10/24/2014

Famous in Love Blog Tour: Author Interview + Giveaway


We are so lucky, because today, we get to ask Rebecca Serle a few questions about her newly released book, Famous in Love. But first, a little about the book itself.
Title: FAMOUS IN LOVE
Author: Rebecca Serle
Pub. Date: October 21, 2014
Publisher: Poppy
Pages: 336
Formats: Hardcover, eBook
Find it: : AmazonBarnes & NobleGoodreads

The romantic story of a girl who gets plucked from obscurity to star in the next major feature film franchise based on a book and the ensuing love triangles she gets entangled in on—-and off screen.

Meet Paige Townsen, Rainer Devon, and Jordan Wilder…

When Paige Townsen, a young unknown, gets cast in the movie adaptation of a blockbuster book series, her life changes practically overnight. Within a month, Paige has traded the quiet streets of her hometown for a crowded movie set on the shores of Maui, and is spending quality time with her co-star Rainer Devon, one of People’s Sexiest Men Alive. But when troubled star Jordan Wilder lands the role of the other point in the movie’s famous love triangle, Paige’s crazy new life gets even crazier.

In this coming-of-age romance inspired by the kind of celeb hookups that get clever nicknames and a million page views, Paige must figure out who she is – and who she wants – while the whole world watches.

Awesome fact! LOCKED which is the story/movie script the characters are cast for inside FAMOUS IN LOVE is a real book! Written by Rebecca Serle writing as Parker Witter, who is also the reclusive author character in her Famous in Love series! Read the article in Publishers Weekly HERE!

Hey guys! Rebecca Serle here, author of the upcoming series FAMOUS IN LOVE. It’s a novel where fiction meets reality when Paige Townsen, a totally normal girl-next-door, is plucked from obscurity to star in the next major film franchise based on a book. When she relocates from her hometown of Portland to Maui (as in, Hawaii!) to film the movie, she falls for the two lead actors she meets on set: Rainer Devon, and Jordan Wilder.

PTB:  One of the things that immediately drew me to your story was how Paige is literally thrown into acting and into a blockbuster franchise to boot! What inspired you to write Paige?
Rebecca: I’m a big fan of young Hollywood- I always have been. My bat mitzvah gift was a signed headshot from Leonardo Dicaprio (sigh). But that’s all I had! Things have gotten so out of control with the media. The paparazzi don’t let these young actors breathe. And the strangest part is—how much we care. I’m fascinated by the why. Why do we want to see them at Starbucks? Why do we care whether they like jeans or cords? What does it matter? I think the intersection of fiction and reality is so strong right now. You have so many young actors falling in love on set, seemingly mimicking the lives of their characters. Their lives look like movies on and off screen. And I wanted to play with that. We think we know, but we have no idea…

PTB: I love your weekly blog posts on Famous Love Triangles and it sounds like there's quite a love triangle in Famous in Love. Can you tell us if there was one triangle that you used as a model for the Paige-Rainer-Jordan one?
Rebecca: Thanks! Those posts are fun to write, I’m glad you’re enjoying them. I have a lot of new series lined up so stay tuned!

Famous in Love is not modeled after one love triangle per se, but I think those who read and inhabit some of the worlds we’re all familiar with will certainly pick up on similarities. I’m going to leave it there.

PTB: What made you choose Maui as a setting for the movie that's being filmed in your story?
Rebecca: I grew up on Maui and always wanted to set a book there. This felt like the right choice. At the time I started writing they were filming The Hunger Games in Hawaii so it felt like a reasonable location. Plus I needed a place that would feel secluded and romantic—for the three of them to kind of bond in a bubble before they became giant, worldwide stars.

PTB: If Famous in Love was made into a movie, who would be in your dream cast?
Rebecca: I can’t answer this question! I hope someday soon it won’t just be a dream, though!

