Monday, June 30, 2014

Nina LaCour's "Everything Leads to You"

Nina LaCour's "Everything Leads to You"

From Goodreads:

A love letter to the craft and romance of film and fate in front of—and behind—the camera from the award-winning author of Hold Still.
 
A wunderkind young set designer, Emi has already started to find her way in the competitive Hollywood film world.
 
Emi is a film buff and a true romantic, but her real-life relationships are a mess. She has desperately gone back to the same girl too many times to mention. But then a mysterious letter from a silver screen legend leads Emi to Ava. Ava is unlike anyone Emi has ever met. She has a tumultuous, not-so-glamorous past, and lives an unconventional life. She’s enigmatic…. She’s beautiful. And she is about to expand Emi’s understanding of family, acceptance, and true romance.

I really liked Nina's first book, "Hold Still," and I loved her second book, "The Disenchantments," so I knew as soon as this book was announced that I had to read it.

I was not disappointed.

This is not a road trip book, like "The Disenchantments," but it is it's own special journey - a journey through heartbreak, moving on, and learning to be brave. To go after what you want in life.

My favorite quote that isn't at all spoilery!

But I was wrong. There are no scenes in life, there are only minutes. And one are skipped over and they all lead to the next.

In addition to this book, this well written, great journey of discovery, Nina lets us have a peek into the film industry, and how the illusion is made. 

I might change this eventually, but right now, whenever I think of a song to stick in this post, this is the one that keeps pushing the other thoughts out.


Friday, June 27, 2014

Megan Erickson's "Make It Count"


I was lucky enough to win a free digital copy of this book from Megan herself! Megan is one of the founding members of the "short ladies are amazing, especially if they're only 5' tall" club. The other members include Michelle Hauck, Shana Silver, and Chelsea Cameron. We're a tiny, adorable, fearsome club.

Anyway.

From Goodreads:

Kat Caruso wishes her brain had a return policy, or at least a complaint hot-line. The defective organ is constantly distracted, terrible at statistics, and absolutely flooded with inappropriate thoughts about her boyfriend’s gorgeous best friend, Alec…who just so happens to be her brand new math tutor. Who knew nerd was so hot?

Kat usually goes through tutors like she does boyfriends—both always seem to bail when they realize how hopeless she is. It’s safer for her heart to keep everyone at arm’s reach. But Alec is always stepping just a little too close.

Alec Stone should not be fantasizing about Kat. She’s adorable, unbelievably witty, and completely off limits. He’d never stab his best friend in the back…

But when secrets are revealed, the lines of loyalty are blurred. To make it count, Alec must learn messy human emotions can’t be solved like a trigonometry function. And Kat has to trust Alec may be the first guy to want her for who she is, and not in spite of it.

I really enjoyed this book. It's always such a great surprise to read a well written NA with depth. In addition to meeting the oh so lovable Kat and Alec, we meet the other characters who will fill out the Bowler University series. 

I can't wait to read the other books! And not just because I also won a snazzy "Nerd is the new black" pin :D 




Thursday, June 26, 2014

Selene Castrovilla: MELT Book Trailer Contest for Teens!

Are you a teen that loves creating videos?! Then I'm excited to tell you that Selene Castrovilla is sponsoring a Book Trailer Contest for her upcoming YA novel, MELT, organized by JenHalliganPR

You can see my review for MELT here.

Please help us spread the word... through the link provided below you'll find graphics to share on social media along with a poster that you can print and share at your local library!

MeltTrailerContest-Rectangle Graphic

Be sure to check out the announcement Selene Castrovilla posted on her blog, where she shares where the idea came from, and lists some resources for participants. Also, make sure to follow along with the #MeltTrailerContest hashtag, and good luck to everyone that enters!

