Janet Gurtler

THE TRUTH ABOUT US Official Blog Tour

Susan Kim and Laurence Klavan

GUARDIANS Official Blog Tour

Camille DeAngelis

BONES AND ALL Official Nerd Blast

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Nancy Freund


Mary Helen Specht


Ellie Cahill


Natalie Wright

H.A.L.F. THE DEEP BENEATH Official Blog Tour

E.L. Tettensor


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Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Finding Paris by Joy Preble

Publisher: HarperCollins
Format: Hardback | 272 pages
Dimensions: 140mm x 210mm x 24mm | 649g
Publication date: 1 May 2015
Publication City/Country: New York
ISBN 10: 0062321307
ISBN 13: 9780062321305

An evocative and compelling story of two sisters who would do anything for each other--perfect for fans of Thirteen Reasons Why and Speak. Joy Preble's stirring new novel explores the lengths to which sisters go to protect each other, and the winding road that brings two strangers into each other's lives.

Sisters Leo and Paris Hollings have only ever had each other to rely on. They can't trust their mother, who hops from city to city and from guy to guy, or their gambler stepfather, who's moved them all to Las Vegas. It's just the two of them: Paris, who's always been the dreamer, and Leo, who has a real future in mind--going to Stanford, becoming a doctor, falling in love. But Leo isn't going anywhere right now, except driving around Vegas all night with her sister.

Until Paris ditches Leo at the Heartbreak Hotel Diner, where moments before they had been talking with physics student Max Sullivan. Outside, Leo finds a cryptic note from Paris--a clue. Is it some kind of game? Where is Paris, and why has she disappeared? When Leo reluctantly accepts Max's offer of help, the two find themselves following a string of clues through Vegas and beyond. But the search for the truth is not a straight line. And neither is the path to secrets Leo and Max hold inside.

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Joy Preble is a Texas girl who was born and raised in Chicago and a former high school teacher who now writes full time, which means she gets paid for making up stuff. She earned an English degree from Northwestern University and speaks and teaches widely on writing and literacy at libraries and schools, as well as SCBWI, NCTE, AWP, and other conferences.

Joy is the author of THE SWEET DEAD LIFE and its sequel, THE A WORD(May 2014), both from Soho Press. Kirkus hailed THE SWEET DEAD LIFE with "Hallelujah! A paranormal tale of angels…that breaks the mold."

She is also the author of the DREAMING ANASTASIA series (Sourcebooks) that combines paranormal romance with Russian folklore. DREAMING ANASTASIA was nominated for a Cybil Award in the Teen Sci-Fi/Fantasy Category in 2009. It was named an ABC Best Book for Children, Teen Category in 2009, and was featured in Justine Magazine.

Joy also has a contemporary mystery/romance on the way: FINDING PARISwill be out April 21, 2015 from Balzer and Bray/Harper Collins. Another paranormal mystery/romance, IT WASN'T ALWAYS LIKE THIS, pitched as Tuck Everlasting meets Veronica Mars, arrives from Soho Press in Spring 2016.

In no particular order, Joy loves guacamole, pizza, banana bread, red wine, books, boots of all shapes and sizes, TV, movies, and crazy road trips so she can see the world. She is also fond her family and her dog, in case you were wondering.

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April 23rd Thursday: Once Upon a Twilight REVIEW 
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April 25th Saturday: Beneath the Moon and Stars REVIEW 
April 26th Sunday: Bumbles and Fairy-Tales REVIEW & TENS LIST 
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April 28th Tuesday: Chapter by Chapter REVIEW & FAVORITE BOOKS 
April 29th Wednesday: Her Book Thoughts! REVIEW & MUSIC PLAYLIST 
April 30th Thursday: Such a Novel Idea REVIEW
May 1st Friday: Ex-Libris REVIEW 
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May 3rd Sunday: Emilie’s Book World REVIEW & INTERVIEW 
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Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Guest Post with Janet Gurtler

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A Rita Award Finalist and Crystal Kite Award Finalist, Janet Gurtler's young adult books have been chosen for the JUNIOR LIBRARY GUILD SELECTION and as BEST BOOKS FOR TEENS from the Canadian Children’s Book Center. Janet lives in Okotoks Alberta, Canada with her husband, son, and a chubby black Chihuahua named Bruce.

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10 Most Random spontaneous thing you've ever done.

Drove 1300 KM to see an NHL hockey game

Got my hair dyed blonde

Agreed to a Caribbean Cruise while under the influence

Bought expensive face cream I didn’t want from a handsome man

Burst out into song while at work in a quiet store

Wore a Sugar Crisp Bear costume to a mall

Yesterday I paid for Starbucks for the car behind me

Danced my face off at a concert where no one was dancing

Got my nose pierced in my 40’s

Told a girl in a book store carrying my book that I was the author of the book. She thought I was completely weird or didn’t believe me and walked away. Later I saw her with her mom and told her mom the same thing and signed the book for though I’m pretty sure she thought I was nuts.


