April 2014 New Releases

A quarter of the year has already come and gone, and we are officially into spring—finally! This month we are bringing you two new releases and one awesome rerelease.

Dealing with a messy and broken life can be hard, especially for a teen. Michelle approached her life with sadness, bitterness, and anger, until he entered her life . . .

Written when the author was eighteen years old, Paper Hearts is the debut work of our second YA-YA (Young Adults writing for Young Adults) author, S. R. Savell.

“This book is filled with really awesomely crafted characters, from Michelle and Nathaniel to Nathaniel’s grandmother (what a gem!), from Michelle’s completely self-absorbed mother to her scumbag of a boss. It has a plot to match—the plot twist came completely out of nowhere. . . . I was so completely blindsided. It was almost (but not quite) Fight Club level.”
—karaelaine1991, Library Thing

PaperHeartsA pushy counselor, school bullies, a neglectful mother, and a dead father have ruined seventeen-year-old high school senior Michelle Pearce’s perspective on life. A social reject living in self-imposed exile, Michelle has little use for anything or anyone—until Nathaniel comes along. A high school dropout who works three jobs to care for his dying grandmother, he’s all but convinced Michelle that there is some good left in humanity.

And then humanity proves him wrong. The unforgivable happens, destroying Michelle’s newfound faith in life and threatening to unravel a love in the making.

“Part of a new line of teen-written novels, Paper Hearts is penned by an eighteen-year-old author who writes teen angst with authenticity and power. The novel is an impressive achievement for a debut writer.”
—The Story Sanctuary

Paper Hearts is a perfect title for this book because both Michelle and Nathaniel are fragile and vulnerable, much like a paper heart. While Nate doesn’t allow the world’s ugliness to dampen his spirits, Michelle uses her anger as a shield to ward off others before they can hurt her. I thought this was a great debut novel, and I loved seeing Nate and Michelle’s relationship grow.”
—68papyrus, Library Thing

“As Michelle mellows, it becomes increasingly clear that her life actually is tragic, and her sulky teen misanthropy is a reasonable reaction to a rotten life—a refreshing take. Savell offers readers hope within grim realism. . . .”
—Kirkus Reviews

Rusty Fischer brings readers back into the lives of Maddy and Stamp for the final installment in the Living Dead Love—er, this time Apocalypse—Stories, Zombies Don’t Surrender.

ZombiesDontSurrenderAs the final volume in the Living Dead Love Stories opens, Maddy, Dane, and Stamp are still together, though barely, nestled safely inside the walls of Sentinel City, a stronghold designed to keep Zerkers out—and zombies in.

Maddy trains night and day, hoping to join Vera as a Keeper. Dane has been given Sentinel Support in the form a busty blonde named Courtney. And what of Stamp? Although Maddy’s dad has worked hard to rehabilitate him after his Zerker bite, he’s still not all there.

When Dr. Swift inadvertently allows the zombies’ archenemy, Val, to escape from Sentinel City, Maddy’s world turns upside down. She and Stamp are Vanished—expelled from the safety of Sentinel City, no better than common Zerkers. Dane, a Sentinel now, escapes punishment and is assigned to ensure that his old friends never return.

As Maddy and Stamp stray from the safety of Sentinel City, danger mounts . . . and not just for them. Val has taken up residence in a seaside town and enrolled in another Normal high school. To outwit her and save Seagull Shores from all-out zombie Armageddon, Maddy must face her archenemy once again.

Only this time, she’s all alone . . .

“For readers craving lighter—yet still violent and gory—cannibalistic action with a side of self-discovery.” —Kirkus Reviews

“This was a fitting end to a wonderfully entertaining trilogy. I loved every minute of the action-packed story. Once again, Rusty Fischer delivers fun, mayhem, and great characters. Every one of his books I’ve read has been well worth the time, and this series is a must whether you are normally a zombie fan or not.” —Nicki J Markus, nickijmarkus.com

The Road Warriors are back! Rereleasing this month, The Road Warriors: Danger, Death, and the Rush of Wrestling by Joe “Animal” Laurinaitis with Andrew William Wright is now available in paperback.

The_RoadWarriorsForeword by: “Precious” Paul Ellering

They snacked on danger, dined on death, and lived life on the edge.

The Road Warriors: Danger, Death, and the Rush of Wrestling is the captivating true story of The Legion of Doom: The Road Warriors, presented by Joe “Animal” Laurinaitis. Alongside Mike “Hawk” Hegstrand, Laurinaitis stormed onto the wrestling scene. With a monstrous style and image like no other, the Road Warriors went on to become two of the most influential and celebrated wrestlers the world has ever known.

In his first book ever, Laurinaitis shares his perspective of the dangers of being in the ring, the death of his lifelong friend and tag team partner, “Hawk,” and the rush of leaving a legacy in tag team wrestling that is unmatched to this day.

Joe takes readers behind the scenes of their most famous matches, including what it was like . . .

  • to be twenty feet in the air on the scaffold at Starrcade ’86 as it nearly fell apart underneath,
  • to legitimately injure J. J. Dillon during the first War Games at The Great American Bash in 1987,
  • and to witness Hawk so inebriated while fighting in SummerSlam ’92, it was miraculous he could even walk.

The Road Warriors: Danger, Death, and the Rush of Wrestling is the story wrestling fans love!

“If you are a fan of The Road Warriors, then you definitely want to read this book. The writing is easy to follow, and once you pick it up, you won’t put it down. In the end, The Road Warriors: Danger, Death, and the Rush of Wrestling was a ‘rush.’”
—Rick Rockwell, The Examiner

“. . . Laurinaitis takes us through the training process and shows how he and Hegstrand learned to put on a show for fans. . . . A lively, highly informative look at an ever-more-popular though still controversial sport.”
—David Pitt, Booklist

“You feel like you’re right alongside Hawk and Animal during the biggest matches of their career, and you’re back in the locker room to see all the craziness of pro wrestling firsthand. It’s a fine companion to WWE’s DVD set on the Road Warriors a few years back, with the addition of more details and some funny stories that can only happen in wrestling. If you’re a fan of the Road Warriors, reading this book is an absolute must.”
 —Scott Cook, 411mania.com 

“The book is well worth buying, and for those of us of a certain age, it is a welcome trip down memory lane.”
 —Bob McGee, WrestlingNewsSource.com 

“This is a great book that deserves a place in the wrestling library of any wrestling fan who wants to know more about wrestling during the ’80s and ’90s. This book is similar in style and content quality to those by Bret Hart and Gary Hart, both of which I consider to be among the greatest wrestling autobiographies ever.”
 —Eric Cohen, About.com 

“This book tells it like it is—letting the reader inside the wrestling world, from how the Road Warriors met to how they decided on their gimmick, and letting people see the men behind the roles that they play on television. If you are a Road Warrior fan or even just a wrestling fan, you will enjoy reading The Road Warriors: Danger, Death, and the Rush of Wrestling.”
 —Gabrielle Lee, FreshFiction.com 

We have so much in store for the rest of 2014. More awesome new releases, the launch of TREEbook™, and the first ever TREEbook™ novel release, The Julian Year! Be sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitter to stay current on new releases and all Medallion news!

Until next time . . .

Heather Musick
Senior Vice President
Medallion Media Group

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