Hey guys! Today I am back with an author interview: J.C. Welker of the book The Wishing Heart!! All the information for the book is also included below! I can't wait to hear what you guys think about it! (I absolutely love the palette of the cover)
What gave you the idea for your story THE WISHING HEART?
The premise of the story came about quite clearly, of a girl looking for love and healing through stories and magic, and finds herself immersed in a world where all the myths she only ever read about turn out to be more real than not. In many ways it’s a metaphor of some of my own experiences growing up, at a time where I felt invisible, unloved, was hiding who I was, and like the character I looked to stories to fill that hole.
What was your favorite scene to write?
It’s a tie between two scenes. First would have to be when Rebel is caught by the police-turned-werewolf, and is chased into the metro tunnels. Action scenes are some of my favorite to write. Second to that would have to be the kiss scene, because in many ways all the slow-burn scenes prior to it were all working towards getting the two characters to that moment. I’ll just leave it at that…
Did your main characters give you any trouble?
Rebel has a gift for trouble. However, because I hold a special bond with her it was easier for me to find her voice than it was for the other characters. Granted they were all stubborn, and wild and at times weren’t focused on sticking to the story line.
What was the hardest scene to edit out?
There weren’t any scenes edited out that I felt compelled to keep. However, there was one chapter where I cut out half of it due to the main characters doing nothing but flirting. But the banter and chemistry was so good I tried finding ways to work it in elsewhere.
Many authors write about people they know. Who shows up in your stories over and over?
All the girls I’ve crushed on over the years, and regretted never talking to.
What is your favorite part of the writing process?
Drafting and research. Getting to know the characters for the first time while building the world and creating something you’ve only fabricated in your mind.
What is the hardest thing about writing?
There’s a saying that goes “Don’t compare your chapter 1 to someone else’s chapter 20”. Not letting all the doubt and self-judgment screw with you is one of the hardest parts, because it will hurt your writing and it will show.
What has been your most rewarding experience as an author so far?
Growing up I never had queer stories to cling to. So being able to know that somewhere someone will read my words and it will give them hope, that maybe my book could help make someone’s life more bearable is truly rewarding. Stories can be healing, and my wish is that this one finds the heart’s who need it.
What advice would you give to aspiring writers?
One of the best things I’ve read on writing was about Octavia E. Butler. She literally wrote her future into existence with positive thinking. She would write affirmations to herself that she was already a best selling author and that her books would be read by millions. She wrote: “I will find the way to do this. So be it! See to it!”
Even amongst rejection, persist to speak your victory.
Release Date: 5/1/17
About the book:
Winner of the 2016 YARWA Rosemary Awards for paranormal fiction that Mia Siegert (JERKBAIT) calls, “An exhilarating read.”
With a book in her bag and a switchblade in her pocket, Rebel's been thieving her way through life while hoping for a cure to fix her ailing heart.
But when the bejeweled vase she just tried to hawk turns out to be a jinni's vessel, Rebel gets lost to her world and dragged within another. Now every magical being in the city wants the vase for himself.
Thrust into a game of cat and mouse in a world she never knew existed, Rebel must use her uncanny skills to find a way to free Anjeline the Wishmaker.
But wishes have consequences. And contracts. Anjeline's freedom could unravel a love like Rebel has never known, or it could come at the cost of Rebel's heart...
Amazon CA: https://www.amazon.ca/Wishing-Heart-J-C-Welker-ebook/dp/B06Y5WFY1C
Amazon AU: https://www.amazon.com.au/d/Wishing-Heart-J-C-Welker-ebook/B06Y5WFY1C
Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Wishing-Heart-J-C-Welker-ebook/dp/B06Y5WFY1C
About the author:
J.C. Welker is an author who's been, among other things, a fashion designer, a filmmaker and a kickboxer (seriously). Her short documentaries, which focused on homeless Iraq veterans and lgbtq+ issues in the military have been featured on CURRENT TV, and her debut novel THE WISHING HEART won first place in the paranormal category of the 2016 YARWA Rosemary Awards. She continues to work towards giving a voice to stories that are needed, while facing magic and monsters along the way.
Alright, that's it for today's post guys! I absolutely love doing author interviews (although I don't do very many of them) but I want to know what you guys think of them, and if I should do more! I have a few other author spotlights, and a few reviews lined up for the next month or so, so be sure to keep your eye out for that!
As always, leave me all your thoughts in the comments below or find me on social media, @BrookeEvans2001 on Twitter and @thecozylittlebooknook on Instagram.
