I am thrilled to have Elizabeth Lim, author of Spin the Dawn, on my blog today where she will talk about some of the fairytales that inspired Spin the Dawn. I read this book and found it beautifully written and perfect for fans who love Mulan retellings, clothing competitions, magic, and enemies to lovers romances.[Read more…]
We all have those authors who we’ve been following FOREVER because we absolutely love their books! Julie Kagawa is one of mine! I am thrilled to have her here today to talk a little about Japanese-inspired fantasy series plus she’s giving away a signed copy of Soul of the Sword! Soul of the Sword (Book 2) releases June 25th!![Read more…]
Hi everyone! I am thrilled to have Cookie O’Gorman on my blog today! Her book, The Good Girl’s Guide to Being Bad, just released on Thursday! Check out the details below!
COOKIE O’GORMAN – The Importance of Breaking the Rules
Before we start, I should tell you that growing up I was a textbook good girl.
Excellent grades, stayed out of trouble, was a total over-achiever. My teachers loved me, and I considered them my friends. (Don’t worry, though, I also had a small group of friends my fulfilling age lol!) There was next to no rule breaking in my past. There wasn’t a lot of spontaneity either.
Maybe that’s what led me to write The Good Girl’s Guide to Being Bad.
Sadie, my main character, is seventeen. She’s a movie lover, a brilliant ballroom dancer, a hopeless romantic and a consummate good girl. She’s about to graduate high school, and despite (or maybe because of) her many interests, she has no idea what she wants to do with her life.
Pretty sure everyone can relate to that feeling.
Oh, and she has a long list of things she’d like to accomplish before graduation—but none of the items are crossed off.
With the help of her nemesis, Colton, she embarks on a journey to complete her list. Sadie breaks the rules, learns how to talk dirty, sneaks out of the house, crashes a party, falls in love… But what makes it even sweeter?
Throughout it all, Sadie doesn’t change who she is.
Sure, she breaks the rules (often leading to hilariously laugh-out-loud situations), but she remains true to herself.
It’s one of the things I love about her.
Another thing I love is that she goes after what she wants, forges her own path and doesn’t let rejection stand in her way. Man, I wish I would’ve understood this as a teen. It’s a lesson that took me a long time to learn (one I forget now and then). We all have the power to make our dreams a reality. We just have to give ourselves permission to go after what we want.
As a good girl and self-published author, I know how important it is to give yourself permission to fulfill your dreams.
And to do that, you may have to break the rules every once in a while.
About the Book
The Good Girl’s Guide to Being Bad by Cookie O’Gorman
Seventeen-year-old Sadie is tired of being a good girl.
Her Career Aptitude Test results say she’s ideally suited for a career in the clergy (aka a nun), and on top of that, she receives yet another rejection. An aspiring dancer/choreographer, Sadie dreams of being featured on Dancer’s Edge—but they say she’s too sweet, needs more life experience. Her BFF, Kyle, and her oldest friend, 79-year-old Betty, agree: Sadie is in desperate need of a life makeover.
But she’ll need a coach.
Sadie doesn’t lie, cheat or steal–heck she doesn’t even curse (part of the reason she hasn’t checked off anything on her “Carpe Diem List”). Sadie doesn’t know the first thing about being bad. But Kyle’s twin brother, Colton, does. And he’s willing to teach Sadie on one condition: she has to do everything he says for the next month.
A dazzling first kiss, two smokin’ hot brothers and a bet that changes everything. In this enemies-to-more YA romance, Sadie learns:
Breaking the rules can be fun—especially when it leads to happily-ever-after.
About the Author
Cookie O’Gorman writes stories filled with humor and heart for the nerd in all of us. Fiery first kisses, snappy dialogue, smart girls, swoon-worthy boys, and unbreakable friendships are featured in each of her books.
Cook is a hopeless romantic, a Harry Potter aficionado, and a supporter of all things dork. Chocolate, Chinese food, and Asian dramas are her kryptonite. Above all, she believes that real life has enough sorrow and despair—which is why she always tries to give her characters a happy ending. She is the author of Adorkable, Ninja Girl, The Unbelievable, Inconceivable, Unforeseeable Truth About Ethan Wilder and The Good Girl’s Guide to Being Bad.
