Posted on Oct 19th, 2014 by audra
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Atlantia by Ally Condie
Release Date: October 28
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Can you hear Atlantia breathing?

For as long as she can remember, Rio has dreamt of the sand and sky Above—of life beyond her underwater city of Atlantia. But in a single moment, all her plans for the future are thwarted when her twin sister, Bay, makes an unexpected decision, stranding Rio Below. Alone, ripped away from the last person who knew Rio’s true self—and the powerful siren voice she has long hidden—she has nothing left to lose.

Guided by a dangerous and unlikely mentor, Rio formulates a plan that leads to increasingly treacherous questions about her mother’s death, her own destiny, and the complex system constructed to govern the divide between land and sea. Her life and her city depend on Rio to listen to the voices of the past and to speak long-hidden truths.

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My love for Ally Condie’s poetic writing has followed her from the Matched Trilogy to her latest book, Atlantia. Atlantia shows us the bond between two sisters Rio and Bay in an underground city. The residents are safe from the toxins in the air from above, but it comes at a price. Those that live above are taking care of the ones safe below. After the death of their mother, the sisters promised one another that they would stay together, in the below.

After Bay chooses Above, Rio works to unravel the mystery of her mothers death and what exactly is going on with the Below and the Above. Atlantia is a truly magical read from beginning to end with mystery, intrigue and a beautifully written relationship between two sisters.

Given that most books nowadays seem to be trilogies, I was surprised to find out that Atlantia will be a stand alone. After finishing the book I so wanted another chance to explore the world that Ally built. I’m thankful that everything was able to be wrapped up in one book though, and cannot wait to see what Ally comes up with next.

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About the Author:

Ally Condie is a former high school English teacher who lives with her husband, three sons and one daughter outside of Salt Lake City, Utah. She loves reading, running, eating, and listening to her husband play guitar.

As part of Team Above we had the chance to interview Ally!

What was the world building process like for you while writing Atlantia?
I always have the character and the situation first, and then I build the world around that scenario. It was that way with Cassia and Matched—I knew I had a girl finding out who she was going to marry and that someone else had chosen that person for her, and then I built the world around her, so to speak. It was the same with Rio in Atlantia—I knew I had a girl who had just lost her sister and who was trapped in a place she was desperate to leave, and so I built the city of Atlantia around her. It was a lot of fun, actually, to create something so strange and different, and to think about what an underwater city might look and feel like!
There are a lot of dystopian books out there now, what makes Atlantia different?
I don’t know that I would even call Atlantia a dystopia, even though it does take place in a society that exists after we’ve ruined our world. I think Atlantia is different because it’s largely a story about sisters and about love, and it also has an element of magic, which I haven’t done before in a novel, and which I don’t think we see in a lot of dystopias.
Have you ever struggled with what you would like to happen with a character, and what makes sense for the character?
Yes, definitely. Sometimes I have ideas about what will happen to a character and then when I get writing, I find out that I was totally wrong, that my old ideas don’t fit the person that character has become. That happened with Rio as I wrote Atlantia, and also with the character Maire.
What were some of your influences in writing Atlantia?
Even though there are no mermaids in Atlantia, the Hans Christian Andersen version of The Little Mermaid (not the Disney version!) influenced this book quite a bit. The original tale is very dark, without the happy ending, and I found it very interesting. If you read that tale it’s quite easy to see what elements I used as inspiration for my book. The great cathedrals of Europe also influenced this book—the way common people spent years working to build those places and were told their reward would be in heaven. And I was influenced by my own relationships with my sisters, of course
What books are current faves in your house?
I just read a book called Behind the Scenes at the Museum by Kate Atkinson that I absolutely loved. She’s genius. My husband is reading a book by William Gibson, one of his favorite authors. My oldest son just finished reading Spirit Animals, and we’re reading Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone to the younger two boys. And my toddler daughter is very into the Llama Llama books.
What books inspired you growing up?
I was a HUGE fan of the Anne of Green Gables series, and I also loved reading The Babysitters’ Club books. As I grew older, I fell in love with the writing of Wallace Stegner and Anne Tyler. I still love their books.
Did your love of Olympic swimmers have anything to do with a world set beneath the water?
It didn’t, actually—well, at least not consciously. It was more the influence of The Little Mermaid that made me think of putting the city underwater. But when I was trying to decide what True looked like, I saw Nathan Adrian swimming in the 2012 Olympics, and I thought, “That’s him!” So Olympic swimming definitely influenced that part of the book.
What’s something about you that not many people know?
I was once a child performer with the American Folk Ballet. I loved it because we got to wear these beautiful dresses and because the adult dancers were always so kind to us.

