Saturday, June 9, 2012

YA Blurb Fest this weekend

This weekend, TBR is celebrating Young Adult reads with the YA Blurb Fest.

YA authors, it's easy to participate - in the Comments section, post:

- book title

- author name

- blurb

- buy link

One blurb per author, please.

YA readers, get ready for your TBR list to grow!

Looking forward to reading some fantastic blurbs today.

Post away!



  1. Provex City by Michael Pierce

    ***FREE to download on Amazon this weekend only***

    Fifteen-year-old Oliver Grain begins his school year fighting off bullies, learning about the boy who committed suicide in his room, and trying to understand why his history teacher, Mr. Gordon, has taken such a personal interest in him.

    Do you believe in ghosts? Do you believe you can make bullies simply disappear? Do you believe you can walk through walls?

    Mr. Gordon tells Oliver: "When you truly believe anything is possible, you will be able to open doors where there were only walls." And one of those doors leads Oliver to Provex City, which puts him in far greater danger than he can possibly fathom.

    Thank you and enjoy the free download! :)

  2. Reaper by L.S. Murphy

    Coming January 7th, 2013

    There’s no way sixteen year old Quincy Amarante will become the fifth grim reaper. None. Not over her shiny blue Mustang. Her Jimmy Choos. Or her dead body.

    She’s supposed to enjoy her sophomore year, not learn about some freaky future Destiny says she has no choice but to fulfill.

    It doesn’t take long for Quincy to realize the only way out of the game is to play along especially since Death can find her anyway, anywhere, anytime. And does.

    Like when she’s reassuring her friends she wants nothing to do with former best friend Ben Moorland, who’s returned from god-knows-where, and fails. Miserably.

    Instead of maintaining her coveted popularity status, Quincy’s goes down like the Titanic.

    Maybe … just maybe … that’s okay.

    It seems, perhaps, becoming a grim reaper isn’t just about the dead but more about a much needed shift in Quincy’s priorities—from who she thinks she wants to be to who she really is.

  3. Salem's Sight
    by Lyn Stanzione

    A psychic riddled with guilt.
    A murder that must be stopped.
    A ghost determined to help.

    16 yr. old Salem Cabot blames herself for her father’s death. And her mother for everything else. Salem struggles against the growing knowledge that she has become psychic since the accident that claimed her father’s life. At first her visions are a mere annoyance, but when she sees her mother fall victim to a gunman, Salem must fight to harness the ability she fears. Will she save her mother? Or run out of time?

  4. What would you do if you discovered ... A Mirror in Time? Leading lady-Carly Jean (CJ) Simms thinks she'd like to live in the era of her school play, Buttermilk Hill. It takes place during the War Between the States and she thinks being a lady of the manor would be very cool. She hopes to pull off the performance of a lifetime and win the drama award. The only thing keeping her from it is her mother who needs her at home to take care of her baby brother and aging grandfather. Leading man-Josh Jamison has problems of his own. He wants to join the army but has found no support from his father. Josh doesn't understand what the big deal is. When his best friend tries to convince him that he's making a mistake, he turns a deaf ear. Paired with CJ in the school play, he thinks his luck is finally turning. Maybe his performance as a soldier in the play will win the drama award and a little respect from everyone. CJ and Josh pin all their hopes on that prestigious drama award. If they could just find some way to insure their success...
    A Mirror in Time by Kim Smith is available for Kindle and in print at Amazon!

  5. Don't Fear the Reaper - The Death Chronicles Book One
    by William F. Houle and J.E. Taylor

    The day Nick Ramsay’s eighth-grade teacher drops dead in his classroom, Nick sees his first reaper. When another cloaked figure appears at his grandmother’s bedside, Nick issues an order for the vile creature to leave her alone.

    This simple act of defiance creates a domino effect that brings Fate and Death to Nick’s door and reveals his true lineage, throwing his world into chaos. To make matters worse, a group of rogue reapers declares war on humanity and Nick is the only one who can stop them.

  6. The Tales of Abu Nuwas
    Marva Dasef

    Abu Nuwas sits in the bazaar on his threadbare rug; a cup and sign proclaim him a teller of tales. For one small coin, he bids passers by to listen. A poor girl, Najda, sells spices from a tray. Would he, she asks, trade a tale for a packet of spice? Abu Nuwas agrees and begins the epic adventures of a girl and her genie.

    As did Scheherazade before him, Abu leaves Najda hanging in the middle of each yarn to keep her coming back. Between stories, he questions the girl about her life. He discovers that she’s been promised in marriage to an old man whom she hates, but she must wed him to save her sick mother’s life. The rich bridegroom will pay for the doctors the mother needs. Meanwhile, Najda sells spices in the market to earn enough money to keep her mother alive.

