Book Review: I Want it That Way (2B Trilogy #1) by Ann Aguirre

Summary:
Nadia Conrad has big dreams, and she's determined to make them come true—for her parents' sake as well as her own. But between maintaining her college scholarship and working at the local day care to support herself, she barely has time to think, let alone date. Then she moves into a new apartment and meets the taciturn yet irresistible guy in 1B….

Daniel Tyler has grown up too fast. Becoming a single dad at twenty turned his life upside down—and brought him heartache he can't risk again. Now, as he raises his four-year-old son while balancing a full-time construction management job and night classes, a social life is out of the question. The last thing he wants is for four noisy students to move into the apartment upstairs. But one night, Nadia's and Ty's paths cross, and soon they can't stay away from each other.

The timing is all wrong—but love happens when it happens. And you can't know what you truly need until you stand to lose it.
 
Release Date: August 26, 2014
Age Group: New Adult
Source: Purchased
Reviewed By: Kelli
 
Review:
I love Ann Aguirre's writing: her Razorland series is a favorite of mine.  I was excited to discover what her contemporary romance series would be like.  I wondered if I Want it That Way would be as good as the Razorland books.  Boy, was it ever! 
 
I Want it That Way was deliciously good.  I loved the characters, the chemistry, the story line and the twist at the end.  I loved everything about this book!  The tension between Nadia and Ty was palpable.  I loved not knowing what would happen next: Aguirre continually surprised me with the plot twists.  There was tons of character growth, which is always a huge plus for me.  I especially appreciate character growth in a new adult novel, because it's not always a given for this genre. 
 
My one issue is that the bedroom scenes felt more adult than new adult; however, that is just my personal opinion.  And it certainly didn't stop me from immediately ordering the next two books in the trilogy.
 
I have to note that I LOVE IT when authors release an entire series back-to-back.  I Want it That Way came out on 8/26/14.  Book two, As Long As You Love Me, releases 9/30/14, and book three, The Shape of My Heart, releases 11/25/14.  I love that I don't have to wait years for this series to end, and that each book is about one character's story. So, there was plenty of closure with book one. 
 
I'm really excited about this fresh new series! 
 

 

Guest Post: A Forensic/Medical Author's Take on Ebola and the CDC by D.J. Donaldson

Today we have a different topic to discuss, one that has our nation up in arms, so to speak.  Author D.J. Donaldson is here to discuss his thoughts on Ebola and the CDC. Mr. Donaldson is a retired university science professor as well as a forensic/medical author.
 
Outbreak… Breakdown
A Forensic/Medical Author’s Take on Ebola and the CDC
by D.J. Donaldson
  
My book, Louisiana Fever, involves the spread of a bleeding disease known as Crimean Congo hemorrhagic fever. This is a real disease that, like its close relative, Ebola, is caused by an infectious virus.  And having researched this thoroughly (and having come from a forensic/health background) I feel compelled to weigh in on the Ebola outbreak.
 
When I was plotting Louisiana Fever, I figured I ought to have a character in the book that was once an infectious disease specialist at the CDC.  It seemed like a logical idea because the CDC is this country’s unquestioned champion against virulent organisms, an organization staffed with experts that know every nuance of tropical viruses and how they can be controlled.
 
To make sure my writing about the CDC would have an authentic ring to it, I asked the public relations office of the CDC if I might be given a tour of the place.  “Sorry,” I was told.  “We don’t give tours.”  Considering how many dangerous viruses are stored in the various labs there, that seemed like a good policy, even to me.  So there would be no tour.  But then I heard from someone in my department at the U. of Tennessee Medical Center that one of our former graduate students now worked at the CDC.  I began to wonder if this connection might work to my advantage. 
 
And it certainly did.  The former student was now a virology section chief. A SECTION CHIEF…. Holy cow! This could be my way in.  But would the man be generous by nature and sympathetic to writers?  He proved to be both of those.
 
