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Monday, July 28, 2014

Tessa Gratton Author Interview

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TESSA GRATTON has wanted to be a paleontologist or a wizard since she was seven. She was too impatient to hunt dinosaurs, but is still searching for someone to teach her magic. After traveling the world with her military family, she acquired a BA (and the important parts of an MA) in gender studies, and then settled down in Kansas with her partner, her cats, and her mutant dog. For more information, please visit

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Was there a defining moment during your youth when you realized you wanted to be a writer?

I’ve always written stories, and before I wrote stories, I told them and imagined them. When I was very young I didn’t realize it required anything to “be” a writer. I didn’t realize it was a definitive description I could claim. I wrote off and on through my teen years, and did consider publication, even tried it casually, but it wasn’t until I was in graduate school trying to learn how to change the world through politics and academia that I realized what had changed ME the most were the books I read. I learned about humanity and compassion and faith and alliance through fiction – it changed me. I realized that to change the world, I could tell stories, and that was the moment I knew I could throw myself whole-heartedly into writing.

Beyond your own work (of course), what is your all-time favorite book and why? And what is your favorite book outside of your genre?

I couldn’t pick an all-time favorite book, though I can suggest favorite authors: Anne Rice, Robin McKinley from my youth (and continuing today), and currently I adore Melina Marchetta. I read YA and fantasy and romance and mystery, and couldn’t possibly narrow my favorites down.

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


In your book; The Strange Maid, can you tell my Book Nerd community a little about it?

The Strange Maid takes place in a world like our own, an America like ours, but it was founded by Vikings and their gods. Valkyrie interfere in Congress and trolls rampage across the Rocky Mountains, gods walk the red carpet at Hollywood premiers. This second book in the series is a companion novel to THE LOST SUN, and follows a young girl who wants to be the next Valkyrie as she goes on a quest across Canada and the USA to answer a riddle by hunting the oldest troll mother.

For those who are unfamiliar with Signy, how would you introduce her?

Signy Valborn is dangerous. Passion rules her, and she is loud and angry, but smart, too, and very determined.

Which character have you enjoyed getting to know the most over the course of writing the United States of Asgard?

I’ve had quite a lot of fun with Glory, the Fenris Wolf. She is hungry all the time, and destined to start the end of the world, but what she really wants is to be satisfied, to understand what it feels to be full – full of love or comfort or anger or anything. Glory is half god, half monster and very fun to write. She’s also been alive for a long time, but because of her nature has retained the volatility of a teenager.

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

Nick from my book BLOOD MAGIC would love to meet Cole St. Clair from Maggie Stiefvater’s SHIVER trilogy. Nick’s a huge NARKOTIKA fan.

What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating Ned?

That he’s a tick-eating old man.

What’s the best advice you can give writers to help them develop their own unique voice and style?

Read, read, read and write, write, write. There are no shortcuts to this one, you just have to practice. You have to let yourself have fun and challenge yourself, too – because what entertains you and what challenges you will be unique to you.

What's the most memorable summer job you've ever had?

I worked at a Hollywood Video one summer – an old Blockbuster-like video rental store – in a very flashy/bad part of town. Closing the store at 1am on a Saturday night was dramatically full of drag queens or drunk people asking for copies of The Little Mermaid and Free Willy.

When was the last time you cried?

Yesterday. I’m a crier.

What decade during the last century would you have chosen to be a teenager?

When were tampons invented? It would be after that.

What is your greatest adventure?

I hope I haven’t experienced it yet.

Where can readers stalk you? is where all my info can be found! I’m on twitter at @tessagratton and tumblr at

Thanks for having me!

Fans of Neil Gaiman, Holly Black, and Maggie Stiefvater will embrace the richly drawn, Norse-influenced alternate world of the United States of Asgard, where cell phones, rock bands, and evangelical preachers coexist with dragon slaying, rune casting, and sword training in schools. Where the president runs the country alongside a council of Valkyries, gods walk the red carpet with Hollywood starlets, and the U.S. military has a special battalion dedicated to eradicating Rocky Mountain trolls.

