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The Neverland Wars

by Audrey Greathouse

Genre: YA Fantasy/ Fairytale Retelling

Release Date: May 9th 2016

Clean Teen Publishing

Summary from Goodreads:

Magic can do a lot—give you flight, show you mermaids, help you taste the stars, and… solve the budget crisis? That’s what the grown-ups will do with it if they ever make it to Neverland to steal its magic and bring their children home.
However, Gwen doesn’t know this. She’s just a sixteen-year-old girl with a place on the debate team and a powerful crush on Jay, the soon-to-be homecoming king. She doesn’t know her little sister could actually run away with Peter Pan, or that she might have to chase after her to bring her home safe. Gwen will find out though—and when she does, she’ll discover she’s in the middle of a looming war between Neverland and reality.
She’ll be out of place as a teenager in Neverland, but she won’t be the only one. Peter Pan’s constant treks back to the mainland have slowly aged him into adolescence as well. Soon, Gwen will have to decide whether she’s going to join impish, playful Peter in his fight for eternal youth… or if she’s going to scramble back to reality in time for the homecoming dance.
 

 
  

A LETTER FROM PETER PAN:

Why Peter Thinks You Should Read This Book

There’s a book about me, and you should read it! I’m going to read it, just to find out what happens. I was in it, but I forgot what happens. (You ought not judge me—you’d forget your adventures, too, if you had as many as I do.)

It’s about a silly girl who thinks too much and never wants to have any fun. Except for when there’s already fun. So it’s more like the fun has her, than she has the fun, I guess. She’s weird, and half-way grown up, but I like her anyways… and if I like her, you can be sure you will like her. I’m very picky.

Not that I liked her straight away, mind you. The only reason we even met is because she’s got a brilliant little sister who has an imagination as thick and rich as maple syrup up in her head. She took to flying right away. If she hadn’t been so good at being a kid, I wouldn’t have trusted her when she told me her sister was just a big kid who really did belong in Neverland with the rest of us. I’m glad I listened, because now we have a proper storyteller on the island with us.

You should read this book because there is a dastardly crocodile in it, and some even more dastardly mermaids. There’s the biggest pirate ship to ever haunt the shore of Neverland, and a bunch of the best lost boys and girls that have ever run the ropes and flown the forests. There’s a great bit about a bombing and the excitement of adventure at wartime, and a lot of other little bits that I can’t tell you about yet.

The whole thing is really just a fantastic adventure, at least once you get through the boring beginning part. The very beginning doesn’t have me in it, so I apologize for how painfully dull it might be to just read about a girl who goes to school and has friends and is trying to figure out how to grow up. I promise there’ll be fighting and betrayal, triumph and tragedy, and all the stuff that makes for a great story. Someone might even die. I forget.

Really, you should just read this book because I told you to and you ought to trust me. If you don’t like me enough to trust me, you’re probably the sort of sad grownup who wouldn’t like it anyways. If you’re already all grownup inside and outside and sideways too, you can forget everything I just said. As for the rest of you though: I’ll see you in Neverland.


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Advance Praise:

“Gwen’s description of growing up and high school life is one of the most accurate that I’ve ever read.” (Across the Bookiverse)

“The author creates such a peaceful and serene place that it felt likeescape just reading about it…Through this world, the author explores the themes of what it means to grow up.” (K.E. Carson, The Underground)


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About the Author
Audrey Greathouse is a Seattle-based author of science-fiction and fantasy. Raised in the suburbs, she became a writer after being introduced to NaNoWriMo during her sophmore year of high school. Since then, she has drafted more than a dozen books, 100 sonnets, and 800 other poems, and a handful of short stories and one-act plays.

After dropping out of her university and beginning training as a circus performer on the aerial silks, she returned to school to study at Southern New Hampshire University College of Online and Continuing Education to earn her B.A. in English Language and Literature, with a minor in Computer Information Technologies.

Audrey Greathouse is a die-hard punk cabaret fan, and pianist of fourteen years. She’s usually somewhere along the west coast, and she is always writing.
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Interview with Poppy Lawless

Author Interview

Hello my lovely readers!

