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SWIMMING TO TOKYO by Brenda St John Brown, Guest Post: Eat at Your Own Risk – Food from Japan
Jul 23rd, 2014 by Liza Wiemer

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by Brenda St John Brown

Guest Post

 

Releases July 29, 2014

Publisher: Spencer Hill Contemporary

The rules for swimming are simple:

Rule #1: There is no lifeguard on duty.

Since her mom died three years ago, nineteen-year-old Zosia Easton’s been treading water. Living at home. Community college. Same old Saturday nights. So when her father breaks the news he’s taken a job transfer—and by the way, it means renting out the house that’s been her refuge—a summer in Tokyo feels like it just might be a chance to start swimming again.

Rule #2: Beware of unexpected currents.

Finn O’Leary has spent God knows how many years trying to drown out his past. Juvenile detention. Bad decisions. Worse choices. He’s managed to turn it around – MIT, Dean’s List, a sexier-than-thou body with a smile to match – at least on the surface. When his mom asks him to spend the summer with her, Tokyo seems as good a place as any to float through the summer.

Rule #3: Swim at your own risk.

GUEST POST: Eat at Your Own Risk

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Everyone’s heard of sushi. But beware the green stuff. Wasabi will clear your sinuses faster than you can “Oh my God, that’s hot!”

In SWIMMING TO TOKYO, Zo is a little bit of a control freak when it comes to food. And, well, no wonder because, while the food in Japan is amazing, it can also be a little…surprising.

 

Then there’s takoyaki. It looks pretty good. What can be bad about deep-fried…octopus balls? Besides, um, the octopus? (It’s actually not that bad once you get over the surprise.)

Then there’s takoyaki. It looks pretty good. What can be bad about deep-fried…octopus balls? Besides, um, the octopus? (It’s actually not that bad once you get over the surprise.)

 

Of course, for those who like their octopus straight up, there’s nothing like a tentacle or two in a bowl of ramen.

Of course, for those who like their octopus straight up, there’s nothing like a tentacle or two in a bowl of ramen.

 

Sometimes, though, you just want your noodles sans sea creatures. Yakisoba, a popular takeaway item, is perfect. It’s especially great for lunch at your desk, as it’s good warm or cold.

Sometimes, though, you just want your noodles sans sea creatures. Yakisoba, a popular takeaway item, is perfect. It’s especially great for lunch at your desk, as it’s good warm or cold.

 

 

Another popular lunch item is the bento box. It’s a “set lunch” that usually involves some kind of fish, some kind of noodles/rice, and some kind of vegetable.

Another popular lunch item is the bento box. It’s a “set lunch” that usually involves some kind of fish, some kind of noodles/rice, and some kind of vegetable.

For those who need more substance and a little bit of spice, katsu curry is a big hit. The curry is a little sweet and veers more towards the Chinese curry than Indian curry flavors (imagine that). This was one of my faves when I lived in Tokyo.

For those who need more substance and a little bit of spice, katsu curry is a big hit. The curry is a little sweet and veers more towards the Chinese curry than Indian curry flavors (imagine that). This was one of my faves when I lived in Tokyo.

When in doubt, drag your waiter/waitress to the window and point at something. What could possibly go wrong?

Brenda St John Brown

Brenda St John Brown

Links to find Brenda online:

Website / Goodreads / Amazon / Barnes & Noble / Twitter / Facebook

Author Bio: 

Brenda St John Brown is a displaced New Yorker living in the English countryside. She hasn’t quite adapted to the idea of fireworks in November (despite now being a dual US/UK citizen), but she knows not to call trousers pants & often finds herself saying things are lovely…a word that never crossed her lips until she passed through UK immigration. She writes YA & NA fiction. When she’s not writing, Brenda loves running, reading and traveling, & talking about Greek mythology with her son.

Blog Tour Schedule

7/21: Lisa @ Fic Talk – Guest Post
7/22: Kim @ Kimberly Faye Reads – Guest Post
7/23: Liza @ Who R U – Excerpt
7/24: Jen @ Library of a Book Witch – Guest Post
7/25: Kristine @ Kristine Wyllys – Guest Post
7/28: Brooke @ The Cover Contessa – Interview & Review
7/29: Fidah @ Met In Eleven – Review & Interview
7/30: Meredith @ Pandora’s Books – Excerpt
7/31: Jaime @ Fic Fare – Review & Interview
8/1: Lola @ Lola’s Reviews – Review

Big NEWS – My YA Debut Novel HELLO? is Being PUBLISHED! (Announced in Publisher’s Lunch) & GIVEAWAY
Mar 17th, 2014 by Liza Wiemer

My debut novel, HELLO?—my heart, my soul—is being

PUBLISHED by Spencer Hill Contemporary in 2015!

