Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Book Blitz: Swear on this Life by Renee Carlino



Swear on this Life
by  Renee Carlino
Published by: Atria Books
Genres:Young Adult, Contemporary

From USA TODAY bestselling author Renée Carlino (Before We Were Strangers), a warm and witty novel about a struggling writer who must come to grips with her past, present, and future after she discovers that she’s the inspiration for a pseudonymously published bestselling novel. 

When a bestselling debut novel from mysterious author J. Colby becomes the literary event of the year, Emiline reads it reluctantly. As an adjunct writing instructor at UC San Diego with her own stalled literary career and a bumpy long-term relationship, Emiline isn’t thrilled to celebrate the accomplishments of a young and gifted writer. Yet from the very first page, Emiline is entranced by the story of Emerson and Jackson, two childhood best friends who fall in love and dream of a better life beyond the long dirt road that winds through their impoverished town in rural Ohio. 

That’s because the novel is patterned on Emiline’s own dark and desperate childhood, which means that “J. Colby” must be Jase: the best friend and first love she hasn’t seen in over a decade. Far from being flattered that he wrote the novel from her perspective, Emiline is furious that he co-opted her painful past and took some dramatic creative liberties with the ending.   The only way she can put her mind at ease is to find and confront “J. Colby,” but is she prepared to learn the truth behind the fiction?

During the winter we pretended our way through the classics, read every popular kid’s book and by spring of our sixth grade year, the spring of all the rain, we were ready to be outside and explore again. There was a creek about half a mile back from our houses, past the tree line. Because of all the rain that year, it had become more of a river with the strongest currents right behind where we lived. Every adult warned us to be careful, even my dead-beat dad would say, “You better use that big brain of yours and stay out of the creek. You want to go swimming, you can go to the pool in town.” Funny he would say that because the community pool was a seven-mile bike ride and it cost three dollars to get in. There was no way I was going unless Leila, Jax’s mom gave us a ride and even then, I would have to borrow the money to get in. Frankly, going to the town pool was a pipe dream. It became a myth to us, a fantasy like Disneyland or Europe. Jax and I would try to imagine what it was like to go there. “I bet they sell popsicles and popcorn and they probably have clowns too,” I said. It was a warm day; we had made a picnic in the weeds. I laid out my Toy Story sleeping bag I’d had from when I was a kid. Jax brought a jar of applesauce and I brought Fun Dip that my dad had bought me at the 7-11. We mixed the fun dip into the jar and took turns eating spoonfuls.

“Community pools don’t have clowns, genius.”

“How do you know?” I said. “Because I just do.” “I bet there’s a high dive, like fifty feet in the air.” “Do you know how high fifty feet is? You would die hitting the water. The impact would kill you.” “You’re such a know-it-all, Jackson. Why can’t you let a girl dream? We’re never going to that pool because no one will ever take us, plus, it costs money, and last time I checked you weren’t making any.” He lay back on the blanket and propped his hands behind his head and closed his eyes. “I’m not a know-it-all, I just have cable. And as soon as I turn sixteen, I’m getting a job. I’ll pay for us to go to the pool. You’ll see, it’s just a big hole with water in it.” I never really stared at him until that day. His eyes were closed so I took the time to inspect every inch of him. I was so curious about his body. My own body was changing and I was terrified of it. Jax was getting taller. He was going to be tall like his father, but he looked more like his mother in coloring and features. Jax’s mom was French, so they had this creamy skin that looked sun-kissed year around and his brown hair and brown eyes had streams of gold running throughout it. He was letting his hair grow longer because he’d been watching some show on TV that took place in California. He said everyone in California had long hair. I was trying to grow my own unruly, brown locks out. I don’t know why, I always had it in a braid. Maybe because I thought I would go to California with Jax one day. We both yearned for more than weeds and corn. All the books gave us those silly ideas and filled our heads with things that might never be. I lay down beside him and stared directly into the sun. He turned on his side and propped his head on his elbow. “You’ll go blind doing that,” he said in a low voice. “Leave me alone.” “Why are you in such a bad mood? You PMSing?” “What do you know about it?” “A lot.” “I doubt that and even if I were, it’s beyond rude to talk to me about it.” I hadn’t started my period yet but I wasn’t going to tell him that.




About the Author  
Renée Carlino is a screenwriter and bestselling author of contemporary women's novels and new adult fiction. Her books have been featured in national publications, including USA TODAY, Huffington Post, Latina magazine, and Publisher's Weekly. She lives in Southern California with her husband, two sons, and their sweet dog June. When she's not at the beach with her boys or working on her next project, she likes to spend her time reading, going to concerts, and eating dark chocolate. Learn more at www.reneecarlino.com.  

