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Wednesday, April 16th, 2014

Maybe Someday - Colleen Hoover

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MLL Podcast Episode 91 – Maybe Someday and Dreams of Gods & Monsters

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Music
Love
War
Demons
Angels
Fighting
Making Up
Crying
Happiness

ALL THIS!  Listen in and find out what Shan and Kim say about these things and more.

 

 

 

 

 

Dreams of Gods & Monsters - Laini Taylor

 

 

 

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Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014

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SYNOPSIS: 
Ben Pryor grew up as an average kid in Camden, Maine, unaware of the supernatural storm brewing in his Celtic blood. However, at nineteen, as the last born in the royal line of the beings that once ruled Atlantis, Ben has eagerly embraced his newfound abilities and birthright.When Caleb, his sister’s mate, goes missing under suspicious circumstances, the prime suspect is the last remaining member of the overthrown corrupt Guardian Council.

With the discovery that an old acquaintance has been keeping secrets and the future Ben was so sure of shifting before his eyes, the situation becomes more complicated, the ransom for Caleb too high.

In the sequel to Shades of Atlantis, Ben will delve deeper than he ever imagined into the magical old ways of the Guardians, the secrets of Excalibur, and the truth behind the legend of King Arthur.

About Carol:
Carol Oates
  Carol Oates came into the world on Christmas morning, in an elevator. Raised just across the street from the childhood home of Bram Stoker, author of Dracula, it was only a matter of time before Carol’s love of all things supernatural would emerge. 

She began experimenting with fiction at school and keeps the notebook containing her first unpublished novel in her desk drawer. Over three decades later, all her stories still begin life scrawled on paper.
When not writing, Carol can be found exploring history with her son. Luckily, he shares her love of old buildings, castles, and tombs.

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EXCERPT:

“No.” The word left my lips before I realized. My heart raced to the point of pain, and all eyes landed on me. I wanted to run, to take Amanda’s hand and walk away from this table, to go back to our life in Camden. In the next second, Amanda’s searching eyes met mine. Her head tilted to the side, and her lips turned down at the corners. Her head shook almost indiscernibly.

“I don’t want you to risk your life again,” I told her, preventing Amanda from asking a question.

Amanda cupped my jaw with her hand. I leaned into her touch seeking comfort, and at the same time feeling it was undeserved. I flinched away from her, and in one swift movement pushed my chair back and stood. I held the backrest, sliding my slick palms over the wood. I hadn’t noticed my palms were sweating. Amanda pushed herself from the table and moved to place her hand on my arm. I shied away from her touch for the second time and scanned the faces around me. All looked at me with varying degrees of judgment and pity. I ignored Amanda and addressed Triona.

“It doesn’t matter what we do. The life we had growing up is over, and nothing will ever be the same. We were naïve to think we could have normal.”

Listen to Podcast # 91 to hear me talk about Shades of Atlantis the first book in this series. Review of Shades of Avalon will come soon!

 

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Thursday, April 17th, 2014

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More Drew and Kate!!!!!

 

SUMMARY
In the fourth sexy romance by the New York Times bestselling author of Tangled

and Twisted, Drew and Kate can’t wait to tie the knot—if they can survive the pre-
wedding festivities.

For most of my life, I never imagined I’d get married. But Kate did the impossible: she changed me. I think we can all agree I was pretty frigging awesome before, but now I’m even better.

The road to this day wasn’t all rainbows and boners. There were mistakes and
misunderstandings worthy of a Greek tragedy. But Kate and I made it through with our inexhaustible lust, boundless admiration, and everlasting love for one another intact.

That being said, there were some unexpected incidents in Vegas last weekend that could have been a problem. It was kind of…my final test.

I know what you’re thinking—what the hell did you do this time? Relax. Let’s not judge, or call for my castration, until you’ve heard the whole story.

And hold on tight, because you’re in for a wild ride. Did you expect anything less?

