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Payback or Pardon?: Ann Aguirre on the Pros and Cons of Revenge

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, AUGUST 05, 2014 | PERMALINK

Despite its chilling nature, revenge is something we all have craved at some point in our lives. Whether it be against that coworker who taunts you on a daily basis or the ex who cheated on you. But revenge isn't an easy task to carry out, which is something Ann Aguirre's newest heroine, Edie, discovers in Mortal Danger. Today, Ann discusses the pros and cons of revenge.

The cover of Mortal Danger

Revenge is a common and often times, delicious concept in our society. We have entire TV series devoted to it, books that revolve around it and phrases you hear on a regular basis, such as the tagline for the book, “Revenge is dish best served cold”, have burrowed deep into the common consciousness. In a quick search, I found tons of great quotes (and I’ll get to those in a bit), some in favor and others arguing for forgiveness. But let’s be honest: Who doesn’t enjoy a hot, steaming pile of comeuppance?


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Vampire Academy Movie Sequel Turns to IndieGoGo For Funding

BY DJ DeSmyter, AUGUST 04, 2014 | PERMALINK

When the big screen adaptation of Richelle Mead’s bestselling YA series starter, Vampire Academy, released back in February, it was met with little fanfare and tanked, at least in Hollywood terms. Still, many of the books’ fans enjoyed it and have been eager for an announcement regarding a sequel. Today, the producers behind the first film announced they will be turning to IndieGoGo to crowdsource $1.5 million to help fund the sequel, Frostbite. The campaign officially launches this Wednesday, August 6.

Much like Kickstarter, which was used to fund the Veronica Mars movie, IndieGoGo allows fans to donate money to a project in exchange for incentives. For Frostbite, the producers need at least $1.5 million to convince their financiers that the sequel is worth funding. If the goal is met, the financiers will fund the rest of the production cost.


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Cover Reveal: Prophecy By Julie Anne Lindsey

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, JULY 31, 2014 | PERMALINK

Today we're pleased to reveal the cover of Julie Anne Lindsey's upcoming paranormal YA, Prophecy. The book kicks off her Calypso series and tells the story of a high school girl who gets caught up in the Norse apocalypse (as you do) thanks to her handsome new neighbor.

But before we get to the cover, the book's back cover blurb:

On the other side of death, is destiny.

Callie Ingram is spending her senior year focused on one thing: swimming. Her skill as a competitive swimmer is going to secure a scholarship and her future, or so she hopes. She has big plans, and Liam Hale, her gorgeous new neighbor, isn’t going to affect them. But when Callie sees Liam beheading someone, she learns his family has a secret that will change everything. The Hales are Vikings, demi-gods who’ve been charged by The Fates to find their new destined leader.

Callie’s caught in the middle of a budding Norse apocalypse, in love with Liam Hale and desperate to protect her best friend—who the Hales believe is marked for transformation. Putting the clues together as fast as she can, Callie discovers she has the power to rewrite destiny, for herself and all humankind.

Ready for the cover? Check it out:


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Cover Breakdown: When Joss Met Matt by Ellie Cahill

BY DJ DeSmyter, JULY 30, 2014 | PERMALINK

YA authoress Liz Czukas is switching gears and donning a new name for her next literary venture. Writing as Ellie Cahill, she's diving into New Adult territory with her upcoming release, When Joss Met Matt, a refreshing and fun-sounding story that plays with the familiar theme of "friends with benefits". Admittedly, the wait for its February 24, 2015 release date is rather unbearable. Luckily, though, the cover was recently released and to get us even more excited, we're giving it our Cover Breakdown treatment. Here we go!

Ellie Cahill is poised to coin the term “sorbet sex” with her charming twist on the age-old ‘friends-with-benefits’ story.

Dating can be fun, but it can leave a nasty taste in your mouth. For Joss, ever since her longtime boyfriend cheated on her, she doesn’t want her last memory of a guy to be that jerk. Enter her college friend, Matt. They come up with a theory: after a bad break-up, a person needs to cleanse the palate with a little sorbet sex. Lovers for a night, but always back to being friends in the morning. The two can handle it because they have a contract: rules they wrote, rules they follow and rules they can sometimes bend. The arrangement works: everyone needs a little sorbet now and again … until it starts to be the only thing you want. And then Joss breaks the one rule they never wrote down: don’t fall in love.


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Lights! Camera! Action!: Kelly Fiore on Life and Movies

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, JULY 24, 2014 | PERMALINK

 While most of the time we wish our life could be like a book, we often watch a movie and think, "Gee, I wish my life was like that." In Kelly Fiore's latest book, Just Like the Movies, two girls set out to bring a little movie magic into their lives. Today, Kelly dishes on which movie she wished mirrored her own life and what she thinks now.

I think was 17 or so when Titanic came out. I remember thinking, in my less than rational moments, that it would be worth it to be stuck on a sinking ship and face a horrific, freezing cold death if it meant finding true love before going under.

What can I say? I’m a romantic.