Friday, July 8, 2016

Cover Reveal: Long Way Home by Katie McGarry


Being released on January 31st, 2017, the highly anticipated third book in Katie McGarry's Thunder Road Series has a cover that we can't wait to share with you! LONG WAY HOME is a Young Adult Contemporary Romance being published by Harlequin Teen! Pre-order your copy of the next book in this emotionally charged series, and don't miss Violet and Chevy's story!

LongWayHome-coverLong Way Home
by  Katie McGarry
Published by: Harlequin Teen
Publication date:January 31st 2017
Genres:Young Adult, Contemporary

Seventeen-year-old Violet has always been expected to sit back and let the boys do all the saving.

It’s the code her father, a member of the Reign of Terror motorcycle club, raised her to live by. Yet when her dad is killed carrying out Terror business, Violet knows it’s up to her to do the saving. To protect herself, and her vulnerable younger brother, she needs to cut all ties with the club—including Chevy, the boy she’s known and loved her whole life.

But when a rival club comes after Violet, exposing old secrets and making new threats, she’s forced to question what she thought she knew about her father, the Reign of Terror, and what she thinks she wants. Which means re-evaluating everything: love, family, friends . . . and forgiveness.

Caught in the crosshairs between loyalty and freedom, Violet must decide whether old friends can be trusted—and if she’s strong enough to be the one person to save them all.

"An intoxicating and unforgettable story that kept me glued to the page."

Kami Garcia, #1 New York Times bestselling author, on Walk the Edge

Add it to your Goodreads Now!

LONG WAY HOME Pre-Order Links:

Amazon | Kobo | BAM | Barnes & Noble | iBooks | IndieBound


And Don’t Miss the First Two Titles in the Thunder Road Series!

Nowhere But Here - cover


Walk the Edge - cover



About the Author  
Katie McGarry - author pic
Katie McGarry was a teenager during the age of grunge and boy bands and remembers those years as the best and worst of her life. She is a lover of music, happy endings, reality television, and is a secret University of Kentucky basketball fan. 


Her debut YA novel, PUSHING THE LIMITS was a 2012 Goodreads Choice Finalist for YA Fiction, a RT Magazine's 2012 Reviewer's Choice Awards Nominee for Young Adult Contemporary Novel, a double Rita Finalist, and a 2013 YALSA Top Ten Teen Pick. DARE YOU TO was also a Goodreads Choice Finalist for YA Fiction and won RT Magazine’s Reviewer’s Choice Best Book Award for Young Adult Contemporary fiction in 2013.  


Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Guest Post: Favorite books of all time by Tracy Clark of MIRAGE+GIVEAWAY

Hi everyone! Today we have Tracy Clark, author of The Light Key Trilogy, to share us a few of her favorite books of all time and how they get in the count. Also as a part of the book blog tour for her upcoming new YA book, we're all giving away 3 finished copy of MIRAGE to everyone! Also don't forget to check out other posts from the tour. So, without further ado I present Tracy Clark and her favorite books of all time...

A list of my favorite books of all time

Ask any author to make a list of favorite books and then sit back for the inevitable head-pop. It’s a hard question! We are lovers of words; lovers of stories, and words and stories take up too many forms and carry too many meanings to have absolute favorites. A book might become a favorite because it got me through heartbreak. I might latch onto a book for the inspiration it provided. Some books stay in my heart and head because they made me think. Others I love just because they made me feel. I’m certain I’ll regret this post as soon as I send it because I’ll realize I’ve forgotten a couple of crucial favorites. Ask me in a month, and I might even have additions. It’s an eclectic list, but tells a lot about me.

Here goes:

The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho – This book was recommended to me by a dear friend; the kind of cosmic friend who always recommends the perfect book when I need it. If you’ve ever heard the phrase “when the student is ready, the teacher will appear” then you get the idea. When the student is ready, the book will appear. The Alchemist is a universal story, a parable, about the quest for true happiness and fulfillment.  

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak – This book is so incredibly inventive but has deep emotional heart as well. I sobbed the first time I read it. I sobbed the second time. I’ve read it multiple times and it never fails to move me. I’m impressed both as a reader and as a writer.

Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling – How can this series NOT be on everyone’s favorites list? I started writing YA when this series was about three books in. Her storytelling is vivid and thorough and amazing. The world is a better place because she shared her stories with us.

