Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Book Blast: Rising by Holly Kelly @hollyk94


The Rising Series Box Set
Holly Kelly
Published by: Clean Teen Publishing
Publication date: December 12th 2017
Genres: Fairy Tales, Fantasy, Young Adult
A magical underwater realm awaits! Own books 1-3 of the Best-Selling Rising series by acclaimed author Holly Kelly.
This value-priced boxed set includes the first three novels in the best-selling Rising series: Rising (with an exclusive bonus scene), Descending, and Avenging. Beautifully packaged with brilliant new cover art, this set is perfect for any fan of Greek Mythology and Mermaid Romance stories. Order the Rising series today and submerge yourself in an underwater world full of passion, romance, intrigue and adventure.
Rising: Contains a newly released scene! In a war between the humans and the inhabitants of the sea—humans will lose. Xanthus Dimitriou—the most lethal Dagonian to rise from the ocean—is on a mission to save mankind from annihilation. There’s just one thing standing in his way: the life of a beautiful young woman…
Descending: When Xanthus cashes in a long-standing favor, Kyros is faced with doing two things he thought he’d never do—protect a mermaid and live on land.
Avenging: Two thousand years ago, King Triton witnessed the slaughter and total annihilation of his merchildren. Devastated by the loss, he vowed to never again father a child. Powerful, handsome, and eternally youthful, Triton was no stranger to seduction—yet his resolve was unwavering…until he met Nicole.
EXCERPT:
He knew what he had to do, what he’d done countless times before. As a trained soldier, he had a sacred duty to protect his people, guard their secret, and uphold the law. This female’s presence here was not only a criminal act, but it also presented an imminent threat. And because of that, his course was clear.
He had to kill her.
His plan lay clearly before him. Blanketed in the shadows, he’d enter her apartment window. Moving silently, he’d strike fast. Before she could cry out for help, he’d have her throat slit wide open. With her blood flowing swiftly, she’d be dead in mere seconds. The fact that she bathed at this time added to the ease of the execution. Clean up would be simple. Before the night ended, it would be as if she’d never existed. The Dagonian threat of exposure would be wiped clean from the human world.
Xanthus stood, his feet rooted in place under her window. Her sweet scent surrounded him as he listened to her pitiful sobs. Then, in that moment, he did the most shameful thing he’d ever done in his life.
He hesitated.
No, he didn’t merely hesitate. He halted. Fingering his blade in his holster, he willed his feet to move, but they seemed unwilling to obey. Then his mind latched onto a thought. It was no crime to wait for a more opportune time or a more secluded place to strike. He didn’t need to act rashly. True, finding her here in the human world shocked him, but he needed to be clear-headed and sure when he killed her.
He made his way back to his vehicle and climbed behind the wheel. He leaned his head back against the seat, closed his eyes, and attempted to clear his head.
He’d be back and she would die. She deserved to die. She may have the voice of an angel, but that was a lie. She was a traitor, a threat to their people. No other explanation made sense.
Xanthus looked toward the little female’s apartment building across the street. Could she have found a more dangerous place to live? This Dagonian female probably felt at home with these bottom-feeders.
Probably? Aw Hades. He cursed himself and the doubt in his mind. He doubly cursed that he couldn’t seem to stop himself from caring about her welfare. He’d be killing her himself, after all. The traitor had to die, regardless of his feelings and no matter how appealing she was. Of course, if she died by a human’s hands then he wouldn’t…
No.
He shook his head at his own idiotic thoughts. If a human killed her, then her body would be taken to the morgue, for the humans to see. He couldn’t let that happen. He had to be the one to kill her and carefully dispose of her body. And he would, soon.
Just not tonight.


Author Bio:
Holly Kelly is a mom who writes books in her spare time: translation--she hides in the bathroom with her laptop and locks the door while the kids destroy the house and smear peanut butter on the walls. She was born in Utah but moved around a bit, living in Kansas, Texas, and Hawaii where she studied marine biology. She's now back in Utah--"happy valley". She's married to a wonderful husband, James, and they are currently raising 6 rambunctious children. Her interests are reading, writing (or course), martial arts, visual arts, creating Halloween props, and spending time with family.

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Monday, December 11, 2017

Blog Tour: Lantern by Chess Desalls @ChessDesalls


Lantern: The Complete Collection

by Chess Desalls
Genre: YA Fantasy/Sci-fi
Pages: 230
Release Date: September 26th 2017

Summary:


The story of every lantern is unique, just like yours and mine.

