Release Day and Giveaway! #YOLO by K.M. Pyne (Ruby Knight Chronicles)

 

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by K.M. Pyne
Publication Date: May 8, 2017

 

Once again Ruby Knight finds herself dragged into her Mam’s World. This time someone at her school is out for revenge!

Ruby, along with her friends, have to work out who is murdering students … Why they are murdering them? … What do they ultimately want?

At the same time relationships are made and some are broken, but will Ruby find the killer in time?

Or will someone else have to perish at the hands of a killer?

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When Ruby Knight’s best friend, Catriona Taylor disappears Ruby knows something isn’t right.

Time is ticking and the race is on to find Catriona. Has she run away? Is she really on a holiday with her parents? Has something more sinister happened to her?

These are the questions facing Ruby. Can she find Catriona? Can she ask her detective Mam for help? Or will she leave it too late?

Follow Ruby on her journey to find her best friend!

 

KM Pyne lives in Dublin, Ireland and this is her first YA book. There are sequels which are already written and some paranormal YA’s in the future. She is married, has two children and works full time. Writing is a hobby, but it takes over more and more of her life. Characters and stories come into her mind all the time and she has to stop and write them down so that she can build on them at a later date.

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Cover Reveal! TRUST by Kylie Scott

We are so excited to share the cover for Kylie’s Scott’s first ever YA and Indie published book TRUST releasing JULY 18th!


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Being young is all about the experiences: the first time you skip school, the first time you fall in love…the first time someone holds a gun to your head.

After being held hostage during a robbery at the local convenience store, seventeen year old Edie finds her attitude about life shattered. Unwilling to put up with the snobbery and bullying at her private school, she enrolls at the local public high school, crossing paths with John. The boy who risked his life to save hers.

While Edie’s beginning to run wild, however, John’s just starting to settle down. After years of partying and dealing drugs with his older brother, he’s going straight—getting to class on time, and thinking about the future.

An unlikely bond grows between the two as John keeps Edie out of trouble and helps her broaden her horizons. But when he helps her out with another first—losing her virginity—their friendship gets complicated.

Meanwhile, Edie and John are pulled back into the dangerous world they narrowly escaped. They were lucky to survive the first time, but this time they have more to lose—each other.

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New Release Review and Giveaway! LIFE AFTER JULIET by Shannon Lee Alexander

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Book Title: Life After Juliet
Author: Shannon Lee Alexander
Release Date: July 5, 2016
Genre: Contemporary YA

Becca Hanson was never able to make sense of the real world. When her best friend Charlotte died, she gave up on it altogether. Fortunately, Becca can count on her books to escape—to other times, other places, other people…

Until she meets Max Herrera. He’s experienced loss, too, and his gorgeous, dark eyes see Becca the way no one else in school can.

As it turns out, kissing is a lot better in real life than on a page. But love and life are a lot more complicated in the real world…and happy endings aren’t always guaranteed.

The companion novel to Love and Other Unknown Variables is an exploration of loss and regret, of kissing and love, and most importantly, a celebration of hope and discovering a life worth living again.

 

Excerpt:

Act 2, scene 11— (condensed)

I have to kiss a boy. Onstage. Tomorrow….

To prepare for my doom, I watch a lot of kissing.

That sounds pervy. But since I’ve never kissed anyone, tomorrow will be like stepping on the moon for me. I’ve got no past experiences to hold me down; floating off into space is a real possibility, albeit an enticing one, since I’d implode in space and therefore wouldn’t have to actually kiss Thomas in front of a theater full of people.

But even after studying a bunch of romantic movies, I can’t figure out how the kisser and kissee know which way to tilt their faces, how hard to press their lips together, or what to do with their hands.

Patterns emerged from all the romantic scenes. Hands in hair, tilt face right, smash faces together like wrecking balls. Hands on face, barely tilt face at all, gentle brush of the lips. Hands on hips, tilt face left, open mouth, and—holy crap. I’m doomed.

 

Review:

Wow.

So.

Good.

I loved Becca’s story. I’ve procrastinated reading the companion book (Love and Other Unknown Variables) because the last “kids with cancer book” I read (TFIOS, of course) made me lose it while walking the dog (audiobook–I wasn’t actually reading while walking–that time. Becca’s right, attempting to walk and read hard copies can cause real problems). But now, of course, I’m going to have to read it. Soon. Though probably just pulling up the title page will make me cry,

But anyway.

Juliet starts with Charlotte’s funeral–Becca’s Charlotte’s best friend, and her brother Charlie (hero of Variables) is her boyfriend. Then it jumps forward in time, and we see Becca back at school without her BFF. She measures time in how many pages she’s read (which OMG, my reader heart just loved. I’m so tempted to do the same, except how sad would that make me? Becca managed to stop by the end of the book, which I’m pretty sure is a measure of her growth…but still. It’s awesome) and she has far more contact with fictional people than actual living, breathing ones.

Which apparently, is a problem. 😉

I’m kidding. I know it’s a problem. Really.

Honest.

Anyway, it takes a handful of very-much-alive people to help Becca see that she can/will/must rejoin the land of the living even though Charlotte isn’t a part of it any more. Max bravely blazes the first trial, making it hard for Becca to ignore him, telling her about the play and tech crew, and foisting his crazy, loveble friends on her and her lonely lunch table. Victor, Max’s BFF, provides the comic relief and gives Becca a much-needed kick in the butt where her relationship with Max is concerned. Mr. Owens, the director and theater arts teacher, casts Becca as Juliet (against her will) and also gives the entire cast the inspiration to take the play in a whole other direction, further propelling Becca out of herself and back into the world. And Darby, the drama club’s undisputed queen? She just scares the crap out of everyone. And joins Victor in the Becca-butt-kicking.

