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1901346_725756530781566_777565852_nWhat is the idea behind Reading Whale?

Reading Whale is a different thing for different people. For authors and publishers we are a way to help new readers discover limited-time ebook deals. As a subscriber to Reading Whale’s daily email we are a point of connection for readers to find free and deeply discounted ebooks while also helping connect you on a more intimate level with the authors you love.

How did the idea begin?

We actually originated from the minds of authors. Authors who have used similar tools with great results, but felt there could be an even deeper connection with their readers.

How will we reach the deeper connection between author and readers?

Not only is Reading Whale’s content curated to ensure quality deals for our subscribers, but we will offer a new unique approach. When we feature an author they will have an author page on our site that will connect readers with other books; if a reader enjoys one author’s books there is a good chance they will enjoy others. We will feature author interviews, giveaways, and even the occasional video that will give us a peek into an authors personality.

When will your website be live?

We are not a corporation with deep pockets. We do not have investors funding us. What we are are a group of authors and readers who believe in this idea and are working hard to invest our own time an money into making the site a success. In order to ensure the world will want this option as much as we think they will, we are in the process of validating the idea. Once we have 2000 subscribers the deal emails will begin and we will start construction on the website. At 20,000 subscribers we will launch the website.

Why should you sign up?

  1. Because you love to read
  2. Because you love deals
  3. Because we are awesome people and you love supporting awesome people.
  4. Oh yeah, and IT’S FREE to subscribe!

What if you’re an author who wants to submit a book?

We’re not quite there yet. We’re glad you’re excited about our service and hope you keep an eye out on our website, http://readingwhale.com/

Other places to find us:

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/readingwhale

Twitter – @thereadingwhale

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Blog Tour: Still at Your Door by Emma Eden Ramos

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Still at Your Door: A Fictional Memoir by Emma Eden Ramos

Genre: YA/Contemporary

Publisher: Writers AMuse Me Publishing

Published: February 22nd, 2014

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18849022-still-at-your-door

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Sabrina “Bri” Gibbons has only a few short minutes to pack her things and help her sisters pack theirs before running with their mother to the bus that will whisk them away from Butler, Pennsylvania, an abusive relationship, and a secret that none of them wish to acknowledge. She was not prepared, though, for her mother to drop them on the streets of New York with the promise that she would be right back. Haunted by the sight of her mother running back to the cab, Bri, with Missy and Grace in tow, settles in with their grandparents. Thoughts of her present and her future collide with memories of her past, her dead father, and her mother’s bizarre episodes. She watches her sisters struggle with school and acceptance, all the while knowing the lack of any sense of security will make it impossible for them to carry on as ‘normal’ children. She finally lets her guard down enough to allow someone else in and sees a faint glimmer that her dreams might be attainable. Disaster strikes again, this time targeting her sister. Is it possible for Bri to find that balance between her dreams and her family’s realities? Continue reading

The Release of a Whisper in Time by Elizabeth Langston

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This series looks great!

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The wonderful Spencer Hill Press has just released Elizabeth Langston’s debut novel, A WHISPER IN TIME. Take the time to check it out!
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Gorgeous, fantastic cover. As usual, SHP never disappoints with cover art.

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by Elizabeth Langston – Week Three, Release Day Blitz

If you haven’t read Whisper Falls (book #1) by Elizabeth Langston:

• On Tuesday (Apr 8th), the price will drop to $1.99 on Whisper Falls – Kindle edition! The price drop will last throughout April.
• We have MEGA giveaway going (see below for full details). You could win a copy of Whisper Falls!
• The first three chapters of Whisper Falls are available on scribd (http://www.scribd.com/doc/216811208/Whisper-Falls-by-Elizabeth-Langston-The-First-Three-Chapters) during the month of April.
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Are you confident in your writing?

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Great post for authors:

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A little while ago, someone asked me to do a blog post on confidence and how to become confident in your writing.

It’s a good topic, isn’t it? Are you confident in your writing? And if so, how did you become confident? If you’re not confident… how does that affect your writing?

On a scale of one to ten, with ten being the most confident, I’d say I’m around an eight. I say that, not because I think my writing is amazing, but because I’ve read enough to know when something is wrong. I can churn out a first draft and know it’s awful, but I can also work on it and know when it’s starting to come together even if it still needs a lot of work. So that’s why I’m confident. I’m detached enough to know when something isn’t working.

