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Spotlight Tour: Busted by Gina Ciocca (Including Giveaway)

January 3, 2018 Blog Tours 0

It’s about time things get back to normal here and I return with some content. FULL TIME JOBS ARE HARD.

Ahem. Today, I’m taking part in Sourcebooks Fire’s spotlight tour for Busted by Gina Ciocca, which came out just yesterday! I haven’t had the opportunity to read it yet, but I’m really, really excited to get to it when I can.

Never heard of Busted before? ALLOW ME TO REMEDY THAT. Make sure to keep reading for an except of the book, a guest post from Marisa, and a giveaway for two copies of Busted!

Busted coverCatching cheaters and liars is a lucrative hobby—until you fall for one of the suspects. Perfect for fans of Veronica Mars, this new novel from the author of Last Year’s Mistake will steal your heart!

Marisa never planned to be a snoop for hire. It wasn’t like she wanted to catch her best friend’s boyfriend making out with another girl. But as her reputation for sniffing out cheaters spreads all over school, Marisa finds herself the reluctant queen of busting two-timing boys.

And her next case? It’s for ex-frenemy Kendall. She’s convinced her boyfriend, TJ, has feelings for someone else and persuades Marissa to start spying on him. But the more Marisa gets to know sincere and artistic TJ, the more she starts to fall for him. Worse yet, the feelings seem to be mutual. Marisa knows she needs to give up her investigation—and the spoken-for guy who may just be the love of her life. Then she uncovers new secrets about Kendall and TJ, secrets that take “cheater” to a whole new level…

Buy Links:

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About the author: Gina Ciocca graduated from the University of Connecticut with a degree in English, but in her mind, she never left high school. She relocated from Connecticut to Georgia, where she lives with her husband and son. When she’s not reading or writing, you can find her taking longwalks around the lake in her neighborhood. Gina can also be found online at writersblog-gina.blogspot.com, on Instagram as gmciocca, and Twitter as gmc511.

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But you’re a busy, discerning reader and you’re not entirely sure you want the book. Perhaps a word from the main character herself will convince you?


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Blog Tour Guest Post: Stephanie Kate Strohm on I Wanna Marry “Harry”

December 24, 2017 Blog Tours 0

Prince in DisguiseWell helloooooo, readers who stuck around while I got comfy with my new job (because I GOT A FULL-TIME JOB OMFG) and let my poor site go neglected! I appreciate you greatly.

Today, as part of the blog tour for Stephanie Kate Strohm’s new book Prince in Disguise, I’ve got a guest post from Strohm about a show you will barely believe actually happened: I Wanna Marry “Harry.” (I’ll be reviewing the book soon and you guys, IT WAS SO CUTE. I DID NOT KNOW HOW MUCH I NEEDED THE BREATH OF FRESH, ADORABLE AIR THIS NOVEL WAS.)


I might be one of the only people on the planet who watched I Wanna Marry “Harry” during its brief run on TV – and who went on to watch the remaining episodes online after this travesty of a production was cancelled after airing only four episodes. On paper, this show seemed to combine two of my greatest loves: reality dating TV, and the British royal family. What could possibly go wrong??

So very, very much.

The concept for I Wanna Marry “Harry” was simple, yet insane: a mild-mannered 23-year-old English guy named Matthew Hicks who looked vaguely like His Royal Highness Prince Harry of Wales was given a royal makeover to increase the resemblance, and trained in such princely arts as horseback riding, fencing, and ballroom dancing. Then, he was moved into a fancy English estate along with a dozen American women who were strongly encouraged to believe that they were in a reality dating competition for the hand in marriage of an heir to the British throne.

I don’t remember as many of the dates or the challenges as I wish I did. I do remember that there were frequently fake paparazzi or actors pretending to be star-struck locals asking for a picture with “Harry.” I remember one woman finding a photoshopped picture of “Harry” with his brother, William. I’m pretty sure there was a sports challenge where the women played a sport (maybe cricket?) in revealing outfits, and then the losers had to serve the winners afternoon tea. In short, it was absolutely ridiculous. A frequent “reward” for “winning” dates was to stay in a room that adjoined Fake-Harry’s. “The Queen would never allow this!” I sputtered at the television. “There’s no way these women could possibly believe this guy is really Harry!”

That was a common refrain that dogged the show. These women must have been playing along for the cameras…right?

