Monthly Archives: October 2013

Five Minute Friday: A Really Awesome Mess

17288907A Really Awesome Mess

A hint of Recovery Road, a sample of Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist, and a cut of Juno. A Really Awesome Mess is a laugh-out-loud, gut-wrenching/heart-warming story of two teenagers struggling to find love and themselves.

Two teenagers. Two very bumpy roads taken that lead to Heartland Academy.
Justin was just having fun, but when his dad walked in on him with a girl in a very compromising position, Justin’s summer took a quick turn for the worse. His parents’ divorce put Justin on rocky mental ground, and after a handful of Tylenol lands him in the hospital, he has really hit rock bottom.

Emmy never felt like part of her family. She was adopted from China. Her parents and sister tower over her and look like they came out of a Ralph Lauren catalog– and Emmy definitely doesn’t. After a scandalous photo of Emmy leads to vicious rumors around school, she threatens the boy who started it all on Facebook.

Justin and Emmy arrive at Heartland Academy, a reform school that will force them to deal with their issues, damaged souls with little patience for authority. But along the way they will find a ragtag group of teens who are just as broken, stubborn, and full of sarcasm as themselves. In the end, they might even call each other friends.


I received this story from about a month ago and with me being is such a reading slump, I didn’t have the heart to pick it up. After reading an ARC of PAWN last week, I finally decided it was time to crack this beauty open. I am so glad I waited to read! I began reading in class with my students. Yes, I read with my students once per week. I need to show them that adults read too! Anyway, heads kept turning in my direction because I was laughing out loud in places.

Now, I’m not quite finished reading A REALLY AWESOME MESS but I can already tell this will be a five star rating on Goodreads from me!!


Monday Morning Spotlight: PAWN by Aimee Carter

10838787Pawn (The Black Coat Rebellion #1)

For Kitty Doe, it seems like an easy choice. She can either spend her life as a III in misery, looked down upon by the higher ranks and forced to leave the people she loves, or she can become a VII and join the most powerful family in the country.If she says yes, Kitty will be Masked—surgically transformed into Lila Hart, the Prime Minister’s niece, who died under mysterious circumstances. As a member of the Hart family, she will be famous. She will be adored. And for the first time, she will matter.

There’s only one catch. She must also stop the rebellion that Lila secretly fostered, the same one that got her killed …and one Kitty believes in. Faced with threats, conspiracies and a life that’s not her own, she must decide which path to choose—and learn how to become more than a pawn in a twisted game she’s only beginning to understand.

346 pages

Expected publication: November 26th 2013 by Harlequin Teen
I recently took a trip to New York city with the kids. We had a great day being tourists and I got a chance to meet with a friend for a short few minutes. Seeing that this friend is a huge reader, he brought a book to me. PAWN. I’ve been in such a reading rut. It has taken me extremely long to finish at least two books. Neither of these books are bad, but I just wasn’t as invested in the story as I should have been.
PAWN was a different story.
I got through this book  in a weekend. There was romance, suspense AND it’s a series–one that will be a hit upon it’s release in November. Thanks to Aimee Carter I got my reading back!

SUSY Asylum Tour

provexcityebookfinalAbout Provex City (Lorne Family Vault #1)

Fifteen-year-old Oliver Grain begins his school year fighting off bullies, learning about the boy who committed suicide in his room, and trying to understand why his history teacher, Mr. Gordon, has taken such a personal interest in him.

Do you believe in ghosts? Do you believe you can make bullies simply disappear? Do you believe you can walk through walls?

Mr. Gordon tells Oliver: “When you truly believe anything is possible, you will be able to open doors where there were only walls.” And one of those doors leads Oliver to Provex City, which puts him in far greater danger than he can possibly fathom.


susyasylumebookcoverAbout SUSY Asylum (Lorne Family Vault #2)

In SUSY Asylum, there is no release. There is no escape. No hope.

Oliver and Desiree are introduced to the writings of a mysterious blogger, Commodore Chaos, when they return to Provex City to indulge in what the sublime city has to offer. The blogger claims the Lornes are collecting people venturing between the higher planes of awareness and locking them away in a mythical asylum. But are these legitimate concerns for inter-plane travelers or just the ramblings of an anonymous conspiracy blogger?

Oliver looks to Provex City as his only connection to his father while Desiree looks to the city as an escape from the torment of losing her best friend—again. Provex City is a wonder of beautiful treasures, entrancing them to continue returning. But behind the beauty, wolves have continued hunting Oliver, a boy who is still unaware of his importance in the rebellion.

Oliver’s belief is waning. Desiree will not always be by his side. Mr. Gordon will not always come to his aid. Oliver finds himself alone, forced to confront his biggest fears, fight his inner demons, and face the very cold reality that no one is coming to save him.

Welcome to SUSY Asylum.


 Michael Pierce


About Michael Pierce:
I believe in a future where I will be able to write full-time, a picture I already hold vividly in my mind. It all starts with my debut young adult novel, Provex City. I love Harry Potter & The Marbury Lens, Tool & Elliott Smith, Dexter & Donnie Darko, bold coffee & amber ale. I also love dabbling with writing music and recording, with no illusions of ever making it a career. I am ecstatically married and the lucky father to a beautiful baby girl.

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NaNoWriMo 2013




Anyone else getting ready for NaNoWriMo?

I am and I’d love to connect with more writers this year, so please use my username above and add me as a writing buddy.

As for my NaNoWriMo WIP, I’ve been working on my new idea in my head. I have a brief outline written in my notebook, but mostly I’ll be pantsing again. Just looking for a few more songs to add to my writing playlist before November and I’m good to go.

What about you? Have a great idea you’re psyched to begin working on?

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