Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Sparked by Helena Echlin & Malena Watrous Blog Tour + Giveaway



Sparked 
Authors: Helena Echlin and Malena Watrous
Publication Date: October 3, 2017
Publisher: Geek & Sundry


Synopsis:
Fifteen-year-old Laurel Goodwin wakes up to find her older sister Ivy missing from their Airstream trailer in the Oregon redwoods. A recurring nightmare convinces her that Ivy was abducted, but no one takes her dream seriously, including her mom. Laurel, a loner, has to learn to ask for help, and Jasper Blake, a mysterious new kid who shares her love of old books, quickly becomes her ally. Together they find their quiet town holds a deep secret and is the epicenter of a dark prophecy. 
Laurel soon learns that her worst enemies, mean girls Peyton Andersen and Mei Rosen, are developing powers that she needs to find and save Ivy. With time running out, Laurel realizes that power doesn’t always take the form that you expect. And once she learns to look beyond her snap judgments, she develops an unexpected gift of her own.
Excerpt
1.      OPENING PAGE OF SPARKED

The knocking woke me up from a dead sleep.

Whack, whack.

I sat up, blinking myself awake. The sky outside our porthole-shaped window was still dark, the silhouettes of the redwoods just a shade blacker. Rain lashed at the glass. Wind rocked the Airstream back and forth.

Whack.

There was that knocking again. I leaned over to wake Ivy. Our beds were so close, they practically touched—

But Ivy wasn’t in her bed.

Whack, whack.

She must have snuck out and forgotten her key. I needed to let her in fast. Our mom was a heavy sleeper—especially if she’d smoked a “medicinal” joint before bed—but there was a limit to what she could tune out.

When I eased open the accordion door to the bedroomette, a river of cold air whooshed over me. I hurried to the front of the trailer, where the door was wide open, banging in the wind.

I stepped out onto the top cinder-block stair, straining to see through the rain. “Ivy?” I called into the darkness, but no one answered. The icy wind cut through my pajamas and I shuddered, wrapping my arms around myself. Ivy must have left the door unlocked, and the storm had blown it open.
Still, it creeped me out.

I wasn’t used to living in a tin can on the edge of civilization. Our new property bumped up against the state park. We had no neighbors for miles, but hikers, poachers, and the occasional homeless person liked to use our land as their playground. Mom said that we were safer out here than if we lived in some apartment in town. Statistically, there were fewer weirdos in the vicinity.

But all it takes is one.
About the Authors
Hello! We are both novelists, but if you’ve ever tried to write anything, you know that writing can be a lonely, angst-filled business. So one night over a cocktail or two, we came up with a solution: write our next book together. Malena already had an idea: a girl’s sister is kidnapped and she has to rely on mean girls with superpowers to get her sister back. We couldn’t resist seeing where that story would take us – a wild ride that includes a loner girl who wants to be a writer and a gorgeous boy who can shoot fire from his eyes but also loves to talk about books. And an ancient Zoroastrian prophecy. And pie shakes. (OK, so maybe we got a little carried away.)

We’ve both published solo novels (check them out here and here) and had no idea how co-writing would work out, but we pounded out the first draft in a white-hot frenzy of inspiration we called “the Vortex.” One of us would write a scene and send it to the other with a note: “My apartment is a pigsty and I haven’t eaten all day. #inthevortex.” We wrote the book we wanted to read as teenagers: a supernatural thriller with healthy doses of horror and humor. Oh, and of course there’s romance. You have to wait a long time for the only kiss in the book, but isn’t that the case with all the best kisses in books?
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Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Gray Wolf Island Blog Tour + Giveaway



GRAY WOLF ISLAND 
Author: Tracey Neithercott 
Pub. Date: October 10, 2017
Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers 
Pages: 336 
Formats: Hardcover, eBook

Synopsis:
Right before Sadie died, she begged her sister, Ruby, to do the one thing she could never do herself: Find the treasure on Gray Wolf Island.
With just a mysterious treasure map as a guide, Ruby reluctantly allows some friends to join her on the hunt, each of whom is touched by magic: a boy allegedly born to a virgin, a girl who never sleeps, a boy who can foresee his own death, and a boy with deep ties to the island. Each of them is also keeping a secret—something they’ll have to reveal in order to reach the treasure.
As the secrets come to light, Ruby will have to decide: Can she make peace with her friends’ troubled pasts and continue to trust them? Can she forgive herself for doing the unspeakable? Deep in the wilderness of Gray Wolf Island, Ruby’s choices will determine if they make it out with the treasure—or merely with their lives.
From debut author Tracey Neithercott comes a darkly compelling tale of profound friendship, adventure, and finding the strength to tell the truth.
Excerpt
Elliot drops to the ground beside the fire. It casts him in shadow, a black slash with stooped shoulders. He doesn’t say a thing. Just sucks up all our joy like an emotional black hole.

