Monday, February 16, 2015

Half-Life Book Blitz SIGN UP!

Join us in celebrating the launch of Leap Books: SHINE's YA paranormal enovella, HALF-LIFE written by Tina Ferraro.

6HALF-LIFE by Tina Ferraro
Half a life is not worth living.
Probably not a good idea to take advice from your dead twin sister. High school sophomore Trisha Traynor and friends have played the Halloween mirror game for years, the one that’s supposed to show a glimpse of the guy they’ll marry. But no one’s ever seen anything.

Until tonight—when Trisha is gob smacked by the candlelit arrival of her long-deceased twin sister, instead of her crush, Kirk Maxwell.

In a voice and vision that only Trisha can hear and see, Chessie claims to be back on a compassionate journey. Trisha fears she’s gone nuthouse crazy. But she nonetheless follows the instructions Chessie outlines in their nightly conversations, until she finds herself stepping across some ethical lines, and probably ending all chances with Kirk.

When a sisterly showdown ensues, resulting in the shattering of the mirror, Chessie’s gone again, and a heartsick Trisha sets about righting her recent wrongs. That is, until she stumbles upon the real reason Chessie had come back and the most important glimpse yet that the mirror could never predict. 
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Friday, February 13, 2015

Call for MG Short Story Submissions

This is an open call for agented and unagented submissions. 

Bring us your ghosts, monsters, night terrors...all taking place on Christmas Eve.

Your middle grade short stories should be appropriate for grades 6-8. 1500-2000 words. This is a paying market. $25 / story.

Please send submissions to: with FRIGHTMARE in the subject line, followed by your story title. (FRIGHTMARE: My Story)

DEADLINE: April 3rd

Thursday, February 12, 2015

An Animated Alice

We're so keen for the launch of our Alice-inspired anthology, Beware the Little White Rabbit, that we asked cover artist, Gaetano Pezzillo to work some magic and create a special animated cover to share with the masses.

Boy, did he ever come through for us!

Here she is...

Curiosity often leads to trouble.

Thirteen enthralling voices in young adult fiction lead you down the rabbit hole in this nod to the 150th anniversary of Lewis Carroll’s timeless character, ALICE. Mystery. Madness. Mayhem. Each story in this collection will intrigue, bewitch, and enchant.
From rich historicals, castle towers and deathly plagues, gritty urban explorations, intrepid reporters, would-be car thieves, watchmakers, futuristic wormholes, secret workshops… to the last human in a world ruled by machines. 

What wonders await, oh curious reader. For the rabbit knows the truth…

Contributing Authors

Charlotte Bennardo, C. Lee McKenzie, David Turnbull, Christine Norris, Jacqueline Horsfall, Medeia Sharif, Laura Lascarso, Tom Luke, Jessica Bayliss, Crystal Schubert, Holly Odell, Jennifer Moore, and Liam Hogan

BEWARE THE LITTLE WHITE RABBIT releases on April 14, 2015.

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Racing Hearts: Book One Blog Tour

Tour Schedule:

Feb 2: Guest Post: Star Shadow Blog
Feb 3: Guest Post/ Review: Tana Rae Reads 
Feb 3: Guest Post: Reese's Reviews 
Feb 4: Guest Post: Judith Tewes Blog 
Feb 5: Interview/Review: Twinning for Books
Feb 6: Review/ Guest Post: Feed Your Fiction Addiction 
Feb 7: Review: Michelle's Minions
Feb 8: Review: After the Last Page 
Feb 9: Acrostic Poem: Wanderings and Witchery 

Author Bio

Laura Lascarso strives to craft stories that are honest and real with characters who must overcome great odds. Her debut novel Counting Backwards (Atheneum 2012) won the Florida Book Award gold medal for YA literature. RACING HEARTS is Laura’s first e-series with Leap Books. She lives in North Florida with her darling husband, two children and a menagerie of animals.

Watch for Laura’s series with Shine which follows a pair of star-crossed lovers. He wants to honor his father’s legacy; she wants to prove her father wrong in this modern-day Romeo & Juliet set in the world of competitive car racing. (ETA. Fall 2015)

Visit Laura on TwitterFacebook, and her website.

About the book...

RACING HEARTS (Book One) – Laura Lascarso
SHINE /Leap Books, LLC
eBook Novella

Start your engines…

Eighteen year-old Jesse Copeland learns of a local car race sponsored by his father’s nemesis, Shep Bradley, and the prize money might be enough to keep his family from losing their home – if he can win.

Brooke, Shep’s daughter, is also aiming to compete, with or without her father’s approval. She’ll do whatever it takes to persuade Jesse to make her car race ready. Both are driven, both are risk-takers, and soon it’s more than engines getting fired up. Jesse tells himself their relationship is strictly business, until it isn’t.

Can two star-crossed lovers overcome a family feud as old as Ford vs. Chevy, or will the competition become too explosive for these racing hearts?

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Release Date: Feb 10, 2015