Saturday, March 28, 2015

Alice in Wonderland High by Rachel Shane - Guest Post


Sixteen-year-old Alice just can’t find a way to be free. Her parents are environmental activists, whose cringe-worthy public protests might involve chaining themselves to a fence and pleading  with passersby to “Save the World. Save Alice!” It’s not that Alice doesn’t believe there’s work to be done. But after a petition to start a farmer's market meets with more snickers than signatures, she figures she should shut up instead of speaking out. At least, that is, until she can find something that feels real. Then along comes Whitney Lapin, a girl who speaks in cryptic riddles and spends her free time turning abandoned warehouses into beautiful gardens. Charismatic Whitney leads Alice on a rabbit trail into the underground--aka secret society--of Wonderland High. Curiouser and curiouser.  

Alice is in wonderland! Even though Whitney's group of teenage environmental vigilantes operates on the wrong side of the law, with them, Alice is finally free to be herself. She stomps on her good girl image by completing a series of environmental pranks to impress the new group: flooding the school and disguising a pig as a baby in order to smuggle it out of a testing facility. She wants to trust them, and she especially wants to trust (or maybe kiss) Chester Katz, a boy with a killer smile, a penchant for disappearing, and a secret that will turn Alice's world backwards. But then, one of the young vigilantes tries to frame Alice for all the pranks, and she must figure out their secret before she ends up in front of a jury screaming, "Off with her head!"

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Rachel Shane studied Creative Writing at Syracuse University and now works in digital publishing at in New York City. She lives in New Jersey with her husband, young daughter, and a basement full of books. This is her first novel.


An author must describe characters in a way that makes an image pop in the reader’s mind. I always love reading author dreamcast posts to see if the way I pictured the characters is the way I’m supposed to be picturing them. Since I started writing ALICE in 2008, a lot of the original actors I pictured while writing are no longer teens, so I scoured the web to find the perfect casting choices for the teen roles.
Alice Liddell
My version of Alice is bright eyed and innocent with a suppressed rebellion streak she lets loose over the course of the novel. I think Chloe Grace Moretz, the reigning princess of YA adaptations (the role of queen belongs to Shailene Woodley), is the perfect mix of angelic but-not-innocent to capture Alice.
Chester Katz
At first I was leaning toward any of Shailene Woodley’s on screen love interests (except maybe Theo James) for the role of Chess with Ansel Elgort as the frontrunner. But the more I thought about it, I kept going back to Chess’s sense of humor. I think Charlie McDermott from The Middle is the perfect person to play the funny and the serious at the same time. 
Whitney Lapin
My version of the White Rabbit needs to be played by a girl who can spit out riddles, deliver an icy glare, be fiercely loyal, and carry an air of mystery through every stomp of her combat boots. I think Ashley Benson from Pretty Little Liars embodies all those traits.
Kingston Hatter
The Mad Hatter (and King of Hearts combo) was the hardest to cast for me. He needs to be tough but vulnerable, an enemy but an ally, lucid yet crazy all at the same time. I came across this actor, Nico Mirallegro, and thought he had the perfect look. I can’t attest to his acting but just add a shaved head and he’d make an amazing Kingston (as long as he can act). 
Quinn Hart
Quinn needs to be both popular and likable...and a huge bitch. Who better to play that than Lydia Martin from Teen Wolf, AKA Holland Rodin? And let’s not forget she has the perfect red locks. 
Di Tenniel and Dru Tweedle
The fun of Di and Dru is that they aren’t twins but they act the same, copy each other’s hairstyles, and spend so much time together that they start to blend until they almost look the same. So I tried to pick two actresses that don’t really look alike except when they’re standing next to each other with similar hairstyles. Lucy Hale and Sarah Hyland. 
Who did you picture as you read?