Hey Everyone! Today I have a excerpt for a new book from Entangled (which, if you've been around my blog long enough, or poked around on some of my reviews and features, you'll know I absolutely love Entangled). The book is called The Uncrossing, and is a pretty cool book. So here you go, check out the excerpt below, and let me know if you guys are interested in seeing a guest post/interview with the author Melissa Eastlake! (Also lets try something new, let me know if you have any questions you want to see answered).
The Uncrossing is a Rapunzel-esque romance between two boys who have grown up in the magic mafia. Luke can break almost any curse—they unravel for him like no one else. Working for the Kovrovs is exciting and dangerous, especially when he encounters the first curse he can’t
Luke always seemed busy and independent for a teenager, very…was glamorous the word? Mature. Intense.
Like the rest of his family, he wore formal clothes, but he carried them nicely. The top button of his white shirt was undone, a V of skin peeking under the knot of his tie.
What Instagram had taught Jeremy about Luke: He liked cats, purple Gatorade, and street art. He liked his parents’ cooking better than restaurants, unless it was okra or beets, and he worked a lot but he enjoyed it. He liked math and science better than English and history, which Jeremy could hardly even imagine.
Also, one of his friends posted weekly Thursday thirst traps of models and celebrities, all across the gender spectrum, but Luke only ever commented on the pictures of guys. Once, the friend had posted a picture of a wan model, all cheekbones and legs, and Luke had replied, “Drag me.”
Jeremy could second-guess the blue of the sky, but the evidence was pretty solid that Luke liked boys.
Jeremy snapped his eyes back to his empty plate, but Alexei’s attention was hot enough to burn his cheeks. This was the treat, or the test: just say something. Luke also liked the kind of flashy action movies no one in Jeremy’s family ever wanted to watch, so all Jeremy had to do was bring up The Fast and the Furious. “It sounds great on the new sound system at home…” Something like that. Something cool.
“We have a little business to discuss.” Alexei nodded to Yuri and Helene. “And there is a task I would like our witch doctor’s help with.”
The Melnyks all straightened in their chairs, their attention sizzling as Jeremy grabbed his messenger bag from the floor and pulled out two burlap witch bags.
Luke winced, and Camille leaned forward. “Oooh.”
“Quite,” Alexei said. “A client found these in their home, luckily before they managed to hurt anybody. I’d like an inventory of the contents and a swift execution.”
Luke nodded. “Yes, sir.”
“Wonderful. Jeremy will stay with you until that’s done—call me if there are any problems.” He turned to Jeremy. “I won’t need long, but take your time. Call me when you’re done, and we’ll come pick you up.”
Sure he would. He’d want a debrief on everything Jeremy had said to Luke, and there would be nothing to tell him. “I’ll take the subway.”
Alexei arched one sly eyebrow but didn’t answer. He followed Helene and Yuri downstairs and left Jeremy alone with the twins.
So that's it for the post today. Let me know what you think about the book, and if there are any questions I should ask in the author interview (coming in the near future!)
As always, leave me all your thoughts in the comments below or find me on social media, @BrookeEvans2001 on Twitter and @thecozylittlebooknook on Instagram.
Hey Everyone! I know it's been a while since I've posted here, and I hope everyone is doing well. As for me, I just started school again and started a new extracurricular as well as a new job, so it's easy to say that it's been hectic nonetheless.
With that being said, I have a couple of posts for you guys in the upcoming 2-3 weeks, so keep an eye out for that. Today's post is a guest post from Courtney Brandt, the author of the newly released The Queen of England: Coronation. Here is a quick blurb, and then her post. Enjoy!!
A story of growing up and leading a nation.
Set in an alternate universe of London, after the untimely death of Queen Victoria in 1840, recently crowned Juliette faces a mysterious organization. The New World Order threatens her country and claims responsibility for the dirigible accident which killed off much of the aristocracy. Add in distracting romantic entanglements, a gifted unicorn, and tracking down the legendary Excalibur and this teenage Queen has an uphill battle leading to her coronation at Westminster. Will her reign be over before it has a chance to begin?
Fans of Gail Carriger, Shanna Swendson, and Gaslamp fantasy won’t want to miss out on this lighthearted steampunk adventure.
The Queen of England: Coronation is the first book in a trilogy by author Courtney Brandt.
Talk about your plans for the future and how you hope to get there. Do you have a specific plan? Or are you going where the wind takes you?
Excellent question! Regarding The Queen series, I've just finished the second draft of the sequel, and it will shortly be going to an editor (always a bit of a nerve-wracking process). I finished a rough draft of the third book in the trilogy earlier in the year, and it's time to break out the red pen. Yes, I tend to edit the first draft by hand, and I'm not entirely sure what I'm in for! Having read numerous books on the writing process, I subscribe to Stephen King's 'stick it in a drawer' method (and have done so for years). Sometimes the period a manuscript is 'in the drawer' is longer than I intend, but with Queen #3 having finished the book in late May, I feel enough time has passed and that October is a good place to start back on the project. While the second book has a title, I'm still on the fence about the final title for the third book.
