30 April 2013

{Epic Reads} Ultimate Delirium Fan Contest

By: Me My Shelf And I | 30 April 2013 at 10:15 AM | | | Be the first to comment!

Are you a mega-fan of all things Lauren Oliver and her Delirium trilogy? It’s time for you to dust off your cameras and camcorders because we are looking for the ULTIMATE DELIRIUM FAN!

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Have you not yet read Delirium and want to see what all the fuss is about? Well Epic Reads has a contest for that too! Win one of 25 copies!

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{Book Blast} Have No Shame by Melissa Foster

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The racially-charged prejudice of the deep South forces eighteen-year-old Alison Tillman to confront societal norms—and her own beliefs—when she discovers the body of a hate crime victim, and the specter of forbidden love turns her safe, comfortable world upside down.

Alison has called Forrest Town, Arkansas home for the past eighteen years. Her mother’s Blue Bonnet meetings, her father toiling night and day on the family farm, and the division of life between the whites and the blacks are all Alison knows. The winter of 1967, just a few months before marrying her high school sweetheart, Alison finds the body of a black man floating in the river, and she begins to view her existence with new perspective. The oppression and hate of the south, the ugliness she once was able to avert her eyes from, now demands her attention.

When a secretive friendship with a young black man takes an unexpected romantic turn, Alison is forced to choose between her predetermined future, and the dangerous path that her heart yearns for.

HAVE NO SHAME is an emotionally compelling coming of age novel featuring a young woman who cannot reconcile the life she wants with the one she’s been brought up to live.Have No Shame will resonate with anyone who has ever fallen in love, and those who have been forced to choose between what they know in their hearts to be true, and what others would like them to believe.

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- Signed copy of CHASING AMANDA
- Signed copy of COME BACK TO ME
- Signed Copy of MEGAN'S WAY
- 1 Pink Journal

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About Melissa Foster:
Melissa Foster is the award-winning author of four International bestselling novels. Her books have been recommended by USA Today's book blog, Hagerstown Magazine, The Patriot, and several other print venues. She is the founder of the Women’s Nest, a social and support community for women, the World Literary Café. When she's not writing, Melissa helps authors navigate the publishing industry through her author training programs on  Fostering Success. Melissa is also a community builder for the Alliance for Independent Authors. She has been published in Calgary’s Child Magazine, the Huffington Post, and Women Business Owners magazine.
Melissa hosts an annual Aspiring Authors contest for children and has painted and donated several murals to The Hospital for Sick Children in Washington, DC. Melissa lives in Maryland with her family.
Visit Melissa on The Women's Nest, Fostering Success, or World Lit Cafe. Melissa enjoys discussing her books with book clubs and reader groups, and welcomes an invitation to your event.
Find Melissa Foster: Facebook, Twitter, FB Fanpage
PRAISE FOR HAVE NO SHAME:
"A gripping and poignant novel dealing with a subject once taboo in American society." Hagerstown Magazine
"Have No Shame is a powerful testimony to love and the progressive, logical evolution of social consciousness, with an outcome that readers will find engrossing, unexpected, and ultimately eye-opening." Midwest Book Review
"A historical novel of love and its triumph, told with a unique and compelling voice." Bestselling Author Kathleen Shoop
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"Have No Shame is a delightful eye opener and a rather poignant book that everyone everywhere should put on their must-read list." Readers' Favorite
"A dynamic and heartwarming tale of young love, giving testament to those who struggled so we can live in an integrated society." Author Rachelle Ayala
"...a stunningly impactful read." Rabid Reader Reviews
"A book that brings the evilness of racial bigotry to light, through the eyes of one awakening to its reality." Cindy Smith, avid reader
"[HAVE NO SHAME] Perfectly catches the South at the dawning of the Civil Rights Movement. Melissa Foster takes us on an adventure that twists and turns unpredictably to a tense climax that renders this novel a true page-turner. This is undoubtedly the best novel I have read in a long time."  Roderick Craig Low, Author of 'Promises of Love and Good Behaviour'
"This book is not just a story; it's an experience." Author G.E. Johnson

29 April 2013

{Blog Tour} How I Lost You

By: Me My Shelf And I | 29 April 2013 at 12:01 AM | | | 2 Comments so far

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BEFORE YOU GO
Author: Janet Gurtler
Pages: 320
Release Date: April 23 2013

There are a few things Grace Anderson knows for sure. One is that nothing will ever come between her and her best friend, Kya Kessler. They have a pact. Buds Before Studs. Sisters Before Misters. But in the summer before senior year, life throws out challenges they never expected. And suddenly the person who's always been there
starts to need the favor returned. Grace and Kya are forced to question how much a best friend can forgive. And the answer is not what they expected.

