Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Blog Tour: The Trouble With Flirting by Claire LaZebnik

I'm thrilled to be wrapping up our mini blog tour for Claire LaZebnik's The Trouble with Flirting, which released YESTERDAY! If you're a fan of Jane Austen's Mansfield Park, you'll love this modern day spin to that story. This was a book I truly enjoyed reading. 



In Defense of Romance
By Claire LaZebnik
Author of The Trouble with Flirting

Hello, my name is Claire L. and I love a good literary romance.
It’s not easy to come out and admit that: these days a lot of people seem to think there’s no place for romance in lit-tra-churr. Apparently books should be serious and realistic and responsible--and getting readers all excited about whether a hero and heroine end up together is none of the above.
To that I say a very hearty “Balls!” (Am I allowed to say that? I can make it less hearty if that helps. I could say a very weak and timid “Balls.”)
The greatest writers of all time—Dickens, Bronte, Shakespeare, Austen (I could go on because I was an English major back in college but you get the idea)—all knew the power and charm of a good edge-of-your-seat romance. You keep two people who belong together apart for a while and when they finally come together sparks fly, fireworks explode, bells ring, and—if you’ve done your job—readers squeal. You can still weave in all the responsible social commentary and brilliant satire you want (paging Mr. Dickens), but it’s just so much more fun when there’s a boy-meets-girl story in the middle of all that.

Let me make one thing clear: as much as I like reading about couples finding love, in real life I think we should all be capable of living happily on our own. And even in fiction, I prefer a protagonist who isn’t actually looking for love, who’s instead busily leading her own life but who then happens to stumble across that one person who excites and interests and enrages and enchants her.  
I’ve updated a few Jane Austen novels for a modern young adult readership, and I can honestly say that the hardest part of bringing her stories into a modern world is grappling with the fact that her heroines’ futures are dependent on whom they find to marry.  That’s simply not true for women anymore—and hallelujah for that!  So while I try to remain true to the wonderful, toe-curling delights of these romances, it’s with the modern twist that my protagonists don’t need a man in their lives: they’re perfectly fulfilled without one. The right guy is simply the icing on the cake.
I know that too much focus on romance can send the wrong message, run the risk of suggesting we’re not complete without a mate. But, honestly, I just enjoy it when two people meet and the reader knows, even if they don’t, that they belong together, either because they understand each other, or because they madden each other, or because they fascinate each other . . . and you’re waiting for that one great moment when suddenly everything else fades away and they get to see the truth of how much they belong together.  Call me sappy, immature, old-fashioned, unsophisticated . . . call me anything you like, so long as you give me a happy romantic ending.


About the Author:
Claire LaZebnik is the author of Epic Fail and The Trouble with Flirting, both from HarperTeen. She has also written several novels for adults, including Knitting Under the Influence and The Smart One and the Pretty One. With Dr. Lynn Kern Koegel, she co-authored Overcoming Autism and Growing Up on the Spectrum


Visit Clare via her: Website | Twitter | Facebook

About the Book


By: Claire LaZebnik
Published By: Harper Teen
Released on: 2/26/13
Purchase it from: Amazon | Barnes & Noble
Browse Inside
Add It To GoodReads

Franny's supposed to be working this summer, not flirting. But you can't blame her when guys like Alex and Harry are around. . . .

Franny Pearson never dreamed she'd be attending the prestigious Mansfield Summer Theater Program. And she's not, exactly. She's working for her aunt, the resident costume designer. But sewing her fingers to the bone does give her an opportunity to spend time with her crush, Alex Braverman. If only he were as taken with the girl hemming his trousers as he is with his new leading lady.

When Harry Cartwright, a notorious flirt, shows more than a friendly interest in Franny, she figures it can't hurt to have a little fun. But as their breezy romance grows more complicated, can Franny keep pretending that Harry is just a carefree fling? And why is Alex suddenly giving her those deep, meaningful looks? In this charming tale of mixed messages and romantic near-misses, one thing is clear: Flirting might be more trouble than Franny ever expected


THE GIVEAWAY
Thank you to Harper Teen, we have a copy of The Trouble with Flirting to giveaway.

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Sunday, February 24, 2013

Blog Tour: Let The Sky Fall by Shannon Messenger


Welcome to the official blog tour for Shannon Messenger's Let The Sky Fall! I'm so thrilled that Mundie Moms is hosting this tour for Shannon's debut YA book. This one week tour kicks off on 2/25 and wraps up on 3/5, and will feature the book trailer PREMIERE, reviews, excerpts, guest posts, interviews and give aways. 

