Friday, August 28, 2015

COVER REVEAL AND RELEASE DATE: Jane Unwrapped by Leah and Kate Rooper

Jane Unwrapped
by Leah and Kate Rooper
Release Date: 10/12/15
Entangled Teen: Crave

Hello, friends! We're so excited to share with you the cover of JANE UNWRAPPED, coming out OCTOBER 12th! We absolutely love the cover, especially the specific touches like the hieroglyphs and the purple fog...and you can see how that factors into the book when it comes out in a just over a month! And if you're super eager, you can pre-order a digital copy now, or wait to pre-order a print copy one week before the release date!
Here's what you need to know about Jane Unwrapped:

Mummification was not the kind of experiment teen scientist Jane thought she'd be conducting-especially not when she winds up trapped in the Egyptian underworld. If that's not bad enough, the snarky (but outrageously handsome) god Anubis has sworn to devour her soul. Her only ticket out of the underworld? Go back in time and steal the heart of King Tutankhamen.

Time to test that hypothesis.

Between posing as a priestess, trying to murder the intriguing young pharaoh, and being stalked by Anubis-who can't seem to decide if he's going to kiss her or kill her-Jane has to make a choice: do the logical thing and steal Tut's heart, or find a way to save them both...even if it means rebelling against all the gods of Egypt.

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If you're catching the Jane-train like us, please help us out by sharing this posts with your friends and family! Word-of-mouth is the number one way for us to gain awareness about our book, and we'd love to share our story with as many people as possible. Also, don't forget to sign up for our newsletter, because on Thursday, September 3rd, our subscribers will be getting an EXCLUSIVE look at the first chapter! 

Thanks guys, and as always, happy reading <3

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Leah Kate Write Newsletter!

Hey guys! We've just created a newsletter so that we can keep you up-to-date with all the latest news, exclusive content, and a chance to win free stuff! Sign up now and share with your friends because one week today we will be sending out the first chapter of our debut novel JANE UNWRAPPED!

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Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Seven Books that Changed My Life

Hey guys, so since I’ve recently moved houses, I had to set up my bookshelf again. As I was going through all of my books, I got an overwhelming sense of nostalgia. So many of these books have shaped who I am and the person I have become. Although it’s hard to narrow it down, I’ve chosen the seven books (okay, some of them are series because I’m a cheater!) that have really played a role in the formation of my self. In no specific order:

1. The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien: This is a given. The Lord of the Rings was a life-altering journey for me. This was my first taste with high-fantasy, the idea of being whisked away into an extraordinary land, and thanks to Tolkien, I never would never go back to reality. LotR is solely responsible for my love of fantasy, of adventure, and ultimately, of my own desire to create such worlds.
2. The Transall Saga by Gary Paulsen: I doubt many people have heard of this book; it’s a young adult (possibly even middle grade?) novel about a thirteen year-old boy who gets transported to a post-apocalyptic world. I don’t remember how old I was—probably nine or ten—when I saw this book at the top of our library pile. (I was an avid reader and my parents always got tons of books out of the library for Leah and I). I remember thinking it had to be a book for my dad, because it looked so grown-up! My dad told me it was for me, to give it a try, and just to put it down if it were too difficult. I devoured that book. It was absolutely epic—a dark survival story with a love story and tragedy and adventure. This will always be one of my favourite novels and one of the books that stays with me. For a kid, it’s gritty, dark tale that pushed the boundaries of my reading comfort zone, and for an adult, it’s a commentary on society and the strength of the human spirit.

3. Eating Animals by Jonathan Safran FoerI actually read this book three years ago after reading on author Marie Lu’s blog how influential it was. I guarantee you, this book will change your life. A non-fiction account of Foer’s look into the farming industry, this book reveals the horrors and inhumanities that occur to farm animals because of the meat industry. Normally, I hate preachy books, but Foer is never judgmental—instead, he lets you experience things for yourself, never telling you what to think. But his recollections are so chilling, I became a vegetarian about four chapters in, and haven’t looked back since.