This collection includes all three novellas, LanternBeacon, and Torch.

Tori discovers a lantern that shines for her and nobody else. Is it a ghost or a living being that must be set free?

Serah unseals a globe made of Celestial Glass. Does success bring her happiness or create more trouble than it's worth?

Evelyn meets Graham after attending a party where a lantern burns out. Who lights the way to pull the other through?

Experience three different stories, all with a connection to a mysterious lamp maker.


Teaser/Editorial Review Quotes

The story of every lantern is unique, just like yours and mine.

"In these three novellas, unhappy teens find themselves displaced in time and saved by love.” – Kirkus Reviews

“From Havenbrim to the here and now, many YA readers will likely stare at the moon and dream." – Kirkus Reviews

"Lantern is a ghostly tale with a difference which I thoroughly enjoyed and recommend."Readers' Favorite 5 Star Review of Lantern, Hilary Hawkes

"Serah is a character you cannot help but root for. . . .A wonderful, wonderful read!"Readers' Favorite 5 Star Review of Beacon, Melissa Tanaka


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Excerpt

Evelyn’s words caught in her throat as a faint blue light flickered inside the globe, forming and spreading into a ball. Then, the ball floated at the globe’s center.
She brushed her fingertips across the glass.
The blue light brightened.
A deafening pop made her turn her head to the left. The lantern next to her burned brighter, then changed from white to yellow to blue. Her hands flew to her ears, her head spinning left and right. All the lanterns along the row were changing color, in both directions, each one transforming with a pop and a puff of smoke.
Tilting her chin, Evelyn glimpsed the world beneath her. Everyone and everything had frozen in time. Feet had stopped, mid-step. Lips that had fallen open had failed to close. Hands and arms stayed suspended in the air, along with those of the mimes caught inside their ice cubes.
“Joyce!”
Evelyn’s breath returned to her in heavy gasps as she scanned the pier for her sister. With her fists tight around the handlebar of the stepladder, she twisted to where she noticed a hot dog stand, and the top of a head with golden blonde hair, but she wasn’t sure it was Joyce—she was too far away.
“Anybody?” she cried out. “For weeks I’ve been trying to tell you there’s something wrong with this light!”
But no one looked up. No one saw her. All seemed incapable of raising their eyes.
Blue light crackled from the base of the lantern and glided across the handlebar. Then, folded around Evelyn’s fingers; the light tugged at her hand. With a shriek, she tried to climb down the stepladder, but she couldn’t break free.
As the smoke from the lanterns cleared, the clouds that had obscured the starlight broke apart and vanished. Evelyn squinted at the spray of stars glittering the sky. 
The moon brightened. A beam of moonlight stretched from the sky and joined the blue glow, intensifying the light until it shattered into a thousand sparkles.
Evelyn screamed.
The light that had pulled at her hand had spread and folded around her entire body, drawing the scream and the breath from her lungs until all sound faded.
All light dimmed.


About the Author

Chess Desalls is the author of award-winning young adult fiction. Her nonfiction writing has been included in academic and industry publications, with a focus on law and technology. She's also a contributing editor for WritersTalk, South Bay Writers' monthly newsletter. When she's not reading or writing, she enjoys traveling and trying to stay in tune on her flute.

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Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Blog Tour: Crowned by Christina Bauer @CB_Bauer




Crowned (Beholder #4)

by Christina Bauer
Genre: YA Fantasy
Release Date: November 28th 2017
Monster House Books

Summary from Godoreads:


At last, Elea has found the love of her life. Unfortunately, the evil Tsar Viktor is about to unleash an army of twisted mages bent on killing everyone Elea cares about… including the man who’s stolen her heart. That’s challenge enough, but on the eve of battle, Elea realizes that her true enemies may be far more powerful than even Viktor: The deities Oni and Yuri could be out to destroy her as well. With major battles brewing on two fronts, Elea’s not sure that she’ll win, but with true love to inspire her, she’s certainly ready to fight.

