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Hear The Wolves by Victoria Scott
Release Date: March 28th, 2017
Publisher: Scholastic Press
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It’s survival of the strongest in a contemporary, girl-versus-wild middle-grade debut from Fire & Flood author Victoria Scott!

Sloan is a hunter.

So she shouldn’t be afraid of anything. But ever since her mom left the family and she lost hearing in one ear in a blizzard, it’s been hard to talk to people, and near-impossible to go anywhere or do anything without her dad or big sister within eyesight — it makes her too scared to be on her own.

When they leave her home alone for what should only be two nights, she’s already panicked. Then the snow starts falling and doesn’t stop. One of her neighbors is hurt in an accident. And the few people still left in Rusic need to make it to the river and the boat that’s tied there — their only way to get to a doctor from their isolated Alaska town.

But the woods are icy cold, and the wolves are hungry. Sloan and her group are running out of food, out of energy, and out of time. That’s when the wolves start hunting them . . .

If you are reading this post, then you are in store for an EPIC GIVEAWAY. In honor of Victoria Scott’s forthcoming YA/Middle-Grade novel, I have decided to giveaway…..are you ready for this???? ONE LUCKY PERSON WILL WIN:
A signed set of The Dante Walker series
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The Secret Daughter of the Tsar by Jennifer Laam

by Jennifer Laam
Published by St. Martin's Griffin on October 22, 2013
Pages: 344
Source: Publisher
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A compelling alternate history of the Romanov family in which a secret fifth daughter—smuggled out of Russia before the revolution—continues the royal lineage to dramatic consequences

In her riveting debut novel, The Secret Daughter of the Tsar, Jennifer Laam seamlessly braids together the stories of three women: Veronica, Lena, and Charlotte. Veronica is an aspiring historian living in present-day Los Angeles when she meets a mysterious man who may be heir to the Russian throne. As she sets about investigating the legitimacy of his claim through a winding path of romance and deception, the ghosts of her own past begin to haunt her. Lena, a servant in the imperial Russian court of 1902, is approached by the desperate Empress Alexandra. After conceiving four daughters, the Empress is determined to sire a son and believes Lena can help her. Once elevated to the Romanov's treacherous inner circle, Lena finds herself under the watchful eye of the meddling Dowager Empress Marie. Charlotte, a former ballerina living in World War II occupied Paris, receives a surprise visit from a German officer. Determined to protect her son from the Nazis, Charlotte escapes the city, but not before learning that the officer's interest in her stems from his longstanding obsession with the fate of the Russian monarchy. Then as Veronica's passion intensifies, and her search for the true heir to the throne takes a dangerous turn, the reader learns just how these three vastly different women are connected. The Secret Daughter of the Tsar is thrilling from its first intense moments until its final, unexpected conclusion.

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Wonderful domes of Saint Basil’s Cathedral, Moscow

A little bird told me something. That Historians secretly love to read alternate histories. I’m here to qualify that secret. We love to read well-written and believable alternate histories. The Secret Daughter of the Tsar almost made me want to change my focus of study as a historian-in-training, and that is saying a lot. These days, I am lucky to finish a book in a week. I finished this one in a few sittings. Reading about the tragedy and intrigue that surrounds the Imperial Romanov family NEVER GETS OLD.

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The Romanov Family circa 1916.

If you are a writer, or an aspiring one, you have probably come across the piece of advice that recommends “writing about what you know” at one time or another. The author, a Historian herself, writes The Secret Daughter of the Tsar from the perspective of Veronica, a struggling historian being tossed around the cogs of academia, and two other women who’s stories unfold in different time periods.

Veronica is both vulnerable and bold, my favorite combination. I loved reading from her perspective the most, especially when she enters into a fast and curious romance with a mysterious hunk who has his own special interests in Russian history.

The novel is an exciting and absorbing book that takes the reader on an intellectual adventure and into super cool museums and archives. History buff or not, any reader will absolutely love the variety of experiences, mysterious romance, and clever story line offered in The Secret Daughter of the Tsar.

Setting the Mood:

I love Russian classical music as much as I love Russian history, so here is an AMAZING album to listen to while you read:

Russian Album

And check out these other great novels set in historical Russia:

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Blog Tour: The Steep and Thorny Way by Cat Winters Review + GIVEAWAY!

by Cat Winters
Published by ABRAMS, Amulet Books Format: ARC
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A thrilling reimagining of Shakespeare’s Hamlet, The Steep and Thorny Way tells the story of a murder most foul and the mighty power of love and acceptance in a state gone terribly rotten.

1920s Oregon is not a welcoming place for Hanalee Denney, the daughter of a white woman and an African-American man. She has almost no rights by law, and the Ku Klux Klan breeds fear and hatred in even Hanalee’s oldest friendships. Plus, her father, Hank Denney, died a year ago, hit by a drunk-driving teenager. Now her father’s killer is out of jail and back in town, and he claims that Hanalee’s father wasn’t killed by the accident at all but, instead, was poisoned by the doctor who looked after him—who happens to be Hanalee’s new stepfather.

The only way for Hanalee to get the answers she needs is to ask Hank himself, a “haint” wandering the roads at night.

THE STEEP AND THORNY WAY

Cat Winters takes a brave look into the under belly of the post WWI cultural climate in America and teaches you about all of the things you never learned in history class.

History buffs and Shakespeare fanatics will want to add a “Cat Winters Collection” space to their bookshelves.

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Title: THE STEEP AND THORNY WAY

Author: Cat Winters

Pub. Date: March 8, 2016

Publisher: Amulet Books

Format: Hardcover, eBook

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A thrilling reimagining of Shakespeare’s Hamlet, The Steep and Thorny Way tells the story of a

murder most foul and the mighty power of love and acceptance in a state gone terribly rotten.

1920s Oregon is not a welcoming place for Hanalee Denney, the daughter of a white woman

and an African-American man. She has almost no rights by law, and the Ku Klux Klan breeds fear

and hatred in even Hanalee’s oldest friendships. Plus, her father, Hank Denney, died a year ago,

hit by a drunk-driving teenager. Now her father’s killer is out of jail and back in town, and he

claims that Hanalee’s father wasn’t killed by the accident at all but, instead, was poisoned by

the doctor who looked after him—who happens to be Hanalee’s new stepfather.

The only way for Hanalee to get the answers she needs is to ask Hank himself, a “haint”

wandering the roads at night.

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Cat Winters tells a story that is both heartbreaking and heroic; bold in its complicated subject matter and beautiful in the simplicity of its telling.

I loved that the plot of Hamlet was used as a vehicle for this story about a little talked about time in American history. Cat Winters does an excellent job embodying the atmosphere of the era both in her world building and characterization. She brings in all of the popular aspects that made the late teens/early twenties of the 20th century so appealing as well as all the aspects that made it so horrifying.

Setting the mood with Henry Burr: Faded Love Letters. Creepy, eh?

The story unfolds at a pace that lets suspense slowly simmer while details pointing to the murderer of Hanalee’s father unfold in bits and pieces. The characters are exactly what you would expect to see in a movie from the twenties. The author does a superb job at capturing that sepia toned feel you see in antique photographs and translating that strange and exciting eeriness to her writing.

History is brought to life in this novel in a way that both entertains and educates at the same time. This is a book not to be missed (Like all the rest of Cat Winters’ novels).

Flip through the pages of Motion Picture magazine to get a taste of the 1918/20s.

Giveaway Details:

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About Cat:

Cat Winters’s critically acclaimed debut novel, In the Shadow of Blackbirds, was named a 2014

Morris Award Finalist, a 2014 Best Fiction for Young Adults pick, a 2013 Bram Stoker Award

Nominee, and a School Library Journal Best Book of 2013. Her upcoming novels include The

Cure for Dreaming (Amulet Books/Oct. 2014) and The Uninvited (William Morrow/2015), and

she’s a contributor to the 2015 YA horror anthology Slasher Girls & Monster Boys. She lives

in Portland, Oregon. Visit her online at www.catwinters.com.