4. The Descent by Jeff Long: Perhaps another obscure novel, The Descent is a science-fiction/horror novel about an exploration deep into the earth where vicious humanoid creatures pray upon the explorers. This may sound campy, but this book’s writing cuts to the bone and the story explores the darkest parts of humanity. The first chapter gave me nightmares—and I mean that as a compliment. Why do I find this novel to be so influential? I was fourteen years old when I entered a fanatic Twilight phase. Leah started reading The Descent and one day she said to me: “You know, after reading this book, I’ve realized that…Twilight isn’t very good.” Lo and behold, I picked up the worn copy (The Descent is my father’s favourite novel of all time) and suddenly I realized the power of good writing. I was cured of my Twilight obsession.
*Disclaimer: I don’t hate Twilight now. I did for a while, but now I appreciate what Stephenie Meyer has accomplished for the young adult fantasy genre. And I think she’s a very fine writer.*

5. Dune by Frank Herbert: If I had to choose one novel that should be required reading for every human on the planet, it would be this one. Dune is a life-altering, view-changing science-fiction that will bring the world and its problems into focus. Touching on subjects such as religion, ecology, politics, and race, Dune examines our own society through an exciting and dramatic tale of family. Besides it’s powerful message, Dune also inspired me to become a better writer. Herbert’s lack of “and”, dual POV-usage, and love of semi-colons have played into almost everything I’ve ever written since.

6. Goose Chase: A Novel by Patrice Kindl: Is it odd on a list with Dune I’ve also included a middle-grade fairy tale about a flock of geese? Goose Chase was my all-time favourite novel growing up. Written almost satirically, Goose Chase is hilarious, exciting, and clever (and, I’ve just realized thinking about it now, has a strong feminist message!). After reading Goose Chase, I KNEW I HAD to write novels. I then fleshed out and wrote the first three paragraphs for Pixie Flights, pretty much an exact replica of Goose Chase. I’ve since moved on to more original ideas, but I have to thank this witty book for truly inspiring me to write.

7. His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman: This is my favourite series of all time and the most influential book(s) on the list. After reading this series, I learned that books could say something, books could alter the world, books could create a better society. The message in Pullman’s writing is controversial, but it’s important. Never had I felt so radically different from when I first picked up a book until I put it down. I truly felt like I was seeing the world for the first time.

Let me know what books influenced you—I’d love to check them out and add them to my list!

Wednesday, August 12, 2015


I have a bit of a different blog post today, something a little more personal.
So the last few months I’ve been struggling with a very major decision: should I continue going to university or concentrate on writing?

I have two plans: Plan A is to be a full-time, self-sufficient writer. Plan B is to be a speech language pathologist. But both these plans lead me on very different paths, and I can't decide which one to follow.

Plan B means I will finish my BA in Psychology, and get my Master’s in Speech Language Pathology, leading to a career as a speech language pathologist. This seems a good plan as the career combines my love of teaching, counseling, words, and neuropsychology. Furthermore, there is huge growth coming up in the field, and you make a very nice wage.

The downsides? The requirements to get into the Master’s program are tough. I would need to become a research assistant for a professor, get an honours degree, average A’s in all my classes (including five nasty linguistic courses), shadow both SLPs and audiologists, and get plenty of volunteer hours working in a clinical setting. Couple that with working a regular job in order to, you know, survive, and that leaves pretty much no room to pursue a career as a writer.

Plan A?

Don’t go to school, and work full-time at writing, meaning writing more books, building my platform, and writing even more books.

The up sides are obvious: I would be spending my energy on Plan A, pursuing my dream— and isn’t that what you’re supposed to do? Always go after your dream?

The downside is also obvious. My other dream is to own a house one day, be able to provide for a family. Although Jane Unwrapped is being published, Leah and I have to split our income so I really don't know how lucrative writing can be. I don’t know if I will ever be able to make a high enough income from writing in order to have it be a full-time career.

