Thursday, March 31, 2016

Blog Tour: #Giveaway #Win Dark Energy by Robison Wells



Tour Schedule:

Week One:
3/21/2016- My So-Called Book ReviewsInterview
3/22/2016- NerdophilesGuest Post
3/23/2016- Once Upon A Twilight- Review
3/24/2016- Curling Up With A Good BookReview
3/25/2016- Storybook Slayers- Interview

Week Two:
3/28/2016- Literary MeanderingsReview
3/29/2016- Penny Dreadful Book ReviewsGuest Post
3/30/2016- Rachel's Book ReviewsReview
3/31/2016- Seeing Double In NeverlandInterview
4/1/2016-A Dream Within A Dream- Review




This was a very exciting personal interview for me and actually meant so much that I got to do this. I have very bad anxiety do to a personal matter in my past and present personal life. As an aspiring writer seeing someone like Robinson Wells talk about the good and bad moments helps encourage so many people. Thank you Robison and RockStar Book Tours for giving me the opportunity to conduct this interview.


DARK ENERGY by Robison Wells
Release Date: March 29, 2016
Pages: 288
Publisher: HarperTeen
Formats: Hardcover, eBook



Synopsis:

We are not alone. They are here. And there’s no going back. Perfect for fans of The Fifth Wave and the I Am Number Four series, Dark Energy is a thrilling stand-alone science fiction adventure from Robison Wells, critically acclaimed author of Variant and Blackout.

Five days ago, a massive UFO crashed in the Midwest. Since then, nothing—or no one—has come out.

If it were up to Alice, she’d be watching the fallout on the news. But her dad is director of special projects at NASA, so she’s been forced to enroll in a boarding school not far from the crash site. Alice is right in the middle of the action, but even she isn’t sure what to expect when the aliens finally emerge. Only one thing is clear: everything has changed.



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Seeing Double in Neverland Q&A with Robison Wells

What triggered the inspiration for Dark Energy?

I’ve had the plot idea for Dark Energy for several years, though I hadn’t thought much about characters or tone. The inspiration for that came from a free-write of the first chapter. I was inspired by the book The Gun Seller, by Hugh Laurie, which is a thriller, but also full of wit and wordplay. I decided to give my protagonist (Alice) a funny, snarky tone of voice. It worked really well, especially in her banter with her father, and her first-person narration. The book is still serious (and scary) in parts, but with comedic relief.

What was your favorite scene to write?

As mentioned above, I really enjoy the scenes where Alice and her dad are talking. I love writing dialog anyway, so having a funny main character and her funny dad (you can tell where she gets her sense of humor).

I know you suffer from mental illness what helps you cope with all the pressures of deadlines and touring put on Authors?

It’s mainly an issue of just acknowledging my limitations. I know that I have only so many good hours in a day. I know that if I push it really hard one day, I’ll crash the next. But I also know that it’s easy for me to give in to obsessive behaviors: like revising a chapter far longer than I need to, or researching minutiae for no good reason. So, knowing that I have these tendencies, I’m able to schedule my time around them—I actually have an Excel spreadsheet open on one of my screens while I work, where I update my progress and goals hourly.
As for touring, I deal with a lot of the same issues. The main thing that I have to be aware of is that, even after I manage the stress of an event, I know that I will crash at the end.

Will you ever do another compilation book fundraiser again? (It was such a great way to get awareness out there to your fans and support a great cause)

I don’t have any plans for another such fundraiser, but I’m so very pleased with how that one turned out that I would never say it won’t happen again. I met some great people through that, and the mental health essays that were written (which were supposed to be secondary) were so wonderful—they made the anthology worth every penny.

Who is your biggest support in your writing career?

Lots of people have been supportive, but by far the most important has been my wife, who is the most stabilizing, empathetic, long-suffering person I know. She manages my brain, always knowing when to push me, when to pull me back, when to go full steam and when to quit.
In second place is Annie, my service dog. She keeps me sane.

Who's writing has been the most influential in your career?

Probably my brother, Dan Wells. I don’t feel like his novels really influence my novels, but always brainstorm with each other, and discuss our writing, and discuss our careers. He’s accomplished stuff I haven’t, and I’ve done stuff he hasn’t. We work well together as a team. (As a sidenote: we never read the final versions of each other’s stuff. We only read first drafts. Sometimes we never even read that—we just get together to layout the plots and characters, and then we go back to our own writing and don’t pay a lot of attention to one another’s finished works.)

At what age did you know you wanted to be a writer?

