Blog Tour
May 30, 2016 posted by Nichole

Book Blitz: Crossing the Barrier by Martine Lewis

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Crossing the Barrier eRev09-eBookCrossing the Barrier by Martine Lewis

Genre: Upper YA Coming of Age Contemporary Romance with a touch of Paranormal

Published on March 22nd, 2016

Published by BMJ Chanapi Press

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/29107100-crossing-the-barrier

Amazon sell link: http://goo.gl/DJ2w6n

Crossing the Barrier will be FREE on Amazon during May 26th through May 30th!

High school student Malakai Thomas, star wide receiver of the varsity team, collides with band member Lily Morgan on his way to football practice. As days go by, Malakai cannot get the petite clarinetist out of his head.

Lily Morgan can feel everyone’s emotions. She loses her ability to shield herself against them the day Malakai runs into her. Now she must try to maintain her sanity in the emotional jungle that is high school, as well as deal with her growing feelings for Malakai.

Can Malakai get over the social stigma and his own internal struggle to be with Lily? Is Lily’s secret too big to accept, even for him?

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About the Author:

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Martine Lewis is a forty something who was born and raised in the French speaking province of Quebec, Canada. She spent her childhood looking forward to her summer vacations at the farm, which were a nice escape from the suburbs where she lived.

Her first written endeavor was a 200-page handwritten Duran Duran bandfiction which she wrote when she was eleven years old. Of all her written work, this is the only one she no longer has.

All throughout high school, Martine wrote more bandfictions and some original work, then she went to write fanfictions in the Star Wars, Buffy and Harry Potter universes. Her fanficiton in the Potterverse are mostly centered on characters of her own creation and can be found on fanfiction.net.

Following her viewing of Roswell on Netflix in 2012, Martine wrote book two and three of the Gray Eyes Series, then went on to create the Gray Eyes Series universe in which she has been playing ever since. She writes contemporary coming-of-age romance fiction (young adult/new adult) with a twist.

Martine is an avid reader and rollerskater. She loves sushi, hot chocolate on a cold day, and the beach. But what she loves above all else is to curl on her chair with her computer and write more stories for her readers.

Martine currently lives in Houston TX with her two cats.

Author links: website: www.martinelewisauthor.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/martinelewisauthor

Twitter: www.twitter.com/authorMartine

Instagram: www.instagram.com/martinelewisauthor

Goodreads author page: www.goodreads.com/martinelewisauthor

Amazon author page: www.amazon.com/author/martinelewis

Amazon sell link: http://goo.gl/DJ2w6n

Malakai (1)The Giveaway:

Follow the link to enter to win a copy of Crossing the Barrier on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/giveaway/show/186041-crossing-the-barrier

Crossing the Barrier is also FREE on Amazon! GO GET YOUR COPY TODAY!

Amazon sell link: http://goo.gl/DJ2w6n

Author Interviews
May 29, 2016 posted by Nichole

Gena/Finn Blog Tour + Author Interview with Hannah Moskowitz and Kat Helgeson

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gena finnGena and Finn would have never met but for their mutual love for the popular show Up Below. Regardless of their differences—Gena is a recent high school graduate whose social life largely takes place online, while Finn is in her early twenties, job hunting and contemplating marriage with her longtime boyfriend—the two girls realize that the bond between them transcends fanfiction. When disaster strikes and Gena’s world turns upside down, only Finn can save her, and that, too, comes with a price. Told through emails, text messages, journal entries, and blog posts, Gena/Finn is a story of friendship and love in the digital age.


 

What was your favorite scene to write?

 

We have several. The scenes at the Up Below convention were a lot of fun. We also both enjoyed when we had chances to write characters other than Gena or Finn, such as Charlie, Tylergirl93 and the other fangirls, and Gena’s school friends.

 

I absolutely ADORE the LGBTQ books coming out in the YAsphere this year. I feel like while we’ve definitely been introduced to them, they’re starting to play a more dominant and important role in today’s YA lit. What has your experience been like getting an LGBTQ book published in the YA world? Has it mostly been positive?

