Archives for June 2014

Review: An Event to Remember . . . Or Forget by Melissa Baldwin (Chrissy’s review)

an event to remember or forgetAn Event to Remember . . . Or Forget
written by Melissa Baldwin
published by Melissa Baldwin

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Disclosure: I did some editing work on this title. After that work was completed, I was asked by the author to review the book. I received a copy of this book for review purposes. Although I was compensated for the editing work, it in no way affected the outcome of my review. My review is my honest opinion of the book.

Did I enjoy this book: I did enjoy this book. Once you really get into the story, you are in it until it is over.

Once you get to know her, Sienna is a character that you root for, hope for, and want to succeed. Sienna is sweet, hard-working, and very good at her job. She is so good that she is ready to go off on her own and leave her current job behind. Her life is where she thinks it should be until a few curve balls are thrown at her. Luke, Sienna’s boyfriend, is okay but doesn’t seem to care all that much for Sienna. He isn’t that likeable and there is a point toward the end where I said, out loud, “WTF??!!?? He can’t be serious!!??!!” Ace, a friend from the past, seems genuine and kind. He quickly won me over. Madie and Abby are great friends for Sienna. They are there for her, as are Sienna’s parents. I loved that Sienna talked to her parents, asked for advice, and cared about their opinions.

An Event to Remember . . . Or Forget is a fun story that has you invested to see if Sienna should remember, or forget, this huge event in her life. Well, events. These are turning points. Life changing events. The journey to these events is full of ups, downs, and laughs. I love the ending, but I’m not going to say why because I don’t want to spoil it. (I will say that it is not typical.) You’ll just have to read the book. 😉

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Would I recommend it: Yes, I would recommend it. It’s a fun read.

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About the book – from Goodreads: 
Sienna Harris is a girl with a plan. Her days of slaving away at Carrie’s Classic Events and More are numbered as she is on the brink of launching her own event planning company. Her relationship with Luke Price is headed in the right direction and they are approaching their one-year mark. The future is looking bright and she knows that life could not get any better . . . That is until her perfectly planned world is thrown upside down by the unexpected arrival of someone from Luke’s past.

She receives the shock of her life on the night of the biggest event of her career. Sienna will now have to pull it all together without a list or a plan. The question is, can she do it?
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Release Day Blitz: Mosaic by Leigh T. Moore (spotlight, giveaway)

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Mosaic by Leigh Talbert MooreMosaic (Dragonfly #4)
written by Leigh Talbert Moore
published by Leigh Talbert Moore

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About the book: 

The future never goes as planned.
People are never what they seem.
Time changes everything.

So you want to know what happened to Anna and Julian? Well, listen up, because I’ve got the whole scoop. I’m Jules, btw, and I am an artist, as you already know if you’ve read Watercolor. What you might not know is I inherited my mother’s cute little newsy nose, thank you very much.

It’s high school reunion time, and everyone’s coming back to Fairview—everyone who’s not already there, mind you. What went wrong, who’s fault it was, and why the heck nobody knew about me… it’s all coming out.

Long-distance relationships rarely last, and a lot of water has passed under that bridge. Big Secrets will be exposed, and in the end we’ll know if that old saying is true: Love is stronger than time.

 Mosaic, the exciting conclusion to The Dragonfly series!

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written by Leigh T. Moore
published by Leigh Talbert Moore

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About the book: 

Three bad things I learned this year:

-People you trust lie, even parents. 

-That hot guy, the one who’s totally into you, he might not be the one. 

-Things are not always how they appear.


Three good things I learned this year:

-Best friends are always there for you, even when they’re far away. 

-That other hot guy, the one who remembers your birthday, he just might be the one. 

-Oh, and things are not always how they appear.

Anna Sanders expected an anonymous (and uneventful) senior year until she crossed paths with rich-and-sexy Jack Kyser and his twin sister Lucy.

Pulling Anna into their extravagant lifestyle on the Gulf Coast, Lucy pushed Anna outside her comfort zone, and Jack showed her feelings she’d never experienced… Until he mysteriously withdrew.

