Wednesday, October 29, 2014

BLOG TOUR~The Last Changeling by Chelsea Pitcher

IFB will host the blog tour for the first book in Chelsea Pitcher's Faerie series. See details below:

18658149Series: Faerie Revolutions #1
Release date: November 8th 2014
Publisher: Flux
Purchase: Amazon

Synopsis via Goodreads:
A Kingdom at War . . .

Elora, the young princess of the Dark Faeries, plans to overthrow her tyrannical mother, the Dark Queen, and bring equality to faeriekind. All she has to do is convince her mother’s loathed enemy, the Bright Queen, to join her cause. But the Bright Queen demands an offering first: a human boy who is a “young leader of men.”

A Dark Princess In Disguise . . .

To steal a mortal, Elora must become a mortal—at least, by all appearances. And infiltrating a high school is surprisingly easy. When Elora meets Taylor, the seventeen-year-old who’s plotting to overthrow a ruthless bully, she thinks she’s found her offering . . . until she starts to fall in love.

Chelsea PitcherAbout the Author
Chelsea Pitcher is a native of Portland, OR where she received her BA in English Literature. Fascinated by all things literary, she began gobbling up stories as soon as she could read, and especially enjoys delving into the darker places to see if she can draw out some light. 

NOTE: Please do not post any negative reviews that are hurtful to the author and affects the purpose of the tour. Post the blurb and giveaway instead, or send me an email if you'd like to back out. Thank you for understanding.

Nov. 3rd -
Addicted Readers *Guest Post
What the Cat Read *Review & Excerpt (blogger's choice)
Loving the Language of Literacy *Review & Favorite Quotes

Nov. 4th -
Sweet Southern Home *Guest Post
Books Direct *Spotlight *Review
The Book Lovers' Lounge *Review & Excerpt (blogger's choice)

Nov. 5th -
Book Enthralled *Review & Favorite Quotes
Word to Dreams *Spotlight
Bookish Wanderlove *Review & Excerpt (blogger's choice)

Nov. 6th -
SBM Book Obsession *Spotlight
My Book Fairy *Spotlight
Bitches n Prose *Review & Playlist (blogger's choice)

Nov. 7th -
Bookworm Dreams *Review & Favorite Quotes

*No posts on weekend.

Nov. 10th -
Jessabella Reads *Interview
Rose Shadow Ink *Spotlight
Book Groupies *Guest Post

Nov. 11th -

Nov. 12th -
Pen and Muse *Guest Post
Mother/Gamer/Writer *Guest Post
CBY Book Club *Guest Post

Nov. 13th -
Musings of the Book-a-holic Faeries inc. *Review & Excerpt (blogger's choice)
deal sharing aunt *Spotlight
Book Briefs *Review

Nov. 14th -
A Cup of Tea & A Big Book *Review & Excerpt (blogger's choice)
Illuminite Caliginosus *Review & Dream Cast (blogger's choice)

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Behind the Pages #16: Gabrielle Tozer on The Intern

Welcome to another edition of Behind the Pages! Today, the delightful Gabrielle Tozer has stopped by to discuss her debut, The Intern, as well as to share a bit about her journey to becoming a published author. Continue below for the interview along with a awesome giveaway!

1. Tell us a little about yourself. When did you realize you wanted to become a writer?

Why hello! My name is Gabrielle Tozer, but lots of people call me Gabby, Gab, Gabs, GT, G&T, Booti, G-Mac and G-unit. I grew up in a small inland city called Wagga Wagga (pronounced ‘Wogga Wogga’) and now live in Sydney, Australia with my husband of two years. We live in a shoebox of an apartment in the city, but love it because we are in walking distance of loads of great stuff (and by ‘great stuff’, I mean ‘dumplings’). 

I’m one of those weirdos who’ve known what they want to be when they “grow up” since they were little. My love of writing stemmed from my love of reading and by about six years old, I announced I wanted to be an author and a news reporter. (Apparently I also wanted to be an actress, but these days I’m pretty happy just watching TV, movies and musicals). 

