Geeks In High School http://geeksinhighschool.com Make fun of us now, a--holes Mon, 16 Nov 2015 15:43:01 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.3.1 Monday at the Movies: With Something to Say http://geeksinhighschool.com/?p=5413 http://geeksinhighschool.com/?p=5413#comments Mon, 16 Nov 2015 15:36:50 +0000 http://geeksinhighschool.com/?p=5413 Genres: Non-fiction
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freedom-jumping_00376259-1s2s8xqOn Friday night my time, while I prepared to run an obstacle course to benefit MD research, Paris was the scene of a something far worse than a real life action movie.

Cowards and human monsters killed indiscriminately in the name of their god and their perverted state. And like a disease their brand of evil is spreading through Western countries among disaffected youth and radical thinkers who believe that violence is the only way to stop the Western way of life.

 

And they are right. Because, and perhaps it is the Texan in me, it will take violence to force me to give up my freedom to live and speak and worship (or not) as I choose.

It is no surprise to me that the first victims of recent mass violence I am aware of in France were cartoonists who drew caricatures of the prophet Muhammed. Never mind that images of the prophet were created for centuries by different Muslim sects, these were caricatures and they were not respectful. Neither were the cartoonists of Charlie Hebdo kind to any they satirized.

In the United States when a major motion picture studio was hacked it almost stopped release of The Interview, and I have been told that the current bombings in France have delayed an episode of CSI, Super Girl (a surprisingly good series), and a premier for the new Hunger Games film–although the film is set to open on schedule. Apparently because of concern about themes being insensitive to show in this time.

Personally I would delay nothing. I would give no inch to these horrible people, because what they want most is to stifle the collective creative pens of the West. Because their ideological brand cannot survive in a world of free critique. And their power to influence the mind pales in comparison to the influence of free thinking writers and artists to inspire the masses. It is the right of free people to express themselves. And no form of expression has proven as enduring as the written word.

Narrow minded peoples and societies have always had to control the written word, and to imprison and stifle its creators.

Free speech is powerful. So powerful that it is enshrined in the constitution of the United States as a fundamental right of all our citizens. But it is also the most volatile right. Because the freedom to speak includes the freedom to offend.

Even now while ISIS threatens terror on any country that opposes their advance, our college campus are hotbeds of often angry argument over how much we have the right to offend each other. But the slope of suppression and thought policing isn’t slippery, it is impossibly steep. And at the bottom of that slope nothing can be said at all. This is not a conservative problem or a liberal problem, it is a human problem. The power to speak is also the power to offend. And whether we are offending a tyrant overseas or someone who lives next door, preserving the power to speak freely and openly is more important than any political line or national border or philosophy.

Because without that power, to express, to offend, to create – we have no freedom at all.

Come back next week, and see what I think of the last Hunger Games installment. And until then enjoy your freedom to read, watch, or think about anything you like. And while you are doing it perhaps you will raise a glass of beer in solidarity with the youth of France who took to their street cafes in defiance of a group that would seek to frighten them into staying at home. And remember, the kind of freedom we have today is unknown in prior human history. And it is worth protecting.

My take? 5.0 stars for freedom of expression.

 

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Book Spotlight: Homecoming Series by H.G. Langley http://geeksinhighschool.com/?p=5241 http://geeksinhighschool.com/?p=5241#comments Fri, 13 Nov 2015 10:00:00 +0000 http://geeksinhighschool.com/?p=5241 Book Spotlight: Homecoming Series by H.G. Langley

Book Spotlight: Homecoming Series by H.G. LangleyHomecoming by H.G. Langley
Series: The Andersons
Published by SP Press on October 20, 2015
Genres: Romantic Suspense, Thriller
Pages: 300
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Book Description:

Everybody has a past.

Tom and Maggie Andersons’s is just a little bloodier than most

When a family tragedy forces them back to their hometown of Cedar Falls, the past collides with the present, threatening to shatter their future.

Home isn’t where the heart is–just the skeletons.

 

 

 

 

 

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The Andersons

Book 1

H.G Langley

Book Description:

Thomas and Margaret Anderson are like most couples in Sugar Maple Grove, West Virginia. They attend neighborhood block parties on Fridays, do home projects on Saturdays, and go to church on Sundays.

They also kill people.

Suburbia has never been more deadly….

 

 

CONTAINS SCENES OF EXPLICIT LANGUAGE, VIOLENCE, AND SEX. READER DISCRETION IS ADVISED.