Photo by Tara Kelly

Find Cat Online:

Website | Twitter | Facebook | Goodreads | Tumblr | Pinterest

 

Tour Schedule:

Week One:

2/29/2016- Adventures of a Book Junkie- Interview

3/1/2016- The Forest of Words and Pages- Review

3/2/2016- Two Chicks on Books- Guest Post

3/3/2016- A Dream Within A Dream- Review

3/4/2016- Stories &

 

Week Two:

3/7/2016- Jessabella Reads- Review

3/8/2016- Bookish Lifestyle-

3/9/2016- Katie’s Book Blog- Review

3/10/2016- The Fox’s

3/11/2016- MEREADALOT- Review

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I loved Shannon Lee Alexander’s Love and Other Unknown Variables SO MUCH, and I’m excited to share the cover reveal of her follow up to LaOUV below:

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Soooo, this super cool chick (below) wrote another super cool book and we are honored to host an EXCLUSIVE REVEAL….

Super Cool Chick aka Victoria Scott
Super Cool Chick aka Victoria Scott

Hey, #VMafia. Guess what? THE MOST HIGHLY ANTICIPATED COUNTDOWN TIMER OF THE SEASON IS FINALLY HERE.

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From Victoria Scott, author of FIRE & FLOOD, comes a thrilling story of impossible odds.

Ever since the Titans first appeared in her Detroit neighborhood, Astrid Sullivan’s world has revolved around the mechanical horses. She and her best friend have spent countless hours watching them and their jockeys practice on the track. It’s not just the thrill of the race. It’s the engineering of the horses and the way they’re programmed to seem so lifelike. The Titans are everything that fascinates Astrid, and nothing she’ll ever touch.

She hates them a little, too. Her dad lost everything betting on the Titans. And the races are a reminder of the gap between the rich jockeys who can afford the expensive machines to ride, and the working class friends and neighbors of Astrid’s who wager on them.

But when Astrid’s offered a chance to enter an early model Titan in this year’s derby, well, she decides to risk it all. Because for a girl from the wrong side of the tracks, it’s more than a chance at fame or money. Betting on herself is the only way she can see to hang on to everyone in the world she cares about.

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To hold you over, make sure to check out Victoria’s Dante Walker trilogy (Entangled Teen) and Fire & Flood series (Scholastic).

About Victoria Scott

Victoria Scott is a teen fiction writer represented by Sara Crowe of the Harvey-Klinger Literary Agency. She’s the author of the FIRE & FLOOD series published by Scholastic, and the DANTE WALKER trilogy published by Entangled Teen. Her first stand-alone young adult title, TITANS, will be published by Scholastic in spring 2016.

Victoria’s books have been bought and translated in eleven foreign markets including the UK, Turkey, China, Poland, Israel, Germany, Australia, Brazil, Taiwan, New Zealand, and the Netherlands. She currently lives in Dallas, and hearts cotton candy something fierce.

Bathing Beauties, Booze and Bullets ( A Jazz Age Mystery #2) by Ellen Mansoor CollierBathing Beauties, Booze and Bullets by Ellen Mansoor Collier
Series: A Jazz Age Mystery #2
Published by Decodame Press on May 5, 2013
Pages: 260
Format: eBook
Source: Amazon
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The last thing Jazz wants to do is compare make-up tips with ditzy dames competing in the Miss Universe contest, known as the "International Pageant of Pulchritude and Bathing Girl Revue." She'd rather help solve the murders of young prostitutes who turn up all over town, but city officials insist on burying the stories during Splash Day festivities. After Jazz gets to know the bathing beauties, she realizes there's a lot more to them than just pretty faces and figures.

Jazz becomes suspicious when she finds out the contest is also sponsored by the Maceos, aspiring Beach Gang leaders and co-owners of the Hollywood Dinner Club, where the girls will perform before the parade and pageant. Worse, her half-brother Sammy Cook, owner of the Oasis, a speakeasy on a rival gang's turf, asks her to call in a favor from handsome Prohibition Agent James Burton: He wants Agent Burton to raid the Hollywood Club during the bathing beauties dance routine--or risk revenge from the Downtown Gang leader. Her loyalties torn, Jazz is faced with an impossible task that could compromise both of their jobs and budding romance.

Meanwhile, Jazz fends off advances from Colin Ferris, an attractive but dangerous gangster who threatens Sammy as well as Burton. In the end, she must risk it all to save her friends from a violent killer hell-bent on revenge. Inspired by actual events. (Sequel to FLAPPERS, FLASKS AND FOUL PLAY, the first "Jazz Age Mystery" in the series.)

You can check out my review of the first book in this series, Flappers, Flasks and Foul Play HERE.

“”Boardwalk Empire” meets “Miss Universe” in 1927 Galveston, Texas-the “Sin City of the Southwest.” Jasmine (“Jazz”) Cross is an ambitious 21-year-old society reporter for the Galveston Gazette who wants to be taken seriously by the good-old-boy staff, but the editors only assign her fluffy puff pieces, like writing profiles of bathing beauties.”

Here’s a fun alternate version of the cover:

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I discovered this Jazz Age Mystery series while researching 1920s fiction and I tested the waters with Flappers, Flasks and Foul Play, which I adored. But, I gotta be honest. I enjoyed Bathing Beauties, Booze and Bullets EVEN MORE than the first book in this series!

Have no idea what ”Bathing Beauties” are or what the “Bathing Girl Revue” is? Then check out this cool footage of 1925 Galveston Beauties competing for the grand prize:

The plot, the slang, the characters, the details- they swirled together with all the cinematic verve of a Billy Wilder film! Twists and turns in the story definitely had me guessing (and getting it wrong, lol) more than in the first book.

Jasmine Cross (aka Jazz), the ballsy belle the Jazz Age Mysteries revolve around, continues to be fleshed-out in BBBB and I fell in love with her character a little more. I loved being inside Jazz’s head while she schemed all over town and connected overlooked dots to solve this Galveston murder mystery based on true events. Jazz is ready to move up from Society reporting and into the big time: Crime reporting. She proves to her fellow male colleagues at the Galveston Gazette that she’s got the moxie it takes to investigate big cases and I felt like Ms. Cross definitely left an impression on her boss. Maybe Jazz will be moving on up in the next novel? I’ll have to wait and see.

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There was a flicker of a romance in Flappers, Flasks and Foul Play that fans into a slightly bigger flame in Bathing Beauties. I really enjoyed the dynamic between Jazz and her love interest and can’t wait to see where it goes in the next novel.

The author does a really great job at capturing the cultural climate of Prohibition era Galveston. Everything from the customs, mannerisms, dialogue and gender roles/expectations bring this historical mystery to vivid life. Ellen Mansoor Collier has a knack for describing all the decadence of the era from saloons, to brothels, to dresses, to perfumed lamps. It’s like walking into a magical transporting antique store when reading the author’s descriptions of stuff from the 20s. It made me want to run to the nearest flea market or antique mall to find the cool collectibles she references. In short, these books have basically made me want to ditch my modern life and become a full-time flapper journalist. Ha!

Check out the author’s lovely website HERE and her ETSY shop HERE, where you can browse all sorts of vintage items and fabulous flapper finds!

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Aaand just for fun:

Enjoy this 1920s dance craze montage. It will help you visualize some of the dance moves mentioned in Bathing Beauties, Booze and Bullets. 🙂

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yNAOHtmy4j0

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Enchantress of Paris by Marci Jefferson Review + GIVEAWAY!!!Enchantress of Paris by Marci Jefferson
Published by St. Martin's Press, Thomas Dunne Books on August 4, 2015
Pages: 336
Format: Hardcover
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The alignment of the stars at Marie Mancini's birth warned that although she would be gifted at divination, she was destined to disgrace her family. Ignoring the dark warnings of his sister and astrologers, Cardinal Mazarin brings his niece to the French court, where the forbidden occult arts thrive in secret. In France, Marie learns her uncle has become the power behind the throne by using her sister Olympia to hold the Sun King, Louis XIV, in thrall.

Desperate to avoid her mother's dying wish that she spend her life in a convent, Marie burns her grimoire, trading Italian superstitions for polite sophistication. But as her star rises, King Louis becomes enchanted by Marie's charm. Sensing a chance to grasp even greater glory, Cardinal Mazarin pits the sisters against each other, showering Marie with diamonds and silks in exchange for bending King Louis to his will.

Disgusted by Mazarin's ruthlessness, Marie rebels. She sacrifices everything, but exposing Mazarin's deepest secret threatens to tear France apart. When even King Louis's love fails to protect Marie, she must summon her forbidden powers of divination to shield her family, protect France, and help the Sun King fulfill his destiny.

Check out my PSYCHOLOGICAL ANALYSIS of Marci Jefferson HERE, and don’t forget to ENTER to WIN a finished copy of the Enchantress of Paris at the end of the review!

