Monday, October 29, 2012

Winners winners winners!

Hey y'all!

Remember that guess-a-name-and-win-a-mystery-ARC contest we had here a few weeks ago?

Yeah, so, I picked a winner and all, but the draft got swallowed by the TARDIS that is Blogger, so here's the winner announcement in all of its ridiculously late fashion! Sorry! So I used random.org--


BROOKS!
CONGRATS, Brooks!

Oh, and of course, you want to know the prize, right? The prize was an ARC of Magisterium by Jeff Hirsch.

And of course, I need to thank Vicky for letting me know that the winner post wasn't up! Vicky, you get an ARC of Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarry.

That's all for now! Keep tuning back for more giveaways and goodies in the works!
Minerva

Monday, October 22, 2012

Cover Reveal for INSIGNIA #2!

Maybe it's because I'm from California, but this situation seriously deserves a "DUDE".

Yeah. That's right. Ladies and gentlemen, honored elves and goblins, prized readers and fans, enlisted Spire forces....

ARE YOU READY FOR THE TITLE OF INSIGNIA'S SEQUEL?

Vortex
By: S. J. Kincaid
ISBN: 9780062093028
Release Date: July 2nd, 2013 from Katherine Tegen/HarperCollins
The impossible was just the beginning. Now in their second year as superhuman government weapons-in-training at the Pentagonal Spire, Tom Raines and his friends are mid-level cadets in the elite combat corps known as the Intrasolar Forces. But as training intensifies and a moment arrives that could make or break his entire career, Tom’s loyalties are again put to the test.

Encouraged to betray his ideals and friendships for the sake of his country, Tom is convinced there must be another way. And the more aware he becomes of the corruption surrounding him, the more determined he becomes to fight it, even if he sabotages his own future in the process.

Drawn into a power struggle more dramatic than he has ever faced before, Tom stays a hyperintelligent step ahead of everyone, like the exceptional gamer he is—or so he believes. But when he learns that he and his friends have unwittingly made the most grievous error imaginable, Tom must find a way to outwit an enemy so nefarious that victory seems hopeless. Will his idealism and bravado cost him everything—and everyone that matters to him?

Filled with action and intelligence, camaraderie and humor, the second book in S.J. Kincaid’s futuristic World War III Insignia trilogy continues to explore fascinating and timely questions about power, politics, technology, loyalty, and friendship.

-Summary provided by author/publisher

AMAZING, RIGHT?!?!? So darn beautiful! And what an amazing title! And amazing synopsis! Seriously, this is SO UTTERLY MIND-BLOWING.

I don't know about you, but I'm counting down the days.
Minerva
P.S. The winner of the title-guessing contest will be announced on Tuesday! Stay tuned. :)

Monday, October 15, 2012

Classroom of the Traveling Book

It's no secret here at the Pentagonal Spire that we love S. J. Kincaid to death. (But not, you know, actually to death to death. I can't die without finishing the trilogy first!)

So it's definitely a joy when we see that awesome teachers like Ms. Amy Pine share Insignia with their class.

Nowadays, too many people "don't read" (Seriously. I'll ask around campus if you don't believe me), so it's so incredibly refreshing when teachers go beyond the required books and show kids that there are books out there besides ones to be analyzed, and those are amazing, if you're willing to give them a try.

So yeah. Go congratulate Amy, or if you're a teacher yourself, well... it ain't too shabby to share Insignia as well, eh? ;)

P.S. Don't miss out on the mystery ARC contest that's still going on! 
Minerva

Sunday, October 07, 2012

O JULY, HURRY UP.

We Want YOU To Tell Us What You Think!

Hello ladies, gentlemen, and fans of Insignia! As you may (or may not) know, the second book of Insignia is coming out next July. So loooong, right?! We’ve been on the edge of our seats with anticipation. But! We’ve got some good news. Excellent news!! We are releasing something SUPER exciting this week! And we mean alert-everyone-including-Blackburn-exciting!! AAAHHH, I’m just soooo excited!!

Whoa! Sorry, got a little off track there. In honor of the next book coming out next July, and not knowing what the name is, we want you to tell us what you think about the second book! You can tell us what you think it’s about, what color you think it’ll be, what will happen to Tom and Heather, what you think will happen to Tom and Medusa, and most importantly…what do you think the NAME will be??

(Note from Minerva: SPREAD THE WORD! Whoever comes up with the best guesses will win a mystery ARC. An ARC, in case you didn't know, is an Advanced Reader's Copy, which is basically a book before it's officially released. It's pretty awesome, yo. So yeah, leave us a way to contact you in the comments below along with your guesses. Twitter, Facebook, E-mail--whichever! This contest is INTERNATIONAL, so enter away!)