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Wednesday, July 23
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Coliloquy Summer Reading Challenge!

Colioquy is hosting their first Reading Challenge this summer and I’d like to personally invite you to participate in this fun reading adventure. If you are not familiar with this publisher, then you clearly don’t read my blog regularly. BUT I’ll forgive you and you can find out more about them and see a list of their titles here:  http://www.coliloquy.com/about/coliloquy/

The challenge will run between July 7 - August 31, and you can follow along on the Summer Reading Goodreads page and on Twitter using the hashtag #SummerReading. The challenge will be a point based system and depending on how you participate (i.e. blogger and/or reader), you will be eligible to receive FREE Coliloquy titles and win lots of cool prizes.  The more you do, the more you receive. And you get to have fun reading while doing it!

And it gets even better… to kickstart the reading challenge, Coliloquy has dropped the price of several titles. Just for the summer the following books will be offered for FREE across various platforms : King Solomon’s Wives: Hunted, Totlandia: Book 1,  Witch’s Brew, Spellspinners 1, and Georgetown Academy, Book 1. Additionally, Dead Letter Office, Parish Mail 1 and The Great Panty Caper are both available for FREE on Wattpad.

Also, for the new adult fans, Coliloquy is offering an EXCLUSIVE discounted price ($4.99) for Game. Set. Match. a sporty summer romance that has taken fans by storm! Click on the link below and enter promo code: GSM Summer Reading for this amazing promotional price! https://buy.coliloquy.com/obxtheseries

HOW TO EARN POINTS:

  • JOIN- Click on the link to the GoodReads page to join. This page will have updated information about the challenge, a list of participating blogs, eligible titles, discussions and fun challenge questions.(10 points)
  • READ & REVIEW- For each eligible title you read and review on Amazon, you will receive (25 points). Additional points are available (10 each) for cross-posting reviews on Barnes & Noble, Goodreads, and a personal blog.
    • If you review a bundle, the  point value will be as follows:
      • Totlandia- 100 points
      • Spellspinners- 75 points
      • Georgetown Academy- 100 points
      • Getting Dumped (+) Great Panty Caper- 75 points
      • King Solomon Wives- 75 points
  • SOCIAL MEDIA- If you are like us and love social media, you can participate on these outlets as well.
    • TWITTER- You can receive up to (10 points) over the summer for tweeting about the challenge (1 tweet = 1 point). Here are some example tweets to use:
      • Join the #SummerReading Challenge with @Coliloquy http://bit.ly/coliloreading
      • The #SummerReading Challenge @Colilquy is starting now! (add link to your blog post)
      • I’m reading (name of book) for @Coliloquy’s #SummerReading Challenge.
      • Have you heard about @Coliloquy’s #SummerReading Challenge yet? (add link to your blog post)
      • Discover a new read through @Coliloquy’s #SummerReading Challenge! (add link to your blog post)
      • Read. Review. Win. Join @Coliloquy’s #SummerReading Challenge! (add link to your blog post)
    • INSTAGRAM- Take a picture of yourself reading a Coliloquy title in your favorite summer reading spot and hashtag it #Summer #Reading #Coliloquy. (10 points)
  • COMMENT- Comment on challenge posts / reviews from the different participating bloggers (max 10 points per week- 2 points per comment). The list of bloggers can be found on the GR page.
  • REFER A FRIEND-  if you are having fun, invite a friend to join! (25 points) after friend has joined and read/reviewed at least 1 title).

REDEEM-

  • Once you reach 100 points, you can cash in your points or you can wait to redeem your prizes at the end of the challenge. All tracking spreadsheets must be turned in by September 7, 2014.
    • 100 points = 1 free Coliloquy title of your choice:
    • 250 points= a 2nd free Coliloquy title of your choice.
    • For each additional 50 points after 250 (up to 500 / 5 entries), you will receive 1 entry into main giveaway. Giveaway includes: (1) Coliloquy Beach Swag Bag (includes: beach bag, silly sunglasses, Coliloquy swag & $10.00 Amazon gift card.

TRACKING

1. Click on the link to access the tracking spreadsheet: https://docs.google.com/a/coliloquy.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0AgzxVSgLj7YjdF9UNnNvb3Y3bUhPRFUwNTFXTEROcWc&usp=sharing

2. Click File—>Download as an Excel file and save to your computer.

3. Use the google doc to track your progress. When you are ready to redeem your points, you can send the completed spreadsheet to SummerReading@Coliloquy.com

If you are interested in taking part in the challenge, please click HERE to join. Once you join, you  will be able to review specific details outlining the challenge details, prizes, tracking system and much more!  You can also follow along on Twitter by using the hashtag #SummerReading.

