THE BLEEDING HEART by Amy Giuffrida, Excerpt of this NA Horror Novel & Giveaway
Jun 26th, 2015 by Liza Wiemer


by Amy Giuffrida

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Brooklyn is a talented artist with an obsession for blood; one that she satiates at her uncle’s tattoo shop. It’s here at The Bleeding Heart that Brooklyn practices the art of dispensing pain onto others. Yet, nothing can dull the desire running through her veins, especially since the man she really wants to torture rots in jail for murder. When Daniel comes into her life, Brooklyn’s obsession with tattoos and blood quickly turns into desire for him. She dreams about getting him on her tattoo table as her first official customer, marking him as her own. But Daniel has a different idea as to what they should be doing with their bodies. As Brooklyn spirals out of control, her sanity begins to slip right along with whatever is left of her humanity. Daniel may be the only one left to save her, if she lets him in. In the end she will have to choose between exacting vengeance, staying alive, or loving Daniel.


Amy Giuffrida

Amy Giuffrida

Author Bio:

Amy Giuffrida teaches language arts to teens by day, while working nights as supermom and a bookseller. The teen in her is never far away, calling to her to crank the tunes and write stories about the darkness that surrounds us all. Amy is known for taking the path less traveled, but can be always be found on Twitter @kissedbyink or online at one of her haunts: https://www.facebook.com/kissedbyink, amygiuffrida.com, kissedbyink.com, or midnightsocietytales.com.


Book Excerpt:


All that matters is the moment when a connection is made. The touch of a hand. Leading right to the hear. Waking all those desires lurking in the dark corners, the thrill of moving as one. Hearts beating, hurting, screaming, no longer restrained. No longer fearing the strangers who judge, taking all choice away. Allowing the devil to rise above it all. Unleashing all the power and control. Letting go. 


Daniel. Shaking my head doesn’t help to get him out of my mind. In the mirror, I try to still the image I see and swipe my make-up sponge one last time under my eye, finishing the look of eau de natural.

Picking up the curling iron, I twirl a piece of hair around the barrel and let it drop into a perfect curl. Through the hiss of the hairspray I’m using to keep my curls in shape, I hear the door close.

“I’m in here,” I call from the bathroom.

Stopping short in the doorway a surprised looking Jonathan says, “Hey Brooklyn. What are you doing to your hair?”

“Oh this? Trying something new. Does it look stupid?” I ask as I put the curling iron down in the sink bowl.

“Nope, just never seen you try this hard. You have a date or something?”

I don’t have to turn around to know he’s smiling. I hear it in his voice. Plus, I know he’s heard from Greg about Daniel and I wonder if I really am going to need to have this conversation with Jonathan of all people. “Meeting the usual people at The Wharf. Seeing a band. Hanging out.”

“Okay, if you say so. Have a good time and be home by midnight, so you don’t turn into a pumpkin.”



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DATE WITH A ROCKSTAR by Sarah Gagnon, Excerpt & Giveaway
Jun 19th, 2015 by Liza Wiemer

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By Sarah Gagnon

Pub date: June 23, 2015

Publisher: Spencer Hill Contemporary




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Only one girl will win the cash prize…and a chance at love with Jeremy Bane.

Monet isn’t just another lust-struck teenager trying to win the heart of Rock God Jeremy Bane–she needs the prize money from his new reality show to cure her illness.

Monet has Fluxem, a contagious disease that’s spread through saliva. It’s completely curable if you have enough money, which she and her single mother don’t. Now that she’s on the show, Monet has to work harder to keep her Fluxem hidden. She only has to keep the secret long enough to woo Jeremy Bane so he picks her as the winner. She doesn’t even care about the love part; the prize alone will change her life.

But the real Jeremy Bane is nothing like she imagined. Monet finds herself fighting against feelings that make her want to give in to her attraction and Jeremy’s attempts for a kiss. The further she goes in the competition, the more impossible it becomes to resist him–and when the producers turn the tables and start digging up dirt on the contestants, Monet fears her secret will be revealed before she’s ready and ruin everything.

The only way to win Jeremy’s heart is to tell him the truth, but confessing her disease could cost her the competition, the prize money, and him.



He looks around at the people on the beach. “What do you see out there?”

“People covering themselves with sunblock, talking on their phones, and enjoying the beautiful scenery all around them.”

“Okay, good. Now close your eyes and tell me what you hear.”

“Yelling kids, splashing water. The camera crew shuffling around the table.”

He laughs. “I like your perspective. So, if I were writing a song from your viewpoint, I’d pick those three pieces of noise and mimic them. Take a few yelling kids, draw out the notes, and repeat the sound until it’s more instrumental rather than noisy.”

I take a gulp of my drink. I’m stunned. He really is an artist. “That’s amazing to think about. How would your perspective be different?”

He grins at me. “I’d probably focus on you and the sound your coconut makes on the table, like a drumbeat. Then I’d pick a few key lines for you to say.”

“And what would you have me say?” I ask, leaning closer.

“Uh-oh, now I’m on the spot.” He takes a big drink.

I drape my hair over one shoulder, giving him a second to think. “You don’t have to answer.”

“Eh, my lyrics sometimes cut to the emotional center of an idea. But…okay. How about this: ‘Coconut liquor heating my tongue. What does heat taste like? What do you?’” He pauses and flushes. “Uh, then I’d play the noise your lips make when you lick them.”