On the day of my visit, I reported to the security office as instructed.  There, I had to wait until my host came to escort me into the bowels of the place… no wandering around on my own with a visitor’s badge.  That day I saw the hot zone in action and spoke with experts in many fields of virology, even spent some time with the world expert on porcine retroviruses.  At the end of my visit—including all the cumbersome clinical protocols I had to engage in both before and during said visit—I not only left feeling more educated, but actually more safe and secure that no tropical virus would ever be a threat to this country… not with the meticulous, detail-oriented, security conscious, microbe fighters at the CDC watching out for us.      
 
So, it’s with much regret and… yes, even a little fear, that I witnessed the head of the CDC recently assuring us that the Ebola virus is very difficult to transmit and that we know exactly how to control it.  Instead of (what looked like) his clumsy attempts to soothe an ignorant and paranoid public, the CDC head should have given a blunt assessment, educated everyone like adults, and encouraged them to exercise precaution. Then, seemingly in answer, two nurses who cared for the index patient from Liberia become Ebola positive.  And the CDC clears one of those nurses to take a commercial airline flight, even though she was in the early stages of Ebola infection…depressing.  From a medical professional standpoint, this was practically criminal negligence. At present, the disease is not transmitted by air ("airborne"), but any scientist worth his/her salt cannot account for mutations the virus may undergo.  This is why the job of the CDC is to contain harmful microbes, issue protocols to protect the public against them and ultimately eradicate them... period.  It is not to be PR professionals for television cameras and fostering carelessness.
 
I’m still convinced that the combined knowledge and brainpower of the CDC staff will be a major impediment to any virus taking over this country.  But Ebola probably has some tricks we haven’t seen yet. That means we may lose a few more battles before we can declare that this particular threat is behind us.
 
Meanwhile, how is development of that Ebola vaccine coming?
 
About the Author 
D.J. Donaldson is a retired professor of Anatomy and Neurobiology at the University of Tennessee, Health Science Center—where he taught and published dozens of papers on wound-healing and other health issues.  He is the author of Louisiana Fever, one of the seven in the Andy Broussard/Kit Franklyn series of forensic mystery thrillers.
 
Louisiana Fever:  http://bit.ly/1u5ohGC

 

Book Review: Find Me I'm Yours by Hillary Carlip

Summary:
“If you believe in destiny like I do, and you think there’s even a remote possibility we’re meant to be together, then find me I’m yours.” —Mr. WTF

In one sentence — one serendipitous moment — everything Mags Marclay, an offbeat, wry, 24-year-old struggling artist living in L.A., has ever known is forever changed as she is led on a treasure hunt to find her soul mate.

Find Me I’m Yours is a highly entertaining, unconventional virtual page-turner. Become immersed in Mags’s world through original artwork, hand-written lists, graphics, and Instagram photos within the book. You can go even deeper into the Find Me I’m Yours universe by clicking on embedded links leading to interactive content that’s expertly woven through the novel, including:

• Original rom-com style VIDEOS that star the handsome stranger Mags dubs “Mr. WTF,” who gives clues to the hunt.
• Thirty-three unique, custom-designed WEBSITES that further the narrative, blur the lines between fiction and reality, and offer endless ways for you to enjoy additional original content, including reality and comedy series featuring A-list talent.
• OPPORTUNITIES for you to share your own content (artwork, stories, songs, apologies, wishes, etc.), interact, connect, and personally engage with the story.

This revolutionary CLICK LIT® novel was conceived from the get-go as an ever-expanding, multi-platform entertainment experience. Created, written, and designed by Hillary Carlip, and co-created, directed, and produced by Golden Globe-winning and Emmy-nominated TV comedy writer/producer/director Maxine Lapiduss, Find Me I’m Yours is a game changer in the way that stories are told and experienced.
 
Release Date: November 3, 2014
Age Group: Adult
Source: Review copy from publisher
Reviewed By: Kelli
 
Review:
Find Me I'm Yours was such a unique and fun read!  It was my first time reading Click Lit and I really enjoyed it.  I found myself smiling as I read, and ended the book smiling and happy.

