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Blog Tour: THE LOST AND THE FOUND by Cat Clark – Novel Secret & #Giveaway
Sep 15th, 2016 by Liza Wiemer

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by Cat Clark

Novel Secret & #Giveaway

ABOUT THE LOST AND THE FOUND:

LOST.

When six-year-old Laurel Logan was abducted, the only witness was her younger sister. Faith’s childhood was dominated by Laurel’s disappearance – from her parents’ broken marriage and the constant media attention to dealing with so-called friends who only ever wanted to talk about her sister.

FOUND.

Thirteen years later, a young woman is found in the garden of the Logans’ old house, disorientated and clutching the teddy bear Laurel was last seen with. Laurel is home at last, safe and sound. Faith always dreamed of getting her sister back, without ever truly believing it would happen. But a disturbing series of events leaves Faith increasingly isolated and paranoid, and before long she begins to wonder if everything that’s lost can be found again…

ABOUT CAT CLARKE:cat-clarke

Cat was born in Zambia and brought up in Edinburgh and Yorkshire, which has given her an accent that tends to confuse people.

Cat has written non-fiction books about exciting things like cowboys, sharks and pirates, and now writes YA novels. She lives in Edinburgh with a couple of cats, Jem and Scout, who spend their days plotting to spit up furballs at the most inconvenient times. She likes cheese A LOT, especially baked camembert.

 

LINKS: Website | Twitter 

NOVEL SECRETS:

The Hungry Writer – by Cat Clarke

Food often works its way into my stories (often when I make the critical error of writing while hungry!) but in The Lost and the Found a particular type of food has an important role. One of my characters is a particularly lovely Frenchman called Michel, who is a sort of step-father to the main character, Faith. Michel is a veterinarian, but on the weekends he likes to make macarons and sell them at the local market. If you haven’t had the pleasure of trying one of these delicious morsels, a macaron is a tiny hamburger-shaped sweet treat, made from almond meringue and filled with ganache or jam. They are good. Really, really good.

Mmmmmm macarons.

Mmmmmm macarons.

I didn’t plan on making Michel a master macaron-maker (try saying that three times really fast!) but at the time I’d recently discovered a macaron shop in my hometown of Edinburgh, Scotland. Mademoiselle Macaron makes THE best macarons this side of Paris, and I became ever so slightly obsessed with the salted caramel ones. So when I was trying to come up with something fun for Michel and Faith to do together at weekends, macarons popped into my head.

 

For the UK launch party of The Lost and the Found, Mademoiselle Macaron made the most spectacular macaron tower, which the guests proceeded to demolish in a matter of hours. Here’s a picture of me, sampling the macarons just to make sure they were good enough for the guests. I only had one or two. Honest. Please ignore the tiny cheeses on the table in front of the tower. Cheese appears in lots of my novels, but that’s another story for another day.

Tour Schedule:

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Giveaway:

3 Finished Copies of LOST & FOUND (US Only)

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ROALD DAHL 100 CELEBRATORY BLOG TOUR – 10 Facts You Didn’t Know About Roald Dahl
Sep 11th, 2016 by Liza Wiemer

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ROALD DAHL 100 CELEBRATORY BLOG TOUR

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GREAT GLASS ELEVATOR:

10 Facts You Didn’t Know About Roald Dahl

 

  1. How do you pronounce Roald?

Roo-all. The ‘d’ is silent.

  1. Roald Dahl loves bananas mashed up with…olive oil!

Roald loved making a treat that he learned about from his own mother. He would take a banana and mash it up with a few drops of olive oil. The olive oil heightens the flavor of the banana and turns it into a delicious syrupy paste.

  1. Roald Dahl served in the Royal Air Force during WWII.

When he was first flying in Africa, Roald Dahl wrote to his mother telling her how lucky he felt to be flying. But Roald Dahl nearly lost his life when his plane crashed in the Libyan desert and burst into flames. He managed to drag himself out before the plane blew up and he sustained a fractured skull and temporary blindness.

  1. Roald Dahl often acted out his characters for his children.

When his children were falling asleep, Roald Dahl would climb up the ladder and stand next to their windows. Then, he’d push a bamboo cane through and act as the BFG, the Big Friendly Giant.

