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Monday, July 8
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Welcome to D.C! I’m so proud that my first Reading Road Trip Tour Stop is for our nation’s capitol— a city of the people, by the people, and for the people. How can you not love the reclaimed swampland that makes history happen on a daily basis and where marble phallic symbols run amok? Eff yea ‘Merica!

SO anyway on to the reading bit—- four score and several months ago I started to read the Georgetown Academy series. I fell head over heels for it. We’re talking faceplant may need reconstructive plastic surgery levels of falling here. And central to series is the D.C. setting since politics at GTA go far beyond the normal high school kind and on to the national stage. D.C. becomes it’s own character in these books—from the start of book 1 to the close of book 4- Georgetown Academy rings like a love story to America’s capitol. I truly love this series and I think it’s a great representation on what makes D.C. so utterly amazing.

If you would like to read my reviews of the individual books, you can find them here:

Book One, Book Two, Book Three, Book Four and my Top Ten Reasons to read Georgetown Academy Season 1 here.

AND NOW FOR SOMETHING COMPLETELY DIFFERENT! Jessica and Alyssa, authors of Georgetown Academy, have graciously written us a little something entitled:

WE HEART D.C.

When we used to go on yearly field trips to D.C. in middle school, the most exciting part was the three hour bus ride—you really can’t ask for more drama than when you put fifty seventh graders in a confined space. But now that we’re adults (or as adult as we’ll admit to being), we have a whole new love for the District—so much so that we set an entire YA series there!

For one, you’ve got the monuments. For some reason in every TV show about the Beltway, people only meet up at the monuments in order to scheme to take down the president or rendezvous with the person they’re having an affair with. But for us, we love to sit in the perfectly manicured grassy area of the National Mall and read, people watch or write. It’s the only mall where we’re not distracted by a window display of shoes. 

Two, the bar and restaurant scene is amazeballs and keeps getting better. Not only are the food and cocktails good, but eavesdropping on the conversation around you is even better. Just last week at one of our favorite bars, Churchkey in Logan Circle, the two women to the right of us were talking about their clearance level at the State Department and the two guys to the left of us were dishing on the respective Congressmen they work for. Way better than hearing the usual bar talk of women drunkenly declaring that whatever song is playing is their favorite song ever and listening to guys trash talking about their fantasy teams. (But full disclosure, we admit when Like a Prayer came on, we were the two girls who loudly announced that it’s our all-time favorite.).

Three, not to sound like we read Eat, Pray, Love too many times, but we’re obsessed with the aura of the city. Manhattan has its own frenetic pulse and same with L.A. (although the pulse is a lot slower because everyone is hungry), but D.C. has a unique energy that you can’t get anywhere else. Yes, Congress is a bigger disaster than when we cut our own bangs, but there is still something about this city where you feel like you’re in the heart of the action even as you wolf down that Georgetown Cupcake.

And finally, we heart D.C. because it’s the perfect place to set a YA series. We got the idea to write Georgetown Academy after hearing the stories of our friends who went to prep school in D.C. Nowhere else in the country are high schoolers throwing parties at people’s houses whose parents have diplomatic immunity so the cops legally can’t break up their rager. Some people imagine what life would be like to be a powerful senator, the director of the CIA or the Veep. We wonder what it would be like to be the teenage children of those high-ranking officials because it’s got to suck when your senator mother is publicly trying to take down the senator father of the hot guy you share a Bunsen Burner with in chemistry class. D.C. is like its own character in our series and all we can say is, we hope we do our favorite city justice. 


Thanks so much to Jessica and Alyssa for letting us in on why they <3 D.C. UGH, do you not want to go visit D.C. like right this instant? I do!

Anyway, I hope you’ve enjoyed you little pitstop here at the D.C. tour stop and that you’ll consider reading Georgetown Academy. For one lucky reader I’m giving away a copy of Georgetown Academy Season 1—ALL FOUR BOOKS! Just follow the link and enter via the rafflecopter here.

xoxo,

V.V.

Tags:   #i read #books #ya #young adult #ya lit #young adult fiction #d.c. #washington d.c. #georgetown academy #coliloquy #reading road trip #blog tour



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Tuesday, May 21
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WIth summer at our door it’s the perfect time to read about skinny dipping right? I’m so happy to be taking part in The Hazards of Skinny Dipping blog tour! Below we have a great Ten Things You Didn’t Know about Reed post from Alyssa herself. Be sure to click the link and enter the rafflecopter to win your own copy too! 

xoxo,

V.V.

10 Things You Don’t Know About Reed

1)    His room is a total mess, but he tries to keep his truck clean. Juliet gets on his back about that difference.

2)    He’s only been skinny dipping once, and it didn’t last long. What happened afterward was much more enjoyable then the dip in the pool.

3)    He’s from the north, but never wants to leave the south. When he first moved to Charleston, he wouldn’t have believed it.

4)    He really likes to cook. He probably got the interest from his Uncle Al, and he still doesn’t understand why Al doesn’t open a place that serves decent food.

5)    He can function well on very little sleep. He’s the opposite of Juliet who gets cranky if she doesn’t get enough.

6)    His favorite movies are action flicks, but he still wants to keep the Halloween horror movie tradition alive.

7)    He’s a history major and kind of wants to become a professor. He just isn’t sure yet.

8)    His favorite part about Juliet is her smile. He swears she has a special one that she only uses for him.

9)    He has a newfound love of pizza sauce. It brings back good memories.

10) He’s going to convince Juliet to become a regular on his paintball team.

Synopsis:

This isn’t a deep book about first loves or self-discovery. If you want a book like that, I’d be happy to recommend one, but I don’t have that kind of story to tell. Instead my story is about rash decisions and finding out that your dream guy is bad in bed. It’s the story of when I finally went skinny dipping, and how my life was never the same again. Oh, and it’s also the story of my freshman year of college and realizing Mr. Right might have been there all along.


Author Bio:

Alyssa Rose Ivy is a New Adult and Young Adult author who loves to weave stories with romance and a southern setting. Although raised in the New York area, she fell in love with the South after moving to New Orleans for college. After years as a perpetual student, she turned back to her creative side and decided to write. She lives in North Carolina with her husband and two young children, and she can usually be found with a cup of coffee in her hand. Follow Alyssa on Twitter, Goodreads, Pinterest and her website.

Enter to win the Hazards Beach Bag giveaway including a tote bag, shot glass, drink koozies and of course the book!

You can get your copy of The Hazards of Skinny Dipping on Amazon or Barnes and Nobles now!

e-ARC provided gratis by InkSlinger PR 

Tags:   #i read #books #na #new adult #the hazards of skinny dipping #blog tour #inkslinger pr #alyssa rose ivy #contemporary #romance #fiction



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Tuesday, April 23
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I’m so excited to be participating in the Release Day Launch for Suddenly Royal by Nichole Chase. Below you’ll find a synopsis, an author bio, and a link to enter the massive giveaway! But first up, my review. xoxo V.V.

My Review:

You know how sometimes you just have these moods where nothing you pick up can keep your interest. Suddenly Royal is broke that streak for me. A generation of The Princess Diaries readers has grown up and this is the book for them.   

