10/01/2014

More Twilight Movies to Hit Your Facebook Feed!


Lionsgate, the owner of Summit Films which made the original Twilight Movies, announced last night that they will be delving back into the world of Twilight!  In 2015, five shorts based on Twilight Characters will premiere on Facebook as part of The Storytellers Campaign and fans will get to help choose a grand prize winner out of the five movies.  All five shorts will be directed by up and coming female directors and they will be mentored by an all women panel of  film makers and actresses including Stephenie Meyer herself.

From the press release:
As part of its ongoing effort to enhance its diverse portfolio of premium content, Lionsgate (NYSE: LGF), a premier next generation global content leader, is teaming with Facebook, the prestigious Women In Film organization, the crowdsourcing platform Tongal and best-selling Twilight Saga author Stephenie Meyer to create and manage a social media campaign to develop and produce a series of short films directed by aspiring female filmmakers. The campaign, called “The Storytellers – New Creative Voices of The Twilight Saga,” will include films based on a broad spectrum of characters from the Twilight universe, with guidance provided by Meyer’s encyclopedic The Twilight Saga: Official Illustrated Guide.
Click HERE to see the full press release.

We are excited to see how this project plays out and if other studios take this pay it forward approach to expanding the world of the stories we see on the big screen.

9/30/2014

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...

Top Ten Books That Were Hard For Me To Read


Hard because of the subject..but they are all books I loved



  • Forbidden by Tabitha Suzuma - no book has ever made me question my belief in something as much as Forbidden. Beautifully tragic love story. Warning this book will gut you.
  • If I Stay by Gayle Forman - you cannot read this book with out asking yourself - what would I do? I know, for a fact, I am not as strong as Mia. 
  • Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys - all these events are based on on things that actually happen.  Mind boggling that someone could do that to humans and the fact that things like this still happens today..I can't even. 
  • If I Lie by Corrine Jackson - power of love and friendship. 


  • Never Eighteen by Megan Bostic - as a mother I had to stop this one a few times. 
  • Living Dead Girl by Elizabeth Scott - I still cannot talk about this book. Horrific and heartbreaking with a beautiful peaceful ending.
  • North Of Beautiful by Justina Chen - the father in this story is so ugly, your heart just breaks for Terra. 
  • Dead to You by Lisa McMann - I have never wanted a sequel more. I wanted so bad for this book to end differently and then it didn't and I really need a sequel so I can move on and stop thinking about Ethan. 
What book was hard for you?

9/29/2014

Atlantia Blog Tour - #AtlantiaAbove


The amazing Ally Condie has a new book hitting bookstores in less than a month.  We are SUPER excited to be leading & part of Team Above.  Who wouldn't want to be able to see the beautiful sunsets every night and feel the sun on your skin by day?

Team Above has some awesome posts coming up now through the release date of October 28th (which is also my birthday, so yeah, I think this is even more of a sign for you to be Team Above right?). We hope you enjoy learning about Ally's new world and Rio as she goes on a journey to discover the truth and to make her dreams come true.

To follow along with all the Team Above fun, follow the hashtag  #AtlantiaAbove on twitter, tumblr, facebook and instagram.  We'll all be posting pics and links to our posts.  Be sure to like, reblag, retumbl and all that good stuff and keep the  #AtlantiaAbove tag moving forward!  PTB will also be RTing/rebloging as much as we can on twitter and tumblr.  You can follow us @pageturnersblog and  pageturnersblog.tumblr.com


Title: Atlantia
Author: Ally Condie
Published: October 28th from Dutton Children's (Penguin Teen)
Synopsis:
Can you hear Atlantia breathing?

For as long as she can remember, Rio has dreamt of the sand and sky Above—of life beyond her underwater city of Atlantia. But in a single moment, all her plans for the future are thwarted when her twin sister, Bay, makes an unexpected decision, stranding Rio Below. Alone, ripped away from the last person who knew Rio’s true self—and the powerful siren voice she has long hidden—she has nothing left to lose.

Guided by a dangerous and unlikely mentor, Rio formulates a plan that leads to increasingly treacherous questions about her mother’s death, her own destiny, and the complex system constructed to govern the divide between land and sea. Her life and her city depend on Rio to listen to the voices of the past and to speak long-hidden truths.

We're starting off this tour post with a look at the playlist that Ally made for Atlantia.