 

Yeah, the publishing world is very receptive to and even excited about LGBTQ books right now. Readers also seem to respond really well to them. If anything, the response to GENA/FINN has been that people wish we’d put more focus on the queer aspect of the book!

 

I mostly read adult LGBTQ books, so it’s a relatively new genre for me in the YA world. Do you have any additional recommendations??

 

MY HEARTBEAT by Garret Freymann-Weyr, LOVE IS THE HIGHER LAW by David Levithan, ASK THE PASSENGERS by A.S. King, THE MISEDUCATION OF CAMERON POST by Emily M. Danforth, UNDER THE LIGHTS by Dahlia Adler, WE ARE THE ANTS by Shawn Hutchinson.

 

Are you currently working on anything else?

 

We both have books coming out late next year. Hannah’s is a rollicking sea adventure featuring monsters and pirates, and Kat’s is a high school-based story of gender politics and social intrigue.

 

There are two of you, which is sometimes weird for me (I’m sorry if it seems like I’m only addressing one of you!) What has it been like to co-write a book? Would you say that it’s more difficult or more easy?

 

It’s weird for us that there are two of us too! For us, cowriting was definitely easier than solo work. But it’s like doing group projects in school. It depends on who you’re working with and what the project is. If you pick the wrong partner, cowriting would probably be a huge headache.

 

Fun Questions:

 

What is Gena’s favorite thing about Finn?

 

How relaxed she is. Gena is younger than Finn, so it’s nice for her to see someone a little older who doesn’t have everything figured out and is still (relatively) okay.

 

What is Finn’s favorite thing about Gena?

 

That she knows what she wants and is unafraid to go for it.

 

If Finn and Gena had to dress up in a couples costume for Halloween, what would they go as?

 

They would be Jake and Tyler, of course. And you could be Evanson and be in their cosplay.

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Hannah Moskowitz is the acclaimed author of numerous middle grade and young adult novels, including A History of Glitter and Blood. She lives in New York City.

 

Kat Helgeson writes young adult novels and lives in Chicago with her husband and a healthy preoccupation with fictional characters.

 

Hanna and Kat first met online in a fan fiction forum for the TV show Supernatural, and IRL at a fan con.

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adult books
May 28, 2016 posted by Nichole

Book Review: Once Burned (Night Prince #1) by Jeaniene Frost

7039218She’s a mortal with dark powers…

After a tragic accident scarred her body and destroyed her dreams, Leila never imagined that the worst was still to come: terrifying powers that let her channel electricity and learn a person’s darkest secrets through a single touch. Leila is doomed to a life of solitude…until creatures of the night kidnap her, forcing her to reach out with a telepathic distress call to the world’s most infamous vampire…

He’s the Prince of Night…

Vlad Tepesh inspired the greatest vampire legend of all—but whatever you do, don’t call him Dracula. Vlad’s ability to control fire makes him one of the most feared vampires in existence, but his enemies have found a new weapon against him—a beautiful mortal with powers to match his own. When Vlad and Leila meet, however, passion ignites between them, threatening to consume them both. It will take everything that they are to stop an enemy intent on bringing them down in flames.

 

My Review

I have such mixed reviews over Once Burned, because I loved it and also highly disliked it. It’s a very odd combination that has left me not really knowing how to rate this book or what exactly to say. I guess that it can pretty much be summed up like this. I loved the first half, but I hated the second half.

Vlad was awesome. He wasn’t as appealing as Bones, Spade, or Ian, but he definitely has his moments. He was very dark and mysterious and sexy. Basically everything rolled into one package. I do wish that he would have had a little bit more to his personality. We never really got to see any charming or funny moments from him. He stayed consistent throughout the whole book. I would have definitely enjoyed more personality.

