29 November 2012

{Interview} with Author Amy Plum

By: Me My Shelf And I | 29 November 2012 at 10:52 AM | | | 4 Comments so far


A long, long time ago. In a galaxy far far…wait…no that’s not right…Way back, when I first started Me, My Shelf and I (there, that’s better!), I got three eBooks from NetGalley. They were to be the first ARC’s I would even review and they would become very close to my heart.

Of these, was DIE FOR ME by one Miss Amy Plum. Amy has been a busy bee since 2010, writing both UNTIL I DIE (The Revenants #2) and IF I SHOULD DIE (The Revenants #3) which will be out May 2013 from HarperTeen.

We are excited she has taken a little time out of her busy schedule to come back to MMSAI for a fun little interview!


Amy, thank you so much for taking time to join us again on MMSAI. It’s been a long time since you were here, and no doubt some things have changed since then!

Until I Die came out May of 2012 and the final installment of The Revenants, If I Should Die is out May 2013. How does it feel to be done (or very nearly done) with the series?

I actually turned in my very last tiny changes to IF I SHOULD DIE about a month ago. Now that it’s out of my hands, it is that nerve-wracking period where you just wait to see if the critics who get the advance copy are going to like it or not! I’m glad I have two other projects I’m working on so that I don’t just sit around and obsess. I’m doing a digital novella from Jules’s point of view which should come out in April, as well as working on my new JUNEAU series.

Which of your characters gave you the most challenges while writing the trilogy?

None of my characters were a challenge to write. They all came to me fully formed, with their own personalities and history. So writing them was like having a conversation with old friends. Although sometimes they did surprise me! And it’s really hard to tell people which of the characters is my favorite. Of course I love Kate and Vincent. But I would live with Papy and Mamie in a heartbeat. I want to hang out in Jeanne’s kitchen. I know I’d be friends with Ambrose, Jules, Charlotte and Georgia. And I want to hug Jean-Baptiste, Gaspard, and Bran (and see how uncomfortable it makes them when I do!)

What is the greatest little bit of knowledge that you learned from writing a trilogy?

It’s good to have a plan in advance. *cough*

Look at your covers. They are, no pun intended: To Die For! Come on…pick one, which do you love most?

I have to say that even though the UK/American covers are drop-dead gorgeous, the art historian and Paris lover in me adores the Art Nouveau cover of the German version. The Norwegian covers are so pretty too – it would be hard to choose. But I do feel very lucky that I was actually asked my opinion on the UK/American covers. They let me choose the color for Book 3!

Plum, Amy - Die For Me GER

You’ve been able to travel for book signings and such since last we talked, what’s been the most interesting/fun experience from that?

It was very bizarre going back to Birmingham, Alabama, where I grew up, and speaking at the Homewood Public Library—which was my neighborhood library when I was in high school. I felt like crying when I saw that I had packed the auditorium out and was so touched to see people who I had known in high school turn up with their kids and be so enthusiastic. I never thought I would be there, speaking about a book that I WROTE in front of my hometown crowd. It was magical.

Tell us, anything in the works after The Revenants series is all done?

Yes! I am currently working on a digital novella from Jules’s point of view called DIE FOR HER that will be released by HarperTeen in April. And I’m also working on my next series: a duology about a girl named JUNEAU.

Lastly, and just for fun, if I dumped out your purse what might I be surprised to find?

Let me go look...


Okay, I swear on the complete works of Shakespeare that this is what I pulled out:

French checkbook (one blank check torn out and crumpled)

Paris mapbook

The New Yorker magazine (my FAVORITE)


Clinique face powder

Christian Dior lipstick #759 (rose extase)

Dior lipgloss (raspberry scented)

My business cards

My Louvre membership card

My French nationality card

A pile of receipts with an Asterisk sticker mashed on them

2 pieces of my son’s broken scooter

A broken piece of breadstick

Plastic knife

Shoe repair ticket for my old boots (I wear things for years)

Loose change totaling 8 centimes

Amy, thanks again for stopping in!! We hope that it won’t be so long before we have you back again!!



