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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday #24 | Trust Me, I'm Lying & Magnolia

"Waiting on Wednesday" is a weekly event, hosted by Jill @ Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.




This week, I'm waiting on...


Trust Me, I'm Lying by Mary Elizabeth Summer
Hardcover, 336 pages
Expected publication: October 14th 2014 by Delacorte Press
Genre: YA - Contemporary, Thriller



Fans of Ally Carter, especially her Heist Society readers, will love this teen mystery/thriller with sarcastic wit, a hint of romance, and Ocean’s Eleven–inspired action.

Julep Dupree tells lies. A lot of them. She’s a con artist, a master of disguise, and a sophomore at Chicago’s swanky St. Agatha High, where her father, an old-school grifter with a weakness for the ponies, sends her to so she can learn to mingle with the upper crust. For extra spending money Julep doesn’t rely on her dad—she runs petty scams for her classmates while dodging the dean of students and maintaining an A+ (okay, A-) average.

But when she comes home one day to a ransacked apartment and her father gone, Julep’s carefully laid plans for an expenses-paid golden ticket to Yale start to unravel. Even with help from St. Agatha’s resident Prince Charming, Tyler Richland, and her loyal hacker sidekick, Sam, Julep struggles to trace her dad’s trail of clues through a maze of creepy stalkers, hit attempts, family secrets, and worse, the threat of foster care. With everything she has at stake, Julep’s in way over her head . . . but that’s not going to stop her from using every trick in the book to find her dad before his mark finds her. Because that would be criminal.

Once again, Hillary will be joining me for today's WOW post. :)



Hillary's is waiting on....


Magnolia by Kristi Cook
Hardcover, 384 pages
Expected publication: August 5th 2014 by Simon & Schuster
Genre: YA - Contemporary Romance



In Magnolia Branch, Mississippi, the Cafferty and Marsden families are southern royalty. Neighbors since the Civil War, the families have shared vacations, holidays, backyard barbecues, and the overwhelming desire to unite their two clans by marriage. So when a baby boy and girl were born to the families at the same time, the perfect opportunity seemed to have finally arrived.

Jemma Cafferty and Ryder Marsden have no intention of giving in to their parents’ wishes. They’re only seventeen, for goodness’ sake, not to mention that one little problem: They hate each other! Jemma can’t stand Ryder’s nauseating golden-boy persona, and Ryder would like nothing better than to pretend stubborn Jemma doesn’t exist.

But when a violent storm ravages Magnolia Branch, it unearths Jemma’s and Ryder’s true feelings for each other as the two discover that the line between love and hate may be thin enough to risk crossing over.

Hillary and I both have just recently heard about the books we choose for this weeks WOW. Have any of you seen or heard about them before?

So what book(s) are YOU waiting on this Wednesday?
Leave us a comment. We would love to know. :)

 

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Blog Tour: Strange and Ever After by Susan Dennard | Author Interview + Giveaway!

Welcome everyone! Today is my stop on the Strange and Ever After blog tour! I have interviewed the wonderful Susan Dennard. Also there is a giveaway below to win copies of her book. :) Enjoy!



Strange and Ever After 
(Something Strange and Deadly #3
by Susan Dennard 
Publisher: HarperTeen 
Release Date: July 22nd 2014


In the conclusion to the trilogy that Publishers Weekly called “a roaring—and addictive—gothic world,” Eleanor Fitt must control her growing power, face her feelings for Daniel, and confront the evil necromancer Marcus...all before it’s too late.


He took her brother, he took her mother, and now, Marcus has taken her good friend Jie. With more determination than ever to bring this sinister man to justice, Eleanor heads to the hot desert streets of nineteenth-century Egypt in hopes of ending this nightmare. But in addition to her increasingly tense relationships with Daniel, Joseph, and her demon, Oliver, Eleanor must also deal with her former friend, Allison, who has curiously entangled herself in Eleanor’s mission.


With the rising dead chomping at her every move and Jie’s life hanging in the balance, Eleanor is convinced that her black magic will see her through to the bitter end. But there will be a price. Though she and the Spirit Hunters have weathered every battle thus far, there will be consequences to suffer this time—the effects of which will be irreversible. And when it’s over, only some will be able to live a strange and ever after.

Susan Dennard will leave readers breathless and forever changed in the concluding pages of this riveting ride.