 

 

 

About the Author:

H.G. Langley is the author of The Andersons, a crime fiction series exploring the relationship of a married couple who also happen to be serial killers. A graduate of Florida State University, Langley holds a B.S. in Criminology and Criminal Justice. When not writing, Langley enjoys traveling as well as finding inspiration through various police procedurals and Other crime shows. Langley resides In Florida.

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Book Review: Revolution of Ivy by Amy Engel http://geeksinhighschool.com/?p=5353 http://geeksinhighschool.com/?p=5353#comments Thu, 12 Nov 2015 10:00:00 +0000 http://geeksinhighschool.com/?p=5353 The Revolution of Ivy by Amy Engel
Series: The Book of Ivy #2
Published by Entangled Publishing on 11/3/2015
Genres: Fantasy, Post Apocalyptic, Romance, Young Adult
Format: eBook
Pages: 290
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five-stars
Beyond the fence. I am still alive. Barely.

My name is Ivy Westfall. I am sixteen years old and a traitor. Three months ago, I was forced to marry the president's son, Bishop Lattimer―as all daughters of the losing side of the war are sold off in marriage to the sons of the winners. But I was different. I had a mission-to kill Bishop.

Instead, I fell in love with him.

Now I am an outcast, left to survive the brutal savagery of the lands outside of civilization. Yet even out here, there is hope. There is life beyond the fence. But I can't outrun my past. For my actions have set off a treasonous chain of events in Westfall that will change all of our fates―especially Bishop's.

And this time, it is not enough to just survive...

I’ve just got to say that sometimes whining pays off, people. You may recall that last week I was moaning and groaning about missing the opportunity to read and review The Revolution of Ivy. Well, the tour company didn’t let me down, and I got my review copy!

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Review

I wanted to get my review up before the tour wound down, so I sped read (which I would’ve done anyway) and finished up yesterday.

Sigh…

The Revolution of Ivy was everything I knew it would be. I don’t want to go into specifics just in case you haven’t read The Book of Ivy (and you MUST), and pretty much everything would be a spoiler. So, how to write a review without giving anything away…? Ivy has a dangerous situation to handle and even though she starts out alone with nothing but her clothes in a place she knows little about, she kicks ass. She’s a survivor, and I love that about her. Yet, despite her protective walls, she’s vulnerable too, and holds onto a touching edge of compassion. There’s adventure and violence, hardships and fear, new friendships made, renewal and reconciliation, sweet romance, and the end! Gah! There were a couple times I was holding my breath, praying Amy wasn’t taking me down the road of heartbreak. Not that there weren’t tears or pain or tragedy. There was. But the ending was perfection. My only complaint is there are only two books in this series. I could’ve spent a lot more time with Ivy and her crew, loving every second.

Five stars

 

 

 

 

BoIThe Book of Ivy (The Book of Ivy #1) by Amy Engel

Release Date: 11/04/14 – Entangled Teen

Summary from Goodreads:

After a brutal nuclear war, the United States was left decimated. A small group of survivors eventually banded together, but only after more conflict over which family would govern the new nation. The Westfalls lost. Fifty years later, peace and control are maintained by marrying the daughters of the losing side to the sons of the winning group in a yearly ritual.

This year, it is my turn.

My name is Ivy Westfall, and my mission is simple: to kill the president’s son—my soon-to-be husband—and restore the Westfall family to power.

But Bishop Lattimer is either a very skilled actor or he’s not the cruel, heartless boy my family warned me to expect. He might even be the one person in this world who truly understands me. But there is no escape from my fate. I am the only one who can restore the Westfall legacy.

Because Bishop must die. And I must be the one to kill him…

 

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Amy EAmy Engel was born in Kansas and after a childhood spent bouncing between countries (Iran, Taiwan) and states (Kansas; California; Missouri; Washington, D.C.), she settled in Kansas City, Missouri, where she lives with her husband and two kids.  Before devoting herself full-time to motherhood and writing, she was a criminal defense attorney, which is not quite as exciting as it looks on TV.  When she has a free moment, she can usually be found reading, running, or shoe shopping. The Book of Ivy is her debut YA novel. Find her online at http://amyengel.net/ or @aengelwrites.

