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HELLO World Tour!

 

 

 

 

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I met Liza in line at the very first BEA I attended. She took me under her wing and showed me the ropes. Since then, we’ve become friends and her guidance means the world to me. Liza is one of the smartest and loyal person I’ve ever encountered. I am thrilled that her fiction debut will soon be out in the world. Bloggers and friends of Liza from all over the world are coming together to celebrate with her. Here’s my little #Hello from Pennsylvania. Of course, my pup Sera needed to be a part of this adventure too!

 

 

 

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Want to know how you can support Liza? Take a pic of yourself with #HelloFrom  ____________ and share it on Twitter. And for those of you attending BEA this year, Liza will be signing ARCs on Friday, May 29th.

 

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Late one night, in a moment of deep grief, Tricia places a call to her deceased grandmother’s old phone number. She expects the disconnect notice, but is thrown when another teen— also up late and coping with his own frustrations—answers. It’s Emerson, and though they’re perfect strangers, Tricia senses an unexplainable, deeper connection between them.

When his phone rings, Emerson expects it to be his sometimes-overbearing girlfriend Angie, but instead ends up transfixed by Tricia’s tenderness and heartache. The two make a pact, thus setting the events of HELLO? in motion.

HELLO? is the story of five small town Wisconsin teens: Tricia, who has lost her family and is trying to find her way; her over-protective boyfriend Brian, a potter; the perfectionist Emerson; his girlfriend, the insecure and unpredictable Angie; and her tough best friend Brenda, an aspiring actress and screenwriter.

Told from all five viewpoints: narration (Tricia), narration (Emerson), free verse poetry (Angie), screenplay format (Brenda), narration and drawings (Brian), HELLO? offers a textured account of five lives and weaves together the stories of these teens into a compelling narrative of serendipity and a whole that is much greater than the sum of its parts.

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A Review of ALL THE RAGE by Courtney Summers

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Expected publication: April 14th 2015 by St. Martin’s Griffin

 

The sheriff’s son, Kellan Turner, is not the golden boy everyone thinks he is, and Romy Grey knows that for a fact. Because no one wants to believe a girl from the wrong side of town, the truth about him has cost her everything—friends, family, and her community. Branded a liar and bullied relentlessly by a group of kids she used to hang out with, Romy’s only refuge is the diner where she works outside of town. No one knows her name or her past there; she can finally be anonymous. But when a girl with ties to both Romy and Kellan goes missing after a party, and news of him assaulting another girl in a town close by gets out, Romy must decide whether she wants to fight or carry the burden of knowing more girls could get hurt if she doesn’t speak up. Nobody believed her the first time—and they certainly won’t now — but the cost of her silence might be more than she can bear.

With a shocking conclusion and writing that will absolutely knock you out, All the Rage examines the shame and silence inflicted upon young women after an act of sexual violence, forcing us to ask ourselves: In a culture that refuses to protect its young girls, how can they survive?

What did I think?

It’s not often that I finish a book and I’m left speechless. Only Courtney Summers is capable of shutting me up! Lol! This is a story told by a girl who is left to feel that it’s all her fault she was raped. Between the girls in the locker room treating Romy like she’s worthless, and the local sherif intimidating her…it’s no wonder she keeps quiet about her pain.

I feel very saddened that in our modern society, girls raped by popular, rich, handsome boys/men still need to fear speaking out about their abuse. Even other women blame the victim, strip her down even more than the attacker. I’m hoping with this book, Courtney Summers makes a difference; gets people thinking, talking, about changing rape culture.

Well done Courtney!

 

Five Minute Friday: THE CEMETERY BOYS

Yes.

I totally freaked out when I spun to win books at the HarperCollins booth at New York Comic Con and won The Cemetery Boys by Heather Brewer.

Ever since Auntie Heather posted about her new book, I wanted to get my grabby hands on it. Guys, I read this in one day! I LOVE THIS BOOK! I know it doesn’t release until March 2o15, but I had to share how wonderful the story is. Heather Brewer writes like no other. Her descriptive prose draws the reader directly into the story and makes you feel like you belong. Seriously…this is a MUST read!!!

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When Stephen is forced to move back to the nowhere town where his father grew up, he’s already sure he’s not going to like it. Spencer, Michigan, is like a town straight out of a Hitchcock movie, with old-fashioned people who see things only in black-and-white. But things start looking up when Stephen meets the mysterious twins Cara and Devon. They’re total punks–hardly the kind of people Stephen’s dad wants him hanging out with–but they’re a breath of fresh air in this backward town. The only problem is, Cara and Devon don’t always get along, and as Stephen forms a friendship with the charismatic Devon and something more with the troubled Cara, he starts to feel like he’s getting caught in the middle of a conflict he doesn’t fully understand. And as Devon’s group of friends, who hang out in a cemetery they call The Playground, get up to increasingly reckless activities to pass the summer days, Stephen worries he may be in over his head.

