Monsterland: Book Tour, Review, and Giveaway

MONSTERLAND

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About The Book:

cover8Title: MONSTERLAND

Author: Michael Okon

Pub. Date: October 13, 2017

Publisher: WordFire Press

Pages: 214

Formats: Paperback eBook

Find it: AmazonB&NiBooks, TBD, Goodreads

 

Welcome to Monsterland, the scariest place on earth.

 

When world markets are decimated by a crippling plague, philanthropist, and billionaire businessman, Vincent Konrad decides to place monsters in a theme park setting to promote education and tolerance. Copper Valley is chosen as the primary site for the park in the United States.

 

Wyatt Baldwin, a high school senior is dying to go to the opening and when he lands special passes to the park, he and his friends are expecting the experience of a lifetime.

After all, in a theme park where real zombies, werewolves, and vampires are the main attractions, what could possibly go wrong?

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Review:

I thought I was ready for this story but I wasn’t.

This was such an adventurous read. It centered around a theme park and things not going right at said park. But this wasn’t a slap-stick comedy book with kooky things happen for cheap laughs. The characters have depth and the storyline has merit. This is about an amusement park that has real Vampires, Werewolves, and Zombies. They are “rescued” and given a chance to live free in a theme park that someone developed in a way to help rid the lands of these creatures.

Wyatt is given a chance to go to the grand opening and things don’t go exactly according to plan. (Surprise surprise) I am not going to give things away in this review but know that the night ahead of Wyatt and his friends is full of action and adventure. There is also blood, guts, gore, and much more. Characters prove who they really are and what they are worth, while the evil in others is brought to light.

Please give this book a chance and join the Monsterland adventure!

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About Michael:

michael okon headshotMichael Okon is an award-winning and best-selling author of multiple genres including paranormal, thriller, horror, action/adventure and self-help. He graduated from Long Island University with a degree in English, and then later received his MBA in business and finance. Coming from a family of writers, he has storytelling in his DNA. Michael has been writing from as far back as he can remember, his inspiration being his love for films and their impact on his life. From the time he saw The Goonies, he was hooked on the idea of entertaining people through unforgettable characters.

Michael is a lifelong movie buff, a music playlist aficionado, and a sucker for self-help books. He lives on the North Shore of Long Island with his wife and children.

 Find Michael:

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Giveaway Details:

2 winners will receive a signed finished copy of MONSTERLAND, US Only.

 

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Tour Schedule:

Week One:

10/30/2017- Owl Always Be Reading– Excerpt

10/30/2017- Abooktropolis– Review

 

10/31/2017- Books,Dreams,Life– Spotlight

10/31/2017- Texan Girl Reads– Review

 

11/1/2017- Reese’s Reviews– Guest Post

11/1/2017- Under the Book Cover– Review

 

11/2/2017- Dazzled by Books– Excerpt

11/2/2017- A Gingerly Review– Review

 

11/3/2017- Twirling Book Princess– Excerpt

11/3/2017- Birdie Bookworm– Review

 

Week Two:

11/6/2017- Books at Dawn– Guest Post

11/6/2017- Don’t Judge, Read– Review

 

11/7/2017- BookHounds YA– Interview

11/7/2017- Adventures Thru Wonderland– Review

 

11/8/2017- Savings in Seconds– Spotlight

11/8/2017- Novelties– Review

 

11/9/2017- Sweet Southern Home– Review

11/9/2017- Twisted Book Junkie– Review

 

11/10/2017- Parajunkee– Interview

11/10/2017- The Midnight Society– Review

 

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Jungle Movie Tie-In Edition Book Tour: Spotlight

JUNGLE

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JUNGLE Movie Tie-In Edition

Jungle-PBAbout the Book:

Title: JUNGLE Movie Tie-In Edition

Author: Yossi Ghinsberg, Daniel Radcliffe (Foreword), Greg McLean (Introduction)

Pub. Date: October 17, 2017

Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing

Pages: 324

Formats: Paperback, eBook

Find it: AmazonB&NiBooksTBDGoodreads

Four travelers meet in Bolivia and set off into the heart of the Amazon rainforest, but what begins as a dream adventure quickly deteriorates into a dangerous nightmare, and after weeks of wandering in the dense undergrowth, the four backpackers split up into two groups. But when a terrible rafting accident separates him from his partner, Yossi is forced to survive for weeks alone against one of the wildest backdrops on the planet. Stranded without a knife, map, or survival training, he must improvise shelter and forage for wild fruit to survive. As his feet begin to rot during raging storms, as he loses all sense of direction, and as he begins to lose all hope, he wonders whether he will make it out of the jungle alive.
The basis of an upcoming motion picture starring Daniel Radcliffe, Jungle is the story of friendship and the teachings of nature, and a terrifying true account that you won’t be able to put down.

