Cover reveal: The Windfall App by Teresa Richards

There’s a great new book coming out soon by Teresa Richards, and I’ve got the new cover! Check out The Windfall App, a YA contemporary suspense.

The Windfall App-eBook-CoverMarina Berghman is a classical piano prodigy with parents who’ve had her life mapped out since she was in diapers. But their plan leaves no room for her secret love of alternative rock, or Sean, the edgy guitarist who recently moved to town.

When Marina buys a lottery ticket on her eighteenth birthday via the new Windfall app, she expects it to be nothing more than a rite of passage. But she wins—the grand prize of five thousand dollars a day, for life. Suddenly given the means to break free from a life she never felt in control of, she’s quick to cut her family ties and turn her back on everything she knows.

But her lottery win was no lucky break. Her prize comes with strings attached, and Marina soon finds herself at the center of someone else’s life or death game. When she discovers evidence linking her dad to the intrigue, she turns to Sean for help. But he’s harboring secrets of his own.

Now Marina must sort out who to trust and who’s pulling the strings, before her prize turns into a noose.

Here’s an excerpt from the book…

THE WINDFALL APP(7)

Stay tuned. The Windfall App will be released in July!

To learn more about Teresa Richards, check out her website.

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Cover reveal: Topaz Reign by Teresa Richards

Topaz ReignCheck out this beautiful new cover for Topaz Reign, sequel to YA novel Emerald Bound by Teresa Richards! Topaz Reign will be available at the beginning of October, so stay tuned!

Topaz Reign

Fairy tales are simply tales, told and re-told, but changed over time.

It has been four months since Maggie learned the dark truth behind the tale of the Princess and the Pea and freed Princess Lindy from the cursed Emerald. Lindy is now back in the past where she belongs, queen of her tiny Scandinavian country, and Maggie is a fully reformed ex-stalker. 

Except… she can’t stop doing internet searches on Lindy and her country.  

One morning, Maggie wakes to find history turned on its head. Apparently, you can’t destroy a centuries-old curse without consequence. In order to prevent the changes in history from wiping out the present, Maggie resurrects her stalking gene and learns that fairy tales don’t stay dead for long. 

Or at all. 

Back in 1623, Lindy is juggling a threat to her family, a handsome new guard she’s not supposed to have feelings for, and a cursed Topaz with ties to the tale of Thumbelina. When past and present collide, Lindy and Maggie are brought together again, and another of Andersen’s tales turns from twisted fiction to chilling fact. 

Author Bio

Teresa Richards writes YA, but loves anything that can be given a unique twist. She grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area, got a degree in Speech Pathology from Brigham Young University, then moved to the greater New York area for a little adventure. Now she’s settled somewhere between coasts with her husband and five kids, and has realized that writing is her passion. When Teresa’s not writing, she can be found chasing after one of her littles, driving one of her teens around, or hiding in the house with a treat she’s not planning to share. She is represented by Mallory Brown of Triada Literary Agency. You can connect with Teresa on twitter @BYUtm33,  Facebook  @AuthorTeresaRichards, and Instagram @authorteresarichards.

Check out the first book, Emerald Bound, on Amazon.

Cover Reveal: The Bug Boys by Stewart Hoffman

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Up next is a middle-grade science fiction novel called The Bug Boys by Stewart Hoffman. It can be found on Book Club Reading List.

A quiet South Yorkshire village called Rossolington becomes the origin point for the world’s latest superheroes, The Bug Boys! Two regular kids, Alex Adams and Ian Harris, get embroiled in an ancient alien research project and become the heroes their village never needed.

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Cover Reveal: The House of Baric Part One: Shields Down

Shields Down Digital Front-smallerThe House of Baric Part One: Shields Down is a historical fiction novel by Jillian Bald. I found this tale on Book Club Reading List.

Set in the Venetian Empire’s colony of Croatia at the end of the Thirty Years’ War, “Shields Down” introduces you to the young nobleman Mauro Baric. Mauro was the last of his family bloodline. With the sudden death of his father, Mauro unhappily took his title as the baron of the House of Baric. His first duty to his family in this new role was to marry and make an heir.

Resi Kokkinos was not interested in marrying an aristocrat any more than Mauro wanted a common, Ottoman Greek girl as his bride. Betrothed as children to repay Resi’s father’s debt to the Barics, the two had no choice in their paired future together.

Life for Resi and her Greek companion, Ruby Spiros, was dull while her soldiering husband and his small army were often away protecting the Venetian Empire’s borders. Even while home, Mauro found little time for his new bride. Disappointed in each other, they questioned just who they had been matched with. Resi’s servants Verica, Jero, Idita, and Nela tried to make her feel at home as the new mistress of the House of Baric.

