Dear Readers, 

This year has been an adventurous one for me, especially with my reading. When I began this blog it was to showcase the YA reads that I loved and supported but as the years have passed things have change. I have changed, and thus my reading tastes have also been altered by this change. While YA will remain my favored reading genre I have began to embrace the New Adult genre with a great passion. Now, before you go scratching your head I would like to remind you that I am a older than the teen genre that I favor in reading and many years ago my preferred reading genre was Adult Paranormal. Just goes to show you that a reading preference can change and expand. I know that mine surely has and I hope that it will prove for bigger and better things for me and for my readers. I have slowly began to introduce the New Adult genre that I am also reading and I will promote events that I attend or that are in my area and when you see them please check them out. The one I am attending today is one I have have been looking forward to for some time. The flyer blow shows you the author lineup that is fun and fabulous and I cannot wait to share my pictures upon my return. My favorite is Jay Crownover!! because well...she is made of awesome in my book and my favorite new author that I just discovered (a bit late) this year. 


I know that this event might not be for some readers, but I am curious to see how many YA readers have moved on to some NA reads? a few, none....many?? My curious reading mind would love to know. And who of all these authors would you most like to meet?

Release Day Launch: STAY WITH ME by Jennifer L. Armentrout

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We are so pleased to bring you the Release Day Launch for Jennifer L. Armentrout's STAY WITH ME! STAY WITH ME is a New Adult contemporary romance being published by Avon (William Morrow), an imprint of HarperCollins, and is a part of Jennifer’s With You Saga!

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STAY WITH ME TRAILER: 

 


EXCERPT: As I lay there, trying to swallow a loud, obnoxious yawn, I remembered something he’d said when we first met, about life being too short. I imagined he had firsthand experience with shortened lives while he was serving. That mentality came from experience. I got that now. Could even understand it, but there was something I didn’t understand. “Why?” I asked. There was a beat. “Why what?” Jax sounded tired, and I should shut up or point out that I was now tired and could sleep, so he could leave. But I didn’t. “Why are you here? You don’t know me and . . .” I trailed off, because there really wasn’t anything left to say. A minute went by, and he hadn’t answered my question, and then I think another minute ticked on, and I was okay with him not answering because maybe he didn’t even know. Or maybe he was just bored and that was why he was here. But then he moved. Jax pressed against my back, and the next breath I took got stuck in my throat. My eyes shot open. The sheet and blanket were between us, but they felt like nothing. “What are you doing?” I asked. “Getting comfortable.” He dropped an arm over my waist, and my entire body jerked against his. “It’s time to sleep I think.” “But—” “You can’t sleep when you talk,” he remarked. “You don’t need to be all up on me,” I pointed out. His answering chuckle stirred the hair along the back of my neck. “Honey, I’m not all up on you.” I freaking begged to differ on that point. I started to wiggle away, but the arm around my waist tightened, holding me in place. “You’re not going anywhere,” he announced casually, as if he wasn’t holding me prisoner in the bed. Okay. The whole prisoner thing might be melodramatic, but he wasn’t letting me up. Not when he was getting all kinds of comfy behind me. Oh my God, this was spooning. Total spooning. I was spooning with an honorary member of the Hot Guy Brigade. Did I wake up in a parallel universe? “Sleep,” he demanded, as if the one word carried that much power. “Go to sleep, Calla.” This time his voice was softer, quieter. “Yeah, it doesn’t work that way, Jax. You have a nice voice, but it doesn’t hold the power to make me sleep on your command.” He chuckled. I rolled my eyes, but the most ridiculous thing ever was the fact that after a couple of minutes, my eyes stayed shut. I . . . I actually settled in against him. With his front pressed to my back, his long legs cradling mine, and his arm snug around my waist, I actually did feel safe. More than that, I felt something else—something I hadn’t felt in years. I felt cared for . . . cherished. Which was the epitome of dumb, because I barely knew him, but feeling that, recognizing what the warm, buzzing feeling was, I fell right asleep.


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STAY WITH ME Synopsis: From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Wait for You and Be with Me comes a daring tale that pushes boundaries . . . At 21, Calla hasn't done a lot of things. She’s never been kissed, never seen the ocean, never gone to an amusement park. But growing up, she witnessed some things no child ever should. She still carries the physical and emotional scars of living with a strung-out mother, Mona—secrets she keeps from everyone, including her close circle of college friends. But the safe cocoon Calla has carefully built is shattered when she discovers her mom has stolen her college money and run up a huge credit card debt in her name. Now, Calla has to go back to the small town she thought she’d left behind and clean up her mom’s mess again. Of course, when she arrives at her mother’s bar, Mona is nowhere to be found. Instead, six feet of hotness named Jackson James is pouring drinks and keeping the place humming. Sexy and intense, Jaxis in Calla’s business from the moment they meet, giving her a job and helping her search for Mona. And the way he looks at her makes it clear he wants to get horizontal . . . and maybe something more. Before Calla can let him get close, though, she’s got to deal with the pain of the past—and some very bad guys out to mess her up if she doesn't give them her mom.      

