Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Every Ugly Word by Aimee L. Salter helps launch new Imprint!


Hey Friends! So, you might remember last year, I raved about a self-published YA contemporary novel I loved called Breakable by Aimee Salter. You can check out my previous review here. Well, I'm super excited to help Aimee announce that her book has been picked up by a publisher and is now called Every Ugly Word (a fantastic new title)! In fact, her book is helping to launch an entirely new imprint! You can check out the press release below! 





Today, Amazon Publishing and Alloy Entertainment, a division of Warner Bros. Television Group, announced a digital-first imprint that will focus on young adult, new adult and commercial fiction.

The new imprint, named Alloy Entertainment, will be part of Amazon Publishing’s Powered by Amazon program. Powered by Amazon enables publishers and authors to leverage Amazon’s global distribution and personalized, targeted marketing reach.

Alloy Entertainment, a division of the Warner Bros. Television Group, develops and produces original novels, television series and feature films.  All titles in the new Alloy imprint will have the advantage of being part of group that aggressively supports and promotes its properties. 


In fact, more than 75 of AE’s books have been on The New York Times bestseller list, including The Vampire Diaries, Pretty Little Liars, Gossip Girl, Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, The Luxe, Veronica Mars: The Thousand-Dollar Tan Line, and The 100.

Every Ugly Word will be one of the first of three titles to be released under the newly launched imprint.

Alloy Entertainment will also look for opportunities to develop acquired titles as television series, feature films, and digital entertainment.




Every Ugly Word follows 17 year old Ashley who is relentlessly bullied at her high school and by her own mother, and his helplessly in love with her best friend, Matt, who is bullied by his father.

She seeks help by looking to her future self, “Older Me” who supports her through it all and teaches her to love herself. But is she really seeking “Older Me” or is she looking within herself for the answers?

When Ashley looks in the mirror she can see and talk to her future self. “Older Me” has been her support system through her relentless tormentor’s bullying, her unstable mother at home, and her forlorn love for her longtime best friend. But when Ashley discovers “Older Me’s” betrayal, she is targeted in the worst way and impends her last chance with Matt. She’s done with hearing every ugly word.

About the Author
Aimee L. Salter writes novels for teens and the occasional adult who, like herself, is still in touch with their inner-high schooler. She never stopped appreciating those moments in the dark when you say what you're really thinking. And she'll always ask you about the things you wish she wouldn't ask you about.

·      Visit Aimee’s Website: http://www.aimeelsalter.com
·      Like Aimee on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AimeeLSalter
·      Follow Aimee on Twitter:  https://twitter.com/Aimeelsalter



Advance Praise for Every Ugly Word

"Original. Authentic. Heart-breaking....Officially one of my favorites!"
-- Cora Carmack, New York Times Bestselling author of Losing It.

"A gripping story about a teen facing her demons with twists you won't see coming, Every Ugly Word is a chilling and heartbreaking debut with raw emotion searing every page. I couldn't put it down."­
 -- Katie Sise, author of The Boyfriend App. 


"Every Ugly Word is a punch to the gut from chapter one. The tension and mystery build through every page to an inevitable showdown that left me breathless. With a splintered protagonist you can't help but root for, you'll battle through the worst of humanity's ugliness to emerge at the end dirty and broken and full of hope."
 -- Mary Elizabeth Summer, author of Trust Me, I'm Lying.

Buy the book on Amazon

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Cover Reveal: Burying Water by K.A. Tucker

We are absolutely thrilled to bring you the cover reveal for K.A. Tucker's BURYING WATER! BURYING WATER is a New Adult Romantic Suspense novel scheduled for release October 7th! This book will blow you away. Get. Ready.

