Category Archives: Jessica Verday

Free 60-Day Trial of Kindle Unlimited, and the Books Available

On Facebook, a friend shared a Groupon for a Free 60-Day Kindle Unlimited Membership (US $19.98 Value). I know nothing about Kindle Unlimited. I’m hoping that “borrowing” books through is like the way my libraries work – download books, and they get automatically deleted after a certain number of days, or you return them earlier. I’m hoping it’s not the “read for free” thing that publishers sometimes do on their websites where you can only read web-based – no downloads.

You’ll need an Amazon account, and will need to make sure the settings have your location as the United States. You’ll also need a Groupon account, for which I used my Facebook, and make sure that you’re not signed up to any of their newsletters if you’re treating this Groupon as a one-off deal.

Group will ask you for “payment”, but I clicked the PayPal button, so I wasn’t charged – because the deal is free, after all. There’s also an option for credit card info.

Once you’ve got your Amazon organised, click here and input the code from your email, to activate the deal.

And now comes the part for why you’re here – borrowing books for free. I don’t know if there are expiry dates or what kind of borrowing system it is (see above about publishers vs. libraries). I’m on the wrong machine right now, but tomorrow on my laptop, I plan to investigate the following links. I systematically checked my reading wishlist, and here are the Kindle Unlimited-eligible books I’m interested in. Some are “pre-orders”, so I doubt you’ll be able to borrow them now. Be sure to check that the ones you’re interested in have Kindle Unlimited on the page, just in case I included a non-eligible title or if the authors/publishers decide to take them off the programme.

Vicki Hendricks: Miami Purity
Cyn Balog: Drowned
Chris Beckett: The Peacock Cloak
Jenna Black: Sealed with a Curse
Rachel Caine: Stillhouse Lake (pre-order)
Amy Rose Capetta: Entangled
Naomi Clark: The Ungrateful Dead; Wild; Gone to the Dogs; Ice Ice Baby; Stakeout
Liz Coley: The Captain’s Kid
Suzanne Collins: The Hunger Games; Catching Fire; Mockingjay
Megan Crewe: Earth & Sky; A Clouded Sky; A Sky Unbroken
Deborah Halverson: Writing New Adult Fiction
Jen Estes: Fifteen; Sixteen
Christina Farley: Gilded; Silvern; Brazen
Megan Hart: The Resurrected Compendium; Clearwater; The Lies We Tell (pre-order); The Secrets We Keep (pre-order)
Erica Hayes: Hunter’s Heart
Anthology: Tick Tock
Karen Ann Hopkins: Lamb to the Slaughter; Embers; Whispers from the Dead; Rachel’s Deception; Gaia; Secrets from the Grave; Tempest; Hidden in Plain Sight
Lydia Kang: A Beautiful Poison (pre-order)
PD Martin: Coming Home; When Justice Fails; Missing; The Wanderer; Grounded Spirits
Liz Maverick: The Transporter (pre-order)
Seanan McGuire: Indexing; Reflections
Will McIntosh: Futures Near & Far
Tracey O’Hara: Once Upon a Moonlit Night
Jackson Pearce: Turn Here
Cheryl Rainfield: Stained; Parallel Visions
Dia Reeves: Rhymes with Vampire
Leah Rhyne: In the Land of the Blind
Carrie Ryan: A Game of Firsts
Holly Schindler: Fifth Avenue Fidos; Play It Again; Forever Finley
Jeri Smith-Ready: Bridge
Lila Veen: Burning for You
Jessica Verday: Flesh Which Is Not Flesh
M.D. Waters: Gemini’s Edge
Skyler White: Offerings
Susanne Winnacker: Between the Shadow & the Soul

Now Available for US Pre-Order

V. C. Andrews: SAGE’S EYES: 26 January 2016: Buy (US)
Kelley Armstrong: EMPIRE OF NIGHT (paperback): 8th March 2016: Buy (US)
Madeline Ashby: REV: 5th April 2016: Buy (US)
Jenna Black: NIGHTSTRUCK: 5th April 2016: Buy (US)
Liz Coley: MISTAKEN: 1st July 2015: Buy (US)
Danielle Rollins: BURNING: 5th April 2016: Buy (US)
Madeleine Roux: THE ASYLUM NOVELLAS (THE SCARLETS, THE BONE ARTISTS, & THE WARDEN): 2nd February 2016: Buy (US)
Gena Showalter: FIRSTLIFE: 23rd February 2016: Buy (US)
Jessica Verday: OF MONSTERS & MADNESS (revamped edition): 16th June 2015: Buy (US)
Melissa West: SURGE: 5th April 2016: Buy (US)

