Our Dark Stars Blog Tour: Review and Giveaway!

Today we’re part of the Our Dark Stars Blog Tour and Giveaway! Let’s take a look at the book and then on to my review!

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OUR DARK STARS Blog Tour Assets

About The Book:

Title: OUR DARK STARS

Author: Audrey Grey and Krystal Wade

Pub. Date: March 6, 2018

Publisher: Blaze Publishing, LLC

Pages: 316

Formats: Paperback, eBook

Find it: AmazonB&NiBooksTBDGoodreads

 

While she sleeps, the whole universe changes.

Princess Talia Starchaser has it all. Wealth. Status. Adoring citizens. But on the eve of her eighteenth birthday, she’s forced to publicly betray her best friend, a companion mock she’s had since birth, setting events into motion that lead to the destruction of the humans, and the princess floating through space, a remnant of a time when humans ruled over droids.

One hundred years later, half-mock captain Will Perrault and his ragtag crew discover a device floating in space. When a very human Talia emerges from its depths, Will suspects she’s the key to buying his way back into the regiment he once commanded against the last remaining rebel humans—and the ruling mock queen’s good graces.

Both Talia and Will would rather get space-tossed than trust one another, but with the queen’s forces chasing them across the galaxy and the fate of both worlds hanging in the balance, they’ll forge the unlikeliest of alliances to survive.


Review:

My first thought was boy this cover is gorgeous!

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I don’t usually read YA sci-fi books but this one intrigued me. It’s the dense technical mumbo jumbo of spaceships and flight that make me tune out. Hey I like Star Wars and Star Trek but sci-fi books sometimes have too much of that space tech info dump. Our Dark Stars was a light space book with adventure and romance but not too much technical information so it didn’t slow the pace.

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There are two different POV that alternated between Will and Talia. I found both of the characters intriguing. In the future humans created mocks (robots) to help them in ever day life but soon the mocks start a war against the humans. Hmmmm sounds familiar…

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The human and mock aspect was interesting. The way the humans treated the mocks before the war and the way the mocks treated humans after the war is eye opening. I liked that Will and his crew were mocks making the tension escalate. I loved that Grey and Wade took us on an adventure to different planets with different characters through Will and his crew. It was a fun read.

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Grey and Wade did a wonderful job at world building and bringing to life deep space and all its unfamiliarity. The authors words flowed smoothly and I couldn’t tell which scene or chapter each one wrote. The pacing was swift and I never found a dull moment.

Should you read it? Yes, a fun space adventure with engaging characters and wonderful settings that’s not to be missed!

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 About the authors:

About Audrey:

Hi! I’m an award winning and USA Today bestselling author of several books, including the Moonbeam Children’s Award bronze finalist, SHADOW FALL. I live in the charming state of Oklahoma with my crew: one husband, two little people, four mischievous dogs, and one poor cat. You can usually find me hiding out in my office from said crew, surrounded by books and sipping kombucha while dreaming up wondrous worlds for my characters to live in.

In between the chaos—What’s for dinner? Stop pinching your sister! Homework! Dishes!— and my writing, I make time for various projects. An admitted paintaholic, I’ve painted, sprayed or transformed nearly every piece of my house at least once. I even painted my husband’s beloved fabric chair. Oops!

I thrive on creation: starting from an idea, a blank canvas, or perhaps an outdated room, and using my imagination to create something new and emotionally engaging that’s all my own. But stories have always been my first love. Weaving together complex worlds full of flawed, conflicted characters allows me to express myself in a way I could never do otherwise.

I started creating stories during the sweltering Oklahoma summers spent laboring in my father’s wheat fields. Alone and bored, I dreamed up wild fables of vampires (the Anne Rice kind), cave men, and love-torn ghosts. By college my tales had grown more persistent, and I started to actually write them down.

Now, fiction is my life, and I look forward to sharing my characters and their stories with all of you.

Website | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | Pinterest | Tumblr | Goodreads

 

About Krystal:

I’m happily married to the love of my life (don’t gag) and raising three beautiful children in the gorgeous state of Virginia. We live just outside Washington, D.C., and every day I wake up to find myself stuck in traffic trying to get there.

