Nerd Blast: The Shadow Cipher by Laura Ruby + Giveaway

The Shadow Cipher
York #1
Author: Laura Ruby
Reading Level: Middle Grade
Genre: Fantasy
Released: May 16th 2017
Publisher: Walden Pond Press

It was 1798 when the Morningstarr twins arrived in New York with a vision for a magnificent city: towering skyscrapers, dazzling machines, and winding train lines, all running on technology no one had ever seen before. Fifty-seven years later, the enigmatic architects disappeared, leaving behind for the people of New York the Old York Cipher—a puzzle laid into the shining city they constructed, at the end of which was promised a treasure beyond all imagining. By the present day, however, the puzzle has never been solved, and the greatest mystery of the modern world is little more than a tourist attraction.

Tess and Theo Biedermann and their friend Jaime Cruz live in a Morningstarr apartment house—until a real estate developer announces that the city has agreed to sell him the five remaining Morningstarr buildings. Their likely destruction means the end of a dream long-held by the people of New York. And if Tess, Theo and Jaime want to save their home, they have to prove that the Old York Cipher is real. Which means they have to solve it.

From National Book Award Finalist Laura Ruby comes a visionary epic set in a New York City at once familiar and wholly unexpected.

Laura Ruby writes fiction for adults, teens and children. She is the author of the newly-released YA novel BONE GAP, as well as the Edgar-nominated children's mystery LILY'S GHOSTS, the ALA Quick Pick for teens GOOD GIRLS (2006), a collection of interconnected short stories about blended families for adults, I'M NOT JULIA ROBERTS (2007), and the forthcoming middle-grade trilogy YORK. She is on the faculty of Hamline University's Masters in Writing for Children Program. She makes her home in the Chicago area.

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-  7 Winners will receive a Set Copy of YORK: THE SHADOW CIPHER by Laura Ruby

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#Comicpalooza Expands Its #Marvel Lineup!! You Don't Want To Miss Out!


Charlie Cox, Jon Bernthal, Pom Klementieff, and more coming to Houston’s Comicpalooza
HOUSTON (April 25, 2017) — Following the recent announcement of headliner Chuck Norris, Comicpalooza unveiled impressive additions to its existing Marvel talent, including Charlie Cox, Jon Bernthal, Elden Henson, and Geoffrey Cantor from the Netflix hit, “Daredevil”, along with “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2’s” Pom Klementieff. 

“Marvel has created a universe of characters from the shadowy neighborhoods of Hell’s Kitchen in New York City to exciting planets far away. We are thrilled to bring such a large contingent of the stars that make these worlds possible on film to Houston for our attendees,” says John Simons, Founder of Comicpalooza.   
Charlie Cox has had a steady career in acting since 2002 with roles in “Stardust”, “Downton Abbey”, “Boardwalk Empire”, among others. His breakthrough came in 2015 when he played the title role of Daredevil. His performance as the beloved comic book hero, a blind lawyer by day and vigilante by night, was met with praise by both critics and fans. He will put the mask back on in August when he joins Comicpalooza 2017 guests Mike Colter as Luke Cage and Finn Jones as Danny Rand/Iron Fist in Marvel’s “The Defenders” on Netflix. 

Jon Bernthal’s career started on the stage, with his first television appearance in 2002. His most notable performances are of tough and tortured characters that fans love, including his portrayal of Rick Grimes’ best friend, Shane, in the zombie-riddled world of “The Walking Dead” and the popular anti-hero, Frank Castle/The Punisher, for Season 2 of “Daredevil” in 2016. Bernthal has been in several films including “The Wolf of Wall Street”, “Fury” and “The Accountant”.   

Elden Henson is a series regular on “Daredevil” as Matt Murdoch’s caring and funny friend, Foggy Nelson. Henson became a child star of the 90’s as Fulton Reed in “The Mighty Ducks” and its sequels, “D2: The Mighty Ducks”  and “D3: The Mighty Ducks”, and has since been in films such as “Turner & Hooch”, “Idle Hands”, “Cast Away”, “Lords of Dogtown” and “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay”  Parts 1 and 2. 

Geoffrey Cantor, plays recurring character Mitchell Ellison, the editor in chief for the New York Bulletin in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The seasoned actor has had supporting roles in numerous television shows throughout his extensive career.    