I’m also confident because I’ve worked with a lot…

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Book Trailer & Excerpt: Losing Logan by Sherry D. Ficklin

losing logan banner   Losing_Logan_Ebook1-200x300Losing Logan by Sherry D. Ficklin Releases May 6, 2014 from Clean Teen Publishing What if the one thing you never meant to hold on to, was the one thing you couldn’t let go of? Normally finding a hot guy in her bedroom wouldn’t irritate Zoe so badly, but finding her childhood friend Logan there is a big problem. Mostly because he’s dead. As the only person he can make contact with, he talks Zoe into helping him put together the pieces surrounding his mysterious death so he can move on. Thrust into his world of ultra popular rich kids, Zoe is out of her element and caught in the cross-hairs of Logan’s suspicious ex-girlfriend and the friends he left behind, each of whom had a reason to want him dead. The deeper they dig to find the truth, the closer Zoe gets to a killer who would do anything to protect his secrets. And that’s just the start of her problems because Zoe is falling for a dead guy.

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excerpt “Who would want me dead?” he whispers. I raise my hand. He glances up and laughs…. “Why am I not surprised by that?” Lowering my arm I pick at my fingernails. “Well, you do irritate me.” “Yeah, but did I annoy you when I was alive?” I think about that for a second. “No, I suppose not. It’s hard to annoy someone who doesn’t even orbit the same planet as you. Or maybe you’re just annoying dead?” He smirks, “Well I never had any complaints while I was alive so, maybe. Then again, maybe you just bring out the best in me.” I pucker. That’s entirely possible. Lord knows Carlos has called me abrasive more than once. Changing the subject I stab a piece of chicken and hold it out to Logan. “Ok, experiment time.” Continue reading

Excerpt: Blessed are the Dead by Kristi Belcamino

BlessedAretheDeadFor her debut novel, BLESSED ARE THE DEAD (Witness, on sale 6/10/2014, $2.99, ISBN 13: 9780062338907), Kristi Belcamino relies on her knowledge gained from working as a crime reporter at newspapers in California, specifically in her experience with a serial killer who police and FBI agents liked to several kidnappings and murders. Belcamino’s personal past colors this smart, thrilling novel with a unique new voice.

BLESSED ARE THE DEAD pits Italian-American Bay Area Crime reporter against a serial killer who preys on children. When they were little girls, Gabriella Giovanni’s sister was kidnapped and killed. Twenty years later, Gabriella spends her days on the crime beat flitting in and out of other people’s nightmares and then walking away unscathed. That changes when a little girl disappears and Gabriella’s quest for justice and a front-page story leads her to a convicted kidnapper who reels her in with tales of his exploits as a longtime serial killer and promises to reveal his secrets to her alone. Meanwhile, Gabriella’s passion for her job quickly spirals into obsession when she begins to suspect the kidnapper also killed her sister. Gabriella won’t hesitate to risk her life to garner justice for the dead.

BLESSED ARE THE DEAD offers chilling, authentic glimpses into the mind of a psychopath while also mining the psyche of an extremely likeable protagonist.  The novel sets up a new series featuring Gabriella Giovanni, an Italian-American Bay Area crime reporter.  BLESSED ARE THE MEEK, the second book in the series will be published in July.

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Excerpt & Giveaway: Screaming Divas by Suzanne Kamata

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At sixteen, Trudy Baxter is tired of her debutante mom, her deadbeat dad, and her standing reservation at the juvenile detention center. Changing her name to Trudy Sin, she cranks up her major chops as a singer and starts a band, gathering around other girls ill at ease in their own lives.

Cassie Haywood, would-have-been beauty queen, was scarred in an accident in which her alcoholic mom was killed. But she can still sing and play her guitar, even though she seeks way too much relief from the pain in her body and her heart through drugs, and way too much relief from loneliness through casual sex. Still, it’s Cassie who hears former child prodigy Harumi Yokoyama playing in a punk band at a party, and enlists her, outraging Harumi’s overbearing first-generation Japanese parents.

The fourth member is Esther Shealy, who joins as a drummer in order to be close to Cassie–the long-time object of her unrequited love–and Harumi, her estranged childhood friend. Together, they are Screaming Divas, and they’re quickly swept up as a local sensation. Then, just as they are about to achieve their rock-girl dreams, a tragedy strikes.