Official ATLANTIA Playlist
by Ally Condie


I listened to these songs to get me into the right mood for writing Rio’s story, and they were an essential part of the creative process. I hope you enjoy them too! I’ve tried not to be too spoiler-y in my explanations for each selection, but suffice it to say that after you’ve read ATLANTIA, you’ll understand even more why I picked the music I did for this list. Also, I arrange my playlists in chronological order, so that the songs/their meaning follow the story arc of the book.

1. Half Light II (No Celebration) by Arcade Fire.
I have so many memories of driving the country road at night on my way home, after book events or kid events or running errands, and listening to this song. Almost every time, I’d come right inside and go to my desk to write something because I felt inspired. It’s the general feel of the song that’s so perfect, plus these lines have so much to do with Rio and the sirens: “Some people say, we’ve already lost/But they’re afraid to pay the cost for what we’ve lost.”

2. Runaway by The National.
Everything about the imagery of this beautiful song is right for an underwater city, and for a character who feels that she is in the wrong place. The lyrics say “we swallow the sun” and address “being led to the flood.” The melody is also beautiful and haunting, and I associate with both Bay and Rio when they make certain choices.

3. Radioactive by Imagine Dragons.
I am a sucker for a good arena song when the feel is right, and this one is great. It has the right amount of anger for Rio as she realizes what has happened to her and deals with betrayals both real and perceived. And radioactivity is, quite literally, one of the reasons the city of Atlantia had to be built in the first place. Also, the parts about waking up, the apocalypse, and a revolution are perfect for Rio’s story.

4. Your Bones by Of Monsters and Men.
This song is like reading a piece of epic poetry—so much to it, so much I don’t quite understand, perhaps, but the beauty comes through so strong it makes me weep. I also love the words—stripped bare of everything, as Rio is over the course of the book, all that’s left is the heart.

5. City with No Children by Arcade Fire.
Another late-night listening, perfect inspiration song. The melody feels like a wave you can’t help but ride along. The line about the city being “a garden left for ruin” and people being unable to “trust a millionaire quoting the sermon on the mount” have a lot to do with Rio’s city, with Nevio the Minister, and with the feeling of Atlantia, a place that has lost the ability to change and grow.

6. Midnight City by M83.
This song led me to the score to the movie OBLIVION, which was also done by M83, and I listened to that score constantly while I wrote this book. The line “The city is my church” is especially relevant to ATLANTIA, and I love the sound of this song—every beat, every part of the melody.

7. Ghosts that We Knew by Mumford and Sons.
Every year, I pick a song that describes my experience of that year. This was the song for 2013. It made me weep, it made me smile. It helped me get through my own rough times, and I also could picture Rio (and Maire) listening to the ghosts of Atlantia and finding their own catharsis.

8. Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains) by Arcade Fire.
Yes, this playlist is a big heavy on Arcade Fire. I make no apologies. ;) So many lines in this song--“They heard me singing and they told me to stop”--and “On the surface the city lights shine/They’re calling at me, come and find your kind” fit Rio’s story, especially her journey to power and the way she claims her voice at last.

9. How Can I Keep from Singing by Bruce Springsteen.
There is a very particular scene near the final act of the book where this song fits perfectly. The scene involves many voices, Rio, and Maire, and you’ll know it when you read it. ;) I love Bruce Springsteen, and I love the power of folk music. There is something in it that you cannot get anywhere else.

10. Gravity, by Steven Price. (From the motion picture of the same name.)
I picture this song playing during the final scene of ATLANTIA. It’s gorgeous, empowering, and you can just feel the character emerging from where she’s been to where she will go next.


9/25/2014

The Clockwork Scarab Review

Title: The Clockwork Scarab (A Stoker & Holmes #1)
Author: Colleen Gleason
Release: September 17, 2013 by Chronicle Books
Synopsis: Evaline Stoker and Mina Holmes never meant to get into the family business. But when you’re the sister of Bram and the niece of Sherlock, vampire hunting and mystery solving are in your blood. And when two society girls go missing, there’s no one more qualified to investigate.

Now fierce Evaline and logical Mina must resolve their rivalry, navigate the advances of not just one but three mysterious gentlemen, and solve murder with only one clue: a strange Egyptian scarab. The stakes are high. If Stoker and Holmes don’t unravel why the belles of London society are in such danger, they’ll become the next victims.

