Tuesday, July 22, 2014

EXCERPT + Giveaway: Girl in the Middle by Christine Bailey



Genre: YA Romantic Suspense
Published by: Vinspire Publishing, LLC
Release Date: September 22, 2013
Length: 210 Pages

Fifteen-year-old Skye, the middle child, finds herself wishing for a new life-one that doesn’t include daily harassment from the in-crowd at Highland Creek High School. Skye barely survived freshman year. She only did because her best friend, Goose, a semi-popular fellow band geek, was by her side. But when their sophomore year starts, Goose ditches Skye for a new crowd.

Cast into a lone existence at Highland Creek, Skye wishes for a touch of extraordinary that everyone, except her, seems to have. Her older sister, Sara Elizabeth, has it. Goose is getting close to it, and even her little sister is wildly popular in junior high. Skye would do almost anything to cast off her ordinary life…but at what price?

When her older sister goes missing without a trace, Skye gets her wish…but it’s not exactly what she had in mind. And when she questions Bryan, the senior class renegade and also the last person to be seen with her sister, she finds something she never quite expected.

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EXCERPT

After the bell, I headed to Ms. Stone’s classroom for lunch. It had become my usual place for dining since Lauren and I were so on-again, off-again. I really had no other place to go. But when I walked in, I found the principal and the school counselor—always a bad combination—sitting with Ms. Stone. My gut lurched.

The principal, Mr. Jones, was sitting on the corner of Ms. Stone’s desk with a roll of fat spilling over his belted pants. Mr. Munsey and Ms. Stone sat close to him. They all turned to me, and I began to inch backwards. The room was still. I fixated on the literature posters on the wall. William Shakespeare, Emily Dickinson, and Charles Dickens stared at me. Ms. Stone eased toward me. I sighed slowly through my nostrils. My heart raced, and everything felt like it was moving in slow motion. All I could think was: what have I done? Then I thought, someone’s dead. I was quickly assured that I was not in trouble, that they just wanted to talk to me for a few minutes. I tried to think of something questionable that I had done. Ms. Stone informed me that she had read my latest paper.

“Which one?” I asked. I tried to figure out which paper she was talking about.

“The one on Romeo and Juliet?” Then it hit me.

“I didn’t plagiarize,” I said.

“No, the one you turned in a couple of days ago.” I shrugged.

“Your essay was a little disturbing to Ms. Stone,” said Mr. Munsey. “She asked me to read it and give her my thoughts. That’s why I’m here.” Mr. Munsey, a large and bushy-haired man, looked about the same age as Ms. Stone, like around thirty-something probably. He had the mountain-man look—okay on a movie star, but not so much on Mr. Munsey.

“I don’t even remember what it was about. I wrote it last week when I had my migraine.”

“A story about ‘offing the populars,’ as you put it,” Mr. Jones said.

I slumped into a chair and said, “Oh. My short story.”

“Skye, we’re just concerned…” Mr. Munsey said. “About you being bullied.” He really dragged out the word concerned.

“I’m fine, and the story was not a hit list or plan or anything. I was just having a bad day and wrote a stupid story. It was like therapy. It was supposed to be funny, actually.”

“Well, it’s enough to make us question you,” Mr. Munsey said.

“It’s not a journal entry,” I said. “It’s not a cry for help or anything. I was just writing. It’s a fictional story about a school with no populars. No hierarchy. No Queen Bees or loud-mouthed jocks.”

The counselor pointed out a specific passage. He said, “Skye, it’s just realistic, and it concerns me.” That word again. “See, right here where you say, ‘The cheerleader, wide-eyed and gasping for air, clutched her bleeding stomach. She lifted her fingers and studied the warm liquid that had painted them a deep red, almost dark as night. She looked up into the eyes of her enemy…’”

“I have an active imagination.” Pause. Shrill laughs filtered in from the hallway. I even recognized one of the chicken laughs as Lauren’s. “I watch too much TV?” Pause. The chicken clucked again.

