Thursday, September 21, 2017

Blog Tour with Giveaway: Finding You by Lydia Albano

Book Info:
Title:  Finding You
Author:  Lydia Albano
Published by: Swoon Reads
Publication date: September 19th, 2017
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult
Taken from home and family, all they have is each other.
Isla is kidnapped from a train platform in broad daylight, and thrust into a nightmare when she is sold to a sadistic aristocrat. Locked in a dungeon with a dozen other girls, Isla’s only comfort is a locket and the memory of the boy she loves. But as days pass and more girls disappear, she realizes that help is not coming… If they’re going to survive, they’ll have to escape on their own.
Swoon Reads is proud to present Lydia Albano’s debut novel, a powerful story of a teen girl finding strength and hope in even the worst circumstances.

1. What does your writing process look like? Do you know the whole story when you start? Or do you just start writing and go with it (seat of the pants writing)? If you plan it out, how do you do that? Outline, notecards, post-it-notes, etc.?

I’m a seat-of-your-pants writer, for sure.  I think two or three times in my life I’ve actually mapped out a story, and then as soon as I know what’s going to happen I lose all interest in it!  Finding You is a classic example of that- I didn’t know Isla was going to get kidnapped until the scene was underway and from there the story became about survival and strength and real love, and not just a girl trying to find her sweetheart.  This book - like others I’ve finished - took on a life of its own.  (I do use pinterest a lot, though.  I have dozens of secret boards, and public boards as well- there are some for Finding You with character inspiration that helped me a lot.)

2. How do you come up with your ideas for your stories?

This is another entirely unhelpful answer, sorry!  Usually they just pop into my head as a little thread of something that could be a story maybe, or even just a character or a situation. Mannerisms can trigger an idea, even.  Emily, the heroine of one of my favorite trilogies (Emily of New Moon, by L. M. Montgomery), calls it “The Flash”, when you get that zing of inspiration and there’s nothing for it but to write.  Sometimes a couple of ideas end up weaving together perfectly into a whole novel, which is why I’m quick to make a note in my phone any time I get any kind of inspirations.

3. How long have you been writing?

I think the first “book” I wrote (about twenty pages, hand-written, obviously about a kickass princess, utterly cliched) was when I was twelve or thirteen.  That was followed by another, equally cliched fairy tale about a prince slaying a dragon with - again - a kickass princess to help him.  No points for originality.  But I’ve wanted to write for a living for the better part of the last seven or eight years; it fuels me in a way that nothing else I’ve ever loved does.  Writer’s block or not, I don’t stop loving it.

4. What tips do you have for aspiring writers?

This is so cliche, but DON’T GIVE UP!  It’s easy to look back at the last thing you wrote and be discouraged by something that’s wrong with it.  But in a way, your words are magic.  That story, those people, those places, are yours.  You owe it to them and to the world that hasn’t met them to figure out their story.  Find someone who’ll be honest and let them read your work.  Read it out loud to yourself to work out the kinks.  Then find a way to share it (hint: have you ever thought of submitting to Swoon Reads? ;) ).  It’s become a kind of a mantra of mine, that the world needs your magic.

5. Some favorites:

Books/authors/genres - Peter Pan, The Night Circus, The Chronicles of Narnia / C. S. Lewis, Jane Austen, Eva Ibbotson / fantasy (I read fairy-tale retellings nobody’s business), drama, action/adventure- anything really that’s got good characters.
Movies/TV Shows - I love The Count of Monte, Belle, Moulin Rouge.  I practically evangelize for The Man in the High Castle, and I love Grantchester.  Lots of historical stuff, clearly.
Music - Umm this has earned me much teasing but most of what I listen to is just musical theater cast recordings.  Like, at least 80%.
Food/Writing snack - I’ve had to swear off snacking while I write or else all I actually do is snack.  In theory, those pomegranate chocolate things from Brookside. They’re my favorite ever.
Social Media Site - Pinterest, I think?  Or instagram!  I spend way too much time on both.
Author Bio:
Lydia Albano is a (self-proclaimed) Bunburyist living in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where she promotes Oxford commas, spends her money on musical theater, and demands the Myers-Briggs letters of everyone she meets. Her debut novel, Finding You, will be released in September, 2017, with SwoonReads/Macmillan.



