2013 YA and MG Time Travel Reading Challenge: July Wrap-Up Post + Review Linky + Giveaway: So Close to You by Rachel Carter

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

It's the end of July and it's wrap-up time for the 2013 YA and MG Time Travel Reading Challenge! You can check out all that's happened this month by checking out the tag and backtracking a bit. Rachel Carter's THIS STRANGE AND FAMILIAR PLACE, the second book in her SO CLOSE TO YOU time travel series, released last July 2. So for today, I am very honored to be interviewing one of the characters, (swoony) Wes! Let's get to know Wes more and stick around for an international giveaway for a paperback of SO CLOSE TO YOU, the first book in the series, and a signed bookmark!

Douglas Booth as Wes
Picture credits to Zimbio
Interview with Wes

Can you tell us something about yourself?

I've spent most of my life working as an agent for a secret government project known as The Montauk Project. They kidnapped me when I was only a child, and now I travel through time for them. Until I met Lydia, it was the only life I knew.

What are your hobbies? How do you spend your free time?

I have no hobbies - the Project owns my time, my identity, and my life. Free time doesn't exist in my world.

If you were to travel back in time, willingly, what era would you choose and why?

My time travel has never been willing. But if I was forced to choose, it might be the 1920s. Lydia and I once talked about running away to that era.

If you could alter one thing in history...what would it be?

I've already altered countless events throughout history, and I've learned that it can have dire consequences. It's not something to be taken lightly - the butterfly effect is real, and we need to be careful of how we treat the timeline. But that doesn't mean I don't have regrets...

How would you consider time traveling in style?

The TM - the time machine we use in the Montauk Project - rips your body apart as it sends you through time. You can feel yourself disintegrate, feel the pieces break away. Anything has to be better than that.

How would you describe your ideal woman?

Someone who has passion, who sees life as an opportunity instead of a burden. Someone who cares about the people around her. All I've ever wanted is to feel that kind of love from someone else.

What was your first impression of Lydia?

She was headstrong and stubborn. She wouldn't listen to me and she put her family before her own safety. I'd never met anyone like her before.

If you could have three wishes, what would you wish for?

I only have one wish - to be free of the Montauk Project. But they control everything I do, and sometimes it's harder to break away mentally than it is physically.

Any message to our dear readers?

Be grateful for your freedom, and try not to judge my actions too harshly. You can't know how consuming the Montauk Project is until you experience it.

Any message to Lydia?

I want Lydia to know that there are reasons for my actions. I'm not great at expressing myself - when you have no freedom, you learn to hide your emotions in order to survive. It's not easy to unlearn that, but I'm trying.

Thank you so much, Wes! Can you give me a hug? No? Lydia might get jealous? Okay. I love Lydia, I wouldn't want to be the cause of any rifts. If you aren't familiar with Wes and Lydia and the whole Montauk Project, check out the blurbs to So Close to You and This Strange and Familiar Place below!

So Close to You (So Close to You, #1)
Title: So Close to You (So Close to You #1)
Author: Rachel Carter
Publisher: HarperTeen
Date of Publication: July 10, 2012

Rachel Carter launches a mind-blowing time-travel trilogy with her YA novel So Close to You.

Lydia Bentley doesn’t believe the rumors about the Montauk Project, that there’s some sort of government conspiracy involving people vanishing and tortured children. But her grandfather is sure that the Project is behind his father’s disappearance more than sixty years earlier.

While helping her grandfather search Camp Hero, a seemingly abandoned military base on Long Island, for information about the disappearance, Lydia is transported back to 1944—just a few days before her great-grandfather’s disappearance.

Lydia begins to unravel the dark secrets of the Montauk Project and her own family history, despite warnings from Wes, a mysterious boy she is powerfully attracted to but not sure she should trust.

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This Strange and Familiar Place (So Close to You, #2)
Title: This Strange and Familiar Place (So Close to You #2)
Author: Rachel Carter
Publisher: HarperTeen
Date of Publication: July 2, 2013

These are the things of which Lydia is now certain:

The Montauk Project has been experimenting with time travel for years.

