RELEASE SPOTLIGHT: Meet Me Under the Stars

Release Week Blitz! MEET ME UNDER THE STARS


By KD Proctor
Published on July 18th 2017
Published by: BookFish Books

Genre: NA Romance
Cover Design: Anita B. Carroll, Race-Point US 
When ratings for her popular DIY show start to circle the drain after the sudden death of her sister, Charlotte “Charlie” Conti has only one mission—to plan a comeback. But her sister had other plans. As part of the will, Charlie must work with *him* to create a memorial scholarship in her sister’s memory. The same *him* Charlie fell in love with three years ago while working at a summer camp.

​ The same *him* she dumped, to protect his heart.

Sexy, British player, Nate Walsh, has sixty days to find a new job or he’ll be deported back to England where he’s no longer welcome. He doesn’t have time to work on a memorial scholarship with *her*. The same *her* who shattered his heart without explanation or warning.

The same *her* he’s never gotten over.

Unable to agree on the specifics of the scholarship, Nate and Charlie challenge each other to a winner-takes-all competition. They both know the only way to win is to turn up the heat and tempt one another with the one thing they both want: each other. But as sparks fly, their true feelings resurface. Nate and Charlie must decide if their love is worth the effort and if they can overcome their disastrous past mistakes to spend forever together.


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About the Author…

KD Proctor loved college so much that when it came time to graduate, she didn’t want to leave.  Trading in her textbooks for student handbooks and policy manuals, she began a career in College Student Personnel and she fulfilled her wish to stay on a college campus forever.  She always joked that one day she’d write a book about college students, never expecting that to come true!

KD lives in West Central, Minnesota with her husband and fur-kids.  She likes to write fun twists on the usual tropes that we all love. Her characters are smart, funny, and always swoony.  And yes. They always get their happily ever after.

Before being accepted for publication, MEET ME UNDER THE STARS (formerly titled IF YOU'RE EVER IN TOWN) was the 2016 YARWA winner for the New Adult category.

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The Special Ones by Em Bailey... Tour Spotlight and Giveaway



By Em Bailey
Published on July 18, 2017
Published by: HMH Books for Young Readers
Esther is one of the Special Ones: four young spiritual guides who live in a remote farmhouse under the protection of a mysterious cult leader. He watches them around the clock, ready to punish them if they forget who they are—and all the while, broadcasting their lives to eager followers on the outside.       Esther knows that if she stops being Special, he will “renew” her. Nobody knows what happens to the Special Ones who are taken away from the farm for renewal, but Esther fears the worst. Like an actor caught up in an endless play, she must keep up the performance if she wants to survive long enough to escape.  




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About the Author...


Em Bailey is an Australian living in Germany where, despite having been a vegetarian for many years, she now enjoys the occasional Wurst. Em used to be a new-media designer for a children’s television production house and is now a full-time author. Shift is her first YA novel, although she has written a number of books for children under the name Meredith Badger.
When she’s not writing, Em is generally getting lost, losing stuff, reading, hanging out with her friends and family, and listening to Radiolab podcasts. Like Olive, she doesn’t like leggings that look like jeans, but has no problem with tofu schnitzels.


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Tour Schedule...

Week One:
7/10/2017- 
YA Books CentralInterview
7/11/2017- 
Here's to Happy EndingsReview
7/12/2017- 
YA Book MadnessGuest Post
7/13/2017- 
A Dream Within A DreamReview
7/14/2017- 
Novel NoviceInterview

Week Two:
7/17/2017- 
The Best Books Ever - Spotlight
7/18/2017- 
Literary MeanderingsExcerpt
7/19/2017- 
Book Sniffers AnonymousExcerpt
7/20/2017- 
YA and WineReview
7/21/2017- 
A Gingerly ReviewReview


BLOG TOUR: WORDS ON BATHROOM WALLS

Thanks to Random House, we're pleased to take part in the book tour for Words on Bathroom Walls, a new contemporary YA novel by Julia Walton. Keep reading to check out our review! 


By Julia Walton
Published on July 4th 2017
Published by: Random House Books for Young Readers
Source: Publisher
Adam has just been diagnosed with schizophrenia. He sees and hears people who aren’t there: Rebecca, a beautiful girl who understands him; the Mob Boss, who harasses him; and Jason, the naked guy who’s unfailingly polite. It should be easy to separate the real from the not real, but Adam can't.

