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The Good Girls by Sara Shepard: Exclusive Video & Giveaway

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Today, we’re thrilled to be bringing you an exclusive video (AND a contest) for the blog tour for The Good Girls by Sara Shepard, the sequel (and conlusion) to The Perfectionists. Sara is also the author of the Pretty Little Liars series (yes, the same one the TV show is based on) and The Lying Game series, among other books.

The Good Girls picks up where The Perfectionists left off, with Mackenzie, Ava, Caitlin, Julie, and Parker trying to figure out who killed Nolan Hotchkiss — as well as the other people on their hypothetical “hit list” — and why they’d want to frame the girls for the murders.

For today’s post, we have an exclusive video Q&A with Mackenzie:

Want to see interviews with the rest of the girls? Check ’em out here:

ABOUT THE BOOK:

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The Perfectionists #2
Author: Sara Shepard
Release Date: June 2, 2015
Publisher: HarperTeen

SYNOPSIS:

From Sara Shepard, author of the #1 New York Times bestselling Pretty Little Liars series, comes the shocking sequel to The Perfectionists—with an ending you’ll have to read to believe!

Mackenzie, Ava, Caitlin, Julie, and Parker have done some not-so-perfect things. Even though they all talked about killing rich bully Nolan Hotchkiss, they didn’t actually go through with it. It’s just a coincidence that Nolan died in exactly the way they planned . . . right? Except Nolan wasn’t the only one they fantasized about killing. When someone else they named dies, the girls wonder if they’re being framed. Or are they about to become the killer’s next targets?

BOOK LINKS:

Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Kobo | IndieBound |
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

SaraShepardFor as long as she can remember, Sara Shepard has been writing. However, when she was young she also wanted to be a soap opera star, a designer for LEGO, a filmmaker, a claymation artist, a geneticist, and a fashion magazine editor when she grew up. She and her sister have been creating joint artistic and written projects for years, except they’re pretty sure they’re the only ones who find them funny.

She got her MFA at Brooklyn College and now lives outside Philadelphia, PA with her husband and dogs. Her first adult novel is called The Visibles/ All The Things We Didn’t Say.

Sara’s bestselling young adult series, Pretty Little Liars, is loosely based on her experiences growing up on Philadelphia’s Main Line…although luckily she never had any serious stalkers. The series has also inspired the ABC Family television series of the same name.

www.sarashepard.com | @sarabooks

GIVEAWAY:

One winner will get finished copies of THE PERFECTIONISTS and THE GOOD GIRLS. (Ships in US Only | Must be 13+ To Enter)

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The Summer of Chasing Mermaids by Sarah Ockler: Mermaid Monday Exclusive Quote Graphics & Contest

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Today, we’re excited to be hosting a stop on “Mermaid Monday” –– celebrating the upcoming release on June 2nd of The Summer of Chasing Mermaids by Sarah Ockler. It’s all leading up to the reveal of the first two chapters of the book later today!

For our post, we have a fantastic contest — AND some exclusive quote graphics I created with some lovely passages from the book. Much of The Summer of Chasing Mermaids takes place on the Oregon coast — and as most of you know, I live in the Portland, Oregon area — so visiting the Oregon coast is not only easy, it’s one of my favorite things to do.

So I used some of my own photos from recent trips to the Oregon coast as the backgrounds for all three of our quote graphics. Feel free to share these on various social media websites, using the hashtag #MermaidMonday:

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summer of chasing mermaidsHere’s more about The Summer of Chasing Mermaids:

The youngest of six talented sisters, Elyse d’Abreau was destined for stardom—until a boating accident took everything from her. Now, the most beautiful singer in Tobago can’t sing. She can’t even speak.

Seeking quiet solitude, Elyse accepts a friend’s invitation to Atargatis Cove. Named for the mythical first mermaid, the Oregon seaside town is everything Elyse’s home in the Caribbean isn’t: An ocean too cold for swimming, parties too tame for singing, and people too polite to pry—except for one.

Christian Kane is a notorious playboy—insolent, arrogant, and completely charming. He’s also the only person in Atargatis Cove who doesn’t treat Elyse like a glass statue. He challenges her to express herself, and he admires the way she treats his younger brother Sebastian, who believes Elyse is the legendary mermaid come to life.

When Christian needs a first mate for the Cove’s high-stakes Pirate Regatta, Elyse reluctantly stows her fear of the sea and climbs aboard. The ocean isn’t the only thing making waves, though—swept up in Christian’s seductive tide and entranced by the Cove’s charms, Elyse begins to wonder if a life of solitude isn’t what she needs. But changing course again means facing her past. It means finding her inner voice. And scariest of all, it means opening her heart to a boy who’s best known for breaking them . . .