This book came out last year and it was one of the more enjoyable historical reads, and I'm really looking forward to the sequel,  The Spiritglass Charade.

Evaline and Mina are a natural crime solving duo, after all it's in their genes. The mystery they solve is an entertaining  one involving the highest levels of  Victorian society. Then add to it a cell-phone-carrying, time-travelling young man and you have the makings of quite an interesting steampunkish setting.

I'd like to see a little more character development in both Mina and Evaline, but they are both the inquisitive, spirited girls you would expect in a mystery like this. I loved the dual points-of-view which helped explain the differences in the girls' approach to life, mysteries, just about everything. And yes, this is very much a plot-driven book rather than a character-driven one, the latter is much more my cup of tea.

If you are looking for a quick, enjoyable read on these chilly evenings, then The Clockwork Scarab is definitely a story you should pick up.





9/24/2014

Blackbird Blog Tour: Guest Post - Deleted Scene & #Giveaway


Hello & Welcome to the BLACKBIRD blog tour! Check out today's feature below & enter to win a signed copy of BLACKBIRD!


From Anna: This isn't as much of a deleted scene, as it is an earlier draft. A lot of the book originally included the thoughts/perspectives of the people Sunny encounters while she's on the run. I eventually cut most of that, but here is the original scene where Sunny finds out she's wanted by the police. 


The reality show is called Lip Synch All-Stars, and Joey Fatone, of former Backstreet Boys fame, has already signed on to host. The sales girl has been practicing in her apartment for the last two weeks. When she gets home from work she turns the radio to a random station, to any song really, and watches herself in the full-length mirror in her closet. Most of the time she is scrambling to keep up with the lyrics. She’s gotten better at at least pretending to know the words, and has found ways to move her lips so it’s not as noticeable when she doesn’t.

Now she circles the store, tagging vintage dresses with red sale stickers. The flat screen television in the corner plays a commercial for Ziploc bags. Even here, in the empty aisle, she can’t help but move her lips to the voiceover. With the audition a week away, her six-hour shifts have become another way to practice, so she keeps the television on the whole time.

She’s lip-synching to an Applebee’s commercial when you walk in, the chimes jingling above your head. Three dresses are slung over her arm, one a sequined leopard print. She notes something odd about your expression—how your face is set somewhere between confused and scared, when it seems too early in the morning for you to be either. “Can I help you?” the girl asks.

“Just looking.” You disappear down a side aisle, out of view.

“All the dresses are twenty percent off.” Then the store phone rings. She picks it up and laughs, says hello to some guy named Cosmo.

You spent nearly twelve hours across the street from the office building, crouching in the back of a parking garage, hidden behind a pick-up truck. You watched the police come and go, the building slowly emptying out as the sky went black. It was nearly two in the morning when you found a cab, the driver off duty, parked and sleeping around the corner. You directed him to the only landmark you could remember, an elementary school near the subway station. You spent the night beneath the playground. Sand is still everywhere—embedded in your socks, gathered in the pockets of your pants, hidden behind your ears.

You’ve considered calling Ben. Part of you wants desperately to do this, if only so you won’t feel as alone. Another part of you is convinced that contacting the police is the only option, that you have to explain yourself to them. But you keep going back to the note. It has to mean something, doesn’t it? Even if the number led you there. You think of your hand on the doorknob, the knife pushing against the lock to break it open. How many times have you done that? A cleaning commercial comes on television, a woman dancing with tiny, anthropomorphic bubbles. The sales clerk talks loudly about a pleather jumpsuit she plans to wear for some audition. You pull two tee shirts from a rack, the cotton so worn you can nearly see through them. You grab a pair of grey shorts that look about your size and dump everything by the register.

“No, you don’t get to choose the song. That’s the whole point,” the girl says, the phone pinned to her shoulder. She pulls a tee shirt across the glass counter and starts ringing you up.

Behind her, the commercials end and the morning news continues. The anchor looks plastic, with a straight, shiny nose and brows sewn up towards his forehead. He introduces a segment about a bear on the loose in Agoura Hills. They show helicopter footage of the thing nosing through garbage. Cut to another story about school budgets. The sales clerk fumbles with one of the shirt tags. She holds it up to you, gestures to the rack as if to say: I have to get a price. She slips out from behind the counter and thumbs through some other shirts.

