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Blog Tour: Son of War, Daughter of Chaos by Janette Rallison

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Aislynn is accustomed to watching for the enemy. Her parents instructed her from the time she was young to look for the signs: people with greater than normal strength, eyes that can glow green, and have the ability to jump long distances. Over the years, Aislynn has come to view her parents’ fears as quirks—things that get in the way of having a normal high school life.

When Aislynn’s mother dies under suspicious conditions, her father doubles his restrictions. But all his precautions can’t stop the boy with glowing green eyes from finding Aislynn. She realizes too late she’s been drafted into an ancient Egyptian war, whether she’s prepared or not.

Excerpt: 

Preface

An Egyptian tomb is only a good place to die if you happen to be the pharaoh for whom it was built. And maybe not even then. I didn’t intend to room with any of the deceased, which meant the sooner I got out of this place the better.
My flashlight swept over the figures on the mural in front of me. A feeling of danger and expectation clung to everything here, as thick as the dust. On the mural, a warrior with bright green eyes stared back at me. Horusian glowing eyes. I could almost see the smugness in his expression, an expression that said he was coming for me. Or at least his kind were.
 
Behind me, something creaked. Footsteps.

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 Review: I was hooked immediately as I read the preface. Rallison’s story of suspense, love and mythology is filled with lovable characters and suspense. While I’m not usually one to get caught up in the history and mythology of the story, I felt that the way Rallison presented the information was gripping and never boring. Aislynn was likable from the first page. She’s witty, strong and a little vulnerable at times.  I loved reading the story from her perspective.  Since Aislynn was kept in the dark for so long about the family’s history, I was surprised every time she was and completely shocked by all the twists and turns. I also loved watching her falling in love for the first time.  The combination of romance and thriller makes this book one of the best I’ve read. I’m hoping Rallison will write a sequel soon (I have to know what happens the next year).

Janette RallisonAuthor Janette Rallison

Janette Rallison is old. Don’t ask how old, because it isn’t polite. Let’s just say she’s older than she’d like to be and leave it at that.

Janette lives in Chandler, Arizona with her husband, five children and enough cats to classify her as “an eccentric cat lady.” She did not do this on purpose. (The cats, that is; she had the children on purpose.) Every single one of the felines showed up on its own and refuses to leave. Not even the family’s fearless little Westie dog can drive them off.

Since Janette has five children and deadlines to write books, she doesn’t have much time left over for hobbies. But since this is the internet and you can’t actually check up to see if anything on this site is true, let’s just say she enjoys dancing, scuba diving, horse back riding and long talks with Orlando Bloom. (Well, I never said he answers back.)

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Cassie Shine’s HARP’S VOICE Release Launch!

Harp's Voice by Cassie Shine

Happy Book Birthday to Cassie Shine’s HARP’S VOICE (Harp’s Song #2)! I’m so excited (and a little sad) to take part in the release day launch for the conclusion to the HARP’S SONG duology. Check out the book and excerpt below, and then be sure to enter the giveaway via the Rafflecopter.

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Harp’s Voice (Harp’s Song #2) by Cassie Shine | Release Date: June 24, 2014

Single-minded to the point of near seclusion, Harp Evans’ only goal was to move away from her abusive mother, and start a new life at college. Now a freshman at a prestigious university, Harp continues to struggle letting people in, including her ex-boyfriend—Connor Williams—who has always stood by her, especially after her mother exposed a devastating secret about Harp’s origin. While Harp figures out how to navigate her relationships, especially with her mom, Anne, she will have to exorcize her own demons and face challenges with uncompromising courage, including reuniting her broken family—the family that was shattered by the acts of one man. After almost twenty years, is it possible for people to change their minds and open their hearts? More importantly, is Harp strong enough to pull them all back together?

CHAPTER 19: BROWN-EYED GIRL

Emma: Good morning sunshine???!!!!!

Me: Thanks for the wake up call.

Emma: Be there in 20. Be Ready. XOXO

I crawl out of bed and shuffle toward the smell of coffee to find my mom in the kitchen reading the paper.

“Good morning,” she says. “I know you got home late last night so I didn’t want to wake you.”

“Well, Emma texted me and is going to be here in about twenty minutes,” I relay to her. “We’d better get ready before she walks in and explodes when she see’s us still in our pajamas.”

My mom laughs, “Ok, I’ll go get ready. Catherine should be here at the same time.”