Maybe not. The eventual winner of the show – Kimberly Birch, an actress/drama therapist from Long Island – gave an illuminating interview about a year after it aired. She said the show was pathologically committed to trying to mislead them. Frequently, producers would stage conversations outside the contestants doors about how unhappy the Queen was and how she was demanding “Harry” shut down the show and return to Buckingham palace. Production even brought in a fake “therapist” – that’s right, an actor posing as a therapist – to convince the women that any doubts they were having about “Harry”’s real identity were all in their minds. Isolated and subjected to this kind of brainwashing, I am not at all surprised that these women began to believe they were actually in the presence of Prince Harry!

(But in case you were wondering, Kimberly Birch is not engaged to either Matthew Hicks or Prince Harry.)

I Wanna Marry “Harry” portrayed American women as the worst kind of shallow, stupid, royal-obsessed clichés we absolutely aren’t, but I do think that amid all of the nonsense, it did tap into a tiny kernel of truth about some of us – about me, for example. I know my obsession with the British royal family is weird. (My friends in the UK, most of whom are in favor of disbanding the monarchy, find it particularly perplexing.) I couldn’t even articulate why, exactly, I am so thrilled by all of Kate Middleton’s statement coats, or why I am so delighted by Harry and Wills’ love for Star Wars (although that is pretty objectively adorable.)  I can’t explain it. My royal family obsession just is, a fact about me as immutable as my eye color or need for old-fashioned donuts. I know that I’ll buy any magazine with Harry and Meghan Markle on the cover. I know that I’ll pore over pictures of their wedding, just like I pored over every picture of Will and Kate’s big day.

And I know that if I had been a single actress/model/cocktail waitress in 2014, I would have been first in line to marry “Harry.”

About the Author:

Stephanie Kate StrohmStephanie Kate Strohm is also the author of Pilgrims Don’t Wear Pink, Confederates Don’t Wear Couture, The Taming of the Drew, and It’s Not Me, It’s You. She works as an actress and teacher in Chicago. You can find her online at www.stephaniekatestrohm.com and on Twitter @stephkatestrohm.

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Wintersong Blog Tour: Excerpt

February 13, 2017 Blog Tours 0

Since it’s once again been a week since posting, I return with a gift for you: an excerpt from Wintersong by S. Jae-Jones as part of the novel’s blog tour! Unlike a gift from a Goblin King, this gift is safe to accept, I promise.

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I don’t know about you, but I’m pretty excited as a reader and as a massive Labyrinth fan who pushed her roommates into watching it during college.


The Book:

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Beware the goblin men and the wares they sell.

All her life, nineteen-year-old Liesl has heard tales of the beautiful, mysterious Goblin King. He is the Lord of Mischief, the Ruler Underground, and the muse around which her music is composed. Yet, as Liesl helps shoulder the burden of running her family’s inn, her dreams of composition and childish fancies about the Goblin King must be set aside in favor of more practical concerns.

 

But when her sister Käthe is taken by the goblins, Liesl journeys to their realm to rescue her sister and return her to the world above. The Goblin King agrees to let Käthe go—for a price. The life of a maiden must be given to the land, in accordance with the old laws. A life for a life, he says. Without sacrifice, nothing good can grow. Without death, there can be no rebirth. In exchange for her sister’s freedom, Liesl offers her hand in marriage to the Goblin King. He accepts.

Down in the Underground, Liesl discovers that the Goblin King still inspires her—musically, physically, emotionally. Yet even as her talent blossoms, Liesl’s life is slowly fading away, the price she paid for becoming the Goblin King’s bride. As the two of them grow closer, they must learn just what it is they are each willing to sacrifice: her life, her music, or the end of the world.

 


The Author:

Jae-Jones, S_NO CREDITS. Jae-Jones (called JJ) is an artist, an adrenaline junkie, and erstwhile editrix. When not obsessing over books, she can be found jumping out of perfectly good airplanes, co-hosting the Pub(lishing) Crawl podcast, or playing dress-up. Born and raised in Los Angeles, she now lives in North Carolina, as well as many other places on the internet, including Twitter, Tumblr, Facebook, Instagram, and her blog.

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Blog Tour Stop & Review: How to Keep a Boy from Kissing You by Tara Eglington

October 19, 2016 Blog Tours, Diversity 0, Reviews 1 ★★★★½

Blog Tour Stop & Review: How to Keep a Boy from Kissing You by Tara EglingtonHow to Keep a Boy From Kissing You by Tara Eglington
Series: Aurora Skye #1
Published by Thomas Dunne Books on October 25, 2016
Genres: Comedy, YA, YA Contemporary
Pages: 320
Format: Hardcover
Source: finished copy from the publisher
Goodreads
four-half-stars
Sweet sixteen and never been kissed . . .

