Thursday, April 24, 2014

#Speak4RAINN15


Hello fellow YA readers. It's been crazy busy lately, and I totally missed out on promoting about a Twitter chat that happened today with Laurie Halse Anderson. Though I missed talking about today's chat that took place earlier today, you can still follow #Speak4RAINN15 to check out what Laurie chatted about. 

Why mention this? Because we are strong supporters of helping survivors of sexual abuse/assault. #Speak4RAINN15 is a joint effort both author Laurie Halse Anderson and the Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network (RAINN) to raise $30,000 to honor the 15th anniversary of Laurie's book SPEAK & Sexual Assault Awareness & Prevention Month. Together, we're working to help survivors of sexual assault — like Melinda from SPEAK — find their voices. Macmillan is matching donations dollar-for-dollar up to $30,000 and so just $15 helps fund and connect three survivors of sexual violence with the help they deserve. 

You can visit rainn.org/speak to learn more about the campaign and how you can help survivors find their voices. If you're unable to join the chat but are interested in helping, then every tweet, post, or tumble using #Speak4RAINN15 and leading to RAINN's website helps raise awareness and is greatly appreciated.

For over 15 years, Melinda's story has given thousands of survivors the courage to come forward. Please join us, Laurie, and RAINN in showing other survivors that recovery is possible

Please be sure to check out the links listed to find out more. Help spread the word via #Speak4RAINN15

Ana Gasteyer Interviews Ann Brashares About Her New Release: The Here and Now

Guess who's in town TONIGHT?! Ann Brashares! She's signing her new release THE HERE AND NOW tonight at Book People at 7 pm! 


Published by: Random House
Released on: April 8th, 2014
Purchase it from Amazon | Barnes & Noble | *signed copies will be available from Book People. 
Add it to Goodreads


An unforgettable epic romantic thriller about a girl from the future who might be able to save the world . . . if she lets go of the one thing she’s found to hold on to.

Follow the rules. Remember what happened. Never fall in love.

This is the story of seventeen-year-old Prenna James, who immigrated to New York when she was twelve. Except Prenna didn’t come from a different country. She came from a different time—a future where a mosquito-borne illness has mutated into a pandemic, killing millions and leaving the world in ruins. 

Prenna and the others who escaped to the present day must follow a strict set of rules: never reveal where they’re from, never interfere with history, and never, ever be intimate with anyone outside their community. Prenna does as she’s told, believing she can help prevent the plague that will one day ravage the earth. 

But everything changes when Prenna falls for Ethan Jarves. 

From Ann Brashares, the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants series, The Here and Now is thrilling, exhilarating, haunting, and heartbreaking—and a must-read novel of the year.

While we patiently wait for seven o'clock to roll around, check out this hilarious video of Ana Gasteyer interviewing Ann. 



Torchwood Star, Gareth David-Lloyd Narrates TBC: The Course of True Love



TMI Source has an exclusive clip of Gareth David-Lloyd reading the last of The Bane Chronicles: The Course of True Love (and First Dates). Head on over and listen to that dreamy voice!

"Torchwood" star, Gareth David-Lloyd reading The Course of True Love in the studio.






Chantress Alchemy by Amy Butler Greenfield, Book Trailer Reveal & A Giveaway


Hello & Welcome to today's exciting Book Trailer reveal for Amy Butler Greenfield's CHANTRESS ALCHEMY!!! I'm so thrilled to be apart of today's reveal. Check out this awesome trailer!