 


Excerpt:

Beholder CROWNED
Chapter One


It was never a good idea to spy on the gods, as a rule.
That said, I was never one to follow the rules.
All of which was why I now stood in a hilltop ringed with skulls, staring out over a deserted landscape. A shiver of foreboding rolled across my shoulders. This place gave new meaning to the word bleak. Ashen soil stretched off in every direction. Charcoal-colored clouds wheeled overhead. A freestanding archway made from chipped stone loomed nearby. The thing looked like a ruin, but it was actually a magickal gateway called the Skullock Passage. Soon, this archway would also serve as my supernatural keyhole for spying on the gods. Quite possibly, I’d be killed in the process.
Considering my situation, it was a risk worth taking.
I glanced up at the darkening sky.
Almost time to begin.
Any minute now, a slash of blood-red light would appear by the horizon, marking the arrival of the Martyr’s Comet, a heavenly body that showed itself once every two thousand years. Unfortunately, the Martyr’s Comet had all sorts of dark legends surrounding it, such as the prophecy that whoever was the strongest Necromancer alive when the comet appeared, then that same Necromancer had to die when the comet vanished.
This particular legend had changed my life from bad to worse.
First, the bad part. About two months ago, my one-time Mother Superior, Petra, informed me of the Martyr’s Comet prophecy, including the bit about the strongest Necromancer dying. That was certainly bad news; some poor mage was supposedly doomed.
Second, the worse part. Then Petra shared that I was the strongest Necromancer alive and she planned to end my life when the comet vanished. In other words, about three days from now. As I said, worse.
Of course, I’d no intention of dying any time soon. I just needed more information so I could foil Petra’s schemes—hence my spying expedition.
A flicker of light appeared at the horizon. My gaze locked on the spot. Was that the Martyr’s Comet?
I squinted into the darkening sky. The brightness clearly shone white, not red.
Only a shooting star, then.
A weight of disappointment settled on my shoulders. In some ways, I was looking forward to the comet’s arrival. With it, there came additional powers over gateways, especially for mages like me. Tapping into those extra abilities, I’d turn the Skullock Passage into my personal spy-hole.
Take that, Petra.
A small cloud of dust began spinning on the ground nearby. The particles whirled in curlicue shapes that were too perfect to be natural. Magick. My heart lightened. Perhaps my mate Rowan was arriving. I had expected him to magickally transport here any second.
Sadly enough, blue lights sparkled deep within the haze. A weight of dread settled into my bones. Someone was casting a transport spell, only it wasn’t Rowan. My mate was a Creation Caster, so his power came from life and his magick glowed red. This brightness shone blue, which meant the visiting mage was a Necromancer like me.
Damn.
Most likely, Petra was sending yet another messenger my way, asking me to fulfill the Prophecy of the Martyr’s Comet and die willingly on the comet’s last day. Meeting these messengers was never pleasant, but it wasn’t particularly dangerous, either. Petra wouldn’t try to kill me until the Martyr’s Comet was just about to disappear.
Small comfort, really.
Within seconds, a wisp of a girl materialized beside me. She looked about sixteen years old with large brown eyes, pale skin, and raven-dark hair. The image of her skull had been magickally marked onto her face in dark tones. Her clothes were long black robes decorated with a few ties, which was the formal dress for a Sister, the lowest level of initiated Necromancer.
The girl spied me, gasped, and fell to her knees. A small puff of dried earth flew up where she landed. “Greetings, my Tsarina.”

I pinched the bridge of my nose. All Petra’s messengers fell on their knees when they first laid eyes on me. It was rather unsettling. I wasn’t this girl’s Tsarina, and even if I were, bowing and scraping weren’t my idea of fun.
About the Author

Christina Bauer knows how to tell stories about kick-ass women. In her best selling Angelbound series, the heroine is a part-demon girl who loves to fight in Purgatory’s Arena and falls in love with a part-angel prince. This young adult best seller has driven more than 500,000 ebook downloads and 9,000 reviews on Goodreads and retailers. It is now available as an audiobook on Audible and iTunes.

Bauer has also told the story of the Women’s March on Washington by leading PR efforts for the Massachusetts Chapter. Her pre-event press release—the only one sent out on a major wire service—resulted in more than 19,000 global impressions and redistribution by over 350 different media entities including the Associated Press.

Christina graduated from Syracuse University’s Newhouse School with BA’s in English along with Television, Radio, and Film Production. She lives in Newton, MA with her husband, son, and semi-insane golden retriever, Ruby.