“Fraught with conspiracy and passion, the Sun King’s opulent court is brought to vivid life in this captivating tale about a woman whose love was more powerful than magic.”

COULD ANYONE ASK FOR ANYTHING MORE IN AN HISTORICAL NOVEL?!

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Some opulent scenery from King Louis XIV’s Versailles Palace

I loved Marci Jefferson’s Girl on the Golden Coin which focuses on Frances Stuart so I already had high expectations for Enchantress of Paris. BUT FOR THE LOVE OF LOUIS, this book surpassed my expectations a hundred fold.

As a musician, I sometimes come across a book that reads like music to me. Full of the kind of lyricism and glorious texture that sweeps me up with all the verve and passion of a symphony piece. There’s the side of my brain that wanted to stop and dissect the anatomy of this novel. What makes it so magical and pitch perfect?  But the side of my brain that prefers to be swept up in such a composition won.

Marie Mancini, The King’s Mistress                                                                           Louis XIV, The Sun King

Marie Mancini, the Sun King's MistressKing Louis XIV

Gah! Is there anything more satisfying for a Historical Fiction lover or Historian than being introduced to a Historical Figure that you didn’t even know existed?! I knew nothing about Marie Mancini before the Enchantress of Paris and now I want to know EVERYTHING about her. Marie is the kind of hypnotic female protagonist that will be haunting the halls of your brain for weeks to come after reading this novel. She is clever and strong, defiant and demanding- all the things that make a captivating heroine.

Marci Jefferson’s storytelling is a full sensory experience. I swear, it’s like Marci tapped into some kind of ”powers that be” to craft such a rich and fascinating story. The mysticism that infuses Marie’s narrative was such an unexpected dimension to this story and added such an exciting and exotic feel to this European tale. Every aspect of the culture of the time period is touched upon in the Enchantress of Paris, and I adore Marci for giving some great historical detail about Jean-Baptiste Lully, the Sun King’s personal composer and  court musician.

Here’s an entertaining scene from the film about King Louis XIV, Le Roi Danse, featuring a Soprano singing an aria written by Lully:

As I’ve come to expect from Marci’s writing, the world building and characterization are equally brilliant and transcendent. The balance between historical detail and narrative is perfect. The ill-fated romance between Marie and Louis XIV was engrossing and infuriating at the same time- such a perfect combination. Marci really knows how to stir the blood with intimate scenes and clandestine dalliances.

We could hardly see so far from the lights of the palais. But we sensed each other and fell into each other’s arms.

“Did you come here to read the heavens?” he asked.

I glanced up and searched for the constellation Virgo, the virgin. But she had not yet ascended to the early spring sky. Instead I saw a shooting star sweep across the heavens. A sign of change? I chose to believe it meant we would overcome the odds. “You know I came for you.”

He ran a hand inside my cloak, feeling my satins. “You’ll be cold in this.”

“Not with the Sun King to warm me.”

“Look at us, forced to meet in the dark. What will happen to us, Marie.”

“You will shine, ” I whispered, “and darkness will flee.”

There, under stars tossed like silver against a velvet sky, our lips met.

Lets just face it. Marci Jefferson was born to write Historical Fiction. With the face of an angel and the brain of a she-devil, Marci Jefferson has made me a mega-fan with her second novel. I can’t wait to eat read the pages of the next thing she writes.

For your viewing pleasure, here’s an entertaining montage from the film Les Roi Danse featuring the best dance numbers in the film. (LOL)

Aaaand, just for fun:

If you are the type of reader who likes to listen to soundtracks with their novels, try Patricia Petibon’s French Baroque Arias which features music from Lully and other artists of the period.

 

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Marci Jefferson’s passion for history was sparked while living in Yorktown, Virginia, where locals still tell Revolutionary War tales. She now writes about remarkable women in history who dared to defy powerful men. – See more at: http://marcijefferson.com/#sthash.JK0bvgtM.dpuf
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Marci Jefferson’s debut novel Girl on the Golden Coin caught my eye earlier this year and after reading it, I had some pressing questions about her mental state. I thought on them for a while and considered reaching out to Marci and offering her a psyche-eval pro bono but, after the release of her latest novel, Enchantress of Paris, St. Martin’s reached out to me in the hopes that I could make sure Marci’s brain was ready for the tremendous amount of fame and success Enchantress of Paris would garner her. I was more than happy to oblige and felt that Marci might benefit from this totally sneaky completely legit psychological evaluation. Remember- I’m sharing this classified information with you for learning purposes only! You can read Marci’s responses to my specifically formulated questions below. Proceed with caution.
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1. What female historical figure would you have been in a past life?
Edith Cavell, the British nurse who defied the Germans occupying Belgium during World War One by helping allied soldiers escape. I’ve been a nurse for seventeen years, and I can only aspire to be as selfless as Edith was, though I certainly am as stubborn.
2. Do you find men in Colonial dress or Edwardian dress more attractive?

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     Colonial Man                                                                   Edwardian Man
As pretty as a Colonial Man is in his lace and tights, an Edwardian man is—well—more manly!
3. One of my guilty pleasures is jumping out from behind things and scaring people. What’s one of yours? (Please be candid. Your secret is safe with me!)
70% dark chocolate. At least one square. Every. Day.
4. If BBC hired you to write an episode for Doctor Who, what would it be like?
Considering I write novels set in vicious royal courts, my episode might end up looking like a romp through the period costume gown department of a theater company. But in all seriousness, I’d use the TARDIS to intervene in some of the witchcraft persecutions of the past centuries.
5. So far, you have written about two strong, often overlooked, women in European History. Will you venture across the pond in an upcoming novel and write about an American woman?
I would love to write about an American, and actually have some ideas…top secret though!
6. Have you ever sniffed the pages of a book or magazine in a public place?book-sniffingOh yes, I’ve totally done that! How did you know?
7. If your significant other was harboring an epic secret, would you prefer it to be that they were a Vampire or a Werewolf?If it is not possible to hybridize the Vampire/Werewolf here, a la Klaus from The Originals, I’m going to invent a door number three and say…Warlock.
8. What is one monumental choice you would have made differently than Marie Mancini, your heroine in the Enchantress of Paris?I admit that in Marie’s place I would have been very tempted to jilt my Roman Prince at the altar and stay behind in France as the Sun King’s mistress (I mean, come on, he’s the most iconic king in history!). But Marie left King Louis because she believed his love for her wasn’t strong enough. You’ve got to respect a woman who respects herself!

9. Do you ever read Young Adult fiction and if so, would you ever consider writing a Young Adult novel?

I do, and I would!

10. If Betty Crocker asked you to create your very own signature frosting flavor for their brand, what would it be?

Salted chocolate caramel.

11. Are you a “by the seat of your pants’’ writer or a very methodical, “strict writing schedule” kind of writer?

I hate to admit that I still don’t know which I am. I do plot and plan and research a ton (perhaps more than I ought). But I write when, where, and however I must.

12. It’s 1776 in the Colonies and you find yourself struggling to flee the fire that has engulfed your farmhouse. When you make it outside, Ian Somerhalder, as a Colonial Rebel, and Chris Hemsworth, as a British Redcoat, are both reaching out their hands to you, offering you a ride to safety on their horses.

Who. Do You. CHOOSE?

Ian Rebel                                                                Chris Red Coat

            Rebel Ian                                                                                          Red Coat Chris

This has to be the hardest interview question I’ve ever been asked! Considering that I lived in Yorktown most of my childhood and am a rebel myself, I would probably opt for Ian Somerhalder. But I would do my darnedest to turn Chris Hemsworth to my side!

Now, it’s time for the Speed Round section of the interview. Please answer with the first word or phrase that comes to mind after reading each word/phrase. Ready? Set. Go!

Twilight

I started reading Anne Rice when I was in 7th grade. Louis and Lestat were my Edward and Bella.

King George III

Porphyria

Italian or Spanish?

Italian

Historical Author

The best kind

Kim Kardashian

Facial contouring

Favorite Actor

Too many to choose

Texas

Lone star

Spandex or Polyester?

Cotton, please.

Ding! Ding! Ding! Time’s up. Thanks so much for participating.

