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Blog Tour and Giveaway | Dear Teen Me Edited by Miranda Kenneally and E. Kristin Anderson

Today I have the pleasure of hosting one of many stops in the Dear Teen Me Blog Tour.

While time does not allow me to draft my own Dear Teen Me letter, I would recommend this book to all teens and adults a like. I didn’t read all of the letters but the ones that I did really touched me. I would have to say that Carrie Jones’ letter was one of the best. It actually really concerned me because my husband just had a case of mono.

[amazon_link id=”1936976218″ target=”_blank” ]Dear Teen Me[/amazon_link] edited by Miranda Kenneally and E. Kristin Anderson

Zest Books | October 30, 2012 | 192 pages

Summary (Goodreads)

Dear Teen Me includes advice from over 70 YA authors (including Lauren Oliver, Ellen Hopkins, and Nancy Holder, to name a few) to their teenage selves. The letters cover a wide range of topics, including physical abuse, body issues, bullying, friendship, love, and enough insecurities to fill an auditorium. So pick a page, and find out which of your favorite authors had a really bad first kiss? Who found true love at 18? Who wishes he’d had more fun in high school instead of studying so hard? Some authors write diary entries, some write letters, and a few graphic novelists turn their stories into visual art. And whether you hang out with the theater kids, the band geeks, the bad boys, the loners, the class presidents, the delinquents, the jocks, or the nerds, you’ll find friends–and a lot of familiar faces–in the course of Dear Teen Me.

 

Connect with Zest Books

Zest Books is an award-winning publisher of smart and edgy titles that focus on the colorful chaos of teen life. These nonfiction books cover timely topics in creative ways by incorporating solid life advice, practical how-to instruction, and humorous commentary. Zest Books’ catalogue includes 97 Things to Do Before You Finish High SchoolWhere’s My Stuff: The Ultimate Teen Organizing Guide, and Scandalous! 50 Shocking Events You Should Know About So You Can Impress Your Friends. In Fall 2012, Zest Books launches a new line of memoirs and first-person accounts, and Dear Teen Me is the first book in this new line. Zest Books is distributed by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.

Connect with Dear Teen Me

Follow the rest of the blog tour from the Dear Teen Me Blog Tour website. The other stops for today are:

As You Were

Charlee Vale

Royal Reviews

Confessions of a Bookaholic

Falling for YA

Connect with Miranda Kenneally

Miranda Kenneally is the author of the contemporary YA novels Catching Jordan, Stealing Parker (just published), and Things I Can’t Forget(Spring 2013). Miranda is also the co-editor, with E. Kristin Anderson, of Dear Teen Me: Authors Write Letters to Their Teen Selves (Zest Books), and is co-creator of the Dear Teen Me website.

Connect with E. Kristin Anderson

E. Kristin Anderson, in addition to co-editing Dear Teen Me and co-creating its eponymous website, is a writer and poet who has been published in dozens of literary journals. She is also an assistant editor at Hunger Mountain for their YA and Children’s section.

Giveaway

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Blog Tour Review | Of Blood and Bone (The Minaldi Legacy, #1) by Courtney Cole

[amazon_link id=”B009B1N1IC” target=”_blank” ]Of Blood and Bone (The Minaldi Legacy)[/amazon_link] by Courtney Cole

Lakehouse Press | September 14, 2012 | 226 pages

Procurement

eARC via Kismet Book Touring

My Grade

Plot: 3

Setting: 5

Writing: 4

Originality: 3

Characters: 4

Romance: 4

Overall: 23/30 76%

Title/Cover Bonus: 3

Overall

A predictable romantic mystery. Left me disappointed because I adored her amazing YA series.

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Blog Tour and Giveaway | Jepp, Who Defied the Stars by Katherine Marsh

 

Please help me welcome author Katherine Marsh! Her Blog Tour for her upcoming release of[amazon_link id=”1423135008″ target=”_blank” ] Jepp, Who Defied the Stars[/amazon_link] stops here with a guest post on her books title!

I am currently reading this and really enjoying it! I can’t wait to find out what else happens! Jepp is a memorable character you won’t soon forget.

See below on a chance to win a copy of this truly unique book for yourself.