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About Yossi:

YossiYossi Ghinsberg is an Israeli adventurer, author, entrepreneur, humanitarian, and motivational speaker based in Australia.

Ghinsberg is most known for his survival story of when he was stranded in an uncharted part of the Bolivian Amazon jungle for three weeks in 1981.

Yossi’s book ‘Jungle,’ is published in over 20 languages and distributed worldwide with millions of copies sold. Published by Random House, Pan Macmillan, National Geographic, Penguin, Summersdale and Skyhorse amongst others and critically reviewed and acclaimed by the LA Times, The Washington Post, CNN and may others.

The book’s adaptation was one of the core episodes for a Discovery Channel acclaimed series “I shouldn’t Be Alive”. And in April 2017 a motion picture based on ‘Jungle’ premieres at the Tribeca Film Festival. Starring Daniel Radcliffe as Yossi.

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Giveaway Details:

3 winners will receive a finished copy of the JUNGLE Movie Tie-In Edition, US Only.

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Tour Schedule:

Week One:

10/9/2017- YA Books Central Interview

10/10/2017- A Dream Within A Dream– Review

10/11/2017- Rainy Day Reviews– Excerpt

10/12/2017- Texan Girl Reads– Review

10/13/2017- Margie’s Must Reads– Excerpt

Week Two:

10/16/2017- Simply Daniel Radcliffe– Review

10/17/2017- BookHounds YA– Guest Post

10/18/2017- Wonder Struck– Review

10/19/2017- YA and Wine– Interview

10/20/2017- A Gingerly Review– Review

 

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Traitor’s Hope Blog Tour: Book Review and Giveaway

TRAITOR'S HOPE

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About the Book:

New CoverTitle: TRAITOR’S HOPE (Blade’s Edge #2)

Author: Virginia McClain

Pub. Date: October 14, 2017

Publisher: Artemis Dingo Productions

Pages: 284

Formats: Paperback eBook

Find it: AmazonBuy The Paperback, Goodreads

 

Traitors lurk around every bend. Mishi’s mind is betraying her, and she fears her kisō and katana will betray her next. Taka’s heart abandons her for a person she cannot possibly trust. Now that the two friends are obliged to help re-establish peace in the land of Gensokai, the only question is where the next betrayal will come from and if Mishi and Taka will have the strength to survive it.

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Review:

This book was such an enjoyable read! It is the second in a series so don’t go into it thinking this is a standalone or first of a new series. I had not read the first but that did not stop me from really liking what I read. It was easy to follow and figure out as I kept reading. The overall story itself was very intriguing, thoughtful, and action packed. It really does not read like a second book so it doesn’t have that second-book syndrome. The characters were so thought out and well developed that it was easy to connect with them. I felt like I was on the journey with them and I couldn’t wait to see how everything ended. I was in this for the long haul.

There are only two small grievances: some character’s names were too closely spelled the same and as a result I sometimes got them confused. AND some of the POV chapters were so short – only a page or two – that it left me wondering why it was included. But please know this did not take away from the overall story. I still kept reading and I still liked this in the end.

Please, give this a try and you won’t be disappointed!

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About Virginia:

V and ArtemisVirginia thinks dangling from the tops of hundred foot cliffs is a good time. She also enjoys hauling a fifty pound backpack all over the Grand Canyon and sleeping under the stars. Sometimes she likes running for miles through the desert, mountains, or wooded flatlands, and she always loves getting lost in new places where she may or may not speak the language.

From surviving earthquakes in Japan, to putting out a small forest fire in Montana, Virginia has been collecting stories from a very young age. She works hard to make her fiction as adventurous as her life and her life as adventurous as her fiction. Both take a lot of imagination.

She recently moved to Winnipeg with her husband (a Manitoba native) and their dog.

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Giveaway Details:

 

1 winner will receive a signed paperback set of BLADE’S EDGE & TRAITOR’S HOPE, US Only.

3 winners will receive eBook sets of BLADE’S EDGE & TRAITOR’S HOPE, International.

