Blog Tour: Forever for a Year by B.T. Gottfred

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Hey everyone! I’m so, so excited to be a part of the Blog Tour for Forever for a Year by B.T. Gottfred (July 7th 2015, Henry Holt and Co. [BYR]). This book sounds incredible and I’m very, very excited to read it! Today, I’ll be sharing with you my description of what it feels like to fall in love for the first time. Plus, there’s a giveaway! First, here’s more about the book:

Forever for a Year When Carolina and Trevor meet on their first day of school, something draws them to each other. They gradually share first kisses, first touches, first sexual experiences. When they’re together, nothing else matters. But one of them will make a choice, and the other a mistake, that will break what they thought was unbreakable. Both will wish that they could fall in love again for the first time . . . but first love, by definition, can’t happen twice.

Told in Carolina and Trevor’s alternating voices, this is an up-close-and-personal story of two teenagers falling in love for the first time, and discovering it might not last forever.


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And now here’s my post! Enjoy!

“How would you describe the feeling of falling in love for the first time?”

Falling in love for the first time.. It’s different for everyone. It’s exciting and nerve-wracking, all at once. It’s fun and new and you don’t know where it’s going to lead. It means opening yourself up to someone and trusting that they won’t break your heart. Sometimes, it’s love at first sight – you just KNOW, deep in your heart, that there’s something special about that person. Sometimes, it even comes out of years of friendship.

For most people, the first time they fall in love, it’s awkward and messy because they have no idea what they’re doing, what to say or how to act. But no matter what, you’ll never forget your first love – hopefully for good reasons, rather than bad ones!

In the end, only one thing is certain: love is one huge uncertainty. If your first love ends up being the person you marry, that’s amazing! But it’s okay if your first love isn’t your last love. Follow your heart, but trust your gut. You’ll know if it’s right or not. Whether your first love is epic or just one of many, it’ll impact your life for years to come. You’ll learn from it, you’ll grow and you’ll find happiness. Because in the end, being happy and enjoying life are the most important things.


And now for the giveaway! One lucky winner will receive a copy of the book!

-Giveaway is US only

-Winner has 48 hours to respond. If winner does not respond, a new winner will be selected.

-You must be 13 or older to enter OR have your parents’ permission.

-The publisher and I are not responsible for lost, stolen, or damaged items.

-I reserve the right to change any rules as I see fit for each individual giveaway

*The above giveaway rules were borrowed and modified from Jessica @ Just a Book Lover.

With that being said, I wish you luck! May the odds be ever in your favor!

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Forever For a Year Blog Tour Schedule

Friday, July 17 – Fierce Reads Tumblr

Monday, July 20 – Pandora’s Books

Tuesday, July 21 – Confessions of a Readaholic

Wednesday, July 22 – Live to Read

Thursday, July 23 – Once Upon a Twilight

Friday, July 24 – Novel Ink

Saturday, July 25 – A Dream Within A Dream

Sunday, July 26 – I’d So Rather Be Reading

Monday, July 27 – Effortlessly Reading

Tuesday, July 28 – Bumbles and Fairytales

Wednesday, July 29 – Books & Cleverness

Thursday, July 30 – The Reading Nook Reviews

Friday, July 31 – The Unofficial Fan Addiction Book Club

Saturday, August 1 – Me, My Shelf and I

Sunday, August 2 – Bookish Lifestyle


BT GottfredAbout the Author:
And… yeah… I’m crazy but can pretend really, really well I’m not. Sort of what I feel about everybody. (Except for the people who can’t pretend they’re not crazy. You know who you are. Actually, never mind, you probably don’t.)

Anyway, here’s some stuff I’ve done to help me feign sanity:

Wrote and directed the play, “Women Are Crazy Because Men Are A**holes” that has played over four years in Los Angeles and Chicago and just made its Off Broadway premiere at the historic Cherry Lane Theatre. Los Angeles Times said: “Seldom have I been a part of a more enthusiastic and vocal audience. Brad T Gottfred’s play about young couples stumbling through the minefield of codependency taps a universal nerve.”

Wrote, directed, and executive produced the feature film “The Movie Hero” which played at over 20 film festivals worldwide, winning numerous awards including First Prize at the Rhode Island Film Festival and the Audience Award at the Austin Film Festival.

My first play, “Marry, F**K, Or Kill” was called “a guilty pleasure for veterans of the single life” by the Los Angeles Times. It went on to an Off Broadway premiere in the fall of 2011.

First web series “Sex and Love Conspire to Destroy the World” was released by MyDamnChannel in 2013.

My first-ish novel, “Forever for a Year”, was released in July 2015 by Macmillan/Holt.


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Recruit Tour: The Forgotten Mountain by Heather Lyons (Giveaway)

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We are absolutely thrilled to bring you the Recruit Tour for Heather Lyons’ THE FORGOTTEN MOUNTAIN! THE FORGOTTEN MOUNTAIN is an Adult Romantic Fairy Tale, full of adventure and fantasy and the third book in Heather’s The Collectors’ Society Series! Grab your copy today!

TFM coverAfter years spent in Wonderland, Alice Reeve learned the impossible was quite possible after all. She thought she left such fantastical realities behind when she finally returned to England.

Now Alice has become a member of the clandestine Collectors’ Society, and the impossible has found her again in the form of an elusive villain set on erasing entire worlds. As she and the rest of the Society race to bring this mysterious murderer to justice, the fight becomes painfully personal.

Lives are being lost. Loved ones are shattered or irrevocably altered. Each step closer Alice gets to the shadowy man she hunts, the more secrets she unravels, only to reveal chilling truths. If she wants to win this war and save millions of lives, Alice must once more embrace the impossible and make the unimaginable, imaginable.

Sometimes, the rabbit hole leads to terrifying places.


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Don’t miss the first books in this The Collectors’ Society Series!

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Welcome to The Collectors’ Society Recruit Tour! I can’t begin to tell you how excited I am to share my recruit with you! Please note that, when I originally came up with this recruit, I was thinking of the movie that’s based on the book and, therefore, the movie version of this recruit/character. I haven’t read the book itself yet (Gasp! I know, I’m a bad Book Nerd!!!) But I DO plan to read it at some point! And from what I Googled, the book and movie are fairly similar. So everything I say about my recruit SHOULD hold true, either way!

So, without further adieu, I present to you my post for The Collectors’ Society Recruit Tour! Enjoy!

