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The Winner's Curse by Marie Rutkoski (Review)

"unlike any book I've read before"

The Bodies We Wear by Jeyn Roberts (Review)

"as things normally go, it is in the darkest moments where we see some sort of light."

Accordance by Shelly Crane (Review)

"Accordance was a great second installment to one of my all-time favorite series!"

From Ashes by Molly McAdams (Review)

"The romance was amazing, I became so invested in the characters, and the story held me in its grasp from beginning to end."

The Queen of Zombie Hearts by Gena Showalter (Review)

"white-hot romance, amazing characters"

Of Monsters and Madness by Jessica Verday (Review)

"The world was spectacularly built ..."

Blood-Drenched Beard by Daniel Galera (Review)

"a bit too confusing and foreign for me to fully enjoy"

Review + #Giveaway: Polaroid Cube + Accessories

"a chance to win not only the Cube Cam itself, but 5 custom designed accessories that will make using the Cube 10000x more fun"

Friday, April 17, 2015

Author Interview: Clara Stone

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Author Interview 


Hi, Clara! Welcome to Bookish and thank you so much for taking part in Indie Girl April!

Thank you so much for having me! It’s always fun to stop by super awesome blogs like yours!


To start things off, why don’t you tell us a little bit about your books?

My books are all about how love concurs all! I’m cheesy romantic and I swoon over movies like “She’s all that”, “10 Things I hate about you”, or “P.S. I love you.” So when I write, I like to add extra sugar to all my romances. But most importantly, I’ve been trying real hard to include a message in my stories too, because for a lot of readers, including myself, books are what too real. They set expectations and standards in our reality.


Where do you come up with the ideas for your stories?

Honestly, I don’t know. Some are from watching a whole bunch of mindless t.v. Other times it’s these concepts I wanted or want in my life, but didn’t have. For example, Forever Kinda Love is all about childhood best friends that fall in love and how they never let each other down. Well, it’s safe to say I never had a guy best friend growing up… so, yeah ☺.


You write some super sweet romance. Is that something you think you’ll always include? How important is including romance in what you write?

Thank you! I LOVE super sweet stuff. And honestly, if you pick of any one of my books, here are the two things you can definitely expect: Super sweet romance, and how love makes, cures, breaks, everything and everyone around it.

And I don’t think I can ever write any stories that wouldn’t’ have romance or… short, as I recently found out.



This is something I’m always curious about, probably because I’m so picky about it when I write things, but how do you choose names for your characters? Is it whatever comes to mind, or do they have meaning, or what?

Hmm…. This is a tough one for me. I usually look for inspiration from books I read or shows I watch. Heath’s name was born out of Heathcliff from one of my favorite books—Wuthering Heights. But his brothers names came about because I needed names that started with H and are somewhat awkward—Hudson and Harrington.


In the same vein, how do you choose the titles for your books? And do the titles usually come before or after you’ve written the novels?

Honestly, I have no idea. Forever Kinda Love is probably the only book that came to me before I even started to write the story. But every book I’ve written so far, I’ve had different working title vs. published title. So I guess, my titles come from mostly completed story?


Do you have a favorite character from your books? Who is it and why?

Oh, Gosh. I’m completed biased toward Dean. He was my first born fictional character and the one I can’t always channel. He’s loyal to a fault, but never, ever thinks before he acts.


Can you tell us a bit what your writing process is like? How long does it usually take? And is the process the same for each of your books?

My writing process has been changing from book to book. I used to be a punster. But now, I think I’m a little bit of both. I plan to a certain point, then write however and wherever my characters take me.


What has been your favorite thing about being an author?

My favorite part is the fact that I can sit across from my favorite authors and talk to them, like I’m completely cool with the conversation, while inside I’m internally screaming, OMG OMG OMG, she’s talking to me. Keep it cool. Keep it cool! Second favorite thing is when I hear from MY awesome readers. I fangirl over their words.