We’re still in limbo waiting for my mom’s results from her last scan, so Emma and Catherine decided a girl’s day was in order.

“Helloooooo!” Emma screams exactly twenty minutes later.

“In my room!” I yell back.

Emma throws my door open with gusto, taking one look at me, “That’s what you’re wearing for girl’s day?”

“Good morning to you too, dear friend.”

“Harp, I love you, but seriously, you cannot wear cut offs and a T-shirt … especially that T-shirt.”

“Morning Emma.”

“Morning Anne,” she hugs my mom. “See, Harp, look at your mom, she knows what the appropriate attire is for girl’s day.”

My mom and Emma look like twinsies about to walk a mother/daughter catwalk in similar floral sundresses with strappy sandals, and compared to my chucks and ‘I love treble’ T-shirt, I feel very out of place.  

“Fine,” I sigh. “Pick ….”

Emma doesn’t wait for me to finish, already rummaging through my closet, scraping hangers across the bar quickly dismissing things, until she holds out a lavender sundress, “Here wear this.”

I shrug out of my clothes, throw the dress on and then grab the pair of sandals she’s holding in her hand.

“Does this meet your approval?” I twirl with my hands out to my sides.

She claps her hands in rapid succession grinning like it’s Christmas morning and she’s four years old.

“Ok, let’s go get manis and pedis ladies,” she announces as she walks through the hallway to where my mom and Catherine are waiting for us

The three of them talked the whole way to the nail place while I texted Jayden and Harmony, working out the details of our trip next week.

“Emma, have you declared a major yet?” Catherine asks, handing my mom a bottle of fire engine red nail polish.

“Communications Studies,” she answers dipping her toes into the bubbling water. “They have a solid journalism program and a student-run fashion magazine. I’d love to work in fashion doing PR or writing fashion columns.”

“That sounds perfect for you.” Catherine agrees.

“Are you sure about this color for me, Catherine?”

“That color is perfect, Anne,” Emma insists.

“Did you have a good first year, Emma?” My mom asks sitting in the pedicure chair next to Catherine, across the aisle from Emma and me. 

“Yeah, it was good. I didn’t luck out with an awesome roommate like Harp did, but other than that I really liked my classes and made some good friends.

“Did you miss being home?” Catherine asks.

“Honestly, no,” she laughs. “My parents are more interested in their social lives than they are in me or Ethan.”

“You totally missed Ethan,” I call her out.

“Fine, yeah, I missed him. Before we left for school we’d always been together … it was kind of weird not seeing him every day, even though he annoys the crap out of me.”

“Well, honey, he’s a boy, so that’s a given,” Catherine laughs.

“And, that’s just what siblings do,” my mom adds. “Push your buttons like no one else can.”

“Anne, you have brothers or sisters?” Emma asks curiously.

“Yeah, I do—a sister,” my mom sighs. “We haven’t talked since I moved away, but we were really close as kids.”

“What’s her name?” Emma asks.

“Ginny.”

“Well, Ginny’s loss is our gain,” Catherine says enthusiastically.

“For realz,” Emma agrees holding her fist out. When my mom actually bumps fists with her, I can’t contain myself.

“Harp, you did not just snort.” Emma states stunned.

“Sorry.”

“OMG! What are we gonna do with you?” She teases.

“Love her just the way she is,” my mom answers smiling at me.

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“Hello,” my mom answers her phone waving her hand in front of our faces. We’re in the dressing room at Anthropologie with half the sale rack surrounding us.

“Yes, this is Anne Evans.”

“Ok … uh huh … yes, ok. Thank you, Dr. Morris. Ok, I will.”

She hits end on her phone and the three of us watch her every move. I’m trying to decipher her facial expression but there’s not really one to decode.

“Anne?” Catherine breaks the tension. “Were those your results?”

“Yeah,” my mom clears her throat.

“And?” I ask feeling my muscles tense in preparation for the bad news that I’m certain she’s going to deliver.

“Clear,” she blurts. “I’m all-clear. Clean as a whistle.”

“EEEEEEEEEK!” Emma shouts clapping her hands.

I catapult myself toward my mom, my force knocking her into the wall.

“Oh my God! I’m so glad!”

“Me too,” she laughs, hugging me back. “Me too!”

“This calls for an extension on girl’s day!” Catherine announces. “Who’s in for girl’s night?