“Hey, Elliot,” I say. “Mind toning down the excitement? Some of us are trying to have a miserable time here.”

He meets my gaze. Opens his mouth like he’s ready to share. Like he hasn’t kept us in suspense for an entire eternity.

But he says silent.

“He gets like this.” Charlie glances from me to Anne. “Don’t worry—he’s mostly harmless. Unless you’re allergic to brooding looks or clenched jaws.”

“You really never know,” Anne says.

“Well, I know, and I’m deathly allergic,” Charlie says. “Get me out of here, Anna Banana, before I go into anaphylactic shock.”

They zoom toward the shack, Gabe tripping after them. Charlie’s laughter catches on the night breeze, and I know I’ll never forget the sound, not even after he’s gone.

I peek across the fire at the Elliot-shaped shade. “Are you just going to sit there?”

“No. I was going to come over.” And he does. “I was always going to come over. Sometimes it takes my body a long time to catch up to my brain.”

He tosses a handful of pine needles into the fire. The air smells sweet like Christmas. “Tell me something I don’t know.”

“Oh God, Elliot. Is there even such a thing?”

He rolls his eyes. Nudges my foot with his. “Tell me a story about you and Sadie.”

He might as well ask for my entire heart. “When I was fourteen,” I say, “I snuck down to the beach in the middle of the night to see the sky.”

“To see the Perseid meteor shower.” He delivers a hesitant smile. “I heard Sadie telling someone about it that Monday. It’s just . . . I was out there, too.”

“See? There’s not a single thing you don’t know.”

“I don’t know your version.”

“I guarantee it’s not nearly as exciting as Sadie’s,” I say. “I walked a ways down the beach, and when it was time to come home, I was lost. I didn’t know what to do, so I walked toward a light.”

I toss handfuls and handfuls of needles into the fire. Take a deep breath of pine-scented night. “Sadie had woken up and seen my empty bed. And she flicked our bedroom light on and off to help me find my way home.”

“She was your North Star,” Elliot says.

“No, not even. She was like the entire night sky, everything from stardust to galaxies.” I turn to find him already looking at me. “Imagine the universe winking out in a day.” 

About the Author
My first book was written by hand and illustrated with some really fancy colored pencils. It was highly acclaimed by my mother. Now, I write YA stories of friendship, love, murder, and magic. (None of which I illustrate—you’re welcome.) I live in Massachusetts with my husband, who suggests improving my novels by adding Star Wars characters.

I’m the author of Gray Wolf Island, a YA novel about the truth, a treasure, and five teens searching for both. Coming fall 2017 from Knopf/Random House. 

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Charm Release Day Blitz + Giveaway


I am so excited that CHARM by J.A. Armitage is available now and that I get to share the news!

If you haven’t yet heard about this wonderful book by USA Today Bestselling Author J.A. Armitage, be sure to check out all the details below. 

This blitz also includes a giveaway for a Cinderella Prize Pack courtesy of J.A. So if you’d like a chance to win, click on the link at the bottom of this post.

Title: CHARM
Author: J.A. Armitage
Pub. Date: September 26, 2017
Publisher: Amazon Digital Services LLC
Pages: 291
Formats: eBook
Find it: AmazonGoodreads

You all know the story of Cinderella... 
The kingdom needs an heir and Princess Charmaine is quite aware that the job rests solely upon her shoulders. The problem is, she has no intention of ever getting married, let alone pushing a child out of her ladyparts. When her elder sister dies, Charmaine has to take her place at the ball designed to find her a husband. The problem is, she doesn't want to choose between a hundred eligible bachelors. She just wants to live her life in peace and find love in her own time. 

Cynder knows about the impending war between his people and those of his masters, but working as an underpaid servant in the palace kitchens leaves him with little power to do anything about it. On one hand, he's a staunch supporter of his own royal family, but he can't deny the attraction he feels for the daughter of the king and queen he works for. 

