COVER REVEAL: #THEPOWER by Jennifer L. Armentrout

We are over the moon about this Cover Reveal for Jennifer L. Armentrout's THE POWER!! THE POWER is a New Adult Paranormal being published by Spencer Hill Press, and is a part of Jennifer L. Armentrout’s The Titan Series. It is being released on February 23rd, 2016!!

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“You don’t know what I’m capable of.”

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Don't miss THE RETURN, the first book in the Titan Series....

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THE RETURN Synopsis: The Fates are cackling their bony asses off... It's been a year since Seth made the deal with the gods that pledged his life to them. And so far, the jobs they've given him have been violent and bloody--which is kind of all right with him. But now Apollo has something else in mind for Seth. He's got to play protector while keeping his hands and fingers off, and for someone who really has a problem with restraint, this new assignment might be the most challenging yet. Josie has no idea what this crazy hot guy's deal might be, but it's a good bet that his arrival means the new life she started after leaving home is about to be thrown into an Olympian-sized blender turned up to puree. Either Josie is going insane or a nightmare straight out of ancient myth is gunning for her. But it might be the unlikely attraction simmering between her and the golden-eyed, secret-keeping Seth that may prove to be the most dangerous thing of all. Because history has once again been flipped to repeat.

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Author Photo  Jennifer L. Armentrout/J.Lynn Bio: # 1 NEW YORK TIMES and USA TODAY Bestselling author Jennifer lives in Martinsburg, West Virginia. All the rumors you’ve heard about her state aren’t true. When she’s not hard at work writing. she spends her time reading, working out, watching really bad zombie movies, pretending to write, and hanging out with her husband and her Jack Russell Loki. Her dreams of becoming an author started in algebra class, where she spent most of her time writing short stories….which explains her dismal grades in math. Jennifer writes young adult paranormal, science fiction, fantasy, and contemporary romance. She is published with Spencer Hill Press, Entangled Teen and Brazen, Disney/Hyperion and Harlequin Teen. Her book Obsidian has been optioned for a major motion picture and her Covenant Series has been optioned for TV. She also writes adult and New Adult romance under the name J. Lynn. She is published by Entangled Brazen and HarperCollins.

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Today I have the pleasure of being part of the FINDING AUDREY Blog Tour by Sophie Kinsella. I have been a long time fan of Sophie and have enjoyed her writing since I picked up my first "Shopaholic" book and have never stopped reading whatever she writes. FINDING AUDREY is Sophie's first YA novel and when I knew about this book I was over the moon excited, two of my favorite things together Sophie and YA. It is a match made in heaven and I hope you will agree


FINDING AUDREY by Sophie Kinsella

From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Shopaholic series comes a terrific blend of comedy, romance, and psychological recovery in a contemporary YA novel sure to inspire and entertain.
An anxiety disorder disrupts fourteen-year-old Audrey’s daily life. She has been making slow but steady progress with Dr. Sarah, but when Audrey meets Linus, her brother’s gaming teammate, she is energized. She connects with him. Audrey can talk through her fears with Linus in a way she’s never been able to do with anyone before. As their friendship deepens and her recovery gains momentum, a sweet romantic connection develops, one that helps not just Audrey but also her entire family.

“With her trademark wit and sass, Kinsella sensitively broaches the complexities of young adult mental health.”—Booklist

“An outstanding tragicomedy that gently explores mental illness, the lasting effects of bullying, and the power of friends and loving family to help in the healing.” – Kirkus Reviews, starred


“Kinsella’s knack for humor and sensitivity shine in a story that should easily expand her already substantial fan base.” – Publishers Weekly

My Thoughts:

I have been  a long time fan and supporter of Sophie Kinsella and when it was announced that she would write a long awaited YA novel I was beyond excited. Sophie has a way of making you laugh and cry all in the same sentence and she does not disappoint with Finding Audrey.

Finding Audrey is a story about a girl that has been emotionally crippled due to a bullying incident at school. As a result she has sequestered herself in her home and cannot look anyone in the eyes anymore so she must constantly wear sun glasses to keep from going into a full on panic attack.