My huge problem with Once Burned was Leila. I HATED HER. I’m sorry, but Frost cannot write about an awesome female lead to save her life. I can’t stand Cat, I didn’t like who Spade ended up with, and I DESPISED Leila. It’s almost like she has a difficult time coming up with their personality. A part of her creates this weak little mouse who is in loooooooove with the main male character, but then they are also this wicked badass who stands up for herself. Nothing wrong with either! Because Frost is mixing the personalities, though, the main female character always ends up whining a large majority of the time and getting pissed off at the male MC. It’s just all over the place and I can’t stand it.

The last half of the book was so over dramatic that I skimmed a big section of it. It was just a little too much all at once. There was also way too much Leila time going on.

I was disappointed that there weren’t more romantic scenes between Vlad and Leila. I also thought that their relationship progressed way too quickly. I would have liked to see more of a build up and more soft, sweet, hidden moments stolen between them. I just kind of felt like Frost got bored having the wait time and then just sort of thrust them together. I didn’t care for that.

OH! Another thing that really bothered me was Leila’s power. That was a badass power that Frost made out to be very weak. I would have like Leila to be wayyyy scarier and more intimidating with the magic soaring through her veins.

Overall, probably my least favorite out of all of Frost’s books. Don’t get me wrong, I’m interested in reading more from her, but I was definitely a little underwhelmed with this one.

Rating: : ★★★☆☆

Book Reviews
May 27, 2016 posted by Nichole

Book Review: Paper Princess by Erin Watt, Elle Kennedy, and Jen Frederick

paper princessFrom strip clubs and truck stops to southern coast mansions and prep schools, one girl tries to stay true to herself.

These Royals will ruin you…

Ella Harper is a survivor—a pragmatic optimist. She’s spent her whole life moving from town to town with her flighty mother, struggling to make ends meet and believing that someday she’ll climb out of the gutter. After her mother’s death, Ella is truly alone.

Until Callum Royal appears, plucking Ella out of poverty and tossing her into his posh mansion among his five sons who all hate her. Each Royal boy is more magnetic than the last, but none as captivating as Reed Royal, the boy who is determined to send her back to the slums she came from.

Reed doesn’t want her. He says she doesn’t belong with the Royals.

He might be right.

Wealth. Excess. Deception. It’s like nothing Ella has ever experienced, and if she’s going to survive her time in the Royal palace, she’ll need to learn to issue her own Royal decrees. 

My Review.

I started reading this book late last night, at around 10 pmish. Not only did I stay up WAY TOO LATE because I couldn’t put the book down, but I have spent ALL MORNING finishing up this book. I have super important things that need to get done. They all had to be shoved on the back burner because there was NO WAY I was putting this book down.

Hot, hot, HOT. There is no other word that is capable of describing this book. I constantly had to fan myself, I was blushing like mad, and oh my LORD…..THE ROYAL BROTHERS. SWOOOOOOOOON. I can’t even handle this review right now.

Ella and Reed were PERFECTION! I love both of the main characters so much! The supporting characters were just as amazing. I will warn you, though, that some of the review on Goodreads make it seem like Easton and Ella develop this very important friendship…..they don’t. I mean…I did like Easton a lot. I just thought his character could have been way more developed throughout the story.

While I absolutely adored this book, I don’t think that everyone will love it. There are definitely some trigger warnings and some definite emotional abuse that go on. Some readers are really going to dislike how the brothers, especially Reed, treat Ella throughout 99% of the book. Personally, I loved it, but I do want to throw that disclaimer out there.

Originally, I was going to rate this book a 5 star. I was a little disappointed in the actual heat between Ella and Reed. Throughout most of the book, Reed is portrayed as this sexy stud who has all the moves. I thought that fell flat when they actually got together. I expected some more heated sexy scenes that I never really received. I’m hoping that the second book has more of those scenes.

The ending of Paper Princess definitely leaves you needing the next book NOW. I was a little disappointed that I knew what was going to happen…..but there definitely was a shock factor going on. I thought that the ending set up the next book for a really good plot line. I need my hands on the next book TODAY.

