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A Pizza My Heart: An Anthology by Various Authors Genre: YA Fiction Anthology Release Date: February 9th 2017 Hocus Pocus & Co.

Gooey cheese and warm pepperoni, with a side of kissing and murder.

A Pizza My Heart is a quirky and fun anthology that crosses all genres. Fifteen extraordinary authors have united to tell stories of mystery, mayhem, romance, danger, deceit…and pizza.

Sometimes spicy, sometimes cheesy, but always delicious, A Pizza My Heart invites you to explore life, happiness, and the pursuit of pizza.


Stories Include:

A Slice of Adventure by Maria Carvalho

Between Slices by Andy Grieser

Fresh, Hot, and Deadly by Rena Olsen

KissingDancingPizzaMURDER by Darci Cole

Kneadful Things by Jenna Lehne

Love Pizza No. 9 by Vanessa Rodriguez

Madame Miraval’s Pizza Place by Kelly deVos

Password Is… by Jolene Haley

Pizza on the Brain by Emily Simon

Pizza Buddy by Brian LeTendre

Pizzamergency by Brett Jonas

Survival Pizza by Rebecca Waddell

The Last Stop at the End of the World by Jamie Adams

The Pizza Guy by Jessi Shakarian

Where There’s Pizza by Jasmine Brown

This book is so cute it hurts! Do you like cheese on your pizza and in your romance stories- then you’re in luck.  A great way to spend singles awareness day, or Galentine’s night in!

How to Research For Writing A Novel

By Jolene Haley

Writing involves a lot of research. It depends on what you’re writing, really, to know exactly what kind of research you may need to do.

For example, if you’re writing a historical romance, you’d probably want to read some books from that time to see how things worked and how people spoke. You’d want to look at geographical maps and fashion and customs and I’d even go as far to look at things that were invented at the time, major world events—you get the picture.

If you were writing a suspense novel involving an F.B.I. agent who is in hot pursuit of a criminal, I’d take the time to watch some true crime documentaries. I’d spend time on the F.B.I. website, look up books written by former F.B.I. agents, and I’d also take time to look through hot suspense thrillers on the market—see what makes them great so you can understand what works well, what doesn’t, and how you can set yourself apart.

But what kind of research goes into making a Pizzathology? Yep, that’s right, our new anthology called A Pizza My Heart that involves fifteen diverse authors and stories that revolve around pizza.

Well, lucky for you our authors are here to tell you exactly how they prepared for their work!

Brett Jonas

Well, I live on a goat farm, so there wasn’t much research involved in my story, which has cute baby goats and pizza and kissing. (And if you’re reading this, Dad, I promise I didn’t research kissing in the barn!)

Jamie Adams

I tend to research by experience and variety. Most of my book ideas come while I’m traveling, from my day job, or while I’m engaged in new, challenging activities. For visual inspiration I, like most everyone, scroll through Pinterest and various art/photography sites, and sometimes I even use things like textiles, food, and music to inspire my world building and culture development. My favorite research method, though, is asking really smart people for info on just about everything!

Rebecca Waddell

Google and picking my friends’ brains are my favorite forms of research. My story involves freeganism which I first learned about from my friend in college who spent several months eating mainly food she found in dumpsters around town.

Jolene Haley

Most of my story preparation came from reading and watching too many horror things, watching TV shows like Gossip Girl, The X-Files, Stranger Things, and binge eating pizza for “research.” 10/10 would do it again.


What is your favorite way to prepare for writing something that requires research? Let us know in the comments below—we’d love to hear suggestions or your process.

A Pizza My Heart pizzathology comes out February 9th and you can enter to win a $20 Amazon gift card and a free copy of the book. Check it out on Amazon for less than the cost of an actual pizza!

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#GetUndertheCovers with @j_kowallis and #Dominion Book 4 in The Enertia Trials! Giveaway info included.

J. Kowallis
(The Enertia Trials #4)
Publication date: May 19th 2017
Genres: Dystopian, New Adult, Post-Apocalyptic


“I didn’t want to wake up. Sometimes I almost wished I hadn’t.”

With Reggie’s death, Nate and the others are forced to continue on in their attempt to defeat Roman with the help of The Rising—a rebellion movement thriving in the bowels of Public Two.

New faces and mysterious secrets—hidden technology, lies, and darkness—from within The Rising shake the balance of their trust.

When an unimaginable encounter infiltrates the rebellion, true identities are revealed and loyalties torn apart. In the end, there’s only one target that matters: Roman—and they’ll do anything to stop him from claiming dominion.

