A toxic friendship takes a dangerous turn in this riveting novel from the author of Where It Began.
Emma is tired of being good. Always the dutiful daughter to an overprotective father, she is the antithesis of her mother—whose name her dad won’t even say out loud. That’s why meeting Siobhan is the best thing that ever happened to her…and the most dangerous. Because Siobhan is fun and alluring and experienced and lives on the edge. In other words, she’s everything Emma isn’t.
And it may be more than Emma can handle.
Because as intoxicating as her secret life may be, when Emma begins to make her own decisions, Siobhan starts to unravel. It’s more than just Dylan, the boy who comes between them. Their high-stakes pacts are spinning out of control. Elaborate lies become second nature. Loyalties and boundaries are blurred. And it all comes to a head at the infamous Afterparty, a bash where debauchery rages and an intense, inescapable confrontation ends in a plummet from the rooftop...
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The LINK to the first three chapters of AFTERPARTY by Ann Stampler: http://www.scribd.com/doc/183272047/Afterparty-by-Ann-Redisch-Stampler-Excerpt
B & N:
About Ann Stampler:
Ann Stampler was the mild mannered author of literary picture books when she broke out, tore off her tasteful string of pearls, and started writing edgy, contemporary young adult novels set in Los Angeles, where she lives with her husband and writer’s-helper rescue dog – without whose compelling distraction she would have no doubt penned dozens of novels by now.
Social media links:
The writing life blog:
Novel in the Oven: Really Bad Writing Advice (among other things):
Author on Goodreads:
This or That:
TV or Movies?
I am a huge fan of any medium that tells stories, but I have to say, going out to a movie I’ve been dying to see is one of my favorite things.
Anna @ Read Between the Lines:
Hot or Cold?
Hot! Hot hot hot!!! In weather, in food, in personality, in countries. Drop me on the Equator with a white linen dress, ripe mangoes, and my husband, and I’m all set.
Black or White?
Impossible question. They work so well together. My wardrobe is replete with white gauzy fabrics and black cashmere. My favorite movie is the glorious black-and-white Casablanca. Books with crisp black letters on gorgeous white paper. Dark black summer skies and a big white moon.
Hannah @ The Irish Banana Review:
Night owl, or early bird?
I am, by nature, a night owl. Verging on nocturnal, in fact. But I was beaten into submission by the fact that my children had to be fed breakfast and gotten to school at an ungodly hour. And after years of this – and years of getting up even earlier than my children so I could write in a quiet house – my body has been trained in the ways of the early bird.
Action or Drama?
Oh dear, can’t I have both? Because plot and feeling are both necessary elements. Because action without drama can get kind of tedious. And while I suppose you could have drama if you emoted enough while sitting in a chair, at least a tiny bit of action is always a good thing.
Harry Potter or Twilight?
Harry Potter! It took way longer than it should have for me to crack open Harry Potter because fantasy usually isn’t my genre of choice. Five pages later, I was completely won over.
Petra @ Safari Poet:
Heads or Tails?
I always choose heads. But in the matter of lucky pennies, I’m in the camp that believes they’re lucky whether heads or tails is facing up from the sidewalk.
Sophia @ Loving Lit:
Facebook or Twitter?
Twitter! At first I was horrified at the notion that there were only 140 characters to play with, but now tweeting feels second nature. (And there is voice on Twitter! Right after my first novel, Where It Began, was published, I had the hardest time letting go of Gabby, the protagonist. So for the longest time, Gabby Gardiner tweeted. And I swear, she sounded nothing like me!)
Print or Ebook?
Print. I get that the ebook is the book of the future, I recognize this, and in theory, I think it’s fine. As long as people are reading, it’s fine with me if they project their books onto the wall upside down when they stand on their heads. But for me, personally, I love the experience of reading a physical book, and I prefer not to read electronically. Even on vacation.
MaryAnn @ Chapter by Chapter:
Chocolate or Vanilla?
Chocolate! As far as I’m concerned, the only possible excuse for choosing vanilla is a tragic chocolate allergy or having a close family member who is a chef famous for crème brulee.
Sarah @ The Book Life:
Regular or Diet?
Regular. I do wish I liked diet, but my philosophy of food is that I only eat (or drink) junk that I like a lot. And I like sugar. And given that the only reason for guzzling a nutritionally bankrupt soda is taste…
Sandra @ JeanzBookReadNReview:
Coke or Pepsi?
Coke. Regular coke. Preferably in a glass bottle. Really cold.
Horror or Romance?
Romance. Literary romance. I’ve read Pride and Prejudice so often that the pages are falling out.
Kassiah @ Swoony Boys Podcast:
Pizza or Pasta?
