Friday, February 5, 2016

Anything More Than Now Tour: Playlist + Giveaway

 


Anything More Than Now (Sutton College #2)
Author: Rebecca Paula
Genre: New Adult Contemporary Romance

Release Date: January 26, 2016

Description:

Reagan Landry is months away from college graduation, but instead of excitement, she’s frozen by the fear of letting go — of her ex-boyfriend, of the comfortable life she created for herself in Portland, of the years-long search for her older sister who abandoned her as a homeless teen. When she’s finally forced to decide what’s next, Reagan is met with another complication — her ex’s best friend, Noah Burke, who seems determined that she embraces what could be instead of what has been.

Drunkenly hooking up with his best friend’s ex, Reagan, is a mistake, but being secretly in love with her is so much worse when things seem one-sided. A disenchanted frat boy about to fail out of college, Noah has been living out someone else’s dream after a horrible accident five years earlier. Just when he thinks he’s lost any chance he has with Reagan, she surprises him by agreeing to spend the summer together at his family’s ranch in Montana.

And suddenly what started out as a complication between them becomes serious...until the past starts ripping apart their future.


https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/24424401-anything-more-than-now?ac=1&from_search=1

Top Five Songs that inspired ANYTHING MORE THAN NOW

Music is an important part of my writing process. I love combing through photos on Pinterest and putting together a mood board for each project, but there’s something about listening to playlists that helps me uncover between the lines of my plot points. I listen to the same songs for months as I write and revise, giving me a sense of the book’s world and mood. There are other songs that help fuel scenes, and yet others who give me a peek at who a character really is. I may write the books, but the music I listen to makes completes them.

This has always been my process. When I wrote my very first book back I high school (and I’m dating myself here), I used to make CDs with songs I’d hear and record on tape on the radio. I had lists of song titles that I’d stumble upon tucked into my coat, my jeans, and my school binders. Thankfully, Spotify makes this process much easier now.

I have two playlists for each book. The first is just labeled with the hero and heroines name. It’s the big picture. I include hours and hours of songs I find while I’m pre-plotting, drafting, and revising. It’s a long and messy list. Once the book is written and it’s been through developmental edits, revisions, and copy edits, I start a second playlist that is the “soundtrack” of my book. It’s a shorter and more concise picture of the story. And for the most part, it flows with each chapter.

So here are five songs that made the final cut on that second list:

  
This is the song that started it all. I fell in love with it while I was writing BETWEEN EVERYTHING AND US and automatically thought of Reagan. She’s so cold and distant in that story that this song really helped me understand her character better. She wants so badly to be included in the rites of passage of senior year at Sutton during ANYTHING MORE THAN NOW, and this song fits her longing perfectly to be “like the cool kids,” even if she won’t admit it out loud.

When I started drafting ANYTHING MORE THAN NOW I didn’t know much about Noah other than he had been in love with Reagan since his freshman year (and was forced to love her from a distance while she dated his best friend). When I heard this song, his swagger totally clicked. Noah is definitely more bark than bite, and is a closeted romantic, but he also fits the addictive sexiness of this song as well. 

My #2 pick might have been about Noah’s swagger, but this song helped me channel his struggle to come to terms with everything that’s gone wrong in his life. I listened to this a lot
while writing the scene where he finds Reagan in his bedroom during a frat party. And again when he goes to Montana and has to bring Isla home.

  

Man, this song. This was on loop for so much of the last half of this book. It’s so honest about fighting for love. It fits Noah and Reagan so well. If a part of ANYTHING MORE THAN NOW makes you cry, this song is responsible. It fueled those words. 

Rivers and Roads by The Head and the Heart:
If there is a song that embraces graduating from college and moving on, it’s this one. So much of this story is about finding your own way after everyone leaves and embracing your mistakes. I listened to it A LOT while drafting and revising.

Want to hear the full the ANYTHING MORE THAN NOW playlist?


I don’t have an official blurb out for SOMETHING BETTER THAN THIS which will be out later this year, but here’s a sneak peek at a few songs that are on that playlist: 


   

  

What songs are you loving right now? If you’ve read ANYTHING MORE THAN NOW or BETWEEN EVERYTHING AND US, is there a song that reminds you of the story or characters? 