Tags:   #coliloquy #publishing #reading #summer #summer reading challenge #books #i read



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Thursday, April 17
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Georgetown Academy is a juicy series about the politics at D.C.’s most elite prep school. A cross between Scandal and Gossip Girl, it’s fans include Eva Longoria and nearly a million Wattpad fans.
To celebrate the series’ success, we’ve put together an amazing campaign that involves and benefits readers—the more participation, the more we’ll give. Here are the steps:
Book One is currently being featured on Wattpad. Add GTA to your public Wattpad reading list: http://www.wattpad.com/story/8095946-georgetown-academy-book-one
Share Book One’s Wattpad link via twitter (Using #GTScandal)

If GT fans hit 1k tweets by Wednesday, April 23, we will release Chapter 1 of Book 2 on Wattpad


if can hit 1.5k tweets by Sunday 4/27, we’ll release another Book 2 chapter (from the POV of a an unknown character) on Wattpad


If we hit 2k, the price of book 2, across all platforms will be dropped to $1.99

Join our Twitter Party! On Tuesday 4/22 @ 9 pm EST authors Jessica and Alyssa will answer all readers’ questions! Find out if Taryn will stand between Ellie and Gabe, and maybe their parents’ careers. Use the hashtag #GTScandal to participate. Follow us @GTownAcademy.
Other ways to participate in the campaign and spread the word:
Add the books on Goodreads! Book 1 | Book 2 | Book 3 | Book 4 
If you’ve already read and loved the books, consider posting your review on Amazon.
So will you be attending the chat? Let me know in the comments :)

[Insert Book Cover Here] About Georgetown Academy:
Synopsis:
It’s the beginning of a new political administration. That might not mean much at most high schools, but at Georgetown Academy, Washington D.C.’s most elite prep school, January 20th means new alliances, new flings, and new places to party.
While freshmen—nicknamed “interns” for their willingness to jump into bed with anyone higher on the D.C. totem pole—navigate the not-so-friendly halls of GA searching for Algebra and Bio classes, the school’s lifers have other things on their minds.
For self-proclaimed D.C. royalty Brinley Madison (of those Madisons), the first day of school is all about establishing the social hierarchy and playing the part of perfect political wife to her boyfriend, the outgoing Vice President’s son. Too bad he has a wandering eye that puts Bill Clinton’s to shame. Can she keep him, and her own secret vice, in check?
Ellie Walker, Brinley’s best friend, floats through the halls on the arm of golden boy Hunter McKnight (the JFK of GA). But when her ex-boyfriend, Gabe, returns to town and her Senator mother’s political nemesis is reelected, Ellie’s life starts to snowball out of control.
Shy, quiet Evan Hartnett is more into books than beer, and her closet is full of t-shirts and jeans instead of Jason Wu and Jimmy Choo. No one’s ever really noticed her—but she’s been noticing them. When her star rises as an intern at D.C.’s most-watched political news show, she soon finds the two worlds colliding in ways that make her question what’s secret and what’s fair game.
New girl Taryn Reyes is all laid-back, California cool; with a father who’s in line to be the first Hispanic president, she’s ready to dive into the D.C. scene with an open mind. But when her fellow students turn out to be more interested in spreading rumors than making friends, she realizes that forging a drama-free path might be a lot harder than she thinks.
With so many new friends and former flames in the mix, things are bound to get a little heated. And while diplomatic immunity might keep the cops away, there’s not much it can do about the press.
In a town where one teenage misstep can turn into a national scandal, the students at Georgetown Academy will have to be on their best behavior—or, at least, they’ll have to make the world believe that they are.
Because there’s only one rule: whatever you do, don’t get caught.
What’s Cool from Coliloquy:
As the party scene at Georgetown Academy gets under way, authors Alyssa and Jessica let readers decide which of the main girls to follow. You’ll see scandalous behavior, unexpected liaisons, and secret betrayals…all giving you a different perspective as events unfold.

Georgetown Academy is a juicy series about the politics at D.C.’s most elite prep school. A cross between Scandal and Gossip Girl, it’s fans include Eva Longoria and nearly a million Wattpad fans.

To celebrate the series’ success, we’ve put together an amazing campaign that involves and benefits readers—the more participation, the more we’ll give. Here are the steps:

Book One is currently being featured on Wattpad. Add GTA to your public Wattpad reading list: http://www.wattpad.com/story/8095946-georgetown-academy-book-one

Share Book One’s Wattpad link via twitter (Using #GTScandal)

  • If GT fans hit 1k tweets by Wednesday, April 23, we will release Chapter 1 of Book 2 on Wattpad

  • if can hit 1.5k tweets by Sunday 4/27, we’ll release another Book 2 chapter (from the POV of a an unknown character) on Wattpad

  • If we hit 2k, the price of book 2, across all platforms will be dropped to $1.99

Join our Twitter Party! On Tuesday 4/22 @ 9 pm EST authors Jessica and Alyssa will answer all readers’ questions! Find out if Taryn will stand between Ellie and Gabe, and maybe their parents’ careers. Use the hashtag #GTScandal to participate. Follow us @GTownAcademy.

Other ways to participate in the campaign and spread the word:

Add the books on Goodreads! Book 1 | Book 2 | Book 3 | Book 4 

If you’ve already read and loved the books, consider posting your review on Amazon.

So will you be attending the chat? Let me know in the comments :)

[Insert Book Cover Here] About Georgetown Academy:

Synopsis:

It’s the beginning of a new political administration. That might not mean much at most high schools, but at Georgetown Academy, Washington D.C.’s most elite prep school, January 20th means new alliances, new flings, and new places to party.