1. What is the most exciting thing to happen to you since being published?

Susan: Oooh, tough question! There has been so much excitement in the last few years, it's hard to pick the "most exciting" moment. I guess...the first fan mail I ever received? That was one of those oh-wow-this-is-real-and-I-have-made-an-impact-on-someone's-life moments. I definitely cried. :)


2. What's your favorite thing about steampunk? The clothes, the gadgets, etc...

Susan: I really love the general aesthetic of steampunk. Steampunk movies, for example, are always the coolest visually. The sepia toned everything, the Victorian clothes (often with gadgetry added), and all the whirling copper and brass--it's really visually stunning to see.

3. If you could travel back into time and meet anyone you'd like, who would it be and what year would you go to?

Susan: You know, I would really love to go back to Edwardian times and meet E.M. Forster. He's one of my favorite authors, but he was also a unique individual living in a very constrained time. I'd love to hear how someone as talented as he continued to write in the face of adversity.  

4. Do you have a favorite character in your books? Maybe one you most enjoyed writing about?

Susan: I have to say that I love all of my characters--when I'm in their heads, I essentially become them. If I didn't love them, I'd never be able to write them. However, I will also say that I adored writing Oliver's character. He was a total surprise to me, and with each new scene and chapter and book, he continued to catch me off guard.

5. Name three books you are dying to read?

 Susan: I am desperate to read Moira Young's final Dust Lands book--Raging Star. I actually have it, but I've yet to have a spare moment to read it. This is one of my ALL TIME FAVORITE series, so I'll be honest: I'm really scared to finish and know there's nothing else left. :(

Another book I'm super excited for is Erica O'Rourke's Dissonance. I am madly in love with her Torn trilogy (those books will blow you away), and I've been slowly dying over the last two years as I wait for her newest series to begin.

Finally, I'm really amped for the final installment in Dan Krokos's super twisty False Memory series: False Future. I love the characters and how edge-of-your-seat the story is. Thrillers can be so hard to pull off in YA without all that action leaving a story rushed, but Krokos balances everything so well.




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Follow the FFBC Strange And Ever After Blog Tour and don't miss anything! Click on the banner to see the tour schedule.




I am a writer, reader, lover of animals, and eater of cookies. I used to be a marine biologist, but now I write novels. And not novels about fish either, but novels about kick-butt heroines and swoon-worthy rogues (I reallylike swoon-worthy rogues). I live in the Midwest with my husband and two dogs (Asimov and Princess Leia), and you can learn more about my crazy thoughts and crippling cookie-addiction on my blog or twitter.

My debut, SOMETHING STRANGE AND DEADLY is now available from HarperTeen along with the prequel, A DAWN MOST WICKED, and the sequel A DARKNESS STRANGE & LOVELY.

Look for STRANGE & EVER AFTER in summer 2014 and TRUTHWITCH in fall 2015!
Note: I am on Goodreads to READ. So, if you want to discuss books and the joys of literature, add me as a friend!


Win (1) hardback copy of Strange and Ever After (US Only)
Win (1) E-book of Strange and Ever After (INT)




Thursday, July 17, 2014

A whole lot of giveaway winners!


Thank you so much to everyone who entered the the following giveaways!
Once again I'm sorry about being late on choosing the winners. Summer has been very busy.  I now have family from Florida who came in late last night to visit for a week.  Anyhow, thank you for your patience. 

Now let's see who won...





The winners of 5 ebook copies of Lamb to the Slaughter are:


Now for the GRAND PRIZE: A set of SIGNED print copies of all three books in Temptation series (includes Temptation, Belonging, Forever) The winner is...


YAY!! Congrats to all winners. You will be hearing from me shortly. 
Now unto the next giveaway winners...

  • GRAND PRIZE: $25 Amazon Gift Card, signed paperback of When Lightning Strikes and two signed bookmarks
  • Runner-up 1: signed paperback of When Lightning Strikes and two signed bookmarks
  • Runner-up 2: gifted ecopy of When Lightning Strikes




Congrats to everyone who won and a big thanks to each of you who entered.
Each winner will be hearing from me shortly via e-mail. If you see your name on the winners list but haven't heard from me don't worry. I am going to try hard to email everyone today or tomorrow morning by the latest.

Didn't win this time? Don't worry there is another giveaway going on NOW and more coming soon. Check out the link above labeled "Current Giveaways". 

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