The horrid commute gives me plenty of time to zone out and think about my characters in full, brilliant details (I’m a safe driver; don’t worry). Stories give me a way to forget about the sometimes smelly strangers sitting next to me on the fifty mile trek into town (I pick up hitchhikers every day. True story. Check out http://www.slug-lines.com if you don’t believe me).

I’ve been a part of organized hitchhiking for nearly fifteen years, but that’s just one small aspect of my oh-so-large life. When I’m not working, commuting, or chasing after my three children (four if you count the man), you can usually find me outside talking to my chickens like they’re the cutest things in the world (they are), or training my amazing dogs how to herd said chickens (which they love), or curled up on the sofa with a good book (why can’t that be 100% of the time?).

I hope you love my stories (or just like them a little; that would be okay, too). And I hope that one day you find your passion, because there’s nothing in life better than doing what you love while surrounded by people you love.

Twitter | Facebook | Goodreads


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Giveaway Details:

1 winner will receive a $30 Amazon GC and a hardcover copy of Cinder, US Only.

 

Enter here!

 

Follow the rest of the tour!

Week One:

3/19/2018- Books at Dawn– Excerpt

3/19/2018- What A Nerd Girl Says– Review

3/20/2018- Emily Reads Everything– Review

3/20/2018- Darque Dreamer Reads– Review

3/21/2018- F A N N A Interview

3/21/2018- Twirling Book Princess– Review

3/22/2018- The Desert Bibliophile– Review

3/22/2018- Here’s to Happy Endings– Review

3/23/2018- BookHounds– Interview

3/23/2018- Sincerely Karen Jo– Review

 

Week Two:

3/26/2018- Wonder Struck– Excerpt

3/26/2018- Dani Reviews Things– Review

3/27/2018- Sweet Southern Home– Excerpt

3/27/2018- Smada’s Book Smack– Review

3/28/2018- Lisa Loves Literature– Interview

3/28/2018- A Gingerly Review– Review

3/29/2018- Novel Novice– Guest Post

3/29/2018- Twinning for Books– Review

3/30/2018- The Cover Contessa Interview

3/30/2018- I Heart Romance & YA– Review

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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.

Enter here!

 

 

 

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

 

Aru Shah And The End Of Time Review

Today’s review was such a fun book and I loved the Hindu Mythology!

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Let’s take a look at this exciting series by Roshani Chokshi called Aru Shah and the End of Time!


 

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  • Age Range: 9 – 12 years
  • Series: Pandava Series (Book 1)
  • Hardcover: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Rick Riordan Presents (March 27, 2018)

Twelve-year-old Aru Shah has a tendency to stretch the truth in order to fit in at school. While her classmates are jetting off to family vacations in exotic locales, she’ll be spending her autumn break at home, in the Museum of Ancient Indian Art and Culture, waiting for her mom to return from her latest archeological trip. Is it any wonder that Aru makes up stories about being royalty, traveling to Paris, and having a chauffeur?

One day, three schoolmates show up at Aru’s doorstep to catch her in a lie. They don’t believe her claim that the museum’s Lamp of Bharata is cursed, and they dare Aru to prove it. Just a quick light, Aru thinks. Then she can get herself out of this mess and never ever fib again.

But lighting the lamp has dire consequences. She unwittingly frees the Sleeper, an ancient demon whose duty it is to awaken the God of Destruction. Her classmates and beloved mother are frozen in time, and it’s up to Aru to save them.

The only way to stop the demon is to find the reincarnations of the five legendary Pandava brothers, protagonists of the Hindu epic poem, the Mahabharata, and journey through the Kingdom of Death. But how is one girl in Spider-Man pajamas supposed to do all that?

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Review: I’m very glad that the imprint Rick Riordan Presents exists because of all the diverse mythological books that will be coming out for kids. Thank you!

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Roshani Choksh’si new series delves into the world of Hindu mythology. I love mythology and I wasn’t familiar with Hindu mythology but Chokshi did a wonderful job at bringing that world to life and immersing the reader into the fantastic adventure of Aru Sha.

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Aru was a wonderful character to follow. Being in middle school was tough and you can relate to Aru’s dilemma juggling school and the end of the world. I love how blunt she was and how she stretched the truth, but that can get her in trouble. She had wit and such a big personality for such a small child. You couldn’t help but love Aru!

