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February 2, 2014 posted by Nichole

2014 YA Heartbreakers Day 2: Liz Coley

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Hi everyone! Welcome back to the second day of the 2014 YA Heartbreakers! Today I am very excited to introduce you to Liz Coley, author of Pretty Girl 13. I have to be honest and admit that I still have not read this book. I own it. I can’t wait to read it. But….I have not read it. Today I am featuring Liz Coley for a few different reasons. 1) I have heard a lot of comments and read a lot of reviews that detail how heartbreaking Liz’s writing style is. 2) I just know how heartbreaking this book is going to be. The description and the cover just kill me. I really can’t wait to read it. 3) Finally, I have mad respect for anyone who can write books about kidnapping and psychological damage. I love those types of books, but OMG….they KILL me. The waterworks start up and I just become a total mess. I don’t know how Liz was able to write such a book….but that alone makes her a heartbreaker in my eyes.

4750818Liz Coley writes fiction for teens and for the teen in you.

Her first published work was science fiction short stories, published in Cosmos magazine and several anthologies.

Self-published YA novel Out of Xibalba features a contemporary teenager thrown back to ancient Mayan times.
The story starts when the world ends.

Pretty Girl-13 from HarperCollins will be released in at least ten languages on five continents, in print, ebook, and audiobook.
There are secrets you can’t even tell yourself. 

Liz lives in Cincinnati, Ohio with her husband, her teenaged daughter, 18-year-old Tiger the cat, and kittens Pippin and Merry. When she’s not involved in writing-related activities, she can be found sewing, baking, shooting photos, playing tennis, and singing.

Liz loves reading aloud.

The Most Important Book Ever – Jennie by Paul Gallico

To my series of essays about the most influential books in my life, I must add a fifth, which recently came to my attention in a funny way. My agent and I were talking about introducing a pair of kittens to my old cat, and she mentioned that our grown cat could teach the kittens how to be cats. In the same breath as she began to ask, “Have you ever read….” I interrupted with, “Yes! I loved that book610718 so much.” What we were both talking about was Jennie, a novel for children, written in the fifties by Paul Gallico. I first read it about age ten on a trip to visit family in England. I was permanently marked by the reading, more than I appreciated. Many years later when it was out of print, I ordered it from a rare book shop in England for thirty pounds so my kids could enjoy it. I must have lent it to a scoundrel, because when we moved, to my dismay, it was no longer among the books on my shelves. After the recent conversation with my agent, I hopped onto Amazon, which had now been selling used books for several years, and found a copy for six dollars plus shipping. This is a book I must own forever, no matter how many times I have to re-buy it. It’s a heartbreaker in a very special way.

A couple of weeks ago, an author friend quizzed me about my favorite Star Trek and Star Trek Next Generation episodes. The original series episode that immediately leapt to mind (Tribbles aside) was “The Paradise Syndrome,” in which Kirk loses his memory and lives a peaceful, happy life for months with Miramanee, a pseudo-native-American on an unspoiled planet in the path of an asteroid. They fall in love, they marry, and they almost have a child before tragedy strikes and the ship returns for Kirk. My favorite Next Generation episode was “The Inner Light,” in which Picard falls into a coma on board and mentally awakes on the planet Kataan, where people insist he is a man named Kamin. As Picard lives for years on this planet, he falls in love with the woman who calls herself his wife, fathers a girl, watches her grow to adulthood, and learns to play the Ressikan flute. Inevitably, he awakens on board from his 25-minute coma to find the terrible and beautiful memories of the past forty years were caused by a special mental probe of sorts from an extinct people. He retains the ability to play the flute. Every time I hear that piping theme, I cry for the world and the love he knew both for a lifetime and for only twenty-five minutes.

13450398What do these stories have to do with Jennie? In that novel, a young boy named Peter, much neglected by his busy parents, darts away from nanny in front of a carriage and is run over. He awakens as a white kitten, immediately to be tossed out of his London townhouse and onto the cruel streets of London. Adopted by a sweet, knowledgeable tabby named Jennie, he learns how to survive as a homeless stray, travels to Glasgow and back, and blossoms into a big, strong cat under her intense loving care. Eventually he challenges a bully tom cat to a death fight to save Jennie from being “claimed” by him. I won’t spoil the ending. Suffice it to say, this story about someone who escaped a mundane, troubled life and lived an entire lifetime as another before returning. The poignancy of all three of these stories hits the same achy spot in my heart, but I had no idea until I reread it, that for ten-year-old-me, Jennie had been the foundation, the model, the prototype, even the archetype for this kind of heartbreaking, bittersweet story.