PTB: If you could pick any book-to-movie series, which one would you have like to be cast in?
Rebecca: I would have given anything to be involved in Harry Potter. I mean how cool would that have been? Those sets feel actually magical. But currently—probably The Mortal Instruments. First off I LOVE Lily Collins, so maybe we’d end up being besties? And I’m a huge, huge TM fan. I met Cassandra Clare a few months ago at a book event and couldn’t even speak. My friends had to talk for me.

PTB: At Page Turners Blog, we love to ask characters questions, so we would love it if Paige, herself, could tell us a reason (or two or three) why we should read her story?
Rebecca: If you’re a fan of Locked I think you might like to know what it was like turning those books into a movie. Parker Witter made a truly great love triangle and it was an honor getting to play August, and bring her to life onscreen.

Maui! Seriously, who doesn’t love reading about Maui? One of my favorite things to do when we’re filming is wake up early and go for a sunrise swim. The colors are so unbelievably beautiful and the ocean is so clear it looks like a postcard.

My costars are pretty hot. That’s got to be a reason.


And boy oh boy, is that a reason, Paige. I just started reading the book and I'm already half-way through. I have to say it's an addictingly adorable read so far. Look for my review later in the week.
Thanks to Rebecca and her publisher, Poppy, we also have a giveaway of FIVE finished copies of Famous in Love PLUS ebooks of Locked, the story used as the movie script!

G I V E A W A Y

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Photo by Tara Kelly
About Rebecca:
Rebecca Serle is the author of When You Were Mine, The Edge of Falling, and Famous in Love and is an obsessive lover of all things pop culture. She blogs about The Vampire Diaries for New York magazine’s Vulture and can be found on Twitter: @RebeccaASerle. She, like Caggie, lives in Manhattan—just far from the Upper East Side.

Find Rebecca Online:
 Website | Twitter | Facebook | Goodreads | Instagram


Don't forget to stop by the other participating blogs for more guest posts, interviews, reviews and even more chances to win your own copy of Famous in Love.

Tour Schedule:
Week One:
10/13/2014- yabooknerdInterview
10/14/2014- WhoRuBlogReview
10/15/2014- Bewitched BookwormsGuest Post
10/16/2014- Fiction fareInterview
10/17/2014- Wishful EndingsReview

Week Two:
10/20/2014FiktshunGuest Post
10/21/2014Crossroad Reviews – Review and Guest Post
10/22/2014kimberlyfaye reads- Review
10/23/2014Me, My Shelf and IGuest Post
10/24/2014Page Turners BlogInterview

10/23/2014

The Morganville Vampire Web TV Series Trailer Debut!! @rachelcaine



If you aren’t familiar with Morganville - a brave teen (Claire Danvers) moves to the very isolated West Texas town to attend the local university, only to (a) run afoul of the local mean (very mean) girls, and (b) move to the safety of off-campus housing with three strangers.

 But the plot thickens when she discovers that her new housemates aren’t crazy: Morganville really is run by vampires. They own it, and every one in it. And now ... they own her.

Get Happy Review and Giveaway



Title: Get Happy
Author: Mary Amato
Published October 28, 2014 from Egmont USA
Synopsis:
In this poignant, realistic, contemporary YA by a state master list star, perfect for fans of Sarah Dessen and Gayle Forman, a young songwriter builds a substitute family with her friends in place of the broken family she grew up with.

A hip high school girl who loves music, writes songs, and is desperate for a ukelele, learns to her shock that her father did not abandon her years ago and has been trying to keep in touch. She begins to investigate him, only to discover that he has a new life with a new family, including the perfect stepdaughter, a girl who Minerva despises.


To be honest, I've never read a Sarah Dessen book and I've only read If I stay by Gayle Forman, so the comparisons were a little lost on me, but I guessed that it was going to be a lighter contemporary with a lot of heart and that's what Get Happy is.  It's raw at moments, its funny at others and at points you're just reading to move through the story, it's like life and every so often it's nice to read something that's not one long drama filled story that has you going from one big dramatic scene to the next.