“You can’t write about ways to eliminate popular kids—or anyone for that matter. You watch the news. You know what’s going on in the world today. It’s a scary place,” Mr. Munsey said. He looked at me over his thickly rimmed glasses. I realized in that moment, standing before the jury and still hearing the chicken laugh from the hall, that I was in trouble.

“I was just writing a story…that’s all,” I said. I volunteered myself for any kind of test or evaluation to prove I was not crazy. Big mistake. They jumped on it.

Mr. Munsey wiped his glasses on a handkerchief (those disgusting, snot-holders should be outlawed, by the way). The trio exchanged looks, and then Mr. Jones and Mr. Munsey stood up. Their chairs scraped against the tiled floor. Before filing out of the room, Mr. Munsey said he’d be in touch about starting “sessions” with me or something. They left me alone with Ms. Stone.

“I’m so sorry, Skye, but I did this out of concern for you. I’ve been worried, and then this paper…”

“Wow, do I really look that pathetic and sad?” We stood looking at each other. The blue-gray circles under her eyes became sharper under the fluorescent lights. The window facing the quad outside caught my attention and pulled me away from Ms. Stone’s face. The quad was filled with activity. I saw blurs of color flash in front of me. Pink, wind-chapped faces, blue varsity jackets, white-blonde hair. I closed my eyes and shut everything out. “Can I leave?” I asked.

“I would still like to talk, Skye.”

“Maybe later, if that’s okay,” I opened my eyes and stared at her. She had betrayed me. “Can I leave?” I said again.

“Sure.”

I flew to the bathroom. My make-up had run in places from the tears. I haphazardly reapplied some make-up to my blotchy cheeks and chin. Then I smoothed it in slowly, covering the little bumps on my face with the foundation. I squeezed on berry-flavored lip gloss for good measure. Though it didn’t do much to help, the berry taste was a tiny comfort. Then I went and hid in the library. It was just a stupid story. I played the conversation over and over in my mind. The bell rang for fourth period and then for fifth. I was numb and couldn’t move from the hard, cold chair. The smooth surface of the table felt good against my face, too. At one point, I saw Ms. Stone through my hair that had fallen across my eyes, but I didn’t acknowledge her. Eventually she left.

Finally, I mustered up enough strength and took out a small mirror from my bag. I cringed at the streaks of mascara on my face. I tried to rub them away, but my face was a wreck. I glanced down at my watch and freaked. I had been hiding out in the library for over two hours. I had twenty minutes to pull myself together before last bell. I gathered up my stuff and snuck out of the library, straight to the math hall for a more obscure bathroom. I did not want to chance it by going to the one in the main hall. My instincts were good. It was empty. I dumped my purse out into the sink and began my patchwork. That’s when it went from bad to worse.

Zoë, with her perfect looks and ego the size of New York City, pranced in with her royal court in tow. I didn’t look up. I was told to never ever make eye contact with the enemy.

“Hello, Skye.”

“Hi,” I said and looked up stupidly. She smiled at me with her perfectly straight, perfectly white, and perfectly over-sized horse teeth. Her mouth, too big for her face, overwhelmed her eyes and pointed nose that tipped slightly upward.

“We were just talking about you.” She looked over at her minions and breathed a laugh through her nose.

“Oh yeah?” I said. Trapped in the smallest bathroom in the school, with only two stalls and one long sink, I shared the space with unfriendly forces. I swallowed hard and nearly choked on my saliva. I glanced at the girl standing beside Zoë and realized we used to be friends. Shelby and I played soccer together in the sixth grade.

“So, Skye, I heard a little rumor about you,” Zoë said.

“Okay.”

“Aren’t you a little bit curious?”

“No. Not really.”

“Oh, come on. You have to be.”

“What is it, Zoë?”

“I heard you wrote a story about being bullied. Poor baby, you’re not gonna go psycho, are you?”

“What?”