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under the sea earringsThanks to our friends at Simon & Schuster, we are giving away a finished copy of The Summer of Chasing Mermaids and a set of “Under the Sea” post earrings from Urban Outfitters (pictured, right).

Earn entries by sharing one or more of the above quote graphics on Twitter or Instagram using the hashtag #MermaidMonday. Submit your links & complete your entry by filling out the Rafflecopter form HERE.

You must share AT LEAST one graphic on either Twitter OR Instagram. But the more you share, the more chances you have to win!

Contest is open to the U.S. only. Runs through midnight (PT) on Tuesday, June 2nd.

Be sure to check out the other posts from Mermaid Monday throughout the day for more content, contests & a preview of the first two chapters of The Summer of Chasing Mermaids:

 

The Cage Contest + Blog Tour Q&A with Megan Shepherd

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Today, we are thrilled to be hosting a stop on the official blog tour for The Cage by Megan Shepherd, in stores next Tuesday. We have an exclusive Q&A with Megan, plus keep reading to learn more about the book & enter for your chance to win!

Megan ShepherdFor readers unfamiliar with the premise, give us your 140-character “Twitter pitch” for THE CAGE.

Six teenagers from around the world are abducted by an all-powerful species and caged in a “human zoo”

This sounds like a major deviation from THE MADMAN’S DAUGHTER trilogy. What drew you away from Gothic horror to science fiction?

I will always love Gothic horror, but when I had the idea for THE CAGE, I knew I had to pursue it. It was a challenge to write about contemporary teenagers in a more traditional science fiction setting, but it was really fun.

Each book in THE MADMAN’S DAUGHTER trilogy took inspiration from a different classic novel. What inspired THE CAGE?

An author friend was telling me about her spouse’s job as a wildlife biologist at a writing retreat, and that got me thinking about zoos. I knew the “human zoo” concept had been done a little in fiction (like in the TWILIGHT ZONE and SLAUGHTERHOUSE FIVE), but I didn’t know of anyone who had done it yet in young adult literature.

cage, theWhere do you find the most inspiration for all of your writing, in general?

From day dreaming. It’s tough these days, since we’re all tied to our phones and computers constantly. But I look for those moments of mental silence, like walks with my dog or drives in the car with the radio off, to think.

What are some human “oddities” that you think would confuse and/or fascinate an alien race observing us in a zoo, like in THE CAGE?

I had a lot of fun with this in the book. The alien race in THE CAGE, the Kindred, are able to “cloak” their emotions in public, releasing them only in private. So they’re fascinated by humanity’s wild emotional outbursts: love, anger, but also concepts like forgiveness. They’re interested in human music and art, though they don’t quite understand it. And they think we can be satisfied with distractions like candy, toys, and games, and don’t understand that we have deeper needs.

FLASH QUESTIONS:

Favorite villain?

JARETH in LABYRINTH

Pen or pencil?

Pen

Favorite piece of clothing?

A cozy sweater I wear to write in

Song you can’t get out of your head right now?

CENTURIES by Fall Out Boy

Most recent vacation?

Sailing along the Turkish coast—a lifelong dream!

5 things that are always in your purse?

Phone, book to read, CAGE bookmarks, pen & notebook in case I get inspired, laptop

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1 winner will receive a signed ARC of THE CAGE with a CAGE bookmark and sticker sheet. US Only.

Enter by filling out the Rafflecopter form HERE

about the book
The Maze Runner meets Scott Westerfeld in this gripping new series about teens held captive in a human zoo by an otherworldly race. From Megan Shepherd, the acclaimed author of The Madman’s Daughter trilogy.

When Cora Mason wakes in a desert, she doesn’t know where she is or who put her there. As she explores, she finds an impossible mix of environments—tundra next to desert, farm next to jungle, and a strangely empty town cobbled together from different cultures—all watched over by eerie black windows. And she isn’t alone.

Four other teenagers have also been taken: a beautiful model, a tattooed smuggler, a secretive genius, and an army brat who seems to know too much about Cora’s past. None of them have a clue as to what happened, and all of them have secrets. As the unlikely group struggles for leadership, they slowly start to trust each other. But when their mysterious jailer—a handsome young guard called Cassian—appears, they realize that their captivity is more terrifying than they could ever imagine: Their captors aren’t from Earth. And they have taken the five teenagers for an otherworldly zoo—where the exhibits are humans.