The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz – In other interviews I’ve said that this book should be required reading for humans—ALL HUMANS. Are you a human? Then read it! I wish so badly I’d have had it as a teenager. It might have saved me so much grief! I’m guilty of forgetting to live by the agreements at times, but I consider them so wise and important that they are as holy as commandments.

Counting Kisses by Karen Katz – Reading this book to my kids when they were little is one of my most cherished memories. It combines counting, sleepy-time, affection, and sweet interactive kisses when you read it to a wee one. I give it as a gift to every single new parent I know.

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou – This is the book that made me really want to be a writer. Maya Angelou’s writing can pluck you from your chair and put you right into her scenes. She shares her history, her truth, and her heart with unflinching candor. Reading this book began my love affair with the author and all of her works. One of the bright moments of my life was hearing her speak in person and reading “Phenomenal Woman” in that commanding, self-possessed, saucy way she had. I wish for the talent to write as powerfully.

Walt Disney’s Cinderella (1974) – The story goes that my mother went to my kindergarten parent/teacher conference and the teacher congratulated my mom on teaching me how to read. My mom said, “I thought YOU taught her!” The truth was that when I was four years old, I taught myself using this book and a follow along record that made a tinker-bell chime sound when it was time to turn the pages. Magic of reading!

The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky – Welcome to YA fiction that punches you in the heart with its moments of shattering truth. While reading this book, I had a few instants where I stopped and just stared, speechless and touched, pondering the absolute truth of a sentence.

Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson – The First YA I read as an adult that really made me see that teens need authors and stories that aren’t afraid to touch on awful realities. I knew when I read it that the reason I write for young adults is because I needed books like Speak when I was a teen and that teens now need to be respected enough to have authors write books that help them process some of the uglier truths of their lives. We don’t glorify the darkness by writing about it. We illuminate it.

by Tracy Clark
Pub. Date: July 5, 2016
Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers
Pages: 272
Format: Hardcover, eBook
Find it: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iBooks | Goodreads
Seventeen-year-old Ryan Poitier Sharpe is a gutsy, outgoing girl who spends her summer days hurling herself out of planes at her parents’ skydiving center in the Mojave Desert. Fiercely independent and willing to take risks, she challenges those around her to live life fully. But after a brush with death, Ryan is severely altered—she’s not the same thrill-seeking girl she once was and seems to be teetering on the edge of psychosis. As her relationships crumble and her life unravels, Ryan must fight the girl she’s become—or lose herself forever—in this eerie and atmospheric thriller.

 About the Author  
Tracy Clark is a young-adult writer because she believes teens deserve to know how much they matter and that regardless of what they’re going through, they aren’t alone. In other words, she writes books for her teen self.
She grew up a “Valley Girl” in Southern California but now lives in her home state of Nevada, in a small town at the base of the Sierra Foothills. Her two children teach her the art of distraction and are a continuous source of great dialogue.
Tracy was the recipient of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) Work in Progress Grant. A two-time participant in the prestigious Nevada SCBWI Mentor Program. Tracy is a private pilot, an irredeemable dreamer, and a spicy-chocolate connoisseur.

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3 winners will receive a finished copy of MIRAGE, US Only.

Tour Schedule:

Week One:
6/27/2016- The Oracle and The Muse- Interview
6/28/2016- Seeing Double In NeverlandReview
6/29/2016- Teen Readers' DiaryGuest Post
6/30/2016- BookcrushinReview
7/1/2016- The Cover Contessa- Interview

Week Two:
7/4/2016- A Dream Within A DreamReview
7/5/2016- Ohana ReadsGuest Post
7/6/2016- Book-KeepingReview
7/7/2016- Curling Up With A Good BookInterview
7/8/2016- Here's to Happy EndingsReview

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Book Blitz: Remember Jamie Baker by Kelly Oram + Giveaway

Hello everyone! So you'll probably noticed that it's been quite a few days since we've post here in our blog and that's because of our busy schedule. Clarissa's preparing for her Civil Engineering board exam, Dea on her internship and me, I just had my Roast (6 mos presentation) on our office earlier, so yeah we don't have much time to post anything on the blog lately. But recently I've received a very good news from one of my favorite author, Kelly Oram, and that's the final book for Jamie Baker Series will be released really soon! If you knew me you'll know that I really really love this author, I've been a fan of her books for the past years. I love featuring her works here in our blog and just enjoy every bit of her books. So, just imagine my excitement when she announced that Remember Jamie Baker(which let me tell you I've,and all of her fans, been waiting for years!) will be released soon! I was sooo happy I just can't wait to get my hands on this book! And since the book is not yet release will have to settle first on its teasers and a giveaway for everyone. So without further ado, I present to you Remember Jamie Baker! Have fun reading! ;) 

Remember Jamie Baker
Series: Jamie Baker # 3
Author: Kelly Oram
Publisher: Bluefields Publishing
Genre(s): YA sci-fi, comic book, romance
The explosive and long awaited conclusion to the Jamie Baker trilogy!

