Author Interviews
September 1, 2014 posted by Nichole

2014 Debut Authors Bash Day 1: Courtney C Stevens

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Welcome to day #1 of the 2014 Debut Authors Bash! I must admit….I refused to let anyone else have Courtney….and a LOT of people signed up for her. But she is MINE lol. I had that set before I even open sign ups. I know, I know…I’m horrible. But you have no idea how much I adored Faking Normal. And Bodee….oh my goodness. BODEE. I could cry all over again just thinking about him.

Courtney C. Stevens grew up in Kentucky and lives in Nashville, Tennessee. She is an adjunct professor and a former youth minister. Her other skills include playing hide-and-seek, climbing trees, and being an Olympic torch bearer. Faking Normal is her first novel.

 

Can you tell us about Faking Normal in one sentence? When someone shares the hurt in her/his life with the right person, healing is possible.

 

What was your favorite scene to write in Faking Normal? There is a scene near the climax where Bodee and Alexi are in a tent together. I love it when she finally gets real after all that time of holding back the truth.

 

Oh, the feels in this book! Did you ever find it difficult to get through some of the more emotional scenes? I just recently answered a question about this and realized that ironically, the most emotional thing about writing Faking Normal for me was … the decision to write it to begin with. I didn’t want to. However, once I began, the only scene I had trouble with was when she writes her story down for the first time. That was emotional for me. I was so freaking proud of this girl.

 

Will Faking Normal have a sequel? I know I wouldn’t complain with some more Bodee in my life. No, I don’t think it will. I’d like to leave what happens to Bodee and Alexi in the future up to their readers.

 

Speaking of Bodee, he has his own little novella, The Blue-Haired Boy. Did you always intend for him to have a novella or did that sort of just happen? My editor asked me to write it. She thought readers would want to know more about Bodee, and asked me to explore something from before Faking Normal in his point of view. I was happy to try that and discovered another character in Gerry, who I absolutely adore.

 

Are you currently working on anything else? Always.

 

If you could cast any of the main characters (*cough* Bodee *cough*) who would you choose? It’s hard to cast characters for teenagers unnamedwho are actually teenagers, but I’ll give you two who I think are Bodee. One, I think Perks of Being A Wallflower Logan Lerman could do a heck of a job. Since he is too old now, I think I would cast, Tye Sheridan, who was the lead in Mud. (I attached a picture.)

 

Where do you see Alexi and Bodee ten years from now? Are they together? Do they still even speak to each other? I won’t tell you where they are romantically, but I’ll tell you this, Bodee and Alexi will be true friends for the rest of their lives.

 

What is the best book that you’ve read recently? That is such a tough question. I’ve read so many great books recently. I even consider myself a reader first and writer second. As a reader and writer, I have really really enjoyed everything Leigh Bardugo has done. She spins a marvelous tale with beautiful words. Also, I recently listened to an audiobook of Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe and loved it.

 

What is currently in your TBR pile? Well, I’m reading and (re-reading) books for panel events. Currently in my pile are books by Ruta Sepetys, Emery Lord, Natalie Parker, Tessa Gratton and Julie Murphy. I also have an arc of I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson and I’m trying not to drool on it. I can’t wait to read 100 Sideways Miles by Andrew Smith, because he’s a genius.

Thanks for stopping by YaReads!!

 

Faking NormalAn edgy, realistic, and utterly captivating novel from an exciting new voice in teen fiction.

Alexi Littrell hasn’t told anyone what happened to her over the summer. Ashamed and embarrassed, she hides in her closet and compulsively scratches the back of her neck, trying to make the outside hurt more than the inside does.

When Bodee Lennox, the quiet and awkward boy next door, comes to live with the Littrells, Alexi discovers an unlikely friend in “the Kool-Aid Kid,” who has secrets of his own. As they lean on each other for support, Alexi gives him the strength to deal with his past, and Bodee helps her find the courage to finally face the truth.

A searing, poignant book, Faking Normal is the extraordinary debut novel from an exciting new author-Courtney C. Stevens.

