BLOG TOUR: Let's get UNRESTed with Wendy Higgins

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Today we have the blog tour stop for UNREST by Wendy Higgins! Check it out and grab your copy today!!

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Title: Unrest

Author: Wendy Higgins

Release Day: February 14th

About Unrest:

Being on the run in the desert means food and sanctuary are hard to come by, but Amber Tate and her crew are not about to give up. Not after having so many of the things they love brutally ripped from them by an unknown enemy who sent their world into the apocalypse.   Survival takes precedence, but once safe shelter is found, their guards fall and the emotions they’ve been holding in are finally released. Anger, insecurities...lust. In their tight quarters, Amber, Rylen, Tater, and Remy can't escape it. The past must be faced, and passions run even stronger in the darkest of times.   In the midst of unrest, their worlds are rocked again when they discover the truth about the war that’s ruined their lives. They thought finding out the enemy's identity would give them the edge; instead it’s revealed terrifying dangers they never thought possible.

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Here is our excerpt for this tour and if it doesn't get you running to buy your copy NOW! We don't know what will.
I stopped in my tracks and peered up at the blinding, colorless sky. It was like tiny, peaceful little angels fluttering down on us. We didn’t get snow in the Vegas area unless we went way up in the mountains. I’d only seen snow as a young child in North Carolina, and it never lasted long. It was so pretty. I wanted to lay on the ground and watch it fall. Watch it cover me.             How long had we been marching? Long enough for me to lay down, right?            “C’mon, Pepper,” Rylen gently urged. “We can’t stop.” He had to tug me forward to get my stiff legs moving again. Pain sang through my limbs.             “Ow…” I sucked in a harsh breath. It hurts, it hurts, it hurts. I felt wooden. I shouldn’t have stopped.            “I know, baby, come on.” Rylen took my hand and pulled me forward until my frozen feet took up the rhythm of the pack.            He’d called me baby. Even though he obviously wasn’t in his right mind, it made my heart flutter. We were all delirious.


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About Wendy Higgins:

WendyHiggins4 Wendy Higgins is a soccer mom and backstage drama mama. Most people in her tiny bayside town don’t know she’s a USA Today and NYT bestselling author of paranormal, fantasy, and science-fiction romances. Wendy is a former high school English teacher who now writes full time in her pajamas, and lives on the Eastern Shore of Virginia with her veterinarian husband, daughter, son, and little doggie Rue. Wendy earned a bachelor’s in Creative Writing from George Mason University and a master’s in Curriculum and Instruction from Radford University.  

Reach Wendy Online:

Email: wendyhigginswrites@gmail.com

Website: www.wendyhigginswrites.com

Twitter: @Wendy_Higgins https://twitter.com/Wendy_Higgins

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Robots, Humans, and Hunters (Event Recap + GIVEAWAY)


Kepler's recently hosted an amazing scifi/fantasy panel of Simon Curtis, SJ Kincaid, and Erin Summerill, moderated by author Evelyn Skye. It was such a blast! Check out some of the highlights below, including a Twitter Moments recap!





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A Unique Fantastical World - Island of Exiles (Author Interview +GIVEAWAY)


Hey everyone! You know we love chatting with authors and couldn't resist talking with Erica Cameron, author Island of Exiles - one of the most unique fantasies you'll read. Check out our interview below!

The world within Island of Exiles is one of the most unique worlds we've encountered. What was it like creating this world?

Thank you! That means so much.

I spent multiple hours before the sale of the sale of the series building a city carved out of a mesa and a harsh island landscape. It’s a desert island, but not in the sandy beaches, coconuts, and rum runners sense of the word. This is more like if you took Red Rock Canyon and the surrounding area in Nevada and plopped it in the middle of the ocean. And then added really dangerous animals. And warning clans. And sudden storms.

Entangled bought the series on proposal, which means they only saw nine chapters, a detailed outline, and Kate Brauning was there to help me reshape the concepts and the plot, the language. Magic, and social structure really started to develop in the kind of detail I needed for the world to feel real.