  1. Dinner guests of Roald Dahl always received an after-meal chocolate set.

After dinner, guests were offered a red plastic box made up of all Roald Dahl’s favorite candies: Twix, Kit Kats, Rolos, Smarties, Flakes, and Maltesers

In an essay for ROALD DAHL’S COOKBOOK, Roald Dahl wrote a history of the great chocolate bars, waxing lyrical about the “seven miraculous years” between 1930 and 1937 when the greatest chocolates—including Mars, Kit Kat, Aero, Maltesers, Rolo and Smarties—were invented.

  1. Dahl’s dog, Chopper, regularly enjoyed a tastier dinner than most of us do.

The beloved brown and white Jack Russell Terrier was fed oysters, caviar, Smarties, and sometimes dog food. Chopper was the last dog that Roald Dahl owned and the pair even appeared on TV together. Chopper lived to the ripe old age of sixteen.

  1. Roald Dahl helped invent an important medical device.

In 1960, the carriage carrying Roald Dahl’s son, Theo (just four months old) was hit by a cab on the corner of a New York street and crushed against the side of a bus. Theo underwent several operations to drain fluid from his head. However, the valve used to drain the fluid kept blocking and clogging. With Theo’s life at stake, Roald joined forces with Stanley Wade (a toymaker, who specialized in model aeroplane engines) and Kenneth Till (a pioneering pediatric neurosurgeon). Together, they created the Dahl-Wade-Till valve, which not only saved Theo’s life, but also those of almost three thousand children affected by similar conditions worldwide.

  1. Roald Dahl loved to mix potions.

Roald Dahl mixed amazing bedtime drinks for his children and called them “witches potions.” They contained ingredients such as canned peaches blended with milk and pink, blue or green food coloring.

  1. Mushroom-picking was one of Roald Dahl’s hobbies in later life.

He loved to go out early in the morning with his dog Chopper for company, to gather mushrooms hidden in the local field. 

  1. Roald’s writing was criticized by teachers as a child and as an adult.

When he was in school, Roald was considered a terrible writer by his teachers. One teacher described Roald as being “quite incapable of marshalling his thoughts on paper.” Later, when he wrote a story for his daughter Lucy to hand in as part of her English homework, the paper received a “C–you could do better.”

For more fun facts about Roald Dahl check out:

D is for Dahl: A gloriumptious A-Z guide to the world of Roald Dahl Compiled by Wendy Cooling; Illustrations by Quentin Blake

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About Roald Dahl:

Roald Dahl (1916-1990) was born in Wales of Norwegian parents. In 1951, Roald Dahl met his future wife, the American actress Patricia Neal, who starred in films including The Day the Earth Stood Still, Breakfast at Tiffany’s, and Hud, for which she won an Oscar. After establishing himself as a writer for adults, Roald Dahl began writing children’s stories in 1960 and wrote two of his best-known novels, James and the Giant Peach and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory in the U.S.

In September 1964, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory was published initially in the U.S. with the U.K. following a few years later. It would go on to become one of the most famous and best-known of Roald’s stories. The idea for the story grew out of his own well-documented love of chocolate and his school-day memories of acting as a taster for a famous chocolate factory. These first stories were written as entertainment for his own children, to whom many of his books are dedicated.

Today, Roald Dahl’s stories are available in 58 languages and have sold more than 200 million books. With more than 40 million Roald Dahl books in print in the U.S. alone, Dahl is considered one of the most beloved storytellers of our time and his popularity continues to increase as his fantastic novels, including James and the Giant Peach, Matilda, The BFG, and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, delight an ever-growing legion of fans.

 

  • For more information please visit roalddahl.com/usa
  • Facebook.com/RoaldDahl
  • Twitter.com/roald_dahl * Don’t forget to hashtag #roalddahl100
  • YouTube.com/officialroalddahl
  • Pinterest.com/roalddahl
  • Instagram: @roald_dahl * Don’t forget to hashtag #roalddahl100

Roald Dahl 100

Entitled Roald Dahl 100, 2016 marks 100 years since the birth of Roald Dahl—the world’s number one storyteller. There will be celebrations for Roald Dahl 100 throughout 2016, delivering a year packed with gloriumptious treats and surprises for everyone.

Roald Dahl said, “If you have good thoughts they will shine out of your face like sunbeams and you will always look lovely.”

