SF BAY AREA YA BOOK EVENTS: TODA 5/3/2016




AMIE KAUFMAN and JAY KRISTOFF
Redwood City Library RSVP HERE
Tuesday, May 3 @ 7pm





 

MORGAN MATSON with SIOBHAN VIVIAN AND SUSANNE YOUNG
Barnes and Noble in El Cerrito
Tuesday, May 3 @ 7p

SF BAY AREA YA BOOK EVENTS: 5/1-5/7



Hello my lovely readers. I know I have been away for a bit but I am back and happy to say that the SF Bay Area is going to have a plethora of YA book events. You can check out my side bar to keep up with events or you can check out this post that has all events from September thru November.  As always I highly recommend verifying all events prior to attendance because life happens and that can mean changes or cancellations. I plan on attending many events and I hope to see you there. 


SARAH MLYNOWSKI
Hicklebee's in San Jose
Sunday, May 1 @ 12:00pm(noon)

SARAH MLYNOWSKI
Copperfield's in Petaluma
Sunday, May 1 @ 3pm

SARAH MLYNOWSKI
Pleasanton Library
Monday, May 2 @ 5pm

AMIE KAUFMAN and JAY KRISTOFF
Redwood City Library RSVP HERE
Tuesday, May 3 @ 7pm

MORGAN MATSON with SIOBHAN VIVIAN AND SUSANNE YOUNG
Barnes and Noble in El Cerrito
Tuesday, May 3 @ 7pm

LAUREN MYRACLE
Copperfield's in Petaluma
Wednesday, May 4 @ 4pm

SARAH J. MAAS in conversation with EVELYN SKYE
This is a ticketed event
Kepler's in Menlo Park
Wednesday, May 4 @ 7pm

AMIE KAUFMAN and JAY KRISTOFF with MICHAEL GRANT
Linden Tree Books in Los Altos
Wednesday, May 4 @ 6pm

JULIE BAXBAUM, NICOLA YOON, LAURA MCNEAL and JEFF ZENTNER
A Great Good Place for Books
Wednesday, May 4 @ 7pm

AMIE KAUFMAN and JAY KRISTOFF
Barnes & Noble in El Cerrito
Thursday, May 5 @ 7pm

JULIE BAXBAUM, NICOLA YOON, LAURA MCNEAL AND JEFF ZENTNER
Books Inc. in San Francisco
Thursday, May 5 @ 7pm

JULIE BAXBAUM, NICOLA YOON, LAURA MCNEAL AND JEFF ZENTNER
Hicklebee's in San Jose
Friday, May 6 @ 7pm

LEOPOLDO GOUT
Copperfields in Petaluma
Friday, May 6 @ 4pm

JESSICA TAYLOR Release Party
Barnes and Noble in Roseville
Saturday, May 7 @ 2pm


Follow the Blog Tour Here  www.GoodChoiceReading.com

Hello eveyrone! Thank you for stopping by on my RISE by Jennifer Anne Davis tour stop with Good Choice Reading. My stop includes the prologue and a special excerpt that will sure whet your appetite and make you want more.



Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
Series: Order of The Krigers
Release: May 17, 2016
Publisher: Month9Books


The people of Nelebek live in fear of persecution from the evil Morlet, who reigns with a dark and destructive magic. The kingdom’s only hope lies with the Order of the Krigers—twelve warriors with mysterious powers linked to magical weapons.

For over a century, Morlet has been annihilating the Order, picking them off one by one. Eleven Krigers have been hunted down, tortured, and imprisoned in his dungeon. Now, only one remember

Sixteen-year-old Kaia survives by keeping her head down and minding her own business. But when she finds herself in the middle of a public execution where the mysterious Morlet is in attendance, an odd compulsion she can’t resist comes over her.

Kaia looks into Morlet’s eyes.

Soon, an ancient power awakens and Kaia can no more blend into the scenery. Will she heed the call of the Krigers or will Morlet’s dark magic destroy the last of the Order?


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Prologue: Fortid


In a hut on the outskirts of a small village, the old woman tied the girl’s wrists and ankles to the table. Dawn’s first light shone on the horizon, and the moons still hung in the sky to the west—the best time to perform powerful magic. At the ripe age of sixteen, the naive girl had no idea what was about to happen.

“Why are you willing to help me?” she asked.

The old woman’s lips curled into a smile. “My kind is fading away. By giving you my magic, I am creating something far more powerful than me to save all the Heks.”

“Isn’t that what Skog Heks is trying to do in the mines?”

“If she finds the power source, there’s no guarantee new Heks will be born. Now that the balance of power is off, I know what to do. By using you, I can guarantee Heks don’t become extinct.”