Rebecca writes smart, emotional New Adult and historical romances featuring flawed characters struggling to find their place in the world, from Paris to Portland. She’s a lover of rainy days, an unabashed anglophile, and a devote Earl Grey tea drinker. She lives in New Hampshire with her husband and their very spoiled cat, Bella. A wanderlust connoisseur, Rebecca can be caught daydreaming about her next travel adventure when not writing.

She is the author of EVERLY AFTER, BETWEEN EVERYTHING AND US, and the upcoming releases ETIQUETTE WITH THE DEVIL, A PROPER SCANDAL, and ANYTHING MORE THAN NOW.

Rebecca loves hearing from readers and writers. You can follow her on Twitter @beckapaula or find out more about her and her books at www.rebeccapaula.com.


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Website: www.rebeccapaula.com

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Symptoms of Being Human Tour: Review

 


Symptoms of Being Human
Author: Jeff Garvin
Genre: YA Contemporary

Release Date: February 2, 2016
Publisher: Balzer + Bray

Description:

The first thing you’re going to want to know about me is: Am I a boy, or am I a girl?

Riley Cavanaugh is many things: Punk rock. Snarky. Rebellious. And gender fluid. Some days Riley identifies as a boy, and others as a girl. The thing is . . . Riley isn’t exactly out yet. And between starting a new school and having a congressman father running for reelection in uber-conservative Orange County, the pressure—media and otherwise—is building up in Riley’s so-called “normal” life.

On the advice of a therapist, Riley starts an anonymous blog to vent those pent-up feelings and tell the truth of what it’s REALLY like to be a gender-fluid teenager. But just as Riley’s starting to settle in at school—even developing feelings for a mysterious outcast—the blog goes viral, and an unnamed commenter discovers Riley’s real identity, threatening exposure. Riley must make a choice: walk away from what the blog has created—a lifeline, new friends, a cause to believe in—or stand up, come out, and risk everything. 




https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22692740-symptoms-of-being-human?ac=1&from_search=1
Symptoms of Being Human is a heartfelt young adult contemporary novel that addresses several concepts that are very relevant to today's society. The main character of the book, Riley, is gender-fluid - which means that Riley alternates between identifying with guys and girls. It's a hard life, especially when you're not "out," starting a new public school, and with a father running for re-election in a conservative county. Riley's hoping that the new anonymous blog about the truth behind being a real gender-fluid teenager will help deal with the overload of feelings, pressure to fit in, judgement, and so many other things. The blog does help - Riley makes new friends, is able to get thoughts and emotions out into the world, and is actually settling into school. Soon everything comes close to crashing down - someone has discovered that Riley is the person behind the blog, and is threatening to expose the truth. Should Riley quit the blog or finally come out and tell everyone the truth, possibly risking everything?

I don't read a lot of YA contemporary novels because I feel that most of the books are basically the same with a few details changed to appear different. There's also the big trend lately of books dealing with LGBT teens, which is a good subject to discuss and read about, but also means that even those titles are getting lost in the overload. I don't read many of these books, but it's enough to get a feel for the trends and the "template like" novels. Sadly, this book turned out to be just another generic YA contemporary novel for me. Please remember that these are solely my opinions and thoughts - it's nothing against the book or the author. I'm sure that fans of the genre will love this story and have completely different reactions than I did. The story was solid and well written with interesting characters - especially Riley. Being told from the first person point of view was the perfect choice for this book because it allows the reader to really get to know Riley as a person - thoughts, dreams, hopes, fears, everything. And since the subject matter is so incredibly personal in nature, it makes sense that the author would choose this perspective. The reader wouldn't get the deep personal connection with Riley that's needed for the book to have the desired effect if it were written in any other way. Riley's story is a roller coaster of both events and emotions. I've never read a book about a gender-fluid teenager before, so everything in the story was interesting and new for me. Although this wasn't the book for me, it was well done and fans of the genre should definitely give it a try.
Jeff Garvin grew up in Orange County, California, the son of a banker and a magician. He started acting in high school, and enjoyed a fifteen-year career including guest-starring roles in network television series ranging from The Wonder Years to Roseanne to Caroline and the City, as well as several independent features.

