April LitCube Unboxing

IT’S HERE! My April LitCube box has arrived. After a successful Kickstarter, this is the first month of LitCube. The theme for April’s box is “Unfortunate Fairytales“.

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STOP!!! SPOILERS AHEAD!  If you haven’t received your LitCube box yet, you may not want to spoil the surprise. Unboxing the mystery loot is half the fun! 

Ready? OPEN THE BOX!

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Okay, so that’s not much of a spoiler (lol), but it’s pretty! That is a personalized thank you card from LitCube founder Peggy Martinez.That’s for supporting the Kickstarter! And, yes readers, Corinne is what the C in C.E. Kilgore stands for. It’s pronounced Cor-inn :).

Now, MORE PICTURES!

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Unlike some subscription boxes, no money was wasted on a little booklet (*coughLootCrate*). Instead, a simple, yet effective, info card tells you all about the reader loot, including what company provided it.

Under the card was a T-Shirt!

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I LOVE the saying on this shirt, but I’m not keen on the color. It’s hard to see in my phone’s camera, but it’s a bit of a weird minty-Tinkerbell-seafoam… I don’t know, but it’s not a color I’d pick out myself. It is a good, comfortable cotton in a large size, though, and I can see this as being a good lounge-reading-writing shirt. So, yay!

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And, under the shirt were all these goodies! Details about those in a second, but first – a warning. See all those brown squiggles? Yeah, be careful when you take the t-shirt out. They kinda got everywhere. I also fail at unboxing stuff without making a mess.

20150416_145943SQUIGGLES OF DOOOOM!

*ahem* NEXT!

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Foodstuffs! I haven’t actually tried any of this yet, but there is a cookie, a brownie and Jiva Coffee Cubes! I got hazelnut (one of my favorite coffee flavors!), but the flavors may be different for other people. I’m looking forward to trying them, because I’ve heard about them. If they are good, I will be ordering more from Jiva!

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Also in the box was a “Book Geek & Proud” keychain with the Lit-Cube.com URL on it, a sticker that reads “Book Geek. It’s not just a name, it’s a way of life.”, and a printed picture with an Albert Einstein quote about fairytales. Now, I can’t remember exactly, but I think these three things were part of the Kickstarter backer rewards.

There was also a collector card for the April LitCube theme. I’m going to assume these are going to be collectable cards that will be included with each LitCube theme month box. Next month’s theme is “Young Adult Insta-Love”.

Lastly, but not least, the book! Each LitCube will include a print book that fits the month’s theme.

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UnEnchanted by Chanda Hahn is a Young Adult urban fantasy tale set in modern times but with fantasy elements that remind one of the Grimm television show. Here is the synopsis from GoodReads:

Mina Grime is unlucky, unpopular and uncoordinated; that is until she saves her crush’s life on a field trip, changing her High School status from loser to hero overnight.

But with her new found fame brings misfortune in the form of an old family curse come to light. For Mina is a descendant from the Brothers Grimm and has inherited all of their unfinished fairy tale business which includes trying to outwit a powerful Story from making her its’ next fairy-tale victim.

To break the fairy tale curse on her family and make these deadly occurrences stop, Mina must finish the tales until the very Grimm end.

It’s a bit of an oldie – self-published way back in 2011. It’s also a Freebie on Kindle… I guess I was expecting something newer, and something I couldn’t get for free elsewhere.

I haven’t read it, so that’s a plus, but it’s also young adult, which for me is another bit of a downer. I’m really not much of a young adult reader, and with next month’s theme also being obviously young adult, I have to say I’m a tad disappointed. But, only a tad. It’s still a book I haven’t read, and I like urban fantasy.

I do get that LitCube needs to appeal to a broad range, and they can’t send out adult romances or more mature reads to readers who may be Young Adult. I do hope that they will add options in the future – for Adult or Young Adult boxes. Genre boxes would be awesome, and I’d sign up for more than one genre. I haven’t subscribed to next month’s box, because it is Young Adult, and I am hopeful that June’s theme will be something different.

Overall, I am glad I supported the LitCube Kickstarter, and I hope the company continues to succeed, grow and ship out more reader goodies in the future. I look forward to seeing what June’s theme is.