I received a heart felt email from a fan recently—my first one—and I couldn’t stop smiling about it. It was so sweet and touching to hear from them and to know they connected with my story, my words so deeply, they took the time to write to me. Me, the nobody!


What are you currently working on? And what can we expect from you in the future?

Currently, I’m working on writing a brand new book: Butterly Pieces ←I’m sure this will change, and semi-plotting Book 3 in Lovelly series.

Expect the unexpected, with the exception of experience the joy of Love AND lots and lots of romance. Sweet sweet romance with a hint of spice in it ;).



Before we say our goodbyes, can you tell us something random about yourself? Just for funsies. And then that favorite character you mentioned--can you tell us something random about them, too?

Hmm… Random? I’m not exciting, so I don’t know. Hmm.. Oh, for the first time since…ever, I went on a weekend sleep over with some of my girlfriends and it was AMAZING!

Dean projects “world’s biggest jerk” attitude when he really likes a girl. He’s never grown up from being a ten year old in that aspect ;).



Thank you so, so much for dropping by, Clara! You rock. You’ll need to visit again soon! :)

Thank you for having me! It was so much for doing the interview!



About Clara

Clara Stone lives in the beautiful city of Boise, ID. Unlike what most believe about Idaho, it’s more than a sack full of potatoes. When she’s not writing, you’ll catch Clara reading YA and NA books, mostly romance, and enjoying time with her family. She is a proud CW TV addict.
(Clara Stone is the pen name of author Priya Kanaparti.)
 



About Flirting with Love

Hudson and Blake Lovelly lead a charmed life—successful careers, loving family, beautiful home. Now, on the eve of their daughter’s birth, they’re counting their blessings. Life wasn’t always so generous . . .

Fifteen years ago, seventeen-year-old Blake Voss walked into Cranbrook Preparatory High to participate in the school year’s most-prestigious debate competition. She never expected to fall for the pretentious, golden-haired boy on the opposing debate team, and he never expected to be ensnared by the quick-witted prankster with a heart of gold.

Their mutual love for joking pretense soon leads them to pull their biggest prank yet--pretending to be in love. But when danger threatens, Hudson can’t conceal his growing affection. He’ll do anything to be with Blake, even if it means risking his heart to protect her.

They didn’t plan for their friendship to grow into a love story. But sometimes, all it takes is a little Hope.

This powerful companion to Forever Kinda Love tells the history of Hudson and Blake’s relationship. Laced with haunting emotion and beautiful sentiment, this is a tale about overcoming even the darkest moments, reminding us all to love more. 

Give more. 

Without regrets.



More of Clara's Books


Forever Kinda Love (Lovelly, #1)  Dracian Legacy (Dracian, # 1)  Butterfly Pieces






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Thursday, April 16, 2015

Guest Post by Katherine Owen Discussing Tally Landon in the "Truth In Lies Series"


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Grief arrives in such unexpected ways and moments. I can't decipher if it's the remembering that is more painful or if the incessant worry of not remembering everything about her that might be worse. 

You can't really hear heartbreak. It is remarkably silent but excruciating all the same.  
Because the death of a loved one--that loss--is like a bacteria your body never really rids itself of. It's always there, just waiting to re-ignite and burn through you all over again.

You know what they say about air and water when it comes to fire, don't you? She asks. Now, I'm curious. She hasn't spoken for the last ten minutes of the drive. What? Too much air blows our the fire. Too much water destroys it.  


 


Guest Post

Book fans loved This Much Is True, the first book in the Truth In Lies series, and my foray into
New Adult Fiction (a newish genre that deals with characters between the ages of 17 and 26).
Along with that embrace and love for This Much Is True came the most complicated, either-you-
love-her-or-you-hate-her character in Talia “Tally” Landon.


To that end, Tally Landon has to be the most complex character I’ve written. After two books,
I’m not sure that me, as the writer, or readers completely get where she is coming from and why
she is the way she is.


