Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Ontario Teen Book Festival Author Spotlight + Giveaway: Jessica Brody!

It's hard to believe that 2 years ago, Jessica Brody was my featured author for this same festival! The OTBF has always been a staple in my reading life, and I'm so excited to feature Jessica again this year.

But first, a little bit about the event:
When: Saturday March 9th , 9 am to 5 pm
Where: Colony High School 3850 E. Riverside Drive, Ontario, CA 91761
The Ontario Teen Book Fest Website: http://www.ontariotbf.org/
THIS IS A FREE AND UNTICKETED EVENT! There is also a FREE lunch provided by Panera Bread!
The event is sponsored by Once Upon A Time. They will have books available for purchase at the event. There will also be t-shirts and posters available for purchase as well.
Their website: http://www.shoponceuponatime.com/

And here's the rest of the tour stops, put together by the wonder Sara Elizabeth Santana:

February 26th 
Spotlight on Abdi Nazemian - What A Nerd Girl Says

February 27th 
Spotlight on Cindy Pon - Bookchelle
Spotlight on Suzanne Young - Movies Shows N Books

February 28th 
Spotlight on Isabel Quintero - Read Now Sleep Later

March 1st 
Spotlight on Amy Spalding - Nite Lite Book Reviews
Spotlight on Julie Buxbaum - My Fangirl Chronicles

March 2nd 
Spotlight on Demetra Brodsky - Adventures of a Book Junkie
Spotlight on Kayla Cagan - Movies Shows N Books

March 3rd 
Spotlight on Emily Wibberley and Austin Siegemund-Broka - BookCrushin'

March 4th 
Spotlight on Jeff Sweat - Movies Shows n Books
Spotlight on Robin Reul - What A Nerd Girl Says

March 5th 
Spotlight on Jessica Brody - The Readers Antidote

March 6th 
Spotlight on Stephanie Garber - Adventures of a Book Junkie

March 7th 
Spotlight on Jennifer Brody - Bookschief Managed
Spotlight on Carrie Arcos - Read Now Sleep Later

March 8th 
Spotlight on Nicole Maggi - Bookchelle
Spotlight on Mary Weber - BookCrushin'


Wednesday, October 10, 2018

What They Don't Know Blog Tour - Guest Post + GIVEAWAY!

So happy I could be the final stop on the blog tour for Nicole Maggi's new book: What They Don't Know! Before I get to my guest post, check out the blogs on the rest of the tour:

OCT 2nd - What A Nerd Girl Says - Guest Post

OCT 3rd - Bookschief Managed - Interview 

OCT 4th - Movies Shows n Books - Guest Post

OCT 5th - Luna Reviews - Guest Post

OCT 6th - Gryffindor Books - Interview

OCT 7th - Knightingale Reviews - Interview

OCT 8th - Starkiller Reads - Interview

OCT 9th - Nite Lite Book Reviews - Guest Post


Mellie has always been the reliable friend, the good student, the doting daughter. But when an unspeakable act leads her to withdraw from everyone she loves, she is faced with a life-altering choice―a choice she must face alone.

Lise stands up―and speaks out―for what she believes in. And when she notices Mellie acting strangely, she gets caught up in trying to save her...all while trying to protect her own secret. One that might be the key to helping Mellie.

Told through Mellie and Lise's journal entries, this powerful, emotional novel chronicles Mellie's struggle to decide what is right for her and the unbreakable bond formed by the two girls on their journey.


Nicole was born in the suburban farm country of upstate New York, and began writing at a very early age. Of course, her early works consisted mainly of poems about rainbows and unicorns, although one of them was good enough to win honorable mention in a national poetry contest! (Perhaps one of the judges was a ten-year-old girl.) Throughout high school, her creative writing was always nurtured and encouraged.

Nicole attended Emerson College as an acting major, and graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. Post-college, she worked as an actress in New York City for over a decade, focusing mainly on Shakespeare and the classics. 

Now living in Los Angeles, Nicole balances writing full-time with motherhood. WINTER FALLS, the first in her TWIN WILLOWS TRILOGY (Medallion Press, 2014) is her debut novel. She has a stand-alone novel, HEARTLINES, coming out in February 2015 with SourceBooks Fire, as well as the second and third novels in the TWIN WILLOWS TRILOGY in 2015 and 2016.


So, the truth is that I'm very bad at coming up with guest post ideas, so I'm glad Nicole could take the wheel on this one. Me - a post about the relevance of your book and whether you wrote that on purpose because of the climate or if it was a coincidence

I started writing this book in early 2016. The promise of our first female president was ripe in the air, and in June of that year the Supreme Court overturned Texas’s restrictive abortion clinic law that shut down so many clinics in that state and throughout the country. For a moment, I worried that this book would be irrelevant by the time it came out.

Then November 8, 2016 happened.

Suddenly, this book became my most important form of resistance. I didn’t set out to write a political book, but during this process I realized that writing about abortion is inherently a political act. Though I had no idea when I started the book that it would be released into such a politically charged climate, the book was always going to be political. It was always going to be controversial.

