Here’s the description:
The first book in an epic middle grade fantasy adventure series that takes place in an underground society at the center of the earth. Packed with action, humor, magic, and mystery.
After following a mysterious map into the woods and then under the woods, eleven-year-old Albert Flynn learns he’s a Balance Keeper—someone with special magical skills for fixing problems in three underground Realms at the Core of the earth. His new job is important; if the realms fall out of balance, the world above could be in great danger.
Albert and his Balance Keeper teammates Birdie and Leroy arrive in the Core not a moment too soon. There’s an Imbalance in the Calderon Realm and it’s threatening to bury Albert’s hometown of New York City in a mountain of ash.
The three must train hard completing mental and physical challenges, but above all, they must harness the power of their Tiles—unique superpowers given to each Balance Keeper. So far, Albert’s mastered the art of not mastering his Tile….
With the situation in Calderon growing worse every day, can Albert, Leroy, and Birdie restore balance before New York is destroyed forever? Will Albert master his Tile before it’s too late?
Perfect for fans of Percy Jackson, The Unwanteds, and the classic Journey to the Center of the Earth.
Sounds pretty fantastic, right? Lindsay posted the cover on her blog this morning, many of you may have already seen it, but as a friend and registered Booknerdigan I was too excited. I had to share it!
Go add it on Goodreads:
Can’t wait to read my copy!
To say I am excited about participating in the COVER REVEAL blog tour for my friend and CP Susan Bishop Crispell would be an understatement, a habit which I am not really known for.
I am bewilderingly elated that Susan found a place for her book Love and Cupcakes, with a publisher that is as enthusiastic and accessible as Swoon Romance. I am flabbergasted by my own enthusiasm on this subject.
Plus, the cover is delicious and the book is dreamy. Yes, Susan is one of my CPs, I can absolutely vouch for her writing ability. (Here I am being very mundane in my word choice. I am relaying the facts, Mack. Hyperbole about her ability is impossible because she is that fabulous.)
I know you want to see the cover, but you should know something about the book first, guys. It is only sensible.
For Jaclyn “Jack” Pace, sensing what sweets people crave is as easy as breathing. But it’s not enough to keep her cupcake bakery in the black.
So, when her estranged sister Harper comes back to town with an affinity for making art out of icing—and a past full of secrets—she reluctantly gives Harper a job and a place to crash.
As their sisterly relationship begins to thaw, the one with her business partner Graham starts to heat up. Given the legend that says Hollingsworth men will recognize their soul mates at first touch, Jack’s always been resigned to the fact that she’s not his.
But when she starts sensing desires that are decidedly not dessert-related, it’ll take all of her magic to set things right with customers and make her own desires come true.
Love and Cupcakes is a delightfully sweet and sensual romance from Susan Bishop Crispell
You want to read this book.
And you want to see the cover.
Did I mention Susan has a blog, a Twitter, a Pinterest, a Facebook, a Tumblr?
OK, all that stuff is out of the way and taken care of. Phew. I feel better, don’t you? On to the Cover Reveal….!
Oh, a bit about Susan before we do.
Susan Bishop Crispell is not one of those writers who’s been scribbling down stories since she could hold a pencil. She didn’t read constantly growing up (blasphemy!), and she can still be found in public without a book tucked into her purse (again with the blasphemy!).
She is, however, the kind of writer who lives for the imaginative spark that introduces her to a new character or story idea that pushes her to turn everyday life into something magical.
Truly, she is a kindred spirit. And, all joking and silliness aside, she is one of the most gifted writers I have had the pleasure of reading, and learning from, and being sharpened alongside. Come January 2014 you will all see what I mean, and you will all be nodding and sharing just how very right I was. (I will be incredibly humble at that time, as I am known for my humility and as the writing you will be commenting on will not be mine at all, but hers.)
Now, no more delays. Here it is…Love and Cupcakes from Swoon Romance coming January 21, 2014!
Thank you to
Today marked the cover reveal for my beautiful and gifted friend Lindsay Cummings’s stunning 2014 debut The Murder Complex from Greenwillow Books. If you haven’t already seen it, behold…
So much to love about this cover. The color, the font, the image, and above all how perfectly it teases the content. I was lucky enough to read a draft of this book before it went into line edits, and even then it bled originality and depth. Lindsay is a truly unique talent, but she is also one of my favorite people in the world.
If you haven’t already added The Murder Complex to your Goodreads, follow this link to do so. It is up for pre-order on a handful of easy access sites as well. By following the link to Lindsay’s blog below, you can find all the handy pre-order info.
If you are interested in a signed ARC (and you really should be, because how much fun?) check out the contest going on over at Lindsay’s personal blog. I for one have already entered!
I am happy for Lindsay, but just as happy for all of us. Soon we’ll get to hold this fabulous book in our hands, which is all Lindsay has wanted for us since writing it over two years ago.