About The Book

By: Amy Butler Greenfield
Published by: Margaret K. McElderry Books
To Be Released on: May 6th, 2014
Pre-Order from: Amazon | Barnes & Noble
Add it to Goodreads
Hold Fast to Your Secrets
Since defeating Lord Scargrave with her music, Lucy, the last Chantress, has lived by the sea, mastering the intricacies of Wild Magic. But now her quiet life is about to end: the wheat crop has failed, the people are rebelling, and Lucy is called urgently back to King Henry IX’s court. There she finds the Inner Council planning to save England by making gold through alchemy. But the golden crucible—the critical element in the alchemical process—has been stolen, its guards murdered. Lucy is charged with finding the traitor behind the attack.
Meanwhile, enemies old and new are gathering. Scargrave's brutal Chantress-hunter has become King Henry's closest advisor. Lucy’s beloved Nat has fallen out of favor and is shunned by his colleagues; their romance means trouble for both of them. Worst of all, something goes wrong with Lucy’s magic. The palace is a labyrinth, and there’s a monster at its heart—a monster who may have the power to defeat Lucy once and for all.
Amy Butler Greenfield returns to the beguiling world of Chantress for a suspenseful tale of courtly intrigue, music, and magic in Chantress Alchemy.

About The Author



Amy Butler Greenfield was on her way to a history Ph.D. when she gave into temptation and became a writer. Among other honors, her books have won a PEN/Albrand Award, the Veolia Prix du Livre Environnement, and a Beacon of Freedom Award.
Amy grew up in the Adirondack Mountains of New York State and went to Williams College and the University of Wisconsin-Madison. As a Marshall Scholar at Oxford, she studied Renaissance Europe, imperial Spain, and colonial Latin America. She now lives with her family on the edge of the Cotswolds in England, where she writes, reads, and bakes double-dark-chocolate cake.
She loves music, romantic adventure, history, quirky science, and suspense, which explains how she came to write her first YA novel, Chantress. Her next book,Chantress Alchemy, will be published in May 2014.

Visit Amy via her Website | Blog | Twitter | Goodreads

The Giveaway
Thank you to Amy and Simon & Schuster, one lucky commenter will be entered to win a copy of Chantress Alchemy. *US only, standard Mundie Moms giveaway rules apply
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Thoughtful Thursday: Altered Perceptions Anthology to Help Robison Wells

I spied a tweet a few days ago from Shannon Hale with a link to her post, "What Do Writers and Mental Illness Have in Common?" Here's a little of what she said:

When a writer needs help, what do fellow writers do? We write! (Let’s be honest, it’s all we know how to do. We literally have zero other skills.) Due to his debilitating mental illnesses, fellow writer Robison Wells (Variant) and his family have crippling debt. In support of Robison Wells, his brother Dan Wells (I Am Not a Serial Killer) and Brandon Sanderson (Mistborn, Steelheart) have put together Altered Perceptions, a stellar anthology with contributions from 30 professional authors. For $10 buy the ebook, for $25 a hardcopy, with every dime going to the Wells’ family debt (Brandon Sanderson is swallowing all the overhead).

Please go to the Indiegogo page and pledge your money! Great stuff for a great cause! My own contribution is a short story. As of this moment, the only people in the world who have read this short story are my husband and Kiersten White. I hesitate to describe it for fear of spoi

ling it. But it’s safe to say my readers haven’t read anything like it from me before. I anticipate some people might be shocked by it, but I like it. I wanted to participate in this fundraiser not only because I know and like Robison, but because mental illness is a personal matter for me. Like all of you I’m sure, there are dear people in my life who have to claw their way through every day battling a mental illness. It’s common. It’s biological. It’s not their fault. It’s not laziness or a bad attitude or a result of bad choices. It’s a disease like cancer or any other. I appreciate how open Robison is about his own struggles. He is helping to remove the stigma of mental illness. It’s something we could all acknowledge a little more.

I think it's very safe to say that all of our lives have been touched by mental illness whether in our family or our friends or ourselves. Shannon's words definitely touched me, so I headed over and pledged. Just think, Mundie Moms, a $10 contribution is about what you'd pay for an ebook or a YA paperback. You get an amazing anthology in return. I think it's worth it and I hope you consider contributing if you are able.

Here's the link one more time. We all know how very generous our Shadowhunter community is when it comes to moments like this. Have a fabulous Thursday.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

The Geography of You & Me by Jennifer E. Smith, Transatlantic Blog Tour

Hello & welcome today's exciting stop in the Transatlantic blog tour for The Geography of You & Me. Like the characters in The Geography of You and Me whom send post cards and emails from across the Atlantic Ocean, we're sharing our reviews! I am so thrilled to have Amanda from One More Page  on Mundie Moms today to share her review of Jennifer E Smith's newest release. You can read my review over on her blog today, here.