[Click here for details & registration]

MELT by Selene Castrovilla

MELT by Selene Castrovilla | Last Syllable Books | November 6, 2014
Melt is a brutal love story, set against the backdrop of The Wizard of Oz. Sixteen year old “good girl” Dorothy just blew into the small town of Highland Park – where the social headquarters is Munchkinland (Dunkin’ Donuts.) There, she meets Joey – a “bad boy” who tells no one about the catastrophic domestic violence he witnesses at home. Can these two lovers survive peer pressure, Joey’s reputation, and his alcoholism? And then there’s his family's secret – about to be unleashed.Told in dual first person, Joey's words are scattered on the page - reflecting his broken state. Dorothy is the voice of reason - until something so shattering happens that she, too, may lose her grip. Can their love endure, or will it melt away? Melt is based on true events. It is both a chilling tale of abuse, and a timeless romance. It will hit you like a punch in the face, and also seep through the cracks in your soul.
Add MELT to your Goodreads TBR!


About Selene Castrovilla:

Selene Castrovilla

Website | Facebook | Twitter | Tumblr | Goodreads
Selene Castrovilla is an award-winning teen and children’s author who believes that through all trends, humanity remains at the core of literature. She is the author of Saved By the Music and The Girl Next Door, teen novels originally published by WestSide Books and now available digitally through ASD Publishing. Her third children’s book with Calkins Creek Books, Revolutionary Friends, was released in April. She is also a contributing author to UncommonYA. Selene holds an MFA in creative writing from New School University and a BA in English from New York University. She lives on Long Island with her two sons. Visit her website www.SeleneCastrovilla.com for book excerpts and more information!


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Tim Tharp's "The Spectacular Now" + the Movie

When I heard that Shailene Woodley was in another YA book to movie adaptation, I knew I had to see it. Of course, like any good reader, I knew I had to read the book first, so I set off for the library to get a copy of this book:

Tim Tharp's "The Spectacular Now"

I started this book, and it wasn't very me - it definitely wasn't something I'd normally grab. But I tried to hang in there, and I found myself drawn in by Sutter Keely.

From Goodreads:

This National Book Award Finalist is now a major motion picture -- one of the most buzzed-about films at Sundance 2013, starring Shailene Woodley and Miles Teller.

SUTTER KEELY. HE’S the guy you want at your party. He’ll get everyone dancing. He’ ll get everyone in your parents’ pool. Okay, so he’s not exactly a shining academic star. He has no plans for college and will probably end up folding men’s shirts for a living. But there are plenty of ladies in town, and with the help of Dean Martin and Seagram’s V.O., life’s pretty fabuloso, actually.

Until the morning he wakes up on a random front lawn, and he meets Aimee. Aimee’s clueless. Aimee is a social disaster. Aimee needs help, and it’s up to the Sutterman to show Aimee a splendiferous time and then let her go forth and prosper. But Aimee’s not like other girls, and before long he’s in way over his head. For the first time in his life, he has the power to make a difference in someone else’s life—or ruin it forever.

This book! When I started it I wasn't sure I'd like it, but it grew on me really quickly. I didn't know this book existed until I saw a trailer for the movie, and how could I not try a YA book connected to a Shailene Woodley movie? I had to do it.

Sutter is a supremely screwed up and incredibly likable guy, and I'm pretty sure I knew at least one Sutter in high school. He is lost, but he sees the beauty in everything around him. He likes girls, all girls, regardless of size or shape. 

I really recommend giving this book a try. HOWEVER, I'm going to caution you against the movie. If you judge Sutter in his actions alone, he seems like a huge jerk. The book lets you see inside his thoughts and feelings, and those are what give him his dimensionality and likability. It doesn't translate to film, and then you're just watching this jerk of a kid. No good.

Quotes:
I'm going to grab hold of this night and crack it open, eat the fruit right out of the middle, and throw away the rind.

Besides, it doesn't matter if it's real. It never does with dreams. They aren't anything anyway but lifesavers to cling to so you don't drown. Life is an ocean, and everyone's hanging on to some kind of dream to keep afloat.

We're not the Faster-than-the-Speed-of-Light Generation anymore. We're not even the Next-New-Thing Generation. We're the Soon-to-be-Obsolete Kids, and we've crowded in here to hide from the future and the past. We know what's up - the future looms straight ahead like a black wrought-iron gate and the past is charging after us like a badass Doberman, only this one doesn't have any letup in him.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Leigh Bardugo's "Ruin and Rising"

Because I live in fear of vague spoilers, my usual reviews are pretty sparse. 

This review will be even shorter, if you can imagine.

