Follow Me Home Blitz

 
Follow Me Home
Release Date: 09/16/14
Summary from Goodreads:
16-year-old Kelsey
thinks her new house far away from Tulsa is the perfect place to escape her
past—until she meets Jay, the boy who used to live there.
After a series of mysterious break-ins at the house, Kelsey discovers the
culprit is Jay, but before she can confront him, Jay inadvertently sets in
motion a series of events that leave Kelsey and her family devastated and wind
Jay up in juvie.

Desperate to fix things, Kelsey confronts him only to discover Jay’s not the
delinquent she expects, but a boy with a past more messed up than hers. Against
her better judgment, the two of them form an unlikely friendship she keeps
secret from everyone.

Then Jay asks for a favor she didn’t see coming – one that leaves Kelsey torn
between her growing loyalty to Jay and throwing away the new future she worked
so hard to build.

Excerpt
I sit on one of the hard metal chairs in the middle of the room, but change my mind and stand up again. Don’t they have those barriers in these places where you have to talk to the person through a phone on the other side of a window? Shouting echoes from somewhere down the hall. Where did the guard go?

A shadow fills the doorway, and I jump.

“You’re not my sister,” Jay says.

The light grey uniform catches me off guard. He looks like a criminal. One I willingly let into my house. I try to swallow, but my mouth is dry. I glance around him and spot the guard standing just outside the door.

“No,” I say. “I’m not your sister.”

Jay stops a few feet away from me and puts his hands in his pockets. He seems different up close. Scared, even. I clench my fists at my side and try not to let him soften me.

“I’m Kelsey.” I unclench one fist and stick my hand out. I think it’s shaking, but I try not to look at it. He doesn’t move from his spot. “My house,” I say. “Did you do it?” I stare at the freckles around his nose so I don’t have to look at his eyes.

He’s silent. I wait for him to turn around and walk back out. But then he looks up.

“It was my house too,” he says.

I try to hold his gaze without letting the sadness get to me. “I know. You used to live there, right?”

He nods, and I stare at the pink and green braided friendship bracelet on his left wrist. The kind I used to make with Julie when we were eleven. I still had dozens of them in a drawer when we moved. One of the many items from Tulsa that ended up in the trash.

“So did you do it?” I sit again and tuck my hands under my thighs.

About the Author
Monica Goulet writes and lives in Oshawa, Ontario with her
husband. She graduated from Brock University with a Bachelor’s degree in
English and Professional Writing.

 

In her other life, she’s an instructional designer and a mother-to-be who
likes ice cream, running, and losing herself in a good story.
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Back from a small break

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Party street during the weekends in Lisbon, Portugal

Hey guys, first I just want to say I’ve missed you all!

I’m sure that you have noticed that the blog has been a bit quite over the last few weeks.

Have no fear I have a lot in stock and it’ll be coming to the blog over the next little while. I’ve been busy with work and travelling when I was on my vacation late last month. Add in the fact that there was no internet and it gets a bit quiet on the blog. I apologize for my absence and I’m hoping for this kind of absence to not happen again in the future.

I have lots in store for the blog including talking about my Europe trip to Lisbon, Barcelona and Rome. That’ll be on the blog next week with the things that I did, saw and learned. There will also be a lot more travel pieces coming along with delicious book news that will be happening on the blog and in the book publishing industry. The Scotiabank Giller Prize announcement being on November 10!

Now I am off to hopefully cut down on my long TBR pile because I know that it has been sitting there for quite some time and my vacation away from reading did nothing to help the cause :)

 

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Invisible Wings by Janell Rhiannon
Publication date: January 8th 2014
Genres: Paranormal, Young Adult

Synopsis:

Life seldom unfolds the way you expect. Despite our best efforts, it can wind up in a tangled mess. We lose hope. Faith fades. And then suddenly, in the midst of despair, a door opens, an answer is given, or a new path is cleared because we’re not alone…sometimes angels walk among us.

Arabella’s mother already thinks she’s a little crazy, so when a mysterious Presence fills her with a blinding light, she keeps it to herself. She’s given a heartbreaking mission. She spends her days among her fellow classmates, listening to their secret prayers and waiting for the moment of intervention.

Arabella understands that life is messy, complicated, and beautiful. The way she guides her fellow classmates will ultimately surprise you.

Love emerges from the mess. Hope emerges from the chaos. Faith emerges from the strength to endure.

12 destinies
12 twilights
12 lives that will never be the same

AUTHOR BIO:
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Janell has been writing since she was in grade school. In high school, her 9th grade English teacher suggested she consider a career in writing. After a decade in college and a Master’s degree in history, she settled into teaching.