I came into writing later than most authors. My brother always wanted to be a writer, so, since I was a year younger, I never wanted to be in his shadow: he loved writing, so I loved other things—I started out in the visual arts, as a painter. It wasn’t until college that I stumbled into writing. I had an idea for a book, and I called my brother and told him he should write it. He gently said that he was working on something else, but I should write a couple of chapters and come down to his writing group. And the rest is history.

What is the best writing advice you have ever received?

The best advice I’ve ever received is also the first advice. When my brother suggested that I write my first book, he said, “Everyone says they have an idea for a book. Everyone says that eventually they’re going to sit down someday and write the Great American Novel. The difference between writers and everyone else is that writers do it. They sit down and write. They work.” 

What was your top 3 favorite reads last year?

The World Without Us, by Alan Weisman
The Archer’s Tale, by Bernard Cornwell
Catalystby SJ Kincaid

What can we expect from you next? (Will it be a YA? Will you stay in the same genre of switch it up? I understand it might be under wraps but any clues...)

I have two books that I’m working on. One is an apocalyptic YA, with a mentally ill main character. The second is a MG in which superpowers can be purchased just like plastic surgery.




Thank you Robison for taking the time to answer all my questions.







About Robinson:

Robison Wells is the author of Blackout, Deadzone, Variant, Feedback, Dark Energy, and Airships of Camelot. Variant was a Publishers Weekly Best Book, a YALSA Quick Pick for Reluctant Readers and a Bestseller. Robison lives in the Rocky Mountains in a house not too far from elk pastures. His wife, Erin, is a better person than he will ever be, and their three kids cause mischief and/or joy.

Robison has an MBA in Marketing, and a BS in Political Science, with an emphasis in International Relations of the Middle East.

Robison suffers from five mental illnesses (panic disorder, OCD, agoraphobia, depression and dermatillomania) and is an outspoken advocate for those with mental illnesses.

His books have been published in nine different languages, and he is the winner of many awards both in and out of the United States.




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1 winner will receive a finished copy of DARK ENERGY, US Only.

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Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Waiting on Wednesday: #Giveaway #Win ARC The Neverland Wars by Audrey Greathouse


I am super excited for The Neverland Wars. I fell in love the moment I saw the cover and read the synopsis. This is on my to read shelf for April. I am so thankful to Audrey and Clean Teen Publishing that I get to offer the chance for 1 of you to have a physical arc of this book as well. Just go follow the instructions for the Rafflecopter.



The Neverland Wars by 
Paperback
Expected publication: May 9th 2016 
by Clean Teen Publishing

Synopsis:

Magic can do a lot—give you flight, show you mermaids, help you taste the stars, and… solve the budget crisis? That's what the grown-ups will do with it if they ever make it to Neverland to steal its magic and bring their children home.

However, Gwen doesn't know this. She's just a sixteen-year-old girl with a place on the debate team and a powerful crush on Jay, the soon-to-be homecoming king. She doesn't know her little sister could actually run away with Peter Pan, or that she might have to chase after her to bring her home safe. Gwen will find out though—and when she does, she'll discover she's in the middle of a looming war between Neverland and reality.

She'll be out of place as a teenager in Neverland, but she won't be the only one. Peter Pan's constant treks back to the mainland have slowly aged him into adolescence as well. Soon, Gwen will have to decide whether she's going to join impish, playful Peter in his fight for eternal youth… or if she's going to scramble back to reality in time for the homecoming dance.
 

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About the Author

Audrey Greathouse is a Seattle-based author of science-fiction and fantasy. Raised in the suburbs, she became a writer after being introduced to NaNoWriMo during her sophmore year of high school. Since then, she has drafted more than a dozen books, 100 sonnets, and 800 other poems, and a handful of short stories and one-act plays.

After dropping out of her university and beginning training as a circus performer on the aerial silks, she returned to school to study at Southern New Hampshire University College of Online and Continuing Education to earn her B.A. in English Language and Literature, with a minor in Computer Information Technologies.

Audrey Greathouse is a die-hard punk cabaret fan, and pianist of fourteen years. She's usually somewhere along the west coast, and she is always writing.
 