From the beginning, I was charmed with Samantha and her saucy down to earth personality. Suddenly Royal manages to be sweet, sexy, and poignant. The romance story line is everything you’d want it to be (no spoilers!) and is perfectly balanced by the heartbreak and guilt of the dad’s portion of the plot (no spoilers!). I *literally* laughed and cried with this book, a true feat in my opinion. Frankly, every expectation I had for Suddenly Royal was exceeded. It will be a book that I return to and reread for sure if only to spend more time in Lilaria and with the smexy Prince Alex.  With summer around the corner, I cannot think of a better beachy, fun, easy read to take with you to the surf, the sun and the sand.

Overall: A

Get your copy here or enter to win one below!


Synopsis:

Samantha Rousseau is used to getting her hands dirty. Working toward a master’s degree in wildlife biology while helping take care of her sick father, she has no time for celebrity gossip, designer clothes, or lazy vacations. So when a duchess from the small country of Lilaria invites her to dinner, Samantha assumes it’s to discuss a donation for the program. The truth will change the course of her life in ways she never dreamed.

Alex D’Lynsal is trying to keep his name clean. As crown prince of Lilaria, he’s had his share of scandalous headlines, but the latest pictures have sent him packing to America and forced him to swear off women—especially women in the public eye. That is, until he meets Samantha Rousseau. She’s stubborn, feisty, and incredibly sexy. Not to mention heiress to an estate in his country, which makes her everyone’s front-page news.

While Sam tries to navigate the new world of politics and wealth, she will also have to dodge her growing feelings for Alex. Giving in to them means more than just falling in love; it would mean accepting the weight of an entire country on her shoulders.


Author Bio:

Nichole Chase is a daydreamer. No, really, just ask any of the math teachers that had the misfortune of seeing her name appear on their class schedule.
For years she has had story lines and characters begging for attention, but she resolutely pushed them aside to focus on more normal (read, boring) jobs.

Well, no longer! She is currently heeding the voices in her head and frantically writing their stories. Ms. Chase is the author of the Dark Betrayal Trilogy, Flukes, and Suddenly Royal (including several short stories).

Nichole resides in South Georgia with her husband, energetic daughter, dog, tortoise, and two cats. When not devouring novels by the dozens, you may find her writing, painting, crafting, or chasing her daughter around the house while making monster noises.

ENTER THE RAFFLECOPTER GIVEAWAY HERE and win a copy of the book and a swag bag!

Don’t forget to check out the other Blogs Taking Part in the Release Day Launch

Hackaroo Reviews
Bound By Books
I Read Indie
Ladybug Storytime
Whirlwind Books
Roxy Kade
Defiantly Deviant
Vamp and Stuff
Moosubi Reviews
Books Over Boys
Romance Addict
Dazzled by Books
Alli’s World
Literati Literature Lovers
I Heart Big Books
Stuck in YA Books
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3 Chicks & Their Books
The Howling Turtle
Sab the Book Eater
Rumor Has It
Verb Vixen
Kaidan’s Seduction
FicTalk
A Handful of Confetti
Bookmarks, Spoilers & Happily Ever Afters
Novel Thoughts Blog
Kate’s Tales of Books and Bands
My Pathway to Books
Into the Night Reviews
Globug and Hootie

Seeing Night Reviews 

Tags:   #i read #books #romance #chick lit #suddenly royal #release day launch #inkslinger pr #blog tour #nichole chase #contemporary



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Wednesday, March 13
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Poison Blog Tour
This blog tour is a little different from the rest, mainly because it&#8217;s a tribute to the author, Bridget, who unfortunately died before her book published. Rather than a typical review we were asked to write about &#8220;A First&#8221;. There&#8217;s a lot of firsts that happen in a person&#8217;s life, but I thought it might share the first book that ever made me cry.
The book was Scarlett by Alexandra Ripley, and it is basically a sequel to Gone with the Wind. I was in 4th grade and I was a Gone with the Wind junkie. I wanted to be Scarlett O&#8217;Hara and frankly I wasn&#8217;t far off in temper and stuborness, so Scarlett was a perfect read for me. That being said, in this book Mamie dies. If you know Gone with the Wind you will remember Mamie raised three generations of women in the book, she is strong and proud and compassionate and she gives Rhett a bit of hell. In short, she&#8217;s completely endearing. Well, when Mamie died, I cried. I cried and cried and cried. And it was the first time I felt truly bereft at the loss of a fictional character. Little did I know that fictional characters would make me cry lots in the future. In fact they make my cry more than anything else in this life. That next year I bawled my eyes out when Aslan was killed in The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. In years to come I would cry for countless of characters but Mamie&#8217;s death stays with me in ways others do not. And that&#8217;s the thing about firsts, for good or bad, they&#8217;re impossible to forget.
So tell me, what was the first book that made you cry? Post in comments, reblog with your answer or hit me on twitter @verbvixen with the hashtag #Poison. 
xoxo, 
V.V.
Poison by Bridget Zinn 
Sixteen-year-old Kyra, a highly-skilled potions master, is the only one who knows her kingdom is on the verge of destruction—which means she&#8217;s the only one who can save it. Faced with no other choice, Kyra decides to do what she does best: poison the kingdom&#8217;s future ruler, who also happens to be her former best friend.
But, for the first time ever, her poisoned dart…misses.
Now a fugitive instead of a hero, Kyra is caught in a game of hide-and-seek with the king&#8217;s army and her potioner ex-boyfriend, Hal. At least she&#8217;s not alone. She&#8217;s armed with her vital potions, a too-cute pig, and Fred, the charming adventurer she can&#8217;t stop thinking about. Kyra is determined to get herself a second chance (at murder), but will she be able to find and defeat the princess before Hal and the army find her?

Kyra is not your typical murderer, and she&#8217;s certainly no damsel-in-distress—she&#8217;s the lovable and quick-witted hero of this romantic novel that has all the right ingredients to make teen girls swoon.

Purchase your copy of Poison:
Amazon http://www.amazon.com/Poison-Bridget-Zinn/dp/1423139933/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&amp;ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1361422901&amp;sr=1-1&amp;keywords=bridget+zinn
Barnes &amp; Noble  &lt; http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/poison-bridget-zinn/1110606774?ean=9781423139935&gt;
iTunes Bookstore &lt;https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/poison/id586771278?mt=11&gt;
Add Poison to your Goodreads pile! &lt;http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/8113512-poison&gt;
 
About Bridget Zinn
Bridget grew up in Wisconsin. She went to the county fair where she met the love of her life, Barrett Dowell. They got married right before she went in for exploratory surgery which revealed she had colon cancer. They christened that summer the &#8220;summer of love&#8221; and the two celebrated with several more weddings. Bridget continued to read and write until the day she died. Her last tweet was &#8220;Sunshine and a brand new book. Perfect.&#8221;
Bridget wanted to make people laugh and hoped readers would enjoy spending time with the characters she created. As a librarian/writer she loved books with strong young women with aspirations. She also felt teens needed more humorous reads. She really wanted to write a book with pockets of warmth and happiness and hoped that her readers&#8217; copies would show the watermarks of many bath time reads.