Instead of using a world I knew as a foundation for Shiara and Itagami, I created the setting and the city based on what I needed it to do. In order for the story I wanted to tell to work at all, I needed it to have a very specific impact on the people living there. It was a lot of asking “How would constant danger play out on a cultural scale?” and “What would happen to a desert city if they unexpectedly got too much rain too early?” The cause and effect relationships between the landscape and the people living in it were and are crucial.
Talk to us about Khya. What are her motivations and what are your favorite parts of her?

Loyalty and determination are key parts of Khya’s psyche. When she decides to love and trust someone, she’s in completely and for life. She’ll do anything to help or protect those people. It’s not a level of closeness she allows to many people. Her brother Yorri is definitely one of them, though. She’d do more for Yorri than pretty much anyone else in the clan—which is actually an uncommon level of connection for the clan, one over the good of many. Another thing I enjoy about Khya is the precise way she wields sarcasm and snark. It’s both sword and shield with her, but sometimes it’s also how she says nice things without actually, you know, being nice.
Do you have a favorite quote? What meaning does it have for you?

There’s a lot in this book I’m proud of, and all of it has meaning. Point of interest, I also tend to create quote art graphics and post them on the individual book’s page on my website! Here are some of my favorites (and, yes, all of these have graphics on the Island of Exiles page):
  • Attraction is instinct, but action is a choice.
  • All we can ever be is our own.
  • If we aren’t willing to fight back—to kill if necessary—we may as well lay down our weapons now and surrender.
  • Animals can be outsmarted. Enemies can be fought. Storms can only be survived.
  • If you’re not willing to strike, you’ve already lost.
How was writing Island of Exiles different than your previous books?

None of my other books have changed this much. Names changed, backstorey changed, secrets changed, relationships, goals, religion, language—I mean, honestly, it’s hardly the same book except for a few key pieces. My Entangled editor Kate Brauning was instrumental in helping me reshape this world, and we poured a lot of work into making it deep, dangerous, and decidedly real. This series was where I really cemented my note-taking process, finally nailing down how to organize my OneNote notebook and exactly what was worth keeping. Now, if I export the notebook to a PDF, it’d be well over 400 pages. Possibly over 500. I haven’t checked in a while. I tried to keep track of everything I looked up and everything I could possibly need to reference again, and how well it worked changed how I kept notes for all of my other projects, too. It’s a lesson I am very glad I learned now. I’ll need it in coming years!
What's one takeaway you want your readers to take from Island of Exiles?

It’s important to put enough into a book for almost everyone to be able to find something in it, but there are a few key themes I hope readers see and remember. One of them is that few situations or people are entirely good or bad, and another is that accepting difference doesn’t weaken us or break apart our cultural unity—often it strengthens the bonds we have to each other. That’s a lesson I think a lot of people need now.


Island of Exiles (The Ryogan Chronicles, #1) 
by Erica Cameron
Publisher: Entangled Teen 
Published: February 14th, 2017

In Khya’s world, every breath is a battle. On the isolated desert island of Shiara, dying young is inevitable. The clan comes before self, and protecting her home means Khya is a warrior above all else. But when following the clan and obeying their leaders could cost her brother his life, Khya’s home becomes a deadly trap. The only person who can help is Tessen, her lifelong rival and the boy who challenges her at every turn. The council she hoped to join has betrayed her, and their secrets, hundreds of years deep, reach around a world she’s never seen. To save her brother’s life and her island home, her only choice is to trust Tessen, turn against her clan, and go on the run—a betrayal and a death sentence. 