Given book sales aren't in a place I'm pleased with for The Queen of England: Coronation, I may also look into alternative places to advertise the novel. I feel I can do better by my book, and I truly want Queen Juliette to succeed in the world.
If there's still time after all of this, I may also start a novel that's been in my head for about a year or so (working title, A.U.). I'd love to do it as a NaNoWriMo project, but I'm not entirely sure the timing is going to work out. I tend to write a book a year, and while Queen #3 was finished (or, at least, in the process of being completed), I'd like to get a jump on next year's book.
And, of course, there's an option on one of my earlier published books (Confessions of a Teenage Band Geek). I've always hoped this project might see some screen time, so who knows? I'd like to think that just about anything is possible.
In addition to my author stuff, I'm also a fairly regular food blogger (you can find me on Instagram under @atozaatar), which has been taking up more and more of my time. With a focus on fine dining, I post on my blog and freelance for other publications. I was recently on a television series for the first time (!), and am hopeful that I might work on another food show before the end of the year. Between fiction and food, it's a lot of words in a week, but I wouldn't have it any other way!
So, to answer your question -- it's a bit of both. I like knowing where my books (I think) are going to go, but I'm always open to new opportunities.
I hope you guys enjoyed it. If you did, definitely go and check out her book, and tell me what you think about it. I'm hoping to get the time soon to read it myself.
That's it for today everyone, I will be more active on here very soon so keep your eyes out for that! As always, leave me all your thoughts in the comments below or find me on social media, @BrookeEvans2001 on Twitter and @thecozylittlebooknook on Instagram.
Hey Guys! Today I have an excerpt from a new debut book, Black Bird of the Gallows by Meg Kassel. There may be a giveaway link coming soon (to be determined by the publisher). I hope you guys enjoy!
I’m seriously questioning the wisdom of coming here. Who is this boy? Who are these people? I may not want these answers. Whatever illusion I had been weaving about this being a normal family can’t be true. This is a family, yes, but one putting on an elaborate show to appear to be something they are not. “Everyday life can’t be so bad,” I say lightly, eager to change the subject before I start luring myself down a hole. “You have a beautiful home, a nice family. You’re popular at school. Kiera Shaw certainly likes you.”
He turns his gaze to me, slowly. “Kiera Shaw? You think I like her?”
“I don’t know what you like.” I don’t blink. I don’t look away. “I know only what I’ve seen.”
Reece leans close, gently entering my personal space. Close enough to put me on edge, but not close enough to intimidate. His voice is silk on gravel. His narrowed eyes glitter down at me. “And what, exactly, have you seen, Angie?”
Shivers race up my skin. I want to defuse this so badly, but I feel like this is a challenge I can’t lose. “I’ve seen and heard things that don’t make sense. Things I can’t understand.” I shift my gaze to my crow sitting on a branch above my head. It watches me with an intensity that would scare me if I wasn’t accustomed to it. “Tell me about the crows.”
He shakes his head. “Sorry. Either you know about them, or you don’t.”
My jaw tightens, even as I step toward him. I can feel his body heat. His clean, guy scent fills my senses with a unique magnetism that draws me close. Closer still. “I will find out.”
His gaze sweeps my face, lingering on my lips. “I hope not.” His breath warms my temple, sending a shiver under my skin. “There are worse things out there than a few watchful birds.”
“Like what?” I’m breathless, damn him. My words are barely audible.
His lashes fan low over his eyes. The narrow space between us crackles with tension. “Oh Angie, you don’t want to know.”
Meg Kassel is an author of fantasy and speculative books for young adults. A graduate of Parson's School of Design, she’s always been creating stories, whether with visuals or words. She worked as a graphic designer before realizing the thing she did for pleasure (writing) was something she should do for real. Meg is a New Jersey native who now lives in a log house in the Maine woods with her husband and daughter. A fan of ’80s cartoons, Netflix series, and ancient mythology, Meg has always been fascinated and inspired by the fantastic, the creepy, and the futuristic. When she’s not writing, Meg is reading, hanging out with her family, hoarding peanut butter cups, or playing video games. She is a two-time finalist and the 2016 winner of the RWA Golden Heart© contest in YA.
That's it for the post today. I hope you guys liked the excerpt, I know I am looking forward to reading more of the book in the future. If you guys liked this, I am going to have more stuff from this author in the future. So with that, leave me all your thoughts in the comments below or find me on social media, @BrookeEvans2001 on Twitter and @thecozylittlebooknook on Instagram.