Still, there’s hope. As Adam starts fresh at a new school, he begins a drug trial that helps him ignore his visions. Suddenly everything seems possible, even love. When he meets Maya, a fiercely intelligent girl, he desperately wants to be the great guy that she thinks he is. But then the miracle drug begins to fail, and Adam will do anything to keep Maya from discovering his secret.

Words on Bathroom Walls is told via journal entries by Adam, a teenager recently diagnosed with schizophrenia. On one hand, the diagnosis helps because he can put a name to what he's been experiencing -- visions of people who aren't there, paranoid thoughts that aren't really his -- but on the other, now he has this label on him and he's afraid everyone's going to find out.

The book opens with Adam switching schools after he has an incident at his old school. He's on a new medication now, one that helps him better manage his symptoms. With the new medication, he's very self aware of what his symptoms are, and is developing the coping skills to deal with his hallucinations when he has them. He still refuses to talk to his therapist though, so instead he writes down his thoughts and responses to the therapist's questions, which is what we're reading.

I liked Adam as a character. His voice felt very natural and engaging, full of all of the regular fears and anxieties of teenagers, with the added complexity of mental health issues on top of that. He tries his hardest to appear neurotypical, because he doesn't want anyone to know his secret and be afraid of him. He puts up a bit of a "whatever, who cares" kind of attitude in his journal entries, so the times where he admits his fears or concerns, particularly in an entry that takes place at the same time of the real-world Sandy Hook shooting, feel even more shockingly vulnerable.

I enjoyed the supporting cast of characters and thought that they had surprising depth, particularly Adam's mom and step-dad. I wish we could have gotten a bit more around Ian, the rich kid bully who targets Adam, particularly his motivations, but overall I liked the world that the author created.

The romance with Maya is particularly sweet. She and Adam are a good fit for each other, and the story never turns into a "and then I was healed by the power of her love!" nonsense trope. I do admit to rolling my eyes at the passage about the first time Adam and Maya have sex, though -- it's not graphic but it's certainly unrealistic. (Obviously there is some sexual content in this book, but it's all handled sensitively and the characters make responsible choices, and nothing is described in great detail.)

The pacing of the book really worked for me -- once I got through the first few chapters, it was very quick reading, and the journal entry format makes it easy to read several chapters at a time and still have an easy stopping point, if you're not going to read the whole book in one go.

I can't speak to how much research the author did in regards to talking to people living with schizophrenia. The end notes talk a lot about work she did to understand treatment. Most of my knowledge of schizophrenia is from an academic standpoint, so while I can give you the DSM criteria for it, that's different than being intimately familiar with the way that symptoms manifest. I worry a bit that Walton's take on Adam's symptoms, actions, and self-awareness here seems a bit simplistic, or a bit too "Hollywood". I do know that I would be interested in reading this book from an own voices author, that is, written by someone who is schizophrenic. It could make for a more compelling, even harrowing, read, if the text felt just a bit more authentic.

Content notes: Some sexual content, brief discussion of the Sandy Hook shooting, self-harm, irreverent talk/making fun of religion, some mentions of suicide


Month9Books Cover Reveal... Fearless (Nameless #3) by Jennifer Jenkins (WAHOOOO!!!)

 
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Fearless (Nameless #3) by Jennifer Jenkins
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In exactly twenty-three days, Gryphon will offer his life to Chief Barnabas in exchange for the lives of his best friend and mess brothers. Until then, he must keep his plans from Zo while avoiding the Wolves of the Allied Camp.

But Gryphon is not the only one harboring secrets.

To spare her own life, Zo has made a blood oath promising to help the Kodiak Clan free their families living as Nameless slaves. When Gryphon learns the truth—that the peaceful life he’d planned for Zo is not secure—he divulges a secret that will give the Allies the upper hand against the Ram.

Now, The Great Move is underway and a final battle between the Wolf, Ram, Kodiak and Raven cannot be stopped. 

Strength will be tested. Loyalties will be questioned. Alliances will form. 

In a world of uncertainty and danger, Zo and Gryphon may finally have what they've each always wanted.
 