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Excerpt & Giveaway: The Girl Who Came Home by Hazel Gaynor

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WILLIAM MORROW is thrilled to publish Hazel Gaynor’s debut novel, THE GIRL WHO CAME HOME: A Novel of the Titanic

Her story is inspired by true events surrounding the Addergoole  14—members of a church parish in County Mayo, Ireland that set sail together on RMS Titanic, all hoping to find a brighter future in America. It is believed that the losses suffered by the parish in the Titanic disaster were the largest proportionate loss of life from any locality.

Seventeen year old Maggie Murphy feels bittersweet about her journey across the Atlantic  Ocean. While her future lies in an unknown new place, her heart remains in the country with Séamus, the sweetheart she is leaving behind. Maggie is one of the fortunate few passengers in steerage who survives on April 15th, 1912. Waking up alone in a New York hospital, she vows never to speak of the terror and panic of that night again.

Weaving in and out of Maggie’s voyage and Chicago, 1982, Gaynor introduces the reader to twenty-one year old Grace Butler. When her Great Nana Maggie shares the painful secret she harbored for almost a lifetime about Titanic, the revelation gives Grace new direction—and leads her and Maggie to unexpected reunions with those thought to be lost long ago.

Gaynor’s poignant tale seamlessly blends fact and fiction, exploring the tragedy’s impact and its lasting repercussions on survivors and their descendants. With snippets of actual Marconigrams—telegrams sent through the Marconi Company between Titanic and Carpathia
and between Carpathia and the White Star Line office—THE GIRL WHO CAME HOME is a story of enduring love and forgiveness, spanning seventy years, and a real source of fascination for history buffs and Titanic enthusiasts. Continue reading

Review: Best Kind of Broken by Chelsea Fine

This week, I am highlighting new releases from some of the fabulous authors I stalk follow faithfully ever since last summer’s UtopYA conference. Pretty soon I will explain just how UtopYA has ruined me for all other author/reader conventions… but first: let’s talk BOOKS!!

One of my very first blog posts was my declaration of love for Chelsea Fine’s YA paranormal series, Archers of Avalon.  It is among my favorite trilogies & if you have not read it, please do!  SO GOOD!  It’s original and thrilling and much of the dialogue is hysterical.  It’s truly a #mustread for fans of YA.

Best Kind of BrokenLast month, Chelsea released her first contemporary NA romance, Best Kind of Broken.  Here’s the scoop:

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Pixie Marshall wishes every day she could turn back time and fix the past. But she can’t. And the damage is done. She’s hoping that a summer of free room and board working with her aunt at the Willow Inn will help her forget. Except there’s a problem: the resident handyman is none other than Levi Andrews. The handsome quarterback was once her friend-and maybe more–until everything changed in a life-shattering instant. She was hoping to avoid him, possibly forever. Now he’s right down the hall and stirring up feelings Pixie thought she’d long buried . . .

Levi can’t believe he’s living with the one person who holds all his painful memories. More than anything he wants to make things right, but a simple “sorry” won’t suffice–not when the tragedy that scarred them was his fault. Levi knows Pixie’s better off without him, but every part of him screams to touch her, protect her, wrap her in his arms, and kiss away the pain. Yet even though she’s so close, Pixie’s heart seems more unreachable than ever. Seeing those stunning green eyes again has made one thing perfectly clear–he can’t live without her. Continue reading

Review: Reap by Casey L. Bond

This week, I am highlighting new releases from some of the fabulous authors I stalk follow faithfully ever since last summer’s UtopYA conference. Pretty soon I will explain just how UtopYA has ruined me for all other author/reader conventions… but first: let’s talk BOOKS!!

If you enjoy YA Dystopian fiction, you need to read Reap by Casey L. Bond.

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Book Summary

The remnants of the United States of America have been divided. From five enormous, technologically-advanced cities, the Greaters rule over the Lessers.

In the Lesser village of Orchard, things are not as perfect as Abby Kelley thinks they are. When the apple harvest draws near and the Greater’s engineered fruits become too much for one village to handle alone, reinforcements from neighboring villages are called upon.

Having to choose between her best friend, whom she has no romantic feelings for, and mysterious newcomer Crew, Abby finds herself in the middle of a harvest that she had no intention of becoming a part of. She becomes involved in a situation that threatens the strict rule of the Greaters, and just might give the Lessers hope for a better tomorrow. But, can she help the Lessers without losing Crew? And if she chooses Crew, will she lose her best friend? Continue reading