Hey Everyone! First, I just wanted to give a heads up about this blog for the future. I love each and everyone of you guys who reads it, and I would love to post content daily for you guys, but with my school and work schedule for the next semester, it just isn't do-able. However, with that said, I will be posting on here sporadically, so follow me on Twitter to know when that is! Also, I an a co-blogger on Reading in the Rain, and I will be posting there once a week (maybe more if I have time) so go on over and check it out!
Anyways, without much further ado, here's a 'fun facts' post from Kat Colmer, the author of the new release, The Third Kiss!!
The Third Kiss summary:
Love curses don’t exist. At least that’s what Jonas, master of the meaningless hookup, tells himself when a letter warns him he’s an Eros Guardian cursed to endure a test of true love or forever be alone. His levelheaded longtime friend Cora figures it’s a revenge prank by an ex. The way Jonas stamps each girlfriend with a weeklong use-by date, it serves him right.
But when an impulsive kiss between the two friends reveals potential for more, Cora becomes the target of the Groth Maar: demons sent to wipe out the Eros Guardian line. And suddenly the curse becomes dangerously real.
Breaking the curse means Jonas’s biggest challenge yet. Failure guarantees Cora’s death. But success may cost him his own life…and the loss of his carefully guarded heart to the one girl far too sensible to fall for him.
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Thanks for having me on the Cozy Little Book Nook to share a few Fun Facts about myself and my young adult paranormal romance The Third Kiss. Grab a cuppa and a biscuit, and maybe one of those comfy looking pillow’s off Brooke’s couch, and I’ll get started.
1. The idea for The Third Kiss came to me after reading the Old Testament story of Amon and Tamar, in which King David’s beautiful daughter Tamar is shamed and cast out of her father’s palace, all because her half brother Amnon felt she was his for the taking. The disgraced Tamar goes mad thanks to the ordeal. This got me to thinking… What if she didn’t go mad? What if she got mad instead? And so the Love’s Mortal Coil curse was born.
2. The kiss in the gazebo in chapter sixteen is an award winner! The scene won the Romance Writer’s of Australia First Kiss competition back in 2014. That’s right, that there is one award winning smooch, and I had huge fun writing the verbal and emotional push and pull between Jonas and Cora in the lead up to this momentous moment.
3. One of the scenes in The Third Kiss takes place on the Sydney University campus, where an iconic Jacaranda tree has stood for close to a century in the university’s quadrangle. Shortly after I started edits on The Third Kiss, the Jacaranda died and collapsed! I was about to edit the tree out, when the university announced they’d be planting a graft of the old tree in its place, so I got to keep the Jacaranda in the scene. Phew!
4. In the first draft of The Third Kiss, Jonas’s sister Beth had a boyfriend. My editor felt he had to be done away with. I didn’t like the character that much anyway—he had questionable taste in music.
5. A friend of mine makes replica weaponry, so I had a Sword of Absolom made—the only weapon the Groth Maar demons can use to kill Cora. Here’s a picture. Looks real, doesn’t it? You’d never know it was made of foam and rubber!
6. My writing space consists of a small table and chair, as well as a chaise, which comes in handy when I want to lounge around and type on my laptop. Or when I want to kick back and read. Mind you, I usually have to fight one of my kids to get to it.
Kat Colmer is a Sydney-based Young and New Adult author who writes coming-of-age stories with humor and heart. The recipient of several writing awards, she has won the Romance Writers of Australia First Kiss contest, as well as the Romance Writers of America On the Far Side contest for her debut Young Adult Paranormal Romance.
Kat has a Master of Education in Teacher Librarianship and loves working with teens and young adults. When not writing, teaching, or reading the latest in YA fiction, Kat spends time with her husband and two children.
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Alright guys, that is it for this post. I hope you guys enjoyed it, and learned something new about a new book! Be sure to check out the links to the book, as well as connect with the author on social media and all that! Also, since this is my first time having a fun facts post, and I love hearing from you all, tell me if you guys liked this post, and what type of other posts you want to see in the future!
And with that, this is it for today, and I hope to post more soon! (And go check out Reading in the Rain, it is such a lovely site, and I am so happy to be a part of the team!)
You can also find me on social media, @BrookeEvans2001 on Twitter and @thecozylittlebooknook on Instagram.
If you guys have been around my blog long enough, you'll know that I love any book that Entangled Teen publishes, and there are several series that the publisher has out, and many of those have new books coming out around this time. Since I am slowly getting back into the groove of blogging, look forward to many of those reviews to come your way very soon! I know that I have at least 2 more reviews planned for the next week or so. Anyways, here is a excerpt post and info for Erin Fletcher's newest release: Tied Up In You! Since I don't have the review up for you guys today, I am including a couple of teaser graphics!