While freshmen—nicknamed “interns” for their willingness to jump into bed with anyone higher on the D.C. totem pole—navigate the not-so-friendly halls of GA searching for Algebra and Bio classes, the school’s lifers have other things on their minds.

For self-proclaimed D.C. royalty Brinley Madison (of those Madisons), the first day of school is all about establishing the social hierarchy and playing the part of perfect political wife to her boyfriend, the outgoing Vice President’s son. Too bad he has a wandering eye that puts Bill Clinton’s to shame. Can she keep him, and her own secret vice, in check?

Ellie Walker, Brinley’s best friend, floats through the halls on the arm of golden boy Hunter McKnight (the JFK of GA). But when her ex-boyfriend, Gabe, returns to town and her Senator mother’s political nemesis is reelected, Ellie’s life starts to snowball out of control.

Shy, quiet Evan Hartnett is more into books than beer, and her closet is full of t-shirts and jeans instead of Jason Wu and Jimmy Choo. No one’s ever really noticed her—but she’s been noticing them. When her star rises as an intern at D.C.’s most-watched political news show, she soon finds the two worlds colliding in ways that make her question what’s secret and what’s fair game.

New girl Taryn Reyes is all laid-back, California cool; with a father who’s in line to be the first Hispanic president, she’s ready to dive into the D.C. scene with an open mind. But when her fellow students turn out to be more interested in spreading rumors than making friends, she realizes that forging a drama-free path might be a lot harder than she thinks.

With so many new friends and former flames in the mix, things are bound to get a little heated. And while diplomatic immunity might keep the cops away, there’s not much it can do about the press.

In a town where one teenage misstep can turn into a national scandal, the students at Georgetown Academy will have to be on their best behavior—or, at least, they’ll have to make the world believe that they are.

Because there’s only one rule: whatever you do, don’t get caught.

What’s Cool from Coliloquy:

As the party scene at Georgetown Academy gets under way, authors Alyssa and Jessica let readers decide which of the main girls to follow. You’ll see scandalous behavior, unexpected liaisons, and secret betrayals…all giving you a different perspective as events unfold.

Tags:   #i read #books #ya #ya lit #young adult fiction #publishing #reading #coliloquy #georgetown academy #gta #GTScandal #politics #private school



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Thursday, January 23
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Devil’s Frost (Book 3 of Spellspinners of Melas County) by Heidi R. Kling

If this series were a movie, Devil’s Frost would be the summer action blockbuster. It has everything you want—-deadly action, sizzling romance, and lots of plot twists. The Gleaning ended with a hell of a cliffhanger and Devil’s Frost picks up right where things start getting good left off. This book is very Lily-centric and so we hear her version of events first, followed by Logan’s account. Kling nails the emotions—-the betrayal, the loss, the fear, the love, and most of all the confusion that both Lily and Logan are grappling with. There’s also a hot morally ambiguous bad boy, Jude, a frenemy to end all frenemies in Orchid, a complex parental situation, a Jafar like warlock villain, this looming tyrranical council and a major prophesy to fulfill. Not enough for you? Let’s go back to the romance then because that’s where Kling shines. I will never tire of Lily and Logan, not in eucalpytus groves, not in caves and certainly not on questing adventures in the next book.

The plot in Devil’s Frost moves quickly, the fastest of all three books so far and it ends in an interesting place. You can see the reprecussions coming like a tidal wave that will crush everything and everyone in the way. Unfortunately we have to wait for the next book to see who will be swept away.

Overall: A
Devil’s Frost is out now from Coliloquy. Get your copy here or get Books 1-3 here!

eArc provided gratis via Coliloquy.

Devil’s Frost (Book 3 of Spellspinners of Melas County) by Heidi R. Kling

If this series were a movie, Devil’s Frost would be the summer action blockbuster. It has everything you want—-deadly action, sizzling romance, and lots of plot twists. The Gleaning ended with a hell of a cliffhanger and Devil’s Frost picks up right where things start getting good left off. This book is very Lily-centric and so we hear her version of events first, followed by Logan’s account. Kling nails the emotions—-the betrayal, the loss, the fear, the love, and most of all the confusion that both Lily and Logan are grappling with. There’s also a hot morally ambiguous bad boy, Jude, a frenemy to end all frenemies in Orchid, a complex parental situation, a Jafar like warlock villain, this looming tyrranical council and a major prophesy to fulfill. Not enough for you? Let’s go back to the romance then because that’s where Kling shines. I will never tire of Lily and Logan, not in eucalpytus groves, not in caves and certainly not on questing adventures in the next book.

The plot in Devil’s Frost moves quickly, the fastest of all three books so far and it ends in an interesting place. You can see the reprecussions coming like a tidal wave that will crush everything and everyone in the way. Unfortunately we have to wait for the next book to see who will be swept away.

Overall: A

Devil’s Frost is out now from Coliloquy. Get your copy here or get Books 1-3 here!

eArc provided gratis via Coliloquy.

