Pre-order Fall into Magic for only 0.99$

I want to let you know about an awesome deal on a box set. The box set is called Fall into Magic and it’s A Paranormal Romance and Urban Fantasy Collection. This box set contains 20 stories of 20 different authors and you can now pre-order your copy for only 0.99$!

Fall Into Magic
Title: Fall into Magic: A Paranormal Romance and Urban Fantasy Collection
Price: 0.99$
Genres: Paranormal Romance and Urban Fantasy
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Blurb:
Prepare to be swept away by 20 paranormal romance and urban fantasy tales from today’s NY Times, USA Today, and international bestselling authors! In this limited edition collection, you will find everything from witches to mages, shifters to vampires, demons, faeries, and much more!

Check out this epic line up and secure your copy today!

NY Times bestselling author Rebecca Hamilton & USA Today bestelling author Conner Kressley
International bestselling author Lia Davis
USA Today bestselling author JC Andrijeski
USA Today bestselling author Rainy Kaye
NY Times bestselling author Laxmi Hariharan
USA Today bestselling author Joanne Wadsworth
USA Today bestselling author J.E. Taylor
NY Times bestselling author SC Green writing as Steffanie Holmes
USA Today bestselling author April Aasheim
NY Times bestselling author K. de Long
USA Today bestselling author L.B. Gilbert
NY Times bestselling author Susan Stec
USA Today bestselling author Noree Cosper
USA Today bestselling author Angela Fristoe
International bestselling author AR DeClerck
International bestselling authors Gina Kincade & Kiki Howell
USA Today bestselling author LJ Swallow
NY Times bestselling author Calinda B
Award Winning author Kristin D. Van Risseghem
USA Today bestselling author Angel Lawson

Romance Writing Contest: Win a Publishing Deal and $500USD

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Inkitt and The Rebecca Friedman Literary Agency are looking to find the next ‘50 Shades of Grey’!

The pair are running a new romance writing contest from Jan 12 Feb 23, where the winner gets published and receives $500USD! The judges are bestselling authors
Laurelin Paige and Melody Grace, as well as literary agent Rebecca Friedman herself. The trio will work closely with the Inkitt analytics team to pick the most engaging stories of the contest.

The judges are looking for romantic stories that engage the reader, with dynamic characters, fresh storylines and any level of heat. All works over 40k words are
welcome! Find out more below.

Rules:

  • Starting: 12th of January at 13:00 PST
  • Ending: 23rd February 23:59 PST with voting continuing for an additional week.
  • Novel Length: 40,000 words or more at time of submission.
  • Entries must be posted on the Inkitt contest page to participate
  • Stories in the top 10% of the “most voted” and “most popular” categories get the opportunity to be picked for 1st, 2nd and 3rd places.

Prizes:

  1. Publishing Deal + $500USD
  2. $100USD
  3. $50USD

Submit your romance novel here!

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Cover Reveal sign-ups open for Saven: Deception

I am so excited to announce that sign-ups are open for the cover reveal for Saven: Deception. Saven: Deception is the first book in my new Young Adult Science Fiction Romance series calles The Saven Series. The first book will be released on 15 December this year. The cover reveal for Saven: Deception will take place on October 14! You can sign-up here on the site of Lola’s Blog Tours. Below is some more information about the book, the blurb is coming soon I am working hard to finalize the blurb at the moment.

Coming SoonSaven: Deception (The Saven Series #1)
By Siobhan Davis
Genre: Science Fiction Romance
Age category: Young Adult
Release Date: December 15, 2015

Blurb:
Coming Soon

You can add Saven: Deception to your to-read list on Goodreads

3RD Annual Write Your Way To RT

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RT Booklovers Convention 2016

I have some interesting information to share with you today, you can write your way to the RT book lovers convention in 2016. Read further for more information on the contest.

Third Annual Write Your Way To RT

Jennifer L. Armentrout, #1 New York Times and #1 International bestselling author, announced that aspiring authors will have the chance to win a trip to the 2016 RT Book Lovers’ Convention in Las Vegas, Nevada for the third consecutive year. Unpublished authors and writers 18 years or older can enter the contest by submitting a 1500 word original short story or a short story using one or a combination of titles by Jennifer L. Armentrout (or her penname of J. Lynn), Jay Crownover, Veronica Rossi, Christopher Rice, and Wendy Higgins to RTcontest@outlook.com by December 31, 2015 or before 150 entries are received. Entries will be judged by an all-star cast of bestselling authors Jennifer L. Armentrout, Veronica Rossi, Wendy Higgins, Cora Carmack, Christina Lauren, Christopher Rice and Jay Crownover. Joining that team of judges is literary agent Kevan Lyon, a member of RT Book Reviews, Vilma Gonzalez from USA Today HEA Blog and Jillian Stein from Read-Love-Blog, and the most important judge: an anonymous reader. Winners will be announced on February 13, 2016.

