Ballad of the Beanstalk cover reveal! And February’s reading challenge pick

It’s becoming quite clear that I won’t get my January books in at the library before the month is up in 4 days. Sooo my new plan is to have both my January books and my February book read by the end of February. Speaking of my February choice, let’s dive in to my choice!

My February choice is To Catch a Killer by Sheryl Scarborough. She isn’t technically a completely debut author, she has written various articles and some kid’s books, but she is a debut author to YA and with the stiff competition in YA lately, that’s quite a feat! Again, it’s a book that’s a bit of my normal wheelhouse, but I’m finding that I am enjoying these excursions into new genres!

In other exciting news…

It’s cover reveal day for Ballad of the Beanstalk, a YA romantic fantasy fairy tale prequel. This amazing cover was created by Makeready Designs.

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As her fingers move across the strings of her family’s heirloom harp, sixteen-year-old Clarion can forget. She doesn’t dwell on the recent passing of her beloved father or the fact that her mother has just sold everything they owned, including that very same instrument that gives Clarion life. She doesn’t think about how her friends treat her like a feeble, brittle thing to be protected. She doesn’t worry about how to tell the elegant Elena, her best friend and first love, that she doesn’t want to be her sweetheart anymore. She becomes the melody and loses herself in the song.

When Mack, a lord’s dashing young son, rides into town so his father and Elena’s can arrange a marriage between the two youth, Clarion finds herself falling in love with a boy for the first time. Drawn to Clarion’s music, Mack puts Clarion and Elena’s relationship to the test, but he soon vanishes by climbing up a giant beanstalk that only Clarion has seen. When even the town witch won’t help, Clarion is determined to rescue Mack herself and prove once and for all that she doesn’t need protecting. But while she fancied herself a savior, she couldn’t have imagined the enormous world of danger that awaits her in the kingdom of the clouds.

A prequel to the fairy tale Jack and the Beanstalk that reveals the true story behind the magical singing harp.

Release Date: April 11th, 2017

Pre-order on Amazon (99 cents for the first week of release only!)

Add on Goodreads

The e-book will be exclusive to Amazon and will be available for free to Kindle Unlimited subscribers! The paperback will be available more widely; watch for news about ordering it as the release date approaches.

Check out the paperback cover:

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Visit author Amy McNulty’s website to learn more.

I’m pretty excited about this book! It falls solidly into my ideal genre so I look forward to reading and reviewing it. Be on the lookout for that in the next couple of months!


What I’m currently reading:

the-thousandth-floorThe Thousandth Floor by Katharine McGee

I’m honestly not very far in, I just finished The Fate of the Tearling (the ending was like “whaaa?!?!” but really really good!) and my nine week old decided that teething early was a stellar idea so I have my hands full with her and Bean. I do sneak at least a chapter a day in though. I can’t wait until she’s a bit older and I can sit down for larger sessions with my books again. But The Thousandth Floor so far feels like Gossip Girl (the tv show) meets Zenon: 21st Century Girl (the movie). It’s set in 2118 and therefore has technology from the future but with a timeless teenager feel to it. I’m enjoying it!




Happy Reading!




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