 

   

 


THIS OR THAT WITH JANET GURTLER

Paris or Venice - Paris
Deodorant or Perfume - Deodorant
Winter or Summer- SPRING
Vampire Diaries or Twilight -  Vampire Diaries
Angels or Demons - Angels
Fall or Spring - SPRING
Lord of the Rings or Harry Potter - HP all the way
Ice Cream or Sorbet- Ice Cream
Coke or Pepsi- Diet Coke
Cabin in the woods or Condo on the Beach -  Condo on the Beach
Kisses or Hugs - Hugs
Cash or Card - Card
Print or Ebook - Print
Voice or Text - Text
Batman or Superman - Superman
Wheat or White - White (even though I eat wheat)
Romance or Passion - Romance
Night or Day – Day


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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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Janet lives near the Canadian Rockies with her husband and son and a little dog named Bruce. She does not live in an Igloo or play hockey, but she does love maple syrup and says “eh” a lot.

Janet only gives 5 stars to the books she reviews because she is an author herself and knows that no book can appeal to everyone, but like a child, it is very special to the creator.

I'M NOT HER was published by Sourcebooks Teen Fire in May 2011.

IF I TELL released Oct 1, 2011 from Sourcebooks Teen Fire.

WHO I KISSED Sourcebooks Fire 2012.

Janet's work will also appear in the THE FIRST TIME anthology, DEAR TEEN ME anthology
and WHO DONE IT anthology.

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26 April 2013

{Book Review} The Boyfriend App

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The Boyfriend App
Author: Katie Sise
Format: ARC
Pages: 320
Release Date: April 30, 2013
Publisher: Balzer & Bray
Rating: 4 birds

In The Boyfriend App by Katie Sise, super-smart, somewhat geeky Audrey McCarthy can’t wait to get out of high school. Her father’s death and the transformation of her one-time BFF, Blake Dawkins, into her worst nightmare have her longing for the new start college will bring.

But college takes money. So Audrey decides she has to win the competition for the best app designed by a high schooler—and the $200,000 that comes with it. She develops something she calls the Boyfriend App, and suddenly she’s the talk of the school and getting kissed by the hottest boys around. But can the Boyfriend App bring Audrey true love?

I admit the cover caught my eye immediately!! Once I read the excerpt, I knew I had to read this book. The main character Audrey is an outcast. Once I learned of her story of why she was an outcast, I would have gotten her back if I was her friend. She has quite a story to tell on this matter. If being an outcast was bad enough, her used to be best friend is now her enemy, Blake keeps giving her a hard time no matter what. Once upon a time Blake and Audrey were friends but something happened. You'll have to read to find out why.

Meanwhile Audrey is only with her mom since her father died. Audrey begins to think of college and how is she going to be able to go? Her mother works at the school cafe. With those thoughts swirl around in her head of worrying and wondering, one day her dreams are answered! It is announced that there is a competition for the best app to be designed and win a nice amount of money. Audrey jumps at the chance! I loved how Audrey racks her brain to figure out what her app would be and how she would code it, what the main goal would be and how it would appeal to buyers. While she comes up with the app, my brain began to think of my husband who is a computer geek and just thought he would get a kick out of this book. I knew some of the basics of what Audrey was talking about in the matters of hacking. Once the word hacking showed up in the book, I thought of the movie "Hackers" which is one of my favorite movies.

Anyways, Audrey comes up with the Boyfriend App! She gets the app going slowly, as one by one it began to catch to the wind! Once it was on the move, she began to become the talk of the school for better and worse! Things were getting to be so awesome until a flaw hits her design. She also gets thrown into the world of business corruption as well where she is very quick on her feet! I loved how Audrey learns of many things throughout this book and always remembers her dad's advice.

