Category: Contest


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As mentioned yesterday, I’ve got a giveaway for you all. Thanks to the awesome folks at Tor I’ve got two copies of Norman Spinrad’s new novel, The People’s Police, that means two winners.

The giveaway will run from today until next Sunday the 19th at midnight central time and will be open to entries from the United States and Canada.

Standard rules apply: you’ll need to be following this blog to enter, the winners will be selected using a random number generator, and you’ll need to answer a question for your entry here.

So, question time readers, The People’s Police deals with the issues of those in charge caring more about the interests of the richest among us than the people at large. How do you react when it seems like the deck’s been stacked against you and how do you try and make it better?

Alright everybody, I’ve got  another giveaway for you courtesy of authors Bob Kat! It’s for the fifth book in their Time Shifters series, Not My Life.

In Not My Life our time traveling heroes will have to find what happened to their friend Dan Denucci to take him from a man with a medical degree, beautiful wife, and a son to the sad homeless man living under the pier.

So, your question to enter, if you could travel back in time what would you do with that power? A follow up question if you feel like getting into it, would you assume a stable time line or a changeable one?

Standard rules apply here. You’ll need to follow the blog and the comment on this post answering the entry question. The contest runs from the time of posting until next Friday the 28th and the winner will be selected using random.com.

Separate from that, the authors also have a giveaway of their own going on to celebrate the book’s release, I’ll use their words to tell you all about it.

To celebrate the launch of NOT MY LIFE, we’re giving away a very special heart-shaped mother-of-pearl shell necklace.  (The photo doesn’t do it justice.)  It is 18” long.  All you have to do is send us an email at Kathy@nightwriter93.com with your name, email address, and the words SHELL NECKLACE.  You will be entered into the drawing that will be held on December 1, 2016.  The winner will be notified by email.

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I’m a little late posting this, but I’ve got another giveaway for you all.

The Jock and the Fat Chick is a YA romance novel from the point of view of our title Jock, Kevin, who is forced to take domestic tech to make up for a failed assignment. To make matters worse he’s falling for his classmate Claire, something he can’t let anyone in his social circle know unless he wants the wrath of the popular crowd to come crashing down on his and, more importantly, Claire’s heads.

We’re doing things a little differently this time around, the prize is an e-book copy of the novel.

This one’s going to run from now until next Friday, October 7th, at midnight central time. I will be using random.com to choose the winner. Also, of course, you’ll need to be a follower to win.

So, question of the week is this. Since The Jock and the Fat Chick deals with body image and peer pressure, what kind of stuff did you get up to in high school because you figured your friends expected it of you?

The Shackled Scribes Winner

So, this is a day late, but I have the winner for the The Shackled Scribes giveaway!

Congratulations Sue S. you win a copy of The Shackled Scribes and a ten dollar Amazon gift card!

I’ll need you to either comment with your email, this will not be posted to the blog, or send me an email at the address listed in the review request page. I look forward to hearing from you!

Alright everybody, I’ve got the winners for the Navigators of Dune giveaway!

Congratulations Elise Smith and abbyesque, you each win a hard cover copy of Navigators of Dune.

I’ll need both of your snail mail addresses so that you can be sent your prizes. You can message me here with your email and I’ll get them that way, or you can email me through the tympestbooks email in the Review Requests page.

Book Giveaway: The Shackled Scribes

Alright folks, I’ve got another giveaway for you! Courtesy of the author, Lars Teeney, there’s two prizes this time.

The first prize is a copy of his new book, The Shackled Scribes, and a ten dollar Amazon gift card.

Second Prize is a copy of New Megiddo Rising, a novella set in the same world as The Shackled Scribes.

Standard rules apply here. Follow and comment to enter. Winner needs to be from the United States and willing to share their mailing address. The giveaway ends at midnight on Tuesday the 27th, then I’ll use random.com to pick the winners. Winners will be announced on the 28th.

