Book Blitz-The Deep End

Published June 29, 2016 by Bella

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The Deep End by Katy Newton Naas

Genre: YA Paranormal/Ghosts

Release Date: October 26th 2015

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Summary from Goodreads:

When shy sophomore Kaci Lynn Richards moves to a small town, she is nervous about the change. That is, until she befriends the outgoing Jo and meets popular senior James Mitchell. Kaci quickly learns to love her new life…until she begins to see the ghost of a teen girl in her new home. The mystery girl haunts her, giving her visions that leave clues asto who she was and how she met her violent fate. But the more she learns about the girl, the more she finds that life in this sleepy town may not be what it seems.

EXCERPT:

As soon as I close the cabinet door, my whole body is chilled. I shiver, turning toward the microwave to find myself face-to-face with her. Her dark eyes gaze into mine, her cold breath so close I can feel it on my cheeks. My heart racing, I jump back, colliding with the counter behind me.

What happens next is a blur. I feel a sharp pain in the back of my head and I am on the floor. She stands over me, her tangled hair hanging down, covering parts of her face while she stares down at me, her eyes wide and intense. I am unable to look away from her, unable to scream or move or even breathe.

Suddenly, she is gone and the room spins. I can finally blink, and I try to steady myself as the room finally settles. I am still on the floor, still in my kitchen, except it looks…different. Mom’s mixer that sits on the counter is gone. Instead, a wine rack sits in its place, and I count nine glass bottles resting inside of it. The walls are a dark brown color, and the lights seem dimmer. “Aven?” I call out weakly, but the voice I hear is not my own. I try to use my hands to push myself up off the floor, but I can’t; they are behind my back, stuck on something.

I twist my neck around, trying to look at them so that I can figure out how to get them loose. That’s when I feel the shooting pain go up through my arms, and I realize it’s because my wrists are bound together with rope and it’s cutting off the circulation from my hands to the restof my body. Desperately I try to pull them apart, but the fibers of the rope dig deeper into my wrists and the pain is unbearable, so I let them go limp behind me, giving up that fight.

Calm down, I order myself. Breathe. Don’t panic. I ignore the throbbing pain in my arms as I squirm, inch by inch until I am in a sitting position. Looking down, I see that the red long-sleeve shirt and jeans I had on have been replaced by a white nightgown. The blood stains around the collar and down my sides make my heart race faster – even more so when I realize that they’re mine.

“Help!” I cry out, again surprised when the voice I hear is a little deeper than mine. “Somebody please help me!”

“You’re wasting your breath,” a deep, masculine voice says from somewhere behind me. There is a hint of laughter in his words when he says, “There’s no one here but you and me.”

The voice is vaguely familiar, but I don’t have time to analyze it as a cold, pressing fear weighs down my body. It is then that I realize that he’s right; there’s no one here to help me and I am going to die.

About the Author

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From the time she was old enough to talk, Katy Newton Naas has been creating characters and telling stories. As a child, they sometimes got her into trouble. She knew she wanted to write books when she won a Young Author’s competition as a second-grader for her short story titled, “The Grape Pie.” (Don’t let its tasty title fool you -it was actually a sad little tale!)

Katy devoured books as a child and young adult, always doing chores and odd jobsin order tomake enough money to buy more of them. Though she continues to age, her true literature love is and has always been children’s and young adult fiction.

Katy currently teaches middle school reading and high school English in southern Illinois, aswell as children’s church. She graduated from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale with a bachelor’s degree in English Education and a master’s degree in Reading and Language Studies. She enjoys her life out in the country with her husband, her sweet and rowdy young son (soon tobe SONS – her second little boy is due any day!), and all her four-legged kids: Shakespeare, Poe, Morgi, Cappy, Ana, and Gray.

She loves creating both realistic and futuristic stories about kids, tweens, and teens, and feels so fortunate to get to work with them every day as a teacher.

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Cover Reveal- This Is Me

Published June 28, 2016 by Bella

This is Me.

by C.E. Wilson

Genre: NA Romance

Release Date: August 11th 2016

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Summary:

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Rogan is a robot. More specifically, heisan Asist – a personalized humanoid servant that provides protection, assistance, and companionship for a lonely young woman living on her own in the city. Chloe is trying to get her big break, singing at bars and clubs all over the city at night while she pays the bills as a substitute teacher during the day. Ever since she activated him many months ago, Rogan has been her beautiful, dependable, obedient, dead-eyed security blanket. Read the rest of this entry →

Zero-Trailer Reveal

Published June 28, 2016 by Bella


Zero by Morgan Dark          

Release Date: June 28th 2016

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Summary:

Kyle Bradford is the envy of Drayton College, but everything takes a turn when a dangerous
shadow, hidden in the darkness, starts to stalk him. From then on, his life falls apart. Unjustly
accused of being the main suspect behind the robberies terrifying high society, he is forced to
prove his innocence. And to do so, he has to find the real culprit: Zero, an infallible criminal who
keeps his identity hidden under a silver mask. What Kyle does not know is that his enemy is Read the rest of this entry →

Book Blitz-Summer Lapse

Published June 27, 2016 by Bella

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Summerlypse by Gerardo Delgadillo

Genre: YA Contemporary (adventure/romance)

Release date: June 20th 2016

Summary from Goodreads:

After his crush rejects him, seventeen-year-old Colton catches a plane to Mexico, hoping
toforget all about girls. But a night out at a dance club crowded with long legs in miniskirts doesn’t help, especially when he meets the club’s beautiful DJ, Alex.

In awe of her mixing skills, Colton finds it hard to believe Alex is deaf. As they bond, she asks him to help her win a DJ contest behind her rich, estranged father’s back.Colton’s not a wimp or anything, but millionaires with armed bodyguards are not his ideal vacation buddies. The only problem—ifhe helps her, he may fly back home in a body bag.

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“Packed with unexpected twists and South-of-the-Border danger, Summerlypse grabbed my attention from the first enticing page. With a quirky writing style that offers both depth and entertainment, Summerlypse is an original, diverse story that will delight anyone looking for a unique spin on teen relationships.”

–Anna L. Davis, Author of Open Source(Enhancement Series)

“SUMMERLYPSE by Gerardo Delgadillo is a great young adult story about two unlikely friends who team up hoping to win a summer DJ contest in Mexico. This book has a well-defined cast of complex characters with a thoughtful focus on the hearing-impaired. An entertaining read!” ~

K.S. Jones, award-winning author of Shadow of the Hawk

“SUMMERLYPSE is a great read. The characters are real and well crafted, and the story kept me interested to the end. I liked it. I recommend it.”

— Rickard B DeMille, author ofTweet Revenge, Hellfire, Defending Daniel

— EXCERPT —

ONE | MIRANDA

Can’ t sleep ‘ cause tomorrow’ s my last day as a junior—last day to ask Miranda out on a date, and my hands are totally sweating, and my stomach’ s shrunk to the size of a raisin. Thing is, I’ ve been trying since freshman year, but every freaking time my brain goes on vacation.

Damn nerves.

Only thing left to do is write her something inspired and corny, let her read it. And wait for success. Or rejection. Or don’ t-ask-me-out ever. Or…be positive, Colton. Sighing, I bring up my email on my cell and type.

Miranda

No.

Backspace, backspace, backspace, backspace, backspace, backspace, backspace.

Dear Miranda,

A dog barking—the neighbor’ s beagle—makes me look out my bedroom window at the moonlight shining on the rooftops. Hate that dog. Seems he only cares about howling and barking. Beagles should live in England and chase foxes and stuff, but no, people insist on having them living in their homes. Whatever. Concentrate. More typing.

Since the first time I saw you, I fell in lo

Argh. So corny. Backspace a thousand times. Start over.

You know what makes my world spin?You. You’re my oxygen. My food. The ketchup on my fries.

Okay, this time I laugh at my own stupidity, but I’ m onto something. Thing is, I don’ t want her to think I’ m a poet, ‘ cause I hate poetry, corniness, and the like, but at the same time I want her radar to detect I’ m not dumb.

About the Author

Gerardo Delgadillo lives in the Dallas metropolitan area with his wife and children an
dogs and cats and the occasional rabbit. Originally from San Francisco and raiunspecified-7sed inMexico, he loves to write about contemporary teens in
distressin English and Español. So no magic, dragons, or unicorns.
Gerardo’s fun facts:- At the tender age of sixteen, when giant lizards ruled the world, Gerardo was a DJ–turntables and all.

– Cloud computing is his area of expertise–just don’t ask him what cloud computing means.

– He loves football, the one played with the feet by footballers, La Liga from Spain being the best

About his novels:

– His writing must be emotional, or else…

– He believes in the Oxford comma, but the Oxford comma doesn’t believe in him.

– Loves first person present tense POV.

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If You’ve Been Gone

Published June 21, 2016 by Bella

 

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If You’re Gone by Brittany Goodwin

Genre: YA Contemporary

Release Date: June 20th 2016

Edge of 22 Publishing

Summary:

If You’re Gone traces a trying summer for rising high school senior Lillian White as she struggles to cope with the sudden disappearance of her boyfriend, Brad Lee – reported missing the morning after his graduation ceremony. When law enforcement dismisses the case and classifies Brad as voluntarily missing, Lillian becomes desperate to prove that he couldn’t have just walked away. Not from his friends. Not from his family. Not from her.