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Wednesday, April 16th, 2014

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Tuesday, April 15th, 2014

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Screaming Divas by Suzanne Kamata

Publication Date: May 18th, 2014

Publisher: Merit Press

Pages: 208

Genre: YA Contemporary

 

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At sixteen, Trudy Baxter is tired of her debutante mom, her deadbeat dad, and her standing reservation at the juvenile detention center. Changing her name to Trudy Sin, she cranks up her major chops as a singer and starts a band, gathering around other girls ill at ease in their own lives. Cassie Haywood, would-have-been beauty queen, was scarred in an accident in which her alcoholic mom was killed. But she can still sing and play her guitar, even though she seeks way too much relief from the pain in her body and her heart through drugs, and way too much relief from loneliness through casual sex. Still, it’s Cassie who hears former child prodigy Harumi Yokoyama playing in a punk band at a party, and enlists her, outraging Harumi’s overbearing first-generation Japanese parents. The fourth member is Esther Shealy, who joins as a drummer in order to be close to Cassie–the long-time object of her unrequited love–and Harumi, her estranged childhood friend. Together, they are Screaming Divas, and they’re quickly swept up as a local sensation. Then, just as they are about to achieve their rock-girl dreams, a tragedy strikes.

Screaming Divas author photoAbout the Author:

 

Back in the day, Suzanne Kamata spent a lot of time hanging out in a club in Columbia, South Carolina, much like the one in Screaming Divas. (The beat goes on . . .) She later wrote about musicians for The State newspaper, The Japan Times, and other publications. Now, she mostly writes novels. In her free time, she enjoys searching for the perfect fake fur leopard-print coat and listening to the Japanese all-girl band Chatmonchy. Her YA debut, Gadget Girl: The Art of Being Invisible was named the 2013-2014 APALA YA Honor Book and Grand Prize Winner of the Paris Book Festival. For more info, visithttp://www.suzannekamata.com or follow her on Twitter @shikokusue.

 

The Excerpt:

from The Screaming Divas

By Suzanne Kamata

    Trudy got her hands on a guitar.  Actually, it was her father’s guitar, the one he’d played in his band.  The instrument had a history of smoky bars, fields of wild flowers, park benches, Greyhound buses.  It had been all over the place, probably even Dahomey.

    She was going to ask to borrow it, but when she dropped by Jack’s apartment, he wasn’t home.  Trudy decided to cart the guitar off anyhow.  He never played it any more and besides, he might say no if she asked him to loan it to her.  He didn’t trust her so much since all the trouble with Adam.

    She’d practice and innovate and turn herself into a brilliant performer.  And then she’d start a band. It would be the most exciting thing to hit the town since General Sherman.  Yeah, these were good thoughts.

    By day, she practiced.  By night, she hung out at The Cave, playing records or slamming on the dance floor.  During breaks, she looked for musicians in the Pink Room.

    “Hey, Maddy.  I’m starting a band.  Wanna join up?”

    Her roommate Madeline tossed a lock of black hair out of her eyes.  “You must be out of your mind.”

    Trudy shrugged.  She asked Jeff, the David Bowie lookalike.  She even asked Johnny Fad.  People laughed, blew smoke in her face.  Sometimes they just turned away as if they hadn’t heard her at all.

    Why did everyone treat her proposition like some sort of joke?  She was as serious as she’d ever been.  The more she practiced, the more she knew that her dreams lay in music.  She closed her eyes and saw herself on the stage, crooning into a mike while a huge crowd lit and lofted their Bics in tribute.

    When people were drinking and dancing, they weren’t in the mood for serious talk.  She had to find another way to put her band together.

    Trudy made a flyer with scissors and magazines and Elmer’s glue.  When she was finally satisfied with her work, she rode her housemate’s rickety bicycle to Kinko’s and made a hundred copies.  Then she ran around Five Points with a staple gun and plastered them to every telephone pole in sight.  When she was finished, she went back to the apartment, picked up her guitar, and waited for the phone to ring.

    “Hey, what’s this?” Madeline barged into her room just after midnight, smelling of booze and smoke.  She waved one of Trudy’s flyers in the air between them.

    “I’m starting a band,” Trudy said.  “I told you already.”

    Madeline shrugged.  “Yeah, whatever.  I wish you hadn’t put our phone number down, though.  We’ll get half a million calls from creeps.”

    Trudy didn’t answer.  Why was Madeline being such a bitch?  She looked really cool with her tattooed shoulder and asymmetrical haircut, but sometimes she could be totally square.

    “I’ll get my dad to buy us an answering machine,” Trudy said.  “That way we can screen calls.”

    Madeline nodded, seemingly consoled, and wandered off to her room.