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Author Bio:

J. Kowallis, the only girl of four children, grew up in northern Utah with a head full of wild stories (most often unreal). At the age of 9, she wrote her first poem, a dedication to E.B. White’s Charlotte’s Web. It was so intriguing, her third grade teacher requested to keep the original. Between living in various fictional worlds, and spending time on her studies, she managed to graduate from Weber State University’s creative writing program. She now lives in Utah with her Mini Schnauzer, Etta, and spends most of her time still bouncing between this world and the fantastical while enjoying delectable über-dark chocolate and lavender baths. She enjoys dreaming about, flying to, and writing about distant lands (real or unreal).

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Guardian of Secrets (Library Jumpers #2)

by Brenda Drake

Publication Date: February 7, 2017

Publisher:  Entangled Teen


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Being a Sentinel isn’t all fairytales and secret gardens.

Sure, jumping through books into the world’s most beautiful libraries to protect humans from mystical creatures is awesome. No one knows that better than Gia Kearns, but she could do without the part where people are always trying to kill her. Oh, and the fact that Pop and her had to move away from her friends and life as she knew it.

And if that isn’t enough, her boyfriend, Arik, is acting strangely. Like, maybe she should be calling him “ex,” since he’s so into another girl. But she doesn’t have time to be mad or even jealous, because someone has to save the world from the upcoming apocalypse, and it looks like that’s going to be Gia.

Maybe. If she survives.

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Mama Says:
A fun, fast paced urban fantasy with some elements of sci-fi, the Library Jumpers will entertain young and old alike.  Although the first book was somewhat beleaguered with young adult clichés, these fall away by the second book and you’re so swept up in the story that they don’t bother you nearly as much, or that’s how it worked for me anyway.
I am a gigantic fan of libraries and traveling, so reading about all these places was a reminder that I have many new things still to try and many new cultures to learn more about.  I found that I rather liked Gia more in this book than in the first, and that I got more of the character development that I was hoping for as well.
Though teenage saviors might be a dime a dozen, what makes Gia stand out is her realistic reactions, the fact that she knew in many ways she was not like other people already, and the fact she knew about aspects of the Sentinel life, even if she would not admit it.  So although she’s thrust in to the action rather abruptly in book 1, she’s learned a lot by the time we get to Guardian of Secrets, and is starting to see the bigger picture.  I can only hope this continues in the next installment.
Drake gives us brief descriptions of some places to allow for the dialogue to take precedence, and I found I rather enjoyed when she gave herself time to linger in a place long enough to go into further detail.  Pacing might be my only complaint really, that it would speed through scene after scene only to sort of a stall a couple times where nothing much happened.  And when that’s the only issue, I am going to keep reading.  In this case with a reward in the doing so.  I highly recommend these books to any teen urban fantasy fans, and anyone who loves libraries like I do!

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Gia Kearns would rather fight with boys than kiss them. That is, until Arik, a leather clad hottie in the Boston Athenaeum, suddenly disappears. While examining the book of world libraries he abandoned, Gia unwittingly speaks the key that sucks her and her friends into a photograph and transports them into a Paris library, where Arik and his Sentinels—magical knights charged with protecting humans from the creatures traveling across the gateway books—rescue them from a demonic hound.

Jumping into some of the world’s most beautiful libraries would be a dream come true for Gia, if she weren’t busy resisting her heart or dodging an exiled wizard seeking revenge on both the Mystik and human worlds. Add a French flirt obsessed with Arik and a fling with a young wizard, and Gia must choose between her heart and her head, between Arik’s world and her own, before both are destroyed.


Brenda Drake is a New York Times bestselling author of Thief of Lies (Library Jumpers #1), Guardian of Secrets (Library Jumpers #2), Touching Fate (Fated Series #1), and Cursing Fate (Fated Series #2). She grew up the youngest of three children, an Air Force brat, and the continual new kid at school. She hosts workshops and contests for writers such as Pitch Wars and Pitch Madness on her blog, and holds Twitter pitch parties on the hashtag, #PitMad. When she’s not writing or hanging out with her family, she haunts libraries, bookstores, and coffee shops, or reads someplace quiet and not at all exotic (much to her disappointment).

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#HalfwayHunted audiobookworm tour with #review and #giveaways @terrymaggert

Author: Terry Maggert

Narrator: Erin Spencer

Length: 6h 56m

Publisher: Terry Maggert⎮2016

Genre: Paranormal

Release date: November 10, 2016



Welcome to Halfway; where the waffles are golden, the moon is silver, and magic is just around every corner.
A century old curse is broken, releasing Exit Wainwright, an innocent man trapped alone in time.
Lost and in danger, he enlists Carlie, Gran, and their magic to find the warlock who sentenced him to a hundred years of darkness. The hunter becomes the hunted when Carlie’s spells awaken a cold-blooded killer intent on adding another pelt to their gruesome collection: hers.
But the killer has never been to Halfway before, where there are three unbreakable rules:
1. Don’t complain about the diner’s waffles.
2. Don’t break the laws of magic.
3. Never threaten a witch on her home turf.
Can Carlie solve an ancient crime, defeat a ruthless killer and save the love of her life from a vampire’s curse without burning the waffles?
Come hunt with Carlie, and answer the call of the wild.


