1/30/2015

Jennifer Iacopelli’s Losing At Love Cover Reveal & Giveaway

I LOVED Game. Set. Match. when it came out in 2013 (review). And I'm SUPER excited that Loosing at Love is finally coming out. Game. Set. Match. is a fun new adult title that is totally YA friendly and gave you a unique format that allowed reads to get a scene from several characters points of view if the reader so chose.  I'm excited to see where Losing At Love goes and I'll totally be re-reading Game. Set. Match. to get my self all refreshed for Feb. 24th! (And sppppt, Game. Set. Match is $.99 right now at all the major ebook retailers! links below)

Today we’re having a cover reveal for Jennifer Iacopelli’s Losing at Love. And—bonus points!!—we’re also revealing the new redesign for the first book in the series, Game. Set. Match. Jennifer is sharing an excerpt from Losing at Love, as well as a giveaway, so be sure to check it all out.
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Keep reading to check out the excerpt and to enter the Giveaway!

Amira & Sam Movie Review

We don't normally feature movies that aren't based on books, but I heard about Amira & Sam and I wanted to share it with our NA/older YA fans.

It's 2008 New York City, the US is still reeling from 9/11 and the military conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan. Sam has just left the Army to help his dad in his final days and is struggling to find his way post military life. Amira is an immigrant from Iraq living with her Uncle who was a translator for  the US Military in Iraq.

The story is about Sam and Amira finding a friendship and then love and both of them trying to figure out where they belong in this world that doesn't really accept either of them.


Martin Starr as Sam and Paul Wesley as Charlie
The movie stars Martin Starr as Sam, Dina Shihabi as Amira, Paul Wesley as Sam's cousin Charlie and was written and directed by Sean Mullin, Amira & Sam is his feature debut.

I wanted to share this movie with our readers because I think it's a good discussion movie.  There's a lot of assumptions and prejudices put forth in this movie that I think are sill very relevant today. I've hard people say that a movie talks more about the time in which it was made than when it was set, and I think that statement fits this movie as well.  There are some flaws in the movie, like I think you'd expect in any debut movie (or book, their still growing and they have to start some place), but I think it's a well done first feature.  The issues I did have may also be from a cultural bias on my end as well, and I think that's what really makes this movie a movie to talk about after.  Everyone is going to take something slightly different away from it and for me, that's the sign of a good movie.

Dina Shihabi as Amira
This is by no means a big blockbuster type movie, it's totally an indie flick with all the things I think of when I hear that phase. It's quirky and uncomfortable at points, and funny and serious, but it never takes itself too seriously.

The movie is available in limited release starting today, January 30th.  It's also available on Video on Demand. Visit the official studio page for Amira & Sam for a list of showings and VOD carriers.

Sam and Amira
Official Synopsis:
Rousing, smart, and sweet, Amira & Sam is a confident feature debut from writer-director Sean Mullin, and follows Sam (Martin Starr, "Freaks & Geeks", "Silicon Valley"), an army veteran adapting back to civilian life after a lengthy tour overseas. Upon reuniting with his unit's former Iraqi translator in New York City, he meets Amira (newcomer Dina Shihabi), his war buddy's niece; suspicious of soldiers, she wants nothing to do with him. However, when Amira runs into immigration trouble, Sam offers to keep her safe at his apartment. After a rocky start, their unlikely friendship starts to blossom into something more.

Sam and Amira
Meanwhile, Sam's cousin Charlie (Paul Wesley, Before I Disappear, "The Vampire Diaries") offers him a lucrative opportunity at his hedge fund, helping to secure wealthy veterans as new clients. However, all is not as it seems, and Amira and Sam soon find themselves faced with mounting obstacles in order to stay together.



Here's the Official trailer for Amira & Sam as well as a clip from the movie featuring Paul Wesley and Martin Starr.




1/29/2015

Final #Insurgent Poster is the new Movie tie in Cover!


