Tuesday, April 23, 2013


Guest Post by Kim Askew and Amy Helmes

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In honor of William Shakespeare’s birthday (celebrated on April 23), authors Kim Askew and Amy Helmes, have dropped by with a guest blog post to announce a special contest!

Get A “Twisted Lit” Character Named After You!

We reimagined William Shakespeare’s “The Tempest” and “Macbeth,” with our “compulsively readable” YA books, Tempestuous and Exposure. Ever since the novels were published a few months ago through Merit Press we’ve encountered a frequent question: Which of Shakespeare’s plays will inspire your next books in the Twisted Lit series? 

While we’re currently hard at work putting our own spin on the Bard’s “Romeo and Juliet” we thought we’d look to you, the readers, to help us pick the fourth Shakespeare play that will inspire our next book in the series. Got a hankering for a new spin on “Hamlet?” Love to see “King Lear” get a YA update? Would you make much ado over our take on “Much Ado About Nothing?”

Go to our Facebook page (Facebook.com/Twistedlitnovels) and write on our wall to weigh in on which Shakespeare play you’d like us to revamp next. In doing so, you’ll be entered to have your very own name mentioned in one of our upcoming books (either as a character or some other fun reference). If you’ve always wanted to see your name in print — in a YA novel, no less — now’s your chance! The winner will also receive autographed copies of our first two novels, Tempestuous and Exposure.

We’re looking forward to hearing your suggestions! (And don’t forget to follow us on twitter at @kaskew and @amyhelmes.)

* Winner will not be compensated for use of his or her name, and publication is not guaranteed. Details of plot and character used in connection with the name as it appears in the book are up to the sole discretion of the authors. Contest ends June 1. 

Kim & Amy


Saturday, April 20, 2013


Sorry For the Delays!

Hey everyone! 

 I just wanted to say that I am sorry for all the delays.  Whether it is reviews or new posts, I have been too busy to post anything for the time being.  I will try to start posting a few reviews and events up.  I am also saying sorry and thank you to all the authors who have had the patience to wait for their review to come up.

Happy reading, Tiana (EBR)


Saturday, April 6, 2013


Quick Review: Grishma by Kelly Anne Blount

For information about the book please look at Blog Tour: Grishma by Kelly Anne Blount
Review:  I received this book in exchange for an honest review.  The book was confusing to me at the beginning.  I don't know if it was because I kept zoning out or if it was because I didn't get enough sleep.  I didn't really enjoy the book until I got to the middle.  All the action... well most of the action began there.  I thought that the book was pretty interesting at the point.  There were times though where I had to force myself to continue on reading.  In my opinion it wasn't one of those books that propelled me to continue reading.  I thought it had quite a unique story line though. I don't think I have ever read anything like this before.  In conclusion, I give this book a 3.5/5 stars.  I may reread this book one day because I was quite busy these past few weeks and haven't had the time to read at a leisurely pace.  

*This blog post will be edited when I have the time to make it look more appealing.  Thanks for reading :)



Blog Tour: Grishma by Kelly Anne Blount

As a young boy, Ryder lived with his family, deep in the caves underneath the Kadin Forest, unaware of the horrors of the world. His simple world was turned upside down one horrible night whenGrishma attacked his family, killing his father and kidnapping his mother and younger sister.

From that night on, Ryder devoted his life to killing Grishma. He tracked the monster from Necoh, to our world, and back again. Unfortunately, during his quest, he accidentally transported Brooklyn, a high school junior into his tumultuous world, where she is mistakenly identified as Princess Sophie, the missing princess of Sumner.

Days after Princess Sophie’s return,Grishma plots and manipulates the King into drugging and marrying off his only daughter to Prince Algid of Dratun. Desperate to save Brooklyn, who now believes she is the long lost princess, his mother, and his little sister, Ryder embarks on the deadliest part of his quest.
Will he save Brooklyn? Will she ever regain her memory? What will become of his mother and sister?
Through epic adventure, loss, and love,GRISHMA depicts the strength of the human spirit and the tight bonds formed by the unique creatures of Necoh. In the world of Necoh, everyone fearsGrishma, a hideous murderous beast responsible for ruining or ending the lives of anyone who dare cross her.(Taken from Goodreads)

Review by EBR:

About the Author 
 I’m an avid writer by night and an Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE) teacher by day. Through my work as a teacher, I am able to closely examine human behavior and tell made up stories on a regular basis. Both of these skills come in handy when I sit down to write my novels!When I’m not at work or writing, I enjoy spending time with my husband, our five furry rescues (four cats and one dog), my friends, and of course my family! What I Like...
Reading: I read just about anything, but my favorite genre is young adult fantasy. I’m a huge fan of Amanda Hocking, Cornelia Funke, Suzanne Collins, Brandon Mull, and Harlan Coben.
Movies: The Hunger Games, Lord of the Rings, and Elf.
Musicians: I listen to anything from hip hop to reggae!


Grand Prize: Signed Paperback copy of Grishma plus 2 custom made Grishma bookmarks and one keychain.
Second Place: E-book copy of Grishma, a signed picture of the cover of Grishma and a Grishma magnet.
Third Place: e-book copy of Grishma.

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