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NOVEL SECRET: BROODING YA HERO by Carrie DiRisio and Broody McHottiepants, Illustrated by Linnea Gear
Nov 30th, 2017 by Liza Wiemer

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Becoming a Main Character (Almost) as Awesome as Me
By Carrie DiRisio and Broody McHottiepants
Illustrated by Linnea Gear

Sky Pony Press hardcover,

also available in eBook
On Sale: October 3, 2017
Price: $17.99 | 352 pages | Ages 12+

 

From Twitter Sensation @BROODINGYAHERO, a Hilarious Parody “How To” (told as a fiction/nonfiction hybrid) on the World of YA Books, Writing, and Finding Your Inner Main Character:image001

 

Novel Secrets:

With a hero as mysterious and magical as Brooding YA Hero himself, the number of secrets could be endless! So, I’d like to talk a little bit about Broody himself, and share his secrets. Broody’s full name is Broody McHottiepants, and he was born on February 14th (of course.) His deepest, darkest secret is that he is afraid of hedgehogs.
Hmm. Perhaps that’s not quite what you’re looking for. Let me talk a bit of the secrets behind his character design. The twitter account started with a photo of an actor that i found on google. I had no idea the account would be so popular, so I simply grabbed the broodiest looking actor I could find.
Once it became clear that Broody was incredibly popular, I decided to hire an artist to design him. Then, I was faced with a problem. You see, Broody is the embodiement of all brooding, moody, male characters in teen fiction. How could I pick just one face for him?
The answer is… I couldn’t.
I worked with the artist to design four different ideal broodies, and then let the fans vote.
They picked the winning broody! Later, when I was discussing the book itself with my publishers, I was so thrilled to find out they’d picked my same illustrator!
Her name is Linnea Gear, and you can find her at linneart.tumblr.com

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Praise for Brooding YA Hero:

“Readers and authors will swoon and raise a perfectly arched and knowing eyebrow at this clever confection, narrated by an egotistical main character, about writing the perfect main character. With a tongue-in-cheek look at YA tropes, writers are subtly encouraged to expand the genre in a way that is more clever, more subtle, and more inclusive. I would tell you more, but Broody and I are about to meet-cute in an epilogue.” –Jodi Picoult, New York Times bestselling author of Small Great Things and Between the Lines

“A satirical look at the world of the male hero in young-adult literature . . . In short, subheaded chapters that address the audience directly, he does so, hitting on some funny moments that are also critically insightful.” –Kirkus Reviews

“Whether brooding snarkily, brooding soulfully, or brooding with a side of melodramatic backstory, Brooding YA Hero embodies everything I love—and love to hate—about the bad boys of young adult literature.”
—Jessica Cluess, author of A Shadow Bright and Burning

“Hilarious and sneakily, cheekily feminist in the best way. I’m gifting a copy to every YA reader in my life.” —Sandhya Menon, New York Times bestselling author of When Dimple Met Rishi

“I smiled, I laughed, and I might have swooned! A brilliant combination of humor and clever insights. If you’re looking for entertainment or writing a young adult novel, you need to read this book.” –Stephanie Garber, New York Times bestselling author of Caraval

Have you ever wished you could receive a little guidance from your favorite book boyfriend? Ever dreamed of being the Chosen One in a YA novel? Want to know all the secrets of surviving the dreaded plot twist?

Or maybe you’re just really confused about what “opal-tinted, luminous cerulean orbs” actually are?

Well, popular Twitter personality @broodingYAhero is here to help as he tackles the final frontier in his media dominance: writing a book. Join Broody McHottiepants as he attempts to pen Brooding YA Hero: Becoming a Main Character (Almost) as Awesome as Me, a “self-help” guide (with activities—you always need activities) that lovingly pokes fun at the YA tropes that we roll our eyes at, but secretly love.

As his nefarious ex, Blondie DeMeani, attempts to thwart him at every turn, Broody overcomes to detail, among other topics, how to choose your genre, how to keep your love interest engaged (while maintaining lead character status), what’s his secret formula for guaranteed love triangle success, and how to make sure you secure that sequel, all while keeping his hair perfectly coiffed and never breaking a sweat.

About the Authors and Illustrator:

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Carrie DiRisio

Carrie DiRisio is an aspiring Disney villainess in addition to a social media expert and owner of a ridiculous cat. She resides in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where she practices Krav Maga and knitting in equal measures.Brooding YA Hero

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Broody

Broody McHottiepants is a master of all trades. His current hobbies include making bad life choices, shedding manly tears, rescuing clumsy protagonists, and, of course, gazing into everyone’s eyes. This is his first book, although he’d like to remind you he’s starred in many novels and movies, including your favorite one.