Charm is the first in the Reverse Fairytale series by USA Today bestselling author J.A.Armitage. Take everything you think you know about fairytales and turn it on its head.

Excerpt
My mother smiled. Her smile had a way of putting people at ease. I’d seen her use it countless times on nervous subjects. That’s what made her a good queen. She flicked her eyes towards my father who just nodded and then she turned back to me. Reaching forward and taking my hand in hers she spoke softly to me. Another trick of hers to keep me calm. I wondered briefly what exactly she would need to keep me calm for.

You already know

The little voice was persistent.

“We cannot cancel the ball. Too much is at stake and, while it is unfortunate timing, it would be madness to stop it at this late stage. Your father and I have talked extensively about this and we have decided that you are to take Grace’s place.”

I opened my mouth in shock. We had only just begun the official mourning for Grace and here they both were, asking me to take her place at some stupid party.

“You mean dance with the men?”

“Not just dance with them. We need concrete ties. The country is in a period of great instability and we need a leader to take our place when we are gone. We need you to choose a husband.”

About JA
Born in Leeds, I lived a very normal life until I got bored one day and decided to travel the world. Since then I've worked on a Banana Plantation, cleaned ACDC's dressing room and been a professional clown.

I climbed to the bottom of the Grand Canyon and the top of Kilimanjaro. Nowadays you'll find me being a climbing frame for my two young children, working in a school, and renovating my home.

Did I also mention I wrote some books? I hope you enjoy them!

For my free books, just sign up to my newsletter here http://www.subscribepage.com/v7o8k4
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1st prize: Cinderella Swag Pack with NYT bestselling book, DVD and print copy of Charm

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3rd Prize: Print copy of Charm

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Monday, September 25, 2017

The Hanging Girl Blog Tour & Giveaway





The Hanging Girl
Author: Eileen Cook
Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: October 3, 2017
Pages: 320
Formats: Hardcover, eBook

Synopsis:
Skye Thorn has given tarot card readings for years, and now her psychic visions are helping the police find the town’s missing golden girl. It’s no challenge—her readings have always been faked, but this time she has some insider knowledge. The kidnapping was supposed to be easy—no one would get hurt and she’d get the money she needs to start a new life. But a seemingly harmless prank has turned dark, and Skye realizes the people she’s involved with are willing to kill to get what they want and she must discover their true identity before it’s too late.


Interview
What sets The Hanging Girl apart from your other novels?
What I think all my books have in common are main characters who are trying to figure out who they really are. They’re all in difficult situations, that they’ve probably made much worse by their own actions. They must decide how they will resolve the situation and what they can live with doing. The difference for The Hanging Girl is that it’s a bit creepier than my other books, and pulls in a bit of a paranormal element as the main character reads tarot cards.

The initial inspiration for this book came after I went to a conference put on by The Committee for Skeptical Inquiry. They’re a group of people who use science to investigate various topics- including psychics. The session I went to covered how easy it is to fool someone into believing you have psychic ability. I found that fascinating and filed away the information knowing it would be useful for a character. I am also one of those people who REALLY wants to believe in psychics, but is leery. Writing about it allowed me to explore that fear of how someone could take advantage of those beliefs.

The second bit of inspiration came after talking to a good friend about lies. I started to think about a character who tells a lie (for a good reason) and how that leads to more lies, until she is in so deep that she has no idea how to get free. I think many people have told a lie to try and make a situation better, that ended up leading to more trouble. (Hopefully not as much trouble as it got the main character, Skye, into!)

If The Hanging Girl had a theme song what would it be?
The song Ironic by Alanis Morisette works well as it’s all about luck not turning out quite the way you intended it to. 


Who was your favorite character to write?
This question makes me realize how parents feel when someone asks them which of their kids they like the best. I like all the characters for different reasons- even those who don’t behave very well. I feel somewhat to blame for their behavior since I wrote them. I know some people like main characters to be super likable, but I enjoy characters who are a mix of good and bad. Messy people with complicated lives fascinate me.

The main character Skye is certainly right up there at the top of favorites. I admire her for being a fighter. Things haven’t always been easy for her. Her dad’s not in her life, her mom was really young when she was born, and financially they don’t have much. Skye doesn’t always make the best decisions (understatement), but she’s active in trying to do something to make her life better. She doesn’t sit back and complain. I always respect people who at least try. 