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From: Abraham Van Brunt (

To: Finn (, Alice (, Victor (, Mary (, The Artful Dodger (, Marianne (

Date: Tues, Jun 30, 2015 at 8:00 AM

Subject: New Recruit and Mission

Message: Good morning, team. I would have preferred debriefing you in person but, unfortunately, I was called away to a timeline on a confidential mission. We have a new recruit to retrieve and bring back to the Institute, as well as a new mission that takes precedent above all else at the moment – a mission that may be more dangerous and, potentially, more wide-spread than the one that led you to The Forgotten Mountain.

First, I want to introduce our new recruit. His name is Atreyu and he hails from The NeverEnding Story.

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The designation for this timeline is 1979END-TNS. Atreyu is a strong and loyal warrior who fought hard to save Fantastica from an evil called The Nothing. Without his help, Fantastica would have ceased to exist.

The NeverEnding Story is a story within a story. It tells the tale of a human boy named Bastian who stumbles upon the book that contains The NeverEnding Story. As Bastian read the book, he was pulled into the world of Fantastica and Atreyu’s mission and discovered that he alone could aid Atreyu and give Fantastica’s ruler, the Childlike Empress, a new name. By giving the Childlike Empress a new name, he saved Fantastica from further destruction.

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Atreyu’s interactions with Bastian mean that Atreyu is at least somewhat familiar with the human world and the idea that “humans” create and influence stories, so the idea of timelines and catalysts won’t be a huge shock to him. It also stands to reason that, since Atreyu and Bastian are allies, we can bring Bastian on as a liaison for this timeline, as well.

And we will certainly need Bastian’s imagination and expertise. For someone has unleashed The Nothing (pictured below) from Fantastica and it is wreaking havoc on other timelines, as the Piper once did. We believe the thirteenth Wise Woman unleashed The Nothing as a way to exact her revenge against us for destroying her beloved.

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Bastian was able to use his imagination to restore the damaged parts of Fantastica and we believe he can do this to help restore other timelines. Since he’s done it before, our hope is that he won’t be shocked or disbelieving when Atreyu contacts him and requests his aid.

Finn, I’d like for you and Alice to go to 1979END-TNS and find Atreyu. Bring him back to the Institute and begin training. Mr. Dawkins, I want you to go with them, in case they need back up.

Marianne, please meet with the Librarian and research The NeverEnding Story and The Nothing. We need to be fully prepared for what is to come – and the more we know, the more prepared we will be. Please be aware that The NeverEnding Story was also made into a movie. I do not know if the movie will aid or hinder your research as I do not know the extent of the differences from book to movie, but it doesn’t hurt to obtain as much information as you can.

Victor, Mary, I would like you to ensure we are stocked up on medical supplies, potions and the like. We don’t know what kind of damage this Nothing can inflict. Again, we must ensure we are prepared.

I will arrive back at the Institute late this evening. We will reconvene then and discuss all we have learned. It’s my hope that Finn and Alice will have Atreyu by then and that Marianne and the Librarian will have uncovered useful information that will help us in the upcoming battle.

All the best


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The Forgotten Mountain Recruit Tour Schedule

June 22
QC JO’S go to books
In A Bookish World

June 23
BFF Book Blog
TSK TSK What to Read

June 24
Book Junkie: Not-So-Anonymous
Ramblings on Readings

June 25
Lost in a Book Blog
The Book Trollop

June 26
Lovin’ Los Libros
Desert Divas Book Addiction

June 27
Prisoners of Print
Seeking Book Boyfriends

June 28
One Guy’s Guide to Good Reads

June 29
The Room Behind the Bookcase

June 30
Book Starlets
Pandora’s Books

July 1
A Literary Perusal
Resch Reads and Reviews

July 2
Books galore

July 3
Library of a Book Witch
Typical Distractions


Heather LyonsAbout Heather Lyons:

Heather Lyons has always had a thing for words—She’s been writing stories since she was a kid. In addition to writing, she’s also been an archaeologist and a teacher. Heather is a rabid music fan, as evidenced by her (mostly) music-centric blog, and she’s married to an even larger music snob. They’re happily raising three kids who are mini music fiends who love to read and be read to.


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Blog Tour: The Forgotten Mountain by Heather Lyons (Playlist + Giveaway)

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We are absolutely thrilled to bring you the Blog Tour for Heather Lyons’ THE FORGOTTEN MOUNTAIN! THE FORGOTTEN MOUNTAIN is an Adult Romantic Fairy Tale, full of adventure and fantasy and the third book in Heather’s The Collectors’ Society Series! Grab your copy today!

TFM coverAfter years spent in Wonderland, Alice Reeve learned the impossible was quite possible after all. She thought she left such fantastical realities behind when she finally returned to England.

Now Alice has become a member of the clandestine Collectors’ Society, and the impossible has found her again in the form of an elusive villain set on erasing entire worlds. As she and the rest of the Society race to bring this mysterious murderer to justice, the fight becomes painfully personal.

Lives are being lost. Loved ones are shattered or irrevocably altered. Each step closer Alice gets to the shadowy man she hunts, the more secrets she unravels, only to reveal chilling truths. If she wants to win this war and save millions of lives, Alice must once more embrace the impossible and make the unimaginable, imaginable.

Sometimes, the rabbit hole leads to terrifying places.


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Don’t miss the first books in this The Collectors’ Society Series!

The Collectors' Society front cover

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Hidden Library

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And now for the Playlist! Enjoy!

A lot of people ask me what songs I write my books to—especially for the Collectors’ Society series. For most books, I’ve kept separate playlists, even in series, but for the Society’s stories, I’ve compiled one main list that I keep adding to. The Spotify list I’m sharing with you all today includes the songs I listened to while writing The Collectors’ Society, The Hidden Library, and The Forgotten Mountain, as I reuse songs for particular characters all the time. In case you’re curious, the The Forgotten Mountain songs begin with the Terminator Love Theme (yes, you read that right!) and go on from there, including Stand Back by Stevie Nicks, White Wedding by Billy Idol, Video Games by Lana Del Rey, Wanted Dead or Alive by Bon Jovi, and America by XYLØ. Honestly, this is probably the most eclectic playlist for a story I’ve written so far! The Forgotten Mountain is heavy on instrumentals, simply because there is so much action within the pages and I wanted/required more tone than lyrical feel while writing. I hope you enjoy the songs used to help shape the tone of the series!

To Listen to the playlist, click here!


