#CelebratingDebutantes2013: Robin Constantine (13 Random Facts + Giveaway)

Tuesday, December 31, 2013


It's the last day of 2013 and we have an author releasing her debut novel today! Let's all welcome the author of the super-duper-cute The Promise of Amazing, ROBIN CONSTANTINE!

About Robin Constantine


Robin Constantine is a born and bred Jersey girl who moved down South so she could wear flip-flops year round. She spends her days dreaming up stories where love conquers all, well, eventually but not without a lot of peril, angst and the occasional kissing scene.

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THIRTEEN THINGS YOU MIGHT NOT KNOW ABOUT ROBIN CONSTANTINE

1. I love roller coasters.


2. My seventeenth birthday was awful.  I failed my road test, my friends went to Six Flags without me and my boyfriend showed up two hours late for dinner.


3. I’m from the same hometown as author George R.R. Martin.


4. If pressed, I can dance most of the Thriller dance.  Do not press me. Please. EVER.


5. When I was twelve I was in an all girl production of ANNIE - I played Daddy Warbucks - bald cap and all.


6. When I go shopping with my family, I’m not allowed to wander into a bookstore on my own because they fear they will need to send a search party in after me.  I can never go in “for just one thing”.


7. I participated in and finished my first half-marathon in November 2012 but I still think “fun run” in an oxymoron.


8. I love the word oxymoron.


9. My favorite color is that shade of light purplish-blue the sky turns just before the first star comes out.


10. After waiting on line until midnight to get Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows by JK Rowling, I went home and read it until the sun came up. Chapter thirty-three (in particular) broke my heart.  Brilliant.


11. A perfect day begins with yoga, coffee and writing.


12. Cheesy as it may be, I still wish on stars.



13. My favorite way to play hooky is to see a movie in the middle of the day and have popcorn for lunch.


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The Promise of Amazing
Title: The Promise of Amazing
Author: Robin Constantine
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Date of Publication: December 31, 2013

Wren Caswell is average. Ranked in the middle of her class at Sacred Heart, she’s not popular, but not a social misfit. Wren is the quiet, “good” girl who's always done what she's supposed to—only now in her junior year, this passive strategy is backfiring. She wants to change, but doesn’t know how.

Grayson Barrett was the king of St. Gabe’s. Star of the lacrosse team, top of his class, on a fast track to a brilliant future—until he was expelled for being a “term paper pimp.” Now Gray is in a downward spiral and needs to change, but doesn’t know how.

One fateful night their paths cross when Wren, working at her family’s Arthurian-themed catering hall, performs the Heimlich on Gray as he chokes on a cocktail weenie, saving his life literally and figuratively. What follows is the complicated, awkward, hilarious, and tender tale of two teens shedding their pasts, figuring out who they are—and falling in love.

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Giveaway

Robin is giving away a copy of THE PROMISE OF AMAZING! Open internationally. Good luck!

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Thank you Robin for celebrating your debut year with us! Come back tomorrow here at Oops! I Read A Book Again as Anne Plaza visits us! Now, go on to Michelle's blog for her feature on Jacqueline Green!

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{Blog Tour} Review + Giveaway: Sneaking Candy by Lisa Burstein

Monday, December 30, 2013

Sneaking Candy
Title: Sneaking Candy
Author: Lisa Burstein
Publisher: Entangled Embrace
Date of Publication: December 9, 2013

All I ever wanted was to make a name for myself as Candice Salinas, creative writing grad student at the University of Miami. Of course, secretly I already have made a name for myself: as Candy Sloane, self-published erotic romance writer. Though thrilled that my books are selling and I have actual fans, if anyone at UM found out, I could lose my scholarship…and the respect of my faculty advisor, grade-A-asshole Professor Dylan.