The Project's subjects are "recruits" from across time, recruits like Wes, Lydia's ally, friend, and love.

The Project is now responsible for the disappearance of two members of her family...

The conspiracy theorists were right about the Montauk Project all along. In this sequel to So Close to You, they're coming for Lydia next...

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About Rachel Carter

I'm a 27-year-old writer, an avid reader, and a lover of all things pop culture. (One of my life goals is to write for Entertainment Weekly!) I grew up in a log cabin in Vermont, surrounded by trees and chickens. I learned how to ski when I was six, I could start a bonfire in my sleep and my dad makes maple syrup every spring.

I've always loved to read - I spent most of my childhood with my nose in a book. Even now, I read about a book a week and I'm ALWAYS looking for recommendations (send me yours on twitter or facebook). Romance and YA are my genres of choice, though I also love Fantasy, History, and Science Fiction. And, for some reason, epic romances set in communist Russia.

I attended the University of Vermont, where I majored in English and Women's Studies. I moved to NYC right after college, and received my MFA from Columbia University. I recently moved back to Vermont, where I'm working on my next series. Read more about my life and other random thoughts on my blog!


Thank you so much to Rachel for sponsoring this giveaway! One (1) winner will take home a paperback of SO CLOSE TO YOU and a signed bookmark! This giveaway is open internationally and you have a month to get those entries in. Good luck!

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Cover Reveal: Tone Deaf by Olivia Rivers

Title: Tone Deaf
Author: Olivia Rivers
Publisher: Red Sparrow Press
Date of Publication: November 4, 2013
Genre: contemporary NA romance

His world is music…

…Her world is silent.

Ali Blinde was a prodigy destined to become one of the greatest musicians of the 21st century.

Until the brain tumor struck.

Now seventeen, Ali lives in a soundless world where she gets by with ASL and lip-reading. So when she meets Jace Beckett, she thinks he’s her worst nightmare come true. Jace is the lead singer in the wildly-popular band, Tone Deaf, and he’s exactly the kind of success-story Ali hates and resents.

Nineteen-year-old Jace has it all: fame, money, and any girl he wants. Every night on tour brings a new performance and a new girl, which is just what he needs to avoid the pain of relationships.

But when Jace learns Ali is being abused, he reluctantly proposes a solution: Run away with him and his band as they tour the country. With freedom in sight, Ali takes the offer. Immediately, she’s swept into a world filled with wild punk music, wilder musicians, and maybe—just maybe—love.

About Olivia Rivers

Olivia Rivers is the author of six novels, ranging in genres from Epic Fantasy to Contemporary Romance. Along with being a writer, she’s a freelance digital artist, a literary agent assistant, and a high school student. She’s a nerd at heart, and is a hopeless fan-girl for Doctor Who and Arrested Development. Olivia lives in California with a dog who thinks he’s a cat, a cat who thinks he’s a dog, and a kitten who is just generally confused.

Release Day Blitz and Blog Tour: Wavecrossed by Andrea Colt

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Title: Wavecrossed
Author: Andrea Colt
Date of Publication: August 22, 2013
Genre: paranormal YA (selkies!)

A young-adult paranormal novel about selkies, tasers, kissing and secrets.

To Cassandra Kelleher, trust is a dirty word.

A teenage selkie who grew up on land, all she wants is to free her family from the man who stole their sealskins long ago. With her twin brother Brennan losing hope and her window of opportunity disappearing like the beach at high tide, she’ll try anything.

Before long, however, Cassandra can’t tell whether her biggest threat is the man holding her family captive, a classmate who’s discovered her secret, or her own paranoia. Battling broken friendships and alarming romantic entanglements, Cassandra finds that trust could be the key to winning her family’s freedom … or losing her own.

Here's the schedule!

