Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Don't Look Back Release Day Launch

We are extremely excited that Jennifer L. Armentrout's DON'T LOOK BACK releases today!! DON’T LOOK BACK is a young adult suspense being published by Disney Hyperion.

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BUY LINKS:

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iTunes

EXCERPT:

I didn’t recognize the name on the street sign. Nothing about the rural road looked familiar or

friendly. Tall, imposing trees and overgrown weeds choked the front of the dilapidated home.

Windows were boarded up. There was a gaping hole where the front door had been. I shivered,

wanting to be far away from here…wherever here was.

Walking felt harder than it should be, and I stumbled off the chilly asphalt, wincing as

sharp gravel dug into my feet.

My bare feet?

I stopped and looked down. Chipped pink nail polish peeked through the dirt…and blood.

Mud caked the legs of my pants, leaving the hems stiff. It made sense, seeing as how I wasn’t

wearing any shoes, but the blood…I didn’t understand why there was blood staining the knees of

my jeans.

My vision clouded and dulled, as if a gray film had been dropped over my eyes. As I

stared at the weathered asphalt under my feet, large and smooth rocks replaced the tiny stones.

Something dark and oily seeped over the rocks, slipping through the cracks.

Sucking in a sharp gasp, I blinked and the image was gone.

Hands trembling, I raised them. They were also covered with dirt and scratches. My nails

were broken, bloodied. A silver ring wrapped, encased in soil, around my thumb. Air froze in my

chest as my gaze crawled over my arms. The sleeves of my sweater were torn, revealing pale

flesh covered in bruises and gashes. My legs started to shake as I swayed forward. I tried to

remember how this had happened, but my head was empty—a black void where nothing existed.

A car drove by, coasting to a stop a few feet in front of me. Somewhere in the trenches of

my subconscious, I recognized the flashing red and blue lights as a source of safety. Elegantly

scrawled along the black-and-gray side of the cruiser were the words ADAMS COUNTY SHERIFF’S

DEPARTMENT.

Adams County? A flash of familiarity came and went.

The driver’s door opened, and a deputy stepped out. He said something into the radio on

his shoulder before he looked at me.

“Miss?” He started around the cruiser, taking tentative steps. He looked young for a

deputy. Barely out of high school and able to carry a gun seemed wrong somehow. Was I in high

school? I didn’t know. “We’ve received some calls into dispatch concerning you,” he said

gently. “Are you okay?”

I tried to respond, but only a hoarse squeak came out. Clearing my throat, I winced as the

motion scratched and pulled. “I…I don’t know.”

“Okay.” The deputy held up his hands as he approached me, as if I were a skittish deer

about to bolt. “My name is Deputy Rhode. I’m here to help you. Do you know what you’re doing

out here?”

“No.” Knots formed in my belly. I didn’t even know where here was.

His smile strained. “What’s your name?”

My name? Everyone knew their name, but as I stared at the deputy, I couldn’t answer his

question. The knots started twisting more. “I don’t…I don’t know what my name is.”

He blinked, and the smile was completely gone. “You don’t remember anything?”

I tried again, concentrating on the empty space between my ears. That was how it felt.

And I knew that wasn’t good. My eyes started to tear up.

“Miss, it’s okay. We’ll get you taken care of.” He reached out, lightly taking hold of my

arm. “We’ll get this sorted.”

Deputy Rhode led me around the back of his cruiser. I didn’t want to sit behind the

Plexiglas, because I knew that wasn’t good. Only bad people sat behind the glass in police

cruisers. I wanted to object, but before I could say anything, he settled me into the seat and

wrapped a coarse blanket around my shoulders.

Before he locked me in the bad part of the car, he knelt and smiled reassuringly.

“Everything’s going to be okay.”

But I knew he was lying, trying to make me feel better. It didn’t work. How could

everything be okay when I didn’t know my own name?

 

ABOUT DON’T LOOK BACK:

Samantha is a stranger in her own life. Until the night she disappeared with her best friend, Cassie, everyone said Sam had it all—popularity, wealth, and a dream boyfriend.

Sam has resurfaced, but she has no recollection of who she was or what happened to her that night. As she tries to piece together her life from before, she realizes it's one she no longer wants any part of. The old Sam took "mean girl" to a whole new level, and it's clear she and Cassie were more like best enemies. Sam is pretty sure that losing her memories is like winning the lottery. She's getting a second chance at being a better daughter, sister, and friend, and she's falling hard for Carson Ortiz, a boy who has always looked out for her—even if the old Sam treated him like trash.

But Cassie is still missing, and the facts about what happened to her that night isn't just buried deep inside of Sam's memory—someone else knows, someone who wants to make sure Sam stays quiet. All Sam wants is the truth, and if she can unlock her clouded memories of that fateful night, she can finally move on. But what if not remembering is the only thing keeping Sam alive?