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After much inebriated and sanctimonious deliberation, I’ve gained much insight into the mysterious mind of Marci Jefferson. It is clear to me that she misses her childhood days practicing Wiccan Magic in her attic and her obsession with wild Historical women points to the Freudian-esque conclusion that she narrowly escaped having to go to Catholic school as a teenager. Marci’s interest in blood and anatomical ailments leads me to believe that she is outraged by how many times Kim Kardashion has gone under the knife, and that she is likely to have a barn of stray black cats in the future. Despite these troubling factors, Marci’s salty and sweet taste preferences and her willingness to admit getting high on book pages in public gives me hope for her extremely talented condition. I do not see Marci as a threat to society and believe that she will be able to keep her page sniffing and caramel eating propensities under control in the event of her mounting fame and success. I APPROVE Marci’s competency to continue writing about Historical women.

Stop by tomorrow, Tuesday, August 18, 2015 for my review of Enchantress of Paris and an GIVEAWAY!

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About Marci

Marci grew up in a nomadic Air Force family, inspiring her interest in culture and travel. But her passion for history sparked while living in Yorktown, Virginia, where locals still tell Revolutionary War tales.

Her friends found it odd when she was the only one who didn’t complain on field-trips to Jamestown colony, and collecting headstone rubbings wasn’t exactly considered a cool hobby. She’ll never admit to hopping the wall at the Colonial Williamsburg Governor’s Mansion after dark just to explore the moonlit gardens, but she did spend days roaming battlefields and visiting forgotten plantation homes.

Moving from place to place through the years, she kept a love of writing and scores of short stories to herself, eventually setting them aside to pursue the more “practical” path of becoming a Registered Nurse.

Marci survived learning drip-calculations and care-planning, graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University, then applied her writing skills to hospital documentation. Soon she immersed herself in a Quality Assurance nursing career and wrote dry Policy and Procedure manuals. Years and a few children later, she decided such writing lacked the sweeping adventure she longed for.

Marci now writes about remarkable women in history who dared to defy powerful men. She resides in the Midwest with her husband and two children in a house full of books and toys.

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Title: Lumière

Author: Jacqueline Garlick

Pub. Date: August 11, 2015

Publisher: Skyscape

Pages: 458

Formats: Paperback, eBook

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One determined girl. One resourceful boy. One miracle machine that could destroy everything.

After an unexplained flash shatters her world, seventeen-year-old Eyelet Elsworth sets out to find the Illuminator, her father’s prized invention. With it, she hopes to cure herself of her debilitating seizures before Professor Smrt—her father’s arch nemesis—discovers her secret and locks her away in an asylum.

Pursued by Smrt, Eyelet locates the Illuminator only to see it whisked away. She follows the thief into the world of the unknown, compelled not only by her quest but by the allure of the stranger—Urlick Babbit—who harbors secrets of his own.

Together, they endure deadly Vapours and criminal-infested woods in pursuit of the same prize, only to discover the miracle machine they hoped would solve their problems may in fact be their biggest problem of all.

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NOIR Book Two of THE ILLUMINATION PARADOX SERIES, companion to LUMIERE, Book One.

With Urlick imprisoned for the murder of Professor Smrt, Eyelet must find her way back through the Infirm-infested woods, to the forbidden city of Brethren, to free Urlick before it’s too late.

Along the way, she elicits the help of Crazy Legs, Urlick’s longtime friend. Together they overthrow a travelling freak show train destined for Brethren, with plans to use it to distract the city, so Urlick can make an escape. But Eyelet is lead astray, when a haunting image from her past appears in an abandoned factory at the edge of town. There she unearths a series of ungodly secrets and soon finds herself, imprisoned.

Will C.L. be able to save them both from their fates?
Or will he too, fall prey to the tyranny of Brethren’s newest Ruler?

Rumor has it the Ruler has secrets of her own.
Secrets she’s determined to keep.
Seems an heir may have been overlooked.
The true heir to the Commonwealth throne.

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About Jacqueline
I write YA, New Adult, and Women’s Fiction. I love strong heroines, despise whiny sidekicks, and adore a good story about a triumphant underdog. I love to read, write, paint (walls and paper) and plan cool writing events for cool writers (check out niagarawritersretreatandconference (dot) com.) I have a love/hate relationship with chocolate, grammar, and technology. I prefer creating things to cleaning things, and baking to cooking and believe laughter is a one-stop-shop solution to all that ails you. I also firmly believe ELO’s Mr. Blue Sky can improve even the worst day. And if that doesn’t work, there’s always Ellen Degeneres. You will always find a purple wall (or two) in my house (perhaps even a door) and a hidden passageway that leads to a mystery room. (Okay, so you won’t find a hidden passageway but a girl can dream, can’t she?) Oh, and tea. There will always be tea. I love specialty teas…and collecting special teacups from which to drink them. (See collection below.)
In my former life, I was a teacher (both grade school and college – long story, don’t ask) and more recently, I’ve been a graduate of Ellen Hopkin’s Nevada Mentor Program and a student of James Scott Bell, Christopher Vogler and Don Maass. An excerpt from Lumière earned me the 2012 Don Maass Break Out Novel Intensive Scholarship.
Known for my edgy, rule-breaking, Tim Burton-esque style of writing, I’m often affectionately referred to as the Quentin Tarantino of YA among friends in writing circles.
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Wish You Were Italian (If Only… #2) by Kristin Rae + ARC GiveawayWish You Were Italian by Kristin Rae
Published by Bloomsbury on May 6, 2014
Pages: 323
Format: Hardcover
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Pippa has always wanted to go to Italy … but not by herself. And certainly not to sit in art school the entire summer learning about dead guys’ paintings. When she steps off the plane in Rome, she realizes that traveling solo gives her the freedom to do whatever she wants. So it’s arrivederci, boring art program and ciao, hot Italian guys!

Charming, daring, and romantic, Bruno is just the Italian Pippa’s looking for—except she keeps running into cute American archeology student Darren everywhere she goes. Pippa may be determined to fall in love with an Italian guy … but the electricity she feels with Darren says her heart might have other plans. Can Pippa figure out her feelings before her parents discover she left the program and—even worse—she loses her chance at love?

It’s Summer time and when I’m sitting at my desk in the most air-conditioned city in the country,  I close my eyes and imagine that I’m lounging on the Spanish steps, my face raised towards the Sun, my skin turning as golden as freshly pressed olive oil while pistachio gelato drips off the waffle cone in my hand and down my toasty decolletage… *Snaps out of it* Okay. I’ll continue to my book review before Fabio jumps out of a fountain and offers to clean up my mess…

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So, yeah…Wish You Were Italian is THE PERFECT ‘get me the hell out of Houston and into an Italian daydream’ kind of book. It’s a fun and light read but does deal with the bittersweet emotions that come with monumentally defying your parents for the first time/stepping out on your own and the loss of a beloved family member.

The main character, Pippa,  was likable and I related to a lot of her internal conflicts about boys, family, and pursuing her dreams. The romance aspect was light-hearted and just a tad risqué (YESSSSSS). The hit-and-miss moments with destiny and the well fleshed out journey of Pippa’s Italian adventure were awesome and created the perfect tension and backdrop. I truly felt like I was swept off my feet by Kristin Rae’s descriptions of iconic Italian landscapes. There’s definitely an “Under the Tuscan Sun” for teens feel to this story which makes it perfect in my book.

Just shy of 330 pages, Wish You Were Italian is a great Summer read and perfect for taking to the beach/pool/backyard/WHEREVER you go to relax and read. I haven’t read any of the other books in this series, but will be adding them to my TBR pile for days when I want to mentally escape with a fun and flirty novel.

