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Blog Tour and Giveaway! :: Anomaly – Tonya Kuper

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Anomaly coverAnomaly
By: Tonya Kuper
Schrodinger’s Consortium – Book 1
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Description:
Reality is only an illusion.
Except for those who can control it…
Worst. Birthday. Ever.

My first boyfriend dumped me—happy birthday, Josie!—my dad is who knows where, I have some weird virus that makes me want to hurl, and now my ex is licking another girl’s tonsils. Oh, and I’m officially the same age as my brother was when he died. Yeah, today is about as fun-filled as the swamps of Dagobah. But then weird things start happening…

Like I make something materialize just by thinking about it.

When hottily-hot badass Reid Wentworth shows up on a motorcycle, everything changes. Like, everything. Who I am. My family. What really happened to my brother. Existence. I am Oculi, and I have the ability to change reality with my thoughts. Now Reid, in all his hotness, is charged with guiding and protecting me as I begin learning how to bend reality. And he’s the only thing standing between me and the secret organization that wants me dead…

This Blonde’s Review:
Imagine finding out you could make almost anything happen just by willing it into existence. Josie has always been driven by logic and science so at first this is hard for her to understand. But luckily with her history she is able to understand the science and theories behind it and they can refer to things casually to give us a basic idea of how it works without a whole detailed explanation the way you would with someone without her background.

The other important thing we need is an attractive guy. Reid is supposed to train her, get her to trust him, but still keep his hands off. Obviously that isn’t going to be easy for him and we love that it isn’t. He doesn’t want to let her know his connection to her family or that he’s cared about her for a long time. Reid trains her to get her ready for an important mission, but he also helps her deal with the other issues in her life because he does care about her. Which makes him someone that is easy for us to care about too. I really enjoyed Reid and the way he does everything he can to help her, whether it means being hard on her to get her ready or stepping up and helping her when she needs it.

Josie is so great, I loved her intelligence and logical side. With her education she knows things that others wouldn’t since she has been in training for this her whole life without realizing it. It makes her better prepared than anyone else would have been, but the unusual upbringing also gives her some personality strengths that make her so great to read about as well. She has some family baggage she’s dealing with, but those issues added to the story rather than taking away, and I couldn’t help but feel for her. I wanted things to be better than they seemed and to get answers that would bring her family back.

I liked this book and I’m looking forward to the next books in this series since I will enjoy finding out more about what happens. I want to find out more about the organization that wants her dead and more about what happened with her brother. I want to find out about Josie’s father and what is happening with him. And I especially want to find out more about what could happen with Josie and Reid.

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About the Author
Tonya Kuper’s debut, ANOMALY, the first in the Schrodinger’s Consortium young adult scifi trilogy, releases November 2014 by Entangled Teen. She lives in Omaha, NE with her two rad boys and husband, is a music junkie, and a chocolate addict. Star Wars & Sherlock fan.

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Posted by on November 25, 2014 in Blog Tour, Book Review

 

Cinder & Ella Blog Tour – Why Cinderella

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Today I’m taking part in the Cinder & Ella Blog Tour to promote the release of Cinder & Ella by Kelly Oram. My review will follow in another post so that you can instead concentrate on reading this wonderful guest post by Kelly talking about why she decided to write a Cinderella Story. I was excited to be included since I’ve loved everything I’ve read by Kelly Oram so far, including Cinder & Ella. I’m sure that you’ll enjoy getting to know more about it as well.

So keep reading for her guest post on Why Cinderella followed by information on the book. You can also find out about a giveaway if you keep reading.

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Why write a Cinderella story? It’s been done a hundred times. Why create one more retelling that will just get lost in the shuffle and have to work hard to compete with the dozens of brilliant adaptations already out there? The answer is easy: because I wanted to. The market, and my audience may influence my decisions on what to write a little bit, (they have to if I want to be successful) but, ultimately, when I write, I write for myself. And I wanted to write a Cinderella story. I’ve always loved Cinderella. It’s been my favorite fairy tale since I was a little girl. Once I started writing, I always knew that someday I would take my own spin on the story; it was just a matter of how I wanted to do it.

