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THE GLASS ARROW Official Blog Tour

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THE CRIMSON GATE Pre-Order Campaign

Lene Kaaberbøl

DOCTOR DEATH

Frances Whiting

WALKING ON TRAMPOLINES

Sarah Noffke

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Mary Helen Specht

MIGRATORY ANIMALS

Ellie Cahill

WHEN JOSS MET MATT

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SAME IS LAME Official Blog Tour

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MASTER OF PLAGUES

Friday, February 27, 2015

Ellie Cahill Author Interview


Book Nerd Interview

Ellie Cahill is a freelance writer and also writes books for young adults under the name Liz Czukas. She lives outside Milwaukee, Wisconsin, with her husband, son, and the world’s loudest cat.

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Can you tell my Book Nerd community a little about When Joss Met Matt?

When Joss Met Matt is a story about two friends who meet in college. After an ugly break-up with the boyfriend she thought was The One, Joss and Matt create a strange agreement: they will provide each other with palate-cleansing “Sorbet Sex” after any and all break-ups. The relationship, and the book, span seven years as the two characters fumble their way through a lot of very bad dating experiences, coming to rely on each other more and more along the way. It’s a little different than the classic friends-with-benefits arrangement, and a lot more complicated for our would-be lovers.

Why is storytelling so important for all of us?

Storytelling is the greatest expression of what makes us human. Not only do we have language and the ability to use tools (like pens and computers) to put our language down in a permanent form, we have these incredible creative minds that can imagine whole worlds that don’t exist. We can literally make something from nothing. That is just the coolest trick in the universe.

But apart from the neurochemical and biomechanical wonder that is the physical act of storytelling, it has such important social and emotional functions, too. We can create and imaginary world where it is physically safe to explore incredibly dangerous or even impossible scenarios. We use characters as a representation of ourselves to try on new lives and new experiences. Even different genders, races, species. We can do and be anything within a story and that gives us the opportunity to empathize with people, animals, and even inanimate objects in intense, real ways. Think about watching Toy Story. Not only were the characters in that story fictional, but if they had been real, they would have been made of plastic, wood, and cloth. Yet the moment that Woody and Buzz realize they’ve been left behind at the gas station, doesn’t your heart lurch? Don’t you desperately want them to be back in the safety of Mom’s car? You can’t rest until they get back to Andy. That’s going outside yourself. Letting go of selfish impulses long enough to invest in another person’s (or toy’s) safety and happiness. That’s the power of storytelling.

And we can’t stop ourselves from finding stories in everything. I think it’s why TV has become such an important fixture in our lives. We want more stories. We’ll take them in any form. Maybe as a writer I have an overdeveloped need to create a backstory for everything, but I bet no one is able to pass a shoe abandoned on the side of the road without wondering how it came to be there. Conjuring up the owner in your mind and imagining a scenario in which he or she came to lose just one shoe in the middle of no where. It’s human. In intrinsic to who we are. The amazing Terry Prachett goes so far as to create an unseen element in the universe called Narrativium to describe our deep need for story in all things. I think he might be onto something.

When was the last time you cried?

Yesterday, watching Downton Abbey. Why does Isis have to have cancer?! Why?! <sob> I cry pretty easily, I have to confess. Even a coffee commercial can tug at my heartstrings without too much trouble. But I’d have to say most of my crying is due to storytelling. Movies, books, commercials…I’m rarely crying for myself. It’s mostly fictional people!



What if after every bad breakup, there was someone to help “cleanse your palate”—someone who wouldn’t judge you, who was great in bed, someone you were sure not to fall in love with? “Sorbet sex” could solve everything—as long as it never got too sweet.

Joss and Matt have been friends since freshman year of college, meeting one night after Joss is dumped by her boyfriend. After a few drinks, Matt humors her with a proposition: that he’ll become her go-to guy whenever she needs to heal a broken heart. In return, she’ll do the same for him. The #1 Rule: They’ll never fall in love with each other. People scoff at the arrangement. But six years later, Joss and Matt are still the best of friends . . . with benefits.