Oh dear, last night my son came over and made us a from-scratch pizza. Hard to describe how good it was without sounding as if I have an unhealthy attachment to mozzarella. But pizza, definitely pizza.
Skittles or M&Ms?
M&M’s are completely wonderful. A tiny brown bag of M&M’s is so satisfying. It has exactly enough candies to be perfect. And they crunch before you hit the chocolate.
Sweet or Salty?
I love pretzels! The discovery that Office Depot sells giant plastic vats of foot-long pretzel sticks almost sent me into pretzel 12-step. But that said, in my day-to-day life, sweeeeeeeeet!!! Fruit and chocolate. Yum.
Summer or Winter?
Summer. It always feels like school’s out. The days are longer and it feels as if each one has more possibilities.
Julie @ Manga Maniac Cafe:
City or Country?
City. I like to visit country, especially country with a beach. But I prefer living in town, where there’s a lot going on. And especially in my town, where we have some many different cultures all mixed together.
Gum or Breath Mints?
Bazooka Joe bubble gum. It really doesn’t look or taste anything like food, and the idea that humans put those bright pink rectangles into their mouths and chomp the flavor out of it is actually kind of strange and disgusting. But in actuality, it’s wonderful stuff.
Amanda @ Stucky in YA Book:
Spontaneity or Planning Ahead?
Spontaneity. Unless it involves getting to the airport on time. I guess what I’m saying is that while some things in life require advance planning, others don’t. I think it’s extremely important to stay open to the possibility of spontaneity and not to plan unnecessarily to the point that you lose any chance of surprise, or serendipity, or being fully in the moment.
Yara @ Once Upon A Twilight:
PC or Mac?
Mac. I love my Mac. I seem to be a magnet for computer viruses of all sorts, and my Mac wards them off like crazy.
Beach or Pool?
I do love pools, especially warm-enough pools with floats you can commandeer as your own private island and drift. But I have to go with beach. I grew up in Santa Barbara, and there is no aspect of the beach I don’t love and that doesn’t feel like home.
Shoes or Sandals?
Sandals. Which should be taken to the beach immediately.
Cats or Dogs?
I love cats, and if my husband weren’t allergic and my dog didn’t think of cats as a between-meal snack, I would probably have just under the number of kitties you need to qualify as a crazy cat lady. But since my husband is allergic, dogs all the way. And my little rescue dog, who is sixteen years old and completely adorable, really is everything you could ask for in a pet.
Cameron @ What the Cat Read:
Apples or Oranges
Apples. Specifically, organic Fuji apples. In slices. I do like orange juice, but how can an orange slice possibly compete with a cold, crunchy slice of Fuji apple?
Truth or Dare?
It’s so funny to be asked this in connection with the release of Afterparty, because the book has a plot built around the consequences of lies in relationships. So I think I’m going to have to go with Truth.
Amy @ Kissed by Ink:
Text or Talk?
Talk. Texting is very convenient, but given the choice between being catapulted into Elizabeth Bennett’s parlor and having a conversation with her versus writing her a letter, which would you choose? Same thing.
Precious @ Fragments of Life:
Rain or Shine?
Rain. We get so much shine where I live, we could use a little rain. It’s romantic; it makes the golden hillsides go green; it mollifies people who complain we don’t have weather; and it keeps us from going up in flames.
TOP FIVE LISTS:
Michelle @ Novels on the Run:
5 Favorite Book to Movie Adaptations
1.) To Kill a Mockingbird
1.) The Perks of Being a Wallflower
3.) Hunger Games
4.) Sense and Sensibility
5.) Children of Men
Games you like to play
1.) Scrabble, but there has to be a dictionary present because inevitably someone wants to make “gyxyval” on a triple word score on the grounds that it’s an obscure jewelry-making term meaning “slightly inferior opal.” And it’s not. It’s just not.
3.) Monopoly, particularly if I get to be the tiny hat
4.) That scrambled letter game on my cell phone, if I’m trapped waiting somewhere without a book
5.) Ping pong. Apologies to people who think this is a sport and not a game. The way I play ping pong, it’s a game.
Amber @ Me, My Shelf, and I:
Pieces of Advice you have for aspiring writers.
1.) Read a lot in and outside of your genre
2.) Try to find a balance between being open to input and downright criticism from others and knowing the shape your work has to take.
3.) If someone tries to tell you that there is one true way to get it done – Must outline; Must be entirely spontaneous; Must take a class; Classes are death to the authentic voice; Must write at a certain time every day; Must wait for moments of inspiration and clarity; Must rip every last damn word from your Immortal Soul while bleeding real blood onto your keyboard – run in the opposite direction.