Enter James Walker, super-hot local barista and—surprise!—my student. Even though I know a relationship is totally off-limits, I can’t stop myself from sneaking around with James, taking a few cues from my own erotic writing…if you catch my drift. Candy’s showing her stripes for the first time in my real life, and I’ve never had so much fun. But when the sugar high fades, can my secrets stay under wraps?

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Review

My Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

Thank you to Kelly of Inkslinger PR and Entangled Embrace for the review copy. This in no way affected my views of the novel.

Sneaking Candy wasn't what I expected it to be but that's not to say I was disappointed. It's just that you would expect a novel about a creative writing graduate student moonlighting as an erotica author to be full of steam and hot, scorching sex. But it wasn't the case! Compared to all the new adult books I've read, Sneaking Candy has sexual situations, yes, but it's pretty tame and totally not graphic. So now that I've got my surprise out in this review, let's get to the nitty-gritty!

As a graduate student, I can relate to Candice a bit. It should be easy since I only got a few classes but my classes are either at night or late afternoon that I feel tired everyday. Coupled that with day work and then my blog, sigh. With Candice though, she still writes as Candice, writes as Candy, interacts with fans of Candy, teaches classes as a TA and then she's also a student. Then throw in a messy and complicated love life and baggage and family problems and you got a busy NA heroine.

As a character, Candice had me having some kind of whiplash. She's strong yet she's not. She's assertive yet she's shy. I do know that it's how usually it is in real life, heck, I'm like that. But sometimes I just want her to decide and do what she wants to do. But then we won't have character growth. Which we had lots in this novel and I love reading and seeing characters grow. In fact, Candice had a monopoly in the character growth department. James is pretty much the perfect guy ever since he showed up.

Candice was disowned by her surgeon parents who can't accept that she wants to be an author. Her longtime boyfriend broke up with her and cheated on her multiple times. She established her walls and hasn't dated ever since coming to Miami for fear of getting hurt. On that front, Candice isn't a fresh heroine because I've read this type of heroine time and again. But Lisa Burstein used that tug of familiarity in a good way by being able to incorporate legitimate problems and an engaging plot to an otherwise common heroine.

For the romance, it was tricky as hell (hello student-teacher relationship!) and I pitied sweet baby James all the time. It's obvious Candice wants him but she wants her career too and he's forced to be in the middle of all of her internal fiasco. But props to him for being perfect and understanding and rational! Thank you for rational characters, Lisa! Misunderstandings were easily solved because even though they'll get a bit irrational at first (looking at you Candice), they'll realize they've been wrong and make up. Huzzah! What I hate the most is dragging a plot arc like a bloodied dismembered horse. (My similes aren't making sense.)

But my favorite part was definitely the debate on traditional publishing and self-publishing. Sneaking Candy wasn't preachy at all and it didn't try to side on either (People who diss on self-publishing are pricks with sticks up their ass, gah.) but it sure showed the divide. I also loved reading and I actually *blushed* reading about Candice appreciating bloggers and all that. It's nice when authors appreciate the time and effort you put into reading and reviewing their books. 

Now that I'm writing this review, I realized that even though Sneaking Candy is a quick and light read, it had more mini-plots and issues tackled than Vogue. So if you're in for that, you can get that with this novel. It's nothing heavy and groundbreaking but it's a sweet read with your usual new adult themes: identity, love and career.

About Lisa Burstein

Lisa Burstein is a tea seller by day and a writer by night. She received her MFA in Creative Writing from the Inland Northwest Center for Writers at Eastern Washington University. She is the author of Pretty Amy, The Next Forever, Dear Cassie and Candy, Stripped. As well as a contributor to the upcoming essay collection, Break These Rules: 35 YA Authors On Speaking Up, Standing Out, and Being Yourself. She lives in Portland, Oregon with her very patient husband, a neurotic dog and two cats.


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#CelebratingDebutantes2013: Emil Ostrovski (13 Random Facts + Giveaway)


About Emil Ostrovski


I'm twenty-three.