This book is a fun, cute and quick read filled with high school drama and the awkwardness of being in high school as well. There is a touch of romance in the book as well which I thought was integrated nicely! Each character grew on me quite a bit. I liked Audrey along with her group of friends. Each of her friends had quite unique aspects to themselves and were totally believable characters which made the story great.

This book is just a wonderful little gem. It captures the emotions of friendship, family, high school drama, and romance. I think you should go get it today!

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25 April 2013

{25 Things} Megan Duncan

By: Me My Shelf And I | 25 April 2013 at 12:01 AM | Be the first to comment!

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This week on 25 Things You Might Not Know About Me, we have the fantastic Megan Duncan. Popular Independent author and all around wonderful gal! I am lucky to have been able to chat with, and read many of her books – and now you get to get to know her yourself! Check out #17 – woah!!!

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24 April 2013

{Blog Tour} Before You Go

By: Me My Shelf And I | 24 April 2013 at 12:05 AM | | | 1 Comment so far

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I am so excited to have Clare on the blog today! We both hail from the great state of Minnesota – and I especially love promoting local authors!!!!

 

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Paralyzed by the past and terrified of the future, Tabitha Kelly is broken.

After a public sex scandal at her college, Tabby moves to a new city with a new school,
convinced she can start over. But she soon realizes the changes are not enough. Tabby
must take action to help her heal and move on from the past.

And though it sounds crazy, she believes a one-night stand is the best way to take back
what’s hers. If she can choose where, when, and most importantly, who … maybe she
can regain control.

First, she needs a willing participant.

She finds more than that when she meets Noah Adler.

 
 
 

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“Noah Adler?” Dad questions. “What are you doing here?”

I freeze, unable to say a word.

“Hey, Mr. Kelly,” Noah says, not at all flustered by the development that he knows the father of
his almost one-night stand. “I’m doing a feature on one of the dancers for a community paper.”

“Great.” Dad beams. “Happy to hear you’ve been keeping up on your writing over the summer.”
Then Dad looks at me.

“How do you two know each other?” he asks.

“I met Tabby at orientation,” Noah says, not missing a beat.

He’s good.

“I was taking pictures for our back-to-school edition. I didn’t know she was your daughter
though.”

So not only does he know Dad, he works with him on the newspaper.

“Well, let me do the formal introductions,” Dad says. “Tabby, this is Noah Adler, a budding
journalist and my most trusted TA.”

And the hits just keep on coming.


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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Clare James spent her childhood writing, reading, and dancing. Not much has changed
since then, except she can no longer get up on toe shoes like she once could. And don’t
even ask her to go into the splits because she may never get back up.

A new adult and contemporary romance writer, Clare loves a happy ending. She lives
in Minneapolis with her two leading men—her husband and young son. BEFORE YOU
GO is her debut new adult novel.

Website: www.clarejamesbooks.com
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/clarejamesauthor
Twitter: https://twitter.com/ClareJamesBooks
Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5495009.Clare_James

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{Book Blast} Unbreakable by Elizabeth Norris

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Welcome to the Nerd Blast for UNBREAKABLE by Elizabeth Norris.

Four months after Ben disappeared through the portal to his home universe, Janelle believes she’ll never see him again. Her world is still devastated, but life is finally starting to resume some kind of normalcy. Until Interverse Agent Taylor Barclay shows up. Somebody from an alternate universe is running a human trafficking ring, kidnapping people and selling them on different Earths—and Ben is the prime suspect. Now his family has been imprisoned and will be executed if Ben doesn’t turn himself over within five days.

And when Janelle learns that someone she cares about—someone from her own world—has become one of the missing, she knows that she has to help Barclay, regardless of the danger. Now Janelle has five days to track down the real culprit. Five days to locate the missing people before they’re lost forever. Five days to reunite with the boy who stole her heart. But as the clues begin to add up, Janelle realizes that she’s in way over her head—and that she may not have known Ben as well as she thought. Can she uncover the truth before everyone she cares about is killed?

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2 Winners will receive a Swag (Bookmark, Sticker, Poster & Magnet) by Elizabeth Norris.

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Elizabeth Norris briefly taught high school English and history before trading the southern California beaches and sunshine for Manhattan's recent snowpocalyptic winter.

She harbors dangerous addictions to guacamole, red velvet cupcakes, sushi, and Argo Tea, fortunately not all together.