I wrote the bulk of the first draft in the months right after the election. I think I had to turn it in the week after Trump took office. That first rough draft was filled with so much raw emotion at what had happened. When I got my first editorial letter, one of the notes my editor gave me was, “Sooo….Lise kind of feels like a mouthpiece for the feminist agenda.” And I was like, that’s ‘cause she is…Ha! Through two rounds of major edits, one round of line edits, and then a last round of copyedits, I carefully fine-tuned exactly what I wanted to say with the book. I made sure the characters were their own people, not just mouthpieces. And I was writing now in our new normal, a world where daily outrage has become exhausting, where the news changes by the hour, and where we are now engaged in an all-out war on women.

On June 27th, when Justice Kennedy announced his retirement, the book was long since finished and on its way to the printer. But I emailed my editor and asked if I had time to make changes. I wanted the book to reflect the future that it would be released into, one where abortion is illegal in half the country, which is what will happen if Roe v. Wade is overturned. She told me I had two days to make changes. I did it in one day. So that is the reality in the world of the book. It’s set about 30 seconds in the future.

So the book is a product of both climate and coincidence. But I’m not really sure I believe in coincidences. Reproductive rights has always been one of my priorities. My mother fought for them, and passed that legacy on to me. I think it was inevitable that I was going to write about this issue some day. And I think deep down, even though I believed that things were getting better for women, I knew that this was still a fight that I was going to have to shed blood for. Even if we had a female president right now. I knew this issue wasn’t going to go away. There’s a scene at the end of the book, where Lise is facing off with an anti-choice classmate, and she says, “the two of us…facing off across a gulf of pro-choice and anti-choice that I don’t think will ever be bridged, at least not in my lifetime.” And that’s how I feel. This is a war that we have been fighting for over 40 years and I don’t think the end is in sight.

I had no idea how timely this book would be upon its release, and I wish it wasn’t so timely. But because it is, I hope that people will read it with an open mind. I hope that even if that gulf isn’t bridged, that people at least start to have an understanding of the people on the other side.


This is a rafflecopter giveaway with 2 prizes: each person will one signed copy of What They Don't Know (personalization will be available, as the copies are coming from Nicole herself!). THE GIVEAWAY WILL RUN FROM OCTOBER 2ND UNTIL OCTOBER 11TH, US ONLY!

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Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Review: Love & Gelato and Love & Luck by Jenna Evans Welch

First of all, I’m so glad to be back reviewing books on the blog. I’m going to try to be more vigilant about doing this more often.

I read Love & Luck first because I’d just ordered it from Barnes & Noble and it takes place in Ireland! Not that I don’t LOVE Florence, but I was really feeling an Irish road trip. That being said, it helps a little to have read Love & Gelato before reading this one just to know the characters a little, but, honestly, I didn’t miss much from reading them out of order. Both of these books are cute, fluffy romances with issues that a lot of teens seem to be facing more and more, but with the twist of being in another country for the first time against their will. I really enjoyed the addition of the mom’s journal in Love & Gelato, and the guidebook in Love & Luck; it added that little extra something that just made me devour these books. I think I like Love & Gelato better, but ask me tomorrow and I may have a different answer. Overall, they were enjoyable, quick reads that will definitely satisfy your wanderlust this summer!

So the reason I didn’t totally fall in love with either of these books fully is because LaG ended a little too perfectly with them saying they were in love with each other in less than a week, and LaL ended without the MC even getting to kiss her love interest! If the author had found a balance between those for both books but in slightly different ways, I would absolutely adore these. But each book takes place in a favorite spot of mine, and so I really couldn’t help but love it.

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

I'm Back! Sort of...

Hi lovely followers. If you've been here for a while, you'll notice that I've tweaked the look the of the blog (I know, surprise, surprise). If you're just visiting from my bookstagram account, welcome! It's a little messy around here right now, but I don't really plan on cleaning it up. I really wanted to give my blog a face lift so that I can refer back to it a lot more, write little reviews for books, etc.

Book blogging used to take up a lot of my life. Now it's more like Netflix, work, writing, reading when I can, married life, hanging with friends who also have a life, and so many other things. I feel bad for slacking on my blog, but the truth is that I have much higher priorities now! That being said, I want to be able to write reviews and some puff pieces, and use my bookstagram as an outlet for those. So stay tuned for possible read-a-longs, more event recaps, and of course book reviews!


Sunday, February 25, 2018

Ontario Teen Book Fest: Spotlight on Josephine Angelini

And I'm back! My second author for the Ontario Teen Book Festival is Josephine Angelini, author of the Starcrossed trilogy and the Worldwalker trilogy.

But first! Here's a little about the event once again:
  • When: Saturday March 3rd , 9am to 5pm
  • Where: Colony High School 3850 E. Riverside Drive, Ontario, CA 91761
  • The Ontario Teen Book Fest Website: http://www.ontariotbf.org/
  • THIS IS A FREE AND UNTICKETED EVENT! There is also a FREE lunch provided by Panera Bread!
  • If you want to post about it on social media, use the hashtag #ontariotbf!
The event is sponsored by Once Upon A Time. They will have books available for purchase at the event. There will also be t-shirts and posters available for purchase as well. You can find out more about them on their website: http://www.shoponceuponatime.com/
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