I read the first book in the trilogy, Shadow and Bone, in September of 2013, and I quickly followed it by reading Siege and Storm. After that, I was lucky enough to meet Leigh. And then I waited a really long time to read Ruin and Rising, and I was not at all disappointed.



From Goodreads

The capital has fallen. The Darkling rules Ravka from his shadow throne.

Now the nation's fate rests with a broken Sun Summoner, a disgraced tracker, and the shattered remnants of a once-great magical army.

Deep in an ancient network of tunnels and caverns, a weakened Alina must submit to the dubious protection of the Apparat and the zealots who worship her as a Saint. Yet her plans lie elsewhere, with the hunt for the elusive firebird and the hope that an outlaw prince still survives.

Alina will have to forge new alliances and put aside old rivalries as she and Mal race to find the last of Morozova's amplifiers. But as she begins to unravel the Darkling's secrets, she reveals a past that will forever alter her understanding of the bond they share and the power she wields. The firebird is the one thing that stands between Ravka and destruction—and claiming it could cost Alina the very future she’s fighting for.

Okay. So all I'm going to say about this book is that I loved it. I thought it was an amazing ending to an amazing trilogy. And I'm not generally a fan of fantasy. If you haven't already started this series, I highly recommend you give it a try. 

Immediately.

Go on now!


Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Release Day! Cassie Shine's "Harp's Voice"


Harp's Voice by Cassie Shine
Happy Book Birthday to Cassie Shine's HARP'S VOICE (Harp's Song #2)! I'm so excited (and a little sad) to take part in the release day launch for the conclusion to the HARP'S SONG duology. Check out the book and excerpt below, and then be sure to enter the giveaway via the Rafflecopter. HarpsVoice_cover
Harp's Voice (Harp's Song #2) by Cassie Shine | Release Date: June 24, 2014
Single-minded to the point of near seclusion, Harp Evans’ only goal was to move away from her abusive mother, and start a new life at college. Now a freshman at a prestigious university, Harp continues to struggle letting people in, including her ex-boyfriend—Connor Williams—who has always stood by her, especially after her mother exposed a devastating secret about Harp’s origin. While Harp figures out how to navigate her relationships, especially with her mom, Anne, she will have to exorcize her own demons and face challenges with uncompromising courage, including reuniting her broken family—the family that was shattered by the acts of one man. After almost twenty years, is it possible for people to change their minds and open their hearts? More importantly, is Harp strong enough to pull them all back together?


Prologue - HARP'S VOICE

(Anne Evans - Past)
Today Harp received her high school diploma. Happiness, sadness, guilt and hope were ping ponging through me as her name was called and she walked across the stage. It was hard not to let the sadness and guilt override the happiness and hope, but that has been a constant struggle since I confronted her. The day I arrived at her District solo performance, there was a big chance she wouldn’t listen to me. It was risky, a big step; one my therapist urged me to take. I knew she was right—it was time to make amends. I had finally purged all the details of my sexual assault—after seventeen years—and admitted that Harp was the product of that offense. Even though I had suffered with the burden of that secret, and the memories of that night—that man—Harp had suffered far worse. She was innocent; a beautiful, fresh, clean soul who didn’t get the love-the mother-she deserved, because I was blinded by hate … and for that, I will always feel guilty. The human spirit is an inexplicable thing. There are people, like me, people that get knocked down and can’t get up. People that wallow in the pain that put them there, they let it fester and pull them further and further into oblivion. Then there are those who get pummeled, yet rise and repeat the process over and over again. That’s my daughter. Even as a child, she never let me ruin her. Years of neglect, verbal and physical abuse would push her to the floor, but the next day she would rise, as if she were surrounded by angels—their love cocooning her and making her stronger. Since the day I told her that the man who raped me was her father, and now, also my brother-in-law, I watched her struggle. It was as if we were in the third round of a boxing match, with only twenty seconds left and that was the last blow … but it wasn’t. It was, however, the one that left her on her knees and vulnerable with her arms tangled in the ropes. She wasn’t knocked out, but she couldn’t get back up, instead she was in limbo. Ditching her friends, her support system, and leaning on people who used her. Dropping the news of my breast cancer was the last blow though. It was the one that sent her to the mat … she was done and shrouded herself in misery and doubt. When she ended up in the hospital after being struck in a bar fight, I sat by her bed and prayed with more conviction than I’d ever had before. Then, I shamelessly and selfishly begged. I begged those angels—who I was convinced had taken a sabbatical—to come back and protect my daughter-to guide her, to enlighten her. As I watched her accept her diploma of freedom, I knew those angels had heard me because she was glowing. She was happy from the inside out. We’ve confessed our wrongs to each other (mainly mine) and we will continue to purge our feelings. It will be a bumpy road, but it’s the only way we can begin to forgive, and ultimately heal.

