Friday, May 8, 2015

Readers' Favorite 5-Star Editorial Review for Dismantling Evan


Today Dismantling Evan received a 5 Star Editorial/ Professional review from Readers' Favorite and I couldn't be more proud!  
I am attaching the review here, but it can also be found on Amazon, Barnes and Nobles, and Goodreads as well as the direct link (which I will put below the review) from Readers' Favorite.  
This also means that DE will be getting a shiny new update to its cover! My cover artist will be working on it next week!  (the above seal will be on the front cover both in digital and paperback)  

- " Evangeline ‘Evan’ Phillips moves halfway across the country with her parents to the quaint town of Braxton Springs, Texas. It is a chance for Evan to leave her past in San Francisco and start over; at least that’s what her parents think. The loner high school senior doesn't share their optimism and she’s determined to remain invisible in her new school and neighborhood. Little does she know that it won’t go as planned. 

Venessa Kimball’s Dismantling Evan (The Evan Series, Book 1) offers an edgy perception on teen troubles that could threaten one’s will to live. Evan unwillingly gets tangled with the unsettling matters of the lives of those around her. This makes Evan’s own problem rear its head and she struggles to hold on to her sanity.

Dismantling Evan is a story that engages the minds and the hearts of its readers from start to finish. Looking at mental illness and other troubling matters through the young characters' eyes is a rewarding insight. Even though Evan is the lead character that moves the story, I gravitated towards Gavin more. He is greatly misunderstood, but lucky to have some people who comprehend and accept him, especially his brother, Brody.

Kimball writes with precision, clarity, and style that makes the reading flawless. The controversial social issues and the way the characters struggle and deal with them are relevant as well as challenging. On the whole, this is a YA literary work that belies its genre. Young and mature readers should not overlook this series." 

                  - Readers' Favorite    
                 https://readersfavorite.com/book-review/dismantling-evan



Evan Series Details:
 Contemporary Fiction/ Contemporary Romance 

Dismantling Evan (Evan series book 1) YA/Teen 
Life is unstable. What will be the trigger to dismantle it?  

A trigger pulled. A tragedy realized.  A boy displaced. Can Gavin be saved or will he be forever lost? 
Saving Gavin- an Evan series novelette  YA/Teen

Amazon Link: hyperurl.co/cbr1ui

Inventing Evan (Evan series book 2) New Adult - Coming Soon 

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Piercing the Fold Blog Tour April 15 - May 15


New to my books?
Never read the highly addicting  Piercing the Fold series?
For the next month, the Piercing the Fold series will be on tour. That's right, April 15-May 15.  Make sure to visit the awesome blogs hosting this tour and read up on all things PtF! There will be giveaways along the way too :)
Here is the tour schedule :
4/15
Amanda's Blog! (Promo)

4/16
Lady Amber's Reviews (Dream Cast)

4/17
Jazzy Reviews (Play List)

4/18
Author Sandra Love (Promo)

4/19
Book Groupies/ Jasmine

4/20
Cameo Renae (Character Bio)

4/21
Tammy's Tea Time (Review)

Midnightangel Book Heaven (Promo)

4/22
A Book Addict's Delight (Promo)

4/23
Black Words-White Pages

4/24
ParaSuperNormalism

4/25
Will Read For Books

4/26
I Feel the Need, the need to Read (Review 1st Book)

4/27
Kcbreviews (Promo)

4/28
The Seraphine Muse

4/29
Angee's Afterthoughts

4/30
Sweet Treat Reading Reviews  (Promo)

5/1
Out There Reviews & Stuff (Review)

5/2
Ashley's Reading Bliss (Promo)

5/3
Brenda's Blog (Promo)

5/4
Indie Authors Books and More (Review)

5/5
Rose Shababy (promo)

5/6
Little Red's Book Reviews  (Promo)

5/7
Midnightangel Book Heaven (Promo)

5/8
BBF Bookboyfriends (Promo)

5/9
Eskimo Princess Book Reviews (Promo)

5/10
Mama Reads Hazel Reads (Review)

5/11
Word to Dreams (Review of Book One & Guest Post)

5/12
Deausha&Kittys YA Bookblog (Review)

5/13
Jacklynn Love's Reading!!! (Promo)

5/14
Jess's Book Blog (Review)

5/15
Hayley's Reviews (Review)

Friday, April 10, 2015

UTOPYA CON 2015 AWARDS: My Books Are Eligible for Consideration

Good Friday Morning Everyone!

This year, I am attending a convention that I have dreamed of  attending for the past two years!  UtopYA Con 2015!
Why have I coveted attendance to this convention?
Well, it is a collaborative and educational convention that focuses on supernatural and contemporary young adult and new adult fiction!
In a nutshell.....what I write! :) 
There are panels filled with writers and experts in the publishing industry as well as the entertainment industry that share tips to improve our craft and advance our careers as writers.....while having fun!  

