Blog Tour and Giveaway: Violet Grenade by Victoria Scott

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Violet GrenadeViolet Grenade by Victoria Scott

Publication Date:  May 2, 2017

Publisher:  Entangled Teen

DOMINO: A girl with blue hair and a demon in her mind.

CAIN: A stone giant on the brink of exploding.

MADAM KARINA: A woman who demands obedience.

WILSON: The one who will destroy them all.

When Madam Karina discovers Domino in an alleyway, she offers her a position inside her home for entertainers in secluded West Texas. Left with few alternatives and an agenda of her own, Domino accepts. It isn’t long before she is fighting her way up the ranks to gain the madam’s approval. But after suffering weeks of bullying and unearthing the madam’s secrets, Domino decides to leave. It’ll be harder than she thinks, though, because the madam doesn’t like to lose inventory. But then, Madam Karina doesn’t know about the person living inside Domino’s mind. Madam Karina doesn’t know about Wilson.

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AUTHOR INFO:

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Victoria Scott is the acclaimed author of eight books for young adults. Her novels are sold in fourteen different countries, and she loves receiving fan mail from across the world. Victoria loves high fashion, big cities, and pink cotton candy. You can find her online at VictoriaScott.com.

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Tour Date:

May 15-June 9, 2017

Link to Goodreads:

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Purchase Links:

Google Play | BAM | Chapters | Indies | Amazon | B&N | Kobo | TBD | iBooks

Link to Tour Schedule:

http://www.chapter-by-chapter.com/tour-schedule-violet-grenade-by-victoria-scott-presented-by-entangled-teen/

Giveaway Details:

  • Signed paperback of The Collector, a signed paperback of Titans, and a signed galley of Hear the Wolves.

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Just A Normal Tuesday Tour, Excerpt, and Giveaway!

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unnamed (4)Title: JUST A NORMAL TUESDAY

Author: Kim Turrisi

Pub. Date: May 2, 2017

Publisher: Kids Can Press

Pages: 256

Formats: Hardcover, eBook

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It’s just a normal Tuesday for sixteen-year-old Kai, until suddenly it’s anything but. She’s received a letter from her beloved older sister, Jen, a letter that begins, My very bestest sister, Kai, if you are reading this, I am already gone. From that moment on, Kai’s life will never be the same, as she is forced to deal with the shock and horror of losing Jen to suicide.

Consumed with grief, Kai looks for answers, lashes out at people who love her and eventually turns to excessive drinking and drugs, all with disastrous results and no relief from her suffering. Struggling with their own sorrow, Kai’s parents realize she needs more help than they can give, and they enroll her in the Tree House, a “grief camp” for children. Though reluctant to go, once she’s there, Kai finally finds others who truly understand her loss. No longer alone, she’s able to begin dealing with her pain. And to see light at the end of the dark tunnel.

Kim Turrisi’s beautiful, wrenching young-adult novel sheds a much-needed light on the subjects of mental illness and suicide. Using the unique idea of a grief camp, Turrisi lays out a process for healing and moving forward for readers who have been touched by loss. But this book’s appeal reaches beyond that. With combined elements of tragedy and romance, compellingly told in Kai’s authentic voice, this ultimately hopeful story will be an unputdownable read for any teen.

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Excerpt:

Jen found this classic desk at a garage sale for like twenty bucks and said if I was going to be a writer, my desk had to mirror my style. Vintage, quirky, retro, that’s me. The classic Rolling Stones Tattoo You album is just getting going. Perfect vibe. I toss the stack of mail and watch as it slides across the slippery surface of my desk. That’s when I glimpse an envelope skidding out of the pile like it’s stealing second base. The lettering on the envelope matches the postcards in my locker. Jen’s writing. Odd that she’d send a letter but she does love to write.

I pick up the envelope and am immediately struck by the weight of it. Two stamps on the front. I’m ultra-careful not to rip it. Learned that the hard way when my grandparents sent money and I tore a crisp hundred-dollar bill. Jen knows I’m saving for my trip. Could she be sending some cold hard cash? That would be so like her. First thing I see is a note.

My very bestest sister, Kai

If you are reading this, I am already gone.