 

Check out my 5 star review of Faking Normal HERE

 

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Faking-Normal-Courtney-C-Stevens-ebook/dp/B00DB39UCW

B&N: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/faking-normal-courtney-c-stevens/1115554720?ean=9780062245380

 

the blue haired boySet before the events of Courtney C. Stevens’s debut novel, Faking Normal, this digital short story focuses on Bodee Lennox, otherwise known as the Kool-Aid Kid.

Bodee Lennox has secrets. About where he got the four-inch scar on his leg. About the bruises on his back. About what it’s really like to live in the Lennox household. These are things he doesn’t share with anyone . . . until he meets Gerry, a girl with bright-green hair and a smile the size of Alaska. When Gerry falls out of a bus in Rickman, Tennessee, and lands at Bodee’s feet, she gives Bodee two things he desperately needs: a friend and a chance to leave Rickman behind, even if it’s just for a few hours.

He joins Gerry on her epic bus trip for as far as his money will take him. And by the end of the day, more of Bodee has changed than just the color of his hair.

 

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/The-Blue-Haired-Boy-HarperTeen-Impulse-ebook/dp/B00DY4RDTK

B&N: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-blue-haired-boy-courtney-c-stevens/1117657313?ean=9780062295170

 

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Book Reviews
September 1, 2014 posted by Nichole

Six Feet Over It by Jennifer Longo

six feet over itHome is where the bodies are buried.
 
Darkly humorous and heart-wrenchingly beautiful, Jennifer Longo’s YA debut about a girl stuck living in a cemetery will change the way you look at life, death, and love.
 
Leigh sells graves for her family-owned cemetery because her father is too lazy to look farther than the dinner table when searching for employees. Working the literal graveyard shift, she meets two kinds of customers:
 
Pre-Need: They know what’s up. They bought their graves a long time ago, before they needed them.
 
At Need: They are in shock, mourning a loved one’s unexpected death. Leigh avoids sponging their agony by focusing on things like guessing the headstone choice (mostly granite).
 
Sarcastic and smart, Leigh should be able to stand up to her family and quit. But her world’s been turned upside down by the sudden loss of her best friend and the appearance of Dario, the slightly-too-old-for-her grave digger. Surrounded by death, can Leigh move on, if moving on means it’s time to get a life?

 

My Review:

I think that my first initial reaction to Six Feet Over It by Jennifer Longo is confusion. I don’t necessarily mean that in a negative way; I just didn’t understand why it was a contemporary book because it would have made one kick-ass paranormal book. A girl who works in a graveyard? Come on…that just calls for the spooks. That being said, I found it a little too dark of a contemporary for my personal taste. It had a really creepy feel to it that was, well, a little too creepy for me. That was to be expected in a contemporary book set in a graveyard and was probably the whole intention of the book. If it had been a paranormal, then I would have been 100% on board.

Jennifer Longo’s writing is absolutely beautiful and advanced. It’s very shocking to me that this is her debut book. Contemporary lovers will especially love this book because it has a crap ton of feels from page one all the way to the end of the book. Very beautiful writing and setting. The only negative thing that I can say about the writing is that sometimes big words were used and went over my head. Also, sometimes there wasn’t any translation for the Spanish conversations and I was so confused.

This is going to sound awful on my end…..but I would have loved this book a lot more without the parents. The problem was that I absolutely hated them from the very beginning and it can be really difficult to adore a book when you HATE a character. And I hated two…both the mom and the dad. Unfortunately, they were in a lot of scenes (especially the dad) and I was constantly gritting my teeth and rolling my eyes.

Overall, I thought that this was a unique take on a YA contemporary book, and I think that it’s going to be a big hit in the YA community. It’s very dark and has so many feels throughout the whole book….people are going to eat it up. Again, I would have liked it to be a paranormal instead of a contemporary but that’s just my personal taste. Contemporary lovers will adore this book!

 

Happy Indulgence Books                              8/26

Confessions of a Readaholic                        8/27

Christy’s Book Addiction                               8/28

Unofficial Addiction Book Fan Club           8/29

The Hiding Spot                                                                8/29

YA Reads                                                             9/1

Candace’s Book Blog                                       9/2

Stories & Sweeties                                          9/3

Live to Read                                                       9/3

A Dream Within a Dream                              9/4

Rather be Reading YA                                    9/5

Pandora’s Books                                              9/8

Evie Bookish                                                       9/9

Winter Haven Books                                       9/10

Wondrous Reads                                             9/10

Bumbles and Fairy-Tales                               9/12

Bundle of Books                                               9/17

The Children’s Book Review                        9/19

News
August 31, 2014 posted by Nichole

Annoucing the 2014 Debut Authors Bash Schedule!!