As a forbidden attraction develops between Cora and Cassian, she realizes that her best chance of escape might be in the arms of her own jailer—though that would mean leaving the others behind. Can Cora manage to save herself and her companions? And if so . . . what world lies beyond the walls of their cage?

Find it: AmazonBarnes & NobleiBooks, Goodreads

about the author
Megan Shepherd grew up in the mountains of Western North Carolina, where her family has owned and operated an independent bookstore for over 35 years. Shepherd attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she majored in international studies and went on to live and work in Costa Rica, Senegal, Scotland, Spain, and many other countries. Now, Shepherd has returned to Western North Carolina and is a full-time writer of young adult novels.

She is represented by Josh Adams of Adams Literary.

Author Photo by Kristi Hedberg Photography

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The Artisans by Julie Reece: Blog Tour Guest Post & Contest

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Today, we’re excited to be hosting a stop on the official blog tour for The Artisans by Julie Reece, now in stores. Below, check out our guest post from Julie, then keep reading to learn more about The Artisans and enter to win a copy of the book!

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~My Favorite Writing Spot~
by Julie Reece

Julie ReeceMost of the time, I write in my bed, or catch a few moments at work (shhh) don’t tell. I even write on my laptop in the car when my husband and I are on a road trip (and to answer your question, yes, he is a saint). But my most favoritist <<I know it’s not a real word, but I like it, and it’s staying>> place to write is at the barn. I don’t own this barn, it belongs to my boss. The man is eighty-six-years-old and still rides every week. He’s pretty much John Wayne, and he lets us keep our horses there free of charge in exchange for shoveling poo. That’s another story.

Anyway, I get interrupted a lot when I’m writing. I’m dyslexic and have ADD, so interrupting me is easy. At home it’s a loud TV, a whooshing dishwasher, kids who can’t remember where they put their shoes, or a cat that thinks my lap is his throne. At work its phone calls or pesky clients who dare to come to the office and, you know, actually want my attention. Sheesh.

At the barn, I can’t say I’m not distracted, but it’s different out there.

The-Artisans-CoverI pull up a soccer chair in the breezeway between the stalls and sit with my laptop. The shade keeps the heat off, but the wind is subtle and warm. My husband is mowing, so I smell gas and oil, but the breeze mixes the scent with fresh-cut grass. The sound of the motor makes a constant, dull hum and it works just like white noise in my brain—easily tuned out. Horses whinny and munch hay. A bee whizzes past my head, a dog barks, wind rattles the leaves in the massive oak trees over the roof. You’d think every little sound would drive me batty, like it does at work, but no. Somehow, the natural sounds are peaceful and, if anything, they drive my imagination harder. I’m more productive out here.

Eventually, clouds pass over the sun and the sky darkens. I look at my cell and four hours have passed like four minutes. I glance up and notice the mower has stopped. My husband walks over and kisses the top of my head. He smiles down at me. “Done writing?”

“Never,” I say, and we give each other these big, stupid grins because we both know it’s true. I’ll be finished when I’m dead.

Then we load up the car and drive off somewhere to grab dinner out. We talk and laugh. It’s a good day. A day wrapped in peace, and magic, and creativity. I’m more thankful for that little barn than I can say.

So, how about you? Do you have a favorite place that feels special above any other? I’d love for you to leave a comment and tell me all about it!

My thanks to Sara and everyone at Novel Novice for having me here today and for being awesome! Thinking about my favorite writing place this week has made me grateful all over again.

XOXOX
Julie

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about the bookTitle: The Artisans
Publication date: May 12, 2015
Publisher: Month9Books, LLC.
Author: Julie Reece

They say death can be beautiful. But after the death of her mother, seventeen-year-old Raven Weathersby gives up her dream of becoming a fashion designer, barely surviving life in the South Carolina lowlands.

To make ends meet, Raven works after school as a seamstress creating stunning works of fashion that often rival the great names of the day.

Instead of making things easier on the high school senior, her stepdad’s drinking leads to a run in with the highly reclusive heir to the Maddox family fortune, Gideon Maddox.

But Raven’s stepdad’s drying out and in no condition to attend the meeting with Maddox. So Raven volunteers to take his place and offers to repay the debt in order to keep the only father she’s ever known out of jail, or worse.

Gideon Maddox agrees, outlining an outrageous demand: Raven must live in his home for a year while she designs for Maddox Industries’ clothing line, signing over her creative rights.

Her handsome young captor is arrogant and infuriating to the nth degree, and Raven can’t imagine working for him, let alone sharing the same space for more than five minutes.