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Posted on May 16th, 2014 by audra
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THE PARADOX OF VERTICAL FLIGHT by Emil Ostrovski

 

Release Date:
September 24, 2013

Hardcover, 260 pages
Publisher: Greenwillow Books
Genre: Contemporary / Realistic Fiction / Tough Issues / Suicide

What happens when you put a suicidal eighteen-year-old philosophy student, his ex-girlfriend, his best friend, and his newborn baby in a truck and send them to Grandma’s house? 

This debut novel by Emil Ostrovski will appeal to fans of John Green, Chris Crutcher, and Jay Asher.

On the morning of his eighteenth birthday, philosophy student and high school senior Jack Polovsky is somewhat seriously thinking of suicide when his cell phone rings. Jack’s ex-girlfriend, Jess, has given birth, and Jack is the father. Jack hasn’t spoken with Jess in about nine months—and she wants him to see the baby before he is adopted. The new teenage father kidnaps the baby, names him Socrates, stocks up on baby supplies at Wal-Mart, and hits the road with his best friend, Tommy, and the ex-girlfriend. As they head to Grandma’s house (eluding the police at every turn), Jack tells baby Socrates about Homer, Troy, Aristotle, the real Socrates, and the Greek myths—because all stories spring from those stories, really. 

Even this one.

 Funny, heart-wrenching, and wholly original, this debut novel by Emil Ostrovski explores the nature of family, love, friendship, fate, fatherhood, and myth.

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My phone rings, but I don’t get up.

In my dream, the teacher hands out frogs, living frogs, and lectures: “Frogs produce smaller air bubbles than humans, who in turn produce smaller air bubbles than llamas. We find this out by drowning the species in question, of course.  Please drown your frog and make sure to measure the diameter of its air bubbles, rounding to the nearest significant digit.  Tomorrow
we’ll measure the bubbles produced by our lab partners, and the day after that, the students that are left will move on to the llamas.”  It makes no sense at all, but so it goes with my dreams.  Some people dream of epic heroes’ quests, of saving the universe from a great evil, and I get dreams about the differentiation of air bubbles across species.


Around nine I roll myself into a sitting position, finger the gunk out of my eyes, examine it for a moment, and then launch it across the room to where I don’t have to immediately deal with it.  My roommate’s snores filter down from the top bunk.

My cell is on my desk. The blinking red light of a missed call flashes across the room. Damn. I missed Bob. I try calling her back, but she doesn’t answer. She’s always losing her phone, misplacing it; broke it a few times from chucking it, because she couldn’t get the idiotskaya electronica to work.

I call my grandma “Bob” because I’m too lazy to bother with the alternatives; namely, “Babushka,”“Baba,” and “starypur,” the Russian version of old fart. Bob has Alzheimer’s, and it’s my birthday, so her call means today’s one of those days, or maybe just one of those moments, a flash, when she remembers me.

Partly to distract myself from the guilt, but mostly out of habit, I turn on my computer and wait for Windows to load.  I don’t capitalize “god” but I always capitalize “Windows.”  I spend much of my life in front of a screen, plugged into the matrix, looking through a Window into my virtual life.  Still waiting on a black dude with a name that sounds like a drug to show up and teach me kung fu, though.

