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The Marked Girl Book Cover Makeup Inspirations | Blog Tour (+ Giveaway)

June 21, 2016 Blog Tour, Book Spotlight, Debut Author Challenge, Giveaway 4

The Marked Girl Book Cover Makeup Inspirations | Blog Tour (+ Giveaway)

Welcome to my stop along the blog tour for The Marked Girl by Lindsey Klingele, hosted by The Irish Banana Review! FYI, this is Lindsey’s debut novel and counts towards the 2016 Debut Author Challenge!

The book cover for The Marked Girl is so beautiful, and I love the colors. I thought it would be fun to pick out makeup in those colors and put together a pretty look for my stop today. See what I chose, and then read more about the book and the author below.


TheMarkedGirl-Makeup

Eyes
Video tutorial, pictures, and supplies found here.

Lips
Revlon Ultra HD Matte Lipcolor / Color: HD Addiction

Nails
Fingernails: Julep / Color: Jocelyn / Classic with a Twist  / Finish: Shimmer
Description: Cranberry shimmer with holographic microglitter

Toenails/Accent fingernail: Julep / Color: Cher / May birthstone (Emerald) / Finish: Shimmer
Description: Emerald iridescent shimmer

I’m obsessed with green eyeshadow, and always wear it myself because it makes my green eyes pop and highlights the gold flecks. I loved this eye makeup combination as soon as I saw it. The green matches the green on the cover, and the smoky accents give off a feeling of fantasy and mystery just like the book does.

I love bold, saturated nail colors and if there’s glitter involved I’m even more excited. These two colors go very well together and match the book cover perfectly. I’m not sure if I would use one color for my fingers and one for my toes, or if I would use the Jocelyn color predominately and Cher for accent nails.

I actually own this lipcolor, and it is AMAZING. It goes on so silky and thick without feeling heavy, and the color is gorgeous. How pretty does it look with the eye color? I love this look, and want to buy everything I don’t have so that I can re-create it myself.

What do you think of my choices? Would you wear any of these colors/products?


The Marked Girl by Lindsey Klingele
Series: Marked Girl #1
Published by HarperCollins on June 7, 2016
Genres: Fantasy, Time Travel, Romance
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Once upon a time, in a land far, far away (Los Angeles)…

When Cedric, crowned prince of Caelum, and his fellow royal friends (including his betrothed, Kat) find themselves stranded in modern-day L.A. via a magical portal and an evil traitor named Malquin, all they want to do is get home to Caelum—soon. Then they meet Liv, a filmmaker foster girl who just wants to get out of the system and on with her life. As she and Cedric bond, they’ll discover that she’s more connected to his world than they ever could’ve imagined…and that finding home is no easy task…


About Lindsey Klingele

Lindsey Klingele grew up in Western Michigan, where she read every book she could get her hands on. She eventually moved to Los Angeles (the real land of make believe) and worked as a writers’ assistant for TV shows such as THE LYING GAME and TWISTED. She still loves living in LA, especially since it’s home to great television shows, truly excellent cheeseburgers, and her pitbull, Bighead.

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Tour Schedule:

6/13: Two Chicks on Books – Q&A
6/14: Across the Words – Review
6/15: The Bookkeeper’s Secret – Graphic Art
6/16: Charmingly Simple – Review
6/17: Bibliobibuli YA – Q&A

6/20: The Book Cellar – Review
6/21: That Artsy Reader Girl – Makeup Inspirations
6/22: I Am Shelfless – Review
6/23: The Irish Banana Review – Top 10
6/24: Fiction Fare – Review


My Virtual Reality App Wish List | Unplugged Blog Tour

June 20, 2016 Blog Tour, Giveaway 5

My Virtual Reality App Wish List | Unplugged Blog Tour

Welcome to my stop along the blog tour for Donna Freitas’s new YA dystopian novel, Unplugged, hosted by The Irish Banana Review! The people in this book live in one of two worlds: the App World and the Real World. Those who live in the App World are wealthy and live in an extravagant world of virtual reality. Those who live in the Real World are a dying, poor people. Skylar is a transplant member of the App World, whose family sent her there from the Real World for a chance at a better life.

In honor of this interesting storyline about people whose every whim is catered to through an app, I’ve written up a list of virtual reality apps I wish were real and that I could download right now! Learn more about the book, the author, and enter to win a copy of Unplugged for yourself below my list!


My Virtual Reality App Wish List

1. The “Make Me Pretty” App
I want an app that does my hair and makeup for my every morning so that I don’t have to. For some reason, I really hate getting ready for the day. If I had this app I’d save time, money, and a whole lot of frustration. Plus, I’d look perfect every day.

2. The “I Need Gelato” App
An app that transports me to Florence, Italy for the best “cookies” gelato I’ve ever had would be PERFECT. I crave that stuff all the time.

3. The “Make Me Read Books Faster” App
There are SO many books I want to read, and I’m worried that I won’t fit them into the years I have left on this planet! An app that made me read faster or that let me experience stories in less time would tame my TBR pile, my review pile, and my “I should probably read this because it makes me look smarter” pile in no time flat.

4. The “I Want to Go Here” App
Similar, to the gelato one… but bigger. I want an app that will transport me to any location in the world! I could be on the beach in Coronado, California one minute and then on a gondola in Venice, Italy the next. Talk about the perfect vacation ever.

5. The “Matchmaker” App
We all know I’m single… An app that sent me on amazing dates with dream men would be worth all the monies. Just take the monies.

6. The “Kittens and Babies” App
I love holding kittens and babies, so an app that would drop one in my arms whenever I wished would be pretty amazing.

7. The “Book Worlds” App
An extension of the “I Want to Go Here” app. There are so many book worlds I would LOVE to visit that don’t exist: Hogwarts, Elysium (The underwater glass city from the Elysium Chronicles by J.A. Souders), Panem (Just to see it!), and more! This app would transport me to those places.

8. The “Out of this World” App
I’ve always wanted to go to space! This app would take me there!

9. The “Meet this Person” App
This app would allow me to meet anyone. Ever. Living or dead, real or fiction… I could spend time with all my book boyfriends, my favorite authors, celebrities, etc. and it would be amazing.