After being raised in Birmingham, Alabama, in a rather restrictive environment, AMY PLUM escaped to Chicago to an even more restrictive environment at a university that expelled people for dancing. (And where she was called to the dean’s office for “wearing too much black”.) After all of that restrictiveness, she was forced to run far far away, specifically to Paris, France, where she only wore black and danced all she wanted.
After five years in Paris, she ventured to London, where she got an M.A. in Medieval Art History, specializing in Early Sienese Painting (1260-1348) mainly because it promised almost no hope of finding a paying job afterward.
Amy managed to find work in the world of art and antiques in New York. But after almost a decade of high-pressure lifestyle in the Big Apple, she swapped her American city for a French village of 1300 inhabitants.
After signing with HarperCollins for the DIE FOR ME series, Amy left her job as an English professor at Tours University to write full-time. She now lives in Paris with her two kids and big red dog Ella.
She is a huge fan of Edward Gorey and Maira Kalman (and collects both of their books/art), as well as David Sedaris, Amadeo Modigliani, and Ira Glass.
Check out videos and extras from Amy at Revenant Central.



28 November 2012

{Waiting on Wednesday} 47

By: Me My Shelf And I | 28 November 2012 at 12:00 AM | 3 Comments so far

Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted over at Breaking The Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

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Pulse #1
Author: Patrick Carmen
Release Date: February 26th 2013
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books

From New York Times bestselling author Patrick Carman, a teen fantasy-adventure of epic proportions. In 2051, some teens have a “pulse,” the power to move objects with their minds. Compulsively readable, with thrilling action scenes and a tender love story.
The year is 2051, and the world is still recognizable. With the help of her mysterious classmate Dylan Gilmore, Faith Daniels discovers that she can move objects with her mind. This telekinetic ability is called a “pulse,” and Dylan has the talent, too.
In riveting action scenes, Faith demonstrates her ability to use her pulse against a group of telekinesis masters so powerful they will flatten their enemies by uprooting street lights, moving boulders, and changing the course of a hurtling hammer so that it becomes a deadly weapon. But even with great talent, the mind—and the heart—can be difficult to control. If Faith wants to join forces with Dylan and save the world, she’ll have to harness the power of both.
Patrick Carman’s Pulse trilogy is a stunning, action-filled triumph about the power of the mind—and the power of love.



The Dead and Buried
Author: Kim Harrington
Release Date: January 1st 2013
Publisher: Scholastic Print

Jade loves the house she's just moved into with her family. She doesn't even mind being the new girl at the high school: It's a fresh start, and there's that one guy with the dreamy blue eyes. . . . But then things begin happening. Strange, otherworldly things. Jade's little brother claims to see a glimmering girl in his room. Jade's jewelry gets moved around, as if by an invisible hand. Kids at school whisper behind her back like they know something she doesn't.
Soon, Jade must face an impossible fact: that her perfect house is haunted. Haunted by a ghost who's seeking not just vengeance, but the truth. The ghost of a girl who ruled Jade's school — until her untimely death last year. It's up to Jade to put the pieces together before her own life is at stake. As Jade investigates the mystery, she discovers that her new friends in town have more than a few deep, dark secrets. But is one of them a murderer?

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27 November 2012

{Blog Tour} Tens List with Impossible Author Komal Lewins

By: Me My Shelf And I | 27 November 2012 at 12:00 AM | | | | 11 Comments so far


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We are pleased to be participating in the IMPOSSIBLE by Komal Lewis Blog Tour, hosted by The Romantic Maidens! We hope you enjoy this stop. We have a TENS LIST and a GIVEAWAY!

With Me, #1
Author: Komal Lewis
Release Date: October 26, 2012
Pages: 254
Buy Links: Amazon (Paperback) | Amazon (Kindle) | Smashwords

Ashton Summers is on her way to becoming the most popular girl in school and nothing—or no one—is going to stand in her way. Especially not Luca Byron, her freak neighbor, with his tattoos, loud music, and distracting green eyes.