My face is burning. “I’m speechless.”

“Damn, our first date and I’ve already scared you.” He glances down quickly and swirls the liquor and juice around in his coconut.

“No, nothing like that.” I drag my finger through the condensation under my drink. “I think your song would be much more romantic than mine. Yelling kids aren’t that melodic.”


About Sarah:Sarah_Gagnon_Author

Sarah Gagnon grew up in the frigid woods of Maine amidst snow and animal skins and has now moved back home. As a small child she wrote ship-wrecked romances all while being stared down by a taxidermied duck.

She has a BFA in photography and a minor in writing from the University of Southern Maine. She’s the mother of two tiny, feral children and two ill-behaved dogs. For fun she’s taken up construction and interior design. Her first project: moving into a dilapidated farmhouse with her computer-genius husband.

Website: http://www.sarahgagnon.com/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/fancypantssarah

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/datewitharockstar

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Scorched by Jennifer Armentrout, Excerpt & Giveaway
Jun 18th, 2015 by Liza Wiemer

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“Armentrout’s latest new adult offering tackles substance abuse and mental illness — and, thankfully, the love of a good man is not going to be what heals this heroine.” 

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Pretty red headed girl



“You’ve been avoiding me all day.”

“Have not.”

He cocked his head to the side and raised both brows. “You practically hid in your room or attached yourself to Syd all day.”

“I was…I was spending girl-time with her,” I said. “And napping.”


He’d been right. I had avoided him. Apparently, I wasn’t doing that great of a job of it. Scorched ebook cover

“The same with last night. You barely talked to me.”

“What?” Dumbfounded, I felt like screaming that word. “I barely talked to youYou ignored me.”

He stared at me. “Andy, I—“

“This is stupid. This whole thing is stupid.” I lifted the bottle.

A moment passed and he asked, “Do you really think you need another beer?”

Annoyed, I slowly brought the bottle to my mouth and took a long drink. “Does that answer your question?”

The hue of his blue eyes deepened. “Look, I’m not trying to be a dick—“

“You might want to try harder. Just sayin’ Might just be my opinion, but thought I’d share.”

He opened his mouth and then snapped it shut. Several seconds passed. “You know, I didn’t’ say that shit to you to piss you off.”

I wanted to point out everything he’d done to piss me off, but…but shit on a brick. Anything that I told him would betray how I felt about him, and well, I was

already embarrassing myself enough without going there. “You breathed,” I decided, nodding, and totally proud of myself. “How about that?”

Shaking his head, he rested his elbows on the island. “You can usually do better than that.”

“It’s not worth my time to do better.” I flounced past him. Well, I might have staggered past him, but in my head, I flounced like a Grade A Uppity Chick, and it

was awesome.

“I wish you wouldn’t drink so much.”

My feet stopped. Dammit. My feet had a mind of their own, and they had stopped because he’d said that so quietly, not with an ounce of derision or scorn.

Actually, it sounded like a plea. The alcohol churned in my stomach. All I could see was his look of pity.

“Why do you drink like this?” he asked.

To relax. To not act like a freak. To forget. To remember. To be funny. To have people like me. To not care if they do or don’t. To have fun. To just not care. A

burning sensation rolled down my back as my head continued to shout out the answers. I just didn’t want to care.

I didn’t say any of that. “You drink.”

“I do. And sometimes I drink and I get drunk, but not every time.”

Slowly, I faced him. He wasn’t looking at me. His eyes were on the island. “I don’t get drunk every time.”

He shook his head again. “Andrea, you either get plastered or damn near close. Every time.”

“That’s not…” I trailed off, and yeah, even I could see where he was right. I could probably count on one hand how many times I’d only had two beers or two

shots and then stopped. Come to think of it, I wasn’t sure if I ever had.

“My dad got shitfaced all the time,” he continued. “Never thought that I’d be interested in a girl who was the same way.”

My brain registered two things at once. He was interested in me, which wasn’t a big duh. I mean, he’d had his hands in my pants more than once, so yeah, I

should’ve known that. But he compared me to his dad, a man I’d recently discovered he pretty much loathed, which pretty much canceled out the first part. Hurt

invaded every cell and festered under the skin. The back of my throat burned and I wanted to rush away.

But I didn’t. “That kind of makes you twisted.”

Another weak laugh came out of him. “I guess it kind of does.


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About Jennifer L. Armentrout:JLA_Author-photo

# 1 NEW YORK TIMES and USA TODAY Bestselling author Jennifer lives in Martinsburg, West Virginia. All the rumors you’ve heard about her state aren’t true. When she’s not hard at work writing. she spends her time reading, working out, watching really bad zombie movies, pretending to write, and hanging out with her husband and her Jack Russell Loki.

Her dreams of becoming an author started in algebra class, where she spent most of her time writing short stories….which explains her dismal grades in math. Jennifer writes young adult paranormal, science fiction, fantasy, and contemporary romance. She is published with Spencer Hill Press, Entangled Teen and Brazen, Disney/Hyperion and Harlequin Teen. Her book Obsidian has been optioned for a major motion picture and her Covenant Series has been optioned for TV.

She also writes adult and New Adult romance under the name J. Lynn. She is published by Entangled Brazen and HarperCollins.