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Monday, December 4, 2017

Book Blast: The Fourth Element by Kat Ross @katrossauthor


The Fourth Element Trilogy: Boxed Set
Kat Ross
Publication date: September 22nd 2017
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
Gladiator meets Romeo and Juliet in this “spellbinding fantasy” trilogy (Kirkus Reviews) set in ancient Persia!
They are the light against the darkness.
The steel against the necromancy of the Druj.
And they use demons to hunt demons….
Nazafareen lives for revenge. A girl of the isolated Four-Legs Clan, all she knows about the King’s elite Water Dogs is that they leash wicked creatures called daevas to protect the empire from the Undead. But when scouts arrive to recruit young people with the gift, she leaps at the chance to join their ranks. To hunt the monsters that killed her sister.
Scarred by grief, she’s willing to pay any price, even if it requires linking with a daeva named Darius. Human in body, he’s possessed of a terrifying power, one that Nazafareen controls. But the golden cuffs that join them have an unwanted side effect. Each experiences the other’s emotions, and human and daeva start to grow dangerously close.
As they pursue a deadly foe across the arid waste of the Great Salt Plain to the glittering capital of Persepolae, unearthing the secrets of Darius’s past along the way, Nazafareen is forced to question his slavery—and her own loyalty to the empire. But with an ancient evil stirring in the north, and a young conqueror sweeping in from the west, the fate of an entire civilization may be at stake…
So begins an epic story of adventure, romance and betrayal that leads to undiscovered magical realms and a final confrontation with a demon queen bent on destroying them all.
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Author Bio:
Kat Ross worked as a journalist at the United Nations for ten years before happily falling back into what she likes best: making stuff up. She's the author of the dystopian thriller Some Fine Day, the Fourth Element fantasy trilogy (The Midnight Sea, Blood of the Prophet, Queen of Chaos), and a new gaslamp mystery series that opens with The Daemoniac and continues with The Thirteenth Gate. She loves myths, monsters and doomsday scenarios. For more information about Kat's books, come visit her at katrossbooks.com.

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Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Blog Tour: Of Bells and Thorns by Valentina Cano @valca85


Of Bells and Thorns (The Rose Master #2)
Genre: YA Gothic
Release Date: November 28th 2017
REUTS Publications, LLC


Readers fell in love with Anne Tinning, a maid in 19th century London, and Lord Grey, the master of a haunted manor. THE ROSE MASTER sequel continues their journey in another hauntingly beautiful tale.


Blurb coming soon.


The Rose Master
Blurb:
The day Anne Tinning turns seventeen, birds fall from the sky. But that's hardly the most upsetting news. She's being dismissed from the home she's served at since she was a child, and shipped off to become the newly hired parlor maid for a place she's never heard of. And when she sees the run-down, isolated house, she instantly knows why:

There's something wrong with Rosewood Manor.

Staffed with only three other servants, all gripped by icy silence and inexplicable bruises, and inhabited by a young master who is as cold as the place itself, the house is shrouded in neglect and thick with fear. Her questions are met with hushed whispers, and she soon finds herself alone in the empty halls, left to tidy and clean rooms no one visits.

As the feeling of being watched grows, she begins to realize there is something else in the house with them--some creature that stalks the frozen halls and claws at her door. A creature that seems intent on harming her.

When a fire leaves Anne trapped in the manor with its Master, she finally demands to know why. But as she forces the truth about what haunts the grounds from Lord Grey, she learns secrets she isn't prepared for. The creature is very real, and she's the only one who can help him stop it. 

Now, Anne must either risk her life for the young man she's grown to admire, or abandon her post while she still can.

“In this Gothic fantasy, Cano evokes both Beauty and the Beast and Jane Eyre while creating something new and strange. Cano does a beautiful job of setting mood and atmosphere, and her characters dance around one another with relentless industry and brooding allure, fighting their inevitable attraction. This is a strong, satisfying effort.” ~Publishers Weekly on THE ROSE MASTER

About the Author
Valentina Cano is a student of classical singing who spends whatever free time she has either reading or writing. She also watches over a veritable army of pets. Her work has appeared in numerous publications and her poetry has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize and Best Of the Web.

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Friday, November 24, 2017

ARC Review: Alone by Cyn Balog

When her mom inherits an old, crumbling mansion, Seda’s almost excited to spend the summer there. The grounds are beautiful and it’s fun to explore the sprawling house with its creepy rooms and secret passages. Except now her mom wants to renovate, rather than sell the estate—which means they're not going back to the city…or Seda's friends and school. 

As the days grow shorter, Seda is filled with dread. They’re about to be cut off from the outside world, and she’s not sure she can handle the solitude or the darkness it brings out in her.