Luca Byron has three goals in life: get through high school with a low profile, make sure his garage band becomes something more than a hobby, and try to forget about his insufferable ex-best friend, Ashton, who he can’t get out of his mind.

The last thing Ashton and Luca want to do is rekindle their friendship, but when Ashton takes a tumble down the social ladder, Luca—with his new makeover—is the only one who can help her rise up again by pretending to be her boyfriend. At first, being together is unbearable and annoying, but things start to change as Ashton and Luca discover the real reasons they drifted apart seven years ago.

Now, keeping their hands off each other seems impossible.


In my journey as a writer, I have learned so many things and received a lot of great advice that has helped me improve my work. I’m very excited to share those writing tips with other aspiring authors in the hopes that maybe it will help them too.

1. Write what you know.

I bet you hear this one all the time, right? It sounds pretty obvious too, but I just wanted to mention it anyway. I write stories about teenagers falling in love and dealing with personal issues because I know what that’s like. I couldn’t write a non-fiction book about astronauts because I know nothing about it. I could always learn and I could always do a lot of research, but you’d be able to tell that I was a phony. There’s only so much you can research.

2. Write what you love.

This is so, so important. You really need to write something that you are passionate about, and write a story with characters that you love. If you don’t love your story, how can anyone else? Don’t be afraid to scrap an idea and start from the beginning.

3. Read books in the genre that you write in.

This is a great way to see what types of stories are popular and to see what is working for other authors. It’s always important to be aware of the trends and get an idea of the quality of work in your genre.

4. Acquaint yourself with the publishing industry.

Whether you choose the self-published or traditional route, it is still important to know how each process works and the amount of work you need to put in so that you are successful in your chosen path. Don’t choose the traditional route if you want to release a book in the next three months. It will never happen. Similarly, don’t self-publish just for the sake of having a book out in three months. Self-publishing is hard work. Know what you’re getting yourself into and go from there. It took me two whole years to really get the hang of everything.

5. Write consistently.

Write a little bit each day or allocate yourself a few days in the week where you can write as much as you like. I get it. Life gets in the way, but find some time in the day to sit down for ten minutes and write your heart out. 100 words is still progress towards getting that first draft done!

6. Read agent/publisher blogs.

Even if you decide to self-publish, agent and publisher blogs are still useful. They cover a variety of publishing topics and can really help you with your writing. There is some great advice to be found on, so don’t forget to check them out!

7. Social networking

Social networking has become a huge part of being a writer and an author. We are always being told that it is important to build a platform, whether you have a blog, a Facebook page, or a Twitter account. I think networking is a great way to connect with fellow writers, authors, bloggers, and readers. But don’t just spam people with posts or tweets about your upcoming book; form a connection with them about books that you enjoy or other mutual interests you share. You don’t just want to be another spammer on Twitter because there are already enough of those.

8. Don’t leave your blurb/book description/query letter to the last minute.

Sometimes you get so caught up in your writing and revising that one of the key factors of your book is left to the last minute: the dreaded blurb/book description/query letter. Whatever you call it, it still needs to be done. This is one of the first things I write when I start working on a new story. Then, as I’m writing the first draft, I work on my book description too. When I start revising my novel, I revise the book description too. Then I send it to my critique partners to see if it works or not.

9. Critique partners

I am so lucky that I have two of the most amazing critique partners in the whole world! Erica and Michelle are my rocks. They are my go-to girls. They are my confidantes. I go to them when I need advice, when I’m feeling down, and to talk about our fictional boyfriends. I love them so much (Erica and Michelle, not the book boyfriends!) and I don’t know what I’d do without their amazing feedback.

10. Practice, practice, practice!

Don’t let criticism or a negative review ever get you down. Work hard on your writing and all that hard work will pay off!

I would like to thank the bloggers at Me, My Shelf, and I for hosting me! You guys are fabulous!


