Waiting on Wednesday: A MILLION MILES AWAY by Lara Avery

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 my WoW is A Million Miles Away by Lara Avery. The premise alone is so enticing and scandelous on many levels and yet I cannot wait to read it and see what happens. Death, Lies, Romance all together under one cover it is too good to be true. 

by Lara Avery
ISBN-13: 978-0316283687
Publisher: Little, Brown (BYR)

When high school senior Kelsey’s identical twin sister, Michelle, dies in a car crash, Kelsey is left without her other half. The only person who doesn't know about the tragedy is Michelle’s boyfriend, Peter, recently deployed to Afghanistan. But when Kelsey finally connects with Peter online, she can't bear to tell him the truth. Active duty has taken its toll, and Peter, thinking that Kelsey is Michelle, says that seeing her is the one thing keeping him alive. Caught up in the moment, Kelsey has no choice: She lets Peter believe that she is her sister. 

As Kelsey keeps up the act, she crosses the line from pretend to real. Soon, Kelsey can't deny that she’s falling, hard, for the one boy she shouldn't want.


Author: Claudia Gray
Release Date: November 4, 2014
Pages: 368
Publisher: HarperTeen
Formats: Hardcover, eBook, audiobook

Every Day meets Cloud Atlas in this heart-racing, space- and time-bending, epic new trilogy from New York Times bestselling author Claudia Gray.

Marguerite Caine’s physicist parents are known for their radical scientific achievements. Their most astonishing invention: the Firebird, which allows users to jump into parallel universes, some vastly altered from our own. But when Marguerite’s father is murdered, the killer—her parent’s handsome and enigmatic assistant Paul—escapes into another dimension before the law can touch him.

Marguerite can’t let the man who destroyed her family go free, and she races after Paul through different universes, where their lives entangle in increasingly familiar ways. With each encounter she begins to question Paul’s guilt—and her own heart. Soon she discovers the truth behind her father’s death is more sinister than she ever could have imagined.

A Thousand Pieces of You explores a reality where we witness the countless other lives we might lead in an amazingly intricate multiverse, and ask whether, amid infinite possibilities, one love can endure.

About Claudia:
Claudia Gray is a pseudonym. I would like to say that I chose another name so that no one would ever learn the links between my shadowy, dramatic past and the explosive secrets revealed through my characters. This would be a lie. In truth, I took a pseudonym simply because I thought it would be fun to choose my own name. (And it is.)
I write novels full-time, absolutely love it, and hope to be able to do this forever. My home is in New Orleans, is more than 100 years old, and is painted purple. In my free time I read, travel, hike, cook and listen to music. You can keep up with my latest releases, thoughts on writing and various pop-culture musings via TwitterTumblrPinterestGoodreads or (of course) my own home page.
If you want to contact me, you can email me, but your best bet is probably to Tweet me. I don’t do follows on Twitter, but I follow everyone back on Tumblr, Pinterest and Goodreads.


1. What can you tell my readers about A Thousand Pieces of You?

A THOUSAND PIECES OF YOU is about Marguerite, the daughter of two famous scientists, who is chasing her father's killer thru alternate dimensions. In every world, she leaps into another version of herself and must learn who she is there. As she travels, she also encounters other versions of all the people around her, and as she sees all their possible fates, she learns that they're far more complex than she realized ... as is the truth about what happened to her father.

2. How did you approach the concept of time travel in A Thousand Pieces of You? What system (if any) did you employ to keep you on track especially considering that this is a series?

There's no time travel! Marguerite only travels through alternate dimensions/universes/quantum realities. Some of the worlds have advanced farther, technologically speaking, while others lag behind -- so sometimes it seems as though Marguerite has gone into the future or the past. But really, it's just the different rates of change in each world at work.

That said, it made it tricky to keep track, because if Marguerite leaped out of, say, London, and then reappeared somewhere half a world away, I had to make sure that the times would line up! I spent a lot of time on "World Clock" websites typing in things like, "When it's 5 a.m. in Perth, Australia, what time is it in ..."