4 New Covers (Arthur, Black, Brosh, Verday)

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In Support of EgmontUSA Authors #BuyAnEgmontBook

Have just heard that EgmontUSA will shut down at the end of January. I wasn’t sure how to show my support for those displaced, so I figured a blog post highlighting the works (both Egmont- and otherwise-published) of affected authors would have to suffice. I’ve included the authors’ websites, so you can keep up with their future publishing endeavours. This is by no means a comprehensive list – instead, it just features authors I’ve read or whose books are on my wishlist.

NOTE: The books already published will still be available for purchase. The 2015 books (at least, up to and including those in the spring catalogue) will still be published, too, so please pre-order.

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Now Available for US Pre-Order

V. C. Andrews: BITTERSWEET DREAMS (paperback): 27th October 2015: Buy (US)
Kelley Armstrong: DEAD TO ME: 15th September 2015: Buy (US)
Madeline Ashby: reV: 3rd November 2015: Buy (US)
Karen Bao: DOVE ARISING (paperback): 1st April 2015: Buy (US)
Andrea Cremer: THE CONJURER’S RIDDLE: 3rd November 2015: Buy (US)
Debra Driza: RENEGADE (paperback): 6th October 2015: Buy (US)
Alexandra Duncan: SOUND: 22nd September 2015: Buy (US)
Jen Estes: FIFTEEN: 15th January 2015: Buy (US)
Amy Ewing: THE WHITE ROSE: 6th October 2015: Buy (US)
Karen Ann Hopkins: WHISPERS FROM THE DEAD: 6th January 2015: Buy (US)
Krissy Kneen: THE ADVENTURES OF HOLLY WHITE AND THE INCREDIBLE SEX MACHINE: 22nd April 2015: Buy (US)
Michele Lang: LOVEBIRDS: 31st December 2014: Buy (US)
R. C. Lewis: STITCHING SNOW (paperback): 8th September 2015: Buy (US)
Kristen Lippert-Martin: TABULA RASA (paperback): 22nd September 2015: Buy (US)
Mindy McGinnis: A MADNESS SO DISCREET: 6th October 2015: Buy (US)
Dawn Metcalf: INSIDIOUS: 28th July 2015: Buy (US)
Devon Monk: CRUCIBLE ZERO: 1st September 2015: Buy (US)
Fleur Philips: BEAUTIFUL GIRL: 7th April 2015: Buy (US)
Natasha Preston: AWAKE: 1st September 2015: Buy (US)
Beth Revis: THE GIRL & THE MACHINE: 7th January 2015: Buy (US)
Beth Revis: THE FUTURE COLLECTION: 13th January 2015: Buy (US)
Diana Rowland: WHITE TRASH ZOMBIE GONE WILD: 6th October 2015: Buy (US)
Jennifer Rush: PLAYED: 10th February 2015: Buy (AU)
Jessica Verday: OF PHANTOMS AND FURY: 22nd September 2015: Buy (US)
Kat Zhang: ECHOES OF US (paperback): 15th September 2015: Buy (US)