I log in to Facebook and I’m so depressed I want to laugh. Fifteen Facebook friends have wished me a happy birthday so far. I’ve never really cared about birthdays, honestly—I mean, it’s just another day—but to see all these people, most of whom I don’t know or in a few years won’t remember, wishing me a happy birthday makes me feel like I should care. Like it should be a special day, like it should mean something.


I think I hate Facebook.

I lean back in my chair and stare out the window. When I’m thirty years old, will I still get a bunch of people I don’t know wishing me a happy birthday? Will that number dwindle over the years? Will, year by year, some people who’ve forgotten me remember and some people who’ve remembered me forget? What’s the point of it all, for any of us, if that’s the way it goes—if the way it ends is with me logging into Facebook at ninety years old, bald and fat and wearing a diaper and not remembering how to get to the toilet, which is why I’m wearing a diaper in the first place, and seeing, what? Fifteen people I don’t know wishing me a happy birthday? And each of my fifteen with fifteen of their own, on and on, a miserable network of Happy Birthday Facebook wishes connecting the entire world, the entire human race, until one day we nuke ourselves and it all goes black and there are no more happy birthdays for anyone.

Sometimes I get like this, depressed I mean, but I’m not one of those crazies, you know, a danger to themselves and others, nothing like that. Never even contemplated suicide, though in a few seconds I will be contemplating jumping out a window. It’s hot—eighty, maybe more; my T-shirt’s wet on my body, and it feels more miserable than it has any right to for a May morning in our great moose- infested state of Maine. I wheel over to open the window, slide it all the way up. I have to stand so I can reach the screen, to slide it down into place. Instead I stick my hand out.

What if I jump? What if I jump, now? I don’t want to die, but getting hurt would be kind of nice, you know? Like two years ago, when I got my appendix out. Everyone from class sent Get Well cards and Tommy skipped school to spend a day with me playing video games in the hospital. Yeah, that’s selfish, but remembering your friend because he almost kicked it is just as selfish.

I turn away from the window. The attention would last a couple weeks, max. Then everyone would go back to their own lives and everything would be the same.  But unlike when I got my appendix out, I might be crippled for life.

I walk on over to my desk, pull open a drawer, shuffle through video game boxes and CDs and pencils and pens and a worn pink eraser I never use but bring to school every quarter anyway.   I grab the bottle of pills, sit back down on my chair, and stare at the bottle.  Painkillers.  From a few months back, when I got into a fight with a fence over the arbitrary authority by which it goes about the supremely arrogant task of delineating space.  The fence won the tiff, but, fractured ankle aside, I like to think I’ll win the war.  I set the painkillers on the desk, and check under my bed. That’s where I keep my water, but there isn’t any left, so I stuff the pills in my pocket.

“Hey,” comes my roommate Alan’s I’m-still-three-quarters-sleeping voice.

I spin round.  “Hey,” I say, too loud.

He frowns at me, head about three inches off the pillow, and says, “Feel like I wanted to say something to you.  But I forget. I’ll remember.”

“That’s all right.”

“Jack,” he says, suddenly concerned.  “It is a Saturday, right?”

“Yeah,” I say. “No worries.”

“Phew,” he says.  His head drops back down. Almost every Saturday Alan groggily asks me if it’s really the weekend—like he can’t quite believe it himself.  He’s a nice guy, Alan, as nice a roommate as you could hope for, but we don’t really do anything together aside from, well, sleeping together. .It’s just that kind of a relationship.

I have my hand on our doorknob when–voices in the hall.  When they’re gone I nudge the door open and head for the bathroom. A guy’s in the shower, singing something about how we’re meant to be together in a voice that he really should keep a firm leash and a choke collar on if he insists on taking it out in public.

I set the bottle of pills on the shelf below the mirror. My reflection has a zit coming up on his forehead. It hurts to touch. He squeezes anyway, and bites at the inside of his lip. It explodes; a bit of yellow-white pus hits him in the eye and slides down, down, like a tear.

How many pills will kill me and how many will almost kill me? That is the question. It’s a fine line, probably. I open the bottle, look inside, and frown. Pull the cotton ball out.