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Book Review: Chalvaren Rising by Paula Millhouse http://geeksinhighschool.com/?p=5214 http://geeksinhighschool.com/?p=5214#comments Wed, 11 Nov 2015 10:00:00 +0000 http://geeksinhighschool.com/?p=5214 Chalvaren Rising by Paula Millhouse
Series: The Kingdom of Chalvaren
Published by Boroughs Publishing Group on 9/10/2015
Genres: Fantasy, Romance
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With the love of Kort, Chalvaren’s warrior-prince heir, Mia Ansgar will seize her birthright and become the great dragon-riding wizardess prophesied to free that elven kingdom from her embittered sorceress kin.

Synopsis

TO ASCEND TRIUMPHANT

Twenty-five years ago, Theo Ansgar abandoned the Kingdom of Chalvaren for a hiding place on another world. Some called him traitor. Some, thief. Now his fully grown daughter Mia must return to the land of her birth…and their war.

It was the elf prince Kort Elias who brought her back. Theirs was an instant connection, an inescapable union of body, soul and sorcery, reminding Mia of what she truly is, and what she must become. There is also Magnus, destined to be more potent than any wyrm Chalvaren has ever seen, a three-day-old dragonlet Mia must nurture and then ride. And then there is the Dragonstone, an artifact of power nonpareil. Joined, they can tip the scales of battle against the wraith-possessed forces of darkness, of Mia’s own embittered kin.

Redemption will be offered, the protected will become the protector, and an ancient prophecy will come to fruition, but only righteous love can conquer all.

Review

By now, you probably know how I love my fantasy. There’s nothing better than the fantabulous combo of magic, castles, swords, and romance, right? Unless, there happens to be some…

 

DRAGONS!

First, be warned: Dragonstone is the prequel to Chalvaren Rising, and you might want to pick it up first. I was a little bit lost at the beginning because I foolishly didn’t read Dragonstone, but it didn’t take long to catch up. I definitely missed out on the first smexy times between the characters, so yeah. Don’t do what I did. Hit the cover below and do a one-click.

Dragonstone

Moving on…Mia is an elf who grew up as an outcast among humans, but her family comes from Chalvaren. Her father told fantastical tales of Chalvaren, but Mia wasn’t positive it existed until Kort, a smoking-hot elf prince (and her One True Love), shows up on her doorstep. With a dragonlet. At the beginning of the story, the threesome is just escaping from a village mob through a portal created by some magical steam between Kort and Mia (seriously, pick up Dragonstone so you don’t miss out on that one).  Mia’s entrance into Chalvaren is stormy, to say the least. Some of the citizens consider her father a traitor and add her to that category. The queen, Kort’s mother, wants her imprisoned. Worst of all, Mia’s aunt is the villain of the realm, and because Mia has brought the Dragonstone with her, some seriously powerful magic, everyone fears it will fall into the wrong hands.

I loved seeing Mia discover her abilities and magic. She doesn’t back down from a fight, even when she’s seriously unprepared. She doesn’t take crap from Kort or any of the other elves and will do anything for Magnus, her dragonlet. The sparks she makes with her elven prince create some serious steam, even when she’s doubting her HEA. Kort’s a bullheaded alpha, but completely devoted to Mia and will do whatever it takes to keep her safe…even when she doesn’t want to be tucked away like a precious treasure.

Which brings me to the dragons.

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The dragon details in Chalvaren Rising were freakin’ phenomenal. I loved learning about them, their relationship with the elves, their powers, types, and history. Since Magnus is a dragonlet and learning about being a dragon himself, it was super-fun to watch. And Magnus isn’t any ol’ dragon, but the only spirit dragon in the world, a hot commodity for Ms. Villain, who’s trying to raise her evil wizard lover from the dead. Oh, by killing dragons and harnessing their power.

All in all, if you like fantasy romance, if you enjoy adventure and magic and dragons, don’t miss out. Chalvaren Rising is a great read, and while you’re at it, pick up Dragonstone too. Seriously.

