Thursday, May 21, 2015

FFBC: Siren's Fury by Mary Weber + Giveaway!

Siren's Fury (The Storm Siren Trilogy #2)
by Mary Weber
Publisher: Thomas Nelson / HarperCollins
Release Date: June 2nd 2015
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Romance
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"I thrust my hand toward the sky as my voice begs the Elemental inside me to waken and rise. But it's no use. The curse I've spent my entire life abhorring—the thing I trained so hard to control—no longer exists."

Nym has saved Faelen only to discover that Draewulf stole everything she valued. Now he’s destroyed her Elemental storm-summoning ability as well.

When Nym sneaks off with a host of delegates to Bron, Lord Myles offers her the chance for a new kind of power and the whispered hope that it may do more than simply defeat the monster she loathes. But the secrets the Bron people have kept concealed, along with the horrors Draewulf has developed, may require more than simply harnessing a darker ability.

They may require who she is.

Set against the stark metallic backdrop of the Bron kingdom, Nym is faced with the chance to change the future.

Or was that Draewulf’s plan for her all along?

Hello Mary! We are super excited to have you again in our FFBC tours.

Hey guys, thanks for hosting me!! I love your posts (and your crazy-sweet kindness)!!!!

Ooh yes. Okay, so Siren’s Fury picks up where Storm Siren left off – with Draewulf having just stolen “something” from Nym. :0) Except the shapeshifting jerk isn’t finished, and just as Nym’s releasing her fury on him – he steals something else that’s hers as well…her Elemental ability. 

Now powerless to control the skies, Nym travels with her sassy Luminescent friend, Rasha, and Lord Myles to the industrial city of Bron to find a way to put an end to Draewulf’s terror. As the heads of state scramble for control, Nym is navigating Bron’s metallic world in search of a weapon to replace the power she lost – a weapon Lord Myles can provide if she’s willing to sacrifice her very soul. 

Also? Prepare for wraiths. ;0)

Sure! Nym is a seventeen-year-old girl who technically shouldn’t exist. She’s an Elemental, which, up until her birth was something only males could be – and even then those males were killed early on. So here she is with a barely-controllable ability to manipulate the weather and a huge heart for compassion and courage. She also has a serious bit of attitude, partly due to the fact that she’s spent her life as a slave. However, in book 2 (Siren’s Fury) she’s finally become a hero. Which comes with its own set of expectations and pressure – and the poor girl feels utterly unprepared for it.

I picture it as pretty much the opposite of the Faelen kingdom. Barren, dry, and nearly drained of all resources (which is a large part of why they’ve been going to war), aside from the metal they mine from the ground. What they lack resource-wise, however, they more than make up for in their engineering savvy and technological advancements.

Here’s a pic of the map my dad sketched for it.

Did you find inspiration in any other story/movie/show and how has this affected your writing? I think like most people I find inspiration everywhere – music, conversations with my kids and hubs and friends, books (omg have you guys read Marie Rutkoski’s Winner’s Crime?!), movies and shows (seriously – the Last Airbender cartoons are life), and the beautiful area in which I’m blessed to live. It all soaks in beneath the skin and stirs a desire to want to write better, funnier, and more raw and scenic. 

As far as coming up with the story for Siren’s Fury, it wasn’t until I altered the ending for Storm Siren (that last page), that I knew where I wanted the story to go. Annnnd then I did what all stuck writers do (*laughs*) – I dragged my sister out for lunch and hashed it over with her. She’s kind of the best at being like, “Yeah, that’s been overdone so it’d be lame, but you know what could be interesting…?” 

Ahhh! Can I plead silence due to spoilers?! But how about this – I’ll offer one involving the boy Kel (because he’s my new favorite). ;0) 

(Nym) “I stare at this boy who is the strangest small person I have ever met in my entire seventeen years. And burst into laughter. ‘No. I most definitely am not spying on him so I can have babies with him. I simply . . . want to ensure he’s feeling all right. He’s been ill and—’

(Kel) ‘Then why’s your face turning redder than the carpet?’

(Nym) ‘I am not turning red.’”


Ooh Chapter 19. Because spiders. 

