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Blog Tour: Soundtrack for Outrun the Moon

Every good book has a soundtrack.

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Today I am excited to bring you author Stacey Lee’s soundtrack to her beautifully-written-emotionally-heartbreaking book Outrun the Moon. You can find my review of the book here.

Let’s take a look at Outrun the Moon!


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  • Age Range: 12 – 17 years
  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers (May 24, 2016)

San Francisco, 1906: Fifteen-year-old Mercy Wong is determined to break from the poverty in Chinatown, and an education at St. Clare’s School for Girls is her best hope. Although St. Clare’s is off-limits to all but the wealthiest white girls, Mercy gains admittance through a mix of cunning and a little bribery, only to discover that getting in was the easiest part. Not to be undone by a bunch of spoiled heiresses, Mercy stands strong—until disaster strikes.

On April 18, a historic earthquake rocks San Francisco, destroying Mercy’s home and school. Now she’s forced to wait w
ith her classmates for their families in a temporary park encampment. Though fires might rage, and the city may be in shambles, Mercy can’t sit by while they wait for the army to bring help—she still has the “bossy” cheeks that mark her as someone who gets things done. But what can one teenage girl do to heal so many suffering in her broken city?

Breakout author Stacey Lee masterfully crafts another remarkable novel set against a unique historical backdrop. Strong-willed Mercy Wong leads a cast of diverse characters in this extraordinary tale of survival.

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Here’s the soundtrack to Outrun the Moon. I’m just loving this list!

Listen to Outrun the Moon’s playlist here.

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Book Soundtrack:

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1. Born This Way, Lady Gaga. This song is about self-empowerment, especially for minority communities.

There’s nothin’ wrong with lovin’ who you are

She said, ’cause He made you perfect, babe

So hold your head up,

girl and you’ll go far.

 

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2. Breakaway, Kelly Clarkson

Like Mercy, who goes where no Chinese girl has gone before—an all white girls’ boarding school, Tom, her love interest, has plans of his own. He wants to fly. This song is for both of them.

I’ll spread my wings, and I’ll learn how to fly

I’ll do what it takes till I touch the sky.

 

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  1. The Climb by Miley Cyrus. Before she started licking everything, Miley Cyrus recorded this inspirational ballad about pushing through life’s obstacles.

 

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  1. Count on Me, by Bruno Mars. This song is about how far you’d go for your friends. Mercy doesn’t expect to find friendship at St. Clare’s School for Young Women, but after calamity strikes, that’s exactly what she finds.

 

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  1. Fireflies, by Owl City. This song is about bugs and not being able to fall asleep. Mercy has many a sleepless night in this story, and I bet she would’ve liked seeing some fireflies.

 

 

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  1. Gone, Gone, Gone, by Phillip Phillips. This is a love song; the singer promises his love will last long after she’s gone. “You’re my back bone. You’re my cornerstone.” I imagine Mercy feeling this way about Tom.

 

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  1. Hero, by Mariah Carey. A nineties classic, this one reminds us that a hero is as easy to find as looking in the mirror.

 

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  1. Home, by Michael Bublé. The quintessential homesickness song, and how I imagine Mercy must have felt at the St. Clare’s School for Young Women, away from her family.

May be surrounded by

A million people I

Still feel all alone

I just wanna go home

Oh, I miss you, you know

 

 

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  1. Like I’m Gonna Lose You, Meghan Trainor, John Legend. Arguably, this is how you should love everyone important to you, as if you’re could lose them at any moment. Hopefully it won’t take an earthquake to appreciate your loved ones.

 

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  1. Satellite Call, Sara Bareilles. A song for the lonely, and one Mercy could appreciate.

You may find yourself in the dead of night

Lost somewhere out there in the great big beautiful sky

We’re all just perfect little satellites

Spinning round and round this broken earthly life.

 

 

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  1. Shadow of the Day, Linkin Park. A song about losing loved ones, also a poem of tribute.

And the shadow of the day,

Will embrace the world in gray,

And the sun will set for you.

 

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  1. Something Big, by Sean Mendes. Something big is happening, he feels it in his bones. Sean probably wasn’t talking about an earthquake, but we feel it just the same.