Linnea Gear earned her BS in chemistry and splits her time between drawing concept art and drawing chemical equations. She lives in Flagstaff, Arizona.

Blog Tour: DIE FOR YOU by Amy Fellner Dominy – Review, Novel Secret & #Giveaway
Nov 16th, 2016 by Liza Wiemer

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ABOUT DIE FOR YOU:die-for-you-coverf

Theirs was the perfect love story.

After Emma Lorde’s parents’ divorce forces her to move halfway across the state of Arizona to live with her father, Emma must face her senior year in a new school knowing absolutely no one.

Then she meets Dillon Hobbs and something just clicks.

Dillon introduces Emma to friends she can call her own. He provides a refuge from the chaos of her past and the security of a commitment that he promises will last forever. And because circumstances of her messy life forced Emma to put aside her dream of pursuing archaeology, Dillon creates a blueprint for a future together.
He saves her, over and over, by loving her more than she thought anyone ever would.

But just when everything seems picture-perfect, Emma is offered an opportunity that will upend the future they’ve planned. Uncertainty grows, and fear spirals into something darker.

Now Dillon is the one who needs saving.

But how much do you sacrifice for the one you love? What if saving Dillon means losing herself?

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About Amy Fellner Dominyafd

Amy Fellner Dominy is a former advertising copywriter, MFA playwright and hula-hoop champion. Her novels for teens and tweens include Die For You (11/8/16); A Matter of Heart, Audition & Subtraction; and OyMG, a Sydney Taylor Notable Book.  Amy’s first picture book, Cookiesaurus Rex, will be published by Disney, Fall 2017. Amy lives in Phoenix, Arizona with her husband, various pets and two kids who occasionally stop by for free meals.

LINKS: Website | Twitter | Facebook

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Profound, painful, powerful. DIE FOR YOU is hard to put down.

Readers will get sucked into the lives of Dylan and Emma and watch what appears to be a beautiful relationship spiral out of control. Amy Fellner Dominy creates a story that could be going on at any high school. Yes, with different circumstances, but we’ve seen the headlines—teens so wrapped up in each other that one or both would be willing to die to keep the other or to make sure they stay together. Forever. In death. Not all relationships that are unhealthy take it that far, but here are some chilling statistics: One in three young people will be in an unsafe or unhealthy relationship. WOW!

Though this is a gut-wrenching, important topic, the story is gripping. The way Amy integrated Emma’s family history and Dylan’s family history brought an eye-opening understanding to the intensity of the relationship. Another very cool aspect was Emma’s love for archeology, which plays a central theme in the novel. I loved the story created around Pompeii.

Friendship is also explored. How loyal should a friend be? What constitutes disloyalty? And then there is family betrayal as well as loyalty to one’s family. What lines should or shouldn’t be crossed?

Without a doubt, DIE FOR YOU is the type of novel that will take you on a journey of reflection, and for some a mirror to look into and hopefully recognize before things get too out of hand. This kind of ugly love is not love at all. It needs to be revealed. It needs to be understood.

Brava, Amy! I highly recommend this novel!

Novel Secret by Amy Fellner Dominy

This book started with an innocent question: “How did you and your husband end up together?”

I asked a friend that question about twenty years ago. I’ve always been a romantic and there’s nothing I love as much as a good love story. But what I got instead was a reply that sent shivers up my spine. She told me her husband had said that if she ever left him, he’d kill himself.

And she believed him.

So she married him.

I never forgot that over the years. How could a smart, talented, beautiful woman let herself be manipulated that way? I would never fall for that kind of emotional blackmail…or would I?

What if I loved someone and what if I worried for his life? What if he convinced me his need was love? What if I thought it came down to his life or mine?

What would I be willing to sacrifice?

What should I be willing to sacrifice?

I always say it was the search for answers that led me to write Die for You. But really, it began with a question.

Thanks so much for hosting me!

Amy

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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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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.

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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.

 

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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.

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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!

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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.

Blog Tour: SMASH & GRAB by Amy Christine Parker, Novel Secret & #Giveaway
Jul 11th, 2016 by Liza Wiemer

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ABOUT SMASH & GRAB:27272262

Ocean’s Eleven meets the star-crossed lovers of West Side Story.Grab some popcorn and get ready for an adrenaline-filled heist!

