Friday, June 3, 2016

Blog Tour: Julia Vanishes by Catherine Egan | Guest Post

Blog Tour: Julia Vanishes by Catherine Egan | Guest Post

Blog Tour: Julia Vanishes by Catherine Egan | Guest PostJulia Vanishes by Catherine Egan
Published by Knopf Books for Young Readers on June 7th 2016
Genres: Fantasy
Pages: 384
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Julia Vanishes Julia has the unusual ability to be . . . unseen. Not invisible, exactly. Just beyond most people's senses.

It's a dangerous trait in a city that has banned all forms of magic and drowns witches in public Cleansings. But it's a useful trait for a thief and a spy. And Julia has learned--crime pays.

Her latest job is paying very well indeed. Julia is posing as a housemaid in the grand house of Mrs. Och, where an odd assortment of characters live and work: A disgraced professor who sends her to fetch parcels containing bullets, spiders, and poison. An aristocratic houseguest who is locked in the basement each night. And a mysterious young woman who is clearly in hiding--though from what or whom?

Worse, Julia suspects that there's a connection between these people and the killer leaving a trail of bodies across the frozen city.

The more she learns, the more she wants to be done with this unnatural job. To go back to the safety of her friends and fellow thieves. But Julia is entangled in a struggle between forces more powerful than she'd ever imagined. Escape will come at a terrible price.

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CITY OF EX-BOYFRIENDS

A friend who read an early draft of Julia Vanishes asked me if a certain guy in the book was drawn from a certain guy in my (past) life. He isn’t. But a few days later I was drawing a map of Julia’s home, Spira City, and thinking about the character of each neighborhood – the dark, damp alleys and cellars of the Edge, the exuberantly subversive spirit of the Twist, the glamor and exclusivity of West Spira. That’s when I realized: I’ve dated each of these guys. I can think of at least one ex-boyfriend to correspond with each neighborhood, and if you’ve spent a few years dating, you probably can too.

Forrestal is the guy who seems plausible at first – he’s nice, he’s clean, he gets along with everybody – but you realize pretty fast that there’s nothing here for you. It’s too quiet, all the houses look the same, and all the streets seem to circle around, back to the same place. Go to a brighter part of the city, where garbage is blowing down the streets and you hear music and laughter from inside the bars. Push open a new door. Never think about him again.

The Twist is the guy who sweeps you off your feet, possibly on the rebound from Forrestal, with his energy and jokes and wildness. He is rumpled and drinks too much and he can never stay still for long. He’s a drummer and you’re surprised how good he is because he doesn’t strike you as very focused. He never seems to sleep. It will be fun, but it won’t last, because sometimes you do have to sleep, and while you’re sleeping, he’s going to find someone else to stay up with him. You’ll stay friends, because even if you don’t want to live here, you still want to visit sometimes.

Mt. Heriot is in your evening class on John Donne. He gives you rides home afterwards on his motorbike. He’s shorter than you but not insecure about it, he’s a vegan socialist who reads Hebrew fluently and writes very long poems that he won’t let you read. The relationship lasts a few hilarious, happy, confusing months until the class ends and he goes off to South America with a tiny backpack and his political idealism and for a while life seems very quiet. He will always be your favorite ex-boyfriend.

The Plateau comes to the café where you work on breaks from his construction job. He asks you out on his birthday. You say yes because it’s his birthday and he seems funny and smart and you like the way he looks covered in a layer of sawdust. He shows up for your date scrubbed pink and wearing so much cologne and hair gel that you can hardly breathe. He is sullen and monosyllabic all evening and then shoves you against a wall for a grope at the nightclub. The Plateau might at first glance seem like a respectable, practical sort of neighborhood – the Parliament buildings are there, and the train station – but Hostorak, the horrifying prison for witches, lies at its center, a dark, rotten spot at the core, and you just don’t want to go anywhere near that, really. So run.

West Spira asks you out while you are filling up his coffee. You recognize from the very first moment that this is the kind of man for whom everything is a transaction. You are nineteen and a waitress, and you know what your part of this transaction will be. Still, you say yes, because at this point in your life you are driven by curiosity more than anything else. He takes you out for dinner. He takes you out on his boat. He takes you skiing. One night he starts ranting about taxes and feminists, and you are done. After you break up, he writes you a livid e-mail detailing every cent he spent on you.

You wouldn’t date The Edge if you knew what kind of neighborhood you were stumbling into. You end up with him because you’re lost, and it takes a while to realize just how bad it is. How lost he is. You go a little deeper and it’s all gravestones and then impassable mountains. This is where you learn that you can’t save someone from themselves, but you’ll never feel as guilty as when you leave him behind.

The Scola is the guy who talks to you about books. The streets are well-lit. You can see where you’re going. It’s lively here, but it also feels safe. This is the guy you marry, but you’ll find that a marriage contains every neighborhood within itself, and that you are also full of unexpected corners and derelict neighborhoods. You learn to walk each other with care – to enjoy the familiar, the favorite bookstores and restaurants and wide open parks, to take delight in the surprises and discoveries, and to steer clear of certain streets at certain hours of the night. You think you can’t get lost here, and you’ve stopped carrying a map, but anything can happen in the city.

