Monday, March 31, 2014

Blog Tour: Road To Somewhere by Kelley Lynn & Jenny S. Morris Guest Post + Giveaway!

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Road To Somewhere by Kelley Lynn & Jenny S. Morris Blog Tour

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Road To Somewhere
by Kelley Lynn & Jenny S. Morris
Release date: March 11th 2014
Publisher: Bloomsbury Spark
Genre: YA - Realistic Fiction
Purchase: Amazon



New! From Bloomsbury Spark, a sunny heartwarming story of discovery and sisterhood.


A road trip. A singing competition. And super-hot cowboys.


What could be better?


For Charlie, a post-high school road trip isn't just a vacation, it's life changing. While her parents think she's helping a friend move, a chance at fame is the real reason to grab her best friends and drive to L.A. But when her super annoying, uber-responsible, younger sister, Lucy, has to tag along, it isn't quite the summer of fun she imagined.


Add in a detour to her grandparents' ranch in Texas, and between mucking the stalls, down-home cookin’, and drool worthy ranch hands, this could just turn into the best, and most complicated, summer of their lives.


From author Jenny S. Morris


Thank you so much Beckie for being a part of our blog tour! 
Beckie asked me to do a guest post and one of the topic choices she gave me was Books into Movies? Yay or Nay? I thought that was a pretty relevant topic since I’m dying to see Divergent.
I say YAY!  But as a lover of the source material here is one of the most important things I try to remember when I walk into a theater (I’ll need to remind myself of this for Divergent  ) is that the movie is a completely separate piece of work. The book is the foundation, but as the viewer I need to give the movie the license to be its own entity and not cling to everything that is said or everything that happens in the book. You just can’t put every last thing that happens in the book on screen, especially for longer books like HP or LOTR.
I do think some books won’t translate well to the big screen. But, for the most part, I think it all depends on all the normal components that make a good movie. The casting, directing, acting and cinematography all build on the original writing, just like any movie builds on its original screenplay.  
I have been blown away by a screen adaptation. Chronicles of Narnia, Lord of the Rings, Hunger Games, Harry Potter…  Then other’s I’ve left the theater sad that I didn’t still have just the book in my head, instead of what Hollywood created. I think seeing things that have only lived in your imagination can be jarring if they aren’t done to a certain standard. How disappointing would it have been if Aslan was done with really bad CG? Or if Hogwarts wasn’t made to look and feel magical? So, sometimes it’s all about the timing of when a book’s made into a movie. One of Stephanie Meyer’s biggest fears about Breaking Dawn was that Renesemee  would look silly as a baby and ruin the movie. I think they did a pretty good job making her look intelligent without being creepy. (Kids and babies being creepy is the worst kind of horror movie to me.)
I’m not extremely picky about differences in a character’s appearance. As I writer I know you just can’t find someone in real life that matches up to everything the writer created in their head. That’s why I tend to have 2 or 3 pictures of someone to convey what I think my character looks like.
I love that Hollywood is pulling from books! I think it’s actually diversified the subject matter and characters that are being portrayed on screen.  I also think people are drawn to read the books after seeing the movie, so it’s good for books in general. As a writer it would be both thrilling and scary to someday see my characters alive and breathing on the silver screen.
What’s your favorite book to screen adaptation? I think mine has to be Harry Potter with Narnia being a close second.


About The Author: Jenny S. Morris

Find Jenny @

Jenny S. Morris is a YA author who loves all things geek, may have a Kdrama addiction, and prefers the rainy NW to any place she's ever lived. Road to Somewhere is her debut novel.



About The Author: Kelly Lynn

Find Kelly @

Kelley Lynn was born and raised a Midwestern girl. She’s not afraid to sweat and fills her free time with softball, soccer and volleyball. (Though you probably don’t want her on your volleyball team.) She occasionally makes guest appearances as a female vocalist for area bands. Music plays a large role in her writing process as well as the characters and plot lines within her stories.


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Sunday, March 30, 2014

Sorry, it's over *insert book here*. We need to break up!


Have you ever broken with a book?! 
I find myself time and time again starting a new book and for some reason or another I can't seem to finish it or somethings even really began it. There are many reasons for these breakups. Here are a few of mine:


BORING! I mean like a total snooze fest going on. When it takes me 5 days to read 100 pages in a book most likely it's just not going to happen. *sigh* The sad thing is when the book is loved by so many other readers. I often ask myself, "Am I crazy?"  No, of course not. I think a lot of times we as individuals often perceive books differently. Where I may love let's say Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick and others disliked it. Just because you love "so and so" doesn't mean I will too. Has anyone else felt this way to? Forcing yourself to read a book because others enjoyed it is not being fair to yourself.