Now Available for US Pre-Order

V. C. Andrews: BITTERSWEET DREAMS: 1st October 2015: Buy (US)
Jessica Brody: THE HUMAN ENGINEER: 4th February 2015: Buy (US)
Cecil Castellucci: USELESS WINGS: 24th February 2015: Buy (US)
Katie Coyle: VIVIAN APPLE NEEDS A MIRACLE: 1st September 2015: Buy (US)
Bailey Cunningham: PRIZE OF NIGHT: 30th June 2015: Buy (US)
Em Garner: MERCY MODE (paperback): 25th August 2015: Buy (US)
Megan Hart: DON’T DENY ME: 10th March 2015: Buy (US)
Colleen Hoover & Tarryn Fisher: NEVER NEVER: 11th January 2015: Buy (US)
Liz Maverick: HOT AND BOTHERED: 10th February 2015: Buy (US)
Carrie Mesrobian: CUT BOTH WAYS: 1st September 2015: Buy (US)
Caragh M. O’Brien: THE VAULT OF DREAMERS (paperback): 15th September 2015: Buy (US)
Caragh M. O’Brien: THE RULE OF MIRRORS: 15th September 2015: Buy (US)
Amy Christine Parker: ASTRAY (paperback): 25th August 2015: Buy (US)
Madeleine Roux: SANCTUM (paperback): 1st September 2015: Buy (US)
Madeleine Roux: CATACOMB: 1st September 2015: Buy (US)
Jessica Verday: OF MONSTERS AND MADNESS (paperback): 4th August 2015: Buy (US)
Rachel Vincent: MENAGERIE: 29th September 2015: Buy (US)

7th October 2014 Releases

Happy Release Day to:

Jennifer Lynn Barnes
The Naturals (The Naturals, Book 1)
Disney-Hyperion (US: 7th October 2014)
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Seventeen-year-old Cassie is a natural at reading people. Piecing together the tiniest details, she can tell you who you are and what you want. But, it’s not a skill that she’s ever taken seriously. That is, until the FBI come knocking: they’ve begun a classified program that uses exceptional teenagers to crack infamous cold cases, and they need Cassie. What Cassie doesn’t realise is that there’s more at risk than a few unsolved homicides – especially when she’s sent to live with a group of teens whose gifts are as unusual as her own. Soon, it becomes clear that no one in the Naturals program is what they seem. And when a new killer strikes, danger looms close. Caught in a lethal game of cat and mouse with a killer, the Naturals are going to have to use all of their gifts just to survive.

Rachel Cohn
Emergent (Beta, Book 2)
Disney-Hyperion (US: 7th October 2014)
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Zhara, the First. Elysia, her clone. On the surface, they are identical. But looks can be deceiving. When Zhara plays, she plays to win. She thought she had escaped the horrors of Doctor Lusardi’s cloning compound. But the nightmare is just beginning. Elysia has taken everything from Zhara – a softer, prettier version of herself and an inescapable reminder of all she’s failed at in her life. Now the man Zhara loves has replaced her with Elysia. Zhara will get her clone out of the way, no matter the cost. Elysia has finally learned the truth: she has a soul. Her First is alive. She knows it hurts Zhara to see her with Alexander, but she can’t give him up. The genetically-perfected Aquine has chosen as her as his life mate, and their days together are limited. Elysia can’t remain in the Rave Caves off the shores of Denesme forever. Revolution is brewing on the island paradise. Hundreds of soulless clones remain imprisoned like Elysia once was, slaves to the whims of their owners – wealthy human inhabitants of the island. As a group of clones and humans, led by Alexander, plot an insurrection that will turn Denesme’s world upside down, Elysia knows her place is fighting by his side.

Rinda Elliott
Blood of an Ancient (Beri O’Dell, Book 2)
Samhain (US: 7th October 2014)
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Beri O’Dell is on a mission. She has to rip back into a hell dimension fast, but needs two things first – the blood of an ancient and a fix for her friend Blythe’s magic, which careened out of control after the battle with the Dweller. Finding ancient blood isn’t easy when the old ones are rare and unwilling to donate. She needs to find Blythe’s former mentor…except the woman has lost her mind and joined a travelling band of singing witches. That’s not the only magical monkey on her back. Nikolos is imprisoned, and after a screwed-up spell lets her witness the horror that has become his life, her fear for him grows by the day. Now there’s another problem – a powerful being unleashed during the battle with the Dweller likes her gluttonous new existence, and will kill anyone who threatens it. But Beri has a few tricks up her costumed sleeve, even if it means mining the darkness of her soul to set everything right…and get Nikolos back in her arms.

