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Friday, April 18, 2014

Book Blast: Big Fat Disaster


Today on my blog I have the book blast for Big Fat Disaster. On my stop there is a spotlight, book trailer, and giveaway.

Insecure, shy, and way overweight, Colby hates the limelight as much as her pageant-pretty mom and sisters love it. It's her life: Dad's a superstar, running for office on a family values platform. Then suddenly, he ditches his marriage for a younger woman and gets caught stealing money from the campaign. Everyone hates Colby for finding out and blowing the whistle on him. From a mansion, they end up in a poor relative's trailer, where her mom's contempt swells right along with Colby's supersized jeans. Then, a cruel video of Colby half-dressed, made by her cousin Ryan, finds its way onto the internet. Colby plans her own death. A tragic family accident intervenes, and Colby's role in it seems to paint her as a hero, but she's only a fraud. Finally, threatened with exposure, Colby must face facts about her selfish mother and her own shame. Harrowing and hopeful, proof that the truth that saves us can come with a fierce and terrible price, Big Fat Disaster is that rare thing, a story that is authentically new. 


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Author Bio:

In addition to writing Young Adult Contemporary Fiction, Beth Fehlbaum is an experienced English teacher who frequently draws on her experience as an educator to write her books. She has a B.A. in English, Minor in Secondary Education, and an M.Ed. in Reading. She is currently a Library Science student at Sam Houston State University.
Beth is the author of Big Fat Disaster (Merit Press/F+W Media, March 2014); Courage in Patience (Kunati Books, 2008); and Hope in Patience(WestSide Books, 2010). Hope in Patience was named a 2011 YALSA Quick Pick for Reluctant Readers. Truth in Patience, which rounds outThe Patience Trilogy, is as yet unpublished. The Patience Trilogy has been revised and is available for acquisition!
Beth has a following in the young adult literature world and also among survivors of sexual abuse because of her work with victims’ advocacy groups. She has been the keynote speaker at the National Crime Victims’ Week Commemoration Ceremony at the Hall of State in Dallas, Texas and a presenter for Greater Texas Community Partners, where she addressed a group of social workers and foster children on the subject of “Hope”.
Beth is a survivor of childhood sexual abuse, like Ashley in The Patience Trilogy, and the day-to-day manager of an eating disorder much like Colby’s in Big Fat Disaster. These life experiences give her a unique perspective, and she writes her characters’ stories in a way meant to inspire hope.
Beth lives with her family in the woods of East Texas.
Thank you for stopping by my blog today. I would also like to say Thank You to Book Nerd Tours for letting me participate in this book blast. Don't forget to enter the giveaway below.
~Sabrina