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June 26 – TSK TSK What to Read
June 27 – A Bookish Escape
June 28 – Romance Addict
June 29 – Pandora’s Books
June 30 – Kimberlyfaye Reads
July 1 – Naughty and Nice Book Blog
July 2 – A Life Bound by Books
July 3 – BookAngelBooktopia
July 4 – A Literary Perusal
July 5 – Love Between the Sheets
July 6 – True Story Book Blog

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Heather LyonsAbout Heather Lyons:

Heather Lyons has always had a thing for words—She’s been writing stories since she was a kid. In addition to writing, she’s also been an archaeologist and a teacher. Heather is a rabid music fan, as evidenced by her (mostly) music-centric blog, and she’s married to an even larger music snob. They’re happily raising three kids who are mini music fiends who love to read and be read to.


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Blog Tour: Girl Spoken For by Suzie T. Roos (Excerpt + Giveaway)

Hey everyone! I’m so excited to be on the blog tour for Girl Spoken For by Suzie T. Roos. Today, I have an amazing excerpt to share with you, plus the book trailer! First, here’s more information about the book:

Girl Spoken For is the first in an all new YA series that is edgy with a splash of innocence and a smidgen of humor that fans of Some Boys by Patti Blount and Perfect Chemistry by Simone Elkeles will enjoy.


I was “spoken for” by a Mob grandson, which was either terrifying or kind of cool – I wasn’t sure which one yet.

When the realities of life shatter her fragile innocence, Tatum Duncan’s courage and resilience are tested. She’s determined to be in control of her future. But the love of her life, Zach Bertano, and his mob family may have other plans.

Will she “speak for” Zach, like he has “spoken for” her? Or will Tatum walk away?


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And now here’s the excerpt. Enjoy!

“You May Need Me”

The route to the principal’s office would be a long and lonely walk. But I wasn’t alone. Zach Bertano was in the hall and headed straight for me. Zach, the loner guy every girl wanted but no one could get close to. We were friends, but he never asked me to do anything with him. He was just a “school friend”—a hot school friend. He was tall and slender. Not to mention I had a thing for guys with Johnny Cash black hair and onyx eyes. His smile was the only bright thing in my life at the moment.

Zach was “different.”

“Hey, Tate, I heard you get paged.” He stepped up to me.

His brightness warmed my soul like hot cocoa going down.

“Why did you take on ‘Neville the Devil’ by yourself yesterday? Then you skipped last period. What’s going on? Are you okay?”
I couldn’t breathe. Zach knew how to make me feel cared for. “I’m fine. And trust me, I’d rather have been in class than walking all the way home.”

He had one of those infectious laughs. “You walked? If I’d known, I could have driven you. That’s a long way. Now, tell me why you attacked Neville. What did he do this time?”

What girl thinks she can impress a guy by telling him she went postal on a jerk who asked for a blow job? “Plain and simple, he wasn’t a gentleman. And I’ve had . . . well, kind of a bad couple of weeks. I just wasn’t thinking straight. So here I am.”

He stepped closer, looking down at me. “I heard about your grandma—I’m real sorry, Tatum. I know how much she meant to you.”

It would have been easier if he’d stepped on my toes, but instead, Zach had to juggle the “I care” card.

The intercom clicked on. “Tatum Duncan, immediately report to the main office.”

I started to shake, knowing my life had come down to one decision. Dear god, my mother was right. It was over for me.

One suspension. Zero scholarships. Equaled Maryville.

The heater must have clicked on. The cami under my mom’s favorite poodle sweater from her high school days stuck to my body. When I’d asked her to wear her old sweater this morning it made her unreasonably happy, and she’d eagerly handed it over. Little did she know I’d planned on wearing it with a miniskirt and the combat boots she hated so much.

I adjusted my skirt and sweater. “Guess they’re looking for me. See ya, Zach.”

“Wait. I’ll go with you.”

I paused, looking back to examine his face. He was serious.

“Why? For what?”

He kept walking, passing me. “Because you may need me. Let’s go.”


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Author PhotoAbout the Author:
Suzie T. Roos is from, and has settled in, St. Louis with her husband, two children and a number of foster pets at any given time.

She and her husband have lived everywhere from Philadelphia, PA to out West in Santa Monica, CA. They’re thankful they could expose their children to different American lifestyles and cultures.

Besides writing, Suzie’s hobbies include movies, traveling, and especially concert going with her husband and friends.

She’s always been an animal lover and animal rights advocate. She is certified by FEMA in IS-00011.a Animal in Disasters: Community Planning. She’s also an active volunteer at the Humane Society of Missouri.

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Review: A School for Unusual Girls by Kathleen Baldwin (Blog tour + Giveaway)

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Review: A School for Unusual Girls by Kathleen Baldwin (Blog tour + Giveaway)A School for Unusual Girls by Kathleen Baldwin
Series: Stranje House #1
Published by Tor Teen on May 19, 2015
Pages: 352
Format: Hardcover
Source: the publisher
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It’s 1814. Napoleon is exiled on Elba. Europe is in shambles. Britain is at war on four fronts. And Stranje House, a School for Unusual Girls, has become one of Regency England’s dark little secrets. The daughters of the beau monde who don't fit high society’s constrictive mold are banished to Stranje House to be reformed into marriageable young ladies. Or so their parents think. In truth, Headmistress Emma Stranje, the original unusual girl, has plans for the young ladies—plans that entangle the girls in the dangerous world of spies, diplomacy, and war.

After accidentally setting her father’s stables on fire while performing a scientific experiment, Miss Georgiana Fitzwilliam is sent to Stranje House. But Georgie has no intention of being turned into a simpering, pudding-headed, marriageable miss. She plans to escape as soon as possible—until she meets Lord Sebastian Wyatt. Thrust together in a desperate mission to invent a new invisible ink for the English war effort, Georgie and Sebastian must find a way to work together without losing their heads—or their hearts...


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Hey everyone! Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for A School for Unusual Girls by Kathleen Baldwin! I’m very excited to be a part of this blog tour! I absolutely loved this book and I hope you enjoy my review!


When I first heard about A School for Unusual Girls, I convinced myself it had supernatural elements in it – likely because I read the synopsis wrong. Though some aspects of the book could be considered borderline-supernatural, it’s really more of a contemporary historical novel. And you know what? I loved it! I love historical books with supernatural elements in them, but I’ve read so many supernatural/paranormal books lately, it was really refreshing to read a straight up historical fiction. And it wasn’t just any historical book – it was an historical book set in an alternate nineteenth-century Europe. Couple that with an intriguing plot and awesome characters, and this book was one epic win!