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InkSlinger Blogger Final

A powerful interview with DON’T CALL ME KIT KAT author K. J. Farnham on Eating Disorders & Body Image
Jun 16th, 2015 by Liza Wiemer


by K.J. Farnham

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Junior high is where things really start to happen. Cliques form and break apart. Couples are made and destroyed. And a reputation is solidified that you won’t ever be able to escape. Everything you do and say, and everyone you spend your time with, matters.

Katie Mills knows that. She gets it. That’s why she tried so hard to get in with the cool girls at school. And why she was so devastated when those efforts found her detained for shoplifting and laughed out of cheer squad tryouts.

But Katie has more to worry about than just fitting in. Her parents are divorced and always fighting. Her sister never has time for her. And her friends all seem to be drifting apart. Even worse? The boy she has a crush on is dating the mean girl at school.

Everything is a mess, and Katie doesn’t feel like she has control over any of it. Certainly not over her weight, which has always topped out at slightly pudgier than normal—at least, according to her mother.

So when she happens to catch one of the popular girls throwing up in the bathroom one day, it sparks an idea. A match that quickly engulfs her life in flames.

Is there any going back once she gets started down this path?

And would she even want to if she could?


  1. Why did you want to write a novel about eating disorders?


Someone very close to me struggled with bulimia from the age of 12 into her mid twenties, so I know exactly what the disease does to a person—both mentally and physically. I drew from my friend’s experiences as well as from some memories of how I felt in junior high to create Katie’s story.


Bulimia (as well as other eating disorders) is a complex disease with many different causes and no clear course of treatment. Every bulimic needs different things to heal and heals at her own pace.


Eating disorders are often not taken seriously as life-threatening mental illnesses, and those who suffer often feel too ashamed to seek help. To make matters worse, friends and loved ones of sufferers tend to have a hard time understanding that treatment is a lengthy process, so lingering symptoms often get swept under the rug. It breaks my heart.


  1. What advice do you have for teens who feel like they don’t fit in?


Please keep in mind that everyone feels like they don’t fit in at some point. I know I’ve felt that way many times, especially during my teen years. Still do once in a while. When I was younger, I usually coped by confiding in a few close friends—friends I still maintain contact with (nearly 30 years later). And guess what? Nowadays, when I’m feeling like I don’t belong, I still turn to the same friends. Sure, there are times when they might not understand exactly what I’m going through, but it is amazing how calming it can be to confide in someone when I’m feeling self-conscious or anxious.


Another way to combat the feeling of not being able to relate to others is by discovering your passions. Be honest with yourself about what you like and what you don’t like, and don’t be afraid to do what you enjoy, even if friends aren’t interested. If you do what you love, you will eventually connect with others who love the same things.


  1. How does one cope when it’s a parent who is battering your self-esteem?


Before I answer this question, I’d like to share a little bit about myself…Sadly, I know from experience what this feels like. I was held to extremely high standards as a child. As a result, I have struggled with low self-esteem, OCD-like tendencies and relationship issues. It has taken me a long time to realize that I am good enough just the way I am (flaws and all) and that it is IMPOSSIBLE to be perfect and unfair to expect others to strive for perfection.


Now for my answer…This is a tough question because there are different degrees of criticism that can affect a person’s self-esteem. Katie, the main character in Don’t Call Me Kit Kat is constantly subjected to comments about her appearance and her weight and is repeatedly compared to her “perfect” older sister. In my opinion, her mother’s relentless criticisms are a mild form of psychological abuse even though she is unaware of the damage she is doing to Katie’s self-esteem. However, some people might not consider criticism to be a form of abuse, especially since many teens go through much worse than what Katie goes through.


So, I think the coping mechanism depends on the severity of the issue. In a case like Katie’s, it’s important to speak up. If your parent repeatedly says things that make you feel self-conscious or critical of yourself, let that parent know. A lot of times, parents don’t even realize how harmful mild criticisms can be.


What if the verbal abuse is more extreme? Again, start by communicating to your parent how you feel. If this is not possible or if your parent won’t listen, talk to someone else. A friend. A sibling. A teacher. A guidance counselor. An aunt or an uncle. Do not hide it if you have a parent who constantly berates you or doles out harsh, unwarranted criticisms that attack you as a person.


I don’t pretend to be a perfect parent. Like I said, perfection is NOT possible. I have had to bite my tongue at times when my children have misbehaved or even when they’ve neglected to do something they way I taught them to do it. I’m only human. However, parents who have trouble biting their tongues or who think it’s perfectly fine to berate a child need help. Verbal abuse can be just as damaging as physical abuse, yet without marks to prove it, it often goes unnoticed, especially if the abused child doesn’t speak up.


  1. Society focuses on body image. What do you want young teens to know about their bodies? Is your advice different for boys?


First of all, according to the National Institutes of Health, the human body is made up of more than 100 trillion cells. Here’s what that looks like in numeric form: 100,000,000,000,000. Do you know how unique that makes you? With that many cells, it’s absurd for society to push an “ideal” body image on anyone. The extent to which each individual person is unique is absolutely mind-boggling. 100 TRILLION cells! Embrace your uniqueness and take care of yourself by making healthy choices because your body is a miracle. J


Secondly, have you ever heard this quote by Maya Angelou?