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Hi everyone!

 

It was my intention to release this schedule way before the day before the tour starts but this Bash ended up being a lot more difficult than our previous Bash and everything is now official. If you don’t know about the Debut Authors Bash…it’s very simple. Each day in September several bloggers will host a 2014 debut author on their blog and will feature special posts (some will host reviews, guest posts, interviews, video chats, live interviews) and some will feature giveaways. It’s a very fun and exciting event and we hope that you get a chance to check out each stop this month!

 

The Tour Schedule:

September 1st

The Unofficial Addiction Book Fan Club – Melissa Landers

YaReads – Courtney C. Stevens

Swept Away By Books – Mary Crockett

Between Printed Pages – Alison Kemper

September 2nd

Two Chicks on Books – Bethany Hagen

Pandora’s Books – Kiki Sullivan

Gorgeous Books – Hillary Monahan

Books i View- Rachel M. Wilson

September 3rd

Fictional Thoughts – Kristin Rae

Beauty and the Bookshelf – Rin Chupeco

The Quirky Reader – Adam Gallardo

September 4th

Books As You Know It – Elizabeth Czukas

Book Briefs – Meredith McCardle

Bibliophilekid – Megan Whitmer

September 5th

My Heart Hearts Books – Philip Siegel

Books and Swoons – Katie Delahanty

Playing Jokers – Jocelyn Adams

Blissful Book Reviews – Lillie J Roberts

September 6th

The Book Tower – Lisa Colozza Cocca

Beauty and the Bookshelf – Kate Asha Boorman

Falling Down The Book Hole – Michelle Krys

September 7th

Reading is My Treasure – Bethany Neal

Ginger Reader 22 – Adi Rule

Pandora’s Books- Jennifer Longo

I Feel the Need, the Need to Read : Christine Kohler

September 8th

Little Bookworm Reviews – Chanel Cleeton

Her Book Thoughts! – Mary Elizabeth Summer

Bookwyrming Thoughts – Christina Farley

Gorgeous Books – Helene Dunbar

September 9th

Bookish – Colleen Oakes

My Book Addiction – Emily Lloyd-Jones

Sweet and Sassy Reviewz – Veronica Bartles

Pond Across the Pond – Jessica Love

September 10th

Adventures in YA Publishing – Joy N Hensley

Never Ending Stories – Erica Cameron

Whimsically Yours – Rachel Searles

September 11th

The Phantom Paragrapher – Skylar Dorset

My Library in the Making – Sashi Kaufman

September 12th

Bookwyrming Thoughts – Kathryn Rose

Adventures in Storyland – Stephanie Diaz

Platypire Reviews – Louise Galveston

Next Page Reviews – Michelle Shusterman

September 13th

Taffy’s Writings – Jessie Humphries

Nocturnal Predators Reviews – AdriAnne Strickland

I Feel the Need, the Need to Read – Kory M. Shrum

Fiction Dreams – Bethan Cooper

September 14th

Pond Across the Pond – Rebecca Behrens

Adventures in Reading – Bethany Crandell

The Phantom Paragrapher – Lisa Doan

September 15th

Fiction Dreams – Sarah Harris

Elizabeth Delana Rosa ~Book Lover & Creator of Worlds~ – Carol Staff

Playing Jokers – Laura Wettersten

September 16th

Ok, Let’s Read – Stefanie Gaither

Platypire Reviews – Lisa Ledochowski Survillas

September 17th

Swoony Boys Podcast – Heather Demetrios

Bumbles and Fairy Tales- AJ Pine

 

