Wednesday, January 8, 2014

New Year, New Books Day 8 (Part 2): Jen McConnel + Daughter of Chaos

2) Jen McConnel
-author of Daughter of Chaos (March 2014)

This is a really awkward gif, I don't know why I chose it.

Anyways, I really love the premise of Jen's upcoming book! The cover is gorgeous and mysterious too. Witches, huh? It's been a while since I've read a book about witches. Challenge accepted. *winks*

Title: Daughter of Chaos
Author: Jen McConnell
Shelves: Young Adult, Paranormal, Fantasy
Publication Date: March 2014
Publisher: Month9Books

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Summary from Goodreads: Witches must choose the path they will follow, and Darlena Agara is no exception. She’s been putting it off long enough, and in her case, ignoring it has not made it go away. In a moment of frustration, Darlena chooses to follow Red Magic, figuring she had outsmarted the powers that be, since there’s no such thing as Red Magic. But alas, Darlena’s wrong (again) and she becomes a newly declared Red Witch.

Her friends are shocked and her parents horrified by the choice Darlena has made. As a Red Witch, she now governs one third of the world’s chaos. She is the walking personification of pandemonium, turmoil, and bedlam, just as the patrons of Red Magic would have it to be.

But Darlena believes there must be more to Red Magic than chaos and destruction, and she sets out on a journey to achieve balance. Only doing so puts her at odds with the dark goddess Hecate, who simply will not allow Darlena to quit. She encourages Darlena to embrace who and what she is and to leave good magic to the good witches. If only Darlena could, life would be simple, and she would not be the Daughter of Chaos.

Guest Post: Top Ten Witchy Movies and TV
I’m a fan of all things witchy and paranormal, and I wanted to share some of my favorite TV and film witches with you today as we gear up for the release of DAUGHTER OF CHAOS.

1. Practical Magic
This will always be one of my favorite films of all time. Witch sisters who are raised by their witchy aunts? Murder and zombie boyfriends? A sweet romance to round it all out? Yes, please. Not to mention my love for both Sandra Bullock and Nicole Kidman. This is one I’ll watch again and again (usually at Halloween, a tradition my best friend and I started back in high school).

2. Hocus Pocus
What’s not to love about this movie? I mean, there’s Bette Midler’s ridiculous fake teeth, Sarah Jessica Parker’s predatory prancing, and the all around silliness of the plot. I love this one!

3.  Witches of East End
This show is one of my guilty pleasures after a long week. Sexy modern witches, people who want them dead, and all kinds of fun magic? Sign me up!

4. Secret Circle
I was crushed when this series only lasted a season. High school witches, drama, and a bunch of adults who want them dead...what’s not to love?

5. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
I love all of the Harry Potter films, but there’s something so wonderful about falling into the world for the first time. Plus, Maggie Smith is AMAZING!

6. Bell, Book, and Candle
This one is a classic. Jimmy Stewart is bewitched by Kim Novak, with disastrous results. There’s also a magical cat and a scene with Jack Lemon on the bongos. If you haven’t seen this one, check it out!

7. Sleepy Hollow
Although the witches are sort of secondary to the storyline, I love this new T.V. series. Ridiculous magic, the coming apocalypse, and a good witch vs. bad witch power struggle makes for fun escapist viewing.

8. Once Upon a Time
Regina (aka the evil queen) has got to be my favorite magical villain...or is it Rumplestilskin who keeps me tuning in? If you haven’t discovered this mashed up fairy tale retelling, start with the first season. I’ll wait for you to catch up.

9. Into the Woods
In my past life (or, in other words, when I was a teenager), I was a huge theater geek, and this musical is one of my favorites. They’re remaking it with Johnny Depp, but the version I adore is the one with Bernadette Peters as the witch. Another fairy tale mash-up, only this time with singing!

10. Bewitched
I wish I could twitch my nose and wreck havoc. I also sort of wish Endora was my mom. This classic T.V. series never loses its charm for me!