Launching her own investigation into the darker side of her small North Carolina town, Lillian begins to uncover secrets from Brad’s past that force her to question everything she thought she knew about him and their relationship.

“Soul-stirring… Truly one of the most innovative voices to come along in a while. Goodwin has weaved an engaging web of deceit and intrigue that embodies not only her storytelling prowess but highlights her visionary filmmaking abilities in novel form.” (Justin Price, creator of ‘Future’ SVOD channel)

Review

I would rate If You’re Gone 5 out of 5 stars! I really liked how I never got bored throughout the book, which happens in about 75% of the books I read. I would have never figured out the ending, but I do wish it was more intense. Although it didn’t seem boring, I felt like it was dragging bon, as if the author was getting bored at writing that part.

It was definitely worth reading. I would recommend it to any friend who enjoys the categories

  • Romance
  • Soft Mystery (Opposite of intense mystery)
  • Realistic Fiction
  • Young Adult

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About the Author

unspecified-4.jpegBrittany Goodwin is an author, screenwriter and director, best known for the internationally distributed faith-based feature films, Secrets in the Snow and Secrets in the Fall, which have both been awarded the highest honor of five Doves from the
Dove Foundation. Brittany lives outside Nashville, TN with her husband and every gr
owing number of rescue pets. She enjoys traveling with her husband and dogs, DIY projects, quoting John Hughes films, playing (and winning!) movie trivia games, and binge-watching Investigation Discovery Channel. A self-proclaimed armchair detective, Brittany is an active member of many Missing Persons blogs and Facebook pages, which inspired the topic of her debut YA novel, If You’re Gone.

Film Site: http://www.everynewdaypictures.com

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Cheerleading Can Be Murder

Published June 9, 2016 by Bella

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Goodreads Summary

Getting on the cheerleading squad is hard enough without a psycho on the loose…
For Harrow High freshman Dakota Densford, life should be easy. All she has to worry about is talking to cute boys and remembering her locker combination. But when cheerleading tryouts draw near, she learns the cards are stacked against her—spots on the varsity team are limited. Dakota faces her competition head-on, but when her life is threatened, that takes the competition to a whole new level.
High school is never easy, and freshman year is off to a rough start…
Between Dakota’s uniform being ripped up and masked vandals trashing another girl’s house, everyone is suspect. To complicate matters further, Dakota has a thing for Andy McGraw, but she finds him locking lips with another girl.
The harassment continues, Read the rest of this entry →

Bella’s Bright Bookshelf Is Officially 1 Year Old!

Published May 26, 2016 by Bella

Celebrate!

It’s Bella’s Bright Bookshelf’s first birthday!black-calligraphy-happy-birthday-fireworks-wishes-animated-gif-2

To celebrate I will be giving away a free copy of Since You’ve Been Gone! Rafflecopter will be hosting this giveaway, and it will close June 2. Here’s the link:
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The Fairest Poison Book Blitz

Published May 13, 2016 by Bella

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The Fairest Poison
by Lauren Skidmore
Genre: Fantasy
Release Date: May 10th 2016
Summary from Goodreads:

Princess Bianca returns to her court to find it poisoned from the inside out. Faced with mysterious sicknesses, power disputes, and whispers of impending death, Bianca turns to an unlikely ally—a former assassin—to find the antidote that will save her kingdom. But Bianca quickly realizes that she might not even be able to save her own life in this Snow White story.

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Chapter One 

My parents were sick.

That was the first news I received when I returned to the palace after nearly six months away. I was Venesia’s princess, and so its ambassador. I was happy to serve . . . but not if it meant coming home to this.

“What’s wrong?” I asked, shedding my cloak and shaking it out before handing it to a servant. It was still damp with seawater from the journey. It hadn’t exactly been a peaceful trip.

“Are they up to visitors now?”

The two handmaidens that had greeted me exchanged glances. “You should rest from your journey first, princess. It’s late, and the details can wait until the morning.”

I frowned. “No. You cannot welcome me back by saying my return may aid my parents’ recovery and then refuse to tell me what’s wrong.”

“We don’t want to worry you, princess,” the other one said, throwing a nervous glance at her companion. She’d been with the palace longer and knew I would not be easily dissuaded from getting what I wanted.

“It’s too late for that.” I sighed. “Where is my brother?”

“Prince Aiden went to speak to the Guard about the successful capture of that Chameleon. He was eager to see the killer in person.”