Published by: Little Brown / Poppy
Released on: 4/15/14
Source: arc from publisher to review
Purchase the Book From: Amazon | Barnes & Noble
Add it to Goodreads

Lucy lives on the twenty-fourth floor. Owen lives in the basement. It’s fitting, then, that they meet in the middle — stuck between two floors of a New York City apartment building, on an elevator rendered useless by a citywide blackout. After they’re rescued, Lucy and Owen spend the night wandering the darkened streets and marveling at the rare appearance of stars above Manhattan. But once the power is back, so is reality. Lucy soon moves abroad with her parents, while Owen heads out west with his father.

The brief time they spend together leaves a mark. And as their lives take them to Edinburgh and to San Francisco, to Prague and to Portland, Lucy and Owen stay in touch through postcards, occasional e-mails, and phone calls. But can they — despite the odds — find a way to reunite?
I’m a hopeless romantic at heart and if you are too, you will love this book. Like Jen E Smith’s previous books (The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight and This is What Happy Looks Like), this novel takes a chance encounter between a boy and girl and weaves it into a wonderful love story.


Owen and Lucy live in the same building in New York and on a hot September night they find themselves trapped in a lift when the power goes out across the state. As they wait to be freed they begin to talk and as they realise the power isn’t coming back any time soon, they keep each other company in the strange and magical world that is New York City without its bright lights.


I love the premise that a random event can spark a chance encounter that sets off a chain of events and a connection with another person – soooo romantic! (Although I wasn’t quite so keen on the getting stuck in a lift bit which made me feel claustrophobic just reading about it!) Owen and Lucy’s lives soon go their separate ways and I was surprised how dramatically separate their futures were set to be as they both left New York. I found myself wondering how on earth they could ever end up together being physically so far apart.


But Ms Smith is a clever author and a supreme creator of twists of fate and I loved the way the story played out (through a breathtaking list of cities, states and countries) and that I couldn’t predict what would happen next. The postcards that Lucy and Owen use to stay in touch added another magical touch to the story and reminded me how special it is to receive a written note.


Lucy and Owen are both great characters. Lucy’s love of books endeared her to me straight away and I loved the way the bookish aspect of her character came through in the book and how she sought out stories that were apt reading in the places she visited. Owen fulfilled my requirements for more blonde haired, green eyed leads in the books I read and I thought his relationship with his Dad was lovely.


Both  Lucy and Owen are dealing with family issues that I thought were beautifully written and sensitively handled. Development of both characters’ relationships with their parents was a key theme in the book as Lucy and Owen deal with parental absence in differing forms and Jen E Smith explores the notion of what family and home really mean. As someone who has moved many times over the years, this story really struck a chord with me and backed up my belief that home really is where the heart is.


I’m a firm believer in fate, serendipity and true love and Jennifer’s books are amongst my favourite reads of recent years because they embrace and celebrate all of these things. I think The Geography of You and Me is her best yet - guaranteed to leave you with a warm heart and a smile on your face 


As I travelled with Lucy and Owen I wanted to pack my bags and visit some of the wonderful places described. That’s not possible for me at the moment so instead I’m sending this little review off to travel the world in my place. I can’t wait to see where it ends up!

5/5

Thank you Amanda for being on Mundie Moms today! Be sure to check out more of Amanda's reviews on her blog HERE. You can follow her on Twitter here.

Be sure to check out the other US & UK tour stops! Follow the tour via Twitter using #YouAndMe!


Tuesday, April 22, 2014

UK Shadowhunters: Get Your Tickets to Cassie's 5/24/14 Event!

Hi Shadowhunters! Check it out! Walker Books just tweeted that tickets for Cassie's 5/24 event are going fast! Be sure to go HERE to get your tickets before they're gone!


Don't miss your chance to meet Cassie! 