Blog Tour

August 22
Lost in Literature - Selkies 101

August 23
Bookcomet - Review

August 24

DanaSquare - Review

August 25

Fragments of Life - Dedicated To

August 26

Clare Davidson - Review

August 27

The Reading Geek - Review

August 28

August 29

Jessica Spotswood - Review

August 30

Bitches N Prose - Review

August 31

Literary Meanderings - Excerpt

September 1

September 2

alwaysjoart - Spotlight

Between fantasy and reality - Review

September 3

Ensconced in YA - Review

Scandalous Book Blog - Review

September 4

Lindsay Smith - Excerpt

September 5

September 6

Bookworm in Boots - Review

Supernatural Snark - Guest Post

September 7

Mythical Books - Excerpt

September 8

September 9

September 10

Some Like It Paranormal - Review

September 11

Books and Cozy Afternoon Teas - Review

If you want to be an Oops! I Read Again Tour Host, please join the fun and madness here!

Cover Reveal: Cry of the Wolf by David R. Bennett

Title: Cry of the Wolf (Destiny Phoenix #2)
Author: David R. Bennett
Publisher: Freaky Fiction Writing
Date of Publication: August 30, 2013

Destiny, Brandon, Chris, Michelle, and Sandra enter the town of Jasper Springs, Louisiana on their way to meet some important people out in Atlanta. They are here to stop and get some rest and refuel before continuing on.

But when the full moon rises, the howling begins.
People, then, come up missing as a bloody trail is left throughout town.
This town is used to the unusual, but this werewolf is extraordinarily bloodthirsty even for this town.

Destiny and her friends check it out.
What trouble are they headed for?
Will someone be turned?
Or worse yet, killed?

About David Bennett

David R Bennett is an author from Spring, Texas in the United States of America.

David R Bennett is a pen name that comes the reordering of his initials real initials. He, also, thinks the name has a ring to it.

Not only is he an author, he, also, is an illustrator. His real name is what is credited with the cover art to his novels.

He attended Rocky Mountain College if Art + Design in Denver, Colorado where he earned a Bachelor's of Fine Arts in Advertising Graphic Design. The graphic design techniques he learned in college he uses to design his covers.

He, also, reads a lot of sci-fi / fantasy / paranormal books. Some of his favorite monsters are vampires, mummies, zombies, goblins, ghouls, werewolves, etc. He has plans to write a long string of novels in the Destiny Phoenix series and a series about an alien coming to Earth in the Alien Survivor series. Both of these series are planned as Young Adult novels.

His favorite horror flick is Resident Evil because it is scary to think that biological warfare could one day result in human extinction by undead creatures. And his favorite series of films is Star Wars and is excited about the next film coming out in 2015.

{Blog Tour} Spotlight + Giveaway: The Fab Life by Mercy Amare

Monday, July 29, 2013

The Fab Life (The Kihanna Saga, #1)
Title: The Fab Life (The Kihanna Saga #1)
Author: Mercy Amare
Date of Publication: July 27, 2013

It’s the life I was born to live: billionaire’s daughters, living amongst the rich & famous. But my mom kept me a secret from my dad. Until now.

I am so out of my league. Fancy parties, expensive cars, and a private school for the elite… It sounds like a dream. But everything is not as perfect as it seems on the outside. Here, the secrets are dirty, and the lies comes easy.

Welcome to my fab life.

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My palms are sweating, and my heart literally feels like it’s going to beat it’s way out of my chest. I decide that I may vomit before the night is over, but hopefully it won’t be on myself or Ty. I run my hand over the bannister was I walk down the stairs. I keep in there incase I trip, which is very possible. I try to focus on the steps and not on the fact that I’m about to go out of my first date.

Gah. I hate that word. Date. It’s too gray. I like black and white. Nothing about this night is black or white.

I count the steps as I walk down. There are exactly 32 steps from the top floor to the bottom floor. When I get to the bottom, I am forced to look up at Ty. He looks good. Really good. Dammit. He doesn’t look nervous at all. In fact he looks completely cool. Of course he’s cool. He’s probably been out on like a million dates before. Why should he be nervous?

I am relieved to see that he’s wearing jeans and a concert shirt. I didn’t underdress or overdress, and I’m glad I decided to wear jeans. I’m going to ask Toby’s advice more often.

“You look beautiful,” he says, and then hands me a bouquet of purple flowers.

Flowers = date, right?

