Hypnos Goodreads Giveaway

From July 17th through August 1st, you can enter this Goodreads giveaway for a chance to win one of three paperback editions of Hypnos!

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Hypnos by Eva Pohler

Hypnos

by Eva Pohler

Giveaway ends August 01, 2016.

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I’d also like to personally invite you to my Facebook event celebrating the release of Hypnos! This will be a two-week countdown event with prizes every day of the week. You can join here, and be sure to invite your friends!

If you haven’t yet pre-ordered your digital copy of Hypnos, here are the links:

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And if you’re new to Eva Pohler Book and haven’t yet read the first book of The Gatekeeper’s Saga, The Gatekeeper’s Sons, you can get it for free here:

FREE where all ebooks are sold!
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A bit about The Gatekeeper’s Sons:

Readers are calling this series, “Amazing,” “Addicting,” and “One of the best modern retelling of ancient myth.”

Kirkus Reviews wrote that it’s “sure to thrill Hunger Games fans.”

Midwest Book Reviews calls it “a powerful young adult fantasy.”

Fifteen-year-old Therese watches her parents die. While in a coma, she meets the twin sons of Hades—Hypnos, the god of sleep, and Thanatos, the god of death. She thinks she’s manipulating a dream, not kissing the god of death and totally rocking his world.

Than makes a deal with Hades and goes as a mortal to the Upperworld to try and win Therese’s heart, but not all the gods are happy. Some give her gifts. Others try to kill her. The deal requires Therese to avenge the death of her parents. With the help of Than’s fierce and exotic sisters, the Furies, she finds herself in an arena face to face with the murderer, and only one will survive.

#MaureenJohnson #EvaPohler #Teen #Thriller #Giveaway!

Throughout the month of July, you can enter for a chance to win six teen thriller paperbacks by two bestselling authors!

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Maureen Johnson is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of several YA novels, including 13 Little Blue Envelopes, Suite Scarlett, and The Name of the Star. She has also done collaborative works, such as Let It Snow (with John Green and Lauren Myracle), and The Bane Chronicles (with Cassandra Clare and Sarah Rees Brennan).

I chose to give away the three novels in The Shades of London series because they best compliment The Purgatorium series. They are both teen psychological thrillers  with similar themes.

Click here to enter for a chance to win all six paperbacks!

 

Twilight Saga, A Shade of Vampire, and The Vampires of Athens Giveaway!

This giveaway closes in eighteen hours. Click on the image to enter before it’s too late! Good luck!

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Get The Gatekeeper’s Trilogy for 99 Cents!

Readers are calling The Gatekeeper’s Trilogy, “Amazing,” “Addicting,” and “One of the best modern retelling of ancient myth.” Kirkus Reviews wrote that it’s “sure to thrill Hunger Games fans,” and Midwest Book Reviews calls it “a powerful young adult fantasy.”

It’s been a bestseller on Amazon multiple times, and now you can buy the first three books of The Gatekeeper’s Saga in digital as a box set for only 99 cents!

(Originally intended to be a trilogy, the series has an ending at the third book, but after readers asked for more, three additional books were written and released.)

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A young adult fantasy about the ancient gods in modern times.

A Colorado teen named Therese becomes entangled with the gods of Mount Olympus when Thanatos, the god of death, wants to meet her. He makes a deal with his father, Hades, to go to the upperworld to visit her, but not all the gods are happy, and soon Therese is running for her life.

Part paranormal romance and part adventure story, this trilogy follows Therese’s adventures as she struggles to overcome the challenges of the gods as she strives to become like them.

This digital box set is normally $5.98, but will be on sale for 99 cents from June 18th to June 27th.

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The Hypnos Cover Gets a Makeover!

The Hypnos cover gets a makeover!

I’m pleased to announce that the cover for Hypnos: A Gatekeeper’s Saga Spin-Off , the continuation of the Amazon bestselling Gatekeeper’s Saga, has been redesigned by Benjaminoftomes at Crisp Quartz Design. The ebook is already available for pre-order at many retailers and will release on August 8th.

What do you think of the new look of the Hypnos cover?

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Hypnos and Jen aren’t married long when they realize something’s missing: they both want to have a child, especially when they see how happy Therese and Than are with their twins. But the creation of new gods is against the rules, and they aren’t willing to give up their immortality. So Hypnos goes to Mount Olympus to offer Zeus a deal. He’ll make it his mission to find out the source of the recent attacks on Gaia–horrible earthquakes that have already released one monster from the Titan Pit–if Zeus will agree to let him and Jen have one immortal child.

Because the attacks are getting humans killed and none of the other gods have been able to discover a lead, Zeus, in his desperation, agrees. But this new quest just might get Hypnos swallowed and trapped for all eternity.

 

Available NOW for pre-order. Releases August 8th.

