Friday, August 1, 2014

Cover Reveal: Date With A Rockstar by Sarah Gagnon @fancypantssarah @SpencerHillP

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Title: Date With a Rockstar
Author: Sarah Gagnon
Publisher: Spencer Hill Contemporary
Expected Publication Date: June 2015

Synopsis:
Only one girl will win the cash prize...and a chance at love with Jeremy Bane.

Monet isn’t just another lust-struck teenager trying to win the heart of Rock God Jeremy Bane--she needs the prize money from his new reality show to cure her illness. 

Monet has Fluxem, a contagious disease that's spread through saliva. It's completely curable if you have enough money, which she and her single mother don't. Now that she's on the show, Monet has to work harder to keep her Fluxem hidden. She only has to keep the secret long enough to woo Jeremy Bane so he picks her as the winner. She doesn't even care about the love part; the prize alone will change her life.

But the real Jeremy Bane is nothing like she imagined. Monet finds herself fighting against feelings that make her want to give in to her attraction and Jeremy's attempts for a kiss. The further she goes in the competition, the more impossible it becomes to resist him--and when the producers turn the tables and start digging up dirt on the contestants, Monet fears her secret will be revealed before she's ready and ruin everything.

The only way to win Jeremy's heart is to tell him the truth, but confessing her disease could cost her the competition, the prize money, and him.


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Sarah Gagnon grew up in the frigid woods of Maine amidst snow and animal skins. As a small child she wrote ship-wrecked romances all while being stared down by a taxidermied duck. She has a BFA in photography and a minor in writing from the University of Southern Maine. She's the mother of two tiny, feral children and two ill-behaved dogs. For fun she’s taken up kickboxing workouts and fancy cooking. She currently resides with her computer-genius husband in Delaware, the home of tax-free shopping.

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Thursday, July 31, 2014

Author Interview Thursday: Welcome Shea Berkley @SheaBerkley


Welcome to Author Interview Thursday hosted by the Never Too Old for YA and NA Books group on Goodreads.

Today we welcome Shea Berkley. She has written a terrific series:
Keepers of Life

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Series Blurb:
Magic, murder and monsters aren’t just for the FX teams in Hollywood anymore.

Dylan Kennedy thought he was a normal teen living with a dysfunctional family until the day his mom dumped him at his grandparents’ sheep ranch and left without a forwarding address. Life couldn’t get much worse, at least that’s what he thinks until he starts seeing a girl in white in the woods that no one else can see. But when he joins two guys looking for a way out of a summer that’s shaping up to be as boring as the last one, the three of them discover there’s more than just trees out in the forest. Within the trees, there’s magic and the secret realm of Teag where Dylan is destined to free the people trapped by a murderous ruler who’s got his eye on eliminating Dylan. Threats fly. People die, and both the human realm and that of Teag are turned upside down as the fight of a lifetime is dropped at Dylan’s feet. Can he and the girl he loves win an unwinnable fight for the Keepers of Life or will those he trusts the most turn on him and destroy every good and noble thing in both realms?


If you haven't read this series, I suggest you do asap, it's fantastic!

So without further ado we give you Shea! Take it away!