Rather than give you a witty, self-deprecating account of the trials and tribulations of my twenty-three year old, suburban, upper-middle class, went-to-a-girl's-liberal-arts-college life, I'll admit that I haven't really done anything much worth reading about.

So in lieu of providing you with my biography, I will recommend that you read Desmond Tutu's.  Here.  

Why Desmond Tutu?

Well, I've always liked his name.

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THIRTEEN THINGS YOU MIGHT NOT KNOW ABOUT EMIL OSTROVSKI

1. I have a black belt in Tae-Kwon-Do. Not because of any talent or particular dedication on my part, but just because I stuck around long enough. At a certain point, they just give you one, in the hope that you’ll continue paying the 100 dollar a month membership fee indefinitely, out of—I don’t know—some sense of gratitude, perhaps?


2. I have an I-phone, but kind of wish I didn't. I feel like I've lost the ability to just sit still and do, well, nothing in particular. I think the ability to do nothing in particular is really important for a writer, or, rather, for anyone really. 

3. In the beginning of this year, I got laser corrective surgery done, and ever since my eyes have gotten tremendously needy. I have to use lubricating eye drops twice a day, when I wake up and when I go to bed. One could say my eyes simply demand to be lubricated.


4. As a kid, I once bought a wooden Katana on e-bay. A few days after it arrived, I was swinging it around in the sun-room and the chandelier got in my way.


5. I once broke into my own house via the second story bathroom window. Why not a first story window? Well, that wouldn't been much too easy. Lazy, even. That’s no way to live.


6. In middle school, I had a birthday party at which a friend and I went outside to play a two-person manhunt in my forty-five degree angle backyard (my other friends were not in a manhunt-playing mood). The result? I tripped and fractured my arm. Happy birthday to me. 


7. I think having a favorite color is silly. 


8. I have the rare distinction of being rejected by my high school literary magazine. The story I submitted, about an American submarine Captain who had just received orders to participate in a tactical nuclear strike on Iran, was deemed “too political”.


9. I've gotten into an accident with a parked car.


10. I've been bitten by a leech. I didn't notice until my Nepali guide ripped it off my leg.


11. Lists, schedules, itineraries, plans, and any other such artificial attempts to organize life into some semblance of comprehensibility and manageability stress me out terribly. 


12. I once wrote an article for Vassar’s college newspaper in which I cited a date that was 300 years off. Shortly thereafter, I decided journalism and its obsession with ‘getting all the facts right’ wasn't for me.


13. I love philosophy, because it’s one of the only disciplines out there that has made me change my mind and alter the way I view, and think about the world.


***


The Paradox of Vertical Flight
Title: The Paradox of Vertical Flight
Author: Emil Ostrovski
Publisher: Greenwillow Books
Date of Publication: September 24, 2013
What happens when you put a suicidal eighteen-year-old philosophy student, his ex-girlfriend, his best friend, and his newborn baby in a truck and send them to Grandma's house? This debut novel by Emil Ostrovski will appeal to fans of John Green, Chris Crutcher, and Jay Asher.

On the morning of his eighteenth birthday, philosophy student and high school senior Jack Polovsky is somewhat seriously thinking of suicide when his cell phone rings. Jack's ex-girlfriend, Jess, has given birth, and Jack is the father. Jack hasn't spoken with Jess in about nine months—and she wants him to see the baby before he is adopted. The new teenage father kidnaps the baby, names him Socrates, stocks up on baby supplies at Wal-Mart, and hits the road with his best friend, Tommy, and the ex-girlfriend. As they head to Grandma's house (eluding the police at every turn), Jack tells baby Socrates about Homer, Troy, Aristotle, the real Socrates, and the Greek myths—because all stories spring from those stories, really. Even this one. Funny, heart-wrenching, and wholly original, this debut novel by Emil Ostrovski explores the nature of family, love, friendship, fate, fatherhood, and myth.

