Thursday, September 22, 2011

YA Indie Carnival!

Welcome to The Shootin' Gallery and the eleventh post in the YA Indie Carnival. The carnival is designed for authors, readers and reviewers of YA Indie books. Each Friday this team of YA Indies will post on a common theme.

This week’s post theme features a YA Indie author whose work we have especially enjoyed. My list of favorite YA Indie authors is extensive (Addison Moore, Amanda Hocking, Sandy Nathan, Nicole Williams, Matt Xell, Brandon Alston, Wren Emerson, Cheri Schmidt, Courtney Cole, Amelie Fisher, J.L. Bryan, Tiffany King…) but if I am limited to just one I will go with Tess Oliver.

Tess’s list of YA Romance reads includes Camille, Safe Landing, Bitterroot Crossing, Blood Tide, A Little Less Girl, Double or Nothing and Red, Red Rose.

This week’s post features Camille.

Goodreads Synopsis:
At a time when society conforms to the strictest rules and most proper etiquette, sixteen-year-old Camille Kennecott and her guardian, Dr. Bennett, live a most unconventional life. They hunt werewolves.When unwitting victim, Nathaniel Strider, wanders into one of their full moon pursuits, Camille and Dr. Bennett believe they have found a specimen for their study. Finding a scientific key to unlocking the mystery of lycanthropy would end their late night excursions. Yet beneath the irresistible exterior, Nathaniel is transforming into a flesh-tearing monster, and as each experiment fails, Camille loses another inch of her soul to him. In a month’s time, she must face the prospect of destroying the boy who has stolen her heart.

“Hell won't be so bad, you know. After all, I'll be there to keep you company.”

~ Tess Oliver, Camille

What I thought about Camille…

Camille and scientist Dr. Bennett are trying to find a cure for people who are attacked by werewolves. They must be treated before the next full moon or they will mutate into the monster that infected them. During one of their 'stake' outs, Camille and Dr. Bennett witness a group of grave diggers attacked by the beast they are stalking to kill. All of the grave diggers are killed except one, Nathaniel Strider, who has been infected by the beast. Camille and the Dr. follow and eventually invite Strider to stay with them in hopes that he will prove a worthy experiment to bring them closer to their cure. In time Camille begins to develop feelings for Nathaniel and her quest for a cure becomes even more personal.

I thoroughly enjoyed this read. I would describe it as a paranormal romance entre with a side dish of forensics. Tess is brilliant at describing the cold factual biology behind the Dr.'s work and the contrasting emotional pull Camille feels toward Nathaniel. Camille is a fun fictional cross between The Prophecy of the Sisters by Michelle Zink the Bones series by Kathy Reich.

I gave Camille 5 stars!

Before you head off to the next booth in the carnival please don't forget about...

Soulless is a novella and will be available for free download @ on October 31, 2011!

The Guardians of Souls, Book Two in The Soul Quest Trilogy. It is available on Amazon NOW!

Carnival of fun!

The Ferris Wheel

Dani Snell: An awesome reviewer.

The Rockin' Roller Coaster

Patti Larsen: Author of The Ghost Boy of MacKenzie House, and The Diamond City Trilogy.

The Kissing Booth

Courtney Cole: Author of Every Last Kiss, Fated, Princess, and Guardian. Also a contributing author in The Glassheart Chronicles.

Cotton Candy Corner

Wren Emerson: Author of I Wish and a contributing author in the upcoming anthology that I am participating in (The Glassheart Chronicles).

The Fun House

Nicole Williams: An indie author of paranormal fiction. Her titles include: Eternal Eden and Fallen Eden. She is also participating in the Glassheart Chronicles. Here is the link to my review on Goodreads.

The Dunking Booth

Fisher Amelie: Author of The Understorey, as well as a contributing author in The Glassheart Chronicles.

The Carousel
Laura Elliott: Author of the recently released Winnemucca!

The Haunted Castle

Rachel Coles: Author of Diary of a Duct Tape Zombie, Whistles, Beergarden, Plagues, Bees of St. John, and Mushrooms.


T.R. Graves: Author of Warriors of the Cross.

The Face Painting Booth

Cydni Tefft: Author of Between

The Fortune Teller
P.J. Hoover: Author of Solstice
Congrats to P. J. for her recent
book trailer award for Solstice!

Popcorn and Caramel Apples!
Alicia McCalla: Author of Breaking

Pony Rides!
Heather Cashman: Author of Perception

The Petting Zoo!
Cheri Schmidt: Author of Fateful and Fractured

Fire Breather!
Suzy Turner
Author of December Moon and Raven

Clown Sherif!
K. C. Blake Author of Vampire Rules

Elephant Trainer!
Gwenn Wright
Author of Filter

Kimberly Kinrade
Author of Bits of You, Pieces of Me and Forbidden Mind

The Giant!
J.L. Bryan
Author of Paranormals series- Jenny Pox. Tommy Nightmare & Alexander Death

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  2. Camille looks great! I've never seen Tess Oliver's books before. Thanks!

  3. Baby, great minds think alike! LOL! This is so great! Awesome post if I say so myself! ;)

  4. Two recommendations for the same author. I really am going to have to check into her books. Thanks.