Monday, May 15, 2017

{Blog Tour} IT STARTED WITH GOODBYE by Christina June—Author Interview + Giveaway

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It Started With Goodbye
by Christina June

Sixteen-year-old Tatum Elsea is bracing for the worst summer of her life. After being falsely accused of a crime, she’s stuck under stepmother-imposed house arrest and her BFF’s gone ghost. Tatum fills her newfound free time with community service by day and working at her covert graphic design business at night (which includes trading emails with a cute cello-playing client). When Tatum discovers she’s not the only one in the house keeping secrets, she finds she has the chance to make amends with her family and friends. Equipped with a new perspective, and assisted by her feisty step-abuela-slash-fairy-godmother, Tatum is ready to start fresh and maybe even get her happy ending along the way.

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Age Group/Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary
 Publisher: Blink/HarperCollins
Purchase: Amazon • B&N • KoboIndieBound
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with Christina June


LM: What inspired you to write It Started With Goodbye?

Christina: I saw an abandoned dress shoe on the sidewalk the morning after the homecoming dance at my school and knew I had to write a Cinderella story.

LM: Tell us a little bit about Tatum—who is she?

Christina: She’s a lot like me at 16. She is funny and loyal and thinks she’s always right. Tatum has good intentions but sometimes falls short on delivery. She expresses herself through graphic design and dreams of pursuing it as a career.

LM: What scene from It Started With Goodbye are you most proud of and why?

Christina: One of my favorites is when Tatum gets an unexpected client for her secret graphic design business and realizes she’s not the only one at home keeping secrets. It was not part of my original plan, so it was a surprise but I went with it and now I can’t imagine the story without that happening.

LM: If this book had a theme song, what would it be?

Christina: It has 2! Don’t Save Me by Haim and Miracle by Ghost Beach.

LM: Can you share with us one of your favorite scenes or quotes from It Started With Goodbye?


LM: Tell us what you enjoy doing when you're not writing!

Christina: I love reading, traveling, watching movies, binging on Netflix and spending time with my family.

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Christina June writes young adult contemporary fiction when she’s not writing college recommendation letters during her day job as a school counselor. She loves the little moments in life that help someone discover who they’re meant to become – whether it’s her students or her characters.

Christina is a voracious reader, loves to travel, eats too many cupcakes, and hopes to one day be bicoastal – the east coast of the US and the east coast of Scotland. She lives just outside Washington DC with her husband and daughter.

Her debut novel, IT STARTED WITH GOODBYE, will be published by Blink/HarperCollins on May 9, 2017.


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Huge thanks to Christina June for answering my questions today!

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Sunday, May 14, 2017

GIVEAWAY HOP: Love in Bloom ~ Enter to win a $25 Amazon gift card!

Love in Bloom  Giveaway Hop

As always, very huge thanks to our hop hostMary @ BookHounds

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~MY  GIVEAWAY~
One winner will receive a $25.00 Amazon gift card! 

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Happy Reading!

Saturday, May 13, 2017

{Blog Tour} THE LOVE INTEREST by Cale Dietrich + Giveaway

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 The Love Interest
by Cale Dietrich

There is a secret organization that cultivates teenage spies. The agents are called Love Interests because getting close to people destined for great power means getting valuable secrets.

Caden is a Nice: The boy next door, sculpted to physical perfection. Dylan is a Bad: The brooding, dark-souled guy, and dangerously handsome. The girl they are competing for is important to the organization, and each boy will pursue her. Will she choose a Nice or the Bad?

Both Caden and Dylan are living in the outside world for the first time. They are well-trained and at the top of their games. They have to be – whoever the girl doesn’t choose will die.

What the boys don’t expect are feelings that are outside of their training. Feelings that could kill them both.

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★ Age Group/Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, LGBT
 Publisher: Feiwel & Friends 
Purchase: Amazon • B&NKoboiBooksIndieBound

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Cale Dietrich is a YA devotee, lifelong gamer, and tragic pop punk enthusiast. He was born in Perth, grew up on the Gold Coast, and now lives in Brisbane, Australia. The Love Interest is his first novel.






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Friday, May 12, 2017

Release Blitz: WHEN PLANETS FALL by Abby J. Reed—Excerpt + Giveaway

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When Planets Fall
by Abby J. Reed

On a planet where the only difference between three tribes is their blood color, war is on the horizon. Breaker, an amputee, wants peace for his family and home. Malani, a kidnapped POW, wants to return home. Luka wants justice for his home. All three teens come together when Breaker is given seven days to fix a wrecked enemy starship or their home, and peace, is forfeit..

"In this richly imagined start to a new sci-fi series, Reed brings optimism to the goal of solving entrenched violence in a galaxy far, far away . . . A propulsive, sharply crafted tale about a planetary war." -Kirkus Reviews

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Age Group/Genre: Young Adult, Science Fiction
 Publisher: Soul Mate Publishing
Purchase: Amazon • B&NBook Depo




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I cupped my hands around my mouth. “Brody! Brody!”

Nobody was allowed to break boundary unless you were on hunting rounds and wanted

a shot at the deercorns—three-horns, good meat—or on boundary duty. The land

between here and the Heron Mountains in the west was technically neutral territory

and belonged to no one. Too many good game trails passed through and everyone

needed good protein. You’d think this meant a peace card for any who marched through

the area. Then a handful of cycles back, attacks started becoming more frequent. Now,

neutral territory meant open hunting season on everyone.

And if you were in trouble . . . the compound wouldn’t help.

I couldn’t leave him out there. I had to go over the fence. Beyond the compound’s

boundary.

I was going to murder that kid.

The tree branches on the opposite side created a tunnel. Ravines on either side had

been dug deep for a grave ditch in case of a future blood bath. Water filled them now.

No need to waste time or tears while shoveling, just dump the bodies in the pre-dug

ditch. Time and pain in the past saved time and pain in the future.

I set my foot on the lowest rail. The wood jiggled. Bangit. I couldn’t climb over the stupid

thing. I pocketed the pick, got back on my bike, reversed, and aimed it at the fence.

Even though the bike ran on solatech energy, the magnetic polarity of mineral deposits

in the ground kept it afloat. In theory, the bike should pass right over the fence, since

the fence wasn’t quite solid, so the bike would never lose complete contact with the

ground.

I revved the bike. A surge of solaenergy sent me flying toward the fence. I shoved on the

handles right before I hit the broken rail, bouncing and soaring right over the fence. The

bike didn’t even bounce on the ground on the other side.

My chest tightened a notch.

I just broke boundary.

I hadn’t broke boundary in eight cycles.


I swear there was still a faint smell of cinnamon, though the gun smoke couldn’t have

hung in the air this long. Lining the ravine were the twelve gravecrosses. Rainwater ran

like thinned-out blood off the names carved into the bars. The letters were slowly being

erased by weather and time, as though the people were being slowly erased from our

memory until they never existed.


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Abby J. Reed writes young adult science fiction and fantasy novels that ask what if. She has a degree in English Writing and is drawn to characters with physical limitations due to her own neurological disorder called Chronic Migraine. Her debut novel, WHEN PLANETS FALL, will be published in April 2017 by Soul Mate Publishing.

Abby lives in Colorado with her husband and two fluffy pups. If her hands aren’t on the keyboard, they are stained purple and blue with paint.



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