Did you always know you wanted to be a writer or did you want to be something else?
 When I was about seven, I really wanted to be a boy because all my friends at the time were boys. Thankfully, I grew out of that stage. As to a career, I had absolutely no aspirations to be anything that I can recall. I’m a go with the flow kind of gal. I loved horses, and used to write dreadful poetry when I was little. In a way, I’m doing now what I loved back then. I still love riding horses (I used to show jump and train horses), and I’m now a writer. Thankfully, I gave up poetry. Well, for the most part. I do have a few poems in each of the Keepers of Life books. They are marginally better than what I used to write. I freely admit, I’m not a poet, but I love poetry. 
How long does it take you to write a book from start to finish?
 (Laughs for a long time) Well now, that depends. The longest it took me to write a book was eight years. That was the first time I wrote a book, and I had no idea what I was doing. I just wrote to keep myself sane. Now, it can take me as little as four months to a year depending on the length and complexity of the plot. Things have to make sense in my stories, even the outrageous stuff, and I like to write a lot of twists, stuff you don’t see coming and to do that it takes time and effort, something at least I can’t do in a couple of weeks. Here’s the thing. I can write a complete scene in a day. That’s easy. But to make it good, to make the characters real and the situation interesting and the dialogue fun, it takes a lot of time. In theory, I could write a book in a month if I didn’t care one wit about the story or the characters, but I wouldn’t want anyone to read that story.
How do you come up with themes for your stories?
 Someone said each writer only has a handful of themes that they tackle and every story has one of those themes. I don’t know. It seems to be fairly true. Most of my books tackle finding your identity, but then, I write Young Adult books and that’s a very common theme while growing up. Also, in fantasy, the themes revolve around stepping up to the task, so that’s been fairly common for me. Themes come with the characters. The YA I’m working on now has a survival theme and accepting limitations. When I’m done with the book, I’ll take a harder look at the themes that run through it and see if they still fit or if they’ve morphed into something else, then I’ll go back and strengthen what I have.
Do you have a schedule of when you write?
 It’s more about finding the time. I used to write from 8 until 3, but then things got complicated, and now I have a three year old underfoot, so nap time is writing time. Once the little imp goes to school, I’ll go back to the 8-3 schedule again most likely. 
How are you able to balance other aspects of your life with your writing?
 I didn’t know I was supposed to do anything else but write. I’d like to think I have my life together, but…um no. I have no idea how to balance a piece of bacon on a pancake. (Mmm, bacon.) Oh, sorry, I got distracted there for a second. Where was I? Oh yeah, I don’t write on weekends. That’s family time. If someone needs me, then I go and help. I believe I can only write if I live my life, otherwise what do I have to write about if I’m not actively living? Nothing really. I have no doubt, someone, somewhere will analyze my life and come up with the perfect solution for me, but I’m stubborn and I probably won’t change anything unless it suits my mood. 
What elements do you think make a great story line?
 1. Fresh and unexpected dialogue.
2. Informative narrative that moves the story forward.
3. Engaging description that paints a picture without being too wordy.
4. Characters who see the world in a unique way.
5. A plot that unfolds in a way that delights and catches the reader unaware.
6. Wit. Books need wit that surprises the reader and makes them think.
It’s as easy as that! (laughs evilly) I wish I had the magic formula, but there is none. What some readers love, other readers hate. It’s pretty frustrating, actually.
What was the hardest thing about writing a book?
So much about writing is difficult. For me it would be actually putting together a sentence that helps tell a story without boring the reader to death. My biggest fear is boring my readers. I try so hard to make every word in every sentence have a reason for being there, and that reason is to entertain. I will never be the smartest writer, the funniest writer or the most awarded, but I desperately want to be the most entertaining. At the end of my stories I want people to close the book and smile and say, “Now that was awesome fun. I wish it hadn’t ended.”
 How many books have you written so far? Do you have a favorite?
Written? I don’t even know the number. Well over twenty. Published? I’ve had five published. Well, I have a collection of dark faerytale short stories that can be bought two books at a time or all at once so I’m counting them all in one book.
Do I have a favorite? I write over a large range of genres so that’s kind of difficult, but one of the ones I love is a YA Fantasy called Mist on Water. It’ll be published this fall, so I’m really excited about that. 
Do you have a favorite character?
 I love all my characters, even the evil ones. They all teach me something about life and living. There is one I absolutely adore. Her name is Lucinda in my YA Fantasy trilogy The Keepers of Life. She’s a Lutine, which means she can morph into a cat at will. She’s unrepentantly selfish one moment and selflessly risks her life for others the next. You just never know what she’s going to do.
Where do you write?
 I write on a laptop, so I can travel all over the place and write whenever the mood strikes me. That being said, I’m lazy to the bone, so usually that mood is when I’m lounging in my bed. I may look like I’m sleeping because my eyes are often closed and there may be a bit of drool, but that’s actually the look of deep concentration. Trust me. I wouldn’t lie about that.
When deciding on how to publish, what directed you to the route you took? 
My agent at the time directed me to my publisher. I’m traditionally published and indie published. I think it’s important to spread yourself out in many directions and see what fits for you and your career path. Traditional publishing isn’t for everyone, but neither is indie publishing. If you publish a story that isn’t ready just because you want to be published, then you’re not doing yourself any favors. So having an agent who can guide you is a smart business tactic. 
Have you gotten feedback from family about your book(s)? What do they think?
 A couple of times I’ve had one or two in my family read a passage I’m struggling with to see if it works, but they’ve never read a full story until it’s in print.
I write a lot about magic, monsters and murder so I suspect they think I need psychological help. I’ve noted lately they keep sharp objects away from me and lock their doors at night, just in case I snap. (grin) Okay, not really. They think I’m a weird bit of fun, but they’ve always thought that. If you want to know if they like my books, you’d have to ask them. I don’t want to know either way. It’s not fair to insist they like what I write. I like what I write and that’s the only thing about writing I can control. Seriously. Trying to control anything else makes for a one way ticket to the psych ward. 
   What kinds of things do you like to do outside of writing?
 Being in front of a computer writing all day has the habit of causing the bottom half of the body to expand disproportionately to the rest of the body, so because of that, I exercise every day (kind of fanatically) by kickboxing, weight training and running. I’m addicted to sweets, and Coca Cola keeps my engine purring along. I love people watching, dancing, movies, superheroes, hot chocolate on cold nights, swimming on hot nights, riding horses, reading in bed and lying on a hammock in the afternoon gazing up at the clouds. And if a friend calls me up and says, “Hey, let’s go play!” I’m there, pretty much no matter what it is. I just love hanging out and getting into trouble with my friends. 
 What kinds of advice would you give to someone who wants to start writing? 
It’s all about the story. A writer needs to read, a lot and in as many genres as possible. Write every day. Rewrite what you’ve written until it’s says exactly what you want it to say, is consistent with your characters and moves the story forward. So even if you love what you’ve written, if it doesn’t add to character or move the story forward, get rid of it.
Here’s the most important thing I can say. Writing is personal. You have to dig deep to create emotions you’d rather not tap into. But writing a story is about letting those emotions out so others can experience them safely. Writers have to be brave and honest. It’s a difficult job, one that everyone thinks they can do, but only a select few really can do well. If you want to be one of those select few, then you have to constantly work at perfecting the craft. 
 What is your favorite book? favorite author? Do you have an author that inspired/inspires you to write?  
My favorite book will always be Shanna by Kathleen Woodiwiss, not because it’s the best book I’ve ever read, but because it was the first book I ever read all the way through, and it inspired me to keep reading.

