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Powerless
By Tera Lynn Childs and Tracy Deebs
May 3, 2016; Tradepaper; ISBN 9781492616603
Book Info:
Title: Powerless
Series: The Hero Agenda
Authors: Tera Lynn Childs and Tracy Deebs
Release Date: May 3, 2016
Publisher:  Sourcebooks Fire

Summary:
Kenna is tired of being “normal.”

The only thing special about her is that she isn’t special at all. Which is frustrating when you’re constantly surrounded by superheroes. Her best friend, her ex-boyfriend, practically everyone she knows has some talent or power. Sure, Kenna’s smart and independent, but as an ordinary girl in an extraordinary world, it’s hard not to feel inferior.

So when three villains break into the lab where she interns, Kenna refuses to be a victim. She’s not about to let criminals steal the research that will make her extraordinary too.

But in the heat of battle, secrets are spilled and one of the villains saves her life. Twice. Suddenly, everything Kenna thought she knew about good and evil, heroes and villains is upended. And to protect her life and those she loves, she must team up with her sworn enemies on a mission that will redefine what it means to be powerful and powerless…

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About the Authors:
Tracy Deebs is a national bestselling and criticially-acclaimed author who writes under many different pseudonyms. Tera Lynn Childs is the RITA-award-winning author of two mythology-based novels (Dutton’s Children’s), and a kick-butt trilogy about monster-hunting descendants of Medusa (Katherine Tegen).

     
                                               Tera Lynn Childs                           Tracy Deebs

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Powerless Website: http://heroagenda.com/
Tera Lynn Childs’ Website: http://teralynnchilds.com/
Tera Lynn Childs’ Twitter: @teralynnchilds