LEXI is a rich girl who loves a good rush. Whether it’s motorcycle racing or BASE jumping off a building in downtown Los Angeles, the only times she feels alive are when she and her friends are executing one of their dares. After her father’s arrest, Lexi doesn’t think twice about going undercover at his bank to steal the evidence that might clear his name. She enlists her hacker brother and her daredevil friends to plan a clever heist.

CHRISTIAN is a boy from the wrong side of the tracks. The local gang has blackmailed him and his friends into robbing banks, and he is desperate for a way out. When the boss promises that one really big job will be the last he ever has to do, Christian jumps at the chance for freedom. In fact, he’s just met a girl at the bank who might even prove useful. . . .

Two heists. One score. The only thing standing in their way is each other.

Told in alternating points of view, this caper is full of romance and fast-paced fun. Hand to fans of Perfect Chemistry, The Conspiracy of Us, and Heist Society.

NOVEL SECRETS: (Authors are thieves…?)

by Amy Christine Parker


Novel Secrets

By Amy Christine Parker

Writers are thieves. Everything we put into a novel is stolen: research, our personal lives, things we over hear, other forms of art we’re exposed to. Okay, okay, I know. I’m being a bit overdramatic here—maybe borrowed or inspired is more accurate than stolen—but it just sounds cooler (and we are taking about a heist book here), so I’m rolling with it. When you spend most of your day drinking tea and typing on a computer in a bathrobe while mumbling to yourself, you have to grab the cool where you can. But now that you know I don’t come up with story details straight out of thin air, you probably have questions, like how much of what I wrote in Smash & Grab about the characters or the plot was directly inspired by true events and stuff from my personal life?

Well, that’s my secret.

…Or it was until today.

I’m about to confess.

But let’s keep this between us.

Here, in no particular order are six secret, stolen inspirations for Smash & Grab:

Christian and the Romero Robbers plan to tunnel under the bank: A group of thieves actually did tunnel under a bank in LA years ago. They were never caught.

The movie dumbwaiter in the bank building: the woman who let me tour her bank talked about another, historic bank she used to work for years ago and mentioned that it had a dumbwaiter so that cash from the teller floor could be transported directly to the vault. I loved the idea of it so much, I knew I wanted to have one in Smash & Grab. You can watch someone investigate an old, historic bank in Philly that has a dumbwaiter here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=drRB_J5T12E

The dumbwaiter shows up at about 4:10.

The doughnut date scene in the book came about because my husband has two customers who recently opened a doughnut shop here in Tampa called the Mini Doughnut Factory. Yes, their maple bacon one is my favorite!Donuts

I chose to name Christian’s group of thieves the Romero Robbers because Night of the Living Dead was the first movie that made me stay up all night and I am a huge Walking Dead fan. They needed masks, why not zombie ones?

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Lexi’s fish tattoo was borrowed from a short story I did a long time ago before I was published. The girl in that story had a goldfish tattoo that peeked over the top of her sock. I’ve always liked the image and wanted it to be in something that would be more widely read then that first story. This book was the perfect opportunity!

The character Leo—my main character Lexi’s best friend—has a photography hobby that was inspired by my oldest daughter who is fourteen. She is an amazing photographer and is always documenting our family outings the way Leo does. She discovered her passion for taking pictures while I was writing this book and so into the story it went! Here is one of her photos of her younger sister:

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And there you have it, the inside scoop on all the things that came together to make Smash & Grab a reality. Zombies, doughnuts, and dumbwaiters, oh my!

 

ABOUT AMY CHRISTINE PARKER:Amy Christine Parker

AMY CHRISTINE PARKER writes full-time from her home near Tampa, Florida, where she lives with her husband, their two daughters, and one ridiculously fat cat. Visit her at amychristineparker.comand follow her on Twitter @amychristinepar.

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Blog Tour: THE MEMORY BOOK by Lara Avery: Novel, Secret, Review & #Giveaway
Jun 30th, 2016 by Liza Wiemer

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ABOUT THE MEMORY BOOK:TheMemoryBook_Cover

They tell me that my memory will never be the same, that I’ll start forgetting things. At first just a little, and then a lot. So I’m writing to remember.

Sammie was always a girl with a plan: graduate at the top of her class and get out of her small town as soon as humanly possible. Nothing will stand in her way–not even a rare genetic disorder the doctors say will slowly start to steal her memories and then her health. What she needs is a new plan.

