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The Last Queen of India Release Date Soon

April 2nd is coming up and it is also the release date for The Last Queen of India by Michelle Moran. If you like historical fiction set in other cultures then be sure to give this book a try. It's a stand alone as well!

The Last Queen of India by Michelle Moran
When the British Empire sets its sights on India in the 1850s, it expects a quick and easy conquest. After all, India is not even a country, but a collection of kingdoms on the subcontinent. But when the British arrive in the Kingdom of Jhansi, expecting its queen to forfeit her crown, they are met with a surprise. Instead of surrendering, Queen Lakshmi raises two armies—one male, one female—and rides into battle like Joan of Arc. Although her soldiers are little match against superior British weaponry and training, Lakshmi fights against an empire determined to take away the land she loves.

Told from the perspective of Sita, one of the guards in Lakshmi's all-female army and the queen’s most trusted warrior, The Last Queen of India traces the astonishing tale of a fearless ruler making her way in a world dominated by men. In the tradition of her bestselling novel Nefertiti, which Diana Gabaldon, author of the Outlander series, called “a heroic story with a very human heart,” Michelle Moran once again brings a time and place rarely explored in historical fiction to rich, vibrant life.

Things We Know By Heart By Jessi Kerby

What would you do if your boyfriend passed on and his heart was donated to someone? Would you reach out to the person that received his heart organ? What if a special kind of connection was formed between you and this new person, the kind that made you feel guilty? What would you do when things take on a course of their own?

Introducing Things We Know By Heart by Jessi Kerby. It is a stand alone novel, which is young adult but touches some really deep spots of the heart. This contemporary romance is set to be released April 21st, 2015.


Things We Know By Heart by Jessi Kerby
When Quinn Sullivan meets the recipient of her boyfriend’s donated heart, the two form an unexpected connection.

After Quinn loses her boyfriend, Trent, in an accident their junior year, she reaches out to the recipients of his donated organs in hopes of picking up the pieces of her now-unrecognizable life. She hears back from some of them, but the person who received Trent’s heart has remained silent. The essence of a person, she has always believed, is in the heart. If she finds Trent’s, then maybe she can have peace once and for all.

Risking everything in order to finally lay her memories to rest, Quinn goes outside the system to track down nineteen-year-old Colton Thomas—a guy whose life has been forever changed by this priceless gift. But what starts as an accidental run-in quickly develops into more, sparking an undeniable attraction. She doesn't want to give in to it—especially since he has no idea how they're connected—but their time together has made Quinn feel alive again. No matter how hard she’s falling for Colton, each beat of his heart reminds her of all she’s lost…and all that remains at stake.
 

The Shadows By J.R. Ward Makes GoodReads.com Top 200 List For March

Congratulations to The Shadows by J.R. Ward making it to the 9th spot in GoodReads.com's top 200 books for March 2015! The list is composed of 200 books published in March 2015 that people have added on GoodReads.com to their to-be-read lists, etc. Want to view the list? You can do so here.

Interview With Jennifer Estep

You are in for an amazing treat today, Bookworms, for we have the amazing Jennifer Estep for an author interview! She is the author of the four following book series: Elemental Assassin, Mythos Academy, Bigtime and Black Blade. Black Blade is her brand new young adult series. Be on the look out for the first book in the series, Cold Burn of Magic, which is scheduled for release April 28th, 2015! On top of being a well known author of such popular book series she is also a New York Times best selling author!

It is my greatest honor to introduce all of you to the wonderful Mrs. Jennifer Estep! Fall into the comfort of your favorite chair with open ears and eyes as Mrs. Estep answers our curious questions.


Insomnia Book Club [I.B.C]: It is an incredible honor to be able to interview you as an author for Insomnia Book Club! I can't begin to thank you enough for that! To begin, how did you come up with Gin's personality in your Elemental Assassin series? Did someone or something inspire it?

Estep: Thanks for hosting me on your site. I appreciate it!

I’ve always enjoyed reading stories about assassins, especially when it comes to fantasy books. Assassins can be everything from calm to cold to calculating, and it just seems like there are a lot of different stories you can tell with assassin characters.