“This engrossing thriller packs a heady atmospheric punch with plenty of theatrical scares,” Kirkus Reviews

“Armentrout has written another winner. From the first page to the last, she builds both terror and confusion to the point where readers will be hooked and on the edge of their seat. This standalone contains all of Armentrout’s usual trademarks– a strong and determined heroine, witty comments and hot guys–but she adds in an extra layer by ratcheting up the suspense to the highest degree and follows it up with an ending no one will see coming.” RT BOOK REVIEWS 4 1/2 Stars TOP PICK

 

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Author PhotoAbout Jennifer L. Armentrout:

# 1 NEW YORK TIMES and USA TODAY Bestselling author Jennifer lives in Martinsburg, West Virginia. All the rumors you’ve heard about her state aren’t true. When she’s not hard at work writing. she spends her time reading, working out, watching really bad zombie movies, pretending to write, and hanging out with her husband and her Jack Russell Loki.

Her dreams of becoming an author started in algebra class, where she spent most of her time writing short stories….which explains her dismal grades in math. Jennifer writes young adult paranormal, science fiction, fantasy, and contemporary romance. She is published with Spencer Hill Press, Entangled Teen and Brazen, Disney/Hyperion and Harlequin Teen. Her book Obsidian has been optioned for a major motion picture and her Covenant Series has been optioned for TV.

She also writes adult and New Adult romance under the name J. Lynn. She is published by Entangled Brazen and HarperCollins.

 

Links:

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Monday, April 7, 2014

See June Bloom!

So I am busy over the next few months. I am a teacher, and you know this time is for testing and end of year activities (God put me here for a reason, yo!). Since I love my kids almost as much as I love my hubs, this means I need to take a hiatus. Definitely join me in June to welcome another author to my blog. I may do some PR stuff here and there, but I won't be doing regular posts and/or giveaways.

Buuuuuuuuuuuuut, for now, you should totally visit some awesome blogs! You wanna see stellar blogs/sites? I know you do. These people are a bajillion times better than I am, and you should get to know them. :)

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http://michellekrys.com/

http://publishness.blogspot.com/

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http://yascribe.blogspot.com/

http://thestrangestsituation.blogspot.com/

http://elanajohnson.blogspot.com/

http://catehart.com/

http://www.jordanlocke.com/

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And even more!! Visit my profile to see all the awesome people I follow. I love them so much that I LURVE them. :)

Friday, March 7, 2014

March Spotlight Giveaway!

Happy Friday, peeps!

Today, I'm sponsoring a giveaway for Ace Hansen's MG novel, Julius Caesar Brown and the Green Gas Mystery.Is this your first time to my blog? Check out the review and interview below this post to read more about Ace and the novel.

If you win a copy of the book, you also receive some super sweet surprises as well. Ace picked one of the surprises, so you know it's going to be good. :) Thanks for stopping by to support an amazing new Indie author! US only please.

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Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Review: Julius Caesar Brown and the Green Gas Mystery

Happy Wednesday, everyone. It's hump day, yo! I'm excited because my students have a benchmark today and tomorrow. Mwah ha ha ha! I say that now, but by the time I hit lunch, I just want to talk to my kids and I can't. Blergh.

Today on the blog I'm reviewing Ace Hansen's novel, Julius Caesar Brown and the Green Gas Mystery.


What an awesome cover! It is definitely kid friendly. Here's the blurb for the book.

When a mysterious green gas crisis breaks wind, the Global Air Group (GAG) offers a million-dollar prize to the first person to discover the cause. Julius Caesar Brown dreams of winning the cash so he can pay off Jake the Snake, the blackmailing bully who threatens to ruin his chances with the cutest girl in fifth grade. But Julius can barely pass a math test, let alone solve an international scientific mystery. What he needs is money. Fast. His mom volunteers him to help the Zombie Lady. Yeah. The crazy woman down the street who every kid knows eats boys’ brains. But Miss Crabtree’s no zombie. And winning the million-dollar prize may not be as far-fetched as Julius once thought.

What I Loved:

1. Yay! We have a middle grade that is so easily accessible for ALL of my kids! Yes, I teach kids who are 11-13 (high school on the weekends). However, sometimes people fail to realize that 7th graders love a good fart joke as much as the next kid. Also, I love my kids so very much, and my loving them leads me to find books for my lower readers. In my line of work, well over half of my kids have an AR reading level of 2.3 or lower. I adore that this is a super easy contemporary read that is interesting and humorous without being a chapter book. The plot moves quickly without drooping in the middle. I'm already thinking of ordering a couple paperback copies for my shelf.

2. Julius is quite well-imagined. I laughed aloud at some parts (ex: him having to run away from his best friend's sister who has a crush on him and the fact that he bought Farty Pants). He has a spunky personality and the boy voice is spot on. I even took my Kindle to school in order to read a few parts to my kids. Then, of course, they asked if Farty Pants are real. Sigh. If only.

3. I'm pretty impressed with the realistic quality of the novel. While the fact that the MC's parents are separated and arguing every time the see each other is mentioned throughout the novel, it doesn't detract from its humor. Many of my kids come from single parent homes (as did I). I thought Ace/Angelina did an excellent job of portraying how this separation can hurt a child without being preachy. It makes Julius that much more approachable as a character. I, too, remember many days when I wished my parents would get back together.

