June 20, 2016

CHARACTER INTERVIEW + EPIC GIVEAWAY: How to Disappear by @AnnStampler blog tour! @RockstarBKTours @SimonTeen

How To Disappear

Author: Ann Redisch Stampler
Release date: June 14, 2016
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Pages: 416
Formats: Hardcover, eBook

This electric cross-country thriller follows the game of cat and mouse between a girl on the run from a murder she witnessed—or committed?—and the boy who’s sent to kill her.
Nicolette Holland is the girl everyone likes. Up for adventure. Loyal to a fault. And she’s pretty sure she can get away with anything…until a young woman is brutally murdered in the woods near Nicolette’s house. Which is why she has to disappear.
Jack Manx has always been the stand-up guy with the killer last name. But straight A’s and athletic trophies can’t make people forget that his father was a hit man and his brother is doing time for armed assault. Just when Jack is about to graduate from his Las Vegas high school and head east for college, his brother pulls him into the family business with inescapable instructions: find this ruthless Nicolette Holland and get rid of her. Or else Jack and everyone he loves will pay the price.
As Nicolette and Jack race to outsmart each other, tensions—and attractions—run high. Told in alternating voices, this tightly plotted mystery and tense love story challenges our assumptions about right and wrong, guilt and innocence, truth and lies.

***My Interview with Jack Manx***
1.) What was the worst part of growing up with a hit-man for a father?
The worst part?  Maybe the fear that I had the potential to be just like him.  
2.) Since you like poetry, what are your top three favorite poems?

Top three favorite poems:

The Road Not Taken by Robert Frost
This Be the Verse by Phillip Larkin
The Tyger by William Blake

3.) What is your favorite genre of music?
Rock, a lot of old stuff, anything from Burning Man last year.  How pretentious would it be to say eclectic?  
4.) If someone asked you to describe your dream girl, what would you say?
If you followed Nicolette Holland around for a couple of days, preferably when she wasn’t armed, and you described her, that would be my dream girl.  
No, in all seriousness, describing your dream girl is a mistake.  You get this long, overdone list of adjectives, and no human being can ever fulfill them all.  Or you come up with a list that sounds spectacular, except that you overlook the characteristics that actually make you happy.
5.)  What is the major differences between how you view yourself as a person and how you feel others see you?
I don’t know how to answer this.  Do you mean people who really know me or people who hear my last name and think “Manx = killer thug”?  I view myself as a better person than I was a year ago, that’s one thing.  But I’m not sure if anyone else does, given what I was thinking about doing a year ago.  Given what I did.  I sank from “great guy, kind of competitive; too bad about his family”  to being arrested for a first degree felony by the great state of Ohio.

6.) Tell us 5 totally random things about you.
  1. I’m a genius poker player – the reading the guys at the table part.
  2. I’m a Raider’s fan.  A lot of guys from Las Vegas aren’t, but I am.
  3. I hate button down collars. 
  4. I don’t mind when Nicolette sends me videos of dogs that adopt orphan baby bison and whatnot.
  5. All forms of edible weed make me sick to my stomach.  
Ann Redisch Stampler is the author of the young adult novels Afterparty and Where It Began as well as half a dozen picture books. Her work has garnered an Aesop accolade, the National Jewish Book Award, Sydney Taylor honors, the Middle East Book Award, and Bank Street Best Books of the Year mentions. How to Disappear (Simon Pulse, 2016), her first young adult thriller, will be released in June. Ann lives in Los Angeles, California, with her husband Rick.


ONE (1) winner will receive the following:
  • $50.00 gift certificate for The Book Depository 
  • Signed HOW TO DISAPPEAR bookmarks
  • A Nicolette’s disguise inspired Smashbox makeup kit