I pull away from my mom and shrug my shoulders.

“I think a night on the town is exactly what I need,” my mom smiles, hugging her friend.

“Ok, then we’ll need new outfits.” Emma announces.

“Seriously?” I groan.

“Yes, seriously.” Emma sticks her tongue out at me.

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“These strawberry margaritas are delicious!” Emma says for the tenth time.

She and Catherine are sucking down their second round at our favorite Mexican restaurant.

“You’d better slow down there,” I tease. “I’m not holding your hair back tonight.

“Don’t worry so much,” Emma waves her hand dismissively.

“Fine!” I pull the margarita toward me and take a large gulp.

“Woohoo!” Emma cheers garnering stares.

“You know,” I whisper. “You might want to stop drawing attention to our table considering we’re underage.”

“Oh, yeah,” she giggles. “Good idea!”

After we’ve stuffed ourselves to the brim, we get back in the car and my mom drives us to the small downtown area where there are some bars.

“Seriously, mom?” I lean forward from the back seat. “You’re taking us to a bar?”

“Yeah, girl’s night out isn’t complete without dancing,” she says as Catherine and Emma cheer.

I’m slammed with a wall of cigarette smoke and loud music as I walk in and follow everyone to a table.

“The band’s really good,” Catherine says waving the server over. “I love this song! It reminds me of college”

“Harp, let’s dance!” Emma squeals, pulling me to the middle of the dance floor. Catherine and my mom join us and we laugh, dancing to a lineup of 80s and 90s songs until I’m soaked in sweat and my mouth is so dry I can’t speak.

I motion to my mom that I’m getting something to drink and she nods, getting Catherine and Emma to follow me back to the table.

“Will you come to the bathroom with me?” Emma asks as I suck down my replenishment.

“Yeah, let’s go,” I hop off my stool.

“Anne is so cool!” Emma says with a high-pitched, wavy voice.

“Yeah, she’s pretty cool,” I chuckle.

“And she’s so young and pretty,” she rambles. “She’s not all stuffy and old. My mom would never be caught dead in a place like this. She’d be mortified. But your mom, is just so … so … I dunno … fun!”

“Come on,” I laugh at Emma as she washes her hands. “Let’s go dance off more of that margarita.”

“Ooooh! More dancing … yay!”

“Excuse me,” I say to the man with salt and pepper hair sitting on my stool.

When he turns his head, my jaw drops to the floor.

“Doc … doctor Stewart?” my voice ratchets an octave.

“Hi Harp,” he laughs at me. “Looks like you’ve made a full recovery.”

“Must have been the terrific doctor she had,” Catherine says in a flirty voice as she winks at him. I look at her—completely horrified—and then at my mom whose face is really pale, a sign of her embarrassment.

Dr. Stewart graciously shrugs off the blatant one-liner, stands and gestures for Emma and me to sit down, so we do.

“What are you doing here?” I ask confused because the last time I saw him I was laying in a hospital bed after getting punched in the face.  

“I was just telling them,” he says pointing to mom and Catherine. “I play in the band. I saw you guys dancing and thought I’d come say hi during the break.”

“You’re in the band?” I ask dumbfounded.

“He plays the drums,” Catherine pipes in.

“Your mom said that you’re going to school at Oberlin,” he addresses me.

“Uh, yeah.”

“That’s great, I’ve heard you’re an amazing cellist. I’ll have to keep tabs on you.”

“You know, Anne plays the violin and the piano,” Catherine shares.

“Is that so?” he raises his eyebrows.

“She also sings,” Emma says. “You should hear her sing in the car … she sounds better than the actual people on the radio.”

“Well, then, maybe you’ll join us for a song tonight?” Dr. Stewart suggests.

“That’s a great idea Anne!” Emma squeals.

“I agree,” Catherine smiles at her with a mischievous sparkle in her eye.

If looks could kill, Catherine and Emma would be dead right now from the death rays shooting out of my mom’s eyes.

“Only if Harp sings with me,” she tells Dr. Stewart.

What.Did.I.Do?

The compassion I felt for this woman a moment ago disintegrates when Catherine and Emma in unison start chirping about what a good idea that is.

“So, Harp, I guess your mom’s fate is in your hands,” Dr. Stewart jokes. “What’s it going to be?”

Ugh.I.Hate.Them … All.