I love Georgiana – a.k.a, Georgie. She was defiant, refusing to confirm to society. Her parents are cold and cruel towards her, having no use for a daughter who can’t be married off due to her stubborn, unusual personality. I wanted to smack her father for the majority of the book. Her mother wasn’t much better. Georgie has three older brothers and, of course, the one that adores her isn’t in the picture, which made my heart ache for her. But Georgie was strong in the face of everything her family threw at her. She refused to bow down and give in; she loved math and science, not needlepoint, and she refused to change her mind because others told her to. She constantly asked questions, demanded answers and took charge of her responsibilities. Basically, she was epic and I adored her.

Miss Stranje was an interesting character. She always seemed to know what was going on, even when she didn’t appear to be around to witness the events happening in Stranje House and elsewhere. She was a bit scary, but also the mother that the girls of Stranje House desperately needed. She provided support and discipline, balancing love and affection with rules and etiquette. I also absolutely adored her relationship with Captain Grey and totally shipped them.

The other girls at Stranje House – Tess, Jane, Seraphina and Maya – were all awesome and unique in their own ways. Sometimes Tess was bold and brazen; sometimes she was stubborn and rude, just barely toeing the line. But she was fierce and strong, independent and willful. She didn’t let people push her around and she protected herself when she needed to. I’m really excited that we’re getting her story in the second book in the series. I can’t wait to get to know more about her, especially since I’m curious about her dreams and how they work. Overall, Tess knows what she wants and knows what she needs to do to protect herself and she’s completely unapologetic about it.

Seraphina (Sera) was an intriguing character and probably my second favorite of the Stranje Girls, right after Tess. She was quiet and a little bit shy (or so she let us believe), with impeccable attention to detail. Her ability, similar to Tess’s, was intriguing and I’d love to learn more about it, since all we really know is that she “sees what is” and knows things she couldn’t possibly know, just by assessing people, things and places.

Maya was the diplomat of the group, the voice of reason – literally. She could talk anyone into doing anything. As with Tess and Sera, I’d love to know more about her background and ability. And lastly, there was Jane, who I think we learned the least about. She was calm and reasonable with a penchant for picking locks. But that’s about all I remember about her. So I definitely hope she gets her own book in the future – I really want to know if she has any special abilities, aside from lock-picking, and what her background story is.

Lord Sebastian Wyatt was a frustrating character. I shouldn’t like him for the way he treated Georgie in the beginning; he was rude and arrogant and so full of himself. He dismissed her and her knowledge simply because she was a woman. I don’t often use this word, but he came off as being very sexist. But as the book went on and he opened up to Georgie more, I really started to like him. I think he did the things he did because he didn’t want to form attachments of any kind. He’d been hurt too many times and didn’t want it to happen again, nor did he want to drag her into his life and the dangers that entailed. But by the end of the book, I fully shipped him and Georgie and I hope we see more of him in the next book!

Lord Ravencross was another frustrating character. He was so, so rude to Tess – borderline nasty, even. But he was a complex character with a painful past and I think he had just hardened his heart to everyone and everything. I also think his bickering with Tess was his way of pushing her away but, deep down, he truly cared for her. Like with Sebastian, I shouldn’t have liked Lord Ravencross for the things he did in the beginning of the book but, as the story went on, he opened up a lot and I ended up liking him and shipping him and Tess completely! I especially loved their back-and-forth banter, which was hilarious and had me grinning like an idiot!

I never liked Lady Daneska and I never trusted her. Right off the bat, I got this weird vibe from her that I just couldn’t shake throughout the book. She was uppity and haughty, acting as if she were better than everyone. Lady Pinswary had a similar, stuck-up attitude, though Miss Pinswary wasn’t that bad. Away from the influence of her mother and Daneska, I think she could be a very nice person. By the end of the book, Daneska had proven that she was worse than I had first assumed and I was right to be wary of her.

At one point, the pacing of the book slowed down considerably. There were a lot of secrets and a lot of “Figure it out for yourself/figure it out as you go along” moments that were very frustrating. Wouldn’t it have been easier to just explain everything to Georgie right away? And if not right away, at least at some point, once she proved her loyalty? It seems that all the secret keeping in this book complicated things more than necessary. Some secrets added intrigue, while others just caused more problems than they solved. But while some of the secrets/twists were predictable, others took me by surprise and pushed the story along.

I loved the writing and attention to detail in this book – it made up for a lot of the pacing issues. I got a little bit confused by some of the chemistry talk between Georgie and Sebastian, but otherwise, the writing flowed really nicely and all the descriptions and details made the story feel that much more real. I love reading books set in the nineteenth century and all the detail the author put into the story really made it come alive. I also loved that it was an alternate history of the nineteenth century, asking all these “What if?” questions and showing the domino effect that can occur from one small decision or mistake.

Overall, I loved this book, the plot and the characters. I’m very excited for book two and I can’t wait to see what happens next. I’m excited to see the continuation of the story from a different character’s POV, especially since I’m so intrigued by this other character (Tess) and can’t wait to see into her mind and learn more about her. I think Kathleen Baldwin is an amazing writer and creator of epic characters. She’s definitely going on my Auto-Buy list and I’m excited to see what she does next, both in and out of the Stranje House series.

I highly recommend A School for Unusual Girls to those who love historical fiction, alternate history stories and books with spies and intrigue!


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KB Author PhotoAbout the Author:
“I love adventure in books and in real life. I’ve roamed the Rocky Mountains, wandered the desert, enjoyed way too many classes in college, was stalked by a mountain lion, lost an argument with a rattlesnake, fell in love at least a dozen times, finally met and married my very own hero, and together we’ve raised four free-spirited children.”

Award-winning author – Kensington published four of Kathleen’s Regency romantic comedies, including MISTAKEN KISS, a Holt Medallion finalist. DIARY OF A TEENAGE FAIRY GODMOTHER, was a Golden Quill finalist. Her upcoming Historical YA series with TorTeen, A SCHOOL FOR UNUSUAL GIRLS, is a Junior Library Guild Selection and won a Marlene.

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Tour Schedule

Week One
5/11/2015 – Two Chicks on Books – Interview
5/12/2015 – Pandora’s Books – Review
5/13/2015 – Her Book Thoughts – Guest Post
5/14/2015 – Pretty Little Pages – Review
5/15/2015 – Chapter by Chapter – Interview

Week Two
5/18/2015 – The Book Belles – Review
5/19/2015 – Alice Marvels – Guest Post
5/20/2015 – Bumbles and Fairy-Tales – Review
5/21/2015 – Bookish Things & More – Interview
5/22/2015 – Wishful Endings – Review


Blog Tour: Lonesome Beds and Bumpy Roads by Becca Ann & Tessa Marie (Spotlight Post)

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Hey everyone! I’m so excited to be on the blog tour for Lonesome Beds and Bumpy Roads by Becca Ann & Tessa Marie (April 22nd 2015, Cookie Publishing). This book sounds super interesting! For my stop on the blog tour, I have a fun promo post with info about the book and authors! Enjoy!