#TMITuesday: Our First Look at Izzy & Alec Inside Artwork for City Of Heavenly Fire

Shadowhunters, as many of you probably already know, each Tuesday when Cassie's makes her post, she always links back to this site HERE. This link takes fans to Shadowhunters.com, which promotes you to share the link via Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, etc. In doing so, you unlock the week's #TMITuesday secret. Like this week's is a sneak peak of the artwork of Alec and Izzy from the inside of City of Heavenly Fire.


The inside of the City of Heavenly Fire jacket will feature new character art from Cliff Nielsen, the talented artist behind the covers of all the Shadowhunter Chronicles books. This #TMITuesday, we're psyched to share Alec and Isabelle with you!

Here's a close up of Alec and Izzy, along with the quotes:

 


Check out Cassie's #TMITuesday post featuring Jace & Jem here. 

Just in case you missed last week's reveal, Cassie revealed 3 secrets for City of Heavenly Fire. 




THE STORYSPINNER by Becky Wallace, Cover Reveal

Hello & welcome to today's exciting cover reveal for debut author Becky Wallace! Her book, THE STORYSPINNER, published by Simon & Schuster, will be hitting shelves in March of 2015. I'm so thrilled to feature her cover here today on Mundie Moms. Check out the cover below!


I'm totally digging this cover. Girl with bow & arrow, sold! The synopsis is what had me adding this book to my 2015 TBR list. 

About the Book

By: Becky Wallace
Published by: Simon & Schuster
To Be Released on: March 2015

In a world where dukes plot their way to the throne, a Performer's life can get tricky.

All Johanna Von Arlo wants to do is become a Storyspinner.  But her options are so limited that she is forced to work for the aggravating and handsome Lord Rafael DeSilva.  While in his employ, Johanna is exposed to a dangerous game of thrones, a game where she will discover that the magically inclined Keepers from her stories might be real after all.
The Keepers are searching for an heir to a great power and the key to saving their land.  They aren't alone in their hunt.  Girls matching the heir's description are turning up dead all over the kingdom.  Girls who look exactly like Johanna.

About the Author 

In second grade, Becky Wallace had to sit in the corner because she refused to write anything besides princess stories and fairy tales (and because she talked too much). Her time in isolation gave her plenty of opportunities to dream up the fantasy worlds she's been dabbling with ever since. She was lucky enough to find her own, real-life prince charming. They have four munchkins and live in a happy little town outside Houston, Texas.

You can find Becky Wallace and information about THE STORYSPINNER on:

#TMITuesday #3: Jace & Jem

Happy #TMITuesday Shadowhunters!


Here's the newest TMI Tuesday post from Cassie:

#TMITuesday Jace and Jem. Another in Cassandra Jean’s set of postcards of scenes fromCity of Heavenly Fire. 


It’s #TMI Tuesday and I’m also sharing a sneak peek at all-new Cliff Nielsen character art that will appear on the inside of the first edition of City of Heavenly Fire jacket. 

Find out how you can get exclusive access to it here: www.shadowhunters.com/TMITuesday 
And see if you can guess which characters they are from these quotes from #COHF:  
1) “Everyone gets the time they get together, and no more. Maybe we’re not so different that way.” 2) “I should warn you we’ll be making out in the dark. Big, sloppy make-outage.”

Oh to be able to read Jem's mind at this moment.....

Monday, April 21, 2014

REMNANTS by Lisa T. Bergren, Blog Tour: Excerpt & Giveaway


Hello & welcome to today's REMNANTS blog tour stop! I'm so thrilled to share a snippet of a dramatic scene from Lisa's newest release. First, here's a little bit about the book. 


Andriana is a Remnant, one of the gifted teens born on the seventh day during the seventy-seventh Harvest after the Great War, and destined to act as humanity’s last shield against the horrors that now plague those who remain.


After years of training in stealth and warfare, Andriana and her Knight protector, Ronan, are finally ready to answer the Call and begin the life they were designed for. But as they embark with the other Remnants on the first of their assignments, they quickly discover that the world beyond their protected Valley home is more dangerous than they imagined.