Check out the rest of the Poison Blog Tour:
MARCH 12
E.M. Kokie
Nyrae Dawn
Julie &#8220;Manga Maniac Cafe&#8221;
Abby Niles
Pam &#8220;Bookalicious&#8221; van Hylckama
Jennifer McAndrews &#8220;Honestly YA&#8221;

MARCH 13
Martha Brockenbrough
Cameron Y. - What the Cat Read
Bobbie Gould
Molly &#8220;Wrapped Up in Books&#8221;
Eileen Li

MARCH 14
Ashley Walsh &#8220;The Quiet Concert&#8221; Jennifer Rummel
Tammy Hall
Laura Kaye
Melissa Simmons
Shelley Bunnell
Kate Bourne &#8220;The Book Monsters&#8221;
Taneesha &#8220;A Diary of a Book Addict&#8221;

MARCH 15
Caroline Starr Rose
Lindsey Loucks
Amy Alessio
Elyana Noreme
Rachel Patrick &#8220;Beauty and the Bookshelf&#8221;
Sonya &#8220;Sony the Book Lover&#8221; Elizabeth Seckman

MARCH 16
Sara Bennett Wealer
Amy Plum
Betty G. Birney
Elizabeth Otto
Ellen Faith
Celeste Holloway

MARCH 17
Janet Fox
Erica &#8220;The Book Cellarx&#8221;
Amy Stewart &#8220;Simple Love of Reading&#8221;
Libby Fischer Hellmann
Melody May
Rebekah Faubion

MARCH 18
Jon Goldhirsch
MaryAnn Oprea @ Chapter by Chapter
Jennifer L. Armentrout
Brenna from Esther&#8217;s Ever After  Lauren Thoman &#8220;The Housework Can Wait&#8221;
Annabelle Hammond &#8220;Read Write and Read Some More

MARCH 19
Lucia &#8220;The Loyal Book&#8221; Jessica Miller &#8220;I Read to Relax&#8221;
Melissa de la Cruz Sara Hayet &#8220;The Page Sage&#8221;
Tara Hudson
Rebecca Lamb

MARCH 20
Johanna Wright  Tara @ Shhh&#8230; Not While I&#8217;m Reading
Michelle &#8220;Much Loved Books&#8221;
Kristina Snyder  Zoe Dawson
Peter Salomon

MARCH 21
Gwenyth Love &#8220;Rants n Scribbles&#8221;
Sarah Evans Robin Bielman  Mundie Moms (Katie)
Cynthia Leitich Smith

MARCH 22
Lucy &#8220;The Reading Date&#8221;
Carrie Ardoin &#8220;Sweet Southern Home&#8221;
Tracy James Jones
Nikki Wang &#8220;Fiction Freak&#8221;

MARCH 23
Amy Thau &#8220;Tripping Over Books&#8221;
Ashley G. &#8220;Wholly-books&#8221;
jone &#8220;Maclibrary&#8221;  Jaime @ Twisting the Lens
Crystal &#8220;Winterhaven Books&#8221;
Allison Kirk Jess &#8220;Book Rook Reviews&#8221;

MARCH 24
Lucy Softich &#8220;Adventures in Bookland&#8221;
Stephanie &#8220;Poetry to Prose&#8221;  Caren Crane &#8220;Romance Bandits&#8221; 
Beth Saxton  DJ

MARCH 25
Michael Gettel-Gilmartin &#8220;Middle Grade Mafioso&#8221;
Ruth Tenzer Feldman &#8220;Blue Thread&#8221;  Lynne Kelly
Hafsah &#8220;Icey Books&#8221;
Samanthe Beck

MARCH 26
Becca &#8220;I&#8217;m Lost in Books&#8221;
Brook Gideon &#8220;Dead Gideons&#8221;
Everybody Needs a Little Romance
Beth Revis
Damaris &#8220;Good Choice Reading&#8221;

MARCH 27
Amy G. (Kissed by Ink)
Stephanie Ruble
Angie Manfredi &#8220;Fat Girl Reading&#8221;
Rachel Coyne
Chris Miller

MARCH 28
Natalie J. Damschroder
Sara Shafer Audra &#8220;The Society&#8221;
Laura Hernandez &#8220;Reviews at mse&#8221;
Stephanie &#8220;Love Life Read&#8221;

Poison Blog Tour

This blog tour is a little different from the rest, mainly because it’s a tribute to the author, Bridget, who unfortunately died before her book published. Rather than a typical review we were asked to write about “A First”. There’s a lot of firsts that happen in a person’s life, but I thought it might share the first book that ever made me cry.

The book was Scarlett by Alexandra Ripley, and it is basically a sequel to Gone with the Wind. I was in 4th grade and I was a Gone with the Wind junkie. I wanted to be Scarlett O’Hara and frankly I wasn’t far off in temper and stuborness, so Scarlett was a perfect read for me. That being said, in this book Mamie dies. If you know Gone with the Wind you will remember Mamie raised three generations of women in the book, she is strong and proud and compassionate and she gives Rhett a bit of hell. In short, she’s completely endearing. Well, when Mamie died, I cried. I cried and cried and cried. And it was the first time I felt truly bereft at the loss of a fictional character. Little did I know that fictional characters would make me cry lots in the future. In fact they make my cry more than anything else in this life. That next year I bawled my eyes out when Aslan was killed in The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. In years to come I would cry for countless of characters but Mamie’s death stays with me in ways others do not. And that’s the thing about firsts, for good or bad, they’re impossible to forget.

So tell me, what was the first book that made you cry? Post in comments, reblog with your answer or hit me on twitter @verbvixen with the hashtag #Poison. 

xoxo, 

V.V.

Poison by Bridget Zinn 

Sixteen-year-old Kyra, a highly-skilled potions master, is the only one who knows her kingdom is on the verge of destruction—which means she’s the only one who can save it. Faced with no other choice, Kyra decides to do what she does best: poison the kingdom’s future ruler, who also happens to be her former best friend.

But, for the first time ever, her poisoned dart…misses.

Now a fugitive instead of a hero, Kyra is caught in a game of hide-and-seek with the king’s army and her potioner ex-boyfriend, Hal. At least she’s not alone. She’s armed with her vital potions, a too-cute pig, and Fred, the charming adventurer she can’t stop thinking about. Kyra is determined to get herself a second chance (at murder), but will she be able to find and defeat the princess before Hal and the army find her?

Kyra is not your typical murderer, and she’s certainly no damsel-in-distress—she’s the lovable and quick-witted hero of this romantic novel that has all the right ingredients to make teen girls swoon.

Purchase your copy of Poison:

Amazon http://www.amazon.com/Poison-Bridget-Zinn/dp/1423139933/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1361422901&sr=1-1&keywords=bridget+zinn

Barnes & Noble  < http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/poison-bridget-zinn/1110606774?ean=9781423139935>

iTunes Bookstore <https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/poison/id586771278?mt=11>

Add Poison to your Goodreads pile! <http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/8113512-poison>

 

About Bridget Zinn

Bridget grew up in Wisconsin. She went to the county fair where she met the love of her life, Barrett Dowell. They got married right before she went in for exploratory surgery which revealed she had colon cancer. They christened that summer the “summer of love” and the two celebrated with several more weddings. Bridget continued to read and write until the day she died. Her last tweet was “Sunshine and a brand new book. Perfect.”

