Thursday, October 13, 2011

Do You Need Some CARMA? Oh, You Know You Do...

Okay, so I'm super excited about these upcoming books. See, Ali Cross and I have been in a critique group together for, oh, I don't know, three years? Four? I can't keep track anymore. I'm a big fan of Ali's, and she's got her book BECOME coming out in just about a month.

She's launching with 4 other people, as part of the Dark C.A.R.M.A. Tour. (Do you know how long that took me to type with the periods in between? Longer than I want to admit. Freak.)

So I thought I'd let you know a little bit about each of the books I'm eagerly anticipating! (I've already read BECOME. Can't recommend it enough!)

BOUND (#1 in THE CRYSTOR Series)
by C.K. Bryant
YA Paranormal Romance

When a photo shoot ends in tragedy, Kira discovers her best friend, Lydia,has been keeping a secret. Knowing the truth, and accepting it, will change Kira’s life forever and thrust her into a world of ancient curses, magical objects, and savage enemies. What happens next will challenge everything Kira knows about her world, herself and the shape-shifting warrior she’s falling in love with. No longer the timid mouse her mother accused her of being, but a woman who finds the mental and physical strength to endure and survive.

BOUND is a heroic tale of true friendship, infinite sacrifice and untamed love.

Find Christine on the Web
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BECOME (#1 in the DESOLATION Series)
by Ali Cross
YA Urban Fantasy

Sixteen-year old Desolation Black wants nothing more than to stay in Hell where it’s cold and lonely and totally predictable. Instead, she’s sent back to Earth where she Becomes the evil she despises and the good she always feared.

When Desi is forced to embrace her inner demon, she assumes her Choice has been made—that she has no hope of being anything other than what her father, Lucifer, has created her to be. What she doesn’t count on, is a reason to want to change—something she’s never had before—a friend.

What she Becomes is neither Light nor Dark.

Something neither Heaven nor Hell expected.

Find Ali on the Web
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by RaShelle Workman
YA Sci-Fi Romance

Stubborn, sixteen-year-old Princess Venus of Kelari wants one thing, to become a kelvieri, that is, until someone exiles her to Earth, kills her irrihunter and takes her family.

Now she wants revenge.

First she’s got to get home. But before she can return to Kelari, the Gods have commanded her to help an arrogant boy named Michael find his soul mate.

Only she doesn't know the first thing about love.

Rather quickly, her inexperience with human emotion is obscured by other matters—alien-controlled psychotic teens that are out to kill her, and a government group that is set on capturing and dissecting her.

Worst of all, Venus will suffer a painful death-by-poisoning, thanks to Earth’s atmosphere, if she remains on the planet longer than one week.

Still, Venus is a Princess and she's got a plan. Surely, with her help, Michael will fall in love with a human.

But time is running out and Michael is falling for the wrong girl—-her.

Follow RaShelle on the Web
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by Melanie McCullough
YA Contemporary

Life's hard. People make it harder. They tether you to them. Make it difficult to breathe, and damn-near impossible to leave...

One Moment Can Change You

Seventeen year-old Abby Rhoades knows this all too well. Born to a mother who could never love her and who vacillates between a sloppy drunk and a suicidal maniac, Abby's never had it easy. But Abby can swim. And Abby has a plan--win the state championship, earn a free ride to Penn State, and leave her small town and suffocating mother behind.

One Action Can Haunt You

But then the body of Tom Ford, her mother's latest boyfriend and a man Abby adored, washes up along the shore of the Susquehanna River. His injuries suggest murder and suspicion quickly falls on Abby then on her best friend Garrett Scott, both of whom saw Tom the night he died.

And One Misstep Could Destroy Everything

They both know what happened that night, but neither one is talking. There's too much at stake and the truth could tear them apart.

Find Melanie on the Web
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by Angela Kulig
YA Dark Fantasy

From the moment Lucia steps into Bayside Art Academy, she is fed a steady stream of lies, but it’s not until she meets Michael that she begins to question the people she trusts. Unraveling fact from fabrication seems impossible until Lucia finds her first painting, and discovers the dead do not lie--at least not to her.

A dozen lifetimes ago, Lucia started a war. Not a war with armies or guns, but a bloody war nonetheless. The path leading Lucia to the truth is hidden within lovely art that spans the ages. In this life, however, Lucia doesn't know where to look. Lost, she turns to the one thing she knows with certainty--she is in love with Leo, and has been before.

Follow Angela on the Web
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Okay, see what I mean? I hope you've added these books to your Goodreads list! I'm not gonna spill ALL the beans now, but there will be chances to win some of these fabulous books as we get closer to 11-11-11. So stick around!

Which one of these grabs your eye? I know they're going out into the e-publishing world. Do you read on an e-reader? Big fan of e-books? Let me know!

Check out what the other Bookanistas are up to this week at the Reading Room.

Or on their blogs:


Dr. Cheryl Carvajal said...

The cover of BECOME looks awesome!

I so love a good book! Can't wait.

Miranda Hardy said...

Wow! Those covers are amazing. Ali's book sounds awesome. Another to put in my pile to read.

