ;)  Read more about it below and check out the amazing giveaway we are hosting found at the end of this post. Enjoy! ♥
Reign of the Fallen by Sarah Glenn Marsh
January 23rd, 2018 from Razorbill
YA Fantasy
Odessa is one of Karthia's master necromancers, catering to the kingdom's ruling Dead. Whenever a noble dies, it's Odessa's job to raise them by retrieving their souls from a dreamy and dangerous shadow world called the Deadlands. But there is a cost to being raised--the Dead must remain shrouded, or risk transforming into zombie-like monsters known as Shades. If even a hint of flesh is exposed, the grotesque transformation will begin.

A dramatic uptick in Shade attacks raises suspicions and fears among Odessa's necromancer community. Soon a crushing loss of one of their own reveals a disturbing conspiracy: someone is intentionally creating Shades by tearing shrouds from the Dead--and training them to attack. Odessa is faced with a terrifying question: What if her necromancer's magic is the weapon that brings Karthia to its knees?
Instagram Giveaway!

The amazing Sarah Glenn Marsh is giving away an ARC of REIGN OF THE FALLEN + character cards! Giveaway is open International! Enter by clicking the image below. ♥


About Sarah Glenn Marsh
Sarah Glenn Marsh writes young adult novels and children’s picture books. An avid fantasy reader from the day her dad handed her a copy of The Hobbit and promised it would change her life, she’s been making up words and worlds ever since.

When she’s not writing, Sarah enjoys watercolor painting, ghost hunting, and pursuits of the nerd variety, from video games to tabletop adventures. She’s never met an animal or a doughnut she didn’t like.

Sarah lives in Richmond, Virginia with her husband and their tiny zoo of four rescued greyhounds, three birds, and many fish. She is the author of Fear the Drowning Deep, the Reign of the Fallen duology, and several picture books.

#TRTCGiveaways Spotlight: Deep in the Hollow by Brandy Nacole!

It's Day 29 in the 31 DAYS OF INTERNATIONAL GIVEAWAYS on Instagram! Today we are stoked to feature DEEP IN THE HOLLOW by Brandy Nacole! This is a YA Paranormal Mysery about ghost hunters and a girl intent on finding out the true reason of her boyfriend's death, something the whole town blames her about. Read more about it below and check out the amazing giveaway we are hosting found at the end of this post. Enjoy! ♥
Deep in the Hollow by Brandy Nacole
September 29th, 2015 
YA Paranormal
Let me share some wisdom with you. There is evil in this world we cannot see, not because it is hidden from us, but because our minds refuse to accept its existence. But once we are able to get past what everyone says should not be, it becomes our responsibility to stop the evil we now see.

This insight wasn’t given to me until a year after I lost the most important person in my life: Bryce Rowan. Now, after another death at the same spot where he died—the overlook, where the mysterious lights dance amongst the trees—I begin to wonder if they were accidents after all. 

Lucky for me, I’m not the only curious one in town. Cooper, a ghost hunter (aka chaser), and his sister Jada have moved to town and are starting to ask questions. 

But the more we find out about this town and the people who live here, people who I have known my whole life, the more I begin to think there are those who would rather keep the evil secret, even if it means we will never be safe, and that more will die.
Instagram Giveaway!

The amazing Brandy Nacole is giving away a COPY of DEEP IN THE HOLLOW! Giveaway is open International! Enter by clicking the image below. ♥

About Brandy Nacole

Gemini Brandy Nacole is a writer of urban fantasy books. She is the author of the Shadow World series and the Spiritual Discord series published by Ponahakeola Press. A reader from a young age, Brandy has always loved folklore and stories of beings that go bump in the night.

Brandy lives in Arkansas with her husband, three never stopping kids, two snooty cats, two very lazy bearded dragons, and one mellow turtle. She is a member of the Ozark Romance Authors in Springfield, Missouri. Whenever she’s not reading or writing, Brandy is spending her time outdoors wheeling, hiking, playing amateur photographer, and enjoying a good laugh.

Scythe by Neal Shusterman Spotlight!

