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Court Spotlight Q&A

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So you may remember that I recently had a promo post for Court by Cat Patrick.  It’s one of my favorite books of this year and now Cat’s back to answer some questions!

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-Favorite book, and why?

Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury, because it made the strange stories I’d wanted to write seem possible.

-Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?

I feel like the red thread in all of my books is that people should be who they are and not who someone else wants them to be. Life is much more interesting that way.

-Who are your favorite authors, past and present?

I would like to have a dinner party with Ray Bradbury, J.K. Rowling, Gabrielle Zevin, Rainbow Rowell, Harper Lee, Stan Lee and Neil Gaiman.

-Favorite books to movies

The Hunger Games series, The Fault in Our Stars and Perks of Being a Wallflower are some of my favorites. Non YA, I think the Gone Girl adaptation was one of the best I’ve seen.

-When you start a book, do you already have the whole story in your head or is it built progressively?

 

Most times, it’s built progressively. I outlined Revived, and it was the most difficult book I’ve written.

Court Promo Week!

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Title: Court

Author: Cat Patrick

Date of Publication: October 23rd 2014

EXCERPT:

It was supposed to be study time. Every Sunday evening between five and eight o’clock, the halls of the boarding school known as Eurus Academy were silent, the common spaces deserted. Students were either in their rooms or at the library—where all that could be heard was the rustling of pages, the clacking of keyboards, and the gurgle of bodily noises that only seemed to present themselves during the quietest of moments.

It was a time for students to feed their minds.

Instead, Gwendolyn Rose, first daughter of the Duke of Coal, was preparing to sneak out and feed her soul.

Right after she addressed the knock on the tower door.

“Just a second!” Gwen called in a voice some people said sounded like her mother’s, buttoning her generic uniform cardigan. She made sure the backpack on the bed was zipped and the trunk by the footboard was locked. She smoothed her raven hair and opened the door.

“Margaret’s back,” her longtime friend Hope blurted out, going up on her toes like a child, making her blond waves bounce and her glasses slide down her freckled nose. “We’re meeting at the library and she’s going to tell me all about Boston. I still can’t believe she went to the Democracy. Her parents must have had to pay a fortune!”

Citizens were allowed out of the Realm, but only after paying the king a leave tax determined by social standing and other unknown factors. It was much harder for a commoner to leave than a courtier—and even courtiers couldn’t cross the borders into one of the Democracy’s states more than a few times per year without very special permission.

“Would you like to come hear about her trip?” Hope continued. “How was your weekend, by the way?”

Since kindergarten, Hope had spoken like she thought you’d stop paying attention if she didn’t get it all out quickly enough.

“My weekend was fine, thank you,” Gwen said calmly, playing a part. “It was nice to see my parents,” she lied. “I read, spent some time with my sister, and helped around the house.”

“It sounds fulfilling,” Hope said.

If your idea of fun is hanging out with your family.

“It was.”

“So, the library?” Hope pushed up her glasses and looked at Gwen expectantly.

“I’m meeting my cousin in Stuart.” It felt strange to articulate the excuse that Gwen had been rehearsing for an hour in her head. “I did my work earlier.”

Ever trusting, Hope didn’t waste energy trying to figure out which cousin Gwen was planning to meet—or why. She just told her to have a nice evening and left.

Backpack slung over her shoulders, Gwen stepped into the corridor and shut the door behind her. As with many things in Eurus, there were silent reminders of hierarchy here.

The sleeping floors of Eurus Academy had regular dorm rooms lining the hallways, but at the corners, there were four, single-occupancy tower rooms. Larger, with ornate rugs covering the wood flooring and special heating units to warm the stone walls, the tower rooms were for the oldest from the five, non-royal families: Coal, Wind, Tourism, and Oil.

Since the inception of the Realm, when the Democracy still hadn’t discovered it, Natural Gas had been the king’s resource. Sons and daughters of the king slept in the castle—not on campus—so there was no tower room for the Natural Gas family.