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Chokshi writing was beautiful and vivid, filling each scene with breathtaking description.  Weaving Hindu mythology with the current world, Chokshi writing flows and the pace intensifies as Aru’s adventure deepens. Waking the cursed lamp called a diya thus waking demonic Sleeper, Aru has her hands full. Don’t fret! She has a guardian, a Pigeon named Subala, who Aru calls Boo…..

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Ah so cute!

Aru learns that she is the reincarnation of one of five Pandava brothers, each the child of a different god! What’s a girl to do when such a revelation is revealed? Take on a quest with your reincarnated soul sibling and stop the Sleeper.

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I look forward to more of Aru’s adventures! I was left satisfied with the ending and anticipate for the second book because….I need more!

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Should you read this? Yes! If you like the Percy Jackson series than pick Aru Shah and the End of Time and enter the world of Hindu mythology with a strong female lead in Aru Shah and follow her adventure with every turn of the page.

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About the Author

Author Roshani Chokshi
Roshani Chokshi (www.roshanichokshi.com) is the author of the instant New York Times bestselling novel, The Star-Touched Queen, and its companion, A Crown of Wishes. She studied fairy tales in college, and she has a pet luck dragon that looks suspiciously like a Great Pyrenees dog. Aru Shah and the End of Time, her middle grade debut, was inspired by the stories her grandmother told her as well as Roshani’s all-consuming love for Sailor Moon. She lives in Georgia and says “y’all,” but she doesn’t really have a Southern accent. Her Twitter handle is @roshani_chokshi.

 

 

 

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
 

Pre-Pub Adventure: February Part 2

It’s time for Part 2 of our publishing adventure for February.

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 Every month we follow authors on their publishing adventure. Have you ever wondered how authors prepare for a book release or what they are working on while also getting ready to publish a new book? How do they multitask? What is publishing like? Find out on Pre-Pub Adventure as we follow authors to publishing their books.

Today we have a new author part of the publishing adventure! Say hi to Saadia Farugi!

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Saadia Faruqi

        

 

1. Introduce yourself!

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I’m a Pakistani American author and activist living in Houston, TX. I write a lot… essays, grant proposals, marketing copy, and also fiction. I wrote a short story collection for adults a few years ago called Brick Walls: Tales of Hope & Courage from Pakistan. More recently, I’ve been trying my hand at children’s books: my debut early reader series Meet Yasmin is forthcoming from Capstone on August 1, 2018. Besides writing, my passion is interfaith and intercultural dialogue: I was featured in O Magazine in 2017 for my cultural sensitivity trainings in Houston.

2. Tell us a little about your book and how it came to be?

Meet Yasmin is a set of 4 individual stories about a second grade Pakistani American girl named Yasmin. They are early reader chapter books geared for children in K-2 which is a time when kids are forming their identities and first learning about the world around them. It was very important to me to offer books about a South Asian family for younger children, so that they learn to grow up without prejudice and fear. The series features Yasmin as well as her parents and grandparents, and it will appeal to all sorts of children regardless of their own background.

3. What are you currently reading?

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I’m currently reading Mustaches for Maddie by Chad Morris and Shelly Brown. Having seen illness and death in my own family I think it’s so critical for kids to understand how to deal with sad and scary real-life events. Probably adults can learn something from this book too!

Follow Saadia: Twitter * Facebook * Instagram * Blog

 


 

Erin Callahan

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LOL — I have a full-time job and a three-year-old so writing almost never takes up my whole day. I will admit I occasionally skip hair washing. On a serious note, if anyone out there thinks they can’t write a novel because they have kids and/or can’t afford to write full-time, many, many writers and I are proof that that is not the case. You just have to learn to take advantage of every spare moment instead of waiting for a big chunk of writing time. For example, you can take the minutes you save by not washing your hair, and use them to bang out two or three paragraphs on your phone. *hee hee*

Follow Erin: Twitter * Instagram * Blog


Laurie Morrison

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1. What have you been working on this month?

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My co-author Cordelia and I have been busy scheduling events for Every Shiny Thing and revising a new co-written project we really love. I’m also very slowly making some progress on a new solo middle grade novel that I’m both excited about and intimidated by.

