Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Spotlight: HOME IS WHERE YOU ARE by Tessa Marie



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Anna’s life reads like a check list.
Straight A’s (Check)
Editor of the school paper (Check)
Volunteering time at the local soup kitchen (Check)
Ivy League (So close she can taste it)
Falling in love with a homeless boy (Not on the list)

Dean has a plan too. Survive. After being subjected to his foster father’s violent attacks, Dean made the hard choice to leave. Now he lives on the streets doing everything he can to get by, refusing to let people help him. But when he meets Anna, he realizes not everyone is out to hurt him.

Slowly, Anna and Dean let each other in, blending their two worlds into one. But when a series of events brings Dean’s world into perspective, he pushes Anna away. Not willing to accept the line that divides them, Anna sets out to bring Dean back to her. Her determination and faith in their future puts her on the tracks of danger, and he is the only one who can save her.

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Tessa Marie lives in the same town she grew up in on Long Island, NY with her long time boyfriend and their fish. Under her real name, Theresa Paolo, she released her debut novel (NEVER) AGAIN, a NA romance, in Fall 2013 with Berkley (Penguin) and (ONCE) AGAIN released this summer. She is also the coauthor of the Amazon bestseller KING SIZED BEDS AND HAPPY TRAILS and BEACH SIDE BEDS AND SANDY PATHS, a YA contemporary series. She has a hard time accepting the fact she’s nearing thirty, and uses her characters to relive the best and worst years of her life. She put her love of writing on hold while she received her Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing from Dowling College. When she’s not writing, she’s behind a camera, reading, or can be found on Twitter, Pinterest and Facebook.


Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Wonhundred Word Wednesday

Prompt: Most vivid amongst the memories of his home town...

The most vivid memory he had of his home village was the memory of burning his house to the ground on his seventh birthday.

He hadn’t wanted to burn the house down, but you didn’t argue with the spirits. They had instructed him to lock his sleeping parents in their room, fill the place with straw, and throw a torch into it.

He pulled his cloak up over his head. That had been nine years ago today. And now the spirits had instructed him to return here. It was time to dig up his parents’ bones and complete the ritual.

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Monday, September 15, 2014

Book Review & Cover Reveal: SOMETHING ABOUT LOVE by Elana Johsnon

Back Cover Blurb
genre: YA contemporary romance, novel-in-verse

High school senior Olivia Winging gave up her love of photography when she gave up her boyfriend, Trevor Youngblood, a year and a half ago. She broke things off with Trevor because her mom married his dad, and dating your step-brother? Creepy.

Livvy hasn’t been on good terms with her mother since, and one of her stipulations for staying at the Youngblood’s every other weekend is that Trevor can’t be there. When she gets nominated for the Junior Photography in Excellence award, Trevor insists she enter. She agrees—only if every photo in the portfolio can be of him. Knowing that Livvy can capture a person’s deepest secrets through her lens, Trevor hesitates before accepting the deal. 

As Livvy gets behind the lens of her camera again, her love of photography is rekindled. Unfortunately, the time she spends with Trevor also re-ignites the old flame for him she’s kept smothered for so long. 

In order for Livvy to finish her portfolio, she’ll have to face her feelings for Trevor as well as deal with the animosity between her and her mother. Livvy’s always been able to capture a person’s soul from behind the camera—but she’s not sure she likes it when the lens is suddenly focused on her. If she can’t find a way to forgive her mother and admit how she feels about Trevor, Livvy may end up losing more than just the photography contest. She could lose her heart.

My Review
5 of 5 stars
I never thought novels-in-verse would appeal to me, but Elana Johnson is converting me! I am now a big fan, at least if this author is writing them. I read her first novel-in-verse, ELEVATED, and loved it. I was so excited when I found out she was writing another one, and SOMETHING ABOUT LOVE didn't disappoint!

SOMETHING ABOUT LOVE is a romance that had me cheering for the couple from page one. Something I love about this book is that while it's very obvious there is a physical attraction between Trevor and Olivia, the couple also fulfills an emotional need for each other that no one else can. A lot of times I feel that's missing from romance novels, but it was very apparent and easy to see in this one. That just made me root for this couple even more, because they are so obviously perfect for each other! 

I also really enjoyed Olivia's character arc. I loved that she recognized the baggage she carried, and then actively worked to deal with it in a healthy way. She didn't play the damsel in distress and let the knight in shining armor fix all her problems. She put in the work and ultimately fixed them herself. 

I try not to compare books, but something that really impressed me about SOMETHING ABOUT LOVE is how different it was from ELEVATED. The characters and voice felt unique in each book. Because of the stanza-style, I had worried that the two books would feel really similar to me, but they didn't. 

My absolute favorite thing about this book is that Ms. Johnson takes away all the fluff and cuts right to the heart of the story. The emotions are so intense, and every word packs a punch and means something. I thoroughly enjoyed this book, and sincerely hope that I will get to read many more novels-in-verse from this author!

