Two Weeks ‘Til ONE

Don’t let the title deceive you – there’s only one day left ’til ONE! *cue confetti explosion*

I love it when good things happen to awesome people. Have I mentioned that lately? Leigh Ann Kopans is sincerely one of the sweetest, most supportive people I’ve come across in this crazy writerly journey, and I’m THRILLED to see her book take the world by storm.

Because superheroes. Smart kids not ashamed of being smart. Sweet kisses. I mean, what’s not to love?

So, allow me to present the final panel in the comic teasers for ONE, the story about a girl who wishes she could fly, and the boy who helps her do that and so much more.

Add ONE to Goodreads here: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17251203-one

And check out the author here: http://www.leighannkopans.blogspot.com/

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Two Weeks ‘Til ONE

Two weeks till One

It’s been waaaay too long since I’ve gushed over books I love. But never fear, dear readers, because today, it’s all about ONE, by Leigh Ann Kopans. Below you’ll find a comic teaser of the book, which will be released and ready for your hands on June 11th.

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How AWESOME is this??? The comics were designed by Francesca Zappia, and they are seriously AH-MAZING.

Find a full list with links to the other installments of this series on Leigh Ann’s blog: www.leighannkopans.blogspot.com.

 Or follow her on Twitter @LeighAnnKopans for daily updates!

 About ONE (a novel by Leigh Ann Kopans:)

 Release date: June 11, 2013

When having two powers makes you a Super and having none makes you a Normal, having only one makes you a sad half-superpowered freak.

It makes you a One.

 Sixteen-year-old Merrin Grey would love to be able to fly – too bad all she can do is hover. If she could just land an internship at the Biotech Hub, she might finally figure out how to fix herself. She busts her butt in AP Chem and salivates over the Hub’s research on the manifestation of superpowers, all in hopes of boosting her chances.

 Then she meets Elias VanDyne, another One, and all her carefully crafted plans fly out the window. Literally. When the two of them touch, their Ones combine to make them fly, and when they’re not soaring over the Nebraska cornfields, they’re busy falling for each other.

Merrin’s mad chemistry skills land her a spot on the Hub’s internship short list, but as she gets closer to the life she always wanted, she discovers that the Hub’s purpose is more sinister than it has always seemed. Now it’s up to her to decide if it’s more important to fly solo, or to save everything – and everyone – she loves.

Add ONE to your Goodreads and learn more about the author here: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17251203-one

Review Round-Up

Hi guys! I’ve been a huge slacker on the review front as of late. BUT. I’ve read some amazing books over the past couple of months, so here’s a little round-up of the awesomeness.

ONE, by Leigh Ann Kopans

When having two powers makes you a Super and having none makes you a Normal, having only one makes you a sad half-superpowered freak.

It makes you a One.

I had the honor of receiving an ARC of ONE, and can I just say wow. I adored this book. Merrin, the main character, is smart as a whip and isn’t afraid to show it. Then we have Elias, the sweetest boy I’ve seen in YA in a LONG time. ONE is definitely worth the read, and will be released June 11th. You can add it to your to-read list on Goodreads, and pre-ordering is available through Leigh Ann’s site.

UNRAVEL ME, by Tahereh Mafi

Um…I can’t really say much about UNRAVEL ME without turning into flaily Kermit.

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Seriously. It’s the second book in Mafi’s SHATTER ME series (3rd, if you count the novella, which you totally should because WARNER). This is one of the few books I can read over, and over, and over again because WARNER.

Did I mention Warner? Chapter 62 is all I’m sayin’. Adam and Kenji are pretty amazing, too. But Warner though.

SUMMER RUINS, by Trisha Leigh

This was the fourth and final book in Trisha’s The Last Year series. I blogged about the first three books here and here, and SUMMER RUINS was a perfect tie-up for an amazing series. You want this in your life. Get on it.

THE S-WORD, by Chelsea Pitcher

First it was SLUT scribbled all over Lizzie Hart’s locker.

But one week after Lizzie kills herself, SUICIDE SLUT replaces it—in Lizzie’s looping scrawl.

Another ARC I had the pleasure of reading, thanks to NetGalley and the publisher. An amazing debut from Pitcher, THE S-WORD is haunting and full of twists and turns. So realistic and, at times, painful. It sheds light on just how far the bully mentality can go, and the tragic effect it can have on someone’s life. There’s always more than meets the eye, and THE S-WORD reminds us of that. This will be released on May 7th, and you can add it to your Goodreads list here.

 

My Review of Betrayals in Spring

Can I get away with just saying, “Buy this book because you’ll never ever ever ever regret it”? No? Well, all right, then.

Althea and Lucas have finally been reunited…but something is “off” with Lucas. Althea attributes that to his being alone for so long, forced to survive on his own throughout their season apart, whereas she’s had a companion. His bitterness toward the relationship between Althea and Pax is palpable, but they really don’t have time for jealousy. Because now, they must find the fourth dissident, Deshi, and press forward in their battle against The Others. And in order to do that, they must work as a team, whether the boys get along or not.