Cassie Shine

About Cassie Shine

Cassie Shine released her debut young adult novel, Harp's Song in November 2013, finally finishing the short story she started in her college creative writing class … many, many moons ago. She has always been an avid reader and lover of music (yes, she was in the high school marching band). While she has a weak spot for all things teeny bopper, especially boy bands, she also loves classical, country, rock and well, pretty much everything. After living in St. Louis for more than ten years, she and her husband packed up a U-Haul and headed west. They currently live in Orange County, CA with their furry kids Finnegan and Molly.

Website | Facebook | Twitter | Google+ | Instagram | Goodreads

Purchase HARP'S VOICE on Amazon.


HARP’S VOICE Release Facebook Party!

Let's Celebrate! You’re invited to Cassie Shine’s HARP’S VOICE Release Facebook Party on Saturday, June 28th at 5PM PDT (8PM EDT). Join Cassie for a fun-filled celebration with a lot of giveaways and special guests! RSVP here: https://www.facebook.com/events/773630852657150

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Monday, June 23, 2014

Ranae Rose's "Officer Next Door (Lock and Key #1)" + Wolf Gang's "Black River"


I discovered Ranae's work just under a year ago when I read an ARC of "Hell Without You." The fact that I discovered a romance with a Marine that was good, was a surprise, to say the least. As the wife of a soldier, I find the idea behind a lot of military based stories to be just...ugh. Most are just...unrealistic, over-romanticized, ugh. And I've read more than my fair share of romance novels where there's no plot, just sex. No spell check, no grammar check...you've probably been there (says the girl who just overused the heck out of some ellipses). 

ANYWAY. I started talking to Ranae online and she's ridiculous amounts of nice. I read some of her Inked in the Steel City series and really enjoyed those as well, but I was sad to find her part way into an already started series. But then that series ended and she started a new one, "Lock and Key," and I'm in that one from the beginning. 

From Goodreads:

How can anyone resist temptation when it’s right next door?

Riley County North Carolina has a lot to offer: coastal views as far as the eye can see, and men in uniform who are even more gorgeous. Home to the most notorious prison in the state, Alicia’s new hometown is crawling with men who carry their own handcuffs and know how to use them – like Officer Liam Alexander, her one and only neighbor. After catching him out of uniform, she can’t resist pausing to enjoy the show. When Liam’s Southern charm drives him across the property line, life gets hotter than the Carolina summer could possibly account for. Unfortunately, there’s a dark side to life in the coastal haven, even with an officer next door.

Coordinating special events at a historic – and supposedly haunted – plantation is enough to have Alicia questioning her senses and her sanity, but the spirits of the past take a backseat to a pair of escaped convicts who blaze a trail of mayhem across Riley County. Not even the most intense chemistry can survive the perils that make a sunny seaside town a dangerous place to be after dark … can it?

Book 1 in the Lock and Key Series.

I should enter a disclaimer here, and that is that I live in NC right now, and it's so not me. Because of that, I had a tiny bit of prejudice against an NC based book, but that's silly, and I like Ranae, so I read it, and it was great!

This book is really suspenseful - I didn't see that coming. There's a large cast of great characters - fun, kind, caring, great people. The romance is steamy, the story moves quickly, and I already can't handle waiting for the next one!


The above pic was stolen from Ranae's website, here. I was lucky enough to win this very cool bracelet! It was a little awkward when my seven year old wanted to wear it, but otherwise, very cool :) 

If you want to go try some of Ranae's stuff and some other author's stuff, there's a $.99 set here!




