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Vengeance Road Round-up!

VRRoundupIt’s here! Vengeance Road by Erin Bowman is here!

If you all haven’t heard me gush about this book yet, then you’re about to. This book is SO incredible and SO unlike anything out there.

You’re immediately thrown in the insanity from page 1, when we meet Kate — a gun-toting gal out for revenge against the criminal gang who killed her pa. This book has all the elements of a classic western: dusty, dry landscape; treasure in the mountains; deep dialect; Apache tensions; and a morally gray group of heroes and anti-heroes.

In classic Bowman style, the pacing is fast and the prose is sure to gut you in its simple power. Plus: KATE! What a heroine with a lot to learn.

You’ll have to find out if she does learn — or if she does win her vengeance in the end.

To celebrate this book’s release, I thought it’d be fun to round up (western style!) some pics of Vengeance Road across the web!

And if you SHARE your own picture with the hashtag #VRRoundUp, you’ll be entered to win a round up of other books!

Here’s my own pic (and I’ll share another once my hardcover arrives!):


Here’s what you can win!

Signed & Personalized Vengeance Road (of course!)

Signed & Personalized ARC of Truthwith by yours truly

Signed & Personalized ARC of Passenger by Alexandra Bracken

Signed & Personalized ARC of Riders by Veronica Rossi

Signed & Personalized hardcover of The Orphan Queen by Jodi Meadows

Signed & Personalized hardcover of Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas

Yeehaw! (Or so the awesome VR Posse would say!)

Now: All you have to do to be entered to win is share a link in the comments section to your #VRRoundUp picture!

And stay tuned for the winner, which will be chosen RANDOMLY on 9/15/15.

(Also: because of the SCALE of this giveaway, I’m afraid it’s US only! I am so sorry!! I have to think about my pocketbook here!)

Finally — in case you haven’t yet purchased your copy and want to participate in the #VRRoundup, here are some links to buy:

amazon indiebound bn bam ibooks kobo

HAPPY BOOK BIRTHDAY, ERIN! And remember everyone:




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Current Favorite Reads: a Michael Crichton Binge

I’m out of town (yay! Visiting friends in warm ol’ Texas and TOMORROW IS EDGEFEST!!!), so I thought I’d make today’s post simple. A month or so back, a reader asked,

What are some of your current favorite reads?

I love that there are two covers--one with the demon and one with the angel character. CLEVER!

Well, as of this week, I’ve been on an “old-books-I-read-but-don’t-remember” kick. I started on Sunday, with Good Omens (my World Book Night giveaway book).

I zoomed through THAT amazingly hilarious book in an evening.

And guys, it wasn’t my “normal” reading genre. Lately, all I read is adult fantasy, adult romance, and occasional YA. But Good Omens is straight humor.  It’s speculative fiction layered with more clever jokes than you can imagine…and just as I had when I’d read it at age 18, I adored it on Monday. I haven’t laughed so hard in ages.

So after finishing Good Omens, I thought: why not read other old favorites I’ve forgotten? Why not read…(insert me rummaging through moving boxes of unpacked books)…Jurassic Park? I was a huge Michael Crichton fan in junior high, but I really didn’t remember most of his books. Plus, scientific thrillers and heist books really aren’t my usual diet. (Read more…)

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Happy World Book Night Eve!

Tomorrow is World Book Night in the US–an annual celebration dedicated to spreading the love of reading! As the website for World Book Night declares,

World Book Night is about giving books and encouraging reading in those who don’t regularly do so. But it is also about more than that: It’s about people, communities and connections, about reaching out to others and touching lives in the simplest of ways—through the sharing of stories.

It’s all about giving away free books and motivating people to read! To celebrate, I’m giving away 5 copies of Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett.

About the book:

The world will end on Saturday. Next Saturday. Just before dinner, according to The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch, the world’s only completely accurate book of prophecies written in 1655. The armies of Good and Evil are amassing and everything appears to be going according to Divine Plan. Except that a somewhat fussy angel and a fast-living demon are not actually looking forward to the coming Rapture. And someone seems to have misplaced the Antichrist.

Good Omens is literally the FUNNIEST book I have ever, ever, ever read. Like EVER. It’s also one kick-butt, high action, character-loving romp. I think Crowley (the demon) might be one of my most favoritest characters of all time.

You want to read this book–I promise you do.

You also want to participate in World Book Night–I promise that too. Tomorrow, on April 23, approximately 25,000 volunteers will give away close to 500,000 books! Isn’t that just incredible? And that’s only in the US–this amazing celebration happens in the UK and Germany too!

Now all you have to do to win a copy of the books I’m giving away is fill out the Rafflecopter form below and help spread the word about the AWESOME celebration that is World Book Night! The contest is also open internationally, so let’s share reading and books with the world!! 😀

Oh, and stay tuned! I’ll pick my five winners tomorrow night, when World Book Night comes to a close. ♥

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Pub(lishing) Crawl: Interview with Wendy Higgins, author of Sweet Evil

Woohoo! We’re kicking off this second week of Pub(lishing) Crawl post-apocalyptic insanity with an interview from the amazing Wendy Higgins. If you haven’t read Sweet Evil, then you guys are really missing out. Seriously, there’s a reason this book has been making waves all over the blogosphere (and beyond!), and that reason is that it’s awesome.

Also, it’s got some seriously hot romance with a seriously amazing female lead (and comparably amazing male lead to match her–oh Kaidan, be still my heart!). Truly, guys, I cannot recommend this book enough! (Read more…)

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Pub(lishing) Crawl: We’re Glad We Survived the Apocalypse For THESE Books!