I don’t know about you guys but I’m definitely planning on checking out Julia Vanishes very soon!

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Blog Tour: A Tyranny of Petticoats | Guest Post

I don’t know if you guys have noticed but my rating system is shoes.  I have a thing for shoes.  (Some might call it an unhealthy obsession and those people are entitled to their wrong opinion.)  My love for shoes means I’m extremely excited to share with you this awesome guest post from Jessica Spotswood that just happens to be all about shoes!

Everyone welcome to wonderful Jessica Spotswood!

 

Hi! I couldn’t help noticing that Katie uses shoes to rate books, so I thought for this stop on the TYRANNY OF PETTICOATS blog tour, I’d share some crazy historical shoes that our 15 heroines might – or in some cases definitely would NOT – have worn!

In J. Anderson Coats’s “Mother Carey’s Table,” a runaway slave girl poses as a sailor boy – but the truth is exposed, with devastating consequences, when she tries to sink the Spanish warship threatening her crew (1710: British North America)

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Would these men’s boots, circa 1700-1710, help convince Half-Hanged Henry (the pirate captain) that Joe is a boy?

 

In Marie Lu’s “The Journey,” Yakone, a young Inuit girl, flees across the frozen tundra after the murder of her parents and the destruction of her family’s village by white traders. (1723: The Great Land)

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These European shoes from 1720 are made of wool, but I don’t think they’d be nearly warm (or practical) enough as Yakone drives her father’s dogs across the frozen tundra!

 

In Jessica Spotswood’s “Madeleine’s Choice,” a free girl of color seeks advice from voodoo queen Marie Laveau to choose between the longtime family friend, a respectable middle class man of color, who has offered her marriage — and the romantic, wealthy white planter who cannot. (1826: New Orleans)

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These red French satin shoes from the 1820s would definitely turn Maddie’s head, much like wealthy planter Antoine!

 

In Leslye Walton’s “El Destinos,” the Three Fates are reborn as a trio of Mexican American sisters whose responsibility to control the threads of life and death is tested when two of them fall in love with the same man. (1848: Southwest Texas)

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Would these delicate Italian slippers, made of silk satin, sueded leather, linen, kid leather, brass, and pearls, be something like what Rosa would wear for her wedding?

 

In Andrea Cremer’s “High Stakes,” a supernatural assassin is hired to protect a powerful player in the poker game that will determine which side the supernatural world will take in the Civil War. (1861: Boston, Massachusetts, and Natchez, Mississippi)

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How gorgeous are these red leather boots from around 1865? I can picture deadly Klio wearing them as she boards the steamship.

 

In Caroline Tung Richmond’s “The Red Raven Ball,” a bluestocking debutante is tasked with finding the Confederate spy at her formidable grandmother’s annual ball – with surprising results. (1862: Washington, DC)

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These gorgeous embroidered slippers from the 1860s would be perfect for the annual ball!

 

In Beth Revis’s “Pearls,” a privileged young woman flees a forced marriage to become a schoolteacher in the rough Wyoming Territory and learns courage from her ragtag band of students.  (1876: Chicago, Illinois, and Cheyenne, Wyoming Territory)

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These bright purple “boudoir slippers” from the 1870s were basically loungewear. Would Helen leave behind fancy shoes like this when she flees Chicago?

 

In Marissa Meyer’s “Gold in the Roots of the Grass,” Fei-Yen, a Chinese American medium, helps a young prospector’s spirit find justice for his murder. (1877: Deadwood, Dakota Territory)

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Would Fei-Yen wear black boots like these from the 1870s as she tries to fend off greedy prospectors hoping for clues about where to find gold?

 

In Y.S. Lee’s “The Legendary Garrett Girls,” two sisters fight back against the unscrupulous con man, Soapy Smith, who tries to take over their prosperous frontier saloon. (1898: Skaguay, Alaska)

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Okay, I don’t see either Lily or Clara wearing these fabulous gold evening shoes from 1898…but they seem perfect to represent the story, considering how mad people went in the Alaskan Gold Rush!

 

In Elizabeth Wein’s “The Color of the Sky,” Antonia meets her hero, aviatrix Bessie Coleman; bears witness to Bessie’s death in a tragic flying accident; and finds herself in possession of the plane’s flight record. (1926: Jacksonville, FL & Dallas, TX)

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I can’t quite see sensible middle-class Tony wearing these black and gold heels from 1926, but perhaps Bessie would at some fine dinner, while fundraising for her flight school?

 

In Saundra Mitchell’s “Bonnie and Clyde, ” Marjorie May Johnson doesn’t see any conflict in running from the law as Baby Boy Wabash, the Most Wanted bank robber in Posey County, and later snuggling up to the same lawman, who just happens to be her beau. (1934: Indiana)

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Great Depression? What Depression, asks these crazy Ferragamo sandals from 1938?

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…I don’t even know what’s happening with these furry Schiaparelli boots but I couldn’t resist including them.

