Blog Tour: Nevertheless, We Persisted: 48 Voices of Defiance, Strength, and Courage Review

Today I am excited to share with you a wonderful book that really left a mark on me. A diverse set of stories that anyone can find inspiring with powerful messages with each turn of the page!

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  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers (September 4, 2018)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1524771961

A powerful collection of essays from actors, activists, athletes, politicians, musicians, writers, and teens, including Senator Amy Klobuchar, actress Alia Shawkat, actor Maulik Pancholy, poet Azure Antoinette, teen activist Gavin Grimm, and many, many more, each writing about a time in their youth when they were held back because of their race, gender, or sexual identity–but persisted.

 

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Tawney’s Review: This book couldn’t come at better time. Our world is somewhat in chaos from politics to racism so reading this book gave me hope and many of the stories had an affect on me. What an encouraging way to see these authors tell their story of persistence, to never give up.

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A wide diverse collection of stories from holocaust survivors to athletes, to the disabled, to realizing you’re gay, to how mass shooting effects the families and so much more. These are people from all walks of life overcoming obstacles and still perusing their dream.

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The stories are short and the pace swift. The voices are very different from each other and you can relate and feel for the authors emotionally. You connect to their pain and persistent to never give up. I loved the diverseness of each author and the variety of subjects spoken about in the book. The stories were uplifting and each had a very powerful messages. I highly recommend reading this book to encourage those feeling a little lost in this world to never give up. Peruse your dream.

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Should you read it? Yes! An enjoyable read full of diverse emotional stories of persistent hope of never giving up that will leave readers gratified.

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In Her Skin Blog Tour: Review and Giveaway!

 

Today we’re excited to be part of In Her Skin Blog Tour! Let’s take a look at the book.

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IN HER SKIN Blog Tour Assets

About The Book:

Title: IN HER SKIN

Author: Kim Savage

Pub. Date: March 27, 2018

Publisher: FSG

Pages: 304

Formats: Hardcover, eBook, audiobook

Find it: AmazonAudibleB&NiBooksTBDGoodreads

 

Sixteen-year-old con artist Jo Chastain is about to take on the biggest heist of her life: impersonating a missing girl. Life on the streets of Boston these past few years hasn’t been easy, and Jo is hoping to cash in on a little safety, a little security. She finds her opportunity in the Lovecrafts, a wealthy family with ties to the unsolved disappearance of Vivienne Weir, who vanished when she was nine.

When Jo takes on Vivi’s identity and stages the girl’s miraculous return, the Lovecrafts welcome her back with open arms. They give her everything she could want: love, money, and proximity to their intoxicating and unpredictable daughter, Temple. But nothing is as it seems in the Lovecraft household—and some secrets refuse to stay buried. As hidden crimes come to the surface, and lines of deception begin to blur, Jo must choose to either hold onto an illusion of safety, or escape the danger around her before it’s too late.


Review:

This was a creeptastic book!

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The dark premise intrigued me. I think I saw a Law & Order SVU episode that had a girl posing as a missing girl and her story didn’t turn out well either. I love that Jo went to con a family but as you read each page you started to wonder who was conning who?

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Savage does a wonderful job at keeping the mystery at bay but all the while keeping the pace swift with all the shocking plot twists. I couldn’t turn the pages fast enough! It was a dark sinister read.

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Savage also does a wonderful job at painting a dark world with her vivid descriptions and interaction of the characters. It’s a haunting story full of secrets and at every twist and turn you hold your breath in anticipation.

Should you read this? Yes, In Her Skin was a twisted delight and a perfect dark ride for any reader of thrillers.

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About Kim:

I was born and raised in Massachusetts, on the South Shore, which sounds beachy, even luxe. Think Winnebagos and chicken coops. My three brothers, 16, 10, and 8 years older, were teens by the time I became a person. Happiest around adults, who often forgot I was there, I spent days eavesdropping on gossipy moms in lawn chairs and nights listening under the table during tipsy Scrabble parties.

My dad read to me nightly. Eventually and early, I read to myself, everywhere. On top of an enormous freezer chest stuffed with meat. On drives until I grew nauseous. In bed until my eyes gave out. I read anything I could get my hands on. V.C. Andrews and Dickens. Black Beauty and the Bible. The Economist. Madeline L’Engle and Margaret Atwood. National Geographic.

