#yaboundreviewop Because I love You by Tori Rigby

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Because I Love You
by Tori Rigby
Genre: YA Contemporary
Release Date: May 17th 2016
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Summary from Goodreads:

Eight weeks after sixteen-year-old Andie Hamilton gives her virginity to her best friend, “the stick” says she’s pregnant.

Her friends treat her like she’s carrying the plague, her classmates torture and ridicule her, and the boy she thought loved her doesn’t even care. Afraid to experience the next seven months alone, she turns to her ex-boyfriend, Neil Donaghue, a dark-haired, blue-eyed player. With him, she finds comfort and the support she desperately needs to make the hardest decision of her life: whether or not to keep the baby.

Then a tragic accident leads Andie to discover Neil’s keeping a secret that could dramatically alter their lives, and she’s forced to make a choice. But after hearing her son’s heartbeat for the first time, she doesn’t know how she’ll ever be able to let go. 

Mama Says:

Fair warning, this is most definitely an ugly cry book.  Multiple ugly cries in fact.  So if that’s not your thing, then move along.
I kept going back and forth with this book, thinking it was going to be either unbelievable or have some magical happy ending.  Well color me surprised when things most certainly did not just fall into place.
I really appreciated Rigby’s sense of letting the reader know that some things are just too absurd even in fiction.  There’s a scene that I’m thinking of in particular, where certain characters are planning something not strictly legal, and it just seems so far fetched.  However, by the end of it, was I nearly applauding the author out loud for how things are handled.
On several occassions I had to use my tshirt or wrist in a rather unhygenic manner, but I didn’t want to put the book down to go get tissues.  It’s not very long, but I still tore through it faster than I expected (take that book reading timer elf!) Then in the next sentence I was giggle snorting.  I love love loved Jill and Neil.  And grew to love Andie as it went along.  Her choices kept getting harder (and this is after finding out she’s pregnant which is one of the hardest things a young person can go through) but she doesn’t really ever give up.  It was quite an engaging read, withholding judgment on the choices others make and choosing instead to tell one version of a story that many will find familiar.
It has to be incredibly difficult to write about the many controversial and dark subjects which present themselves in this novel, but Tori Rigby did so with grace and a large amount of sensitivity.
I’m not sure if I’d ever reda the book again, because I’m not sure I could handle that much emotion, but without a doubt I recommend that it be read by others who want to experience something more profound that their run-of-the-mill reads.
About the Author
Tori Rigby is a YA author of Contemporary and Historical Romances. She longs to live in the Scottish Highlands, and her favorite time and place in history is Medieval England—so much that she’d give up her Internet and running water to go back in time! Tori also writes YA genre fiction as Vicki Leigh.
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#ElementalSecrets tour with #review and #giveaway @ellemiddaugh @xpressotours

Elemental Secrets
Elle Middaugh
(The Essential Elements, #1)
Publication date: February 27th 2016
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult

Valerie Moore was a beautiful, headstrong girl with below-average social skills and above-average anxiety (including a flair for over-analyzing).

With her mother long deceased, and her father recently deployed, she ends up being sent to live with her eccentric aunt in a tiny town nestled in the mountains of Pennsylvania. But, being a Navy brat had made her into a bit of a loner, and making friends certainly wasn’t her strongest suit. As if the life of a typical teen wasn’t hard enough.

But Valerie soon discovers she’s not a typical teenager. Not by a long shot.

SECRETS are revealed…

…About her family, about her newfound friends and relationships, and about her whole world… Things that have been kept from her for her entire life…

But the biggest secret of all is revealed when Valerie discovers that she has Elemental powers, and a chain of inexplicable and irrevocable events unleashes throughout the little town…

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Mama Says:

I have to be completely honest for a moment and admit that I was immediately confused by this book.  The author did a fantastic job of leaving many surprises in the book and making it difficult to discern where exactly the story would lead.  Though it was not as captivating as I might have hoped, I still really enjoyed the story.  The transformation of the main character was fun to watch, and the mysteries which unfolded throughout her journey kept me intrigued.  Just about any time you read the words “not your typical teenager”  in a synopsis, I expect some magic or paranormal powers to be involved, but I definitely wasn’t expecting everything that comes to pass.  There wasn’t any particular draw to any one character for me, but since this is the first book I’m looking forward to getting to know them better in future installments.  And yes, I will definitely be continuing this series, I just have to find out what’s in store!

