Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Top Ten Books on My Fall TBR List


Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.

1. Hunting Prince Dracula by Kerri Maniscalco

2. The Language of Thorns by Leigh Bardugo

3. Brooding YA Hero by Carrie Ann DeRisio

4. Turtles All the Way Down by John Green

5. Renegades by Marissa Meyer

6. The Becoming of Noah Shaw by Michelle Hodkin

7. The Love Letters of Abelard and Lily by Laura Creedle

8. Seriously Hexed by Tina Connolly

9. The Afterlife of Holly Chase by Cynthia Hand

10. That Inevitable Victorian Thing by E.K. Johnston

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Waiting on Wednesday (64)


"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

This week, I'm super excited for This Heart of Mine by C.C. Hunter! I read her Shadow Falls series, and instantly fell in love. I'm also part of her street team, so I have an early copy to read. Once I finish my current stack of books, I plan to dig in!

Synopsis:

A new heart saved her life—but will it help her find out what really happened to its donor?

Seventeen-year-old Leah MacKenzie is heartless. An artificial heart in a backpack is keeping her alive. However, this route only offers her a few years. And with her rare blood type, a transplant isn’t likely. Living like you are dying isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. But when a heart becomes available, she’s given a second chance at life. Except Leah discovers who the donor was — a boy from her school — and they’re saying he killed himself. Plagued with dreams since the transplant, she realizes she may hold the clues to what really happened.

Matt refuses to believe his twin killed himself. When Leah seeks him out, he learns they are both having similar dreams and he’s certain it means something. While unraveling the secrets of his brother’s final moments, Leah and Matt find each other, and a love they are terrified to lose. But life and even new hearts don’t come with guarantees. Who knew living, took more courage than dying?


This Heart of Mine is a haunting, poignant tale about living and dying, surviving grief, guilt, and heartache, while discovering love and hope in the midst of sadness.

Release: February 27, 2018

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Top Ten Books I Loved In My First Year of Blogging


Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. These are books I loved and reviewed between August 2012 - August 2013. That said, I will not link to the reviews, because they are pretty bad. I did write them when I was 12.

1. Before I Wake by Rachel Vincent (This was my first post)

2. Welcome Caller, This if Chloe by Shelley Coriell

3. Sweet Evil by Wendy Higgins

4. Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi

5. Caught by Margaret Peterson Haddix

6. Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

7. A Fractured Light by Jocelyn Davies

8. Whispers at Moonrise by CC Hunter

9. Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarry

10. Alice in Zombieland by Gena Showalter

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Sunday Street Team: Mask of Shadows by Linsey Miller


Hello, and welcome to my Street Team Sunday stop! Mask of Shadows is an amazing new book that I hope everyone reads! My review of the book will be going up on Teenreads soon, so keep your eyes peeled!

Interview:

1. How did you react when you first saw the cover?

I didn’t really know what to do because it was amazing and bright and deadly, and it didn’t look like many covers I had seen before. I loved it. I felt so, so lucky that it was the cover for Mask of Shadows.

2. What advice do you have for younger and aspiring authors?

Keep writing. Write everything you can, read everything you can, and keep your hobbies. Learn everything you can or want to learn. You don’t have to go to school for writing. You don’t have to be any sort of person to be a writer other than someone who writes. Yes, getting published is hard and can be harder depending, but you can do it and many would love to help.

3. Do you write friends/family into your books, or do you keep them separate?

Oh, no. They’re separate. Very separate.

4. What were your favorite books as a child?

Lirael by Garth Nix, Circle of Magic series by Tamora Pierce, Crown Duel by Sherwood Smith, and weirdly the Mallory books by Carol O’Connell.

5. What's your favorite part of the writing process?

I really enjoy my second round of revising when I rewrite everything to make it tighter. I think it’s very calming.


Synopsis:

Perfect for fantasy fans of Sarah J. Maas and Leigh Bardugo, the first book in this new duology features a compelling genderfluid main character, impressive worldbuilding, and fast-paced action.

Sallot Leon is a thief, and a good one at that. But genderfluid Sal wants nothing more than to escape the drudgery of life as a highway robber and get closer to the upper-class―and the nobles who destroyed their home.

When Sal steals a flyer for an audition to become a member of The Left Hand―the Queen's personal assassins, named after the rings she wears―Sal jumps at the chance to infiltrate the court and get revenge.

But the audition is a fight to the death filled with clever circus acrobats, lethal apothecaries, and vicious ex-soldiers. A childhood as a common criminal hardly prepared Sal for the trials. And as Sal succeeds in the competition, and wins the heart of Elise, an intriguing scribe at court, they start to dream of a new life and a different future, but one that Sal can have only if they survive.

You Can Find it At:
Goodreads
The Book Depository
Amazon

Author Bio:

A wayward biology student from Arkansas, Linsey has previously worked as a crime lab intern, lab assistant, and pharmacy technician. Her debut novel MASK OF SHADOWS is the first in a fantasy duology coming in August 2017 from Sourcebooks Fire. She can be found writing about science and magic anywhere there is coffee.