Life After Juliet made me laugh–and cry. Mostly happy tears, this time. Watching Becca come alive again (in some ways, almost for the first time–she was pretty much a loner before Charlotte, apparently) and coming to terms with her grief is a funny and touching experience. Whether you’ve experienced her level of loss or not, it’s bound to have an effect on you. It worked fine as a standalone, though I’d imagine if you’ve already read Variables it will have even more impact for you.

Plus, if you haven’t read Variables, you’re probably going to want to. Soon. I’m just saying.

Rating: 4 1/2 stars / A

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Shannon Lee Alexander is a wife and mother (of two kids and one yellow terrier named Harriet Potter). She is passionate about coffee, books, and cancer research. She spent most of her time in high school hiding out in the theater with the drammies and techies. Math still makes her break out in a sweat. She currently lives in Indianapolis with her family.

 

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Blitz and Giveaway! A Destructive Novel Series (YA Edition) by L.U. Ann (Destructive Silence, Destructive Choices)

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If you never speak of the past, can it be erased?

Lacey Edwards has a past.

A past which changed her life forever.

A past she is desperate to forget.

Lacey is quiet and reserved compared to her best friend Becca Fox. They became instant friends when Lacey moved to Maryland nine years ago. Becca helped pull Lacey out of her internal shell to experience life. By high school, Lacey was active in the club scene and would occasionally have to drag Becca with her. One night, Lacey realized she might be able to run from her past with the help of Becca and one steamy Caine Rogers.

Lacey didn’t know, until it was too late, how feelings, honesty, heartbreak and life altering events can change a person. Lacey has Becca’s support but will that be enough?

Will Lacey sacrifice her own happiness to do what is expected?

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If the decisions you make don’t define you, what price would you pay to change them?

“Close your eyes. This is the darkness I see, I feel, I live because of my choices.”

I spent my life running. Running from my past. A past that changed my life, robbed me of my childhood, and bound me for a life of silence. Silence protected me from further hurt. When I couldn’t control my life, I found reprieve in my silence. Dark, cold silence. I’m trapped, trying to find my way out, trying to make a stand, trying to finally live; but is it too late?

Lacey Edwards fought emotional turmoil most of her life. She made choices that unknowingly put her through more painstaking heartache. She found bits and pieces of happiness in all the wrong areas except for one. This one gave her hope for a fresh new life full of promises. Could she hold onto it, or would it slip through her fingertips?

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Author L.U. Ann moved to Colorado from the Eastern Shore of Maryland with her husband and two children. Life in Colorado is so much different. In Maryland, you would find her in the garden tending to her vegetables and flowers, sea glass and shark tooth hunting once a week, and enjoying the kids swimming in the backyard. Her life took a drastic change when her family moved to their own “Little House on the Prairie” at an elevation of over 6,000 feet above sea level, and a semi-arid climate that makes it hard to grow anything. While barely anything can grow where she resides now, the wildlife makes up for it. Mountain Lions, and coyotes, and rattlesnakes, oh my!

She tries to spend a little time each day writing, but domestic chores around the house usually take precedence. She would much rather hide them from her husband. She tends to her loving four-legged children who at times become much too demanding when she locks herself in the office. This often results in MORE domestic work, and she finds herself cleaning up after their deviant behavior.

At night, you’ll find her begging the kids to go to bed so that she can catch up on the latest book before her sister can. Yes, she is an avid reader who escapes her chaotic but wonderful home to the feisty depths of romance land in search of her newest book boyfriend. Shh, don’t tell her husband!

She is an artist by the grace of God. She worked as a set designer for six years, helping establish a local children’s theatre where she was the scenery artist, set, and prop designer. Before that, you would find her covered in paint, so engrossed in painting a mural that time didn’t exist. Graphic design is her guilty pleasure.

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I created this Young Adult Edition to reach a wider audience. Lacey is nineteen years old and finishing high school. The issues she faces are the very issues a teenager could be facing right now, some possibly even younger.

This series deals with heavy life issues. Issues that are real. It may not be for everyone, but it’s a reality for so many. I hope you take some valuable information away from reading A Destructive Novel series. If anything, please read the resources found in the back of each book.

Thank you for the opportunity to tell Lacey’s story. My story.

L.U. Ann

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Entangled Teen Release Day Blitz!

Today we’re celebrating the release of Entangled Teen’s November books! Read about them and enter to win the giveaway below! 

Infinity (The Chronicles of Nerissette, #3)

Infinity (The Chronicles of Nerissette #3)

by Andria Buchanan 

Publication: November 5th, 2013 by Entangled Teen

Although she’s still stuck in the magical world of Nerissette, Queen Allie is finally ready to build a relationship with the half hottie, half dragon next door, Winston. But all isn’t really fair in love and war.

Unrest is quickly forming at the borders and soon Allie realizes that the Fate Maker wasn’t the only one who wanted her crown. When her trusted aunt Bavasama sends her troops into Nerissette on a campaign of murder and mass destruction, Allie has a tough decision to make.

She can’t take the chance of letting more people die or letting those she’s lost disappear from memory, but there is more at stake than even she knows. Still, Allie has to do something. And in the process she’ll discover what she’s truly made of when faced with a series of options…each more horrible than the last.