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Elle Middaugh is a newly published author, born in the sticks outside of Clearfield, Pennsylvania. After moving around the east coast a number of times, she now lives in her hometown with her husband and three children.

Reading has been a favorite past time since Elementary School and choose-your-own-adventure books. Writing has been her dream since Middle School when she first began penning her own material. Being published is the most awesome achievement in her writing career so far, but she hopes for more exciting landmarks and stepping stones in the future!

She’s a proud Navy wife; a frazzle-brained mother; a homebody who dislikes cleaning; a fan of tennis, and fitness in general; a lover of hot tea, mountain dew, and all things fiction; and she’s a bigger My Little Pony fan than her children.

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Isolated and alone, Sin Evernight is one of the most powerful supernatural creatures in heaven and on earth. As an angel of vengeance, he hunts down the darkest evil, but when his long-lost friend, Layla Starling, needs him, he vows to become her protector. Even though she will be horrified by the man he has become.

Now a famous singer and the toast of London, Layla believes that Sin is only here to guard her from rabid fans and ardent suitors. However, the truth is far more sinister. Desperate to avoid losing Layla a second time, Sin will face a test of all his powers to defeat an unstoppable foe—and win an eternity with the woman he loves.

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Kristen Callihan is an author because there is nothing else she’d rather be. She is a three-time RITA nominee and winner of two RT Reviewer’s Choice awards. Her novels have garnered starred reviews from Publisher’s Weekly and the Library Journal, as well as being awarded top picks by many reviewers. Her debut book FIRELIGHT received RT Magazine’s Seal of Excellence, was named a best book of the year by Library Journal , best book of Spring 2012 by Publisher’s Weekly, and was named the best romance book of 2012 by ALA RUSA. When she is not writing, she is reading.

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#Birthright RDB with #Excerpt and #Giveaway @mjohnstonwriter @cvr_designer

 

Join Marie Johnston and the Killion Group as we celebrate the release of Birthright with this 16 stop Release Day Blast on June 28th. Included in this celebration is exclusive content, a spotlight of the book, reviews, and a giveaway. One GRAND PRIZE WINNER will receive a SIGNED copy of Fever Claim!

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BIRTHRIGHT by Marie Johnston is the first book in her newest series, Pale Moonlight. Shifter Porter Denlan doesn’t know why the world around him is falling to pieces, but he knows one female whose birthright can make things right again. Maggie Miller was raised as a human but always knew she was “different.” When sexy Porter comes into her life, claiming he’s finally found the one who can help him, she doesn’t know what to believe. Unfortunately, Declan wasn’t the only one searching for her. If you’re a fan of thrilling, sexy supernatural romance, you’ll want to add this book to your collection.

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Title: Birthright

Series: Pale Moonlight #1

Author: Marie Johnston

Genre: Paranormal Romance

Length: 189 pages

Release Date: June 28th, 2016

Publisher: Indie Published

Format: Digital

ASIN: B01FBFB0DE

 

Synopsis:

Porter Denlan’s home is in turmoil, his pack lives in fear of their cruel leader, but he knows one female whose birthright can govern them without question. Unfortunately, his nemesis is also searching for her—and it isn’t to bring her back to the home she was taken from.

Raised as a human, Maggie Miller wishes she could connect with her species. But when a sexy carpenter comes into her work making outrageous claims about her destiny, she blows him off—despite her intense attraction toward the rugged male. Hours after she watched his admirable backside walk out, three brutes attack her. Unable to stay away from her, Porter’s jumps to her aid; they barely escape.