Four Stars

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Book Spotlight + Giveaway: Confessions of a Punk Rocker by Nessie Strange http://geeksinhighschool.com/?p=5240 http://geeksinhighschool.com/?p=5240#comments Fri, 06 Nov 2015 10:00:00 +0000 http://geeksinhighschool.com/?p=5240 Book Spotlight + Giveaway: Confessions of a Punk Rocker by Nessie Strange

Book Spotlight + Giveaway: Confessions of a Punk Rocker by Nessie StrangeConfessions of a Punk Rocker by Nessie Strange
Series: Living Dead World
Published by Etopia Press on September 25, 2015
Genres: Paranormal Romance, Urban Fantasy
Pages: 268
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Book Description:

The dead should stay dead…

Jack Norris has just lost his best friend—who also happened to be his band’s drummer—to a drunk driving accident. As he struggles to deal with the band’s uncertain future and his own personal demons, those issues soon become unimportant. His dead friend has come back. And he’s not showing any signs of going away. Questioning his own sanity, Jack finds his life spiraling out of control. But when a new acquaintance not only hooks him up with a drummer, but promises to help get rid of his ghostly stalker, Jack’s life does a one-eighty.

Drew MacLellan, the new drummer, is more than just a new set of sticks—he’s the brother of the insanely hot Jen MacLellan, who’s definitely not Jack’s biggest fan. Jen is nothing like the women Jack’s dated in the past, but the more he gets to know her, the deeper he falls. The only problem is she’s got a boyfriend. Caught between his growing attraction and the desire to do the right thing, Jack does everything he can to keep his distance. But the more he sees of her, the more he realizes he can’t. He’s determined to win Jen’s heart, if only he can figure out how to help his dead friend rest in peace…permanently.

 

Excerpt:

My eyelids strain against gravity. Last night’s binge hangs in the back of my throat, threatening to reappear. Maybe. All I know is the inside of my mouth tastes like a used tissue and my head throbs, right between the eyes. I don’t even remember how I got home.

“Hey, Jack, get up.” The door swings open and my brother Ashton pokes his head in. A beam of light cuts through the darkness and stabs me square in the face. Am I still drunk? Groan. I shouldn’t have had those last three beers. Or that shot of whiskey to top it off. Right now, any sudden movement would be a bad idea.

“Dude?” Ashton widens his eyes at me and jerks his head to the side, a move that’s one part impatience, but mostly asshole.

I fold my arms behind my head to show him I’m not in a rush to do anything. This will piss him off even more, I’m sure of it. It’ll also give me time to scrape the fuzz from my brain. “What.”

“Uh, funeral?” He looks at his watch. “It’s nine-thirty and we need to be there in forty-five minutes.”

As if I could forget something like that. My buddy Eben got tanked a few nights ago and lost control of his car. It flipped over, skidded across the median, and smashed into the concrete barriers on the other side. They say he died instantly.

“And?”

His eyes look like they’re ready to roll back into his skull. “And you need to get your lazy ass out of bed. Now.”

Right. Get out of bed. It doesn’t seem possible that I’m burying one of my closest friends today. A wave of dizziness washes over me as I try to sit. My eyes snap shut. That’s it, I’m never drinking again. “Chill the fuck out. I’m getting up.”

“Yeah, well, get a move on.” He stands in the doorway with his arms folded across his chest and watches me. Could he be any more annoying?

“What?”

“If I leave the room, you’re just gonna sit there instead of coming out to the kitchen. Where the rest of the band is already waiting, by the way.” He cocks his head to the side. “They’re pretty much always waiting on you, aren’t they?”

“Go fuck yourself,” I mumble while I untangle my legs from the blanket. I’m holding my breath now. It’s funny how smells like stale air and dirty laundry seem magnified when you feel like you’re gonna puke.

Ashton shakes his head. “Grow up.”

I shoot him a dirty look, but don’t answer.

“Sometime today.”

“Do I at least have time to shower, or are you gonna stand there with the stopwatch if I do that too?” I grab a towel from the floor and brush past him, slamming the bathroom door behind me.

“Hurry up, Jack.” His voice is thankfully muffled by the door.

The shower turns cold after the first couple minutes. I stay under the water anyway, tilt my head back and focus on the mosaic of peeling paint and mold spots above me. Man, I never realized what a luxury hot water was until I moved in with my brother. I’m shivering to the point my teeth chatter together by the time I get out, but I couldn’t possibly be more awake.

 

About The Author:

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Nessie is a Massachusetts native and mother of two who has dabbled in everything from abstract painting to freelance sports reporting. She also loves a good story, whether it’s reading or writing one. The first two novels in her Living Dead World series–Living Dead Girl and Reaper Madness–were published in 2014.