 

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Tour Schedule:

 

Week One:

10/9/2017- Two Chicks on Books Interview

10/9/2017- Blushing Bibliophile– Review

 

10/10/2017- Arvenig.it– Guest Post

10/10/2017- Bibliobakes– Review

 

10/11/2017- Kati’s Bookaholic Rambling Reviews– Excerpt

10/11/2017- Ashley M. Delgado– Review

 

10/12/2017- A Dream Within A Dream– Excerpt

10/12/2017- Don’t Judge, Read– Spotlight

 

10/13/2017- BookHounds YA– Guest Post

10/13/2017- Adventures Thru Wonderland– Review

 

Week Two:

10/16/2017- Novel Novice– Excerpt

10/16/2017- Nick Bryan Dot Com– Review

 

10/17/2017- Books at Dawn– Guest Post

10/17/2017- YA and Wine– Excerpt

 

10/18/2017- Fire and Ice– Spotlight

10/18/2017- A Gingerly Review– Review

 

10/19/2017- My Nook, Books & More– Excerpt

10/19/2017- Jena Brown Writes– Review

 

10/20/2017- Seeing Double In Neverland– Interview

10/20/2017- Ramblings From An Alternate Reality– Review

 

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Rockstar Book Tours: Sparked Tour – Spotlight

SPARKED

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About the Book:

Sparked_55x85_FT_FINALTitle: SPARKED

Author: Helena Echlin & Malena Watrous

Pub. Date: October 3, 2017

Publisher: Geek & Sundry

Pages: 310

Formats: Hardcover, eBook

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Fifteen-year-old Laurel Goodwin wakes up to find her older sister Ivy missing from their Airstream trailer in the Oregon redwoods. A recurring nightmare convinces her that Ivy was abducted, but no one takes her dream seriously, including her mom. Laurel, a loner, has to learn to ask for help, and Jasper Blake, a mysterious new kid who shares her love of old books, quickly becomes her ally. Together they find their quiet town holds a deep secret and is the epicenter of a dark prophecy.

Laurel soon learns that her worst enemies, mean girls Peyton Andersen and Mei Rosen, are developing powers that she needs to find and save Ivy. With time running out, Laurel realizes that power doesn’t always take the form that you expect. And once she learns to look beyond her snap judgments, she develops an unexpected gift of her own.

Read a sneak peak of SPARKED!

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About Helena and Malena:

authors_fullHello! We are both novelists, but if you’ve ever tried to write anything, you know that writing can be a lonely, angst-filled business. So one night over a cocktail or two, we came up with a solution: write our next book together. Malena already had an idea: a girl’s sister is kidnapped and she has to rely on mean girls with superpowers to get her sister back. We couldn’t resist seeing where that story would take us – a wild ride that includes a loner girl who wants to be a writer and a gorgeous boy who can shoot fire from his eyes but also loves to talk about books. And an ancient Zoroastrian prophecy. And pie shakes. (OK, so maybe we got a little carried away.)

We’ve both published solo novels (check them out here and here) and had no idea how co-writing would work out, but we pounded out the first draft in a white-hot frenzy of inspiration we called “the Vortex.” One of us would write a scene and send it to the other with a note: “My apartment is a pigsty and I haven’t eaten all day. #inthevortex.” We wrote the book we wanted to read as teenagers: a supernatural thriller with healthy doses of horror and humor. Oh, and of course there’s romance. You have to wait a long time for the only kiss in the book, but isn’t that the case with all the best kisses in books?

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Giveaway Details:

3 winners will receive a finished copy of SPARKED, US Only.

 

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Tour Schedule:

Week One:

10/2/2017- Literary Meanderings– Interview

10/2/2017- Zach’s YA Reviews– Review

10/3/2017- BookHounds– Guest Post

10/3/2017- The Desert Bibliophile– Review

10/4/2017- Two Chicks on Books– Interview

10/4/2017- Rachel’s Book Reviews– Review

10/5/2017- Wandering Bark Books– Guest Post

10/5/2017- A Gingerly Review– Review

10/6/2017- Rainy Day Reviews– Excerpt

10/6/2017- Bibliobakes– Review

Week Two:

10/9/2017- Margie’s Must Reads– Guest Post

10/9/2017- YA Book Madness– Review

10/10/2017- Bibliobibuli YA– Interview

10/10/2017- The Best Books Ever– Review

10/11/2017- Tales of the Ravenous Reader– Launch Coverage

10/11/2017- the bookdragon– Review

10/12/2017- YA and Wine– Interview

10/12/2017- The Autumn Bookshelf– Review

10/13/2017- Owl Always Be Reading– Excerpt

10/13/2017- Nerdophiles– Review

 

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The Lost Causes: Book Tour, Review, and Giveaway!