Through a string of boyfriends and girlfriends—some almost perfect, some downright wrong—Joss and Matt are always there for each other when the going gets tough. No strings. No attachments. Piece of cake. No problem. After all, since they wrote the rules, surely they can play by them. Or can they?

In the tradition of New Adult superstar Jessica Sorensen, Ellie Cahill's debut novel, WHEN JOSS MET MATT (Ballantine Trade Paperback Original; On Sale 2/24/15) is a charming friends-with-benefits story with a twist, about two friends in college and just beyond, falling in and out of love with the wrong people while trying figure out who they are and what they really want.

Praise for WHEN JOSS MET MATT 

“WHEN JOSS MET MATT hooked me with humor, then proceeded to break my heart and make me fall in love over and over again. Brilliantly crafted and achingly realistic—this is hands down one of my favorite New Adult reads. Ellie Cahill is definitely one to watch!" 
New York Times bestselling author Cora Carmack 

"This is one of those books that makes you forget everything around you. Prepare to be consumed by this story. I felt like I was living in the world of Joss and Matt—and I never wanted it to end!" 
New York Times bestselling author Sophie Jordan 

"Fun, sexy, and full of amazing chemistry. Anyone craving romantic comedy in New Adult should pick this one up!" 
Cassie Mae, author of The Real Thing 

“The classic story line of friends turned lovers gets a fun twist… a delightful new adult read told in flashbacks and full of witty banter. Readers will root for this unconventional couple and enjoy tracing their six-year relationship from start to finish.” 
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Thursday, February 26, 2015

Maybe in Another Life by Taylor Jenkins Reid Cover Reveal


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At the age of twenty-nine, Hannah Martin still has no idea what she wants to do with her life. She has lived in six different cities and held countless meaningless jobs since graduating college, but on the heels of a disastrous breakup, she has finally returned to her hometown of Los Angeles. To celebrate her first night back, her best friend, Gabby, takes Hannah out to a bar—where she meets up with her high school boyfriend, Ethan.

It’s just past midnight when Gabby asks Hannah if she’s ready to go. Ethan quickly offers to give her a ride later if she wants to stay.

Hannah hesitates.

What happens if she leaves with Gabby?

What happens if she leaves with Ethan?

In concurrent storylines, Hannah lives out the effects of each decision. Quickly, these parallel universes develop into surprisingly different stories with far-reaching consequences for Hannah and the people around her, raising questions like: Is anything meant to be? How much in our life is determined by chance? And perhaps most compellingly: Is there such a thing as a soul mate?

Hannah believes there is. And, in both worlds, she believes she’s found him.


Maybe in Another Life will be releasing on July 7, 2015 by ATRIA Books
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Taylor Jenkins Reid is an author and essayist from Acton, Massachusetts. She is the author of Forever, Interrupted and After I Do. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband, Alex, and her dog, Rabbit. You can follow her on Twitter @TJenkinsReid.2012 
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Tuesday, February 24, 2015

{Nerd Blast} Liars, Inc. by Paula Stokes



Publisher: Harper Teen
Format: Hardback | 368 pages
Publication date: 24 March 2015
ISBN 10: 0062323288
ISBN 13: 9780062323286



Official Book Blast for Liars, Inc. by Paula Stokes.


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.

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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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E.L. Tettensor Author Interview


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E.L. Tettensor likes her stories the way she likes her chocolate: dark, exotic, and with a hint of bitterness. She has visited more than fifty countries on five continents, and brought a little something back from each of them to press inside the pages of her books. She also writes fantasy as Erin Lindsey. She lives with her husband in Bujumbura, Burundi.

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What’s one thing that readers would be surprised to find out about you?

Well, readers who haven’t seen my author bio might be surprised to learn that I live and work in Burundi, in Central Africa. I’m in the humanitarian and development field, and I’ve spent much of the last ten years working in and on the continent. So that’s led to a certain amount of African flavour in my work, especially the Lenoir series.