I turn on the faucet. And hold my hands under the warm water.  Close my eyes.  Breathe.  Breathe.  I’m about to down my first pill when my cell rings. Once, twice, three times. The guy in the shower stops singing.



My breath catches when I see the number.

 

 

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“I’m twenty-three.

Rather than give you a witty, self-deprecating account of the trials and tribulations of my twenty-three year old, suburban, upper-middle class, went-to-a-girl’s-liberal-arts-college life, I’ll admit that I haven’t really done anything much worth reading about.

So in lieu of providing you with my biography, I will recommend that you read Desmond Tutu’s.  Here.  

Why Desmond Tutu?

Well, I’ve always liked his name.”

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Posted on Apr 25th, 2014 by audra
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THESE GENTLE WOUNDS by Helene Dunbar
Release Date: May 8, 2014
Paperback, 312 pages
Publisher: Flux
Genre: Contemporary Fiction / Tough Issues / PSTD

Sometimes I wish I’d lost a leg or something. Everyone can understand that. They never get it when what’s been broken is inside your head. Five years after an unspeakable tragedy that changed him forever, Gordie Allen has made a new home with his half-brother Kevin. Their arrangement works since Kevin is the only person who can protect Gordie at school and keep him focused on getting his life back on track. But just when it seems like things are becoming normal, Gordie’s biological father comes back into the picture, demanding a place in his life. Now there’s nothing to stop Gordie from falling into a tailspin that could cost him everything—including his relationship with Sarah, the first girl he’s trusted with the truth. With his world spinning out of control, the only one who can help Gordie is himself . . . if he can find the strength to confront the past and take back his future.

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Helene Dunbar usually writes features about fiddles and accordions for Irish Music Magazine, but she’s also been known to write about court cases, theater, and Native American Indian tribes.
She’s lived in two countries, six states, and is currently holed up in Nashville with her husband, daughter, two cats, and the world’s friendliest golden retriever.
THESE GENTLE WOUNDS is Helene’s debut novel with Flux Books.

Gordie’s life changed irreparably thanks to his abusive father and mentally unstable mother. He now suffers from PTSD thanks to an incident that killed his mother and siblings and relies on his half-brother Kevin and his love of Hockey to make it through his teen years without having a complete mental breakdown. Things quickly change for him when his father suddenly tries to re-emerge into his life and he meets a girl that makes his world stop spinning.

These Gentle Wounds is an emotionally charged book that deals with tremendously deep issues wonderfully. Thanks to the beautiful writing of Helene Dunbar I was completely immersed in this book from beginning to end. I absolutely loved the characters, both good and bad, and their interactions with everyone. While some parts seemed a bit over the top, it worked in context with Gordie’s situation and I loved getting to read this book through the eyes of a male main character.

Dunbar touched on so many great themes in this book- family dynamics, death, sports, teen angst, romance, mental illness and it just all comes together in a brilliant young adult book that I would recommend to anyone who loves contemporary young adult fiction.

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Posted on Nov 9th, 2013 by audra
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What should have been an ordinary morning is about to spiral into a day of unrelenting terror.

As a reporter for his high school newspaper, Tom is always on the lookout for an offbeat story. But from the moment he woke up this morning, his own life has been more bizarre than any headline could ever tell.

The streets of his town are suddenly empty and silent. A strange fog has drifted in from the sea and hangs over everything. And something is moving in that fog. Something evil. Something hungry. Closing in on Tom.

Tom’s terrified girlfriend Marie says the answers lie at the Santa Maria Monastery, a haunted ruin standing amidst a forest blackened by wildfire. But can he trust her? A voice that seems to be coming from beyond the grave is warning him that nothing is what it seems. “Only one thing is certain: with his world collapsing around him, Tom has only a few hours to recover the life he knew – before he, too, is lost forever in this nightmare city.”

Reading Nightmare City was like living through a foggy recurring dream, just like the one Tom is trying to live through. I was on the high school newspaper so I was a bit drawn to this, knowing how hectic that can be. Tom is really taking his newspaper involvement seriously. He had the amazing fortune and investigative skills to publish a story that pulls back the curtain on the football teams performance.