Hey everyone! Today I'm excited to share with you a bit about SCYTHE by Neal Shusterman, the first book in the Arc of a Scythe series and its upcoming sequel, THUNDERHEAD, which goes on sale on January 9th! This is a YA Dystopian series about a future where humanity has overcome everything, including death, so Scythes are the only people that can end life and control population! Isn't that fascinatingly creepy?!? Read more about it below and check out the awesome video where Booktubers rave about SCYTHE. Enjoy!

Scythe by Neal Shusterman
(Arc of a Scythe #1)
November 22nd, 2016 / YA Dystopian
from Simon Schuster Books for Young Readers
Thou shalt kill.

A world with no hunger, no disease, no war, no misery. Humanity has conquered all those things, and has even conquered death. Now scythes are the only ones who can end life—and they are commanded to do so, in order to keep the size of the population under control.

Citra and Rowan are chosen to apprentice to a scythe—a role that neither wants. These teens must master the “art” of taking life, knowing that the consequence of failure could mean losing their own.
Spotlight Video!

...Preorder Thunderhead!...

There are three major twists you won't see coming... 

There are some things the Thunderhead was never supposed to know and when it finds out, it gets very angry... 

Some characters who died in SCYTHE won't stay dead... 

Readers say that Thunderhead is even better than Scythe... 

Thunderhead already has starred reviews from Kirkus, Booklist and publisher's weekly... 

And in addition to the characters readers already know, there are some brand new characters that you'll love to hate!

About Neal Shusterman

Neal Shusterman is the New York Times bestselling author of more than thirty award-winning books for children, teens, and adults, including The Unwind Dystology, The Skinjacker trilogy, Downsiders, and Challenger Deep, which won the National Book Award. Scythe, the first book in his newest series Arc of a Scythe, is a Michael L. Printz Honor Book. He also writes screenplays for motion pictures and television shows. The father of four children, Neal lives in California. Visit him at Storyman.com and Facebook.com/NealShusterman.

#TRTCGiveaways Spotlight: Where I Live by Brenda Rufener!

It's Day 28 in the 31 DAYS OF INTERNATIONAL GIVEAWAYS on Instagram! Today we are EXCITED to feature WHERE I LIVE by Brenda Rufener! This is an upcoming YA contemporary novel about a homeless girl who is living in her small-town High School, and as she digs into a matter with a classmate (as the school blog editor), people begin to pay more attention to her, and that's something she DOESN't want.  Read more about it below and check out the EPIC giveaway we are hosting found at the end of this post. Enjoy! ♥
Where I Live by Brenda Rufener
February 27th, 2018 from HarperTeen
YA Contemporary
Linden Rose has a big secret--she is homeless and living in the halls of her small-town high school. Her position as school blog editor, her best friends, Ham and Seung, and the promise of a future far away are what keep Linden under the radar and moving forward.

But when cool-girl Bea comes to school with a bloody lip, the damage hits too close to home. Linden begins looking at Bea's life, and soon her investigation prompts people to pay more attention. And attention is the last thing she needs.

Linden knows the only way to put a stop to the violence is to tell Bea's story and come to terms with her own painful past. Even if that means breaking her rules for survival and jeopardizing the secrets she's worked so hard to keep.
Instagram Giveaway!

The amazing Brenda Rufener is giving away a THREE ARCS of WHERE I LIVE! That means there will be THREE winners! Giveaway is open International! Enter by clicking the image below. ♥
About Brenda Rufener

Brenda Rufener is the author of the young adult novel, WHERE I LIVE, out February 27, 2018 from HarperTeen. 

Brenda spent her childhood stomping through the woods of Oregon, most likely in search of Bigfoot or a quiet cave to read. Today, she lives in North Carolina's capital city with her husband, two daughters, and two Boston terriers. Brenda graduated from Whitman College with a degree in English. She is an advocate for gifted education and homeless youth.

#TRTCGiveaways Spotlight: You'll Miss Me When I'm Gone by Rachel Lynn Solomon!