What was the greatest thing you learned at school?

How to think. The real value of an education, I believe, lies less in what you learn than how you learn – especially nowadays, with the world changing as rapidly as it does, and information being so easy to obtain. School taught me to think critically, to examine the facts before me and analyse them, to ask the right questions rather than repeat the right answers. That’s turned out to be tremendously valuable – not only in life, but in my writing, since those are precisely the faculties a good detective needs to have.

Did you learn anything from writing the Nicolas Lenoir Series and what was it?

Oh, so much. Darkwalker (Book 1 of the Lenoir series) was my first novel, so there was a lot of learning going on there, some of it painful. I’ll always be refining my craft, but there was definitely a big levelling up that came with Darkwalker. I’ve become much more analytical about storytelling, what works and why. It’s changed the way I write, but also the way I read, watch movies – basically the way I experience storytelling in any form. Bit of a double-edged sword, that – you can spiral into hypercriticism so easily – but it’s certainly improved my writing.

What was the most surprising thing you learned in creating Nicolas?

I guess I’d say the most surprising thing was how naturally it came writing from the point of view of a guy – and doing it convincingly, at least if reviews are anything to go by. It’s funny, but I didn’t really think about it until after the book was finished, and then I kind of descended into mild panic, worrying if it would sound authentic. I had similar worries about writing a nine year-old (Zach), but that seems to have worked out too. Turns out I pay closer attention to others than I thought.

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

That’s easy – I’d have Lenoir sit down with Sherlock Holmes. I’d love to see what they made of each other. As I’ve said elsewhere, I think there would be mutual respect, but I don’t imagine they’d get on terribly well. Two misanthropes, arrogant to the hilt… I’d love to grab a bucket of popcorn and listen to them go at it.

Which character have you enjoyed getting to know the most over the course of writing the Nicolas Lenoir Series?

Zach. He’s just a delight to write. He’s one of those characters that’s had his own voice from the moment he appeared, and his own direction too, to the extent that sometimes it feels like he’s calling the shots instead of me. He’s such a compelling combination of innocence and street wisdom, a portrait I think I’ve been secretly carrying around with me for some time, from my day job.

If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor?

I could never choose, because I admire so many different writers for different reasons. I love Elmore Leonard for his lean prose. Guy Gavriel Kay for his sweeping, evocative storytelling. Rohinton Mistry for his emotional gut-punches. Jonathan Safran Foer for his voice. I could go on and on…

You have the chance to give one piece of advice to your readers. What would it be?

Take books on their own terms. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve seen a reviewer blast their so-called favourite authors for not writing something tailor-made for their individual reading expectations. This puzzles me – as a writer, but especially as a reader. Approaching books with a narrow set of expectations means you’re bound to be disappointed much of the time. Where does that get fun? Books, like people, should be approached with an open mind. You might not end up liking them, but at least you gave them a fair shot.

When asked, what’s the one question you always answer with a lie?

“Does this make me look fat?”

What is your happiest childhood memory?

If I say playing with Star Wars and G.I. Joe, will you judge me?

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

I don’t know if I’d call any of my summer jobs “memorable”, at least not in a good way. I do recall getting into a legendary rubber band shoot-out with my boss at an office job I once had (the head of the company, no less), people ducking in their cubicles all around us. We were picking rubber bands up off the floor for days.

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

I would never have chosen to be a teenager.

When was the last time you cried?

Last weekend, while I was writing the opening scene of The Bloodsworn, the final installment in the Bloodbound trilogy, which I write as Erin Lindsey. I’ve never done that before – made myself cry while writing – and it actually kind of wrecked me. I was grumpy all weekend. Not sure how wise it is to open a book with something that gut-wrenching… I guess we’ll see!

Where can readers stalk you?