The characters aren’t based on anyone real, but like any self-respecting author I do tend to steal bits and pieces from people that I know. There are elements of Skye- her resourcefulness and her humor that I’ve admired in friends. 

Can you tell us about any projects you currently have in the works?
To be honest I am always happiest when I have a project on the go. I love the process of making things up. I know some people feel tortured by the process of writing, but it’s one of my favorite things to do. The book I am currently working on is called The Stranger, although that title might change. It takes place in London England. I don’t want to give away too much but it involves a character named Kim having a chance meeting with someone who ends up completely changing her life.

Oh, and there’s a murder in there too. : ) 

And for your extra amusement, here is a photo of my dog Cairo. He wants your readers to know that no dogs were harmed in the making of the novel.


Squee!! This puppy is the cutest!!
About the Author
Eileen Cook is a multi-published author with her novels appearing in eight different languages. Her books have been optioned for film and TV. She spent most of her teen years wishing she were someone else or somewhere else, which is great training for a writer. Her newest book, WITH MALICE, will be out in June 2016. She’s an instructor/mentor with the Simon Fraser University Writer’s Studio Program.

You can read more about Eileen, her books, and the things that strike her as funny atwww.eileencook.com. Eileen lives in Vancouver with her husband and two very naughty dogs and no longer wishes to be anyone or anywhere else.


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Friday, September 22, 2017

Ascending the Boneyard by C.G. Watson

Ascending the Boneyard
Author: C.G. Watson
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Publication Date: February 16, 2016
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Review:
I was going through my Edelweiss shelf and realized that for a good part of 2016 I read books, wrote a one sentence review on Goodreads, and promptly forgot to go back and add coherent thoughts. In my defense, Ascending the Boneyard is a very forgettable book.

This novel begins with the awful home life of Caleb Tosh. His brother is disabled, Dad is an awful human being, and his mother is unable to cope. Caleb's way of dealing is with a video game, The Boneyard. He spends all of his time in The Boneyard and it gets to the point where both Caleb and the reader can't tell the difference between the game and life.

I'll be real, this book was confusing. It was jumpy, fragmented, and hard to follow. I read once that authors use unclear words when they don't know what they're trying to say. This entire book felt like the author wasn't sure what they wanted to say. The author wanted to elicit emotion from the reader, especially with everything Caleb is going through, but I didn't care because the story was too convoluted. There were elements of a story here but it was never cohesive. I was left feeling baffled rather than feeling bad for Caleb.

Overall, I think I'm being generous giving this book two stars. I'm glad this book was short or I would have given up on reading it after the first 50 pages.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

The Goblins of Bellwater Review & Giveaway

The Goblins of Bellwater
Author: Molly Ringle
Publisher: Central Avenue Publishing
Publication Date: October 1, 2017
Goodreads

Review:

Before starting The Goblins of Bellwater I fully admit to thinking it was going to be a story of David Bowie-eqsue goblins and young maidens trying to rescue their siblings. While this novel did have a rescue element, an old curse, and goblins. They were definitely not the swoony Bowie kind. They were the traditional, gross, obsessed with gold type.

The Goblins of Bellwater takes place in the fictional town of Bellwater located in Washington state along the Puget Sound. I grew up in Tacoma so the setting and feel of a rainy pacific northwest winter felt very familiar. The descriptions were well done and left me feeling a little homesick. The main storyline revolved around Kit, Livy, Skye and Grady. It dealt with how their lives were affected by the goblins living in Bellwater and the curse on Kit's family.

There was also a great deal of romance in this story. I'd say the main thrust of the first part of the novel was setting up the romances between Kit/Livy and Skye/Grady. If I had one main qualm with this novel it would be that the romance read a little young to me, more young adult than new adult which is how I would classify this book. I liked the pairings but there was a lot of fade to black type scenes.

I enjoyed the environmental elements of this story. A large part of novel takes place in the woods and waterways of Puget Sound. This is an area of great beauty and the story touches on issues of the human impact on the local environment. Livy is a forest ranger of some sort and I liked that aspect of her character.