I liked Mags right from the beginning.  Her voice appealed to me and her inner dialogue sounded a lot like mine.  I loved the way she thought about things: even though she appeared to be quite happy-go-lucky, she was actually quite pragmatic about the way she did things.  This was most evident in the way she conducted the search for Mr. WTF.  She was smart, savvy and thought outside of the box. 

The crux of the book, the hunt for Mr. WTF, was a fun and inventive concept.  I loved that Mags really had to work hard at deciphering the clues.  There was a lot of character development throughout the story, mainly because Mags' search led her to some realizations about her own life.  

The addition of the websites, pictures, and videos made Find Me I'm Yours all the more fun to read.  I read the book on my Kindle Paperwhite, and while I definitely enjoyed it, I would recommend reading this book on a device that has a color screen.  I would have enjoyed all the additions even more had they been in color.   

There were so many funny moments throughout this story.  Some things that stand out are the names Mags makes up for things and people, like S.H.A.R.I., the skantress, and the Victorias Secrets model.  The way Mags thought, and her humor throughout hard times in her life, made me smile as I read.

I really enjoyed Find Me I'm Yours.  It was fun, light-hearted, and unique.  It was also a pretty clean read, which was nice considering the genre.  I'd recommend it to fans of contemporary fiction, and would definitely read Hillary Carlip again.


 
 

Book Review: Bad Will Hunting (Seven Exes Are Eight Too Many #2) by Heather Wardell

Summary:
During her time on "Ragged Royalty", Ashley developed a reputation as the show's scowling shrew. Clever editing, no doubt, but she still hates it. Now that her stint on the show is complete, she's determined to get the revenge she deserves on the producers who made her look so awful. Without it she can't move forward and decide what comes next for her. She knows what doesn't, though--ever seeing MC or Kent or any of the other contestants again. She hates all of them and they hate her too. Who could like "Angry Ashley"?

When she meets sexy attorney Will on the flight home, she believes he can help her get everything she needs. Until he double-crosses her. Now she needs revenge on him too.
 
After reluctantly enlisting fellow contestant Sam's much-needed help in her "Bad Will Hunting" mission, Ashley turns up a ton of dead ends but also some exciting life-changing possibilities. But she can't get over her need to get one over on Will, and on everyone else who's wronged her. 
 
With so much "bad will" in her way, can Ashley ever find true happiness?

Release Date: November 14, 2014
Age Group: Adult
Source: Review copy from author
Reviewed By: Kelli
 
Review:
I have been one of Heather Wardell's biggest fans for years now, loving her books for so many reasons.  I love her writing style, which flows so easily that I usually read her books in one sitting.  Her characters are so easy for me to relate to, and I always see myself in her characters in some way.  Heather's plots are just right: detailed, interesting, and surprising.  I love that her books are contemporary women's fiction without a lot of bedroom scenes (sometimes none at all).  They are about falling in love, which is so much fun to read about. 

But my favorite thing about Heather's books is the character growth in each story.  I love seeing people change, and that change usually prods me to look at my own life and the areas where I need improvement.  It's the mark of a great writer, the ability to move a reader towards personal growth, all from the simple act of reading a book! 

When I first started Bad Will Hunting, I didn't know if I was going to be able to see myself in Ashley.  She was so angry (but justly so) that it consumed her every waking thought and every action.  Her anger was her driving force in life, and her only source of pleasure and satisfaction.  I get mad, sure, but I've never been mad like Ashley is in Bad Will Hunting.  Or course, I've never had the things that happen to Ashley happen to me.  She has plenty to be righteously angry about. 

So I started Bad Will Hunting thinking, "well, I'm not like Ashley, but I know this will still be a great read," simply because it's a "Heather" book.  And it was!  But to my surprise, Ashley really grew on me as I read her story, and by the end of the book I found several aspects in which we really were alike. 