After a lifelong obsession with books, Erica Cameron spent her college years getting credit for reading and learning how to make stories of her own. Erica graduated with a double major in psychology and creative writing from Florida State University and began pursuing a career as an author. Erica is many things but most notably the following: writer, reader, editor, asexual, dance fan, choreographer, singer, lover of musical theater, movie obsessed, sucker for romance, Florida resident, and quasi-recluse. She loves the beach but hates the heat, has equal passion for the art of Salvador Dali and Venetian Carnival masks, has a penchant for unique jewelry and sun/moon décor pieces, and a desire to travel the entire world on a cruise ship. Or a private yacht. You know, whatever works. Her debut novel, Sing Sweet Nightingale, released March 2014 and it was the first volume of The Dream War Saga. In May 2015, Erica and her co-author Lani Woodland launched the Laguna Tides series with Taken by Chance. Riptide’s new YA imprint Triton Books will release both books in the Assassins series, Discord and Nemesis, in 2016. The Ryogan Chronicles, a fantasy trilogy set to launch through Entangled Teen, will launch in 2017 with Island of Exiles.


Follow the Tour

February 7th Bibliobibuli YA – Author Interview Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers – Spotlight Post February 8th Mythical Books – Guest Post The Novel Knight – Spotlight Post 
February 9th RoloPoloBookBlog – Spotlight Post A Leisure Moment – Spotlight Post 
February 10th The Book Beacon – Guest Post Roxy’s Book Reviews – Spotlight Post 
February 11th Verbosity Reviews – Review Literary Meanderings – Spotlight Post
February 12th Adventures in Writing – Spotlight Post Sleeps on Tables– Spotlight Post
February 13th Just One More Chapter – Spotlight Post Lost in Ever After – Review
February 14th Book-Keeping – Review Elizabeth Delana Rosa – Spotlight Post
February 15th With Love For Books – Review Book Lovers Life – Spotlight Post
February 16th A Dream Within A Dream – Spotlight Post Cozy Little Book Nook – Spotlight Post Allthingschristine – Review
February 17th YaReads – Author Interview PBC – Spotlight Post
February 18th books are love – Review The Reading Nook Reviews – Spotlight Post
February 19th Tales of the Ravenous Reader – Author Interview Crossroad Reviews – Spotlight Post February 20th The Booknerd – Review Bookishly Thinking – Guest Post

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The YA Con We All Need - YANovCon


2017's YANovCon was the mother of all YA cons, featuring 15 local and not-so-local authors, including powerhouses Neal Shusterman, Andrew Smith, Jessica Brody, and (our favorite) Stacey Lee. Check out our video recap of the event, including the realistic fiction panel moderated by Christy!




Are We Okay? - Interview with Nina LaCour (+GIVEAWAY)


We are so lucky to have contemporary queen, Nina LaCour, here in the Bay Area. We caught up with her to chat a little about her latest book, We Are Okay. Check out the interview below and watch for a recap of her launch event, coming soon!

Hi Nina! Thank you for taking the time to answer our questions! First, could you please tell us a little about your newest novel, We Are Okay, and what inspired you to write this novel?

Thanks so much for having me! We Are Okay is the story of Marin, an orphan who fled her old life in San Francisco upon her grandfather’s death for an upstate New York college, leaving her best friend Mabel behind without explanation. Mabel flies to New York, where Marin is staying in an empty dormitory over the winter break, to attempt Marin to return home with her for Christmas. I wanted to write a novel that took place over a short number of days and in a confined setting because I wanted to give time and attention to small gestures and objects. 

Who are some of your favorite authors that you feel were influential in your work? What impact have they had on your writing?

My dad introduced me to Raymond Carver’s work when I was in high school. For years I read and studied and reread his short stories. Even though I’ve loved many other authors since, he’s absolutely the one who most influenced my style. We Are Okayprobably reflects that more than any of my other novels because of that attention to small moments that I mentioned. Characters do a lot of sitting still in rooms in Carver stories. There is a lot of quiet, and many conversations, and characters who are trying very hard to figure things out.

What were your goals and intentions in this book, and how well do you feel you achieved them?