So I thought I would spend some time discussing my most complex, polarizing character, Tally
Landon, and tell you a little about my process and where she comes from.

Tally is a product of my imagination. I write from a character-based perspective, meaning the
main characters tend to drive my writing and where it goes. I basically see them—how they
dress, how they talk, how they act long before I write the story down. I tend to know what their
pain is as much as where their happiness comes from just by envisioning them in my mind. For
me, the writing process is convoluted. It can take weeks, sometimes months, of thinking about
how the story should go—in imagining these characters—before I get anything worthwhile down
on paper.


When I first imagined Tally, she was an artist when she meets up with baseball star Lincoln
Presley. The first few drafts for a class I was taking at The Writers Studio, and then later, when I
was attempting to write this novel, showed Tally as this innocent girl meeting this very famous
guy.


But it was boring. Trust me. I’d seen it a thousand times in New Adult Fiction, which is probably
where the inclination to write such a story came from in the first place, but after some careful
evaluation,  I decided we didn't need another story like that. At least, I wouldn't be writing it.
So, I started asking more what-if type of questions to further flush out my story concept. What if
she was becoming famous in her own right? What if she was also an athlete of sorts? I was
excited about the contrasts developing with this concept and finally settled upon the idea of a
love story between two rising stars—one—a ballerina, and the other—a baseball player.
Talia Landon. And Lincoln Presley.


I loved exploring the differences between ballet and baseball, where even gender tended to play
a role in how things worked out with these two. The often difficult choices these characters
made for their chosen professions became clear, where even the nuances of how the money
awarded in one sport didn’t necessarily transfer to the other created these stark differences
between them. I also learned just how hard these athletes work as well as how much they had
to sacrifice in their private lives to make it.


The emotional side with these two very talented people led to this inevitable connection
between them partly because they discovered they harbored the same fears—failing and falling
and losing—these same fears that tended to stifle them so much of the time.


Those fears started to resonate with me and the writing of this story. What would Tally do? What
would Linc sacrifice in his own way to be with her? I wasn’t exactly sure until I got deeper into
the writing of the story where I’d also begun to explore all of that goes along with the trappings
and triumphs of fame. So. All these factors started to come together in the writing of this first
book, This Much Is True. I knew I had some incredible characters to work with, and I was just
hoping to do the story justice by then.


In this first book, This Much Is True, Tally Landon is so self-absorbed and, at times, so hell-bent
on self-destruction in all these unexpected ways that she quickly becomes a polarizing
character for readers, which made her intriguing to write about. In the opening scene, Tally is
just 17 and experiences such profound tragedy. My goal was to have readers empathize with
her in those first few pages but also recognize her dark side.


To this end, Tally is more than a little lost, partly because of her age and what has recently
happened to her.  In one of the early scenes, her best friend Marla drags her to a party, where
Tally meets Lincoln Presley, whose star is already on the rise. She proceeds to lie to him about
who she is, and how old she is, because Tally Landon is in a survival mode. Lying is her coping
mechanism. It’s always worked for her in the past and lying allows her to maintain a distance
and keeps her from getting emotionally attached.


Tally’s singular goal was to escape her tragic story and concentrate solely on ballet. Right away,
after Linc and Tally met, both seemed to realize that the other represented a complication—a
complication neither one was ever able to deny again.


Tally was strong in so many ways but vulnerable in others, although she rarely allowed others to
see this in her. And yet, Linc saw this in her right away. He was ultimately bound to her—bound
to protect her—from the very moment they first meet. Tally's interactions with Linc showed her
secret desire for being loved for herself, of being wanted and liked, instead of just being admired
or sought after for her most famous talents.


One of my favorite scenes to write was when he cooked for her. Tally had a thing about food.
She denies herself food quite a bit throughout the novel. There are hints that she’s fought off
Anorexia the year before.


