The Truth About Us Blog Tour - Excerpt

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Flynn’s from the wrong side of the tracks, but he may be just right for Jess…

The truth is that Jess knows she’s screwed up. She’s made mistakes, even betrayed her best friend, and now she’s paying for it. Her dad is making her spend the whole summer volunteering at the local soup kitchen.

The truth is that she wishes she was the carefree party girl everyone thinks she is. She pretends it’s all fine. That her “perfect” family is fine. But it’s not. And no one notices the lie…until she meets Flynn. He’s the only one who really sees her. The only one who really listens.

The truth is that Jess is falling apart, and no one seems to care. But Flynn is the definition of “the wrong side of the tracks.” When Jess’s parents look at him, they only see their differences, not how much she and Flynn need each other. They don’t get that the person who shouldn’t fit into your world might just be the one who makes you feel like you belong.

RITA Award finalist Janet Gurtler’s young adult books have been chosen for the Junior Library Guild Selection and as Best Books For Teens from the Canadian Children’s Book Center. She has had her writing compared to Judy Blume and Jodi Picoult and that makes her happy. She has volunteered at a few soup kitchens and hopes to do more. Giving back is so important. Janet lives in Okotoks, Alberta, Canada, with her husband, son, and a chubby black Chihuahua named Bruce. 
The greenhouse is sort of shaped like an old barn. It’s opaque with plastic and steel siding. The door is open, and I follow Wilf inside and pause and then breathe it in. The smell nourishes me. Moist air fills my lungs. I’ve forgotten how much the scents of greenery soothe me. It reminds me of different times. Simpler times.

“Nice,” I tell him, looking around at rows of plants on tabletops and plants stacked on the floor. I realize I’ve missed the satisfaction of nurturing plants.

There’s a man on a ladder in the middle of the greenhouse, fixing a shelf, with his back to us. A little boy stands at the bottom of the ladder, watching. Wilf walks over and pats his head and kneels down to his level. “How are ya, big guy?”

The little boy stands taller and giggles and holds out his hand. He’s got it wrapped tightly around a plastic blue train.

The man on the ladder turns and looks down at me. My heart stops.

It’s not a man at all. It’s him.


My face burns.

“What are you doing here?” he asks.

Wilf frowns and then looks at me. “What’s up with you kids these days? In my time, we treated nice--looking young ladies with respect,” he says to Flynn gruffly. “Flynn, this is Jess. She volunteers here.”

I say a silent thank--you to him for calling me nice--looking and glance back at Flynn.

“Since when?” he asks.

“Since now. How about, ‘hello, nice to meet you’?” Wilf says to prompt both of us. “Is that so hard?”

“We’ve already met,” Flynn says.

My cheeks stay on fire as he climbs down the ladder.

“The shelf is fixed,” he says to Wilf. “Slumming?” he adds to me as he jumps to the floor. He folds up the ladder and then leans it against a counter lined with plants.

The little boy stares back and forth.

I try to think of something light and witty to save the moment, but my mind is blank. Instead, I panic. “What’d you do to get stuck working at this place?” I say, channeling my inner Nance.

“What’d I do?” He stares at me and then his lips turn up. “I didn’t have the right daddy, I guess. I’m here to have lunch. With my little brother. I’m not a volunteer.”

My stomach drops. Fail. Epic fail.

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Zeroboxer Blog Tour: Carr Fan Interview

We are SUPER excited to bring you more Zeroboxer fun. Be sure to check out our interview with author Fonda Lee and the Zeroboxer Trailer. Today we have the transcript from a fan interview with Carr. We hope you enjoy getting to know him, we think he's a keeper!

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A rising star in the weightless combat sport of zeroboxing, Carr “the Raptor” Luka dreams of winning the championship title. Recognizing his talent, the Zero Gravity Fighting Association assigns Risha, an ambitious and beautiful Martian colonist, to be his brandhelm––a personal marketing strategist. It isn’t long before she’s made Carr into a popular celebrity and stolen his heart along the way.