I’m excited to meet any author because it’s really amazing that they took the plunge and wrote a whole book. It’s not easy. Seriously. Good writing is hard and anyone who tells you differently is an idiot, and what they write won’t be worth reading. An auto-buy for me would be J.K Rowling, Suzanne Collins, Darynda Jones, Robin Perini, Dean Koontz. Geesh, I could go on and on. What I really love is when I find a new author. I love the sense of discovery that comes from that. So I read a lot and in a ton of different genres. Honestly, I just love well thought out, well written stories.

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 have an amazing critique group. Tammy Baumann, Louise Bergin and Robin Perini. We support each other and nag each other and always tell each other the truth about the stories we’re writing. If my story sucks monkey toes, I’d rather hear it from my close friends than hear it from an editor.
 Robin Perini and I do a lot of brainstorming together for our books. We seem to bring out the meat of what we’re each trying to convey to the reader, and that’s a rare relationship, let me tell you. Neither of us tries to overtake the other and force an idea. We keep throwing ideas out until one of them sticks.
Are you working on anything now? 
 I’m currently working on several projects. One is a YA Contemporary about a girl and two guys causing havoc in the wilderness, and then there’s a fun little YA Fantasy I mentioned above, and then there’s an Adult Paranormal novella that’ll be in a box set with 12 other authors called Twelve Shades of Midnight. (It’s already up for presale, so go check it out. It’s gonna be big!) All the stories in the box set are new and range from dark and dangerous to fun and flirty. Mine is on the darker side, but with humor. Seems like an odd match, but everyone likes to laugh. 
Thanks so much for stopping by today, Shea. It was great to have you!

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Blog Tour and Giveaway: Extraction by Stephanie Diaz @StephanieEDiaz @itchingforbooks @StMartinsPress

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Welcome to The Cover Contessa's blog tour stop for Extraction by Stephanie Diaz.

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Clementine has spent her whole life preparing for her sixteenth birthday, when she’ll be tested for Extraction in the hopes of being sent from the planet Kiel’s toxic Surface to the much safer Core, where people live without fear or starvation. When she proves promising enough to be “Extracted,” she must leave without Logan, the boy she loves. Torn apart from her only sense of family, Clem promises to come back and save him from brutal Surface life.

What she finds initially in the Core is a utopia compared to the Surface—it’s free of hard labor, gun-wielding officials, and the moon's lethal acid. But life is anything but safe, and Clementine learns that the planet's leaders are planning to exterminate Surface dwellers—and that means Logan, too. 