“You have a thing for him?” Wilf asks. “And I mean the older one.”

“No!” I stand straighter. “I barely know him.” There’s a tingling in my stomach though, and when I look up, Wilf is staring at me.

“Rhea always said I had a sixth sense for stuff like that. It’s what made me such a good lawyer.”

I glare at him, almost telling him my dad is a lawyer and a jerk too but say nothing instead.

“Flynn and his family are good people,” Wilf says. He bends down and picks at the leaves of a plant growing up from a pot on the ground. “Kyle’s dad gambled. Spent everything and then some and took off and left her with his debt. Her house foreclosed, and they moved into a grubby old rental in town. She works at a bakery and struggles to keep up with bills and the rent. They come for meals so that the boys eat properly. Especially Kyle.”

I swallow and nod and stare down at my feet, which seem to be shuffling around on their own.

“The people here all have stories. Remember that. Flynn’s not a charity case.”

I look up and nod again.

“Probably won’t hurt a girl like you, seeing life on the other side.”

I shift my feet again, wanting to argue about what kind of girl I am, but it’s kind of pointless.

“Good job, kiddo,” he says to Kyle, who has returned with a jug of water that’s slopping over the sides. “I have some things to look after,” he says to me. “Would you be okay looking after Kyle?” he asks. I glance around as if he might be talking to someone else.

A powerful and gripping contemporary YA from the author of I'm Not Her that's "Just right for fans of Sarah Dessen and Jodi Picoult."-Booklist

The truth is that Jess knows she screwed up.
She's made mistakes, betrayed her best friend, and now she's paying for it. Her dad is making her spend the whole summer volunteering at the local soup kitchen.

The truth is she wishes she was the care-free party-girl everyone thinks she is.
She pretends it's all fine. That her "perfect" family is fine. But it's not. And no one notices the lie...until she meets Flynn. He's the only one who really sees her. The only one who listens.

The truth is that Jess is falling apart – and no one seems to care.
But Flynn is the definition of "the wrong side of the tracks." When Jess's parents look at him they only see the differences-not how much they need each other. They don't get that the person who shouldn't fit in your world... might just be the one to make you feel like you belong.

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Thank you Janet Gurtler for making this giveaway possible.

2 Small Sock Monkey by Janet Gurtler.
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Monday, March 30, 2015

{Cover Reveal} Red Sky Dawning by Ian J. Malone

Publisher: Sharflight Media

Sharkflight Publishing produces innovative and thought-provoking books in the genre of speculative fiction.
Founded in December 2012 as Sharkflight Media LLC, Sharkflight Publishing is committed to bringing its readers stories that drive the imagination, and connect with them on an emotional level.
At present, the company is best known as the publisher of author Ian J. Malone and THE AMKO SAGA.

Official Book Blast for Red Sky Dawning by Ian J. Malone.

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Five years after the historic Battle of Dulaston, Danny Tucker, Lee Summerston, and the Renegades have settled nicely into life on Aura — yet none more so than Tucker. Fueled by a rising career as an ASC staff sergeant and a love unlike any he’s ever known, Danny is in the prime of his life and at last free of the demons that have stalked him for years.

Some demons never die, though, and when an old enemy beckons to settle a personal score, Danny soon finds himself swept up in the backlash of a climaxing civil war, and straight into the crosshairs of a father’s bloodlust for revenge.

RED SKY DAWNING is the much-anticipated sequel to 2013’s MAKO, and the tale of one man’s quest to bury his past and protect those dearest to him as the fate of billions hangs in the balance.

“Thematically speaking, this is very much a story about growing up,” says author Ian J. Malone, a native Floridian who now resides in Durham, North Carolina with his wife and step son. “Whereas book one was this plucky little tale about five bar-flies, rocking through hyperspace on the road trip of a lifetime, book two chronicles a lot of the unforeseen fallout stemming from decisions they made along the way. From an author’s standpoint, it was an intense story to write, but I think readers will really like where it leaves the saga entering the third and final book.”

Among the things readers can expect from RED SKY DAWNING are an array of new characters, a deeper look into the Alystierian Empire, and a healthy dose of political intrigue.

Still, Malone insists that MAKO fans will still find all of the action, humor, and pop-cultural charm that have since become the series’ calling card. “C’mon, guys. What’s a MAKO book without beer jokes and Funyuns?”

RED SKY DAWNING arrives on Amazon April 30, 2015. The audiobook will follow shortly thereafter on Audible and iTunes.