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  About BURYING WATER:

The top-selling, beloved indie author of Ten Tiny Breaths returns with a new romance about a young woman who loses her memory—and the man who knows that the only way to protect her is to stay away. Left for dead in the fields of rural Oregon, a young woman defies all odds and survives—but she awakens with no idea who she is, or what happened to her. Refusing to answer to “Jane Doe” for another day, the woman renames herself “Water” for the tiny, hidden marking on her body—the only clue to her past. Taken in by old Ginny Fitzgerald, a crotchety but kind lady living on a nearby horse farm, Water slowly begins building a new life. But as she attempts to piece together the fleeting slivers of her memory, more questions emerge: Who is the next-door neighbor, quietly toiling under the hood of his Barracuda? Why won’t Ginny let him step foot on her property? And why does Water feel she recognizes him? Twenty-four-year-old Jesse Welles doesn’t know how long it will be before Water gets her memory back. For her sake, Jesse hopes the answer is never. He knows that she’ll stay so much safer—and happier—that way. And that’s why, as hard as it is, he needs to keep his distance. Because getting too close could flood her with realities better left buried. The trouble is, water always seems to find its way to the surface.

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Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday: Let Me Know by Stina Lindenblatt

Breaking the spine is a meme hosted by Jill over at Breaking the Spine. It spotlights books that have not been released, but you should pre-order today! This week's book that we're excited about is Let Me Know by Stina Lindenblatt, a New Adult title which is the sequel to Tell Me When.

Book I was so dramatic, so book II is bound to be a roller coaster ride. Strap in!

Amber Scott thought her screaming nightmares would end now that her stalker is locked up and awaiting trial. But they return when her slam-dunk case starts to fall apart. Explicit letters she allegedly wrote surface, suggesting she was the mastermind behind her assault, a willing victim.

Amber only feels safe in the arms of her boyfriend Marcus, the one person she can lean on. Until damning evidence from Marcus's past collides with the case and the media circus drags them both down. To protect Amber's reputation, Marcus has only one option: end their relationship. He won't risk further damage to her case, even if it means breaking her heart.

Amber has to find the strength to step into the spotlight and bring awareness to victims' rights before she's convicted in the court of public opinion. And she's really not sure what's worse—that her kidnapper could walk free, or that the seemingly endless attention and speculation will drive Marcus away permanently.



Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Blog Tour Guest Post: Everything Leads to You by Nina LaCour

Today we have the pleasure of hosting the Blog Tour for Nina LaCour's EVERYTHING LEADS TO YOU!!!


A love letter to the craft and romance of film and fate in front of—and behind—the camera from the award-winning author of Hold Still.
 
A wunderkind young set designer, Emi has already started to find her way in the competitive Hollywood film world.
 
Emi is a film buff and a true romantic, but her real-life relationships are a mess. She has desperately gone back to the same girl too many times to mention. But then a mysterious letter from a silver screen legend leads Emi to Ava. Ava is unlike anyone Emi has ever met. She has a tumultuous, not-so-glamorous past, and lives an unconventional life. She’s enigmatic…. She’s beautiful. And she is about to expand Emi’s understanding of family, acceptance, and true romance.

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Nina LaCour talks about her favorite character in EVERYTHING LEADS TO YOU:

The character of Ava, Emi’s love interest, took quite a few tries to get right. Where Emi has had an easy life full of opportunities and support, Ava has had a life tinged with tragedy. I was so focused on figuring out how Ava would come to be a runaway that her story dominated the early drafts of the novel. I even toyed with telling the story in alternating narrator’s perspectives so that Ava would have more of a voice. In the end, I cut a lot of Ava’s journey, but I learned a lot about her in the process.
            I love Ava because even though she seems tragic and dramatic, really she wants simple things: to pursue what she loves and to find meaningful connections with people. Her past may be mysterious, and she may struggle with some personal demons, but she gains a sense of peace and understanding of herself that is hard-won and meaningful. She shows Emi how real life can be more dazzling than the movies, even when it’s difficult. And she has a tremendous capacity for love, even though she hasn’t had enough of it in her life.


About Nina LaCour:

Nina LaCour (www.ninalacour.com) is the author of the award-winning Hold Still and widely acclaimed The Disenchantments. Formerly a bookseller and high school English teacher, she now writes and parents full time. A San Francisco Bay Area native, Nina lives with her family in Oakland, California.

Monday, July 14, 2014

Review: Far From You by Tess Sharpe

Sophie Winters nearly died. Twice.

The first time, she's fourteen, and escapes a near-fatal car accident with scars, a bum leg, and an addiction to Oxy that'll take years to kick.