“People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”


In my experience, people will also forget what your body looked like and what you were wearing. Honestly, the way you look right now won’t matter 20, 10, five or even two years from now. But the way you behave today—the way you treat people—will matter for the rest of your life. So love the miracle that is your body, but remember that it’s just a vessel. It truly is what’s on the inside that counts.


My advice is no different for boys.


  1. You mentioned taking control and losing control. What lessons can readers learn about control?


Eating disorder patients often share a common thread; they feel the need to control something. As a result, they have taken control over the one thing that no one can stop them from controlling: the food they do or don’t put into their mouths. But the harsh reality is that the controlling habits of eating disorder patients become addictions, and addicts have no control over their addictions. So that’s why developing an eating disorder can be seen as both taking control and losing control.


Facts About Eating Disorders From the National Eating Disorders Association


Bulimia nervosa affects 1-2% of adolescent and young adult women.

  • Approximately 80% of bulimia nervosa patients are female.
  • People struggling with bulimia nervosa usually appear to be of average body weight.
  • Many people struggling with bulimia nervosa recognize that their behaviors are unusual and perhaps dangerous to their health.
  • Bulimia nervosa is frequently associated with symptoms of depression and changes in social adjustment.
  • Risk of death from suicide or medical complications is markedly increased for eating disorders

Despite the prevalence of eating disorders, they continue to receive inadequate research funding.

Illness                                            Prevalence                    NIH Research Funds (2011)
Alzheimer’s Disease                     5.1 million                     $450,000,000
Autism                                           3.6 million                     $160,000,000
Schizophrenia                               3.4 million                     $276,000,000
Eating disorders                           30 million                      $28,000,000

Research dollars spent on Alzheimer’s Disease averaged $88 per affected individual in 2011. For Schizophrenia the amount was $81. For Autism $44. For eating disorders the average amount of research dollars per affected individual was just $0.93. (National Institutes of Health, 2011)

To learn more or to make a donation that will go toward prevention programs, rehabilitation and support for those who struggle with eating disorders, please visit http://www.nationaleatingdisorders.org/.


Share five fun facts about yourself.


  • I am 50 percent Taiwanese.
  • Despite the fact that I’m a terrible swimmer, I’ve completed five triathlons.
  • In my early twenties, I loved the Red Hot Chili Peppers. As a result, I have a RHCP-inspired tattoo on my inner right ankle.
  • I can say the 50 United States in alphabetical order in less than 30 seconds.
  • In 1994, I started college as a pre-med student. After changing my major from pre-med to clinical laboratory sciences to accounting, I finally graduated in 1999 with a degree in elementary education. And now I’m an author. You never know what life has in store for you!




K. J. Farnham is a former educator turned author and freelance writer. She was born and raised in a suburb of Milwaukee and now lives in western Wisconsin with her husband, three children and three cats.

In addition to reading and writing, Farnham loves road trips, beach outings, Body Pump, running, hiking and acoustic music. She hopes to convince her husband to drive across the United States in an RV someday.

During her tween, teen and young adult years, she devoured books by V.C. Andrews, Stephen King and Dean Koontz. Nowadays, Farnham will read just about anything but still leans toward fiction. Her preferred genres include contemporary romance, humor, thriller/suspense, horror and YA.

Website: www.kjfarnham.com

Email: author.kjfarnham@yahoo.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/AuthorKJFarnham

BEA – Thursday & Friday
Jun 15th, 2015 by Liza Wiemer




My day started early with the HARLEQUIN TEEN BREAKFAST!

Here are some of the highlights:

The panel @harlequinteen breakfast #BEA15 A photo posted by Liza Wiemer (@lizamwiemer) on

So much fun talking w @adialsaid at the @harlequinteen breakfast!

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NO WHERE BUT HERE author by @katielmcgarry! Katie is just the sweetest! A photo posted by Liza Wiemer (@lizamwiemer) on


Cage of Deceit author Jennifer Davis and me

BEA Thursday was incredible. I was able to hug my former student Talia Lakritz from Nerd with a Voice, met Terry from Reading Tub, hung out a bit at the Midpoint/Spencer Hill Booth. Rachel Simon found me at the SH, and it was a very happy reunion! We met at BEA two years ago while I was standing in the Simone Elkeles. We became instant friends. Thanks for the smiles, Melissa Amster from ChickLit Central and I also got to see each other, but it was once again way too short!!!!


Thursday night, I headed out with Meredith to the Fierce Reads Party, which was held in the magnificent Strand Book Store in the rare books room. It was an absolute blast. Some highlights were talking to Leigh Bardugo and Leila Sales. I told Leila about a friend of mine, Rachel Kinnard, who couldn’t attend BEA, but is a huge fan, and we video chatted with Rachel.

It was a blast talking to other bloggers and dressing up for pictures.

Afterward, Meredith and I headed to the New Yorker Hotel where some Spencer Hill family – yes family! – were hanging out! One of my editors from SH, Asja, brought her boyfriend, and little did they know that I was watching their soul mate connection and taking mental notes to be used possibly for a future novel! I have to give a special shoutout to Patricia, my main editor for HELLO? because I am who I am and where I am because she fell in love with my novel, so spending time with her was incredible! I also had the opportunity to meet and talk with the very sweet Grace Smith. Her mom is awesome too! Soon after, I hung out with Marcilia Loubach and Nicole Moy. Seeing them and talking with them made the entire day so much brighter!