    While relating the fantastical accounts, the old man grows to admire the spice girl, and vows to find a way to help her. Listening to the stories of evil genies, demons, flying horses, dragons, viziers, princes, pirates, and nomadic raiders, young Najda finds her salvation with the help of Abu Nuwas, the TELLER OF TALES.
    99 cents and free on Fridays in June.

    by Conda V. Douglas

    Swoop the fairy lives in the attic of a shopping mall and loves it. She’s terrified of Outside, where fairies can die. But when Swoop finds her best friend One Wing in the company of a human, she determines she’ll do anything to save him from being exiled Outside.

    On sale in June at $1.99.

  8. Beatrice Beecham's Houseful of Horrors
    by Dave Jeffery

    Dorsal Finn is a sleepy town, nestled in a small crescent shaped bay, facing the gleaming Atlantic Ocean.

    In its one hundred and ninety-eight year history the town has come to know mystery and skullduggery like the dearest of friends, so much so it has now become quite normal to have the odd explosion here or missing person there without many of the townsfolk raising as much as an eyebrow.

    And it is in the town of Dorsal Finn that one Beatrice Beecham now resides, a girl of remarkable talent amongst which is an absolute, innate gift for finding trouble.

    Within these pages are all kinds of trouble: witches, shaman, and sea monsters, to name but a few.

    Yet Beatrice is to find out that of all the terrible things lurking in the shows of Dorsal Finn, the biggest threat may come from the town itself.

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  10. DRIVEN by Shellie Neumeier ($0.99 on Kindle!)

    Robyn can’t help but notice the handsome new guy at her school. She ignores, however, the arrival of another being at Brookfield Central High School—a demon assigned to destroy her…

    Robyn loves her friends, enjoys her youth group, and looks forward to meeting cute Caleb Montague. But when a caustic news reporter challenges her school’s prayer team, Robyn must choose: defend their right to meet on campus and pray for whomever they wish or back down at the principal’s request.

    Now she must learn what God wants her to do. And she had better learn fast, because there’s a supernatural enemy in town whose sole mission is to stop her—no matter the cost.

    Thx TBR!

  11. From Half Moon Falls
    I was only thirteen when my life came to an end. My real life, I mean. In the summer, when tourists stop at the gift shop, they smile and tell me I must be the luckiest kid in the world. They go on about the beaches, campgrounds, parks, hiking trails and bicycle paths that are all just so beautiful they can't wait to tell their friends. 'Half Moon Falls is simply one of the very, very best places to spend a vacation.' they say. I smile and nod. But I know better. Because after they've all gone home, this quaint little town becomes a very different place. A place where shadows stalk lost travelers, where shuttered storefronts, empty streets and chain locked gates bid no one welcome, where ripped and tattered "Welcome to Half Moon Falls" banners flap wildly in sub-zero winds like ancient battle flags. It is at this time of year we huddle in terror as the sirens blare and the Harkeners roam the streets.

  12. The SkyHorse
    by HL Carpenter

    When fourteen year old Tovi Taggert moves to Honeysuckle Hollow to take care of her grandmother, she has a hard time fitting in. For one thing, she’s been tagged with the hated
    nickname Too-Tall Tovi. For another, everyone at Honeysuckle Hollow High believes Tovi played the Choking Game with someone else’s boyfriend – and made out with him besides.

    As if she doesn’t have enough problems, after the latest stand-off in the school hallway, Tovi finds a gorgeous speckled egg nestled in a feather lined nest.

    She takes the egg home – and mysterious visitors begin appearing almost immediately. Even more worrisome, whatever is inside the egg starts chipping its way out.

    When the egg hatches, revealing a winged horse, Tovi’s troubles multiply.

    As she struggles to return the horse to the magical land where he belongs, Tovi must make a courageous decision – and accept what that decision will cost her.

  13. Queen of Environmental Club
    by s.i. decker

    You think your life is complex? Rosy Tatiana just wanted to tackle community litter. Now she's being chased by dark fairies and dragons. And there's a throne with her name on it in the fairy mound under the local park. Despite the truly hot fairy they sent to protect her...she's starting to wish life could be boring again!

  14. To Tempt a Werewolf by Jessie Colter

    It's 1896 Atlanta and Lila Andrews finds herself out on the streets without a penny to her name. When circumstances place her in the home of Asterot, a demon king, she suddenly finds herself the center of attention. Her reputation in tatters, Asterot helps her rebuild her identity so that she may marry well.

    Admired by more than one gentleman, she begins falling in love with three interesting young men. But in the end, she must decide on one. With two werewolves and a half-demon fighting over her, who will she choose?


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