Pretty Sassy Cool – Lauren Magaziner

Book Lovers Life-Trinity Ambrose

I Feel the Need, the Need to Read – Elizabeth Delana Rosa

September 18th

For The Love – Kristi Helvig

Rockin’ Book Reviews – Annie Cosby

Sleeps on Tables – Kelly Loy Gilbert

Elizabeth Delana Rosa ~Book Lover & Creator of Worlds~ – Emery Skye

September 19th

Pimples, Popularity, and Protagonists – Jaye Robin Brown

Between Printed Pages – Kate Scott

Pop! Goes the Reader – Kathleen Hale

September 20th

Becoming Books – Lynne Matson

Bibliophilia, Please – M.G. Buehrlen

MindJacked- Heidi Schulz

September 21st

Keep it Fictional- Lisa O’Kane

Bibliophilia, Please- PA Warren

Bookcrastinators in Wonderland – Rebecca Yarros

Fiction Dreams – Kimberly Wheaton

September 22nd

Nocturnal Predators Reviews – Stacey O’Neale

Lisa Loves Literature – Jessica Gollub

Teen Scene Reading – A Lynden Rolland

 

Blissful Book Reviews – Katie Sparks

September 23rd

Skye’s Scribblings – R.C. Lewis

My Book Addiction – Joshua David Bellin

I Feel the Need, the Need to Read – Dawn Brazil

September 24th

Bookcrastinators in Wonderland – Tracy Clark

Platypire Reviews – Kym Brunner

BookLoversLife – Elissa Sussman

September 25th

Allodoxophobia: The Fear of Opinions – Lisa Maxwell

Turning Pages – Kelsey Macke

Sweet and Sassy Reviewz – Annie Cardi

September 26th

Curling Up With A Good Book – Martina Boone

Diane’s Book Blog – Julia Gibson

Bibliophilia, Please – Whitney Miller

Book Lovers Life – Ryan Gebhart

September 27th

Turning Pages – Robin Constantine

The Cozy Reading Corner – Kristen Lippert-Martin

Out of Time – Robin Talley

The Quirky Reader – K.A Barker

September 28th

Diane’s Book Blog – Stacey Nash

The Book Beacon – Sarah Bromley

YA Series Insiders – Nicole Maggi

September 29th

YA Series Insiders – S.L. Duncan

The Eater of Books! – Ryan Graudin

My Not So Real Life – Seth Fishman

Book Lovers Life – Jane Lively

September 30th

Fiction Freak – Sara Raasch

Read My Breath Away – Anne Blankman

Pimples, Popularity, and Protagonists – Linda Vigen Phillps

YaReads – Kate Hattemer

Book Reviews
August 31, 2014 posted by Nichole

DNF: The Dolls by Kiki Sullivan

The DollsEveny Cheval just moved back to Louisiana after spending her childhood in New York with her aunt Bea. Eveny hasn’t seen her hometown since her mother’s suicide fourteen years ago, and her memories couldn’t have prepared her for what she encounters. Because pristine, perfectly manicured Carrefour has a dark side full of intrigue, betrayal, and lies—and Eveny quickly finds herself at the center of it all.

Enter Peregrine Marceau, Chloe St. Pierre, and their group of rich, sexy friends known as the Dolls. From sipping champagne at lunch to hooking up with the hottest boys, Peregrine and Chloe have everything—including an explanation for what’s going on in Carrefour. And Eveny doesn’t trust them one bit.

But after murder strikes and Eveny discovers that everything she believes about herself, her family, and her life is a lie, she must turn to the Dolls for answers. Something’s wrong in paradise, and it’s up to Eveny, Chloe, and Peregrine to save Carrefour and make it right.

 

 

My Review:

*I made it 100 pages into this book before I DNF’d it*

 

I had several problems with The Dolls that I don’t really no where to start. So I’m just going to list them down as bullet points and give a little description. It’s a little different than my normal review style but that’s how I’m going to do it.

  • The main character – Oh my gosh was she annoying or what? I had no patience for Eveny’s character whatsoever. She was a very whiny character and she just grated on my nerves.
  • The Flashbacks – I’m sorry…but I just couldn’t get past the fact that Eveny and all of her new “friends” remembered everything from when they were three years old. The only thing I remember from when I was three is my cousin shoving a big glob of sunscreen in my eye. I don’t remember my play dates or my family or anything else. I also have a three year old nephew and have witnessed his attention span. It was really annoying that Eveny “remembered” something every other page. I’m sorry…you don’t remember that much from when you were three. And it was really ridiculous how everyone else did too….it wasn’t just her.
  • All of the other characters – There wasn’t a single character that I liked during those 100 pages. I pretty much found everyone to be annoying.
  • How over the top it was – This book is very bold and flashy. It’s very unrealistic and over the top. It’s not a surprise that I ended up not liking this book, because I don’t tend to like books like that.