Bridget wanted to make people laugh and hoped readers would enjoy spending time with the characters she created. As a librarian/writer she loved books with strong young women with aspirations. She also felt teens needed more humorous reads. She really wanted to write a book with pockets of warmth and happiness and hoped that her readers’ copies would show the watermarks of many bath time reads.

Check out the rest of the Poison Blog Tour:

MARCH 12

E.M. Kokie

Nyrae Dawn

Julie “Manga Maniac Cafe”

Abby Niles

Pam “Bookalicious” van Hylckama

Jennifer McAndrews “Honestly YA”

MARCH 13

Martha Brockenbrough

Cameron Y. - What the Cat Read

Bobbie Gould

Molly “Wrapped Up in Books”

Eileen Li

MARCH 14

Ashley Walsh “The Quiet Concert” Jennifer Rummel

Tammy Hall

Laura Kaye

Melissa Simmons

Shelley Bunnell

Kate Bourne “The Book Monsters”

Taneesha “A Diary of a Book Addict”

MARCH 15

Caroline Starr Rose

Lindsey Loucks

Amy Alessio

Elyana Noreme

Rachel Patrick “Beauty and the Bookshelf”

Sonya “Sony the Book Lover” Elizabeth Seckman

MARCH 16

Sara Bennett Wealer

Amy Plum

Betty G. Birney

Elizabeth Otto

Ellen Faith

Celeste Holloway

MARCH 17

Janet Fox

Erica “The Book Cellarx”

Amy Stewart “Simple Love of Reading”

Libby Fischer Hellmann

Melody May

Rebekah Faubion

MARCH 18

Jon Goldhirsch

MaryAnn Oprea @ Chapter by Chapter

Jennifer L. Armentrout

Brenna from Esther’s Ever After Lauren Thoman “The Housework Can Wait”

Annabelle Hammond “Read Write and Read Some More

MARCH 19

Lucia “The Loyal Book” Jessica Miller “I Read to Relax”

Melissa de la Cruz Sara Hayet “The Page Sage”

Tara Hudson

Rebecca Lamb

MARCH 20

Johanna Wright Tara @ Shhh… Not While I’m Reading

Michelle “Much Loved Books”

Kristina Snyder Zoe Dawson

Peter Salomon

MARCH 21

Gwenyth Love “Rants n Scribbles”

Sarah Evans Robin Bielman Mundie Moms (Katie)

Cynthia Leitich Smith

MARCH 22

Lucy “The Reading Date”

Carrie Ardoin “Sweet Southern Home”

Tracy James Jones

Nikki Wang “Fiction Freak”

MARCH 23

Amy Thau “Tripping Over Books”

Ashley G. “Wholly-books”

jone “Maclibrary” Jaime @ Twisting the Lens

Crystal “Winterhaven Books”

Allison Kirk Jess “Book Rook Reviews”

MARCH 24

Lucy Softich “Adventures in Bookland”

Stephanie “Poetry to Prose” Caren Crane “Romance Bandits”

Beth Saxton DJ

MARCH 25

Michael Gettel-Gilmartin “Middle Grade Mafioso”

Ruth Tenzer Feldman “Blue Thread” Lynne Kelly

Hafsah “Icey Books”

Samanthe Beck

MARCH 26

Becca “I’m Lost in Books”

Brook Gideon “Dead Gideons”

Everybody Needs a Little Romance

Beth Revis

Damaris “Good Choice Reading”

MARCH 27

Amy G. (Kissed by Ink)

Stephanie Ruble

Angie Manfredi “Fat Girl Reading”

Rachel Coyne

Chris Miller

MARCH 28

Natalie J. Damschroder

Sara Shafer Audra “The Society”

Laura Hernandez “Reviews at mse”

Stephanie “Love Life Read”

Tags:   #blog tour #poison #bridget zinn #books #ya #young adult #ya lit #young adult fiction #firsts


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Wednesday, February 13
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Snark and Circumstance- Stephanie Wardrop
I&#8217;m thrilled to be part of the Snark and Circumstance blog tour. Be sure to check our my exclusive interview with author Stephanie Wardrop below my review.
I love Jane Austen. I had all of her works by the time I was 16 and have been a constant fan ever since. When the chance to read Snark and Circumstance popped up, I knew it would be a good fit for me. I love Wardrop&#8217;s fresh take on Austen and while I was frustrated that I will have to wait a bit for the next installment, I actually do appreciate the series aspect. To explain&#8212;-the book is being released as a serial ala Jane Austen style. I love this return to the way these books were originally released. Now let&#8217;s get down to business: the story itself. I love the snark aspect- Georgia is a clever, witty, strong leading lady. The high school setting is a perfect modern translation to Austen&#8217;s world and Georgia and Michael while different from their Austen models hearken back to their predecessors just enough to keep the symmetry. Georgia feels more like an outsider than I think Elizabeth Bennett did but those changes make the story even more interesting. All in all, I really enjoyed this book and this is a series I am going to continue to read. My only complaint is that I want the next book sooner!
Overall: A
Snark and Circumstance is out from Swoon Romance now and is a wicked cheap bargain! Feed your e-reader at Amazon or B&amp;N.
Also, be sure to check out Swoon&#8217;s site for more awesome YA and romance titles. 