While studying at Chapman University, Jeff won awards for classical guitar and visual storytelling before graduating with a BFA in Film. As the front man of his rock band, 7k, Garvin released three albums and toured the United States. When the band dissolved in 2011, Jeff, who had always written short stories and lyrics, found his passion in full-length fiction.

His debut novel, SYMPTOMS OF BEING HUMAN, tells the story of Riley, a 16-year-old gender fluid teen who starts an anonymous blog to deal with hostility from classmates and tension at home. But when the blog goes viral, a storm of media attention threatens Riley’s anonymity. Coming February 2, 2016 from Balzer + Bray / HarperCollins.

Jeff lives in Southern California with his music teacher wife, their menagerie, and a respectable collection of books and guitars.  


*Author biography & photo taken from Goodreads.*

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Friday Reveal + Giveaway: There Once Were Stars by Melanie McFarlane


Today Melanie McFarlane and Month9Books are revealing the cover and first chapter for THERE ONCE WERE STARS, which releases April 26, 2016! Check out the gorgeous cover and enter to be one of the first readers to receive a eGalley!!


A quick note from the author:

I have anticipated this moment for months—the moment I would be able to share my cover with all of you! When I first laid eyes on the cover for THERE ONCE WERE STARS I was immediately drawn to the stars and how they are escaping their glass prison. In my novel, the main character, Natalia Greyes, is also locked in a glass prison: her home, Dome 1618. During Nat’s childhood the stars became more visible in the sky, after being blocked by darkness for decades after the Cleansing Wars. Like the stars, Nat is a symbol of change as she transforms from a na├»ve youth into a strong teen, who searches for her place in her tiny world of Dome 1618, and dreams of escaping to the outside one day. But my favorite detail of all is the grass and how cool and inviting it is in contrast to the hard sheen of the glass jar. It can be seen as a symbol of how mankind can never capture or truly duplicate the beauty of nature, or the wonder of life itself.

Don’t forget to check out my trailer on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wuTOuBPX11k


On to the reveal! 


THERE ONCE WERE STARS
Author: Melanie McFarlane
Release Date: April 26, 2016
Publisher: Month9Books
Format: Paperback & eBook
 
Find it:  Goodreads



Description:

Peace. Love. Order. Dome. That’s the motto that the Order has given the residents of Dome 1618 to live by. Natalia Greyes is a resident of Dome 1618, a covered city protected from the deadly radiation that has poisoned the world outside for four generations. Nat never questioned the Order, until one day she sees a stranger on the outside of the dome. Now Nat wants answers. Is there life outside the dome and if so, what has the Order been hiding from everyone?