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Komal Lewis is an author who writes both Young Adult and Adult novels in the Contemporary and Fantasy genres. Her debut novel IMPOSSIBLE is a Young Adult Contemporary Romance about a girl who will do anything to become popular, and the rocker boy-next-door.

Komal lives in Sydney, Australia with her husband and one too many dogs and cats (although she never seems to think they have enough). She is overly enthusiastic about video games, comic books, Batman films, Byronic heroes, baking, reptiles, and pretty shoes.

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{Teaser Tuesday} 21

By: Me My Shelf And I | at 12:00 AM | 3 Comments so far

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Teaser Tuesday is Hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading

Here's how it works:

*Grab Your Current Read
*Pick 2 Teaser Sentences from it (be sure to avoid spoilers!)
*Post it to your blog with title & author so other
TT participants can add it to their TBR list!
*Then, when you visit other TT, leave a link to your TT in their comments.

Grow your TBR list and make new friends!


The Raven Boys
Author: Maggie Stiefvater
Release Date: September 18, 2012
Publisher: Scholastic Press

“Have you heard of the legends of sleeping kings? The legends that heroes like Llewellyn and Glendower and Arthur aren’t really dead, but are instead sleeping in tombs, waiting to be woken?” p. 45




26 November 2012

{Giveaway Hop} Dreaming of Summer

By: Me My Shelf And I | 26 November 2012 at 12:00 PM | 205 Comments so far


I am TICKLED PINK to be co-hosting a blog tour with I Am A Reader Not A Writer! It was on my blogging bucket list!

With the impending arrival of winter, let's warm up by sharing some of our favorite beach/summer reads! Be it a book that takes place at the beach, or just one that has a great summer setting in the book at some point - share the warmth with the Dreaming of Summer Blog Hop hosted by Me, My Shelf and I & I Am A Reader Not A Writer!

- Open Internationally as long as Book Depository delivers to your country for free
- Click the book cover for more info on the title!

Use the Rafflecopter to enter, and be sure to hop along using the Linky at the bottom for more great blogs participating!



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{Book Review} Red Dawn by J.J. Bonds

By: Me My Shelf And I | at 12:00 AM | | | | 1 Comment so far

Red Dawn
Crossroads Academy #2
Author:  J.J. Bonds
Pages:  282
Format: eBook
Release Date: August 28, 2012
Rating: 4 Birds

Katia’s done running. She’s fought fiercely to protect her identity, her secrets, and those she loves most. And while it hasn’t been easy, she’s finally making peace with the past. Katia’s even looking forward to the start of a new school year at Crossroads Academy.

Too bad things at Crossroads are going to be a little different this fall. There are new rules, new students, and new relationships. Katia quickly discovers that navigating the halls of Crossroads is as complicated as ever.

When a friend’s life is at stake, Katia will be forced to choose between the safety of Crossroads and an enemy more dangerous than any she’s ever faced. Will Katia have the courage to risk it all -including her life- for a friend?

This is a great series. The first one rocked my world and now this second one: RED DAWN has captured my attention as well.  The story picks up after the summer was over with Katia heading back at Crossroads.   Katia  begins to think of how things would be while being back at Crossroads. Would her secret be told or not? Would she still have friends?  What about her and Nic?   At first things are almost back to normal until her friend's life is in stake.

Another adventure for Katia to go on as Nic tags along.  I love how she is ready to go and find everything out there is in order to save her friend, Shayne.  Of course there are a few rules that Katia breaks but manages to get by even with out the help of her Uncle Aldo.  I love how she's a bit rebellious at times in order to save someone.  She holds power which I love and is the type of gal who wants to get right to the point.  There's some great scenes during the action part of the book.

A few other supernatural elements pop up and made me wonder where was this story going to and how would it end?  Some of the supernatural elements suprised me as well. I loved it.  Will Katia get what she needs for her friend? Will she learn dark deadly secrets?  The whole story keeps you wondering of what will happen next.   It was a fast pace book for myself.