Overall, I enjoyed The Goblins of Bellwater. I've been in a pretty serious book slump for the better part of a year now. This book had that something interesting that made me want to keep reading. It's definitely one to add to your TBR list.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Odd & True by Cat Winters Blog Tour + Giveaway






ODD & TRUE
Author: Cat Winters
Pub. Date: September 12, 2017
Publisher: Amulet Books
Pages: 368
Formats: Hardcover, eBook

Synopsis:
Trudchen grew up hearing Odette’s stories of their monster-slaying mother and a magician’s curse. But now that Tru’s older, she’s starting to wonder if her older sister’s tales were just comforting lies, especially because there’s nothing fantastic about her own life—permanently disabled and in constant pain from childhood polio.
In 1909, after a two-year absence, Od reappears with a suitcase supposedly full of weapons and a promise to rescue Tru from the monsters on their way to attack her. But it’s Od who seems haunted by something. And when the sisters’ search for their mother leads them to a face-off with the Leeds Devil, a nightmarish beast that’s wreaking havoc in the Mid-Atlantic states, Tru discovers the peculiar possibility that she and her sister—despite their dark pasts and ordinary appearances—might, indeed, have magic after all.

About Cat Winters

Cat Winters’s critically acclaimed debut novel, In the Shadow of Blackbirds, was named a 2014 Morris Award Finalist, a 2014 Best Fiction for Young Adults pick, a 2013 Bram Stoker Award Nominee, and a School Library Journal Best Book of 2013. Her upcoming novels include The Cure for Dreaming (Amulet Books/Oct. 2014) and The Uninvited (William Morrow/2015), and she’s a contributor to the 2015 YA horror anthology Slasher Girls & Monster Boys. She lives in Portland, Oregon. Visit her online at www.catwinters.com. Photo by Tara Kelly.


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Monday, September 11, 2017

Arena by Holly Jennings

Arena
Author: Holly Jennings
Publisher: Ace
Publication Date: April 5, 2016
Goodreads

Review:
Arena by Holly Jennings follows Kali Ling a fighter in the RAGE tournaments. Every week Kali enters the virtual ring and is killed. The fighters feel pain but everything else is digital and when they die they wake up in the real world.

I picked up this novel because I thought it would be similar to Rush by Eve Silver which I loved. It has a similar concept. Both deal with fighters in a virtual ring, but Rush blends in an alien/sci-fi theme and Arena, well, Arena felt like the concept of the story was never fully realized.

The characters in Arena came off as one-dimensional. Kali’s lover is killed right in front of her (for real) and yet she was very quick to move on to the new “hottie” on her team. It was a classic enemies turned romantic interest plot. I had trouble believing it. To be honest, I had a hard time believing anything the characters did. Their motives didn’t feel solid enough and I wished the characters had been further fleshed out.

Overall, this book was interesting enough to keep me reading until the end but not interesting enough for me to want to continue the series. It felt like it could have been edited down, there were things happening that were not central to the story and added nothing of value. If you enjoy video games and fast-paced reads this might just be for you. 

Saturday, September 2, 2017

Murder Among the Stars Blog Tour + Giveaway

Murder Among the Stars
Authors: Adam Shankan & Laura Sullivan
Publisher: Atheneum Books
Publication Date: June 13, 2017

Synopsis
After being framed for attempted murder, Lulu Kelly has earned a rest. Unfortunately, there is no rest in Hollywood for a rising starlet. Lulu and her boyfriend Freddie are invited to posh Hearst Castle, where Lulu will be competing against other young actresses for the role of a lifetime. But what’s a house party without a little murder?
After a rival actress is found dead under the dining room table, Lulu makes it her mission to solve the mystery. But illusion is this town’s number one export, and it’s hard to tell the ambitious from the truly evil. As the clues pile up, Lulu and Freddie race to find the killer, even as Lulu becomes the next target.


Adam Shankman
Adam Shankman is the director and producer of the exuberant musical remake of Hairspray, the producer of the top-grossing Step Up films, the director of the adaptation of the Nicholas Sparks bestseller A Walk to Remember starring Mandy Moore, and the director of Bringing Down the House starring Steve Martin and Queen Latifah. Adam has also directed episodes of Modern Family and Glee, and he was a popular judge on So You Think You Can Dance.

Laura Sullivan
Laura L. Sullivan is a former newspaper editor, biologist, social worker, and deputy sheriff who writes because storytelling is the easiest way to do everything in the world. Her books include Love By the Morning Star, Delusion, and Ladies in Waiting. Laura lives on the Florida coast.