I braced myself. Aiden was in for a surprise on that front. “Maybe I will go rest after all,” I said, brushing a dark curl behind my ear and adjusting the purple mask I wore across the upper half of my face. I would miss the freedom of not wearing my full Venesian mask while I was away from court. “But don’t think it’s because you dissuaded me from seeing the king and queen tonight. Surely, if they were seriously ill, they’d have ordered you to take me to them right away. I won’t disturb their sleep.”

“Of course, princess.” They both curtseyed.

“Bianca!”

I cringed. Aiden.

“You’re dismissed,” I said quickly to my handmaidens. I didn’t need spectators for this.

They scurried away—though I’m sure to only just around the corner so they could eavesdrop—and I turned to face my elder brother. He came barreling down the dimly lit corridor, his half-cloak billowing out behind him. He wore the emerald green mask he favored when he was out of the palace so no one would bother him as the prince. The pure white masks of the royal family tend to stand out in a sea of blues and green.

“Where is he?” he demanded. The head guard and a young woman in a green mask were just a few steps behind him. Looks like we were going to have an audience after all.

I was tempted to play dumb but knew that would only make him even more upset. And he had good reason to be upset; I couldn’t deny him that.

“Please hear me out,” I began slowly, my voice even and calm.

“You set him free, didn’t you?” He shook his head in disbelief. “Bianca, he killed Evie’s father.” He gestured to the woman behind him, who shifted her weight from foot to foot uncomfortably, a medium-sized brown dog with a fluffy, curled tail at her heels. “He tried to kill me.”

“I know that, but—”

“There is no excuse here! He killed and was willing to kill again. He stole masks and identities. He betrayed the trust of a kingdom who took him in. He is a criminal who needs to pay for his crimes.”

“He saved my life. I owe him,” I explained simply.

That made Aiden pause, but only for the length of a breath before retorting, “One good act does not make up for all the evil he’s done.”

“But it proves there is good in him.”

“Or he is just trying to save his own skin by having you in his debt.”

“He’s not as terrible as you think he is.”

“But you admit he is terrible.”

“Aiden.” I started to truly feel the late hour now and my shoulders drooped. “He deserves a fair trial at the very least.”

“I can’t give him a trial if he is mysteriously set free in the middle of the night.”

“You’re being dramatic.”

“I think I’m being understandably upset. I went from news of my baby sister returning home with the scum I’ve been hunting for the past three months—to finding out that the scum has vanished and has said sister to thank for it! With everything that’s been going on in court, and now with Mother and Father ill—”

“Do you know what’s wrong with them?” I interrupted, both wanting to know and hoping to change the subject. I’d bristled slightly at being called his “baby sister”—there were only two years between us, after all—but was willing to overlook it in the name of the greater good of the moment. His accusations weren’t untrue; he just didn’t know the Chameleon like I did.

I might have been part of the reason he’d been captured, but we had a history. And that history meant that I owed him his freedom.

It seemed Aiden was as tired of arguing as I was. He answered, “The doctors aren’t

sure. It’s not an illness they’re familiar with. Mother and Father are on bed rest now until a cure can be found. They can barely eat and are very weak, and they both have a pink rash all over their bodies. It happened so suddenly, but no one else in court has the same symptoms, so we don’t know where it came from.”

“How long have they been like this? Why did no one tell me?”

“They only just felt sick enough to admit it and seek a doctor, though Father mentioned to me he’d been feeling poorly for several days.”

I sighed. It was just like them to overlook any health problems until they got too serious to ignore. They didn’t want to appear weak in front of the kingdom, and to appear human was to appear weak. In the king’s eyes, at least.

“I’ll go see them first thing in the morning. We all need our rest.” I gave Aiden a meaningful look. “That means you as well.” I was sure his mask hid dark circles under his eyes, one benefit of our country’s tradition. I knew my brother, and he’d been pushing himself too hard. I’d gotten snippets of the unrest that had crept into our court from his letters while I was away, but it was another matter to see him in person.

From what I understood, the court was reluctant to accept him as their next ruler. He had no respect for tradition, they claimed. For generations, the royal family protected themselves behind pure white masks, fine clothes, and strict rules. Aiden wanted to make changes that gave him more personal freedom as well as control over the country.

“We’ll all of us go to sleep, and discuss things again after breakfast.”

“Fine,” he begrudged as he turned, offering his arm to the woman beside him, who looked as tired as I felt, plus awkward after witnessing a royal argument. Evie, he said her name was. He’d written about her. He had proposed marriage to her, and she’d said no.

I was very curious about her.

“I am glad you’re home, though. I missed you,” he said.

