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Deadland: Boneyard

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Deadlands: Boneyard by Seanan McGuire

The newest book based on the hit Weird West RPG franchise Deadlands!

Step right up to see the oddities and marvels of The Blackstone Family Circus and Travelling Wonder Show! Gasp at pit wasps the size of a man’s forearm. Beware the pumpkin-headed corn stalker, lest it plant its roots in you!

Annie Pearl is the keeper of oddities, the mistress of monsters. Her unique collection of creatures is one of the circus’s star attractions, drawing wide-eyed crowds at every small frontier town they visit. But Annie is also a woman running from her past . . . and the mother of a mute young daughter, Adeline, whom she will do anything to protect.

Hoping to fill its coffers before winter sets in, the circus steers its wagons to The Clearing, a remote community deep in the Oregon wilderness, surrounded by an ominous dark wood. Word is that a traveling show can turn a tidy profit at The Clearing, but there are whispers, too, of unexplained disappearances that afflict one out of every four shows that pass through the town.

The Clearing has it secrets, and so does Annie. And it may take everything she has to save her daughter―and the circus―from both.

A gripping tale of the Weird West, set on the haunted frontier of DEADLANDS, the award-winning game from Pinnacle Entertainment Group.

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 Seanan McGuire

Author’s Bio

Seanan McGuire was born in Martinez, California, and raised in a wide variety of locations, most of which boasted some sort of dangerous native wildlife. Despite her almost magnetic attraction to anything venomous, she somehow managed to survive long enough to acquire a typewriter, a reasonable grasp of the English language, and the desire to combine the two. The fact that she wasn’t killed for using her typewriter at three o’clock in the morning is probably more impressive than her lack of death by spider-bite.

Often described as a vortex of the surreal, many of Seanan’s anecdotes end with things like “and then we got the anti-venom” or “but it’s okay, because it turned out the water wasn’t that deep.” She has yet to be defeated in a game of “Who here was bitten by the strangest thing?,” and can be amused for hours by almost anything. “Almost anything” includes swamps, long walks, long walks in swamps, things that live in swamps, horror movies, strange noises, musical theater, reality TV, comic books, finding pennies on the street, and venomous reptiles. Seanan may be the only person on the planet who admits to using Kenneth Muir’s Horror Films of the 1980s as a checklist.

Seanan is the author of the October Daye urban fantasies, the InCryptid urban fantasies, and several other works both stand-alone and in trilogies or duologies. In case that wasn’t enough, she also writes under the pseudonym “Mira Grant.” For details on her work as Mira, check out MiraGrant.com.

In her spare time, Seanan records CDs of her original filk music (see the Albums page for details). She is also a cartoonist, and draws an irregularly posted autobiographical web comic, “With Friends Like These…”, as well as generating a truly ridiculous number of art cards. Surprisingly enough, she finds time to take multi-hour walks, blog regularly, watch a sickening amount of television, maintain her website, and go to pretty much any movie with the words “blood,” “night,” “terror,” or “attack” in the title. Most people believe she doesn’t sleep.

Seanan lives in an idiosyncratically designed labyrinth in the Pacific Northwest, which she shares with her cats, Alice and Thomas, a vast collection of creepy dolls and horror movies, and sufficient books to qualify her as a fire hazard. She has strongly-held and oft-expressed beliefs about the origins of the Black Death, the X-Men, and the need for chainsaws in daily life.

Years of writing blurbs for convention program books have fixed Seanan in the habit of writing all her bios in the third person, so as to sound marginally less dorky. Stress is on the “marginally.” It probably doesn’t help that she has so many hobbies.

Seanan was the winner of the 2010 John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer, and her novel Feed (as Mira Grant) was named as one of Publishers Weekly’s Best Books of 2010. In 2013 she became the first person ever to appear five times on the same Hugo Ballot.

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My Review

5 stars

Annie Pearl is the keeper of the freaks and oddities. With the help of her seven year old daughter Adeline, they have created a place for themselves in The Blackstone Family Circus and Traveling Wonder Show. This is not an easy life and there are times that Adeline and Annie have gone hungry. But they have found a family that cares for them. But Annie has a past and is on the run from her husband. And after all of these years he gets wind of where she is and goes on the hunt to bring her back home where she belongs.

The Circus season is about to end and The Blackstone Family Circus has had a rough year. But there are rumors that there is a place in Oregon call The Clearing and circuses have been known to make a lot of money from there. There are also stories of others circuses that have never been heard from after going to The Clearing. But they decide to risk it. When they pull into town Annie has a feeling that this is a trap and it is. There is more to The Clearing than they know.

I love the October Daye books, and really need to catch up on them. So, when I saw this story was written by Seanan McGuire I couldn’t respond fast enough to review this book. I loved Annie. She was a society girl that got married to a monster. She was so scared for Adeline’s life and her own that she takes the girl and runs away from home. Over the years she has grown and become a strong woman. She takes care of all these dangerous creatures and has created a home for Adeline.

I loved The Clearing. It really shows how not everything is as it looks. It’s twisted and full of horrible creatures. The townspeople and Michael are about just as evil and they get what they deserve. But the best part was Annie realizing how the circus has become her home and seeing how Adeline is going to be a strong woman with some special talents.

