More YA Summer Reading from Vampire Maman!

School is almost out and it is time for summer reading – meaning NOT something that your kid is “forced” to read for Language class. It is a time for them to read what THEY want to read. It is a time for FUN.  

Forget the young adults in my house – I’m reading these books!

I put out the word for Indie Writers to give me a list for YA Summer Reading. Not in my wildest dreams did I imagine I’d get such a great list!

There are a few vampire books – but the variety goes far beyond into worlds I can’t even imagine! There is real life, historic novels and paranormal romance to name a few of the genres.

So check it out. Most are available for inexpensive download (less than your favorite iced coffee).

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Big Dragons Don’t Cry

By Connie Barrett Mari

Morale in the country of Oasis has never been worse. The Earthers, a tree-hugging sect, beg forgiveness for their crimes against twigs and weeds. The Godlies preach penitence and suffering and inspire their followers into submission by threatening them with an afterlife spent being chased by a fire-breathing dragon. All Oasans fear the dragon in the swamp at the country’s edge, and they don’t know that he fears them. Druid, a water dragon who puts out fires, steams up when he learns that a cunning opportunist intends to exploit dragonphobia and have the dragon killed so that he can level the swamp for suburban housing. Tara, a kitten with charisma, is trying to bring humans back into balance. She needs to enlist Serazina, a young human woman who hides her ability to read emotions in order to avoid imprisonment in the Ward for the Chronically Crazy. Serazina’s troubles grow when Phileas, Guardian of Oasis, chooses her to be the mother of the heir he so badly needs. Before he can consider fatherhood, he needs to stem the mysterious rumors that he’s soft on dragons. Somehow these four must overcome communication difficulties, mutual mistrust, and delusions of human superiority to save the country. Otherwise, even though Druid doesn’t breathe fire, Oasis will be toast.

($.99) at http://www.amazon.com/Dragons-Dont-Guide-Destiny-ebook/dp/B004MYFND4

Big Dragons Don’t Cry (A Dragon’s Guide to Destiny)

www.amazon.com

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Echoes of Savanna – A Haven Novel The Parent Generation Book One (Haven Novels)

By Lucinda Hawks Moebius

Every generation has its defining moments, events that change history and turn the course of lives. Forever will the children of that generation be defined by those moments. Savanna Taylor is a medical doctor in 2036, the same year terrorists release a series of plagues and viruses into the world. She is a nineteen year old Brain Trust whose task it is to find a cure for the diseases and develop vaccines to prevent their further spread. The world is thrown in turmoil and Savanna needs to find a way to survive with her sanity and family intact. She needs to find a safe Haven for herself and for those she loves. Can Savanna cope in a world in constant flux brought on by war and disease? Can she save the world and protect her loved ones or will she make the ultimate sacrifice? How will she be defined?

Echoes of Savanna A Haven Novel The Parent Generation Book One (Haven Novels)

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Also by Lucinda Hawks Moebius…

Raven’s Song

Defining the Generations In genetics the first generation of a cell is known as the Parent Generation. The daughter generations there-after are labeled with a T and the corresponding number. The Haven Series follows the bloodlines of one family through five generations, starting with Savanna Taylor and the Parent Generation. Each generation starts with one novel covering twenty years of the main character’s life. This novel is the foundation to all the stories stemming from that generation. From the original novel other stories will spring forth. These succeeding novels will tell the story and events happening from other characters perspective. T1 Generation Savanna’s children have grown up and are ready to make their own mark on the world, but what kind of world have they inherited? The T1 generation is defined by the constant conflict rearing its ugly head all around them. The children of this generation need to find a way to survive in a world exploding with violence and conflict. Haven is always there, a shelter from the storm. But, how long will the shelter be safe? What can be done to protect the inhabitants of the facility? Raven’s Song A Haven Novel T1 Generation Book One The next generation has come into its own. Raven, Savanna’s impulsive, impetuous daughter has begun her own epic journey. Raven was born in a time of turmoil and war. She decides her calling in life is to be a soldier. Sacrificing the shelter and security of Haven, Raven puts herself at risk to save others. She finds herself in perilous situations and thrust into the role of leadership despite her own misgivings. The Siren’s Song of Haven is continuously singing to her. She could be safe, protected, sheltered and warm if she returned to Haven and its stone walls. But, is it her destiny to live in the walls of Haven, or is there another destiny in store for this child of Haven?

Raven’s Song A Haven Novel Book One T1 Generation (Haven Novels)

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The next generation has come into its own. Raven, Savanna’s impulsive, impetuous…See More

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Dead Girl

By Mark Boss

Sixteen-year-old Dahlia Grove is trapped in the Shadow Lands, a parallel reality where packs of feral children battle monsters for survival in a haunted city.