I got a bachelor’s degree in English from Stonehill College and a Master’s in Journalism from Northeastern University. For a while, I worked as a business journalist. Instead of waiting for the Federal Reserve to release the Beige Book, I pitched story ideas along the lines of “Stigmatized Properties: When Murder Kills Property Values”. You see where things were headed.

Today, I live with my family northwest of Boston in a town a lot like Shiverton, near the real Fells reservation of AFTER THE WOODS. Born with dysgeographica—I’m directionally challenged—the fear of getting lost in that lovely, dark forest lives close to my skin.

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Giveaway Details:

1 winner will receive a finished copy of IN HER SKIN and BEAUTIFUL BROKEN GIRLS, US Only.

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Follow the rest of In Her Skin Blog Tour!

Tour Schedule:

Week One:

3/19/2018- Bookhounds YA– Interview

3/19/2018- Hauntedbybooks13– Review

3/20/2018- Falling For YA– Excerpt

3/20/2018- A Gingerly Review– Review

3/21/2018- Dani Reviews Things– Interview

3/21/2018- Book-Keeping– Review

3/22/2018- Nerdophiles– Review

3/22/2018- JustAddAWord– Review

3/23/2018- Literary Meanderings– Interview

3/23/2018- The Desert Bibliophile– Review

 

Week Two:

3/26/2018- Pretty Deadly Reviews– Excerpt

3/26/2018- Riddle’s Reviews– Review

3/27/2018- Feed Your Fiction Addiction– Review

3/27/2018- Smada’s Book Smack– Review

3/28/2018- Storybook slayers– Excerpt

3/28/2018- Twinning for Books– Review

3/29/2018- Rainy Day Reviews- Review

3/29/2018- Here’s to Happy Endings- Review

3/30/2018- Bibliobibuli YA– Interview

3/30/2018- FICTION FARE– Review

 

Orphan Monster Spy Blog Tour: Questions and Answers with author Matt Killeen

 

 

Today we’re excited to be part of the Orphan Monster Spy Blog Tour!

As part of the blog tour author Matt Killeen will be answering some of our questions. But first let’s take a look at this fabulous book!


BOOK DESCRIPTION 

Her name is Sarah. She’s blonde, blue-eyed, and Jewish in 1939 Germany. And her act of resistance is about to change the world.
After her mother is shot at a checkpoint, fifteen-year-old Sarah meets a mysterious man with an ambiguous accent, a suspiciously bare apartment, and a lockbox full of weapons. He’s part of the secret resistance against the Third Reich, and he needs Sarah to hide in plain sight at a school for the daughters of top Nazi brass, posing as one of them. If she can befriend the daughter of a key scientist and get invited to her house, she might be able to steal the blueprints to a bomb that could destroy the cities of Western Europe. Nothing could prepare Sarah for her cutthroat schoolmates, and soon she finds herself in a battle for survival unlike any she’d ever imagined. But anyone who underestimates this innocent-seeming girl does so at their peril. She may look sweet, but she’s the Nazis’ worst nightmare.
 

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And now to our interview with Matt Killeen!

1. How did you come up with Orphan Monster Spy?

I’ve had a life-long horrified fascination with WW2, Nazi Germany and the Holocaust, partly because I grew up in the war-mad ‘70s and partly because I knew real-live Germans. My mother’s best friend was German and as a child I had real problems squaring the lovely, pacifist people I knew with the war stories that made up the majority of the films, comics and TV programmes at the time. As I learned the details of the Holocaust that dichotomy grew more profound and disturbing. I’ve carried this horrified fascination ever since and a lot of the research for this book was built on that foundation. Moving to South London, I regularly passed a mural dedicated to Violette Szabo – an SOE agent who had parachuted twice into occupied France to help organise resistance and sabotage. I knew her story well, as I’d seen the movie Carve Her Name With Pride as a child, but I was amazed how young she was when she volunteered for what was barely more than a suicide mission. At 21 I’d been a mess, not much more mature than I had been at 18 or 15…and Sarah was born, pretty much fully-formed and clearly calling the shots. Stockwell was also where the innocent student Jean Charles de Menezes was murdered by anti-terrorism police. It’s a classic example of what happens when you let fear dictate action and policy and made the whole bus trip fertile creative ground. Would the Allies use a teenage agent if they needed to? They did much worse before the end of the war and it turns out there were plenty of teenage partisans, couriers and resisters fighting the Nazis, some as young as 12.