But nothing is ever as it seems. Is Gideon Maddox the monster the world believes him to be? And can he stand to let the young seamstress see him as he really is?

Buy It: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | kobo | TBD

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about the authorBorn in Ohio, I lived next to my grandfather’s horse farm until the fourth grade. Summers were about riding, fishing and make-believe, while winter brought sledding and ice-skating on frozen ponds. Most of life was magical, but not all.

I struggled with multiple learning disabilities, did not excel in school. I spent much of my time looking out windows and daydreaming. In the fourth grade (with the help of one very nice teacher) I fought dyslexia for my right to read, like a prince fights a dragon in order to free the princess locked in a tower, and I won.

Afterwards, I read like a fiend. I invented stories where I could be the princess… or a gifted heroine from another world who kicked bad guy butt to win the heart of a charismatic hero. Who wouldn’t want to be a part of that? Later, I moved to Florida where I continued to fantasize about superpowers and monsters, fabricating stories (my mother called it lying) and sharing them with my friends.

Then I thought I’d write one down…

Hooked, I’ve been writing ever since. I write historical, contemporary, urban fantasy, adventure, and young adult romances. I love strong heroines, sweeping tales of mystery and epic adventure… which must include a really hot guy. My writing is proof you can work hard to overcome any obstacle. Don’t give up. I say, if you write, write on!

Connect with the Author:  Website | Twitter | Facebook | Goodreads

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Five (5) winners will receive a digital copy of The Artisans by Julie Reece (INT). Winner will be chosen on June 19th.

Enter by filling out the Rafflecopter form HERE!

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Blog Tour Guest Post & Contest: Undertow by Michael Buckley

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Today, we’re excited to be hosting a stop on the official blog tour for Undertow by Michael Buckley, in stores today. We’ve got a great guest post from Michael, plus your chance to win a copy of the book — so be sure to keep reading for more details!

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undertowBeing a man, I have never had a baby myself, but waiting to see a book cover has to be close to the feeling of childbirth. It’s hard to get comfortable, there’s a lot of heavy breathing and groaning, and when it’s all over you’re exhausted. If you’re lucky, the baby is cute and you fall instantly in love, but if not there’s not much you can do about it. You don’t get to pick your cover anymore than you get to pick what your baby looks like. The best you you can hope for is that both will have your best features.

Authors rarely get a say in the way their books look so you have to trust in the passions of a group of people you have never met, namely the art department. As stressful as that is, it’s for the best, because authors are lousy at picking their own artwork. Let me explain. Being a bit of a control freak it was hard for me to surrender to the process—after all, my book is a reflection of me and I’ve been working on it for months, maybe even years. No one knows the material better than I do. But that’s why I shouldn’t have a lot of control in the cover. I’m just too close to the work. Like most writers, I’m delighted by my words, so in love with my art, so enamored by my own genius that I just can’t be objective about how to sell it. And the cover is about selling. It can be beautiful. It can be art, but it’s commerce. The cover coos to the audience. It winks and smiles and begs you to pick it up (are you seeing how I’m using this baby analogy? I’m brilliant!)

Michael BuckleyFor Undertow, I fell in love with an image my wife found in the New York Times Magazine—a beautiful panoramic of people swimming in the ocean. It was dark and moody and mysterious and I thought it the perfect image for my book about mermaids moving onto the shores of Coney Island. It was so haunting that I used it as a screen saver and let it inspire my writing. I passed it on to my editor who loved it as well and much to my surprise went to the photographer and got a license to use it for the cover. I was elated. They printed ARCs of the book and I showed it to everyone. I was so proud of how it turned out. And then I got a call. The cover wasn’t working the way we wanted it to. One of the big retailers said it confused them, some teens who saw it thought it was a novel about summer love, it just wasn’t reading the way I wanted it to.

So, sadly, the decision was made to change it. I have to admit I kind of went off the deep end. I couldn’t imagine that anything new could be as amazing as the original art (I also, I admit, really loved how huge my name was on it). But my editor talked me off the ledge. The fact was, this control freak just had to sit on his hands and wait and trust and prepare for a new baby. A month or so later, it arrived—an equally haunting shot made with a photographic technique that uses a real image with illustrations drawn into it. The colors are rich and moody, the image is a burned out tent city in Coney Island with a crumbling Wonder Wheel in the background. It’s troubling, scary, and … perfect. It tells a reader what the book is about. It flirts with them. Hopefully, when it comes out on May 5th, it will convince a few people to adopt a copy. For me, creatively, lighting had struck twice, and still I have learned nothing that will help when we make the cover for the second book. That’s just as well. As a writer (or a parent) I just can’t be objective about my work (baby).