The Sons of Sheol will stop at nothing to prevent Dri and Ronan from rescuing anyone sympathetic to the Remnants' cause. And as the Remnants attempt to battle the demonic forces, other enemies close in. Dangers intensify, but so do Dri's feelings for Ronan--the one emotion she is not meant to feel. In the midst of their mission, Andriana must find a way to master her feelings, or risk compromising everything.

Buy the book from: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Books A Million 


A Favorite Dramatic Scene from REMNANTS

Mr. Olin left the room, and I stole glances at the fine fixtures around the plates. Gleaming silver candelabras, one between every four place settings. The four crystal goblets, in various sizes, above each plate. A thick, soft napkin that I couldn’t resist running my finger across—I’d never touched such fine fabric! Above, on the walls that climbed high, high above, were pictures—vast oil paintings of foreign landscapes and people in odd costume, next to golden-edged mirrors. I forced my attention back to my task. It wouldn’t do to have Mr. Olin return and see I’d gotten distracted.

I’d set fourteen plates, carefully measuring from the lip of the table and then placing them as instructed, when I heard a woman singing outside the window.
I looked left and right, and saw both doorways were empty. No, stay on task, Dri.

I went and took three more plates from the stack and placed them as I’d been told. But the woman’s voice—so high, so clear, so haunting—filled the streets and filtered up to the dining hall and through the slightly opened windows. The doorways remained empty as I returned for three more plates; no one else apparently was about. I took up more plates and was turning when I heard her voice, in haunting measure, each syllable floating up to me …


Mundane Monday #208: TMI Flower Project

Happy Mundane Monday Shadowhunters!



This weekend Cassie shared these lovely pictures of Valentine (not that he can be lovely), Jocelyn and Clary. Here's what she had to say about them:

Aren’t these gorgeous? Cassandra Jean and I got talking about the language of flowers and how every flower has a meaning. She’s started drawing each character with flowers I’ve picked to represent them — here’s Clary with violets, Jocelyn with day lilies, and Sebastian with monkshood.

I'm looking forward to seeing what kind of flower represents Magnus.

My Not So Super Sweet Life by Rachel Harris / Fragile Line by Brooklyn Skye; Release Day Blitz


Today is release day for two amazing Entangled Teen titles and we are excited to share them all with you.  There's a little something for everyone this month so read on to find out more about them.

All the digital books are on sale for just $.99 for a limited time so be sure to pick up your copy today before they go back to full price!



About the Book
Title: My Not So Super Sweet Life
Author: Rachel Harris
Publisher: Entangled Teen
Pub. Date: April 21, 2014
Find it: GoodreadsAmazon, B&N

Cat Crawford just wants to be normal—or at least as normal as a daughter of Hollywood royalty can be. And it looks like fate is granting her wish: she’s got an amazing boyfriend, Lucas; her fabulous cousin, Alessandra, living with her; and her dad planning his second marriage to a great future stepmom. That is, until her prodigal mother reveals on national television that she has something important to tell her daughter…causing a media frenzy.

Lucas Capelli knows his fate is to be with Cat, and he’s worked hard to win her over once and for all. Unfortunately, Lucas has his own issues to deal with, including a scandal that could take him away from the first place he’s truly belonged.
As secrets are revealed, rumors explode, and the world watches, Cat and Lucas discover it’s not fate they have to fight if they want to stay together…this time, it’s their own insecurities.
Well, and the stalkerazzi.

Find Rachel Online

Follow the blog tour HERE(Starts 4/21)




About the Book
Title: Fragile Line
Author: Brooklyn Skye
Publisher: Entangled Teen
Pub. Date: April 21, 2014
Find it: GoodreadsAmazon, B&N

It can happen in a flash. One minute she’s kissing her boyfriend, the next she’s lost in the woods. Sixteen-year-old Ellie Cox is losing time. It started out small…forgetting a drive home or a conversation with a friend. But her blackouts are getting worse, more difficult to disguise as forgetfulness. When Ellie goes missing for three days, waking up in the apartment of a mysterious guy—a guy who is definitely not her boyfriend, her life starts to spiral out of control.