Cinderella doesn’t have to be just a story about a poor, down-on-her-luck girl who gets rescued by an amazing, perfect prince. Don’t get me wrong, that’s my favorite part of the story no matter how you retell it, but when it’s done right, it can be so much more than that. If you can dig deeper than the “she’s hot” and “he’s rich and can get me away from my stepfamily” angles, you have the potential to create a very powerful and emotional romance from the “Cinderella” and “Prince” characters. Cinderella is a story about two people from completely different worlds who, from all outward appearances, have nothing in common, and yet they find solace in one another. At least, that’s how I’ve always seen it, and that’s what I tried to accomplish with my version of it.

Cinder & Ella is a contemporary retelling of the classic fairy tale, about two people who escape the pressures of their vastly different realities through an anonymous online friendship. Ella is a girl who was left scarred and handicapped after a terrible car accident, while Brian is the hottest up and coming Hollywood actor. One seemingly has nothing, and the other everything. Both are always being judged and treated by their peers based on their circumstances rather than who they are as people. They build such a strong relationship with one another because online, with the anonymity, they can finally be themselves without the stigmas that constantly plague them in their everyday lives.

Cinderella is such an epic romance, and I really wanted to do it justice. I’m usually a little “fluffier” with my books—and, don’t worry, Cinder & Ella still has plenty of fluffy parts to it—but I wanted more from this book than the cute, fun stories I normally write. I wanted it to be deeper. I really wanted people to feel it. I think that’s why I chose to make my characters a little older than most of my other books, and why I chose to add a little more drama and depth to it. I didn’t want to give people just another fun Cinderella story. I wanted to write something that would stand out. A story that, if you took the Cinderella element away from it, could still stand on its own.

I put my whole heart into this book, and I really feel that I’ve written the best possible Cinderella story I was capable of. I honestly love it and think it might be my favorite of all the books I’ve written so far. I’m proud of it, and proud to join the ranks of all the other Cinderella retellings out there. Hopefully people will love it as much as I do!

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About Kelly Oram:
Kelly Oram wrote her first novel at age fifteen—a fan fiction about her favorite music group, The Backstreet Boys, for which her family and friends still tease her. She’s obsessed with reading, talks way too much, and likes to eat frosting by the spoonful. She lives outside of Phoenix, Arizona with her husband, four children, and her cat named Mr. Darcy.

Author Links:
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It’s been almost a year since eighteen-year-old Ella Rodriguez was in a car accident that left her crippled, scarred, and without a mother. After a very difficult recovery, she’s been uprooted across the country and forced into the custody of a father that abandoned her when she was a young child. If Ella wants to escape her father’s home and her awful new stepfamily, she must convince her doctors that she’s capable, both physically and emotionally, of living on her own. The problem is, she’s not ready yet. The only way she can think of to start healing is by reconnecting with the one person left in the world who’s ever meant anything to her—her anonymous Internet best friend, Cinder.

Hollywood sensation Brian Oliver has a reputation for being trouble. There’s major buzz around his performance in his upcoming film The Druid Prince, but his management team says he won’t make the transition from teen heartthrob to serious A-list actor unless he can prove he’s left his wild days behind and become a mature adult. In order to douse the flames on Brian’s bad-boy reputation, his management stages a fake engagement for him to his co-star Kaylee. Brian isn’t thrilled with the arrangement—or his fake fiancée—but decides he’ll suffer through it if it means he’ll get an Oscar nomination. Then a surprise email from an old Internet friend changes everything.

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To find the other stops on the tour and to enter to win the signed Kelly Oram contemporary collection be sure to head over to Kelly’s website here.

 
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Posted by on October 15, 2014 in Blog Tour

 

Outpost – Ann Aguirre

Outpost coverOutpost
By Ann Aguirre
Razorland – Book 2
Available Sept 2012

Description:
Deuce’s whole world has changed. Down below, she was considered an adult. Now, topside in a town called Salvation, she’s a brat in need of training in the eyes of the townsfolk. She doesn’t fit in with the other girls: Deuce only knows how to fight.

To make matters worse, her Hunter partner, Fade, keeps Deuce at a distance. Her feelings for Fade haven’t changed, but he seems not to want her around anymore. Confused and lonely, she starts looking for a way out.