Overall, I loved it. One of the best books I’ve read lately. Definitely one of my favorite NA books EVER. I highly recommend this series!!!

Rating: : ★★★★☆

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May 27, 2016 posted by Nichole

Book Review: Taking Shots (Assassins #1) by Toni Aleo

taking shotsElli Fisher has never thought she was good enough, let it be her job, her weight, her love life, nothing. That is until she meets Shea Adler. After doing a promotional shoot for the NHL team, the Assassins, she meets the hunky hockey player who shoots a puck, shattering her world.


Shea Adler was tired of the life he was living outside of the rink. The girls, the money blowing, the drinking, everything had to stop and it all did when he met Eleanor Fisher. He had never met anyone like her. She was feisty, witty, shy, and simply gorgeous. When he laid eyes on her, it was as if he was taking the hardest hit of his life into the boards, and he had to have her. Elli is a little skeptical of Shea, but he knows that they were meant to be together, and he needed her in his life.


Can Elli throw her insecurities out the window and love Shea with everything inside of her, or will she let a past relationship, and her family ruin any chance of her being happy.

My Review:

Dear Ms. Aleo,

 

I would like to know what YOU think a size 10 looks like. Do you picture fat rolls hanging out the sides of this 600 lb woman? News flash: As a size 12, I’m small. I’m no size 2, as your main character believed was the only size that could attract a man, but I do just fine. As someone who body shames herself (as most woman do,) I didn’t need your input on how I was thick and almost plus sized. No, I’m sorry. That was said for a size TEN. I don’t even want to know what you think of me as a size 12. To say I was highly offended is an understatement. I don’t want other females reading this book and thinking that’s appropriate to say to others or to feel like utter crap. Please learn what is appropriate and what needs to stay quiet.

The characters in this book were beyond underdeveloped. The dialogue and interactions seemed like something you would witness in a movie with a D-rated cast. Nobody had their own personality, the characters fell in love within 2 seconds of laying eyes on each other, everyone was super bubbly and hyperactive, the main female SUCKED, and there was just no glue to stick the pages together. I swear to God, if somebody giggled in this book one more time, I was going to lose it.

The main female character in this book was AWFUL. I’m sorry, awful isn’t even a strong enough word. She SUCKED DONKEY YOU KNOW WHAT. Obviously, I’m BEYOND offended over this female lead. She had issues all over the place. She had weight issues, personality issues, she didn’t think she was good enough for any man EVER. Of course, at a size 10, she was a freaking hippo….so OF COURSE SHE WASN’T GOOD ENOUGH FOR ANY MAN OR WOMAN EVER. THANKS FOR THAT. Basically, she stayed a weak little mouse with her eyes downcast because she thought she was fat and ugly and mattered nothing to the world and could never be loved. I HATED HER. I don’t even care that she falls in love and BLAH BLAH BLAH. I HATED HER. I HATED the messages in this book. Seriously, I just want to claw my eyes out right now. Or hers.

Honestly, I don’t even care if the other books are better than this one. I will NEVER read anything by this author again. Realistically, I understand that no harm was probably meant. I get it. Writing a story, your character has issues. I get it. That doesn’t mean I respect it. As a woman, I am SO beyond offended. I’m literally sitting here SEETHING mad. You don’t even know. Do not create stories or characters that body shame. Do not create weak females who matter little to the world. We get it. Females (and males) know we already have body issues (whether real or mental.) We don’t need you to point it out to us. NO THANKS.

