15 February 2017

Blog Tour: The Travelers by K.L. Kranes



The Travelers by K.L. Kranes
Genre:YA Fantasy
Publisher: Sanguaro Books
Release Date: October 2016
Synopsis: Dagny lives a dangerous life. Pursued by an unknown enemy, Dagny and her family are always on the run and must use magic to stay hidden and safe. When Dagny meets Marc, everything changes. For the first time, she can imagine a future that doesn't involve constantly changing her life. Despite the risk, Dagny vows to stop running. But as their enemies start closing in, Dagny wonders if she can ever really live a normal life and if she can actually trust Marc.This fast-paced debut novel by K.L. Kranes merges fantasy and romance and takes the reader on an exciting magical adventure. 




Meet K.L. Kranes,
K.L. Kranes lives in the Washington, DC metro area with her husband, daughter and their adorable dog. She graduated from Virginia Tech with a degree in Communications. K.L. moved to New York City after college and worked in public relations before returning to her true passions of writing and editing. She currently works as a freelance writer and editor. In her spare time, she enjoys hanging out with her family and trying out new potential hobbies. Her latest endeavors include driving her dog crazy as she learns the guitar and making a fool of herself as a novice swing dancer.


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Interview with Kranes
1) What do you love and hate about being a writer?
I like this question. It’s unique, especially considering my book is about hatred, what fuels hatred and how to overcome it with love. Therefore, a question about love and hate seems very appropriate.
I like to end on the positive. So, let’s start with hate. Honestly, there is very little I hate about writing. I even like the struggle. Sometimes I can spend hours re-writing one paragraph or I’ll completely change a storyline. I probably should hate it when that happens. Instead, I get satisfaction from figuring out how to make it work, like when you were a kid and figured out a really hard math problem. If there is something I hate about writing, it’s the unknown. As a published author, now that my work is out there in the world, I don’t know if people will read it or like it. I don’t know what will happen with it. That’s the scariest part.
Now for the love. I just love writing. I like the feeling of my fingers pressing down on keys. I love conjuring stories on the screen. I could sit and write for hours and hours. I’ve always loved writing. My whole life, I filled endless notebooks with stories and poems. It took me a long time to realize though that meant I was truly a writer. My love of writing was always there but I didn’t realize it, like one of those stories where you finally notice your best friend has been the love of your life all along. I consider writing one of my great loves. Like all great loves, it makes me unbelievably happy and can also drive me unbelievably crazy. But, it’s still love. 

2) What do you do when you have writers block?
To overcome writer’s block I just write, anything at all. For me, it’s kind of like when you can’t think of a word or an idea, so you do something else and then it pops into your head. Writing something completely different, even it if it something mundane like an email, clears my head and helps me move forward on my other project.

3) Can you give aspiring authors any advice?

When I think about this question I think about what I would tell myself if I could go back in time and give my younger self some advice. I’d say, don’t be afraid. Show your work to people. Feedback is critical and helps to shape you as a person and a writer.

4) How long did it take you to write the Travelers?
It took me about 10 years, sort of. I didn’t write the book over an entire decade. Actually, I wrote the first draft in just a few months. Then I shelved it for years. Occasionally, I’d take it out and brush off the metaphorical dust, edit it and then shelve it again. I probably spent about 7 years refusing to show it to anyone, even my family. Once I finally got over my crippling fear of criticism and rejection, the process accelerated. Eventually, I got lucky and found a publisher. 

5) Do you have a street team or an email subscription that my followers can subscribe to to get more information about you and your upcoming projects?
Yes, your readers can sign up for my mailing list. A link can be found on the home page on my website - https://klkranes.com/. You can also follow my blog by scrolling to the bottom of the page here: https://klkranes.com/blog/. 

Thank you so much for stopping by and answering my questions! Good luck on your future endeavors!


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14 February 2017

Teaser Tuesday - February 14, 2017






Its that time again! Its early Tuesday morning, after a long week of winter storms that seemed like they were never going to end. Here in NH we got about 30" of snow spanning across the whole week. I'd love to know if you got snow and if so, where and how much? Anyways, Teaser Tuesday is hosted by Should Be Reading where we give you guys awesome teasers from the books we're reading! Anyone can join you just need to follow these rules.

