Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Release Blitz: FIREFLY by Molly McAdams + Book Playlist

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Firefly
by Molly McAdams


As the Princess of the Irish-American Mob, there’s no shortage of men ready to help guard and protect me. To slowly suffocate me to the point of seeking freedom—a place where I can breathe.

Kieran Hayes has been saving me for as long as I can remember. It’s in his blood, and one of the many reasons I fell in love with him. Until my favorite trait became his biggest flaw, making me resent the man I love. An unwavering warrior, his love for me has been shrouded by those instincts.

Save Lily. Protect Lily. Hide Lily. Cage Lily.

What I wasn’t prepared for was Dare—the man who would set my world on fire with just one touch. He saw straight through to my soul, as though he knew I was desperate for freedom, and silently demanded my heart from the beginning.

And I didn’t expect Dare to be Demitri Borello—the reason for so many deaths in my family. A man who will take my life the moment he finds out who I am.

Despite it all, I’ll love him until that moment comes.

A fire will die if there is no oxygen for it to consume. Ours is rapidly stealing every last breath we can sacrifice to it.

***The Redemption series is a series of romantic suspense standalones***


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Age Group/Genre: Adult, Contemporary Romance, Suspense
 Publisher: Headline Eternal
Purchase: Amazon • B&N • Kobo

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Molly grew up in California but now lives in the oh-so-amazing state of Texas with her husband, daughter, and fur babies. When she's not diving into the world of her characters, some of her hobbies include hiking, snowboarding, traveling, and long walks on the beach … which roughly translates to being a homebody with her hubby and dishing out movie quotes. She has a weakness for crude-humored movies and fried pickles, and loves curling up in a fluffy comforter during a thunderstorm ... or under one in a bathtub if there are tornados. That way she can pretend they aren't really happening.

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Tuesday, July 18, 2017

{Blog Tour} THE SPECIAL ONES by Em Bailey—Excerpt + Giveaway

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The Special Ones
by Em Bailey


Esther is one of the Special Ones: four young spiritual guides who live in a remote farmhouse under the protection of a mysterious cult leader. He watches them around the clock, ready to punish them if they forget who they are—and all the while, broadcasting their lives to eager followers on the outside. Esther knows that if she stops being Special, he will “renew” her. Nobody knows what happens to the Special Ones who are taken away from the farm for renewal, but Esther fears the worst. Like an actor caught up in an endless play, she must keep up the performance if she wants to survive long enough to escape.

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Age Group/Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Thriller
 Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers
Purchase: Amazon • B&N • KoboiBooks

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I hear the main gate slam closed, and I just
know from the sound of it that Harry has news. He must
have banged the gate really hard, as it’s a fair distance from
the farmhouse. He would do that, I’m sure, only if he was
sending me a message. He must have finally found our new
Lucille. Relief floods me. We’ve never gone this long without
one before, not in the whole time I’ve been here. Finally, we’ll
have some good news for him.

I’ve drawn the heavy velvet curtains on the windows, but
the heat creeps in around the edges anyway. Beneath my corset
and layers of petticoats, my body sweats. A heavy wind rattles
the windows. Bushfire weather — that’s how my father would’ve
described it. Fire was something my parents worried about a
lot when we lived in our old house, surrounded by trees.
Fire. Family. My old home. Things I don’t let myself think
about in here.

It will take Harry at least five minutes to cover the expanse
from the gate to the farmhouse — longer if Felicity spots
him coming — but even so, I long to gather up my skirts and
dash out of the parlor, outside, to the very edge of the front
veranda, and wait for him to come into view. I love watching
Harry walk. There’s something so reassuring about his unhurried
lope.

But I am the Esther, and Esther doesn’t dash. Her remembering
book is very clear about that. Esther’s movements are
dignified, considered — especially in the parlor. Esther would
never let excitement or nervousness show, or waste time
watching people walk.

Sometimes being Esther feels like wearing a Halloween

costume. One that doesn’t fit. One I can’t ever take off.


