Tuesday 25 October 2011

Internet Book Fair!!! Extra, extra, read all about it!!!

Welcome to the Internet Book Fair! Just so you know, this was originally set up to promote your own books, but seeing as I've got this supah dupah blog tour for String Bridge set up next week, I decided to promote other authors' books.

Okay, those who know me, know I don't really read YA. But you know what? I'm actually interested in reading this one by Susan Kaye Quinn. It seems like a real "mind-#*@!" so to speak. Excuse my language, it's totally unorthodox, but sorry, I love stuff that deals with psychological twists so I'm really looking forward to giving it a go ... Here's the blurb:

"Sixteen-year-old Kira Moore is a zero, someone who can't read thoughts or be read by others. Zeros are outcasts who can't be trusted, leaving her no chance with Raf, a regular mindreader and the best friend she secretly loves. When she accidentally controls Raf's mind and nearly kills him, Kira tries to hide her frightening new ability from her family and an increasingly suspicious Raf. But lies tangle around her, and she's dragged deep into a hidden world of mindjackers, where being forced to mind control everyone she loves is just the beginning of the deadly choices before her."

If you want to read more about the book and/or author, Susan Kaye Quinn, CLICK HERE.

Eighty NineI don't read many anthologies of short fiction, but this one, edited by Jodi Cleghorn, looks TO DIE FOR. Who wouldn't be intrigued by a collection of short stories based on songs released in 1989? Interesting, huh? Here's the blurb:

"1989: a cusp between decades.
The year the Berlin Wall came down and Voyager went up. Ted Bundy and Emperor Hirohito died. The birth of the first Bush administration and computer virus.

In San Francisco and Newcastle the ground shook, in Chernobyl it melted. Tiananmen Square rocked the world and Tank Man imprinted on the international consciousness. Communism and Thatcherism began their decline, Islamic fundamentalism its rise.

It was the year Batman burst onto the big screen, we went back to the future (again) Indiana Jones made it a trifecta at the box office and Michael Damian told us to rock on.

Based on a play list of 26 songs released in 1989, Eighty Nine re-imagines the social, political, cultural and personal experiences at the end of the decade which gave the world mullets, crimped hair, neon-coloured clothing, acid-wash denim, keytars, the walkman, Live Aid, the first compact disc and MTV."

To check it out on Goodreads, CLICK HERE. They're actually having an Amazon Chart Rush for this book today, so it would be a great day to buy it! Also, first one to comment and say they want one will receive a free copy of this in eBook format! (PDF, mobi or epub)

All the stories will be live, and free for 48 hours beginning 9am Aussie time today. They all go up one every hour via the LMT official website http://literarymixtapes.com.


Dancing in the Shadows of LoveI'm told that Judy Croome writes with a poetic flair so how could I resist giving this a shot? It sounds like my cup of tea. I've actually had this in my Kindle for MONTHS, but still haven't got around to reading it. I will soon! Here's an excerpt of the blurb:

"Boldly atmospheric, buoyed by touches of magical realism, this compelling story explores the sacrifices people make in the pursuit of a love that transcends everyday existence. Lulu’s quest, and that of Jamila and Zahra too, is to find the divine love that will fulfil their hopes and save their souls...if they can recognise the masks of those who seek to lead them astray."

Sounds beautiful, huh? Okay, to read more about this one on Goodreads, CLICK HERE.


This blurb says it all:

"Haunted houses. Haunted hearts.
And a past that refuses to die.

Leap Books summoned best-selling paranormal and dreadfully talented debut authors to conjure up Spirited, a haunting collection of 13 tales guaranteed to keep you up all night.
Get entombed in stories of Egyptian treasures, shudder at tales of malevolent spirits, and dive in the adventures of witch-hunters, ghost seekers, and lost souls. From steampunk to cyberpunk, our collection of spirits from the past, present, and future will haunt you in these pages.

With this celebration of things that go bump in the night, Spirited authors hope to slay the truly frightening illiteracy statistics that plague our youth. All proceeds from Spirited will be donated to 826 National. 826 offers free after-school tutoring, workshops, and in-school programs because "strong writing skills are fundamental to future success."

Go ahead. Turn the page if you dare. We won’t tell if you sleep with the light on. Because after all, there’s no rest for the wicked."

Also, here is the blurb of one of the short stories you'll find in there, written by the brilliant Dawn Dalton: 

THREAD OF THE PAST: Letitia Hawke is used to feeling invisible and the only thing that makes her senior dance bearable is the location—one of the most haunted houses in the country. Then Tish makes an unexpected connection with Elijah, and it’s bye-bye wallflower, hello gothic rose. Too bad the Franklin House is a jealous host.

To read more about SPIRITED CLICK HERE!

Now this book, Lyon's Legacy by Sandra Ulbrich Almazan, I've just heard about and I'm wondering why I hadn't heard of it earlier! Guitar? Music? I'm already hooked. Here's the blurb:

"Joanna Lyon may have inherited musical talent from her famous ancestor, Sean Lyon, but her parents' bitter divorce and her Uncle Jack's attempts to remake her into another Sean have left her hostile toward her family and music. Her passion is for science, but since she has no access to the family funds, she struggles to earn enough credits for graduate school. Then her uncle sets up a business deal with her employer to make Joanna go on a mission for him: travel via the spaceship Sagan to an alternate TwenCen universe where Sean is still alive. Joanna must collect a DNA sample from Sean so her uncle can create a clone of him. She refuses at first, but finally agrees to go. Secretly, however, Joanna believes her uncle will exploit the clone, and she plans to sabotage the project to stop him. But when she falls in love with one of the scientists in the Sagan's genetics lab, clashes with other time travelers who fear she'll change how history develops on the alternative TwenCen Earth, and receives devastating personal news, Joanna will find herself pushed to her limit even before she comes face-to-face with her hated ancestor. Their encounter will leave her changed forever. Will she still be able to thwart her uncle's plan, and what will she have to sacrifice to do so?"