    Trudy giggled softly.  Jack would never fork out cash for something like that, but the lie had worked.

    The first call came at noon the next day.

    “Hey, I’m calling about the band,” a gravelly voice said.

    “What do you play?”

    “Bass, drums, whatever.  I’m versatile.  Hey, wait.  You sound really familiar.  What’s your name?”

    “Trudy Sin.”

    “Hey, I know you.  You’re that firestarter.”  The line went dead.

    Later, Southern Bell called about an overdue phone bill.  The manager at Yesterday’s, where Madeline waited tables, called asking Madeline to report to work early.  Someone dialed a wrong number.

    Where were all the budding musicians, the soulmates in tune with her dreams?  Trudy set aside her guitar and put on some music.  She threw herself on the bed and let Patti Smith comfort her.

    How was she ever going to start a band?

    Maybe she could go solo – set up a drum machine and play the guitar herself.  She wracked her brains trying to come up with someone who’d gotten famous without back-up.  Her mind went blank.

    Two nights later, when she came home from a trip to the Quick Mart down the street, Madeline greeted her with, “You got a phone call. Someone wants to join your band.”

    “Great. Who?”  She pictured a pale, black-haired guy in leather, a guitar strapped across his hard-muscled body.

    “I dunno.  She said she’d call back.”

    She?  Well, okay.  This could be good.  A girl group.  Yeah, that’s the ticket.  They’d be like the Supremes with instruments.  The Gogo’s with attitude.  It would be a good gimmick, something to get them started while they developed as a band.

 

The Playlist-

1. Hole – “Miss World” (Or anything from LIVE THROUGH THIS or CELEBRITY SKIN. I listened to these a lot while writing this book.)

 

2. Joy Division – “She’s Lost Control” (Or anything else by this band.)

 

3. Bauhaus – “Bela Lugosi is Dead” (This was a big dance number at the club which inspired The Cave in the book.)

 

4. Sleater-Kinney – “The Drama You’ve Been Craving”  (This novel was inspired by the grrl bands of the Pacific Northwest, such as this one.)

 

5. The Supremes – “Baby Love” (I love the 1960s Motown sound,especially the girl groups. The Screaming Divas do a cover of this song.)

 

6. Seagulls Screaming Kiss Her Kiss Her – “Pretty in Pink” (This is a Japanese all-grrl band. I managed to work them into my previous novel, Gadget Girl, as well.)

 

7. Nelories – “An Ordinary Miracle” (Another quirky all-girl band out of Japan.)

 

8. Echo and the Bunnymen – “Killing Moon” (So 1980s, so beautiful!)

 

9. Babes in Toyland – “Mother” (Another model band for Screaming Divas.)

 

10. Bikini Kill – “Feels Blind” (I had this idea of following the band on their Japan tour for research, but then they broke up.)

 

11. The Cure – “Let’s Go to Bed” (I was a huge fan of this band.)

 

12. Soft Cell – “Tainted Love” (Another great 80s dance number.

 

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Thursday, April 3rd, 2014

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Raising Chaos is Book 2 in the Earthbound Angels Series and was released on February 4, 2014.  Here is an Excerpt from the book and a guest post about writing a sequel from the author herself.

 

Book Excerpt:

Raising Chaos-Excerpt.pdf

Elizabeth Corrigan

Writing a Sequel by Elizabeth Corrigan

 

There is nothing quite like writing your first book, or at least your first book that’s publication-worthy. The experience is full of excitement and learning and “OMG, this is the first time I’ve ever…” Written a document this long. Faced so much rejection. Worked with an editor. Seen my name on a shiny cover of a for-real paperback. Had my life’s work tromped on by picky reviewers and praised by total strangers. Tried to figure out how to sell a book. The process of getting a first book to publication and dealing with the aftermath is a roller coaster ride that is not for the faint of heart.

Writing a second book, and more specifically a sequel to a first book, is a whole other ball of wax. Oh, much of the process is the same. Write the book, edit it, put it out for the public, and face reviewers. But the second book release lacks the sparkle of the first. As with any drug, the first high is the highest.

