Thursday, December 15, 2011

The YA Indie Carnival: Secret Santa Giveaway!

Welcome to Amy Jones Young Adult Fantasy Fiction and the twenty - third 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 the Secret Santa Giveaway!

Remember when you were in school and someone decorated your locker with wrapping paper and candy canes and big red bows? Today there’s a note taped to the outside of your locker.

It reads:
Enter the Secret Santa Giveaway from Dec. 16 to Dec. 22, 3PM Pacific and on Friday, Dec. 23, Noon Pacific! You could find TONS of books inside!

GRAND PRIZE: A Kindle or Nook copy of the books featured on the Grand Prize List!

To enter the Secret Santa GRAND PRIZE Giveaway just
FOLLOW & comment on a
carni’s site telling us why you’ve been naughty or nice this
year. Each carni will have individual giveaways too so be sure
to visit all the carnis to win as many books as possible!

ALL WINNERS ANNOUNCED 12/23/2011, Noon Pacific.

Take a gander under my tree... 

Author:  Bryna Butler
Title:  Of Sun & Moon, Book 1 Midnight Guardian series

Teens are disappearing in a small river town in southern Ohio as Keira Ryan begins her freshman year. Kidnappings aside, her worries mount as she crushes on an older guy, her best friend starts dating a spoiled cheerleader, and the parents that abandoned her at birth arrive at her doorstep. And, oh yeah, she’s a tooth fairy destined to kick some butt and bring about the end of a royal line of vicious, blood-sucking tyrants.

Over the years, humans have pieced together sightings and assumptions to create the myth of the tooth fairy. As it turns out, they were pretty much wrong. 

Book Links:

Author: T. R. Grave
Titles: Warriors of the Cross (now available)
Guardians of the Cross
(release 12/24/11)

Enemies of the Cross
(fall 2012)

Book Links:


Barnes and Noble



T. R. Graves Bio:
 The debut author of The Warrior Series, lives in Texas with her husband of twenty-five years. Together, they raise their seventeen-year-old daughter and six-year-old son. Besides being blessed with a supportive family, she counts her career as a registered nurse in not-for-profit hospitals among her most fulfilling accomplishments.

T. R. Graves Blurb:

Because writing is so personal, there were many things compelling me to embark upon this journey. My reasons were diverse. First, I wanted to find a way to bond with my daughter. I quickly found our young adult book dialogues opened the lines of communication and allowed us to discuss issues, which may have been very uncomfortable in any other situation. Second, I craved an ingenious way to preserve my mother-in-law’s and my father’s mannerisms. Time was steeling away their memories faster than I was willing to let them go, telling me my children would never really know them if I didn’t do something quick. I began this series with a plan to embed them solidly into the book in hopes that my children would be able to fall in love with them vicariously through eerily similar book characters (my son must be older to read the books…obviously). Finally, patient care is a wonderful career. I wouldn’t change my profession for anything. At the same time, the emotions I’ve witnessed while caring for people’s family members and the emotions I’ve felt have left a soul-deep and permanent impression in me. I cried so many times with grieving family member and for innocent victims. I wish – down to my core – I would have been able to miraculously ‘save’ some of my patients from their untimely deaths. With this series and in my books, I can.

Warriors of the Cross:

Dr. Allison La Crosse has the power to cure the dying with her touch. Given her career, this gift would be valuable if she were not drawn like a magnet to the person's every symptom. Some of which are fatal. At the hospital and surrounded by life-and-death emergencies, Allison’s inability to manage her impulse soon turns deadly

Warriors of the Cross
Kindle Readers Favorite Quote:

“A true test of someone’s love is how they act when they’re stressed and not how much they love you when everything’s goin’ good.”

Warriors of the Cross Recent Reviews:
Michael Maedo – Breathtakingly beautiful – “This is the first book I have ever written a review on for amazon. If I could give it more than 5 stars I would. I voraciously read multiple books a week but this is one of the best books I have ever read. The love of God and the desire to do the right thing permeates this book but does not hit you over the head. Brody, Allison, and Clark are so real. I feel like a better person after having read this book. I can't wait until the next book comes out.
Gloria “I have never wrote a message on the books I have read. But I have enjoyed this book. I am looking for the other books in this series. I am suggesting it to all my friends. It was amazing.”Roseycortes cortes “This book was fantastic. I read about a book per day or two, don't love most of them. Characters are real. Living people. They are likable and you care what happens to them. Dying for the next book!”
ebgb – Very Entertaining Read! – “This book was so interesting, I read it twice! I can't wait for the sequel to be released. The plot twists are very creative, and being a nurse, I especially enjoyed the medical aspects.

