Blog Tour: I Hate Everyone But You

“I don’t subscribe to labels. Unless I’m labeling other people.” 

Title: I Hate Everyone But You

Authors: Gaby Dunn and Allison Raskin

Series: Standalone

Publication: September 5th 2017 by Wednesday Books

Pages: 352

Source: Publisher in exchange for an honest review

Summary from Goodreads:

Dear Best Friend,
I can already tell that I will hate everyone but you.
Sincerely,
Ava Helmer
(that brunette who won’t leave you alone)

We’re still in the same room, you weirdo.
Stop crying.
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We Are Still Tornadoes

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Hey guys! So, today’s review is part of the blog tour for this amazing book. Honestly, if you haven’t added it to your wishlist already, do so.

Do you ever have one of those days where you feel like you’re walking through a weird dream, where nothing feels right and time seems to move in really strange ways?

Title: We Are Still Tornadoes

Authors: Michael Kun and Susan Mullen

Series: Standalone

Publication: November 1st 2016 by St. Martin’s Griffin

Pages: 304

Source: Publisher in exchange for a honest review

Summary from Goodreads:

Growing up across the street from each other, Scott and Cath have been best friends their entire lives. Cath would help Scott with his English homework, he would make her mix tapes (it’s the 80’s after all), and any fight they had would be forgotten over TV and cookies. But now they’ve graduated high school and Cath is off to college while Scott is at home pursuing his musical dreams.

During their first year apart, Scott and Cath’s letters help them understand heartache, annoying roommates, family drama and the pressure to figure out what to do with the rest of their lives. And through it all, they realize that the only person they want to turn to is each other. But does that mean they should be more than friends? The only thing that’s clear is that change is an inescapable part of growing up. And the friends who help us navigate it share an unshakable bond.

This funny yet deeply moving book–set to an awesome 80’s soundtrack–captures all the beautiful confusion and emotional intensity we find on the verge of adulthood…and first love.


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Moon Chosen Blog Tour: Q & A With P.C Cast

Hey all you awesome people!

Today is a very special day. Today, I get to share with all of you an amazing Q & A with P.C Cast (whom I adore). If you’re a fan of House of Night or the Partholon series, or even a newbie falling in love with Moon Chosen, today is the day for you!

So I got to submit a bunch of questions, along with a host of other bloggers, to this amazing, beautiful woman. And SHE ACTUALLY ANSWERED THEM! Can you believe that? I died a bit, okay, I died a lot. I fangirled, and screamed, and cried, and went to my happy place.


1. What 3 words would you use to describe your book?

EXCITING – HEARTWARMING – UNIQUE

2. Writing a fantasy book seems like such a daunting task. How did you plan out the world?

It is a daunting task, indeed! Well, the inspiration for the plot came from the bond between my amazing personal protection dog, an Eastern European German Shepherd named Badger, and me. He’s my hero, my Warrior, and my confidant. He loves me unconditionally and would give his life for me.

Then a move to the northwest (Portland, OR), lit my imagination on fire. This part of the world is so incredibly beautiful! So, I had my setting and my basic plot inspiration. Then I called one of my best friends, Christine Zika, who was the editor for my Goddess Summoning Series. She and I had an old fashioned brainstorming session, and from that I wrote a loose outline. I did a lot of research about the NW (including fabulous hikes!), and of course I asked for my dad’s help with creating the biology of my post apocalypse world – and then dove in!

3. I’m intrigued by the idea of a totally different world with animal allies and Earth Walkers. Where did you get your ideas for this book?

Thank you for asking! The idea of animal allies and the bonds formed between animals, at first specifically canines and humans, was inspired by my bond with my working dog, Badger. I had something scary happen in my life about four years ago, and I decided to invest in a personal protection canine. I’ve always had a menagerie of dogs, cats, horses, rabbits, guinea pigs, etc., etc., but I had no experience with working dogs or German Shepherds. They delivered Badger, my personal protection canine, and the moment he and I met we had an immediate connection. It was like nothing I’d ever experienced before, and was so profound that I knew it must be the foundation for a new adventure – for me and for my readers! I, of course, had to include other fabulous canine familiars, as well as a variety of felines, equines, and many other surprises.

The physical setting was inspired by my move to the northwest. The beauty and wildness of the landscape surrounding me set my imagination on fire, and as usual, I turned to my brilliant father who helped me extrapolate what might happen to our world if it had survived a series of massive solar flares that changed the atmosphere, topography, flora and fauna – as well as humans. Then I added a big dose of goddess magick!