 

In Katherine Longshore’s “Hard Times,” Rosie “Curls” Weaver hops trains toward the coast in search of a better opportunity – and may find one when she meets a journalist searching for the truth about hobo camps. (1934: Washington State)

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Would Rosie wear this pair of men’s black and white brogues, circa 1930-1935, as she jumps trains?

 

In Lindsay Smith’s “City of Angels,” an aspiring screenwriter falls in love with a fellow Rosie the Riveter who’s an aspiring actress – but things change when the men return from war. (1945: Los Angeles, CA)

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How gorgeous are these purple silk heels from 1945? I can totally see aspiring actress Frankie coveting them!

 

In Kekla Magoon’s “Pulse of the Panthers,” Sandy’s worldview is changed when the Black Panthers hold a meeting at her family’s farm and she learns secrets about her own family’s history. (1967: California)

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These…uh…whimsical sandals from 1968 are in no way practical for Sandy’s work cooking up breakfast and supper for the Black Panthers, but I couldn’t resist including them!

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Same with these, but I’d totally wear them!

 

In Robin Talley’s “The Whole World Is Watching,” Jill, a Black college student, questions her relationship with her girlfriend as they get caught up in the riots and police brutality of the 1968 Democratic National Convention.  (1968: Chicago, IL)

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These 1968 boots are fit for a superhero, but I don’t think they’re quiiiite what Jill would be wearing to run from the cops and tear gas in Grant Park!

 

What do you think, readers? Which pair of shoes is your favorite?

Make sure to check out the rest of the blog tour for more amazing posts!

March 8 Katie’s Book Blog www.katiesbookblog.com
March 9 The Book Cellar X http://www.thebookcellarx.com/
March 10 Forever Young Adult http://foreveryoungadult.com/
March 11 The Book Smugglers www.thebooksmugglers.com
March 12 Please Feed the Bookworm

http://pleasefeedthebookworm.com/

 

Friday, August 21, 2015

Kaitlyn’s Scariest Moment | The Dead House Blog Tour

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I don’t know about you guys but I am currently loving the fact that horror is becoming more popular.  I love being scared out of my mind every now and then and I have a feeling The Dead House is going to have that effect on me.  Clearly I’m very excited to be part of this unique blog tour that Little, Brown has put together.

The Dead House is about Kaitlyn and Carly, two different girls, one who shouldn’t exist at all.  In honor of the interesting nature of the story, Little, Brown has put together a blog tour that features one US blogger and one UK blogger each day.  I’ve got a guest post about Kaitlyn’s scariest moment of her life and Jess Hearts Books has Carly’s.  Make sure to head over there when you’re done reading this one!

Since the book features journal entries, today’s post from Kaitlyn comes in the form of one of those.

Scariest Moment of Your Life

Diary of Kaitlyn Johnson,

Date Unspecified

I would never have met the Viking if it hadn’t happened, so for that reason alone, I wouldn’t change it. But it sucked, just the same.

One of the perks of being around at night is that all the freaky people come out. When we were back in Chester, an “Artists Town”, that was especially true. One of the drawbacks of being around at night is that all the freaky people come out.

I was heading out to the Watergates Bar, as usual. Another night, another distraction. Watergates was out of the way, underground—the worst kept secret in Chester. A totally miserable place to be honest, but they served alcohol to pretty much anyone.

It was as I left that I realized I had someone following me. It was early yet, only 8pm, so there weren’t too many people around. I could smell this guy. He’d been drinking all day, no doubt.

So when he grabbed my arm it was a clumsy stumble, but it startled me. Someone had seen me. I was meant to be invisible. I was used to it. Hadn’t I thought I wanted it?

He fumbled at my waist, trying to get my purse, maybe. Or worse. For a minute, he was strong, and I couldn’t free my arm. It didn’t occur to me to shout. He shoved me, pretty hard, but I wasn’t wasted, like he was, and all that did was help me to get away from him. I ran. When I had some distance, I looked back. He was stumbling into one of the side alleys, alone, staring at me with this look of disgust in his bloodshot eyes.

I realized that night that I wasn’t invincible because of my “invisibility”. And I also realized, I liked that. I liked the idea of being hurt. Of someone hurting me. Noticing me. I felt an urge to push the boundaries of what my life was. I started practicing my suicide note, and leaving it all over Chester.

When you read this, my throat will be a bloody, red smile.

I know. I am one for melodrama.

But I wasn’t stupid enough to go back to the Watergate after that. Not to that creepo.

And that’s why I went looking for something else, and found Masqued.

And the Viking.

I adopted my disguise, and let myself be seen, my veneer carefully in place.

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Over two decades have passed since the fire at Elmbridge High, an inferno that took the lives of three teenagers. Not much was known about the events leading up to the tragedy – only that one student, Carly Johnson, vanished without a trace…

…until a diary is found hidden in the ruins.

But the diary, badly scorched, does not belong to Carly Johnson. It belongs to Kaitlyn Johnson, a girl who shouldn’t exist Who was Kaitlyn? Why did she come out only at night? What is her connection to Carly?