Guest Post with Giveaway: The Missing by Jerico Lenk

Book info:
TitleThe Missing  
Author:  Jerico Lenk
Genre:  YA supernatural, LGBTQ
Publisher:  Month9Books
Release Date:  October 10th, 2017


It is 1890, and London has secrets. For sixteen-year-old Will Winchester, born Willow Winchester and raised as a young man, the safety of his own secrets rests one atop the other. Hiding his gender queerness is important. But so is hiding the ghostly voices of the Missing, which Will hears when no one else can … until the Spiritualist Black Cross Order of Occult Occurrences wants him in their service to keep peace between London’s living and dead.

The freedom to be himself may come with a price. Working alongside a patchwork team of misfits and unlikely allies, Will finds he isn't the only one keeping secrets. Someone does not want him to uncover the truth about the ghosts who aren’t just missing from the world of the living, but missing from history itself. Can he find the Missing before he ends up becoming one of them?

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Guest Post:

If I Knew Then What I Know Now About Writing

Writing can be hard work. I underestimated the editing work that comes after pounding out 100K words night after night drinking too much caffeine, staying up until 3 a.m., laptop screen glowing in the dark. I thought, Well, some proofreading and a bit of revising, and we’re good to go. Hell no. First of all, wow 100K words. Lenk, you’re prolific but stubborn, and isolated, and inexperienced, now kill your God damn darlings and get ready for the publishing/editing process of writing, and rewriting, and rewriting again, and revising and essentially rewriting a third time. Damn, if that wasn’t stressful, but the book is now what it was meant to be. So – worth it.

About the Author:

Undergraduate studying Creative Writing, Classics, Russian and Western European History. Unabashed weeb probably burning incense and drinking too much coffee at this very moment. Out for queer representation and great sex hair. Beyond ready for the upcoming Vampire Chronicles TV series.

Lenk writes Young Adult/New Adult, spec fiction, poetry, and screenplays. He is currently unagented.

His poems have appeared at/in USF Tampa’s Thread Literary Inquiry, biannual 6x6 creative writing showcase, and placed second in National Poetry Month 2015; Tethered By Letters’ F(r)iction Spring 2016 poetry contest finalist; winner of the 2017 Bettye Newman Poetry award.

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Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Cover Reveal: Brave (A Wicked Saga #3) by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Book info:
Author:  Jennifer L. Armentrout
SeriesA Wicked Saga #3  
Genre:  NA Fantasy
Release Date:  December 11th, 2017

--> Available Formats: Paperback (U.S./Canada) and E-book 

Ivy Morgan hasn't been feeling like herself lately. Not like anyone can blame her. After all, being held captive by a psychotic fae prince hell-bent on permanently opening the gates to the Otherworld is bound to leave some mental scars.

It’s more than that, though. Something dark and insidious is spreading throughout Ivy, more powerful than she could ever imagine... and it’s coming between her and the man she’s fallen deeply in love with, elite Order member Ren Owens.

Ren would do anything to keep Ivy safe. Anything. But when he makes a life altering choice for her, the fallout of his act has far reaching consequences that threaten to tear their lives apart.

If Ivy is going to have any hope of surviving this, she must put aside the hurt and betrayal she feels, and work with not only those she loves, but with an enemy she would rather kill than ever trust. War is coming, and it soon becomes clear that what Ivy and Ren thought they knew about the Order, themselves, and even their enemies, has been nothing but a cluster of dangerous, deadly lies. Ivy knows she must be more than just brave to save those she loves--and, ultimately, to save herself.

Because behind ever evil fae Prince, there’s a Queen



*Amazon is the only retailer with a pre-order link at this time.

Virtual Signing Information:

To celebrate the upcoming release of BRAVE (book 3 in the Wicked Saga), Jennifer is offering an exclusive virtual signing! Through this virtual signing, you will be able to order SIGNED & PERSONALIZED copies of WICKED, TORN, and BRAVE!

And best of all -- This is OPEN INTERNATIONALLY! 

