Wednesday, December 14, 2011

YA Indie Carnival - Secret Santa Giveaway

Remember when you were in school and someone decorated your locker with wrapping paper and candy canes and big red bows? Today there’s a note taped to the outside of your locker. It reads:

Enter the Secret Santa Giveaway from Dec. 16 to Dec. 22, 3PM Pacific and on Friday, Dec. 23, Noon Pacific you could find TONS of books inside!

GRAND PRIZE: A Kindle or Nook copy of the books featured on the Grand Prize List!

To enter the Secret Santa GRAND PRIZE Giveaway just FOLLOW & comment on a carni’s site telling us why you’ve been naughty or nice this year. Each carni will have individual giveaways too so be sure to visit all the carnis to win as many books as possible!

ALL WINNERS ANNOUNCED 12/23/2011, Noon Pacific.

Below you will find the three wonderful books by phenomenal authors/people that I will be giving away to anyone POSTING a tale on this site about bring NAUGHTY or NICE this year (don't forget to leave an email address).

In addition to the GRAND PRIZE  & THE NAUGHTY OR NICE PRIZES, one person will be entered to win a copy Guardians of the Cross (due to be released December 24th) and Warriors of the Cross if he/she becomes a T. R. Graves FAN on Goodreads (CLICK HERE& he/she LIKE's the T. R. Graves Facebook Fan Page (CLICK HERE).

Author: Rachel Coles
Author's Bio:
Rachel Coles lives and works in Denver, Colorado with her husband Adam, and young daughter Rosa. An anthropologist by training, Rachel pursued her love of diverse cultures and passion for mythology into writing. She is from an Ashkenazi Jewish family, and grew up with a rich background in Semitic and Middle Eastern folklore. Together with her husband and daughter, she enjoys martial arts, science fiction, fantasy, and horror, in all their forms. They are, in fact, the proud parents of one of the youngest Trekkies in the state.
Rachel Coles' other stories include the story Orphans of Lethe in the new anthology What Fears Become from Imajin Books, and Into The Ruins anthology available on Kindle.

Stay tuned for her debut novel, Pazuzu's Girl in the spring!

Visit Rachel Coles at, Rachel Bernstein Coles on Facebook, rcoles66 on Twitter, or
Into The Ruins Description
Why do zombies come back, if it's not a virus or a curse? Is there an organism that could really take over the world with a single bite? What were the plagues of Egypt really like? Could artificial intelligence crop up in places we don't think about? Many humans love the taste of good beer, and love its other effects. What about other animals, and how might it affect their behavior? Into The Ruins is an anthology about world-changing events, small or large, subtle or wide-ranging.

Excerpt from Into The Ruins: An Anthology of New Beginnings:
The first thing I remember after the pain in my chest from the heart attack everyone had been warning me I’d have, was the dark stink of my own coffin. As I screamed and shoved at the lid, weighted down by pounds and pounds of dirt, I wished I’d worked out more, thanked God I hadn’t eaten beans, and prayed I wouldn’t have another heart attack. Someone heard me and came to my rescue. It was a landscaper. After he frantically dug me out, I spent the next twenty minutes chasing him, trying to explain that I wouldn’t eat him and that I wasn't from Hell.

"Dios Mio!" He launched into a litany of prayers in Spanish, all while running for the cemetery entrance.
"Wait! Buddy, the only thing I want to attack is a Big Mac! Besides I don’t believe in Hell!" I yelled, trying to keep up and failing.
"See, 'dis what happen to you!" He shot back over his shoulder as he ran.

"Ok, if I agree to say some Hail Mary's will you stop running and just listen?"

He paused and turned around, keeping a safe distance. "I don’t think it help you now, amigo. But maybe God’ll take a late payment and deport you back to the grave."

I just stood there, hands on my knees. "I…" I raised a finger to ask him to wait and panted some more. I gotta stop smoking, I thought. Never again! I'm off the cigarettes! I gasped, "Ok, you think God buried me alive because I don't believe in Hell? The pack-a-day and fried Snickers bars probably did more than God. By the way, thanks for getting me out!"
He just stared at me for a second. "Uh, amigo. You not alive."

"I'm talking to you, aren't I?"
"Sí, but you're dead." He pointed to my hands.