Anna turned to her internship at the city paper and to her old attraction for Julian, a handsome local artist and rising star, for distraction. But both led to her discovery of a decades-old secret closely guarded by the twins’ distant, single father.

A secret that could permanently change all their lives.

Leigh Talbert MooreAbout the author: 

I’m the hat lady–wife, mom, reader, writer, caffeine addict, chocoholic, southern expat, and beach bum.

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Spotlight: Eat Now; Talk Later: 52 True Tales of Family, Feasting and the American Dream by James Vescovi (spotlight)

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written by James Vescovi
published by AuthorHouse

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About the book: Eat Now; Talk Later: 52 True Tales of Family, Feasting and the American Dream is a memoir containing stories about the author’s off-the-wall grandparents in the years he and his father cared for them.The stories in Eat Now; Talk Later can be read before bed, on a lunch hour, or waiting in line. They can even be shared with friends who complain they have enough to read. Together they ask the question, “How do you make modern life run smoothly for grandparents who grew up when oxen were used for plowing, children left school after third grade to tend chickens, and ice cream was eaten only once a year at the village festival?”

This is not the usual immigrant-made-good tale. Tony and Desolina Vescovi were born on farms where life hadn’t much changed for hundreds of years. When they came to America, they passed through a time-tunnel that brought them face to face with the 20th century, and they found themselves puzzled by banking, supermarkets, college degrees, voice mail, airplane travel, and the nuclear family. They brought cash to pay hospital bills and paid $20/month for electricity because they went to bed at sunset. The tales in this collection chronicling their lives are poignant, hilarious, and bittersweet.

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James VescoviAbout the author: James Vescovi’s stories about his eccentric grandparents have appeared singly in The New York Times, Alimentum Journal: The Literature of Food, Creative Nonfiction, Newsday, Ancestry, Gazetta Italiana, and various anthologies. He is also author of The USS Essex and the Birth of the American Navy (Adams; 1999; 13,000 copies sold). His fiction and essays have been published in publications such as Midwestern Gothic, Calliope, The New York Observer, the Georgetown Review, and Natural Bridge. He teaches at high school English and lives in New York with his wife and three children.

 

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DNF: The Fog Machine by Susan Follett (Belinda’s review)

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written by Susan Follett
published by Lucky Sky Press

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Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange  for an honest review.

Where I stopped reading: page 150

Why I stopped reading: Lucky Sky Press has big plans for this book. They’ve put together reading guides and discussion questions for book groups and educators. I hope they get the reaction they want.

I respect that Follett researched this project so carefully. I admire that she conducted careful interviews. I’m inspired by the passion she put into this project.

For me, though, the story pace was agonizingly slow. Too much time passes with nothing significant taking place. I also wasn’t a huge fan of Follett’s writing style. I’d love to give you an example but the rear cover warns, “Advance Uncorrected Proofs – Please do not quote for publication without checking against the finished book.” I’m not sure why publishers send out deeply flawed books and expect good reviews.

So let’s just say hypothetically that using a birthing cat analogy is never a good idea.

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About the book – from Amazon: An exploration of prejudice and what enables and disables change, set against the backdrop of the Civil Rights Movement from 1954 to 1964, from the perspectives of a 12-year-old white girl, a young black woman who has left Mississippi for Chicago, and a Freedom Summer volunteer from New York City. As lives collide, each questions what freedom means and the price they’ll pay to have it. ******* To Joan Barnes, twelve years old in the summer of 1964, freedom is her birthright. As for Mississippi’s Negroes, like C.J., who works for Joan’s family until she leaves for Chicago, freedom was settled by the Civil War, wasn’t it? Negroes are no longer slaves. As the child of upper-middle-class Yankee Catholics living in predominantly Baptist Mississippi, where family roots are as deep as those of the towering loblolly pines, Joan simply wants to belong. This need repeatedly puts her at odds with what she knows to be right. And it will take her years to understand that freedom means choices. To C.J. Evans, born to a life of cleaning white folks’ houses, freedom is the size of a human heart, never bigger or smaller. It comes from within and can’t be given or taken away. And, as her waiting-on-heaven Baptist preacher and white-controlled schools have taught her, freedom takes a back seat to staying safe—whether she’s working as a maid in her Jim Crow Mississippi or as a live-in domestic in Chicago, where the rules are far more subtle. To Zach Bernstein, Jewish University of Chicago law student, freedom is an ever-expanding circle, like a balloon that can be blown up bigger and bigger without bursting. It’s in the songs the summer volunteers sing to ward off the fear that they, too, will end up like James Chaney, Mickey Schwerner, and Andrew Goodman, missing since June 21 and presumed dead. It’s in Zach’s faith and commitment to tzedakah—justice and righteousness. It’s why he has come to Mississippi in the summer of 1964 to teach at the Meridian Freedom School.