“My source overheard Ms. Stone and another teacher talking about it.”

“Whatever. They were probably talking about me winning that writing contest. Yeah, first place. Pretty awesome, huh?” I had been kicked in the gut. Well, not literally, but that’s what it felt like having these girls corner me. Everything went numb, except my brain. I couldn’t imagine how they found out. I looked at Shelby for help, but she was more interested in biting her fingernail. I threw my stuff back in my purse and reached for the door, but Zoë pushed me aside and hurried in front of me.

With a quick snap of her ponytail, she glanced back at me and said,“Whatever.”

I waited it out for a few minutes in the bathroom. The call for bus riders filtered through the intercom, and I finally poked my head out just as last bell rang and made a dash for it. I fought my way through the crowd that had begun to fill the hallways and ran to my locker. I noticed Zoë’s handiwork immediately. On my locker: a post-it note with the word “LOSER” in nice, big block letters and a picture of a stick figure with a huge head. It had curly hair and glasses, and it was crying. Great Sharpie skills. I grabbed it and crumpled it in my hand. The sharp little edges poked my palm.



Christine H. Bailey teaches Creative Writing and Written Composition at a private university in Tennessee. Before teaching English, Bailey worked as a journalist, a marketing/public relations writer, and a freelance editor.

Girl in the Middle is Bailey’s debut novel. To learn more about this author and her work, visit her online at www.cibailey.com.



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Monday, July 21, 2014

“Christmas in July” Giveaway Hop



 “Christmas in July” Giveaway Hop

July 22nd to 31st


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BLURB BLITZ + Giveaway: The Ashes That Remain By A.M. Griffin





The Ashes That Remain
By A.M. Griffin

BLURB:

We’re at war against the aliens that have invaded Earth, fighting the only way we can—by surviving. I have more than most people do, but although I know it’s stupid to hold on, I can’t let go of what might have been—can’t help dreaming of something more. No matter how I tell myself it would be easier to do what everyone else wants me to, there’s a part of me that can’t give in.

Making the best of the situation is one thing. Settling, even to make other people happy, is something else.

Then we hear the alien mother ships have disappeared. Of course we have to go and investigate. What we find lands us in a huge mess that we somehow have to clean up and, as our little enclave is rocked to the core with even more changes, I’m learning a hard lesson.

The more things change—for the better or the worse—there’s no fighting human nature, and building on the ashes that remain will take everything we have. And maybe more.



Excerpt 

A dark brown object comes slowly toward us, traversing up and over the uprooted street. The body of the vehicle has odd lines to it, jagged and sharp—foreign—making it hard on the eyes. The wheels move on continuous tracks. With no visible windows that I can see I wonder how it’s being steered…then my thoughts wander to who is steering.

“Is it a tank?” I whisper, glancing to Rocky briefly.

Squinting, he continues to peer at the vehicle. “It’s not any kind of tank that I’ve seen. It looks odd.”

“Misplaced,” I add. “It appears as if it doesn’t belong here…not on Earth anyway.” My heart seems to fall. Just moments before we’d talked about the alien invasion being over. I let myself believe, just for a minute, humans could reclaim Earth. But now, seeing this thing on what used to be Woodward Avenue, with its dark color contrasting against the pure-white snow, I’m gripped with fear.

These things never plan to leave us.

They’re here to stay.

“What are they doing?” Rocky mutters under his breath, talking to himself.

“Why are they traveling in that thing, when they have spaceships?”

Rocky scrunches his salt and pepper brows together. “Spaceships are good at hunting down humans and transporting them to wherever. But that thing…”

“Heavy machinery.”

“They’re working now.” Rocky turns my way. His piercing eyes settle on me. “With humans gone, they are free to build.”

Rocky lowers his head and tugs on my arm for me to do the same. He takes his rifle from his back and holds it in his hands. I press my back against the car and reach under my coat to retrieve my pistols.
My heart beats so hard against my chest that I feel nothing but pain radiating around my ribs. Blood rushes with such force through my veins that I have to struggle to listen to the vehicle above the noise of it pumping past my eardrums.

