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Thankful Tour with authors Ellison, Guiffrida, Adams Perinovic, Kettles & #Giveaway
Nov 23rd, 2015 by Liza Wiemer

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What Amy Giuffrida is thankful for:IMG_2041

First and foremost, I am thankful to my writer friends. It’s them who helped me to whip my first novel, The Bleeding Heart, into shape and supported me while I self-published it. They have also been ridiculously supportive of my working on novel #2, while working two jobs, taking care of two kids, beginning an internship, and writing for The Midnight Society. Plus, these lovely ladies from BGP welcomed me into their fold. I know that 2016 will be another whirlwind of a year, with more changes to come. I’m thankful that these same friends will continue the journey with me.

IMG_3376BIO
Amy Giuffrida teaches language arts to teens by day, while working nights as supermom, bookseller, and author. 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 always be found on Twitter @kissedbyink or online at one of her haunts: amygiuffrida.com, midnightsocietytales.com, or bookish.nu.

Amy’s Links:

Author Page | Blog | Blog Contributor | Twitter: @kissedbyink | Instagram: kissedbyink | Facebook | Tumblr: amygiuffridaauthor | Pinterest | Goodreads

To Buy Links:

Amazon:
Kindle: http://www.amazon.com/Bleeding-Heart-Amy-Giuffrida-ebook/dp/B00XUKH3IY/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1446995675&sr=8-2&keywords=The+Bleeding+Heart

Paperback: http://www.amazon.com/Bleeding-Heart-Amy-Giuffrida/dp/1511927828/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1446995675&sr=8-2

Barnes and Noble:
http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-bleeding-heart-amy-giuffrida/1121987937?ean=9781511927826

What Jenny Adams Perinovic is thankful for:23569334

New beginnings. 2015 has been a crazy year for me in every respect–I released my debut novel, grew my freelance business, started BGP with some amazing ladies, quit my job, moved from DC to Philadelphia, started a new job, and became a full-time graduate student! And through it all, I dealt with some pretty scary health issues, so I’m definitely thankful that I’m finally back to feeling like myself.

Most of all, I’m so thankful for all of the people who’ve supported me through all the upheaval–from the readers who loved A Magic Dark and Bright to the friends who never let me give up. My family, who have always believed in me. And my husband, Eric, who’s been beside me on every step of the way. I’m so excited to see what we do next.

Bio:
Jenny Adams Perinovic has always loved books. By day, she’s a full-time graduate student and library outreach coordinator, and by night, she writes YA fantasy, romance, and horror about bauthorpicrave girls, the boys who love them, and their battles against dark forces (also, kissing). She graduated from The Ohio State University in 2010, where she wrote papers about monsters in medieval literature (yes, really!). She lives in Philadelphia, PA with her very patient husband and tiny menagerie. On twitter, she’s @JennyPerinovic. You can find her online at jennyperinovic.com and thegreatnovelingadventure.com.

AMD&B Links:
Kindle: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00STKMQDC
Paperback:
Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Magic-Dark-Bright-Asylum/dp/0986201308/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=&sr=
BN: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/a-magic-dark-and-bright-jenny-adams-perinovic/1121206640?ean=9780986201301
Book Depository: http://www.bookdepository.com/A-Magic-Dark-and-Bright/9780986201301
Goodreads:https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23569334-a-magic-dark-and-bright

Links:
Website: http://jennyperinovic.com
Twitter: http://twitter.com/jennyperinovic
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/JennyAdamsPerinovic/

What Sarah Kettles is thankful for:OCB Cover
Obviously, first of all, I’m thankful for the opportunity to share The Old Creek Bridge with the world, and for the many people who helped me along the way. I’m thankful for the support of my friends and family not only with regard to publishing but in relation to the many wild/wonderful things going on in my life at the moment. I’m thankful for all that I’ve got to look forward to in the next year (and it’s a lot – let’s leave it at that!) and for all that I experienced this past year. Life is difficult and painful sometimes, but I’m thankful for the strength that fighting through all the hardship and stress and worry has given me, and I’m thankful for the opportunity to do it all better next time.
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Sarah Kettles is an American married to a Scot and living in Ireland, where she completed her MA in Creative Writing at University College Dublin in 2012. She’s been writing since she learned to read and playing with words since long before that. When she’s not working on her next book, she works as a freelance editor and illustrator. Online, you can find her at SarahKettles.com and @sfkettles on Twitter.

 

What Danielle Ellison is thankful for:25243790

It’s been a really big transition year for me – lots of upheaval, lots of first, lots of fantastic stuff. I’m thankful for these amazing new experiences! With major transition, for me anyway, comes major instability. I’ve been really fighting my way through the year and fighting to enjoy the things I’ve been given. In all of these, I’m beyond thankful for the fantastic friends I have in my life. They have really support me, listened to me, challenged me, and let me cry on their shoulder all the while cheering me on. I’m thankful for them more than they know. I’m also thankful for my agent, who has been so patient and kind during all of this when I had to repeatedly answer that “what are you working on?” question with no reply. I’m thankful for readers who love my books, tell others about them, and ask when something new is coming–and their patience. I’m thankful for my family and my boyfriend who constantly believe in me and show me that each day is a just another opportunity. I’m thankful that failure, hardship, stress, worry, insecurity, and doubt are not the end of anything; they are merely the beginning of something new. And tomorrow, I get to try all over again.