“What song, Dr. Stewart?” I ask giving my mom the evil eye.

“Call me Dylan,” he says obviously amused by the four of us.

“So, Dylan,” Catherine purrs, “What song do you suggest for these two lovely ladies to sing?”

Dr. Stewart—Dylan—thinks about it while looking at my mom, “How about Brown Eyed Girl?”

Emma gasps and I whip my head to her. “Sorry,” she whispers. “It’s just so sweet—you know, that he picked that song.”

I roll my eyes.

“Harp, you know that song?” my mom asks.

“Yeah, I know it,” I snap.

An older man, who I recognize as the lead singer appears at Dr. Dylan’s side. I watch them like a detective, narrowing my eyes when the guy laughs and smacks Dr. Dylan on the back before walking toward the stage.

”Well, ladies, I’ve got to go,” he smiles that George Clooney ‘I know all your secrets smile’ and turns to my mom. “Third song in, Anne. See you up there.”

She nods her head and we all watch him walk to the stage, climb the stairs, and position himself behind his drum kit.

When I return my focus to my mom, her head is bowed, her face illuminated by a blue-ish glow.

“Ow!” she screeches, jerking her head up from her phone.

She gives Catherine a glare that would rival Elizabeth Taylor, but Catherine isn’t fazed. She raises her eyebrows and keeps her eyes on my mom.

Finally my mom gives in and rolls her eyes. “Ok, fine … say whatever it is the two of you are dying to say,” she points between Catherine and Emma.

They both start talking at the same time and we all laugh. Catherine proceeds first, “Anne, that man likes you … like likes you.”

“OMG Anne, he’s so dreamy … and he’s a doctor … and he plays the drums,” Emma coos. “Dr. Dylan is hot!”

“Well, thanks to you two for being so obvious,” my mom says sarcastically.

“And you,” she scowls at me. “You weren’t supposed to agree to sing, you were my sure way out of this, so even though I’d like to blame those two, I can’t. I blame you for this.”

Out of nowhere, the waitress slides fresh drinks across the table. Before Catherine can take a drink of her cheap chardonnay, I grab her glass and take a gulp. There’s no way I’m getting on that stage without some liquid courage.

After I set the almost-empty glass down, my mom hands me her phone and my angst fades because she’s pulled up the lyrics to Brown Eyed Girl.

“You good?” I ask handing her the phone back after scrolling through the lines. She nods, downing what’s left of the wine. “This is the second song in the set … we’d better look alive.”

I glare at Emma and Catherine, whose faces are plastered with Cheshire cat grins, before following my mom to the center of the dance floor where we sway to the beat of the music.

Before I know it, the lead singer announces a special guest performance-our cue. We climb the stairs on the right side of the stage and walk in front of the bass guitarist.

My mom glances over at Dr. Dylan, and hands him a napkin. He looks at it before giving her an appreciative head-to-toe once-over that I’d like to erase from my memory.

I’ve performed in front of hundreds of people before, but not only that, I’ve also performed in front of the toughest critics. None of that has me feeling the amount of nerves I’m feeling right now, on a stage, in front of fifty people in this hole in the wall bar.

My mom leans into me, and whispers the key in my ear. I swivel my head around left to right … the guys in the band all look the same—middle aged yet young at heart.

When my head stops dead center, in front of the dance floor, my mom weaves her hand into mine. Her eyes are twinkling, and the corner of her mouth curves into a slight ‘give ‘em hell’ smile.

On this stage, with her … it’s miles—no light years-from where we were a little over a year ago when there was no balance in our lives or our relationship with each other.

The band begins and it’s like nothing I’ve ever felt before. The bass guitar reverberates with such power that my normal heartbeat punches an irregular rhythm inside my chest. The drums hammer the beat, and then my mom’s voice enters the mix. My whole body is wired physically and emotionally.

She sings the first verse, eyes closed as she hits each note with perfect pitch and when her eyes open, the raw strength of her voice mesmerizes me so much that I miss my cue. She looks at me, nods her head and I jump in and harmonize the rest of the bridge.

Our individual voices complement each other, neither one overtaking the other. Instead, as we listen to each other, we adjust our tone … our dynamics … rolling and dipping to enhance each other’s voice.  