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Giveaway

Emil is giving away a copy of THE PARADOX OF VERTICAL FLIGHT to one lucky US resident. Good luck!


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Thank you Emil for celebrating your debut year with us! Come back tomorrow here at Oops! I Read A Book Again as Robin Constantine visits us! Now, go on to Michelle's blog for her feature on Jen McConnel!

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#CelebratingDebutantes2013: Heather L. Reid (13 Random Facts + Giveaway)

Sunday, December 29, 2013



About Heather L. Reid

Heather L. Reid has always had a sense of wanderlust and a belief in the paranormal. She eats mayonnaise on her fries, loves video games, and getting lost in a good story. This native Texan now lives with her Scottish hubby in South Ayrshire, Scotland, where she spends her weekends wandering the moors in search of the ghost of William Wallace and exploring haunted castles.


THIRTEEN THINGS YOU MIGHT NOT KNOW ABOUT HEATHER L. REID


1. I studied stage combat and can wield a broadsword, slash with a rapier and dagger, and fight with a quarterstaff. 

2. I met my husband while playing an online video game called Star Wars Galaxies. He was living in Scotland and I was in Texas at the time.

3. The summer of my freshman year in college I earned money as an extra on the children’s television show Wishbone as well as Walker Texas Ranger. 

4. I like mayonnaise on my fries.

5. Watching Ghost Hunters is one my guilty pleasures. Truth is I love all paranormal/horror shows, movies, books. Scare me, I dare you.

6. I've been swimming off the coast of Scotland where the water temperature averages 56 degrees in July. No, I was not wearing a wetsuit, but your body becomes numb after a few minutes. It was cold!!

7. Edinburgh is my favorite city in the world.

8. I prefer pajamas to party dresses.

9. I’m a Craigslist junkie. I love finding bargains and haggling over the price. In fact, I’m writing this while sitting in my favorite leather chair purchased specifically for my office last month. Craigslist, I swear by it. 

10. I collect dragon figurines.

11. My new tea obsession is Coconut Chocolate Truffle. It actually tastes like chocolate. So good!

12. Stories about expeditions to Everest fascinate and terrify me. I've read Into Thin Air at least six times, watched documentaries, and read many articles. I would never want to climb it myself, but I love reading about why others choose to do so. Maybe I would go to basecamp one day, but that would be it. 

13. My love and I got married in a Florida Courthouse two days after he proposed, again in a 14th century castle a year later, and completed the day with an ancient Celtic hand fasting ceremony. Let’s see him try to get away from me now! 

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Pretty Dark Nothing (Pretty Dark Nothing, #1)
Title: Pretty Dark Nothing (Pretty Dark Nothing #1)
Author: Heather L. Reid
Publisher: Month9Books
Date of Publication: April 23, 2013
It’s been twenty three days since Quinn has slept for more than minutes at a time. Demons have invaded her dreams, stalking her, and whispering of her death. The lack of sleep and crippling fear are ruining her life. Energy drinks and caffeine pills don’t make a dent. When Quinn dozes off in the school hallway, Aaron, an amnesiac with a psychic ability, accidentally enters her nightmare. The demons are determined to keep them apart, and Aaron from discovering the secret locked away in his memory. Together, they could banish the darkness back to the underworld for good. That is, unless the demons kill them first.
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Giveaway

Heather is giving away a copy of PRETTY DARK NOTHING! Open internationally. Good luck!


Thank you Heather for celebrating your debut year with us! Come back tomorrow here at Oops! I Read A Book Again as Emil Ostrovski visits us! Now, go on to Michelle's blog for her feature on Christa Desir!

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Stacking the Shelves (31)

Saturday, December 28, 2013

Because I'm such a lazy ass and I didn't have Internet the past two months, I wasn't able to post my StS for November. You'd think that I can manage posting once a month but na-ah. Haha! So this is the combined haul for November and December and it's a lot! So here goes! (And have a look at our messy living room with so much clutter and gifts hehe!)




