Read about our author of the week Nic Stone, including a guest post and more on her newly released book #DearMartin #yalit #guestpost #giveaway

About the Book:


Author: Nic Stone

Pub. Date: October 17, 2017

Publisher: Crown Books for Young Readers

Pages: 224

Formats: Hardcover, eBook, audiobook


Justyce McAllister is top of his class, captain of the debate team, and set for the Ivy League next year—but none of that matters to the police officer who just put him in handcuffs. He is eventually released without charges (or an apology), but the incident has Justyce spooked. Despite leaving his rough neighborhood, he can’t seem to escape the scorn of his former peers or the attitude of his prep school classmates. The only exception: Sarah Jane, Justyce’s gorgeous—and white—debate partner he wishes he didn’t have a thing for.

Struggling to cope with it all, Justyce starts a journal to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. But do Dr. King’s teachings hold up in the modern world? Justyce isn’t so sure.

Then comes the day Justyce goes driving with his best friend, Manny, windows rolled down, music turned up. Way up. Much to the fury of the white off-duty cop beside them. Words fly. Shots are fired. And Justyce and Manny get caught in the crosshairs. In the media fallout, it’s Justyce who is under attack. The truth of what happened that night—some would kill to know. Justyce is dying to forget.

Read more about the author, including her thoughts on pushing morality in YA books below~AK

About Nic:

Nic Stone was born and raised in a suburb of Atlanta, GA, and the only thing she loves more than an adventure is a good story about one. After graduating from Spelman College, she worked extensively in teen mentoring and lived in Israel for a few years before returning to the US to write full-time. Growing up with a wide range of cultures, religions, and backgrounds, Stone strives to bring these diverse voices and stories to her work.

You can find her goofing off and/or fangirling over her husband and sons on most social media platforms as @getnicced.

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I want to thank Nic Stone for taking time to share with us her opinion on the importance of morality in ya novels!

There’s a quote from one of my favorite characters (the illustrious and high-minded Lord Henry) in one of my favorite books (The Picture of Dorian Gray): “I never approve, nor disapprove, of anything now. It is an absurd attitude to take towards life. We are not sent into the world to air our moral prejudices.” This is exactly how I feel about morality in YA novels. For me, reading has always been about exploration—seeing bits of the world at large from a perspective that is not my own—and it’s vital for me to have the space, as a reader, to draw my own conclusions, moral or otherwise, about what I’ve read. In fact, if a book has a clear “message” or obvious moral bent, I’ll put it down.

I feel we do teens a disservice when we tell them what to think. The best YA novels, to me, are the ones that present information without comment and allow readers to do what they will with it. Morality has its place in character development because, yes, (most) real people are guided by moral principles, but for morality of any sort to be overt in a novel? Eh. Not for me.

Enter the Giveaway- Details: 3 winners will receive a finished copy of DEAR MARTIN, US Only.


Tethered tour with giveaway and lots more!

Tethered (Intertwined Series #2)
by Jenn Marie
Genre: YA Paranormal Romance
Release Date: July 16th 2017


A previous lifetime. A malevolent curse. A love they can’t live without. Will their past claim them once more? Elizabeth and Adam are about to find out…

Elizabeth and Adam survived the century old curse that nearly claimed the lives of their counterparts, Josephine and Braden, but at what cost?

As the veil between timelines continues to diminish, they yet again find themselves in a race against time to cheat death in the past in order to salvage their futures. But with the curse given form, everything is changing, leaving them vulnerable to new threats. No longer are the dangers of their former lifetime contained to the Jefferson Plantation—a land fraught with peril and where horror reigns every summer between July 20 and August 13.

Until now …

Having changed the past, history has rewritten itself, extending the last day of the haunting to August 31—their new expiration date. Without the aid of visions, though, Elizabeth and Adam must find a new way to uncover their past, leaving Adam to scour the plantation for clues, while Elizabeth learns how to access Josephine’s subconscious.

Meanwhile, the Callahans—a vengeful family intent on keeping Elizabeth and Adam apart—will stop at nothing to preserve their bloodline and keep the curse from destroying their family. Will their ruthless antics prove tragic once more?

Now more than ever, their love will be tested as Elizabeth and Adam contend with the forces of the curse and fight to save their counterparts in 1905.

Will they overcome the odds stacked against them? Or will the curse claim them for good? 