Trapped by the steel walls of the underground and the lies that keep her safe, Clementine must find a way to escape and rescue Logan and the rest of the planet. But the planet leaders don't want her running—they want her subdued.

With intense action scenes and a cast of unforgettable characters,Extraction is a page-turning, gripping read, sure to entertain lovers of Hunger Games and Ender's Game and leave them breathless for more.

Series: Extraction #1
Release date: July 22nd 2014
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin



Stephanie Diaz photo stephaniediaz_zps8d3fc7b7.jpgABOUT THE AUTHOR
Twenty-one-year-old Stephanie Diaz wrote her debut novel, Extraction, when she should've been making short films and listening to college lectures at San Diego State University. When she isn't lost in books, she can be found singing, marveling at the night sky, or fan-girling over TV shows.
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Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Blog Tour: Oceanborn (Aquarathi #2) by Amalie Howard @AmalieHoward

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The coronation is over.

But the battle has just begun.

Nerissa Marin has won her crown. But can she keep it? Already, her ties to the human realm are driving a wedge between Nerissa and her people. When word arrives that her part-human prince consort, Lo, has been poisoned, she makes the difficult choice to leave Waterfell and return landside. As the royal courts debate her decision, even more disturbing rumors surface: a plot is rising against her, led by someone she least expects.

On land, Nerissa learns another shocking truth: Lo does not remember who she is. As her choice to try to save him threatens her hold on her crown, changing loyalties and uncertainty test her courage in ways she could never have imagined. Nerissa will have one last chance to prove herself as a queen …and save the undersea kingdom she loves.





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AMALIE HOWARD grew up on a small Caribbean island where she spent most of her childhood with her nose buried in a book or being a tomboy running around barefoot, shimmying up mango trees and dreaming of adventure. 22 countries, surfing with sharks and several tattoos later, she has traded in bungee jumping in China for writing the adventures she imagines instead. She isn’t entirely convinced which takes more guts.

She is the author of several young adult novels critically acclaimed by Kirkus, PW, and Booklist, including Waterfell, The Almost Girl, and Alpha Goddess, a Spring 2014 Kid’s INDIE NEXT title. Her debut novel, Bloodspell, was an Amazon bestseller and a Seventeen Magazine Summer Read. As an author of color and a proud supporter of diversity in fiction, her articles on multicultural fiction have appeared in The Portland Book Review and on the popular Diversity in YA blog. She currently resides in New York with her husband and three children. Visit her at www.amaliehoward.com.

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Book Blist: The Perfect Boyfriend (The Boyfriend List #2) by Renee Novelle @RS_Novelle @XpressoReads

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The Perfect Boyrfriend photo PerfectBoyfriend_zps3bf90909.jpgThe Perfect Boyfriend by Renee Novelle 
(Boyfriend #2)
Publication date: July 27th 2014
Genres: New Adult, Romance

Synopsis:
The Perfect Boyfriend picks up right where we left Reagan and Ian in The Boyfriend List.

As their friendship blossoms quickly into a steamy romance, Reagan and Ian have to learn to navigate their shifting relationship…and everything that entails. But their newfound bliss doesn’t come without a few unexpected challenges.

In the midst of realizing just how sweet the romance can be between them, and all the benefits of their new dynamic, Reagan is informed that her ideal situation has changed. Not only will she need to begin taking on more classes to speed up her graduation date, but she’ll also have to start looking for a job to supplement her fading income. Meanwhile, Ian has chosen to pull out of school once his father is diagnosed with a terminal illness in order to help manage the family business and spend time with him while he still can. But he wrestles with the guilt of leaving Reagan behind, and the pressure of his new responsibilities.

As the two meet their new challenges head-on, they’ll be forced to discover whether or not they’re as compatible as lovers as they were as friends. With their focus pulled in so many directions, will they have what it takes to keep a long distance relationship alive? Can Ian prove that he’s still be the perfect boyfriend, or will they fold to statistics under the growing tensions of their lives? Throw in some manipulative exes, a new boss with an inflated ego, and a co-worker from hell and the two have a recipe for either a fairy tale ending, or a complete disaster.

The Perfect Boyfriend is a New Adult Romance about trust, love, and discovering the true depths of personal strength.