The second time, she's seventeen, and it's no accident. Sophie and her best friend Mina are confronted by a masked man in the woods. Sophie survives, but Mina is not so lucky. When the cops deem Mina's murder a drug deal gone wrong, casting partial blame on Sophie, no one will believe the truth: Sophie has been clean for months, and it was Mina who led her into the woods that night for a meeting shrouded in mystery.

After a forced stint in rehab, Sophie returns home to a chilly new reality. Mina's brother won't speak to her, her parents fear she'll relapse, old friends have become enemies, and Sophie has to learn how to live without her other half. To make matters worse, no one is looking in the right places and Sophie must search for Mina's murderer on her own. But with every step, Sophie comes closer to revealing all: about herself, about Mina and about the secret they shared.

I'm not a reader of murder mysteries. Yet something about the dark setup here just drew me in! The tag line on the cover reads: "the truth won't let her go." But that's not the half of it. Sophie's palpable desperation to tell the world what really happened is hard to read. She's trapped under the weight of everyone's disappointment. And she knows she deserves it, up to a point. It's horrifying nonetheless.

Wow!

This book jumps back and forth in time, which demands the the reader pay careful attention to the "tags" at the beginning of each chapter, which help anchor the moment in time. But the story is constructed skillfully enough that the non-linear narrative is never annoying. Reading this, I got whiffs of Gillian Flynn's twisty stories. (Although the characters here are FAR more likeable!)

You will feel for Sophie, cry for Mina and want to hug Trev. And the killer? You won't see him coming!

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Cover Reveal: All Broke Down by Cora Carmack

We are so excited to get to share the cover for Cora Carmack's ALL BROKE DOWN today! A New Adult Contemporary Romance, and published by William Morrow-an imprint of HarperCollins, this is the second book in her Rusk University Series, and it is set to be released on October 28, 2014! But you can pre-order it NOW! Check out what it's about and then fall in love with this gorgeous cover! ABOUT ALL BROKE DOWN: In this second book in New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Cora Carmack’s New Adult, Texas-set Rusk University series, which began with All Lined Up, a young woman discovers that you can’t only fight for what you believe in . . . sometimes you have to fight for what you love Dylan fights for lost causes. Probably because she used to be one. Environmental issues, civil rights, corrupt corporations, and politicians—you name it, she’s probably been involved in a protest. When her latest cause lands her in jail overnight, she meets Silas Moore. He’s in for a different kind of fighting. And though he’s arrogant and infuriating, she can’t help being fascinated with him. Yet another lost cause. Football and trouble are the only things that have ever come naturally to Silas. And it’s trouble that lands him in a cell next to do-gooder Dylan. He’s met girls like her before—fixers, he calls them, desperate to heal the damage and make him into their ideal boyfriend. But he doesn’t think he’s broken, and he definitely doesn’t need a girlfriend trying to change him. Until, that is, his anger issues and rash decisions threaten the only thing he really cares about, his spot on the Rusk University football team. Dylan might just be the perfect girl to help. Because Silas Moore needs some fixing after all.

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HeadshotAbout Cora Carmack: Cora Carmack is a twenty-something writer who likes to write about twenty-something characters. She's done a multitude of things in her life-- boring jobs (like working retail), Fun jobs (like working in a theatre), stressful jobs (like teaching), and dream jobs (like writing). She enjoys placing her characters in the most awkward situations possible, and then trying to help them get a boyfriend out of it. Awkward people need love, too. Her first book, LOSING IT, was a New York Times and USA Today bestseller.

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Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday: Don't Touch by Rachel M. Wilson

Breaking the spine is a meme hosted by Jill over at Breaking the Spine. It spotlights books that have not been released, but you should pre-order today! This week's book that we're excited about is Don't Touch by Rachel M. Wilson.

I picked this one because I met Ms. Wilson at a conference this spring. She read an excerpt of her work, and it was funny and sad and brilliant all at once. So I am 100% sold on reading this the day it comes out. Can't wait!

A powerful story of a girl who is afraid to touch another person’s skin, until the boy auditioning
for Hamlet opposite her Ophelia gives her a reason to overcome her fears.

