Cover Reveal

Cover Reveal: TWO AND TWENTY DARK TALES: Dark Retellings of Mother Goose Rhymes

Today I have the pleasure in revealing the cover for TWO AND TWENTY DARK TALES! Two and Twenty Dark Tales from Month9Books, LLC on October 16! This is an anthology with stories from some FABULOUS authors:

  • Nina Berry
  • Sarwat Chadda
  • Shannon Delany
  • Max Scialdone
  • Leigh Fallon
  • Angie Frazier
  • Jessie Harrell
  • Nancy Holder
  • Heidi R. Kling
  • Suzanne Lazear
  • Karen Mahoney
  • Lisa Mantchev
  • Georgia McBride
  • C. Lee McKenzie
  • Gretchen McNeil
  • Francisco X. Stork
  • Pamela van Hylckama Vlieg
  • K.M. Walton
  • Suzanne Young
  • Michelle Zink

Edited by Georgia McBride & Michelle Zink.

About Month9Books, LLC.

Month9Books, LLC. publishes speculative fiction for teens and tweens, where nothing is as it seems! Founded by author Georgia McBride (speculative fiction writer represented by Tamar Rydzinski of The Laura Dail Agency, and founder of #yalitchat weekly twitter chat), our first release is a charity anthology called TWO AND TWENTY DARK TALES: Dark Retellings of Mother Goose Rhymes, with contributions from some of today’s most admired and talented young adult authors. The title releases October 16, 2012. The anthology is followed by a debut psychological fantasy from Lisa M. Basso called A SHIMMER OF ANGELS on November 20, 2012. Visit www.month9books.com.


Nursery rhymes sung sweetly can take us back to childhood. But deep inside many of those childhood favorites is… a hint of something dark. TWO AND TWENTY DARK TALES is a charity anthology from Month9Books, with a foreword by Francisco X. Stork, and contributing short stories some of today’s most admired and talented young adult authors. In February 2012, Month9Books held a contest to add an unpublished author to the anthology. That winner is Sayantani DasGupta of Nyack, New York. TWO AND TWENTY DARK TALES is edited by Georgia McBride and Michelle Zink. Proceeds from the title through 5,000 copies sold, will be donated to YALITCHAT.ORG, a 501 (c)(3) in the state of North Carolina. Authors are donating their advances to a charity of their choice.


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Book Review

Eyes Like Stars by Lisa Mantchev

Eyes Like Stars by Lisa Mantchev

Release Date: July 7, 2009
Publisher: Feiwel and Friends
Age Group: Young Adult
Pages: 368
From: Publisher
Interest: genre & plot

All her world’s a stage.
Beatrice Shakespeare Smith is not an actress, yet she lives in a theater.
She is not an orphan, but she has no parents.
She knows every part, but has no lines of her own.
Until now.

Welcome to the Théâtre Illuminata, where the characters of every place ever written can be found behind the curtain. They were born to play their parts, and are bound to the Théâtre by The Book—an ancient and magical tome of scripts. Bertie is not one of them, but they are her family—and she is about to lose them all and the only home she has ever known.

An strikingly enchanting debut novel, featuring a quirky cast of characters that not only entertains but enthralls!

Never have I read a novel so uniquely portrayed, so full of magic and awe. Mantchev is exceptional storyteller and I can’t wait to read more. Although most of the characters in the novel have been portrayed in plays of the theater, Mantchev was still able to enhance their characterization into beings as magical as the Theatre Illuminata itself. Not to mention the intrepid Beatrice Shakespeare Smith!

Perfectly intriguing plot line. I will admit that I was a little confused at first, amidst the “scene changes” and whatnot, but I quickly acquired to the theater lingo! I love it when authors create such an appealing world, I find it hard to disengage and put down! Eyes Like Stars is one of those novels.

I’m eagerly awaiting the next installment in the series!

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