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Em Bailey is an Australian living in Germany where, despite having been a vegetarian for many years, she now enjoys the occasional Wurst. Em used to be a new-media designer for a children’s television production house and is now a full-time author. Shift is her first YA novel, although she has written a number of books for children under the name Meredith Badger.

When she’s not writing, Em is generally getting lost, losing stuff, reading, hanging out with her friends and family, and listening to Radiolab podcasts. Like Olive, she doesn’t like leggings that look like jeans, but has no problem with tofu schnitzels.





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Monday, July 17, 2017

Book Blitz: I STOP SOMEWHERE by T.E. Carter—Excerpt + Giveaway

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I Stop Somewhere
by T.E. Carter


THE LOVELY BONES meets ALL THE RAGE in a searing, heartbreaking contemporary story of a lost teenager, and the town she leaves behind.


Ellie Frias disappeared long before she vanished.

Tormented throughout middle school, Ellie begins her freshman year with a new look: she doesn’t need to be popular; she just needs to blend in with the wallpaper.

But then the unthinkable happens and Ellie is trapped after a brutal assault. She wasn't the first victim and now she watches it happen again and again. She tries to hold on to her happier memories in order to get past the cold days, waiting for someone to find her.

The problem is, no one searches for a girl they never noticed in the first place.

TE Carter’s stirring and visceral debut not only discusses and dismantles rape culture but also makes you slow down and think about what it is to be human.

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Age Group/Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary
 Publisher: Feiwel & Friends/Macmillan
 Pub Date: February 27, 2018
Purchase: Macmillan • Amazon

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It was three days into school and my locker was stuck. I figured I had the combination wrong and tried again, but it wouldn’t open. The late August day was too warm and sweat was spilling down my new shirt. The school didn’t want to spring for air conditioning, so we finished the day with our clothes stuck to us.
“Having trouble?” He leaned against my locker with all the confidence in the world. I’d seen him a few times. We weren’t in classes together, but he’d smiled at me every day because his math class was across the hall from mine. On the first day, he’d winked at me. On the second day, he’d commented on my shirt. It was self-deprecating – a shirt that mocked my introversion by claiming reading the shirt was enough social interaction for a day. We’d run into each other in the hall between classes and he’d laughed at it. And said I was too cute to be antisocial.
And now he stood at my locker, smiling at me while I tried to get it open.
“My locker’s stuck,” I told him. It was obvious since I was pulling on it, but I told him anyway.
“You’re new here.” A statement, not a question.
“Sort of. I mean, I’ve lived here forever. But here, yeah. I went to St. Elizabeth’s.”
He pushed me to the side. “Cool. I’m Caleb.” Punching the bottom right of the metal door, he simultaneously spun the dial into place. It opened on the first try. “Sometimes you gotta rough ‘em up a bit. They’re tricky like that.”
“Ellie. I mean, you didn’t ask, but I’m Ellie.”
He leaned back against the locker beside mine while I found my books. Three days and I already had a bag full of homework.
“Nice to officially meet you, Ellie. Elusive girl from the hallway.”
“I’m not elusive. That’s where my class is,” I said.
He laughed as if I was the most hilarious person he’d ever met. “Yeah. So, Miss Not Elusive, what’re you doing now?”
He wasn’t exactly attractive. There was something wrong about the way he moved, the way he smiled. Everything about Caleb was off somehow. He was tall, but he walked like he’d woken that morning into his tallness and now he couldn’t figure out how to get his body to work the same way.
There was also the way he smiled. It was cute, but it had this way about it. Like he’d learned about smiling from a textbook. The idea of smiling came through, but it seemed like he just followed the directions rather than actually smiled.
“I… um, nothing really. I have to read.”
We had a test Monday on summer reading, which I’d put off all summer to work on reinvention.
“What’re you reading?” He took my bag from me and rummaged through it. “Great Expectations? They’re still teaching this crap, huh?”
“Aren’t you, like, a junior?”
“Yeah. How’d you guess?”
I hadn’t had to guess. It had been three days, but everyone knew Caleb and his older brother, Noah; you didn’t need friends to know who they were. They walked through the school like the only people who’d ever mattered. It was probably true.