So the Memory Book is born: Sammie’s notes to her future self, a document of moments great and small. It’s where she’ll record every perfect detail of her first date with longtime crush, Stuart–a brilliant young writer who is home for the summer. And where she’ll admit how much she’s missed her childhood best friend, Cooper, and even take some of the blame for the fight that ended their friendship.

Through a mix of heartfelt journal entries, mementos, and guest posts from friends and family, readers will fall in love with Sammie, a brave and remarkable girl who learns to live and love life fully, even though it’s not the life she planned.

 

ABOUT LARA AVERY:

Lara Avery takes her role as a young writer very seriously; she enjoys wandering the world notebook in hand, making her living off of odd jobs. One of those jobs happens to be publishing the novel Anything But Ordinaryjust two years after getting a degree in Film Studies from Macalester College.

When Lara left home armed with nothing but a basketball scholarship, she told everyone she was going to law school. Then, when she started interning at The Onion and publishing pieces of fiction in national anthologies, she realized her secret plans to be a writer all along.

Though Lara sat down to write Anything But Ordinary everywhere from a 110 degree apartment in Kolkata to a hostel in Berlin, she always felt at home in Bryce’s story. Writing currently from St. Paul, MN, she hopes her debut novel will be the first of many.

 

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My review:

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

OH MY HEART! It’s aching right now! How do I possibly describe this book? How does one sum up a future unfulfilled, dreams extinguished, love found better late than never, a body ravished, memories stolen, the devastation of a disease?

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A place that inspired the setting:
Okay, this is a fun one. The Memory Book takes place in the Upper Valley, a little pocket in the Green Mountains, along the Connecticut River on the border of Vermont and New Hampshire. I’ve spent many a week there with my best friend, Mandy, who is from the small town of Strafford, VT, where the main character Sammie also lives. I dearly love the place. If ever I become wealthy enough to buy a patch of land, I would buy it there.
Anyway, I’m going to tell you a story that also takes place in the Upper Valley, kind of. This is a little taste of 21-year-old Lara (I’m 28 now) and why it might be better that I’m writing books about young romance rather than continuing to live it.
Once, 21-year-old Lara had a boyfriend. We’ll call him Carl. She met him in her last year of college, and fell deeply, madly in love. Coincidentally, Carl was also from the Upper Valley, and a lot of why they connected was reminiscing about the places they’d both been there. The rolling mountains, the secret swimming holes, the winding roads. Alas, Lara graduated, and because Carl would still attend college, they decided to break up, being in different phases in their lives.
This did not sit well with 21-year-old Lara. 21-year-old Lara went back to her hometown in Kansas to get a job and save money so she could write, but she was miserable. While pining for Carl, she would wait tables and go home and lie in her room and cry. One day, about one month into her new life, she was to go to her cousin’s wedding in Virginia, as a lone representative of her family. She packed a backpack for three nights and boarded the plane, feeling no joy. Because she didn’t have Carl.
On the plane, she had a revelation. Virginia is on the East Coast, she thought, and Carl is also on the East Coast, at home for the summer in New Hampshire! She had a few hundred bucks saved up. Why not fulfill the burning desire she had in her heart for Carl? So when the plane landed in Norfolk, she did not meet her aunt. She did not go to the wedding. Instead, she looked up the nearest bus station.
Lara knew if she told anyone, they would try to talk her out of her decision. Lara did not want to listen to reason. Lara was in love, and no one could stop her. When her bus pulled into Washington DC, she told her family where she was. They all told her she was crazy, and to go back to the wedding. Lara said no. Lara called Carl. Carl also told her she was crazy. Then, for reasons to this day I am not sure of, Carl said okay.
So Lara rode the bus for two days, barely eating, barely sleeping, her body running on the pure, sweet fuel of Carl. Carl picked her up at the bus stop in Hanover (the very same bus stop where Sammie says goodbye to Stuart when he goes to New York), and they frolicked in the mountains. They swam in the swimming holes (like the Pot Holes). They kissed under the stars.
Meanwhile, Carl’s mother was confused. Who was this strange young woman who popped up without warning to stay in her home? Why was she always dressed like she was about to go to a wedding? Was she all right, you know, in the head? On the third day of Lara’s impromptu visit, Carl’s mother sat Lara down and asked her all these questions. This time, Lara could not use the fuel of Carl-love to escape logic.
Lara didn’t know the answer to any of these questions. But she didn’t want to go home and wait tables. She wanted to be a writer, maybe live in New York City. She wanted to be with Carl, but knew that could never happen. She just wanted one last week with Carl, that’s all. She wanted it to never end.
Carl’s mother was a practical woman. Carl’s mother gently led Lara to a computer. She pulled up the website for a bus that went straight from the Upper Valley to New York City. Lara got the message. It was time to go. She would go to New York with no money and three days’ worth of clothes on her back, and maybe change the Carl fuel into story fuel. (She would last about a year in New York, still waiting tables, still pining for Carl. And her family was pissed at her the whole time, understandably so.) Anyway, that beautiful, dappled afternoon, Carl and Lara said goodbye at the bus stop in Hanover. Lara wept like a little girl that she couldn’t just stay there forever, climbing mountains and swimming in the swimming holes with Carl.
So, in a way, the setting of The Memory Book is an homage to that crazy burning, keep-hold-of-every-moment feeling that I associate with the Upper Valley. The whole book contains so much of the bittersweetness of saying goodbye to it that day.