Your question to comment responding to is this. In a world where a ruling class owns all knowledge, including the work of others in a lower class, what’s the worst thing you can think of happening?

Best of luck everyone!

Heads Up

Alright everybody, just a heads up, the Navigators of Dune giveaway ends tomorrow night at midnight Central time. So if you were going to enter now’s the time. The link to it is here.

I’ve got a review coming up tomorrow as well, so come check that out. The book itself is really cool, so look forward to the review.

I’m also trying to plan ahead for something Halloween related. Maybe review some horror novels in October, maybe something else. If you all have any ideas, that would be great!

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Thanks so much for having me here at Lauren’s Book Shelf! I’m thrilled to introduce you to Illusion, the third and final book in my Hoodoo Apprentice trilogy, which is out now. I’ve also got a great blog tour giveaway for you, but first I’d like to tell you a little bit about hoodoo magic and some of the spells that appear in this book…

Hoodoo magic is an African American folk healing and magical art, not to be confused with voodoo, which is a religion. Hoodoo originated among enslaved Africans in the South Carolina and Georgia Lowcountry and is largely based on African traditions, but has also been influenced by Native American, European and other practices.

In Illusion, Emma Guthrie uses many hoodoo spells to protect her true love but now-ex boyfriend, Cooper Beaumont, and her twin brother Jack. She’s also called upon to break some of the jinxes laid by her enemies. To give you an idea of the kind of hoodoo charms Emma confronts, I thought I’d share a few with you today. These come directly from my favorite and most informative hoodoo resources, the LuckyMojo.com.

Bottle Spells

A bottle spell is just what is sounds like: a magical spell contained in a bottle, that is intended to work for one’s desires. They are not limited to hoodoo and appear in many different kinds of folk magic traditions. Bottle spells are often buried under the threshold of a house or hidden in a chimney to keep witches or those who’d do evil away from your home. This explains why they’re often referred to as Witch Bottles. These bottles are often filled with commonly found and sharp items like pins, nails, glass shards, hair, and even urine. In Illusion, Emma works a Black Hen Feather Witch-Bottle spell that she buries beneath the front porch of one of her worst enemies. It’s filled with black hen feathers which are thought to be useful for reversing jinxes. For more fascinating information on bottle spells, click here.

Candle Spells

Many hoodoo practitioners use candles in their spells, and not just any candle will do. Each “light” is specifically selected for its individual color and the power associated with it. For example, white candles are thought to bring spiritual blessings; blue will bring peace and harmony, green are used in money spells, red for those involving love, pink for attraction, brown will bring luck in a court case, and black can repel dark thoughts, sorrow or bring freedom from evil. In Illusion, Emma works several powerful candle spells. One deals with love while the other is designed to send back evil to the witch who first performed it. I loved exploring this kind of magic and putting it in Emma’s capable hand. For a full run down on candle magic, check this out.

Psychic Visions

In hoodoo, psychic vision spiritual supplies are said to enhance the user’s spiritual insights and induce prophetic dreams. They can be added to anointing oils, incense, in sachets, bath crystals, or in specially blended candles. The Psychic Vision spell is one of the only instances in which I’ve strayed from authentic hoodoo for the purposes of my books. In Illusion and the other books in the series, Conjure and Allure, Emma uses a psychic vision spell to watch events that occurred in the past. Because these events happen in a vision, she watches the events in real time as if she was watching a news program on television. This gives her, and the reader, a front seat to the action, some of which occurred up to three centuries ago. These have been some of my very favorite scenes to write, but as I said, they are not reflective of how hoodoo practitioners use psychic vision spiritual supplies in real life. To read more about these supplies are put to use by real hoodoo practitioners click here.

I hope you enjoyed this introduction to hoodoo magic and some of its spells. Though these charms seem simple on their surface, many people believe in their power and rely on them to offer protection or grant their most fervent desires. For more information about hoodoo magic and more examples of spells, I highly recommend that you check out the Lucky Mojo Curio Company’s website. It’s owner, Catherine Yronwode, has painstakingly recorded the history of hoodoo, collected oral histories of spells, and is a well respected manufacturer of authentic charms.