For Review




Won

*signed* Embrace by Jessica Shirvington
Earth Girl by Janet Edwards
Earth Star by Janet Edwards
*signed* Linked by Imogen Howson
*signed* That Time I Joined the Circus by J.J. Howard
Lila and Alex's X-rated scene by Sarah Alderson (MWAHAHA)



Gifted


Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

The Madman's Daughter by Megan Shepherd
Deception by C.J. Redwine
Way to Go by Tom Ryan (ARC)
Goddess Interrupted by Aimee Carter
Dare to Dream: Life as One Direction
Looking for Alaska by John Green
Amy and Roger's Epic Detour by Morgan Matson
If I Stay by Gayle Forman
Just One Day by Gayle Forman
How They Met, and Other Stories by David Levithan



Traded


Defiance by C.J. Redwine

Pretty Twisted by Gina Blaxill
The Probability of Miracles by Wendy Wunder
DiSemblance by Shanae Branham
Chasing the Jaguar by Michelle Dominguez Greene

Borrowed


Hunting Lila by Sarah Alderson




Swag

Thank you to Jessica and Mimi of Hardie Grant Egmont, Caroline and Leah of Strange Chemistry, Megan and Sarah of HarperCollins International, Giselle of Xpresso Book Tours, Sigal Ehrlich, Eve of Pan Macmillan Australia, Lauren of Quercus Books, Isa of Hachette Philippines, Rachel of The Readers Den, Jessica Shirvington, Precious of Fragments of Life, Erleen of Books for YA, Imogen Howson, Nichole of Y.A. Reads, J.J. Howard, Lyra of Defiantly Deviant, Kai of Amaterasu Reads, my friends (Lordom, Joanna, Fides, Isay and Jean), Michelle of The Escapist, all the Filipino YA book bloggers that attended the Christmas party, Carly Anne West, Katie McGarry, Jessica Brooks, Polly Holyoke, Lisa of Harlequin Teen, my parents and everyone I failed to mention! <3

#CelebratingDebutantes2013: Piers Torday (13 Random Facts + Giveaway)


About Piers Torday

My first proper story was written age 13, which starts - ‘Sam was a dog. And like most dogs, he was a detective.’ This should have led to a promising career in canine detective fiction but at school and university I became completely distracted by theatre & comedy, which is where I then started my working life - at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, producing plays and sketch shows, and occasionally writing them too.

I am very proud to still be a Trustee of the Pleasance Theatre, which gave me my first ever job, and every year gives hundreds of new writers, performers, producers and technicians their first break.

After that, I accidentally came up with a successful gameshow called Come and Have A Go If You Think You're Smart Enough and moved into television. I still work in TV, developing programme ideas and occasionally being allowed to make them - including Argumental and DSF: Olivia Lee (Series 1 &2).

But deep down the thing I most wanted to do was write stories like the ones I grew up on, and after my Dad wrote his first book at the age of 60 - Salmon Fishing In The Yemen -I felt inspired. So I went on a marvellous Arvon Course at Ted Hughes' old house in West Yorkshire. They were very encouraging - and I began to write a book.

That book eventually became The Last Wild, and I am currently writing the next installment in the story.

In between, I have just been trained as a Volunteer Reader by VRH and can't wait to start helping children in my local London schools to enjoy books and stories like I did when I was younger.

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THIRTEEN THINGS YOU MIGHT NOT KNOW ABOUT PIERS TORDAY

1. My father used to read me Tintin books in bed when I was a child, but translating from the original French. Only years later did I discover that he’d in fact made up half the stories because he didn't know the words...


2. Due to a clerical error, my passport says I was born in 1973, when in fact I was born in 1974- so I am legally a year older than I actually am. Which might be useful when it’s time to get my pension.


3. I have met the Queen, Dolph Lundgren, Steve Buscemi and Roald Dahl but not at all at the same time, that would have been a spectacular party.