Cover Reveal Connor Titus

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About the Author:
0418 Crystal Connor photo Crystal-Connor.jpgCrystal Y. Connor grew up telling spooky little campfire-style stories at slumber parties. Living on a steady literary diet of Stephen King, Robin Cook, Dean R. Koontz and healthy doses of cinema masterpieces such as The Birds, Friday the 13th, Hellraiser, The Outer Limits and The Twilight Zone it surprises no one that she ended up writing a horror novel! 
Crystal now living in Seattle has been writing poetry and short stories specializing in the Urban Fantasy, Science Fiction, and  Horror since before Jr. high School. The Darkness, her début novel and book I in The Spectrum Trilogy has been selected as a two time Award-Winning Finalist in the 2011International Book Awards in the fiction categories of Cross Genre Fiction and Multicultural Fiction.
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Title:  In The Foothills of Mt. Empyreal: The End is Now
Author:  Crystal Connor, writing as Connor Titus
To Be Published:  May 26th, 2014
Word Count:  approx. 81,000
Genre:  Horror, Dark Fantasy, Apocalyptic
Content Warning:  Adult content and violence
Recommended Age:   17+
Synopsis:
The Order of The Sentinels.
The Order of The Learned.
The Order of The Writs.
The Order of The Cloth.
Angels.
Demon.
In the foothills of Mt. Empyreal the most powerful forces in the world are drawn into combat.
And the fate of all the world hangs in the balance.
Excerpt from The End is Now by Connor Titus:
For hours, she drove in silence, enjoying the beauty of the wintry landscape that seemed somehow amplified in the quiet of a planet without the noise of technology. The rumble of the engine against the backdrop of the stillness lured Khrystle into a state of calmness that she had never before achieved, but when the abomination wrapped its tail around her wrist, she was jerked back to reality by the sounds of her own screaming.
She slid to a screeching stop and jumped from the ATV. After a deep breath, she put the demonic spawn back in the cargo space and picked up her shotgun for comfort.
The reprieve was short-lived.
It was a military plane, a fighter jet, and its silent descent from the sky was nothing short of memorizing. There was an earth-shattering explosion. Moments later, she was blasted off her feet by the hot wind.
Standing, she watched the black smoke climb into the bright sky. How long she stood staring, she couldn’t remember, but after a while, she straddled the vehicle and started the engine.
It had taken her two days to reach the …
Devastation.
It took Khrystle a moment to realize that the dissemination before her was the result of the fighter jet slamming into an Amtrak.
The sickly sweet, acrid smell that seared her throat was so strong she could actually taste it. When it donned on her that it was the smell of burning flesh, she fell to her knees and soiled the pristine snow as her body violently emptied the meager contents of her stomach.
At that moment, she couldn’t remember a prayer, so she wept instead.
The dog’s growling was barely heard above the girl’s sobbing, but was loud enough to cease her tears.
Rising from the basin with the black smoke and red-orange flame was a man. She stood as she watched him stumble, fall, and struggle to his feet, only to fall again.
Blood poured from beneath his hair to fall across his swollen face like a cascade. The purple bruising around his right eye had caused it to close; his left eye stared at nothing.
The threads of his charred pants billowed in the winter breeze, exposing muscle and bone from the rip in flesh above his right knee. Second and third degree burns covered his skin and a book was clutched within his blistering arms.
How was it, she asked herself, that this man would be able to walk away from a train wreck?
When he was mere feet from Khrystle, he collapsed. She ran to him. Kneeling, she unzipped her duffle bag, but was distracted as she reached in for her medical kit.
It was a feather, a large black feather from a crow. She looked up in time to watch the black bird land on the power line. Before she had the time to look away, another bird landed.
And then another, and yet another.
In just minutes hundreds of crows were assembled judiciously above her.
Their silence was alarming.
She dragged her attention from the birds to the man who lay injured. That simple act caused her vision to blacken along the edges.
Her question was answered when she saw the book he clutched. The storm that surged across her mind was as forceful and devastating as a category five hurricane, leaving debilitating fear and biting goose bumps in its wake.
And through the dark, he will come to shield the book.
The embossing on the book was written in Aramaic, but she knew what it said anyway.
This is the Book of the First.
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        About the Author:
Lori Titus is the author of Lazarus (September 2010) and Green Water Lullaby: A Collection of Short Stories (March 2011), and Hailey’s Shadow (June 2011).
Lori is also the Managing Editor of Flashes in the Dark, a website that features flash fiction, serials, and author interviews.
Lori splits her time between blogging, and working on several writing and editing projects.
   
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Title:  The Guardians of Man: Black Feathers Fell in the Foothills of Mt. Empyreal
Author:  Lori Titus, writing as Connor Titus
To Be Published:  May 26th, 2014
Word Count:  approx. 68,000
Genre:  Horror, Dark Fantasy, Apocalyptic
Content Warning:  Adult content and violence
Recommended Age:   17+
Synopsis:
In the mountain community of Fate’s Keep, the battle for mankind had begun.
After a geometric storm plunges the world into darkness, destroying electronic communication, light, and power, residents living in the shadow of Mt. Empyreal struggle for survival. Terrified of what is yet to come, they hide in their homes, waiting for the first, overdue snowfall of the year to come.
Along with the snow comes an ancient evil, free after centuries of imprisonment. The birth of a child and the worldwide power outage are only the start of events that have been prophesied.
With time running out, and supernatural enemies surrounding them, will The Guardians of Man be able to save the Earth? 
Excerpt for The Guardians of Man:
And through the dark, he will come to shield the book. Jessica heard the words as if they came to her from some faraway place, but she was very sure of what was being said. Despite the fact that the words were not English, some primal instinct made the words as clear as her mother tongue. In the dream, she was outside in the snow. From a mountain top she looked down and saw the town below. Part was lost in smoke and ashes. She could make out movement in the streets. Black crows rose in the air, unfettered by the acid snow that fell upon them.
Book Trailer Link: http://youtu.be/Nl_u4n_gRL0

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There is a tour wide giveaway. Prizes include the following:
  • One lucky winner will receive signed, print copies of both The End is Now and The Guardians of Man.
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Thursday, April 17, 2014

Moonflower Blog Tour


Today on my blog I have the Moonflower blog tour. On my stop there is a spotlight, review, guest post, and giveaway.

