Castle of Sighs Cover Reveal

Posted on 19. Feb, 2015 by in Author Visits

SHP Author Photo - Jennifer Murgia (updated headshot)

I am so thrilled to join my friend, Jennifer Murgia, in celebrating the cover reveal of her latest title, CASTLE OF SIGHS. This is the second book in the Forest of Whispers series. And you have to snag them both!

Jennifer has long loved the dark and speculative — and it’s from these dark places that she weaves fantastical stories, often hoping to find truth in them. Her Young Adult novels include the  Historical Fantasy FOREST OF WHISPERS (9/9/14 — Spencer Hill Press), BETWEEN THESE LINES, ANGEL STAR, LEMNISCATE & THE BLISS. She is the co-founder and coordinator of YA FEST and currently resides in Pennsylvania. You can follow Jennifer all over the internets:

And now for the beautiful cover…

See how pretty?

You know you want this one!

Castle of Sighs Cover Final

About the Book

Some secrets cannot be kept—in life or in death.

Months have passed since Rune has heard a single whisper from her long-dead mother, the great witch of Bavaria. But the absence of one evil has only made room for another.

After rightfully inheriting her ancestral home, Pyrmont Castle, Rune settles into a quiet life taking care of two orphans left in the wake of the terrible witch hunt that claimed dozens of lives in the nearby village. As the days grow colder, the castle’s secrets beckon and Rune finds herself roaming where no one has set foot in a long time. In the bowels of the fortress is a locked room full of memories that hang like cobwebs—shelves stacked with jars, strange specimens, putrid liquids, and scrolls of spells. Rune is undeniably drawn to what she finds there, and she begins to dabble in the possibilities of magic, hoping to find a cure for the strangeness overwhelming the castle.

As secrets unspool, the delicate thread of Rune’s world is threatened when she realizes the key may lie in the dark forest she once called home and the boy she thought she knew.


Skin of My Teeth: Volume 1 BLOG TOUR

Posted on 09. Jan, 2015 by in Author Visits

The fun starts tomorrow! Please follow along with the tour and enter the giveaway to help me celebrate the launch of SOMT.


Tour Schedule

January 9th Reese’s Reviews REVIEW
January 10th The Cover Contessa EXCERPT
January 11th Donnie Darko Girl REVIEW
January 12th Mom With A Kindle 10 RANDOM THINGS
January 13th The Epitome REVIEW
January 14th Bitches & Prose GUEST POST
January 15th CBY Book Club DREAM CAST

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Cover Reveal: Beware the Little White Rabbit

Posted on 08. Jan, 2015 by in Author Visits

2015 marks the 150th anniversary of Lewis Carroll’s timeless classic.

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland was first published in 1865, followed by Through the Looking-Glass and What Alice Found There in 1871, and many events around the globe are planned to celebrate this year.
Join Leap Books on this curious exploration of madness, tea parties,
Our select group of talented authors are united by their passion for all things Alice and will delight you with their take on what really happened down the rabbit hole.
BEWARE THE LITTLE WHITE RABBIT releases on April 14, 2015.
Contributing authors:
Laura Lascarso - Charlotte Bennardo - C. Lee McKenzie - Christine Norris – David Turnbull – Jacqueline Horsfall – Medeia Sharif – Tom Luke – Jessica Bayliss – Crystal Schubert – Holly Odell - Jennifer Moore -
Liam Hogan
Leap Books, LLC
Publication date: April 14, 2015

And now . . . here she is!

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Skin of My Teeth: Volume 1 LAUNCH DAY!

Posted on 23. Dec, 2014 by in Author Visits


In addition to my blog, several wonderful bloggers and author friends will be posting an exclusive BONUS scene to celebrate the launch of Skin of My Teeth: Volume 1. Click on the image below and follow the link provided to be dealt a card and gain access to the bonus material.



Amazon | B&N | KOBO



· draw a card from the deck
· kill or be killed
· and if you’re lucky, repeat…

Hidden agendas, deep, dark secrets, and monsters lurking around every locker. It’s business as usual at Redgrave High for Eryn and her crew of paranorm hunters – they plan to capture and cure Brit’s brother from his tormented existence, Eryn is reunited with her father’s beta, and Redgrave’s origins are revealed.

Although the two guys vying for Eryn’s heart just might have to up their game. Enter hot, wolven guy stage left. Is he the one Alec’s blood magic foretold? He is, if Eryn’s knocking pulse has anything to say about it. The tale-tell sound is driving Wade mad. But it’s Eryn’s move, and everyone is holding their breath.