4. My father writes books (Salmon Fishing in the Yemen), my mother is publishing a collection of my grandfather’s letters next year, all my uncles and aunts have written books and my brother has too. So have all my in-laws. In fact, I am pretty much the last person in my family to write a book.


5. When I met Roald Dahl (in the children’s bookshop my mother ran), he gave us an unpublished Oompa Loompa song about a girl called Miranda Mary Piker who was going to be in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, but he took her out before it was published.


6. I have tickled a real wolf’s stomach and survived.


7. My vision is better than 20:20 which means I have a secret superpower - being able to read bus timetables just a little bit quicker than anyone else.


8. Guilty pleasures include grilled lamb ribs from our local Turkish restaurant in London, Game of Thrones box sets and reading graphic novels in the bath.


9. I have had a fatwa issued against me (for producing the play Corpus Christi by Terence McNally which suggests Jesus and Judas might have been lovers)


10. One of the earliest TV programmes I devised, a quiz about property, rated a record 0 viewers. 


11. Our neighbour's cat comes into our house to visit so often we have given him a name (but not any food)


12. I don’t have a pet monkey called Basil but I REALLY WISH I DID.



13. The only time I have ever used a pseudonym was when I wrote a play under the name Tod Baker.


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The Last Wild
Title: The Last Wild
Author: Piers Torday
Publisher: Quercus
Date of Publication: March 28, 2013


In a world where animals no longer exist, twelve-year-old Kester Jaynes sometimes feels like he hardly exists either. Locked away in a home for troubled children, he's told there's something wrong with him. So when he meets a flock of talking pigeons and a bossy cockroach, Kester thinks he's finally gone a bit mad. But the animals have something to say... The pigeons fly Kester to a wild place where the last creatures in the land have survived. A wise stag needs Kester's help, and together they must embark on a great journey, joined along the way by an over-enthusiastic wolf-cub, a spoilt show-cat, a dancing harvest mouse and a stubborn girl named Polly. The animals saved Kester Jaynes. But can Kester save the animals?

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Giveaway

Piers is giving away a copy of THE LAST WILD! Open to UK residents only. Good luck!


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Thank you Piers for celebrating your debut year with us! Come back tomorrow here at Oops! I Read A Book Again as Heather visits us! Now, go on to Michelle's blog for her feature on Kelsey Sutton!

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Blog Tour: Unite by Jamie Campbell

Friday, December 27, 2013

Unite (Project Integrate, #1)
Title: Unite (Project Integrate #1)
Author: Jamie Campbell
Date of Publication: December 3, 2013
Genre: YA sci-fi romance

United They Stand.

Seventeen years ago an entire generation of aliens were sent to Earth in order to save their home planet and integrate into the human population. Now, those aliens are being hunted.

Amery Jones is your typical teenager, except for the fact she is an alien and a member of the government’s secret Project Integrate.

When Amery’s best friend Lola is kidnapped in order to get to her, there is only one person that can help – the exceedingly annoying and charming Lochie Mercury.

Together, Amery and Lochie must put aside their differences and attraction in order to rescue Lola before it’s too late.

Schedule

Feb 3

Loving the Language of Literacy - Review + Excerpt
Books & Tales - Excerpt
Cu's Ebook Giveaways - Excerpt
Reader Girls - Excerpt
Writer Person - Excerpt
Books and Their Worldly Realm - Review

Feb 4

The Solitary Bookworm - Review + Excerpt
Reader Rising - Playlist
Diamond&Coal Book Reviews - Excerpt
deal sharing aunt - Excerpt
Oops! I Read A Book Again - Excerpt

Feb 5

Been There, Read That, Reviewed the Book - Review + Excerpt
Always Lost in Books - Excerpt
Addicted Readers - Excerpt
3 Partners in Shopping, Nana, Mommy, & Sissy, Too! - Excerpt