Excerpt from Powerless:
If I could have any superpower, right now, I’d choose the ability to reach through glass. One thin, little pane is all that separates me from bliss…of the midnight-snack variety, to be exact. The chocolate bar hangs halfway to freedom but refuses to take the plunge, as if the vending machine is mocking me, taunting me.
As if it knows I’m powerless.
Annoyed, I slam my palms against the glass. Everything inside shudders. My chocolate bar—pure Swiss milk chocolate dotted with toasted hazelnuts—doesn’t budge.
“Come on,” I beg as if the candy can hear me. “Just a little farther.”
No such luck.
Then again, when have I ever been lucky? I’m just glad no heroes are around to see me lose a battle with a vending machine. I would be the punch line to every joke for a year.
Thankfully, the lab is pretty much empty at this time of night. Even Mom went home two hours ago, leaving me to transcribe the notes from today’s sessions. I prefer to work when no one is around. My experiments fall into a gray area in the Superhero Code of Conduct, and even though I’m not technically a superhero—yet—I try not to piss off the powers-that-be. The last thing I need is to lose my lab privileges before I’ve perfected my formula.
Copying down Mom’s scribblings is like deciphering some previously unknown ancient language. It isn’t exactly the most glamorous summer job ever, but it pays okay and gives me access to the facility.
I’m almost done with tonight’s transcription from the digital white board Mom and her team spent all day filling with chemical equations for her newest power-enhancing formula. Maybe twenty more minutes, and then I can get back to my test samples.
My stomach rumbles in protest, reminding me that I skipped dinner. I really want that stupid chocolate bar. But since I just used my last quarters, my only hope is that one of the security guards upstairs has change for a ten.
I turn away from the vending machine alcove and start back around the corner to grab my wallet from the lab.
Right before I make the turn, I hear hurried footsteps. Not wanting a repeat of last week’s collision with Dr. Harwood—my favorite jeans still smell like sulfur—I hang back a step.
But the boy who rushes around the corner looks nothing like the balding, old scientist who works nearly as many late nights as I do.
No, this guy is tall and lean, but not too skinny. He’s got major biceps and I can see the outline of some pretty impressive muscles beneath his shirt. Yum. He’s probably about my age or a little older, eighteen or nineteen maybe. And everything about him is shrouded in black—his tee and jeans, his heavy-duty boots, his shoulder-length hair—everything but his eyes.
If we weren’t in superhero central, I’d say he looks like a stereotypical villain.
You’d think with all that darkness, he’d be nothing more than shadow. But he’s all angles: his cheekbones, his jaw, even the collarbones I can see peeking out from the low neckline of his tee. Light seems to reflect off him like moon glow at midnight. Surrounded by all that sculpted darkness, his icy blue irises burn like the hottest flames.
Our gazes collide, and though I know it’s vain, I instantly wish my hair wasn’t pulled back in a messy braid and that I was wearing something—anything—more appealing than my dad’s ratty old 1996 Stanley Cup Champions tee.
Hot guys in the underground lab are few and far between—Who am I kidding? Hot guys in my life are few and far between—so most of my wardrobe choices involve comfort and whether I mind if the garment gets ruined by acid, dye, or any of a million other compounds we work with every day.
If my best friend, Rebel, were here, she’d be doing an I-told-you-so dance because she’s been wanting to give me a makeover forever. That, and she’d already have his number and email address, and they’d be making plans for their date this weekend. Me, I can’t even manage a simple “hello.”
The fact that he’s scowling at me, those dark brows slashing low over those bright eyes, isn’t helping anything.
“The lab is supposed to be empty,” he says.
His voice is flat, but his comment almost feels like an accusation.
“I’m working late,” I answer, trying not to sound defensive. “What are you doing here?”
He lifts an eyebrow. “You’re working in the hall?”
“I needed a break to come get chocolate,” I say, gesturing at the vending machine behind me.
He nods down at my empty hands. “You don’t have any chocolate.”
“That thing hates me. Took my money and kept the candy bar.”
In a graceful movement that looks almost choreographed, Dark-and-Scowly steps around me and up to the greedy machine. He presses his palms to the glass, just like I did. Hey, maybe he has the power to reach through glass. After all, around here pretty much everyone but me has some kind of super ability.
When his hands don’t immediately sink through the surface, I say, “I tried smacking it already. Didn’t work.”
Moving his hands closer to the edge, he curls his fingers around the frame. Then, with his boots braced on the floor, he gives the whole machine a solid shove. The heavy hunk of metal rocks back once, then comes forward, its front legs hitting the tile floor with a sharp thud. On impact, the chocolate bar sails against the glass before falling into the trough below.
He turns to face me, a cocky smile twisting one side of his mouth. “Takes a special touch.”
I duck down and reach through the hinged door to grab the candy bar.
“You’re my hero,” I joke.
He snorts. “Right.”

COMING SOON
Relentless
By Tera Lynn Childs and Tracy Deebs
June 7, 2016; Hardcover; ISBN 9781492616610



Summary:

Revenge is easy, but justice is worth fighting for…

Kenna is tired of being lied to—and hunted by the very allies she once trusted. Unearthing the dark secrets of the superhero world has not only endangered her life, now her boyfriend faces execution for crimes he didn’t commit and her mother is being held captive in a secret governmental prison.

Kenna is determined to stand up for what’s right and save those she loves from unspeakable fates. It’s time for the betrayal to end. It’s time for the real criminals to face justice.

But the truth is even more terrifying than Kenna could imagine. A conspiracy threatens the fate of heroes, villains, and all of humanity. If Kenna’s going to survive, she must draw on her deepest strength: her resilience. Because when Kenna’s pushed to the limit, she doesn’t break down. She fights back.


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Blog Tour: The Mechanical Mind of John Coggin (Elinor Teele)




Illustration and cover art by Ben Whitehouse

Roald Dahl meets The Penderwicks in this quirky, humorous, whimsical, and heartwarming middle grade debut about two siblings who run away from home to escape working in the family coffin business.

John Coggin is no ordinary boy. He is devising an invention that nobody has ever seen before, something that just might change the world, or at least make life a little bit better for him and his little sister, Page. But that’s only when he can sneak a break from his loathsome job—building coffins for the family business under the beady gaze of his cruel Great-Aunt Beauregard. 