4. I LOVE zombie lady (Miss Crabtree). She anchored the story in the same way the crazy guy on the corner did in When You Reach Me. And the friendship between Miss Crabtree and Julius is one to be treasured.

I give this book 5 out of 5 stars. I ADORED it! Go out and buy your copy today. :)

And, don't you know, I just can't wait to give away a free copy along with an extra special surprise! Come visit Friday to enter the Rafflecopter contest!

Monday, March 3, 2014

Meet the Authors of Hilarious Middle Grade

Happy Monday, everyone! Today on the blog we have the authors Angelina Hansen and her funny author friend, Ace. For those of you playing along at home, this is the pseudonym Angelina writes under for this series. But I think it's much more fun to see say he DOES exist. From the way they answered their questions, I might be a believer in Ace because he's such a talented little life-form! Check out their book to the right of the post by clicking the picture. :)

Take it away, guys!

What were you like at school?
A: Involved in everything—music, sports, math team, drama. School was a blast.
Ace:We don’t have school on our planet. Everything I know I learned from my Mommy. We were attached at the fingers until I was ten. Then I had a blast--in my spaceship—exploring the galaxy.

Were you good at English?
A: Rocked English. Especially loved creative writing and poetry classes. I took a college English class when I was 15. Loved it!
Ace: Still working on it. Complicated, silly language. House/houses—mouse/mouses—why not?

What are your ambitions for your writing career?
A: I’m hoping to see my first YA in print by the end of the year.
Ace: I want every Earthling on the planet to read my book and laugh out loud.

Which writers inspire you?
A: Laurie Halse Anderson for her brilliance and diversity.
Ace: Roald Dahl for his fart and burp jokes.

So, what have you written?
A: I’m in various stages of doneness with several YA novels, contemporary and historical. I have a short story, The Exotic Stranger, published in Skipping Stones and in 2009 I received the SCBWI WIP grant for a contemporary novel. I’ve blogged for years at http://yascribe.blogspot.com/
Ace: Blog shmog. I’m way cooler than she is ‘cause the first book I wrote got published in 2013. Alien writers are way more advanced than Earth writers, BTW.

Give us insight into your main character. What does he/she do that is so special?
Ace: Julius Caesar Brown is a creative problem solver and boy does he ever have problems!

What are you working on at the minute?
A: An edgy, contemp YA.
Ace: Finding a way to have more people buy my book so I can buy more gummy worms.

Why do you write?
A: Because it’s fun.
Ace: Because it’s the only way I can earn Earth money.

What made you decide to sit down and actually start something?
A: Living in the woods in the foothills of the North Cascades, I had to do something to break the monotony of the rainy days.
Ace: I saw a breath mint commercial and it made me wonder what would happen to Earthlings if their gas came out green.

What is the hardest thing about writing?
A: Knowing whether or not your ideas are brilliant or stinky.
Ace: Writing is easy peasy.

How long on average does it take you to write a book?
A: Six months to draft, five years to polish.
Ace: Drafted JCB in 30 days, barely revised.

What is your favorite quote?
A: “Never. Never. Never give up.”—Winston Churchill
Ace: “If you start farting green, remember to say, scuse me!” --me

What advice would you give to aspiring writers?
A: Have fun and don’t be in too big of a hurry to get published.
Ace: If you laugh out loud or cry while writing your story, so will your readers.

How can readers discover more about you and you work?
Website:
http://www.yascribe.com
http://www.acehansenmg.com
Blog:
http://yascribe.blogspot.com
Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/AceHansenMG
Twitter:
https://twitter.com/AngelinaCHansen
https://twitter.com/AceHansenMG
Lnkedin:
http://www.linkedin.com/profile/view?id=113648914&trk=wvmp-profile
Goodreads:
https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/5329225-angelina-c-hansen

https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7132925.Ace_Hansen

Thanks for visiting, Angelina and Ace! I can't wait to review your novel on Wednesday. :)


Monday, February 10, 2014

Winner, Winner...Ah...You Know the Rest...

Here's the moment you've been waiting for...





And the winner of a paperback copy of The Only Boy and a super secret surprise gift is...







Stephanie H!





Many congratulations, Stephanie! I've emailed you, and all you need to do is write back and give me your addy so I can send you these amazing prizes. Yay! *Muppet flail*


Come back next month when I sit down to chat with middle grade author extraordinaire, Ace Hansen! Until then, may all your bookish dreams come true. :)

Friday, February 7, 2014

The Only Boy Giveaway!

Yayayayayay! I learned how to use Rafflecopter. It only took a bajillion years for me to finally get it.

I'm giving away a paperback copy of Jordan Locke's The Only Boy plus an awesome surprise gift. Since I have Amazon Prime, you can have the gifties in your hot little hands by very early next week. Hooray!!

This novel is absolutely incredible, and I cannot wait send you a copy. The contest ends soon so enter, enter. :) Contest is open to all residents of the continental U.S.

THE WINNER WILL BE ANNOUNCED ON MONDAY!!! :)

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