Links:

Website: http://www.danielleellison.com/
Newsletter: http://danielleellison.us10.list-manage1.com/subscribe?u=c31fbc28f04eb33f325285e75&id=9f3ac39dc4
Twitter: https://twitter.com/DanielleEWrites
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Danielle-Ellison/150414211766883?ref=hl

DAYS LIKE THIS:

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Days-Like-This-Landslide-Novel-ebook/dp/B00VGTN85S/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1427970053&sr=8-1&keywords=B00VGTN85S

Barnes & Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/books/1121662718?ean=2940152177374&itm=1&usri=2940152177374

Kobo: https://store.kobobooks.com/en-US/ebook/days-like-this-5

Apple: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/id981773810

One More Page (signed paperback copies): http://www.onemorepagebooks.com/shop-omp-.html

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25243790-days-like-this

Danielle Ellison Author PhotoBio:
Danielle Ellison spent most of her childhood reading instead of learning math. It’s probably the reason she can’t divide without a calculator and has spent her life seeking the next adventure. It’s also probably the reason she’s had so many different zip codes and jobs.
Danielle is also the author of the YA duology, Salt and Storm, about a snarky teenage demon-hunting witch without any magic that’s been called ‘Buffy meets Supernatural meets Charmed.’
When she’s not writing, Danielle is probably drinking coffee, fighting her nomadic urges, watching too much TV, or dreaming of the day when she can be British. She has settled in Northern Virginia, for now, but you can always find her on twitter @DanielleEWrites.

GIVEAWAY:

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Blog Tour: BREATH TO BREATH by Craig Lew – Q&A and #Giveaway
Nov 9th, 2015 by Liza Wiemer

BREATH TO BREATH by Craig Lew

Pub date: November 17,B2B_Cover 2015 by Relish Media

About BREATH TO BREATH:
Uprooted from his home and sent to live with his estranged father, seventeen-year-old William’s world is feeling tenuous at best. When he’s unexpectedly dragged into a situation in which he has no choice but to help an abused four-year-old boy, William’s world is rocked to the core as he discovers the truth behind the mysterious young boy’s stories of extreme sexual abuse. He and this boy are connected in ways William can’t even imagine and as horrible memories begin flood his consciousness, William’s rage drives him to steal a neighbor’s guns, convinced he must kill those responsible for causing a boy so much pain and betrayal. How William finds the love and compassion he needs to make the right choices is the heart and pulse of this riveting verse novel. Inspired by a true story, BREATH TO BREATH explores what hurt and healing really mean: to survive you hold your breath, but to live you must exhale.
 
 
Craig LewAbout Craig Lew:

Craig Lew’s storytelling career began even before he had learned to write. As a child, he used his father’s tape recorder to capture tales about strange planets and scary creatures. His favorite story openings at that time were, “Once upon a junk yard heap …” or “It was a dark and stormy night.”

A movie producer, director, award winning author, illustrator, and screenwriter, Craig still favors a Hitchcockian thriller over a broad teen comedy. Regardless of the genre, he believes the best stories involve a hero who is either seeking love or giving love. At heart he’s a big, mushy romantic.

Craig spends his days with his fiancé in a house on a hill with the corgi land seals Yobo and Zeekie, a three-footed Boston Terrier named Moogie, and Smittens, the kitten with the marshmallow mittens.

I strive to spread good karma. Artistically, I enjoy pushing the envelope because I believe this makes more room in the middle. I believe the keys to success are dreaming big, working hard, and being nice.

LINKS: Website | Twitter | Facebook | Tumblr | IMDb

Q&A

  1. What made you decide to write this novel in free verse poetry?

 

I didn’t plan on writing Breath to Breath in verse, but my actions helped turn things in that direction.

I introduced a book based on a true story, CRANK by Ellen Hopkins, to the publisher Rana DiOrio and William, the subject of Breath to Breath. They both felt strongly that verse might be the correct direction…I think my editor, Emma Dryden might have been thinking this all along.

 

  1. You deal with the very tough topic of sexual abuse. What is the most important thing you’d like teens to know if they’re being abused and are too afraid to tell anyone?

 

It’s not your fault, you are worthwhile and you can rise above.

 

  1. In what way did writing this novel change you?

 

Although the novel depicts sexual abuse, Breath to Breath has a hopeful message. The very last poem came from deep inside me. It’s truly how I want to live my life. So, anytime I get stressed or frustrated I say to myself, “Be THE GUY that wrote Breath to Breath.”

 

Lightning round:

Chocolate, vanilla, or strawberry? – Chocolate

Vacation spot: ski slope, big city, small town, beach, or nature preserve? – Mala Mala Game Reserve South Africa

Snack food you have a compulsion to eat? – Salt and Pepper Kettle Chips

Favorite place to write? – In the living room, with Smittens on my chair, looking out the tall windows at the catalpa tree.

Coffee, tea, hot chocolate, hot cider? – A double espresso in the morning – Golden Monkey Tea in the afternoon

 

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Giveaway:

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Blog Tour: PERSUASION by Martina Boone, Review, Q&A & #Giveaway
Nov 3rd, 2015 by Liza Wiemer

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Blog Tour: Persuasion by Martina Boone, book 2 in the Heirs of Watson Island Trilogy

ABOUT THE PERSUASION:

Grieving the death of her godfather and haunted by her cousin Cassie’s betrayal, Barrie returns from a trip to San Francisco to find the Watson plantation under siege. Ghost-hunters hope to glimpse the ancient spirit who sets the river on fire each night, and reporters chase rumors of a stolen shipment of Civil War gold that may be hidden at Colesworth Place. The chaos turns dangerous as Cassie hires a team of archeologists to excavate beneath the mansion ruins. Because more is buried there than treasure.A stranger filled with magic arrives at Watson’s Landing claiming that the key to the Watson and Beaufort gifts—and the Colesworth curse—also lies beneath the mansion. With a mix of threats and promises, the man convinces Barrie and Cassie to cast a spell there at midnight. But what he conjures may have deadly consequences.