Since then I’ve gone on to work as a journalist, editor, sub-editor and copywriter, just to name a few – and in the last three years… an author! My debut novel THE INTERN came out in Australia in January (and it’s out in the US and Germany now too!), and the sequel comes out in Oz in a few months. <insert cliché about it all being a dream come true here>

2. Who are some of your influences?

I grew up reading anything and everything, including Roald Dahl, Morris Gleitzman, Paul Jennings, Melina Marchetta and John Marsden. The first three inspired me to embrace the ridiculousness and tap into my imagination, while the last two encouraged my love of contemporary YA, voice and storytelling. 

3. How is it writing and editing for magazines, newspapers and such, as oppose to actually writing a complete novel?

It’s a trip-out! There are obviously big – okay, ginormous – differences with word-count, deadlines etc. And sitting in a room bashing out a novel is a solitary act compared to the fast-paced vibe of a busy magazine office. Overall, though, writing for magazines since the age of 18 has been a fantastic training ground for me as an author. It’s helped me adjust to meeting and beating publishing deadlines, coming up with story angles, thinking about storytelling and audience, and never forgetting the importance of editing. I love the thought, time and care that’s given to each novel before it hits the printer – it’s such a treat.

185995724. Josie, the main character in your debut novel, The Intern, hopes to acquire a career in journalism. How much of your experiences did you apply to the story?

Josie Browning isn’t me – The Intern isn’t a memoir – but there are elements of me in there. In terms of the obvious: I completed work experience and internships before getting my ‘big break’ (although I was slightly older than Josie when that handed). I also studied journalism (side bar: I also studied a creative writing unit which were my favourite subjects). There have definitely been awkward and stressful moments over the years, which I tapped into wherever possible. My real-life little sister Jacqui dressed me for my first big job interview – and I used that scenario as inspiration for the opening chapter. 
I was also a little nervy with guys at high school – okay, not as bad as JB – and I still share her love of Hawaiian pizza. In fact, I had one two nights ago. It was delicious. 

4. What is the Bottom Rung and how does it relate to The Intern?

It’s an online series on my website designed to inspire and help young women and men who are trying to crack into creative industries, such as the media, fashion, beauty, TV, film, radio, theatre and design. In the lead-up to The Intern’s release, I was contacted regularly from people asking for career advice, so I decided I wanted to be able to give it to as many people as possible. I’ve had my share of brilliant mentors over the years, so setting up The Bottom Rung in such a public forum was a simple, accessible way to “pay it forward”. I rounded up a fab group of experienced people from a number of industries and interviewed them for their best career advice. It went well, so I hope to do another round of chats soon to keep sharing the love.

234376305. What can readers expect from the sequel, Faking It?

I’m not allowed to reveal too much (and I also don’t want to give away any spoilers for The Intern either), but readers can expect more awkward moments, confusing situations, butterfly-inducing scenarios and laughs. Faking It is set three months later, so a few areas of Josie’s life have really changed, giving her more challenges to go up against! Like The Intern, the sequel embraces the fun and ridiculous – it’s not designed to be a memoir or truly realistic – so I hope readers are entertained and enjoy the escapism.

6. Aside from writing, you're also involved in charity work. Particularly, you're an Online Ambassador for the Do It In A Dress campaign. For those who aren't familiar with this, could you please tell us about its objectives and your part in it? 

Of course! I’m so proud to be a 2014 Online Ambassador for Do It In A Dress, which is doing its part to raise money for the 66 million girls in the world who aren’t in school. Even Oprah’s doing her bit! As I said in a recent interview with One Girl (who organise the campaign): I was a total nerd at school – a dork, a square, a goodie-two-shoes – and my education has really set me up for a (hopefully) bright future. I don’t want anyone to miss out on that. I want to see so many bright futures out there that the world is lit up with knowledge. One in, all in! You can find out more here:

8. Any other projects in the works?

Well, the sequel Faking It is coming out in Australia in December, so hopefully it will make its way to the US one day too! I also have a folder filled with ideas, but there is one contemporary YA stand-alone idea that keeps buzzing around in my brain. It’s set in late high school and has a different feel to my first two books, so as a newbie author I’m excited for the challenge. It’s still in the very early stages, though. I've plotted out the first four chapters in my notebook, so I just need to carve out some time to put fingertip to keyboard to write them! 