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  Release Day Excerpt: THE CHURCH BELLS from St. Agnes Church chime, letting me know I have a half hour before Dad calls the National Guard out for me. Hmm, maybe enough time to head to the Shake Shack and get a frozen salted caramel hot chocolate—my new favorite addiction. Gravel crunches under my feet as I cross the parking lot toward my car. As I dig through my backpack searching for my car keys, a yelp rings out in the distance. Pausing, I stand still and listen for the sound again. Was an animal hurt somewhere, maybe? The noise was muffled and not close by, so I can’t make out the source. The last bell chimes, reminding me I should hurry home, but the reporter in me won’t let me leave without checking. I wait a few minutes to see if I hear it again, scanning the area for the source. Across the street, dark shadows fill the doorways of the now-closed shops that line the main road, setting my nerves on edge. The voice in my head nags that this is how horror movies begin, but I shake off the ridiculous thought. Horror movies aren’t real. The idea of scooping a story before anyone else—that’s a real possibility. Nothing moves except for the leaves as the breeze picks up. Just as I’m ready to give up, I hear the noise again, this time followed by what sounds like shuffling feet—like something sliding through gravel. “What in the world was that?” I mutter. The sounds together don’t make any sense. If it was an animal yelping, what was that other noise? Had someone maybe captured an animal in a trap? This is rural Tennessee, so it wouldn’t surprise me. Everyone around here is well-versed in hunting, starting in elementary school. My naturally inquisitive mind begins imagining several scenarios, and I can’t walk away. Not until I know. Lord knows if I just get in my car and leave, I’ll be up all night thinking about how I might’ve missed out on a story. Bye bye, scholarship. I sigh, shoving my overflowing backpack in the passenger seat before slamming the car door as I head toward the source of the noise. I make my way toward the river, cutting through an alleyway. The single streetlight flickers, barely illuminating the area and making it feel even more desolate out here. Ominous, almost. I can’t help thinking that with my luck, it’ll end up being a skunk that sprays me for trying to help. The alley is more of a narrow path between buildings, not even wide enough for a car to fit through. Overflowing dumpsters from surrounding businesses line one side while the other is a dirty brick wall covered in graffiti. If this were Baltimore, I might have been more cautious, but while Hope Mills isn’t Pleasantville by any means, I don’t feel afraid, only curious. “Get your hands off me, you son of a bitch. You’re never going to get away with this!” a man growls in the distance, the final word echoing off the water. I whip my head around, barely missing smacking it on an underhang promoting JT’s Soul Food Buffet. Okay, that definitely wasn’t an animal.   Three green school lockers with combination wheels; fairly close-up.   NEVER GONNA TELL Synopsis: My name is Reagan Wilcox: high school senior by day, kick-ass investigative journalist by night. I’ve always loved observing people—especially when they think no one is paying attention. I thought I was ready to cover any story. Work any angle. Nothing could have prepared me for what happened that night. I wasn’t ready for what I saw. And I certainly wasn’t ready for him. I always knew I’d write the headlines. Now, I just might become one.   Killer with gun close up over dark background with copyspace.     Author-Pic About Sarah M. Ross: Sarah started her obsession with reading at an early age, often sneaking BabySitter Club and Nancy Drew books into math class. She would read any book she could get her hands on. Her love of reading quickly evolved into a love of writing and stories began to pour out of her. She grew up in Pittsburgh, graduated from The University of Pittsburgh with a degree in English, and taught 8th graders to love reading as much as she does for several years. Sarah will always be a proud member of the Steelers' Nation, but couldn't take the cold and moved her frozen tush to Florida where she now lives with her family and two cats. You will find her now with her trusty Kindle in hand and toes in the sand! Sarah's debut novel, AWAKEN, released in January, 2012. Other novels include AVENGE, ATONE, ECHO OF AN EARTH ANGEL, and INHALE EXHALE.  

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Two brothers.
One woman.
One son.
One choice.
Lives ripped apart, shattered and rebuilt.
Evan and Nate Archer: Brothers, best friends, warriors and now enemies. Both in love with the same woman. Both determined to fight for what they want.
Nate Archer promised to protect Ryley Clarke in the event Evan didn’t make it back. It’s a promise between brothers since the early days of basic training. Nate never considered that his feelings, long buried since high school, would resurface and grow stronger.
Evan Archer wants answers. He wants someone to pay. After being gone for an unprecedented amount of time, nothing is making sense now that he’s home. Most of all, he can't understand how his brother ended up engaged to his fiancĂ©e. Evan is determined to uncover the mystery, and win back his family.
The Archers are about to fight dirty.
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Our kisses turn soft, less eager, but with more passion. Her hands move from my chest and onto my neck as her fingertips play with my earlobes. Horns honk in the background causing her to pull away, but not before I get another taste of her lips. I don’t know about her, but I’m having a hard time catching my breath and when she pulls away, the pink flush of her cheeks tells me she felt something too.
AboutTheAuthor Heidi Bio Pic Heidi is a New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author.
Originally from the Pacific Northwest, she now lives in picturesque Vermont, with her husband and two daughters. Also renting space in their home is an over-hyper Beagle/Jack Russell, Buttercup, two Parakeets, Gonzo & Hedwig, and their newest addition of a Highland West/Mini Schnauzer, Jill.
During the day Heidi is behind a desk talking about Land Use. At night, she's writing one of the many stories planned for release or sitting court-side during either daughter's basketball games.
Books by Heidi McLaughlin
Forever My Girl - The Beaumont Series #1
My Unexpected Forever - The Beaumont Series #2
Finding My Forever - The Beaumont Series #3
Finding My Way - The Beaumont Series #4
My Everything - A Beaumont Series Novella
12 Days of Forever - A Beaumont Series Novella
Lost in Us - A Lost in You Novella
The Archer Brothers
Here with Me
Choose Me
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Friday, March 27, 2015

Fall With Me by Jennifer L. Armentrout Release Week Blitz

We are so excited to bring you the Release Week Blitz for Jennifer L. Armentrout's, also known as J. Lynn’s, FALL WITH ME!! FALL WITH ME is a New Adult Contemporary Romance and is a part of Jennifer L. Armentrout’s Wait For You Series, published by Avon Romance. We love this series and can't wait to start reading Roxy and Reece's story!