As his fame grows, Carr becomes an inspirational hero on Earth, a once-great planet that’s fallen into the shadow of its more prosperous colonies. But when Carr discovers a far-reaching criminal scheme, he becomes the keeper of a devastating secret. Not only will his choices place everything he cares about in jeopardy, but they may also spill the violence from the sports arena into the solar system. 

Today we’re happy to post an interview with zeroboxing star Carr Luka. Luka was interviewed by the fan feed Float ‘Em while on a publicity tour of Earth sponsored by the Zero Gravity Fighting Association. He answers questions about his career, personal life, and the state of the sport.

Float ‘Em: Thank you for being here Carr. Tell us how your tour is going so far.
Carr Luka: Thanks, it’s been great. Living on Valtego [city station], there are things you miss about Earth. It’s amazing to meet all the fans and aspiring zeroboxers down here too.

FE: You’ve really catapulted into the spotlight recently with your recent big wins in the Cube, and now the ZGFA is putting a lot behind your tour. That’s quite a bit to handle for someone still a couple months shy of his eighteenth birthday. How are you dealing with all the sudden attention?
CL: It’s been pretty crazy, I’ll admit. When it gets kind of overwhelming, I try to remind myself that in the end, it all comes down to what happens in the Cube. I’m a newbie at all this touring and marketing stuff, but I’ve been fighting in the Cube most of my life, so I try to focus on that.

FE: So why zeroboxing? How did you get your start in the sport?
CL: I’m from Toronto and lived on Earth as a kid, so it wasn’t an obvious thing for me to get into. I was always into sports and being competitive, and I started gymnastics and kickboxing when I was really young. My coach found me at a local kids tournament and thought I had what it took. So I really owe him for bringing me up to [the orbital gym] Xtreme Xero and believing in me that much.

I used to take the lunar commuter bus to the gym on Thursday afternoon, miss school on Friday, spend the whole three-day weekend training, and fly back down on Monday morning. That’s not including the land training I had during the days I was on Earth. When my tournament schedule got heavy, I had to do remote study and finish homework on flights between events. So yeah, there’s a big investment if you want to eventually do it as a career.

FE: Why do you think zeroboxing has really taken off in popularity in the last few years?
CL: You’ve got to remember it’s been a huge sport on Mars for a long time. I think Terrans are really getting into it because we’ve reached the point where there’s now a lot of Earth-born talent coming up through the amateurs into the pros. It took some time for people to stop being gravity-biased when it comes to sports, and to start looking at what the colonies are doing, and going, “hey, there’s something really great going on here.”

FE: There have been a few ZGFA fights cancelled lately due to fighters being caught taking performance enhancing measures. Do you think there’s a problem with PEM in the sport, and are the current screening methods sufficient?
CL: There’s definitely a problem, though it’s not unique to our sport. With the types of nanos and somatic gene procedures we have now, there are just more sophisticated ways than ever to cheat. Screening is important, and I think for the most part the ZGFA takes it really seriously, because they owe it to the zeroboxers and the fans that the fights be clean.

FE: Do you have any advice for amateur zeroboxers looking to one day fight professionally?
CL: It’s different when you get to the pros, for sure. You have more time between fights, and there’s a lot more riding on each fight, so you have to be really disciplined about training and able to handle the pressure of the big day. It’s also easy to get thrown off by the fact that you’re living on Valtego and there’s a lot to distract you.

I’d say the biggest thing is getting as much time in orbit as you can early on. Having a good space ear is really, really important at this level. Get as much competition experience as you can. You can’t rely just on having a good flying game or a good grabbing game—they both have to be top-notch.