: ★☆☆☆☆

Blog Tour
May 26, 2016 posted by Nichole

2016 Debut Authors Bash Schedule

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June 1st

My Book Addiction – Kristy Acevedo

SleepsOnTables – Michele Bacon

Adventures in Writing – Jennifer DiGiovanni

Sci-Fi and Scary – Margaret Dilloway

YaReads – A. E. Conran

BookCatPin – Anna Michels

 

June 2nd

Alice Reeds – Sarah Alexander

The Hermit Librarian – Anna Breslaw

Me, Myshelf, and I – Melissa Gorzelanczyk

Pulp and Mystery Shelf – Kim Savage

With Love for Books – Kat Helgeson

 

June 3rd

Let Me Tell You A Story – Amy Allgeyer

Gabriella M Reads Tobie Easton

Bookish Wanderlove – Emily Martin

Brittany’s Book Rambles – Robin Reul

Kirstyes – Books, Occupation – Magic! – Jennifer Mason-Black

Diane’s Book Blog – Michael Miller

Pimples, Popularity, and Protagonists – R.S. Grey

 

June 4th

Ink Sisters Write – Brooks Benjamin

21st Century Once Upon A Times – Lucy Keating

With Love for Books – Amber Smith

Swoony Boys Podcast – Mia Siegert

Vi3tBabe – Judy Sheehan

 

June 5th

Diane’s Book Blog – Sarah Ahiers

Cover2Cover – Kerry Kletter

The Candid Cover – Jenny Moyer

Lost in Lit – Katherine Fleet

Alice Reeds – Jenny Manzer

 

June 6th

Gabriella M Reads – Ami Allen-Vath

Two Chicks on Books – Nicole Castroman

Lisa Loves Literature – Janet B. Taylor

Downright Dystopian – Jeff Garvin

 

June 7th

The Hardcover Lover – Ashley Herring Blake

Here’s to Happy Endings – Meg Leder

Vox Libris – Catherine Lo

YaReads – Scarlett Kol

The Book Cellar – Julie Hammerle

Ink Sisters Write – Kenneth Logan

Pimples, Popularity, and Protagonists – Jenna Welch

 

June 8th

Go Read A Book – Natalie Blitt

Curling Up With A Good Book – Lindsey Klingele

Across the Bookiverse – Kathy MacMillan

The Reading Nook Reviews – Rebecca Podos

 

June 9th

The Book Beacon – Andrew Brumbach

The Turning Pages – Shannon M. Parker

Book Lovers Life – Patrick Samphire

Bibliophilia, Please – Gordon Jack

 

June 10th

With Love for Books – Harriet Reuter Hapgood

the bookdragon – Marisa Reichardt

Cue My Muse – Laura Shovan

Rockin’ Book Reviews – Bryan Methods

 

June 11th

Kirstyes – Books, Occupation – Magic! – Kiran Millwood Hargrave

Arctic Books – Laura Tims

Book Lovers Life – Sarah Schauerte Reida

 

June 12th

Bibliophilia, Please – Julie Eshbaugh

Mundie Kids – Robin Yardi

YaReads – Martine Lewis

 

June 13th

Little Book Heaven – Michelle Andreani

YaReads – Carrie Firestone

Me, Myshelf, and I – Peter HoffMeister

Emily Reads Everything – Emily Skrutskie

 

June 14th

Downright Dystopian – Christian McKay Heidicker

Brittany’s Book Rambles – Kerri Maniscalco

Platypire Reviews – Nanci Turner Steveson

 

June 15th

My Book Addiction – Jennie K Brown

Sci-Fi and Scary – Jennifer Bardsley

 

June 16th

Milky Way of Books – Ava Jae

Rachel’s Book Reviews – Jeff Zentner

 

June 17th

Write Writing Written – Lily Anderson

Two Chicks on Books – Kim Zarins

Pink Polka Dot Books – Heather Smith Meloche

 

June 18th

Pimples, Popularity, and Protagonists – K.C. Held

Wishful Endings – Elizabeth Briggs

Cue My Muse – Lee Gjertsen Malone

 

June 19th

Read.Sleep.Repeat. – Rahul Kanakia

YaReads – Dee Romito

With Love for Books – Jessica Taylor

 

June 20th

YaReads – Kurt Dinan

A Perfection Called Books – Erin Summerill

21st Century Once Upon A Times – Riley Redgate

My Book Addiction – Janet Sumner Johnson

 

June 21st

YaReads – J. Keller Ford

What’s Write About This – Erin Teagan

Alice Reeds – Aditi Khorana

Latte Nights Reviews – Mia Garcia

 