 

I can definitely see this book being a big hit and am not surprised at all that I didn’t like it. Fans of Natalie Whipple and Tara Hudson should definitely check this book out!

 

Pages: 384

Publication Date: 9/2/2014

Publisher: Balzer & Bray

Rating: DNF

Waiting on Wednesday
August 27, 2014 posted by Nichole

Waiting on Wednesday #93

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.

in the afterlight

Ruby can’t look back. Fractured by an unbearable loss, she and the kids who survived the government’s attack on Los Angeles travel north to regroup. With them is a prisoner: Clancy Gray, son of the president, and one of the few people Ruby has encountered with abilities like hers. Only Ruby has any power over him, and just one slip could lead to Clancy wreaking havoc on their minds. 

They are armed only with a volatile secret: proof of a government conspiracy to cover up the real cause of IANN, the disease that has killed most of America’s children and left Ruby and others like her with powers the government will kill to keep contained. But internal strife may destroy their only chance to free the “rehabilitation camps” housing thousands of other Psi kids.

Meanwhile, reunited with Liam, the boy she would-and did-sacrifice everything for to keep alive, Ruby must face the painful repercussions of having tampered with his memories of her. She turns to Cole, his older brother, to provide the intense training she knows she will need to take down Gray and the government. But Cole has demons of his own, and one fatal mistake may be the spark that sets the world on fire.

 

In the Afterlight by Alexandra Bracken 

Published by Disney-Hyperion

TBR 10/28/14

Book of the Month
August 24, 2014 posted by Nichole

Book of the Month Giveaway: Swag Pack for Deadly Little Sins by Kara Taylor

Book of the Month

Hi, everyone! Welcome back!

 

Today I am very excited to be offering a swag pack giveaway (offered by Kara Taylor herself) for Deadly Little Sins! The giveaway is for two swag packs with bookmarks, tattoos, and signed bookplates. (International.) Just fill out the Rafflecopter below for a chance to win!

 

deadly little sinIn Kara Taylor’s Deadly Little Sins, Anne Dowling investigates a mysterious disappearance in this fast-paced, twisty conclusion to the Prep School Confidential series.

It’s August and Anne is back in New York City for the summer, but she can’t escape the memories of the terrible things that happened at the Wheatley School last spring— and the possibility of being expelled looming over her. When an unexpected— and suspicious— turn of events gets Anne sent back to Wheatley, she’s determined to figure out what happened to her favorite teacher and only adult ally at the school: Ms. Cross.

After a shocking, gruesome murder with connections to the Wheatley School occurs, Anne is convinced there’s more to Ms. Cross’s sudden disappearance, and that her favorite teacher is in danger. But after an ugly breakup with Brent and a new, inexplicable distance between her and Anthony, Anne isn’t sure who she can trust. And even worse, someone at Wheatley knows the truth about what happened to Ms. Cross— someone who will stop at nothing to keep Anne from learning the truth in this engrossing, unputdownable read.

 

 

 

 

 

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Book of the Month
August 22, 2014 posted by Nichole

Book of the Month Review: Deadly Little Sins (Prep School Confidential #3) by Kara Taylor

Book of the Month

deadly little sinIn Kara Taylor’s Deadly Little Sins, Anne Dowling investigates a mysterious disappearance in this fast-paced, twisty conclusion to the Prep School Confidential series.

It’s August and Anne is back in New York City for the summer, but she can’t escape the memories of the terrible things that happened at the Wheatley School last spring— and the possibility of being expelled looming over her. When an unexpected— and suspicious— turn of events gets Anne sent back to Wheatley, she’s determined to figure out what happened to her favorite teacher and only adult ally at the school: Ms. Cross.