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Mama Says:
I was absolutely thrilled to find that not only did Jenn Marie expand on the lore and mystery of Intertwined in this second installment, but she added so  much depth to the characters as well!  Plus, her writing drew me in even more quickly, making this at the top of my Fall Reads list for 2017!
Although I will admit, I had the impression this would be a duology, I’m actually glad there will be more, as the family histories have become a bit more complicated, as has the actual plot thread tying the past and present together, so we can always use more!
If you enjoy YA mysteries, historical novels, supernatural thrillers, or just want a unique read, grab Tethered for a wild ride(be sure to read Intertwined first.)

THanks to the publisher and tour host for review opportunity.

Book One: 

Intertwined (Intertwined Series #1)

Release Date: July 3rd 2016

Summary from Goodreads:

Quiet seventeen-year-old Elizabeth Parker is looking forward to another mellow summer with her goofy relatives: sun tanning at the beach and staying out of trouble. Which is why the thought of her younger cousin participating in what is, clearly, a setup disguised as an initiation, worries her to the point of intervention.

One that backfires … big time …

Mistaken for her cousin, Elizabeth finds herself transported to an abandoned plantation, a place deeply haunted with unresolved mystery and where horror reigns every summer between July 20 and August 13.

It is there, locked in the pitch dark, where she finds herself paired with the strange and mysterious Adam Hunt—an unexpected trespasser with his own agenda. Together, they find a list of instructions—follow the clues to various possessions in the house, store them in the backpack provided, and find the key that will grant escape.

Having snuck in to document the haunting, Adam offers to help her find the key so long as she helps him record paranormal activity along the way. But as they make their way through the house, they soon discover unexplained anomalies …

For the first time in the plantation’s recorded history, the haunting deviates from its known cycle of events, thrusting Elizabeth and Adam in a series of perilous circumstances that ensue long after the night is over.

As the last day of the haunting draws nearer, and as forces beyond their control ignite their growing attraction, Elizabeth and Adam must work together to uncover the plantations mysterious past before its too late.

Or die trying.

Warning: Occasional coarse language. Intended for Mature Young Adult audience.

About the Author

Jenn Marie currently lives in sunny California with her wonderful husband and their runt kitty, Chloe. When she’s not writing Young Adult Fiction, she can be found reading, plotting or spending time with her crazy, lovable family. Current obsessions include the movie, Frozen, the New Girl series, Arcade Fire’s latest album, and avocados. Seriously, she can’t get enough of it! Writing, for her, is a passion that refuses to be under prioritized. No matter what’s going on in her life, whether good or bad, writing is always there to lift her spirits.


Spotlight on Coco: Miguel and the Grand Harmony

About the Book:


Author: Matt de la Pena & Ana Ramírez

Pub. Date: October 10, 2017

Publisher: Disney Press

Pages: 48

Formats: Hardcover in English & Spanish Editions

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This jacketed picture book pairs Newbery Winner Matt de la Pe a and Pixar artist Ana Ram rez with the highly anticipated Pixar Studios film, Coco. Featuring a beautiful original story based on the characters of the film, as well as vibrant stylized artwork, this title is sure to appeal to readers of all ages.

Disney*Pixar’s Coco is the celebration of a lifetime, where the discovery of a generations-old mystery leads to a most extraordinary and surprising family reunion.

Directed by Lee Unkrich (Toy Story 3) and produced by Darla K. Anderson (Toy Story 3), Disney*Pixar’s Coco opens in U.S. theaters November 22, 2017.

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About Matt:

Matt de la Peña is the New York Times Bestselling, Newbery Medal-winning author of six young adult novels: Ball Don’t Lie, Mexican WhiteBoy, We Were Here, I Will Save You, The Living and The Hunted. He’s also the author of the critically-acclaimed picture books A Nation’s Hope: The Story of Boxing Legend Joe Louis (illustrated by Kadir Nelson) and Last Stop on Market Street (illustrated by Christian Robinson). Matt received his MFA in creative writing from San Diego State University and his BA from the University of the Pacific where he attended school on a full basketball scholarship. de la Peña currently lives in Brooklyn NY. He teaches creative writing and visits high schools and colleges throughout the country.

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iveaway Details:

3 winners will receive a finished copy of COCO: MIGUEL AND THE GRAND HARMONY, US Only.

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Tour Schedule:

Week One:

10/2/2017- BookHounds YA– Interview

10/3/2017- Cindy’s Love of Books– Spotlight

10/4/2017- Mama Reads Blog– Spotlight

10/5/2017- Mom with a Reading Problem– Excerpt

10/6/2017- Nerdophiles– Spotlight


Week Two:

10/9/2017- Texan Girl Reads– Spotlight

10/10/2017- For the Love of KidLit– Interview

10/11/2017- Novel Novice– Spotlight

10/12/2017- Wonder Struck– Spotlight

10/13/2017- Wandering Bark Books– Spotlight