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Left-handed. Father of an apparent nudist. Husband to a half-Norwegian. Herder of cats and dogs. Lover of pie. I write books. I’ve had an unhealthy fascination with dragons since the age of– well, for a while. Native Floridian. Current Tennessean. Location subject to change based on insurrection, upheaval, or availability of coffee. Nine books and counting, with no end in sight. You’ve been warned.



Erin loves audiobooks!  As an actress, they have allowed her to creatively stretch by playing all kinds of characters, all kinds of ages and all kinds of accents!  She voiced roles in the Audie award winning title, Illuminae and was also nominated for a Voice Arts Award in the romance category.  She has narrated over 100 titles and as an audiobook director has worked on at least 100 more.  She has worked for most of the major publishers and also enjoys working with indie writers who are some of the most talented writers out there! Follow her on Twitter @ErinSpencerLA or find her on Facebook, Erin Spencer Actress.




Halfway Witchy Series by Terry Maggert


As with the rest of the series thus far, we get wry humor and supernatural mystery.  In this book, though, things take a bit of a darker tone.  The stakes are higher after the events of Halfway Bitten, and Carlie becomes the target, though she’s not exactly a wilting lily.  Also more waffles.  Of course.  I have to admit that there was a point in the book where it seemed like the narrator was very tired or sick, or maybe it was just muffled for some reason, but otherwise it was still a fantastic performance.  There’s Gran, there’s the boys starting to surround Carlie, and the witch herself, using her powers to right wrongs, and sometimes not having the best aim.  If you’re a fan of urban fantasy you’ll love this series!



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Dragon Springs Road by Janie Chang is a beautifully written historical fiction novel steeped in Chinese folklore and racial tension. #tlcbooktour

About Dragon Springs Road
• Paperback: 400 pages
• Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks (January 10, 2017)

From the author of Three Souls comes a vividly imagined and haunting new novel set in early 20th century Shanghai—a story of friendship, heartbreak, and history that follows a young Eurasian orphan’s search for her long-lost mother.

That night I dreamed that I had wandered out to Dragon Springs Road all on my own, when a dreadful knowledge seized me that my mother had gone away never to return . . .

In 1908, Jialing is only seven years old when she is abandoned in the courtyard of a once-lavish estate near Shanghai. Jialing is zazhong—Eurasian—and faces a lifetime of contempt from both Chinese and Europeans. Without her mother’s protection, she can survive only if the estate’s new owners, the Yang family, agree to take her in.

Jialing finds allies in Anjuin, the eldest Yang daughter, and Fox, an animal spirit who has lived in the haunted courtyard for centuries. But Jialing’s life as the Yangs’ bondservant changes unexpectedly when she befriends a young English girl who then mysteriously vanishes.

Always hopeful of finding her long-lost mother, Jialing grows into womanhood during the tumultuous early years of the Chinese republic, guided by Fox and by her own strength of spirit, away from the shadows of her past. But she finds herself drawn into a murder at the periphery of political intrigue, a relationship that jeopardizes her friendship with Anjuin and a forbidden affair that brings danger to the man she loves.

Mama Says:
Beautifully written, this historical drama is rife with emotion and touches of the unexplainable.  I loved the infusion of myth into the tale, and found the author’s style to be rather comforting even when the subject matter turned bleak.
True to form we have many factual references to this time in China’s history sprinkled throughout the narrative, and I found myself getting deeply connected to our main character as the story did unfold.  Although I do wish some of the secondary characters had been explored a bit further, for the most part the characters which played vital roles had a life of their own.
The loneliness of childhood is a common theme, but one given a unique perspective by Chang’s hand.  I greatly admired the insightful way in which the author showed us many different sides of prejudice, from the very young to the very old, male or female, it could often come down to a person being afraid of what they don’t understand, and this is one of the many things Jiang doesn’t go along with.  I loved that about her.  Her spirit carries you on a timely journey through her life, showing you what it could be like to be different, and how very wrong we are when we treat people as less than.
I highly recommend to any literary fiction or historical fiction fans.

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About Janie Chang

Born in Taiwan, Janie Chang spent part of her childhood in the Philippines, Iran, and Thailand. She has a degree in computer science and is a graduate of the Writer’s Studio Program at Simon Fraser University. She is the author of Three Souls.

Find out more about Janie at her website, and connect with her on Facebook and Twitter.