Tags:   #i read #books #ya #young adult #ya lit #young adult fiction #publishing #coliloquy #kindle #witch's brew #the gleaning #heidi r kling #devil's frost #witches #warlocks #romeo and juliet



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Tuesday, December 31
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Guys. This Cover. I Die. 
1. I love the blue! It matches my summer hair.
2. There’s something sinister here, perhaps the evil red eye that whispers of the darkness that this book promises.
3. I mean, is there a better way to end a year then with a magical read? I think not.
4. Is there a better way to start a year then with a magical read? I think not.
5. I love how it’s sort of reflective of the current state of the world. When winter’s darkness descends, I want to see something reflect that desolation and despondency. I’m constantly thinking about Queen Mab and winter courts, but now perhaps I’ll think of witches who are being a bit wicked.
Anyway, this cover makes me super excited Devil’s Frost. Devil’s Frost is the third book in Heidi R. Kling’s #sexymagic series…The Spellspinners of Melas County. To celebrate the cover reveal, there’s a witchy giveaway you can enter via the rafflecopter here.
xoxo,
V.V.

Guys. This Cover. I Die. 

1. I love the blue! It matches my summer hair.

2. There’s something sinister here, perhaps the evil red eye that whispers of the darkness that this book promises.

3. I mean, is there a better way to end a year then with a magical read? I think not.

4. Is there a better way to start a year then with a magical read? I think not.

5. I love how it’s sort of reflective of the current state of the world. When winter’s darkness descends, I want to see something reflect that desolation and despondency. I’m constantly thinking about Queen Mab and winter courts, but now perhaps I’ll think of witches who are being a bit wicked.

Anyway, this cover makes me super excited Devil’s Frost. Devil’s Frost is the third book in Heidi R. Kling’s #sexymagic series…The Spellspinners of Melas County. To celebrate the cover reveal, there’s a witchy giveaway you can enter via the rafflecopter here.

xoxo,

V.V.

Tags:   #i read #books #reading #ya #young adult #ya lit #young adult fiction #coliloquy #devils frost #spellspinners of melas county #heidi r kling #sea #witch's brew #the gleaning #witches #warlocks #magic #cover reveal #giveaway



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Thursday, December 26
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Christmas is Over, Our Next Countdown is

to #SexyMagic times. Book 3 of Spellspinners of Melas County by Heidi Kling is out 1/21!


Tags:   #countdown #widget #spellspinners #book 3 #heidi r kling #coliloquy #ya #books #young adult



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Thursday, November 28
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Season’s Greetings: A Parish Mail Short (Parish Mail 2.5) by Kira Snyder
Alternatively titled: Why this novella is like a hug plus my recipe for Peppermint Hot Cocoa
I love the holidays. I love everything about them. It’s the only time of year I turn into a sappy, cheesy Hallmark movie loving fiend. I also find myself reading a lot in December and I’m particularly fond of winter themed books—-does it have snow? hot chocolate? ice skating? Great, I’ll read it. That’s part of the reason I was so excited to get to read Season’s Greetings.
The Parish Mail books, Dead Letter Office and Post Mortem are a series of paranormal mysteries set in New Orleans. Now go back and read that last sentence and tell me how many of those things I love. Yep, all of them. That’s part of why I love the Parish Mail series so much! Then when you add Coliloquy’s active fiction aspect—Oh, you’re going to let me choose which boy she calls? Oh, you’re going to let me decide where she goes? It’s like a dream come true. Also if you’re like me you’ll go back and reread every option at every available choice point. 
Now combine all of my loves into one novella and you have Season’s Greetings. The story continues the Parish Mail world—this fight of good versus evil and of restoring balance through solving crimes both in the past and the present. There’s three smexy boys vying for Celia’s attention, an amazing witchy best friend and a great family support system too. The plot of Season’s Greetings feels less ominous and dangerous but has a wonderful holiday message at the core of which is love and family. At the end you feel warm, full of joy and somehow renewed which is why this novella is just like a hug.
In the spirit of the holidays, I recommend a warm delicious beverage to accompany this book: Peppermint Hot Cocoa. It’s simultaneously cool and warm. It’s like Icy Hot for your mouth if Icy Hot were delicious. To make: Add a packet of Swiss Miss with mini marshmellows to your mug. Add boiling water, a splash of milk and 1 capful of this peppermint syrup from Starbucks. Stir. Top with some more mini marshmallows and a cute little candy cane as a stirring utensil. BOOM! INSTANT HOLIDAY CHEER and a perfect accompaniment for Season’s Greetings!
Overall: A+
You can get a copy of Season’s Greetings here, as well as Dead Letter Office and Post Mortem.
eARC provided gratis by Coliloquy 

Season’s Greetings: A Parish Mail Short (Parish Mail 2.5) by Kira Snyder

Alternatively titled: Why this novella is like a hug plus my recipe for Peppermint Hot Cocoa

I love the holidays. I love everything about them. It’s the only time of year I turn into a sappy, cheesy Hallmark movie loving fiend. I also find myself reading a lot in December and I’m particularly fond of winter themed books—-does it have snow? hot chocolate? ice skating? Great, I’ll read it. That’s part of the reason I was so excited to get to read Season’s Greetings.