Rules:
1. Grab your current read.
2. Open up to a random page.
3. Share two sentences from somewhere on that page.
4. Don't share any spoilers you don't want to ruin the book!
5. Lastly include the title and author so we can add it to our TBR pile!

Synopsis: Mira and Francesca Cillo—beautiful, overprotected, odd—seemed untouchable. But Ben touched seven parts of Mira: her palm, hair, chest, cheek, lips, throat, and heart. After the sisters drown themselves in the quarry lake, a post-mortem letter from Mira sends Ben on a quest to find notes in the seven places where they touched. Note by note, Ben discovers the mystical secret at the heart of Mira and Francesca's world, and that some things are better left untouched.


Teaser: "Mira navigated to Francesca's bedside, leaning in close. Her sister's face was slick with tears and waxy, as though her blood had drained away." (Savage, 77) 

I hope you all enjoyed this teaser. Beautiful Broken Girls comes out this month! 
 

24 January 2017

Release Day Blitz: The Tattered Gloves by J.L. Berg

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USA Today Bestselling Author J.L. Berg's first YA title, THE TATTERED GLOVES, is available now! We love Willow's story so much. Find out more about THE TATTERED GLOVES below!

 

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About THE TATTERED GLOVES

Head down. Don’t look up.  Never make eye contact. Those were the words I lived by growing up, the words that protected me in an unsafe home. But words are only letters and eventually even they couldn’t keep his hands off me.
Hoping to leave behind the shattered life of my past, I find myself in a boring, small town, with an aunt I’ve never met and at a school I loathe.
But soon I learn, not everything in this world is as black and white as I’ve determined. Sometimes those we are so quick to judge often need a second, third or even fourth time to make a first impression.
And often, there are friendships and even love waiting just around the corner, if we are brave enough to take the first step.
Am I brave? Or will I hide behind these tattered gloves of mine forever?
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My normally quiet nature seemed to take a backseat when it came to this guy. He made me angry, flustered, and… something else I couldn’t put my finger on. Annoyed maybe?  No, that wasn’t it.  “What is your problem?” I blurted out, chasing behind him. “My problem?” he asked, spinning around to face me. Suddenly, he was too close. I could feel his breath on my face, his presence looming over me. I took a step back. He seemed to notice the unease settle around me, and a bit of the edge he carried chipped away. His next words were said with a slightly softer quality. “Look, maybe we got off on the wrong foot. I didn’t mean to sound so harsh, but if the store doesn’t do well, it’s on me. My dad thinks it’s a waste of time.” “And you don’t?” I didn’t know what a rich, popular kid wanted with an old bookstore, but I kept my mouth shut. He shrugged. “We have nothing in this crummy town, not even a movie theater. Last month, I wanted to see the new Marvel movie, and my friends and I had to drive thirty minutes away just to see it.” “Haven’t you ever heard of Netflix?” I asked. “It’s not the same as seeing it on the big screen.” “I wouldn’t know,” I replied. “What?” He grinned. “You’ve never been to a movie?” The way he said it was meant as a joke, but all laughter died when I shook my head. “Seriously?” “I mean, I’ve watched several on TV but never at a theater,” I answered, not able to meet his stare. “I thought you were from the city.” My eyes flew up to his. “Oh, so you really did think you were invisible. That doesn’t work around here, Mittens.” My brows furrowed as I tried to figure out what he meant until he pointed to my gloves. Mittens.  Cute.  “My name is Willow,” I corrected. Sam just kept smiling. “Word of advice, Mittens. The less you try to be invisible, the less interested people will be.” I let out a heavy sigh, snatching the remainder of the books from the counter. As he’d reminded me earlier, I wasn’t being paid to mess around. And I sure as hell didn’t need life lessons from an over privileged daddy’s boy. I hated this place.  
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About J.L. Berg

J.L. Berg is the USA Today bestselling author of the Ready Series, The Walls Duet, and the Lost & Found Duet. She is a California native living in the beautiful state of historic Virginia. Married to her high school sweetheart, they have two beautiful girls that drive them batty on a daily basis. When she's not writing, you will find her with her nose stuck in a romance novel, in a yoga studio or devouring anything chocolate. J.L. Berg is represented by Jill Marsal of Marsal Lyon Literary Agency, LLC.