Christine Fonseca said...

BECOME is phenom!!! And the rest of the books look great. WOO HOO!!!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Yeah for Ali and RaShelle! They rock.

Stina said...

What a cool idea that they've banded together for this. There's a few on the list that I would read (like Ali's).

I read books on my iPod. It's great because it fits in my purse and I can take it everywhere. Perfect for those unexpected waits.

Natalie Aguirre said...

Wow! These all sound really good. I don't have an e-reader so have to read e-books on my computer, but it works.

Jamie Manning said...

Love love LOVE these covers! Can't wait to read BREATHE (that cover rocks!), and BECOME is right after that! :)

Susan Kaye Quinn said...

So cool! Off to tweet...

Cherie Reich said...

I read more on my Kindle than any other way lately. All the books sound so good and the covers are fantastic. I just might have to put them all on my to-be-read list.

Carrie Harris said...

Wow. My to-read list is GROANING. But it's a good kind of groan. ;)

Matthew MacNish said...

Hey! I know some of these people. Now I have to check out the others.

Melanie McCullough said...

Thanks so much for featuring Dark CARMA today! And thanks to everyone for the kind comments.

Chelsey said...

Yay yay yay! Ali has been absolutely fabulous in helping a certain newbie out (that would be moi) and I can't wait for her book and the others to come out!!!

Christine said...

Thanks for shout out, Elana. We're very excited to release our books and hope everyone loves them as much as we loved writing them.

Shannon O'Donnell said...

I'm seriously dying to read Ali's book! LOVE the cover of EXILED! :-)

Emily said...

Wow. They all look fantastic. Haven't heard of BREATHE, looks fantastic. Getting excited for 11/11/11!

Also, love all those covers!

Tara Martin said...

Breathe has a beautiful cover!

Luna said...

Very excited about ALL of these books!!!

L.C. said...

Awesome, awesome covers, and the authors sound lovely. Thanks for the heads up on these books! I'll keep les yeux open for them!

Sarah Allen said...

So. Much. Want.

Nicole Zoltack said...

Become caught my eye, but they all sound great! I have a Nook and I love it. I read some books in actual book form and some as ebooks.

Alice said...

Those are excellent blurbs for these books. Makes me want to read them all and write a blurb like that for my books so people won't be able to resist reading them. said...

Want them all on my Kindle...just bought the first one but can not find The Ali Cross book anywhere!!!

Lisa_Gibson said...

Wow, these all sounds so wonderful! I'm now eagerly anticipating reading them as well. Thanks for sharing. :) Hope all is awesome with you.
Lisa ~ YA Literature Lover

RaShelle Workman said...

Elana, you are so full of awesome! Thanks for having The Dark Carma Girls on your blog today.

Kerri Cuev said...

Wow! Awesome list! I wouldn't know what to read first. I love my e-reader. Eventually all these books are sure to make their way on there lol. Good luck ladies!

Sara {Rhapsody and Chaos} said...

Oooo they all look like fun reads!!

You know, I got a Kindle just for when I travel (because otherwise books would make my bags too heavy to carry, and I already have enough trouble with all the shoes...) but I ended up using it all the time. I absolutely love my e-reader! I still buy a lot of books in paper of course, because nothing will every replace my love of those :)

Janet Johnson said...

Wow. Those books sound awesome! Lots of good reading there. :)

David P. King said...

This is a powerhouse line-up! Thanks for spreading the news about all these awesome writers and their ingenious tour.

BTW, I've launched a giveaway today! :)

Angela Kulig said...

Thanks for featuring the DARK C.A.R.M.A. books on your blog Elana... secretly I agree with you about the punctuation. ;)

Aeicha @ Word Spelunking said...

All of these look fab! Can't to have them on my lovely Kindle, which I adore.

Breathe and Pigments of My Imagination both have such beautiful covers. I'm really excited about these two books. Pigments of My Imagination seems to have such an intriguing and original premise.

Marsha Sigman said...

Holy Crap. They all look great and sound even better but Become is the one I MUST have.

BBC said...

These sound great, and the covers are gorgeous!

Jenny S. Morris said...

These all sound great. I really want to read Alli's and Breathe sounds good, too. Are they just being release in e-format? I don't have an e-reader, and that would make me sad.

Melanie_McCullough said...

Jenny, all of our books will be available in hard copy. You can pre-order signed copies from our blogs or The Dark CARMA site.

ali cross said...

Dang! I could have sworn I commented earlier today but .... I guess not. I've been wearing a #stupid post-it on my forehead all day though, so guess this is no surprise!

Thanks so much for telling the world about us today, Elana! You're the best! Da bomb! The cat's meow!!

Jemi Fraser said...

I've already got a couple on my Goodreads shelf - now to add the rest! :)

writing and living by Richard P Hughes said...

I've read a few YA books lately, and I find that they do hold my attention well. Maybe I'll try one or two of these.

amberargyle said...

I love the sound of RaShelle's book. All these covers are so awesome! I can't believe how beautiful they turned out. :D

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