The case has been reopened. Police records are being reexamined: psychiatric reports, video footage, text messages, e-mails. And the diary.

The diary that paints a much more sinister version of events than was ever made publicly known.

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Dawn Kurtagich writes psychologically sinister fiction, where girls may descend into madness, boys may see monsters in men, and adults may have something to hide. She lives in Wales, but grew up all over the world, predominantly in Africa. She writes and blogs for YA Scream Queens and is a member of the YA League. THE DEAD HOUSE is her first novel.

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Thursday, August 20, 2015

Slasher Girls & Monster Boys Blog Tour | Guest Post with Carrie Ryan

I am so excited to be part of the blog tour for Slasher Girls & Monster Boys. Welcome Carrie Ryan to the blog today to talk about the inspiration for her short story in this creepy collection!

My Inspiration

I was on the edge of sleep when an image popped into my head. In it, several young girls sat around a rustic table in the tree-shaded clearing of a forest. A tea party was laid out in front of them with mis-matched cups and chipped saucers. And the girls were all dead — had been for days. Except for one. She sat at the head of the table as the guest of honor. When she lifted her cup, the other girls mimicked her, their motions controlled by fishing line tied around their wrists, turning them into gruesome marionettes. The March Hare, a man-sized rabbit, watched from the trees, his tall ears a white slash against the shadows.

The tea party was his gift to the girl and she accepted it without hesitation.

This image became the inspiration for “In the Forest Dark and Deep,” my short story for the Slasher Girls and Monster Boys anthology. I wanted to know what kind of child would come to this clearing day after day while her dead friends’ bodies grew bloated in the heat (I once worked for the Coroner’s Office and have first hand experience with rotting bodies; I knew well what they would look and smell like). I wanted to know what happened to her as she grew older.

But most of all, I wanted to learn more about the March Hare — a creature the size of a man, with the proportions of a man, yet still somehow not a man but a white rabbit with ears that stood out against the darkness. I wanted to know what his relationship was with the girl — what tied them together. And the only way for me to figure that out was to write the story and see where it took me.

“In the Forest Dark and Deep,” is perhaps one of my favorites stories because its origin is rooted in such a disturbing and gruesome scene that’s complicated by the deep undercurrent of connection between the girl and the March Hare. It’s a story about friendship and understanding, monsters and darkness, and whether the two are irrevocably intertwined.

– Carrie Ryan

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A host of the smartest young adult authors come together in this collection of scary stories and psychological thrillers curated by Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea’s April Genevieve Tucholke.

Each story draws from a classic tale or two—sometimes of the horror genre, sometimes not—to inspire something new and fresh and terrifying. There are no superficial scares here; these are stories that will make you think even as they keep you on the edge of your seat. From bloody horror to supernatural creatures to unsettling, all-too-possible realism, this collection has something for any reader looking for a thrill.

Fans of TV’s The Walking Dead, True Blood, and American Horror Story will tear through tales by these talented authors:

Stefan Bachmann
Leigh Bardugo
Kendare Blake
A. G. Howard
Jay Kristoff
Marie Lu
Jonathan Maberry
Danielle Paige
Carrie Ryan
Megan Shepherd
Nova Ren Suma
McCormick Templeman
April Genevieve Tucholke
Cat Winters

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Thursday, October 23, 2014

This or That with Meredith from Pandora’s Books | Birthday Bash

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Today I have Meredith from Pandora’s Books on the blog with a Halloween themed This or That list!

Hocus Pocus or Halloweentown?

Ouch, this is a tough question!!! Can I cheat and say both?!? Because I really don’t think I could pick between the two! They’re two of my favorite childhood Halloween movies and I could watch them over and over and over and never get bored! The only thing that puts Halloweentown slightly ahead of Hocus Pocus is that there are three movies (I don’t count the fourth one.. Sara Paxton was NOT Marnie! Kimberly J. Brown FTW!!) to watch, so you really never get bored and can watch just one of them or binge them all! 🙂

Caramel Apples or Candy Corn?

I’m actually not a huge fan of either. I’m a chocoholic! But since I really can’t stand caramel, I’ll go with Candy Corn!

hauntedHaunted Houses or Hay Rides?

Haunted Houses, no contest! I looooove Haunted Houses! Hay Rides can be boring.. I mean, they TRY to spook you, but it can’t beat a good haunted house!

Trick or treating or handing out candy?

Trick or Treating!! Duh!! Why GIVE AWAY candy when you can GET candy?!? Yum!

Simple or elaborate costumes?

I always went for simple – I actually did homemade costumes a lot. I went as a ballerina until I was 10-years-old because – for some odd reason – I had a pink leotard, handed down to me from a cousin or something. I also went as Pokémon trainer one year.. That meant strapping Beanie Babies to a baseball hat and shoulders and carrying around a backpack. Yeah, I was cool, wasn’t I? Haha. HOWEVER… I admire people who can put together elaborate costumes! I’ve always wanted to do that and one of these years, I will!

Zombies or vampires?