She has one week to escape. If she fails, she dies. DEAD GIRL.

If you enjoy Jim Butcher and J.K. Rowling, try DEAD GIRL.

Mark Boss http://www.amazon.com/Dead-Girl-ebook/dp/B0081UC30Q/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1338405366&sr=1-1

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Overflow – a Paranormal Romance

By Jason Letts

Getting married at 19 years old would be enough to make anyone nervous, but Beck Eisley isn’t the kind of guy who backs down from a challenge. His bride Sydney is beautiful, adventurous, and comes from a powerful family that paid to have the ceremony on a luxurious cruise ship. So what could possibly go wrong?

While Beck executes his plans to make it a wedding no one will ever forget, he finds out Sydney’s family may have some skeletons in their closet that will make his wedding day more of a challenge than even he thought he could handle. If their history wasn’t enough to disturb Beck, some scheming from the father of the bride certainly would be, and before long his ship is headed straight for stormy seas. When he finds out he may not make it to land alive, it gives an entirely different meaning to the term “cold feet.”

http://www.amazon.com/Overflow-a-Paranormal-Romance-ebook/dp/B006I5BLBI/

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Wyndano’s Cloak
by A.R. Silverberry

Prepare for a bone-thrilling ride in a land of fantasy, enchantment, and adventure. Where betrayal vies with loyalty, friendship and courage. And hope lies with the unlikeliest heroes and heroines.

www.arsilverberry.com

A. R. Silverberry – Author

www.arsilverberry.com

Official site for Author A. R. Silverberry, author of Wyndano’s Cloak.

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That Boy

A YA Romance

By Jillian Dodd

You know, being friends with two cute boys does have its benefits. 

There’s Danny. Danny is a golden boy in every way. He has dreamy blue eyes and blonde hair that always looks perfect, even when it’s windblown or been stuck under a football helmet. He’s the boy every girl crushes on. The boy I get into trouble with, the boy I fight with, the hot quarterback no girl can resist, not even me. Being with Danny is like being on an adventure. He has a bright, contagious smile and abs to die for. He’s pretty much irresistible.

Equally crush worthy is Phillip. Adorable, sweet Phillip, who I have known since birth.  Phillip has dark hair, a perfect smile, brown eyes, and the sexiest voice I have ever heard. He’s the boy I talk to every night before I go to sleep. The boy who rescues me, the boy who can read my mind, the boy who is always there for me, the boy who tries to keep me out of trouble, the boy who irritatingly keeps getting hotter, and whose strong arms always seem to find their way around me.  And when he gives me that grin, I can never say no.

http://www.amazon.com/That-Boy-ebook/dp/B004Z1DBG0/ref=pd_sim_b_1?ie=UTF8&m=AG56TWVU5XWC2

That Boy

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Empyreal Fate (A Llathalan Annal)

By Rachel Hunter

For both YA and Adult readers, It’s an epic fantasy novel!

Filled to the brim with forbidden love, an ancient evil, and a nation in disrepair, Empyreal Fate is a tale of riveting bravery and mortal corruption.

The land of Llathala lingers on the brink of war between men and elves, a dark history surrounding each race. Stirred by tensions of the land, a shadow of the past reemerges, taking precedence in reality and consuming the very soul of mans’ mortal weakness. Darrion, the son of a poor laborer, is ensnared in a hostile world, forced to choose between loyalty to his king or the counsel of the elves. Yet Fate has other plans in store, tying his course to Amarya, an elven royalblood of mysterious quality and unsurpassable beauty. But this forbidden connection incites betrayal from members of their own kin, marking them as traitors to the crown. In a land torn asunder, only Fate’s decree can allow such love to coexist with an ancient enmity.


http://www.amazon.com/Empyreal-Fate-Llathalan-Annal-ebook/dp/B007WWB24W

Empyreal Fate (A Llathalan Annal)

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Telesa – The Covenant

By Lani Wendt Young

Leila returns to the land of her birth in search of family and instead discovers she is heir to a fiery elemental birthright…all while navigating through the drama of a new high school with the help of her new best friend “Simone daahling” – a boy with flawless makeup and the catwalk style of Kate Moss. She is introduced to the national sport of rugby and meets an irritating boy that would be much easier to hate if he didn’t have chipped emerald eyes that were always laughing at her and a glorious golden smile. (The glistening, bronzed abs and Pacific warrior tattoos didn’t help either.) There’s hate, love, jealousy, volcanoes and lots of delicious Samoan food in Leila’s coming-of-age journey as she realizes that ancient Pacific myths of elemental spirit women Telesa, contain more truth than fiction. Secrets are revealed and things get blown up as Leila must choose between sisterhood and the boy she loves. Can their love stand against the Covenant Keeper?