 

2. What is your writing process like?

I’m a plotter, but I’m cusp pantser…there’s a framework with an ending and a few plot critical events along the way. Then I start writing chronologically from the start. This allows the characters to guide the action – they are very much in charge and sometimes do unexpected things. Sarah was supposed to be saved by the Captain, but that didn’t feel right and, in the end, she saved him. Her decision in many ways. It also allows for new bits as I research. Sarah needed to be at a port looking for escape – realistically that needed to be Lake Constance, which meant Friedrichshafen, which meant Zeppelins and so on.

 

3. What advice do you have for newbie writers?

WRITE. If you’re writing, you’re a writer. Carve out time and write as often as possible – every day if you can, no matter if it’s rubbish – and don’t let anyone take that time off you. Find yourself a website, crit group or other support network of writers you respect. Learn to crit (give constructive feedback) and be critted. READ. Learn your craft.

 

4. If you had to pick a character from any book, who would you want to meet and what would you do?

That’s a tough question. I have a problematic savior complex so there are a few characters I’d like to sweep in and rescue from their dubious decisions and sticky endings – I’d elaborate but, you know…spoilers. That’s not very healthy I think. Most fictional characters are on some kind of progression and shouldn’t be messed with. I imagine a dinner with Clarice Bean, Cassandra Mortmain and Anne Shirley would be good value.

 

 


AUTHOR BIO:
 
Matt Killeen was born in Birmingham, in the UK, back when trousers were wide and everything was brown. Early instruction in his craft included being told that a drawing of a Cylon exploding isn’t writing and copying-out your mother’s payslip isn’t an essay “about my family.” Several alternative careers beckoned, some involving laser guns and guitars, before he finally returned to words and attempted to make a living as an advertising copywriter and largely ignored music and sports journalist. He now writes for the world’s best loved toy company, as it wasn’t possible to be an X-wing pilot. Married to his Nuyorican soul mate, he is parent to both an unfeasibly clever teenager and a toddler who is challenging his father’s anti-establishment credentials by repeatedly writing on the walls. He accidently moved to the countryside in 2016.
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Check out the rest of the Orphan Monster Spy Blog Tour!

 
WEEK ONE
3/12 – Crossroad Reviews – Review
3/13 – Twinning for Books – Q&A
3/14 – Live To Read – Review
3/15 – Spinatale Reviews – Review + Creative Picture
3/16 – Bookworm Banter – Review
 
WEEK TWO
3/19 – The Young Folks – Playlist
3/20 – Cracking the Cover – Review
3/21 – Bookish Connoisseur – Review
3/22 – Bookfoolery – Review
3/23 – Four Violet Reviews – Review
 
WEEK THREE
3/26 – Katy’s Library Blog – Creative Instagram Photo
3/27 – Adventures in YA Publishing – Q&A
3/28 – The Heart of a Book Blogger – Book Aesthetics
3/29 – Forever Young Adult – Review
3/30 – Bookablereads – Review
 
WEEK FOUR
4/2 – The Lovely Books – Review
4/3 – Here’s to Happy Endings – Review
4/4 – Once Upon a Twilight – Review + Fav Quotes
4/5 – Books Coffee and Repeat – Spotify Playlist
4/6 – Book Reporter – Review
 

People Like Us Blog Tour: Review

Today we’re excited to be part of the People Like Us Blog Tour!

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Let’s take a look at this exciting new thriller!


 

BOOK DESCRIPTION 
A sharp psychological thriller that’s just right for fans of One of Us is Lying and Thirteen Reasons Why–this story will seduce, mislead, and finally, betray you.
Kay Donovan may have skeletons in her closet, but the past is past, and she’s reinvented herself entirely. Now she’s a star soccer player whose group of gorgeous friends run their private school with effortless popularity and acerbic wit. But when a girl’s body is found in the lake, Kay’s carefully constructed life begins to topple. The dead girl has left Kay a computer-coded scavenger hunt, which, as it unravels, begins to implicate suspect after suspect, until Kay herself is in the crosshairs of a murder investigation. But if Kay’s finally backed into a corner, she’ll do what it takes to survive. Because at Bates Academy, the truth is something you make…not something that happened.
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 Review:
I love murder books!