Then a group of teens get stranded near the mansion during a blizzard. Seda has no choice but to offer them shelter, even though she knows danger lurks in the dilapidated mansion—and in herself. And as the snow continues to fall, what Seda fears most is about to become her reality…
 

Brooke's Review:
I like a good scary story that doesn't leave me unable to go to sleep! This is that story.
The setting, an old hotel where murder mysteries used to play out. A snow storm that keeps anyone from going anywhere. A mother with a great imagination. All put together to form an intense and fun story.
If you like The Shining, but you don't like your books too scary, this is perfect for you. 
The characters are fun. The scenes are well thought out. The suspense is just the right amount of scary versus not wanting to shut the book because you can't bear to read it.
I will say, I figured out things about the mystery a bit early on, but that didn't keep me from reading on to see if I was right! 
Overall, a fun and suspenseful read!

Cyn Balog is a normal, everyday Jersey Girl who always believed magical things can happen to us when we least expect them. She is author of young adult paranormals FAIRY TALE (2009), SLEEPLESS(2010), STARSTRUCK (2011), TOUCHED (2012), and her most recent release: DEAD RIVER (2013).e. She lives outside Allentown, Pennsylvania with her husband and daughters.

She also writes under the pen name Nichola Reilly. Nichola Reilly is Cyn Balog's post-apocalyptic fantasy-writing alter-ego. The first book in her series, DROWNED, will be releasing from Harlequin TEEN sometime in 2014, followed by a sequel, BURIED, in 2015.

Monday, November 20, 2017

Blog Tour: R.I.P. Eliza Hart by Alyssa B. Sheinmel @AlyssaSheinmel


Title: R.I.P. ELIZA HART

Author: Alyssa B. Sheinmel
Pub. Date: November 28, 2017
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Pages: 336
Formats: Hardcover, eBook
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When Eliza Hart, the most popular girl at Ventana Ranch boarding school, is found dead on the cliffs outside her dormitory, Ellie Sokoloff is determined to figure out what happened to her. After all, Eliza was Ellie’s childhood best friend. 

Never mind that ever since Ellie arrived at school Eliza has spread terrible rumors about her, calling her a liar and a stalker, when all Ellie wanted to do was rekindle their old friendship. Or that Ellie’s claustrophobia limits where she can go and what she can do. Or that Ellie’s suitemate, Sam, is the only one who will help her . . . because to everyone else, Ellie looks like the top suspect. 

Can Ellie clear her name and solve the mystery behind Eliza’s death? Her hunt for the truth will uncover secrets she never imagined, sending her deep into her own memories of her childhood with Eliza Hart. 

New York Times bestselling author Alyssa Sheinmel delivers a gripping mystery and a sensitive and moving examination of the secrets that can hold us back—and even destroy us.


1. Did you always know you wanted to be a writer or did you want to be something else? 
I always hoped my career would center around books—whether editing or marketing them or writing them myself.  I was that kid who kept notebooks full of stories, whose favorite subject was creative writing, who re-read her favorite books over and over again (something I still do), who took every writing class her college offered and every literature class she could.  Before I began writing full-time, I worked in publishing—first as an editorial assistant and then in the marketing department at Random House Children’s Books. 

2. How long does it take you to write a book from start to finish?
There’s really no hard and fast rule for me—for my last few books, I wrote the first few chapters without an outline and after a while, I realized I needed to stop and work out where the story was going.  Once I have an outline written, I aim for writing a chapter a day—but I don’t even count those chapters as a first draft until I’ve gone over them and over them.  Plus, there are stops and starts if I’m also working on other projects along the way, which I usually am.  Then I get reads from others—my writing group, my agent, my editor, sometimes a friend or two—and gets notes from them.  It’s honestly different every time.

3. How do you come up with themes for your stories?
I have to admit, I find myself revisiting some of the same themes again and again in my different books—characters who feel just a bit (if not a lot!) out of place, friendships, self-acceptance.  I don’t think I consciously choose to keep writing about these themes—but the stories I come up with inevitably touch on them.

4. Do you have a schedule of when you write? 
I’m generally a morning-writer—I get most of my writing done between nine and noon.

5. How are you able to balance other aspects of your life with your writing?
When my first few books were published, I was still working full-time in the marketing department at Random House Children’s Books.  (A job I loved!)  At the time, I fit writing in on evenings and weekends and vacation days.  Today, I’m lucky enough to get to write full-time, but I structure my days as if I still have an office job—I try to be sitting at my desk by about nine in the morning, and I work until it’s time for my lunch break, and then get back to my desk in the afternoon.

6. What elements do you think make a great story line? 
Oh, this is such a hard question—if only I knew the answer!  I honestly don’t know—for me, I just love my characters, and I keep writing until I see their stories through.

