SACRED by Elana K. Arnold

SIGNED BOOK SUNDAY

Laura Geringer Bass

THE GIRL WITH MORE THAN ONE HEART Nerd Blast

Chelsea Sedoti

AS YOU WISH

Kat Shepherd

ABYSITTING NIGHTMARES: THE SHADOW HAND

Tara Eglington

KISSING GAMES

Gregg Olsen

THE WEIGHT OF SILENCE Official Nerd Blast

Jason Liles - RAMPAGE

PODCAST - EPISODE TWO

Demetra Brodsky

DIVE SMACK Official Blog Tour

Teri Bailey Black

GIRL AT THE GRAVE Blog Tour

Mark Morrison

TWOSPELLS Nerd Blast

Monday, June 18, 2018

Demetra Brodsky Author Interview


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Demetra Brodsky is an award-winning graphic designer & art director turned writer. She has a B.F.A. from The Massachusetts College of Art and Design and lives in Southern California with her family of four and two lovable rescue dogs where she is always trying to make more time for the beach. Dive Smack is dedicated to Pumpkin, the monarch butterfly she once saved from the brink of death. Once you read the book, you'll understand why.

        
  


Was there a defining moment during your youth when you realized you wanted to be a writer?
I lost my job in 2009 during the recession, like so many other people who were negatively affected, and decided to turn what some might see as a negative setback into an opportunity to follow a life long dream. My youngest daughter was devouring the Percy Jackson novels at the time. Being a first generation Greek American, I thought about how much I’ve always wanted to be an author, even though I was pushed by family as a teenager to do something they deemed more practical. I took the chance I had, for better or worse, to freelance and dive (pun acknowledge, not intended) into writing. I knew virtually nothing about writing a book. I had written poetry for years, though, so I set off for my local library and read as many books on the craft as I could carry, dedicated to changing my career and learning everything I could. The rest is a long string of workshops, rejections, and shelved manuscripts until I found myself here, debuting my first novel.

Why is storytelling so important for all of us? 

Stories have been around since the beginning of man as a way to communicate concepts. The same holds true today. Stories give us hope and remind us we’re not alone in our feelings and struggles. They’re a powerful tool for developing imagination and allowing us to escape our lives in good times and bad. In stories, we can see ourselves as a fierce warrior, the queen, crusader, or the outspoken advocate for justice. We can imagine the stomach flutters of a delicious romance. One of the things I love most about books is that you can describe all five senses. I love films and television stories, too. Don’t get me wrong. But the description of how something tastes or smells; you just can’t get that same depth in film.

What do you hope for people to be thinking after they read your novel? 

I hope readers will wonder how I tricked them in the final twist. What did they miss?

Beyond your own work (of course), what is your all-time favorite book and why? Such a hard question because I have so many favorites, so I’m going to go with the book that made me realize I wanted to be a writer and that’s The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton. I still love it to this day. I remember sitting in the backseat with my library book on a road trip to The Cape with my parents, reading the scene about the fire at the church (Hey! Look at that! Ha! A fire scene; what do you know?). I felt so immersed in the story and the struggle of the brothers growing up without parents, the love they had for their friends and vice versa, that I put the book down and began to daydream about writing. Ponyboy Curtis was my first fictional crush. To be honest, we have a dog named Ponyboy, a sweet, sensitive boy that currently rivals his namesake in my heart.

What is the best piece of advice you ever received from another author? 

When I first started writing and querying and was getting encouraging rejections, Tera Lynn Childs, author of Oh. My. Gods., said to me, “Perseverance is the name of the game.” And she was 100% right. Never give up.

In your book; DIVE SMACK, can you tell my Book Nerd community a little about it? 

Dive Smack is about Theo Mackey, a springboard diver who gets assigned a family history project at school that forces him to dig into his mother’s past where he uncovers things that he shouldn’t. It’s as much about his mother’s story as his own, but telling you more would ruin all the fun twists and surprises I have in store for readers. Just know that the springboard diving is used as a metaphor for Theo’s life spiraling out of control.

For those who are unfamiliar with Theo, how would you introduce him? 

“Hi, this is Theo. He’s an orphan looking to find out about his mom’s past, and a pretty stand up guy. I think you two should be friends.”

What part of Iris did you enjoy writing the most? 

Oh, everything! She was so much fun and to write, but her family history was favorite to research and write because like Iris, I’m also the daughter of immigrants.

What are some of your current and future projects that you can share with us?
At the moment, my projects are slightly under wraps, but I can say I have a YA thriller about alien abduction out on submission at the moment, and I’m also working with my editor at Tor Teen on another thriller proposal about siblings, and maybe the end of the world as we know it. I’d tell you more, but . . . I’m a thriller writer and you know how that saying goes. But please, stay tuned for things to come

If you could introduce one of your characters to any character from another book, who would it be and why? 

I would want to introduce Iris to Hermione so she could convince her that divination is not so bad, after all.

At a movie theater, which arm rest is yours? 

The right side. Always. And I have this quirk where if I’m taking a walk with someone, I like to walk on their left side. It’s weird, I know.

What do you usually think about right before falling asleep? 

I try to give myself a few minutes to think about whatever project I’m working on. I think about the characters and what they might be doing in the next scene. It helps me to get to sleep, perchance to dream (Ha), and in the right mindset for getting to work first thing in the morning.

If you could be born into history as any famous person who would it be and why? 