9. Thank you for taking the time. Please leave any tips you may have for aspiring writers.

My pleasure! It’s been a lot of fun. My tips? Read, read, read. Then read some more. Write a first draft and know it’s going to be pretty terrible. That’s OK! That’s perfectly fine. It’s impossible to edit a blank page, so once that first draft is written, then you can put on your ‘editing hat’ and whip it into shape. Last but not least, know why you want to be a writer and keep that goal in mind. Use it to stay motivated during the tough weeks. Oh, and chocolate comes in handy, too. Best of luck!

GT-33-EditBrief Bio:
Gabrielle Tozer is an Australian author, journalist and editor. In the past 12 years she’s written for numerous titles, such as Cosmopolitan, DOLLY, Girlfriend, Bride To Be, TV WEEK, and The Canberra Times. Her YA novel The Intern is out now in the US, Germany, Australia and New Zealand, and the sequel Faking It hits shelves in Australia in mid-December. She is currently working on her third book with Harper Collins.

Win a paperback copy of The Intern.



Monday, October 27, 2014

Review & Giveaway: Creed by Trisha Leaver & Lindsay Currie

17720829Release date: November 8th 2014
Publisher: Flux
Purchase: Amazon | B&N

Synopsis via Goodreads:
Three went in. Three came out. None even a shadow of who they once were.

When their car breaks down, Dee, her boyfriend Luke, and his brother Mike walk through a winter storm to take refuge in a nearby town called Purity Springs. When they arrive, the emergency sirens are blaring and the small farming town seems abandoned. With no other shelter, they spend the night in an empty house.

But they soon discover that not everything in Purity Springs is as it seems. When the town's inhabitants suddenly appear the next morning, Dee, Luke, and Mike find themselves at the mercy of the charismatic leader, Elijah Hawkins, who plans to make Dee his new wife. Elijah's son, Joseph, offers to help them escape . . . but the price of his help may be more than Dee and her friends can bear.

*Approved via Netgalley.

Creed was many things, but I wouldn't call it horror. Suspenseful is the word for the opening chapters, while the rest played on the psychologically messed up. I didn't read the summary prior to going into the story because I didn't want any expectations only an open mind. And I must say I felt intrigued from start. Three teens on a road trip end up stranded and this weird town comes into view. The blaring alarm and emptiness stirred up my curiosity and I started to feel like I was reading a Stephen King novel. I thought maybe a mysterious entity passed through the town and took everyone with it. I mean, that would explain the emergency alarm, abandoned cars, vacant diner, and overall empty town. Not a soul in sight. So, Mike, Dee, and Luke, along with readers are taken on a ride of okay, what's going on here? Where is everybody? 

I was spooked when they found the cemetery and the number of deaths, etc. But then when they went inside of the house and found those books and creepy stuff, I was like no, this is weird. They should just leave. But, leaving Purity Springs was hard because it was freezing out, not to mention snowing, and their car was dead. I wasn't expecting the story to take the turn that it did when they came in contact with Joseph. But after that, I wanted to see how they would get out of it. 

Regarding the plot, I haven't read many books having to do with closed community and lunatic leaders after Gated, but I'm interested in reading more into the genre, so I didn't mind the route the story went into. My skin crawled at the intention that Elijah had for Dee, not to mention the rules he had about purifying people. Elijah was a grade A sicko and I actually wished they'd dealt with him the opposite of how they left him.

Character wise, I didn't really connect with any of them, but I did sympathize with Dee, having to go through such a turmoil before coming to Purity Springs, and close to facing it again. Also, when she found Luke, I felt her emotions, along with Mike's. Their reaction was just and real. I actually wanted to shed a tear with them. 

Joseph rubbed me the wrong way from start. I never trusted him, and when I realized what he'd done, I disliked him even more and wanted to slap the hell out of him. He really messed with my emotions throughout the story because of the problem he'd placed them in, and then the fact that he didn't stick around at the end pissed me off even more. 


Oh yes, the ending. That was my main issue. As angry as I was with Joseph throughout the story, I would have loved to know what happened to him, if he was brought back to Purity Springs, or if he took off before his father's people found him at the hospital. I also wish Elijah had paid for what he'd done, not only to Luke, Dee, and Mike, but also for everyone else he's inflicted suffering on throughout the years. I just feel that the ending didn't bring about a lot of clarity and I wouldn't mind a sequel. Regardless, with lucid writing and a creepy plot, Creed was an interesting read overall.

