Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Interview with Kimberly Sabatini

Can we take a moment to stare at the beautiful cover for TOUCHING THE SURFACE by Kimberly Sabatini. Ok now I want to thank Kimberly for taking time to do this interview! TOUCHING THE SURFACE is in stores September 4, 2012 so pick up a copy!

Q: Where did the idea for Touching the Surface come from?

A: Touching the Surface had its roots in my dad’s death. I needed to imagine where he might have gone and I pictured him in the Obmil. If he was there, then in my mind, he had a place and a purpose and that made me feel better. Surface also came about because of a teenage girl in my area who did something “unforgivable.” I’ve never met her and I don’t even have her name. I just know that I’ve never been able to get her out of my mind. What if it had been me? What happens when good people do bad things? That’s what go me thinking.

Q: Can you tell us a little about the romance if any in your novel?

A: There are two guys that Elliot loves. Trevor and Oliver. They’re complete opposites, making it hard because she gets very different things from each of them. It’s not easy for her to figure out what she should do. I don’t want to give too much away, but I can tell you that I wouldn’t be able to choose between the two of them. :o)

Q: What type of mistakes does Elliot make and how will she learn from them?

A: I can’t tell you the big mistake that Elliot makes, but I can tell you that it’s one that can’t be undone and it has severe ramifications for her and the people around her. Elliot very quickly learns that good people can do horrible things. Now it’s up to her to figure out if she can live with that knowledge. The question becomes, can she separate who she is from what she is?

Q: Which character do you relate to the most?

A: There is so much of me in each and every character in this book that it would be hard for me to pick just one. I think that I obviously have a huge connection with Elliot because we’ve spent so much time together. But I can just as easily recognize pieces of myself in everyone--even the hardest to love character—David. I can relate to his need to always be right and his desire to rub salt in other people’s wounds when he’s feeling vulnerable. I’d like to think that I don’t allow my insecurities take hold the same way that David’s do. But I also know that I could be him if I let myself go there. Scary--but if I’m honest--it’s the truth. Damn. Now you’re giving me funny looks. Was that too much information? You still love me, right? Can we edit this?

Q: What was it like building the world in your novel?

A: This was one of the harder things I had to do. I think I improved along the way, but I don’t know if I’m anywhere near the skill level that I would like to be. Consider me a work-in-progress at world building. What I did love about it was the ability to just let my imagination take the lead. It felt very magical to be able to manipulate my own reality. But I was also overwhelmed at times, trying to remember the ramifications for the decisions I was making. I guess I’m going to have to leave it to the readers to decide if I did an okay job.

Q: What message do you want people to take away from your novel?

A: This is going to sound strange, but I don’t want to send the reader away with a specific message. I’d like them to walk away having found something about themselves within the pages of my book. I’m the author and still, that’s exactly how it happened for me. The best way I can explain this is to tell you about what happened when my husband read Surface. He got to the end of book—a book about teens, best friends and boys—he looked at me and said, “this was a love letter to your dad.” No one would know that unless I spoke of it. There is no real story about a father and daughter. But when I was done typing the last word, I knew I had found what I needed, hidden within the story. I hope I left enough room on the pages for everyone to find their heart and soul there too.

Q: What plans do you have for the future?

A: I would like to continue to explore stories that teach me about myself. I want to write books that I’m proud of and that make me feel like a better person for having written them. I want to write with bravery. I may not be courageous by other people’s standards, but I want to challenge myself. I want to be more. And I never want to lose the feeling that I’m living my dream. If I do those things—I’m a better mom, wife, daughter and friend. So it works out pretty good for everyone. I’d also like to eat a lot of chocolate ice cream.

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Pushing the Limits

I'm happy to bring you Pushing the Limits thanks to HarlequinTeen! Pushing the Limits is a contemporary novel described as "A riveting and emotional ride!" by New York Times bestselling author Simone Elkeles.
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About the book:
No one knows what happened the night Echo Emerson went from popular girl with jock boyfriend to gossiped-about outsider with "freaky" scars on her arms. Even Echo can't remember the whole truth of that horrible night. All she knows is that she wants everything to go back to normal.But when Noah Hutchins, the smoking-hot, girl-using loner in the black leather jacket, explodes into her life with his tough attitude and surprising understanding, Echo's world shifts in ways she could never have imagined. They should have nothing in common. And with the secrets they both keep, being together is pretty much impossible.

Yet the crazy attraction between them refuses to go away. And Echo has to ask herself just how far they can push the limits and what she'll risk for the one guy who might teach her how to love again.

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Wednesday, August 22, 2012


Hollywood and fans can't seem to get enough of books to movies. From Harry Potter to Twilight to Hunger Games and now THE PERKS OF BEING A WALLFLOWER. After watching the trailer I'm wondering about the book. Have any of you read it? Are you excited for THE PERKS OF BEING A WALLFLOWER? Sound off in the comments!