Excerpt:

The black Camaro was shimmering under the fading sunlight, fresh from a detailed washing earlier that day. Reagan reached for the handle to the passenger side door, as she had at least a dozen times before, but Ian put a hand up to stop her. Instead, he drew the door back himself, opening it in a chivalrous move that revealed something in the seat waiting for her -  a slim, robin’s egg blue box wrapped with a crisp white bow.
“What’s this?” Reagan inquired excitedly after immediately recognizing the trademark packaging.
“I wanted to get you something special.” He said, smiling mischievously as he leaned down to retrieve the box and place it in her eager hands. “Something to remind you of what you mean to me, and how important this night is.”
Reagan eyed him suspiciously, but her fingers trembled as she pulled at the bow and opened the box. A tiny gasp of surprise emerged from her throat, and the familiar sting in her eyes returned as tears of joy pooled, threatening to spill down her cheeks. Blinking them back, she looked up at Ian then back down at the delicate silver bracelet that was stretched the length of the box. It was a dual silver chain, knotted sweetly around a silver infinity symbol.
“It’s beautiful.” She exclaimed, her voice the hushed whisper of a woman impressed.
“I want you to know that this is real for me.” He began as he removed the token from the box and began to clasp it around her right wrist. “This isn’t just another first date. This is the beginning of forever for you and me. And if you decide that’s not what you want down the road, that’s fine. But Reagan, my intentions aren’t just to find another short-term girlfriend. I want you, all of you, for as long as you’re willing to give me.”
Renee Novelle photo RSAuthor_zps7178e208.jpgRenee’ Novelle is Preceded by a long line of published family members, including Pulitzer Prize nominated author and Poet Laureate of Kentucky Jesse Stuart.

As a child, Novelle was already gaining recognition for several of her works, and in her formative years, she continued this trend by earning local awards for her short stories and poems.

Inspired to cultivate her talent, Novelle pursued freelance journalism and has found placement of 75 of her pieces in both online and print publications since 2008. Additionally, she has written multiple screenplays, and contributed her savvy, effective writing style to many non-profit and for profit organizations. She launched several blogs over the years, which garnered international attention.

In 2013, Novelle returned to her first love – fiction. She writes psychological and paranormal thrillers, as well as contemporary fiction and new adult fiction. For a complete schedule of upcoming releases, please visit www.RSNovelle.com

Though she received her Bachelor’s of Science in Communication, Summa Cum Laude, she considers herself a constant student of the written word. She’s an avid reader, an enthusiastic quote poster, and rarely takes “no” as a final answer. She has an unhealthy obsession for theater, dance, music and art, and strongly believes that wine is simultaneously the beginning of, and resolution to, all of life’s problems. She believes in following dreams, and that in the end, you always end up where you're meant to be.

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Waiting on Wednesday with Giveaway: Invisible (The Twixt #2) by Dawn Metcalf @dawnmetcalf @HarlequinTEEN

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Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill from Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases we are eagerly awaiting!

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Title: Invisible (The Twixt #2)
Author: Dawn Metcalf
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Expected Publication Date: September 30, 2014

Blurb:
Some things lie beneath the surface. 

Invisible. 

With the power to change everything. 

Joy Malone wants it all—power, freedom and the boyfriend who loves her. Yet when an unstoppable assassin is hired to kill her, Joy learns that being the girl with the Sight comes with a price that might be too high to pay. Love will be tested, lives will be threatened, and everyone Joy knows and cares about will be affected by her decision to stand by Ink or to leave the Twixt forever. 

Her choice is balanced on a scalpel's edge and the consequences will be more life-altering than anyone can guess




Dawn Metcalf photo 3418947-1_zps976dda1d.jpgThe role of Dawn Metcalf will be played by the tall brunette in the off-the-shoulder, floor-length leather straitjacket. Makeup by Clinique, buckles by Jada Pinkett-Smith, hair by Jim Henson's Creature Shop.

I have no good excuse for the way I write. I lived in a normal, loving, suburban home, studied hard, went to college, went to graduate school, got married, had babies, and settled down in northern Connecticut. Despite this wholesome lifestyle, I've been clearly corrupted by fairy tales, puppet visionaries, British humour and graphic novels. As a result, I write dark, quirky, and sometimes humorous speculative fiction.


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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Blog Tour: Between by Megan Whitmer @MeganWhitmer @SpencerHillP

Welcome to The Cover Contessa's stop on the Between blog tour!

