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Friday, January 19, 2018

Tiger's Dream by Colleen Houck



Series: The Tiger's Curse Series
Paperback: 826 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (March 20, 2018)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1979597057
ISBN-13: 978-1979597050


Praise for TIGER'S CURSE

“…a sweet romance and heart-pounding adventure. I found myself cheering, squealing and biting my nails-all within a few pages. In short, Tiger's Curse is magical!” ―Becca Fitzpatrick, New York Times bestselling author of Hush, Hush

"High adventure ensues. As in Tiger's Curse and Tiger's Quest, this story is part action-adventure and part romance…The novel will satisfy the saga's fans, who will be delighted by the prospect of a fourth volume.” ―Booklist

“Houck cranks the love-o-stat up another notch…Hypersteamy romance...'hot, melty, smoldering' (but still chaste) make-out sessions…” ―Kirkus Reviews

“Forget vampires and werewolves, tigers are the new hottest thing…a guaranteed page turner with a huge twist at the end that will leave you breathless.” ―RT Book Reviews



A tiger left behind.

A goddess in need of an ally.

Stranded in a time and place he never wished for, Kishan Rajaram must carry out his destiny of assisting the beautiful yet extremely irritable goddess Durga. This daunting task is not made easy by the fact that he must also face the truth about the girl he loves and the brother who stole her away.

When the wily shaman Phet appears and tells Kishan that Kelsey needs him, he jumps at the chance to see her again. In his efforts to save her, Kishan discovers that the curse he thought was over is just beginning. As time unravels around him, Kishan realizes that the fates of all those he holds dear lie in hands.

The goddess’s power hangs in the balance. Kishan has no choice but to sacrifice the unthinkable to fight the dark forces swirling around the woman he’s charged to protect. As he does, he discovers that love and loyalty create their own magic and accepts that he must decide his destiny once and for all.

Tiger’s Dream is the conclusion to the epic Tiger’s Curse fantasy romance series that left you breathless.


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New York Times Bestselling author Colleen Houck is a lifelong reader whose literary interests include action, adventure, paranormal, science fiction, and romance. When she’s not busy writing, she likes to spend time chatting on the phone with one of her six siblings, watching plays, and shopping online. Colleen has lived in Arizona, Idaho, Utah, California, and North Carolina and is now permanently settled in Salem, Oregon with her husband and a huge assortment of plush tigers.
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Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Guest Post with L.B. Schulman


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STOLEN SECRETS is L.B. Schulman’s second young adult novel. Her debut, LEAGUE OF STRAYS, was published in 2012. She grew up in Maryland and now lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband, two daughters, and a pair of loveable mutts. When she isn’t writing, she’s visiting genealogy sites, trying to find famous people she’s related to. You can visit her online at LBSchulman.com.

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Age Range: 12 and up
Grade Level: 7th and up
Hardcover: 304 pages
Publisher: Boyds Mills Press (September 19, 2017)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1629797227
ISBN-13: 978-1629797229


Praise for STOLEN SECRETS

“The author captures the desperate uncertainty of life with an alcoholic and having to parent a parent. Whip-smart Franklin has a uniquely drawn personality and his dialogue with Livvy sparkles…VERDICT An engaging coming-of-age novel recommended for libraries looking to highlight issues of alcoholism, Alzheimer’s, and family estrangement.' ―School Library Journal

“Stolen Secrets is a solid mystery with family drama and teen angst. Livvy is a likable character who is smart and perceptive at times, yet, like most teens, naive and clueless at others. The novel is easy to read and would be a good companion read for students reading Anne Frank’s diary. Stolen Secrets will need some hand-selling to teens, but once they pick it up they will not be disappointed.” ―VOYA

“This is a well-written book that sympathetically examines the roles of Holocaust survivors on both sides of the war as well as guilt and forgiveness. The main and supporting characters are funny and engaging…a good addition to those who want to read more books with a Holocaust theme. Recommended.” ―School Library Connection

“A…contemporary story with a Holocaust secret at its core….a jam-packed narrative with a full complement of tropes and topical elements: new girl; friend issues; alcoholism; family secrets, neo-Nazis; predatory elder care; armed robbery—and a romance. The grandmother’s mysterious past intrigues…” ―Kirkus Reviews




WHAT IS THE BEST PIECE OF ADVICE YOU EVER RECEIVED FROM ANOTHER AUTHOR?