Even so, Linc nurtured and took care of her from the start, but Tally was having it. Her heart was
locked down, and she would not give it away. Linc seemed to hold the key to her heart, but it
took supreme sacrifice on both their parts in order for them to ever have a chance at finding
their way back to each other.

Tally’s vulnerability and darkness as well as Linc’s strength and lightness seems to keep
readers reading to find out what happens.

I mean, how often in a love story would two talented people in their own right with ballet and
baseball be written about? I hadn’t read a story like that, and I wanted to write it.

As it was, most readers loved This Much Is True and demanded more, so I wrote a second book
about them, The Truth About Air & Water, and released it in late August of 2014 almost a year
to the day since This Much Is True’s release.

So. If you like your love stories a little dark with so much angst that reading the book will have
you drinking wine and popping Advil at regular intervals, you might want to read my work.
Just so you know; I'm busy writing a third book about Linc and Tally titled Tell Me Something
True, right now, because my fans want even more of these two. If all goes according to my
convoluted plan, it will be out in late May 2015.

The Truth In Lies series has become a series, despite my despising series. All the novels follow
these two main characters as they struggle with fame and an epic love that sometimes seems
as bent on destroying them as much as it does on building them up.

Okay, maybe, that perspective is just mine. I don’t know. You tell me. Read the book, This
Much Is True.

In any case, I love my readers. I know every author says that, but do they really?
Thank you, Deb and Bookish, for having me here…
KO
Katherine Owen





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Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Rising Tide by Claudette Melanson (Review + Giveaway)






Genre:
Young Adult, Paranormal
Publication Date:February 18, 2014
Pages:394
Published By:  Author
WebsiteRising Tide on Goodreads

Claudette Melanson Website
My review copy:From Author in return for honest review in event

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Synopsis

Rising Tide will sink its fangs into you, keeping you awake into the wee hours of the night

Could Maura's life get any worse? ...turns out it most certainly can.

Isolated and sheltered by her lonely mother, Maura's never been able to make friends. She seems to drive her classmates away—except for the odd times they pay enough attention to torture her—but she doesn’t understand why. Maura considers herself to be a freak of nature, with her unusually pale skin and an aversion to the sun that renders her violently nauseous. Her belief is only worsened by the fact that almost everyone around her keeps their distance.

Even her own father deserted her before she was born, leaving Maura alone with her emotionally distant mother, Caelyn. Even though Maura is desperate for answers about her unknown parent, Caelyn remains heartbroken and her daughter can’t bring herself to reopen her mother’s wounds. Or is there a more sinister reason Caelyn refuses to utter a word about her long-lost love?

When a cruel prank nearly claims Maura’s life, one of her classmates, Ron, rushes to her rescue. Darkly handsome & mysteriously accepting, Ron doesn’t seem to want to stay away, but Maura is reluctant to get too close, since her mother has announced she’s moving the two of them to Vancouver…nearly 3,000 miles away from their hometown of Indiana, Pennsylvania.

If life wasn’t already challenging enough, Maura begins to experience bizarre, physical changes her mother seems hell bent on ignoring, compelling Maura to fear for her own life. Vicious nightmares, blood cravings, failing health and the heart-shattering loss of Ron—as well as the discovery of a tangled web of her own mother's lies—become obstacles in Maura's desperate quest for the unfathomable truth she was never prepared to uncover.