Book Description:

standing on the fringes of life . . .

offers a unique perspective. but there comes a time to see what it looks like from the dance floor.

since its publication, stephen chbosky’s haunting debut novel has received critical acclaim, provoked discussion and debate, grown into a cult phenomenon with over a million copies in print, and inspired a major motion picture.

the perks of being a wallflower is a story about what it’s like to travel that strange course through the uncharted territory of high school. the world of first dates, family dramas, and new friends. of sex, drugs, and the rocky horror picture show.

of those wild and poignant roller-coaster days known as growing up.

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Interview: Corrine Jackson

Please help me welcome Class of 2k12's Corrine Jackson. Corrine not only has one but two novels coming out in 2012! I of course tried to find out which was her favorite and how she does it.

Corrine what is it like having two books come out in just months apart?
Insane. Completely, mind-bendingly insane. What’s more difficult is working on book two of the TOUCHED trilogy at the same time that I’ve been editing IF I LIE. I’m learning a lot about switching gears. Ultimately, though, it’s all very exciting!

How did you get the news that not one but two of your books were being published a few months apart?
I was on submission with both books simultaneously to different imprints/publishers. In February we received more than one offer on IF I LIE. I had a crazy week where my agent Laura kept the good news coming. In the end, Annette Pollert at Simon Pulse made an offer I knew we couldn’t pass it up. Her vision for the book sounded challenging and scary, and that usually means I’m about to grow and get pushed out of my comfort zone. I believe that’s an exciting place to be as a writer. So we accepted that offer, and I concentrated on starting a new WIP. The story should end there, but a month to the day after we got the first offer on If I Lie, my super-agent called with news that we’d received an offer for a three-book deal for Touched, my other book on submission. I remember sitting on the floor of my office in total shock. I tried not to mumble incoherently on the phone as Laura told me the details. Afterwards, I ran in to my pet-friendly office and shrieked so loudly it set off a chorus of barking dogs. That month will forever be one of the best of my life.

If I Lie and Touched seem so different from one and other. What can you tell us about each book?
At the core, they do have a similarity. In each a girl is struggling with a question that doesn’t have an easy answer. In TOUCHED, Remy can heal people, but she takes on whatever injury she heals. She heals your broken ribs, and her ribs snap. She has to balance tough decisions about who she heals and how far she’ll go because her life is at risk. In IF I LIE, Quinn is keeping a secret, and the consequences of that devastate her world. She loses everything – her friends, the respect of her family and her self-respect. She balances on the edge of loyalty to a friend and loyalty to herself. How do you decide in a situation like hers? I love to ask those questions and see what happens to my characters.

How do you switch from contemporary fiction to paranormal?

They have a different tone. My paranormal has a lot more action. My contemporary has more moments of quiet reflection. They’re both fun to write. I’m not sure there’s really a switch to flip. I guess I just plotted more fight sequences into my paranormal.

What advice do you have for aspiring writers and those that like you want to cover more than one thing?
I recommend treating your writing with respect and not like a hobby. Set aside time to write and keep to it. Work on your craft consistently so that you keep getting better. Sharpen yourself against other writers. And read a lot. As for covering more than one thing, I didn’t start out with a plan for that. I just wrote the stories that came to me. However, if you have an agent, discuss your goals with them. My agent has been really key to helping me develop a strategy for the order in which I work on the ideas I have.

How was the research part for each book?
For IF I LIE, I had to do a lot of military research. I interviewed some Marines, read a lot, and did a ton of online research. I also watched a lot of YouTube videos, documentaries, and spent time on the Library of Congress’ Veterans History Project site. I wanted the battalion my character was in to be a real battalion and the place he was fighting in to be a real place. I hope I did it justice because our soldiers deserve so much respect.

For TOUCHED, Remy has the ability to heal injuries and illnesses. She pictures the injuries as she heals them, and I had to research the types of injuries she’s healing to understand what she would see and how she would be affected, since she takes on whatever she heals. I also did a lot of location research back when my story was set in Port Townsend. The setting has changed to a fictional Maine town, but some of the settings remain the same with new names. Location research is my favorite.

All authors say you can’t have a favorite so tell us which is special to you and for what reason?
Hm. That’s like picking between your children. I’m not going anywhere near that one. :)

Aside from two books coming out can you tell us what’s next?
I’m working on the sequels to TOUCHED and I have another contemporary in the works. Never a dull moment around here. Or a moment to rest.

I want to thank Corrine for taking time to do this interview and to learn more about her visit her online at

Monday, August 20, 2012

Giveaway: Goddess Interrupted

I want to thank Harlequin Teen and Media Masters Publicity for providing a giveaway copy of Goddess Interrupted! Goddess Interrupted is the sequel to The Goddess Test by Aimée Carter. Good luck to everyone!

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Book Events: Girls' Nightmare Out Tour

Friday night I attended Tor's Teen Girls' Nightmare Out Tour with authors Kendare Blake, Marta Acosta, and Lisa Desrochers at Murder by the Book. Houston was the second stop of a nine day tour that will take them all over the West Coast and Mid-West. Visit for details on where they're headed next!

Each author read a passage from their book and then afterwards did a Q&A where people won amazing posters from the author's latest novel.