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So here’s the deal. I’ve been working closely with Victoria Scott over the past six months, and I recently realized that she might be the perfect candidate for a thorough psychoanalysis. Her recent strange behaviors such as becoming a mother and purchasing a car for her husband have led me to believe that there are some psychological issues with Victoria that need to be addressed, and that she might benefit from a totally sneaky completely legit psychological evaluation. Remember- I’m sharing this classified information with you for learning purposes only! You can read Victoria’s responses to my specifically formulated questions below in the BOLD print. Proceed with caution.
Do you have any secret tattoos?
​ No, but my husband has my name on his bicep. I know. Classy. ​
What was your first date?
It was to a shady restaurant with a dude who insisted I call him Vin, after Vin Diesel. He had a buy-one-get-one coupon. Also classy. ​
Do you have any strange writing rituals?
I look off into space a lot when I’m imagining characters’ reactions. Does that count?
If you were Tella in Salt and Sto​ne, what would you have done differently than her?
​ I never would have made it to Salt & Stone. Never. ​
I know you use some quotes from The Divine Comedy to open a few chapters in the Dante Walker trilogy, but have you ever read Dante Alighieri’s masterpiece? And if so, was it inspiration for Dante Walker?
I’ve only ever read Inferno, the ​first section. I borrowed a nugget about ice being used for torture from that fine piece of work. 
For all of us aspiring authors out there- How do you get over the feeling that your book idea might be ”dumb”?
​Ugh. You don’t? I’m working on line edits for a book now, and every day I think to myself, “Dumb. Dumb. Dumber. Also, maybe a little classy.” ​
How long did it take you to write the first Fire and Flood book once you conceived the idea and interest was expressed by the publisher?
​ It took about four months from plotting to turning in a first draft. ​
If you had auditioned to be in Saved By the Bell back in the day, I have a feeling you would have been Kelly Kapowski- Do you agree?
​ Kelly for the win. I guess I would’ve been since we were both cheerleaders and all.
What television show have you recently binge watched or are obsessed with?
Vikings. OMG, Vikings! ​
I know your mom and other family members read your books. Is it embarrassing or awkward knowing they are going to read the LOVE SCENES you wrote?! I must confess- as an aspiring author, I worry about this, LOL.
​YES! Not so much for my family members to read those scenes, because we’re a pretty open family. But for my mother-in-law? Kill me. ​
Okay, time for the speed round. This part is sorta like the Family Feud speed round. I’ll ask a question/state a phrase/word, and you answer the first thing that pops into your head. Ready? Set. Go!

Damon or Stefan?

Damon. ​

Spandex or Polyester?

Gross, no.

Editing or Changing diapers?

Diapers.

Italian food or Mexican food?

​ Mexican. ​

Cowboys or Texans?

​ Cowboys. ​

If you had to choose one to be your love slave: Dante or Guy?!

Dante, of course! ​

If you had to binge watch one or the other: Toddlers and Tiaras, Dance Moms, or Honey Boo Boo?

Dance Moms.

Edward or Jacob? 

Jacob. ​

Color of your soul?

Black, obviously. Yellow when I’m feelin’ it. ​

Favorite hobby?

Interior design.

Freud or Jung?

​Who the hell is Jung? *Googles* Okay, going with Freud. He seems classier.
DING, DING, DING! Times up! Thanks so much for participating in my interview. 🙂
After extensive inebriated analysis of Victoria’s answers to my deceptively shallow questions, I realized my worst fears about her psyche were, indeed, warranted. It is clear to me that Victoria suffers from early childhood exposure to Godfather’s Pizza and Michael Jackson music videos. Her obsession with the television show Vikings reveals an underlying desire to sing opera and change her name to Brunhilde. The fact that she can write such successful novels is truly perplexing. It is evident from daily observation that she is constantly fighting a glitter-pink demon inside that wishes to decorate stranger’s houses in rainbows and skulls. Writing her first Dante Walker novel helped calm this aspect of her personality.
Final Prognosis: Victoria is too cool for school. But only because she already went to school and discovered she was much cooler as an adult who writes Young Adult novels. I do not believe Victoria is an immediate threat to society.

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About Victoria Scott

Victoria Scott is a teen fiction writer represented by Sara Crowe of the Harvey-Klinger Literary Agency. She’s the author of the FIRE & FLOOD series published by Scholastic, and the DANTE WALKER trilogy published by Entangled Teen. Her first stand-alone young adult title, TITANS, will be published by Scholastic in spring 2016.

Victoria’s books have been bought and translated in eleven foreign markets including the UK, Turkey, China, Poland, Israel, Germany, Australia, Brazil, Taiwan, New Zealand, and the Netherlands. She currently lives in Dallas, and hearts cotton candy something fierce.

Blog Tour: Collide (The Taking #3) by Melissa West Review +Giveaway!!!Collide by Melissa West
Series: The Taking #3
Published by Entangled Teen Pages: 247
Format: eARC
Source: Publisher
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Military legacy Ari Alexander has survived alien spies, WWIV, and a changing world order. But when the new leader of Earth uses Jackson—the only boy she's ever let herself care about—to get to her, Ari has no choice but to surrender. To free Jackson, she agrees to travel to the national bases to train others to fight. What she discovers is a land riddled with dying people. Ari has the power to heal by turning the fighters into aliens—half-breeds like her. If she succeeds, together, they have a chance at overthrowing the alien leader, Zeus. But if she fails, everyone she holds dear will be wiped away forever. Once again, everything Ari’s come to believe is thrown into question. In a world of uncertainty, loyalties are tested, lies are uncovered, and no one can be trusted. If Ari and Jackson have any hope at survival and at preserving a life for the future, they must fight the final war with their eyes wide open.

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Check out my reviews of Gravity (The Taking #1) and Hover (The Taking #2).

Collide is a show-stopping, blood-pumping, heart-pounding finish to The Taking series, and hard-core Sci-Fi fans will be just as blown away by this finale as romance fans will be.

Ari is a bad-ass of EPIC PROPORTIONS in Collide and Melissa West didn’t hold back with Ari’s character. Ari fully transforms into a fearless leader in this last book of the series, and it was awesome to see her take on a strong female lead. She is a weapon of mass destruction in Collide and goes to all lengths to fight for what she believes in and to keep safe the ones she loves.

Jackson is as dreamy as ever, and never fails to anchor Ari when she needs it. I really enjoyed his character, and when combined with Ari’s character, the romance element was out of this world. As a team, as partners in this battle against Zeus and Kelvin, Ari’s love for Jackson and his love for her is what makes them strong. They are stronger together than apart, and Melissa West wholeheartedly proves this.

Jackson stands slowly, effort etched into his face, the muscles in his arms flexing. The door to his room starts to open, and my gaze flashes over, every fiber in me focused on keeping it shut. “They’re coming,” I say.

“It doesn’t matter,” Jackson replies, his voice like a warm blanket over my heart, soothing the ache that’s been there since he disappeared. The ache I feared would never go away.

“They can’t contain us. They will never contain us.

The pacing was perfect for this final installment and the plot was compelling, thickening with the pace of the novel. So much action was packed in, one might be afraid that it would take away from the love story- but it didn’t. Despite enough scenes and action sequences to make any Star-Wars fan or Star-Ship Troopers fan squeal for joy, the romance between Ari and Jackson is really where it’s at.

I was SO HAPPY and actually a little shocked that Melissa West didn’t let this thread of the story be overpowered by the Sci-Fi elements, but the woman is MAGIC. Melissa West creates the perfect combination of action/romance qualities in Collide, but for me, it is definitely the relationship between Ari and Jackson that transcends space and time. West really knows how to craft a meaningful relationship between her main characters, and that is what ultimately kept me turning the pages at breakneck speed.

And as if she needed to add any more depth to her story and make certain aspects seem relevant to the world today, West goes and drops lines like this to really get you thinking:

“I don’t like what this means, joining forces with the enemy, but maybe it’s not about sides. Maybe it’s about the best people—the best kind—surviving. Maybe it’s about the birth of a new species, one that isn’t so fixated on the other and is more focused on the best life for all.”

Collide was AWESOME and although I’m sad to see it end, I’m so glad Melissa West gave her fans a terrific ending to this STELLAR series.

And don’t forget to check out one of the COOLEST GIVEAWAYS EVER below. It includes and awesome annotated copy of Gravity and ROSWELL SEASON ONE. How cool is that!?

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melissa westMelissaWest writes young adult and new adult novels for Entangled Teen and Embrace and Penguin/InterMix. She lives outside of Atlanta, GA with her husband and two daughters and spends most of her time writing, reading, or fueling her coffee addiction. She holds a B.A. in Communication Studies and a M.S. in Graphic Communication, both from Clemson University. Yeah, her blood runs orange.

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About Melissa West

Melissa West writes young adult and new adult novels for Entangled Teen and Embrace and Penguin/Intermix. She lives outside of Atlanta, GA with her husband and two daughters and spends most of her time writing, reading, or fueling her coffee addiction.

She holds a B.A. in Communication Studies and a M.S. in Graphic Communication, both from Clemson University. Yeah, her blood runs orange.

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Happy Book-Birthday to Scarlett Red! If you haven’t read Mister Black, the first book in this serial, you can check out my review here and hurry over to one of the retailers listed and purchase your copies! There is also a DRAWING for a FIFTY DOLLAR AMAZON GIFT CARD below. Don’t forget to ENTER to WIN!

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Mister Black swept in and out of my life like a tornado, leaving me twisted up and forever changed in

his wake.