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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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GET HAPPY Blog Tour: Guest Post and Giveaway



Today, I am HAPPY about being a tour stop on the GET HAPPY Blog Tour. GET HAPPY is written by Mary Amato and it is a contemporary story about a young songwriter who creates her own family due to her own broken one. Mary Amato has a guest post today and she is sharing her inspiration. Afterwards reading her post please check out the video and don't forget to enter the giveaway. Good Luck!


GET HAPPY
In this poignant, realistic, contemporary YA by a state master list star, perfect for fans of Sarah Dessen and Gayle Forman, a young songwriter builds a substitute family with her friends in place of the broken family she grew up with.

A hip high school girl who loves music, writes songs, and is desperate for a ukelele, learns to her shock that her father did not abandon her years ago and has been trying to keep in touch. She begins to investigate him, only to discover that he has a new life with a new family, including the perfect stepdaughter, a girl who Minerva despises.

   
 

Mary Amato is an award-winning children's book author, songwriter, musician, puppeteer, and poet. She writes for children of all ages, and is beginning to focus on YA. Her first YA novel was Guitar Notes. Mary lives with her family outside Washington, DC, where she also performs regularly, singing and playing her own songs. Mary is a popular speaker and runs numerous workshops for teachers and students, including many on all aspects of creative writing, even songwriting. The author lives in Silver Spring, MD. You can visit her online at www.maryamato.com

 GUEST POST with Mary Amato

What songs or artists inspired?
I love Pandora and have favorite stations. Here are the artists I listened to the most when I was writing Get Happy, not because they necessarily reminded me of Minerva or any of the other characters, but just because I found the music to get me psyched and in the mood to let loose:

Regina Spektor
Mumford & Sons
The Lumineers
The Head and the Heart
Ray LaMontagne
Ingrid Michaelson
Matt Epp
Hannah Miller
The Weepies
Iron and Wine


I play a lot of music and have many wonderful musician-friends. I also enjoy catching local live music as often as possible. I’m a volunteer for an organization called The Silver Spring Town Center, Inc., and we organize over 80 free music, arts, and cultural events every year. We host a Wednesday night series for young talent, and I love making sure teens have a place to try performing for the first time.

Check out 16-year-old Jamey Geston. She is recording the songs I wrote for Get Happy, and we’re posting them online.

http://www.thrumsociety.com/get-happy-songs/



















Please continue following the other stops on this blog tour and get to know the author and GET HAPPY a little better. 

Tuesday, October 21, 2014
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Wednesday, October 22, 2014
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Thursday, October 23, 2014
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Friday, October 24, 2014
Youth review and giveaway
Saturday, October 25, 2014
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Sunday, October 26, 2014
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Monday, October 27, 2014
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Tuesday, October 28, 2014
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Wednesday, October 29, 2014
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Thursday, October 30, 2014
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Saturday, November 01, 2014
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Sunday, November 16, 2014
Guest Column and giveaway



Waiting on Wednesday: ROOK by Sharon Cameron

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.

This week I have selected a novel that I cannot seem to categorize what genre it could belong to, but I do know that I want to read ROOK by Sharon Cameron with a great deal of curiosity. Romantic intrigue and adventure, sign me up and take me on this suspenseful adventure.

Now that you know my WOW, please share and tell me yours.

ROOK
by Sharon Cameron
Publisher: Scholastic Press
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Who needs a wedding ring when you can pick up a sword? A remarkable and utterly inventive novel from Sharon Cameron, author of THE DARK UNWINDING, which USA TODAY called "spellbindingly imaginative."

History has a way of repeating itself. In the Sunken City that was once Paris, all who oppose the new revolution are being put to the blade. Except for those who disappear from their prison cells, a red-tipped rook feather left in their place. Is the mysterious Red Rook a savior of the innocent or a criminal?

Meanwhile, across the sea in the Commonwealth, Sophia Bellamy's arranged marriage to the wealthy René Hasard is the last chance to save her family from ruin. But when the search for the Red Rook comes straight to her doorstep, Sophia discovers that her fiancé is not all he seems. Which is only fair, because neither is she. 

As the Red Rook grows bolder and the stakes grow higher, Sophia and René find themselves locked in a tantalizing game of cat and mouse. 