(I had the post and review written, and since I wrote it directly into the text editor of the site builder, and not on a google docs, the post somehow got deleted, and I lost the review. I am working to rewrite it, and it will be up tomorrow, I promise!)
Tied Up in You by Erin Fletcher
Release Date: 7/10/17
About the book:
Everyone says hotshot goalie Luke Jackson is God’s gift to girls, but the only girl he wants is his best friend, Malina Hall. He’s always known how brilliant she is, but now that he’s “accidentally” kissed her, he can’t stop thinking about her…or wanting to kiss her again.
Problem is, things have been a little…awkward since the kiss. Because she likes him, too? Hopefully, but even if she did, their futures—and the ridiculous schedules that come with them—are in the way. And now one of his teammates is showing interest, and the guy has more in common with Malina than Jackson ever will.
As her best friend, Jackson should get out of the way. But if there’s one thing he’s learned from hockey, it’s that you have to go for what you want, even if it means falling flat on your face. And he’s definitely falling for Malina.
Disclaimer: This book contains a hot hockey player who goes after what he wants, a super-hot, super-distracting shirtless workout, and the kind of best friends to lovers romance every girl in the friend zone has dreamed of.
About the author:
Erin is a young adult author from North Carolina. She is a morning person who does most of her writing before sunrise, while drinking excessive quantities of coffee. She believes flip-flops qualify as year-round footwear, and would spend every day at the beach if she could. She has a bachelor's degree in mathematics, which is almost never useful when writing books.
“What muscles are these?” Malina asked. “Shoulderceps?”
I laughed. “For someone so smart, you’re really not up on human anatomy, are you?”
She glanced up from my shoulders long enough to smile. “I’ve been much more into physical sciences than biological ones. But right now…”
I grinned at her. “I’m glad I’m having an influence on you.” I motioned for her to turn and face me. She swung one leg over the bench, as well. I slid a few inches closer to her. I put my hands on her shoulders, where she’d just been touching mine. “Trapezius,” I said. I let my hands drop a little lower, but not too low. “Pectorals,” I said.
“Trapezius and pectorals,” she echoed. “I think those might be some of my favorites.”
“Yeah? You want to end the anatomy lesson there?”
She gave a firm shake of her head. “Keep going.”
I slid my hands down to the sides of her rib cage. “Intercostal muscles. Those aren’t very big or strong. But these…” I let my hands drop down to her sides. Then I slid my hands up her shirt to rest in the same place. I brushed my thumbs against her abs. Her skin was warm, and she shivered against my hands. I liked making Malina shiver. A lot. “These are your obliques. Big. Strong.”
“Not as strong as yours,” she said. Her voice was barely above a whisper.
“You don’t have to be as strong as me,” I said. “You’re perfect the way you are.”
Then I slid closer to her on the bench, closing the distance between us, and kissed her. She melted into me and kissed me back, taking some control and making my heart race faster than the treadmill had. When my sweatshirt got in the way, she pulled back long enough to let me tug it over her head. I wanted to take the other shirt with it, but I settled for letting my hands explore through the thin fabric of her shirt, taking in what my eyes couldn’t.
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That's it for today's post guys! I hope you guys enjoy the excerpt and the teasers. Again, I apologize for not having the review up today, but that will be up tomorrow! Hopefully you guys will love the book as much as I did!
So will you go and pick it up? Leave me all your thoughts in the comments below or find me on social media, @BrookeEvans2001 on Twitter and @thecozylittlebooknook on Instagram. I will be back tomorrow with the review! Keep an eye out for that!
Hey everyone! I know I've been gone from blogging for a while, I had some personal business to take care off, but good news is, I'm back! I won't be posting as much as I was before, but hopefully I'll get something up at least once a week. So for this week, I have a spotlight post for a new book from Kari Lynn West! Enjoy!
Book title: The Secrets of Islayne
Is the book a standalone? Yes
Author: Kari Lynn West
Genre: YA Fantasy
Published: June 30, 2017
A boy who can restore forgotten moments from the past unearths a secret that threatens his entire future.
For centuries, the island of Islayne has given certain residents the ability to revive other people’s memories. These gifted individuals are known as luminators, and sixteen-year-old Ronan Saunders desperately desires to join their illustrious ranks. As he struggles against the prejudice of the old, powerful families who have an iron grip on the trade, Ronan falls under the tutelage of a reclusive luminator, rumored to be insane.
