Monthly Archives: August 2013

Beginning the School Year with a John Green Video

Ah, I remember the signs school was about to start. Back when I was a student, the corn in the field being tall enough to harvest use to mean the beginning of a new school year. Now, as a middle school teacher, the beginning of school is before September, it’s typically really freakin’ hot, and I have to find babysitters since my children don’t start school until after Labor Day.

While I complain that I’m just not ready to go back to work, and I will only admit this here, but I secretly still love the first day of school. Meeting new students is a highlight and this year I have a special surprise for my classes…a John Green video. Instead of doing the same old intro of me, I’m going to remind my 8th graders just why they are made to get up at an ungodly hour and learn. If this isn’t inspirational, I don’t know what is!

A huge shout out to friend Liza Weimer (@LizaWeimer) for posting this video via Twitter! Without her, I’d be doing the normal boring first day stuff.

 

 

EMBER TEEN Blog Tour

 

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“Our fires burn brightly for our readers and as a way to say thanks to our readers we’ve launched our latest division of Entangled Teen and it’s name is Ember. We have two exciting launch titles: Darker Days by Jus Accardo and Chaos by Christine O’Neil. Read away!” Entangled Teen Ember is a division of Entangled Teen that specializes in digital-first YAs

Chaos by Christine O’Neil

Darker Days by Jus Accardo

 

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Synopsis:

Chaos:

My name is Maggie Raynard. After sixteen years being just plain me, suddenly, when I lose my temper, my fingers become weapons of mass destruction. Turns out I’m a semi-god, descended from Aphrodite. Sounds cool in theory, but when I accidentally put my ex-boyfriend in a coma, things go downhill pretty fast.

Now some new guy named Mac Finnegan has made it his mission in life to continually piss me off. I’m stuck learning how to use my new powers while also dealing with regular high school problems, and with this annoying and super-hot—guy all
up in my business, I’m about to flip out.

But it gets worse. I just learned there’s this watchdog council of semis who keep an eye out for any bad apples. They think I’m the baddest one in the bunch and want to take me out before I do any more damage. My nemesis Mac might turn out to be my salvation, only he’s got secrets of his own…and they may just kill us both.

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Darker Days

A little sin can be deadly…

Jessie Darker goes to high school during the day, but at night she helps with the family investigation business.

Cheating husbands and stolen inheritances? They’re your girls—but their specialty is a bit darker. Zombie in your garage? Pesky Poltergeist living in your pool? They’ll have the problem solved in a magical minute. For a nominal fee, of course…

When gorgeous new client, Lukas Scott, saunters into the office requesting their help to find a stolen box, it sounds like a simple case—until the truth comes out. The box is full of Sin.

Seven deadly ones, in fact.

They’ve got five days to recapture the Sins before they’re recalled by the box, taking seven hijacked human bodies with them. Easy peasy—except for one thing…

There’s a spell that will allow the Sins to remain free, causing chaos forever. When the key ingredient threatens the life of someone she knows, Jessie must make the ultimate choice between love and family—or lose everything.

 

Guest Post:

My top favorite books/series (in no particular order!)

1.   The Cal Leandros series by Rob Thurman – Snarky, fun, and some serious bad-ass. Rob Thurman is my world building hero.

2.   Soul Screamers series by Rachel Vincent – All I’m gonna say is, I was team Tod from the start 😉

3.   The Heavenly Horse from the Outermost West by Mary Stanton – I read this when I was a kid and reread it at least once a year. Fantasy and talking horses? Yes, please.

4.   The Mediator series by Meg Cabot – A sassy girl and her ghost. What more could you possibly want?

5.   The Shade series by Jeri Smith-Ready – Pure awesome. If you haven’t picked these up, run, don’t walk!

6.   Women of the Otherworld series by Kelly Armstrong – My favorite fictional couple of all time, Clay and Elena, are from the series.

7.   Strange Angles series by Lili St. Crow – Awesome world building and kick ass characters!

8.   The Harry Potter series by JK Rowling – Does this even need an explanation?

9.   The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton – I grew up reading S.E. Hinton. Every once in awhile, I’ll take a day and just sit down and read all her books again, because yeah, they’re that epic J

10   The Mercy Thompson series by Patricia Briggs – The character development in these books is some of my favorite ever.