With a flick of my thumbs, I release the safety on both guns. I’m breathing so fast and hard that my head begins to swim.

Pull it together.

I close my eyes, trying to steady myself.

“Ian and Jorin are at your nine o’clock,” Rocky says. “Try not to kill them.”

I crack open my eyes and cut them in Rocky’s direction.

“What?” he asks. “You think you’ll have a clear shot of anything with your eyes closed?”

True.

The vehicle comes to a screeching halt almost directly in front of where Rocky and I are hiding. We exchange quick glances.

Why did they stop here? Had they seen us?

I tighten my grip on my weapons. Although it’s cold, my palms are wet with sweat.

I turn around slowly, my feet crunching against the snow. Looking down, instinctively I try to step in the prints that I’ve already made…

Our footprints.

My eyes follow the trail of fresh footprints we’ve made in the snow. One set leads from the street to where we’re hiding. I nudge Rocky with my elbow, drawing his attention to what I’m seeing.

He doesn’t say a word, but his facial features twist with emotion. I knew what I was getting myself into when I pressed to come. There was always a possibility of encountering the aliens. There had also been a possibility of having to defend ourselves from them—the reason for the weapons.

I’ve got on my big girl panties.

I’m ready.



A. M. Griffin is a wife who rarely cooks, mother of three, dog owner (and sometimes dog owned), a daughter, sister, aunt and friend. She’s a hard worker whose two favorite outlets are reading and writing. She enjoys reading everything from mystery novels to historical romances and of course fantasy romance. She is a believer in the unbelievable, open to all possibilities from mermaids in our oceans and seas, angels in the skies and intelligent life forms in distant galaxies. 
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REVIEW + GIVEAWAY: The Loving Husband Trilogy Box Set by Meredith Allard



The Loving Husband Trilogy 
Box Set- All Three Books
by Meredith Allard

Genre: paranormal romance
Publisher: Copperfield Press
Date of Publication: 6/10/14
Cover Artist: LFD Designs

Book Description:

Meredith Allard’s beloved bestselling paranormal/historical Loving Husband Trilogy is now available together for the first time, with bonus material about the series. The collection includes the full texts of Her Dear & Loving Husband, Her Loving Husband’s Curse, and Her Loving Husband’s Return, plus a Q&A with Meredith Allard, series inspirations, and discussion questions. The Loving Husband Trilogy Box Set will please the most devoted James and Sarah Wentworth fans as well as fans new to the series.

Book One: Her Dear & Loving Husband

James Wentworth has a secret. He lives quietly in Salem, Massachusetts, making few ties with anyone. One night his private world is turned upside down when he meets Sarah Alexander, a dead ringer for his wife, Elizabeth. Though it has been years since Elizabeth's death, James cannot move on. 

Sarah also has a secret. She is haunted by nightmares about the Salem Witch Trials, and every night she is awakened by visions of hangings, being arrested, and dying in jail. Despite the obstacles of their secrets, James and Sarah fall in love. As James comes to terms with his feelings for Sarah, he must dodge accusations from a reporter desperate to prove that James is not who, or what, he seems to be. Soon James and Sarah piece their stories together and discover a mystery that may bind them in ways they never imagined. Do vampires and witches live in Salem? Will James make the ultimate sacrifice to protect Sarah and prevent a new hunt from bringing hysteria to Salem again? 

Book Two: Her Loving Husband’s Curse

How far will you go to protect the one you love?

Finally, after many long and lonely years, vampire James Wentworth's life is falling into place. Together with his wife, Sarah, the only woman he has ever loved, he has found the meaning behind her nightmares about the Salem Witch Trials, and now they are rebuilding the life they began together so long ago. 