Natasha remembers little from her Russian childhood, other than the lingering nightmares of her mother’s tragic death. So when someone close to her hands her a one-way ticket to Russia, along with the deed to her family farm, and then is brutally murdered, she has little confidence about what awaits her in that distant land.
With doubt and uncertainty, Natasha has no choice but to leave her life in America for an unknown future. Once overseas, the terrifying facts as to why she was really summoned home come to light.


Fact one: Monsters do exist.

Fact two: The only thing keeping those monsters out of the world is an ancient mural hidden below her family’s farm.

Fact three: The mural that keeps the evil out of the world is falling apart.
The final fact: It’s up to Natasha to restore it and save the world from a horror unlike anything seen before.

Luckily, Natasha isn’t alone in her mission. Three Russian Knights are tasked with protecting her from the demons as she restores the mural. And leading the Knights is the handsome and strong Anatoly, who seems to be everything Natasha could hope for in a man. Unfortunately, there is one huge problem. Her Knights are forbidden from having relationships with the artists they protect, and Anatoly is a hardcore rule follower. But rules cannot stop the way she feels.

When a horrifying demon breaches the barrier and pulls Anatoly inside the mural, Natasha can’t help but charge, once again, into the unknown—this time to save the man she secretly loves. Now on the demons’ turf, she risks her own life to free the very one who is supposed to be protecting her. Little does she realize that if she should fail, it could mean the destruction of the very last barrier shielding mankind. Will Anatoly refuse Natasha’s help? Or will he finally realize, when love is at stake, the rules will be broken.

Excerpt:
Seattle, Washington

The shadows came for me at night, in my sleep, evoking demons as they crept over me, pressing down, tangling around my arms, my legs, my neck. I struggled to open my eyes. To move. To breathe. Panic swelled. Twisting and thrashing, I battled to break free. The shadows turned to vapor, and it was my mother who held me now, clutching me to her bloody body as we huddled together. Her ragged, uneven breath feathered across the back of my neck.
She whispered one last Russian lullaby.
My father appeared in the doorway, his heavy boots dripping snow on the oak floor. His eyes were cold, vacant, a rifle tight in his hands. He advanced, yelling Siberian curses that fell from his lips like hissing snakes. He snarled and aimed the weapon at my mother’s chest. Her eyes stretched wide in horror, her lips twisted in a final scream as she pushed me to safety. A bullet exploded through her torso, shattering my existence in a mixture of steel, blood and bone, colliding at the speed of light. My father lowered the gun, grabbed my mother’s wrist and checked for a pulse. A satisfied smile crept across his lips as he dropped her lifeless arm.
A whimper escaped my throat. He spotted me cowering in the corner, his eyes blazing with scalding fury. He raised the weapon, aimed it at my forehead, and the shadows came for me again…  

Review: 
This is nothing like any book I have ever read in the paranormal genre. It has a creative and unique spin on how to fight demons and I was captivated from the synopsis but the story and characters are so much more.

Natasha has been plagued with nightmares of her father killing her mother when she was just a child in Russia. Never understanding the reason behind it she has never gotten close to anyone and being is foster care doesn’t help. But all that changes when Chuck comes into her life. He makes her feel loved but her foster mom Bambi is jealous of the relationship and murders him. But Chuck is able to help Natasha before he dies by giving her the deed to her family’s farm in Russia and a plan ticket to go back so she can finally get the answers she has always wanted.

Once there Natasha finds out that demons are real and that there is ancient painting under her family’s farmhouse. She must restore it before any of them escape. But it’s not easy when the demons can mess with her mind as she tries to repair the cracks but lucky for her she has three Russian Knights who are tasked with protecting her while she does this. Anatoly who is the head of the Knights is everything that Natasha wants in a man but there is rules against being with her protectors. But when the head demon pulls Anatoly into the painting all rules go out the window when Natasha goes into the painting to pull out the man she loves. But can she get to him in time before he is killed and get them both back to safety? 