Just when his long-desired future is within reach, Ronan and his three friends discover a deadly secret on the island. As they delve deeper into the mystery, what they find forces them to question their loyalties, doubt long-held beliefs, and wrestle with the dire consequences of revealing the truth. Ronan finds himself torn between everything he loves and the only future he’s ever wanted. The entire fate of the lumination trade hangs in the balance of his decision.
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Memories are sacred. Memories are sacred. Memories are sacred. The words kept flitting around his mind like insistent flies—inconsequential, but no less annoying—as he steered the small motorboat toward the mouth of the cave. That mantra was the foundational tenet of lumination; it had no place on his nighttime journey. Luminators lived to bring memories back from the brink of extinction. Never to push them over the edge. It was unthinkable; it was impossible.
More fool them.
The boat coasted up to the shore. It was dark, but he’d come prepared. He retrieved the book, flashlight, and battery-powered standing lamps and carried them deep into the cave. He wound his way through seemingly endless passageways, hearing only the fall of his footsteps and the far-away drip of water on stone. Finally, he turned the last sharp corner of the twisting tunnel and stepped into a large cavern. The flashlight cast a narrow beam of light, pale and weak, into the dark expanse, as if at any moment it could be swallowed up by shadow. During the day, the chamber was beautiful. There was no daylight now.
He walked to a long, high bench in the middle of the stone floor and placed one lamp on either side. He took a moment to gaze down at the book in his hands and trace the strange markings on the leather cover. Even though Classical Gaelic wasn’t something they taught at the Academy, he’d slowly deciphered the text. For years, he struggled against the power of those translated words; it didn’t matter in the end though. In an instant, desperation and grief brought a vicious clarity to his life, and the knowledge burrowed deep within him blossomed into something vital and beautiful. Why should he serve the cause of memories when they’d only ever brought him despair? Better to break them to his will.
He glanced down at his watch. For a moment, Elise’s smiling face rose up in his memory. He recalled her barely contained excitement as she placed the watch in his hands, eager to see his reaction to the birthday present. He pushed the thought firmly away. This wasn’t the time.
They would be here any moment. He waited, relishing the perfect stillness all around him. It wouldn’t last much longer. Soon enough, screams would drive out the silence.
Kari Lynn West writes contemporary YA fantasy—normally while drinking far too much coffee. She likes to create character-driven stories that are set in the real world with a twist, weaving fantastical elements into everyday life. She lives in North Carolina with her husband and two daughters.
Weird and Wonderful by Cece Barlow
Genre: YA Contemporary Fiction
Release Date: February 13th 2017
Summary from Goodreads:
Gin Autry must finish the last semester of high school in eclectic Austin with her hippie grandmother while Gin’s brother waits for heart surgery in Houston.
Instability reigns, but Gin uses the principles of feng shui to find balance and send positive energy to her brother. She also secretly hopes her voice-over actress dream will advance and true love will show up.
Instead, she falls for the wrong guy and clings to the wrong dream. Nothing in Gin’s life is balanced, but when death threatens her brother, she discovers true balance is about listening, compromise, and the guy in the friend zone.
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About the Author
Cece Barlow writes books for young adults and the young at heart. She's a a dash of fun, mixed in with some smart cookie and a splash of capable. She started her first fan fiction group in junior high and never stopped writing. Today, she writes about girls with lofty dreams and about the absolute craziness of falling in love.
When Cece's not writing, she curls up with a book, heads to a popcorn blockbuster, or kicks back to watch shooting stars. If she sees the moon in the daytime, she thinks she's lucky.
Cece lives in College Station, Texas with her college sweetheart Tim and two cats - one evil and one good.
Idea for the post: Inspiration for the book, the characters, the location, etc...
The seed of this story was a girl who falls in love with her best friend.
I wanted an ensemble cast of characters to grow that Texas feeling of extended family and friends. I also wanted a family to be in turmoil, and it broke my heart when I learned my girl's brother had a life-threatening heart condition.
My girl needed a dream. I don't know if I can write a character that doesn't have some fan love. My girl loved anime and wanted more than just fan status. She let me know she was dreaming of being a voice-over actress.
Fun Fact! My characters write me letters about what they want.
People need pets. A friend of mine has sugar gliders and, ta-da, so did my character.
Why Austin, Texas? A phrase that is popular in these parts is "Keep Austin Weird." Where else could I set this book?
And who do you find in Austin? University of Texas student-college guys. Romance is in the air!
Hi Everyone! Today's post is a review, as part of the blog tour for Internet Famous by Danika Stone, as organized by the Sunday Street Team. I just wanted to thank Nori, Helena, and Aditi for organizing this tour, and being there to answer all my questions. you guys rock! Anyways, let's get onto the review!