As her story begins we are treated to an on episode of family hijinks when Audrey's mother has a melt down of epic proportions and proceeds to take her brother's PC and threaten to chuck it out the two story window. These drastic actions are all done in the name of motherly love and the desire to have her son stop playing online computer games. It all seems rather drastic, but in true Kinsella style you cannot help but laugh at the madness that ensues. This witty style of writing is what makes FINDING AUDREY different from other novels dealing with this subject. You get to know Audrey and see how she struggles with her fears, how it affects everything that she now does but it's tinged with bits of humor and then you witness how supporting her whole family is and it gives you a sense of comfort despite the chaos that goes on in Audrey's "lizard" brain.

With the idea of attending a new school, Audrey is given goals by her doctor in order to make the new transition. She is told to begin with small interactions outside the house and with other people. Easier said than done, especially when her brother's gaming partner and friend Linus, begin to visit the house. Audrey remembers him from school and how much she liked him, at first this exposure draws her further back into her shell but then a slow romance begins to bloom via messages passed on between the two young love birds and trips to StarBucks. It is their interactions that are precious and heart achingly sweet to witness as Audrey slowly begins to emerge from her confinement and begin to find herself again.

I thoroughly enjoyed reading FINDING AUDREY and hated leaving this world of acceptance and love and the only complaint is that I wished to know exactly what issue traumatized Audrey instead of having the issue skirted around. The story works fine without the knowledge because bullying really needs NO excuse to flourish and exist but my lizard brain was just fixated on it. Previous Fans of Sophie Kinsella will enjoy this story and hopefully new fans will be introduced to her one of kind writing that makes everyone smile.

 
Sophie Kinsella raced into the UK bestseller lists in September 2000 with her first novel in the Shopaholic series - The Secret Dreamworld of a Shopaholic (also published as Confessions of a Shopaholic). The book’s heroine, Becky Bloomwood – a fun and feisty financial journalist who loves shopping but is hopeless with money – captured the hearts of readers worldwide.  Becky has since featured in six further bestselling books, Shopaholic Abroad (also published as Shopaholic Takes Manhattan), Shopaholic Ties the Knot, Shopaholic & Sister, Shopaholic & Baby, Mini Shopaholic and now Shopaholic to the Stars! Becky Bloomwood came to the big screen in 2009 with the hit Disney movie Confessions of a Shopaholic.
Sophie has also written six standalone novels which have all been bestsellers in the UK, USA and other countries around the world: Can You Keep A Secret?, The Undomestic Goddess, Remember Me?, Twenties Girl, I've Got Your Number and her most recent standalone book, Wedding Night.
Sophie wrote her first novel under her real name, Madeleine Wickham, at the tender age of 24, whilst she was working as a financial journalist. The Tennis Party was immediately hailed as a success by critics and the public alike and became a top ten bestseller. She went on to publish six more novels as Madeleine Wickham: A Desirable Residence, Swimming Pool Sunday, The Gatecrasher, The Wedding Girl, Cocktails for Three and Sleeping Arrangements.
She submitted her first ‘Sophie Kinsella’ novel anonymously to her existing publishers and it was snapped up without her editors knowing that she was already one of their authors. It wasn’t until the appropriately titled Can You Keep a Secret? was published that Sophie revealed her true identity for the first time.
Sophie was born in London. She studied music at New College, Oxford, but after a year switched to Politics, Philosophy and Economics. She now lives in London, UK, with her husband and family.


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Waiting on Wednesday: BLACKHEARTS by Nicole Castroman

Jill over at Breaking the Spine started this and I believe that it's awesome" This blog post is to alert those that visit about "the" book that we cannot wait to get our hands on.

I am always in search of an adventurous read. Anything that takes me to far away lands and introduces me to swoon worthy men, then sign me up. So, imagine my happines at finding BLACKHEARTS by Nicole Castroman. A novel based on Blackbeard the pirate before he got all dark and piratey. Ahoy, Matey! I will eagerly walk the plant for this one.

 BLACKHEARTS
by Nicole Castroman
February 9th 2016
Simon Pulse
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/21936937-blackhearts

Blackbeard the pirate was known for striking fear in the hearts of the bravest of sailors. But once he was just a young man who dreamed of leaving his rigid life behind to chase adventure in faraway lands. Nothing could stop him—until he met the one girl who would change everything. This is their story.