LB CoverLexie Boggs has dealt with enough drama for one teenage girl, and just when she thinks it’s about over, the father who abandoned her a decade ago shows up looking for redemption. At least… that’s what he says.

Ryan Parker thinks his future is set. He’s got a sweet job set up, graduation on the horizon, and a lifetime of dreams he’s planned with his girlfriend, Lexie—including a king-sized bed for their soon-to-be apartment. Only a slight snag tugs at the fantasy when Lexie starts putting aside all she’s worked hard on for her deadbeat dad and his “sickness.”

Suddenly school is the only time spent together, and as Ryan expresses his suspicions about why Daddy Boggs is really back, Lexie pulls away, hoping Ryan is wrong but fearing he’s right. And as graduation approaches, Ryan and Lexie struggle to keep the futures they thought they had firmly intact from crumbling all over their now lonely king-sized bed.

This is the third and final installment of Lexie and Ryan’s story.


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About the authors:

Becca Ann About Becca Ann:
Cassie Mae (AKA Becca Ann) is a nerd to the core from Utah, who likes to write about other nerds who find love. Her angel children and perfect husband fan her and feed her grapes while she clacks away on the keyboard. Then she wakes up from that dream world and manages to get a few words on the computer while the house explodes around her. When she’s not writing, she’s spending time with the youth in her community as a volleyball and basketball coach, or searching the house desperately for chocolate.

Tessa Marie About Tessa Marie:
Theresa Paolo lives in the same town she grew up in on Long Island, NY with her long time boyfriend and their fish. Her debut novel (NEVER) AGAIN, a NA romance, released in Fall 2013 with Berkley (Penguin). (ONCE) AGAIN will release this summer. She is also the coauthor of the Amazon bestseller KING SIZED BEDS AND HAPPY TRAILS and BEACH SIDE BEDS AND SANDY PATHS, a YA contemporary series, under her pen name Tessa Marie. She has a hard time accepting the fact she’s nearing thirty, and uses her characters to relive the best and worst years of her life. She put her love of writing on hold while she received her Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing from Dowling College. When she’s not writing, she’s behind a camera, reading, or can be found on Twitter, Pinterest and Facebook.

Blog Tour: Seriously Wicked by Tina Connolly (Author Interview + Giveaway)

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Hey everyone! I’m so, so excited to be on the blog tour for Tina Connolly’s upcoming release, Seriously Wicked (May 5, 2015, Tor Teen). This book looks seriously, insanely amazing and I’m so excited to have Tina on my blog for an interview! First, here’s more information about the book:

SERIOUSLY WICKED coverAbout the Book
Author: Tina Connolly
Pub. Date: May 5, 2015
Publisher: Tor Teen
Pages: 384
Formats: Hardcover, eBook

The only thing worse than being a witch is living with one.

Camellia’s adopted mother wants Cam to grow up to be just like her. Problem is, Mom’s a seriously wicked witch.

Cam’s used to stopping the witch’s crazy schemes for world domination. But when the witch summons a demon, he gets loose—and into Devon, the cute new boy at school.

Now Cam’s suddenly got bigger problems than passing Algebra. Her friends are getting zombiefied. Their dragon is tired of hiding in the RV garage. For being a shy boy-band boy, Devon is sure kissing a bunch of girls. And a phoenix hidden in the school is going to explode on the night of the Halloween Dance.

To stop the demon before he destroys Devon’s soul, Cam might have to try a spell of her own. But if she’s willing to work spells like the witch…will that mean she’s wicked too?


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And now here’s the interview! Enjoy!

Question: Seriously Wicked will be out very soon! How do you feel?
Answer: Seriously Excited! (Hey, someone had to say it!)

Question: Looking back on the last few months, what was the hardest part of the publishing process? The easiest? Most nerve-wracking?
Answer: As far as the publishing process goes, the hardest and most nerve-wracking part on every book is when I finally get it in good enough shape to turn it into my editor and hold my breath that she likes it! The easiest and best part is seeing the cover art. Seriously (I use that word too much!), Tor has an amazing art department, and they have knocked it out of the park with all four of my books. I’ve been blown away every time I get to see a new cover.

Question: What do you think you’ll do when you see your book in bookstores for the first time?
Answer: Take pictures! The thrill never gets old. Plus, this time my book will be in a new section – as a long-time reader of YA and MG I am super stoked to have a book in those aisles.

Question: Describe your book in ten words or less. Go!
Answer: Witch Girl hearts Demon Boy. Seriously Wicked mom. Garage-Dragon.

Question: Seriously Wicked sounds AMAZING. Where’d the idea come from?
Answer: Thank you! I was sitting down to write one day and the idea for this modern Rapunzel-ish story about a high school girl who lives with a *seriously wicked* witch just jumped into my head. The whole thing spilled out very quickly.

Question: Seriously Wicked has an awesome title and cover! Did you come up with the title? Without spoilers, can you explain what part(s) of the story the cover is depicting?
Answer: Yes! I did come up with the title. So far I’ve titled all my four published books… we’ll see how long that trend continues!

Seriously Wicked wasn’t the first title I came up with, though. Looooong ago when I was writing the zeroth draft, the very first working title was How I Stopped The Witch Who Ate Manhattan. (Please note that the witch does not, in fact, eat Manhattan. Or even attempt to eat it. That’s why they call it a working title. ;) Once I reached the end and knew what the book was about, I retitled it Witch Girl Hearts Demon Boy. It stayed that way for quite awhile. Then finally, when I was writing my pitch for the completed book, I wrote the opening hook:

Camellia’s adopted mother wants Cam to grow up to be just like her. Problem is, Mom’s a seriously wicked witch.

And “Seriously Wicked” just leaped out at me.

As to the cover – I absolutely LOVE the cover! It is so much fun. It shows Cam in her bedroom studying spellbooks. Spells are written like some horrible combination of math problems, logic puzzles, and bad puns, so Cam will have a lot of work to do if she wants to figure one out.