THE LOST CAUSES

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About The Book:

unnamedTitle: THE LOST CAUSES

Author: Jessica Etting & Alyssa Schwartz

Pub. Date: September 5, 2017

Publisher: Kids Can Press

Pages: 344

Formats: Hardcover, eBook

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They’re the kids that no one knows — or no one wants to know. The rich depressive, the OCD chick, the hypochondriac, the drug abuser, the athlete with anger management issues. All chosen for intensive group therapy because they’re out of other options. They’re lost causes, the therapist tells them. She promises this support group will help them heal.
There’s only one problem. She’s not a therapist. And that water she offers? It contains a dangerous serum that gives each of the kids a psychic power.

Suddenly, they can think clearly, speak to ghosts, see the past, even move objects with their mind. Their earlier problems have vanished, but their new freedom comes with a price.

Sabrina, Gabby, Z, Justin and Andrew are to help the FBI solve the grisly murder that has rocked their small town. Their new powers will help them uncover clues and follow leads that have eluded the authorities. Their outsider status gives them the perfect cover.

But the same traits that make them top investigators also make them vulnerable. As they close in on the murderer, they expose a much larger conspiracy that puts them directly in harm’s way and makes them wonder who — if anyone — they can trust.

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Review:

I’ve been on a thriller kick lately so I was excited to start this story. This is a quick and intriguing read so you won’t find yourself struggling to turn the pages.

You follow 5 high school misfit students that never really fit in with any group and all have some sort of quirk or habit that makes them stand out. Before the mysterious death of a local resident, these students never spoke to one another. The FBI brings these students together and gives them new “abilities” to help solve this unsolvable death.

Overall I really liked the story. I liked the pacing and how not too much time was given to one character over another. That being said, I did not connect with every single character. I liked the dynamic of the group when they were together, and I got frustrated reading about how they were before. They all had their issues but some were more extreme than others. I didn’t really like Sabrina’s character for a reason I won’t spoil here. Just know that it bothered me and every time it was brought up again I couldn’t stop rolling my eyes. The rest of the characters were well written and were able to develop and grow as the story went on.

As much as I liked the characters and the X-Files feel of this story, I did have a hard time with the believability of the concept. I think there could have been a smoother way to bring the FBI into the story and the kids develop their powers. There was no way for the agency to know what kid could get what power, or that they would develop separate powers. That’s the only reason I didn’t give this 5 stars.

Would I recommend this book? Yes, yes I would. I want everyone to give this a chance because it really is a quick and enjoyable read.

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About Jessica and Alyssa:

Hi, we’re Jessica & Alyssa!

We’re best pal writing partners who have been obsessed with reading since we each used to hoard The Babysitters Club books in our bedrooms across the country from one another in Los Angeles (Jess) and Virginia (Lyss).

We finally met on the first day of college at USC, long enough ago that Rocket Dog platform flip-flops were fully acceptable night-out shoes and our biggest life decision was whether to watch Dawson’s Creek or Beverly Hills, 90210 on Wednesday nights (90210, obviously).

​We started writing together right after college when we took the “write what you know” adage to heart and wrote a TV pilot that sold to Fox about how life sucks when you’re 22, broke and a freshman in life. We spent the next many, many years writing for TV and film before we jumped into the book world, a major lifelong dream of ours.

​The number one question everyone always asks us is how we write as a team so here’s the rundown…After being best friends and writing together for so long, our brains now officially occupy a shared space. Ninety percent of the time, we know what the other person is going to say before she even opens her mouth. Our husbands think it’s creepy, but we think it’s awesome. After this many years, we’ve honed it to a pretty efficient process….except for when we digress on Facetime to catch each other up on the few hours we weren’t in contact with each other (which takes especially long if we’ve both finished the same book and need to discuss, if one of us needs justification for an argument we picked with our husband or if we’ve discovered a new hair product, self-tanner or blog).

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Giveaway Details:

(3) winners will receive a finished copy of THE LOST CAUSES, US & Canada.

Ends on September 19th at Midnight EST!