The Roald Dahl Literary Estate believes in doing good things. That’s why ten percent of all Roald Dahl income* goes to our charity partners. We have supported causes including: specialist children’s nurses, grants for families in need, and educational outreach programs.

The Roald Dahl Charitable Trust is a registered UK charity (no. 1119330).

* All author payments and royalty income net of third party commissions.

GIVEAWAY:

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Partners in Health

A percentage of proceeds from some of the Roald Dahl 100 events planned for this September will be donated to Partners in Health, a charity co-founded by Ophelia Dahl, Roald Dahl’s daughter. Partners in Health works in partnership with local governments and health providers to bring high-quality health care to poor communities in ten countries.

PIH believes that health is a human right and that a person’s ability to pay for treatment should not determine their access to health care. For nearly 30 years, PIH has shaped discourse among global health policymakers and proven what is possible in making health care accessible to all people.

PIH trains local health workers, nurses, and doctors in order to raise the standard of care for poor people. In partnership with the world’s leading medical and academic institutions, PIH aims to build workforces of local health professionals to strengthen and sustain public health systems.

Our achievements are based on our philosophy of accompaniment. To us this means working beside and learning from people in the countries where we work. We share experiences and goals, partnering to bring care where it is needed most.

For more information, visit www.pih.org.

 

Penguin Young Readers

Penguin Young Readers is one of the leading children’s book publishers in the United States. The company owns a wide range of imprints and trademarks including Dial Books, Dutton, Grosset & Dunlap, Philomel, Puffin, Speak, Firebird, G. P. Putnam’s Sons, Viking, Razorbill, and Frederick Warne. These imprints are home to such award-winning, New York Times- bestselling authors as Laurie Halse Anderson, Jay Asher, Judy Blume, Jan Brett, Eric Carle, Ally Condie, Roald Dahl, Tomie dePaola, Sarah Dessen, Anna Dewdney, John Flanagan, Gayle Forman John Green, Oliver Jeffers, Mike Lupica, Richelle Mead, B.J. Novak, Richard Peck, Judy Schachner, Jacqueline Woodson and dozens of other popular authors. Penguin Young Readers Group is also the proud publisher of perennial brand franchises such as The Little Engine That Could, the Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys series, Peter Rabbit, Spot, the Classic Winnie the Pooh, The Very Hungry Caterpillar, Strega Nona, Madeline, Mad Libs, Alex Rider, the Rangers Apprentice, Skippyjon Jones, Flower Fairies, and Pippi Longstocking, among many others. Penguin Young Readers Group is a division of Penguin Group LLC, a Penguin Random House company.

 

 

Blog Tour: ASSASSINS: DISCORD by Erica Cameron – Novel Secrets & Giveaway
Sep 8th, 2016 by Liza Wiemer

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ASSASSINS: DISCORD

by Erica Cameron

Purchase at Riptide

I absolutely adore Erica Cameron. And when it comes to her writing, what an imagination! Her stories are memorable, filled with intense action, and relatable characters! So it’s with great pleasure that I am featuring her latest YA novel on my blog. I’ve just started it, but from the very first line I was hooked: “Kindra’s moral compass has never pointed north, but that’s what happens when you’re raised as an assassin and a thief.” Scroll down for the “Novel Secrets” and giveaway. You definitely want to have this book in your library!

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Kindra’s moral compass has never pointed north, but that’s what happens when you’re raised as an assassin and a thief. At sixteen, she’s fantastic with a blade, an expert at slipping through the world unnoticed, and trapped in a life she didn’t chose. But nothing in her training prepares her for what happens when her father misses a target.

In the week-long aftermath, Kindra breaks ranks for the first time in her life. She steals documents, starts questioning who their client is and why the target needs to die, botches a second hit on her father’s target, and is nearly killed. And that’s before she’s kidnapped by a green-eyed stranger connected to a part of her childhood she’d almost forgotten.

Kindra has to decide who to trust and which side of the battle to fight for. She has to do it fast and she has to be right, because the wrong choice will kill her just when she’s finally found something worth living for.

Novel Secrets!

