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We are absolutely ecstatic to bring you the Release Day Launch for Ann Aguirre's AS LONG AS YOU LOVE ME! AS LONG AS YOU LOVE ME is the second novel in Ann's New Adult Contemporary Romance 2B Trilogy Series, published by Harlequin HQN! If you haven't already read I WANT IT THAT WAY buy it NOW. We can't wait for you all to read it so you can dish with us about it!

As Long As You Love Me

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AS LONG AS YOU LOVE ME Synopsis: Most people dream about getting out of Sharon, Nebraska, but after three years away, Lauren Barrett is coming home. There are the justifications she gives to everyone else—missing her family, losing her college scholarship. And then there’s the reason Lauren can’t admit to anyone: Rob Conrad, her best friend’s older brother. Football prowess and jaw-dropping good looks made Rob a star in high school. Out in the real world, his job and his relationships are going nowhere. He can’t pinpoint exactly what’s missing until Lauren comes back to town, bringing old feelings and new dreams with her. But he’s the guy that women love and leave—not the one who makes them think of forever. Though she’s terrified of opening up, Lauren’s ready to take that chance. Because the only thing more important than figuring out where you truly belong is finding the person you were meant to be with.

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EXCERPT: Mom was asleep, so I checked my email. I had the usual spam, plus notes from all my former roomies, which made me happy. I missed all of them, even Max, though things were unspeakably awkward between us at the end. I opened Nadia’s first: LB! You know I miss you like crazy, right? Courtney’s in your bed right now, and she has completely alphabetized my books. I’m pretty sure there will be a lending library program implemented the next time I get home from work. So how’s Nebraska? Did you find a job yet? Have you started applying to any schools? I have like ten more questions but you’ll get grumpy if I dump them on you all at once. Hug and kiss my family for me, okay? Write back soon or I’m sending my brother to track you down. She didn’t mention the hot single dad she’d broken up with right before I left. Mr. Hot Ginger had dumped Nadia for her own good, which would drive her quietly crazy. I’d felt horrible about the timing, but there was little I could do about it. I hadn’t gotten to know him well before I left, but Ty seemed like a good guy. He was only a few years older than us, but already had a four-year-old. That was the crux of the conflict. Writing back, I didn’t quite nail the tone, talking about Rob too much and inventing interesting anecdotes because there was so little going on. I could’ve mentioned Krista, but Nadia had never been as close to her, and there was some tension by the time she moved. Mostly I didn’t want Nadia to worry; things would be fine once I got a job and had less time to fret about whether I’d made the right decision. I opened Angus’s email next: Hey, you. Got your check. It appears not to be rubber, but I said you didn’t have to pay me back. I hate you for leaving. Come back right now. I’ll wait. This is me, waiting. It’s been at least five minutes. You’re shattering my faith in humanity, Lauren. Take responsibility for it! Not sure what you’ve heard from Nadia, but she’s such a hot mess. I can’t believe you abandoned us. All the light has left my life. All of it! Okay, enough drama. I’m working on getting over Josh. Classes suck but I will survive. (You’re singing it now, aren’t you?) “Damn you, Angus Starr. You know me too well.” I got up on my bed with a hairbrush and sang two verses before reading on. In all seriousness, there is a Lauren-sized hole in my life. Please don’t lose touch. Write soon. Love and hugs, Angus. It was simpler writing back to Angus; our friendship was sweet and uncomplicated. Briefly I considered deleting Max’s email without opening it, but that seemed like an asshole move. In the end, I read it, two lines only: I’m sorry about everything. Take care of yourself.

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Author Photo About Ann Aguirre: Ann Aguirre is a New York Times & USA Today bestselling author and RITA winner with a degree in English Literature; before she began writing full time, she was a clown, a clerk, a voice actress, and a savior of stray kittens, not necessarily in that order. She grew up in a yellow house across from a cornfield, but now she lives in sunny Mexico with her husband, children, and various pets. Ann likes books, emo music, action movies, and she writes all kinds of genre fiction for adults and teens, published with Harlequin, Macmillan, and Penguin, among others.      

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We are so excited to bring you the Release Day Launch of Rachel Harris' THE FINE ART OF PRETENDING! THE FINE ART OF PRETENDING is the first book in Rachel's The Fine Art of Pretending Series published by Spencer Hill Contemporary.