2. What are you currently reading? 

I’m part of two book clubs–one online and one in person–and I’ve been reading the February selections for both. For my in-person book club, I’m reading Kimberly Brubaker Bradley’s The War I Finally Won. It’s the follow-up to her Newbery Honor book The War That Saved My Life, and so far it’s just as powerful and fascinating as that one, which is saying a lot. I’m also part of the Middle Grade at Heart team, so I’ve been re-reading this month’s fabulous pick, See You in the Cosmos by Jack Cheng, to get ready for our newsletter, which will go out on February 26, and our Twitter chat on March 6. It’s just as charming and poignant on the second read, and I can’t wait to chat about it with other writers, readers, teachers, and librarians.

3. Sometimes writing can take up your whole day so be honest, how often do you wash your hair?

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I’m pretty consistent with hair washing, mostly because I don’t feel totally awake without a morning shower. But I definitely let other things go when I’m especially busy with writing. I haven’t been very good about exercise lately. Or downtime generally, really! It’s a bit of a strange goal, but I’m actually hoping to de-prioritize reading and watch a little more TV next month.

Follow Laurie: Twitter * Instagram * Blog

 


Melanie Sumrow

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1.Your cover for The Prophet Calls was just revealed on @Pop_Reader and it’s gorgeous! Did you get to have any input for it?

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Thank you! I’m so glad you like it!

My editor contacted me from the start to see if I had any ideas about how I wanted the cover to look. At that point, I gave more of a general suggestion of how I wanted the cover to “feel” versus specific direction. The illustrator, Colleen Tighe, then provided several sketches and I also received input from the cover’s designer, David DeWitt. Immediately, my editor and I were drawn to a pencil sketch that showed only the backs of three girls, my main character and two of her sisters.

Once we had it narrowed down to that sketch, I provided very specific requests: how their hair should look, how they should stand, their hair color and their dresses, which had to be in pastels because the ladies in the community I based it on primarily wear pastel colors.

And here was a challenge: how do you have pastel colors on a cover and yet project an ominous feel? That’s where the brilliant work of the illustrator and the cover designer really shined. From the muted pastels to the dark background to the title font, they achieved the overall feel I wanted from the very beginning.

I feel so fortunate that they included me in the process, because I think the end result is truly beautiful!

What are you currently reading?

One of the best parts of being in the Electric Eighteens is the ARC tour. I have been able to read so many good books that are coming out this year.

Right now, I’m reading EVERY SHINY THING by Cordelia Jensen and Laurie Morrison. It is a middle-grade novel told in alternating verse and prose. I don’t want to spoil it, but it deals with some very tough topics (addiction, foster care, autism, family struggles) in a very real way, while still remaining appropriate for the intended reader. I’m not finished yet, but this book exemplifies exactly what I love about middle-grade fiction today.

Sometimes writing can take up your whole day so be honest, how often do you wash your hair?

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Ha! Yes, writing is time-consuming (by my own choice), especially since this is my only job now. I worked as a lawyer for more than 16 years, and many of those habits remain. I still get up every day and get ready for work, even though that simply means walking into my home office and opening the laptop. I know other writers work in their pajamas, and I think it’s great to do what works for you. But, for me, it’s like a signal to my brain: I have to get ready in order to be ready to write.

Follow Melanie: Twitter * Facebook * Instagram * Blog


Until the next publishing adventure!
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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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February 26Brooke Reports – Review
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Pre-Pub Adventure: February Par 1

It’s time to go on a publishing adventure!

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 Every month we follow authors on their publishing adventure. Have you ever wondered how authors prepare for a book release or what they are working on while also getting ready to publish a new book? How do they multitask? What is publishing like? Find out on Pre-Pub Adventure as we follow authors to publishing their books.

Today we celebrate A.M. Rose book release of Road to Eugenica!

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A.M. Rose

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1. Congrats! Your book Road to Eugenica just came out today! How does that feel? 

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It has been a crazy world wind of a day. So many people coming out to wish me a happy book birthday. I even got some special cupcakes to celebrate with my family. It feels so amazing and scary at the same time. Drea’s story is out there for people to judge and all I can do is hope that they love her as much as I do.

2. What are your book launching plans?

My publisher has had me writing a bunch of blog posts and for someone who isn’t a blogger I found it pretty challenging. (Seriously, all you bloggers out there are rock stars.) My launch party is set for this coming up weekend and I’m excited that Road to Eugenica will also be featured by Storygram tours on Instagram.