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Sixteen-year-old Lyric Walker’s life is forever changed when she witnesses the arrival of 30,000 Alpha, a five-nation race of ocean-dwelling warriors, on her beach in Coney Island. The world’s initial wonder and awe over the Alpha quickly turns ugly and paranoid and violent, and Lyric’s small town transforms into a military zone with humans on one side and Alpha on the other. When Lyric is recruited to help the crown prince, a boy named Fathom, assimilate, she begins to fall for him. But their love is a dangerous one, and there are forces on both sides working to keep them apart. Only, what if the Alpha are not actually the enemy? What if they are in fact humanity’s only hope of survival? Because the real enemy is coming. And it’s more terrifying than anything the world has ever seen.

Action, suspense, and romance whirlpool dangerously in this cinematic saga, a blend of District 9 and The Outsiders.

Find it: AmazonBarnes & NobleGoodreads

about the author

New York Times bestselling author Michael Buckley was born in Akron, Ohio. He tried his hand as a stand-up comic and lead singer for a punk rock back before attending Ohio University. After graduating with honors he moved to New York City to be an intern on the Late Show with David Letterman which led to stints developing programming for Discovery Networks, MTV, MTV Animation and Klasky Csupo (producers of Nickelodeon’s Rugrats). Today he lives in Brooklyn, New York with his wife, Alison, and their son Finn.

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5 winners will receive a prize pack that contains an Undertow beach towel, beach bag, bookmark, a finished book. US Only.

Enter by filling out the Rafflecopter form HERE!

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Blog Tour Book Review & Contest: The Replaced by Kimberly Derting

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Today’s review is part of the official blog tour for The Replaced. Be sure to keep reading for your chance to win an AMAZING prize, open internationally!

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A fast-paced, action-packed adventure awaits readers in The Replaced by Kimberly Derting, the highly-anticipated sequel to The Taking. In this second installment, readers will finally find out what’s next for Kyra — and what happened to Tyler.

replacedKyra hasn’t been the same since she returned from her mysterious five-year disappearance. Now, on the run from the NSA, Kyra is forced to hide out with others who, like her, have been Returned. Yet she is determined to find Tyler, the boy she loves who was also abducted—all because of her. When her group intercepts a message that Tyler might still be alive but is in the hands of a shadowy government organization that experiments on the Returned, Kyra knows it’s a risk to go after him. What if it’s a trap? And worse, what if the returned Tyler isn’t the same boy she lost?

Perfect for fans of The Fifth Wave and the Body Finder series, The Replaced is both chilling and explosive, with creepy, otherworldly elements and twisty, psychological thrills that will have you questioning what exactly it means to be human.

The Replaced is packed with plenty of action, and unexpected twists that would make any classic X-Files fan’s heart pitter-patter. (Oh, Mulder, where are you? Kyra needs your help! Ahem … sorry, fantasy crossover daydreams again …)

Derting always writes such gut-wrenching emotions — and Kyra is definitely torn, as she discovers unexpected feelings amidst her search for Tyler — and her quest for answers. The Replaced will certainly keep fans on their toes, and leave them eagerly anticipating the final book in this trilogy. (Sorry, still another year to wait … the struggle of trilogy readers!)

Each new plot twist — and new secret uncovered — raises the stakes for Kyra and her friends ever higher. Layers of government conspiracy, an alien mystery, and murky alliances amongst the Returned.

Look for The Replaced in stores now.

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One Winner will get an iPad Mini 16 GB Wifi (US Only)
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a $200 Gift Card to the Online BOOK retailer of their choice

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Blog Tour Guest Post & Contest: Tracked by Jenny Martin

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Today, we are thrilled to be hosting a stop on the official blog tour for Tracked by Jenny Martin. We have an exclusive guest post from Jenny, plus your chance to win an awesome prize & learn more about the book — so be sure to keep reading for all the goodies.

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An Educator Who Made an Impact
by Jenny Martin

tracked coverGrowing up, I was pretty lucky. I learned from a lot of great teachers and librarians. There was Ms. Kragh, who seemed to have endless patience and compassion. In second grade, I was having a rough time at home–acting out in class and telling whoppers–but she responded with a lot more hugs than scolding. Then, in intermediate school, there was Mrs. Harrison, who turned me onto Greek Mythology and Flowers for Algernon and To Kill a Mockingbird. And let’s not forget Ms. Kay Bell, who welcomed me at the public library and didn’t bat an eye when I wanted to check out the same books, again and again.

