Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Around The World ARC Tours Presents Walk on Earth a Stranger (The Gold Seer Trilogy #1) by Rae Carson


Synopsis:

Lee Westfall has a secret. She can sense the presence of gold in the world around her. Veins deep beneath the earth, pebbles in the river, nuggets dug up from the forest floor. The buzz of gold means warmth and life and home—until everything is ripped away by a man who wants to control her. Left with nothing, Lee disguises herself as a boy and takes to the trail across the country. Gold was discovered in California, and where else could such a magical girl find herself, find safety?

Walk on Earth a Stranger, the first book in this new trilogy, introduces—as only Rae Carson can—a strong heroine, a perilous road, a fantastical twist, and a slow-burning romance. Includes a map and author’s note on historical research. 

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Review:

Walk On Earth is an amazing story that has American History of the gold mines with a dash of mystery and suspense in it. I do have to say that this book cover is kick arse. From the moment I started reading it I could not put it down. It brought me right back to the mining and coaling of the olden days.

This is a story about Leah "Lee" Westfall. She is living the american dream for a young girl but she holds a secret. She knows she has to hold her secret tight because her town does not like Native Americans or African Americans and they made it clear that they would not except difference or oddities from the town members. 

Lee's secret might be exposed because a man in the town wants her. He knows she possesses something special and he wants her to be his bride. So her family has decided to get her out of town. She dresses up as a boy and begins the long journey across the country. She is on the way to California where they have discovered gold. 

Lee has a special gift and this special gift could make her or break her. See she is a gold seer. She can sense gold. With this kind of gift she has to keep it secret or else everyone will be gunning for her and want her for their own use.

What will happen to Lee? Will she make it to California?


About The Author:

Short version:

 I’m a nerd. I write young adult novels full-time. I live in Arizona with my writer husband and two naughty kitties.

Reeeally Long Version: 

When I was three I was moved to tears by the story of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. I felt so bad for Rudolph that I went through the picture book and scratched out his bright red nose to make him like all the other reindeer. It would be years before I realized that physical conformity was not the answer to my social problems.

When I was eight I cut my first class. I pretended I needed to use the bathroom and snuck over to the library to check out another Nancy Drew book. I lost track of time, got back to class late, and made up a story about being constipated.

I’ve been making up stories ever since. And it was sometime during my third grade year that I first told my parents I wanted to be a writer. They told me it was wonderful idea, but I needed to have a Plan B.

We moved a lot; I have attended nine schools. Some kids who move a lot learn to make friends fast, to be adaptable and flexible and brave. I wasn’t one of those. I entered middle school a very frightened little girl. It didn’t help that I developed a raging case of acne for the other kids to mock, or that I thought the best way to defend myself from social attack was to perfect a scathing offense. I was just like Rudolph, except meaner.

When seventh grade rolled around, I decided I’d had enough. I would figure out how to be cool or die trying. So, I tried out for the cheerleading squad.

I was clumsy and awkward. I had to work harder than everyone else to master the most basic moves. At the tryout, though, we could get extra points for making up the words to our own cheer. I knew I had to take advantage of this, my only possible strength. So while the other girls were yelling, “Go, Dolphins!” I started off with “United we stand, divided we fall!” I squeaked onto the team. At the time, I was convinced it was my moving and poetical cheer that clinched it for me.

Cheerleading changed my life. Seriously.

I learned how to be unafraid in front of the entire school. I learned how thrilling it was to entertain others. And I learned—very gradually and with a lot of messing up—that a little kindness goes a long way when you’re trying to work as a team.

I started off the worst cheerleader who ever lived. Because in addition to being bossy and uncooperative, I was taller than everyone else on my squad. So I got stuck in the back and on the end for most of our formations. Turns out, this provides a wonderful vantage for watching your team lose. And it turns out that when you are wrapped up in team play, you tend to miss a lot of cheerleading cues. So I was out of step with everyone most of the time.