 

 

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  1. Stand, by Rascal Flatts. A song that understands how it feels when you’re down for the count, and helps to pick you back up.

You feel like a candle in a hurricane

Just like a picture with a broken frame

Alone and helpless, like you’ve lost your fight

But you’ll be all right, you’ll be all right

 

 

  1. Talking to the Moon, by Bruno Mars. I imagine Mercy might’ve talked to the moon herself a bit when times got rough.

 

 

  1. Walkashame, Meghan Trainor Because who hasn’t done something embarrassing and was publicly humiliated for it?

 

Don’t you love these songs? Again if you want to listen to the Outrun the Moon Soundtrack listen here.


ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Stacey Lee is a fourth generation Chinese-American whose people came to California during the heydays of the cowboys. She believesstacey lee she still has a bit of cowboy dust in her soul. A native of southern California, she graduated from UCLA then got her law degree at UC Davis King Hall. After practicing law in the Silicon Valley for several years, she finally took up the pen because she wanted the perks of being able to nap during the day, and it was easier than moving to Spain. She plays classical piano, raises children, and writes YA fiction.

Find Stacey Online!

FIND THE AUTHOR HERE:

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Outrun the Moon review

I’m a huge fan of author Stacey Lee’s Under a Painted Sky. It was such a wonderfully written book about friendship in the wild west.

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Check out my review on that book here. I was very excited about her second book Outrun The Moon. Stacey has a way with words that brings to life amazing characters. Once again Stacey has written a beautiful book that brings on the emotions. Outrun the Moon was just as fantastic as Under a Painted Sky!

Let’s take a look at Outrun the Moon.


 

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  • Age Range: 12 – 17 years
  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers (May 24, 2016)

San Francisco, 1906: Fifteen-year-old Mercy Wong is determined to break from the poverty in Chinatown, and an education at St. Clare’s School for Girls is her best hope. Although St. Clare’s is off-limits to all but the wealthiest white girls, Mercy gains admittance through a mix of cunning and a little bribery, only to discover that getting in was the easiest part. Not to be undone by a bunch of spoiled heiresses, Mercy stands strong—until disaster strikes.

On April 18, a historic earthquake rocks San Francisco, destroying Mercy’s home and school. Now she’s forced to wait w
ith her classmates for their families in a temporary park encampment. Though fires might rage, and the city may be in shambles, Mercy can’t sit by while they wait for the army to bring help—she still has the “bossy” cheeks that mark her as someone who gets things done. But what can one teenage girl do to heal so many suffering in her broken city?

Breakout author Stacey Lee masterfully crafts another remarkable novel set against a unique historical backdrop. Strong-willed Mercy Wong leads a cast of diverse characters in this extraordinary tale of survival.

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My Review:  Outrun the Moon takes place in 1906 San Francisco, just before the historic earthquake that sent San Francisco into ruins. Mercy is our strong female lead who lives in poverty of Chinatown. She has determination to join the prestigious St. Clare’s School for Girls to further her education. Only, there’s one snag, once she is admitted the earthquakes hits San Franscisco and now Mercy finds herself not only worrying for her family but restoring the city itself.

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Mercy is a wonderful character that readers can connect with. She is strong, independent and doesn’t let prejudice and poverty hold her back. She keeps trudging along. Mercy is never ashamed of her appearance but proud of it and her heritage. It was nice to see such a strong character that fought back the oppression against her. She never holds her tongue or bites back a retort. She lets it lose with amazing intelligence and composure.

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Not only is Mercy a wonderful character but so are the secondary characters.Tom, Katie, Jack and many others bring to life this era of historical loss. We see life with Mercy before the earthquake and then after. Oh how she changes! When the earthquake hits Mercy takes action to help those around her, even in her time of loss. You can feel how frighten the characters are when the earthquake hits. As the city crumbles around them you hold on for dear life hoping, praying they all make it out.

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This book was beautifully written. Stacey does a wonderful job at bringing to life this historical era with passion and vivid detail. I could smell the wet streets, feel the earth moving, and feel the loss of characters. This book brings to life not only a historical moment in history of the San Francisco earthquake but emphasizes social judgement of discrimination against the Chinese and the resolve one girl has at shattering that. Stacey does a fantastic job at bringing that forward through such a tragic event.