She is epically slow, pausing every few moments to talk on the phone. You lean both elbows on the counter, careful to keep your right arm under your left, the wound out of sight. Your thumb finds its way to the inside of your bicep, where the tattoo is. It’s still tender to the touch. FNV02198. The numbers and letters must mean something. You run through possibilities: female, Nevada, the initials of a name…

By the time they show the picture you are only half there. It’s actually the lobby you recognize first, the empty podium and the square windows above the entranceway. “Police are looking for information regarding a robbery in Downtown Los Angeles.” There’s the shot of you looking into the security camera. Another from outside the office. You have the knife wedged in the door, in the process of breaking open the lock. “Police say the thief made off with over ten thousand dollars. If you have any information regarding this robbery please contact CrimeStoppers at (323) 529-7586.”

The girl returns, glancing quickly at the television, then at you, her eyes lingering for a moment on your hair, then your dirty shirt. She’s about to say something when the person on the other end of the line makes her laugh. She loses herself in it, one hand on the counter as she erupts in childish giggles, her bangs falling in her face.

About the Book



Written by: Anna Carey
Published by: Harper Teen
Releasing on: September 16th, 2014
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A girl wakes up on the train tracks, a subway car barreling down on her. With only minutes to react, she hunches down and the train speeds over her. She doesn’t remember her name, where she is, or how she got there. She has a tattoo on the inside of her right wrist of a blackbird inside a box, letters and numbers printed just below: FNV02198. There is only one thing she knows for sure: people are trying to kill her. 

On the run for her life, she tries to untangle who she is and what happened to the girl she used to be. Nothing and no one are what they appear to be. But the truth is more disturbing than she ever imagined. 


The Maze Runner series meets Code Name Verity, Blackbird is relentless and action-packed, filled with surprising twists.


About the Author



Anna Carey is the author of The Eve Trilogy (EveOnceRise) and the forthcoming Blackbird series, which hits shelves September 16th, 2014. She studied creative writing at NYU and has an MFA in fiction from Brooklyn College. She likes miniatures, subway generated wind, flea markets, chalkboard silhouettes, dance-offs, arnold palmers, Chinese finger traps, and top-of-your-lungs car singing. She dislikes pennies, paper receipts, and tunafish. For delayed response times, please contact her through this site. For instant gratification, please find her on twitter. @AnnaCareyBooks

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"Waiting On" Wednesday #wow

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.
This week we are waiting on...


The Start of Me and You by Emery Lord
Following her pitch-perfect debut Open Road Summer, Emery Lord pens another gorgeous story of best friends, new love, & second chances.

It’s been a year since it happened—when Paige Hancock’s first boyfriend died in an accident. After shutting out the world for a year, Paige is finally ready for a second chance at high school . . . and she has a plan. First: Get her old crush, Ryan Chase, to date her—the perfect way to convince everyone she’s back to normal. Next: Join a club—simple, it’s high school after all. But when Ryan’s sweet, nerdy cousin, Max, moves to town and recruits Paige for the Quiz Bowl team (of all things!) her perfect plan is thrown for a serious loop. Will Paige be able to face her fears and finally open herself up to the life she was meant to live?

Brimming with heartfelt relationships and authentic high-school dynamics The Start of Me and You proves that it’s never too late for second chances.
WHY WE WANT IT
I seriously loved her debut Open Road Summer. I cannot wait to see what this new author does next. Plus, I love this cover.



What are you waiting on?

9/23/2014

Stay with Me Trailer Reveal, Release Day & #Giveaway!

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We are so pleased to bring you the Release Day Launch for Jennifer L. Armentrout's STAY WITH ME! STAY WITH ME is a New Adult contemporary romance being published by Avon (William Morrow), an imprint of HarperCollins, and is a part of Jennifer’s With You Saga!

We are HUGE fans of Jennifer's and this series.  We hope you check out the first book in the series, Wait for You if you haven't started yet, and if you've been DYING for Stay with Me, today's your lucky day, it's out NOW in ebook and physical form, so you can head out and get it in your favorite format NOW!

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STAY WITH ME TRAILER: EXCERPT:
As I lay there, trying to swallow a loud, obnoxious yawn, I remembered something he’d said when we first met, about life being too short. I imagined he had firsthand experience with shortened lives while he was serving. That mentality came from experience. I got that now. Could even understand it, but there was something I didn’t understand.