7. What was the hardest thing about writing a book?
I honestly think every book I’ve written comes with a new set of challenges.  With R.I.P. Eliza Hart in particular—as I wrote, it got more and more difficult to write Eliza’s chapters.  How could I convey her hopelessness without actually conveying hopelessness?  I just wanted to tell Ellie and Eliza’s stories in the way that felt the most true. 

8. How many books have you written so far? Do you have a favorite? 
Including R.I.P. Eliza Hart, I’ve written six books, and co-authored two more.  Honestly, my favorite is whichever one I’m currently working on—so at the moment, one that is far from finished (and might never be!).

9. Do you have a favorite character?
Maisie, the main character in Faceless, definitely has a special place in my heart.  And I really love Eliza, the title character of R.I.P. Eliza Hart.  And I love Sam, Ellie’s roommate in R.I.P. Eliza Hart.  And Serena, Maisie’s best friend in Faceless.  Okay, so I guess this is a long way of saying that I can’t pick one favorite character!

10. Where do you write?  
I’m so dull—I just write at my desk every day.

11. When deciding on how to publish, what directed you to the route you took? 
I took a very traditional route—I wrote a draft, queried agents, signed with an agent, who then took my book out to editors.  By the time I had a draft ready to go on submission, I’d worked in publishing for a few years, not just in the marketing department at Random House Children’s Books, but also as an editorial assistant at a literary agency before that.  I think because I’d worked in the industry, I wanted to go about getting published in the most traditional way.

12. Have you gotten feedback from family about your book(s)? What do they think?
I think my mom and sister have most of my books, and I know my dad read Faceless. 

13. What kinds of things do you like to do outside of writing?
Does reading count?  Well, in addition to reading and writing, I love anything that allows me to spend time with my dog, plus hiking, yoga, and cooking. 

14. What kinds of advice would you give to someone who wants to start writing? 
Read.  I know it’s not the most original piece of advice but I truly believe that everything I’ve ever read—every novel, essay, article, textbook—has taught me something about how to tell a story.

15. What is your favorite book? favorite author? Do you have an author that inspired/inspires you to write? 
There are so many authors who inspire me to write!  Joan Didion, Alice Hoffman, Ann Patchett, Rainbow Rowell, Jandy Nelson, Markus Zusak....I really meant it when I said that I believe that I learn something about how to tell a story from everything I read.  These writers (and many, many others) inspire me too try to do better work because they’re doing better work—they have skills that I don’t and tell stories that I couldn’t.  And that pushes me to try to do better.

16. Do you have any go to people when writing a book that help you with your story lines as well as editing, beta reading and such? 
I’m lucky enough to have a wonderful writing group—we meet about every other week, and we discuss everything going on with our work.  Sometimes we brainstorm ideas together, sometimes we share excerpts from what we’re working on, and sometimes we just update each other with where we are on our works-in-progress.  I’m so grateful to have a group of writers to talk to!

17. Are you working on anything now? 
Whenever I’m not on deadline, I’m usually working on a couple of new ideas at once, trying to figure out if any of them will turn into a novel.  When I’m on deadline, I try to just work on one thing at a time.

18. Tell us 5 things that make you smile
Dogs.  (As long as they’re happy and well-cared for.)
Harry Potter.
Voting.
Thanksgiving.
More dogs.

19.  If you could travel anywhere in the world to visit a place so you could use it as a background for a book, where would it be?
Actually, I’ve already set a story in my very favorite place—R.I.P. Eliza Hart is set in Big Sur, California.  But I’d love to (and I plan to) write more stories that take place there—and not only because it would give me an excuse to visit again for research!  I really think it’s such a magical, atmospheric setting.

About Alyssa B. Sheinmel
 
I was born in Stanford, California, and even though I moved across the country to New York when I was six years old, I still think of myself as a California girl.

Like so many writers, I grew up loving books. I loved stories so much that when there was nothing to read, I wrote my own stories just to give myself something to read. And when there was no pen and paper to be had, I made up stories and acted them out by myself. I played all the parts, and I was never bored.


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Week One:
11/20/2017- The Cover ContessaInterview
11/21/2017- Hauntedbybooks13Review
11/22/2017- A Gingerly ReviewExcerpt
11/23/2017- Here's to Happy EndingsReview
11/24/2017- BookHounds YAInterview

Week Two:
11/27/2017- BibliobakesReview
11/28/2017- Savings in SecondsReview
11/29/2017- Book-KeepingReview
11/30/2017- Books at DawnExcerpt

12/1/2017- Owl always be readingReview

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