- Virtual Signing opens 9/21/17 at 11AM ET

- Virtual Signing ends 11/17/17

- Open Internationally
 About the Author:

# 1 NEW YORK TIMES Bestselling author Jennifer lives in Martinsburg, West Virginia. All the rumors you’ve heard about her state aren’t true. When she’s not hard at work writing. She spends her time reading, working out, watching really bad zombie movies, pretending to write, and hanging out with her husband and her Jack Russell, Loki.



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Can't Wait Wednesday #29: Mapping the Bones by Jane Yolen

Can't-Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Tressa at Wishful Endings to spotlight and talk about the books we're excited about that we have yet to read. Generally they're books that have yet to be released. It's based on Waiting on Wednesday, hosted by the fabulous Jill at Breaking the Spine.  This week I've picked a book that fits with my interest in reading books about the Holocaust, and it is by an author that wrote a classic YA book about that topic, The Devil's Arithmetic.  Here is the blurb from Goodreads:

From the legendary author of The Devil's Arithmetic, Jane Yolen, comes her first Holocaust novel in nearly thirty years. Influenced by Dr. Mengele's sadistic experimentations, this story follows twins as they travel from the Lodz ghetto, to the partisans in the forest, to a horrific concentration camp where they lose everything but each other.

The year is 1942, and Chaim and Gittel, Polish twins, are forced from their beautiful home and made to live in the Lodz Ghetto. Their family's cramped quarters are awful, but when even those dire circumstances become too dangerous, their parents decide to make for the nearby Lagiewniki Forest, where partisan fighters are trying to shepherd Jews to freedom in Russia. The partisans take Chaim and Gittel, with promises that their parents will catch up -- but soon, everything goes wrong. Their small band of fighters is caught and killed. Chaim, Gittel, and their two friends are left alive, only to be sent off to Sobanek concentration camp.

Chaim is quiet, a poet, and the twins often communicate through wordless exchanges of shared looks and their own invented sign language. But when they reach Sobanek, with its squalid conditions, rampant disease, and a building with a belching chimney that everyone is scared to so much as look at, the bond between Chaim and Gittel, once a source of strength, becomes a burden. For there is a doctor there looking to experiment on twins, and what he has in store for them is a horror they dare not imagine.

This gut-wrenching story about the choices we make, the values we hold -- and the ties that bind us all together--adds a story never told before in young adult literature to the body of work written about teens during World War II.

Have you read The Devil's Arithmetic?  Do you read many books on the Holocaust? What book are you eagerly awaiting this week?

Release Blitz with Giveaway: Complications on Ice (A Boys of Winter Novel) by S.R. Grey

Title: Complications on Ice
Series: A Boys of Winter Novel
Author: S.R. Grey
Genre: Sports Romance / RomCom
Release Date: September 18, 2017
"This is book three in The Boys of Winter Series and I have read all of them and I have to say this one is my favorite. The writing and the sports. I love hockey. Best sport ever. That is one the things I love best about S.R. Grey, she includes the game." ~ Alpha Book Club 

"I love this series, but omg Benny stole a piece of my heart. What's not to love about a hot hockey player who loves doughnuts, is hilarious and is so much in love he is prepared to forgive almost anything." ~ Jackie, MI Bookshelf Blog 
"I had everyone staring, I was laughing so hard." ~ Books and Boys Book Blog 
Fun-loving professional hockey player Benjamin “Benny” Perry is all about scoring, both on and off the ice. With his good looks and easygoing personality, women flock to him, which is great. It keeps things the way this Las Vegas Wolves forward likes—uncomplicated.
Too bad that’s all about to change.
When Benny decides to get back at his coach by pursuing his daughter, Eliza, who’s just returned to town under mysterious circumstances, complications abound. What begins as a simple conquest becomes anything but when Benny starts to really fall for Eliza.
But something is up.
Though Eliza seems to be as into him as he is to her, Benny senses she’s hiding something.
Or maybe she’s hiding someone. 
Benny would never guess Eliza is hiding a baby—her baby. But it doesn’t end there. The father of her child just happens to be a hockey player too. And he’s Benny’s biggest nemesis.
Now he’s joining the team. Talk about complicated!
Complications on Ice is the 3rd standalone novel in the bestselling Boys of Winter hockey romance series.