Exclusive Excerpt
Chapter One
I stretch my arms across my bed, running my fingers along the same sheets I’ve had since I was a child. The stiffness was beaten out of them long ago, but they still carry the memory of my mother carefully stitching the first tear back together when I was seven. The tiny x’s remind me of her long fingers, moving the needle back and forth with the same care as when she worked with samples in her laboratory.
I trace the row stitches, squeezing my eyes shut as I make a wish; it is my eighteenth birthday, after all. But when I open them, the same scene shows from my bedroom window that always does—the grid of our dome. Nothing changes. It doesn’t matter how many birthday wishes are made; I always wake up trapped inside the dome. The grid of thick glass and steel arcs far above our apartment, stretching to where the great Axis, a tower of government offices, meets the peak of our home—Dome 1618.
I crawl out of bed and let my gaze trail down the Axis to the rooftops of the other apartment buildings, row upon row of housing for blue-collar workers. Closer to the Axis are townhouses of the business owners, hidden from the rest of us, but that’s not where I long to be. My eyes drift to the base of the dome, far away from my window where the Outer Forest lies, my only saving grace. It’s forbidden to hike among the trees, but sometimes rules need to be broken.
“Natalia!” Grandmother’s piercing voice comes from the other side of my bedroom door. “Get up. You’re wasting the day away.”
The clock on my dresser reads eight o’clock in the morning. Seriously? It’s been nine years since I moved in with my grandparents, and saying Grandmother and I have differing opinions barely touches the surface. Her rules are sometimes worse than those of the Order, who police the dome. With any luck, I’ll be assigned my own apartment soon and can finally restart my life, again.
I run my brush through my long brown hair, although by the time I go outside it will look unruly once again. It’s my curse; I have thick hair like my mother, with waves that look more like oddly-placed kinks, unlike the smooth-flowing locks worn by some of the other girls at my school. But I won’t have to go back to the Learning Institute again. Today I’m an adult.
My jeans are on the floor where I left them last night, and I manage to find a clean T-shirt in my drawer. Both have the same tiny stitches as my sheets, covering up the wear and tear over the years, but I sewed these back together myself. Grandmother is firm on the fact that if I don’t take care of what I have, I don’t get a replacement. There’s no point in arguing when her opinions are as deep as the wrinkles on her face, and honestly, it’s hard to tell which she has more of. Before I leave my room, I grab my mother’s notebook. It’s filled with her sketches and work notes on different projects she was involved in. But my favorites are the tiny notes, squeezed in the margins, excerpt of her personal thoughts, hopes, and dreams. The biggest of these was to move her family outside the dome.
“I know you were out last night,” Grandmother says, eyeing me suspiciously between the milk and dry toast as I slip into my seat at the table.
“Must we have this conversation every morning?” Grandfather speaks up.
“You know the ramifications!” Grandmother shrills, and he shrinks in his chair. “Do you want to let her stroll around at night past curfew? One day she won’t come home, and then we will be questioned.” Grandmother redirects her attention to me. “What are you doing out there that’s important enough to risk everything? Haven’t I warned you? If the Order catches you, you will wish you had listened to me.”
“That’s my problem.” I fold my arms across my chest. She always makes me back down with her words. If I’m going to be an adult, I need to learn how to take a stand.
“If your parents could only see you now,” she says unsympathetically. “They would wonder how they got a daughter so determined to get herself detained. You know what they do with little girls who don’t follow the rules.”
“Yes,” I say through gritted teeth. She’s given these lectures many times. Girls who don’t follow the rules are sent back to the Learning Institute for retraining, where they come out all prim and proper, ready to take their place as functional citizens of the dome. I’m not going back there; I know how to stay under the radar.
“Come on, now.” Grandfather finally steps in. “It’s Nat’s birthday.”
“Yes.” Her tone softens. “You’re eighteen now. Hurry and eat; we got you a little something.”
I gobble down the toast, stale as it is, but fresh food is not something that our dome has had in a long time. Since the accident that caused my parents’ death, the Order stopped all excursions for scientific research, completely cutting off the outside world. Prior to this, there were plenty of rations from the farms due to uncontaminated seeds the expedition teams found, along with new plant life for supplementing the crops. But those stockpiles have slowly depleted.
When I finish breakfast, I look at my grandparents in anticipation. Grandfather’s face is beaming, and though Grandmother looks like she is trying to be serious, I can see a small sparkle in her eyes as she hands me a tiny green box with a little purple bow. The bow is smooth, made from fabric nicer than anything I own. I gently untie it, and put the silky strand safely in my pocket, before opening the box to see what is inside.
A silver, heart-shaped locket sits on top of fine tissue paper, so delicate I don’t dare touch it in case it rips. An image of two hands holding a smaller heart is engraved into the center of the locket. This is the most beautiful thing I have ever seen—I’ve never owned jewelry of my own. My hands are shaking so bad I almost drop the box.
“Careful!” Grandmother’s voice snaps me from my awe. She grabs the box from me, and it takes all my inner strength to let it go.