Get Happy is the story of Minerva Watson.  She's kind of your typical out of the box girl, she has her own style and an over the top best friend in Fin.  But once you get beyond the surface, you realize that there's more going on in Min's life, her mom despises her father to a piont that she wont even talk about him and there's a bit of a disconnect between the two. But on some level this is normal, so you keep reading to see how Min gets through all her crazy.

There were some slow parts but it was worth the read.  I enjoyed watching Minerva grow and get to a point where she could maybe be genuinely happy at some point in the future and get beyond just treading water. This is also one of those books that I'd love to see the author put a short story out about what happens in 2 year as Min is going off to college.  The story leaves off where most contemporaries do, right as things are starting to heal, but things are "perfect" yet, but I'd love to see her after the healing has started and to see how the relationships have grown and mended.

Overall Rating:



GIVEAWAY TIME!

Thanks to Egmont and Mary we have a signed copy of Get Happy to giveaway! US only, the book is being shipped from the publisher and please use the Rafflecopter widget below to enter. All of our other standard rules apply. 

Want more chances to win? Check out the full blog tour schedule for more chances. 


10/21/2014

Update on Forbidden Giveaway - Kindle HD Added to #Givewaway!!!

On November 4th, HarperCollins unveils Forbidden, a seductive YA debut from award-winning middle grade author Kimberley Griffiths Little. Forbidden transports readers back in time to the deadly deserts and sweltering heat of Ancient Mesopotamia for a tale of danger, duty, and forbidden love. Jayden is on the brink of womanhood and betrothed to her tribe’s prince, cold-hearted Horeb. But when tragedy strikes, Jayden meets Kadesh, a mysterious visitor from the south who makes Jayden doubt everything she knows. Torn between loyalty to her tribe and the chance to escape her fate, Jayden must make a choice that will change her life forever.
Today, we are unveiling the Forbidden trailer for the very first time!
Kimberley is also offering a HUGE preorder giveaway from October 6th to November 4th (release day!) to celebrate. See below for full details on how to enter. TO ENTER:
  • You must preorder Forbidden through an online retailer or your local bookstore, then email a photo of your receipt to forbiddengiveaway@gmail.com.
  • Fill out the rafflecopter below
  • US/Canada Only
  • Ends at midnight EST on November 3, 2014
  • Optional entries: share the trailer on your own site or social media, follow Kimberley on twitter, and tweet about the giveaway (can be repeated daily for extra entries!)
  • Winners will be announced and contacted November 4th (release day!)
  • If the winner does not respond with their mailing address within one week, a new winner will be chosen.
PRIZES:
(1) GRAND PRIZE WINNER: 1. NEWLY RELEASED Kindle Fire HD6 Tablet with 6" HD Display, Wi-Fi, Front and Rear Cameras, 8 GB -- choose your color! (Black, Magenta, White, Citron, or Cobalt) 2. GIRL OF FIRE AND THORNS by Rae Carson 3. CHAOS OF STARS by Kiersten White 4. Satin Belly Dance Skirt 5. Belly Dance 150-Coin Hip Scarf 6. Red Silk Veil (not pictured) 7. Red Middle Eastern Earrings 8. Belly dance DVD: Sensual Belly Dance with Blanca, a professional dancer (technique, choreography, and performances) 9. "Will YOU risk it all?" button (not pictured) 10. Set of 10 Book Club Cards 11. Jeweled bookmark (not pictured)
(1) SECOND PLACE WINNER:
1. GIRL OF FIRE AND THORNS by Rae Carson
2. Red Middle Eastern Earrings
3. Red Silk Veil (not pictured)
4. Belly dance DVD: Sensual Belly Dance with Blanca, a professional dancer (technique, choreography, and performances)
5. "Will YOU risk it all?" button (not pictured)
6. Set of 10 Book Club Cards
7. Jeweled bookmark (not pictured)
(13) RUNNERS-UP WINNERS:
1. Red Middle Eastern Earrings
2. "Will YOU risk it all?" button (not pictured)
3. Set of 10 Book Club Cards
4. Jeweled bookmark (not pictured)
Good luck!
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About Forbidden: In the unforgiving Mesopotamian desert where Jayden’s tribe lives, betrothal celebrations abound, and tonight it is Jayden’s turn to be honored. But while this union with Horeb, the son of her tribe’s leader, will bring a life of riches and restore her family’s position within the tribe, it will come at the price of Jayden’s heart.
Then a shadowy boy from the Southern Lands appears. Handsome and mysterious, Kadesh fills Jayden’s heart with a passion she never knew possible. But with Horeb’s increasingly violent threats haunting Jayden’s every move, she knows she must find a way to escape—or die trying.
With a forbidden romance blossoming in her heart and her family’s survival on the line, Jayden must embark on a deadly journey to save the ones she loves—and find a true love for herself.
Set against the brilliant backdrop of the sprawling desert, the story of Jayden and Kadesh will leave readers absolutely breathless as they defy the odds and risk it all to be together.
Follow Kimberley:
About Kimberley: Award-winning author Kimberley Griffiths Little was born in San Francisco, but now lives in New Mexico on the banks of the Rio Grande with her husband and their three sons. Her middle-grade novels, When the Butterflies Came, The Last Snake Runner, The Healing Spell, and Circle of Secrets, have been praised as “fast-paced and dramatic,” with “beautifully realized settings.” Kimberley adores anything old and musty with a secret story to tell. She’s stayed in the haunted tower room at Borthwick Castle in Scotland; sailed the Seine in Paris; ridden a camel in Petra, Jordan; shopped the Grand Bazaar in Istanbul; and spent the night in an old Communist hotel in Bulgaria. You can visit her online at www.kimberleygriffithslittle.com.
Share your thoughts on the trailer in the comments!