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

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Wow this is a super tough question. I think I would have to say I’d want to hang out for the day at Hogwarts with Luna Lovegood. I think she would be the perfect person to give me a tour. And who wouldn’t want to hang out at Hogwarts for the day.

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Don Zolidis

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1. What have you been up to this month?

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 I have been fighting sickness and writing my second book! I finally managed to work my way to the end of my first draft, and am now through about page 220 of the second draft. As soon as I stagger to the end of this, off it goes to my agent and an independent editor to get advice on all the terrible problems I put into the book!

2. What’s harder to write, a play or a novel?

It is soooo much easier to write a play! Part of that is because I have written so many plays they are second nature at this point. (I’ve published about 100 plays, so I can write a play in my sleep.) Simply put, though, a play is about 50,000 words less than a novel. There’s a lot less actual writing to do. Plus, you don’t have to worry about what anyone looks like, or if anyone is blinking at a given time, or what the weather is doing!

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

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Hmm…. Gandalf? It seems like he has really cool friends – like a giant squad of eagles that help him out from time to time. I guess I always wanted to know why he didn’t crack out his magical powers all that often. If I was an amazing wizard, you would bet I’d be casting spells and showing off. Gandalf never did any of that. So I guess I would want to know why he didn’t help that much. I’m sure he could’ve used spells to fry some orcs here and there and help out the Fellowship.

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1. What have you been up to?

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Well, I had been engaged in some much-needed life maintenance, but then last week I was struck down by the New York City plague. I was very lucky to be excellently taken care of by my lovely husband, but until this morning, I didn’t have the energy to do much more than lie on my couch and watch The End of the F***ing World. But, as of this morning, I am alive again and excited to go to ALA this weekend!

2. Your book The Accidental Bad Girl is part of the Thrills and Chills 18 Book Box, how does that feel?

I am so excited about the Thrills and Chills 2018 Book Box Series! The other authors in the giveaway — Dana Mele, Jessica Bayliss, Amelia Brunskill, Amelinda Berube, Amber McLelland, Kit Frick, and Demetra Brodsky — are all fabulous, witty, brilliant women and it’s so cool to be able to help introduce their writing to the world!

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

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Miss Jane Marple. A long tea that leads to several glasses of sherry and gossip. I don’t care that I don’t know anyone in Saint Mary Meade. I WANT IT.

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Kelly deVos

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1. Your book Fat Girl On A Plane has been sold to Spain! Wahoo! How does that feel? 

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I am SO excited. One of the locations in my book is in Salta, Argentina and now it’s possible my actual book might be on sale there. My dream is that they desperately need me to do a signing. And I AM available. 🙂

2. You’re doing a 4k giveaway, tell us a little about it?

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Over on Twitter, I’m giving away an advanced copy of one of my favorite books so far of 2018, THE DIMINISHED, by Kaitlyn Sage Patterson. I also wanted to give away a couple of items that play on parts the book. In THE DIMINISHED, almost everyone is born a twin. So my prize includes a super cute set of Twin Pins that show high fiving cats. I’ve also got a pair of crystal moon earrings as a nod of the fact that the action in the book takes place 500 years after the world’s moons have broken apart. I hope everyone enters because this is an incredible book!

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

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Ahhh! I don’t know that I could narrow it down to one. Can I have a slumber party with some of today’s YA characters? I’m thinking I’d have Jane Sinner from NICE TRY, JANE SINNER, Mei from AMERICAN PANDA, Vi from THE DIMINISHED, Camellia from THE BELLES, Grace from NOTHING BUT SKY, Mattie from THE ART OF ESCAPING and Serendipity from GUNSLINGER GIRL. We’d have adventures and teacup animals and dancing and dry, witty banter. And snacks. We must have snacks!

 

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Dana Mele

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1. Your book People Like Us comes out in 3 weeks! How does that feel?

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Scary and exciting. Everyone says there’s a huge emotional crash after the book releases, and I’m nervous about that. But it will be exciting to have it out in the world. I’m really looking forward to my launch party on February 28 at McNally Jackson. I was there yesterday for the launch of Down and Across (which I just started reading and is wonderful) and it was so much fun.