Giveaway:

US Only. 1 ARC of The Neverland Wars 

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Heir to the Sky by Amanda Sun ~ Review


Heir to the Sky by 
Hardcover384 pages
Expected publication: April 26th 2016 
by Harlequin TEEN
Source: ARC Provided by Publisher
Rating: 4.5 Out of 5 Stars


Synopsis:

As heir to a kingdom of floating continents, Kali has spent her life bound by limits—by her duties as a member of the royal family; by a forced betrothal to the son of a nobleman; and by the edge of the only world she’s ever known—a small island hovering above a monster-ridden earth, long since uninhabited by humans. She is the Eternal Flame of Hope for what’s left of mankind, the wick and the wax burning in service for her people, and for their revered Phoenix, whose magic keeps them aloft.

When Kali falls off the edge of her kingdom and miraculously survives, she is shocked to discover there are still humans on the earth. Determined to get home, Kali entrusts a rugged monster-hunter named Griffin to guide her across a world overrun by chimera, storm dragons, basilisks, and other terrifying beasts. But the more time she spends on earth, the more dark truths she begins to uncover about her home in the sky, and the more resolute she is to start burning for herself.


Review:

Thank you Harlequin Teen for providing me an ARC of Heir to the Sky. It in no way affected my opinion.

Heir to the Sky was such a fast and imaginative, fun read. I loved the world building on the island you have this political kingdom that has layers of deception. Then again what kingdom doesn't. Kali is set to be married to align with someone that will benefit her people. She however, does not feel the passion she hoped she would feel for her betrothed. 

The story gets even more interesting when Kali falls from her home on the floating island. Everything she thought she knew is wrong. She soon discovers there are survivors on the ground. They are not helpless either. They fight to survive.

I love how Amanda Sun gave Kali a very real voice. She did not have this pampered princess fall and act like she was this she-warrior. No she fell and freaked out and then asked herself why nobody had ever taught her anything useful. She was willing to learn and not give up. I really loved her growth and strength of character.

Yes I was so taken by all the variety of creatures. They were so unique and fun to read about. The dragons were so frickin fantastic. I am hoping for a sequel with more. Then there were Griffins and sea serpents. Kali was running for her life the moment she hit the ground. There are so many twists and turns. Some I saw coming from a mile away and others I never expected. This is a unique adventure that I was so excited to read and it did not disappoint.


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About the Author

I’m a YA author and proud Nerdfighter. I was born in Deep River, Canada, a very small town without traffic lights or buses, and where stranger safety is comprised of what to do if you see a bear—or skunk. I started reading fantasy novels at 4 and writing as soon as I could hold a pencil. Hopefully my work’s improved since then.

​In university I took English, Linguistics, and Asian History, before settling into Archaeology, because I loved learning about the cultures and stories of ancient people. Of course, I didn’t actually become an archaeologist—I have an intense fear of spiders. I prefer unearthing fascinating stories in the safety of my living room.

​The Paper Gods is inspired by my time living in Osaka and travelling throughout Japan. That and watching far too many J-Dramas. I currently live in Toronto with my husband and daughter. When I’m not writing, I’m devouring YA books, knitting nerdy things like Companion Cubes and Triforce mitts, and making elaborate cosplays for anime cons.


Monday, March 28, 2016

Top Ten Tueday: 10 Of My Most Recent 5 Star Reads



Thank you The Broke and the Bookish for organizing the fun Top Ten Tuesday and for the meme!


 

March 29th: Ten of my Most Recent 5 Star Reads






These are listed in order of most recently finished to farthest out. 




1. The Storypinner and The Skylighter by Becky Wallace
I read these two books back to back and they are most definitely 5 star worthy.
 


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3. The Crown's Game by Evelyn Skye
This book had it all and in all the right ways!




4. Burning Glass by Kathryn Purdie
I adored this book. I loved every character in this book. Kathryn wrote a book with such detail and amazing world building.



5. Dreamfire and Dreamfever by Kit Alloway
 I read these two back to back and I loved the unexpected twist and turns.


 


6. The Rule of Mirrors by Caragh M O'Brien
I love Caragh's writing. This is not usually one of my favorite genres but right away she draws you in and keeps you hooked from start to finish.





7. Blackhearts by Nicole Castroman
I already bought numerous copies of this book after I read the arc. I am so in love with the writing. I am so happy they signed on for book 2.





8. Night Study by Maria V Snyder
I love the Poison Series and now the new spin-off but this one is epic. There are so many moments we have all been anticipating and we finally get all of that in Maria fashion of course. I can not wait for more.





9. Unhooked by Lisa Maxwell
I loved this book so much. I loved the creepy feel while still keeping the mischief and original feel of Peter Pan while flipping it off its axis. 




10. Stray and Burn by 
These books were so fantastic. I devoured them. I can not wait for the final book.

 



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