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Blog Tour: RUN by Kody Kiplinger – Novel Secrets & #Giveaway
Jun 7th, 2016 by Liza Wiemer

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RUN by Kody Keplinger

Publisher: Scholastic

Pub date: June 28, 2016

 

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Bo Dickinson is a girl with a wild reputation, a deadbeat dad, and a mama who’s not exactly sober most of the time. Everyone in town knows the Dickinsons are a bad lot, but Bo doesn’t care what anyone thinks.

Agnes Atwood has never gone on a date, never even stayed out past ten, and never broken any of her parents’ overbearing rules. Rules that are meant to protect their legally blind daughter — protect her from what, Agnes isn’t quite sure.

Despite everything, Bo and Agnes become best friends. And it’s the sort of friendship that runs truer and deeper than anything else.

So when Bo shows up in the middle of the night, with police sirens wailing in the distance, desperate to get out of town, Agnes doesn’t hesitate to take off with her. But running away and not getting caught will require stealing a car, tracking down Bo’s dad, staying ahead of the authorities, and — worst of all — confronting some ugly secrets.

 Kody’s NOVEL SECRET

One thing my readers might not know about me is that I grew up quite poor in a small, southern town. I’ve lived in tiny houses and in trailers – a few different trailers. And growing up, the books I read never reflected that sort of setting. Or, if they did, the books were all about being poor and how much that sucks. Only, I rarely thought much about being poor. Because where I lived, everyone was poor. So my life didn’t revolve around it. It was there, always weighing on the decisions my family made, but me and my friends didn’t think about it a ton. We had crushes and school projects and all sorts of things in our lives, all sorts of stories, that weren’t about poverty.

So in writing RUN, I wanted to write about a town like mine. A town where everyone is either poor or, at best, lower middle class. But I also wanted to show characters living in that town who have lives beyond poverty. Characters who think about poverty on occasion but whose stories don’t revolve around it.   I wanted to write about characters that teenage me could recognize.

While the town in RUN, Mursey, isn’t necessarily based on the town where I grew up, it does share some similarities, being small and in Kentucky. The culture is similar, too. And I tried hard to show that sort of world honestly – both the good and the bad. Because no matter how long I live in NYC, in my heart, I am always going to be a poor kid who lived in a trailer in Kentucky.

ABOUT KODY KEPLINGER:Kody Keplinger

Kody Keplinger was born and raised in small town western Kentucky, where she began her writing career after penning the New York Times and USA Today bestseller, The DUFF, at age seventeen.The DUFF, now a major motion picture, was chosen as an YALSA Top Ten Quick Pick for Reluctant Young Readers and a Romantic Times Top Pick. Kody has since written other books for both young adult and middle grade readers. When she isn’t writing, Kody is posting about fashion and body positivity on her Instagram, chatting about her favorite TV shows on Twitter, or making videos for her YouTube account. Kody is also the co-founder of Disability in KidLit and a teacher at the Gotham Writers Workshops in NYC.

Kody is active on social media, so feel free to reach out to her on TwitterFacebookInstagram or YouTube.