But to this day, I love watching sports, particularly college football and basketball. (Go Ohio State Buckeyes!)

College was a huge improvement. I loved being surrounded by peers who valued thinking and introspection. I learned that you can be a hardcore academic and still paint the town on weekends. I had my first real boyfriend, and I was able to accept the rather stunning fact that I had swanned into something kind of nice. I highly recommend college.

During this time I traded in my pom-pons for a football. I played in the women’s flag league for four years. The first year, I broke three bones and my team tied for last place. The third year, we won the championship.

I was amazed at how even clumsy, unathletic women like us could make such improvements with nothing but hard work and the carefree attitude that if we were going to fail, we were going to do it spectacularly. I overcame my depth perception issues and learned to catch a long-bomb pass in the end zone with seconds left to play, for instance. I blame football for the fact that I tend to write about young women who overcome physical inadequacies to find the hero within.

I graduated college with a degree in Social Science–which qualified me to flip burgers–and a mound of education debt. I still didn’t know what I wanted to do when I grew up.

Well, that’s not true. I did know. I wanted to be a novelist. But that just wasn’t practical, and I had to come up with something else. I had to have a Plan B. So I tried bank tellering, secretarial work, customer service, inside sales, substitute teaching, data entry, logistics, and even machine shop-ing. I didn’t enjoy any of it.

In 2004, after quitting a very high paying job in a very toxic atmosphere, I decided to get serious about writing. It was the only thing I kept coming back to, the one thing that had held my interest over time and distance and lots of life change. So I joined the Online Writing Workshop for Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror where I met my future best friends, my future husband, and my calling.

I spent the next few years happily writing awful stuff. During this time, I got to know C.C. Finlay online, and after going on three real-life dates, I moved from California to Ohio to marry him. The writing became a lot less awful, and eventually I sold my first novel to Greenwillow/HarperCollins.

Hindsight is easy, I know, and writing about the awkwardness of adolescence is way easier than living it. But I can say unequivocally that although growing up is hard, it’s totally worth it. It’s possible to become your better self. And dreams, no matter how impractical, are made to be pursued.

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Around The World ARC Tours Presents Zero Day by Jan Gangsei


Synopsis:

Eight years ago, Addie Webster was the victim of the most notorious kidnapping case of the decade. Addie vanished—and her high-profile parents were forced to move on.

Mark Webster is now president of the United States, fighting to keep the oval office after a tumultuous first term. Then, the unthinkable happens: the president’s daughter resurfaces. Addie is brought back into her family’s fold, but who is this sixteen-year-old girl with a quiet, burning intelligence now living in the White House? There are those in the president’s political circle who find her timely return suspicious.

When the NSA approaches Darrow Fergusson, Addie’s childhood best friend and the son of the president’s chief of staff, he doesn't know what to think. How could this slip of a girl be a threat to national security? But at the risk of having his own secrets exposed by the powerful government agency, Darrow agrees to spy on Addie.

It soon becomes apparent that Addie is much more than the traumatized victim of a sick political fringe group. Addie has come with a mission. Will she choose to complete it? And what will happen if she does? 

Goodreads:

Review:

I love a good scandal book where there is secrets, lies, and everything inbetween. Man I feel so privileged to have read this ARC. Once I started reading I could not stop reading it. It reminded me of so many TV shows I watch that I could not quite put my finger on which show it is.

In this story we meet Addie Webster who has been kidnapped as a child and held in some compound. Her parents who are high profile grieve for their daughter and continue to look for her for a while. As time goes on Addie's father becomes the President of The United States. Mark Webster has not had a good first term as the Republican's have one way and The Democrat's have another way. He is fighting like hell to keep the oval office position.

Then one day Addie shows up and everyone's world is turned upside down. Her return is very weird and at a bad time for her father as he is trying to get things in order and keep his Presidency. Not only does her family feel weary but her childhood best friend Darrow Fergusson is also weary of his best friends return. He is the son of the President's Chief and can't fathom what happened or what Addie went through.