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Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Zero Repeat Forever Release Day Giveaway



I am so excited that ZERO REPEAT FOREVER by Gabrielle Prendergast is available now and that I get to share the news!

If you haven’t yet heard about this wonderful book by Author Gabrielle Prendergast, be sure to check out all the details below.

This blitz also includes a giveaway for a signed hardcover of the book courtesy of Gabrielle and Rockstar Book Tours. So if you’d like a chance to win, enter in the Rafflecopter at the bottom of this post.

ZERO REPEAT FOREVER
Pub. Date: August 29, 2017
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Pages: 496
Formats: Hardcover, eBook, audiobook

He has no voice, or name, only a rank, Eighth. He doesn’t know the details of the mission, only the directives that hum in his mind.
Dart the humans. Leave them where they fall.
His job is to protect his Offside. Let her do the shooting.
Until a human kills her…
Sixteen year-old Raven is at summer camp when the terrifying armored Nahx invade, annihilating entire cities, taking control of the Earth. Isolated in the wilderness, Raven and her friends have only a fragment of instruction from the human resistance.
Shelter in place.
Which seems like good advice at first. Stay put. Await rescue. Raven doesn’t like feeling helpless but what choice does she have?
Then a Nahx kills her boyfriend.
Thrown together in a violent, unfamiliar world, Eighth and Raven should feel only hate and fear. But when Raven is injured, and Eighth deserts his unit, their survival comes to depend on trusting each other…
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About Gabrielle: 
Gabrielle is a writer, teacher and designer living in Vancouver, Canada. You can read about her books here. She is represented by Barbara Poelle at the Irene Goodman Literary Agency.

In 2014 she was the Writer in Residence at Vancouver Public Library. In 2015 she was nominated for the BC Book Prizes and chosen to tour the province to promote BC Books. In 2017 Gabrielle took part in the TD Canada Children’s Book Week Tour. She has also been nominated for the White Pine Awardand the CLA Award.

Gabrielle won the Westchester Award for Audacious. Audacious was included in CBC’s list of 100 YA Books That Make You Proud to be Canadian. A poem from Capricious was chosen for the 2014 Poetry in Transit Program. Pandas on the East Side was chosen as an Ontario Library Association Best Bet for Junior Fiction in 2016. It was also nominated/shortlisted for the Chocolate Lily Award, The Red Cedar Award, the Diamond Willow Award and the Myrca Award.

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(1) winner will receive a signed finished copy of ZERO REPEAT FOREVER, US Only & Canada.

(3) winners will receive signed postcards and bookmarks ZERO REPEAT FOREVER, US Only & Canada.

Ends on September 19th at Midnight EST!


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Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Summer Reads With Swoon Romance & Giveaway

 
Hello Readers!
Summer is almost over but there's still time to snuggle up with some romantic summer reads!
Celebrate the last drop of summer with these summer reads from Swoon Romance.
Be sure to enter the giveaway found at the end of the post!
 
 
Pretend to be from Spain? Act like she can barely speak English? Sure, why not? It wouldn’t be the first time Gabby Vega had agreed to a challenge from her best friend, Kenzie. Besides, it’s only for a week of vacation with Kenzie’s cousins. Gabby will prove to Kenzie she can keep up the fake identity for the whole trip—that she’s not a quitter.
There’s just one major surprise. Noah Jernigan is also staying with Kenzie’s cousins. Noah, the boy she fell in love with at drama camp last summer and the boy she had to dump when it was over. The boy who knows who she really is.
Noah can’t believe it when Gabby appears at the Bryson’s vacation home in the New Mexico mountains. He hasn’t seen her in a year. It practically took that long just to get over her. And now she’s Gabriela from Spain? All he wants is to get as far away as he can. Or maybe the exact opposite. Stick as close to her as possible and find out what the heck happened last summer. And definitely get some payback.
Now Gabby has to keep Noah at arm’s length as she pretends to be Gabriela. She doesn’t want to answer his questions or rehash last summer. Because one thing is clear—the more time she spends with Noah, the more she’s in danger of falling for him all over again.
About Last Summer by Patricia B. Tighe Publication Date: May 30, 2017 Publisher: Swoon Romance
Available for Purchase: Amazon
 
WHAT READERS ARE SAYING:
“This book is ADORABLE!”Brookie Cowles, Author “Cute story with engaging writing!”Shala, Goodreads
   
The mother of two grown sons, Patricia B. Tighe lives in West Texas with her husband and dog. She eats way too much pizza, drinks way too much coffee, and watches way too much NFL football. On the bright side, she also reads and writes teen fiction. She promises to include as much romance, angst, and adventure as possible in her books.
     