The Parish Mail books, Dead Letter Office and Post Mortem are a series of paranormal mysteries set in New Orleans. Now go back and read that last sentence and tell me how many of those things I love. Yep, all of them. That’s part of why I love the Parish Mail series so much! Then when you add Coliloquy’s active fiction aspect—Oh, you’re going to let me choose which boy she calls? Oh, you’re going to let me decide where she goes? It’s like a dream come true. Also if you’re like me you’ll go back and reread every option at every available choice point. 

Now combine all of my loves into one novella and you have Season’s Greetings. The story continues the Parish Mail world—this fight of good versus evil and of restoring balance through solving crimes both in the past and the present. There’s three smexy boys vying for Celia’s attention, an amazing witchy best friend and a great family support system too. The plot of Season’s Greetings feels less ominous and dangerous but has a wonderful holiday message at the core of which is love and family. At the end you feel warm, full of joy and somehow renewed which is why this novella is just like a hug.

In the spirit of the holidays, I recommend a warm delicious beverage to accompany this book: Peppermint Hot Cocoa. It’s simultaneously cool and warm. It’s like Icy Hot for your mouth if Icy Hot were delicious. To make: Add a packet of Swiss Miss with mini marshmellows to your mug. Add boiling water, a splash of milk and 1 capful of this peppermint syrup from Starbucks. Stir. Top with some more mini marshmallows and a cute little candy cane as a stirring utensil. BOOM! INSTANT HOLIDAY CHEER and a perfect accompaniment for Season’s Greetings!

Overall: A+

You can get a copy of Season’s Greetings here, as well as Dead Letter Office and Post Mortem.

eARC provided gratis by Coliloquy 

Tags:   #i read #books #reading #seasons greetings #holidays #christmas #parish mail #coliloquy #kira snyder #dead letter office #post mortem #mysteries #seasonal #publishing #ya #young adult #ya lit #young adult fiction #recipes #hot cocoa #peppermint



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Thursday, November 7
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Season’s Greetings, a holiday short, comes out on 11/19! Here’s my review of Book 2 in the Parish Mail series. Get caught up now!
Post Mortem (Parish Mail Series #2)- Kira Snyder
I love the Parish Mail Series. Post Mortem sealed that deal, like one of those letter Celia Jane gets in the books. Okay that was a stretch, but in all seriousness, a good old fashioned ghost story and some sleuth work make for damn good winter reading. There is something classic about the Parish Mail series, something of Nancy Drew and Goosebumps, something in the pleasure of being a bit scared, a bit nervous and bit curious when reading these books that delights in the signature way. Post Mortem picks up where Dead Letter Office ends and extends our motley, meddling crew further into the worlds of historical and present day murder and mystery. Now they are a team with a mission and more is revealed regarding the evil loosed on Halloween and the paranormal misbalance that needs to be rectified. Trust me, Parish Mail isn’t a series to be missed, particularly for fans of things that go bump in the night.
Overall: A 
Post Mortem is out now from Coliloquy. Get your copy here.  

Season’s Greetings, a holiday short, comes out on 11/19! Here’s my review of Book 2 in the Parish Mail series. Get caught up now!

Post Mortem (Parish Mail Series #2)- Kira Snyder

I love the Parish Mail Series. Post Mortem sealed that deal, like one of those letter Celia Jane gets in the books. Okay that was a stretch, but in all seriousness, a good old fashioned ghost story and some sleuth work make for damn good winter reading. There is something classic about the Parish Mail series, something of Nancy Drew and Goosebumps, something in the pleasure of being a bit scared, a bit nervous and bit curious when reading these books that delights in the signature way. Post Mortem picks up where Dead Letter Office ends and extends our motley, meddling crew further into the worlds of historical and present day murder and mystery. Now they are a team with a mission and more is revealed regarding the evil loosed on Halloween and the paranormal misbalance that needs to be rectified. Trust me, Parish Mail isn’t a series to be missed, particularly for fans of things that go bump in the night.

Overall: A 

Post Mortem is out now from ColiloquyGet your copy here 

Tags:   #i read #books #ya #mystery #paranormal #kira snyder #coliloquy #parish mail #post mortem #dead letter office