Is this even a question? Vampires, forever and always! I’ve loved vampires since I was eight-years-old and watching Buffy the Vampire Slayer. I keep hoping vampires will make a comeback in YA!

Orange or black?

Black! Black is creepier and makes it easier to hide and scare people! Haha

Pumpkin carving or bobbing for apples?

Bobbing for apples! Totally hilarious and fun. I’m awful at pumpkin carving…. Though I do love pumpkin cheesecake! Mmm, yum!

Horror movies or ghost stories?

Horror movies! I’m a huge horror movie fan. I like some of the classic 90’s horror movies, like Scream (and its sequels… though Scream 3 was pretty bad and my least favorite) and I Know What You Did Last Summer (plus its sequel). Ghost stories are fun but horror movies are one of my favorite things. I’m excited for October to get here because it means places like Walmart and Target will have horror movies on sale! Also, ABC Family’s Thirteen Nights of Halloween!

Make sure to check out Meredith’s blog and find her on Twitter.

Friday, October 10, 2014

Compulsion by Martina Boone | I Have A Compulsion For Magic Blog Tour

Compulsion by Martina Boone | I Have A Compulsion For Magic Blog Tour

Hello & welcome to the I Have A Compulsion for Magic blog tour!

I’m so thrilled to be apart of the tour to celebrate the upcoming release of Martina Boone’s debut, Compulsion. You can follow the entire tour. Trust me, you don’t want to miss the author guest posts, the excerpts, and the massive giveaway going on with the tour.

Guest Post!

Paula Stokes is today’s guest author on the Compulsion for Magic tour, and she’s a pro at writing books about characters in conflict between want and need. (That’s something Barrie in Compulsion has a bit of trouble with too.) Like Compulsion also, The Art of Lainey has a strong heroine who doesn’t need a sword to go after what she wants. In fact, Lainey arms herself with a book instead, and as we all know, books are the best form of everyday magic.

Paula is going to tell us a little about what she, and Lainey, think about double-edged magical gifts.

But first . . . 

What about you? For a chance to win the HUGE tour mega prize of books and the $100 gift card, tell us about the magical gift you’d like to have—but remember, as it does on Compulsion’s Watson Islandall small magic has a downside. Think a little about living with the consequences!

Now here’s what Paula had to say . . .

If you could have any “everyday” magical gift, like finding lost things or knowing what people want, what gift would you want and why?

I would want to have super-remembering power. I want this because right now it seems like I have super-forgetting power. If someone says “Remind me to do the thing when we get to the place” and the place is more than five minutes away, I’ll forget. I forgot to go to class when I was in grad school…more than twice. The only reason I never forgot to go to work is because I always wrote my shifts down on a piece of paper, then transferred them to a calendar, then transferred them to my daily to do lists. If I had super-remembering power, I could spend a less time writing things down and spend more time on crucial tasks, like cupcake eating and playing with my cats 🙂

What everyday magic would your characters wish they had and why?

I think Lainey would want magic that made her a better soccer player, either that or magic that made her hair naturally straight without needing a flat iron. For obvious reasons!

Eight, Barrie’s love interest in Compulsion, has inherited his family’s gift of knowing what people want and feeling compelled to give it to them. What’s one gift you’re glad you don’t have? Or your characters would be glad they didn’t have?

I am soooo glad I can’t read minds. It seems like it would be cool, like knowing everyone’s secrets, but then you’d also know what they were thinking about YOU all the time. No thanks.

Barrie is tied to her family’s plantation, Watson’s Landing, in a magical way, and the whole landscape becomes magical for her. What’s the one place in your book that you wish you could bring to life?

Clearly, CLEARLY Mizz Creant’s House of Torture (and Pancakes.) Delicious breakfast food served in a somewhat deviant and macabre environment? What’s not to love about that?

If you were going to a Halloween party and you had to dress as a character from a Southern Gothic or a Gothic romance, what would your costume look like?

Um…does True Blood count? I’d kill for an excuse to dress up like Pam, Eric’s leather-sporting, no-nonsense progeny who is one of the most flawed yet likable characters I’ve ever come across. (Sorry, I haven’t read a lot of Gothic books so I had to cheat with TV :D)

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What do you say, Sookie Stackhouse fans? Obviously, that totally counts!

Your turn! Leave a comment.

And/Or . . .

Bonus option: If you’ve already done that elsewhere on the tour or just want to do something different for extra entry points, show us your magical, gothic, or romantic Halloween costume! What character from a Gothic or Southern Gothic romance would you dress as? Or how would you show an “everyday magic” as a Halloween costume? Post a comment with the URL to your photo and we’ll share it. Use tag #CompulsionMagic.

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About the book:

COMPULSION (HEIRS OF WATSON ISLAND, BOOK 1)
Simon & Schuster, Simon Pulse

Hardcover, 10/28/14 ISBN: 1481411225

Three plantations. Two gifts. One ancient curse.

