Monday, June 25, 2012

August's Teen Self-published Authors Feature Update


Okay people I have been busy during my selection process for my self-published author's only feature in August. It's been great receiving all the great review requests and has been really hard to pick which authors to feature. I tried to cover a wide variety of story lines, and I feel I have achieved that with the author's and their books listed below. There are some great books here that I cannot wait to read. So if you are, or know of an author who has put their book out on their own, without a publishers help there is still time to submit. The deadline is June 30th and I've decided to post which authors I have selected to create a buzz and to show what I will be busy  reading next month. There is still room on my reading list so send your requests in now! Click here for more info.

The Dreamwalker
by Kristen Robertson
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                                                          Summary provided by author:
I have never believed in destiny, and I never wanted to.
But destiny brought me to a home and a life I never knew existed.
Destiny showed me who I really am...
My name is Olivia and I am a cognitive.

Olivia is a sixteen-year old girl with a mother who drinks too much and a stepfather who considers a day at the casino is the same as a day at the office. Olivia can think of only one thing to do, to escape.

Now on the run Olivia can only hope that the unknown in front of her will be better than the past she left behind. She meets Sebastian, a mysterious boy, who she can't help feel an immediate connection to. Sebastian reveals that she is not only a Cognitive but his destined-the one person in this world he can connect to-and she wonders why that idea doesn't seem completely crazy.      

If things weren't confusing enough, Olivia is visited by her father in a dream and learns that his only chance at survival is if Olivia can find him in time. Armed with Sebastian, an the rest of the Cognitives. she must save her father before she loses him all over again.

The Mine
by John A. Heldt
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In 2000, Joel Smith is a cocky, adventurous young man who sees the world as his playground. But when the college senior, days from graduation, enters an abandoned Montana mine, he discovers the price of reckless curiosity. He emerges in May 1941 with a cell phone he can't use, money he can't spend, and little but his wits to guide his way. Stuck in the age of Whirlaway, swing dancing, and a peacetime draft, Joel begins a new life as the nation drifts toward war.

With the help of his 21-year-old trailblazing grandmother and her friends, he finds his place in a world he knew only from movies and books. But when an opportunity comes to return to the present, Joel must decide whether to leave his new love in the past or choose a course that will alter their lives forever. THE MINE follows a humbled man through a critical time in history as he adjusts to new surroundings and wrestles with the knowledge of things to come.

Hell's Game
by Teresa Lo
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Summary provided by author:
On Halloween night in Deer Creek, Kansas, Jake Victor, Ashley and Ashton Gemini, and Kristin Grace convince Ronnie Smalls to meet them at the town cemetery, which local folklore has always rumored to be the Gateway to Hell. Their intention was only to scare him, but soon the wicked prank becomes actual horror as the group learns the Gateway is all too real. After demons snatch Ronnie and drag him to Hell, the terrified foursome vow to keep what they had seen a secret.

Two years later, the group receives a mysterious letter, an invite to play a high-stakes game in Hell. If they win, they release Ronnie’s soul as well as their own from eternal damnation. If they lose, they are stuck in Hell forever. Choosing to play, they face nightmare after nightmare as each level escalates in intensity and forces them to face the seven deadly sins.

Inspired by the legends of the Gateway to Hell in Stull, Kansas, Hell’s Game explores the cruelty that teenagers can inflict upon each other as well as the horrors that exist amongst mankind. It is a dark, action-packed young adult novel that will both scare its readers and make them question the true meaning of evil.

Indian Maidens Bust Loose
by Vidya Samson
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East and West may meet, but sometimes they shouldn't.  That's what Nisha Desai's conservative Hindu family thinks when a black-sheep American aunt and her trouble-magnet teenage daughters come to visit them in India.  The guests are seen as an invading force, equipped with weapons of mass corruption.

But to Nisha, the rich aunt looks like a one-woman foreign aid program and a way to escape the horrible suitors her father keeps foisting on her. She makes every effort to charm the visitors. This is not an easy task, for the aunt is a New Age space case, and the cousins’ appetite for disasters threatens to level the city of Ahmedabad. In short order, the demented cousins instigate an elopement, a public protest, and a riot that gets Nisha thrown in jail.

It's only when Nisha's father adopts a pet cow and convinces half the city it's the reincarnation of a Hindu deity that the two families are united in a common goal: to bilk thousands. The result is Madison Avenue's idea of a religious experience, which is not a controllable situation.

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