When Great-Aunt Beauregard informs John that she’s going to make him a permanent partner in Coggin Family Coffins—and train Page to be an undertaker—John and Page hit the road. Before long, they’ve fallen in with a host of colorful characters, all of whom, like John and Page, are in search of a place they can call home. But home isn’t something you find so much as something you fight for, and John soon realizes that he and Page are in for the fight of their lives.


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Find Elinor Teele at her website.



What others are saying about The Mechanical Mind of John Coggin:

Starred Review from Kirkus - A sly, side-splitting hoot from start to finish. (Adventure. 11-13.)


“Teele spins her adventure around a sturdy protagonist whose love for his little sister is matched only by his fierce desire for something better in life for them both and tucks in an outstanding supporting cast featuring several notably strong-minded, independent women.”


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Review: Charmed (Fairy Tale Reform School #2) by Jen Calonita

Charmed (Fairy Tale Reform School, #2)Charmed is the exciting sequel to the wildly popular Flunked -- second in the brand new Fairy Tale Reform School series where the teachers are (former) villains. "Charming fairy-tale fun." -Sarah Mlynowski, author of the New York Times bestselling Whatever After series.

It takes a (mostly) reformed thief to catch a spy. Which is why Gilly Cobbler, Enchantasia’s most notorious pickpocket, volunteers to stay locked up at Fairy Tale Reform School…indefinitely. Gilly and her friends may have defeated the Evil Queen and become reluctant heroes, but the battle for Enchantasia has just begun.

Alva, aka The Wicked One who cursed Sleeping Beauty, has declared war on the Princesses, and she wants the students of Fairy Tale Reform School to join her. As her criminal classmates give in to temptation, Gilly goes undercover as a Royal Lady in Waiting (don’t laugh) to unmask a spy…before the mole can hand Alva the keys to the kingdom.

Her parents think Gilly the Hero is completely reformed, but sometimes you have to get your hands dirty. Sometimes it’s good to be bad…
  I hope you are ready for another fun-filled romp through Enchantasia. Charmed is full of everything I loved from book one, Flunked, plus a little bit more. As to be expected, the setting is great! I really wish Fairy Tale Reform School was a real place so I could see it with my own eyes. (Someone tell Disney they need to make this the next expansion at Disney World, please!)Charmed brings new characters to the mix, but is that a good thing? That's something Gilly has to find out. Along with, of course, a serious life lesson about friendship. Like all good middle grades fiction, the main character has to make some life changing revelation. For Gilly, this is not an easy task and nearly costs her everything she values. I knew, though, that this would be a hit with its target audience, and I was right. I gave Flunked to my niece for Christmas and she loved it! In fact, she texted me when she started Charmed so we could discuss it. That's a sign of a good book, folks. I did find the conflict a bit transparent (I figured out the villain from the beginning), but I'm also well outside the intended age for a reader. So, I think the book gets a pass on that. Even if it was easy to scope out the bad guy, the setting and unique idea helped shape a great story. The Fairy Tale Reform School books are quickly becoming a favorite for me, and I hope Jen Calonita continues to write them. I look forward to seeing where the characters' adventures take us. On a side note-- If you ever get the chance to hear Ms. Calonita speak in person, DO IT. She's fascinating and has such a great story! Anyone that has pictures with N'Sync and wrote for TigerBeat magazine wins cool points for life. Just saying. 


Review: A School for Unusual Girls (Kathleen Baldwin)

A School for Unusual Girls (Stranje House, #1)It’s 1814. Napoleon is exiled on Elba. Europe is in shambles. Britain is at war on four fronts. And Stranje House, a School for Unusual Girls, has become one of Regency England’s dark little secrets. The daughters of the beau monde who don't fit high society’s constrictive mold are banished to Stranje House to be reformed into marriageable young ladies. Or so their parents think. In truth, Headmistress Emma Stranje, the original unusual girl, has plans for the young ladies—plans that entangle the girls in the dangerous world of spies, diplomacy, and war.