Daring intrigue, delicious romance, and spine-tingling suspense fill the pages of this extraordinary tale from award-winning author Sharon Cameron.

ROWDY: A Marked Men Novel: RELEASE DAY LAUNCH

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We are over the moon excited to bring you the Release Day Launch for ROWDY by Jay Crownover!! ROWDY is the fifth novel in her Marked Men Series published by William Morrow, and imprint of HarperCollins and you do NOT want to miss it!

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EXCERPT: WHEN I PUT THE key he had given me in the door to his apartment it felt like the end of a long journey. Really it was only a little over twelve hours and I had stopped to nap once along the way, but it still felt like too long since I had seen his face or been able to touch all that toned and tattooed skin. Jimbo greeted me at the door when I pushed it open. His tongue lolled out of his mouth and he jumped up and put his paws on my legs. He was going to be huge when he finally grew into his fuzzy body and I was overwhelmed at how happy I was to see him. I dropped to my knees and rubbed my face in his neck as he licked me all over my face. I was obviously missed and I had to say it was just one more reason I knew I was finally where I was supposed to be. It was late, so the apartment was dark. I checked the dog’s food and water, trying to be quiet in case Rowdy was already asleep. I was winding my way toward his bedroom when a haphazardly discarded sketch pad lying on the couch caught my eye in the dim light. I paused for a minute to pick it up and felt my heart stop and then start to race as I flipped through the first few pages. There were a couple of drawings that were obviously for clients, tattoos that hadn’t made it from paper to skin yet, but most of the pristine white pages were covered with images wearing my face. There was mermaid me, and naughty- sailor- girl me. There was sassy Indian girl me with long Pocahontas braids and there was sexy devil me standing next to angelic me. There were dozens of them all in different shapes and sizes, but every single image was undoubtedly modeled after my distinct look. I wasn’t sure if he had drawn them all over this last week while I had been gone or over the months we had been chasing each other in circles. Either way it made my heart swell and the full certainty that I was it for him settle deep inside my bones. I set the pad down and tiptoed through the hall. Jimbo took one look at where I was going and huffed out a disgusted- sounding snort. The poor guy had learned early on that he wanted no part of what happened between his humans when they were together in the bedroom. The light was off and Rowdy was sprawled on his stomach across the covers. His blond hair was sticking up every- where and he hand one arm bent up under his head. The only thing that could have made the sight better would have been if he hadn’t bothered with the black boxers before crashing out. Even with them obscuring the view, I couldn’t complain. I let out a breathless sigh and crept closer so that I could lean over and touch my lips to that anchor on the side of his neck. I felt his pulse leap and tasted the salt on his skin as he murmured sleepily and rolled over onto his back. Those infinitely blue eyes glowed at me in the dark as a grin pulled up the corner of his mouth. “Hey.”

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About ROWDY: The New York Times and USA Today bestselling Marked Men series continues with this sizzling, sexy story of love, heartbreak, fate, and second chances. After the only girl he ever loved told him that he would never be enough, Rowdy St. James knocked the Texas dust off his boots and set out to live up to his nickname. A good ol’ boy looking for good times and good friends, Rowdy refuses to take anything too seriously, especially when it comes to the opposite sex. Burned by love once, he isn’t going to let himself trust a woman again. But that’s before his new co-worker arrives, a ghost from the past who’s suddenly making him question every lesson he ever learned. Salem Cruz grew up in house with too many rules and too little fun—a world of unhappiness she couldn’t wait to forget. But one nice thing from childhood has stayed with her; the memory of the sweet, blue-eyed boy next door who’d been head over heels in love with her little sister. Now, fate and an old friend have brought her and Rowdy together, and Salem is determined to show him that once upon a time he picked the wrong sister. A mission that is working perfectly—until the one person that ties them together appears, threatening to tear them apart for good.

Sensual portrait of beautiful girl with tattoo lying on bed.
  
 Jay CrownoverAbout Jay Crownover: Jay Crownover is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Marked Men series. She also introduced the dark and sexy world of The Point in a new series this last summer starting with BETTER WHEN HE's BAD. Like her characters, she is a big fan of tattoos. She loves music and wishes she could be a rock star, but since she has no aptitude for singing or instrument playing, she'll settle for writing stories with interesting characters that make the reader feel something. She lives in Colorado with her three dogs.
      

And don’t miss the previous books in The Marked Men Series!


RULE


JET


ROME


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SF Bay Area YA Author Events: 10/19 - 10/25


OH MY, OH MY! THE NEXT FEW WEEKS AHEAD ARE LOADED WITH AMAZING YA BOOK EVENTS IN OUR LOVELY SF BAY AREA. PLEASE CHECK OUT ALL THESE GREAT EVENTS AND PRIOR TO ATTENDING ANY OF THEM PLEASE VERIFY THAT THEY ARE STILL HAPPENING. 