The Fine Art of Pretending THE FINE ART OF PRETENDING: 

According to the guys at Fairfield Academy, there are two types of girls: the kind you hook up with, and the kind you're friends with. Seventeen-year-old Alyssa Reed is the second type. And she hates it. With just one year left to change her rank, she devises a plan to become the first type by homecoming, and she sets her sights on the perfect date—Justin Carter, Fairfield Academy’s biggest hottie and most notorious player. With 57 days until the dance, Aly launches Operation Sex Appeal and sheds her tomboy image. The only thing left is for Justin actually to notice her. Enter best friend Brandon Taylor, the school’s second biggest hottie, and now Aly’s pretend boyfriend. With his help, elevating from “funny friend” to “tempting vixen” is only a matter of time. But when everything goes according to plan, the inevitable “break up” leaves their friendship in shambles, and Aly and Brandon with feelings they can’t explain. And the fake couple discovers pretending can sometimes cost you the one thing you never expected to want.  

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EXCERPT: An exhale of breath leaves Brandon’s lips, almost like a laugh, and he scoots closer to me on the blanket. I twist my legs under myself, sitting tall as I face him. He cups my chin and tilts it toward him, drowning me in the now dark-green depths of his eyes, the cologne I gave him for his birthday filling my head. It’s woodsy and yummy and I always loved how it smelled on the store testers, but on Brandon, it’s even sexier. My eyes flutter closed, and I inhale again, this time slowly. Goose bumps prickle my arms, and my head gets fuzzy. Brandon slides his hand down the column of my neck and brings the other up, threading his fingers through the hair at my nape. His breath fans across my cheek, and everything south of my bellybutton squeezes tight. When his mouth first meets mine, it’s hesitant, questioning. But as I move my lips with his, he quickly grows bolder, coaxing them apart. Desire, pure and raw, electrifies my veins as his tongue sweeps my mouth. A whimpering sound springs from my chest, and instinctively, I wrap my arms around his neck, tugging him closer. Needing more. My teeth graze his full bottom lip, and I pull it, sucking on it gently. He moans and knots his fingers in my hair, and a thrill dances down my back. Brandon is an amazing kisser, just as I knew he would be. I have no control over my body’s reactions. I lose myself in his lips, his tongue, and his strong arms, forgetting time and space and even my surroundings—until Gabi’s snicker brings reality crashing around us, reminding me we have an audience. And that I’m kissing Brandon. We break apart, out of breath, and stare into each other’s eyes. That was unexpected.   

Author PhotoAbout Rachel Harris: Award-winning and Bestselling author Rachel Harris writes humorous love stories about sassy girls next door and the hot guys that make them swoon. Emotion, vibrant settings, and strong relationships are a staple in each of her books...and kissing. Lots of kissing. An admitted Diet Mountain Dew addict and homeschool mom, she gets through each day by laughing at herself, hugging her kids, and watching way too much Food Network with her husband. She writes young adult, new adult, and adult romance, and LOVES talking with readers.  

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Today we have a gorgeous cover reveal for Dani-Lyn Alexander’s Reluctant Prince. She’s also sharing an excerpt with us and hosting a giveaway!!! So make sure to keep reading and check all the goodies we have for tis awesome cover! :)
  

Title: Reluctant Prince Kingdom of Cymmera Book One  
Author: Dani-Lyn Alexander 
Release Date: November 3, 2014

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Betrayal lies cloaked in shadow. Seventeen year old Ryleigh Donnovan is certain her life is cursed. Nothing ever goes smoothly, and her first job interview is no exception. An earthquake rocks the building, sending Ryleigh on a frantic search for her younger sister, a search which lands her in the hospital. Terrified they’ll push her for answers she can’t afford to give, Ryleigh flees with a mysterious stranger. Jackson Maynard is about to be ordained as a Death Dealer, a warrior for the Kingdom of Cymmera, but first he must pass one more test. When he fails to acquire the human girl the prophet has chosen, he’s forced to stand trial for treason. Banished from his realm, he seeks out the girl from the vision, Ryleigh Donnovan, and together they embark on a journey to save his dying kingdom.

Advance Praise for Reluctant Prince "A gorgeously wrought fantasy realm with a heroine who will make you cheer!" ~Wendy Higgins, NYT and USA Today bestselling author of the Sweet Evil trilogy.    