It's Day 27 in the 31 DAYS OF INTERNATIONAL GIVEAWAYS on Instagram! Today we are super thrilled to feature YOU'LL MISS ME WHEN I'M GONE by Rachel Lynn Solomon! This is a beautiful & heartbreaking YA Contemporary novel about two sisters who face the genetic test of Huntington's disease & the possible end of their futures. We absolutely LOVED this book, it must be on your TBR! Read more about it below and check out the amazing giveaway we are hosting found at the end of this post. Enjoy! ♥
You'll Miss Me When I'm Gone by Rachel Lynn Solomon
January 2nd, 2018 from Simon Pulse
YA Contemporary
Eighteen-year-old twins Adina and Tovah have little in common besides their ambitious nature. Viola prodigy Adina yearns to become a soloist—and to convince her music teacher he wants her the way she wants him. Overachiever Tovah awaits her acceptance to Johns Hopkins, the first step on her path toward med school and a career as a surgeon. 

But one thing could wreck their carefully planned futures: a genetic test for Huntington’s, a rare degenerative disease that slowly steals control of the body and mind. It’s turned their Israeli mother into a near stranger and fractured the sisters’ own bond in ways they’ll never admit. While Tovah finds comfort in their Jewish religion, Adina rebels against its rules.

When the results come in, one twin tests negative for Huntington’s. The other tests positive.

These opposite outcomes push them farther apart as they wrestle with guilt, betrayal, and the unexpected thrill of first love. How can they repair their relationship, and is it even worth saving?

From debut author Rachel Lynn Solomon comes a luminous, heartbreaking tale of life, death, and the fragile bond between sisters. 
Instagram Giveaway!

The amazing Rachel Lynn Solomon is giving away a copy of YOU'LL MISS ME WHEN I'M GONE! Giveaway is open International! Enter by clicking the image below. ♥

About Rachel Lynn Solomon

Rachel is a Seattle native who loves rainy days, her tiny dog, tap dancing, old movies, red lipstick, and books with flawed, complicated characters. In high school, she sang in a riot grrrl band, and she was once part of a group of people who broke a Guinness World Record for the most natural redheads in one place.

She has written for newspapers, produced a radio show that aired in the middle of the night, and worked for NPR. Currently she works in the education field.

Rachel's young adult fiction is represented by Laura Bradford of the Bradford Literary Agency.

#TRTCGiveaways Spotlight: People Like Us by Dana M. Mele!

It's Day 26 in the 31 DAYS OF INTERNATIONAL GIVEAWAYS on Instagram! Today we are excited to feature PEOPLE LIKE US by Dana M. Mele! This is a queer YA Psychological Thriller about an all-girls private school and perfect for fans of Mean Girls & Pretty Little Liars! Read more about it below and check out the amazing giveaway we are hosting found at the end of this post. Enjoy! ♥
People Like Us by Dana Mele
February 27th, 2018 from G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young 
YA Psychological Thriller
Kay Donovan may have skeletons in her closet, but the past is past, and she's reinvented herself entirely. Now she's a star soccer player whose group of gorgeous friends run their private school with effortless popularity and acerbic wit. But when a girl's body is found in the lake, Kay's carefully constructed life begins to topple. 

The dead girl has left Kay a computer-coded scavenger hunt, which, as it unravels, begins to implicate suspect after suspect, until Kay herself is in the crosshairs of a murder investigation. But if Kay's finally backed into a corner, she'll do what it takes to survive. Because at Bates Academy, the truth is something you make...not something that happened.
Instagram Giveaway!

The amazing Dana M. Mele is giving away an ARC of PEOPLE LIKE US! Giveaway is open International! Enter by clicking the image below. ♥

About Dana M. Mele

Dana Mele writes YA novels along with all manner of short fiction and nonfiction. She is a licensed attorney as well as a writer.

Dana’s debut novel PEOPLE LIKE US is forthcoming from G.P. Putnam’s Sons in 2018 and she is currently working on her second, also to be released by Putnam.

Her short stories have appeared or are forthcoming in Buffalo Almanack, Typehouse Literary Magazine, Jersey Devil Press, Lunch Ticket, and Bird’s Thumb, among others.