Katy Perry’s DARK HORSE

Oh fun! Okay, for Nym I think maybe Willa Holland (love that girl!), for Rasha – Freida Pinto, for Myles…I’m undecided. :0) But for Eogan – imagine Idris Elba & Yuya Matsushita combined in a clone.

Es hot, yes? ;0)

*laughs* Ummmm…

1. Turn off your cell phone and put on your pjs.

2. Turn on Perry’s Dark Horse and, when the beat drops, let your hair down and belt that song out like nobody’s business.

3. Have a cheese plate handy (cuz CHEESE) with warm pita bread, fruit, nuts, and a drizzle of honey (not that I’m into food or anything *coughs*).

4. Curl up under your best down comforter and commence reading.

5. Remind yourself giant spiders aren’t real.

Okay so I have this $40 espresso machine that seriously makes THE BEST lattes. After dropping the kids at school, and before heading to my writing desk, I whip one of those babies up. Then I check my email, Facebook, and Instagram. *sips latte*

This is usually followed by deciding I need another latte. Which is then followed by another round of checking my email. Followed by the thought that, “I wonder if I should take a shower / stare out the window / bake something / pay bills / anything to distract my very distractable self?”

*sips latte*

And then…then I sit down and write.

Well…unless I’m stuck on a plot point. In which case all bets are off and I’m raiding the fridge like there’s no tomorrow. ;0)

I have two bests actually. One is the quiet time spent writing. There’s something very refreshing and soul-connecting about creating in private. However, the second is stepping out of that quiet space and having the opportunity to connect with other authors and readers via online, in person, school visits, etc. I LOVE the incredible people I’ve met through this process – and they inspire me so very much.

As far as the worst thing? Oh gosh…let me think. I guess I’d say the pressure that comes with sending out something you’ve created in your private space for public inspection (and hopefully enjoyment). :0) As a writer who’s obsessed with reading, I am my own worst critic and I want to honor others’ time and money in a way that, when they pick up my stories, they walk away feeling better for having read them.

In regards to the blogging community, I spent nearly four years as a book blogger and I absolutely adore (and respect) the friends therein and the amazing amount of time they spend giving back to authors. They have an enormous piece of my heart and gratitude. <3

I’m currently finishing up edits on Book 3 in the trilogy! After that… I’m working on a super secret duology that I cannot WAIT to talk about. Eep!!

Thank you so much for everything, Mary!

Thank YOU!! Seriously - I adore you ladies to the moon and back. <3 Have a fantastic Wednesday!!!

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Mary Weber is a ridiculously uncoordinated girl plotting to take over make-believe worlds through books, handstands, and imaginary throwing knives. In her spare time, she feeds unicorns, sings 80’s hairband songs to her three muggle children, and ogles her husband who looks strikingly like Wolverine. They live in California, which is perfect for stalking L.A. bands, Joss Whedon, and the ocean. Her debut YA fantasy novel, STORM SIREN, is available now in bookstores and online, and SIREN'S FURY (book 2 in the trilogy) will be out June, 2015 from TN HarperCollins.

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Book Blitz: Gabriel by Nikki Kelly + Giveaway!

Hey Everyone! 

It's no secret that I am a huge Nikki Kelly Fan! Not only is she an author whom I admire,
But she is also someone who I consider a dear friend! 

I am a proud founding member of the Styclar Street Team, but I also consider myself
Nikki Kelly's personal Book Pimp! So I couldn't just post this book blast without a giveaway!  So read about Gabriel's synopsis and scroll down for a giveaway! 


Title: Gabriel

Author: Nikki Kelly

Series: The Styclar Saga #2 

Publisher: Feiwel and Friends 

Release Date: October 27th 2015

Pages: 352 


The handsome Angel from Lailah gets center stage in this continuation of Wattpad sensation Nikki Kelly’s romantic and action-packed series about mortals, vampires, and angels.

