Sunday, August 28, 2016

{Blog Tour} THE COLLECTOR'S SOCIETY by Heather Lyons + Excerpt

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The Collector's Society
by Heather Lyons


From the author of the Fate series and The Deep End of the Sea comes a fantastical romantic adventure that has Alice tumbling down the strangest rabbit hole yet.

After years in Wonderland, Alice has returned to England as an adult, desperate to reclaim sanity and control over her life. An enigmatic gentleman with an intriguing job offer too tempting to resist changes her plans for a calm existence, though. Soon, she’s whisked to New York and initiated into the Collectors’ Society, a secret organization whose members confirm that famous stories are anything but straightforward and that what she knows about the world is only a fraction of the truth.

It’s there she discovers villains are afoot—ones who want to shelve the lives of countless beings. Assigned to work with the mysterious and alluring Finn, Alice and the rest of the Collectors’ Society race against a doomsday clock in order to prevent further destruction . . . but will they make it before all their endings are erased?


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Age Group/Genre: Adult, Fantasy, Retelling
Purchase: Amazon • B&N Kobo • iBooks

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“So.” He fully sits down, scooting against the wall next to me so that our bodies are just an inch or so apart. “About your request . . .”
“I had a request?”
“You wanted me to show you around New York, right?”
Bloody hell, do I feel like a tomato right now. “I wasn’t—”

“I’d be happy to.”
My head tilts to face him, but the truth is, it feels as if we’ve been spinning rather than sitting. “Can we start small, though? I have somewhere I have to go in a few hours, but a walk would be good. Maybe coffee? We can do the more touristy stuff later.”
Could my skin warm any further? Of course he has plans. Why wouldn’t he? Just because I’m his partner doesn’t mean he owes me anything. “I don’t want to inconvenience you—”
“Besides. For all of us who weren’t born in the Twenty-First Century, the true initiation is a coffee shop, you know. There’s one about six blocks over that’s good. It’s always crowded, but their espressos are worth the wait. It’s like liquid crack.” At the look on my face, he quickly clarifies, “It’s addictive.”
I don’t drink coffee.”
His eyebrows lift up.
“I’m English, remember?”
Oh, those beautiful lips of his curve upward again. “Plenty of English drink coffee.” “I prefer tea.”
“Luckily for you, they have tea at coffee shops. And hot chocolate, if that’s what you like.”
I glance down at the dress I’d found in Sara’s closet. It’s white and loose and barely grazes my knees, with crocheted lace trimming the hem.
As if he knows what I’m wondering, he assures me, “You look fine. Very boho. It’s a good look for you.”
“Boho?”
I’m annoyed at how much I like the quirk of his mouth. “Bohemian. Do they not say that in England? Are bohemians coffee drinkers, maybe? A rare breed?”
I give in and allow myself to giggle. A small weight lifts off my shoulders, even if momentarily. 


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Heather Lyons is known for writing epic, heartfelt love stories often with a fantastical twist. From Young Adult to New Adult to Adult novels—one commonality in all her books is the touching, and sometimes heart-wrenching, romance. In addition to writing, she's also been an archaeologist and a teacher. She and her husband and children live in sunny Southern California and are currently working their way through every cupcakery she can find.

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Thursday, August 25, 2016

{Blog Tour} BEEN HERE ALL ALONG by Sandy Hall—Author Interview + Giveaway

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Been Here All Along
by Sandy Hall

Gideon always has a plan. His plans include running for class president, becoming head of the yearbook committee, and having his choice of colleges. They do NOT include falling head over heels for his best friend and next door neighbor, Kyle. It’s a distraction. It’s pointless, as Kyle is already dating the gorgeous and popular head cheerleader, Ruby. And Gideon doesn’t know what to do.

Kyle finally feels like he has a handle on life. He has a wonderful girlfriend, a best friend willing to debate the finer points of Lord of the Rings, and social acceptance as captain of the basketball team. Then, both Ruby and Gideon start acting really weird, just as his spot on the team is threatened, and Kyle can’t quite figure out what he did wrong…

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Age Group/Genre: Young Adult, LGBT,
Contemporary Romance
Purchase: Amazon • B&N • KoboiBooks

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with Sandy Hall


LM: What inspired you to write Been Here All Along?

Sandy: My editor Holly actually. We were discussing what my third book should be about and I asked her, honestly, what was on her manuscript wish list. She had the most fantastic answer. She explained that there was this fan made video of “You Belong with Me” by Taylor Swift featuring two boys and that what she really wanted was a book inspired by it. We all scampered into an office to watch the video and I was SOLD. This was exactly the kind of story I wanted to tell.

LM: What was the most challenging part of writing Been Here All Along?

Sandy: Just finding the most honest angle to tell the story from. I knew I wanted multiple points of view because there was a lot going and I wanted the reader to know what was happening with the two boys even when they weren’t doing a very good job of communicating with each other.

LM: Describe your main character—Gideon—in just three words.

Sandy: Driven, Intelligent, Awkward.

LM: Give us a little behind-the-scenes story about Been Here All Along!

Sandy: In the first draft of the story, Gideon’s brother Ezra didn’t come in until almost the end and definitely didn’t have any point of view scenes. After my editor read the draft, she was like WE NEED MORE EZRA. And I had to agree because he was such a fun character to write. I was more than happy to create a bunch of scenes from his POV.

LM: Do you listen to music while you write? Any particular song/artist that inspired you while writing this book?

Sandy: Obviously I had “You Belong With Me” on repeat quite a lot. But I can’t actually listen to music with words with I’m writing. I like white noise or instrumental music.

LM: What message would you like readers to take from Been Here All Along?

Sandy: I hate to give such a non-answer, but I’m really not sure. I hope that readers get what they want and need from it, but I don’t have a concise message that I was trying to send.

LM: Tell us what you enjoy doing when you aren't writing!

Sandy: The usual. Reading, Netflix, long walks hunting Pokemon. Recently I’ve gotten very into Broadway musicals, but that’s an awfully expensive hobby.

LM: Thank you so much for answering my questions today! Is there anything you'd like to add; anything you'd like to say to your readers?

Sandy: Mostly I’d just like to thank all of my readers for reading!

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I’m a teen librarian from New Jersey where I was born and raised. I have a BA in Communication and a Master of Library and Information Science from Rutgers University. When I’m not writing, or teen librarian-ing, I enjoy reading, slot machines, marathoning TV shows, and long scrolls through Tumblr. A LITTLE SOMETHING DIFFERENT is my first novel.

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