About the Authors
Trisha LeaverTrisha Leaver lives on Cape Cod with her husband, three children, and one rather excitable black lab. (He is actually half dalmation so that could explain a bit of the excitablility.) She's spent most of her childhood living inside her own mind, creating characters and stories that only a child's imagination could dream up. Trisha now spends her days breathing life into those characters, writing realistic fiction for young adults.

Lindsay CurrieLindsay Currie lives in Chicago, Illinois with one incredibly patient hubby, three amazing kids, and one adorable, but irreverent Bullmastiff named Sam. She graduated from Knox College in the heart of the Midwest and has been writing for as long as she can remember.
Today, Lindsay is an author of young adult and middle grade fiction. She is a proud member of SCBWI, The Horror Writers Association, The YA Scream Queens and OneFourKidLit, a community of authors with debuts upcoming in 2014. Her debut novel, CREED (co-authored with Trisha Leaver), releases from Flux on November 8, 2014. Her second co-authored novel, HARDWIRED, releases from Flux in Fall of 2015. She is represented by Kathleen Rushall, of Marsal Lyon Literary Agency. Any inquiries regarding her work should be sent to her attention.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

BLOG TOUR~Balance Broken by Hilary Thompson

The blog tour for the second book in Hilary Thompson's Starbright series is now running. See details below:

23252220Series: Starbright #2
Release date: October 28th 2014
Purchase: Amazon

Synopsis via Goodreads:
Balance Broken is the second in the Starbright series. In the first book, Justice Buried, Astrea fights to remain independent in a world which demands she submit to an ancient prophecy. In Balance Broken, she learns that independence means little when the world is depending on her.

The world cries for Order, but she’s igniting a revolution.

One hundred years before, the Great Sickness reduced the world to three cities. Now, Asphodel no longer lingers underground, and the Starbright Maiden of Justice has returned.

Everyone has faith in Astrea’s ability to save the world - but only she knows the dark truth about her powers.

Astrea teams with Stian, Lexan, and Zarea to enlist the help of Lord Hadeon of Tartarus. They hope Hadeon will aid in attacking Asphodel’s First Leader Keirna, but the Destroyer usually takes lives, not sides.

As Astrea discovers life outside of Asphodel, she begins to wonder whether the remaining world is too broken to save - especially since the price of freedom just might be her own life.

Hilary ThompsonAbout the Author
Hilary Thompson was born to parents who made a habit of taking roads less traveled. But she was also a first child, and an independent, willful child, so she has made a habit of taking a few roads on her own.
After trying on hats made for artists, architects, restaurant and retail workers, landscape designers, legal secretaries, and professional students, she retreated back to her first loves of education and writing.
Hilary now teaches high school full time, writes whenever and wherever she can, and reads as much as her eyes can handle. She also tries not to spoil her own independent, willful children or neglect her wonderful soul-mate of a husband too much. She tends to ignore laundry baskets and dirty dishes.

NOTE: Please do not post any negative reviews that are hurtful to the author and affects the purpose of the tour. Post the blurb and giveaway instead, or send me an email if you'd like to back out. Thanks for understanding.

October 27th -
Mom With A Kindle *Interview

October 28th -
My Nook Books and More *Review & Dream Cast (blogger's choice)

October 29th -
Mythical Books *Interview

October 30th -
Words I Write Crazy *Review

October 31st -

*No posts over weekend.

November 3rd -
All in One Place *Review & Favorite Quotes (blogger's choice)

November 5th -
Feedmeinbooks *Review & Dream Cast (blogger's choice)
Deal Sharing Aunt *Spotlight

November 6th -

November 7th -
Reading Addict *Guest Post

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday #104

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill @ Breaking the Spines. This is a cool way to spotlight a upcoming release that you're anxious about, as well as checking out what other book lovers are anticipating. Here's what I'm waiting for:

17788681The Stars Never Rise
by Rachel Vincent
Release date: June 9th 2015
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Pre-order: Amazon

Synopsis via Goodreads
Sixteen-year-old Nina Kane should be worrying about her immortal soul, but she's too busy trying to actually survive. Her town's population has been decimated by soul-consuming demons, and souls are in short supply. Watching over her younger sister, Mellie, and scraping together food and money are all that matters. The two of them are a family. They gave up on their deadbeat mom a long time ago.