And, really, that’s something of a relief, because with less excitement comes less fear of the unknown. When you’ve done something once, it’s easier to do a second time. In creating my first book, Oracle of Philadelphia, I got a feel for what kind of time and effort it takes to write a novel, so its sequel, Raising Chaos, felt like less of a shock. I didn’t perfect all my writing weaknesses in a single novel, but I learned what they were, so when my editor told me, “Stop telling! Show me!” and “Describe something! Anything!” I had a better idea of where she was coming from.

On the other hand, second novels are their whole own kind of scary. The phrase “sophomore slump” exists because popular culture abounds with authors and screen writers who created something brilliant but were unable to keep the momentum going into a second volume. In Chaos, I needed to expand some, separate my characters from each other and add some new ones. I even chose a different central character—to the point that my editors asked me to add back more of Oracle’s main character because they missed her so much.

I am of the opinion that the balance comes out on the side of improvement with my second novel. My one friend loved Chaos so much that she called me to talk to me about it for over an hour. Of course, she is Bedlam’s #1 fan. I think I got more in touch with all the characters through both books, and I believe I’ve grown as a writer. Hopefully the third book in the series will be an even bigger improvement.

And you know what? It’s still pretty darn exciting to see my name on the front of that paperback.

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Raising-Earthbound-Angels-Elizabeth-Corrigan-ebook/dp/B00I8PMHD2/

Barnes & Noble:  http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/raising-chaos-elizabeth-corrigan/1118480314?ean=2940148358374

Kobo: http://store.kobobooks.com/en-US/ebook/oracle-of-philadelphia

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/20726830-raising-chaos

Book/Tour Page on RAP: http://redadeptpublishing.com/raising-chaos/

Author page on RAP:  http://redadeptpublishing.com/elizabeth-corrigan/
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Tuesday, April 1st, 2014

 

How to Get Ainsley Bishop to Fall in Love with You

Release Date: 06/12/14
Summary from Goodreads:
1. Join the Drama Club
2. Do Your Research
3. Provide Something She Needs
4. Make Her Feel Secure and Important
5. Pay Attention!
6. Be a Good Friend
7. Be More Attractive
8. Be Complimentary, But Not Obsequious
9. Establish Rapport
10. Be Encouraging and Supportive
11. Give Her Space
12. Admit When You’re Wrong and Apologize
13. Find the Perfect Birthday Gift
14. Tell Her How You Feel
 
Seventeen-year-old Oliver Wendell Holmes (Yes, his parents are just that peculiar, but his brother’s name is Sherlock, so it could have been worse) knows that he’s different. He’s quirky, awkward, and he’s okay with that. Oliver also likes making lists—meticulous procedures for achieving his goals, step-by-step. Whether it’s “How to Get an A in Chemistry” or “How to Get Accepted to MIT,” he has a process, and it’s worked for him so far. He doesn’t even care that the popular kids mock him. Oliver’s got his eye on the prize.

So when he decides it’s time to declare his feelings for Ainsley Bishop, the girl of his dreams, it’s only natural for him to make a list—a point-by-point strategy to win her heart. He knows it will take a grand gesture for her to see all he has to offer, and her approaching birthday provides the ideal opportunity for Oliver to put his plan into action.

Finding the perfect gift is a challenge Oliver meets with his usual dogged determination. He’ll need to watch her carefully for clues to pinpoint exactly what he should give her. And along the way, he might just learn that what Ainsley really needs is not quite what he expected.

About the Author

T.M. Franklin started out her career writing non-fiction in a television newsroom. Graduating with a B.A. in Communications specializing in broadcast journalism and production, she worked for nine years as a major market television news producer, and garnered two regional Emmy Awards, before she resigned to be a full-time mom and part-time freelance writer. After writing and unsuccessfully querying a novel that she now admits, “is not that great,” she decided to follow the advice of one of the agents who turned her down—write some more and get better at it. Her first published novel, MORE, was born during National Novel Writing month, a challenge to write a novel in thirty days.
She lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband, Mike, is mom to two boys, Justin and Ryan, and has an enormous black dog named Rocky who’s always lying nearby while she’s writing. Whether he’s soothed by the clicking of the computer keys or just waiting for someone to rub his belly is up for debate.
In addition to MORE, Franklin penned the Amazon best-selling short story, Window, as well as another short story, A Piece of Cake, which appears in the Romantic Interludes anthology. The sequel to MORE, The Guardians, will be released November 7, 2013.
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