I enjoyed getting to know all the characters in this story even when their actions made it hard to like them. Bambi is one of those characters. She is uncaring and selfish and treated Natasha as nothing more than a check. But when she reveals things about her past to Natasha I understood her better, I still didn’t like her but at least I didn’t hate her.


Watching Natasha getting to learn about her past and find her strength was an amazing part of the story for me. I’m not sure if I could have handled everything she went through at seventeen. The way she went into the painting to save Anatoly had me on the edge of my seat. I was so scared for the both of them. I kept hoping she would get to him in time and that they would be able to get free. But I won’t tell you if she did you will have to read the book to find out if they did and if they break the rules for their love. 
4/5 Bloody Fangs 


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Angela Townsend was born in the beautiful Rocky Mountains of Missoula, Montana. As a child, Angela grew up listening to stories told by her grandparents, ancient tales and legends of faraway places. Influenced by her Irish and Scottish heritage, Angela became an avid research historian, specializing in Celtic mythology. Her gift for storytelling finally led her to a full time career in historical research and writing. A writer in local community circulations, Angela is also a published genealogical and historical resource writer who has taught numerous research seminars. Currently, Angela divides her time between writing, playing Celtic music on her fiddle, and Irish dancing.
Angela’s first novel, Amarok, was published through Spencer Hill Press in 2012. She later went on to sign with Clean Teen Publishing in 2013 and currently has two novels published through them: Angus MacBain and the Island of Sleeping Kings and River of Bones. Her third novel, Moonflower is scheduled for release in March 2014.
Angela resides on a ranch, in rural Northwestern Montana, with her two children Levi and Grant. 

Guest Post:
People say you should write about what you know. Do you have any personal experiences that helped you while writing your book?

I have an extensive background in historical research and cultural anthropology. Researching Moonflower was a really fun project for me. I loved the study of Russian culture and history. Russia has an extremely interesting history and such a mysterious past. There was so much I didn’t know about the culture, traditions, superstitions and religious beliefs. I enjoyed the literature of the county and I also enjoyed learning about Russia’s magical fairy tales and legends. I can see why such great tales were created. There are parts of Russia where the forests are so green and lush its truly spectacular—and the perfect playground for fairies and other magical creatures. My imagination really came to life when I studied the architecture--ancient buidlings that had been standing for centuries and are still in use today. I think as an American I was taught in school that Russia was like an ice box. That everyone walked around in fur coats and hats. What I discovered was truly the opposite. There is so much more to the country than its chilly winter climate. Russia has some of the most creative mythology as well. Unlike many other countries and societies there didn’t seem to be any first-hand record for the study of Slavic mythology.  Stories were handed down orally over centuries. I found many stories contained in artwork in breathtaking churches and museums.

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Thank you for stopping by my blog today. I would also like to say Thank You to Angela for letting me review your book and say Thank You to Jaidis for letting me participate in this blog tour. Don't forget to enter the giveaway below.
~Sabrina
Monday, April 14, 2014

The Preacher's Son Blog Tour


Today on my blog I have The Preacher's Son blog tour. On my stop there is a spotlight, guest post, and giveaway.

Jeremy Ferguson is caught between two worlds—the conservative, faith-based expectations of his Southern preacher father and his own ambitions to live the life of a model in New York City.

Aura Vanderleigh is similarly trapped by her own battle for self-respect, her own family’s expectations, and her dreams of a better life. As a plus-size woman, she’s been indoctrinated with the belief that she doesn’t deserve love, let alone the love of a beautiful white man. She is surprised—and intrigued—when Jeremy shows up at her church one day. And fate has something wonderful in store: true love.

When Jeremy returns home with Aura, neither is prepared for the backlash. Will Jeremy’s family be able to set aside their prejudices and accept their son’s choice for a mate? Can Aura’s family and friends learn to embrace her choice and believe that she deserves the love of such an extremely handsome and sexy man like Jeremy? Can they inspire compassion and tolerance in those who would tear them apart? 

Review:
When I saw this had a Christian theme to it I almost didn’t read it but I am so glad I gave it a chance. I really enjoyed the storyline and characters. I got so wrapped up in them that the religious part just added to the storyline. The relationship between Jeremy and Aura just captivated me and I kept hoping he wouldn’t let his family’s prejudice get in the way of his love. I am hoping for more of them in another book along with Olivia and Emerson. 3/5 Bloody Fangs

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B.D. Anderson, (Brenda Diane) has loved to read and write romance stories all of her adult life.  The Preacher’s Sonis her very first published novel, but will certainly not be her last! Outside of being an author, she is also an Associate Minister at her church. Brenda is married and the mother of two adult sons.