The oldest girls from the Families slept on the sixth floor; boys on the fifth.

Gwen tapped down three Italian marble steps to the plush carpeting, the Medieval feel of the secluded corner tower giving way to a modern-baroque hallway with cream-colored walls papered from chair height up with sweeping blooms in varying shades of light blue, metallic on matte.

She looked right toward the northwest tower, which belonged to the Brevard family. Specifically, it belonged to Josephine Brevard. Haakon had no idea, but Gwen had seen him leaving that room recently. She hadn’t minded: Gwen had no interest in Haakon. The time to worry about that was many years down the road.

 

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23377533-court

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About Court:

 

For more than 300 years, a secret monarchy has survived and thrived within the borders of the US, hiding in plain sight as the state known as Wyoming. But when the king is shot and his seventeen-year-old son, Haakon McHale, is told he will take the throne, becoming the eleventh ruler of the Kingdom of Eurus, the community that’s survived for centuries is pushed to the limit. Told through four perspectives, Court transplants us to a world that looks like ours, but isn’t. Gwendolyn Rose, daughter of the Duke of Coal, is grudgingly betrothed to Haakon — and just wants a way out. Alexander Oxendine, son of the Duke of Wind and Haakon’s lifelong best friend, already grapples with internal struggles when he’s assigned to guard Haakon after the king dies. And commoner Mary Doyle finds whispers in the woods that may solve — or destroy — everything, depending on your bloodline.

 

Money. Love. Power. Community. What’s your motivation?

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00O3D37QE/

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About Cat Patrick:

Raised in a house that was struck by lightning–twice–Cat Patrick is the author of young adult books ForgottenRevived, and The Originals, and the co-author of Just Like Fate.

As a child, Cat could be found making up stories like her first book, Dolly the Purple Spotted Dolphin; growing corn in the backyard; or performing with a traveling sign-language troupe. She earned a journalism degree from the University of Wyoming and a master’s degree from Boston University, and worked in public relations for fifteen years. She lives outside of Seattle with her husband and twin daughters, and is on Twitter @seecatwrite, or Facebook at authorcatpatrick.

Cat once…

  • Interrupted Warren Beatty’s lunch to snap a picture with him.
    • Appeared on a game show, but not as a competitor.
    • Climbed a 50 foot tower and rappelled back down. (At least she thinks it was 50 feet.)
    • Met Muhammad Ali.
    • Was on the high school golf team.
    • Got a tattoo.
    • Was pooped on by a dolphin.
    • Performed a high kick routine to Personal Jesus.
    • Interviewed Carmen Electra.
    • Worked as a “concessionist” at a movie theater.
    • Met the guy who created Sonic the Hedgehog.

Cat likes… Crunchy snacks, decaf nonfat lattes, mint chip ice cream, Alan Rickman, zombies from afar, traveling, reading, easy hikes, challenging plotlines, stargazing, silly hats, and boots.

Cat dislikes… Talking on the phone, socks with holes, zombies close up, the flu, mean people, touching ice, copyedits, flying, spiders, squeaky windshield wipers, black licorice, and salmon.

Website: http://catpatrick.com/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/seecatwrite

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

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4254441.Cat_Patrick

Giveaway:

Click here to enter a set of all of Cat Patrick’s books—signed!  Good luck.

Anne & Henry Cover Reveal

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ANNE & HENRY

 

A love worth losing your head over

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Wild, brazen, mischievous, bewitching

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Driven, haunted, charming, magnetic

ANNE & HENRY

Apart they are bound to destroy themselves. Together, they are bound to destroy each other.

HENRY TUDOR’S LIFE HAS BEEN mapped out since the day he was born: student president, valedictorian, Harvard Law School, and a stunning political career just like his father’s.

But ever since the death of Henry’s brother—perfect, high-achieving Arthur—his family has been twice as demanding. And now Henry’s trapped: forbidden from pursuing a life as an artist or dating any girl who’s not Tudor-approved.