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 Right at the beginning in chapter one I was immersed in the book when Jessica Lane’s body was found. The suspense started right off the bat and the thrills continued until the very end.

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Kay is a strong athlete who keeps her head in the game when the dead girl sends her on a scavenging hunt. The whirlwind plot kept me guessing. All the characters were interesting but what I loved the most was the LGBT representation. It didn’t overpower the book and it wasn’t the main focal point. It felt fresh and real. You can easily picture the everyday lives of these normal boarding school girls…or as normal as can be when a murder happens.

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Dana did a wonderful job at immersing the reader in the boarding school. The plot flowed easily with each turn of the page. There was plenty of backstabbing, guessing on who was the murderer and secrets, especially those of Kay’s.

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 Should you read it? Yes, if you like thrillers with a great cast of characters and the constant guessing on who’s the murderer this book is for you.

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AUTHOR BIO:  
Dana Mele is a Pushcart-nominated writer and a work at home mother. A graduate of Wellesley College, she is a former actor, lawyer, musician, and briefly, associate producer. She prefers tea to coffee, snow to sand, and stars to sunshine, and she lives in the Catskills with her husband and toddler. This is her first novel.
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Follow the People Like Us Blog Tour!

WEEK ONE
February 19 – Lindseyybooks – Review
February 20 – Bibliobakes – Review
February 21Bookish Bug – Review + Creative Instagram Picture
February 22Twinning for Books – Review
February 23The Bookish Crypt – Review
 
WEEK TWO
 
February 26Brooke Reports – Review
February 27Bookish Delights – Review
February 28Here’s to Happy Endings – Review + Styleboard
March 1Never Too Many To Read – Character/Suspect Profile
March 2Dauntless Books and Penguins – Review
 
 
WEEK THREE
 
March 6Touch My Spine Book Reviews – Review
March 7The Night Owl Book Blog – Review
March 8A Simple Taste of Reading – Review
March 9Books.Tea.Quotes – Review + Instagram Picture

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Steadfast Blog Tour: Author Guest Post and Giveaway!

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I’m very excited to be part of the Steadfast Blog Tour today!

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Today author Michelle Hauck guest posts on the blog for her Steadfast tour! Let’s take a look at Steadfast.


Eonly_9780062447203 CoverTitle: STEADFAST (Birth of Saints #3)

Author: Michelle Hauck

Pub. Date: December 3, 2017

Publisher: Harper Voyager Impulse

Pages: 560

Formats: Paperback, eBook

Find it: GoodreadsAmazonB&NiBooks

The final novel in Michelle Hauck’s Birth of Saints trilogy, Steadfast follows Grudging and Faithful in telling the fateful story of Claire and Ramiro and their battle against a god that hungers for blood.

When the Northerners invaded, the ciudades-estado knew they faced a powerful army. But what they didn’t expect was the deadly magic that was also brought to the desert: the white-robed priests with their lethal Diviners, and the evil god, Dal. Cities have burned, armies have been decimated, and entire populaces have been sacrificed in the Sun God’s name, and it looks as if nothing can prevent the devastation.

But there are still those with hope.

Claire, a Woman of the Song, has already brought considerable magic of her own to fight the Children of Dal, and Ramiro, a soldier who has forsaken his vows to Colina Hermosa’s cavalry in order to stand by her side, has killed and bled for their cause. Separated after the last battle, they move forward with the hope that the saints will hear their prayers, their families will be saved, and that they’ll see each other once more.

A stirring conclusion to the Birth of Saints series, Ramiro and Claire’s journey finds completion in a battle between evil and love.


And now to Michelle Hauck’s Guest Post…

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Tell us about how you got into writing?

