Friday, April 22, 2016

Blog Tour & Giveaway ~ Mystique by Shari Arnold {Guest Post}

by Shari Arnold
Publication Date:  November 17, 2015
Genre:  YA Paranormal

Only Bauer Grant can pull off gorgeous while dead. But staying dead is another thing entirely. When he wakes up at his own funeral, the town of Mystique calls it a miracle, until it happens again. Something is bringing the residents of Mystique back to life, but what? Presley Caine finds herself caught up in the mystery when Bauer asks her to visit him. Presley can’t figure out why the most popular guy in school is so drawn to her. And when Bauer is kidnapped soon after, she looks to Bauer’s brooding best friend Sam, whose dad works for the powerful Mystique military base, for answers. In her quest to discover the truth, Presley’s relationship with Sam deepens, her feelings for Bauer are tested, and it becomes clear that her own mysterious past is somehow connected to these strange events. But is she strong enough to handle the truth when it is finally revealed?

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Official Music Playlist

When I’m working on a book the first thing I do is figure out the “feel” or “atmosphere” of the book. Most of the time this involves listening to music. For MYSTIQUE I listened to a lot of Bon Iver, Feist, Fleet Foxes, Frightened Rabbit, Local Natives and Loney, Dear. But the album I listened to on repeat, the one that most of the songs directly inspired scenes for MYSTIQUE, is Go by Jónsi. I listened to the song, Grow Till Tall, while writing the scene where Presley is running from the soldiers. Even now when I hear it I see her running across an open field while helicopters circle overhead.


1.    Graveyard by Feist
2.    White Winter Hymnal by Fleet Foxes
3.    Your Protector by Fleet Foxes
4.    The Loneliness and the Scream by Frightened Rabbit
5.    Blindsided by Bon Iver
6.    Grow Till Tall by Jónsi

These songs really helped create the mood I needed to write. And when I wasn’t writing I listened to them as well to help me brainstorm. Not to be dramatic or anything, but without music I wouldn’t find what I’m looking for. It inspires every scene in my head.

Shari Arnold grew up in California and Utah but now resides in Connecticut, with her husband and two kids, where she finds it difficult to trust a beach without waves. She writes Young Adult fiction because it's her favorite. And occasionally she takes photographs. 

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Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Blog Tour & Giveaway ~ Love Me Never (Lovely Vicious #1) by Sara Wolf

Love Me Never
(Lovely Vicious, #1)
By  Sara Wolf
Release Date: Apr. 5, 2016
Genre: YA Contemporary Romance / Dark Comedy

Previously published as Lovely Vicious, this fully revised and updated edition is full of romance, intrigue, and laugh-out-loud moments.

Don’t love your enemy. Declare war on him.

Seventeen-year-old Isis Blake hasn’t fallen in love in three years, nine weeks, and five days, and after what happened last time, she intends to keep it that way. Since then she’s lost eighty-five pounds, gotten four streaks of purple in her hair, and moved to Buttcrack-of-Nowhere, Ohio, to help her mom escape a bad relationship.

All the girls in her new school want one thing—Jack Hunter, the Ice Prince of East Summit High. Hot as an Armani ad, smart enough to get into Yale, and colder than the Arctic, Jack Hunter’s never gone out with anyone. Sure, people have seen him downtown with beautiful women, but he’s never given high school girls the time of day. Until Isis punches him in the face.

Jack’s met his match. Suddenly everything is a game.

The goal: Make the other beg for mercy.
The game board: East Summit High.
The reward: Something neither of them expected.

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“Who are you waiting for?” Knife Kid asks.
“That obvious, huh?”
“Jack, then. Screaming at him wasn’t enough?”
“He was the one who put the pictures of me all over school. Hell no, screaming isn’t enough.”
Knife Kid nods. “I saw the pictures. I had fun slashing them with my protractor. Nobody should be made fun of like that, I think.”
I don’t know whether to smile at how sweet he sounds or become extremely concerned at how creepy he sounds. I settle for a little of both just as Jack comes in. He walks right by and settles in his desk behind me. I turn and watch him take off his backpack.
“Hi.” I wave.
It takes him a moment to recognize me. Or a million. He focuses his gaze on me, then looks boredly to the window. He puts his chin in his hand, studies a pigeon in a tree with utmost intensity, and then all at once his eyes go wide. He swivels his head slowly back to me.
“You,” he murmurs.  
“Me!” I chirp.     
“What the hell are you doing in that?” he asks, eyes sweeping down to my chest, my legs, and up again.
“Damage control.” I smile. “Do you like it?”
“I’ve seen pigs dressed better.”
“Oh, I don’t doubt that, considering you see one in the mirror every morning.”

Sara Wolf is a twenty-something author who adores baking, screaming at her cats, and screaming at herself while she types hilarious things. When she was a kid, she was too busy eating dirt to write her first terrible book. Twenty years later, she picked up a keyboard and started mashing her fists on it and created the monster known as the Lovely Vicious series. She lives in San Diego with two cats, a crippling-yet-refreshing sense of self-doubt, and not enough fruit tarts ever.