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Blog Tour: NEW CHARITY BLUE by Camille Griep, Novel Secrets
May 8th, 2016 by Liza Wiemer

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ABOUT NEW CHARITY BLUE:New-Charity-Blues Cover

In the wake of a devastating plague, two communities emerge as bastions of survival. One is called the City, and its people scrabble for scraps in the wasteland. The other, New Charity, enjoys the bounty of its hydroelectric dam and refuses City denizens so much as a drop of precious water. When City-dweller Cressyda inherits her father’s ranch within New Charity, she becomes intent on opening the dam to all—no matter the cost.

But when Syd reunites with her old best friend, Casandra, a born seer and religious acolyte, she realizes that her plans could destroy the fragile lives they’ve built in order to survive. What’s more, the strange magic securing the dam’s operations could prove deadly if disturbed. Yet when Syd discovers evidence that her father might have been murdered, she is more determined than ever to exact revenge on New Charity’s corrupt.

Pitted against Cas, as well as her own family, Syd must decide how to secure the survival of both settlements without tipping them over the brink to utter annihilation. In this intense and emotional reimagining of the Trojan War epic, two women clash when loyalty, identity, community, and family are all put to the ultimate test.

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Growing up, our house sat in the hills of eastern Montana, about 15-20 minutes east of “town.” As such, a little girl like me made her own adventures – on foot, on a bicycle, or – most commonly – on horseback. I had big dreams about riding beyond the horizon, loping over the brown velvety hills to see whatever was on the other side – presumably more velvety hills, or a mountain, or a river, or some wild, green, oasis in our northern desert.

My favorite spot was a clubhouse of sorts in the ravine behind the barn. A cluster of mature juniper bushes had grown into one another, forming a two-room shelter. Shaped not unlike a figure eight, the Bramble House, as I named it, is the basis for a setting in New Charity Blues. Troy’s shelter in the ravine, where he takes Cas after the chaotic Goodwill Dinner, is an extension of the dreams I once had for decorating and adorning my secret hideout. I had hoped for furniture and candles, but what remained was a broom like branch I used for clearing the soft needles from the ground so as to keep them from getting inside my peanut butter sandwiches.

At night, I visited my other favorite spot. I would take my Walkman and hike out to a sandstone outcropping that overlooked the lights of the town in the distance. I wanted to be home with my horses but I also wanted to know what was in those lights.

By the time I left for college, the lights had won the battle. I fell in love with Los Angeles – the way the city grew together, the low hum of energy 24-hours-a-day. I loved how orange the light was, the tiny lizards in the bushes, the smell of the eucalyptus trees.

These memories – these strong bonds to the places I came of age – both as a child and as a young woman – begged me to remember them as I wrote about Syd, a woman torn between love for the City and love for the rugged hills of New Charity. Sharing my secret bramble house was the best way I could think to invite readers into the life of those of us who grew up dreaming horses into unicorns, sandstone into thrones, and trees into castles.

Camille Griep

Camille Griep

ABOUT CAMILLE GRIEP:

Camille Griep lives just north of Seattle with her partner, Adam, and their dog Dutch(ess). Born in Billings, Montana, she moved to Southern California to attend Claremont McKenna College, graduating with a dual degree in Biology and Literature.

She wrote her way through corporate careers in marketing, commercial real estate, and financial analysis before taking an extended sabbatical to devote more time to her craft.

She has since sold short fiction and creative nonfiction to dozens of online and print magazines. She is the editor of Easy Street and is a senior editor at The Lascaux Review. She is a 2012 graduate of Viable Paradise, a residential workshop for speculative fiction novelists.

Her first novel, Letters to Zell, was released in July 2015 47North. Look for New Charity Blues in April of 2016.

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Blog Tour: HIS COUNTRY BRIDE by Debra Holt, Review and Novel Secrets
Apr 15th, 2016 by Liza Wiemer

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Sheriff’s Department! Raise your hands above your head and don’t move.

She’s a runaway bride who left her two-timing fiance at the altar. He’s a county sheriff determined to keep the peace in his country and leave city girls alone after his own fiance left him for the bright lights of the city. Neither of them planned on running straight into each other…over a burning wedding dress.

Ellie and Lucas planned on never trusting their hearts to love again. When danger follows her from the city, the sheriff must do his duty to protect her. However, it isn’t long before he discovers the real danger may be to his heart. Ellie just might teach him that even a city girl can be a country girl at heart.

 

REVIEW:

His Country BrideHis Country Bride by Debra Holt

Bring on the tough, but sensitive sheriff and the school teacher in a beautiful setting! Small town, inherited old house, and a fire to burn that bridal gown! HIS COUNTRY BRIDE is a sweet, sweep-you-off-your-feet, quick read adult romance that will definitely please anyone who loves a HEA.