Guardians of the Cross Back Cover
– Release Date 12/24/11
Allison La Crosse's world is in a tailspin. After learning she has the power to cure the dying with her touch (a lethal curse when wielded), she is viciously attacked. More unsettling than the violence is the identity of her assailant. Devin turns out to be the first person she ever saved and her mother's killer. When her soul met Devin's an unimaginable bond was formed. Now, Allison must save Devin from his twin brother's control or kill them both. If she fails, she'll lose Clark and Brody forever.

Enemies of the Cross Back Cover
– Release Date Fall 2012

Enemies of the Cross will be the most exciting book of The Warrior Series. Continuing the life-threatening adventure, Allison reunites with Devin, the first person she saved – from the womb – and her mother’s murderer. After he reveals secrets never meant for her to know, she becomes more torn and confused about her destiny. In the end, her only options are to scrutinize her undying commitment toward the people she loves, learn how to control her deadly powers, and fight the Satan’s Sect members with everything she has.

Author:  M. Leighton

Title: Blood Like Poison:  For the Love of a Vampire (Book one of three)

Like most seventeen year olds, Ridley Heller thought she had her future all planned out. What she wanted most in life was to get out of small town Harker. Her only goal was to keep her mouth shut and her grades high so she could win a cheerleading scholarship to Stanford. But that was before she met Bo.

In Ridley’s wildest dreams, she could never have planned for someone like Bo, for a love so intense it left her breathless. No human girl could.
A haunting stranger that watched her from afar, Bo stole Ridley’s heart from the moment she laid eyes on him. But he has secrets. Bo’s a vampire. Both his past and his present are a danger to Ridley, but the biggest threat is not her blood; it’s her heart. He’s feeding a thirst for revenge that will cost him his life, and it may already be too late.

The more darkness Ridley uncovers, the more she realizes that her life will never be the same—with or without Bo. Can she sacrifice her future and her heart for someone who has a death wish?

Find it:

Well, now you know what's under my tree. What's under yours?

To enter the my giveaway:

1 -  Comment on my blog about why you've been naughty or nice this year!
2 - Follow these FB pages!

Amy Jones
Bryna Butler
T. R. Graves
M. Leighton

Make sure you make rounds to the rest of the carni stops in the carnival!

1.Laura A. H. Elliott author of Winnemucca & 13 on Halloween, Book 1 in the Teen Halloween Series2.Bryna Butler, author Midnight Guardian series
3.Heather Self4.T. R. Graves, Author of The Warrior Series
5.Suzy Turner, author of The Raven Saga6.Darby Karchut, author of GRIFFIN RISING
7.Lexus Luke8.Cheri Schmidt, author of the Fateful Trilogy
9.Rachel Coles, author of Into The Ruins, geek mom blog 10.K. C. Blake, author of Vampires Rule and Crushed
11.Patti Larsen, The Hunted series and The Hayle Coven series12.Amy Maurer Jones, Author of The Soul Quest Trilogy
13.Dani Snell's Refracted Light Reviews 14.Fisher Amelie, author of The Understorey
15.M. Leighton, Blood Like Poison Series, Madly, The Reaping 16.Abbi Glines, author of Breathe and The Vincent Boys
17.Kimberly Kinrade, Bits of You & Pieces of Me, Forbidden Mind18.Madeline Smoot, Missing, Summer Shorts, and The Girls
19.Cidney Swanson, author of Rippler20.Gwenn Wright, author of Filter
21.TG Ayer22.Melissa Pearl, author of Golden Blood


  1. Bryna's cover is so gorgeous. I want that dress ;)

  2. I have been good this year. Reading lots and being nice to my patients I take care of in the hospital. thanks for the giveaway! I am loving the covers!!!
    delivery.RN at gmail dot com

  3. Great giveaway! These books look fabulous! I have been nice this year. I have been very supportive of those around me and done my best to help others.

    haightjess at gmail dot com

  4. ive been nice this year, well for the mpost part. Ive arranged help groups and community service groups to help people in my town.

  5. Heather - I love Bryna's cover too! All of her covers are stunning!

    Kelly, Jess, and Bearrocks101 - Welcome to my blog and thanks for entering my giveaway!

    PS - Don't forget to leave your email address in the comment or you can email it to me at

    Bearrocks! I need your email address! :)

  6. And I’ve been basically naughty- I neglect the chores in favor of books and video games!

    Thank you for the giveaway!
    I am a FB follower of all of the pages as anme burgess
    melorabrock {at} gmail {dot} com

  7. Thank you Melora! You have been entered. :)