 

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Blog Tour: Suddenly Last Summer by Sarah Morgan (Chrissy’s review, giveaway)

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Suddenly Last Summer CoverSuddenly Last Summer (O’Neil Brothers #2)
written by Sarah Morgan
published by Harlequin HQN

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Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange  for an honest review.

Did I enjoy this book: 
I did enjoy this book. I read it every free chance I had. It is a great summer read.

Sean and Élise are both very strong, very stubborn, and very hot for one another. Their chemistry is palpable. And when they are together, they are hot! Besides the chemistry, Sean and Élise each have issues they are trying to overcome. It takes a while to get to the truth behind those issues, but the wait is worth it. Élise’s attitude and jealousy is a bit comical . . . but not in a bad way. It was fitting giving her background, his background, and their heat together. The comical part is when Sean gets under her skin and gives her that smile, and she starts dropping her hs. 😉

There are two parts in the last third of the book that had me on the edge of my seat. I’m not going to spoil it, but wow, Sean is amazing. In so many ways.

As for the rest of the story–the story beyond the heat and passion–there is a lot of emotion. A lot of issues. The O’Neil family is strong together. They love each other and are there for each other even when they want to punch each other. The family bonding and resolution of a few secrets shows the love they have for each other. Walter is my favorite. He may be old, gruff, and stubborn, but he sees and knows a lot.

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Would I recommend it: Sure! I’m going to have to read book 1, Sleigh Bells in the Snow.

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About the book: 
USA TODAY bestselling author Sarah Morgan introduces another irresistible O’Neil brother who’s more tempting than dessert and twice as sinful!

Fiery French chef Élise Philippe is having a seriously bad day. Not only have the grand opening plans for her beloved café fallen apart, but Sean O’Neil is back in town and looking more delectable than ever. Memories of the electrifying night they shared last summer leave Élise very tempted, but she knows all too well that eventually Sean will be leaving…again.

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Being back in Vermont—even temporarily—is surgeon Sean O’Neil’s worst nightmare. Returning home to the Snow Crystal Resort means confronting the guilt he feels about rejecting his family’s lifestyle years ago. But discovering that Élise is still in Vermont and still sets his blood racing is a very welcome distraction! Remembering last summer and how good they were together is going to make walking away more difficult than he could imagine….

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Sarah MorganAbout the author: USA TODAY bestselling author Sarah Morgan writes hot, happy contemporary romance and her trademark humour and sensuality have gained her fans across the globe. She has been nominated three years in succession for the prestigious RITA© Award from the Romance Writers of America and has won the award twice, in 2012 and 2013. RT Book Reviews has called her ‘a magician with words’ and she has made numerous appearances in their ‘Top Pick’ slot. Sarah lives near London, and when she isn’t reading or writing she loves being outdoors, preferably on vacation so she can forget the house needs tidying. She loves chatting with readers by email and on Facebook and Twitter. More information can be found on her website.

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Review: Of Darkness and Crowns by Trisha Wolfe (Melissa’s review)

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written by Trisha Wolfe
published by Trisha Wolfe

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Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange  for an honest review.

Did I enjoy this book: 
Yep!