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TE Carter was born in New England and has lived in New England for pretty much her entire life. Throughout her career, she’s done a lot of things, although her passion has always been writing. When she’s not writing, she can generally be found reading classic literature, obsessing over Game of Thrones (she’s one hundred percent Team Lannister), playing Xbox, organizing her comic collection, or binge watching baking competitions. She continues to live in New England with her husband and their two cats.





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Tuesday, July 11, 2017

{Blog Tour} THE DISAPPEARANCES by Emily Bain Murphy—Guest Post + Giveaway

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The Disappearances
by Emily Bain Murphy

What if the ordinary things in life suddenly…disappeared?

Aila Quinn’s mother, Juliet, has always been a mystery: vibrant yet guarded, she keeps her secrets beyond Aila’s reach. When Juliet dies, Aila and her younger brother Miles are sent to live in Sterling, a rural town far from home--and the place where Juliet grew up.

Sterling is a place with mysteries of its own. A place where the experiences that weave life together--scents of flowers and food, reflections from mirrors and lakes, even the ability to dream--vanish every seven years.

No one knows what caused these “Disappearances,” or what will slip away next. But Sterling always suspected that Juliet Quinn was somehow responsible--and Aila must bear the brunt of their blame while she follows the chain of literary clues her mother left behind.

As the next Disappearance nears, Aila begins to unravel the dual mystery of why the Disappearances happen and who her mother truly was. One thing is clear: Sterling isn’t going to hold on to anyone's secrets for long before it starts giving them up.


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Age Group/Genre: Young Adult, Mystery, Magical Realism
 Publisher: HMH Books for Your Readers
Purchase: Amazon • B&N • Kobo • iBooks • IndieBound

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by Emily Bain Murphy

DELETED SCENE FROM THE DISAPPEARANCES

I heard the Carter Family’s “Walking in the King’s Highway” on the radio for the first time when I was eleven. Though I’d loved a handful of books by that age, it was the first time I’d ever fallen for a song.
            I spent weeks saving up for the record, weeding the garden and dusting Mother’s frog figurines for a penny a day. While I saved, I perched at the radio each night. Shrieked when the first strumming bars came on and yelled for everyone to be quiet.
            When I finally brought that record home I played it over and over. I loved the peculiar mix of joy and melancholy that welled up in me every time I set the needle to Sara and Maybelle’s scratchy, searing voices.
            But I played it one too many times. After a week straight, Mother marched over to the record player, calmly removed it, and slid it into its cover. “You need a break from this,” she’d said. “We all need a break from this.” And against my protestations, she took it and hid it for an endless seven days.
            I like to think that if she had known everything was going to turn out this way, she might not have done that.
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We ended up cutting this mini scene to help with pacing, but I’m so glad to have a chance to share it because I love the little glimpses of backstory we get from Aila’s life—what she was like growing up, and the small moments that make up her relationship with her mother. I remember doing something similar to this: becoming enamored with certain songs when I was in fourth grade and taping them on a cassette player and listening to them over and over again, to the point that I drove everyone else in my family crazy. I also think it’s so interesting that we can have these experiences where we can fall in love with things like songs and books and works of art, and they can make our lives feel a little more magical and uplifted for awhile, just like when we fall in platonic or romantic love with a person.

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Emily Bain Murphy grew up in Indiana, Hong Kong, and Tokyo, and has also called Massachusetts and Connecticut home.

She loves books, Japanese karaoke, exploring new cities, and anything with Nutella. Her debut YA fantasy, THE DISAPPEARANCES, will be published by HMH Books for Young Readers and Pushkin Press in 2017.

Murphy is represented by Peter Knapp at Park Literary & Media. She currently lives in San Francisco with her family and is at work on her second novel.


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