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About BETWEEN:

Releases July 29, 2014 from Spencer Hill Press

When a supernatural freak of nature forces her family to separate, seventeen-year-old Charlie Page must turn to her frustrating (yet gorgeous) neighbor, Seth, to help reunite them. Seth whisks Charlie to Ellauria—a magical world filled with the creatures of myths and legends—and tells her of the Fellowship, the group charged with protecting mystical beings from human discovery. (All except Bigfoot: that attention whore is a total lost cause.) But when Charlie learns that she's under the Fellowship's protection herself, well, "stressed" is an understatement.

Ellauria should be the safest place for Charlie while the Fellowship works to find her family, but things in the mystical realm aren’t what they seem.

Magic is failing, creatures are dying, and the Fellowship insists Charlie holds the key to saving everyone. With her family still missing and the danger in Ellauria growing, Charlie doesn't know who she can trust. She's dealing with a power she never asked for, falling for a guy she can't have, and being forced to choose between her destiny and her heart. And if she chooses wrong, she could destroy magic forever.

Charlie may be in over her head.

A Playlist for Charlie

Sam rakes his fingers through the light brown curls on top of his head. “Lulu. For the last time, there is no room for that song on this playlist.”
“Samuel Page.” Lulu’s flutters up from the round, wooden table, placing her hands on her hips as she stares down at him. “There is always, always, room for Johnny Cash on every playlist that has ever been made since the beginning of time.”
Sam copies her expression, pursing his lips and arching one eyebrow high over the other. “You know I appreciate Johnny, but explain to me how I Walk the Line makes any sense at all.”
“It’s called irony, sugar. Charlie can’t walk the line and keep herself out of trouble. She drives Captain Rule Follower plum crazy.” She glances toward the collection of miniature records Seth brought her from the mortal realm, piled high beside the phonograph next to her bed. “Want me to play it for you?”
Sam shakes his head. Arguing with Lulu is generally an exercise in futility. “No.” He adds the song to the list. “I can’t wait to tell Seth you called him that.”
“Oh, hush. I’ve called him much worse.” She drifts back down to her seat. “What’s that you’re writing?”
“If you get I Walk the Line, I get Pumpin Blood.”
Lulu wrinkles her nose. “Who sings that?”
“NONONO.”
“Exactly. No. No. No.”
He laughs. “I know country music is your thing, Lulu, but we’re not here to make a playlist of Ancient Country Favorites. This is for Charlie.”
“You and I both know Charlie won’t care a lick about the songs we put on this playlist. She probably won’t even listen to it.”
“She will if I ask her to,” Sam says. “She always takes time for my music, and I always take time for her art stuff.”
Lulu folds her arms across her chest. “NONONO doesn’t belong on a playlist with Johnny Cash and Waylon Jennings.”
“Waylon Jennings?” Sam scans the list of songs scribbled on his notepad. “Waylon’s not on here.”
“Right there.” Lulu taps her finger against the side of the page, and two elegantly written words appear: Lukenbach, Texas.
“Are you fundamentally against music recorded after the 70s?”
“That song is about longing for the past. It fits Charlie.”
“And Pumpin Blood is about making the most of the life you’ve been given. She’ll love it.”
They engage in an unannounced staring contest until Lulu finally blinks. “Fine. Add the BooBooBoos.”
Sam snorts. “I’m also adding Change by Churchill.”
“I’ve never heard it.”
His mouth falls open in mock surprise. “Well, butter my butt and call me a cookie!” he exclaims, mimicking Lulu’s southern drawl.
 “Number one, if you’re going to adopt one of my delightful expressions, use it correctly. It’s butter my butt and call me a biscuit.” Lulu lifts her wings and flies toward the kitchen. “Secondly, now I want cookies.”
Sam tips his head toward the window, where he can just barely see Ellauria’s cafĂ© balanced in Artedion’s highest branches. “Want to head over to Mesmer and get some?”
“Heavens, no. We’ll make them from scratch like any other self-respecting Ellaurian.”
Sam lets his pencil fall against the table. “Right. And the playlist?”
“We’ve got a whole page of my good music mixed in with your hipster nonsense. That’s plenty.”


Link to Spotify playlist: Sam and Lulu's Playlist


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Author Bio:

Megan Whitmer loves all things Southern, and has a soft spot for football, kissing scenes, and things that sparkle. Aside from her personal blog and weekly vlog series, she's also a contributing blogger for YA Misfits and All The Write Notes

She lives in Kentucky with her family. Also, she writes books and talks a lot. You can learn more about her at www.meganwhitmerwrites.com.
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