Frida Kahlo. She’s a total badass feminist and an incredible introspective artist with resilience and tenacity beyond measure. I have always been fascinated by her and would love, love, love to write a YA based on her life. In fact, I think I will.

What is your favorite restaurant in town and why? 

Lobster West. It’s not so much a restaurant as a walk up counter. I love it because the owner has Maine Lobsters flown in to make their lobster rolls. Every time I eat there, I’m transported back to my home state. Lobster and New England seafood is my favorite.

If you had to go back in time and change one thing, if you HAD to, even if you had “no regrets” what would it be? 

I’d prevent the Holocaust from happening.

What were you doing at midnight last night? 

This is embarrassing, but I was watching An Extremely Goofy Movie with my grown daughter, laughing about how much she loved it when she was little. Especially, when the friend Bobby claps after a poetry reading and yells, “Arthur. Arthur Miller,” instead of bravo. That’s our favorite scene.

What are you most passionate about today? 

Literacy. I’m a first generation Greek-American and bilingual. I went to Greek School for six years after regular school, just like in that movie My Big Fat Greek Wedding. I didn’t grow up in a houseful of books. In fact, my mother can’t read, so libraries and librarians were very important to me in my young life. Without them, I don’t know if I would have such a strong love for reading and writing. When I found out Dive Smack was a 2018 Junior Library Guild Selection, I broke down and cried. That designation means so much to me and I’m extremely grateful my debut novel was chosen. I’m currently looking into how to become a reading and literacy tutor in San Diego.

Where can readers find you?
Website: https://www.demetrabrodsky.com/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/demetrabrodsky
Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/demetrabrodskyauthor/
Goodreads:
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/32173182-dive-smack
Pinterest board:
https://www.pinterest.com/demetrabrodsky/dive-smack-a-novel-2018/
Instagram:
https://www.instagram.com/demebrodsky/

TEN FACTS ABOUT DIVE SMACK – SUBMITTED CAREFULLY WITHOUT SPOILERS.
1. Theo used to have this horrible girlfriend named Kendra Cromwell. Everyone hated her but me so she had to go.
2. The town of Ellis Hollow got its name from a section of Ithaca, NY, a place where I once lived and befriended the Olympic springboard diver who helped me with the diving scenes.
3. Green Hill Hospital is modeled after a real place, The Worcester State Hospital in the city where I was born.
5. The Old Stone Church is a real place in Boylston, MA at the Wachusett Reservoir near where I grew up.
6. The Cliff Jumping Scenes were inspired by the many gorges in Ithaca, NY. See #2.
7. I watched at least a hundred videos of Tom Daley, Kristian Ipsen, and Steele Johnson (yes, that’s his real name) to study their dives before writing those scenes and asking my friend Karen LaFace, a 1992 Olympic Springboard Diver to proof those sections.
8. Lois Duncan once gave me editorial notes on Dive Smack, and she really liked and helped me develop my villain.
9. I watched so many clips of Dylan O’Brien to study his mannerisms for Chip that he’s easily my favorite character, both in my book and on Teen Wolf.
10. The town underneath the reservoir is take from the real town buried under the Quabbin Reservoir in Massachusetts. The how town of Ellis Hollow is taken from bits and pieces of the towns in and around Massachusetts where I was born and raised and Ithaca, NY, where I lived for seven years.
BONUS: I wrote 13 drafts of Dive Smack between 2011 and 2017 and received over a hundred rejections combined from agents and editors.


Theo Mackey only remembers one thing for certain about the fire that destroyed his home: he lit the match.

Sure, it was an accident. But the blaze killed his mom and set his dad on a path to self-destruction. Everything else about that fateful night is full of gaping holes in Theo’s mind, for good reason. Maybe it’s better that way. As captain of the Ellis Hollow Diving Team, with straight A's and solid friends, he's only one semester away from securing a scholarship, and leaving his past behind.

But when a family history project gets assigned at school, new memories come rushing to the surface, memories that make him question what he really knows about his family, the night of the fire, and if he can trust anyone—including himself.

A 2018 JUNIOR LIBRARY GUILD SELECTION



It takes a unique style of writing to present an uncommon sport as one of the integral ingredient in the fast-paced psychological thriller, Dive Smack, by Demetra Brodsky. Competitive diving may be widely known but it is rarely represented in storytelling. Diving into water is not something many people consider doing as a sport. The thought of diving while performing acrobatic twists right before smacking into the water is quite the rush and also quite scary. To weave it into a complex plot of mystery and death is a taxing task to do but Brodsky easily preserves a writing etiquette that directs the story into a whirlwind ride and keeping the reader buckled at the front seat.

The events leading to the death of Theo’s mother is quite cloudy in his head. He thinks that he might actually be the one that lit the match that started the fire his mother was killed in. His brain has decided to obstruct important details of that tragic event. The story starts off with a lot of information with none of the dots connecting. Once Theo begins to remember minute details, it quickly picks up business and the story’s interest level is at a pinnacle. Not only does his memory reveal unexpected revelations, he also starts to see things before they happen. This surprising paranormal twist is the component that connects those dots and completely pushes the reader off the edge of their seat.

Brodsky’s decision to set the story in Theo’s perspective was quite interesting. Usually in a psychological thriller, outside influences tend to provide more information and the reader is given a wider perspective. Narrowing it to just Theo’s point of view give readers a personal ride-along into his thoughts and are immersed into his own discernment as the story progresses. Theo literally grabs the readers by the wrist and directs them where to go.