The old woman clasped her hands together. When she pulled them apart, a blue light appeared. The small ball of magic glowed, waiting to be molded and used. “Our land is divided into twelve kingdoms,” she murmured. “I will create twelve warriors who will not only save Nelebek, but all our land.” She drew her hands farther apart, and the blue orb grew larger. “They shall be bound to my magic and will have no choice but to do my will.”




SPECIAL EXCERPT

“Twelve warriors? Bound to your magic? What are you talking about? You didn’t tell me any of this!” The girl’s pretty brown eyes widened. “You said you would help undo what Skog Heks did! That I would be reunited with the man I love.”

“If I told you the truth, you never would have agreed.”

“Why me?” The girl struggled against her bindings to no avail.

“I’m sorry, child, but it has to be you. The king is protected under the treaty. However, you are simply a mere human, and the terms of the treaty don’t apply to you the same way they do to those who govern. You are the only one who can undo it all. You are his weakness.” She pointed to the twelve weapons lying on the ground. A piece of the blue orb broke off, splitting into a dozen smaller balls, each one plunging into one of the weapons and filling it with a bit of magic.

“The next eleven male births will start this.” Another chunk of the orb broke off and formed eleven smaller pieces that darted out of the room and disappeared. “Now, it’s your turn.” Her hands moved over the girl’s chest, and the blue light hovered there.

“Please don’t hurt me!” the girl begged, thrashing against her bindings.

“Yours will be the first one, the strongest one, and will save all the Heks.” She said the next part of the spell in a language rarely spoken—words from the old days—sealing the kingdom of Nelebek’s fate.

The light flashed and then plummeted into the girl’s chest. She screamed; flailing her body as the magic filled her. A moment later, the blue light faded away. The girl stilled and passed out.

“It’s done.” The old woman leaned down and kissed her forehead. “Once the twelve have risen, a new era will dawn. One in which Heks and humans are one, and Heks will finally have a choice.”



ABOUT JENNIFER ANNE DAVIS



Jennifer Anne Davis is the award-winning author of the bestselling TRUE REIGN series. After graduating from the University of San Diego with a degree in English and a teaching credential, she married her high school sweetheart. Jennifer is currently a full-time writer and mother of three highly energetic children. Her days are spent living in imaginary worlds and fueling her own kids’ creativity.




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A Leisure Moment – Excerpt – http://www.aleisuremoment.com

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THE ROSE & THE DAGGER Release Day Blitz


I am so excited that THE ROSE & THE DAGGER by Renée Ahdieh releases today and that I get to share the news, along with an awesome giveaway!

If you haven’t yet heard about this wonderful book by Author Renée Ahdieh, be sure to check out all the details below.

This blitz also includes a giveaway for a paperback of THE WRATH & THE DAWN and a hardcover of THE ROSE & THE DAGGER and an awesome candle from The Melting Library’s Etsy Store, US Only!  So if you’d like a chance to win, enter in the Rafflecopter at the bottom of this post.


 Title: THE ROSE & THE DAGGER
Author: Renée Ahdieh
Release Date: April 26, 2016
Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers
Pages: 432
Formats: Hardcover, eBook, & audiobook
Find it: Goodreads | Amazon | B&N | iBooks 

The much anticipated sequel to the breathtaking The Wrath and the Dawn, lauded by Publishers Weekly as "a potent page-turner of intrigue and romance."

I am surrounded on all sides by a desert. A guest, in a prison of sand and sun. My family is here. And I do not know whom I can trust.

In a land on the brink of war, Shahrzad has been torn from the love of her husband Khalid, the Caliph of Khorasan. She once believed him a monster, but his secrets revealed a man tormented by guilt and a powerful curse—one that might keep them apart forever. Reunited with her family, who have taken refuge with enemies of Khalid, and Tariq, her childhood sweetheart, she should be happy. But Tariq now commands forces set on destroying Khalid's empire. Shahrzad is almost a prisoner caught between loyalties to people she loves. But she refuses to be a pawn and devises a plan.

While her father, Jahandar, continues to play with magical forces he doesn't yet understand, Shahrzad tries to uncover powers that may lie dormant within her. With the help of a tattered old carpet and a tempestuous but sage young man, Shahrzad will attempt to break the curse and reunite with her one true love.
Praise for The Rose and the Dagger:

“Above all there is the shattering, triumphant catharsis of love… In a story about stories, love is ‘the power to speak without words.’ Thrillingly full of feeling.”—Kirkus Reviews

“Fiery romance, a spirited heroine, shifting loyalties… With more than a few heartrending twists and turns.”—Booklist 





About Renée:
Renée lives in North Carolina (Go Heels!) with her husband Victor and their dog Mushu. Her YA fantasy novel, THE WRATH AND THE DAWN, will be published on May 12th, 2015. In her spare time, she likes to cook, dance salsa, and wreak havoc on the lives of her characters.