Comicpalooza reaches further with the addition of Pom Klementieff who stars as Mantis in the long-awaited Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. The film, due out the week before Comicpalooza, is expected to be another blockbuster for the franchise. The French-Canadian actress will be reprising her role in “Avengers: Infinity War” coming in 2018. Klementieff can be seen in the French film “Loup” as well as Spike Lee’s “Oldboy”.  

The actors will be joining an already elite lineup of Marvel heroes including Anthony Mackie, who plays Falcon in the “Captain America” and “Avengers” franchises; Mike Colter, who brings the character Luke Cage to the Netflix series of the same name as well as “Jessica Jones” and the upcoming “The Defenders” series; along with, Finn Jones, who recently starred in “Iron Fist” on Netflix. 

Comicpalooza, a premier pop culture event, will present more than 2,000 hours of programming spanning from popular trends to obscure topics. Comicpalooza will return to the George R. Brown Convention Center on Friday, May 12 – Sunday, May 14. For the most-up-to-date information, including special guests, admission prices and schedules, visit

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Waiting on Wednesday: Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare

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"Waiting on Wednesday" is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking The Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

Lord of Shadows
The Dark Artifices #2
Author: Cassandra Clare
Release Date: May 23rd 2017
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books

Sunny Los Angeles can be a dark place indeed in Cassandra Clare’s Lord of Shadows, the sequel to the #1 New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling Lady Midnight.

Emma Carstairs has finally avenged her parents. She thought she’d be at peace. But she is anything but calm. Torn between her desire for her parabatai Julian and her desire to protect him from the brutal consequences of parabatai relationships, she has begun dating his brother, Mark. But Mark has spent the past five years trapped in Faerie; can he ever truly be a Shadowhunter again?

And the faerie courts are not silent. The Unseelie King is tired of the Cold Peace, and will no longer concede to the Shadowhunters’ demands. Caught between the demands of faerie and the laws of the Clave, Emma, Julian, and Mark must find a way to come together to defend everything they hold dear—before it’s too late.

#Atlanta Win #TheirFinest by Lissa Evans!

Their Finest
Director: Lone Scherfig
Writers: Gaby Chiappe (screenplay), Lissa Evans (novel)
Starring:  Gemma Arterton, Sam Claflin, Bill Nighy
Official Socials: Twitter | IMDb
Hashtag: #TheirFinest
A British film crew attempts to boost morale during World War II by making a propaganda film after the Blitzkrieg.

Hey Atlanta, thanks to STXfilms we are giving away Their Finest novel to one our lucky readers in the area! All you need to do is enter the rafflecopter below!

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OUaT is Heading to @YALLWEST!

So exciting news... Shannon from the OUaT team will be attending YallWest this year and seriously cannot contain her excitement! I mean seriously, Cassandra Clare is going to be there, it's a dream come true. Not only will Cassandra Clare be there, a ton of extremely amazing authors will be in attendance. Like Renée Adhieh (OUaT favorite), Victoria Aveyard, creator of my favorite villain; Leigh Bardugo, Melissa de la Cruz, Nicola Yoon, Kasie West, and so many more!

We are also very fortunate to be interviewing this amazing authors at the festival as well! If anyone has questions for Melissa, Marie and Sandhya please leave them in the comments below or tweet us at @twilightsdance! 

And last but not least...

Which I'll be honest, I'm the most excited about because When Dimple Met Rishi has been my favorite book of the year so far! Watch out for my review coming up. 

 If you happen to see me walking around please don't hesitate to come up and say hi!


Release Day Launch: Ride Rough by Laura Kaye

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New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Laura Kaye brings you the second title in her Raven Riders Series, RIDE ROUGH, releasing today! A sexy romantic suspense, you might’ve first met the Ravens in the Hard Ink world, but this series about a different kind of a motorcycle club with a protective mission stands on its own and is even sexier, edgier, and grittier! The Raven Riders Series takes you on a new adventure and kicks it into overdrive! Grab your copy of RIDE ROUGH today!