And now that my life is finally back on track, I need to move on, despite the many reminders of our

time together.

But our pasts are only as far away as the shadows we hide behind, and sometimes those shadows

grow darker, converging on the present in the most insidious way.

He is Black: a stealthy hunter and rainbow master.

I am Red: a truth seeker and desire keeper.

Together we are obsession. Passionate colors destined to be drawn together.

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We all have someone who crossed our path and fundamentally changed us. That one person who

blew through our lives, their presence forever stamped on our psyche. They linger in our thoughts,

in our hearts, and in the decisions we make. A soul crusher or a dream maker, depending on the

perspective.

My person is MISTER BLACK.

I didn’t know him by that name when I first met him.

I didn’t know him at all, but the impression he left behind was just as powerful as the name I call him

today.

He is Black: a deadly enforcer and masterful seducer.

I am Red: a justice bleeder and willing participant.

Together we are passion. Colors colliding through each other’s lives.

When our secrets converge in a passionate encounter,

stepping out of the shadows just might be worth the risk.

About The Author

PTMichelleAuthorPictureP.T. Michelle is the NEW YORK TIMES, USA TODAY and International Best Selling author of the

New Adult/Contemporary romance serial IN THE SHADOWS, the YA/New Adult crossover series

BRIGHTEST KIND OF DARKNESS, and the romance series: BAD IN BOOTS, KENDRIAN VAMPIRES

and SCIONS (listed under Patrice Michelle). She keeps a spiral notepad with her at all times, even

on her nightstand. When P.T. isn’t writing, she can usually be found reading or taking pictures of landscapes, sunsets and anything beautiful or odd in nature.

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* LUCID (Book 2)

* DESTINY (Book 3)

* DESIRE (Book 4)

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pt michelleP.T. Michelle is the young adult and new adult pseudonym of Patrice Michelle, author of fifteen

romance novels and novellas. When P.T. isn’t writing, she can usually be found reading or

taking pictures of landscapes, sunsets and anything beautiful or odd in nature.

Author Links:

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You can check out my review of My Super Sweet Sixteenth Century here.

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Cat Crawford just wants to be normal—or at least as normal as a daughter of Hollywood royalty can be. And it looks like fate is granting her wish: she’s got an amazing boyfriend, Lucas; her fabulous cousin, Alessandra, living with her; and her dad planning his second marriage to a great future stepmom. That is, until her prodigal mother reveals on national television that she has something important to tell her daughter…causing a media frenzy.

 Lucas Capelli knows his fate is to be with Cat, and he’s worked hard to win her over once and for all. Unfortunately, Lucas has his own issues to deal with, including a scandal that could take him away from the first place he’s truly belonged.

 As secrets are revealed, rumors explode, and the world watches, Cat and Lucas discover it’s not fate they have to fight if they want to stay together…this time, it’s their own insecurities.

 Well, and the stalkerazzi.

 PUB DATE: April 21st, 2014

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author picRachel Harris writes humorous love stories about sassy girls-next-door and the hot guys that make them swoon. Emotion, vibrant settings, and strong families are a staple in each of her books…and kissing. Lots of kissing.

A Cajun cowgirl now living in Houston, she firmly believes life’s problems can be solved with a hot, sugar-coated beignet or a thick slice of king cake, and that screaming at strangers for cheap, plastic beads is acceptable behavior in certain situations. She homeschools her two beautiful girls and watches way too much Food Network with her amazing husband.

An admitted Diet Mountain Dew addict, she gets through each day by laughing at herself, hugging her kids, and losing herself in story. She writes young adult, new adult, and adult romances, and LOVES talking with readers!

Website: http://www.rachelharriswrites.com/

Fire & Flood: Victoria Scott Reviews Her Own Book!Fire and Flood by Victoria Scott
Series: Fire and Flood #1
Published by Scholastic on February 25, 2014
Pages: 320
Format: Hardcover
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A modern day thrill ride, where a teen girl and her animal companion must participate in a breathtaking race to save her brother's life—and her own.

Tella Holloway is losing it. Her brother is sick, and when a dozen doctors can't determine what's wrong, her parents decide to move to Montana for the fresh air. She's lost her friends, her parents are driving her crazy, her brother is dying—and she's helpless to change anything.

Until she receives mysterious instructions on how to become a Contender in the Brimstone Bleed. It's an epic race across jungle, desert, ocean, and mountain that could win her the prize she desperately desires: the Cure for her brother's illness. But all the Contenders are after the Cure for people they love, and there's no guarantee that Tella (or any of them) will survive the race.

The jungle is terrifying, the clock is ticking, and Tella knows she can't trust the allies she makes. And one big question emerges: Why have so many fallen sick in the first place?

 

 

 

 

Sometimes authors CANNOT RESIST picking up a copy of their own book at their local bookstore. Yep. They wrote the darn book but they want to experience it again with fresh eyes, and pretend they are reading it for the first time. This psychological phenomenon leads these same authors to want to review their own books as well. The following is what happens when they do:

In Which Victoria Scott Reviews Her Own Book, Fire & Flood

What is this, FIRE & FLOOD? Okay, I’ll take a crack. Nice cover. Actually, I love that cover.

*opens book and begins reading*

So I’m to believe this teen girl is going to enter a dangerous race to save her brother? Her brother?

Siblings must have different relationships now than they did in my day, because when

I was growing up I wouldn’t have rolled over to save my sibling. There. I said it.

*keeps reading*

The Pandoras are cool. I’m down.

*keeps reading*

I’m sorry, am I reading this right? Leeches? Effing leeches? What a cheap trick to try and

entertain readers. Lame. Wait, who’s the new guy? Titus? He seems like a good chap.

*keep reading*

Titus is not a good chap.

*keep reading*

Titus is going to kill everyone.

*keeps reading*

Nope, I guess he’s not.

*closes book*

Well, let’s see. We’ve got a character with an unbelievable motivation, a guy way too hot to

like a chick with a self-imposed hack-job of a haircut, and world building that I don’t buy for a

second. I mean, genetically-engineered animals? Nice explanation. I give this book zero stars.

*looks at cover again*

Then again, I do like that cover. Five stars!

You can check out my review of Fire & Flood here, Erin’s review here, and a short Q&A about Victoria’s thoughts on ARCs here.

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About Victoria Scott

Victoria Scott is a teen fiction writer represented by Sara Crowe of the Harvey-Klinger Literary Agency. She’s the author of the FIRE & FLOOD series published by Scholastic, and the DANTE WALKER trilogy published by Entangled Teen. Her first stand-alone young adult title, TITANS, will be published by Scholastic in spring 2016.

Victoria’s books have been bought and translated in eleven foreign markets including the UK, Turkey, China, Poland, Israel, Germany, Australia, Brazil, Taiwan, New Zealand, and the Netherlands. She currently lives in Dallas, and hearts cotton candy something fierce.

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WHO IS THE REAL MOLLY McADAMS?

Molly McAdams is pulling a prank on the internet to celebrate the release of her prank-tastic novella, Needing Her, on 12/23! For eight days until Needing Her goes on-sale, the internet will be brimming with New Adult celebs like J. Lynn, Jay Crownover, Sophie Jordan, and more—all pretending to be the REAL Molly McAdams. All have filled out the same Q&A, so it’s up to the fans to guess which one is the real Molly! Each day, a new Q&A will go live on a variety of blogs, and if you guess who’s answering the questions in the comments, you could win a fabulous gift basket, including books from all the participating authors, as well as a prank “starter-kit,” for your own practical jokes. Here are the participants:

 

Molly McAdams

J. Lynn

Monica Murphy

Lisa DesRochers

Jay Crownover

Sophie Jordan

Nichole Chase

Blogger Yara Santos of Once Upon A Twilight

 

So see if you can guess who’s who by commenting, and you’ll be entered to win a lavish prize basket. And check all the other participating blogs until 12/23 to see if you can pick out the REAL Molly McAdams. Identities will be revealed, and the winner will be announced on 12/24, on these blogs as well as on the Between the Covers FB page.

 

Favorite food?

Any flavored Cheesecake

 

Favorite color?

At the moment its light green

 

Favorite band and / or favorite song?

New Kids on the Block of course

 

How do you come up with your book ideas?

I can be surfing the internet or chatting on Facebook and Bam! New idea will pop in my head after seeing a sad story mentioned or a sad puppy pictured.

 

What’s the best prank you’ve ever played on someone?