Sunday, June 22, 2014

Elizabeth Briggs' "More Than Music" + Florence/Calvin Harris' "Spectrum"



From Goodreads:

Music major Maddie Taylor seems to have her life all figured out. She’s just finished her junior year of college, has a summer internship lined up with the LA Philharmonic, and plans to go to grad school to write movie scores. Only her roommates know she practices guitar every night and secretly dreams of a louder life. But geeky girls like her don't get to be rock stars.

Tattooed singer Jared Cross has a new girl every week, but when he catches Maddie playing one of his songs, she attracts his attention in an unexpected way. His band needs a fourth member for The Sound, a reality TV show competition—and he wants her. Though Maddie refuses to be another notch on Jared’s bedpost, she agrees to risk everything for the chance to be a rock star. 

Once on the show, Maddie discovers there’s more to Jared behind his flirty smile, and with each performance their attraction becomes impossible to ignore. When the show pressures Jared to flaunt his player image, they’re forced to keep their relationship secret, but Maddie can’t help but want something real.

As the competition heats up, Jared will do whatever it takes for his band to win, and Maddie must decide if following her dream is worth losing her heart.





I received a copy of this book from NetGalley for review.

I've been following Elizabeth on Twitter for awhile, and when I heard that she had an NA book out, I wanted to read it. Her musical taste is pretty close to my own, and for some reason I really love when authors have similar tastes to my own - it makes me trust them, somehow.

I really enjoyed this book - the only thing better than a cute guy is a cute guy who can sing. But the best part of this book is Maddie - she starts off shy, keeping her talents to herself, but she finally decides to go after what it is she wants, to embrace her true talents. You have to love when a character faces up to their wants and goes after them.  

I recommend giving this book a try. It's a nice, easy read and I tore through it.

You can read the first chapter here!





Wednesday, June 18, 2014

My First Book Blog Rant! On Vague Spoilers (no spoilers within)

My first rant on the blog! 

Vague book spoilers. You know who you are. Maybe you didn't know, and maybe you'll know now, and even better, maybe you'll care, and knock it off.



If a book has been out for awhile (at least a month) and you're out and about spoiling the interwebs, fine, that's on me, I wasn't on the ball. 

If a book has been out a day, or even less, and you're out there talking about it, you need to think about what you're saying.

Let's say I know you love a certain character, and you're tweeting about how sad/happy/angry/whatever you are about the book. I'm a smart person, I can make deductions and figure it out. So you love Joe Cool, and you're really sad...well I can be fairly certain that something awful happened to poor Joe Cool.

Well.


Just, stop. Have some compassion for your fellow booknerds. Otherwise, color me...






Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Giveaway + Early Review Blog Tour: Selene Castrovilla's "Melt"




Release date: November 6, 2014





MELT is a brutal love story, set against the backdrop of The Wizard of Oz. Sixteen year old “good girl” Dorothy just blew into the small town of Highland Park – where the social headquarters is Munchkinland (Dunkin’ Donuts). There, she meets Joey – a “bad boy” who tells no one about the catastrophic domestic violence he witnesses at home. Can these two lovers survive peer pressure, Joey’s reputation, and his alcoholism? And then there’s his family's secret – about to be unleashed.

Told in dual first person, Joey's words are scattered on the page - reflecting his broken state. Dorothy is the voice of reason - until something so shattering happens that she, too, may lose her grip. Can their love endure, or will it melt away?

MELT is based on true events. It is both a chilling tale of abuse, and a timeless romance. It will hit you like a punch in the face, and also seep through the cracks in your soul.

MELTGoodreads

About Selene Castrovilla

Selene Castrovilla is an award-winning teen and children’s author who believes that through all trends, humanity remains at the core of literature. She is the author of Saved By the Music and The Girl Next Door, teen novels originally published by WestSide Books and now available digitally through ASD Publishing. Her third children’s book with Calkins Creek Books, Revolutionary Friends, was released in April 2013. She is also a contributing author to UncommonYA. Selene holds an MFA in creative writing from New School University and a BA in English from New York University. She lives on Long Island with her two sons. Visit her website www.SeleneCastrovilla.com for book excerpts and more information!