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and The Bookish. Each Tuesday you are given a prompt, then you post your top ten.
This weeks prompt...

Rowdy by Jay Crownover Release Day: Excerpt and Giveaway

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We are over the moon excited to bring you the Release Day Launch for ROWDY by Jay Crownover!! ROWDY is the fifth novel in her Marked Men Series published by William Morrow, and imprint of HarperCollins.  These guys have been fun to get to know over the last 4 books and I cannot wait to learn more about Rowdy. I've loved how real and down to earth the stories are and they really show that guys with tats aren't always the bad boy.  These are books we suggest for our older New Adult/Romance readers, and we hope you check them out. 


Rowdy


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EXCERPT:
WHEN I PUT THE key he had given me in the door to his apartment it felt like the end of a long journey. Really it was only a little over twelve hours and I had stopped to nap once along the way, but it still felt like too long since I had seen his face or been able to touch all that toned and tattooed skin. Jimbo greeted me at the door when I pushed it open. His tongue lolled out of his mouth and he jumped up and put his paws on my legs. He was going to be huge when he finally grew into his fuzzy body and I was overwhelmed at how happy I was to see him. I dropped to my knees and rubbed my face in his neck as he licked me all over my face. I was obviously missed and I had to say it was just one more reason I knew I was finally where I was supposed to be. It was late, so the apartment was dark.

I checked the dog’s food and water, trying to be quiet in case Rowdy was already asleep. I was winding my way toward his bedroom when a haphazardly discarded sketch pad lying on the couch caught my eye in the dim light. I paused for a minute to pick it up and felt my heart stop and then start to race as I flipped through the first few pages. There were a couple of drawings that were obviously for clients, tattoos that hadn’t made it from paper to skin yet, but most of the pristine white pages were covered with images wearing my face. There was mermaid me, and naughty- sailor- girl me. There was sassy Indian girl me with long Pocahontas braids and there was sexy devil me standing next to angelic me. There were dozens of them all in different shapes and sizes, but every single image was undoubtedly modeled after my distinct look. I wasn’t sure if he had drawn them all over this last week while I had been gone or over the months we had been chasing each other in circles.