Near the beginning of the journey for each new book, an ideal of what I want it to be forms. I spend the rest of the drafting time attempting to reach that ideal, and I never quite do. But in this book I came the absolute closest I ever have in reaching it. My goal was to really examine grief and family and the ways in which we cope with, and compensate for, the shortfalls of the people who raise us. I wanted to write about how even the people we love most remain mysteries to us, and how we are often also mysteries to ourselves.

What was the hardest part of writing this book? 

This book was a magical gift of a writing experience. It was not difficult to write, which was surprising after slogging through writing my last two solo novels. Writing my first novel, Hold Still, was a joyful experience and I was beginning to think that writing a novel might never feel that way again. And then the idea for this book arrived and it felt perfectly right from when I started scrawling notes on scratch paper until the very last edits. That isn’t to say that I didn’t make changes along the way, or get some parts wrong and correct them, but just that I always felt that this book was on the right track and that it was a project I believed in.

Who designed your book cover? It is gorgeous! And how do you feel it captures the spirit of the book?

I am thrilled with the cover—and with the entire package of the book, which also has original art on the endpapers. It is designed by Samira Iravani and the art is by Adams Carvalho. I didn’t have any idea what Dutton was doing with the cover until my editor, Julie Strauss Gabel, sent me two options, both by the same artist. I cried, I loved them so much. Not only do I find this cover beautiful to look at, it also perfectly captures the feeling of the book. My favorite element is the way it shows the settings. In the present, Marin is in her New York dorm room during a snowstorm, but she is also wrestling with her past, which was near San Francisco’s Ocean Beach. So I love that in the cover art she’s in her room with snow falling, and also looking out at the ocean.

If you’re able to, can you tell us anything about what you’re working on next?

It is still very much in the formative, note-jotting stages, but it has to do with sisters and family and loss. I feel like staying in this moody, reflective place with my books for a little longer.

What question do you wish that someone would ask about your book, but nobody has? 
Hmm. . . People have asked me such great questions, but I have yet to be asked why Marin thinks so much about Jane Eyre. But then, anyone who is familiar with Jane Eyre will see that there are many parallels and many reasons why Marin would be haunted by it.

Nina LaCour is the author of the award-winning Hold Still and widely acclaimedThe 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 Richmond, California. Visit her site at www.ninalacour.com

WE ARE OKAY
by Nina LaCour
Published: February 14th 2017
Publisher: Dutton Books for Young Readers

"You go through life thinking there’s so much you need. . . . Until you leave with only your phone, your wallet, and a picture of your mother."

Marin hasn’t spoken to anyone from her old life since the day she left everything behind. No one knows the truth about those final weeks. Not even her best friend Mabel. But even thousands of miles away from the California coast, at college in New York, Marin still feels the pull of the life and tragedy she’s tried to outrun. Now, months later, alone in an emptied dorm for winter break, Marin waits. Mabel is coming to visit and Marin will be forced to face everything that’s been left unsaid and finally confront the loneliness that has made a home in her heart.

Follow the Tour
Week One: 

2/13 – ButterMyBooks – Review
2/14 – Here’s to Happy Endings – Interview 
2/15 – The Paige-Turner – Review + Favorite Quotes 
2/16 – Read Sleep Fangirl – Playlist + Photoshoot 
2/17 – Tales of the Ravenous Reader – Interview 

Week Two: 

2/20 – Lost in Lit – Review + Book Look 
2/21 – YA Wednesdays – Like/Try/Why 
2/22 – Pop! Goes the Reader – Guest Post 
2/23 – Good Books & Wine – Review + Favorite Quotes 
2/24 – Bookworm Everlasting – Review 


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Enter for a chance to win one (1) of five (5) copies of We Are Okay by Nina LaCour (ARV: $17.99 each). NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Enter between 12:00 AM Eastern Time on February 13, 2017 and 12:00 AM on February 27, 2017. Open to residents of the fifty United States and the District of Columbia who are 13 and older. Winners will be selected at random on or about February 29, 2017. Odds of winning depend on number of eligible entries received. Void where prohibited or restricted by law.