But I wanted to write an assassin character who was a little different in that she was okay with being a bad guy in order to protect her friends and family and to help other people. So that was sort of the start of Gin Blanco and my Elemental Assassin series.


I.B.C: Is it possible that we might see a spin-off series to Mythos Academy in the future?

Estep: I really enjoyed writing my Mythos Academy series. I’ll never say never, but as of right now, I don’t have any plans to write more in that series or do a spinoff series.


I.B.C: Which do you enjoy writing more, adult novels or young adult novels, and why?

Estep: I enjoy writing them both pretty equally. Most of my books have a lot of the same elements – a strong heroine, magic/world building, and lots of action and fight scenes. So how I write my adult and young adult books is pretty much the same.

One thing I do like about writing young adult books is that I get to tell a little more of a coming-of-age story with those, with a heroine who is trying to figure out herself, her magic, and what kind of person she wants to be. That sort of story is usually a lot of fun for me to write.


Mercy Thompson Series

I originally read Moon Called, the first book in the Mercy Thompson series, for Insomnia Book Club's 2015 Reading Challenge. What I didn't expect to happen was to become entirely hooked on the Mercy Thompson series and have it become one of my of all time favorite series. Currently on the 4th book of the series, Bone Crossed, and have yet to dislike any of the books even just a little. It is without a doubt one of the best PNR (paranormal romance) book series ever in my opinion! Thankyou Patricia Briggs for writing such an amazing series!

Playing For Keeps Winner Announcement!

Today is announcement time for the winner of the Playing For Keeps E-book Giveaway.

.... *drumroll*

And the winner is....





::opens envelope:: ....Fluser won the e-book copy of Playing For Keeps by R.L. Mathewson!



Congratulations to Fluser on winning! I hope that you enjoy your copy of Playing For Keeps!


Until next time bookworms.... continue to look for giveaways from I.B.C as well as hosted by I.B.C


Interview With Suzanne Wright

Introducing Suzanne Wright as Insomnia Book Club's latest author to interview! I'm sure most of you who read shifter themed books already know who she is but for those who don't, Suzanne Wright is the author of two book series. The Phoenix Pack is a wolf shifter series and Deep In Your Veins is a vampire shifter series, both of which are easy on the eyes length wise. Dark Instincts is the fourth and latest installment in The Phoenix pack series, scheduled for release on April 7th. Keep reading after the interview for a special treat from Mrs. Wright, a sample of chapter one from Dark Instincts!

Without further ado, please welcome Mrs. Suzanne Wright!



Insomnia Book Club [I.B.C]:
Congratulations on the release of the upcoming installment to your The Phoenix Pack series, Dark Instincts! Does The Phoenix Pack have a set amount of books in the series or will it be ongoing?

Wright: I can't say for certain as I don't trust myself not to plan more in the future, but I will DEFINITELY be giving Tao, Ryan, Trick and Dominic a book of their own so that’s at least four more in the series.


I.B.C: Out of all of the books in The Phoenix Pack which book was the most enjoyable to write?

Wright: They were all equally enjoyable to write, each for their own individual reasons. For instance, it was fun in Feral Sins writing about a female who got plunged into a pack that initially didn't welcome her, and had to fake a mating with someone like Trey. In Wicked Cravings, it was fun to explore a control freak having to contend with the ultimate free spirit. In Carnal Secrets, I enjoyed the chase that Shaya sent Nick on. As for Dark Instincts...well, I can't tell you because it hasn't been released.


I.B.C: What can we expect to get out Dark Instincts that isn't already mentioned in the book's description?

Wright: Ah, asking me to give stuff away when I'm not supposed to is just plain mean. All I will say is that poor Marcus has a real family gauntlet to run, and I think you'll be surprised to find what lays beneath all that charm.

Playing For Keeps Giveaway Reminder

Only two days left to enter for a chance to win an e-book copy of Playing For Keeps by R.L. Mathewson! Be sure to enter here before time is up. The last day to enter the giveaway is March 13th. Good luck everyone!

Interview With Becky Wallace

Introducing a brand new author with what sounds like an amazing book, The Storyspinner, which was released March 3rd. Please give a warm welcome to Becky Wallace! The Storyspinner from the new series The Keepers' Chronicles is a young adult novel set in a fantasy world.