Either way it made my heart swell and the full certainty that I was it for him settle deep inside my bones. I set the pad down and tiptoed through the hall. Jimbo took one look at where I was going and huffed out a disgusted- sounding snort. The poor guy had learned early on that he wanted no part of what happened between his humans when they were together in the bedroom. The light was off and Rowdy was sprawled on his stomach across the covers. His blond hair was sticking up every- where and he hand one arm bent up under his head. The only thing that could have made the sight better would have been if he hadn’t bothered with the black boxers before crashing out.

Even with them obscuring the view, I couldn’t complain. I let out a breathless sigh and crept closer so that I could lean over and touch my lips to that anchor on the side of his neck. I felt his pulse leap and tasted the salt on his skin as he murmured sleepily and rolled over onto his back. Those infinitely blue eyes glowed at me in the dark as a grin pulled up the corner of his mouth.

“Hey.”
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About ROWDY: The New York Times and USA Today bestselling Marked Men series continues with this sizzling, sexy story of love, heartbreak, fate, and second chances.

After the only girl he ever loved told him that he would never be enough, Rowdy St. James knocked the Texas dust off his boots and set out to live up to his nickname. A good ol’ boy looking for good times and good friends, Rowdy refuses to take anything too seriously, especially when it comes to the opposite sex. Burned by love once, he isn’t going to let himself trust a woman again. But that’s before his new co-worker arrives, a ghost from the past who’s suddenly making him question every lesson he ever learned.

Salem Cruz grew up in house with too many rules and too little fun—a world of unhappiness she couldn’t wait to forget. But one nice thing from childhood has stayed with her; the memory of the sweet, blue-eyed boy next door who’d been head over heels in love with her little sister.

Now, fate and an old friend have brought her and Rowdy together, and Salem is determined to show him that once upon a time he picked the wrong sister. A mission that is working perfectly—until the one person that ties them together appears, threatening to tear them apart for good.


10/15/2014

Redeemed Blog Tour: P.C. Cast & Kristin Cast Q&A

So excited to be hosting this interview. House of Night is one of my favorite series.
REDEEMED, the final novel in the House of Night series just came out. How does it feel to reach the finale of the series?
PC: It’s bittersweet to come to the last HoN book. I’m excited about the new trilogy I’m working on, but I also miss Z and the Nerd Herd. I spent almost a decade with the HoN characters. I know I’m going to feel their absence as I’m at my writing desk – and at my brainstorming desk!

KC: It’s sad that the HoN series is ending. Like Mom, I’m going to miss Zoey and the Nerd Herd, but I’m going to miss our fans most of all. I hope that they’ll continue to follow us as we each begin our new projects.
Do you have a favorite book in House of Night?
PC: For a long time I loved CHOSEN because of the mistakes Zoey makes in that book and the lessons she learns. And my favorite novella is LENOBIA’S VOW. Since finishing REDEEMED, though, I have to say that I love it best!

 KC: My favorite is LENOBIA’S VOW. I love the story, and that anyone can pick it up and read it without having to read any of the other books in the series.
Is there a character that you feel closest to?
PC: Aphrodite is easiest to write, and I’ll always feel close to Zoey.

KC: I love me some Heath! I guess that also means that I love Aurox too!
House of Night is an international phenomenon! How has the success of the series changed your life?
PC: HoN has enriched our lives on many levels. We love hearing from our fans about how they have grown up with Zoey and the group. Kristin and I get to take awesome road trips!

KC: I’ve gotten to meet so many people who have been inspired by HoN, which has made me a better person in a lot of ways.
Neferet is such a tragically flawed character. Her backstory made her more sympathetic, even though her choices are horrid. How much of her actions in REDEEMED, and previous books, is a result of her trying to overcome her past? 