There you have it; my favorite witches to watch on TV or the big screen. What are your favorite witchy films?

Jen is giving away this really awesome swag pack! It contains: a notebook, pen, signed bookmark, buttons, and fun witchy stickers! Y'all better be making grabby hands!!

Rules of Entry:
2) Don't cheat with your entries, I always check.
3) The winner will have 48 hours to respond to my email, otherwise, I will be forced to pick a new winner.
4) The prize will be sent out at the author's discretion.
5) Take the time to read this post with Jen. Authors are crazy busy and deserve as much love as you can give them.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

In addition to the individual giveaways each author is hosting, I am also going to have a grand prize giveaway that will run for the entire month. This is because some authors cannot contribute a giveaway, so I figured I'd give something of mine as well.

Grand Prize Giveaway:
2 Surprise 2014 ARCs + swag
Yep, these will be from my own shelf. Yep, this giveaway is open INTERNATIONALLY. Yep, it is a surprise and I am not telling you what the ARCs will be but here's an idea of what MIGHT be in it:

Any of these books are fair game! But in the end, the winner will only get 2. And I promise that the surprise ARCs will be good:)

Here are the rules of entry:
2) The winner has 48 hours to respond to my email. If not, I will have to pick a new winner. 
3) The prize will be sent out at my discretion, so I might take me a little longer than a week to get it to you.
4) In order to earn the maximum amount of entries, you can comment on EVERY SINGLE DAY of New Year, New Books!
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  1. I just recently started reading one of Jen's other books, and I'm really liking it so far, so I'm hoping I get a chance to read Daughter of Chaos as well! (Also, HP FTW! xD)

    1. Thanks, Jessica! The HP world will always have my heart. <3

  2. Daughter of Chaos seems to be a new twist on the classic witch story; not to mention the use of the Greek goddess Hecate, who was considered to be by the ancient Greeks as the one who rules darkness and dark arts.

    A fitting story for a fitting lover of magic books!

    1. Thanks for the comment, Alex! I hope you enjoy DOC! :)

  3. This is one of those books I've been waiting for for quite a while, and to hear the author's love of witches (and to see her favorite movies/ tv shows) just made me grin from ear to ear. I'm so excited for this release, you don't understand. *flails* Also, I'm loving the scarf in the author's photo. :D

    1. Yay! This makes me so happy! (and thanks about the scarf!) :)

  4. Thanks so much for having me today! I had a blast! :)

  5. I love Practical Magic! Sandra Bullock and Nicole Kidman (two of my top favorite actresses ever) in the same movie? It's awesome. :) I also really liked Harry Potter and Hocus Pocus. I think I only watched one episode of Secret Circle--I just preferred the books. Awesome top ten list! I really like witchy movies/books.

    1. Yay witchy books and movies! Thanks for commenting! :)

  6. Hocus Pocus is a great movie! So much nostalgia there. I watch it all the time.

    1. Every time it's on TV, I HAVE to watch it! :)

  7. Hocus Pocus is such an enjoyable movie to watch :) I laugh so much every time I watch it. Interesting top ten list! And Daught of Chaos seems like such an interesting book, and I love the cover!

    1. Thanks, Kayla! I ADORE the cover, too; Month9Books has the best covers!!

  8. *Stares at book.. Reads description... Stares some more... Reaches for book.. Hits computer screen... Cries.* Of all the books in this massive giveaway so far, this one is the one I am absolutely dying for. The cover, the title, the description... And someone in the comments said it's based on Greek Mythology?? I NEED THIS IN MY LIFE NOW PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE. Seriously... Is it March yet???

  9. Finally a novel about witches is coming out this year. It should be more of them:-)

  10. Sleepy Hollow and Witches of East End are two of my favorite shows. And Hocus Pocus is a yearly movie that I must watch. I love it!

  11. This is another book I want to read really badly!! I'm so buying this one!