While Barrie struggles to make sense of the escalating peril and her growing and forbidden feelings for Eight Beaufort, it’s impossible to know whom to trust and what to fight for—Eight or herself. Millions of dollars and the fate of the founding families is at stake. Now Barrie must choose between what she feels deep in her heart and what will keep Watson’s Landing safe in this stunning addition to a series filled with “decadent settings, mysterious magic, and family histories rife with debauchery” (Kirkus Reviews, on Compulsion). 

 
Martina Boone

Martina Boone

 

ABOUT MARTINA BOONE:
Martina Boone was born in Prague and spoke several languages before learning English. Her first teacher in the U.S. made fun of her for not pronouncing the “wh” sound right, so she set out to master “all the words”—she’s still working on that! In the meantime she’s writing contemporary fantasy set in the kinds of magical places she’d love to visit.If you like romance steeped in mystery, mayhem, Spanish moss, and a bit of magic, she hopes you’ll look forward to meeting Barrie, Eight, Cassie, Pru, Seven and the other characters of Watson Island.
 
LINKS: Website | Twitter | Facebook | Tumblr | Pinterest

Q&A with Martina

Hi Liza! YAY! I am so honored to be here with you. It’s fun to get to hang out with you on your blog—mostly because you’re fun to hang out with any old place. : ) I’m afraid that your questions were so good that I went on and on and on about them. Sorry in advance!

1. Barrie hates that Eight knows how much she needs and wants him to stay on Watson Island. Because hes compelled to fulfill her desire, its hard for her to trust his feelings for her. What is important for readers to know about this relationship???

That’s a great question. It would be so easy for Barrie to just accept how Eight feels for her at face value. She’s already had to come to terms with questions about how much Eight’s ability to know what she wants allows him to manipulate her into falling in love with him, but it’s easier for her to believe that he’s worth loving than it is for her to see the same quality in herself. Part of that has to do with the fact that your parents create formative relationships in your life. When she isn’t sure that her own mother could love her, it’s hard to believe that someone like Eight would do so.

It quickly becomes more than that, though. It becomes a question of free will versus compulsion. Eight is changing his life for her—putting aside something that she knows has been a long-time dream he’s worked hard to achieve. Because she loves him, how can she let him do that if he isn’t doing it of his own free will?

While she’s thinking about that, the situation becomes complicated by Obadiah and Seven, who essentially make her have to choose between giving up her magic or giving up her relationship with Eight. She refuses to accept that choice, and she struggles to find an alternative solution—and the only way to do that, as she sees it, is to keep a secret that she probably shouldn’t keep.

I really wanted this relationship, and this entire book, to make people give some thought to the lies we tell, the secrets we keep, and the fine line between persuasion and compulsion.

2. I found the Civil War scenes very powerful and heartbreaking. What research did you do to bring the horrors from the past into your novel?

I did a ton of research. In addition to working with an archeologist and professor of anthropology on the trilogy overall, I spent months poring over and often crying over, the stories that I found in diaries and personal accounts. In some ways, though, the “official” records were far worse—the official records that I found and the ones that simply don’t exist.

There’s a myth that the Civil War was somehow “civil” when it came to women, that there wasn’t as much rape as there has been in other wars. There are two reasons for that—one is that the general stigma of rape was even worse back then than it is today. According to the Department of Justice, even now only 36 percent of rapes, 34 percent of attempted rapes, and 26 percent of sexual assaults are reported—and the reason those are reported is the hope of bringing the perpetrators to justice and preventing future victims. In war, neither of those outcomes is likely. White women were therefore unlikely to accept the shame of publicly admitting to having been raped. Crimes against black women were not reported either. The reasons for this were so horrifying that I felt almost paralyzed writing about it. For one thing, the rape of black women was most often reported as a property crime by slave owners rather than a sexual assault, and even more horrifyingly, female slaves were frequently forced into having sex.

The scene the night the mansion burned was one of the hardest things I’ve ever written. It’s actually based on an account about a ten-year-old child that I read. The situation was so awful that I had to tone it down to write the first draft, and then I toned it down again, because had I left it in, it would have overshadowed the entire book.

3. You blend the past and the present seamlessly. Past is the present as Cassie, Barrie, and Eight see the forces of the Civil War unfold right in front of them. What can readers learn from what they went through as witnesses to this horror?

I was researching and writing Cassie’s story at the time that Boko Haram took the school girls hostage and the extent of the slavery crisis across Africa and the rest of the world began to be more widely reported. Having spent so much time speaking to sexual assault and PTSD victims, I was deeply affected by what the girls I read about or spoke with had gone through or were going through. More than anything else, it gutted me to realize the extent to which we are going backward rather than forward. How can we, in 2015, have 30 million slaves in the world? Because most of them are women and children. Because most come from poor nations. Because . . . There are innumerable reasons and excuses. But slavery is just the extreme example of what are still staggeringly high statistics of crimes against women. We talk a lot about the “rape culture” in this country. That doesn’t exist just in the United States.

