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Monday, January 28, 2013

Young Adult Giveaway Hop!

Thanks for stopping by my blog during the I Am a Reader, Not a Writer & BookLove101's, Young Adult Giveaway Hop!

If you're new to me and my books I'm a young adult/middle grade author and I write mostly fun, light, contemporary books. My newest YA, THE PAPARAZZI PROJECT, just came out on kindle last month and I'm giving away FIVE copies of it for this hop! Five lucky winners will be chosen! Remember, if you don't have a kindle you can download the free app for your iphone, ipad, or PC.

About the book:
Livvie Peterson thought taking Interpersonal Communications her junior year would be an easy A. But when the first assignment is given, her world flips upside down. Here’s the deal: the class is assigned a six-week project and is split into three groups— Paparazzi, Tabloid, and Celebrities. The Paparazzi follow around the Celebrities taking pictures and grabbing any kind of quotes they can. The Celebrities try to navigate being tailed on a daily basis. And the Tabloid receives all the information collected by the Paparazzi and decides what makes the weekly summary report. Sounds harmless…and it’s all just pretend anyway, right?

Livvie is assigned as Paparazzi and when she is matched up with the ├╝ber -cute Chas Montgomery as her Tabloid boss she’s pretty sure things couldn’t get much better. Livvie’s uncanny ability to capture the Celebrities in compromising photos matched with Chas’s skill of exaggerating captions and editing the photos make them an unstoppable team. And the long hours working side by side with Chas aren’t a bad bonus. 

Livvie simultaneously launches an anonymous blog, leaking the class’ photos and stories on the Internet. Her rising follower number quickly becomes addicting and she possibly spills too much information online. Once she finds her own celebrity will she be able to give it back? And will Chas be gone before she ever has the chance to find out?

THE PAPARAZZI PROJECT is an approximately 50,000 word young adult novel, written by the author of THE ESPRESSOLOGIST and the best-selling MY FAKE BOYFRIEND IS BETTER THAN YOURS.


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Friday, January 25, 2013

GCC Spotlight on SMALL TOWN SINNER by Melissa Walker

Melissa Walker's SMALL TOWN SINNERS is out in paperback (with a new cover too)! Check it out:

About the book:
Does falling in love mean falling out of faith?

“Lacey Anne Byer is a perennial good girl and lifelong member of the House of Enlightenment, the Evangelical church in her small town. With her driver's license in hand and the chance to try out for a lead role in Hell House, her church's annual haunted house of sin, Lacey's junior year is looking promising. But when a cute new stranger comes to town, something begins to stir inside her. Ty Davis doesn't know the sweet, shy Lacey Anne Byer everyone else does. With Ty, Lacey could reinvent herself. As her feelings for Ty make Lacey test her boundaries, events surrounding Hell House make her question her religion."

Read an excerpt.

"Walker has written a credible and tender evocation of the moment when a young person’s beliefs begin to emerge and potentially diverge from the teachings of a family’s religion... Near the end, Lacey contemplates a verse from the prophet Isaiah: 'Come now and let us reason together.' It’s a good summation of what Walker asks of her characters and, by extension, of her readers." --The New York Times Book Review

"A non-judgmental, nuanced, fascinating look at the teenage religious right... Walker writes an outstanding contemporary novel with a cast of characters who, far from being portrayed as hateful zealots, are relatable for readers of all faiths. The extremism of Hell House is tempered by the perfectly understandable attitudes and intentions of Lacey Anne, who struggles with what it means to grow up, to question and to think for herself." --Romantic Times

"Both tender and provocative... Walker creates an astutely balanced portrait of a conservative congregation's in-your-face response to perennial issues of domestic abuse, teen pregnancy, and suicide, as well as of those who struggle to fit the prescribed Christian mold." --Publishers Weekly

"This secular story about religious people could easily devolve into camp mockery, but because Walker takes her character’s crisis of faith seriously and sensitively, readers will, too." --Kirkus Reviews

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Girlfriends' Cyber Circuit Starring: FANGTABULOUS by Lucienne Diver

Lucienne Diver is stopping by my blog tonight were her newest YA novel, Fangtabulous.