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Stacey has a way with characters and words. This story played with all my emotions. My heart broke. My eyes watered until I cried. I closed this book and felt that I needed to read it again. Outrun the Moon was a heartwarming journey that dealt with an epic event and discrimination. However, the heart of the story was Mercy. She is a character readers will fall in love with.

Should you read it? Yes! This book is heartbreakingly beautiful. It’s full of vivid scenes and emotional characters. Outrun the Moon is a book all readers will connect with and love. Make sure you have tissues. This one is emotional, in such a good way.

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About the Author:

My name is Stacey Heather Lee and I write young adult books. I’ve dreamed of writing books for a living since I was nine, when I penned my first children’s novel. For four years, I labored to type it on the family Smith Corona (that’s a typewriter, kids). Each time I made a typo, I would retype the whole page. By the time I finished, my fingers flew at 120 wpm. The book became a bestseller amongst my stuffed animals, and baby, I was on my way!

But before I could write for the un-stuffed crowd, I had to make several stops in the real world. Hi Mom and Dad! I studied, got degrees, and earned paychecks. In my spare time, I continued writing. Several years later, I got a wonderful agent, and now I write even when I’m sleeping. I hope you will enjoy browsing my website. All are welcome, stuffing and all.

I am a fourth generation Chinese-American.  A native of southern California, I graduated from UCLA then got my law degree at UC Davis King Hall.  After practicing law in Silicon Valley for several years, I finally took up the pen because I wanted the perks of being able to nap during the day, and it was easier than moving to Spain.  I play classical piano, raise my two children together with my supportive husband, and write YA fiction.

Follow Stacey on TwitterInstagramFacebook and her blog!

The Rose and The Dagger

Every now and then there comes along a series that leaves you fulfilled.

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Renee Ahdieh wrapped up her duology The Wrath and the Dawn with book #2 The Rose and The Dagger. And she ended this series wonderfully! Check out my review of book #1 here.

Let’s take a look at The Rose and The Dagger!


  • Series: The Wrath and the Dawn
  • Hardcover: 432 pages
  • Publisher: G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers (April 26, 2016)

In a land on the brink of war, Shahrzad has been torn from the love of her husband Khalid, the Caliph of Khorasan. She once believed him a monster, but his secrets revealed a man tormented by guilt and a powerful curse—one that might keep them apart forever. ReROSE 4united with her family, who have taken refuge with enemies of Khalid, and Tariq, her childhood sweetheart, she should be happy. But Tariq now commands forces set on destroying Khalid’s empire. Shahrzad is almost
a prisoner caught between loyalties to people she loves. But she refuses to be a pawn and devises a plan.

While her father, Jahandar, continues to play with magical forces he doesn’t yet understand, Shahrzad tries to uncover powers that may lie dormant within her. With the help of a tattered old carpet and a tempestuous but sage young man, Shahrzad will attempt to break the curse and reunite with her one true love.

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Tawney’s Review:

The Rose and The Dagger was one of my most anticipated sequels I couldn’t wait to read. I wasn’t disappointed. This was a perfect ending to Shahrzad and Khalid’s story. It was everything that I hoped for in the final book. This follow-up brought back Renee’s vivid description and poetic words.  With every turn of the page I couldn’t read it fast enough.

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The Rose and The Dagger picks up right where The Wrath and The Dawn ended. It was easy to get back into the story. It was like this sequel was just another chapter from the first book. The tension is high and the action great. Renee thrusts us back into her world with Shahrzad and Khalid, who are by far one of my favorite YA couples!

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Let’s face it. Shahrzad and Khalid is a love story we all crave and want. These two love each other fiercely and will fight for that love. It’s believable. It’s swoon worthy. They both face so much in this story. You hold on for dear life hoping, craving for their reunion, their survival. These two redeem each other and it doesn’t matter what happens to them, whether it’s good or bad, they will endure it again again for their love. Insert big heavy sigh.

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Renee is fabulous at her world building by adding beautiful details and beautiful words that takes the reader easily into the story. Her storytelling skills weave magic with each chapter and each character. The characters are lively and you can connect with them and feel for them. Oh how you feel for them! This isn’t wasn’t one of those cheesy YA romances. No, this was a real, raw romance that makes you have hope for the world. For love.