 

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Tour Schedule:

Week One:

9/4/2017- The Autumn Bookshelf Interview

9/4/2017- Kourtni Reads– Review

 

9/5/2017- Morbid Romantic Reviews– Guest Post

9/5/2017- Mama Reads Blog– Review

 

9/6/2017- Owl Always Be Reading– Excerpt

9/6/2017- What the Cat Read– Review

 

9/7/2017- BookHounds YA– Guest Post

9/7/2017- Bibliobakes– Review

 

9/8/2017- Book Princess Reviews– Interview

9/8/2017- Savings in Seconds– Review

 

Week Two:

9/11/2017- Smada’s BookSmack– Excerpt

9/11/2017- Jessica’s Reading Room– Review

 

9/12/2017- Portrait of a Book– Interview

9/12/2017- Texan Girl Reads– Review

 

9/13/2017- Cindy’s Love of Books– Review

9/13/2017- A Gingerly Review– Review

 

9/14/2017- Comfort Books– Interview

9/14/2017- The Desert Bibliophile– Review

 

9/15/2017- Rainy Day Reviews Excerpt

9/15/2017- Here’s to Happy Endings– Review

 

 

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THE DISAPPEARANCES Tour, Excerpt, & Giveaway!

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About the Book

Disappearances+Hi+ResTitle: THE DISAPPEARANCES

Author: Emily Bain Murphy

Pub. Date: July 4, 2017

Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers

Formats: Hardcover, eBook, audiobook

Pages: 400

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What if the ordinary things in life suddenly…disappeared?

Aila Quinn’s mother, Juliet, has always been a mystery: vibrant yet guarded, she keeps her secrets beyond Aila’s reach. When Juliet dies, Aila and her younger brother Miles are sent to live in Sterling, a rural town far from home–and the place where Juliet grew up.

Sterling is a place with mysteries of its own. A place where the experiences that weave life together–scents of flowers and food, reflections from mirrors and lakes, even the ability to dream–vanish every seven years.

No one knows what caused these “Disappearances,” or what will slip away next. But Sterling always suspected that Juliet Quinn was somehow responsible–and Aila must bear the brunt of their blame while she follows the chain of literary clues her mother left behind.

As the next Disappearance nears, Aila begins to unravel the dual mystery of why the Disappearances happen and who her mother truly was. One thing is clear: Sterling isn’t going to hold on to anyone’s secrets for long before it starts giving them up.

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Excerpt

“Malcolm,” Mrs. Cliffton says, her voice sharpening. “These are Juliet’s children. I could never live with myself if I turned them away when they had nowhere else to go. We said we would try it, and if it doesn’t work out, then we’ve at least bought Harold some time to find another arrangement.”

She pauses. I slide along the wall and crouch under the window, holding my breath until Dr. Cliffton’s low voice begins again.

“All right, Matilda. I agreed to try it, and we will. But their being here is going to stir things up again at the worst possible time. And I just don’t want them to walk into a hornets’ nest.”

There’s a long pause, and I wonder if the conversation is over. But then Mrs. Cliffton asks softly, “Do you really think we made a mistake?”

“No,” Dr. Cliffton says. “Well, I don’t know,” he clarifies. “Let’s just hope Sterling treats them better than it treated Juliet at the end.”

The hair on the back of my neck prickles. I learn forward, pretending to look at my reflection in the fountain, waiting for him to elaborate. But I don’t see anything. The water is cool and clear and dark. No stars or moon reflect above me. I wave my hand above the water, but it is opaque. Blank. As though I have disappeared.

I stumble backwards into the steadying bricks of the house.

What is this place?

“Juliet must not have wanted them to know, if she never told them,” Dr. Cliffton says. I gulp at the night air, barely able to hear his voice over the thundering of my own heart. “But now that they’re here, Sterling isn’t going to hold on to her secrets for long before it starts giving them up.”

Excerpted from The Disappearances by Emily Bain Murphy. Copyright © 2017 by Emily Bain Murphy. Reprinted by permission of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

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About Emily:

EmilyEmily Bain Murphy grew up in Indiana, Hong Kong, and Tokyo, and has also called Massachusetts and Connecticut home.

She loves books, Japanese karaoke, exploring new cities, and anything with Nutella. Her debut YA fantasy, THE DISAPPEARANCES, will be published by HMH Books for Young Readers and Pushkin Press in 2017.

Murphy is represented by Peter Knapp at Park Literary & Media.

