July 21, 2018

Book Blitz + Giveaway: Letting Go of Gravity by Meg Leder


Letting Go of Gravity
Author: Meg Leder
Genre: YA Contemporary

Publication Date: July 17, 2018
Publisher: Simon Pulse


“The anticipation and slow burn of Parker and Finn’s relationship is electric…[an] absorbing novel that will appeal to fans of Rainbow Rowell.” —Booklist

Parker struggles to reconnect with her twin brother, Charlie—who’s recovering from cancer—as she tries to deal with her anxiety about the future in this powerful new novel.

Twins Parker and Charlie are polar opposites.
Where Charlie is fearless, Parker is careful.
Charlie is confident while Parker aims to please.
Charlie is outgoing and outspoken; Parker is introverted and reserved.
And of course, there’s the one other major difference: Charlie got cancer. Parker didn’t.

But now that Charlie is officially in remission, life couldn’t be going better for Parker. She’s landed a prestigious summer internship at the hospital and is headed to Harvard in the fall to study pediatric oncology—which is why the anxiety she’s felt since her Harvard acceptance is so unsettling. And it doesn’t help that her relationship with Charlie has been on the rocks since his diagnosis.

Enter Finn, a boy who’s been leaving strange graffiti messages all over town. Parker can’t stop thinking about those messages, or about Finn, who makes her feel free for the first time: free to doubt, free to make mistakes, and free to confront the truth that Parker has been hiding from for a long time.

That she keeps trying to save Charlie, when the person who really needs saving is herself.


In my new book Letting Go of Gravity, my main character Parker struggles with anxiety, even though she doesn’t quite know what’s going on until the end of the book. As someone who also has a hard time getting out of her own head, like Parker, I’ve discovered a few ways to help manage my busy mind. Here are some of the tricks Parker and I have used to calm ourselves:
  • Immerse yourself in the words of others. For Parker, it’s listening to Taylor Swift. For me, it’s finding a book that I can lose myself in. Sometimes, the mere act of letting yourself spend time with other voices is enough to give your worried mind a break.
  • Get busy. In my book, Parker starts helping out at a local ceramics shop, working with a group of old women while discovering the joy of making things with her own two hands. For me, it’s writing and being a reading buddy at a local elementary school. Creating and volunteering are both great ways of slowing the worry train, letting your mind focus on other avenues.
  • Be kind to yourself. It’s very easy to be mad at yourself when you’re anxious. You know that you’re not thinking rationally, but that doesn’t stop the anxious thoughts. But being mad at yourself doesn’t help you feel better—in fact, it makes Parker (and me) feel worse. Instead of being hard on yourself, be kind. You can’t always stop the thoughts, but you can at recognize that anxiety is hard and you’re doing the best you can.
  • Talk to your friends and family. Throughout the book, Parker’s new friends Ruby and Finn encourage her to talk about her feelings, and it’s only when she starts to tell people that she’s worried and scared that things start to get better. I’ve found that being open about my worried thoughts with people I trust—my family, my best friends, my therapist—is often the first step toward owning and overcoming my anxiety.
  • Know that it’s okay to seek help. It takes Parker a long time (a whole book!) to recognize she needs help in managing her worry. It took me twenty-plus years. More than anything, I hope that anyone who sees a little or a lot of themselves in Parker knows it’s okay to ask for help, whether it’s from a teacher, trusted adult, therapist, or good friend. Anxiety can be a hard road, but having someone on your side can make the journey a lot easier.
I hope you enjoy Letting Go of Gravity, and if you’re anxious too, please know you’re not alone—Parker and I are both with you. 
A former bookseller and teacher, Meg Leder currently works as a book editor in New York City. Her role models are Harriet the Spy and Anne Shirley. She is the coauthor of The Happy Book, and spends her free time reading, looking for street art, and people watching. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.


July 20, 2018

Book Blitz + Giveaway: What Lies in Shadows by Siena Noble


What Lies in Shadows
Author: Siena Noble

Genre: Adult Mystery/Romantic Suspense
Publication Date: July 20, 2018


Ten years ago, former San Francisco police detective Daniel Yun lost everything when he lost his beloved wife and partner, Christine, to the very serial killer they were hunting. Now a private investigator, Dan has done his best to move on with his life, burying himself in his work and being a devoted uncle to his nieces and nephews. His weekends are occupied with a succession of boring blind dates and a long string of willing submissives, but the one woman who has managed to creep into his heart is the one woman he can’t allow himself to have: Heather, Christine’s best friend.