10. The “Christmas Wonderland” App
I’m a HUGE fangirl of Christmas. If Christmas had a fandom I’d be its most active member. I want an app that will send me to a Christmas wonderland whenever I need a dose of happy or some twinkly lights or some snow. I wouldn’t live there because too much of a good thing is no longer special… but I’d visit often!

What virtual reality apps are on your wish list?


Unplugged by Donna Freitas
Series: The Wired #1
Published by HarperTeen on June 21, 2016
Genres: Dystopia, Science Fiction
Pages: 448
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The first book in a provocative new series from acclaimed author Donna Freitas—Feed for a new generation.

Humanity is split into the App World and the Real World—an extravagant virtual world for the wealthy and a dying physical world for the poor. Years ago, Skylar Cruz’s family sent her to the App World for a chance at a better life.

Now Skye is a nobody, a virtual sixteen-year-old girl without any glamorous effects or expensive downloads to make her stand out in the App World. Yet none of that matters to Skye. All she wants is a chance to unplug and see her mother and sister again.

But when the borders between worlds suddenly close, Skye loses that chance. Desperate to reach her family, Skye risks everything to get back to the physical world. Once she arrives, however, she discovers a much larger, darker reality than the one she remembers.

In the tradition of M. T. Anderson’s Feed and Scott Westerfeld’sUglies, Unplugged kicks off a thrilling and timely sci-fi series for teens from an award-winning writer.


About Donna:

Donna Freitas is the author of both fiction and nonfiction. Over the years she has written for national newspapers and magazines, including The Wall Street Journal,The New York Times, The Boston Globe, and Newsweek. Donna has been a professor at Boston University in the Department of Religion and also at Hofstra University in their Honors College. She writes children’s novels for Scholastic, Harper Collins, and FSG, and she loves it very much! Donna splits her time between Brooklyn, NY and Barcelona, Spain.

(To read Donna’s full bio, click here.)

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Tour Schedule:

6/20: That Artsy Reader Girl – Virtual Reality App Wish List
6/21: One Night Book Stand – Top 10
6/22: Downright Dystopian – Review
6/23: Live to Read – Guest Post
6/24: Pretty Deadly Reviews – Review
6/27: The Irish Banana Review – Q&A
6/28: The Book Bratz – Review
6/29: Brittany’s Book Rambles – Guest Post
6/30: Such A Novel Idea – Playlist
7/1: The Petite Book Blogger – Review
 


The Debut Dish: June 2016, Issue #2 (+ Giveaway)

June 19, 2016 Author Interview, Debut Author Challenge, Debut Dish, Giveaway 1

The Debut Dish, a bi-monthly Debut Author Challenge feature, is where you go for the scoop on some pretty awesome debut authors and their new books! Hopefully these interviews will inspire you to add many, many more books to your to-read list. Because, really, who doesn’t need more books in their lives?

This issue of The Debut Dish features Catherine Lo (How It Ends) and Kenneth Logan (True Letters from a Fictional Life).


How it Ends by Catherine Lo
June 7, 2016 from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Books for Young Readers
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There are two sides to every story.

It’s friends-at-first-sight for Jessie and Annie, proving the old adage that opposites attract. Shy, anxious Jessie would give anything to have Annie’s beauty and confidence. And Annie thinks Jessie has the perfect life, with her close-knit family and killer grades. They’re BFFs…until suddenly they’re not.

Told through alternating points of view, How It Ends is a wildly fast but deeply moving read about a friendship in crisis. Set against a tumultuous sophomore year of bullying, boys and backstabbing, the novel shows what can happen when friends choose assumptions and fear over each other.

Describe your book in five words or less.
Two friends, one year.

Tell us about your favorite scene in your book.
I absolutely love the scene where Annie and Jessie are discussing their favorite book quotes. The girls are just getting to know one another at that point, and they reveal bits of themselves through the quotations they choose.

I was very shy as a teen, and I know how hard it can be to open up to a new friend. For Jessie especially, it was easier to connect first over the words of other people, before she found her own voice.

Where were you when you found out you were being published?
I’m a high school teacher, and I was at work when my agent emailed to ask when it would be a good time to call. My lunch break was still more than an hour away, so I had to wait on the edge of my seat for the news. As soon as lunch came, I hid myself in an empty classroom and waited for my cell phone to ring. When she told me the good news, I may have cried some happy tears, so I had to compose myself before I went back out in the hallways!

What’s your favorite junk food?
Potato chips.

What’s the oddest thing on your desk right now?
A stress ball in the shape of the human brain.

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True Letters from a Fictional Life by Kenneth Logan
June 7, 2016 from HarperTeen
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If you asked anyone in his small Vermont town, they’d tell you the facts: James Liddell, star athlete, decent student and sort-of boyfriend to cute, peppy Theresa, is a happy, funny, carefree guy.

But whenever James sits down at his desk to write, he tells a different story. As he fills his drawers with letters to the people in his world–letters he never intends to send–he spills the truth: he’s trying hard, but he just isn’t into Theresa. It’s a boy who lingers in his thoughts.

He feels trapped by his parents, his teammates, and the lies they’ve helped him tell, and he has no idea how to escape. Is he destined to live a life of fiction?

Describe your book in five words or less.
Vermont kid mumbles, “I’m gay.”

Tell us about your favorite scene in your book.
James remembers when his little brother caught a tiny snake in the woods behind their house. I’m not sure why I like the scene so much— maybe because it reminds me of when I was 10 years old, an age I really loved.

Where were you when you found out you were being published?
I was in Bobst Library at New York University, grinning like an idiot at one of the long tables on 4th or 6th Floor north.

What’s your favorite junk food?
Salt & vinegar potato chips.

What’s the oddest thing on your desk right now?
Right now on my desk there’s a copy of my book packaged and ready to be mailed to the soccer player Robbie Rogers to thank him for his blurb on my book jacket. That’s odd because I so rarely correspond with heroic professional athletes.