MAKO is FREE for Limited Time! Click HERE to Download.
You can purchase a Signed Copy of Red Sky Dawning HERE!

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As a graduate of Florida State University, I’ve written in a number of arenas over the years ranging from public health to news and sports. When it comes to my fictional work, however, I’m a firm believer that nothing shapes an author’s writing like experience. That’s why I credit my tenures in radio, law enforcement, sport management, and the military for much of my thematic inspiration, plus the legion of family and friends who’ve stood with me along the way.

Beyond writing, I’m an avid fan of audiobooks and sports, though it’s also not uncommon to find me at a concert (LOVE music!), a movie, or somewhere out by a grill.

At present, I reside in Durham, North Carolina with my incredible wife, son, and our two dogs — but I’ll always be a “Florida boy” at heart. ;)

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Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Guest Post with Susan Kim and Laurence Klavan

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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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Is there such a thing as a formula for storytelling?

SUSAN: No, not like plugging names into software and hitting enter. I’m actually kind of leery about craft books: “just do this, this, and this, make sure you have an inciting incident and a complication, then a reversal in your second act, blah blah blah”… it’s like trying to give someone directions on how to build a bird, because they’ve examined birds on a dissecting table and have lots of theories. That being said, I definitely think there are elements that are extremely useful for 90% of all great stories ever written. First of all, you need good characters: and by that, you need to know how they act when they really want something and how they act when they’re in trouble. In fact, you define character by their actions: characters aren’t just a list of adjectives, but reactions and behaviors in specific situations. And your characters need to want things… and not just, say, another helping of dessert, but something big, vital, the kind of thing that changes one’s life: love, power, revenge, forgiveness. You then have to think about what are the obstacles to that want: your protagonist’s stepmother and stepsisters won’t let her go to the ball? The beautiful cheerleader has decided she wants to date the cute new boy? Your protagonist’s brother wants to get the inheritance instead of her?

If there’s a flaw to a lot of first drafts, it’s that the stakes are way too low and that the protagonist is too passive. You might argue that that’s your intention… but trust me, it’s hard to keep your reader engaged when nothing matters and your hero just sits around, waiting for someone else to save the day. But other than that, there are no real rules.

The Emmy Award-nominated and Edgar Award-winning duo of Susan Kim and Laurence Klavan deliver a heart-pounding finale to the postapocalyptic teen world of the Wasteland, filled with dramatic twists and turns. Bestselling author of Criminal, Karin Slaughter, called Wasteland "a Lord of the Flies for future generations. An irresistible page-turner."

No one dares to leave the District—the towering structure of glass and steel that is their protection against the unruly bands of Outsiders that roam Mundreel and the deadly rain that carries the disease that kills all over the age of nineteen.

This skyscraper stands amid the urban devastation, the city rumored to have once been called "Montreal." Esther and her allies have created a haven on the rooftop, a garden that flourishes, and a home for her new baby, hidden from all but the very few who know her secret. But as Gideon's power grows and factions form, the ultimate darkness is born from greed, and Esther must find a way to save the citizens from themselves.

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Thank you Susan and Laurence for making this giveaway possible.
2 Signed Copy of Guardians by Susan Kim & Laurence Klavan.

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Guest Post with Paula Stokes

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Paula Stokes writes stories about flawed characters with good hearts who sometimes make bad decisions. She’s the author of several YA novels, most recently Liars, Inc. and The Art of Lainey. Her writing has been translated into nine foreign languages. Paula loves kayaking, hiking, reading, and seeking out new adventures in faraway lands She also loves interacting with readers. Find her online at authorpaulastokes.com or on twitter as @pstokesbooks.

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Paula: Welcome to Day 7 of the #CatchAKiller Blog Tour, AKA LIARS, INC. RELEASE DAY! Most of this interview can be found in Chapter 9 of the finished book, so if you’ve read it already then you’re officially excused from your investigative duties. Go celebrate by writing a review for the book…and then do something even more fun :D But be sure to come back tomorrow to find out what Jonas Jacobsen has to say. If you haven’t read LIARS, INC, keep reading! Nothing in the blog tour content is directly spoilery for the book, but the info presented here might get you thinking about who's lying and who's telling the truth. Can you follow the clues and sniff out a killer? Make your guess and then read LIARS, INC. to see if you’re right!

CASE CA4153-228

LEAD INVESTIGATOR: McGhee, James, Special Agent
SECONDARY INVESTIGATOR: Gonzalez, Alex, Special Agent
LEGAL GUARDIAN PRESENT: Cantrell, Ben and Darla. Waived right to be present for questioning.

Agent McGhee: Thanks for coming in to talk to us.

Max Cantrell: No problem. It’s a lot quieter here than at my house.

Agent Gonzalez: Oh yeah? Why’s that?