Author Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Tumblr | Pinterest


GIVEAWAY

One winner will receive a signed ARC of MELT and $25 Amazon or B&N gift card (US/CA only). Three winners will receive an ebook copy (international).

***Any contestant that uses dummy or contest only accounts to enter will be disqualified.***

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My review:

This book can best be described with one word - haunting. This is definitely not the kind of book I usually read, but I've been trying to break out of my mold a bit more lately.

The writing is fast paced and filled with tension, so I was sucked in quickly and had to finish to find out what happened.

Favorite quotes! I picked these two because I feel like they both did a great job of summarizing the characters they came from, Joey and Dorothy, respectively.

But thank God I kept my trap shut that time cause how many chances do you get really before you're chalked up for the jerk you are? 

I don't like gossip. Usually they've got it wrong, somehow. And even if they've got it right, it always sounds like a judgement on the person they're talking about, who's not invited to give his side of the story.

Normally I put the quotes at the end of my review, but I wanted them in the middle for this review. These two characters play so well off of each other that it's good to see how they come together and interact.

On a side note, I was able to meet Ms. Castrovilla this past weekend when she attended a book signing for her children's books in my town (no one ever comes to my town, so this was a big surprise)! She was really nice and I'm thrilled I got a chance to meet her. 


eta: This is my disclaimer to let you know that I work for Jen Halligan PR, but that the thoughts and opinions expressed are my own :)


Monday, June 16, 2014

Giveaway! J. Lynn's "Be With Me"

You know what's awesome? Book friends. You know what else is awesome? Discovering that the wife of a high school friend is an NA author. 

Ana Blaze and her husband were at Romantic Times this year, and snagged me a copy of J. Lynn's "Be With Me," signed and personalized!! I had an unsigned copy, so I'm going to go ahead and give that away!



From Goodreads:

Teresa Hamilton is having a rough year—she’s in love with her big brother’s best friend, but he hasn’t spoken to her since they shared a truly amazing, mind-blowing, change-your-life kiss. She got out of a terrible relationship. And now an injury is threatening to end her dance career for good. It’s time for Plan B – college. And maybe a chance to convince Jase that what they have together is real.

Jase Winstead has a huge secret that he’s not telling anyone. Especially not his best friend’s incredibly beautiful sister. Even though he and Teresa shared the hottest kiss of his life, he knows that his responsibilities must take priority. He certainly doesn’t have time for a relationship. But it doesn’t help that all he can think about kissing the one girl who could ruin everything for him.

As they’re thrown together more and more, Jase and Tess can’t keep denying their feelings for each other. But a familiar danger looms and tragedy strikes. As the campus recovers, the star-crossed couple must decide what they’re willing to risk to be together, and what they’re willing to lose if they’re not…

I love Jennifer Armentrout (J. Lynn) - for me she's an auto-buy author, and she writes a ton, so that's saying a lot :)

SO. Here's a rafflecopter so you can enter to win my unsigned copy. The movers are coming to pack on July 6th, so this contest will run through early a.m. (7am EST) on July 6th. 

US ONLY. Sorry. 


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Thursday, June 5, 2014

Release Day! Rebekah Crane's "Aspen"




ASPEN by Rebekah Crane

One quiet night in Boulder, Colorado, Aspen Yellow-Sunrise Taylor made a mistake.

In the next instant, her life changed forever.

Aspen doesn't want to remember the devastating car accident that killed Katelyn Ryan, a sleek-haired popular soccer player. But forgetting is hard-- because Katelyn may have died -- but she didn't leave. Her ghost is following Aspen around, and heading into senior year, it's kind of a problem. Especially when Katelyn's gorgeous former boyfriend Ben appears to be the only person at school with a clue as to how Aspen feels. 

Popularity, college, Homecoming Court, hot guys - none of these things ever mattered to Aspen. She's been busy trying to rein in her giant mass of blonde curls, keep her stoner mother Ninny away from Toaster, her mom's awful bongo drumming boyfriend, and prevent her best friends Kim and Cass from killing - or kissing - one another. But with Ben sitting next to her in Physics looking all too gorgeous, Katelyn's spirit dogging her steps, and her obsessive snow-globe collecting therapist begging her to remember all the things she wants to forget, Aspen is thrust into a vivid, challenging world she can't control … and doesn't want to.