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Wednesday, November 6
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In anticipation of the release of Season’s Greetings on 11/19 here’s my review of Book 1 of the Parish Mail Series
Dead Letter Office (Parish Mail Series #1)- Kira Snyder
Do you like:New Orleans? Ghost stories? History? Mysteries? Choose your own adventures? Stories set in high school? Magic? Swoon worthy boys? Girls with gumption?
If you replied yes to ANY of the above then you’re going to love Dead Letter Office!
The first book in the Parish Mail series throws you right in with a killer first line: The dead man smiles at me. WELL THEN why don’t we just get started, eh? Who doesn’t love a good old mystery or a ghost story. Great news: this is both! While certainly unsettling from ghosts to zombies, evil fiends to Voodoo, there is no shortage of the creepy, supernatural or paranormal here. However, I wasn’t scared out of my wits mainly because my curiosity for the mystery and my inner historian took over. We also have a leading lady who doesn’t wallow, who is recklessly brave, endearingly hopeful and most of shines with an inner strength and resolve that we often don’t see in heroines in contemporary YA these days. Add to that mix THREE boys from which to choose (no, literally it’s part of the choose your own adventure aspect) and an equally impressive best friend in Tilly. I’m hard pressed to find a reason NOT to read this series. 
And now time for a little fan girl rant: Snyder does an amazing job of capturing the setting—-New Orleans, where and I may be paraphrasing the past brushes up against the present and sometimes it pokes through. Having been a dedicated NOLA obsessee for years now, I can say with all honestly this book does the town justice. From the mansions of the garden district to the cities of the dead in the cemetery, every description takes you to the place itself. I can almost smell the moss and sweet tea.
Lastly, as a Coliloquy title, Dead Letter Office, features that hallmark choose your path points in the book where we as readers influence the story’s direction. This book however has many more of these points than other Coliloquy titles I’ve read and that’s a great thing. It felt quote like reading a Goosebump choose your own adventure and I loved that!
You don’t want to miss out on this series. And if you do, well then something is seriously wrong with you. Overall: A 
Dead Letter Office is out now from Coliloquy. Get your copy here (it’s a steal at $5!). 

In anticipation of the release of Season’s Greetings on 11/19 here’s my review of Book 1 of the Parish Mail Series

Dead Letter Office (Parish Mail Series #1)- Kira Snyder

Do you like:
New Orleans? Ghost stories? History? Mysteries? Choose your own adventures? Stories set in high school? Magic? Swoon worthy boys? Girls with gumption?

If you replied yes to ANY of the above then you’re going to love Dead Letter Office!

The first book in the Parish Mail series throws you right in with a killer first line: The dead man smiles at me. WELL THEN why don’t we just get started, eh? Who doesn’t love a good old mystery or a ghost story. Great news: this is both! While certainly unsettling from ghosts to zombies, evil fiends to Voodoo, there is no shortage of the creepy, supernatural or paranormal here. However, I wasn’t scared out of my wits mainly because my curiosity for the mystery and my inner historian took over. We also have a leading lady who doesn’t wallow, who is recklessly brave, endearingly hopeful and most of shines with an inner strength and resolve that we often don’t see in heroines in contemporary YA these days. Add to that mix THREE boys from which to choose (no, literally it’s part of the choose your own adventure aspect) and an equally impressive best friend in Tilly. I’m hard pressed to find a reason NOT to read this series. 

And now time for a little fan girl rant: Snyder does an amazing job of capturing the setting—-New Orleans, where and I may be paraphrasing the past brushes up against the present and sometimes it pokes through. Having been a dedicated NOLA obsessee for years now, I can say with all honestly this book does the town justice. From the mansions of the garden district to the cities of the dead in the cemetery, every description takes you to the place itself. I can almost smell the moss and sweet tea.

Lastly, as a Coliloquy title, Dead Letter Office, features that hallmark choose your path points in the book where we as readers influence the story’s direction. This book however has many more of these points than other Coliloquy titles I’ve read and that’s a great thing. It felt quote like reading a Goosebump choose your own adventure and I loved that!

You don’t want to miss out on this series. And if you do, well then something is seriously wrong with you. 

Overall: A 

Dead Letter Office is out now from Coliloquy. Get your copy here (it’s a steal at $5!). 

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Tuesday, November 5
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Season’s Greetings! Here’s your first look at the cover for this new holiday short from Kira Snyder and Coliloquy due out 11/19!
Enter the Giveaway:  Enter the rafflecopter here. 

Season’s Greetings! Here’s your first look at the cover for this new holiday short from Kira Snyder and Coliloquy due out 11/19!


Enter the Giveaway:  Enter the rafflecopter here

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Sunday, October 20
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Character Profile or Why I love JJ Shultz from Tawna Fenske’s Getting Dumped and The Great Panty Caper

For me, JJ is a really interesting character. I love reading about her antics and to help you see why I like her, here’s a handy little list:

1. She sucks at picking men. First her ex is a douchecanoe. Then she’s torn between two guys. Either of them will work, just pick one! It makes me feel like I’m not an utter disaster by comparison.

2. She’s curious. She’s practically Nancy Drew. And while sometimes her utter disregard for her safety or ability to think through WHY investigating on her own isn’t a smart idea, her tenacity is impressive and endearing.

3. She’s flexible. She’s basically forced out of her job and into working at the dump and she finds joy in it. And she does so with a pink hard hat. Way to accessorize in the face of adversity! 

4. She loves to cook and to feed others in a way that reminds me of the Italian side of family. They are food pushers! Seriously you can’t walk in without being plied with food. JJ is the same.

5. She’s an amazing sister. Whether it’s being a shoulder for Lori to cry on, listening, advising, or just being together, it’s clear that JJ is always there for Lori and vice versa. Their relationship is heartwarming.