If you’d like to learn more about LitCube, and get signed up for their next box – go here:
Website: http://www.lit-cube.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/LitCube

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Spotlight: Maia and the Secrets of Zagran – YA Sci-Fi

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Although I don’t read a great deal of young adult, something about MAIA and the SECRETS of ZAGRAN really caught by attention. It offers the adventure that younger audiences love, right along side beautifully written prose that will appeal to adults of all ages. It’s fun, unique, and offers a great science fiction experience that’s sure to capture young adult readers, and hopefully have them reaching for even more science fiction!

Keep reading for an excerpt and a giveaway opportunity!

But first, take a moment to drool over this cover:

BookCover_MaiaAndTheSecretsOfZagranIt’s like Sea Quest and Lisa Frank had a 1990’s love-child, and it’s awesome! This had me reaching for the book with a smile.


About the book:

Thirteen year old Maia thinks she has seen it all.

She has survived an assassination attempt, she has been threatened by the chancellor, and she has faced off with saboteurs trying to bring down a nation. She lets nothing get to her anymore-not the ominous nightmares she has been having lately, not the fear of being targeted for another soul extraction, not even the memories of her dead mother's terrifying communique.

More than ever, Maia wants the Initiative to resume. She longs to visit Zagran-the undersea capital of the Jjord. She wants to ride the underwater transport lines, learn about the Jjordic energy farms and most of all-she wants to goof off with her friends.

But, around the charming city of Zagran, evil is gathering. Maia and her friends do not know it yet, the countdown to their planned extinction has already begun.


Excerpt:

Through the darkness and the fog, Maia fell. Faster and faster, lower and lower, she plummeted into the bottomless pit until her heart went numb, until she had stopped feeling the rush. It was a murky blur of senses when she hit the surface. The water, surprisingly warm and soft as it engulfed her, spilled over the top of her head, swirling around her face and her neck, suffocating her.

Maia screamed.

She bolted upright in her bed like an uncoiled spring. The heaviness dropped away from her head forming a dappled white, black, and amber shape of Dusty the cat. Struggling with the lingering feeling of weight that crept along the fringes of her heart, Maia realized it had been a nightmare. There had been too many of them lately.

Over a week had passed since thirteen-year-old Maia had returned home to Appian after a successful run at the Alliance Initiative on Xif. Her team, Core 21, had topped the first phase. They were one of the twenty teams selected for the second phase in the undersea Jjordic capital of Zagran. Maia had intended to enjoy every moment of this brief break between the phases, and she mostly did. Except for the nights. Every night was a battle against the inevitable, and every day started in a haze of outlandish dreams from the night before. There were scores of them, but one nightmare kept coming back—the one with the fires. Time after time, Maia woke up screaming inside as the raging inferno engulfed her


About the Author:

AuthorPhoto_MaiaAndTheSecretsOfZagranG. Basu is a telecommunications engineer by profession, but she likes to call herself a dreamer. Imagination, fueled by a voracious appetite for books, has been her steady friend since childhood. She discovered her passion for writing quite by chance and there has been no stopping her since then.

Find out more about the futuristic worlds she creates, the characters that are real with their emotions and ambitions, successes and failures, at www.sgbasu.com.


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April Fools For Love Sci-Fi Romance Giveaway!

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SFRStation.com is running a HUGE sci-fi romance reading giveaway throughout the month of April.  Check out these prizes!! 

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Each winner will have their choice of a gift card for either Nook, Kindle, All Romance or iBooks, plus they will win great eBooks from participating Sci-Fi Romance authors.

But, more on the April Fools For Love contest in a moment….


First, I’ve got a new release to tell you about and some FREE BOOKS to give away!

Amber-Cover400I’ve got a new release out, and it’s all about how love can make you do crazy things. The fact that it has some crash-landed aliens just makes it all the more fun. This short, sweet and lighthearted science fiction romance is the third book in my Celestial Seasons series.

All the books in the Celestial Seasons series deal with funny aliens and some of the wacky things they do to both hide who they are and try to find love. In book 1, Steve surprises Noelle with a real, sixteen foot Christmas tree, and is later referred to as ‘that guy with the really big tree’. In book 2, Garry gluttons himself on Rosa’s pies, risking gastrointestinal agony just so he has an excuse to go see her again. In book 3, Amber actually turns magenta as her heart falls hard for Kyle.