The problem isn’t just with men. It’s with anyone who allows the lines between free will, persuasion, and compulsion to get blurred by their own self-interest or desire. Force isn’t the only tool in the arsenal used to diminish, marginalize, or overpower women. Subtle pressure, bullying, blackmail, and threats of various kinds can be almost as, if not just as, damaging.

You know the saying—the best villains don’t know they’re villains. This was true with slave holders in the Civil War, and it’s true of those who enslave, rape, date rape, or abuse adults or children today. Somehow, they manage to convince themselves that they’re not really doing anything wrong.

The answer to this, I believe, has to start with empathy. The first thing we have to realize is that the people who do these horrible things, the people who did them in the past, and who are doing them in the present, are often kind or productive citizens in other respects—and that they use that fact to excuse their own horrific acts toward those weaker than themselves.

The interweaving of past and present in Persuasion was a very deliberate way for me to try to raise awareness of the problem of violence against women in all its different guises, both as a societal issue we need to repair here in the United States, but also as an act of war all around the world. And it’s my hope that girls who read this book might consider, even if only on a subconscious level, their own definitions of the line between compulsion and persuasion. It breaks my heart that one in three girls will be raped in the US before they are 19. Or when I see statistics that show 41 percent of 6th to 9th grade girls and 51 percent of boys think it’s okay for a man to force a woman to kiss him if he’s spent money on her. Or that 47 percent of the girls and 65 percent of the boys think that forcing sex on a woman is okay if they’ve been dating for more than six months, and this shoots up to 79 percent of girls and 87 percent for boys who think its okay as long as the couple is married. WTF?

This has to change. But we all know it’s not going to change by screaming at people. I truly do feel that fiction has a role to play here. Fiction builds empathy, and empathy is our hope for the future. Not everyone reads—and even fewer people read “issue books.” I wanted to write about the issue in a way that might reach readers who normally don’t read about issues. Fingers are crossed!

Lightning round:

Chocolate, vanilla, or strawberry?

Chocolate.

Vacation spot: big city, beach, nature preserve?

City.

Snack food you have a compulsion for?

Nutella.

What terrifies you more: snakes, spiders, mice?

Snakes. So much!

Would you rather be a Watson, a Beaufort or a Colesworth?

Watson. : )

 My review: – 5 stars

Persuasion (The Heirs of Watson Island, #2)Persuasion by Martina Boone

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Cover: Absolutely GORGEOUS! ❤️❤️❤️

We have kissing like THIS:

Hold on to the edge of your seat, because PERSUASION takes you on a ride that will leave you breathless. Martina Boone does an extraordinary job weaving together history, magic, mystery, and modern times. She unspools questions like the Fire Carrier unspools his ball of flames across the river. Readers will swoon over Eight and Barrie, pray that they’ll make it as a couple. Is Eight with Barrie because she wants him and he wants to give her whatever she wants? Is their love for each other real? Or is it because of the magical gifts each one has: Barrie’s ability to find things and his ability to know what other people want.

The questions won’t stop there. Readers are introduced to Obadiah and his magic. Who is he? Is he evil? What is his connection to the curse plaguing Cassie? And what is going on with Cassie? More games? What kind of persuasion is influencing these characters? Why did Seven break up with Pru years ago, when clearly he loves her? Why is Seven keeping secrets from Eight? Can the curse be broken? Will Barrie get to keep her gift? Will Eight be burdened by his??? Will the archeologists find the missing gold or something unexpected, perhaps evil, on the Colesworth estate?

The biggest question of all? WHAT’S GOING TO HAPPEN NEXT?!

So, take a breath . . .

Get comfort where you can . . .

And be patient. OKAY, I CAN’T BE PATIENT!

I absolutely, positively MUST have the third book in this series!!!!!!!!!!!

If you haven’t read COMPULSION, get it now!

Fall in love with the history, Southern charm, romance, magic, mystery, rich scenes, clever, smart writing, and all those questions. (Oh! And I forgot to mention the food references!!!!!! I will be searching for recipes, just like the amazing COMPULSION Woopie pie cake Heidi from YA Bibliophile made for our Novel Cuisine Luncheon http://www.whorublog.com/2014/12/16/t… ! – which is once again mentioned in PERSUASION! Drool!)

Without any doubt, PERSUASION will be on my top-reads list of 2015!
Thank you so much to SimonTeen and Martina Boone for the advanced copy.

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Blog Tour: TRULY MADLY FAMOUSLY by Rebecca Serle – Review
Oct 13th, 2015 by Liza Wiemer

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Truly, Madly, Famously

by Rebecca Serle
Published byLittle, Brown Books for Young Readers

Pub. Date: October 13, 2015

From Goodreads:

In this romantic sequel to Famous in Love, new Hollywood “It Girl” Paige must navigate love with her co-stars, both on and off screen and all in the public eye.

Lights, camera, love!

After being plucked from obscurity, Hollywood’s newest starlet, Paige Townsen, has a hit film to her name and Rainer Devon on her arm. But being half of the world’s most famous couple comes with a price, and soon Paige finds herself dodging photographers; hiding her feelings for her other costar, Jordan Wilder; and navigating tabloid scandals that threaten to tear her and Rainer apart-and end her career as quickly as it began.

Rebecca Serle’s sequel to Famous in Love is filled with the kind of celebrity drama and swoon-worthy romance fit for the silver screen.