Darrow has some skeleton's in his closet so when he is approached to spy on Addie he does. He knows he can't be exposed so he will do anything to keep his secrets a secret. Addie is considered a victim of a fringe political group but people around her are wondering is she is back as a mole with a mission to hurt them or is she back and ready to put her life behind her?

If she is back with a mission will she fulfill it or will she go rouge and run from the political group.......... 


About The Author:

Jan Gangsei grew up in the hills of Vermont, where she began her career as a journalist and photographer. After stints in Key West, New York City and Barbados, Jan finally settled with her family in Northern Virginia, where she writes full-time.

Her debut YA novel, ZERO DAY (Disney Hyperion 2015), is a political thriller set in her backyard of Washington, DC. 

She’s also the voice behind several middle-grade novels, including the WELCOME TO WEIRDSVILLE series (Little Brown UK 2013); and THE ROWE-GREENBEARDS MARVELOUS, MAGNIFICANT NOT AT ALL DANGEROUS TIME TRAVEL TOURS (Athena DE 2016).

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Around The World ARC Tours Presents The Anatomical Shape of a Heart by Jenn Bennett


Synopsis:

Artist Beatrix Adams knows exactly how she's spending the summer before her senior year. Determined to follow in Leonardo da Vinci’s footsteps, she's ready to tackle the one thing that will give her an advantage in a museum-sponsored scholarship contest: drawing actual cadavers. But when she tries to sneak her way into the hospital’s Willed Body program and misses the last metro train home, she meets a boy who turns her summer plans upside down.

Jack is charming, wildly attractive . . . and possibly one of San Francisco’s most notorious graffiti artists. On midnight buses and city rooftops, Beatrix begins to see who Jack really is—and tries to uncover what he’s hiding that leaves him so wounded. But will these secrets come back to haunt him? Or will the skeletons in Beatrix’s own family’s closet tear them apart? 

Goodreads:

Review:

First I have to say that this book really took me by surprise. I thought I was going to be reading a love story but what I got out of this story was so much more.What I got was a story where two people want something different from their lives. What they get is so much more from each other and the two take a journey where they think about what they want and the how to reach that goal. Plus they find out secrets that could crush them or keep them together.

Bex is an artist and she wants to spend the summer before senior year being like Leonardo Da Vinci and drawing cadavers. But as she is going to catch the bus she misses it. She is so nervous because she does not want to be on the late bus with all the creeps and weirdos. But she gets on the bus and that is where she meets Jack. 

Jack and Bex start to talk and find they have so much in common. As they spend more and more time together Bex suspects that Jack is something other than he says and wants to find out the real Jack but finding that out may uncover other secrets that could push them together or pull them apart.

What will happen to Jack and Bex........ 


About The Author:

Jenn Bennett is an artist and RITA-nominated author of the Arcadia Bell urban fantasy series (Kindling the Moon) and the Roaring Twenties romance series, including Bitter Spirits, which was chosen as one of Publishers Weekly Best Books of 2014 and winner of RT Book Reviews Paranormal Romance Book of the Year, and Grave Phantoms—which was awarded RT's May Seal of Excellence for 2015. The Anatomical Shape of a Heart, (aka Night Owls in the U.K.) is her first YA contemporary romance. She lives near Atlanta with one husband and two evil pugs. Visit her at www.jennbennett.net.

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Thursday, August 27, 2015

Around The World ARC Tours Presents Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon


Synopsis:

This innovative, heartfelt debut novel tells the story of a girl who’s literally allergic to the outside world. When a new family moves in next door, she begins a complicated romance that challenges everything she’s ever known. The narrative unfolds via vignettes, diary entries, texts, charts, lists, illustrations, and more.

My disease is as rare as it is famous. Basically, I’m allergic to the world. I don’t leave my house, have not left my house in seventeen years. The only people I ever see are my mom and my nurse, Carla.