 
Seventeen-year-old Autumn Teslow arrives at her father’s job fair knowing she’ll never measure up to the perfect image of daddy’s little girl—her twin sister.
Wearing anger management issues like a second skin won’t help Autumn win her dad’s approval for the big trip she’s been planning—or meet his condition that she successfully complete a summer internship for college.
Autumn’s cool unravels when her sister lectures against disappointing the family again. And when a young, bearded guy steps through the crowd to settle the growing argument between siblings, Autumn lashes out, dubbing him a “Duck Dynasty wannabe.”
At Nineteen, Caden Behr is clueless as to why his man parts are threatened by the fearsome girl before him. He’d only come to find an intern for his recreational equipment company, not break up a girl-fight between two sisters.
Unfortunately, the only candidate left is the girl who just told him off. Without her, he’ll never prove to his CEO mother that he’s ready for more responsibility.
Autumn and Caden agree that if they can keep from killing one another, they can use one another to get what they want and then never have to see each other again. Which is what they want.
Until it isn’t.
Because despite her best efforts to scare him off, and his fading desire to push her into the lake, they’re beginning to enjoy the time they spend together. But pride is a hard habit to break. And if neither will admit their changing feelings, they could lose a whole lot more than one summer.
One Summer with Autumn by Julie Reece Publisher: October 18, 2016 Publisher: Swoon Romance
Available for Purchase: Amazon
 
WHAT READERS ARE SAYING:
“it’s a story of discovering a new you”Moriah, A Leisure Moment “light and fluffy”Hadassah, Haddie’s Haven    
 
As a child, Julie’s summers were about horseback riding and fishing, while winter brought sledding and ice-skating on frozen ponds. Most of life was magical, but not all. She struggled with multiple learning disabilities, and spent much of her time gazing out windows and daydreaming. In the fourth grade (with the help of one very nice teacher) she fought dyslexia for her right to read and won. Afterward, she invented stories where powerful heroines kicked bad-guy butt to win the hearts charismatic heroes. And then she wrote one down… Writing ever since, Julie weaves southern gothic, contemporary, fantasy, and young adult romances. She enjoys sweeping tales of mystery and epic adventure… which must include a really hot guy. Her writing is proof a dream and some hard work can overcome any obstacle.
     
 
School is out and Lucy is ready for the perfect summer: lazy days at the pool, invitations to the most exclusive parties, and romantic dates with her hot new boyfriend. That is, until she lands in trouble one too many times and her parents issue the ultimate punishment: a summer job. Suddenly, the summer can’t end fast enough.
To make matters worse, the job is painting houses with Justin, the most popular, egotistical guy in school. Spending all summer with Justin might be other girls’ dreams, but definitely not Lucy’s. After all, Justin is cocky, annoying, and a jerk. So what if he’s the most beautiful jerk Lucy’s ever seen? Or that his grin makes her forget she’s mad at the world? Or that maybe, just maybe, there’s more to Justin than Lucy realizes. Only one thing is certain: it won’t be the summer she wanted, but it might be exactly the one she needs.
Effortless With You (Effortless With You #1) by Lizzy Charles Publication Date: 2013 Publisher: Swoon Romance
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WHAT READERS ARE SAYING:
“I most definitely recommend checking out”Ellen, Always YA at Heart “It was refreshing and I adored it”Crystal, Bookiemoji      
Lizzy Charles writes young adult contemporary romance. She’s a tea fanatic, guacamole expert, and sushi lover. When she’s fixing lunches, dressing kids, or wiping pizza sauce off sticky hands, she escapes to La La Land and imagines all sorts of little love stories. Lizzy loves her daily dose of fitness and is also a RN so she can triage any symptom you send her way. Her best friend from high school is also her husband. Oh and she has a little pup named Professor Lupin who is pretty much the glue to the whole writing operation.
 