Deuce signs up to serve in the summer patrols—those who make sure the planters can work the fields without danger. It should be routine, but things have been changing on the surface, just as they did below ground. The Freaks have grown smarter. They’re watching. Waiting. Planning. The monsters don’t intend to let Salvation survive, and it may take a girl like Deuce to turn back the tide.

This Blonde’s Review:
I really enjoyed the first book in this series and was looking forward to reading more of Deuce’s story.

Deuce was trained to be a Huntress, she knows how to fight and how to survive. What she doesn’t know how to do is be a proper young girl. She didn’t know such a thing existed until she moved to Salvation.

Deuce struggles to maintain who she is without disgracing Mama Oaks. She is tormented by the other supposedly good people of Salvation and is not interested in learning their ways. She knows what she’s seen and knows that the walls of Salvation can’t hold the freaks out forever. When she’s able to prove her worth and get on the crew to protect the growers, Deuce will finally have a chance to do what she knows best.

I loved Deuce in Enclave, the first book in this series. She was strong and unwilling to step back and let others take care of her. She had a mind of her own and would do what she felt was right, no matter how dangerous it could be for her. You can take Deuce from her world but you can’t take her courage or her heart.

The differences between the worlds that Deuce and her friends were raised in and Salvation are immense. The longer they’re there the more the differences in their upbringings become clear to them. Deuce and each of her friends must face those differences and determine for themselves whether they want to hold on to the way they were raised or accept the new things they’re being taught.

I’ve enjoyed Deuce so much. She isn’t perfect but she recognizes that she isn’t and refuses to let it hurt her. She tries not to shame the family who took her in and starts to care for them in her own way. She’s insensitive and says callous sounding things at times, simply because she doesn’t know better. Yet despite her rough edges, she’s willing to stay away from someone who matters to her simple because it’s best for the other person. She’ll risk her life for people who don’t understand the gift she’s given to them. She’s a fighter down to her soul and that’s what I love about her.

If you’ve read the first book then you know that the freaks were changing and that it worried Deuce and her friends. She knows that it won’t be long before the people of Salvation notice the changes as well. When there’s an unexpected attack followed by more proof that the Freaks are becoming smarter, the people of Salvation need Deuce, Fade, & Stalker more than they realize. It was bound to come to that, just as it was bound to get worse for Deuce when that became apparent.

I’m not a fan of the love triangle that was set up with Deuce, Fade, and Stalker. It was always clear who Deuce cared for so it seems that the triangle was set up to emphasize how little Deuce understood male/female relationships than it was to a real love triangle. I suppose it had the added benefit of making Stalker want to be something better than he was since he hoped to win Deuce’s regard.

I can see how some wouldn’t care for Deuce since she kept referring to women who marry and have children as breeders, something that was clearly offensive. Yet if you remember reading the first book and where she came from, I don’t know how anyone would have expected her to understand and make peace with it so quickly. She would do her best not to talk about them a certain way in front of people, but that didn’t mean she could change the way she thought of things. Not until she could understand for herself.

I found the concept of this series to be interesting. It does have a zombie feel for those looking for that type of book, but it really isn’t about zombies. These aren’t people who were killed and came back to life as zombies. These are people who were mutated in some unknown way. Then we see the way different groups of people try to survive. Some turn brutal and harsh, stamping out anything that could weaken them. Others turned to religion and the belief that if they were better than others they’d be safe. Those options are so true of human nature that I kept waiting to see how Ann Aguirre would build the world more and whether it would stay true to what humans are capable of or if she’d take it somewhere else.

It’s a battle of good vs evil, but is it ever as simple as it seems? Deuce and the boys make discoveries that can make us wonder if the Freaks are the true evil, or if it’s really the things people do to survive.

This isn’t a zombie book, but it has a similar feel so if you enjoy the idea of our society being taken over and destroyed by mutants set on eating you, then you’ll enjoy the Razorland series.

 

Unravel Me – Tahereh Mafi

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By Tahereh Mafi
Shatter Me – Book 2
Available February 2013

Read my review of the first book in this series, Shatter Me.

Description:
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time for war.