I hate/dislike the characters. Turn offs include: snobbyness, dull (boring), or whiny. A lot of the times I find myself feeling no connection whatsoever with the character(s) in the book. This really turns me off from reading it. 


Genre mood! I pick up a paranormal romance, read it for a bit but then change my mind. Something you really need to be in the mood to read a certain genre. Also I tend to get burnt out on YA so I will change things up and read a adult novel or even some erotica. ;)


There are many other reasons but you get the gist of what I'm saying. 

I'm so sorry!

With any type of break up GUILT loves to rear it's ugly head. I feel bad for stopping after only 20 pages, or I'm 250 pages in but "Aaahh" I can't do it anymore not sure why I lasted this time or even "everyone else loved it, shouldn't I?" 

 What's wrong with me? NOTHING! It's totally normal to break up with a book. I do it all the time, more often now than I ever have before. There are sooooooo many books out there! More than I would be able to read in my lifetime and more coming out everyday. So what's the point of staying with your current book because you feel you have to?! 


I wanted to write this post today because I have been thinking a lot about the subject of breaking up with books. I actually broke up with "The Winner's Curse" today. I was 130 pages in and bored to tears, and while I know many readers loved it, right now it's just not for me. I WILL be coming back to it again someday, hopefully sooner than later. ;) 
Life's just to short to stay with a book that you hate or simply can't get into at the time. Don't you think?


I would love to hear everyone thoughts on this subject. Is breaking up hard to do? What book(s) have YOU broke up with in the past and why? 


Sometimes it really is just ME, and not you *insert book here*


Friday, March 28, 2014

Blog Tour: The Romeo Club by Rebekah Purdy | Guest Post + Excerpt + Giveaway!

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The Romeo Club by Rebekah Purdy Blog Tour

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Hey gang! I am thrilled to be able to share with you all a really fun event, The Romeo Club by Rebekah Purdy blog tour! It's my stop on the tour today and I will be sharing with everyone all about this fabulous new book, a fun book teaser, an author guest post and of course a giveaway to win a copy of the book as well as a Amazon GC!
Enjoy!



The Romeo Club
by Rebekah L Purdy
Release Date: 03/25/14
Genre: YA - Contemporary Romance




THE ROMEO CLUB is Hitch meets The Secret of My Success.

What happens when you agree to help your brother “de-nerdify” so he can catch the attention of the popular Chloe Anders, and to everyone's surprise, he actually lands her?

And what if his equally geeky friends come running with girl wish lists of their own, offering money for your services?

Well, if you’re sixteen-year-old, Delyla Denson, then you start The Romeo Club. A secret club where she’ll teach these guys how talk, act, and be cool around girls. It’s a win-win situation.

She’ll get enough money for the awesome prom dress she’s had her eye on, and the guys, well, they’ll get dates and maybe learn how to do something other than beat the next level on their video games.

There are only two problems with this plan. One, her quarterback/track star boyfriend is getting jealous of how much time she’s spending away from him and decides to try and figure out what’s going on. And two, Delyla is kind of falling for her brother’s BFF, Trey who she’s been hanging out with a lot more. And who thanks to her help, has caught the attention of the beautiful, perfect, and popular, Portia Rickard. With Portia and Trey heating up, Delyla realizes that maybe the person she’s meant to be with has been in front of her all this time.


But falling for Trey means she’ll have to take drastic measures including sabotage, with a capital S.