 

About the Authors

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Christine O’Neil was born and raised in Connecticut, where she spent most of her childhood outdoors catching salamanders, frogs and colds. When she wasn’t terrorizing Mother Nature, she was curled up under the covers with her nose in a book. As an adult, she’s stopped stalking amphibians, but still loves books. When she isn’t reading, she likes to spend her time people-watching. In fact, she’s probably watching you RIGHT NOW O_O She’s also pretty obsessed with writing YA books, but if she had to pick another profession she would be a ninja…or a Professor of the Dark Arts. Christine also writes adult romance under the pen name Christine Bell.

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JUS ACCARDO spent her childhood reading and learning to cook. Determined to follow in her grandfather’s footsteps as a chef, she applied and was accepted to the Culinary Institute of America. At the last minute, she realized her path lay with fiction, not food, and passed on the spot to pursue writing. Jus is the bestselling author the popular Denazen series from Entangled publishing. A native New Yorker, she lives in the middle of nowhere with her husband, three dogs, and sometimes guard bear, Oswald.

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Trailer Reveal: A Missing Peace by Beth Fred

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A Missing Peace
Release Date: 09/01/13
Summary from Goodreads:

A turbulent, emotionally charged YA novel that breaks down barriers and challenges the status quo…Angry, seventeen-year-old Iraqi war refugee Mirriam Yohanna hates her new life in Killeen, Texas, where the main attraction is a military base, populated with spoiled army brats like Caleb Miller.

Caleb has much to be angry about too, including Mirriam who turns him down flat in front of everyone. Eager for retribution, Caleb agrees to a dare that will see him take Mirriam to the prom and regain his pride.

But their relationship soon moves beyond high school antics. Mirriam and Caleb are bound together by more than location, and as they are forced to work closely together on a school assignment, they start to uncover an explosive story that has the potential to ruin lives — and both of their futures. One single truth changes everything and strengthens their bond.

When Mirriam’s family discovers their relationship, they decide it’s time to arrange her marriage to a proper Iraqi man. Caleb must convince Mirriam that he is in it for forever — or risk losing her for good.

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About the Author

I’m a full time ELF keeper and part time writer/blogger/writing instructor. I’m represented by Kathleen Rushall of Marsal Lyons Literary Agency. I like my tea hot, my romance sweet, and my guys chivalrous. Real men hold open doors, refer to you as ma’am, make promises they keep, and aren’t afraid to profess their undying love. It’s not breakfast if there aren’t carbs(at least, not in the South). Fajitas, carnitas, and churros are just few of my favorite things. Bet you can’t guess where I’m from 😉

 
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Feature Monday: Cipher by Cindi Madsen

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Summer Davis sees deaths before they happen. She attempts to live a normal life by focusing on the dance team and her quarterback boyfriend. But then the way-too-cheery Angel of Death shows up and tells her she’s a Cipher—a person chosen to help people who are going to die resolve problems with their loved ones. Ashlyn Moore, one of Summer’s classmates, is going to die, and she needs Summer’s help before that happens.

It’s nearly impossible to get through to Ashlyn, who surrounds herself with chess nerds and geeks and makes it clear she doesn’t want to be friends. Desperate to complete her Cipher task before it’s too late, Summer turns to Troy, the guy who’s always been there for her and one of the few people she can trust. With his help, she makes progress. In fact, the closer she gets to Ashlyn and her friends, the more she feels like she’s finally found where she belongs.

As the clock starts running down on Ashlyn’s life, Summer decides to change her objective. She’s going to save her new friend before it’s too late—even if it means messing with fate.

 

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Author Information

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Cindi Madsen sits at her computer every chance she gets, plotting revising, and falling in love with her characters. Sometimes it makes her a crazy person. Without it, she’d be even crazier. She has way too many shoes, but can always find a reason to buy a new pretty pair, especially if they’re sparkly, colorful, or super tall. She loves music, dancing, and wishes summer lasted all year long. She lives in Colorado (where summer is most definitely NOT all year long) with her husband and three children. She is the YA author of CIPHER, DEMONS OF THE SUN & ALL THE BROKEN PIECES, and the adult author of FALLING FOR HER FIANCE, ACT LIKE YOU LOVE ME and CINDERELLA SCREWED ME OVER.

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I’ve spotlighted Cindi on my blog before and I ALWAYS love reading her novels. She rocks! This time, I was able to ask one burning question, so I figured I should ask her feeling on whether or not fate really exists. Thanks for such an honest answer Cindi!!!

Q: Do you really believe in fate?

I believe you make your own fate in a lot of ways, but I also believe there are events in life that we can’t change. I feel like there are people I was destined to meet, because that connection when I do is so strong.

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GIVEAWAY: 
Cindi is having a giveaway for a $20 iTunes Gift Card and Paramore Bracelet!

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