SCOTT WESTERFELD
Hicklebee's in San Jose
Tuesday, October 21 @ 7pm

SCOTT WESTERFELD
This is a TICKETED event purchase tickets HERE
Books Inc. Opera Plaza in SF
Wednesday, October 22 @7pm

GARTH NIX and MICHAEL GRANT
Kepler's in Menlo Park
Thursday, October 23 @ 7pm

P.C. and KRISTIN CAST
Barnes and Noble in Emeryville
Friday, October 24 @ 7pm

JANDY NELSON
Book Passage in Corte Madera
Friday, October 24 @ 6:30pm

KENDARE BLAKE
Linden Tree Books in Los Altos
Saturday, October 25 @ 4-5:30pm
(it is appreciated if you RSVP in advance so they can provide seats and plan for aromatherapy supplies!)


Hellooo Readers!

I wanted put the word out on this awesome event that is happening in August next year. The San Fran Golden Gate Author Event is happening on Aug 8, 2015 and it has a line up that is just amazing (look at the list below). The tickets for this event are not available yet but I will keep you posted. In the meantime check out who is attending and make plans to come on out and visit. I hope to see you there.



US Authors
AUS Authors
CA Authors
UK Authors
Brooke Cumberland
Rachel Brookes
Zoe York
Ker Dukey
Gail McHugh
Lili St. Germain
Karina Halle
S.K. Hartley
Krista & Becca Ritchie
Nina Levine

Lyra Parish
T.J. Hamilton


S.C. Ellington
C.J. Duggan


Jennifer L. Armentrout/ J.Lynn
Pepper Winters


Amanda Maxlyn
Callie Hart


Ella Fox



Carey Heywood



Dani Hart



Skye Turner



Tia Louise



Vicki Green



Ella James



Sawyer Bennett



Mary Ting/M. Clarke



Lauren Stewart



Ella Frank



Keri Lake



C.M. Stunich



Aleatha Romig



Melissa Collins



Ashley Suzanne



Dee Kelly



Jessica Hawkins



M.S. Willis/
Lily White



S.L. Jennings



Jessica Ingro



Crystal Spears



Allyson Gottlieb



Renee Carlino



Beth Michele



Lauren Blakely



S. Walden



J.L. Berg



Brandy Jellum



Barbie Bohrman



M. Robinson



Laurelin Paige



T.K. Leigh



J.S. Cooper



Hilary Storm




“Reading is everything. Reading makes me feel like I've accomplished something, learned something, become a better person. Reading makes me smarter. Reading gives me something to talk about later on. Reading is the unbelievably healthy way my attention deficit disorder medicates itself. Reading is escape, and the opposite of escape; it's a way to make contact with reality after a day of making things up, and it's a way of making contact with someone else's imagination after a day that's all too real. Reading is grist. Reading is bliss.”

Nora Ephron, I Feel Bad About My Neck: And Other Thoughts on Being a Woman

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Upcoming YA Bay Area Book Events

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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SCOTT WESTERFELD
Hicklebee's in San Jose
Tuesday, October 21 @ 7pm

SCOTT WESTERFELD
This is a TICKETED event purchase tickets HERE
Books Inc. Opera Plaza in SF
Wednesday, October 22 @7pm

GARTH NIX and MICHAEL GRANT
Kepler's in Menlo Park
Thursday, October 23 @ 7pm

P.C. and KRISTIN CAST
Barnes and Noble in Emeryville
Friday, October 24 @ 7pm

JANDY NELSON
Book Passage in Corte Madera
Friday, October 24 @ 6:30pm

KENDARE BLAKE
Linden Tree Books in Los Altos
Saturday, October 25 @ 4-5:30pm
(it is appreciated if you RSVP in advance so they can provide seats and plan for aromatherapy supplies!)

SARA RAASCH, KASIE WEST AND CORRINE JACKSON
Kepler's in Menlo Park
Monday, October 27 @ 7pm

WENDELIN VAN DRAANEN & MARK HUNTLEY PARSONS "He Said, She Said" Author Tour
Hicklebee's in San Jose
Friday, November 7 @ 7pm

KAT BEYER *Demon Catchers of Milan*
Book Passage in Corte Madera
Saturday, November 29 @ 3pm

FRANK PORTMAN
Book Passage in San Francisco
Monday, December 15 @ 6pm

STACEY JAY
Hicklebee's in San Jose
Friday, January 2 @ 7pm

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