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"Saying 'I notice you're a nerd' is like saying, 'Hey, I notice that you'd rather be intelligent than be stupid, that you'd rather be thoughtful than be vapid, that you believe that there are things that matter more than the arrest record of Lindsay Lohan. Why is that?' In fact, it seems to me that most contemporary insults are pretty lame. Even 'lame' is kind of lame. Saying 'You're lame' is like saying 'You walk with a limp.' Yeah, whatever, so does 50 Cent, and he's done all right for himself."— John Green


COVER REVEAL - Blastaway by Melissa Landers

I'm so excited to be able to share this cover!  Courtesy of  Melissa Landers and Rockstar Book Tours, I am a part of the reveal for the cover, and an exclusive content, for BLASTAWAY, Melissa's new Middle Grade Sci-Fi which releases Summer 2019! Check out the awesome cover and the excerpt below!




Author: Melissa Landers
Pub. Date: Summer 2019
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
Formats: Hardcover, eBook
Pages: ?
Find it: Goodreads

Pitched as "Home Alone in space," a young science prodigy who runs away in his family spaceship must team up with a plucky mutant to save the Earth from destruction.

Scheduled for publication Summer 2019.

Exclusive Excerpt!

At some point, I must have fallen asleep.

I say that for two reasons. First, my chin was wet with drool, and I hardly ever slobber on myself when I’m awake. And second, I was no longer on Earth.

I sat bolt upright and stared out the window as distant stars whizzed past in a blur. There were no planets in sight, and judging by the swirling purple nebula ahead of me, this wasn’t the way to Nana’s house. I checked the navigation screen and felt my mouth drop open. The flashing beacon that represented my ship was halfway between Earth and Fasti.

(So you see, it is totally possible to steal a spaceship on accident.)

I guess my hand hit the EXECUTE button when I fell asleep.  And because it would take just as long for me to turn around and go home as it would to finish my journey, it made sense to keep going, right? Either way, my parents would ground me into the afterlife, so I might as well earn the sentence, right?


An electric thrill rushed through my veins when I thought about the possibilities that lay ahead of me. Anything could happen on this trip. Literally anything. I could discover a brand-new element. Or meet a secret race of aliens. Or invent a new energy source. Or eat so much chocolate that I puked. Either way, I had complete freedom to make this journey into whatever I wanted, and once I realized that, there was no freaking way I could turn back. It was like the universe had dropped a gift in my lap, a gift I had no intention of returning.    

I wiped the drool off my chin and smiled.

“Hold onto your stars, Fasti. Here I come.”

About Melissa:

Melissa Landers is a former teacher who left the classroom to pursue other worlds. A proud sci-fi geek, she isn’t afraid to wear her Princess Leia costume in public—just ask her kids. She lives just outside Cincinnati in the town of Loveland, “Sweetheart of Ohio.”


Top Ten Tuesday - Authors I'd Love To Meet

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish in June 2010.  It has since moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.
Authors I'd Love To Meet
I love this question.  It's like that idea of who would you invite to dinner, if you could.  So while this probably means authors who are alive, I'm throwing in a few deceased authors too.  Because if this is my wish list, these would be the ones on it.

Let's start with the deceased authors first.

Emily Dickinson - Her poetry was the reason I got into writing.  The way she crafts language is beautiful and heartbreaking.  I would love to meet her, of course she being a recluse, I don't know if she'd be thrilled to meet me.

William Shakespeare - I couldn't claim to have an English Literature degree if I didn't include my main man Will.  He is responsible for some many words in the English language (take a linguistics class, it's very interesting) and again his command of language is amazing.

Now for the still alive folks.

Tamora Pierce - She is the one author that I would do almost anything to meet.  She is my idol for fantasy writing.  She was the first author that I binge read her books; I have every single one of them, all wishing for her signature inside.  I love her, and if you haven't read her books, then you are missing out big time.  I recommend starting with Alanna: The First Adventure!

J.K. Rowling - I think this one is pretty obvious.  I fell in love with a boy named Harry when I was 11 years old, and I haven't fallen out of love yet.  While I know there's been some problematic things happening lately, I can never forget the joy she has brought with Harry and his friends.  I am a life-long Hufflepuff, so just to be able to pick her brain would be a real treat!
Laurell K. Hamilton - So Laurell writes adult supernatural fiction, like ADULT adult.  But I first read the 3rd book in her Anita Blake Vampire Hunter series, The Laughing Corpse, when I was in 9th grade. Yes, completely out of order, completely inappropriate, completely hooked.  If you're looking for a series about vampires, shapeshifters, and sex, whelp here you go.  I am personally partial to her Merry Gentry series (which is set in the same world), as it's about the Fae.  I'm all about sexy, sexy fae.  My go-to feel good (no pun intended) books.

