Thursday, June 30, 2016

Atria Books Blog Tour, Review, & Giveaway: Up In Flames (Abbi Glines)

A Rosemary Beach Novel
(on sale June 28, 2016)

#1 New York Times bestselling author Abbi Glines returns to Rosemary Beach one last time in this highly-anticipated finale and much beloved series.
Spoiled. Selfish. Rich girl. Villan. Slut.
As the Prada-clad bad girl of Rosemary Beach, Nan Dillon has been called every vile name under the hot summer sun. Some of her reputation is deserved—she’s never had to worry about anything but maintaining her perfect figure and splitting Daddy’s private jet with her brother, Rush.

But Nan is far from happy. Rush has another kid on the way and doesn’t have time to catch up with his sister. Grant, the last guy she truly cared about, chose to be with her half-sister, Harlow, instead of her. And Harlow, who has never gotten over the way Nan treated her when she first moved to town, remains distant.
So when Major asks her out, she jumps at the chance to date the gorgeous charmer. Though she doesn’t know much about the sweet-talking Texan, and though it’s clear he doesn’t want to be exclusive, dating him beats hanging out with vapid socialites or watching Netflix alone at home.
For a while, Nan deals with Major’s playboy ways, but after he burns her one too many times, she takes off for an impromptu wild weekend in Vegas. There, she meets Gannon, a darkly seductive and oh-so-dangerous businessman who knows exactly how to handle her.
With Major asking for a second chance and Gannon haunting her dreams, Nan has to decide who to give her heart to. But what she doesn’t realize is that these players are involved in a much bigger game—and they’re already two moves ahead of her.

UP IN FLAMES by Abbi Glines

Atria Books | 256 pages | ISBN: 9781501115394, $15.00 | June 28, 2016 | eBook ISBN: 9781501115400, $7.99

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Abbi Glines is the New York Times, USA TODAY, and Wall Street Journal bestselling author of the Rosemary Beach, Field Party, Sea Breeze, Vincent Boys, and Existence series. A devoted book lover, Abbi lives with her family in Alabama. She maintains a Twitter addiction at @AbbiGlines and can also be found at and


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Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Waiting On Wednesday: The Great Pursuit (Wendy Higgins)

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event that is hosted by Jill at 
and spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

Book: The Great Pursuit
Author: Wendy Higgins
Hardback Edition, 512 pages
Publication Date: March 7th, 2017
Publisher:  HarperTeen

Lochlanach has traded the great beast for something far more terrible, a Lashed enemy veiled in beauty, deception, and a vengeance passed down through generations: Rozaria Rocato. And she’s offering the hunter Paxton Seabolt power and acceptance he could never receive in his homeland. Pax must decide how far he’s willing to go under her tutelage, knowing she is the opponent of Princess Aerity Lochson.
In a land where traditionalists dread change, the Lochlan throne must contend with mysterious foes and traitors, while attempting to keep revolt at bay. As dire circumstances strike the royal family, matters of the castle are left in Aerity’s hands. It's time to put aside her fears and grasp the reign, taking actions that have the potential to save or destroy her people.
One hunt has ended, but the pursuit for love and justice continue. In this sequel to The Great Hunt from New York Times bestselling author Wendy Higgins, political intrigue and romance intensify in another thrilling fantasy. Princess Aerity embraces a quest for identity and passion before making the ultimate sacrifice for her kingdom.

What book are you looking forward to??

FFBC Blog Tour, Interview, & Giveaway: Change Places With Me (Lois Metzger)

Change Places with Me
by Lois Metzger
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Release Date: June 14th 2016
Genre: Young Adult, Science Fiction, Fiction, Mystery, Fantasy

Rose has changed. She still lives in the same neighborhood with her stepmother and goes to the same high school with the same group of kids, but when she woke up today, something was just a little different than it was before. The dogs who live upstairs are no longer a terror. Her hair and her clothes all feel brand-new. She wants to throw a party—this from a girl who hardly ever spoke to her classmates before. There is no more sadness in her life; she is bursting with happiness.
But something still feels wrong to Rose. Because, until very recently, Rose was an entirely different person—a person who is still there inside her, just beneath the thinnest layer of skin.

Who is your favorite character in the book?