The best piece of advice would be to learn the rules, take what works for you, and let the rest go. There have been so many writing rules that I’ve heard over my lifetime that have only served to stunt my creativity. For example, “You should only be an author if you truly love it and can’t see yourself doing anything else.” This presumes the life of an author is so bad that the only people who do it should be those who can’t stop themselves or survive doing anything else. Hey, I could stop today and do many other things. Life is full of adventure and possibilities, after all: why limit ourselves? I WANT to write, and that’s enough for me!

Another bad rule: “Write what you know.” If I did that, my YAs would be boring. What interests me about the art of writing is the exploration of worlds I don’t know. I wonder if this rule is more about writing what you emotionally know.

Anytime someone says YOU HAVE TO when it comes to writing rules, your red flag should go up. Sit down and write every day? Nope. I do it when I feel like it and my books take a long time, but they get done. Sometimes I ignore “rules” about story structure, too. One person told me that if you have two POVs, they have to be balanced out in length and appearance within the story. Well, Livvy has 80 percent of the POVs in Stolen Secrets and another character has only 20, but I think it works fine.

The hardest and most inaccurate advice I heard was that if your debut novel is not a huge hit, no one will want to publish your second one. This actually caused me to not want to write my second novel, but I did it, despite the huge anxiety this advice raised. I discovered that there are always publishers who, if they like your project, won’t care if your other books were bestsellers or not. Bottom line: Listen to yourself and allow your creativity to reflect your own thoughts and beliefs, not other people’s rules.

TEN REASONS TO READ STOLEN SECRETS


1. It’s a fun hybrid of a contemporary and a historical novel.
2. I made the location of San Francisco its own character.
3. The high stakes mystery element makes it fly at a fast pace.
4. In addition to a Holocaust mystery, it delves into related subplots, like Alzheimers and alcoholism.
5. People say they can’t put it down. That’s my favorite compliment.
6. The stakes increase, jumping from personal to universal.
7. Franklin D. is a different kind of friend. He’s funny, quirky, goofy, and confident. Readers seem to love him. I know I do.
8. Most people know what happened to Anne Frank in the annex, but almost no one knows what happened to her in the months after the Nazis found her family. You find out in my book.
9. Though this book is called a YA, I think it’s a crossover novel. There are two POVs in this story, and one of them is an adult.
10. The ending. Oh, I wish I could say more, but I can’t. It’s frustrating to not be able to talk about it with people until after they’ve read the book. So read it and tell me what you think, please.



After an abrupt move across the country to San Francisco, sixteen-year-old Livvy discovers a grandmother who she believed was dead. Suffering from Alzheimer’s, Adelle shouts out startling details, mistakes her own name, and seems to relive moments that may have taken place in a concentration camp. When Livvy and her new friend Franklin D. find journal entries from the Holocaust in Adelle’s home, Livvy begins to suspect that her grandmother may have a shocking link to a notable figure Anne Frank.


Stolen Secrets starts off like any other story but then the author quickly jerks the steering wheel and veers it to unexpected territories. Livvy was on the verge of starting her junior year when her mother, Gretchen, suddenly makes them move out to San Francisco. Not knowing the fully agenda of Gretchen’s venture across the country, she quickly learns that her grandmother that she thought was dead, was very much alive but suffering from Alzheimer’s. Gretchen hasn’t spoken to her mother for years and is only open to taking of her in hopes of getting an inheritance. The stress of caring for an elderly with Alzheimer has brought back her demons and Gretchen begins drinking again. At the same time, Livvy learns about her grandmother’s past and that she might have a connection to Anne Frank.

