Thursday, April 17, 2014

Guest Post, Excerpt, & Giveaway! –Suzanne Kamata, author of Screaming Divas

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Welcome to my stop on the Screaming Divas blog tour hosted by YA READS Blog Tours! Screaming Divas author is sharing her list of the Top 10 can’t wait for books of 2014! How many of these are on your list too?

Make sure to check out the awesome excerpt and take a minute to enter the giveaway for one of five signed copies of Screaming Divas and a $25 gift card!! Also, see what other goodies and sneak peaks you can find by checking out the rest of the blog tour!



Top 10 List

Top 10 can't wait for books of 2014

1. THESE GENTLE WOUNDS by Helene Dunbar (my freshman year college roommate)

2. GOING OVER by Beth Kephart (another novel set in the 1980s)

3. WANTED: DEAD OR IN LOVE by Kym Brunner

4. DUST OF EDEN by Mariko Nagai


6. BLUE GOLD by Elizabeth Stewart


8. A BLIND SPOT FOR BOYS by Justina Chen

9.BIRD by Crystal Chan

10. AND WE STAY by Jenny Hubbard


About the book

unnamed (1)Screaming Divas by Suzanne Kamata

Publication Date: May 18th, 2014

Publisher: Merit Press

Pages: 208

Genre: YA Contemporary

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

About the Author

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

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5 signed copies of Screaming Divas of Screaming Divas with five $25 gift cards. Open Internationally. Available when the book releases.

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from The Screaming Divas

By Suzanne Kamata

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The first call came at noon the next day.

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

“What do you play?”

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

“Trudy Sin.”

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

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

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

How was she ever going to start a band?

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

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

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

“I dunno. She said she’d call back.”

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


The Tour Schedule:

April 1st

J.P. Grider – Top Ten Post

Becoming Books – Interview

April 2nd

Cassandra M’s Place – Interview

The Shadow Realm – Interview

Fiction Dreams – Guest Post

April 3rd

Doodles, doodles everywhere – Interview

April 4th

Jody’s Book Reviews, Giveaways & Tours – Excerpt

April 5th

SleepsOnTables - Review

A Little Bit of R&R – Top Ten Post

April 6th – Top Ten Post

April 7th

The One With the Fairy Tales – Review

Kindlelight Reading – Guest Post

April 8th

We Do Write - Interview

Book Lovers Life – Top Ten List

Cat’s Bookish Blog – Review

April 9th

Bella Harte Books - Interview

April 10th

FicTalk – Excerpt

That Bites-Book Talk Reviews - Excerpt

April 11th

The Book Beacon – Review

April 12th

Bookends – Excerpt

April 13th

Bookwyrming Thoughts – Top Ten List

April 14th

Booketeria – Guest Post

April 15th

Mystical Lit Lounge – Playlist

April 16th

The Happy Booker – Top Ten List

April 17th

The Procrastinator’s Corner – Excerpt

I Feel the Need, the Need to Read – Review

April 18th

Chapter by Chapter – Interview

The NerdHerd Reads – Review

April 19th

Platypire Reviews – Playlist

April 20th

YaReads – Review

April 21st

Just One More Chapter – Review

April 22nd

Ordinary Girlz Book Reviews – Guest Post

April 23rd

Beneath the Jacket Reviews – Review

April 24th

The Reading Vixens – Guest Post

April 25th

Girls in Capes – Interview

April 26th

It’s A Book Thing – Review

Fabulously Frugal with Frugal Sue – Review + Interview

April 27th

Blissful Book Reviews – Top Ten List

April 28th

Nena’s Reviews – Excerpt

Word to Dreams – Review

Friday, April 4, 2014

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Thursday, March 27, 2014

Float by Roni O’connell–Spotlight & Giveaway

By Roni O'Connell
Release Date: November 12, 2013
Paperback, 258 pages
Genre: Contemporary Fiction / YA
What if your only memory is of who you aren't, not who you are?
Seventeen-year-old Rashelle Santos fights her way out of a coma to find she doesn't remember her life, except for her parents and dog. Brain damage doctors tell her, but Rashelle knows with absolute certainty that Shellie (her nickname) died at the bottom of Kaweah Lake, bequeathing her death memories to Rashelle.
Rashelle leaps into a relationship with Shellie's boyfriend, Aiden Brody, because he stirs her feelings and fills the void within her. As their relationship becomes serious, she questions whom he really loves.
When threats appear in the form of notes stuffed into her locker and calls in the night, Rashelle wonders if she can stay alive long enough to discover who wants her dead, because somewhere out there Shellie's attacker watches and waits to finish what he started.
And what the hell, she wonders, is she deranged or could dead Shellie be lingering to keep her alive?
March 24th Fangirlish – Review/Playlist
March 25th Reads All The Books – Review
March 25th Like A Bump On A Log – Review
March 26th Escaping One Book At A Time – Guest Post
March 27th The Happy Booker – Spotlight
March 27thKaidans Seduction – Review
March 27th – Karin Baker – LRB Guest Post – Review
March 28thDanaSquare – Review
March 28th – Victoria Lucas – LRB Guest Post – Review
March 28th Paranormal Book Club – Guest Post
March 28th Books Complete Me – Review
March 28th Curling Up With A Good Book – Guest Post
Roni O’Connell lives with her husband and two dogs high in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado. She finds inspiration in the forest, wildlife, and lakes around her home.
A former English teacher, Roni enjoys the company of young adults, their spirited opinions, great enthusiasm, and outrageous humor.
When Roni isn't writing novels, you can find her hiking in the forest or contemplating the wonders of nature.
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Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Donna of the Dead Blog Tour–Excerpt and Giveaway


Thanks for visiting my stop on the Donna of the Dead blog tour hosted by Rockstar Book Tours! No way was I going to pass up the opportunity to promote a zombie book with my name in the title! With such a fantastic cover, awesome title, and an author with such impeccable character-naming skills, this book is bound to be a spectacular read! And to prove it, below is a small excerpt from Donna of the Dead so you can see for yourselves! Also, be sure to enter the fabulous giveaway and visit the rest of the stops on the tour~ ~ ~

The Excerpt

I wake with a start. Something’s wrong. The light in the bathroom is off. Thick, heavy darkness presses in on me. The whole building is in an uproar. Kicks and thuds ring out from some other part of the Arts Complex. People shout and feet pound through the halls. My voices chant the same word over and over: desks desks desks.

Crap. Must be time for the next zombie attack.

I flounder in my pockets for my trusty cell phone and flip it open. Nothing rushes me, so I figure that’s a good sign. I flash the blue light toward the corner and the other side of the toilet. No one. Then I shine the light on the door. Still locked. Whew.

Okay, I decide, whatever’s happening, I am facing it in a clean shirt. I shimmy out of my tee and into Phoebe’s. She is, well was, a bit skinnier than me, but I don’t have any trouble sliding into her “size small” today. Too little food and too much running will do that to a person, I guess.

I almost bust straight out the bathroom door before I remember the unexplained power outage, and the commotion in the hall, and the fact we’re in a building surrounded by the walking dead. Slowly, carefully, I unlock the door, and crack it open. The hallway is dark. I am not crazy about the idea of sticking my cell out the door to check for zombies. I have visions of my entire hand being bitten off with the phone still clutched in my fingers.

Aiming my light through the crack in the doorway, I shine its beam toward the right side of the hall. It casts a spooky blue glow down the long corridor. Empty. I sweep the phone back toward the left. A face zooms toward me, lightning fast.

I yelp and drop the phone.

“Donna! Relax, it’s just me.”

“Deke! I’m gonna kill you! You scared me to death!” With his dark hair, tan skin, and black tee, it’s hard to distinguish him from the inky background of the hallway.

Deke cackles with laughter. “Small price to pay after making me wait two hours for you to come out of the bathroom.”

“You’re so stupid! What if I’d thought you were one of them and tried to kill you?”

He rolls his eyes at me, “Yeah, right. I can see that happening. What were you gonna do? Throw your phone at me?”

“I hadn’t gotten that far in my game plan.”

“That’s the problem, Donna. You never have a game plan. And that’s why I’m forced to sit outside the women’s restroom to make sure you’re safe.”

“You didn’t have to wait for me. I’m fine. I’m safe. Leave me alone.” I pluck my phone off the floor and tuck it in my pocket. “Well, wait, Deke. First, tell me what’s going on, and then leave me alone.”