It was quite a struggle for Brenda to write what many church people would consider ‘worldly’ romance with an underlying Christian theme, but her desire was to reach people where they are at and not to necessarily ‘preach’ at them. Her book is aimed at an audience that does not necessarily know about God, and she hopes that her book will open the door for honest discussion.  Her story has been warmly embraced by her church members and they have turned out to be some of her biggest fans. Her book will be used as a tool to open the door of communication in several Women’s Groups as they seek to minister to young adult ladies.

Brenda has received a wonderful review from Penn Book Reviews and has been featured on Alliance for Independent Authors website for her desire to help other new authors to have their works published.

She had dedicated a portion of the proceeds from her book to help new authors, as well giving a portion to her own church’s ministry. Brenda hopes to have the sequel to her book finished by the end of this year.

Guest Post:
Defining moment during your youth when you realized you wanted to be a writer.

When I was about twelve or thirteen, I would write stories for my friends and they in turn were to write stories about me.  However I soon discovered that they didn’t really have an imagination or ability to write a story.  It was very frustrating to write these stories paring them off with whatever boy that they were in love with at that time only to get back just a few lines from them for my story or worse yet, they copied my story because they couldn’t think of anything to write. They begged me to write more, while I wasn’t getting anything from them.  This went on all through middle school and into high school.

At some point I realized that I had a gift and that they weren’t just being selfish or lazy; they just weren’t writers.  I knew then I wanted to be a writer but I had no idea how to go about it.  There were no computers back then and if you wanted to do research, you went to the public library and searched through the card catalog for whatever subject you wanted.  I did that, and learned that becoming a writer was no easy task, especially without the proper education.

Maya Angelou said, “When you know better, you do better” and I must confess that I felt that it was just a pipe dream back then.  I didn’t even know I could go to college without being rich.  I thought that only people with money went to college.

My parents both grew up on a farm with limited education.  Neither of them finished high school and my Mom’s dream was for her children to graduate high school.  College wasn’t even in their vocabulary.  I was told to graduate and then get a job.

When I was finishing my junior year and met with my counselor, she was surprised that I didn’t know anything about grants and scholarships when she asked me if I had college plans.  She wanted to help me, but I felt that I didn’t have the funds or the grades to get a scholarship. However with her encouragement, I went to community college.  I decided not to write, but to learn how to become a secretary, to get a good job as my mother hoped, not one taking care of other people’s children or cleaning houses for a living.

I’d still fill notebooks with my stories, but I’d put them away in a drawer.  I married and had two sons, but I never forgot my love of writing.  

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Thank you for stopping by my blog today. I would also like to say Thank You to B.D. for your guest post and say Thank You to Book Nerd Tours for letting me participate in this tour. Don't forget to enter the giveaway below.
~Sabrina
Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Living Dead Girl Blog Tour


Today on my blog I have the Living Dead Girl Blog Tour. On my stop there is a spotlight, review, and guest post.


Jen MacLellan has hit a dead end…
Jen knows tattooed, blue-haired Jack Norris is trouble the minute he opens his front door. And being a mortician in the avante garde East Side of Providence, Jen has seen a lot. Jack has recruited Jen’s teenage brother Drew to play drums for his less-than-respectable punk band, and Jen has no choice but to follow their gigs to keep her little brother out of trouble. But when Drew goes missing, she finds herself in the awkward position of asking for Jack’s help. Shocked that he agrees, Jen decides she may have misjudged him. Worse, she might even like him.
But when Jen is brutally attacked, she awakens in the hospital where a Sid Vicious look-alike greets her with the news: she’s dead, and he’s the reaper assigned to take her away. Yeah, not so much. Refusing to leave, Jen’s spirit watches helplessly as her loved ones suffer, powerless to ease her family’s grief or prevent the police from accusing Jack of her murder. Desperate to help them, Jen convinces the reaper to bring her back. But reanimating corpses isn’t as easy as it looks, and neither is finding a killer before it’s too late… 

Review:
Jen is the responsible and protective older sister of Drew. She tries to keep him in line and help out at the family business but what she didn’t expect is to fall in love with the annoying care free blue haired Jack from the band Drew is in. But everything changes even more for Jen when she dies and Jack is charged with her murder. Now Jen has to make a deal with Sam aka the Grim Reaper to come back and protect the ones she loves.