6. She’s snarky. Her banter and interactions with all the characters make me laugh, often times out loud. 

7. Two words. Blue Cat. She may be his owner but we all know who’s really the boss in this relationship. 

Overall, JJ is a really empathetic character and a delight to get to know in this series. If you haven’t read any of them yet, there’s a great bundle deal from Coliloquy where you can get them all for only $8.99! That’s a steal!

xoxo,
V.V. 

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Saturday, October 5
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The Great Panty Caper- Tawna Fenske
Want some mystery? Want some romance? Want some adventure? The Great Panty Caper has them all! A short novella, The Great Panty Caper continues where the Shultz sisters left off in Getting Dumped Parts 1 and 2. As always, there’s sexy men, interesting plot choices that YOU the reader get to choose and of course a good old fashioned mystery to solve. JJ is still torn between two boys and well we’re all still getting over Lori’s last boyfriend debacle. O.o. Add some more fashion, some new characters and a new setting and BAM—more Shultz sister hi-jinks ensue.
I loved The Great Panty Caper for it’s light-hearted humor and portrayal of sisterly love. That being said….I WANT MORE. I always do.
Overall: A
The Great Panty Caper is out from Coliloquy publishes on October 8th! 
eArc provided gratis by Coliloquy publishers

The Great Panty Caper- Tawna Fenske

Want some mystery? Want some romance? Want some adventure? The Great Panty Caper has them all! A short novella, The Great Panty Caper continues where the Shultz sisters left off in Getting Dumped Parts 1 and 2. As always, there’s sexy men, interesting plot choices that YOU the reader get to choose and of course a good old fashioned mystery to solve. JJ is still torn between two boys and well we’re all still getting over Lori’s last boyfriend debacle. O.o. Add some more fashion, some new characters and a new setting and BAM—more Shultz sister hi-jinks ensue.

I loved The Great Panty Caper for it’s light-hearted humor and portrayal of sisterly love. That being said….I WANT MORE. I always do.

Overall: A

The Great Panty Caper is out from Coliloquy publishes on October 8th! 

eArc provided gratis by Coliloquy publishers

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Thursday, October 3
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In honor of The Great Panty Caper coming out October 8th, here’s one from the V.V. archives.
Getting Dumped Part 2- Tawna Fenske
Getting Dumped Part 2 picks up right where Part 1 left off and BOY was that a cliffhanger. I have to say I’m quite pleased with the plot arc of the book and here we solve not one but 2 mysteries. There’s something absurdly delightful about characters who fancy themselves detectives and throw themselves headfirst into danger and mayhem to solve a crime. It’s indulgent and escapist and totally unlike reality (where at least I’d run screaming in the other direction). It’s wonderful! The relationship between the sisters is particularly enjoyable and I find the constant food references hilarious if not hunger inducing.  I was slightly miffed at the end that she hasn’t chosen at man yet, but that’s mostly for a reader’s benefit so we can choose who she pursues in the course of the future books in the series.  And given the ending of part 2, we can be fairly certain there are more adventures in our future. I know I’ll be choosing a certain sexy Brit at all the active fiction choice points. AHEM. But in short, Getting Dumped (pt 1 and 2) is a perfect read for an easy sunny beach day.
Overall A-
Getting Dumped Parts 1 and 2 are out now from Coliloquy! Get your copies here.

In honor of The Great Panty Caper coming out October 8th, here’s one from the V.V. archives.

Getting Dumped Part 2- Tawna Fenske

Getting Dumped Part 2 picks up right where Part 1 left off and BOY was that a cliffhanger. I have to say I’m quite pleased with the plot arc of the book and here we solve not one but 2 mysteries. There’s something absurdly delightful about characters who fancy themselves detectives and throw themselves headfirst into danger and mayhem to solve a crime. It’s indulgent and escapist and totally unlike reality (where at least I’d run screaming in the other direction). It’s wonderful! The relationship between the sisters is particularly enjoyable and I find the constant food references hilarious if not hunger inducing.  I was slightly miffed at the end that she hasn’t chosen at man yet, but that’s mostly for a reader’s benefit so we can choose who she pursues in the course of the future books in the series.  And given the ending of part 2, we can be fairly certain there are more adventures in our future. I know I’ll be choosing a certain sexy Brit at all the active fiction choice points. AHEM. But in short, Getting Dumped (pt 1 and 2) is a perfect read for an easy sunny beach day.

Overall A-

Getting Dumped Parts 1 and 2 are out now from Coliloquy! Get your copies here.

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Wednesday, October 2
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In honor of The Great Panty Caper out October 8th, here’s one from the archives—Getting Dumped- the first Schultz sister mystery!
Getting Dumped is the second “active fiction” book I’ve read from Coliloquy and I have to say I love the format. The choices I made as a reader were much more important here and reflective of my personal opinions on plot then they were in Witch’s Brew. That being said, Fenske has given the reader three interesting leads to choose from:
Collin, the smexy Brit.
Pete, the protective movie star.
Daniel, the asshole ex.
Did I give away my feelings there? Probably. Fenske also writes a very accurate sister relationship. In fact, the plot line was new and compelling too—a job move from corporate to the dump. Who knew I could be so invested in that? There’s a bit of good old Nancy Drew to the storyline as well.
None of this compares however to the major cliffhanger ending that could kill you. No seriously it could. I might be writing this from the afterlife.Overall: A-
Getting Dumped is available for Kindle Users. Get your copy here.