With great delight here is Mrs. Wallace to answer questions on her new novel for the bookworms of Insomnia Book Club and beyond!


Insomnia Book Club [I.B.C]: Congratulations on having what is assumed to be your first book ever to be published! How does that make you feel?

Wallace: The Storyspinner is my first book. I'm very excited and very nervous about my debut. Something that has been a part of my imagination for so long will soon be on display for the world.


I.B.C: Is there anything that inspired you for the plot line of The Storyspinner?

Wallace: I set out to retell Sleeping Beauty, but I realized a main character who was sleeping throughout a hefty part of the novel would be pretty boring.  The story took a major detour right away.


Jeanine Frost Explains "New Adult" Genre

In one of Jeanine Frost's latest blog posts via GoodReads.com she clarified what the "new adult" genre is. It seems some people thought that her Broken Destiny series was a young adult series due to it being "new adult".

Here is a portion of her blog posted clearly stating that the Broken Destiny series is not a young adult series....

Some readers confused the NA (New Adult) designation with YA (Young Adult) and thus erroneously thought that this was a "children's" series. Um, NO. New Adult means that there is definite adult content and it is not intended for young readers, so the new cover / description will (hopefully) make that abundantly apparent. Once I'm allowed to post the updated cover and description, I will.


Follow this link for Jeanine Frost's blog post.

Be on the look out for The Sweetest Burn, book two of the Broken Destiny series! It will be released November 2015.


The Sweetest Burn (Broken Destiny #2)
The breathtaking second novel in New York Times bestselling author Jeaniene Frost's Broken Destiny series finds Ivy and Adrian rekindling their alliance – and passion - as the struggle for the fate of the world begins . . .

Conquering a supernatural realm turned out to be easier than getting over a broken heart. But her initial victory has made Ivy a target for revenge, forcing her to reunite with the dangerous – and dangerously sexy – Adrian. Ivy isn’t sure which will be harder: finding the hallowed weapon that will repair the crumbling walls between demon and human realms, or resisting Adrian, who’s decided that come hell or high water, he will make Ivy his.

At first, Adrian tried to resist his feelings for Ivy. Now, determined to break the curse that dooms their love, he’s vowed to save her and to have her. If only he can persuade her to forgive his past sins. But defying destiny—and surrendering to the smoldering desire between them —will bring consequences and sacrifices they never imagined . . .

Drugs Are Never Worth It

Dear Bookworms and anyone else who is either taking illegal drugs or knows someone who is,

For whatever reason it is it seems that people, an unreal amount, mostly in their early 20's, who are taking illegal drugs continue to overdose. On purpose as well as not on purpose. Some do it because they can't handle things in life among other reasons when it's on purpose and some overdose because they feel that they can trust the person who is giving them drugs only to find it's not the drugs that they thought they were getting. There are also those who take legal drugs but take them in obscene quantities when they can't get their hands on legal drugs and or to overdose period.

Any reason to purposely take illegal drugs is never worth it. Taking drugs doesn't make a person cool, it makes them look and behave irresponsible and turns them into a very bad influence (among other things), nor is it something to play a game with. Drugs aren't worth taking no matter how tough life is either. It won't change anything. Many people also feel that if they were gone then it wouldn't matter because no one would care. The majority of the time those same families crumble and fall apart over the heart break of losing their loved one due to a drug overdose.

Whether its you or someone else taking drugs, meaning to overdose or never intending to, it isn't worth it. It never is. If you or someone that you know needs help please talk to someone that you know about it. If you're underage then speak to an adult that you trust, mainly a parent, sibling, teacher, etc.



National Drug Information Treatment and Referral Hotline: 800-662-HELP (4357)

National Cocaine Hotline: 800-COCAINE (262-2463)

National Heroine Hotline: 1-800-9-HEROIN

National Marijuana Hotline: 1-800-MARIJUA

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK

Drug-Free Workplace Help: 1-800-WORKPLACE

National Directory of Hotlines and Crisis Intervention Centers: 1-800-999-9999

Drug Abuse Assessment Test - Use one of the quizzes on this website relating to drugs or alcohol to assess the severity of your abuse and dependence.