I looked down. My fingers and palms were torn in deep furrows. I felt nothing, and there was no blood. I opened my shirt to bloodless sutures tracking my chest. I realized that while I was feeling panic, I wasn't experiencing any of the bodily signs of panic, racing heart, dizziness, constricted throat. In fact, the fatigue I'd thought I felt melted away. But not the horror, and it just sat there in my mind with nowhere to go. I sat down hard. "Can you help me?"
Author: K. C. Blake
An Urban Fantasy, YA author. I write about ghosts, vampires, witches, monsters, and more.
Title: Vampires Rule

Blurb: Lonely for human companionship, Jack returns home every year. He checks on his brother, walks through his childhood home, but he can’t let anyone see him because Jack is a vampire.  Now, ten years after being turned Jack’s wish comes true. He’s mortal again. Now he can live a normal life. Or so he thinks. Destiny has other plans for him. The head
werewolf is teaching English at the high school, the girl Jack is crushing on is a hunter, and his brother can’t make up his mind if he should welcome Jack home or stake him through the heart to be on the safe side.

Genre: YA Urban Fantasy
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Author: Amy Maurer Jones
Title: Soul Quest (The Soul Quest Trilogy Book One)

Do you remember how horrified you were about the idea of attending high school? I remember ticking off those last miserable days of my summer vacation following my eighth grade year. Maybe you don’t, maybe you were one of those people. You know who I’m talking about, people like Melissa Small, the distinguished District Attorney, Larry Small’s daughter, popular, gorgeous and absolutely terrifying to someone like me, Liv Glyn. No, I am far from measuring up to the standards required to make Melissa’s crowd. I’m not even close. I’m just a simple man’s daughter, mostly tolerated by my peers with average looks. If this isn’t depressing enough for you, stay tuned, it gets worse.

I was commanded with Spirit at birth by the Great Spirit, Hala. I know, it sounds crazy but it’s true. If you think it's difficult being a teenager, try being a teenager who was born destined to save the world from soul sucking Daevas and their mutant progeny Aengels.

There are four of us. My companions of Spirit are Laith, Brayan and Meena. Melissa Small is Laith’s step sister and she is always meddling where she doesn’t belong, further complicating our lives. To make matters even worse, my best friend Jedd is apparently aware of things that are typically undetectable to ordinary humans. So, I have to lie to Jedd, the boy who has been my constant standby since the third grade, to shield him from the horrible and very dangerous truth. Did I mention that I think I’m falling in love with him? The term awkward doesn’t even begin to cover it, trust me.

Welcome to the mess that is my life.

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Reviews for Soul Quest:
✦Soul Quest is rich with re-imagined folklore and has a great teen narrative voice... This is one complex world cool enough to lose yourself in.
- Aubrie Dionne, author of Nebula's Music
✦I love the way Ms. Jones captures not only the full high school experience, but masters the young adult voice so perfectly... I highly recommend this author and I cannot wait to read the next in the series!
- Addison Moore, author of the Celestra series
✦This was a fun read and when Amy pulled me into the plot and action, the story moved fast for me...
I really liked the concept of Daevas and Aengels as the villains!
- Cheri Schmidt, author of the Fateful series
✦The descriptions in Soul Quest are quite beautiful. I especially like the description of Arcadia (and that she chose to call it that). Her interpretations of demonic infection, guardian angels, and soul mirrors are clever and serve the story well.
- Amy Strickland, author of the Olympia Heights series

1. Laura A. H. Elliott author of Winnemucca & 13 on Halloween, Book 1 in the Teen Halloween Series 2. Bryna Butler, author Midnight Guardian series
3. Heather Self 4. T. R. Graves, Author of The Warrior Series
5. Suzy Turner, author of The Raven Saga 6. Darby Karchut, author of GRIFFIN RISING
7. Lexus Luke 8. Cheri Schmidt, author of the Fateful Trilogy
9. Rachel Coles, author of Into The Ruins, geek mom blog 10. K. C. Blake, author of Vampires Rule and Crushed
11. Patti Larsen, The Hunted series and The Hayle Coven series 12. Amy Maurer Jones, Author of The Soul Quest Trilogy
13. Dani Snell's Refracted Light Reviews 14. Fisher Amelie, author of The Understorey
15. M. Leighton, Blood Like Poison Series, Madly, The Reaping 16. Abbi Glines, author of Breathe and The Vincent Boys
17. Kimberly Kinrade, Bits of You & Pieces of Me, Forbidden Mind 18. Madeline Smoot, Missing, Summer Shorts, and The Girls
19. Cidney Swanson, author of Rippler 20. Gwenn Wright, author of Filter
21. TG Ayer 22. Melissa Pearl, author of Golden Blood