Fearless (Nameless #3) by Jennifer Jenkins Publication Date: October 2017 Publisher: Month9Books
   
 
With her degree in History and Secondary Education, Jennifer had every intention of teaching teens to love George Washington and appreciate the finer points of ancient battle stratagem. (Seriously, she’s obsessed with ancient warfare.) However, life had different plans in store when the writing began. As a proud member of Writers Cubed, and a co-founder of the Teen Author Boot Camp, she feels blessed to be able to fulfill both her ambition to work with teens as well as write Young Adult fiction.
Jennifer has three children who are experts at naming her characters, one loving, supportive husband, a dog with little-man syndrome, and three chickens (of whom she is secretly afraid). Visit her online at jajenkins.com
 
 

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Jaime Reviews... Atlantis Reborn (Atlantis Rising #3) by Gloria Craw

By Gloria Craw
Published on June 5, 2017
Published by: Entangled: Teen
Source: Netgalley
In a few days, I’ll officially be the Laurel clan chief—but it comes at a heavy cost. My human family, the McKyes, think I’m dead, and the only family I have left is my surly cousin, Theron. Plus the occasional visit from my dead mother. 

Gathering the fifteen clans of Atlantis is more tasking than I thought. Thank fate that Ian has my back, otherwise keeping the peace would be a total disaster.I want to give him my heart, too, but without an official likeness, or spontaneous pairing, it’s only wishful thinking. To make matters worse, someone out there has the formula to createhuman-Atlantian hybrids. For a hefty price.

Certain chiefs are so desperate to increase our population that they refuse to see the price might be more than money; it could cost us our souls. If I can’t change their minds,the descendants of Atlantis could disappear forever.



Atlantis Reborn...

I just love this series. I love anything magical, and this is full of magic of all kinds. Gloria Craw wrote a series that fully captured my attention, and I was invested the entire way.

Allison will soon be the official clan chief of the Laurel Clan. It doesn't matter that she is the only one left, because she can still make a difference. Her vote will count. But there are others who don't want to see her on the council. Will she survive long enough to take her place among the clans?

I really enjoyed the relationships in this story more than anything else. The love that Allison has for her human family, the sacrifices she is willing to make to keep them safe. hit me to my core. My family is my world, so those are things that I understand. Even through the heartbreak of what she was forced to do, she knew she was doing the best by them as she could. I also am a huge fan of Theron. He is my favorite character, aside from Lillian. Have I mentioned that I love snark? And finally, Ian. It isn't my favorite romance ever, but I will say that the fear of the unknown between them made it worthwhile. And that ending was beautiful.

All in all, this series has been a good one for me, from start to finish. There is action, adventure, mystery, romance, friendship. Pretty much everything you could hope for in a great story.

The only complaint that I have to make is in the editing. There were numerous editing issues throughout the story, and it pulls me out of the story. Nevertheless, I loved Atlantis Rising, and I am looking forward to more Gloria Craw in the future!

Jaime Lynn

Month9Books Double Cover Reveal...There Once Were Stars AND Here Skies Surround Us by Melanie McFarlane

 
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There Once Were Stars AND Here Skies Surround Us by Melanie McFarlane
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Peace. Love. Order. Dome. That's the motto that the Order has given the residents of Dome 1618 to live by. Natalia Greyes is a resident of Dome 1618, a covered city protected from the deadly radiation that has poisoned the world outside for four generations. Nat never questioned the Order, until one day she sees a stranger on the outside of her dome. Now Nat wants answers. What else might her government be hiding from the good and loyal people of Dome 1618?
 
 
Nat leaves her home, Dome 1618, just as they begin to colonize on the outside. She travels with Evan to his home, Dome 569, to deliver a replica of the immune serum and allow Evan to report back to his mother, Caroline. But when they arrive, members of the “New Order” take them into custody and Nat and Evan are separated, once again.
Thankfully she is reunited with her uncle, Alec, who takes Nat under his protection. But Nat has a lot to learn about Evan’s home, a progressive dome that colonized on the outside over a decade ago. There are many rules in Dome 569 put in place by Caroline; some that come with sharp and sometimes deadly consequences when broken. Here, Nat learns of the struggles that can come with change, and how tearing down the old ways doesn’t always make things better overall. In the process, she uncovers truths that could tear down the kingdom Caroline has sacrificed to protect, and in turn puts Nat at risk. Will Nat be able to protect Evan from the lies, or will he succumb to them for the sake of his family, just as his mother did many years before? As Nat uncovers the secrets of Dome 569, will she be willing to give up her morals and values to pay the price for freedom, or die fighting for what she believes in?
 