Sure to become of the Books to Read of the year, Rising Tide: Dark Innocence isn’t the usual tale of vampire erotica. This novel is a YA Vampire Romance that is certain to become one of the classic books of its time. Maura doesn’t live in Castle Dracula in Transylvania, but she must still discover the bloodlines constructing the creature she is destined to become.
(Goodreads)

Quotes
  I got into the car quickly.  My weirdness had scared off enough people.  I didn't want him to become yet another one of my lost causes.
  When Ron and my mother came into the kitchen I had one of the worst moments of my life.
  I saw Ron's mouth drop open in shock as he observed the girl he had spent a mostly typical, pleasant day at the amusement park with, greedily chomping into a raw piece of beef.
So ironically sad that now I had new friends I could hang out with at any time, I was leaving them very far behind.  It was my life, so yea, that figured. 
My Thoughts

  Rising Tide piqued my interest when I first spotted it on Goodreads.  This is the kind of book that you can easily go into and will have you considering all that you thought you were getting yourself into.  There is predictability and unpredictability, angst and change.  There is so much packed into just under 400 pages, and yet I am craving more.  Melanson undoubtedly created a trilogy that will pull readers in and have them waiting anxiously for the next book.

  I found myself in the start settling into the story quite easily.  There is a simple flow that pulls you in, almost feeling familiar.  There were some points that I felt that the story was following so many other plots, but there were so many little twists that Melanson placed throughout that reflecting I find this story anything but common.  There are so many little clues as to what was happening and I was sure that I knew, and yet some clues made me think maybe it was something else entirely.  It was these little bits of change and doubt on how sure I was that kept me going at times.  The plot though interesting did have some spots that were I felt the plot did slow down a bit.  However, the author did use the points to develop either the characters or the plot with more depth and dimension.   There was a wonderful foundation poured in this book, and I can only imagine what the next book will bring.

  Maura has a lot going on.  She is very much the typical girl that has grown used to being alone.  However, the changes occurring are bringing attention that she is not prepared for, and maybe she likes the ability to feel like a normal teenager for once.  In some characters this would irritate me to no end.  The girl just accepting that everyone has decided to be kind, but there are so many circumstances that surround her choice to believe.  It is also a platform in which Maura starts to change her own life and see that maybe she just isn't the same as everyone around her.  The changes that she is experiencing is even new to her and she seems to be trying to just accept things as they come at her.  I mostly enjoyed Maura's awkwardness and that she knew even as she was acting on impulse, that she should not be doing so and experienced so many feelings that I believe any person in her shoes would.

  Ron was kind of an anomaly.  I couldn't figure him out, yet he made a good romantic interest.  He always seemed to be there when Maura needed him, and witnessed some of her less flattering moments and he never seemed to show how odd he thought some of this was.  I would be lying if I didn't say that his lack of questioning didn't concern me.  There must be something that is missing and is yet to be added to the story, both his and Maura's.  His devotion to Maura and the way that he helped her gain some of her own confidence is admirable.  It is in these things that I found myself being okay with how quickly they came to rely upon each other, more so Maura relying on him.  Maybe relying on him is not the right words, but it was most definitely the biggest help in Maura's life having him.  There is so much that I feel I can't put into words with Ron and the romance Maura and him have, but I do know that there is something with them that I am excited to discover.

  Overall Rising Tide has me curious as to how everything will play out.  There are questions answered and so many that are still not.  I look forward to discovering what is behind the reasoning for certain peoples roles.  Claudette Melanson has a unique writing style and has the ability to keep you guessing, even when you are sure that you know what is going on.  I recommend this book to fans of the paranormal, vampires and that are looking for something a little different from the rest.



About the Author




Claudette Melanson lives in Guelph, Ontario, with her husband Ron and four bun babies: Tegan, Pepper, Butters & Beckett. She graduated from Indiana University of Pennsylvania with a BA in English and an MA in Literature. Vampires have been a passion since age five. She hopes to one day work full time as an author, since there are many, many books living inside her head.

In her spare time--what's that???--she loves to watch anime, game the XBox 360--especially Silent Hill Games, read great works of fiction & play with the bunnies. Coffee Lover, occasional blogger, Keto eater & movie watcher. RA changed her life in Dec of 2011 but she's fighting back every day with dietary changes and Enbrel!

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Giveaway

Thanks to Claudette we have 
1 PB copy of Rising Tide open INT!!!




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