But the past is never far behind for the Wentworths. While Sarah is haunted by new visions, now about the baby she carried over three hundred years before, James is confronted with painful memories from his time with the Cherokee on the Trail of Tears. Through it all, the persistent reporter Kenneth Hempel reappears, still determined to prove that the undead walk the earth. If Hempel succeeds in his quest, James and Sarah will suffer. Will the curse of the vampire prevent James and Sarah from living their happily ever after? 

Book Three: Her Loving Husband’s Return

What would you do to return to the only one you have ever loved?

Vampire James Wentworth’s secret is no longer a secret, and now he and his beloved wife, Sarah, have been separated. While suffering his own internment, James is reminded of his time with Japanese-Americans in the Manzanar Relocation Camp during World War II, and he cannot allow the past to repeat itself. With the help of his friends—Chandresh, Jocelyn, Timothy, even the irreverent Geoffrey—James learns what it means to return, and he is determined to return to his Sarah no matter the challenges—or the consequences. In the end, it may be up to Olivia, the most powerful of witches, to grant James’s most fervent wish. Will James and Sarah be reunited once and for all despite the madness surrounding them?

REVIEW

To read my review of the Book One: Her Dear & Loving Husband go here. Go here to read my review of Book Two: Her Loving Husband’s Curse.

I can't even begin to tell you guys how much I love this series. All of these books are filled with interesting historical facts and one of the the most beautiful love stories that I have had the privilege to read. All three times that I have begun one of these books, I have been sucked in to a flash of James remembering his experiences of historical periods that we only know in history books. It has been an enjoyable ride through history.

This book picks up where the last left off with all of the vampires being rounded up, just as the Japanese were in WWII and taken to holding camps which were a lot like the interment camps the Japanese were held in. I am a history buff of some sort and love reading about history in the fiction that I read and this one was so interesting. It was fun to read about James's time volunteering in the Japanese camp teaching the high school kids night classes. This is where he made a friend that would later come back as a grandmother to help James and his friends. The whole time James is at the camp, Sarah is finding out more and more about James past. And it was very colorful indeed. But no matter what he did, it was always to  helped people that desperately needed help. And then they in return were there for him when he needed them. That just shows you that you reap what you sow.

There is so much that I could say but I don't want to re tell the story for you. Meredith has written such an inspiring paranormal love story with a lot of underlying lessons that we could all learn. And the wonderful and not so wonderful at times, history if our country. This all intertwined with wonderful love story spanning hundreds of years. If you haven't started this series DO SO RIGHT NOW!! They are wonderful books!

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About the Author:

Meredith Allard is the author of the best-selling novels The Loving Husband Trilogy, Victory Garden, Woman of Stones, and My Brother’s Battle (Copperfield Press). She received her B.A. and M.A. degrees in English from California State University, Northridge. She has taught writing to students aged ten to sixty, and she has taught creative writing and writing historical fiction seminars at Learning Tree University, UNLV, and the Las Vegas Writers Conference. She lives in Las Vegas, Nevada.





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Friday, July 18, 2014

INTERVIEW + Giveaway: MIRROR X by Karri Thompson


Title: MIRROR X
Author: Karri Thompson
Publisher: Entangled Teen
Pub. Date: June 23, 2014


I was born more than a thousand years ago.

Put into a cryogenic tube at age seventeen, forgotten during a holocaust that decimated the world, I've finally been awakened to a more serene and peaceful future.

But things at the hospital are new and strange. And it’s starting to scare me.

Everyone is young. Everyone is banded and tracked. And everyone is keeping secrets.

The cute geneticist Michael Bennett might be the only good thing in this crazy new world where “life is precious” but no one seems free to live it. The problem is, I don’t think he’s being totally honest with me, either.