She removes the necklace from the box and opens the locket, holding it out to me. Inside, is a photo of my parents on their wedding day. Photos are luxuries. I only own one other— a photo of me with my parents when I turned three—and it stays safe on my nightstand. But this locket—I can take it with me anywhere. I hold up my hair, allowing Grandmother to secure it around my neck, then grasp the tiny keepsake in my hand. I will cherish it forever.
“I’m going to show this to Jak and Xara,” I say, leaving the table.
“Don’t forget, you have to report to work today.” Grandmother reminds me.
“But it’s Saturday.” I groan.
“You’re eighteen now,” she says, her eyes vacant of the compassion they held only seconds ago. “Your time to contribute to the dome begins today. Plus, any experience is good to have if you want to be a scientist one day, like your parents.”
“I don’t see how cleaning toilets at the Axis will do me any good in the future,” I complain. “And I never said I want to be a scientist.”
“You’ll find where you’re meant to be.” Grandfather smiles. “Understanding everything from the bottom-up will help you make a better decision about what you want to do to make your contribution.”
I sigh as I lace up my sneakers, now feeling the pressure of the future. I have no idea what I want to do today, let alone the rest of my life. But it definitely does not involve cleaning up after those in the Axis. I wave good-bye as I leave the apartment, but only Grandfather waves back. My number one fan; he always tries to keep the peace between Grandmother and I. But no matter how close we are, I still have to lie about where I’m really going. No one can know about my secret place.
Outside, I stretch my arms up toward the top of the dome. The sun shines through the dust covered glass of the dome, with sections of blue sky showing here and there. I sneak around the back of our apartment building, and begin my stealthy weave through alleyways. I have hours before my first shift starts at the Axis. Hours to spend somewhere the Order can’t find me.
When I reach the Outer Forest, I sneak in a break in the fence and move between the trunks of trees, inhaling the last of the old world. The rich combination of musk and earth fills my lungs as I run as fast as I can from the fence. Running is one of the few things that make me feel free. When I reach my destination, I’m out of breath, but exactly where I belong—a hidden clearing at the edge of the dome.
I crawl inside a hollowed-out tree I’ve claimed as my own. How did the Order miss this lone tree, dying amidst the perfection of the Outer Forest? It should have been torn down long ago, to make room for larger, healthier, oxygen bearing trees. Decay doesn’t coincide with the Order’s pursuit for perfection and efficiency, but it’s ideal for me: hidden, empty, and alone. I accept this tree’s imperfections and it offers me solace.
I clutch my locket again, this time removing it from my neck so I can look inside. A twinge of pain prickles my throat as my parents’ faces stare back at me. They look so happy and in love. I remember that about them. The in love part. I haven’t thought about people in love for so long.
I lean back, holding the locket against my chest, intent on enjoying the morning sun. Unfortunately, the heat of the sun doesn’t penetrate the cold glass of the dome, but something about that glowing orb in those blue skies makes me feel better. Mom wrote in her notebook about the first time she felt the sun on her skin: warm and, bright, as if it gave her a new life with its rays, just like it did to the world, after the Cleansing Wars. I close my eyes, imagining myself bathed in sunlight, and finally give in to the peace of the forest.
I wake up, feeling something sharp poking my side. I can’t believe I drifted off. My hand shoots behind me, to find the source of the pain. My mother’s notebook is jutting awkwardly from my back pocket. I stand up to tuck it back in, and my gaze slips above a line of bushes growing wildly along the base of the dome. At the same time, something flashes above them, and my breath catches in my throat. My reflection stares back at me from the glass, revealing my locket shining in the sunlight. Relax, Dacie, it’s only you. A nervous laugh escapes my throat, as I finish putting the notebook away.
Another light flashes, but this time it’s in the distance, on the other side of the glass. I lean forward, focusing on the light, and see a shadow move on the other side. My entire body goes rigid, and my heart beat thunders in my ears. No one could be out there—unless—could it be an Infected? No, that’s impossible. They were all killed by the Cleansing War—everything was. If the nukes didn’t kill them, the nuclear fallout afterward would have.
Something moves again—closer this time. A gasp escapes my lips, as a shudder rips through my body. That’s when I see it—the faint outline of a person standing in the open. He’s camouflaged by a layer of dust, blending him into the barren landscape that surrounds the dome. The figure’s shadow stretches across the ground, reaching toward me.
I rub my eyes, as if something in them could be making me see the figure, but when I open them I’m startled to see the figure again, only now there are two. One stays farther back, toward the rockier land, silhouetted against the foothills in the distance. The other stands a short distance from the dome. My heart skips a beat—they’re both human, and they’re both staring in my direction.
Whether it’s uncovering the corruption of the future, or traveling to other worlds to save the universe, Melanie McFarlane jumps in with both hands on her keyboard. Thought she can be found obsessing over zombies and orcs from time to time, Melanie has focused her powers on her two upcoming YA novels: THERE ONCE WERE STARS and SUMMONER RISING.