Writing never stopped. Stories never stopped. READING fiction never stopped. Now, she writes and publishes on-line. Invisible Wings is her first YA novel, a compilation of short stories centered on teenage life triumphs and tragedies. She believes being a teenager is difficult and wrote Invisible Wings to let teens know they aren’t alone. That they matter. That even though life is rough, they can still find beauty and love.

Beside the YA stories close to her heart, she adores Mythology and Fairy tales. Anything magical and mystical. And dragons. And gargoyles.

She currently lives in CA.

Visit her at Facebook @Janell Rhiannon Author. If you want to see what projects are in the works or find out more about the her, visit

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Following Zippy Book Tour

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Release date: July 2014
Publisher: Flower Child Publishing
Purchase: Amazon
Synopsis via Goodreads:
At fifteen most kids only have to worry about their homework or the style of their shoes. Gabe Perkins isn’t most kids. When diagnosed with a terminal illness, he begins to make friends with a girl so ethereal, he starts to question his own sanity.
Personal Thoughts: This was such a heartbreaking yet amazing book. It is a wonderful story and it really makes you take a step back and think about life around you. This story sort of reminded me of The Fault in Our Stars but it had its own concept and originality. The characters are fully developed and they take on serious topics within the book such as living life with a purpose (why are we here?) faith and and much more.  Gabe and Zippy are quite the pair but they work well together. She comes at the right time and shows Gabe that despite his predicament (brain cancer), there is still a life out there that is worth living. As time goes on, he starts to have more faith and not take his life and especially what’s left of it for granted.
I felt like the ending was a bit rushed and could have been written a bit better. It would have ended the book on a better note, however, I still enjoyed reading the book. Lastly, I just want to thank the author for sending me a signed copy!  :) I’ll definitely be looking out for more from this author.
Rating: 3/5 Stars
Excerpt:
“Look at those fish,” she said, diverting her attention towards the creek. “What about them?” “They’re just swimming along. Living and breathing. I wonder,” she said as she nudged her shoulder against mine, “if they know what purpose they serve.” “Well, they probably don’t.” “Why’s that?” “Because, they’re fish?” “Don’t think so low of the marine species.” “Zippy, they’re little minnows. They’re so little they probably only live a few months. Why worry about their place in life?” “I don’t know. Something of the simplicity of them is nice, though, you must admit.” She gleamed ear to ear, “Imagine, if you were a little minnow, swimming down the creek.” “Oh, crap.” “What?” “Do you really think there’s something out there that really cares about those little fish? Or even, you know, if something out there is looking down at us, talking about us like we’re little fish? As if we’re just tiny little minnows swimming down a stream, unsure of what fate lies ahead of us?” “I do.”
About the Author
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I grew up a gypsy at my parents hands. With a dad in the Air Force, I got to experience life on the road, soaking up culture. After spending 6 years working as a model, I realized that the industry wasn’t much of what I was looking for in life. More often than not I felt like Jo Stockton in Funny Face and escaped into the world of film, where your job is based on something more than beauty. Though I do love 12 hour days on set, there’s nothing like snuggling up with a warm laptop and letting my fingers dance away to create a whole new world.

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Waiting on Wednesday: Afterworlds

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Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

Afterworlds by Scott Westerfeld

Publication date: September 23, 2015

Publisher: Simon Pulse

Darcy Patel has put college and everything else on hold to publish her teen novel, Afterworlds. Arriving in New York with no apartment or friends she wonders whether she’s made the right decision until she falls in with a crowd of other seasoned and fledgling writers who take her under their wings…

Told in alternating chapters is Darcy’s novel, a suspenseful thriller about Lizzie, a teen who slips into the ‘Afterworld’ to survive a terrorist attack. But the Afterworld is a place between the living and the dead and as Lizzie drifts between our world and that of the Afterworld, she discovers that many unsolved – and terrifying – stories need to be reconciled. And when a new threat resurfaces, Lizzie learns her special gifts may not be enough to protect those she loves and cares about most.

Personal Thoughts: What an awesome cover! It looks so cool. I love the intertwining of stories plot line. Can’t wait to read it!

What are you waiting for this Wednesday?

Confessions of a Teenage Rape Survivor Blitz

 
Welcome to the promo event for Holly Dae’s realistic YA fiction, hosted by IFB Tours. Check out the excerpt and giveaway below:
 
22754329Release date: October 16th 2014
Purchase: Amazon | B&N | IBooks | Kobo
 
Synopsis via Goodreads:
Before she was raped, almost sixteen-year-old Allison Sommer knew exactly what she wanted and was in total control of her life. Get through high school, go to college to appease her dad, somehow stay fit, lithe, and athletic through all the stress and become a professional cheerleader. Normal teenage stuff. Simple. At least it was simple before she was raped. 
 