This one’s already waiting in my TBR pile:

In the Blood

In the Blood 

by Sara Hantz

Publication: November 5th, 2013 by Entangled Teen

For seventeen years Jed Franklin’s life was normal. Then his father was charged with the abuse and murder of four young boys and normal became a nightmare.

His mom’s practically a walking zombie, he’s lost most of his friends, and the press camps out on his lawn. The only things that keep him sane are his little sis; his best friend and dream girl, Summer; and the alcohol he stashes in his room. But after Jed wakes up from a total blackout to discover a local kid has gone missing—a kid he was last seen talking to—he’s forced to face his greatest fear: that he could somehow be responsible.

In a life that’s spiraled out of control, Jed must decide if he chooses his own destiny with Summer by his side or if the violent urges that plagued his father are truly in the blood…

Spring Moon (Indiana Teller)

by HRH Princess Sophie Audouin-Mamikonian

Publication: November 5th, 2013 by Entangled Teen 

Amid the expansive plains of Montana, the Lykos Ranch stretches for miles. The inhabitants who live in near isolation from the outside world are members of the most powerful clan of werewolves in North America. Among them lives just one human: Indiana Teller.

Grandson of the clan’s leader and offspring of a werewolf father and a mysterious yet human mother, Indiana is rejected by his peers and heads to the University of Montana to find a normal life. Despite warnings from his grandparents, he falls in love with a beautiful human, Katerina.

Before too long, he is the victim of an accident that would have killed him had he not miraculously vanished at the moment of impact. Are these strange occurrences just chance or the machinations of a hidden enemy out to destroy him? Facing his destiny, Indiana will have to choose who to believe, and who to love.

 

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Olivia Twisted

 

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by Vivi Barnes

Publication: November 5th, 2013 by Entangled Teen 

 

Olivia

He tilts my chin up so my eyes meet his, his thumb brushing lightly across my lips. I close my eyes. I know Z is trouble. I know that being with him is going to get me into trouble. I don’t care.

At least at this moment, I don’t care.

Tossed from foster home to foster home, Olivia’s seen a lot in her sixteen years. She’s hardened, sure, though mostly just wants to fly under the radar until graduation. But her natural ability with computers catches the eye of Z, a mysterious guy at her new school. Soon, Z has brought Liv into his team of hacker elite—break into a few bank accounts, and voila, he drives a motorcycle. Follow his lead, and Olivia might even be able to escape from her oppressive foster parents. As Olivia and Z grow closer, though, so does the watchful eye of Bill Sykes, Z’s boss. And he’s got bigger plans for Liv…


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I can picture Liv’s face: wide-eyed, trusting. Her smooth lips that taste like strawberry Fanta.
It was just a kiss. That’s all. She’s just like any other girl.
Except that she’s not.

Thanks to Z, Olivia’s about to get twisted.



 
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Blog Tour and Giveaway! Destiny by Andrea Buginsky (New Avalone #1)

Elena Baxter has spent her life desperately wanting to fit in. She’s used to being teased and taunted by the popular girls, but when she celebrates her sweet sixteen birthday and receives two amazing gifts—the power of telekinesis, and the truth about her heritage—she has high hopes that things will change. But her wish does not come true, and Elena is bullied just as she was before, only this time her hurt feelings and frustration boil into something even she cannot understand. When an explosion hits, chaos ensues and she learns that her new power just might be bigger than she is. 

She embarks on a journey to a secret island to learn how to control her powers, and she’s thrown into a different world, one where she just might be able to fit in. What Elena learns about her heritage forces her to face her past – and the demons it created – head on. 



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Elena was getting upset as she defended her family’s honor. She wasn’t thinking about where that might lead. She wasn’t thinking at all.
“Why, Elena, I didn’t mean to upset you.  I just meant that-“
“I know exactly what you meant, Barbara Thomas! You think your family is better than anyone else in this town. You always have. Just because your dad happens to be the former mayor’s son doesn’t mean you own this town and everyone in it! I’m so sick of your mock sentiment when all you really feel is that you’re better than everyone. You’re no better than the rest of us!”
As she yelled, things around her felt funny, and she realized she heard screaming. She looked around, and was startled to see everyone staring at her, horrified. She took a deep breath, and realized what had happened. She let her emotions get away from her, and her powers erupted.
The only words she could think of to describe the scene around her were total chaos.  Every locker had burst open, and the entire contents – books, folders, papers, pictures, mirrors, backpacks – had come flying out. The posters on the walls were scattered everywhere. Most of the students and teachers were picking themselves up off the floor. Elena knew her powers had gotten totally out of hand, and she made everything around her fly out of control, literally.
She heard footsteps walking toward her, the only sound in the hall. She looked up and saw her counselor, Mrs. Adams, walking toward her. She gently took Elena by the shoulder and guided her to her office. She looked back and saw Barb and the other Bimbettes staring at her, as well as everyone else in the hall.
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Andrea Buginsky is a freelance writer and author. “The Chosen,” a middle-grade fantasy novelette was her first book, and was followed by “My Open Heart,” an autobiography about growing up with heart disease. “Nature’s Unbalance” is the second story in THE CHOSEN series. Andrea is currently working NEW AVALON, a YA fantasy series. Book 1, “Destiny,” is available on Amazon

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Spotlight New Release and Review: Prevailing Life by Amaris Chapman (Book one of Angels Mercy series)

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Maggie is a teenager with a secret. The strangest part of her life isn’t that she works in a graveyard—it’s the fact that her best friend is an Angel named Dina. They have lived thousands of years together, but as a mortal, Maggie must die, leaving Dina to find her in each new life and start again.

