Friday, May 31, 2013

The Forbidden Trilogy by Kimberly Kinrade

Forbidden Mind
49% of Americans believe their government officials are honest. I don't know these officials, or their 
supporters, but I know their secrets, and 49% of Americans are wrong. 

My employers pay me well to be right, to know things others can't. But I don't know why they brought that boy in, strapped to a stretcher, barely conscious. He asked me for help when I could give none.

I'm a wealthy spy, a talented artist, a martial arts black belt, and a prisoner. They tell me that on my 
eighteenth birthday, I will be released, free to go to the college of my dreams. It's my eighteenth 
birthday, and a man in black is at my door. I know he's not here to free me.

I know, because I can read minds.
My name is Sam, and this is my story.

So begins the tale of Sam and Drake--from the time they link minds, forging a bond that leads to an unconventional romance--to their fight for survival against the corrupt, twisted organization known as 'Rent-A-Kid.' 

"...a thrilling, dark and deeply romantic read that had me sitting on the edge of my seat and eagerly awaiting the next installment." ~ Refracted Light Young Adult Book Reviews

"The plot is very ALIAS and DARK ANGEL-like with X-MEN as its backdrop (awesome combo!). Forbidden Mind BLEW my mind!" ~Sour Skittles Book Blog

Winner of 2011 Forward National Literature Award

Forbidden Fire
"She escaped, but she'll never be free."
"Time held no meaning as my mind darted in and out of memories. Past and present collided to create a full-sensory collage out of my life: playing hide-n-seek with my best friends Luke--who always cheated by walking through walls when he was about to be caught--and Lucy; Mr. Caldrin critiquing my sketches and offering ideas to make them more realistic; targets changing faces, blending into the same person, their thoughts rippling through my mind like waves. Through it all, a demon stalked me from the shadows of my memories, never quite showing its face, but crouching, waiting. 
And then I dreamed...."

Sam and Drake may have escaped, but they aren't free—not with a powerful Seeker after them. As Sam struggles with the ethics of her new powers and embraces a blossoming physical relationship with Drake, Lucy and Luke face challenges of their own. 
With forces coalescing inside and outside the Rent-A-Kid dorms, it's only a matter of time before the fire they started forces each of them to make choices they can't undo. But will it be enough to save them?

Forbidden Life
The road to redemption begins in darkness. 
A sinister force waits for them in darkness, ready to devour their powers and take their lives.
Sam's baby is the key to a lock that must never been opened. To keep her child safe, Sam will do anything.
Drake might have found a way to get his powers back and save his family, but is it too late?
Luke and Lucy uncover secrets in an organization they thought they could trust, and the lives of all Rent-A-Kid children are at stake.

In this last Forbidden Trilogy installment, the secrets to Rent-A-Kid will finally be revealed.

          Kimberly Kinrade was born with ink in her veins and magic in her heart. She writes fantasy and paranormal stories for children, YA and adults and still believes in magic worlds. Check out her YA paranormal novels Forbidden Mind and Forbidden Fire and her illustrated children's fantasy chapter books Lexie World, and Bella World, all on Amazon.
           She lives with her three little girls who think they're ninja princesses with super powers, her two dogs who think they're humans and her husband, also known as the sexy Russian Prince, who is the love of her life and writing partner.

Author Info:
• Website
• Twitter: @KimberlyKinrade
• IPI Twitter: @IPIAcademy
• Facebook: /KimberlyKinrade
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Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Interview & Giveaway: J. R. Wagner

          I was born in West Chester, Pennsylvania during a blizzard. The snow made travel by car impossible, so my father called an ambulance when my mother went into labor. The ambulance became stuck at the bottom of their home’s driveway, prompting the dispatch of a fire truck, which towed the ambulance to the hospital where I was born.
          I first started writing at 10 years old with my sequel to “Return of The Jedi” – as a self-proclaimed “Star Wars geek” I had lofty aspirations of working with George Lucas on filming the project. In 1990 I began filming his version of “The Lord of The Rings” in my parent’s basement, but the plug was pulled after I nearly burned down the house.

Favorite reads?
          I'm currently obsessed with anything Cormac McCarthy. Also currently reading World War Z.

Inspirations for the book?

          Tristis Manor was inspired by my love for her character in Exiled. I really identified with her -her humanity, her ability to get up and take action despite being emotionally torn apart.  I wanted to delve into her past and give my readers something to hold them over until book 2 of The Never Chronicles releases.