Step on a crack, break your mother’s back.
Touch another person’s skin, and Dad’s gone for good.

Caddie can’t stop thinking that if she keeps from touching another person’s skin, her parents might get back together... which is why she wears full-length gloves to school and covers every inch of her skin.

It seems harmless at first, but Caddie’s obsession soon threatens her ambitions as an actress. She desperately wants to play Ophelia in her school’s production of Hamlet. But that would mean touching Peter, who’s auditioning for the title role—and kissing him. Part of Caddie would love nothing more than to kiss Peter—but the other part isn't sure she's brave enough to let herself fall.

Perfect for fans of Laurie Halse Anderson, this debut novel from Rachel M. Wilson is a moving story of a talented girl who's fighting an increasingly severe anxiety disorder, and the friends and family who stand by her.

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Blog Tour and Giveaway: End Times by Anna Schumacher

Today we have the pleasure of hosting the End Times Blog Tour!  Anna has graciously given us a wonderful question and answer guest post!!!  Thanks Anna!  

Don't forget to comment on this post for a chance to win a copy!!!


Carbon County, Wyoming is like a current running through Daphne’s heart.

When life gets too tough to bear in Detroit, Daphne flees to her Uncle Floyd’s home, where she believes she’ll find solace in the silent hills of her childhood summers. But Daphne’s Greyhound bus pulls over in downtown Carbon County and it’s not silence that welcomes her. It’s the sound of trumpets.

Daphne’s desire to start again in simple country comfort is instantly dashed as the townsfolk declare that the End Times are here. And incredible occurrences soon support their belief. Daphne does all she can to keep her head down and ignore the signs. She works a job at the local oil rig, helps around the house, hangs out with her pregnant cousin Janie and gets to know Owen, a mysterious motocross racer and fellow roustabout at the rig. But soon a startling discovery shatters her resolve and calls into question all her doubts and fears.
               
Daphne landed in Carbon County for a reason. She only has to read the signs—and believe

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Q&A with Anna Schumacher

What are 7 things you learned from writing your first book?
Here are 7 things I learned from writing my first book:
It is, in fact, possible to write and sell a novel while working fulltime, maintaining friendships and a relationship, and still enjoying your life. It just takes a little extra discipline, and the willingness to make the time.
Your work is only as good as the team around you. I was so fortunate to have an amazing editor, agent, and publicist who believed in the book as much as I did – sometimes more! I couldn’t have done this without them.
Nothing kills writer’s block like a hoop jam! Sometimes the only way I could get unstuck was to get up, grab my hoop, and move. 
When it comes to time, more is more. I wrote END TIMES over the course of a summer because I was super excited about the idea and wanted to get it all down before it was gone. Then everything happened so fast: Penguin bought it, and wanted it for their spring list, and all of a sudden I had to turn around two new drafts in a month! I’m really happy with the book, but there are things I would have changed if I had more time. It still bothers me that Luna eats bacon in one scene, because in Book 2 I wanted her to be a lifelong vegan!
Some days will be more productive than others. It’s important to grab the productive days by the horns and ride them as hard as you can. 
You can’t just be a writer. You also have to be a reader, a movie-watcher, a theater-goer, an occasional Netflix-binging couch potato. You have to go play outside, go dance, spend time with friends, do yoga – whatever feeds your soul besides writing. Your life becomes unbalanced if you spend all your time producing and none consuming, just as it gets out of whack if you’re always consuming without ever producing. They feed each other, and you need both to survive. 
I thought all I ever wanted was to get a book published. Now, all I want is to write and publish more! 

END TIMES synopsis
When life gets too tough to bear in Detroit, Daphne flees to her Uncle Floyd’s home, where she believes she’ll find solace in the silent hills of her childhood summers. But Daphne’s Greyhound bus pulls over in downtown Carbon County and it’s not silence that welcomes her. It’s the sound of trumpets.