A little healthy competition soon becomes all-out survival of the fittest as the crew are pitted against a pack of demons trading souls – for keeps. The student population is enamored with a new card game, Boroughs Quest. Kids are desperate to get their hands on gilded cards from a mysterious expansion deck, but when they do…

It’s all fun and games ’til somebody dies.


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Author Feature: Halli Lilburn

Posted on 19. Dec, 2014 by in Author Visits

I warmly welcome author, Halli Lilburn, to my humble blog and thank her for being willing to answer a few questions. Halli has a great story published in SPIRITED: 13 Haunting Tales, a sci-fi young adult novel, SHIFTERS, and more offerings you’ll want to sink your teeth into. Keep reading to find out more!

On Shifters: “A spellbinder that captures the reader on the first page. Eerily insightful and possible, chilling.” –Christina Francine, Midwest Book Review


You’re quite comfortable writing short stories. What draws you to this format and do you have a favourite that influences your work?

There are some silly reasons I like short stories: Because I have three kids I don’t have much time to write novels but that’s not really true.  I also have a short attention span so I don’t want to bore myself, but that’s not really true either.  The real reason is because short stories are so intense.  There is no time for back story or build up or evenmuch character development.  It is all action, all energy and all excitement.  That’s what I love.  When it comes to astounding authors in this field, I really like Neil Gaiman, Cory Doctorow and Holly Black.

And….can you share a few details about your upcoming projects?


I am so excited about being included in the new Tesseracts anthology by Edge Science fiction and fantasy publishing.  They have a strong reputation and a long standing fan base across Canada.  The theme of this particular volume (18, Wrestling with Gods) is religion in sci-fi and fantasy.

As soon as I heard the request for religion in fantasy my mind started churning.  What elements were used to create this world that man had no control over?  I came up with seven: light, energy, thought, matter, time, life and death.  Who rules them?  How could they benefit mankind if they could be controlled?  I felt there would be two opposing forces: those who strictly obeyed the rules, protecting mankind from abusing the powers and those who took their destiny into their own hands, fighting for complete access and authority to use the powers however they wanted. So, a group of terrorists seize

the temple and attempt to steal and use the powers of creation for their own purposes.

There will be book launch parties in Edmonton, Calgary and Lethbridge near the end of April 2015.


Halli Lilburn resides in Lethbridge, AB with her hubby, three kids and a German shepherd named Dante. She has stories published with Leap Books, Canada’s History Magazine, Canadian Stories, Cart Blanche and many others.  She is a librarian and art journal instructor.  Find out more at

SOMT: Volume 1 Blog Tour

Posted on 08. Dec, 2014 by in Author Visits

Watch for some great giveaways, extras, interviews, and reviews of SKIN OF MY TEETH: Volume 1 during the official blog tour, organized by the awesome Amber at Me, My Shelf and I!


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Skin of My Teeth: Volume One

Posted on 07. Dec, 2014 by in Author Visits

SKIN OF MY TEETH: Volume One is set to launch DECEMBER 23rd!


Skin of My Teeth is finally ready to rumble and we wanted to make it a fun, interactive experience.

We decided to release it in three ebook volumes that will be compiled into a final, full novel – ultimately released in both ebook and paperback. In this book, Eryn and her crew battle against a pack of demons working through specific cards used in a trading card game. Here’s where the interactive stuff comes in. With the launch of each volume, some wonderful bloggers will release a virtual copy of a card that YOU can use to unlock extra scenes. We will also include a card at the end of each ebook volume.


Therefore, in total you can potentially access six additional scenes. Best part about these extras? They’re not told from Eryn’s point of view. Nope. You’ll be drawn into Wade’s mind, feel the em

otions Alec has brewing for Eryn….from HIS side of the story, and discover a few secrets along the way.

So get in the game and get under the skin of not just Eryn…but other key characters in the world of Redgrave!

Announcements and reminders will be made prior the launch of each ebook volume on the Leap Books Facebook page and I’ll promote them as well.


SOMT Volume 1 – December 23, 2014

SOMT Volume 2 – April 28, 2015

SOMT Volume 3 – August 25, 2015

SOMT Full Novel  – November 24, 2015



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Winter is Coming

Posted on 14. Nov, 2014 by in Author Visits

Besides my Game of Thrones fixation (going through withdrawal – is it April yet??) winter really is coming. We’ve had some snow and a few cozy fires in the fireplace. There’s no denying it.

However, there is still fun to be had!

Like the fact that in a few days I’ll be heading to Boston / Salem, MA to do some research on witches which I’ll be using in several projects. I’ll be taking a ton of photos for inspiration. If you’re interested in seeing some, follow me on Instagram where I’ll be posting them during my adventures.