Dive Smack provides a story that upholds the readers’ interest with the aid of complex characters. Theo’s relationship with his best friend, Chip, is believable and didn’t feel artificial. Although he has a love interest with her own mysterious secrets, it did not outshine the main plot. Brodsky’s witty approach of involving popular culture into the story is satisfying. The writing is exceptionally well and provides a pace that is fast but never veers off course. It’s on a track that will keep readers at bay and yearning for more. Dive Smack carries all the right attributes for a terrific book. Superb storytelling, intriguing characters, surprising twists and turns, and unexpected paranormal are the perfect ingredients.

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Thank you DEMETRA BRODSKY AND TOR for making this giveaway possible.
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WEEK ONE
JUNE 18th MONDAY JeanBookNerd REVIEW & INTERVIEW
JUNE 18th MONDAY TMBA Corbett Tries to Write EXCERPT
JUNE 19th TUESDAY The Cozy Reading Corner EXCERPT
JUNE 19th TUESDAY Lauren's Boook Shelf REVIEW
JUNE 20th WEDNESDAY Vicky Who Reads REVIEW
JUNE 20th WEDNESDAY Movies, Shows, & Books EXCERPT
JUNE 21st THURSDAY Book Queen Reviews REVIEW
JUNE 21st THURSDAY Crossroad Reviews REVIEW
JUNE 22nd FRIDAY BookHounds YA REVIEW


WEEK TWO 
JUNE 25th MONDAY RhythmicBooktrovert REVIEW
JUNE 25th MONDAY The Book Enigma REVIEW 
JUNE 26th TUESDAY A Dream Within a Dream REVIEW 
JUNE 26th TUESDAY My Book Addiction REVIEW 
JUNE 27th WEDNESDAY Cover2CoverBlog REVIEW 
JUNE 27th WEDNESDAY The Avid Reader EXCERPT
JUNE 27th WEDNESDAY Book Dragon Lair REVIEW
JUNE 28th THURSDAY Here's to Happy Endings REVIEW 
JUNE 28th THURSDAY Book Lovers Life REVIEW 
JUNE 29th FRIDAY TTC Books and More REVIEW 
JUNE 29th FRIDAY Wishful Endings REVIEW

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Friday, June 15, 2018

Buffer Festival - Michael Murphy Interview


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Mikey Murphy is known for his YouTube channel ‘MikeIsAverage’, where he posts his vlogs and hosts various challenges. He created his first YouTube channel called ‘The Original Fiction TV’, along with his school friend Liam to publish a project assignment. Mikey liked what he was doing as he was fond of photography and filming since the time he was a toddler. Later, he teamed up with another YouTube star, Luke Korns, and produced a lot of collaborated videos which fetched him good attention for his now-main YouTube channel, ‘MikeIsAverage’. Mikey has now moved on to Los Angeles, California, to be closer to the filming industry. There are rumors that Mikey and Luke might be working on another on-platform series. He is also known as the ‘average internet vlogger’ for his videos like, “What I do when I’m home alone”. His frequent visits to fame street, made channels like “AwesomenessTV” notice his talents. He can often be seen in their channel, hosting events and in a series called “Royal Caribbean”.

Back when Mikey started the channel for his school project, he got a lot of criticism from his classmates which eventually made him drop out of school. That never stopped him from pursuing his dreams of being an actor/YouTube personality. As he says in one of his videos, he enjoyed social interactions on his channel. He then met Luke Korn who also has a YouTube channel called, “UncleKornicob” at the “Playlist Live” event and they both made a lot of videos together, ranging from challenges to pranks. After Mikey moved to Los Angeles, he is working on with Jonah Green and is represented by talent representation companies like, ‘Big Frame’ and ‘Creative Artists Agency’. On November 30, his channel reached a million subscribers and he thankfully posted the same as a vlog in his channel. As of January 2017, his channel has over 1.1 million subscribers and over 45 million video views.

Although Mikey is younger than most YouTube stars, he manages to produce content appropriate for most age groups. In his ‘Draw My Life’ video, he says that he started talking and walking before he was 1 year old which can be why he is mature enough to provide consistent and well-accepted content. Mikey wasn’t a professional when he started off with vlogging his everyday life with people online but he now creates vividly-creative videos making use of some really innovative camera angles. He is also known to be working with consumer-based companies like M&Ms and BurgerKing.
Bio from HERE



Toronto, ON (March 20, 2018) - The creative team behind Buffer Festival is thrilled to announce the very first Buffer Festival LA set to take place on May 17th. With the rise of on-demand content and each passing year breaking records for online consumption, this expansion solidifies Buffer Festival’s dominance in the digital festival world. The legendary Ricardo Montalban Theatre in Hollywood will play host to the one day event where top creators will screen exclusive video premieres, take questions, and discuss the challenges and opportunities facing today’s Content Creator.

The day’s festivities will begin with Buffer Festival’s “Insight Series” featuring inspirational talks from some of the world’s leading Creators and industry innovators. This special program will be aimed towards the entertainment industry, aspiring Creators, and anyone who wants to learn from the Creators’ unique perspective. This will be followed by the famous Buffer Festival Red Carpet, where media and attendees will have the opportunity to interact and ask their favorite Content-Makers questions as they arrive for the evening Gala consisting of screenings and live entertainment.