She currently lives in San Francisco with her family and is at work on her second novel.
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3 winners will receive a hardcover of THE DISAPPEARANCES! US Only.

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Tour Schedule

Week One:

7/3/2017- Adventures of a Book Junkie– Interview

7/4/2017- Book Princess Reviews Review

7/5/2017- Tales of the Ravenous Reader– Guest Post

7/6/2017- Brooke Reports– Review

7/7/2017- Seeing Double In Neverland Interview

Week Two:

7/10/2017- PaperTrailYA– Review

7/11/2017- Literary Meanderings– Guest Post

7/12/2017- YA and Wine– Review

7/13/2017- A Gingerly Review– Excerpt

7/14/2017- Whatever You Can Still Betray– Review

Sunday Street Team: Internet Famous (Excerpt and Giveaway!)

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Goodreads Link:

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/31145123-internet-famous?ac=1&from_search=true

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Synopsis (GR):

Internet FamousHigh school senior and internet sensation Madison Nakama seems to have it all: a happy family, good grades, and a massive online following for her pop-culture blog. But when her mother suddenly abandons the family, Madi finds herself struggling to keep up with all of her commitments.

Fandom to the rescue! As her online fans band together to help, an online/offline flirtation sparks with Laurent, a French exchange student. Their internet romance—played out in the comments section of her MadLibs blog—attracts the attention of an internet troll who threatens the separation of Madi’s real and online personas. With her carefully constructed life unraveling, Madi must uncover the hacker’s identity before he can do any more damage, or risk losing the people she loves the most… Laurent included.

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Excerpt: 

Madi stared at her mother, the seconds ticking by.

“You’re kidding, right?”

Around them, the sunny May afternoon continued on like nothing had happened. The spring air hummed with the rumble of lawnmowers and motor vehicles. Children laughed on the playground. A bee buzzed. Madison Nakama was oblivious to all of it. Her chest ached like the time she’d fallen off the top of the monkey bars and her body had forgotten how to breathe.

This time she’d been pushed by her mother.

“Mom,” Madi pleaded, “please tell me this is a joke.”

“No joke. I’m going.”

Madi’s eyes darted to the playground and the brick-fronted buildings behind it, seeking out her sister. Spring had arrived in upstate New York. Around the park, crabapple trees hung heavy with pink blossoms, the blue sky dotted with perfect silver clouds. Her fingers clenched, claw-like, around the cell phone in her hand. This is so bad! So freaking bad!

“It’s been in the works for a while,” her mother said, “but I got the confirmation yesterday.”

“Confirmation. Right.”

“I’m…” Her mother shifted uneasily on the bench. “I’m leaving at the end of the week.”

Madi jerked. “As in this week?!”

“Oxford has an undergrad summer course they’d like me to co-teach. It starts June 1st. I want to have the paperwork done and be settled in the apartment before—”

“You’ve gotta be kidding me!” Madi’s shock rolled into sudden anger. “This is like some— some kind of awful joke!”

Julia gave a long-suffering sigh. “For goodness sake, Madison, you’re a senior in high school, not a child, so please stop acting like one.”

“But you’re running away!”

“No one’s running anywhere.”

“Driving. Flying. Whatever!”

Madi glared at children laughing on the equipment. Over on the swing-set, her sister Sarah—looking younger than her fifteen years would suggest—swung back and forth. Her lips were pursed in focus, eyes half-closed. It was as close to a smile as Sarah ever got. The swing’s chains screeched in time to her motion. Watching her, Madi had the unsettling realization that while the pin had been pulled, the grenade had yet to go off.

But when it did…

“Look, it just sort of happened.” Julia Nakama’s voice was barely audible above the happy din of children. “And while I know this must be hard for you—”

“You know nothing about how hard it is!”

“I know what it must seem like,” her mother said, undeterred. “But Wells only approved my secondment yesterday. And as soon as your father and I talked about the move I—”

“Dad knew about this?!”

Squeak… squeak…

Her mother leaned closer. “I understand you’re upset about this, but please lower your voice or—”

“Or what? You’ll leave?”

“Madi, please.”

Squeak… squeak…

Madi stared at her sister, willing her angry tears to disappear. This couldn’t be happening to them. Not now! Not when Sarah was finally settled into a good routine.

“I know this is hard to hear,” her mother said. “But opportunities like this don’t come along every day. When you’re older and you’re building your own career, you’ll understand.” Squeak… squeak… “Madi, are you even listening to me?”