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Not only are  Shahrzad and Khalid incredible character but the development of other characters such as Irsa, Tariq, Rahim, and even Despina are fantastic as well. You can’t help but love them all and root for them.

The end is heartbreaking and gloriously beautiful. It leaves you content with a smile. I was happy when I finished the book. I was happy with how Renee wrapped this story up beautifully. The books now sit on my shelf ready to be read again and again because Shahrzad and Khalida story is not to be forgot.

Should you read this? YES! A poetic masterpiece with vivid detail and a love story beyond ages.

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About the Author:

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I live in North Carolina (Go Heels!) with my husband Victor and our dog Mushu. My YA fantasy novel, THE WRATH AND THE DAWN, is available wherever books are sold. In my spare time, I like to cook, dance salsa, and wreak havoc on the lives of my characters.

Follow Rene on Follow Renee on twitterFacebookGoodreadsInstagram, and/or her blog.

 

 

 

Spotlight Thursday: Author Stacey Lee

Every Thursday we spotlight authors, agents and more! It’s to let writers and readers know there are awesome resources out there! And awesome books!

Today we are excited to have author Stacey Lee joining us!

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I LOVE Stacey’s books. Her writing is beautiful and her description so vivid! Not only does she have strong characters but they represent the best Asian characters out there. Hollywood needs to read these books and learn!

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Her western book Under a Painted Sky is about two girls posing as boys on the Oregon trail with hot cowboys! HOT COWBOYS! The strength of the book was the friendship and I had all the emotions when I read it! Check out my review of Under a Painted Sky here.

Her new book Outrun The Moon is just as epic and the words just as beautiful! I was lucky enough to receive an ARC and this book is a must read!!!

Enough with my glowing praise for Stacey…to the interview!


Tawney: You have two books coming out this year, Outrun the Moon in May and The Secret of a Heart Note in Dec, how does it feel? Is it more work than having one book come out per year.

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Stacey: Yes, it is a bit more work! I have to stay very organized and to accept that I won’t have time for everything. I’m definitely wishing right now there were more than 24 hrs in a day.

Tawney: What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating your books?

Stacey: I was surprised to find such amazing support from strangers. When people (like yourself, Tawney!) go out of their way support my book with tweets, pictures, fan art,  poetry, etc. it really touches and humbles me.  

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Tawney: There’s such a great diversity movement going on in the book world and you are a big supporter in We Need Diverse Books, have you seen an improvement and how can others get involve in such a great movement?

 

Stacey: Yes, I think public awareness is a huge step toward change. I am heartened to see books like Angela Thomas‘ THE HATE YOU GIVE go to auction, and to witness WNDB programs like the Walter Award and the WNDB Internship Programs gain momentum (and btw, if you’re interested in a career in publishing, the deadline to apply for one of the nine WNDB internship grants is May 31). There are so many ways to support diverse books. For readers— buy them, request them at the library, review them, spread the word about them. For librarians and booksellers—make diverse books visible and use shelf talkers (WNDB has a great book talking kit to get you started). For teachers—invite diverse authors to visit, even if just through Skype. Use diverse books in your lesson planning.And keep the conversation going. One day we won’t have to talk about ‘diverse books,’ they’ll just be ‘books,’ imagine that!

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Tawney: When you emerge from your editing cave with a book completely finished, what one thing do you always have to do?

Stacey: I mostly definitely book a massage. It is a guilty but necessary pleasure as writing kills my neck.
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Tawney: What literary character is most like you?

 

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Stacey: Anne Shirley from Anne of Green Gables. She lets her imagination run wild and it sometimes gets her into big trouble. Check. Also, she loves her friends and family deeply, something I can relate to.

 

Thank you so much for participating Stacey! We loved having you on the blog and can’t wait until everyone can read Outrun the Moon! 

 

GIVEAWAY ALERT!

Stacey is doing a huge giveaway for Outrun The Moon! A trip to San Francisco! Details here

About the Author:

My name is Stacey Heather Lee and I write young adult books. I’ve dreamed of writing books for a living since I was nine, when I penned my first children’s novel. For four years, I labored to type it on the family Smith Corona (that’s a typewriter, kids). Each time I made a typo, I would retype the whole page. By the time I finished, my fingers flew at 120 wpm. The book became a bestseller amongst my stuffed animals, and baby, I was on my way!