Ugh, why does this suddenly feel awkward?

I take them from him. I have no idea what kind of flowers they are. I feel like I should know, but it’s not like I frequently get flowers from guys. “Thank you. They are beautiful.”

What am I supposed to do with the flowers? Am I supposed to take them with us? Or am I supposed to leave them here? There should a Dating for Dummies book that covers this. Maybe there is. Memo to self - look it up. I will be more prepared next time.

Next time? Calm down, Kihanna, I tell myself. Let’s get through tonight before we start thinking about a second date.

About Mercy Amare

I am a YA/ NA author, with an addiction to NOS & Red Bull energy drinks. My guilty pleasure is the TV series The Lying Game and The Vampire Diaries. I'm 23 years old. I currently live in St Louis, with my husband of 2 years.


{Blog Tour} Spotlight + Giveaway: Winter Night Falling by Bryan R. South

winter night falling (Chronicles of Ti-aran)
Title: Winter Night Falling (Ti-aran Chronicles: Rise of the Guardians #1)
Author: Bryan R. South
Publisher: Freaky Fiction Writing
Date of Publication: July 19, 2013

The Four Kingdoms are in peril. A demon Lord thought forever imprisoned in limbo has escaped and begins to summon his Horde once again to take his revenge. In his twisted black iron tower he summons a massive wall of darkness that brings the winter storms in the fullest.

Now the Four Kingdoms are each proud and full of themselves. All the races of the realms must come together and fight the demon lord once again. Magic has been outlawed, and it is up to the reawakened Grand Mage, an eccentric old man, and what is left of the Mage Knights, as well as a budding Guardian to try to keep the peace.

Can the Grand Mage and his friends get the other kingdoms to move in time to stop the Demon Lord? Does the Demon Lord have more than one objective now that he is free? Only time will tell.

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About Bryan R. South

Bryan R South was born and Raised in the Pacific Northwest. He Graduated Kamiakin Highschool in 1993 . Bryan has had several poems published and has been working on the Rise of the Guardians Series since he was 16, and did his senior year paper on being a fantasy novelist. He has worked as a Linecook, in construction, and other odd jobs. He resides with his wife and fell author, S. Cu’Anam Policar, and their children in the Pacific Northwest still.


Cover Reveal + Giveaway: Searching for Beautiful by Nyrae Dawn

Today Nyrae Dawn and Entangled Teen are revealing the cover for SEARCHING FOR BEAUTIFUL, which releases on March 4, 2014. Also enter below for a paperback of the book or an eBook!

On to the reveal!

Title: Searching for Beautiful
Author: Nyrae Dawn
Publisher: Entangled Teen
Date of Publication: March 4, 2014

Before, Brynn had a group of best friends, a loving boyfriend, a growing talent for pottery. She had a life. And after…she had none.

When Brynn lost the boyfriend who never loved her, the friends who feel she betrayed their trust, and the new life just beginning to grow inside her, she believes her future is as empty as her body. But then Christian, the boy next door, starts coming around. Playing his guitar and pushing her to create art once more. She meets some new friends at the local community center, plus even gets her dad to look her in the eye again…sort of.

But can Brynn open up her heart to truly find her life’s own beauty, when living for the after means letting go of the before?

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Christian looks at me. I wait for a smart-aleck reply or a smile but get neither. Just his blue eyes sucking me in like a whirlpool. “That’s what I thought you would say. So you just have to keep fighting for it. Keep fighting to get it back.”

My eyes won’t leave his and his won’t leave mine. And he’s cute. God, he’s so cute, I just want to focus on his cuteness. I want that to be all that matters. When his hand comes up and cups my cheek, I gasp. He brushes his thumb under my eye and licks his lips and I’m frozen and on fire and close to having a heart attack and anxious all at the same time.

Slowly, he leans forward and I know he’s giving me time. And my heart is leaping and I want to feel his lips. This is Christian. The boy who asked me to dance. The boy I ran to my mom about and told her that I loved. And now he’s my friend. The first person who has made me feel normal since everything happened.