On the run, they learn what Maggie’s birthright truly is—and how it could tear them apart.    

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The throbbing in her skull urged her to slow down, keep her heartbeat from creating the cacophony behind her eyes. She couldn’t; decreasing her speed meant opening a window of opportunity for Seamus. She was naïve about her world, but not enough to think the explosion had decimated him, or even better, blew his cruel face off. The van took the brunt of it, and Seamus was devious enough to escape the human’s concern over his injuries, or his resurrection from sure death.

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About Marie Johnston:

Marie Johnston lives in the upper-Midwest with her husband, four kids, and an old cat. Deciding to trade in her lab coat for a laptop, she’s writing down all the tales she’s been making up in her head for years. An avid reader of paranormal romance, these are the stories hanging out and waiting to be told between the demands of work, home, and the endless chauffeuring that comes with children.

 

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I am thrilled to have @doritsassoon on the blog today with a special #guestpost and our #review of #AccidentalSoldier #courage #memoir #nonfiction

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When nineteen-year-old Dorit Sasson realized that if she didn’t want to become just like her fearful mother, she had no choice but to distance herself from her, she volunteered for the Israel Defense Forces—and found her path to freedom.

Accidental Soldier: A Memoir of Service and Sacrifice in the Israel Defense Forces is Sasson’s story of how she dropped out of college and volunteered for the Israel Defense Forces in an effort to change her life—and how, in stepping out of her comfort zone and into a war zone, she discovered courage and faith she didn’t know she was capable of. The first memoir to share a female immigrant’s experience with serving in the Israel Defense Forces, Accidental Soldier is the powerful account of one woman’s journey to become her own person.

Accidental Soldier was shortlisted for the Sante Fe Literary Awards

Mama Says:
It is not often that I have to set a book down and process what I’ve read because it hits me so deeply.  This happened on more than one occassion while I read Accidental Soldier.  Now, my own experiences have been nothing like Sassoon’s, I’m basically a hermit who loves to read and enjoys learning new things with my daughter.  However, her memoir is so introspective and powerful that you can’t help but put yourself in her shoes and feel deeply entrenched in the narrative of her emotional journey.  We long to belong, and often times think that means staying put and letting the knowledge find us.  Sassoon didn’t take this approach, rather, she sought out her path and earned the key to unlocking her true potential in so doing.  Even more incredible, she’s not only written this chronicle of her experience to share with the world, but she also provides motivational podcasts and a myriad of tools for authors who want to find their own courage and get their works in the hands of new readers.  I can’t emphasize enough how greatful I am to see such an emboldened work and admire the potential influence this book could have on generations to come.

5  Courageous Things Authors Can Do to Promote Their Books

Now that I’m in the throes of promoting my newly released memoir Accidental Soldier: A Memoir of Service and Sacrifice in the Israel Defense Forces, I can definitely say that without courage, authors will feel challenged being in the “selling spotlight.”

 

It’s a no-brainer that promoting and branding requires courage. After all, you’re learning to feel more comfortable speaking about your book, and moving from the status of an unknown to known author takes time and energy.

These five “courageous tips” have been helping me move away from a “salesy” mindset to one where I’m actually thinking strategically with my platform.

  1. Don’t be afraid to “sell” your book’s benefits

This is the author’s bottom line or the “Why?” for the reader. Why should the reader buy this book? What’s in it for the reader?  

If you’re promoting a memoir, be deliberate about the benefits. Think — why did millions of people buy Elizabeth Gilbert’s Eat, Pray, Love? What was it about the story that was relatable and engaging? What kinds of themes, takeaways and lessons does your book offer?

  1. Don’t be afraid to “sell” your books

Yeah, you read that right. The last things authors want to feel is salesy and sleazy. That’s why I interviewed Norine Dworkin-McDaniel of The Science of Parenthood for my podcast Giving Voice to Your Courage, who has a knack for selling books organically, with pizzazz and courage.