Someone has been setting fires, and the town is ablaze—literally. Someone or something is fueling the flames, and one of the suspects is the devilishly handsome Justin. With the memories of past lives coming back to her and Justin vying for her attention, Maggie may get more than she bargained for.

 

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I felt as weightless as if I were made of light. I gasped and felt us drifting, and then the cool salty smell of ocean air washed over me. I looked down. We were sitting on the rail of a lighthouse overlooking the small dots of light, which marked a town nestled in the hills. Then I looked up and gasped. Stretched out above us was a vast expanse of glowing sky, each star as bright as a lamp sweeping across a great black expanse. My mouth fell open as I gazed in wonder at the universe stretching out above me. How was this possible? The sky felt unlimited.

“Where are we?” I asked still gripping her hand and holding on to the rail as tightly as I could with the other my face turned up to the pale moon above us.

“We used to live here. This is the tower you were talking about.”

I looked back at the twinkling lights, which ran from the water’s edge and up what looked to be, in the dark, a hill surrounded by mountain terrain.

“This is the town from the fire painting you are making.” I could make out the main street, which snaked through the hills. The line of lights at the bottom must mark the dock and jetty, which had doubled in size from the time that Dina remembered it in her painting.

“But this is in another country. We came here, my family and I, when I was little. It took us a day to get here by plane.” I looked at her in awe. Knowing she was an angel was one thing; I had even seen the ghostly shape of her wings. But to be at home one minute then, as fast as I could think it, be in another country almost sitting in a sky that seemed to just envelope us was unbelievable.

“I’m light, remember?” she said, her strong voice hushed by the wind that raced up from the waves. “I travel as light and air.”

“But I’m not, how did…no, I don’t care. This is incredible.” My voice trailed off as I took in the true magic of where I was. No lights obscured the sky, and the stars stretched out in a blanket of white light above us. Dina closed my mouth with a finger under my chin. I laughed but didn’t take my eyes from the sky. In all my life I had never seen anything so beautiful. My blocked head and fever forgotten, I sat surrounded by the sounds of the ocean and air crashing together. It was as I shivered that I remembered I was ill.

“I’ll be back in a moment,” Dina said.

Before I could ask what she was doing she had launched herself from the railing. I rocked forwards to catch her in a reflex and almost fell from the narrow rail. As I watched, the light shape of her body rose, the ghostly outline of her wings bright in the night sky. Her light darted to the town so fast she looked like nothing more than a reflection in the lighthouse’s turning lamp. I watched until the town’s lights swallowed hers then gazed out over the sea.

From my seat, I could hardly make out the white of the waves breaking on the rocks at the base of the small island the lighthouse stood on.

A wave of fear swelled in my chest as I looked down. My blood left my face and rushed to my heart. I took a deep breath to calm myself, telling my body that it was being silly and that Dina wouldn’t have brought me here if I could have fallen. My body rebelled; my pulse quickened, and I could feel my heart pounding in my chest. I fought to keep breathing, taking deep breaths to try to calm myself. I knew I should just look up or close my eyes, but I was too scared that if I looked away it might somehow make me fall. My hands tightened on the rail, the cold metal biting into my palms. In my head I called out to Dina to hurry up and get back. I couldn’t bring myself to look up and see where she was. My body was rigid, even the cool wind that had been soothing just moments before now threatened to knock me from my perch. My thoughts scrambled, as I imagined myself falling and smashing like porcelain on the rocks. I could see my body lying broken below, the waves knocking me off into the sea.

 Review:

Prevailing Life is a fairly short read–it’s only 130 pages–but oh, my goodness, there’s a whole lot going on in there. We’ve got supernatural creatures galore: angels, Death, and several others that aren’t precisely defined (and one that is, but I don’t want to spoil anything here). The idea of having a soul mate whom one can meet up with over and over again through the ages is explored. There were definitely some interesting ideas here, and I’m especially intrigued to see where the character of Justin will go. I don’t believe I’ve seen his like in paranormal fiction yet.

However,  have to say that much in this book could have benefited from a longer format. A lot gets thrown at Maggie in a very short time–and at the readers as well–and the bombardment of plot twists and information is hard to keep up with at times. Maggie definitely fares better under the onslaught than this reader did–at times it seemed she caught on and accepted things much more quickly than I would have thought possible, leaving me feeling rather left behind.

 The author’s website promises two more books in the series, which is good, because this one ends very abruptly, leaving readers hanging at that final “the end”. All of our questions are definitely not answered, so although no real clues are offered as to what books two and three are about, we can hope that we’ll find answers there–eventually.

In a nutshell: Promising series, but I need more to make a final decision. Hopefully books two and three will satisfy. C rating.

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Amaris lives in Canberra, Australia. She has written young adult fiction since a young age in order to give her characters a voice and ensure her stories end with a bang.

Currently working as a librarian, she enjoys reading fiction about strong heroines with kickass attitudes who don’t lay down and surrender in the face of a fight.

