Release Day Blitz & Giveaway

 

Happy Paperback Release day to the fabulous Richelle Mead’s The Glittering Court!

Big and sweeping, spanning from the refined palaces of Osfrid to the gold dust and untamed forests of Adoria, The Glittering Court tells the story of Adelaide, an Osfridian countess who poses as her servant to escape an arranged marriage and start a new life in Adoria, the New World. But to do that, she must join the Glittering Court.

Both a school and a business venture, the Glittering Court is designed to transform impoverished girls into upper-class ladies who appear destined for powerful and wealthy marriages in the New World. Adelaide naturally excels in her training, and even makes a few friends: the fiery former laundress Tamsin and the beautiful Sirminican refugee Mira. She manages to keep her true identity hidden from all but one: the intriguing Cedric Thorn, son of the wealthy proprietor of the Glittering Court.

When Adelaide discovers that Cedric is hiding a dangerous secret of his own, together they hatch a scheme to make the best of Adelaide’s deception. Complications soon arise—first as they cross the treacherous seas from Osfrid to Adoria, and then when Adelaide catches the attention of a powerful governor.

But no complication will prove quite as daunting as the potent attraction simmering between Adelaide and Cedric. An attraction that, if acted on, would scandalize the Glittering Court and make them both outcasts in wild, vastly uncharted lands…

To celebrate the release of this novel, PenguinTeen is hosting a giveaway, and you could win 1 of 10 copies of The Glittering Court!

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Enter for a chance to win one (1) of ten (10) copies of The Glittering Court by Richelle Mead (ARV: $10.99 each).

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Enter between 12:00 AM Eastern Time on March 28, 2017 and 12:00 AM on April 5, 2017.  Open to residents of the fifty United States and the District of Columbia who are 13 and older. Winners will be selected at random on or about April 7, 2017. Odds of winning depend on number of eligible entries received. Void where prohibited or restricted by law.

 

Not familiar with Richelle Mead? Well, just look at her fabulousness!

RICHELLE MEAD is the #1 New York TimesUSA Today, and Wall Street Journal bestselling author of the Vampire Academy series and its spin-off series, Bloodlines. Originally from Michigan, she now lives in Seattle, Washington.

 

Giveaway: The Last Star by Rick Yancey

Okay, so the title may be a BIT misleading as there aren’t any advanced copies of The Last Star as it is an embargoed book.  However, Midsummer Reads has teamed up with Penguin Teen in order to giveaway a prize pack celebrating the series ender, The Last Star!

The winner will receive a special edition Tote Bag for The Last Star, a sampler of the final installment, a poster for the novel, AND copies of the first two novels, The 5th Wave and The Infinite Sea! So while we can’t give you the new novel, we are giving you just about everything we can.

You can enter a number of ways, so get to it!

Giveaway will end on March 29, 2016 at Midnight.

 

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Cover Reveal

Today we are super excited to share the cover to WINGS, the third and final book in author’s Elizabeth Richard’s BLACK CITY series!

Check out this beauty! 

Wings (Black City #3) by Elizabeth Richards

Get the first two books in the series! 

OPEN INTERNATIONAL!!!

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100 Follower Giveaway WINNER!

AND THE WINNER OF THE BOX OF BOOKS IS……

AMBER GARCIA
Congratulations, Amber!  If you will please send me your address to MSNRjessicalee@gmail.com, I will get your prize out sometime later this week!
Thank you so much for all of your entries!  More giveaways will be up soon!

100 Follower Giveaway!

Welcome to A Midsummer Night’s Read!

If you are already a follower, Thank you! If you are a new vistor, Thank you for stopping in…give us a follow!

In order to thank all of our current 100 Followers (Ah!), we are holding a contest of a box of Books! The prizes are listed on the Rafflecopter below, INCLUDING one surprise gift!

We wish you the best of luck!

The Giveaway will last until Friday, April 13 (So unlucky, we know).