But mostly, I remember Mrs. Dick.

Kathy Dick was our sophomore English teacher. But she was also a pioneer, turning her class into a hub of self-directed projects, field trips and open-ended discussions, at a time when most teachers were handing out worksheets and keeping us quiet. But Mrs. Dick’s class was different. It was a haven. A collaborative space. A place where everyone was welcome.

What’s more, our classroom extended beyond four walls. Mrs. Dick taught us that school was everywhere. I’d never experienced anything like it.

When we learned about architecture, we piled into the bus and drove around, looking for cantilevers and Doric columns. When we studied art, we visited elementary schools and taught second graders about Andy Warhol and Claude Monet. When we learned about oral tradition, we interviewed a professional storyteller and put on a festival for community kids. And when we tackled a unit on death, we debated John Donne’s poetry and analyzed the work of Elizabeth Kubler-Ross. We didn’t just learn things…we internalized the lessons. We lived them.

I can honestly say, thanks to those lessons, I was truly prepared for college. I was ready to open my mind up to a whole new world of experiences. I was ready to use my imagination as an everyday lens. Yes, ecause of Ms. Dick, I was ready to become a writer.

Thanks so much for hosting me on the blog!

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The Fast and the Furious gets a futuristic twist in this action-packed debut!

On corporately controlled Castra, rally racing is a high-stakes game that seventeen-year-old Phoebe Van Zant knows all too well. Phee’s legendary racer father disappeared mysteriously, but that hasn’t stopped her from speeding headlong into trouble. When she and her best friend, Bear, attract the attention of Charles Benroyal, they are blackmailed into racing for Benroyal Corp, a company that represents everything Phee detests. Worse, Phee risks losing Bear as she falls for Cash, her charming new teammate. But when she discovers that Benroyal is controlling more than a corporation, Phee realizes she has a much bigger role in Castra’s future than she could ever have imagined. It’s up to Phee to take Benroyal down. But even with the help of her team, can a street-rat destroy an empire?

Find it: AmazonBarnes & Noble, iBooksGoodreads

In stores May 5th

about the authorJennyJenny Martin is an author and librarian. Her first novel, Tracked, will be released on May 5th, 2015 by Dial, an imprint of Penguin Random-House. Jenny is also an experienced speaker, panelist and presenter who’s appeared at many state and regional conferences, events and festivals. She lives in Dallas, with her husband and son, where she hoards books and writes fiction. And yes, she’s still on a quest for the perfect pancake.
WebsiteBlog | Twitter  | Facebook | Pinterest | TumblrInstagram | Goodreads

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5 winners will receive a finished copy of TRACKED and an awesome swag pack! US Only.

5 winners will receive a finished copy of TRACKED! US Only.

Enter by filling out the Rafflecopter form HERE.

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Lies I Told by Michelle Zink: Blog Tour Contest + Author Q&A

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Today, I am so honored to be hosting a stop on the official blog tour for Lies I Told by Michelle Zink. For today’s stop, we have an exclusive Q&A with Michelle, plus your chance to win TWO amazing prize packs!!! Yes, that’s right, TWO prize packs. So keep reading for all the details!

lies i toldThis is your first contemporary YA novel. What prompted the switch from the paranormal?

I’ve never been “good” at sticking to one genre. I’m such a story junkie. I love them all! I guess this must make me hard to brand, but I’ve always taken opportunities to try something different, and I honestly feel that it’s made me a better writer. I’d written four historical fantasies and one contemporary fantasy when I got the idea for LIES I TOLD (which was originally titled GRIFT), and it just seemed like a good time to try my hand at something else.

What has been the biggest challenge writing contemporary? What has been the best part?

To be honest, I haven’t found it very difficult. At least not because it’s contemporary! There are other challenges relating to craft that I imposed on myself, because I always want to be better. One of the things I love most about writing is there’s never a time where I think I’ve “got” it. There’s always something new to learn, and I’ve spent a lot of the last two years really focused on craft. I feel like it all came together in this book, and its stellar reviews (including a star from Kirkus) seem to confirm that feeling. In a way it’s comforting, validation that we CAN keep getting better, and if we do, it will show in our work. The best part is that I didn’t have to build an entire world from scratch, although Playa Hermosa is probably more like a tropical otherworld than many real-life locations.

Michelle ZinkWhat do you think will attract fans of your paranormal books to LIES I TOLD?