Signy Valborn was seven years old when she climbed the New World Tree and met Odin Alfather, who declared that if she could solve a single riddle, he would make her one of his Valkyrie. For ten years Signy has trained in the arts of war, politics, and leadership, never dreaming that a Greater Mountain Troll might hold the answer to the riddle, but that’s exactly what Ned the Spiritless promises her. A mysterious troll hunter who talks in riddles and ancient poetry, Ned is a hard man to trust. Unfortunately, Signy is running out of time. Accompanied by an outcast berserker named Soren Bearstar, she and Ned take off across the ice sheets of Canadia to hunt the mother of trolls and claim Signy’s destiny.

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Thank you Tessa and Random House for making this giveaway possible.
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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

How to Meet Boys by Catherine Clark

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Find out what happens when you fall for your best friend's worst enemy in this timeless and hilarious story of a forbidden first love and forever friendship.

Lucy can't wait to spend the summer at the lake with her best friend, Mikayla. But when Jackson, the boy she's been avoiding ever since he rejected her, reappears in her life, Lucy wonders if this summer to remember is one she'd rather forget.

Mikayla's never had much luck talking to boys, but when she (literally) runs into the cutest guy she's ever seen, and sparks fly, she thinks things might be looking up...until she realizes the adorable stranger is the same boy who broke her best friend's heart.

As things begin to heat up between Mikayla and the one guy she should avoid, will Lucy be able to keep her cool or will the girls' perfect summer turn into one hot mess?

Catherine Clark, the author of beach-read favorites Maine Squeeze and Love and Other Things I'm Bad At, has once again crafted a hilarious and spot-on portrayal of what it's really like to be a teenager. Readers will love this irreverent coming-of-age story…and will be breathlessly turning the pages to find out what happens next.

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Friday, July 18, 2014

Earthquake by Aprilynne Pike

Publisher: HarperCollins Children's Books
Published: 31 July 2014
Format: Paperback 400 pages
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Categories: Science Fiction Romance
ISBN 13: 9780007553068 ISBN 10: 0007553064

Tavia Michaels has discovered that she’s an Earthbound—a fallen goddess with the power to remake the Earth—and that a rival faction of Earthbounds, the Reduciata, has created a virus that is literally wiping swaths of the planet out of existence.Tavia is captured and imprisoned before she can act on this information, along with her eternal lover, Logan. Huddled in a claustrophobic cell, they lose track of the days, their attempts to escape proving as ephemeral as Tavia’s newly gestating powers. But then Tavia and Logan are mysteriously rescued. . . .

They’re brought to the underground headquarters of the Curatoria, another group of Earthbounds that Tavia doesn’t fully trust. There, she’s told that she can save the Earth before it disappears. She agrees.

Tavia quickly realizes that she isn’t like other Earthbound, and as her abilities continue to awaken, they begin to threaten her centuries-long relationship with Logan. When Benson—Tavia’s former best friend and romantic interest—appears at Curatoria headquarters, Tavia will again have to make a choice about who to be with even as she tries to stop the virus that is destroying the world and uncover the truth about the two Earthbound organizations that have her tangled up in their webs.

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Aprilynne Pike has been spinning faerie stories since she was a child with a hyper-active imagination. At the age of twenty she received her BA in Creative Writing from Lewis-Clark State College in Lewiston, Idaho. When not writing, Aprilynne can usually be found at the gym; she also enjoys singing, acting, reading, and working with pregnant moms as a childbirth educator and doula. Aprilynne currently lives with her husband and three kids in Utah, and dreams of warmer climates.Aprilynne Pike’s #1 New York Times best-selling debut, WINGS, is the first of four books about a seemingly ordinary girl with a not-so-ordinary destiny. In this tale of magic and intrigue, romance and danger, everything you thought you knew about faeries will be changed forever…

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Lover, Divine by A. Star

Publisher: Createspace
Published: 06 March 2014
Format: Paperback 198 pages
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Categories: Erotic Fiction Romance Adult & Contemporary Romance
ISBN 13: 9781496058041 ISBN 10: 1496058046

10 Movies you could watch over and over for ever

Pan's Labyrinth–OMG. One of the best movies I have ever seen in my life. So deep and touching and downright fantastic. Didn't care that it was all in Spanish either.