There are many different kinds of love. All of them require sacrifice. Who will give everything for the one they love?

A thriller-romance with a difference. If you enjoyed Twilight, then you will be enthralled by Telesa as it blends the richness (and humor) of Pacific mythology into a contemporary young adult love story that will stay with you long after you have turned the final page.

http://www.amazon.com/Telesa-The-Covenant-Keeper-ebook/dp/B005I3WD8Q/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1338414430&sr=1-1


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Lisa’s Way

By Robert Collins

Teenager Lisa Herbert lives in the small town of Mountain View on the planet Fairfield. The “Savage Rain” decades earlier shut down the hyperspace gate and isolated her world. A casual remark from her sister gets Lisa to ask a simple question: “If life was better before the ‘Savage Rain,’ why couldn’t it be better again?”

That question starts Lisa on a journey. She reactivates Fairfield’s H-gate and travels to three worlds. Each planet offers her a chance to improve life by hard work, by trade, or by making friends. She relies on her brains, her compassion, and a little sneakiness to solve the problems she faces.

Lisa’s Way presents a heroine more interested in reasoning than fighting, and more concerned with doing good than looking good.

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The Siren of Paris

By David LeRoy

The Siren of Paris will be out in the Kindle store by June 14th.

 It deals specifically with a young man of 20 years old, a college age student, who has gone to Paris to study art, and get away from a fail relationship in the states

. http://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Siren-of-Paris/300009180044449

 

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Shadows of the Realm

By Dionne Lister

Bronwyn and Blayke are two strangers being drawn into the same war. Their world is facing invasion from the Third Realm. While they move unknowingly toward each other, they are watched, hunted, and sabotaged. When the Dragon God interferes, it seems their world, Talia, will succumb to the threat. Can they learn enough of the tricks of the Realms before it’s too late?

https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/155266  

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The Last Pendragon

By Sarah Woodbury Haug

Sarah Woodbury weaves a tale of Myth and Magic in The Last Pendragon … I could not put this book down –Darkiss Reads (darkissreads.com)

He is a king, a warrior, the last hope of his people–and the chosen one of the sidhe . . .

Set in 7th century Wales, The Last Pendragon is the story of Arthur’s heir, Cadwaladr ap Cadwallon (Cade), and his love, Rhiann, the daughter of the man who killed Cade’s father and usurped his throne.
Born to rule, yet without a kingdom, Cade must grasp the reins of his own destiny to become both Christian king and pagan hero.  And Rhiann must decide how much she is willing to risk to follow her heart.

The Last Pendragon is a 98,000 word (430 page) historical fantasy set in Dark Age Wales.

http://www.amazon.com/Last-Pendragon-Saga-ebook/dp/B004HFS448/ref=pd_sim_kinc4?ie=UTF8&m=AG56TWVU5XWC2

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Corie Universe Feeder

By Walter Eckland

What’s not to love about digging and mud?

Corie: tall, thin, scruffy, female, student, blondish, smart, creative, outspoken, trouble-finding, precocious (whatever THAT means), eager, mature, silly, immature, messy-roomed, imaginative, animal-loving girl ……

……. has actual PERMISSION FROM HER FATHER to dig a hole in the front yard of her house. As an added bonus she can use the water hose, wheelbarrow, shovel, spray paint, a sign and any and all neighborhood friends she wants. After this whole, hole digging event, lots of oddness ensues not just from the aforementioned father, but from her mother, a dog walker, the police chief, the newspaper guy and the scowling town librarian.

Does any good come of this at all? Well, sit down, grab a free cheese sandwich and find out. Oh! One other thing. If you ABSOLUTELY do not like reading, then read this book. It is a tad nutty, nonsensical and sometimes barely even seems like a book.

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00520ICW6

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Secret Bloodline

By Talia Jager

What sixteen-year-old Kairi doesn’t know is that vampires do exist and she’s one of them. She was left in foster care when she was very little and grew up away from her world. Then she began to change. Feeling out of place and confused, she ran away from her foster home. A coven takes her under their wings and trains her. When she is told her parents didn’t just abandon her, but died protecting her, she sets off on a mission to find their killer.

And then she meets Aiden…a vampire hunter.

