I LOVE FALL! BOOKS for the most EXCELLENT of Seasons

I love fall. It is my favorite time of year. I love when the leaves change, pumpkin decorations are everywhere, Halloween... oh my land! It makes me giddy that in a few short days, it will be September and that means FALL!!!
Picture by Kelly Martin

Another thing we here at Glass House Press love is books (I mean, of course!). There is nothing better than taking a book to your child's practice or reading after they go to bed, snuggled up under a warm blanket. That's why this week, I wanted to give you some book recommendations to keep you company this fall.

Looking for a YA? This book is AMAZING! THIS SAVAGE SONG by Victoria Schwab has so many good reviews it is ridiculous! 
#1 New York Times Bestseller

There’s no such thing as safe in a city at war, a city overrun with monsters. In this dark urban fantasy from acclaimed author Victoria Schwaba young woman and a young man must choose whether to become heroes or villains—and friends or enemies—with the future of their home at stake. The first of two books, This Savage Song is a must-have for fans of Holly Black, Maggie Stiefvater, and Laini Taylor.
Kate Harker and August Flynn are the heirs to a divided city—a city where the violence has begun to breed actual monsters. All Kate wants is to be as ruthless as her father, who lets the monsters roam free and makes the humans pay for his protection. All August wants is to be human, as good-hearted as his own father, to play a bigger role in protecting the innocent—but he’s one of the monsters. One who can steal a soul with a simple strain of music. When the chance arises to keep an eye on Kate, who’s just been kicked out of her sixth boarding school and returned home, August jumps at it. But Kate discovers August’s secret, and after a failed assassination attempt the pair must flee for their lives. In This Savage Song, Victoria Schwab creates a gritty, seething metropolis, one worthy of being compared to Gotham and to the four versions of London in her critically acclaimed fantasy for adults, A Darker Shade of Magic. Her heroes will face monsters intent on destroying them from every side—including the monsters within.

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Does a Fairy Tale Retelling Strike your Fancy? Check out TELL ME MY NAME by Mary Fan! AND it is only 99 cents!
In Mary Fan's second novella from Glass House Press, a teen girl wakes up in an icy cell, alone and frightened. She has no memory of who she is or how she came to be there.

She does know that she must get out, at all costs. And that escape must start with remembering the simple things - her own name. Her place of origin. Her possible powers.

When a group of dark magicians reveal themselves to be her captors, she finds herself in the clutches of those who will stop at nothing to uncover the secrets locked within her lost memories. With her life fading under their merciless spells, the need to escape becomes dire.
But can she get out when she doesn't even know who she is? Can she count on one unlikely ally for help? Or is it already too late for her, a girl without a name?

Tell Me My Name introduces the main characters in Mary's new fantasy series, Fated Stars, with the first book, Windborn, due in 2016.

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Want a GREAT SciFi? Don't miss DEBBI by George Ebey! ONLY 99 cents!


A game to end all games. On the line: her family’s future. Will Helen’s creation be enough to win the day? Or will she lose, and take her family down with her?

Helen Hunter’s father hopes to make his fortune by sending a robotic rover, controlled from Earth, to mine the surface of Mars for precious ores.

But there’s a catch. To do it, he’ll have to assume financial responsibility for the rover.  And on the harsh and desolate surface of Mars, one false move can mean the difference between untold riches and utter disaster. It’s a risky move that could spell doom for the entire family … and their hopes for the future. 

Unless Helen can intervene. 

The company behind the mining system—MARSCORP—is holding a junior gaming competition at their annual convention, and this is her chance. Grand prize is a one-year lease on a brand new Mars mining rover. Winning would mean that her father gets his shot at the Martian bonanza without any risk to the family.

But it won’t be easy. Teens from all over the country have come to compete. Some are smart. Others, ruthless. And Helen’s not the only one who needs to win. The mission: use her personally designed robot to fight it out in a high-tech arena that can simulate any environment, real or imagined. Beat the competitors. Bring home the prize.

Luckily for Helen, gaming and robot design are her specialties. 

And when she unleashes her newest creation on the competition, a miniature homemade rover she calls DEBBI, the world is going to see just how skilled she really is.

The question is … will it be enough?
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LOVE Paranormal? One of the coolest paranormal series you will ever read is The Realm of the Claimed series.
Ash never thought going to a party could be dangerous. He certainly never thought it would change his life. But when a man with red eyes begins following him - and his sister - he realizes he was wrong. Soon they're running, leading the man on a desperate chase over icy roads. When Ash crashes his car, nearly killing his sister, the red-eyed man offers Ash a choice - save his sister, but pay the highest price possible. Bring Grace back to life, at the cost of his own soul. Suddenly, Ash is facing a choice he never sought. But will he use that choice to save his sister? And if he does what will it mean for Ash himself? 