FE: Rumor has it you are dating your brandhelm. Care to confirm or deny it and end the suspense of your female fans?
CL: [laughs] Yeah, my brandhelm Risha and I hit it off pretty quickly. She’s great. She’s half-Martian, so she’s totally got that way of giving it to you straight. It’s kind of scary how much she can get done. We’re both a bit obsessive about what we do, so the other person gets it when we’re like, head-down intense on something. There’s this great feeling knowing we’re supporting each other.

FE: What are three little known facts about you that you’d like to share with fans?
CL: I’ve only thrown up in zero gravity twice, but they were both really epic. I won’t go into the details.

I got my Cube name [“the Raptor”] because my first nickname around the gym was “Last Man Standing” and my coach was like, “That is way too long, how’s a fight announcer going to say all that without taking a breath in the middle?” My old school mascot was the Falcons, and I was known for being a strong flier, so I thought I’d go with that, but my friend Enzo said, “You’re more badass than a falcon, you’re like a super-falcon. You’re the Raptor.” So it stuck.

One other thing, huh? I’m a sucker for key lime pie.

For more Zeroboxer excitement, check out the other online and live launch events including readings, blog posts, interviews, giveaways, and special features.
Fonda Lee writes science fiction and fantasy for teens and adults. Zeroboxer (from Flux/Llewellyn) is her debut novel. Fonda is a recovering corporate strategist, an avid martial artist, a fan of smart action movies, and an Eggs Benedict enthusiast. You can find Fonda at www.fondalee.com and on Twitter @fondajlee.

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Nowhere But Here Trailer Premiere

We are absolutely thrilled to bring you the Trailer Reveal for Katie McGarry's NOWHERE BUT HERE! NOWHERE BUT HERE is a Young Adult Contemporary Romance being published by Harlequin Teen and is a part of Katie McGarry’s Thunder Road Series. It is being released on May 26th, 2015!!

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An unforgettable new series from acclaimed author Katie McGarry about taking risks, opening your heart and ending up in a place you never imagined possible

Seventeen-year-old Emily likes her life the way it is: doting parents, good friends, good school in a safe neighborhood. Sure, she's curious about her biological father—the one who chose life in a motorcycle club, the Reign of Terror, over being a parent—but that doesn't mean she wants to be a part of his world. But when a reluctant visit turns to an extended summer vacation among relatives she never knew she had, one thing becomes clear: nothing is what it seems. Not the club, not her secret-keeping father and not Oz, a guy with suck-me-in blue eyes who can help her understand them both.

Oz wants one thing: to join the Reign of Terror. They're the good guys. They protect people. They're…family. And while Emily—the gorgeous and sheltered daughter of the club's most respected member—is in town, he's gonna prove it to her. So when her father asks him to keep her safe from a rival club with a score to settle, Oz knows it's his shot at his dream. What he doesn't count on is that Emily just might turn that dream upside down.

No one wants them to be together. But sometimes the right person is the one you least expect, and the road you fear the most is the one that leads you home.

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About Katie McGarry: Katie McGarry was a teenager during the age of grunge and boy bands and remembers those years as the best and worst of her life. She is a lover of music, happy endings, reality television, and is a secret University of Kentucky basketball fan.

Katie is the author of full length YA novels, PUSHING THE LIMITS, DARE YOU TO, CRASH INTO YOU, TAKE ME ON, BREAKING THE RULES, and NOWHERE BUT HERE and the e-novellas, CROSSING THE LINE and RED AT NIGHT.  Her debut YA novel, PUSHING THE LIMITS was a 2012 Goodreads Choice Finalist for YA Fiction, a RT Magazine's 2012 Reviewer's Choice Awards Nominee for Young Adult Contemporary Novel, a double Rita Finalist, and a 2013 YALSA Top Ten Teen Pick. DARE YOU TO was also a Goodreads Choice Finalist for YA Fiction and won RT Magazine’s Reviewer’s Choice Best Book Award for Young Adult Contemporary fiction in 2013.