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Exclusive Excerpt: Jackson clutched the stone wall of his chamber and gasped for air. What had just happened? He had returned to Cymmera, of that he was certain, but how? He hadn’t accessed the gateway. At least he didn’t remember opening it. A vision of her assailed him, beat at him, reminded him that he’d failed. Oh, man. He was in trouble. He pushed away from the wall. Images of his target taunted him. He shoved a chair aside and tore through the pictures scattered across the table in a desperate search for salvation. There. He pulled the shot from the mess but found only condemnation. The long blond hair flowing behind her in the snapshot had not been visible to him, but there was no mistaking the deep blue of her eyes. The pounding of a fist against the heavy wood door released him from whatever spell she’d cast. “Jackson.” Another loud thud punctuated his name. He struggled to get his bearings, tried to slow the racing of his heart. “Yeah, one minute.” “Now. Your father wants to see you, immediately.” Kai, his father’s most trusted warrior. He was in more trouble than he’d originally thought. Was it possible the king would sentence him to death for ignoring a direct order? Surely not without offering him a fair trial, or at least granting him the opportunity to explain. But what could he say? What explanation could there be for failing to deliver the girl? None. “I won’t knock again.” The warrior would soon break down the door and drag him before the throne. He crumpled the offending photo, the evidence of his disgrace, into a ball. Instead of tossing it in the trash as he’d intended, he shoved it into the small leather satchel he wore at his waist. With a deep breath, he released the latch and pulled open the door. “Come.” Kai turned his back on him and strode purposefully down the corridor, their footfalls echoing through the silence of accusation. The thought of escape taunted him, but he would never make it out of the castle. He had only recently completed his warrior training under Kai’s watch and would be no match for the seasoned soldier. Besides, Kai was a stickler for the rules. If he tried to run, the warrior would surely take him down, protégé or not.

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About Dani-Lyn Alexander Dani-Lyn Alexander lives on Long Island with her husband, three kids and three dogs. She loves spending time with her family, at the beach, the playground, or just about anywhere. In her spare time, which is rare, she enjoys reading and shopping—especially in book stores. Some of her favorite things include; Bernese Mountain Dogs, musicals, bubble baths and soft blankets. She’s an incurable insomniac and has an addiction to chocolate.
  
   
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EVIDENCE OF THINGS NOT SEEN BLOG TOUR: GUEST POST


Today I have a stop on the EVIDENCE OF THINGS NOT SEEN Blog Tour for Lindsey Lane.  This unique story is on a boy who goes missing and the search to find him is offered by several POV's. Some may consider this type of narrative a bit different and ultimately scratch your head in wonder at how all it all works out but EVIDENCE OF THINGS NOT SEEN will definitely stay with you long after you have finished reading it.

Want to know more about this book and it's author. Just stick around and see what Lindsey Lane says about "What it's like to be an author".



EVIDENCE OF THINGS NOT SEEN


When high school junior Tommy Smythe goes missing, everyone has a theory about what happened to him. He was an odd kid, often deeply involved in particle physics, so maybe he just got distracted and wandered off. He was last seen at a pullout off the highway, so maybe someone snatched him. Tommy believes that everything is possible, and that until something can be proven false, it may be true. So as long as Tommy’s whereabouts are undetermined, he could literally be anywhere.

Told in a series of first-person narratives from people who knew Tommy, Evidence of Things Not Seen by award-winning author Lindsey Lane explores themes of loneliness, connectedness, and the role we play in creating our own realities.

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Award-winning author Lindsey Lane is proud to announce her debut YA novel EVIDENCE OF THINGS NOT SEEN will be published by Farrar Straus Giroux Books for Young Readers on September 16, 2014. Her picture book SNUGGLE MOUNTAIN (Clarion, 2003) is now available as an iTunes app, which Digital Storytime describes as “heartwarming and adorable with rich illustrations and lyrical text.” In 2010, Lindsey received her MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from Vermont College of Fine Arts. Lindsey is a featured presenter at many schools where she gets kids (of all ages) excited about writing. When she is not writing, reading or being a mom, Lindsey loves sweating at Bikkram yoga, seeing movies and plays, and enjoying some of the outrageously good food at Austin restaurants with friends.





What’s it like to be a writer?