Feb 6

The Rest Is Still Unwritten - Review
Mythical Books - Guest Post
XoXo Book Blog - Excerpt

Feb 7

The Unofficial Addiction Book Fan Club - Review + Guest Post
Clever Girls Read - Review
The Rest Is Still Unwritten - Excerpt
Bookcomet - Excerpt
Tressa's Wishful Endings - Excerpt

#CelebratingDebutantes2013: Lindsay Ribar (Interview)


About Lindsay Ribar

Lindsay Ribar grew up in New Jersey, where the only logical thing to do after high school was to move to New York. She majored in drama and English literature at NYU, and now works in book publishing, where she reads other people’s novels by day and writes her own by night. She owns approximately twelve bazillion CD’s, attends far too many concerts, and mainlines nerdy television shows like it’s going out of style. She is fond of wine, Ireland, musicals, long walks around Manhattan, and the color blue.

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INTERVIEW WITH LINDSAY RIBAR

What do you feel about the number '13'?


I feel very much like it is the number between 12 and 14. I also feel like it's the number of books I'm going to list for question #6!


What's the best thing that happened after your book was published?


I still think the best possible thing is that people are reading it. The fact that strangers are reading a story that I wrote still kind of blows my mind.


How did you celebrate the publishing of your book?


With a giant party at a bar! It was pretty awesome. Even more awesome was how I celebrated getting the book deal in the first place (two years before publication): by booking myself a cabin on The Rock Boat, which is a music festival on a cruise ship.


Do you read reviews of your book?


Absolutely. Every single one of them. Partly because no two people read a book the same way, and I like hearing every opinion out there, good or bad. Partly because, for me, the thought of not knowing what people are saying is way scarier than the thought of reading a horrible review.


What is your best or most unforgettable moment with a fan?


All of them! I still get that little twinge of excitement whenever a letter from a reader shows up in my inbox!


Was there any book/s from other debut author of 2013 that you loved?


Oh my goodness, yes. Here are just a few of them....


Red by Alison Cherry

Better Nate Than Ever by Tim Federle
Magic Marks the Spot by Caroline Carlson
OCD Love Story by Corey Ann Haydu
The Reece Malcolm List by Amy Spalding
Me, Him, Them, and It by Caela Carter
My Life After Now by Jessica Verdi
The Wig in the Window by Kristen Kittscher
The Path of Names by Ari Goelman
Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea by April Genevieve Tucholke
The Symptoms of My Insanity by Mindy Raf
Control by Lydia Kang

Gated by Amy Christine Parker

Are you interested in writing in a different genre or for a different audience?


Right now, I can't see myself writing anything other than YA, although that may change somewhere down the line. However, I'd love to write in different genres under the YA umbrella. Contemporary realistic, thriller, even mystery. So many possibilities!


Share us one embarrassing moment you've had.


Oh, I plead the fifth on this one.


Favorite color? Blue! All kinds of blue.

Favorite movie? Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
Favorite ice cream flavor? Mint chocolate chip.
Favorite song? "Lake of Silver Bells" by Carbon Leaf
Ultimate celebrity crush (dead or alive)? David Tennant. Yum.


What's next for you?

Well, The Fourth Wish, which is the sequel to The Art of Wishing, comes out on July 31 of next year. I'm really excited about it. And I'm currently working on a new book for Penguin, which is unrelated to the genie duology, but is still YA with a paranormal twist.


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The Art of Wishing
Title: The Art of Wishing (The Art of Wishing #1)
Author: Lindsay Ribar
Publisher: Dial Books for Young Readers
Date of Publication: March 21, 2013


He can grant her wishes, but only she can save his life.

Margo McKenna has a plan for just about everything, from landing the lead in her high school play to getting into a good college. So when she finds herself in possession of a genie's ring and the chance to make three wishes, she doesn't know what to do. Why should she put her life into someone else's hands?