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About Ride Rough (Raven Riders #2, 4/25/17)
Maverick Rylan won’t apologize for who he is—the Raven Riders Motorcycle Club Vice-President, a sought-after custom bike builder, and a man dedicated to protecting those he loves. So when he learns that the only woman who has ever held his heart is in trouble, he’ll move heaven and earth to save her.
Alexa Harmon thought she had it all—the security of a good job, a beautiful home, and a powerful, charming fiancé who offered the life she never had growing up. But when her dream quickly turns into a nightmare, Alexa realizes she’s fallen for a façade she can’t escape—until sexy, dangerous Maverick offers her a way out.
Forced together to keep Alexa safe, their powerful attraction reignites and Maverick determines to do whatever it takes to earn a second chance—one Alexa is tempted to give. But her ex-fiancé isn’t going to let her go without a fight, one that will threaten everything they both hold dear.

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And don’t miss all the books in the Raven Riders Series!

HARD AS STEEL now available 

RIDE HARD now available 

RIDE ROUGH coming April 25th, 2017 

RIDE WILD coming October 31st, 2017

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Order RIDE ROUGH by May 1st, fill out this form, and receive an email with a bonus short story of more of Hard Ink’s Beckett after Release Week! Don’t miss this amazing opportunity!

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  EXCERPT FROM RIDE ROUGH: “What am I going to do? My entire life is wrapped up in him. My job. Where I live. My car. Where Mom lives. Everything. Oh, God. This is going to be a nightmare, isn’t it?” Maverick grasped Alexa’s hands. “One thing at a time. You’re out. You can stay here as long as you need to. I have plenty of room. I’ll help you through it. That’ll give you time to figure out what it is you want. There’s no rush.” “Okay,” she said. “Okay. God, thank you.” A shiver raced over her skin. “You don’t have to thank me. I’m so relieved for you that I might fall the fuck over,” he said, his thumb rubbing over her knuckles. She almost managed a little smile. “Your hands are like ice, Al. I shouldn’t have made you stand her all this time when you’re soaking wet.” Alexa shook her head. “It felt good to get it out, Maverick.” “Glad to hear it. Would a hot shower make you feel better? I can find you a T-shirt and a pair of boxers to change into while your clothes dry.” All the TLC and understanding he was giving her reached right inside her chest. When was the last time someone had taken care of her this way? The last time you were with Maverick. The truth of that thought made her breath catch. “Yeah. I’d like that,” she managed. He gave a tight nod and stepped back, and she missed his heat immediately. “Uh, good. That’s good. You remember your way around?” “Of course,” she said. How much time had she spent here over the years? Even before they dated? At one point, Maverick’s place had practically been a second home. “You okay?” he asked, watching her. She pushed off the door. “I don’t know yet,” she said, coming to him. “But what I do know is how grateful I am to you. For everything. For being there when I told you not to. For listening. For just . . . being you.” “Always.” He crossed his big arms and ducked his chin, like something about the exchange made him uncomfortable. “I mean it,” she said, and then she pressed onto tiptoes and kissed his cheek, his stubble tickling her lips. “You saved me tonight.” “No,” he said, eyes flashing, one brow arched. “You saved yourself, Al. I was just your getaway driver.” Staring into one another’s eyes, the tender moment stretched out, morphed, suddenly flashed hot. Being so close to him set her body on fire, and finally she could actually consider acting on it. Need roared through her, a living, breathing thing. “Maverick,” she whispered. “Fuck, Alexa, I think you better go take that shower,” he said, his jaw ticking. “Now.” She released a shaky breath and nodded. He was right. Of course, he was. So, showering. She could handle that. Afterward, God only knew what she was going to do.   
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#FiftyShadesDarker on Blu-ray/DVD 5/9 + Giveaway!

Fifty Shades Darker
Director: James Foley
Writers: Niall Leonard (screenplay), E.L. James (based on the novel by)
Starring: Jamie Dornan, Dakota Johnson, Tyler Hoechlin 
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When a wounded Christian Grey (Jamie Dornan) tries to entice a cautious Ana Steele (Dakota Johnson) back into his life, she demands a new arrangement before she will give him another chance. As the two begin to build trust and find stability, shadowy figures from Christian's past start to circle the couple, determined to destroy their hopes for a future together.

We all know we love FIFTY SHADES DARKER and the books. We've been fans since the VERY beginning... when it was a Fanfic. Now, who would've thought it would become this big? 

Part of the release celebration and thanks to Universal, we are giving away prize packs consisting of a DVD and swag for 3 Portland area readers and prize packs for 3 Seattle area readers (6 winners total). So if you're in the areas mentioned, enter below for your chance to win!

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