Since the brutal murder of her best friend, homicide detective Heather D’Angelo has dedicated her life to keeping the city safe from scum like Christine’s killer. Between her stressful job and the demands of being a divorced single mom, Heather has little time for romance, preferring the familiar company of Dan… and the occasional Saturday night at the local BDSM club. But no Dom can compare to the man whose touch first awakened her hidden desires years before: none other than Dan himself…

For nearly a decade, the man believed to be the San Francisco Slasher has been behind bars, until a vicious killing all too similar to Christine’s forces the police to reopen the case, and Dan to confront all the fury and pain he thought he’d buried long ago. When the trail of the Slasher and Dan’s latest case converge and lead straight to the city’s BDSM community, he and Heather find themselves working intimately together, bringing their long-suppressed passion to the surface. But as they fight feelings stronger than friendship, the body count continues to climb, and the Slasher isn’t the only threat they face. Only together can Dan and Heather overcome the demons that have haunted them for so long, especially since the killer may be far closer to them than they ever imagined…

A proud Pittsburgh, PA area native, Siena Noble has explored and inhabited all kinds of fictional worlds through her writing since age ten. Although she’s always been a sucker for a good love story and possesses an incredibly dirty mind, she never imagined that her publishing debut would be erotic romance. What started as a silly short story idea quickly became something much bigger, a demanding Master of a manuscript whose every whim Siena submitted to.

When she’s not busy reading, writing, binge-watching Game of Thrones, or doing a million other important things, Siena enjoys traveling, archery, and getting lost in the woods (also known as “hiking”). She and her better half/writing buddy/sometimes Sir/sex muse live together in Pittsburgh. Their dream is to relocate to the middle of nowhere and build a castle capable of withstanding the impending zombie apocalypse.


July 19, 2018

Cover Reveal: Aftereffects by L.J. Greene


Aftereffects (Ripple Effects)
Author: L.J. Greene
Genre: Adult Contemporary Romance

Publication Date: October 8, 2018

What could be more terrifying than falling in love with the person who is your good place? Maybe realizing just a smidge too late that there can be dire consequences to becoming your best friend’s lover.

The lives of Keir Stevens and Selene Georgiou serendipitously collide mid-span on San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge, one jarring step ahead of fate. He’s a temporary transplant from Seattle; she’s facing the biggest career opportunity of her life. They have no notion of the common thread that connects them.

As they come to discover they share a similar adversity, their relationship evolves from a fun and frivolous infatuation with nowhere to go into a true friendship with sincerity, humor, and respect at its heart.

It’s awfully hard not to fall in love with that – even if you’re pretty darn certain you shouldn’t.

But when love and friendship suffer their own devastating collision – their interests brutally conflicting – the consequences of blurring the lines between the two suddenly become real. In the end, which one will be the stronger? And more importantly, can either survive?

AFTER EFFECTS is a standalone dual POV adult contemporary romance about the things we choose in life out of all the things that are beyond our choosing – a tale of love and friendship, of time and how we spend it, and of the inner wars that ultimately show us what really matters.

Romance author, obsessive multi-tasker, California native, music lover with no apparent musical talent, travel enthusiast, and cheese connoisseur.


July 18, 2018

Scream All Night Blog Tour: Review + Giveaway

Author: Derek Milman 
Release Date: July 24, 2018
Publisher: Balzer + Bray 
Formats: Hardcover, eBook, audiobook 
Pages: 400 


A darkly hilarious contemporary realistic young adult novel about growing up and finding your place in the world, perfect for fans of Me and Earl and the Dying Girl and Running With Scissors. 

Dario Heyward knows one thing: He’s never going back to Moldavia Studios, the iconic castle that served as the set, studio, and home to the cast and crew of dozens of cult classic B-horror movies. It’s been three years since Dario’s even seen the place, after getting legally emancipated from his father, the infamous director of Moldavia’s creature features. 