Writing didn’t interest me in school with the exception of one creative writing class as an elective in college. I got a degree in finance for heaven’s sake and worked as a cost accountant. I doubt many can actually describe what a cost accountant does. Hint: not much writing. But I was always a heavy reader—I’m talking reading a book at the dinner table type of reader—though I had no desire to create my own stories. Not in my 20s, 30s, or even early 40s. My focus was on other things like raising a family. I’m what you might call a late-blooming writer.

So then I had a small medical problem, got it taken care of with a little surgery, and presto, I felt better than I had in years. All this energy showed up all of a sudden. And with that came a flood of ideas and imagination. When I was younger I used to fall asleep by spinning stories in my head. With new health, came the return of those stories. My kids were older and able to drive themselves. They were busy with homework, friends, or video games and didn’t need their mother. My husband said why don’t you try writing your own book? I said okay and here we are…

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Or something like that. It was a little harder than just saying why don’t you write a book. I didn’t know the rules. I didn’t know about agents or querying or passive writing. I sure as hell didn’t know about creating conflict. My first manuscript was ter-ri-ble. Terrible. Maybe admitting that it was 246,000 words gives you a better idea how bad. It got three requests from agents.

But I had a knack for characters who jumped off the page and crafting dialogue. Big ideas came naturally. I just needed to work on other skills.

I joined writing groups and entered stories in critique marathons where you give and get critiques. I learned and grew and got involved in the writer community. A big step was joining twitter and being able to follow agents and read their advice. I made writer friends and started hosting contests.

Long before this, I stopped trying to write a sequel to that first story and started something else. This time I went with young adult because young adult was the hot new thing. This manuscript was leaps and bounds better. No agents wanted it, but it sold to a small press. Then I took a turn at dystopian right when the dystopian market went bust. Not so good but proof that sometimes your luck boils down to timing. After that I wrote some more, playing around with middle grade humor, and landed an agent.

Getting that far probably took five years. No overnight success here. That middle grade book didn’t sell—a painful lesson on disappointment—but I kept moving forward. I didn’t sit still while my MG was on sub, but went back to the sort of stories I loved and wrote a Spanish-inspired adult epic fantasy. Bingo. Harper Voyager wanted a three book deal.

I was in my late 40s when I got a Big 5 deal. Don’t let anyone say that writing is only for the young. The young at heart can play this game too! I wouldn’t say that I was an overnight success by any means. But I was persistent. I learned the tough skin required in this industry and plodded on. And the story isn’t over yet. I have more goals to meet!


About Michelle:

MichelleMichelle Hauck lives in the bustling metropolis of northern Indiana with her hubby and two teenagers. Two papillons help balance out the teenage drama. Besides working with special needs children by day, she writes all sorts of fantasy, giving her imagination free range. A book worm, she passes up the darker vices in favor of chocolate and looks for any excuse to reward herself. Bio finished? Time for a sweet snack.

She is a co-host of the yearly contests Query Kombat and Nightmare on Query Street, and Sun versus Snow.

Her epic fantasy, Kindar’s Cure, is published by Divertir Publishing. Her short story, Frost and Fog, is published by The Elephant’s Bookshelf Press in their anthology, Summer’s Double Edge. She’s repped by Sarah Negovetich of Corvisiero Literary.

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Check out Michelle’s other books in the series!

 

About the Book:Grudging

Title: GRUDGING

Author: Michelle Hauck

Release Date: November 17, 2015

Publisher: Harper Voyager Impulse

Formats:  eBook

Find it: Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iBooks

A world of chivalry and witchcraft…and the invaders who would destroy everything.

The North has invaded, bringing a cruel religion and no mercy. The ciudades-estados who have stood in their way have been razed to nothing, and now the horde is before the gates of Colina Hermosa…demanding blood.

On a mission of desperation, a small group escapes the besieged city in search of the one thing that might stem the tide of Northerners: the witches of the southern swamps.

The Women of the Song.

But when tragedy strikes their negotiations, all that is left is a single untried knight and a witch who has never given voice to her power. And time is running out.

A lyrical tale of honor and magic, Grudging is the opening salvo in the Book of Saints trilogy.