Re-Discover The Murder Complex


Hey Guys, today we're excited to re-introduce you to THE MURDER COMPLEX by Lindsay Cummings. We met Lindsay a few years ago when we were helping to promote the release of Insurgent. We absolutely love this dark and twisty dystopian and hope you'll get it out at this awesome price!

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An action-packed, blood-soaked, futuristic debut thriller set in a world where the murder rate is higher than the birthrate. For fans of Moira Young’s Dust Lands series, La Femme Nikita, and the movie Hanna.

Meadow Woodson, a fifteen-year-old girl who has been trained by her father to fight, to kill, and to survive in any situation, lives with her family on a houseboat in Florida. The state is controlled by The Murder Complex, an organization that tracks the population with precision.

The plot starts to thicken when Meadow meets Zephyr James, who is—although he doesn’t know it—one of the MC’s programmed assassins. Is their meeting a coincidence? Destiny? Or part of a terrifying strategy? And will Zephyr keep Meadow from discovering the haunting truth about her family?

Action-packed, blood-soaked, and chilling, this is a dark and compelling debut novel by Lindsay Cummings.


Chapter One


It is the key to survival, the key to life. My father’s old dagger. “Peri!” I call out over the waves to my little sister. An old can bobs up and down in the water, mesmerizing me for a moment. Beyond the Shallows, the sea is packed with boats. Some of them are still afloat, with their masts stretching like arms to the sky. Others are half-submerged, shipwrecked and covered with moss.

Among the boats are other things. Old tires, half of a rusted car, plastic. A body lies facedown in the waves, her hair spread out like seaweed.

Behind me, in the city, the Night Siren wails. It starts low, then whoops higher and back down again. Everyone on the beach hurries into the shadows, knowing all too well what happens when the sun goes down.

It isn’t safe anymore. I call out to Peri again. “It’s time to go!”

She holds up a tiny hand and gives me the signal: two grubby little fingers held high above her head.

Two minutes. It is always two more minutes with her.

The sun is sinking, a massive orange ball melting into the sea. It sets fire to the sky, and everything is dancing in colors. Reds, oranges, yellows. It reminds me of blood, it reminds me of my mother.

Peri comes running up to me, kicking a spray of sand behind her. “I found a periwinkle!” she squeaks, sounding like a startled seagull. “Like me!”

“Yeah? Let’s see it.” I cast a glance over my shoulder, at the few people who still litter the beach, before kneeling down to her level. Peri’s big gray eyes, the color of sea foam, widen as she places the tiny shell in my outstretched palm. It’s twisty and fat, with a sharp point at the top. A mollusk sticks out. Though it has barely enough meat for anyone to eat, I’m still tempted to shove it into my pocket. But somehow the Initiative would find out. As sure as the tide comes and goes, the Initiative will always discover our secrets.

“It’s a good one,” I say, smiling down at her. “But we can’t keep it.”

The thick black numbers tattooed onto her forehead crease in frustration. 72050. Peri’s Catalogue Number, just one number different from mine. Our barcodes show the Initiative where we are, who we are, every moment of our lives. As Peri grows, it will grow, and it will never fade or wrinkle because of the healing nanites we all have in our blood.

“Tell you what.” I point the tip of my dagger toward the shell. “We’ll mark it. That way, next time you find it, you’ll remember.” I etch a small heart into the side of the shell. It’s crooked, and hardly legible. I drop the mollusk on the sand, let the waves take it away. Peri smiles triumphantly. She’s a miniature version of me. Silver hair that hangs in loose curls to her waist. Like our mother’s.

“Okay, time to go.” She grabs my hand and tows me along the sand, humming the tune to an old lullaby under her breath. Soft, so no one but the two of us can hear it. Peri knows the value of silence in the Shallows.

At the far end of the beach, a jetty of large rocks juts out into the ocean. Waves crash on the rocks, and we get soaked, but it doesn’t matter. The heat of the summer clings to me like fog.

Peri goes first, clambering on hands and feet up the jetty and over to the other side. I climb down after her and my breath catches in my throat.