Daphne’s desire to start again in simple country comfort is instantly dashed as the townsfolk declare that the End Times are here. And incredible occurrences soon support their belief. Daphne does all she can to keep her head down and ignore the signs. She works a job at the local oil rig, helps around the house, hangs out with her pregnant cousin Janie and gets to know Owen, a mysterious motocross racer and fellow roustabout at the rig. But soon a startling discovery shatters her resolve and calls into question all her doubts and fears.
Goodreads page for END TIMES: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18667788-end-times

Author bio
Anna Schumacher is an award-winning copy writer who has worked for DailyCandy, Night Agency and is currently the Associate Copy Director at Hearst Digital Media, which manages all marketing for 25 websites including seventeen.com and luckymag.com. A strategic thinker with strong digital expertise and social media fluency, Anna is a fiction writer at heart. She received an MFA in fiction writing from The New School. She lives in Brooklyn, New York with her husband and their two cats, Gus and Alexis.

Twitter: http://twitter.com/SchumacherYA

Goodreads author page: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7341043.Anna_Schumacher
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Friday, June 20, 2014

Cover Reveal: Wild by Sophie Jordan (Ivy Chronicles #3)

I am seriously dying to read this book! I think I screamed when I found out it was going to be Georgia and Logan.  This book is going to be explosive!  I loved the 1st 2 books in this series, so if you haven't read those, now is the perfect time!  Trust me, you will thank me later!


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A good girl goes bad in the third and final book in New York Times bestselling author Sophie Jordan’s sexy New Adult romance series—where three Ivy League suite-mates testing their boundaries as they seek higher knowledge of just how far they can go.

Months after her boyfriend dumped her, Georgia can still hear the insults he hurled at her. Boring. Predictable. Tame. Tired of feeling bad, she’s ready to change her image, and go a little wild. What better way to prove her ex wrong than a hot night of adventure at the secret campus kink club?

In the shadowy den of the club, she unexpectedly runs into Logan Mulvaney, her friend’s little brother. A player extraordinaire too hot for his own good, he may be younger, but the guy is light years ahead when it comes to the opposite sex. Now he’s telling her to go home-”good girls” don’t belong here!

Georgia is tired of having others define her. She’s going to teach Logan a lesson he won’t forget-one white hot, mind-wrecking kiss . . . that leads to another . . . and another . . . and. . . . Realizing she’s way in over her head, Georgia runs.

Only Logan won’t let her go. Everywhere she goes he’s there, making her want every inch of him. Making her forget who she is. Who he is. And just how wrong they are for each other.

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Sophie Jordan is an international and New York Times bestselling author whose books include historical romances and the Firelight series. When she’s not writing, she spends her time overloading on caffeine (lattes preferred), talking plotlines with anyone who will listen (including her kids), and cramming her DVR with true-crime and reality-television shows. She lives in Houston.


Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Blog Tour: Mortal Enchantment by Stacey O'Neale Interview & Giveaway

Interview with Stacey O'Neale

  1. What draws you to the paranormal genre?
I'm an avid reader of YA and adult paranormal romance. I try to read a book a week. For me, reading is an escape. When my life gets overwhelming,  I like to disappear inside a new world. It's easy to do that with paranormal. I also love the swoony men that tend to run rapid in these worlds. ;-p

  1. How did you come up with the idea for the MORTAL ENCHANTMENT series?

I was researching faeries when I kept coming across the word elemental. I googled the name and happened to stumble upon the sixteenth century works of an alchemist named Paracelsus. He identified the four types of elementals, even giving them names. My brain started spinning with ideas, and eventually, the characters came to life. 

  1. What scene was your favorite to write in MORTAL ENCHANTMENT?

Chapter Twenty. I had that scene in my head even before I knew how the book would end. It's very swoon-worthy. I think readers will enjoy it.