Hi everyone! I am so excited to have Joseph Moldover on my blog today. His debut novel, Every Moment After, releases April 9th from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. He’s here to talk about his experience of debuting a novel while being introverted. I think many of us in the book community who are introverted can totally relate to the struggles Joseph shares. I loved his thoughts and post, so I hope you enjoy, follow him on your social media, and check out his in April![Read more…]
I am thrilled to have Mary Pagones, author of Pride, Prejudice, and Personal Statements on my blog today! Her book sounds amazing and I love that it focuses on high school and college admissions. That’s such a hard time in life and I can’t wait to see how it’s paralleled with my favorite Austen book!
Mary will be discussing some of the difficulties of modernizing and adapting the popular Classic, Pride and Prejudice, and she also provides some new retelling recommendations of her own! Check it out![Read more…]
Hello everyone! I am thrilled to be kicking off the AS SHE ASCENDS blog tour along with Alexa from Alexa Loves Books! We are dual posting today because are featuring the pair of best friends in The Fallen Isles trilogy with their special dragons!
I am featuring Mira and her dragon Lala and Alexa has Ilina and Crystal! You’ll want to visit both our sites for fun tidbits about these girls and their dragons along with our Top 5 Reasons to read As She Ascends!
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This is Livia Blackburne, and I’m thrilled to share ROSEMARKED with you at long last. There are a lot of elements to this book, including a love story, a spy story, reflections on trauma and mortality, medical ethics, and political intrigue. Perhaps because of this, my research for the book was equally eclectic, from archery and stick fighting lessons, to chats with memory researchers and soldiers, and lots and lots of reading, including books about leper colonies, hospice care, and PTSD. Hopefully, I wove it all into an entertaining and thought-provoking story!
This story centers on Zivah, a talented healer with an incurable illness, and Dineas, a traumatized soldier. The two couldn’t be more different, and I had a lot of fun writing their unlikely love story. In order to work together, they both have to let go of their own prejudices and preconceptions. It’s a painful process, with fights and misunderstandings, anger, laughter and tears, but in the end, they both come out as stronger people.
The first in a duology, ROSEMARKED (Hyperion | On Sale November 7, 2017) by New York Times bestselling author Livia Blackburne follows a healer and a solider on a high-stakes mission to spy on the Empire to uncover a deadly secret. With sizzling chemistry and a heartrending ethical dilemma, this thrilling fantasy with nuanced characters will capture fans of An Ember in the Ashes and The Lumatere Chronicles.
New York Times best-selling author LIVIA BLACKBURNE has a PhD in neuroscience from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where she conducted research on the neural correlates of reading. She still blogs on the intersection of writing and brain science, and she now lives in Los Angeles with her family. Livia is also the author of Midnight Thief, an Indies Introduce New Voices selection, and its sequel, Daughter of Dusk.
ROSEMARKED by Livia Blackburne
Also by this author…
New York Times Bestseller 2014
Indies Introduce New Voices Pick
2015 YALSA Teens’ Top Ten Nominee
DAUGHTER OF DUSK
To celebrate the ROSEMARKED release, I’m offering 3 lucky winners a ROSEMARKED swag pack, which includes a copy of ROSEMARKED and a signed bookplate! Due to sweepstakes laws, entrants must be 18 years or older to participate. Best of luck, and happy reading!
Hi everyone! Welcome to my blog tour stop for The Library of Fates by Aditi Khorana! I am very pleased to welcome, fellow blogger and friend, Aditi Nichani, Indian Blogger from A Thousand Words A Million Books Blogs! I asked Aditi if she’d share a little bit about the Indian mythology that is in The Library of Fates! Make sure to enter the giveaway below and check out all the tour stops.
The Library of Fates
A romantic coming-of-age fantasy tale steeped in Indian folklore, perfect for fans of The Star-Touched Queen and The Wrath and the Dawn
No one is entirely certain what brings the Emperor Sikander to Shalingar. Until now, the idyllic kingdom has been immune to his many violent conquests. To keep the visit friendly, Princess Amrita has offered herself as his bride, sacrificing everything—family, her childhood love, and her freedom—to save her people. But her offer isn’t enough.