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Books on Sale! Books Made into Movies–Kindle Daily Deal

As part of Kindle’s Daily Deal today, 13 books that have either been made into movies (the much preferred method, IMHO) or that are based on movies (might still be a good read, but a little more risky in my experience) are on sale for $1.99. It looks like Barnes & Noble has finally caught on and is doing some price matching as well. Highlights of the sale:

Jurassic Park by Micheal Crichton–LOVED this book. Absolutely LOVED it. I originally read it before the movie came out, and don’t remember now if I knew at the time that a movie was even coming, but this was a great read. I was a little bummed when I did see the movie that they’d changed some things, but for the most part I could understand why they did what they did with it.

However, don’t even get me started with the second one. Book two was fabulous; movie two? Ugh.

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Catch Me if You Can by Frank W. Abagnale–This one I saw the movie first, and then got the book on audio from the library to listen to it. I’m almost positive it was actually read by Frank himself, which was a very neat twist. It’s the true story of a man who was a con man to beat all con men–both book and movie were highly entertaining.

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Confessions of a Shopaholic by Sophie Kinsella–I really liked this series, for the first few books. A heroine named Rebecca who loves to shop and lives in denial? Hmmm…wonder why I feel so connected to her….

Later books got on my nerves, though, because Becky never seemed to learn from her mistakes and kept being forgiven over and over again for not doing so. But still, loved this book. I don’t really remember the movie much, though, which is sad.

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Jaws by Peter Benchley–Okay, I read this one a loooooong time ago. It was actually the first book my mother gave me to read that actually had (oh, the horror!) SEX in it. I remember being totally shocked that she knew I was reading it–especially the scene in the car. I was way more…involved than anything I’d ever read at the time. Still, it’s a classic, and once I got over my shock a very entertaining read.

Amazingly, I’ve never actually seen the whole movie. Which is why this blog isn’t Becky on Movies, I guess.

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Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan–This is on my TBR list, and I actually have the audio on my iPod already. It comes highly recommended by several former students who raved about it in person and in their reading journals. Nick tries to avoid an ex by asking Norah to pretend to be his girlfriend for a few minutes–and the two end up wandering NYC for a night together. Mix tapes are involved. I have no reason why I haven’t read this yet…but I will do so before seeing the movie.

Because I’m weird that way.

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Flipped by Wendelin Van Draanen–Another one on my TBR pile. I’ve had a few students read other books by this author that they really liked, and the movie trailer looked entertaining. It’s a he said, she said story that starts in second grade with the girl chasing the boy–until eighth grade when he decides she might not be all that bad and she starts wondering what the heck she’d been thinking for six years. Seriously. I need to read this, and soon.

(The Audible version is only $1.99 when I get the Kindle one first. Darn you again, Whispersync for voice!)

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If these look good to you, there’s eight more on the Kindle Daily Deals page. Your credit card might not thank you, though. So…do you believe in reading the book first, or seeing the movie? Do any of these tempt you to do either?

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New Release, Author Interview, and Book Review: The Dating Tutor by Melissa Frost

Just in time for their big birthday bash, Evernight publishing brings you a new Evernight Teen title–Melissa Frost’s The Dating Tutor!

 

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The blurb:

Ellie is hardly the most sought after girl at Noble High, so she is completely surprised when the boy most likely to become prom king asks her out. Her short-lived glee quickly turns to panic as she admits to herself that she doesn’t know the first thing about dating.

After a fair amount of wheedling, she convinces her best friend and hockey star, Alec, to tutor her in the ways of love. Only once things start, she finds she knows even less than first suspected. Dating is full of more codes and unspoken rules than she ever imagined.

Even more difficult is the effort not to cross lines with Alec. Every lesson brings her closer and closer to the boy next door whom she’s never had a romantic thought about before in her life. Each caress and playful scenario has Ellie wishing more for her best friend’s affection than the boy he’s teaching her to woo.

 

Excerpt:

Ellie walked to her front door with her arm tucked into Alec’s. “This actually was a really fun night,” she reluctantly admitted. “I had my doubts, but date Alec is actually an okay guy.”

“You had doubts?” His tone was light and playful as he led her up the front walk. “You should have known I’m quite the catch way before now. I don’t know why it took you so long to figure it out.”

She shrugged a shoulder. “Oh, I don’t know. Could it be the usual behavior I see from you?” She poked him accusingly in the ribs. “Spraying me with your garden hose, burping, leaving your dirty gym shorts on your bedroom floor for weeks on end, and the many other boy faux pas you commit.”

“Dating Alec and hanging out at home Alec are like two different men.” He winked. “You’re one of the rare people who have ever gotten to see both sides of the coin. In fact, you might be the only one.”

She nodded with an affectionate smile. “No one knows you like I do.”

“No one,” he agreed.

As she reached the first step of the porch Alec tugged her hand to pull her to a stop. As she spun to face him, the question died in her throat when he cupped her face in his hands and pressed his lips to hers.

The kiss caught her by surprise. It came so suddenly that she didn’t have time to worry over what to do or how to react. She simply melted against him with a content sigh.

Alec swept her hair back from her face and deepened the kiss. His body moved forward to brush ever so gently along the front of hers.

This was unlike any kiss she’d ever experienced before. The few attempts she’d made of it in the past had been anything but spectacular. An awkward brush of lips. A quick, shy peck. This was…ethereal. This was what it was like to really be kissed.

Just when she thought it couldn’t get any better, he nudged her lips apart. His tongue grazed ever so gently across her bottom lip before flicking up to caress her own.

Her heart nearly stopped as she leaned closer to him, wanting more.

And just as suddenly, he pulled back. He took a few steps backward with an amused chuckle. “Very good. Do that Saturday and Jake will be putty.” He shoved his hands deep into the pockets of his slacks and bobbed his head in farewell. “I’ll see you Monday for the game?”