All her life, Barrie Watson has been a virtual prisoner in the house where she lives with her shut-in mother. When her mother dies, Barrie promises to put some mileage on her stiletto heels. But she finds a new kind of prison at her aunt’s South Carolina plantation instead–a prison guarded by an ancient spirit who long ago cursed one of the three founding families of Watson Island and gave the others magical gifts that became compulsions.

Stuck with the ghosts of a generations-old feud and hunted by forces she cannot see, Barrie must find a way to break free of the family legacy. With the help of sun-kissed Eight Beaufort, who somehow seems to know what Barrie wants before she knows herself, the last Watson heir starts to unravel her family’s twisted secrets. What she finds is dangerous: a love she never expected, a river that turns to fire at midnight, a gorgeous cousin who isn’t what she seems, and very real enemies who want both Eight and Barrie dead.

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Signed copies are available for pre-order from One More Page Books. You can also pre-order with the special “I have a Compulsion for reading” bookplate from Eight Cousins. Pre-Order Incentives Going on here.

Early Praise for Compulsion

“Darkly romantic and steeped in Southern Gothic charm, you’ll be compelled to get lost in the Heirs of Watson Island series.”

— #1 New York Times Bestselling Author Jennifer L. Armentrout

“A fresh twist on the Southern Gothic — haunting, atmospheric, and absorbing.”

— Claudia Gray, New York Times bestselling author of A Thousand Pieces of You and the Evernight and Spellcaster series

“Compulsion is a stunningly magical debut with a delicious slow burn to be savored. I want to live in this story world!”

— Wendy Higgins, USA Today and NYT bestselling author of the Sweet Evil trilogy from HarperTeen

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About the author:

Martina Boone was born in Prague and spoke several languages before learning English. She fell in love with words and never stopped delighting in them.

She’s the founder of AdventuresInYAPublishing.com, a Writer’s Digest 101 Best Websites for Writers site, and YASeriesInsiders.com, a site devoted to encouraging literacy and all things YA Series.

From her home in Virginia, where she lives with her husband, children, and Auggie the wonder dog, she enjoys writing contemporary fantasy set in the kinds of magical places she’d love to visit. When she isn’t writing, she’s addicted to travel, horses, skiing, chocolate flavored tea, and anything with Nutella on it.

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Giveaway!

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Do you have a Compulsion for Reading? Then you don’t want to miss what Martina Boone is giving away! 5 lucky winners will each win the following:

Grand Prize Winner – will win EVERYTHING pictured above! That’s the right! That entire bag of books will go to 1 reader!! *US residents only

Next Winner – will win a $100 gift card to the book store of their choice! *open internationally

3 Additional winners will each win a Compulsion prize pack which features a signed copy of Compulsion, a Compulsion necklace and bookmarks. *open internationally

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Monday, September 15, 2014

Blog Tour: Guest Post from Michelle Knudsen (Author of Evil Librarian)

Blog Tour: Guest Post from Michelle Knudsen (Author of Evil Librarian)Evil Librarian by Michelle Knudsen
on September 9, 2014
Pages: 352
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When Cynthia Rothschild’s best friend, Annie, falls head over heels for the new high-school librarian, Cyn can totally see why. He’s really young and super cute and thinks Annie would make an excellent library monitor. But after meeting Mr. Gabriel, Cyn realizes something isn’t quite right. Maybe it’s the creepy look in the librarian’s eyes, or the weird feeling Cyn gets whenever she’s around him. Before long Cyn realizes that Mr. Gabriel is, in fact ... a demon.

Now, in addition to saving the school musical from technical disaster and trying not to make a fool of herself with her own hopeless crush, Cyn has to save her best friend from the clutches of the evil librarian, who also seems to be slowly sucking the life force out of the entire student body!

From best-selling author Michelle Knudsen, here is the perfect novel for teens who like their horror served up with a bit of romance, plenty of humor, and some pretty hot guys (of both the good and evil variety).
He’s young. He’s hot. He’s also evil. He’s . . . the librarian.

 
 
 

Guest Post from Michelle Knudsen

Evil Librarian was some of the most fun I’ve ever had writing a book. There are many reasons for this, but one of them is definitely that it let me revisit some of my favorite musical theater memories. I’ve loved musical theater for pretty much ever. In elementary school, I used to write plays (both with and without songs) and force my friends to help me perform them in front of the class. I auditioned for every school musical and several community theater productions too, and went to theater sleepaway camp for many magical summers. I got parts in straight plays sometimes, but in musicals I was always in the chorus — and that was fine with me. I knew I wasn’t a strong enough singer to ever be cast in a musical lead, and the beautiful and often complex harmonies of the chorus were part of what I loved most about singing in musicals: all those different voices coming together to create something amazing and richer and bigger than anything one person could sing on his or her own. So for this guest post, I thought it would be fun to make a list of my favorite chorus experiences — that is, the shows I had the most fun being in the chorus of, that I can wholeheartedly recommend to other chorus types like me!