These days, I don’t think an ideal relationship requires that much drama. But, as a teen, I was definitely drawn to movies where a girl fell in love with her best guy friend or a friend’s boyfriend or the boy next door. When I was a freshman in high school, I went to see Clueless in the theater. The relationship between Paul Rudd and Alicia Silverstone was both innocent and filled with chemistry. I adored how they started out sniping at each other, merely teasing and taunting as a form of flirting. I’m really attracted to that idea — the idea of fighting as foreplay, assuming of course that we’re talking about verbal sparring.


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Erica O'Rourke's What-If Moment

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, JULY 23, 2014 | PERMALINK

Life is composed of moments and decisions — some good, some bad. In Erica O'Rourke's latest YA, Dissonance, she explores alternate universes and the choices people make every day. Today, Erica shares her own "what-if" story and wonders what her life would have been like had she chosen a different path. Take it away, Erica!

Cover of Dissonance by Erica O'Rourke Any author will tell you: stories begin with a “What if ...”

It’s human nature to wonder about the road not traveled, the choice not made, the life almost led. Sometimes with regret, sometimes with relief, always in hindsight, with a shake of the head and astonishment at the power of a single moment. What if, what if, what if.

What if, for example, I hadn’t looked out the window?

My senior year in college was perfectly planned. Graduate; find a job teaching English; marry my long-time boyfriend. I’d spent my first day back on campus sweltering in the late-August heat, unpacking while I waited for my boyfriend to arrive. For no particular reason, I looked out the window just as he pulled into the parking lot in his shiny new car.


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Cover Reveal: Dream A Little Dream by Kerstin Gier

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, JULY 23, 2014 | PERMALINK

A cover can make or break a book. Luckily for her, Kerstin Gier's covers have been absolutely stunning. The whole girl-in-a-big-dress cover trend has many hits and misses, and the covers for Kerstin's bestselling Ruby Red trilogy are definite hits. Today, she continues her good luck with the lovely cover for her upcoming book, Dream A Little Dream, the first in the Silver Trilogy — and we have the exclusive reveal. Let's take a look!

Mysterious doors with lizard-head knobs. Talking stone statues. A crazy girl with a hatchet. Yes, Liv’s dreams have been pretty weird lately. Especially the one where she’s in a graveyard at night, watching four boys conduct dark magic rituals. The strangest part is that Liv recognizes the boys in her dream. They’re classmates from her new school in London, the school where she’s starting over because her mom has moved them to a new country (again). But what's really scaring Liv is that the dream boys seem to know things about her in real life, things they couldn't possibly know — unless they actually are in her dreams? Luckily, Liv never could resist a good mystery, and all four of those boys are pretty cute ....

And now, the moment we've all been waiting for ...

 


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Strange and Ever After: Susan Dennard Talks Series Finale and Future Projects

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, JULY 22, 2014 | PERMALINK

Cover of Strange and Ever After by Susan Dennard When the last book in a series releases, it's a bittersweet time for both the author and the readers. Neither wants to truly let their favorite characters go, but it's also an exciting time because the author is most likely preparing their next project, giving readers plenty to look forward to. Today, to celebrate the release of Strange and Ever After, the last in her Something Strange and Deadly trilogy, Susan Dennard shares her thoughts on the series and gives readers a glimpse of what's coming next.

Strange and Ever After — there couldn’t be a more appropriate title for the finale of this series. Eleanor and the Spirit-Hunters have been through so much, but in the end, they’ve stayed true to who they are.

Or who they’ve become in Eleanor’s case.

And wow, did Eleanor Fitt grow. From a teenage girl who wanted nothing more than her mother’s, her brother’s and her society’s approval, she became a woman who makes her own choices — good or ill — and faces the consequences unflinching and unafraid.


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DJ's August Must-Reads

BY DJ DeSmyter, JULY 17, 2014 | PERMALINK

As July starts winding down - can you believe we’re already halfway through the month?! - I can’t help but think about all the drool-worthy books releasing in August. Today I’m sharing my picks for next month, which is a nice mix of contemporary romance, Young Adult and New Adult. Take a look:


Mr. Right Goes Wrong by Pamela Morsi

When: August 1, 2014

What It’s All About: Mazzy moves back home with her son in an attempt to rebuild her life, even if that means working for her ex. Mazzy’s not looking for love, but sweet and reliable Eli Latham still has his eyes — and heart — set on her, even after loving her for years and being burned more than once. He knows Mazzy has a thing for bad boys, so Eli decides it’s time to ditch Mr. Nice and channel his inner bad boy. Will his makeover finally win Mazzy over or is she the one who has to change in order to find happiness?


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Lorin Oberweger and Veronica Rossi on the Ups and Downs of Co-Authoring

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, JULY 15, 2014 | PERMALINK

Teamwork makes the world go round in most cases, and co-authors Lorin Oberweger and Veronica Rossi have proven their partnership is a success. Writing as Noelle August, their first book, Boomerang, has quickly amassed a loyal readership, so clearly they're doing something right. Today, Lorin and Veronica discuss the ups and downs of co-authoring, and offer their tips for a successful parternship.

With a co-authored New Adult on the shelves and two soon-to-be-published, we've navigated a few ups and downs along the way that are unique to writing as a team.

Here are our best tips for smooth collaborative sailing:


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