You can learn more about Celestial Seasons by clicking here.

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Sometimes, love can lead us to do foolish things that don’t always end well. In To Even Have Dreams, Brel is an android, and love is a new concept for him. Love leads him to make certain choices that ultimately lead him down a less than happy ending. It does have a silver lining, though. His experiences through love become the starting point for two lives that will eventually collide in a love that has the power to change the very universe.

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Although Brel’s story isn’t a completely happy one, what it leads to is the love story of Ethan and Orynn, found in Ghost In The Machine. This book is also Free!

    

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Now, on to the HUGE GIVEAWAY!!

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Don’t forget to stop by all the APRIL FOOLS FOR LOVE blog posts for more giveaways, great posts and a lot of fun!


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Spotlight: Ignite the Shadows (YA Sci-Fi UF) trailer and giveaway!

Ignite The Shadows by Ingrid Seymour
(Ignite The Shadows #1)

Coming April 23rd 2015
Young Adult Science Fiction / Urban Fantasy

About The Book
ItSSixteen-year-old Marci Guerrero is one of the best teen hackers in Seattle. However, she’d give up all her talents to know she isn’t crazy.

Marci feels possessed by what she perceives as shadowy spectres that take control of her body and make her do crazy things. While spying on the clandestine group known as IgNiTe, she’s confronted by the leader, James McCray. His presence stirs the spectres inside her brain into a maddening frenzy. Her symptoms and ability to control them don’t go unnoticed by James, who soon recruits her and shows her the awful truth.

Half of the world’s population is infected by sentient parasites. They bind themselves to the human brain and replace the pathways for all thoughts and actions. The creatures then morph their hosts into grotesque monsters with extraordinary strengths. Winged, clawed, fanged half-humans become living nightmares. Now Marci wishes she was crazy, because the truth is worse: She’s infected.

Ignite The Shadows is available at:

AMAZON   ||   NOOK  ||  GOODREADS


Giveaway!

The author is hosting a giveaway for a $20 Amazon Gift Card!
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About the Author:

IngridIngrid Seymour is the author of IGNITE THE SHADOWS (Harper Voyager, April 23rd, 2015). When she’s not writing books, she spends her time working as a software engineer, cooking exotic recipes, hanging out with her family and working out. She writes young adult and new adult fiction in a variety of genres, including Sci-Fi, urban fantasy, romance, paranormal and horror.

Her favorite outings involve a trip to the library or bookstore where she immediately gravitates toward the YA section. She’s an avid reader and fangirl of many amazing books. She is a dreamer and a fighter who believes perseverance and hard work can make dreams come true.

She lives in Birmingham, AL with her husband, two kids and a cat named Mimi.

Find Ingrid on:
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Spotlight: Alliances, a space opera novel by S. Usher Evans

Alliances is book 2 in the  Razia space opera series by S. Usher Evans. Action, intrigue, double-lives, lies and betrayal are brought together in a well-balanced science fiction tale, and a world where conspiracy is a way of life.

About the Book

Lyssa Peate has found a tenuous balance between her double lives – the planet-discovering scientist and space pirate bounty hunter named Razia. No longer on probation, Razia still struggles to be thought of as more than a chocolate-fetching joke, and Lyssa can’t be truthful to those closest to her. But both lives are turned upside-down when feisty government investigator Lizbeth Carter shows up to capture the same pirate Razia is after.

Lizbeth’s not interested in taking Razia’s thunder; rather, she convinces the caustic bounty hunter to help solve a mystery. Somebody’s hiring pirates to target government ships, and there’s a money trail that doesn’t make any sense. From the desert planet of D-882 to the capital city on S-864, the investigation leads them deeper and deeper into a conspiracy that reaches to the highest levels of the Universal Government – and to one of the most painful chapters in Lyssa’s past.

Available at Amazon
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New to the series? You can get book 1 for free by clicking here.

Preview from Chapter One:

The room was dark, with a single, dingy lamp hanging over a table where three men sat, each holding a hand of cards. They said little, except for the occasional grunt or movement to tap their grungy mini-computers to up their ante. The first sighed and rubbed the scruff around his chin. He reached into his pocket and pulled out a cigarette and a lighter. Continue reading

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