Then Anne Boleyn crashes into his life.

Anne is wild, brash, and outspoken. She is everything Henry is not allowed to be—or to want. But soon Anne is all he can think about. His mother, his friends, and even his girlfriend warn him away, yet his desire for Anne consumes him. Henry is willing to do anything to be with her. But once he has her, their romance could destroy them both.

Inspired by the true story of Anne Boleyn and King Henry VIII, ANNE & HENRY reimagines the intensity, love, and betrayal between one of the most infamous couples of all time.

Add it to Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22453734-anne-henry

About the Author

DAWN IUS is a short-story author, novelist, screenwriter, professional editor, and communications specialist. She is an active member of the International Thriller Writers association, co-founder and senior editor of Vine Leaves Literary Journal, and the author of nine educational graphic novels published by the Alberta Canola Producers Commission. When she’s not slaying fictional monsters, she’s geeking out over fairy tales, Jack Bauer, Halloween, sports cars, and all things that go bump in the night. Dawn lives in Alberta, Canada, with her husband, Jeff, and their giant English Mastiff, Roarke.

Connect with Dawn:

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

Twitter: @dawnmius

Blog: www.dawn-ius.blogspot.com

Email: dawnmius@gmail.com

I am so excited to read this! What do you think?

Welcome to Camp Boyfriend Week!

The next few days on the blog will be devoted to the Camp Boyfriend series by JK Rock.

I never went to summer camp and this series is making feel like I missed an essential part of childhood.

Yes, as someone who’s grown up watching horror movies, I know the downside of summer camp (as evidenced in the Friday the 13th series and Sleepaway Camp, although at least in the first series, odds are good that the kids would be fine*) but reading these books and watching Indian Summer make me feel like maybe I was robbed a little bit.

Did you go to camp? Let me know how it was in the comments. :)

* = save for the odd drowning, with a victim that may or may not come back from the dead

The Beast of Seabourne

The Beast of Seabourne by Rhys A. Jones comes out on October 28.

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Synopsis:
“Oz Chambers has a wonderful secret; the obsidian pebble, gifted to him by his dead father, is an artefact of astonishing power.  The sort of power that makes the year eight science project a hands-down walkover thanks to the the pebble’s genius avatar, Soph. But, there are sinister forces abroad who will do just about anything to get their hands on the pebble, and when fellow pupils start being attacked,  Oz finds himself in very hot water.  Soon Oz and his friends, Ruff and Ellie, are caught up in a centuries old mystery involving a missing ring, lava toothpaste and a murderous monster known as the Beast of Seabourne.”
I’ve been lucky enough to read this and it is AMAZING.  If you are a fan of middlegrade books, you have got to check this series out (the first book is The Obsidian Pebble).

Damsel Distressed Release Day Blitz (And Giveaway!)

Title: Damsel Distressed

Author: Kelsey Macke

Release Date: October 14, 2014

Publisher: Spencer Hill Contemporary

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Synopsis: Hot girls get the fairy tales. No one cares about the stepsisters’ story. Those girls don’t get a sweet little ending; they get a lifetime of longing

 

Imogen Keegen has never had a happily ever after–in fact, she doesn’t think they are possible. Ever since her mother’s death seven years ago, Imogen has pulled herself in and out of therapy, struggled with an “emotionally disturbed” special ed. label, and loathed her perma-plus-sized status.

 

When Imogen’s new stepsister, the evil and gorgeous Ella Cinder, moves in down the hall, Imogen begins losing grip on the pieces she’s been trying to hold together. The only things that gave her solace–the theatre, cheese fries, and her best friend, Grant–aren’t enough to save her from her pain this time.

 

While Imogen is enjoying her moment in the spotlight after the high school musical, the journal pages containing her darkest thoughts get put on display. Now, Imogen must resign herself to be crushed under the ever-increasing weight of her pain, or finally accept the starring role in her own life story.

 

And maybe even find herself a happily ever after.