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Sweat beaded my forehead as I slid out of my soccer uniform. Coach Meckler was in one of his moods today, which meant I smelled worse than baboon farts. I so needed a shower. But, more than that, I wanted to collapse on the floor and pretend to be dead for, like, twenty hours.
My brother Drake barged into my room. “Okay, I’m desperate. I need your help here.”
“Gah! What are you doing?” I covered myself with my jersey to hide my bra and underwear from view. “Ever heard of knocking?”
“Sorry.” He spun around, facing the door while I tugged a T-shirt over my head then threw on a pair of basketball shorts.
“You can look now,” I said, plopping down on my bed. “So what do you want?”
“I need help.” He ran a hand through his sandy blond hair, making it stick up worse than it already was.
“Yeah, well, tell me something I don’t know.” My fingers trailed along the edge of my blue comforter as I followed the stitching.
“Funny.” He rolled his eyes, adjusting his glasses. He picked up one of my magazines from the dresser then glanced at me. “I-I want to get Chloe Anders’ attention. And well, I thought you might be able to kind of help with my image. Maybe take me shopping, teach me how to act and talk to her. That kind of thing.”
A makeover project? Oh. My God. This would be epic. And fun. Trust me, my brother had needed an image change for years, but wouldn’t let me anywhere near his closet, let alone give him advice.
I squealed and rushed at him. “Yes. This will be so much fun.”
“Um—maybe you should shower before hugging me. Your stench is making my eyes water.” He jerked back.
“Who can think of bathing at a time like this? I have to make a plan. We need to go to the mall. Get some highlights in your hair. And you are definitely losing the glasses.”
“What? I like these.”
“You’ve had them since, like, eighth grade. Believe me, they do nothing for your face. Unless, of course, you want girls mistaking you for a certain young wizard or some middle-aged chemist.”
He sighed, but his face was easy to read. He wanted my aid. “Fine. I’ll trash them.”
“I promise, you won’t be sorry. I’ll make you one of the most desirable guys in the senior class.” I walked across my room and over to my cluttered desk to grab a pen and notebook. “Let’s make a list of everything we need to do to get you on Chloe’s radar.” Who’d have thought? Chloe Anders? She was super smart, pretty, and did all kinds of music related stuff, like symphonic orchestra and band. She was right up his alley, well other than her being popular. But still they had a ton in common.
“Delyla—whoa, let’s not get carried away. I don’t want to change everything.” His green eyes widened, and he held his hands up, as if to fend off an attack.




Who are some of my favorite writers—who inspired me to want to be a writer?
by Rebekah L Purdy

As a writer, I also LOVE to read. My passion for it started at a young age and kind of grew from there. Because I moved around a lot, I found solace in reading and losing myself in other worlds. I realized I wanted to be a writer when I was teen—inspired by authors like L.J. Smith (author of The Secret Circle, The Vampire Diaries, The Forbidden Game, Dark Visions), R.L. Stine, Christopher Pike, Richie Tankersley Cusick, Joan Lowery Nixon, and several others.

I remember staying up late, hiding under my covers with a flashlight so I could finish that “last chapter” or “last page”. My best friend and I would spend our lunch hours in the library scouring the shelves for new books to read. But the more I read, the more I knew I wanted to write. To bring that same joy that I found to others. And because I fell in love with some of my favorite books and series in high school, I knew I wanted to write for teens.

It was rare as a teen to ever find me without a book. I brought them to class with me, to the beach, kept them tucked in my purse or book bag. Sometimes, I admit that I might have had them in church as well (prays I don’t get struck down for admitting this—LOL). 

Now, as an adult, I actually still read primarily YA books. Some of my new favorite authors are: Sarah J. Maas, Rae Carson, Robin LaFevers, Suzanne Collins, Richelle Mead, A.G. Howard, Tamora Pierce, Robin McKinley, Jenny Han, Lindsey Leavitt, Karen Marie Moning, and Charlaine Harris. Amongst, many, many, many more.

Now I’m getting the chance to share my stories with everyone. It’s kind of brilliant how everything kind of comes full circle, don’t you think?

What are some of your favorite books/authors? Feel free to share as I’m always on the lookout for new material.


About The Author: Rebekah L Purdy

Find Rebekah @

Rebekah Purdy grew up in Michigan, where she spent many late nights armed with a good book and a flashlight. When not hiding at her computer and getting lost in her stories, she enjoys reading, singing, soccer, swimming, football, camping, playing video games and hanging out with her kids. She loves the unexplainable like Bigfoot, the Dogman, and the Loch Ness Monster (lots of good story material)! She admits to still having all the books she bought throughout her childhood and teen years, and she may or may not have an obsession with anything chocolate…



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Thursday, March 27, 2014

Review by Hillary: Angelfall by Susan Ee

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Title: Angelfall 
Series: Penryn & the End of Days #1
Author: Susan Ee
Publishing Company: Skyscape
Genre: YA—Paranormal/Fantasy
Pages: 283
Released: August 28th 2012



It’s been six weeks since angels of the apocalypse descended to demolish the modern world. Street gangs rule the day while fear and superstition rule the night. When warrior angels fly away with a helpless little girl, her seventeen-year-old sister, Penryn, will do anything to get her back.