Edward "Teach" Drummond, son of one of Bristol's richest merchants, has just returned from a year-long journey on the high seas to find his life in shambles. Betrothed to a girl he doesn’t love and sick of the high society he was born into, Teach dreams only of returning to the vast ocean he’d begun to call home. There's just one problem: convincing his father to let him leave and never come back.

Following her parents' deaths, Anne Barrett is left penniless and soon to be homeless. Though she’s barely worked a day in her life, Anne is forced to take a job as a maid in the home of Master Drummond. Lonely days stretch into weeks, and Anne longs for escape. How will she ever realize her dream of sailing to CuraƧao—where her mother was born—when she's stuck in England?

From the moment Teach and Anne meet, they set the world ablaze. Drawn to each other, they’re trapped by society and their own circumstances. Faced with an impossible choice, they must decide to chase their dreams and go, or follow their hearts and stay.



This upcoming Sunday there will be a book launch event of epic awesome for the wonderful TAMARA IRELAND STONE and #EVERYLASTWORD 

Please come and join me and a plethora of great people as we celebrate this momentous occasion. A Great Good Place is supplying the books, Veronica Rossi is moderating the event and there will be yummy things to eat and a surprise that is so great I can't even wrap my brain around it. I hope to see you there as I "live" tweet the event for all those unable to be there in person.

Also, if you would like your books signed by Tamara and cannot make it please contact A Great Good Place Tel: (510) 339-8210 | Fax: (510) 339-7315 and they will take care of you.




Today I have the pleasure of being a tour stop on THE WITCH HUNTER blog tour by Rock Star blog Tours. I am excited about this tour because I loved reading THE WITCH HUNTER and Virginia is a local author so it is like a double coup of enchantment. I hope that you stick around and get to know this amazing author and her book a bit better and don't forget to enter the contest at the end of this post. GOOD LUCK!!!



Title: THE WITCH HUNTER 
Author: Virginia Boecker
Pub. Date: June 2, 2015
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Pages: 368
Formats: Hardcover, eBook
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The magic and suspense of Graceling meet the political intrigue and unrest of Game of Thrones in this riveting fantasy debut.


Your greatest enemy isn't what you fight, but what you fear.

Elizabeth Grey is one of the king's best witch hunters, devoted to rooting out witchcraft and doling out justice. But when she's accused of being a witch herself, Elizabeth is arrested and sentenced to burn at the stake.

Salvation comes from a man she thought was her enemy. Nicholas Perevil, the most powerful and dangerous wizard in the kingdom, offers her a deal: he will save her from execution if she can break the deadly curse that's been laid upon him.

But Nicholas and his followers know nothing of Elizabeth's witch hunting past--if they find out, the stake will be the least of her worries. And as she's thrust into the magical world of witches, ghosts, pirates, and one all-too-handsome healer, Elizabeth is forced to redefine her ideas of right and wrong, of friends and enemies, and of love and hate.

Virginia Boecker weaves a riveting tale of magic, betrayal, and sacrifice in this unforgettable fantasy debut. 



About Virginia:

Virginia Boecker recently spent four years in London obsessing over English medieval history, which formed the basis of The Witch Hunter. She now lives in the Bay Area, California with her husband and spends her days writing, reading, running, and chasing around her two children and a dog named George.

In addition to English kings, nine-day queens, and Protestant princesses, her other obsessions include The Smiths, art museums, champagne, and Chapstick. She is represented by the incomparable Kathleen Ortiz at New Leaf Literary & Media.


I am a big fan of this series so it was an honor to interview Virginia. 

1. What was the "spark" that inspired the premise of THE WITCH HUNTER?
I’ve always loved history and, by extension, historical fiction. I was 12 when I read Margaret Mitchell’s Gone with the Wind and it was pretty much game over for meAfter that, no time period or subject was off limits I read anything and everythingI could, from Graham Greene to Ken Follett to John Jakes to Elie Wiesel. Years later, when I moved to London, I channeled that obsession straight into English history. I was firmly entrenched in the 16th century - specifically the English Reformation and the Marian Persecutions -  when the idea for The Witch Hunter came to me. Instead of the conflict between Catholics and Protestants, it was between those who believe in the right to practice magic and those who do not. 

