Dragon Con: Friends Explain Dragon Con to outsiders #PTBDragonCon

Today our question for our friends who have attended Dragon Con is

How do you describe Dragon Con to your friends?
  • A gathering of passionate nerds with something for everyone ~ Andrea
  • Absolute madness. Fangirling experience to the extreme.  Even though twitter is a great way to discuss fandoms, there’s something truly uncomparable about being in a room with literally thousands of people are just as passionate about something as you are. It’s inspiring. ~ Allison
  • I call it the "Southeast's biggest all-purpose nerd con" Everything from literature and movies to comics, anime and games. ~ Sam
I always think it's fun to listen to how conventions are explained.  Many of the bookish people I know all tend to travel in the same circles, and we develop a common language. So to explain the events we're going to on the weekend to co-workers or non "fangirl/boys" in our lives, it can be a bit of an entertaining conversation with lots of weird looks.  But i think my three friends have done a good job of explaining it. 

Catch all five Get to Know Dragon Con Qs!

About the group:
  • Sam is a PTB contributor. He group up in the Atlanta area and flies back every year he can to attend Dragon Con. He's a big manga fan and loves to game.
  • Andrea runs the blog readinglark.blogspot.com, a YA book blog. She lives in the Atlanta and is a frequent Dragon Con attendee.
  • Allison is a big YA fan and co hosts the podcast alltheflails.podbean.com. SShe also lives in the Atlanta area and last year was her first Dragon Con. 


Dragon Con: Friends talk DO NOT MISS events #PTBDragonCon

Our intro to Dragon Con continues. Today our Dragon Con going friends answer the question: 

What is your DO NOT MISS event at Dragon Con?

  • Parade on Saturday, the sheer number of fandoms and costumes on display is a sight to behold. Can't beat all the Batmobiles, Ecto 1's and huge Netherworld Haunted House displays. ~ Sam

  • This year, Stephen’s Amell panel!! I’m a HUGEEE Arrow fan, so this year is basically going to be beyond epic!! ~ Allison

  • This changes each year based on what is going on. This year, it's the Bitten cast panel. ~ Andrea 

OK, glad that all three of these things are on my to do list!! Not sure I could fit anything else in! lol

Been a big fan of Bitten since I binged it in Netflix last year. It's based on the trade sci-fi series Women of the Otherworld by Kelley Armstrong.  The first two seasons are now streaming on Netflix. This is generally suggested for our older YA readers.  

I've seen the coverage of the Parade for years but have never been able to attend. I'm super excited to see the amazing cosplay and other entries this year. 

And Arrow is a show I NEED to get back in to. It's gaining such a buzz lately and Stephen and the show have been hitting all the major cons this year. And Stephen has been really vocal on social media so I'm excited to see him in real life and then jumping back into the fandom. 

Catch all five Get to Know Dragon Con Qs!

About the group:
  • Sam is a PTB contributor. He group up in the Atlanta area and flies back every year he can to attend Dragon Con. He's a big manga fan and loves to game.
  • Andrea runs the blog readinglark.blogspot.com, a YA book blog. She lives in the Atlanta and is a frequent Dragon Con attendee.
  • Allison is a big YA fan and co hosts the podcast alltheflails.podbean.com. She also lives in the Atlanta area and last year was her first Dragon Con. 


Compulsion Paperback Blog Tour: DIY & Giveaway #ad

We are VERY excited to be part of the Compulsion Paperback Blog Tour. To help kick off this fun event we're highlighting one of the free downloadables you you get by unlocking the key word (details below). We hope you have fun learning how to make your own DIY Origami bookmark. And be sure to keep reading to enter the giveaway and learn how you can download this and other printables at martinaboone.com

Want a pictorial how to for this DIY? Visit tutorigami.wordpress.com
Compulsion by Martina Boone -  out now in paperback, hard cover 
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& audiobook!
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Three plantations. Two wishes. One ancient curse.