Good Luck and Thank You Again!
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Winner: The Springsweet

Thank you so much to everyone who entered to win an Advanced Reader Copy of Saundra Mitchell’s The Springsweet! If you didn’t win, remember that we will host another giveaway soon!

And the winner is…

KRISTINA S.
Kristina, please email us at MSNRjessicalee@gmail.com to claim your prize and provide a shipping address. 
Thank you so much, again! 

Contest: The Springsweet by Saundra Mitchell

Since it is about March, I have decided to hold a contest to giveaway my prized Advanced Reader Copy of Saundra Mitchell’s The Springsweet!

Before you get to the giveaway at the bottom of this post, check out my review of The Springsweet below!

Release Date: April 17, 2012

It’s a long way from Baltimore to Oklahoma Territory. But Zora Stewart will go any distance to put the tragic events of her sixteenth summer behind her. So this city girl heads to the tiny frontier town of West Glory to help her young widowed aunt keep her homestead going.

When another Baltimorean shows up in West Glory, Zora couldn’t be more surprised. Theo de la Croix made the long trip out west hoping to court Zora, whom he has long admired from afar.

But Zora has developed an attraction to a rather less respectable fellow: Emerson Birch, a rough-mannered young “sooner” whose fertile land is coveted.

As Zora begins to suspect that there may be more than luck behind Emerson’s good land, she discovers an extraordinary, astonishing power of her own: the ability to sense water under the parched earth. When her aunt hires her out as a “springsweet” to advise other settlers where to dig their wells, Zora feels the burden of holding the key to something so essential to survival in this unforgiving land.

Even more, she finds herself longing for love the way the prairie thirsts for water. Maybe, in the wildness of the territories, Zora can finally move beyond simply surviving and start living.

I have to admit that in The Vespertine I had little to no understanding for Zora’s character due to her incessant nagging in respect to Amelia’s power. (If you haven’t read The Vespertine I’m not going to ruin what that is…or the ending.)

So the story begins with a journey, which is a common device used in Young Adult literature. However, Zora’s journey is two-fold. The story opens in Baltimore, not long after the end of The Vespertine, and Zora has made the decision to get out of town and go out to the western territories to start her life over and to escape her watchful and pushy mother.

Lo and behold, she eventually makes it out there…and discovers that she has a special power much like her cousin Amelia. (Trying really hard not to give too much away!) The prose was still great, and Mitchell did a great job depicting the tough lifestyle that those caught up in Manifest Destiny encountered when they went out west and had to find water, a home, a job, and a way of life. Zora does get a bit of a wake-up call, having to adapt to the new lifestyle by “shedding” her old persona, which is represented by her taking off her restrictive corset.

As I stated previously, I actually was not a huge fan of Zora in the first Vespertine novel, but I do find her much more likeable and relatable in this one. The new characters that are introduced are not flat, and there are many layers to every one of them. I especially like Emerson, although I think their story together was rather rushed. (You will know what I mean when the book is released.)

Overall I really enjoyed this novel and I recommend it to anyone who is a fan of The Vespertine, historical novels, romance, and anything with a little bit of the supernatural. 4 Bards!

P.S. There is the hint at the end of the novel for the third installment, titled, The Aetherborne

Be sure to enter the contest in the Rafflecopter Widget below!

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WINNER! Contest: Author Spotlight: Leanna Renee Hieber

And the moment you’ve all been waiting for…the winner of 1 copy of Leanna Renee Hieber’s Darker Still is…

Memrie Harris

Thank you to everyone who entered, and check back soon for the Best of 2011 Giveaway (in coordination with the Favorite YA Release in 2011 Poll in the sidebar)

Memrie, if you will please email your address to msnrjessicalee@gmail.com


CONTEST: Author Spotlight: Leanna Renee Hieber

Leanna Renee Hieber, author of Darker Still, has kindly taken time out of her busy schedule to drop in and answer some of our questions about her wonderful book! Before reading the interview, you can read the review of the book HERE.

