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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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–  Giveaway ends August 22nd.

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.

 

GIVEAWAY: US (Only) One lucky winner will receive a signed copy of ALL WE HAVE IS NOW!

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Flashback Friday: FALLING FOR YOU by Lisa Schroeder
Jan 16th, 2015 by Liza Wiemer

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by Lisa Schroeder

Hardcover, 355 pages

Published: January 1, 2013

Publisher: Simon Pulse

Buy it here: IndieBound | Book Depository | Amazon | Barnes & Noble

Connect with Lisa Schroeder: Goodreads | Website | Twitter | Facebook

From Goodreads:

Rae’s always dreamed of dating a guy like Nathan. He’s nothing like her abusive stepfather—in other words, he’s sweet. But the closer they get, the more Nathan wants of her time, of her love, of her…and the less she wants to give.

As Rae’s affection for Nathan turns to fear, she leans on her friend Leo for support. With Leo, she feels lighter, happier. And possessive Nathan becomes jealous.

Then a tragedy lands Rae in the ICU. Now, hovering between life and death, Rae must find the light amid the darkness…and the strength to fight for life and the love she deserves.

About Lisa Schroeder:588558

Lisa Schroeder is the author of more than a dozen books for kids and teens. Her latest young adult novel is THE BRIDGE FROM ME TO YOU, and the latest series for 8-12 year olds is called CHARMED LIFE. She lives in Oregon where she spends her time reading, writing, baking yummy treats, and hiking with her family.

My Review:

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There isn’t anything that Lisa Schroeder writes that I wouldn’t recommend, and that includes her latest novel Falling For You. It deals with some very tough issues of a neglectful mother, an abusive stepdad, an obsessive, emotionally unstable boyfriend. Rae, the daughter/stepdaughter/girlfriend, tries to navigate through the troubles dumped on her. She utilizes her inner strength to survive and is a strong, likable, and relatable character.

Here are some things that I really liked about her: She doesn’t allow her peers to push her around, she has self-esteem despite the hell she lives through, she’s creative with spending money, works hard, befriends some really cool characters, including a single mother and an old lady, and records her feelings in a poetry journal. There’s an awesome English teacher to appreciate. Rae works at a flower shop with great people and a lovable dog. Rae makes her own “family,” which is very cool since many young adults have to do the same thing because parents aren’t always around emotionally or physically. Readers will fall in love with Leo, a boy who is homeschooled and is a true friend to Rae.

The story moves quickly and readers will be sucked into the Rae’s life, cheering for her to stay strong and survive.

Yup, I’m definitely a Lisa Schroeder fan. Read ALL her books.

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FLASHBACK FRIDAY (8): THE DAY BEFORE by Lisa Schroeder
Feb 28th, 2014 by Liza Wiemer

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To learn more about Flashback Friday, check out FICTION FARE!

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THE DAY BEFORE

by Lisa Schroeder

Pub. date: June 28, 2011

Publisher: Simon Pulse

307 pages

This is free verse poetry,which I love. The novel is perfect for reluctant readers!

Purchase here: Amazon, Barnes and Noble, IndieBound

FROM GOODREADS: 

One moment can change everything.

Amber’s life is spinning out of control. All she wants is to turn up the volume on her iPod until all of the demands of family and friends fade away. So she sneaks off to the beach to spend a day by herself.

Then Amber meets Cade. Their attraction is instant, and Amber can tell he’s also looking for an escape. Together they decide to share a perfect day: no pasts, no fears, no regrets.

The more time that Amber spends with Cade, the more she’s drawn to him. And the more she’s troubled by his darkness. Because Cade’s not just living in the now, he’s living each moment like it’s his last.

MY REVIEW:

The Day Before is a lyrical YA novel that draws you in line by line and tells a powerful story of fear, love, emotional pain, and change as one girl discovers her family and one boy makes a sacrifice for his family. Ultimately, there is the realization that hope and strength given with love from one person to another can make all the difference when one has to deal with the difficult experiences of life. This is a fast read, one well worth every second of your time. Savor it.

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From her website: Lisa Schroeder is the author of four teen verse novels including I HEART YOU, YOU HAUNT ME and its companion, CHASING BROOKLYN, FAR FROM YOU, and the Oregon Book Award finalist, THE DAY BEFORE. Her latest book for teens is a combination of prose and poetry and is titled FALLING FOR YOU. She’s also the author of the middle grade novels IT’S RAINING CUPCAKES, SPRINKLES AND SECRETS and FROSTING AND FRIENDSHIP. Her books have been translated into several languages and have been selected for state reading lists. She lives in Oregon with her husband and two sons.

Find Lisa on:

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