You’d be surprised to find that this has nothing to do with an introvert-extrovert type mindset. And you aren’t doomed if you weren’t born an extrovert.

  1. Aim to inspire

Becoming a #1 bestselling Amazon author is not an end all goal. The media glamorizes success and in turn, authors think they need to buy into a package that will encapsulate the success needed to become a #1 Amazon bestselling author.  

Ads don’t inspire. People do.  Authors do.

Most authors won’t get rich from their first person (and probably not the second or third) but they will inspire readers to lead richer lives. I aim to inspire my listeners to do more courageous things on my podcast Giving Voice to Your Courage each time I interview an author or entrepreneur who has made the impossible, possible.

I aim to inspire my readers to walk away with a culturally rich perspective of what it meant to leave my mother and New York City and serve as a female immigrant in the Israel Defense Forces and show how those earlier lessons of courage are now serving me as a mother, wife and author.

So here’s a question to ask yourself each time you put yourself and your book out there — How can your book inspire someone else to lead a better more fulfilling life?

  1. Offer your readers a totally different experience than the expected

 

It takes courage to build a heartfelt connection. The familiar expectation of doing a “reading at a bookstore” is what many authors do, but it’s certainly not memorable as far as creating an “experience.”  They can always pick up your book from the shelf, or for that matter, read it online on Amazon.

 

The key is offer an experience.

I’ve sat at author fairs and festivals where authors did nothing but sit behind a table waiting for a reader to discover them. One author actually pulled up her hoodie and sat behind her computer and became engrossed writing her novel.

Why bother promoting your book if you’re not interested in interacting with readers?  

 

  1. Talk up your story

When I do in-person events, I talk up the personal story piece because that’s part of the narrative arc. I talk about the courage it took to break the self-imposed silence and write about getting the support I needed to feel protected writing about serving in the Israel Defense Forces.

Even if you didn’t write a memoir, there are many opportunities to talk up your story:

  • Talk about the journey to write your book despite the obstacles
  • Share ways you overcame problems and issues during the writing process
  • Discuss some of the time management issues involved in reaching the finish line

So there you have it – 5 ways to promote your book with courage. Yes, it takes courage, but the benefits far outweigh the risks. In the end, you’ll gain new followers who will be clinging unto your message waiting breathlessly to apply lifelong lessons from your next book.

 

DoritSassonWeb-768x627Dorit Sasson is the founder of the Giving Voice to Your Story website and Giving Voice to Your Courage weekly podcast. Her mission is to support heart-centered business owners and heart-centered authors as they find their brand voices, share their unique stories,gain more visibility, establish themselves as experts, and create authentic marketing messages, all through the use of smart content strategy and engaging copywriting. Giving Voice to Your Story was named one of Top 100 Websites for Writers by The Write Life in 2016.

Dorit inspires others to take risks and work from a courageous heart at various speaking events across the country. Dorit continues to inspire others as a content strategist and copywriter through her blog, guest blogs, and podcast appearances. In addition to business writing,Dorit writes passionately about courage to reinvent herself as a soldier in the Israel Defense Forces and the courage to find passion and meaning from everyday living even if that means leaving your comfort zone. She is a regular contributor to The Huffington Post.  Visit DoritSassoon.com for more information and to sign up for her newsletter!

#WhatHappensNow tour with special #guestpost #interview with author @JenniferCastle discussing the stigma of #mentalillness and the difficult journey her characters face. #yalit #giveaway

 

What Happens Now
by Jennifer Castle
Publisher: HarperTeen
Release Date: June 7th 2016

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance, Mental Illness

Synopsis:
“I know what it is to want something so badly, you feel like your cells aren’t properly bonded together without it.
I also know what it’s like to get that something.
And honestly, I’m still not sure which is worse…”
Ari Logan is battling to win her war against depression and the dark night she hurt herself on purpose. It’s not easy: her best friend is drifting away, her mom’s emotionally checked out, and she spends her days playing caregiver to her handful of a half-sister, Danielle. But it’s summer, and anything is possible…
That’s when Camden Armstrong steps onto the beach of Ari’s local swimming lake.
At first, Ari quietly longs for Camden from afar, seeing in him everything she wants to be. When the two discover a true connection the following summer, Ari lets herself fall not just for the quirky and self-assured Camden but also his friends, tumbling into their world of independence, adventure, and shared sci-fi fandom. As Ari’s romantic dreams come true, she must unlock the mysteries of the very real and troubled boy behind her infatuation, while also struggling with her own demons, obligations, and loyalties.