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Author Interviews
February 1, 2014 posted by Nichole

2014 YA Heartbreakers Day 1: Lauren Oliver

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Hi everyone! Welcome to the 2014 YA Heartbreakers! I wanted to host an event that really focused on those authors that we love and those characters and books that just break our hearts in so many different ways. Today, I am so excited to feature Lauren Oliver, author of the Delirium series. Lauren Oliver is the perfect author to feature for the first day of the YA Heartbreakers. Her writing and her books have broken my heart over and over again. And if you finished Requiem, then you should know what I mean. I read everything that this lady creates. I’m so honored to be featuring her for the 2014 YA Heartbreakers. Read below for a special interview with Lauren Oliver!

 

2936493About the author

Lauren Oliver comes from a family of writers and so has always (mistakenly) believed that spending hours in front of the computer every day, mulling over the difference between “chortling” and “chuckling,” is normal. She has always been an avid reader.
She attended the University of Chicago, where she continued to be as impractical as possible by majoring in philosophy and literature. After college, she attended the MFA program at NYU and worked briefly as the world’s worst editorial assistant, and only marginally better assistant editor, at a major publishing house in New York. Her major career contributions during this time were flouting the corporate dress code at every possible turn and repeatedly breaking the printer. Before I Fall is her first published novel.
She is deeply grateful for the chance to continue writing, as she has never been particularly good at anything else.

 

Pretty much all of your books (at least the YA ones) have some sort of romance. Do you think that romance is key to a good YA book?

I think romance is a good way to raise the stakes in a story, or to make a situation personal, and I LOVE a good romance, but no, I don’t think it’s necessary. It’s very difficult to find young adult books without any romance in them, but I have no doubt that it could9593911 be done, and I would be very interested in reading it!

You have two books coming out in 2014, PANIC and ROOMS, can we expect a lot of romance in those? Or maybe some hunky guys? [;

Not only does Panic have hunky guys, one of them is the narrator! Dodge is one of two narrators of the story, the other one being a girl named Heather.

Who is your favorite YA couple from a different series/book that’s not yours?

Elizabeth Bennet and Mr. Darcy from Pride and Prejudice!

If you could marry anybody from any series, or just kidnap them and keep them with you forever, who would you choose?

Well, I wouldn’t want to marry them, but if I could kidnap Bundle from my book Liesl & Po and keep it with me forever, that would be great. Bundle is a ghost pet who is all the best parts of both cats and dogs and is basically the cutest thing ever.

Do you have any Valentines Day/February traditions?

Just to stay warm and make as many fires as possible!

Out of all of your books which one was your favorite to write?

All books have their own joys as well as their own challenges. I really enjoy writing my Middle Grade books, because they go to such fantastic worlds.

Panic_HC_JKT_des4.inddOut of all of your books what was the most heartbreaking scene to write?

Without too many spoilers, there was a certain character death at the end of Requiem that was heartbreaking. Liesl & Po was also a very emotional book for me.

What genres do you typically read when you’re not writing? Do you stick with contemporary for the feels or do you read more paranormal types for the thrills?

I try to read as broadly as possible. I love fiction obviously, but I also love reading books about science and math!

What YA book would you LOVE to see transformed into a movie?

I’m so excited to see Divergent, there’s so much action and exciting visuals!

What is the most heartbreaking book that you have read?

The end of The Amber Spyglass, which is the last book in Phillip Pullman’s His Dark Materials trilogy, gets me every time. It is TRAGIC.

