Monday, June 26, 2017

Blog Tour: The Beautiful Lost By Luanne Rice...Excerpt and Giveaway!


Emotional Read to tell you about today.
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The Beautiful Lost by Luanne Rice
Ages 12 and Up
Releases: June 27, 2017
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In The Beautiful Lost, Luanne Rice deftly uses her experiences with depression to craft a lilting and surprising story about the vagaries of the human heart. Maia has struggled with depression and suicidal thoughts ever since her mother left to follow her passion of studying ocean life in the Canadian Maritime provinces. Maia is convinced everything will be fine if she can only reconnect with her mother, meaning she won’t have to take her pills, she will never need to be institutionalized again. When Maia runs away from home in search of her mom, she gets unexpected help and companionship from Billy, her crush from school. On the roads through New England, Maia and Billy learn truths about each other that are equal parts enthralling and distressing.




About the Author:
Luanne Rice is the New York Times bestselling author of over 30 novels for adults and the YA novel The Secret Language of Sisters. There are more than twenty-two million copies of her books in print across the world and five of her novels have been adapted into TV movies and miniseries. Luanne lives in coastal Connecticut with her family of cats.
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"Where are you going? he asked.  
"Away," I said. 
Our eyes burned into each other. I felt heat in my chest, knowing that this really was the last time.  I wanted to reach over, touch his hand. I hoped he could read my mind and somehow know he was the only person I'd miss, that I'd come here today because he was, ineffably, mine.   
"Away where?" he asked.  
"Too see my mother," I said.  
"Can I go with you. He asked. 
I stared at him. Had I heard him right?  No, I had to be dreaming. 
"Will you take me?" he asked. 
It was real. This was happening. His eyes were begging me. "But people will miss you. They'll wonder where you are," I said. 
"I live in a group home," he said, gesturing at the building. " They won't wonder for long." And then he touched me--just one finger on my wrist bone--so quickly I would have thought I'd imagined it if didn't tingle all through my body. 
"I can help you," he said. 
"Help me?" 
"Yeah, you're running away, right? I know how to do that. No one will catch us." he said. He was already hurrying around the car. 
I don't think after that. I climbed into the driver's seat, he got in beside me, and we sped off.

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Friday, June 23, 2017

Blog Post: Such a Good Girl by Amanda K. Morgan...Guest Posts and Giveaway!


An interesting book and some fun posts from its author to share with you today.

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Such a Good Girl by Amanda K. Morgan
Release Date: June 20th 2017
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary

Riley Stone is just about perfect. (Ask anyone.)
She has a crush on her French teacher, Alex Belrose. (And she suspects he likes her, too.)
Riley has her entire life planned out. (The plan is nonnegotiable.)
She's never had a secret she couldn't keep. (Not ever.)
Riley is sure that her life is on the right track. (And nothing will change that.)
She's nothing like a regular teenager. (But she doesn't have any problem admitting that.)
Riley doesn't usually play games. (But when she does, she always wins.)

She thinks a game is about to start…
But Riley always has a plan…
And she always wins.
Amanda K. Morgan is a freelance writer living in Nashville, TN. She covers events and works on freelance projects when she isn't working on her YA novels.

At age 15, Amanda finished her first novel and continued to write in college, where she graduated Magna Cum Laude with a degree in English and an emphasis in Creative Writing.

Amanda's books include After Hours, written as Claire Kennedy, Secrets Lies and Scandals, and Such a Good Girl.

For more information on Amanda's freelance/technical writing, to ask for information on a specific project, or for other questions, contact her.
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I have a couple of fun posts from Amanda K. Morgan today. 
First, I asked about the inspiration for one of her characters and she obliged.
Second, I am always curious about what books authors love to read and what books are some of their favorites.  And I was glad to see what Amanda enjoyed...we actually have quite a few in common.

So, here's Amanda...
My inspiration for Riley is very complex, but mainly, I wanted to write a character who isn’t, contrary to the title, 100% good.  I want her motivations to be complex, and her life, and I wanted to reveal her motivations piece-by-piece.  I wanted her to be brilliantly smart and strong, and I wanted her to be admirable even if it wasn’t always in the best ways.  

I really shouldn’t give away more than that!
Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling
 HP is life!  If I got my Hogwarts letter tomorrow, I would be so in.  I refuse to believe I’m a muggle. (Note from Jennifer: SAME!!!)

All in Pieces by Suzanne Young
This book will make you fall in love with the characters and also rip your soul into tiny little pieces.   It’s brilliance.

Masque of the Red Death by Bethany Griffin
It’s a romantic gothic-dystopian inspired by Poe.  Need I say more? 

We Were Liars by E. Lockhart
This is the book that made me want to read every book by E. Lockhart.  It’s just incredible.

Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor
I want to be Laini someday.  Her writing is just gorgeous.

Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine
 This book has been a favorite since I got it from a Scholastic book order.  It’s the perfect Cinderella retelling.  Also, why don’t adults get Scholastic book orders at work?  Wouldn’t that make the workday more fun

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Thursday, June 22, 2017

Blog Tour: Final Girls by Riley Sager...and My Fave Final Girl Movies plus a Giveaway!


Wonderful thriller to tell you about today...
As always, keep reading to learn more...

