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Happy Release Day to Jessica Sorensen and her new book THE ILLUSION OF ANNABELLA. The Illusion of Annabella is a Young Adult Contemporary Romance. Enjoy a sneak peek below and make sure to enter the giveaway!
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Synopsis
Annabella Baker has always lived a normal life with a loving family. She had dreams of going to college and becoming a dancer. But the summer before her senior year, the life she knew is ripped away from her, and she’s left wondering if it ever really existed in the first place.
Six months later, Annabella is living an entirely different life. The loving family she had no longer exists, and the girl who dreamed of being a dancer can barely walk. She spends most of her time getting into trouble and living in denial over what happened. One night she takes things one step too far and is left dealing with the consequences.
Put under house arrest, Annabella can no longer run away from her problems. With the help of her cute, sweet neighbor, Luca Benton, she rediscovers the girl she used to be, and finally learns the truth about what really happened that horrible day that changed her life forever.
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Excerpt
I swallow hard, pressing my hands to the garage as my legs turn into noodles. “It seems crazy, wanting to help someone when you don’t even know them . . . Your life would be easier if you didn’t.”
“My life’s never been easy, but do you know what’s really easy?” he asks, and I shake my head. With a hint of a smile on his face, he reaches out, and I think he’s going to grab me, but instead he taps the box of sparklers I’m holding. “Lighting sparklers.”
I frown warily at the box. “That’s actually harder than it seems.”
Suddenly the wind gusts dead leaves across grass, and the cloudy sky grumbles, warning us of an impending storm. Clasping the lighter in one hand, I open the box and wiggle two sparklers out.
Can I do this?
I give one to Luca then fumble to light the lighter.
Am I really going to do this?
Blame it on my nerves, but I can’t get the damn thing to work.
Maybe I shouldn’t do this?
 Finally, Luca pries my fingers off it, flicks the top, and creates a steady flame. He lights his first then sticks it out in front of him as silvery sparks shoot out like a magic wand.
“Put yours up to mine,” he instructs, stuffing the lighter into his back pocket.
With a deep breath, I kiss the tip of his sparkler with mine. Oh, my God, I’m really doing this. They hiss as the flames aglow.
I move the sparkler in a circle in front of me. “Wow.” I forgot how magical a simple firework could be, and for a moment, I see the world through my old eyes, lit up like fireflies that I swear I could catch if I just stuck out my hand.
For the next few minutes, Luca and I play around in the driveway, going through sparkler after sparkler, giggling like a couple of kids as we clumsily skip around. When it comes down to the last one, he lights it up and hands it to me.
As the sparkler reaches the halfway point, Luca moves up behind me and circles his arms around my waist, covering my hand with his so we’re both holding onto it. His breath tickles my ear as he laughs and traces letters in the air. My hand moves with his, but I can barely focus on what he’s writing. I’m too distracted by his chest pressed against my back, his warm fingers covering mine, how very alive I feel in that moment, and how terrified I am.
“Luca, I think . . .” I trail off as he stretches our arms out to the side and fixes his finger 

under my chin. Turning my head toward him, his eyes search mine, then slowly, he leans in.   
  
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Jessica Sorensen is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author from the snowy mountains of Wyoming. When she's not writing, she spends her time reading and hanging out with her family.

GIVEAWAY: Litographs + Throne of Glass Launch




I am a fan of Sarah J. Maas (along with many others), and her phenomenal fantasy Throne of Glass series. Her writing is simply brilliant and I have yet to find anyone that doesn't adore her. So for all of us book fans that love Sarah and love bookish merchandise and don't mind showing that love. 

The brilliant folks at Litographs has just launched their THRONE OF GLASS Litograph series featuring a poster, t-shirt, and a tote bag. The design is gorgeous, featuring Celaena in a triumphant pose with the stag of Terrasen, the Lord of the North. And the landscape is designed with actual text from Throne of Glass! If you're a fan of this series then you must realize what a momentous occasion this is. Who wouldn't want to wear Celaena and all her awesomeness while displaying text from the very novel that we love? I know I cannot resist and I have a feeling that you cannot either.