Faithful n1 (1)Title: FAITHFUL

Author: Michelle Hauck

Pub. Date: November 15, 2016

Publisher: Harper Voyager Impulse

Pages: 384

Formats: eBook

Find it: AmazonBarnes & NobleiBooksGoodreads

 Following Grudging–and with a mix of Terry Goodkind and Bernard Cornwall–religion, witchcraft, and chivalry war in Faithful, the exciting next chapter in Michelle Hauck’s Birth of Saints series!

A world of Fear and death…and those trying to save it.

Colina Hermosa has burned to the ground. The Northern invaders continue their assault on the ciudades-estados. Terror has taken hold, and those that should be allies betray each other in hopes of their own survival. As the realities of this devastating and unprovoked war settles in, what can they do to fight back?

On a mission of hope, an unlikely group sets out to find a teacher for Claire, and a new weapon to use against the Northerners and their swelling army.

What they find instead is an old woman.

But she’s not a random crone—she’s Claire’s grandmother. She’s also a Woman of the Song, and her music is both strong and horrible. And while Claire has already seen the power of her own Song, she is scared of her inability to control it, having seen how her magic has brought evil to the world, killing without reason or remorse. To preserve a life of honor and light, Ramiro and Claire will need to convince the old woman to teach them a way so that the power of the Song can be used for good. Otherwise, they’ll just be destroyers themselves, no better than the Northerners and their false god, Dal. With the annihilation their enemy has planned, though, they may not have a choice.

A tale of fear and tragedy, hope and redemption, Faithful is the harrowing second entry in the Birth of Saints trilogy.


 

Now to the Giveaway!

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Giveaway Details:

2 winners will receive paperbacks of the first two books in the series, GRUDGING & FAITHFUL, US Only.

Enter to win here!


 

Blog Tour

12/6/2017- Cuz I’m A Nerd– Review Book 1

12/6/2017- Always Me– Excerpt

12/7/2017- BookHounds Interview

12/7/2017- Books and Ladders– Review Book 1

 

12/8/2017- Spilling Words– Excerpt

12/8/2017- Myth! Magic! Mayhem!– Review

Week Two:

12/11/2017- Book for Thought– Review

12/11/2017- Author Dan Koboldt– Interview

12/12/2017- Don’t Judge, Read– Review Book 1

12/12/2017- Literary Musings– Spotlight

12/13/2017- Two Chicks on Books– Interview

12/13/2017- K.T. Hanna – Author– Review Book 1

12/14/2017- Books at Dawn– Excerpt

12/14/2017- books are love– Review Book 1

12/15/2017- Twinning for Books– Guest Post

12/15/2017- Book Briefs– Review


 

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Six Little Secrets Blog Tour: Interview and Giveaway!

 

 

Today I’m excited to be part of the Six Little Secrets Blog Tour.

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On my stop of the blog tour I interview author Katlyn Duncan. Check out my interview below and enter to win some prizes!


 

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About The Book:

Title: SIX LITTLE SECRETS

Author: Katlyn Duncan

Pub. Date: November 24, 2017

Publisher: HQ Digital

Pages: 150

Formats:  eBook

Find it: Amazon,  B&NiBooks,  Goodreads

 

 Some secrets can never stay hidden for long…

Six teenagers meet in Saturday detention: a brain, a beauty, a cheerleader, a rebel, a recluse and the new girl.

But someone is watching. Someone has made sure that they are all in the same room at the same time. Someone knows that each of them is hiding a terrible secret…

…and by the end of detention, everyone will know the truth.


 

About Katlyn: Katlyn

Katlyn Duncan was born and raised in a small town in New England. Her overactive imagination involved invisible friends, wanting to be a Disney Princess and making up her own stories. Her bibliophile mom always encouraged her love of reading and that stayed with her ever since. Even though she works full time in the medical field Katlyn has always made time for books, whether she is reading or writing them.

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Interview with Katlyn Duncan  

  1. How did you come up with Six Little Secrets?

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I can’t tell you the exact moment the story came to me, but the tagline, “’The Breakfast Club’ meets ‘I Know What You Did Last Summer’”, popped into my head one day. I loved the idea that teens who were together for eight hours a day for years could know so little about each other. I knew I wanted to write a thriller and having the mysterious element of someone targeting these teens planted the seed for what was to become of the novella.