Becca Fitzpatrick
Black Ice
Simon & Schuster (US, UK, CA, & AU: 7th October 2014)
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Britt Pfeiffer has never been that adventurous, but that’s about to change. Wanting to impress her ex-boyfriend, Britt convinces best friend, Korbie, to take a trekking trip with her. But when a freak storm leaves the girls stranded they seek shelter in a cabin, where they find two knights in shining armour. Or so they think. Britt quickly realises that the girls need to get off the mountain, fast. In exchange for her life, she is forced to guide the boys down, and as they set out on a harrowing journey through the cold and snow, Britt realises the only way to escape with her life is to pretend she is on their side. But is gorgeous, sexy Mason an enemy or an ally? Tension mounts, and it’s only a matter of time before things turn deadly…

Mira Grant
Parasite (Parasitology, Book 1)
Hachette Little, Brown Orbit (US: 7th October 2014)
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A decade in the future, humanity thrives in the absence of sickness and disease. We owe our good health to a humble parasite – a genetically engineered tapeworm developed by the pioneering SymboGen Corporation. When implanted, the Intestinal Bodyguard worm protects us from illness, boosts our immune system – even secretes designer drugs. It’s been successful beyond the scientists’ wildest dreams. Now, years on, almost every human being has a SymboGen tapeworm living within them. But these parasites are getting restless. They want their own lives…and will do anything to get them.

Amelia Kahaney
The Invisible (Brokenhearted, Book 2)
HarperCollins Teen (US & CA: 7th October 2014)
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After a perilous accident that literally stopped her heart, Anthem Fleet was left with a jagged scar down the front of her chest – and a strength she is still learning to control. Her new powers helped her avenge the death of the boy she loved and led her deep into Bedlam City’s dark underbelly, where she fought a network of shadowy criminals. But Anthem doesn’t want to be the crime-fighting vigilante that Bedlam needs. She just wants to go to school, practice ballet, and help nurse Ford, her friend and partner, back to health. But when a mysterious group called the Invisible starts attacking the privileged North Siders, Anthem’s whole world is thrown into chaos. Invisible’s threats seem like harmless pranks at first, but as their demands escalate, people start to die. Now Anthem must step up and be the hero that the city needs, or Bedlam will fall…once and for all.

Amie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner
This Night So Dark (Starbound, short story)
Disney-Hyperion (US: 7th October 2014)
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Tarver still has nightmares about the night, six months before the Icarus crash, when he rescued a group of civilian researchers being held hostage by brutal mercenaries. Now Tarver and Lilac must reconcile his memories of that fateful night with the truth that they uncovered on a mysterious planet after the Icarus crashed.

Marie Lu
The Young Elites
Penguin G. P. Putnam’s Sons (US: 7th October 2014)
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Adelina Amouteru is a survivor of the blood fever. A decade ago, the deadly illness swept through her nation. Most of the infected perished, while many of the children who survived were left with strange markings. Adelina’s black hair turned silver, her lashes went pale, and now she has only a jagged scar where her left eye once was. Her cruel father believes she is a malfetto, an abomination, ruining their family’s good name and standing in the way of their fortune. But some of the fever’s survivors are rumoured to possess more than just scars – they are believed to have mysterious and powerful gifts, and though their identities remain secret, they have come to be called the Young Elites. Teren Santoro works for the king. As Leader of the Inquisition Axis, it is his job to seek out the Young Elites, to destroy them before they destroy the nation. He believes the Young Elites to be dangerous and vengeful, but it’s Teren who may possess the darkest secret of all. Enzo Valenciano is a member of the Dagger Society. This secret sect of Young Elites seeks out others like them before the Inquisition Axis can. But when the Daggers find Adelina, they discover someone with powers like they’ve never seen. Adelina wants to believe Enzo is on her side, and that Teren is the true enemy. But the lives of these three will collide in unexpected ways, as each fight a very different and personal battle. But of one thing they are all certain: Adelina has abilities that shouldn’t belong in this world. A vengeful blackness in her heart. And a desire to destroy all who dare to cross her.

Jessica Verday
The Beautiful and the Damned
Simon Pulse (US & CA: 7th October 2014)
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Cyn Hargrave is on the run, but she can’t escape her dark past. The brother of her murdered boyfriend is convinced she’s the killer – and now he’s tracked her down. Cyn has only one person to turn to, and she can’t stand him. Avian knows the evil that lives inside of Cyn, but he’s still compelled to help her. As the thirteenth Revenant, he’s scorned by Heaven and unwanted by Hell, so he understands what it’s like to be a part of two worlds and not fit into either. Together they will need to deal with the danger that follows her – and the danger inside of her – before one of them destroys her.