I scrutinize the stationery. It’s definitely my sister’s handwriting. Slanted, looping, like art. If there were an award for best cursive writing, Jen would bring home the hardware, hands down.

I’ve watched you grow up since you were a baby. You’ve turned into an amazing person. I know you know how much I love you and have always wanted the best of everything for you. Please don’t be disappointed in me for being too weak to face down my demons.

Demons? Disappointed? I snag my phone from my pocket and choose her number in my favorites. Sometimes it’s just easier to talk than read stuff that makes no sense. Like this.

Straight to voice mail. I return to the letter, curious.

That’s when I see the word …

funeral.

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About Kim: 

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A graduate of Florida State University, Kim Turrisi began her career in film and television. After a year of on-set production (getting coffee, wrangling actors and taking lunch orders) Kim segued to the development side of the business. First working as a development executive at Columbia-Tri-Star and eventually shepherding many projects in family entertainment for Disney, Viacom and Hallmark.

Kim created and wrote an online web series for which she won a Daytime Emmy. She wrote for ABC Family’s webisode series, PRETTY DIRTY SECRETS, an internet companion piece to smash hit PRETTY LITTLE LIARS.

While she’s always been a voracious reader and writer, she never thought about writing for teens until she immersed herself in the children’s publishing world as the Director of Special Projects for the Society of Book writers and Illustrators. There, reading children’s literature is a big part of her job.

Her debut Young Adult novel JUST A NORMAL TUESDAY is loosely based on the author’s own experience, the debut YA novel follows 16-year-old Kai as she struggles through the emotional aftermath of her sister’s suicide. Kai spends a month at grief camp, discovering a roadmap to piecing her broken heart back together.

One of Kim’s favorite parts of the writing process is to create playlists for her characters that she listens to when she writes. When she revises her manuscripts, she’s generally in mismatched plaid and her desk is riddled with junk food. She collects Chuck Taylor’s, Van’s, and has a killer sock collection.

Born in Hawaii, she credits her love of travel to her life as an Air Force brat moving every two years. When she isn’t writing or reading, she can be found obsessing over her dogs, Riley and Rocco.

Represented by Tricia Lawrence at EMLA

Follow her on Twitter and Instagram @kimmyt22

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3 winners will receive a signed finished copy of JUST A NORMAL TUESDAY & swag including a bookmark, magnet, & temporary tattoo, US Only.

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Tour Schedule:

Week One:

4/24/2017- BookHounds YA– Interview

4/25/2017- The Candid Cover– Review

4/26/2017- Wandering Bark Books– Guest Post

4/27/2017- Angel Reads– Review

4/28/2017- A Gingerly Review– Excerpt

Week Two:

5/1/2017- Here’s to Happy Endings– Review

5/2/2017- Margie’s Must Reads– Guest Post

5/3/2017- The Bookworm Central– Review

5/4/2017- Literary Meanderings – Interview

5/5/2017- Just Commonly– Review

Rockstar Book Tours: Blood Road Release Celebration! (Excerpt & Giveaway)

 
 
I am so excited that BLOOD ROAD by Amanda McCrina is available now and that I get to share the news!
 
If you haven’t yet heard about this wonderful book by Author Amanda McCrina, be sure to check out all the details below. 
 
This blitz also includes a giveaway for a 1 month subscription to Owl Crate courtesy of  Month9Books and Rockstar Book Tours. So if you’d like a chance to win, enter in the Rafflecopter at the bottom of this post.
About The Book:

Title: BLOOD ROAD
Author: Amanda McCrina
Pub. Date: April 25, 2017
Publisher: Month9Books
Format: Paperback, eBook
Pages: 329
Find it: Goodreads | Amazon | B&N | TBD
Nineteen-year-old Torien Risto has seen dissidents dealt with before. He knows the young local girl who just knifed him will hang for assaulting an Imperial officer, unless he can stop it.
Someone inside the provincial government is kidnapping Imperial citizens and selling them across the desert to the salt mines, silencing anyone who tries to intervene. The girl’s brother is one of those who has been taken. Rejected by the corrupt courts, she’s waging a personal war against the Empire.
Determined to save her life, Torien sets out in search of answers on the Salt Road, the ancient trade route running deep into the heart of a desert—territory claimed by the hostile Mayaso tribe.
Now, Torien is no longer sure where his own loyalty lies, or how far he will go to break the cycle of tyranny, political bullying, and social injustice in an empire that seals its borders in blood.
Exclusive Excerpt
He touched her arm. She tensed but did not move away. He took off his
glove and traced her cheekbone with two fingers, brushing the tears from her
cheek. She drew a shivering breath. He turned her head and held it between his
hands and brushed the tears from her eyelashes with his thumbs. She stood very
still and silently while he did it, her eyes closed, her lips tight. He bent
his head and buried his face in her black hair—and she slipped in suddenly
under his arms, looping her arms around his neck, resting her cheek on his
chest. Then she twisted against him, tilting her head back to look up in his
face. “It’s no good,” she said. “I can’t feel your heart beat.”
“It’s the plums. I think I’ve suffocated.”
She laughed. He felt it echo through her body. He felt her muscles
loosen. Her breath was warm on his neck. “If that’s all,” she said.
They sat below the boundary wall. She unbuckled his helmet and cuirass
and held the cuirass for him while he shrugged it off. She sat against him with
her knees folded up on his lap, her shoulders under the curve of his arm. She
unlaced his jerkin and bent her ear to his chest. “Better,” she said. “And
this—just to be sure.” She leaned into him and pressed her lips gently to the
pulse in his
He kissed her. He sat up from the wall, cupping her head in his hands,
and he bent his face to hers and kissed her lips, her eyelids, her forehead; he
lifted her chin with his fingers and kissed the hollow at the base of her
throat. Her arms were around his neck and her cheek against his and her tears
running on his face. He tried to lift her to look at her. She shook her head.
Her lips brushed his ear. “Don’t,” she said. Her voice was thick. So he put his
arms around her waist and held her, his head and shoulders braced against the
sun-warmed stones of the boundary wall, his chin on her shoulder, and he
listened with his eyes closed while she cried.
He opened his eyes at the smell of wood smoke. They were smoking the
hives over in the bee field. Over Ceno’s shoulder, he watched the smoke trail
away southward toward the city. He could see the Hill just visible above the pines
in the hazy distance, the Palace and Senate buildings in delicate white-marble
miniature—and the moment shattered against it, and there was nothing but Tasso,
and the orders in his saddlebag, and the cavalry column mustered and awaiting
his command on the parade ground at Vione.

 
 
About Amanda: 
Amanda McCrina has studied in Italy, taught English in Japan, and currently tutors Latin in Atlanta, Georgia. She received her BA in History from the University of West Georgia, and is now pursuing her MA. She writes stories that incorporate her love of history, languages, and world travel. She drinks far too much coffee and dreams of one day having a winning fantasy-hockey
season.
 
 
 
 
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Love and First Sight: Review and Giveaway

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Author: Josh Sundquist

Pub. Date:January 3, 2017

Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

Pages: 281

Formats: Hardcover, eBook, audiobook

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Love is more than meets the eye.

On his first day at a new school, blind sixteen-year-old Will Porter accidentally groped a girl on the stairs, sat on another student in the cafeteria, and somehow drove a classmate to tears. High school can only go up from here, right?

As Will starts to find his footing, he develops a crush on a sweet but shy girl named Cecily. And despite his fear that having a girlfriend will make him inherently dependent on someone sighted, the two of them grow closer and closer. Then an unprecedented opportunity arises: an experimental surgery that could give Will eyesight for the first time in his life. But learning to see is more difficult than Will ever imagined, and he soon discovers that the sighted world has been keeping secrets. It turns out Cecily doesn’t meet traditional definitions of beauty—in fact, everything he’d heard about her appearance was a lie engineered by their so-called friends to get the two of them together. Does it matter what Cecily looks like? No, not really. But then why does Will feel so betrayed?

 

Review:

I had not ever read a book that dealt with blindness before but Josh Sundquist has such a way with words that I found myself swept away in this story. I rated this story as 4 stars based on my enjoyment after finishing. There were a few things that kept me from giving a higher rating: the pacing was a little off and I personally felt some of the decisions the characters made could have been expanded on to help develop the story more. Yet, overall, I really enjoyed the world Josh created. To read such a heartwarming story about someone with a disability caused me to open my eyes (no pun intended). I now have a new way of thinking about people who are born blind. I would highly encourage this book to others.