[amazon_link id=”1423135008″ target=”_blank” ]Jepp, Who Defied the Stars[/amazon_link] by Katherine Marsh

Hyperion Book | October 9, 2012 | 400 pages

Summary (Gooodreads)

Fate:
Is it written in the stars from the moment we are born?
Or is it a bendable thing that we can shape with our own hands?
Jepp of Astraveld needs to know.
He left his countryside home on the empty promise of a stranger, only to become a captive in a luxurious prison: Coudenberg Palace, the royal court of the Spanish Infanta. Nobody warned Jepp that as a court dwarf, daily injustices would become his seemingly unshakable fate. If the humiliations were his alone, perhaps he could endure them; but it breaks Jepp’s heart to see his friend Lia suffer.
After Jepp and Lia attempt a daring escape from the palace, Jepp is imprisoned again, alone in a cage. Now, spirited across Europe in a kidnapper’s carriage, Jepp fears where his unfortunate stars may lead him. But he can’t even begin to imagine the brilliant and eccentric new master–a man devoted to uncovering the secrets of the stars–who awaits him. Or the girl who will help him mend his heart and unearth the long-buried secrets of his past.
Masterfully written, grippingly paced, and inspired by real histori-cal characters, “Jepp, Who Defied the Stars “is the tale of an extraordinary hero and his inspiring quest to become the master of his own destiny.

 

Katherine Marsh Guest Post

Titles

Greetings, Jess and Cozy Reader Readers!

Jess has asked me to write about titles, how I came up with mine and what factors influence me when I’m devising a title. Jepp, Who Defied the Stars is my third novel for young readers and was probably the hardest to figure out a title for. Partly this is because the story isn’t easy to explain. I can basically guarantee that Jepp is the most unusual book you’ll read all year. It’s a coming-of-age, adventure/ romance story that stars a dwarf and has a supporting cast that includes a giant, a nose-less astronomer, and a beer-drinking moose. And nope, it’s not fantasy either. A majority of the characters were actually real historical figures. Plus the book also attempts to answer—or at least explore—one of the biggest philosophical questions: Are our lives determined by fate and circumstance or can we change them through our own actions?

So back to that title question: How in heck do you come up with 1-7 words that encapsulate all this? It’s not easy. It’s especially not easy when you’re trying to do the job three weeks after having a baby, when only about a quarter of your brain is operational. But that’s just what I had to do. When my daughter was three weeks old, I had to start generating title ideas. This meant sending my preschooler out with dad, turning off Teen Mom reruns, and getting serious.

I always start the title process by devising a long list of all the words and terms that could possibly apply to my book.  Astrology is one of the big themes of the book—at 14, Jepp is taken to the royal court of the Spanish Netherlands to be a court dwarf and receives his first horoscope. So is astronomy—after Jepp is involved in an epic tragedy at court he finds himself pressed into service to the nose-less astronomer mentioned above. The word “stars” seemed to touch both on the science/free will aspect of the story as well as on the astrology/fate part. Jepp is such a huge character–no pun intended, just wait till you get to know him–that even before I came up with a title, I referred to my working draft as simply Jepp.

The hard part was uniting the “stars” and “Jepp” together. A good title needs a sense of drama and mystery—it’s the story in miniature but it makes you want to know more. My wonderful editor, Abby Ranger, hit on the words defy and defiance. That’s when it clicked: Jepp, Who Defied the Stars. The crux of Jepp’s story is his defiant attempt to change his own fate—a fate seemingly determined by his height, by his family, and by the tragedies and secrets that shape him. How does he do this? How can we all change who we are and escape our past? Not to leave you on a cliffhanger, but you’ll have to read my book to find out.

 

Connect with Katherine Marsh

 I’m the author of the upcoming historical YA novel Jepp, Who Defied the Stars (out October 9th!), the Edgar-award winning The Night Tourist, and a sequel, The Twilight Prisoner (read if you like ghosts, urban exploration and Greek myths)I live in Washington, D.C. with my husband and two kids, spent a decade as a journalist for publications ranging from Good Housekeeping to Rolling Stone, love to cook and hate to clean (my desk was the messiest by far at Good Housekeeping).

Blog Tour Schedule

Date Blog
September 25th  Hopelessly Devoted Bibliophile
September 26th  YA Love Blog
September 27th  Novel Novice
September 28th  The Book Muncher
October 1st  YA Librarian Tales
October 2nd  In Bed with Books
October 3rd  The Cozy Reader
October 4th  Coffee, Books and Me

Giveaway

 

Thanks to AuthorsOnTheWeb you have a chance to win a copy of this truly unique book.

The blog post comment questions is:

Do you believe in fate?

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Blog Tour and Giveaway | Alice in Zombieland (The White Rabbit Chronicles, #1) by Gena Showalter

Welcome to the Alice in Zombieland Blog Tour!