Question: Since Seriously Wicked features a wicked witch, can you tell us who your favorite wicked witch of all time is? Why? Would you consider writing a retelling that features your favorite wicked witch?
Answer: One of my favorite wicked witches is definitely Elphaba from Wicked – I love what Gregory Maguire did with her in retelling her story. And I do love retellings where you see the other side of the evil person you thought you knew! Even though I love all the Oz books (I was obsessed with both L. Frank Baum and Ruth Plumly Thompson’s stories as a kid) I think Maguire has done a definitively good retelling, so I’m unlikely to visit Oz anytime soon. :)

While we’re on that subject, one of my favorite good witches is cranky Eglantyne Price, as played by Angela Lansbury in Bedknobs and Broomsticks. I love that movie to pieces.

Question: According to your bio, you used to do a lot of theatre. How did that influence your writing, if at all?
Answer: Oh, it definitely does! One, in that I like writing dialogue. But two, in that what I love about both theatre and writing is getting into a character’s head. I really feel for all my side characters, and it’s hard putting only a little of what I know about their backstories and hopes and dreams into the story, and making the rest of them stay off stage!

Question: Are you working on anything new?
Answer: I am working on the next two Seriously books AND a Seriously story! It’s going to be all Seriously, all the time around here for the next year. They are all stand-alone adventures (you can’t keep a megalomaniac witch down, you know! Sarmine always has a new plan to take over the world, and Cam always has to stop her…)


And now for the giveaway! 5 winners will receive a finished copy of SERIOUSLY WICKED! US Only. To enter, complete the Rafflecopter below!

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Tina_Connolly-author-headshot2-bwAbout the Author
Tina Connolly is the author of the Ironskin trilogy from Tor Books, and the Seriously Wicked series, from Tor Teen. Ironskin, her first fantasy novel, was a Nebula finalist. Her stories have appeared in Women Destroy SF, Lightspeed,, Strange Horizons, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, and many more. Her narrations have appeared in audiobooks and podcasts including Podcastle, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, John Joseph Adams’ The End is Nigh series, and more. She runs the Parsec-winning flash fiction podcast Toasted Cake.

She is originally from Lawrence, Kansas, but she now lives with her family in Portland, Oregon, where it is nice and green and wet. Photo credit Caroline M. Yoachim.

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Tour Schedule

Week One:
4/27/2015 – Pandora’s Books – Interview
4/28/2015 – Bookfever – Review
4/29/2015 – On Starships and Dragonwings – Guest Post
4/30/2015 – GenGen’s Book Blog – Review
5/1/2015 – Bookhounds ya – Interview

Week Two:
5/4/2015 – The Midnight Society – Review
5/5/2015 – Alice Marvels – Guest Post
5/6/2015 – Book Briefs – Review
5/7/2015 – Bittersweet Enchantment – Interview
5/8/2015 – Stories & Sweeties – Review

Blog Tour: The Fearless by Emma Pass (Author Interview)

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Hey everyone! I’m so, so excited to be on the blog tour for The Fearless by Emma Pass (April 14th 2015, Delacorte Books for Young Readers ). This book looks amazing and I’m so excited to have Emma on my blog for an interview! First, here’s more information about the book:

Fearless cover For fans of The Hunger Games, Matched, Divergent, and The Fifth Wave, this fast-paced futuristic thriller tells the story of seventeen-year-old Cass and her fight to protect her younger brother from an unimaginably terrifying enemy.

The Deadliest Enemy feels no fear.

When the Fearless invaded, they injected everyone in their path with the same serum that stripped them of humanity.

Life became a waking nightmare.

Cass has the invasion seared in her memory. Seven years later, she and her brother, Jori, are living on Hope Island in a community of survivors. No one can enter, and no one can leave.

It’s the only way to stay safe.

But when Hope Island’s security is breeched and Jori is taken by the Fearless, Cass will risk everything to get him back.


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And now here’s the interview! Enjoy!

Question: The Fearless will be out in stores very, very soon. How does it feel?
Answer: Amazing! It already came out in the UK last year so to think it’s coming out in the US (in a beautiful hardcover, nonetheless) is very exciting.

Question: Describe your book in your own words. As a challenge, see if you can describe it in ten words or less!
Answer: That’s a hard one! How about… A terrifying enemy invades – the world we know disappears forever.

Question: The Fearless sounds amazing! Where did the idea for it come from?
Answer: Before my first novel, ACID, was bought by a publisher, I attended a writing workshop where the author was talking about getting book ideas from newspaper headlines. She handed some out, and the one I was given was about a drug that could stop people feeling fear. I wondered what would happen if such a drug were to fall into the wrong hands, and it grew from there.

Question: What scene was the hardest to write? The easiest? What scene do you most regret having to cut? What was your favorite scene that got added?
Answer: The hardest scene: when Cass, Myo and the people they’re travelling with meet a strange character called the Ragged Man who has someone with him Cass recognises… it wasn’t a hard to write because I didn’t know what was going to happen, but hard emotionally.

The easiest: when Jori is kidnapped by the Fearless. I could see it all so vividly, it was playing like a film in my head as I wrote.

The scene I regret having to cut: Part of the book is set in an underground bunker. I originally had much more of the book set there, and had included a VERY emotional scene between Cass and Myo, but it had to be cut as the book was getting too long! And no, I can’t say what happened – it would spoil the book!

Favourite scene that got added: Where Cass and Myo are talking about the food they used to eat when they were kids, before the Fearless invaded. It was a very sweet and nostalgic scene to write!

Question: Craziest thing you’ve had to Google for a work in progress? (Can be for The Fearless or for Acid or a current WIP)
Answer: Hmm… well, for the Fearless, it was probably ‘How long does it take for a body dropped in a river to float to the surface?’ (Answer: it depends on the time of year.) I’m probably on several watch lists for the stuff I had to google for that book!

Question: Early reviews have praised The Fearless, calling it “awesome from start to finish.” One reviewer said it was, “quite a fresh take on the whole ‘zombie-apocalypse.’ Another reviewer called it a, “a post-apocalyptic thriller with a scarily plausible premise.” How does it feel to know so many people already love your book?
Answer: You can’t beat that feeling you get when you read a really good book, and it makes me really happy to think that one of my books is making readers feel that way.

Question: According to your bio, you tried to write, “all sorts of stuff, from short stories to crime and everything in between … As soon as I started my first YA novel, I knew this was what I wanted to write.” What was it about YA that pulled you in? Do you ever see yourself writing a Middle Grade novel? What about New Adult or Adult?
Answer: I first discovered YA after attending a weekend course run by a YA author. After that, I started reading more and more of it, and then I decided to try writing the novel I was working on at the time – which was an attempt at adult literary fiction, with a teenage main character – as a YA novel. As soon as I started it, it felt right.

