Friday, November 17, 2017

{Blog Tour} FRAGMENTS OF THE LOST by Megan Miranda—Author Interview + Giveaway

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Fragments of the Lost
by Megan Miranda

Jessa Whitworth knew she didn’t belong in her ex-boyfriend Caleb’s room. But she couldn’t deny that she was everywhere—in his photos, his neatly folded T-shirts, even the butterfly necklace in his jeans pocket…the one she gave him for safe keeping on that day.

His mother asked her to pack up his things—even though she blames Jessa for his accident. How could she say no? And maybe, just maybe, it will help her work through the guilt she feels about their final moments together.

But as Jessa begins to box up the pieces of Caleb’s life, they trigger memories that make Jessa realize their past relationship may not be exactly as she remembered. And she starts to question whether she really knew Caleb at all.

Each fragment of his life reveals a new clue that propels Jessa to search for the truth about Caleb’s accident. What really happened on the storm-swept bridge?

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Age Group/Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Mystery
 Publisher: Crown Books for Young Readers
Purchase: Amazon • B&N • iBooks • TBD

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with Megan Miranda


LM: What was your inspiration for writing Fragments of the Lost?

Megan: I’m really interested in the different ways stories are told, and what those structures can reveal. I’d been thinking a lot about the things people leave behind, and the stories we tell about people from our own memories. We moved a few years ago and went through the process of cleaning out our house, deciding what could be tossed and what we needed to keep. But somewhere in the moving chaos, we forgot about the existence of a couple of boxes left behind in a storage unit. Going through these boxes so much later, I was reminded of the power of physical objects in recalling such vivid memories.

LM: How did writing Fragments of the Lost differ from writing previous books you've written?

Megan: Since this book was structured around individual objects, it was conceived in two parts: the story happening in the present, with Jessa searching for the truth; and the memory surrounding each object, mapping the rise and fall of their relationship in the past.

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

Megan: Jessa has grown up in the shadow of an older brother who has always seemed perfect to her. Because of this, she believes she’s always been viewed in relation to someone else—either as Julian’s younger sister, or as Caleb’s girlfriend. Piecing together the mystery at the heart of the story becomes a mission not only to uncover the truth about Caleb, but herself.

LM: What scene from Fragments of the Lost are you most proud of and why?

Megan: The Fragment called “His Glasses”— this was a powerful moment for Jessa in the past, when she realized she had fallen for Caleb, but it’s also a pivotal moment for her in the present. And she has to reconcile both the past and the present, and her conflicted feelings about both, in that scene.

LM: Give us a little behind the scenes story about this book!

Megan: If you read the opening chapter of the book, where Jessa describes Caleb’s room, you would discover that it looks surprisingly similar to my office. Both are on the third floor, set apart from the rest of the house, with slanting gray walls, a ceiling fan on the strip over top. As I was writing, I did a lot of investigating in my own room. As the story progresses, some of the discoveries Jessa makes in the room are very similar to unusual architectural elements of my office…specifically in the closet.

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

Megan: How to Save a Life – The Fray

LM: Do you set a daily writing goal? How long did it take you to write Fragments of the Lost?

Megan: I don’t set word counts, because first drafts are very much discovery drafts for me, so sometimes forward progress is really cutting a bunch of scenes that aren’t right. But I do sit down at my desk every day at the same time—I work fairly structured hours each day. I think it took somewhere between 9 months and a year from initial idea to a solid draft I felt ready to turn in to my editor.

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

Megan: I have a 9 and 11 year old, so usually when I’m not writing I’m hanging out with them. I also read A LOT. And if I can get to a beach, I am particularly happy!

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?

Megan: Thanks so much for having me! And to readers of FRAGMENTS OF THE LOST, I hope you all enjoy the story!

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Megan Miranda is the New York Times bestselling author of All the Missing Girls. She has also written several books for young adults, including Fracture, Hysteria, Vengeance, Soulprint, and The Safest Lies. She grew up in New Jersey, graduated from MIT, and lives in North Carolina with her husband and two children. The Perfect Stranger (4/11/17) is her second novel of psychological suspense.

Megan is represented by Sarah Davies at The Greenhouse Literary Agency





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Wednesday, November 15, 2017

{Blog Tour} MAD MAGIC by Nicole Conway + Giveaway

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Mad Magic
by Nicole Conway

After being orphaned, high school student Josie Barton only has one person she can turn to when things get rough—a mysterious legal guardian who calls himself her Benefactor. “Ben” takes care of everything for her. He pays her bills, provides food, clothes, and even a cell phone. But there is one thing Ben doesn’t know: Josie Barton sees scary imaginary creatures everywhere she goes. Even her apartment is being haunted by an invisible monster! And just when Josie thinks things couldn’t get any worse . . . she meets the guy from across the hall.