AND I have news about the release of SKIN OF MY TEETH – it’s finally happening, but maybe not like you’d expect.

Cryptic, right? Well, all will be revealed on November 19th by Leap Books and our awesome Street Team of bloggers. Watch for news on this Facebook page:

But I can tell you the, um, initial release date for SKIN OF MY TEETH is December 23rd.

So, bring it Winter – we’re ready for ya….

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Cover Reveal: The Lost Imperials

Posted on 03. Nov, 2014 by in Author Visits


By Tyler H. Jolley and Sherry D. Ficklin


In a battle for control of the time stream, the past and the future will collide, either saving mankind—or destroying it.
The Tesla Institute stands on one side of the battle. Controlled by the mind of one of the greatest inventors in history, the Institute recruits gifted, young time travelers called Rifters. Those who survive his training are sent into history with the mission to preserve the time stream, recruit more of their kind, and better humanity through subtle, controlled event manipulation.
Standing in the way are the Hollows, a rogue group of Rifters who have vowed to put an end to the Tesla Institute—at all costs. They steal, cheat, and bend history to their own ends. Using children stolen from time as their personal armies, they fight not only for control of time itself, but also for self-preservation.
“Steampunk and time travel combine to provide pizazz in this series opener about a long-lost royal brother and sister, the surviving Romanovs. Ficklin and Jolley handle the rather intricate plotline well, populating the time stream with interesting characters that pop up in various unexpected places. The steampunk scenario adds a great deal of zest to the proceedings, with top hats, leather corsets and a variety of steam-driven contrivances providing set dressing. Kids who pick it up won’t encounter much real history, but they’ll be reading it for fun anyway. (Steampunk. 12 & up)” ~Kirkus Reviews


Release Date: May 5, 2015
Publisher: Clean Teen Publishing
What should be a routine mission leaves Ethan with a serious problem. He’s fractured—a break between mind and body that leaves him at the mercy of his Rifter abilities, which are quickly tearing him apart. He will have to trust the only person who might know how to fix him, a mysterious Rifter named Stewart Stills, who seems to have a special connection with the time stream.
Forced to face his dark past and a decision he may never forgive himself for, he will be trained unlike any of the others, to become a true guardian for time. If he accepts, it will mean leaving everyone he loves behind. If he refuses, time itself could unravel. After a glimpse of the dark future awaiting them all, he will have to choose between destiny and desire. Will he rise up and take his place as a defender of the natural order, or will he watch as all of time burns at the hands of the girl he loves?
Welcome to the time war.


Release Date: May 5, 2015
Publisher: Clean Teen Publishing
Stein has been with the Hollows for as long as she can remember. Taken as a child, she has no memories of her past—and that’s always been fine by her. Until the day she stumbles across a hidden journal containing the devastating truth about her paternity. Now everything she thought she knew—and everyone she thought she could trust—has changed. The truth about who she is and where she came from is a secret so deep, it will rock the Hollows and the Tesla Institute alike.
During a test to verify her bloodlines, Stein makes a terrible discovery. She is carrying a rare genetic mutation that is slowly killing her. Unsure who to turn to and running out of time, she has no choice but to turn to Tesla—her most hated enemy—for help. But can she trust the man who she’s been fighting against her whole life, or will she end up another piece in his deadly game of cat and mouse with the people who betrayed her so long ago?


In order to support his hobby of writing, Tyler decided to pursue dentistry. He graduated from Nova Southeastern University School of Dental Medicine in 2002. He then completed a four year residency at the University of Pennsylvania. In June 2006, he opened Jolley Smiles in Grand Junction, CO. Snowboarding, mountain biking, road biking, fly fishing, bird hunting, camping, hiking, and backpacking are the things he enjoys doing with his family. When life gets stressful he escapes to unseen worlds.
Sherry is a full time writer from Colorado where she lives with her husband, four kids, two dogs, and a fluctuating number of chickens and house guests. A former military brat, she loves to travel, eat exotic food, and meet new people. She can often be found browsing her local bookstore with a large white hot chocolate in one hand and a towering stack of books in the other. That is, unless she’s on deadline at which time she, like the Loch Ness monster, is often only seen in blurry photographs.

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Leap Books Backlist Monster Bash!

Posted on 23. Oct, 2014 by in Author Visits

Does your heart race when things go bump in the night?
Then you’re in the right place because Leap Books is about to get CREEPY!

Join Leap Books authors in a wicked cool Facebook event on October 28 from 7-9pm. Authors will be sharing creepy tales, recipes, Halloween tips and tricks AND there will be giveaways! Enter to win here:


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