But I’m so scared. Scared of messing it up. Scared he’ll decide he doesn’t want me. Scared of losing him. Of getting hurt.

He gets closer and I smell his sweet, sugary scent. See his mouth and wet lips and that hair I want to touch.

See the one person besides Emery who I have. The one person I can’t lose. “Wait,” I say and Christian stops moving. He’s still close. So very, very close that his lips are only an inch away from mine. “I’m scared,” I admit.

“I won’t hurt you.”

And I swear a part of me believes him. Maybe all of me. But how do I know if that’s the right decision or not?

He runs his hand down my face and touches my hair. Love that he’s not nervous to do it the way I am with him and I watch his fingers, brown against my red hair.

“Go out with me, Bryntastic. Let’s go do something this weekend. Don’t keep running. I won’t even try to kiss you again unless you tell me to. Or I’ll wait for you to do it. Just let go. Live.”

His words are what I want. I want them so badly and they sound so perfect that it’s hard not to just scream, “Yes!” right now. “Why?” I ask him. “Why are you so nice to me?”

I love his strength. Love that he doesn’t even hesitates before saying, “Because you were my first crush. Because I used to watch you conqueror anything and used to listen to you laugh with your friends. You were happy and I loved your smile. Because I had to work up the courage to ask you to dance and I did, and then I left and the one thing I missed was that smile. I watched my sister lose hers and watched my family fall apart and when I came back here? I wanted to see your smile again. Because you’re beautiful when you smile and you’ve lost it now. I want you to conquer this because what the hell is the purpose in it all if the first girl I ever danced with loses her smile?”

I don’t realize I’m crying until Christian wipes my tears. “You think I’m beautiful?”

About Nyrae Dawn

Writing has always been Nyrae Dawn’s passion. There have been times in her life where she wasn’t able to chase that dream the way she desired, but she always found her way back to telling stories.

One of her loves has always been writing about teens. There’s something so fresh and fun about the age that she loves exploring. Her husband says it’s because she doesn’t want to grow up. She doesn’t think that’s such a bad thing and luckily for her, he doesn’t either.

Nyrae gravitates toward character-driven stories. She loves going on emotional journeys with characters whether it be reading or writing. And yes, she’s a total romantic at heart and proud.

Nyrae resides in sunny Southern California with her husband (who still makes her swoon) and her two awesome kids.

When she’s not with her family, you can be pretty sure you’ll find her with a book in her hand or her laptop and an open document in front of her.

She writes for Entangled Publishing, Grand Central Publishing and is self-published.

Nyrae is represented by Jane Dystel of Dystel and Goderich Literary Management.


{Radical Read-Along} Team Wars Challenge + Giveaway: Unearthly by Cynthia Hand

Sunday, July 28, 2013

Music Plus Books

The time has come for me to host the Team Wars Challenge! What is this challenge, you say? By today, you should have read until Chapter 13 of Unearthly. And we've already met both love interests, Christian and Tucker. So this challenge is really simple. Just write a post on which team are you on and defend it! Here are some examples:

"Team Christian! I mean, HELLO, a Christian for an angel like Clara! Isn't that obvious enough?"

"Team Tucker! I love me some truck-driving, twinsies with my new best friend, ski instructor and HEY, I just love Tucker and enjoy how he teases Clara!"

As for me, I don't want to say here which team I am on so you won't be swayed or whatever. I said it though on my review before. And I'm Team Jeffrey now so it doesn't matter. Haha!

You can be as animated as you want (Use GIFs! Make a video! Anything!) or you can make a poem expressing your undying love and loyalty to your team or a simple explanation via a paragraph. Anything's great! I would LOVE to read why you're on your team. Plus, at the end of this read-along, I want YOU to come back here and say if you changed teams or not. Just a comment would be enough.

Now, once your post is up and about, link it here!

And of course, if you posted for my challenge (I love you!), you're in for a prize! Can't wait to read Hallowed? You can win an ecopy here!

Spotlight + Interview + Giveaway: Bittersweet Junction by Ivy Sinclair

Bittersweet Junction
Title: Bittersweet Junction
Author: Ivy Sinclair
Genre: contemporary NA romance

Best friends once, lovers never, yet an attraction that can’t be ignored.