 

  1. The Pirates of Penzance (W. S. Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan)

Hands down, my absolute favorite, favorite show to be in. The last time the Village Light Opera Group did it in NYC, I was over the moon to get in, and then devastated when I realized I’d have to drop out because my schedule made it impossible to keep up with the rehearsals. I’ve done this one a few times over the years, including performances with Richmond Theater Collection/Center Stage Productions in Staten Island, NY (during high school), and the Cornell Savoyards in Ithaca, NY (during college).

 

  1. Cabaret (John Kander and Fred Ebb)

I was in this one at summer camp one year, and in addition to just being an amazing show, it’s a fun one for the chorus members, too. I got to be one of the featured chorus dancers in the Kit Kat Klub, which was extra exciting for me.

 

  1. Of Thee I Sing (George and Ira Gershwin)

This was another theater camp experience. I don’t think I’d ever even heard of the show before I was placed in the ensemble. But it was super fun, and included a lot of great chorus numbers, including one where we got to sing about corn muffins. The music was both silly and beautiful, and I can still remember a lot of the chorus parts to this day.

 

  1. Iolanthe (W. S. Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan)

I first did this show in college, and then again many years later with the Village Light Opera Group in NYC. The women in the chorus all get to be fairies (and pretty kick-ass fairies, at that), and the music (like most G&S) is gorgeous, and the multi-part harmony in the Act I finale is probably one of my favorite ensemble parts to sing of all time.

 

  1. Les Misérables (Claude-Michel Schönberg, Alain Boublil, Herbert Kretzmer)

This one doesn’t have quite as much for the whole chorus to sing as some of the other shows I’ve been in, but it’s all so lovely, and there are lots of little character moments and even some solo lines (I got three!) for chorus members over the course of the musical. It’s also one of my overall favorite musicals, so getting to be a part of it was just really exciting. This was another one from theater camp, and may have marked the beginning of my recurring crushes on bass-baritones (I had it bad for the guy who played Javert).

 

Now that I’m in the beginning stages of working on a sequel to Evil Librarian, I’m listening to a lot of musical theater recordings (both old favorites and shows that I don’t know well yet at all) to help me decide which ones might end up being involved in the next story. This is definitely my kind of research. I just downloaded two more albums while writing this post! 🙂

Michelle Knudsen

About the author:
Michelle Knudsen is the New York Times bestselling author of more than 40 books for children, including the picture books Library Lion, Argus, and Big Mean Mike, as well as the fantasy novels The Dragon of Trelian and The Princess of Trelian. Her newest book is the YA novel Evil Librarian, which comes out September 9, 2014. Formerly a full-time children’s book editor, Michelle continues to edit manuscripts on a freelance basis and sometimes teaches children’s book writing at Gotham Writers’ Workshop in NYC. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.

 

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Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Blog Tour: Right Kind of Wrong (Finding Fate #3) by Chelsea Fine | Guest Post + Review + Giveaway

Blog Tour: Right Kind of Wrong (Finding Fate #3) by Chelsea Fine | Guest Post + Review + Giveaway

Blog Tour: Right Kind of Wrong (Finding Fate #3) by Chelsea Fine | Guest Post + Review + GiveawayRight Kind Of Wrong by Chelsea Fine
Series: Finding Fate #3
Published by Forever on September 2, 2014
Genres: Contemporary
Pages: 336
Format: eARC
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4 Stars

Sometimes wrong can feel oh so right . . .

Jenna Lacombe needs complete control, whether it’s in the streets . . . or between the sheets. So when she sets out on a solo road trip to visit her family in New Orleans, she’s beyond annoyed that the infuriatingly sexy Jack Oliver wants to hitch a ride with her. Ever since they shared a wild night together last year, he’s been trying to strip away her defenses one by one. He claims he’s just coming along to keep her safe-but what’s not safe for her is prolonged exposure to the tattooed hottie.

Jack can’t get Jenna out from under his skin. She makes him feel alive again after his old life nearly destroyed him-and losing her is not an option. Now Jack’s troubles are catching up to him, and he’s forced to return to his hometown in Louisiana. But when his secrets put them both in harm’s way, Jenna will have to figure out how far she’s willing to let love in . . . and how much she already has.

picadillyblueRight Kind of Wrong, the third and final book in the Finding Fate trilogy, lived up to my expectations.  After reading two of Chelsea Fine’s previous novels, I’ve come to expect steamy romance, well-developed characters, and fun, fast-paced stories.  Right Kind of Wrong is not lacking in any of these.

Jenna and Jack take center stage in Right Kind of Wrong.  Their story is a bit different from Pixie and Levi’s and Kayla and Daren’s seeing as they already have a sexual relationship.  They’ve known each other ever since they started working together and they were both immediately attracted to each other.  One drunken night led to them hooking up but their relationship remained just friendly, at least on Jenna’s part.  Jack wants more and he’s willing to push Jenna until she gives in and admits she does too.  Jack really does everything in his power to push Jenna to her limits and admit she’s not as independent as she’d like to think.  He’s fine with her following her dreams but he wants to be there with her along the way.  He’s beyond sweet but he’s by no means perfect.  Jack has a very messed up past that takes a main role in Right Kind of Wrong.  It was refreshing to see someone with such a bad past take the role of the good guy.  It was also refreshing to see how the darkness in Jack’s past didn’t push Jenna away, that she was strong enough to handle anything he threw at her.