You Can Find Her At:
Website
Twitter
Instagram
Pinterest

Giveaway:

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Tour Stops:

9/3 Tour Stops
Interview - Emily Reads Everything
Unique Post - Roecker Reviews
Review - Bayy In Wonderland
Review - Bookishly Thinking

9/10 Tour Stops
Interview - Tween 2 Teen Books
Review -Charmingly Simple
Review - Pondering The Prose
Interview - When Curiosity Killed The Cat

9/17 Tour Stops
Interview - YA and Wine
Style Boards - Here's To Happy Endings
Review - Areli Reads
Review - The Hermit Librarian
Interview - Sarcasm and Lemons

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Interview - Flyleaf Chronicles
Review - Books N Calm
Review - A Thousand Words A Million Books
Guest Post - Written Infinities

Friday, September 8, 2017

Blog Tour: Second Chances Anthology


I am super excited to be part of the Second Chances Blog Tour! I got to attend RWA for the first time this summer, and it was an absolutely blast! Read on for an interview with two of the authors who write YA stories in the anthology, as well as a synopsis of the book!

Interview:

Tina Ferraro, author of "One Hot Mess"

1.  Describe your story in 3-5 words.

Maddie’s lie backfires.

2. How is your writing process different when writing for an anthology vs for a novel?

The biggest difference is the time I spend planning.  I generally get to know my novel characters pretty well beforehand.  I call it “auditioning,” as I move characters in and out until I find the best balances with other characters and my intended storyline.  But with anthology stories, I start with a general premise, then let the characters evolve on the page, which often leads me to unexpected places.  And to fun!

3. If any of your characters could come to life, which would you most want to meet in real life?

Oh, Hayes-­considering I developed an author-crush on him!  :)

Ariella Moon, author of "Covert Hearts"

1. When did you know you wanted to be a writer?

When I was in the sixth grade, my English teacher, Mrs. Scroggins, made all of her students enter a national essay contest. Months passed after we turned in our essays, and I forgot about the contest. Then one day, my class was called into an assembly. Mrs. Scroggins proudly announced that the contest results were finally in, and the first place winner was in the room. An excited buzz zinged through the students. When she announced my name, I fell off my chair, which was especially embarrassing since I was wearing a dress. But in that horrible exciting moment the thought, I could be a writer, was born.

2. Have you ever had a second chance that you're grateful for?

Although I have never had a second chance at love, I have had a second chance at happiness, for which I am tremendously grateful. I am fortunate in so many ways; I live every day in a state of gratitude. Hopefully, after reading “Covert Hearts” in Second Chances: A Romance Writers of America Collection, readers will fall in love with Sailor and Nate. Because I would love a second (and third!) chance to write about them.

3.  Describe your story in 3-5 words.

Undercover teen discovers unexpected love.s

Synopsis:

Do you believe in second chances?

Romance Writers of America brings together seventeen of today's hottest authors in an anthology of never-before-published tales that reveal true love always deserves a happy ending.

Follow New York Times best-selling authors J. Kenner and Christina Lauren back to reader-favorite worlds.

New York Times bestseller Alyssa Day sprinkles djinn magic in her humorous paranormal romance, while Rachel Hauck brings the enchantment of the holidays in her New Year’s Eve contemporary love story.

And Liliana Hart delivers thrills and adventure in her characters’ search for the impossible.

With characters who find love through tough situations, in an elegant 1800s ballroom, with an old friend who shows up when least expected, at a tender age when cliques and homework get in the way of relationships, or after a random encounter in an unlikely setting, Second Chances delivers romance to strike every reader’s fancy.

Plus tales from:
Marilyn Brant
Kerri Carpenter
CiCi Coughlin
Cassandra Dean
Tina Ferraro
Renee Luke
Ariella Moon
Brandi Willis Schreiber
Lizzie Shane
Sharon Sobel
Damon Suede
Tara Wyatt

You Can Find it At:
Avon
Amazon
Barnes and Noble
iBooks
Kobo
Goodreads

Tina Author Bio:


Tina Ferraro is the author of numerous novels and novellas, and a two-time RITA finalist for Young Adult Romance.  She can usually be found in front of a keyboard in the Los Angeles home she shares with her husband and their two cats, writing her butt off--or, let's be honest, adding more on.

Ariella Author Bio:

Ariella Moon draws upon her experiences as a shaman to create magical Young Adult fiction. Her series include The Two Realms Trilogy, a medieval fantasy adventure, and The Teen Wytche Saga, a series of sweet contemporary paranormal romances.


Ariella spent her childhood searching for a magical wardrobe that would transport her to Narnia. Extreme math anxiety, and taller students that mistook her for a leaning post, marred her youth. Despite these horrors, she graduated summa cum laude from the University of California at Davis. She lives a nearly normal life doting on her extraordinary daughter, two shamelessly spoiled dogs, and a media-shy dragon.​
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