When Nina discovers that Mellie is keeping a secret that threatens their very existence, she'll do anything to protect her. Because in New Temperance, sins are prosecuted as crimes by the brutal Church and its army of black-robed exorcists. And Mellie's sin has put her in serious trouble.

To keep them both alive, Nina will need to trust Finn, a fugitive with deep green eyes who has already saved her life once and who might just be an exorcist. But what kind of exorcist wears a hoodie?

Wanted by the Church and hunted by dark forces, Nina knows she can't survive on her own. She needs Finn and his group of rogue friends just as much as they need her.

18515835Every Last Word
by Tamara Ireland Stone
Release date:June 16th 2015
Publisher: Disney Hyperion
Pre-order: Amazon

Synopsis via Goodreads

If you could read my mind, you wouldn’t be smiling.

Samantha McCallister looks just like the rest of the popular girls in her junior class. But hidden beneath the straightened hair and expertly applied makeup is a secret that her friends would never understand: Sam has Purely-Obsessional OCD and is consumed by a stream of dark thoughts and worries that she can’t turn off.

Second-guessing every move, thought, and word makes daily life a struggle, and it doesn’t help that her lifelong friends will turn toxic at the first sign of a wrong outfit, wrong lunch, or wrong crush. Yet Sam knows she’d be truly crazy to leave the protection of the most popular girls in school. So when Sam meets Caroline, she has to keep her new friend with a refreshing sense of humor and no style a secret, right up there with Sam’s weekly visits to her psychiatrist.

Caroline introduces Sam to Poet’s Corner, a hidden room and a tight-knit group of misfits who have been ignored by the school at large. Sam is drawn to them immediately, especially a guitar-playing guy with a talent for verse, and starts to discover a whole new side of herself. Slowly, she begins to feel more “normal” than she ever has as part of the popular crowd . . . until she finds a new reason to question her sanity and all she holds dear.

Why I'm Waiting

I feel like I've mentioned The Stars Never Rise before but no matter, that's how much I'm anticipating that book. It will be my first experience in the world of Rachel Hawkins. As for Every Last Word, that blurb has me sold. It seems like an intense story and I can't wait to see what this story has in store for me.

What are you waiting for?

Thursday, October 16, 2014

BLOG TOUR~Spark of Light by Elizabeth Tuttle

The blog tour for the first book in Elizabeth Tuttle's YA Fantasy series has ended. See details below:

Series: Avery #1
Release date: September 25th 2014
Purchase: Amazon | B&N

Synopsis via Goodreads:

***Mature YA - This book contains mild adult language and sexual content.***

Nearly a century ago the world was decimated by a magical war. In their defeat, elves were captured by humans, cut off from their magic, and broken down into lifeless, drone-like slaves.

Avery is different. Somehow, her magic has always simmered beneath the surface. Never completely broken, she must pretend in order to survive. When Zander, her master’s nephew, brings her magic out in full force, she finds out what it’s like to truly be alive.

Ripped from Zander’s side and sent to The Farm, Avery doesn’t know if she’ll be able to hide her light and make it out alive. But there, she’ll meet someone who knows her true purpose. 

The war isn’t over, and if Avery can survive, she could be the one to set her people free. All it takes is a little hope and a Spark of Light.

Elizabeth  TuttleAbout the Author
Elizabeth’s first writing award was in the 2nd grade with a story about a cat and a dog that overcame their differences and became friends. Satisfied with that success, she put her writing career on hold until the winter of 2012. Now, she spends most days in her pajamas making things up and writing them down. Her other interests include board games, being in nature, and binge watching shows on Netflix.

NOTE: Please do not post any negative reviews that are hurtful to the author and affects the purpose of the tour. Post the blurb and giveaway instead, or email me if you'd like to back out. Thank you for understanding.

October 20th -
Rockin' Book *Review & Favorite Quotes

October 21st -
Deal Sharing Aunt *Spotlight

October 22nd -
Book Enthralled *Review & Excerpt (blogger's choice)
Rose Shadow Ink *Guest Post

October 23rd -
Word to Dreams *Interview

October 24th -
Book Lovers Life *Guest Post
Obsessed by Books *Spotlight
Bitches n Prose *Review & Excerpt (blogger's choice)
Mythical Books *Interview

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