But before I could write for the un-stuffed crowd, I had to make several stops in the real world. Hi Mom and Dad! I studied, got degrees, and earned paychecks. In my spare time, I continued writing. Several years later, I got a wonderful agent, and now I write even when I’m sleeping. I hope you will enjoy browsing my website. All are welcome, stuffing and all.

I am a fourth generation Chinese-American.  A native of southern California, I graduated from UCLA then got my law degree at UC Davis King Hall.  After practicing law in Silicon Valley for several years, I finally took up the pen because I wanted the perks of being able to nap during the day, and it was easier than moving to Spain.  I play classical piano, raise my two children together with my supportive husband, and write YA fiction.

Follow Stacey on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and her blog!

 

Love Tawney

Lost Stars Review for Star Wars Day

Lost Stars Review

I have always been a Star Wars fan.

 

I wasn’t a fan of the books. I never really wanted to read them until now. The new Star Wars movie has awaken (see what I did there?) my inner child and I want all thing Star Wars now! So I decided to pick up Claudia Gray’s Star Wars book called Lost Stars. I’m so happy that I did.

  • 5 out 5 Stars
  • Age Range: 12 – 18 years
  • Grade Level: 7 – 12
  • Series: Journey to Star Wars: the Force Awakens
This thrilling Young Adult novel gives readers a macro view of some of the most important events in the Star Wars universe, from the rise of the Rebellion to the fall of the Empire. Readers will experience these major moments through the eyes of two childhood friends–Ciena Ree and Thane Kyrell–who have grown up to become an Imperial officer and a Rebel pilot. Now on opposite sides of the war, will these two star-crossed lovers reunite, or will duty tear them–and the galaxy–apart?
Star Wars: Lost Stars also includes all-new post-Star Wars: Return of the Jedi content, as well as hints and clues about the upcoming film Star Wars: The Force Awakens, making this a must-read for all Star Wars fans.
 
 
 
Tawney’s Review:
 
 
 
I was hesitant at first to read this book because I didn’t know what to think. A whole new universe is opening up to us with the new Star Wars movie. I didn’t want my childhood ruined again as it was when seeing Star Wars 1-3.
 
 

But I was glad I picked this book up! It was epic! Claudia did a fantastic job at bringing her own style to the Star Wars universe. She created two new character, Thane Kyrell and Ciena Ree, who are drawn to the New Empire. We follow Thane and Ciena through very familiar territory and beyond what we know happened in the Star Wars saga. (Excitement dance!)

 

Claudia takes us through Thane and Ciena’s live from the moment they meet to after Return of the Jedi! It was so interesting to see what it was like through the entire Galactic Civil War and seeing Alderaan *tears, sniff sniff* being destroyed. Claudia did a wonderful job at connecting the new characters with old ones. It was fantastic to see these new characters perspective of the Star Wars Trilogy. Not to mention the surprise characters that popped in throughout the book. I won’t mention who. No spoilers here!

Don’t let the Romeo and Juliet blurb fool you. Sure there is romance. Who doesn’t like that? But there is way more to it than that. Adventure, action, and STAR WARS! The characters are well written and relatable. Both Thane and Ciena want to leave their homes to join the Imperial Academy. But as Alderaan is destroyed and the Death Star looms they grow distant. Thane joins the Rebellion and Ciena is loyal to the Empire. Will their love prevail such a divide? I just couldn’t put this book down. Darth Vader would have to pry it out of my hands for me to stop reading.

I really loved this book. It was everything I had hoped it would be. This book is perfect for any age. Any Star Wars fan should read Lost Stars because you won’t be disappointed. And if you’ve never read or seen Star Wars this book is perfect for you! It’s great for first timers. A galactic adventure awaits you at every turn of the page!