Ellie felt as if her brain had been fried. She couldn’t think. She couldn’t breathe. She just stared at him feeling numb. Yet warmth was radiating through her chest, and she felt as if her skin was electrically charged. Knowing she needed to respond, she forced her head to nod. “Y…yeah. I’ll see you Monday.”

“See ya Monday.” With that, he turned and sauntered down the driveway to head to his own home.

She watched him retreat and tried to convince her heart to…stop…whatever it was it was doing. He’d kissed her. So what? It hadn’t meant anything. To either of them….right?

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An interview with author Melissa Frost:

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 Tell us more about your book—take us beyond the official “book blurb”.

 

The Dating Tutor is a story I hope most teens can relate to. What girl hasn’t looked at the popular boy in school and wished he would notice her? Ellie is granted the opportunity to see such dreams come to pass, only once this happens, she realizes it isn’t all it was made out to be. Jake, the probable prom king, shows her that even the popular crowd has doubts and fears; they have secrets. Through her budding relationship with him, Ellie starts to see that what she truly wants has been in front of her all along – her best friend, Alec.

 

Knowing her desired goal doesn’t make the situation any easier. Through humorous and awkward situations, she strives to seduce Alec, who has signed on as her dating tutor. While he’s teaching her all there is to know about love, she’s trying to make him realize the feelings between them go beyond that of a friendship. At the same time, she’s struggling to protect the secret Jake entrusted to her. This story is the classic tale of the boy next door…except this sexy hockey enforcer is far from innocent and wholesome.

 

Give us more info about your main characters—who are they?

 

Ellie is a little bit shy and more than a little clueless when it comes to the world of dating.  Socially, she’s reserved. Most of her time is spent with her best friend, Alec. The two grew up next door to one another and have shared all of their highs and lows.

 

Alec is more social than his counterpart. He’s a star defender on their high school’s hockey team and has had the benefit of growing popularity from the position. Though he dates regularly, his loyalty and intimacy is reserved for Ellie. She’s the only person he feels comfortable sharing his frustration over his father’s drinking habit with. She’s the only person who sees the sensitive, caring side of him instead of the violent jock. Despite his apparent roughness and carefree attitude, Alec has a warm, gentle side brought out only by his neighbor.

 

What scene in your book was the most fun to write, and why?

 

My favorite scene to write was the mock date between Alec and Ellie, and the subsequent kiss at the end of the evening. I had a lot of fun with this scene, because there were humor elements mixed in with the budding romance building between the two. They are so familiar with one another and know just how to push each other’s buttons. Despite irking each other throughout the evening, the heated sparks that begin to kindle between the two in this scene was a blast to write. This is where Ellie really starts to question what she wants in life.

 

How long have you been writing, and what (or who) inspired you to start?

 

I started writing in elementary school. It was something I loved as a kid and my interest only grew as I got older. In the fifth grade, I won a writing competition at my school and got to do a workshop with children’s author Colleen O’Shaughnessy McKenna. Getting to work with her only intensified my love for writing.

 

What do you like best about being a writer?

 

Every part! Though if I had to choose one thing, it would be hearing feedback from readers. Having someone tell me how much they enjoyed a story or a character is the greatest feeling for a writer. It makes all the hard work well worth it.

 

What is the most challenging part of being a writer?

 

Query letters! The story comes easily to me. It is summarizing or writing up a blurb or synopsis that is always the tricky part for me.

 

What are you working on right now? What can readers look for from you in the next year?

 

I have a few projects I am working on. The current edits on my pile are from Supernatural Kid on the Block. It is the sequel to my paranormal romance Deadly Encounters of the Supernatural Kind. I am also working on writing the third book in the series. I also have the upcoming re-release of More Bark Than Bite through Evernight Publishing.

 

What authors and/or books have inspired you?

 

I’ve always loved reading, but I would have to say it was Anne Rice who shifted me to the paranormal, which is my favorite genre to write.

 

What are you currently reading?

 

I am reading through two books right now – Under the Dome by Stephen King and A Feast For Crows by George R. R. Martin.

 

 Please share a favorite scene from one of your books with our readers.

 

Here is the opening scene from Hunter. I love because it really gives you a feel for how gruff the main character Gwen is.

 

Gwendolyn Fox was in the most vicious battle of her life…okay, ‘most vicious battle of her life’ might be a bit of an exaggeration, but she was definitely in the most vicious battle of her week.

Most people, when coming face to face with a really pissed off vampire, quickly surrendered with their tail tucked between their legs. Not werewolves though. Of course, one of the only groups in town to actually have tails didn’t tuck them and run. Instead, they growled and slobbered…and gave you a right hook to the jaw when you approached.

As the burly, hairy half-man took another swing at her, Gwen was barely able to duck underneath his massive arm. “Don’t you think this is a bit extreme?” she asked as she made sure to avoid the dangerous claws at the end of his no longer human hands. “I just want to talk.”

His response was a ferocious growl. Spittle flew from between his maw, dribbling along a set of sharp teeth. His breath was fetid, his teeth covered in plaque. He was disgusting in every sense of the word.

“Now I know you guys can talk while in wolf form,” Gwen wheedled. “It may sound like you’ve been gargling glass, but at least it’s an attempt at being domesticated. How about we talk this out?” She knew her insult on his speaking abilities would only piss him off more, but she wasn’t really looking for a conversation. She was just trying to keep him distracted while she looked for an opening.