After  getting to meet Poppy through participating on a previous tour, I was able to conduct a email interview with her *high fives*

Meet Poppy Lawless.

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Romance author. Cupcake connoisseur. Certified herbalist. Beach bum. Fan of all things Starbucks. Holistic healing advocate. Surfer girl wanna-be. Lost guru. Maker of dandelion wine. Counselor. Paranormal buff. Etsy addict. Secretly Jedi. So not a geek girl. Gifted in sarcasm. Hot wife. Ninja mom. And now, I’m ready to share a whole head full of witty, mouthy, smart, lovely, heart-warming, and hot characters with the world. Are you ready?

Poppy Lawless is the author of The Glass Mermaid. Poppy holds degrees in English and Psychology. She is a counselor in the field of mental health and is a trained herbalist. Poppy’s new series blends the best of romance with a Practical Magic or contemporary Bewitched appeal.

 What was one thing you learned about yourself while writing The Cupcake Witch?

“Great question! Well, I learned that I am total foodie…who cannot bake! I loved dreaming up all the things Julie could make, things I would love to eat. I’m told I’m a great cook, but my baking stinks. I can even burn store-bought cookie dough. It’s a sad truth.

On a much more serious note, this book also made me reflect on the idea of following our dreams. So many people just get pushed along by the tide into a profession, few ever following their bliss. This book was about two people who bucked the system and did what their hearts wanted them to do. That we should all follow our bliss is a belief I hold dear.”

 

Do you hear from your readers much?

“My readers are a great bunch, and I appreciate them so much. I’m a relatively new author, so I do truly appreciate everyone willing to take a chance on my stories. A reader recently gave me the awesome idea of doing some adult color pages for my book. Loved it! In fact, you can grab a copy of Julie as a coloring sheet here: http://bit.ly/1NUWmfX

 

Where there alternate endings to The Glass Mermaid that you decided not to use?

“Oh no, that book had its own path from the first word. The Glass Mermaid is one of those books you feel has been gifted to you rather than something you created, like I mined a gem from the collective unconscious. That book flowed as it wanted with very little input from me. Now I sound kooky ”

 

Are you working on anything now for The Chancellor Fairytales collection?

The Bee Charmer, the third Chancellor Fairy Tale releases in May. This summer, I hope to release The Stitch Witch, focusing on a new bridal boutique in Chancellor. In October, I’ll be back with a very interesting antique shop. I’m also planning on a Christmas release which would be the last book in this series. There will be a total of 6 books with a side story I am working on for my newsletter subscribers ”

 

Do you have a favorite character in any of your books?

“Oh gosh, that’s like trying to choose between my children. As I went down the list mentally, I realized how much I just adore this cast of character. I do have to admit I am partial to Kate, Cooper, Rayne, and Julie, but I love the others as well. I have a new character coming in The Bee Charmer, a faerie named Cassidy, who is so fun to write. I also love the three elderly witches in Chancellor who make me laugh every time they appear in the books.”

 

Why did you choose to write adaptions of fairytales and magical creatures?

“I think it has to do with being a mom to a little girl. We read and watch a lot of fairy tales and princess stories. I always catch myself wondering what a grown-up version of these would look like. It seems like the ideas won’t end!”

 

Are you a plotter or do you write as you go?

“Plotter, 100%. I have beats written for each chapter, brief summaries for what will be in the chapter, before I even sit down to write. I find that the process of plotting saves me loads of time when it comes to actually writing.”

 

You can find Poppy here!

Webpage: http://www.poppylawless.com/

Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/lovepotionbooks/ (She lives here)

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/authorpoppylawless/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/ThePoppyLawless

Stay tuned for my review of The Glass Mermaid coming out tomorrow.