When I’m told only I can save the human race from extinction, it’s clear my freeze didn’t avoid a dreadful fate. It only delayed the horror…



INTERVIEW

When you were little, what did you want to be when you "grew up"? 
When I was little, I wanted to be a doctor. In fact, for Christmas I asked for the “Invisible Man,” and I got one. I’m not sure if they sell them anymore, but it was a 12-inch model of a man, and all of its muscles and organs showed through its clear, hard plastic skin. All of the plastic organs were also removable. The heart even opened in two, so one could see its chambers. I changed my mind about being a physician during my sophomore year in high school when I had to dissect a fetal pig. Yuk! I was immediately over that career choice. Because I loved to read and write, I ended up majoring in English at SDSU, got my teaching credential, and became a high-school English teacher.

You have won one million dollars what is the first thing that you would buy?
Oh, boy. The first thing I’d do was pay off my house, my credit cards, and then I’d buy a white BMW M6. That’s my dream car. I’m also really interested in helping disabled vets, so I’d contribute to the Wounded Warrior Foundation.

Print or Ebook? 
I never thought I’d get used to reading e-books, but after I read one on a Nook, I was hooked. But if I read an e-book, and absolutely love it, I’ll also buy it in print, so I can sit it proudly on my book shelf.

What movie are you looking forward to this year?
I’m looking forward to seeing THE GIVER. I taught this book for many years, so I’m extremely familiar with it. I watched the trailer, and I already see some differences from the movie. For example, Jonas is older, and he has a love interest. This isn’t the case in the book. I’m a fan of Jeff Bridges though, and he plays the Giver, so I will definitely see this movie.

Finish the sentence- one book I wish I had written is.... 
THE HUNGER GAMES trilogy. Why didn’t I think of this? Love this series!


About Karri:

Karri’s debut YA novel, Amateur Angel, was released May 1, 2012. The next book in that series, Hollywood Angels, came out September 1, 2013. The first book in her upcoming dystopian trilogy, The Van Winkle Chronicles, will be released by Entangled Publishing Summer 2014.




Schedule

Week One:
7/7/2014- Pieces of WhimsyExcerpt
7/8/2014- The Cover ContessaGuest Post
7/9/2014- K-BooksExcerpt
7/11/2014- Two Chicks on BooksGuest Post

Week Two:
7/14/2014- Melissa's Eclectic Bookshelf- Interview
7/15/2014- A Book and a LatteExcerpt
7/16/2014- Step Into FictionInterview
7/17/2014Addicted ReadersExcerpt
7/18/2014Mom With A KindleInterview
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Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Interview + Giveaway: Vampire Lies by RaShelle Workman (Blood and Snow S2, #1)



Vampire Lies 
by RaShelle Workman 
(Blood and Snow S2, #1) 
Publication date: April 19th 2014

Synopsis:
Genre: YA Fractured Fairytale
Blood and Snow Season 2
Book 1 ~ Vampire Lies

*** Eyes like violet sapphires. Wings of smoldering fire. Consume your true love’s blood. Become the Eternal Vampire. ***

Once upon a time there lived a vampire with wings and the genie who loved her…

Born of the seven magics, Jasmine is different in every way, including the obnoxious wings on her back courtesy of the original Vampires. She wants to be normal, to be a regular teenaged girl.

When a gorgeous dark-haired boy named Laeddin shows up and promises to sneak her away from all her problems and hide her in the human world, she agrees.

But an evil lurks in her nightmares, a man with red eyes. It doesn’t take long for Jasmine to realize that no matter how far she tries to run from who she is, he’s only a dream away. He wants her. He needs her. He acts as though he loves her.

It’s becoming harder and harder to tell the difference between the path that’ll lead to her happily ever after, and the path that’ll lead to her destruction as well as all magic.



INTERVIEW

What is your favorite flavor of ice cream? 
Rocky Road. Chocolate, marshmallows, nuts all mashed into chocolate ice cream. Yum!!!

What is your favorite thing to eat for breakfast? 
Chocolate chip waffles with whipped cream. 

Night owl, or early bird? 
Night Owl

One food you would never eat? 
Animal organs… bleck. 