Max Cantrell: New baby sisters. Cute, but loud.

Agent McGhee: So Preston’s mom tells us he was camping with you this weekend.

Max Cantrell: Uh, yeah. That’s right.

Agent McGhee: So take us through your camping trip from the beginning. When did you and Preston DeWitt arrive at the Ravens Cliff overlook?

Max Cantrell: Well, I had to babysit until six-thirty, so it was about seven when we met up.

Agent McGhee: And then what?

Max Cantrell: And then we pitched the tent, built a fire, and sat around bullshitting until we got tired and went to sleep

Agent Gonzalez: Bullshitting… Did that involve drinking?

Max Cantrell: Maybe. Big deal.

Agent Gonzalez: So you make a fire, have a little booze. Then what?

Max Cantrell: Then we went to sleep.

Agent McGhee: Alone?

Max Cantrell: Huh? We were in the same tent, if that’s what you mean.

Agent Gonzalez: He means was it just you two or were there girls there too?

Max Cantrell: Just us.

Agent McGhee: What happened when you woke up?

Max Cantrell: I went surfing.

Agent McGhee: And Preston?

Max Cantrell: I mean, we went surfing.

Agent McGhee: Did anyone see you guys?

Max Cantrell: I don’t know. Can I get some water?

Agent McGhee: Alex, grab a pitcher for all of us, would you?

[Agent Gonzalez leaves the room.]

Agent McGhee: Sorry about my partner. He’s tightly wound.

Max Cantrell: No shit.

Agent McGhee: What did you and Preston do after you went surfing?

Max Cantrell: He split early, actually. Said he wasn’t feeling well.

Agent McGhee: About what time was that?

Max Cantrell. Didn’t look at my phone. Maybe nineish.

[Agent Gonzalez returns with water.]

Agent McGhee: Max was just telling me that Preston left the beach early on Sunday. Apparently he wasn’t feeling good.

Agent Gonzalez: Oh yeah? A little too hung over to surf?

Agent McGhee: Do you know if he went straight home?

Max Cantrell: I figured, but he didn’t say.

Agent McGhee: Did you and Preston take a walk along the top of the cliff on Saturday night?

Max Cantrell: Yeah. He was fooling around by the edge. Pretending to fly, stuff like that.

Agent McGhee: Did you guys argue?

Max Cantrell: “What? No. Why would you ask that?”

Agent McGhee: Just following up on a tip. Probably irrelevant. I think that’s all the questions we’ve got for now, Max. But if you think of anything else, please give me a call.

Max Cantrell: Isn’t it kind of early to assume something bad happened? I thought you had to wait forty-eight hours just to file a missing persons report.

Agent McGhee: That’s actually a myth perpetuated by TV shows. There’s no required waiting period in California. And it’s been over forty-eight hours since either of his parents saw him. You’re the only one who has seen him in the last couple of days… We don’t know anything for certain, but we need to consider the possibility that Preston’s disappearance is politically motivated until we can rule that out.

Max Cantrell: What? Like…terrorism or something? Don’t you think that’s a little unlikely?

Agent McGhee: A high-profile senator’s son disappearing right after an election? We’re just trying to stay ahead of the curve, Which reminds me. We’d appreciate it if you didn’t talk to anyone about what we’ve discussed this morning.

Max Cantrell: Okay. Am I done? Do you know where my parents went?

Agent McGhee: I’ll show you where they are.

For fans of Gone GirlI Hunt Killers, and TV's How to Get Away with Murder.

Max Cantrell has never been a big fan of the truth, so when the opportunity arises to sell forged permission slips and cover stories to his classmates, it sounds like a good way to make a little money and liven up a boring senior year. With the help of his friends Preston and Parvati, Max starts Liars, Inc. Suddenly everybody needs something and the cash starts pouring in. Who knew lying could be so lucrative?

When Preston wants his own cover story to go visit a girl he met online, Max doesn’t think twice about hooking him up. Until Preston never comes home. Then the evidence starts to pile up—terrifying clues that lead the cops to Preston’s body. Terrifying clues that point to Max as the murderer.

Can Max find the real killer before he goes to prison for a crime he didn’t commit? In a story that Kirkus Reviews called "Captivating to the very end," Paula Stokes starts with one single white lie and weaves a twisted tale that will have readers guessing until the explosive final chapters.

For more information, check out THE OFFICIAL LIARS, INC. WEBSITE.

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Thank you Paula for making this giveaway possible.
1 Deluxe Swag Pack. Includes (1 Black or White T-shirt, 1 Notebook, 1 Signed Postcard, 1 Magnet, 2 Signed Bookmarks, 1 Signed Bookplate, and a Mini Shark's Tooth Pendant) 
all wrapped in crime scene tape and packaged in an official evidence bag.
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