The Young Victoria–I am a sucker for period pieces and I love movies about royalty. The acting was superb and I love Emily Blunt. It was a true winner for me.

Kill Bill Vol 1 & 2–I am a serious Quentin Tarentino fan and these were the first movies I saw of his. Blew my freaking mind by how awesome they were.

Death Proof–Again, a Quentin Tarentino film. Utterly brilliant and wild. I loved every second of it.

Transformers–I LOVED the first Transformers. It was perfectly plotted and executed, on top of being hilarious.

Snatch–With an all-star cast of actors, this movie seriously delivered. Not only was it hilarious, but it was brilliantly written, with multiple plotlines all crossing over each other.

Pirates of the Caribbean–Johnny Depp. That is all.

Underworld–Not the greatest vampire movies I've ever seen, but I still loved them.

Lord of the Rings–These movies are long, but so amazing that I don't care.

Fast & Furious–Hot men driving hot cars. I'm in. RIP Paul Walker.

For fans of the Oracle of Delphi series…and for those who aren’t…

Born into one of the wealthiest families in Ireland, Siobhan Law has status, privilege, and a secret: The Greek gods of Olympus and their kingdom in the clouds are real, and her family acts as one of their agents on Earth.

When the beautiful immortal celeste Liam Argyros shows up claiming to have come to Earth to deal in the affairs of the divine, Siobhan finds herself unable to resist his charms. New to the game of passion and seduction, she quickly ends up in over her head, sinking deeper with every attempt Liam makes to win her over.

But Liam’s divine mission is far more complex than she ever imagined and nothing is truly as it seems. Because Liam has a secret of his own: He is Apollo, Olympian god of the Sun, and his mission will never be complete until he has claimed Siobhan’s heart forever.

WARNING: For readers 18+ only. Contains adult language and sexual situations.

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A. Star is a fan of dirty passion. She likes to read it, and she damn sure likes to write it. Her first adult romance/fantasy novella is called Invasion, an alien romance about sacrifice. Lover, Divine is the first release from the Mythos: Gods and Loversseries. Future releases under A. Star include, King, Desired (Mythos: Gods and Lovers #2), the Love & Steampunk series, the Purr, Inc. stories, and more.

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Thursday, July 17, 2014

Tens List with S.L. Dunn

Book Nerd Interview

S.L. Dunn is the debut author of Anthem’s Fall, a novel he wrote amid the wanderings of his mid twenties. He has written while living intermittently in St. John USVI, Boston, Maine and Seattle. Raised on big screen superheroes and pop science fiction, he sought to create a novel that bridged a near-sci-fi thriller with a grand new fantasy. He currently resides in Seattle with his girlfriend Liz and their dog Lucy, and is hard at work completing the next book of the Anthem’s Fall series.

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Ten List - Things you would change about your high school years if you could go back in time.

1) Hindsight is 20/20, but I definitely would not have thrown that potato across the room in junior year Home Ec.

2) I wouldn’t have parked in the staff lot every day. The bridges burned weren’t worth the convenience.

3) I would have read more. The back-to-back whammy of freshman year Scarlet Letter and Ethan Frome almost turned me off books forever. Though I’ll admit this speaks more to my fourteen-year-old self than it does those novels.

4) I would not have taken Anatomy and Physiology. No matter how you justify it, dissecting a cat is weird.

5) I would have used my creativity and explored new experiences more often. When you’re fifteen you don’t see yourself as closing doors, but it’s what happens.

6) I wouldn’t have driven so many teachers to an early retirement. Mr. Wait and Mr. Zopes come to mind. Sorry guys.

7) I wouldn’t have used the TI83 solely for stopping alien invasions.

8) I would avoid falling through that window during the sophomore year 24-hour relay fundraiser.

9) I would not have devoted my “library time” to researching armor in World of Warcraft.

10) I would not have crawled out of the science wing windows and into the parking lot to drive home when there was a substitute teacher.

Music Playlist for ANTHEM’S FALL

I’ll keep it simple. One song for each character—you can decide which fits whom. They’re all instrumental. I don’t want lyrics to blur a first impression.