There’s also an alligator PEZ dispenser perched on a stack of dictionaries and usage guides.

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Ivory and Bone by Julie Eshbaugh | Debut Author Book Review (+ Giveaway)

June 17, 2016 Blog Tour, Book Review, Giveaway, Young Adult 3 ★★★½

Ivory and Bone by Julie Eshbaugh | Debut Author Book Review (+ Giveaway)

Ivory and Bone by Julie Eshbaugh | Debut Author Book Review (+ Giveaway)Ivory and Bone by Julie Eshbaugh
Series: Ivory and Bone #1
Published by HarperTEEN on June 7, 2016
Genres: Historical Fiction, Romance
Pages: 384
Format: eARC
Source: From the publisher through Edelweiss
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3.5 Stars
A prehistoric fantasy—with allusions to Pride and Prejudice.

Hunting, gathering, and keeping his family safe—that’s the life seventeen-year-old Kol knows. Then bold, enigmatic Mya arrives from the south with her family, and Kol is captivated. He wants her to like and trust him, but any hopes of impressing her are ruined when he makes a careless—and nearly grave—mistake. However, there’s something more to Mya’s cool disdain…a history wrought with loss that comes to light when another clan arrives. With them is Lo, an enemy from Mya’s past who Mya swears has ulterior motives.

As Kol gets to know Lo, tensions between Mya and Lo escalate until violence erupts. Faced with shattering losses, Kol is forced to question every person he’s trusted. One thing is for sure: this was a war that Mya or Lo—Kol doesn’t know which—had been planning all along.

Welcome to my stop along the blog tour for Julie Eshbaugh’s debut novel, Ivory and Bone, hosted by The Irish Banana Review! I’m so happy to be reviewing Julie’s unique pre-historic fantasy novel today! This is the first novel I’ve read set in the old, olden days (mammoths, people!) and I really enjoyed it. As always my main points are bolded. :)

1. This book is narrated by a boy, Kol. Already, this is a unique and refreshing change for me from the usual female narrator. Even more unique, though, is that the story is written in second person. Kol is essentially telling the story to the reader as if they were his love interest, Mya. It was super hard for me to get used to this, but once I did I found it to be very well done and fun to read… especially when I discovered why it was written this way.

2. You can tell that Julie did a lot of research on the prehistoric era for this novel, and she really brought the time period to life for me. Kol has a close encounter (or two) with some saber-toothed tigers and mammoths. We also get to read about stretching animal skins to make blankets and clothes, tribal lore, and hunting/gathering to survive. The setting and time period really was my favorite part of the book.

3. I liked Kol a lot. He’s such a good, sweet person, with a strong sense of loyalty and a good set of morals. I enjoyed his voice and his thoughts, and am so happy Julie chose to have him narrate the story.

4. I hated Mya from the very beginning, but I gradually started to like her as I learned more about her and her story. I’m still not her biggest fan, but the potential is there for me to like her more in the future.

5. The romantic aspect of the story is very minimal for the most part. The real focus was on the setting and the world of the story, which I really liked. There’s no insta-love and no love triangle. Again, yay unique and refreshing! The romance that was there was very slow burning and filled with tension, just the way I like it.

6. There are a LOT of characters in this story, and I had a little trouble keeping everyone straight. As such, I didn’t really connect with anyone but Kol. I’m not sure that’s a bad thing, though, since I really got to know Kol. I loved seeing everything through his eyes.

7. I think it’s worth mentioning that there’s a lot going on in this story, but really only during the second half. The first half of the book set the scene, and then things really picked up for me. Definitely hang in there if you’re feeling iffy because I really enjoyed where things ended up going. Old secrets and mysteries surface and there’s some action and suspense that had me flipping the pages as fast as I could.

8. Julie’s writing is very lovely, although some descriptions and stories were a little bit long for me at times. Even so, her writing is very flowing and she does a wonderful job of painting a picture in your mind.

Bottom line, this is a very strong, unique, refreshing read that had me truly captivated. I loved Kol’s storytelling, and I really loved the prehistoric setting. I’m excited to see where things go next!


About Julie:

Julie Eshbaugh is the author of the upcoming Ivory and Bone (HarperCollins, 2016). She used to have trouble staying in one spot, having lived in places as varied as Utah, France, and New York City. Julie eventually returned home to the Philadelphia area, where she now lives with her husband, son, cat and dog. Her favorite moments are when the unexpected happens and she cheers loudest when the pitcher gets a hit.

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Tour Schedule:

6/6: Quite the Novel Idea – Q&A
6/7: Alexa Loves Books – Review
6/8: The Forest of Words & Pages – Guest Post
6/9: Swoony Boys Podcast – Review
6/10: Avid Reader – Fashion Inspirations
6/13: The Irish Banana Review – Review
6/14: Such A Novel Idea – Guest Post
6/15: No BS Book Reviews – Review
6/16: The Book Cellar – Top 10
6/17: That Artsy Reader Girl – Review

 


My Favorite Works of Art | Roses & Rot Blog Tour

June 8, 2016 About Me, Blog Tour, Book Spotlight, Giveaway 3

My Favorite Works of Art | Roses & Rot Blog Tour

Welcome to my stop along the Roses & Rot tour, hosted by The Irish Banana Review! In Roses & Rot, sisters Imogen and Marin are accepted to a very elite post-grad arts program, and this school ends up being way different than they expected. The book itself is very atmospheric and the writing is beautiful. Plus, Neil Gaiman blurbed it… so there you go!


I get to do something a little different today for my blog tour stop, and I’m pretty excited about it. I got my undergraduate degree in graphic design and art history, so art is basically my life. I’m all too familiar with the question the book’s synopsis asks us: “How much does an artist need to give up to create great art?” I’ve studied a lot of art and traveled around the world to see some my favorites (but not all!), so today I’m going to show you my favorite pieces of art, many of which were created by artists who sacrificed it all. I had so much fun going through hundreds of pages of my class notes from all my art history courses as I decided which works to showcase.