I loved this book so much. Jen is defiantly one of my favorite characters this year. She has been through so much in her life and watching her die than fight to come back was an emotional ride. But for me Sam stole the book. I just loved him.


This was such a well written book. Nessie drew me in from page one and had me an emotional roller coaster ride. I am really hoping there will be another book as I want more Sam please. 5/5 Bloody Fangs 

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After the story, passing notes with the reaper

Dear Sam,

As I wait for my fate, I just wanted to take the time to thank you for helping me accomplish what I needed to do before you took me away. I know what we did was against the rules, and I'm fully prepared to accept whatever punishment Death decides. I'm sure you're still angry with me, and I don't really blame you. If there's anything I can do to make this easier, please tell me.

Sincerely,
Jen MacLellan


My pet, 
Angry? I'm not sure that's an accurate term for what I'm feeling right now. What's laughable, is you've narrated your entire note in your head while writing, rendering the written product completely useless. I'm not a little school girl, so I've got no idea why you'd be passing me notes anyway.

-Sam

Ok, no need to be rude. I just wanted to say I'm sorry, what's with the attitude?
-Jen

Not attitude, just not interested. Ms. Jennifer, it seems your apology is wasted on me. I have hundreds of years experience, do you honestly think I didn't know what I was doing? That I somehow cared what happened to you? I was bored, and this little adventure seemed like the perfect way to pass the time. Yes, you heard right--boredom. Years and years of collecting souls, filing paperwork, following protocol. You made a splendid distraction. 

 Sincerely,
Your Reaper

Bored, huh? You're such a liar. But if that's the game you wish to play, knock yourself out.

Can't wait to get to know you better,
Jen

Oh, pet, I look forward to it.

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Nessie is a Massachusetts native and mother of two who has dabbled in everything from abstract painting to freelance sports reporting. She also loves a good story, whether it’s reading or writing one. Active membership in a writer’s critique group has helped erase the memory of two horribly written practice novels. LIVING DEAD GIRL is her first real novel.

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Thank you for stopping by my blog today. I would also like to say Thank You to Nessie for letting me review your book and say Thank You to Bewitching Book Tours for letting me participate in this blog tour.
~Sabrina
Saturday, April 5, 2014

16 Things I Thought Were True Blog Tour


Today on my blog I have the 16 Things I Thought Were True Blog Tour. On my stop there is a spotlight, review, and giveaway.

Heart attacks happen to other people #thingsIthoughtweretrue

When Morgan’s mom gets sick, it’s hard not to panic. Without her mother, she would have no one—until she finds out the dad who walked out on her as a baby isn’t as far away as she thought…

Adam is a stuck-up, uptight jerk #thingsIthoughtweretrue

Now that they have a summer job together, Morgan’s getting to know the real Adam, and he’s actually pretty sweet…in a nerdy-hot kind of way. He even offers to go with her to find her dad. Road trip, anyone?

5000 Twitter followers are all the friends I need #thingsIthoughtweretrue

With Adam in the back seat, a hyper chatterbox named Amy behind the wheel, and plenty of Cheetos to fuel their trip, Morgan feels ready for anything. She’s not expecting a flat tire, a missed ferry, a fake girlfriend…and that these two people she barely knew before the summer started will become the people she can’t imagine living without. 


Review:

Morgan is not having the best summer. She is working at a theme park, her boss is a jerk or so she thinks, her coworker Amy is annoying and talks all the time. The only thing Morgan is excited for is getting 5,000 twitter followers. She feels when she hits that number something good will happen. But than she gets a text from her brother saying mom is in the hospital come quick. Morgan can’t even think to drive so her boss Adam says he will drive her. He does a really good job at keeping Morgan calm on the ride to the hospital and that surprised me how well he handled the situation. When Morgan gets there she finds out her mom has something wrong with her heart which worries her and has her thinking she will die, leaving Morgan all alone as she doesn’t know her dad. But while her mom is in the hospital she starts to tell Morgan that her dad is in fact alive and tells her his name. This news has Morgan feeling confused and angry at her mom for holding this from her. Morgan decides to go on a road trip to meet the father she has never met. Her annoying coworker Amy volunteers to drive her and her boss Adam decides to crash the trip and come along. Morgan is not happy about doing this with Amy and Adam but before the summer is up Morgan will realize that there is more to life than twitter and that having real friends is something she can’t live without. 

