Monday, September 29, 2014

Announcing the finalists to the 2015 Mary Ballard Poetry Chapbook prize

Once again we have had an amazing year. Each level of the contest was a larger group this year. Almost 200 quarterfinalists. Over 50 semifinalists. Now we are down to three.

At the next stage, these three chapbooks will be sent to our poet-judge. While our goal is to have a winner in November, the schedule of our judge will determine when we announce. Finalists, we will be in touch with you every step of the way.

I hope all of you will continue to send your poems out into the world. Our contest will open again in late spring. We're thrilled to have read your work.

And here they are:

Children Born on the Wrong Side of the River by Sarah McCartt-Jackson

Letters to Sneha by Souradeep Roy

Love and Sorrow    by B.J. Buckley

Congratulations to all of our entrants. It's been a terrific year.

Our Romance Superbundle has gone live!

Today we are very pleased to announce the release day for a special project -- a boxed set of seven full-length romance novels centering around first love.

These types of ebook bundles have become popular, and we are thrilled to have three New York Times bestselling authors and one USA Today bestselling author in this one.

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Special limited-time boxed set of SEVEN first-love romances by New York Times and USA Today bestselling authors.
This superbundle of new adult romances includes over TWO THOUSAND print pages about young couples risking everything for that one perfect love.

EXCLUSIVE scenes and epilogues by five of the authors can ONLY be found in this bundle.
RANDOM ACTS OF TRUST by New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Julia Kent — Sam blew it with Amy four years ago, but when they reconnect at one of Sam’s gigs, their explosive reunion will either rip open old wounds, or help them forget their painful past.
Special EXCLUSIVE SCENE featuring Amy and Sam is available ONLY in this bundle.
BLUE ROSES by New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Mimi Strong — In this hilarious romantic comedy, a gruff motorcycle repair shop owner tries to win the heart of a jaded florist, despite all the times she’s sent apology flowers to his ex-girlfriends.

HEARTBITTEN by New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Aubrey Rose — A shy grad student studying blood cancer falls for a billionaire playboy — until she discovers he is a vampire.
Special EXCLUSIVE SNEAK PEEK of Bloodstricken is available ONLY in this bundle.

LOST by bestselling author Nadia Simonenko — Maria's terrifying past haunts her until she meets a kindred spirit in Owen, a fellow college student with secrets of his own. Will they find their way forward together or will their troubled pasts consume them both? 
FOREVER INNOCENT by USA Today bestselling author Deanna Roy — When the death of young couple’s seven-day-old baby tears them apart, only the love they’ve nurtured since they were children can possibly bring them back together.
Special EXCLUSIVE scene featuring Gavin and Corabelle is available ONLY in this bundle.
UNCAGED LOVE by author JJ Knight, from the bestselling series with over 1000 five-star reviews — An MMA fighter living in the shadow of his pro boxing father begins training a young woman with powerful raw talent, sparking a love affair that could jeopardize them both.
Special EXCLUSIVE scene featuring Colt’s reaction to Jo jumping from his father’s limo available ONLY in this bundle.
NO ONE’S ANGEL by bestselling author Kelly Walker — When Arion’s long-lost online gaming partner unexpectedly shows up shivering and frightened on his doorstep, the pair must confront her past to have any hope for a future.
Special EXCLUSIVE scene with Angel and Arion available ONLY in this bundle.

Monday, September 22, 2014

The Adventure Collection features SIX amazing books for middle grade readers

We love boxed sets, and they've been hugely popular in ebook format in adult genre fiction. We looked around and didn't see much of anything for middle grade readers!

So now The Adventure Collection is here!
The set is just 99 cents right now, but it won't be for long. Preorders are guaranteed at that price.

How to Get It

If you want it TODAY, pick it up on iBooks, where it was released early for a special promotion.
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You can PREORDER it everywhere else.
It will automatically arrive on your devices on Oct. 7.

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About the Collection

The Adventure Collection includes SIX action-packed novels written especially for readers aged nine to twelve. With over one thousand pages of magic, danger, horses, and family secrets, third to eighth graders will find plenty to read and love from these bestselling authors.

THE GENIE’S GIFT by Chris Eboch — Thirteen-year-old Anise braves a sorcerer, a sea monster, and a host of challenges to seek a Genie who can give her the power she needs to change her future.

PRISCILLA THE GREAT by Sybil Nelson — An ordinary seventh grader must save her family from genetically enhanced assassins and bring down an organization that turns children into killing machines.

JINNIE WISHMAKER by DD Roy — Eleven-year-old Jinnie discovers she can grant any living thing its one true wish, only to have her power stolen by magic thieves.

OPERATION GOLDEN LLAMA by Sam Bond — Five cousins navigate the Peruvian jungle, lost cities, kidnappers and llamas while searching for ancient gold and a mysterious grandma.

CODE: ELEPHANTS ON THE MOON by Jennifer Bohnhoff — During the fight against the occupying German army in World War II, a French village girl begins to understand dark family secrets and the coded message behind a radio announcement that there are elephants on the moon.

ANGELS CLUB by Courtney Vail and Sandra J. Howell — Eleven-year-old Jacinda finds refuge from school bullies with Angel, a scrawny rescue horse she is determined to keep from being sold.