  1. What was the hardest scene to write in MORTAL ENCHANTMENT?
It's difficult to answer this without giving anything away. I will say there's a scene where a character thinks they are about to uncover something big, but it ends up crashing and burning in their face. It was tough to write because the character feels completely responsible.
  1. Why did you decide to give the prequel novella, THE SHADOW PRINCE, away for FREE?
Because I'm a new author, I thought I would get more readers to give it a chance if it were free. I hope they fall in love with Rowan the way I have and want to know more about his role in the series. I also thought it would be fun to introduce Kalin (my series heroine) through his eyes.
  1. Can you tell us a little bit about Rowan?
Rowan is the heir to the fire court throne. He is a powerful elemental who's spent most of his life away from the court. He's got tons of family drama, but also good friends who help him through it. At times he can be a bit arrogant as most princes are, but he's also thoughtful and loyal to the people he loves.
  1. Who are some of your favorite authors?
I have a list of what I call my auto-buys. I will read anything by these authors: Gena Showalter, Jennifer L. Armentrout, Richelle Mead, Cassandra Clare, Holly Black, and Melissa Marr.
  1. What are you working on next?
I'd like to finish the first book in an adult science fiction romance series I started last year. I'm about halfway there. Afterwards, I have to write the second book in the MORTAL ENCHANTMENT series called FRAGILE REIGN. Needless to say, 2014 will be a busy year for me.
  1. What do you normally like to read when not writing?

On the YA side, I read a TON of paranormal, urban fantasy, and science fiction. When I'm reading adult, I like contemporary, fantasy, and paranormal. Please don't ask me for a favorite because I don’t think I can choose just one. ;-)

  1. Do you have any advice for aspiring writers?

      1. Read a lot. Write a lot. You can't have one without the other. It sounds simple, but it's really true.
      2. Quit making excuses. If you want to be a writer, be one. If you really want it, it won't happen without a ton of effort. Oh, and never give up!

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Mortal Enchantment

“Mortal Enchantment spins a unique twist on elemental mythology. This series is not to be missed.” Jennifer L. Armentrout, #1 New York Times Bestselling Author
In Kalin Matthew's world, elementals control the forces of nature. They are divided into four courts: air, woodland, fire, and water. At sixteen she will leave the life she's built with her mortal mother. Kalin will move to Avalon to rule with her father—the elemental king of the air court. Along the way, she's attacked by a fire court assassin and saved by Rowan, a swoon-worthy elemental with a questionable past.
Worst of all, she learns her father is missing.
To rescue him, Kalin will have to work with a judgmental council and a system of courts too busy accusing each other of deceit to actually be able to help her. But, they aren’t her biggest challenge. With the Midwinter’s Ball only five days away, Kalin must take over her father’s duties, which includes shifting control of the elements—power Kalin has yet to realize.
As Rowan attempts to train her, a war looms between the four courts. If Kalin fails, her father will die and the courts will fall, but the betrayal she’s about to uncover may cost her even more...


Available Exclusively at Amazon eBook for $2.99 and Paperback for $8.99

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If you haven't read THE SHADOW PRINCE, you can download if NOW for FREE from Amazon and Barnes and Noble!!!

The Shadow Prince

Every sacrifice has consequences. Sixteen-year-old Rowan has spent most of his life living among the mortals—learning to control the element of fire, impatiently awaiting the day his vengeful mother, Queen Prisma, will abdicate her throne. When he finally returns to Avalon for his coronation, his mother insists he must first prove his loyalty to the court by completing a secret mission: Kill Kalin, the half-human, half-elemental daughter of the air court king. Willing to do anything to remove his mother from power, he agrees to sacrifice the halfling. He returns to the mortal world with his best friend, Marcus, determined to kill the princess. But as he devises a plan, he starts to question whether or not he's capable of completing such a heinous task. And what price he will pay if he refuses?
Available for FREE on Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes and Noble
Also available in PRINT from Amazon

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Stacey O'Neale lives in Annapolis, Maryland. When she's not writing, she spends her time fangirling over books, blogging, watching fantasy television shows, cheering for the Baltimore Ravens, and hanging out with her husband and daughter. Her career in publishing started as a blogger-turned-publicist for two successful small publishers. Stacey writes young adult paranormal romance and adult science fiction romance. Her books always include swoon-worthy heroes, snarky heroines, and lots of kissing. Stacey loves hearing from readers. Follow her on Twitter @StaceyONeale, look for her on Facebook, Pinterest, and GoodReads. You can also visit her blog at http://staceyoneale.com/.