On Thursday, MTV premiered the final Insurgent poster.  It's another action and thriller based poster that will leave you breathless and dying to see the movie.  The poster is also being used as the Insurgent Movie Tie In (MTI) cover for the re-release of the book. The MTI Insurgent releases on February 17th in both hard cover and paperback, click HERE to pre-order.


 


And earlier today, MTV released the 2nd teaser trailer for Insurgent that will air during the Super Bowl Pregame on Sunday! This is another action packed simulation scene that we CANNOT WAIT to see on the big screen! Don't forget to mark your calendars to buy your advanced tickets to Insurget on February 25th!

Katie McGarry's Nowhere But Here Puzzle Piece Cover Reveal

Katie McGarry is one of those authors that we'll always grab her next book when it comes out and be DYING to read it. So when we heard her next book described as

West Side Story meets Sons of Anarchy?? 

we were even more excited, because really, who doesn't like guys on motorcycles and and a little bit of rivalry going on?

Katie McGarry's newest novel, NOWHERE BUT HERE, has a cover and we are thrilled to get to help reveal it to you today. The first novel in her upcoming The Thunder Road Series, NOWHERE BUT HERE is a young adult contemporary romance that will keep you turning the pages long into the night. We have no doubt that when you get done, you're going to wish you were on a motorcycle and had your own cut of leather across your back!

Follow along today as pieces of the cover are revealed, and then stop by the HarlequinTeen Page to see the full cover at 7pm EST! And that's not all, of course! We have a few Behind-The-Scenes pictures from the photo shoot itself for you to enjoy as well! Check out the Behind-The-Scenes pictures and then scroll down for our puzzle piece!

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And here's the fourth piece to the cover for you!



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NOWHERE BUT HERE Synopsis:
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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OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA 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.

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Twitter Chat with Kody Keplinger! #DUFFChat #TheDUFF


We will be co-hosting a twitter chat with Kody Keplinger next Monday, February 2nd at 8pm eastern time (time zone help).  Be sure to follow @Kody_Keplinger and the hashtag #DUFFChat to take part in all The DUFF Fun!! We'll be tweeting, as always, at @PageTurnersBlog.

We're accepting questions early! Please leave a comment below with your questions and if you have a twitter handle, include that and we'll @ you while asking the Q.

1/28/2015

#ReadTheDuff Week 2: Wesley


Welcome to week 2 of The DUFF Read-a-Long.  We'll get to all the Wesley fun in a sec, but we have some other fun news first!

First, Kody shared her first vlog in over a year, you can watch it HERE. Last November, Kody announced that we'd be getting another companion to The DUFF.  We now get to see the cover for this long awaited next YA novel.
About Lying Out Loud:
Sonny Ardmore is an excellent liar.

She lies about her dad being in prison. She lies about her mom kicking her out. And she lies about sneaking into her best friend’s house every night because she’s got nowhere else to go.

Amy Rush might be the only person who sees through Sonny’s lies and has her back no matter what. They share everything: secrets, clothes, and even a nemesis named Ryder Cross.

Ryder is the new kid at Hamilton High and everything Sonny and Amy can’t stand — a pretentious, prep-school snob. But Ryder has a weakness: Amy. His crush on her couldn’t be more obvious. So when Ryder emails Amy asking her out, the best friends see it as a prank opportunity not to be missed.

But without meaning to, Sonny ends up talking to Ryder all night online. And to her horror, she realizes that she might actually like him. Only there’s one small catch: He thinks he’s been talking to Amy. So Sonny comes up with an elaborate scheme to help Ryder realize that she’s the girl he’s really wanted all along. Can Sonny lie her way to the truth, or will all her lies end up costing her both Ryder and Amy?
Lying Out Loud will come out in April from Scholastic.  To celebrate the release of the cover, Kody is giving away a signed movie tie in edition of The DUFF, click HERE to enter.