It was a long, exhausting, and absolutely AMAZING DAY!



Without any doubt, my signing for Hello? was one of the biggest, best moments of my life!!! I am so tremendously grateful to Spencer Hill for this amazing opportunity. Afterward, I attended the Penguin Luncheon and had the privilege to hear authors Sarah Dessen and Carrie Ryan.

BEA15 Recap – Wednesday
Jun 11th, 2015 by Liza Wiemer




Wednesday started with The Novl Luncheon! I was able to see more blogger friends and reconnect with the AMAZING publicists from Little Brown. A few of the highlights included meeting THE WITCH HUNTER author Virginia Boecker! There was a special guest appearance by Jennifer E. Smith, who talked about her novel HELLO, GOODBYE, AND EVERYTHING IN BETWEEN! I met several twitter friends for the first time.  Senior publicist for Spencer Hill, Meredith from pandorasbooks.org and Margie from bumblesandfairytales.blogspot.com and I shared a taxi after the event and had fun talking books!

Here are some highlights:


  WOLF BY WOLF by @ryangraudin sounds really amazing! Alternate history? Yes please! @TheNovl — Liza Wiemer (@LizaWiemer) May 27, 2015

In the evening, I went to the HARLEQUIN HIGH TEA: Harlequin so generously provided transportation from the Javits Center to Harlequin’s headquarters. What an event! The display of food was fit for a posh hotel in England. But the highlight was meeting the authors. I’m happy to have some new romance books to read. Meeting Kristan Hannah was a real thrill! She’s an auto-buy, and her novel Someone to Love was one of the first books I read while unwinding from BEA.

From the Harlequin High Tea, Danielle from loveatfirstpage.org and Lauren from loveisnotatriangle.com got on the subway and headed to the Epic Reads Event! The experience on the subway was . . . well, quite intimate. This photo cracked me up. I somehow managed to keep myself from touching this guy!

At the event, we met some awesome authors, including Aaron Hartzler. I’m really looking forward to WHAT WE SAW.


BEA – Part 1 (Before I even walked into the Javits Center!)
Jun 11th, 2015 by Liza Wiemer




Tuesday, May 26, 2015

My bookish day started out with a reunion with Hannah from the Irish Banana and Andye from Reading Teen. Without any doubt, I’ve missed these girls so much!


Another part of my special day was meeting Andye and Hannah’s roommates, Krista from Krista’s Book Jacket. Later on in the week, we spent some quality time talking fave mystery romance books on our way to the Harlequin High Tea. Loved it! I also met the amazing blogger Valerie from Stuck In Books. How had I not known about her and her incredible blog before this moment, I have no idea. After years of following the classy Andi from Andi’s ABCs on Instagram and Twitter, we finally met. If you’re not following her fashion tips on Instagram, it’s a must. I can’t tell you how many times I told her, “I love your outfit!”

One of the best parts of being on Twitter and a part of the YA blogger/author community, is that I have felt emotionally connected to many of the people I follow. It might seem strange to some that you can form those kinds of relationships without meeting someone, especially when the communication is in 140 characters, but it’s TRUE. I had an incredible reunion filled with lots of hugs from Meg and Kassiah from Swoony Boys Podcast. Hung out with Milwaukee blogger dear friends Erin and Jaime from Fiction Fare, talked with Liza from Reading with ABC, who’s handmade bookmarks are so beautiful. She gave them out to people at the Harlequin Teen Breakfast, and I was lucky to receive one. It’s now one of my most favorite bookmarks EVER!

A downfall of mentioning people is ALWAYS leaving someone out. Without a doubt, I’ve done it. It’s been over two weeks since I arrived in NYC, and that Tuesday is now flashes of memories. Attending the following events, I relished in being surrounded by the most talented book people. It was, still is, an honor to walk among you.



Next stop was the Teen Author Carnival. It was so amazing to catch up with authors and bloggers I hadn’t seen for a year. I also met quite a few new people or people I’ve known on twitter and felt like I’ve known forever. Most of all, I was incredibly proud of Andye for doing a spectacular job MCing a panel on “Emotions,” which featured authors Kody Keplinger, Tiffany Schmidt, Katie McGarry, Elizabeth Eulberg, Adam Silvera, and Jesse Andrews.

Before the event started, I met my Spencer Hill Contemporary publicist for the first time. The crazy thing was, that it didn’t feel like the first time. From moment one, we’ve been close. She’s not just my publicist, but someone I absolutely adore. We’ve fit seamlessly into each other’s daily lives! I also met Kathy Coe of Glass of Wine Bloodspot, a blogger Kelly had introduced to me to via Twitter/Goodreads/Facebook etc. last January. Kathy wasn’t the only blogger from Canada who made the event. She introduced me to many other Ottawa bloggers. Lovely, lovely people, and many of them had participated in the #HelloFrom Ottawa photograph that brought me to tears when I first saw it! A special shoutout to the beautiful Danielle Ellison, with whom I had a very joyous reunion with! Meeting her 4 years ago on a rooftop changed my life and is linked to the publication of HELLO? I love looking back and seeing how wondrous—no, miraculous—these situations are!

Rooftop Party

For the first time in 4 years, I didn’t host the BEA Rooftop Party. Instead, Hannah of the Irish Banana and Andye of Reading Teen did a PHENOMENAL job putting an event together at their hotel. Bloggers, some authors, and publicists from all over came together for an informal evening. I started the night pouring wine, collecting garbage, and introducing publicists to bloggers. I was having a blast! And then . . .

