May 20, 2018

Spotlight: Going Places by Kathryn Berla







Going Places
Author: Kathryn Berla
Genre: YA Contemporary
Release Date: March 20, 2018
Publisher: Amberjack Publishing

Description:

Hudson Wheeler is a teen for whom everyone had high expectations, but since his father was killed when he was ten, he's felt unmotivated to pursue much other than his art. During his senior year, he decides to home school, thinking he will get to relax and focus on his two lazy businesses. But instead, he experiences love and rejection for the first time; meets an athletic girl who shows him by example what it means to be a man; and solves the painful mystery of the WWII vet whose poignant plight forces Hudson out of the comfort zone of boyhood.   

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/35747110-going-places

Believer in love at first sight and happily ever after.


I like the idea of cats but prefer the reality of dogs.

Sometimes bumper stickers get it right. Mean people really do suck.

I write about whatever interests me or makes me happy.

B.A. in English Literature from University of California, Berkeley

Resident of the practically perfect San Francisco Bay Area

Family + Friends + Writing + Reading = me

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May 19, 2018

Book Blitz + Giveaway: Blessing of Luna by Blaise Ramsay


 

Blessing of Luna (Wolf Gods #1)
Author: Blaise Ramsay
Genre: Adult Paranormal Romance
Publication Date: April 20, 2018

Description:

Lonely. That’s how it felt when Damien Pierce returned to Big Timber, Montana. It had been his childhood home until the day he was hit by a speeding car only to learn he wasn’t badly hurt. The experience landed him the label of the town freakshow.
 

Following the death of his foster mom, Damien soon disconnected from the world around him. That was at least, until he met her. She looked human but something about made her appear otherworldly to him. He knew he shouldn’t but he wanted her. He would do anything to get to know her. To have her.

Jillian Styles was immortal. Cursed by a dark god never to find rest. A shifter capable of taking the form of a beautiful wolf. She had searched for her lover’s reincarnated soul for centuries only to find he was nowhere to be found. When she meets Damien, her world is turned upside down. She falls in love with him instantly and begins to pursue him.

However, Damien soon learns the darker part of Jill’s world. He finds himself on the hit list of the same vampire Lord responsible for killing Jill’s lover and reigniting the flames of an old war. His daughter desires Damien and vows to have him at any cost.

With the help of Alexander Kain, the mysterious wolf shifting soldier, Damien will learn what he thought he knew was only tip of the paranormal iceberg. He soon finds himself in the eyes of a vindictive and rage-filled dark god.

If you like hot lycanthrope guys, overly possessive vampire chicks, vindictive gods, strong female leads and some hot sex scenes, this book is for you. 


Realization hit Damien as to who he was staring down. The same dark god that had challenged him stood in Lilith’s form. Damien’s heart inside his chest burned as he thought about Kain and all he’d done for him. Jill. Dad…Rob…Gabriel…Holt…Chelsea.

“Looks like it’s just you and me, Damien. You can surrender and die in peace or you can fight and die anyway. Your choice.”

Save him. Luna’s voice inside of Damien’s mind drew his attention. Save him. I beg of you. Please.

Damien’s body became surrounded with a radiant light so bright it forced Lilith step back. Her wing covered her face. He braced himself on his front legs, roaring at the monster in front of him responsible for taking so much.

The light became so intense not even the lycans could stare at it.

When it finally faded, Damien stood in his true lycan form. His white fur blew in the wind like mist at the tip of his stiffened ears to the end of his tail. The dark markings of his wolf form only seen on the tips of his ears, feet and tail. The fur on the back of his neck was thicker, almost resembling a mane.

“By the gods, he looks like…” Lune stood in awe.

“Tenebris.” Gabriel’s finished, his voice nothing but a whisper.

Stoker used the opportunity to sneak off, nursing the wound on his arm inflicted by Gabriel when he shifted into his full lycan form.

The vampires hissed at the light rising from the east, trying to flee towards the waning night. They had fallen right into Damien’s plan and were intercepted. Howls and snarls joined dying screams as the vampires were overwhelmed.

“What trickery is this?!” Lilith’s fangs spat as she tried to speak.

Damien ignored her, seeing the fear in her eyes as he made his way over to Kain on the ground.

The alpha was so weak he couldn’t retain his shifted form.

“Kain.” Damien’s voice was a comfortable echo. Warm and reassuring. “Alex. Can you hear me?”