There is a lot that goes on around a book or behind the scene of a making of a book that most readers never know. I’m always one to watch the “making of” featurettes of my favorite movies, so here are five secret facts about DISCORD:

1- The idea for the book actually came from my former agent and her boss. They proposed a scene: a guy tied to a chair and a girl with a knife contemplating whether or not to kill him. The entire book spawned from that scene.

2- The first line of the book never changed. It was the very first thing I wrote in the draft, and it never changed.

3- I named everyone with purpose, but Kindra and Seraphina’s names are the most symbolic. Ten points to anyone who can figure out why I named them each that. A hint? One is ironic and the other one is metaphorically literal.

4-The saddest part of the book is Tristina Wright’s fault. I asked for advice while writing that scene, and what happens in it was her idea. Blame her. Somehow, though, she still manages to blame me. 😉

5- Thirteen months before this book was published, I did not think it would ever be published. Or at least not anytime soon. Everything between the contract and publication happened suddenly and at lightning speed. It was a delightful surprise in a lot of ways.

About Erica Cameron

After a lifelong obsession with books, Erica Cameron spent her college years getting credit for reading and learning how to make stories of her own. Erica graduated with a double major in psychology and creative writing from Florida State University and began pursuing a career as an author.

Erica is many things but most notably the following: writer, reader, editor, dance fan, choreographer, singer, lover of musical theater, movie obsessed, sucker for romance, ex-Florida resident, and quasi-recluse. She loves the beach but hates the heat, has equal passion for the art of Salvador Dali and Venetian Carnival masks, has a penchant for unique jewelry and sun/moon décor pieces, and a desire to travel the entire world on a cruise ship. Or a private yacht. You know, whatever works.

Connect with Erica:

 

Giveaway

To celebrate the release of Assassins: Discord, one lucky winner will receive $30 in Riptide Publishing credit! Leave a comment with your contact info to enter the contest. Entries close at midnight, Eastern time, on September 10, 2016. Contest is NOT restricted to U.S. entries. Thanks for following the tour, and don’t forget to leave your contact info!

 

Blog Tour: SHOW ME HOW by Molly McAdams Q & A and #Giveaway
Sep 2nd, 2016 by Liza Wiemer

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by Molly McAdams

LINKS: Amazon | B&N | iBooks

I adore Molly McAdams’ novels and so I’m thrilled to have this opportunity to be a part of this blog tour. Make sure to check out ALL her books. You can find the entire list on her website.

ABOUT SHOW ME HOW:

After her first love was ripped from her grasp four years earlier, Charlie Easton was sure she would never be able to trust anyone with the shattered pieces of her heart again. That is, until Deacon Carver forces himself into her life, and makes those pieces swirl in chaos. But Charlie doesn’t know how to let him in… until a stranger stumbles upon a notebook filled with her innermost secrets, and shows her how.

Deacon Carver is known for sleeping his way through the town of Thatch, as well as the surrounding cities—something he used to take pride in. But that persona has haunted Deacon ever since he decided to leave that life behind for the girl he wants more than anything: Charlie Easton.

But when another girl falls into Deacon’s life, allowing him to be himself without judgment for his past, will their conversations hinder his relationship with Charlie … even if he’s never seen her?

Q&A:

  1. If you could trade places with one of your characters for a day – anyone in this series, which one would it be and why?

This series? Um, then I’m for sure going to have to say Charlie. Reason … have you met Deacon? 😉 That’s what I thought.

 

  1. How did you choose the name(s) of your character(s)? Feel free to choose just one to save time! 🙂 

I actually take forever to choose the names for my characters. It’s a good three-hour process for each one of my stories. Once I have the characters in mind, then I sit there scrolling through name sites for hours and hours until I find the names that fit them. I have a list of names that I absolutely love just sitting on my computer, and I have yet to use any of them because they haven’t fit the characters.

 

  1. Did you have any scenes you found difficult to write? If so, how did you get through it?

Yes, all of the scenes that involved Collin and Harlow in To The Stars. Not sure how I got through the actual writing of the scenes—actually I’m pretty sure I didn’t breathe while I wrote them. But as soon as I finished just one Collin scene, I would have to walk away from my computer and go lie down because I would feel so emotionally and physically exhausted, and would be shaking too hard to continue.