“Buffer Festival was created in the spirit of celebrating the incredible work and art of today’s Creator, and all our programming is anchored in that mandate”, commented CEO Scott Benzie “We couldn’t be more excited to bring this unique experience to Los Angeles and are very thankful to our partners for making it possible”.
Created in Toronto in 2013 as a “Film Festival for YouTubers” Buffer Festivalhas evolved into one the largest festivals focused on elevated digital video content and is respected as a showcase of the highest quality productions for both established and up and coming Creators.


Buffer Festival L.A.’s Insight Series aims to bring together creators and industry executives to openly discuss challenges in collaborating. The key players in the digital space will work together toward setting a standard within the online “elevated” content community. Sessions will contain best practices for working together, elevating content and tales of successes and failures from the creators and brands who “get it.” This program will be hosted by American YouTube Creator and Television Host, Meghan Camarena, and will see the following sessions take place at the Ricardo Montalban Theater in Hollywood.

THE JBN TEAM INTERVIEW 
WITH MICHAEL MURPHY
Journalist: AMERICO GALLI
Location: RICARDO MONTALBAN THEATRE, HOLLYWOOD, CA


Video: Erik Werlin. Audio/Edit: James Vallesteros (@jamesvallesteros)

ABOUT BUFFER FESTIVAL
Buffer Festival is an annual showcase of YouTube world premieres, bringing the most acclaimed digital creators and their audiences together. The festivalincludes a variety of programming, including a red carpet gala and premiere screenings, with YouTube’s highest quality content on full display. Now entering its sixth edition, the festival will host its annual four day event in Toronto this September..
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Buffer Festival - Dom Fera Interview


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Dom Fera is a writer, director, composer, and actor from Sicklerville, New Jersey - a graduate from NYU's Tisch School of the Arts for Film and Television, now living in Los Angeles. In 2006, Dom launched his own YouTube channel, DFear Studios, which currently has nearly 230,000 subscribers and over 82 million video views. Dom has created over 100 projects for the channel, including short films, comedy sketches, and animations, most of which feature original music.

He launched his YouTube channel known as DFear Studios, in 2006 and not long after release the hit "Lazer Collection" videos. He later went on to study film and television at NYU's Tisch School of the Arts. He has composed much of the music used for his short films and released it on Bandcamp.

He was raised in New Jersey and later settled in Los Angeles, California and collaborated with fellow YouTube star Jack Howard in the 2014 comedic short film "Jack Howard Lives Here Now."


Toronto, ON (March 20, 2018) - The creative team behind Buffer Festival is thrilled to announce the very first Buffer Festival LA set to take place on May 17th. With the rise of on-demand content and each passing year breaking records for online consumption, this expansion solidifies Buffer Festival’s dominance in the digital festival world. The legendary Ricardo Montalban Theatre in Hollywood will play host to the one day event where top creators will screen exclusive video premieres, take questions, and discuss the challenges and opportunities facing today’s Content Creator.

The day’s festivities will begin with Buffer Festival’s “Insight Series” featuring inspirational talks from some of the world’s leading Creators and industry innovators. This special program will be aimed towards the entertainment industry, aspiring Creators, and anyone who wants to learn from the Creators’ unique perspective. This will be followed by the famous Buffer Festival Red Carpet, where media and attendees will have the opportunity to interact and ask their favorite Content-Makers questions as they arrive for the evening Gala consisting of screenings and live entertainment.

“Buffer Festival was created in the spirit of celebrating the incredible work and art of today’s Creator, and all our programming is anchored in that mandate”, commented CEO Scott Benzie “We couldn’t be more excited to bring this unique experience to Los Angeles and are very thankful to our partners for making it possible”.
Created in Toronto in 2013 as a “Film Festival for YouTubers” Buffer Festivalhas evolved into one the largest festivals focused on elevated digital video content and is respected as a showcase of the highest quality productions for both established and up and coming Creators.


Buffer Festival L.A.’s Insight Series aims to bring together creators and industry executives to openly discuss challenges in collaborating. The key players in the digital space will work together toward setting a standard within the online “elevated” content community. Sessions will contain best practices for working together, elevating content and tales of successes and failures from the creators and brands who “get it.” This program will be hosted by American YouTube Creator and Television Host, Meghan Camarena, and will see the following sessions take place at the Ricardo Montalban Theater in Hollywood.

THE JBN TEAM INTERVIEW WITH DOM FERA
Journalist: AMERICO GALLI
Location: RICARDO MONTALBAN THEATRE, HOLLYWOOD, CA


Video: Erik Werlin. Audio/Edit: James Vallesteros (@jamesvallesteros)

ABOUT BUFFER FESTIVAL
Buffer Festival is an annual showcase of YouTube world premieres, bringing the most acclaimed digital creators and their audiences together. The festivalincludes a variety of programming, including a red carpet gala and premiere screenings, with YouTube’s highest quality content on full display. Now entering its sixth edition, the festival will host its annual four day event in Toronto this September..
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Buffer Festival - Elle Mills Interview


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Elle Mills (born on July 17, 1998 [age 19]), also known as ElleOfTheMills, is a Canadian YouTuber with more than 1 million subscribers. She creates vlogs and comedy videos. Elle was born in Manila, the Philippines, where her mother hails from, but was raised in Ontario, Canada, where her father is from. She came out as bisexual in her most popular video to date.

The ElleOfTheMills YouTube channel was created on March 28, 2012, and Mills' Twitter account was created a few months later in July. She also has accounts for Facebook, Snapchat, and Instagram, as well as the previously mentioned YouNow.