Much to my surprise, Hannah and Andye arranged for part of the night to be dedicated to my FIRST signing for HELLO?. I knew Hannah had requested ARCs. I knew she wanted people to receive them at the party. And right before the event, Hannah told me that she wanted people to have the opportunity to sign them. BUT I ABSOLUTELY DID NOT EXPECT THAT IT WOULD BE AN EVENT! I just thought that if someone wanted one, he or she would take it out of the box. If they wanted me to sign it, of course I’d sign. BUT NO! People lined up! We ran out of ARCs!!!!!! I could have signed many more!! I was in a happy daze. And Hannah and Andye? They had the biggest grins on their faces!

And the signing wasn’t the only surprise! Becca Fowler of Pivot Book Reviews painted a spectacular book bag with the “vintage” cover of HELLO?. I was so blown away I had tears in my eyes. (Check out her twitter feed to see more spectacular book tote bags!) Still, there was more!!! I was presented with my own ARC of HELLO? with signatures from everyone who attended the event! When I had my book signing at BEA on Friday, I brought my special ARC along to have more people sign. That ARC will go with me to all my book events.

The memories of this evening and these cherished gifts will stay with me forever. I am so truly humbled and deeply grateful to Hannah and Andye. A shout-out to my wonderful publicist, Kelly Hager, who not only knew about the evening and kept it a secret, but also sat by my side and helped me with the signing. Thank you to all the bloggers, publicists (It was fantastic talking to so many of them! We often connect via email about books, but this was great having one-on-one time!), authors, and my editors for their tremendous support and enthusiasm for HELLO?! HAPPY READING!!!!!




Flashback Friday: BETWEEN THE LINES Series by Tammara Webber
Jun 5th, 2015 by Liza Wiemer


Flashback Friday is a meme hosted by

Swoony Boys Podcast & Fiction Fare.

Between the Lines Series

by Tammara Webber

First novel published: April 30, 2011

Buy it here: THE ENTIRE SERIES is only $7.99 on Amazon for the ebooks – trust me this will be the best $7.99 you will ever spend! | Or for the Nook |Audible (You may also purchase them individually.)

Connect with Tammara: Twitter | Website

Highest rating possible! This series is ON MY ALL-TIME FAVORITE LIST!

I listened to the audiobooks of the entire series and I CAN’T RAVE ENOUGH! I absolutely ADORED these characters. To watch Reid Alexander and Brooke Cameron go from despicable characters you’ll hate to characters you’ll not only love, but you’ll want them to have the very best in life is simply phenomenal storytelling. In the first two books, Reid is a player – the worst – and you’ll be cheering for Emma and Graham to not only be together, but be each other’s forever. But first they have to deal with Reid, who wants Emma, and Brooke, who wants Graham more than ANYTHING!

In the last two books, the focus is on Reid and Dori. Meeting Dori has a huge impact on Reid. He sees that he’s worth more, someone to be valued, cherished. He stops being a selfish jerk because he wants to be more. The lows in Reid and Dori’s lives are painful, but how they help each other is inspiring. Then there’s Brooke. She, too, goes through a transformation.

So, why do I LOVE THIS SO MUCH? 1. The transformation the characters. If you’ve ever struggled and wondered if change is possible, well, this series will show that even in the worst of circumstances, it can be done. 2. Tammara Webber has an extraordinary gift of presenting characters’ histories without feeling like you’re bogged down by the flashbacks. They’re seamless and critical to understanding who these individuals are. 3. The characters leap off the page. It’s as if they really exist, and that can only be done if the writing is exceptional. 4. In quick trips around town, I find myself listening to favorite parts of this series. 5. The progression of the series. Honestly, if you’re going to pick it up, please commit to ALL FOUR BOOKS. The development is phenomenal, and having listened to ALL of them, part of the beauty is the overall story arc that takes place from book 1 to book 4. Finally, 6. I have no doubt that five years, ten years from now I’ll still be raving about this series. I love imagining what will happen to them in the future. But it’s extremely rare that I end up thinking about characters after I turn the last page, and this novel has that kind of impact!

From Goodreads:

Book 1 – Between the Lines:

Reid Alexander is used to getting what he wants – and what he wants next is his newest costar, Emma Pierce. The universe is lining up nicely to grant his wish, until he’s confronted with two unexpected obstacles on location: a bitter ex-girlfriend and a rival for Emma’s affections.

Emma Pierce just got her big break after years of filming commercials and made-for-TV movies. Winning the lead role in a wide-release film – opposite the very hot Reid Alexander – should be a dream come true. But Emma’s heart is hiding a secret fantasy: she wants to be a normal girl.

Book 2 – Where You Are:

Graham Douglas doesn’t do romantic relationships, but he was knocked for a loop when he met Emma Pierce on the set of his last film. As they grew closer, he did everything in his power to keep from falling for a girl being pursued by superstar Reid Alexander. Now home in New York, his life is once again under control, until Emma appears and shows him how not over her he is.

Emma Pierce is forsaking an up-and-coming Hollywood career to embark on a life she’s only dreamed of—the life of a regular girl. After spending months burying her feelings for the two night-and-day guys who vied for her heart while filming her last movie, a twist of fate puts her in a coffee shop in the middle of Manhattan with the one she still misses.