All her life, Barrie Watson has been a virtual prisoner in the house where she lives with her shut-in mother. When her mother dies, Barrie promises to put some mileage on her stiletto heels. But she finds a new kind of prison at her aunt’s South Carolina plantation instead—a prison guarded by an ancient spirit who long ago cursed one of the three founding families of Watson Island and gave the others magical gifts that became compulsions.

Stuck with the ghosts of a generations-old feud and hunted by forces she cannot see, Barrie must find a way to break free of the family legacy. With the help of sun-kissed Eight Beaufort, who knows what Barrie wants before she knows herself, the last Watson heir starts to unravel her family's twisted secrets. What she finds is dangerous: a love she never expected, a river that turns to fire at midnight, a gorgeous cousin who isn't what she seems, and very real enemies who want both Eight and Barrie dead.

About the Author
Martina Boone spoke several languages before she learned English after moving to the U.S. She has never fallen out of love with words, fairy tale settings, or characters who have to find themselves. She is the author of Compulsion, the acclaimed first book in the Heirs of Watson Island trilogy. with Persuasion releasing 10/27/15. She is also the founder of AdventuresInYAPublishing.com, a Writer's Digest 101 Best Websites for Writers site, the CompulsionForReading.com book drive campaign for underfunded schools and libraries, and YASeriesInsiders.com, a site devoted to the discovery and celebration of young adult literature and encouraging literacy through YA series. Locally in her home state, she is on the board of the Literacy Council of Northern Virginia, helping to promote literacy and adult education initiatives.
Find Martina online: website | twitter | tumblr | facebook

13 Free Downloads, Word-Search Fun, and a Persuasion Pre-Order Giveaway

If you've read and loved Compulsion, good news! 

Persuasion releases October 27th!
Pre-order Persuasion: IndieBound | Barnes & Noble | Amazon | Book Depository | Goodreads
To say thank you to all the amazing readers who've let her know that they're looking forward to reading the sequel packed with more mystery, magic, and romance--not to mention a GHOST or two or six--and to celebrate Barrie Watsons gift of finding lost things, Martina has some great giveaways going on. 
  • There are thirteen code words in the grid below that relate to Persuasion and the Heirs of Watson Island series.
  • From 8/31 to 9/11, the Compulsion paperback blog tour will reveal the code word or words that will unlock a special page at MartinaBoone.com that day.  (Yes, somewhere on this page, there is a CODE WORD!)
  • There are three great giveaways (see below!) plus even more giveaways that are exclusive to Martina's website when you visit. 
  • As a code word unlocks a page, you can go to that page to download free items. There will be stickers, DYI origami bookmark, traditional bookmarks, door hangers, book plates, beautiful wallpapers, and more.
  • To unlock a page, replace the word CODEWORD in the following URL with the actual code and type or copy the whole thing into the address bar of your web browser: martinaboone.com/index.php/books/downloadables/CODEWORD/
  • ALL pages will be unlocked by 9/11.
  • All downloads are free, and most are available whether or not you pre-order.
  • A few downloads will only be available with a pre-order receipt or order number.
  • Wherever you need a pre-order receipt, there's also a special Rafflecopter with additional AMAZING giveaways.
  • With pre-order, a limited number of people will also receive a signed bookplate and beautiful signed Compulsion and Persuasion charm bookmarks with ribbons.

Word Search Puzzle Want a sneak peak at all the code words? Here's the word search puzzle that contains all thirteen! But remember, one is unlocked for every stop on the blog tour, so you'll need to stop by each of the tour hosts to find the code word that day so you can download the freebies!

Enter the Giveaways! 
Prize 1
Prize 2

Prize 3
Compulsion For Reading Blog Tour

For daily updated links to all the tour stops and codes for free downloadables, plus more prizes and chances to win, go here: martinaboone.com/index.php/books/downloadables/tour/

Dragon Con: Friends talk Their Favorite Part #PTBDragonCon

Dragon Con takes over Atlanta, GA this weekend and PTB is going to cover it! Follow @pageturnersblog on twitter or the hashtag #PTBDragonCon on Twitter and Instagram to see what we're up to. You can also follow us on snapchat "pageturnersblog" to see what awesome things we're finding.