There’s a moment where he wakes up from a dream and nothing makes sense. Everyone is gone and there is a strange fog outside filled with monsters. It reminded me a lot of something straight out of Silent Hill. Klavan’s intense descriptions were chilling to the core and really made me feel like I was right there with Tom.

Nightmare City was a creepy read, but it did feel as though something was missing. The story starts out pretty quick and there isn’t much development to any kind of back story, which at times left me wanting more.

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About the Author
Andrew Klavan is a best-selling, award-winning thriller novelist whose books have been made into major motion pictures. He broke into the YA scene with the bestselling Homelanders series, starting with The Last Thing I Remember.He is also a screenwriter and scripted the innovative movie-in-an-app Haunting Melissa.

You can find Andrew on his website, goodreads, twitter and facebook.

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Posted on Nov 4th, 2013 by audra
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Title: Impossibly Love
Author: Shane Morgan
Release Date: October 23, 2013
Publisher: TSW Books

BOOK DESCRIPTION:
All Moya Douglas wants to do is study hard, maintain her scholarship, and make her mother proud while attending college. She doesn’t have time for a boyfriend or going on dates arranged by her best friend. Moya doesn’t believe in love. And she has no intention of ever finding it. Branden McCarthy is determined to change her views.
A selfless romantic who’s had his heart broken in the past, Branden is fascinated with Moya’s personality and hopes to develop something real with her—a connection so strong it’ll open her heart. But just when things start to work between the two, Branden’s secret threatens to get in the way.Will Moya finally do the impossible and give love a chance with Branden, or will fear keep them apart?

Impossibly Love was a refreshing read for me, a break away from what I normally get a chance to read. I haven’t read a ton of books in the new adult category, and it was great to experience this one. Moya was a strong character who’s been through her fair share of things. Because of this, she doesn’t often let new people into her life, which causes problems when all her best friend wants her to do is experience some of the dating aspects of college.

Enter Branden, a former skilled hockey player that sees something in Moya that perks his interests. Still, she is reluctant to let anyone into her life especially when things don’t quite add up with Branden to her. Throughout the book we get to see the growth of both characters, it’s endearing and makes for a great read.

As with the other New Adult books I have managed to read, there is a certain amount of romance cheese that is thrown in there. Impossibly Love has it too, but it isn’t as distracting as I’ve experienced in the past. I wish the book was longer, I wanted more! Luckily it seems there will be at least one more book on the way!

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About the writer:
Shane Morgan’s love for writing started the moment she picked up a Nancy Drew book. At a young age, she began writing short stories, delving into a variety of genres: from comedy and drama, to horror and contemporary romance. Shane’s quite intrigued by the otherworldly or things otherwise deemed “impossible.” Well, in her opinion, people never really grow up, do they?

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Posted on Nov 3rd, 2013 by audra
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Title: Escape From Eden
Author: Elisa Nader
Release Date: August 18, 2013
Publisher: Merit Press

Since the age of ten, Mia has lived under the iron fist of the fundamentalist preacher who lured her mother away to join his fanatical family of followers. In Edenton, a supposed “Garden of Eden” deep in the South American jungle, everyone follows the Reverend’s strict but arbitrary rules—even the mandate of whom they can marry. Now sixteen, Mia dreams of slipping away from the armed guards who keep the faithful in, and the curious out. When the rebellious and sexy Gabriel, a new boy, arrives with his family, Mia sees a chance to escape.

But the scandalous secrets the two discover beyond the compound’s façade are more shocking than anything they ever imagined. While Gabriel has his own terrible secrets, he and Mia bond together, more than friends and freedom fighters. But is there time to think of each other as they race to stop the Reverend’s paranoid plan to free his flock from the corrupt world? Can two teenagers crush a criminal mastermind? And who will die in the fight to save the ones they love from a madman who’s only concerned about his own secrets?

I absolutely loved this book and was thrilled to have a chance to interview the author Elisa Nader after my previous review!