A darkly funny, emotionally gripping story of opening up, letting go, and moving on, ASPEN is about the best-worst accident of your life ... and what comes next.

About Rebekah Crane
Rebekah Crane fell in love with YA literature while studying Secondary English Education at Ohio University. After having two kids, living in six different cities, and finally settling down in the foothills of her beloved Rocky Mountains, her first novel, PLAYING NICE, was published. ASPEN, her second YA novel, set in Boulder, CO, is due to release in summer 2014 from In This Together Media. She now spends her day carpooling kids or tucked behind a laptop at 7,500 ft high in the Rockies, where the altitude only enhances the experience.

Author Links: 
Website | Facebook | Twitter | Tumblr | Goodreads


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GIVEAWAYS

Release Day Launch Giveaway
One winner will receive a signed copy of ASPEN and $25 Amazon gift card (US/CA only). 

***Any contestant that uses dummy or contest only accounts to enter will be disqualified.***



Giveaway for Amazon Reviewers!

Purchase and review ASPEN on Amazon by June 22, 2014 to enter to win 2 tie-dye scarves, 1 t-shirt from Moe's Broadway Bagel in Boulder, Grateful Dead stickers, a signed copy of PLAYING NICE and a signed annotated copy ASPEN, plus $25 Amazon gift card.


To enter to win this epic giveaway, you must 1) purchase a copy of ASPEN, 2) read it, 3) review it on Amazon, and 4) submit your entry by filling out this form: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1S1jgnrB0YBxpiJwtAcn6acqUL8-kPrZ7623XiElv-0c/viewform




In case you're wondering, yes, I have read ASPEN! This is where I have to tell you that I work for Jen Halligan PR. Regardless of my employment, I am a big fan of Aspen, and not just because I still have some tie dye shirts left - I am of the Connecticut hippie variety, not the Colorado variety, but I've always figured is the closest you can get to New England while not being in New England :D Beautiful scenery, fresh air, interesting people. It's a good, original book, with flawed lovable characters. I linked to the first chapter up above - go read it yourself, give it a try!







Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Katie McGarry's "Take Me On" + Foster the People's "Coming of Age"


Katie McGarry is one of those authors for me - whatever she writes, I'll read it. My first book by her was her 2nd full size book, "Dare You To." I was lured in through a nice cover on NetGalley. If you're not sure how you feel about Katie, here's an excellent free ebook you can read to get a little taste (if you don't have a kindle, you can download a free kindle app to read it). 

Katie writes wonderfully imperfect people - they all have realistic flaws, they all have their serious issues. They're all a little scared to love, and then they meet that special someone. 

From Goodreads:

Acclaimed author Katie McGarry returns with the knockout new story of two high school seniors who are about to learn what winning really means.

Champion kickboxer Haley swore she'd never set foot in the ring again after one tragic night. But then the guy she can't stop thinking about accepts a mixed martial arts fight in her honor. Suddenly, Haley has to train West Young. All attitude, West is everything Haley promised herself she'd stay away from. Yet he won't last five seconds in the ring without her help.

West is keeping a big secret from Haley. About who he really is. But helping her-fighting for her-is a shot at redemption. Especially since it's his fault his family is falling apart. He can't change the past, but maybe he can change Haley's future.

Hayley and West have agreed to keep their relationship strictly in the ring. But as an unexpected bond forms between them and attraction mocks their best intentions, they'll face their darkest fears and discover love is worth fighting for.

This book brings us more from West Young, little brother of Rachel Young (from her third book, my personal favorite, "Crash Into You"), which also means we get more Isaiah. 


If that's not enough incentive, I just don't know what else to tell you. Go read the free book I linked to above. That should convince you. :)




For West!

Feels like, feels like it's coming
It feels like, feels like
Like a coming of age
Feels like, feels like it's coming
It feels like, feels like a coming of age

And when my fear pulls me out to sea
And the stars are hidden by my pride and my enemies
I seem to hurt the people that I care the most
Just like an animal I protect my pride
When I'm too bruised to fight
And even when I'm wrong I tend to think I'm right
Well I'm bored of the game
And too tired to rage