Stephen’s fears prove well-founded when he learns of Spencer’s dark past. It seems the poor factory town has a history of “bad times,” and many of the town’s oldest residents attribute the bad times to creatures right out of an urban legend. The legend goes that the only way the town will prosper again is if someone makes a sacrifice to these nightmarish creatures. And while Stephen isn’t one to believe in old stories, it seems Devon and his gang might put a lot of faith in them. Maybe even enough to kill for them.

Now, Stephen has to decide what he believes, where his allegiances lie, and who will really be his friend in the end.

Blog Tour: Little Dead Ridinghood

Hi Amy! *Waves!* We’re still pumping our arms from all the excitement of our release of LITTLE DEAD RIDING HOOD on Tuesday.

You know things are going to suck when you’re the new kid. But when you’re the new kid and a vampire… well, it bites!

Unlike most kids, Scarlet Small’s problems go far beyond just trying to fit in. She would settle for a normal life, but being twelve years old for an entire century is a real pain in the neck. Plus, her appetite for security guards, house pets and bloody toms (tomato juice) is out of control. So in order to keep their vampire-secret, her parents, Mort and Drac, resort to moving for the hundredth time, despite Scarlet being dead-set against it. Things couldn’t be worse at her new school, either. Not only does she have a strange skeleton-girl as a classmate, but a smelly werewolf is intent on revealing her secret. When she meets Granny—who fills her with cookies, goodies, and treats, and seems to understand her more than anyone—she’s sure things will be different. But with a fork-stabbing incident, a cherry pie massacre, and a town full of crazy people, Scarlet’s O-positive she’ll never live to see another undead day.

Not even her Vampire Rule Book can save her from the mess she’s in. Why can’t she ever just follow the rules?

Add Little Dead Riding Hood to your Goodreads to-read list here Purchase LDRH at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, or your favorite Indie bookstore!

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We’ve been asked to talk about the pros and cons of writing together. We listed our ups and downs on Tuesday at Margie’s Bumbles and Fairy-Tales blog, and I’m just as excited to discuss this topic.
 
Here’s five pros to writing with my daughter:
1) She’s super creative. Her ideas always seem to take things to a whole. nother.level!
2) She’s funny. Bethanie has a natural ability to summon a laugh from her audience.
3) Bethanie is a hard worker. A few weeks ago she churned out over 8,000 words in an afternoon. It would take me an entire week to write that many words!
4) She doesn’t judge me when I stay in my pajamas all day.
5) She’s insightful. She knows that the words need to be put on the page first before they can be edited. I’m the opposite. I tend to be a perfectionist and want perfect words, sentences, and paragraphs the first time around. She is the one that reminds me that we can’t perfect what isn’t written.
 
Here’s the cons to writing together:
1) Time. Bethanie is homeschooled AND training for the Olympics in archery. If we had to wait for time to write together, we’d never get anything written. So although we plot together, we tend to write independently. Bethanie will email me what she’s written and I incorporate it into our manuscript. We discuss plot, characterization, and story development when we’re driving to various activities. If we need time to delve into something deeper we squeeze it in on the weekends.
2) If I don’t work, she knows it. So I can’t get away with it. Ever. I’m always accountable.
3) Not agreeing. It’s rare, but sometimes we don’t agree on a plot point, or how to implement it.
4) Bethanie says that one of the hardest things for her is that because we’re family she feels as though she can procrastinate if I’m not reminding her to get her writing done.
5) She’s always right. That’s a hard pill to swallow when you’re the parent!
 
 
 
About us:
Amie Borst is a PAL member of SCBWI. She believes in Unicorns, uses glitter whenever the opportunity arises, accessories in pink and eats too much chocolate. 
Bethanie Borst is a spunky 14 year old who loves archery, long bike rides and studying edible plant-life. She was only 9 when she came up with the idea for Cinderskella!
Little Dead Riding Hood is their second book in the Scarily Ever Laughter series. Their first book, Cinderskella, released in October 2013.
You can find them on facebook. Amie can be found on twitter, pinterest, and her blog

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Thanks for having us here today, Amy!
 
We’re having two great giveaways as part of our blog tour! The first is for a copy of LITTLE DEAD RIDING HOOD! So be sure to enter the giveaway by following the steps on the rafflecopter form below. 
 
THEN – as soon as you finish that, be sure to stop by my blog for a second contest! I’m having a SCAVENGER HUNT that you won’t want to miss with lots of extra great prizes! All you have to do is make sure you enter the contest below first, then hop over to my blog and fill out the rafflecopter form there! Super easy!
 
See you soon! 
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