Susin Nielsen - A new to me author this year, I read her book Optimists Die First in January, and loved her writing.  I quickly devoured her other books, and she is now an auto-buy author for me.  She handles family, grief, mental illness, suicide, friendship, divorce, and much more with exquisite depth and nuance.  I feel like I am a part of her characters lives, and whether the book is Young Adult or Middle Grade, it is perfect.  She is a contemporary author that you need to read!

Marissa Meyer - If you're looking for a fantastic fairy-tale re-imagined series, then look no further than Marissa's The Luner Chronicles.  She takes Cinderella, Red Riding Hood, Rapunzel, and Snow White and mixes them with sci-fi.  The end result is excellent!  She also has other amazing books, one that remixes Alice in Wonderland and then a superhero series that's presented with a twist.  Everything is so good, so she's a definite to meet author.

Seanan McGuire - I had never read a book by Seanan before this year, and, boy, have I been missing out.  I will say that I've only read her Wayward Children series, but, man, oh man, what a series it is!  This is such a beautiful and haunting fantasy series.  A series that I never want to end, I want to ask so many questions about her thoughts on the development of fantasy worlds/tropes.

Becky Albertalli - So you've probably heard of Becky because of Love, Simon, the movie based on her book Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda.  Which I loved, but the book that really sealed the deal was The Upside of Unrequited. I am Molly, the main character.  I connected so hard to this book, and it does have a connection with the Simon universe, which was fun.  But yeah, contemporary romantic humor is Becky's thing.

Courtney Summers - If you want dark, intense contemporary stop here because Courtney dishes it hard.  From rape to murder to abuse, Courtney tackles the hard to digest subjects and doesn't shy away from the raw reality.  If I had to choose one book to start you off, it would be Sadie, her newest book.  It is amazing, and a book not to be missed!

So there's my list of all the authors I want to meet.  But more than meet them, I want to have a conversation with them.  Also, I find it interesting that this list is 90% women, which was not intentional, but definitely shows the mindset I am in right now with all the crap going on in this country against women. 

Who are your must-meet authors, living or dead?  Let me know!  Maybe I'll meet some new favorites!


BLOG TOUR --- Del Toro Moon by Darby Karchut [Review + Giveaway]

Title: Del Toro Moon
Authors(s): Darby Karchut
Edition: Paperback, ebook; 224 pages
Publisher: Owl Hollow Press
Publication Date: October 2, 2018
Source: Rockstar Book Tours
Buy: Amazon - Barnes & 
Noble - Book Depository

Tour Schedule

Week One:
9/24/2018- BookHounds YAInterview
9/25/2018- Oh Hey! Books.Excerpt
9/26/2018- Random Bookish BanterReview
9/27/2018- Patriotic BookaholicReview
9/28/2018- RhythmicbooktrovertReview

Week Two:
10/1/2018- Eli to the nthReview
10/2/2018- Beagles and BooksReview
10/3/2018- Daily Waffle- Excerpt
10/4/2018- LA BookwormReview
Two Chicks on BooksExcerpt

The Summary

“Ride hard, swing hard, and take out as many of those creepy critters as you can.”

Twelve year old Matt Del Toro is the greenest greenhorn in his family’s centuries-old business: riding down and destroying wolf-like monsters, known as skinners. Now, with those creatures multiplying, both in number and ferocity, Matt must saddle up and match his father’s skills at monster whacking. Odds of doing that? Yeah, about a trillion to one. Because Matt’s father is the legendary Javier Del Toro—hunter, scholar, and a true caballero: a gentleman of the horse.

Luckily, Matt has twelve hundred pounds of backup in his best friend—El Cid, an Andalusian war stallion with the ability of human speech, more fighting savvy than a medieval knight, and a heart as big and steadfast as the Rocky Mountains.

Serious horse power.

Those skinners don’t stand a chance.


Del Toro Moon is a great addition to any middle grade book collection.  Full of adventure, danger, and family connections, the pace never stops, even in the quiet moments who feel an underlying urgency because of the nature of what the Del Toro family does: kills monsters.

While I believe both girls and boys would enjoy this book, it is definitely slanted toward boys, and that's totally awesome!  We need more books to entice boys back into reading, and to open them to the wide world of books out there.  Del Toro Moon is just that gateway book.  It has humor in the form of the wise-cracking main character, Matt, who is just learning the family-trade (to quote a favorite TV show): saving people, hunting things. There is great bickering between him and his older brother, which allows the love to really shine through.  And that was another big part of the book: family.  Family was at the center of everything, and you could really see how Matt, his father, and brother all stuck together.