Our Interview with Stephanie Wardrop:
1. What inspired your retelling of a Jane Austen classic? Why tackle such a beloved book? 
You&#8217;d think it would be audacity, but it was really insecurity that motivated me.  After years of grad school and teaching, I wanted to get back to writing fiction and was really rusty.  What better model than Jane Austen? 
2. HS and suburbia seem to translate really well to the societal hierarchy and social commentary that Austen is known for. Tell us a little bit about how you make that setting work for you and what commentary on high school you&#8217;d like your reader to walk away thinking about.  
The biggest thing I want Georgia to learn is what the reader should consider, I guess.  We&#8217;re all human, we all have our perspectives on things, and if we take time to see someone else&#8217;s view, what motivates them, it usually benefits us.
 Wow.  That sounded so preachy!  Not my intention.  Maybe the lesson is if you&#8217;re going to laugh at others, you have to laugh at yourself first. And through Georgia I&#8217;m kind of laughing at myself.  And laughter is the key to surviving high school. 
3. Your leading lady, Georgia Barrett, is quite snarky, which I love, where did the idea for her come from and who do you see when you think of her? 
I picture her as tall and thin, gangely even, with dark hair and eyes.  She came from my own discomfort at moving (as a grown up) to a preppie New England town quite unlike where I grew up and feeling that sooner or later someone was going to ask to see my membership card.  And I wouldn&#8217;t have one to produce.  Georgia keeps insecurity at bay through snark &#8212; I hid out and wrote a book :)
4. As far as modern Darcy like boys go, Michael Endicott is pretty close to perfect, but just like Darcy it&#8217;s hard to read his motivations. Can you give us a glimpse under the surface?  
Michael is not nearly as confident as he looks, though I have to say his parents did a good job with him.  He&#8217;s very well adjusted except for some minor OCD.  But impatient with people and he can appear cold and aloof when he just doesn&#8217;t know what to say.
5. What is your writing process like? Are  a (fly by your seat) Pantser or a (outline outline outline) Plotter? Do you have any requirements when you are writing? Snark was different be because I already had the structure , but in some ways that made it harder.  I had to give myself permission to jump off the P&amp;P rails at some points.  Other times I just have an idea of a scene or a conversation between two people I don&#8217;t know yet and I just try to get it all down before I forget.  Then for two days I am ecstatic; two days later I read it and decide it sucks!  Then the work of fleshing it out and deciding what to do with it begins.  I think for every book any writer&#8217;s produced, they probably have at least another whole book&#8217;s worth of unusable material &#8212; at least I do.
6. If Snark and Circumstance had a theme song what would it be?  
Depends on the book, but Book Four is Jason Mraz&#8217;s &#8220;I&#8217;m Yours&#8221; and not just because he has serious vegan cred.
7. Snark and Circumstance is a series.  Did you approach writing it differently? What can we expect next and when?  
Book two comes out in May and I can&#8217;t tell you how happy I was when someone said &#8220;I can&#8217;t wait that long!&#8221;. Originally it was a standalone novel but Mandy at Swoon had the idea to turn it into a four novella series&#8212; which is so Jane Austen!  (Her books came out in threes or Tripledeckers&#8221;).  It&#8217;s been a challenge to make each installment work on its own but I&#8217;m learning a lot in the process.
8. Free share&#8212; tell us something about yourself that most people don&#8217;t know.  This will freak out some people who know me but don&#8217;t know this. When I was in grad school, I had an acquaintance whose mom, unbeknownst to me, was a famous British psychic, apparently.  I met her at a party and we talked about Tess of the Durbervilles.  The next day someone told me that she asked her daughter if &#8212; I&#8217;m paraphrasing here &#8212; I knew I had it.  So some psychic thinks I am psychic.  I sometimes know things that are about to happen, unexpected things, but nothing useful yet, like picking Lotto numbers.  
Thank you to Stephanie Wardrop and Swoon Romance for the interview and the opportunity to review this awesome new book!
e-ARC provided gratis by Swoon Romance. 

Snark and Circumstance- Stephanie Wardrop

I’m thrilled to be part of the Snark and Circumstance blog tour. Be sure to check our my exclusive interview with author Stephanie Wardrop below my review.

I love Jane Austen. I had all of her works by the time I was 16 and have been a constant fan ever since. When the chance to read Snark and Circumstance popped up, I knew it would be a good fit for me. I love Wardrop’s fresh take on Austen and while I was frustrated that I will have to wait a bit for the next installment, I actually do appreciate the series aspect. To explain—-the book is being released as a serial ala Jane Austen style. I love this return to the way these books were originally released. Now let’s get down to business: the story itself. I love the snark aspect- Georgia is a clever, witty, strong leading lady. The high school setting is a perfect modern translation to Austen’s world and Georgia and Michael while different from their Austen models hearken back to their predecessors just enough to keep the symmetry. Georgia feels more like an outsider than I think Elizabeth Bennett did but those changes make the story even more interesting. All in all, I really enjoyed this book and this is a series I am going to continue to read. My only complaint is that I want the next book sooner!

Overall: A

Snark and Circumstance is out from Swoon Romance now and is a wicked cheap bargain! Feed your e-reader at Amazon or B&N.

Also, be sure to check out Swoon’s site for more awesome YA and romance titles. 


Our Interview with Stephanie Wardrop:

1. What inspired your retelling of a Jane Austen classic? Why tackle such a beloved book?

You’d think it would be audacity, but it was really insecurity that motivated me.  After years of grad school and teaching, I wanted to get back to writing fiction and was really rusty.  What better model than Jane Austen? 

2. HS and suburbia seem to translate really well to the societal hierarchy and social commentary that Austen is known for. Tell us a little bit about how you make that setting work for you and what commentary on high school you’d like your reader to walk away thinking about.  

The biggest thing I want Georgia to learn is what the reader should consider, I guess.  We’re all human, we all have our perspectives on things, and if we take time to see someone else’s view, what motivates them, it usually benefits us.

 Wow.  That sounded so preachy!  Not my intention.  Maybe the lesson is if you’re going to laugh at others, you have to laugh at yourself first. And through Georgia I’m kind of laughing at myself.  And laughter is the key to surviving high school. 

3. Your leading lady, Georgia Barrett, is quite snarky, which I love, where did the idea for her come from and who do you see when you think of her?

I picture her as tall and thin, gangely even, with dark hair and eyes.  She came from my own discomfort at moving (as a grown up) to a preppie New England town quite unlike where I grew up and feeling that sooner or later someone was going to ask to see my membership card.  And I wouldn’t have one to produce.  Georgia keeps insecurity at bay through snark — I hid out and wrote a book :)

4. As far as modern Darcy like boys go, Michael Endicott is pretty close to perfect, but just like Darcy it’s hard to read his motivations. Can you give us a glimpse under the surface?  

Michael is not nearly as confident as he looks, though I have to say his parents did a good job with him.  He’s very well adjusted except for some minor OCD.  But impatient with people and he can appear cold and aloof when he just doesn’t know what to say.

5. What is your writing process like? Are  a (fly by your seat) Pantser or a (outline outline outline) Plotter? Do you have any requirements when you are writing? Snark was different be because I already had the structure , but in some ways that made it harder.  I had to give myself permission to jump off the P&P rails at some points.  Other times I just have an idea of a scene or a conversation between two people I don’t know yet and I just try to get it all down before I forget.  Then for two days I am ecstatic; two days later I read it and decide it sucks!  Then the work of fleshing it out and deciding what to do with it begins.  I think for every book any writer’s produced, they probably have at least another whole book’s worth of unusable material — at least I do.

6. If Snark and Circumstance had a theme song what would it be?  

Depends on the book, but Book Four is Jason Mraz’s “I’m Yours” and not just because he has serious vegan cred.

7. Snark and Circumstance is a series.  Did you approach writing it differently? What can we expect next and when?  

Book two comes out in May and I can’t tell you how happy I was when someone said “I can’t wait that long!”. Originally it was a standalone novel but Mandy at Swoon had the idea to turn it into a four novella series— which is so Jane Austen!  (Her books came out in threes or Tripledeckers”).  It’s been a challenge to make each installment work on its own but I’m learning a lot in the process.

8. Free share— tell us something about yourself that most people don’t know.  This will freak out some people who know me but don’t know this. When I was in grad school, I had an acquaintance whose mom, unbeknownst to me, was a famous British psychic, apparently.  I met her at a party and we talked about Tess of the Durbervilles.  The next day someone told me that she asked her daughter if — I’m paraphrasing here — I knew I had it.  So some psychic thinks I am psychic.  I sometimes know things that are about to happen, unexpected things, but nothing useful yet, like picking Lotto numbers.  

Thank you to Stephanie Wardrop and Swoon Romance for the interview and the opportunity to review this awesome new book!

e-ARC provided gratis by Swoon Romance. 