Why you must read REBEL OF THE SANDS & GIVEAWAY


Hello, my loves and thank you for stopping by today. I love to read books and then recommend my favorite reads to everyone that I can talk to. So, today I have the special post for the reasons to read REBEL OF THE SANDS by Alwyn Hamilton.

How do I love thee, let me count the ways....



AMANI, GUNSLINGER, JIN, ROMANCE and of course that LANDSCAPE. Read REBEL OF THE SANDS now and then enter our giveaway at the end of this post!!


REBEL OF THE SANDS Summary:
She’s more gunpowder than girl—and the fate of the desert lies in her hands.

Mortals rule the desert nation of Miraji, but mystical beasts still roam the wild and barren wastes, and rumor has it that somewhere, djinni still practice their magic. But there's nothing mystical or magical about Dustwalk, the dead-end town that Amani can't wait to escape from. 

Destined to wind up "wed or dead," Amani’s counting on her sharpshooting skills to get her out of Dustwalk. When she meets Jin, a mysterious and devastatingly handsome foreigner, in a shooting contest, she figures he’s the perfect escape route. But in all her years spent dreaming of leaving home, she never imagined she'd gallop away on a mythical horse, fleeing the murderous Sultan's army, with a fugitive who's wanted for treason. And she'd never have predicted she'd fall in love with him... or that he'd help her unlock the powerful truth of who she really is.

Author Bio:

Alwyn Hamilton was born in Toronto and spent her childhood bouncing between Europe and Canada until her parents settled in France. She grew up in a small town there, which might have compelled her to burst randomly into the opening song from Beauty and the Beast were it not for her total tone-deafness. She instead attempted to read and write her way to new places and developed a weakness for fantasy and cross-dressing heroines. She left France for Cambridge University to study History of Art at King’s College, and then to London where she became indentured to an auction house. She has a bad habit of acquiring more hardcovers than is smart for someone who moves house quite so often. Follow her at @AlwynFJH.



Week One
2/13 – ButterMyBooks – Rebel Scents
2/14 – Tales of the Ravenous Reader – Reasons to Read Rebel
2/15 – My Friends Are Fiction – Guide to Bookstagram Featuring Rebel
2/16 – The Reader Bee – 5 Reasons to Look Forward to Traitor
2/17 – Fiction Fare – Rebel Recap Part 1
Week Two
2/20 – USA Today Happily Ever After – Excerpt
2/21 – The Eater of Books! – Rebel Mood Board
2/22 – The YA Book Traveler – Fan made Rebel Trailer
2/23 – Lost in Lit – Rebel Book Look
2/24 – Mundie Moms – Rebel Recap Part 2
Week Three
2/27 – Seeing Double in Neverland – Rebel Makeup Looks
2/28 – A Page with a View – Favorite Repackages List Featuring Rebel
3/1 – What Sarah Read – Top 5 Reasons to Love Amani
3/2 – A Book and a Cup of Coffee – Rebel Playlist
3/3 – Once Upon a Twilight – Rebel Recap Part 3Rafflecopter Giveaway Legal:
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Enter for a chance to win one (1) of ten (10) paperback copies of Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton (ARV: $10.99 each).
NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Enter between 12:00 AM Eastern Time on February 13, 2017 and 12:00 AM on March 6, 2017.  Open to residents of the fifty United States and the District of Columbia who are 13 and older. Winners will be selected at random on or about March 8, 2017. Odds of winning depend on number of eligible entries received. Void where prohibited or restricted by law.
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What We're Reading This Month - Booktube Book Talk


Oh god. Are you all feeling the crushing weight of the spring releases? THEY ARE UPON US. With so many great books out in February, we had a troublesome time picking our most anticipated. Come see what we can't wait to read and let us know in the comments what you can't wait to pick up this month!