As with the first book, Of Silver and Beasts, I finished it quite quickly.  While I’m beginning to understand Wolfe’s stream of consciousness writing style, I still think she’d do well to enlist a professional editor.  Regardless, I was just as addicted to Book 2 of the Goddess Wars series as I was the first, and I can’t wait for the third installment.  It turns out I’ve developed a bit of a soft spot for Caben and Kal . . .

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Would I recommend it: Yes.  Look past Wolfe’s fragmented writing style and you’ll fall in love with her story.

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About the book – from Goodreads: 
The moon goddess has taken up residency within Prince Caben, darkening his mind and soul. Now he hunts the very woman he sacrificed his life to save, his conflicting desires for love and power raging a battle within him. Kaliope possesses the key to setting Bale free, and Caben will stop at nothing to see his goddess restored. Even if that means destroying the kingdom he’s sworn to protect, and the infuriating woman who torments his thoughts.

Kaliope, now the leader to the newly formed Nactue Guard, has vowed to save Caben. But with a traitor lurking among her people, and powers she’s unable to fully control, Kaliope’s mission becomes shrouded with doubt. Her new role as watcher over Caben’s kingdom brings a burden she’s unable to bear alone, and appointing the right person in charge of the prince’s affairs has turned a kingdom against the Nactue leader. Saving her stubborn, willful prince from the darkness overtaking him will be the battle of her life, and she needs people she can trust by her side. But bad blood between members of the Nactue obscure Kaliope’s journey, while her feelings for Caben cloud her judgment.

When the time comes to do what she must to destroy the goddess of chaos, will she be able to if it means losing Caben forever?

Book two of the Goddess Wars is told in dual point of view from Kaliope and Caben. New Adult Dark Fantasy, intended for readers 17 years of age and older.

 

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Bloomsbury Spark’s Six Month Sparkiversary Giveaway Blitz

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Deliver Me by Kate Jarvic Birch

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The Sound of Us by Ashley Poston

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The Art of Falling by Jenny Kaczorowski

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Positively Mine by Christine Duval

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Until We End by Frankie Brown

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Pride’s Run by Cat Kalen

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Secret of Isobel Key by Jen McConnel

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Her Secret Inheritance by Jen McConnel

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Road to Somewhere by Kelley Lynn & Jenny S. Morris

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Beyond Our Stars by Marie Langager

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My Soon-To-Be-Sex Life by Judith Tewes

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The Mapmaker’s Daughter by Caroline Dunford

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What has been your best experience since the release of your book?

Ashley Poston: Definitely all the support on Twitter and Facebook! I never thought I’d have so many people out of the blue just tweeting me to tell me how much they loved my story! It means a lot to me. I think every author has one story that’s their “baby” and mine is The Sound of Us. While it’s a very funny, very light-hearted YA/NA crossover (think Fangirl), its tackles some heavy-hitting stuff that’s pretty personal to me. And it’s surreal and wonderful and thrilling to read how much other people enjoyed it!

Caroline Dunford: I loved seeing the face of my heroine Sharra on the beautiful cover. She is just as I imagined her.

Cat Kalen: I am thrilled with reader response. I heard from students who were using my book for their school reports and it thrilled me.

Christine Duval: Really it is more than one moment. It is all the times women have come up to me, written to me, tweeted to me about how Positively Mine reminded them of their own situations. Many are women who were teen moms or who found themselves unexpectedly pregnant in college. I am so moved that something I created has had meaning in another person’s life.

Frankie Brown: Meeting so many wonderful people! The Sparkies are a wonderfully sweet, vivacious group, and the online YA book community is a ton of fun.

Jen McConnel: Listening to the amazing audiobook for the first time! My narrator, Carolyn Bonnyman, has the perfect voice for the story, and I could listen to her all day long. It’s funny, too; when I was revising the sequel, I heard it in her voice. She’s become an integral part of my story, and I’m so glad!