After a shocking, gruesome murder with connections to the Wheatley School occurs, Anne is convinced there’s more to Ms. Cross’s sudden disappearance, and that her favorite teacher is in danger. But after an ugly breakup with Brent and a new, inexplicable distance between her and Anthony, Anne isn’t sure who she can trust. And even worse, someone at Wheatley knows the truth about what happened to Ms. Cross— someone who will stop at nothing to keep Anne from learning the truth in this engrossing, unputdownable read.

 

My Review:

I AM SO SAD THAT THIS SERIES IS OVER!

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That’s going to be my face for days. Weeks. Months. Well, until Kara Taylor comes out with another book that blows me away.

 

Deadly Little Sins was an amazing finale to the Prep School Confidential series. It was packed full of tension, suspense, action, and spooky goodness. I won’t even lie, I had to turn on the light to be able to finish this one because I was terrified that something dark and sinister was lurking right around the corner. And that’s a good thing, right!? A YA murder mystery that actually scares the crap out of me is awesome and unexpected! I loved it!

I read a review on Goodreads that said that the mystery was lacking a little bit. I want to be the first in line to tell you all that IS NOT TRUE. Omg. I had no idea what was going on or who did it. When I finally made it to the big showdown at the ending I was like WHAT?! What the heck is going on?! I was blown away. The only thing I will say, though, is that it was kind of short lived. All that build up for maybe two pages at the end? I wanted a little more than that for the finale.

One slight problem I had with this book was the romance. We previously had two books that really focused on the two boys and then the third one really only focuses on one and barely at that. The other boy (no spoilers here!) is completely knocked out of the picture and has maybe two scenes in this entire book. To make matters worse, he was also made to look kind of psychotic toward the end which wasn’t really appreciated it. Of course, it also didn’t bode well with me that the guy I didn’t like won the girl.

Overall, I loved this book. It was amazing and I loved the fact that it kept me on my toes and scared me senseless. I’m devastated that this series is over and hope that Kara Taylor returns to it in the future. Go buy yourself this entire series today!

 

Pages: 288

Publication Date: 8/5/14

Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin

Rating: : ★★★★½

Blog Things
August 21, 2014 posted by Nichole

Blog Tour: Breathe for Me by Rhonda Helms

breathe for meTitle: Breathe For Me

Author: Rhonda Helms

Release Date: August 5, 2014

Publisher: Spencer Hill Press

 

Synopsis: Isabel’s been cursed since the Middle Ages.

 

Desperate to escape an arranged marriage, she made a hasty bargain with a demon, asking for liberation from an oppressive husband-to-be and the excitement of travel. But the demon’s “gift” came at a steep cost. Each time he moves her to a new city, her memory’s wiped. No one can touch her bare skin without injury or even death. And she sees the lifespan of every living being (and is, in fact, immortal herself).

 

All a constant reminder that she’s different than other teen girls.

 

But New Orleans seems to accept her as she is. She has friends and a real life in this quirky, hot city. Then Isabel meets Dominic, whose deep soul and strong character draw her to him. Her growing love gives her the courage to confront the demon, insisting the curse be broken. But the demon’s price for freedom is much, much higher than she could possibly give.

 

Goodreads link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/20591691-breathe-for-me?from_search=true

 

 

BUY LINKS:

 

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Breathe-Me-Rhonda-Helms/dp/1939392063/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1407201789&sr=8-3&keywords=Rhonda+Helms

 

Barnes & Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/breathe-for-me-rhonda-helms/1118717640?ean=9781939392060&itm=1&usri=rhonda+helms

 

The Book Depository: http://www.bookdepository.com/Breathe-for-Me-Rhonda-Helms/9781939392060

 

Kobo: http://www.kobobooks.com/ebook/Breathe-for-Me/book-VRT4ZyzI0kKC3-hCbyyr7A/page1.html?s=2HrNkjPKjESQit8T_0fSyA&r=4

 

iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/breathe-for-me/id898166413?mt=11

 

Author Bio:

 rhonda helms

Rhonda Helms started writing several years ago. She has a Master’s degree in English and a Bachelor’s degree in Creative Writing. She also edits for Carina Press (an imprint of Harlequin Publishing) and freelance edits.

 

When she isn’t writing, she likes to do amateur photography, dig her toes into the sand, read for hours at a time, and eat scads of cheese. WAY too much cheese.

 

Rhonda lives in Northeast Ohio with her family.