1. I want to tell you it’s very mundane I mean, I wake up, I get my daughter off to school, I squeeze in the day jobs around writing. I exercise. I go out with friends, to eat, to watch movies, to dance. It’s a normal life.
But then I think about what I actually do in the quiet of my house. I create worlds. I build characters from the inside out. I get them in trouble. I shape their actions around their desires. If you were to come into my house, you would see me sitting in a chair with the computer open and my fingers tapping across the keyboard but you could not see the strange worlds I am travelling, these blood lines I follow, the whisperings I lean into.

That’s what it’s like to be a writer.

2. I decided I wanted to be a writer at age twelve. I believed that writers were saints and books were holy vessels and if I became a writer, I would become an exalted member of my bio family and my wisdom would finally be undeniable.

This was a faulty belief system. I didn’t know that at the time. All I knew was I had a destination on my map of life: Be a writer. I didn’t know how to get there. Except by writing. So that’s what I did: Plays, Newspaper articles, a screenplay, a picture book. I got an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults. Even with all that writing, I didn’t feel like I had made it to my destination. After all, I wasn’t making my entire income by being a writer. I wasn’t famous, well known or sought after. I didn’t have these external markers to show me that I had arrived at my destination. In fact, I felt like a poser. Like I had been trying to get into the big kids party with a fake id. Like the reasons I wanted to be a writer—because it was cool—weren’t genuine. So no matter what I wrote, I still wasn’t a writer.

Still I kept writing. Then two things happened. I got an agent and a book contract in very quick succession. The belief system was starting to fail under weight of my dogged perseverance.

Then it cracked. But it wasn’t anything grand that made it crack. In fact, all I remember was that there was an insane amount of stuff going on in my life, personally and professionally and I remember thinking, “Well, there is nothing I can do to fix or change anything right now so I may as well write.”

You know how people say that you’ve mastered a foreign language when you dream in that language? That’s what I felt like when I sat down. Even though the blank page portends uncertainty, I felt calm and centered. I knew where I was. I was dreaming in French. I was a writer.

That’s what being a writer is. It’s like dreaming in French. 

3. The cursor is blinking at me. I still don’t think I’ve nailed the answer.

At this very moment, I am sitting in a room with two other writers, I put down the computer and rant about how this question—what’s it like to be a writer?—is so stupidly hard.

One of them says, “Be Sarcastic.” Umm, that’s not me.

The other says, “Tell them tell them all the things you do besides writing.” I did and that was a thousand words of boring.

 “Tell them what being a writer isn’t.”

“Like?”

“It’s not saving lives.” Except we do, right after we put our main character up a tree and throw rocks at her.

“It’s not being a dog.” Except when the main character is a dog.

“It’s not selling insurance.” Yes, that’s true. Except when I am doing book promotion, which feels about as awkward as selling insurance.

You see, being a writer is everything. It’s the way I see the world. It’s how I problem solve. It’s where I live. It’s where I’ve wanted to live my entire life. 


 Blog Tour Schedule

September 16, 2014 – Good Books and Good Wine

September 17, 2014 – Gone With the Words

September 18, 2014 – Katie’s Book Blog

September 19, 2014 – Rather Be Reading



September 22, 2014 – Alexa Loves Books

September 23, 2014 – The Book Cellar

September 24, 2014 – Such a Novel Idea

September 25, 2014 – Pop Goes the Reader

September 26, 2014 – Tales of a Ravenous Reader




COVER REVEAL: INSPIRE by Cora Carmack

We are thrilled to bring you the cover for Cora Carmack's INSPIRE! INSPIRE is a New Adult Paranormal Romance novel and is due to be released on December 15, 2014!

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About INSPIRE: Kalliope lives with one purpose. To inspire. As an immortal muse, she doesn’t have any other choice. It’s part of how she was made. Musicians, artists, actors—they use her to advance their art, and she uses them to survive. She moves from one artist to the next, never staying long enough to get attached. But all she wants is a different life— a normal one. She’s spent thousands of years living lie after lie, and now she’s ready for something real. Sweet, sexy, and steady, Wilder Bell feels more real than anything else in her long existence. And most importantly… he’s not an artist. He doesn’t want her for her ability. But she can’t turn off the way she influences people, not even to save a man she might love. Because in small doses, she can help make something beautiful, but her ability has just as much capacity to destroy as it does to create. The longer she stays, the more obsessed Wilder will become. It’s happened before, and it never turns out well for the mortal. Her presence may inspire genius. But it breeds madness, too.