Final Girls

by Riley Sager
Publisher: Dutton Press
Release Date: July 18, 2017
Genre: Adult, Mystery, Suspense, Thriller
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Synopsis:
Ten years ago, college student Quincy Carpenter went on vacation with five friends and came back alone, the only survivor of a horror movie–scale massacre. In an instant, she became a member of a club no one wants to belong to—a group of similar survivors known in the press as the Final Girls. Lisa, who lost nine sorority sisters to a college dropout’s knife; Sam, who went up against the Sack Man during her shift at the Nightlight Inn; and now Quincy, who ran bleeding through the woods to escape Pine Cottage and the man she refers to only as Him. The three girls are all attempting to put their nightmares behind them, and, with that, one another. Despite the media’s attempts, they never meet. Now, Quincy is doing well—maybe even great, thanks to her Xanax prescription. She has a caring almost-fiancĂ©, Jeff; a popular baking blog; a beautiful apartment; and a therapeutic presence in Coop, the police officer who saved her life all those years ago. Her memory won’t even allow her to recall the events of that night; the past is in the past. That is, until Lisa, the first Final Girl, is found dead in her bathtub, wrists slit, and Sam, the second, appears on Quincy’s doorstep. Blowing through Quincy’s life like a whirlwind, Sam seems intent on making Quincy relive the past, with increasingly dire consequences, all of which makes Quincy question why Sam is really seeking her out. And when new details about Lisa’s death come to light, Quincy’s life becomes a race against time as she tries to unravel Sam’s truths from her lies, evade the police and hungry reporters, and, most crucially, remember what really happened at Pine Cottage, before what was started ten years ago is finished.
Riley Sager is a pseudonym for an author who has been previously published under another name. A native of Pennsylvania, Riley is a writer, editor and graphic designer who now lives in Princeton, New Jersey. ​ Riley's first novel, FINAL GIRLS (called "The first great thriller of 2017" by Stephen King), will be published in 2017 in the United States, the United Kingdom and more than a dozen countries around the world.

I LOVED this book and will posting a review soon, but for today's tour I decided to sign up for a more creative option.   So as I sat down to do this post I couldn't remember if I had signed up for anything specific and struggled to figure out what to do. It wasn't a lack of ideas…it was that there were too many ideas running around in my head.  I absolutely love this genre.  I could make a collage, do a bookstagram-pic, a Top Ten list, a gif review?  

Then I thought about a list of my favorite “final girls”…you know, the girls who always manage to survive until the end while everyone around them gets taken out one by one.  But I decided I’d rather share the movie just in case there is someone out there who does not know who the “final girl” is for some reason.

So here we go…

My Five Fave Final Girls Films…with gifs

Halloween- Might be one the ultimate final girl movie franchises.  The original with Jamie Lee Curtis might be my favorite, but the one with Danielle Harris is the one I've probably seen the most…they air it about a dozen times during October.



Nightmare on Elmstreet - Freddy has always scared me and I will always associate the actress who played the original “final girl” with this first film even though I've seen her in other things.  And yes, that's Johnny Depp with a TV in his lap.



I Know What You Did Last Did Last Summer- First I need to say that the film is nothing at all like the book! But both are enjoyable in their own way. Second, the film is an interesting (and sometimes predictable) take on the “final girl” teen scream queen theme popular at the time. 



Scream - Technically not a final girl movie as there are a few other survivors, but there is one main character who is the killer’s target. Plus, it's a fresh take a horror film as it lays out the “rules," which I loved!



The Final Girls - This one is hard to explain. The main character is the daughter of an actress who played the final girl in 80s films. The girl and her friends get sucked into one of her mother's films and decide to change things up as things keep repeating over and over just as they did in the movie.  It makes fun of the genre a bit, but is so fun and campy.




So those are a few of my favorite horror movies with final girls…what about you?




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Monday, June 19, 2017

Blog Tour: Crazy Perfect Someday by Michael Mazza...Photo collage inspired by the Book!

Have a fascinating book to share with you today! 
A book where life is completely different for everyone in the future thanks to climate change and numerous other things.
Doing something a little different today, too. 
I created a Photo Collage inspired by the book...or by at least one major aspect of the book!
So keep reading to learn more!
ABOUT CRAZY PERFECT SOMEDAY:
The year is 2024. Climate change has altered the world's wave patterns. Drones crisscross the sky, cars drive themselves, and surfing is a new Olympic sport. Mafuri Long, UCSD marine biology grad, champion surfer, and only female to dominate a record eighty-foot wave, still has something to prove. Having achieved Internet fame, along with sponsorship from Google and Nike, she's intent on winning Olympic gold. 

But when her father, a clinically depressed former Navy captain and widower, learns that his beloved supercarrier, the USS Hillary Rodham Clinton, is to be sunk, he draws Mafuri into a powerful undertow. Conflicts compound as Mafuri's personal life comes undone via social media, and a vicious Aussie competitor levels bogus doping charges against her. 

Mafuri forms an unlikely friendship with an awkward teen, a Ferrari-driving professional gamer who will prove to be her support and ballast. Authentic, brutal, and at times funny, Mafuri lays it all out in a sprightly, hot-wired voice. From San Diego to Sydney, Key West, and Manila, That Crazy Perfect Someday goes beyond the sports/surf clichĂ© to explore the depths of sorrow and hope, yearning and family bonds, and the bootstrap power of a bold young woman climbing back into the light.

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ABOUT MICHAEL MAZZA:
Michael Mazza is a San Francisco Bay Area fiction writer whose stories have appeared in Other Voices, WORDS, Blue Mesa Review, TINGE, and ZYZZYVA. He is also an internationally acclaimed art and creative director working in the advertising industry. That Crazy Perfect Someday is his first novel.




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