Book excerpt: Dead Blue Sea, by Erin Hayes

How many books have you come across include Buffy the Vampire Slayer as a comp title in their summary? Personally, I’ve only seen one: Dead Blue Sea, by Erin Hayes. Based on what I’ve seen, that comparison may be fairly accurate.

Dead Blue Sea made its way onto my to-read list as soon as I saw its summary, and the excerpt I’m sharing today only helped to cement that status. I’m sure you’ll feel the same way once you get a look at it.

To top all of that off, Hayes is giving away a Kindle Fire. The giveaway is open to anyone in Canada and the United States, so make sure you scroll down to the bottom of the excerpt for the link!

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Cover reveal: Hexen’s Cross, by J. Kowallis

Sometimes, I can’t quite put my finger on what part of a novel’s summary hooks me. All I know is that there’s something there that catches me, something that makes me want to keep reading.

That’s exactly the case with Hexen’s Cross, by J. Kowallis. I was hooked as soon as I read the summary–enough so that I eagerly signed up to help reveal the cover.

I’m glad I did, too. I quite like this one. I’ll tell you why after you’ve had a look for yourselves.

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Cover reveal: Deadly Sweet, by Lola Dodge

Some covers just hit me more than others, in an absolutely wonderful way. Do you know what I mean?

Take the cover of Deadly Sweet, by Lola Dodge. I signed up to help reveal it because the summary hooked me from the first line. I mean, baking and witches? Yes, please. But this cover, you guys. This cover alone would have had me picking up the book.

Don’t believe me? Check it out for yourselves.

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Author of influence: Meg Cabot

Every writer has been influenced by some author or another–or possibly plenty of authors. I don’t think we can avoid it, to be honest. We spend too much time reading, soaking up the words of others. Learning from them, I think, is a natural and important part of being a writer.

We learn our craft by seeing what others have done. Most of us start by mimicking our favourite authors, in a way, before developing our own unique style.

Even once that style is fully developed, however, there’s still likely to be some bit of what we used to mimic that stays with us. And I think we owe it to ourselves, and to those authors, to recognize that.

Today, I’d like to kick off a new series of posts by talking about an author who influenced me: Meg Cabot.

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Cover reveal: To End the Rapture, by Lori Parker

One of the many cool things about signing up to take part in a cover reveal is that you never quite know what you’re gonna get. Sure, you have an idea of what you could get. The category, genre, and summary are usually enough for that. But you can’t possibly know exactly what’s coming. Even better, you can’t predict how you’ll react to it.

I was sharply reminded of that last point when I opened the reveal details for the updated cover of Lori Parker’s To End the Rapture. I’m not sure what I expected, but it certainly wasn’t what I got: when I opened this cover, a low and quiet “Oh,” ran through my mind. I couldn’t help pausing and spending a little more time than usual taking it in.

Want to see what I mean?

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