I think that everyone has at some point in their lives experienced the burning pain of loss and betrayal.  I know I have, as well as the ache for revenge.  Revenge makes you feel better in the moment, but it hurts you in the long run.  For much of the story, Ashley doesn't know this.  All she knows is that it feels like the world is out to get her and she has to look out for herself because no one else will.  And then when her expectations about others' behavior are proved right, and she is hurt, she delivers retribution.  Ashley's revenge sometimes exceeds her initial hurt and she ends up feeling worse than she did before...until she focuses her attention on her next target. 

I understood Ashley because I too, have wanted to hurt those who have wronged me.  I've never gone as far as Ashley usually does, but I have done things I'm not proud of in the name of getting back at those that hurt me.  Ashley's rage is all-consuming, coiled inside of her like a poisonous snake waiting to strike.  It affects every area of her life, and all of that negative energy builds on itself until finally Ashley reaches a turning point.  That turning point, the crux of the story, embodied everything I love about Heather's writing.  The resolution of the plot's main conflict was realistic, uplifting, and had practical applications for my own life. 

In the end, Bad Will Hunting is a story about a woman who learns that acts of kindness, love, and acceptance can heal a battered heart.  It's not the end point that is most important, it's the journey.  I'm glad to have taken the journey with Ashley and learned some things about myself along the way.

If you are new to Heather Wardell, her first book, Life, Love, and a Polar Bear Tatoo, is free on her website hereRead it...you won't be disappointed!

 
 

Book Review: Echoes of Us (The Hybrid Chronicles #3) by Kat Zhang

Summary:
To change the world, I may lose everything.All Eva ever wanted was the chance to be herself. But in the Americas, to be hybrid—to share your body with a second soul—is not tolerated past childhood. Now Eva and Addie, her sister soul, are constantly on the move, hiding from the officials who seek to capture them. But the tide is changing. A revolution is brewing, and people are starting to question the hybrids' mistreatment.

Then Marion, an ambitious reporter, offers Eva and Addie a daring proposal: If they go undercover and film the wretched conditions of a hybrid institution, she will not only rescue them, she'll find a way to free Jackson, the boy Addie loves. It's risky, and Eva will have to leave Ryan and her friends behind, but if she succeeds, it could also tip the scales forever and lead to hybrid freedom.

As Eva and Addie walk into danger, they cling to each other and the hope of a better future. But the price they might pay is higher than they ever could have imagined.
 
Release Date: September 16, 2014
Age Group: YA
Source: Purchased
Reviewed By: Kelli
 
Review:
I have loved each book in the Hybrid Chronicles series, and Echoes of Us was no different from its predecessors.  The premise of this series is so captivating, and really makes this series stand out in the genre.  I fell in love with Zhang's characters, and found myself sad that the series was over.

Eva and Addie aren't afraid of anything---and that made them so easy to admire.  I love their determination and their ability to effect change in the world around them.  They were inspiring characters to read about.

I did have a couple of complaints about Echoes of Us.  There were a lot of captures and escapes in this book.  Just one too many for my tastes.  And, the conflict resolution was rushed, in my opinion.  I wanted more "after" to the happily ever after.

Overall, I really did love this series, and would definitely recommend it.  Kat Zhang is an author to watch---I love her writing and I'm looking forward to her next release!


 

Book Review: Childhood's End (Shine, #1) by William Bernhardt

Summary:
In the near future, a few young women manifest extraordinary abilities called "Shine." Each girl's ability is different. Some develop extraordinary mental abilities. Some become physically strong. Others have powers that defy description. But the world does not embrace these Shines. It fears them.

Aura was only trying to use her healing powers to help a small child. But when she Shined, something went horribly wrong--and Seattle was destroyed. In the aftermath of this disaster, the government institutionalizes Shines in "rehabilitative treatment centers." Aura is sent to the Transforming Your Light island rehab--but to her it seems more like a prison. The other Shines hate her. The people running the place are out to get her. And she feels certain more is going on here than "group grope" and twelve-step programs. But when she tumbles onto the horrible secret beneath the rehab--she realizes just how great the danger to her and all the other Shines really is.