The relationship between Nic and Katia seem to slip in their comfortable zone of sarcastic remarks and passion. I love this.  They are so suited for each other. It kept me on my toes on how these two would be.  Of course there's a few bits of jealousy sparks here and there but that seemed pretty normal.   They also work so well together and will it last?    Other than the relationship of Nic and Katia, there's Shayne and the guy from the stable

All the parts in this quick action book leads up to a bigger picture and  literally leaves you hanging for the next book!  I am so looking forward to the next book and want to know what's next for Katia.  Will darker secrets be explored?  Will Aldo get involved? What will happen with Katia and Nic?  



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25 November 2012

{Book Review} Red Rain by R.L. Stine

By: Me My Shelf And I | 25 November 2012 at 12:01 AM | | | | | | 3 Comments so far


Red Rain: A Novel
Author: R. L., Stine
Level: Adult Horror
Pages: 384
Release Date: October 9th 2012
Format: Audio
Publisher: Touchstone
Rating: 3 Birds

Travel writer Lea Sutter finds herself on a small island off the coast of South Carolina, the wrong place at the wrong time. A merciless, unanticipated hurricane cuts a path of destruction and Lea barely escapes with her life. In the storm’s aftermath, she discovers orphaned twin boys and impulsively decides to adopt them. The boys, Samuel and Daniel, seem amiable and immensely grateful; Lea’s family back on Long Island—husband Mark and their two children, Ira and Elena—aren’t quite so pleased. But even they can’t anticipate the twins’ true nature—or predict that, within a few weeks’ time, Mark will wind up implicated in two brutal murders, with the police narrowing in.

First things first, yes this novel is written by R.L. Stine. The same R.L. Stine that wrote all the Goosebumps books. But let me make this perfectly clear – this book is NOT for kids. Not even a little bit.

I have to say, I really wanted to love this RED RAIN, but I came out only liking it. It just didn’t feel like a “horror” novel. I wanted chills. I wanted fear, I wanted to be looking over my shoulder with anxiety. Yet all I really got was blood and guts. Sure they turned my stomach, made me shudder at the thought, but nothing that would make me classify this book as horror. Thriller/Suspense, yes.

The beginning, while very, very interesting, felt completely separate from the rest of the book. I can’t quite put my finger on why, but it felt like the first 1/3 and the final 2/3 were two totally different stories all together. On top of that, the beginning was very predictable and what’s more, just plain obvious. I won’t cite specifics, because I want to remain spoiler free, but trust me when I say that a blind man could see what was coming from a mile away.

The story is a little bit The Good Son, a little bit The Orphan and a little bit of The Village of The Damned. It was a great concept, and while I was let down by the lack of horror in the horror novel, I did enjoy the story, all things considered. Several times I thought how it being a movie would really amp up the horror aspect of things.

If you like R.L. Stine I would definitely give RED RAIN a shot. If you like Thriller/Suspense novels with Horror tendencies, I would give RED RAIN a shot. I certainly hope R.L writes more adult novels, and I hope they only get creepier and bloodier!

Until then, check out the trailer for RED RAIN and keep in mind our 2 year Blogaversary is coming up next month…we might just be giving away an audio copy….





22 November 2012

{Book Review} Can You Survive? Bram Stoker’s Dracula

By: Me My Shelf And I | 22 November 2012 at 12:01 AM | | | | | 2 Comments so far

13823500Can You Survive? Bram Stoker’s Dracula
Author: Ryan Jacobson (adapted by)
Format: Paperback
Pages: 176
Published: September 17, 2012
Rating: 3.5 Birds

Bram Stoker’s classic novel Dracula comes to life when you fall into the story as main character Jonathan Harker. You must make the right decisions to survive Dracula’s lair, save the lovely Mina, and end the vampire’s reign of terror. Will you survive? Or will you fall victim to the many monsters within?


