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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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Tags: Young Adult
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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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Exclusive Advanced Excerpt: Gates of Thread and Stone by Lori M. Lee

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, JULY 15, 2014 | PERMALINK

Waiting for a book to come out is one of the most dreadful things. Ever. Luckily, we're here to help make the wait more bearable with a brand new exclusive advanced excerpt! This time, we're sharing an excerpt from Lori M. Lee's upcoming YA fantasy, Gates of Thread and Stone, which releases next month! In this exciting fantasy tale, seventeen-year-old Kai can alter the threads of time, an ability that could get her killed. When her protecter and "brother", Reev, goes missing, Kai must confront her past and Reev's secrets in order to save him.

An hour later, I gave up trying to sleep and rose from my cot to light the lantern, which cast a warm glow across the metal walls. My internal clock told me it had to be about seven. The only breakfast waiting for me in the cupboard was the leftover sandwich, which I had no appetite for, so I threw off Reev’s shirt that I liked to sleep in and pulled on a pair of worn pants and a belted tunic. Then I grabbed my toiletries and made a quick visit to the washroom. I hated it in there; the smell hit you like a roiling wall of fumes, and the staff only got around to cleaning it — not very well — once every couple of weeks.

When I finished and Reev had yet to appear, I began worrying in earnest.


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Extended Review: Sharing You By Molly McAdams

BY Elisa Verna, JULY 14, 2014 | PERMALINK
The cover of Sharing YouSPOILER ALERT: This review contains significant spoilers, read at your own risk!

When I heard the chatter about Molly McAdams’ latest New Adult, Sharing You, featuring a married hero who cheats on his wife with the heroine, my interest was immediately piqued. You all know how I feel about cheating in romance. I had to at the very least check it out, despite folks saying the wife was painted as a “crazy bitch,” something I can’t get behind. But I had to try it. Maybe this would be a book that pushed the boundaries of traditional monogamy. Just look at the title and the cover, no one is trying to hide what this book is about.


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Cover Breakdown: Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

BY DJ DeSmyter, JULY 10, 2014 | PERMALINK

When Harper Teen first announced Victoria Aveyard's Red Queen, I knew it was a book I had to have. With its exciting fantasy premise involving magic, secrets and rebellion, what's not to love? Am I right? And then a few weeks ago, they revealed the cover and I had a fanboy moment that involved lots of gushing and flailing. So let's take a look!


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Mary E. Pearson on the Importance of Writing Strong Women

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, JULY 10, 2014 | PERMALINK

While we all love a strong hero, we love a strong heroine even more. Sadly, strong heroines aren't always as easy to find despite being incredibly important. Today, in celebration of her newest novel, The Kiss of Deception, YA author Mary E. Pearson shares her thoughts on the importance of writing strong women. Take a look:

Women are strong.

Damn strong. And clever. And brave. And resourceful. Their strengths are vast and varied and they use them every day to survive and make our world better — and their strength can be different from men’s in a myriad of ways. We aren’t just rewriting a male hero in a dress. It’s important to celebrate a woman’s strengths without a man’s strengths even coming into the equation. I think very often we speak about women in a terminology that has grown from a male centric viewpoint. The weaker sex? Not by a long shot.  

Sometimes I think this is a no-brainer. We all know this by now, right? Maybe not. I think we’re still working out the finer points of honoring the female experience, voice and perspective in our literature and in the world at large.


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