Enchanted Blitz

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Enchanted: The Fairy Revels Collection

by Various Authors

Release Date: April 2016

Summary:

Enchanted: The Fairy Revels Collection
9 Faerie Romance & Fantasy
Fairy Tales; Urban Fantasy, YA Fairies, Fractured Fairy Tales, Sweet Fae Romance, and Paranormal Boxed Set
One spellbound night, nine
award-winning and Amazon best-selling authors joined together to bring you an enchanting collection of tales featuring our favorite otherworldly creatures, fairies. Enchanted: The Fairy Revels Collection will seduce you into the wondrous world of the fae with magic, romance, fantasy, adventure, fairy tales, and folklore. Get ready to be beguiled by a unique boxed set with fractured fairy tales, contemporary romance, paranormal romance, sci-fi adventure, and more. This captivating collection is certain to please anyone who loves magical realism and fairy stories.
Our Books & Authors
THE BEE CHARMER by Poppy Lawless
Rayne moved to Chancellor on a mission to help Alice find true love. That is, after all, his job as her fairy
godfather. What Rayne didn’t expect was to find a love of his own. All Viola wants is to pursue her dream of becoming a perfumer. She doesn’t have time to fall in love. Viola and Rayne will soon find that when your heart makes a wish, even impossible dreams can come true.
I DO BELIEVE IN FAERIES by Erin Hayes
Even though she grew up in a family of witches, Abby is normal. When faeries offer her a wish, she wishes
for magick of her own, without realizing the consequences. Now she has to travel to the land of faeries to save her friend’s baby and undo the wish, even if it means losing her magick forever.
 
WOE FOR A FAERIE by B. Brumley
When I chose retribution, it got me got kicked out of the spiritual realm and banished to mortality. Now I’ve
got to choose between Jason, the priest who’s hiding something, and Arún, the handsome off-world Fae that believes I’m his prophesied queen… But first, I’ve got to survive New York City.
FLIGHTLESS by Margo Bond Collins
Josh Bevington doesn’t know how to survive living in Fairy, Texas without his wings; Laney Harris doesn’t know
how to survive without Josh. When Laney’s biological father shows up in Fairy, determined to steal his daughter’s newfound powers, Josh and Laney will have to overcome work together—or risk losing everything they care about.
ROSE PETAL GRAVES by Olivia Wildenstein
I thought losing my mother would be the greatest shock of my life, but the real surprise came after her death.
Dad said she suffered a stroke after she dug up one of the ancient graves in our backyard, which happens to be the town cemetery. Creepy, I know. Creepier still, there was no corpse inside the old coffin, only fresh rose petals.
FAIRLY NORMAL by Carrie L. Wells
Violet Abernathy has spent more than 20 years in the human realm, but this is the year that everything changes.
Potentially her last stint among the humans, her “senior” year in high school teaches her more than she ever guessed it would about friendship, love, and support. Maybe what they say is true, change is the only thing that
ever stays the same.
 
FAE CAME ON THE PLANE! by Elizabeth Watasin
At Jifk Spaceport, something every creature and person feared came in on a plane: faeries. When the
spaceport goes down, it’s any survivor of the fae incursion on her or his own,and Nico’s not going to let Darque world’s most feared boogeymen, the faerie kind, stop her from getting to her lover’s arrival gate.
THE FAE AND THE FARMGIRL by Pauline Creeden
A Fae princess in jeans and paddock shoes–could any of this be real? Daisy Adams was an orphan raised on
her uncle’s farm, but a tractor accident suddenly forces her uncle to reveal the lie she’s been living. Her mother’s still alive and she’s a queen of the Fae… and to make matters worse, Daisy is hunted and the center of a war that
is just beginning.
THE FAIRY BARGAIN by Blaire Edens

When Faye Lynn Roberts finds herself pregnant by Drake, The Folk’s most dangerous man, she relies on
Alvin Fairchild, the exiled prince of The Folk to carry her back to The Realm in order to save her child. Alvin wants to protect the child and save The Realm, but can the two of them band together and defeat Drake without losing their hearts?


  

Excerpt from The Bee Charmer by Poppy Lawless

The sound of the honey bees buzzing all around me was sweeter than any Vivaldi concerto I’d ever heard. I sat lotus style in the apple orchard, inhaling the sweet scent of the apple blossoms. My eyes closed, I could feel the white petals falling on me as a soft wind sent them spiraling. The warm spring sunlight shone down on my face. It must have been almost noon. The rays of sun felt warm on my skin. I listened to the bees hum as they danced from flower to flower. Perfection. I inhaled deeply, and with each exhale, set my enchantments on the wind:

Bring a love for Alice.