2. What kind of research went into writing THE WITCH HUNTER?
did ton of reading (see my English history obsession, above): biographies on Henry VIII, Anne Boleyn, Mary Tudor, Jane Grey, Mary, Queen of Scots, Elizabeth I; historical fiction by Philippa Gregory, Jean Plaidy, Elizabeth Chadwick, Alison Weir, Hilary Mantel. I also visited as many of the locations mentioned in the books as I couldcastles, museums, cathedrals, prisons, palaces. I found that physically experiencing these places was invaluable when it came to writing about them.

3. Is there a message in your novel that you want your readers to grasp?
I think there are times in people’s lives where it seems as if things are turned hopelessly upside down and it seems as if you’ll never find your place in the mire. They’re uncomfortable times, and never easy. But I think it’s precisely that discomfort that show you who you really are, and provide you with an opportunity to change and grow. The idea that no matter how bad things get, there’s always a way through.

4. Just as your novel will inspire future authors, what authors have inspired you to write?
I started reading Stephen King when I was ten, and I would say that left a pretty indelible impression on me as a writerCarrie, It, The Shining, Christine--I’ve been left forever twisted by those books and I’m all the better for it. I was also a huge fan of V.C. Andrews--I picked up Flowers in the Attic at eleven (!) and I’ve never been the same since. S.E. Hinton was also a favorite(That Was Then, This Was Now is excellent), as was Paul Zindel, Robert Cormier, George Orwell. To this day, Animal Farm is still one of the most frightening books I’ve ever read. J.K. Rowling, of course. And Phillipa Gregory’s Boleyn series (particularly The Other Boleyn Girl and The Boleyn Inheritance) was a game changer to me - her books showed me I could write a story set in the past but told in modern language, while still remaining true to the period.

5. What are you working on now? and please let it be a sequel. 
Yes! I’m working on the sequel to The Witch Hunter. It’s really dark, it’s really twisted, it’s really romantic, and I really love it. It has an official (but secret!) title, and we’re working on the cover now, and I can’t wait to share them both!

6. THE WITCH HUNTER has some seriously hot boys that made my heart skip a beat. Between Caleb, Schuyler and John, whom would you Kiss, Kill or Marry? 
Kiss: Schuyler. I know for a fact he’s good at it. Kill: Caleb. This boy is nothing but trouble. Marry: John. You can’t go wrong with him. He will love you for life.

7, The main characters in your novel are quite memorable, which of them do you relate to the most and why? 
When I create characters, I do what I call “going Voldemort” and Horcrux myself, giving each character a basic trait of mine and seeing how they develops from there. Elizabeth, for instance, is my brave side. John is my nurturing side. George my funny side, Fifer my irreverent side, and so forth. Generally speaking, though, I’d say I’m a pretty even mix between George and Fifer. Like George, I enjoy people, I enjoy making them laugh and having a good time. The flip side to that coin is Fifer: I can turn on a dime (pun intended) and get into bouts of brief but turbulent snitsLuckily, I’ve got some of John’s self-control to keep it tempered, for the most part

8. THE WITCH HUNTER is an absolutely addicting read that had me completely and ensnared from the first page and there are quotes in that book that I absolutely adore.  Do you have a favorite quote? and could you share it with me?
Thank you so muchMy favorite quote isn’t really a quote but a passage in a scene that takes place between Caleb and Elizabeth toward the end of the book. Caleb is in so much trouble here, and it makes me want to simultaenously hug him and take him by the shoulders and shake him. 
“He’s the same Caleb I’ve always known. Restless, ambitious, always yearning for more. It’s only now I realize how deep that plague of ambition has spread inside him. Like a disease, it rules him now: his thoughts, his actions, the things he chooses to see, the things he chooses to ignore. And, like a disease, one day it will be the death of him.

It was very nearly the death of me.”