Toronto, ON (March 20, 2018) - The creative team behind Buffer Festival is thrilled to announce the very first Buffer Festival LA set to take place on May 17th. With the rise of on-demand content and each passing year breaking records for online consumption, this expansion solidifies Buffer Festival’s dominance in the digital festival world. The legendary Ricardo Montalban Theatre in Hollywood will play host to the one day event where top creators will screen exclusive video premieres, take questions, and discuss the challenges and opportunities facing today’s Content Creator.

The day’s festivities will begin with Buffer Festival’s “Insight Series” featuring inspirational talks from some of the world’s leading Creators and industry innovators. This special program will be aimed towards the entertainment industry, aspiring Creators, and anyone who wants to learn from the Creators’ unique perspective. This will be followed by the famous Buffer Festival Red Carpet, where media and attendees will have the opportunity to interact and ask their favorite Content-Makers questions as they arrive for the evening Gala consisting of screenings and live entertainment.

“Buffer Festival was created in the spirit of celebrating the incredible work and art of today’s Creator, and all our programming is anchored in that mandate”, commented CEO Scott Benzie “We couldn’t be more excited to bring this unique experience to Los Angeles and are very thankful to our partners for making it possible”.
Created in Toronto in 2013 as a “Film Festival for YouTubers” Buffer Festivalhas evolved into one the largest festivals focused on elevated digital video content and is respected as a showcase of the highest quality productions for both established and up and coming Creators.

Buffer Festival L.A.’s Insight Series aims to bring together creators and industry executives to openly discuss challenges in collaborating. The key players in the digital space will work together toward setting a standard within the online “elevated” content community. Sessions will contain best practices for working together, elevating content and tales of successes and failures from the creators and brands who “get it.” This program will be hosted by American YouTube Creator and Television Host, Meghan Camarena, and will see the following sessions take place at the Ricardo Montalban Theater in Hollywood.

THE JBN TEAM INTERVIEW WITH ELLE MILLS
Journalist: AMERICO GALLI
Location: RICARDO MONTALBAN THEATRE, HOLLYWOOD, CA


Video: Erik Werlin. Audio/Edit: James Vallesteros (@jamesvallesteros)

ABOUT BUFFER FESTIVAL
Buffer Festival is an annual showcase of YouTube world premieres, bringing the most acclaimed digital creators and their audiences together. The festivalincludes a variety of programming, including a red carpet gala and premiere screenings, with YouTube’s highest quality content on full display. Now entering its sixth edition, the festival will host its annual four day event in Toronto this September..
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Splash Into Summer Giveaway Hop


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Splash Into Summer Giveaway Hop
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Praise for A REAPER AT THE GATES

“The book deftly handles serious issues like the costs of genocide and war. Both action-packed and emotionally engaging, A Reaper at the Gates is the perfect summer read.” —The Washington Post

“Tahir has created another compelling story that defies readers to stop turning the pages.” —Booklist, starred review


Beyond the Empire and within it, the threat of war looms ever larger.

The Blood Shrike, Helene Aquilla, is assailed on all sides. Emperor Marcus, haunted by his past, grows increasingly unstable, while the Commandant capitalizes on his madness to bolster her own power. As Helene searches for a way to hold back the approaching darkness, her sister's life and the lives of all those in the Empire hang in the balance.

Far to the east, Laia of Serra knows the fate of the world lies not in the machinations of the Martial court, but in stopping the Nightbringer. But while hunting for a way to bring him down, Laia faces unexpected threats from those she hoped would aid her, and is drawn into a battle she never thought she'd have to fight.

And in the land between the living and the dead, Elias Veturius has given up his freedom to serve as Soul Catcher. But in doing so, he has vowed himself to an ancient power that will stop at nothing to ensure Elias's devotion–even at the cost of his humanity.

You can purchase A Reaper at the Gates at the following Retailers:
    

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1 Winner will receive a copy of A Reaper at the Gates by Philip Pullman.
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Thursday, June 14, 2018

Buffer Festival - Corey Vidal Interview


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Corey Vidal (born December 7, 1986) is a Canadian online video content producer and digital media consultant. His YouTube videos have been seen over 71 million times and he has over 200 videos as of July 2013. His YouTube channel profile has been viewed over 9 million times. In December 2007, Corey was one of the first Canadians to join the YouTube Partnership Program. Corey has over 225,000 subscribers.

In February 2013 he was named Niagara's Entrepreneur of the Year in Innovative Small Business for his video production company ApprenticeA Productions.

Corey Vidal began on YouTube in mid-2006 by posting hip hop dance videos inspired by American dance reality television show So You Think You Can Dance. His popularity stemmed from the success of one of his first videos, How To Dance: "1, 2 Step" by Ciara(uploaded to YouTube on September 3, 2006), where he teaches dance steps to R&B singer Ciara's music video 1, 2 Step. The video currently has over 6.5 million views.

Following his How To Dance series, Corey branched into other types of videos. His channel career spans dancing, singing, playing musical instruments, beatboxing, acting in skits and short films (including a short film production by Niagara College), solving Rubik's Cubes, video blogging, and collaborating with other YouTubers. Many of his videos contain references to the Star Wars franchise. Microsoft Canada has contributed to one of Corey's videos, and MTV Europe contacted him to produce an exclusive video to appear in their televised series MTV's Best.Show.Ever in 2007. In December 2008, Corey produced a 4-part a cappella Christmas e-card for California-based consulting firm Barbary Coast Consulting. In May 2009, Vidal released a 33-part interactive choose-your-own-adventure-style video as part of a collaboration with Blendtec, the company behind Will It Blend?. Lucasfilm is now a sponsor of Vidal's channel.