Secret Bloodline is approximately 68,000 words. Secret Bloodline is recommended for grade 9 and up.

http://www.amazon.com/Secret-Bloodline-ebook/dp/B005MJI1HI

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Coexist  – Keegan’s Chronicles 1

By Julia Crane

Sixteen-year-old Keegan is struggling to keep her huge secret from her friends–she’s an elf, descended from a long line of elves that live in secrecy alongside humans.  
 
In elfin society, mates are predetermined but not allowed to meet until they are eighteen.  Against tradition, Keegan’s brother Thaddeus told her Rourk’s name because his visions warned him she’d need Rourk’s protection, especially since Keegan will play a key role in the coming war between the dark and light elves.
 
Rourk finds himself drawn to Keegan’s side every time she thinks his name. He wants to talk to her but remains in the shadows, silently guarding her every time she mentally beckons him. A twist of fate thrusts the two of them together when Rourk is forced to step up his protection and make his presence known.
 
An ancient prophecy deeply entwines Keegan’s family and the future of their society. Somehow they must find a way to thwart fate and win the battle…without losing Keegan. With war brewing, and dark forces aligning, will Keegan and Rourk ever have the life together that they both desire?

http://www.amazon.com/Coexist-Keegans-Chronicles-1-ebook/dp/B0055HFZ3A/ref=sr_1_7?ie=UTF8&qid=1338488835&sr=8-7

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A parting note from Juliette –

And once again, I will say as I have in previous postings, there was NOTHING like this when I was a young adult (12-17). I am in awe of the writers who speak to this age group through their stories. 

Thank you to all of the writers who have allowed me to post their works. Good job. I’m standing and clapping now.

Enjoy!

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For Grown-up Summer Reading click HERE.

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Bored? Fun Summer Reads Coming Soon From Vampire Maman!

Did I mention that vampires love to read – and so do their kids!

So what are your kids reading this summer? What are you reading this summer?

In the next few posts (within the next 48 hours so stay tuned) I’ll be posting YA and kids books from some of my favorite talented indie authors that your kids will be sure to love (and you’ll like them too).

I will also be posting my own personal summer reading list PLUS my favorite summer book of all time.

And I invite you to share your favorite summer reading suggestions for young adults, old adults and everybody in between.

Note: These are not all “vampire books”. Are  you kidding? These books range from fantasy to mystery to romance and yes…there might be a vampire book in there somewhere. I’m still getting the lists together.

So stay tuned and don’t be shy to post your favorite summer reads!

Juliette

Not much talent on “America’s Got Talent” tonight and…just gin and tonics tonight.

Your neighborhood vampire family was watching America’s Got Talent again tonight. It was fun but there wasn’t much talent. Well, not completely true…there was a cute cute cute little 6 year old boy who was singing and dancing.

Teddy usually fixes cocktails and pretends like he is enjoying it. Actually that isn’t true, he fixes cocktails and lets us know he thinks it is awful. He had gin and tonics tonight. Just plain, no vampire drinks tonight.

I asked him why and he said “I have a rare book dealer for lunch and a real estate agent for an afternoon snack.” OK, so much for that.

~ Juliette

Do it like you’re screaming out the truck window…


Even vampire kids have sports and one of ours is roller skating. Not Roller Derby, but Artistic Roller Skating on FOUR wheels. An awesome sport if there ever was one. I strongly feel that both Speed and Artistic Roller skating should be in the Olympics.

This past weekend was the BIG Memorial Day Skate Meet for the Artistic Skate Club.

Anyway, my 12 year old daughter had some stiff competition. It was an eye opener for her. But for the “Figures” events she received several medals including 2 first place awards.. Very nice. Then came Dance. When she saw who she was up against she was in a panic. These girls are good. Scary good. National Champion good. But not really. She knew what she had to do.

Needless to say she blew it. She went out there like a wet noodle and totally bombed. She was angry and upset and sulked for a while. Then Steve talked her into some food. A few of the old timers gave her pep talks. I told her “35,000 girls are in the B event (about 30). You’re in the A event so there are 5 of you because nobody else can do what you do. You are still one of the best.” Right, like that was going to help. She knew she bombed.

A little background…everyone at the skate rink thinks my child is a quiet reserved and somewhat serious girl. They don’t know about her other life (she is like her mom in that way). At school, at home, with friends…she is LOUD, funny and nonstop – the girl we all know.

The next event was Creative Dance. Her practice has been so-so. The music was some version of Bandstand (Dick Clark) and Brian Stezer’s Sleep Walk then it transitioned into Brian Setzer’s This Cat’s On A Hot Tin Roof. She was in a black & white poka dotted dress, white gloves, cute as a button.