 

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Blog Tour
January 31, 2014 posted by Nichole

The Howling Heart Blog Tour: Excerpt & Giveaway

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The Howling Heart by April Bostic
Publication date: August 8th 2013
Genres: Adult, Paranormal Romance
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Paige Donovan is an ambitious college graduate who aspires to reach the top of the corporate ladder. She’s climbing fast when given the promotion of a lifetime at a prestigious fashion magazine in New York City. Her bright future comes to an unexpected halt after news of her father’s death. She inherits his old cabin in the Colorado Rockies, and just when she thinks her luck couldn’t get any worse, she has a car accident in the mountains and awakens in the small, remote community of Black River.
Soon, she’s engulfed in the mystical world of Varulv—wolves descended from 13th century Scandinavia and blessed by Norse gods with the ability to appear human. Paige is desperate to return home, but never expects to fall for her rescuer, Riley Gray, a charming young werewolf from England who offers her an alternate future with his pack.
Now, she must choose between the career she’s always wanted and the love she’s always dreamed.

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April Bostic is a New Jersey-based, Adult Romance author who enjoys unleashing her creativity and letting her imagination run wild. Her love of romance books inspired her to become not just a reader, but also a writer. In December 2008, she self-published her first novel, a contemporary romance with a supernatural twist entitled “A Rose to the Fallen”.
Her first short story, “Right Here, Right Now”, released in January 2012, is an erotic romance with a dash of S&M. The following year, she released two more short stories: a romantic urban fantasy inspired by the Greek myth of Eros and Psyche entitled “Eros, My Love”, and a sexy romantic comedy entitled “Love Addiction”.
After five years, she released her second novel, “The Howling Heart” in August 2013, a paranormal romance that delves into the mystical world of werewolves and Norse gods. To end her busiest year in publishing, April will release her fourth short story in December 2013, a historical paranormal romance entitled “A Dark Scandal”.
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The Howling Heart Excerpt:

I stood in the hardware section looking at flashlights, when I suddenly felt someone staring at me. I tried to remain inconspicuous as I glanced to my left without turning my head. At the end of the aisle stood a slender, young man at least six feet tall, wearing a red and black plaid, flannel shirt with cut-off sleeves. Lean muscles flexed on his bicep as he grabbed something off the shelf. His bare arms revealed a tattoo on his right shoulder, but I wasn’t close enough to read it.

He must’ve felt my gaze on him, because he looked over at me. The sun gently kissed his skin with a golden tan, and his full lips spread into a charming grin. He had a clean-shaven, square jaw and sharp cheekbones that would make any woman envious. His sandy blonde hair flowed like waves and curled softly on the ends, brushing his ears and collar. A few, untamed strands fell in his eyes, making his hair appear disheveled. There was no doubt in my mind he was handsome.

Immediately, a heat wave crashed beneath my skin…and I knew it wasn’t due to the summer weather. I blushed under his steady gaze and looked away in an attempt to ignore him. For some reason, I couldn’t control myself. My gaze kept finding his. A smirk played on his lips—the color of a summer peach—and I wondered if they tasted as sweet.

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Blog Tour
January 24, 2014 posted by Nichole

The Merchant of Venice Beach Blog Tour + Giveaway

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unnamed (1)The Rollicking Bun–Home of the Epic Scone–is the center of Suzanna Wolf’s life. Part tea shop, part bookstore, part home, it’s everything she’s ever wanted right on the Venice Beach boardwalk, including partnership with her two best friends from high school, Eric and Fernando. But with thirty-three just around the corner, suddenly Suzanna wants something more–something strictly her own. Salsa lessons, especially with a gorgeous instructor, seem like a good start–a harmless secret, and just maybe the start of a fling. But before she knows it, Suzanna is learning steps she never imagined–and dancing her way into confusion.

Release date: August 1st 2013
Publisher: eKensington
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unnamed (2)ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Currently a Field Producer on HGTV’s House Hunters, Celia Bonaduce’s TV credits cover a lot of ground – everything from field-producing ABC’s Extreme Makeover: Home Edition to writing for many of Nickelodeon’s animated series, including Hey, Arnold and Chalkzone. An avid reader, entering the world of books has always been always a lifelong ambition.
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Contests
January 18, 2014 posted by Nichole

Going Rogue by Robin Benway Guest post and Giveaway

753097I’m the author of “Audrey, Wait!”, “The Extraordinary Secrets of April, May & June”, and the AKA series. My latest book “Going Rogue” will be released on January 14, 2014. I live in Los Angeles with my extremely stubborn shih tzu, Hudson. I like cooking, puppies, and coffee, but not in that order. We should be friends.