1) El Pico, Ratatat
2) Orion, Metallica
3) Dayvan Cowboy, Boards of Canada
4) I suppose I’ll add the Terminator 2 main theme, just on principle.

Above a horrified New York City, genetics and ethics collide as the fallen emperor and a banished exile of the same herculean race ignite into battle over the city’s rooftops. In the streets below, a brilliant young scientist has discovered a technology that can defeat them both, yet might be more terrible than either.
Set both in modern New York City and in the technologically sophisticated yet politically savage world of Anthem, Anthem’s Fall unfurls into a plot where larger than life characters born with the prowess of gods are pitted against the shrewd brilliance of a familiar and unlikely heroine.

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Thank you S.L. Dunn for making this giveaway possible.

1 Winner will receive a $50.00 Amazon Gift Card.
5 Winners will receive a Signed Paperback Copy of Anthem’s Fall by S.L. Dunn.
42 Winners will receive an E-Copy of Anthem’s Fall by S.L. Dunn. (International)

July 17th Thursday: Jean BookNerd SPOTLIGHT
July 18th Friday:Fiction Dreams INTERVIEW
July 19th Saturday: A Dream Within a Dream DREAM CAST
July 20th Sunday: Cover2CoverBlog REVIEW
July 21st Monday: Taking it One Book at a Time REVIEW & THIS OR THAT
July 22nd Tuesday: Casual Readers REVIEW
July 23rd Wednesday: Owl Tell You About It REVIEW
July 24th Thursday: My Book Addiction REVIEW & TENS LIST
July 25th Friday:The Book Landers REVIEW & GUEST POST
July 26th Saturday: Insane About Books REVIEW & EXCERPT
July 27th Sunday: The Book Cookies REVIEW & FAVORITE BOOKS
July 28th Monday: Book Soulmates REVIEW
July 29th Tuesday: Such a Novel Idea REVIEW & GUEST POST
July 30th Wednesday: Sabrina’s Paranormal Palace REVIEW & RANDOM THINGS

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Monday, July 14, 2014

Guardians by Susan Kim and Laurence Klavan Cover Reveal

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Guardians will be releasing on March 24, 2015 by HarperTeen.
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SUSAN KIM is a playwright, TV writer, and author. Her two graphic novels w/co-author Laurence Klavan, “City of Spies” (artwork by Pascal Dizin) and “Brain Camp” (artwork by Faith Erin Hicks), were published by First Second Books in 2010. “Flow: the Cultural Story of Menstruation” (co-written w/Elissa Stein) was published by St. Martin’s Griffin in 2009. Plays include the stage adaptation of Amy Tan’s The Joy Luck Club (Dramatists Play Service) and various one-acts that were produced in the EST Marathon, including Death and the Maiden, Rapid Eye Movement,Dreamtime for Alice (Dramatists Play Service and Farrar Strauss), and Memento Mori (Smith and Krauss). Her work has been produced internationally. Ms. Kim has been nominated five times for the Emmy and four times for the Writers Guild award for her work in both non-fiction and children’s TV; she won a WGA award in 1996 for Best Documentary. She lives in New York City, teaches dramatic writing in the MFA program at Goddard College and currently blogs for the Huffington Post.

LAURENCE KLAVAN wrote the novels, “The Cutting Room” and “The Shooting Script,” which were published by Ballantine Books. He won the Edgar Award from the Mystery Writers of America for the novel, “Mrs. White,” co-written under a pseudonym. His graphic novels, "City of Spies" and "Brain Camp," were co-written with Susan Kim and published by First Second Books at Macmillan. His short work has been published in The Alaska Quarterly, Conjunctions, The Literary Review, Gargoyle, Louisville Review, Natural Bridge, Pank, Stickman Review, Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine, among many other journals, and a collection is forthcoming from Chizine Publications. He received two Drama Desk nominations for the book and lyrics of "Bed and Sofa," the musical produced by the Vineyard Theater in New York and the Finborough Theater in London in 2011. His one-act, "The Summer Sublet," is included Best American Short Plays 2000-2001.

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