And while there is humor and family throughout, there are also terrifying, hold-your-breath moments when the Del Toros are facing down the Skinners, disgusting wolf-like creatures that look like "a bloodied, fresh-skinned carcass".  This legacy of hunting and killing these Skinners comes all the way from the Spanish knights who were tasked with protecting the world from this evil. The Del Toros are descended from one of the greatest of these knights: Santiago Del Toro.  They take this sacred duty very seriously, and help protect everyone from this evil.

But the characters to really steal the show are the Del Toros partners, the talking Andalusian war horses, El Cid, Turk, and Izzy.  Yep, that's right, these horses talk.  I loved this part of the story because these horses are really distinct characters and brave partners in the fight against the Skinners.  

Very well crafted mix of humor, adventure, horror, and love, Del Toro Moon by Darby Karchut was a fan, fast-paced book, one that is sure to entertain all readers!

Final Rating

About the Author

Darby Karchut is an award-winning author, dreamer, and compulsive dawn greeter. A proud native of New Mexico, she now lives in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, where she runs in blizzards and bikes in lightning storms. When not dodging death by Colorado, Darby is busy wrangling words.

Her books include the best selling middle grade series, The Adventure of Finn MacCullen and Griffin Rising. Coolest thing ever: her YA debut novel, Griffin Rising, has been optioned for film. 

Website | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | Goodreads 


1 Winner will receive a signed finished copy of DEL TORO MOON, US Only.


BLOG TOUR --- Kiss Me in Paris by Catherine Rider [Excerpt + Giveaway]

I loved this book!  A fun romance set in the City of Lights? Yes, please!  

This was super quick, but very enjoyable.  Serena and Jean-Luc are opposites, but you know, opposites attract. 

A great book to kick off the fall season, it is available in bookstores now!

Title: Kiss Me in Paris
Authors(s): Catherine Rider (pseudonym of authors James Noble and Stephanie Elliott)
Edition: Hardcover, paperback, ebook; 216 pages
Publisher: Kids Can Press
Publication Date: September 4, 2018
Source: Rockstar Book Tours
Buy: Amazon - Barnes & 
Noble - Book Depository

Tour Schedule

Week One:
8/27/2018- YA Book NerdExcerpt
8/28/2018- Sophie Reads YAReview
8/29/2018- Lisa Loves LiteratureReview
8/30/2018- Confessions of a YA ReaderExcerpt
8/31/2018- Moonlight RendezvousReview

Week Two:
9/3/2018- Belle's Book BlogReview
9/4/2018- The Heart of a Book BloggerReview
9/5/2018- Sincerely Karen JoReview
9/6/2018- Eli to the nthExcerpt
Here's to Happy EndingsReview

The Summary

Serena has just flown all the way to Paris for a special pre-Christmas weekend with her sister, Lara. They plan to retrace the steps of their parents' long-ago honeymoon in Paris, and create a scrapbook for their bereaved mother to remember it by. 

It's supposed to be serious sister bonding...until Lara takes off with her boyfriend instead.

Jean-Luc is Serena's Plan B, a friend of a friend of Lara's, who has some space in a place where Serena can stay. Just like his latest relationship, his photography final has been an epic fail. He has one night to retake all his pictures if he is to stay in school. 

Jean-Luc can't stand Serena's loud voice or her bright orange sneakers.

Serena can't stand his haughty manners or the way his camera is always in her face.

Together, though, they set out into a cold night that will warm their hearts, creating unforgettable photos and fresh romantic sparks in the City of Lights.



We walk in silence up rue Lepic, beneath the starry string lights that crisscross the street for Christmas. Serena seems befuddled that burlesque clubs stand so casually among ordinary businesses, like convenience stores, and butchers’ shops. I see her cover her nose at the strong scents wafting off the rotisseries that turn slowly, almost sadistically, out on the sidewalk.

We turn off Lepic onto Abbesses, which has nicer restaurants and some decent bars, but they still compete with cheap grocers for business.

I look to Serena and see that her eyes are wide as she takes it all in. It’s not a “pretty” part of Paris, but I guess it still striking to a visitor. The photography student in me really wishes he could see Paris anew, the way she’s doing; wishes he could borrow her eyes ...

I’m not going to say this to her, though. I have a feeling she’ll take it literally!

Then we come to a stop outside a large restaurant on a corner. Maison d’angle — The Corner House. I wonder again why its name sounds familiar. I certainly haven’t eaten here before. I see Serena in profile. Her cheeks are a little flushed, lashed by the winter wind, and the line of her jaw is set firm and tight. She is staring at the bistro, determined and exhausted all at once. From the way her eyes widen, and the corner of her mouth begins to lift in a smile, I can tell that this is one of the more meaningful stops on her itinerary.

“Your parents ate here?” I ask.