 

 

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And that leads me to another announcement! The Hypnos cover is only the beginning!

 

Benjaminoftomes will also be redesigning the covers for the entire Gatekeeper’s Saga! I’m very excited about his preliminary concepts, and I can’t wait to share them with you! I hope you’ll love them as much as I do!

Hypnos Cover Reveal

Title: Hypnos
Series: A Gatekeeper’s Saga Spin-Off, 
Book One
Author: Eva Pohler
Release Date: August 9th, 2016
Genre: Teen Fantasy
 
PRE-ORDER LINKS
 
ABOUT THE BOOK
 
From the Amazon bestselling teen fantasy based on Greek mythology–The Gatekeeper’s Saga–comes the first in a spin-off series. Readers asked for more, and here it is.
Hypnos and Jen aren’t married long when they realize something’s missing: they both want to have a child, especially when they see how happy Therese and Than are with their twins. But the creation of new gods is against the rules, and they aren’t willing to give up their immortality. So Hypnos goes to Mount Olympus to offer Zeus a deal. He’ll make it his mission to find out the source of the recent attacks on Gaia–horrible earthquakes that have already released one monster from the Titan Pit–if Zeus will agree to let him and Jen have one immortal child.
Because the attacks are getting humans killed and none of the other gods have been able to discover a lead, Zeus, in his desperation, agrees. But this new quest just might get Hypnos swallowed and trapped for all eternity.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
 

 

Eva Pohler recently retired from a twenty-year position teaching writing and literature at a university in San Antonio, where she lives with her husband and three kids. Now a full-time writer, she’s the author of The Mystery Book Collection and three series for young adults: The Gatekeeper’s Saga, The Purgatorium Series, and The Vampires of Athens. Her books have been described as “thrilling” and “addictive.” A Kirkus reviewer said of The Gatekeeper’s Sons that it was “sure to thrill Hunger Games fans.”
 
A reader herself, Eva writes in multiple genres, but all of her stories blur the line between reality and fantasy, truth and delusion, and draw from Eva’s personal philosophy that a reader must be lured and abducted into complete captivity in order to enjoy the reading experience.

May Read-Along with Ben of Tomes

read with benFollow @readwithben and @benjaminoftomes on Instagram to join Ben in his May read-along! And guess what we’re reading? The Vampires of Athens Series–all three books!

For those of you who don’t know Ben, he’s a very well-known booktuber based in the UK who also recently started his own publishing company. He’s brilliant, fun, and amazing. If you haven’t yet seen his videos, you will love them. You can follow him on youtube here.

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If you haven’t seen The Vampires of Athens Series book trailer, you can watch it here.

To add even more fun to this May read-along, I’m inviting all who participate to enter a giveaway. The prize? The Mortal Instruments and The Gatekeeper’s Saga–that’s twelve paperbacks to one lucky winner. You can enter the giveaway here.

Cassandra Clare and Eva Pohler Giveaway

If you haven’t already downloaded your free ebook copy of the first book, Vampire Addiction, you can do so here.

To join Ben’s read-along, chime in at his Instagram @readwithben and let us know!

 

 

The Walking Dead Season Finale: There Be Spoilers Here

My Twitter feed is full of hate from fans of The Walking Dead over last night’s season finale. The complaint? A cliffhanger that leaves in question which of our beloved characters is beaten to death by Negan and his barbed-wire wrapped bat named Lucille.

Seriously? Cliffhangers have always been an important part of serial storytelling. Why should fans expect otherwise? Remember “Who shot J.R.?”  from the TV drama Dallas? It’s important for the show to leave the fans with something to talk about and to analyze as we wait six months for the new season.

And boy oh boy do we have stuff to talk about!

Here’s a video where I explain my theory, or you can keep reading below: https://youtu.be/3GJXx1MRSDY

After careful analysis, I have concluded that the most likely answer to the question posed by Talking Dead host Chris Hardwick, “#WhoIsIt?”  is Aaron. Let me explain how I came up with this conclusion:

The first thing I did was map out the positions of all the characters in relation to Negan. From Negan’s left to right, they appear on their knees in this order: Glenn, Rosita, Daryl, Michonne, Abraham, Maggie, Rick, Sasha, Aaron, Carl, and Eugene.

I tried to follow the “eenie, meenie, miny, mo” but found that Negan and the camera skipped around, making it impossible to use that as a guide.

So then I watched Negan’s body language. After he says, “You are it,” and stops before the victim, he says, “If anybody moans, anybody says anything, cut the boy’s other eye out and feed it to his father.”

This leads me to believe that the victim cannot be either Carl or Rick, even though Negan adds, “and then we’ll get started,” because he immediately raises the bat and “gets started.”

Negan’s body language also reveals that Carl is to the right of the victim. When he says, “cut the boy’s other eye out,” Negan sways slightly to his right, as though indicating that Carl is on his right. This tells me that the victim cannot be Eugene, because Eugene is to Carl’s left.