My review:

This is book #2 in the Famous in Love Series.

The story continues with Paige being torn between two boys: the one she REALLY loves and the one she feels a sense of loyalty to. That loyalty is also love, but the kind one feels for a close friend, not someone you want to spend the rest of your life with. Straight out of the tabloid headlines, Paige gets herself into compromising situations. More on those soon.

One of my most favorite characters in this book is Alexis. She’s strong, sensible, authentic. There’s a scene at the end of the book that reminds me of other actors who have done similar things at national events. Good on ya Alexis!!!!

My heart ached for Rainer. He really struggled with his relationship with his dad and found it difficult to be vulnerable, especially with Paige. Without a doubt, his father’s betrayal crushed Rainer. How do you reconcile the fact that the father you’ve loved has done something so awful that you can no longer respect him?

Then there is Jordan. He’s had to turn off his feelings for Paige like one turns off a spigot. Unfortunately, the spigot leaks once in awhile.

Paige really does some inappropriate and/or boundary-breaking things that definitely confuse and encourage Jordan. As far as the love triangle situation, I kept thinking about Twilight—Kristen Stewart & Taylor Lautner and, of course, Robert Pattinson. Then there is Paige’s sister. You’ll have to read the book to form your own opinion of what was right or what was wrong. The best part of Paige’s life are her friends from before she became famous, Jake and Cassandra. They accept her for who she is with little expectations. If they did have expectations of Paige, like getting phone calls returned, I doubt they’d be able to remain friends. This acceptance, this unconditional love, is a foundation for Paige, one she’s very fortunate to have and is able to lean on when she needs to be rooted again.

For those who love Hollywood drama, love triangles, and the human side to actors and actresses, you will gobble up Truly, Madly, Famously! Without a doubt, Rebecca Serle has created a story that’s right out of the tabloids. It’s captivating, filled with vivid descriptions, and a Hollywood dripping with privilege and betrayal.

 

About Rebecca: From her website—

Hey, Guys! I’m so glad you decided to visit my little corner of the Internet. As you may know I am a writer– always have been and barring some kind of Broadway-discovery– always will be. I have loved writing since I could put words down on a page and that love took me through school at USC and eventually delivered me to NYC, my home and the scene of one of my novels, The Edge of Falling. I feel about New York the way I feel about writing– pretty in love. That is not to say they both don’t have their challenges (they do– they are both so unruly and noisy!) but there is really no where else in the world I’d rather live, and nothing else in the world I’d rather do. I’m crazy lucky, but by far the best part of my job is interacting with you, the wonderful people, teens, hearts on the other side of this dialogue. So please reach out! Tweet me, visit me on Tumblr, talk to me about your favorite TV show (mine is The Vampire Diaries) and know that it is because of you that I am here.

Connect with Rebecca here:

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BFF Blog Hop: Interview with 14-year-old blogger Jessica of Bookish Serendipity + #Giveaway
Oct 12th, 2015 by Liza Wiemer

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Huge thanks to Jaime and Erin of Fiction Fare and Kassiah and Meg of Swoony Boys Podcast for putting this amazing blog tour together. A lot of work went into it, and I’m so glad that I was able to participate. And take a look at the INCREDIBLE GIVEAWAY at the end of this post!

Jessica, Bookish Serendipity

Jessica, Bookish Serendipity

Why Authors and Book Bloggers Should Follow Jessica of Bookish Serendipity: My Interview with this amazing, talented YA blogger

    I decided to interview Jessica from Bookish Serendipity because from the moment I found her blog two years ago, I’ve loved her posts. If you’re an author or blogger who likes to follow book bloggers, then Jessica must be included on your list. Find her on TWITTER and check out her blog: Bookish Serendipity!

   I’ve been impressed with Jessica’s creativity,  her respectful interactions on Twitter, her generous spirit, and thoughtfulness in writing her reviews. But, that’s only the beginning. When you check out her blog, you’ll see that it’s much more than reviews and interviews. She addresses important issues for blogging, asks for others to weigh in on topics that are on her mind, welcomes ideas from others, asks for guidance when she doesn’t know something, and offers a wide variety of bookish posts! From “Discussion: What Makes You Follow a Blog?” to “A Book Blogger’s Guide to Commenting” to “Resources for Book Bloggers,” where Jessica references other blogs/bloggers she admires, to her “Let’s Discuss” posts that are always thought-provoking—check out “Are You An Emotional Reviewer or An Analytical Reviewer?“—to her traditional book blog posts like Top Ten Tuesday, Waiting on Wednesday, reviews, interviews, and giveaways, readers of her blog will never be bored! She thorough, honest, respectful, and thoughtful!  In my mind, she’s a role model for book bloggers.

But I’d like YOU to judge for yourself!

Read my interview with Jessica and see EXACTLY WHAT I MEAN! 🙂

 

Why did you decide to start blogging?
 
Bookish Serendipity is actually my second blog! The first one was a writing blog for teens that I ran for a few months. Eventually, though, my focus shifted from writing to another of my passions: reading. It was a few more months before I officially changed my blog name and transferred my content to Bookish Serendipity, though.
One of my main goals, both with the first blog and Bookish Serendipity, has been to connect with other readers. I don’t know many other teens who are book-obsessed as I am, which is where the Internet comes in. I started the blog with the intention to connect with other bookworms, and that has always remained a primary goal of mine.
What novel or series started your passion for reading?
 