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Thursday, February 4, 2016

Elementals: The Prophecy of Shadows Blog Tour: Review + Giveaway

Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for Elementals: The Prophecy of Shadows! Today I'll be sharing my review of the book with you - and don't forget to enter the giveaway!


Elementals: The Prophecy of Shadows (Elementals #1)
Author: Michelle Madow
Genre: YA Fantasy
Release Date: January 26, 2016
Publisher: Dreamscape Publishing



Format: eBook and paperback
ISBN: 2940152448849

Description:

Filled with magic, thrilling adventure, and sweet romance, Elementals: The Prophecy of Shadows is the first in a new series that fans of Percy Jackson and The Secret Circle will love!

When Nicole Cassidy moves from sunny Georgia to gloomy New England, the last thing she expects is to learn that her homeroom is a cover for a secret coven of witches. Even more surprisingly...she’s apparently a witch herself. Despite doubts about her newfound abilities, Nicole is welcomed into this ancient circle of witches and is bedazzled by their powers—and, to her dismay, by Blake—the school’s notorious bad-boy.

Girls who get close to Blake wind up hurt. His girlfriend Danielle will do anything to keep them away, even if she must resort to using dark magic. But the chemistry between Blake and Nicole is undeniable, and despite wanting to protect Nicole from Danielle’s wrath, he finds it impossible to keep his distance.

When the Olympian Comet shoots through the sky for the first time in three thousand years, Nicole, Blake, Danielle, and two others in their homeroom are gifted with mysterious powers. But the comet has another effect—it opens the portal to the prison world that has contained the Titans for centuries. After an ancient monster escapes and attacks Nicole and Blake, it’s up to them and the others to follow the clues from a cryptic prophecy so that they can save their town...and possibly the world. 

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/11992012-the-prophecy-of-shadows?ac=1&from_search=1
The Prophecy of Shadows is the thrilling first installment in a new young adult fantasy series that will leave readers begging for the next book. The story follows our main character - Nicole - as she begins her new life in Massachusetts, after moving there from Georgia. On her very first day at school, she discovers that her homeroom is actually a secret meeting place for all the witches in the school. Even more shocking - they believe Nicole is a witch herself. As she begins to adjust to life at her new school, she finds herself being drawn to Blake - the notorious bad boy who has a girlfriend. Blake can't seem to stay away from Nicole either, no matter how hard he tries. When the Olympian Comet crosses the skies for the first time in over 3,000 years - it leaves Nicole, Blake, Danielle (Blake's girlfriend) and a couple others from their homeroom with strange new powers. On top of the mysterious abilities, the comet has also opened a portal - one to the prison world where the Titans have been held captive for hundreds of years. Now there are actual monsters on the loose and attacking people - which leaves the coven with the task of decoding a cryptic prophecy - if they have any chance of saving the world.

I'm a huge fan of anything having to do with witches and witchcraft, so I was immediately drawn to this book after reading the description. I've read several of the author's other books and have yet to be disappointed, so I had high hopes and expectations going into this novel. I'm so glad to say that the book didn't let me down in the least. The plot was exciting and intriguing, and I was sucked inside Nicole's world from the very beginning. The story mixes together paranormal concepts with mythological aspects, which I found to be a breath of fresh air in the genre. I loved learning all that I could about the town, its history and the history of the coven, along with every little detail about the witches and their powers. Another aspect of the story that I couldn't get enough of was the mythology. I'm somewhat familiar with mythology and I loved every little detail that was included in the book. Mixing the two - the mythology and the witches - had me hooked almost immediately and I couldn't seem to read fast enough. There were some great twists and turns throughout the book, which kept me on my toes (even though I was already hanging on every word). The romance in the book was well balanced and didn't overpower the main plot line - it actually enhanced it and made the story all the more exciting for me as a reader. Overall, this novel was a fantastic start to a captivating new series that fans of YA fiction will definitely want to get their hands on!

Michelle Madow grew up in Baltimore, graduated Rollins College in Orlando, and now lives in Boca Raton, Florida. She wrote her first book in her junior year of college, and has been writing novels since. Some of her favorite things are: reading, pizza, traveling, shopping, time travel, Broadway musicals, and spending time with friends and family. Michelle has toured across America to promote her books and to encourage high school students to embrace reading and writing. Someday, she hopes to travel the world for a year on a cruise ship.