 

 

Author Social Media Links:

 

Website: http://www.rhondahelmsbooks.com/index.html

 

Twitter: https://twitter.com/rhelmsbooks

 

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

 

Read below for an excerpt from Breathe for Me

Excerpt 1

 

English class. I can’t stop my eyes from sliding casually across the room every few minutes to stare at Dominic. He has one lock of hair that flops onto his forehead. For some reason, my fingers itch to push it off his face.

When was the last time I touched another person? I can barely remember what it’s like. Even a small gesture, like brushing the small hairs on someone’s arms with the tips of my fingers, is forbidden to me.

Dominic looks up from his notebook at that moment. I tear my gaze away, cheeks flaming from almost being caught staring, and turn my attention back to my assignment. We’re supposed to be working on a poem, which is usually one of my favorite activities. For some reason, I’m having a hard time concentrating.

Okay, I know why. But it doesn’t matter. I’m not going to think about him or our talk in the library. I’m going to finish this poem. I’m going to finish school today. And then I’m going to retreat tothe sanctuary of my apartment, where I can shed these layers of clothes and be free of my constraints, if only for a little while.

I reread what I’ve written so far:

Alone on a shore, I am swallowed

By a stillness, body


Bowed over, hair like a tree willow.

 

I skim the water surface


With my fingertips, as


Sand engulfs my feet, my ankles, my calves.

 

The water licks


Closer—


Sighing shores beckon me


To dance upon the swirling currents.

I can feel Dominic looking at me. Emboldened, I lift my eyes and stare right into his. The blue of his irises remind me of the body of water in my poem. Dark. Tempting. Heavy with an unspoken awareness.

Everything falls silent except the rush of blood in my ears.

The rest of the poem’s words come to me out of nowhere, and I spill them out onto my paper:

 

I close my eyes,


Fall into my escape, where

 

The tide’s fingers

Drag out my air.

Tug me closer,

Fill me,

Absorb me—

 

I gasp I freeze

I am no longer alone.

The bell rings, jarring me out of my hypnotized state. I slip my poem into my notebook and stay seated, waiting for the room to empty before I leave to go to my next class. Girls cling together in tight groups, laughing and talking to each other as they pour through the doorway into the hall.

I stay back and watch.

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Waiting on Wednesday
August 20, 2014 posted by Nichole

Waiting on Wednesday #92

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.

Remember Me

In the sequel to Find Me, Wick Tate, sarcastic teen hacker, is back and once again dealing with criminals and corrupt cops…and a brooding new love interest. Will Wick persevere when some secrets refuse to stay hidden?

Wick had thought her troubles were over.

But she should’ve known better.

Not only is she embroiled in a new murder case, which starts with a body with “Remember Me” carved into it and doesn’t stop there, but she also discovers new evidence surrounding her mother’s suicide…which leads her right back to her imprisoned deadbeat dad. And she has to deal with her flirty new hacker friend, Milo, sniffing around—which her boyfriend, Griff, isn’t too happy about.

The pressure might be too much as secrets—including Wick’s own—climb to the surface.

Remember Me is an edge-of-your-seat thrilling read that’ll have readers turning the pages at lightning speed! The paperback of Find Me is on sale simultaneously, and a digital original novella from Romily, featuring Griff, is on sale just a few weeks before!

 

Remember Me by Romily Bernard

Published by HarperTeen

TBR 9/23/14

Teaser Tuesday
August 19, 2014 posted by Nichole

Top Ten Books People Have Been Telling You That You MUST Read

Top Ten Tuesday

Hi, everyone! Welcome back to Top Ten Tuesday! This meme is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Today’s topic is  Top Ten Books People Have Been Telling You That You MUST Read.

 

1 If I Stay by Gayle Forman

if i stay

2 Unravel Me by Tahereh Mafi

unravel me

3 The Elite by Kiera Cass

the elite

4 Partials by Dan Wells

partials

5 Black City by Elizabeth Richards

black city

6 Incarnate by Jodi Meadows

incarnate

7 Angelfire by Courtney Allison Moulton

angelfire

8 My Soul to Take by Rachel Vincent

my-soul-to-take

9 The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson

girl of fire and thorns

10 Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarry

pushing-the-limits