Anything, including making a deal with an enemy angel.

Raffe is a warrior who lies broken and wingless on the street. After eons of fighting his own buddies, he finds himself being rescued from a desperate situation by a half-starved teenage girl.

Traveling through a dark and twisted Northern California, they have only each other to rely on for survival. Together, they journey toward the angels’ stronghold in San Francisco where Penryn will risk everything to rescue her sister, and Raffe will put himself at the mercy of his greatest enemies for the chance to be made whole again.
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Usually when I buy a book it’s because there are so many other readers out there recommending the book that I believe I should read the amazingness for myself as well. In this case, the way I ended up getting my hands on Angelfall changed things for me. I actually saw this book at one of the retail stores I visit often and even after picking it up and reading the synopsis on the back, I just couldn’t make myself buy this one and its sequel despite the voice in my head disagreeing with me. There are rare cases where I’ll see a book, go home and think about it for a few days, and then ultimately decide whether I want to buy it or not. This was one of those rare cases and this is what I ended up finding out for myself; I should start listening to my gut instinct a little more.

I can’t say I wasn’t engrossed in the story from page one because I was. I liked how I felt like I’d been plucked out of my oh so boring life and thrown into a new, scarier world. However, this also provided a few problems and I’ll explain those later. For now though, the action from practically the start is what kept me reading this story rapidly. I just wanted to know what would happen next and I do believe I was caught up in the ‘just one more chapter’ phase most good books provide for readers. I was even more startled to realize that I’d only begun the story during the morning only to finish later on around mid-afternoon. That definitely does not happen often enough and this one time that it did, well I was just amazed at what the author had created in her story to make me finish it so quickly.

The story starts out with Penryn Young who is ready to face on the world to keep her only two family members safe from harm. Penryn was definitely one of the bravest characters I’ve read from in a long time and it felt like a fresh breath of air. I definitely feel that this type of character had been consciously missed and yearned for without my knowing and it could also contribute to my fast reading. There were moments where I was worried, scared, and fascinated for and by Penryn because she definitely couldn’t be called weak. All of her self-defense training before the angels came to her world definitely helped empower Penryn into a strong and awesome character. I was envious at times because of what she could do, but I also couldn’t help but cheer her on.

Penryn was the only one I got to learn about most in the start, what with her sister being taken and her mother missing half the time left all of the personal stuff about them out of the story. Penryn basically explained a little about their personalities, but not very much. This brings me back to what I said I would explain. Since the story started out so quickly, I felt like there wasn’t much character growth to begin with mentally because Penryn was always preoccupied half the time by looking out for herself or Raffe. I also didn’t see much more growth throughout the story except for the moments where I saw Penryn start to confide and depend on Raffe a little more each day they were together. Those were probably the highlighting moments of her character growth. That and the action packed last few chapters that had my heart racing in worry and blood freezing in fear and creeped out-ness. Besides the character growth though, I feel that the pacing was great. There were hardly any freezing moments that had me wishing for something to pop out and make things interesting again because basically there was action-y, interesting moments throughout the book.

Angelfall by Susan Ee was an interesting, new, and greatly written story. I absolutely cannot wait to start World After (which will happen soon I hope) and see what more Penryn and Raffe will contribute to the story. I loved how the first book made the spark between them really subtle and I’m hoping that will only intensify in the sequel. I also hope that I get to learn much more about both their characters in the sequel because I do believe there is much more to be learned about them. I also want to see them bring more inner emotion into the story. I can’t wait to see how much more action the second installment will bring and only hope that it equals or advances to that of the first installment. I hope this book takes more notice because I definitely feel it’s worth it!

 Totally Awesome! I loved it, would read again.



Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday #22 | Unmarked & The Geography of You and Me

"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...


Unmarked (The Legion #2)
by Kami Garcia  
Hardcover (ebook), 272 pages
Expected publication: October 7th 2014 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Genre: YA - Paranormal Romance



The heart-pounding sequel to the instant New York Times bestseller, Unbreakable, by New York Times bestselling Beautiful Creatures co-author Kami Garcia.

He is here... and he could be anyone.

Kennedy Waters lives in a world where vengeance spirits kill, ghosts keep secrets, and a demon walks among us–a demon she accidentally set free. 