Jacobson does a great job of making Dracula approachable for middle-grade readers. As someone who read Dracula in middle school, I can without a doubt say this would’ve held my attention better. The original sometimes becomes long-winded, where this interactive retelling keeps us with the action and main events. Even though much of the side plots are eliminated, Jacobson does a fantastic job keeping the mood of the original story, and even includes some famous passages

“Listen to them, the children of the night. What music they make!” –Dracula p.21

This was a huge nostalgia read for me. I loved Choose Your Own Adventure books as a kid, and sadly, I haven’t read one in years. It’s always exciting to bounce between the pages to find out your fate. The choices in Jacobson’s adaptation stick close to the original novel. Unfortunately for me, that meant I knew most of the correct choices. However, for someone unfamiliar with the original, there are unexpected answers.

The biggest disappointment for me was the lack of Renfield. I love his brand of crazy. And maybe it’s just my brain continually picturing every incarnation of Renfield as his persona in Dracula: Dead and Loving It, but I always want that depiction of vampire induced psychosis.

The only thing I really didn’t like was the prologue and epilogue. In these, Jacobson sets up why you are in the novel and what happens if you survive. For me, it’s a bit cheesy. Though, I doubt it would make too much of a blip for the young readers this is geared towards.

Overall, this was a very fun and nostalgic read! It only took me about two hours, remembering 90% of the answers. I recommend it for fans of classic vampire stories and Choose Your Own Adventure books. It’s also a good springboard for young readers who aren’t old enough for the adult themes of the original novel.



Katie is a guest reviewer that you will see pop up from time to time here on MMSAI!

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21 November 2012

{Waiting on Wednesday} 46

By: Me My Shelf And I | 21 November 2012 at 12:42 AM | 9 Comments so far

Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted over at Breaking The Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

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Shards & Ashes
Dystopian Anthology Featuring:
Melissa Marr, Kelley Armstrong, Veronica Roth, Kami Garcia, Margaret Stohl + more!
Pages: 384
Release Date: February 19th 2013
Publisher: HarperCollins

Gripping original stories of dystopian worlds from nine New York Times bestselling authors, edited by Melissa Marr and Kelley Armstrong
The world is gone, destroyed by human, ecological, or supernatural causes. Survivors dodge chemical warfare and cruel gods; they travel the reaches of space and inhabit underground caverns. Their enemies are disease, corrupt corporations, and one another; their resources are few, and their courage is tested.
Powerful original dystopian tales from nine bestselling authors offer bleak insight, prophetic visions, and precious glimmers of light among the shards and ashes of a ruined world.
Stories from: Kelley Armstrong, Rachel Caine, Kami Garcia, Nancy Holder, Melissa Marr, Beth Revis, Veronica Roth, Carrie Ryan, Margaret Stohl.



Breaking Point
Article 5 #2
Author: Kristen Simmons
Release Date: February 5th 2013
Publisher: Tor Teen

The second installment in Kristen Simmons's fast-paced, gripping YA dystopian series.
After faking their deaths to escape from prison, Ember Miller and Chase Jennings have only one goal: to lay low until the Federal Bureau of Reformation forgets they ever existed.
Near-celebrities now for the increasingly sensationalized tales of their struggles with the government, Ember and Chase are recognized and taken in by the Resistance—an underground organization working to systematically take down the government. At headquarters, all eyes are on the sniper, an anonymous assassin taking out FBR soldiers one by one. Rumors are flying about the sniper’s true identity, and Ember and Chase welcome the diversion….
Until the government posts its most-wanted list, and their number one suspect is Ember herself.
Orders are shoot to kill, and soldiers are cleared to fire on suspicion alone. Suddenly Ember can’t even step onto the street without fear of being recognized, and “laying low” is a joke. Even members of the Resistance are starting to look at her sideways.
With Chase urging her to run, Ember must decide: Go into hiding…or fight back?

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{Book Trailer Reveal} OPAL by Jennifer Armentrout

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We’re excited to bring you the book trailer for OPAL by Jennifer Armentrout! Check it out and tell us what you think in the comments section!


No one is like Daemon Black.