If you don't know, Dragon Con is a fan run convention that happens Labor Day Weekend every year in Atlanta, GA. The con covers everything from books and comics to movies and TV. It brings in a ton of guest to talk from across tons of fandoms for attendees to learn, shop and be entertained.

This will be my (Stacey) first Dragon Con, so I thought I'd ask a few PTB friends about Dragon Con to help me, and you get to know it a little better. Each day this week we'll feature a different question being answered by these awesome peeps. And then our coverage at Dragon Con will start Saturday Sept. 5th.

So get set, get your fangirl/boy on and lets have some pre-Dragon Con fun!

First Question to the Group:

Favorite part of DragonCon?

  • All the costumes, seeing the incredible amount of work or creativity people put into their cosplay. From Iron men costumes crafted from actual metal, to legions of Storm Troopers, to elves as beautiful and striking as from any movie or book.  ~ Sam
  • I love attending the events in the YA Lit Track & the Urban Fantasy Track. It's cool to hear authors speak on their craft.  ~ Andrea
  • The costumes!!! I mean the panels are great, but they are also really overwhelming sometimes, so going into the lobby and people watching was really fun. Last year I met a Mary Poppins and Mrs. Banks with her women’s suffrage sash. They were beyond amazing.  ~ Allison

About the group:
  • Sam is a PTB contributor. He group up in the Atlanta area and flies back every year he can to attend Dragon Con. He's a big manga fan and loves to game.
  • Andrea runs the blog readinglark.blogspot.com, a YA book blog. She lives in the Atlanta and is a frequent Dragon Con attendee.
  • Allison is a big YA fan and co hosts the podcast alltheflails.podbean.com. She also lives in the Atlanta area and last year was her first Dragon Con. 


New Content for ILLUMINAE: A Message from Ezra + Book Tour Announcement

Have you added ILLUMINAE to your TBR? Here's a little information about the much anticipated story:

This morning, Kady thought breaking up with Ezra was the hardest thing she’d have to do.
This afternoon, her planet was invaded.

The year is 2575, and two rival megacorporations are at war over a planet that’s little more than an ice-covered speck at the edge of the universe. Too bad nobody thought to warn the people living on it. With enemy fire raining down on them, Kady and Ezra—who are barely even talking to each other—are forced to fight their way onto an evacuating fleet, with an enemy warship in hot pursuit.

But their problems are just getting started. A deadly plague has broken out and is mutating, with terrifying results; the fleet's AI, which should be protecting them, may actually be their enemy; and nobody in charge will say what’s really going on. As Kady hacks into a tangled web of data to find the truth, it's clear only one person can help her bring it all to light: the ex-boyfriend she swore she'd never speak to again.

Told through a fascinating dossier of hacked documents—including emails, schematics, military files, IMs, medical reports, interviews, and more—Illuminae is the first book in a heart-stopping, high-octane trilogy about lives interrupted, the price of truth, and the courage of everyday heroes.

« “…a stylistically mesmerizing tale, where story and art are interchangeable, and words act as pictures. The more experimental sections may require extra effort on readers’ parts, but the result is worth it.” —Publishers Weekly, starred review
« “Ambitious, heartbreaking, and out-of-this-world awesome.”—Kirkus Reviews, starred review 

“An exuberant mix of space opera, romance, zombies, hackers, and political thrills, told with eccentric aplomb. ILLUMINAE is both the weirdest and most heartfelt thing you'll read this year. ” —Scott Westerfeld, author of Uglies and Zeroes

Every month around the 20th, new content will be revealed on illuminaefiles.com. This month it's a message from Ezra. But wait there is more -- be sure to check out the Ezra and Kady profiles, explore the ship, meet the authors and start reading through the excerpt.

Tor has just announced the book tour. Will you get a chance to see Amie and Jay in WA, CA, AZ, UT, NJ and NY?

Have you added it to goodreads? Or pre-ordered it on amazon | Barnes and Noble | IndieBound | Book Depository?