But then one day, a moving truck arrives next door. I look out my window, and I see him. He’s tall, lean and wearing all black—black T-shirt, black jeans, black sneakers, and a black knit cap that covers his hair completely. He catches me looking and stares at me. I stare right back. His name is Olly.

Maybe we can’t predict the future, but we can predict some things. For example, I am certainly going to fall in love with Olly. It’s almost certainly going to be a disaster.

Goodreads:

Review:

Okay I first have to say this about this book. At first after reading the description I thought what a girl who has never left her house ever????? Is her parents crazy, is she crazy. Then I started to wonder where the author was going with this story and as I started to read I could not get enough of this story and the characters. My favorite character is Madeline and to watch her grow and realize what life is like with the aide of Olly her new friend is amazing.

Madeline has a hard life because she is allergic to the world and she can't leave her house. She has never been outside but she looks out the windows and watches people and the changing seasons. I have to say that this book really grabbed my heart as I have a nephew who is allergic to chicken and we found out after we gave him the chicken and he stopped breathing.

One day Madeline is looking out her room window and she sees a moving truck next door and sees this tall boy dressed all in black. She is curious about him and wants to get to know him but she can't because she is stuck in the house. Then her and Olly start talking and Madeline's life starts to change and she begins to see that the outside world is not the only thing that can hurt her but the secrets and lies her mother hides from her will change the way she will live her life from now on.

Will Madeline go outside or will she stay inside in her bubble life?


About The Author:

I believe in love. Really, truly. 

I'm kind of a hopeless romantic. 

I'm a proud member of the We Need Diverse Books team. 

In a former life I made jewelry. You can see some of it here

I love Karoake, but I cannot sing. I. Am. The. Worst. My song of choice is “Making Love out of Nothing at all” by Air Supply, because AIR SUPPLY. 

My husband makes custom notebooks. They are pretty popular. 

I hand write my first drafts. 

I keep all the empty pens. 

I was (am and always will be) a late bloomer. 

In a former life I was French. I could live entirely on wine & cheese. 

Or maybe Korean because I could live on Kimchi & Gablee too. 

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Around The World ARC Tours Presents Forget Tomorrow (Forget Tomorrow, #1) by Pintip Dunn


Synopsis:

Imagine a world where your destiny has already been decided...by your future self.

It's Callie’s seventeenth birthday and, like everyone else, she's eagerly awaiting her vision―a memory sent back in time to sculpt each citizen into the person they're meant to be. A world-class swimmer. A renowned scientist.

Or in Callie's case, a criminal.

In her vision, she sees herself murdering her gifted younger sister. Before she can process what it means, Callie is arrested and placed in Limbo―a hellish prison for those destined to break the law. With the help of her childhood crush, Logan, a boy she hasn’t spoken to in five years, she escapes.

But on the run from her future, as well as the government, Callie sets in motion a chain of events that she hopes will change her fate. If not, she must figure out how to protect her sister from the biggest threat of all—Callie, herself.

Goodreads:

Review:

This book was amazing. It is set in a virtualistic world where every boy and girl at the age of 17 get their future. They can several things and have a good life or have a bad future predicted to them. In this case Callie who just turned 17 is predicted a horrible future. After seeing her vision which is a memory sent back in time to mold everyone's future she is horrified to find out she will be a criminal. She is destined to kill someone close to her and she refuses to make that her future.

Once Callie's vision is out she is arrested and sent to prison where she meets up with a friend she has not spoken to for some time. With Lucas by her side they hatch a plan to escape and rewrite her future. Escaping the prison and on the run is not as easy as it seems but they make it work. Callie is doing whatever she has to do to change her future and with Logan's help she just might make it. But we have to wait and see what happens in the next book which I need ASAP! 


About The Author:

When my first-grade teacher asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up, I replied, “An author.” Although I have pursued other interests over the years, this dream has never wavered.