Aura resolves to escape before it's too late. But she can only do that if she organizes the Shines, persuades them to work together, and overcomes the deadly opposition she only barely understands.

Shine 1: Childhood's End is the first installment in a new monthly series from nationally bestselling author William Bernhardt. Each month a new installment will be released. The first story arc will be spread over the first five months, followed by stories set in the same universe by other authors selected and invited by Bernhardt, until Bernhardt launches his second multi-part story arc in mid-2014.
 
Release Date: October 7, 2013
Age Group: YA
Source: Review copy from author
Reviewed By: Kelli
 
Review:
The Shine series is one of those that really took me by surprise.  For one, I'm not a huge fan of novellas.  Secondly, the paranormal genre is getting a little old for me.  And lastly, I broke one of my cardinal reading rules by reading these books out of order.  Gasp!  I read book six before any of the others (read my review here).  William Bernhardt wrote the first five installments in the Shine series and invited other authors to continue the series. 

This review is for book one, Childhood's End.  I was excited to see how the Shine saga started, and how the Shines came about.  The premise of the Shines---young girls with different superhero powers---is catchy and inventive. 

I love that these books focus on strong female lead characters.  I can't abide weak, indecisive lead characters, and so I really enjoyed reading Aura's story.  She's smart, strong and capable. 

Childhood's End is a short book but there's a lot of story packed into this novella.  I found it thrilling and read it in one sitting.  I love the Shine premise and look forward to reading the rest of this series.

 

Book Review: Undivided (Unwind Dystology #4) by Neal Shusterman

Summary:
Teens control the fate of America in the fourth and final book in the New York Times bestselling Unwind dystology by Neal Shusterman.

Proactive Citizenry, the company that created Cam from the parts of unwound teens, has a plan: to mass produce rewound teens like Cam for military purposes. And below the surface of that horror lies another shocking level of intrigue: Proactive Citizenry has been suppressing technology that could make unwinding completely unnecessary. As Conner, Risa, and Lev uncover these startling secrets, enraged teens begin to march on Washington to demand justice and a better future.

But more trouble is brewing. Starkey’s group of storked teens is growing more powerful and militant with each new recruit. And if they have their way, they’ll burn the harvest camps to the ground and put every adult in them before a firing squad—which could destroy any chance America has for a peaceful future.
 
Release Date: October 14, 2014
Age Group: YA
Source: Purchased
Reviewed By: Kelli
 
Review:
I've been waiting on the conclusion of the Unwind series for four years now.  I can't believe it's been only four years, because I can't remember a time when I didn't think of the characters from UnwindUnwind was one of those books that left an indelible mark on my heart, a book I'll never forget.  My first time reading it was so emotional and moving.  I've read it twice more since then and loved it even more each time.  The premise is so relevant, so captivatingly realistic, that I find myself thinking about this series often in my daily life. 

This entire series has been stunning, thrilling, and inspiring.  The way Neal Shusterman writes his characters makes them unforgettable.  His plots never cease to amaze me: he can weave story threads together in a way that makes me feel like the story could not have possibly gone any other way.  To put it succinctly: he's a storytelling genius, pure and simple.  And Undivided was, in my opinion, his best work yet.

Shusterman continues with the theme of multiple narrators, and it really works for this series.  In Undivided, there are more narrators than ever before.  It was almost to the point of getting confusing, when the narrators' stories began to converge.  Watching these people living separate lives come together to the same purpose was magical. 

All of the characters I fell in love with in Unwind are back, and they all get their conclusive endings.  I won't say happily-ever-afters because that isn't always the case---Shusterman keeps his stories realistic---but the endings were decisive and I loved that about this book.  The way he concluded the actual issue of unwinding was perfect.  Wondering how that story arc would unfold was one of my most-anticipated things about this book, and I'm so happy with the way he treated the unwind accord.