 

  1. What lesson or message would you hope readers would take from this book or series and why?

Oh my goodness, there are so many. The biggest one from this series; is that no one has to continue living with domestic violence. There are ways to get help if you feel like you can’t get out. The other main one; is that moving on with your life doesn’t mean you’re forgetting or leaving behind whoever passed away. Remember that they would want you to continue living.

 

  1. What qualities do you feel are important in building a long lasting relationship that you feel your characters needed to learn?

Trust. Trust, trust, trust. So much trust. That was a huge one in Letting Go and again in Show Me How, and in a way it was there—just a tad different—in To The Stars. In Show Me How, for example, Charlie wanted to believe that Deacon could change, but in the back of her mind, she kept waiting for the day when he would revert back to the old Deacon. And I think that if Deacon really thought that Charlie knew him and who he wanted to be, he would’ve never continued speaking to Words.

 

  1. Do you have any writing habits that are critical to your process? If so, what are they?

When I’m first getting into a story, I have to spend a lot of time just thinking about the story, and letting it develop. It has to be quiet, and it has to be dark, so I usually lay in bed. But when I actually start writing, I have to have music really loud, or else I can’t concentrate.

 

  1. What’s the biggest lesson you’ve learned during your journey as a published author?

That it’s always worth it to write what you believe in, over what you think everyone else will want.

 

Author Molly McAdams

Author Molly McAdams

ABOUT MOLLY MCADAMS:

Molly grew up in California but now lives in the oh-so-amazing state of Texas with her husband, daughter, and fur babies. When she’s not diving into the world of her characters, some of her hobbies include hiking, snowboarding, traveling, and long walks on the beach … which roughly translates to being a homebody with her hubby and dishing out movie quotes. She has a weakness for crude-humored movies and fried pickles, and loves curling up in a fluffy comforter during a thunderstorm … or under one in a bathtub if there are tornadoes. That way she can pretend they aren’t really happening.

 

LINKS: Website | Twitter |Facebook |  Goodreads | Google+ | tumblr

 

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Giveaway:

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HOW TO MAKE OUT by Brianna Shrum—Novel Secret
Sep 1st, 2016 by Liza Wiemer

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by Brianna Shrum

Published by: Sky Pony Press

Pub date: September 6, 2016

NOVEL SECRET!

Buy it here: IndieBoundAmazon | B&N | Book Depository

 

About HOW TO MAKE OUT:

Sixteen-year-old Renley needs three thousand dollars for the math club’s trip to New York City, and she knows exactly how to get it: she’s going to start a how-to blog where people pay for answers to all of life’s questions from a “certified expert.” The only problems: 1) She doesn’t know how to do anything but long division and calculus. 2) She’s totally invisible to people at school. And not in a cool Gossip Girl kind of way.

So, she decides to learn to do . . . well . . . everything. When her anonymous blog shifts in a more scandalous direction and the questions (and money) start rolling in, she has to learn not just how to do waterfall braids and cat-eye makeup, but a few other things, like how to cure a hangover, how to flirt, and how to make out (something her very experienced, and very in-love-with-her neighbor, Drew, is more than willing to help with).

As her blog’s reputation skyrockets, so does “new and improved” Renley’s popularity. She’s not only nabbed the attention of the entire school, but also the eye of Seth Levine, the hot culinary wizard she’s admired from across the home-ec classroom all year.

Soon, caught up in the thrill of popularity both in and out of cyberspace, her secrets start to spiral, and she finds that she’s forgotten the most important how-to: how to be herself. When her online and real lives converge, Renley will have to make a choice: lose everything she loves in her new life, or everyone she loves in the life she left behind.

NOVEL SECRET

A huge number of things were taken from my real life as a sixteen and seventeen year old for How to Make Out. The thoughts Renley has during her first kiss in the novel are an EXACT transcript of mine during my first shocker of a French kiss (odd gum flavor choice included), the bikini wax scene was indeed inspired by real-life events, and Drew’s car is my friend Jeremy’s, from high school. Man was that thing a death machine.12700597

 

About Brianna:

Brianna Shrum is the author of NEVER NEVER and lives in Colorado with her high-school-sweetheart-turned-husband and two uber-hyper, superhero-obsessed little boys. She thinks chai tea is proof of magic in the world, and loves all things kissy, magical, and strange. She’d totally love to connect with you, so you can find her online at briannashrum.com or saying ridiculous things on Twitter @briannashrum.

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