Kain opened his eyes, slightly jumping. “Tenebris?”

Damien shook his head. “No. It’s me.”

“Damien. How?”

Damien took Kain’s jacket he was always wearing around his waist and covered his friend with it. “Stay here. Don’t move and don’t die.”

He stood back up and went to face Lilith. The lycans in his way stepped aside, their heads bowed. “This ends here, Lilith. You won’t hurt anyone else.”
FyreSyde Publishing owner and founder Blaise Ramsay worked over fifteen years in the graphic design industry, with some experience in indie gaming. Recently she shifted her attention to the world of literature with her debut paranormal romance series, Wolf gods. The debut title, Blessing of Luna is set to release in 2018. She currently lives in North Texas with her two children, her husband and pets. A UTD graduate with a Bachelor's in History with an intention on teaching, Blaise decided that the world of teaching just wasn't for her. A stay at home mother of two, business owner and self-publisher, Blaise loves to meet new people and encourage others to follow their dreams through weekly posts to her instagram, twitter, facebook and blog.

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May 18, 2018

Genesis Blog Tour: Review + Giveaway

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Genesis (Project Nemesis #2)
Author: Brendan Reichs
Release Date: March 6, 2018
Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers

Description:

Noah Livingston knows he is destined to survive.

The 64 members of Fire Lake's sophomore class are trapped in a place where morals have no meaning, and zero rules apply. But Noah's deaths have trained him--hardened him--to lead the strongest into the future . . . whatever that may be. And at any cost.

Min Wilder knows that survival alone isn't enough.

Trapped in a violent world where brute force passes for leadership, it's tempting to lay back and let everyone else fight it out. But Min's instincts rebel against allowing others to decide who lives and who dies. She's ready to fight for what she believes in. And against whomever might stand in her way.  


Praise for GENESIS:

★ ”[A] heck of a page-turner...Fans of The Hunger Games novels and the CW series The 100 will discover much to enjoy here...A cracking good yarn and excellent sequel.” —Kirkus Reviews, starred review

“Nemesis was a page-turner, and Genesis has plenty of fevered action and startling surprises, especially as the book nears its conclusion...Fans of the first book will certainly want to read this and look forward to the trilogy’s conclusion” —Booklist

“[T]his dark sequel to Nemesis....reads like a technological retelling of Lord of the Flies.” —VOYA

“An exciting sequel that will delight young science fiction readers with its video game–esque story line.” —School Library Journal

“Reichs knows exactly how to mix action, suspense, and characters into a breathless read. This is one thriller that will keep you up into the night.” —Marie Lu, New York Times bestselling author of Warcross

“Equal parts adventure, mystery, and heart, Genesis is a gripping, mind-blowing story that leaves you begging for more. I loved it!” —Danielle Paige, New York Times bestselling author of Dorothy Must Die 


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Genesis is the heart-pounding second installment in one of the most original young adult series I've read. The plot is pretty intricate and woven together, so you need to read the first book before this one if you want to understand anything that happens. There wasn't anything about this novel that I didn't love. It was everything I had hoped for and more. I was a little afraid that this book wouldn't live up to the first installment. So many series have amazing beginnings only to tank in the following books. That definitely wasn't the case here, and I'm so incredibly excited and glad.

Like I said, I loved every aspect of this book, just like the first. The writing was well done with tons of vivid imagery and detailed descriptions that brought the characters, the setting, and the story itself to life before my eyes. I easily slipped back into Min and Noah's world right from the beginning and it felt like no time had passed since I finished the last book. As always, I really liked getting to know our main characters better. Min and Noah are both wonderful characters with distinct personalities and flaws that make them very realistic and easy to relate to. They've both changed and grown since everything that happened in the last book, and they continue to do so in this novel as well. The secondary characters were also well written and stood out as strong individuals throughout the story.

The plot was fantastic and I didn't want the book to end. I couldn't get enough of this novel (or the series) and I wish they could've been longer. I don't do spoilers in my reviews, so I can't say much about the plot itself without revealing anything. I will say that I found it highly unique and a huge breath of fresh air for the entire young adult genre. It defies genre labels and can't be put in any specific category. I think there's something for everyone in this book to enjoy. I can't recommend this book or series highly enough and I encourage fans of every genre to read it as soon as possible!