Today you will see Gena’s Top 5 Quotes from [amazon_link id=”0373210582″ target=”_blank” ]Alice In Zombieland[/amazon_link] as well as information for winning a hardback copy and a chance to win an Amazon Kindle Paperwhite!

Did you see my review for Alice In Zombieland yet? I loved it!

[amazon_link id=”0373210582″ target=”_blank” ]Alice in Zombieland (White Rabbit Chronicles)[/amazon_link] by Gena Showalter

Harlequin Teen | September 25, 2012 | 416 pages

Summary (Goodreads)

She won’t rest until she’s sent every walking corpse back to its grave. Forever.

Had anyone told Alice Bell that her entire life would change course between one heartbeat and the next, she would have laughed. From blissful to tragic, innocent to ruined? Please. But that’s all it took. One heartbeat. A blink, a breath, a second, and everything she knew and loved was gone.

Her father was right. The monsters are real….

To avenge her family, Ali must learn to fight the undead. To survive, she must learn to trust the baddest of the bad boys, Cole Holland. But Cole has secrets of his own, and if Ali isn’t careful, those secrets might just prove to be more dangerous than the zombies….

I wish I could go back and do a thousand things differently.
I’d tell my sister no.
I’d never beg my mother to talk to my dad.
I’d zip my lips and swallow those hateful words.
Or, barring all of that, I’d hug my sister, my mom and my dad one last time.
I’d tell them I love them.
I wish… Yeah, I wish.

Gena’s Top 5 Quotes from AiZ

“I hope Rina gave you an STD.” (said by Kat Parker)

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“Cole once ate a pound of rusty nails  and claimed it tasted like unicorn tears mixed with fairy dust.  True story.  I was there.” (said by Kat Parker)

It was like we were on a screen playing the newest reality show—Survivor: Asher High—and they were our trusted viewers. (thought by Alice Bell)

“I’m not going to bite you.  Not tonight anyway.” (said by Cole Holland)

Asher High mascot

“Excuses are merely the cherry topping on an E. coli–infested sundae, Miss Bell.” (said by a teacher at Asher High)

Trailer

Blog Tour Schedule

Monday, September 17th – Harlequin Paranormal Romance blog
Wednesday, September 19th – Bookish Brunette
Friday, September 21th – IB Blogging

Monday, September 24th – Refracted Light Reviews
Tuesday, September 25th Book Birthday – Xpresso Reads
Wednesday, September 26th – The Cozy Reader
Friday, September 28th – Grave Tells

Monday, October – 1st – Parajunkee
Wednesday, October 3rd – Supernatural Snark
Friday, October 5th – The Unread Reader

Connect with Gena Showalter

GENA SHOWALTER is the New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author of the Intertwined novels and several other popular YA and adult series. Her stories have been featured on MTV and in Seventeen magazine and have been praised as unputdownable.” Growing up, she always had her nose buried in a book. When it came time to buckle down and get a job, she knew writing was it for her. Gena lives in Oklahoma with her family and three slobbery bulldogs.

Giveaway

Fill out the below Rafflecopter for a chance to win a hardback copy of Alice in Zombieland!

The Look for the White Rabbit Question is down below!
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Grand Prize Scavenger Hunt

Look for the White Rabbit Contest:

Each Day, the white Rabbit will appear on one site and stay there for 48 hours. Once you have found the Rabbit, click on it and you will be directed to a Rafflecopter entry form for the Grand Prize Giveaway! To enter, you must answer the daily question found at the Tour Stop!!!

You could win:

A brand new Kindle Paperwhite, with the gorgeous Alice in Zombieland Cover Art signed to the winner by Gena Showalter! (Yes, Gena will sign your prize!!) Also, the winner will get a personalized signed copy of Alice in Zombieland!

Where could the Rabbit appear? 

The rabbit could appear on any one of the Tour Hosts pages, as well as: The White Rabbit Chronicles WebsiteGena Showalters Facebook & HarlequinTEEN Facebook!

 Look for the White Rabbit Question

If you could only pick ONE item from the Zombie survival kit, what would your MUST HAVE be?

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Review | Alice in Zombieland (White Rabbit Chronicles, #1) by Gena Showalter


[amazon_link id=”0373210582″ target=”_blank” ]Alice in Zombieland (White Rabbit Chronicles, #1)[/amazon_link] by Gena Showalter

September 25, 2012 | Harlequin Teen | 404 pages

Procurement

ARC from Harlequin Teen.