June 22nd

Pink Polka Dot Books – Emily France

Emily Reads Everything – Sonya Mukherjee

YaReads – Everly Frost

Little Book Heaven – Paula Garner

 

June 23rd

Latte Nights Reviews – Kathleen Glasgow

Bookish Wanderlove – Karen Hattrup

 

June 24th

My Bookish Year – Erica M Chapman

The Eater of Books! – Julie Buxbaum

The Book Cellar – Jill Diamond

YaReads – Dana Elmendorf

 

June 25th

Pretty Deadly Reviews – Laurie Elizabeth Flynn

My Book Addiction – Erin Petti

SleepsOnTables – Parker Peevyhouse

The Phantom Paragrapher – Julie Leung

 

June 26th

The Book Cellar – Evangeline Denmark

The Reading Nook Reviews – Kathryn Purdie

Gabriella M Reads – Stephanie Scott

Read.Sleep.Repeat. – Lisa A. Koosis

 

 

June 27th

The Book Beacon – Claire Fayers

YaReads – Cheryl Blackford

Bookish Wanderlove – Jenn P. Nguyen

Bibliophilekid – Emily Cox and Nicole Allen

BookCatPin – Laura Stampler

 

 

June 28th

Pandora’s Books – Audrey Coulthurst

My Book Addiction – Abby Cooper

Downright Dystopian – Katie Kennedy

Hannah Plus Books – Tom Crosshill

Book Lovers Life – Cynthia Reeg

 

June 29th

Media Geeks Unite – Tricia Clasen

Tigersbooksandme – Destiny Soria

Mindjacked – Margot Harrison

books are love – Caleb Roehrig

Emily Reads Everything – Janet McNally

Platypire Reviews – Tara Sims

YaReads – Isabel Bandeira

 

June 30th

On Starships and Dragonwings – Traci Chee

Doodle’s Book Reviews – Meghan Rogers

Pandora’s Books – Kathleen Burkinshaw

Bibliophilia, Please – Bridget Hodder

Swoony Boys Podcast – Krystal Sutherland

Alice Reeds – Karen Fortunati

My Book Addiction – Mike Grosso

The Reading Nook Reviews – Lindsey Roth Culli

Book Lover’s Life– Abigail Johnson

YaReads – Sarah Glenn Marsh

What’s Write About This – Wade Albert White

 

Book of the Month
May 26, 2016 posted by Nichole

Book of the Month: Playlist for Vernal by Randi Cooley Wilson

Book of the Month

randiRandi Cooley Wilson is a “New Adult” Paranormal/Fantasy and Contemporary Romance author. A resident of Massachusetts, she makes stuff up, devours romance books, drinks lots of wine and coffee, and has a slight addiction to bracelets. For more information visit:http://randicooleywilson.com

Twitter: https://twitter.com/R_CooleyWilson

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/authorrandicooleywilson

 

 

 

Waiting on Wednesday
May 25, 2016 posted by Nichole

Waiting on Wednesday #115

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event that is hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine and spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

This week the novel I am anxiously awaiting for is….

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A star quarterback and a feisty detective play for keeps in this sporty, sexy, sassy novel—a long-awaited new entry in the beloved, award-winning, New York Times bestselling author’s fan-favorite Chicago Stars football series.

Piper Dove is a woman with a dream—to become the best detective in the city of Chicago. First job? Trail former Chicago Stars quarterback, Cooper Graham. Problem? Graham’s spotted her, and he’s not happy.

Which is why a good detective needs to think on her feet. “The fact is…I’m your stalker. Not full-out barmy. Just…mildly unhinged.”

Piper soon finds herself working for Graham himself, although not as the bodyguard he refuses to admit he so desperately needs. Instead, he’s hired her to keep an eye on the employees at his exclusive new nightclub. But Coop’s life might be in danger, and Piper’s determined to protect him, whether he wants it or not. (Hint: Not!) If only she weren’t also dealing with a bevy of Middle Eastern princesses, a Pakistani servant girl yearning for freedom, a teenager who just wants to fit in, and an elderly neighbor demanding Piper find her very dead husband.