 
Brendan Reichs was born and raised in Charlotte, North Carolina. He graduated from Wake Forest University in 2000 and The George Washington University School of Law in 2006. After three long years working as a litigation attorney, he abandoned the trade to write full time. He lives in Charlotte with his wife, son, daughter, and a herd of animals that tear up everything.




    

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May 17, 2018

My So-Called Bollywood Life Blog Tour: Review

My So-Called Bollywood Life
Author: Nisha Sharma
Genre: YA Contemporary
Release Date: May 15, 2018
Publisher: Crown Books for Young Readers

Description:

Winnie Mehta was never really convinced that Raj was her soulmate, but their love was written in the stars. Literally, a pandit predicted Winnie would find the love of her life before her 18th birthday, and Raj meets all of the qualifications. Which is why Winnie is shocked to return from her summer at film camp to find her boyfriend of three years hooking up with Jenny Dickens. Worse, Raj is crowned chair of the student film festival, a spot Winnie was counting on for her film school applications. As a self-proclaimed Bollywood expert, Winnie knows this is not how her perfect ending is scripted.

Then there’s Dev, a fellow film geek, and one of the few people Winnie can count on to help her reclaim control of her story. Dev is smart charming, and challenges Winnie to look beyond her horoscope to find someone she’d pick for herself. But does falling for Dev mean giving up on her prophecy, and her chance to live happily ever after? To get her Bollywood-like life on track, Winnie will need a little bit of help from fate, family, and of course, a Bollywood movie star.

Like an expertly choreographed Bollywood dance scene, Nisha Sharma’s off-beat love story dazzles in the lime light.
  


https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22524101-my-so-called-bollywood-life

My So-Called Bollywood Life is a young adult contemporary romance novel that fans of the genre and fans of diversity in YA fiction are going to really enjoy. Contemporary fiction isn't really my thing, and I think that plays a pretty big part in why I didn't exactly "click" with this book. That's totally on me and everything in this review is my opinion and nothing else. There are a lot of wonderful aspects of the story that help to set it apart from others like it in the genre. Here's a list of the major ones I found:

Diversity: This book is wholly entrenched in all parts of Winnie's life, a large part of that being her Hindi background. We learn a lot about that culture, their beliefs and customs, things that differ from our own culture and some things that are the same. It's fascinating to read about all these new and different aspects of a different culture that I'm not very familiar with and I applaud the author for including it so boldly and thoroughly in the story. A lot of readers and authors are pushing for more diversity in YA fiction - and this novel definitely fits into that category.

Characters: The main character, Winnie, is the focus of the book. We get to know her on a personal level - her interests, plans for her future, her beliefs and skepticism, hopes and fears, and outlook on love - to name a few. She's a complex character with a full personality with positive traits and flaws. I liked getting to know her and all the different parts of her life. Readers should be able to identify with her early on and easily connect with her character. The secondary characters are also quite rounded and each has their own distinct traits and personalities that set them apart from others and make their relationships with Winnie more vital to the story.

Plot/Writing: The plot is a typical YA contemporary romance. There's nothing exactly new here - basically teens who fall in love and then have to re-examine their lives and selves when things start to unravel and don't fit into their plans. Although it's nothing wholly original, the author adds her own flair to the book and helps to mold it into something fresh in the genre. The writing bothered me personally, only because I'm not a fan of the third person point of view style, which the author chose to use with the story. This is completely my own personal opinion and has nothing to do with the writing itself at all. The writing is well done with lots of vivid imagery and descriptions that help the reader slip inside Winnie's life and see things through her eyes as she experiences them. Definitely recommended for fans of the genre, readers who enjoy diverse characters, and romance.








 

May 16, 2018

Book Blast + Giveaway: Tell Me No Lies by A.V. Geiger



Tell Me No Lies (Follow Me Back #2)
Author: A.V. Geiger
Release Date: June 5, 2018
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire

Description:

Love. Obsession. Jealousy. Murder.

No one knows what happened to pop icon Eric Thorn. His Twitter account? Frozen. His cell phone? Cracked and bloody, buried in the snow.

Agoraphobic fangirl Tessa Hart knows the truth, but she's finally left her #EricThornObsessed days behind. She has no intention of ever touching her Twitter app again. But Snapchat... That's safer, right?

After months of living under the radar, Tessa emerges from hiding, forced to face the deadly consequences of her past. But in the interrogation room, answers only lead to more questions in the pulse-pounding conclusion to the Follow Me Back duology.  