I honestly can’t see myself writing NA or adult novels, but I’d love to try MG. I read a lot of MG and it’s so much fun! So – watch this space…

Question: Your bio also says that you work in a library. Does your job aid in your writing in any way? What’s it like being surrounded by books and eager readers all day long?
Answer: Actually, I don’t work there any more – I left last year to concentrate on writing and running writing workshops in schools, which I do a lot of and really enjoy. But it was the perfect job while I was trying to get published. Being surrounded by books was awesome and I also got to help out at loads of writer and reader events, which were always fun!

Question: What books would you recommend to a reader who loved yours, and wants to read something similar?
Answer: For dystopian fans: the thrilling dystopian romance DARK DAYS by Kate Ormand, and the kick-ass DUALED and DIVIDED by Elsie Chapman.

For post apocalyptic fans: IN THE AFTER by Demitria Lunetta, which is one of my favourite post-apoc novels ever!

Question: Are you working on anything new?
Answer: *Mysterious face* I could be… all I can say, though, is that it involves time travel and rock music. I’d tell you more, but then I’d have to kill you… Mwahahaha.


Emma & The HoundAbout the Author:
I grew up at an environmental studies centre in South East England, where my sister and I had free range of the centre grounds and the fields and woods surrounding them. It’s probably not surprising, then, that when I was 13, I decided to write my first ever novel (you can read more about it, plus an extract, on my blog here). I wrote most of it in maths lessons with my notebook hidden under my work, and as a result, I still have to count on my fingers if anyone asks me to add anything up.

After I escaped school, I went to university to study art. But I never stopped thinking about my stories, and after I graduated, I decided to pursue writing as a career. I tried all sorts of stuff, from short stories to crime and everything in between, until I eventually decided to have a go at writing for teenagers. As soon as I started my first YA novel (now relegated to the back of a wardrobe), I knew this was what I wanted to write.

Now, I live in the North East Midlands with my husband, the artist and printmaker Duncan Pass. As well as writing books, I work at a library, where I support two writing groups and help out at as many reader and author events as I can. Not a bad day job for a writer! From 2009-12, we were lucky enough to share our lives with The Hound (pictured above), a very special ex-racing greyhound, and although he’s no longer with us, we’ll never forget him. You can read more about him on my blog here.

Now, I’m minion to G-Dog (pictured below), who ‘helps’ me write by snuggling up to me on the sofa and plonking his head on the keyboard. He also has amazing ears!



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4/20 – Addicted Readers – Interview
4/21 – My Book Muse – Review and Signed Giveaway
4/22 – Xpresso Reads – Playlist Post
4/23 – A Dream Within A Dream – Review and Signed Giveaway
4/24 – Chapter by Chapter – Review and Top Favs Interview
4/27 – Pandora’s Books – Interview
4/28 – The Irish Banana – Guest Post
4/29 – SciFi – Guest Post
4/30 – Dark Faerie Tales – Review and Dream Character Casting
5/1 – Mundie Moms – Guest Post
5/4 – Supernatural Snark – Guest Post
5/5 – Ex Libris – Guest Post
5/6 – Step Into Fiction – Review and Signed Giveaway
5/7 – IceyBooks – Quote Candy
5/8 – A Life Bound By Books – Interview

Blog Tour: The Secrets of Attraction by Robin Constantine (Guest Post)

Hey everyone! I’m so, so excited to be on the blog tour for Robin Constantine’s upcoming release, The Secrets of Attraction (April 28th 2015, Balzer + Bray). I adore Robin! She’s amazing, kind and a fantastic writer! The Promise of Amazing was one of the first contemporary books I read as a newbie blogger – and one of the reasons I fell in love with contemporary! So I’m beyond excited to help her celebrate her second book’s release! For my blog tour stop, I have an awesome guest post from Robin! First, here’s more information about the book:

Set in the same world as The Promise of Amazing, this smart, surprising, and romantic follow-up to Robin Constantine’s debut novel follows two New Jersey teens as they become friends and fall in love. Perfect for fans of Stephanie Perkins, Sarah Mlynowski, and Jennifer E. Smith.

Madison Pryce thinks she’s got everything figured out—she’s working on a portfolio for a summer art program and hanging with her friends. Plus she has her hot boyfriend, Zach. But then a visit from a family friend turns Maddie’s life upside down.

Jesse McMann is still reeling from a breakup that shattered his heart and his band. Then pride (and some goading from his bass player and fellow barista) forces him to find a new drummer—and the inspiration to write music again.

Kismet arrives in the unlikely form of Grayson Barrett, who tries out for Jesse’s band, and whose girlfriend is BFFs with the cute girl who orders a chai latte after yoga every Thursday: Maddie. What Jesse and Maddie thought they knew about the secrets of attraction and the rules of romance changes once they start falling for each other.


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And now here’s Robin’s guest post! Enjoy!

My Ten Favorite Romantic Comedies

By Robin Constantine

Like Jazz in both The Promise of Amazing and The Secrets of Attraction, romance is my favorite fantasy. While I know finding true love tips from a movie is nonsensical, I am a huge sucker for a big Hollywood ending! Whenever I’m feeling low, even watching just a few moments of a rom-com can lift my spirits. Here are some of my favorites, in no particular order – the ones that I can catch at any point and continue watching!
Letters to Juliet
RC1 Okay, so Sophie’s fiancé is a jerk from the moment you meet him, and some of the plot points are predictable, this movie is such a sweet, visual feast I can forgive its flaws. Italian countryside – need I say more? The performances by Amanda Seyfried and Vanessa Redgrave make this a captivating watch again and again.
Bridget Jones’s Diary
RC2 Who doesn’t want to hang out with Bridget Jones? Add a love triangle that contains Colin Firth AND Hugh Grant? Win-win, sitch.
Just Wright
RC3 Two words. Queen Latifah. This slow-burn romance is such fun from start to finish. It’s hard not to cheer when the (w)right girl follows her dreams AND gets the guy.
RC4 This gem is over twenty years old but it stands the test of time. The characters – main and supporting – are so deliciously flawed you can’t help but be riveted as they navigate their way through weddings, family gatherings and doomed romantic tanglings. Anyone who has commuted to work on a train should watch this for one of the best, guaranteed-to-sweep-you-away romantic moments ever on film, imho.
The Hundred Foot Journey
RC5 While the romance here is mainly with food and pursuing your passion, the subtle flirtation that blossoms between Manish Dayal and Charlotte Le Bon is charming. It’s also a visually stunning film and stars Helen Mirren and Om Puri, who have quite a feisty chemistry themselves as competitive restaurant owners.
About a Boy
RC6 I’m not sure this would be classified as a rom-com (is there such a thing as a brom-com?), but this is one of my favorites so I had to include it. Hugh Grant is a cad (really there’s no other word here) in this film, but a loveable cad who changes his ways and opens his heart (and gets the girl) by the end. The scene where he joins little pre-Skins Nicholas Hoult on stage to play Killing Me Softly is just the BEST.
French Kiss
RC7 I want Meg Ryan’s hair! Meg Ryan and Kevin Kline start out as adversaries in the beginning of this film. She thinks he’s rude, he thinks she’s uptight – a match made in heaven. With incredible locations like Paris and Cannes, I can’t help but swoon. Watching their relationship grow and change in this movie is magic.
The Holiday
RC8 So let me see, if I rent a cottage in Surrey, do you think it comes with Jude Law? Yes, please. Love this holiday movie any time of the year!
What If
RC9 Who knew Harry Potter could be a romantic lead? (although the scene in The Goblet of Fire when he asks Cho to the Yule ball is one of my favorites) Daniel Radcliffe is so wonderful in this movie. He and Zoe Kazan have the most adorable chemistry in this perfectly paced friendship-to-love romance.
You’ve Got Mail
RC10 In this case, I guess I did save the best for last. This may be my favorite rom-com ever. As a matter of fact, after I write this post, I think I’m going to watch it again. Another adversaries-to-love romance, with BOOKS!! And letter writing (okay, email exchanges) And Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks! I love it for The Shop Around the Corner, alone. Then, there’s that ending… “Don’t cry Shopgirl” …sigh. Perfect.