Kendare mentioned it was only the second time she read from Girl of Nightmares. When asked about who her influences were she mentioned Caitlin R. Kiernan and Joe Hill. Kendare explained that the cat in her novel is based on her cat.

When asked if they outline, Lisa said the characters come to her and just start talking and she just takes notes. She never outlines or knows where the story is going. Lisa mentioned that Luke from Personal Demons was the first to talk to her. Lisa was influenced by Melissa Marr for Personal Demons and Gayle Forman in her new series which she talked about a little bit.

Marta mentioned she would like to do a spin off with one of her characters from Dark Companion. She found her influences in Charlotte Brontë, Mark Twain and Henry James. Marta went to an all girls school and was looking forward to telling the story of the anti-mean girl.

When asked if any of them set out to write YA both Kendara and Marta said no, but Lisa did. She originally wrote for her teenage daughter and didn't plan to make a career out of it.

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Thursday, August 16, 2012

Winterhaven Book 3 Title Search

Welcome to the Winterhaven Book 3 Title Search! You will need to visit each blog to get all the clues. My clue for you is:

A is for Art History with Dr. Andrulis. Creepy gloves and field trips to the Met.

Visit the following blogs to find the letters to complete the title:

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About HAVEN: Violet McKenna thought she was crazy when she had a vivid vision of her dad’s murder—but when her premonition came true, her life fell apart. Then she found a new school: Winterhaven. There, Violet fits right in. All the students have special “gifts” like her own, and she quickly finds a close group of friends. But Violet’s attraction to an alluring boy becomes problematic when intense visions of his death start to haunt her. In her premonitions, the secret he is unwilling to share begins to reveal itself—and the unbelievable becomes reality. To Violet’s horror, she learns that their destinies are intertwined in a crictical—and deadly—way.
About MIRAGE: Seventeen-year-old Violet McKenna is back for her senior year at Winterhaven, and thrilled to be with Aidan after a long summer apart. But when a violent and disturbing vision begins to haunt her, Violet suddenly feels unsure of everything: who to trust, if she is in danger, and—worst of all—whether she and Aidan are really meant to be together.
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Nobody by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

I am thrilled to share the cover of Nobody by Jennifer Lynn Barnes and announce the winner of the Egmont USA prize package! Egmont is giving away a set of Jennifer Lynn Barnes' books which include the Raised by Wolves books, Every Other Day and an advance readers copy of NOBODY!

Winner: Zoey Talbon

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Sunday, August 12, 2012

Book Events: Joy Preble

Houston’s own Joy Preble had her launch party at Blue Willow Bookshop for Anastasia Forever, the third and final novel in her series. Attending this event was really special for me because Dreaming Anastasia was the first book I won and the very first review I wrote. Throughout the three years I have gotten to know Joy and I’m in awe of how dedicated she is to promoting her novels. Joy is very supportive of bloggers, educators and indie bookstores and we all love her for it! The turnout was amazing and local authors Jenny Moss, Lynne Kelly and Christina Mandelski were there along with a great group of bloggers. Joy is on tour around Texas so if you get a chance to go and see her. Also come back later this week where I’ll be giving out Dreaming Anastasia, Haunted, and Anastasia Forever!

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Winner: Catching Jordan and Stealing Parker

Entry #38Kandee

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Thursday, August 9, 2012

Book News: THINGS I CAN’T FORGET by Miranda Kenneally

Recently Miranda Kenneally revealed the cover for THINGS I CAN'T FORGET, the third book in the CATCHING JORDAN world. Not only that, Miranda also has an excerpt on her website. I think everyone is on countdown mode for STEALING PARKER, so having a cover for THINGS I CAN'T FORGET makes things even more exciting.

In THINGS I CAN'T FORGET, we meet Kate as she finds love for the first time. Kate is a devout Christian who helps her best friend get an abortion and now has to deal with the guilt of the choices she's made. THINGS I CAN'T FORGET takes place the summer after graduation and you will see a wonderful mix of familiar faces and new characters.

April 2013

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Egmont's Jennifer Lynn Barnes Prize Package

To celebrate the cover reveal for NOBODY by Jennifer Lynn Barnes on August 16th, Egmont USA is giving away an amazing prize package! One winner will win 5 signed books by Jennifer Lynn Barnes along with a great bag and swag. If I didn't already own all of these I would be extremely jealous. Jennifer's main characters are always strong young women who kick butt! Be sure to visit Mundie Moms on August 16th for the cover reveal of NOBODY.

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Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Giveaway: Catching Jordan and Stealing Parker

Want to win a copy of Catching Jordan and Stealing Parker by Miranda Kenneally? Well today is your lucky day! Sourcebooks Fire printed a very limited number of advance readers copies which makes this giveaway extremely special and it’s open internationally. [Insert happy dance here!] If this isn't special enough head over to YA Scavenger Hunt: Summer Edition where Miranda is debuting the cover for her third novel THINGS I CAN’T FORGET, coming in 2013. If you have ever spent more than five minutes with me then you know how much I love Catching Jordan and Stealing Parker!

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