3. Your previous novels all have a paranormal element what made you decide to take on sci-fi novel?

I've always loved scifi, too. Basically, if it's weird, I'm into it. To me they've always seemed like two sides of the same coin -- heightened realities, deeper senses of metaphor, and a love of the fantastical.

4. How did you come up with the unique concept for this parallel worlds adventure read? I appreciated how you made this story a lot less confusing than other novels that i have read in the same vein and it's the first sci-fi read that I truly enjoyed.

I'm so glad you enjoyed it! (And that it wasn't confusing.) Honestly, the idea came out of a book tour I was on with two other authors -- it seemed to me that I was waking up in a new world every day, but with the same people. Something about this idea kindled for me, and all of a sudden I couldn't stop thinking about what it would be like to shift between dimensions, but always be yourself, leading another version of you life. Instead of being a mere visitor or observer, Marguerite is truly thrown into these other lives she could have led, which allows me to put her in some pretty intense situations ...

5. In A Thousand Pieces of You your characters travel through several parallel worlds, which "world" is your favorite so far? and why?

So far? The Russiaverse. I think it's the most dramatic -- and the most romantic -- at least, so far. :D

6. What does the Firebird look like and do you have a mock up drawing of it that you can share with me?

I have no drawing! Though I've scoured Etsy and Pinterest, and found several almost-sorta-right concepts, I have yet to see something and say, that's IT. The Firebird is irregular in shape, but roughly oval; it's smaller than the average cell phone, but larger than a credit card. The surface is made of multiple metals, so it is silver, gold, bronze and copper in different places. Someday I hope to find its likeness online, or see a great fan design!

7. Let's play word association :)
Marguerite -- color
Firebird -- adventure
Paul -- rock
Theo -- fire
Dacha (I could not help myself) - passion


8. Is there a world that you would like Marguerite, Paul and Theo to visit but that it could never make it into the series?

Well, between you, me and the whole internet, I think it would be very, very interesting for Marguerite to find herself with Paul and Theo in a world that practices polyandry. Ahem.

9. If you could cast the characters of Marguerite, Paul and Theo for a movie with ANY actors from the past or present, dead or alive whom would you choose?

I *always* cast younger versions of current adult actors -- I don't know why, but I do! Anyway, I think the younger Michael Fassbender has that alchemical mix of danger, silence and vulnerability that would work well for Paul. Marguerite -- Keira Knightley and Emma Watson are too glam, but she's that type, if you know what I mean. And absolutely the perfect casting for Theo would require us to leap into a TARDIS, go back to 1987, and pick up the young Robert Downey Jr. That is him to a T!

10. Can you tell us what you are working on next? (the next novel in this series, please) TY!.

I've actually just finished the second novel in the series! (And I had *even more fun* with the parallel universes this time, which I hadn't realized could even be possible.) As for what's next ... can't tell you right now, but soon. :D

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Tour Schedule
Week One:
10/27/2014- The Midnight GardenGuest Post
10/28/2014- Tales of the Ravenous ReaderInterview
10/29/2014- BookHounds YAReview
10/30/2014- Dark Faerie TalesInterview w/ Paul
10/31/2014- Me, My Shelf and IReview                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           
Week Two:
11/3/2014- ParajunkeeInterview
11/4/2014- Two Chicks on BooksGuest Post
11/5/2014- Magical Urban Fantasy ReadsGuest Post
11/6/2014- Page Turners BlogReview
11/7/2014- Reading YA RocksGuest Post

ALL BROKE DOWN Release Day Launch

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 Yowza! We are extremely excited to bring you the Release Day Launch for Cora Carmack's ALL BROKE DOWN!! ALL BROKE DOWN is a New Adult Contemporary Romance novel being published by HarperCollins, and it is the 2nd book in The Rusk University Series.