I egged an ex-boyfriend’s car in high school when I found out he liked someone else.

 

What’s your fascination with cops and detectives?

Hello! Who doesn’t love a man in a uniform.

 

What’s the thing you love most about Needing Her?

The spiritual connection I felt while I wrote the book and hope that readers will feel it too.

Is it her? Or is it one of the impostors listed above? What’s your guess?! Post a reply with your guess!

needing herThe Sound of Us by Ashley Poston
Series: Radio Hearts #1
Pages: 202
Release Date: December 23rd, 2013
Publisher: William Morrow Impulse
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A fabulous, fun, and sexy New Adult novella from New York Times bestselling author Molly McAdams. If you loved Connor in From Ashes, this is the story for you.

 

She’s the girl next door

Maci Price isn’t really into relationships. Having four very protective older brothers has always made having a boyfriend very difficult anyway. But her friend is set on finding her the right guy—and thinks the mysterious Connor Green is the perfect pick.

 

He’s her brother’s best friend

Connor Green is trying to find himself again. He loved, then lost, and it’s time for him to pick up the pieces. His brooding is making his friends crazy, but Maci, who has grown up into a gorgeous and incredibly sexy woman, is about to break the spell.

 

They’re made for each other

When Maci starts up old pranks to get Connor out of his slump, an all-out war leads to a night that will break all their rules … and a relationship they must keep hidden. Together they’re electric. Apart they’re safe. And soon they’ll each find that they’re exactly what the other needs.

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Other Blogs Participating in this PRANK-TASTIC Blog Tour:
Monday, December 16th:

Books Over Boys

The Eater of Books!

Jennifer Weiser

Reading on the Rocks

A Life Bound By Books

YA Bookish News

The Novel List

 

Tuesday, December 17th             

The Irish Banana Review

Tart Sweet

Urban Girl Reader

Lebooksquirrel

Judging Books By Their Covers

Night Owl Reviews

BookCrushin

Read Lovely Books

Enticed by Books

 

Wednesday, December 18th:

My Overstuffed Bookshelf

The Reading Date

Vi3tbabe

Stuck In Books

Waste Paper Prose

Supernatural Snark

The Story Siren

The Book Reading Gals

Book Mom’s Reviews

Reading Teen

 

Thursday, December 19th:

The Bookish Babe

Tea Time Romance

Save Your Money For Books

Eclectic Passions

Vilma’s Book Blog

Ficwishes

EndlessReading

All in a Book

Will Read For Books

 

Friday, December 20th:

Books Like Breathing

Bookalicious

Reese’s Reviews: MA2F

Fiktshun

The Lusty Literate

Owl Always Be Reading

Live To Read

Starbucks & Books Obsession

My Summer Girl Books

Fic Talk

 

Saturday, December 21st:

Romancing the Readers

Got Fiction

Nevaeh’s New Adult Book Blog

YA Sisterhood

MEReadALot

Sties Books

TSK TSK What to Read

In The Best Worlds

The Book Trollop

Please Another Book

The Boyfriend Bookmark

Booklovers LaceyCat

 

Sunday, December 22nd:

Flirty & Dirty Book Blog

Seduced By A Book

Fiction Fare

Library of a Book Witch

Whirlwind Books

A Bookish Escape

CK2S Kwips and Kritiques

Swoon Worthy Books

Movies, Shows & Books

Brazen Reads

Good Choice Reading

Brit Nanny Reads

 

Monday, December 23rd:                         

Babbling about Books, and More

Toot’s Book Reviews

Cocktails and Books

Mean Girls Luv Books

Lola’s Reviews

Bookish Treasures

About To Read

I Read Indie

Just Booked

Reading Lark

Kimberlyfaye Reads

Paper Charade

Doing Some Reading

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Cristin Terrill is a young adult author and aspiring grown-up. She grew up semi-nomadic and graduated from Vassar College with a degree in drama. After getting her masters in Shakespeare Studies from the Shakespeare Institute in Stratford-upon-Avon, she lived in London, Austin, Boston, and Washington, DC while working as a theatrical stage manager. Now she writes and leads creative writing workshops for DC-area kids and teens. All Our Yesterdays is her first novel.

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Cristin Terrill’s highly anticipated debut novel, All Our Yesterdays, was released in September, and I’m probably the only blogger on the planet that could forget to post my interview with  her. So, this interview and giveaway are for those scant few who have yet to read her book.

Unbeknownst to Cristin, I was given the chance to pick her brain for a psyche test.  Because of the nature of a writer’s work, I find it is imperative to do a psychological analysis of each author I come across. I’m sharing this classified information with you for learning purposes only!

What inspired the unusual spelling of your first name?

My parents, bless them, didn’t realize at the time that they were condemning me to a life of spelling my name out and being called “Christine” anyway. I was named for my uncle Crisler (who, let’s face it, got a rawer deal than I did), so that’s where the spelling comes from.

Did you like the television show Sliders starring Jerry O’Connell when you were younger?

I actually never watched Sliders as a kid; I think it was a little TK before my time. But I did watch MANY reruns of Quantum Leap thanks to my sister’s mad crush on Scott Bakula.

All Our Yesterdays is one of the best, if not THE best book I have read all year. Is it a story that you have been writing in your head for a while, or did it just come to you on the fly and get written and published very quickly?

It was a little bit of both. I wrote a short story with the bones that would become All Our Yesterdays many years ago, but the story kept rolling around in the back of my head, becoming bigger and more complex. When I finally sat down to make it a novel, all the years of preparation I’d done in my brain meant I was able to write it quite quickly. I started the first draft in April of 2011 and we sold it in February of 2012.

Is there more in store for Finn and Marina? If so, when will the next book come out?

There is another book in the All Our Yesterdays universe, but that’s all I’m going to say about it! Barring any major hiccups, it should come out about a year after the first does, so probably Fall 2014.

Is reading AOY like reading your diary? Is there a lot of you in it, or are you completely separate from the characters?

There are definitely pieces of the characters, thoughts they have, experiences they go through, that are very personal to me, though I don’t know if anyone else would be able to pick them out. Occasionally a friend or family member will point out a line of dialogue that just jumped out at them as something I would say and made them remember it was me writing the book (usually it’s Finn). None of the characters are like me, although there are bits of me in each of them, which I think is probably unavoidable for any writer.

What’s your favorite Terminator movie?

Tough one. It’s hard not to love the first, because it was just such a new and unique premise for a plot (to me, at least, it’s pretty apparent now that James Cameron totally ripped off  TK). And I also find Kyle Reese to be a really fascinating character, and we don’t see him again until number four. But how can you beat Terminator 2 really?

I saw you lived in Austin, Texas for a while. What brought you to Texas and how did you like it?

I grew up mostly in Texas, although not the Austin area. I moved to Austin after leaving the UK because I was a bit lost in life and wasn’t ready to move to a strange new city on my own to try to restart my career. So I moved into the apartment above my dad’s garage and got a job with the US Census, which was one of the more bizarre jobs of my life, while I regrouped. Austin is a great city that I’ve always loved visiting, but I couldn’t stand the heat permanently!

Did you know you wanted to be a writer when you were studying Drama and Shakespeare, or did it just happen?

Being a professional writer was never an ambition of mine. I wrote short stories and fan fiction for fun but never expected to do anything more than that. My dream was to be a theatrical stage manager, which I was up until recently. I did my masters in Shakespeare on a bit of a whim. I’ve always loved Shakespeare, I was desperate to get back to the UK, and a part of me wondered if what I actually wanted to be was an academic. But doing my masters convinced me I didn’t! I spent a year studying something I loved and seeing plays a few times a week at the Royal Shakespeare Company down the street, and I got an extra three years in England out of it!

When developing a story, do you approach your book characters much like you do your acting?

Luckily for us all, I was never an actor, but I do think my drama training has helped me as a writer. The combination of studying drama in an academic setting and actually producing it in a theatre has given me a good eye for structure, motivation, subtext, blocking, and other things that are important in writing as well.

Do you like Opera? If so, what’s your favorite one?

I love opera! I stage-managed quite a few operas, and they were some of my favorite things to work on. I especially love the German expressionists, particularly Wagner and Strauss. But my absolute favorite is an under-appreciated modern opera by Jonathon Dove called Flight.

Favorite musical?

Tough one. My longtime favorite from childhood was Les Miserables, but my new favorite is probably Spring Awakening.