Juliette has escaped to Omega Point. It is a place for people like her—people with gifts—and it is also the headquarters of the rebel resistance.

She’s finally free from The Reestablishment, free from their plan to use her as a weapon, and free to love Adam. But Juliette will never be free from her lethal touch.

Or from Warner, who wants Juliette more than she ever thought possible.

In this exhilarating sequel to Shatter Me, Juliette has to make life-changing decisions between what she wants and what she thinks is right. Decisions that might involve choosing between her heart—and Adam’s life.

This Blonde’s Review:
Juliette thought life at Omega Point would be better for her. She isn’t alone anymore, she’d fit in there. Except life isn’t perfect.

Juliette isn’t a changed person just for being at Omega Point. She still has doubts and she still isolates herself. Those doubts and her fears will keep her from accepting her powers or gaining control of them. As long as she’s so unstable she won’t trust herself and no one else can trust her when she doesn’t trust herself.

Luckily she has Adam. Even if he seems distant and distracted.
When she discovers that Adam isn’t as safe at Omega Point as she thought she is determined to do whatever it takes to protect him. Juliette is willing to do whatever it takes to help the people she cares about, even if they’re people she never expected to care about.

When Warner shows up in her life in an unexpected way and turns out to have unexpected talents, Juliette is more intrigued than she imagined she could be. We’ll also learn that there are more similarities between the two men in her life than we ever imagined, while some things are as opposite as can be.

As both sides gear up for war, Juliette knows she’ll have to make a choice. She’ll have to decide whether she can do what is expected of her.

I had mixed feeling about this one. Watching Juliette continue to act pathetic annoyed me. I had a hard time accepting how easy it was for her to curl up into herself. At the same time, I knew it couldn’t be easy for her to be alone all the time without anything to help with the hard thoughts, so the way she is was only to be expected.

Despite my mixed feelings for Juliette, I find myself wanting to know what’s going to happen. We do have a clear idea of who we should see as good and bad, yet some things aren’t as clear cut as we’re used to seeing. Our good leader is someone I have trouble respecting, since a leader needs to be stronger than I feel theirs is. I do look forward to to next book to see if he can make the kinds of decisions that need to be made without going too far.

And the boys…. I’m much less interested in the potential love triangle than I am in the choices that they’ll have to make in the situations they find themselves in.

If you enjoyed the first book then you need to read this one. It doesn’t give us any solid answers but it gives us a peek at the kind of girl Juliette can be when she learns to trust herself. As much as this is the story of supernatural powers and war in a world of ultimate control, it’s mostly the story of a girl and how she comes into herself.

 

Monument 14 Blog tour – featuring author Emmy Laybourne!

Today I’m honored to be hosting the author of Monument 14 on the Fierce Reads book tour. Please welcome Emmy Laybourne! She’s going to tell us about her real life book tour. I’m sure it’s exciting and tiring and I know I was looking forward to getting an inside look at how it’s going for her.

Be sure to check out some of the fun info at the end of the post as well.

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Greetings from the air! I’m typing this en route to Chicago, IL from Houston, TX! So far on the Fierce Reads tour, we’ve had over 10 events, stopping in California at La Verne, San Diego, San Francisco, Corte Madera and Petaluma; in Washington at Lake Forest Park, Seattle and Bellingham; In Utah at Salt Lake City and Provo and in Texas in Houston!

If you’ve missed my reports on life on an author tour, you might want to read them – I discussed the early days on http://fireandicephoto.blogspot.com/2012/06/monument-14-blog-tour-guest-post-and.html and then I reported in on the middle section of the tour at http://withabook.blogspot.com/.

Now I’m in the home stretch. I won’t lie – I’m getting a little, erm, exhausted! But no complaints from me – I love being on tour. That said, here are a few concluding thoughts on life on the road…

MY FAVORITE THING ABOUT BEING ON TOUR

I swear, I’m not kissing up — it’s the readers. I look out at our audiences and I get so much from seeing the faces of my readers. The idea of having a fan base was completely abstract to me, as a debut author. After all, the only fans of my writing so far have been my friends and family who read the book because they love me!