Blog Tour: Review + Giveaway of A History of Glitter and Blood by Hannah Moskowitz

Title: A History of Glitter and Blood
Author: Hannah Moskowitz
Published: August 18, 2015 by Chronicle Books
Sixteen-year-old Beckan and her friends are the only fairies brave enough to stay in Ferrum when war breaks out. Now there is tension between the immortal fairies, the subterranean gnomes, and the mysterious tightropers who arrived to liberate the fairies.

But when Beckan's clan is forced to venture into the gnome underworld to survive, they find themselves tentatively forming unlikely friendships and making sacrifices they couldn't have imagined. As danger mounts, Beckan finds herself caught between her loyalty to her friends, her desire for peace, and a love she never expected.

This stunning, lyrical fantasy is a powerful exploration of what makes a family, what justifies a war, and what it means to truly love.

I was excited to read the book, and not having read any of Hannah's previous stories, I really had no idea what to expect. What I discovered was a writer who has set up a detailed history of a fairy world like no other I've ever read about. Can I pause for a moment and tell you that her use of glitter is impossibly perfect? Also, fairies, gnomes and tightrope walkers? How freakishly perfect is that?

Okay, I always promise no spoilers. So, here goes. 

The plot is revealed in a non-linear timeline and a rather (teeny spoiler) unreliable narrator, so as a reader I was left to put the pieces in place. I love this kind of story-telling, but I realize that it's not for everyone. 

The story is illustrated with pictures and scraps of journals and newspapers that add to the complex history of this world. I loved them. Especially the map ("A hastily drawn map of Ferrum's steel mills, adjacent farmlands and access to the waterways"). And Hannah's wording is so very lyrical that it draws you in easily. 

Don't expect a linear story. Don't expect characters that you've met before. Don't expect a trope. If you go in with an open mind, what you will find is a story that shows how a war tears through a society and leaves behind a changed world. As an aside for readers who will want to know, there is sex and profanity throughout the book, which for me, made sense in the harsh world of the story. 

If you like Holly Black's Tithe series or Claire Legrand's Winterspell, you will enjoy the dark and tricky world in A History of Glitter and Blood.  

Read an excerpt, here. And click here to take a look at the Discussion Guide (remember there are spoilers there).

Many thanks to Chronicle Books for providing a copy of the book for a giveaway to our readers. Be sure to enter the giveaway (U.S. and Canada only, please) below:

Follow the rest of the Blog Tour for Author Interviews, Guest Posts and chances to win a giveaway of the book!

8/19/2015 Actin' Up with Books
8/20/2015 vvb32 reads 
8/21/2015 Teenreads 
8/22/2015 Page Turners Blog
8/23/2015 Writer of Wrongs 
8/24/2015 Swoony Boys Podcast 
8/25/2015 Forever Young Adult

Hannah Moskowitz wrote her first story, about a kitten named Lilly on the run from cat hunters, for a contest when she was seven years old. It was disqualified for violence. First published at sixteen, she is the author of two middle grade and six young adult novels. Her books have received starred reviews, landed a spot on the ALA’s Rainbow Book List, and received a Stonewall Honor. Hannah lives in New York City.


Author Interview: Kelley Grant

I had arranged meet up with Kelley Grant at C2E2 (Chicago's Comic & Entertainment Expo) where she was debuting her new fantasy novel, Desert Rising. The timing got off (I got in  Patrict Rothfuss/Jim Butcher line and it was WAY longer than I thought it was) and so I ended up interviewing Kelley in while in the signing line. It was a fun interview and I was even more excited to read the book, but sadly that interview went poof into the interwebs so here's the 2.0 interview with Kelley.

Read my (Stacey) full review of Desert Rising HERE.

We hope you enjoy getting to know about her debut novel Desert Rising and a little about Kelley as well.