When he set out to prove his feelings for me, he wasn’t fooling around. Doubting him isn’t something I’ll do again, and now that we’ve made it through the rough patches, well... There’s a lot of spontaneous combustion going on. But even he can’t protect his family from the danger of trying to free those they love. After everything, I’m no longer the same Katy. I’m different... And I’m not sure what that will mean in the end. When each step we take in discovering the truth puts us in the path of the secret organization responsible for torturing and testing hybrids, the more I realize there is no end to what I’m capable of. The death of someone close still lingers, help comes from the most unlikely source, and friends will become the deadliest of enemies, but we won’t turn back. Even if the outcome will shatter our worlds forever. Together we’re stronger... and they know it.

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Jennifer ArmentroutUSA TODAY Bestselling author, Jennifer L. Armentrout, 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 also writes adult romance under the name J. Lynn.

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20 November 2012

{Book Blast} Imperfectly Beautiful

By: Me My Shelf And I | 20 November 2012 at 12:01 AM | | | Be the first to comment!

Imperfectly Beautiful by Diony George

At 1:30 am, in New York City, Regan Wright is ripped out of a sound sleep with a jolt - her heart thuds in her ears and her face feels flushed. Straining to hear anything out of the ordinary, she fumbles to turn on the bedside lamp. Nothing seems out of place. Suddenly her stomach twists in knots - it's her identical twin, Rebecca. Something is terribly wrong...

Though twins, Rebecca and Regan couldn't be more different.

Independent and outspoken, Regan chose a high-profile career as a fashion designer in New York City. Despite her hard-earned success, Regan’s become disillusioned by the glamour and the glitz. She’s tired of coming home to a lonely penthouse apartment welcomed only by her cat and has all but given up on ever finding “Mr. Right.”

Steady and reliable, Rebecca chose to be a wife and stay-at-home mom. From the very first moment she met James Conrad—tall and muscular with eyes as blue as a cloudless sky—she was captivated. Married and four children later, Rebecca’s life is not what she expected. Her marriage has lost its shine and her sweet babies have become challenging and often unappreciative children.

Both Rebecca and Regan must discover, a higher power has the answers to what matters most, but when a serial killer strikes nearby, and his victims look eerily similar to the twins, will it be too late?

Praise for Imperfectly Beautiful
“5 Stars! Great Novel-Romance with Suspense. Captures your attention from the very beginning...then difficult to put down...A good solid read!”
-Booklover, amazon review
“This was a great book. I could relate to Rebecca and the trials she was going through with her marriage and her children. I feel this way at times too. I liked the suspense and it was enough to keep my hooked…”
-K. Neilson, Utah
“I enjoyed the development of the characters. Lots of dialogue took me right into the everyday lives and struggles of each person. The underlying story of the unsolved murders of women who look like the twin sisters simmers through out the chapters until it finally boils over into an exciting ending! I recommend it!”
-J.T. Bolla, Washington

Author Diony George

Diony George is a wife, full-time mom of seven, grandmother of two, and a published author of uplifting women’s fiction and inspiring nonfiction. She is also a regular contributing writer for Deseret Connect and FamilyHow. Originally from Alaska, she currently lives in Salt Lake City with her family. Besides writing she loves to read, especially romantic suspense, bake, sew and craft.

Her current fiction WIP, Inside the Heart, is based around the kidnapping and disappearance of four-year-old Emma and is slated for release in Feb 2013. Her next nonfiction book, Heaven’s Just a Prayer Away will be released by Cedar Fort, Inc in July 2013.