Tags:   #i read #books #ya #young adult #young adult fiction #ya lit #snark and circumstance #stpehanie wardrop #swoon romance #blog tour #jane austen #contemporary


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Tuesday, December 11
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In anticipation of the third book release in the Real Mermaid series by Helene Boudreau, Real Mermaids Don’t Need High Heels, we’re delighted to bring you a yummy, festive holiday treat from Jade! A super easy and super yummy raspberry mug cake! Oh, and be sure to check back tomorrow to read our review of Real Mermaids Don’t Need High Heels!

xoxo,

V.V.

Real Mermaids Festive Treats

Hi everyone! Jade here from Real Mermaids. 

One of my favourite things about the upcoming holidays is the great treats we get to make and share. I love food so much, in fact, that I included a recipe for some of my favourite snacks in each of the Real Mermaids books. 

My friend Cori and I thought we’d experiment a bit and ‘holiday-ize’ each recipe for you!

In Real Mermaids Don’t Wear Toe Rings, I was stuck at my Gran’s cottage without any chocolate in sight. That’s when I turned to Google and found a recipe for a 5-minute Chocolate Mug Cake. Yes! Cake in FIVE MINUTES. I added raspberries and whipped cream to this version. Holiday dessert, anyone?


Chocolate Mug Cake with Raspberries and Whipped Cream

First, get yourself the biggest microwaveable mug in the cupboard. Add:

- 4 tablespoons flour 

- 4 tablespoons sugar 

- 2 tablespoons cocoa 

 Mix it well. Then add:

- 1 egg 

Mix. Then add:

- 3 tablespoons milk 

- 3 tablespoons oil 

Mix. Then add:

- 3 tablespoons chocolate chips (NOT optional—at least as far as I’m concerned) 

- 1 capful of vanilla extract 

And… MIX! 

Cook in the microwave for 3 minutes at 1000 watts (high). The cake will look like it’s going to overflow but don’t freak out! Let it cool for a bit (unless you want to burn your lips off) and add raspberries and whipped cream to make it fancy, then ENJOY!

Happy treats and have a great holiday, everyone!

Love, 

Jade


About the Book:

Everyone’s favorite mer-girl Jade is back to make a big splash as she enters high school in the hilarious,  third installment of the critically-acclaimed Real Mermaids series, Real Mermaids Don’t Need High Heels (February 2013; ISBN: 978-1-4022-6458-0; $6.99 U.S.; Juvenile Fiction; 240 pgs.; Sourcebooks Jabberwocky; Ages 9 and up).

In Real Mermaids Don’t Need High Heels,Jade is finally ready for life to return to normal—even if starting ninth grade is like being a goldfish in a shark tank and being asked to the school dance means Jade must get over her fear of awkward dancing.

But just as Jade settles into high school life, there is unrest in the ocean, and the whole mer-world is on the brink of civil war. Can Jade find a plus-sized dress that doesn’t look like a shower curtain, keep her mer-ness a secret, and finally figure out if she and Luke are officially dating? Who knew being a high school freshman is even more awkward than being a plus-sized aqua-phobic mer-girl?

The Author:

Hélène Boudreau never spotted a real mermaid while growing up on an island surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean, but she believes mermaids are just as plausible as giant squids, flying fish, or electric eels. She now writes fiction and nonfiction for kids from her landlocked home in Ontario, Canada. Her first book of this series, Real Mermaids Don’t Wear Toe Rings, was a 2011 SCBWI Crystal Kite Award finalist. Learn more about Helene at www.heleneboudreau.com.

Tags:   #blog tour #cake #covers #helene boudreau #real mermaids #real mermaids love the holidays #recipes #sourcebooks #real mermaids don't need high heels


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Friday, October 19
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BLOG TOUR: TWO AND TWENTY DARK TALES

I’m so excited to be part of the blog tour for Two and Twenty Dark Tales, a charity anthology from Month9Books that re-imagines classic Mother Goose nursery rhymes in a delightfully creeptastic way. I’ve previously reviewed the book and you can check out my thoughts on it here. I’m pleased to present for your reading pleasure an interview with Georgia McBride, author and publisher for Month9!


THE INTERVIEW:

1. Where did the idea of a compilation of dark version of Mother Goose tales come from, and how did you find the awesome collection of authors on this book?

I have always thought of Mother Goose rhymes in particular as being dark, and not necessarily comforting. As for the authors, I simply sent an email asking writerly friends I’ve made if they wanted to participate. I was pretty surprised by the response.


2. The stories in this book were creepy in a variety of ways. I think it’s perfect for the Halloween season. Which story in the anthology did you personally find the most scary or disturbing? Why?

It might sound self-serving, but I’ve read many reviews that say Little Miss Muffet, my story, was rather disturbing. Some have called it downright gross. That’s probably because my poem, Humpty Dumpty wasn’t featured in the galley version of the book. It is equally disturbing and extremely sad. Thinking about it chokes me up.


3. If there was a theme song for Two and Twenty Dark Tales what would it be?

Them Bones by Alice in Chains.


4. Month9Books has stated that there will be a charity anthology like Two and Twenty Dark Tales every year. How did you reach this decision, and can you explain the publication’s commitment to charity anthologies? Do you have an idea of what you’re going to do next?

Yes! Next year’s anthology is called Very Superstitious: Myths, Legends, and Stories of Superstition. Proceeds from sales of the first 5,000 copies will be donated to SPCA International. We will continue to publish a charity title annually. We believe we can make a difference, one word at a time.

5. Where do the proceeds for Two and Twenty Dark Tales go to? Can you tell us about this charity?

YALITCHAT.ORG, an organization close to my heart, that fosters the advancement of young adult literature around the world.

6. You currently wear many hats—author and publisher being two of those. How do you balance your various responsibilities, and which do you like the most? Why?

Balance is hard, but necessary. As a writer, I am responsible to myself, my agent, and in some ways, my family. As a publisher, my responsibility extends to Month9Books authors, their agents, their families, our staff, our distributor, our partners. It is a heavy weight, but I carry it gladly and with pride. I wouldn’t have it any other way.


7. What forthcoming release from Month9Books are you most excited for?

Is it wrong to say my own? Praefatio releases May 2013.


8. This is a free and open question. Tell us something original, unique, interesting. Whatever you want to share.

Hmmmm. I have size 10 feet. My fave super hero is Batman. I have a huge crush on Jared Leto. When I was in high school, I wanted to change my name to Stephanie. Don’t know if any of the above makes me original, unique, or interesting. 


Thank you to Georgia and Month9 for that awesome interview! Be sure to order your copy of Two and Twenty Dark Tales today


ENTER THE GIVEAWAY!

Before you go, enter to win an ebook of Marcelo in The Real World by Francisco X. Stork using the Rafflecopter here.  

And be sure to check out the other tour stops for more interviews, guest posts and prizes!

Tags:   #i read #books #month9books #georgia mcbride #ya #young adult #ya lit #young adult fiction #nursery rhymes #two and twenty dark tales #anthologies #scary #stories #creepy #short stories #charity #blog tour



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Friday, August 17
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BLOG TOUR: A Bad Day for Voodoo

I’m so excited to be part of the blog tour for Jeff Strand’s A Bad Day for Voodoo!  