Skittles or M&Ms? 
M&M’s

When you were little, what did you want to be when you "grew up"? 
A mom and a teacher. I’m a mom and their teacher so it worked out. grins 

You have won one million dollars what is the first thing that you would buy? 
Liposuction… I mean a family trip to Europe. =D 

Print or Ebook? 
Ebook

What movie are you looking forward to this year? 
Transformers: Age of Extinction. I have a thing for dinosaurs and Optimus Prime rides a T-Rex. That I HAVE to see.  

Finish the sentence- one book I wish I had written is.... 
Angelfall by Susan Ee. It’s been more than a month since I read it and I still think about it. 

What is next on your to read list? 
City of Heavenly Fire

Any other books in the works? 


AUTHOR BIO

RaShelle Workman is the international bestselling author of the Dead Roses series (“Sleeping Roses,” book 1 in the series, has been translated into Turkish and is NOW available wherever Turkish books are sold), the Immortal Essence series, the Blood and Snow series, the Cindy Chronicles, and Touching Melody (A Forever First Novel). She’s sold over five hundred thousand copies of her novels worldwide. You can find RaShelle all over the web, but the best place to start is on her blog: rashelleworkman.com.

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INTERVIEW & MUSIC PLAYLIST + Giveaway: THE LEGACY LETTERS by Carew Papritz

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The Legacy Letters



A tragedy begins.

A husband and wife separate.

He’s dying. She doesn’t know.
She’s pregnant. He can’t return.

Now he races against time—

In the solitude of a mountain cabin.

In a faraway mountain range.

Trying to finish . . .
For his children—

his captivating stories and memories,

turned into practical, moral, and spiritual instructions,

now their “guidebook to life.”
For his wife—

his intimate words of great love and deep regret,

now his journey of redemption,

now her passage to forgiveness.
Ultimately, he gives his final gift

to her, to them,

and now,

to us all.


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INTERVIEW

When you were little, what did you want to be when you "grew up"?
I wanted to be everything.  When I realized I couldn’t be everything that’s when I decided I wanted to be a writer because then I could still be and do everything, wherever and whenever I wanted.  The only limit was going to be my imagination.  

You have won one million dollars what is the first thing that you would buy?
      Another second honeymoon for my wife ring—Bora Bora, where she’s always dreamed of going.  

Print or Ebook?
     Is that real question to ask a writer?  Always and forever a real book (that’s print)!

Finish the sentence- one book I wish I had written is....
 For Whom the Bell Tolls.  The 

What is next on your to read list?
    Following the Equator or  Fifty Shades of Grey—I can’t decide which to start with.

Any other books in the works? 
Yes.  It’s top secret but look forward to it coming out next year!

Music Playlist for 

THE LEGACY LETTERS

Fly Me to the Moon—Frank Sinatra
At Last –Etta James
Beethoven’s 9th—Beethoven
Me and Bobby McGee—Janice Joplin
Take me Home, Country Roads—John Denver
Crossroads—Robert Johnson
Melissa—Allman Brothers
Clouds of Jupiter—Train
Winter—Vivaldi

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Carew lives life as a series of great tests of the spirit. Born with an adventurer’s heart—a fierce and undying curiosity to see and explore the world—he takes to his challenges as if they were fatefully created just for him. He is determined to be a Renaissance Man in an age that lauds the specialist. As seen by his writings and songs in The Legacy Letters, he is fascinated with the human condition and chronicles it by immersing himself in all its endless variations.
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Interview + Giveaway: Divide by Jessa Russo





Divide
by Jessa Russo

Genre: Young adult, fantasy, fairytale redux
Date of Publication: 4/17/14

Cover Artist: Michelle Johnson of Blue Sky Designs 

Book Description:

From senior class president to dejected social outcast, with just the flick of a match.

After accusations of torching her ex-boyfriend’s home are followed by the mysterious poisoning of her ex-best friend, seventeen-year-old Holland Briggs assumes her life is over. And it is. But not in the way she thinks.