But then Dario’s brother invites him home to a mysterious ceremony involving his father and a tribute to his first film—The Curse of the Mummy’s Tongue. Dario swears his homecoming will be a one-time visit. A way for him to get closure on his past—and reunite with Hayley, his first love and costar of Zombie Children of the Harvest Sun, a production fraught with real-life tragedy—and say good-bye for good. But the unthinkable happens—Dario gets sucked back into the twisted world of Moldavia and the horrors, both real and imagined, he’s left there. 

With only months to rescue the sinking studio and everyone who has built their lives there, Dario must confront the demons of his past—and the uncertainties of his future. But can he escape the place that’s haunted him his whole life? 

Find it:Goodreads, Amazon, Audible, B&N, iBooks, TBD
Scream All Night is an incredibly unique YA debut and one that readers are definitely going to want to pick up. I try not to read other reviews before reading a book myself because I don't want my opinions or feelings being weighed against what others have thought. And also because I don't want to risk spoilers. I will admit that I was really unsure if I wanted to read this book, so I read some reviews beforehand to see what was being said. I read nothing but amazing things, so I decided to give it a shot and to try not to have any high expectations going in. I'm very glad that I ended up reading this novel because it turned out to be something wholly unexpected for me.

If you've read any reviews about this book, it's widely described as "dark," "funny," and an homage to B-list horror films and it is all of these things. But for me, it went deeper than that. I thought it was funny in parts and had a kind of dark vibe because of the setting and the rest of the cast being a part of Moldavia - but the real heart of the story for me was basically a detailed character study of our main character, Dario. He's a realistic, complex, and layered character who has lots of stuff going on. We learn about his troubled past with his family and why he left years ago. We see all of the trauma, hurt, love, pain, fear, and hopelessness that Dario feels. The author wrote the book in the first person, from Dario's perspective, so we get that deeply personal connection that I crave. I loved getting to know Dario and his "baggage" as well as watch him struggle to decide what to do with his life, where he fits in, and when to walk away. I also enjoyed watching his relationships with the other characters - namely Hayley, but also his older brother and his father (we see how things were before he died) - unfold and grow. This is a fantastic coming of age story mixed in with a fabulous setting of a Gothic castle that doubles as a B-list horror studio and a cast of misfit actors who come to be included in this strange family. There's lots of layers to the novel and I think readers of all genres can find some part to enjoy and relate to within its pages. 
Derek Milman was born in New York City, but grew up in Westchester, NY, where he wrote and published a successful underground humor magazine that caught the attention of the New York Times, who wrote a profile on him at the age of 14.

Derek studied English, Creative Writing, and Theater at Northwestern University. He began his career as a playwright (his first play was staged in New York City when he was just out of college), and earned an MFA in acting at the Yale School of Drama.

Derek has performed on stages across the country, and appeared in numerous TV shows and films, working with two Academy Award winning film directors.

Scream All Night is Derek's debut YA novel. He currently lives in Brooklyn where he is hard at work on his next book.

 (1) winner will win a signed finished copy of SCREAM ALL NIGHT & swag - US Only!

Tour Schedule: 
Week One: 
7/16/2018- Sweet Southern Home- Excerpt 
7/16/2018- YA Books Central- Interview 
7/17/2018- BookHounds YA- Guest Post 
7/17/2018- Always Me- Excerpt 
7/18/2018- A Dream Within A Dream- Review 
7/18/2018- Wonder Struck- Review 
7/19/2018- Confessions of a YA Reader- Review 
7/19/2018- Moonlight Rendezvous- Review 
7/20/2018- Kat’s Books- Review 
7/20/2018- Rhythmicbooktrovert- Review 
Week Two: 
7/23/2018- The Clever Reader- Review 
7/23/2018- Smada's Book Smack- Review 
7/24/2018- Lisa Loves Literature- Interview 
7/24/2018- THE BOOK NUT- Review 
7/25/2018- A Gingerly Review- Review 
7/25/2018- Two Chicks on Books- Excerpt 
7/26/2018- Daily Waffle- Interview 
7/26/2018- Don't Judge, Read- Interview 
7/27/2018- Two Points of Interest- Spotlight 
7/27/2018- Book-Keeping- Review