Jenny Kaczorowski: The moment my book popped up in my local library’s eMedia collection! More than any other publishing dream, I’ve always wanted to have something I wrote in libraries. I stumbled across it by accident and nearly screamed.

Jenny Morris: Reading people’s reviews and knowing they totally got our story. It’s still crazy to me that a total stranger is reading something that I wrote and relating to it.

Judith Tewes: My title isn’t out in the world yet (releases in July), but I’ve had a blast supporting my fellow Bloomsbury Spark authors as each new title has launched.

Kate Jarvik Birch: It might sound a little sadistic, but hearing that my book has brought someone to tears is one of the best feelings EVER—it’s also pretty awesome to hear that I’ve made them yell and cheer, but for some reason the tears feel like the biggest payoff.

Kelley Lynn: Fans (Eep! I still can’t believe I have fans…haha) contacting me wanting to talk about the book. I actually had one twelve-year-old girl somehow get a hold of my phone number. She called me and in this really sweet, shaky voice, asked how she could get a signed copy of my book. It was just so flattering and is totally the reason I do this.

Marie Langager: It’s an awesome feeling when you connect with readers. Especially when they’re in a country you’ve never been to!

Theresa DaLayne: Since my book doesn’t release until mid-August of this 2014, I probably haven’t had it yet. THE EDGE OF YOU is my new adult debut, and although Ron and Lilly’s story isn’t full of rainbows and gumdrops, it’s real. I think my favorite part about writing the story was reliving my years spent in Kodiak Island, Alaska, where I grew up. A few characters, like Lori for example, play a small but beautiful role, and are depictions of real people. It was an honor to incorporate part of my life into the story that will be shared with so many others.

 

What is the best thing about being part of Bloomsbury Spark?

Ashley Poston: Definitely the authors. We’re like one big family. I’m thankful and so very glad to have met every single one of them. They’re all so talented, and they’ve enriched my life more than they know!

Caroline Dunford: Everyone has been so warm and welcoming.

Cat Kalen: The support from Meredith and all the authors. Everyone is so giving, helpful and wonderful, not to mention talented!

Christine Duval: The enthusiasm of everyone involved with it! It has been so amazing watching Spark grow under Meredith’s guidance and I feel I’ve made a bunch of new friends on this journey. I love hearing about everyone’s successes and learning what’s coming next while watching our readership grow.

Frankie Brown: Again: the people. Meredith is incredible, and everyone at Bloomsbury–from the social media team to the cover designers–is passionate about what they do. It’s infectious.

Jen McConnel: It’s so hard to pick one thing, but I’d have to say that the sense of community is amazing. The authors, the team at Bloomsbury, and our fearless leader, editor Meredith Rich, all come together to create a wonderful, enthusiastic literary family.

Jenny Kaczorowski: The support! Meredith is an amazing editor, the cover artist for FALLING is amazing, and the other Spark authors are fantastic! Not only are we publishing siblings, but friends. I love having so many people with me on this journey!

Jenny Morris: The Sparkie Family. Meredith connected all of us together and the other authors really are amazingly supportive, and the best cheerleaders.

Judith Tewes: Bloomsbury Spark is in good hands with our editor, Meredith, and I love how she’s willing to take risks in her selections for this new YA / NA line. Spark titles (and authors) are ones to watch!

Kate Jarvik Birch: Being part of the Spark family has introduced me to a tight knit group of fantastic writers, all of whom support and buoy one another. Plus, it’s given me a chance to read some pretty stellar books by my fellow authors.

Kelley Lynn: Can I say everything? Everyone on the Bloomsbury Spark team is so wonderful. Meredith, and her supporting cast are the best. And the other authors in this family are so talented and nice. It’s just such a wonderful community to be a part of.

Marie Langager: I feel so lucky to be a part of this group of fantastic authors. So much support and so much fun. You really get to be a part of something special and make friends along the way!

Theresa DaLayne: My publishing career has had its peaks and valleys, but being a part of Bloomsbury Spark is most definitely a peak. My editor, Meredith, and the talented cover art department have worked hard to ensure I love the cover to my book. That’s something invaluable. And my fellow Sparkies are just about the best group of young adult and new adult authors I’ve had the honor of working with. With only six months under Spark’s belt, the future of our growing family is bright!