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Cover Reveal: Freeing Destiny by Faith Andrews



 Freeing Destiny (Fate #2)
Author: Faith Andrews
Genre: Adult Contemporary Romance
Publication Date: March 14, 2016

Description:
 
Words to live by:

Keep your friends close and your enemies closer.
Don’t break the rules.

I’d managed to fail at both by fraternizing with the enemy’s brother. Guess I’d followed in my mother’s footsteps by ignoring all the rules when it came to love.

Mom was marrying a man only six years older than me. A man who was also her student. But the biggest surprise that came out of their wedding wasn’t my new stepdad’s academic status or his age.

It was Jack Davis—my stepfather’s best friend.

Jack was the guy who could change the whole game. He was quite possibly my soul mate. But time and circumstance were against us—there was no easy way around it. I was moving back to New York in two weeks and his sister, Aubrey, was the one person my family hated most in this world. How would his sister—the enemy—deal with another Edwards girl claiming what she believed was hers? The idea of letting Jack go crippled me. Would I have to cut ties with the only man I’d ever let into my heart?


 



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Faith Andrews is living out her dream right outside the greatest city in the world, New York City. Happily married to her high school sweetheart, she is the mother of two beautiful and wild daughters, and a furry Yorkie son named Rocco Giovanni. When she's not tapping her toes to a Mumford & Sons tune or busy being a dance mom, her nose is stuck in a book or she's sitting behind the laptop, creating her next swoon worthy book boyfriend. Coffee addict, lover of wine and cheese, and sucker for concerts and Netflix, Faith believes in love at first sight and happily ever after.







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Cover Reveal: Because by Jennifer Foor

I am very excited to share the cover reveal of the latest standalone from Jennifer Foor, BECAUSE.
 
BECAUSE is the 4th book in the Seven Year Itch series and will release on March 14.
 
 
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I’ve heard if you can make it through the first seven years of marriage you’ve made it past the tough part and it’s smooth sailing. Whoever said that was an idiot. I’ve been married for seven years, and in that time I’ve waited for my immature husband to grow up and become a responsible man. It still hasn’t happened, and I’m at the end of my rope. I need him to be a father to our child, not someone who needs his own toys to be content. I want a partner, not a guy more concerned about his friends than his wife. This is my marriage, and before I throw in the towel I’ve decided to do something drastic to make it happen. I’m Shayla Vincent and this is my story.

 ADD TO GOODREADS       
Jennifer Foor is an award winning Contemporary Romance Author. She's best known for the Mitchell Family Series, which includes ten books.

She is married with two children and spends most of her time behind a keyboard, writing stories that come from her heart.










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Two for Thursday + Giveaway: Dead Jed series


Welcome to this week’s Two for Thursday! #T4T presented by Month9books/Tantrum Books! And surprise this week we have 3 titles for you!

Today, we will be showcasing three titles that will tickle your fancy, and we’ll share what readers have to say about these titles!
You just might find your next read!

This week, #T4T presents to you:
   

Dead Jed: Adventures of a Middle School Zombie
Author: Scott Craven
Release Date: October 1, 2013
Publisher: Month9Books, LLC.
Pages: 214
Formats: Paperback, eBook, audiobook

Description:

Dead Jed is Shaun of the Dead meets Diary of a Wimpy Kid. Jed's not your typical junior high geek. He is, to use the politically-correct term, cardiovascularly-challenged. And while his parents have attempted to shield him from the implications of being 'different' for as long as they could (Jed was 8 and at a friend's sister's birthday party when he blew his lips off onto the cake in front of everyone, finally prompting the “Big Talk” from his parents and an emergency SuperGlue repair by his dad), 7th grade at Pine Hollow Middle School as a target of Robbie the supreme school bully and his pack of moronic toadies is rapidly becoming unbearable.

From being stuffed in a filled trash can as “dead meat” and into a trophy case as the bully's “prize,” to literally having his hand pulled off in the boys' room (Jed's always losing body parts. Luckily, a good stapler and some duct tape and he's back in the action) and a cigarette put in it and try to frame him for the recent reports of smoking in the school, Jed's had enough and is ready to plan his revenge. Besides, it's awesome what you can do when you're already dead!