From the award-winning author of “The Beginning of After” and “You Look Different in Real Life,” “What Happens Now” is a touching, insightful novel about learning to heal, learning to love, and what happens when fantasy becomes reality.

I would like to thank the author for agreeing to discuss the stigma associated with mental illnesses and how her character deals with this, and how they do as the narrator/author.

It seems incredible that after all this time, with all the public service campaigns and TV ads for medication and celebrities coming forward to talk about their own experiences, there’s still so much misunderstanding associated with depression. And so much confusion, too. As in, “How do you know if you’re depressed or simply stuck in the blues?” and “Why do people get depressed, anyway? Can’t they just suck it up like the rest of us? Yeah, life is hard. Deal with it!”

The stigma is, depression is weakness. Depression is not trying hard enough to be happy. Depression is something you choose and have control over.

When I decided I wanted to write a novel about a teenage girl living with depression and moving forward under treatment, I wasn’t on some mission to tackle that stigma. I wanted to write the story because I’ve lived it.

When we first meet Ari, it’s been four months since the night she “hurt herself on purpose.” She cut her arm with a razor as a plea for help; she says she wasn’t trying to die but rather, to live, because it was the only way she could show how much she was struggling. I think that happens a lot. The nature of depression is that it makes you feel like you’re alone in the universe and nobody will ever understand you; it’s sort of a cruel joke of the disease. Ari actually feels ashamed that she doesn’t have a “reason” to be depressed because nothing bad’s ever happened to her and she has a loving family. I think that’s a huge part of the stigma, especially for young people. People often think that depression is something you have to “earn” in some way.

Ari lives in a small town, so everyone knows what she did. She catches people trying to get a sneak peek at the scars on her arm. So when she meets Camden Armstrong and his friends, who all go to a different school, she loves being able to “start fresh” with people who don’t know her past. The fact that they’re fans of the same vintage sci-fi TV series she’s obsessed with — Ari has found inspiration and strength from one of the main characters — adds to their appeal. But eventually, she realizes that her depression is part of who she is, now and forever, and staying balanced amid first love and family issues will help her discover new things about herself. Ari’s depression is hereditary; her mother struggles with it too, and that connection causes problems along the way.

For me, the most interesting part of Ari’s journey wasn’t the night she cut herself but rather, all the nights she didn’t…all the nights where she felt gradually stronger and more hopeful about the possibilities out there for her. There are so many of us living life this way. I hope WHAT HAPPENS NOW is, among other things, a portrait of depression most people don’t get to see.

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Jennifer Castle received her B.A. in Creative Writing at Brown University and worked as a celebrity publicist’s assistant, an advertising copywriter, and a struggling screenwriter (yes, that’s an actual job) before falling into a niche producing websites for kids and teens. Her debut, THE BEGINNING OF AFTER, was a 2012 YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults selection as well as a Chicago Public Library “Best of the Best” book. YOU LOOK DIFFERENT IN REAL LIFE and its companion digital novella, PLAYING KEIRA, were published by HarperTeen in June 2013. Her next novel, WHAT HAPPENS NOW, is forthcoming from Harper in June 2016. She lives in New York’s Hudson Valley with her husband and daughters.

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#carelesswhisper is live!