Praise for TELL ME NO LIES:

"This sequel delivers on the action...readers left hanging by the first volume will be intrigued to see how this story ends." ―Booklist

Praise for FOLLOW ME BACK:

"Debut author Geiger's social-media-saturated thriller (which fittingly got its start on Wattpad) should transfix teens for whom online relationships (romantic and otherwise) are integral parts of daily life, and catfishing and hacking are genuine fears. Tweets, direct messages, and police interrogation transcripts are incorporated throughout, throwing the reliability of both narrators into question and hinting at the sinister thread underlying this boy-meets-girl story. " ―Publishers Weekly

"Pieces are revealed one at a time until they all come together at the end-right before everything falls apart before a final, dark twist. A page-turner for young adults invested in social media, fandoms, and mysteries." ―School Library Journal

"Told though alternating points of view, tweets, and police reports, this novel is perfect for fans of Sara Shepard, April Henry, or Kimberly Derting. In her debut novel, Geiger creates a rich horror story which is all the more intriguing because of its conceivable possibilities. Using fan culture and social media communications to the best effect, she makes the setting and plot convincingly real." ―VOYA Magazine

"Follow Me Back is the perfect mix of fandom with just the right amount of suspense. An enthralling page turner from beginning to end." ―Anna Todd, New York Times bestselling author of the After series

"Timely, twisty, and totally thrilling. Follow Me Back will have readers wondering about the identity of every online friend and follower they've got. A riveting read that will keep you up late and keep you guessing!" ―Paula Stokes, author of Liars, Inc. and Vicarious

"Dark and suspenseful, Follow Me Back is sure to be the next big thing in YA Thrillers." ―Ali Novak, author of The Heartbreak Chronicles and My Life with the Walter Boys

"Follow Me Back is an unforgettable page-turner, and a cautionary tale for any fan who's ever wished that their favorite celebrity followed them on social media." ―Sandy Hall, author of Signs Point to Yes and A Little Something Different

“Follow Me Back is a mystery/thriller/suspense roller coaster ride that keeps readers on their toes. Jaw-droppingly twisty and continually surprising.” ―Laurie Elizabeth Flynn, author of Firsts 


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A.V. Geiger is an epidemiologist who spends far too much spare time on social media. By day, she studies women’s psychiatric and reproductive health. By night, she can be found fangirling, following people back, and photoshopping the heads of band members onto the bodies of unicorns. Her writing career began with celebrity fan fiction, and her work draws extensively on her own experiences with online fan culture. Her original teen fiction has received millions of hits on the story-sharing website Wattpad, ranking as high as #1 in the mystery-thriller genre. She lives in New Jersey with her husband and twin boys.



    
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May 15, 2018

August and Everything After Blog Tour: Excerpt + Giveaway



August and Everything After
Author: Jennifer Salvato Doktorski 

Release Date: May 1st, 2018
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire

Description:

One last summer to escape, to find herself, to figure out what comes next. Fans of Sarah Dessen and Jenny Han will love this contemporary, coming-of-age romance.

Graduation was supposed to be a relief. Except Quinn can’t avoid the rumors that plagued her throughout high school or the barrage of well-intentioned questions about her college plans. How is she supposed to know what she wants to do for the next four years, let alone the rest of her life? And why does no one understand that it’s hard for her to think about the future—or feel as if she even deserves one—when her best friend is dead?

Spending the summer with her aunt on the Jersey shore may just be the fresh start Quinn so desperately needs. And when she meets Malcolm, a musician with his own haunted past, she starts to believe in second chances. Can Quinn find love while finding herself?

Praise for August and Everything After:

“A satisfying blend of family drama, romance, and music, staged in the aftermath of tragedy.” –Publishers Weekly

“I fell headfirst in love with this book. It has everything I love in a YA contemporary novel, and I inhaled it... an enticing story with so much feeling.” –Andrew King, University Book Store

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I started wearing my grandmother’s old cat-­eye glasses in June, right after my latest crush nearly crushed me. The messy incident involved my band student teacher, a six-­pack of Blue Moon, and a freak thunderstorm. Connect the dots any way you want. I know it’s not pretty. Neither was I when I put on Grammy’s glasses. But that was kind of the point. When I fled my small town after graduation to spend the summer at my aunt’s beach house, I didn’t want to be the old Quinn Gallo anymore. Here at the Jersey shore, no one knows me as the half-­naked girl who had to be rescued from her band teacher’s Toyota Corolla by the Jaws of Life.