FavoriteWorksofArt

1. Starry Night by Vincent van Gogh (saw this at the MoMA)
2. Water Lilies by Claude Monet
3. Winter Landscape with a Bird Trap by Pieter Bruegel
4. Rise of the Carthaginian Empire by Joseph Mallord William Turner
5. Winter Landscape with Ice Skaters by Hendrick Avercamp
6. The Entrance to the Grand Canal, Venice by Canaletto
7. Salcombe Estuary, South Devon by Henry Thomas Dawson
8. School of Athens by Rafael (saw this at the Vatican)
9. View of the Pic du Midi d’Ossau in the Pyrenees, with Brigands by Clarkson Stanfield
10. The entire ceiling of the Sistine Chapel by Michelangelo (sat in this chapel at the Vatican)

Are you an art history lover like I am? What are some of your favorite artworks?


Roses and Rot by Kat Howard
Published by Saga Press on May 13, 2016
Genres: Fantasy, Retelling, Fairy Tale
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Imogen and her sister Marin have escaped their cruel mother to attend a prestigious artists’ retreat, but soon learn that living in a fairy tale requires sacrifices, be it art or love.

What would you sacrifice in the name of success? How much does an artist need to give up to create great art?

Imogen has grown up reading fairy tales about mothers who die and make way for cruel stepmothers. As a child, she used to lie in bed wishing that her life would become one of these tragic fairy tales because she couldn’t imagine how a stepmother could be worse than her mother now. As adults, Imogen and her sister Marin are accepted to an elite post-grad arts program—Imogen as a writer and Marin as a dancer. Soon enough, though, they realize that there’s more to the school than meets the eye. Imogen might be living in the fairy tale she’s dreamed about as a child, but it’s one that will pit her against Marin if she decides to escape her past to find her heart’s desire.


About Kat:

Kat Howard lives in New Hampshire. Her short fiction has been nominated for the World Fantasy Award, anthologized in year’s best and best of collections, and performed on NPR. Roses and Rot is her debut novel. You can find her on twitter at @KatWithSword.

Also, Shane Leonard took her photo, and she’s super grateful.

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Tour Schedule:

6/6: Such A Novel Idea – Playlist
6/7: Cosying Up With Books – Review
6/8: That Artsy Reader Girl – Art History Post
6/9: The Quiet Concert – Review
6/10: Fiction Fare – Q&A
6/13: No BS Book Reviews – Q&A
6/14: Curling Up With A Good Book – Guest Post
6/15: Lilybloombooks – Review
6/16: Reads All the Books – Review
6/17: Fangs & Fur Fantasy Books – Review


The Debut Dish: June 2016, Issue #1 (+ Giveaways)

June 5, 2016 Author Interview, Debut Author Challenge, Debut Dish, Giveaway 8

The Debut Dish, a bi-monthly Debut Author Challenge feature, is where you go for the scoop on some pretty awesome debut authors and their new books! Hopefully these interviews will inspire you to add many, many more books to your to-read list. Because, really, who doesn’t need more books in their lives?

This issue of The Debut Dish features Kara Terzis (Frayed), Christian McKay Heidicker (Cure for the Common Universe), Anna Breslaw (Scarlett Epstein Hates it Here), and Ashley Herring Blake (Suffer Love).


Frayed by Kara Terzis
June 7, 2016 from Sourcebooks Fire
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Dear Kesley,

My therapist tells me I should write you a letter. Like flushing all my thoughts and feelings out of my system and onto paper. I tell her it’s a stupid idea.

But here I am, writing a letter to a dead girl. Where do I start? Where did our story begin? From the moment you were born…or died?

I’ll start with the moment I found out the truth about you. Your lies and my pain. Because it always begins and ends with you.
And that end began when Rafe Lawrence came back to town…

Ava Hale will do anything to find her sister’s killer…although she’ll wish she hadn’t. Because the harder Ava looks, the more secrets she uncovers about Kesley, and the more she begins to think that the girl she called sister was a liar. A sneak. A stranger.

And Kesley’s murderer could be much closer than she thought…

A debut novel from Wattpad award-winner Kara Terzis, Frayed is a psychological whodunit that will keep you guessing!

Describe your book in five words or less.
Lies. Secrets. Hidden motives. Betrayal.

Tell us about your favorite scene in your book.
My favorite scene is waaaay too spoilery to talk about, so I’m going to cheat here and not technically choose a scene. FRAYED is split up into real-time narration and letters to my protagonist’s dead sister, and these were all so much fun to write. They gave me the opportunity to dig deep into their relationship and explore everything that happened between them.

Where were you when you found out you were being published?
It was about eight in the morning (and I am NOT a morning person at all) when one of my editors called to tell me she was interested in acquiring my novel. Of course, I was so, so, so thrilled… but the first thing I did after the call was go back to sleep.

What’s your favorite junk food?
Anything with chocolate in it, really. Cake, brownies, cookies—anything! I’m even happy to dip a spoon into the Nutella jar.

What’s the oddest thing on your desk right now?
Right now I have a whole bunch of mythology and fairy tale books for research. Two of my favorite things!

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Cure for the Common Universe by Christian McKay Heidicker
June 14, 2016 from Simon & Schuster
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Sixteen-year-old Jaxon is being committed to video game rehab… ten minutes after he met a girl. A living, breathing girl named Serena, who not only laughed at his jokes but actually kinda sorta seemed excited when she agreed to go out with him.

Jaxon’s first date. Ever.

In rehab, he can’t blast his way through galaxies to reach her. He can’t slash through armies to kiss her sweet lips. Instead, he has just four days to earn one million points by learning real-life skills. And he’ll do whatever it takes—lie, cheat, steal, even learn how to cross-stitch—in order to make it to his date.

If all else fails, Jaxon will have to bare his soul to the other teens in treatment, confront his mother’s absence, and maybe admit that it’s more than video games that stand in the way of a real connection.

Prepare to be cured.

Describe your book in five words or less.
Committed to video game rehab.

Tell us about your favorite scene in your book.
A rollickingly awkward game of four square between kids who’ve been inside playing video games for years.