That’s Aurora Skye’s big secret. And the way she wants it to stay. She’s not going to give away her first kiss to just anyone. Busy dodging suitors and matchmaking for her best friends, Aurora (not so) patiently awaits her prince.

But everything changes when Aurora is coerced into a lead role in the school production of Much Ado about Nothing. Which means she’ll have to lock lips with her co-star Hayden Paris―the smart and funny boy next door who also happens to be the bane of her existence, always around to see her at her worst.

Now Aurora is more determined than ever to have her first kiss with the one who’s truly worthy of it. But first she’ll have to figure out just who that person is.

Romantic and funny, Tara Eglington's How to Keep a Boy from Kissing You is a feel-good tale of finding love where you least expect it.

Diversity Rating: 0 – What Diversity?

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Disability: 0
Intersectionality: 0

I got bullied in school. Badly. If you were too, you might have heard the line that “maybe they’re bullying you because they like you!” I can even recall one specific person from high school everyone suggested was bullying me due to a possible crush on me. My response has always been “WHAT THE HELL KIND OF LOGIC IS THAT?” (In kinder words, of course.) If that’s the way the bully expresses their feelings, how would a proper relationship with their bullying victim be any kind of healthy? Because of all that, I’ve never been a fan of any hate-to-love relationships in fiction. They always manage to take a wrong turn or fail to convince me the characters will work.

Then I read How to Keep a Boy from Kissing You and finally got it. Tara Eglington does so much right in her hilarious, friendship-heavy novel that I finally ship a hate-to-love ship! Read more »

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Blog Tour: All the Rage by Courtney Summers

April 21, 2015 Blog Tours 0

Good morning/day/evening, one and all! Today, I’m hosting a blog tour stop for All the Rage by Courtney Summers, which is my favorite book so far from one of my favorite authors. I get to bring you a lovely image quote provided by her publisher:

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Nice, huh? It’s a very telling insight into Romy’s head. The poor girl has been exiled by essentially everyone because she tried to talk about what Kellan did to her. I’d be cynical too.

Now here’s information all about the book and Courtney herself and where you can get this MASTERPIECE. If you’re on Twitter, I recommend following her there! When she’s not being insightful about the state of women and starting a hashtag like #ToTheGirls or #ReplacePartofaMovieQuoteWithJamesFranco, she’s talking about Supernatural and reminding you of how much she loves to torture her characters. Or generally pissing on James Franco. Those are my favorites.

All the RageABOUT THE BOOK

The sheriff’s son, Kellan Turner, is not the golden boy everyone thinks he is, and Romy Grey knows that for a fact. Because no one wants to believe a girl from the wrong side of town, the truth about him has cost her everything-friends, family, and her community. Branded a liar and bullied relentlessly by a group of kids she used to hang out with, Romy’s only refuge is the diner where she works outside of town. No one knows her name or her past there; she can finally be anonymous. But when a girl with ties to both Romy and Kellan goes missing after a party, and news of him assaulting another girl in a town close by gets out, Romy must decide whether she wants to fight or carry the burden of knowing more girls could get hurt if she doesn’t speak up. Nobody believed her the first time-and they certainly won’t now-but the cost of her silence might be more than she can bear.

With a shocking conclusion and writing that will absolutely knock you out, All the Rage examines the shame and silence inflicted upon young women in a culture that refuses to protect them.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Courtney Summers lives and writes in Canada, where she divides most of her time between a camera, a piano and a word processing program. She is also the author of What Goes Around, This is Not a Test, Fall for Anything, Some Girls Are, Cracked Up to Be, and Please Remain Calm.

BOOK LINKS

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/125002191X
B&N: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/all-the-rage-courtney-summers/1119182775?ean=9781250021915
Books-A-Million: http://www.booksamillion.com/p/All-Rage/Courtney-Summers/9781250021915?id=6229825482952
IndieBound: http://www.indiebound.org/book/9781250021915
Indigo: http://www.chapters.indigo.ca/en-ca/books/all-the-rage/9781250021915-item.html
iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/all-the-rage/id921442373
Google Play: https://play.google.com/store/books/details/Courtney_Summers_All_the_Rage?id=UyudBAAAQBAJ
Kobo: https://store.kobobooks.com/en-CA/ebook/all-the-rage-12

AUTHOR LINKS

Website: http://courtneysummers.ca/
Tumblr: http://summerscourtney.tumblr.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CourtneySummersAuthor
Twitter: https://twitter.com/courtney_s
Instagram: https://instagram.com/summerscourtney/

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