Now Kennedy and the other Legion members–Alara, Priest, Lukas, and Jared–have to hunt him down. As they learn more about the history of the Legion and the Illuminati, Kennedy realizes that the greatest mystery of all does not belong to any secret order, but to her own family. With the clock ticking and the life of someone she loves hanging in the balance, Kennedy has to ask the question she fears most: what is it about her past that has left her Unmarked?

Hillary will be joining me for the WOW post today!


Hillary's is waiting on....

The Geography of You and Me
by Jennifer E. Smith
Hardcover (ebook), 352 pages
Expected publication: April 15th 2014 by Poppy
Genre: YA - Contemporary Romance



Lucy and Owen meet somewhere between the tenth and eleventh floors of a New York City apartment building, on an elevator rendered useless by a citywide blackout. After they're rescued, they spend a single night together, wandering the darkened streets and marveling at the rare appearance of stars above Manhattan. But once the power is restored, so is reality. Lucy soon moves to Edinburgh with her parents, while Owen heads out west with his father.

Lucy and Owen's relationship plays out across the globe as they stay in touch through postcards, occasional e-mails, and -- finally -- a reunion in the city where they first met.

A carefully charted map of a long-distance relationship, Jennifer E. Smith's new novel shows that the center of the world isn't necessarily a place. It can be a person, too.





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




Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Top Ten Tuesday #24 | Bookish Bucket List + Teaser Tuesday #51 | Don't Even Think About It

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish. This meme was created because we are particularly fond of lists here at The Broke and the Bookish. We'd love to share our lists with other bookish folks and would LOVE to see your top ten lists! 


This week's Top Ten is

Top Ten Things On My Bookish Bucket List

  1. To read 3000 Books in my lifetime.
  2. I want to own my own library in my house (and a house for that matter, haha)
  3. To meet all of my favorite authors. Some of which are: Julie Kagawa, Rachel Vincent, Rachel Hawkins, Gena Showalter, Becca Fitzpatrick, Tera Lynn Childs and many, many more!
  4. Work in a library or a bookstore. (I volunteer @ my local library now)
  5. I want to read at least 50 classic novel. Ex. Pride and Prejudice,  Frankenstein, Jane Eyre, and Catcher in the Rye.
  6. I want to be book blogging for 5 years or more.
  7. To read a 1000+ page book. 
  8. To own over 5000 books.
  9. I want to booktube and have my own channel. (I'm super shy when it comes to this!)
  10. To have over 3000 followers on my blog! Also, to have 1 million hits on my blog. 


How does everyone like my list? Do you guys think any of these are possible?




Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly meme hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading.
Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

The Rules:
• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) or so “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers.

My teaser comes from the book: 

Don't Even Think About It by Sarah Mlynowski





Mackenzie hugged her arms to her chest. What number am I thinking of? Seven.

    "Seven," Pi said. Tess dropped her jaw. "This is crazy. I heard it too. My turn." Tess closed her mouth. Eight. No, ten. No thirty-three and a half!

    "Eight. No, ten. No thirty-three and a half," Mackenzie said.     "This is the coolest thing ever," Tess said, eyes dancing. 

- Taken from 14% via Kindle (ARC)






Thanks for stopping by. Feel free to leave me a comment about my top ten list and/or teaser for this week. ;) I would love to hear your thoughts! Also if you blog feel free to leave your blog links to where I can find your posts and I will stop by to check it out. 


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Friday, March 21, 2014

Indies Rock Auction + Giveaway: win $50 in Amazon Giftcards!

Thank you,Theresa and Molly for asking me to share this fun event with my readers!
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Making It Reel is hosting a new and fresh way to promote all indie artists from anywhere in the world! If you are an indie cover artist, formatter, editor, website designer, marketer, or if you own your own small business, you can participate in this promotional opportunity.

 
How? It's simple. Just donate an item or service, which Making It Reel will auction off. In return for your contribution, Making It Reel will promote your item and business to over 500 blogs, social media, and forums. This gives the indie artist or small business owner a considerable spike in visibility and exposure to the people you want to reach--your customers!
 

Making It Reel has already received many wonderful contributions, which include editing services, e-book cover art, cake pops from an independently owned bakery, customized doll clothes, marketing services, and more! Join Making It Reel and all of our contributors in helping small businesses thrive! Because lets face it. Indies Rock!
If you're an indie rock star, grab the button below!
 

Auctions begin March 20th! We are still accepting contributions, so be sure to stop in and check it out!

-Theresa and Molly
 
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