I was obsessed.

It was as if he called to me, demanding I reach out and touch the brushstrokes of color swirled onto the canvas. It was the most exquisite portrait I’d ever seen–everything about Lord Denbury was unbelievable…utterly breathtaking and eerily lifelike.

There was a reason for that. Because despite what everyone said, Denbury never had committed suicide. He was alive. Trapped within his golden frame.

I’ve crossed over into his world within the painting, and I’ve seen what dreams haunt him. They haunt me too. He and I are inextricably linked–bound together to watch the darkness seeping through the gas-lit cobblestone streets of Manhattan. Unless I can free him soon, things will only get Darker Still.

A Midsummer Night’s Read (MSNR): Leanna, thank you so much for taking time to answer some of our burning questions about your Young Adult debut, Darker Still!

Leanna Renee Hieber(LRH): Thank you! I am thrilled to be here!

MSNR: It is clear to me, as a huge fan of Victorian Literature, that a lot of the gothic novels published in the nineteenth century were very influential on your creation of Darker Still. Is there any particular works that really influenced the text?

LRH: Absolutely! My most formative influences as a reader were classic, 19th Century stories and paranormal novels (Poe, Wilde, Stoker, Shelley) and classic fantasy novels (Tolkien, Lewis) and horror novels (Stephen King), all these informed the stories I wanted to write. I loved the paranormal and the fantastical; I have very early memories of telling ghost stories to scare my friends and my girl scout troupe and loving every minute of it. I started my first novel when I was about 12 years old, it was a sequel to The Phantom of The Opera, set in 1888, so the Victorian era has long appealed to me. I adore the rich and delectable language of the Victorians. Big words are sexy. I also like making up magical things. Put those sexy big words and rich language alongside magic and ghosts? Music to my ears.

MSNR: What is your favorite Victorian/Gothic novel? What would you say to convince someone to read it?

LRH: The Picture of Dorian Gray. It’s creepy, sensual, unexpected, rich, and it’s short, so don’t be daunted!

MSNR: Did The Picture of Dorian Gray influence the plot of Darker Still?

LRH:
I suspect my above answer indicates yes! 🙂 A novel about a haunted, changing painting? Oh, yes, Dorian Gray and stories by Poe introduced haunted paintings beautifully. Oscar Wilde is a formative influence for me, as a playwright, actress and author. I asked for his blessing at his grave-side in Paris. As I listed him first in my acknowledgements, I’d like to think that considering my life in the theatre and as a novelist mirrors his interests, and that I have my own very distinct style, that he and I would have been friends. 🙂

MSNR: What made you decide to venture into the wild world of Young Adult literature?

LRH: My Strangely Beautiful saga is YA friendly with a teen heroine and PG-13 content, so my voice was already leaning this direction. Harry Potter got me obsessed with reading and writing again after a bit of a dry spell, so I wanted to pick up with something as magical, epic yet immediate and intimate as YA can be.

MSNR: Did the (internal) voice of Natalie speak to you? What made you decide to make the main character of your novel mute?

LRH: Yes, I can’t say what exactly influenced me to write her, it’s more that she sort of wrote me. There are certain characters that hit me like a ton of bricks. Miss Percy Parker was like that in Strangely Beautiful, but entirely opposite as she’s so shy. Natalie is a spitfire despite her odds, and I love her for it. All I can do is sit back and let her drive the carriage. I knew I wanted Natalie’s world inside and outside of the painting to be profoundly different, and so her speech was a way to do so. I also think the theme of “finding one’s voice” whether literal or figurative is something we can all relate to.

MSNR: There is some interesting information about the occult and the use of Egyptology in the magic that imprisons Lord Denbury. Did you have to do a lot of research on this, or did you combine the mythical elements in your own fashion?