 

What are you working on now?

Ashley Poston: The sequels to THE SOUND OF US, actually! WE OWN THE NIGHT follows Ingrid, who hosts a late-night radio show to escape the reality of her small-town life, and finds herself drawn to a regular caller who is trying to escape his own life, too. It’s like Sleepless in Seattle if the main character was Rebel Wilson. YOU BURY ME is about two ex-best friends who find themselves on a road trip to complete a bucket list their late friend left behind. I’m really excited for both of them, and I hope you are, too! While they’re not direct sequels to Junie and Roman’s adventures in love, JuRo definitely make appearances (and maybe some other lovely secondary characters, too?)

Caroline Dunford: I have stories I’m working on, but I don’t tend to reveal anything until the time is right!

Cat Kalen: I’m working on Pride Unleashed and Pride’s Pursuit the follow up books to Pride’s Run.

Christine Duval: The sequel to POSITIVELY MINE! The first draft is done, I am happy to say, and I am getting ready to send the detailed synopsis off to Bloomsbury!

Frankie Brown: A lot of different things! Stay tuned…

Jen McConnel: I’m shifting gears out of NA mode for awhile, and focusing on revising the second book in my YA fantasy series from Month9Books. It’s fun to flip flop between contemporary with a touch of paranormal and full-on fantasy, with witches and gods and goddesses popping up like whack-a-mole. GODS OF CHAOS, the sequel to DAUGHTER OF CHAOS, is due out next March…squee! There’s always another story to be told, and I can’t wait to see what comes next!

Jenny Kaczorowski: I am working on two follow-ups to THE ART OF FALLING, set in the same high school but following different characters. THE TRICK TO LANDING is about Summer, a semi-pro skateboarder trying to build a new life after a DUI. After moving to Oceanside, she meets Bastian, a brilliant photographer fighting for a future beyond the bleeding disorder that defines his life. Their romance is messy and painful, but very sweet. THE RHYTHM OF BREATHING follows Abby, Bria’s best friend in FALLING. When she kisses Jackie, the drummer in a metal band, on New Year’s Eve, she expects it to be a one-time fling. Instead, she finds herself head over heals for a boy with a dark past, deep scars and exactly what she needs to confront her own issues.

Jenny Morris: I am working on a story outline for a follow-up to ROAD TO SOMEWHERE. It follows Charlie to college and Lucy in her last few months of high school. Kelly Lynn and I are excited about the possibility of continuing the sisters’ story. I’m also working on another collaboration called REMEMBER. It’s Romeo and Juliette meets Total Recall.

Judith Tewes: I’m gearing up for the release of MY SOON-TO-BE SEX LIFE, can’t wait for the blog tour madness to begin.

Kate Jarvik Birch: What am I NOT working on now? I’m just finishing up co-writing a middle grade novel about unlikely friends navigating middle school while trying to discover whether magic is real. I’ve got another YA novel, PERFECTED, coming out July 1st from Entangled Teen and I’m busy writing the sequel, which is due out next year. I’ve got some picture book projects in the works and still need to find the time to write the screenplay I’ve been marinating for years. Phew, I’m exhausted just thinking about it!

Kelley Lynn: Jenny S. Morris and I are working on the sequel to ROAD TO SOMEWHERE. We just love being back in Charlie and Lucy’s world! I’m working on the final edits for another edition to the Bloomsbury Spark family, ONE WISH AWAY, which is a science fiction twist on the ‘when you wish upon a star’ theme. I’m also negotiating a contract for another YA Contemporary and my super duper agent, Jamie Bodnar Drowley, and I are putting the finishing touches on a YA Thriller so we can start submitting that soon. Busy, busy, busy J

Marie Langager: I’m finishing up a project that has been a long time in the making. Imagine a protagonist who’s a little bit like Jo March but hears voices and is very, very angry. She’s viewed by many as odd and unfixable. In this character’s world the Archbishop teaches her to stay away from the lying peddlers of magic. This book is madness, magic, darkness, and lots of cool new magical weapons!