I graduated from Harvard University, magna cum laude, with an A.B. in English Literature and Language. I received my J.D. at Yale Law School, where I was an editor of the YALE LAW JOURNAL. I published an article in the YALE LAW JOURNAL, entitled, “How Judges Overrule: Speech Act Theory and the Doctrine of Stare Decisis,” and received the Barry S. Kaplan Prize for best paper in Law and Literature.

I am represented by literary agent Beth Miller of Writers House. I'm a 2012 Golden Heart® finalist and a 2014 double-finalist. I'm a member of Romance Writers of America, Washington Romance Writers, YARWA, and The Golden Network.

I live with my husband and children in Maryland.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Around The World ARC Tours Presents For the Record by Charlotte Huang


Synopsis:

If Almost Famous were a YA novel... a raw, honest debut celebrating music, friendship, romance, and life on the road.

Chelsea thought she knew what being a rock star was like... until she became one. After losing a TV talent show, she slid back into small-town anonymity. But one phone call changed everything 

Now she’s the lead singer of the band Melbourne, performing in sold-out clubs every night and living on a bus with three gorgeous and talented guys. The bummer is that the band barely tolerates her. And when teen heartthrob Lucas Rivers take an interest in her, Chelsea is suddenly famous, bringing Melbourne to the next level—not that they’re happy about that. Her feelings for Beckett, Melbourne’s bassist, are making life even more complicated.

Chelsea only has the summer tour to make the band—and their fans—love her. If she doesn’t, she’ll be back in Michigan for senior year, dying a slow death. The paparazzi, the haters, the grueling schedule... Chelsea believed she could handle it. But what if she can’t?

Goodreads:

Review:

For The Record was one of those summer reads that has you laughing out loud because of the things that go one between the band and Chelsea. 

Chelsea wanted to be a rock star and even entered a contest but lost. She is not sad because she knows the industry and knows that it is hard to get a lead singer position. Then one day Chelsea gets a call and she becomes the lead singer to the band Melbourne. She thought she knew what being a rock star was but when she is announced as the lead singer things change for her and the band.

The Band is in sold out performances every night and Chelsea is singing her heart out and the band is playing like crazy. Then Chelsea gets a big surprise because another famous guy Lucas Rivers starts to like Chelsea and wants her to be with him.Suddenly Chelsea and the band are at the top and the fame and gigs every night are fun but tiring. 

Then Chelsea has this small issue because she has feelings for one of the guys in the band. What will she do? Will she pursue the band mate or will she go for her heart throb Lucas?


About The Author:

Charlotte Huang is a graduate of Smith College and received an MBA from Columbia Business School, which is clearly something every aspiring writer should do. When not glued to her computer, she cheers her two sons on at sporting events and sometimes manages to stay up late enough to check out bands with her music agent husband. Charlotte lives in Los Angeles and is the author of For the Record (Delacorte, 2015)

Represented by Adriann Ranta of Wolf Literary.

Around The World ARC Tours Presents The Lies About Truth by Courtney C. Stevens



Synopsis:

Sadie Kingston, is a girl living in the aftermath. A year after surviving a car accident that killed her friend Trent and left her body and face scarred, she can’t move forward. The only person who seems to understand her is Trent’s brother, Max.

As Sadie begins to fall for Max, she's unsure if she is truly healed enough to be with him — even if Max is able to look at her scars and not shy away. But when the truth about the accident and subsequent events comes to light, Sadie has to decide if she can embrace the future or if she'll always be trapped in the past.

Goodreads:

Review:

Oh man where to start on this book. I loved loved it so much I am going to buy it when it comes out in November because I want to re-read it again and again. This is one of those stories that has loss, love, and reality in it. It tugged at my heart so much so I had to get my box of tissues because there were so many things that had my heart crushing. 

In this story we met Sadie Kingston who has survived a tragic car accident that has killed her best friend Trent and severely scarred Sadie's body and face. Sadie is left to heal and find herself again but she is not alone because Trent's younger brother Max is left wondering what has happened and why. 