About the book



Author: Alison Kemper

Publisher: Entangled Teen

Pub. Date: March 4, 2014

Pages: 250

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Donna Pierce might hear voices, but that doesn’t mean she’s crazy. Probably.

The voices do serve their purpose, though—whenever Donna hears them, she knows she’s in danger. So when they start yelling at the top of their proverbial lungs, it’s no surprise she and her best friend, Deke, end up narrowly escaping a zombie horde. Alone without their families, they take refuge at their high school with the super-helpful nerds, the bossy head cheerleader, and—best of all?—Lance, hottie extraordinaire and Donna’s long-time crush. When Lance is around, it’s easy to forget about the moaning zombies, her dad’s plight to reach them, and how weird Deke is suddenly acting toward her.

But as the teens’ numbers dwindle and their escape plans fall apart, Donna has to listen to the secrets those voices in her head have been hiding. It seems not all the zombies are shuffling idiots, and the half-undead aren’t really down with kids like Donna…


About Alison:ABeard3004

Alison Kemper grew up in South Florida, the only girl on a street with eleven boys. She spent most of her childhood paddling a canoe through neighborhood canals and looking for adventure. She usually found it. Sometimes the police were involved. And large dogs. And one time, a very territorial snake. She now lives in North Carolina and writes books. The books often include girls having adventures. With boys. Cute boys. And cute dogs too. But no cute snakes. Never cute snakes.

Her debut novel, Donna of the Dead, will be published by Entangled Teen in 2014 and followed by two companion novels. She loves to meet new people and talk books, so send her a friend request or connect with her on Twitter and Instagram.

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Giveaway Details

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Tour Schedule:

Week One:

3/10/2014- Watcha Reading- Review

3/10/2014- Parajunkee's View- Interview

3/11/2014- Creating Serenity- Review

3/11/2014- Fantasy Book Addict- Guest Post

3/12/2014- Clever Girls Read- Review

3/12/2014- Step Into Fiction- Interview

3/13/2014- Taking It One Book at a Time- Review

3/13/2014- Library of the Seen- Excerpt

3/14/2014- Racing To Read- Review

3/14/2014- Pivot Book Reviews- Guest Post

Week Two:

3/17/2014- The Reading Diaries- Review

3/17/2014- Addicted Readers- Interview

3/18/2014- Sabrina's Paranormal Palace - Review

3/18/2014- Happy Booker- Excerpt

3/19/2014- vvb32 reads - Review

3/19/2014- Curling Up With A Good Book- Interview

3/20/2014- The Phantom Paragrapher- Review

3/20/2014- Imagine a World- Excerpt

3/21/2014- Mom With A Kindle- Review

3/21/2014- Comfort Books- Guest Post

Monday, March 17, 2014

Giveaway - Win Dear Killer by Katherine Ewell hardcover & a personalized bookmark

Rule One—Nothing is right, nothing is wrong.
Rule Two—Be careful.
Rule Three—Fight using your legs whenever possible, because they’re the strongest part of your body. Your arms are the weakest.
Rule Four—Hit to kill. The first blow should be the last, if at all possible.
Rule Five—The letters are the law.

Kit takes her role as London’s notorious “Perfect Killer” seriously. The letters and cash that come to her via a secret mailbox are not a game; choosing who to kill is not an impulse decision. Every letter she receives begins with “Dear Killer,” and every time Kit murders, she leaves a letter with the dead body. Her moral nihilism and thus her murders are a way of life—the only way of life she has ever known.

But when a letter appears in the mailbox that will have the power to topple Kit’s convictions as perfectly as she commits her murders, she must make a decision: follow the only rules she has ever known, or challenge Rule One, and go from there.

Katherine Ewell’s Dear Killer is a sinister psychological thriller that explores the thin line between good and evil, and the messiness of that inevitable moment when life contradicts everything you believe.

Along with a finished hardcover of Dear Killer, I'm also giving away a bookmark personalized with your name, blog, or a quote of your choice that I'll be making w/ my new toy, a Silhouette Cameo. Here is an example of one I made for myself. 

Giveaway is US Only and will end at Midnight on March 24. Easy entry, just like my Facebook Page, and for an extra entry, invite a friend to like my page. 
Good luck!

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