Monday, June 29, 2015

Hello I love You by Katie M Stout Blog Tour


About the Book

Grace Wilde is running—from the multi-million dollar mansion her record producer father bought, the famous older brother who's topped the country music charts five years in a row, and the mother who blames her for her brother's breakdown. Grace escapes to the farthest place from home she can think of, a boarding school in Korea, hoping for a fresh start.

She wants nothing to do with music, but when her roommate Sophie's twin brother Jason turns out to be the newest Korean pop music superstar, Grace is thrust back into the world of fame. She can't stand Jason, whose celebrity status is only outmatched by his oversized ego, but they form a tenuous alliance for the sake of her friendship with Sophie. As the months go by and Grace adjusts to her new life in Korea, even she can't deny the sparks flying between her and the KPOP idol.

Soon, Grace realizes that her feelings for Jason threaten her promise to herself that she'll leave behind the music industry that destroyed her family. But can Grace ignore her attraction to Jason and her undeniable pull of the music she was born to write? Sweet, fun, and romantic, this young adult novel explores what it means to experience first love and discover who you really are in the process. Buy at Barnes & Noble, or another retailer of your choice.

Three Questions with Katie!!

What's the attraction in writing YA novels?

I like teenagers. I like hanging out with them, and I like hearing their stories. So for me, it was a natural progression to write stories for them. I think your teen years are really important in shaping who you’ll become later in life, so it’s a fun age to discover and explore through writing.

This book combines a lot of fun things....boarding school, international travel, and the music industry. How did it all come to you?

It all came separately, actually. I had two story ideas: one about a girl who attended boarding school abroad and one about a KPOP star. The light bulb sort of just turned on in my head when I decided to put them together.

Any Kpop or Kdrama recs for fans of the book?

My top 3 favorite KPOP songs ever are:

1. “Fiction,” by Beast

2. “Blue,” by BIGBANG

3. “Mr. Taxi,” by Girls’ Generation

And my top 3 dramas are:

1. City Hunter

2. Heartstrings

3. Answer Me 1997





Amy

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Happy Summer Everyone!

Dusting off the blog because there are actually a lot of things I do want to write about. I need to get myself back in the mode.

I've read some good book this year and listened to a few audio, but due to life changes, I haven't read anything for awhile. I'll be changing that soon, though!

I haven't seen any movies since winter, but I want to see Jurassic World and Inside Out and any terrible looking horror movies that might come out.

I've been enjoying the Cardinals season so much! I was going to write a confessional about the FBI investigation (the Cardinals are suspected of hacking into the Astros system...it's kind of a weird story and is not a straight up cheating story as many baseball fans would have you believe) made me feel, but then I processed my feelings without writing. Amazing. But maybe I'll still write about it.

Aaaand that sums up my entertainment life, lol.

This is the shortest blog post in history, but the point is to have made it so that I soon start writing posts about books and such!

Would love updates from all of you!


Amy

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

CFBA Book Spotlight: London Tides by Carla Laureano

About the Book: Irish photojournalist Grace Brennan travels the world’s war zones documenting the helpless and forgotten. After the death of her friend and colleague, Grace is shaken.

She returns to London hoping to rekindle the spark with the only man she ever loved—Scottish businessman Ian MacDonald. But he gave up his championship rowing career and dreams of Olympic gold years ago for Grace ... only for her to choose career over him. Will life’s tides bring them back together ... or tear them apart for good this time?

Thursday, June 4, 2015

Spotlight and Giveaway: The Medea Complex by Rachel Florence Roberts


About the Book: A deep and riveting psychological thriller inspired by true events of the Victorian era, The Medea Complex explores the nature of the human psyche: what possesses us, what drives us, and how love, passion, and hope for the future can drive us to insanity.

1885. Anne Stanbury wakes up in a strange bed, having been kidnapped from her home. As the panic settles in, she realizes she has been committed to a lunatic asylum, deemed insane and therefore unfit to stand trial for an unspeakable crime. But all is not as it seems….

Edgar Stanbury, her husband as well as a grieving father, is torn between helping his confined wife recover her sanity and seeking revenge for his ruined life. But Anne’s future rests wholly in the hands of Dr. George Savage, chief medical officer of Bethlem Royal Hospital.

The Medea Complex is the darkly compelling story of a lunatic, a lie, and a shocking revelation that elucidates the difference between madness and evil….

Giveaway!

Fill out the Form below to be entered to win a copy of The Medea Complex. Giveaway ends June 20 and winner will be notified by email. Open to US residents.

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

CFBA Book Spotlight: Justified by Varina Denman

About the Book: In a small Texas town ruled by gossip, Fawn Blaylock believes others are justified in condemning her untimely pregnancy. Stifled by guilt, she yearns for grace while the local football coach treats her with gentle respect.

Justified perfectly captures the rhythm and romance of life in a small town, telling the unforgettable story of a woman searching for renewal, a man looking beyond what others see, and a community torn between judgment and love. It is the unforgettable story of broken dreams, second chances, and relentless hope.

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Spotlight and Giveaway: The Hummingbird's Cage by Tamara Dietrich


About the Book: A dazzling debut novel about taking chances, finding hope, and learning to stand up for your dreams...

Everyone in Wheeler, New Mexico, thinks Joanna leads the perfect life: the quiet, contented housewife of a dashing deputy sheriff, raising a beautiful young daughter, Laurel. But Joanna’s reality is nothing like her facade. Behind closed doors, she lives in constant fear of her husband. She’s been trapped for so long, escape seems impossible—until a stranger offers her the help she needs to flee....

On the run, Joanna and Laurel stumble upon the small town of Morro, a charming and magical village that seems to exist out of time and place. There a farmer and his wife offer her sanctuary, and soon, between the comfort of her new home and blossoming friendships, Joanna’s soul begins to heal, easing the wounds of a decade of abuse.

But her past—and her husband—aren’t so easy to escape. Unwilling to live in fear any longer, Joanna must summon a strength she never knew she had to fight back and forge a new life for her daughter and herself....

Giveaway!

I have one copy to give away to a lucky winner. Fill out the form below. Giveaway open until June 20th. Winner will be notified via email. US residents only.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

CFBA Book Spotlight: The Art of Losing Yourself by Kate Ganshert

About the Book: Just like in my dream, I was drowning and nobody even noticed.

Every morning, Carmen Hart pastes on her made-for-TV smile and broadcasts the weather. She’s the Florida panhandle’s favorite meteorologist, married to everyone’s favorite high school football coach. They’re the perfect-looking couple, live in a nice house, and attend church on Sundays. From the outside, she’s a woman who has it all together. But on the inside, Carmen Hart struggles with doubt. She wonders if she made a mistake when she married her husband. She wonders if God is as powerful as she once believed. Sometimes she wonders if He exists at all. After years of secret losses and empty arms, she’s not so sure anymore.

Until Carmen’s sister—seventeen year old runaway, Gracie Fisher—steps in and changes everything. Gracie is caught squatting at a boarded-up motel that belongs to Carmen’s aunt, and their mother is off on another one of her benders, which means Carmen has no other option but to take Gracie in. Is it possible for God to use a broken teenager and an abandoned motel to bring a woman’s faith and marriage back to life? Can two half-sisters make each other whole?