 
Melanie McFarlane is a passionate writer of other-wordly adventures, a little excitable, and a little quirky. Whether it’s uncovering the corruption of the future, or traveling to other worlds to save the universe, she jumps in with both hands on her keyboard. Though she can be found obsessing over zombies and orcs from time to time, Melanie has focused her powers on her YA debut There Once Were Stars, and her YA urban fantasy Summoner Rising.
She lives with her husband and two daughters in the Land of Living Skies.
 

Swoon Romance Cover Reveal.... Right Text, Wrong Number by Natalie Decker

 
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Right, Text Wrong Number by Natalie Decker
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High school juniors Layla and Tyler are complete opposites. Sure she’s a cheerleader and he’s a football player, but she thinks he’s the biggest jerk in the school and he thinks she is too high on her horse to even be worth of a second glance from him. And when the two of them are near one another, sparks fly in all the wrong directions. They are NOT interested in speaking to one another, let alone date.
But when Layla unknowingly sends Tyler a smack-down text meant for the girl sending naked photos to her then-boyfriend, Adam, Tyler has no idea it’s Layla and decides to play along. After all, Tyler cannot resist messing with the pissed off girl firing off texts about junk pictures, cheating, and girl code. As the fallout from Adam’s sexting scandal plays out in front of the entire school, Tyler and Layla secretly continue to text one another using fake names. But as days and weeks pass, things take a turn for the serious between them, and suddenly, their texts mean more. They both begin to consider revealing their true identity to the other and taking the relationship from texts to dates, then kissing and maybe more. They say there's a thin line between love and hate. Can reality live up to the fantasy, or will Layla and Tyler be forever offsides?

Right Text, Wrong Number by Natalie Decker Publisher: Swoon Romance Publication Date: July 11, 2017

Available for Pre-order: Amazon
 
 
Natalie Decker is the author of the bestselling YA series RIVAL LOVE and NA Scandalous Boys Series. She loves oceans, sunsets, sand between her toes, and carefree days. Her imagination is always going, which some find odd. But she believes in seeing the world in a different light at all times. Avid reader of everything. She’s a huge Denver Broncos fan, loves football, and fuzzy blankets. She’s a mean cook in the kitchen, loves her family and friends and misses her awesome dog infinity times infinity. If she’s not writing, reading, traveling, hanging out with her family and friends, then she’s off having an adventure. Because Natalie believes in a saying: Your life is your own journey, so make it amazing!
 

Month9Books Cover Reveal... Submerge (Mer Chronicles #2) by Tobie Easton

 
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Submerge (Mer Chronicles #2) by Tobie Easton
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Now that Lia and Clay’s love has broken the Little Mermaid’s curse, everything has changed. Will Lia’s family remain on land, leading the only life she and her sisters have ever known, or will they move below the waves, to the sparkling new capital city? Lia is adamant about staying on land with Clay for her senior year. But at Melusine and her father’s trial, new revelations threaten what Lia holds most dear.
The verdict will shake Lia’s whole world, calling into question her future with Clay, her feelings for Caspian, and the fate of all Merkind. As she wonders who to trust, Lia sets out on a treacherous path that will lead her away from her sheltered Malibu home to a remote and mysterious school for Mermaids—Mermaids who may hold the secret to ancient magic Lia can use to either get back all she’s lost or to embark on a thrilling and dangerous journey.

Submerge (Mer Chronicles #2) by Tobie Easton Publication Date: September 12, 2017 Publisher: Month9Books

 
 
Tobie Easton was born and raised in Los Angeles, California, where she’s grown from a little girl who dreamed about magic to a twenty-something who writes about it. A summa cum laude graduate of the University of Southern California, Tobie hosts book clubs for tweens and teens. She and her very kissable husband enjoy traveling the globe and fostering packs of rescue puppies. Learn more about Tobie and her upcoming books on www.TobieEaston.com.
 
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