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  FWM Teaser 1   FALL WITH ME Synopsis: Eleven months ago, bartender and weird-shirt-wearing extraordinaire Roxy and Officer Reece Anders had a one night stand. Well, kind of. She’s been in love with him since she was fifteen, and he wishes that night they shared never happened. She’s sworn him off forever, but the past and future collide, forcing her to rely on the one man who broke her heart not once, but twice. Her best friend since birth has been in a long-term care facility since he became a victim of a hate crime years ago, and the person who put him in there is out of prison and wanting to make amends with him and Roxy. She’s not sure she has room for forgiveness in her and when she begins to receive frightening messages and is on the receiving end of escalating violence, she thinks she knows who is to blame. The man who already destroyed one life already. But Reece isn’t convinced. The threats are too personal, and even if Roxy doesn’t believe him, he’s not willing to let anyone hurt her. Including himself. He’s already messed up more than once when it comes to Roxy and he’s not going to let history repeat itself.   FWM Teaser 4     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.  

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Saturday, March 14, 2015

The Problem with Heartache by Lauren McKellar Review + Blog Tour

The Problem with Heartache by Lauren McKellar
Average Rating on Goodreads:
My Rating: 4 stars
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The problem with heartache is that there’s no one-size-fits-all relief package. You can go to classes; you can try to embrace change. But when you wake up at two in the morning, a smile on your face because you’ve dreamt about the could have—the should have—nothing will console you.
Because seconds later, you remember.
And remembering can rip you apart.
Kate will do anything for her family. It’s why she took the job with Lee. It’s why she’s attempting to forget her pain. But it's hard to forget, when you're desperate to hold on. Even if Lee Collins is the perfect package.
Lee will do anything for the ones he cares about. It’s why he hired Kate.
It’s why he keeps his secrets; and it’s why he cannot, will not fall in love. Not with Kate—not with anyone.
The one thing he can’t forgive.

The one thing she can’t forget

**I received an eARC copy of this book from the publisher for an honest review**

When I first signed up to read this book I didn't realise that it was the third book in a series...xD But to be honest, it didn't even affect me. Sure it would have been nice to know a few things that happened before (I plan on going back and reading the first two) but it wasn't essential. 

I actually really enjoyed this book! I've been slowly starting to steer clear of contemporary books because I've been reading so many of them, but this one actually held my interest for more than half the book. The characters weren't annoying and the PoV change didn't trip me up too much. Normally I don't like alternating PoV because it usually isn't done the right way, but I didn't mind it in this book. I'm pretty sure that had to do with the fact that all of Lee's PoV was in the past and it gave me an insight on why he was the way he was.

And oh my goodness were there quite a few WTF moments! I finished the book while I was in my yearbook class and I literally sat there muttering "what the f***" over and over again. There were so many plot twists that I almost couldn't keep up...but it made it all the more interesting!

Overall I gave The Problem with Heartache 4 out of 5 stars because despite some of the triply plot twists, it was an entrapping book

Lauren McKellar Bio:
Lauren K. McKellar is an author and editor. Her debut novel, Finding Home, was released through Escape Publishing on October 1, 2013, and her second release, NA Contemporary Romance The Problem With Crazy, is self-published, and is available now. She loves books that evoke emotion, and hope hers make you feel.
Lauren lives by the beach in Australia with her husband and their two dogs. Most of the time, all three of them are well behaved.

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Wednesday, March 11, 2015

For the Love of Ash by Taylor Lavati

For the Love of Ash by Taylor Lavati
Average Rating on Goodreads: 4.5 of 5 stars
My Rating: 3 of 5 stars
Page Count: Around 250

Maggie Larken is a reformed party girl. After her parent’s death, she’s left to raise Asher, her nine-year-old brother.

Luke Wilson has done everything his parents have ever asked of him. A new teacher, Luke constantly questions where his life is headed.

When Luke and Maggie meet, neither is in the market for a relationship. But sometimes life has other plans. Both navigate new waters as they try to decide where their priorities should lie, while also seizing what they want.

In this heartbreakingly real tale of love, Maggie and Luke discover what being a family truly means. 

I didn't mean to put off this review...I totally meant to write it right when I finished the book but alas I did not. I received an eARC of this book from the author for an honest review.

When I first started this book I wasn't sure if I could actually finish it. There were quite a few things that bothered me while trying to read and it took me awhile to immerse myself in the book fully enough to finish. My problem was partly the writing. It felt slightly awkward and forced and there were way too many descriptions of something to make it seem realistic. I know a book is supposed to be descriptive, obviously, but there is a point some authors reach where it becomes too much. 

I also think I had a problem with the fact that it seemed like it had insta love. Maggie and Luke instantly became attracted to each other. There wasn't really much build up. You knew they would be together. It was a give in

There was a lot of drama that added to the story and, while some of it was unnecessary, it was entertaining to read. For the Love of Ash, despite its flaws, did have me hoping for the ending it got. I enjoyed this book which is why I gave it 3 stars.