Wesley is one of those guys in a book that has you going "OMG he's so dreamy," and "EWWWW he's such a pig" in the same breath.  I love watching him change over the course of the book from the guy who uses The DUFF to get the girl to the guy who wants to get The DUFF.  I've actually always kind of wondered if he just used the DUFF line as a really bad pick-up line on Bianca, that he was actually always after her.  But no matter why he approached Bianca on that fateful night, I think it's safe to say that he bit off more than he could chew with B and he's better for the choice.

Here are some quotes that make you love and hate Wesley :-D

  • "You see, Duffy, I'm not one to give up easily. I"m determined to hook up with one of you friends -- preferably the one with the fantastic rack."
  • '"...Wesley Rush doesn't chase girls. They chase him.' He grinned at me. 'It's all right. She'll be over here begging me to sleep with her soon. Talking to you will just speed up the process. Until then, you get the honor of my company. Lucky for me, it doesn't look like you're armed with a beverage tonight."
  • "Don't get any ideas, Duff. I'm not chasing you. I'm just being a good student."
  • "What am I supposed to be distracting you from? There's a chance that if I knew, I could do my job more efficiently."
  • "...I don't make promises. He told you he loved you. He made a commitment. I'd never do that. A girl can believe what she wants to believe, but i don't say anything I don't mean. What he did is the mark of a true dick."
  • "You know, Bianca, you aren't that unattractive. You do have some potential."
  • "I have only one friends -- one real friend. Harrison is the only guy who will be seen with me, and that's because we aren't trying to attract the same audience, if you know what I mean. Most people will do anything to avoid being the Duff."
  • "You know, you're pretty sexy when you're pissed at me, Duff."
  • "Wesley Rush doesn't chase girls, but I'm chasing you."
  • "But neither of us is normal."
So as you can see, without me totally spoiling everything, Wesley changes over time. He learns just as much about himself through being friends, and more than friends with Bianca as Bianca does throughout the story. Wesley is one of the few characters that I'd love to get his point of view on the story and to see what's behind the snark and cynicism. We get glimpses, but I'd love to know what was going through his head when he walked up to Bianca and used the DUFF line on her and why he chose B to approach. 


Did you miss meeting Bianca or our first post? Click HERE to check them out and learn how you can enter to win The DUFF and other fun prizes!

Some movie related news:

A new movie poster was released: (view the first poster HERE)

Full Trailer Debuted! The final full official trailer hit Youtube on Monday.  There's even more footage and some epic moments.


And New TV Spot! And if you've missed any of The DUFF trailers or TV spots, you can watch them on this DUFF playlist!
Want to know what Kody thinks about the movie? Check out her thoughts HERE, and we'll have our full review on release day, February 20th!

1/27/2015

Love, Lucy Release Day Blast + Giveaway


I am so excited that LOVE, LUCY by April Lindner releases today and that I get to share the news, along with an awesome guest post from the author in which she shares “Some Rules of the Road” for traveling abroad, as Lucy did in the book.

If you haven’t yet heard about this wonderful new book by Author April Linder, be sure to check out all the details below.

This blast also includes a giveaway for a copy of the book courtesy of Rockstar Book Tours and 3 signed JANE posters courtesy of the author. So if you’d like a chance to win, enter in the Rafflecopter at the bottom of this post.


About LOVE, LUCY

Title: LOVE, LUCY
Author: April Lindner
Release date: January 27, 2015
Publisher: Poppy
Pages: 304
Formats: Hardcover, eBook

Description:

While backpacking through Florence, Italy, during the summer before she heads off to college, Lucy Sommersworth finds herself falling in love with the culture, the architecture, the food...and Jesse Palladino, a handsome street musician. After a whirlwind romance, Lucy returns home, determined to move on from her "vacation flirtation." But just because summer is over doesn't mean Lucy and Jesse are over, too.

In this coming-of-age romance, April Lindner perfectly captures the highs and lows of a summer love that might just be meant to last beyond the season.