 

Ten Things You Didn’t Know about Robin Benway

1. When I was nine, I fainted during my aunt’s backyard wedding and fell into the pool, right in the middle of the vows. My mom jumped in to save me. (Thanks, Mom!)

2. I own two first editions of JD Salinger’s books.

3. I always read the last page of magazines first.

4. I wrote the initial outline of my first book “Audrey, Wait!” on a napkin at Starbucks. I still have that napkin in a Ziploc baggie.

5. My favorite Beatles album is “Revolver.” (This changes often, though. Ask me again tomorrow and it will probably be a different answer.)

6. I have celiac disease and Type 1 diabetes, which means that if it looks delicious, I probably can’t eat it.

7. Whenever I’m writing a book, I tend to work on a project around the house. During the editing process for “Going Rogue,” I stripped and repainted my entry table. It was supposed to be an easy, fun project, but it almost killed me. When I wrote “Also Known As”, I painted and stenciled my bedroom end tables. Being crafty lets my brain unwind and gives me room to think about what’s happening in my books.

8. I make a really good roast chicken and potatoes.

9. If I could do any other job in the world, I would love to be a Broadway star, singing a huge show-stopper under a giant spotlight! I can’t sing, though. A small setback.

10. My most cherished possession is my late grandmother’s thimble collection.

Thanks for stopping by, Robin! Want to come over and make me some roast chicken and potatoes? [;

17934520Being permanently based in a local New York City high school as an undercover operative has its moments, good and bad, for 16-year-old safecracker Maggie Silver. Pros: More quality time with her former mark-turned-boyfriend Jesse Oliver and insanely cool best friend, Roux. Getting to spend quality time with her semi-retired and international spy honorary uncle, Angelo. Cons: High school and the accompanying cliques, bad lunches, and frustratingly simple locker combinations. But when Maggie’s parents are falsely accused of stealing priceless gold coins, Maggie uses her safecracking skills to try and clear their names. Too bad it only serves to put her and everyone she loves in danger. Maggie and her “new team” flee to Paris where they must come up with a plan to defeat their former allies.

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January 15, 2014 posted by Nichole

Witch Fall Tour: Review of Witch Song and Witch Fall by Amber Argyle

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10400575The Witch Hunters have come for Brusenna, for she is the last. All the others have been captured by the Dark Witch. And without their magical songs to control nature, the world is dying.

Though young and untrained, Brusenna must succeed where every other Witch has failed. Find the Dark Witch. Fight her. Defeat her. If Brusenna fails, there will be nothing left to save—for the Witches, for mankind, or for the young Guardian who has committed his life to protecting hers.

 

My Review:

Witch Song was a fun read from start to finish. I was hooked on it from the very beginning due to its high fantasy/mysterious type of vibe. I also really enjoyed the fact that it was about witches. I love witches. I will read anything with them. And for some reason they seem to be lacking in the YA genre. I think that this book is going to be a big hit for many readers.

I did end up thinking that Witch Song ended up reading more like a middle grade book than a YA book. The storyline and characters came across as very young. Personally, I would have enjoyed for of a mature feel to the book. However, it was a fun read. It’s definitely something that my 4th and 5th graders would absolutely love.

Overall, I did enjoy this book. I thought it was cute and had a lot of adventure. Would I continue the whole series? I’m on the fence about that because I’ve been drifting away from MG titles. But I would recommend this one!

rating: : ★★★½☆

 

15829923With the magic of their songs, the Witches control the seasons, the storms, even the sea. Secure in their supremacy, they have forgotten the unmatched destructiveness of mankind. For the world has begun to covet their power, seeing them as weapons to be controlled instead of rulers worthy of obeisance. 

Born of witches but raised among their enemy, Lilette searches for a way to heal the rift between mankind and the witches. But it may be too late to save either. For if there is one thing Lilette has come to know for certain, it’s that all things fall.

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Witch Fall is the prequel to Witch Song. It was like reading two completely different stories. I couldn’t even tell you that they were set in the same world. I didn’t like this one as much as Witch Song, but I did enjoy it. Again, I thought that it was a little too middle grade for my personal taste. However, I really think this book is going to be a big hit for younger teens.