Dylan Culderway, a premier defenseman on our team, kicked things off by making a joke about how I better keep my horny self far away from Coach’s daughter.
“I heard she’s back in town,” Dylan said. 
“Oh, yeah,” I mumbled disinterestedly, “where was she before?” 
I didn’t keep fucking tabs on these kinds of things. 
“D.C., apparently,” Dylan replied. “At college, I guess.” 
“Oh, really?” I perked up. So she was young, hmm… “You say she’s back in Vegas?” I said. 
I then asked a very pertinent question, “Is she hot?”  
Dylan laughed. “Dude, Coach already has it out for you. I’m telling you, he’d annihilate your ass if you ever tapped his precious daughter.”
Ignoring the warning, I replied, “What’s her name?”  
“Eliza, eh?” 
I liked the way it rolled off my tongue. Better yet, this could be my chance to exact revenge on Coach T for treating me like a pariah.
“What does this Eliza look like?” I asked Dylan. I didn’t want to hit on the wrong girl. 
“Not sure,” he replied. “I’ve never met her. Since her dad doesn’t want her around any hockey players, I don’t think she’s ever been here at the arena.” 
But then Jaxon Holland, a second-line center, jumped in and said, “I’ve met her.”
“And…?” I queried. 
He let out a low whistle. “She’s a hot piece of ass, just your type, Perry. A tiny, little thing…” He outlined an hourglass shape with his hands, and I was salivating by the time he got to “…curvy as fuck, too.”
“That’s it. I have to meet this Eliza,” I declared. 
“Go for it.” Holland laughed. 
He could be a real dog like me, as demonstrated when he went on to say, “There’s nothing better than drilling a chick with hips like that. You can really grab on and go to town.”
When he mimicked a fucking motion, we all cracked up. 
Except for Brent Oliver, captain of our team, who was frowning as he said, “You better stay away from Eliza, Benny. Dylan’s right. Coach T is crazy protective of her. He despises the idea of his daughter dating a hockey player.” 
“Huh, I wonder why that is?” I mused. 
Brent shrugged. “I don’t know, but weren’t you here the day he told us she was off-limits?”
I thought about it and couldn’t recall. “I must’ve been running late that day,” I concluded.
“Probably busy buying a chocolate donut,” someone yelled. 
I swung my head around to see who the smartass was. Probably one of the younger guys, as the rookies always had commentary.  
“Who said that?” I wanted to know. No one fessed up, and I mumbled, “Pussies.” 
“Anyway,” Brent resumed, “Coach T made a big point of telling us to stay the fuck away from her. He promised there’d be consequences if any of the players asked her out.”
“Ha, ask her out? Who said I wanted to date her?” I volleyed back, mimicking, slow and easy, the same fucking motion Jaxon had a few minutes ago. 
Everyone lost it then, including Brent. Though I did hear him mutter under his breath, “It’s your funeral, man.”
It’ll be worth it, I thought. 
I liked that Eliza was off-limits. What a stellar way to get back at Coach for riding me so hard and unnecessarily lately. 
S.R. Grey is an Amazon Top 100 and a #1 Barnes and Noble Bestselling author. She is the author of the brand new Boys of Winter hockey romance series, the popular Judge Me Not books, the Promises series, the Inevitability duology, A Harbour Falls Mystery trilogy, and the Laid Bare series of novellas. Ms. Grey's works have appeared on multiple Amazon Bestseller lists, including Top 100 several times. She is also a #1 Bestselling Author on Barnes and Noble and a Top 100 Bestselling Author on iTunes. 

"Hilarious and perfectly 'played' sports romance that I devoured in one sitting! I can't wait to read more." - #1 NYT Bestselling author Rachel Van Dyken
"The usual Grey crisp writing, lovable heroes that you kinda want to slap, and a heroine that doesn't back down," Resistance on Ice is another fun standalone novel in the bestselling Boys of Winter hockey romance series.” - Wall Street Journal Bestselling Author Ilsa Madden-Mills