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About Claudia

Claudia Gray headshotClaudia Gray is a pseudonym. I would like to say that I chose another name so that no one would ever learn the links between my shadowy, dramatic past and the explosive secrets revealed through my characters. This would be a lie. In truth, I took a pseudonym simply because I thought it would be fun to choose my own name. (And it is.)
I write novels full-time, absolutely love it, and hope to be able to do this forever. My home is in New Orleans, is more than 100 years old, and is painted purple. In my free time I read, travel, hike, cook and listen to music. You can keep up with my latest releases, thoughts on writing and various pop-culture musings via TwitterTumblrPinterestGoodReadsInstagram or (of course) my own home page.
If you want to contact me, you can email me here, but your best bet is probably to Tweet me. I don’t do follows on Twitter, but I follow everyone back on Tumblr, Pinterest and GoodReads.

Love Tawney

Let’s Talk Writing

I’m in a slump. I finished two of my three YA fantasy books that are part of a series. I need to edit them. I need to do many things. But doubt is stopping me.

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There are many things that are causing the doubt to creep into my mind everyday. Here are a few examples: The market is full of so many wonderful YA fantasy books, some agents aren’t taking Ya fantasy submissions because the market is over saturated with them, you have so many ideas you want to move onto the next novel to write, this could be the one! I could go on and on.

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I’m also trying to find some writers to surround myself with. Critique partners, beta readers, or anyone who would be willing to help my writing advance and become better. I would reciprocate that as well. I just would love to find some friends who love books just as much as I do.

Moving is hard. I’ve been in Orlando for a year and half. It’s been tough leaving everything you know behind to start fresh in another state across the country.

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I don’t mind trying new things and doing out of the ordinary stuff. It keeps life adventurous. But you need people to do that with or life is lonely. I love writing in cafes and at home. I love going to writing classes. I love meeting up with people and writing with them. Talking books and where they are in their writing. I have a few wonderful friends that do that with me. I’m so lucky to have them.

I’m always looking for new friends but sometimes you think you find them and they never answer your text or call you back. I think I try a couple of times to get together with them and when I don’t get anything back…I get the hint. I can be a little out there with my personality. I get loud when I’m excited. I like to hug people.

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I’m reading Shonda Rhimes Year of Yes and it got me thinking…I say no a lot too. If it’s too hard I step back and go a different route. I don’t want difficult but isn’t that what makes a person stronger? I moved across country to a place I know no one… that is difficult. So I’ve decided to say yes to the things that scare me, like editing, querying and letting others read my novel. I’m going to be more adventurous and go to writing seminars out of state…by myself. I’m going to meet new people and not be afraid that they think I’m weird. I’m going to be me. If they don’t like me then I will shrug it off because it would be their loss not mine. I’m going to be brave and caring. I’m not going to let my fear hold me back.

So if you see a red head with a huge smile coming your way at a book or writing conference, that’s me. Say hi and be warned, I hug.

Love Tawney


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  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster (November 10, 2015)

She’s the creator and producer of some of the most groundbreaking and audacious shows on television today: Grey’s Anatomy, Scandal, How to Get Away with Murder. Her iconic characters—Meredith Grey, Cristina Yang, Olivia Pope, Annalise Keating—live boldly and speak their minds. So who would suspect that Shonda Rhimes, the mega talent who owns Thursday night television (#TGIT), is an introvert? That she hired a publicist so she could avoid public appearances? That she hugged walls at splashy parties and suffered panic attacks before media interviews so severe she remembered nothing afterward?

Before her Year of Yes, Shonda Rhimes was an expert at declining invitations others would leap to accept. With three children at home and three hit television shows on TV, it was easy to say that she was simply too busy. But in truth, she was also afraid. Afraid of cocktail party faux pas like chucking a chicken bone across a room; petrified of live television appearances where Shonda Rhimes could trip and fall and bleed out right there in front of a live studio audience; terrified of the difficult conversations that came so easily to her characters on-screen. In the before, Shonda’s introvert life revolved around burying herself in work, snuggling her children, and comforting herself with food.

And then, on Thanksgiving 2013, Shonda’s sister muttered something that was both a wake up and a call to arms: You never say yes to anything.

The comment sat like a grenade, until it detonated. Then Shonda, the youngest of six children from a supremely competitive family, knew she had to embrace the challenge: for one year, she would say YES to everything that scared her.