My Grade

Plot: 5

Setting: 5

Writing: 5

Originality: 5

Characters: 5

Romance: 5

Overall: 30/30! A++++ Perfect blend of paranormal, romance and mystery

Title/Cover Bonus: 5

Overall

An amazing cast of characters with a lovely romance, some spirit eating zombies and a pair of butt-kicking zombie slayers set to protect each other and everyone they love.

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Blog Tour Release Note | Of Blood and Bone by Courtney Cole

 

Today it is my pleasure to make you aware of a newly released book by an author I have reviewed in the past. Courtney Cole’s new adult series is called The Minaldi Legacy and it starts out with [amazon_link id=”B009B1N1IC” target=”_blank” ]Of Blood and Bone[/amazon_link], which released on September 16th.

Below you will find the usual information plus a Teaser Quote that I picked from a few other options. Please leave me a comment letting me know what your first impressions are. I am genuinely interested.

Come back on October 15th to read my review for the blog tour.

[amazon_link id=”B009B1N1IC” target=”_blank” ]Of Blood and Bone (The Minaldi Legacy)[/amazon_link] by Courtney Cole

Lakehouse Press | September 16, 2012 | 226 pages (est)

Summary (Goodreads)

As a little boy, Luca Minaldi was told he was a monster.
As an adult, he knows it is true.

He lives in Malta, a fairytale-like place filled with sunshine and sea, beauty and secrets. And Luca’s darkest of secrets is the best kept of them all.

Eva Talbot arrives in Malta for the summer to finish up her doctoral dissertation. When she meets Luca, a mysterious and handsome shipping tycoon, there is an instant attraction, a disturbing and beautiful energy that she has never felt before. But she senses the darkness that lives within him.

Eva is hired to care for his mother, who suffers from dementia, but it is Luca who Eva will eventually risk everything to save. Her life becomes a swirling chaos of darkness and romance, of secrets and mystery. And the question that emerges will become the most important answer of all.

Can she save Luca from the darkness that plagues him without losing herself?

The answer is a matter of life or death.

Teaser Quote

 Eva’s Point of View

Luca crosses the room in three strides and pours two glasses of what looks to be Scotch.  He walks back and hands me a glass.  I can practically feel the power emanating from him.  He’s the type of person who has been born into it.  It has been cultivated in him from the time he was an infant and it shows.  Power and money are in every molecular strand in his body.

“To sanity,” Luca says, tipping his glass toward mine. And then he downs his in one gulp.

I take a tentative sip and realize quickly that I was correct.  It’s Scotch.  Neat.  Without one ounce of tonic or even an ice cube to dilute it.  It burns my mouth and warms my chest as it slides smoothly down.  But for some reason, I don’t want him to know that it makes me want to gag and cough.  I want to seem unfazed, so I drink the rest in two gulps and hand Luca back the empty glass.

It is worth my numb lips because there is approval in his eyes as he takes it.

“Aren’t you going to ask?” he says as he sets the glasses down on a heavy wooden side table.  He is still staring at me and his gaze makes me feel like my skin will be ablaze soon.

“Ask what?”  I feel slightly woozy from the Scotch.  And to be honest, I’m also woozy from being so near to Luca Minaldi.  For several different reasons, he has an interesting effect on me.

“Wouldn’t you like to ask me if you’re safe here with me?”

I look at him, remembering his mother’s startling words.  My son is evil.

“Am I?” I ask and my voice is barely a murmur.

“Probably not.”

Luca’s voice is quiet in the study, as dark as the night surrounding us, and I suddenly feel like I should run, somewhere far away from here.  But at the same time, I know that I won’t.  I am ridiculously drawn to this man and the more I find out about him, the more I want to know.  So I shake my head.

“I’m not afraid.”

Luca looks at me again and I don’t see one ounce of the vulnerability that I have seen there before.  Instead, he is expressionless once more and darkly handsome.

“Well, that’s the rub,” he answers.  “You should be.”

 

Connect with Courtney Cole

Courtney Cole is a novelist who would eat mythology for breakfast if she could. She has a degree in Business, but has since discovered that corporate America is not nearly as fun to live in as fictional worlds. Every Last Kiss is her debut novel and she followed it with the rest of The Bloodstone Saga (Every Last Kiss, Fated, With My Last Breath and My Tattered Bonds).Courtney lives in quiet suburbia, close to Lake Michigan, with her real-life Prince Charming, her ornery kids (there is a small chance that they get their orneriness from their mother) and a small domestic zoo.