What are some of your favorites?


robin_about_smallAbout Robin:
Robin Constantine is a born-and-raised Jersey girl who moved south so she could wear flip-flops year-round. She spends her days dreaming up stories where love conquers all, eventually, but not without a lot of peril, angst, and the occasional kissing scene.

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Blog Tour: Written in the Stars by Aisha Saeed (Guest Post + Giveaway)

Hey everyone! I’m so excited to be a part of Aisha Saeed’s blog tour for her debut novel, Written in the Stars (Out now)! For my blog tour stop, I have a guest post from Aisha! Plus, there’s an awesome giveaway! First, here’s some more information about Written in the Stars:

Written in Stars coverThis heart-wrenching novel explores what it is like to be thrust into an unwanted marriage. Has Naila’s fate been written in the stars? Or can she still make her own destiny?

Naila’s conservative immigrant parents have always said the same thing: She may choose what to study, how to wear her hair, and what to be when she grows up—but they will choose her husband. Following their cultural tradition, they will plan an arranged marriage for her. And until then, dating—even friendship with a boy—is forbidden. When Naila breaks their rule by falling in love with Saif, her parents are livid. Convinced she has forgotten who she truly is, they travel to Pakistan to visit relatives and explore their roots. But Naila’s vacation turns into a nightmare when she learns that plans have changed—her parents have found her a husband and they want her to marry him, now! Despite her greatest efforts, Naila is aghast to find herself cut off from everything and everyone she once knew. Her only hope of escape is Saif . . . if he can find her before it’s too late.


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And now here’s Aisha’s Guest Post!! Enjoy!

Balancing Two Cultures

by Aisha Saeed

When my parents emigrated from Pakistan to the United States, they were the first in their families to leave behind their ancestral lands. It is a huge leap of faith to leave behind not only your family and friends, but also everything you know for the hope to create a better life for yourself and for future generations. It’s a leap of faith I’m so thankful they took.

Growing up, just like the parents in Written in the Stars, my parents also valued their cultural heritage. Because of the value they placed on remembering where we came from, I can speak two Pakistani languages, have a closetful of salwar kamizes [traditional Pakistani clothing] that I wear to special events and on holidays, and can make many South Asian dishes including a mean biryani. Beyond just the physical traditions such as clothing and food, I also appreciate the many Pakistani values my parents imparted upon me, like the emphasis on family and community. Growing up in the United States with our relatives overseas, our Pakistani American community became our family. We went to each other’s homes for dinner each week (much like Naila did), and we relied and turned to each other for support when things were tough. For my parents, these weekly meetings with their friends helped anchor them in the familiar in what was a beloved but often unfamiliar new country.

Despite all the benefits of growing up with two cultures, it was not without its challenges. Because my parents were not born and raised in the United States there were many cultural things they didn’t understand. For example, most children know what Valentine’s Day is, but I didn’t so I ended up being the only kid in kindergarten without any cards to hand out. My parents also didn’t go to schools like mine growing up, so prom and football games were completely foreign, and consequently, a bit intimidating for them to consider allowing me to go to. It was sometimes a little rough, wanting to do things my classmates did but not being able to because of the cultural divide that separated us.

I found myself turning a great deal to people who really got just how hard it was to balance these two worlds: my Pakistani-American friends. Much like Naila turned to her boyfriend Saif, I relied on these friends to understand the unique challenges we faced. We gave each other advice and by leaning on one other we made our way through navigating two cultures we appreciated and valued but that could be very different from each other at times.

Now that I’m an adult, I am thankful to have found a happy balance between my parents’ culture and my American culture. It was a balancing act and it wasn’t always easy, but now I feel immeasurably blessed to have the benefits of both in my life and to be able to enjoy the best of both worlds.


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Aisha-Saeed-author photoAbout the Author:
Aisha Saeed is an author, mama, lawyer, teacher, and maker and drinker of chai. She is also the Vice President of Strategy for We Need Diverse Books™. Aisha has been blogging for over a decade and her writing has also appeared in places such as The Orlando Sentinel, BlogHer, Muslim Girl Magazine, and Red Tricycle. She is also a contributing author to the anthology Love Inshallah

While Aisha loves writing about a variety of topics, her main passion lies in channeling her inner teen. Her debut YA novel WRITTEN IN THE STARS will be released in 2015 by Penguin/Nancy Paulsen Books. She is represented by Taylor Martindale at Full Circle Literary Agency.

When Aisha isn’t writing or chasing her two little boys, you can find her reading, baking, doodling henna patterns, or daydreaming about eight consecutive hours of sleep.

You can connect with Aisha at her website, or follow along on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, or Tumblr.


Written in the Stars Blog Tour Schedule

YA Highway – 3/24

IceyBooks – 3/25

Jessabella Reads – 3/26

Alice Marvels – 3/27

Pandora’s Books – 3/31

Pop! Goes the Reader – 4/2

The Young Folks – 4/6

Forever Young Adult – 4/7

Cuddlebuggery – 4/8

Perpetual Page Turner – 4/9

The YA Bookworm – 4/13