Clara, who appears about halfway through the book. Strange to say, it’s her unlikeableness that I like about her. Clara wouldn’t approve that I’m writing about her here. She doesn’t like to be noticed. She wears drab flannel shirts and overalls and keeps her bangs long so you can’t see her eyes. If you ask her a question, you might need to repeat it, because she’s so off in her own world she might not hear you. She had a best friend, Kim, when she was younger, but when we first meet Clara she has no friends. She calls her stepmother, Evelyn, “Evil Lynn,” which gives you a good idea of how Clara feels about her. If Clara ever put a slogan on a t-shirt, it might say: Leave Me Alone, which of course would defeat the purpose since that would call too much attention to her.

Which came first, the title or the novel?

Definitely the novel. Titles are tricky, and often it takes several rewrites of a book before the final title settles in. I always write my novels in three parts (beginning, middle, end), and each part has its own title. At one time or another, in the case of Change Places with Me, each of these mini-titles was the title for the whole book—“Forget-Me-Not,” “The Glass Coffin,” “You Are Here.” But after one critical scene that occurs about two-thirds of the way into the book, the line “Change places with me” stuck, and held.

What scene in the book are you most proud of, and why?

At one point Clara agrees to let her old friend, Kim, put stage make-up on her; Kim is practicing for the school play. Kim makes Clara up as an old, scarred woman. When Clara sees herself in the mirror, the reflection has a profound effect on her. It’s like she’s seeing her future self or, more precisely, her present self, because that’s how she feels on the inside. I like this scene because it brings out the essence of Clara for the reader and for Clara herself.

Thinking way back to the beginning, what’s the most important thing you've learned as a writer from then to now?

A piece of advice I got about writing: “There’s always a way.” Whenever you feel lost or hopeless about what you’re working on—and it happens way too often—it really helps to know that whatever you want to say, you can say because, no matter what forbidding thoughts you’re thinking at the moment, it can be said. 

What do you like most about the cover of the book?

I’m insane about the cover! I think it’s just perfect. My favorite part is the tendrils and leaves that swirl and reach and find their way off the cover and onto the flaps and the title pages. Also, when you take the cover off, there’s an imprint of a rose on the book itself. It’s beautiful.

Which character gave you the most trouble when writing your latest book?

Rose, who we meet at the very beginning of the book. Rose is happy, too happy; she feels like every day is like a gift you don’t need to unwrap. Usually this type of person would irritate me no end, so I had to find a way to make her tolerable. And it’s this: something is wrong and you sense it from the start. Rose’s happiness is illusory, and for me it was a fine line to walk, to make Rose interesting to the reader (despite her over-the-top happiness) and also make it clear that her happiness is built on a far less solid foundation that she thinks.

Which part of the writing process do you enjoy more: Drafting or Revising?

No hesitation with this answer—revising! My favorite part of writing is when something is nearly there; you just need to tweak and polish and cut what’s not necessary. Sometimes it’s when you think you’re almost finished that something huge comes out of nowhere and all kinds of things come together in ways you hadn’t seen. Then you have to go back through the entire book and prepare for it, and this makes the book more “all of a piece.” That’s the best, when that happens.

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Lois Metzger was born in Queens and has always written for young adults. She is the author of five novels and two nonfiction books about the Holocaust, and she has edited five anthologies. Her short stories have appeared in collections all over the world. Her writing has also appeared in The New Yorker, The Nation, and The Huffington Post. She lives in New York City with her husband and son.

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Monday, June 27, 2016

FFBC Blog Tour, Promo & Giveaway: Unplugged (Donna Freitas)

Unplugged (The Wired #1)
by Donna Freitas
Publisher: Harper Children's
Release Date: June 21st 2016
Genre: Young Adult, Science Fiction, Dystopia

The first book in a provocative new series from acclaimed author Donna Freitas—Feed for a new generation.
Humanity is split into the App World and the Real World—an extravagant virtual world for the wealthy and a dying physical world for the poor. Years ago, Skylar Cruz’s family sent her to the App World for a chance at a better life.
Now Skye is a nobody, a virtual sixteen-year-old girl without any glamorous effects or expensive downloads to make her stand out in the App World. Yet none of that matters to Skye. All she wants is a chance to unplug and see her mother and sister again.
But when the borders between worlds suddenly close, Skye loses that chance. Desperate to reach her family, Skye risks everything to get back to the physical world. Once she arrives, however, she discovers a much larger, darker reality than the one she remembers.
In the tradition of M. T. Anderson’s Feed and Scott Westerfeld’s Uglies, Unplugged kicks off a thrilling and timely sci-fi series for teens from an award-winning writer.

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Donna Freitas is an author of fiction, nonfiction, and articles that appear in newspapers, magazines, and on blogs. Born in Rhode Island, Donna now splits her time between New York City and Barcelona.