Negan’s eye movements, as he’s talking, indicates that there are characters on both his left and right. If he were standing in front of Glenn, who is on his far left, Negan would not look further to his left. Since he does, this tells me that the victim cannot be Glenn.

When Negan lifts both arms up just before he brings Lucille down on his victim, there is a shadow of Carl’s hat across Negan’s upper body (another fan captured the image, and I went and rewatched and paused my TV to confirm it). The fan that originally tweeted the photo meant the victim must be Carl. I think the light is to Negan’s right. If you look at everyone’s shadows, they are all to Negan’s left.

So this shadow, along with Negan’s eye and body movements, leads me to believe that the victim must be Aaron.

We are set up with some red herrings to believe other characters will be sacrificed. First, Abraham, with his speech to Sasha about being ready to have a child, hints that he may be the one to be killed off. We’ve seen other characters who transform just in time to die (like Denise). Plus, Abraham rises to the occasion when Negan stands before him, suggesting that Abraham is prepared to die bravely.  Eugene is another. We even saw him basically saying goodbyes. I expected him to be sacrificed as he nobly drove off in the RV to distract the saviors so Maggie could be saved. Maggie is another. Negan threatens to put her out of her misery, leading us to believe that, since she’s too weak to work for him, he’d make an example out of her. And then there’s Glenn, who meets his end by Negan in the comics.

Despite all of these false leads, Aaron is the most likely character to meet his death by Negan, in my opinion. What do you think?

A Goodreads Giveaway

Enter my Goodreads giveaway for a chance to win one of three paperback copies of The Gatekeeper’s Bride: A Prequel to The Gatekeeper’s Saga. Unfortunately, it’s only open to the U.S., U.K., Canada, and Australia.

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The Gatekeeper's Bride by Eva Pohler

The Gatekeeper’s Bride

by Eva Pohler

Giveaway ends March 30, 2016.

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In Defense of Therese in The Gatekeeper’s Saga

I’ve been fortunate that the majority of the readers of The Gatekeeper’s Sons have left positive reviews, and many of these readers have gone on to read the entire six-book saga, making it an Amazon bestseller multiple times. But occasionally I read reviews expressing a reader’s mixed feelings about the main character, Therese. In this post, I will briefly defend the choices I made in developing her character:

  1. Why is Therese only 15 years old in the first book? Isn’t that a bit young?

This question usually comes from adult readers–not teens. As a mother of teens, I’m confident that 15 is the right age for Therese. One of the pleasures of reading young adult fiction is capturing all the “firsts”: first kiss, first love, first heart break, first time away from home, etc. If a character is going to be an older teen in a contemporary story, there will need to be a major reason why she hasn’t experienced any of these things.

Having teens of my own, I know firsthand that fifteen is that age when a person’s actions and feelings oscillate between childlike and adult-like. That was the age I wanted, and I wrote Therese so that she still has little girl aspects while managing to make some pretty mature decisions.

I also wanted Therese to age and mature in the series. If I’d started her at seventeen, I would have had less time to play with.

Finally, I was writing for the younger end of the market–for thirteen and fourteen-year-old readers. It made sense to make Therese closer in age to the target audience.

2. The idea of a plain girl being desired by so many is unrealistic and overdone. Why do you write Therese this way?

Therese is not a plain girl. She is a pretty girl who thinks she’s plain. Some readers have been unable to distinguish between Therese’s false perception of herself (common among teens) and reality.

3. How can Therese be so perfect? Isn’t she too much of a Mary-Sue?

Therese is not perfect. On the heels of her parents’ murders, all she wants is to die. After she discovers who Than is, her first thought is to use him to get to the Underworld, so she can be with her parents. She lies to people in her life to hide what she’s up to. She uses a drug that gets her friend killed. But, yes, in spite of those mistakes, Therese is a very good person. She’s based on my daughter, who is also a very good person. Very good people do exist, and they have exciting and interesting stories, too. A character doesn’t have to be an emo, foul-mouthed brat to be interesting.

4. Why do you choose insta-love for your characters? Isn’t that unrealistic?

My characters do not experience insta-love. They experience insta-attraction. There’s a difference. In the second, they are drawn to each other, but it takes time for the love to catch up with the attraction.

5. Why does Therese want to get married so soon in the story? You have her irritated with Than one minute and wanting to marry him the next.

Therese wants to use Than to get to the Underworld, so she can be with her parents. She eventually falls in love with him, but her initial desire to marry him comes from her desperation to do whatever it takes to find her parents.

I realize that it’s impossible to please all readers, and that’s okay. Some people will love Therese, and some won’t. But I hope readers will understand that we can’t create the same kind of character in every story we write. In my opinion, Therese is the perfect character for this particular story.