4. Which do you find the hardest to write, the first or the last line of your novels? Why?

Definitely the first. I always struggle with a manuscript until a little after the midway point, then it’s like I’m on a roller coaster that’s finally found its downhill track, and the rest of it speeds by – including the final line.

5. What scene in the book are you proudest of, and why?

That’s a really hard question to answer! I’m very proud of this book, this world, this series – but if I have to choose one scene it has to be a scene between Mari and her mother – the one that happens after Mari calls down sunfire for the first time. It was one of the most difficult scenes I’ve ever written. I felt every word of it, and I am proud of every word. I can’t say more without giving away a major spoiler!

6. Thinking way back to the beginning, what’s the most important thing you’ve learned as a writer from then to now?

To follow my gut, but to do it by using my brains and my experiences in the business. Also, to be kind to myself. Writers can have some very weird work hours. Sometimes I put in weeks of twelve hour days all in a row, and sometimes I take breaks in the middle of books to rethink plots, scenes, and characters. It’s easy to get down on myself during the breaks, and even after writing thirty plus books I have to remind myself that just because I’m not in front of my computer typing that doesn’t mean I’m not working.

7. What do you like most about the cover of the book?

The gorgeous German Shepherd modeled after my dog, Badger who inspired the series!

8. Which part of the writing process do you enjoy more: Drafting or Revising?

Revising! Definitely! I revise the entire time I’m writing. Then when I finally finish my first draft I put it aside for about a week, then gleefully go back and begin revising from page one!

9. What would you say is your superpower?

Creativity! And it’s definitely a super power. I’m surprised (and grateful!) over and over again as my creativity imagines new adventures and worlds and characters with which to fill them.

10. What’s up next for you?

Finishing SUN WARRIOR, book two in this series. Also, Kristin and I are going to begin a new YA series called THE DYSASTERS, which we’re super excited about! The first two books will be released spring and summer of 2018. And hard at work on a 10th anniversary House of Night surprise for our fabulous fans!

LIGHTENING ROUND:

Twitter or Facebook? Facebook

Favorite Superhero? Wonder Woman and Superman – I love them equally.

Favorite TV show? Currently Outlander

Sweet or Salty? Salty

Any Phobias? Birds and big things under the water – like the bottoms of ships. (shudder)

Song you can’t get enough of right now? Buffalo Springfield’s For What it’s Worth

Fall Movie you’re most looking forward to? WONDER WOMAN!! But, it’s not out until 2017 (it was the first movie I thought of).

If you could only eat one thing for the rest of your life, what would it be? PASTA!


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The Only Thing Worse Than Me Is You Blog Tour

Hey all you lovely book nerds! I come to you with an exciting event today, you know that one book I reviewed last week that was a revamped version of my favorite play “Much Ado About Nothing”? Yea, you know the one. Today I come to you with an excerpt from The Only Thing Worse Than Me is You as part of the amazing blog tour I am so lucky to be a part of.

Summary:

Trixie Watson has two very important goals for senior year: to finally save enough to buy the set of Doctor Who figurines at the local comic books store, and to place third in her class and knock Ben West–and his horrendous new mustache that he spent all summer growing–down to number four.

Trixie will do anything to get her name ranked over Ben’s, including give up sleep and comic books–well, maybe not comic books–but definitely sleep. After all, the war of Watson v. West is as vicious as the Doctor v. Daleks and Browncoats v. Alliance combined, and it goes all the way back to the infamous monkey bars incident in the first grade. Over a decade later, it’s time to declare a champion once and for all.

The war is Trixie’s for the winning, until her best friend starts dating Ben’s best friend and the two are unceremoniously dumped together and told to play nice. Finding common ground is odious and tooth-pullingly-painful, but Trixie and Ben’s cautious truce slowly transforms into a fandom-based tentative friendship. When Trixie’s best friend gets expelled for cheating and Trixie cries foul play, however, they have to choose who to believe and which side they’re on–and they might not pick the same side.

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Invision Blog Tour and Series Spotlight

Hey all you lovely book people! I come to you today with some fun tidbits and a highlight of the wonderful series. I am very grateful to be participating in the blog tour for the newest book in Chronicles of Nick series. While, sadly, I’ve never read the books – the books themselves do bring forth some very fond memories.

While I would share the synopsis, it, in fact, contains spoilers for the prior book in the series *gasp* but, it can basically be summed up in five words from the lovely Michelle Tanner. (If you want to read it, the cover photo is linked to Goodreads)

Feast your eyes on this wonderful excerpt! I was given two to chose from, and I loved them both so I had to play eni meeny mini mo.