Someone has started a revolution in Heaven, his betrayal and lies tearing the fabric of the angels apart. Things are coming quickly to a head, and before long the angels will find themselves at war with each other. Friends and allies will turn against each other, each choosing their own side of right and wrong. If that happens, the world as they know it will end. It's up to Kali, protector of angels and humans, to stop the treachery before war breaks out and peace is shattered forever. But how far is she willing to go to save the lives of the angels? Will she turn against her own dearest friend to save her world? And if she does will anything be left for her to come home to? 

Join Ash and Kali on their individual adventures as we see what - and who - led them to find each other in Soul Bound, the first book in the Realm of the Claimed.


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Last but not least... Have a kid who LOVES to read? OR do you love MG books yourself? History buffs (and non-history buffs) will love KEEPER OF THE BLACK STONE by PT McHugh!
Awkward in his own skin, shy around girls and worried about anything and everything, Jason Evans is just like a million other teenage boys in high school, with one very large exception: he has been given a gift that allows him to jump through time. A set of stones has fallen into his lap that gives him access to any place - and any time - that he chooses. But along with that gift comes the responsibility of stopping the man who is using those very stones to travel through time and change history for his own purposes. A man who is now holding Jason's grandfather hostage, and threatening the world's very existence. Jumping through time with his best friend and body guard, Jason must enter the world of Medieval England, learn its customs, navigate unimaginable danger, and help Henry VII win the Battle of Bosworth, in the name of finding his grandfather, rescuing a beautiful girl from the clutches of a corrupt church, and destroying the one man who pledges to turn history inside out.

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That's it! I hope you check out these amazing fall reads! Be sure to let me know what you think. I'm reading Spell Bound right now! Which books do you recommend for fall reading? Leave them in the comments. I wanna check them out.

Until next Monday...

Happy Reading!
~GHP

"Who is really the bad guy?" A Q and A with Unnatural Souls author Linda Foster

Show of hands... who LOVES supernatural shows? Was Buffy your girl in the 90s (or is she still at the top of your netflix watch list)? Do you sometimes feel the 'King of Hell' from Supernatural is a bit misunderstood? Have you watched Stranger Things yet?

If you answered yes to ANY of those questions, you are going to freak out and LOVE the new novella from Linda Foster called Unnatural Souls! We are incredibly lucky to have Linda here today, answering questions about writing, books, and the age old question, "Who is REALLY the bad guy?"

Linda Foster



1) What is it about the Realm of the Claimed series that you love? Which character is your favorite to write?
I love everything about the series. If I didn't I wouldn't write it right? :) I think what I enjoy best is writing characters who are outside the norm. My angels are super logical and not the loving creatures you expect. My demons are misunderstood souls who want to do some good. I honestly don't have a single favorite character to write. If you forced me to choose it would likely be Kali because her character is so complex.


2) When you are writing, what is your go-to snack?
Wow, that is a question I've certainly never been asked! I hate to disappoint but I never eat while writing. Mainly I forget to! I'm too lost in my worlds to think about food. My husband regularly has to call me to dinner multiple times. 


3) Do you have a favorite scene in Unnatural Souls? Can you give us a little snippet of it?
It's hard to pick just one. There are a few favorites. Most people have already gotten to read the one I picked in sneak peeks, but I just love the opening scene. The desperation, the imagery of a girl sitting in her bedroom thinking she has lost her mind. I adore it! 

I’m going crazy. 
  
There was no doubt in my mind of that simple and terrifying fact. And the situation I was facing right now only made me more positive. I dropped my pen and ducked out of the way as another book whizzed by my head, then jumped onto my bed and thrust my back against the wall, hugging my legs against myself. And for what felt like the thousandth time—that day—I prayed for it to stop.   Around me, books, papers, pillows, and my laptop were swirling through the room in a supernatural whirlwind. Which meant that my normally carefully organized pink and white room was now covered by the chaos of my other belongings. A place of calm and peace, turned to hell. Drawers were opening and closing, spitting out their contents and adding to the mess that flew around the place. They’d been doing it on and off all day. How everything was moving, I didn’t know … but this wasn’t the first time. Not by a long shot. I’d endured months of this torture.  If only the flying objects were my sole problem. But no, that would be too easy. I was also seeing people who weren’t there, moving places in the blink of an eye without meaning to, and having visions of events that later came true. Take your pick—I had somehow hit the mother lode of crazy jackpot.


4) Readers love angel/demon stories. Why do you think that is?
I think there are two major reasons. First, no one knows what happens after death. I think angel and demon stories let us explore the questions we don't have answers to. Second, it's also the ultimate good vs evil story. Heaven against Hell. It makes it an interesting subject that can be told in so many different ways. The challenge as an author, is adding twists to make yours really stand out!