They’ll do anything for extra Creds. The Initiative pays them to guard the shore and take care of minor problems, as well as find and report the citizens who break the four Commandments of the Shallows.

Commandment One: Honor the Initiative.

Commandment Two: Thou shalt not attempt to cross the Perimeter.

Commandment Three: Honor the Silent Hour.

Commandment Four: Thou shalt not harbor useful items from the days Before.

“Pay up,” one of the Pirates says. He stands from his spot by a blazing campfire. They are cooking fish.

We could never afford an entire fish. Whatever we gather is sent to the Rations Department, and mixed and pureed with other nutrient-rich foods for distribution. “We don’t want any trouble tonight,” I say. I press Peri closer to my side. “We just want to get to our boat.”

The Pirate laughs, and the two men with him join in. They are all covered in tattoos. One of them has an Initiative tattoo—an open, unblinking eye—on his neck, just below his chin. “You want to go to sea, little girl, you gotta pay.”

My hand finds the dagger on my thigh. There are only three of them. If I were alone, I could end this at once. But Peri tugs on my shirt, and I see the fear in her eyes. I cannot risk her safety. Not now, when the Dark Time is so close. And I have nothing to give the Pirates, nothing to buy us passage. But Peri does. She wears a pair of too-large tennis shoes, and the laces are still intact. Something like that is precious, and it kills me that I will be the one to take them from her. “I’ll give you the laces,” I tell the Pirates, pointing at Peri’s feet. “Then you’ll let us go.” The largest man lets out a whistle. His breath is rotten. “I’m feeling generous tonight, little girl. Next time, you better come prepared. Understood?”

I nod my head. “Next time you might not get away with your life.”

He thinks it’s a joke.

I stoop to untie the laces. Peri frowns, but does not cry.

She’s strong, my little sister.

The Pirates snatch the laces and go back to their fish, laughing. Peri and I pass safely and run down the beach. We yank the palm fronds and seaweed from our boat. It is a tiny dinghy, large enough for only two people. I quickly untie the line, push the boat into the waves, and we leave the shore behind.

“Meadow? Will we eat tonight?” Peri asks me as I row, weaving through the maze of waste and litter. The wind blows her hair back from her face, and I notice how her cheekbones stick out, how her eyes are slightly sunken. She’s losing more weight. “Yes.” I nod, looking away. The way she’s studying me, as if I am the only thing in the world worth loving, makes my heart fill with guilt. If she only knew what I do to make sure she can eat. To make sure that all of us survive.

Two miles from shore, I stop and stare out at the black sea, feeling my shoulders burn from the effort of rowing. The dinghy bumps up against our houseboat. It is quiet here, a still night, the waves lapping the boat, the same way they always have. When my mother was murdered, I thought the world would end with her. But it goes on.




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Lindsay Cummings is the 24-year-old author of THE MURDER COMPLEX series from Greenwillow Books/HarperCollins, and the MG trilogy THE BALANCE KEEPERS, from Katherine Tegen Books/HarperCollins.

Lindsay deals with chronic fatigue, can’t get enough of her two pesky German Shepherds, wolf cub, and two horses. She's still waiting on her letter from Hogwarts--it was probably just lost in the mail. You can follow Lindsay on twitter @authorlindsayc

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Top Ten Tuesday #ttt

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 - 10 Inspiring quotes from books