She’s also a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, as well as an active member of theScience Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America.












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SF Bay Area YA Book Events: 4/24-4/30



Hello my lovely readers. I know I have been away for a bit but I am back and happy to say that the SF Bay Area is going to have a plethora of YA book events. You can check out my side bar to keep up with events or you can check out this post that has all events from September thru November.  As always I highly recommend verifying all events prior to attendance because life happens and that can mean changes or cancellations. I plan on attending many events and I hope to see you there. 

APRIL

STACEY LEE
Teen Writers Group
at Linden Tree Books in Los Altos
Sunday, April 24 @2pm

RENEE AHDIEH with SABAA TAHIR
Towne Center Books in Pleasanton
Thursday, April 28 @ 7pm

SF Bay Area YA Book Events: The week of AWESOME 5/1-5/7



Hello my lovely readers. I know I have been away for a bit but I am back and happy to say that the SF Bay Area is going to have a plethora of YA book events. You can check out my side bar to keep up with events or you can check out this post that has all events from September thru November.  As always I highly recommend verifying all events prior to attendance because life happens and that can mean changes or cancellations. I plan on attending many events and I hope to see you there. 

MAY

SARAH MLYNOWSKI
Hicklebee's in San Jose
Sunday, May 1 @ 12:00pm(noon)

SARAH MLYNOWSKI
Copperfield's in Petaluma
Sunday, May 1 @ 3pm

SARAH MLYNOWSKI
Pleasanton Library
Monday, May 2 @ 5pm

AMIE KAUFMAN and JAY KRISTOFF
Redwood City Library RSVP HERE
Tuesday, May 3 @ 7pm

MORGAN MATSON with SIOBHAN VIVIAN AND SUSANNE YOUNG
Barnes and Noble in El Cerrito
Tuesday, May 3 @ 7pm

LAUREN MYRACLE
Copperfield's in Petaluma
Wednesday, May 4 @ 4pm

SARAH J. MAAS in conversation with EVELYN SKYE
This is a ticketed event
Kepler's in Menlo Park
Wednesday, May 4 @ 7pm

AMIE KAUFMAN and JAY KRISTOFF
Linden Tree Books in Los Altos
Wednesday, May 4 @ 6pm

JULIE BAXBAUM, NICOLA YOON, LAURA MCNEAL and JEFF ZENTNER
A Great Good Place for Books
Wednesday, May 4 @ 7pm

AMIE KAUFMAN and JAY KRISTOFF
Barnes & Noble in El Cerrito
Thursday, May 5 @ 7pm

JULIE BAXBAUM, NICOLA YOON, LAURA MCNEAL AND JEFF ZENTNER
Books Inc. in San Francisco
Thursday, May 5 @ 7pm

JULIE BAXBAUM, NICOLA YOON, LAURA MCNEAL AND JEFF ZENTNER
Hicklebee's in San Jose
Friday, May 6 @ 7pm

LEOPOLDO GOUT
Copperfields in Petaluma
Friday, May 6 @ 4pm

JESSICA TAYLOR Release Party
Barnes and Noble in Roseville
Saturday, May 7 @ 2pm

Jill over at Breaking the Spine started this and I believe that it's awesome" This blog post is to alert those that visit about "the" book that we cannot wait to get our hands on.

My WoW this week is THE DARK MISSIONS OF EDGAR BRIM by Shane Peacock. I have always enjoyed a good gothic read. Having been a fan of Kenneth Opal's YA novels and Penny Dreadful I knew that I would enjoy this upcoming novel showcasing a character who is hell bent on chasing his fears, whatever the cost.

THE DARK MISSIONS OF EDGAR BRIM
Tundra
352 pages
May 3, 2016 
 
 
The first in a gripping new gothic trilogy from an acclaimed author, for fans of Ken Oppel’s This Dark Endeavor and Such Wicked Intent and HBO’s Penny Dreadful series.

Edgar Brim is a sensitive orphan who, exposed to horror stories from his father as a young child, is afraid of almost everything and suffers from nightly terrors. His stern new guardian, Mr. Thorne, sends the boy to a gloomy school in Scotland where his dark demons only seem to worsen and he is bullied and ridiculed for his fears. But years later, when sixteen-year-old Edgar finds a journal belonging to his novelist father, he becomes determined to confront his nightmares and the bullies who taunt him. After the horrific death of a schoolmate, Edgar becomes involved with an eccentric society at the urging of a mysterious professor who believes that monsters from famous works of literature are real and whose mandate is to find and destroy these creatures. With the aid of a rag-tag crew of friends, the fear-addled teen sets about on his dark mission, one that begins in the cemetery on the bleak Scottish moors and ends in a spine-chilling climax on the stage of the Royal Lyceum Theatre in London with Henry Irving, the infamous and magnetic actor, and his manager, Bram Stoker, the author of the most frightening and sensational novel of the day, Dracula. Can Edgar Brim truly face his terror and conquer his fears?
 