But I’m fairly anxious, too. There’s so much riding on the success of a first book and so many amazing books out there. I really have zero idea what to expect. I need to find a new show to binge watch. Taking suggestions!

2. What are you plans once the book launches?

To read more and write more! I need to conquer the book two monster and my TBR pile is growing out of control. I’ll be doing some events, too. I’ll be at the NoVa Teen Book Festival, the Rochester Teen Book Festival, and the NYC Teen Author Festival, and I may be adding a couple of other appearances to my events schedule. I update the calendar my website frequently! Danamele.com

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

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That is a hard question. Off the top of my head I would say Jo March from Little Women. We’d spend the day writing and picnicking and I’d grill her on what really went down with Laurie and why she picked the professor, and doesn’t she secretly think Amy is kind of entitled and who’s her favorite idealized old guy: father, Mr. Lawrence, or the prof.

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Mae Respicio

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Yay! Thank you! It’s a contemporary middle grade about a girl named Kaia whose family has been through a tragedy—what she wants more than anything is for their lives to finally get back to normal. She’s obsessed with “mermaid makeup” and Filipino folklore, and uses her passions to come up with a unique plan to help her family. (I’m aiming for equal parts #joy and #getyourtissuesready with this one!)

2. Was it much harder to write the second book than the first?

Yes and no. Yes in that it’s hard to write any book… there will always be moments of self-doubt (I haven’t met any writer who feels otherwise). No in that my debut experience has turned out to be an amazing master class. The chance to work with a revered editor like Wendy Lamb has helped me strengthen my craft for sure, which somehow balances those hard writing days.

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

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The middle grade reader in me would meet Anne Shirley from Anne of Green Gables in a magical spot on Prince Edward Island. We’d become fast friends, drinking raspberry cordials and musing about life and love.

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Jessica Pennington

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 1. Your almost finished with book 2’s first draft, how long did it take to write?

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Because I have a job that is seasonal (and a toddler I stay home with), my book 2 drafting was a bit sporadic. It started around this time last year. I wrote for a few months, and then had to put it aside for most of the summer while I put on my wedding planner hat, and then I jumped back into it this fall! I wrote Love Songs in 2014, before I was a mom, mostly between the hours of 10pm and 5am. I sat down to write anytime and anywhere, when inspiration struck. Book 2 I had to be much more structured, and in a lot of ways, I felt like I was re-learning how to write! I’m extremely excited to move into the revision phase, as it’s my favorite part of the process. And I’m going to be SO excited when I conquer book 2. What everyone says is true…it’s much harder than book 1!

2. You have a street team for Love Songs & Other Lies, tell us a little about what you hope your street team accomplishes?

I am SO excited about my street team, it’s a really fantastic group of bookish people! Promoting a book is funny, because you want to get people excited about your book, but also no one has READ your book! So my biggest hole from the street team is just that it’s a really fun place for fans of the book to commiserate, and for us all to have fun promoting the book in an authentic way. So far it’s been a ton of fun, I can’t say enough nice things about the group of people aboard “the tour bus” with me!

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

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Oh man. I’m one of those weirdos that doesn’t really have an all-time fave book, I’m always obsessed with what I’ve read pretty recently. But if I did meet someone fictional I’d want it to be a really epic experience so I think I’ll say Jace from The Mortal Instruments, and we’d ride the  motorcycle. I’ve never ridden a real motorcycle, so one that flies seems like the obvious place to start, right?

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Adrienne Young

1. What have you been up to since last we checked in?

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I’ve been working like crazy on my second book, a companion novel to Sky in the Deep coming in 2019! Things are speeding up with promo and marketing and I’m learning a lot along the way which has been overwhelming and awesome at the same time.

2. There have been many early great reviews for Sky In The Deep, how does that feel?

It feels amazing that people are “getting” the book. As an author, you really don’t know how people will receive your work or if they will understand what you were trying to do. I’m so happy that this book is clicking with people and that people are excited. I can’t wait for it to come out!

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

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I would want to meet Jo March from Little Women. She was the only girl in a book I related to when I was young. She was so strong, with her own mind, and she was incredibly aware of how different she was from the people around her. if I met her in real life, I would honestly just give her a huge hug. And then I would probably weep uncontrollably. Haha.

 

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 See you next time for Part 2 of our publishing adventure on Pre-Pub Adventure!

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