Brooke Cameron was a fresh-faced Texas girl when she arrived in LA. Now she’s a beach sitcom star turned conceited heiress on the big screen. Having just survived three months on location with her ex—Hollywood’s reigning golden boy—she’s older and wiser and has set her sights on her close friend Graham. The only thing standing in her way is the girl he can’t forget.

Reid Alexander can sum up his life in one word: boring. Between film projects, there’s little going on outside of interviews, photo shoots, and the premiere of the film he finished last fall. The next-to-last thing he expects is to get a second chance with Emma, the girl who rejected him. The last thing he expects is for his still-bitter-ex to be the one to offer it to him on a platter.

Book 3 – Good for You:

Reid Alexander’s celebrity life is an open book. Every relationship, every error in judgment is analyzed by strangers. His latest mistake totaled his car, destroyed a house and landed him in the hospital. As his PR team works overtime to salvage his image, one thing is clear—this is one predicament he won’t escape without paying for it.

Dori Cantrell is a genuine humanitarian—the outward opposite of everything Reid represents. When his DUI plea bargain lands him under her community service supervision, she proves unimpressed with his status and indifferent to his proximity, and he soon wants nothing more than to knock her off of her pedestal and prove she’s human.

Counting the days until his month of service ends, Dori struggles to ignore Reid’s wicked pull while challenging him to recognize his own wasted potential. But Dori has secrets of her own, safely locked away until one night turns her entire world upside down. Suddenly their only hope for connection and redemption hinges on one choice: whether or not to have faith in each other.


Book 4 – Here Without You:

Everyone has secrets.
Some are buried so deep, their existence is forgotten.
But a secret never told can turn into a lie.
And in love, a lie is one thing:

Reid’s in love with Dori, though she hasn’t told her parents that she’s fallen hard for the guy they’d forbidden her to see. Now she’s leaving for college, and Reid’s promise not to push her to go public is wearing thin, especially when she can’t – or won’t – return those three important words he wants to hear.

Five years ago, Brooke and Reid were a Thing. That relationship is long gone, detonated amid allegations of cheating – but they still share a secret that would stun everyone they know and alter public perception of them both if it ever comes out. And it’s about to do just that.

Here Without You is the fourth, final installment in the Between the Lines series, which includes: Between the Lines, Where You Are, and Good For You.


Blog Tour: PROOF OF FOREVER by Lexa Hillyer – Interview, Review & Giveaway
Jun 3rd, 2015 by Liza Wiemer


 Published: June 2, 2015

Publisher Harper Teen

To Connect with Lexa Hillyer:

Goodreads | Twitter | Website

Buy it here:

IndieBound |Amazon | Audible | B&N | Book Depository

From Goodreads:

From debut author and poet Lexa Hillyer comes the lyrical story of four seventeen-year-old friends who receive an unlikely chance to relive the perfect summer . . . and the devastating secret that could unravel it all. Elegant and evocative, Proof of Forever is one of those first novels that hooks you from the beginning and builds toward a stunning–and unexpected–end, calling to mind Gayle Forman and Ann Brashares.

Joy, Tali, Luce, and Zoe were once best friends. Now they barely speak. That is, until the fateful flash of a photo-booth camera transports them back in time, to the summer they were fifteen–the summer everything changed. Photos fade. Friendships dissolve. Summers end. But this one will change the girls forever . . . again.

Wendy Wunder calls Proof of Forever “The Sisterhood of the (Time) Traveling Pants for a new generation!”

My Review:

Proof of ForeverProof of Forever by Lexa Hillyer

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Cover: Love it! Flashes of special moments and the infinity symbol works so well.

Four best friends who haven’t been together for two years return to camp for a one-night reunion. That one night turns into five when the photo booth they’re in takes them back in time.

Memorable, bittersweet, romantic.

From page one, PROOF OF FOREVER grabbed my attention. We find out that four camp friends—Joy, Tali, Luce, and Zoe—have grown apart. But Joy insists that they all attend their camp reunion.

Coming together isn’t easy. There are a lot of hurt feelings, plenty of miscommunication, resentment, but also a lot of love below the surface. If only they can recapture why they had been so close and resolve the past hurt.

As they return to the past and relive their last camp experience, they not only try to figure out how to return to the present, but also to understand each other. They try to relive it as they had in order to recreate a photograph from the Photo Booth, thinking that will be the key.

Of course, that’s not easy at all.

I love . . .

1. that the girls end up unitizing this time to discover more about themselves, both individually and as a group.
2. that choices made have various results, often not what they had intended.
3. that we discover painful secrets.
4. that the bonds of friendship, despite hurt feelings, can indeed prevail if you’re willing to work hard enough and forgive.
5. the swoony-boy relationships that a few of the girls experience.
6. the realization that their quick judgments of others are sometimes false, that they need to get to know other campers more intimately to understand them.
7. that we have to live life for ourselves, not to please others.
8. the emotional ending!!!!

PROOF OF FOREVER is about self-identity, love, family, healing, deep relationships, and letting go when it’s needed. It’s about ties that can never be severed.

It’s a beautiful, touching, emotional story of the power of friendship—how it brings us together or tears us apart, how it grounds us in a place like tree roots that can make us feel safe or shake us up and leave us floating away like helium balloon strings that have been released into the sky, leaving us drifting away from the people we love, those we thought should have held tight.