Where were you when you found out you were being published?
Dogsitting. I tackled Tesla the Doberman to the ground. She has since forgiven me.

What’s your favorite junk food?
Junior Mints.

What’s the oddest thing on your desk right now?
Either the origami heart or the smoldering myrrh.

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Scarlett Epstein Hates it Here by Anna Breslaw
April 19, 2016 from Razorbill
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Meet Scarlett Epstein, BNF (Big Name Fan) in her online community of fanfiction writers, world-class nobody at Melville High. Her best (read: only) IRL friends are Avery, a painfully shy and annoyingly attractive bookworm, and Ruth, her weed-smoking, possibly insane seventy-three-year-old neighbor.

When Scarlett’s beloved TV show is canceled and her longtime crush, Gideon, is sucked out of her orbit and into the dark and distant world of Populars, Scarlett turns to the fanfic message boards for comfort. This time, though, her subjects aren’t the swoon-worthy stars of her fave series—they’re the real-life kids from her high school. And if they ever find out what Scarlett truly thinks about them, she’ll be thrust into a situation far more dramatic than anything she’s ever seen on TV…

Describe your book in five words or less.
Girl writes fanfiction about classmates.

Tell us about your favorite scene in your book.
Confrontation in the girls’ bathroom. If I say any more, I’ll spoil it!

Where were you when you found out you were being published?
Leaving an exercise class in downtown Manhattan, sweaty and gross.

What’s your favorite junk food?
Drake’s Devil Dogs. Try them. Seriously.

What’s the oddest thing on your desk right now?
An emphatic to-do list I wrote myself (“BUY THAT FACE WASH ALREADY, DUMBASS.”)


Suffer Love by Ashley Herring Blake
May 3, 2016 from HMH Books for Young Readers
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“Just let it go.”

That’s what everyone keeps telling Hadley St. Clair after she learns that her father cheated on her mother. But Hadley doesn’t want to let it go. She wants to be angry and she wants everyone in her life—her dad most of all—to leave her alone.

Sam Bennett and his family have had their share of drama too. Still reeling from a move to a new town and his parents’ recent divorce, Sam is hoping that he can coast through senior year and then move on to hassle-free, parent-free life in college. He isn’t looking for a relationship…that is, until he sees Hadley for the first time.

Hadley and Sam’s connection is undeniable, but Sam has a secret that could ruin everything. Should he follow his heart or tell the truth?

Describe your book in five words or less.
Betrayal. Kissing. Acceptance.

Tell us about your favorite scene in your book.
My favorite scene in Suffer Love is told from Sam’s POV. I really loved writing him. For whatever reason, his voice came much easier to me than Hadley’s. In the scene, he’s with Hadley and they’re at a playground and they end up having a cupcake fight. They run around throwing chocolate at each other, laughing and just having fun. Near the end of the scene, what they’re both dealing with hits Sam, but in that moment, I love that they get to have fun with each other despite the crappy situation they’re in. And, it always makes me crave cupcakes, which in my opinion, is never a bad thing.

Where were you when you found out you were being published?
I was at my house in Franklin, TN. I remember that my agent emailed me to see if we could chat on the phone and when she called me, I stepped outside in my driveway to get some privacy. I was barefoot, and I have one of those driveway that’s made of a bunch of pebbles that are all cemented together. I distinctly remember being simultaneously excited and in pain because it HURT to walk on that bumpy driveway without shoes on. But, I was so excited about the call, I forgot the shoes. Totally worth it.

What’s your favorite junk food?
Chocolate. Preferably in the form of some butter-soaked baked good.

What’s the oddest thing on your desk right now?
A tiny stuffed Grumpy Care Bear. He’s scowling and has rain clouds on his belly and he’s pretty much me. :)

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Apollycon ’17 Venue, Hotel, Volunteer, Ticket, & Schedule Info + FAQ’s

June 3, 2016 Bookish News, Giveaway 0

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Hey there! I’m one of 25 official Apollycon 2017 bloggers so over the next year I’ll be giving you all the information on the conference so you know exactly what’s going on.


Ok, guys. This post has all the information about Apollycon you could possibly need. Seriously, it’s info city over here. Today we’re announcing the venue for the event and how to book hotel rooms there at a discounted rate. You’ll also find information on signing up to volunteer at Apollycon, where to go to buy tickets, the full events schedule, and a bunch of answers to questions you didn’t even know you had.

The Venue

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Apollycon 2017 will be held at the beautiful DoubleTree by Hilton at the Entrance to Universal Orlando!

Go look at the website! This hotel is beautiful!

Hotel Rooms Available

There is a block of rooms reserved at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel, at a discounted rate. To book a room, go here. You can book a room for an arrival as early as 3/19/2017, and check out as late as 3/31/2017 with access to the Apollycon 2017 rate. These rooms will go quickly, so book early to make sure you don’t miss out. If by chance the room block is sold out, you may still contact the hotel to inquire about other available rooms, but they may not have the discounted rate.

Want to Volunteer at Apollycon?

Sign up here to volunteer at Apollycon! Please be sure to thoroughly read the form prior to submitting.

Tickets

Tickets can be purchased here! The ticket sale will be live at 12PM EST on Friday, June 3rd, 2016. Please note that there has been a ticket update: The FAST PASS (which was previously announced) will no longer be available for purchase. For more info, check out the Apollycon tickets page, or the Apollycon website.


Event Schedule

Friday, March 24th, 2017

Time TBD – On-site Registration Opens

2pm-5pm – Exclusive Titan Signing:
This signing will be for Titan pass holders only. All attending authors and vendors will be on site during this session as well. This signing will end promptly at 4PM. If you still have books you need to have signed, you may attend the General Signing session on Saturday.

Saturday, March 25th, 2017
 

Time TBD – On-site Registration Opens

12pm-5pm – General Signing Session:
This session is free to all attendees! Please keep in mind that we are asking that you still register to attend the event (registration opens at 12PM EST today). All authors and vendors will be on site and available at this time. Some authors will be ticketed and/or have book limits (that may differ from the general book limitations which can be found in the FAQ section below), so please be prepared to adhere to the specified instructions.