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Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Release Day Celebration: Under My Skin by Laura Diamond with Giveaway

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Under My Skin by Laura Diamond!
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Bookish Brit Adam Gibson is one wonky heartbeat away from a fatal arrhythmia. But staying alive requires Adam to become keenly focused on both his pulse and the many different daily medications he must take in exactly the right dosages. Adam's torn between wanting to live and knowing that someone else must die in order for him to do so. He needs a new heart. 
The pressure is getting to him. Adam stops talking to his friends back home, refuses to meet kids at his new school, and shuts his parents out entirely. His days are spent wondering if can cope with having a dead man's heart beating inside his chest, or if he should surrender to the thoughts of suicide swirling around in his head. 
And then a donor is found… 
Outspoken artist Darby Fox rarely lets anything stand in her way of achieving her goals . Whether it’s painting, ignoring her homework (dyslexia makes a mess out of words anyway), kissing a hot boy she doesn't even know, or taking the head cheerleader down a peg , no one has ever accused Darby of being a shy. She also happens to be the twin sister to a perfect brother with good looks, good grades, manners, and the approval of their parents - something Darby has never had. 
Darby's always had bad timing . She picks the worst time to argue with her brother Daniel. In a car with bald tires, on an icy road in the freezing cold, the unthinkable happens. In a split-second, everything changes forever.
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Under My Skin 
by Laura Diamond 
Publication Date: April 12, 2016 
Publisher: Swoon Romance

Laura Diamond
Laura Diamond is a board certified psychiatrist currently specializing in emergency psychiatry. She is also an author of all things young adult—both contemporary and paranormal. An avid fan of sci-fi, fantasy, and anything magical, she thrives on quirk, her lucid dreams, and coffee. When she’s not working or writing, she can be found sniffing books and drinking a latte at the bookstore or at home pondering renovations on her 225 year old fixer upper, all while obeying her feline overlords, of course.
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Friday, April 8, 2016

Blog Tour & Giveaway ~ Dragonfly by Alyssa Thiessen {Guest Post}

by Alyssa Thiessen
Publication Date: February 6, 2016
Publisher: Peasantry Press

Eighteen-year-old Joshua Miller is great at being invisible, despite the four, large, insect-like wings protruding from his back and his knack for high-rise robberies. He can remember almost nothing of his life before Nik found him and taught him his trade. Now he’s alone, and he likes it that way.

When Joshua unexpectedly meets Lexi on a job, his simple, uncomplicated existence shifts. Although he intends to remain uninvolved, something about her captivates him and he begins to let her in. As he navigates the strange nuances of a relationship with a girl as desperate to be different as he is to be ordinary, he becomes increasingly aware that he is not who he wants to be for her. Confronted by the past he’d forgotten and a family he didn’t know existed, Joshua must decide for himself where he belongs and who holds the key to his future.

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Dear Readers,
I wrote Dragonfly to tell the familiar story of a person who feels isolated and alone, trapped by circumstances, by choices, and by regret, and who is eventually changed through love. But I hope I tell it in a different way. 
My protagonist, Joshua, is a character I’ve known for years. I created him when I was a teen, and back then, he was much more inherently heroic than he is in the final novel. But I love him how exists today; flawed, conflicted, trying.
Joshua, who has Dragonfly-like wings and very little memories of his childhood, makes his living from observing the world around him and stealing from unsuspecting marks. His callousness has been created and encouraged by his mentor, but he continues living that way by choice. When he meets Lexi, he realizes that even though he can’t see a future with her, he’s no longer okay with being the man he has chosen to be. She changes the way he sees the world, and through that, the way he sees himself.
There are other things that happen in the story, of course. Some action, some angst, some surprises, and an unexpected journey. But at its heart, Dragonfly is Joshua’s love story – and not necessarily just the romantic kind.
Personally, I identify with Joshua’s longing to be better, to be forgiven, to be somehow deserving. And I also know, like I think my characters do, that the answer Is ultimately found through love.
Over all, it is my hope that readers who embark on Joshua’s journey with him enjoy the ride. Happy reading, from this traveller.

Alyssa Thiessen, author

A goodbye:
I led the way to the window and then turned, my back against the wall, with her standing just inches from me. I wondered what her lips would taste like. I’d called her innocent and naïve, but I’d never even kissed anyone before. I got the distinct impression she wouldn’t object. Instead though, I simply nodded and turned to leave.
“Are you really going to call me this time?” she asked.

“Of course.” As I disappeared into the darkness, I knew that should be the last lie I’d ever tell her.

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When she's not donning her secret identity and saving the world, Thiessen keeps busy writing her next novel, reading something beautiful, teaching high school English, drinking coffee, cycling, and hanging out with her family - husband, kiddies, and miniature schnauzer.

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Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Release Day Celebration: Fear My Mortality by Everly Frost with Giveaway

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Fear My Mortality by Everly Frost
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In a world where people are invulnerable to illness and death, with lives spanning hundreds of years, a sixteen-year-old becomes witness to the impossible – her brother’s failure to regenerate after death after which she suspects that she too may be mortal.
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Fear My Mortality
 by Everly Frost
 Publication Date: April 5, 2016 
Publisher: Month9Books

Everly Frost wrote her first story when she was nine. She grew up in a country town, lived for a little while in Japan, and worked for several years in Canberra, Australia's capital city. Now, Everly lives in Brisbane, Australia, with her husband and two children. She doesn't speak Japanese so often anymore, has left the cold Canberra winters behind, but has never stopped writing.
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