I’ve been a reader my entire life. My parents would always read to me and as I grew older, I remained a huge book nerd. When I was younger, I remember reading a lot of Nancy Drew books (I must own at least 100 of these–no joke!), Magic Tree House novels, and more.
I’ve been reading YA for several years now. I think the series that really got me into reading YA novels was the Percy Jackson series. I loved that series and as the characters grew from middle graders into teenagers, I followed their stories. I started reading YA shortly after, and I’ve been hooked on it since.
What types of blog posts do you enjoy writing the most?
 
I try to write the types of posts that I would love to read on other blogs, so Bookish Serendipity has a mix of book reviews, discussions, and blogging advice posts. I really like writing all of those, but discussion posts are probably my favorite. I love having Bookish Serendipity as an outlet to share my thoughts and opinions, and discussion posts are a huge part of it. Besides that, discussion posts tend to start some fantastic conversations in the comments section, and I always enjoy seeing what other readers and bloggers have to say about a topic.
What bookish experiences have been the most amazing in your life so far?
 
I’ve had the privilege of attending numerous book signings, publisher events, and book festivals over the past two and a half years of blogging, and they’ve all been absolutely amazing. One of the most memorable bookish experiences was this year in May when I flew to NYC to attend Book Expo America.
I was only able to go for 2 out of 3 of the days, but I’m not complaining! I’m Canadian, and we don’t typically have a lot of book tours and events up here. That is why I loved getting to meet several of my favorite authors and bloggers for the first time. The experience was so unforgettable and while I’m not sure if I’ll be able to return next year, I would definitely love to!
Where is your favorite place to read?
I’m pretty versatile, so I can read everywhere. Now that school has started again, I tend to have the most reading time on the bus ride to school, since I spend 2+ hours on the bus each day.
With homework, I don’t often have a lot of extra time at home to devote to reading. When I do, I love to curl up on the couch with a snack and a good book. I’m pretty sure I’ve worn a dent into the couch from sitting on it all summer!
Lightning round:
Hot chocolate, tea, coffee, hot cider?
 
Hot chocolate (with marshmallows/ Kit Kat)
Cat, dog, bird, or hamster?
 
My own dog is glaring at me as I write this, so…dog?
French fries, potato chips, tortilla chips, popcorn?
 
Popcorn! With extra butter, ideally.
Math, science, history, English?
 
History is one of my favorite subjects! English is probably a close second.
 
Skiing vacation, beach vacation, big city vacation?
 
I love to ski, so a skiing vacation sounds pretty fun.

The BFF Blog Tour

 

October 1st

The Irish Banana Review – Blog Besties

Neon Yeti Reads – Blogger Interview

Otakutwins Reviews – Why I Love Being a Blogger

October 2nd

Eli to the Nth – Blog Besties

ReadWriteLove28 – Favorite Newbies

Once Upon A Twilight – Top Bookstagrammers

Rattle the Pages – Top 10 Book Bloggers

October 3rd

Mostly YA Lit – Underappreciates Sites

That Artsy Reader Girl – Blogger Interview – Thatartsyreadergirl.com

Bookstacksamber – Get Vloggy – bookstacksamber.wordpress.com

Books in My Suitcase – Why I Love Being A Blogger

October 4th

The Book Cellar – Blog Besties

Caught Read Handed – Blogger RAK

Based on A True Story – Surprise Post

October 5th

Grounded Wanderlust – Get Vloggy

Lostbraincell’s Bookish Blog – Top 10 Book Bloggers – lostbraincell.com

The Reading Nook Reviews – Top Bookstagrammers

October 6th

Rhea’s Neon Journal – Blogger Interview

What Sarah Read – Blogger RAK

Bookish in Texas – Why I Love Being a Blogger

October 7th

Nicks’ Book Blog – Favorite Newbies

Oops! I Read A Book Again – Underappreciated Sites

Twenty Three Pages – Why I Love Being A Blogger

Owl Always Be Reading – Blogger Interview

October 8th

GReads! – Blogger Interview

Andi’s ABCs – Top 10 Book Bloggers

Reading Is My Treasure – Favorite Newbies

October 9th

Reading the Blues Away – Surprise Post

Strupag – Top 10 Book Bloggers

Adventures in Reading – Blog Besties

October 10th

Literary, Etc – Blogger RAK

The Fox’s Hideaway – Why I Love Being A Blogger

Bibliobeth – Blogger Interview

Carpe Librum – Blog Besties

October 11th

Snowflakes & Spider Silk – Top Bookstagrammers

The Novel Orange – Why I Love Being A Blogger

Don’t Fold the Page – Top 10 Book Bloggers

The Reader and the Chef – Favorite Newbies

October 12th

Wandering Bark Humanities – Underappreciated Sites

WhoruBlog – Blogger Interview

Kimberlyfaye Reads – Top 10 Book Bloggers

October 13th

BookCatPin – Surprise Post

The Eater of Books! – Blogger Interview

A Reader Under The Sea – Top 10 Book Bloggers –

Effortlessly Reading – Why I Love Being A Blogger

October 14th

HelloChickLit – Blogger Interview

We So Nerdy – Blogger RAK

Thebibliophagist – Get Vloggy

October 15th

Hashtag Avenue – Blog Besties

Galleywampus – Podcaster Love

Novel Ink – Top Bookstagrammers

October 16th

No BS Book Reviews – Blog Besties

The Book Bratz – Underappreciated Sites

One Night Book Stand – Top 10 Book Bloggers

October 17th

Fiction Fare – Surprise Post

Swoony Boys Podcast – Surprise Post

 

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FIRST & THEN BOOK SUPERLATIVE BLOG TOUR
Oct 7th, 2015 by Liza Wiemer


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Emma Mills’

MOST INSPIRATIONAL PLACES TO WRITE

When I was writing First & Then in college, I would write in the cafeteria during meals, in the student lounge, in the radio station where I hosted a show, before and after classes… just about everywhere!