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Monday, June 9, 2014

My Last Kiss Blog Tour Guest Post: Top 10 Fictional Crushes

Hi everyone, today we have the pleasure of hosting the Blog Tour for Bethany Neal's book, My Last Kiss. Bethany has been so gracious to give us her list of TOP 10 FICTIONAL CRUSHES!!!!!  The YA Sisterhood especially loves her #1 Choice!!!!!


What if your last kiss was with the wrong boy?

Cassidy Haines remembers her first kiss vividly. It was on the old covered bridge the summer before her freshman year with her boyfriend of three years, Ethan Keys. But her last kiss--the one she shared with someone at her seventeenth birthday party the night she died--is a blur. Cassidy is trapped in the living world, not only mourning the loss of her human body, but left with the grim suspicion that her untimely death wasn't a suicide as everyone assumes. She can't remember anything from the weeks leading up to her birthday and she's worried that she may have betrayed her boyfriend.

If Cassidy is to uncover the truth about that fateful night and make amends with the only boy she'll ever love, she must face her past and all the decisions she made--good and bad--that led to her last kiss.

Bethany Neal's suspenseful debut novel is about the power of first love and the haunting lies that threaten to tear it apart

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Bethany's Fictional Crushes

Top 10 Fictional Crushes – YA Sisterhood

10. Louis (Interview with the Vampire by Anne Rice):
Anne Rice invented tall, dark, and brooding when she wrote Louis de Pointe du Lac. Doesn’t hurt that he’s played by a young, icy-eyed Brad Pitt in the movie adapt either.


9. Joe (The Sky is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson): He’s one of the few crushes I have that would actually work in real life. He could play me songs on his horn and we could cuddle away entire days in that bed in the forest. So much sigh for this boy in this effervescent book.

8. Rio (Jem TV show):

I know most of you are too young to know about Jem and the Holograms, but this was by far and wide my favorite 80s cartoon about a music biz exec, Jerrica Benton, who transforms via hologram earrings (I know, right!) into the international superstar lead singer Jem. This double life of awesomeness leads to the world’s most complicated love triangle ever because Jerrica’s main man, Rio Pacheco, also has a crush on Jem—who is actually still Jerrica. It’s a head scratcher, but he has purple hair, so we overlook the minor detail that he’s cheating on his girlfriend…with his girlfriend.

7. Ruby (Imaginary Girls by Nova Ren Suma): I’m an equal opportunist when it comes to crushes, and there’s nothing wrong with a good healthy hetero-girl crush. Chloe may be the narrator, but her saucy older sis, Ruby, steals the show in the novel. Girl loves fiercely and is willing to trade a life for those she loves—literally—but, man oh man, is she magic!

6. Jay Gatsby (The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald):
Oh, Gatsby. You asked too much of your flighty paramour Daisy Buchanan, but our love will shine brighter than her briny green light ever could. 


5. Bruce Wayne (Batman): He’s frickin’ Batman, people! And rich and dangerous and has terrible taste in women. We’re meant to be.

4. Adam Wilde (If I Stay/Where She Went by Gayle Forman): Rockstar: check. Famous and tormented: double check. Dedicated to loving you no matter what as long as you stay safe: big world tour of love-sized swoony check.

3. Edward Cullen (The Twilight Saga by Stephenie Meyer):
I wonder what it would feel like to kiss him on a sunny day on a private beach in the Caribbean with his sparkles washing over my tanned skin… I’m sorry, what were we talking about?


2. Romeo (Romeo and Juliet  by William Shakespeare): Of course, I have a very specific image of my Romeo, and it is Leo DiCaprio in 1996 wearing that untucked suit, smoking as he scribbles all the feels in his journal underneath the Grove of Sycamore, pining over his ex, Rosaline. I shall make thee forget, smexy sir.  I shall make thee forget.


  1. Angel (Buffy the Vampire Slayer TV show):
Louis may have founded the brooding business that is hunky vampires with a conscience, but Angel turned that billowy trench coat startup into a world-wide enterprise. I’m actually so in love with Angel that I hate David Boreanaz (the actor that played him). He’s on Bones now and not telling Buffy “in 243 years I’ve loved exactly one person.” It’s a crime. A crime I tell you!