Desert Rising, as ebook and now in print: Barnes & Noble | Amazon | IndieBound

The feli are so diverse and very much hold their own in the story. How did you go about creating these amazing creatures and why did you want them to be a type of cat? 
I think my cats hypnotized me and forced me to create the feli! I’ve always had cats surrounding me throughout my childhood and adult life. Life would be empty without their purring, independent presence. When I was writing Desert Rising I had a very special cat named Chester. He owned me and was my constant companion. Djinn’s personality is very much like Chester’s. I have five cats now, and Ember plays a big part in The Obsidian Temple.

Religion and how it's practiced is a big theme in the story. Was that something you wanted to explore when you started to write the book or did that come out of the story you were telling? 
I grew up in Amish country, my best friend was Quaker, I had three United Methodist ministers in my family and my college friends were fundamentalist Christians – so religions of various types have always been a part of my life. I’ve struggled to find something I could truly believe in among the pressure exerted by each of these religions to practice their particular sect. I wanted to explore how most religions have a similar theme of love and peace – but how they express it is very different for each sect. I wanted my main character to go through the same struggles I have to find what she believed in the midst of many differing views.

You have created some really cool names for your characters, locations and creatures. How did you go about finding and creating these names?
 The name Sulis simply popped into my head, and never left. I wanted an Arabic feel and searched for names from that region. In the second book I combined some of those with Sanskrit words to create a certain “desert” feel to the names.

 I really enjoyed that you switched points of view throughout the book between Sulis, Kadar and two of the "bad guys." Did you try and write the story any other way or did you always know it was going to be a multi point of view book/series?
 When I began writing I had one character POV. Her name was Rayne and she was a very passive character. Sulis was supposed to be the enemy. I realized after a couple chapters that I loved Sulis’s story and hated Rayne – and flipped the story to be about Sulis. Rayne disappeared totally. In writing Sulis I realized she had a twin – and there was Kadar! He needed his own POV. I became so fascinated with the Voices of the crazy deities, and the Crone could not be quieted once I dug deeper.

Desert Rising has potential as a YA/NA/Fantasy crossover, with its older teen main characters and great themes, it's really approachable to younger fantasy readers. Why do you feel Desert Rising is a good fit for teen readers?
One of the struggles of young adulthood is how to fulfill your destiny when your family has different ideas of who they think you are and how they think your life should be. That push and pull between your love for your family and your need to be yourself is so central to becoming an adult and is explored in Desert Rising. And I think the feli will really resonate with YA readers who know just how much you can bond with creatures who are not human.

Books 1 and 2 in the trilogy are out now, and you're working on book 3. Did you always know the arc for the three books and the series as a whole or how did you go about forming the story?
 I knew it would be a trilogy. But while writing Desert Rising, I was focused only on that story, making it a complete arc and keeping good tension throughout. I had no idea where the storyline would go. It began to reveal itself while writing the second book. The Obsidian Temple was harder to write because I had to figure out where the series was leading to. It needed to be both a bridge between the first and last of the series and be a complete story in itself. Often writing is like peering through thick fog while hiking to a destination. You know what your destination is – but you can only see a few feet ahead before the shapes around you become so blurry they are unrecognizable.

What's next for you after the trilogy?
I have a comedic fantasy novel about a groundhog mage I would like to revise and get out to publishers. I’d also like to write another series in the same world as Desert Rising, set five hundred years in the past, in the time when the deities rebelled against the One and create the first wars that decimated the lands and created the desert. There might be a novella about Sulis’s parents burning in my imagination, waiting to be written as well.

Who are some of your favorite fantasy authors and creatures?
I love Robin McKinley – the cat Narknon and horse Sungold in The Blue Sword are some of my favorite creatures ever. Elizabeth Moon, Lynn Flewelling and Mercedes Lackey always tell a great
tale and Sharon Shinn writes so many wonderful characters in her novels. In science fiction you can’t beat Julie Czerneda and her wonderful aliens the Drapsk. Really love Marissa Meyer’s Lunar Chronicles. I could go on and on with the writers I adore!

Find Kelley Grant Online: website | Twitter | Facebook

Book 2 in the trilogy, The Obsidian Temple, is also out now in both ebook and mass market paperback.
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