  • “We accept the love we think we deserve.” ― Stephen Chbosky, The Perks of Being a Wallflower
  • “You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose. You're on your own. And you know what you know. And YOU are the one who'll decide where to go...” ― Dr. Seuss, Oh, The Places You'll Go!
  • “Of course it is happening inside your head, Harry, but why on earth should that mean that it is not real?” ― J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (lots of great quotes in The Harry Potter series, this one is my favorite). 
  • “You don't love someone because they're perfect, you love them in spite of the fact that they're not.” ― Jodi Picoult, My Sister's Keeper
  • “We believe in ordinary acts of bravery, in the courage that drives one person to stand up for another.” ― Veronica Roth, Divergent
  • “You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view... Until you climb inside of his skin and walk around in it.” ― Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird
  • “It's really a wonder that I haven't dropped all my ideals, because they seem so absurd and impossible to carry out. Yet I keep them, because in spite of everything, I still believe that people are really good at heart.” ― Anne Frank, The Diary of a Young Girl
  • “If my life is going to mean anything, I have to live it myself.” ― Rick Riordan, The Lightning Thief 
  • “Some tourists think Amsterdam is a city of sin, but in truth it is a city of freedom. And in freedom, most people find sin.” ― John Green, The Fault in Our Stars
  • "Order and disorder', said the speaker, 'they each have their beauty." — Orson Scott Card Speaker for the Dead


BECKON ME Release Day Blitz!!!!

Stacey & I are beyond happy to help our good friend Cindy Thomas celebrate the release of her debut book Beckon Me. 

Everything nineteen-year-old Karina Mitchell knows about death changes the instant that she and her best friend, Rainey, are shot. For one, souls don’t die. They cross over. Only, Rainey’s soul hasn’t, and her ghost is hell bent on haunting Karina.

When Karina begins her sophomore year of college and moves into the apartment that she was supposed to share with Rainey, she learns a few shocking truths from her mysterious and gorgeous blue-eyed neighbor, Eli.

One: Karina has been chosen to become a Beckoner—an immortal conduit of the dead who helps safely guide souls to the other side.

Two: She’s the reason that Rainey’s soul can’t cross over—Rainey followed her back from death and missed her window to be at peace.

Three: Eli is hot. As in swoon-worthy, to-die-for, will-make-you-forget-yourself hot. And it turns out, Eli is a Beckoner, too.

Despite her attraction to Eli, the decision to become a Beckoner isn’t an easy one—it would mean giving up her own mortality … her own soul. But if she doesn’t, her best friend will be left to suffer an eternity at the hands of the evil Ceptors, dark creatures that feed on the souls left behind. After all, it’s her fault Rainey is haunting her.

Time is running out, and Karina needs to decide: Are love and loyalty worth sacrificing her soul?

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The Rules Review

Title: The Rules
Author: Nancy Holder & Debbie Viguie
Release: June 2015 from Delacorte
Narrated by alternating unreliable narrators, this dark thriller will have readers on the edge of their seats. No one is safe and everyone is a suspect. It's Saw meets I Know What You Did Last Summer.

Junior Robin Brisset has no idea what she's in for when she accepts an invitation to one of Callabrese High's most exclusive parties. And when the trademark scavenger hunt begins, Robin must go against every rule she's lived by to survive.

The Rules is a multi narrator story, but it revolves more around Robin Brisset. Rules are important in life, we each have our own set and we have rules for pretty much everything in our life. Sometimes breaking the rules is the only way to win or in Robin'a case survive.

The "cool kids" in Robin's school like to have these scavenger hunt games with amazing prizes. This is the last hunt. Robin is invited out of a the blue by a old friend. As the reader, we know that something different is going to happen at this hunt. The host, August, is one of our narrators and he is planning  a revenge hunt to pay back "this group of friends" that played a part in his sisters death. Within the first few minutes of the game players are missing and the normal players are not happy with the hunt. It is very different from the others and they know August is up to something.

When players start turning up dead, everyone begins to unravel and their secrets start coming out. The obvious murderer is August but he swears he did not plan the "accidents" that keep happening. He is freaked out because someone is seriously trying to hurt  the group. Everyone but Robin seems like a suspect - I can usually figure out "the killer" but The Rules kept me guessing.

The Rules is a hard story to follow - it's choppy and disjointed and I found it hard to connect to any of the characters. I like a good murder mystery, but I was aggravated that some of my questions were left unanswered. Does Robin ever find out who hit her father?