I could go on for days about how great Undivided was, but I'm going to stop here and urge you to read this series if you haven't already.  It really is one of my favorite all-time series, and I can't wait to see what Shusterman comes up with next.  Also, if you haven't already heard, Unwind has been optioned for film release, due out in 2016 (read about it here).
 

Book Spotlight: Slave and Sister by Sabra Waldfogel

Please join Sabra Waldfogel's Blog Tour with HF Virtual Book Tours for Slave and Sister, from October 27-November 7.

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Publication Date: March 11, 2014 | Publisher: Sabra Waldfogel | Formats: eBook, Paperback | 379p

Genre: Historical Fiction

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Adelaide Mannheim and her slave Rachel share a shameful secret. Adelaide’s father, a Jewish planter in Cass County, Georgia, is Rachel’s father, too. Adelaide marries neighboring planter Henry Kaltenbach, a Jew deeply troubled by slavery, and watches with a wary eye as her husband treats all of his slaves—including Rachel—with kindness. As the country’s conflict over slavery looms ever larger, Henry and Rachel fall in love, and as the United States is rent by the Civil War, the lives of mistress and slave are torn apart.

When the war brings destruction and Emancipation, can these two women, made kin by slavery, free themselves of the past to truly become sisters?

Praise for Slave and Sister

"Two faces seen in a mirror: a black slave and her white mistress. Their eyes, their cheekbones, reflect a disturbingly similar cast. Disturbing for the times, antebellum Georgia, and for the reason: Adelaide Mannheim and her slave Rachel share the same father. Later, as war clouds gather, Adelaide, newly married, finds her husband and Rachel have fallen in love. What could have been a tawdry tale of forbidden romance becomes, in the hands of author Sabra Waldfogel, a complex story of survival and the emergence of true love and heroism. Waldfogel has an eye for character and the historical training to ground her story in the milieu of the 1850s and '60s. A veritable page-turner that will capture the reader from start to finish." - Lavender Magazine

"A carefully crafted cavern through time... Waldfogel's wizardry with words makes it impossible not to be devastatingly impacted by her work... A literary tapestry of shame and honor, of glory and defeat, and of coming to terms with the most important issues in life." - The Northern Star

About the Author

 
Sabra Waldfogel grew up far from the South in Minneapolis. She studied history at Harvard University and received her Ph.D. in American History from the University of Minnesota. She has worked as a technical writer and has written about historic architecture for Old House Journal and Arts and Crafts Homes. Her short story “Yemaya” appeared in Sixfold’s Winter 2013 fiction issue. Slave and Sister is her first novel.

For more information please visit Sabra's website. You can also connect with her on Facebook, Twitter, and Goodreads.

Slave and Sister Blog Tour Schedule

Monday, October 27
Spotlight & Giveaway at Passages to the Past

Tuesday, October 28
Interview at Caroline Wilson Writes

Wednesday, October 29
Review & Giveaway at Forever Ashley
Review & Giveaway at Peeking Between the Pages

Thursday, October 30
Guest Post & Giveaway at Historical Fiction Connection

Monday, November 3
Review at Book Babe

Tuesday, November 4
Spotlight at I'd Rather Be Reading

Wednesday, November 5
Review at With Her Nose Stuck in a Book

Thursday, November 6
Spotlight at CelticLady's Reviews

Friday, November 7
Interview at Mina's Bookshelf
Guest Post at Just One More Chapter

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Book Spotlight: Find Me I'm Yours by Hillary Carlip

Find Me I'm Yours
Join One Girl's Hunt for Love Through a Revolutionary Click Lit Experience By Hillary Carlip
Published by RosettaBooks
ebook
November 3, 2014;$6.99 US; B00MYDII8W
Description

"If you believe in destiny like I do, and you think there's even a remote possibility we're meant to be together, then find me I'm yours." -- Mr. WTF

In one sentence -- one serendipitous moment -- everything Mags Marclay, an offbeat, wry, 24-year-old struggling artist living in L.A., has ever known is forever changed as she is led on a treasure hunt to find her soul mate.
 