I really try to walk the line between being character-focused and plot-focused in my books. Many of them have what’s called a “high concept” plot, but it’s always a framework for something deeper. In LIES I TOLD, Grace is struggling to reconcile the person she might become against the idea of who she is based on the things she’s done. This is just as weighty thematically as Lia in PROPHECY OF THE SISTERS trying to reconcile the differences between her and her sister, and also trying to find the strength to be who she believes herself to be instead of who the prophecy tells her she is. Grace also has to find the strength to depart from what she knows, which is in line with Helen in A TEMPTATION OF ANGELS being thrust out into the world with very little knowledge and forced to fight for her life. Lastly, Grace has to learn to believe in something other than the con and the twisted brand of family of which she’s been apart, similar to the way Clare struggles with disbelief in THIS WICKED GAME. I think what has drawn people to my work in the past has been those deeper themes of identity and self worth and belief, something with which all human beings across all walks of life can identify, and my voice, which I think is present in all my work. I’m confident readers of my previous work will still “hear” me in this new book.

In LIES I TOLD, Grace has lived a life of crime. What were some of the challenges and pleasant surprises of writing about such a flawed character?

It’s always difficult to write a protagonist that on paper should be unlikeable. This was a huge challenge in Raum in A TEMPTATION OF ANGELS (people still write me pissed about it), and it was a challenge with Grace as well. But this is where the really fascinating work of writing is for me. I want to turn readers’s expectations and preconceptions on their heads, to illustrate how very gray we all are in a world where people want to believe things are black and white (it’s so much tidier that way). So that was hard, walking that line between making Grace real in her capacity as a con artist and also making her likable enough that you would root for her. But it was also so rewarding to see her through this journey. I confess that I get teary when I read Promises I Made and see how Grace (and all the characters) come full circle. It’s a joy to elicit that kind of reaction, and to see notes from my editor in the margin that read, “You’re killing me right now!” (that book will be out in November). ;)

FLASH QUESTIONS:
Favorite villain?

Alice Milthorpe, who won the Best Villain award in the Teen Read Awards against Lord Voldemort.

Pen or pencil?

Pen. I hate that scratching sound pencils make.

Favorite piece of clothing?

This giant, ugly sweatshirt from the 80s that has seen me through four pregnancies and lots of very cold writing winters.

Song you can’t get out of your head right now?

An instrumental piece called QUIET by This Will Destroy You.

Most recent vacation?

Ha! Vacation? What’s that? Seriously, it was four years ago – two weeks in Maine with my kids.

5 things that are always in your purse

My wallet, tinted lip balm, a coupon organizer (I know, I’m a nerd, right?), a small bottle of hand cream, and hand wipes. Gah! This makes me sound like an old lady!

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about the book

What if, after spending a lifetime deceiving everyone around you, you discovered the biggest lies were the ones you’ve told yourself?

Grace Fontaine has everything: beauty, money, confidence, and the perfect family.

But it’s all a lie.

Grace has been adopted into a family of thieves who con affluent people out of money, jewelry, art, and anything else of value. Grace has never had any difficulty pulling off a job, but when things start to go wrong on the Fontaines’ biggest heist yet, Grace finds herself breaking more and more of the rules designed to keep her from getting caught…including the most important one of all: never fall for your mark.

Perfect for fans of Ally Carter, Cecily von Ziegesar, and Gail Carriger, this thrilling, high-stakes novel deftly explores the roles of identity and loyalty while offering a window into the world of the rich and fabulous.

about the authorMichelle Zink lives in New York in an old converted barn on four acres. Her first book, Prophecy of the Sisters, was one of Booklist’s Top Ten Debut novels, and her work as been included in the Lonestar List, Chicago Public Library’s Best of the Best, and New York Public Library’s Stuff for the Teen Age. Michelle’s work has been published in over twenty countries. LIES I TOLD is her sixth book.

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Book Review: The Remedy by Suzanne Young + Blog Tour Contest

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Today’s book review is part of the official blog tour for The Remedy by Suzanne Young. Be sure to keep reading after our review for more about the book & your chance to win a copy!

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A startling premise has chilling consequences in this pulse-pounding prequel to The Program series. Suzanne Young’s The Remedy will keep readers on their toes as the circumstances that lead to The Program unfold.

The Remedy_FinalBookCover_hiresCan one girl take on so many identities without losing her own? Find out in this riveting companion to The Program and the New York Times bestselling The Treatment.

In a world before The Program.

Quinlan McKee is a closer. Since the age of seven, Quinn has held the responsibility of providing closure to grieving families with a special skill she can become anyone.