 

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Cassie Shine released her debut young adult novel, Harp’s Song in November 2013, finally finishing the short story she started in her college creative writing class … many, many moons ago. She has always been an avid reader and lover of music (yes, she was in the high school marching band). While she has a weak spot for all things teeny bopper, especially boy bands, she also loves classical, country, rock and well, pretty much everything. After living in St. Louis for more than ten years, she and her husband packed up a U-Haul and headed west. They currently live in Orange County, CA with their furry kids Finnegan and Molly.


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Book Nerd Tours: Review: Streetlights Like Fireworks by David Pandolfe

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I’m so excited to be apart of Book Nerds Tour of David’s Pandolfe’s Streetlights Like Fireworks. To follow the tour click here. And don’t forget to enter the giveaway at the bottom of this post. 
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Streetlights Like Fireworks by David Pandolfe
Category: Young Adult
Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal
Publisher: Createspace
Publication Date: March 19, 2014 
Synopsis: Psychic flashes, haunting visions, missing persons and visits from ghosts. That’s just their first date.

Jack has been getting on his parents’ nerves for some time. Bad enough he’s a rock musician, has crappy grades and hangs out with his “loser” friends. But Jack’s ability to predict the future — well, that just annoys the hell out of them.

Jack’s classmate, Lauren, is said to have unique abilities too. The town still talks about when she kept badgering her mother about the money in their wall. For the longest time, Lauren’s mother didn’t listen. Finally, she did and she hasn’t had to work since.

Jack would really like to connect with Lauren but can’t figure out how. She’s never looked at him twice. But when he experiences a mystifying event involving visions, voices and spectral visits, Jack figures there’s only one person to help him understand who’s calling out to him and why. Before long, Jack and Lauren are off on a road trip of discovery that could provide answers to a mystery left unsolved for twenty years. More importantly, they might even unravel the greatest mystery of all — how every so often someone will accept you for who you are.

    

 
Review: David Pandolfe has done it again; he’s wonderfully crafted a book that can’t be put down and will never leave your heart. It’s no secret that I am a huge fan of Pandolfe’s so it’s no surprise that I love his second book, Streetlights Like Fireworks. Once again, Pandolfe’s story pulls the reader in from the first page and doesn’t let you go until the last. I was drawn into this story the moment Jack was chosen by the guitar. Having grown up with a father who plays the guitar, I was taken back to the many conversations about different guitars. In addition, I understand emotional attachment that comes with each guitar that each person owns over the years. I loved the blend of the mystery behind those stories and Jack’s struggle to understand his mysterious gift.
Jack and Lauren are fantastic characters with unique gifts. It’s their gifts that make them quirky, outsiders. It’s also their gifts that bring them together. I loved reading the story from Jack’s point of view; his voice is what makes the story funny, interesting and mysterious. Speaking of mysterious, Lauren is one of the most mysterious characters I have met. Since the story is told from Jack’s point of view we don’t learn much about Lauren until Jack does. While I loved going on the adventure with both of them, I would love to hear Lauren’s thoughts. She is an amazing character. Not only did Pandolfe create two lovable main characters but the people they meet along their road trip are also well-developed. I couldn’t get enough of Tohru and Shakeesha who were two hilarious people I would like to meet in my own life. Besides the characters, the story itself is phenomenal.
Pick up a copy of Streetlights Like Fireworks today; you will not be disappointed.
DavidPandolfeABOUT THE AUTHOR
David Pandolfe is the author of two novels, Jump When Ready and Streetlights Like Fireworks. Currently, he’s working on a sequel to Jump When Ready, to be published in 2014. His short fiction has also appeared in literary reviews.

While he’s still writing about himself in third-person, David should probably also mention that he lives outside Richmond, VA, with his wife, two kids and a dog who’s terrified of thunder (not the best situation since it thunders from spring until fall in Richmond).

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Blog Tour & Giveaway: Harp’s Song by Cassie Shine

Welcome to the tour stop for the Harp’s Song Blog Tour for Cassie Shine’s debut novel, HARP’S SONG (Harp’s Song #1)

Harps_Song_Tour_Banner       HarpsSong_FINAL_EbookIn just a few months Harp Evans will be officially coming of age and graduating from high school. She will be free from the mother that never wanted her, the house that never felt like home, and the disappointment of the last seventeen years. What she doesn’t know is that her mother has been holding onto a secret that has the potential to derail her dreams and destroy her already faulty sense of self. A self-proclaimed recluse, Harp spends most of her time practicing the cello, in the hopes of earning a full scholarship that will grant her freedom, but will also send her away from her best friend Connor Williams, who is becoming more than just a friend. As revelations are made, will Harp still feel the same way about leaving everyone that cares about her behind? Or will she continue to pursue the life she’s been dreaming of for as long as she can remember?  GOODREADS    AMAZON    BARNES & NOBLE      SMASHWORDS