Check out the entire post with videos AND the GIVEAWAY on my author blog: http://lizawiemer.com/2014/03/17/hello/

To read a synopsis, click on my Hello? page or on Stuart Krichevsky’s Literary Agency Liza Wiemer page. I will have more to share in the upcoming months, but I wanted to start today by describing the journey to publication.

HERE’S THE ANNOUNCEMENT – Posted in Publisher’s Lunch TODAY!

Pub. Lunch HELLO? Announcement!

Blog Tour: RECLAIMED by Sarah Guillory – Review & ARC Giveaway
Oct 2nd, 2013 by Liza Wiemer

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RECLAIMED by Sarah GuillorySarah Guillory

Published by Spencer Hill Contemporary

296 pages

From Goodreads:

Jenna Oliver doesn’t have time to get involved with one boy, let alone two.

All Jenna wants is to escape her evaporating small town and her alcoholic mother. She’s determined she’ll go to college and find a life that is wholly hers—one that isn’t tainted by her family’s past. But when the McAlister twins move to town and Jenna gets involved with both of them, she learns the life she planned may not be the one she gets.

Ian McAlister doesn’t want to start over; he wants to remember.

Ian can’t recall a single thing from the last three months—and he seems to be losing more memories every day. His family knows the truth, but no one will tell him what really happened before he lost his memory. When he meets Jenna, Ian believes that he can be normal again because she makes not remembering something he can handle.

The secret Ian can’t remember is the one Luke McAlister can’t forget.

Luke has always lived in the shadow of his twin brother until Jenna stumbles into his life. She sees past who he’s supposed to be, and her kiss brings back the spark that life stole. Even though Luke feels like his brother deserves her more, Luke can’t resist Jenna—which is the trigger that makes Ian’s memory return.

Jenna, Ian, & Luke are about to learn there are only so many secrets you can keep before the truth comes to reclaim you.

My review: (Reclaimed will be on my “top reads list” for 2013!)

As I turned each page of RECLAIMED and got further and further into the novel, I was overwhelmed with the desire to race through to find out what would happen next. I had to force myself not to read too quickly or jump ahead. Thank goodness I didn’t, because that would have been a HUGE mistake. No matter how tempting, don’t do it.

RECLAIMED left me speechless, awed by an unexpected plot unlike anything I have ever read.
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When Jenna Oliver gets romantically involved with the McAlister twins, Ian – the sweet gentleman, Luke – the dark and daring one, she has know idea how complicated her life will become. But don’t look at this novel as a love triangle. That would be another mistake. Instead, take in the story and allow yourself to be carried away without making any judgments. Take in the details of Solitude, the small town where the novel takes place, appreciate the three points-of-view from narrators Jenna, Ian, and Luke, find sympathy and compassion in the painful losses created by death and divorce and the complications that are the result from these difficult life events. Discover “Reclaimed,” and the underlying fantastic metaphors that it represents for yourself.
I was totally sucked in, mesmerized by the story that I lost track of time until I read the last word. Without a doubt, RECLAIMED has claimed a spot on my top reads list of 2013!
Bravo, Sarah Guillory!

Blog tour schedule:

October 1 –  Book Review – Jenuine Cupcake Blogspot (Jen Fisher)405
October 2 – Book Review – WhoRuBlog (Liza)
October 3 – Author Interview – Queen Ella Bee (Gaby)
October 4 – Book Review – K-Books (Kayleigh)
October 5 – Guest Post – A Dream Within A Dream (Stephanie)
October 6 –  Guest Post – Wastepaper Prose (Susan)
October 7 – Guest Post – Supernatural Snark (Jenny)
October 8 –  Author Interview – A Book and a Latte (Jen)
October 9 –  Book Review – Fiction Fare (Jaime Arkin)
October 10 –  Author Interview – Met In Eleven (Nurafidah)
October 11 –  Guest Post – Book Savvy (Sam)
October 12 –  Guest Post – Reading Lark
October 13 – Guest Post – Portrait of a Book (Christin)
October 14 –  Character Interview & Review – Swoony Boys Podcast (Meg)

Click here to learn more about Sarah Guillory

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