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Book Review: Under a Mating Moon by Celia Breslin http://geeksinhighschool.com/?p=5321 http://geeksinhighschool.com/?p=5321#comments Thu, 05 Nov 2015 10:00:00 +0000 http://geeksinhighschool.com/?p=5321 Under a Mating Moon by Celia Breslin
Series: Black Hills Wolves #27
Published by Decadent Publishing on 9/18/2015
Genres: Paranormal Romance
Format: eBook
Pages: 114
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British Alpha wolf Jake Matthews spends his days among humans, pursuing a lucrative music career and avoiding his pack’s politics. When his current DJ tour takes him to the US, he stops in Los Lobos to visit family, and runs into the one Wolf he never wants to see again—the mate who rejected his claim.

While visiting her brother in Los Lobos, free-spirited Lexi Luparell is shocked to encounter the Wolf she’d denied when they were teens. Now she must face her guilt for the cruel way she spurned him all those years ago, make amends, and admit the truth. Jake was right all along—they’re meant to mate.

Lexi would love to explore the mate concept and her overwhelming attraction to virile, Alpha Wolf Jake, but he wants nothing to do with her. How can she break down his defenses when she’s the reason he built them in the first place?

Jake dates only human women now. Lexi had her shot at being his mate, and she threw it away. But when her life is threatened, he may have to rethink his position and do whatever it takes to claim his one true mate.

Review

I’m an unabashed Celia Breslin fan, love her Haven series and the first of her contributions to the Black Hills Wolves series. So when she asked if I’d like to review Under a Mating Moon, her next werewolf shifter Black Hills Wolves installment, I was like…

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The set-up: Lexi and Jake grew up together with one of those slightly older girl and younger boy with a crush going on. Only, Jake knew what he felt was more than a crush, that Lexi was his mate. 16 year-old Lexi, being the free spirit she is, wasn’t going for it, and instead of winning over his crush, Jake got a good ol’ shattered heart. He ditched town and Lexi, but never got over the hurt. Poor boy.

Fast forward eight years, and that’s where our story starts. Jake is back in town for a family visit and has no desire – none, nada, zilch – to run into Lexi while he’s there. He’s made a name for himself as a DJ (acquired English accent + musician + alpha shifter = yum), keeps his romances loose and exclusively with humans, and claims whiskey as his favorite drink. Yeah, so Lexi’s eyes are a whiskey color. Doesn’t mean he wants to think about her, right? *Snicker* Meanwhile, Lexi has matured. She’s just out of a relationship with an overbearing alpha, walks into the bar where Jake’s making the piano wail, and bam! Hello, grown up mate who she rejected and now recognizes as hers. And the fun begins.

Lexi is awesome. She’s the younger sister of Ross, the hero in Diamond Moon, and isn’t afraid to own up to her past mistakes. Tough and smart, she goes for what she wants, even if the wolf she wants is the epitome of stubborn. Jake, on the other hand, I wanted to kick around a little bit. I’m not as patient as Lexi! He held onto his grudges with both hands, not that I could blame him for being cautious or wanting a bit of satisfaction for being rejected. But seriously, if he knew Lexi was his mate when he was a teenager, why would he settle for something less, especially when she apologized and acknowledged the truth? Pft. Men!

Under a Mating Moon is another Celia Breslin classic full of action, humor, and shifter steam. If you love werewolves, snark, kicking ass, and some seriously hot romance, don’t let this one slide by!

Five stars

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Celia

Writer, urban fantasy and paranormal romance. Mega Joss Whedon fan. Lover of dark chocolate and exercise (no kidding). I write about the sexy and mysterious creatures of the Otherworld. Vampires, werewolves and all manner of Fae hold an extra special place in my heart.

Writes for Champagne Books & Decadent Publishing.

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Book Review, Blog Tour, and Giveaway: The Revolution of Ivy by Amy Engel http://geeksinhighschool.com/?p=5213 http://geeksinhighschool.com/?p=5213#comments Wed, 04 Nov 2015 10:00:00 +0000 http://geeksinhighschool.com/?p=5213 The Revolution of Ivy by Amy Engel
Series: The Book of Ivy #2
Published by Entangled Publishing on 11/03/2015
Genres: Post Apocalyptic, Romance, Young Adult
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**Spoilers if you haven't read book one**

Ivy Westfall is beyond the fence and she is alone. Abandoned by her family and separated from Bishop Lattimer, Ivy must find a way to survive on her own in a land filled with countless dangers, both human and natural. She has traded a more civilized type of cruelty--forced marriages and murder plots--for the bare-knuckled brutality required to survive outside Westfall's borders.