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Follow this week's tour stops:
Monday, June 20th:
·         A Dream Within A Dream – Review
·         Jessabella Reads – Character Interview
Tuesday, June 21st:
·         Owl Always Be Reading – Review
·         The Cover Contessa – Character Interview
Wednesday, June 22nd:
·         Dani Reviews Things – Author Interview
·         Fishing for Books – Review
Thursday, June 23rd:
·         Once Upon a Twilight – Author Interview
·         Classy Cat Books – Review
Friday, June 24th:
·         Star-Crossed Book Blog – Review
·         Lilians Book Stuff – Author Interview
Saturday, June 25th:
·         Pandora’s Books – Excerpt
·         Reese’s Reviews – Review
Sunday, June 26th:
·         The Phantom Paragrapher – Review
·         In a Bookish World – Excerpt
Monday, June 27th:
·         Movies, Shows & Books – Review
·         Wishful Endings – Character Interview
·         A Bookish Escape – Review

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March 15, 2016

BLOG TOUR + BOOK GIVEAWAY: The Skylighter by Becky Wallace #BookGiveaway #YALit

(The Keeper's Chronicles #2)
Author: Becky Wallace
Release Date: March 22, 2016
Pages: 432
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
Formats: Hardcover, eBook, audiobook
Book Summary:
Johanna and Rafi are in a race against time to save their country before a power-mad Keeper destroys everything they hold dear in the “enthralling magical world” (Cinda Williams Chima, author of The Heir Chronicles) introduced in The Storyspinner.
As the last of the royal line, Johanna is the only person who can heal a magical breach in the wall that separates her kingdom of Santarem from the land of the Keepers, legendary men and women who wield elemental magic. The barrier protects Santarem from those Keepers who might try to take power over mere humans…Keepers who are determined to stop Johanna and seize the wall’s power for themselves.
And they’re not the only ones. As the duchys of Santarem descend into war over the throne, Johanna relies more than ever on the advice of her handsome companion, Lord Rafael DeSilva. But Rafi is a duke too, and his people come first. As their friendship progresses into the beginnings of a tender relationship, Johanna must wonder: is Rafi looking out for her happiness, or does he want the throne for himself?
With war on the horizon, Johanna and Rafi dodge treacherous dukes and Keeper assassins as they race to through the countryside, determined to strengthen the wall before it’s too late…even if it means sacrificing their happiness for the sake of their world. 
(The Keeper's Chronicles #1)
22546577Author: Becky Wallace
Release Date: March 3, 2015
Pages: 432
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
Formats: Hardcover, Paperback, eBook, audiobook
Book Summary:
Drama and danger abound in this fantasy realm where dukes play a game for the throne, magical warriors race to find the missing heir, and romance blossoms where it is least expected.
In a world where dukes plot their way to the throne, a Performer’s life can get tricky. And in Johanna Von Arlo’s case, it can be fatal. Expelled from her troupe after her father’s death, Johanna is forced to work for the handsome Lord Rafael DeSilva. Too bad they don’t get along. But while Johanna’s father’s death was deemed an accident, the Keepers aren’t so sure.
The Keepers, a race of people with magical abilities, are on a quest to find the princess—the same princess who is supposed to be dead and whose throne the dukes are fighting over. But they aren’t the only ones looking for her. And in the wake of their search, murdered girls keep turning up—girls who look exactly like the princess, and exactly like Johanna.
With dukes, Keepers, and a killer all after the princess, Johanna finds herself caught up in political machinations for the throne, threats on her life, and an unexpected romance that could change everything.

About Becky:
In second grade, Becky Wallace had to sit in the corner because she refused to write anything besides princess stories and fairy tales (and because she talked too much). Her time in isolation gave her plenty of opportunities to dream up the fantasy worlds she's been dabbling with ever since. She was lucky enough to find her own, real-life prince charming. They have four munchkins and live in a happy little town outside Houston, Texas.

  • 5 winners will receive autographed SETS of STORYSPINNER and SKYLIGHTER with swag, US Only
  • 10 will receive swag sets, US Only

Tour Schedule

Week One:
3/14/2016- Once Upon A TwilightInterview
3/15/2016- Jessabella ReadsReciew
3/16/2016- Owl Always Be ReadingExcerpt
3/17/2016- Take Me Away To A Great ReadReview
3/18/2016- a GREAT readInterview

Week Two:
3/21/2016- Mundie MomsReview
3/22/2016- Supernatural SnarkGuest Post
3/23/2016- Wishful EndingsReview
3/24/2016- Two Chicks on BooksInterview
3/25/2016- Seeing Double In NeverlandReview

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