 

Enhance the experience with the companion soundtrack, Imogen Unlocked, by the author’s band, Wedding Day Rain.

 

Goodreads link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17788889-damsel-distressed?from_search=true

 

Damsel Distressed Website: http://www.DamselDistressed.com/

 

Damsel Distressed Tumblr: http://teamomgen.tumblr.com/

 

 

BUY LINKS:

 

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Damsel-Distressed-Kelsey-Macke/dp/1939392179/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1412356141&sr=8-1&keywords=Damsel+Distressed

 

Barnes & Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/damsel-distressed-kelsey-macke/1118587141?ean=9781939392176

 

The Book Depository: http://www.bookdepository.com/Damsel-Distressed-Kelsey-Macke/9781939392176

 

Kobo: http://www.kobobooks.com/ebook/Damsel-Distressed/book-RFTIcQw3o06PYIJYoZrJ5w/page1.html?s=2vx86xWXaUCEC0UUsDkVFQ&r=1

 

 

 

CD Track Listing + Short description:

 

Imogen Unlocked Track Listing:

 

  1. Heavy
  2. No Goodbye
  3. Something About
  4. Sinking
  5. Don’t Wake Me Up
  6. Let Me Go
  7. My Strength
  8. Unseen
  9. Always Speak Too Late
  10. The End is Just the Beginning
  11. Breathe Easy
  12. Edge of the Fall

 

CD Blurb:

 

Damsel Distressed is the story of Imogen, a girl who’s survived the years after her mother’s death by focusing squarely on her best friend, Grant, musical theatre, and lots of cheese. The book is full of humor and heart, and also contains a few surprises. Full page sketches are scattered throughout the novel, and each one contains a QR code that corresponds to a song from the book’s soundtrack. Imogen Unlocked is a 12-song album of original music written by the author and her husband Daron as their indie-pop band, Wedding Day Rain. Together, the book Damsel Distressed and the soundtrack Imogen Unlocked work together to tell the story of a girl who might just make her own Happily Ever After, if she can just hold herself together.

To enter the giveaway, click here.

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Author Bio and social media links:

 

Author Bio:

 

Kelsey Macke has been creative for as long as she can remember. From an early age she was on stage singing, penning poetry, and writing notebooks full of songs. When the idea for her debut novel, DAMSEL DISTRESSED, popped into her head, she was undeterred by the fact that she had no idea how to actually write a novel. Her bff, the internet, was her guide, and after much trial, error, and candy, she finished it, and set out to get it published… a process far more difficult than, the internet (now her mortal enemy), had lead her to believe.

Her whirlwind adventure was made even more unbelievable when she signed with fabulous agent, Jessica Sinsheimer of the Sarah Jane Freymann Literary Agency and, shortly after, Danielle Ellison of Spencer Hill Contemporary bought her debut.

This innovative, mixed-media art project has given Kelsey an incredibly unique opportunity to join two of her passions: writing and making music with her husband as half of the folky, indie-pop band Wedding Day Rain.

DAMSEL DISTRESSED, and the companion album of original songs, Imogen Unlocked, are scheduled for release in October 2014.

 

 

Author Social Media Links:

 

Website: http://kelseymacke.com/home

 

Twitter: https://twitter.com/KelsNotChels

 

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

 

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/kelsnotchels

 

Tumblr: http://kelsnotchels.tumblr.com/

 

 

Vision (Blog Tour)

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I’m so happy to be part of the blog tour for Vision!  (Note: I work for this company, although I have not worked on this book in any way.)

About the Book

Title: VISION

Author: Lisa Amowitz

Publisher: Spencer Hill Press

Pub. Date: September 9, 2014

Find it: Goodreads|Amazon|Barnes& Noble

The light is darker than you think…

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High school student Bobby Pendell already has his hands full—he works almost every night to support his disabled-vet father and gifted little brother. Then he meets the beautiful new girl in town, who just happens to be his boss’s daughter. Bobby has rules about that kind of thing. Nothing matters more than keeping his job.