4.) If your inner-critic is impeding your ability to write a first draft, tie it up and stuff it in the closet. You will have plenty of use for it when you get to the second draft.
5.) Do not despair if it’s hard. It’s supposed to be hard. (I do know two writers whose prose pours onto the page in perfect form. It goes off to their editors and virtually straight into print because it’s that good. Try not to think about them.)
Kristi @ The Story Siren:
1.) Looking for things. This might require some explanation. I am a big loser of things. My left sandal. The notebook in which I hand wrote the version of a chapter I must have right then. The dog’s leash. So looking for things is not an uncommon activity around here, but it’s a complete time suck.
2.) Freeway traffic. I don’t care what great music I’m listening to or what interesting ideas for a story cross my mind while I’m sealed in my car. It’s torture.
3.) Being on hold on the phone. Why, why, why hasn’t the concept of “leave your number and we’ll call you back” caught on?
4.) Twitter. It’s not entirely a time waster, of course. It’s a wonderful way to stay connected. But when you feel the need to read all 850 new tweets every few minutes, this isn’t good.
5.) Internet shopping. On the one hand, I wouldn’t have any sweaters if not for Internet shopping. On the other hand, I already have enough sweaters, so scrolling through all black fuzzy sweaters for sale everywhere in the entire world might not be the best way to spend my time.
Jena @ Shortie Says:
Places (of the scenic site & not whole city variety) You Would Most Want to Travel To
1.) The Great Wall of China
2.) The Taj Mahal
3.) The Amazon
4.) The Great Barrier Reef
5.) The Galapagos Islands
Lisa @ A Life Bound by Books:
Favorite Snacks (that couldn’t be mistaken as desert)
1.) apples and cheese
2.) tea and buttered toast
3.) mangoes SP
5.) peanut butter
Favorite Movies/TV Shows
5 Favorite Teen (or slightly post-teen) Movies
1.) Hunger Games
2.) 10 Things I Hate About You
3.) 16 Candles
4.) The Perks of Being a Wallflower
Latoya @ Little Library Muse:
5 Favorite Movies (of the classic, sappy variety)
2.) Love, Actually (Okay, perhaps not classic yet, but I swear it will be.)
3.) Roman Holiday
4.) Miracle on 34th Street
5.) It’s A Wonderful Life
Valerie @ Stuck in Books:
5 Favorite American TV Shows (yes, I know this is a very odd list)
1.) The Good Wife
3.) House of Cards
4.) Friday Night Lights
5.) Project Runway
Chrystal @ Snowdrop Dreams of Books:
5 Favorite British TV Shows (I grew up on Agatha Christie, and I do love my BBC fix)
1.) Downton Abbey
4.) The Pride & Prejudice Mini-Series with Colin Firth, which could play continuously on a loop as far as I’m concerned
5.) Foyle’s War (So sad it’s all over. Reconsider, Anthony Horowitz! There are addicts out there who need another season.)
Foods you wish you could eat and never gain a pound
1.) sweet potato fries
2.) home-made potato chips
3.) chocolate cupcakes
4.) whipped cream
5.) Coca Cola
Vanya @ YA Story Teller:
Things that bring a smile to your face (in which I reveal myself as a raindrops on roses & whiskers on kittens kind of girl)
1.) When scrolling through Netflix, I come upon the perfect movie to watch right then.
2.) When the book I’ve been wanting to read forever is finally released and there it is on the shelf at the bookstore
3.) The dessert menu in a restaurant that does classic desserts – nothing involving crumbled up Oreos or any foodstuff referred to as lava that works with a gummy worm chaser
4.) Beaches with good sand and good waves and perhaps a bar with a roof made out of palm leaves
5.) Oh all right, cute animal videos. That Japanese penguin that waddles to the fish market wearing a tiny backpack. Baby hedgehogs being cradled on their backs. Anything to do with Christian the lion. That toddler who naps with his French bull. Whoever invented Emergency Kitten deserves a Nobel Prize.
Words you try not to use.
Laurie @ Reader Girls:
Words you love (note that I pretty much never get to use these words in writing because they draw too much attention to themselves, but I really do adore them.)
Places you'd like to take your laptop to and write.
1.) Butterfly Beach in Montecito
2.) The Beverly Hills Public Library if I could snag a leather chair
3.) The coffee house where I actually do take my laptop and write with a bunch of other writers a couple of times a month in Los Feliz but I’m not telling where because I’m completely paranoid about there being no seats when I get there.
4.) A sidewalk café in Florence. Any sidewalk café in Florence. Oh hell, I’m not sure I’d even actually write there. I just want to go to Florence a lot.