A Bad Day for Voodoo

Glad we covered that. Now, I want you to imagine you very worst day ever. Okay, now I’m going to need you to imagine that bad day getting worst by say, ohhh, x1000. That’s what A Bad Day for Voodoo is like; it is that level of bad day. 

 

It is humorous horror, if such a genre exists. There is a frantic pace to the plot and to the dialogue/writing. Both the pace and the story pretty much define action/adventure. Adam is perhaps actually dumber than a rock, while pragmatic and practical Kelley is a good counterbalance for him. Tyler meets them somewhere in the middle and has perhaps the most outrageous impulses I’ve ever read. When I think about the plot the only phrase I can come up with is “a ridiculous riot.” We’re talking voodoo dolls, zombies, crazy cabbies, gangsters, shootouts, guarddogs, and so much more. Frankly the book is worth the read just for the FAQ section which had me laughing out loud. I didn’t mind the “Intermission” either. If you’re okay putting reality aside for a little while, if you’re in it to laugh and to be caught up in the fun, then A Bad Day for Voodoo is a perfect read for you. 

Overall: A-

A Bad Day for Voodoo is out now from Sourcebooks! Get your copy now. Want to know more about the plot? Keep reading

Synopsis: Tyler was majorly mad when his teacher gave him an F on his final.  But he didn’t really believe one quick poke on a voodoo doll would make Mr. Chick’s leg explode.  He definitely didn’t think his best friend Adam, who gave him the doll in the first place, would blackmail him with a second doll made in Tyler’s image.  And then his car is hijacked…with the dolls inside. With a group of deadly car thieves, a suspicious cop, parents who demand that they come home “right this minute” and countless other obstacles, they’ll need to work fast to avoid the same gruesome fate as their teacher!There are some days you just want to crawl into bed and forget the rest of the world. For Tyler, that day was today.

About the Author: JEFF STRAND is a three-time nominee for the Bram Stoker Award, lives in Tampa, Florida, and doesn’t believe in voodoo.  But he thinks you should carry a doll around, go up to people you don’t like, and chuckle while you jab at it with pins, just to make them squirm.  Poke around his 

e-Galley provided gratis for review by Sourcebooks via Netgalley.

Tags:   #blog tour #a bad day for voodoo #jeff strand #sourcebooks


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Saturday, August 4
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BLOG TOUR: WANT

I am delighted to be part of the blog tour for Stephanie Lawton’s Want. My review is directly below this so be sure to check that out as well as enter to win your own e-copy of Want. There’s some music links embedded in my review so make sure you listen to them at the appropriate breaks. And check back next week when I’ll be putting up a WANT photo tour of Alabama.

xoxo,

V.V.

WANT Review: Want is dark, twisted, gripping and psychologically fascinating. The book is a sensory experience centered primarily on music but including taste and color and other sounds as well. I was lucky enough to actually read this book while I was driving through Alabama and so I have a true appreciation for the setting now. When you get to Alabama this is the song that comes to mind:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C29Fs-WNIrg

Instead what you have is surprising and lovely and more like this:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RFMNhx2-VDE

Mobile here acts as the gilded cage superficial and pretty on the outside but rotting within. The importance of appearance, of perception by the community and the negative consequences of social hierarchies are all fundamental to the story (think “A Rose for Emily”).  Honestly it is impossible for me to picture this story outside of the South. Now I wonder what is lurking behind all that sweet tea and southern charm. As for characters, our heroine is flawed but lovable and has two equally lovable men vying for her. The artistic geniuses (Julianne and Isaac) are both disturbing in their own ways and watching them battle themselves and each other throughout the book is like watching a train wreck. You know it is all sorts of terrible and tragic and cannot end well but dear god you cannot look away. There are so many tough topics that are covered that looking back I’m not sure how Lawton was able to accomplish it all! She manages to touch upon depression, mood disorders, abuse, pedophilia, self-mutilation, slander and suicide all in one plot line. I was uncomfortable the whole way through—a sign it was done well. Sarcasm provides moments of comic relief but never lets you fully come down from the emotional rollercoaster. There was something of Romeo and Juliet here as well, not the tragic lovers but definitely in the flawed action or inaction of the adults that surround them resulting in dire consequences. I will say the ending made me quite happy which was a necessity in my opion. Music fans, piano fans, Alabama fans, psychology fans, or fans of books like Some Girls Are by Courtney Summers or any Ellen Hopkins will definitely love this one. Overall: A

WANT to know more synopsis:

Julianne counts the days until she can pack her bags and leave her old-money, tradition-bound Southern town where appearance is everything and secrecy is a way of life. A piano virtuoso, she dreams of attending a prestigious music school in Boston. Failure is not an option, so she enlists the help of New England Conservatory graduate Isaac Laroche. Julianne can’t understand why Isaac suddenly gave up Boston’s music scene to return to the South. He doesn’t know her life depends on escaping it before she inherits her mother’s madness. Isaac knows he must resist his attraction to a student ten years his junior, but loneliness and jealousy threaten his resolve. Their indiscretion at a Mardi Gras ball—the pinnacle event for Mobile’s elite—forces their present wants and needs to collide with sins of the past. Will Julianne accept the help she’s offered and get everything she ever wanted, or will she self-destruct and take Isaac down with her?

WANT Author Bio:

After collecting a couple English degrees in the Midwest, Stephanie Lawton suddenly awoke in the deepest reaches of the Deep South. Culture shock inspired her to write about Mobile, Alabama, her adopted city, and all the ways Southern culture, history and attitudes seduce the unsuspecting. A lover of all things gothic, she can often be spotted photographing old cemeteries, historic buildings and, ironically, the beautiful beaches of the Gulf Coast. She also has a tendency to psychoanalyze people, which comes in handy when creating character profiles. On her thirtieth birthday, she mourned (okay bawled) the fact that in no way could she still be considered a “young adult,” so she rebelled by picking up Twilight and promptly fell in love with Young Adult literature. She has a love/hate relationship with Mardi Gras –where does all that money come from?–and can sneeze 18 times in a row.

WANT THE BOOK Giveaway: Rafflecopter here

WANT More Tour Stops: Be sure to check out the other tour stops since every stop has a e-copy giveaway!