Theresa DaLayne: I’m working on a few projects at the moment. One is a new adult story about a nineteen-year-old California socialite with a kleptomaniac habit that gets her in big trouble. It started out as a fun, rich-girl-gets-forced-into-being-a-maid kind of story, but when my main character meets a kind-hearted guy with a humanitarian streak, her eyes are opened to a whole new world. That’s where the real life change happens, and I can’t wait to see where my agent puts it! I’m also working on the first of a new adult thriller series, tentatively titled, GLACIER PEAK. It’s totally different than anything I’ve ever written in the sense that most times, my heroine grows into her role as a leader. In this story, my main character struts into the story with a snarky attitude, the mouth of a sailor and a hair trigger temper. When her father goes missing, she sets out on an epic five-day hike through the wilderness to find him. And when she meets a guy covered in tats with a hidden agenda, the temperature in the tent goes from zero to smoldering. It’s all set in the rural mountains of Washington State, where the weather is unpredictable, the wild animals are hungry, and the romance is ice-melting.

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Thoughtful Thursday – Genre of Choice – June 26, 2014

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Reading Is Fun Again created Thoughtful Thursday. Each week, she posts a new bookish thought that she discusses.

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June 26: What is your book of choice? Romance? Horror? Thriller? Mystery? Coming-of-age? Feel free to get as specific or as broad as possible.

 

 

I’m a sucker for dystopian books, especially if they involve any or all of the above listed choices.  Start with a dystopian world, throw in a bit of love, a bit of mystery, and perhaps a bit of magic, and I’ll stay up way past my bedtime to finish your book!

 

Be sure to check out the other posts on this topic at Reading Is Fun Again.

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Summer Reading Challenge: The Walk-In Closet by Abdi Nazemian (spotlight)

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The Walk-In ClosetThe Walk-In Closet
written by Abdi Nazemian
published by Curtis Brown

find it here: (affiliate links) Barnes & Noble, Amazon, Book Depository, Goodreads

About the book: Kara Walker has never found much glamour in her own life, especially not when compared to the life of her best friend Bobby Ebadi. Bobby, along with his sophisticated parents Leila and Hossein, is everything Kara always wanted to be. The trio provides the perfect antidote to what Kara views as the more mundane problems of her girlfriends and her divorced parents.

And so when the Ebadis assume that Kara is Bobby’s girlfriend, she willingly steps into the role. She enjoys the perks of life in this closet, not only Leila’s designer hand-me-downs and free rent, but also the excitement of living life as an Ebadi.

As Kara’s 30th birthday approaches, Leila and Hossein up the pressure. They are ready for Kara to assume the mantle of the next Mrs. Ebadi, and Bobby seems prepared to give them what they want: the illusion of a traditional home and grandchildren. How far will Kara be willing to go? And will she be willing to pull the Persian rug out from under them when she discovers that her own secret is just one of many lurking inside the Ebadi closet?

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“Absorbing entertainment. I walked into Nazemian’s walk-in closet and didn’t want to walk out.” -Kelly Oxford, author of Everything is Perfect When You’re a Liar

”Absolutely engrossing read from page one- Abdi Nazemian has painted a world so vivid and real that even if you know nothing of ‘Tehrangeles’, by the end you feel as if you are a part it. I simply COULD NOT put this book down! ” -Busy Philipps

“At once wickedly funny and devastatingly moving, The Walk-In Closet is a thrilling ride from start to finish. Nazemian surprises with every turn he takes, telling a story that vividly illustrates the price of living in a closet.” -Chaz Bono, author of Family Outing, The End of Innocence and Transition

”I relished every moment of this warm, funny, brutally engaging novel. Abdi Nazemian’s Los Angeles is both uncannily familiar and entirely foreign. Put this in the canon of LA literature: Nazemian has written a side of Los Angeles prevalent in real life but rarely seen in fiction.” -Katherine Taylor, author of Rules for Saying Goodbye