“Reading is everything. Reading makes me feel like I've accomplished something, learned something, become a better person. Reading makes me smarter. Reading gives me something to talk about later on. Reading is the unbelievably healthy way my attention deficit disorder medicates itself. Reading is escape, and the opposite of escape; it's a way to make contact with reality after a day of making things up, and it's a way of making contact with someone else's imagination after a day that's all too real. Reading is grist. Reading is bliss.”

Nora Ephron, I Feel Bad About My Neck: And Other Thoughts on Being a Woman

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Upcoming YA Bay Area Book Events

I have compiled all the SF, bay area YA events in this section. If you know of any events that I have failed to post, please let me know. Also, please keep in mind that some events may change and it is always best to verify any event prior to attendance.


MAY

SARAH MLYNOWSKI
Hicklebee's in San Jose
Sunday, May 1 @ 12:00pm(noon)

SARAH MLYNOWSKI

Copperfield's in Petaluma
Sunday, May 1 @ 3pm

SARAH MLYNOWSKI

Pleasanton Library
Monday, May 2 @ 5pm

AMIE KAUFMAN and JAY KRISTOFF
in conversation with Ryan Graudin
Redwood City Library RSVP HERE
Tuesday, May 3 @ 7pm

MORGAN MATSON with SIOBHAN VIVIAN AND SUSANNE YOUNG
Barnes and Noble in El Cerrito
Tuesday, May 3 @ 7pm

LAUREN MYRACLE

Copperfield's in Petaluma
Wednesday, May 4 @ 4pm

SARAH J. MAAS in conversation with EVELYN SKYE

This is a ticketed event
Kepler's in Menlo Park
Wednesday, May 4 @ 7pm

AMIE KAUFMAN and JAY KRISTOFF with MICHAEL GRANT
Linden Tree Books in Los Altos
Wednesday, May 4 @ 6pm

JULIE BAXBAUM, NICOLA YOON, LAURA MCNEAL and JEFF ZENTNER
A Great Good Place for Books
Wednesday, May 4 @ 7pm

AMIE KAUFMAN and JAY KRISTOFF
Barnes & Noble in El Cerrito
Thursday, May 5 @ 7pm

JULIE BAXBAUM, NICOLA YOON, LAURA MCNEAL AND JEFF ZENTNER
Books Inc. in San Francisco
Thursday, May 5 @ 7pm

JULIE BAXBAUM, NICOLA YOON, LAURA MCNEAL AND JEFF ZENTNER
Hicklebee's in San Jose
Friday, May 6 @ 7pm

LEOPOLDO GOUT
Copperfields in Petaluma
Friday, May 6 @ 4pm

JESSICA TAYLOR Release Party
Barnes and Noble in Roseville
Saturday, May 7 @ 2pm

WENDY SPINALE Book Launch

Towne Center Books in Pleasanton
Monday, May 9 @ 6pm

EVELYN SKYE in conversation with SABAA TAHIR
Kepler's in Menlo Park
Tuesday, May 17 @ 7pm


WENDY SPINALE
Hickelbee's in San Jose
Friday, May 20 @7pm

LILY ANDERSON
Great Good Place for Books
Saturday, May 21 @ 7pm

STACEY LEE Launch Party
Books Inc. in Palo Alto
Thursday, May 26 @ 7pm


JUNE

BAY AREA BOOK FESTIVAL
June 4&5 in downtown Berkeley
Julie Buxbaum
Gail Carriger
Veronica Rossi
Daniel Handler
Stephanie Keuhn
Stacey Lee
Caroline Paul
Wendy MacNaughton
Lauren Myracle
Alyson Noel
Yvonne Prinz
Jason Reynolds
Evelyn Skye
Wendy Spinale
V.E. Schwab
Nicola Yoon

BRODI ASHTON, CYNTHIA HAND, and JODI MEADOWS (My Lady Jane)
Kepler's in Menlo Park
Wednesday, June 8 @ 7pm

JENNIFER LYNN BARNES, TIFFANY SCHMIDT and TARA ALTEBRANDO
Kepler's in Menlo Park
Thursday, June 9 @ 7pm RSVP Here

STACEY LEE

Barnes and Noble in El Cerrito
Friday, June 10 @ 7pm

WENDY SPINALE
Linden Tree Books in Los Altos
Friday, June 10 @ 6pm

WENDY SPINALE
Book Passage in Corte Madera
Friday, June 17 @ 6pm


...and lots more events are coming. I am so excited but cannot share them yet :) Stay Tuned!!

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