Teaser Tuesdays (64)

Teaser-Tuesdays
Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly meme hosted by The Purple Booker. In this meme, we grab our current read, open it to a random page and share two teaser sentences from somewhere on that page with our readers.

Click HERE to view all my ‘Teaser Tuesdays‘ posts.

Here is my teaser:

“Oh, forgive me,” Mr. Wang says with a laugh. “Lord knows people pronounce my first name wrong all the time, too. I mean seriously, Chuang Wang? My parents hate me.”
There’s some laughter which takes the attention off of me, and some guy raises his hand and says that his dad’s name is also Chuang.

~ p. 40 The Break Up Support Group by Cheyanne Young

What’s your teaser for this week?

Month In Review: January 2017

I’m bringing the old month in review meme back from the death. The last time I hosted this meme was back in June 2014…what a long time ago. I was still in uni back then. Anyway, now the meme is back, and as the title suggests, in this meme I talk about what I’ve been upto this month.

January was an extremely busy month for me. My book, Sally Sleuth and The Missing Mice, released on January 30, 2017. I’ve been busy prepping the book and setting up some promotions for it. Also, with the holidays and inviting people over and all that, I’ve been more than a little busy!

I did manage to review six books last month.

  1. Lost Girls by Merrie Destefano
  2. Sweet by Lisa Hahn
  3. To See a Jaguar by E. Etinger
  4. Cubicle to Cuba by Heidi Siefkas
  5. Murder at Midnight by John Ukah
  6. Eidolons by Harrison Fountain

I also hosted a bunch of starter day parties this month.

We hosted several release blitzes.

A few book spotlights, excerpts and interviews.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? (96)

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? is a weekly meme hosted by BookDate. It’s where book bloggers gather to talk about what books they read and reviewed last week, what books they’re currently reading and what books they’re planning to read. This is a great way for me to plan my reading week, and to take a sneak peek at what others are reading.

Finished Reading

Currently Reading

I didn’t get to read much last week, but I hope to catch up on some books this week. What are you planning to read this week?

Book Spotlight: 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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Book Excerpt Poisoned Iris

Book Excerpt

Difference Is Not a Crime

Five words above a painting. Nothing more, nothing less. It shouldn’t have that much impact on my life, yet this sentence had been in the back of my head since the first time I’d seen it in my fourteenth year. That was the day I finally had been brave enough to go on our building’s roof, which my brother had made me discover on my birthday several weeks earlier.

“Welcome to our little corner of freedom, lil’ sister,” Memphis had told me before laughing, as he rarely did, when he’d seen my more than enthusiastic reaction.

I’d believed with all my heart that it was true while we were lying down and enjoying the sun before the sky had gotten cloudy and it’d begun to rain.

Even though this place was always synonymous with freedom, something inside me had changed after discovering these words on a Penia 37 building, written in red capitals by one person, then barred in black by another.

“Difference is not a crime.”

A statement. A cry in the world. A truth.

A lie to me. Because I’d realized at this very moment that, in reality, although our apartment and this roof had no bars, if I were in theory free to leave whenever I wanted, I was indeed in a prison and sentenced to stay in it until the end of my life.

Because I was different from those who lived outdoors, and this difference would get me executed if anyone saw me outside.

It was as if I’d committed the most abominable acts when I’d never asked to be born as I was. When I’d never asked to be born on this side of the Styx Sea, far from the city of Elysion where the Non-Infecteds like me were living. When I’d never asked for skin that wasn’t like the Infecteds of Tartaros.

I might not know who the person hidden behind those words was, if they’d lived before or after mankind had entered in this new era, if that sentence had been inspired by their color, their religion, their origin, their sexual orientation, or even because they were born without the Red Plague, like me, but I knew they were wrong.

About the Book

Athens was once the cradle of civilization. Now it’s slowly but surely becoming the tomb of humanity.

The Red Plague, a violent virus which had run rampant decades ago, left its imprint on the planet and the flesh of men. All that remains of the modern world is an endless wasteland of ruins—Erebos—and two cities—Elysion, the obscure island of the Non-Infecteds about which no one knows a thing, and, Tartaros, the crumbling town of the Infecteds where despair, hatred, violence and poverty are the operative words.

And at the heart of this universe lives Irisya, a sixteen-year-old Non-Infected girl, staying recluse in her home to be safe and relying on her brother, Memphis, for everything.

But then, one day, he disappears without a trace.

Irisya has no choice. To save him, to survive, she will have to brave all the dangers of the outside world.

Links

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Waiting on Wednesday (57)

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Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill from Breaking The Spine that spotlights upcoming releases bloggers are eagerley anticipating. These can be debut novels, sequels, eBooks,…as long as they aren’t released yet.