These days, I prefer to write at home when I can, but I also love writing outside my favorite coffee shop.

Picture 1: My ideal writing set-up—a computer for when I’m on a roll, and a notebook for when I want to work something out on paper.

 

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Liza’s note: MacBookAir and occasionally a notebook – usually carry one in my purse and keep one next to my bed! You never know when you’ll find inspiration!

Picture 2: I’m not saying the inspiration comes DIRECTLY from iced Chai lattes, but they certainly help. 🙂

 

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Liza’s note: I definitely need a mocha to write!

Picture 3: Sometimes when I’m stuck on something, I look to the sky and hope that a bit of inspiration will rain down on me!

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Liza’s note: I take a walk along the shores of Lake Michigan!

About First & Then 

Published by Henry Holt & Co.23310751

Devon Tennyson wouldn’t change a thing. She’s happy watching Friday night games from the bleachers, silently crushing on best friend Cas, and blissfully ignoring the future after high school. But the universe has other plans. It delivers Devon’s cousin Foster, an unrepentant social outlier with a surprising talent for football, and the obnoxiously superior and maddeningly attractive star running back, Ezra, right where she doesn’t want them first into her P.E. class and then into every other aspect of her life.

Pride and Prejudice meets Friday Night Lights in this contemporary novel about falling in love with the unexpected boy, with a new brother, and with yourself.

 

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Emma Mills is a debut author better known to her subscribers as vlogger Elmify. She is also cocreator and cohost of the “life skills” channel How to Adult.

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Blog Tour: ONE by Sarah Crossan – An Amazing Q&A and Giveaway
Sep 18th, 2015 by Liza Wiemer

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Published by: Greenwillow Books

Pub. Date: September 15, 2015

Tippi and Grace share everything—clothes, friends . . . even their body. Writing in free verse, Sarah Crossan tells the sensitive and moving story of conjoined twin sisters, which will find fans in readers of Gayle Forman, Jodi Picoult, and Jandy Nelson.

Tippi and Grace. Grace and Tippi. For them, it’s normal to step into the same skirt. To hook their arms around each other for balance. To fall asleep listening to the other breathing. To share. And to keep some things private. The two sixteen-year-old girls have two heads, two hearts, and each has two arms, but at the belly, they join. And they are happy, never wanting to risk the dangerous separation surgery.

But the girls’ body is beginning to fight against them. And soon they will have to face the impossible choice they have avoided for their entire lives.

 

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ABOUT SARAH CROSSAN:

Sarah Crossan is Irish. She graduated with a degree in Philosophy and Literature before training as an English and Drama teacher at Cambridge University and worked to promote creative writing in schools before leaving teaching to write full time.

She completed her Masters in Creative Writing at the University of Warwick in 2003 and in 2010 received an Edward Albee Fellowship for writing. She spent several years living and teaching high school in New Jersey before moving to London.

She currently lives in NYC.

LINKS: Website | Twitter | Facebook

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Q & A:

  1. What kind of research did you do for ONE?

I did ALL the research! This means I didn’t use the internet because, as anyone who has done proper research knows, the internet is actually pretty useless when it comes to accurately depicting a picture of reality! Instead I went to the British Library and trawled the shelves for books and periodicals to find out all I could on the subject of conjoined twins. I spoke sweetly to a friend of mine at the BBC, and he managed to retrieve lots of documentaries for me from the TV archives. And finally, I spoke to medical professionals including Edward Kiely, the leading separation surgeon for conjoined twins in Europe. All in all, my research lasted about a year.

  1. What surprised you the most about writing ONE?

I was surprised that it ended up in verse. It began life as a prose novel. In fact, I wrote thirty thousand words of the novel in prose, but it just wouldn’t come together. I spoke to my agent, who suggested I start again. This idea horrified me. Delete thirty thousand words? “Yes!” she said. So I did, and when I went back to the novel, it was in verse. And everything fell into place.

  1. Tippi and Grace face a difficult decision of going through separation surgery. Most people don’t ever have to face such a challenge. But given what they went through, what lessons can people take away from Tippi’s and Grace’s experience?

Tippi and Grace show us what it means to love, which is allowing oneself to be happy in order to honor another person. Let happiness be your gift to others.

  1. Do you have siblings? If so, how did you draw upon your own relationships to write this novel?

I have three brothers, but I didn’t really draw on those relationships at all for this novel. Instead I focused on my relationship with my daughter, who was an infant when I was writing the book, and thought about the physical closeness of mother and child and how no one ever questions the importance or the normality of that.

  1. ONE is in free-verse poetry. How was the writing process different from the other books you’ve written?

Writing in verse is a waiting game! You can’t sit at a computer and rattle out one thousand words a day. You have to (pretentiously) wait for the words to come to you, and that can be very frustrating.

  1. Who has been your biggest writing influence and why?

I’m influenced all the time by different things I read, but Karen Hesse’s Out of the Dust made me fall in love with verse novels. I don’t believe there is a verse novel that can compare to this masterpiece. Everyone should read it. NOW!