Thanks you so much to the publisher for providing a review copy!

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ABOUT DEBRA HOLT:Debra Holt

Born and raised in the Lone Star state of Texas, Debra grew up among horses, cowboys, wide open spaces, and real Texas Rangers. Pride in her state and ancestry knows no bounds and it is these heroes and heroines she loves to write about the most. She also draws upon a variety of life experiences including working with abused children, caring for baby animals at a major zoo, and planning high-end weddings (ah, romance!).
Debra’s real pride and joys, however, are her son, an aspiring film actor, and a daughter with aspirations to join the Federal Bureau of Investigation. (more story ideas!) When she isn’t busy writing about tall Texans and feisty heroines, she can be found cheering on her Texas Tech Red Raiders, or heading off on another cruise adventure. She read her first romance…Janet Dailey’s Fiesta San Antonio, over thirty years ago and became hooked on the genre. Writing contemporary western romances, is both her passion and dream come true, and she hopes her books will bring smiles…and sighs… to all who believe in happily-ever-after’s.
Debra invites you to visit her website at www.debraholtbooks.com. She loves to hear from other aspiring authors or readers via email at debraholtbooks@gmail.com.

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4/6: In Wonderland

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4/11: Kimberly Faye Reads

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4/13: Books Are Love

4/14: Silk & Serif

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His Country Bride was my first contemporary romance and it was fun to write. It also has so many elements in it of my hometown area, my love of all things country, and the dog in the book has special meaning for me, too. The idea for HCB came about as I was driving along a beautiful road next to a river in the Texas hill country. On one side was the river and the other was a ditch filled with spring wildflowers…notably my favorite Bluebonnets, some pink primroses, and Indian Paintbrush. Then there was an old barb-wired fence separating the ditch from a beautiful pasture where peach trees were just filling out.

My brain began to go into its own mysterious mode (for want of better description) and in my mind I did a what-if game…what if a hero…say a county sheriff… was driving along this road and on that old barbed-wire fence post was something that caught his eye? And that something was a bridal veil? That would certainly catch his attention. So he stops, gathers up the veil, his gaze seeking the errant bride and he spies some smoke across the pasture. Naturally, he must investigate. That was the original beginning to His Country Bride…as simple as that. Of course, as editors do, changes are made and the beginning changed a bit but I still got that veil in there in another scene!

People always ask, “where do your story ideas come from?” Well, they come in a blink of an eye…no warning, at any time and any place. It could start with a bit of conversation overheard in a café, or catching a quick glimpse of a billboard next to a highway, or in the steady gaze of a real Texas Ranger. (I write many books with Texas lawmen as the heroes) I often have no warning before they strike. That is why my initial notes or chapters have been scribbled in longhand on things such as paper napkins, café menus, or pieces of cardboard… whatever I could reach the fastest to get the words recorded that pour from my brain like turning on a water tap. Friends who are with me at these times, have gotten used to this. One telling the waitress who was afraid I was having some sort of fit at the table… “don’t worry…she’s just a genius at work.” LOL  I am no genius…just a writer of romance. I hope you enjoy reading about the runaway bride and the country sheriff who captures her heart.

Blog Tour: ABOUT ESSENTIAL MAPS FOR THE LOST-Novel Secrets, Review & Giveaway
Apr 12th, 2016 by Liza Wiemer

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About ESSENTIAL MAPS FOR THE LOST:

When Madison makes a startling discovery, the body of a dead woman floating in the middle of a lake, the summer after her senior year becomes more complicated than she ever expected.

Madison (Mads to everyone who knows her) is staying with her aunt and uncle in Seattle after graduating from high school. Being away from Essentials Maps for the Lost - Coverher needy, unstable mother who’s been pressuring her to take over the family business is such a relief. Now all Mads has to worry about is taking classes, swimming laps, and fighting off the sadness that threatens to overtake her.

That is, until the traumatic moment Mads collides with a body in the middle of the lake. After swimming the body back to shore, Mads becomes obsessed with uncovering the identity of the woman and what drove her to leap off of the Aurora Bridge. Determined to discover more, Mads parks outside the woman’s home and sees the woman’s son: the sweet and tormented Billy Youngwolf Floyd.