”Ladies: If you like Shahs of Sunset you’ll love The Walk-In Closet. Abdi Nazemian shines a white hot, entertaining spotlight on the ins and outs of Tehrangeles. Abdi will get your inner Persian princess purring.  Curl up and enjoy this fabulous debut!” – Jessica Bendinger, author of The Seven Rays, screenwriter of Bring it On and Sex and the City

 

Abdi NazemianAbout the author: Abdi Nazemian is the screenwriter of The QuietCeleste in the CityBeautiful Girl, and the short film Revolution, which he also directed.  He is an alumnus of the Sundance Writer’s Lab, a mentor at the Outfest Screenwriter’s Lab, and has taught screenwriting at UCLA Extension.  He lives in Los Angeles with his two children, and his dog Hedy Lamarr. The Walk-In Closet is his first novel.

Find Mr. Nazemian here: web, Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads

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Review: Brothers Forever by Tom Sileo and Col. Tom Manion (Belinda’s review)

Brothers ForeverBrothers Forever
written by Tom Sileo and Col. Tom Manion
published by Da Capo Press: A member of the Perseus Books Group

find it here: (affiliate links) Barnes & Noble, Amazon, iBooksBook Depository, Goodreads

Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange  for an honest review.

Did I enjoy this book: 
This book is both inspirational and heartbreaking. It should be mandatory reading for every freedom-loving American. Brothers Forever shows us the meaning of the saying “freedom isn’t free.”

This is a story of honor, family, patriotism, and sacrifice. For First Lieutenant Travis Manion and Lieutenant Brendan Looney, serving their country and protecting freedom is a passionate calling – one that costs both of them their lives.

My favorite part is when Brendan is on the phone with his wife who is feeling overwhelmed managing the finances, the dogs, and a full-time job. Brendan asks her, “Did anyone try to shoot you today?”

That really put life into perspective for me. The next time you want to complain about your country, government, job, or whatever, think about Travis and Brendan. Remember their heroism and sacrifice. And be grateful.

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Would I recommend it: Absolutely. It should be mandatory reading for every freedom-loving American.

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About the book – from Goodreads: Four weeks after Navy SEALs had killed Osama bin Laden, the President of the United States stood in Arlington National Cemetery. In his Memorial Day address, he extolled the courage and sacrifice of the two young men buried side by side in the graves before him: Travis Manion, a fallen US Marine, and Brendan Looney, a fallen US Navy SEAL. Although they were killed three years apart, one in Iraq and one in Afghanistan, these two best friends and former roommates were now buried together brothers forever.?

Award-winning journalist Tom Sileo and Travis’s father, former Marine colonel Tom Manion, tell the intimate and personal story of how these Naval Academy roommates defined a generation’s sacrifice after 9/11, and how Travis and Brendan’s loved ones overcame heartbreak to carry on in their memory. From Travis’s incredible heroism on the streets of Fallujah to Brendan’s anguished Navy SEAL training in the wake of his friend’s death and his own heroism in the mountains of Afghanistan, Brothers Forever is a remarkable story of friendship, family, and war.

Tom SileoAbout the author: Tom Sileo, co-author of Brothers Forever: The Enduring Bond Between a Marine and a Navy SEAL that Transcended Their Ultimate Sacrifice is an award-winning, nationally syndicated columnist whose weekly newspaper column has been distributed by Creators Syndicate since 2011. He is a Robert Novak Journalism Fellow and lives in Marietta, Georgia.

Tom ManionAbout the author: Colonel Tom Manion, USMCR (Ret.), co-author of Brothers Forever: The Enduring Bond Between a Marine and a Navy SEAL that Transcended Their Ultimate Sacrifice, is the father of First Lieutenant Travis Manion. He started his career in the Marine Corps, retiring after thirty years at the rank of colonel. He is chairman emeritus at the Travis Manion Foundation and lives in Doylestown, Pennsylvania.

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