About Josh:

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Josh Sundquist is a bestselling author, motivational speaker, and Paralympic ski racer. He has spoken across the world to groups ranging from Fortune 500 companies to inner city public schools to the White House.

Cancer Survivor

At age nine, Josh was diagnosed with a rare form of bone cancer and given a fifty percent chance to live. He spent a year on chemotherapy treatments and his left leg was amputated. Doctors declared Josh cured of the disease at age thirteen and he took up ski racing three years later.

Paralympic Athlete

He trained for the next six years and in 2006 he was named to the US Paralympic Ski Team for the 2006 Paralympics in Turino, Italy. Today, Josh represents the United States in international competition as a member of the U.S. Amputee Soccer Team.

Bestselling Author

Josh’s first memoir, Just Don’t Fall, was a National Bestseller in hardcover and is now available in paperback and audiobook. It was been translated into German and is also available in an Australia/New Zealand edition, for which, as it turns out, no translation was required. His second memoir We Should Hang Out Sometime, which is about his adolescent dating disasters, is under development to become a movie. His debut novel Love and First Sight will be published in 2017.

YouTube personality

Best known for his viral hit “The Amputee Rap,” Josh has built a YouTube channel with over 25 million views and two-hundred-thousand subscribers. In 2010 he was a winner of both the YouTube NextUp and YouTube On The Rise contests.

Service

Josh served a two-year tenure as the National Spokesperson for the Combined Federal Campaign, an effort that raises over $300 million dollars a year for charities. He has been featured on the back of Doritos bags nationwide for his work on behalf of amputees.

Media

Josh has been featured on CNN, USA TODAY, and NPR, and in many other less-famous and important sounding media outlets.

Education

Josh received a degree in business from the College of William and Mary and a Master’s in Communications from the University of Southern California. He lives with his wife near the beach.

Introducing Josh at a speech? Need a photo or bio for your conference program? You’ll find everything you need over at Meeting Planner Resources.

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3 winners will receive a finished copy of LOVE AND FIRST SIGHT, US Only.

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Tour Schedule:

Week One:

2/6/2017- BookHounds YA Interview

2/7/2017- A Gingerly Review– Review

2/8/2017- Actin’ Up with Books– Guest Post

2/9/2017- The Hardcover Lover– Review

2/10/2017- A Dream Within A Dream– Guest Post

Week Two:

2/13/2017- Eli to the nth– Review

2/14/2017- Literary Meanderings– Interview

2/15/2017- Here’s to Happy Endings– Review

2/16/2017- Wandering Bark Books– Guest Post

2/17/2017- Just Commonly– Review

 

 

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RockStar Book Tours: Lifers Review and Giveaway

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About the Book:

Title: LIFERS

Author: M.A. Griffin

Pub. Date: January 31, 2017

Publisher: Chicken House (Scholastic)

Pages: 288

Formats: Hardcover, paperback, eBook, audiobook

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Fear haunts the streets of Preston’s city: a girl has disappeared. Preston is drawn to investigate, exploring the city in the hunt for his missing friend. And deep in the bowels of a secret scientific institute, he discovers a sinister machine used to banish teenage criminals for their offenses.

Captured and condemned to a cavernous dimension, Preston is determined to escape. But this is no ordinary jail. Friendships will be forged and lives will be lost in a reckless battle for freedom, revenge–and revolution.

Set in a world all too similar to our own, Lifers is thrilling, pulse-pounding storytelling of the highest degree. 

 

REVIEW

I have been drawn to a lot of mysteries and whodunits lately, so this book felt like it was calling to me. The blurb sounded fascinating and I couldn’t wait to dive into this story. Unfortunately, the pace of the novel was quite bothersome. It felt very slow and it took an awfully long time to really get started. It wastes no time explaining that there is a mystery going on, but it did not do a good job of explaining why there was a mystery. There are several other questions asked and the reader is prompted to continue, but there were a lot of bumps along the way.

I did not connect with all of the characters, but I was still prompted to finish the story to find out what happened. I wish there were not so many characters as they sort of became jumbled as the story continued. I was struggling to remember who did what and why everyone was there. The sheer need to find out what happened is what pushed me to finish. This was not the best mystery I have read, as I wish there had been more action and less description, but it was still enjoyable.