Title: 1985: Careless Whisper
Author: Misty Provencher
Genre: 80’s New Adult
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James Stryker, the bad boy of our neighborhood, had a voice that could put babies to sleep.  His name still punches me in the gut, along with the lie he tried to hide.  
James told me he would protect me forever and I entrusted him with all my deepest, darkest secrets.  I was positive that I knew all of his too…until the end of summer, in 1985.  
What I found out ruined me.  I could only imagine the gossip.
So what did I do?  I bailed.  
Without another word to James, I left home and planned to never, ever return.  I vowed that I’d never have to face James Stryker again.
Fast-forward seven years.  
One simple phone call from home changes everything and threatens to silence all the promises I’ve whispered to myself.  
Most of all, I can’t shake the gnarly feeling that the most careless whispers are the ones I haven’t even heard yet.

Misty Provencher offers readers, ranging from teen to adult, a shelf full of stories to enjoy. Provencher’s genres include titles in contemporary romance, fantasy, literary fiction, Sci-fi, and even erotica.

While Provencher can ride a motorcycle, knows how to Karate chop, and has learned enough French, Spanish, and Sign Language to get herself slapped, Misty’s life is dedicated to connecting with, and understanding, the people who cross her path. She is totally enchanted with the world and spends her days trying to translate her everyday muses into words.

Misty Provencher lives in the Mitten. Knock on her internet blog door at www.mistyprovencherauthor.com and wherever great coffee is sold.


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Caster’s Canticle RDB and #giveaway

Title: The Caster’s Canticle
Series: The Caster Prophecy #1
Author: L.V. Lewis
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Release Date: June 21, 2016
When hopelessness and lust collides, how does one give life to a heart that sings to you like no other?
Disillusioned by his own kind and living among humans, powerful warlock Stellan Kierkegaard encounters his foretold soulmate in the ailing Leilani Gibson.

Together, they’re prophesied to knit dark and light covens to lead the Caster world. Yet how can this be when she is, by every indication, mortal?


Growing up, L.V. Lewis wanted to be an internationally known rock star, but unfortunately, lived in the wrong part of the country to pursue that career (and neither American Idol nor The Voice were available then). An early love for the written word gave her the plan B she sought. Now she pens romance novels that let her live vicariously through rock stars and other fascinating archetypes.

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#BloodOrchid Tour with exclusive #guestpost #review and #Giveaway @clairewarner5

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Blood Orchid (Night Flower #2)
by 
Claire Warner

Genre: Historical Fiction/Paranormal/Romance
Release Date: June 2016

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Summary from Goodreads: 

Tied to Justin with bonds stronger than blood, Melissa De Vire heads into her new life with fear and anger. Anger at Emily, at Katherine and most of all, anger at Justin, fuels her resolve to find a cure for the curse. From the English court in 1752 to the fires of the French Revolution, Melissa struggles to survive her new existence and find forgiveness for Justin as clues to a cure begin to surface.

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Mama Says: Another lyrical read from Claire Warner!
Although neither book delves deep into the period in which they are set, I enjoy the author’s decision not to distract us with minor details. Picking up immediately after the end of The Black Lotus, Blood Orchid is rather fast paced for the most part so there aren’t too many dull, winding moments.  There was a slight lack in the mystery department, but since this isn’t a mystery novel that’s a minor disappointment on my end and I don’t think everyone will have the same experience.  We do learn quite a bit more about some of the things that happened in book one, as well as grow to know Melissa more deeply.  She faces even more obstacles searching for the cure, and we get a glimpse of what’s happening in the world around her (during the French Revolution.)  Overall I enjoyed the read and will definitely be continuing the series.

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When I was a child, I made up games and characters when my sister and I played with dolls. As I grew older, I would make up scenarios and scenes, fully intending to write them down but never finding the time. In my late teens, I discovered the world of role playing and settled into an avid ‘geeky’ life of D&D, comics, sci-fi and fantasy fiction. Years passed and I finally gave voice to the stories in my head. I write romance, fantasy, action and adventure. I love tales of steampunk and history, tales of magical powers and dark curses lurking in the shadows. Though The Black Lotus is not my first attempt at a novel, it is the first I have finished.