The writing and storytelling is gorgeous! This is a perfect summer read for anyone who loves a contemporary YA novel with a twist of fantasy, time travel, magic, love, and of course FRIENDSHIP!

View all my reviews

Q & A with Lexa:


  1. What was something you learned about yourself while writing PROOF OF FOREVER? That I could do it—I could write a novel all my own! Also that I’m apparently a closet perv because I love writing the kissing scenes. Also that I have weird habits like always wanting one of the characters to have twin brothers (in this book it’s Luciana.)
  1. In the beginning of PROOF OF FOREVER, it’s clear that the girls had drifted apart and lost touch with one another. Are there childhood friendships you wish you hadn’t lost and what kind of suggestions do you have for maintaining friendships when it’s so easy to get wrapped up in our own lives? I moved a lot growing up, so I had to deal with leaving behind my friends and trying to make new ones over and over again. Back then there was no internet (eep!) but I had one friend in particular from kindergarten through 3rd grade who I wrote letters to for a few years after that. We used to live just around the corner from each other in Newton, MA. Then we lost touch in like sixth grade or so… but I ran into her in my neighborhood in Brooklyn last year and found out she had been living right around the corner from my apartment for over a year… small world! I also stayed in touch with one of my best friends from Middle School, and she came to my wedding a couple years ago. We still email once in a while and she’s even working on her own YA novel now, too! One of my best friends Sophomore year in high school moved to Canada at the end of the year, and for the rest of high school we would mail a shared journal back and forth, full of collages and poems and diary entries. I still have a few of those. We grew apart after college, but then I was headed to Toronto a few years ago for a film festival my husband was in, and I reached out to her. We caught up and it was just like old times, and I’m happy to have her back in my life. So I guess I would say that, look, it’s normal to lose touch. Yes, we’re all busy and somehow following someone on Facebook doesn’t make it better—sometimes it makes it worse because we’re seeing their lives from the outside. But the cool thing is that where there was a great foundation for a friendship, that will probably always exist. So it’s always worth reaching out. It’s cool to see how people you were close to years ago have grown up and changed—but still kept the qualities you loved most about them.
  1. Ryder asks Joy if she believes in love at first sight. Do you? Have you experienced it or someone you know? If so, can you share what that was like? Actually I don’t believe in love at first sight, though I do believe in crush-at-first-sight for SURE. And I suppose sometimes those crushes can lead to love, but that’s probably not usually how it works. I think real love is a thing that happens when you’re old enough to have already had your heart broken at least once, and made a few wrong choices. This is what helps you truly know when you’re making the right choice, even if it’s less intense than the romances you had when you were younger. The first cut is always the deepest, but it’s a blessing that you’ll never feel that level of intensity again—it means you’ll never have to experience that totally devastating, aching misery again either. I’m a huge romantic but I’m also very level-headed.                                      Still, I wanted Joy and Ryder to have an experience that felt like it could become love. The idea was to create the sense of possibility and hope. I will never   forget the first relationship I had where I really thought hey, this could BE something, like a forever thing. And even though it didn’t work out, it helped me understand what love was, and what it wasn’t, and what I actually needed from love. That’s what I wanted for Joy—to learn what love was and that she deserved it and could have it, that it’s there waiting for all of us, even though we often spend years doubting that.
  1. Was there a specific scene in the novel that you took straight from your life? If so, which one? Not exactly, but I did study stage combat when I did theater school for a semester, so I learned how to fence (sort of), and I used that memory for some of Zoe’s scenes. Also that part where they’re all dancing in chapter 17 and Zoe feels endless? That’s how I used to feel when I’d go out dancing with my friends.
  1. Spreading rumors, keeping secrets, and not telling the truth are some themes in the novel. These things can have a long-lasting impact. What can people learn from these situations? Secrets make you feel excited and powerful, like you are in control of the information and there’s this sense of risk—what if someone finds out!? Revealing the truth forces you to be vulnerable, and that’s scary, but that’s also what leads to intimacy between people. And often the thing you were keeping secret turns out not to change things all that much—but the fact that you told will bond you to the person you told forever. You learn a new level of trust. I used to love the idea of having secrets, of being mysterious. And I do still think it’s good practice to have a few things that you keep to yourself—but not because you’re afraid to tell, and not as a way of holding people at arm’s length… only keep a secret because you want to treasure a certain thing for yourself alone. It’s your life and your truth. Not everything needs to be shared.


Blog Tour Schedule:

May 25th – Meg @ Swoony Boys Podcast – Author Guest Post + Review

May 25th – Jaime @ Fiction Fare – Author Guest Post + Review

May 26th – Lisa @  Lost in Lit – Author Interview + Review

May 27th – Ginger @ G Reads Books – Tens List + Review

May 28th – Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books – Review Only

May 29th – Heidi @ YA Bibliophile – Tens List + Review

June 1st  – Andi @ Andi ABC’s – This or That List + Review

June 2nd – Sarah @ WhatSarahRead – Author Guest Post + Review

June 3rd – Liza @ WhoruBlog – Author Interview + Review

June 4th – April @ Mainstream Passionista – Character Interview + Review

June 5th – Brittany @ Book Addicts Guide – Author Guest Post


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