Recommended by grief counselors, Quinn is hired by families to take on the short-term role of a deceased loved one between the ages of fifteen and twenty. She’s not an exact copy, of course, but she wears their clothes and changes her hair, studies them through pictures and videos, and soon, Quinn can act like them, smell like them, and be them for all intents and purposes. But to do her job successfully, she can’t get attached.

Now seventeen, Quinn is deft at recreating herself, sometimes confusing her own past with those of the people she’s portrayed. When she’s given her longest assignment, playing the role of Catalina Barnes, Quinn begins to bond with the deceased girl’s boyfriend. But that’s only the beginning of the complications, especially when Quinn finds out the truth about Catalina’s death. And the epidemic it could start.

The Remedy is a fast-paced, sexy, and deeply thought-provoking novel — filled with richly imagined characters and intense emotions. Suzanne’s writing is engaging, as always, and the disturbing premise of “Closers” is a tantalizing beginning for this story, which offers an unsettling look at the circumstances that created The Program.

Though it’s possible to read this book without having read The Program and The Treatment, the breadcrumbs Suzanne offers for readers of the duology are deeply satisfying. It’s easy to see how The Program came to be, given the events of The Remedy. In this prequel, you see the disturbing world Suzanne imagined come full circle — and it’s fantastic to see the different pieces come together.

The Remedy is in stores now. Find it: AmazonBarnes & NobleiBooks, Goodreads

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1 winner will receive a signed set of The Program, The Treatment, and The Remedy.

1 winner will receive a signed ARC of Hotel Ruby.

Enter by filling out the Rafflecopter form HERE!

about the authorSuzanne Young2Suzanne Young is the New York Times bestselling author of The Program series. Originally from Utica, New York, Suzanne moved to Arizona to pursue her dream of not freezing to death. She is a novelist and an English teacher, but not always in that order.

Suzanne is the author of THE PROGRAM, THE TREATMENT, THE REMEDY, and HOTEL RUBY. She was also on an episode of House Hunters where she talked about her love of grass and trees (while living in the desert).

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Zeroboxer by Fonda Lee: Posters + Desktop Wallpapers Revealed!

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Today, I’m so happy to be hosting a stop on the official blog tour for Zeroboxer by Fonda Lee — a really fun sci fi boxing romp that I just loved. For today’s post, we have a very cool poster to reveal — but first, a few words from Fonda:

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ZeroboxerIt’s been quite a crazy past couple of weeks watching Zeroboxer hit the shelves and get into the hands of readers. If you want to catch up on all guest posts, bonus content, interviews, and giveaways that have happened so far, you can find them all listed here on my website.

I’m stoked to be on Novel Novice today offering something for zeroboxing fans: fight poster wallpaper! Yeah, how could I not make epic fight posters for the big matches in Zeroboxer?

I had Dar Albert at Wicked Smart Designs help me design the logos for the two big promotion companies, the Zero Gravity Fighting Association, and the Weightless Combat Championship. Then we created posters to reflect two of the pivotal events in the book: Carr Luka’s championship fight for the lowmass title, and the Terran-Martian tournament War of the Worlds.

You can download either of these as desktop wallpaper AND you can enter the giveaway for a signed copy of the book plus both of the 13X19 inch posters. I printed these out in very limited quantity so here’s you chance to snag them.

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And now, here are the posters:

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about the book

A Sci-Fi Thrill Ride Set in the Action-Packed Sports Arena of the Future

A rising star in the weightless combat sport of zeroboxing, Carr “the Raptor” Luka dreams of winning the championship title. Recognizing his talent, the Zero Gravity Fighting Association assigns Risha, an ambitious and beautiful Martian colonist, to be his brandhelm––a personal marketing strategist. It isn’t long before she’s made Carr into a popular celebrity and stolen his heart along the way.

As his fame grows, Carr becomes an inspirational hero on Earth, a once-great planet that’s fallen into the shadow of its more prosperous colonies. But when Carr discovers a far-reaching criminal scheme, he becomes the keeper of a devastating secret. Not only will his choices place everything he cares about in jeopardy, but they may also spill the violence from the sports arena into the solar system.

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 AUTHOR BIO:

Fonda Lee writes science fiction and fantasy for teens and adults. Zeroboxer (from Flux/Llewellyn) is her debut novel. Fonda is a recovering corporate strategist, an avid martial artist, a fan of smart action movies, and an Eggs Benedict enthusiast. You can find Fonda at http://www.fondalee.com and on Twitter @fondajlee.

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