We’re back! And we made it through the apocalypse with only a few minor cuts and bruises. 😉

To kick off a brand new year at Pub(lishing) Crawl, we’re sharing some books we’re glad we survived the apocalypse for!

Also, if you scrollllllll down, you can enter in a HUGE GIVEAWAY to celebrate this new 2013! Don’t forget to enter or spread the word! Now, lets get started, shall we?

Marie Lu says she’s most excited for Proxy by Alex London. (Read more…)

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Blood Red Road: a book recommendation

5 out of 5 stars.

This book took me completely by surprise. Like, when Erin Bowman recommended it to me with gushing praise, I was expecting Moira Young’s Blood Red Road to be good…

I was not expecting it to be a single-sitting read or one of my favorite reads of ALL TIME. 

Saba has spent her whole life in Silverlake, a dried-up wasteland ravaged by constant sandstorms. The Wrecker civilization has long been destroyed, leaving only landfills for Saba and her family to scavenge from. That’s fine by her, as long as her beloved twin brother Lugh is around. But when a monster sandstorm arrives, along with four cloaked horsemen, Saba’s world is shattered. Lugh is captured, and Saba embarks on an epic quest to get him back.

Epic quest, indeed! And gripping and wonderful! There was very little I did not love about this book. (Read more…)

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The Next Big Thing Slam Book

So it’s not really a slam book…but sometimes blog memes remind me of those awesome notebooks we used to send around in junior high. By “we” I mean all two friends and me.

ANYWAY, the lovely and wonderful Marie Lu tagged me in this fun little meme, and I thought I’d hop on…and tag three more authors! So, first I say what I’m working on…then I name three authors whose work I love. 🙂 (Read more…)

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My Favorite Books on Writing

So, as promised for our next round of NaNoWriMo help and inspiration, I’m going to share some of my favorite books on writing/revising/inspiration/etc. And if you swing by Sarah’s blog today, she’ll also be posting with NaNo goodness.

In other news, my dear, dear friend Meredith McCardle sold her book! I am so, so, SO happy for her. I cannot express to you all how much I adore her book–she’s an amazing writer–and I am just so thrilled you all will get a chance to read her books too. CONGRATULATIONS, MEREDITH!!! You so deserve this!! ♥♥♥

Also: On Monday, I’ll be revealing the cover for A Darkness Strange and Lovely! There’ll be a giveaway of a signed copy of Something Strange and Deadly as well as a signed copy of Throne of Glass! So please, please, PLEASE stop by on Monday and help spread the word!

Now, onto the great list! (Read more…)

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If you liked Something Strange and Deadly…

…then I think you might like these books, too.

I’ve had a number of people email/tweet me for other books they might like after finishing Something Strange and Deadly. Since–ya know–there’s a full 9 months before A Darkness Strange and Lovely releases, so I am more than happy to comply.

1. The first book I would recommend–even though there aren’t any zombies or steampunk elements in sight–is Libba Bray’s A Great and Terrible Beauty. I adore this series, and I think most readers of SS&D will too.

2. The Native Star and its sequel The Hidden Goddess by M.K. Hobson are my next recs. It’s not technically YA, but I think it’s absolutely suitable for teens. I love the heroine, Emily, and Dreadnought Stanton–DREADNOUGHT STANTON!! Oh my, he might be one of my favorite male leads of all time.

3. Unspoken by Sarah Rees Brennan was so amazing that I devoured it in a night. It has twisty mystery, a ton of humor, and an achingly wonderful romance. I cannot possibly recommend this book enough!

4. Sabriel by Garth Nix was what inspired me to go with walking dead and necromancy. His necromancy is FAR more clever than mine, but it’s also deliciously dark and creepy. I adore the entire Abhorsen series, and I really wanted to offer a similar aura of death in mine.

5. Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins is a wonderful example of a snarky heroine who is definitely thrown into a world for which she ain’t prepared–which is kinda similar to SS&D. Also, Archer=SWOON.

6. The Summoning by Kelley Armstrong had the same assistant editor who ended up acquiring SS&D, so clearly there are some parallels. Necromancy, girl with unexpected powers, misfit teens, and a delicious mystery make this book a favorite for me.

7. Ruby Red by Kerstin Gier is a lot like Unspoken in terms of voice, and I just adored the main character, Gwyneth. The word “romp” pretty much embodies this book, and the sequel, Sapphire Blue, releases in a few weeks. EEEE!

8. Dearly Departed by Lia Habel is not a book I’ve actually read. HOWEVER, I hear it compared a lot or recommended a lot by people who’ve read both my book and this one. And I assume those people must know what they’re talking about. 😉


 You tell me: If you’ve read Something Strange and Deadly, do you have any reading recommendations to offer?

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Throne of Glass is finally here!

So, this is one of those posts that’s hard to write primarily because I don’t even know where to start.

Today is a Big Day–not just for Sarah J. Maas and all of her thousands and thousands of fans–but for us here at Pub(lishing) Crawl too.

Sarah was one of the founders of Let the Words Flow, and LTWF was–of course–where Pub(lishing) Crawl got its start.

Sarah was also (perhaps still is?) one of the BIGGEST and MOST POPULAR authors to ever grace the pages of Fictionpress…and of course, LTWF originally got it’s start thanks to the wonderful community that is Fictionpress.

And amazingly, Sarah started her THRONE OF GLASS journey ten years ago.

TEN YEARS AGO. (Read more…)

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