L.B. Schulman skillfully weaves an intriguing story that not only touch subjects on familial arrangements and issues, but also provides a historical lesson of the tragedies during the Holocaust. Readers that may not necessarily have any experiences with what Livvy and her mother are going through will somehow find familiarities with their journey. The complexity of the characters is one of the many attributes that make this story so beautiful. They are not perfect and it keeps readers turning pages.

The transitions between scenarios were beautifully done and just as wonderful as when revelations are presented. From dealing with alcoholism to the struggles with someone living with Alzheimer’s, Schulman’s writing etiquette holds no obstacles. She digs down to the nitty gritty and provides a clever but really beautiful story about self-discovery, guilt and forgiveness, and importance of family. Stolen Secrets is not your normal story in the sense that it takes story elements in different sides of the spectrum to provide a presentation that is fresh and brand new.


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Thank you L.B. SCHULMAN for making this giveaway possible.
Winner will receive a STOLEN SECRETS Swag (Signed Copy, 
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Thursday, January 11, 2018

Alexander Hamilton: Founding Father and Statesman by Brenda Haugen Review


Book Nerd Review by Jordan

A biography profiling the life of Alexander Hamilton, a founding father of the United States and the first Secretary of the Treasury. Includes source notes and timeline.


ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Brenda Haugen started in the newspaper business and had a career as an award-winning journalist before finding her niche as an author. Since then, she has written more than 50 books and edited hundreds more, most of them for children. A graduate of the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks, Brenda lives in North Dakota with her dog, Alice, who chose Brenda when she went to the Humane Society thinking she was there to adopt another dog.


This was my first biography I read. This one will always be my favorite. Hamilton is my favorite founding father. I never knew that Hamilton was the first Secretary of Treasury. Hamilton was an amazing founding father. Hamilton died a sad way though. 

Hamilton served well for the war. Eliza was an amazing wife for Hamilton. As of today, there are two letters left that Hamilton wrote. It is very expensive to get. One day I just want to find his bloodline so bad. This book was amazing. I can't wait to read more about him.

Here are Jordan's written reviews as he reads per chapter. Just click the picture to enlarge. ***WARNING** Review Contains SPOILERS. Do NOT click the pictures if you do not wish to be Spoiled.

  
   
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Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Guest Post with Erin Lyon


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Erin Lyon graduated with a bachelor's degree in English and then worked in broadcast television at the Sacramento ABC affiliate for 10 years before going to law school. She is now a practicing civil attorney and blames all of the people in her life for not trying to talk her out of the whole “becoming a lawyer” thing. After finishing law school, she completed her first novel and began working on the sequels. Erin lives in Northern California with her husband of nearly 20 years (the Saint), her two daughters (the Girls), her three rescue dogs (the Boys), and three cats, who, let’s be real, belong only to themselves. The Contract Killers is her debut novel.

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Paperback: 336 pages
Publisher: Forge Books (January 9, 2018)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0765386127
ISBN-13: 978-0765386120


Praise for UNCONDITIONALLY

"A sharp, witty, and fun debut, with both sweet and sexy moments and a heroine I want to have a drink with." ―Kimberly Lang, USA Today bestselling author of Something to Prove




WHAT IS THE BEST PIECE OF ADVICE YOU EVER RECEIVED FROM ANOTHER AUTHOR

There are two critical pieces of advice I’ve read by other authors that have really helped me.

The first was by Barbara Kingsolver who wrote that you “should never write with anyone looking over your shoulder.” All you writers get exactly what she means by that – Never tailor what the story calls for because you’re worried about your mom reading it. I’ve taken that to heart. My books are no Fifty Shades of Grey, but there is a little sex in there. And yes, my mom read it and, surprisingly, didn’t have any problem with it.