Internet Famous by Danika Stone
Genre: YA Contemporary
Publication Date: June 6, 2017
Format: I received a copy of the book in advance to review, for this Sunday Street Team post. All opinions in this post are my own, and in no way was I compensated for this review.
You can preorder a copy of the book here:
Amazon- US: http://amzn.to/2o2dg88
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Book Depository: http://bit.ly/2oT3xFb
High school senior and internet sensation Madison Nakama seems to have it all: a happy family, good grades, and a massive online following for her pop-culture blog. But when her mother suddenly abandons the family, Madi finds herself struggling to keep up with all of her commitments.
Fandom to the rescue! As her online fans band together to help, an online/offline flirtation sparks with Laurent, a French exchange student. Their internet romance—played out in the comments section of her MadLibs blog—attracts the attention of an internet troll who threatens the separation of Madi’s real and online personas. With her carefully constructed life unraveling, Madi must uncover the hacker’s identity before he can do any more damage, or risk losing the people she loves the most… Laurent included.
It’s been awhile since I’ve blogged, and even longer since I’ve done a review, so things are feeling a bit rusty, but hopefully, as soon as i start typing, everything will come back to me, and this review turns out awesome.
So to start off, I’ve been wanting to read a story by Danika Stone ever since I started blogging, and started following her Twitter, because I just loved her online personality, and the synopsis of her (then newly released) book, All the Feels was just so good. It’s been about a year and a half since I started blogging, and I am just now getting around to reading some of her work, Internet Famous (which is what this review is about, duh) and I was not disappointed, and hopefully, you guys will like it to!
This book covered several topics that are pretty big in today’s day and age (I feel so old just saying that). It covered mental issues, family/marriage problems, and online safety, which I have a personal connection to all of them. I won’t go into much detail about them, except the internet part which I will stress a bit at the end.
The characters, were all very developed. I like how we were able to understand so much from just Madi’s interactions, and not much else was needed to explain. None of the characters were flat, or felt forced. It was more like I felt that I could really be right there next to them, and maybe even be their friend. I totally understood Madi, and the way she was viewing the events happening in her life, but Laurent on the other hand seemed to be a bit sketchy, with how fast their relationship is moving.
I feel like Danika was able to truly capture the voice of the teen, going through all these problems, which I can tell you, many authors are not able to do. The struggle, the love, the hate, the internal issues; all of the feelings are there, and as the reader, it’s really hard not to feel with the character. I’m the type of person who is able to compartmentalize my own feelings and feelings while reading a book, and I was not able to separate the two this time around.
Another thing that I really liked was the conversation that was held in the book, really embraced the 21st century (as one of my friends likes to point out very often) because as teens in this modern world of technology, so much of our lives revolve, and even depend on the internet. Of course, this isn’t the most healthy way to interact, but there’s no denying it, and Danika did a fabulous job in incorporating that into this book. Much of the book was written in text message, blog post, comments, emails and meme format. It was a bit hard to read at times because of the formatting on my copy on my phone, but it was also an ARC, and I know that the final copy is much better.
The only thing I had a problem with is how easy the end problem was solved. It seemed a tad bit unrealistic, but what YA book is completely realistic? That would just make for quite a few depressing books. In order to avoid any spoilers, as this is also part of a tour in promo for the book, I will quickly recap everything that’s just a bit unrealistic. So Madi, suddenly was able to solve the social problem that her sister had been having for years now, she finds the person who’s been trolling her, and she also gets the guy. It sounds more like the plot of a rom-com, but that isn’t necessarily a bad thing.
With the internet part, as a blogger myself (obviously), one of the really, really long term goals is to reach that level of recognition. I’m not talking about popularity among everyone, but among the book community, as some of my friends online are. But with that, comes the haters, and one of the most important thing is to leave them alone, or else you're only putting more fuel for the fire. I love the people that I personally interact with online, and love the positivity that the bookish community is always spreading. (sorry for that personal part peeps).
Overall, I give the book a 8/10 (4/5 stars). I love how the book covered a bit of everything. There was school, family, blogging and especially, first love. Everything a normal teen has, wrapped up into an amazing book. It was fluent to read and relatively quick as I was able to finish it on the bus in 3 hours (yes, I know, my bus ride is insanely long). I really recommend you guys go check it out, it reminded me a bit of Geekerella, and also BLOGGERS, this is definitely a book you will want to read, and will probably relate to as well.
Here’s a bit about the author:
Danika Stone is an author, artist, and educator who discovered a passion for writing fiction while in the throes of her Masters thesis. A self-declared bibliophile, Danika now writes novels for both teens (All the Feels and Internet Famous) adults (Edge of Wild and Intaglio). When not writing, Danika can be found hiking in the Rockies, planning grand adventures, and spending far too much time online. She lives with her husband, three sons, and a houseful of imaginary characters in a windy corner of Alberta, Canada.