July 15-Bookish Brunette-Guest Post

July 16-Wake Up At Seven-Interview

July 17-The Book Vortex

July 18-Hypable-Interview

July 19-Literary Exploration-Character Guest Post

July 20-Rumor Has It

July 21-Dreaming in Reviews

July 22-Ladybug Storytime-Guest Post

July 23-Pageturners Blog

July 24-Magnet4Books-Guest Post

July 25-Novel Thoughts Blog

July 26-BookandaLatte-Guest Post

July 27-BlookGirl-Guest Post

July 28-Parajunkee

July 30-GReadsBooks

July 31-Alluring Reads-Guest Post

August 1-Well Read Reviews

August 2-Sarah Reads Too Much

August 3-Book Brats-Interview

August 5-Girls in the Stacks-Podcast

August 6-The Readiacs-Interview

August 7-Great Imaginations

August 8-Book Twirps-Guest Post

August 10-MundieMoms-Guest Post

August 11-The Aussie Zombie

August 12-YA Sisterhood-Song Lyric Interview

August 13-The Story Siren-Interview

WANT LINKS:

Goodreads WANT: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/13432653-want
Goodreads Stephanie Lawton: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5601445.Stephanie_Lawton
Stephanie’s Website: http://stephanielawton.com/
Stephanie’s Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/#!/StephanieLawtonWriter
Stephanie’s Twitter: https://twitter.com/#!/Steph_Lawton
InkSpell Publishing Website: http://www.inkspellpublishing.com/

Tags:   #i read #books #ya #young adult #young adult fiction #contemporary #music #ya lit #stephanie lawton #inkspell publishing #blog tour #WANT



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Tuesday, July 3
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READING ROAD TRIP BLOG TOUR: Rhode Island

Ah Rhode Island, the little state that could. First to ratify the constitution and first in all our hearts, right? I went to school in Providence, Rhode Island and those four years were the best of my life so I am so happy to represent our smallest state of the Union in the Reading Road Trip Tour. IN FACT, I was just up in Newport, Rhode Island for the weekend doing some recon (or relaxing, whatever). Anyway the road trip allows us to give away a book that either takes place in the state OR by an author who is from the state SO I’ve chosen to giveaway INFINITE DAYS by Rebecca Maizel. 

Infinite Days (Vampire Queen, #1)

Rebecca is from our lovely little state of Rhode Island. She graduated from Boston University and Rhode Island College Master’s program.  She teaches community college in Rhode Island and is currently studying to receive her MFA from Vermont College.  Her hotly anticipated sequel to Infinite Days, Stolen Nights is due out this fall. 

My Original Review of INFINITE DAYS from way back when:

This book was an addiction for me. I skipped meals, holing myself up with this book until I was done. Then, I read it again. I don’t know what I loved more the originiality of the plot, the ernestness of the characters or the thrill of danger lurking at the door. While romantic and paranormal, Maizel’s debut shines most for her heroine’s compelling desire to be human in every sense of the word. It is this heart-breaking, fragile humanity that may be her saving grace. 
I can only compare this first book to how I felt when I read Twilight and the first Harry Potter. Maizel has the brillian gift of creating characters you don’t just love despite their flaws, but characters whose story you NEED to hear creating a compulsion to listen and experience that story for yourself. 

There is no doubt that I am buying a copy of this book for myself and copies to give to all my friends. 

Overall: A++

Thank you to www.ilikethesebooks.com & www.iceybooks.com for hosting this awesome giveaway tour.

ENTER the RHODE ISLAND GIVEAWAY to win ONE of TWO copies of Infinite Days for yourself: rafflecopter here.  US and Canada only please.

Tour Schedule: Check out the schedule here for all the other tour stops where you can enter all the giveaways!

Tags:   #i read #books #ya #young adult #young adult fiction #ya lit #giveaway #rebecca maizel #infinite days #reading road trip #blog tour


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Friday, March 23
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Spellcaster Music Blog Tour!

Thanks for stopping by the Verb Vixen stop of the Spellcaster music blog tour!  My review of Spellcaster went up yesterday, so check the post just below this one to get my thoughts on this sequel by Cara Lynn Shultz!

In addition to our awesome interview with mean girl Kristin from the books, you can enter to win an exclusive Spellcaster iPod Nano!

Now for some insight in to Kristin from Spellbound and Spellcaster:

1. Kristin, you seem particularly concerned with Brendan despite his clear lack of interest.  Why?

I’m positive that this is just a phase for Brendan. I’m the best thing around, so once he realizes that, he’ll come my way. Why wouldn’t he? He’s hot, I’m hot. He’s rich, I’m rich. What else is there, really? I mean, he totally needs a haircut, but I can look past the superficial to see that he’d look perfect with a proper haircut. Obviously, we’re a perfect match. Once he’s done making whatever statement he’s trying to make with his whole “I’m a loner” thing, he’ll come around.

2. Beyond your interest in Brendan, what motivates you to attack Emma?

First of all, you have no proof that I’ve done anything to Emma—anything that she didn’t deserve. But if you’re trying to get me to talk about what I don’t like about her, all you had to do was ask. It’s one of my favorite subjects. Here’s how I see Emma: She’s this random girl who just showed up out of nowhere, and thinks she’s just like, sooooo funny and sarcastic and clever when really, she’s just some loser with tacky shoes and big boobs and a rich aunt who paid her way into the school. Anthony had some kind of bug up his ass about her, even though he never admitted to me what it was. I don’t know what kind of mind games she played with him, but clearly she did. And then Brendan, out of nowhere, dates her? Who the hell is Emma to show up out of nowhere and get their attention? I was here first!!

3. What’s made you such an uber B*tch? Didn’t you watch Mean Girls like the rest of us?

I know what I want, I go after it, and I get it. And if someone gets in my way, well, tough for them. If that makes me a bitch, then I wear the title proudly. I really didn’t understand why everyone hated Regina George in that movie. If you ask me, they were all jealous.

4. Where do you want to go to college and what do you want to be when you grow up?

I don’t know if you realize this, but I was in commercials as a baby. I had the lead in the school play this year. I’ve got a lot of talent and I’m going to be a star. So I’m going to apply to the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. Or, I want to get on a reality show. There should be a Real Housewives show, but for fabulous high school students. I’d totally be the star of that. Or I want to be a Pussycat Doll when I grow up.

5. For someone so concerned with power, you let yourself be used and manipulated pretty easily in both Spellbound and Spellcaster.  Any response?

I don’t see myself as being manipulated. An opportunity came up for me to get revenge on someone I hate. If it had worked out, I would have come out the winner. And if you ask me, I’m still the winner.

Here’s my theme song. I feel like I could have written this song. I mean, it so accurately describes everything I want in life, and everything I’m going to get. Pussycat Dolls, “When I Grow Up”

Thank you Kristin for those insights into your character….AND NOW FOR PRIZES!

To enter to win a copy of Spellcaster a go enter the Rafflecopter Giveaway at Verb Vixen’s Facebook Page (under Contests and Giveaways)! Be sure you also click like since one facebook fan of Verb Vixen will also win a signed copy of book 1, Spellbound. Enter and Like here.

To win the iPod nano: At the end of the Tour a Rafflecopter will be up at the Tour Stops where you have to enter a question concerning one character of Spellcaster. Follow the Tour and you’ll be able to answer the question easily!  Open US/Canada.  See full contest rules here.

Monday March, 19th - My Cute Bookshelf

Wednesday, March, 21st - Mundie Mom’s

Friday, March, 23rd - VerbVixen

Monday, March 26th - Book and A Latte

Tuesday, March 27th -Book Birthday! Harlequin, Paranormal Blog

Wednesday, March 28th - Miss Page Turner’s City of Books

Thursday, March 29th - Read Me, Bookmark Me, Love Me

Friday, March 30th - writers write, right?

Monday April 2nd - Alice Marvel’s

Wednesday, April 4th- Paranormal Wastelands

Friday, April 6th - Fiktshun

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