Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday: VISION by Lisa Amowitz @covercontessa, @lisa_amowitz, @SpencerHillP

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Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill from Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases we are eagerly awaiting!

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Title: Vision
Author: Lisa Amowitz
Publisher: Spencer Hill Press
Expected Publication Date: September 9, 2014

The light is darker than you think… 

High school student Bobby Pendell already has his hands full—he works almost every night to support his disabled-vet father and gifted little brother. Then he meets the beautiful new girl in town, who just happens to be his boss’s daughter. Bobby has rules about that kind of thing. Nothing matters more than keeping his job.

When Bobby starts to get blinding migraines that come with scary, violent hallucinations, his livelihood is on the line. Soon, he must face the stunning possibility that the visions of murder are actually real. With his world going dark, Bobby is set on the trail of the serial killer terrorizing his small town. With everyone else convinced he’s the prime suspect, Bobby realizes that he, or the girl he loves, might be killer's next victim.

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WMy young adult novel BREAKING GLASS is available now 

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The light is darker than you think.

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Lisa Amowitz was born in Queens and raised in the wilds of Long Island, New York where she climbed trees, thought small creatures lived under rocks and studied ant hills. And drew. A lot.
Lisa has been a professor of graphic design at  Bronx Community College where she has been tormenting and cajoling students for nearly eighteen years. She started writing eight years ago because she wanted something to illustrate, but somehow, instead ended up writing YA. Probably because her mind is too dark and twisted for small children.
BREAKING GLASS which was released July 9, 2013 from Spencer Hill Press, is her first published work. VISION, the first of the Finder series will be released in 2014 along with an unnamed sequel in the following year. LIFE AND BETH will also be released in the near future. So stay tuned because Lisa is very hyper and has to create stuff to stay alive.
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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Teaser Tuesday, GALLOWGLASS edition

In reviewing my posts over the past few months, I realized that I've been mostly doing cover reveals and blog hops, promoting others rather than myself. Now, don't get me wrong; I believe in sharing the love with my fellow authors, and will continue to do so. I just need to balance helping them with helping me.

As a result of this new mindset, today I sent off my very first query for GALLOWGLASS, and I am so fricken' excited! A little background on this project: as you may or may not know, I've always been fascinated by Celtic myths and legends. A few years ago I stumbled onto the story of Robert Kirk, a seventeenth century minister who wrote a book called The Secret Commonwealth of Elves, Fauns and Fairies. (Check it out, it's a real book:

While taking a night time stroll around the fairy hill in 1692, Robert Kirk died, apparently from a stroke. Legend states that he didn't die, but that the fairies, outraged that he revealed their secrets, kidnapped him and imprisoned him in a tree atop the fairy hill. According to the rumors, he's still there today. 

Holy crap, here was a real guy, who had not only written about his dealings with fairies, but was supposedly punished for doing so. And he died on a fairy hill! Seriously, you can't make this stuff up.

So, I started making stuff up about him, what had he been doing, had he really just been standing there in a tree, did he even remember his time as a reverend? And, what would happen if he was set free?

Below is the query I sent out for GALLOWGLASS, the latest step in a project that I've been working on for over five years. I'm excited, proud, nervous...but most of all, I'd like to know what you think? Would you read it?

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What would you do if you’d crossed an entire ocean to get away from your problems, only to run smack dab into the Fairy Queen’s personal assassin?

Desperate to escape a recent heartbreak, Karina Stewart accepted a research grant in the UK to work on her doctoral thesis. Along for the ride is her brother, Chris, who had been a best-selling author until his ex-fiancĂ©e sued him for plagiarism. Karina’s research brings them to Aberfoyle, Scotland, where local legend claims that seventeenth century minister Robert Kirk was kidnapped by fairies. Quite by accident, Karina frees Reverend Kirk.

Robert tells Karina that he spent the last few hundred years not as a prisoner, but as the Fairy Queen’s gallowglass, a mercenary cum assassin. Despite her brother’s warnings, Karina lets Robert accompany them on their tour of Scotland. After they’re attacked by demons sent to retrieve Robert, Karina realizes that the Fairy Queen will do anything to reclaim Robert. Only, Karina doesn’t want to let him go.

Monday, August 18, 2014

Cover Reveal - CROW'S REST by Angelica R. Jackson

Book Blurb:
Avery Flynn arrives for a visit at her Uncle Tam's, eager to rekindle her summertime romance with her crush-next-door, Daniel.

But Daniel’s not the sweet, neurotic guy she remembers—and she wonders if this is her Daniel at all. Or if someone—some thing—has taken his place.

Her quest to find the real Daniel—and get him back—plunges Avery into a world of Fae and changelings, where creatures swap bodies like humans change their socks, and magic lives much closer to home than she ever imagined.