The unthinkable happens, and Amrita finds herself a fugitive, utterly alone but for an oracle named Thala, who was kept by Sikander as a slave and managed to escape amid the chaos of a palace under siege. With nothing and no one else to turn to, Amrita and Thala are forced to rely on each other. But while Amrita feels responsible for her kingdom and sets out to warn her people, the newly free Thala has no such ties. She encourages Amrita to go on a quest to find the fabled Library of All Things, where it is possible for each of them to reverse their fates. To go back to before Sikander took everything from them.
Stripped of all that she loves, caught between her rosy past and an unknown future, will Amrita be able to restore what was lost, or does another life—and another love—await?
I’m so grateful to have Aditi on my blog today to talk about the rich religion, culture and mythology that is vast within the Indian culture. Follow her blog at: http://athousandwordsamillionbooks.blogspot.in/
All around the world, children grow up to the ever present hum of culture. Little girls in America stare at their elders in white dresses and dream while they wait for their special day while girls in India burst sparklers, 100-walas and rockets everytime Diwaali (The Festival of Lights) comes around.
We grow up in world rich with tradition; we grow up in a world that makes us belong to the community we’ve been born into, but no country more so that India.
When you open a history textbook that speaks about India, the very first line would probably inform you, straight off the bat, that India is the most diverse country in the world. It’s true. I’ve lived here for almost 19 years and I still feel like I know this minuscule part of Indian Culture and that every day I learn something new about this great nation. For every tradition and practice you think you know, there’ll probably be three more lurking in the shadows.
I grew up watching the Ramayana on DVD player every Monday afternoon as my mother attended a fourteen year-long Pooja (a religious ritual) for the health of her family, I learnt about Buddhism and Gautama Buddha through a comic I borrowed from my library, I learnt that it was tradition for the bride’s sisters to steal the groom’s shoes during the pheras and had the right to demand presents before the groom left with their sister. Mostly, I learnt from my family and all the stories they had to tell me and the books they used to help me understand better.
The Ramayana and The Mahabharata form two great legends in Hinduism with Brahma, the creator, Vishnu the operator and Shiva, the destroyer, Buddhism and Jainism with its non-violence and simple lifestyles, Islam, Zoroastrianism and Sikhism are some of India’s main religions and within each of these there are divisions and subdivisions that Indians classify themselves into. Whether it’s your own religion or someone else’s, you’ll always find something new to learn.
Indian culture being represented in young adult books in on the rise. You have Roshani Chokshi, Sandhya Menon, Aditi Khorana, Mitali Perkins and Breeana Shields to name a few authors who, over the last two years have released a book that highlights Indian culture.
The Library of Fates, Aditi Khorana’s sophomore novel has been on my to-read list ever since it was announced. An actual fantasy book, steeped in Indian culture that also involves A Library of All Things, an oracle and a romance? I knew I’d read it even before I finished reading the description.
This book has an ancient kingdom that’s based half on India and half on Macedonia, vetalas (of the Vikram and Vetal stories) a powerful friendship between a princess and an oracle and a journey so rich in folklore that you can only read to truly appreciate and experience.
I promise you, diving into this bit of Indian culture will astound you, just as it will be sure to astound me – that’s just how much this country and all its history and tradition have to offer you. So dive into this fantasy perfect for fans of The Star Touched Queen and I’m sure it will be one for the legends.
About the Author
Aditi Khorana spent parts of her childhood in India, Denmark, and New England. She has a BA in international relations from Brown University and an MA in global media and communications from the Annenberg School for Communication. She has worked as a journalist at ABC News, CNN, and PBS, and most recently as a marketing executive consulting for various Hollywood studios including Fox, Paramount, and Sony. She is also the author of Mirror in the Sky. She lives in Los Angeles and spends her free time reading, hiking, and exploring LA’s eclectic and wonderful architecture. For more information, visit aditikhorana.com.
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Hello everyone and welcome to SURVIVOR WEEK: THE SANDCASTLE EMPIRE EDITION! All week long we will be celebrating the upcoming release of The Sandcastle Empire by Kayla Olson (releasing June 6th) with fun things like amazing creative posts, huge prizes, a scavenger hunt and more! Make sure to follow each day’s post be you’ll need to gather elements for the scavenger hunt!