And some fun facts about me:

I sew.

My favourite Disney film is Atlantis.

I’ve been a film extra and stood 5 feet away from Sam Rockwell.

Babylon 5 is my fave sci-fi show.

I cried at the end of Toy Story 3.

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Guest post on gender roles in YA fiction

Oh now that’s a big question and one I answer with a question of my own. Do gender roles define novels or do novels define gender roles? Is the success of Twilight a dark day for feminism or does it shine a light on something the feminists don’t like to see?  All of these require input from your own personal perspective. Do I think that some YA novels could address the the passive woman stereotype? Yes I do. Do I think that girls want a kick ass female character? Yes I do. Do I think that there should be some novels without romance? Certainly. Do I think that those novels would sell well? No I don’t.

My favourite book from the past decade is Sabriel by Garth Nix. Sabriel is a kick ass heroine. She knows what needs to be done and does it. The romance is a tiny, tacked on part to the end of the book and despite a male character being there, Sabriel does most of the work. Is this book the most talked about, most admired piece of work out there? It isn’t. I love the books but a majority of girls seem to prefer Twilight.  Is that a fault of gender roles in YA? I don’t honestly know. It’s like the question, which came first? the chicken or the egg? Do girls like Twilight because other books have told them to? or do they like Twilight because it speaks to them?

So in my humble opinion, yes there are gender roles in YA fiction, but they be there because that’s what the audience wants

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#FullShare by @elizabfreed #review and #giveaway #lifeisdeep #divein

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Eliza Freed
(Shore House, #1)
Publication date: June 21st 2016
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult

Nora Hargrove’s post-grad life includes a horrific entry-level job, a cave of an apartment, and a strict avoidance of all interpersonal relationships. She knows only one thing about herself—she wants to be left alone.

Avoiding her mother’s forced family time, she seeks solitude on her own terms. In a poorly ventilated, overcrowded Dewey Beach rental, she discovers there’s no place to hide. Not from yourself, not from your life, and not from love. This is the story of Nora Hargrove’s full share.

I learned the healing power of a good bloody Mary and a dip in the Atlantic. I kayaked in the dead of night and witnessed the only shooting star I’ve ever seen. I fell in love on a bed made of pallets. I lived.

Life is deep. Dive in.

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Mama Says:

I tried to make this a review, I really did.  But it turns out it’s a love letter.  A letter to express how deeply I’ve fallen for this author, who has managed to take my heart and squeeze it multiple times, never quite letting go until I’m at the point of surrender.  Full Share seems on the surface to be an interesting book about a young woman facing the questions of what to do and where to go with her life.  However it delves much, much deeper.  Facing such strong emotional turmoil and burying it would take its toll on anyone, but Nora takes some things with her that continuously create cracks in her steel armor.  With passages that made me short of breath following pieces of grade A comedy, I never quite knew what to expect next.  Not to say that I was confused or led astray, but Full Share is not predictable or bland so there were definitely surprises.  This is a story full of questions almost all of us ask ourselves at some point, and sometimes the answers are painful, while other times they are joyful and lovely.  Take your time enjoying this one so you don’t miss a single sentence!

Author Bio:

Eliza Freed graduated from Rutgers University and returned to her hometown in rural South Jersey. Her mother encouraged her to take some time and find herself. After three months of searching, she began to bounce checks and her neighbors began to talk; her mother told her to find a job.

She settled into Corporate America, learning systems and practices and the bureaucracy that slows them. Eliza quickly discovered her creativity and gift for story telling as a corporate trainer and spent years perfecting her presentation skills and studying diversity. It’s during this time she became an avid observer of the characters we meet and the heartaches we endure. Her years of study have taught her laughter is the key to survival, even when it’s completely inappropriate.

She currently lives in New Jersey with her family and a misbehaving beagle named Odin. An avid swimmer, if Eliza is not with her family and friends, she’d rather be underwater. While she enjoys many genres, she has always been a sucker for a love story…the more screwed up the better.

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