  1. How did the idea of writing about conjoined twins come to you?

I saw a documentary about Minnesotan twins Abby and Brittany Hensel and was completely captivated by how happy and successful they have made their lives despite sharing a body. I knew I had to write a novel on the subject, so I started my research the very next day.

  1. If you could become one of your characters from ANY of your books for a day, which character would you choose to be and why?

If it’s only one day, I would become Grace, so I could know how it feels to live in one body that has two minds. I’m sure I would find all the stares difficult, but it would be worth it.

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THE DEAD HOUSE MIRROR TOUR – Kaitlyn’s Favorite School Subjects
Aug 19th, 2015 by Liza Wiemer

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Diary of Kaitlyn Johnson,

Date Unspecified

I wanted to go to school when Carly did. She would moan endlessly about it over the years, and sometimes . . . sometimes I hated her for it. I learned to read because mum was happy to teach me after work. Dad would lend a hand now and then too, but I didn’t enjoy those nights very much.

I was unhappy, and Carly could sense it, even though I never said anything. One day she left a copy of The Outsiders on my dresser. Her post-it read: Have to read this for school. Thought it would be boring but was actually kind of cool. Thought you’d like to see.

I read it in hours. I loved it. I wanted more.

I broke the rule about not invading each other’s space, and I rifled through he school bag. Found a stream of English homework that she hadn’t done, next to notebooks upon notebooks of science homework that she’d done, and then some.

I think that was the first night of the new routine. It helped her, and it helped me. She would bring me the books she was reading for English; I would have a night filled with more than just boring infomercials and home movies, and she would have her essays ready to go the next day.

English literature saved me from myself. I will always remember that. Every book was a new secret, a new adventure, a new tale.

Literature, language—words.

They are the study of life.

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Novel Secrets Blog Tour: ALL WE HAVE IS NOW – Lisa Schroeder reveals something special & giveaway!
Aug 17th, 2015 by Liza Wiemer

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by Lisa Schroeder

Published: July 28, 2015

Publisher: Scholastic

Buy here: IndieBound | Amazon | B&N | Book Depository

Connect with Lisa: TwitterGoodreads | Website |

NOVEL SECRETS:

In the NOVEL SECRETS Blog Tour, readers will discover some fascinating behind-the-scenes information connected to brand-new YA novels! I’m thrilled that author Lisa Schroeder is sharing some information that none of us would EVER have known just from reading her latest book, ALL WE HAVE IS NOW. I’m always fascinated by how authors infuse parts of themselves in their books. Lisa is no exception. Read her “I Wish Everyone Could Visit the Enchanted Forest,” to find out why she included this special place in her book.

NOVEL SECRETS BLOG TOUR – check out the following posts:

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I Wish Everyone Could Visit the Enchanted Forest

by Lisa Schroeder

In my new novel, ALL WE HAVE IS NOW, Vince and Emerson go around helping people do fun things as they make wishes Enchanted forest 2come true before a meteor is due to destroy North America in a little over twenty-four hours. One of the places they end up going is a place called the Enchanted Forest in Salem, Oregon. What some people may not realize is that this is a very real, and very special, place, dreamt up and built by a man named Roger Tofte. In 1964, he purchased twenty acres of land and for the next seven years, he spent all of his spare time building a small amusement park smack-dab in the middle of a forest (thus the name).

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Lisa Schroeder at THE MAD HATTER’S TEA PARTY display!

The fact that it feels a teensy-bit “homemade” adds to the charm of the place. I’m lucky in that I’ve been visiting the Enchanted Forest since I was a little girl. Much of it is based on children’s stories and fairy tales, so you can see why I love it so much. Over the years, they’ve added various rides in an effort to continue to attract visitors, but the trail that takes you down Storybook Lane at the beginning of the park has hardly changed in forty years. Here, visitors get to say hello to Humpty Dumpty, wave at Little Red Riding Hood, and take a trip down Alice in Wonderland’s rabbit hole, among other things. It’s so fun to write about cool places most of the world doesn’t know about – definitely feels like letting people in on a well-kept secret.

 

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CROW’S REST by Angelica R. Jackson – Trailer and #Giveaway
Jul 30th, 2015 by Liza Wiemer

 

Crow’s Rest

by Angelica R. Jackson

Release Date: May 12, 2015

Summary from Goodreads:

Avery Flynn arrives for a visit at her Uncle Tam’s, eager to rekindle her summertime romance with her crush-next-door, Daniel.But Daniel’s not the sweet, neurotic guy she remembers—and she wonders if this is her Daniel at all. Or if someone—some thing—has taken his place.Her quest to find the real Daniel—and get him back—plunges Avery into a world of Fae and changelings, where creatures swap bodies like humans change their socks, and magic lives much closer to home than she ever imagined. 

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And check out the illustrated companion, A Compendium of the Faer Folke! Available as a free download!
 

About the Author:

 
In keeping with her scattered Gemini nature, Angelica R. Jackson has far too many interests to list here.
She has an obsession with creating more writing nooks in the home she shares with her husband and two corpulent cats in California’s Gold Country. Fortunately, the writing nooks serve for reading and cat cuddling too.
Other pastimes include cooking for food allergies (not necessarily by choice, but she’s come to terms with it), photography, and volunteering at a local no-kill sanctuary.
She blogs at Angelic Muse, and is a contributing member of Operation Awesome and the Fearless Fifteeners.
 
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