She spun. “Listening to what? You’re leaving!” Her eyes narrowed. “Again.

Her mother’s smile faded into frosty annoyance. “Calm down. People are staring at us.”

Squeak… squeak…

“Calm down?! How am I supposed to ‘calm down’ when you’re taking off?!” Madi’s voice grew shrill and she stumbled to her feet. A nearby mother turned in surprise. “You said you wouldn’t do that! You promised us—you promised Sarah! And now you’re doing it all over again!”

“Madison, please!” Her mother’s fingers clamped around her wrist and she tugged her back down to the park bench. She smiled apologetically at the onlookers, shrugging as if to say: Sorry about this. My teen’s just being a teen. You know how it is. Madi could almost hear the laughter.

Squeak… The repetitive pattern slowed and Madi caught her sister’s eyes across the playground. Squeak… Sarah frowned. Squeak… Madi looked away.

“You need to keep your voice down.”

Madi jerked her hand back and crossed her arms. “Yeah, well, you need to keep your promises.”

Julia sighed. “You’ll understand when you’re older. Families and careers are never easy to balance—” Her voice faltered. “Especially with our challenges. But I can’t keep putting this off. Teaching at Oxford is an opportunity I’ll never get again.” She stood from the bench, brushing invisible crumbs from her slacks. “Now get your sister. We need to leave.”

Madi grabbed her pack and stood. “Why don’t you get her yourself since you’re so certain about everything?”

A nearby woman gasped. Julia’s face drained of color. She stepped in front of Madi, blocking her from onlookers.

“We’ll talk later. Go get Sarah.”

Madi lifted her chin. “No.”

Her mother let out a hissing breath as her fingers snaked around her daughter’s wrist. “Now I don’t know what you think you’re playing at, Madison, but you will go get your sister or—”

“Why is Mom hurting your arm, Madi?” a voice asked.

Julia released her daughter and stumbled back. Sarah stood behind them, watching with that unwavering gaze she always had.

“I-I’m not.”

“Yes, you were. I saw you,” Sarah announced. “You were talking to Madi, and then Madi started frowning, and she yelled at you, and then you yelled at her, and then you grabbed her arm and—”

“I’ll be in the car! Hurry up girls. We’re already late.” Julia bolted away, dodging wayward children. She didn’t look back.

Madi threw her arms around Sarah, hugging her younger sister. Sarah tolerated it for the count of three, then began to squirm.

“Thanks for saving me,” Madi said as she released her.

Sarah didn’t smile. (She rarely did.) “Why is Mom mad at you?”

“She isn’t.”

“Yes, she is.” Sarah spoke with certainty.

“No.”

“I saw her, Madi. You were talking, and then you started frowning and—”

“I dunno, Sarah. Mom’s just—” Madi’s shoulders slumped. It wasn’t in her heart to tell her sister the truth: Everything in their lives had just changed yet again and Sarah would be the one to suffer for it. Instead, she forced a brave smile. “Mom was just ready to go. She asked me to get you, and I said no.”

Her sister seemed to consider that for a moment, and Madi wondered if she’d now have to explain why she’d refused to get her. Questions, with Sarah, continued until she was satisfied. It was part of the reason she was so gifted academically.

“Okay then,” Sarah looked up the street where their mother had disappeared. “So Mom’s ready to go home?”

“Yeah. You ready to leave?”

“Uh-huh,” she said, and looked back at the swing. “It was a good day.”

Madi didn’t answer. Couldn’t. In seconds, Sarah was down the street, leaving her to follow. Madi glanced down at her phone, forgotten in her hand. In the last stressful minutes a new post had appeared on her dashboard. Her throat ached as she read it.

internet famous

With a sigh, Madi hit ‘reblog’.

This was the worst possible day in a long string of them, and her sister, Sarah, didn’t know the half of it.

 

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About the Author:

unnamed (9)Danika Stone is an author, artist, and educator who discovered a passion for writing fiction while in the throes of her Masters thesis. A self-declared bibliophile, Danika now writes novels for both teens (All the Feels and Internet Famous) adults (Edge of Wild and Intaglio). When not writing, Danika can be found hiking in the Rockies, planning grand adventures, and spending far too much time online. She lives with her husband, three sons, and a houseful of imaginary characters in a windy corner of Alberta, Canada.

Ms. Stone is represented by Morty Mint of Mint Literary Agency.

 

 

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