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About Cora Carmack: Cora Carmack is a twenty-something writer who likes to write about twenty-something characters. She's done a multitude of things in her life-- boring jobs (like working retail), Fun jobs (like working in a theatre), stressful jobs (like teaching), and dream jobs (like writing). She enjoys placing her characters in the most awkward situations possible, and then trying to help them get a boyfriend out of it. Awkward people need love, too. Her first book, LOSING IT, was a New York Times and USA Today bestseller.  

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SALT and STORM Blog Tour: INTERVIEW and GIVEAWAY


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I am so very excited to be a part of this SALT & STORM Blog Tour for Rockstar Book Tours. Last year I had Salt & Storm by Kendall Kulpar as my WoW and since them I had been pining away for it. Then I read this atmospherically mysterious and magical read and was instantly hooked. So, you can imagine my excitement at interviewing Kendall and having her on my blog today. Please stay and get to know an exciting new author a little better as she talks about her debut novel Salt & Storm and a little more. Don't forget to enter the giveaway at the end of this post. GOOD LUCK!!


Title: SALT & STORM 
Author: Kendall Kulper 
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers 
Pub. Date: September 23, 2014 
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A sweeping historical romance about a witch who foresees her own murder--and the one boy who can help change her future.

Sixteen-year-old Avery Roe wants only to take her rightful place as the witch of Prince Island, making the charms that keep the island's whalers safe at sea, but her mother has forced her into a magic-free world of proper manners and respectability. When Avery dreams she's to be murdered, she knows time is running out to unlock her magic and save herself.


Avery finds an unexpected ally in a tattooed harpoon boy named Tane--a sailor with magic of his own, who moves Avery in ways she never expected. Becoming a witch might stop her murder and save her island from ruin, but Avery discovers her magic requires a sacrifice she never prepared for.


Kendall Kulper writes historical fiction with a fantasy twist for teen readers and knows more about nineteenth century whaling than she ever imagined. Her debut YA novel, SALT & STORM will be published by Little, Brown September 23, 2014. She graduated from Harvard University with a degree in history and literature in 2008 and spent several years as a journalist before deciding to write full-time. She grew up in the wilds of New Jersey and now lives in Boston with her husband and chronically-anxious Australian Shepherd mix, Abby.




Ravenous Reader Q&A with Kendall Kulper


1.  Can you share a little of SALT and STORM with us?

Sure! Here’s one of my favorite passages about the complicated and often tumultuous relationship Avery has with her mother:

This was my mother’s fault, all of it. She kept me here in this town, she prevented my escape, she hurt my friend and nearly killed him—killed him!—and I had to make her pay.

Sometimes, when I am very angry at my mother, I like to imagine her big and bloodless and all alone at the bottom of the ocean, like a giant squid. I imagine her in the darkness, in the cold, all her sticky tentacles wrapped tightly around her. The squid live far down in the ocean, farther down than any man could ever dive. Only whales can go from the surface to the depths, where they chomp-chomp on squid and come up for air with skin slashed by sharp beaks and puckered with sucker marks. Once, a whale ship caught one of these squids—kraken, they called it—and hauled it to the docks and hung it up. Its skin was translucent and pale and fragile, the color of something that hates light, and its body looked saggy and swollen, full of all kinds of decaying gas.

That is how I imagine my mother, a monster deep in the ocean, reaching out with her tentacles to catch stray fish and stray sailors and pull them apart like a bloated, underwater spider.

And that day, as my feet drummed across the cobblestones back to my mother’s house, I imagined my body cutting through the air like a whale’s slick skin through water. I imagined each step through town was another foot deeper into cold ocean, deeper into my mother’s territory. But I was a whale, strong and muscular, long-jawed and sharp-toothed, and I was going to find my terrible squid of a mother and chomp-chomp her so she’d learn to keep her blasted tentacles to herself.


2.  How did you come up with the title?

I am awful at titles (the working title was THE ROE WITCH, which, no…), so all credit has to go to the fine folks at Little, Brown for coming up with something so beautiful. We brainstormed a lot of “oceany” words and debated whether to use one alone or two together. As soon as I saw SALT & STORM on the list of possibilities, it really jumped out at me—it felt so powerful and evocative—and I’m so glad that’s what we went with!