Now Allison’s whole life is out of her control. She can’t trust in her own choices, can’t rationalize anything anymore, so she just goes through the motions, hoping that eventually she’ll go back to normal, can stop pretending. That doesn’t happen, especially when she’s forced to reveal what happened to her family and closest friends.
 
On the MTV commercials and reality shows that emphasize that she has nothing to be ashamed of and guide viewers to some website like don’t-be-a-victim.comand a support hotline, no one warns her that the aftermath is more difficult than the rape itself, that her family’s efforts to be supportive make her feel more alone and confused. 
 
And being raped has more devastating consequences than Allison ever imagined, forcing her to make one of the most difficult decisions she’s ever had to make. It should be a no-brainer, everyone says, but being raped makes Allison question everything and everyone she thought she could trust.
 
Either way, Allison won’t let anyone force her to do anything again, not like her rapists did, even if it makes her already difficult enough circumstance more difficult. Uncensored and unflinchingly honest, these are the confessions of a teenage rape survivor.
 
EXCERPT
 
 
“Are those your brother’s sleeping pills?” Gene asked.
Allison nodded. No use denying that.
Gene looked at her again, then at the pills, and then at Allison again. His eyes widened.
“Were you going to take all of those?” Gene asked in an incredulous tone. He didn’t wait for an answer, already having assumed the worst. “How many have you taken already?”
Allison opened her mouth to reply, forgetting that one of the pills was sitting under her tongue. Gene saw it as she started to try to explain.
“Oh shit! Spit that out!”
Gene reached across the counter to squeeze her cheeks and force the pill out her mouth causing Allison to have two instantaneous reactions. First, she spit out the pill. Second, she punched Gene straight in the jaw, which caused Gene to let go of her and grab his face.
“What the—”
Allison gasped as she shook her hand out. She shouldn’t have done that. She didn’t mean to do that. Gene wasn’t a rapist. Well, she hoped he wasn’t. The guy who asked her for directions to distract her didn’t look like a rapist either. Either way when Gene grabbed her so suddenly, she couldn’t help it.
“I’m sorry,” she said quickly.
“Are you insane? What is wrong with you?”
“I didn’t mean to punch you. It was an accident. I swear.”
Gene rolled his eyes, stilling rubbing his jaw. “Not the punch. I probably deserved that for scaring the hell out of you, grabbing you like that. I’m talking about those sleeping pills. That many of those things at once can kill you.”
Allison blinked. He thought…
“I wasn’t trying to commit suicide!”
“Could have fooled me,” Gene said sliding the pills off the counter and into his hand. He threw them down the garbage disposer.
“But I wasn’t,” Allison said, heart racing in panic. If Gene thought she was trying to kill herself, he’d tell her brother, and her brother would tell their dad, and she’d never be left alone, and she’d have to tell the truth. Then they’d make a big deal out of it and want her to report it to the police, and the police would want a description and account of what happened, and then she’d never be able to forget. “I just wasn’t thinking.”
“The hell you weren’t,” Gene snapped as he snatched the bottle with the remaining pills off the counter and put them in his pocket.
“I was just so tired and the bottle said one pill was mild and good for four hours of sleep, so I decided to take enough to knock me out for a day,” Allison tried to explain.
“Six pills would have knocked you out all right,” Gene said as he began to dial a number into his phone.
“What are you doing?” she asked apprehensively.
“Calling your brother,” Gene said and then cursed. “Damn it. I have his phone in my pocket. Do I have your dad’s number in my phone?”
Allison lunged for the phone. In all likelihood, he probably didn’t have her dad’s number, but she didn’t want to chance it.
“You can’t call tell them,” Allison said grabbing onto the phone.
Gene tried to pull it out her grasp as he said, “Sure. Not telling your brother and father that you’re suicidal is a great idea.”
“I’m not suicidal.”
“Says the girl who was about to take six sleeping pills,” Gene said getting the phone out of Allison’s grip and holding it out of her reach.
Allison all but tackled him into the counter.
“I told you!” Allison screamed, exploding in anger. “I’m tired! I just wanted to go to sleep without the nightmares! You can’t… You can’t tell them,” Allison finished, all her anger dissolving as a sob escaped her throat. She hadn’t even noticed she started crying.
She stopped trying to get the phone then, falling onto the floor as her body shook with sobs of fear at what Gene would do and anger at herself. When did she get so weak?

 
About the Author
Holly Dae is a recent college grad with a B.A. in English who, instead of putting on a suit to work at a desk 9-5 for five figures and a lifetime of misery and crushed dreams, decided to write YA novels about the taboos concerning contemporary issues like rape, abortion, drugs, teen pregnancy, and sometimes sex with the hopes that someone will pat her on the back and say she touched their life.