But Oliver is more than just a genie -- he's also a sophomore at Margo's high school, and he's on the run from a murderer. As he and Margo grow closer, she discovers that it will take more than three wishes to save him.


A whole lot more.

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Thank you Lindsay for celebrating your debut year with us! Come back tomorrow here at Oops! I Read A Book Again as Piers Torday visits us! Now, go on to Michelle's blog for her feature on Jessica Young!

Are you a 2014 debut author? Are you interested in participating for Celebrating Debutantes 2014? Fill out this form!

{Blog Tour} Spotlight + Giveaway: Dawn of the Apocalypse by E.S.P.

Thursday, December 26, 2013

Dawn of the Apocalypse
Title: Dawn of the Apocalypse
Author: E.S.P.
Publisher: Mind Candy Media
Date of Publication: August 9, 2013

January 1, 2000.
May 21, 2011.
December 21, 2012

These are just a few of the days humans prophesied as bringing catastrophic events that would end the world. We predicted nuclear warfare. Drastic climate change. A call from God.

We were wrong.

Cue the gargoyle invasion—laboratory bred mutants designed to slaughter humans. When the government goes AWOL and gargoyles are swarming by the hundreds, it's up to the citizens of the United States to regroup and save themselves.

Meet Cliff Matthews, a teenage boy separated from his entire family with the exception of his younger sister, whom he is desperate to keep alive. Along the quest to save their lives, he encounters people who aren't all that they seem. Everyday's a battle, but if he can't trust his own species, where does that leave his family?

And we can't forget the man who may be willing to sacrifice Cliff's life, if it means world domination.

In terms of doomsday, no one could've seen this coming. The dawn of the apocalypse…
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Angel’s chest was rising and falling rapidly as the gargoyles circled them silently. Hunter had never wanted something more in her entire life than  to live for another day. She couldn’t even entertain the idea of little Angel being gobbled up by the big bad gargoyle…

She squeezed her eyes shut. Please, please, please, she chanted silently over and over.

She knew the type of wound a scratch had given Cliff. What type of pain would they concur on her entire body? Would they eat her right away or save her for dinner? Would they pluck out her limbs and eat them one by one?

Time stopped as the door creaked open. The gargoyles soundlessly cloaked themselves back in the shadows. The stairs groaned as someone walked down the stairs without a care in the world. Hunter could practically hear the gargoyles lick their lips.

She wanted to cry out and warn the person. But it was beyond her control.

That’s what you get for walking down the stairs so loudly. That’s what you get for walking in the dark during a damn invasion, she reasoned. But her heart was saying something else.

The person reached the bottom of the stairs. The gargoyles uniformly shifted through the shadows. “Hey…” he said suspiciously.

He had realized his danger a second too late. He broke into a run, but the gargoyles would be on him in a second. And he’d be dead.

“C’mon, sweetie.” Hunter whispered to Angel, crawling out from under the stairs. Ignoring the cries of agony, pain, and sorrow, she raced up the stairs. The wood banged against her ankles, but she didn’t stop. There was the cruel sound of cracking. Hunter shielded Angel’s eyes from the scene and dared to look behind her.

The gargoyles were circled around the man. The predominantly bigger gargoyle bit his neck. A gush of blood spewed across its face. The man’s eyes still stared at her, his mouth formed in an O, as if he was trying to speak to her.

“I’m so sorry.” She choked.

She hurried up the steps, slamming her body into the door. The light washed over her body, as did her relief. But her nerves did not settle.

About E.S.P.

Being the daughter of an accomplished author, E.S.P. grew up listening to stories and telling her own to classmates. After writing for several years and even publishing some short works, she finally decided to take the plunge to write (plus finish!) a full length novel. Thus, Dawn of the Apocalypse was born. When she's not writing, she's either reading books, blogging at whoistheserialreader.blogspot.com, or watching eighties movies twitter.com/bloggerESP

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