The Tour:

February
25th: Fangirlish, Let The Sky Fall Book Trailer Premiere *
25th: The Story Siren, review

26th: Bumbles and Fairy-Tales, excerpt & giveaway
26th: Hobbsites, review

27th: Mundie Moms, review
27th: Literary Rambles, author interview & giveaway

28th: Bookalicious, review
28th: Page Turners, guest post

March
1st: Hypbable, excerpt & giveaway
1st: YA Bibliophile, review

4th: The Book Cellarx, review
4th: Ficticiously Delicious, guest post

5th: A Good Addiction, Vane interview & giveaway 
5th: MM's, author interview & giveaway



By: Shannon Messenger
Published by: Simon Pulse
To Be Released on: March 5th, 2013
Pre-Order it from: Amazon | Barnes & Noble  | IndieBound
Add it to GoodReads
Series: Book #1
READ the 1st 4 Chapters

A broken past and a divided future can’t stop the electric connection of two teens in this “charged and romantic” (Becca Fitzpatrick), lush novel.

Seventeen-year-old Vane Weston has no idea how he survived the category five tornado that killed his parents. And he has no idea if the beautiful, dark-haired girl who’s swept through his dreams every night since the storm is real. But he hopes she is.

Seventeen-year-old Audra is a sylph, an air elemental. She walks on the wind, can translate its alluring songs, and can even coax it into a weapon with a simple string of commands. She’s also a guardian—Vane’s guardian—and has sworn an oath to protect Vane at all costs. Even if it means sacrificing her own life.

When a hasty mistake reveals their location to the enemy who murdered both of their families, Audra’s forced to help Vane remember who he is. He has a power to claim—the secret language of the West Wind, which only he can understand. But unlocking his heritage will also unlock the memory Audra needs him to forget. And their greatest danger is not the warriors coming to destroy them—but the forbidden romance that’s grown between them




Shannon Messenger graduated from the USC School of Cinematic Arts where she learned--among other things--that she liked watching movies much better than making them. She also regularly eats cupcakes for breakfast, sleeps with a bright blue stuffed elephant named Ella, and occasionally gets caught talking to imaginary people. So it was only natural for her to write stories for children. KEEPER OF THE LOST CITIES is her first novel, with LET THE SKY FALL, a young adult novel, to follow in 2013. She lives in Southern California with her husband and an embarrassing number of cats. Find her online at shannonmessenger.com.

Visit Shannon: Website | Blog | Twitter | Facebook | GoodReads

Tour Giveaway:
Thank you to Simon & Schuster, we have 5 copies of Let The Sky Fall to giveaway during the tour. Visit each of the giveaway links above to enter.


Shannon's hosting an EPIC Let The Sky Fall Pre-Order Giveaway of AMAZINGNESS!!! For your chance to learn how you can win this 
Go HERE. Shannon's hosting some incredible giveaways for those who pre-order Let The Sky Fall now through March 4th! Go pre-order this must read book and ENTER to win!

* Thank you to Amber with Page Turners who created the awesome tour graphic!

Blog Tour: The Trouble With Flirting by Claire LaZebnik

Welcome to the The Trouble with Flirting blog tour! This three day tour features guest posts written by the author as well as a giveaway! The fun kicks off tomorrow on Mundie Moms, followed by a stop on Page Turners, and wraps up back here on the tour blog.



By: Claire LaZebnik
Published By: Harper Teen
To Be Released on: 2/26/13
Pre-Order it from: Amazon | Barnes & Noble
Browse Inside
Add It To GoodReads

Franny's supposed to be working this summer, not flirting. But you can't blame her when guys like Alex and Harry are around. . . .

Franny Pearson never dreamed she'd be attending the prestigious Mansfield Summer Theater Program. And she's not, exactly. She's working for her aunt, the resident costume designer. But sewing her fingers to the bone does give her an opportunity to spend time with her crush, Alex Braverman. If only he were as taken with the girl hemming his trousers as he is with his new leading lady.

When Harry Cartwright, a notorious flirt, shows more than a friendly interest in Franny, she figures it can't hurt to have a little fun. But as their breezy romance grows more complicated, can Franny keep pretending that Harry is just a carefree fling? And why is Alex suddenly giving her those deep, meaningful looks? In this charming tale of mixed messages and romantic near-misses, one thing is clear: Flirting might be more trouble than Franny ever expected


About the Author:



Claire LaZebnik is the author of Epic Fail and The Trouble with Flirting, both from HarperTeen. She has also written several novels for adults, including Knitting Under the Influence and The Smart One and the Pretty One. With Dr. Lynn Kern Koegel, she co-authored Overcoming Autism and Growing Up on the Spectrum
Visit Clare via her: Website | Twitter | Facebook


The Giveaway:
Thank you to Harper Teen, we have 1 copy The Trouble with Flirting that will be given away on the tour. You can enter to win via each of the stops, or enter to win here. 

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Tuesday, February 5, 2013

The Gathering Dark by Christine Johnson


Welcome to the official blog tour for Christine Johnson's The Gathering Dark. Christine's upcoming YA release will be out on 2/12/13 from Simon & Schuster. This 5 day tour will consist of author guest posts, author picked excerpts, and giveaways. The tour will run from 2/6-2/12, and you can follow the tour by visiting each of the following blogs:

The Tour:


About the Book:



By: Christine Johnson
Published by: Simon Teen
To Be Released on: February 12th, 2013
Purchase from: Amazon | Barnes & Noble
Add it to GoodReads

A mysterious teen boy knows the secrets of Keira’s dangerous hallucinations in this gripping romantic fantasy from the author of Claire de Lune.