But there is hope beyond the fence, as well. And when Bishop reappears in Ivy's life, she must decide if returning to Westfall to take a final stand for what she believes is right is worth losing everything she's fought for.

So…I was SUPPOSED to have a review for The Revolution of Ivy, but alas. Due to a snafu (and despite my best email efforts), I never received my review copy and I’m bummed, people. Bummed! Earlier this year, I’d been eyeing The Book of Ivy and added it to my TBR list because I’m sticking to my resolution to not buy more books until 2016. But good things sometimes come to those who wait and adhere to New Year’s vows. I’m a member of the RWA Fantasy, Futuristic & Paranormal chapter, which holds the Prism contest every year. I did my duty and signed up to judge, and behold! What comes to me to be judged, but The Book of Ivy. Score! And speaking of scores, I gave The Book of Ivy a near-perfect one and was shocked when it wasn’t in the final rounds. It was such a fabulous read. And when The Revolution of Ivy popped up for review, I was all over it like a sugar-deprived kid on a Twinkie. I’m still not sure what happened to my review copy *sniffles*, but if it’s anything like The Book of Ivy, it would’ve been a five star read for me.

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For today, you’ll have to settle for the info and a giveaway. My apologies. You can bet your britches, though, that The Revolution of Ivy will be bought in 2016. Oh yes, it will be bought.
 

 
BoIThe Book of Ivy (The Book of Ivy #1) by Amy Engel

Release Date: 11/04/14 – Entangled Teen

Summary from Goodreads:

After a brutal nuclear war, the United States was left decimated. A small group of survivors eventually banded together, but only after more conflict over which family would govern the new nation. The Westfalls lost. Fifty years later, peace and control are maintained by marrying the daughters of the losing side to the sons of the winning group in a yearly ritual.

This year, it is my turn.

My name is Ivy Westfall, and my mission is simple: to kill the president’s son—my soon-to-be husband—and restore the Westfall family to power.

But Bishop Lattimer is either a very skilled actor or he’s not the cruel, heartless boy my family warned me to expect. He might even be the one person in this world who truly understands me. But there is no escape from my fate. I am the only one who can restore the Westfall legacy.

Because Bishop must die. And I must be the one to kill him…

 

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Amy EAmy Engel was born in Kansas and after a childhood spent bouncing between countries (Iran, Taiwan) and states (Kansas; California; Missouri; Washington, D.C.), she settled in Kansas City, Missouri, where she lives with her husband and two kids.  Before devoting herself full-time to motherhood and writing, she was a criminal defense attorney, which is not quite as exciting as it looks on TV.  When she has a free moment, she can usually be found reading, running, or shoe shopping. The Book of Ivy is her debut YA novel. Find her online at http://amyengel.net/ or @aengelwrites.

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Book Spotlight + Giveaway: Wicked Odd by Virginia Nelson http://geeksinhighschool.com/?p=5199 http://geeksinhighschool.com/?p=5199#comments Fri, 30 Oct 2015 09:00:00 +0000 http://geeksinhighschool.com/?p=5199 Book Spotlight + Giveaway: Wicked Odd by Virginia Nelson

Book Spotlight + Giveaway: Wicked Odd by Virginia NelsonWicked Odd by Virginia Nelson
Series: A Wicked Tale
Published by OmniLit/All Romance eBooks on October 1, 2015
Genres: Paranormal Romance
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Book Description:

Best way to tame a bad wolf? Be a little wicked yourself…

Carmen finds it hard to trust—then again, her father went mad and had to be put down by her current Alpha. Carmen might hold a position of power within the pack, but part of her always wonders if they could turn on her as quickly as they did him. When she finds a man who she’s pretty sure the current Alpha failed on a lot of levels, she decides to take matters into her own hands and prove Dara isn’t as perfect of an Alpha as everyone thinks.

Seth lost his mate, but he survived. He can’t stand to watch other wolves happily carrying on with their lives and mates after he’d failed to protect his own. Dara allows him his privacy and ensures that he survives, even if there are days when he wishes otherwise. When one headstrong and opinionated she-wolf decides she’s going to end the unique hell of his isolation, Seth has to make a choice…

Kick her butt to the curb or answer the call to claim her. But can he dare claim another mate when he knows he failed once to be the man his mate needed?