This story is available as an e-book for only $2.99 at Amazon, B&N, and Smashwords.

If you'd like to discover some other books on the market, make sure you drop by the host of the Fair to access everyone's blog links. Thanks for reading!!!

PS: See yesterday's post as to why I won't be around again until next Monday.


  1. I'm so happy you gave Susan a shout out!

    1989 was a big year for me, so I think I'll have to pick this one up. I should've written something for it! I never read short story anthologies until I started being in them. Now I see the value of writing and reading them.

    I recently won Dancing in the Shadows of Love from Hilary Melton Butcher's blog. I look forward to reading it!

  2. Some excellent books here Jessica, I didn't know about the fest as I was away ,perhaps I might had given my own book a plug. I do have another in the pipeline but is still going through the proofs and cover stage.
    Thanks for sharing these books.


  3. Sounds like some great choices! :)

  4. Wow. You're featuring some great books. Now if only I didn't have to cover the property taxes on dad's old house ...

  5. This book fair is a great idea. What a way to promote books. Thanks for being a part of it.

  6. Lots of great books. Open Minds is calling to me. Can't you hear it? Buy me...buy me...buuuuuyyyyymeeeeee.

    I graduated high school in 1989 so that one also intrigues me.

  7. You've got some fabulous picks here! I'm with Matt. :)

  8. Gotta agree...all great pics. thanks

  9. This is a great idea! Thanks for the info. :)

  10. Wow! Have I been in a box or something to miss all of these reads. Thank goodness it's coming to that time of year when I get to read.

  11. So gracious and generous for you to spotlight the books of fellow authors, Jessica. My Stetson's off to you. Sam McCord does the same. He's just more graceful at it than me. LOL.

    if you have a moment, have a look at my showcase, a lonely street orphan and a love-starved ghoul under a voodoo moon : THE LEGEND OF VICTOR STANDISH.

    Have a great book blog tour, Roland

  12. This is great of you to spread the love. And Open Minds TOTALLY sounds like my cup of tea--be my daughter would love it too.

  13. I'm loving this book fair!

  14. Awesome promoting these books. I really do want to read OPEN MINDS. It sounds so cool.

  15. Great idea! I am DYING to read Open Minds!! :-)

  16. Hey,Jessica, passing through on the hop. Good selections.

  17. Hi Jess! My Gosh, so many books!!! Do you know I always keep a list of the books you recommend? My list is getting longer and longer! I've just finished reading one of the books you told us about, the beautifully written There Are No Words by Mary Calhoun Brown and loved it! Currently reading Sweetie by Kathryn Magendie! Now you got me all intrigued and so want Open Minds!

    I would love to get a free e-copy of Eighty Nine...is it still available for give-away? I hope I'm not too late.

    Thanks, Jess!

  18. Great selections!! Thank goodness pay day is coming. I can't wait to get these. :)

  19. Very cool book fair. I will check these out. Have a great week Jessica!

  20. I've read Open Minds (hehe, my quote is on the back cover. Squee!) and I LOVED it. I think you will, too. Susan is brilliant. I have yet to read Shadows, but I plan to get to it soon. :)

  21. Aw, aren't you sweet! Susan's book is up next on my list to read. I can't wait!

  22. Definitely going to check some of these out! So nice of you to promote other people's books with this blogfest post!

    (Grr Blogger's being a pain, so sorry if this posts multiple times!)

  23. Cool!
    What a great idea.
    I'm stoked about the short stories!

  24. I LOVE this bookfair idea! These all sound great - some of the cover art pics didn't show up on my server though:(

  25. I am sorry I am days late to the fest. I love seeing Susan featured here. She is amazing and so supportive of other writers.
    I'll put Eighty nine on my radar
    (I am overloaded with books right now).

  26. Yay! Book fair day! these all sound like great selections, and I like you can't WAIT for Susan's either~ :o) <3

  27. Hey, AlliAllo, what is this?!

    You post a blog bit saying that you're too busy to play in the blogosphere and taking a sabbatical. So, I leave you a URL to a cool, deep, and sort of mystical-like post about going on a sabbatical and... not only do you not read it and tell me how insightful and intuitive and totally bitchin' it was that I should send you there, but... worse yet, the next thing I know, I find you leaving a comment at "Missed Periods".

    I thought you were on sabbatical? I thought you had no time for fun and games? Sister, if I keep finding footprints from where you've come and gone, I might just have to demand you reply in detail to that last extensive (and totally wonderful) Email I sent ya.

    Don't make me have to put on my Drama Queen face!

    ~ D-FensDogg
    'Loyal American Underground'

  28. Hi Jessica .. this is great - I would like to read Susan's Open Minds; and I must say Jodi's anthology looks intriguing and a different take on life; while Judy's book I've read and highly recommend - and have done a few posts for her as well as recent review; then the Haunted Houses. Haunted Hearts .. not sure I'm into paranormal .. but sounds like many people will enjoy it.

    Great list and blog post - have fun next week and all the very best with all you've got going on.

    Cheers - Hilary


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