My favorite part about Witch Fall was Lilette’s journey. I loved the adventure and power that this book brought to the table. These books are set in such a magical universe that it’s bound to capture a readers attention. I was a really big fan of the attention to detail and suspense.

I did have a problem with how the women were treated in this book. I understand WHY that was happening in the book, but it was very difficult for me to read at times. If anyone has any triggers about this topic, then maybe this book wouldn’t be for you. It wasn’t anything major, but it did upset me in a few spots.

Overall, I enjoyed it yet again. I liked Lilette’s character a lot more than Brusenna’s character which made this book a little easier to get through. Again, I would recommend this whole entire series to younger readers. The adventure and lovable characters are going to appeal to them.

rating: : ★★★☆☆

 

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Amber Argyle is the author of Witch Song and Fairy Queen trilogies. She grew up with three brothers on a cattle ranch in the Rocky Mountains. She spent hours riding horses, roaming the mountains, and playing in her family’s creepy barn. This environment fueled her imagination for writing high fantasy. She has worked as a short order cook, janitor, and staff member in a mental institution. All of which has given her great insight into the human condition and has made for some unique characters. She received her bachelor’s degree in English and Physical Education from Utah State University. She currently resides in Utah with her husband and three small children.
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January 14, 2014 posted by Nichole

Guest Post By Sigal Ehrlich: Top Ten Quotes from Layers

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7200387By teen age, Sigal already lived in three different continents where she had the luck to experience and visit varied places, meet unique people, which only helped fuel her overly developed imagination. Currently, Sigal calls Estonia home where she lives with her husband and three kids.

Not exactly sure where they will end up next…

When she is not hiding in her office, writing, she enjoys music, reading and taking care of her little clan.

With a great believe in “don’t wait for things to happen – make them happen,” she enjoys anything exciting life has to offer.

Website: http://www.sigalehrlich.com/

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Sigal’s Top Ten Quotes from Layers

“In the comfort of my room, in front of god, myself, and my immaculate collection of shoes, I declare tonight the swan song of my sordid lifestyle. No more. I am not marching on that path, ever again.”

“Of the slutty princess who did not believe in love, who used to take advantage of innocent men, who finally got enchanted by a handsome, slightly deranged prince.”

“Is it the décor in the room that makes people feel welcomed to piss me off?”

“You just need to think hard about what and how much is really enough. Once you find that out, it’s what makes you live in sheer bliss. Till then, there are constant doubts.”

“He’s Prince Charming and King Henry VIII in one irresistibly hot body.”

“He is so confident, refined, and quietly powerful, and yet there is this faint hint of humbleness and coyness to him, these amalgamations that together make him plainly irresistible.”

“Perhaps I should just call him up and say, Hey Daniel, the unanimous verdict has been rendered – I am to do you, let’s fuck?”

“You gave me plenty of time since this unfortunate fiasco came to life, and you know what, time does makes you think hard, because that’s all that’s left to do when you’re in tremendous pain. Fortunately, it put things in perspective”

“And one last thing, Jake. Have a box ready, because I might want to fire you when I get there.”

 

What are you doing, Daniel?”

“You.” One simple word that makes me tingle where I shouldn’t at this time of the day.

 

 


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Layers by Sigal Ehrlich  Publication date: October, 2013  Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance Synopsis:

According to Hayley love is a subject of ridicule, a myth created by hopeless romantics.
When Hayley makes a resolution to declare her loose lifestyle era R.I.P, it’s all good in theory…
That is until she meets Daniel Stark, a well-respected, mid-thirties business man who is known for his short temper, lack of steady relationships as well as his strict preserve of his private life.
Opinionated, sharp tongued Hayley accidently steps into his office leaving Daniel resolved to put Hayley in her place and have her in his bed.
Both Hayley and Daniel can’t avoid the immediate instigation of the attraction between them.
In a unanimously agreed upon verdict by Hayley and her two best friends, Ian the gay self-absorb, aspiring model and Natasha the witty, borderline neurotic soul mate, Daniel Stark is to be Hayley’s pure physical attraction, emotions aside era closure.
Will it indeed be a closure, or a beginning to something neither Hayley nor Daniel ever bargained for…

 

 

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