21 January 2017

Review: Under Rose-Tainted Skies by Louise Gornall

Under Rose-Tainted Skies by Louise Gornall
Publisher: Clarion Books
Release Date: January 3, 2017
Book Format: Hardcover
# of Pages: 320
Synopsis: Norah has agoraphobia and OCD. When groceries are left on the porch, she can’t step out to get them. Struggling to snag the bags with a stick, she meets Luke. He’s sweet and funny, and he just caught her fishing for groceries. Because of course he did.

Norah can’t leave the house, but can she let someone in? As their friendship grows deeper, Norah realizes Luke deserves a normal girl. One who can lie on the front lawn and look up at the stars. One who isn’t so screwed up.



My Review:
I borrowed this book from work and this is my honest review.

Agoraphobia is the fear of places and situations that might cause panic, helplessness, or embarrassment. Norah suffers from this as well as a severe case of OCD. No longer in school Norah functions by homeschooling, never going outside unless completely necessary, and has her groceries delivered right to her door. What will she do when the cute new boy next door wants to come in and get to know her?

My first thought while reading is that this is very similar to Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon which follows a young girl who also cannot leave her house but due to allergies not fear. There is enough difference and enough similarities for me to love both books a lot.

I was nervous that Norah as a character was going to start to get to me, but being someone who also has severe anxiety; not to the extent that she does but pretty severe, I was able to connect with her. The few times when she was thinking about self-harming and then when she did, I felt connected because I felt her frustration. I know how frustrating it is to not be able to do something with everyone else because you’re just too afraid.

While reading, there is a part when Norah decides to go outside to enjoy the rain, and this scene made me enjoy her character that much more. For her to be afraid of almost everything to the point where she can’t even go outside but she’ll go outside a little to enjoy some rain that was great.

Luke’s character was cute, I was also nervous that he wasn’t really going to stand out as a character but he really did. His cute writing notes and slipping them through Norah’s mail slot on the door for her when she wouldn’t open the door and then when she was mad at him. I also liked that he had his own issues when it came to his dad that made him seem more real too.

The idea behind the story was definitely something I had not ever encountered before, and I am glad I jumped into the world. Being able to connect with Norah while she deals with her illness’ and watching her swoon over Luke was amazing and I would recommend this to anyone with these kinds of anxiety problems. Norah is one inspiring young lady. 



 

19 January 2017

Blog Tour: Interview with Stacey Trombley author of Pushing The Boundaries

 

Pushing The Boundaries by Stacey Tombley
Publisher: Entangled: Crush
Release Date: January 16, 2016
Synopsis: Myra goes to Haiti with one goal: take the photograph that will win a scholarship and prove to her uber-traditional family that she has what it takes to be a photographer instead of a doctor. Her camera has always been her shield against getting too close to anyone, but she didn’t expect the hot teen translator who has an ability to see past her walls.

Elias needs his job as a translator to provide for his siblings. He can’t afford to break the rule forbidding him from socializing with a client. Except this girl Myra insists on going outside the city to capture the perfect picture, and he steps in as her guide in order to keep her safe.

The deeper they travel into the country, the harder they fall for each other. Now they’re both taking risks that could cost each other their dreams.

If they get too close—it could ruin both their lives.



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Meet The Author: (Taken From Goodreads)
Stacey Trombley lives in Ohio with her husband, new baby boy and the sweetest Rottweiler you’ll ever meet. Any chance she has she’s off doing or learning something new. She went on her first mission trip to Haiti at age twelve and is still dying to go back. Her “places to travel” list is almost as long as her “books to read” list. 









Interview w/ Stacey

1) What is your favorite part about being a writer?
Creating new stories! Writing is a lot like reading except you’re in control and the characters belong to you. You can make them make all the stupid decisions you want, or the smart ones so it doesn’t drive you crazy. You can create the exact scenes you want there, the ones you want to read.


2) What is your least favorite part?
Holy wow does it take a long time. You can read a book in a day, if you want. It takes weeks to write a book at best, and several more months to revise it and don’t even ask how long it takes to get it published at the beginning (luckily it’s much faster once you have a publisher). It takes a lot of dedication and you need a lot of passion or the work isn’t worth it.