Find it: AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE | THE BOOK DEPOSITORY | INDIEBOUND | GOODREADS


About April Lindner

April Lindner is the author of three novels: Catherine, a modernization of Wuthering Heights; Jane, an update of Jane Eyre; and Love, Lucy, releasing January 27, 2015. She also has published two poetry collections, Skin and This Bed Our Bodies Shaped. She plays acoustic guitar badly, sees more rock concerts than she’d care to admit, travels whenever she can, cooks Italian food, and lavishes attention on her pets—two Labrador retriever mixes and two excitable guinea pigs. A professor of English at Saint Joseph’s University, April lives in Pennsylvania with her husband and two sons.



The Guest Post

SOME RULES OF THE ROAD

Like Lucy Sommersworth, the heroine of Love, Lucy, my parents gave me the gift of a lifetime: a backpacking trip to Europe. I was a bit older than Lucy—22, and just out of college—but when I arrived in Milan, Italy with a Eurail pass, a copy of Let’s Go: Europe, and a seventy-pound backpack I could barely lift, I was a wee bit terrified. Like Lucy, I spoke only a little bit of Italian, just barely enough to get by, and I wasn’t particularly good at reading maps or train schedules. Unlike Lucy, I was travelling solo.

Luckily, my journey began with training wheels. I’d just taken a college Italian class, and my professor had offered a safe crash pad for the first few days of my trip—in her family home in the Alps. Less luckily, when I reached Malpensa airport, nobody was there to pick me up. Giddy with excitement and jet lag, I wandered around the airport, eavesdropping on Italians as they hugged each other hello and goodbye, and had noisy arguments. I’d never felt more alone in my life. Where would I sleep that night if my ride didn’t show up?

Luckily, my professor’s brother arrived at last to whisk me away to the family home in Domodossola. The extended family welcomed and fed me, gave me tours of their city with its charming medieval center, helped me practice my Italian, and, when the time was right, brought me to the train station where my solo travels began for real. It was time to take off the training wheels. 

If I’d felt alone back in the airport, I was even more so on that train to Verona, a city where I didn’t know a soul. In those pre-internet days, I could disappear into thin air and nobody would even notice I was gone. The thought was chilling, but oddly exciting.

By nightfall, I’d made it to Verona. I’d figured out the public transportation, found a youth hostel, and booked myself a bed. Best of all, I had introduced myself to a handful of other backpackers. We hung out together in the hostel’s common area, sharing bread and cheese, exchanging stories, discussing the rules of the road—those bits of practical wisdom our travels were teaching us. Here are a few.


Time passes differently on the road.  Spend a few very intense hours seeing the sites with strangers and by the end of the day, those strangers have become a part of your story. Years later you’ll see their faces in your photo album and still remember stray details of the adventures you shared together, even if you can’t quite recall their names. 


Spontaneity is key.  There are few things as magical as showing up at a train station with no idea where you’re headed next, picking a random train, and hopping on. 

Janis Joplin said it best: Freedom’s just another word for nothing left to lose.  When you’re carrying all your possessions on your back in a city where you don’t know a soul, you’re absolutely free. You can go anywhere, do anything. That freedom has its lonely moments—but it can be the doorway to all kinds of adventures.


Embrace misadventure.  As carefully as you plan there will be crazy mistakes: wrong turns, slept-through train stops, multilingual misunderstandings, and all kinds of other blunders—and these will make the best stories. My misadventures are some of my favorite memories. The time I missed curfew and had to climb into my hostel through a second-story window. The morning when, hanging out my recently washed clothes to dry, I dropped my wet underthings out the window, onto a stranger’s head. The night when, with no room to stay in, I slept on Venice’s train station steps with about a hundred other backpackers, the stars above us and the Grand Canal stretched out before us.

Would I trade that last memory for a safe, comfy night in an actual bed?  Not on your life.


The Giveaway

There is a blast-wide giveaway, ending February 6th at 11:59 p.m. Pacific, for:

  • 1 copy of LOVE, LUCY to be ordered from Amazon or The Book Depository – Int’l
  • 3 JANE posters (signed) – US only

Enter in the Rafflecopter below...