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Monday, July 10, 2017

Falling For Forever by Melissa Chambers Blog Tour + Giveaway



Falling for Forever (Before Forever #2)
by Melissa Chambers
Publication Date: July 3, 2017
Publisher: Entangled Teen
The second Jenna Quigley turns eighteen, she’s headed to L.A. to extend the timer on her fifteen minutes of fame. Too bad her dad made her promise to graduate high school first. Silver lining? Her new school has a serious talent competition with a $25,000 cash prize, which would go a long way in L.A. Jenna’s got plenty of talent—she didn’t almost win America’s Newest Sensation for nothing. But it’ll take everything she’s got to bring down the music nerd with a stick up his butt…no matter how cute he is in those glasses.

Miles Cleveland needs to win that talent contest. When some hot girl stole his audition spot on America’s Newest Sensation, his chance to study music flounced off to New York with her. Now, not only can he win enough money to pay for his education, he can get revenge on that very same girl. He can’t start to question his plan, though…no matter how deep Jenna buries into his heart.
Melissa Chambers on Writing Advice
There is a plethora of writing advice out there waiting to be dispensed. I am very careful about how I dispense my own advice, because it’s all so writer-specific. I have a hard time identifying a goal/motivation/conflict in one of my favorite books of all-time, and there was no inciting incident in a book I finished not too long ago that’s so popular it’s being made into a movie. So it’s a good thing these two authors didn’t follow those rules!

Here’s some advice that has worked for me. Feel free to take it, leave it, or bend it in a way that works for you.

-          If you get skewered by a contest judge or a well-meaning (or not so well-meaning) critique group or partner, do NOT let it get you down. I really do believe that most writers are helpful people and they really do mean well, but they don’t always know what they are talking about. Typically (not always) a beginning writer by default will be paired with another beginning writer, so everything they say needs to be taken with a grain of salt. Writing is SO subjective. But on the flipside, also be open to hearing about problems in your writing. I had this one piece I sent out in an RWA contest. I was so proud, sure I was going to final. My judged entries came back bleeding so hard with red marks I thought I’d been shot. But here’s the thing, they weren’t wrong…and two out of three of the judges were showing me the same problem. One was nicer about it than the other, but still, I got the picture. It changed the way I wrote, and I’m so thankful for both of those critiques…even the mean one!

-          Listen to Stephen King! The only novel I’ve ever read of his was his partial memoir, partial craft book, On Writing. In other words, I’m not a fan of horror novels or movies, but this man knows his stuff like no other. One thing I learned from this book was not to over-describe a scene. He teaches to describe only things that are relevant to what your characters are experiencing. He tells it much better than I do. Pick it up! It’s really fun, too, learning about how he got started and where he came up with some of his story ideas.

-          For ninety-nine percent of writers (probably more, actually) there is way more rejection than success, so celebrate those little victories! If you query fifty agents and one asks for pages, you have done something very right. Seriously. Be proud of that. But don’t put all your eggs in any one basket. That same agent may never even get back to you. (I personally have two agents who requested pages who I never heard from again.) Be patient and keep moving forward with your writing.

-          Delete your first chapter. This one came from Susan Elizabeth Phillips at an RWA workshop. She said this to a room of probably a hundred and fifty people. She said something like, “I’ve not read any of your work, but I’ll tell you right now, you all need to delete your first chapter.” I thought, she’s not talking to me, she’s talking to newer writers who haven’t learned what I have. I found out later that this definitely applied to me. Info dump is not a writer’s friend. A big thing I learned from my first critique group was to trust my reader who is smart and can easily pick up on hints…and who doesn’t need everything spelled out. A writer once made the analogy of a first date. You wouldn’t sit across the dinner table from your date and dump your backstory, baggage, and life’s pain on that person. They will find out over time, and that’s okay.

-          I wish I would have read, and taken to heart, Elmore Leonard’s 10 Rules for Good Writing before I ever sat down to write my first novel. They are short and sweet and easy to apply. Even if you only decide to use half of them, you’ll have a leg up.


Thank you so much, Falling for YA, for letting me gab with you today!


For more about Melissa or Falling for Forever: https://entangledpublishing.com/falling-for-forever.html
About the Author
Melissa Chambers writes contemporary novels for young, new, and actual adults. A Nashville native, she spends her days working in the music industry and her nights tapping away at her keyboard. While she’s slightly obsessed with alt rock, she leaves the guitar playing to her husband and kid. She never misses a chance to play a tennis match, listen to an audiobook, or eat a bowl of ice cream. (Rocky road, please!) She serves as the president elect for the Music City Romance Writers and is the author of The Summer Before Forever and Falling for Forever (Entangled Teen).

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