When you first knew you were going to be published, did the idea of all the touring and publicity that comes with being a famous author now-a-days scare you, or were you looking forward to it?

Well, I’m extremely not famous, so I’m not doing the whirlwind book tour or anything like that (although I am traveling more than I anticipated I would be, including a trip back to the homeland-of-my-heart,London,  for the launch of the British edition, which is both tiring and really fun!). I was definitely a bit intimidated by the idea of marketing a book because of all the pressure and expectations, but luckily I have a great team around me who’s really helping me shoulder that burden. I think it’s both harder and more fun that I was expecting when I sold the book.

Okay, time for the speed round! This part is meant to be sorta like the Family Feud speed round. I will say a word/phrase/question, and you answer with the first thing that pops into your head. Ready? Set. Go!

Red Rum

Christian Bale or Chris Hemsworth? Bale

London or Texas? London

Congress Sucks

Favorite book The Giver

Baby giraffes Cute

Italian or Chinese? Italian

Aliens Fun

Leprechauns Creepy

Ding, ding, ding! Time’s up! Thank you so much for participating in this psyche analysis interview! 

 

I twiddled my thumbs for a while over this diagnosis. Cristin’s brain seems to be a complicated maze of conundrums. After thorough analysis, it is apparent that Cristin has a fetish with cyborgs that has driven her to bury her true feelings for Arnold Schwarzenegger. She clearly has unresolved issues with Puck from a Midsummer Night’s Dream, and her love of London, Strauss and Wagner suggest repressed feelings of sovereignty. After assessing her speed-round answers, I have come to the conclusion that Cristin has a dependence on rum and coke, and could quite possibly be a threat to society if she chooses to run for Congress. (NOTE: This analysis was conducted in June, and Cristin’s issues may have rapidly evolved, thus voiding this diagnosis as non-threatening.)

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by Darynda Jones

daryndaFor reasons known only to the Big Guy upstairs, NYTimes and USA Today Best Selling author Darynda Jones won both a Golden Heart and a RITA for her manuscript FIRST GRAVE ON THE RIGHT. But even before that, she couldn’t remember a time she wasn’t putting pen to paper. When she was five, she would pick up a pencil and notepad, scribble utter chaos onto the page and ask her mom to read her masterpiece aloud. Thankfully, her mother would play along.  Later she wrote plays for the neighborhood kids, made up stories for her brother as he played cars, and fell in love with Captain Kirk. Those raging, seven-year-old hormones only fueled her imagination, prompting her to create fantastical stories for Barbie and Ken to enact. Ken was such a bad boy back then.

After years of being repeatedly sent to the principal’s office for daydreaming in class, she managed to make it to high school where she almost finished her first manuscript. Sitting with her BFF in a corner booth at the local Tastee Freeze for hours at a time, she wrote a post-apocalyptic story about a group of teens who bore a remarkable resemblance to the members of Van Halen and were trying to escape the tunnels of a huge government fallout facility decades after World War III had destroyed the surface of the earth. It was a science fiction version of The Warriors and destined to be a classic.

Life was good. Writing was good. Then she graduated and the real world came crashing through. She forced the dream aside in favor of sustenance and shelter, got married to a local rock star, and had at least two kids that she can think of, the oldest of whom was born Deaf, probably to spite her. When he was five, she packed up her boys and moved to Albuquerque to put him in a Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing program. The rock star stayed behind with the business, and they took turns going back and forth on the weekends to see each other for seven really long years.

While in Albuquerque, Darynda decided to see the cup half full and go back to college while she still had enough brain cells to make itdarynda2 worth her while. After graduating Summa cum Laude from the University of New Mexico with a degree in Sign Language Interpreting, she moved back to her hometown and got a real job. Several in fact, mostly teaching at a local college and interpreting pretty much everywhere. Based on personal experience, she does not recommend having more than three jobs at any given time.

But bit by bit, the desire to write needled its way back to the surface. Unable to squelch it any longer, she started writing seriously again in 2002 with one goal in mind: A publishing contract. Unfortunately, she sucked. Thank goodness practice makes almost-perfect and three complete manuscripts later, she won that Golden Heart, landed an amazing agent and sold to St. Martin’s Press in a three-book deal.

She currently has two series with St. Martin’s Press, the Charley Davidson series and the Darklight Trilogy. She hopes you enjoy reading them as much as she enjoys writing them.

Darynda lives in the Land of Enchantment, also known as New Mexico, with her husband of almost 30 years and two beautiful sons, the Mighty, Mighty Jones Boys.

 

I am really, really, REALLY excited for the third book in the Darklight Trilogy coming out next week, so I thought I would do a lil’ somethin’, somethin’ on Darynda, the fabulous author. If you     haven’t had the privilege of reading the first two books in this series yet, you can check out my reviews for Death and The Girl Next Door (Darklight #1), and Death, Doom, and Detention (Darklight #2) first. You will definitely want to add these to your October MUST READ list.  Death and The Girl He Loves (Darklight #3) will hit the shelves on Tuesday, October 8!

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by Mimi Strong

 

Today, I thought I would focus the author spotlight on Mimi Strong. Erin and I are currently reading Stardust, the first book in the Peaches Monroe series, and we have both overdosed on LOL moments. Hard. Stardust is on the top ten Amazon Bestseller’s list, and with a title like Stardust and a story like Peaches Monroe’s,  it’s easy to see why. Here’s a lil’ somethin’, somethin’ about Mimi taken straight from her awesome blog:

mimiHello! I’m bestselling author Mimi Strong, and I write funny, sex books. You could call my stories chick-lit, erotic romance, sex comedy, new adult, or contemporary romance. Most of my characters have a wicked sense of humor. I’ve always had a lot of sides. Sometimes I’m vulnerable, and sometimes I go after what I want without a single doubt. I love making everyone around me laugh. When I get a message from a reader like you, who says she hit her head on the headboard from laughing too hard and woke up her husband, I think that’s pretty awesome. I’ve always enjoyed empowering stories about kick-butt women who don’t hold back and the awesome men who are smart enough to love them. I live on the west coast with Mr. Strong and our two kitties. I drink coffee, wear pants, and breathe oxygen.What else would you like to know? How about the story of my first erotic writing? Yeah? You’d like that? Okay, here you go:

*MY FIRST SMUT*

This was back in the eighties, before the internet, of course. My filthy reading material was limited to what I could get at the school library, which didn’t even stock the racier Judy Blume novels.
My parents were out the night I got a pen and paper and wrote the filthiest thing I could imagine.
Now, I’d never actually seen a blow-up doll before. People at my school made a lot of jokes about blow-up dolls, and in my head they seemed a lot sexier than those vinyl things you see tethered to people at bachelor parties.
I wrote a story about a boy, his girlfriend, and his blow-up doll. The girlfriend was jealous of the doll, which drove much of the plot. Looking back, I admire my young self for having such a good grasp on the use of conflict in storytelling.
I had little time to enjoy my fine story, though, because shame and fear of being caught overwhelmed me, and I began to sweat, the penned words smearing at my fingertips.
There was nowhere in my bedroom safe enough to hide such a thing. Nowhere in the house. No hiding place on Planet Earth could prevent this twisted literature from falling into the wrong hands.
My whole body shaking, I tore the pages into pieces the size of postage stamps.
But the porn would not be destroyed.
Incriminating words still blazed out defiantly from the shreds.
These morcels of sin could not go into the household garbage. My mother had a special sense for discovering transgressions. She would spot the letters C-O-C scrawled in my childish handwriting and she would know. She would retrieve all the pieces and put them together, then call me in for questioning.
I couldn’t just toilet-flush the pages because surely it would clog the septic system, and I’d be in trouble for two things.
They could be home at any minute!
Still sweating, my heart pounding, I got a tall glass of water from the kitchen. As I prepared to swallow the evidence, I paused.
I’d never ingested paper before. Was paper similar in digestibility to corn? Would incriminating pieces be making appearances in my poo over the next few weeks? Even if the words were unrecognizable, the mere presence of paper in my stools would speak of a crime of some magnitude.
And so, I got a metal cookie sheet, and I cremated my first erotic story. I flushed the ashes.
I didn’t write another word of erotica for many, many years.
Noways, I’m proud to write sensual, enjoyable, character-driven stories. However, whenever I finish a piece, I still get that heart-pounding rush. These stories are transgressive. They make us feel dirty. And they make us come alive.

 

The first two books in the Peaches Monroe series are out now, and the third is due out in December. Click on the book covers to purchase!

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