As Holland learns the truth about her cursed fate—that she is descended from the Beast most have only ever heard of in fairytales—she unites with an unlikely ally, good-looking newcomer Mick Stevenson.

Mick knows more about Holland’s twisted history than she does, and enlightening as it is to learn about, his suggestion for a cure is unsettling at best. Holland must fall in love with Mick in order to break the spell, and save their future generations from repeating her cursed fate. Having sworn off love after the betrayals of her ex-boyfriend and ex-best friend, this may be difficult to accomplish.

Complicating things further for Holland and Mick, time runs out, and Holland’s change begins way before schedule. With Holland quickly morphing into a dangerous mythical creature, Mick struggles to save her.

Should they fail, Holland will be lost to the beast inside her forever.


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INTERVIEW

If you could have any superpower what would you choose?
Ooh! Um . . . wow, I have no idea! Probably flying or time travel. Hmmm . . . yeah, definitely flying. I’d like to see the world but plane tickets are ridiculous. 

Tell us your most rewarding experience since being published. 
I’d say positive reader feedback has been the most rewarding, though I still have trouble believing it. A little voice always pops up and says “they’re lying” . . . not sure why, but I’m hoping that will eventually fade, because hearing that someone loved your work and really understood your beloved characters . . . that’s something truly amazing. 

Please tell us in one sentence only, why we should read your book.
I think you should read DIVIDE because it’s a bit different than other fairytale retellings—I mashed it up with Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde! 

Favorite food?
Pasta.

What book are reading now?
None. Well, I’m editing right now—eight books in my queue!—so I’m reading, just not books I’ve purchased. But, the most recent book I finished was TAKEN BY STORM by Tamara Mataya (swoony fireman alert! hello!) and my gorgeous signed paperback ARC of BLACKFIN SKY by Kat Ellis is sitting on my coffee table, waiting patiently for my full attention. 

What’s your favorite season/weather?
Late Summer into Fall. Warm. I want sunlight, lots of it, period. 

What was your favorite children's book?
The Giving Tree.

Beach or Pool?
Both! With all the warm weather I love so much, there’s room in my heart for both places! 

What is one book everyone should read?
Oh wow, that’s a tough one. I can’t answer that because ‘everyone’ is such a broad spectrum. You know what? I’d love to hear reader feedback on this one. Any suggestions? 

Any other books in the works? Goals for future projects?
Always! Next up is CHLORINE&CHAOS, an edgy erotic romance written under my pen name (Parker Jameson). After that, the third book in The Ever Trilogy, ENTWINED, will release in October. I have a few other YA projects in the works as well, and too many story ideas to count! 



About the Author:

Jessa Russo believes in fairytales, ghosts, and Jake Ryan. She insists mimosas were created for Sundays, and that’s not up for discussion.  She’s obsessed with the great city of New Orleans—where she’s collected too many beads to count, eventually married her sweetheart, and visited graveyards they don’t include on maps.

She’s loud, painfully honest, and passionate about living life to the fullest, because she’s seen how abruptly it can be taken away.

What began as a desire for reading and writing young adult paranormal has bled into stories of all kinds. From fantasy to pre-dystopian to erotic contemporary, Jessa’s stories always include romance, though she’s given up on pigeonholing her work into a category or genre box.

Jessa was born and raised in Southern California, and remains there to this day with her husband (a classic car fanatic), their daughter (a Tim Burton superfan), and a Great Dane who thinks he’s the same size as his Chihuahua sister.
ENTWINED, the final installment of Russo’s Ever Trilogy, will be released later this year, as well as an erotic romance written under the pseudonym Parker Jameson, so please stay tuned!

If you'd like to connect with Jessa online, please visit the following pages: 


Tour Giveaway 

1 book bundle that includes:

1 signed paperback of DIVIDE
1 signed paperback of EVER (Book One of The Ever Trilogy)
1 signed paperback of EVADE (Book Two of The Ever Trilogy)


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