Emotional Baggage Check - Need advice or want to give advice? This is an anonymous way of doing it. The only personal information required is an e-mail address, which isn't shared with the person who responds to your "baggage" and isn't made public. When someone responds you will receive an e-mail with their reply and a youtube link to a song that they picked out for you. Note: This isn't a website aimed at substance abuse, simply advice, but there are times when you kind help in the most unlikely places.

Overcoming Drug Addiction - Need help with overcoming drug addiction? This online guide might be helpful.

Understanding Drug Abuse and Addiction - This online guide helps you to understand drug abuse, addiction, signs and symptoms, etc.


March's Books of the Month

March's books of the month are Free Agent by J.C. Nelson and Perfect Ruin by Lauren DeStefano. Send in your confessions to IBClub@outlook.com and or join in the discussion on the GoodReads.com group.

The two polls are up to vote on which books of the month you plan on reading if any. The web poll can be visited here and the GoodReads.com poll for I.B.C can be found here.

Note: If you would like your confessions to remain anonymous be sure to mention it when sending in confessions.

 

Interview With Kristen Simmons

You're in for quite a treat today, Bookworms! I.B.C had the wonderful chance of being able to interview Kristen Simmons. For those of you who don't know who she is, she is the author of The Glass Arrow. The Glass Arrow was released February 10th, 2015. She is also the author of the Article 5 series. Since Ms. Simmons has been extremely busy she was very nice to do a short interview for Insomnia Book Club.

Time to pull out that leftover Valentine's Day candy and munch away while learning more from Kristen Simmons! P.S. Don't forget to keep a trash can near by for those "surprise" candies.


Insomnia Book Club [I.B.C]: Congratulations on the release of your book The Glass Arrow! How does it feel to have a book published that is brand new yet seems to be so popular amongst people?

Simmons: Hi! Thanks for having me! I'm honored to be featured on your blog. And thank you! I'm glad to hear it seems to be popular! It's kind of hard to tell what people think from this side. I hope they are enjoying it (or at least not hating it!).


I.B.C: During this day and age most authors come out with series rather than stand alone books, which I must say is very refreshing to see that The Glass Arrow is a stand alone novel. Did you plan for The Glass Arrow to be a stand alone novel or did it just so happen to turn out like that?

Simmons: I did plan on it being a standalone. When I outlined it, I knew it would wrap up in one book. It was refreshing for me to write it this way as well. My last book was the conclusion of a trilogy, and it was a workout tying up three sets of loose ends!


I.B.C: Do you have any major influences when it comes to writing?

Simmons: I am influenced by all sorts of things. Music, art, books, conversations I overhear (I'm not a creeper, I swear!). Inspiration comes from all over the place, you just have to be open to take it all in. This is why I constantly have a notepad on me!

As far as specific authors, there are so many talented people out there. I love Patrick Ness's books, and I'm currently hooked on The Raven Cycle books by Maggie Stiefvater. But truthfully, I'm inspired by anyone who writes, because putting together a whole book, whether or not it's published, is hard work. My hat's off to all the writers out there.


I.B.C:
Is it possible that you might write another stand alone novel(s) in the future?

Simmons: It's totally possible. In fact, I can guarantee it's going to happen. My next book which comes out in the winter of 2016 is also a standalone. It's called Metaltown and is about young sweatshop workers who fight against their terrible work conditions. It's a love story, of course. Ha!

Thanks again for having me! I hope everyone enjoys THE GLASS ARROW!

The Many Options For Following Blogs

These days there are so many different options when it comes to following blogs and or keeping up with what's new on them, depending on what options each individual blog offers to follow them. Different options include newsletters, rss feed in browsers, rss feed programs, bloglovin.com, social media accounts that allow you to follow such as tumblr.com, etc. Some people that don't follow many blogs simply check the blog's website from time to time. What's your favorite way to follow your favorite blogs, bookworms? Do you prefer to follow them or just visit their blog website? Personally speaking my favorite way to follow blogs is by using a rss feed program. Outside of that I wouldn't keep up with many blogs, simply visit my absolute favorite blog websites occasionally since blogs aren't a "need" in life so to speak.