Did you know you wanted to be an author when you were little?

          I knew I wanted to do something creative when I was little. If you asked me at the time I would have told you I wanted to direct films.  Part of filming anything was writing the screenplay, which I did often.  I believe I planted the writing seed at this point.

Any Pet Peeves?

          In writing: Seeing the same word unnecessarily used in the same sentence. In life: the little rectangular distraction devices called mobile phones.  Yes, they have their advantages but I fear they are having a negative impact on our (humanity) ability to focus on what's going on around us.  I love taking mobile phone vacations!

-Chocolate or Peanut Butter?

          Peanut Butter! -never been a big fan of chocolate.

The weirdest thing you've ever done?

          I did a multi-sport adventure race that ran for nearly three days non-stop.  The second time darkness fell I started seeing things (as did my teammates) due to extreme fatigue.

Is there a soundtrack to the book/Favorite music?

          I happen to enjoy listening to movie soundtracks while writing.  If I had to pick something for Tristis Manor, I'd choose something dark yet with a sense of hope.  Michael Giacchino (composer for Lost and Star Trek -the new ones, the TV show Fringe, Alkatraz, Super 8) he's got a great ability to find darkness in a score as well as finding beautiful sequences to complement the dark.  A very talented man for sure!

Do you need anything to write?

          Quiet -found in the form of noise canceling headphones. Tea -usually earl grey. A snack -usually Keebler Sandies (aside from those, I am a healthy eater...I swear!)

How long do you write on any average day?

          Not nearly as long as I'd like...I get up at 4: 30 and write until about 6:30...or until my daughter comes in and asks for breakfast.

Give us the number one reason to read your book.

           I believe you will immediately be immersed into the mind of the main character, Margaret.  She takes you places most people never dare to go and also shows her ability to persevere despite the terrible things happening to her.  A great character is hard to resist.

Author Info: 
Twitter: @JRWagner2

Author Note:
          I had originally planned to offer Tristis Manor for free but when I discovered RAINN, I realized that being able to help others who may have experienced similar atrocities as Margaret, the main character in Tristis Manor was just too important.
          So please remember that ALL proceeds for the next 4 months (until July 20th) go to RAINN, a truly wonderful charity.
          100% of the proceeds of this book will benefit the Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network (RAINN). RAINN is the nation's largest anti-sexual violence organization and was named one of "America's 100 Best Charities" by Worth magazine. RAINN created and operates the National Sexual Assault Hotline (800.656.HOPE and in partnership with more than 1,100 local rape crisis centers across the country and operates the DoD Safe Helpline for the Department of Defense. RAINN also carries out programs to prevent sexual violence, help victims and ensure that rapists are brought to justice. To learn more about RAINN, visit

 J. R. Wagner, author
 ~ In the book world, word of mouth is king. ~

  Margaret lives in a constant state of fear. Fear of her mother, whose deep seeded anger and unwillingness to speak of Margaret's past have long since pushed Margaret away. Fear of disappointing her father should he ever discover the events of that day. Most of all, Margaret lives in fear of her abuser's return. Margaret turns to self-harm to cope with her pain and fear. Only when her self-inflicted injuries bring her near death does she realize she has the power and the support from an unlikely place to stand up to her fears and believe in herself again. Tristis Manor is a novella from The Never Chronicles, an epic fantasy series. Tristis Manor is a tale of perseverance, strength and redemption.

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Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Spotlight & Giveaway: The Plateau: Voices of the Earth By Maureen Dudley


        'What if you have a half a second to stop the extinction of the human race? What if that pivotal day to save humanity depends on you saving your own life? Catherine’s life and humanity’s continued existence depend on her ability and willingness to believe in an altered, future timeline with a colony of Earth inhabitants. It couldn’t come at a worse time.
        Catherine’s father dies unexpectedly. The pressure of her research and advocacy work adds dead weight to her life’s precarious tipping points. Catherine’s losing battles includes sleep deprivation. Sleep eludes her, because when it does come, she finds herself repeatedly dreaming about standing on the same high plateau with her greyhound dog, Addy, surrounded by plants and animals and insects, and then poof! The living landscape transforms into ash.'

         This exciting blurb refers to none other Maureen Dudley's recently released book The Plateau: Voices From the Earth.  Maureen Describes the book as, 'A Trilogy about our efforts to protect and preserve our natural environments—how what we ultimately do, as stewards of our planet, affects the next seven generations and earth's future timelines.' Check out the excerpt below-

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