One of my favorite things in Escape to Eden was the idea of the location, what gave you the idea for setting this in a remote jungle with a nearby village?

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The story is inspired by Jonestown. I’d considered changing the setting to something like the American West or an underground bunker, but the more I thought about the jungle setting, the more I wanted to use it. The jungle is scary and full of creepy-crawly things; the idea of attempting to escape through jungle underbrush was so intriguing.

I’ve been fascinated with cults and their actions, what gave you the idea for this book?
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I saw a video by Cults called “Go Outside” (I think the song is in some car commercial now). The members of the band are superimposed into old footage of Jonestown. I’d forgotten about Jonestown until then. And it made me wonder about the children in the commune. The teenagers especially. It wasn’t their choice to be there, did the rebel? Ask to leave? Wonder what life was like on the outside? I started writing the manuscript that night.

What, if any, are your must haves for writing?
Confidence, and the permission to let myself suck when writing. Those are the most necessary things for me, so much more than inspirational writing music or vats of  coffee.

What is the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given?
Don’t over-think it.

Which character was your favorite to write?
Gabriel. Writing his snarky attitude and dialogue was so much fun. And the banter between him and Mia. Writing his backstory, however, was a little tough.

If you could spend a day with one of your characters, which would it be and what would you do?
Doc Gladstone. He seems to be the one guy who is thoughtful and caring, and would be full of good advice.

What was the last book you read?
I just read THE NOTORIOUS PAGAN JONES, a book by my crit partner Nina Berry that will be out in 2015 from Harlequin Teen. It’s so good. It’s about a starlet in the ‘60s that gets mixed up with the crazy world of spies. It’s so awesome.

In your book Escape from Eden, choose one character you would kiss, one you would marry, and one you would kill.
Kiss: Gabriel
Marry: Doc Gladstone
Kill: The Reverend (DUH!)

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About the Author

Hi. I’m Elisa. I like cheese and reading and TV show marathons. Writing is scary, but not as scary as, say, Civil War amputations. I’m an Aquarius. Uh… let’s see… I’m not very good at writing my own biography. Or autobiography. I guess this is reading more like a slightly incoherent personal ad.

You can find Elisa at her facebooktwitter and tumblr.

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Posted on Apr 1st, 2013 by audra
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Today I am thrilled to be hosting a stop on the Stung by Bethany Wiggins blog tour.
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There is no cure for being stung.

Fiona doesn’t remember going to sleep. But when she opens her eyes, she discovers her entire world has been altered—her house is abandoned and broken, and the entire neighborhood is barren and dead. Even stranger is the tattoo on her right hand—a black oval with five marks on either side—that she doesn’t remember getting but somehow knows she must cover at any cost. She’s right.

Those bearing the tattoo have turned into mindless, violent beasts that roam the streets and sewers, preying upon the unbranded while a select few live protected inside a fortress-like wall, their lives devoted to rebuilding society and killing all who bear the mark.

Now Fiona has awakened branded, alone—and on the wrong side of the wall.

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About Bethany Wiggins:
Bethany Wiggins has always been an avid reader, but not an avid writer.  She failed ninth grade English because she read novels instead of doing her homework. In high school, she sat alone at lunch and read massive hardback fantasy novels (Tad Williams and Robert Jordan anyone?). It wasn’t until the end of her senior year that the other students realized she was reading fiction–not the Bible.
Once upon a time, Bethany’s sister dared her to start writing an hour a day until she completed a novel. Bethany wrote a seven-hundred page fantasy novel that she wisely let no one read–but it taught her how to write.  She is the author of SHIFTING, STUNG (April 2013), and CURED (2014).
Today’s Blog Tour Post is a guest post from Bethany about her writing space!
I am sitting at my writing desk right now. I do not have a laptop, so I always write in my upstairs family room. There is a green smoothie on the desk beside me. There is a robot coloring book and a children’s Book of Mormon on my left, a little bag of hair stuff and a small crystal globe on my right. A hooked on phonics book is on top of my printer, with my daughter’s school reading log beside it. Coldplay is playing on I-tunes–no the song just changed to Beach House’s “Myth.” My two-year-old is sitting on the floor putting hair bows on her stuffed animal kittens.
That being said, my writing space is much more mental then physical! Being the mother of four small children, I have learned to write with a lot of distractions. I also typically only write after they all go to bed, but I have a lot of blog posts to do for this blog tour, so I am breaking my own rules!
Writing space is good music, a clear mind, a full belly, and having my family taken care of. When all those are met, my mind has permission to go wherever it wants! My writing space is 99% mental, and it can be any time, anywhere. If the story is there, the space creates itself!
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Posted on Mar 28th, 2013 by audra
In these categories Blog Tour, Society's Bookshelf