The glasses added a layer to my new anonymity. I found them tucked in the top drawer of the wicker dresser as I unpacked in the guest room, and something inside me shifted when I put on the black, bejeweled frames. Like the first time Bilbo slipped on the One Ring of Power.

I got the prescription adjusted to fit me and I’ve been wearing them ever since.

In fact, I’m wearing them tonight as I sit on a barstool at Keegan’s Cocktail Lounge, the old-­man bar turned indie rock club where I waitress on Friday nights. I’m reading The Awakening while the opening act—­a singer/songwriter dude with a backstory more tragic than my own—­sets up. It’s his first performance since his guitarist and drummer were killed in a tour bus accident two years ago. My coworker, Liam, told me all about it.

“Malcolm was really messed up. He blamed himself.” I told Liam I couldn’t imagine, but unfortunately, I could. My best friend, Lynn, died when we were fifteen.

So I’ve been avoiding Malcolm since he got here, knowing that if I’m not careful, I’ll get pulled into his orbit. Fuckups attract fuckups, I’m sure of it.

Apparently I’m ignoring him better than I thought, because he manages to sneak up behind me, lean down so that we’re almost cheek to cheek, and peek through my glasses. I startle and face him.

“What the hell are you doing?” I ask, louder than I intended.

“Sorry,” he says. “I had to know if those glasses were real or some hipster gimmick.”

Before I can stop myself, I reach up and tug his beard. “I was thinking the same thing about this.”

“Ouch. I usually get a girl’s name before she grabs my facial hair. Or anything else.”

He wishes.

I put down my book and hold out my hand.

“Quinn Gallo.”

He holds my gaze and hand longer than he needs to, swinging my arm a little like we’re about to twirl a jump rope.

“Malcolm Trent.”

I pull away.

“I know.” I flick my thumb toward the flyer taped to the mirror behind the bar. “I can read.”

He nods toward my book.

“I see. Is that the feminist lit talking or are you always like this?”

I twist the leather cuff bracelet I never take off and think of something nice to say. It’s not his fault he’s immune to Grammy’s glasses. “I’m looking forward to your set.”

“Yeah? But you brought backup entertainment just in case?”

“Reading is work, not entertainment. My aunt’s letting me live with her this summer on the condition that I read one book a week. Her picks.”

“What else have you read?”

I tick off my reading list thus far.

“Jane Eyre, Beloved, The Bell Jar—­”

“It’s possible your aunt needs to lighten up.”

I shrug.

“Small price to pay for a summer away from home. I had to get away from my town.”

“Trouble with the law?”

“More like trouble with The Mom. I’m not her favorite daughter at the moment.”

My “poor judgment” regarding my unromantic evening with my band teacher coupled with my decision not to go to college this fall landed Mom and I on opposite sides of an enormous iceberg. We both needed time to thaw.

“Ha! I could write a book about being the prodigal son.”

“Can you make it a song instead? If you write a book, my aunt will make me read it.”

Malcolm’s reflexive laugh warms my body. He looks like he’s about to say something else, but before he has a chance, Caleb, the owner of Keegan’s, signals Malcolm that it’s time to take the stage.

“I gotta—­”

“Oh, yeah, of course. I’ve gotta get to work too.”

Neither of us moves.

I stare at him over the top of my glasses. He tilts his head like he’s deciding what to do next. Then, before I have time to register what’s happening, Malcolm reaches toward my face and gently pushes my glasses back up my nose.

“You have pretty eyes, Quinn. You shouldn’t hide them behind ugly glasses.”

For the first time in my life, someone looked me in the eyes and didn’t point out that they’re two different colors. The right one is brown, the left is blue. I want to say thank you, or have a good set, or something, but by the time I get my voice back, he’s gone.

I smooth my apron, pick up my book, and try to shake off the feeling that my defensive shield just failed me and allowed my next nobody to walk right through.
 

Jennifer Salvato Doktorski is the author of three YA novels and is a freelance nonfiction writer. Her first paid writing gig was at The North Jersey Herald & News, where she wrote obituaries and began her lifelong love of news and coffee. She lives in New Jersey with her family. Visit jendoktorski.com.

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