The signing will end promptly at 5PM, as we will need to clear the space for the after party which will be occurring later that evening.

8pm-11pm – Demigod After Party:
You must purchase a Demigod pass in order to attend. (This is included with both the Titan AND the Apollyon pass, so you won’t need to purchase 2 separate passes.) The party will include:

  • 1,001 Dark Nights gift bags for the first 300 people! – Be among the first 300 people to arrive, and you will get to take home a bag filled with goodies!
  • Mingle with your favorite authors! – Featured authors & cover model(s) will be in attendance!
  • Photobooth Fun – We will have a photo booth with fun props where you and your friends can capture the fun!
  • Hit the dance floor with your friends! – We will have a DJ bringing the tunes!
  • Giveaways! – There will be chances to win gift cards, an iPad, a Kindle Fire tablet, signed books, and more throughout the party!

Frequently Asked Questions

The Saturday general signing is free. Do I still need to register?
Yes. If you solely wish to attend the Saturday signing (which is FREE), we are still asking that all attendees register for a general signing ticket.

Are there ID requirements or an age limit to enter the event?
Plan to bring your ID with you when picking up your registration on site.

What are my transport/parking options for getting to the event?
There will be on-site paid parking available at the venue hotel.

What are the book limitations?
You may bring as many books from home as you’d like, but you can only get 5 books per author signed at a time. You’ll be asked to go to the back of the line to get any additional books signed by the same author. **Please note: There may be some authors that have a different book limit (less than 5), but we will make a formal announcement on the Apollycon site/social media closer to the event.

Is my registration/ticket refundable/transferrable?
All paid passes/registration will be fully refundable until January 1st, 2017. Beyond that point, it will be transferable (so you can resell your pass to another attendee) should you no longer be able to attend.

I plan to sign up to volunteer. Do I still need to pay for a pass?
Yes. If you are interested in getting the swag/items that comes with the Titan or Apollyon passes, you must still purchase the a pass. If you purchase the Titan pass, and are selected to be an Apollycon volunteer, you will still be granted access to the full Friday signing that comes along with it.

Can I purchase books at the event?
Yes! There will be an onsite bookseller with books for purchase (Hours of operation will be posted closer to date of the event.). Self-published titles will be sold by the author at their respective tables, at the author’s discretion. As we get closer to the event, we will provide a list of books that will be available for purchase at the event. **Please note: There may be limited titles/formats available through the bookseller, so if you have specific titles you’d like to have for the signing, your best bet is to purchase them before the event.

How can I contact the organizer with any questions?
You can reach the Apollycon 2017 event organizers (Steph & Hannah) using the messaging options on the Apollycon social media pages, or at apollyconevent[at]gmails[dot]com.

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– For more FAQ’s, check out the Frequently Asked Questions page on the Apollycon website.
– For additional information regarding this event, including attending authors & vendors, check out the Apollycon website.


Sweet by Emmy Laybourne Paperback Release Giveaway

May 23, 2016 Book Spotlight, Giveaway 13

Today we’re celebrating the paperback release of Sweet by Emmy Laybourne, which releases on June 7th! It’s also got a brand new cover, which I quite like. The lovely people at Macmillan have offered my readers the chance to win a copy. Read a little bit about the book and enter to win using the Rafflecopter below.


Sweet by Emmy Laybourne
Published by Square Fish on June 7, 2016
(Originally published on June 1, 2015)
Genres: Horror, Contemporary, Thriller, Survival
Pages: 304
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They’d kill to get thin.

The luxurious celebrity cruise launching the trendy new diet sweetener Solu should be the vacation of a lifetime. But Laurel is starting to regret accepting her friend Viv’s invitation. She’s already completely embarrassed herself in front of celebrity host Tom Forelli-the hottest guy ever!-and she’s too sick to even trythe sweetener. And that’s before Viv and all the other passengers start acting really strange.

Tom knows that he should be grateful for this job and the chance to shed his former-child-star image. His publicists have even set up a ‘romance’ with a sexy reality star. But as things on the ship start to get wild, he finds himself drawn to a different girl. And when the hosting gig turns into an expose on the shocking side effects of Solu, it’s Laurel that he’s determined to save.

Emmy Laybourne, author of the Monument 14 trilogy, takes readers on a dream vacation in Sweet that goes first comically, then tragically, then horrifyingly, wrong!

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The Debut Dish: May 2016, Issue #2 (+ Giveaways)

May 22, 2016 Author Interview, Debut Author Challenge, Debut Dish, Giveaway 18

The Debut Dish, a bi-monthly Debut Author Challenge feature, is where you go for the scoop on some pretty awesome debut authors and their new books! Hopefully these interviews will inspire you to add many, many more books to your to-read list. Because, really, who doesn’t need more books in their lives?

This issue of The Debut Dish features Julie Eshbaugh (Ivory and Bone), Jennifer Mason-Black (Devil and the Bluebird), Harriet Reuter Hapgood (The Square Root of Summer), Laura Tims (Please Don’t Tell), Anna Michels (26 Kisses), and Mike Lowery (Doodle Adventures: The Search for the Slimy Space Slugs!).


Ivory and Bone by Julie Eshbaugh
June 7, 2016 from HarperTeen
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A prehistoric fantasy—with allusions to Pride and Prejudice.

Hunting, gathering, and keeping his family safe—that’s the life seventeen-year-old Kol knows. Then bold, enigmatic Mya arrives from the south with her family, and Kol is captivated. He wants her to like and trust him, but any hopes of impressing her are ruined when he makes a careless—and nearly grave—mistake. However, there’s something more to Mya’s cool disdain…a history wrought with loss that comes to light when another clan arrives. With them is Lo, an enemy from Mya’s past who Mya swears has ulterior motives.

As Kol gets to know Lo, tensions between Mya and Lo escalate until violence erupts. Faced with shattering losses, Kol is forced to question every person he’s trusted. One thing is for sure: this was a war that Mya or Lo—Kol doesn’t know which—had been planning all along.