The Baric’s story takes flight after the young couple’s first wedding anniversary. Unexpected visitors arrive at the castle and add a new dimension to their predictable lives in Solgrad. Mishaps and adventures are a part of living, and Resi and her husband will have their share. After some time and togetherness, the two could no longer deny that their arrangement was more than tolerable.

You are a fly-on- the-wall following Mauro and Resi, their soldiers, servants, and friends of the House of Baric during one pivotal summer in 1649. All are destined for arranged marriages and fixed stations in life. Is there room for happiness? Hiding behind the high Baric castle walls, can they avoid their allotted fates? In book one of this engaging trilogy, you will discover, as they do, that it is not so easy.

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Cover reveal: Waterwight by Laurel McHargue

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I’m so excited for my next book! I’ve read Laurel McHargue’s work before and I love her writing style. I know Waterwight is going to be a winner! Waterwight can be found on Book Club Reading List.

“Mustn’t. Just mustn’t. Now run along and be a good girl like the others . . .”

But the protagonist in Waterwight isn’t like the others. She’s done with being shunned by those who refuse to discuss “The Event,” the global catastrophe that changed the planet, left them orphans, and continues to pose a threat to frightened survivors.

Celeste has been troubled by bizarre dreams and nightmares while living in the children’s home, and shortly after running away one night in search of answers, she questions her sanity when it appears she can communicate with animals. Delighted in other evolving powers, especially her ability to fly, she nevertheless questions a mysterious mountain spirit’s challenge that she must find the key to stopping the water–a silvery-pink, stinking ooze that destroys everything in its path.

But Celeste has no idea how to do it or why she’s the one who must find the answer.

She also doesn’t know why a wicked shapeshifter wants to kill her.

A flying frog, Orville, saves her from certain death and becomes her guardian as she navigates to a village of superstitious survivors on the other side of “the big water.” There, she finds other young people with emerging superpowers; they are kept isolated and in fear, though, by one old lady who disciplines the survivors.

Meanwhile, the planet continues to change in horrible ways.

Although Old Man Massive tells her she must hide her true identity, he also reminds her to “never forget who you are.” Celeste must discover who she is to save the planet.

Waterwight: Book I of the Waterwight Series is the first book in a new fantasy adventure series. If you’re looking for a fantastical escape from reality, a fun, fast read for vacation, a new novel for advanced grade school readers, a little mystery and a lot of suspense—then Waterwight just might be for you! The novel is complete with an extensive synonym glossary, foreign language translations (there’s some French, Spanish, and one Japanese word) and questions for discussion.

KIRKUS REVIEWS calls Waterwight “. . . powerfully spooky, reminiscent of Neil Gaiman’s Coraline. . . . ”

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Cover reveal: Four Ways to Pharaoh Khufu

Four ways to pharaoh KhufuUp next I’ll be reading Alexander Marmer’s Four Ways to Pharaoh Khufu. I started reading last night and I think it’s gonna be a good one! I found this tale on Book Club Reading List.

Michael, a US Army Iraqi War veteran, is touring the Great Pyramid when he discovers a stranger dying inside the glorious Grand Gallery. With his last breaths, the stranger claims that he has been poisoned; pulling out a small notebook and cryptically whispering, “Find four ways.”

Michael’s adventurous spirit and determination to discover the truth turns into a life-changing quest. Despite being mercilessly chased across two continents by the descendants of a sect of elite ancient warriors, he persists in his mission. In the process, Michael discovers one of the greatest deceptions by the most powerful and influential pharaoh in the whole of Egypt’s history.

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Cover Reveal: Downburst

downburst-coverI’m so excited to get started on this adventurous tale! I found Downburst on Cheap eBooks.

Orphaned at a young age, Kit has always been an outsider in her small Minnesota town. So when disaster strikes her foster family, she crosses the border and runs away to Winnipeg. But city life isn’t what she imagined, and she quickly finds herself on the wrong side of the tracks—and the law. Things go from bad to worse when Kit sells a fake I.D. to a girl who could almost be her twin and then inadvertently witnesses the girl’s murder. Before she can get out of town, she’s mistaken for the girl and abducted by a mysterious group of people who take her to a secluded camp in the Canadian wilderness. That’s when Kit discovers that her bad luck is only just beginning.

Fans of The Hunger Games will devour this “thrilling head-rush of an adventure” (Kirkus Reviews).

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