 

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About M.A:

I’m a writer of children’s fiction, represented by Ben Illis at the B.I.A., available for workshops and school visits when I’m not chained to a laptop cursing my lack of progress and/or poverty of imagination.

 

My debut novel, The Poison Boy, was written as Fletcher Moss. My second novel, Lifers, is my first for teen readers. It arrives April 2016.
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3 winners will receive a finished copy of LIFERS, US Only.

 

 

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Tour Schedule:

 

Week One:

1/23/2017- YA Book Madness– Interview

1/24/2017-Here’s to Happy Endings– Review

1/25/2017-Novel Novice– Excerpt

1/26/2017- A Dream Within A Dream– Review

1/27/2017- Fantasy Book Critic– Guest Post

 

Week Two:

1/30/2017- Hopelessly Devoted Bibliophile– Review

1/31/2017- Tales of the Ravenous Reader– Interview

2/1/2017- Book-Keeping– Review

2/2/2017- Wishful Endings– Interview

2/3/2017- A Gingerly Review– Review

 

THE 100 BOOK/TV SHOW Blitz and Giveaway!

 
I am so excited that THE 100 returns to TV tonight! And to help celebrate the show’s return Little Brown Books For Young Readers and Rockstar Book Tours are giving away 5 Boxed Sets of the Complete series! So if you’d like a chance to win, enter in the Rafflecopter at the bottom of this post.


 
About The Book:
 
Title: THE 100 Box
Set (Books 1-4)
Author: Kass Morgan
Pub.
Date: 
January 3, 2016
Publisher: Little,
Brown Books for Young Readers
Pages: 1360
Formats: Paperback
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All four thrilling novels in The 100 series, now available in a paperback
boxed set! 
Ever since nuclear war destroyed our planet, humanity has been living on
city-like spaceships hovering above the toxic surface. As far as anyone knows,
no one has stepped foot on Earth in centuries–that is, until one hundred
juvenile delinquents are sentenced to return and recolonize the hostile land.
The future of the human race rests in their hands, but nothing can prepare the
100 for what they find on this strange and savage planet. 

 

 
Read the series that inspired the hit TV show. The 100, Day 21,
Homecoming, and Rebellion are gathered together for the first time in this
striking box set, perfect for fans and series newcomers alike.






 
 

About Kass Morgan

 
Kass Morgan
studied literature at Brown and Oxford, and now resides in Brooklyn, where she
lives in constant fear of her Ikea bookcase collapsing and burying her under a
mound of science fiction and Victorian novels. Kass is currently working on the
sequel to The 100, which she’ll finish as soon as she finds a coffee shop that
allows laptops on the weekend.

 

 
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5 winners will receive the complete boxed set of THE 100 Series, US Only.
 
Ends on February 8th at Midnight EST!




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Swoon Reads Blitz and Giveaway: My Clueless Broken Heart

Title: My Clueless Broken Heart

Author: Jennifer DiGiovanni

Genre: YA Romance

Becca Thornton is clueless when it comes to love. Why else would she break up with Will Gamen, a boy at the top of the hottie short list for every other girl?

Because, if she’s being totally honest, Becca will admit the truth. Her heart belongs to someone else.

For as long as she can remember, Travis Brennen has been unavailable.

When Travis unexpectedly rolls back into town, Becca realizes for the first time that her feelings for him might be mutual. But Travis and Becca come from what he calls “different circumstances.”

Becca’s parents are world-famous scientists and Travis’s dad is the caretaker on the Thornton family’s estate. Still, Becca can’t change the way she feels about him, no matter how hard her parents try to keep them apart.

She’ll just need to find a way to prove to her parents that Travis isn’t the guy they’ve always assumed him to be. Becca’s earned the right to grow up, make her own choices, and fall in love, even if she ends up with a broken heart.

 

Links

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Author Bio

Jennifer DiGiovanni is a freelance writer and YA author of the School Dayz series. When she’s not writing, you can find her reading, working on home design projects, or trying to meet the daily goals on her Fitbit. She also likes to try new sports and activities, from archery to ballroom dancing, with varying degrees of success.

Twitter: @JenniferDiGiov2

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