When Bobby starts to get blinding migraines that come with scary, violent hallucinations, his livelihood is on the line. Soon, he must face the stunning possibility that the visions of murder are actually real. With his world going dark, Bobby is set on the trail of the serial killer terrorizing his small town. With everyone else convinced he’s the prime suspect, Bobby realizes that he, or the girl he loves, might be killer’s next victim.

Now let’s get to the guest post!

I asked Lisa to share her favorite scene from the book.  Here’s what she picked:

“I think my favorite scene in the book is when Gabe (Gabriella) visits Bobby on the porch of his family’s decaying and abandoned house with three hamburger dinners from the restaurant.

It’s not a scene where Bobby comes off as remotely likable, but hopefully it illustrates his conundrum. He’s attracted to this beautiful and unattainable girl, who oddly, is clearly attracted to him. But he can’t accept this possibility. Instead of taking the risk of putting his fragile heart on the line, Bobby pushes her away. It’s much safer to deny himself. He’s lost too much in his life and he’s too broken to risk losing anymore.

I love the imagery—the blue wildflowers that Gabe innocently picks on her way through the overgrown meadow down to the house—the way the dog Pete scampers happily beside her. The chemistry and electricity between Bobby and Gabe is palpable—almost painful—yet what does Bobby do? He pushes Gabe away. After she leaves, he notices the blue petals he’d crushed that have stained his palm blue.

I think this scene tells you everything you need to know about Bobby Pendell. He’s hurting terribly, but he will always deny his own needs. It’s not until someone he loves is in danger that he finally takes bold action to change that.”

About Lisa:

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Lisa Amowitz was born in Queens and raised in the wilds of Long Island, New York where she climbed trees, thought small creatures lived under rocks and studied ant hills. And drew. A lot.

 

Lisa has been a professor of graphic design at Bronx Community College where she has been tormenting and cajoling students for nearly eighteen years. She started writing eight years ago because she wanted something to illustrate, but somehow, instead ended up writing YA. Probably because her mind is too dark and twisted for small children.

BREAKING GLASS which was released July 9, 2013 from Spencer Hill Press, is her first published work. VISION, the first of the Finder series will be released in 2014 along with an unnamed sequel in the following year. LIFE AND BETH will also be released in the near future. So stay tuned because Lisa is very hyper and has to create stuff to stay alive.

To contact Lisa try:  
Website |  Facebook  |  Twitter  | PinterestGoodreads
Giveaway Details:

2 Signed copies of Vision and swag for 2 winners US ONLY.  Click here to enter.

Tour Schedule

Week One:

9/1/2014- Word to DreamsInterview

9/1/2014- Books Complete MeReview

9/2/2014- Suzy Turner, YA AuthorGuest Post

9/2/2014- Her Book Thoughts!Review

9/3/2014- Mom With A KindleInterview

9/3/2014- The Bookie MonsterReview

9/4/2014- One Guy’s Guide to Good ReadsGuest Post

9/4/2014- Reader GirlsReview

9/5/2014- Realm of the Sapphired DragonInterview

9/5/2014- Amaterasu ReadsReview

 

Week Two:

9/8/2014- The YA Lit ChickGuest Post

9/8/2014- Buried Under BooksReview

9/9/2014- Anonymous Interests - Interview

9/9/2014- In Between The Lines - Review

9/10/2014- Curling Up With A Good BookGuest Post

9/10/2014- Dalene’s Book ReviewsReview

9/11/2014- Avid Reader MusingsInterview

9/11/2014- Operation AwesomeReview

9/12/2014- kellyvisionGuest Post

9/12/2014- Reese’s Reviews- Review

 

 

Hunt for Valamon Cover Reveal and Excerpt

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Hunt For Valamon is by DK Mok and will be out April 7, 2015.

SYNOPSIS:

Deep in the heart of the Talgaran Empire, Algaris Castle has been breached. No one knows how, why, or by whom. The only thing taken is twenty-eight year old Crown Prince Valamon.