I smiled. “I missed you too.” My gaze shifted to Evie, and I opened my mouth to

greet her properly.

“Let’s save introductions for a less unconventional time,” he interrupted before I could say anything. He reached for her hand, tucking it in the crook of his arm. “I’d rather your official meeting be a more pleasant one. Or at least one where we’re not arguing.”

She rolled her eyes at him but offered me a shy smile.

“If you insist,” I replied with a smile for her and a raised eyebrow for him. Its effect was somewhat lessened thanks to my mask, but he knew my expressions well enough to spot it.

He chuckled and shook his head with affection in his eyes. “Until tomorrow,” he said, and we parted ways.

The halls were dim and quiet, but I could have found my way to my chambers in the dark. I rarely left the palace growing up, and walking through these halls now felt like slipping into a warm bath. I loved the palace.

Servants had already brought my trunk to my parlor. Normally, I would need help dressing for bed, thanks to the complex finery of the clothing that comes with royalty, but since I was still dressed in a simple traveling dress, I didn’t bother ringing for a handmaiden.

I’d missed my rooms. It had been a long time since I’d been alone, and my rooms were the one place I was granted my privacy.

For six months, I’d been acting as ambassador to Nishima, a neighboring country we had strong ties with. That meant that for nearly six months, I’d been constantly surrounded by people—if not by the dignitaries I was there to see, then by my own guards who never left my side. Even on the journey home, when we’d been sidetracked by the hunt for the Chameleon, I’d never been left on my own.

But in my own palace, in my own rooms, I was alone. And I felt safe.

I fell asleep almost as soon as my head touched my pillow.

The next morning, I’d barely dressed before I heard insistent knocks at the doors to my suite. I knew it was Aiden even before my handmaiden opened the door to reveal him.

“I said after breakfast, Aiden. I’m still—”

“They’ve gotten worse,” he interrupted me, his eyes grim. “Mother and Father. And another doctor, a specialist from Nishima, has examined them.”

He opened and closed his mouth several times, searching for the right words.

“Just say it. What is it?”

“Bianca . . . they’ve been poisoned.”

 

About the Author

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Lauren Skidmore grew up in Kansas, with stints in Ohio and New York, and
currently lives in Utah. She attended Brigham Young University where she earned a BA in English Teaching with an emphasis in Teaching English as a Second Language and Japanese. She
then spent a year in Japan teaching and travelling. She hasn’t made it to Europe yet, but it’s on the list and has been to 30 states in the U.S. so far. When she’s not exploring new places, you can probably find her on the internet with fifteen windows open and looking at just one more thing before actually getting something done.

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When Friendship Followed Me Home

Published May 12, 2016 by Bella

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Summary

Meet Ben, a 12 year old boy who feels like he never fits in. When a tiny dog follows him home, he begs his foster mom to take the dog in, and of course she said yes. One day Ben walks to the library and meets the librarians daughter, Halley. At first Halley seemed like a carefree girl, until Ben learns that she has cancer. Not much later after, Ben’s mom is found dead when Ben walks home from school.Now Ben lives with a sweet aunt, and a reckless uncle. But what happens when the uncle gets too reckless?

Rating 

4 out of 5 stars

Review

This story is so sweet! It’s like a roller coaster of emotions. I was really hoping it ‘t turn out look TFIOS, but of course it did. It did start off kind of slow, but I got really addicted to it! I was crying halfway through the book. I like the cover a lot, it’s really pretty. This is definitely like TFIOS, but for middle grade readers.This story has a lot of important topic in it, drugs, adoption, animal cruelty, runaways, and cancer. It really makes you think about your life more. Penguin and I are so excited for the release date, June 9.

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The Siren

Published April 28, 2016 by Bella


The Siren by Kiera Cass shocked me! I was amazed!

Summary

Her family died, and she almost went done with them, if it wasn’t for Her. The Ocean saved her. Now, Kahlen must serve the Ocean after she saved her life. She is a siren, she sings people to their death so the Ocean can swallow them. When Kahlen begins to break the rules of her 100 year sentence, punishments can be severe. 

Review

How could a happy ending be so sad at the same time?! There were so many emotions, I felt like Kahlen. It reminds me a lot of the little mermaid in a way, although Ariel couldn’t talk, Kahlen can talk, but she won’t. It was very well formatted. I was intrigued to see how this book was going to turn out, it didn’t seem anything like The Selection Series. It was great! It just proves that Kiera Cass can make any genre amazing with her writing techniques. Kiera Cass can always add exceptional emotions, and her book covers are astonishing! I felt like I was on a roll at coaster throughout the wholes novel. Hope there’s a sequel!


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