LRH: I worked and created the magic system entirely on my own, following some of my own particular interests. I believe in the supernatural and I also believe in negative forces. I did not want to consult specific dark occult texts because I actually don’t want to mess with that stuff directly, it has negative energies I don’t want to associate with. I am a woman of faith (I’m Lutheran, protestant like Natalie) but I am of an open-minded faith that allows for different viewpoints and for the validity of all world religions. I do believe in darkness and evil, so if I was going to spend time writing it, I wanted it to be a system that I directly controlled and could change at will, a system that I had power over. I enjoyed pulling the different aspects together to create my own system from existing, “real” pieces and letting my characters work the mystery of each of them out.

MSNR: You just released the title for the sequel to Darker Still, which is The Twisted Tragedy of Miss Natalie Stewart. Can you tell us a little bit about the sequel?

LRH: I’d love to, thanks for asking! Our intrepid heroine Natalie continues to lead us on yet another adventure, alongside our dashing hero Lord Denbury, who has to play his evil doppelganger to shed light on the shadowy organization who cursed him and who has ensnared another vulnerable young woman. There’s adventure on trains, in carriages, morgues, in nightmares, theatres and of course, lots more pretty clothes. And more kissing. 🙂

MSNR: Will the Point of View stay the same? For instance, will the story be told through another journal of Natalie’s?

LRH: Indeed it will. A fresh journal for fresh adventures. This time in addition to letters there are also telegraphs, which are like the 19th century version of Text Mesages.

MSNR: Can you tell us a little bit more about Mrs. Northe? Will we see more of her and her neice, Maggie in the sequel?

LRH: Mrs. Northe is an important archetype, the mentor character. Much like Dumbledore in Harry Potter, Mrs. Whatsit in A Wrinkle in Time, these mentors become almost mythic, and I can’t imagine my stories without them. As a child who always got along better with adults than with people my own age, they’re vitally important for our young characters’ growth, sanity and perspective. I adore Mrs. Northe, she’s the culmination of all my favorite role models, teachers and elder friends in my life. There were many unconventional women like her in Victorian society, chafing against society’s boundaries and I find she continues to be terribly useful in the saga as it continues, though her and Natalie go through some trouble and strain in the sequel. And yes, you will see Maggie again, outrageously. Poor Maggie…

MSNR: Since you are such an experienced author, can you give any insight for aspiring writers on how to break into the publishing world?

LRH: One word: persistence. My first novel took 9 years from inception to publication and I had a thousand crises along the way. Keep reading, keep writing, surround yourself with encouraging and successful people and see how they deal with the business. Steel your heart, you have to have a thick skin. Prepare yourself for rejection, you have to want your work to reach an audience more than your fear of rejection.
Your work is not perfect, accept editorial suggestions, always, always, always hone your craft. If you can’t collaborate with an editor get out of the business. Always strive to improve.

MSNR: Leanna, I know you are extremely busy and I really appreciate you taking time out of your schedule to speak to A Midsummer Night’s Read and our readers! I know I personally cannot wait to read The Twisted Tragedy of Miss Natalie Stewart. Thank you again.

LRH: Thank YOU, Jessica! Your questions were wonderful and I had a lovely time answering them, thanks for your blog and for your time and consideration! To keep track of me: I’m on Twitter: http://twitter.com/leannarenee on FB: http://facebook.com/lrhieber and of course on the web at http://leannareneehieber.com – Happy reading, happy haunting!

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WINNER of The Veil by Cory Putman Oakes

A huge thank you to all that participated in the contest to win a copy of Cory Putman Oakes’ The Veil! (If you didn’t win, don’t worry a contest to win a copy of Leanna Renee Hieber’s Darker Still will be up soon!)


And the winner is….

ANDREA DIGIGLIO
Andrea, if you will please email us at msnrjessicalee@gmail.com with your mailing address we will get your copy of The Veil in the mail as soon as possible! Congratulations! 
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