Click HERE to view all my ‘Waiting on Wednesday‘ posts.

I’m waiting for…

Title: My Clueless Broken Heart
Author: Jennifer DiGiovanni
Genre: Young Adult, 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.

Add on Goodreads.

This looks like an interesting book. What’s on your waiting on wednesday list today?

Book Tours: Starter Day Party The Secret Billionaire

I’m hosting the starter day party today for the book tour for YA mystery “The Secret Billionaire”. The tour runs from January 25 to February 1st.

Tour Schedule

January 25th: Starter Day Party and Giveaway @ I Heart Reading

January 25th: Promo Post @ Lilly’s Book World

January 27th: Book Excerpt and Giveaway @ Bookworm for Kids

January 27th: Promo Post @ Ogitchida Kwe’s Blog

January 29th: Promo Post @ Books, Dreams, Life

January 30th: Book Excerpt @ Michael Thal’s Blog

About the Book

secretbillionaire-smallcoverTitle: The Secret Billionaire

Author: Teymour Shahabi

Genre: Young Adult Mystery

March 24. Billionaire Lyndon Surway takes off in his private plane and never returns.

His will leaves the entirety of his wealth—one of the largest fortunes in history—to his “dear friend Lucian Baker.” Only there is no trace of anyone by that name. And the fortune itself is nowhere to be found.

Andrew Day knows nothing of wealth and privilege, but he won a scholarship to study at the most exclusive school in the country, in the town where the mystery, decades later, remains unsolved. There he discovers friendship and danger with the aristocratic Cameron and the beautiful Olivia. But watchful eyes follow him everywhere… Until, one night, he comes across a secret that will change his life. As he begins to unravel what really happened to the Surway fortune, the question remains: who is Lucian Baker?

Winner: Northern California Book Festival, Best Young Adult Book, 2016
Winner: Great Midwest Book Festival, Best Young Adult Book, 2016

Author Bio

teymour-shahabi-author-photo-colorTeymour Shahabi was born in Paris in 1985 of Persian parents. He moved to the United States to study Comparative Literature and Mathematics at Harvard University. He currently lives in New York City, where he’s spent the last few years among serious professionals who probably have no idea he’s doing this. The Secret Billionaire is his first published book.

You can watch (and help) him try to figure out writing and life at www.youtube.com/PageWingChannel.

Links

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Website
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Youtube
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Teaser Tuesdays (63)

Teaser-Tuesdays
Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly meme hosted by The Purple Booker. In this meme, we grab our current read, open it to a random page and share two teaser sentences from somewhere on that page with our readers.

Click HERE to view all my ‘Teaser Tuesdays‘ posts.

Here is my teaser:

“Are you going out tonight?” I ask. “With friends from school?”
His eyes slide from the road to me. “No. Why?”
I lift a shoulder. “What else does one do on fall break?”
He pauses, like he needs to think about his answer. “Sleep. Eat. Maybe you and I can hang out. If you’re not busy with homework.”

~ p. 7 My Clueless Broken Heart by Jennifer DiGiovanni

What’s your teaser for this week?

Book Review and Giveaway Eidolons

Title: Eidolons
Author: Harrison Fountain
Genre: Literary Fantasy
Rating: 4 stars
Purchase: Amazon
Review copy provided by Enchanted Book Promotions in exchange for an honest review.

When TK dies in a car accident, the Grim Reaper gives him a second chance at life, but he says it’s more fun being a ghost. As he haunts his small Iowa town, his sleek shell of sarcasm cracks to a terrified lonely inner self. Find out why he’d rather be dead.

One afternoon, TK woke up dead. Rather than returning for a second chance at life, he decided to stay a ghost, and haunt the living in his small Iowa town. There’s a lot more to TK and his life than you can guess at first, and as the story unravels, you find yourself more and more invested in his life.

TK died during a car accident. Then we’re taken back to the days before his accident, and what brought TK to that scene in the first place. TK is a very realistic, compelling character, well-crafted, sense of humor, and for a book heavy on characterization, that’s a plus. As a ghost, he meets other ghosts, each with their own life story and background that make them unique.

The plot was entertaining and different from what I expected, with a lot of twists I didn’t see coming. The supernatural elements were refreshing and original, and I really enjoyed this book – so much that I read it in on sitting.

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? (95)

itsmonday

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? is a weekly meme hosted by BookDate. It’s where book bloggers gather to talk about what books they read and reviewed last week, what books they’re currently reading and what books they’re planning to read. This is a great way for me to plan my reading week, and to take a sneak peek at what others are reading.

Finished Reading

Currently Reading

I didn’t get to read much last week, but I hope to catch up on some books this week. What are you planning to read this week?