5) Are you already working on the next book in the series? Can you tell us something about it?
We are working on both of the next two stories that are coming out this year, and working on the book coming out next year. There is no down time! The next two stories coming out this year will complete the backstory that leads up to the book from multiple views. You will get to see both the angels side - Michael the archangel who is plotting on stopping the King of Hell for good - and the demons side - Kali who is stuck between Heaven and Hell - that lead up to the book. It will leave you wondering who the real bad guys are, who the real good guys are and probably make you question just who it is you are rooting for.

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Love, hate, family loyalty, good vs evil... get Unnatural Souls today!

Happy Reading!
~GHP

AUTHOR BIO: Linda Foster was born and raised in Colorado, where she still lives with her (very patient) husband and four (very spoiled) ferrets. Linda became an avid reading enthusiast the moment she picked up her first book, and has grown steadily worse. By the time she was 15 years old, her library had become too big for her shelves, and she was forced to donate all her books to the local school, just to make room for new ones. She started writing short novellas for her friends in middle school, and expanded into full-length novels several years later. Soul Bound is her first published novel. 
Find out more about Linda at: http://linda-foster.com/




Unnatural Souls-- Souls, Grace, and Irony

This week on the blog, we have an excerpt from UNNATURAL SOULS by the amazing Linda Foster! This is the prequel to FALLEN SOULS. Unnatural Souls has one of the prettiest covers ever

(I mean, right?)

Unnatural Souls comes out AUGUST 16th! You can get it on pre-order now OR you can go ahead and get Fallen Souls while you wait. 

Linda has a super busy week! She is on book tour with Unnatural Souls. For more information or to keep up with her tour, follow Glass House Press on Facebook and Twitter.



OR

Wanna FREE excerpt? Here you go! Be sure to stay tuned for updates on Linda's tour on Twitter and Facebook. You never know where we will end up.


Now a normal person would just think, Hey, someone’s walking behind me. But I wasn’t normal anymore. Nearly a year of paranoia kicked in, my heart rate spiked, and I took off running. I didn’t understand it, but something inside me knew I should run from the unknown person following me.
Paranoia was right. The footsteps quickened with mine, closing in on me, and then I saw another flutter to my right—just as the last rays of the sun disappeared. The shadow picked up speed, then disappeared into the darkness of nightfall. It was gone.
I let out a yelp when the mystery person dashed directly into my path and cut me off. He—it?—came to a sudden stop, but I kept running toward it at full speed, my brain not realizing what had happened. I was about to collide with it. It, because it definitely wasn’t human. This wasn’t a person. People didn’t blend into the night, and they didn’t move this quickly either. Fear gripped me, and my breath trapped in my lungs as I screeched to a halt, catching the toe of my shoe on a crack. I fell to my knees, hitting the ground hard, and the force of it rocketed through me. My hands shot out and scraped across the cement, my left wrist twisting painfully.
But I kept my eyes down, knowing that I didn’t want to see what was in front of me. I had a bad feeling in my stomach that I couldn’t explain … but then I realized that staring at the ground wouldn’t make it go away. So I lifted my head. And when I looked up, I swear my heart stopped.
No.
A scream caught in my lungs. Red eyes. 
Not a ghost. A woman with bright crimson eyes and a mouth full of razor sharp teeth was standing in front of me, grinning horribly. Oh, Grace, please don’t pass out. Because I wanted to. I could feel the numbness, the lightness in my head as it began to grow heavy. A demon. I could live millions of years, and I would never be able to wipe the red eyes from my mind. Because they were the same eyes that had stared my brother down nearly a year before.

What horrific irony. Ash had sold his soul to a demon to save me, and here I was, about to be killed by a demon myself. 

~*~*~*~
We are so excited for this book! 
Leave a comment and tell us in the fight of angels and demons, which side are you on? Hmmm... #TeamAngel #TeamDemon #WhoWillWin

That's it for this week. See you next Monday. Happy book release, Linda! {8/9/2016}

~GHP

Unnatural Souls-- Souls, Grace, and Irony

This week on the blog, we have an excerpt from UNNATURAL SOULS by the amazing Linda Foster! This is the prequel to FALLEN SOULS. Unnatural Souls has one of the prettiest covers ever

(I mean, right?)

Unnatural Souls comes out AUGUST 9th! You can get it on pre-order now OR you can go ahead and get Fallen Souls while you wait. 

Linda has a super busy week! She is on book tour with Unnatural Souls. For more information or to keep up with her tour, follow Glass House Press on Facebook and Twitter.



OR

Wanna FREE excerpt? Here you go! Be sure to stay tuned for updates on Linda's tour on Twitter and Facebook. You never know where we will end up.