You may be thinking, “Oh for Pete’s sake. Another YA love triangle.” Ah, don’t make that jump just yet, readers. While there is tension between the three, this isn’t a love story. I repeat – NOT a love story. This is a story of survival. Of hope. Of doing the right thing when it may not serve your own desires. Though, I do feel obligated to throw in a favorite line from Lucas:

“Where you are, I am.”

I’ll just leave that there.

To strengthen their numbers, the three decide to enlist the help of a select few humans. The question is, will that effort actually work?

BETRAYALS IN SPRING is the third installment of The Last Year series, and I’m already dying for the next book. A very enthusiastic 5/5 stars from this girl!

Some Amazon linkage for motivational purposes.

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My Reviews of Whispers in Autumn and Winter Omens…

…in which I try to refrain from squealing like a little girl.

Yeah. Totally not gonna happen.

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Fair warning – there MAY be series spoilers ahead. I’ll do my best to keep them to a bare minimum.

Let’s back the story up to, oh, a couple months ago, I think. A darling Twitter pal was raving about a book one evening, and by now, you guys know I can’t pass up an amazing book. I mean, it’s just not possible. So, I went to check out this WHISPERS IN AUTUMN on Goodreads…

And it was about aliens. Huh.

I’ll be the first to admit that I’ve never been an alien girl. It just wasn’t my “thing.” Of course, I never thought wizards would be my thing, and well… *glances at Harry Potter shrine* We know how that turned out.

So, there are aliens, but we’re not talking little green fellas from Mars. We’re talking about The Others – a race of beings who’ve enslaved the people of Earth not through force, but through mind-control that turned them into unfeeling, unquestioning robots. But we have Althea, who’s always known she didn’t quite “mesh” with the others, though she’s not sure why. There is one thing that makes it clear she’s not like her fellow humans – as the seasons change, she travels from city-to-city in a pattern that is unbeknownst to her, making her what’s known as a “dissident.” Then, she meets Lucas.

Lucas.

Oh, Lucas.

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Lucas is the same as Althea. The two of them soon discover that they are, in fact, immune to The Others’ mind control. And that’s why they’re seen as a threat.

Dun dun dun…

And that brings me to WINTER OMENS. At the end of WiA, Lucas was forced to travel to avoid being captured by The Others. Knowing she’s in danger as well, Althea goes on the run. She’s forced to survive as best she can in the frigid winter. She takes up shelter in a small shack, where we meet one of my favorite characters – Wolf. The dog. He’s pretty amazing. Just sayin’.

Oh yeah, we also meet Pax. He’s pretty amazing, too. He happens upon the shack, and soon, Althea discovers that she’s found another dissident. It takes her a while to fully trust him, of course, but once she realizes she has a new teammate, the struggle to survive becomes a little less daunting. That is, until she find outs The Others have yet another aspect of mind control – they can sneak into her mind while she sleeps. So, now sleep is dangerous. Fabulous, huh?

Lucas was absent for most of this book, which made me sad. That said, Pax grew on me quickly. While Lucas is kind and gentle with Althea, Pax challenges her, forcing her to grow more confident and independent by the day.

Now…drum roll, please…

THE OFFICIAL RELEASE FOR BETRAYALS IN SPRING IS TOMORROW! Stop by and join me as I share my thoughts on this fabulous addition to The Last Year series.

Interview with Author Jessa Russo

Hi guys! We’re doing things a little differently this week. Instead of Wordy Wednesday, I had the honor of interviewing the lovely Jessa Russo. Jessa is the author of EVER, which was recently released by Curiosity Quills. From its Goodreads blurb:

Seventeen-year-old Ever’s love life has been on hold for the past two years. She’s secretly in love with her best friend Frankie, and he’s completely oblivious.

Of course, it doesn’t help that he’s dead, and waking up to his ghost every day has made moving on nearly impossible.

Frustrated and desperate for something real, Ever finds herself falling for her hot new neighbor Toby. His relaxed confidence is irresistible, and not just Ever knows it. But falling for Toby comes with a price that throws Ever’s life into a whirlwind of chaos and drama. More than hearts are on the line, and more than Ever will suffer.

Some girls lose their hearts to love.

Some girls lose their minds.

Ever Van Ruysdael could lose her soul.

Hi Jessa! Thanks so much for joining us around these parts.

Hi! *waves wildly* Thanks for having me!!

First of all, I have to ask the dreaded question: Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?

Hmm. Well, that’s a very vague question. Lol! Let’s see … I’m 32 years old, a mother and wife, and I’m completely obsessed with reading YA. I find that YA books are so much more creative than anything else. What else … I’m also a huge fan of New Orleans … slightly obsessed with Ian Somerhalder … addicted to coffee (aren’t we all?) … addicted to makeup and shoes, though don’t spend much money on either … in love with all types of pasta … I love to cook but I suck at it … I love the beach but I’m scared of the water now that I’ve seen way too many scary movies … I hate clowns but love the movie IT … I think being a mom is the most important job I’ll ever have and I’m secretly terrified that I’m failing … I still don’t believe I wrote and published a book. Surreal doesn’t even begin to cover it.