Review

Harps’ Song is a beautifully written novel that deals with a very upsetting subject matter. Since April is National Sexual Assault Awareness Month as well as National Child Abuse Prevention Month, everyone should read this book. Once I picked it up, I couldn’t put it down. I immediately fell in love with Connor and his mother for being such amazing people to Harp. I loved that Connor and Harp’s relationship grows more strongly with each page. Connor is one of the best characters I have read in while. He’s devotion to Harp is breathtaking. While this is a quick read, the development of the story and relationships is slow and deliberate. It’s emotionally taxing (so keep those tissues handy) but so incredibly worth it. I can’t wait for the next book in the series.

Cassie Shine released her debut young adult novel, Harp’s Song in November 2013, finally finishing the short story she started in her college creative writing class … many, many moons ago. She has always been an avid reader and lover of music (yes, she was in the high school marching band). While she has a weak spot for all things teeny bopper, especially boy bands, she also loves classical, country, rock and well, pretty much everything. After living in St. Louis for more than ten years, she and her husband packed up a U-Haul and headed west. They currently live in Orange County, CA with their furry kids Finnegan and Molly.  WEBSITE       FACEBOOK         TWITTER       GOODREADS

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One winner will receive a signed copy of HARP’S SONG and $25 Amazon or B&N gift card (US/CA only). Three winners will receive an ebook copy (international). a Rafflecopter giveaway

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Monday, April 7th – My Stars Book Blog (Review) Tuesday, April 8th – Cuzinlogic (Interview) & Savings in Seconds (Review) Wednesday, April 9th – Once Upon a YA Book (Top 10 Lists) Thursday, April 10th – Girl Meets Books (Guest Post) & Imaginative Minds (Review) Friday, April 11th – Swipe the Pages (Review & Dream Cast) Monday, April 14th – The Real Bookshelves of Room 918 (Review) Tuesday, April 15th – A Book and a Latte (Interview) & Actin’ Up With Books (Review) Wednesday, April 16th – Sleepless in Chicago (Review) Thursday, April 17th – Mythical Books (Guest Post) & Deal Sharing Aunt (Guest Post) Friday, April 18th – My Daily Romance (Review) Monday, April 21st – Plain Talk Book Marketing (Guest Post) Tuesday, April 22nd – Book Bliss (Guest Post) & Books Books Books (Review) Wednesday, April 23rd – Inside the Pages of a Book (Interview) Thursday, April 24th – Fictionally Obsessed (Post/Excerpt) & Forever Obsession (Review) Friday, April 25h – Through the Booking Glass (Review)

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Blog Tour: Faces on My Wall by Jesse Wilson

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A coming-of-age story and a comedic tour-de-force, meet Jamey Fuller, a cocky California kid who achieves his wildest ambition: admission to The Juilliard School in New York City, the country’s most prestigious acting school. Once there, he is sure, he will find fame and glory. He will dance on tables, as in “Fame.” He will take his place among the Great Actors of his time, freed from the fear of becoming just like his father, a director of Hollywood TV spots. But the reality proves hilariously brutal, as Jamey grapples with Shakespeare, lust, disillusionment, cut-throat classmates and imperious teachers. FACES ON MY WALL is a privileged glimpse into the bizarre hidden world of an actor’s training, a poignant father-and-son story, and the chronicle of a young man’s painful gropings toward maturity.

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ReviewFaces on My Wall is a wonderful coming of age story that gives a different perspective of life after high school. JameyFuller is an honest and hilarious young actor who dives head first into the wonderful world of Juilliard. His brutal honesty and somewhat carefree attitude is reminiscent of Holden Caulfield but with much less attitude and with much more purpose. Jesse Wilson gives the reader what seems to be a realistic glimpse behind the curtain of the prestigious performing arts school. As I read, I couldn’t help but picture some of my current students in the situations Jamey gets into. I recommend this book to all aspiring artists and anybody who has every chased their dreams. 