Now a normal person would just think, Hey, someone’s walking behind me. But I wasn’t normal anymore. Nearly a year of paranoia kicked in, my heart rate spiked, and I took off running. I didn’t understand it, but something inside me knew I should run from the unknown person following me.
Paranoia was right. The footsteps quickened with mine, closing in on me, and then I saw another flutter to my right—just as the last rays of the sun disappeared. The shadow picked up speed, then disappeared into the darkness of nightfall. It was gone.
I let out a yelp when the mystery person dashed directly into my path and cut me off. He—it?—came to a sudden stop, but I kept running toward it at full speed, my brain not realizing what had happened. I was about to collide with it. It, because it definitely wasn’t human. This wasn’t a person. People didn’t blend into the night, and they didn’t move this quickly either. Fear gripped me, and my breath trapped in my lungs as I screeched to a halt, catching the toe of my shoe on a crack. I fell to my knees, hitting the ground hard, and the force of it rocketed through me. My hands shot out and scraped across the cement, my left wrist twisting painfully.
But I kept my eyes down, knowing that I didn’t want to see what was in front of me. I had a bad feeling in my stomach that I couldn’t explain … but then I realized that staring at the ground wouldn’t make it go away. So I lifted my head. And when I looked up, I swear my heart stopped.
No.
A scream caught in my lungs. Red eyes. 
Not a ghost. A woman with bright crimson eyes and a mouth full of razor sharp teeth was standing in front of me, grinning horribly. Oh, Grace, please don’t pass out. Because I wanted to. I could feel the numbness, the lightness in my head as it began to grow heavy. A demon. I could live millions of years, and I would never be able to wipe the red eyes from my mind. Because they were the same eyes that had stared my brother down nearly a year before.

What horrific irony. Ash had sold his soul to a demon to save me, and here I was, about to be killed by a demon myself. 

~*~*~*~
We are so excited for this book! 
Leave a comment and tell us in the fight of angels and demons, which side are you on? Hmmm... #TeamAngel #TeamDemon #WhoWillWin

That's it for this week. See you next Monday. Happy book release, Linda! {8/9/2016}

~GHP

Unnatural Souls-- Souls, Grace, and Irony

This week on the blog, we have an excerpt from UNNATURAL SOULS by the amazing Linda Foster! This is the prequel to FALLEN SOULS. Unnatural Souls has one of the prettiest covers ever

(I mean, right?)

Unnatural Souls comes out AUGUST 9th! You can get it on pre-order now OR you can go ahead and get Fallen Souls while you wait. 

Linda has a super busy week! She is on book tour with Unnatural Souls. For more information or to keep up with her tour, follow Glass House Press on Facebook and Twitter.



OR

Wanna FREE excerpt? Here you go! Be sure to stay tuned for updates on Linda's tour on Twitter and Facebook. You never know where we will end up.


Now a normal person would just think, Hey, someone’s walking behind me. But I wasn’t normal anymore. Nearly a year of paranoia kicked in, my heart rate spiked, and I took off running. I didn’t understand it, but something inside me knew I should run from the unknown person following me.
Paranoia was right. The footsteps quickened with mine, closing in on me, and then I saw another flutter to my right—just as the last rays of the sun disappeared. The shadow picked up speed, then disappeared into the darkness of nightfall. It was gone.
I let out a yelp when the mystery person dashed directly into my path and cut me off. He—it?—came to a sudden stop, but I kept running toward it at full speed, my brain not realizing what had happened. I was about to collide with it. It, because it definitely wasn’t human. This wasn’t a person. People didn’t blend into the night, and they didn’t move this quickly either. Fear gripped me, and my breath trapped in my lungs as I screeched to a halt, catching the toe of my shoe on a crack. I fell to my knees, hitting the ground hard, and the force of it rocketed through me. My hands shot out and scraped across the cement, my left wrist twisting painfully.
But I kept my eyes down, knowing that I didn’t want to see what was in front of me. I had a bad feeling in my stomach that I couldn’t explain … but then I realized that staring at the ground wouldn’t make it go away. So I lifted my head. And when I looked up, I swear my heart stopped.
No.
A scream caught in my lungs. Red eyes. 
Not a ghost. A woman with bright crimson eyes and a mouth full of razor sharp teeth was standing in front of me, grinning horribly. Oh, Grace, please don’t pass out. Because I wanted to. I could feel the numbness, the lightness in my head as it began to grow heavy. A demon. I could live millions of years, and I would never be able to wipe the red eyes from my mind. Because they were the same eyes that had stared my brother down nearly a year before.

What horrific irony. Ash had sold his soul to a demon to save me, and here I was, about to be killed by a demon myself. 

~*~*~*~
We are so excited for this book! 
Leave a comment and tell us in the fight of angels and demons, which side are you on? Hmmm... #TeamAngel #TeamDemon #WhoWillWin

That's it for this week. See you next Monday. Happy book release, Linda! {8/9/2016}

~GHP