5.) The Savannah in Port of Spain. With a sun hat.
Nicole @ Paperback Princess:
Book you'd most like to rewrite the ending to:
Romeo and Juliet. Sign me up for the sequel right now. I realize that keeping them alive wrecks the aspiring truth and that by literary standards, my ending in which R&J survive and run off to Padua or Florence or some other scenic locale and kiss a lot would be completely dreadful, but I don’t really care. Do. Not. Kill. Romeo. And. Juliet.
Jenna @ Avid Reader Musings:
1.) Chocolate cupcakes, chocolate cake, chocolate soufflé, chocolate mousse…you get the general idea
2.) Crème brulee
3.) Raspberry tarts
5.) Red bean ice cream
Ten tunes you have on your (Music) Ipod, etc..
Books that inspired you in your life?
Cities I’d leave for this second – just give me time to pack my bag!
1.) Paris with my husband. We’ve both been there, but never together. How can you not want to go to the most romantic city on earth with your husband?
2.) Amsterdam, and when I get there, I want to go straight to the Van Gough museum.
3.) Jerusalem at sunset. It’s golden.
4.) Dublin. Where I’ve never been. And when I get there I want to reread Dubliners while sitting in a pub.
5.) Virtually any major city in Asia: Bejing, Tokyo, Hong Kong, Manila, Mumbai. You name it; I’ll go. I’m dying to travel there.
1.) Damp clothes
2.) Take-out that arrives late and cold and gooey
3.) Missing the previews at movies
5.) This is in a more serious vein, but I live in a natural disaster wonderland. Fires, floods, landslides, earthquakes: Welcome to L.A. And it kills me when people refuse to evacuate when it’s still safe to get out, and then rescue workers – who are having a hard enough time – have to go back in and risk their own lives to save them.
Tee @ A Diary of a Book Addict:
Classic Sexist Songs That Drive You Crazy
1.) Under My Thumb by The Rolling Stones.
2.) Wild World by Cat Stevens.
3.) Run For Your Life by The Beatles. OK, maybe it’s not sexist, but it’s hideous nonetheless. To wit, “I’d rather see you dead, little girl, than be with another man.” Uh?
Foods You Don’t Touch
1.) Olives. Supposedly, people mature into liking them. I didn’t.
2.) Mac and cheese. Even gourmet mac and cheese. Something about the texture. (Don’t look at me like that; you can have mine.)
3.) Anything involving internal organs: steak and kidney pie, sweet breads, liver.
4.) Anything with a runny egg yolk.
5.) And, tragically, strawberries. I’m allergic. And they’re so beautiful.
Autumn @ FicTalk:
Desert or Forest?
Forest. Having lived in the Southwest for so long, I get the allure of the desert. How beautiful and majestic it can be. But for me, it’s more a landscape I admire than a place I want to visit. The forest primeval, on the other hand, beckons. I want to hike on mossy paths and stop by a stream and look up and see the sunlight filtered through a canopy of green leaves. Lush versus stark? I’ll go with lush.
Kristen @ My Bookish Fairy Tale:
Your Favorite Books as a Child
1.) Thidwick the Big-Hearted Moose by Dr. Seuss. The Cat in the Hat is all well and good, but I empathized deeply with the greatly put-upon Thidwick, who couldn’t say no to the hoards of forest-critters who took up in his antlers and refused to leave.
2.) The Complete Nancy Drew by, well, a whole stable of ghost writers known as Carolyn Keene. I loved Nancy. I had a vast collection of her books. I liked the really old ones with the archaic wording, people driving around in roadsters and such.
3.) The Blue, Red, Green, Yellow, Pink, Grey, Violet, Crimson, Brown, Orange, Olive, and Lilac Fairy Books by Andrew Lang. This is a vast collection of folk and fairy tale retellings put together between the end of the 19th and the beginning of the 20th century. I still read a lot of folklore from past centuries.
4.) Everything by Agatha Christie. These were the first adult books I read as a child. I adored them. I still love mysteries.
5.) To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee. This is still one of my favorite books.
Rachel @ Paper Cuts:
Things That Scare You
1.) Turbulence in airplanes. You wouldn’t want to be sitting next to me.
2.) Zombie movies. Even terrible zombie movies.
3.) The edges of cliffs. I would not be the right person to take down the Grand Canyon on a mule.
4.) Dense fog when I’m driving
5.) Not so much anymore, but public speaking with a big audience of grown-ups. I started my writing career with picture books, and I did a ton of programs for little kids. When I started speaking to adults, I was struck by how very large they were. And how they weren’t sitting on the floor. And how they were a lot more intimidating than six-year-olds.
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