And then there’s Cooper Graham himself, a legendary sports hero who always gets what he wants—even if what he wants is a feisty detective hell bent on proving she’s as tough as he is.

From the bustling streets of Chicago to a windswept lighthouse on Lake Superior to the glistening waters of Biscayne Bay, two people who can’t stand to lose will test themselves and each other to discover what matters most.

First Star I See Tonight by Susan Elizabeth Phillips

To be Released on August 23rd, 2016

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/24948069-first-star-i-see-tonight

Author Interviews
May 23, 2016 posted by Nichole

Author Interview with Rebecca Behrens

22464715Nell Dare expected to spend her summer vacation hanging out with her friends in New York City. That is, until her botanist mom dragged her all the way to Roanoke Island for a research trip. To make matters worse, her father suddenly and mysteriously leaves town, leaving no explanation or clues as to where he went—or why.

While Nell misses the city—and her dad—a ton, it doesn’t take long for her to become enthralled with the mysteries of Roanoke and its lost colony. And when Nell meets Ambrose—an equally curious historical reenactor—they start exploring for clues as to what really happened to the lost colonists. As Nell and Ambrose’s discoveries of tantalizing evidence mount, mysterious things begin to happen—like artifacts disappearing. And someone—or something—is keeping watch over their quest for answers.

It looks like Nell will get the adventurous summer she was hoping for, and she will discover secrets not only about Roanoke, but about herself.


 

Can you tell us about your book, Summer of Lost and Found, in 40 words or less?

 

After she arrives on the island for the summer, Nell becomes enthralled with Roanoke’s mysteries. She and a local, Ambrose, discover tantalizing evidence about the Lost Colony. But someone—or something—is keeping watch over their search . . .

 

What was your favorite scene to write?

 

Oh, this is a tough question. I loved writing all the scenes where Nell is off exploring the island—because Roanoke’s a beautiful and fascinating place, and it was so fun to describe it. (Also, I did a lot of work on this book in the middle of a very cold Northeast winter, so I appreciated writing scenes set on an island in the summertime.) My favorite of those is probably the one where Nell gets lost in the woods. I love watching survival TV shows—even though the idea of being lost in the wilderness terrifies me. So it was a chance for me to imagine that experience from the safety of my writing desk.

 

What was the hardest scene to edit out?

 

You know, I’m not sure I edited out an entire scene. I outline when I write, and I stuck pretty closely to my initial outline throughout all the rounds of revision. Many scenes changed dramatically from the first draft, though. I think I made the most changes to the chapters where Nell is on the water—they were hard to get right. I was revising those even on my hardcopy copy edits (tell my copy editor I’m sorry!).

 

Do you have a favorite quote?

 

This line is probably my favorite: Sometimes it’s the places we think we know the best that hold the most secrets: our streets, our backyards, and even our homes.

 

Standalone/Series/Companion???

 

Summer of Lost and Found is a standalone. But because it blends past and present like my first novel, When Audrey Met Alice, I think they make a nice pair!

 

If you had to assign Summer of Lost and Found a theme song, what would you choose?

 

“I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For,” only because the truth of what happened to the Lost Colony remains a mystery today. J

 

Are you currently working on anything else?

 

I am! I’m working on another middle grade; it’s set in the summer of 1967 and also incorporates Amelia Earhart’s disappearance.

 

What is the best book you’ve read recently?

 

I can’t narrow it down to one book—so I’ll start with YA: Up to this Pointe is about ballet and Antarctica and how to live after Plan A doesn’t exactly work out, and the voice is so fantastic. Speaking of voice, I also loved More Happy Than Not, even if it broke my heart a little. If you love pirates and romance—I do—Blackhearts will not let you down. I’m so excited for the sequel. MGs I’ve read and loved are Ravenous and The Key to Extraordinary, which both have a lot of girl power. And My Diary from the Edge of the World is one of my favorite MG novels ever: creative and beautifully written, and I still think about the characters and their world, months after finishing it.