poison

Sixteen-year-old Kyra, a highly-skilled potions master, is the only one who knows
her kingdom is on the verge of destruction—which means she’s the only one who
can save it. Faced with no other choice, Kyra decides to do what she does best:
poison the kingdom’s future ruler, who also happens to be her former best friend.
But, for the first time ever, her poisoned dart…misses.

Now a fugitive instead of a hero, Kyra is caught in a game of hide-and-seek with the
king’s army and her potioner ex-boyfriend, Hal. At least she’s not alone. She’s armed
with her vital potions, a too-cute pig, and Fred, the charming adventurer she can’t
stop thinking about. Kyra is determined to get herself a second chance (at murder),
but will she be able to find and defeat the princess before Hal and the army find her?

Kyra is not your typical murderer, and she’s certainly no damsel-in-distress—
she’s the lovable and quick-witted hero of this romantic novel that has all the right
ingredients to make teen girls swoon.

Today on the Poison blog tour, we’re talking firsts! My first book series

One of my strongest, earliest memories is just an ordinary shopping day with my mom. I remember my mom telling me how much she loved this one particular book when she was young, and she wanted to get it for me at Waldenbooks. The book? None other than Beezus and Ramona by Beverly Cleary. I remember trying to read it as I walked through the mall. I remember sitting in a dressing room at Leggett’s department store reading it while my mom tried on clothes. Then, I read it as we ate lunch in the food court. I’m pretty sure I had that book almost finished by the time we left the mall because I remember my mom went back and bought the second one.

That book started my obsession with the library. We didn’t have a lot of money, so its rather amazing my mom bought me a second book that day. I remember going to the library that week and got more book in the series. So basically, thank you Beverly Cleary for being my first book series.

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About Bridget Zinn:

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Bridget grew up in Wisconsin. She went to the county fair where she met the love of
her life, Barrett Dowell. They got married right before she went in for exploratory
surgery which revealed she had colon cancer. They christened that summer
the “summer of love” and the two celebrated with several more weddings. Bridget
continued to read and write until the day she died. Her last tweet was “Sunshine and
a brand new book. Perfect.”

Bridget wanted to make people laugh and hoped readers would enjoy spending time
with the characters she created. As a librarian/writer she loved books with strong
young women with aspirations. She also felt teens needed more humorous reads.
She really wanted to write a book with pockets of warmth and happiness and hoped
that her readers’ copies would show the watermarks of many bath time reads.

Posted on Aug 20th, 2012 by audra
In these categories Ally Condie, Blog Tour, Reached

This morning Ally Conudie announced the official REACHED book tour dates! Will she be coming to a bookstore near you?

November 13- Salt Lake City, Utah King’s Englishbookstore featuring te infamous MATCHES bubble available for photos!

November 14- Chicago/Naperville Anderson’s Bookshop

November 16- Omaha, Nebraska The Bookworm

NovembeR 27- Houston, Texas Blue Willow Books

November 28- Coral Gable, Fl (near Miami) Books and Books

November 29- Bethesda, Maryland

November 30 Raleigh, North Carolina Quaill Ridge Book

Posted on Nov 17th, 2011 by audra
In these categories Ally Condie, Blog Tour, Crossed


Yesterday Ally Condie guest blogged about a day in her life at home, and today over at Dead Book Darling she blogs about a day in her life on tour!