Details on the contest for the 3rd Annual Write Your Way to the 2016 RT Book Lovers’ Convention can be found here.

Is it wrong for adults to read young adult literature?

There has been a lot of controversial articles, blogs, posts and heated online discussions over the course of the last year on the topic of adults reading literature intended for young adults. I was particularly incensed by this inflammatory article  in Slate.

As an author of young adult fiction and an avid reader of the genre, I wanted to share my thoughts on this rather heated subject matter.

It’s only fair that I should point out upfront that this post comes with a pretty hefty ‘rant warning’.  You have been forewarned!

Eighty percent of my time, I am a responsible wife, mother, employee and quite strait-laced! I relish the other twenty percent where I give in to my inner-teenager and indulge my passion for teenage books, music, and movies. For me, it is pure escapism and a way to chill-out. I think life is about diversity in our choices and our interests, and we should never be afraid to show who we truly are.

Harry Potter and The Twilight saga were the stories that hooked me on the YA genre though at first I remember feeling embarrassed that I was reading them, until I realized that I was not alone. I read the same survey quoted in the Slate article, where the analysis identified that fifty-five percent of people who purchase YA books are adults. I wasn’t in the least bit surprised.

Now, I don’t just read YA books, I am also a voracious reader of murder-mysteries/crime/suspense novels. Tess Gerritsen is one of my all-time favorite writers, alongside Patricia Cornwell, Kathy Reichs, and Michael Connelly, to name a few. I also read other adult genres; I’ve read a lot of the classics, plenty of corporate non-fiction books and I do not discriminate in my choices.  If I like the sound of a book or I have received a recommendation then I’ll read it.

However, there are certain times when all I want to read is YA. Because I love-love-love the action/adventure, kick-ass heroines, swoon-worthy romance, and the pure fantasy of the worlds created by some of my favorite YA authors. I don’t tend to read much contemporary YA stuff though I adore John Green’s TFIOS, and I disagree completely with Ruth Graham’s observations of this book in the Slate article. I found the dialog between Hazel and Gus to be very compelling, emotive and refreshing, and yes, it was a little cheesy at times, but I still loved it. Seriously, who doesn’t love a bit of cheese every now and then? Moreover, how is that ending a typical satisfactory ending? Or Allegiant’s ending? That had the entire Divergent fan base split right down the middle.

So if it’s seemingly wrong, as an adult, to read books ‘written for teenagers’ then does that logic apply to movies as well? Some of the greatest, and most successful, movies of all times have been children’s and teen movies. Back to the Future, Rebel without a Cause, ET, Harry Potter, etc., etc. Does going to see the latest Avengers Assemble movie with my children (one is a teenager) set a bad example? In the same way it’s suggested that my reading of Laini Taylor’s ‘Daughter of Smoke and Bone’ Trilogy or Jennifer L. Armentrout’s ‘Covenent Series’ would imply? To suggest, as Ruth Graham does in her article, that reading YA fiction sends out the wrong message to our teenage children, is absurd in my view. Surely the point is this: If children see their parents reading, they are more inclined to read themselves, irrespective of what genre the content is. Anything that encourages the youth of today to read more is a positive in my book (pardon the pun). Sharing some of the same reading material opens up opportunities for parents to engage in meaningful discussions with their children about these books, and to explore the issues/themes.

Rant almost over.

Some commentators have said that the writing quality in YA literature is questionable in the extreme. I disagree. While I do not pick up a YA book expecting it to be a literary work of art, I am often pleasantly surprised at the exceptional talent of so many who write in this genre. Many of these books surpass the quality of a lot of so called ‘adult literature’ that is out there in the market.

In my opinion, readers should be allowed to make their own decisions regarding books they choose to read, without risk of vilification. Because the pleasure of reading is what it is all about, and that is purely subjective. If we start expecting people to restrict their reading material, based on a narrow societal categorization of what’s deemed appropriate, then ultimately fewer people will read, and that is not a good thing.

Are you an adult who reads young adult books? If so we’d love to hear from you! What do you feel about all the controversy? Why do you enjoy reading YA books and what is it in particular that attracts you to this genre?