PC: Sadly, Neferet’s life choices were a direct result of her inability to let go of her father’s brutal attack and rape. I think a big part of her reaction to his abuse was a direct result of “Emily’s” inability to forgive herself. I do understand Neferet, often too well. It saddens me that the HoN world lost what could have been such a great force for Light.
Where do you see Zoey in 10 years?
PC: I see Z being a kick ass High Priestess!
Does Zoey and Stark’s relationship continue?
PC: Absolutely! Stark will always be Zoey’s Warrior.
Did writing the series together strengthen your relationship?
PC: Kristin and I have always been close, so that hasn’t changed. I am appreciative of her editorial eye, and love partnering with her! KC: Mom and I have always had an amazing relationship! Working with her has made me appreciate and respect her even more.
Do mothers and daughters read your books together?
PC: Yes! We hear from mothers and daughters a lot! We love that they read the HoN as a team.

KC: Hearing how our books have brought mothers and daughters closer is so amazing! I love that we’ve been able to inspire connection within so many families.
How did you decide to write a series about vampires?
PC: My agent, Meredith Bernstein, asked me to write a series set at a vampyre finishing school, and my imagination took off from there.
Who is your all-time favorite fictional vampire character?
PC: I love the vampire in Robin McKinley’s wonderful book, SUNSHINE.

KC: Spike! He’s totally my boyfriend.
Spike or Angel?
PC: SPIKE! He’s been my boyfriend for years.

KC: No! He’s MY boyfriend, Phyllis.
Some have speculated that the huge surge of interest over the past few years in the paranormal romance/vampire fiction genre won’t last. What do you think?
PC: I think it’s silly to worry about genres coming and going. A good book is a good book. Excellence in storytelling will never be out of fashion.
What is on your nightstand now?
PC: The first book in Anne Bishop’s Jewel series, Neil Gaiman’s THE OCEAN AT THE END OF THE LANE, and the latest copy of bitch Magazine.

KC: Benadryl, my dehumidifier, and stress relieving essential oils. (I have a bit of an allergy problem.)
What was your favorite book as a young adult?
PC: Wow, there were so many of them! When I was a young girl I read every horse and dog book I could get my hands on (LOVE Walter Farley). As I became a teenager and a young adult, I didn’t read YA. I read lots and lots and lots of fantasy, science fiction, and romance. As a teenager my favorite series was probably Anne McCaffrey’s books about Pern. I still want to ride a golden queen dragon!

KC: I was obsessed with GOSSIP GIRLS and Lynn Ewing’s DAUGHTERS OF THE MOON series.
Can you tell us a little more about the philanthropic organizations that you support?
PC: I have an education foundation that helps kids through college. I’m also passionate about supporting the feminist bitch magazine and SageWoman.

PC & KC: We believe in supporting local charities like Tulsa Street Cats, the Oklahoma Equality Center, the Oklahoma Center for the Book, Philbrook and Gilcrease museums. We will also always support the Humane Society and SPCA.
You are about to embark on book tour – what are you most looking forward to?
PC & KC: We haven’t toured in the US for several years (been too busy writing!), so we’re really looking forward to seeing our fans from all over the US!
What has the response been like to the House of Night clothing line?
PC: I’ll let Kristin handle this one, as this is her baby, but I will say that I heart me some HoN merchandise!

 KC: It’s been fantastic! It’s amazing when I see people out in public who are wearing one of the shirts, or have a bumper sticker on their car. I feel very honored and fortunate to have such support from our fans.
Your fans can’t wait for the HON movies to come out! Where are you in the process right now?
PC: This summer I worked with our wonderful screenwriter, Marc Haimes, on the treatment (which is really just a long outline) of the first movie, and he has completed the first draft of the script. Yes, I do love it!
What’s up next for you, PC?
PC: What’s next for me is a fantasy romance trilogy of epic proportions that I’m really excited about. I should have news for my fans in the next month or so!
What’s up next for you, Kristin?
KC: Right now I’m working on the first book in a new adult paranormal suspense series. Meredith Bernstein, my fabulous agent, is finalizing the contract with my new publisher and I will have exciting news this November! You can sign up to receive info about my new series at www.KCastAuthor.com.