Corey first gained national Canadian media attention in the summer of 2008 when he was announced as the host of the 888 YouTube Gathering that took place August 8, 2008 in Toronto, Canada. Corey hosted a one-hour show featuring many of YouTube's most popular "cewebrities", including KevJumba, HappySlip, Dave Days, Charles Trippy, Shay Carl, Philip DeFranco, and more.

Corey Vidal launched a second, daily-vlogging YouTube channel on January 1, 2011 called "ApprenticeEh", where he and the staff members of his company record and share their lives every day. As of December 2013, ApprenticeEh has been vlogging for over 1050 days in a row, and has over 6.3 million video views. ApprenticeEh operates out of Burlington, Ontario.

Corey appears in the 2012 edition of the annual Ripley's Believe It or Not! book series for his work on YouTube.


Buffer Festival L.A.’s Insight Series aims to bring together creators and industry executives to openly discuss challenges in collaborating. The key players in the digital space will work together toward setting a standard within the online “elevated” content community. Sessions will contain best practices for working together, elevating content and tales of successes and failures from the creators and brands who “get it.” This program will be hosted by American YouTube Creator and Television Host, Meghan Camarena, and will see the following sessions take place at the Ricardo Montalban Theater in Hollywood.

THE JBN TEAM INTERVIEW WITH HANNAH WITTON
Journalist: AMERICO GALLI
Location: RICARDO MONTALBAN THEATRE, HOLLYWOOD, CA

Video: Erik Werlin. Audio/Edit: James Vallesteros (@jamesvallesteros)

ABOUT BUFFER FESTIVAL
Buffer Festival is an annual showcase of YouTube world premieres, bringing the most acclaimed digital creators and their audiences together. The festivalincludes a variety of programming, including a red carpet gala and premiere screenings, with YouTube’s highest quality content on full display. Now entering its sixth edition, the festival will host its annual four day event in Toronto this September..
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Buffer Festival - Hannah Witton Interview


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Hannah Witton is a British YouTuber, broadcaster, and author. Witton creates video blogs and informational content, mostly based around relationships, sex and sexual health, liberation and welfare issues, literature, and travel.[3] Witton's debut book, Doing It, concentrating on sex and relationships, was released on 6 April 2017

Witton began creating YouTube videos on 17 April 2011 as Hannah "Girasol".

In November 2016, Witton was named one of eight Girls' Champions as part of the BBC's 100 Women campaign. This was in recognition of her videos helping young women with sexual health and relationships.


Witton's first book was released on 6 April 2017, titled Doing It!, under the Wren and Rook imprint. The book concentrates on Sex and Relationships, including Hannah's own experiences and those of her friends. It rose to be Amazon UK's number 1 best seller in the Social Issues category


Buffer Festival L.A.’s Insight Series aims to bring together creators and industry executives to openly discuss challenges in collaborating. The key players in the digital space will work together toward setting a standard within the online “elevated” content community. Sessions will contain best practices for working together, elevating content and tales of successes and failures from the creators and brands who “get it.” This program will be hosted by American YouTube Creator and Television Host, Meghan Camarena, and will see the following sessions take place at the Ricardo Montalban Theater in Hollywood.


Toronto, ON (March 20, 2018) - The creative team behind Buffer Festival is thrilled to announce the very first Buffer Festival LA set to take place on May 17th. With the rise of on-demand content and each passing year breaking records for online consumption, this expansion solidifies Buffer Festival’s dominance in the digital festival world. The legendary Ricardo Montalban Theatre in Hollywood will play host to the one day event where top creators will screen exclusive video premieres, take questions, and discuss the challenges and opportunities facing today’s Content Creator.

The day’s festivities will begin with Buffer Festival’s “Insight Series” featuring inspirational talks from some of the world’s leading Creators and industry innovators. This special program will be aimed towards the entertainment industry, aspiring Creators, and anyone who wants to learn from the Creators’ unique perspective. This will be followed by the famous Buffer Festival Red Carpet, where media and attendees will have the opportunity to interact and ask their favorite Content-Makers questions as they arrive for the evening Gala consisting of screenings and live entertainment.

“Buffer Festival was created in the spirit of celebrating the incredible work and art of today’s Creator, and all our programming is anchored in that mandate”, commented CEO Scott Benzie “We couldn’t be more excited to bring this unique experience to Los Angeles and are very thankful to our partners for making it possible”.

Created in Toronto in 2013 as a “Film Festival for YouTubers” Buffer Festivalhas evolved into one the largest festivals focused on elevated digital video content and is respected as a showcase of the highest quality productions for both established and up and coming Creators.