Now is the time.

Bring a love for Alice.

One that’s finer than wine.

Wine? Not a very good enchantment, and not a very good rhyme. No wonder Alice was no closer to meeting the man of her dreams than she’d been the day I met her three years ago when I’d gotten my assignment.

Wine…of course it would be wine. Ever since I’d set eyes on Viola Hunter, the dark-haired wine heiress who just happened to be the sister of my best friend, I’d been distracted. I imagined her skipping nymph-like through the apple orchard under the spring sun. Imaging, however, was as far as I’d ever taken anything. Viola Hunter, whose family’s vineyard sided my small country farmhouse, had already friend-zoned me. There was little use pining over a woman who just wasn’t into me. After all, Alice was supposed to be my focus. I needed to shake Viola from my thoughts. Poor Alice. I was doing my best, but she still wasn’t where she was supposed to be. I needed to try harder.

I shut out all thoughts of Viola Hunter and set my mind on Alice once more. I tuned into the sounds of nature: the humming of the bees, the rustling of the new leaves, and the feel of the warm sunlight on my skin. This time, I lifted the willow wand sitting in my lap and gave it a wave as I intoned:

Over hill, over dale,

Through brush, through brier,

Over park, over pale,

Through flood, through fire

Bring Alice her love!

This time when I said the enchantment, I could feel the magic. A little sound, like the chiming of a hundred small bells, told me that the spell had worked. I could almost see my words glimmering like gold on the wind, twisting and turning upward toward the sky in search of the one who would bring Alice’s heart joy.

I opened my eyes and looked down at the wand. For a moment, I wished I could just give it a wave and have everything I wanted. But that wasn’t how this worked. Whatever I wanted, I was going to have to work for it. Good thing I didn’t need much. But the moment I thought it, Viola came to mind once more.

My phone, lying in the grass beside me, buzzed. I picked it up to see I’d received a text from Alice. So soon? When I opened the message, however, I was perplexed.

Crisis, she’d written.

What’s wrong? I answered back.

Dumped again. Bring chocolate.

I sighed heavily. When Alice started dating Tom, Chancellor’s local sheriff, I knew it wasn’t meant to be. He wasn’t a bad guy, but they were completely wrong for one another. And I also knew that uniting Alice with her true love meant that Tom would have to go away. But that fast? Wow, maybe I was getting better at this than I thought. Or maybe, it was just time.

On my way into town now. I replied.

There was no answer. It was the midday lunch rush at Alice’s bagel shop. No doubt that would keep her busy, her mind occupied. I frowned. Also, it was the worst time of day to get dumped.

Time to get to work,” I told the bees. They stopped their tasks then and swarmed, making a passing spiral around me, from my feet to my head. I could sense their questions, their excitement.

Help me?” I asked. “Help me find the one for Alice?”

With an excited buzz, they flew off happily. I had no doubt they’d do everything they could.

Thank you,” I called behind them then headed out of the orchard.

My old pick-up sat waiting near the barn. Shielding my eyes with my hand, I gazed across the horizon at the row after row of vines owned by Viola’s family’s business, Blushing Grape Vineyards. I could just make out the roof of the Hunter family’s elaborate mansion sitting along the shore of Lake Erie. So close, but so far away. I sighed and looked out at the lake; the waves were dark blue that morning. The wind blowing off the lake was still cold, even though it was April, but I could feel the earth coming back to life. Spring had come again.

I picked up the cases of honey I’d packed up earlier that day and set them in the back of my truck. Sliding into the driver’s seat, I glanced once more at the Hunter family mansion. Where was Viola today? Working at the estate? Was she busy at the family restaurant downtown? Or was she over at the college where she’d started taking classes once more? The image of her laughing and running through the orchard played through my mind once more.

Alice. I needed to focus on Alice.

I lifted my phone again. Still no reply from Alice.

Sorry, Alice. I’ll try to do better. Looks like you’re stuck with the worst fairy godfather ever.”

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           Poppy Lawless          Blaire Edens          Erin Hayes
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