For the lovers of books and readers, the fun will be ENDLESS! Authors will be signing and visiting and having lunch, dinner, and chatting it up with you during the convention.  I myself will be plenty available for signing and chatting as I am signing Thursday, Friday, and Saturday!  

In addition to all of this, novels written in the genre of Young Adult and New Adult are awarded at this convention through the UtopYA Academy. 

Now, nominations can only come from the Academy, so I can only keep my fingers crossed that they spot the two novels I have up for eligibility this year! 
YES, THAT IS  RIGHT! 
I HAVE 2 NOVELS FOR AWARD CONSIDERATION AT  UTOPYA!!   
I was so surprised when I looked at the deadline dates and categories for awards. Both "Dismantling Evan" and "Transcending the Legacy: Book 4" the finale in the Piercing the Fold series  are both eligible and they can be nominated in a few categories each! 

FOR CONSIDERATION.... 

1. 
Title: Transcending the Legacy: Book 4 (Final book in the Piercing the Fold series) 
Authors: Venessa Kimball 
Genre: YA Sci-Fi, Paranormal, Dystopian 
Eligible for
Best Science Fiction
Best Dystopian
Best Paranormal 
Best Cover (Supernatural) - designed by SK Whiteside 
Best Shero - Jesca 
Best bestie/buddy - Elisha
Best Couple-  Jesca and Nate or Jesca and Xander
Best Supernatural Series 
Book of the Year

Here's the cover for Transcending the Legacy: 


Blurb for Transcending the Legacy: Book 4: 

With Jesca’s return from beyond the veil comes the realization that she is part of an ancient and celestial legacy that is much greater than the Sondian and Dobrian rivalry could ever be and the understanding of what has become of our world in the year that she has been gone beyond the veil. 
It becomes known that ancient bloodlines and a supernal legacy has linked Jesca, her family, the two men she is torn between, and the team of guardians. With no other guidance but Jesca’s visions of what this legacy holds for them, the guardians are depending on the divining glimpses she is receiving to put them on the path leading to salvation. 
As for our world, the population that has survived the galactic intersection, the climatic shift, and the necessary implantations are being invaded, occupied, and destroyed by the very beings Jesca encountered beyond the veil. The beings intent? To possess our world and stop Jesca and the other guardians from fulfilling the legacy that could save the human race and eradicate them. 
Once again, Author Venessa Kimball will take you on a spine-tingling and breath-taking roller coaster ride through a reality that has been set askew, a reality that has surfaced the rim of our known existence, a reality that has ascended unworldly obstacles, and now a reality that must be transcended by one for the survival of all. The question is, will the stakes be too high and the loss be to great for Jesca and the guardians? 
Get ready for the final book in the Piercing the Fold series, Transcending the Legacy


2.  
Title: Dismantling Evan (the Evan series) 
Authors: Venessa Kimball
Genre: YA Contemporary Romance
Eligible for:
Best Contemporary Fiction 
Best Contemporary Series 
Best Cover (Contemporary) -  designed by SK Whiteside 
Best Contemporary Lead - Evan "Evangeline" Phillips
Best bestie/buddy - Nikki Bell 
Best Kiss - Evan and Brody 
Best Couple-  Evan and Brody
Book Hangover
Book of the Year


Here's the cover of Dismantling Evan:


Blurb for Dismantling Evan:
Life is unstable... 
…What will be the trigger to dismantle it? 
When high school senior Evangeline "Evan" Phillips moves half way across the country with her parents to a quaint town in Texas, it should be a chance to start over. 
It should be. 
Typical of Evan, she doesn’t share her parents’ optimism. Always the loner, she is prepared to hide behind work at the school newspaper until graduation. That is the seemingly bulletproof plan until she meets her new neighbors, Gavin and Brody Ferguson. 
The more Evan gets to know her neighbors, their band of friends, and frenemies, the more unsettling her new high school and community gets in Braxton Springs, Texas. 
As Evan unwittingly digs deeper into the lives of those around her, her own skeletons begin to surface leaving her vulnerable and scrambling to keep her own sanity and reputation. Will Evan be able to get control over her spiraling secrets while discovering friendship and love for the first time? 
Or will the issues and pressures of life as a band of not-so-average teens in a very typical high school become too much, resulting in the tragic dismantlement of an entire community and Evan herself? 
Dismantling Evan is a fresh and edgy work of literary fiction that snapshots how life as a teen in modern society can be unstable and the social issues and pressures revolving around them can tip the fleeting stability of society over the edge.


There are many awards this year, so I am hoping that either of my two novels will be considered by the Academy. That alone would be a honor. The members of the Academy have a tough job in their hands with so many extraordinary YA novels, novellas, and series this year.  I know it will be a tough decision to make. 

Fingers and toes crossed though :) 

Can't wait to meet  UtopYAn readers, fellow authors, and fans in Nashville!  See you in June! 

~V  


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