 

JESSE WILSON- headshotAbout Jesse Wilson
Jesse Wilson is a motivational performer, professional speaker, author, teacher, and visual artist. A life-long involvement with theatre and film as both performer and writer began early, growing up in Hollywood, CA. A theatre graduate of The Juilliard School in New York City, Jesse developed material for his one-man shows that have been performed across the country. His solo production, Face the City, written for high school and college audiences, combines visual and animation projections in a multimedia presentation of a young artist’s journey to find his voice in the “real world.” His children’s book The Night the Moon Ate My Room! written and performed for young audiences to experience self-discovery, is created with the support of The Kennedy Center’s Imagination Celebration and Pikes Peak Library District. Integrating the arts and especially the powerful tool of improvisation, a program that Jesse has developed entitled “Making Perfect Mistakes!” helps people (like educators, business owners, at-risk teenagers, and every one else a part of the human race!) overcome the pitfalls of perfectionism that so often hinder the creative mind. Please visit his website at http://www.jessewilsonproductions.com for more information on what Jesse Wilson is doing in the “community at large”.

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Monday, March 3rd – A Book and a Latte

Wednesday, March 5th – Jennifer Tressen

Friday, March 7th – Book Blogger Mom

Monday, March 10th – Once Upon a Twilight

Tuesday, March 11th – Daily Actor

Wednesday, March 12th – Plain Talk Book Marketing

Friday, March 14th – The Real Bookshelves of Room 918

Monday, March 17th –  Heather Reid
Wednesday, March 19th –  Lost in Ever After
Friday, March 21st – My Life in Books

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Blog Tour: Persefone Series by Michelle Gagnon Blog Tour – Review and Giveaway

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Sixteen-year-old Noa has been a victim of the system ever since her parents died. Now living off the grid and trusting no one, she uses her hacking skills to stay anonymous and alone. But when she wakes up on a table in a warehouse with an IV in her arm and no memory of how she got there, Noa starts to wish she had someone on her side.

Enter Peter Gregory. A rich kid and the leader of a hacker alliance, Peter needs people with Noa’s talents on his team. Especially after a shady corporation threatens his life in no uncertain terms. But what Noa and Peter don’t realize is that Noa holds the key to a terrible secret, and there are those who’d stop at nothing to silence her for good.

Don’t Turn Around: Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | IndieBound | iTunes

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Noa Torsen is on the run. Having outsmarted the sinister corporation Pike & Dolan, Noa and her friend Zeke now move stealthily across the country, protecting runaways before they become test subjects for P&D’s horrific experiments. Noa knows all too well what that feels like: Whatever they did to her has left her exhausted and scared.

Back in Boston, Peter anxiously follows Noa’s movements from his computer, using his hacker skills to feed her the information she needs to stay alive. But he’s desperate to do something more, especially when he learns what P&D has done to his ex-girlfriend Amanda.

Then, in an explosive confrontation, Noa and her team are trapped in the one place they thought was safe. It will take everything Noa and Peter have to bring down the corporation before it gets them first. And with no one to trust and enemies hiding at every turn, they may be the only people alive who can.

This stunning second book in the critically acclaimed Don’t Turn Around trilogy raises the stakes to their absolute limit and will leave readers begging for the exciting conclusion, Don’t Let Go.

Don’t Look Now: Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | IndieBound | iTunes

 Review:

I couldn’t put either of these books down. When I read  Don’t Turn Around,  I was on the edge of my seat with every turn of the page. Gagnon immediately grabbed my attention and had me invested into the characters from the very first page. There were times in both books that I would think to myself, “Oh, I know where this is going” and then Gagnon would divulge a new piece of the plot that would throw me completely.

There are so many layers to the characters that I found myself lost in their world. I wanted Noa and Peter to be my friends. Even when they were discussing computer hacking terms, I didn’t get lost (like I normally do). I knew that every piece of information being given was going to big in some sort of way. And even with all the suspense and action, Gagnon finds a way to weave in a romantic relationship or two, adding even more complication to the situation. In addition, to the well-developed main characters, Gagnon makes the reader interested in all the minor characters too. I found myself completely involved in each character’s story. And while some sequels don’t develop the new characters to this reader’s high standards, the new characters in Don’t Look Now are fully developed and serve a purpose to the plot. 