Dead Jed 2: Dawn of the Jed
Author: Scott Craven
Publication Date: December 9, 2014
Publisher: Month9Books, LLC.
Pages: 266
Formats: Paperback, eBook, audiobook

Description:

As the fall semester ends and kids head home on for winter break, Jed and his parents gather for the annual exchanging of gift lists. Once again, Jed asks for a dog, leading to a heated argument and a firm "no." But when Jed spots a stray, he chases it until the dog darts into the street where it is struck and killed by a car. Grief stricken by what he's done, Jed cradles the dead dog in his arms. Soon, ooze from the dog mixes with tear drops from Jed, creating Tread the zombie dog. Finally getting his wish, Jed must convince his parents to let him keep the undead dog. But a zombie dog turns out to be the least of Jed's issues. Seems some parents don't want Jed attending school with their kids. Enter the mysterious NZN Network. They've been distributing anti-zombie propaganda in an effort to get Jed expelled. But Jed wonders if the creation of Tread has caused his relationship with Luke to sour. And why, just as he seems to need them the most, his best friends have abandoned him? Could they have bought in to the anti-zombie way of thinking? Was creating Tread a mistake Jed will live to regret? When Tread goes missing, and with his very existence at stake, Jed must rely on his instincts, team up with an old nemesis an fight for his right to have just as miserable a middle school existence as any other student - undead or alive.



Dead Jed 3: Return of the Jed
Author: Scott Craven
Publication date: December 15, 2015
Publisher: Month9Books, LLC.
Pages: 266
Formats: Paperback, eBook, audiobook

Description:

With seventh grade behind him, Jed jumps at the opportunity to spend the summer in Mexico with his dad. But there's just one catch: Luke and Tread get to tag along.

In Mexico, fitting inmight be easier than Jed imagined, with Holidays such as Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead). Here, a rising 8th grade zombie boy and his zombie dog won't draw that much attention.

But then Tread unwittingly sets off Mexico’s Chupacabra Defense Network and Jed accidentally collides with a bus. So much for blending in. The unusual pair catch the eye of a professional wrestler, who challenges Jed to a fight!

Their antics manage to capture the attention of a doctor whose knowledge of the undead causes Jed to question his very existence. Is this the answer Jed's been hoping for since his parents sat him down for the "you're a zombie" talk? Jed may have finally found a way to be normal, but at what cost?

Dead Jed: Return of the Jed is book 3 in Scott Craven's humorous and heartwarming series about surviving middle school, fitting in, and embracing one's differences - even if you are a zombie.

Praise for the Dead Jed Series:

“Hilarious adventures of a zombie teen who navigates the jungle known as middle school, this is one story that will resonate with readers.”  —YA Books Central

"If you know a middle-grader who loves to laugh or sometimes feels out of place and needs some reassurance to be true to him/herself, this series is a must.."~ Dorothy Dreyer author of the Reaper’s Rite Series.

WHAT READERS ARE SAYING:

"Like its predecessor Dead Jed, Dead Jed 2: Dawn of the Jed is an incredibly cute and fun read! Aimed at middle graders, it’s filled with child-sized humor, puns, and adventure."~ Books 4 Tomorrow

"This story is a light fun read which will have you laughing in seconds. It is unique and quirky, where Zombie triumphs over evil. GO ZOMBIES! Wahoo!"~Once Upon A Moonlight Review


My love of zombie movies arrived long before my love for writing. I was 10 when I saw a girl about the same age sink her teeth into her father, a scene that hooked me on “Night of the Living Dead” and one the genre as a whole. I would embrace writing much later, but it has had a much more lasting impact. After graduating from Cal Poly-San Luis Obispo, I packed the back of my Datsun B-210 and headed to Colorado, relying on the $600 my parents gave me as I walked out the door (“We don’t think this is the smartest move,” my father said as he handed me the cash, “but we’ll always be there for you.”) Over the next 35 years as a newspaper reporter, I would cover sports, crime, courts, travel and much more. I’ve spent nearly 30 of those years in Phoenix, and am now a features reporter at The Arizona Republic. My 18-year-old son Bryson has turned out to be a pretty cool kid, even though he dislikes reading and writing. When it comes time for him to find his own path, I may not think it’s the smartest move, but I will always be there for him.

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