Keira’s hallucinating. First it’s a door hovering above the road; then it’s a tree in her living room. But with her parents fighting and her best friend not speaking to her, Keira can’t tell anyone about her breakdown.

Until she meets Walker. They have an electric connection, and somehow he can see the same shadowy images plaguing Keira.

But trusting Walker may be more dangerous than Keira could have ever imagined. The more she confides in him, the more intense—and frightening—her visions become. Because Walker is not what he appears to be. And neither are her visions.

About the Author:



I grew up in, moved away from, and finally came home to Indianapolis, Indiana. While I was in the “away” part of that adventure, I was living in Chicago, Illinois, where I went to DePaul University and met my husband. I majored in Political Science. For the record, Political Science is a totally useless degree. But it’s also totally fascinating and I loved studying it. I fall into that trap a lot. I graduated with about nine million extra credit hours because I was forever taking classes that seemed “interesting” instead of classes that I needed to fill requirements.

After college, I lived in Chicago for several more years with my husband. I had a string of jobs – some I liked, some I hated, but none of them ever stuck with me as a career. Writing is different. For this job, I could be a workaholic! Anyway, after several more years in Chicago, my husband and I moved back to Indianapolis. (We got tired of constantly looking for street parking in Lakeview.)

Now, I live in an old house in an old neighborhood with my husband and kids. I have too many books and a weakness for anything sweet. I love yoga and cooking, but I’m not much of a movie person. I like watching soccer, and always look forward to the first sweater-worthy days in the fall. But mostly, I like making things up and writing them down and having people read them. So, that’s what I do, and I’m very, very lucky to be doing it!


Follow Christine via her: Website | Blog | Twitter | Facebook

The Giveaway: 
Thank you to Christine and in honor of all 6 stops along the tour, we have 6 different prize packs we're giving away. 2 copies of The Gathering Dark, and 4 swag packs! To enter, all you'll need to is fill out the form featured below, which is also featured with each giveaway stop. Good luck!

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Monday, February 4, 2013

Pivot Point by Kasie West


Welcome to the official Pivot Point blog tour! I'm extremely excited to have teamed up with Harper Teen to promote debut author, Kasie West's Pivot Point. Pivot Point's two week tour will be featured on a group of awesome bloggers who will either be sharing their spoiler free review or an excerpt from Kasie's books. The tour runs from February 4th - 13th.

The Tour:

About The Book:


Published by: Harper Teen / EpicReads
To Be Released on: 2/12/13
Series: Pivot Point #1
Pre-Order from: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | IndieBound

Knowing the outcome doesn’t always make a choice easier . . .

Addison Coleman’s life is one big “What if?” As a Searcher, whenever Addie is faced with a choice, she can look into the future and see both outcomes. It’s the ultimate insurance plan against disaster. Or so she thought. When Addie’s parents ambush her with the news of their divorce, she has to pick who she wants to live with—her father, who is leaving the paranormal compound to live among the “Norms,” or her mother, who is staying in the life Addie has always known. Addie loves her life just as it is, so her answer should be easy. One Search six weeks into the future proves it’s not.

In one potential future, Addie is adjusting to life outside the Compound as the new girl in a Norm high school where she meets Trevor, a cute, sensitive artist who understands her. In the other path, Addie is being pursued by the hottest guy in school—but she never wanted to be a quarterback’s girlfriend. When Addie’s father is asked to consult on a murder in the Compound, she’s unwittingly drawn into a dangerous game that threatens everything she holds dear. With love and loss in both lives, it all comes down to which reality she’s willing to live through . . . and who she can’t live without

About The Author:

I love to write--too much. It's a sickness really. My debut novel, PIVOT POINT, will be published by HarperTeen Feb. 12, 2013. (Followed by its sequel a year later.)

THE DISTANCE BETWEEN US, my contemporary YA novel, will be published in the Fall of 2013 (HarperTeen).

My agent is the talented, funny, and sometimes crazy, Michelle Wolfson. (quoted from her website, where you can find out even more about here.)

Follow Kasie via her: Website/Blog |  Twitter 

The Giveaway: 

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Catch Kasie at these upcoming stops:

February 12th- book launch in Fresno, CA at Barnes and Noble in Riverpark (7849 N Blackstone Ave) It starts at 6pm.

February 13th- at The King's English Bookshop (1511 South 1500 East) at 7pm.

February 14-16- LTUE in Provo, UT. (So fun!) They have a group signing there Friday night that I'll be participating in.

February 19th- signing with Kiersten White (for her book launch of MIND GAMES) at the Carlsbad, CA Library (1775 Dove Lane, Carlsbad, CA 92011) at 7pm.