What I liked most about the two books is that the story is told from multiple POVs. In Don’t Turn Around, we get the story from Noa’s and Peter’s point of view. In Don’t Look Now, Teo (a new character) and Amanda (Peter’s ex-girlfriend) are added to the mix. While this may sound overwhelming, Gagnon makes it work seamlessly. 

I can’t wait to read the last book in the trilogy. I’ll be sad when it’s all over (as I always am when a series end) but I’m looking forward to seeing what happens next. If you haven’t read these first two, go out and get your copy today. You will not be disappointed!

high-res-Michelle_Gagnon-color-ABOUT MICHELLE GAGNON

Michelle Gagnon is the international bestselling author of thrillers for teens and adults. Described as “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo for teens,” her YA technothriller DON’T TURN AROUND was recently nominated for a Thriller Award by the International Thriller Writer’s Association, and was selected as one of the best teen books of the year by Entertainment Weekly Magazine, Kirkus, Voya, and the Young Adult Library Services Association. Book 2 in the PERSEFONE trilogy, DON’T LOOK NOW, is on sale now. She splits her time between San Francisco and Los Angeles.

Author Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Tumblr | Pinterest | Goodreads

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TOUR SCHEDULE

Monday, February 3rd – Chapter by Chapter
Wednesday, February 5th – Fantasy Book Addict
Friday, February 7th –  A Bookish Escape

Monday, February 10th – Ex Libris
Wednesday, February 12th – The Book Monsters
Friday, February 14th – YA Bookmark

Monday, February 17th – In the Best Worlds
Wednesday, February 19th – Adventures of a Book Junkie
Friday, February 21st – The Real Bookshelves of Room 918

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Blog Tour & Review: Song and Signal by ME Patterson

Song and Signal by ME Patterson

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Welcome to the Official Blog Tour for SONG AND SIGNAL by M.E. Patterson

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* From the award-winning, bestselling author of Devil’s Hand and Burning Cards comes a universe-spanning science fiction adventure. *

Seventeen year-old genius Zakari Sharp has never stood on the surface of a planet, never seen a sun-streaked sky. He lives on a corporate-owned mining facility at the edge of the solar system, with a mute alien for a guardian and brainwashed, muscle-bound ex-convicts for company. The day his father vanished was so long ago that Zak thought he would never hear from him again.

Zak was wrong.

Now, chased off-station by a cabal of mythical assassins, Zak and his best friend Liz embark on a harrowing journey across the galaxy, to find his father’s hiding place and learn the universe-shaking discovery that hides with him. But their enemies will stop at nothing to steal the secret themselves.

Can a teenage boy change the fate of the universe? Or will a nanotech-wielding killer reach him first?


PRAISE FOR SONG AND SIGNAL:

“The kind of storytelling that makes a statement: M. E. Patterson is here to stay.” — Austin Post

“[Song and Signal is] WELL worth the read. Enjoyable and immersive.” — Michal
 
“Patterson’s work will blow you away… a page turning, roller coaster ride.” — ReviewsByMolly

 My Review:

This isn’t usually a genre I readily pick up, but the synopsis really drew me in. I couldn’t wait to see what kind of adventure Zak would get into. Once I started reading, I couldn’t put it down. It’s packed with nail-biting action. This is honestly the best sci-fi I’ve read in awhile. There were sections that got a little “techy” for me but I was still able to keep up with the story line. I found that the jargon was a little heavy in the beginning but served a purpose later and is worth reading. Don’t skip over it, no matter how frustrating it might be to some of use that aren’t as tech-savvy as Zach and the other characters may be.  Patterson’s ability to put the reader into the action is amazing. I became apart of Zak’s world immediately and didn’t want the adventure to end. I liked being whisked away to a different planet. Even if you’re not usually a sci-fi fan, I highly recommend Song and Signal. 

Pick up an eBook or Paperback of Song and Signal Now!

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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M. E. Patterson is a bestselling author of highly-rated horror and science fiction novels for both teens and adult readers. His first novel, Devil’s Hand, was a Kindle bestseller in Horror, and was the winner of Kindle Book Review’s 2012 “Best Indie Horror Novel” award.

In addition to writing fiction, Mr. Patterson is also an accomplished web software engineer and software consultant, currently working with the video game industry. He lives in Austin, Texas with his family.

My Author Site — http://mepatterson.net
Twitter — http://twitter.com/mepatterson
Facebook — http://facebook.com/mepattersonauthor
Goodreads — http://www.goodreads.com/mepatterson

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