I loved this story. Emily Bauer narrated it and brought it to life. I could easily tell the differences in characters and she was so clear that I had no trouble hearing what was going on. She truly breathed life into this story. I have not heard of the Deadlands series but now I’m really curious to check the rest of the books out. I think I’m going to enjoy them since the first book, Ghostwalkers is written by another favorite author, Jonathan Maberry. I now have another series to add to the shelves.

I received Deadlands: Boneyard from MacMillan Audio for free. This has in no way influenced my opinion of this book.

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Awoke: The Wanted Series

Book Details:

Book Title: Awoke (The Want Series) by K.T. Conte
Category: YA Fiction; 324 pages
Genre: Fantasy/Paranormal Romance
Publisher: SugarCane Publishing
Release date: October 2017
Format available for review: print & ebook (mobi, ePub, PDF)
Will ship print books to: Internationally
Tour dates: Sept 25 to Oct 27, 2017
Content Rating: PG-13 (mainly bad language)

Book Description:

Katya leads a normal life any teenager would be envious of – popular, pretty and dating the high school elite. Not she enjoys the spotlight, mind you. She wants everyone to believe she is normal.

But when Katya sees the real reason behind the earthquakes plaguing everyone in Boston, the truth rattles and shatters the perfect normal illusion Katya created for herself. An ability to see unearthly creatures and manipulate waves of life energy labels her as anything but normal. And it’s an ability that attracts unwanted and dangerous attention.

She reluctantly finds herself in the company of Gregor, a handsome member of an international spirit military team called the Kyrios. Her simple decision to help thrusts Katya in a world of the undead spirits, betrayal and a perpetual battle between undead monsters and the wardens that keep them in their place.

Katya must decide whether she values the simple and easy life she created for herself over the complex and difficult world now asking her to stand and fight.

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 Meet the Author:

 

K.T. Conte is a lover of books, people and all things wild and crazy. She received her B.A. in English from Boston College and her law degree from Suffolk University Law School. While she has and continues to be a licensed attorney, her first love has always been books from the tender age of 2. Originally from Massachusetts, K.T. currently lives in New York City with the monsters in the closet, her husband Everett, a couple of building fairies and her dog, Champ.

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 Guest Post

What FanFiction Taught Me as a Writer

It didn’t hit me that I could even consider myself to be a writer until I started writing fanfiction. Uh oh. Fanfiction? Really? Yes, really.

Fanfiction seems to be a dirty word in the writing community but I’m not ashamed to say that I got my start there. One day, I was extremely stressed out about taking the bar exam and I just took this question I had about inputting an original character into one of my favorite books and tried it out. To say I was nervous would be an understatement. I had never shared my writing before like this.

Writing was never an available profession to me. As a first-generation Haitian-American, the running joke is you only have three choices for a career: Doctor, Lawyer or Engineer. Though I had been writing since I was in high school, I never understood it as a viable choice for me. I went to law school and did what I had to do.

But once I clicked submit to that fanfic story and I started getting reviews, favorable reviews from readers all over the globe, I was surprised. And it fed me the confidence I needed to continue to write it and finish the story. I am still amazed that people flagged me as one of their favorite authors or that my story was a favorite of theirs. I am not saying it was remotely legendary writing. I actually looked back on it recently and tore into it because I noticed so many things I could do better. But it only showed me that I had grown as a writer.

Never did I think I had the chops, the raw chops, to write a story people would enjoy. I proved myself wrong by taking a chance. Had I not done that, I would never have explored the idea of the Want Series. So I am grateful for platforms like fanfiction.net for giving people a chance who may not have the confidence to write on their own but still allows them to refine their craft anyway.

I also want to thank the very first reviewer I got for my story who told me, “…got half way through the first chapter then had to stop…a f@#$^ black chick? just…no…”

Thanks for being a jerk and pushing me to finish my story. Your bigotry launched my crusade for better representation! Hope you’re proud!

My Review

5 Stars

Katya is trying to have a normal life as a typical teenager and tries to ignore the visions of creatures that others cannot see. One night she goes to a party with her best friend, Amie and encourages her to hook up with a hot guy that rejects her. Katya goes after the guy to put in her two cents when she stumbles upon a strange interaction then wakes in her bed with Gregor next to her.It seems being around Gregor has unleashed her abilities. Kat quickly finds herself in a world with monsters and those that fight to keep them in their place. It seems that these monsters are also causing the strange quakes felt in the Live Realm. Kat is going to have to go through a lot of training to get her abilities ready to fight with.

I really enjoyed this story. You have a typical teen that just wants to be typical, not to see the creatures that no one else does. Although she is reluctant to go on this adventure, she is willing to fight to keep those she cares for safe. I love Gregor. He is tough, quick to temper, and yet has a sweet spot for Kat.

This is a beautifully developed world with lots of characters. They are introduced at a pace that does not leave you make notes to figure out who is who. I loved the story, there is lots of action, and an ending that will leave you wanting book two to see what happens next.

I really enjoyed this book and recommend it to any that like Fantasy YA. You will not be disappointed.

I received Awoke from iRead Book Tours for free. This has in no way influenced my opinion of this book.

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