Her first novel, UNRAVELING (Balzer+Bray, April 2012), is the story of one girl’s fight to save her family, her world, and the one boy she never saw coming.
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{Book Review} Anatomy of a Single Girl

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Anatomy of a Single Girl
Anatomy #2
Author: Daria Snadowsky
Pages: 240
Release Date: January 8, 2013
Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers
Reading Level: 18+/New Adult 
Rating: 4 Birds

After everything that happened—my first boyfriend, my first time, my first breakup—jumping back into the dating game seemed like the least healthy thing I could do. It’s not that I didn’t want to fall in love again, since that’s about the best feeling ever. But as a busy college premed still raw from heartbreak, which is the worst feeling ever, I figured I’d lie low for a while. Of course, as soon as I stopped looking for someone, an impossibly amazing—and devastatingly cute—guy came along, and I learned that having a new boyfriend is the quickest way to recover from losing your old one.
The moment we got together, all my preconceptions about romance and sex were turned upside down. I discovered physical and emotional firsts I never knew existed. I learned to let go of my past by living in the present. It was thrilling. It was hot. It was just what the doctor ordered.
But I couldn’t avoid my future forever.
In Daria Snadowsky’s daring follow-up to Anatomy of a Boyfriend, eighteen-year-old Dominique explores the relationship between love and lust, and the friendships that see us through.

ANATOMY OF A SINGLE GRIL is a brutally honest insight to summer loving’, and then some! I picked it up at 9 PM and didn’t quit til I finished the book at midnight. If you are sick and tired of girls doing the same old cliché relationship moves and mistakes, than this is the book for you. Dominique is anything but ordinary or cliché!

I was thrilled to receive this book for review, even more thrilled when I found out that while it is a second in a series, you don’t have to read the books in order to enjoy them. I admit I started the book with a little hesitation, because really, when was the last time someone told you that you could read out of order and you got into the book and realized you did need to read the first one? Also I have a little bit of OCD, so I felt like I was breaking book law or something. GREAT NEWS – she was 100% right. Never, ever once did I feel like I was missing something or left out in the cold! Snadowsky does a phenomenal job of weaving in the info you need with out dumping the whole first book on you!

Dominique “Dom” is a slightly neurotic, pre-med home on summer break from her first year at Tulane University. Months off her first HUGE breakup, which she’s not really over yet she’s wandering through that aftermath while trying to move forward at the same time. If you have ever been dumped, or even just helped a friend through it you will recognize all the stages passed through in ANATOMY OF A SINGLE GRIL.

I found Dom likable and a bit nuts, but all in all 100% a true representation of a relatively new single 18 year old girl. Snadowsky approaches writing her with complete honesty, holding nothing back when it comes to feelings, sexuality, relationships and everything in between.

My one minor gripe is, Dom is incredibly smart (hello, pre-med!) and when she first meets her summer boy, Guy, the descriptions of their early make out sessions felt clinical and hard to relate too. (The irony of my using the word “clinical” as a descriptive, when she’s pre-med is not lost on me) For instance, it was strange how kissing was constantly referred to as “Frenching”. You never see it called that in books these days, and I’m pretty sure I stopped using the term in junior high before I was actually even doing any kind of kissing. It’s one of those words you giggle about with girlfriends when you’re a pre-teen. And as nit picky as you think I might be getting about this ONE word, it’s that it’s used so frequently that makes it stand out to me.

Also, that flat description of kissing was particularly strange because Snadowsky had no trouble describing a masturbation session in the tub with out it feeling like it was a cold, clinical even, or the countless times Dom has sex. When you wrapped it all up, it just didn’t flow with the rest of the book.

Guy, Dom’s “boy-toy” is hot and likeable. A typical frat boy. I say that, of course never having met one…I’m basing it solely on book descriptions…lol.  I was a bit sad how things were at the end of the book with him, but I do totally see the need for it. If there’s a thrid book in this series, I really hope that he’s mentioned again.

I’m definitely going to be buying ANOTOMY OF A BOYFRIEND, book one in this series and see what the relationship was like for Dom, the one she’s getting over in this book. SINGLE GIRL was a fast, fun, grown up contemporary read I would suggest for 18+ simply due to content.

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