THE JBN TEAM INTERVIEW WITH HANNAH WITTON
Journalist: AMERICO GALLI
Location: RICARDO MONTALBAN THEATRE, HOLLYWOOD, CA

Video: Erik Werlin. Audio/Edit: James Vallesteros (@jamesvallesteros)

ABOUT BUFFER FESTIVAL
Buffer Festival is an annual showcase of YouTube world premieres, bringing the most acclaimed digital creators and their audiences together. The festivalincludes a variety of programming, including a red carpet gala and premiere screenings, with YouTube’s highest quality content on full display. Now entering its sixth edition, the festival will host its annual four day event in Toronto this September..
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Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Buffer Festival - Anna Brisbin Interview


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Anna Brisbin is an American YouTuber best known for creating videos of herself performing voiceovers and funny impressions of animation characters. She also occasionally posts videos on crafts, makeup tutorials, hauls, challenges, games and songs on her channel. In addition, Brisbin has a side channel titled 'BrizzyVlogs' on which she uploads general vlogs. She is a huge fan of Harry Porter and has uploaded several videos on her favorite characters from the movie series. She is a graduate of the New York University. She grew up watching cartoons from the 1990s and developed a deep passion for them. Coming to Brisbin’s personal life, the South Carolina-born YouTuber is a very bubbly and charming girl. She loves to act crazy most of the time and this is one of the main reasons her channel is watched by millions. She also enjoys partying and travelling in her leisure time.

Anna Brisbin created her main channel ‘Brizzy Voices’ on May 31, 2012. Since then, she has been posting crazy yet appealing videos on it. Her channel has everything from crazy voice impressions and voice challenges to character-inspired makeup tutorials, funny games, and challenges.

Some of the popular videos on this channel are 'Voice ALL the Original Pokemon', 'Disney Princess Impressions' and 'YouTuber Impressions'. The first video is Brisbin’s most popular video. Having over 24 million views till date, this video features Brisbin voicing all the Pokemon characters. The other two videos, with over 8.4 million views and more than 3.3 million views, feature various impressions of Disney princesses and YouTubers respectively.

Brisbin has done more than 12 makeup and hair tutorials related to famous characters, such as Ariel from The Little Mermaid, Bellatrix Lestrange from Harry Potter, Effie Trinket from The Hunger Games and Harley Quinn from DC. In addition, she has done multiple covers of popular songs, including ‘After Ever After’ by Jon Cozart, ‘Belle’ from ‘Beauty and the Beast,’ ‘Do You Want to Build a Snowman’ from ‘Frozen’ and ‘Impressions’ from ‘Alice in Wonderland.’ She uploaded a photo booth challenge video with fellow YouTuber Catie Wayne in 2015. Coming to the popularity of Brizzy Voices, this channel has accumulated over 1.8 million subscribers and more than 245 million views (as of May 2018).

Brisbin’s side channel, which was launched in August 2012, features vlogs concerning her routine day-to-day life. This channel, titled 'BrizzyVlogs,’ is followed by more than 161k people as of now.

Anna Brisbin was born on September 13, 1991 in South Carolina, the USA. She has an elder sister. She studied at the New York University and graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. Brisbin is good friends with fellow YouTubers Tessa Netting and Smosh. She often collaborates with them for her YouTube videos. The YouTuber, who is a diehard fan of Harry Potter, can be often seen wearing a Deathly Hallows necklace. She has starred in a few short films including ‘Dreamstone’ and ‘Pixey’ as well.
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“Buffer Festival was created in the spirit of celebrating the incredible work and art of today’s Creator, and all our programming is anchored in that mandate”, commented CEO Scott Benzie “We couldn’t be more excited to bring this unique experience to Los Angeles and are very thankful to our partners for making it possible”.

Created in Toronto in 2013 as a “Film Festival for YouTubers” Buffer Festivalhas evolved into one the largest festivals focused on elevated digital video content and is respected as a showcase of the highest quality productions for both established and up and coming Creators.

THE JBN TEAM INTERVIEW 
WITH ANNA BRISBIN
Journalist: AMERICO GALLI
Location: RICARDO MONTALBAN THEATRE, HOLLYWOOD, CA


Video: Erik Werlin. Audio/Edit: James Vallesteros (@jamesvallesteros)

ABOUT BUFFER FESTIVAL
Buffer Festival is an annual showcase of YouTube world premieres, bringing the most acclaimed digital creators and their audiences together. The festivalincludes a variety of programming, including a red carpet gala and premiere screenings, with YouTube’s highest quality content on full display. Now entering its sixth edition, the festival will host its annual four day event in Toronto this September..
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Simon R. Green Author Interview


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Simon Richard Green is a British science fiction and fantasy-author. He holds a degree in Modern English and American Literature from the University of Leicester. His first publication was in 1979.

His Deathstalker series is partly a parody of the usual space-opera of the 1950s, told with sovereign disregard of the rules of probability, while being at the same time extremely bloodthirsty.

      
  


What was the greatest thing you learned at school?
That one day it would end.

What was your favorite book as a child and why?An almost forgotten book now; After Bath by Vaughan Wilkins. A wonderful and very British magical fantasy, stuffed full of marvellous ideas and downright devious satire, much of which went right over my head as a child. I re-read it again many years later, and was surprised by how funny it was. Still magical, though.

What’s one thing that readers would be surprised to find out about you?Just the one; far too limiting. I ride motorbikes, appear in open air Shakespeare productions, and once wrestled a ghost. Yes; really.

What advice would you give to someone who wanted to have a life in writing?Writing is a vocation; it’s something you have to give your life to. If you can do anything else and be happy; do that. But if you want to be a writer, you have to write, and keep on writing. I started writing seriously when I was a student in London. I sold a handful of short stories in the years that followed, but it was fifteen years until I sold my first novel and got my career under way. If I’d known it was going to take that long, I’d have probably given it all up and been a plumber. Always good money in plumbing. But I kept thinking, if this book isn’t the one, the next one will be. And eventually it was.