9. What was the first purchase you made with your advance?
I bought a chocolate brown Vespa! I call it Little Brown. J

9. What are you most looking forward to as you embark on this journey of being a published author?
Meeting readers! I love meeting new people and getting to know them - I’m not what you’d call an introvert. J That’s really the best part of all of this - all the wonderful people who have come into my life: my agent, my editor, everyone at Little, Brown,readers, bloggers, educators, fellow authors, they make this journey special.

10. Schuyler is my favorite character and little birdie told me that there will be a little bit more of him to enjoy in the future, can you elaborate please?
Oh, I love him too! You’ll be pleased to know he plays a big part in Book 2: he and Elizabeth develop a great friendship based on a mutal love of trouble, violence, and sarcasm. But they trust one another and somehow, this relationshiop works for them. I’ve also got planned a novella told from Schuyler and Fifer’s alternating POVs - I think it will be fun for readers to see the origin of their unconventional relationship.

11. Now that your book is finally out in stores and the film rights have been sold what do you think will be the biggest challenge ahead?
No film or tv rights have been sold yet, but my fingers are crossed! I think once the book is out in stores the biggest challenge will be continuing to write things that people enjoy reading, and using my time wisely, striking the right balance between writing one book while promoting another.

Thank you, for taking the time to answer my questions and I wish you much success with your upcoming release of THE WITCH HUNTER.
Thank you so much for having me! I enjoyed being here.


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6/1/2015- Supernatural SnarkInterview
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6/3/2015- Bookish SerendipityReview

6/4/2015- Once Upon a Twilight Guest Post
6/4/2015- FiktshunReview

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I have compiled all the SF, bay area YA and NA events in this section. If you know of any events that I have failed to post, please let me know. Also, please keep in mind that some events may change and it is best to verify all events prior to attendance.

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JUNE

MARY PEARSON
Kepler's in Menlo Park
Friday, June 12 @ 7pm

MICHELLE TEA
Book Passage in Corte Madera
Friday, June 12 @ 6:30pm

Trio of YA Fantasy authors:
K.D. Blakely, R.A. Gates and Cheryl Mahoney
Saturday, June 13 from 1-3pm

STEPHANIE KUEHN
Mrs. Dalloway's in Berkeley
Saturday, June 13 @ 7:30pm

GGP: TAMARA IRELAND STONE
Lafayette Library in Lafayette
Sunday, June 14 from 4-6pm

ADAM SILVERA and JANDY NELSON
Green Apple Books (Clement street location) in SF
Thursday, June 25 @ 7pm

NYMBC: WE NEED DIVERSE BOOKS
RAZIEL REID, I.W. GREGORIO, SONA CHARAIPOTRA AND DHONIELLE CLAYTON

Books Inc. in the Castro
Thursday, June 25 @ 7pm

NYMBC CLASS OF 2K15:
COURTNEY ALAMEDA, I.W. GREGORIO,VALYNNE MAETANI, ALEXIS BASS, SONIA CHARAIPOTRA & DHONIELLE CLAYTON, HOLLY BODGER, STACEY LEE, VIRGINIA BOECKER, RENEE AHDIEH AND FONDA LEE

Books Inc. in Burlingame
Saturday, June 27 @ 3pm

Five Fantasic YA authors:
MEGAN WHALEN TURNER, ELIZABETH FAMA, STEPHANIE KUEHN, REBECCA HAHN and TAMARA IRELAND STONE

Kepler's in Menlo Park
Monday, June 29 @ 7pm

NYMBC YA THRILLS & CHILLS:
KATIE COYLE, NOVA REN SUMA and LAUREN SAFT

Books Inc. in Palo alto
Monday, June 29 @ 7pm

JULY

NYMBC: TOMMY WALLACH
Books Inc. in San Francisco
Wednesday, July 1 @ 7pm

NYMBC: BOOK LAUNCH PARTY
MARY E. PEARSON

Books Inc. in Burlingame @ 7pm
Tuesday, July 1 @ 7pm

NYMBC:ALL THE FEELS
ROBIN BENWAY, TAMARA IRELAND STONE and GRETCHEN MCNEIL

Books Inc. in San Francisco
Tuesday, July 14 @ 7pm

AUGUST

SAN FRAN GOLDEN GATE AUTHOR EVENT
Holiday Inn Golden Gateway San Francisco
Saturday, August 8 11:30-4pm

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