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I’m an author and a textbook editor. I love reading good books, drinking coffee, running in Central Park, and eating doughnuts (not necessarily all at the same time).
My debut MG novel, WHEN AUDREY MET ALICE (Sourcebooks), is now available!
My next MG book, SUMMER OF LOST AND FOUND (Aladdin/S&S), will be out in 2016.
For more about me and my writing, visit: www.rebeccabehrens.com

adult books
May 21, 2016 posted by Nichole

Book Review: All Chained Up (Devil’s Rock #1) by Sophie Jordan

all chained upThere are bad boys and then there are the men of Devil’s Rock . . .

Some men come with a built-in warning label. Knox Callaghan is one of them. Danger radiates from every lean, muscled inch of him, and his deep blue eyes seem to see right through to Briar Davis’s most secret fantasies. But there’s one major problem: Briar is a nurse volunteering at the local prison, and Knox is an inmate who should be off-limits in every way.

Knox feels it too—a shocking animal magnetism that drives him to risk his own life to protect Briar’s. Paroled at last, he tries to resist her. She’s too innocent, too sweet, and she has no idea what Knox is capable of. But a single touch can lead to a kiss—and a taste . . . until the only crime is denying what feels so right . . .

“When the prison doors are open, the real dragon will fly out.”—Ho Chi Minh

Book Review:

Yikes…just……yikes. I’ve read some of Sophie Jordan’s YA works, but this one was the first adult book of hers that I’ve read. I was really looking forward to it, because I’ve heard such positive reviews over it. It also had a really good premise that I was really interested in reading about. Unfortunately, this one just fell flat….

The fist 22% of All Chained Up is really awkward and a little uncomfortable. It’s basically the same scenes over and over and over and over and on and on and on and on. Briar goes to work at the prison, Knox comes into the doctor’s unit at the prison to get looked at, Briar acts like a weak little mouse, they barely have any interaction, but yet they feel a huge magnetic pull. BLAH. They didn’t really have any special moments that really tied them together. So, it was super underwhelming when Knox eventually gets released from prison and they start up this relationship like they’re super in love. They didn’t have that chemistry in prison. I just didn’t get it.

I HATED Briar. Like….HATED. She was very timid, weak, quiet, non-confrontational, blah, blah, blah. Don’t get me wrong, I can read about submissive females in a book and love them. I wouldn’t really call Briar submissive, though, she was just plain. Like, if you had a box of fruit loops, she would be the random beige fruit loop in a bowl full of color. I just didn’t like her.

I. HATE. WHEN. BOOKS. PROMOTE. SEX. WITHOUT. CONDOMS. Ladies, please let me inform you that you need to have sex with a condom. I don’t care if it feels good. I don’t care if you “trust” the guy after knowing him for… a couple weeks? ESPECIALLY if he just came out of PRISON. When a guy says “I’m clean, do you trust me?” YOUR ANSWER IS NO. You put on the condom and you power through it. YOU GET TESTED. Not only do YOU make the GUY get tested, but YOU also get tested and show HIM your results. This is not something to be taken lightly. This is not a game. This is your life and his life and you treat it with care and respect. I’m getting really sick of books advocating sex without condoms and treating it like it’s totally normal. I’m not okay with it. Even if I really like the book, I do acknowledge when that happens, and I dock down the rating. I can’t stand it. You know, it’s perfectly A-Okay if you’re in a commited relationship and decide to make that choice as a couple. That is fine. But don’t advocate it for a couple that just starts sleeping together, whose not even in a relationship. THAT IS NOT OKAY.

Overall, this book was boring and lame. The characters and the plot were underdeveloped and not planned out very well. I thought that this book could have really gone places, it just wasn’t executed very well. Pass.

Rating: : ★☆☆☆☆