Connecting with people I’ve never met before who’ve read my book and loved it?! It’s a breathtaking feeling. I feel grateful to my book – like Monument 14 is a friend of mine who has introduced me to all his new friends and they like me just because I’m a friend of M14’s!

MY LEAST FAVORITE THING ABOUT BEING ON TOUR

Those late nights. I know, that’s lame of me — even writing it seems dorky! I mean, I used to be out in the comedy clubs until all hours! But back when I was doing improv and sketch comedy I didn’t have to be up at 5 am to catch a flight to Pensacola!

Do I look a little tired in this photo, mayhaps?

THE MOST SURPRISING THING ABOUT BEING ON TOUR

The fellowship of the Fierce Reads gals! We started out as perfect strangers, thrown together by Macmillan and bound to have a two week adventure with each other, whether we liked it or not, but we’re ending up as friends, people who have bonded fully and completely and will go forward supporting each other.

In my opinion, what brought us together were the moments of good news! For example, early on in the tour, while we were riding in a van headed to an event near Seattle, Leigh found out that her book was going to be reviewed in the New York TImes and burst into tears! We pressed her to tell us what had happened and she gave us the news. Somehow it snapped us all out of competition with each other and into camaraderie. We toasted Shadow and Bone with champagne that night and it felt wonderful. It was the moment when Leigh stopped being an author on the same tour as me, and became a friend with whom I felt privileged to share a triumphant moment.

Look, here we’re being FIERCE!

I’ll wrap up this post for now and take a nap to prepare myself for the evening’s event! Those 6 am flights are catching up with me!

To conclude my entire series on being an author on tour, I’ll say that it’s a privilege and an honor to get to go on a book tour. It’s not at all easy – it’s taxing on the mind and the body. But it’s a chance to take an adventure! And how often do we get to go on adventures?!

I’ll end with my favorite quote of all time, from Dag Hammerskjold, former Secretary-General of the UN:

To all that has been: Thanks!

To all that will be: Yes!

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About Emmy: (snagged from Goodreads)

Emmy Laybourne’s first novel, Monument 14, will be published by Feiwel and Friends, a division of Macmillan, in June 2012. The sequel, Monument 14: Sky On Fire, is expected to be released in the summer of 2013.

Emmy began her writing career as a playwright. The first play she wrote and performed was called, The Miss Alphabet City Beauty Pageant and Spelling Bee. The New York Post said it, “restores faith in our country’s comedic future.” The Daily News called it, “hilariously clever.”

Her next play, Smorgas-Bourne, landed Emmy a starring role in the Paramount feature film, Superstar, opposite WIll Ferrel and Molly Shannon.

As an actress, Emmy went on to have featured roles in the films “Nancy Drew,” “The In-Laws,” and “Lucky Numbers.” She was a season regular on the NBC sitcom “DAG,” and performed original comedy on Comedy Central, MTV, and VH1. She has improvised with the Upright Citizens Brigade, Chicago City Limits and the Heartless Floozies.

Emmy has performed original comedy material throughout LA and New York, including the song she sang with her brother, Sam, “We Can’t Make Love Because We’re Related.”

In addition to writing YA novels, Emmy is currently a Lyricist in the prestigious BMI Musical Theater Writer’s Advanced Workshop, writing a musical called “The Midnight Princess” with composer Paul Libman.

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Be sure to go check out the Dress Your Marines in White is a short story prequel that gives you a look at what happened inside Norad. My only complaint is that I wish it was longer!

If you haven’t read Monument 14 yet you’ll be happy to know it is already out. It was released 5 June 2012. You can also see my review of Monument 14.

For those of you who love when books have a book trailer you’ll be happy to know that Monument 14 is ready for you. You can watch the book trailer Here.

Links:
Emmy Laybourne’s website
Monument 14 blog tour announcement and stops
Fierce Reads Tour info
Dress Your Marines in White short story prequel

One lucky reader will win a copy of Monument 14! All you have to do is comment to enter.
Tell me why you want to win, or where you wish the Fierce Reads tour was going. Tell me anything to enter to win. Be sure the email you comment with is one you’ll check in case you win.

 
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Posted by on June 15, 2012 in Blog Tour, Guest post