Thanks so much for having me. This was a lot of fun! Best of luck to those who enter the giveaway!

~Lea

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Things aren’t always as they appear…

New school. Cross-country move. Broken heart. If only these were Emma Guthrie’s worst problems. Instead, she must battle a trio of enemies–human and spectral–who may or may not have joined forces against her and everyone she loves. All while pretending to be over Cooper Beaumont, her ex-boyfriend and true love, to shield him from her arch-nemesis’s revenge.

Worse, when the fight escalates, Emma is tempted to use black magic, which will endanger her soul. As her enemies close in, join forces, and fight with new and dark magic she’s never seen before, Emma must harness the power within her to fulfill an ancient prophecy, defeat a centuries-old evil, save her family, and reclaim the only boy she’s ever loved.

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And here are the gorgeous new covers for the first two books in the series, Conjure and Allure:

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And now for the giveaway, a super awesome Illusion Blog Tour Prize pack. The Grand Prize includes a $25 Amazon gift card, a custom Hoodoo Apprentice tote which features the gorgeous new covers, and six authentic hoodoo spells from the Lucky Mojo Curio Company. There’s also a second prize $15 Amazon gift card, and a third prize $10 Amazon gift card. So what are you waiting for? Enter below to win!

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Lea Nolan is a USA Today bestselling author of Contemporary Romance and YA. Her books for young adults feature bright heroines, crazy-hot heroes, diabolical plot twists, plus a dose of magic, a draft of romance, and a sprinkle of history. She also pens smart, witty contemporary stories for adults filled with head-swooning, heart-throbbing, sweep-you-off your feet romance. Born and raised on Long Island, New York, she loves the water far too much to live inland. With her heroically supportive husband and three clever children, she resides in Maryland where she scarfs down crab cakes whenever she gets the chance. Learn more at her website, or follow her on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or Goodreads

Alright everybody, I’ve got a copy of Tom Doyle’s The Left-Hand Way up for grabs for one lucky follower in the United States or Canada.

How do you enter? Just follow this blog and leave a comment, tell me what you figure the big difference between science fiction and fantasy are or if there is one at all. You can gain an extra entry by following my twitter Tymp3st.

The winner will be selected by a number generator and announced on Friday the eleventh. As usual, you’ll have three days to claim it or another winner will be chosen.

Good luck everyone!

The Body Institute
Release
Date: 09/01/15
Entangled
Teen
Summary
from Goodreads:
Meet Morgan Dey, one of the top teen Reducers at The Body Institute.
Thanks to cutting-edge technology, Morgan can temporarily take over
another girl’s body, get her in shape, and then return to her own body—leaving her
client slimmer, more toned, and feeling great. Only there are a few catches…
For one, Morgan won’t remember what happens in her “Loaner” body. Once
she’s done, she won’t recall walks with her new friend Matt, conversations with
the super-cute Reducer she’s been text-flirting with, or the uneasy feeling she
has that the director of The Body Institute is hiding something. Still, it’s
all worth it in the name of science. Until the glitches start…
Suddenly, residual memories from her Loaner are cropping up in Morgan’s mind.
She’s feeling less like herself and more like someone else. And when protests
from an anti–Body Institute organization threaten her safety, she’ll have to
decide if being a Reducer is worth the cost of her body and soul…

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About
the Author
I’m
a YA writer represented by Kelly Sonnack of Andrea Brown Literary. My sci-fi
novel THE BODY INSTITUTE explores the themes of society, identity, and body
image. I live in the beautiful, green state of Oregon and have a Studio Arts
degree; I’m an SCBWI member.

You’ll usually find me in my writing cave, surrounded by my dragon collection
and the characters in my head. I also enjoy reading–mostly young adult
novels–as well as drawing, painting, and quilting. I also attend writing
conferences, walk with my husband, and enjoy music and dance of all kinds. 

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