Five years ago, Julia Bell walked away from her life the moment her high school diploma was in her hand. She left her family and friends behind to start over and escape the chokehold of small town life in Benton Hill. But an urgent call from her little sister brings Julia back to her hometown wholly unprepared for what awaits her.

Ben Miller was always the nice guy. Just before high school graduation, he stepped out of that role hoping to capture the heart of the woman he loved. Instead, in quick succession he lost the girl, and the future he worked so hard to achieve.

Even though Julia and Ben are drawn to each other, echoes of the past block them at every turn. Secrets are exposed, and reality needs to be dealt with if they can ever hope to move past the bittersweet junction that ripped them apart.

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How did you come up with the idea for Bittersweet Junction?

I’ve had several ideas for stories that revolve around the idea of a five year high school reunion. The idea for Bittersweet Junction started there, although in the end, there is no actual high school reunion in the book. That wouldn’t have been a good enough reason to drag Julia back to Benton Hill.

If Bittersweet Junction were made into a movie, who would you want to play the main characters?

I’ve thought a lot about this. I could see Emma Roberts playing Julia and Chris Pine, with his gorgeous blue eyes, would make the perfect Ben. Emily Browning would play Julia’s little sister Clary, and Max Thieriot would round out the casting as Mike.

When did you begin writing?

I started writing the summer between sixth and seventh grade. I kept all of my teenage angst in a journal and experimented with poetry as well. I think that helped me start finding my writing voice.

When did you first think, wow I have made it as a writer?

My senior year of high school I won a state newspaper award for a piece of hard hitting journalism in the school paper. It was an article on how a teacher in a local junior high had gotten in trouble for showing an R-rated movie in the classroom. The day I received my award, I knew that writing was part of my life’s journey.

Do you have any special rituals you do when you sit down to write? 

I usually have an idea of how many words or chapters that I want to get written that particular writing session. It helps to have a goal because I am easily distracted.

What advice would you give to aspiring writers out there?

Take an active interest in reading about what’s going on in the publishing industry today so that you can make informed decisions about your writing destiny. The landscape of publishing is changing faster than anyone could have imagined, and it affects all of us.

About Ivy Sinclair

Ivy Sinclair cut her romance teeth on classics like Gone With the Wind, Casablanca, An Affair to Remember, and Sabrina. She is a firm believer in true love, a happily ever after ending, and the medicinal use of chocolate to cure any ailment of the heart. Ivy’s guilty pleasures include sushi, endless Starbucks lattes, and wine. Readers of Ivy’s stories can expect smoldering sweet stories of romance that tug at the heartstrings.


Spotlight: Canoples Investigations Tackles Space Pirates by K.C. Sprayberry

Saturday, July 27, 2013

Canoples Investigations Tackles Space Pirates (Volume 1)
Title: Canoples Investigations Tackles Space Pirates
Author: K.C. Sprayberry
Publisher: Freaky Fiction Writing
Date of Publication: July 26, 2013

BD Bradford resides on Canoples Station in 2364. He's on his last break before graduating high school. The biggest worry on his mind is scoring enough creds to buy the latest vid-game, and making up with his girlfriend, if she'll stop glaring at him. An announcement at breakfast hatches an idea in his ever-active brain – space pirates might be in the vicinity. Visions of creds tumbling around him after he captures the miscreants war with thoughts of what he did to torque off his girlfriend. He catches a glimpse of the villains outside the promenade's viewport, but he beats feet to safety upon hearing one of his sworn enemies having a drama moment.

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About K.C. Sprayberry

I began writing young, with a diary followed by an interest in English. My first experience with publication came when I placed third in a Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge contest while I was in the Air Force, but my dedication to writing came after I had my youngest child, now a teen getting ready to enter his senior year of high school. My husband, son, and I live in Northwest Georgia where I now spend my days creating stories about life in the south, and far beyond. More than a dozen of my short stories have appeared in several magazines. Five anthologies feature other short stories, and my teen novel, Softly Say Goodbye, released last year.

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