After accidentally setting her father’s stables on fire while performing a scientific experiment, Miss Georgiana Fitzwilliam is sent to Stranje House. But Georgie has no intention of being turned into a simpering, pudding-headed, marriageable miss. She plans to escape as soon as possible—until she meets Lord Sebastian Wyatt. Thrust together in a desperate mission to invent a new invisible ink for the English war effort, Georgie and Sebastian must find a way to work together without losing their heads—or their hearts...
   How could you not love this book?! Smart women. Dashing young men. Espionage and sudden death. Yep, all the makings for something awesome.  I loved the strong characters! The girls were great on their own, but the supporting roles helped in many ways. Each dashing fella, both young and old, helped add a layer to the story in unique ways. There was a definate air of mystery with everyone's back story that you cannot deny. But then those stories come to a crashing peak towards the end that made for great page turning! With books like these, the setting has to be on point for the story to be believable. Kathleen Baldwin has done a fantastic job of re-imagining historical events and incorporating them into A School for Unusual Girls. Stranje House is mysterious and stands isolated from the rest of society, but that doesn't seem contrived. In fact, it works perfectly for some of the events that occur. I dare say that one of my favorite aspects about A School for Unusual Girls is that the events are based on "what-if" scenarious from history. For instance, imagine if Napolean was victorious and accomplished his dreams? What would the world become? To answer that, we might have to keep reading the series to see how events pan out. I highly recommend this one. I do not usually enjoy historical fiction of any kind, but A School for Unusual Girls spoke to me (hello, gorgeous cover!) and did not disappoint. 

Blog Tour: Lions in the Garden





Lions in the Garden
 Release Date: March 1st 2016
 Lyrical Press (Kensington) 

Summary:

Prague, 1610

Ludmila Novakova--Mila--has barely set foot outside Prague Castle in her seventeen years. But with the choice between braving the bandits and wolves of Bohemia's uneasy roads or being married off to a disgusting old baron, she's taken what she can carry and fled.

Escape won't be easy. Even Mila has heard the rumors of a rebellion coming against the court. The peasants are hungry. The king hasn't been seen in months. Mila's father, the High
Chancellor, is well known and well hated.

But Mila can't sit behind a stone wall and let fear force her into a life of silk gowns and certain misery. Her mother's death has taught her that much. She has one ally: Marc, the son of the
blacksmith. A commoner, a Protestant --and perhaps a traitor, too. But the farther she gets from the castle, the more lies she uncovers, unraveling everything she thought she knew. And the
harder it is to tell friend from enemy --and wrong from right . . . 



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About the Author: 

Chelsea Luna is the author of the bestselling NEW ENGLAND WITCH 
CHRONICLES, a young adult paranormal romance series comprising 
of four novels. Chelsea is also the author of the bestselling LOVE & THE ZOMBIE APOCALYPSE, a young adult horror trilogy.

Chelsea received a Juris Doctorate from New York Law Schooin New York, New York in 2007, and a B.A. in Sociology, with a concentration
in Criminal Justice, from the University of Tennessee in 2004. She lives in Tennessee.

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Check out an excerpt from Lions in the Garden


The beauty of Prague Castlemy homefilled me with an overwhelming sense of panic. I shivered, partly from fear of returning to the castle and partly because my thin cloak didnt provide enough warmth from the nights chill.

"Youre cold," Marc said.

"Im fine." 

He slipped his hand under my cloak and rubbed my bare arm. "Youre not fine. Youre freezing." 

"Were almost there. I wont freeze." 
Marc drew me to him until my back lay against his chest. I shivered again with the unexpected contact. 
He wrapped his arms around my waist and leaned into me, using his large frame to shield my body from the whipping wind. I couldnt stop myselfI nestled into him, seeking his warmth. 

"Thats better," he whispered. 

I was incredibly aware of how close we were and how much of our bodies touched. Id never been this close to a man. My mind buzzed with activity. Was he as aware of me as I was of him? Or was I being silly?  



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