How long have you been writing?

I have been writing seriously since 2009. I believe I started EVER in late 2010. We’ll just pretend those stacks of angst-filled poems from my youth don’t count. 😉

I had the pleasure of reading an ARC copy of Ever. Let me just say – wowza. What was your inspiration for writing the story?

Awww, WOWZA? That’s awesome! Truthfully, I have no idea what my inspiration was. I know that’s a terrible answer, but it’s the truth. Ever as a character had been floating around in my head for a while, but I hadn’t known what her story would be yet. Then I started writing – she lived in a house FULL of ghosts, and somehow fell in love with one of them. The ultimate case of loving a boy she couldn’t have. Eventually, I killed off a lot of my darlings, and whittled the [ghost] story down to Frankie.

If you had to describe Ever in one word, what would it be? What was your favorite part of writing her character?

Yikes. That’s a hard one. But I keep coming back to loving. Ever is full of love, whether for Frankie, or for Jessie, her mom and dad … eventually Toby. She’s a loving person. She follows her heart. Even if it leads her in the wrong direction. She’s a hopeless romantic, and she believes in true love wholeheartedly.

Do you believe that ghosts truly exist? Or do you just enjoy writing about them?

Yes. There are just too many things that can’t be explained. And too many moments in my own life where I’ve seen something that shouldn’t be there. I swear I see my dead cat walking through our house, and my mother-in-law’s house smells like cigarettes sometimes and she has never been a smoker. Just little things like that make me wonder.

If you had to dream-cast Ever, Frankie, Toby, and Jessie, who would you pick?

Ever is tough because she’s built like a real girl, and not like a model or actress – I would need someone on the shorter side, with curves. But as far as faces go, I guess Emma Roberts would be a good match. For Jessie, I’d say Amanda Seyfried or Candace Accola. Candace’s spunk as Caroline in TVD is perfect for Jessie, but Amanda Seyfried looks more like how I picture her. Toby is EASILY Alex Pettyfer. YUM. And Frankie … hmmm … another tough one. If we were casting (I wish!) I’d ask them to throw on some glasses and their hair would need to be done up in a pompadour so I could really answer this question. But without being able to do that, I’d say it’s a tie between Steven McQueen (TVD), and Matt Prokop (Geek Charming).

And now, a few quick-fires:

Favorite music?

ALL. Honestly, I love everything. To give you an example, my top favorite songs of all time are probably Golden Years by David Bowie, Stay by Shakespeare’s Sister, Wish You Were Here by Pink Floyd, Neon Moon by Brooks and Dunn, and Man in the Long Black Coat by Joan Osborne (the Bob Dylan original is good too, but not my fave).

Favorite writing snack?

I don’t have one. But I do drink a lot of coffee in the morning, and that’s my best writing time, so I’ll say coffee.

Sweet or salty?

BOTH! Combine the two and I’m a happy girl.

Beach or mountains?

Beach. ALWAYS the beach. What can I say – it’s probably my Southern California upbringing.

Frankie or Toby? (And yes, you must pick one!)

Toby. Definitely Toby. But if I could combine the two of them into one amazing fictional boyfriend, that would be more fun.

Thank you again, Jessa!

EVER is now available for purchase, so grab your copy. This is one you don’t want to miss out on!

Frankie here. And I need your help.

Hey guys and dolls, how’s it going?

Don’t look so startled – I don’t bite.

My name’s Frankie. And I’m just a regular guy.
Well, except for the whole ghost thing, I guess.

You’re probably wondering what I’m doing here. Well, it’s pretty simple actually. Something is coming for my best friend Ever – something I alone cannot protect her from. Regardless of how much I love her how hard I try.

So I have to spread the word.

And I need your help to do it.

I’ve been a bystander for far too long, trapped in this ghostly shell for the past two years. I’ve decided it’s time to make myself known and set some things into motion. See, I’ve hijacked Amazon, Curiosity Quills Press, and blogs all over the internet to make my move.

You’re probably wondering why, right?

Well allow me to be a bit more specific. Something isn’t just coming for Ever; her actual soul is in danger. So I’ve decided to stay silent no longer. Word needs to spread. People need to know.

Evil lurks in the shadows.

To give Ever more time to figure things out and try to protect herself from the trouble that awaits her, I’m upping the publication date of our story.

I’m sure you can understand. I mean, souls are on the line here.

So, with that said, EVER IS NOW AVAILABLE. Yes, you read that right. NOW. I couldn’t wait any longer, so I did what I had to do to protect that stubborn girl I love my best friend, Ever.

I had to do it. Some things are too important to wait for, and Ever is one of those things for me.

Now as you’re spreading the word about this new development, take heed this one warning:

Evil lurks in the shadows. And not just any evil.

It’s disguised as that slick talking, good-looking bastard, Toby James … the new kid next door.

Add EVER on Goodreads
Purchase EVER on Amazon