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{Teaser Tuesday} 20

By: Me My Shelf And I | at 12:00 AM | 3 Comments so far

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Teaser Tuesday is Hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading

Here's how it works:

*Grab Your Current Read
*Pick 2 Teaser Sentences from it (be sure to avoid spoilers!)
*Post it to your blog with title & author so other
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The Lost Prince
Author: Julie Kagawa
Release Date: October 23, 2012
Publisher: Harlequin Teen

“Did I want to bring my sister into this? Meghan Chase, the freaking Queen of the Iron Fey? How many years had it been since I’d seen her last? Did she even remember us anymore? Did she care?” P. 87




19 November 2012

{My Indie Monday} + Giveaway Stephanie Parent

By: Me My Shelf And I | 19 November 2012 at 12:00 AM | 3 Comments so far


Welcome to {My Indie Monday}!
MIM is the brain child of MMSAI team member Yvette and if you would like to be a featured Indie Author or want more info on how to participate as a blogger: CLICK HERE

MY INDIE MONDAY is a meme all about Independent and Self Published Authors. Who they are. Where to find them. Why you should read them.

Join in by featuring one on your blog each Monday, any way that you like, and leave a link below!! Don’t forget to grab the image above, and link back to us!

This weeks featured Indie Author is




Stephanie Parent is a YA author repped by Brenda Bowen of Sanford J. Greenburger Associates. She is a graduate of the Master of Professional Writing program at USC and attended the Baltimore School for the Arts as a piano major.





Julia Cape: A dedicated classical piano student just trying to get through her last semester of high school while waiting to hear from music conservatories.

Reed MacAllister: A slacker more likely to be found by the stoners’ tree than in class.

Julia and Reed might have graduated high school without ever speaking to each other…until, during a class discussion of Romeo and Juliet, Julia scoffs at the play’s theme of love at first sight, and Reed responds by arguing that feelings don’t always have to make sense.  Julia tries to shake off Reed’s comment and forget about this boy who hangs with the stoner crowd—and who happens to have breathtaking blue eyes—but fate seems to bring the two together again and again.  After they share an impulsive, passionate kiss, neither one can deny the chemistry between them.  Yet as Julia gets closer to Reed, she also finds herself drawn into his dark world of drugs and violence.  Then a horrific tragedy forces Julia’s and Reed’s families even farther apart…and Julia must decide whether she’s willing to give up everything for love.

Defy the Stars is written in an edgy free-verse style that will appeal to fans of Ellen Hopkins and Lisa Schroeder; however, the writing is accessible enough to speak to non-verse fans as well.  The novel’s combination of steamy romance and raw emotion will appeal to fans of Gayle Forman, Simone Elkeles, Jennifer Echols, and Tammara Webber.  With a plot, language and form that both pay homage to and subvert Shakespeare’s play, Defy the Stars is much more than just another Romeo and Juliet story.


Coffee or Tea
Both! I used to be an extreme coffee freak, but I was drinking so much that pure coffee started to hurt my stomach, so for hot drinks I’ve switched to tea (love Starbuck’s Green Tea Latte!). However, iced coffee drinks like Frappuccinos don’t bother my stomach at all, and they’re one of my favorite things ever!

Dogs or Cats
Dogs! I absolutely LOVE dogs and have two, a Chihuahua and a maltipoo. Unfortunately I’m allergic to cats, so even though we always had a few cats in my family, I could never cuddle with them the way I can with my dogs.

Radio or Your Playlist
Playlist! I’m extremely picky about my music.

eReader or Physical Book
Doesn’t matter as long as the words are the same! Actually, I like switching back and forth every few books.

Camping or 5 Star Hotel
I loved camping when I was younger, but at this point in my life…5-star hotel!

Oreo's or Chocolate Chip Cookie
Chocolate chip. I’ve never been a huge Oreo’s fan.

Horror or Comedy

Granola or Pancakes

Peeta or Gale

Alvin, Simon OR Theodore

Travel or Stay Home
Stay home so I can snuggle with my dogs!


Stephanie Parent isn’t just giving away a copy of her book, oh no….she likes to do things big! Since Defy The Stars is more than just another Romeo and Juliet story…she’s giving away not just her book but also…well, another Romeo and Juliet Story! *wink*


3 eBooks of DEFY THE STARS (International)
1 DVD copy of LEETERS TO JULIET staring Amanda Seyfried (US shipping only)



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