Find Me I'm Yours is a highly entertaining, unconventional virtual page-turner. Become immersed in Mags's world through original artwork, hand-written lists, graphics, and Instagram photos within the book. You can go even deeper into the Find Me I'm Yours universe by clicking on embedded links leading to interactive content that's expertly woven through the novel, including:
  • Original rom-com style VIDEOS that star the handsome stranger Mags dubs "Mr. WTF," who gives clues to the hunt.
  • Thirty-three unique, custom-designed WEBSITES that further the narrative, blur the lines between fiction and reality, and offer endless ways for you to enjoy additional original content, including reality and comedy series featuring A-list talent.
  • OPPORTUNITIES for you to share your own content (artwork, stories, songs, apologies, wishes, etc.), interact, connect, and personally engage with the story.

This revolutionary CLICK LIT® novel was conceived from the get-go as an ever-expanding, multi-platform entertainment experience. Created, written, and designed by award-winning author, artist, and digital innovator Hillary Carlip, and co-created, directed, and produced by Golden Globe-winning and Emmy-nominated TV comedy writer/producer/director Maxine Lapiduss, Find Me I'm Yours is a game changer in the way that stories are told and experienced.
 

Author Bio

Find Me I'm Yours is the fifth book written by best-selling, award-winning author Hillary Carlip (À la Cart: The Secret Lives of Grocery Shoppers, Queen of the Oddballs: And Other True Stores From a Life Unaccording to Plan, Zine Scene, Girl Power: Young Women Speak Out). As a visual artist, her work has been sold in galleries and shown alongside Andy Warhol and Damien Hirst in a five-city museum exhibit. Hillary has been creating content, websites, and news in the digital space since 1999. The New York Times declared, "Ms. Carlip's curriculum vitae reads like a CliffsNotes version of American Popular culture," and the Chicago Tribune called Hillary, "Gloriously idiosyncratic."
 
Maxine Lapiduss is a Golden Globe-winning and four-time Emmy-nominated comedy writer who has written/directed some of the most popular sitcoms of all time (Roseanna, Ellen, Dharma & Greg, Home Important, and currently Disney Channel's Jessie). Owner of Lapiduss Creative since 2004, Maxine specializes in branding and creating platforms for successful businesses and creatives.
 
Hillary Carlip's Links
Book trailer:  http://bit.ly/1s90VNR  

Book Spotlight and Giveaway: Made For You by Melissa Marr


Today we're spotlighting Melissa Marr's new release, Made For You.  Keep reading for a summary, and a chance to enter to win a copy of Made For You!
 
Summary:
Bestselling author of the Wicked Lovely books Melissa Marr’s first contemporary YA novel is a twisted southern gothic tale of obsession, romance, and murder. A killer is obsessed with Eva Tilling. Can she stop him, or will he claim her?

When Eva Tilling wakes up in the hospital, she’s confused—who in her sleepy little North Carolina town could have hit her with their car? And why? But before she can consider the question, she finds that she’s awoken with a strange new skill: the ability to foresee people’s deaths when they touch her. While she is recovering from the hit-and-run, Nate, an old flame, reappears, and the two must traverse their rocky past as they figure out how to use Eva’s power to keep her friends—and themselves—alive. But while Eva and Nate grow closer, the killer grows increasingly frantic in his attempt to get to Eva.
For the first time, New York Times bestselling author Melissa Marr has applied her extraordinary talent to contemporary realism. Chilling twists, unrequited obsession, and high-stakes romance drive this Gothic, racy thriller—a story of small-town oppression and salvation. Melissa’s fans, and every YA reader, will find its wild ride enthralling.
 
And now, for the giveaway!  One US-based reader will win a hard copy of Made For You. 
 
Giveaway Rules:
  1. This giveaway is open to US Residents age 13 and up.
  2. The giveaway runs from 11/2 to 11/12.
  3. The only requirement for this giveaway is for entrants to have a valid email address.
  4. The winner will be notified via email, and has three days to respond and claim their prize.
  5. Thank you for entering and good luck!
 
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