She nods, doesn’t take her eyes off the door: “Yeah. Dad said they got lunch here once — they had a reservation at some super-fancy restaurant, but Mom left the directions at the hotel, and they couldn’t find it. Plus, it was twenty-five years ago, so they couldn’t look it up on their phones or anything like that. So they were walking around, and it started to rain — they literally just walked into the first place that they passed ... This place. Maison d’angle. They were wet and tired and lost, but Dad said they had an amazing meal, and that it was at that moment, he knew their new marriage would last forever. Because ...” Her voice catches, and I hear her take a deep, steadying breath. “Because everything ‘just had a way of working out for the best.’”

About the Author

Two writers sharing a pseudonym: James Noble and Stephanie Elliott. Kiss Me in New York was their debut novel and Kiss Me in Paris is their newest venture.


3 winners will win a finished copy of Kiss Me in Paris, US Only.


BLOG TOUR --- Fresh Ink: An Anthology edited by Lamar Giles [Spotlight + Giveaway]

I am super excited to spotlight a fresh new anthology to hit stores: Fresh Ink: An Anthology.  Edited by Lamar Giles, whose works include Fake Id, Endangered, and Three Sides of a Heart: Stories About Love Triangles, this anthology brings together some of the hottest names in the game, who all also happen to be People of Color.  

In tandem with We Need Diverse Books, this anthology is full of amazing stories and a diverse breadth of work.  One book that should not be missing from your home library!

Title: Fresh Ink: An Anthology
Editors(s): Lamar Giles
Authors(s): Nicola Yoon, Malinda Lo, Melissa de la Cruz, Sara Farizan, Eric Gansworth, Walter Dean Myers, Daniel José Older, Thien Pham, Jason Reynolds, Gene Luen Yang, Sharon G. Flake, Schuyler Bailar, Aminah Mae Safi
Edition: Hardcover, ebook, audiobook; 208 pages
Publisher: Crown Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: August 14, 2018
Source: Rockstar Book Tours
Buy: Amazon - Barnes & 
Noble - Book Depository - Audible - iBooks

Tour Schedule

Week One:
8/1/2018- YA Books CentralSpotlight
8/2/2018- Always MeReview
8/3/2018- Book-KeepingReview

Week Two:
8/6/2018- Here's to Happy EndingsReview
8/7/2018- BookHounds YAReview
8/8/2018- Confessions of a YA ReaderReview
8/9/2018- Wonder StruckReview
8/10/2018- Life of a Literary NerdReview

Week Three:
8/13/2018- Literary MeanderingsSpotlight
8/14/2018- Mama Reads BlogReview
8/15/2018- Novel NoviceReview
8/16/2018- Savings in SecondsReview
8/17/2018- Sweet Southern HomeReview

Week Four:
8/20/2018- The Layaway DragonReview
8/21/2018- Eli to the nthSpotlight
8/22/2018- Comfort BooksReview
8/23/2018- Moonlight RendezvousReview
8/24/2018- laura's bookish cornerReview

Week Five:
8/27/2018- Never Too Many To ReadReview
8/28/2018- The Book NutReview
8/29/2018- Cindy's Love of BooksReview
8/30/2018- The Pages In-BetweenReview
A Dream Within A DreamReview

The Summary

In partnership with We Need Diverse Books, thirteen of the most recognizable, diverse authors come together in this remarkable YA anthology featuring ten short stories, a graphic short story, and a one-act play from Walter Dean Myers never before in-print.

All it takes to rewrite the rules is a little fresh ink in this remarkable YA anthology from thirteen of the most recognizable, diverse authors writing today including Nicola Yoon, Jason Reynolds, Melissa de la Cruz, and many more, and published in partnership with We Need Diverse Books. This collection features ten short stories, a graphic short story, and a one-act play from Walter Dean Myers never before in-print. It will give readers the opportunity to discover how the next chapter is up to them.

Careful--you are holding fresh ink. And not hot-off-the-press, still-drying-in-your-hands ink. Instead, you are holding twelve stories with endings that are still being written--whose next chapters are up to you.

Because these stories are meant to be read. And shared.

Thirteen of the most accomplished YA authors deliver a label-defying anthology that includes ten short stories, a graphic novel, and a one-act play. This collection will inspire you to break conventions, bend the rules, and color outside the lines. All you need is fresh ink.

“I absolutely love this mix of established and newer talents, and I’m really intrigued and excited by the mixed formats.” –BookRiot

“A powerful and varied collection…”—Booklist, starred review

“The stories are distinct in themes, subjects, genres, and formats, creating an inclusive, authentic, and incredible collection”—School Library Journal, starred review


3 winners will win a finished copy of Fresh Ink: An Anthology US Only.
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