Gabriel is an Angel Descendant. He's also an ally to a generation of vampires who want to break away from the demon who controls them. His faith in the power of good over evil wavers, however, when he discovers that Lailah, the woman he considers his only true love, may be both angel and demon. Is their love enough to overcome the dark forces who are ready to go to war with Gabriel, the vampire Jonah, and the angel and vampire forces? And can Gabriel compete with Jonah, who is also in love with Lailah?

Once again, Nikki Kelly looks deeply into the heart and soul of good and evil to create a romantic, action-packed reading adventure.

And in case you haven't read Lailah yet. . . . 


Title: Lailah

Author: Nikki Kelly

Series: The Styclar Saga #1 

Publisher: Feiwel and Friends


The girl knows she’s different. She doesn’t age. She has no family. She has visions of a past life, but no clear clues as to what she is, or where she comes from. But there is a face in her dreams – a light that breaks through the darkness. She knows his name is Gabriel.

On her way home from work, the girl encounters an injured stranger whose name is Jonah. Soon, she will understand that Jonah belongs to a generation of Vampires that serve even darker forces. Jonah and the few like him, are fighting with help from an unlikely ally – a rogue Angel, named Gabriel.

In the crossfire between good and evil, love and hate, and life and death, the girl learns her name: Lailah. But when the lines between black and white begin to blur, where in the spectrum will she find her place? And with whom?

Gabriel and Jonah both want to protect her. But Lailah will have to fight her own battle to find out who she truly is.

Giveaway Time!

I'm feeling super generous today so there is the massive giveaway! 

3 Lucky Winners will win:
1 HB copy of Lailah and 1 Pre-order of Gabriel!

1 Lucky winner will win an audiobook of Lailah!

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NIKKI KELLY was born and raised only minutes away from the chocolately scent of Cadbury World in Birmingham, England. Lailah was first launched to Wattpad, an online readers and writers community. Within six months, the novel had over one million reads. Lailah is Nikki’s debut novel, and the first book in The Styclar Saga. She lives in London with her husband and their dogs, Alfie (a pug) and Goose (a Chihuahua).

LAILAH is my debut novel, and first launched in serial form to wattpad, a readers & writers community. Within just 6months, LAILAH had over a million reads and thousands of comments and votes.

Since then, The Styclar Saga has gone on to pick up a traditional deal with Feiwel & Friends, and LAILAH, the first book in the series is due for release on October 7th 2014.

These days I spend my time balancing my amazing job of writing fantasy fiction, with my other, very important role of Chocolate Connoisseur. I like to multitask and do the two together. It makes me happy.

Monday, May 18, 2015

FFBC: Kissing in America by Margo Robb + Giveaway

Kissing in America
by Margo Rabb
Publisher: HarperTeen
Release Date: May 26th 2015
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I loved romances because when you opened the first page, you knew the story would end well. Your heart wouldn't be broken. I loved that security, that guaranteed love.

In real life, you never knew the ending. I hated that.

Sixteen-year-old Eva has never been in love. But when she meets Will, everything changes. With him, her grief over her father's death fades, and she can escape from her difficult relationship with her mother. Then, without any warning, Will picks up and moves to California. So Eva—with the help of her best friend, Annie—concocts a plan to travel across the country to see him again. As they leave New York City for the first time and road-trip across America, they encounter cowboys, kudzu, and tiny towns without stoplights. Along the way, Eva and Annie learn the truth about love and all its complexities.

“Wonderful . . . Margo Rabb has created nothing less than a women’s map of American mythologies, navigating from Emily Dickinson to Barbara Cartland, from the cowboys of the rodeos to the makeup studios of Hollywood, and from the bottom of the Atlantic to the spacious skies of the USA.” — E. Lockhart, New York Times bestselling author of We Were Liars

“A wonderful novel about friendship, love, travel, life, hope, poetry, intelligence and the inner lives of girls. Margo Rabb writes with compassion and clarity about lives that are worth telling, journeys that need to be taken, peace that needs to be reached. I loved it.” — Elizabeth Gilbert, New York Times bestselling author of Eat, Pray Love

“That Margo Rabb can write a story so gorgeous, funny, and joyous that is also unsentimental and honest is a testament to her skill and to her heart. I loved everything about Eva and the supporting cast in this beautiful novel.” — Sara Zarr, author of The Lucy Variations