On the web: www.eltettensor.com
Twitter: @etettensor
Facebook: facebook.com/eltettensor



Unraveling a deadly mystery takes time—and his is running out…

Having barely escaped the clutches of the Darkwalker, Inspector Nicolas Lenoir throws himself into his work with a determination he hasn’t known in years. But his legendary skills are about to be put to the test. A horrific disease is ravaging the city—and all signs point to it having been deliberately unleashed.

With a mass murderer on the loose, a rising body count, and every hound in the city on quarantine duty, the streets of Kennian are descending into mayhem, while Lenoir and his partner, Sergeant Bran Kody, are running out of time to catch a killer and find a cure.

Only one ray of hope exists: the nomadic Adali, famed for their arcane healing skills, claim to have a cure. But dark magic comes at a price, one even the dying may be unwilling to pay. All that’s left to Lenoir is a desperate gamble. And when the ashes settle, the city of Kennian will be changed forever...

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Friday, February 20, 2015

Guest Post with Lene Kaaberbøl


Book Nerd Guest Post

Lene Kaaberbøl has been a professional writer since the age of fifteen, with more than two million books sold worldwide. She has won several national and international awards for her fiction, and her work has been translated into more than thirty languages. Kaaberbøl is the coauthor of the New York Times bestseller The Boy in the Suitcase, which received rave reviews, was selected as a New York Times Book Review Notable Crime Book of 2011 as well as an Indie Next List November 2011 Pick, and won the Harald Morgensen Award for Best Danish Thriller of the Year. Born in Copenhagen, she now lives on the small Channel Island of Sark.

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

Don’t worry too much about being original.

People often ask me – and every other writer, I think – where I get my ideas from, and I used to struggle with the answer because I simply didn’t know. Now I tell them that the idea isn’t what starts a book for me, it’s the character, which is true. I need someone to come alive and be a voice, someone whose ears and eyes I can borrow. Luckily, they don’t usually ask where the character comes from …

“I’ve got this idea for a book,” they say. Or they ask me if I worry about having my idea stolen. But a book isn’t one idea, it’s a thousand ideas. Every page contains at least ten, from the big important choices to the pesky little details of your characters’ everyday lives. What will he do when he is ordered to pull the trigger? What does rain feel like if you’ve never felt it before? Does she want pickles on her hotdog, or is she a ketchup-only kind of girl? Has she remembered to bring an umbrella? If his neighbor allowed her dog to defecate on his doorstep, would he complain? The answer to each one is an idea. You couldn’t possibly make a thousand choices like that and come up with the exact same answer as somebody else. Not even if you tried.

So no, I don’t worry about getting my ideas stolen. Young girl solves crime against all odds? Go ahead, you’re welcome. A coroner’s daughter in fin-de-siecle France struggles against society’s constraints and finds that her quest to solve the mystery also becomes her own liberation? Well, you would have pinched a few more details, yes, but you are still welcome. Add a pinch of werewolf to the mix? Go ahead. If you wrote it, it would be a different book.

Whatever story you are writing, just write it. Don’t try to be like somebody else, also don’t try to be unlike somebody else. Just write the damn story – and don’t worry about being original. You already are.



From the New York Times bestselling coauthor of The Boy in the Suitcase, a gripping historical thriller and poignant coming-of-age story set in nineteenth-century France.

Madeleine Karno is an ambitious young woman eager to shatter the confines of her provincial French town. Driven and strong headed, Madeleine is set apart by her unusual occupation: assisting her father, Dr. Albert Karno, in his job as a forensic doctor.

The year is 1894, and a young girl is found dead on the snowy streets of Varbourg. Dr. Karno is called in to determine the cause of her death, but before he can examine the body, the girl's family forbids the autopsy from taking place. The only anomaly he manages to find is in the form of a mite in her nostril. Shortly after, several other dead bodies are discovered throughout the city, and Madeleine, her father, and the city commissioner must use the new science of forensic evidence to solve the mysterious cases before they all become the next victims of a deadly disease - or of a heinous murderer.

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