And here it is:

Author Bio:

Angelica R. Jackson, in keeping with her scattered Gemini nature, has published articles on gardening, natural history, web design, travel, hiking, and local history. Other interests include pets, reading, green living, and cooking for food allergies (the latter not necessarily by choice, but she’s come to terms with it). Ongoing projects include short fiction, poetry, novels, art photography, and children’s picture books.

In 2012, she started Pens for Paws Auction, which features critiques and swag from agents and authors to raise money for a no-kill, cage-free cat sanctuary where she volunteers, Fat Kitty City.

She’s also been involved with capturing the restoration efforts for Preston Castle (formerly the Preston School of Industry) in photographs and can sometimes be found haunting its hallways.

Title: Crow’s Rest
Author: Angelica R. Jackson
Publisher: Spencer Hill Press (
Release Date May 2015
Formats: Paper, e-book

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Friday, August 15, 2014

Trailer Reveal: QUEEN OF SOMEDAY by Sherry D. Ficklin

I am super excited to finally reveal the book trailer for

Queen of Someday: A Stolen Empire Novel

Before she can become the greatest empress in history, fifteen-year-old Sophie will have to survive her social-climbing mother’s quest to put her on the throne of Russia—at any cost.

Imperial Court holds dangers like nothing Sophie has ever faced before. In the heart of St. Petersburg, surviving means navigating the political, romantic, and religious demands of the bitter Empress Elizabeth and her handsome, but sadistic nephew, Peter. Determined to save her impoverished family—and herself—Sophie vows to do whatever is necessary to thrive in her new surroundings. But an attempt on her life and an unexpected attraction threatens to derail her plans.

Alone in a new and dangerous world, learning who to trust and who to charm may mean the difference between becoming queen and being sent home in shame to marry her lecherous uncle. With traitors and murderers lurking around every corner, her very life hangs in the balance. Betrothed to one man but falling in love with another, Sophie will need to decide how much she’s willing to sacrifice in order to become the empress she is destined to be.


What people are saying about Queen of Someday:

"Love, betrayal, adventure and hard decisions that have no "right answer"... Russian Court is an exercise in "survival of the fittest" and Queen of Someday is a beautiful start to the journey of an innocent young girl growing into one of the greatest leaders of all time." ~June Stevens, author
"I was caught hook, line and sinker with this novel about a young girl's battle in a world that seems perfect on the surface, but is sinister and twisted underneath. I think one of the reasons I loved this book so much is because there was no fantasy or paranormal element the book. I would have loved it just as much if there had been, but to see that somewhere seemingly so safe could be so deadly, without a hint of magic or witchcraft, was haunting." ~Bonfire Book Reviews
"Queen of Someday" is a guilty pleasure read. Just like CW shows and Lifetime movies, it's full of drama, scandal and betrayal. And I just couldn't look away. I found myself gasping and grinning maniacally at every turn. Sophie's schemes delighted me in a way that made me question my own sanity. I enjoyed "Queen of Someday" in the same way that one enjoys CW shows; the melodrama is strangely addictive, but I'm embarrassed to admit exactly how much I enjoyed it." ~The Nerdy Journalist reviews

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Can't wait to see more? Queen of Someday is available for pre-order here, and will be available everywhere October 7th 2014.

*The footage is courtesy of KK Studios, and the layout and transitions are by Courtney Knuckles and Clean Teen Publishing.

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Cover Reveal - TANGLED MAGICK by Jennifer Carson

Today, we're introducing the world to TANGLED MAGICK by Jennifer Carson, the second book in the Hapenny Magick series!

Book Blurb:
It’s been two years since Maewyn Bridgepost discovered her magick and saved the Wedge from another troll invasion. Now the villagers are embarking on an age-old tradition, given up after the first invasion, the Great Expedition. This journey is a chance for the happenies to discover the world outside their village. But the outside world can be a scary place, and the happenies soon find themselves knee deep in troll trouble.

And now, for the cover...

Pretty, huh?

Author’s short bio:
Jennifer Carson lives in New Hampshire with her husband, four sons and many furred and feathered friends. She grew up on a steady diet of Muppet movies and renaissance faires, and would occasionally be caught reading under the blankets with a flashlight. Besides telling tales, she also creates fantasy creatures and characters and publishes her own sewing patterns. In 2010 her first children’s novel, To Find A Wonder, was produced as an original musical at the New London Barn Playhouse in New London, New Hampshire.

Title: Tangled Magick
Author: Jennifer Carson
Publisher: Spencer Hill Press Middle Grade ( Please feel free to use any text, images, links, etc. from our website.

ISBN 978-1-63392-000-2 paperback
ISBN 978-1-63392-001-9 Ebook

Release Date April 21, 2015
Formats: Paper, e-book,

If you’d like to request an ARC, please use the reviewer form on our website.