Sadie and Max start an unlikely friendship at first and as they get closer they begin to form a bound. Then that bond is tested when the truth of the accident comes out and Sadie is left to wonder if she should move on or if she should stay in the past which has become her here and now.


About Author:

Twitter - @quartland

Tumblr -http://courtneycstevens.tumblr.com/

Instagram - quartland

Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/CourtneyCStevens

Pinterest - http://www.pinterest.com/anabels/courtney-c-stevens-books/

email - channelingbrave@gmail.com

A short story of me offline:


This kid (me) started catching when she was four years old. She never played another position and softball was a huge part of her life. Softball is how she paid for college. For four years she played ball at Lindsey Wilson College in Columbia, KY. She holds many records, but the one she is most proud of is Career Hits. 239 hits. 70 of them in one season. Below is a picture of me with my Grandparents at my very last collegiate game.
I only have one sibling (Matt). We grew up in the country, and we grew up "romping around" and actually played outside. I have more stories about Matt than I'll ever dream up to write. You can see here that we started off sort of sweet and ended up somewhere else entirely.



Things that surprise me and might surprise you.

1) I was an olympic torchbearer.

2) I've been making "me in a tree" pictures since I was little bitty. (This one is from Yellowstone)

3) My mother tortured me with dancing.




One of the great joys in my life was being a youth minister. These kids, and others not on this trip, were a huge and significant part of my life. There is no greater joy than knowing what you do makes a difference to someone. These students have traveled with me, trusted me with their secrets, shared life with me, and let me kick their tail ends in laser tag (and paintball and hunger games and water gun wars and .... you get the picture. We have a good time.)






There is no way to put a picture here of all the amazing people in my life. Even to try and list them ... Wow. But I'd be remiss if I didn't say that my mom is the best line editor in the world. She's been with me every step of the writing way. And so have the three people pictured here. They are my accountability group, best friends, and my life wouldn't be the same without them. They make me feel like Captain America!

I also feel fine about the world when I'm spending time in the company below. Gospel is my Ewok (miniture Yorkie) and my dad is my confidant. (He raised a good Cardinals fan.)



Everyone needs a friend to act ridiculous with. I have a number of them. But CJ is my sister. See! It takes a strong woman to wear an owl print on her head. And to dress up with me (like teenagers) for the Midnight Harry Potter releases.


I write by myself with the music on. But I revise and read in silence. I used to write at Barnes and Noble. Now I write at Percy Warner Park. And sometimes at my desk. My favorite place to write is the beach (Fort Walton). I wrote 170 pages of Faking Normal longhand in a beach chair. I wrote all of The Lies About Truth at Percy Warner Park.


One of the best pieces of advice I can give someone is to have a great critique group. I'm fortunate to critique with some amazing writers. As a member of SCBWI, I was hooked up with writers in my area. The three of us have been writing together since 2009




The picture to the right is of my Nashville Critique group. I joined their group in July of 2011 and we have been plugging along and tearing through manuscripts ever since. These ladies read, critiqued and helped me shape Faking Normal into a manuscript that would get me an agent and a book deal. THEY ARE UNBELIEVABLE.

I also have the pleasure of critiquing with this dear friend to my left. (We are in line for the midnight showing of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.) We met through the SCBWI Listserv in July of 2010 and have been eating Mellow Mushroom pizza and Panara cookies ever since. We recently took up climbing.

Faking Normal wouldn't exist without the two people below. When the idea came to me at the SCBWI LA national conference, it was these two ladies who listened and said I could be brave enough to write this manuscript. I will always be thankful for the conversations we had in the autograph room and the lobby - you know which ones. 



Last, but certainly not least, here are Kelly's Angels. (Keep in mind she did not give us this title.) I have the unbelievable fortune of sharing an agent with two of my dearest friends on the planet. We all write very differently, but as you can see, we share a similar sense of humor and kick-tail ninja skills.