I guess the stranger part was when my husband’s family all read it…and my uncle…and my boss…and other lawyers I work with. Oddly, it has gotten easier with time. I used to get knots in my stomach thinking about family or colleagues reading the steamy stuff. Now I’m over it. Thanks, Barbara!

The other piece of advice was told through the grapevine at a writer’s conference (a friend of a friend kind of story). So someone said that they were out running at a charity event or something and they realized they were running next to none other than Stephen King. When the person mustered up the courage, he sidled up next to King and told him he was his “number one fan.” (Totally kidding. Misery joke.) But he did tell him he was a fan and then asked him how he managed to be such a prolific writer. King’s response? “Bum glue.” So yes, the golden piece of advice was to stick your butt in the chair and write. It’s simple yet brilliant. And it really is the biggest challenge – especially for writers with a full-time day job! I love a Netflix binge as much as the next girl – I just try not to allow too many when I know I should be writing.

TEN FACTS ABOUT UNCONDITIONALLY

1. Like Kate, I actually did see TWO exes while in court – and one really was in the bright orange jumpsuit.

2. The scene with the young woman who freaks out in court over the age of her in-custody baby daddy…was based on an actual event. In open court.

3. I have the giraffe spotted wine glasses that I describe getting broken in the opening scene.

4. The bar in the book, The Trunk, is actually the brain-child of my friends and me. We came up with the idea while drinking booze from the trunk of car during a girls’ trip one time and we’ve built up elaborate plans for what our bar will look like some day. No stealing our idea.

5. I did actual internet research about what kind of aquarium fish will sometimes attack others for that scene in the bar. Writing can be so educational.

6. The story about the warring exes living next door to each other is inspired by the numerous cases I’ve had where we’ve had neighbors going all Hatfields and McCoys on each other. Let me tell you – things can really get out of hand.

7. The couple fighting over the guinea pig was inspired by a story an old attorney told me about a divorcing couple paying him $500 an hour to fight over a plate. For a year.

8. The fall Kate takes in the opening scene is based on personal experience – minus the concussion.

9. Most of the legal shenanigans in Unconditionally are exaggerated far less than you might think.

10. After the fury over the cliff-hanger at the end of I Love You Subject to the Following Terms and Conditions, I made sure that Unconditionally was tied up neatly without a cliffhanger in sight.



In a world where marriage doesn’t exist—only seven-year contracts—you don’t marry, you sign. You don’t divorce, you breach. And sometimes, you just expire.

In this hilarious conclusion to Erin Lyon's I Love You Subject to the Following Terms and Conditions, Kate has accepted a job practicing signing law, the one type of law she swore she'd never do - especially since what she thought was her very own happily ever after turned into just another expired contract. But between Kate's embarrassing penchant for running into exes in court, clients determined to use her as their very own therapist, and a couple having a knock-down, drag-out over the custody of the family guinea pig, at least the job's never boring.

But while Kate finally has a handle on her career, her love life is still, well, complicated. The former love of her life, Jonathan, wants her back. Her current main squeeze, Dave, wants to take things to the next level, but she still can't shake her wolf-in-sheep's-clothing vibe about him. And then there's Adam, her mad crush who really wants to be her friend. So, to sum up, one questionable ex, one player with a capital "P," and one guy who's kind of stolen her heart even though she's in the friend zone. This should be a piece of cake.

Unconditionally is both a sweet and sexy romantic comedy and a hilariously relatable look at finding happiness where you least expect it.

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Thank you ERIN AND TOR for making this giveaway possible.
Skype or phone session (personal or school class). 
A Bundle of Starscape Books
Two Signed Copies of The Wishing World by Todd Fahnestock.



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JANUARY 8th MONDAY BookHounds GUEST POST
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JANUARY 15th MONDAY Book Briefs REVIEW
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JANUARY 19th FRIDAY TFaulc Book Reviews REVIEW & INTERVIEW
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