Perched on the edge of insanity, with horrific memories of her childhood leaking in, Ellie struggles to put together the pieces of what she’s lost—starting with the name haunting her, Gwen. Heartbreakingly beautiful, this poignant story follows one girl’s harrowing journey to finding out who she really is.
Find Brooklyn Online:
Website | Twitter | Facebook

Follow the blog tour HERE (Starts 4/21)

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Happy Easter


Wishing all of our followers who celebrate, a wonderful and Happy Easter! 
We hope each of you has a lovely Easter Sunday. 

Saturday, April 19, 2014

How I Got Skinny, Famous, and Fell Madly in Love Pre-Order Campaign with Ken Baker



Hi All! Happy Saturday & welcome to the next stop in the How I Got Skinny, Famous, and Fell Madly in Love Pre-Order Campaign. When you pre-order a copy of Ken Baker's upcoming release, you'll be entered to win a personal Skype session or a phone call with Ken himself! That's not all, there's an iPod shuffle, signed books and more to enter to win!  *see below under Giveaway*.  Fans have until 11:59 pm (PST) on April 22 to enter to win! When you pre-order, be sure to email Ken your final order at kbakerpreorder@gmail.com. *You can forward an email, take a screenshot of the order page, attach a picture or pdf of the order. And you can order from anyone -- online, your local bookstore, your local chain store, or any retailer who sells books. The winning entry will be chosen from Rafflecopter. HELP SPREAD the word via #HowIGotSKinny

About The Book

“Thick. Heavy. Big boned. Plump. Full figured. Chunky. Womanly. Large. Curvy. Plus-size. Hefty.” To sixteen-year-old Emery Jackson, these are all just euphemisms for the big “F” word—”fat.” Living on a Southern California beach with her workout fiend dad, underwear model sister, and former model mother, it is impossible for Emery not to be aware of her weight.

Emery is okay with how things are. That is, until her “momager” signs her up for Fifty Pounds to Freedom, a reality show in which Emery will have to lose fifty pounds in fifty days in order to win the million dollars that will solve her family’s financial woes. Emery is skeptical of the process, but when the pounds start to come off and the ratings skyrocket, she finds it hard to resist the adoration of her new figure and the world of fame. Emery knows that things have changed. But is it for the better?

Pre-Order from: AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE | BOOK DEPOSITORY

About the Author

Ken Baker is the E! News/E! Online Senior Correspondent and Breaking News Editor, an acclaimed author, producer, public speaker and former pro hockey player.

Ken reports breaking news, conducts celebrity interviews, delivers investigative reports and hosts a range of news segments for E! News, E! Online, E! International, E! News specials and the network’s live events.

Ken has published six books. His newest work is a novel due out in April 2014 titled “How I Got Skinny, Famous and Fell Madly in Love,” a story about an obese teen who is pressured by her family to go on a reality show to lose weight and, in so doing, learns the real meaning of freedom.

His debut novel, “Fangirl” (Running Press, 2012), told the story of a pop star who falls in love with a fan amid a sensational tabloid drama. Ken is adapting “Fangirl” into a movie in collaboration with Converge Media.

Ken is currently at work on a series of Hollywood-themed thrillers set for release in 2015.

Website   

Watch the Book Trailer

 


The Giveaway:
Check out what you can enter to win! 

  • A Personal 20 minutes Skype session OR phone call with Ken. 
  • 3 Copies of Fangirl and How I Got Skinny, Famous, and Fell Madly in Love
  • Lots of Swag 
  • Winner will receive an iPod Shuffle 
  • Win a chance for you and a guest to spend a day with Ken at work in Hollywood.

To enter, please fill out the form below. *Open internationally* Must be 13 yrs or older to enter
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April 16th Wednesday: Once Upon a Twilight 
April 17th Thursday: Book Nerd Canada 
April 18th Friday: Jenna Does Books 
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April 20th Sunday: Sabrina’s Paranormal Palace 
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