Describe your book in five words or less.
A sweeping prehistoric fantasy romance.

Tell us about your favorite scene in your book.
My favorite scene involves a trip through a storm in a tiny boat out on the sea. There’s a certain level of drama and danger inherent in the situation, but it’s also a very emotionally charged scene. (A few readers have told me it’s their favorite, too!)

Where were you when you found out you were being published?
I was at home–which is a good thing because it was an emotional moment, so I’m glad I wasn’t at work! There were lots of follow-up calls while I was at work, though, and I worried that my co-workers would think I was interviewing because I kept slipping out to take calls on my cell phone.

What’s your favorite junk food?
Marshmallow peeps and bunnies at Easter. (Which is all for the best, since those are only available for a short time each year!) I’m also a sucker for anything gummy!

What’s the oddest thing on your desk right now?
A rock that resembles a primitive spear point.

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Devil and the Bluebird by Jennifer Mason-Black
May 17, 2016 from Amulet Books
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“Devil-at-the-crossroads” folklore finds its way to YA via this moody, magical tale

Blue Riley has wrestled with her own demons ever since the loss of her mother to cancer. But when she encounters a beautiful devil at her town crossroads, it’s her runaway sister’s soul she fights to save. The devil steals Blue’s voice—inherited from her musically gifted mother—in exchange for a single shot at finding Cass.

Armed with her mother’s guitar, a knapsack of cherished mementos, and a pair of magical boots, Blue journeys west in search of her sister. When the devil changes the terms of their deal, Blue must reevaluate her understanding of good and evil and open herself to finding family in unexpected places.

In Devil and the Bluebird, Jennifer Mason-Black delivers a heart-wrenching depiction of loss and hope.

Describe your book in five words or less.
Finding sister, losing soul…?

Tell us about your favorite scene in your book.
Oooh, there are a few. Hmm, I guess when the main character, Blue, takes part in a musical event held in an abandoned barn in rural Minnesota. Music and lantern light and everyone sharing what they have, even though most of them have very little. It’s the first time she’s played for a real audience, one made mostly of musicians, and it marks a change in her understanding of who she is and where she’s going.

Where were you when you found out you were being published?
In my house, boringly enough. I had just walked in, and had my hands full of bags, and my daughter had a friend over, and I was trying not to let on what was up while I was on the phone. My kids knew what a call from Alice (my agent) meant, though, so everyone knew within a matter of minutes.

What’s your favorite junk food?
Cheesy anything. :-)

What’s the oddest thing on your desk right now?
A small turtle shell. We found it along the water this summer. I love turtles, and keep old shells whenever I find them. I also have a tiny mummified snapping turtle, but that doesn’t go on the desk.


The Square Root of Summer by Harriet Reuter Hapgood
May 3, 2016 from Roaring Brook Press
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This is what it means to love someone. This is what it means to grieve someone. It’s a little bit like a black hole. It’s a little bit like infinity.

Gottie H. Oppenheimer is losing time. Literally. When the fabric of the universe around her seaside town begins to fray, she’s hurtled through wormholes to her past:

To last summer, when her grandfather Grey died. To the afternoon she fell in love with Jason, who wouldn’t even hold her hand at the funeral. To the day her best friend Thomas moved away and left her behind with a scar on her hand and a black hole in her memory.

Although Grey is still gone, Jason and Thomas are back, and Gottie’s past, present, and future are about to collide—and someone’s heart is about to be broken.

Describe your book in five words or less.
There’s a time-travelling kitten.

Tell us about your favorite scene in your book.
My favourite scene actually appears a few times, split up in vignettes throughout the book – a garden party on Midsummer’s Eve, with a roaring fire, a drunk grandpa, people scattered on blankets in the grass, and a first kiss… It’s a memory, taking place before the events of the book, and my main character Gottie looks back on it in several different ways throughout the book.

Where were you when you found out you were being published?
I’m a freelance journalist and I was doing a shift at Stylist magazine in London when I got the first phone call from my agent, saying we had an offer. I had to hide in the stairwell and whisper into my mobile because I was supposed to be subbing a feature on superfoods to deadline.

What’s your favorite junk food?
Nachos!

What’s the oddest thing on your desk right now?
My desk is actually in storage right now, so it’s buried underneath a heap of cardboard boxes containing everything from shoes to spices to CDs. I miss you, little desk.

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Please Don’t Tell by Laura Tims
May 24, 2016 from HarperCollins
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Joy killed Adam Gordon—at least, that’s what she thinks. The night of the party is hazy at best. But she knows what Adam did to her twin sister, Grace, and she knows he had to pay for it.

What Joy doesn’t expect is that someone else saw what happened. And one night a note is shoved through her open window, threatening Joy that all will be revealed. Now the anonymous blackmailer starts using Joy to expose the secrets of their placid hometown. And as the demands escalate, Joy must somehow uncover the blackmailer’s identity before Joy is forced to make a terrible choice.

In this darkly compelling narrative, debut author Laura Tims explores the complicated relationship between two sisters, and what one will do for the other. It’s a story that will keep readers turning pages and questioning their own sense of right and wrong.

Describe your book in five words or less.
Girl might have killed boy for revenge. (Okay that’s seven words, but five is pretty hard!)

Tell us about your favorite scene in your book.
Aw man, talking about my FAVORITE scenes would mean tons of spoilers. But there’s this one scene where one of my main characters, Grace, is lying in a field with a bunch of other kids, and she feels like it should probably be a special moment for her like it is for everyone else there, but she just feels sort of socially anxious and wants to go home. It’s a really weird favorite scene but I like it for some reason!

Where were you when you found out you were being published?
At my job working in the library in college! I got so excited I accidentally left my shift half an hour early.

What’s your favorite junk food?
I’m addicted to any form of cheese. Like it’s actually vaguely alarming how much cheese I can eat in one sitting.

What’s the oddest thing on your desk right now?
A shamrock plant named Cinnamon! There’s also a rock that looks like it has eyes. I need some sort of supervision.