Plagued by memory loss, Jamie Baker searches high and low for the answers to who she is, where she comes from, and why she’s able to do things other humans can’t. A not-so-simple task when she’s hiding from the people responsible for her amnesia—an evil scientific research company that wants to capture her at any cost.

When Jamie’s quest for the truth reveals a devastating betrayal from the one person she thought she could trust, she’s forced to team up with a secret military organization in order to ensure her safety and stop Visticorp’s horrific human experimenting once and for all.
Book buy links:
Amazon || iBooks || Nook || Kobo

I gasped, shocked, and my eyes fell to his arm and the round scar I’d seen their earlier. A bullet wound. I looked at Ryan, and he surprised me even more by grinning. “That’s right, I took a bullet for you, babe.”
“You…” My voice trailed off as I tried to get a grip on the sudden swell of emotions raging inside me. Guilt, gratitude, horror…take your pick. I felt them all.
Ryan squeezed my hand. “That’s a good reason to promote a guy to boyfriend status, don’t you think?”
He was joking about this? He was shot, and he wanted to joke about our relationship? Was he for real?
“Don’t fall for it, Angel,” Johnny G teased. “It was barely a flesh wound. It didn’t even hit anything vital. I’ve been shot twice myself. It’s really not that bad.”

Jamie #3 was everything I had been hoping and waiting for. It brought all the feels. Jamie has the right amount of spunk, bravery and intelligence to make her an extremely likeable and relate-able heroine. I kinda want to be her BFF. And Ryan Miller ... swoon. He is everything. He made Jamie love him again and again, and he did it with me also. Every single book I have fallen in love with Ryan, and every time I reread I will love him even more. Great job, Kelly! It was a journey worth waiting for.  ~ Jaymin Eve, USA Today bestselling author of The Hive trilogy

"Full of great one-liners and intense longing, Remember Jamie Baker is a satisfying conclusion to a fantastic trilogy. Readers will appreciate the new friends Jamie makes, the measures she takes to restore her memory, and the return of Ryan Miller. OH YES. That charming combination of ego and sunshine does show up. I promise. And it's epic." ~ The Dragon’s Nook book reviews

"Kelly Oram’s back with a new Jamie Baker adventure that’s as action-packed as it is hilarious, with all new characters to love and some old favorites that you’ll find yourself falling for, all over again! Remember Jamie Baker is an unforgettable end to a truly amazing series!” ~ Jena Leigh author of the Variant series

" This is the best book of the trilogy. Remember Jamie gives us the steamiest Ryan & Jamie yet with beach fantasies (oh, Kelly went there!) and more curl-your-toes “awwww” scenes where once again pretty boy Ryan Miller steals your heart (and Jamie’s) as he tries to help her remember exactly who she was. Oh? And did I mention your favorite sidekicks (and who doesn’t love our favorite reporter and BFF?) are back? Or how about all of the kickass superhero action we’ve been dying for with Visticorp? Yea, it finally happens and it does not disappoint (be ready for some twists!)…. But the real reason you’ll keep reading? Because Jamie needs to remember! This whole series has honestly been a whirlwind and finally getting the epic conclusion we hoped for is the best gift Kelly could possibly give her readers. Fans of Meg Cabot’s quick wit and normal girl-hero complex (a la 1-800-Where-R-U), the tv show Smallville, or superhero tropes in general will dive right into this one. And who can forget fans of Ryan Miller? You will definitely need your fix." ~ Rachel E. Carter, author of the Black Mage series

Series Summary: "Most superhero stories start with a meteor shower or a nasty insect bite, but mine actually starts with a kiss." The Jamie Baker series is an electrifying superhero origin story about a girl with extraordinary powers and the irresistible guy who helps her learn to control them.
Reading Order: Being Jamie Baker, More Than Jamie Baker, Remember Jamie Baker
(this series is complete)

About the Author  
Kelly Oram wrote her first novel at age fifteen—a fan fiction about her favorite music group, The Backstreet Boys, for which her family and friends still tease her. She's obsessed with reading, talks way too much, and likes to eat frosting by the spoonful. She lives outside of Phoenix, Arizona with her husband, four children, and her cat, Mr. Darcy.

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