 

2. Do you have any strange writing habits? (Like writing with fluffy slippers or always sitting in a certain chair?)

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I don’t have any peculiar habits per say, but I do have to listen to music while writing. I find scores of movies and television shows that give me the particular feeling of the piece I’m writing. It helps block out the world and inspires me to write.

 

3. If you are stranded on an island what literary characters would you want to be stranded with you?

Wow, how can I choose?

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I suppose I’d want someone like Gale (The Hunger Games) with me to help get food. As much as I love Katniss, Gale is quite nice to look at. J

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Hermione Granger (Harry Potter) would be next. With her ability in magic, she could bring along her beaded handbag packed with everything we might need. And books.

A character that always sticks with me is Clay (Women of the Otherworld). He’s very attractive, and the fact that he can change into a wolf makes for some fun entertainment.

 

4. What writing advice do you have for other aspiring authors?

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Get the book written. Period. End of story. That advice was given to me at a signing for an author that I admire. And guess what, I did, and I’ve published eight books now. You can’t publish a blank page. Get your butt in the chair and write. (I say this with the biggest smile on my face, I believe in you!)

Another piece of advice I would give is to form a group of other writers or avid readers to read and critique your work. The writing partners I’ve found over the years have helped me grow so much in my career, and their critiques and advice have changed my books for the better.


On to the Giveaway!

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Giveaway Details:

1 winner will receive a $25 B&N Gift Card, US Only.

5 winners will receive one of Katlyn’s Backlist Titles in eBook Format, International.

Enter Giveaway Here!


 

Tour Schedule:

Week One:

11/13/2017- Cindy’s Love of Books– Review

11/13/2017- Books,Dreams,Life– Excerpt

11/14/2017- Smada’s Book Smack– Review

11/14/2017- Stuffed Shelves– Review

11/15/2017- Sweet Southern Home– Review

11/15/2017- Books at Dawn– Review

11/16/2017- Twinning for Books– Interview

11/16/2017- Savings in Seconds– Review

11/17/2017- Hooked To Books– Excerpt

11/17/2017- Mama Reads Blog– Review

Week Two:

11/20/2017- Owl always be reading– Review

11/20/2017- Daily Waffle– Interview

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Wicked Reads: And Then There Were Four Spotlight and 9 Book Giveaway!

It’s that time of month….Halloween!

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And Penguin is doing a wonderful giveaway this Halloween. It’s called the Wicked Reads, a Penguin Random House spooky October collection. 9 spooky books are being given away. That’s right, I said 9! I’m so excited to be part of this campaign so today let’s talk about murder.

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Today I want to spotlight And Then There Were Four. Murder, mystery and parents trying to kill their kids?

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Let’s take a look at And Then There Were Four!


And Then There Were Four (Nancy Werlin)

An unlikely group of allies come together to save themselves when their parents seem to be plotting to have them all killed. Bestselling author Nancy Werlin returns to her YA suspense roots for this page-turner that’s sure to be much discussed.

Let’s not die today. Not even to make things easier for our parents.
Five very different students at a private high school are brought together under mysterious circumstances, and just barely escape a building collapse. Little by little they piece together the belief that their parents are working together to kill them all. Is it true, and if so how did the plan emerge and what are the parents’ motives? But most important, how can these teenagers save themselves? The urgency builds when one of the five dies and the others flee together. This unlikely group gradually bonds as they struggle to stay safe against all odds.


That cover is already spooky enough. I just started this book so a review will soon follow. I’m very intrigued by the concept and so far I’m flying through the book. I need to know the why!  I love murder mysteries but parents trying to kill their own kids? Sign me up for this thriller.

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About the author:

Nancy Werlin is a New York Times bestselling author. She received her B.A. from Yale, was named a Publishers Weekly Flying Start author for her first novel, and has since established herself as a writer of literary teen suspense. Her first suspense novel, The Killer’s Cousin\, was an Edgar Award winner and was named by ALA as one of the top 100 YA novels of the past decade; Impossible is a New York Times Best Seller; and Extraordinary was chosen as a Top Ten Indie Next List pick and was named an Amazon Teens Top 10 for 2010. When not writing fiction, Nancy works part-time as a technical writer.


 

Now it’s time to enter the Giveaway!

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Enter the Sweepstakes here!

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