This poignant, intimate, and hilarious memoir explores Shonda’s life before her Year of Yes—from her nerdy, book-loving childhood creating imaginary friends to her devotion to creating television characters who reflected the world she saw around her (like Cristina Yang, whose ultimate goal wasn’t marriage, and Cyrus Beene, who is a Republican and gay). And it chronicles her life after her Year of Yes had begun—when Shonda forced herself out of the house and onto the stage, appearing on Jimmy Kimmel Live, and giving the Dartmouth Commencement speech; when she learned to say yes to her health, yes to play and she stepped out of the shadows and into the sun; when she learned to explore, empower, applaud, and love her truest self. Yes.

This wildly candid and compulsively readable book reveals how the mega talented Shonda Rhimes, an unexpected introvert, achieved badassery worthy of a Shondaland character. And how you can, too.

Eligible: A Modern Retelling of Pride & Prejudice Review

I love Darcy.

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There is always that one book hunk that stays with you and follows you as you grow up. It was always the dashing-snobbish-oh-so-clever Fitzwilliam Darcy. I have the book in many different formats and all the different movies: Bride and Prejudice, Bridget Jones Diary (and book), Lost in Austen, Austenland (love the book too), Pride and Prejudice miniseries (Colin Firth) and Pride and Prejudice (Keira Knightley.  I may be obsessed with this book.

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I dive into any new take on Pride and Prejudice. Some have been great while others have been less satisfying. Eligible is a wonderful modern take on this classic. I couldn’t put it down! Let’s take a look at Eligible.


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  • Hardcover: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Random House (April 19, 2016)
  • Language: English

This version of the Bennet family—and Mr. Darcy—is one that you have and ha
ven’t met before: Liz is a magazine writer in her late thirties who, like her yoga instructor older sister, Jane, lives in New York City. When t

eir father has a health scare, they return to their childhood home in Cincinnati to help—and discover that the sprawling Tudor they grew up in is crumbling and the family is in disarray. Youngest sisters Kitty and Lydia are too busy with their CrossFit workouts and Paleo diets to get jobs. Mary, the middle sister, is earning her third online master’s degree and barely leaves her room, except for those mysterious Tuesday-night outings she won’t discuss. And Mrs. Bennet has one thing on her mind: how to marry off her daughters, especially as Jane’s fortieth birthday fast approaches.

Enter Chip Bingley, a handsome new-in-town doctor who recently appeared on the juggernaut reality TV dating show Eligible. At a Fourth of July barbecue, Chip takes an immediate interest in Jane, but Chip’s friend neurosurgeon Fitzwilliam Darcy reveals himself to Liz to be much less charming. . . .

And yet, first impressions can be deceiving.

Wonderfully tender and hilariously funny, Eligible both honors and updates Austen’s beloved tale. Tackling gender, class, courtship, and family, Sittenfeld reaffirms herself as one of the most dazzling authors writing today.

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Tawney’s Review:

 

There will always be one Pride & Prejudice. There’s no disputing that. Jane Austen can’t be outdone but there are a few stories out there that have resonated with me. Eligible was one of the better Pride & Prejudice adaptions I have read. And I have read a lot.

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Eligible brings Elizabeth, Jane, Darcy, Bingley and the rest of the gang into the 21st century in a humorous story. The characters still have their wonderful personalities but are updated into our world. Liz is a journalist, Jane is a yoga teacher trying to have a baby by IVF and Darcy and Bingley are surgeons. There are plenty of surprising twist that take the characters off course from what we know.

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Sittenfeld did a wonderful job at modernizing the social aspect of Pride and Prejudice with CrossFit devotees, yoga, reality television and much more. There are still the social status issues and prejudice you find in the original with just a few little surprises here and there. I love that Kitty and Lydia have potty mouths. I can totally see them this way.

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The only problem I had was the Wickham character Jasper. He was the only character that didn’t feel true to the original and I had a hard time believing his faults. I really didn’t like his backstory either. It just didn’t seem to fit. But overall it didn’t take me from the story. I was invested from the start.

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Once I started reading I couldn’t put this book down. This is an engaging book that had my attention right away. It was an exciting retelling of my most favorite story full of wit and clever dialogue. The pace was fast and the words still reminiscent of Austen, which kept me entertained

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Should you read this? Yes! It’s a delightful modern take on Pride & Prejudice with great humor. It was fun to see all the characters living in modern America and the mayhem that follows. I highly recommend it if you love the original!

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