3.  Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?

I didn’t set out writing SALT & STORM with a message in mind, but I do think Avery comes to learn a lot of things throughout her journey that I hope readers can take away. The biggest for me is the idea that a person can control their fate and identity. Even if you’ve been told your whole life who you are and what you will be, ultimately the choice is yours.



4.  SALT and STORM is highly atmospheric, filled with much history, superstition and lore. What research went into writing it?

I did a lot of research leading up to writing SALT & STORM, from camping out in the library to climbing aboard a working tall ship to see how they sailed and navigated. Research is one of my favorite parts of writing because I love discovering interesting facts I never would have come up with on my own. The whaling black lists—newspaper listings where disgruntled crew members would warn other whale men against working with incompetent officers—were real things (and so catty—they’re amazing). And a lot of the magic was also based on real accounts—people really would buy knots of rope that could supposedly control the winds, and to this day, sailors believe certain tattoos have protective qualities.



5.  What are your current project(s)?

Right now I’m working on a companion novel to SALT & STORM, a sort of prequel set about eighteen years earlier. SALT & STORM pretty much exclusively focuses on the Roes and Prince Island, while this prequel travels around and talks about other magical people. After staying in one place with the first book, it’s been a lot of fun to open up the world.



6.  What are your 5 favorite books —and why?

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn – One of my absolute favorites since I first read it at twelve years old. So beautiful, so realistic, heartbreaking and hopeful.
East of Eden
– I fell in love with the movie first (also excellent and one of my favorites), and although the book is pretty different, I love how brilliantly it captures the changing relationships in a single family and how parents and children relate to and change one another.

The Harry Potter series – I’m counting all these as one, and, let’s face it, I don’t think there will be another Harry Potter in the children’s book world for a long, long time. As far as books that can instantly transport me to another world, Harry Potter can’t be beat.

The Art of Looking Sideways – This is a book about art and design that my brother gave to me when I was a teenager. It’s a must-read for creative types, and whenever I’m feeling tapped out of inspiration, flipping through the pages helps me to refocus and rest my brain.

Graceling Series – These books by Kristin Cashore were some of the first YA I read after I decided to try to write full-time, and I was instantly blown away by the in-depth and thoughtful world she created. These are some of my favorite books to pick up whenever I want a good story.



7.  What book are you reading now?

Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins. I loved her first two books, and this one is already proving to be a fabulous end to the series!



8.  Which part of researching SALT AND STORM was the most personally interesting to you? Were there any facts, characters, or themes that you would have liked to include, but they just didn't make into the story?

Personally, I really enjoyed being able to infuse the book with my own memories and feelings. Prince Island isn’t a real place, but it’s based on Martha’s Vineyard, where I’ve visited since I was a child. I usually go to Martha’s Vineyard off-season, when it’s quieter and mostly just locals, and it’s given me an appreciation for wide, empty beaches and open country.

A lot of that description made it into the book, but some of it had to be cut. There was a scene that took place at a marshy pond called the Great Gray Slough, and that whole area is based on ponds I used to swim in on Martha’s Vineyard, especially one that was always freezing, always full of bugs and little crabs, and always left your feet covered in black, sludgy mud.

I really love it when people say that Prince Island feels like a real place, because to me, it really is—I have such a clear picture of it in my head, and describing it was one of my favorite parts of writing the book.



9.  What are your favorite books to give — and get — as gifts?

I like giving people poetry—poetry always feels like the perfect gift, because books of poems usually aren’t too big and I feel like for whatever reason, people don’t seem to buy a lot of poetry for themselves. Tender Buttons by Gertrude Stein is a favorite, and anything by Pablo Neruda.

As for books I’ve been given, lately I’ve been working on building my daughter’s collection of books thanks to gifts from friends and family. It’s been so sweet to see what people pick out for her, and a lot of people leave her little notes inside the book. Right now she’s more interested in sleeping than books, but I can’t wait until I can start reading to her!



10. Would you like to have the ability to read dream and if not what ability would you with to possess?

I think probably not. Being able to see the future in sort of mysterious fragments sounds like it would be more trouble than it’s worth (as Avery learns…). If I could choose one magical ability, I would like to instantly teleport anywhere in the world, so I could travel around and visit all my far-flung friends and family any time I wanted.