“Why?” I asked.

There was a beat. “Why what?”

Jax sounded tired, and I should shut up or point out that I was now tired and could sleep, so he could leave. But I didn’t. “Why are you here? You don’t know me and . . .” I trailed off, because there really wasn’t anything left to say.

A minute went by, and he hadn’t answered my question, and then I think another minute ticked on, and I was okay with him not answering because maybe he didn’t even know. Or maybe he was just bored and that was why he was here.

But then he moved.

Jax pressed against my back, and the next breath I took got stuck in my throat. My eyes shot open. The sheet and blanket were between us, but they felt like nothing.

“What are you doing?” I asked.

“Getting comfortable.” He dropped an arm over my waist, and my entire body jerked against his. “It’s time to sleep I think.”

“But—”

“You can’t sleep when you talk,” he remarked.

“You don’t need to be all up on me,” I pointed out.

His answering chuckle stirred the hair along the back of my neck. “Honey, I’m not all up on you.”

I freaking begged to differ on that point. I started to wiggle away, but the arm around my waist tightened, holding me in place.

“You’re not going anywhere,” he announced casually, as if he wasn’t holding me prisoner in the bed.

Okay. The whole prisoner thing might be melodramatic, but he wasn’t letting me up. Not when he was getting all kinds of comfy behind me.

Oh my God, this was spooning. Total spooning. I was spooning with an honorary member of the Hot Guy Brigade. Did I wake up in a parallel universe?

“Sleep,” he demanded, as if the one word carried that much power. “Go to sleep, Calla.” This time his voice was softer, quieter.

“Yeah, it doesn’t work that way, Jax. You have a nice voice, but it doesn’t hold the power to make me sleep on your command.”

He chuckled.

I rolled my eyes, but the most ridiculous thing ever was the fact that after a couple of minutes, my eyes stayed shut. I . . . I actually settled in against him. With his front pressed to my back, his long legs cradling mine, and his arm snug around my waist, I actually did feel safe. More than that, I felt something else—something I hadn’t felt in years.

I felt cared for . . . cherished.

Which was the epitome of dumb, because I barely knew him, but feeling that, recognizing what the warm, buzzing feeling was, I fell right asleep.
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      STAY WITH ME Synopsis:
From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Wait for You and Be with Me comes a daring tale that pushes boundaries . . .

At 21, Calla hasn't done a lot of things. She’s never been kissed, never seen the ocean, never gone to an amusement park. But growing up, she witnessed some things no child ever should. She still carries the physical and emotional scars of living with a strung-out mother, Mona—secrets she keeps from everyone, including her close circle of college friends.

Stay With Me Teaser 1But the safe cocoon Calla has carefully built is shattered when she discovers her mom has stolen her college money and run up a huge credit card debt in her name. Now, Calla has to go back to the small town she thought she’d left behind and clean up her mom’s mess again. Of course, when she arrives at her mother’s bar, Mona is nowhere to be found. Instead, six feet of hotness named Jackson James is pouring drinks and keeping the place humming.

Sexy and intense, Jaxis in Calla’s business from the moment they meet, giving her a job and helping her search for Mona. And the way he looks at her makes it clear he wants to get horizontal . . . and maybe something more. Before Calla can let him get close, though, she’s got to deal with the pain of the past—and some very bad guys out to mess her up if she doesn't give them her mom.


 
Author Photo  Jennifer L. Armentrout/J.Lynn Bio: # 1 NEW YORK TIMES and USA TODAY Bestselling author Jennifer lives in Martinsburg, West Virginia. All the rumors you’ve heard about her state aren’t true. When she’s not hard at work writing. she spends her time reading, working out, watching really bad zombie movies, pretending to write, and hanging out with her husband and her Jack Russell Loki.

Her dreams of becoming an author started in algebra class, where she spent most of her time writing short stories….which explains her dismal grades in math. Jennifer writes young adult paranormal, science fiction, fantasy, and contemporary romance. She is published with Spencer Hill Press, Entangled Teen and Brazen, Disney/Hyperion and Harlequin Teen. Her book Obsidian has been optioned for a major motion picture and her Covenant Series has been optioned for TV.

She also writes adult and New Adult romance under the name J. Lynn. She is published by Entangled Brazen and HarperCollins.

 

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