So, If you are doing the happy dance of literary glee and cannot wait to get your hands on some of these beautiful THRONE OF GLASS items, I have a discount code for $5 off any ToG purchase. Use the discount code CELAENA at checkout. Pardon me but I am going to get my T-shirt....




The super cool people at Litographs have been kind enough to offer a little something for Ravenous Readers!

One winner will receive a gift card to Litographs in honor of Throne of Glass's design launch. Enter via the rafflecopter below.

The giveaway is US only and runs until 12am EST on May 30th. Winner will be notified by email. Good luck!
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Waiting on Wednesday: THE DEAD HOUSE by Dawn Kurtagich

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.

Lately I have been on a horror kick that has seriously messed with my mind. I am constantly looking over my shoulder and must leave the lights on...yeah I'm the biggest baby but I want to that feeling of fear. I know it's twisted but I love it and this upcoming novel, THE DEAD HOUSE by Dawn Kurtagich seems to be exactly what I need.

THE DEAD HOUSE
by Dawn Kurtagich
ISBN-13: 978-0316298681
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Pages: 440
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Debut author Dawn Kurtagich is dead on in this terrifying psychological thriller!

Over two decades have passed since the fire at Elmbridge High, an inferno that took the lives of five teenagers. Not much was known about the events leading up to the tragedy - only that one student, Carly Johnson, vanished without a trace...

...until a diary is found hidden in the ruins.

But the diary, badly scorched, does not belong to Carly Johnson. It belongs to Kaitlyn Johnson, a girl who shouldn't exist Who was Kaitlyn? Why did she come out only at night? What is her connection to Carly?

The case has been reopened. Police records are being reexamined: psychiatric reports, video footage, text messages, e-mails. And the diary.

The diary that paints a much more sinister version of events than was ever made publicly known.

TODAY in the SF Bay: @NYMBC presents THE @SWOONREADS TOUR



Not Your Mother's Book Club™ very excitedly presents the first-ever Summer of Swoon Tour! Featuring Sandy Hall, author of A Little Something Different; Katie Van Ark, author of The Boy Next Door; Temple West, author of Velvet; and Kimberly Karalius, author of Love Fortunes and Other Disasters, with special guest moderator, Nancy Sanchez (that's me!) 

Join us today for raffles, cupcakes, and a YA author panel that is sure to make you swoon!

SF Bay Area YA author event: @SWOONSREADS TOUR at @NYMBC




I am so very excited to be a part of this #summerofswoon tour with Sandy, Katie, Temple, and Kim. I am to moderate this swoony event and I hope that you can join us at the NYMBC event tomorrow evening at 7pm. There will be 10 Word Love Story contests, sweet treats, and swoonworthy swag!

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You could win totes and notebooks!


Thursday, May 14

San Francisco: 7 p.m. at Books Inc. in Opera Plaza

Waiting on Wednesday: THE ONE THING by Marci Lyn Curtis

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 THE ONE THING by Marci Lyn Curtis. I am always on the prowl for a great contemporary novel and this story about a blind girl with a rebellious streak that finds her true purpose in life sounds too good to pass up. Romance, music and living your dreams are on the horizon with this novel. 

THE ONE THING 
by Marci Lyn Curtis
 September 8th 2015


"A soaring tale of life and love, of sacrifice and renewal, and learning to see people as they really are."

Maggie Sanders might be blind, but she won't invite anyone to her pity party. Ever since losing her sight six months ago, Maggie's rebellious streak has taken on a life of its own, culminating with an elaborate school prank. Maggie called it genius. The judge called it illegal.

Now Maggie has a probation officer. But she isn't interested in rehabilitation, not when she's still mourning the loss of her professional-soccer dreams, and furious at her so-called friends, who lost interest in her as soon as she could no longer lead the team to victory.

Then Maggie's whole world is turned upside down. Somehow, incredibly, she can see again. But only one person: Ben, a precocious ten-year-old unlike anyone she's ever met.Ben's life isn't easy, but he doesn't see limits, only possibilities. After awhile, Maggie starts to realize that losing her sight doesn't have to mean losing everything she dreamed of. Even if what she's currently dreaming of is Mason Milton, the infuriatingly attractive lead singer of Maggie's new favorite band, who just happens to be Ben's brother.