11.  I have seen the different covers for SALT and STORM, do you have a particular favorite version?

I’m definitely partial to the US version—that’s the first cover I ever saw and it has a very special place in my heart. But I absolutely love the foreign versions, too! It’s been so great being able to see all the different interpretations of the book. They’re all so different, but they all feel exactly right.



12.  What genre do you consider your book?

I call it historical fantasy, since it’s a blend of historical fiction and fantasy.



13.  I adored the tattoo scene between Tane and Avery, how did that come about and did you have to edit it often?

I think the tattoo scene was pretty much unchanged from the beginning. It was a scene I always knew was coming, and I knew it would lead to a turning point in Tane and Avery’s relationship just based on how intense a moment it was for both of them—Tane sharing something incredibly private and Avery allowing herself to be in such a vulnerable position with him. It’s one of my favorite scenes in the book, and I love that it’s striking a chord with readers!


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Makes sure to stop by all the blogs on this tour to get a little more information on SALT & STORM and to get to know Kendall a little better.

Tour Schedule:

Week One:

9/15/2014- Novel NoviceInterview

9/15/2014- The Infinite To-Read ShelfReview

9/16/2014- All Things Urban FantasyGuest Post

9/16/2014- No BS Book ReviewsReview

9/17/2014- Such a Novel IdeaInterview

9/17/2014- Katie's Book BlogReview

9/18/2014- IceyBooksInterview

9/18/2014- That Artsy Reader GirlReview

9/19/2014- Wishful EndingsGuest Post

9/19/2014- Casual ReadersReview



Week Two:

9/22/2014- Supernatural Snark- Interview

9/22/2014- About to ReadReview

9/23/2014- The Cover ContessaGuest Post

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“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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I am an avid reader from Northern California and if you are a publisher and would like to have your YOUNG or NEW ADULT book reviewed, please email me. I accept ARCs, as well as books that have already been released. I am also more than happy to do author interviews, guest posts, and contests to promote your book as long as they are in the Young and New Adult genre. Please check my review policy prior to sending me an email, thank you. curlyshoe(at)gmail(dot)com

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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.

2014

OCTOBER

LAUREN OLIVER
A Great Good Place for Books in Oakland
Wednesday, October 1 @ 7pm

LAUREN OLIVER
Book Passage in San Francisco
Thursday, October 2 @ 12:30pm

LAUREN OLIVER and JANDY NELSON
Kepler's in Menlo Park
Thursday, October 2 @ 7pm

JANDY NELSON, NINA LaCOUR and STEPHANIE KUEHN
Hicklebee's in San Jose
Friday, October 3 @ 7pm

SARA FARIZAN
Books Inc. on Market St.
Friday, October 10 @ 7pm

JAMES FREY with John Hanke, VP of Google's Niantic Lab
Kepler's in Menlo Park
Saturday, October 11 @ 6pm


BECCA FITZPATRICK, CHRISTINA LAUREN & KIERSTEN WHITE
Kepler's in Menlo Park
Sunday, October 12 @ 3pm


LITQUAKE: Why YA is good for the Mind, Body and Soul with Lana Adlwan, Hannah Jayne, Tim J Myers, Jandy Nelson and Mitali Perkins
Hotel Rex in San Francisco
Sunday, October 12 @ 3:30


FIERCE READS TOUR with GENNIFER ALBIN, NIKKI KELLY, JESSICA BRODY and MARISSA MEYER
Linden Tree Books in Los Altos
Monday, October 13 @ 6:30pm

PAOLO BACIGALUPI and A.S. KING
Bookshop Santa Cruz in Santa Cruz
Wednesday, October 15 @ 7pm

RICK RIORDAN (ticketed event)
Fox Theatre in Redwood City
Wednesday, October 15 @ 7pm

CORY DOCTOROW and JEN WANG

Mrs. Dalloway's in Berkeley
Thursday, October 16 @ 7:30pm

MARIE LU
Face in a Book in El Dorado
Thursday, October 16 @ 7pm

A.S. KING and PAOLO BACIGALUPI
Sports Basement on Bryant in SF
Thursday, October 16 @ 6pm

MICHELLE GAGNON with Cara Black, Juliet Blackwell and Susan C. Shea
Borderlands Books in SF
Saturday, October 18 @7:15-8:15pm

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

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

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