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About ALL BROKE DOWN: In this second book in New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Cora Carmack’s New Adult, Texas-set Rusk University series, which began with ALL LINED UP, a young woman discovers that you can’t only fight for what you believe in . . . sometimes you have to fight for what you love. Dylan fights for lost causes. Probably because she used to be one. Environmental issues, civil rights, corrupt corporations, and politicians—you name it, she’s probably been involved in a protest. When her latest cause lands her in jail overnight, she meets Silas Moore. He’s in for a different kind of fighting. And though he’s arrogant and infuriating, she can’t help being fascinated with him. Yet another lost cause. Football and trouble are the only things that have ever come naturally to Silas. And it’s trouble that lands him in a cell next to do-gooder Dylan. He’s met girls like her before—fixers, he calls them, desperate to heal the damage and make him into their ideal boyfriend. But he doesn’t think he’s broken, and he definitely doesn’t need a girlfriend trying to change him. Until, that is, his anger issues and rash decisions threaten the only thing he really cares about, his spot on the Rusk University football team. Dylan might just be the perfect girl to help. Because Silas Moore needs some fixing after all.

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Excerpt: I think I get it then. That decision I saw in her eyes back in the kitchen. That’s what this, what I’m about for her, too. I’m just another part of whatever rebellion she started earlier today. About doing what she wants, not what’s expected of her. “We’re not talking about me, though,” she says. “So you went to meet your friend, and then what happened?” She keeps her eyes down as she picks up the gauze and begins winding it snugly around the knuckles of one hand, and then the other. “He said the wrong thing.” “Which was?” “Dylan.” Now it’s her that’s pushing too hard. I didn’t want to talk about things with my friends, and I won’t talk about them with her, either, no matter how gorgeous she is. “I’ll guess. You were mad about what he did, and he wasn’t sorry.” “This isn’t middle school, Pickle. He didn’t hurt my feelings. He said some shit he had no business saying, and it pissed me off. The end.” “But you don’t think some of that anger stems from what you feel is a betrayal of your friendship?” She finishes taping down the last of the gauze, but doesn’t let go of my hand. “I think you’re analyzing me again. Making things more complicated than they are.” “And I think you’re just a guy who doesn’t like to admit he has feelings.” She drags out the word, teasing me with some goofy smile on her face. I turn my hand over so I can clutch her wrist. I curlmy other bandaged hand around her waist and pull her closer. “I feel plenty of things.” The teasing stops. She swallows. “I wasn’t talking about that kind of feeling.” With her standing and me sitting, I’m eye level with her chest. I see the sharp rise and fall as she sucks in a breath. I want her in my lap again, straddling me this time. “Doesn’t mean we can’t talk about that kind of feeling. Or experiment with it.” “Is that Stella girl an ex?” I cough, surprised. My throat twists uncomfortably, and it takes me a couple of solid breaths to get a hold on myself. “Ah, no. Stella and I have never dated.” “Have you—” “Do you ever run out of questions?” “Not ever.” She turns playful again, and I’m done doing this the careful way. If she wants a rebellion, I’ll be the one to give it to her. I want her against me, and I’m tired of waiting. I pull her forward, insinuating my knees between hers, and her body naturally follows, settling across my thighs. Her lips part, but she catches herself before she gasps this time. I keep her steady with my hands at her waist and say, “I’ll make you a deal. A question for a kiss.” Tentatively, she lays her palms against my shoulders. They rest there, her grip light and casual. She ponders my offer for a moment, and it drives me mad that she can do that while our hips are inches away from alignment. “Okay then. Are you—” I cut her off. “Not so fast, Dylan Brenner. I’ve already answered one question. We’ve got to settle up first.” I wrap her braid around my hand like I’ve been waiting to do all night, and I use it to pull her head back just enough that I can crush my mouth against hers.

And don’t forget to grab your copy of ALL LINED UP Today!

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HeadshotAbout 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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SF Bay Area YA Author Event: 10/26 - 11/1


Kepler's in Menlo Park
Monday, October 27 @ 7pm

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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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!

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.


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
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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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“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.”

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