In your newest book, NIGHT FALL (Secret Histories #12); can you tell my Book Nerd community a little about the novel?
Night Fall is what happens when my two best-known series hit each other head on. The Nightside books are about a private eye who operates in the Twilight Zone, solving cases of the weird and uncanny, in a part of London where the dawn never comes and it’s always three o’clock in the morning, the hour that tries men’s souls. The Secret Histories series features that very secret agent, Shaman Bond. The Nightside is all about freedom of choice and the never-ending search for trouble to get into. The Secret Histories is about making people place nicely together. So when forces from both books clash; you just know, this means war.

What was your inspiration for the series?
Night Fall is my sixtieth novel, and the culmination of a whole bunch of series. This is where I provide answers for all the mysteries, tie up all the loose ends, and shock the hell out of people who weren’t expecting this. You don’t need to have read all the previous books, though. It was written to be the best fun you could have with most of your clothes still on.

Which character have you enjoyed getting to know the most over the course of writing SECRET HISTORIES?
I think it’s got to be the hero’s girl-friend, the witch of the wild woods, Molly Metcalf. Described by one reader as; scariest girl-friend ever. Molly started out as something of a mystery, but as the series went on, both I and the readers learned a lot more about her, and the past events that made her what she is. I always enjoyed writing Molly.

If you could introduce one of your characters to any character from another book, who would it be and why?I’d like to introduce Ishmael Jones, hero of my murder mysteries series, and an alien passing for human, to Doctor Who. I think they’d have a lot to talk about.

What do you feel is the most significant change since book one?
Eddie Drood, also known as Shaman Bond when he’s operating in the field, has come a long way from the first book in the Secret Histories. But I think the thing that affected him most was the death of his Uncle Jack, the family Armourer. It took me a few books to realise that I’d based the Armourer on my father, who was an engineer. And I like to think that the Armourer raised Eddie, in the same way my father raised me. By good example.

What are some of your current and future projects that you can share with us?I’m currently working on the seventh book in the Ishmael Jones mysteries; Agatha Christie style murders with SF & fantasy elements. They’re sneaky and devious and turning out to be a lot of fun, because you never know where they’re going next.

Choose a unique item from your wallet and explain why you carry it around.When I was a teenager, I had very long hair. It went all the way down to my waist. Yes; I was that hippie. I still have a photo from that time, that I carry around in my wallet. To show people what I think I still look like, in my head.

If you could be born into history as any famous person who would it be and why?
Robin Hood. Who robbed from the rich to give to the poor, kicked bad guy arse on a regular basis, and had a great time doing it. Yes he was real. Don’t believe anyone who tells you otherwise.

Tell me about a favorite event of your childhood.
Back when I was but a small thing, the nearest cinema was some distance away in the next town, so I couldn’t go on my own. I had to have my parents take me. But they both worked all day, and come the evenings were mostly too tired to go out. So I went to the cinema as a special treat, on my birthday. But in those days of single screen cinemas, it meant I could only watch what was on. So when I was seven, I saw 55 Days In Peking. Went straight over my head. But when I was eight; I saw First Men In The Moon! And I loved it! That film changed my life, showing me exactly what it was that I wanted to give my life to.

Most horrifying dream you have ever had?I live in a small town in the middle of the countryside. When I was small, it was still fox-hunting country. My mother’s parents lived in a cottage that had a stuffed fox’s head mounted on the wall. The earliest nightmare I can remember featured that fox head. It was alive, and snarling at me, and saying terrible words that could only be understood in dreams. It still turns up in my nightmares, sometimes. Though these days I mostly punch it in the face.

If you wrote a journal entry today, what would it say?I wrote nine pages this afternoon, and I’ve still got four more hours work to go, till the working day is over. That’s the writer’s life. Of course, tomorrow is Saturday, and you would not believe what I’ve got planned...

What is your favorite restaurant in town and why?Pizza Hut. Stuffed crust. Life doesn’t get any better.

Where can readers find you?
In my books. Also, I have my own site on the Net. Twist your search engine’s arm, and it’ll take you straight to it.


From the New York Times bestselling author of Moonbreaker comes the epic final Secret Histories adventure, where the Droods will take on the most unexpected of enemies: the inhabitants of the Nightside.

The Droods are all about control, making people do what they’re told for the greater good. The Nightside is all about choice: good and bad and everything in between. The Droods want to make the world behave. The Nightside wants to party. They were never going to get along.

For centuries, ancient Pacts have kept the Droods out of the Nightside, but now the Droods see the Nightside as a threat to the whole world. They march into the long night, in their armour, to put it under their control. All too soon, the two sides are at war. It’s Eddie Drood and Molly Metcalf against John Taylor and Shotgun Suzie. The Drood Sarjeant-at-Arms and their Armourer against Dead Boy and Razor Eddie. More groups join in: the London Knights, the Ghost Finders, the Spawn of Frankenstein, Shadows Fall, and the Soulhunters. Science and magic are running wild, there’s blood running in the gutters, and the bodies are piling up.

Is anyone going to get out of this alive?

Praise for NIGHT FALL

“A splendid riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma, conveyed with trademark wisecracking humor, and carried out with maximum bloodshed and mayhem. In a word, irresistible.” Kirkus Review (Starred)

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And now, The Giveaways.
Thank you SIMON R. GREEN for making this giveaway possible.
1 Winner will receive a Copy of Night Fall (Secret Histories #12) by Simon R. Green. 

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