Elevated, Elana’s first verse novel, will be FREE from Monday, September, 15 – Friday, September 19. 

About the Author
Elana Johnson’s work, including Possession, Surrender, Abandon, and Regret, published by Simon Pulse From the Query to the Call, is also available for free download, as well as a Possession short story, Resist.
(Simon & Schuster), is available now everywhere books are sold. Her popular ebook, 

Her self-published novels include two YA contemporary novels-in-verse, Elevated and Something About Love, as well as a YA/NA futuristic fantasy series, which includes Elemental Rush, Elemental Hunger, and Elemental Release.

School teacher by day, Query Ninja by night, you can find her online at her personal blog or Twitter. She also co-founded the Query Tracker blog, and contributes to the League of Extraordinary Writers.

Buy Links
Amazon * Goodreads

Social Media Links
website/blog * Twitter * Facebook * Tumblr * Wattpad * League of Extraordinary Writers * WriteOnCon * Goodreads

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Friday, September 5, 2014

Triple Book Release by Debut Authors Jo Noelle (plus a book review)

I am SO EXCITED to announce the release of 3 new books in 3 fun genres by debut authors Jo Noelle! Looks like these authors have a little something for everyone.

NEWBIE Back Cover Blurb
genre: new adult contemporary romance
The housing market is crashing, and Sophie’s life is crashing with it. At twenty-four, her successful real estate career evaporates. She’s broke, can’t find a job, or pay her bills, leaving Sophie wondering how her successful lifestyle became so fragile.
At the urging of her roommate, Sophie accepts a job in her fallback career—teaching six-year-olds. She hopes it’s temporary. After all, how long can a tanking economy last anyway? The best part of the new job is Liam, another employee at Rio Grande Elementary. The worst part of the new job is, well, teaching.
Sophie has a surprise real estate closing from a contract she wrote months ago, leading her to a niche in the real estate market and to a new partner, Kevin. Sophie must choose between Liam or Kevin and between a lucrative career or recess duty.

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Back Cover Blurb
genre: young adult contemporary romance
Lexi Middleton has been socially invisible to her classmates, but starting her junior year, that’s going to change. First, she’s determined to hook a boyfriend, ensuring dates with flowers and possible kisses on the doorstep. Second, she wants to be a writer for the school paper, even though it freaks her out to think of everyone judging her by her punctuation and metaphors. High school is difficult enough—keeping up her grades, dealing with increasing sibling rivalry, and trying to stay out of the way of her personal nemesis, Amberlee—but when Lexi catches the eye of her long-time crush, she also becomes the focus of mean-girl tactics. Caught between who she was and who she wants to be, Lexi must decide how to confront a bully, and choose who to let into her heart.

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My Review
This book was a cute, sweet tale of learning to be true to who you are and comfortable in your own skin. Lexi was a fun narrator, the kind of girl I would've been friends with in high school--quirky, a little shy, and kind. And Gabe was the adorable best guy friend I always wanted to have in high school! 

I loved watching the romance progress in the story, and I thought it was fun to see Lexi's fictitious tale change right along with events in her own life. I also really enjoyed the ending...I really liked how things wrapped up and tied together. A fun story by a debut author. Can't wait to read her other books!

DAMNATION Back Cover Blurb
genre: paranormal romance
Cassie is going to heaven—if she can get amnesty from hell in the next twenty days.  Her assignment is to change the eternal destination of a girl in Albuquerque to earn admittance into heaven.
            No sweat.
But when Cassie returns to earth during her three-week, mostly-mortal assignment, her old habits get in the way, (apparently habits don’t die when you do), the partners assigned to help her are anything but helpful, and it turns out the girl she is supposed to help is the only enemy she made on her first day of school.
            Oh, I’m so going to hell.
Things aren’t all bad—it helps to have a hot angel on your side. Mmm-Marc. Even though he’s all about heavenly business, Cassie would like to make it personal.
            Assignment with benefits.

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About the Authors
Jo Noelle grew up in Colorado and Utah but also spent time in Idaho and California. She has two adult children and three small kids.

She teaches teachers and students about reading and writing, grows freakishly large tomatoes, enjoys cooking especially for desserts, builds furniture, sews beautiful dresses, and likes to go hiking in the nearby mountains.

Oh, and by the way, she’s two people—Canda Mortensen and Deanna Henderson, a mother/daughter writing team.

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This drawing is open only to those who can legally enter, receive and use an Amazon.com Gift Card.  Winning Entry will be verified prior to prize being awarded. No purchase necessary. You must be 18 or older to enter or have your parent enter for you. The winner will be chosen by Rafflecopter and announced here as well as emailed and will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. Check back on this blog between Sept. 8-10, 2014. This giveaway is in no way associated with Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads, Rafflecopter or any other entity unless otherwise specified. The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning. Giveaway was organized and sponsored by Canda Mortensen & Deanna Henderson DBA Jo Noelle. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW.

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