3) Can you give aspiring writers any advice on things like writing in general and publishing books?
There are about a million different paths to success, and many different definitions of it. Don’t be upset when others reach their dreams easily and you have to slog through. It’s also okay if things don’t turn out quite how you expected or even hoped. You can find success in many different ways, or after many different amounts of time. In the meantime, find other writer friends to confide in and never stop believing…or fighting for yourself.

4) What do you do when you have writers block?
Write anyway…usually. I do believe that sometimes you need to let yourself have a break and it’s okay to let yourself have it (fill your cup!) but if the block is due to lack of ideas or motivation—write anyway. I once planned to write a short story but couldn’t for my life think of what to write or how. I was stuck. So I sat down and started writing how I felt. It ended up becoming a story about a girl who waiting at the end of black tunnel for her father to return home, and it won the contest I entered it into. Of course, it won’t end up quite so well but once you start the gears churning your creative juices will return, whether slowly or quickly.

5) Do you have an email newsletter or places where my readers can follow you to get updates and such?
 Yes! You can sign up for my newsletter here http://staceytrombley.us14.list-manage.com/subscribe?u=2a9e5e48a01ddf706231d9e5c&id=4801bb5156


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17 January 2017

Review: Batgirl at Super Hero High by Lisa Yee

Batgirl at Super Hero High by Lisa Yee
Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers
Release Date: January 3, 2017
Book Format: Hardcover
# of Pages: 237
Synopsis: Get your cape on with the DC Super Hero Girls the unprecedented new Super Hero universe especially for girls! Readers of all ages can fly high with the all-new adventures of Wonder Woman, Supergirl, Batgirl, and some of the world s most iconic female super heroes as high schoolers!
Batgirl has always hidden in the shadows but does she have what it takes to stand in the spotlight at Super Hero High?
Barbara Gordon has always been an off-the-charts, just-forget-about-the-test super-genius and tech whiz, and then she gets the offer of a lifetime when Supergirl recognizes that Barbara s talents make her an ideal candidate for Super Hero High. Donning the cape and cowl, Barbara Gordon becomes Batgirl, ready to train at the most elite school on the planet, next to some of the most powerful teenagers in the galaxy. She s always had the heart of a hero . . . but now she ll have to prove that she can be one. Good thing she loves a challenge!
Award-winning author Lisa Yee brings mystery, thrills, and laughs to this groundbreaking series that follows DC Comics most iconic female Super Heroes and Super-Villains. Move over Batman and Superman the DC Super Hero Girls are ready to save the day and have fun doing it! 


My Review:

I received this book from the publisher and this is my honest review.

Batgirl at Super Hero High by Lisa Yee follows yet another student at Super Hero High. The exception to this book is that instead of following a superhero with special powers and abilities it follows Barbara Gordon, now known as Batgirl. Gordon ends up becoming a student based on the role she played in the book before this one, Supergirl at Super Hero High. Throughout this book, Batgirl struggles with being able to fit in despite not having any powers.

So far, Batgirl at Super Hero High is my favorite in the series. I love following Barbara on her journey to fit in with the rest of her friends. Not suggesting that I didn’t like the characters in the other books, BUT for some reason, I felt much more drawn emotionally to Batgirls character. The entire time, she was trying to please her dad while making friends, as well as making herself happy and she was having an extremely hard time with that.

The entire school really banded around Batgirl which I also loved. They all saw what a tough time she was having not having any super powers and almost every single student in this book was shown at some point doing something to cheer up or help Batgirl. Yee did a great job writing all of the characters with so much compassion toward fellow students.

Not only did the students come together to make Batgirl feel better, but they even all helped save the world when it came down to it. Everyone had some sort of part in the problem with the computers and together they took that problem down and all is right again in the world of Super Hero High!

 

16 January 2017

2017 Book Challenge: Shelf Love Challenge

  


Happy Monday! For the past few years I've been signing up for challenge after challenge and keeping with it for the first month and then getting nowhere afterwards. This year I have only officially signed up for two. Hopefully I will keep up!

I have chosen level 2 (11-20) books and am psyched to get this party started!

I want to say that I won't buy any books this year, but I know I will end up buying at least one here and there so I'm going to say I am only allowed to buy one book a month and see how that goes. 

This challenge is hosted by two blogs, Second Run Reviews and Chapter Break don't forget to stop on over there to sign up!



 
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