This was her job, protecting members lower on the supernatural food chain from those bigger and badder than themselves. As jobs went, it was pretty grueling. There wasn’t even any hazard pay. Hell, sometimes she was lucky to get paid at all. It worked for her though. Being a vampire, a 9 to 5 wasn’t really in the cards. Plus, she’d get bored behind an office desk. Not only was her job a pain in the ass, it was a pretty thankless one as well. No one really knew how many threats she kept out of the general population. “Ungrateful people. I put myself in danger for you guys, and do I even get a ‘thank you’? Of course not,” she whispered to herself as the werewolf let out another roar of rage. Apparently, she’d interrupted his dinner.

His ‘dinner’, a four-year-old blonde girl with pigtails, was cowering in the corner. Her blue eyes were wide, and her gaze flitted back and forth between Gwen and the werewolf.

When the little girl gave a squeak of fear, the werewolf became distracted. He hesitated, his eyes flicking toward her. Next, his massive head whipped in the girl’s direction, and his nostrils flared. He gave a snort, his yellow eyes perusing the girl as if she were a menu.

This gave Gwen an opening. Moving quickly, she lifted a booted foot and kicked the werewolf in the chest.

He stumbled back, trying to regain his footing, not an easy feat when you’re no more than a dog standing upright.

“Hey, Hans,” Gwen said conversationally as she spun, kicking him once again in the chest, “does Mario know you’re chowing down on little kids?”

Mario Cessarini was the leader of the local werewolf pack. He was a notorious thug who took pleasure in terrorizing anyone weaker than himself. Hell, he even victimized the lower members in his pack whenever he grew bored of the rest of the world. Mario was all about torture and misery.

“Of course he knows,” Gwen answered her own question in disgust. “He’s probably encouraging you.” She gave the werewolf a third kick to the ribs. With satisfaction, she heard a few break as he finally fell to the ground.

“Hans,” she said, repeating his name to ensure he knew there was no way for him to remain anonymous, “have you not read the story of Little Red Riding Hood? I suppose not. Mario’s muscle men aren’t known for being bright. You would need to learn how to read first,” she taunted.

The snarl he gave her in response nearly shook the walls of the run down shack he called home.

“Let me fill you in on how the story ends.” She attempted to circle around him, each step taken with extreme caution. “A bunch of hunters get together and shoot the big bad wolf. Boom! He dies. Roll end credits.”

At this moment, when she was trying her best to keep Hans distracted, the exact opposite happened. Her cell phone trilled loudly, completely throwing her off. She glanced down at the noisy electronic device where it sat attached snugly against her hip. The call was from Colton, her best friend and partner. He wouldn’t be calling if it weren’t an emergency. That didn’t make his timing any less horrible. Angrily jabbing the button that would put him on speaker phone, she snapped, “What?”

This lack of focus seemed to anger Hans even more. With an enraged howl, he charged. He ran across the floor in a grotesque imitation of a canine. His clawed hands scraped across the tiling, and he made the snorting sound of a large, wild beast.

Before Gwen could react, he tackled her. They both went down in a tangled mess. She felt coarse fur scratch across her face and saliva drip down her arm. She shoved her elbow out, connecting with his jaw, stopping him a moment before his deadly incisors dug into her shoulder.

“Bitch,” Hans snarled, his teeth gnashing at the air in an attempt to injure her in any way he could. “Kill…you…” he grunted, his voice sounding like something out of a nightmare.

Colton’s voice interjected itself into their struggle. “Is everything okay there?” he asked in concern. “You sound…” He trailed off, apparently at a lack of words to describe the noises emitting from her end of the line.

“Like I’m in the middle of a brutal fist fight? Imagine that, because I am.” Her knee shot upward, and Gwen was pretty sure she connected with the werewolf’s groin.

When Hans grunted and released her, Gwen knew she’d been right. He rolled away, wheezing in agony and cradling his man parts.

“I should call back later.” Colton’s voice could barely be heard over the grunting werewolf. “This is a bad time.”

“No,” Gwen gasped breathlessly as she struggled to her knees. “This is the perfect time. Not busy at all.” She tried to get to her feet, but her boot slipped on the floor. She stumbled, but luckily caught herself on her hands. Taking a deep, calming breath, she then lunged to her feet.

“Talk to me. What’s so important that you felt the need to call me in the middle of a fight?” She knew there was no way Colton could have known she’d be in a fight at this exact moment, but she gave the snarky comment for the fun of it. As she spoke, she managed to get behind Hans. Before he could stop her, Gwen grabbed the werewolf’s head in the crook of her arm.

Hans’ eyes widened in horror when he realized what she was about to do. He didn’t have time to even attempt to protect himself before she yanked viciously. Bones snapped, and muscles tore.

Breathing heavily, Gwen dropped Hans’ body to the ground at her feet. “Case closed,” she panted. “Just tell me what’s going on already.”

“Alright then,” Colton said briskly. “I’ve got some really bad news.”

“Always,” Gwen accused, wiping sweat away from her brow. “Hit me with it.”

“Jared Wilson’s daughter has been kidnapped. The local werewolf pack found out he was slipping us information, and they took offense.”

If her heart beat, Gwen’s would have stopped at that statement. “What?” she gasped in fear. “When?” Her life was always one threat after another, but she didn’t like it rubbing off on the few friends she had.

“Just a few hours ago. Jared called me right away.” Colton paused, and Gwen could practically hear the gears turning in his head. “One of the cases you’re working on contains one of the werewolves from the pack involved. If you can find Hans, we can perhaps question him.”