But when she learns the real reason she can see Ben, Maggie must find the courage to face a once-unimaginable future...before she loses everything she has grown to love.

Release Day Blitz: THE WRATH & THE DAWN by Renee Ahdieh




I am so excited that THE WRATH AND THE DAWN by Renée Ahdieh releases today and that I get to share the news, along with a special introduction from Renée herself!
If you haven’t yet heard about this wonderful book by Author Renée Ahdieh, be sure to check out all the details below.

This blitz also includes a giveaway for a signed copies of the book and some beautiful book inspired scarves, courtesy of Renée, Penguin Teen, and Rockstar Book Tours. So if you’d like a chance to win, enter in the Rafflecopter at the bottom of this post.


A letter from Renée Ahdieh.


There are not enough words to express how thrilled I am to share THE WRATH AND THE DAWN with you! From the moment I typed the first word, I felt connected to Shahrzad and her world in a way that carried me through the long process of publication to where we are today. 

Everything about this process has been a dream come true, and hope you love my book half as much as I enjoyed writing it. In celebration of release day, I'll be giving away a signed, first edition hardcover of the book, as well as a gorgeous scarf . . . or two!

Always remember to make it a story worthy of you!

Renée



About The Book:

Title: THE WRATH & THE DAWN
Author: Renée Ahdieh
Pub. Date: May 12, 2015
Publisher: Putnam Juvenile
Pages: 388
A sumptuous and epically told love story inspired by A Thousand and One Nights

Every dawn brings horror to a different family in a land ruled by a killer. Khalid, the eighteen-year-old Caliph of Khorasan, takes a new bride each night only to have her executed at sunrise. So it is a suspicious surprise when sixteen-year-old Shahrzad volunteers to marry Khalid. But she does so with a clever plan to stay alive and exact revenge on the Caliph for the murder of her best friend and countless other girls. Shazi's wit and will, indeed, get her through to the dawn that no others have seen, but with a catch . . . she’s falling in love with the very boy who killed her dearest friend.

She discovers that the murderous boy-king is not all that he seems and neither are the deaths of so many girls. Shazi is determined to uncover the reason for the murders and to break the cycle once and for all. 


About Renée:

Renée lives in North Carolina (Go Heels!) with her husband Victor and their dog Mushu. Her YA fantasy novel, THE WRATH AND THE DAWN, will be published on May 12th, 2015. In her spare time, she likes to cook, dance salsa, and wreak havoc on the lives of her characters.
She’s also a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, as well as an active member of theScience Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America.







Giveaway Details:

3 winners will receive a hardcover of THE WRATH AND THE DAWN and a beautiful book inspired scarf (IMAGES BELOW)! US Only.

Ends on May 22nd at Midnight EST!



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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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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.

2015

MAY

BEA: Book Expo of America
Blogger Con and Book Con
May 27-29

JUNE

Book launch party for MICHELLE TEA

Books Inc. in SF on Market st.
Tuesday, June 2 @ 7pm

MICHELLE TEA
Kepler's in Menlo Park
Wednesday, June 3 @ 7pm

VIRGINIA BOECKER Book Launch
Kepler's in Menlo Park
Thursday, June 4 @ 7pm

NYMBC presents YA MADNESS with: STACEY LEE, JEN BROOKS, LEE KELLY, KELLY LOY GILBERT and VIRGINIA BOECKER
Books Inc. in Mountain View
Friday, June 5 @ 7pm

BAY AREA BOOK FESTIVAL
Berkeley, CA
Saturday & Sunday, June 6-7, 2015
Paolo Bacigalupi
Lauren Oliver
Judy Blume
Kresley Cole
Jenny Han
Morgan Matson
Tamara Ireland Stone
and more to come...

PAOLO BACIGALUPI
Borderlands Cafe in San Francisco
Sunday, June 7 @ 3pm

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

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

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

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

AUGUST

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

Purchase Tickets HERE

...and lots more events are coming. I am so excited but cannot share them yet :) Stay Tuned!!

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