Seris—a young cleric caring for the ramshackle and happily book-infested Temple of Eliantora—finds himself unexpectedly recruited to the rescue mission. His sole companion is Elhan, a cheerfully disturbed vagrant girl with terrifying combat skills, who is rumoured to be under a dangerous curse.

Far out of his depth, Seris has no fighting ability, no survival skills, and no charisma, as Elhan keeps pointing out. All he has are a stubborn streak and the conviction that unless he returns with Valamon, dire consequences await his foster family.

Chasing rumours of rebel camps and rising warlords, cursed fates and the return of the vanished sorcerers, Seris and Elhan discover a web of treachery and long-buried secrets that go far beyond a kidnapped prince.

As enemies rise from both beyond the empire and within it, Seris and Elhan must confront their own bloody pasts, and rescue Valamon, before simmering tensions in the empire erupt into war.

EXCERPT:

Tomorrow, everything would change.

Valamon, crown prince of the Talgaran Empire, stared at the crisp speech in his hand. The rest of the castle lay deep in slumber, but in Valamon’s bedchamber, the candle had burned down to a crater of wax.

There was nothing extraordinary about the speech, aside from the fact he’d finally been entrusted to deliver one. It was covered in copious notes from the royal speechwriter, including “remember not to smile” and “look regal”.

Valamon glanced at his reflection in the mirror. His dark hair kept falling into his eyes, and while he was reasonably tall, he had the inconspicuous build of a worried philosopher. Judging by the portraits in the banquet hall, “looking regal” involved brandishing a bloodied sword while crushing a corpse beneath your boot, which Valamon had always hoped was artistic embellishment.

Valamon wondered what would happen if he deviated from the script and told the crowd what he really thought of his father’s expansionist policies. It would probably involve a very high, very cramped tower with a deficiency in doors.

Still, Valamon was twenty-eight this summer, and something had to be done. He folded the speech into a small, intricate lotus and left it beside the dying candle.

When he looked up again, there was a contorted shape in his bedroom window, pressed against the glass. By the time Valamon lunged for his sword, it was already too late.

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AUTHOR BIO:

DK Mok lives in Sydney, Australia, and writes fantasy, science fiction and urban fantasy novels and short stories. DK’s debut urban fantasy novel, The Other Tree, was released in 2014 by Spence City (an imprint of Spencer Hill Press), and her short story ‘Morning Star’ (One Small Step, FableCroft) was shortlisted for an Aurealis Award.
DK grew up in libraries, immersed in lost cities and fantastic worlds, populated by quirky bandits and giant squid. She graduated from UNSW with a degree in Psychology, pursuing her interest in both social justice and scientist humour.
She’s fond of cephalopods, androids, global politics, rugged horizons, science and technology podcasts, and she wishes someone would build a labyrinthine library garden so she can hang out there. Her favourite fossil deposit is the Burgess Shale.
I absolutely love this cover and cannot wait for the book to come out. :)
(Fun fact: I am the publicist!)

Books I’m Excited For

I feel like one of the best and worst things about being a book blogger is the fact that there are always new books coming out.  It’s awesome because there’s always something exciting to read.  And it’s horrible because no matter how much time you have, you’re never going to be able to read everything.

So here are some books that have been out for a while that I haven’t read that I sincerely hope to get to soon.

1)  Graduation Day by Joelle Charbonneau (I loved the first two books and am really excited to get to this).

2)  Carsick by John Waters (a Baltimore must!)

3)  The Storyteller by Jodi Picoult (the only book of hers I haven’t read)

4) Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige (so many people have loved it and I’ve even met the author)

5) The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton (I feel like it’s obligatory and I haven’t read it)

This is by no means a complete list.  My TBR stacks are actually so out of control that I’ve decided to not preorder books unless I’m going to read them right away.  (Because I tend to buy books when they first come out and then not read them.  For example, I bought The Storyteller when it first came out for $15 on my Kindle.  It’s currently on sale for $5. So.)