Ms. Stone is represented by Morty Mint of Mint Literary Agency.
So that’s it for today’s post, for the Sunday Street Team tour for Internet Famous by Danika Stone. I hope you guys enjoyed the book, and the preorder link is at the top of this post. What did you think about the review? Will you go and pick it up? Leave me all your thoughts in the comments below or find me on social media, @BrookeEvans2001 on Twitter and @thecozylittlebooknook on Instagram.
I will be back soon with plenty of new posts, and other fun stuff in the summer (only a couple more days left!). I will see y’all then!
Hey everyone! It's been a couple of weeks since I last posted, and while I have at least 5-6 posts that i have started, none of them are completed yet (I have a commitment issue with separating from my posts, and I just keep getting new ideas and starting them before finishing the old ones), but no fear, they will all be up at some point in the next 3 -4 weeks, especially as this school year winds down and I have more free time. Actually that's a lie, my summer is already jam packed with activities, but with school out of the way, i have more time to write which is very exciting.
Ok, enough of my rambling. The real reason you are probably here today is because I'm part of the Entangled Bliss new releases Blitz today (try saying that 10 times fast). So without further ado, here are all the amazing books coming out soon!
Are you ready to find your next perfect romantic read? Bliss has two new releases from NYT Bestselling authors, Rachel Harris and Victoria James today. Be sure to pick up your copies today and find out why people are swooning over these reads!
The Nanny Arrangement
By Rachel Harris
Release date: May 22, 2017
About the book:
Soft-spoken and shy Hannah Fisher is determined to make the man she’s loved her entire life finally see her as a woman. With the help of a makeover, a new mission—Operation Find My Happy—and the convenient forced proximity of a tour bus, she vows to win her best friend Deacon’s heart.
Former bad boy and current fiddle player Deacon Latrell has the world at his fingertips: a new gig with a famous band, plus his best friend on tour as his son’s nanny. Life couldn’t get much sweeter. Now if only he could stop imagining kissing the daylights out of his childhood BFF…
With one friend set on pushing the boundaries and the other afraid to rock the boat, one thing’s for certain—their story would make one heck of a country song.
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About the Author
New York Times bestselling author Rachel Harris writes humorous love stories about sassy girls-next-door and the hot guys that make them swoon. Vibrant settings, witty banter, and strong relationships are a staple in each of her books…and kissing. Lots of kissing.
An admitted bookaholic and homeschool mom, she gets through each day by laughing at herself, hugging her kids, and watching way too much Food Network with her husband. She writes young adult, new adult, and adult romances, and LOVES talking with readers!
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The Doctor's Redemption
by Victoria James
Release date: May 22, 2017
About the book:
Gwen Bailey has been busy taking care of everyone but herself. After a tragedy tore her family apart, she put her dreams aside to be with family. Now that her life is getting back on track, and her new Chocolaterie is open, she can concentrate on snagging the handsome, mysterious customer who has her dreaming about her own happily-ever-after...
Doctor Luke Thomson has spent the last five years filled with guilt. He hopes to make amends in Shadow Creek, however he doesn't count on falling for the adorable and gorgeous Gwen Bailey. He vows to not get involved with her, but she's too sweet to resist. It's only a matter of time, though, before the truth comes out. Luke knows there's no way Gwen will look at him the same way once she discovers his secret...
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Book 1 - Christmas with the Sheriff
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Book 2 – The Baby Bombshell
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About Victoria James
Victoria James is a romance writer living near Toronto. She is a mother to two young children, one very disorderly feline, and wife to her very own hero. Victoria attended Queen’s University and graduated with a degree in English Literature. She then earned a degree in Interior Design. After the birth of her first child she began pursuing her life-long passion of writing. Her dream of being a published romance author was realized by Entangled in 2012. Victoria is living her dream— staying home with her children and conjuring up happy endings for her characters. Victoria would love to hear from her readers! You can visit her at www.victoriajames.ca or Twitter @vicjames101 or send her an email at Victoria@victoriajames.ca.
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That's it for today! I know it was a long post, but these books are all so interesting, and I'm looking forward to reading them, although they are a bit above my age group (but age is just a number right?)
Anyways, let me know all your thoughts about the books in the comments below, or on social media, @BrookeEvans2001 on Twitter and @thecozylittlebooknook on Instagram. I will be getting more into the groove of blogging soon, so keep your eyes out for more posts soon!
Brooke's a high schooler who loves to read all sorts of books. She's happy to be able to share all the books she's reading with all of y'all.