She was feeling pretty awful at that point knowing she’d blow it. The competition was fierce. Also, this was the first time she’d done this at a competition. From what I was at practice she was not ready at all. It was sort of sad.

Take it all back a week.

Last Friday here was a Middle School field trip to Great America in Santa Clara (Physics Day). I volunteered to go. Oh boy. My group was the cute smart well behaved 8th grade boys (the ones we would have had crushes on too at that age). It was a lot of fun, but the drive was long (almost 4 hours home).. I took C and two of her best girl friends in our truck. Of course on the way home we were stuck in Friday rush hour traffic through the South Bay Area. The girls were making faces and yelling (monster noises not words) out the window. I told them to stop but I was laughing too. Then they started to sing along to the radio in odd accents and talk about all sorts of funny things. It was a riot.

Anyway…

Before my child went on for Creative Dance I said

“Do it like you’re screaming out the truck window.”

Nobody else knew what I meant by that, but my daughter did. She went out on the floor and took the house down. She was AMAZING. It was the best performance she ever had. Now she has to learn more fancy footwork to make it rock at the Regional Championships.

But the real moral of this story is to always “Do it like you’re  screaming out the truck window”.  Always.

For more information on Roller Sports see: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USA_Roller_Sports

Day is Done – All Through the Night

We all know those who have served in the armed forces and some who have given their lives. In turn we all protect our children as soldiers (called parents). In honor of all of those who we remember and love I’m sharing the lyrics of two songs that inspire to love and honor and give thanks to those who have given so much to us all.

Taps

Day is done, gone the sun,
From the hills, from the lake,
From the skies.
All is well, safely rest,
God is nigh.

Go to sleep, peaceful sleep,
May the soldier or sailor,
God keep.
On the land or the deep,
Safe in sleep.

Love, good night, Must thou go,
When the day, And the night
Need thee so?
All is well. Speedeth all
To their rest.

Fades the light; And afar
Goeth day, And the stars
Shineth bright,
Fare thee well; Day has gone,
Night is on.

Thanks and praise, For our days,
‘Neath the sun, Neath the stars,
‘Neath the sky,
As we go, This we know,
God is nigh.

All Through the Night

Sleep, my child, and peace attend thee,

All through the night
Guardian angels God will send thee,
All through the night
Soft the drowsy hours are creeping,
Hill and dale in slumber sleeping
I my loved ones’ watch am keeping,
All through the night

Angels watching, e’er around thee,

All through the night
Midnight slumber close surround thee,
All through the night
Soft the drowsy hours are creeping,
Hill and dale in slumber sleeping
I my loved ones’ watch am keeping,
All through the night

“Dad were you married before?” and other questions from vampire teens…

Last night my son Garrett came into the family room of our home where my husband Teddy and I were playing cards. He had a stern look on his handsome 16 year old face.

“Dad were you married before mom?” Asked the boy.

“No. Why do you ask?” said his father.

“I found this and a bunch of letters.” He held out a photos of a young woman. A very old photo. “She was the one that woman was talking about. Her great great great grandmother. You and her were an item.”

Long story short, a woman named Kathy had contacted Teddy because he had the same name of someone who had once been engaged to her great great great grandmother. She’d met Teddy at his place of business and Garrett had been there as well. Teddy gave her some photos and a fan. I didn’t even know he still had those things, not that it mattered to me, I understand why he kept them. They had a nice visit. Teddy said he was a great great great nephew. Family tree stuff. Garrett wasn’t paying too much attention at the time.

“Lucy and I were engaged, but I became a vampire so we never married.”

“What happened? I mean, why didn’t she become a vampire too?”

“I didn’t even know what one was when I was converted over. She was told I’d died. It was the best thing to do under the circumstances.”

“Do you still love her?”

“She died 80 years ago.”

“But?”

“I will always have a place for her in my heart. Garrett it isn’t that easy. She had a good life with a man who truly loved her I think more than I ever could. In fact, she married my best friend.”

“I knew her too” I added. “She was very sweet. But she wouldn’t have been a good vampire. She wouldn’t have survived the conversion. Her moral code wouldn’t have allowed it.”

Garrett looked down at the photo, then up at the clock. “I have to get to practice. Can we talk more about this later, I mean if it’s ok with you?”

“Sure,” said Teddy. “You can talk to me about anything, anytime.”

Then Garrett gave us a sly smile. “Her name was Lucy. That’s sort of weird, I mean, think about it.”

“I have”, said Teddy. “Believe me, I have.”

~ Juliette