Through a series of not-so-happenstance meetings, Mads and Billy realize that desperate mothers and rescue missions are not the only thing that bonds them. Billy carries a map in his pocket; the one of the museum from The Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler; and it’s his dream to visit the museum one day. And though book-loving Mads is expected to return home to her already-decided future, her dream is to run away to a life of her choosing.

As the unlikely pair fall hard for each other and as the summer draws to a close, Billy and Mads must decide whose story to follow: their family’s or their own.

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I once lived part-time in one of the houseboats on Lake Union. These are not the kinds of boats you drive – think “Sleepless in Seattle,” a home on top of water. On the houseboat docks it’s all magic – seaplanes and twinkling city lights, sprinkled with an assortment of wacky neighbors and charming tugs, barges, sailboats and kayaks cruising past. Often, the sailors will wave as they glide by, and you will wave back as you stand at the dock. But the houseboats can be a bit eerie and atmospheric, too – things are a little off kilter there. Yes, they’re charming and shingled and dripping with gorgeous flowers. Ducks paddle past, and sailboats swoop out to the lake, and it’s glorious. Still, the houses and boats rock and clang. The old piers sway and creak. On a rainy day, it’s almost spooky. On any day, it’s all slightly unhinged.

In other words, it’s a perfect place to set a book, or in my case, many books. The first book I ever set there was an unpublished novel I wrote many years ago. The son from that novel became Sebastian in The Nature of Jade, who lives with his baby boy in his aunt’s houseboat. Clara and Christian in Stay also visit Lake Union one night, and my first novel for adults, He’s Gone, is set entirely on the same dock as Nature of Jade. Sebastian’s aunts and some of the old neighbors from Jade make an appearance in that one, as Dani Keller tries to find out where her husband has vanished. (And, as a bonus “novel secret” – all of my books have interconnecting characters and locations. If you read them closely, you’ll even find out what happens to certain characters, major and minor, in their future.)

Essential Maps for the Lost begins when Mads is swimming in Lake Union and bumps into the body of a woman who jumped off the nearby Aurora Bridge. In her desire to find out why this woman took her own life and understand her own depression, Mads becomes involved with the woman’s son, Billy Youngwolf Floyd, who now lives with his grandma in one of the houseboats near the bridge. When I lived on the lake, a friend who owned a houseboat near the same bridge told me how a similar event happened to him – he had seen a body in the water, but while driving a boat. I swam a lot in the lake when I lived there, and I never forgot his story. I’m hoping my latest novel, Essential Maps for the Lost, will be a story you’ll remember, too.

REVIEW:

Essential Maps for the LostEssential Maps for the Lost by Deb Caletti

Thank you so much to the publisher for the ARC.

An eye-opening look into depression, suicide, family dynamics, serendipity, and how two lost souls find each other and fall in love. A journey that will leave readers cheering for the characters and hoping that they’ll find a happy future together.

Depression is a serious topic and Deb Caletti holds a spotlight to it by intertwining the lives of two teens in an emotional, honest, heartbreaking and healing journey. Madison has a needy, self-absorbed, demanding mother who centers her life around her daughter, expecting her to be her best friend. She’s also mapped out Madison’s life by making her a partner in her real estate business.
Billy is a teen living with his cranky, verbally abusive grandma. His mom suffered from depression and when she killed herself by jumping off a bridge, Billy grieves deeply and is a lost soul.

Both Madison and Billy have a strong desire to save others—Billy works at an animal shelter and Madison babysits a little girl with messed up parents. They definitely understand each other.

Things I loved:
1. Madison’s aunt and uncle—they really care about her. And she needs them. I love how they stand up for her
2. Billy’s gentle ways and how he cares for and rescues animals
3. Madison’s love for the child she babysits for
4. How Madison and Billy find strength to follow their own paths
5. Integrating The Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler into the story
6. Sweet romance. I definitely felt the chemistry between these characters and looked forward to watching it develop and sizzle
7. A hopeful ending

Definitely recommended for YA realistic contemporary fans!

ABOUT DEB CALETTI:Deb Caletti

Deb Caletti is an award winning author and National Book Award finalist. Her many books for young adults include “The Nature of Jade,” “Stay,” “The Last Forever,” and “Honey, Baby Sweetheart,” winner of the Washington State Book award, the PNBA Best Book Award, and a finalist for the PEN USA Award. Her first book for adults, “He’s Gone,” was released from Random House in 2012, and was followed with “The Secrets She Keeps” in 2015. Coming this April: “Essential Maps for the Lost,” her eleventh book for young adults. She lives with her family in Seattle.

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