 

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The stink of humans slathered in too much cologne and perfume competed with the smell of open beers and possible promiscuity in a cloud of inevitable shame—at least to Seth. He wasn’t sure why he still bothered to come down from his hill to visit the dance hall, but it was a ritual he practiced on one specific night of every year.

“Seth!” called Alex Jewel. “Good to see you, man.”

Seth grunted and nodded as he passed over the cover charge. “’Sup, buddy?”

“Not much. Haven’t seen you in ages. How the hell have you been?”

With a shrug, Seth headed past him and down the hall that led to the bar and dance floor. The ritual must be completed exactly for him to feel satisfied, which meant one beer on the outside patio, one inside, then he could go home.

Not that fulfilling the pattern actually made him feel any better at the end of the day. Still…

He ordered the first beer and headed outside with it. Few were out on the patio, but then again that was typical, too, for this time of year. Only the really dedicated smokers or secret lovers looking for a quiet dark spot would bother to brave the humid, still summer air—filled with tiny and annoying biting bugs—to sit outside.

Watching a single large-wing katydid perched on the fence helped him pass the time. He ignored the humans with their clouds of smoke and lust. The katydid busily cleaned his wings while Seth sipped the beer. It wasn’t as cold as he preferred, and he never drank this brand any other time of the year, but that, too, was part of the tradition.

Soon, his beer had been emptied and the katydid had flown to do whatever important insect tasks awaited him in the darkness.

Heading back inside, Seth caught the scent of a wolf and scanned the dance floor to see if he recognized whoever it might be.

He pinpointed the direction of the aroma to be near the stage, which meant the smell must be coming from one of two women dancing near the speakers. He couldn’t help the half smile the sight brought him. One of the women wore silver leg braces, yet danced with carefree abandon and a smile. Her movements might be restricted by her obviously weak legs, yet her joy flowed as effervescent as anyone else’s in the room, if not more. Next to her dark haired beauty, her dance partner looked particularly mundane. The other woman had boy-short blonde hair and seemed just as happy. Something about the pair caught his wolf’s attention, but he wasn’t sure what other than the fact it was good to see an obviously crippled woman having a good time with a friend.

Shrugging off the oddity, he moved to the bar to order the second ritual beer. Once he had it in hand, he headed for the small booth at the back of the dance hall as per routine. From there, however, he broke the pattern a bit. Instead of staring at the Elvis cut-out hanging on the wall below a clock with only fives—because it was always five o’clock somewhere—he watched the girls dancing.

At one point, the blonde went and got them both drinks, so they backed away from the dance floor to cool off then went right back to dancing. His wolf stirred again, but he disregarded it. But then the blonde looked in his direction, a flash of yellow in her eyes. His wolf more than stirred at the glance, practically clawing him from the inside. Unsettled, he stood to leave. He’d finished the beer and therefore the dance hall portion of the ritual.

At the door, someone caught his arm. “Hey, do I know you?”

 

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Virginia Nelson, USA Today bestselling author, likes knights in rusted and dinged up armor, heroes that snarl instead of croon, and heroines who can’t remember to say the right thing even with an author writing their dialogue. Her books are full of snark, sex, and random acts of ineptitude—not always in that order.

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Blog Tour and Giveaway: Into Darkness by Hayley Barrett http://geeksinhighschool.com/?p=5159 http://geeksinhighschool.com/?p=5159#comments Wed, 28 Oct 2015 09:00:00 +0000 http://geeksinhighschool.com/?p=5159 on 8/17/2015
Genres: Fantasy, Post Apocalyptic, Sci-fi, Young Adult
Pages: 223
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Fifteen-year-old Alexandra Spencer’s life was not supposed to turn out this way. She was not supposed to go on trial for a crime she did not commit. She was not supposed to be found guilty. And she was not supposed to be sent to Elder Grey Detention Centre, a place of horrors many don’t survive.

She is however, supposed to be the daughter of the wealthiest, most influential man in the post-apocalyptic New Zealand city of New Phoenix.

But apparently, she isn’t.

Shell-shocked and struggling to understand why she is no longer a member of the city’s ruling family, Alexandra is torn from her privileged life by the churlish young guard, Will Metcalfe, and forced to trek for three weeks through deadly wilderness to her place of imprisonment. Her journey with Will is a constant battle for survival, where she is never sure who is the real enemy. It is also journey into the truth about the safe and lavish world from which she has been cast. Through Will, she learns of a mutant race called Drifters living in the wilderness who are being preyed upon by New Phoenix’s guards—Drifter’s blood being a life saving cure-all elixir for the city’s inhabitants.