In honor of The Great Panty Caper out October 8th, here’s one from the archives—Getting Dumped- the first Schultz sister mystery!

Getting Dumped is the second “active fiction” book I’ve read from Coliloquy and I have to say I love the format. The choices I made as a reader were much more important here and reflective of my personal opinions on plot then they were in Witch’s Brew. That being said, Fenske has given the reader three interesting leads to choose from:

Collin, the smexy Brit.

Pete, the protective movie star.

Daniel, the asshole ex.

Did I give away my feelings there? Probably. Fenske also writes a very accurate sister relationship. In fact, the plot line was new and compelling too—a job move from corporate to the dump. Who knew I could be so invested in that? There’s a bit of good old Nancy Drew to the storyline as well.

None of this compares however to the major cliffhanger ending that could kill you. No seriously it could. I might be writing this from the afterlife.

Overall: A-

Getting Dumped is available for Kindle Users. Get your copy here.

Tags:   #i read #books #mystery #romance #contemporary #coliloquy #tawna fenske #getting dumped #archives #reblog



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Monday, September 23
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This is the cover for Tawna Fenske’s new book The Great Panty Caper and I think it’s adorable. And there’s a good story behind this cover which you should read at Tawna’s blog entitled "Why I Put Panties on my Cat’s Head" 
If you haven’t read Getting Dumped Parts I and II you should because the adorable mystery capers are fun and thrilling all at the same time. Here’s some more on The Great Panty Caper:
JJ Shultz is torn between two hot men. So what’s a girl to do? Prolong the decision and escape to Seattle, of course! Especially when sister Lori invites her to a fashion trade show. But their plans for a weekend of cocktails and sisterly bonding go south when Lori’s panties disappear from their hotel room. It’s not just any pair of unmentionables - it’s Lori’s only prototype for a new product she’s almost ready to reveal.Determined to find Lori’s treasured trunks, the sisters set out to track down the thief, with the help of some friends at home, a few quirky new acquaintances, and a cat who can’t stop himself from shedding all over the evidence. 
Enter to win a $25 Amazon gift card, and copies of all the Schultz sister mysteires including The Great Panty Caper here!
And there’s more! Another Contest!

Who’s the Cutest Panty Thief in your life?  Post a picture on any of these platforms :
TWITTER, FACEBOOK, PINTEREST with #pantycaper

ONE LUCKY WINNER EVERY DAY WILL RECEIVE A FREE PRE-RELEASE COPY OF THE GREAT PANTY CAPER by TAWNA FENSKE

ALL WINNERS WILL BE ENTERED INTO A DRAWING FOR A $50 VICTORIA’S SECRET GIFT CARD

CONTEST RUNS 9/23-10/4 
WINNERS ANNOUNCED 10/7
BOOK LAUNCHES 10/8
http://tawnafenske.blogspot.com/
Questions? Think we missed your submission? Email pantycapers@coliloquy.com

This is the cover for Tawna Fenske’s new book The Great Panty Caper and I think it’s adorable. And there’s a good story behind this cover which you should read at Tawna’s blog entitled "Why I Put Panties on my Cat’s Head" 

If you haven’t read Getting Dumped Parts I and II you should because the adorable mystery capers are fun and thrilling all at the same time. Here’s some more on The Great Panty Caper:

JJ Shultz is torn between two hot men. So what’s a girl to do? Prolong the decision and escape to Seattle, of course! Especially when sister Lori invites her to a fashion trade show. But their plans for a weekend of cocktails and sisterly bonding go south when Lori’s panties disappear from their hotel room. It’s not just any pair of unmentionables - it’s Lori’s only prototype for a new product she’s almost ready to reveal.
Determined to find Lori’s treasured trunks, the sisters set out to track down the thief, with the help of some friends at home, a few quirky new acquaintances, and a cat who can’t stop himself from shedding all over the evidence. 

Enter to win a $25 Amazon gift card, and copies of all the Schultz sister mysteires including The Great Panty Caper here!

And there’s more! Another Contest!

Who’s the Cutest Panty Thief in your life?  Post a picture on any of these platforms :

TWITTER, FACEBOOK, PINTEREST with #pantycaper

ONE LUCKY WINNER EVERY DAY WILL RECEIVE A FREE PRE-RELEASE COPY OF THE GREAT PANTY CAPER by TAWNA FENSKE

ALL WINNERS WILL BE ENTERED INTO A DRAWING FOR A $50 VICTORIA’S SECRET GIFT CARD

CONTEST RUNS 9/23-10/4 

WINNERS ANNOUNCED 10/7

BOOK LAUNCHES 10/8

http://tawnafenske.blogspot.com/

Questions? Think we missed your submission? Email pantycapers@coliloquy.com

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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.

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