Gwen looked down at the body at her feet in disbelief. Of all the rotten timing… “Um,” she started, not wanting to admit she’d just killed the man they needed to help them.

“You just killed him, didn’t you?” Colton asked dully.

“Yep,” she came back, her voice full of irony.

“Wonderful,” he grumbled. “Did you at least save the little elf girl?”

Gwen glanced at the tiny girl quivering in the corner. “Yeah. At least one good thing came from all of this.” With a sigh, she shook her head at their luck. “I’ll take her home and meet back up with you at the apartment building. We’ll figure something out.”

“I’ll work on things from my end,” Colton promised. “See you in a few.”

“See you,” Gwen said almost numbly as she disconnected. Her gaze lowered to the dead werewolf. “Son of a bitch,” she grumbled. She let her head fall back, her hair cascading behind her as she fought not to lose her temper. Even in death, Hans had bested her. Letting her breath out in a huff, she straightened and looked at the little elf girl. “Ready to go home?”

Instead of joy and gratitude, the girl glared at her. “You killed him. You’re a very bad woman.” Indignantly, the girl marched out of the room.

Gwen’s jaw dropped, and she stared after the pigtailed child. “He was going to eat you!” she hollered at the pink-clad, retreating child. “You were his dinner!” When it became apparent that the girl wasn’t listening, Gwen sighed again. “I hate elves,” she snarled before following after the four-year-old spitfire.

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Review:

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 Title: The Dating Tutor
Author: Melissa Frost
Genre: young adult contemporary romance
Published: 2013
Pages: 71
Format read: ebook
Rating: B+

Melissa Frost’s The Dating Tutor is a very sweet, clean contemporary YA romance. I really enjoyed reading this fun best-friends-to-lovers story, especially watching Ellie’s feelings shift and change throughout the novella as she slowly begins to see him in a different way than she ever has before.

At first she has a really hard time looking beyond the “scruffy boy next door” who’s she’s known forever to see Alec as the guy that makes other girls giggle and blush.

She didn’t see the ‘rugged jock’ that made girls swoon. She saw the second grade boy who’d thrown a frog in her lap during an afternoon tea party with her grandmother and made her shriek like a banshee. She saw the boy who’d been climbing through her bedroom window since he was eight every time his father drank too much.

She asks him to help her prepare for her date with Jake because of Alec’s dating experience and because he’s really the only person she feels comfortable enough to ask. At first, though, neither one of them is too sure Ellie will be able to pull it off. There were some very funny scenes in the book, like when Alec tries to teach Ellie how to manage high heels (by playing ping pong in them!) and how to play footsie while sitting in a restaurant.

Soon, though, things happen that throw both friends for a loop. Ellie, confused about her feelings, tries to resist by covering up with humor, but it becomes more and more difficult to maintain their easy and comfortable friendship as their “lessons” continue. It was entertaining to watch both of them struggle with unfamiliar sensations.

This is one novella that easily could have been expanded into a full-length novel–there’s so much more that could have been shown here, maybe even seeing things from Alec’s POV as well–though it did offer a complete story arc on its own.

The resolution is sweetly satisfying, and the romance is kept behind closed doors–I’ve already told my high schooler that she should definitely give it a read. A friends-to-lovers story with hockey–what more could a girl want?

B+rating. I’ll be looking for more from this new-to-me author.

I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

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Cover Reveal: Keep You From Harm by Debra Doxer (a YA Paranormal Romance)

I’m excited to have another cover reveal for you today! Read on to find out all about Keep You From Harm, out later on this month!

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Title: Keep You From Harm

Author: Debra Doxer

Expected release: September 27th, 2013

Genre: Paranormal Romance

Age Group: New Adult

Cover designed by: Okay Creations; http://www.okaycreations.com/

Cover reveal organized by: AToMR Tours; http://atomrbookblogtours.com

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Book Description

Secrets…

They weigh you down. I’ve kept a secret all my life. It’s my mother’s secret, too. I inherited it from her along with a unique ability that only we possess. She’s gone now, another victim of addiction. If her death isn’t enough to bring me to my knees, her betrayal flays me to the bone. Because the secret my mother and I have been keeping is just one of many she’d kept. She never told me I have an older brother. And now he’s here, eager to be my guardian.

There is no one else. So I move across the country to live with this stranger, my brother. But experience has taught me that most situations are temporary and forming attachments only leads to hurt in the end. That’s why I’m determined to keep to myself in this new place, struggling to seem aloof while I’m quietly breaking apart.

Then I meet Lucas…

His magnetism is hard to resist, and most girls at school aren’t resisting. I don’t fall so easily though, especially not for guys who use their good looks as a weapon. From the start, our interactions are tense and volatile. I know it’s because I’m denying the unwelcome desire that grips me when he’s near. I think he feels it, too. He looks at me with an intensity that threatens to unhinge my resolve. Soon he’s trying to break through the walls that past hurts have built.

But I’m not what I appear to be, and it wouldn’t be fair to get involved with him. At least that’s what I tell myself. Until a terrible act of violence reveals that Lucas has a secret, too. It’s a secret that links us together and ties us to an evil history I never could have imagined.

 

About the Author

 

Debra Doxer has always loved to write. She also loves to read, often finishing several books a week. Debra works as a writer in the network and software security field. For fun, she writes fiction novels.

Debra lives with her family outside of Boston and is currently working on her next book.

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