Hanging his head, he pushed his chair back to face her. “What do you want me to say, Kode? You saw what I did. It’s hopeless. I’m going to end this world. Whether it’s tomorrow or a thousand years from now. I’m going to lose it all. Break bad and tear humanity apart. . . . Don’t matter what we do. Whatever we try. We just delay the inevitable outcome. So I’m going to sit here with my eats. And just . . .” he let his voice trail off as the full horror of his future played through his mind for the five millionth time.

He was the end of everything.

Everyone.

All he loved.  

The entire world would one day fall to Nick’s army of demons.

Yeah, there was something to put on his college applications. That ought to have schools lining up to accept him. Who wouldn’t want that as their alumnus? We have graduated senators, presidents, movers-and-shakers, and the Malachai demon who ate the world whole…

It was the one reality Nick wanted to deny and couldn’t. Everything eventually came back to that one inescapable fact he wanted to runaway from and couldn’t.

I’m only sixteen. Too young to deal with this crap.

He was supposed to be worried about his grades. About keeping his girl happy. Staying out of trouble. His mom finding his friend’s porn magazines stashed in his room. Getting to work on time. Making curfew.

Not hellgates and demons coming for the throats of his family and friends.

Definitely not about the fact that his birthright was to bring on the destruction of all humanity.

The Chronicles of Nick series is expansive, spreading a whopping seven books – with much more to come. The eighth installment is set to come out in April of 2017 , and it looks as though there is going to be a total of 14 books. Check them out below.

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THE COVERS ARE SO GORGEOUS!! Aren’t they? AREN’T THEY!?!?! Just look at them… ugh. I want them so badly. Sneaky tip, if you want them, there will be a giveaway for the entire series held at the website linked to the graphic. Dun Dun DUN!

If you’re interested, here is some information on the author, Sherrilyn Kenyon

New York Times bestselling author Sherrilyn Kenyon is a regular in the #1 spot. This extraordinary bestseller continues to top every genre in which she writes. With more than 40 million copies of her books in print in more than one hundred countries, her current series include The Dark-Hunters, The League, and Chronicles of Nick. Her Chronicles of Nick and Dark-Hunter series are soon to be major motion pictures.

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Finding Hope Blog Tour

HEY ALL YOU WONDERFUL, BOOKISH PEOPLE!

So, remember when I did a review of the amazing book Finding Hope about a week ago? Yes? No? Well, anyways, a few days after it went live I got an email asking if I’d like to participate in the blog tour to promote the book – so of course I said yes.

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Buy Finding Hope here (DO ITTTTT):

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So, now to the really, really fun stuff. As part of the blog tour, I get to do a guest post from the amazing Colleen Nelson herself! Say what? That’s right.

My question was this: How do you find time to write and what advice would you give to aspiring writers?

I mean, how could I not ask that? You all know by now it’s probably my favorite question. An aspiring writer can never have too much advice – trust me on that.

Colleen’s response *cue the squees*:

 

I started writing ten and a half years ago. I took a class at the Manitoba Writers Guild. Each week the instructor gave us ‘homework’. One assignment was to write the first chapter of a YA novel. That first chapter eventually led into my first published book, ‘Tori by Design’. It wasn’t easy! I had two little boys and a husband who traveled a lot for work, but writing became my escape. At the end of a long day with toddlers, losing myself in my novel kept me sane.
Fast forward 2016…I’ve been writing steadily since 2006 and have four books published, one more on the way and my fingers (and toes!) are crossed for another one that is in the hands of my agent. I’ve always got a project on the go, and enough ideas for books to keep me busy for a long time. I also teach full-time, but no matter how many other things I have on the go, I still find time to write. Most mornings I wake up at 5:30am to write. The house is quiet for at least an hour until my boys clamor for breakfast. There are lots of days when I would be happy to stay in bed, but I always think that the story won’t write itself. And I know that once the caffeine kicks in, the ideas will start flowing.
People often tell me that they’d love to write a book or that they have a great story idea, but don’t know how to get started. The secret is: the only way to get started is to write. Then write. And then write some more. I’m not sure why people think it’s a big mystery. Even if you’re not good at it or you never get published, the point is to write! To express ideas and thoughts and enjoy the freedom of putting them on paper. Take a class or finding a writing partner to bounce ideas off of are also great ways to stay motivated. But, really, being a writer comes down to perseverance and determination.

Any last words from moi?

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On Saturday, March 19th, don’t miss Colleen Nelson’s virtual launch for your chance to redeem bonus gifts and help support Pink Shirt Day by donating $1 from your purchase to the cause. Head to colleennelsonauthor.com for more details.