Jenna was my only issue with Right Kind of Wrong.  She was such a hypocrite!  She preached to Kayla and Pixie about letting love into their life and letting themselves be happy but she wouldn’t do the same for herself.  She did everything she could to push Jack away, all because he didn’t fit into her life plan.  She was actually downright rude about it to Jack and I hated that about her.  Also, it became a little repetitive with all the talk of her life plan and how Jack would just ruin things.  I wanted to reach into the book and slap Jenna right across the face.

The story was fast-paced and had me laughing a lot.  Jenna and Jack brought out the best and worst in each other and it was quite hilarious.  Jenna’s inner monologue was pure comedic genius.  There was a darker side to the story as well.  Jack’s little brother got messed up in some bad business and it was up to Jack to find out what happened to him and try to save his life.  It was a very different story from the first two books and actually appealed to me more than the other two.  If you’ve read Jay Crownover’s book, Better When He’s Bad, it’s a little similar to that.  And since I loved that one, I loved that aspect of Right Kind of Wrong.

Overall, Right Kind of Wrong has made me a Chelsea Fine fan for life.  I can’t wait to see what she does next.  I’m hoping for more steamy new adult novels from this author!

What others are saying about Right Kind of Wrong:

One Click Bliss’ review: “You’ll have to read it to find out what happens, but Chelsea Fine’s writing grips you from page one and has you fully ensconced in their lives and pulling for their happily ever after.”

Love Between The Sheets’ review: “While I didn’t love Right Kind of Wong, I did like Jenna and Jack’s story enough that I think I’ll go back and read the previous books in the series.”

LovLivLife Reviews’ review: “Really cute story – I enjoyed this one a lot – it was different than the other two books since Jenna and Jack already had the connection.”

Guest Post from Chelsea Fine!

Atrocious, awkward, and amazing: Road Trip Tales

by Chelsea Fine

 

Ah, road trips. An American pastime and a part of most everyone’s vacation memories. They’re romanticized, televised, and idealized, but they almost never go according to plan.

 

When you lock people up in a vehicle for an extended period of time, you’re bound to end up with a good story. And the term “good” is used loosely here because, in my opinion, road trips fall into one of three categories: Atrocious, Awkward, and Amazing.

 

Here’s a brief glimpse into three road trips I’ve taken that fall into each of those categories:

 

ATROCIOUS: Let me set it up for you. My husband and me, traveling late at night, with three children, two of which were 3 years old and both vomiting, while the other child (who was 1 year old and still in diapers) was screaming. We were driving an old SUV, lost on a pitch-black road somewhere between California and Arizona, without any food or diapers, running low on gas, with the car heater broken and one headlight out, during the middle of winter, in the RAIN.

 

It was three hours of pure atrocity.

 

AWKWARD: In high school, a group of friends and I decided to go camping one weekend at a spot three hours away. The camping trip itself was fun, but on the day we packed up to leave, there was some confusion and two people got left behind: me and my ex-boyfriend. Now, you all know how dramatic high school breakups can be and this particular boyfriend and I hadn’t spoken since we called it quits. We made the three-hour road trip journey back home in my little car, driving the entire way in tense silence.

 

Awk-ward.

 

AMAZING: The best road trip I’ve ever been on was, by far, with my husband. A few years ago we attended a wedding in Northern California and rented a car for our stay. We set out to find lunch one day, but took a wrong turn and ended up lost. At the time, neither of us had GPS on our phones so we had no way of knowing where we were. We tried to find our way back to the main roads, but all our turning-around only led us farther away from civilization and, soon, we were headed down a skinny dirt road in the middle of nowhere, tired and hungry. A few hours passed and  suddenly, the scenery changed from dirt roads and scattered shrubbery to winding hills of colorful trees, and rows of manicured vines stretched before us. In all our lost confusion, we’d accidentally driven right into wine country! Just off the dirt path to our left was a lone building that looked like it belonged in Tuscany. It resembled a cottage, with shutters and an oak door with iron hinges, and on a sign above the door was the word: RISTORANTE. Parking, we wandered inside the quaint building and were greeted by a pleasant old man and his wife, the owners of the small restaurant. They sat us on the patio, overlooking rolling hills of vineyards, and served us the most delicious lasagna and wine. We ate and drank to the beautiful rays of the setting sun and marveled at how we’d set out to find lunch and ended up on the best road trip ever.

 

Simply amazing.

 

WHAT ABOUT YOU? Have any of you ever had an atrocious, awkward, or amazing road trip? Or perhaps all three? 😉

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About The Author:
Chelsea lives in Phoenix, Arizona where she spends most of her time writing stories, painting murals, and avoiding housework at all costs. She’s ridiculously bad at doing dishes and claims to be allergic to laundry. Her obsessions include: superheroes, coffee, sleeping-in, and crazy socks. She lives with her husband and two children, who graciously tolerate her inability to resist teenage drama on TV and her complete lack of skill in the kitchen.

 

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