This is the second book I have read from Janet and I have enjoyed this one just as much as the first book. I didn’t really like Morgan at the beginning of the book but after finding out some things about her I understood her better. The characters and story line all work well together.

As the story goes we really see a lot of growth from Morgan. She goes through so much and she handles it well. I loved how the relationship with Adam grows through the book. He is defiantly a good guy and helps Morgan out quite a bit. Amy got on my nerves a little but she is really sweet and when she offered to drive Morgan I was touched by that since she really didn’t know Morgan all that well.


Through family issues, insecurities, friendship, love, and finally accepting yourself 16 Things I Thought Were True is a great book and highly recommend it. 4/5 Bloody Fangs  

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Janet lives near the Canadian Rockies with her husband and son and a little dog named Bruce. She does not live in an Igloo or play hockey, but she does love maple syrup and says “eh” a lot.

Janet only gives 5 stars to the books she reviews because she is an author herself and knows that no book can appeal to everyone, but like a child, it is very special to the creator.

I’M NOT HER was published by Sourcebooks Teen Fire in May 2011.

IF I TELL released Oct 1, 2011 from Sourcebooks Teen Fire.

WHO I KISSED Sourcebooks Fire 2012.

Janet’s work will also appear in the THE FIRST TIME anthology, DEAR TEEN ME anthology and WHO DONE IT anthology. 

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Thank you for stopping by my blog today. I would also like to say Thank You to Janet for letting me review your book and say Thank You to Book Nerd Tours for letting me participate in this tour. Don't forget to enter the giveaway below.
~Sabrina 
Tuesday, April 1, 2014

The Field Blog Tour


Today on my blog I have The Field Blog Tour. On my stop there is a spotlight, review, and giveaway.

Eric Horton has been having disturbing nightmares of explosions and fire and someone screaming. The dreams keep him up at night, but during the day, as a goalkeeper on his high school’s varsity soccer team, he has been unbeatable, saving shot after shot with what feels like a supernatural awareness of where the ball is headed. He also shares an uncommonly strong connection with Renee, the attractive new French exchange student. The wild visions and synchronicities pale in comparison to the strange experiments Renee’s father is carrying out in the physics lab at the university, however. He has asked Eric to take part in the tests, which makes Eric question whether what he is seeing and hearing is reality or something far beyond it. When his friend Will develops a drinking problem and Renee starts flirting with other guys, Eric loses his confidence on the soccer field and in himself. If he is going to pull it all together, he will have to tap into a part of himself that he never knew existed. 


Review:

This was a fun book that has soccer and hidden abilities which sound like they won’t work well together but it does. Eric makes the varsity soccer team as a goalie and with his hidden ability he can tell where the ball is going to go and can block it every time. He also falls for the new girl Rene so everything seems to be going his way. That is until his dreams start to haunt him and his best friend turns against him can Eric get back on his game and make everything right again.


I am a huge soccer fan so I was excited to read a book that has soccer in it. But you don’t have to enjoy soccer to like this book as the characters are very likeable and you will find yourself rooting for them. I loved the connection between Eric and Rene they are very sweet but Eric is defiantly my favorite character in this book. He is a really stand up guy who genuinely loves and cares about the people in his life and even his best friend when he turns on him.  I just really enjoyed this book and look forward to reading more from Tracy in the future. 4/5 Bloody Fangs  

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Tracy Richardson lives in Indiana with her family and their Jack Russell terrier, Ernie. When her children started reading, she rediscovered her childhood favorites and began developing stories of her own. Images from growing up on Lake Michigan feature prominently in her novels, and sometimes bits and pieces of actual people and events—with the names changed to protect the innocent! She is working on her second novel, THE FIELD, a teen/YA novel featuring one of the characters from INDIAN SUMMER. 

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Thank you for stopping by my blog today. I would also like to say Thank You to Tracy for letting me review your book and say Thank You to Book Nerd Tours for letting me participate in this blog tour. Don't forget to enter the giveaway below. 
~Sabrina

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