As Alex struggles to cope with her new life in Elder Grey, an act of friendship ends in tragedy. When someone she thought was an enemy pulls her from her despair, Alex discovers that old friends cannot be trusted, prejudice is another word for fear, and trust, not blood ties, make a family.

I’m psyched for Geeks to be a part of the blog tour for Hayley Barrett’s Into Darkness. Young adult post-apocalyptic – bring it on! Read on for an excerpt, and there’s a $15 Amazon gift card up for grabs too. Happy Wednesday!

Excerpt

When Will spoke, his voice was low, menacing, and far more terrifying than the blade he held to my neck. “I don’t appreciate being woken in the middle of the night to chase a Princess from the City around the bush, because she wants to stretch her legs.” He looked at me with disgust. “I should take you straight to Eton. It’s what you deserve.”

I shrugged my shoulders. Frankly, I’d rather he took me to Eton. I felt safer with him—he seemed the kinder of the two.

Will narrowed his eyes. “You have no idea. Eton’s not the saint you think he is. You’re just lucky it wasn’t him that found you.”

“Lucky?” My voice returned at Will’s insinuation. “I’m lucky to have a knife pointing at my throat?” I sounded far braver than I felt, and the annoyed look in Will’s eyes as I spoke sent a shimmer of satisfaction through me. There was no need for him to know how petrified I was right now.

“Be glad that’s all it’s doing.”

Something in his words didn’t ring true. “You won’t kill me, neither will Eton.”

Will raised an eyebrow as if considering, and a threatening smile grew on his lips. “True. But we don’t have to kill you to make our point.” The tip of his knife nicked my skin sending a trickle of blood dribbling down my neck.

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HBHayley Barrett began writing in the aftermath of the devastating Christchurch earthquakes of 2010 and 2011 as a way of escaping from the ongoing terror of the natural disaster. Not totally happy with her efforts, in 2012 she commenced a novel writing course. Into Darkness, her first novel, is the result of the course and two years hard work.

Hayley lives in Rolleston, ten minutes south of Christchurch, New Zealand, with her husband and three children. When she isn’t driving her kids to their sports practices, games and other after school activities, she enjoys playing squash, relaxing in the sun and reading. Most days she wishes there were more hours available to spend writing.

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Book Re-Birthday http://geeksinhighschool.com/?p=5290 http://geeksinhighschool.com/?p=5290#comments Tue, 27 Oct 2015 09:00:00 +0000 http://geeksinhighschool.com/?p=5290 Wonderfully Wicked on 10/27/2015
Genres: Fantasy, New Adult, Paranormal Romance, Urban Fantasy
Pages: 268
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DREAMS CAN BE DEADLY

She’s an ordinary girl with a nightmare problem

For as long as she can remember, Kalila Montgomery has been tormented by creatures from her nightmares. Doomed to a solitary life with a herd of cats, she’s determined to go down fighting. Until the man of her dreams—literally—kidnaps her and claims to know a cure. If only she believed him…

He’s not your average supernatural hero

Lydon v’al Endrian will stop at nothing to be free of the V’alkara, a dangerous brotherhood who feed on dreams. But the key to his freedom, sassy dreamcaster Kalila, might be his toughest challenge yet. No matter how much she protests, he intends to keep her safe from the V’alkara…even if it requires the ultimate sacrifice.

Their love is forbidden

Now on the run with a man she can’t quite trust or resist, Kalila must decide—fight for her dream of a normal life? Or embrace a power she doesn’t want to save Lydon?

Important News Alert: I got the right backs to my firstborn book child, Wonderfully Wicked. YEAH! Okay, maybe it’s more important to me than it is to you, but whatever. I’m still celebrating!

photo courtesy of freedigitalphotos.net/ Stuart Miles

photo courtesy of freedigitalphotos.net/ Stuart Miles

It’s been a long, sweaty, nail-biting journey, but I decided to dip my toe in the self-pub pond. Gulp. Wonderfully Wicked has gone through some fine-tune editing (thanks to the guidance of the fabulous Cathy Yardley), got a brand-spankin’ new cover, and is finally…FINALLY back in the word world as of today. I’m also super-psyched that it’s available in print copy. There’s just something about paper, am I right?

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