26 Kisses by Anna Michels
May 24, 2016 from Simon Pulse
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Breaking up with her boyfriend is not how Veda planned on starting her summer. When Mark makes it clear that it’s over between them, Veda is heartbroken and humiliated—but, more importantly, she’s inspired. And so she sets out on the love quest of a lifetime: use the summer to forget about Mark, move on, and move up. All she has to do is kiss twenty-six boys with twenty-six different names—one for each letter of the alphabet.

From the top of the Ferris wheel at her hometown carnival to the sandy dunes of Lake Michigan, Veda takes every opportunity she can to add kisses (and boys) to her list, and soon the breakup doesn’t sting quite as much. But just when Veda thinks she has the whole kissing thing figured out, she meets someone who turns her world upside down.

By turns hilarious and heartbreaking, Anna Michels’s debut is the story of one girl who realizes that moving on from the supposed love of your life means taking a chance—and having the courage to love again.

Describe your book in five words or less.
The ultimate summer love challenge!

Tell us about your favorite scene in your book.
My favorite scenes are the kissing scenes–all 26 of them ;)

Where were you when you found out you were being published?
I was in my car on a lunchtime phone call to my agent! Then I had to go back in and work afterwards. It was a very long afternoon.

What’s your favorite junk food?
Chips and salsa, with a good book in hand. All junk food tastes better while reading!

What’s the oddest thing on your desk right now?
I have a small bust of an emperor that I bought in Rome while I was living there as an exchange student. His name is Alexanderplatz, and he has stood by me for several NaNoWriMos, three and a half drafted novels, and more procrastination than I care to think about.


Doodle Adventures: The Search for the Slimy Space Slugs! by Mike Lowery
May 17, 2016 from Workman Publishing Company
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Draw your way through the story!

Doodle Adventures: The Search for the Slimy Space Slugs! is a lighthearted fantasy where the reader first draws him- or herself into the story, and then continues by following prompts and adding more illustrations and doodles. Set in space, the book invites the reader to join Carl, a duck and member of a super-secret international group of explorers, on a journey in search of a very important grail-like object. The book is sturdy paper over board with beautiful cream paper—perfect for defacing! And by the end, the reader will have co-written a tale to return to again and again, and show off to family and friends.

Describe your book in five words or less.
Awesome action adventure doodle book!

Tell us about your favorite scene in your book.
The running gag of the book is that we (the reader) get to draw things that end up helping or getting in the way of a duck named Carl that’s always angry for some reason. In one scene we have to draw a special present for a space slug emperor’s birthday party…and it ends up getting Carl thrown into a dungeon.

Where were you when you found out you were being published?
I was actually in the Workman offices pitching the idea.

What’s your favorite junk food?
Spicy kettle chips!

What’s the oddest thing on your desk right now?
A heating pad for a cat. My wife bought it so the cat would quit laying on her computer while she’s trying to work.

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The Crown’s Game Blog Tour | Debut Book Spotlight (+ Giveaway)

May 18, 2016 Blog Tour, Book Spotlight, Giveaway 0

The Crown’s Game Blog Tour | Debut Book Spotlight (+ Giveaway)

Welcome to my stop along the official blog tour for The Crown’s Game, hosted by Rock Star Book Tours! The Crown’s Game is getting wonderful reviews, and I’m so excited to read it. Plus, it’s a debut book so if you’re looking for Debut Author Challenge books his one fits the bill! Read a little about the book and Evelyn, and then make sure you enter to win a beautiful necklace inspired by the book!


the crown's gameThe Crown’s Game by Evelyn Skye
Published by Balzer + Bray on May 17, 2016
Genres: Fantasy, Historical Fiction
Available in: Hardcover, audiobook, ebook
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Vika Andreyeva can summon the snow and turn ash into gold. Nikolai Karimov can see through walls and conjure bridges out of thin air. They are enchanters—the only two in Russia—and with the Ottoman Empire and the Kazakhs threatening, the Tsar needs a powerful enchanter by his side.

And so he initiates the Crown’s Game, an ancient duel of magical skill—the greatest test an enchanter will ever know. The victor becomes the Imperial Enchanter and the Tsar’s most respected adviser. The defeated is sentenced to death.

Raised on tiny Ovchinin Island her whole life, Vika is eager for the chance to show off her talent in the grand capital of Saint Petersburg. But can she kill another enchanter—even when his magic calls to her like nothing else ever has?

For Nikolai, an orphan, the Crown’s Game is the chance of a lifetime. But his deadly opponent is a force to be reckoned with—beautiful, whip smart, imaginative—and he can’t stop thinking about her.

And when Pasha, Nikolai’s best friend and heir to the throne, also starts to fall for the mysterious enchantress, Nikolai must defeat the girl they both love… or be killed himself.

As long-buried secrets emerge, threatening the future of the empire, it becomes dangerously clear… the Crown’s Game is not one to lose.


About Evelyn Skye

Evelyn Skye was once offered a job by the C.I.A., she not-so-secretly wishes she was on “So You Think You Can Dance,” and if you challenge her to a pizza-eating contest, she guarantees she will win. When she isn’t writing, Evelyn can be found chasing her daughter on the playground or sitting on the couch, immersed in a good book and eating way too many cookies. THE CROWN’S GAME is her first novel. Evelyn can be found online at www.evelynskye.com and on Twitter @EvelynSkyeYA.

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1 winner will receive a beautiful custom THE CROWN’S GAME necklace (similar to the one in the photo below) made by the lovely Tales of A Ravenous Reader, US Only.

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Check out the other tour stops!

5/9 – Dark Faerie Tales – Guest Post
5/10 – Owl Always Be Reading – Guest Post
5/11 – 125Pages – Review
5/12 – A Backwards Story – Review
5/13 – Two Chicks on Books – Guest Post

5/16 – The Reader Lines – Review
5/17 – Once Upon a Twilight – Guest Post
5/18 – That Artsy Reader Girl – Spotlight
5/19 – Supernatural Snark – Guest Post
5/20 – Mundie Moms – Review