Zeph Clemmont is a man of many faces. He’s a changeling with enemies in all the worst places, fighting to undo a magical curse that could end his life. He loves a good argument and has incredible magical power, but he may have met his match in Josie. So far, she’s the only one who seems able to rein in his childish tantrums and magical explosions. Zeph will have to swallow his pride and finally let go of all his dark secrets if he really wants to break his curse. And with Josie at his side, he might actually stand a chance this time.

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Age Group/Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy
 Publisher: Month9Books
Purchase: Amazon • B&N • KoboiBooksIndieBound

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Nicole is the author of the children’s fantasy series, THE DRAGONRIDER CHRONICLES, about a young boy’s journey into manhood as he trains to become a dragonrider. She has completed the first two books in the series, and is now working on the third and final book. Other works include MAD MAGIC (Sept 2017), FAULBENDER (tbd), SCALES (tbd), and THE DISTANCE BETWEEN STARS (May 2017).

Originally from a small town in North Alabama, Nicole moves frequently due to her husband’s career as a pilot for the United States Air Force. She received a B.A. in English with a concentration in Classics from Auburn University, and will soon attend graduate school.

She has previously worked as a freelance and graphic artist for promotional companies, but has now embraced writing as a full-time occupation.

Nicole enjoys hiking, camping, shopping, cooking, and spending time with her family and friends. She also loves watching children’s movies and collecting books. She lives at home with her husband, two cats, and dog.



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Monday, November 13, 2017

{Blog Tour} BOOK REVIEW: Into the Black by Ava Jae + Giveaway

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Title: Into the Black
Series: Beyond the Red #2
Author: Ava Jae
Genres: YA, Science Fiction, LGBTQIA+
Pages: 360
Pub Date: November 14, 2017
Publisher: Sky Pony Press/Skyhorse Puhlishing
Book Source: Publisher for review
My Rating: 4 of 5 stars


**POSSIBLE SPOILERS**


Synopsis: The world ruler is dead, technology foundational to their society destroyed, and Safara is on the brink of collapse. Half-human, half-alien Eros is the rightful heir to the world throne, but before he can return to the capital, he’s abducted by a rebel group of humans who call themselves The Remnant—and won’t release him until he swears to help them overthrow the very government he’s inheriting. 

With Eros missing, ex-queen Kora is determined to stave off mad grabs for the throne. But as royalty from across the territories flock to the capital, and a new charismatic candidate takes the spotlight, Kora sets off into the desert with a skilled prince-turned-bounty hunter to find Eros before it’s too late for both the future king and his kingdom.

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I AM DEAD.

But, in a good way? lol

I am amazed with this book. It surprised the crap out of me, but in the best way possible. I am... dare I say? . . . SHOOK.

Into the Black picks up right where Beyond the Red left us. Things are basically in shambles after the reveal of who Eros truly is. Kora and Eros are separated and the future of the world is looking quite bleak if Eros doesn't become Sira. Kora is working as hard as she can to make this happen, while Eros is trying to make his way to the capital, but is sidetracked by a rebel group called The Remnant. Whilst with these rebels, Eros is blindsided with a HUGE revelation. IT IS CRAZY GOOD.

THE BAD

The only negative thing I have to say is that the book took a little bit of time to really take off. It moved a tad bit slow, but it was well worth it. Most of it was getting reaquainted with the characters, world, and situation, so I'm not mad at it. Just a note to make.

THE GOOD

Basically, everything. ;)

First of all, the diversity is amazing. I knew I could count on Ava Jae for this. I expected it and I was not disappointed.

Now... what I did not expect was for the romance to take a little turn! I will NOT spoil it, because that would totally take away from it if you read this book yourself, but prepare to be shocked and amazed. I LOVED IT. The direction things take is unexpected, but so so juicy and I am DYING for it. I can't wait to see where it goes in book three.

The plot, overall, thickens in this book, as more people come out of the woodwork to put in their two cents about Eros possibly becoming Sira. We also get a visit from some characters in book one that I didn't really expect to hear from. It was fantastic and I was on the edge of my seat through the entire thing.

Overall, this book was an amazing follow-up to Beyond the Red. It was definitely an unexpected turn in the story, but I thoroughly enjoyed every aspect of it. If you read this book, be ready for some plot twists and a cliffhanger good enough to make you throw the book across the room (I wanted to, but I refrained). I highly recommend this series as a whole, and this book is a great second installment!
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About the author

Ava Jae is a writer, an Assistant Editor at Entangled Publishing, and is represented by Louise Fury of The Bent Agency. Her YA Sci-Fi debut, BEYOND THE RED, is releasing March 2016 from Sky Pony Press. When she’s not writing about kissing, superpowers, explosions, and aliens, you can find her with her nose buried in a book, nerding out over the latest X-Men news, or hanging out on her blog, Twitter, Facebook, tumblr, Goodreads, Instagram, or YouTube channel.

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