Thursday, November 17, 2011

YA Indie Carnival!

Welcome to The Shootin' Gallery and the nineteenth 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 is On the rise... YA Fantasy!

Who knows why this seems to be the new trend with young people and adults alike but I for one find it refreshing. Maybe people are more drawn to these books because they know when they read them they can escape to another world, far from reality and the day in and day out monotony of their every day life... or maybe not. Maybe the answer is more simple. YA Fantasy books are just so darn cool!

Either way I find the timing of this post theme to be quite convenient. Beginning at midnight on November 18th movie theaters all over the world will premiere, Breaking Dawn Part One, the first film to document the last book in the Twilight Saga. It has been a wild ride has it not Twilight fans? I wish I could say that am one of the crazed adoring fans that will be present for the opening of this film but unfortunately work calls upon me too early in the morning. I will have to wait it out a little longer. Such a bummer, I know...

At any rate, The Twilight series isn't the only YA book to reach the silver screen these days. Don't forget about J.K. Rowlings Harry Potter series. I suspect Ms. Rowling is largely responsible for this new trend in popularity with YA fantasy books. Another great read to hit the screens is Rick Riodan's Percy Jackson series as well as Pitticus Lore's I am Number Four.

Here is a list of some other YA Fantasy books turned films which are anticipated to hit movie theaters in the near future.

Firelight by Sophie Jordan

Incarceron by Catherine Fisher

Wake by Lisa McMann

City of Bones by Cassandra Clare

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins


The Maze Runner by James Dashner

I personally cannot wait for City of Bones and The Hunger Games, awesome!!!

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

Soulless; The Story of Shayan is out and available for FREE (ebook) at Smashwords and Goodreads! For now it is available for $0.99 at but I hope to list it FREE soon.

The Guardians of Souls, Book Two in The Soul Quest Trilogy (now only $0.99!!!). It is available on Amazon NOW!

Gwenn Wright's The Von Strassenberg Saga. Our very own Dani Snell just released and designed the official cover for BlueStocking Girl! Here's a link to Gwenn's awesome video:

Laura A. H. Elliott's 13 on Halloween new release! Check out her awesome book trailer and an excerpt.

Courtney Cole's novel, My Tattered Bonds, the finale of the Bloodstone Saga, has been released early. You can find it on Amazon here. Congrats to Courtney's debut on Amazon’s mythology bestseller’s list!

At the end of the month, a group of our own carnies (including yours truly) will be in Savannah, GA for a book signing. You can find the details here.

Lexus Luke is donating 30% of the proceeds from Manitou The Sky People Saga to the ASPCA. You can enjoy a great read AND support a wonderful organization!

The Vincent Boys by Abbi Glines will release on October 21. You can see its trailer here.

For a limited time, Kimberly Konrade is selling signed copies of her thriller, Forbidden Mind along with some other really cool stuff! Details here.

And don't miss the giveaway on Gwen Wright’s blog. When she reaches 100 followers, she will give away a signed copy of Filter and cool coffee mugs.

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

Lizard Woman!
Darby Karchut Author of Griffin Rising and the upcoming Griffin's Fire

Octo - lady!
Madeline Smoot Author of Missing, Summer Shorts, and The Girls

The Fire Breathing Lady!
M. Leighton Author of Blood Like Poison Series, Wiccan, Caterpillar, Madly and Wolfhardt and The Reaping

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  1. Drat! Even more books to add to my TBR pile. :)

  2. The Hunger Games sounds very good! I've heard good things about the series, not to mention the movie of the first book is coming out. City of Bones sounds good too, and the cover looks stunning pretty! I've heard the Mortal Instruments series sounds very good too!! Great picks!!! Thank you for sharing!

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