“Rabb eloquently gets grief right in this compassionate, perceptive, and poignant story, deftly leavened with irreverent humor, of a girl in conflict with her mother. Wise, inspiring, and ultimately uplifting-not to be missed.” — Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

“With a full cast of multidimensional characters, this novel explores the complex nature of relationships and the many faces of grief and love with equal parts humor and poignancy.” — School Library Journal

“A smart teen’s novel. [The] characters are authentic and complex. Rabb knows the perfect point to interject humor to diffuse a potentially devastating situation—a leavening of sorts to the reality that death and love inexplicitly alter the landscape of a person’s life.” — Booklist (starred review)

“In this indelible coming-of-age story, Rabb seamlessly weaves together multiple narratives. Sprinkled with the poetry Eva reads and writes, this story makes for a hilarious, thought-provoking, wrenching, and joyful quest.” — Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“Humor and depth . . . Often entertainingly snarky” — The Horn Book

“It is a marvel and I love every word of it: the carefully structured plot, the memorable characters, the wholly apposite style and tone. It is funny, sad, wistful, wise, and altogether memorable.” — Michael Cart

Hateship, Friendship, Courtship, Loveship, Marriage by Alice Munro

Gilmore Girls (I own all 7 seasons on DVD)

Roman Holiday with Gregory Peck and Audrey Hepburn


Prince Edward Island, Canada

Paris, France

The Cotswolds, England

There’s an old movie I love called Christmas in Connecticut starring Barbara Stanwyck, and I love the male lead in that movie, played by the actor Dennis Morgan. His character is funny, honest, warm, and so charming. In a fictional world, I’d marry him.

“All sorrows can be borne if you put them into a story.” —Isak Denisen

Edward Carey wrote an amazing trilogy of books called the Iremonger Trilogy—the individual titles are Heap House, Foulsham, and Lungdon—the second and third will be out this summer and fall, and I got to read early copies of them. They’re absolutely incredible and everyone must read them!

I’d love to meet Lucy Maud Montgomery, who wrote the Anne of Green Gables books.

Thank you for having me as part of the FFBC tour—I’m so honored to be here!

Hello Margo! We are super excited to have you in our FFBC tours.

When I was a teen, I thought that great love would change everything. If only I could meet and fall in love with Rob Lowe (or, if he was otherwise occupied, then my high school crush might suffice), then all the sorrows I felt so deeply—grief over my mother, who had died very suddenly, and then over my father, who died seven years later—would disappear. I’d finally be truly happy.

In many ways, Kissing in America is a love letter to who I was as a teen—a scared and grief-filled girl who desperately wanted to find love, and even more than that, to understand it. Writing the novel was a long process—I started the first draft in 2008—and a labor of love. Eva, the narrator, finds solace in many of the things that comforted and helped me when I was her age: poetry, which I loved to write and read; travel (I spent half of my teen years on buses and trains); and feminism, which I first learned about as a teen, and which changed the way I thought of myself and what I dreamed my life could be.

Toward the end of the novel, Eva asks, “How do you walk through the world, how do you continue, when you know what a dark place it is?” I hope that, like Eva, Kissing in America will help readers find their own answers to that question. 

I loved writing the scene at the rodeo! Going to the rodeo every year was one of my favorite things about living in Texas.

The Littlest Birds by the Be Good Tanyas (same as my favorite song above!)

Chocolate and popcorn! Or even better, chocolate-covered popcorn.

I’m at work on a new young adult novel and lots of new essays, which I’m excited to share soon.

Thank you so much for everything, Margo!

Thank you!

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Margo Rabb's stories have been published in The Atlantic Monthly, Zoetrope: All Story, Seventeen, Best New American Voices, New Stories from the South, New England Review, One Story, and elsewhere, and have been broadcast on National Public Radio. She received grand prize in the Zoetrope short story contest, first prize in The Atlantic Monthly fiction contest, first prize in the American Fiction contest, and a PEN Syndicated Fiction Project Award. She grew up in Queens, New York, and now lives in Austin, Texas with her husband and two children. A complete list of her published work can be found here.

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