As of right now, I’ve decided to take next semester off to give writing a really good go—who knows, maybe the next book we pitch will be a huge success (Alliance would make a GREAT rom-com movie!) Even if I can just make enough income off of writing and our platforms (the blog/vlog), then I can quit my part-time job and maybe be able to juggle both school and writing.

But still, I can’t help but wish I could see into the future and know which way to go.

Thanks for reading, guys, wishing you a wonderful last two weeks of summer!

P.S. I wasn’t sure what pictures to put in this blog post, so but I felt this bird pretty much sums up how I’m feeling about the issue right now ;)

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Five of the Most Badass Egyptian Gods

Mythology is pretty darn cool. Whether it’s the Greeks, the Romans, the Nordics, or the countless other pantheons out there, hearing the stories of powerful gods acting with human emotions is enticing. When doing research for our novel, Jane Unwrapped, Leah and I became captivated by the lore and legends in ancient Egyptian religion. Here are our picks for the five most badass Egyptian gods.

1. Anubis: We’ll start this off with the god of embalming, Anubis. This jackal-headed god is the protector of the dead, and is associated with the ancient ritual of mummification. Although one of the oldest and most documented gods in Egyptian mythology, Anubis actually doesn’t feature in the lore too much. Instead, his image decorates pretty much every tomb in Egypt. He was considered one of the most loved gods because of endless protection and care for the souls passing through the Duat.

2. Isis: Isis is the goddess of health and wisdom, as well as the wife (and sister) of Osiris. She was seen as the ultimate mother and wife, as well as a friend to anyone from slave to the pharaohs. She also had sick magical powers involving resurrection and nature. Isis is badass because not only did she have a huge following back in ancient Egypt’s day, but she’s also one of the only ancient gods to still have a huge cult following today!

3. Osiris: Osiris is considered the god of the dead, but is also associated with life. If this seems contradicting to you, it’s because the Egyptians saw death as just a gateway to the afterlife, where your soul would continue living on. Because the greenish-black colour of the Nile floodplain represented rebirth and fertility to the Egyptians, Osiris is lucky enough to have green skin. Osiris is really cool because he’s considered the merciful god of the underworld. He observed all the souls coming into the afterlife, where their hearts would be weighed to see if the were pure enough to go to paradise.

4. Nephthys: Isis’s sister, Nephthys is the goddess of death, and is associated with nighttime and mummification. Nephthys was seen as the other side of the coin of Isis: one for life, another for death. This does not been Nephthys was not as loving or caring as Isis; she was equally as important and powerful. Nephthys stars in her own bit of soap opera lore as well: unable to get pregnant from her infertile husband, Set, Nephthys disguised herself as Isis in order to get Osiris to sleep with her. When Nephthys had her baby, Set was so furious, she abandoned the child to make sure Set didn’t kill him. Thankfully, Isis adopted the child…who she named Anubis! How’s that for drama?

5. Aten: You may have heard the names of the other four gods thrown around if you’ve read anything about Egypt, but I’d wager you haven’t heard of Aten. That’s because Aten was a lesser sun god, completely over-shone by his more famous counterparts, Ra; Amen; and Horus. Now Aten is badass because they (Aten was considered both male and female) caused a complete religious upheaval. Akhenaten, nicknamed the heretic pharaoh, reigned over Egypt from around 1353–1336 BC. During his reign, Akhenaten abandoned all the gods except for Aten, and moved the capital of Thebes to a city built for worship of Aten. He also happened to be married to Nefertiti and father of King Tut! Also his religious revolution didn’t stick, Aten’s effect over the pharaoh still makes him one of the most interesting gods.

 If you enjoyed learning about the Egyptian gods, let us know in the comments below, and we’ll post some more interesting facts about ancient Egypt! And if you’d like to see these gods in action, stay tuned for our book Priestess of Anubis (Entangled Teen Crave) where these gods (and more!) cause trouble for a modern-day girl.

Thanks for reading!

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