About the book:                         
Gina Covello and her band of federal fugitives are on the run after taking down a secret (and sinister) government facility. Strapped without cash or credit cards—a fate worse than death for Gina—the rebels must find a place to lay low. They roll into Salem, Massachusetts, the most haunted town in America and the only place they have friends flying under the radar. But within a day, Gina and her gang are embroiled in a murder mystery of the supernatural kind.
Someone—or something—is strangling young women, and it's rumored to be the ghost of Sheriff Corwin, late of the Salem Witch trials.  Is it the ghostly Sheriff or is someone on this side of the veil using the famous story as a cover up? Gina is determined to get to the bottom of this mystery, and she needs to do it before a paranormal reporter on the scene exposes them for what they are...fanged federal fugitives. 
Our Interview:
KRISTINA: How did you get the idea for Fangtabulous?
LUCIENNE: Fangtabulous is set in Salem, Massachusetts.  I didn’t actually have an idea in mind when I set out to write it, just a contract and a setting.  (My publisher had made a two-book offer based on my proposal for the previous book, Fangtastic, which was a wonderful show of faith.)  But visiting the town of Salem, walking the haunted streets, visiting the Witch Dungeon Museum, The House of the Seven Gables (Nathanial Hawthorne’s house), The Witch House, where one of the judges from the witch trials held interrogations, The Old Burying Point Cemetery and other sites that appear in the book, I was inspired.  The plot of unsettled spirits stirred to deadly heights by something happening present-day suggested itself, and the book took off from there.
KRISTINA: How much time do you spend on marketing your book? Is there one specific type of marketing that you find works best for you?
LUCIENNE: Not nearly enough!  I wish I could clone myself sometimes.  Trying to write my current book while revising, editing, proofing and promoting previous books seems like a full time job, and I already have one of those (as a literary agent)!
KRISTINA: Have you ever based one of your characters on someone you know? If so, did that person find out? How did they react?
LUCIENNE: One of my ex-boyfriends from college was the inspiration, visually, at least, for Ulric, a charming/cocky goth guy who shows up in two of the Vamped books— Revamped and the current novel Fangtabulous.  When we reconnected on Facebook I let him know that he’d been part of the creation of Ulric, so, of course, he had to read Revamped.  His reaction, “Was I really that cocky?” 
KRISTINA: Would you ever try writing in another genre?
LUCIENNE: I would!  In fact, I’ve already got the Latter-Day Olympians urban fantasy series going, although it’s not so much in a different genre as for an older audience.  But the next young adult novel I want to work on is darker than the Vamped series, and very mainstream/suspense based without any paranormal elements, which will be quite a departure for me!
KRISTINA: Who is (or who are) the Young Adult author that turns you into a fangirl?
LUCIENNE: I would be a complete and utter fangirl if I ever met Suzanne Collins or Rick Riordan.  I love them both!  I’ve already gotten to fangirl to Barry Lyga for I Hunt Killers, which I can highly recommend.  I’m also a rabid fan of all of the young adult authors I represent as a literary agent: Rachel Caine, Rosemary Clement-Moore, Chloe Neill, Molly Cochran and Amy Christine Parker, whose debut novel, Gated, is coming out in August from Random House Children’s.
KRISTINA: Are you on twitter? Where can we follow you?
LUCIENNE: I’m everywhere! 
KRISTINA: Do you prefer reading on an ereader or book in hand?
LUCIENNE: Book in hand!  I knew e-books are better for the environment, but I spend so much of my work time working on computers and e-readers, I really enjoy the break and the format of printed books.
About the Author:
Lucienne Diver writes the humorous, suspenseful Vamped series of young adult vampire novels for Flux Books, including Vamped, Revamped, Fangtastic and the most recent, Fangtabulous.  Her short stories have been included in the Strip-Mauled and Fangs for the Mammaries anthologies edited by Esther Friesner (Baen Books), and her essay on abuse is included in the anthology Dear Bully: 70 Authors Tell Their Stories (HarperTeen).  She also writes the Latter-Day Olympians urban fantasy series for Samhain (Bad Blood, Crazy in the Blood and the forthcoming Rise of the Blood).   

Thursday, January 3, 2013

Clear Your Shelf Giveaway Hop!

Thanks for stopping by my blog during the I Am a Reader, Not a Writer's, Clear Your Shelf Giveaway Hop!

If you're new to me and my books I'm a young adult/middle grade author and I write mostly fun, light, contemporary books. My newest YA, THE PAPARAZZI PROJECT, just came out on kindle three weeks ago.

I'm so excited for this hop! My shelves are overflowing with young adult books and I've got a stack to giveaway! (shipping in the US only) Click on the title link to read more about each book:
The Au Pairs by Melissa De La Cruz
Elsewhere by Gabrielle Zevin
Gossip Girl by Cecily von Ziegesar
The Espressologist by Kristina Springer (and I'll sign it to you!)

And if you want a chance to win even more books, follow the list below my Rafflecopter form to go to other great websites on the blog hop!

Thanks for stopping by and good luck in the giveaway!

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Read "Cart Princess" on Wattpad

Guys, I put my YA Contemp short story, "Cart Princess" up on wattpad today! Check it out and comment!